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  1. The Structure of PrPSc Prions

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    Holger Wille

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available PrPSc (scrapie isoform of the prion protein prions are the infectious agent behind diseases such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle, chronic wasting disease in cervids (deer, elk, moose, and reindeer, as well as goat and sheep scrapie. PrPSc is an alternatively folded variant of the cellular prion protein, PrPC, which is a regular, GPI-anchored protein that is present on the cell surface of neurons and other cell types. While the structure of PrPC is well studied, the structure of PrPSc resisted high-resolution determination due to its general insolubility and propensity to aggregate. Cryo-electron microscopy, X-ray fiber diffraction, and a variety of other approaches defined the structure of PrPSc as a four-rung β-solenoid. A high-resolution structure of PrPSc still remains to be solved, but the four-rung β-solenoid architecture provides a molecular framework for the autocatalytic propagation mechanism that gives rise to the alternative conformation of PrPSc. Here, we summarize the current knowledge regarding the structure of PrPSc and speculate about the molecular conversion mechanisms that leads from PrPC to PrPSc.

  2. Structural studies of PrPSc

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    Vázquez Fernández, Ester

    2013-01-01

    Elucidation of the structure of PrPSc continues to be one major challenge in prion research. Molecular basis of the biology of prion protein, such as the molecular mechanism of prion replication and aggregation, the species barrier and the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration will not be understood until the structure is solved. Given that high-resolution techniques such as NMR or X-ray crystallography cannot be used, a number of lower resolution analytical approaches have been attempted.

  3. Recombinant PrPSc shares structural features with brain-derived PrPSc: Insights from limited proteolysis.

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    Sevillano, Alejandro M; Fernández-Borges, Natalia; Younas, Neelam; Wang, Fei; R Elezgarai, Saioa; Bravo, Susana; Vázquez-Fernández, Ester; Rosa, Isaac; Eraña, Hasier; Gil, David; Veiga, Sonia; Vidal, Enric; Erickson-Beltran, Melissa L; Guitián, Esteban; Silva, Christopher J; Nonno, Romolo; Ma, Jiyan; Castilla, Joaquín; R Requena, Jesús

    2018-01-01

    Very solid evidence suggests that the core of full length PrPSc is a 4-rung β-solenoid, and that individual PrPSc subunits stack to form amyloid fibers. We recently used limited proteolysis to map the β-strands and connecting loops that make up the PrPSc solenoid. Using high resolution SDS-PAGE followed by epitope analysis, and mass spectrometry, we identified positions ~116/118, 133-134, 141, 152-153, 162, 169 and 179 (murine numbering) as Proteinase K (PK) cleavage sites in PrPSc. Such sites likely define loops and/or borders of β-strands, helping us to predict the threading of the β-solenoid. We have now extended this approach to recombinant PrPSc (recPrPSc). The term recPrPSc refers to bona fide recombinant prions prepared by PMCA, exhibiting infectivity with attack rates of ~100%. Limited proteolysis of mouse and bank vole recPrPSc species yielded N-terminally truncated PK-resistant fragments similar to those seen in brain-derived PrPSc, albeit with varying relative yields. Along with these fragments, doubly N- and C-terminally truncated fragments, in particular ~89/97-152, were detected in some recPrPSc preparations; similar fragments are characteristic of atypical strains of brain-derived PrPSc. Our results suggest a shared architecture of recPrPSc and brain PrPSc prions. The observed differences, in particular the distinct yields of specific PK-resistant fragments, are likely due to differences in threading which result in the specific biochemical characteristics of recPrPSc. Furthermore, recombinant PrPSc offers exciting opportunities for structural studies unachievable with brain-derived PrPSc.

  4. Proteinase K and the structure of PrPSc: The good, the bad and the ugly.

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    Silva, Christopher J; Vázquez-Fernández, Ester; Onisko, Bruce; Requena, Jesús R

    2015-09-02

    Infectious proteins (prions) are, ironically, defined by their resistance to proteolytic digestion. A defining characteristic of the transmissible isoform of the prion protein (PrP(Sc)) is its partial resistance to proteinase K (PK) digestion. Diagnosis of prion disease typically relies upon immunodetection of PK-digested PrP(Sc) by Western blot, ELISA or immunohistochemical detection. PK digestion has also been used to detect differences in prion strains. Thus, PK has been a crucial tool to detect and, thereby, control the spread of prions. PK has also been used as a tool to probe the structure of PrP(Sc). Mass spectrometry and antibodies have been used to identify PK cleavage sites in PrP(Sc). These results have been used to identify the more accessible, flexible stretches connecting the β-strand components in PrP(Sc). These data, combined with physical constraints imposed by spectroscopic results, were used to propose a qualitative model for the structure of PrP(Sc). Assuming that PrP(Sc) is a four rung β-solenoid, we have threaded the PrP sequence to satisfy the PK proteolysis data and other experimental constraints. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. PK-sensitive PrPSc is infectious and shares basic structural features with PK-resistant PrPSc

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    One of the main characteristics of the transmissible isoform of the prion protein (PrPSc) is its partial resistance to proteinase K (PK) digestion. Diagnosis of prion disease typically relies upon immunodetection of PK-digested PrPSc following Western blot or ELISA. More recently, researchers determ...

  6. Recombinant PrPSc shares structural features with brain-derived PrPSc suggesting that they have a similar architecture: Insights from limited proteolysis

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    An extensive body of experimental and spectroscopic evidence supports the hypothesis that PrPSc is a multimer of 4-rung ß-solenoids, and that individual PrPSc solenoids stack to form amyloid fibers. We recently used limited proteolysis to map the ß-strands and connecting loops that make up the PrPSc...

  7. Toward the Atomic Structure of PrPSc.

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    Rodriguez, Jose A; Jiang, Lin; Eisenberg, David S

    2017-09-01

    In this review, we detail our current knowledge of PrP Sc structure on the basis of structural and computational studies. We discuss the progress toward an atomic resolution description of PrP Sc and results from the broader field of amyloid studies that may further inform our knowledge of this structure. Moreover, we summarize work that investigates the role of PrP Sc structure in its toxicity, transmissibility, and species specificity. We look forward to an atomic model of PrP Sc , which is expected to bring diagnostics and/or therapeutics to the field of prion disease. Copyright © 2017 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; all rights reserved.

  8. Infectivity-associated PrPSc and disease duration-associated PrPSc of mouse BSE prions

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    Miyazawa, Kohtaro; Okada, Hiroyuki; Masujin, Kentaro; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Yokoyama, Takashi

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Disease-related prion protein (PrPSc), which is a structural isoform of the host-encoded cellular prion protein, is thought to be a causative agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. However, the specific role of PrPSc in prion pathogenesis and its relationship to infectivity remain controversial. A time-course study of prion-affected mice was conducted, which showed that the prion infectivity was not simply proportional to the amount of PrPSc in the brain. Centrifugation (20,000 ×g) of the brain homogenate showed that most of the PrPSc was precipitated into the pellet, and the supernatant contained only a slight amount of PrPSc. Interestingly, mice inoculated with the obtained supernatant showed incubation periods that were approximately 15 d longer than those of mice inoculated with the crude homogenate even though both inocula contained almost the same infectivity. Our results suggest that a small population of fine PrPSc may be responsible for prion infectivity and that large, aggregated PrPSc may contribute to determining prion disease duration. PMID:26555211

  9. The architecture of PrPSc: Threading secondary structure elements into the 4-rung ß-solenoid scaffold

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    Aims: We propose to exploit the wealth of theoretical and experimental constraints to develop a structure of the infectious prion (hamster PrP27-30). Recent cryo-EM based evidence has determined that PrPSc is a 4-rung ß-solenoid (Vázquez-Fernández et al. 2016, PLoS Pathog. 12(9): e1005835). This ev...

  10. Protease-sensitive conformers in broad spectrum of distinct PrPSc structures in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are indicator of progression rate.

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    Kim, Chae; Haldiman, Tracy; Cohen, Yvonne; Chen, Wei; Blevins, Janis; Sy, Man-Sun; Cohen, Mark; Safar, Jiri G

    2011-09-01

    The origin, range, and structure of prions causing the most common human prion disease, sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), are largely unknown. To investigate the molecular mechanism responsible for the broad phenotypic variability of sCJD, we analyzed the conformational characteristics of protease-sensitive and protease-resistant fractions of the pathogenic prion protein (PrP(Sc)) using novel conformational methods derived from a conformation-dependent immunoassay (CDI). In 46 brains of patients homozygous for polymorphisms in the PRNP gene and exhibiting either Type 1 or Type 2 western blot pattern of the PrP(Sc), we identified an extensive array of PrP(Sc) structures that differ in protease sensitivity, display of critical domains, and conformational stability. Surprisingly, in sCJD cases homozygous for methionine or valine at codon 129 of the PRNP gene, the concentration and stability of protease-sensitive conformers of PrP(Sc) correlated with progression rate of the disease. These data indicate that sCJD brains exhibit a wide spectrum of PrP(Sc) structural states, and accordingly argue for a broad spectrum of prion strains coding for different phenotypes. The link between disease duration, levels, and stability of protease-sensitive conformers of PrP(Sc) suggests that these conformers play an important role in the pathogenesis of sCJD.

  11. Protease-sensitive conformers in broad spectrum of distinct PrPSc structures in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are indicator of progression rate.

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    Chae Kim

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The origin, range, and structure of prions causing the most common human prion disease, sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD, are largely unknown. To investigate the molecular mechanism responsible for the broad phenotypic variability of sCJD, we analyzed the conformational characteristics of protease-sensitive and protease-resistant fractions of the pathogenic prion protein (PrP(Sc using novel conformational methods derived from a conformation-dependent immunoassay (CDI. In 46 brains of patients homozygous for polymorphisms in the PRNP gene and exhibiting either Type 1 or Type 2 western blot pattern of the PrP(Sc, we identified an extensive array of PrP(Sc structures that differ in protease sensitivity, display of critical domains, and conformational stability. Surprisingly, in sCJD cases homozygous for methionine or valine at codon 129 of the PRNP gene, the concentration and stability of protease-sensitive conformers of PrP(Sc correlated with progression rate of the disease. These data indicate that sCJD brains exhibit a wide spectrum of PrP(Sc structural states, and accordingly argue for a broad spectrum of prion strains coding for different phenotypes. The link between disease duration, levels, and stability of protease-sensitive conformers of PrP(Sc suggests that these conformers play an important role in the pathogenesis of sCJD.

  12. Probing the structure of GPI-less PrPSc by limited proteolysis(Abstract)

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    Limited proteolysis is a very useful tool to pinpoint flexible regions within scrapie prion protein (PrPSc), but due to carbohydrate and glysosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) moieties, and limitations of the analytical techniques, until now it was impossible to characterize accurately these regions. To...

  13. Isolation and characterization of a proteinase K-sensitive PrPSc fraction.

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    Pastrana, Miguel A; Sajnani, Gustavo; Onisko, Bruce; Castilla, Joaquín; Morales, Rodrigo; Soto, Claudio; Requena, Jesús R

    2006-12-26

    Recent studies have shown that a sizable fraction of PrPSc present in prion-infected tissues is, contrary to previous conceptions, sensitive to digestion by proteinase K (PK). This finding has important implications in the context of diagnosis of prion disease, as PK has been extensively used in attempts to distinguish between PrPSc and PrPC. Even more importantly, PK-sensitive PrPSc (sPrPSc) might be essential to understand the process of conversion and aggregation of PrPC leading to infectivity. We have isolated a fraction of sPrPSc. This material was obtained by differential centrifugation at an intermediate speed of Syrian hamster PrPSc obtained through a conventional procedure based on ultracentrifugation in the presence of detergents. PK-sensitive PrPSc is completely degraded under standard conditions (50 mug/mL of proteinase K at 37 degrees C for 1 h) and can also be digested with trypsin. Centrifugation in a sucrose gradient showed sPrPSc to correspond to the lower molecular weight fractions of the continuous range of oligomers that constitute PrPSc. PK-sensitive PrPSc has the ability to convert PrPC into protease-resistant PrPSc, as assessed by the protein misfolding cyclic amplification assay (PMCA). Limited proteolysis of sPrPSc using trypsin allows for identification of regions that are particularly susceptible to digestion, i.e., are partially exposed and flexible; we have identified as such the regions around residues K110, R136, R151, K220, and R229. PK-sensitive PrPSc isolates should prove useful for structural studies to help understand fundamental issues of the molecular biology of PrPSc and in the quest to design tests to detect preclinical prion disease.

  14. Qualitative and Quantitative Detection of PrPSc Based on the Controlled Release Property of Magnetic Microspheres Using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR

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    Zhichao Lou

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Prion protein (PrPSc has drawn widespread attention due to its pathological potential to prion diseases. In this work, we constructed a novel surface plasmon resonance (SPR detection assay involving magnetic microspheres (MMs and its controlled release property, for selective capture, embedding, concentration, and SPR detection of PrPSc with high sensitivity and specificity. Aptamer-modified magnetic particles (AMNPs were used to specifically capture PrPSc. Amphiphilic copolymer was used to embed the labeled PrPSc and form magnetic microspheres to isolate PrPSc from the external environment. Static magnetic and alternating magnetic fields were used to concentrate and control release the embedded PrPSc, respectively. Finally, the released AMNPs-labeled PrPSc was detected by SPR which was equipped with a bare gold sensing film. A good linear relationship was obtained between SPR responses and the logarithm of PrPSc concentrations over a range of 0.01–1000 ng/mL. The detection sensitivity for PrPSc was improved by 10 fold compared with SPR direct detection format. The specificity of the present biosensor was also determined by PrPC and other reagents as controls. This proposed approach could also be used to isolate and detect other highly pathogenic biomolecules with similar structural characteristics by altering the corresponding aptamer in the AMNPs conjugates.

  15. Plasminogen: A cellular protein cofactor for PrPSc propagation.

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    Mays, Charles E; Ryou, Chongsuk

    2011-01-01

    The biochemical essence of prion replication is the molecular multiplication of the disease-associated misfolded isoform of prion protein (PrP), termed PrPSc, in a nucleic acid-free manner. PrP(Sc) is generated by the protein misfolding process facilitated by conformational conversion of the host-encoded cellular PrP to PrP(Sc). Evidence suggests that an auxiliary factor may play a role in PrP(Sc) propagation. We and others previously discovered that plasminogen interacts with PrP, while its functional role for PrPSc propagation remained undetermined. In our recent in vitro PrP conversion study, we showed that plasminogen substantially stimulates PrP(Sc) propagation in a concentration-dependent manner by accelerating the rate of PrP(Sc) generation, while depletion of plasminogen, destabilization of its structure, and interference with the PrP-plasminogen interaction hinder PrP(Sc) propagation. Further investigation in cell culture models confirmed an increase of PrP(Sc) formation by plasminogen. Although molecular basis of the observed activity for plasminogen remain to be addressed, our results demonstrate that plasminogen is the first cellular protein auxiliary factor proven to stimulate PrP(Sc) propagation.

  16. Ionic strength and transition metals control PrPSc protease resistance and conversion-inducing activity.

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    Nishina, Koren; Jenks, Samantha; Supattapone, Surachai

    2004-09-24

    The essential component of infectious prions is a misfolded protein termed PrPSc, which is produced by conformational change of a normal host protein, PrPC. It is currently unknown whether PrPSc molecules exist in a unique conformation or whether they are able to undergo additional conformational changes. Under commonly used experimental conditions, PrPSc molecules are characteristically protease-resistant and capable of inducing the conversion of PrPC molecules into new PrPSc molecules. We describe the effects of ionic strength, copper, and zinc on the conformation-dependent protease resistance and conversion-inducing activity of PrPSc molecules in scrapie-infected hamster brains. In the absence of divalent cations, PrPSc molecules were > 20-fold more sensitive to proteinase K digestion in low ionic strength buffers than in high ionic strength buffers. Addition of micromolar concentrations of copper or zinc ions restored the protease resistance of PrPSc molecules under conditions of low ionic strength. These transition metals also controlled the conformation of purified truncated PrP-(27-30) molecules at low ionic strength, confirming that the N-terminal octapeptide repeat region of PrPSc is not required for binding to copper or zinc ions. The protease-sensitive and protease-resistant conformations of PrPSc were reversibly interchangeable, and only the protease-resistant conformation of PrPSc induced by high ionic strength was able to induce the formation of new protease-resistant PrP (PrPres) molecules in vitro. These findings show that PrPSc molecules are structurally interconvertible and that only a subset of PrPSc conformations are able to induce the conversion of other PrP molecules. Copyright 2004 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  17. Distribution of Peripheral PrPSc in Sheep with Naturally Acquired Scrapie

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    Garza, María Carmen; Monzón, Marta; Marín, Belén; Badiola, Juan José; Monleón, Eva

    2014-01-01

    Accumulation of prion protein (PrPSc) in the central nervous system is the hallmark of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. However, in some of these diseases such as scrapie or chronic wasting disease, the PrPSc can also accumulate in other tissues, particularly in the lymphoreticular system. In recent years, PrPSc in organs other than nervous and lymphoid have been described, suggesting that distribution of this protein in affected individuals may be much larger than previously thought. In the present study, 11 non-nervous/non-lymphoid organs from 16 naturally scrapie infected sheep in advanced stages of the disease were examined for the presence of PrPSc. Fourteen infected sheep were of the ARQ/ARQ PRNP genotype and 2 of the VRQ/VRQ, where the letters A, R, Q, and V represent the codes for amino-acids alanine, arginine, glutamine and valine, respectively. Adrenal gland, pancreas, heart, skin, urinary bladder and mammary gland were positive for PrPSc by immunohistochemistry and IDEXX HerdChek scrapie/BSE Antigen EIA Test in at least one animal. Lung, liver, kidney and skeletal muscle exhibited PrPSc deposits by immunohistochemistry only. To our knowledge, this is the first report regarding the presence of PrPSc in the heart, pancreas and urinary bladder in naturally acquired scrapie infections. In some other organs examined, in which PrPSc had been previously detected, PrPSc immunolabeling was observed to be associated with new structures within those organs. The results of the present study illustrate a wide dissemination of PrPSc in both ARQ/ARQ and VRQ/VRQ infected sheep, even when the involvement of the lymphoreticular system is scarce or absent, thus highlighting the role of the peripheral nervous system in the spread of PrPSc. PMID:24828439

  18. Effects of different experimental conditions on the PrPSc core generated by protease digestion: implications for strain typing and molecular classification of CJD.

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    Notari, Silvio; Capellari, Sabina; Giese, Armin; Westner, Ingo; Baruzzi, Agostino; Ghetti, Bernardino; Gambetti, Pierluigi; Kretzschmar, Hans A; Parchi, Piero

    2004-04-16

    The discovery of molecular subtypes of the pathological prion protein PrPSc has provided the basis for a novel classification of human transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and a potentially powerful method for strain typing. However, there is still a significant disparity regarding the understanding and nomenclature of PrPSc types. In addition, it is still unknown whether a specific PrPSc type is associated with each TSE phenotypic variant. In sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), five disease phenotypes are known, but only two major types of PrPSc, types 1 and 2, have been consistently reproduced. We further analyzed PrPSc properties in sCJD and variant CJD using a high resolution gel electrophoresis system and varying experimental conditions. We found that pH varies among CJD brain homogenates in standard buffers, thereby influencing the characteristics of protease-treated PrPSc. We also show that PrPSc type 1 and type 2 are heterogeneous species which can be further distinguished into five molecular subtypes that fit the current histopathological classification of sCJD variants. Our results shed light on previous disparities in PrPSc typing, provide a refined classification of human PrPSc types, and support the notion that the pathological TSE phenotype is related to PrPSc structure.

  19. Methamphetamine increases Prion Protein and induces dopamine-dependent expression of protease resistant PrPsc.

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    Ferrucci, M; Ryskalin, L; Biagioni, F; Gambardella, S; Busceti, C L; Falleni, A; Lazzeri, G; Fornai, F

    2017-07-01

    The cellular prion protein (PrPc) is physiologically expressed within selective brain areas of mammals. Alterations in the secondary structure of this protein lead to scrapie-like prion protein (PrPsc), which precipitates in the cell. PrPsc has been detected in infectious, inherited or sporadic neurodegenerative disorders. Prion protein metabolism is dependent on autophagy and ubiquitin proteasome. Despite not being fully elucidated, the physiological role of prion protein relates to chaperones which rescue cells under stressful conditions.Methamphetamine (METH) is a widely abused drug which produces oxidative stress in various brain areas causing mitochondrial alterations and protein misfolding. These effects produce a compensatory increase of chaperones while clogging cell clearing pathways. In the present study, we explored whether METH administration modifies the amount of PrPc. Since high levels of PrPc when the clearing systems are clogged may lead to its misfolding into PrPsc, we further tested whether METH exposure triggers the appearance of PrPsc. We analysed the effects of METH and dopamine administration in PC12 and striatal cells by using SDS-PAGE Coomassie blue, immune- histochemistry and immune-gold electron microscopy. To analyze whether METH administration produces PrPsc aggregates we used antibodies directed against PrP following exposure to proteinase K or sarkosyl which digest folded PrPc but misfolded PrPsc. We fond that METH triggers PrPsc aggregates in DA-containing cells while METH is not effective in primary striatal neurons which do not produce DA. In the latter cells exogenous DA is needed to trigger PrPsc accumulation similarly to what happens in DA containing cells under the effects of METH. The present findings, while fostering novel molecular mechanisms involving prion proteins, indicate that, cell pathology similar to prion disorders can be mimicked via a DA-dependent mechanism by a drug of abuse.

  20. Inhibition of PrPSc formation by synthetic O-sulfated glycopyranosides and their polymers.

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    Yamaguchi, Satoko; Nishida, Yoshihiro; Sasaki, Kenji; Kambara, Mikie; Kim, Chan-Lan; Ishiguro, Naotaka; Nagatsuka, Takehiro; Uzawa, Hirotaka; Horiuchi, Motohiro

    2006-10-20

    Sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and sulfated glycans inhibit formation of the abnormal isoform of prion protein (PrPSc) in prion-infected cells and prolong the incubation time of scrapie-infected animals. Sulfation of GAGs is not tightly regulated and possible sites of sulfation are randomly modified, which complicates elucidation of the fundamental structures of GAGs that mediate the inhibition of PrPSc formation. To address the structure-activity relationship of GAGs in the inhibition of PrPSc formation, we screened the ability of various regioselectively O-sulfated glycopyranosides to inhibit PrPSc formation in prion-infected cells. Among the glycopyranosides and their polymers examined, monomeric 4-sulfo-N-acetyl-glucosamine (4SGN), and two glycopolymers, poly-4SGN and poly-6-sulfo-N-acetyl-glucosamine (poly-6SGN), inhibited PrPSc formation with 50% effective doses below 20 microg/ml, and their inhibitory effect became more evident with consecutive treatments. Structural comparisons suggested that a combination of an N-acetyl group at C-2 and an O-sulfate group at either O-4 or O-6 on glucopyranoside might be involved in the inhibition of PrPSc formation. Furthermore, polymeric but not monomeric 6SGN inhibited PrPSc formation, suggesting the importance of a polyvalent configuration in its effect. These results indicate that the synthetic sulfated glycosides are useful not only for the analysis of structure-activity relationship of GAGs but also for the development of therapeutics for prion diseases.

  1. Prion inhibition with multivalent PrPSc binding compounds.

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    Mays, Charles E; Joy, Shaon; Li, Lei; Yu, Linghui; Genovesi, Sacha; West, Frederick G; Westaway, David

    2012-10-01

    Quinacrine and related heterocyclic compounds have antiprion activity. Since the infectious pathogen of prion diseases is composed of multimeric PrP(Sc) assemblies, we hypothesized that this antiprion property could be enhanced by attaching multiple quinacrine-derived chloroquinoline or acridine moieties to a scaffold. In addition to exploring Congo red dye and tetraphenylporphyrin tetracarboxylic acid scaffolds, which already possess intrinsic prion-binding ability; trimesic acid was used in this role. In practice, Congo red itself could not be modified with chloroquinoline or acridine units, and a modified dicarboxyl analog was also unreactive. The latter also lacked antiprion activity in infected cultured cells. While addition of chloroquinoline to a tetraphenylporphyrin tetracarboxylic acid scaffold resulted in some reduction of PrP(Sc), moieties attached to a trimesic acid scaffold exhibited sub-micromolar IC(50)'s as well as a toxicity profile superior to quinacrine. Antiprion activity of these molecules was influenced by the length, polarity, and rigidity associated with the variable linear or cyclic polyamine tethers, and in some instances was modulated by host-cell and/or strain type. Unexpectedly, several compounds in our series increased PrP(Sc) levels. Overall, inhibitory and enhancing properties of these multivalent compounds offer new avenues for structure-based investigation of prion biology. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Generation of monoclonal antibody that distinguishes PrPSc from PrPC and neutralizes prion infectivity.

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    Horiuchi, Motohiro; Karino, Ayako; Furuoka, Hidefumi; Ishiguro, Naotaka; Kimura, Kumiko; Shinagawa, Morikazu

    2009-11-25

    To establish PrP(Sc)-specific mAbs, we immunized Prnp(-/-) mice with PrP(Sc) purified from prion-infected mice. Using this approach, we obtained mAb 6H10, which reacted with PrP(Sc) treated with proteinase K, but not with PrP(Sc) pretreated with more than 3 M GdnHCl. In contrast, reactivity of pan-PrP mAbs increased with increasing concentrations of GdnHCl used for pretreatment of PrP(Sc). In histoblot analysis, mAb 6H10 showed a positive reaction on a non-denatured histoblot but reactivity was lower when the histoblot was pretreated by autoclaving. Epitope analysis suggested that the extreme C-terminus of PrP is likely to be part of the epitope for mAb 6H10. MAb 6H10 immunoprecipitated PrP(Sc) from brains of mice, sheep, and cattle infected with prions. Furthermore, pretreatment of purified PrP(Sc) with mAb 6H10 reduced the infectious titer more than 1 log. Taken together, these results suggest that mAb 6H10 recognizes a conformational epitope on PrP(Sc) that is related to prion infectivity.

  3. Live imaging of prions reveals nascent PrPSc in cell-surface, raft-associated amyloid strings and webs.

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    Rouvinski, Alexander; Karniely, Sharon; Kounin, Maria; Moussa, Sanaa; Goldberg, Miri D; Warburg, Gabriela; Lyakhovetsky, Roman; Papy-Garcia, Dulce; Kutzsche, Janine; Korth, Carsten; Carlson, George A; Godsave, Susan F; Peters, Peter J; Luhr, Katarina; Kristensson, Krister; Taraboulos, Albert

    2014-02-03

    Mammalian prions refold host glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored PrP(C) into β-sheet-rich PrP(Sc). PrP(Sc) is rapidly truncated into a C-terminal PrP27-30 core that is stable for days in endolysosomes. The nature of cell-associated prions, their attachment to membranes and rafts, and their subcellular locations are poorly understood; live prion visualization has not previously been achieved. A key obstacle has been the inaccessibility of PrP27-30 epitopes. We overcame this hurdle by focusing on nascent full-length PrP(Sc) rather than on its truncated PrP27-30 product. We show that N-terminal PrP(Sc) epitopes are exposed in their physiological context and visualize, for the first time, PrP(Sc) in living cells. PrP(Sc) resides for hours in unexpected cell-surface, slow moving strings and webs, sheltered from endocytosis. Prion strings observed by light and scanning electron microscopy were thin, micrometer-long structures. They were firmly cell associated, resisted phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C, aligned with raft markers, fluoresced with thioflavin, and were rapidly abolished by anti-prion glycans. Prion strings and webs are the first demonstration of membrane-anchored PrP(Sc) amyloids.

  4. Distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc using small molecule reagents(Abstract)

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    Background/Introduction. The structural difference between PrPSc and PrPC is entirely conformational: they are isoforms. Both isoforms possess identical covalent structures and identical post-translational modifications. This means that the same amino acid can react differently with the same chemica...

  5. Distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc using small molecule reagents

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    Background/Introduction. The structural difference between PrPSc and PrPC is entirely conformational: they are isoforms. Both isoforms possess identical covalent structures and identical post-translational modifications. This means that the same amino acid can react differently with the same chemic...

  6. Small molecules and antibodies: a means of distinguishing between PrPC and PrPSc

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    PrPSc and PrPC are isoforms, since they possess identical covalent structures and identical post-translational modifications. The same amino acid may react differently with the same chemical reagent in an isoform-dependent manner. The site of covalent modification can be identified by mass spectrom...

  7. Plasminogen: A cellular protein cofactor for PrPSc propagation

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    Mays, Charles E; Ryou, Chongsuk

    2011-01-01

    The biochemical essence of prion replication is the molecular multiplication of the disease-associated misfolded isoform of prion protein (PrP), termed PrPSc, in a nucleic acid-free manner. PrPSc is generated by the protein misfolding process facilitated by conformational conversion of the host-encoded cellular PrP to PrPSc. Evidence suggests that an auxiliary factor may play a role in PrPSc propagation. We and others previously discovered that plasminogen interacts with PrP, while its functi...

  8. Structure of Al-CF composites obtained by infiltration methods

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    A. Dolata-Grosz

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The structure of the composites obtained in infiltration processes 2D and 3D carbon preform by liquid Al alloy have been presented in thispaper. An aluminum alloy with silicon and manganese AlSi9Mn (trimal 37-TR37 was applied in the researches. As the reinforcementused carbon perform prepared with various protective barriers such as the nickel coating, the coating of silicon carbide and pyrolyticcarbon coating. Carbon preforms was prepared at the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology (ILK TU Dresden andat the Institute of Technology and Ceramic Systems (Fraunhofer-IKTS. The process of infiltration of carbon perform by liquid aluminiumalloy was carried out using a pressure-vacuum infiltration on the Degussa press and gas-pressure infiltration (GPI in an autoclavedesigned and built at the Department of Materials Technology at the Silesian University of Technology. The obtained composites werecharacterized by a regular shape, with no surface casting defects. The best connection of components was observed in AlSi9Mn/Cf(Nicomposite, obtained by gas-pressure infiltration method (GPI. On metallographic specimens, good interface between fibres and thealuminium matrix were observed. The obtained research results justify the application of nickel coatings on the fibres. During the failurecrack propagated across fiber. There was no presence of aluminum carbide on the fiber-matrix. It can be assumed that the composite willbe characterized by the good mechanical properties. However, this requires further experimental verification planned in the next stage of research, in the project realized within the DFG program: "3D textile reinforced aluminium matrix composites for complex loadingsituations in lightweight automobile and machine parts".

  9. 4-hydroxytamoxifen leads to PrPSc clearance by conveying both PrPC and PrPSc to lysosomes independently of autophagy.

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    Marzo, Ludovica; Marijanovic, Zrinka; Browman, Duncan; Chamoun, Zeina; Caputo, Anna; Zurzolo, Chiara

    2013-03-15

    Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders involving the abnormal folding of a native cellular protein, named PrP(C), to a malconformed aggregation-prone state, enriched in beta sheet secondary structure, denoted PrP(Sc). Recently, autophagy has garnered considerable attention as a cellular process with the potential to counteract neurodegenerative diseases of protein aggregation such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease. Stimulation of autophagy by chemical compounds has also been shown to reduce PrP(Sc) in infected neuronal cells and prolong survival times in mouse models. Consistent with previous reports, we demonstrate that autophagic flux is increased in chronically infected cells. However, in contrast to recent findings we show that autophagy does not cause a reduction in scrapie burden. We report that in infected neuronal cells different compounds known to stimulate autophagy are ineffective in increasing autophagic flux and in reducing PrP(Sc). We further demonstrate that tamoxifen and its metabolite 4-hydroxytamoxifen lead to prion degradation in an autophagy-independent manner by diverting the trafficking of both PrP and cholesterol to lysosomes. Our data indicate that tamoxifen, a well-characterized, widely available pharmaceutical, may have applications in the therapy of prion diseases.

  10. Inhibition of cholesterol recycling impairs cellular PrPSc propagation

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    Gilch, Sabine; Bach, Christian; Lutzny, Gloria; Vorberg, Ina; Sch?tzl, Hermann M.

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    The infectious agent in prion diseases consists of an aberrantly folded isoform of the cellular prion protein (PrPc), termed PrPSc, which accumulates in brains of affected individuals. Studies on prion-infected cultured cells indicate that cellular cholesterol homeostasis influences PrPSc propagation. Here, we demonstrate that the cellular PrPSc content decreases upon accumulation of cholesterol in late endosomes, as induced by NPC-1 knock-down or treatment with U18666A. PrPc trafficking, lip...

  11. Modulation of Glycosaminoglycans Affects PrPSc Metabolism but Does Not Block PrPSc Uptake.

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    Wolf, Hanna; Graßmann, Andrea; Bester, Romina; Hossinger, André; Möhl, Christoph; Paulsen, Lydia; Groschup, Martin H; Schätzl, Hermann; Vorberg, Ina

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    Mammalian prions are unconventional infectious agents composed primarily of the misfolded aggregated host prion protein PrP, termed PrP(Sc). Prions propagate by the recruitment and conformational conversion of cellular prion protein into abnormal prion aggregates on the cell surface or along the endocytic pathway. Cellular glycosaminoglycans have been implicated as the first attachment sites for prions and cofactors for cellular prion replication. Glycosaminoglycan mimetics and obstruction of glycosaminoglycan sulfation affect prion replication, but the inhibitory effects on different strains and different stages of the cell infection have not been thoroughly addressed. We examined the effects of a glycosaminoglycan mimetic and undersulfation on cellular prion protein metabolism, prion uptake, and the establishment of productive infections in L929 cells by two mouse-adapted prion strains. Surprisingly, both treatments reduced endogenous sulfated glycosaminoglycans but had divergent effects on cellular PrP levels. Chemical or genetic manipulation of glycosaminoglycans did not prevent PrP(Sc) uptake, arguing against their roles as essential prion attachment sites. However, both treatments effectively antagonized de novo prion infection independently of the prion strain and reduced PrP(Sc) formation in chronically infected cells. Our results demonstrate that sulfated glycosaminoglycans are dispensable for prion internalization but play a pivotal role in persistently maintained PrP(Sc) formation independent of the prion strain. Recently, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) became the focus of neurodegenerative disease research as general attachment sites for cell invasion by pathogenic protein aggregates. GAGs influence amyloid formation in vitro. GAGs are also found in intra- and extracellular amyloid deposits. In light of the essential role GAGs play in proteinopathies, understanding the effects of GAGs on protein aggregation and aggregate dissemination is crucial for

  12. Relationships between PrPSc stability and incubation time for United States scrapie strains in a natural host system

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    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), including scrapie in sheep (Ovis aries), are fatal neurodegenerative diseases caused by the misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrP**C) into a beta-rich conformer (PrP**Sc) that accumulates into higher-order structures in the brain and other ti...

  13. Obtaining Martensitic Structures during Thixoforming of Hypoeutectic Gray Cast Iron

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    Full Text Available The control of parameters such as liquid fraction, holding time, and cooling rate during thixoforming can help control the final microstructure of the thixoformed part, thus improving its mechanical properties. This study intended to investigate conditions required to obtain martensite in hypoeutectic gray cast iron at 3.1% CE (carbon equivalent deformed in the semisolid state. Samples heated up to 1130, 1135, and 1145°C (liquid fractions of 10, 30, and 45% were compressed into platens without any holding time (0 s. If a sample presented a martensitic structure for 0 s holding time, new samples were retested at the same temperature for 30, 60, and 90 s holding times. The die casting process was simulated by allowing the platens to become locked after hot compression. Samples that cooled in the locked platens were submitted to higher cooling rates than samples that cooled with the platens open and presented martensite instead of the conventional ferrite and pearlite. Thus, the factor that had the greatest influence on the formation of martensite was the cooling rate rather than stress. The thixoforming process presented good morphological stability, which is highly desirable for industrial applications.

  14. Sodium valproate does not augment Prpsc in murine neuroblastoma cells.

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    Legendre, C; Casagrande, F; Andrieu, T; Dormont, D; Clayette, P

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    Sodium valproate (VPA) has been reported to increase the accumulation of the pathologic isoform of prion protein (PrPsc) in scrapie-infected murine neuroblastoma cells. In this study, the effect of VPA on PrPsc accumulation was investigated in murine N2a neuroblastoma cells chronically infected with scrapie strain 22L (N2a-22L). No accumulation of PrPsc was detected after short-term (3 days) or long-term (21 days) treatment of N2a-22L cells with 4.8, 12, 18 or 24 microM VPA. Higher VPA concentrations (240 and 600 microM) also failed to augment PrPsc expression. In conclusion, in our experimental conditions, no deleterious effect was induced by VPA on prions replication.

  15. Early Generation of New PrPSc on Blood Vessels after Brain Microinjection of Scrapie in Mice.

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    Chesebro, Bruce; Striebel, James; Rangel, Alejandra; Phillips, Katie; Hughson, Andrew; Caughey, Byron; Race, Brent

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    Aggregation of misfolded host proteins in the central nervous system is believed to be important in the pathogenic process in several neurodegenerative diseases of humans, including prion diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease. In these diseases, protein misfolding and aggregation appear to expand through a process of seeded polymerization. Prion diseases occur in both humans and animals and are experimentally transmissible orally or by injection, thus providing a controllable model of other neurodegenerative protein misfolding diseases. In rodents and ruminants, prion disease has a slow course, lasting months to years. Although prion infectivity has been detected in brain tissue at 3 to 4 weeks postinfection (p.i.), the details of early prion replication in the brain are not well understood. Here we studied the localization and quantitation of PrPSc generation in vivo starting at 30 min postmicroinjection of scrapie into the brain. In C57BL mice at 3 days p.i., generation of new PrPSc was detected by immunohistochemistry and immunoblot assays, and at 7 days p.i., new generation was confirmed by real-time quaking-induced conversion assay. The main site of new PrPSc generation was near the outer basement membrane of small and medium blood vessels. The finding and localization of replication at this site so early after injection have not been reported previously. This predominantly perivascular location suggested that structural components of the blood vessel basement membrane or perivascular astrocytes might act as cofactors in the initial generation of PrPSc. The location of PrPSc replication at the basement membrane also implies a role for the brain interstitial fluid drainage in the early infection process. Neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and prion diseases, of humans are characterized by misfolding and aggregation of certain proteins, resulting in the destruction of brain tissue. In these diseases

  16. Establishing quantitative real-time quaking-induced conversion (qRT-QuIC) for highly sensitive detection and quantification of PrPSc in prion-infected tissues.

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    Shi, Song; Mitteregger-Kretzschmar, Gerda; Giese, Armin; Kretzschmar, Hans A

    2013-08-02

    PrPSc, the only known constituent of prions, the infectious agents causing prion diseases, can be detected by real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC). However, there is no efficient method to quantify the amount of PrPSc by RT-QuIC. Here we introduce quantitative RT-QuIC (qRT-QuIC) to quantify with high accuracy minute amounts of PrPSc in the brain and various peripheral tissues at levels far below detection by in vivo transmission. PrPSc is relatively resistant to treatment with proteinase K (PK). However, as there can also be a fraction of pathological PrP that is digested by PK, we use the term PrP27-30 to denote to the amount of PrPSc that can be detected by immunoblot after PK treatment. qRT-QuIC is based upon the quantitative correlation between the seeded amount of PrP27-30 and the lag time to the start of the conversion reaction detected by RT-QuIC. By seeding known amounts of PrP27-30 quantified by immunoblot into qRT-QuIC a standard calibration curve can be obtained. Based on this calibration curve, seeded undetermined amounts of PrP27-30 can be directly calculated. qRT-QuIC allowed to quantify PrP27-30 concentrations at extremely low levels as low as 10-15.5 g PrP27-30, which corresponds to 0.001 LD50 units obtained by in vivo i.c. transmission studies. We find that PrP27-30 concentration increases steadily in the brain after inoculation and can be detected at various time points during the incubation period in peripheral organs (spleen, heart, muscle, liver, kidney) in two experimental scrapie strains (RML, ME7) in the mouse. We suggest that an automatic quantitative system to measure disease progression as well as prion contamination of organs, blood and food product is feasible. Moreover, the concept of qRT-QuIC should be applicable to measure other disease-associated proteins rich in β-pleated structures (amyloid) that bind ThT and that show seeded aggregation.

  17. Heterogeneity of the Abnormal Prion Protein (PrPSc) of the Chandler Scrapie Strain.

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    Kasai, Kazuo; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Masujin, Kentaro; Imamura, Morikazu; Mohri, Shirou; Yokoyama, Takashi

    2013-02-18

    The pathological prion protein, PrPSc, displays various sizes of aggregates. In this study, we investigated the conformation, aggregation stability and proteinase K (PK)-sensitivity of small and large PrPSc aggregates of mouse-adapted prion strains. We showed that small PrPSc aggregates, previously thought to be PK-sensitive, are resistant to PK digestion. Furthermore, we showed that small PrPSc aggregates of the Chandler scrapie strain have greater resistance to PK digestion and aggregation-denaturation than large PrPSc aggregates of this strain. We conclude that this strain consists of heterogeneous PrPSc.

  18. The N-terminal cleavage site of PrPSc from BSE differs from that of PrPSc from scrapie.

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    Hayashi, Hiroko K; Yokoyama, Takashi; Takata, Masuhiro; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Imamura, Morikazu; Ushiki, Yuko K; Shinagawa, Morikazu

    2005-03-25

    Heterogeneity in transmissible spongiform encephalopathy is thought to have derived from conformational variation in an abnormal isoform of the prion protein (PrPSc). To characterize PrPSc in bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie, we analyzed the newly generated N-terminus of PrPSc isoforms by digestion with proteinase K (PK). With a lower concentration of PK, the terminal amino acid of BSE PrPSc converged at N96. Under the same conditions, however, the terminal amino acid of scrapie PrPSc was G81 or G85. Furthermore, with an increase of PK concentration, the N-terminal amino acid was shifted and converged at G89. The results suggest that the PK cleavage site of BSE PrPSc is uniform and is different from the cleavage site of scrapie PrPSc.

  19. Sialylation of prion protein controls the rate of prion amplification, the cross-species barrier, the ratio of PrPSc glycoform and prion infectivity.

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    Katorcha, Elizaveta; Makarava, Natallia; Savtchenko, Regina; D'Azzo, Alessandra; Baskakov, Ilia V

    2014-09-01

    The central event underlying prion diseases involves conformational change of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrP(C)) into the disease-associated, transmissible form (PrP(Sc)). Pr(PC) is a sialoglycoprotein that contains two conserved N-glycosylation sites. Among the key parameters that control prion replication identified over the years are amino acid sequence of host PrP(C) and the strain-specific structure of PrPSc. The current work highlights the previously unappreciated role of sialylation of PrP(C) glycans in prion pathogenesis, including its role in controlling prion replication rate, infectivity, cross-species barrier and PrP(Sc) glycoform ratio. The current study demonstrates that undersialylated PrP(C) is selected during prion amplification in Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification (PMCAb) at the expense of oversialylated PrP(C). As a result, PMCAb-derived PrP(Sc) was less sialylated than brain-derived PrP(Sc). A decrease in PrPSc sialylation correlated with a drop in infectivity of PMCAb-derived material. Nevertheless, enzymatic de-sialylation of PrP(C) using sialidase was found to increase the rate of PrP(Sc) amplification in PMCAb from 10- to 10,000-fold in a strain-dependent manner. Moreover, de-sialylation of PrP(C) reduced or eliminated a species barrier of for prion amplification in PMCAb. These results suggest that the negative charge of sialic acid controls the energy barrier of homologous and heterologous prion replication. Surprisingly, the sialylation status of PrP(C) was also found to control PrP(Sc) glycoform ratio. A decrease in Pr(PC) sialylation levels resulted in a higher percentage of the diglycosylated glycoform in PrP(Sc). 2D analysis of charge distribution revealed that the sialylation status of brain-derived PrP(C) differed from that of spleen-derived PrP(C). Knocking out lysosomal sialidase Neu1 did not change the sialylation status of brain-derived PrP(C), suggesting that Neu1 is not responsible for desialylation of Pr

  20. Sialylation of prion protein controls the rate of prion amplification, the cross-species barrier, the ratio of PrPSc glycoform and prion infectivity.

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    Elizaveta Katorcha

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    Full Text Available The central event underlying prion diseases involves conformational change of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrP(C into the disease-associated, transmissible form (PrP(Sc. Pr(PC is a sialoglycoprotein that contains two conserved N-glycosylation sites. Among the key parameters that control prion replication identified over the years are amino acid sequence of host PrP(C and the strain-specific structure of PrPSc. The current work highlights the previously unappreciated role of sialylation of PrP(C glycans in prion pathogenesis, including its role in controlling prion replication rate, infectivity, cross-species barrier and PrP(Sc glycoform ratio. The current study demonstrates that undersialylated PrP(C is selected during prion amplification in Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification (PMCAb at the expense of oversialylated PrP(C. As a result, PMCAb-derived PrP(Sc was less sialylated than brain-derived PrP(Sc. A decrease in PrPSc sialylation correlated with a drop in infectivity of PMCAb-derived material. Nevertheless, enzymatic de-sialylation of PrP(C using sialidase was found to increase the rate of PrP(Sc amplification in PMCAb from 10- to 10,000-fold in a strain-dependent manner. Moreover, de-sialylation of PrP(C reduced or eliminated a species barrier of for prion amplification in PMCAb. These results suggest that the negative charge of sialic acid controls the energy barrier of homologous and heterologous prion replication. Surprisingly, the sialylation status of PrP(C was also found to control PrP(Sc glycoform ratio. A decrease in Pr(PC sialylation levels resulted in a higher percentage of the diglycosylated glycoform in PrP(Sc. 2D analysis of charge distribution revealed that the sialylation status of brain-derived PrP(C differed from that of spleen-derived PrP(C. Knocking out lysosomal sialidase Neu1 did not change the sialylation status of brain-derived PrP(C, suggesting that Neu1 is not responsible for desialylation of Pr

  1. Relationship of PrPSc molecular properties with incubation time in a natural prion disease host: a characterization of three isolates of U.S. sheep scrapie

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    Determination of aspects of tertiary and quaternary structure of PrPSc associated with differences in disease presentation in the host is a key area of interest in the prion field. Previously, we determined that a U.S. scrapie isolate (136-VDEP) with a short incubation time upon passage in sheep als...

  2. Immunoreactivity of specific epitopes of PrPSc is enhanced by pretreatment in a hydrated autoclave.

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    Yokoyama, T; Momotani, E; Kimura, K; Yuasa, N

    1996-01-01

    An abnormal protein (PrPSc) accumulates in animals affected with scrapie. Immunoblotting procedures have been used widely to detect PrPSc. Blotted membranes were subjected to pretreatment in a hydrated autoclave, and the subsequent immunoreactivity of PrPSc was examined. The immunoreactivity of PrPSc to antisera against the synthetic peptides of the mouse PrP amino acid sequences 199 to 208 and 213 to 226 was enhanced by the pretreatment. However, the reactivity to antisera of peptide sequences 100 to 115 and 165 to 174 was not affected. The antibody-binding ability of the specific epitopes which are located close to the C-terminal end of PrP27-30 the proteinase-resistant portion of PrPSc, was enhanced by pretreatment in a hydrated autoclave. This pretreatment increased the sensitivity of PrPSc, and it would be useful for diagnosis of scrapie. PMID:8807215

  3. Relationships between PrPSc stability and incubation time for United States scrapie isolates in a natural host system.

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    Vrentas, Catherine E; Greenlee, Justin J; Tatum, Trudy L; Nicholson, Eric M

    2012-01-01

    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), including scrapie in sheep (Ovis aries), are fatal neurodegenerative diseases caused by the misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a â-rich conformer (PrP(Sc)) that accumulates into higher-order structures in the brain and other tissues. Distinct strains of TSEs exist, characterized by different pathologic profiles upon passage into rodents and representing distinct conformations of PrP(Sc). One biochemical method of distinguishing strains is the stability of PrP(Sc) as determined by unfolding in guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl), which is tightly and positively correlated with the incubation time of disease upon passage into mice. Here, we utilize a rapid, protease-free version of the stability assay to characterize naturally occurring scrapie samples, including a fast-acting scrapie inoculum for which incubation time is highly dependent on the amino acid at codon 136 of the prion protein. We utilize the stability methodology to identify the presence of two distinct isolates in the inoculum, and compare isolate properties to those of a host-stabilized reference scrapie isolate (NADC 13-7) in order to assess the stability/incubation time correlation in a natural host system. We demonstrate the utility of the stability methodology in characterizing TSE isolates throughout serial passage in livestock, which is applicable to a range of natural host systems, including strains of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and chronic wasting disease.

  4. Alternative fates of newly formed PrPSc upon prion conversion on the plasma membrane.

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    Goold, Rob; McKinnon, Chris; Rabbanian, Samira; Collinge, John; Schiavo, Giampietro; Tabrizi, Sarah J

    2013-08-15

    Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative diseases characterised by the accumulation of misfolded prion protein (PrP(Sc)) in the brain. They are caused by the templated misfolding of normal cellular protein, PrP(C), by PrP(Sc). We have recently generated a unique cell system in which epitope-tagged PrP(C) competent to produce bona fide PrP(Sc) is expressed in neuroblastoma cells. Using this system we demonstrated that PrP(Sc) forms on the cell surface within minutes of prion exposure. Here, we describe the intracellular trafficking of newly formed PrP(Sc). After formation in GM1-enriched lipid microdomains at the plasma membrane, PrP(Sc) is rapidly internalised to early endosomes containing transferrin and cholera toxin B subunit. Following endocytosis, PrP(Sc) intracellular trafficking diverges: some is recycled to the plasma membrane via Rab11-labelled recycling endosomes; the remaining PrP(Sc) is subject to retromer-mediated retrograde transport to the Golgi. This pathway leads to lysosomal degradation, and we show that this is the dominant PrP(Sc) degradative mechanism in the early stages of prion infection.

  5. PrPSc in Salivary Glands of Scrapie-Affected Sheep▿

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    Vascellari, Marta; Nonno, Romolo; Mutinelli, Franco; Bigolaro, Michela; Di Bari, Michele Angelo; Melchiotti, Erica; Marcon, Stefano; D'Agostino, Claudia; Vaccari, Gabriele; Conte, Michela; De Grossi, Luigi; Rosone, Francesca; Giordani, Francesco; Agrimi, Umberto

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    The salivary glands of scrapie-affected sheep and healthy controls were investigated for the presence of the pathological prion protein (PrPSc). PrPSc was detected in major (parotid and mandibular) and minor (buccal, labial, and palatine) salivary glands of naturally and experimentally infected sheep. Using Western blotting, the PrPSc concentration in glands was estimated to be 0.02 to 0.005% of that in brain. Immunohistochemistry revealed intracellular depositions of PrPSc in ductal and acin...

  6. Alternative fates of newly formed PrPSc upon prion conversion on the plasma membrane

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    Goold, Rob; McKinnon, Chris; Rabbanian, Samira; Collinge, John; Schiavo, Giampietro; Tabrizi, Sarah J.

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    Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative diseases characterised by the accumulation of misfolded prion protein (PrPSc) in the brain. They are caused by the templated misfolding of normal cellular protein, PrPC, by PrPSc. We have recently generated a unique cell system in which epitope-tagged PrPC competent to produce bona fide PrPSc is expressed in neuroblastoma cells. Using this system we demonstrated that PrPSc forms on the cell surface within minutes of prion exposure. Here, we describe ...

  7. Biology of PrPsc accumulation in two natural scrapie-infected sheep flocks.

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    Caplazi, Patrick; O'Rourke, Katherine; Wolf, Cynthia; Shaw, Daniel; Baszler, Timothy V

    2004-11-01

    Sheep scrapie is a prion disease that requires interaction of exogenous prions with host prion protein (PrP) supporting prion formation. Disease is associated with deposition of a host-generated conformational variant of PrP, PrPsc, in a variety of tissues, including brain, resulting in fatal spongiform encephalopathy. Efficiency of PrPsc formation is determined by polymorphisms in the PrP-coding sequence. This article adds to previous data of natural sheep scrapie, concentrating on the effect of host genotype and age on PrPsc accumulation patterns during preclinical and clinical disease. Two entire scrapie-infected, predominantly Suffolk-cross, sheep flocks euthanized for regulatory purposes were genotyped and analyzed for PrPsc deposition in various tissues using single- and dual-label immunohistochemistry. Scrapie, as defined by PrPsc deposition, occurred in 13/80 sheep. Preclinical disease was evident in nearly 70% of infected sheep, ranging in age from 14 months to 7 years. PrPsc accumulated systemically in the nervous tissue, various lymphoid tissues, both alimentary tract related and non-alimentary tract related, and the placenta. Clinical neurological illness was always associated with spongiform encephalopathy and PrPsc deposition in the brain. Only 6 of 9 sheep with preclinical scrapie had PrPsc deposition in the brain but widespread PrPsc deposition in peripheral lymphoid tissue, supporting previous data showing peripheral PrPsc accumulation preceding deposition in the brain. PrPsc colocalized with a marker for follicular dendritic cells throughout the lymphoid system. PrPsc also accumulated in the peripheral nervous system, particularly the nervous supply of the gastrointestinal tract. Abundant PrPsc was evident in trophoblast cells of placentomes but not in the endometrium, myometrium, or associated nervous plexus. PrPsc deposits were not observed in the mammary parenchyma or bone marrow. Scrapie susceptibility was defined genetically by PrP codon 171

  8. Methionine Sulfoxides on PrPSc: A Prion-Specific Covalent Signature

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    Canello, T.; Engelstein, R.; Moshel, O.; Xanthopoulos, K.; Langeveld, J.P.M.; Sklaviadis, T.; Gasset, M.; Gabizon, R.

    2008-01-01

    Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders believed to be transmitted by PrPSc, an aberrant form of the membrane protein PrPC. In the absence of an established form-specific covalent difference, the infectious properties of PrPSc were uniquely ascribed to the self-perpetuation properties

  9. Analysis of prion strains by PrPSc profiling in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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    Schoch, Gaby; Seeger, Harald; Bogousslavsky, Julien; Tolnay, Markus; Janzer, Robert Charles; Aguzzi, Adriano; Glatzel, Markus

    2006-02-01

    Prion diseases are a group of invariably fatal neurodegenerative disorders affecting humans and a wide range of mammals. An essential part of the infectious agent, termed the prion, is composed of an abnormal isoform (PrPSc) of a host-encoded normal cellular protein (PrPC). The conversion of PrPC to PrPSc is thought to play a crucial role in the development of prion diseases and leads to PrPSc deposition, mainly in the central nervous system. Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD), the most common form of human prion disease, presents with a marked clinical heterogeneity. This diversity is accompanied by a molecular signature which can be defined by histological, biochemical, and genetic means. The molecular classification of sCJD is an important tool to aid in the understanding of underlying disease mechanisms and the development of therapy protocols. Comparability of classifications is hampered by disparity of applied methods and inter-observer variability. To overcome these difficulties, we developed a new quantification protocol for PrPSc by using internal standards on each Western blot, which allows for generation and direct comparison of individual PrPSc profiles. By studying PrPSc profiles and PrPSc type expression within nine defined central nervous system areas of 50 patients with sCJD, we were able to show distinct PrPSc distribution patterns in diverse subtypes of sCJD. Furthermore, we were able to demonstrate the co-existence of more than one PrPSc type in individuals with sCJD in about 20% of all patients and in more than 50% of patients heterozygous for a polymorphism on codon 129 of the gene encoding the prion protein (PRNP). PrPSc profiling represents a valuable tool for the molecular classification of human prion diseases and has important implications for their diagnosis by brain biopsy. Our results show that the co-existence of more than one PrPSc type might be influenced by genetic and brain region-specific determinants. These findings

  10. Effect on nerve structures of functionalized gold-chitosan nanoparticles obtained by one pot synthesis

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    Full Text Available Gold nanoparticles have potential applications in drug delivery, cancer diagnosis and therapy, food industry and environment remediation. However, little is known about their potential toxicity or fate in the environment. In this study we observed significant effects of functionalized gold-chitosan nanoparticles obtained by one pot synthesis on nerve structures of Wistar rats.

  11. Fluorescent Immunoassay Development for PrPSc Detection and Antemortem Diagnosis of TSEs

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    2005-01-01

    The overall goal of our study is to develop methods of high-sensitivity and high-specificity for the antemortem diagnosis of prion diseases by detecting PrPSc in biological fluids using fluorescent immunoassay...

  12. Fluorescent Immunoassay Development for PrP(Sc) Detection and Antemortem Diagnosis of TSEs

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    Carp, Richard I

    2004-01-01

    The overall goal of our study is to develop methods of high-sensitivity and high-specificity for the antemortem diagnosis of prion diseases by detecting PrPsc in biological fluids using fluorescent immunoassay...

  13. Assessment of strain-specific PrP(Sc elongation rates revealed a transformation of PrP(Sc properties during protein misfolding cyclic amplification.

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    Full Text Available Prion replication is believed to consist of two components, a growth or elongation of infectious isoform of the prion protein (PrP(Sc particles and their fragmentation, a process that provides new replication centers. The current study introduced an experimental approach that employs Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification with beads (PMCAb and relies on a series of kinetic experiments for assessing elongation rates of PrP(Sc particles. Four prion strains including two strains with short incubation times to disease (263K and Hyper and two strains with very long incubation times (SSLOW and LOTSS were tested. The elongation rate of brain-derived PrP(Sc was found to be strain-specific. Strains with short incubation times had higher rates than strains with long incubation times. Surprisingly, the strain-specific elongation rates increased substantially for all four strains after they were subjected to six rounds of serial PMCAb. In parallel to an increase in elongation rates, the percentages of diglycosylated PrP glycoforms increased in PMCAb-derived PrP(Sc comparing to those of brain-derived PrP(Sc. These results suggest that PMCAb selects the same molecular features regardless of strain initial characteristics and that convergent evolution of PrP(Sc properties occurred during in vitro amplification. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that each prion strain is comprised of a variety of conformers or 'quasi-species' and that change in the prion replication environment gives selective advantage to those conformers that replicate most effectively under specific environment.

  14. Assessment of Strain-Specific PrPSc Elongation Rates Revealed a Transformation of PrPSc Properties during Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification

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    Gonzalez-Montalban, Nuria; Baskakov, Ilia V.

    2012-01-01

    Prion replication is believed to consist of two components, a growth or elongation of infectious isoform of the prion protein (PrPSc) particles and their fragmentation, a process that provides new replication centers. The current study introduced an experimental approach that employs Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification with beads (PMCAb) and relies on a series of kinetic experiments for assessing elongation rates of PrPSc particles. Four prion strains including two strains with short incubation times to disease (263K and Hyper) and two strains with very long incubation times (SSLOW and LOTSS) were tested. The elongation rate of brain-derived PrPSc was found to be strain-specific. Strains with short incubation times had higher rates than strains with long incubation times. Surprisingly, the strain-specific elongation rates increased substantially for all four strains after they were subjected to six rounds of serial PMCAb. In parallel to an increase in elongation rates, the percentages of diglycosylated PrP glycoforms increased in PMCAb-derived PrPSc comparing to those of brain-derived PrPSc. These results suggest that PMCAb selects the same molecular features regardless of strain initial characteristics and that convergent evolution of PrPSc properties occurred during in vitro amplification. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that each prion strain is comprised of a variety of conformers or ‘quasi-species’ and that change in the prion replication environment gives selective advantage to those conformers that replicate most effectively under specific environment. PMID:22815972

  15. Beckmann rearrangement of oxime obtained from oleanolic acid. Structure elucidation of the initial oxime

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    Bednarczyk-Cwynar, Barbara; Zaprutko, Lucjusz; Froelich, Anna

    2013-12-01

    Seven-membered A-lactam and A-nitrile of methyl oleanolate were synthesized from the corresponding oxime. Many reaction setups were tried to find the optimum conditions. The best results (the highest yield of the desired lactam along with total consumption of starting oxime) were obtained in pyridine with phosphoryl chloride as Lewis acid. The main product was obtained with the yield of about 60%. Mechanism of Beckmann rearrangement for the above triterpenic 3-oxime leading to normal and abnormal product (a lactam and a nitrile, respectively) was explained. The structures of both products were determined and fully characterized by spectral data. The stereoisomerism of the initial oxime was determined on the basis of Beckmann rearrangement product structure and X-ray analysis.

  16. Magnetic structural information obtained from the HiRES airborne survey of the Isle of Wight

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    White, James; Beamish, David

    2011-01-01

    This study summarises the structural information obtained from a modern high resolution magnetic survey over the Isle of Wight corroborated with additional information derived from existing data available over a much wider area. This new, low-altitude, survey offered the opportunity to compare the UK national baseline magnetic data set (GSGB) acquired during the late 1950s and early 1960s with a high resolution airborne geophysical survey (HiRES) data set. The low level modern survey data, co...

  17. Fate of pathological prion (PrP(sc)92-138) in soil and water: prion-clay nanoparticle molecular dynamics.

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    Chapron, Yves; Charlet, Laurent; Sahai, Nita

    2014-01-01

    Pathogenic prion protein scrapie (PrP(sc)) may contaminate soils for decades and remain in water in colloidal suspension, providing infection pathways for animals through the inhalation of ingested dust and soil particles, and drinking water. We used molecular dynamics simulations to understand the strong binding mechanism of this pathogenic peptide with clay mineral surfaces and compared our results to experimental works. We restricted our model to the moiety PrP(92-138), which is a portion of the whole PrP(sc) molecule responsible for infectivity and modeled it using explicit solvating water molecules in contact with a pyrophyllite cleavage plane. Pyrophyllite is taken as a model for common soil clay, but it has no permanent structural charge. However, partial residual negative charges occur on the cleavage plane slab surface due to a slab charge unbalance. The charge is isotropic in 2D and it was balanced with K(+) ions. After partially removing potassium ions, the peptide anchors to the clay surface via up to 10 hydrogen bonds, between protonated lysine or histidine residues and the oxygen atoms of the siloxane cavities. Our results provide insight to the mechanism responsible for the strong association between the PrP(sc) peptide and clay nanoparticles and the associations present in contaminated soil and water which may lead to the infection of animals.

  18. Yes, one can obtain better quality structures from routine X-ray data collection.

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    Sanjuan-Szklarz, W Fabiola; Hoser, Anna A; Gutmann, Matthias; Madsen, Anders Østergaard; Woźniak, Krzysztof

    2016-01-01

    Single-crystal X-ray diffraction structural results for benzidine dihydrochloride, hydrated and protonated N,N,N,N-peri(dimethylamino)naphthalene chloride, triptycene, dichlorodimethyltriptycene and decamethylferrocene have been analysed. A critical discussion of the dependence of structural and thermal parameters on resolution for these compounds is presented. Results of refinements against X-ray data, cut off to different resolutions from the high-resolution data files, are compared to structural models derived from neutron diffraction experiments. The Independent Atom Model (IAM) and the Transferable Aspherical Atom Model (TAAM) are tested. The average differences between the X-ray and neutron structural parameters (with the exception of valence angles defined by H atoms) decrease with the increasing 2θmax angle. The scale of differences between X-ray and neutron geometrical parameters can be significantly reduced when data are collected to the higher, than commonly used, 2θmax diffraction angles (for Mo Kα 2θmax > 65°). The final structural and thermal parameters obtained for the studied compounds using TAAM refinement are in better agreement with the neutron values than the IAM results for all resolutions and all compounds. By using TAAM, it is still possible to obtain accurate results even from low-resolution X-ray data. This is particularly important as TAAM is easy to apply and can routinely be used to improve the quality of structural investigations [Dominiak (2015 ▸). LSDB from UBDB. University of Buffalo, USA]. We can recommend that, in order to obtain more adequate (more accurate and precise) structural and displacement parameters during the IAM model refinement, data should be collected up to the larger diffraction angles, at least, for Mo Kα radiation to 2θmax = 65° (sin θmax/λ data collected to the lower 2θmax angles. Also the results of translation-libration-screw (TLS) analysis and vibrational entropy values are more

  19. Structural Characterisation of ZnO Particles Obtained by the Emulsion Precipitation Method

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    Agnieszka Kołodziejczak-Radzimska

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide was obtained by precipitation in an emulsion system with zinc acetate used as a precursor of ZnO and potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide as a precipitating agent. The cyclohexane, as an organic phase, and a nonionic surfactant mixture were also used for preparation of the emulsion. By applying modifications of the ZnO precipitation process, such as changing the precipitating agent, composition of substrates, and the rate of substrate dosing, some interesting structures of ZnO particles were obtained. The morphology of the modified samples was analysed based on SEM (scanning electron microscope and TEM (transmission electron microscope images. Moreover the samples were characterised by determination of their dispersive properties using the noninvasive back scattering method (NIBS, adsorption parameters (BET, and crystalline structure (XRD. Thermogravimetric analysis (TG as well as infrared spectrophotometry (FT-IR was also applied. For selected samples their electrical properties (dielectric permittivity and electric conductivity were also measured. The zinc oxide obtained consisted of particles in the shapes of solids, ellipsoids, rods, and flakes, with size ranging from 164 to 2670 nm and showed well-developed surface area with values as high as 20 m2/g.

  20. Structural study of nanocrystalline solid solution of Cu-Mo obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica y de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Avenida Espana 1680, Valparaiso (Chile); Instituto de Materiales y Procesos Termomecanicos, Universidad Austral de Chile, General Lagos 2086, Valdivia (Chile); Castro, F. [Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Tecnicas de Gipuzkoa, Paseo de Manuel Lardizabal, N Degree-Sign 15 20018, San Sebastian (Spain); Martinez, V. [TEKMETALL, Metallurgical Solutions S.L., Paseo neinor, Iribar Kalea 5, F1. B. de Igara 20018, San Sebastian (Spain); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Ingenieria en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama y Centro Regional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Sustentable de Atacama (CRIDESAT), Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile); Cuevas, F. de las; Lozada, L.; Vielma, N. [Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Tecnicas de Gipuzkoa, Paseo de Manuel Lardizabal, N Degree-Sign 15 20018, San Sebastian (Spain)

    2012-06-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Extension of solid solution in Cu-Mo system achieved by mechanical alloying. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray characterization of Cu-Mo system processed by mechanical alloying. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural study of nanocrystalline solid solution of Cu-Mo obtained by mechanical alloying. - Abstract: This work studied the structural evolution of Cu-xMo (x = 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys processed by mechanical alloying using x-ray diffraction profiles, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetric and microhardness. X-ray diffraction analysis was done using the modified Williamson-Hall and Warren-Averbach methods. These were used to determine structural properties, such as crystallite size, stacking fault probability and energy, dislocation density of metallic powder as a function of the amount of Mo and milling time. The main results obtained for both alloys were higher dislocation density and Vickers microhardness values were measured and crystallites sizes of around 10 nm were measured for both systems at 50 h of milling. Lattice defects increase the free energy and the free energy curves shift upwards, therefore the solubility limits change and Cu-Mo solid solution is formed.

  1. Sub-modeling approach for obtaining structural stress histories during dynamic analysis

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    T. T. Rantalainen

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Modern machine structures are often fabricated by welding. From a fatigue point of view, the structural details and especially, the welded details are the most prone to fatigue damage and failure. Design against fatigue requires information on the fatigue resistance of a structure's critical details and the stress loads that act on each detail. Even though, dynamic simulation of flexible bodies is already current method for analyzing structures, obtaining the stress history of a structural detail during dynamic simulation is a challenging task; especially when the detail has a complex geometry. In particular, analyzing the stress history of every structural detail within a single finite element model can be overwhelming since the amount of nodal degrees of freedom needed in the model may require an impractical amount of computational effort. The purpose of computer simulation is to reduce amount of prototypes and speed up the product development process. Also, to take operator influence into account, real time models, i.e. simplified and computationally efficient models are required. This in turn, requires stress computation to be efficient if it will be performed during dynamic simulation. The research looks back at the theoretical background of multibody simulation and finite element method to find suitable parts to form a new approach for efficient stress calculation. This study proposes that, the problem of stress calculation during dynamic simulation can be greatly simplified by using a combination of Floating Frame of Reference Formulation with modal superposition and a sub-modeling approach. In practice, the proposed approach can be used to efficiently generate the relevant fatigue assessment stress history for a structural detail during or after dynamic simulation. Proposed approach is demonstrated in practice using one numerical example. Even though, examples are simplified the results show that approach is applicable and can be used as

  2. Influence of the structure of ceftazidime on obtaining biologically active cellulosic bandage

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    Rodić-Grabovac Branka B.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Biologically active fibers as drug carriers have improved characteristics in comparison with conventional medical therapies. Cellulosic fibers as hydrophilic and biocompatible, nontoxic and eco-friendly make a good polymer matrix for obtaining biologically active fibers. Current investigations in this area show that the features of these fibers depend on the type of carrier as well as the drug structure. Loading drugs on the fiber carrier is accomplished by ionic bonding between ionized drugs and the groups fixed on the fiber (by ion exchange or loosely adsorption on the fiber through hydrophobic interactions. These interactions can be achieved between hydrophobic parts of the drug and the fiber carrier or among the hydrophobic drugs bonded on the fiber. Prevailing mechanism of ionized drug bonding on the carrier is ionic, although different hydrophobic interactions can contribute the drug loading to varying degrees. In this paper oxidized cellulose (OC with different carboxylic group content is obtained by selective oxidation and used for chemical bonding of antibiotic ceftazidime. In its structure this antibiotic has aminothiazole ring and pyridine ring in the side chains of cephem nucleus. Ceftazidime has two carboxylic groups and also great number of electron donors and acceptors. Due to these groups and structures ceftazidime is able to form multiple chemical bonds i. e. interactions with oxidized cellulosic bandage. The bonding was performed in antibiotic water solution concentration of c=3,4∙10-3 mol/L at room temperature (22 ± 1°C, while desorption was performed in physiological solution. The amounts of bonded and released antibiotic were determined spectrophotometrically in UV range. Maximum amount of bound drug (0,0243 mg/g was obtained during the sorption on the oxidized bandage with 2,276 mmol/g COOH and the maximum amount of released drug was 0,0238 mmol/g. Antimicrobial activity of the samples with bonded ceftazidime was tested

  3. LIGNIN, STRUCTURE AND APPLICATIONS: DEPOLYMERIZATION METHODS FOR OBTAINING AROMATIC DERIVATIVES OF INDUSTRIAL INTEREST

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    Marvin Chávez-Sifontes

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this article significant data related to the structural characteristics of lignin, the extraction and isolation processes from biomass, and also the characteristics of different types of commercial lignins are presented. The review focuses on the different depolymerization processes (hydrolysis, hydrogenolysis, hydrodeoxygenation, pyrolysis, among others up to now developed and investigated analyzing the different aromatic derivatives obtained in each case, as well as the interesting reactions some of them may undergo. Application possibilities for lignin and its derivatives in new industrial processes integrated into the bio-refinery of the future are finally assessed

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of FeCoC system obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Rincón Soler, A. I.; Rodríguez Jacobo, R. R.; Medina Barreto, M. H.; Cruz-Muñoz, B.

    2017-11-01

    Fe96-XCoXC4 (x = 0, 10, 20, 30, 40 at. %) alloys were obtained by mechanical alloying of Fe, C and Co powders using high-energy milling. The structural and magnetic properties of the alloy system were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Mössbauer Spectrometry at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed a BCC-FeCoC structure phase for all samples, as well as a lattice parameter that slightly decreases with Co content. The saturation magnetization and coercive field were analyzed as a function of Co content. The Mössbauer spectra were fitted with a hyperfine magnetic field distribution showing the ferromagnetic behavior and the disordered character of the samples. The mean hyperfine magnetic field remained nearly constant (358 T) with Co content.

  5. Structural and magnetic properties of FeCoC system obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Rincón Soler, A. I. [Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Fac. de Ciencias, Depto. de Física (Colombia); Rodríguez Jacobo, R. R., E-mail: rrrodriguez@uao.edu.co [Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Fac. de Ciencias Básicas, Depto. de Física (Colombia); Medina Barreto, M. H.; Cruz-Muñoz, B. [Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Fac. de Ciencias, Depto. de Física (Colombia)

    2017-11-15

    Fe{sub 96−X}Co{sub X}C{sub 4} (x = 0, 10, 20, 30, 40 at. %) alloys were obtained by mechanical alloying of Fe, C and Co powders using high-energy milling. The structural and magnetic properties of the alloy system were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Mössbauer Spectrometry at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed a BCC-FeCoC structure phase for all samples, as well as a lattice parameter that slightly decreases with Co content. The saturation magnetization and coercive field were analyzed as a function of Co content. The Mössbauer spectra were fitted with a hyperfine magnetic field distribution showing the ferromagnetic behavior and the disordered character of the samples. The mean hyperfine magnetic field remained nearly constant (358 T) with Co content.

  6. A novel method for preclinical detection of PrPSc in blood.

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    Rubenstein, Richard; Chang, Binggong; Gray, Perry; Piltch, Martin; Bulgin, Marie S; Sorensen-Melson, Sharon; Miller, Michael W

    2010-07-01

    In this study, we demonstrate that a moderate amount of protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) coupled to a novel surround optical fibre immunoassay (SOFIA) detection scheme can be used to detect the disease-associated form of the prion protein (PrP(Sc)) in protease-untreated plasma from preclinical and clinical scrapie sheep, and white-tailed deer with chronic wasting disease, following natural and experimental infection. PrP(Sc), resulting from a conformational change of the normal (cellular) form of prion protein (PrP(C)), is considered central to neuropathogenesis and serves as the only reliable molecular marker for prion disease diagnosis. While the highest levels of PrP(Sc) are present in the central nervous system, the development of a reasonable diagnostic assay requires the use of body fluids that characteristically contain exceedingly low levels of PrP(Sc). PrP(Sc) has been detected in the blood of sick animals by means of PMCA technology. However, repeated cycling over several days, which is necessary for PMCA of blood material, has been reported to result in decreased specificity (false positives). To generate an assay for PrP(Sc) in blood that is both highly sensitive and specific, we have utilized limited serial PMCA (sPMCA) with SOFIA. We did not find any enhancement of sPMCA with the addition of polyadenylic acid nor was it necessary to match the genotypes of the PrP(C) and PrP(Sc) sources for efficient amplification.

  7. PrPSc spreading patterns in the brain of sheep linked to different prion types.

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    Wemheuer, Wiebke M; Benestad, Sylvie L; Wrede, Arne; Wemheuer, Wilhelm E; Brenig, Bertram; Bratberg, Bjørn; Schulz-Schaeffer, Walter J

    2011-02-15

    Scrapie in sheep and goats has been known for more than 250 years and belongs nowadays to the so-called prion diseases that also include e.g. bovine spongiform encephalopathy in cattle (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. According to the prion hypothesis, the pathological isoform (PrPSc) of the cellular prion protein (PrPc) comprises the essential, if not exclusive, component of the transmissible agent. Currently, two types of scrapie disease are known--classical and atypical/Nor98 scrapie. In the present study we examine 24 cases of classical and 25 cases of atypical/Nor98 scrapie with the sensitive PET blot method and validate the results with conventional immunohistochemistry. The sequential detection of PrPSc aggregates in the CNS of classical scrapie sheep implies that after neuroinvasion a spread from spinal cord and obex to the cerebellum, diencephalon and frontal cortex via the rostral brainstem takes place. We categorize the spread of PrPSc into four stages: the CNS entry stage, the brainstem stage, the cruciate sulcus stage and finally the basal ganglia stage. Such a sequential development of PrPSc was not detectable upon analysis of the present atypical/Nor98 scrapie cases. PrPSc distribution in one case of atypical/Nor98 scrapie in a presumably early disease phase suggests that the spread of PrPSc aggregates starts in the di- or telencephalon. In addition to the spontaneous generation of PrPSc, an uptake of the infectious agent into the brain, that bypasses the brainstem and starts its accumulation in the thalamus, needs to be taken into consideration for atypical/Nor98 scrapie.

  8. TSE strain differentiation in mice by immunohistochemical PrP(Sc) profiles and triplex Western blot.

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    van Keulen, Lucien J M; Langeveld, Jan P M; Dolstra, Corry H; Jacobs, Jorg; Bossers, Alex; van Zijderveld, Fred G

    2015-10-01

    TSE strains are routinely identified by their incubation period and vacuolation profile in the brain after intracerebral inoculation and serial passaging in inbred mouse lines. There are some major drawbacks to this method that are related to the variation in vacuolation that exists in the brains of mice infected with the same TSE strain and to variation between observers and laboratories in scoring vacuolation and determining the final incubation period. We investigated the potential of PrP(Sc) immunohistochemistry and triplex Western blotting as possible alternative methods to differentiate between TSE strains. TSE reference strains ME7, 87A/87V, 22A/22C, 79A/79V and 301C/301V were intracerebrally inoculated in RIII or VM inbred mice that differ in their PrP genotype. Immunohistochemical PrP(Sc) profiles were drawn up by scanning light microscopy both on coronal and sagittal sections. On the basis of the localization of PrP(Sc) in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, and cerebellar cortex and the overall type of PrP(Sc) staining, all TSE strains could be well differentiated from each other through their typical strain dependent characteristics. In addition, Western blot showed that the combination of glycosylation profile and 12B2 epitope content of PrP(Sc) allowed to distinguish between all reference strains except for ME7 and 22A in VM mice. TSE strains in mice can be identified on the basis of their PrP(Sc) profile alone. The potential to identify TSE strains in ruminants with these PrP(Sc) profiles after a single primary passage in mice will be the topic of future studies. © 2014 British Neuropathological Society.

  9. Sc237 hamster PrPSc and Sc237-derived mouse PrPSc generated by interspecies in vitro amplification exhibit distinct pathological and biochemical properties in tga20 transgenic mice.

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    Yoshioka, Miyako; Imamura, Morikazu; Okada, Hiroyuki; Shimozaki, Noriko; Murayama, Yuichi; Yokoyama, Takashi; Mohri, Shirou

    2011-05-01

    Prions are the infectious agents responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, and are primarily composed of the pathogenic form (PrP(Sc)) of the host-encoded prion protein (PrP(C)). Recent studies have revealed that protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA), a highly sensitive method for PrP(Sc) detection, can overcome the species barrier in several xenogeneic combinations of PrP(Sc) seed and PrP(C) substrate. Although these findings provide valuable insight into the origin and diversity of prions, the differences between PrP(Sc) generated by interspecies PMCA and by in vivo cross-species transmission have not been described. This study investigated the histopathological and biochemical properties of PrP(Sc) in the brains of tga20 transgenic mice inoculated with Sc237 hamster scrapie prion and PrP(Sc) from mice inoculated with Sc237-derived mouse PrP(Sc), which had been generated by interspecies PMCA using Sc237 as seed and normal mouse brain homogenate as substrate. Tga20 mice overexpressing mouse PrP(C) were susceptible to Sc237 after primary transmission. PrP(Sc) in the brains of mice inoculated with Sc237-derived mouse PrP(Sc) and in the brains of mice inoculated with Sc237 differed in their lesion profiles and accumulation patterns, Western blot profiles, and denaturant resistance. In addition, these PrP(Sc) exhibited distinctive virulence profiles upon secondary passage. These results suggest that different in vivo and in vitro environments result in propagation of PrP(Sc) with different biological properties. © 2011 The Societies and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  10. Structure investigations of ferromagnetic Co-Ni-Al alloys obtained by powder metallurgy.

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    Maziarz, W; Dutkiewicz, J; Lityńska-Dobrzyńska, L; Santamarta, R; Cesari, E

    2010-03-01

    Elemental powders of Co, Ni and Al in the proper amounts to obtain Co(35)Ni(40)Al(25) and Co(40)Ni(35)Al(25) nominal compositions were ball milled in a high-energy mill for 80 h. After 40 h of milling, the formation of a Co (Ni, Al) solid solution with f.c.c. structure was verified by a change of the original lattice parameter and crystallite size. Analytical transmission electron microscopy observations and X-ray diffraction measurements of the final Co (Ni, Al) solid solution showed that the crystallite size scattered from 4 to 8 nm and lattice parameter a = 0.36086 nm. The chemical EDS point analysis of the milled powder particles allowed the calculation of the e/a ratio and revealed a high degree of chemical homogeneity of the powders. Hot pressing in vacuum of the milled powders resulted in obtaining compacts with a density of about 70% of the theoretical one. An additional heat treatment increased the density and induced the martensitic transformation in a parent phase. Selected area diffraction patterns and dark field images obtained from the heat-treated sample revealed small grains around 300 nm in diameter consisting mainly of the ordered gamma phase (gamma'), often appearing as twins, and a small amount of the L1(0) ordered martensite.

  11. Accumulation profiles of PrPSc in hemal nodes of naturally and experimentally scrapie-infected sheep

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    2013-01-01

    Background In classical scrapie, the disease-associated abnormal isoform (PrPSc) of normal prion protein accumulates principally in the nervous system and lymphoid tissues of small ruminants. Lymph nodes traffic leukocytes via lymphatic and blood vasculatures but hemal nodes lack lymphatic vessels and thus traffic leukocytes only via the blood. Although PrPSc accumulation profiles are well-characterized in ovine lymphoid tissues, there is limited information on such profiles in hemal nodes. Therefore, the objective of this study was to compare the follicular accumulation of PrPSc within hemal nodes and lymph nodes by prion epitope mapping and western blot studies. Results Our studies found that PrPSc accumulation in 82% of animals’ abdominal hemal nodes when PrPSc is detected in both mesenteric and retropharyngeal lymph nodes collected from preclinical and clinical, naturally and experimentally (blood transfusion) scrapie-infected sheep representing all three major scrapie-susceptible Prnp genotypes. Abdominal hemal nodes and retropharyngeal lymph nodes were then used to analyze immune cell phenotypes and PrPSc epitope mapping by immunohistochemistry and PrPSc banding patterns by western blot. Similar patterns of PrPSc accumulation were detected within the secondary follicles of hemal nodes and retropharyngeal lymph nodes, where cellular labeling was mostly associated with macrophages and follicular dendritic cells. The pattern of PrPSc accumulation within hemal nodes and retropharyngeal lymph nodes also did not differ with respect to epitope mapping with seven mAbs (N-terminus, n = 4; globular domain, n = 2; C-terminus, n = 1) in all three Prnp genotypes. Western blot analysis of hemal node and retropharyngeal lymph node homogenates revealed identical three banding patterns of proteinase K resistant PrPSc. Conclusion Despite the anatomical difference in leukocyte trafficking between lymph nodes and hemal nodes, the follicles of hemal nodes appear to

  12. Structural dynamic model obtained from flight use with piloted simulation and handling qualities analysis

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    Powers, Bruce G.

    1996-01-01

    The ability to use flight data to determine an aircraft model with structural dynamic effects suitable for piloted simulation. and handling qualities analysis has been developed. This technique was demonstrated using SR-71 flight test data. For the SR-71 aircraft, the most significant structural response is the longitudinal first-bending mode. This mode was modeled as a second-order system, and the other higher order modes were modeled as a time delay. The distribution of the modal response at various fuselage locations was developed using a uniform beam solution, which can be calibrated using flight data. This approach was compared to the mode shape obtained from the ground vibration test, and the general form of the uniform beam solution was found to be a good representation of the mode shape in the areas of interest. To calibrate the solution, pitch-rate and normal-acceleration instrumentation is required for at least two locations. With the resulting structural model incorporated into the simulation, a good representation of the flight characteristics was provided for handling qualities analysis and piloted simulation.

  13. Re-assessment of PrP(Sc distribution in sporadic and variant CJD.

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    Full Text Available Human prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders associated with an accumulation of PrP(Sc in the central nervous system (CNS. Of the human prion diseases, sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD, which has no known origin, is the most common form while variant CJD (vCJD is an acquired human prion disease reported to differ from other human prion diseases in its neurological, neuropathological, and biochemical phenotype. Peripheral tissue involvement in prion disease, as judged by PrP(Sc accumulation in the tonsil, spleen, and lymph node has been reported in vCJD as well as several animal models of prion diseases. However, this distribution of PrP(Sc has not been consistently reported for sCJD. We reexamined CNS and non-CNS tissue distribution and levels of PrP(Sc in both sCJD and vCJD. Using a sensitive immunoassay, termed SOFIA, we also assessed PrP(Sc levels in human body fluids from sCJD as well as in vCJD-infected humanized transgenic mice (Tg666. Unexpectedly, the levels of PrP(Sc in non-CNS human tissues (spleens, lymph nodes, tonsils from both sCJD and vCJD did not differ significantly and, as expected, were several logs lower than in the brain. Using protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA followed by SOFIA, PrP(Sc was detected in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, but not in urine or blood, in sCJD patients. In addition, using PMCA and SOFIA, we demonstrated that blood from vCJD-infected Tg666 mice showing clinical disease contained prion disease-associated seeding activity although the data was not statistically significant likely due to the limited number of samples examined. These studies provide a comparison of PrP(Sc in sCJD vs. vCJD as well as analysis of body fluids. Further, these studies also provide circumstantial evidence that in human prion diseases, as in the animal prion diseases, a direct comparison and intraspecies correlation cannot be made between the levels of PrP(Sc and infectivity.

  14. Structural analysis of CdS thin films obtained by multiple dips of oscillating chemical bath

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    Gutierrez Lazos, C.D. [Seccion de Electronica del Estado Solido, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07360 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Rosendo, E., E-mail: erosendo@siu.buap.m [Centro de Investigacion en Dispositivos Semiconductores, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, 14 Sur y San Claudio, Col. San Manuel, C.P. 72570, Puebla (Mexico); Ortega, M. [Seccion de Electronica del Estado Solido, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07360 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Oliva, A.I. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Unidad Merida, A.P. 73 Cordemex, 97310 Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Tapia, O.; Diaz, T.; Juarez, H.; Garcia, G. [Centro de Investigacion en Dispositivos Semiconductores, Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, 14 Sur y San Claudio, Col. San Manuel, C.P. 72570, Puebla (Mexico); Rubin, M. [Facultad de Ciencias de la Computacion, 14 Sur y San Claudio, Col. San Manuel, C.P. 72570, Puebla (Mexico)

    2009-11-25

    Highly oriented CdS thin films with thicknesses greater than 1 mum were deposited by multiple dips, using oscillating chemical bath deposition (OCBD) at the bath temperature of 75 deg. C, and deposition time ranging from 15 to 75 min for a single dip. Samples with different thickness were prepared by repeating the deposition process for two and three times. The films deposited by a single dip have the alpha-greenockite structure showing the (0 0 2) as preferred orientation, as indicated by the X-ray diffraction measurements. This notable characteristic is preserved in the samples obtained from two or three dips. The crystallite size for the samples deposited by a single dip depends on the deposition time, because it varied from 23 to 37 nm as the deposition time increased. Nevertheless for samples deposited by two and three dips, the grain size shows no noticeable change, being about 22 nm.

  15. Thermal and structural study of guava (Psidium guajava L powders obtained by two dehydration methods

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    Full Text Available Two food products (powders were obtained by hot-air drying or lyophilisation methods on the whole guava fruits. The powders were characterised by sensory and thermal analyses (TGA-DSC, infrared spectroscopy (IR, X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Thermal, morphological and structural characterisations showed a similar behaviour for the two solids. TGA-DSC and IR showed the presence of pectin as the main constituent of solids. A semi-crystalline profile was evidenced by XRD, and lamellar/spherical morphologies were observed by SEM. Sensory analyses revealed an aroma highly related to guava. These value-added food products are an alternative to process guava and avoid loss during postharvest handling.

  16. Constitutive Model Of Graded Micro-Structure Obtained Via Strain Induced Phase Transformation

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    The literature review has been divided into three main sub-chapters. The first one is concentrated on the general information about stainless steels and their applications. It is important to perform a general overview and get an idea where the results of the present thesis could be applied. Description of all the brands of stainless steels, their microstructures and properties are important, as similar characteristics can be found in the newly created functionally graded structures. The second sub-chapter is an overview of the most important constitutive models and the experimental results for materials that undergo plastic strain induced phase transformation. Finally, the last one is devoted to functionally graded microstructures obtained via strain induced martensitic transformation – the subject of particular importance for the present thesis. As a general note, the literature review is organized mainly in a chronological order. In some cases similar publications or publications of the same Authors were...

  17. Structure and characteristics of functional powder composite materials obtained by spark plasma sintering

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    Oglezneva, S. A.; Kachenyuk, M. N.; Kulmeteva, V. B.; Ogleznev, N. B.

    2017-07-01

    The article describes the results of spark plasma sintering of ceramic materials based on titanium carbide, titanium carbosilicide, ceramic composite materials based on zirconium oxide, strengthened by carbon nanostructures and composite materials of electrotechnical purpose based on copper with addition of carbon structures and titanium carbosilicide. The research shows that the spark plasma sintering can achieve relative density of the material up to 98%. The effect of sintering temperature on the phase composition, density and porosity of the final product has been studied. It was found that with addition of carbon nanostructures the relative density and hardness decrease, but the fracture strength of ZrO2 increases up to times 2. The relative erosion resistance of the electrodes made of composite copper-based powder materials, obtained by spark plasma sintering during electroerosion treatment of tool steel exceeds that parameter of pure copper up to times 15.

  18. Structure and magnetic properties of nanosized magnetite obtained by glass recrystallization.

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    Sandu, V; Nicolescu, M S; Kuncser, V; Popa, S; Pasuk, I; Ghica, C; Sandu, E

    2012-06-01

    We present the preparation, structural and magnetic properties of nanosized magnetite obtained by the crystallization of a series of Fe-containing borosilicate glasses. Several compositions with the ratio Fe2O3/SiO2 spanning from 0.37 to 0.67 were investigated as a function of two nucleators Cr2O3 and P2O5, respectively, and modifiers and intermediates (Al2O3 and MgO). Mössbauer spectroscopy revealed the degree, the type and the location of disorder induced by a specific composition and nucleators. In addition to magnetite, it was also revealed the presence of large amounts of Fe-rich paramagnetic phases. The magnetic response is analysed in relation with the amount of Fe ions which remain dispersed in the glassy matrix as noninteracting (paramagnetic) ions. We discuss the role of the nucleators on the disorder in both tetrahedral and octahedral sites of the magnetite.

  19. Structural Analysis and Magnetic Properties of FeCo Alloys Obtained by Mechanical Alloying

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    Full Text Available A systematic study on the structural and magnetic properties of Fe100-xCox alloys (10obtained by mechanical alloying is presented. Elemental powders of Fe and Co mixed in an adequate weight ratio were milled at room temperature in a shaker mixer mill using vials and balls of hardened steel as milling media with a ball : powder weight ratio of 12 : 1. The mixtures were milled for 3 h. The results show that, after milling, for almost all the composition (up to x=60, solid solutions based on bcc structures were obtained. For Co-rich alloys (x≥70, different phases were found, revealing the formation of a metastable intermetallic phase (FeCo, wairauite together with fcc-Co and hcp-Co phases. The specific saturation magnetization increases by increasing Co content, reaching a maximum value of 225 emu/g for hcp-Fe70Co30, and then it shows a diminution up to 154 emu/g for bcc-Fe30Co70. All studied alloys (Fe100-xCox present low coercivity, in the range from 0 to 65 Oe, which is lower than reported. The coercivity increases with the increment in Co, reaching a maximum of 64.1 Oe for Fe40Co60. After that, the coercivity falls up to 24.5 Oe for Co-rich alloys, which make them a very low coercive material.

  20. Immunolocalisation of PrPSc in scrapie-infected N2a mouse neuroblastoma cells by light and electron microscopy.

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    Veith, Nathalie M; Plattner, Helmut; Stuermer, Claudia A O; Schulz-Schaeffer, Walter J; Bürkle, Alexander

    2009-01-01

    The causative agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) is PrPSc, an infectious, misfolded isoform of the cellular prion protein (PrPC). The localisation and trafficking of PrPSc and sites of conversion from PrPC to PrPSc are under debate, particularly since most published work did not discriminate between PrPC and PrPSc. Here we describe the localisation of PrPC and PrPSc in a scrapie-infected neuroblastoma cell line, ScN2a, by light and electron microscopic immunolocalisation. After eliminating PrPC with proteinase K, PrPSc was detected at the plasma membrane, endocytosed via clathrin-coated pits and delivered to early endosomes. Finally, PrPSc was detected in late endosomes/lysosomes. As we detected PrPSc at the cell surface, in early endosomes and in late endosomes/lysosomes, i.e. locations where PrPC is also present, our data imply that the conversion process could take place at the plasma membrane and/or along the endocytic pathway. Finally, we observed the release of PrPC/PrPSc via exocytotic pathways, i.e. via exosomes and as an opaque electron-dense mass which may represent a mechanism of intercellular spreading of infectious prions.

  1. Accumulation of pathological prion protein PrPSc in the skin of animals with experimental and natural scrapie.

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    Achim Thomzig

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Prion infectivity and its molecular marker, the pathological prion protein PrP(Sc, accumulate in the central nervous system and often also in lymphoid tissue of animals or humans affected by transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Recently, PrP(Sc was found in tissues previously considered not to be invaded by prions (e.g., skeletal muscles. Here, we address the question of whether prions target the skin and show widespread PrP(Sc deposition in this organ in hamsters perorally or parenterally challenged with scrapie. In hamsters fed with scrapie, PrP(Sc was detected before the onset of symptoms, but the bulk of skin-associated PrP(Sc accumulated in the clinical phase. PrP(Sc was localized in nerve fibres within the skin but not in keratinocytes, and the deposition of PrP(Sc in skin showed no dependence from the route of infection and lymphotropic dissemination. The data indicated a neurally mediated centrifugal spread of prions to the skin. Furthermore, in a follow-up study, we examined sheep naturally infected with scrapie and detected PrP(Sc by Western blotting in skin samples from two out of five animals. Our findings point to the skin as a potential reservoir of prions, which should be further investigated in relation to disease transmission.

  2. Obtaining, structural, magnetic and corrosive properties of Nd-Fe-B alloy thin films on glass

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    Neacsu, Elena Ionela; Constantin, Virgil; Yanushkevish, Kazimir; Galyas, Anatoly; Demidenko, Olga; Calderon-Moreno, Jose; Popescu, Ana-Maria

    2014-09-01

    By "flash" method at the installation of vacuum evaporation the thin Nd-Fe-B layers of 100 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm were obtained on glass support. The structure and microstructure of the thin Nd-Fe-B films was studied by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The study of the specific magnetization temperature dependences of the Nd-Fe-B films on the glass substrate in the 80 ≤ T ≤ 800 K temperature range by ponderomotive method showed that the magnetization of the layer of d ≥ 1000 nm thickness are comparable to those for powder samples. The magnetization of film with d < 100 nm thickness at 100 K does not exceed 85 Å m2 kg-1. In such films the long-range structural order is destroyed. The values of the coercive force and magnetic saturation field of Nd-Fe-B thin layers are determined. The corrosion process of the thin Nd-Fe-B films magnets was studied experimentally in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis showed that the different electrochemical corrosion performance was associated with the ability of the thin films to form a big and continuous Nd2O3 passive film, while the formation of Nd(OH)3 lead to a decrease of the corrosion resistance.

  3. An efficient and practical approach to obtain a better optimum solution for structural optimization

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    Chen, Ting-Yu; Huang, Jyun-Hao

    2013-08-01

    For many structural optimization problems, it is hard or even impossible to find the global optimum solution owing to unaffordable computational cost. An alternative and practical way of thinking is thus proposed in this research to obtain an optimum design which may not be global but is better than most local optimum solutions that can be found by gradient-based search methods. The way to reach this goal is to find a smaller search space for gradient-based search methods. It is found in this research that data mining can accomplish this goal easily. The activities of classification, association and clustering in data mining are employed to reduce the original design space. For unconstrained optimization problems, the data mining activities are used to find a smaller search region which contains the global or better local solutions. For constrained optimization problems, it is used to find the feasible region or the feasible region with better objective values. Numerical examples show that the optimum solutions found in the reduced design space by sequential quadratic programming (SQP) are indeed much better than those found by SQP in the original design space. The optimum solutions found in a reduced space by SQP sometimes are even better than the solution found using a hybrid global search method with approximate structural analyses.

  4. Diverse 2D structures obtained by adsorption of charged ABA triblock copolymer on different surfaces

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    Kontturi, Katri S.; Vesterinen, Arja-Helena; Seppälä, Jukka; Laine, Janne

    2012-11-01

    In the larger context of 2D polymeric structures, the morphologies obtained by adsorption and subsequent drying of charged, ABA type amphiphilic triblock copolymer of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl metacrylate] (PDMAEMA) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) were investigated with atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy as well as in situ adsorption analysis with quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring. Hydrophilic silica and hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) were used as substrates for adsorption. The structures emerging from the self-assembly of adsorbing polymer were profoundly influenced by composition of the aqueous solution and the choice of substrate. When adsorbed from dilute polymer solution where the concentration is so low that the polymer does not yet show surface-active behavior, the triblock copolymer unimers associated on hydrophilic silica surface forming large, irregular clustered aggregates, with sizes increasing with electrolyte concentration of the solution. On a hydrophobic PS substrate, on the other hand, unimers spread much more evenly, forming clear surface patterns. The roughness of these patterned structures was tuned with the electrolyte concentration of the solution. Adsorption from a more concentrated polymer solution, where the surface-activity of the polymer is perceptible, resulted in the formation of a smooth film with complete coverage over the hydrophilic silica substrate when the electrolyte concentration was high. On PS, on the other hand, nucleation of evenly scattered globular, disk-like micelles was induced. Besides the dry film morphology, the even distribution of the irreversibly adsorbed polymer over the PS surface was likely to serve as an optimal platform for the build-up of reversible hydrophobically bound multilayers at high electrolyte concentration. The multilayer formation was reversible because a decrease in the electrolyte concentration of the solution re-introduces strong electrostatic

  5. Obtaining Interpretable Receiver Functions to Study Lithospheric Structure in the Central US

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    Cunningham, E. E.; Frassetto, A.; Lekic, V.

    2012-12-01

    Dense station coverage provided by the EarthScope USArray-Transportable Array in the central United States represents an unprecedented opportunity for imaging the crustal and lithospheric structure of relatively stable plate interiors. Conversions of teleseismic compressional (P) to shear (S) waves - and vice-versa - across velocity contrasts within the lithosphere can be detected and modeled using the receiver function (RF) approach. This method has been used to map variations in crustal and lithospheric thickness across the western US with great success. However, unconsolidated sediments characteristic of much of the central US present a technical challenge to both constructing and interpreting receiver functions. We undertake a systematic investigation of the data selection and analysis techniques used in constructing P-to-S and S-to-P receiver functions. We start by comparing results obtained from manual vs. automatic [1] data selection, and find automatic picking with loose selection criteria to outperform manual data selection. We interpret this finding to mean that even very noisy data contains structural information that can be enhanced through stacking, and that strict data selection can discard much of this information. We proceed to compare results obtained using iterative time-domain deconvolution [3] against those from damped simultaneous frequency-domain deconvolution [2]. While both methods seem to perform well for P-to-S receiver functions, frequency domain deconvolution produces much higher quality results for S-to-P. We also find that varying damping can suppress or accentuate the phase associated with an intra-lithospheric velocity drop, suggesting that the mid-lithospheric discontinuity may have a gradational character. In order to investigate the effects of station geology on receiver function quality and interpretability, we focus on the ancient Proterozoic and seismically active Reelfoot rift. We compare the results obtained for permanent

  6. Histidines in the octapeptide repeat of PrPC react with PrPSc at an acidic pH.

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    Cruite, Justin T; Abalos, Gil C; Bellon, Anne; Solforosi, Laura

    2011-03-15

    Cellular PrP is actively cycled between the cell surface and the endosomal pathway. The exact site and mechanism of conversion from PrP(C) to PrP(Sc) remain unknown. We have previously used recombinant antibodies containing grafts of PrP sequence to identify three regions of PrP(C) (aa23-27, 98-110, and 136-158) that react with PrP(Sc) at neutral pH. To determine if any regions of PrP(C) react with PrP(Sc) at an acidic pH similar to that of an endosomal compartment, we tested our panel of grafted antibodies for the ability to precipitate PrP(Sc) in a range of pH conditions. At pH near or lower than 6, PrP-grafted antibodies representing the octapeptide repeat react strongly with PrP(Sc) but not PrP(C). Modified grafts in which the histidines of the octarepeat were replaced with alanines did not react with PrP(Sc). PrP(Sc) precipitated by the octapeptide at pH 5.7 was able to seed conversion of normal PrP to PrP(Sc) in vitro. However, modified PrP containing histidine to alanine substitutions within the octapeptide repeats was still converted to PrP(Sc) in N2a cells. These results suggest that once PrP has entered the endosomal pathway, the acidic environment facilitates the binding of PrP(Sc) to the octarepeat of PrP(C) by the change in charge of the histidines within the octarepeat.

  7. Obtaining, structural, magnetic and corrosive properties of Nd–Fe–B alloy thin films on glass

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    Neacsu, Elena Ionela [“Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy, Splaiul Independentei 202, Bucharest (Romania); Constantin, Virgil, E-mail: virgilconstantin@yahoo.com [“Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy, Splaiul Independentei 202, Bucharest (Romania); Yanushkevish, Kazimir, E-mail: kazimir@ifttp.bas-net.by [Scientific-Practical Materials Research Center NAS, P. Broski Str.19, Minsk (Belarus); Galyas, Anatoly; Demidenko, Olga [Scientific-Practical Materials Research Center NAS, P. Broski Str.19, Minsk (Belarus); Calderon-Moreno, Jose; Popescu, Ana-Maria [“Ilie Murgulescu” Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy, Splaiul Independentei 202, Bucharest (Romania)

    2014-09-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nd–Fe–B thin film alloys are obtained by vacuum evaporation method. • XRD, SEM/EDS and XPS were used for characterization of the thin film alloys. • Magnetic properties determined by the ponderomotive method permit calculation of the coercive force and magnetic saturation field of Nd–Fe–B thin layers. • Corrosive properties were determined in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. • XPS analysis showed that the different electrochemical corrosion performance was associated with the ability of the thin films to form a big and continuous Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} passive film, while the formation of Nd(OH){sub 3} lead to a decrease of the corrosion resistance. - Abstract: By “flash” method at the installation of vacuum evaporation the thin Nd–Fe–B layers of 100 nm ≤ d ≤ 1000 nm were obtained on glass support. The structure and microstructure of the thin Nd–Fe–B films was studied by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The study of the specific magnetization temperature dependences of the Nd–Fe–B films on the glass substrate in the 80 ≤ T ≤ 800 K temperature range by ponderomotive method showed that the magnetization of the layer of d ≥ 1000 nm thickness are comparable to those for powder samples. The magnetization of film with d < 100 nm thickness at 100 K does not exceed 85 Å m{sup 2} kg{sup −1}. In such films the long-range structural order is destroyed. The values of the coercive force and magnetic saturation field of Nd–Fe–B thin layers are determined. The corrosion process of the thin Nd–Fe–B films magnets was studied experimentally in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis showed that the different electrochemical corrosion performance was associated with the ability of the thin films to form a big and continuous Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} passive film, while the formation of Nd(OH){sub 3} lead to

  8. Cellular Trafficking of the Pathogenic Prion Protein PrPSc and Phenotypic Characterisation of Deletion Mutants in the Hydrophobic Domain of the Normal Prion Protein PrPC

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    Veith, Nathalie Monika

    2008-01-01

    The localisation of the pathogenic prion protein PrPSc was investigated with light and electron microscopy. The PrPSc specific antibody 15B3 was tested for its efficiency in immuncytochemistry. Subsequently, an appropriate method was found to stain PrPSc selectively. PrPSc was detected in clathrin coated pits, early endosomes, late endosomes/lysosomes nad exosomes. PrPSc could not be observed in lipid droplets.In the next part of the thesis different mutants of the prion protein carrying micr...

  9. Fabrication and characterization of nanometric SiOx/SiOy multilayer structures obtained by LPCVD

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    Román-López, S.; Aceves-Mijares, M.; Pedraza-Chávez, J. [National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, L. Erro 1, Tonatzintla Puebla (Mexico); Carrillo-López, J. [Center of Res. on Semiconductors Dev. BUAP, Av. San Claudio y 14 Sur CU, Puebla Puebla (Mexico)

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    This work presents the fabrication of nanometric multilayer structures and their characterization by Atomic Force Microscopy, Photoluminescence and Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy. The structures were deposited by Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition (LPCVD). Three types of multilayer structure were fabricated. After the deposition some samples were annealed in N{sub 2} ambient for three hours. It was found that the structures keep the characteristics of each layer.

  10. PrP glycoforms are associated in a strain-specific ratio in native PrPSc.

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    Khalili-Shirazi, Azadeh; Summers, Linda; Linehan, Jacqueline; Mallinson, Gary; Anstee, David; Hawke, Simon; Jackson, Graham S; Collinge, John

    2005-09-01

    Prion diseases involve conversion of host-encoded cellular prion protein (PrPC) to a disease-related isoform (PrPSc). Using recombinant human beta-PrP, a panel of monoclonal antibodies was produced that efficiently immunoprecipitated native PrPSc and recognized epitopes between residues 93-105, indicating for the first time that this region is exposed in both human vCJD and mouse RML prions. In contrast, monoclonal antibodies raised to human alpha-PrP were more efficient in immunoprecipitating PrPC than PrPSc, and some of them could also distinguish between different PrP glycoforms. Using these monoclonal antibodies, the physical association of PrP glycoforms was studied in normal brain and in the brains of humans and mice with prion disease. It was shown that while PrPC glycoforms can be selectively immunoprecipitated, the differentially glycosylated molecules of native PrPSc are closely associated and always immunoprecipitate together. Furthermore, the ratio of glycoforms comprising immunoprecipitated native PrPSc from diverse prion strains was similar to those observed on denaturing Western blots. These studies are consistent with the view that the proportion of each glycoform incorporated into PrPSc is probably controlled in a strain-specific manner and that each PrPSc particle contains a mixture of glycoforms.

  11. Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: the extent of microglia activation is dependent on the biochemical type of PrPSc.

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    Puoti, Gianfranco; Giaccone, Giorgio; Mangieri, Michela; Limido, Lucia; Fociani, Paolo; Zerbi, Pietro; Suardi, Silvia; Rossi, Giacomina; Iussich, Selina; Capobianco, Raffaella; Di Fede, Giuseppe; Marcon, Gabriella; Cotrufo, Roberto; Filippini, Graziella; Bugiani, Orso; Tagliavini, Fabrizio

    2005-10-01

    In prion-related encephalopathies, microglial activation occurs early and is dependent on accumulation of disease-specific forms of the prion protein (PrPSc) and may play a role in nerve cell death. Previously, we found that different types of PrPSc (i.e. type 1 and type 2) coexisted in approximately 25% of patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD); and a close relationship was detected between PrPSc type, the pattern of PrP immunoreactivity, and extent of spongiform degeneration. To investigate whether microglial reaction is related to the biochemical type and deposition pattern of PrPSc, we carried out a neuropathologic and biochemical study on 26 patients with sporadic CJD, including all possible genotypes at codon 129 of the prion protein gene. By quantitative analysis, we demonstrated that strong microglial activation was associated with type 1 PrPSc and diffuse PrP immunoreactivity, whereas type 2 PrPSc and focal PrP deposits were accompanied by mild microglia reaction. These findings support the view that the phenotypic heterogeneity of sporadic CJD is largely determined by the physicochemical properties of distinct PrPSc conformers.

  12. How do PrPSc Prions Spread between Host Species, and within Hosts?

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    Neil A. Mabbott

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Prion diseases are sub-acute neurodegenerative diseases that affect humans and some domestic and free-ranging animals. Infectious prion agents are considered to comprise solely of abnormally folded isoforms of the cellular prion protein known as PrPSc. Pathology during prion disease is restricted to the central nervous system where it causes extensive neurodegeneration and ultimately leads to the death of the host. The first half of this review provides a thorough account of our understanding of the various ways in which PrPSc prions may spread between individuals within a population, both horizontally and vertically. Many natural prion diseases are acquired peripherally, such as by oral exposure, lesions to skin or mucous membranes, and possibly also via the nasal cavity. Following peripheral exposure, some prions accumulate to high levels within the secondary lymphoid organs as they make their journey from the site of infection to the brain, a process termed neuroinvasion. The replication of PrPSc prions within secondary lymphoid organs is important for their efficient spread to the brain. The second half of this review describes the key tissues, cells and molecules which are involved in the propagation of PrPSc prions from peripheral sites of exposure (such as the lumen of the intestine to the brain. This section also considers how additional factors such as inflammation and aging might influence prion disease susceptibility.

  13. Stability properties of PrPSc from cattle with experimental transmissible spongiform encephalopathies

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    Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs), including scrapie in sheep, chronic wasting disease (CWD) in cervids, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), are fatal diseases of the nervous system associated with accumulation of misfolded prion protein (PrPSc). Different strains of BSE exist...

  14. Ultra-efficient PrP(Sc amplification highlights potentialities and pitfalls of PMCA technology.

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    Gian Mario Cosseddu

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to investigate the potential of voles to reproduce in vitro the efficiency of prion replication previously observed in vivo, we seeded protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA reactions with either rodent-adapted Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE strains or natural TSE isolates. Vole brain homogenates were shown to be a powerful substrate for both homologous or heterologous PMCA, sustaining the efficient amplification of prions from all the prion sources tested. However, after a few serial automated PMCA (saPMCA rounds, we also observed the appearance of PK-resistant PrP(Sc in samples containing exclusively unseeded substrate (negative controls, suggesting the possible spontaneous generation of infectious prions during PMCA reactions. As we could not definitively rule out cross-contamination through a posteriori biochemical and biological analyses of de novo generated prions, we decided to replicate the experiments in a different laboratory. Under rigorous prion-free conditions, we did not observe de novo appearance of PrP(Sc in unseeded samples of M109M and I109I vole substrates, even after many consecutive rounds of saPMCA and working in different PMCA settings. Furthermore, when positive and negative samples were processed together, the appearance of spurious PrP(Sc in unseeded negative controls suggested that the most likely explanation for the appearance of de novo PrP(Sc was the occurrence of cross-contamination during saPMCA. Careful analysis of the PMCA process allowed us to identify critical points which are potentially responsible for contamination events. Appropriate technical improvements made it possible to overcome PMCA pitfalls, allowing PrP(Sc to be reliably amplified up to extremely low dilutions of infected brain homogenate without any false positive results even after many consecutive rounds. Our findings underline the potential drawback of ultrasensitive in vitro prion replication and warn on cautious

  15. Enzymatic degradation of PrPSc by a protease secreted from Aeropyrum pernix K1.

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    Snajder, Marko; Vilfan, Tanja; Cernilec, Maja; Rupreht, Ruth; Popović, Mara; Juntes, Polona; Serbec, Vladka Čurin; Ulrih, Nataša Poklar

    2012-01-01

    An R30 fraction from the growth medium of Aeropyrum pernix was analyzed for the protease that can digest the pathological prion protein isoform (PrP(Sc)) from different species (human, bovine, deer and mouse). Degradation of the PrP(Sc) isoform by the R30 fraction and the purified protease was evaluated using the 6H4 anti-PrP monoclonal antibody. Fragments from the N-terminal and C-terminal of PrP(Sc) were also monitored by Western blotting using the EB8 anti-PrP monoclonal antibody, and by dot blotting using the C7/5 anti-PrP monoclonal antibody, respectively. For detection of smaller peptides from incomplete digestion of PrP(Sc), the EB8 monoclonal antibody was used after precipitation with sodium phosphotungstate. Characterization of the purified active protease from the R30 fraction was achieved, through purification by fast protein liquid chromatography, and identification by tandem mass spectrometry the serine metalloprotease pernisine. SDS-PAGE and zymography show the purified pernisine plus its proregion with a molecular weight of ca. 45 kDa, and the mature purified pernisine as ca. 23 kDa. The purified pernisine was active between 58 °C and 99 °C, and between pH 3.5 and 8.0. The temperature and pH optima of the enzymatic activity of the purified pernisine in the presence of 1 mM CaCl(2) were 105 °C ± 0.5 °C and pH 6.5 ± 0.2, respectively. Our study has identified and characterized pernisine as a thermostable serine metalloprotease that is secreted from A. pernix and that can digest the pathological prion protein PrP(Sc).

  16. Enzymatic degradation of PrPSc by a protease secreted from Aeropyrum pernix K1.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: An R30 fraction from the growth medium of Aeropyrum pernix was analyzed for the protease that can digest the pathological prion protein isoform (PrP(Sc from different species (human, bovine, deer and mouse. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Degradation of the PrP(Sc isoform by the R30 fraction and the purified protease was evaluated using the 6H4 anti-PrP monoclonal antibody. Fragments from the N-terminal and C-terminal of PrP(Sc were also monitored by Western blotting using the EB8 anti-PrP monoclonal antibody, and by dot blotting using the C7/5 anti-PrP monoclonal antibody, respectively. For detection of smaller peptides from incomplete digestion of PrP(Sc, the EB8 monoclonal antibody was used after precipitation with sodium phosphotungstate. Characterization of the purified active protease from the R30 fraction was achieved, through purification by fast protein liquid chromatography, and identification by tandem mass spectrometry the serine metalloprotease pernisine. SDS-PAGE and zymography show the purified pernisine plus its proregion with a molecular weight of ca. 45 kDa, and the mature purified pernisine as ca. 23 kDa. The purified pernisine was active between 58 °C and 99 °C, and between pH 3.5 and 8.0. The temperature and pH optima of the enzymatic activity of the purified pernisine in the presence of 1 mM CaCl(2 were 105 °C ± 0.5 °C and pH 6.5 ± 0.2, respectively. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our study has identified and characterized pernisine as a thermostable serine metalloprotease that is secreted from A. pernix and that can digest the pathological prion protein PrP(Sc.

  17. PrPSc formation and clearance as determinants of prion tropism.

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    Shikiya, Ronald A; Langenfeld, Katie A; Eckland, Thomas E; Trinh, Jonathan; Holec, Sara A M; Mathiason, Candace K; Kincaid, Anthony E; Bartz, Jason C

    2017-03-01

    Prion strains are characterized by strain-specific differences in neuropathology but can also differ in incubation period, clinical disease, host-range and tissue tropism. The hyper (HY) and drowsy (DY) strains of hamster-adapted transmissible mink encephalopathy (TME) differ in tissue tropism and susceptibility to infection by extraneural routes of infection. Notably, DY TME is not detected in the secondary lymphoreticular system (LRS) tissues of infected hosts regardless of the route of inoculation. We found that similar to the lymphotropic strain HY TME, DY TME crosses mucosal epithelia, enters draining lymphatic vessels in underlying laminae propriae, and is transported to LRS tissues. Since DY TME causes disease once it enters the peripheral nervous system, the restriction in DY TME pathogenesis is due to its inability to establish infection in LRS tissues, not a failure of transport. To determine if LRS tissues can support DY TME formation, we performed protein misfolding cyclic amplification using DY PrPSc as the seed and spleen homogenate as the source of PrPC. We found that the spleen environment can support DY PrPSc formation, although at lower rates compared to lymphotropic strains, suggesting that the failure of DY TME to establish infection in the spleen is not due to the absence of a strain-specific conversion cofactor. Finally, we provide evidence that DY PrPSc is more susceptible to degradation when compared to PrPSc from other lymphotrophic strains. We hypothesize that the relative rates of PrPSc formation and clearance can influence prion tropism.

  18. Mouse-adapted ovine scrapie prion strains are characterized by different conformers of PrPSc.

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    Thackray, Alana M; Hopkins, Lee; Klein, Michael A; Bujdoso, Raymond

    2007-11-01

    The agent responsible for prion disease may exist in different forms, commonly referred to as strains, with each carrying the specific information that determines its own distinct biological properties, such as incubation period and lesion profile. Biological strain typing of ovine scrapie isolates by serial passage in conventional mice has shown some diversity in ovine prion strains. However, this biological diversity remains poorly supported by biochemical prion strain typing. The protein-only hypothesis predicts that variation between different prion strains in the same host is manifest in different conformations adopted by PrPSc. Here we have investigated the molecular properties of PrPSc associated with two principal Prnp(a) mouse-adapted ovine scrapie strains, namely, RML and ME7, in order to establish biochemical prion strain typing strategies that may subsequently be used to discriminate field cases of mouse-passaged ovine scrapie isolates. We used a conformation-dependent immunoassay and a conformational stability assay, together with Western blot analysis, to demonstrate that RML and ME7 PrPSc proteins show distinct biochemical and physicochemical properties. Although RML and ME7 PrPSc proteins showed similar resistance to proteolytic digestion, they differed in their glycoform profiles and levels of proteinase K (PK)-sensitive and PK-resistant isoforms. In addition, the PK-resistant core (PrP27-30) of ME7 was conformationally more stable following exposure to guanidine hydrochloride or Sarkosyl than was RML PrP27-30. Our data show that mouse-adapted ovine scrapie strains can be discriminated by their distinct conformers of PrPSc, which provides a basis to investigate their diversity at the molecular level.

  19. Secondary structure-based analysis of mouse brain small RNA sequences obtained by using next-generation sequencing.

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    Kiyosawa, Hidenori; Okumura, Akio; Okui, Saya; Ushida, Chisato; Kawai, Gota

    2015-08-01

    In order to find novel structured small RNAs, next-generation sequencing was applied to small RNA fractions with lengths ranging from 40 to 140 nt and secondary structure-based clustering was performed. Sequences of structured RNAs were effectively clustered and analyzed by secondary structure. Although more than 99% of the obtained sequences were known RNAs, 16 candidate mouse structured small non-coding RNAs (MsncRs) were isolated. Based on these results, the merits of secondary structure-based analysis are discussed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Obtaining the Wakefield Due to Cell-to-Cell Misalignments in a Linear Accelerator Structure

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    Bane, Karl L. F.; Li, Zenghai

    2001-01-01

    A linear accelerator structure, such as will be used in the linacs of the JLC/NLC collider, is composed of on the order of 100 cells. The cells are constructed as individual cups that are brazed together to form a structure. Fabrication error will result in slight cell-to-cell misalignments along the finished structure. In this report we derive an approximation to the transverse wakefield of a structure with cell-to-cell misalignments in terms of the eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of the erro...

  1. Sheet-like carbon particles with graphene structures obtained from a Bunsen flame

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    Ossler, Frederik; Wagner, Jakob Birkedal; Canton, Sophie E.

    2010-01-01

    Carbon particle structures containing only a few graphene layers have been collected from a Bunsen (propane) diffusion flame in the low particle concentration pale yellow luminous regions close to the soot inception. These particles were sampled directly on transmission electron microscopy grids...... for structural and elemental analysis. They were found to be several hundreds of nanometers in size. Such large structures are not easily explained from gas-phase kinetic models, yet the sheets occurred relatively frequent in the images. Some pictures also showed interesting polygonal few-layered graphitic...... structures perpendicular to the graphene planes....

  2. Analysis shear wave velocity structure obtained from surface wave methods in Bornova, Izmir

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    Pamuk, Eren, E-mail: eren.pamuk@deu.edu.tr; Akgün, Mustafa, E-mail: mustafa.akgun@deu.edu.tr [Department of Geophysical Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir (Turkey); Özdağ, Özkan Cevdet, E-mail: cevdet.ozdag@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylul University Rectorate, Izmir (Turkey)

    2016-04-18

    Properties of the soil from the bedrock is necessary to describe accurately and reliably for the reduction of earthquake damage. Because seismic waves change their amplitude and frequency content owing to acoustic impedance difference between soil and bedrock. Firstly, shear wave velocity and depth information of layers on bedrock is needed to detect this changing. Shear wave velocity can be obtained using inversion of Rayleigh wave dispersion curves obtained from surface wave methods (MASW- the Multichannel Analysis of Surface Waves, ReMi-Refraction Microtremor, SPAC-Spatial Autocorrelation). While research depth is limeted in active source study, a passive source methods are utilized for deep depth which is not reached using active source methods. ReMi method is used to determine layer thickness and velocity up to 100 m using seismic refraction measurement systems.The research carried out up to desired depth depending on radius using SPAC which is utilized easily in conditions that district using of seismic studies in the city. Vs profiles which are required to calculate deformations in under static and dynamic loads can be obtained with high resolution using combining rayleigh wave dispersion curve obtained from active and passive source methods. In the this study, Surface waves data were collected using the measurements of MASW, ReMi and SPAC at the İzmir Bornova region. Dispersion curves obtained from surface wave methods were combined in wide frequency band and Vs-depth profiles were obtained using inversion. Reliability of the resulting soil profiles were provided by comparison with theoretical transfer function obtained from soil paremeters and observed soil transfer function from Nakamura technique and by examination of fitting between these functions. Vs values are changed between 200-830 m/s and engineering bedrock (Vs>760 m/s) depth is approximately 150 m.

  3. Properties and Structure of Nanocrystalline Layers Obtained by Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMA)

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    J. Górka; A. Czupryński; M. Adamiak

    2017-01-01

    The present paper is the result of the investigations of the properties and structure of nanocrystalline layers deposited from iron-based nanoalloy on steel S355N substrate by manual metal arc welding method (MMA...

  4. The molecular structure of quinuclidine obtained by high resolution microwave spectroscopy

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    Consalvo, Daniela; Stahl, Wolfgang

    1998-06-01

    The rotational spectra of all 13C- and 15N- substituted isotopomers of quinuclidine (or 1-azabicyclo[2.2.2]octane, ABCO), C 7H 13N, in their natural abundance have been measured for the first time in the region 4-20 GHz employing pulsed molecular beam Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy (MB-FTMW). Their analysis yielded accurate rotational constants which allowed to determine the ground state heavy atom rs structure and the global r0-structure.

  5. Some properties of thin film structures on the base of ZnO obtained by MOCVD method

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    Roshchina, N. M.; P. S. Smertenko; Stepanov, V. G.; Zavyalova, L. V.; O.S. Lytvyn

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports on the ZnO film structures obtained by MOCVD method on Si substrates. The phase composition, structure and morphology of ZnO films as well as electrophysical properties of ZnO/Si heterojunction on their base were investigated. The possible charge flow mechanisms in ZnO/Si heterojunction are discussed.

  6. Immunobiological properties of sesquiterpene lactones obtained by chemically transformed structural modifications of trilobolide.

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    Harmatha, Juraj; Vokáč, Karel; Buděšínský, Miloš; Zídek, Zdeněk; Kmoníčková, Eva

    2015-12-01

    Our previous research on immunostimulatory properties of trilobolide and its structurally related natural analogues isolated from Laser trilobum (L.) Borkh., encouraged us to investigate structurally related guaianolides belonging to a specific group of sesquiterpene lactones with characteristic glycol moiety attached to the lactone ring. Ever increasing attention has been paid to certain guaianolides such as thapsigargin and trilobolide for their promising anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-infectious and SERCA inhibitory activities. However, due to their alkylation capabilities, they might be cytotoxic. Search for compounds with preserved immunobiological properties and decreased cytotoxicity led us to transform some of their structural features, particularly those related to their side chain functionality. For this reason, we prepared a series of over 20 various deacylated, acyl modified, or relactonized derivatives of trilobolide. The immunobiological effects were screened in vitro using the rat peritoneal cells primed with lipopolysaccharide. Secretion of interferon-γ (IFN-γ), interleukins (IL) IL-1β, IL-6 and tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) were determined by ELISA, and nitric oxide (NO) production by Griess reagent. Relation between the molecular structure and immunobiological activity was investigated. Acetylation at 7-OH and 11-OH positions of the lactone ring, or acyl modification of the guaianolide functionalities (including relactonization) of trilobolide, led to inability to stimulate secretion of cytokines and production of NO. Interestingly, minor structural changes achieved by catalytic hydrogenation or hydrogenolysis retained the original immunoactivity of trilobolide. It can be concluded that several new chemically transformed sesquiterpene lactones resembling the immunobiological properties of trilobolide or thapsigargin were prepared and identified. The implication of the lactone vicinal diol (glycol) moiety, combined with other structure

  7. Dielectric properties of supramolecular ionic structures obtained from multifunctional carboxylic acids and amines

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    Gonzalez, Lidia; Yu, Liyun; Hvilsted, Søren

    2014-01-01

    The dielectric properties of several supramolecular ionic polymers and networks, linked by the ammonium salts of hexamethylene diamine (HMDA), tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TAEA), poly(propylene imine) (PPI) dendrimers and two short bis carboxymethyl ether-terminated poly(ethylene glycol)s (Di......), are investigated. Here the relative dielectric permittivities of the supramolecular ionic structures formed with the multifunctional carboxylic acids were lower than those from the supramolecular ionic structures formed with the two carboxymethyl ether-terminated poly(ethylene glycol)s....

  8. Structural and photocatalytic characterization of BaFe2O4 obtained at low temperatures

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    Silvana Da Dalt

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Barium monoferrite BaFe2O4 classified as permanent magnet stands out among other ceramic magnets due to its high chemical stability, corrosion resistance and low production cost. In addition, experiments conducted on photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange and UV transmittance by spectrophotometry have shown that this material has photocatalytic properties. The spinel ferrite is of importance in many technological areas such as computing, communications and security. Several techniques for synthesis have been studied to optimize the properties of this material. The synthesis of BaFe2O4 by conventional processes often occurs at temperatures above 1000 ºC. In this work, we obtained the phase BaFe2O4 at low temperatures (600 ºC from the combustion reaction using nitrates and maleic anhydride as metal complexing agent. Techniques of X-ray diffraction, specific surface area, thermogravimetry analysis and photocatalytic analysis were employed to characterize the products obtained.

  9. Analyses of N-linked glycans of PrPSc revealed predominantly 2,6-linked sialic acid residues.

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    Katorcha, Elizaveta; Baskakov, Ilia V

    2017-11-01

    Mammalian prions (PrPSc ) consist of misfolded, conformationally altered, self-replicating states of the sialoglycoprotein called prion protein or PrPC . Recent studies revealed that the sialylation status of PrPSc plays a major role in evading innate immunity and infecting a host. Establishing the type of linkage by which sialic acid residues are attached to galactose is important, as it helps to identify the sialyltransferases responsible for sialylating PrPC and outline strategies for manipulating the sialyation status of PrPSc . Using enzymatic treatment with sialidases and lectin blots, this study demonstrated that in N-linked glycans of PrPSc , the sialic acid residues are predominantly alpha 2,6-linked. High percentages of alpha 2,6-linked sialic acids were observed in PrPSc of three prion strains 22L, RML, and ME7, as well as PrPSc from brain, spleen, or N2a cells cultured in vitro. Moreover, the variation in the percentage of alpha 2,3- versus 2,6-linked sialic acid was found to be relatively minor between brain-, spleen-, or cell-derived PrPSc , suggesting that the type of linkage is independent of tissue type. Based on the current results, we propose that sialyltransferases of St6Gal family, which is responsible for attaching sialic acids via alpha 2,6-linkages to N-linked glycans, controls sialylation of PrPC and PrPSc . © 2017 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

  10. The structure study of boron carbonitride films obtained by use of trimethylamine borane complex

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    Kosinova, M L; Fainer, N I; Maximovski, E A; Kuznetsov, F A

    2001-01-01

    Diffraction of synchrotron radiation (SR) was used to investigate crystalline structure and phase composition of thin films (1500-5000 A) of boron carbonitride. These films were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition using nontraditional volatile single source precursor trimethylamine borane complex (CH sub 3) sub 3 N centre dot BH sub 3 and its mixture with ammonia. The effect of the gas ratio and substrate temperature on chemical and phase composition as well as the structure of the films were investigated. The XRD peculiarities of texture films and ways of increasing sensibility of measurements were considered. A possibility of the information density rise of the thin film XRD was shown due to application of different methods for recording diffraction patterns.

  11. Magnetic and structural properties of cobalt and nickel ferrites obtained by combustion method

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    Gomes, D.K.S.; Melo, D.M.A.; Araujo, J.H.; Costa, A.F. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), RN (Brazil); Pimentel, P.M. [Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Arido (UFERSA), Mossoro, RN (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    Spinel-type ferrites have shown great potential for applications due to their optical electrical and magnetic properties. It has been reported that magnetic properties of ferrites depend on composition and cation distribution. According to the occupancy of cations in the A and B sites, these materials can exhibit ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic behavior . In this work cobalt and nickel ferrites were prepared by microwave-assisted self-combustion synthesis. This synthesis process is a cost efficient method used to produce homogeneous and fine particles with high reproducibility. The resulting powders were characterized using X-ray diffraction combined with the Rietveld refinement method, infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and magnetic measurements. The Rietveld XRD data had shown to formation of the partially inverse spinel-type structure. SEM images revealed the formation of irregular porous powders. It is observed that the saturation magnetization and coercive field decreases with the presence of nickel in spinel structure. (author)

  12. Dromedary milk fat: thermal and structural properties 1. Crystalline forms obtained by slow cooling

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    Karray, Nadia; Lopez, Christelle; Lesieur, Pierre; Ollivon, Michel

    2004-01-01

    International audience; The thermal and structural behavior of anhydrous dromedary milk fat (ADMF) was studied by a technique that allowed simultaneous time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction as a function of temperature (XRDT) and high sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). As the camel probably represents the mammalian species best adapted to the hottest temperatures on earth as well as to harsh climatic conditions, the fatty acid composition of ADMF and its thermal proper...

  13. [Strong and tunable field enhancement obtained by periodic rectangular pit structure].

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    Wang, Meng; Wang, Bin; Fu, Su-yang; Huang, Sen-peng; Guo, Ting-ke; Li, Hao-yu; Xu, Xiao-xuan; Wang, Yu-fang

    2015-02-01

    The authors have designed a novel type of periodic rectangular pit nanostructure substrate based on the surface plasmon principle. Finite element method was employed to simulate the optical near-field distribution. Strongly enhanced field whose electric intensity Emax/E0 can be as high as 20 at resonance frequency appears around pithead of the periodic structure. As the period of structure, pit length l, width w and environment change, the authors observe the regular shifting of plasmon resonant wavelength which can cover the range from 500 to 1000 nm. The red shifts of SPR resonance peaks are increased with the increment of period Px when incident light is polarized along x axis. An abrupt decrease in localized electric field in the pit is observed as incident wavelength approaches Px. This is due to the satisfaction of wave vector matching condition and the excitation of propagating SPP. SPR resonance peaks also red shifts with the increment on pit length l and environment dielectric refractive index, presenting a linear dependence with pit length l. While the resonance peaks are blue shifted with the increment of pit width w. The results presented in this paper will provide a way to tune the plasmon resonant wavelength. Inspired by Jain's report, SPR resonance peaks' shifting with the changing of structure parameters can be explained by viewing the rectangular pit nanostructure as combination of two pairs of dipole-dipole coupling models along x and y axis respectively.

  14. Structure and Absolute Configuration of Jurassic Polyketide-Derived Spiroborate Pigments Obtained from Microgram Quantities.

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    Wolkenstein, Klaus; Sun, Han; Falk, Heinz; Griesinger, Christian

    2015-10-28

    Complete structural elucidation of natural products is often challenging due to structural complexity and limited availability. This is true for present-day secondary metabolites, but even more for exceptionally preserved secondary metabolites of ancient organisms that potentially provide insights into the evolutionary history of natural products. Here, we report the full structure and absolute configuration of the borolithochromes, enigmatic boron-containing pigments from a Jurassic putative red alga, from samples of less than 50 μg using microcryoprobe NMR, circular dichroism spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations and reveal their polyketide origin. The pigments are identified as spiroborates with two pentacyclic sec-butyl-trihydroxy-methyl-benzo[gh]tetraphen-one ligands and less-substituted derivatives. The configuration of the sec-butyl group is found to be (S). Because the exceptional benzo[gh]tetraphene scaffold is otherwise only observed in the recently discovered polyketide clostrubin from a present-day Clostridium bacterium, the Jurassic borolithochromes now can be unambiguously linked to the modern polyketide, providing evidence that the fossil pigments are almost originally preserved secondary metabolites and suggesting that the pigments in fact may have been produced by an ancient bacterium. The borolithochromes differ fundamentally from previously described boronated polyketides and represent the first boronated aromatic polyketides found so far. Our results demonstrate the potential of microcryoprobe NMR in the analysis of previously little-explored secondary metabolites from ancient organisms and reveal the evolutionary significance of clostrubin-type polyketides.

  15. Co-existence of distinct prion types enables conformational evolution of human PrPSc by competitive selection.

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    Haldiman, Tracy; Kim, Chae; Cohen, Yvonne; Chen, Wei; Blevins, Janis; Qing, Liuting; Cohen, Mark L; Langeveld, Jan; Telling, Glenn C; Kong, Qingzhong; Safar, Jiri G

    2013-10-11

    The unique phenotypic characteristics of mammalian prions are thought to be encoded in the conformation of pathogenic prion proteins (PrP(Sc)). The molecular mechanism responsible for the adaptation, mutation, and evolution of prions observed in cloned cells and upon crossing the species barrier remains unsolved. Using biophysical techniques and conformation-dependent immunoassays in tandem, we isolated two distinct populations of PrP(Sc) particles with different conformational stabilities and aggregate sizes, which frequently co-exist in the most common human prion disease, sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The protein misfolding cyclic amplification replicates each of the PrP(Sc) particle types independently and leads to the competitive selection of those with lower initial conformational stability. In serial propagation with a nonglycosylated mutant PrP(C) substrate, the dominant PrP(Sc) conformers are subject to further evolution by natural selection of the subpopulation with the highest replication rate due to its lowest stability. Cumulatively, the data show that sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease PrP(Sc) is not a single conformational entity but a dynamic collection of two distinct populations of particles. This implies the co-existence of different prions, whose adaptation and evolution are governed by the selection of progressively less stable, faster replicating PrP(Sc) conformers.

  16. Co-existence of Distinct Prion Types Enables Conformational Evolution of Human PrPSc by Competitive Selection*

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    Haldiman, Tracy; Kim, Chae; Cohen, Yvonne; Chen, Wei; Blevins, Janis; Qing, Liuting; Cohen, Mark L.; Langeveld, Jan; Telling, Glenn C.; Kong, Qingzhong; Safar, Jiri G.

    2013-01-01

    The unique phenotypic characteristics of mammalian prions are thought to be encoded in the conformation of pathogenic prion proteins (PrPSc). The molecular mechanism responsible for the adaptation, mutation, and evolution of prions observed in cloned cells and upon crossing the species barrier remains unsolved. Using biophysical techniques and conformation-dependent immunoassays in tandem, we isolated two distinct populations of PrPSc particles with different conformational stabilities and aggregate sizes, which frequently co-exist in the most common human prion disease, sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The protein misfolding cyclic amplification replicates each of the PrPSc particle types independently and leads to the competitive selection of those with lower initial conformational stability. In serial propagation with a nonglycosylated mutant PrPC substrate, the dominant PrPSc conformers are subject to further evolution by natural selection of the subpopulation with the highest replication rate due to its lowest stability. Cumulatively, the data show that sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease PrPSc is not a single conformational entity but a dynamic collection of two distinct populations of particles. This implies the co-existence of different prions, whose adaptation and evolution are governed by the selection of progressively less stable, faster replicating PrPSc conformers. PMID:23974118

  17. Molecular features related to HIV integrase inhibition obtained from structure- and ligand-based approaches.

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    Luciana L de Carvalho

    Full Text Available Among several biological targets to treat AIDS, HIV integrase is a promising enzyme that can be employed to develop new anti-HIV agents. The aim of this work is to propose a mechanistic interpretation of HIV-1 integrase inhibition and to rationalize the molecular features related to the binding affinity of studied ligands. A set of 79 HIV-1 integrase inhibitors and its relationship with biological activity are investigated employing 2D and 3D QSAR models, docking analysis and DFT studies. Analyses of docking poses and frontier molecular orbitals revealed important features on the main ligand-receptor interactions. 2D and 3D models presenting good internal consistency, predictive power and stability were obtained in all cases. Significant correlation coefficients (r(2 = 0.908 and q(2= 0.643 for 2D model; r(2= 0.904 and q(2= 0.719 for 3D model were obtained, indicating the potential of these models for untested compounds. The generated holograms and contribution maps revealed important molecular requirements to HIV-1 IN inhibition and several evidences for molecular modifications. The final models along with information resulting from molecular orbitals, 2D contribution and 3D contour maps should be useful in the design of new inhibitors with increased potency and selectivity within the chemical diversity of the data.

  18. Organic free decavanadate based materials: Inorganic linkers to obtain extended structures

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    Yerra, Sridevi; Das, Samar K.

    2017-10-01

    Decavanadate based extended structures containing compounds [{Na3(H2O)8(μ2-H2O)6Ag2}HV10O28]n·6nH2O (1), [Co(H2O)6]n[{Na2(H2O)6(μ2-H2O)4Co(H2O)2}V10O28]n·4nH2O (2) and [Zn(H2O)6]n[{Na2(H2O)6(μ2-H2O)4Zn(H2O)2}V10O28]n·4nH2O (3) have been synthesized from respective aqueous solutions of sodium metavanadate. Compounds 1, 2 and 3 crystallize in a triclinic space group P-1. Compound 1 is a three-dimensional inorganic solid, whereas compounds 2 and 3 are isomorphous one-dimensional inorganic polymers. In the crystal structure of compound 1, the silver (I) cation is coordinated to the terminal oxygen as well as bridging oxygen atoms of decavanadate anion and it is also connected to bridging oxygen atom of trimeric sodium aqua cluster cation. In the crystals of compound 2, one hexa-hydrated cobalt cation is present as a counter cation and one ;di-sodium cobalt aqua-complex; cation is supported on the [V10O28]6- cluster anion by coordinate covalent bond. Compound 3 is isomorphous with compound 2, with Zn2+ present (in compound 3) in the place of Co2+ (in compound 2). Compounds 1, 2 and 3 are characterized by routine elemental analyses, FT-IR spectroscopy and unambiguously by single crystal X-ray crystallography. In the crystal structure of compound 1, an unusual silver dimer is observed.

  19. Insights into the role of hydration in protein structure and stability obtained through hydrostatic pressure studies

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    C.A. Royer

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available A thorough understanding of protein structure and stability requires that we elucidate the molecular basis for the effects of both temperature and pressure on protein conformational transitions. While temperature effects are relatively well understood and the change in heat capacity upon unfolding has been reasonably well parameterized, the state of understanding of pressure effects is much less advanced. Ultimately, a quantitative parameterization of the volume changes (at the basis of pressure effects accompanying protein conformational transitions will be required. The present report introduces a qualitative hypothesis based on available model compound data for the molecular basis of volume change upon protein unfolding and its dependence on temperature.

  20. Functional and Structural Overview of G-Protein-Coupled Receptors Comprehensively Obtained from Genome Sequences

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    Makiko Suwa

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available An understanding of the functional mechanisms of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs is very important for GPCR-related drug design. We have developed an integrated GPCR database (SEVENS http://sevens.cbrc.jp/ that includes 64,090 reliable GPCR genes comprehensively identified from 56 eukaryote genome sequences, and overviewed the sequences and structure spaces of the GPCRs. In vertebrates, the number of receptors for biological amines, peptides, etc. is conserved in most species, whereas the number of chemosensory receptors for odorant, pheromone, etc. significantly differs among species. The latter receptors tend to be single exon type or a few exon type and show a high ratio in the numbers of GPCRs, whereas some families, such as Class B and Class C receptors, have long lengths due to the presence of many exons. Statistical analyses of amino acid residues reveal that most of the conserved residues in Class A GPCRs are found in the cytoplasmic half regions of transmembrane (TM helices, while residues characteristic to each subfamily found on the extracellular half regions. The 69 of Protein Data Bank (PDB entries of complete or fragmentary structures could be mapped on the TM/loop regions of Class A GPCRs covering 14 subfamilies.

  1. Isolation and crystal structure determination of piperazine dicarbamate obtained from a direct reaction

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    Sim, Jae Ung; Jo, Eun Hee; Jhon, Young Ho; Paek, Kyung Soo; Kim, Ja Heon [Dept. of Chemistry, Soongsil University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jang Se Gyu; Shim, Jae Goo; Jang, Kyung Ryong [Korea Future Technology Research Laboratory, Korea Electric Power Research Institute (KEPRI), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-11-15

    Separation of CO{sub 2} in the flue gas emitted from coal-fired power plants is the first technological step toward reducing the CO{sub 2} concentration in atmosphere, and eventually for mitigating the global climate change. We could isolate the PZ-dicarbamate, where two CO{sub 2} molecules are bonded to each secondary amine group, through CO{sub 2} absorption by PZ in methanol, and determined its crystal structure by X-ray crystallography. The PZ-dicarbamate as a salt with piperazinium allowed further analyses such as TGA and NMR measurements, which gave information on the fate of the salt. In particular, the salt can be used as a standard sample exhibiting 100% CO{sub 2} loading in a PZ molecule.

  2. Applying Monte Carlo Concept and Linear Programming in Modern Portfolio Theory to Obtain Best Weighting Structure

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    Tumpal Sihombing

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The world is entering the era of recession when the trend is bearish and market is not so favorable. The capital markets in every major country were experiencing great amount of loss and people suffered in their investment. The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI has shown a great downturn for the past one year but the trend bearish year of the JCI. Therefore, rational investors should consider restructuring their portfolio to set bigger proportion in bonds and cash instead of stocks. Investors can apply modern portfolio theory by Harry Markowitz to find the optimum asset allocation for their portfolio. Higher return is always associated with higher risk. This study shows investors how to find out the lowest risk of a portfolio investment by providing them with several structures of portfolio weighting. By this way, investor can compare and make the decision based on risk-return consideration and opportunity cost as well. Keywords: Modern portfolio theory, Monte Carlo, linear programming

  3. Horizontally resolved structures of polar mesospheric echoes obtained with the Middle Atmosphere Alomar Radar System

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    Latteck, Ralph; Zecha, Marius; Rapp, Markus; Stober, Gunter; Singer, Werner

    2012-07-01

    Polar Mesosphere Summer Echoes have been observed in Andenes/Norway (69°N, 16°E) for more than 18 years using the Alomar SOUSY and the ALWIN VHF radars. In 2011 the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Kühlungsborn completed the installation of the Middle Atmosphere Alomar Radar System ({MAARSY}). The new radar is designed for atmospheric studies from the troposphere up to the lower thermosphere, especially for the investigation of horizontal structures of polar mesospheric echoes. The system is composed of an active phased antenna consisting of 433 array elements and an identical number of transceiver modules individually controllable in frequency, phase, and output power on a pulse-to-pulse basis. This arrangement allows very high flexibility of beam forming and beam steering with a symmetric 3.6° small radar beam and arbitrary beam pointing directions down to 30° off-zenith. The monitoring of polar mesosphere echoes using a vertical pointed radar beam has been continued already during the construction period of MAARSY in order to complete the long term data base available for Andenes. Additionally first multi-beam scanning experiments using up to 97 beams quasi-simultaneously in the mesosphere have been carried out during several campaigns starting in summer 2010. Sophisticated wind analysis methods such as an extended velocity azimuth display have been applied to retrieve additional parameters from the wind field, e.g. horizontal divergence, vertical velocity, stretching and shearing deformation. The results provide a first insight into the strong horizontal variability of scattering structures occurring in the polar mesosphere over Andenes during summer and winter time. The implementation of interferometric radar imaging methods offers further improvement of the horizontal and the vertical resolution.

  4. The simulation of carbon material structure based on polyacrylonitrile obtained under IR heating

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    Lev V. Kozhitov

    2016-03-01

    We have for the first time determined using the MNDO semiempirical quantum chemical model for a carbon material (CM structure based on heat treated polyacrylonitrile (PAN that an increase in the N content from 14 to 18 atoms in CM monoatomic layers C46N14H10, C44N16H12, and C42N18H14 and in the H content from 12 to 22 atoms in CM monoatomic layers C44N16H12 and C44N16H22 leads to a decrease in the binding energy (Eb from 7.40 and 7.12 to 6.88 and 6.25 eV, respectively, and to an increase in the difference between the maximum and minimum bond length (Δl, between the maximum and minimum valence angle (Δθ, and between the maximum and minimum local charge (Δq from 0.176 Е, 12.0°, and 0.487 to 0.238 Е, 20.8°, and 0.613, respectively, and promotes curving of the CM structure. Quantum chemical simulation results are confirmed by the element analysis of the CM specimens and FeNi3/C nanocomposite. When the IR heating temperature was increased from 30 to 500 °С, the concentrations of N (СN and H (СH in the CM and in the FeNi3/C nanocomposite decreased from 27 to 18 and 10 wt% and from 6 to 1 and 0.5 wt%, respectively.

  5. Exploration of the main sites for the transformation of normal prion protein (PrPC into pathogenic prion protein (PrPsc

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    Liu Xi-Lin

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The functions and mechanisms of prion proteins (PrPC are currently unknown, but most experts believe that deformed or pathogenic prion proteins (PrPSc originate from PrPC, and that there may be plural main sites for the conversion of normal PrPC into PrPSc. In order to better understand the mechanism of PrPC transformation to PrPSc, the most important step is to determine the replacement or substitution site.

  6. Recent advances in cell-free PrPSc amplification technique.

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    Atarashi, Ryuichiro

    2009-01-01

    The development of amplification technology for abnormal forms of prion protein in vitro has had a great impact on the field of prion research. This novel technology has generated new possibilities for understanding the molecular basis of prions and for developing an early diagnostic test for prion diseases. This review provides an overview of recent progress in cell-free PrPSc amplification techniques.

  7. Structural characterization of polysaccharide obtained from red seaweed Gracilaria caudata (J Agardh).

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    Barros, Francisco C N; da Silva, Draulio C; Sombra, Venicios G; Maciel, Jeanny S; Feitosa, Judith P A; Freitas, Ana L P; de Paula, Regina C M

    2013-01-30

    Seaweeds are considered an important source of bioactive molecules. In this work the marine red alga Gracilaria caudata was submitted to aqueous extraction of their polysaccharides for 2 h at 100 °C. The polysaccharide fraction (PGC) presented a recovery of 32.8%. The sulfate content of PGC, calculated by S%, is 1 ± 0.2% and the degree of sulfation accounts for 0.13 ± 0.2. High-Performance Size-Exclusion Chromatography demonstrated that PGC consists of a high molecular weight polysaccharide (2.5 × 10(5)gmol(-1)). Chemical analysis of PGC was performed by microanalysis, infrared (FT-IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, 1 and 2D) spectroscopy. The structure of PGC is mainly constituted by the alternating residues 3-linked-β-D-galactopyranose and 4-linked-3,6-α-L-anhydrogalactose; however some hydroxyl groups were substituted by methyl groups and pyruvic acid acetal. The biological precursor of 3,6-α-L-anhydrogalactose (6-sulfate-α-l-galactose) was also detected. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Structural and electrical study of calcium phosphate obtained by a microwave radiation assisted procedure

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    Silva, C.C. [I3N Group and Physics Department, Aveiro University, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal); Telecommunications and Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (LOCEM), Physics Department, Federal University of Ceara, Campus do Pici, Postal Code 6030, 60455-760, Fortaleza-Ceara (Brazil); Graca, M.P.F. [I3N Group and Physics Department, Aveiro University, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal); Sombra, A.S.B., E-mail: sombra@fisica.ufc.b [Telecommunications and Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (LOCEM), Physics Department, Federal University of Ceara, Campus do Pici, Postal Code 6030, 60455-760, Fortaleza-Ceara (Brazil); Valente, M.A. [I3N Group and Physics Department, Aveiro University, Campus Universitario de Santiago, 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal)

    2009-05-01

    The hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6} (OH){sub 2}-HAP) is the main mineral constituent of teeth and bones with excellent biocompatibility with hard and muscle tissues. This material exhibits several problems of handling and preparation, which can be minimized by mixing the HAP with a suitable binder. In order to improve the phase structure, morphology and the dielectric properties, nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite was prepared by a microwave assisted solid-state reaction technique from Ca(OH){sub 2} and CaHPO{sub 4} powders. After milling the mixture was submitted to microwave radiation in a domestic microwave oven (f=2.45 GHz-1 kW) during 15 and 30 min at 1000, 1100 and 1200 deg. C. The samples were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), EDS (energy dispersive spectroscopy), FT-IR spectroscopy. The dielectric properties were measured in the frequency range 1 Hz-30 MHz at several temperatures (250-350 K). The dielectric study in function of frequency, at 300 K, was made using the Modulus formalism (M*=1/epsilon*) and a distribution of relaxation times was observed.

  9. Optical and structural characterization of poly (aniline (PANi films obtained by spin-coating method

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    barhoumi zina

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The structural and optical properties of the PANi films were investigated in terms of different solvent content by using X-ray diffraction (XRD, RAMAN spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Photoluminescence (PL and optical absorption spectroscopy. The XRD results revealed that the crystallinity through films increased as the molar ratio of dimethylacetamide (DMAc and dimethylformamide (DMF increased to 0.6:0.4, but then decreased when the molar ratio was increased from 0.6:0.4 to 0.8:0.2. It is shown that even small clusters in PANi films can explain the observed RAMAN scattering.  The results of the optical experiments showed that films prepared from different molar ratio of DMAc and DMF showed good near-infrared characteristic in the range of 800-2000 nm. The optical band gap value from absorption coefficient data is found to be 3.57 eV.    The SEM also showed changes in the morphology of PANi films.

  10. Dynamics and genetics of PrPSc placental accumulation in sheep.

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    Lacroux, C; Corbière, F; Tabouret, G; Lugan, S; Costes, P; Mathey, J; Delmas, J M; Weisbecker, J L; Foucras, G; Cassard, H; Elsen, J M; Schelcher, F; Andréoletti, O

    2007-03-01

    Placentae from scrapie-affected ewes are an important source of contamination. This study confirmed that scrapie-incubating ewes bearing susceptible genotypes could produce both abnormal prion protein (PrPSc)-positive and -negative placentae, depending only on the PRP genotype of the fetus. The results also provided evidence indicating that scrapie-incubating ARR/VRQ ewes may be unable to accumulate prions in the placenta, whatever the genotype of their progeny. Multinucleated trophoblast cells appeared to play a key role in placental PrPSc accumulation. PrPSc accumulation began in syncytiotrophoblasts before disseminating to uninucleated trophoblasts. As these result from trophoblast/uterine epithelial cell fusion, syncytiotrophoblast cells expressed maternal and fetal PrPC, whilst uninucleated trophoblast cells only expressed fetal PrPC. In ARR/VRQ scrapie-infected ewes, expression of the ARR allele by syncytiotrophoblasts appeared to prevent initiation of PrPSc placental deposition. The absence of prions in affected ARR/VRQ sheep placentae reinforces strongly the interest in ARR selection for scrapie control.

  11. Short-term study of the uptake of PrPSc by the Peyer’s patches in hamsters after oral exposure to scrapie

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    Bergström, Ann-Louise; Jensen, Tim Kåre; Heegaard, Peter M. H.

    2006-01-01

    The disease-associated prion protein (PrPSc) has been detected in the ileal Peyer's patches of lambs as early as one week after oral exposure to scrapie. In hamsters, the earliest reported time of PrPSc detection in the Peyer's patches after oral exposure to scrapie is 69 days post...... of the scrapie agent. PrPSc was demonstrated in the Peyer's patches only a few days after exposure, i.e., much earlier than previously reported. This study Supports the view that the Peyer's patches constitute at least one of the primary entry sites of PrPSc after oral exposure to scrapie....

  12. The N-Terminal Sequence of Prion Protein Consists an Epitope Specific to the Abnormal Isoform of Prion Protein (PrPSc)

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    Masujin, Kentaro; Kaku-Ushiki, Yuko; Miwa, Ritsuko; Okada, Hiroyuki; Shimizu, Yoshihisa; Kasai, Kazuo; Matsuura, Yuichi; Yokoyama, Takashi

    2013-01-01

    The conformation of abnormal prion protein (PrPSc) differs from that of cellular prion protein (PrPC), but the precise characteristics of PrPSc remain to be elucidated. To clarify the properties of native PrPSc, we attempted to generate novel PrPSc-specific monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) by immunizing PrP-deficient mice with intact PrPSc purified from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-affected mice. The generated mAbs 6A12 and 8D5 selectivity precipitated PrPSc from the brains of prion-affected mice, sheep, and cattle, but did not precipitate PrPC from the brains of healthy animals. In histopathological analysis, mAbs 6A12 and 8D5 strongly reacted with prion-affected mouse brains but not with unaffected mouse brains without antigen retrieval. Epitope analysis revealed that mAbs 8D5 and 6A12 recognized the PrP subregions between amino acids 31–39 and 41–47, respectively. This indicates that a PrPSc-specific epitope exists in the N-terminal region of PrPSc, and mAbs 6A12 and 8D5 are powerful tools with which to detect native and intact PrPSc. We found that the ratio of proteinase K (PK)-sensitive PrPSc to PK-resistant PrPSc was constant throughout the disease time course. PMID:23469131

  13. The Strain-Encoded Relationship between PrPSc Replication, Stability and Processing in Neurons is Predictive of the Incubation Period of Disease

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    Ayers, Jacob I.; Schutt, Charles R.; Shikiya, Ronald A.; Aguzzi, Adriano; Kincaid, Anthony E.; Bartz, Jason C.

    2011-01-01

    Prion strains are characterized by differences in the outcome of disease, most notably incubation period and neuropathological features. While it is established that the disease specific isoform of the prion protein, PrPSc, is an essential component of the infectious agent, the strain-specific relationship between PrPSc properties and the biological features of the resulting disease is not clear. To investigate this relationship, we examined the amplification efficiency and conformational stability of PrPSc from eight hamster-adapted prion strains and compared it to the resulting incubation period of disease and processing of PrPSc in neurons and glia. We found that short incubation period strains were characterized by more efficient PrPSc amplification and higher PrPSc conformational stabilities compared to long incubation period strains. In the CNS, the short incubation period strains were characterized by the accumulation of N-terminally truncated PrPSc in the soma of neurons, astrocytes and microglia in contrast to long incubation period strains where PrPSc did not accumulate to detectable levels in the soma of neurons but was detected in glia similar to short incubation period strains. These results are inconsistent with the hypothesis that a decrease in conformational stability results in a corresponding increase in replication efficiency and suggest that glia mediated neurodegeneration results in longer survival times compared to direct replication of PrPSc in neurons. PMID:21437239

  14. Structural and magnetic properties Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} obtained by the coprecipitation

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    Junior, M.E.; Junior, F.A.; Hernandez, E.P.; Barbosa, F.C.G.; Paulo, V.I.M.; Junior, J.N.A.; Almeida, J.C. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), PE (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    Full text: The study shows a structural and magnetic properties of cobalt oxide Co3O4 doped with Cr as a function of the parameters adopted during the synthesis by chemical co-precipitation were flowing neutralizing NaOH and calcination temperature to 800 °C and 1000 °C. First, a series of samples of this oxide in which the flow was changed neutralization of the NaOH solution was generated. Thermal treatments were carried out at 800 °C and 1000 °C in anticipation of changing voltages on the network, average crystal size, etc. XRD observed in this case that the major phase and Co3O4 was found that the change of flow, the average crystallite size of network parameters and changes suffered distorted. In magnetic measurements MxT for samples to 800 °C and 1000 °C we observed behavioral evidence of a ferri / ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition. On the other hand, the Curie-Weiss parameter was found negative for all samples associated with the major phase Co3O4 antiferromagnetic. Thus, we could correlate these phenomena the possible presence of phase clusters / nanoclusters amorphous ferri / ferromagnetic with CoCr2O4 / CrO2 generated with the incorporation of Cr under different NaOH flows. These coupling steps leading to the observed behavior. Have the MXH measures to 1000 °C in 50K presented a characteristic hysteresis loop system ferri / ferromagnetic well pronounced and could associate this, beyond the coupling phase, the fact that higher temperatures increase the grain size decreasing the surface anisotropy and favoring phases ferri / ferromagnetic. We are convinced that the results of our research is an important contribution to the field. (author)

  15. Electronic and magnetic structure of BaCoO2 as obtained from LSDA and LSDA+U calculations

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    Nazir, Safdar

    2011-03-01

    Density functional theory is used to study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of BaCoO2. Structural relaxation for different collinear magnetic configurations points to a remarkable magneto-elastic coupling in BaCoO2. Although we obtain several stable long range ordered magnetic structures, ferromagnetism is energetically favorable in the case of the LSDA method. In contrast, for the LSDA+U method antiferromagnetic ordering is found to be favorable. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Quantification of surviving cerebellar granule neurones and abnormal prion protein (PrPSc) deposition in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease supports a pathogenic role for small PrPSc deposits common to the various molecular subtypes.

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    Faucheux, B A; Morain, E; Diouron, V; Brandel, J-P; Salomon, D; Sazdovitch, V; Privat, N; Laplanche, J-L; Hauw, J-J; Haïk, S

    2011-08-01

    Neuronal death is a major neuropathological hallmark in prion diseases. The association between the accumulation of the disease-related prion protein (PrP(Sc) ) and neuronal loss varies within the wide spectrum of prion diseases and their experimental models. In this study, we investigated the relationships between neuronal loss and PrP(Sc) deposition in the cerebellum from cases of the six subtypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD; n=100) that can be determined according to the M129V polymorphism of the human prion protein gene (PRNP) and PrP(Sc) molecular types. The numerical density of neurones was estimated with a computer-assisted image analysis system and the accumulation of PrP(Sc) deposits was scored. The scores of PrP(Sc) immunoreactive deposits of the punctate type (synaptic type) were correlated with neurone counts - the higher the score the higher the neuronal loss - in all sCJD subtypes. Large 5- to 50-µm-wide deposits (focal type) were found in sCJD-MV2 and sCJD-VV2 subtypes, and occasionally in a few cases of the other studied groups. By contrast, the highest scores for 5- to 50-µm-wide deposits observed in sCJD-MV2 subtype were not associated with higher neuronal loss. In addition, these scores were inversely correlated with neuronal counts in the sCJD-VV2 subtype. These results support a putative pathogenic role for small PrP(Sc) deposits common to the various sCJD subtypes. Furthermore, the observation of a lower loss of neurones associated with PrP(Sc) type-2 large deposits is consistent with a possible 'protective' role of aggregated deposits in both sCJD-MV2 and sCJD-VV2 subtypes. © 2011 The Authors. Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology © 2011 British Neuropathological Society.

  17. Structural effects on the hesperidin properties obtained by chelation to magnesium complexes.

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    Oliveira, Regina M M; de Souza Daniel, Juliana F; de Aguiar, Inara; das Graças Fernandes Silva, Maria Fátima; Batista Fernandes, João; Carlos, Rose M

    2013-12-01

    The magnesium complex [Mg(hesp)2(phen)] (1), where hesp=hesperidin and phen=1,10'-phenanthroline, was synthesized and characterized by Elemental Analysis (C,H,N), atomic absorption and spectroscopic (FTIR, UV-visible, (1)H NMR) techniques. The congested structure facilitates the tilting and contact of the two hesperidin ligands by hydrogen bonding interactions having a stabilizer effect on the hesperidin. The hydrogen bonds are strongly affected by the solvent used which can lead to changes in the physical-chemical, luminescence and biologic properties of complex 1. Complex 1 is more hydrosoluble (S=472±3.05μgmL(-1)) and liposoluble (log P=-0.15±0.01) than free hesperidin (S=5.92±0.49μgmL(-1), log P=0.30). Oxidation of the complex in an aqueous solution and room temperature investigated by cyclic voltammetry resulted in a very stable two-electron cyclic process to form the phenoxonium neutral, cation and dication radicals. The stability of the voltammetric process indicates that the species produced are never exhausted and does not lead to changes in the coordination sphere composition. The complex was found to be a better radical scavenger for superoxide radical (IC50=68.3μM at pH7.8) than free hesperidin (IC50=116.68μmolL(-1)) and vitamin C (IC50=852μmolL(-1)). The strong blue fluorescence of complex 1 switches through loss of luminescence in pure water/protic organic solvents or when protected from water (in octanol for example as a model of phospholipid membranes). These features provide an opportunity to map the reactivity of hesperidin in the physiologic medium. In this context, a high uptake of complex into HeLa cells was detected by fluorescence microscopy. The blue fluorescence was uniformly distributed mainly in per nucleic region. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Damage identification of beam structures using free response shapes obtained by use of a continuously scanning laser Doppler vibrometer system

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    Xu, Y. F.; Chen, Da-Ming; Zhu, W. D.

    2017-08-01

    Spatially dense operating deflection shapes and mode shapes can be rapidly obtained by use of a continuously scanning laser Doppler vibrometer (CSLDV) system, which sweeps its laser spot over a vibrating structure surface. This paper introduces a new type of vibration shapes called a free response shape (FRS) that can be obtained by use of a CSLDV system, and a new damage identification methodology using FRSs is developed for beam structures. An analytical expression of FRSs of a damped beam structure is derived, and FRSs from the analytical expression compare well with those from a finite element model. In the damage identification methodology, a free-response damage index (FRDI) is proposed, and damage regions can be identified near neighborhoods with consistently high values of FRDIs associated with different modes; an auxiliary FRDI is defined to assist identification of the neighborhoods. A FRDI associated with a mode consists of differences between curvatures of FRSs associated with the mode in a number of half-scan periods of a CSLDV system and those from polynomials that fit the FRSs with properly determined orders. A convergence index is proposed to determine the proper order of a polynomial fit. One advantage of the methodology is that the FRDI does not require any baseline information of an undamaged beam structure, if it is geometrically smooth and made of materials that have no stiffness and mass discontinuities. Another advantage is that FRDIs associated with multiple modes can be obtained using free response of a beam structure measured by a CSLDV system in one scan. The number of half-scan periods for calculation of the FRDI associated with a mode can be determined by use of the short-time Fourier transform. The proposed methodology was numerically and experimentally applied to identify damage in beam structures; effects of the scan frequency of a CSLDV system on qualities of obtained FRSs were experimentally investigated.

  19. In vitro amplification of PrPSc derived from the brain and blood of sheep infected with scrapie.

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    Thorne, Leigh; Terry, Linda A

    2008-12-01

    Scrapie is a fatal, naturally transmissible, neurodegenerative prion disease that affects sheep and goats and is characterized by the accumulation of a misfolded protein, PrPSc, converted from host-encoded PrPc, in the central nervous system of affected animals. Highly efficient in vitro conversion of host PrPc to PrPSc has been achieved in models of scrapie and in natural prion diseases by protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA). Here, we demonstrate amplification, by serial PMCA, of PrPSc from individual sources of scrapie-infected sheep. Efficiency of amplification was affected by the pairing of the source of PrPSc with the control brain substrate of different genotypes of PrP. In line with previous studies, efficiency of amplification was greatly enhanced with the addition of a synthetic polyanion, polyadenylic acid (PolyA), facilitating rapid detection of low levels of PrPSc from body fluids such as blood. To this end PrPSc was amplified, in a 3 day PMCA assay, from blood leukocyte preparations from VRQ/VRQ scrapie-affected sheep at clinical end point. While PolyA-assisted PMCA resulted in spontaneous conversion of PrPc, we were able to distinguish blood samples from unaffected and affected sheep under controlled conditions. This study demonstrates that highly efficient amplification of PrPSc can be achieved for ovine scrapie from both brain and blood from naturally infected sheep and shows potential applications for improvements in current diagnostics and pre-mortem testing.

  20. PrPSc accumulation in fetal cotyledons of scrapie-resistant lambs is influenced by fetus location in the uterus.

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    Alverson, Janet; O'Rourke, Katherine I; Baszler, Timothy V

    2006-04-01

    Placentae from scrapie-infected ewes have been shown to accumulate PrPSc when the genotype of the fetus is of a susceptible genotype (VRQ/VRQ, ARQ/VRQ or ARQ/ARQ). Cotyledons from fetuses of genotypes ARR/ARR, ARQ/ARR and ARQ/VRR have previously been shown to be resistant to PrPSc accumulation. By using ewes from a naturally infected scrapie flock, cotyledons from fetuses of multiple births of different genotypes were examined. PrPSc was detected in fetal cotyledons of genotype ARQ/ARQ, but not in cotyledons from their dizygotic twin of genotype ARQ/ARR. This confirms earlier reports of single fetuses of these genotypes, but is the first description of such a finding in twin fetuses, one of each genotype. It is also demonstrated that cotyledons from sibling fetuses of genotypes ARQ/VRQ and ARQ/ARQ have different patterns of PrPSc accumulation depending on whether the dam is of genotype ARQ/ARQ or ARQ/VRQ. Lastly, it is shown that cotyledons from fetuses with resistant genotypes are weakly positive for PrPSc when they have shared the same pregnant uterine horn with a fetus of a susceptible genotype with cotyledons positive for the detection of PrPSc. Additionally, a PCR product for the Sry gene, a product specific to males, was found in cotyledons from female fetuses that had shared a uterine horn with a male fetus. This indicates that some sharing of fetal blood occurs between placentomes and fetuses residing in the same uterine horn, which can result in PrPSc accumulation in cotyledons with resistant genotypes.

  1. Method of making quasi-grain boundary-free polycrystalline solar cell structure and solar cell structure obtained thereby

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    Gonzalez, Franklin N.; Neugroschel, Arnost

    1984-02-14

    A new solar cell structure is provided which will increase the efficiency of polycrystalline solar cells by suppressing or completely eliminating the recombination losses due to the presence of grain boundaries. This is achieved by avoiding the formation of the p-n junction (or other types of junctions) in the grain boundaries and by eliminating the grain boundaries from the active area of the cell. This basic concept can be applied to any polycrystalline material; however, it will be most beneficial for cost-effective materials having small grains, including thin film materials.

  2. Predicting welding distortion in a panel structure with longitudinal stiffeners using inherent deformations obtained by inverse analysis method.

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    Liang, Wei; Murakawa, Hidekazu

    2014-01-01

    Welding-induced deformation not only negatively affects dimension accuracy but also degrades the performance of product. If welding deformation can be accurately predicted beforehand, the predictions will be helpful for finding effective methods to improve manufacturing accuracy. Till now, there are two kinds of finite element method (FEM) which can be used to simulate welding deformation. One is the thermal elastic plastic FEM and the other is elastic FEM based on inherent strain theory. The former only can be used to calculate welding deformation for small or medium scale welded structures due to the limitation of computing speed. On the other hand, the latter is an effective method to estimate the total welding distortion for large and complex welded structures even though it neglects the detailed welding process. When the elastic FEM is used to calculate the welding-induced deformation for a large structure, the inherent deformations in each typical joint should be obtained beforehand. In this paper, a new method based on inverse analysis was proposed to obtain the inherent deformations for weld joints. Through introducing the inherent deformations obtained by the proposed method into the elastic FEM based on inherent strain theory, we predicted the welding deformation of a panel structure with two longitudinal stiffeners. In addition, experiments were carried out to verify the simulation results.

  3. Predicting Welding Distortion in a Panel Structure with Longitudinal Stiffeners Using Inherent Deformations Obtained by Inverse Analysis Method

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    Wei Liang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Welding-induced deformation not only negatively affects dimension accuracy but also degrades the performance of product. If welding deformation can be accurately predicted beforehand, the predictions will be helpful for finding effective methods to improve manufacturing accuracy. Till now, there are two kinds of finite element method (FEM which can be used to simulate welding deformation. One is the thermal elastic plastic FEM and the other is elastic FEM based on inherent strain theory. The former only can be used to calculate welding deformation for small or medium scale welded structures due to the limitation of computing speed. On the other hand, the latter is an effective method to estimate the total welding distortion for large and complex welded structures even though it neglects the detailed welding process. When the elastic FEM is used to calculate the welding-induced deformation for a large structure, the inherent deformations in each typical joint should be obtained beforehand. In this paper, a new method based on inverse analysis was proposed to obtain the inherent deformations for weld joints. Through introducing the inherent deformations obtained by the proposed method into the elastic FEM based on inherent strain theory, we predicted the welding deformation of a panel structure with two longitudinal stiffeners. In addition, experiments were carried out to verify the simulation results.

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of iron species/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites obtained by sol-gel methods

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    Predoi, D.; Kuncser, V.; Valeanu, M.; Filoti, G. [National Institute for Physics of Materials, P.O. Box. MG 07, 77125 Bucharest Magurele (Romania); Zaharescu, M.; Crisan, M.; Raileanu, M.; Jitianu, A. [Institute of Physical Chemistry, ' ' I.G.Murgulescu' ' Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Keune, W.; Sahoo, B. [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, D-47048, Duisburg (Germany)

    2004-12-01

    The phase composition, local structure and magnetic interactions were investigated in Fe{sub x}O{sub x} -SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites obtained by modern sol-gel methods. The very sensitive method of Moessbauer spectroscopy has evidenced the strong influence of the silica matrix precursor on the iron phase composition in the initial composites as well as on the size distribution of the hematite nanoparticles obtained by suitable thermal annealing treatments. (copyright 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. A procedure obtaining stiffnesses and masses of a structure from vibration modes and substructure static test data

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    Edighoffer, H. H.

    1979-01-01

    A component mode desynthesis procedure is developed for determining the unknown vibration characteristics of a structural component (i.e., a launch vehicle) given the vibration characteristics of a structural system composed of that component combined with a known one (i.e., a payload). At least one component static test has to be performed. These data are used in conjunction with the system measured frequencies and mode shapes to obtain the vibration characteristics of each component. The flight dynamics of an empty launch vehicle can be determined from measurements made on a vehicle/payload combination in conjunction with a static test on the payload.

  6. Structure and antioxidant activity of soy protein isolate-dextran conjugates obtained by TiO2 photocatalysis.

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    Jin, Bei; Zhou, Xiaosong; Li, Bing; Chen, Caiyan; Zhang, Xiaosa; Chen, Siqiao

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the structural characteristics and antioxidant activities of soy protein isolate- (SPI-) dextran conjugates obtained by TiO2 photocatalysis treatment. Results revealed that the UV-vis absorption and the fluorescence intensity increased as the photocatalytic power increased (P photocatalysis. Moreover, significant changes of secondary structure occurred in SPI-dextran conjugates. The α-helix, β-sheet, β-turns, and random coil were changed from approximately 10.6%, 37.9%, 12.9%, and 38.6% to 3.8%, 10.4%, 17.7%, and 68.8%, respectively, after treatment at photocatalytic power of 1000 W. In addition, SPI-dextran conjugates obtained by TiO2 photocatalysis treatment exhibited high hydroxyl radical scavenging activity and possessed increased reducing power. All data indicated that TiO2 photocatalysis was an efficient method for promoting protein-polysaccharide copolymerisation.

  7. Small protease sensitive oligomers of PrPSc in distinct human prions determine conversion rate of PrP(C).

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    Kim, Chae; Haldiman, Tracy; Surewicz, Krystyna; Cohen, Yvonne; Chen, Wei; Blevins, Janis; Sy, Man-Sun; Cohen, Mark; Kong, Qingzhong; Telling, Glenn C; Surewicz, Witold K; Safar, Jiri G

    2012-01-01

    The mammalian prions replicate by converting cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into pathogenic conformational isoform (PrP(Sc)). Variations in prions, which cause different disease phenotypes, are referred to as strains. The mechanism of high-fidelity replication of prion strains in the absence of nucleic acid remains unsolved. We investigated the impact of different conformational characteristics of PrP(Sc) on conversion of PrP(C) in vitro using PrP(Sc) seeds from the most frequent human prion disease worldwide, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). The conversion potency of a broad spectrum of distinct sCJD prions was governed by the level, conformation, and stability of small oligomers of the protease-sensitive (s) PrP(Sc). The smallest most potent prions present in sCJD brains were composed only of∼20 monomers of PrP(Sc). The tight correlation between conversion potency of small oligomers of human sPrP(Sc) observed in vitro and duration of the disease suggests that sPrP(Sc) conformers are an important determinant of prion strain characteristics that control the progression rate of the disease.

  8. Small protease sensitive oligomers of PrPSc in distinct human prions determine conversion rate of PrP(C.

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    Chae Kim

    Full Text Available The mammalian prions replicate by converting cellular prion protein (PrP(C into pathogenic conformational isoform (PrP(Sc. Variations in prions, which cause different disease phenotypes, are referred to as strains. The mechanism of high-fidelity replication of prion strains in the absence of nucleic acid remains unsolved. We investigated the impact of different conformational characteristics of PrP(Sc on conversion of PrP(C in vitro using PrP(Sc seeds from the most frequent human prion disease worldwide, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD. The conversion potency of a broad spectrum of distinct sCJD prions was governed by the level, conformation, and stability of small oligomers of the protease-sensitive (s PrP(Sc. The smallest most potent prions present in sCJD brains were composed only of∼20 monomers of PrP(Sc. The tight correlation between conversion potency of small oligomers of human sPrP(Sc observed in vitro and duration of the disease suggests that sPrP(Sc conformers are an important determinant of prion strain characteristics that control the progression rate of the disease.

  9. Influence of Mabs on PrP(Sc formation using in vitro and cell-free systems.

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    Binggong Chang

    Full Text Available PrP(Sc is believed to serve as a template for the conversion of PrP(C to the abnormal isoform. This process requires contact between the two proteins and implies that there may be critical contact sites that are important for conversion. We hypothesized that antibodies binding to either PrP(cor PrP(Sc would hinder or prevent the formation of the PrP(C-PrP(Sc complex and thus slow down or prevent the conversion process. Two systems were used to analyze the effect of different antibodies on PrP(Sc formation: (i neuroblastoma cells persistently infected with the 22L mouse-adapted scrapie stain, and (ii protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA, which uses PrP(Sc as a template or seed, and a series of incubations and sonications, to convert PrP(C to PrP(Sc. The two systems yielded similar results, in most cases, and demonstrate that PrP-specific monoclonal antibodies (Mabs vary in their ability to inhibit the PrP(C-PrP(Sc conversion process. Based on the numerous and varied Mabs analyzed, the inhibitory effect does not appear to be epitope specific, related to PrP(C conformation, or to cell membrane localization, but is influenced by the targeted PrP region (amino vs carboxy.

  10. Immunohistochemistry for PrPSc in natural scrapie reveals patterns which are associated with the PrP genotype.

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    Spiropoulos, J; Casalone, C; Caramelli, M; Simmons, M M

    2007-08-01

    Immunohistochemistry for PrPSc is used widely in scrapie diagnosis. In natural scrapie cases the use of immunohistochemistry (IHC) has revealed the existence of up to 12 different morphological types of immunostained deposits. The significance of this pattern variability in relation to genotype has not been studied extensively in natural disease. In this study we recorded in detail PrPSc patterns at the obex level of the medulla oblongata from 163 animals derived from 55 flocks which presented through passive surveillance in the UK and Italy. A strong association was seen between PrPSc patterns and PrP genotype, particularly in relation to codon 136. In a blind assessment of this association we were able to predict, with over 80% accuracy, the genotype of 151 scrapie cases which were presented through passive surveillance from 13 farms. The genotype of these cases was ARQ/ARQ or VRQ/VRQ. The association of PrPsc patterns with genotype was generally stronger in those farms where all the affected animals belonged to a single genotype compared with farms where both genotypes were identified, with the exception of one farm in which the genotype of all affected sheep was ARQ/ARQ and the PrPSc patterns were of the VRQ/VRQ type. Our observations support the hypothesis that the observed association between specific IHC patterns and genotypes may in fact be strain driven but in natural disease individual scrapie strains may demonstrate a genotypic tropism.

  11. Sporadic fatal insomnia with spongiform degeneration in the thalamus and widespread PrPSc deposits in the brain.

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    Piao, Yue-Shan; Kakita, Akiyoshi; Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Kitamoto, Tetsuyuki; Takahashi, Hitoshi

    2005-06-01

    We report a case of human prion disease of 29 months duration in a 74-year-old Japanese man. The disease started with progressive sleeplessness and dementia. MRI showed gradually progressive cerebral atrophy. Neuronal loss, spongiform change and gliosis were evident in the thalamus and cerebral cortex, as well as in the striatum and amygdaloid nucleus. In the cerebellar cortex, mild-to-moderate depletion of Pukinje cells and spongiform change were observed. Mild neuronal loss in the inferior olivary nucleus was also seen. Immunohistochemistry revealed widespread perivacuolar deposits of abnormal prion protein (PrPsc) in the cerebral cortex, thalamus, basal ganglia, and brainstem, and minimal plaque-like deposits of PrPSc in the cerebellar cortex. In the cerebellar plaque-like deposits, the presence of amyloid fibrils was confirmed ultrastructurally. The entire pathology appeared to lie halfway between those of CJD and fatal insomnia, and further demonstrated the relationship between spongiform degeneration and PrPSc deposits, especially in the diseased thalamus. By immunoblotting, the thalamus was shown to contain the lowest amount of PrPSc among the brain regions examined. The PrPSc of type 2, in which the ratio of the three glycoforms was compatible with that of sporadic fatal insomnia (MM2-thalamic variant) reported previously, was also demonstrated. Analysis of the prion protein gene (PRNP) showed no mutation, and homozygosity for methionine at codon 129. In conclusion, we considered that this patient had been suffering from sporadic, pathologically atypical fatal insomnia.

  12. Small Protease Sensitive Oligomers of PrPSc in Distinct Human Prions Determine Conversion Rate of PrPC

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    Kim, Chae; Haldiman, Tracy; Surewicz, Krystyna; Cohen, Yvonne; Chen, Wei; Blevins, Janis; Sy, Man-Sun; Cohen, Mark; Kong, Qingzhong; Telling, Glenn C.; Surewicz, Witold K.; Safar, Jiri G.

    2012-01-01

    The mammalian prions replicate by converting cellular prion protein (PrPC) into pathogenic conformational isoform (PrPSc). Variations in prions, which cause different disease phenotypes, are referred to as strains. The mechanism of high-fidelity replication of prion strains in the absence of nucleic acid remains unsolved. We investigated the impact of different conformational characteristics of PrPSc on conversion of PrPC in vitro using PrPSc seeds from the most frequent human prion disease worldwide, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD). The conversion potency of a broad spectrum of distinct sCJD prions was governed by the level, conformation, and stability of small oligomers of the protease-sensitive (s) PrPSc. The smallest most potent prions present in sCJD brains were composed only of∼20 monomers of PrPSc. The tight correlation between conversion potency of small oligomers of human sPrPSc observed in vitro and duration of the disease suggests that sPrPSc conformers are an important determinant of prion strain characteristics that control the progression rate of the disease. PMID:22876179

  13. Problems in obtaining perfect images by single-particle electron cryomicroscopy of biological structures in amorphous ice.

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    Henderson, Richard; McMullan, Greg

    2013-02-01

    Theoretical considerations together with simulations of single-particle electron cryomicroscopy images of biological assemblies in ice demonstrate that atomic structures should be obtainable from images of a few thousand asymmetric units, provided the molecular weight of the whole assembly being studied is greater than the minimum needed for accurate position and orientation determination. However, with present methods of specimen preparation and current microscope and detector technologies, many more particles are needed, and the alignment of smaller assemblies is difficult or impossible. Only larger structures, with enough signal to allow good orientation determination and with enough images to allow averaging of many hundreds of thousands or even millions of asymmetric units, have successfully produced high-resolution maps. In this review, we compare the contrast of experimental electron cryomicroscopy images of two smaller molecular assemblies, namely apoferritin and beta-galactosidase, with that expected from perfect simulated images calculated from their known X-ray structures. We show that the contrast and signal-to-noise ratio of experimental images still require significant improvement before it will be possible to realize the full potential of single-particle electron cryomicroscopy. In particular, although reasonably good orientations can be obtained for beta-galactosidase, we have been unable to obtain reliable orientation determination from experimental images of apoferritin. Simulations suggest that at least 2-fold improvement of the contrast in experimental images at ~10 Å resolution is needed and should be possible.

  14. A refined method for molecular typing reveals that co-occurrence of PrPSc types in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is not the rule

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    Notari, S.; Capellari, S.; Langeveld, J.P.M.; Giese, A.; Strammiello, R.; Gambetti, P.; Kretzschmar, H.A.; Parchi, P.

    2007-01-01

    Molecular typing in Creutzfeldt¿Jakob disease (CJD) relies on the detection of distinct protease-resistant prion protein (PrPSc) core fragments, which differ in molecular mass or glycoform ratio. However, the definition and correct identification of CJD cases with a co-occurrence of PrPSc types

  15. Detection of PrPSc in Formalin Fixed Paraffin Embedded Tissue by Western Blot Differentiates Classical Scrapie, Nor98 Scrapie, and BSE

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    Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies including bovine spongiform encephalopathy and scrapie are fatal neurodegenerative disorders associated with the presence of an infectious abnormal isoform of normal mammalian proteins called prions (PrP**Sc). Identification of PrP**Sc in the CNS is typicall...

  16. Detection and localisation of PrP(Sc in the liver of sheep infected with scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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    Sally J Everest

    Full Text Available Prions are largely contained within the nervous and lymphoid tissue of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE infected animals. However, following advances in diagnostic sensitivity, PrP(Sc, a marker for prion disease, can now be located in a wide range of viscera and body fluids including muscle, saliva, blood, urine and milk, raising concerns that exposure to these materials could contribute to the spread of disease in humans and animals. Previously we demonstrated low levels of infectivity in the liver of sheep experimentally challenged with bovine spongiform encephalopathy. In this study we show that PrP(Sc accumulated in the liver of 89% of sheep naturally infected with scrapie and 100% of sheep challenged with BSE, at both clinical and preclinical stages of the disease. PrP(Sc was demonstrated in the absence of obvious inflammatory foci and was restricted to isolated resident cells, most likely Kupffer cells.

  17. Peptide aptamers expressed in the secretory pathway interfere with cellular PrPSc formation.

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    Gilch, Sabine; Kehler, Claudia; Schätzl, Hermann M

    2007-08-10

    Prion diseases are rare and obligatory fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by the accumulation of a misfolded isoform (PrPSc) of the host-encoded prion protein (PrPc). Prophylactic and therapeutic regimens against prion diseases are very limited. To extend such strategies we selected peptide aptamers binding to PrP from a combinatorial peptide library presented on the Escherichia coli thioredoxin A (trxA) protein as a scaffold. In a yeast two-hybrid screen employing full-length murine PrP (aa 23-231) as a bait we identified three peptide aptamers that reproducibly bind to PrP. Treatment of prion-infected cells with recombinantly expressed aptamers added to the culture medium abolished PrPSc conversion with an IC50 between 350 and 700 nM. For expression in eukaryotic cells, peptide aptamers were fused to an N-terminal signal peptide for entry of the secretory pathway. The C terminus was modified by a glycosyl-phosphatidyl-inositol-(GPI) anchoring signal, a KDEL retention motif and the transmembrane and cytosolic domain of LAMP-I, respectively. These peptide aptamers retained their binding properties to PrPc and, depending on peptide sequence and C-terminal modification, interfered with endogenous PrPSc conversion upon expression in prion-infected cells. Notably, infection of cell cultures could be prevented by expression of KDEL peptide aptamers. For the first time, we show that trxA-based peptide aptamers can be targeted to the secretory pathway, thereby not losing the affinity for their target protein. Beside their inhibitory effect on prion conversion, these molecules could be used as fundament for rational drug design.

  18. Influence of polarization on structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic properties of ionic liquids obtained from molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Bedrov, Dmitry; Borodin, Oleg; Li, Zhe; Smith, Grant D

    2010-04-22

    Utilizing the transferable, quantum-chemistry-based, Atomistic Polarizable Potential for Liquids, Electrolytes, & Polymers (APPLE&P) force field, we have systematically investigated the influence of polarization effects on the accuracy of properties predicted from molecular dynamics simulations of various room temperature ionic liquids (ILs). Simulations of ILs in which the atom-based polarizability was set to zero for all atoms (nonpolarizable APPLE&P potential) resulted in changes in thermodynamic and dynamic properties from those predicted by the polarizable APPLE&P potential that are qualitatively different from changes observed for nonionic liquids. Investigation of structural and dynamical correlations using both the polarizable and nonpolarizable versions of APPLE&P allowed us to obtain a mechanistic understanding of the influence of polarization on dynamics in the ILs investigated. Additionally, the Force Matching (FM) approach was employed to systematically obtain nonpolarizable two-body force fields for several ILs that reproduce as accurately as possible intermolecular forces predicted by the polarizable model. Unlike water, for which the FM approach was found to yield an accurate representation of the liquid phase structure predicted by a polarizable model, the FM approach does not result in a two-body potential that accurately reproduces either structure or dynamics predicted by the polarizable IL model.

  19. Structure of β-galactosidase at 3.2-Å resolution obtained by cryo-electron microscopy.

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    Bartesaghi, Alberto; Matthies, Doreen; Banerjee, Soojay; Merk, Alan; Subramaniam, Sriram

    2014-08-12

    We report the solution structure of Escherichia coli β-galactosidase (∼465 kDa), solved at ∼3.2-Å resolution by using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). Densities for most side chains, including those of residues in the active site, and a catalytic Mg(2+) ion can be discerned in the map obtained by cryo-EM. The atomic model derived from our cryo-EM analysis closely matches the 1.7-Å crystal structure with a global rmsd of ∼0.66 Å. There are significant local differences throughout the protein, with clear evidence for conformational changes resulting from contact zones in the crystal lattice. Inspection of the map reveals that although densities for residues with positively charged and neutral side chains are well resolved, systematically weaker densities are observed for residues with negatively charged side chains. We show that the weaker densities for negatively charged residues arise from their greater sensitivity to radiation damage from electron irradiation as determined by comparison of density maps obtained by using electron doses ranging from 10 to 30 e(-)/Å(2). In summary, we establish that it is feasible to use cryo-EM to determine near-atomic resolution structures of protein complexes (electron dose can be monitored by using dose fractionation tools available with direct electron detector technology.

  20. Morphological and Structural Studies of Titanate and Titania Nanostructured Materials Obtained after Heat Treatments of Hydrothermally Produced Layered Titanate

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    Mohd Hasmizam Razali

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Different types of titanate and titania nanostructured materials have been successfully synthesised and characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and raman spectroscopy. Elemental analysis was determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX analyzer while thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC was used to determine thermal stability. In this study, we found that nanotubes were formed during the washing treatment stage with HCl and distilled water. When the pH of the washing solution was 12, sodium titanate nanotubes were obtained, while when the pH of the washing solution was 7, hydrogen titanate nanotubes were obtained. Sodium titanate nanotubes were thermally stable up to 500°C; however, at 700°C, the nanotubes structure transform to solid nanorods. Meanwhile, hydrogen titanate nanotubes decomposed to produce titania nanotubes after heat treatment at 300°C for 2 hours. At 500°C, the tubular structure broke to small segments due to destruction of the nanotube. Further heat treatment at 700°C, led to the destruction and collapse of the nanotubes structure produce titania nanoparticles.

  1. The amino-terminal structure of human fragile X mental retardation protein obtained using precipitant-immobilized imprinted polymers

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    Hu, Yufeng; Chen, Zhenhang; Fu, Yanjun; He, Qingzhong; Jiang, Lun; Zheng, Jiangge; Gao, Yina; Mei, Pinchao; Chen, Zhongzhou; Ren, Xueqin

    2015-03-01

    Flexibility is an intrinsic property of proteins and essential for their biological functions. However, because of structural flexibility, obtaining high-quality crystals of proteins with heterogeneous conformations remain challenging. Here, we show a novel approach to immobilize traditional precipitants onto molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) to facilitate protein crystallization, especially for flexible proteins. By applying this method, high-quality crystals of the flexible N-terminus of human fragile X mental retardation protein are obtained, whose absence causes the most common inherited mental retardation. A novel KH domain and an intermolecular disulfide bond are discovered, and several types of dimers are found in solution, thus providing insights into the function of this protein. Furthermore, the precipitant-immobilized MIPs (piMIPs) successfully facilitate flexible protein crystal formation for five model proteins with increased diffraction resolution. This highlights the potential of piMIPs for the crystallization of flexible proteins.

  2. Structural analysis and magnetic properties of solid solutions of Co–Cr system obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Betancourt-Cantera, J.A. [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, UAEH Carr., Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Sánchez-De Jesús, F., E-mail: fsanchez@uaeh.edu.mx [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, UAEH Carr., Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Bolarín-Miró, A.M. [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, UAEH Carr., Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Betancourt, I.; Torres-Villaseñor, G. [Departamento de Materiales Metálicos y Cerámicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

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    In this paper, a systematic study on the structural and magnetic properties of Co{sub 100−x}Cr{sub x} alloys (0obtained by mechanical alloying is presented. Co and Cr elemental powders were used as precursors, and mixed in an adequate weight ratio to obtain Co{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x} (0structures were obtained. The saturation polarization indicated a maximum value of 1.17 T (144 Am{sup 2}/kg) for the Co{sub 90}Cr{sub 10}, which decreases with the increasing of the Cr content up to x=80, as a consequence of the dilution effect of the magnetic moment which is caused by the Cr content and by the competition between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions. The coercivity increases up to 34 kA/m (435 Oe) for Co{sub 40}Cr{sub 60}. For Cr rich compositions, it is observed an important decrease reaching 21 kA/m (272 Oe) for Co{sub 10}Cr{sub 90,} it is related to the grain size and the structural change. Besides, the magnetic anisotropy constant was determined for each composition. Magnetic thermogravimetric analysis allowed to obtain Curie temperatures corresponding to the formation of hcp-Co(Cr) and fcc-Co(Cr) solid solutions. - Highlights: • Mechanical alloying (MA) induces the formation of solid solutions of Co–Cr system in non-equilibrium. • We report the crystal structure and the magnetic behavior of Co–Cr alloys produced by MA. • MA improves the magnetic properties of Co–Cr system.

  3. Detection of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy-Specific PrPSc by Treatment with Heat and Guanidine Thiocyanate

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    Meyer, Rudolf K; Oesch, Bruno; Fatzer, Rosmarie; Zurbriggen, Andreas; Vandevelde, Marc

    1999-01-01

    The conversion of a ubiquitous cellular protein (PrPC), an isoform of the prion protein (PrP), to the pathology-associated isoform PrPSc is one of the hallmarks of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Accumulation of PrPSc has been used to diagnose BSE. Here we describe a quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that involves antibodies against epitopes within the protease-resistant core of the PrP molecule to measure the amou...

  4. Structural and functional insights into an archaeal L-asparaginase obtained through the linker-less assembly of constituent domains.

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    Tomar, Rachana; Sharma, Pankaj; Srivastava, Ankit; Bansal, Saurabh; Kundu, Bishwajit

    2014-12-01

    Covalent linkers bridging the domains of multidomain proteins are considered to be crucial for assembly and function. In this report, an exception in which the linker of a two-domain dimeric L-asparaginase from Pyrococcus furiosus (PfA) was found to be dispensable is presented. Domains of this enzyme assembled without the linker into a conjoined tetrameric form that exhibited higher activity than the parent enzyme. The global shape and quaternary structure of the conjoined PfA were also similar to the wild-type PfA, as observed by their solution scattering profiles and X-ray crystallographic data. Comparison of the crystal structures of substrate-bound and unbound enzymes revealed an altogether new active-site composition and mechanism of action. Thus, conjoined PfA is presented as a unique enzyme obtained through noncovalent, linker-less assembly of constituent domains that is stable enough to function efficiently at elevated temperatures.

  5. Structures of [001] twist boundaries in gold. II. Results obtained by x-ray diffraction and computer simulation

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    Majid, I.; Bristowe, P. D.; Balluffi, R. W.

    1989-08-01

    Absolute grain-boundary structure factors, ||Fb||, were measured for a series of [001] twist boundaries in gold by the x-ray-diffraction method described in the preceding paper. The series included the Σ113(θ=7.6°), Σ25(θ=16.3°), Σ13(θ=22.6°), Σ17(θ=28.1°), and Σ5(θ=36.9°) boundaries (θ being the twist angle). The atomistic structures and ||Fb||'s of these boundaries were also calculated by computer simulation using the embedded-atom model. The calculated atomic relaxations in the boundary cores consisted mainly of rotations around the O lattice elements, in agreement with previous work, and became monotonically weaker as θ increased. A considerable degree of consistency between measured and calculated ||Fb||'s was obtained for all five boundaries. The calculated results faithfully tracked large measured decreases in ||Fb|| as θ increased. Considerable consistency was found between measured and calculated sets of ||Fb||'s for individual boundaries, particularly for Σ113 and Σ25, where the scattering was relatively strong. For the weakly scattering Σ5 boundary, the observed ||Fb||'s led to a most probable structure with small displacements which closely resembled the calculated structure. For the intermediate Σ13 and Σ17 boundaries, the limited number of measured ||Fb||'s was reasonably consistent with calculated values. It was therefore concluded that the atomistic boundary structures calculated by the embedded-atom model were essentially correct. The present boundary structures were in quite good agreement with those of Fitzsimmons and Sass for Σ13, but in strong disagreement for Σ5, where their model possessed displacements that were much too large.

  6. Structures of spider toxins: hydroxyindole-3-acetylpolyamines and a new generalized structure of type-E compounds obtained from the venom of the Joro spider, Nephila clavata.

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    Hisada, M; Fujita, T; Naoki, H; Itagaki, Y; Irie, H; Miyashita, M; Nakajima, T

    1998-08-01

    Facile structure determination of acylpolyamines, glutamatergic nerve blocker obtained from the venom of the Joro spider (Nephila clavata) was carried out with the use of micro-column LC/MS and high energy collision induced dissociation (CID) mass spectrometry. 6-hydroxyindole-3-acetyl was proposed previously as a putative partial structure, for the acyl moiety of hydroxyindole-type polyamines (NPTX-1 to -6). The NMR data obtained for NPTX-6, NPTX-687 and hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid which was released by acid hydrolysis of Nephila clavata crude venom extracts proved that the lipophilic head is the 4-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid. Various hydroxyindole-3-acetyl polyamines were found in N. Clavata venom and characterized by mass spectrometry. As a result, type-E, a new class of generalized acylpolyamine structure was proposed in addition to the previously reported polyamine backbones type-A to -D.

  7. Obtaining source current density related to irregularly structured electromagnetic target field inside human body using hybrid inverse/FDTD method.

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    Han, Jijun; Yang, Deqiang; Sun, Houjun; Xin, Sherman Xuegang

    2017-01-01

    Inverse method is inherently suitable for calculating the distribution of source current density related with an irregularly structured electromagnetic target field. However, the present form of inverse method cannot calculate complex field-tissue interactions. A novel hybrid inverse/finite-difference time domain (FDTD) method that can calculate the complex field-tissue interactions for the inverse design of source current density related with an irregularly structured electromagnetic target field is proposed. A Huygens' equivalent surface is established as a bridge to combine the inverse and FDTD method. Distribution of the radiofrequency (RF) magnetic field on the Huygens' equivalent surface is obtained using the FDTD method by considering the complex field-tissue interactions within the human body model. The obtained magnetic field distributed on the Huygens' equivalent surface is regarded as the next target. The current density on the designated source surface is derived using the inverse method. The homogeneity of target magnetic field and specific energy absorption rate are calculated to verify the proposed method.

  8. Structure and Antioxidant Activity of Soy Protein Isolate-Dextran Conjugates Obtained by TiO2 Photocatalysis

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    Bei Jin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the structural characteristics and antioxidant activities of soy protein isolate- (SPI- dextran conjugates obtained by TiO2 photocatalysis treatment. Results revealed that the UV-vis absorption and the fluorescence intensity increased as the photocatalytic power increased (P<0.05. Higher photocatalytic power could promote the extent of glycation and the formation of high molecular weight SPI-dextran conjugates, which were evidenced by free amino group content and sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE analysis. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectra suggested that the amide I, II, and III bands of SPI were altered by the glycation induced by TiO2 photocatalysis. Moreover, significant changes of secondary structure occurred in SPI-dextran conjugates. The α-helix, β-sheet, β-turns, and random coil were changed from approximately 10.6%, 37.9%, 12.9%, and 38.6% to 3.8%, 10.4%, 17.7%, and 68.8%, respectively, after treatment at photocatalytic power of 1000 W. In addition, SPI-dextran conjugates obtained by TiO2 photocatalysis treatment exhibited high hydroxyl radical scavenging activity and possessed increased reducing power. All data indicated that TiO2 photocatalysis was an efficient method for promoting protein-polysaccharide copolymerisation.

  9. Structural characterization of bismuth rare earth tungstates obtained by fast microwave-assisted solid-state synthesis

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    Rocha, G.N.; Melo, L.F.L. [Grupo de Química de Materiais Avançados (GQMAT), Departamento de Química Analítica e Físico-Química, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, Campus do Pici, CP 12100, CEP 60451-970 Fortaleza – CE (Brazil); Castro, M.C.; Ayala, A.P. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Ceará (Brazil); Menezes, A.S. de [Departamento de Física – CCET, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Campus do Bacanga, 65085-580 São Luís, MA (Brazil); Fechine, P.B.A., E-mail: fechine@ufc.br [Grupo de Química de Materiais Avançados (GQMAT), Departamento de Química Analítica e Físico-Química, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, Campus do Pici, CP 12100, CEP 60451-970 Fortaleza – CE (Brazil)

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    A new synthetic route was used to obtain bismuth rare earth tungstates: BiREWO{sub 6}, where RE = Y, Gd and Nd. These materials were obtained by microwave radiation in air at 900–1100 °C for 10 min, depend on the rare earth composition in the ceramic. Structural characterization was performed by X-ray powder diffraction, Infrared and Raman spectroscopy. It was observed that all samples are isostructural materials with monoclinic phase with space group A12/m1 and member of the Aurivillius family, as Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} ferroelectric phase. It was observed moderated values for dielectric measurements (14<ε{sub r}{sup ′}>19 and 0.018 < tg δ > 0.079) at microwaves frequencies, which can be used as Dielectric Resonator Antenna or for size reduction of the electric device. - Highlights: ► New synthetic route to obtain bismuth rare earth tungstates by microwave radiation. ► Vibration spectroscopy was based in Group Theory and observed in FTIR and Raman. ► BiGdWO{sub 6} presented simultaneously higher ε{sub r}{sup ′} and smaller tg δ values at microwaves frequencies. ► The samples can be used as a DRA or for size reduction of the electric device.

  10. Atypical PrPsc distribution in goats naturally affected with scrapie.

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    Sofianidis, G; Psychas, V; Billinis, C; Spyrou, V; Argyroudis, S; Vlemmas, I

    2008-01-01

    The brain and spinal cord of 48 goats from two Greek herds in which scrapie had been reported were examined. All animals were symptomless at the time of euthanasia. Notably, no lesions were observed either at the level of the obex or at other regions of the brain and spinal cord. Immunohistochemical examination revealed PrPsc labelling of the linear and fine punctuate types, mainly in the cerebral cortices, of 36 goats. Twenty-seven of them were negative by ELISA (designed to detect proteinase-resistant PrP) at the level of the obex but positive in a pooled brain sample, and the majority carried PrP genotypes associated with scrapie susceptibility. Surprisingly, in 16 of the 27 animals, PrPsc deposits were detected only in the rostral parts of the brain. In addition, nine animals which were ELISA-positive at the level of the obex exhibited positive immunoreactivity, but not in the dorsal vagal nucleus. The findings indicate that this unusual scrapie type may have been underdiagnosed previously and may be of importance in scrapie surveillance programmes.

  11. Temporal resolution of PrPSc transport, PrPSc accumulation, activation of glia and neuronal death in retinas from C57Bl/6 mice inoculated with RML scrapie: Relevance to biomarkers of prion disease progression

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    Currently, there is a lack of pathologic landmarks to objectively evaluate the progression of prion disease in vivo. The goal of this work was to determine the temporal relationship between transport of misfolded prion protein to the retina from the brain, accumulation of PrPSc in the retina, the re...

  12. Crustal structure of the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco obtained by joint inversion of seismic and gravity data

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    Villaseñor, A.; Maceira, M.; Gallart, J.; Topo-Iberia Working Group

    2012-04-01

    We present a model of the three-dimensional shear wave velocity structure underneath the Iberian Peninsula and Moroco obtained by joint inversion of surface-wave dispersion measurements and gravity observations. Surface-wave dispersion measurements are sensitive to smooth lateral variations of shear-wave velocities; gravity measurements provide information on shallow, broad-wavenumber and and deep, long-wavenumber density variations. We use an empirical relationship between density and seismic velocities to allow the single, joint inversion of both datasets. By combining these two independent types of observations we obtain a self-consistent three-dimensional shear-velocity-density model with increased resolution of shallow structures. The dispersion dataset consists of high-resolution group and phase velocity maps of Rayleigh waves at periods from 6 to 35 s. These maps were obtained from cross-correlations of seismic ambient noise between stations from temporary broadband experiments in the region (IberArray, PICASSO) complemented with stations from permanent regional networks. Gravity observations are extracted from the global gravity model derived from the GRACE satellite mission as well as gravity anomaly maps provided by the Spanish Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) and other regional studies. Preliminary results show the main structural elements of the Iberian crust, including the Iberian Massif, Alpine orogens (Pyrenees, Betics) and major sedimentary basins (Gulf of Cadiz, Valencia Trough, Guadalquivir and Ebro). The Pyrenees and the Iberian Chain are imaged as relatively high velocities, in contrast with the Betic Cordillera, which is characterized by low velocities. The most prominent low velocity anomalies in the Iberian Peninsula are related to the Guadalquivir basin, the flysch units of the Campo de Gibraltar, and the sediments of the Gulf of Cadiz. Other smaller features such as the Ronda Peridotite and West Alboran basin are also well imaged. This

  13. Characterization of intracellular dynamics of inoculated PrP-res and newly generated PrPSc during early stage prion infection in Neuro2a cells

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    Yamasaki, Takeshi; Baron, Gerald S; Suzuki, Akio; Hasebe, Rie; Horiuchi, Motohiro

    2014-01-01

    Summary To clarify the cellular mechanisms for the establishment of prion infection, we analyzed the intracellular dynamics of inoculated and newly generated abnormal isoform of prion protein (PrPSc) in Neuro2a cells. Within 24 h after inoculation, the newly generated PrPSc was evident at the plasma membrane, in early endosomes, and in late endosomes, but this PrPSc was barely evident in lysosomes; in contrast, the majority of the inoculated PrPSc was evident in late endosomes and lysosomes. However, during the subsequent 48 h, the newly generated PrPSc increased remarkably in early endosomes and recycling endosomes. Overexpression of wild-type and mutant Rab proteins showed that membrane trafficking along not only the endocytic-recycling pathway but also the endo-lysosomal pathway is involved in de novo PrPSc generation. These results suggest that the trafficking of exogenously introduced PrPSc from the endo-lysosomal pathway to the endocytic-recycling pathway is important for the establishment of prion infection. PMID:24503096

  14. New insights into early sequential PrPsc accumulation in scrapie infected mouse brain evidenced by the use of streptomycin sulfate.

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    Bencsik, Anna A; Leclere, Edwige; Perron, Hervé; Moussa, Aly

    2008-05-01

    To investigate the amplifying potentialities of streptomycin sulfate in the immunohistochemical (IHC) detection of the abnormal prion protein (PrPsc), we used a sequential brain sampling from C506M3 scrapie strain inoculated C57Bl/6 mice. The weekly removed brains, from 7 to 63 days post intra-cranial inoculation were analysed using PrPsc IHC. The introduction of streptomycin sulfate, a technique developed for accurate cellular and regional mapping of PrPsc deposition in several animal TSEs, revealed a substantial amplifying effect and a clear specific PrPsc detection as early as 28 days post inoculation. The location of the first detected PrPsc deposits suggests a possible involvement of the cerebrospinal fluid in the early dissemination of the infectious agent. The meaning of these newly accessible PrPsc deposits is discussed in relation to a possible nascent form of PrPsc molecules detected in situ for the first time. Altogether, these findings argue that this method can be highly useful to study the early stages after infection with prion agents.

  15. Electronic structure of BaFe2As2 as obtained from DFT/ASW first-principles calculations

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2010-07-02

    We use ab-initio calculations based on the augmented spherical wave method within density functional theory to study the magnetic ordering and Fermi surface of BaFe2As2, the parent compound of the hole-doped iron pnictide superconductors (K,Ba)Fe2As2, for the tetragonal I4/mmm as well as the orthorhombic Fmmm structure. In comparison to full potential linear augmented plane wave calculations, we obtain significantly smaller magnetic energies. This finding is remarkable, since the augmented spherical wave method, in general, is known for a most reliable description of magnetism. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Co-existence of Distinct Prion Types Enables Conformational Evolution of Human PrPSc by Competitive Selection

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    Haldiman, T.; Kim, C.; Cohen, Y.; Chen, W.; Blevins, J.; Qing, L.; Cohen, M.L.; Langeveld, J.P.M.; Telling, G.C.; Kong, Q.; Safar, J.G.

    2013-01-01

    The unique phenotypic characteristics of mammalian prions are thought to be encoded in the conformation of pathogenic prion proteins (PrPSc). The molecular mechanism responsible for the adaptation, mutation, and evolution of prions observed in cloned cells and upon crossing the species barrier

  17. Transmission of the agent of sheep scrapie to deer results in PrPSc with two distinct molecular profiles

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    The purpose of this work was to determine susceptibility of white-tailed deer (WTD) to the agent of sheep scrapie and to compare the resultant PrPSc to that of the original inoculum and chronic wasting disease (CWD). We inoculated WTD by a natural route of exposure (concurrent oral and intranasal (I...

  18. High titers of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy infectivity associated with extremely low levels of PrPSc in vivo.

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    Barron, Rona M; Campbell, Susan L; King, Declan; Bellon, Anne; Chapman, Karen E; Williamson, R Anthony; Manson, Jean C

    2007-12-07

    Diagnosis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) disease in humans and ruminants relies on the detection in post-mortem brain tissue of the protease-resistant form of the host glycoprotein PrP. The presence of this abnormal isoform (PrP(Sc)) in tissues is taken as indicative of the presence of TSE infectivity. Here we demonstrate conclusively that high titers of TSE infectivity can be present in brain tissue of animals that show clinical and vacuolar signs of TSE disease but contain low or undetectable levels of PrP(Sc). This work questions the correlation between PrP(Sc) level and the titer of infectivity and shows that tissues containing little or no proteinase K-resistant PrP can be infectious and harbor high titers of TSE infectivity. Reliance on protease-resistant PrP(Sc) as a sole measure of infectivity may therefore in some instances significantly underestimate biological properties of diagnostic samples, thereby undermining efforts to contain and eradicate TSEs.

  19. Synthesis and structural characterization of a mimetic membrane-anchored prion protein

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    Hicks, M R; Gill, A C; Bath, I K; Rullay, A K; Sylvester, I D; Crout, D H; Pinheiro, T J T

    2006-01-01

    During pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) an abnormal form (PrPSc) of the host encoded prion protein (PrPC) accumulates in insoluble fibrils and plaques. The two forms of PrP appear to have identical covalent structures, but differ in secondary and tertiary structure. Both PrPC and PrPSc have glycosylphospatidylinositol (GPI) anchors through which the protein is tethered to cell membranes. Membrane attachment has been suggested to play a role in the conversion of...

  20. The structure and mechanical properties of multilayer nanocrystalline TiN/ZrN coatings obtained by vacuum-arc deposition

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    A.V. Demchyshyn

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available TiN/ZrN multilayered condensates on BK-8 carbide tips substrates (62 HRC were produced by the vacuumarc deposition technique, using Ti and Zr plasma flows in reactive nitrogen gas medium with working pressure of 6.6·10–1 Pa. The TiN/ZrN multilayered condensates consist of TiN and ZrN sublayers, which have a thickness of ~100 nm, controlled by the processing parameters of the used deposition technique. The obtained coatings have hardness of 45 GPa and Young’s modulus of 320 GPa. The obtained results show that mechanical properties of such multilayered composites are considerably improved in comparison to those for the single-component coatings, TiN and ZrN. The dependence of hardness and Young’s modulus of the composites on sublayer thickness within a range of 100 nm was determined. The investigated structure and improved mechanical properties of the TiN/ZrN multilayered condensates would be very good platform for finding their industrial application, such as hard coatings with different purposes.

  1. Structure and properties of slow-resorbing nanofibers obtained by (co-axial electrospinning as tissue scaffolds in regenerative medicine

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    Andrzej Hudecki

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available With the rapid advancement of regenerative medicine technologies, there is an urgent need for the development of new, cell-friendly techniques for obtaining nanofibers—the raw material for an artificial extracellular matrix production. We investigated the structure and properties of PCL10 nanofibers, PCL5/PCL10 core-shell type nanofibers, as well as PCL5/PCLAg nanofibres prepared by electrospinning. For the production of the fiber variants, a 5–10% solution of polycaprolactone (PCL (Mw = 70,000–90,000, dissolved in a mixture of formic acid and acetic acid at a ratio of 70:30 m/m was used. In order to obtain fibers containing PCLAg 1% of silver nanoparticles was added. The electrospin was conducted using the above-described solutions at the electrostatic field. The subsequent bio-analysis shows that synthesis of core-shell nanofibers PCL5/PCL10, and the silver-doped variant nanofiber core shell PCL5/PCLAg, by using organic acids as solvents, is a robust technique. Furthermore, the incorporation of silver nanoparticles into PCL5/PCLAg makes such nanofibers toxic to model microbes without compromising its biocompatibility. Nanofibers obtained such way may then be used in regenerative medicine, for the preparation of extracellular scaffolds: (i for controlled bone regeneration due to the long decay time of the PCL, (ii as bioscaffolds for generation of other types of artificial tissues, (iii and as carriers of nanocapsules for local drug delivery. Furthermore, the used solvents are significantly less toxic than the solvents for polycaprolactone currently commonly used in electrospin, like for example chloroform (CHCl3, methanol (CH3OH, dimethylformamide (C3H7NO or tetrahydrofuran (C4H8O, hence the presented here electrospin technique may allow for the production of multilayer nanofibres more suitable for the use in medical field.

  2. The region approximately between amino acids 81 and 137 of proteinase K-resistant PrPSc is critical for the infectivity of the Chandler prion strain.

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    Shindoh, Ryo; Kim, Chan-Lan; Song, Chang-Hyun; Hasebe, Rie; Horiuchi, Motohiro

    2009-04-01

    Although the major component of the prion is believed to be the oligomer of PrP(Sc), little information is available concerning regions on the PrP(Sc) molecule that affect prion infectivity. During the analysis of PrP(Sc) molecules from various prion strains, we found that PrP(Sc) of the Chandler strain showed a unique property in the conformational-stability assay, and this property appeared to be useful for studying the relationship between regions of the PrP(Sc) molecule and prion infectivity. Thus, we analyzed PrP(Sc) of the Chandler strain in detail and analyzed the infectivities of the N-terminally denatured and truncated forms of proteinase K-resistant PrP. The N-terminal region of PrP(Sc) of the Chandler strain showed region-dependent resistance to guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl) treatment. The region approximately between amino acids (aa) 81 and 137 began to be denatured by treatment with 1.5 M GdnHCl. Within this stretch, the region comprising approximately aa 81 to 90 was denatured almost completely by 2 M GdnHCl. Furthermore, the region approximately between aa 90 and 137 was denatured completely by 3 M GdnHCl. However, the C-terminal region thereafter was extremely resistant to the GdnHCl treatment. This property was not observed in PrP(Sc) molecules of other prion strains. Denaturation of the region between aa 81 and 137 by 3 M GdnHCl significantly prolonged the incubation periods in mice compared to that for the untreated control. More strikingly, the denaturation and removal of this region nearly abolished the infectivity. This finding suggests that the conformation of the region between aa 81 and 137 of the Chandler strain PrP(Sc) molecule is directly associated with prion infectivity.

  3. Structural study of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped calcium phosphates obtained by the mechanical milling method

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    Silva, C C; Sombra, A S B [LOCEM (Telecommunications and Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory) Physics Department, Federal University of Ceara, Campus do Pici, 714 Block, 60455-760 Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil); Graca, M P F; Valente, M A [Physics Department, I3N, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)], E-mail: sombra@fisica.ufc.br

    2009-05-15

    In this study, iron oxide was added with different concentrations (0.5, 1, 2.5 and 5 wt%) of hydroxyapatite (HAP) obtained by the mechanical milling method. The mixture was calcinated at 900 deg. C for 5 h with a heating rate of 3 deg. C min{sup -1}. The influence of the incorporation of different amounts of iron oxide was investigated by x-ray diffraction using both the Rietveld method and scanning electron microscopy. Calcium phosphates have a wide range of applications, particularly in the biomedical field. HAP stands out in this group of compounds due to its excellent biocompatibility, because it is very similar to the inorganic tissue of the bone matrix, both in chemistry and crystallographic structure. Among the cations that could substitute for calcium in the HAP structure, iron has gained importance recently, because it can form ferrites, which could be used for the treatment of cancer by hyperthermia. Iron could also influence the physiochemical properties of HAP, improving its potential as a biocompatible material.

  4. Molecular structures of fluid phosphatidylethanolamine bilayers obtained from simulation-to-experiment comparisons and experimental scattering density profiles.

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    Kučerka, Norbert; van Oosten, Brad; Pan, Jianjun; Heberle, Frederick A; Harroun, Thad A; Katsaras, John

    2015-02-05

    Following our previous efforts in determining the structures of commonly used PC, PG, and PS bilayers, we continue our studies of fully hydrated, fluid phase PE bilayers. The newly designed parsing scheme for PE bilayers was based on extensive MD simulations, and is utilized in the SDP analysis of both X-ray and neutron (contrast varied) scattering measurements. Obtained experimental scattering form factors are directly compared to our simulation results, and can serve as a benchmark for future developed force fields. Among the evaluated structural parameters, namely, area per lipid A, overall bilayer thickness DB, and hydrocarbon region thickness 2DC, the PE bilayer response to changing temperature is similar to previously studied bilayers with different headgroups. On the other hand, the reduced hydration of PE headgroups, as well as the strong hydrogen bonding between PE headgroups, dramatically affects lateral packing within the bilayer. Despite sharing the same glycerol backbone, a markedly smaller area per lipid distinguishes PE from other bilayers (i.e., PC, PG, and PS) studied to date. Overall, our data are consistent with the notion that lipid headgroups govern bilayer packing, while hydrocarbon chains dominate the bilayer's response to temperature changes.

  5. Deep geoelectrical structure inferred from sea-effect-corrected magnetotelluric (MT) data obtained at Jeju Island, Korea

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    Yang, J.; Lee, H.; Yoo, H.

    2010-12-01

    Jeju Island, a volcanic island in South Korea, has been a main target of geophysical and/or geological studies because of tectonical importance associated with its volcanism and tentonical link with the southern Korean Peninsula. Recently, a number of natural-source magnetotelluric (MT) measurements, which is fairly effective to probe the deep part of Earth, were performed in the island, but shallow or middle rather than deep structures were mainly revealed. For the deeper structures such as the lower crust and the upper mantle, it is not easy to properly describe geoelectrical structures, because the observed low-frequency MT data seem to be strongly affected by the sea surrounding the island. We here reinterpret the deep subsurface structures of Jeju Island by applying an iterative sea-effect correction method to the existing MT data. A total of 11 MT sites, uniformly spread out across the island with good data quality down to 10-3 Hz, were selected for examining the 1-D deep structure. The sea effect correction made remarkable changes in the observed MT responses at frequencies below about 1 Hz, clearly indicating the existence of conductive bottom layer. The 1-D resistivity models obtained from sea-effect-corrected MT data of the 11 sites are greatly similar one another, commonly showing the discontinuity at a depth of 18 km on average. This discontinuity is thought of as transition zone separating resistive upper crust and conductive lower crust. Furthermore, in the southern part of the peninsula which seems to be tectonically linked to Jeju Island, the transition zone separating the upper and lower crusts has been also estimated to be approximately 18 km from the previous MT survey and 20 km from recent seismological study, respectively. This similarity indicates that 1-D resistivity model inferred form sea-effect-corrected MT responses is reliable enough to compatible with other geophysical data and also support the previous studies that Jeju Island is a

  6. Structures of (001) twist boundaries in gold. II. Results obtained by x-ray diffraction and computer simulation

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    Majid, I.; Bristowe, P.D.; Balluffi, R.W. (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (US))

    1989-08-15

    Absolute grain-boundary structure factors, {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar}, were measured for a series of (001) twist boundaries in gold by the x-ray-diffraction method described in the preceding paper. The series included the {Sigma}113({theta}=7.6{degree}), {Sigma}25({theta}=16.3{degree}), {Sigma}13({theta}=22.6{degree}), {Sigma}17({theta}=28.1{degree}), and {Sigma}5({theta}=36.9{degree}) boundaries ({theta} being the twist angle). The atomistic structures and {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar}'s of these boundaries were also calculated by computer simulation using the embedded-atom model. The calculated atomic relaxations in the boundary cores consisted mainly of rotations around the {ital O} lattice elements, in agreement with previous work, and became monotonically weaker as {theta} increased. A considerable degree of consistency between measured and calculated {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar}'s was obtained for all five boundaries. The calculated results faithfully tracked large measured decreases in {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar} as {theta} increased. Considerable consistency was found between measured and calculated sets of {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar}'s for individual boundaries, particularly for {Sigma}113 and {Sigma}25, where the scattering was relatively strong. For the weakly scattering {Sigma}5 boundary, the observed {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar}'s led to a most probable structure with small displacements which closely resembled the calculated structure. For the intermediate {Sigma}13 and {Sigma}17 boundaries, the limited number of measured {vert bar}{ital F}{sub {ital b}}{vert bar}'s was reasonably consistent with calculated values. It was therefore concluded that the atomistic boundary structures calculated by the embedded-atom model were essentially correct.

  7. Single session imaging of cerebellum at 7 Tesla: obtaining structure and function of multiple motor subsystems in individual subjects.

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    Melissa A Batson

    Full Text Available The recent increase in the use of high field MR systems is accompanied by a demand for acquisition techniques and coil systems that can take advantage of increased power and accuracy without being susceptible to increased noise. Physical location and anatomical complexity of targeted regions must be considered when attempting to image deeper structures with small nuclei and/or complex cytoarchitechtonics (i.e. small microvasculature and deep nuclei, such as the brainstem and the cerebellum (Cb. Once these obstacles are overcome, the concomitant increase in signal strength at higher field strength should allow for faster acquisition of MR images. Here we show that it is technically feasible to quickly and accurately detect blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD signal changes and obtain anatomical images of Cb at high spatial resolutions in individual subjects at 7 Tesla in a single one-hour session. Images were obtained using two high-density multi-element surface coils (32 channels in total placed beneath the head at the level of Cb, two channel transmission, and three-dimensional sensitivity encoded (3D, SENSE acquisitions to investigate sensorimotor activations in Cb. Two classic sensorimotor tasks were used to detect Cb activations. BOLD signal changes during motor activity resulted in concentrated clusters of activity within the Cb lobules associated with each task, observed consistently and independently in each subject: Oculomotor vermis (VI/VII and CrusI/II for pro- and anti-saccades; ipsilateral hemispheres IV-VI for finger tapping; and topographical separation of eye- and hand- activations in hemispheres VI and VIIb/VIII. Though fast temporal resolution was not attempted here, these functional patches of highly specific BOLD signal changes may reflect small-scale shunting of blood in the microvasculature of Cb. The observed improvements in acquisition time and signal detection are ideal for individualized investigations such as

  8. Use of weather research and forecasting model outputs to obtain near-surface refractive index structure constant over the ocean.

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    Qing, Chun; Wu, Xiaoqing; Li, Xuebin; Zhu, Wenyue; Qiao, Chunhong; Rao, Ruizhong; Mei, Haipin

    2016-06-13

    The methods to obtain atmospheric refractive index structure constant (Cn2) by instrument measurement are limited spatially and temporally and they are more difficult and expensive over the ocean. It is useful to forecast Cn2 effectively from Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF) outputs. This paper introduces a method that WRF Model is used to forecast the routine meteorological parameters firstly, and then Cn2 is calculated based on these parameters by the Bulk model from the Monin-Obukhov similarity theory (MOST) over the ocean near-surface. The corresponding Cn2 values measured by the micro-thermometer which is placed on the ship are compared with the ones forecasted by WRF model to determine how this method performs. The result shows that the forecasted Cn2 is consistent with the measured Cn2 in trend and the order of magnitude as a whole, as well as the correlation coefficient is up to 77.57%. This method can forecast some essential aspects of Cn2 and almost always captures the correct magnitude of Cn2, which experiences fluctuations of two orders of magnitude. Thus, it seems to be a feasible and meaningful method that using WRF model to forecast near-surface Cn2 value over the ocean.

  9. Structural, optical and electrical study of undoped GaN layers obtained by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on sapphire substrates

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    Rangel-Kuoppa, Victor-Tapio, E-mail: tapio.rangel@gmail.co [Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler Universitaet, A-4040 Linz (Austria); Aguilar, Cesia Guarneros [Seccion de Electronica del Estado Solido, Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, A.P. 14740, C.P. 07360, Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico); Sanchez-Resendiz, Victor, E-mail: victors@sees.cinvestav.m [Seccion de Electronica del Estado Solido, Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, A.P. 14740, C.P. 07360, Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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    We investigate optical, structural and electrical properties of undoped GaN grown on sapphire. The layers were prepared in a horizontal reactor by low pressure metal organic chemical vapor deposition at temperatures of 900 {sup o}C and 950 {sup o}C on a low temperature grown (520 {sup o}C) GaN buffer layer on (0001) sapphire substrate. The growth pressure was kept at 10,132 Pa. The photoluminescence study of such layers revealed a band-to-band emission around 366 nm and a yellow band around 550 nm. The yellow band intensity decreases with increasing deposition temperature. X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy studies show the formation of hexagonal GaN layers with a thickness of around 1 {mu}m. The electrical study was performed using temperature dependent Hall measurements between 35 and 373 K. Two activation energies are obtained from the temperature dependent conductivity, one smaller than 1 meV and the other one around 20 meV. For the samples grown at 900 {sup o}C the mobilities are constant around 10 and 20 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, while for the sample grown at 950 {sup o}C the mobility shows a thermally activated behavior with an activation energy of 2.15 meV.

  10. Predicting the biological effects of mobile phone radiation absorbed energy linked to the MRI-obtained structure.

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    Krstić, Dejan; Zigar, Darko; Petković, Dejan; Sokolović, Dušan; Dinđić, Boris; Cvetković, Nenad; Jovanović, Jovica; Dinđić, Nataša

    2013-01-01

    The nature of an electromagnetic field is not the same outside and inside a biological subject. Numerical bioelectromagnetic simulation methods for penetrating electromagnetic fields facilitate the calculation of field components in biological entities. Calculating energy absorbed from known sources, such as mobile phones when placed near the head, is a prerequisite for studying the biological influence of an electromagnetic field. Such research requires approximate anatomical models which are used to calculate the field components and absorbed energy. In order to explore the biological effects in organs and tissues, it is necessary to establish a relationship between an analogous anatomical model and the real structure. We propose a new approach in exploring biological effects through combining two different techniques: 1) numerical electromagnetic simulation, which is used to calculate the field components in a similar anatomical model and 2) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which is used to accurately locate sites with increased absorption. By overlapping images obtained by both methods, we can precisely locate the spots with maximum absorption effects. This way, we can detect the site where the most pronounced biological effects are to be expected. This novel approach successfully overcomes the standard limitations of working with analogous anatomical models.

  11. Structural, chemical and optical properties of SnO2 NPs obtained by three different synthesis routes

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    Drzymała, Elżbieta; Gruzeł, Grzegorz; Depciuch, Joanna; Budziak, Andrzej; Kowal, Andrzej; Parlinska-Wojtan, Magdalena

    2017-08-01

    Polyol (P), chemical precipitation (C) and microwave-assisted (M) syntheses were chosen to produce SnO2 nanoparticles with uniform size and minimum agglomeration. Their structural, chemical and optical properties were investigated using dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), Raman, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) using the Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) technique and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopies. STEM observations showed that the SnO2(P) and SnO2(C) nanoparticles (NPs) are combined into larger agglomerates with heterogeneous thickness, while the microwave-assisted NPs form a uniform thin layer across the TEM grid. The strongest agglomeration of the SnO2(C) NPs, observed by DLS, STEM and UV-Vis is explained by the very moderate amount of water present on the surface of the NPs identified by FTIR spectroscopy. High resolution STEM combined with SAED and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the crystalline character of the NPs. In the nanoparticles from polyol synthesis, chlorine from the remains of metal precursors during reduction was detected by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), contrary to the NPs obtained by the chemical precipitation and microwave-assisted methods. All three syntheses routes lead to small, 2-10 nm SnO2 NPs, which were the result of the low concentration of Cl ions in the solutions.

  12. Exploring the propensities of helices in PrP(C) to form beta sheet using NMR structures and sequence alignments.

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    Dima, R I; Thirumalai, D

    2002-01-01

    Neurodegenerative diseases induced by transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are associated with prions. The most spectacular event in the formation of the infectious scrapie form, referred to as PrP(Sc), is the conformational change from the predominantly alpha-helical conformation of PrP(C) to the PrP(Sc) state that is rich in beta-sheet content. Using sequence alignments and structural analysis of the available nuclear magnetic resonance structures of PrP(C), we explore the propensities...

  13. Prion structure investigated in situ, ex vivo, and in vitro by FTIR spectroscopy

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    Kneipp, Janina; Miller, Lisa M.; Spassov, Sashko; Sokolowski, Fabian; Lasch, Peter; Beekes, Michael; Naumann, Dieter

    2004-07-01

    Syrian hamster nervous tissue was investigated by FTIR microspectroscopy with conventional and synchrotron infrared light sources. Various tissue structures from the cerebellum and medulla oblongata of scrapie-infected and control hamsters were investigated at a spatial resolution of 50 μm. Single neurons in dorsal root ganglia of scrapie-infected hamsters were analyzed by raster scan mapping at 6 μm spatial resolution. These measurements enabled us to (i) scrutinize structural differences between infected and non-infected tissue and (ii) analyze for the first time the distribution of different protein structures in situ within single nerve cells. Single nerve cells exhibited areas of increased β-sheet content, which co-localized consistently with accumulations of the pathological prion protein (PrPSc). Spectral data were also obtained from purified, partly proteinase K digested PrPSc isolated from scrapie-infected nervous tissue of hamsters to elucidate similarities/dissimilarities between prion structure in situ and ex vivo. A further comparison is drawn to the recombinant Syrian hamster prion protein SHaPrP90-232, whose in vitro transition from the predominantly a-helical isoform to β-sheet rich oligomeric structures was also investigated by FTIR spectroscopy.

  14. Structure of Suasselkä Postglacial Fault in northern Finland obtained by analysis of ambient seismic noise

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    Afonin, Nikita; Kozlovskaya, Elena

    2016-04-01

    Understanding inner structure of seismogenic faults and their ability to reactivate is particularly important in investigating the continental intraplate seismicity regime. In our study we address this problem using analysis of ambient seismic noise recorded by the temporary DAFNE array in northern Fennoscandian Shield. The main purpose of the DAFNE/FINLAND passive seismic array experiment was to characterize the present-day seismicity of the Suasselkä post-glacial fault (SPGF) that was proposed as one potential target for the DAFNE (Drilling Active Faults in Northern Europe) project. The DAFNE/FINLAND array comprised the area of about 20 to 100 km and consisted of 8 short-period and 4 broad-band 3-component autonomous seismic stations installed in the close vicinity of the fault area. The array recorded continuous seismic data during September, 2011-May, 2013. Recordings of the array have being analyzed in order to identify and locate natural earthquakes from the fault area and to discriminate them from the blasts in the Kittilä Gold Mine. As a result, we found several dozens of natural seismic events originating from the fault area, which proves that the fault is still seismically active. In order to study the inner structure of the SPGF we use cross-correlation of ambient seismic noise recorded by the array. Analysis of azimuthal distribution of noise sources demonstrated that that during the time interval under consideration the distribution of noise sources is close to the uniform one. The continuous data were processed in several steps including single station data analysis, instrument response removal and time-domain stacking. The data were used to estimate empirical Green's functions between pairs of stations in the frequency band of 0.1-1 Hz and to calculate correspondent surface wave dispersion curves. After that S-wave velocity models were obtained as a result of dispersion curves inversion using Geopsy software. The results suggest that the area of

  15. The role of the temperature in the morphology and properties of zinc oxide structures obtained by electrosynthesis in aqueous solution

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    Jaffry, U.; Mazario, E. [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Química Física Aplicada, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Lemus, J. [CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Rivero, M.; Muñoz-Bonilla, A. [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Química Física Aplicada, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Herrasti, P., E-mail: pilar.herrasti@uam.es [Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias, Departamento de Química Física Aplicada, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2016-09-15

    Herein, ZnO micro and nanostructures were synthesized by an electrochemical method in aqueous solution employing NaCl as the electrolyte. Different parameters influencing the synthesis process, i.e. current intensity, reaction time and temperature, were investigated. From this, it was concluded that the productivity of the reaction increases with longer reaction time, whereas the use of higher current intensity augments the specific energy consumption. On the other hand, the increase in temperature seems to exert a negative effect. The characterization of the resulting materials by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis demonstrated that a mixture of Zn(OH){sub 2} and ZnO crystalline structures is formed directly from the synthesis procedure. The content of Zn(OH){sub 2} phase in the sample decreases as the temperature of the synthesis increases, this fact indicates that the low productivity obtained at higher temperatures is related to the nature of the resulting material. Thermal annealing of the samples containing both phases prepared following synthesis allows the phase transformation from Zn(OH){sub 2} to pure ZnO structures. The band gap energies of the ZnO materials were determined by diffuse reflectance measurements according to the Kubelka Munk theory, revealing low values in all the cases which were highly dependent on the size of crystals within the materials. The photocatalytic properties of the pure ZnO samples post calcination were investigated by the decomposition of an organic dye under UV light irradiation. The results show the beneficial photocatalytic properties of the samples that had undergone calcination, these were superior in comparison to those prepared at room temperature which mainly consisted of Zn(OH){sub 2}. - Highlights: • ZnO micro and nanostructures were synthesized by an electrochemical method. • Increasing the applied current and synthesis temperature augments the specific energy

  16. Characterization of prion protein (PrP)-derived peptides that discriminate full-length PrPSc from PrPC.

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    Lau, Anthony L; Yam, Alice Y; Michelitsch, Melissa M D; Wang, Xuemei; Gao, Carol; Goodson, Robert J; Shimizu, Robert; Timoteo, Gulliver; Hall, John; Medina-Selby, Angelica; Coit, Doris; McCoin, Colin; Phelps, Bruce; Wu, Ping; Hu, Celine; Chien, David; Peretz, David

    2007-07-10

    On our initial discovery that prion protein (PrP)-derived peptides were capable of capturing the pathogenic prion protein (PrP(Sc)), we have been interested in how these peptides interact with PrP(Sc). After screening peptides from the entire human PrP sequence, we found two peptides (PrP(19-30) and PrP(100-111)) capable of binding full-length PrP(Sc) in plasma, a medium containing a complex mixture of other proteins including a vast excess of the normal prion protein (PrP(C)). The limit of detection for captured PrP(Sc) was calculated to be 8 amol from a approximately 10(5)-fold dilution of 10% (wt/vol) human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease brain homogenate, with >3,800-fold binding specificity to PrP(Sc) over PrP(C). Through extensive analyses, we show that positively charged amino acids play an important, but not exclusive, role in the interaction between the peptides and PrP(Sc). Neither hydrophobic nor polar interactions appear to correlate with binding activity. The peptide-PrP(Sc) interaction was not sequence-specific, but amino acid composition affected binding. Binding occurs through a conformational domain that is only present in PrP(Sc), is species-independent, and is not affected by proteinase K digestion. These and other findings suggest a mechanism by which cationic domains of PrP(C) may play a role in the recruitment of PrP(C) to PrP(Sc).

  17. Inhibitors of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 1/2 signaling pathway clear prion-infected cells from PrPSc.

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    Nordström, Elin K; Luhr, Katarina M; Ibáñez, Carlos; Kristensson, Krister

    2005-09-14

    Prions represent a unique class of infectious agents in which the normal cellular prion protein (PrPC) is converted to an abnormal isoform (PrPSc), which accumulates in the brain and constitutes the major, if not the only, component of the infectious particle. Factors that still remain to be identified may facilitate the conversion of PrPC to PrPSc. In the present study, we first demonstrated that a growth factor of the neurotrophin family, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), stimulates the formation of PrPSc in a gonadotropin-releasing hormone-secreting neuronal cell line (GT1-1 cells) infected with the Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) strain of scrapie as determined by Western blot analysis. We then observed that the prion-infected cells can be cleared from PrPSc by treatment with three inhibitors of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase 1/2 (MEK1/2) [1,4-diamino-2,3-dicyano-1,4-bis(o-aminophenylmercapto)butadiene and 2-(2-amino-3-methyoxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one, as well as alpha-[amino[(4-aminophenyl)thio]methylene]-2-(trifluoromethyl) benzeneacetonitrile, which passes the blood-brain barrier], a component of one of the intracellular signaling pathways activated by BDNF. The MEK1/2 inhibitors were also efficient in clearing PrPSc from prion-infected GT1-1 cells stimulated to accumulate high levels of PrPSc by enhanced serum concentrations in the medium or by the use of a serum-free neuron-specific neurobasal medium. PrPSc did not reappear in the cultures within 5 weeks after completion of treatment. We conclude that inhibitors of the MEK1/2 pathway can efficiently and probably irreversibly clear PrP(Sc) from prion-infected cells. The MEK pathway may therefore be a suitable target for therapeutic intervention in prion diseases.

  18. End-to-end process of hollow spacecraft structures with high frequency and low mass obtained with in-house structural optimization tool and additive manufacturing

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    Alexandru-Mihai CISMILIANU

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available In the space sector the most decisive elements are: mass reduction, cost saving and minimum lead time; here, structural optimization and additive layer manufacturing (ALM fit best. The design must be driven by stiffness, because an important requirement for spacecraft (S/C structures is to reduce the dynamic coupling between the S/C and the launch vehicle. The objective is to create an end-to-end process, from the input given by the customer to the manufacturing of an aluminum part as light as possible but at the same time considerably stiffer while taking the full advantage of the design flexibility given by ALM. To design and optimize the parts, a specialized in-house tool was used, guaranteeing a load-sufficient material distribution. Using topological optimization, the iterations between the design and the stress departments were diminished, thus greatly reducing the lead time. In order to improve and lighten the obtained structure a design with internal cavities and hollow beams was considered. This implied developing of a procedure for powder evacuation through iterations with the manufacturer while optimizing the design for ALM. The resulted part can be then manufactured via ALM with no need of further design adjustments. To achieve a high-quality part with maximum efficiency, it is essential to have a loop between the design team and the manufacturer. Topological optimization and ALM work hand in hand if used properly. The team achieved a more efficient structure using topology optimization and ALM, than using conventional design and manufacturing methods.

  19. Enrichment of PrPSc in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues prior to analysis by Western blot.

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    Nicholson, Eric M

    2011-07-01

    Diagnosis of prion disease is primarily through immunodetection of the infectious agent. Typically, 2 distinct procedures are recommended for a definitive diagnosis, with immunohistochemistry and Western blot providing the most information as to the specific isolate in question. In the past, these approaches required formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue and fresh or frozen tissue, respectively; however, methods have been developed that allow for use of fixed tissue for Western blot. The present study describes a method of enriching PrP(Sc) in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues prior to Western blot analysis for the detection of PrP(Sc). With this modified procedure, 5 times the previously reported sample size may be used for analysis, greatly enhancing the sensitivity of this procedure.

  20. Anti-prion drug mPPIg5 inhibits PrP(C conversion to PrP(Sc.

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    James M McCarthy

    Full Text Available Prion diseases, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are a group of fatal neurodegenerative diseases that include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD in humans. The 'protein only hypothesis' advocates that PrP(Sc, an abnormal isoform of the cellular protein PrP(C, is the main and possibly sole component of prion infectious agents. Currently, no effective therapy exists for these diseases at the symptomatic phase for either humans or animals, though a number of compounds have demonstrated the ability to eliminate PrPSc in cell culture models. Of particular interest are synthetic polymers known as dendrimers which possess the unique ability to eliminate PrP(Sc in both an intracellular and in vitro setting. The efficacy and mode of action of the novel anti-prion dendrimer mPPIg5 was investigated through the creation of a number of innovative bio-assays based upon the scrapie cell assay. These assays were used to demonstrate that mPPIg5 is a highly effective anti-prion drug which acts, at least in part, through the inhibition of PrP(C to PrP(Sc conversion. Understanding how a drug works is a vital component in maximising its performance. By establishing the efficacy and method of action of mPPIg5, this study will help determine which drugs are most likely to enhance this effect and also aid the design of dendrimers with anti-prion capabilities for the future.

  1. Anti-Prion Drug mPPIg5 Inhibits PrPC Conversion to PrPSc

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    McCarthy, James M.; Franke, Markus; Resenberger, Ulrike K.; Waldron, Sibeal; Simpson, Jeremy C.; Tatzelt, Jörg; Appelhans, Dietmar; Rogers, Mark S.

    2013-01-01

    Prion diseases, also known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are a group of fatal neurodegenerative diseases that include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. The ‘protein only hypothesis’ advocates that PrPSc, an abnormal isoform of the cellular protein PrPC, is the main and possibly sole component of prion infectious agents. Currently, no effective therapy exists for these diseases at the symptomatic phase for either humans or animals, though a number of compounds have demonstrated the ability to eliminate PrPSc in cell culture models. Of particular interest are synthetic polymers known as dendrimers which possess the unique ability to eliminate PrPSc in both an intracellular and in vitro setting. The efficacy and mode of action of the novel anti-prion dendrimer mPPIg5 was investigated through the creation of a number of innovative bio-assays based upon the scrapie cell assay. These assays were used to demonstrate that mPPIg5 is a highly effective anti-prion drug which acts, at least in part, through the inhibition of PrPC to PrPSc conversion. Understanding how a drug works is a vital component in maximising its performance. By establishing the efficacy and method of action of mPPIg5, this study will help determine which drugs are most likely to enhance this effect and also aid the design of dendrimers with anti-prion capabilities for the future. PMID:23383136

  2. Monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies for ante- and post-mortem detection of PrPSc in sheep

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    Michele Dietrich Moura Costa

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Scrapie is a disease that affects sheep and goats and is characterized by the accumulation of an abnormal isoform (PrPSc of the cellular prion protein, PrPC, in the central nervous system (CNS and in lymphoid tissues. Detection of PrPSc in these tissues can be attempted by a variety of techniques, including immunohistochemistry (IHC and western blotting (WB, for which a wide range of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies are commercially available. The objective of this study was to test and compare the efficacy of monoclonal antibodiesF89/160.1.5, F99/97.6.1, and P4 and polyclonal antibodies M52 and R486 in the detection of PrPSc in lymphoid and CNS tissue samples by using IHC. Positive and negative control samples of sheep brain and tonsils were provided by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA, UK. The IHC examination of CNS samples with both monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies confirmed the granular deposition of PrPSc in the neurons of the positive control tissues. However, while the monoclonal antibodies did not produce positive reactions in the negative controls, the polyclonal antibodies showed some non-specific staining. The testing of positive control tonsil samples with polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies identified positive control-specific reactions, whereas the negative control tissues were IHC-negative with all antibodies, although P4 and the polyclonal antibodies produced some background staining. In summary, although the polyclonal antibodies may be more accessible, their use is not advisable because of possible false positive reactions. The polyclonal antibody M52 was able to identify PrPC in brain and spleen samples by WB but other lymphoid tissues were negative.

  3. Transcriptome analysis of CNS immediately before and after the detection of PrP(Sc) in SSBP/1 sheep scrapie.

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    Gossner, Anton G; Hopkins, John

    2014-10-10

    Sheep scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), progressive and fatal neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) linked to the accumulation of misfolded prion protein, PrP(Sc). New Zealand Cheviot sheep, homozygous for the VRQ genotype of the PRNP gene are most susceptible with an incubation period of 193 days with SSBP/1 scrapie. However, the earliest time point that PrP(Sc) can be detected in the CNS is 125 days (D125). The aim of this study was to quantify changes to the transcriptome of the thalamus and obex (medulla) at times immediately before (D75) and after (D125) PrP(Sc) was detected. Affymetrix gene arrays were used to quantify gene expression in the thalamus and Illumina DGE-tag profiling for obex. Ingenuity Pathway Analysis was used to help describe the biological processes of scrapie pathology. Neurological disease and Cancer were common Bio Functions in each tissue at D75; inflammation and cell death were major processes at D125. Several neurological receptors were significantly increased at D75 (e.g. CHRNA6, GRM1, HCN2), which might be clues to the molecular basis of psychiatric changes associated with TSEs. No genes were significantly differentially expressed at both D75 and D125 and there was no progression of events from earlier to later time points. This implies that there is no simple linear progression of pathological or molecular events. There seems to be a step-change between D75 and D125, correlating with the detection of PrP(Sc), resulting in the involvement of different pathological processes in later TSE disease. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. A new method for the characterization of strain-specific conformational stability of protease-sensitive and protease-resistant PrPSc.

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    Pirisinu, Laura; Di Bari, Michele; Marcon, Stefano; Vaccari, Gabriele; D'Agostino, Claudia; Fazzi, Paola; Esposito, Elena; Galeno, Roberta; Langeveld, Jan; Agrimi, Umberto; Nonno, Romolo

    2010-09-14

    Although proteinacious in nature, prions exist as strains with specific self-perpetuating biological properties. Prion strains are thought to be associated with different conformers of PrP(Sc), a disease-associated isoform of the host-encoded cellular protein (PrP(C)). Molecular strain typing approaches have been developed which rely on the characterization of protease-resistant PrP(Sc). However, PrP(Sc) is composed not only of protease-resistant but also of protease-sensitive isoforms. The aim of this work was to develop a protocol for the molecular characterization of both, protease-resistant and protease-sensitive PrP(Sc) aggregates. We first set up experimental conditions which allowed the most advantageous separation of PrP(C) and PrP(Sc) by means of differential centrifugation. The conformational solubility and stability assay (CSSA) was then developed by measuring PrP(Sc) solubility as a function of increased exposure to GdnHCl. Brain homogenates from voles infected with human and sheep prion isolates were analysed by CSSA and showed strain-specific conformational stabilities, with mean [GdnHCl](1/2) values ranging from 1.6 M for MM2 sCJD to 2.1 for scrapie and to 2.8 M for MM1/MV1 sCJD and E200K gCJD. Interestingly, the rank order of [GdnHCl](1/2) values observed in the human and sheep isolates used as inocula closely matched those found following transmission in voles, being MM1 sCJD the most resistant (3.3 M), followed by sheep scrapie (2.2 M) and by MM2 sCJD (1.6 M). In order to test the ability of CSSA to characterise protease-sensitive PrP(Sc), we analysed sheep isolates of Nor98 and compared them to classical scrapie isolates. In Nor98, insoluble PrP(Sc) aggregates were mainly protease-sensitive and showed a conformational stability much lower than in classical scrapie. Our results show that CSSA is able to reveal strain-specified PrP(Sc) conformational stabilities of protease-resistant and protease-sensitive PrP(Sc) and that it is a valuable tool for

  5. A new method for the characterization of strain-specific conformational stability of protease-sensitive and protease-resistant PrPSc.

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    Laura Pirisinu

    Full Text Available Although proteinacious in nature, prions exist as strains with specific self-perpetuating biological properties. Prion strains are thought to be associated with different conformers of PrP(Sc, a disease-associated isoform of the host-encoded cellular protein (PrP(C. Molecular strain typing approaches have been developed which rely on the characterization of protease-resistant PrP(Sc. However, PrP(Sc is composed not only of protease-resistant but also of protease-sensitive isoforms. The aim of this work was to develop a protocol for the molecular characterization of both, protease-resistant and protease-sensitive PrP(Sc aggregates. We first set up experimental conditions which allowed the most advantageous separation of PrP(C and PrP(Sc by means of differential centrifugation. The conformational solubility and stability assay (CSSA was then developed by measuring PrP(Sc solubility as a function of increased exposure to GdnHCl. Brain homogenates from voles infected with human and sheep prion isolates were analysed by CSSA and showed strain-specific conformational stabilities, with mean [GdnHCl](1/2 values ranging from 1.6 M for MM2 sCJD to 2.1 for scrapie and to 2.8 M for MM1/MV1 sCJD and E200K gCJD. Interestingly, the rank order of [GdnHCl](1/2 values observed in the human and sheep isolates used as inocula closely matched those found following transmission in voles, being MM1 sCJD the most resistant (3.3 M, followed by sheep scrapie (2.2 M and by MM2 sCJD (1.6 M. In order to test the ability of CSSA to characterise protease-sensitive PrP(Sc, we analysed sheep isolates of Nor98 and compared them to classical scrapie isolates. In Nor98, insoluble PrP(Sc aggregates were mainly protease-sensitive and showed a conformational stability much lower than in classical scrapie. Our results show that CSSA is able to reveal strain-specified PrP(Sc conformational stabilities of protease-resistant and protease-sensitive PrP(Sc and that it is a valuable tool

  6. Immunohistochemical study of PrPSc distribution in neural and extraneural tissues of two cats with feline spongiform encephalopathy

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    Wunderlin Sabina S

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Two domestic shorthair cats presenting with progressive hind-limb ataxia and increased aggressiveness were necropsied and a post mortem diagnosis of Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy (FSE was made. A wide spectrum of tissue samples was collected and evaluated histologically and immunohistologically for the presence of PrPSc. Results Histopathological examination revealed a diffuse vacuolation of the grey matter neuropil with the following areas being most severely affected: corpus geniculatum medialis, thalamus, gyrus dentatus of the hippocampus, corpus striatum, and deep layers of the cerebral and cerebellar cortex as well as in the brain stem. In addition, a diffuse glial reaction involving astrocytes and microglia and intraneuronal vacuolation in a few neurons in the brain stem was present. Heavy PrPSc immunostaining was detected in brain, retina, optic nerve, pars nervosa of the pituitary gland, trigeminal ganglia and small amounts in the myenteric plexus of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and slightly in the medulla of the adrenal gland. Conclusion The PrPSc distribution within the brain was consistent with that described in other FSE-affected cats. The pattern of abnormal PrP in the retina corresponded to that found in a captive cheetah with FSE, in sheep with scrapie and was similar to nvCJD in humans.

  7. Investigation of the structure and properties of nanoscale TiNiNb compositions obtained by high-energy exposure

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    Rusinov Peter

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article describes a complex method of surface modification of steel materials with shape memory effect (SME TiNiNb, using high-speed gas-flame spraying of mechanically activated powder in a protective environment. We defined the control parameters of the surface modification which monitor the structural state of the material, and allow effecting purposefully on the functional properties of the surface layer with SME. We also developed a statistical model of technological process, which allows optimizing the structurally sensitive mechanical properties and ensuring the formation of nanocrystalline structure. Basing on the phase composition analysis and the average grain size we defined correlation of properties of the coatings to their structural-phase state. X-ray studies have shown that the formation of the surface layers using the developed technology ensures the shape memory effect. We demonstrated the effect that the structural state of surface-modified layer has on microhardness and wear resistance.

  8. The Structure of Human Prions: From Biology to Structural Models — Considerations and Pitfalls

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    Acevedo-Morantes, Claudia Y.; Wille, Holger

    2014-01-01

    Prion diseases are a family of transmissible, progressive, and uniformly fatal neurodegenerative disorders that affect humans and animals. Although cross-species transmissions of prions are usually limited by an apparent “species barrier”, the spread of a prion disease to humans by ingestion of contaminated food, or via other routes of exposure, indicates that animal prions can pose a significant public health risk. The infectious agent responsible for the transmission of prion diseases is a misfolded conformer of the prion protein, PrPSc, a pathogenic isoform of the host-encoded, cellular prion protein, PrPC. The detailed mechanisms of prion conversion and replication, as well as the high-resolution structure of PrPSc, are unknown. This review will discuss the general background related to prion biology and assess the structural models proposed to date, while highlighting the experimental challenges of elucidating the structure of PrPSc. PMID:25333467

  9. Protein misfolding cyclic amplification corroborates the absence of PrP(Sc) accumulation in placenta from foetuses with the ARR/ARQ genotype in natural scrapie.

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    Garza, María Carmen; Eraña, Hasier; Castilla, Joaquín; Acín, Cristina; Vargas, Antonia; Badiola, Juan José; Monleón, Eva

    2017-05-01

    Ovine scrapie is a worldwide spread prion disease that is transmitted horizontally under field conditions. Placenta from scrapie-infected ewes is an important source of infection, since this tissue can accumulate high amounts of PrP(Sc) depending on the foetal genotype. Therefore, placentas carrying susceptible foetuses can accumulate PrP(Sc) but there is not PrP(Sc) accumulation in presence of foetuses with at least one ARR haplotype. In scrapie eradication programs, ARR/ARR males are used for breeding to increase the resistant progeny and reduce the horizontal transmission of the disease through the placenta. The development of highly sensitive techniques, that allow the detection of minimal amounts of PrP(Sc), has caused many secretions/excretions and tissues that had previously been deemed negative to be relabeled as positive for PrP(Sc). This has raised concerns about the possible presence of minimal amounts of PrP(Sc) in placentas from ARR foetuses that conventional techniques had indicated were negative. In the present study we examined 30 placentas from a total of 23 gestations; 15 gestations resulted from naturally ARQ/ARQ scrapie-infected ewes mated with ARR/ARR rams. The absence of PrP(Sc) in placentas carrying the foetal ARR haplotype (n=19) was determined by IDEXX HerdChek scrapie/BSE Antigen EIA Test, Prionics(®)-Check WESTERN and corroborated by the highly sensitive Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification technique (PMCA). By immunohistochemistry, several unspecific stainings that might mislead a diagnosis were observed. The results of the present study support that using ARR/ARR males in scrapie eradication programs efficiently decreases the spreading of the agent in the environment via shed placentas. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. Structural studies of calcium phosphate doped with titanium and zirconium obtained by high-energy mechanical alloying

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    Silva, C C; Sombra, A S B [Telecommunications and Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (LOCEM), Physics Department, Federal University of Ceara, Campus do Pii, Postal Code 6030, 60455-760, Fortaleza-Ceara (Brazil)], E-mail: sombra@fisica.ufc.br

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    In this paper, we present a new variation of the solid-state procedure on the synthesis of bioceramics with titanium (CapTi) and zirconium (CapZr), considering that zirconium (ZrO{sub 2}) and titanium oxide (TiO{sub 2}) are strengthening agents, due to their superb force and fracture toughness. The high efficiency of the calcination process opens a new way of producing commercial amounts of nanocrystalline bioceramics. In this work, a new variation of the solid-state procedure method was used to produce nanocrystalline powders of titanium and zirconium, using two different experimental chemical routes: CapTi: Ca(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}+TiO{sub 2} and CapZr: Ca(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub 2}+ZrO{sub 2}. The powders were submitted to calcination processes (CapTic and CapZrc) at 800, 900 and 1000 deg. C. The calcium titanium phosphate phase, CaTi{sub 4}P{sub 6}O{sub 24}, was obtained in the CapTic reaction and the calcium zirconium phosphate, CaZr{sub 4}P{sub 6}O{sub 24}, was obtained in the CapZrc reaction. The obtained ceramics were characterized by x-ray powder diffraction (XRD), infrared (IR) spectroscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy (RSS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis. This method was compared with the milling process (CapTim and CapZrm), where in the last process the melting is not necessary and the powder obtained is nanocrystalline. The calcium titanium phosphate phase, CaTi{sub 4}P{sub 6}O{sub 24}, was obtained in the reaction CapTim, but in CapZrm the formation of any calcium phosphate phase even after 15 h of dry mechanical alloying was not observed.

  11. Iterative methods for obtaining solvation structures on a solid plate: The methods for Surface Force Apparatus and Atomic Force Microscopy in Liquids

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    Amano, Ken-ich

    2013-01-01

    We propose iterative methods for obtaining solvation structures on a solid plate which use force distributions measured by surface force apparatus (SFA) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) as input data. Two model systems are considered here. In the model system for SFA, the same two solid plates are immersed in a solvent, and a probe tip and a solid plate are immersed in a solvent in the model system for AFM. Advantages of the iterative methods are as follows: The iterative method for SFA can obtain the solvation structure, for example, in a Lennard-Jones liquid; The iterative method for AFM can obtain the solvation structure without an input datum of solvation structure around the probe tip.

  12. Microencapsulation structures based on protein-coated liposomes obtained through electrospraying for the stabilization and improved bioaccessibility of curcumin.

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    Gómez-Mascaraque, Laura G; Casagrande Sipoli, Caroline; de La Torre, Lucimara Gaziola; López-Rubio, Amparo

    2017-10-15

    Novel food-grade hybrid encapsulation structures based on the entrapment of phosphatidylcholine liposomes, within a WPC matrix through electrospraying, were developed and used as delivery vehicles for curcumin. The loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of the proposed system was studied, and the suitability of the approach to stabilize curcumin and increase its bioaccessibility was assessed. Results showed that the maximum loading capacity of the liposomes was around 1.5% of curcumin, although the loading capacity of the hybrid microencapsulation structures increased with the curcumin content by incorporation of curcumin microcrystals upon electrospraying. Microencapsulation of curcumin within the proposed hybrid structures significantly increased its bioaccessibility (∼1.7-fold) compared to the free compound, and could successfully stabilize it against degradation in PBS (pH=7.4). The proposed approach thus proved to be a promising alternative to produce powder-like functional ingredients. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Simulation of temperature effect on the structure control of polystyrene obtained by atom-transfer radical polymerization

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    Full Text Available Abstract This paper uses a new kinetic modeling and simulations to analyse the effect of temperature on the polystyrene properties obtained by atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP. Differently from what has been traditionaly published in ATRP modeling works, it was considered “break” reactions in the mechanism aiming to reproduce the process at high temperatures. Results suggest that there is an upper limit temperature (130 °C, above which the polymer architecture loses the control. In addition, for the system considered in this work, the optimum operating temperature was 100 °C, because at this temperature polymer with very low polydispersity index is obtained, at considerable fast polymerization rate. Therefore, this present paper provides not only a tool to study ATRP processes by simulations, but also a tool for analysis and optimization, being a basis for future works dealing with this monomer and process.

  14. Structural analysis of rebaudioside A derivatives obtained by Lactobacillus reuteri 180 glucansucrase-catalyzed trans-α-glucosylation

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    Gerwig, Gerrit J; Te Poele, Evelien M; Dijkhuizen, Lubbert; Kamerling, Johannis P

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    The wild-type Gtf180-ΔN glucansucrase enzyme from Lactobacillus reuteri 180 was found to catalyze the α-glucosylation of the steviol glycoside rebaudioside A, using sucrose as glucosyl donor in a transglucosylation process. Structural analysis of the formed products by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry,

  15. Assessment of digital image correlation as a method of obtaining deformations of a structure under fluid load

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    Banks, Joseph; Marimon Giovannetti, Laura; Soubeyran, Xavier; Wright, Alexander; Turnock, Stephen; Boyd, Stephen

    2015-01-01

    Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is employed for the measurement of full-field deformation during fluid-structure interaction experiments in a wind tunnel. The methodology developed for the wind tunnel environment is quantitatively assessed. The static deformation error of the system is shown to be less than 0.8% when applied to a curved aerofoil specimen moved through known displacements using a micrometer. Enclosed camera fairings were shown to be required to minimise error due to wind induc...

  16. Structural characterization and dielectric properties of BaTiO3 thin films obtained by spin coating

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Barium titanate thin films were prepared by spin coating deposition technique of an acetic precursor sol and sintered at 750, 900 and 1050 °C. Phase composition of the obtained thin films was characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Their morphology was analysed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Dielectric properties of thin films sintered at 750 and 900 °C were characterized by LCD device, where the influence of sintering temperature on dielectric permittivity and loss tangent was inspected. It was concluded that higher sintering temperature increases grain size and amount of tetragonal phase, hence higher relative permittivity was recorded. The almost constant relative permittivity in the measured frequency (800 Hz–0.5 MHz and temperature (25–200 °C ranges as well as low dielectric loss are very important for the application of BaTiO3 films in microelectronic devices.

  17. Relationship between structural and magnetic properties in (Ti,Fe)O{sub 2} powders obtained by mechanical milling

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    Mudarra Navarro, A.M. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, IFLP-CCT La Plata-CONICET (Argentina); Bilovol, V. [LSA-INTECIN-CONICET, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Cabrera, A.F. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, IFLP-CCT La Plata-CONICET (Argentina); Rodriguez Torres, C.E., E-mail: torres@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, IFLP-CCT La Plata-CONICET (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    Fe-doped TiO{sub 2} samples with different Fe content were prepared by mechanical alloying starting from TiO{sub 2} rutile and FeO. The samples were structurally and magnetically characterized by XRD, Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), AC-susceptibility and magnetization measurements. XAS results showed that Fe ions were incorporated into the rutile phase with oxygen coordination that was lower than that expected in this phase. The oxygen coordination number decreased with the increase of Fe{sup 2+} ions such as it was previously found in the milled samples of TiO{sub 2} doped with hematite. The RT Moessbauer spectra were reproduced using two paramagnetic interactions, one corresponding to Fe{sup 2+} ({delta}{approx}0.87 mm/s) and the other to Fe{sup 3+} ({delta}{approx}0.31 mm/s). Magnetometry measurements showed the presence of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic-like interactions at room temperature. Although saturation and coercivity of the ferromagnetic phase increased with iron, the effective magnetic moment per iron atom decreased, probably due to the precipitation of Fe rich antiferromagnetic structures.

  18. Structure of Sn1−xGex random alloys as obtained from the coherent potential approximation

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    2011-08-09

    The structure of the Sn1−xGex random alloys is studied using density functional theory and the coherent potential approximation. We report on the deviation of the Sn1−xGex alloys from Vegard’s law, addressing their full compositional range. The findings are compared to the related Si1−xGex alloys and to experimental results. Interestingly, the deviation from Vegard’s law is quantitatively and qualitatively different between the Sn1−xGex and Si1−xGex alloys. An almost linear dependence of the bulk modulus as a function of composition is found for Si1−xGex, whereas for Sn1−xGex the dependence is strongly nonlinear.

  19. Trends in Mars Thermospheric Density and Temperature Structure Obtained from MAVEN In-situ Datasets: Interpretation Using Global Models

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    Bougher, Stephen W.; Tolson, Robert H.; Mahaffy, Paul R.; Johnston, Timothy E.; Olsen, Kirk; Bell, Jared M.

    2015-04-01

    The Mars thermosphere-ionosphere-exosphere (TIE) system constitutes the atmospheric reservoir (i.e. available cold and hot planetary neutral and thermal ion species) that regulates present day escape processes from the planet. Without knowledge of the physics and chemistry creating this TIE region and driving its variations (e.g., solar cycle, seasonal), it is not possible to constrain either the short-term or long-term histories of atmosphere escape. The characterization of this upper atmosphere reservoir is one of the major science objectives of the MAVEN mission.We investigate both in-situ Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) neutral densities/temperatures and Accelerometer Experiment (ACC) reaction wheel (RW) derived mass densities/temperatures obtained over the first ~400 orbits. This sampling occurs when periapsis latitudes ranged from about 32° to 74°N periapsis local mean solar times (LMST) ranged from about 15:00 to 06:00; and corresponding periapsis altitudes ranged from ~200 km down to ~150 km. This dayside in-situ sampling lasted until about 17-December-2014, after which the periapsis began moving Southward toward nightside Northern mid-latitudes. During this dayside period, monthly mean solar EUV-UV fluxes corresponded to F10.7 ~ 150-160 at Earth (solar moderate conditions) and the Martian season was approaching perihelion (Ls ~ 205 to 254°).Thermospheric trends (e.g. latitude, local time, diurnal) of extracted densities and inferred temperatures will be compared with corresponding 3-D Mars Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (M-GITM) simulated outputs in order to understand the variations observed, and probe the underlying physical processes responsible. Solar rotation variations in EUV fluxes and their impacts on dayside temperatures will also be examined.

  20. Iron oxide-based nanoparticles with different mean sizes obtained by the laser pyrolysis: structural and magnetic properties.

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    Morjan, I; Alexandrescu, R; Dumitrache, F; Birjega, R; Fleaca, C; Soare, I; Luculescu, C R; Filoti, G; Kuncer, V; Vekas, L; Popa, N C; Prodan, G; Ciupina, V

    2010-02-01

    Nano-sized iron oxide-based particles have been directly synthesized by the laser induced pyrolysis of a mixture containing iron pentacarbonyl/air (as oxidizer)/ethylene (as sensitizer). In this paper we further demonstrate the possibility to vary the chemical composition and the nanoparticle dimensions of the iron oxide-based materials by handling the oxidation procedure in the frame of the laser pyrolysis process. Thus, nanoparticles with major maghemite/magnetite content may change composition into mixtures with variable amounts of three components: major gamma-Fe2O3/Fe3O4 iron oxide, metallic Fe and cementite Fe3C. By X-ray diffraction (XRD) it is found that the relative proportion of these phases differs in function of the reaction temperature (laser power). As revealed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), mean particle sizes between about 4 nm and 6 nm and between about 9 and 11 nm may be prepared by varying the oxidation procedure and the laser power, respectively. By the controlled heating of samples (maximum temperature 185 degrees C), increased crystallinity for the gamma-Fe2O3/Fe3O4 oxide phase was found as well as an increase of the mean particle diameters. The examination of the magnetization curves for samples obtained for different laser powers indicates notable differences in the magnetic behavior and parameters. The temperature dependent Mossbauer measurements confirm the formation of larger particles at higher laser power densities as well as the presence of inter-particle magnetic interactions. On this basis, the estimation of phase composition for the different representative samples is given.

  1. The structure of mid- and high-latitude ionosphere during September 1999 storm event obtained from GPS observations

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    I. I. Shagimuratov

    Full Text Available TEC data, obtained from over 60 GPS stations, were used to study the ionospheric effects of the 12–16 September 1999 magnetic storm over Europe. The spatial and temporal changes of the ionosphere were analysed as a time series of TEC maps, which present 15 min averages of TEC. The data set consisting of GPS observations, collected by a dense network of European stations, with sampling rate of 30 s, enable the creation of TEC maps with high spatial and temporal resolution. The storm included the positive as well as the negative phase. The positive phase took place during the first storm day of 12 September 1999. The short-lived daytime TEC enhancement was observed at all latitudes. The maximal enhancement reached a factor of 1.3–1.5. On the second and third days, the negative phase of the storm developed. The TEC decrease was registered regardless of time of the day. The TEC depression exceeded 70% relative to quiet days. On the following days (15 and 16 September, a significant daytime enhancement of TEC was observed once again. The complex occurrence of the ionospheric storm was probably related to the features of development of the magnetic storm. We found out that during the storm the large and medium-scale irregularities developed in the high-latitude ionosphere. The multi-stations technique, employed to create TEC maps, was particularly successful while studying the mid-latitude ionospheric trough. We found out that the essential changes of TEC during the storm, which were registered at the auroral and sub-auroral ionosphere, were connected with the effect of the trough and its dynamics, which depends on geomagnetic activity.

    Key words. Ionosphere (ionospheric disturbances; auroral ionosphere; mid-latitude ionosphere

  2. Using multiple biomarkers and determinants to obtain a better measurement of oxidative stress: a latent variable structural equation model approach.

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    Eldridge, Ronald C; Flanders, W Dana; Bostick, Roberd M; Fedirko, Veronika; Gross, Myron; Thyagarajan, Bharat; Goodman, Michael

    2017-09-01

    Since oxidative stress involves a variety of cellular changes, no single biomarker can serve as a complete measure of this complex biological process. The analytic technique of structural equation modeling (SEM) provides a possible solution to this problem by modelling a latent (unobserved) variable constructed from the covariance of multiple biomarkers. Using three pooled datasets, we modelled a latent oxidative stress variable from five biomarkers related to oxidative stress: F 2 -isoprostanes (FIP), fluorescent oxidation products, mitochondrial DNA copy number, γ-tocopherol (Gtoc) and C-reactive protein (CRP, an inflammation marker closely linked to oxidative stress). We validated the latent variable by assessing its relation to pro- and anti-oxidant exposures. FIP, Gtoc and CRP characterized the latent oxidative stress variable. Obesity, smoking, aspirin use and β-carotene were statistically significantly associated with oxidative stress in the theorized directions; the same exposures were weakly and inconsistently associated with the individual biomarkers. Our results suggest that using SEM with latent variables decreases the biomarker-specific variability, and may produce a better measure of oxidative stress than do single variables. This methodology can be applied to similar areas of research in which a single biomarker is not sufficient to fully describe a complex biological phenomenon.

  3. Structural analysis of the bright monomeric yellow-green fluorescent protein mNeonGreen obtained by directed evolution.

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    Clavel, Damien; Gotthard, Guillaume; von Stetten, David; De Sanctis, Daniele; Pasquier, Hélène; Lambert, Gerard G; Shaner, Nathan C; Royant, Antoine

    2016-12-01

    Until recently, genes coding for homologues of the autofluorescent protein GFP had only been identified in marine organisms from the phyla Cnidaria and Arthropoda. New fluorescent-protein genes have now been found in the phylum Chordata, coding for particularly bright oligomeric fluorescent proteins such as the tetrameric yellow fluorescent protein lanYFP from Branchiostoma lanceolatum. A successful monomerization attempt led to the development of the bright yellow-green fluorescent protein mNeonGreen. The structures of lanYFP and mNeonGreen have been determined and compared in order to rationalize the directed evolution process leading from a bright, tetrameric to a still bright, monomeric fluorescent protein. An unusual discolouration of crystals of mNeonGreen was observed after X-ray data collection, which was investigated using a combination of X-ray crystallography and UV-visible absorption and Raman spectroscopies, revealing the effects of specific radiation damage in the chromophore cavity. It is shown that X-rays rapidly lead to the protonation of the phenolate O atom of the chromophore and to the loss of its planarity at the methylene bridge.

  4. Motif-grafted antibodies containing the replicative interface of cellular PrP are specific for PrPSc.

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    Moroncini, Gianluca; Kanu, Nnennaya; Solforosi, Laura; Abalos, Gil; Telling, Glenn C; Head, Mark; Ironside, James; Brockes, Jeremy P; Burton, Dennis R; Williamson, R Anthony

    2004-07-13

    Prion diseases are closely associated with the conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) to an abnormal conformer (PrPSc) [Prusiner, S. B. (1998) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95, 13363-13383]. Monoclonal antibodies that bind epitopes comprising residues 96-104 and 133-158 of PrPC potently inhibit this process, presumably by preventing heterodimeric association of PrPC and PrPSc, and suggest that these regions of PrPC may be critical components of the PrPC-PrPSc replicative interface. We reasoned that transplanting PrP sequence corresponding to these regions into a suitable carrier molecule, such as an antibody, could impart specific recognition of disease-associated forms of PrP. To test this hypothesis, polypeptides containing PrP sequence between residues 89-112 or 136-158 were used to replace the extended heavy chain complementarity-determining region 3 of an IgG antibody specific for the envelope glycoprotein of HIV-1. Herein the resulting engineered PrP-IgGs are shown to bind specifically to infective fractions of PrP in mouse, human, and hamster prion-infected tissues, but not to PrPC, other cellular components, or the HIV-1 envelope. PrPSc reactivity was abolished when the sequence of the PrP 89-112 and 136-158 grafts was mutated, scrambled, or N-terminally truncated. Our findings suggest that residues within the 89-112 and 136-158 segments of PrPC are key components of one face of the PrPC-PrPSc complex. PrPSc-specific antibodies produced by the approach described may find widespread application in the study of prion biology and replication and in the detection of infectious prions in human and animal materials.

  5. Cholesterol transporter ATP-binding cassette A1 (ABCA1) is elevated in prion disease and affects PrPC and PrPSc concentrations in cultured cells.

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    Kumar, Rajeev; McClain, Denise; Young, Rebecca; Carlson, George A

    2008-06-01

    Prion diseases are transmissible neurodegenerative disorders of prion protein (PrP) conformation. Prion replication by conversion of benign PrPC isoforms into disease-specific PrPSc isoforms is intimately involved in prion disease pathogenesis and may be initiated in cholesterol-rich caveolae-like domains (CLD). Concentrations of the cholesterol transporter ATP-binding cassette A1 protein (ABCA1) are elevated in pre-clinical scrapie prion-infected mice and in prion-infected cells in vitro. Elevation of ABCA1 in prion-infected brain is not a direct consequence of local PrPSc accumulation, indeed levels of ABCA1 are comparable in brain regions that differ dramatically in the amount of PrPSc. Similarly, ABCA1 concentrations are identical in normal mice, transgenic mice overexpressing PrP and PrP knockout mice. In contrast, PrPC and PrPSc levels, but not Prnp mRNA, were increased by overexpression of ABCA1 in N2a neuroblastoma cells and scrapie prion-infected N2a cells (ScN2a). Conversely, RNAi-mediated knock down of Abca1 expression decreased the concentrations of PrPC in N2a cells and of PrPSc in ScN2a cells. These results suggest that ABCA1's effects on PrPC levels are post-translational and may reflect an increase in of PrPC stability, mediated either indirectly by increasing membrane cholesterol and CLD formation or by other functions of ABCA1. The increased supply of PrPC available for conversion would lead to increased PrPSc formation.

  6. Incidence and spectrum of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease variants with mixed phenotype and co-occurrence of PrPSc types: an updated classification.

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    Parchi, Piero; Strammiello, Rosaria; Notari, Silvio; Giese, Armin; Langeveld, Jan P M; Ladogana, Anna; Zerr, Inga; Roncaroli, Federico; Cras, Patrich; Ghetti, Bernardino; Pocchiari, Maurizio; Kretzschmar, Hans; Capellari, Sabina

    2009-11-01

    Six subtypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with distinctive clinico-pathological features have been identified largely based on two types of the abnormal prion protein, PrP(Sc), and the methionine (M)/valine (V) polymorphic codon 129 of the prion protein. The existence of affected subjects showing mixed phenotypic features and concurrent PrP(Sc) types has been reported but with inconsistencies among studies in both results and their interpretation. The issue currently complicates diagnosis and classification of cases and also has implications for disease pathogenesis. To explore the issue in depth, we carried out a systematic regional study in a large series of 225 cases. PrP(Sc) types 1 and 2 concurrence was detected in 35% of cases and was higher in MM than in MV or VV subjects. The deposition of either type 1 or 2, when concurrent, was not random and always characterized by the coexistence of phenotypic features previously described in the pure subtypes. PrP(Sc) type 1 accumulation and related pathology predominated in MM and MV cases, while the type 2 phenotype prevailed in VVs. Neuropathological examination best identified the mixed types 1 and 2 features in MMs and most MVs, and also uniquely revealed the co-occurrence of pathological variants sharing PrP(Sc) type 2. In contrast, molecular typing best detected the concurrent PrP(Sc) types in VV subjects and MV cases with kuru plaques. The present data provide an updated disease classification and are of importance for future epidemiologic and transmission studies aimed to identify etiology and extent of strain variation in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

  7. Prion Seeding Activities of Mouse Scrapie Strains with Divergent PrPSc Protease Sensitivities and Amyloid Plaque Content Using RT-QuIC and eQuIC

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    Vascellari, Sarah; Orrù, Christina D.; Hughson, Andrew G.; King, Declan; Barron, Rona; Wilham, Jason M.; Baron, Gerald S.; Race, Brent; Pani, Alessandra; Caughey, Byron

    2012-01-01

    Different transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE)-associated forms of prion protein (e.g. PrP(Sc)) can vary markedly in ultrastructure and biochemical characteristics, but each is propagated in the host. PrP(Sc) propagation involves conversion from its normal isoform, PrP(C), by a seeded or templated polymerization mechanism. Such a mechanism is also the basis of the RT-QuIC and eQuIC prion assays which use recombinant PrP (rPrP(Sen)) as a substrate. These ultrasensitive detection assay...

  8. Influence of annealing temperature on optical properties of the photonic-crystal structures obtained by self-organization of colloidal microspheres of polystyrene and silica

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    Mikhnev, L. V.; Bondarenko, E. A.; Chapura, O. M.; Skomorokhov, A. A.; Kravtsov, A. A.

    2018-01-01

    The influence of annealing temperature on the transmission spectra of photonic crystals composed of polystyrene and silicon dioxide microspheres was studied. It was found that annealing of photonic crystals based on polystyrene and silica leads to a shift in the photonic band gap to the short-wavelength region. Based on the results of optical studies, the dependences of the structural parameters of the obtained opal-like crystals on annealing temperature were obtained. In the case of polystyrene photonic crystals, the displacement of the photonic band gap is observed in a narrow temperature range above the glass transition temperature. For SiO2 photonic crystals, it was found that the process of microspheres sintering is complex and involves three stages of structural modification.

  9. Barrier Structures on the Basis of Graded-Band-Gap CdHgTe Obtained by Evaporation-Condensation-Diffusion Method

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the methods of obtaining photovoltaic structures based on CdXHg1-XTe graded-band-gap epitaxial layers. Barriers in these structures were formed by solid phase doping of the material with low-diffusing impurities (As. High-temperature diffusion of acceptor impurity (As in intrinsically defective material of n-type conductivity as well as ion introducing the donor impurity (B in uniformly doped during the epitaxy process material of p-type of conductivity have been used. The possibility of creating multi-element graded-band-gap photovoltaic structures suitable for broad band detection of infrared radiation as a result of epitaxial growth by evaporation-condensation-diffusion method has been demonstrated.

  10. An unambiguous structural elucidation of a 1,3-beta-D-glucan obtained from liquid-cultured Grifola frondosa by solution NMR experiments.

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    Tada, Rui; Adachi, Yoshiyuki; Ishibashi, Ken-ichi; Ohno, Naohito

    2009-02-17

    Grifolan LE (GRN-LE), a purified beta-D-glucan, which is obtained from liquid-cultured Grifola frondosa, exhibits various biological activities, including antitumor effects. Significant progress has been made in the study of these effects. However, an unambiguous structural characterization of GRN-LE using NMR spectroscopy has not been carried out as yet. It is well accepted that the biological effects of a beta-glucan depend on its primary structure, conformation, and molecular weight. In the present study, we unambiguously elucidate the primary structure of GRN-LE using NMR spectroscopy. The data presented here reveal that GRN-LE comprises a 1,3-beta-D-glucan backbone with a single 1,6-beta-D-glucosyl side branching unit on every third residue.

  11. Syntheses, crystal structures and properties of novel copper(II) complexes obtained by reactions of copper(II) sulfate pentahydrate with tripodal ligands.

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    Zhao, Wei; Fan, Jian; Song, You; Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki; Okamura, Taka-aki; Sun, Wei-Yin; Ueyama, Norikazu

    2005-04-21

    Three novel metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), [Cu(1)SO4].H2O (4), [Cu2(2)2(SO4)2].4H2O (5) and [Cu(3)(H2O)]SO4.5.5H2O (6), were obtained by hydrothermal reactions of CuSO4.5H2O with the corresponding ligands, which have different flexibility. The structures of the synthesized complexes were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Complex 4 has a 2D network structure with two types of metallacycles. Complex 5 also has a 2D network structure in which each independent 2D sheet contains two sub-layers bridged by oxygen atoms of the sulfate anions. Complex 6 has a 2D puckered structure in which the sulfate anions serve as counter anions, which are different from those in complexes 4 (terminators) and 5 (bridges). The different structures of complexes 4, 5 and 6 indicate that the nature of organic ligands affected the structures of the assemblies greatly. The magnetic behavior of complex 5 and anion-exchange properties of complex 6 were investigated.

  12. Plasma membrane invaginations containing clusters of full-length PrPSc are an early form of prion-associated neuropathology in vivo.

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    Godsave, Susan F; Wille, Holger; Pierson, Jason; Prusiner, Stanley B; Peters, Peter J

    2013-06-01

    During prion disease, cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) is refolded into a pathogenic isoform (PrP(Sc)) that accumulates in the central nervous system and causes neurodegeneration and death. We used immunofluorescence, quantitative cryo-immunogold EM, and tomography to detect nascent, full-length PrP(Sc) in the hippocampus of prion-infected mice from early preclinical disease stages onward. Comparison of uninfected and infected brains showed that sites containing full-length PrP(Sc) could be recognized in the neuropil by bright spots and streaks of immunofluorescence on semi-thin (200-nm) sections, and by clusters of cryo-immunogold EM labeling. PrP(Sc) was found mainly on neuronal plasma membranes, most strikingly on membrane invaginations and sites of cell-to-cell contact, and was evident by 65 days postinoculation, or 54% of the incubation period to terminal disease. Both axons and dendrites in the neuropil were affected. We hypothesize that closely apposed plasma membranes provide a favorable environment for prion conversion and intercellular prion transfer. Only a small proportion of clustered PrP immunogold labeling was found at synapses, indicating that synapses are not targeted specifically in prion disease. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Incidence and spectrum of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease variants with mixed phenotype and co-occurrence of PrPSc types: an updated classification

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    Parchi, P.; Strammiello, R.; Notari, S.; Giese, A.; Langeveld, J.P.M.; Ladogana, A.; Zerr, I.; Roncaroli, F.; Cras, P.; Ghetti, B.; Pocchiari, M.; Kretzschmar, H.; Capellari, S.

    2009-01-01

    Six subtypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with distinctive clinico-pathological features have been identified largely based on two types of the abnormal prion protein, PrPSc, and the methionine (M)/valine (V) polymorphic codon 129 of the prion protein. The existence of affected subjects

  14. A new method for the Characterization of Strain-Specific Conformational Stability of Protease-Sensitive and Protease Resistant PrPSc

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    Pirisinu, L.; Bari, Di M.; Marcon, S.; Vaccari, G.; Agostino, D' C.; Fazzi, P.; Esposito, E.; Cardone, F.; Langeveld, J.P.M.; Agrimi, U.; Nonno, R.

    2010-01-01

    Although proteinacious in nature, prions exist as strains with specific self-perpetuating biological properties. Prion strains are thought to be associated with different conformers of PrPSc, a disease-associated isoform of the host-encoded cellular protein (PrPC). Molecular strain typing approaches

  15. PrPc does not mediate internalization of PrPSc but is required at an early stage for de novo prion infection of Rov cells.

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    Paquet, Sophie; Daude, Nathalie; Courageot, Marie-Pierre; Chapuis, Jérôme; Laude, Hubert; Vilette, Didier

    2007-10-01

    We have studied the interactions of exogenous prions with an epithelial cell line inducibly expressing PrPc protein and permissive to infection by a sheep scrapie agent. We demonstrate that abnormal PrP (PrPSc) and prion infectivity are efficiently internalized in Rov cells, whether or not PrPc is expressed. At odds with earlier studies implicating cellular heparan sulfates in PrPSc internalization, we failed to find any involvement of such molecules in Rov cells, indicating that prions can enter target cells by several routes. We further show that PrPSc taken up in the absence of PrPc was unable to promote efficient prion multiplication once PrPc expression was restored in the cells. This observation argues that interaction of PrPSc with PrPc has to occur early, in a specific subcellular compartment(s), and is consistent with the view that the first prion multiplication events may occur at the cell surface.

  16. PrPc Does Not Mediate Internalization of PrPSc but Is Required at an Early Stage for De Novo Prion Infection of Rov Cells▿

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    Paquet, Sophie; Daude, Nathalie; Courageot, Marie-Pierre; Chapuis, Jérôme; Laude, Hubert; Vilette, Didier

    2007-01-01

    We have studied the interactions of exogenous prions with an epithelial cell line inducibly expressing PrPc protein and permissive to infection by a sheep scrapie agent. We demonstrate that abnormal PrP (PrPSc) and prion infectivity are efficiently internalized in Rov cells, whether or not PrPc is expressed. At odds with earlier studies implicating cellular heparan sulfates in PrPSc internalization, we failed to find any involvement of such molecules in Rov cells, indicating that prions can enter target cells by several routes. We further show that PrPSc taken up in the absence of PrPc was unable to promote efficient prion multiplication once PrPc expression was restored in the cells. This observation argues that interaction of PrPSc with PrPc has to occur early, in a specific subcellular compartment(s), and is consistent with the view that the first prion multiplication events may occur at the cell surface. PMID:17626095

  17. Glimepiride reduces the expression of PrPc, prevents PrPSc formation and protects against prion mediated neurotoxicity in cell lines.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A hallmark of the prion diseases is the conversion of the host-encoded cellular prion protein (PrP(C into a disease related, alternatively folded isoform (PrP(Sc. The accumulation of PrP(Sc within the brain is associated with synapse loss and ultimately neuronal death. Novel therapeutics are desperately required to treat neurodegenerative diseases including the prion diseases. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Treatment with glimepiride, a sulphonylurea approved for the treatment of diabetes mellitus, induced the release of PrP(C from the surface of prion-infected neuronal cells. The cell surface is a site where PrP(C molecules may be converted to PrP(Sc and glimepiride treatment reduced PrP(Sc formation in three prion infected neuronal cell lines (ScN2a, SMB and ScGT1 cells. Glimepiride also protected cortical and hippocampal neurones against the toxic effects of the prion-derived peptide PrP82-146. Glimepiride treatment significantly reduce both the amount of PrP82-146 that bound to neurones and PrP82-146 induced activation of cytoplasmic phospholipase A(2 (cPLA(2 and the production of prostaglandin E(2 that is associated with neuronal injury in prion diseases. Our results are consistent with reports that glimepiride activates an endogenous glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI-phospholipase C which reduced PrP(C expression at the surface of neuronal cells. The effects of glimepiride were reproduced by treatment of cells with phosphatidylinositol-phospholipase C (PI-PLC and were reversed by co-incubation with p-chloromercuriphenylsulphonate, an inhibitor of endogenous GPI-PLC. CONCLUSIONS: Collectively, these results indicate that glimepiride may be a novel treatment to reduce PrP(Sc formation and neuronal damage in prion diseases.

  18. Correlation of MFOLD-predicted DNA secondary structures with separation patterns obtained by capillary electrophoresis single-strand conformation polymorphism (CE-SSCP) analysis.

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    Glavac, Damjan; Potocnik, Uros; Podpecnik, Darja; Zizek, Teofil; Smerkolj, Sava; Ravnik-Glavac, Metka

    2002-04-01

    We have studied 57 different mutations within three beta-globin gene promoter fragments with sizes 52 bp, 77 bp, and 193 bp by fluorescent capillary electrophoresis CE-SSCP analysis. For each mutation and wild type, energetically most-favorable predicted secondary structures were calculated for sense and antisense strands using the MFOLD DNA-folding algorithm in order to investigate if any correlation exists between predicted DNA structures and actual CE migration time shifts. The overall CE-SSCP detection rate was 100% for all mutations in three studied DNA fragments. For shorter 52 bp and 77 bp DNA fragments we obtained a positive correlation between the migration time shifts and difference in free energy values of predicted secondary structures at all temperatures. For longer 193 bp beta-globin gene fragments with 46 mutations MFOLD predicted different secondary structures for 89% of mutated strands at 25 degrees C and 40 degrees C. However, the magnitude of the mobility shifts did not necessarily correlate with their secondary structures and free energy values except for the sense strand at 40 degrees C where this correlation was statistically significant (r = 0.312, p = 0.033). Results of this study provided more direct insight into the mechanism of CE-SSCP and showed that MFOLD prediction could be helpful in making decisions about the running temperatures and in prediction of CE-SSCP data patterns, especially for shorter (50-100 bp) DNA fragments. Copyright 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  19. Comparison of the Diagnostic Image Quality of the Canine Maxillary Dentoalveolar Structures Obtained by Cone Beam Computed Tomography and 64-Multidetector Row Computed Tomography

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    Soukup, Jason W.; Drees, Randi; Koenig, Lisa J.; Snyder, Christopher J.; Hetzel, Scott; Miles, Chanda R.; Schwarz, Tobias

    2016-01-01

    Summary The objective of this blinded study was to validate the use of cone beam computed tomography (CT) for imaging of the canine maxillary dentoalveolar structures by comparing its diagnostic image quality with that of 64-multidetector row CT. Sagittal slices of a tooth-bearing segment of the maxilla of a commercially purchased dog skull embedded in methyl methacrylate were obtained along a line parallel with the dental arch using a commercial histology diamond saw. The slice of tooth-bearing bone that best depicted the dentoalveolar structures was chosen and photographed. The maxilla segment was imaged with cone beam CT and 64-multidetector row CT. Four blinded evaluators compared the cone beam CT and 64-multidetector row CT images and image quality was scored as it related to the anatomy of dentoalveolar structures. Trabecular bone, enamel, dentin, pulp cavity, periodontal ligament space, and lamina dura were scored. In addition, a score depicting the evaluators overall impression of the image was recorded. Images acquired with cone beam CT were found to be significantly superior in image quality to images acquired with 64-multidetector row CT overall, and in all scored categories. In our study setting, cone beam CT was found to be a valid and clinically superior imaging modality for the canine maxillary dentoalveolar structures when compared to 64-multidetector row CT. PMID:26415384

  20. Effect of various catalysts on the chemical structure of oils and asphaltenes obtained from the hydroliquefaction of a highly volatile bituminous coal

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    Cebolla, V.L.; Diack, M.; Oberson, M.; Bacaud, R.; Cagniant, D.; Nickel-Pepin-Donat, B. (Universite de Metz, Metz (France))

    1991-07-01

    The catalysts studied were aerosols of SiO{sub 2}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MoO{sub 3} and Ni-Mo/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The hydroliquefaction runs at 350, 400 and 430{degree}C, in the presence of tetralin and sulfur, were evaluated by solvent extractions, hydrogen consumption and structural analysis of the isolated oil and asphaltene fractions. At 350 {degree}C, a clear influence of the catalyst on the extraction yields is observed. This effect disappears at higher temperatures. Nevertheless, hydrogen consumption from gas or solvent is affected by the nature of the catalyst at a given temperature. The influence of the catalyst is also confirmed by electron spin resonance study of the stable radicals of the tetrahydrofuran insoluble fractions. After elimination of tetralin, the structural analyses were carried out by gas chromatography (oils), size exclusion chromatography (oils and asphaltenes) and extrography (raw hydroliquefaction products). The oils obtained with sulfided Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} or MoO{sub 3} contained significantly more two-ringed aromatic compounds than oils obtained with the other catalysts or without added catalyst. No significant influence of the catalyst at a given temperature on the oils and asphaltenes is observed by size exclusion chromatography. In contrast, a large temperature effect is evidenced for each fraction, independently of the nature of the catalyst. 38 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs.

  1. Improved Model of Proton Pump Crystal Structure Obtained by Interactive Molecular Dynamics Flexible Fitting Expands the Mechanistic Model for Proton Translocation in P-Type ATPases.

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    Focht, Dorota; Croll, Tristan I; Pedersen, Bjorn P; Nissen, Poul

    2017-01-01

    The plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase is a proton pump of the P-type ATPase family and essential in plants and fungi. It extrudes protons to regulate pH and maintains a strong proton-motive force that energizes e.g., secondary uptake of nutrients. The only crystal structure of a H(+)-ATPase (AHA2 from Arabidopsis thaliana) was reported in 2007. Here, we present an improved atomic model of AHA2, obtained by a combination of model rebuilding through interactive molecular dynamics flexible fitting (iMDFF) and structural refinement based on the original data, but using up-to-date refinement methods. More detailed map features prompted local corrections of the transmembrane domain, in particular rearrangement of transmembrane helices 7 and 8, and the cytoplasmic N- and P-domains, and the new model shows improved overall quality and reliability scores. The AHA2 structure shows similarity to the Ca(2+)-ATPase E1 state, and provides a valuable starting point model for structural and functional analysis of proton transport mechanism of P-type H(+)-ATPases. Specifically, Asp684 protonation associated with phosphorylation and occlusion of the E1P state may result from hydrogen bond interaction with Asn106. A subsequent deprotonation associated with extracellular release in the E2P state may result from an internal salt bridge formation to an Arg655 residue, which in the present E1 state is stabilized in a solvated pocket. A release mechanism based on an in-built counter-cation was also later proposed for Zn(2+)-ATPase, for which structures have been determined in Zn(2+) released E2P-like states with the salt bridge interaction formed.

  2. The effect of cobalt substitution in crystal structure and vibrational modes of CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders obtained by polymeric precursor method

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    Silva, M.D.P.; Silva, F.C. [Departamento de Química, CCET, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, 65085-580 São Luís, MA (Brazil); Sinfrônio, F.S.M. [Departamento de Engenharia Elétrica, CCET, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, 65085-580 São Luís, MA (Brazil); Paschoal, A.R. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici, 60455-760 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Silva, E.N. [Departamento de Física, CCET, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, 65085-580 São Luís, MA (Brazil); Paschoal, C.W.A., E-mail: paschoal@ufma.br [Departamento de Física, CCET, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, 65085-580 São Luís, MA (Brazil); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 94720-1760 Berkeley, CA (United States); Department of Physics, University of California Berkeley, 94720-7300 Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2014-01-25

    Highlights: • We synthesized mixed spinels by polymeric precursor method. • We investigated the structural and vibrational properties of the mixed. • We investigated the synthesis condition effects in these properties. • We proposed a complete phonon description for CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinels. -- Abstract: In this work Co–Cu mixed spinel Co{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were obtained by polymeric precursors method at several annealing temperatures between 700 and 1200 °C. The samples were characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction, confirming the ideal inverse spinel structure for CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample and the tetragonal distorted inverse spinel structure for CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample. Based on FWHM evaluation, we estimated that crystallite sizes varies between 27 and 37 nm for the non-substituted samples. The optical-active modes were determined by infrared and Raman spectroscopies. The phonon spectra showed a local tetragonal distortion for mixed samples.

  3. Influence of zinc chloride addition on the chemical structure of bio-oil obtained during co-pyrolysis of wood/synthetic polymer blends.

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    Rutkowski, Piotr

    2009-12-01

    The chemical structure of liquid products of the pinewood sawdust (W) co-pyrolysis with polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) with and without the zinc chloride as an additive was investigated. The pyrolysis process was carried out at 450 degrees C with the heating rate of 5 degrees C/min. The yield of liquid products of pyrolysis was in the range of 37-91 wt% and their form was liquid or semi-solid depending on the composition of the wood/polymer blend. The zinc chloride addition to wood/polymer blends has influenced the range of samples decomposition as well as the chemical structure of resulted bio-oils. All bio-oils from wood/polypropylene blends were two-phase (liquid and solid). Contrarily, all bio-oils obtained from biopolymer/polypropylene blends with zinc chloride added were yellow liquids. All analyses proved that the structure and the quality of bio-oil strongly depend on both the composition of the blend and the presence of ZnCl(2) as an additive. The FT-IR analyses of oils showed that oxygen-containing groups and hydrocarbons content highly depend on the composition of biomass/synthetic polymer mixture. The fractionation of bio-oils by column chromatography with four different solvents was followed by GC-MS analysis. Results confirmed the significant removal and/or transformation of oxygen-containing organic compounds due to the zinc chloride presence during pyrolysis process.

  4. Mouse Prion Protein (PrP) Segment 100 to 104 Regulates Conversion of PrPC to PrPSc in Prion-Infected Neuroblastoma Cells

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    Hara, Hideyuki; Okemoto-Nakamura, Yuko; Shinkai-Ouchi, Fumiko; Hanada, Kentaro; Yamakawa, Yoshio

    2012-01-01

    Prion diseases are characterized by the replicative propagation of disease-associated forms of prion protein (PrPSc; PrP refers to prion protein). The propagation is believed to proceed via two steps; the initial binding of the normal form of PrP (PrPC) to PrPSc and the subsequent conversion of PrPC to PrPSc. We have explored the two-step model in prion-infected mouse neuroblastoma (ScN2a) cells by focusing on the mouse PrP (MoPrP) segment 92-GGTHNQWNKPSKPKTN-107, which is within a region previously suggested to be part of the binding interface or shown to differ in its accessibility to anti-PrP antibodies between PrPC and PrPSc. Exchanging the MoPrP segment with the corresponding chicken PrP segment (106-GGSYHNQKPWKPPKTN-121) revealed the necessity of MoPrP residues 99 to 104 for the chimeras to achieve the PrPSc state, while segment 95 to 98 was replaceable with the chicken sequence. An alanine substitution at position 100, 102, 103, or 104 of MoPrP gave rise to nonconvertible mutants that associated with MoPrPSc and interfered with the conversion of endogenous MoPrPC. The interference was not evoked by a chimera (designated MCM2) in which MoPrP segment 95 to 104 was changed to the chicken sequence, though MCM2 associated with MoPrPSc. Incubation of the cells with a synthetic peptide composed of MoPrP residues 93 to 107 or alanine-substituted cognates did not inhibit the conversion, whereas an anti-P8 antibody recognizing the above sequence in PrPC reduced the accumulation of PrPSc after 10 days of incubation of the cells. These results suggest the segment 100 to 104 of MoPrPC plays a key role in conversion after binding to MoPrPSc. PMID:22398286

  5. Sub micrometric fibrillar structures of codoped poly aniline obtained by co-oxidation using the NaCl O/ammonium peroxydisulfate system: synthesis and characterization

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    Osorio F, J. E.; Gomez Y, C.; Hernandez P, M. A.; Corea T, M. L., E-mail: josorio@ipn.mx [IPN, Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Quimica e Industrias Extractivas, U. P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2013-07-01

    A mixture of ammonium peroxydisulfate and sodium hypochlorite (NaCl O) (co-oxi dating system) were used to obtain poly aniline (PANi) doped with HCl and camphorsulfonic acid (CsA) (co-doping). The effect of HCl/CsA ratio added during polymerization structure, morphology and electrical conductivity of the conducting polymer was investigated. When NaCl O is used, the polymerization rate is substantially increased and the morphology changes from micrometric granular to nano metric fibrillar. CsA was used as complementary dopant but also to improve the solubility of PANi in common solvents. However, results suggest that quinone-like heterocycles containing carbonyl radicals as well as phenazine-type aromatic rings might be impeding an efficient doping in detriment of the conductivity. For the characterization X-Ray diffraction analysis, UV visible spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy were used. (Author)

  6. Structural and microstructural characterization of tin(II oxide useful as anode material in lithium rechargeable batteries obtained from a different synthesis route at room temperature

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    Mario Alberto Macías

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Tin (II oxide has been proposed as potential anode material in lithium rechargeable batteries. Different methods to obtain such compound have been developed with relative difficulty due to the fact that Sn(II is easily oxidized to Sn(IV. We have applied a different methodology to synthesize SnO-romarchite by modifying the solvent nature of the controlled precipitation route using acetic acid and not water. Although the formation of Sn(IV oxide could not be completely avoided, X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the synthesis of metastable tin(II oxide as major phase at room temperature. In depth analysis using Popa's model for Rietveld refinement allows to precise that the material corresponds to small and distorted crystallites, very anisotropic in size. SEM technique confirmed the microstructure is build of flower-like agglomerates of ~15 µm, in turn made of plate-like individual grains that remind the crystallite structure anisotropy.

  7. Structural and Optical Investigations of Heterostructures Based on AlxGa1-xAsyP1-y:Si Solid Solutions Obtained by MOCVD

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    P. V. Seredin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated MOCVD epitaxial heterostructures based on AlxGa1−xAs ternary solid solutions, obtained in the range of compositions x~0.20–0.50 and doped with high concentrations of phosphorus and silicon atoms. Using the methods of high-resolution X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray microanalysis, Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy we have shown that grown epitaxial films represent five-component (AlxGa1−xAs1−yPy1−zSiz solid solutions. The implementation of silicon in solid solution with a concentration of ~ 0.01 at.% leads to the formation of the structure with deep levels, DX centers, the occurrence of which fundamentally affects the energy characteristics of received materials.

  8. Structural and magnetic study of CoCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films obtained by employing the sol-gel method

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    Del Toro, A.D.; Garcia, R.P.; Davila, Y.G.; Gomes, J.L.; Goncalves, L.P.; Hernandez, E.P. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), PE (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    Full text: In this work we made a study about the structural and magnetic properties of cobalt chromite. We obtained samples in a film format and also in chromite nanopowder. Both, the powder and films were fabricated by the sol-gel chemical method, the film were deposited by the spin coating technique followed by an appropriate heat treatment at 500 °C. The used substrate was glass based on silica and we studied the rotating speed parameter during deposition. The initial aim of the work was the study of the influence of rotating speed on the quality of cromite films. The crystallinity of samples was confirmed by diffraction X-ray (XRD). The lattice parameters were determined using the Rietveld method from which we calculate grain size of 8.6 nm. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed granular films with good homogeneity and we observed the dependence of the rotating speed on the quality of the deposited films. The magnetic properties were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). For powder samples we obtained Curie temperature of 94 K, which is a phase transition from ferrimagnetic to paramagnetic. The applied magnetic field during in the characterization of the film was oriented parallel to the plane of the substrate and we observed a high coercivity. The Curie temperature value for the films was 93 K, similar to the powder samples. (author)

  9. Immunochemical and chemical investigations of the structure of glycoprotein fragments obtained from epiglycanin, a glycoprotein at the surface of the TA3-Ha cancer cell.

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    Codington, J F; Linsley, K B; Jeanloz, R W; Irimura, T; Osawa, T

    1975-03-01

    The structures of the carbohydrate chains present in fragments of a large-molecular-weight glycoprotein, epiglycanin, cleaved from the surface of viable TA3-Ha murine mammary carcinoma ascites cells and purified by gel filtration, were studied by immunochemical and chemical methods. Inhibitory activities for neuraminidase-treated and untreated glycoprotein material in the hemagglutination of NN-specific human erythrocytes by eight purified lectins were determined. Excellent inhibition was obtained in the Bauhinia purpurea, Arachis hypogaea, Iberis amara, and Wistaria floribunda systems, and weak inhibition against the Ricinus communis and Glycine max lectins. No activity against hemagglutination by the Phaseolus vulgaris and Phaseolus limensis lectins was observed. These results, when compared with those obtained by periodate oxidation, alkaline borohydride reduction, and partial methylation, suggest the possible presence of six different carbohydrate chains of 1 to 5 components in length, having as terminal groups N-acetylneuraminic acid, galactose, and 2-acetamido-2-deoxygalactose. All chains are attached to a single polypeptide chain by O-glycosyl bonds involving a 2-acetamido-2-deoxygalactose residue and a serine or threonine residue. It is suggested that the native molecule of epiglycanin of molecular weight 500,000 contains more than 500 carbohydrate chains attached to a single polypeptide chain of similar to 1,300 amino acid units.

  10. The choice of strategy of development of the enterprise entering into the integrated structure on the basis of obtaining additional competitive benefits by the enterprise

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    A. I. Khorev

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In article process of the choice of strategy of development of the enterprise, entering into the integrated structure (IS taking into account a possibility of obtaining additional competitive benefits by the enterprise from this occurrence is considered. The enterprises as a part of IS has to use a possibility of realization of effect of a synergy. In relation to the enterprise which is in IS, the synergy has not one concept, but three interrelations, different according to types, between the enterprises, namely: material, non-material and competitive. Such opinion of M. Porter shares most of the experts working in the sphere of strategic management. Realization of a synergy allows to improve overall performance not only IS (2 + 2 = 5 in general, but also and separately the enterprises entering IS. Overall performance of the enterprises improves thanks to obtaining additional competitive benefits by the enterprises in the form of decrease in expenses and differentiation of production that is realized by means of competitive strategy. Realization of effect of a synergy thanks to establishment of interrelations, as a rule, is followed also by increase in production of the enterprises entering IS that can be realized by means of growth strategy. Thus, it is desirable to develop strategy of development of the enterprise entering IS as the combined strategy consisting of two strategy: competitive and growth. The matrix of alternative strategy of development of the enterprise entering IS in the form of combinations competitive and strategy of growth, and also model of the choice of the similar combined strategy taking into account a possibility of obtaining additional competitive benefits by the enterprise is given in article. For an assessment of competitive advantages of the enterprise as a part of IS by means of ball estimates of experts the technique of a similar assessment, and a matrix of the arising interrelations of the enterprises in IS is

  11. Structural, microstructural, optical, and dielectric properties of Mn2+: Willemite Zn2SiO4 nanocomposites obtained by a sol-gel method

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    Chandra Babu, B.; Rao, B. Vengla; Ravi, M.; Babu, S.

    2017-01-01

    The synthesis of Zn2SiO4 doped with Mn2+ ions at different concentrations have been successfully achieved by a conventional sol-gel method. The structure and morphology of the obtained samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, EDAX, and FE-SEM, TEM. The XRD results of Zn2SiO4 samples with different Mn concentrations showed no obvious differences from the willemite structure. The SEM and TEM results showed the ceramic powders are nanometer sized spherical grains spherical forms and EDAX results confirmed the successful doping of Mn2+ ions into Zn2SiO4 matrix. The optical and dielectric properties of Mn2+ ions doped Zn2SiO4 show an appreciable difference between the levels of Mn2+ doping. The luminescence spectra showed that 0.25mol% Mn2+ in Zn2SiO4 gives a maximum intensity a in the green emission corresponding to the 4T1 (4G) → 6A1(6S) transition for tetrahedral-coordinated Mn2+ (weak crystal field) and at higher levels of Mn2+ doping the green band intensity decreases. The 0.25mol% Mn2+ in Zn2SiO4 also gives the highest ionic conductivity at 373 K. The dielectric constant (ε‧), loss tangent (tan δ) and AC conductivity (σac) properties as the function of frequency have also been analyzed and those are strongly dependent on Mn ion concentrations.

  12. Effect of the growth conditions on the structural properties of CuInSe{sub 2} thin films obtained by the technique of close spaced vapor transport

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    Chouia, F.; Benhalima, O.; Hadjoudja, B.; Chouial, B.; Mezghache, M.; Chibani, A. [University Badji Mokhtar, Laboratory of Semiconductors, Department of Physics, Annaba (Algeria)

    2013-06-15

    Thin films of polycrystalline CuInSe{sub 2} were deposited on Pyrex substrates using a simple system of close spaced vapor transport (CSVT). The used CSVT system is an open horizontal reactor, this does not require vacuum, a gas flow is enough. During the growth phase, the CSVT system is continuously crossed by argon gas. A study on the influence of the source temperature and the deposition duration on the structural properties of the deposited films is reported. Analyses by X-ray diffraction have shown that these films are polycrystalline and have a chalcopyrite structure. The preferential orientation of the (112) plane was obtained for the films deposited at 550 {sup circle} C. From the X-ray spectra we calculated the lattice parameters a and c, the ratio c/a was found to be close to 2. The characterization of the deposited films by an energy dispersion spectrometer (EDS) has shown that their chemical composition is quasistoichiometric with a ratio Cu/In varying from 0.96 to 1.10. Analysis with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) of the deposited films surface has shown that those slightly rich in indium present a more homogeneous morphology and smaller crystallites sizes than the films slightly rich in copper. The measurement of the photoconductivity of the prepared compound has allowed us to determine the value of its gap at room temperature. It was found to be close to 0.99 eV. (orig.)

  13. Single and multi-layered core-shell structures based on ZnO nanorods obtained by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition

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    Sáenz-Trevizo, A.; Amézaga-Madrid, P.; Pizá-Ruiz, P.; Antúnez-Flores, W.; Ornelas-Gutiérrez, C.; Miki-Yoshida, M., E-mail: mario.miki@cimav.edu.mx

    2015-07-15

    , materials absorptance determined from the total transmittance and reflectance spectra revealed a broader absorption interval including visible light, indicating potential uses of these nanostructures on solar energy appliances. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Uniform ZnO nanorods (core)–metal oxide (shell) were obtained sequentially by AACVD. • Shells were structured of homogeneous single or multi-layered non-mixed metal oxides. • ZnO nanorod core was preserved during the shell synthesis. • Optical absorptance revealed visible interval absorption for FeO{sub x} shell samples. • Materials can be suitable for photocatalytic or photovoltaic applications.

  14. Fast-NPS-A Markov Chain Monte Carlo-based analysis tool to obtain structural information from single-molecule FRET measurements

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    Eilert, Tobias; Beckers, Maximilian; Drechsler, Florian; Michaelis, Jens

    2017-10-01

    The analysis tool and software package Fast-NPS can be used to analyse smFRET data to obtain quantitative structural information about macromolecules in their natural environment. In the algorithm a Bayesian model gives rise to a multivariate probability distribution describing the uncertainty of the structure determination. Since Fast-NPS aims to be an easy-to-use general-purpose analysis tool for a large variety of smFRET networks, we established an MCMC based sampling engine that approximates the target distribution and requires no parameter specification by the user at all. For an efficient local exploration we automatically adapt the multivariate proposal kernel according to the shape of the target distribution. In order to handle multimodality, the sampler is equipped with a parallel tempering scheme that is fully adaptive with respect to temperature spacing and number of chains. Since the molecular surrounding of a dye molecule affects its spatial mobility and thus the smFRET efficiency, we introduce dye models which can be selected for every dye molecule individually. These models allow the user to represent the smFRET network in great detail leading to an increased localisation precision. Finally, a tool to validate the chosen model combination is provided. Programme Files doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/7ztzj63r68.1 Licencing provisions: Apache-2.0 Programming language: GUI in MATLAB (The MathWorks) and the core sampling engine in C++ Nature of problem: Sampling of highly diverse multivariate probability distributions in order to solve for macromolecular structures from smFRET data. Solution method: MCMC algorithm with fully adaptive proposal kernel and parallel tempering scheme.

  15. Structure and magnetic properties of Gd{sub x}Y{sub 1−x}FeO{sub 3} obtained by mechanosynthesis

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    Bolarín-Miró, A.M. [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo Mineral de la Reforma, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Sánchez-De Jesús, F., E-mail: fsanchez@uaeh.edu.mx [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo Mineral de la Reforma, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Cortés-Escobedo, C.A. [Centro de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica del IPN, Distrito Federal 02250 (Mexico); Valenzuela, R. [Depto. de Materiales Metálicos y Cerámicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Ammar, S. [ITODYS, UMR 7086, Université de Paris-Diderot, 75250 Paris Cedex (France)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • Orthohombic GDxY1-xFeO3 was obtained by mechanosynthesis after 5 h of milling. • Mechanosynthesized GdxY1-xFeO3 show weak ferromagnetic behavior. • Mechanosynthesis promotes unexpected magnetic properties in GdxY1-xFeO3. • The maximum magnetization that was reached 7.7 emu/g for Gdo.75Y0.25FeO3. • For Gd0.5Y0.5FeO3, the magnetization decreases down to 2.1 emu/g. -- Abstract: Solid solutions of yttrium–gadolinium orthoferrites Gd{sub x}Y{sub 1−x}FeO{sub 3} (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) were prepared by high-energy ball milling. The aim of this work was to study the influence of the synthesis parameters on the crystal structure and the magnetic behavior of these solid solutions. The precursors, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, mixed in a stoichiometric ratio to obtain these orthoferrites, were milled for different times (up to 5 h). X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement were used to elucidate the phase transformation as a function of the milling time. Results showed the complete formation of orthoferrite with an orthorhombic structure (S.G. Pbnm) without any annealing after 5 h of milling for all of the compositions. The effect of the synthesis process and the x value on the crystal structure and the magnetic properties were also studied. All of the synthesized powders demonstrated weak ferromagnetic behavior. In particular, an increase in the maximum magnetization for all the compositions was found, with a maximum that reached 7.7 emu/g for Gd{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}FeO{sub 3}. For Gd{sub 0.5}Y{sub 0.5}FeO{sub 3}, the magnetization decreases down to 2.1 emu/g. A small contamination of metallic Fe was confirmed through electron spin resonance experiments.

  16. Using small molecule reagents to help distinguish among prion structural models

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    The only demonstrated difference between infectious prions (PrPSc) and the isosequential normal cellular prion protein (PrPC) is conformation. The structure of PrPC has been determined by a variety of instrumental techniques. The structure of prions remains uncertain. Recent instrumental analysis h...

  17. Detection of PrPSc in lung and mammary gland is favored by the presence of Visna/maedi virus lesions in naturally coinfected sheep.

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    Salazar, Eider; Monleón, Eva; Bolea, Rosa; Acín, Cristina; Pérez, Marta; Alvarez, Neila; Leginagoikoa, Iratxe; Juste, Ramón; Minguijón, Esmeralda; Reina, Ramsés; Glaria, Idoia; Berriatua, Eduardo; de Andrés, Damián; Badiola, Juan José; Amorena, Beatriz; Luján, Lluís

    2010-01-01

    There are few reports on the pathogenesis of scrapie (Sc) and Visna/maedi virus (VMV) coinfections. The aim of this work was to study in vivo as well as post mortem both diseases in 91 sheep. Diagnosis of Sc and VMV infections allowed the distribution of animals into five groups according to the presence (+) or absence (-) of infection by Sc and VMV: Sc-/VMV-, Sc-/VMV+, Sc+/VMV- and Sc+/VMV+. The latter was divided into two subgroups, with and without VMV-induced lymphoid follicle hyperplasia (LFH), respectively. In both the lung and mammary gland, PrPSc deposits were found in the germinal center of hyperplasic lymphoid follicles in the subgroup of Sc+/VMV+ having VMV-induced LFH. This detection was always associated with (and likely preceded by) PrPSc observation in the corresponding lymph nodes. No PrPSc was found in other VMV-associated lesions. Animals suffering from scrapie had a statistically significantly lower mean age than the scrapie free animals at the time of death, with no apparent VMV influence. ARQ/ARQ genotype was the most abundant among the 91 ewes and the most frequent in scrapie-affected sheep. VMV infection does not seem to influence the scrapie risk group distribution among animals from the five groups established in this work. Altogether, these data indicate that certain VMV-induced lesions can favor PrPSc deposits in Sc non-target organs such as the lung and the mammary gland, making this coinfection an interesting field that warrants further research for a better comprehension of the pathogenesis of both diseases. © The authors, INRA/EDP Sciences, 2010.

  18. Prion Strain Differences in Accumulation of PrPSc on Neurons and Glia Are Associated with Similar Expression Profiles of Neuroinflammatory Genes: Comparison of Three Prion Strains.

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    Carroll, James A; Striebel, James F; Rangel, Alejandra; Woods, Tyson; Phillips, Katie; Peterson, Karin E; Race, Brent; Chesebro, Bruce

    2016-04-01

    Misfolding and aggregation of host proteins are important features of the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, frontotemporal dementia and prion diseases. In all these diseases, the misfolded protein increases in amount by a mechanism involving seeded polymerization. In prion diseases, host prion protein is misfolded to form a pathogenic protease-resistant form, PrPSc, which accumulates in neurons, astroglia and microglia in the CNS. Here using dual-staining immunohistochemistry, we compared the cell specificity of PrPSc accumulation at early preclinical times post-infection using three mouse scrapie strains that differ in brain regional pathology. PrPSc from each strain had a different pattern of cell specificity. Strain 22L was mainly associated with astroglia, whereas strain ME7 was mainly associated with neurons and neuropil. In thalamus and cortex, strain RML was similar to 22L, but in substantia nigra, RML was similar to ME7. Expression of 90 genes involved in neuroinflammation was studied quantitatively using mRNA from thalamus at preclinical times. Surprisingly, despite the cellular differences in PrPSc accumulation, the pattern of upregulated genes was similar for all three strains, and the small differences observed correlated with variations in the early disease tempo. Gene upregulation correlated with activation of both astroglia and microglia detected in early disease prior to vacuolar pathology or clinical signs. Interestingly, the profile of upregulated genes in scrapie differed markedly from that seen in two acute viral CNS diseases (LaCrosse virus and BE polytropic Friend retrovirus) that had reactive gliosis at levels similar to our prion-infected mice.

  19. Microglia in the degenerating brain are capable of phagocytosis of beads and of apoptotic cells, but do not efficiently remove PrPSc, even upon LPS stimulation.

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    Hughes, Martina M; Field, Robert H; Perry, V Hugh; Murray, Carol L; Cunningham, Colm

    2010-12-01

    Despite the phagocytic machinery available to microglia the aberrant amyloid proteins produced during Alzheimer's and prion disease, amyloid-β and PrP(Sc), are inefficiently cleared. We have shown that microglia in the ME7 model of prion disease show morphological evidence of activation, synthesize low levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and are primed to produce exaggerated responses to subsequent inflammatory challenges. Whether these microglia engage in significant phagocytic activity in the disease per se, or upon subsequent inflammatory challenge is not clear. In the present study we show transcriptional activation of a large number of scavenger receptors (SRs), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), oxidative enzymes, and cathepsins in ME7 animals. Hippocampally-injected inert latex beads (6 μm) are efficiently phagocytosed by microglia of ME7 prion-diseased animals, but not by microglia in normal animals. Stimulation of ME7 animals with systemic bacterial endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) induced further increases in SR-A2, MMP3, and urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) but decreased, or did not alter, transcription of most phagocytosis-related genes examined and did not enhance clearance of deposited PrP(Sc). Furthermore, intracerebral injection with LPS (0.5 μg) induced marked microglial production of IL-1β, robust cellular infiltration and marked apoptosis but also did not induce further clearance of PrP(Sc). These data indicate that microglia in the prion-diseased brain are capable of phagocytosis per se, but show limited efficacy in removing PrP(Sc) even upon marked escalation of CNS inflammation. Furthermore, microglia/macrophages remain IL-1β-negative during phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. The data demonstrate that phagocytic activity and pro-inflammatory microglial phenotype do not necessarily correlate.

  20. On the energy distribution profile of interface states obtained by taking into account of series resistance in Al/TiO{sub 2}/p-Si (MIS) structures

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    Pakma, O., E-mail: osman@pakma.co [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences and Arts, Batman University, Batman (Turkey); Serin, N.; Serin, T. [Department of Engineering Physics, Faculty of Engineering, Ankara University, 06100 Tandogan, Ankara (Turkey); Altindal, S. [Physics Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Gazi University, Teknikokullar, 06500 Ankara (Turkey)

    2011-02-15

    The energy distribution profile of the interface states (N{sub ss}) of Al/TiO{sub 2}/p-Si (MIS) structures prepared using the sol-gel method was obtained from the forward bias current-voltage (I-V) characteristics by taking into account both the bias dependence of the effective barrier height ({phi}{sub e}) and series resistance (R{sub s}) at room temperature. The main electrical parameters of the MIS structure such as ideality factor (n), zero-bias barrier height ({phi}{sub b0}) and average series resistance values were found to be 1.69, 0.519 eV and 659 {Omega}, respectively. This high value of n was attributed to the presence of an interfacial insulator layer at the Al/p-Si interface and the density of interface states (N{sub ss}) localized at the Si/TiO{sub 2} interface. The values of N{sub ss} localized at the Si/TiO{sub 2} interface were found with and without the R{sub s} at 0.25-E{sub v} in the range between 8.4x10{sup 13} and 4.9x10{sup 13} eV{sup -1} cm{sup -2}. In addition, the frequency dependence of capacitance-voltage (C-V) and conductance-voltage (G/{omega}-V) characteristics of the structures have been investigated by taking into account the effect of N{sub ss} and R{sub s} at room temperature. It can be found out that the measured C and G/{omega} are strongly dependent on bias voltage and frequency. -- Research highlights: {yields}We successfully fabricated Al/TiO{sub 2}/p-Si device with interlayer by a sol-gel method. The facts: (i) that the technology of the fabrication of a Al/TiO{sub 2}/p-Si MIS structure much simpler and economical than that for the Si p-n junction and (b) the main advantages of TiO{sub 2} films are low densities of the surface states when compared to SiO{sub 2}.

  1. An assessment of the efficiency of PrPsc detection in rectal mucosa and third-eyelid biopsies from animals infected with scrapie.

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    Monleón, Eva; Garza, Ma Carmen; Sarasa, Rocío; Alvarez-Rodriguez, Javier; Bolea, Rosa; Monzón, Marta; Vargas, M Antonia; Badiola, Juan José; Acín, Cristina

    2011-01-27

    In classical scrapie, detection of PrPsc on lymphoreticular system is used for the in vivo and post mortem diagnosis of the disease. However, the sensitivity of this methodology is not well characterised because the magnitude and duration of lymphoid tissue involvement can vary considerably. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficiency of detecting PrPsc in rectal mucosa and third-eyelid biopsies. A total of 474 genetically susceptible sheep and 24 goats from three scrapie infected flocks were included in this study. A sample from rectal mucosa and a sample from third-eyelid lymphoid tissue were collected from each animal. Biopsy samples were fixed in formaldehyde and processed for immunohistochemical examination. Animals with negative biopsy results were studied more closely through a post mortem examination of central nervous and lymphoreticular systems and if there was a positive result, additional biopsy sections were further tested. The sensitivity of rectal mucosa and third-eyelid assays were 36% and 40% respectively on initial examination but increased to 48% and 44% respectively after retesting. The results of this field study show a high percentage of infected animals that do not have detectable levels of PrPsc in the biopsied lymphoid tissue, due mainly to the relatively high number of animals with minimal or no involvement of lymphoid tissue in the pathogenesis of the disease. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. One O-linked sugar can affect the coil-to-β structural transition of the prion peptide

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    Chen, Pei-Yeh; Lin, Chun-Cheng; Chang, Yin-Ting; Lin, Su-Ching; Chan, Sunney I.

    2002-01-01

    It has been known that the structural transition from PrPC to PrPSc leads to the prion formation. This putative conformational change challenges the central dogma of the protein folding theory-"one sequence, one structure." Generally, scientists believe that there must be either a posttranslational modification or environmental factors involved in this event. However, all of the efforts to solve the mystery of the PrPC to PrPSc transition have ended in vain so far. Here we provide evidence li...

  3. Likelihood of obtaining Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS) and SIRS-2 elevations among forensic psychiatric inpatients with screening elevations on the Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test.

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    Glassmire, David M; Tarescavage, Anthony M; Gottfried, Emily D

    2016-12-01

    The Miller Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST) was designed as a screening measure for feigned psychiatric symptoms. When M-FAST Total Scores are elevated (raw score ≥6), the test manual recommends follow-up with a more comprehensive measure of feigning, such as the widely used and researched Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS) or the revised version of the test (SIRS-2). The purpose of the current study was to evaluate how often M-FAST screening elevations are associated with subsequent elevations on the SIRS or SIRS-2. The sample included archival data from 100 forensic psychiatric inpatients who obtained M-FAST Total Score elevations ≥6 during screening and were subsequently administered the SIRS (that was also rescored using SIRS-2 criteria). Among examinees who elevated the M-FAST over the recommended cutoff, 66.0% met standard SIRS feigning criteria, 42% met SIRS-2 criteria for feigning, and 81.0% obtained at least 1 SIRS/SIRS-2 elevation in the Probable Feigning range or higher. These results are consistent with the M-FAST manual guidelines, which support the use of the ≥6 M-FAST cutoff score to screen for potential feigning (but not as an independent marker of feigning). A higher M-FAST cutoff score of ≥16 was associated with subsequently meeting full SIRS criteria for feigning in 100.0% of protocols. Because the SIRS criteria were designed to have very low false positive rates, these findings indicate that more confident assertions about feigning can be made when elevations reach this level on the MFAST. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  4. Growth, Structure, and Photocatalytic Properties of Hierarchical V₂O₅-TiO₂ Nanotube Arrays Obtained from the One-step Anodic Oxidation of Ti-V Alloys.

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    Nevárez-Martínez, María C; Mazierski, Paweł; Kobylański, Marek P; Szczepańska, Grażyna; Trykowski, Grzegorz; Malankowska, Anna; Kozak, Magda; Espinoza-Montero, Patricio J; Zaleska-Medynska, Adriana

    2017-04-05

    V₂O₅-TiO₂ mixed oxide nanotube (NT) layers were successfully prepared via the one-step anodization of Ti-V alloys. The obtained samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-Vis absorption, photoluminescence spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (DRX), and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The effect of the applied voltage (30-50 V), vanadium content (5-15 wt %) in the alloy, and water content (2-10 vol %) in an ethylene glycol-based electrolyte was studied systematically to determine their influence on the morphology, and for the first-time, on the photocatalytic properties of these nanomaterials. The morphology of the samples varied from sponge-like to highly-organized nanotubular structures. The vanadium content in the alloy was found to have the highest influence on the morphology and the sample with the lowest vanadium content (5 wt %) exhibited the best auto-alignment and self-organization (length = 1 μm, diameter = 86 nm and wall thickness = 11 nm). Additionally, a probable growth mechanism of V₂O₅-TiO₂ nanotubes (NTs) over the Ti-V alloys was presented. Toluene, in the gas phase, was effectively removed through photodegradation under visible light (LEDs, λmax = 465 nm) in the presence of the modified TiO₂ nanostructures. The highest degradation value was 35% after 60 min of irradiation. V₂O₅ species were ascribed as the main structures responsible for the generation of photoactive e- and h⁺ under Vis light and a possible excitation mechanism was proposed.

  5. Study of Maxwell–Wagner (M–W) relaxation behavior and hysteresis observed in bismuth titanate layered structure obtained by solution combustion synthesis using dextrose as fuel

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    Subohi, Oroosa, E-mail: oroosa@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal 462051, M.P. (India); Shastri, Lokesh [Department of Physics, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal 462051, M.P. (India); Kumar, G.S. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, A.P. (India); Malik, M.M.; Kurchania, Rajnish [Department of Physics, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal 462051, M.P. (India)

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: X-ray diffraction studies show that phase formation and crystallinity was reached only after calcinations at 800 °C. Dielectric constant versus temperature curve shows ferroelectric to paraelectric transition temperature (T{sub c}) to be 650 °C. Complex impedance curves show deviation from Debye behavior. The material shows a thin PE Loop with low remnant polarization due to high conductivity in the as prepared sample. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} is synthesized using solution combustion technique with dextrose as fuel. • Dextrose has high reducing capacity (+24) and generates more no. of moles of gases. • Impedance studies show that the sample follows Maxwell–Wagner relaxation behavior. • Shows lower remnant polarization due to higher c-axis ratio. - Abstract: Structural, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of bismuth titanate (Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}) obtained by solution combustion technique using dextrose as fuel is studied extensively in this paper. Dextrose is used as fuel as it has high reducing valancy and generates more number of moles of gases during the reaction. X-ray diffraction studies show that phase formation and crystallinity was reached only after calcinations at 800 °C. Dielectric constant versus temperature curve shows ferroelectric to paraelectric transition temperature (T{sub c}) to be 650 °C. The dielectric loss is very less (tan δ < 1) at lower temperatures but increases around T{sub c} due to structural changes in the sample. Complex impedance curves show deviation from Debye behavior. The material shows a thin PE Loop with low remnant polarization due to high conductivity in the as prepared sample.

  6. Study of geomorphological changes by high quality DEMs, obtained from UAVs-Structure from Motion in highest continental cliffs of Europe: A Capelada (Galicia, Spain)

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    Muñoz Narciso, Efrén; García, Horacio; Sierra Pernas, Chema; Pérez-Alberti, Augusto

    2017-04-01

    This study analyses the geomorphological evolution of a highly dynamic coastal environment, one of the higher cliffs in Continental Europe (A Capelada, NW Spain), using Structure from Motion-Multi View Stereoscan techniques (hereafter referred to as SfM-MVS). Comparing orthoimages from the last 10 years we observed several topographical changes in one specific valley (Teixidelo). Interestingly, these changes were caused by 2 different processes: (i) heavy coastal erosion and (ii) slow complex landslides, working in opposite directions. The main challenge was obtaining high quality topographical data for quantifying the changes during the last few years using low cost-high quality techniques in remote areas. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platforms (drones, hereafter referred to as UAVs) and SFM-MVS offer ultrahigh-density topographical data. Furthermore, the use of drones and SfM-MVS close range images requires new applications in geomorphology for understanding the workflow and limitations. In this paper we present the 2 main results: (i) a centimeter spatial resolution DEM from august 2016 was obtained using a @DJI Phantom 3 advanced model drone. The pictures were processed in Agisoft PhotoScan Pro 1.2.6 version by SfM-MVS techniques, generating a high-density point cloud (i.e. ˜2000 points/m2) with 3mm of RMSE (i.e. the point cloud was georeferenced in a geographical coordinates system using ˜40 Ground Control Points obtained from differential RTK-GPS and a Total Station network) and (ii) a DEM of Differences, which compares official freely available 2010 LiDAR data (i.e. ˜2 points/m2) with a 2016 DEM derived by UAVs-SfM, where we have observed meter-scale elevation changes (i.e. sediment and erosion processes). During this time, 75% of the sediment has been mobilized. The novel UAVs and SfM-MVS techniques prove to be great for advancing the study of geomorphological processes in remote areas.

  7. Investigation of microstructure and morphology for the Ge on porous silicon/Si substrate hetero-structure obtained by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Gouder, S. [IM2NP Aix-Marseille Universités, UMR CNRS n°7334, Faculté des Sciences St-Jérôme - Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 France (France); Electronics Department, University Hadj Lakhdar, Batna 05000 (Algeria); Mahamdi, R. [Electronics Department, University Hadj Lakhdar, Batna 05000 (Algeria); Aouassa, M.; Escoubas, S.; Favre, L.; Ronda, A.; Berbezier, I. [IM2NP Aix-Marseille Universités, UMR CNRS n°7334, Faculté des Sciences St-Jérôme - Case 142, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 France (France)

    2014-01-01

    Thick porous silicon (PS) buffer layers are used as sacrificial layers to epitaxially grow planar and fully relaxed Ge membranes. The single crystal Ge layers have been deposited by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on PS substrate. During deposition, the pore network of PS layers has been filled with Ge. We investigate the structure and morphology of PS as fabricated and after annealing at various temperatures. We show that the PS crystalline lattice is distorted and expanded in the direction perpendicular to the substrate plane due to the presence of chemisorbed –OH. An annealing at high temperature (> 500 °C), greatly changes the PS morphology and structure. This change is marked by an increase of the pore diameter while the lattice parameter becomes tensily strained in the plane (compressed in the direction perpendicular). The morphology and structure of Ge layers are investigated by transmission electron microscopy, high resolution X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy as a function of the deposition temperature and deposited thickness. The results show that the surface roughness, level of relaxation and Si-Ge intermixing (Ge content) depend on the growth temperature and deposited thickness. Two sub-layers are distinguished: the layer incorporated inside the PS pores (high level of intermixing) and the layer on top of the PS surface (low level of intermixing). When deposited at temperature > 500 °C, the Ge layers are fully relaxed with a top Si{sub 1−x}Ge{sub x} layer x = 0.74 and a very flat surface. Such layer can serve as fully relaxed ultra-thin SiGe pseudo-substrate with high Ge content. The epitaxy of Ge on sacrificial soft PS pseudo-substrate in the experimental conditions described here provides an easy way to fabricate fully relaxed SiGe pseudo-substrates. Moreover, Ge thin films epitaxially deposited by MBE on PS could be used as relaxed pseudo-substrate in conventional microelectronic technology. - Highlights: • We have developed a rapid

  8. Immobilization of lipase on mesoporous molecular sieve MCM-48 obtained using ionic solid as a structure director and esterification reaction on solvent-free

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    Catia S. Z. Battiston

    Full Text Available Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB is an enzyme able to catalyze chemical reaction, however when it is used as a free enzyme, it cannot be recovered from reaction medium. One of the alternatives is to immobilize the enzymes on a support which allows the maintenance of their catalytic activities. The purpose of this paper was to immobilize the CALB on MCM-48 using the ionic solid [C16MI]Cl as structure director. 22 CCRD (Central Composite Rotational Design was proposed to analyze the influence of the variables like enzyme mass (0.059 to 0.341 g and ionic solid concentration (0.59 to 3.41% in the enzyme immobilization process to obtain the maximum esterification activity in order to optimize the process. After immobilization, the study results showed that the enzymes exhibited improvement of thermal (40, 60 and 80 ºC and storage stability (90 days, besides the possibility to reuse of the enzyme up to 10 times, showing residual activity of 50%.

  9. A study of the oriented composites with the conductive segregated structure obtained via solid-phase processing of the UHMWPE reactor powder mixed with the carbon nanofillers

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    Lebedev, Oleg V.; Kechek'yan, Alexander S.; Shevchenko, Vitaly G.; Kurkin, Tikhon S.; Golubev, Evgeny K.; Karpushkin, Evgeny A.; Sergeev, Vladimir G.; Ozerin, Alexander N.

    2016-05-01

    Electrically conductive oriented polymer nano-composites of different compositions, based on the reactor powder of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) with a special morphology, filled with particles of nanostructured graphite (NG), multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), and electrically conductive carbon black (CB), were investigated. Polymer composites were obtained via compaction of the mechanical mixture of the polymer and filler powder, followed by uniaxial deformation of the material under homogeneous shear (HS) conditions (all of the processing stages were conducted at room temperature). Resulted composites possess a high tensile strength, high level of the electrical conductivity and low percolation threshold, owing it to the formation of the segregated conductive structure, The influence of the type of nanosized carbon filler, degree of the deformation under HS condition, temperature and etc. on the electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of strengthened conductive composites oriented under homogeneous shear conditions was investigated. Changes in the electrical conductivity of oriented composite materials during reversible "tension-shrinkage" cycles along the orientation axis direction were studied. A theoretical approach, describing the process of transformation of the conductive system as a response on polymer phase deformation and volume change, was proposed, based on the data received from the analysis of the conductivity behavior during the uniaxial deformation and thermal treatment of composites.

  10. Prion seeding activities of mouse scrapie strains with divergent PrPSc protease sensitivities and amyloid plaque content using RT-QuIC and eQuIC.

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    Vascellari, Sarah; Orrù, Christina D; Hughson, Andrew G; King, Declan; Barron, Rona; Wilham, Jason M; Baron, Gerald S; Race, Brent; Pani, Alessandra; Caughey, Byron

    2012-01-01

    Different transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE)-associated forms of prion protein (e.g. PrP(Sc)) can vary markedly in ultrastructure and biochemical characteristics, but each is propagated in the host. PrP(Sc) propagation involves conversion from its normal isoform, PrP(C), by a seeded or templated polymerization mechanism. Such a mechanism is also the basis of the RT-QuIC and eQuIC prion assays which use recombinant PrP (rPrP(Sen)) as a substrate. These ultrasensitive detection assays have been developed for TSE prions of several host species and sample tissues, but not for murine models which are central to TSE pathogenesis research. Here we have adapted RT-QuIC and eQuIC to various murine prions and evaluated how seeding activity depends on glycophosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchoring and the abundance of amyloid plaques and protease-resistant PrP(Sc) (PrP(Res)). Scrapie brain dilutions up to 10(-8) and 10(-13) were detected by RT-QuIC and eQuIC, respectively. Comparisons of scrapie-affected wild-type mice and transgenic mice expressing GPI anchorless PrP showed that, although similar concentrations of seeding activity accumulated in brain, the heavily amyloid-laden anchorless mouse tissue seeded more rapid reactions. Next we compared seeding activities in the brains of mice with similar infectivity titers, but widely divergent PrP(Res) levels. For this purpose we compared the 263K and 139A scrapie strains in transgenic mice expressing P101L PrP(C). Although the brains of 263K-affected mice had little immunoblot-detectable PrP(Res), RT-QuIC indicated that seeding activity was comparable to that associated with a high-PrP(Res) strain, 139A. Thus, in this comparison, RT-QuIC seeding activity correlated more closely with infectivity than with PrP(Res) levels. We also found that eQuIC, which incorporates a PrP(Sc) immunoprecipitation step, detected seeding activity in plasma from wild-type and anchorless PrP transgenic mice inoculated with 22L, 79A and/or RML

  11. Prion seeding activities of mouse scrapie strains with divergent PrPSc protease sensitivities and amyloid plaque content using RT-QuIC and eQuIC.

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    Sarah Vascellari

    Full Text Available Different transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE-associated forms of prion protein (e.g. PrP(Sc can vary markedly in ultrastructure and biochemical characteristics, but each is propagated in the host. PrP(Sc propagation involves conversion from its normal isoform, PrP(C, by a seeded or templated polymerization mechanism. Such a mechanism is also the basis of the RT-QuIC and eQuIC prion assays which use recombinant PrP (rPrP(Sen as a substrate. These ultrasensitive detection assays have been developed for TSE prions of several host species and sample tissues, but not for murine models which are central to TSE pathogenesis research. Here we have adapted RT-QuIC and eQuIC to various murine prions and evaluated how seeding activity depends on glycophosphatidylinositol (GPI anchoring and the abundance of amyloid plaques and protease-resistant PrP(Sc (PrP(Res. Scrapie brain dilutions up to 10(-8 and 10(-13 were detected by RT-QuIC and eQuIC, respectively. Comparisons of scrapie-affected wild-type mice and transgenic mice expressing GPI anchorless PrP showed that, although similar concentrations of seeding activity accumulated in brain, the heavily amyloid-laden anchorless mouse tissue seeded more rapid reactions. Next we compared seeding activities in the brains of mice with similar infectivity titers, but widely divergent PrP(Res levels. For this purpose we compared the 263K and 139A scrapie strains in transgenic mice expressing P101L PrP(C. Although the brains of 263K-affected mice had little immunoblot-detectable PrP(Res, RT-QuIC indicated that seeding activity was comparable to that associated with a high-PrP(Res strain, 139A. Thus, in this comparison, RT-QuIC seeding activity correlated more closely with infectivity than with PrP(Res levels. We also found that eQuIC, which incorporates a PrP(Sc immunoprecipitation step, detected seeding activity in plasma from wild-type and anchorless PrP transgenic mice inoculated with 22L, 79A and/or RML

  12. CpG oligodeoxynucleotide-enhanced humoral immune response and production of antibodies to prion protein PrPSc in mice immunized with 139A scrapie-associated fibrils.

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    Spinner, Daryl S; Kascsak, Regina B; Lafauci, Giuseppe; Meeker, Harry C; Ye, Xuemin; Flory, Michael J; Kim, Jae Il; Schuller-Levis, Georgia B; Levis, William R; Wisniewski, Thomas; Carp, Richard I; Kascsak, Richard J

    2007-06-01

    Prion diseases are characterized by conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) to a protease-resistant conformer, the srapie form of PrP (PrP(Sc)). Humoral immune responses to nondenatured forms of PrP(Sc) have never been fully characterized. We investigated whether production of antibodies to PrP(Sc) could occur in PrP null (Prnp(-/-)) mice and further, whether innate immune stimulation with the TLR9 agonist CpG oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) 1826 could enhance this process. Whether such stimulation could raise anti-PrP(Sc) antibody levels in wild-type (Prnp(+/+)) mice was also investigated. Prnp(-/-) and Prnp(+/+) mice were immunized with nondenatured 139A scrapie-associated fibrils (SAF), with or without ODN 1826, and were tested for titers of PrP-specific antibodies. In Prnp(-/-) mice, inclusion of ODN 1826 in the immunization regime increased anti-PrP titers more than 13-fold after two immunizations and induced, among others, antibodies to an N-terminal epitope, which were only present in the immune repertoire of mice receiving ODN 1826. mAb 6D11, derived from such a mouse, reacts with the N-terminal epitope QWNK in native and denatured forms of PrP(Sc) and recombinant PrP and exhibits a K(d) in the 10(-)(11) M range. In Prnp(+/+) mice, ODN 1826 increased anti-PrP levels as much as 84% after a single immunization. Thus, ODN 1826 potentiates adaptive immune responses to PrP(Sc) in 139A SAF-immunized mice. These results represent the first characterization of humoral immune responses to nondenatured, infectious PrP(Sc) and suggest methods for optimizing the generation of mAbs to PrP(Sc), many of which could be used for diagnosis and treatment of prion diseases.

  13. Distinct structures of scrapie prion protein (PrPSc)-seeded versus spontaneous recombinant prion protein fibrils revealed by hydrogen/deuterium exchange.

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    Smirnovas, Vytautas; Kim, Jae-Il; Lu, Xiaojun; Atarashi, Ryuichiro; Caughey, Byron; Surewicz, Witold K

    2009-09-04

    The detailed structures of prion disease-associated, partially protease-resistant forms of prion protein (e.g. PrP(Sc)) are largely unknown. PrP(Sc) appears to propagate itself by autocatalyzing the conformational conversion and oligomerization of normal prion protein (PrP(C)). One manifestation of PrP(Sc) templating activity is its ability, in protein misfolding cyclic amplification reactions, to seed the conversion of recombinant prion protein (rPrP) into aggregates that more closely resemble PrP(Sc) than spontaneously nucleated rPrP amyloids in terms of proteolytic fragmentation and infrared spectra. The absence of posttranslational modifications makes these rPrP aggregates more amenable to detailed structural analyses than bona fide PrP(Sc). Here, we compare the structures of PrP(Sc)-seeded and spontaneously nucleated aggregates of hamster rPrP by using H/D exchange coupled with mass spectrometry. In spontaneously formed fibrils, very slow H/D exchange in region approximately 163-223 represents a systematically H-bonded cross-beta amyloid core structure. PrP(Sc)-seeded aggregates have a subpopulation of molecules in which this core region extends N-terminally as far as to residue approximately 145, and there is a significant degree of order within residues approximately 117-133. The formation of tightly H-bonded structures by these more N-terminal residues may account partially for the generation of longer protease-resistant regions in the PrP(Sc)-seeded rPrP aggregates; however, part of the added protease resistance is dependent on the presence of SDS during proteolysis, emphasizing the multifactorial influences on proteolytic fragmentation patterns. These results demonstrate that PrP(Sc) has a distinct templating activity that induces ordered, systematically H-bonded structure in regions that are dynamic and poorly defined in spontaneously formed aggregates of rPrP.

  14. Structure of the Suasselkä postglacial fault in northern Finland obtained by analysis of local events and ambient seismic noise

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    Afonin, Nikita; Kozlovskaya, Elena; Kukkonen, Ilmo; Dafne/Finland Working Group

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    Understanding the inner structure of seismogenic faults and their ability to reactivate is particularly important in investigating the continental intraplate seismicity regime. In our study we address this problem using analysis of local seismic events and ambient seismic noise recorded by the temporary DAFNE array in the northern Fennoscandian Shield. The main purpose of the DAFNE/FINLAND passive seismic array experiment was to characterize the present-day seismicity of the Suasselkä postglacial fault (SPGF), which was proposed as one potential target for the DAFNE (Drilling Active Faults in Northern Europe) project. The DAFNE/FINLAND array comprised an area of about 20 to 100 km and consisted of eight short-period and four broadband three-component autonomous seismic stations installed in the close vicinity of the fault area. The array recorded continuous seismic data during September 2011-May 2013. Recordings of the array have being analysed in order to identify and locate natural earthquakes from the fault area and to discriminate them from the blasts in the Kittilä gold mine. As a result, we found a number of natural seismic events originating from the fault area, which proves that the fault is still seismically active. In order to study the inner structure of the SPGF we use cross-correlation of ambient seismic noise recorded by the array. Analysis of azimuthal distribution of noise sources demonstrated that during the time interval under consideration the distribution of noise sources is close to the uniform one. The continuous data were processed in several steps including single-station data analysis, instrument response removal and time-domain stacking. The data were used to estimate empirical Green's functions between pairs of stations in the frequency band of 0.1-1 Hz and to calculate corresponding surface wave dispersion curves. The S-wave velocity models were obtained as a result of dispersion curve inversion. The results suggest that the area of

  15. Structural and optical properties of Eu3+/Gd3+ ions in silica xerogels and powders obtained by sol-gel method

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    Pawlik, Natalia; Szpikowska-Sroka, Barbara; Swinarew, Andrzej S.; Łężniak, Marta; Pisarski, Wojciech A.

    2016-12-01

    The xerogels and sol-gel powders with different quantitative composition have been studied based on excitation and emission measurements as well as luminescence decay analysis. The structure of prepared silica sol-gel materials was examined using FT-IR spectroscopy technique. The photoluminescence spectra of Eu3+ ions were registered upon two different excitation wavelengths related to direct excitation of Eu3+ ions (λexc = 393 nm) and indirect excitation through energy transfer process from Gd3+ to Eu3+ (λexc = 273 nm). Upon direct excitation of Eu3+ (7F0 → 5L6 transition) the characteristic emission bands assigned to the 5D0 → 7FJ(0-4) electronic transitions were observed. Also, it was found that enhanced luminescence of Eu3+ is a result of change the excitation parameter through energy transfer phenomenon (8S7/2 → 6IJ transition of Gd3+) and occurred in both xerogels and powder samples. In this way, a UV photon absorbed by Gd3+ is converted into visible light emitted by Eu3+ ions. Obtained results clearly indicated that high concentration of Gd3+ ions in powders led to particularly strong enhance the emission in red spectral range and allowed for more than 12-times prolongation of luminescence lifetime for the 5D0 excited state of Eu3+ compared to silica xerogel samples. The values of energy transfer efficiency were also estimated based on luminescence decay times of the 6P7/2 state of Gd3+ ions.

  16. Interconsistent band structure of narrow-gap Hg1-xCdxTe alloys obtained with consideration of far-band influence

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    Bogoboyashchiy, V. V.

    1997-08-01

    Faraday rotation, absorption spectra, and the intrinsic carrier concentration temperature dependencies were investigated in order to determine the interconsistent system of values of the narrow-gap Hg1-xCdxTe band parameters. The undoped and doped with indium or copper crystals with x constant of valence band deformation potential E1 equals 12.5 eV have been determined. It has been found that doping of the material with indium, causes the appearance of donor states in the conduction band about 0.1 eV above the bottom of the band. The band structure of Hg1-xCdxTe (MCT) is studied for a long time, and its peculiarities are well known. The light carriers spectrum is believed to be described in framework of the 3-band Kane's model, and the parabolic approximation for heavy hole subband is thought to be sufficient as a rule. The influence of far bands is taken into account rather seldom. But at the same time, the values of band parameters obtained by different authors are not in a good agreement often. In result, it was impossible to agree with an acceptable accuracy the measured and the calculated values of some physical characteristics of MCT by using the known values of band parameters. In order to achieve perfect conformity between the theory and the experiment, another approach must be used. It is necessary that the complex experiment be carried out with a high accuracy of not only the measuring, but of the mathematical models of studied effects and the calculations too. All the main sources of systematic error should be revealed and removed, and the values of band parameters should be determined over again. Such a study was carried out, and its results are reported in this paper.

  17. Gritty Surface Sample Holder Invented To Obtain Correct X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Spectra for Concentrated Materials by Fluorescence Yield.

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    Abe, Hitoshi; Niwa, Yasuhiro; Kimura, Masao; Murakami, Youichi; Yokoyama, Toshiharu; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-04-05

    A gritty surface sample holder has been invented to obtain correct XAFS spectra for concentrated samples by fluorescence yield (FY). Materials are usually mixed with boron nitride (BN) to prepare proper concentrations to measure XAFS spectra. Some materials, however, could not be mixed with BN and would be measured in too concentrated conditions to obtain correct XAFS spectra. Consequently, XAFS spectra will be incorrect typically with decreased intensities of the peaks. We have invented the gritty surface sample holders to obtain correct XAFS spectra even for concentrated materials for FY measurements. Pure Cu and CuO powders were measured mounted on the sample holders, and the same spectra were obtained as transmission spectra of properly prepared samples. This sample holder is useful to measure XAFS for any concentrated materials.

  18. Prion Infectivity Plateaus and Conversion to Symptomatic Disease Originate from Falling Precursor Levels and Increased Levels of Oligomeric PrPSc Species.

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    Mays, Charles E; van der Merwe, Jacques; Kim, Chae; Haldiman, Tracy; McKenzie, Debbie; Safar, Jiri G; Westaway, David

    2015-12-01

    In lethal prion neurodegenerative diseases, misfolded prion proteins (PrP(Sc)) replicate by redirecting the folding of the cellular prion glycoprotein (PrP(C)). Infections of different durations can have a subclinical phase with constant levels of infectious particles, but the mechanisms underlying this plateau and a subsequent exit to overt clinical disease are unknown. Using tandem biophysical techniques, we show that attenuated accumulation of infectious particles in presymptomatic disease is preceded by a progressive fall in PrP(C) level, which constricts replication rate and thereby causes the plateau effect. Furthermore, disease symptoms occurred at the threshold associated with increasing levels of small, relatively less protease-resistant oligomeric prion particles (oPrP(Sc)). Although a hypothetical lethal isoform of PrP cannot be excluded, our data argue that diminishing residual PrP(C) levels and continuously increasing levels of oPrP(Sc) are crucial determinants in the transition from presymptomatic to symptomatic prion disease. Prions are infectious agents that cause lethal brain diseases; they arise from misfolding of a cell surface protein, PrP(C) to a form called PrP(Sc). Prion infections can have long latencies even though there is no protective immune response. Accumulation of infectious prion particles has been suggested to always reach the same plateau in the brain during latent periods, with clinical disease only occurring when hypothetical toxic forms (called PrP(L) or TPrP) begin to accumulate. We show here that infectivity plateaus arise because PrP(C) precursor levels become downregulated and that the duration of latent periods can be accounted for by the level of residual PrP(C), which transduces a toxic effect, along with the amount of oligomeric forms of PrP(Sc). Copyright © 2015, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  19. Subcritical Water Hydrolysis Effectively Reduces the In Vitro Seeding Activity of PrPSc but Fails to Inactivate the Infectivity of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Prions.

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    Murayama, Yuichi; Yoshioka, Miyako; Okada, Hiroyuki; Takata, Eri; Masujin, Kentaro; Iwamaru, Yoshifumi; Shimozaki, Noriko; Yamamura, Tomoaki; Yokoyama, Takashi; Mohri, Shirou; Tsutsumi, Yuji

    2015-01-01

    The global outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been attributed to the recycling of contaminated meat and bone meals (MBMs) as feed supplements. The use of MBMs has been prohibited in many countries; however, the development of a method for inactivating BSE prions could enable the efficient and safe use of these products as an organic resource. Subcritical water (SCW), which is water heated under pressure to maintain a liquid state at temperatures below the critical temperature (374°C), exhibits strong hydrolytic activity against organic compounds. In this study, we examined the residual in vitro seeding activity of protease-resistant prion protein (PrPSc) and the infectivity of BSE prions after SCW treatments. Spinal cord homogenates prepared from BSE-infected cows were treated with SCW at 230-280°C for 5-7.5 min and used to intracerebrally inoculate transgenic mice overexpressing bovine prion protein. Serial protein misfolding cyclic amplification (sPMCA) analysis detected no PrPSc in the SCW-treated homogenates, and the mice treated with these samples survived for more than 700 days without any signs of disease. However, sPMCA analyses detected PrPSc accumulation in the brains of all inoculated mice. Furthermore, secondary passage mice, which inoculated with brain homogenates derived from a western blotting (WB)-positive primary passage mouse, died after an average of 240 days, similar to mice inoculated with untreated BSE-infected spinal cord homogenates. The PrPSc accumulation and vacuolation typically observed in the brains of BSE-infected mice were confirmed in these secondary passage mice, suggesting that the BSE prions maintained their infectivity after SCW treatment. One late-onset case, as well as asymptomatic but sPMCA-positive cases, were also recognized in secondary passage mice inoculated with brain homogenates from WB-negative but sPMCA-positive primary passage mice. These results indicated that SCW-mediated hydrolysis was

  20. Eigenvector Centrality: Illustrations Supporting the Utility of Extracting More Than One Eigenvector to Obtain Additional Insights into Networks and Interdependent Structures

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    Dawn Iacobucci; Rebecca McBride; Deidre L Popovich

    2017-01-01

    Among the many centrality indices used to detect structures of actors' positions in networks is the use of the first eigenvector of an adjacency matrix that captures the connections among the actors...

  1. Combination of X-ray crystallography, SAXS and DEER to obtain the structure of the FnIII-3, 4 domains of integrin α6β4

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    Alonso-García, Noelia [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca (Spain); García-Rubio, Inés [ETH Zürich, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Academia General Militar, Carretera de Huesca s/n, 50090 Zaragoza (Spain); Manso, José A. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca (Spain); Buey, Rubén M. [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca (Spain); University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca (Spain); Urien, Hector [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca (Spain); Sonnenberg, Arnoud [Netherlands Cancer Institute, Plesmanlaan 121, 1066 CX Amsterdam (Netherlands); Jeschke, Gunnar [ETH Zürich, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2, CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland); Pereda, José M. de, E-mail: pereda@usal.es [Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – University of Salamanca, Campus Unamuno, 37007 Salamanca (Spain)

    2015-04-01

    The structure of the FnIII-3, 4 region of integrin β4 was solved using a hybrid approach that combines crystallographic structures, SAXS, DEER and molecular modelling. The structure helps in understanding how integrin β4 might bind to other hemidesmosomal proteins and mediate signalling. Integrin α6β4 is a major component of hemidesmosomes that mediate the stable anchorage of epithelial cells to the underlying basement membrane. Integrin α6β4 has also been implicated in cell proliferation and migration and in carcinoma progression. The third and fourth fibronectin type III domains (FnIII-3, 4) of integrin β4 mediate binding to the hemidesmosomal proteins BPAG1e and BPAG2, and participate in signalling. Here, it is demonstrated that X-ray crystallography, small-angle X-ray scattering and double electron–electron resonance (DEER) complement each other to solve the structure of the FnIII-3, 4 region. The crystal structures of the individual FnIII-3 and FnIII-4 domains were solved and the relative arrangement of the FnIII domains was elucidated by combining DEER with site-directed spin labelling. Multiple structures of the interdomain linker were modelled by Monte Carlo methods complying with DEER constraints, and the final structures were selected against experimental scattering data. FnIII-3, 4 has a compact and cambered flat structure with an evolutionary conserved surface that is likely to correspond to a protein-interaction site. Finally, this hybrid method is of general application for the study of other macromolecules and complexes.

  2. Structural analysis of the spiroplasma virus, SpV4: implications for evolutionary variation to obtain host diversity among the Microviridae

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    Chipman, Paul R; Agbandje-McKenna, Mavis; Renaudin, Joël; Baker, Timothy S; McKenna, Robert

    2014-01-01

    Background Spiroplasma virus, SpV4, is a small, non-enveloped virus that infects the helical mollicute Spiroplasma melliferum. SpV4 exhibits several similarities to the Chlamydia phage, Chp1, and the Coliphages α3, φK, G4 and φX174. All of these viruses are members of the Microviridae. These viruses have isometric capsids with T = 1 icosahedral symmetry, cause lytic infections and are the only icosahedral phages that contain single-stranded circular DNA genomes. The aim of this comparative study on these phages was to understand the role of their capsid proteins during host receptor recognition. Results The three-dimensional structure of SpV4 was determined to 27 Å resolution from images of frozen-hydrated particles. Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) revealed 20, ∼54 Å long, ‘mushroom-like’ protrusions on the surface of the capsid. Each protrusion comprises a trimeric structure that extends radially along the threefold icosahedral axes of the capsid. A 71 amino acid portion of VP1 (the SpV4 capsid protein) was shown, by structural alignment with the atomic structure of the F capsid protein of φX174, to represent an insertion sequence between the E and F strands of the eight-stranded antiparallel β-barrel. Secondary structure prediction of this insertion sequence provided the basis for a probable structural motif, consisting of a six-stranded antiparallel β sheet connected by small turns. Three such motifs form the rigid stable trimeric structures (mushroom-like protrusions) at the threefold axes, with hydrophobic depressions at their distal surface. Conclusions Sequence alignment and structural analysis indicate that distinct genera of the Microviridae might have evolved from a common primordial ancestor, with capsid surface variations, such as the SpV4 protrusions, resulting from gene fusion events that have enabled diverse host ranges. The hydrophobic nature of the cavity at the distal surface of the SpV4 protrusions suggests that this region may

  3. Structural characterization by infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy of protonated gas-phase ions obtained by electrospray ionization of cysteine and dopamine

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    Steill, J. D.; Szczepanski, J.; Oomens, J.; Eyler, J. R.; Brajter-Toth, A.

    2011-01-01

    Structural characterization of protonated gas-phase ions of cysteine and dopamine by infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy using a free electron laser in combination with theory based on DFT calculations reveals the presence of two types of protonated dimer ions in the

  4. Low-Resolution Structure of the Full-Length Barley (Hordeum vulgare) SGT1 Protein in Solution, Obtained Using Small-Angle X-Ray Scattering

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    Taube, Michał; Pieńkowska, Joanna R.; Jarmołowski, Artur; Kozak, Maciej

    2014-01-01

    SGT1 is an evolutionarily conserved eukaryotic protein involved in many important cellular processes. In plants, SGT1 is involved in resistance to disease. In a low ionic strength environment, the SGT1 protein tends to form dimers. The protein consists of three structurally independent domains (the tetratricopeptide repeats domain (TPR), the CHORD- and SGT1-containing domain (CS), and the SGT1-specific domain (SGS)), and two less conserved variable regions (VR1 and VR2). In the present study, we provide the low-resolution structure of the barley (Hordeum vulgare) SGT1 protein in solution and its dimer/monomer equilibrium using small-angle scattering of synchrotron radiation, ab-initio modeling and circular dichroism spectroscopy. The multivariate curve resolution least-square method (MCR-ALS) was applied to separate the scattering data of the monomeric and dimeric species from a complex mixture. The models of the barley SGT1 dimer and monomer were formulated using rigid body modeling with ab-initio structure prediction. Both oligomeric forms of barley SGT1 have elongated shapes with unfolded inter-domain regions. Circular dichroism spectroscopy confirmed that the barley SGT1 protein had a modular architecture, with an α-helical TPR domain, a β-sheet sandwich CS domain, and a disordered SGS domain separated by VR1 and VR2 regions. Using molecular docking and ab-initio protein structure prediction, a model of dimerization of the TPR domains was proposed. PMID:24714665

  5. Exposure of RML scrapie agent to a sodium percarbonate-based product and sodium dodecyl sulfate renders PrPSc protease sensitive but does not eliminate infectivity.

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    Smith, Jodi D; Nicholson, Eric M; Foster, Gregory H; Greenlee, Justin J

    2013-01-11

    Prions, the causative agents of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, are notoriously difficult to inactivate. Current decontamination recommendations by the World Health Organization include prolonged exposure to 1 N sodium hydroxide or > 20,000 ppm sodium hypochlorite, or autoclaving. For decontamination of large stainless steel surfaces and equipment as in abattoirs, for example, these methods are harsh or unsuitable. The current study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a commercial product containing sodium percarbonate to inactivate prions. Samples of mouse brain infected with a mouse-adapted strain of the scrapie agent (RML) were exposed to a sodium percarbonate-based product (SPC-P). Treated samples were evaluated for abnormal prion protein (PrPSc)-immunoreactivity by western blot analysis, and residual infectivity by mouse bioassay. Exposure to a 21% solution of SPC-P or a solution containing either 2.1% or 21% SPC-P in combination with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) resulted in increased proteinase K sensitivity of PrPSc. Limited reductions in infectivity were observed depending on treatment condition. A marginal effect on infectivity was observed with SPC-P alone, but an approximate 2-3 log10 reduction was observed with the addition of SDS, though exposure to SDS alone resulted in an approximate 2 log10 reduction. This study demonstrates that exposure of a mouse-adapted scrapie strain to SPC-P does not eliminate infectivity, but does render PrPSc protease sensitive.

  6. The interpretation of disease phenotypes to identify TSE strains in mice: characterisation of BSE using PrPSc distribution patterns in the brain.

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    Corda, Erica; Beck, Katy E; Sallis, Rosemary E; Vickery, Christopher M; Denyer, Margaret; Webb, Paul R; Bellworthy, Susan J; Spencer, Yvonne I; Simmons, Marion M; Spiropoulos, John

    2012-12-17

    In individual animals affected by transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, different disease phenotypes can be identified which are attributed to different strains of the agent. In the absence of reliable technology to fully characterise the agent, classification of disease phenotype has been used as a strain typing tool which can be applied in any host. This approach uses standardised data on biological parameters, established for a single host, to allow comparison of different prion sources. Traditionally prion strain characterisation in wild type mice is based on incubation periods and lesion profiles after the stabilisation of the agent into the new host which requires serial passages. Such analysis can take many years, due to prolonged incubation periods. The current study demonstrates that the PrPSc patterns produced by one serial passage in wild type mice of bovine or ovine BSE were consistent, stable and showed minimal and predictable differences from mouse-stabilised reference strains. This biological property makes PrPSc deposition pattern mapping a powerful tool in the identification and definition of TSE strains on primary isolation, making the process of characterisation faster and cheaper than a serial passage protocol. It can be applied to individual mice and therefore it is better suited to identify strain diversity within single inocula in case of co-infections or identify strains in cases where insufficient mice succumb to disease for robust lesion profiles to be constructed. The detailed description presented in this study provides a reference document for identifying BSE in wild type mice.

  7. Variation in Chst8 gene expression level affects PrPC to PrPSc conversion efficiency in prion-infected Mov cells.

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    Martin, Renaud; Chantepie, Sandrine; Chapuis, Jérôme; Le-Duc, Aurélien; Maftah, Abderrahman; Papy-Garcia, Dulcé; Laude, Hubert; Petit, Jean-Michel; Gallet, Paul-François

    2011-10-28

    The conversion of the endogenous cellular prion protein to an abnormally folded isoform is a hallmark of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. It occurs when a misfolded prion protein contacts the cellular PrP. Among the molecular partners suggested to be involved in the misfolding process, the glycosaminoglycans seem to be good candidates. The present study was aimed to examine a possible link between PrP conversion efficiency and transcript level of Chst8 gene that encodes the carbohydrate N-acetylgalactosamine 4-O-sulfotransferase 8. Mov cells expressing ovine PrP were transfected with shRNA directed against Chst8 transcripts. Resulting clones were characterized for their Chst8 and Prnp transcript levels, and for their content in sulfated glycosaminoglycans, more particularly sulfated chondroitins. Unexpectedly, the decreased amount of Chst8 transcript induced an increase of the chondroitin sulfate percentage among total GAGs, with an increased amount of 4-O-sulfation of GalNAc residues. Upon to infection by a sheep prion, a slight amount of PrP(Sc) was observed, which rapidly disappeared upon subpassaging. Together, these findings indicate that the Chst8 transcript level affects the glycosaminoglycan environment of the cellular prion protein, and as a consequence its ability for conversion into PrP(Sc). Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Qualification of a distributed optical fiber sensor bonded to the surface of a concrete structure: a methodology to obtain quantitative strain measurements

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    Billon, Astrid; Hénault, Jean-Marie; Quiertant, Marc; Taillade, Frédéric; Khadour, Aghiad; Martin, Renaud-Pierre; Benzarti, Karim

    2015-11-01

    Distributed optical fiber systems (DOFSs) are an emerging and innovative technology that allows long-range and continuous strain/temperature monitoring with a high resolution. Sensing cables are either surface-mounted or embedded into civil engineering structures to ensure long-term structural monitoring and early crack detection. However, strain profiles measured in the optical fiber (OF) may differ from the actual strain in the structure due to the shear transfer through the intermediate material layers between the OF and the host material (i.e., in the protective coating of the sensing cable and in the adhesive). Therefore, OF sensors need to be qualified to provide accurate quantitative strain measurements. This study presents a methodology for the qualification of a DOFS. This qualification is achieved through the calculation of the so-called mechanical transfer function (MTF), which relates the strain profile in the OF to the actual strain profile in the structure. It is proposed to establish a numerical modeling of the system, in which the mechanical parameters are calibrated from experiments. A specific surface-mounted sensing cable connected to an optical frequency domain reflectometry interrogator is considered as a case study. It was found that (i) tensile and pull-out tests can provide detailed information about materials and interfaces of the numerical model; (ii) the calibrated model made it possible to compute strain profiles along the OF and therefore to calculate the MTF of the system; (iii) the results proved to be consistent with experimental data collected on a cracked concrete beam during a four-point bending test. This paper is organized as follows: first, the technical background related to DOFSs and interrogators is briefly recalled, the MTF is defined and the above-mentioned methodology is presented. In the second part, the methodology is applied to a specific cable. Finally, a comparison with experimental evidence validates the proposed

  9. X-ray Structures of Precursors of Styrylpyridine-Derivatives Used to Obtain 4-((E-2-(Pyridin-2-ylvinylbenzamido-TEMPO: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Guillermo Soriano-Moro

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis and characterization of the precursor isomers trans-4-(2-(pyridin-2-ylvinylbenzaldehyde (I, trans-4-(2-(pyridin-4-ylvinylbenzaldehyde (II, trans-4-(2-(pyridin-2-ylvinylbenzoic acid (III and (E-4-(2-(pydridin-4-ylvinylbenzoic acid (IV are reported. These compounds were prepared in order to obtain trans-4-((E-2-(pyridin-2-ylvinylbenzamide-TEMPO (V. Compounds I and II were obtained by using a Knoevenagel reaction in the absence of a condensing agent and solvent. Oxidation of the aldehyde group using the Jones reagent afforded the corresponding acid forms III and IV. A condensation reaction with 4-amino-TEMPO using oxalyl chloride/DMF/CH2Cl2 provided the 4-((E-2-(pyridin-2-ylvinylbenzamide-TEMPO. Single crystals of compounds I, II and III were obtained and characterized by X-ray diffraction. Compound I belongs to space group P21/c, a = 12.6674(19 Å, b = 7.2173(11 Å, c = 11.5877(14 Å, b = 97.203(13° and the asymmetric unit was Z = 4, whereas compound II was in the space group P21, with a = 3.85728(9 Å, b = 10.62375(19 Å, c = 12.8625(2 Å, b = 91.722 (2° and the asymmetric unit was Z = 2. Compound III crystallized as single colorless needle crystals, belonging to the monoclinic system with space group P21, with Z = 2, with a = 3.89359(7 Å, b = 17.7014(3 Å, c = 8.04530(12 Å, b = 94.4030 (16°. All compounds were completely characterized by IR, 1H-NMR, EI-MS and UV-Vis.

  10. 3D nanocomposite chitosan/bioactive glass scaffolds obtained using two different routes: an evaluation of the porous structure and mechanical properties

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    Elke M. F. Lemos

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Porous synthetic substrates are developed through tissue engineering technologies to grow new tissue, restoring the function of tissue or an organ. For bone regeneration, these scaffolds must support the dynamic load exerted on this tissue, achieved primarily by increasing their compression strength, as established in the literature. The aim of this paper was to incorporate an inorganic composite bioactive glass (60%SiO2 - 36%CaO - 4%P2O5 as a reinforcing agent in mechanical 3D scaffolds that must remain porous. Two strategies were adopted: a co-precipitation method to obtain a nanoparticulate dispersion of bioactive glass (BGNP and a sol-gel method to combine a bioactive glass solution (BG with a previously prepared chitosan polymer solution. Moreover, a lyophilization process was also used, generating highly porous scaffolds. Various aspects of the scaffold were evaluated, including the morphology, orientation and size of the pores, and mechanical strength, as obtained using the two synthetic methods. The data for compressive strength revealed increased strength after the incorporation of bioactive glass, which was more pronounced when utilizing the nanoscale bioactive glass.

  11. Simulation of distillation in structured packing column to o obtain lube oils; Simulacao de uma coluna de destilacao com recheio estruturado para a obtencao de oleos lubrificantes

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    Machado, Rodrigo S.; Nicolaiewsky, Elioni M.A.; Mendes, Marisa F. [Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Seropedica, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The present work aims for the simulation of a laboratorial distillation column, operating continuously at vacuum conditions, in order to obtain basic lubricating oils. The feed is a mixture of light neutral, medium distillate and bright stock, aiming to produce light neutral as the top product, the medium distillate in the side stream and bright stock in the bottom. The simulation was performed using PRO II software in order to establish the best operating conditions. This work was based in a previous simulation using the same column with 20 theoretical trays, in order to obtain the medium distillate and bright stock at the top and bottom respectively, without the side stream. The simulations were performed varying the feed flow of 1 and 3 Kg/h, entering in the middle or at the bottom of the column, the operational pressure of 7 and 10mbar and the reflux ratio of 3 and 5, using the true boiling point curve - TBP of the feed, with an initial boiling point of 378.9 deg C and end boiling point of 598.3 deg C. (author)

  12. Obtaining of inulin acetate

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    Khusenov, Arslonnazar; Rakhmanberdiev, Gappar; Rakhimov, Dilshod; Khalikov, Muzaffar

    2014-01-01

    In the article first obtained inulin ester inulin acetate, by etherification of inulin with acetic anhydride has been exposed. Obtained product has been studied using elementary analysis and IR spectroscopy.

  13. Structure and Dynamics of DNA and RNA Double Helices Obtained from the GGGGCC and CCCCGG Hexanucleotide Repeats That Are the Hallmark of C9FTD/ALS Diseases.

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    Zhang, Yuan; Roland, Christopher; Sagui, Celeste

    2017-03-15

    A (GGGGCC) hexanucleotide repeat (HR) expansion in the C9ORF72 gene, and its associated antisense (CCCCGG) expansion, are considered the major cause behind frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. We have performed molecular dynamics simulations to characterize the conformation and dynamics of the 12 duplexes that result from the three different reading frames in sense and antisense HRs for both DNA and RNA. These duplexes display atypical structures relevant not only for a molecular level understanding of these diseases but also for enlarging the repertoire of nucleic-acid structural motifs. G-rich helices share common features. The inner G-G mismatches stay inside the helix in G syn -G anti conformations and form two hydrogen bonds (HBs) between the Watson-Crick edge of G anti and the Hoogsteen edge of G syn . In addition, G syn in RNA forms a base-phosphate HB. Inner G-G mismatches cause local unwinding of the helix. G-rich double helices are more stable than C-rich helices due to better stacking and HBs of G-G mismatches. C-rich helix conformations vary wildly. C mismatches flip out of the helix in DNA but not in RNA. Least (most) stable C-rich RNA and DNA helices have single (double) mismatches separated by two (four) Watson-Crick basepairs. The most stable DNA structure displays an "e-motif" where mismatched bases flip toward the minor groove and point in the 5' direction. There are two RNA conformations, where the orientation and HB pattern of the mismatches is coupled to bending of the helix.

  14. Primary structure of rat cardiac beta-adrenergic and muscarinic cholinergic receptors obtained by automated DNA sequence analysis: further evidence for a multigene family.

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    Gocayne, J; Robinson, D A; FitzGerald, M G; Chung, F Z; Kerlavage, A R; Lentes, K U; Lai, J; Wang, C D; Fraser, C M; Venter, J C

    1987-12-01

    Two cDNA clones, lambda RHM-MF and lambda RHB-DAR, encoding the muscarinic cholinergic receptor and the beta-adrenergic receptor, respectively, have been isolated from a rat heart cDNA library. The cDNA clones were characterized by restriction mapping and automated DNA sequence analysis utilizing fluorescent dye primers. The rat heart muscarinic receptor consists of 466 amino acids and has a calculated molecular weight of 51,543. The rat heart beta-adrenergic receptor consists of 418 amino acids and has a calculated molecular weight of 46,890. The two cardiac receptors have substantial amino acid homology (27.2% identity, 50.6% with favored substitutions). The rat cardiac beta receptor has 88.0% homology (92.5% with favored substitutions) with the human brain beta receptor and the rat cardiac muscarinic receptor has 94.6% homology (97.6% with favored substitutions) with the porcine cardiac muscarinic receptor. The muscarinic cholinergic and beta-adrenergic receptors appear to be as conserved as hemoglobin and cytochrome c but less conserved than histones and are clearly members of a multigene family. These data support our hypothesis, based upon biochemical and immunological evidence, that suggests considerable structural homology and evolutionary conservation between adrenergic and muscarinic cholinergic receptors. To our knowledge, this is the first report utilizing automated DNA sequence analysis to determine the structure of a gene.

  15. Structural and thermoelectric characterization of Ba substituted LaCoO{sub 3} perovskite-type materials obtained by polymerized gel combustion method

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    Kun, Robert, E-mail: robert.kun@uni-bremen.de [University of Bremen, FB 4, Near Net Shape Technologies, Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Populoh, Sascha; Karvonen, Lassi [Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Ueberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Duebendorf (Switzerland); Gumbert, Julia [University of Bremen, FB 4, Near Net Shape Technologies, Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Weidenkaff, Anke [Solid State Chemistry and Catalysis, EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Ueberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Duebendorf (Switzerland); Busse, Matthias [University of Bremen, FB 4, Near Net Shape Technologies, Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research, IFAM, Wiener Str. 12, 28359 Bremen (Germany)

    2013-12-05

    Highlights: •Ba-substituted LaCoO{sub 3} perovskites prepared by polymerized gel combustion method. •Φ affects the agglomeration grade, compacting, sintering behavior of the perovskites. •ZT-values reach maximum at 400–500 K temperature range. -- Abstract: Structural and thermoelectric transport properties of Ba{sup 2+} containing lanthanum cobaltate (La{sub 1−x}Ba{sub x}CoO{sub 3}; x = 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) prepared by soft chemistry method were investigated and discussed. The influence of the fuel-to-oxidizer ratio (Φ) of the redox mixture on the powder microstructure was studied. The agglomeration grade of the nanocrystalline perovskite phases can be influenced due to initial composition of the redox mixture. Since the different burning characteristic of the polymerized gels results in different xerogel structures, the as-calcined single phase perovskite samples show different compacting and sintering behavior. The thermoelectric transport properties were measured in the 300–1300 K temperature range. It was found that the electrical and thermal conductivity of the sintered pellets show strong dependence on microstructure. In addition increasing Ba{sup 2+} content in the samples results in lower thermal conductivity values (κ < 1.5 W/K m). The calculated dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) showed maximum value in the 400–500 K range.

  16. Structural properties of the formation of zinc-containing nanoparticles obtained by ion implantation in Si (001 and subsequent thermal annealing

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    Ksenia B. Eidelman

    2017-09-01

    We show that a damaged layer with a large concentration of radiation induced defects forms near the surface as a result of the implantation of Zn+ ions with an energy of 50 keV. In the as-implanted state, nanoparticles of metallic Zn with a size of about 25 nm form at a depth of 40 nm inside the damaged silicon layer. Subsequent annealing at 800 °C in a dry oxygen atmosphere leads to structural changes in the defect layer and the formation of Zn2SiO4 nanoparticles at a depth of 25 nm with an average size of 3 nm, as well as oxidation of the existing Zn particles to the Zn2SiO4 phase. The oxidation of the metallic Zn nanoparticles starts from the surface of the particles and leads to the formation of particles with a “core-shell” structure. Analysis of the phase composition of the silicon layer after two-stage implantation with O+ and Zn+ ions showed that Zn and Zn2SiO4 particles form in the as-implanted state. Subsequent annealing at 800 °C in a dry oxygen atmosphere leads to an increase in the particle size but does not change the phase composition of the near-surface layer. ZnO nanoparticles were not observed under these experimental conditions of ion beam synthesis.

  17. Annealing effects on the structural and optical properties of vanadium oxide film obtained by the hot-filament metal oxide deposition technique (HFMOD)

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    Scarminio, Jair; Silva, Paulo Rogerio Catarini da, E-mail: scarmini@uel.br, E-mail: prcsilva@uel.br [Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), PR (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica; Gelamo, Rogerio Valentim, E-mail: rogelamo@gmail.com [Universidade Federal do Triangulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, MG (Brazil); Moraes, Mario Antonio Bica de, E-mail: bmoraes@mailhost.ifi.unicamp.br [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil)

    2017-01-15

    Vanadium oxide films amorphous, nonstoichiometric and highly absorbing in the optical region were deposited on ITO-coated glass and on silicon substrates, by the hot-filament metal oxide deposition technique (HFMOD) and oxidized by ex-situ annealing in a furnace at 200, 300, 400 and 500 deg C, under an atmosphere of argon and rarefied oxygen. X-ray diffraction, Raman and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy as well as optical transmission were employed to characterize the amorphous and annealed films. When annealed at 200 and 300 deg C the as-deposited opaque films become transparent but still amorphous. Under treatments at 400 and 500 deg C a crystalline nonstoichiometric V{sub 2}O{sub 5} structure is formed. All the annealed films became semiconducting, with their optical absorption coefficients changing with the annealing temperature. An optical gap of 2.25 eV was measured for the films annealed at 400 and 500 deg C. The annealing in rarefied oxygen atmosphere proved to be a useful and simple ex-situ method to modulate the structural and optical properties of vanadium oxide films deposited by HFMOD technique. This technique could be applied to other amorphous and non-absorbing oxide films, replacing the conventional and sometimes expensive method of modulate desirable film properties by controlling the film deposition parameters. Even more, the HFMOD technique can be an inexpensive alternative to deposit metal oxide films. (author)

  18. Methionine sulfoxides on PrPSc: a prion-specific covalent signature.

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    Canello, Tamar; Engelstein, Roni; Moshel, Ofra; Xanthopoulos, Konstantinos; Juanes, María E; Langeveld, Jan; Sklaviadis, Theodoros; Gasset, Maria; Gabizon, Ruth

    2008-08-26

    Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders believed to be transmitted by PrP (Sc), an aberrant form of the membrane protein PrP (C). In the absence of an established form-specific covalent difference, the infectious properties of PrP (Sc) were uniquely ascribed to the self-perpetuation properties of its aberrant fold. Previous sequencing of the PrP chain isolated from PrP(27-30) showed the oxidation of some methionine residues; however, at that time, these findings were ascribed to experimental limitations. Using the unique recognition properties of alphaPrP mAb IPC2, protein chemistry, and state of the art mass spectrometry, we now show that while a large fraction of the methionine residues in brain PrP (Sc) are present as methionine sulfoxides this modification could not be found on brain PrP (C) as well as on its recombinant models. In particular, the pattern of oxidation of M213 with respect to the glycosylation at N181 of PrP (Sc) differs both within and between species, adding another diversity factor to the structure of PrP (Sc) molecules. Our results pave the way for the production of prion-specific reagents in the form of antibodies against oxidized PrP chains which can serve in the development of both diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. In addition, we hypothesize that the accumulation of PrP (Sc) and thereafter the pathogenesis of prion disease may result from the poor degradation of oxidized aberrantly folded PrP.

  19. Oral inoculation of neonatal Suffolk sheep with the agent of classical scrapie results in PrPSc accumulation in sheep with the PRNP ARQ/ARQ but not the ARQ/ARR genotype

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    Background Scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that can be transmitted amongst susceptible sheep. The prion protein gene (PRNP) profoundly influences the susceptibility of sheep to the scrapie agent. Findings This study reports the failure to detect PrPSc in nervous or lymphoid tis...

  20. Adhesion mechanism of polyelectrolyte cements to tooth structure--polyelectrolyte behavior of the cement polymers obtained by potentiometric titration in the presence of calcium ion.

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    Iioka, A; Araki, Y; Matsuda, K; Ohno, H

    1989-12-01

    Potentiomeric titration of aqueous solutions of polyacrylic acid and commercial polyelectrolyte cement polymers with sodium hydroxide solution was carried out in the presence of different concentrations of Ca2+. Polyelectrolytes all behave as weak acids without the coexisting Ca2+. However, in the presence of Ca2+, in amounts over one-half of the equivalent amount to the carboxyl group in the polymer, they have a strong acid-like behavior. This means that the carboxyl groups in the polymer chain tend to react strongly with coexisting Ca2+ as they are partially neutralized by the alkaline solution. This is also strong evidence supporting polyelectrolyte cement as an adhesion mechanism to tooth structure during cementation.

  1. The effect of structural and optical properties on the photocatalytic efficiency of Zinc Sulphide nanoparticles obtained by hydro/solvothermal decomposition of Zinc N,N-diethyldithiocarbamate

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    Siqueira, G. O.; de Morais, E. C. R.; da Silva, H. V.; Abelenda, A.; González, J. C.; Porto, A. O.

    2017-06-01

    Cubic and hexagonal zinc sulphide nanoparticles were prepared by hydro/solvothermal decomposition of Zinc N,N-diethyldithiocarbamate by using different experimental conditions such as pH values, solvents and the presence of a particle stabilizer, sodium polyacrylate. The effect of these different experimental conditions on the microstructure and photocatalytical efficiency of ZnS was investigated in this work. Microstructural parameters, such as, apparent mean crystal size, microstrain and crystal size distribution were determined by analysis of experimental X-ray diffraction. Apparent mean crystal sizes were in the range of 6.5-44 nm and the lattice microstrain varied from 0.24% to 0%. Dimethylformamide showed to be more suitable than water to form small particles with a very narrow size distribution. The obtained optical band gaps and Urbach energies were in range of 3.32-3.60 eV and 0.09-0.15 eV, respectively. Photoluminescence spectra showed strong visible light emissions (green, blue and white) associated to the electronic levels introduced by the presence of superficial defects. The photocatalytic efficiency of these samples was investigated towards methylene blue degradation and a correlation between this efficiency and the PL intensity was observed. This correlation was associated to the formation of surface active centres at catalyst surfaces and the local potential fluctuations of valence and conduction bands.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of pure and Ca-doped LaCoO3 nanopowders obtained by a sol-gel route.

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    Armelao, Lidia; Barreca, Davide; Bottaro, Gregorio; Maragno, Cinzia; Tondello, Eugenio; Caneschi, Andrea; Sangregorio, Claudio; Gialanella, Stefano

    2006-04-01

    Pure and Ca-doped LaCoO3 nanopowders were prepared by a non-alkoxidic sol-gel route using cobalt(II) acetate, lanthanum(III) nitrate and calcium(II) acetate as oxide precursors. The structural evolution and magnetic properties of the samples were studied as a function of thermal treatments in air up to 1273 K. In particular, the microstructure and composition of the systems were analyzed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Both pure and calcium-doped samples annealing at 973 K resulted in the formation of cubic LaCoO3 (average crystallite size <30 nm). This phase was fully retained in the calcium-doped materials even after annealing at higher temperatures, whereas a transition to the rhomboedral polymorph was detected in the pure samples at 1073 K. The magnetic behavior of the nanopowders was investigated as a function of temperature and applied field using both dynamic and static susceptibility measurements. Pure lanthanum cobaltite samples underwent a transition to an ordered state at 88 K, and their magnetic properties changed as a function of thermal treatments. As concerns calcium-doped samples, they ordered ferromagnetically at 171 and 185 K depending on the annealing temperature and displayed open hysteresis loops with coercive fields as large as 1.75 T at low temperatures.

  3. EXAFS analysis of cations distribution in structure of Co1-xNixFe2O4 nanoparticles obtained by hydrothermal method in aloe vera extract solution

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    Wongpratat, Unchista; Maensiri, Santi; Swatsitang, Ekaphan

    2016-09-01

    Effect of cations distribution upon EXAFS analysis on magnetic properties of Co1-xNixFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0) nanoparticles prepared by the hydrothermal method in aloe vera extract solution were studied. XRD analysis confirmed a pure phase of cubic spinel ferrite of all samples. Changes in lattice parameter and particle size depended on the Ni content with partial substitution and site distributions of Co2+, Ni2+ ions of different ionic radii at both tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the crystal structure. Particle sizes of samples estimated by TEM images were found to be in the range of 10.87-62.50 nm. The VSM results at room temperature indicated the ferrimagnetic behavior of all samples. Superparamagnetic behavior was observed in NiFe2O4 sample. The coercivity (Hc) and remanance (Mr) values were related to the particle sizes of samples. The saturation magnetization (Ms) was increased by a factor of 1.4 to a value of 57.57 emu/g, whereas the coercivity (Hc) was decreased by a factor of 20 to a value of 63.15 Oe for a sample with x = 0.75. In addition to the cations distribution, the increase of aspect ratio (surface to volume ratio) due to the decrease of particle size could significantly affect the magnetic properties of the materials.

  4. Simulation of the solid state and the first and second hydration shell of the xanthine oxidase inhibitor allopurinol: Structures obtained using DFT and MP2 methods

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    Álvarez-Ros, M. C.; Alcolea Palafox, M.

    2016-05-01

    Allopurinol (AL) was investigated in the isolated state, solid state, and in the hydrated form through an exhaustive quantum-chemical analysis. Full geometry optimization and energy calculations of the 11 most stable tautomers in the isolated state were performed. The most stable one corresponds to AL-15 at all the levels of computation. Several weak bands of the experimental spectrum in Ar-matrix were tentatively assigned to tautomer AL-25. The crystal unit cell of the solid state was simulated by a heptamer form. Comparisons with the experimental values confirm that only tautomer AL-15 appears in the solid state. The hydration of the two most stable tautomers: AL-15 and AL-25 was carried out. Solvent effects were considered using the Tomasi's polarized continuum model (PCM) and by the explicit model (EM) including a variable number of water molecules surrounding the base to simulate the first and second hydration shells. In this second hydration shell the calculated difference in the free energy between both tautomers is so small, that both tautomers can coexist in bull water. Some of the most important conclusions on the effects of the hydration on the molecular structure were presented. The deformation and interaction energies were corrected for basis set superposition error (BSSE) using the counterpoise (CP) procedure.

  5. Onion extract structural changes during in vitro digestion and its potential antioxidant effect on brain lipids obtained from low- and high-fat-fed mice.

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    Hur, S J; Lee, S J; Kim, D H; Chun, S C; Lee, S K

    2013-12-01

    This study investigated the effects of onion (Allium cepa, L.) extract on the antioxidant activity of lipids in low-and high-fat-fed mouse brain lipids and its structural change during in vitro human digestion. The onion extracts were passed through an in vitro human digestion model that simulated the composition of the mouth, stomach, and small intestine juice. The brain lipids were collected from low- and high-fat-fed mouse brain and then incubated with the in vitro-digested onion extracts to determine the lipid oxidation. The results confirmed that the main phenolics of onion extract were kaempferol, myricetin, quercetin, and quercitrin. The quercetin content increased with digestion of the onion extract. Antioxidant activity was strongly influenced by in vitro human digestion of both onion extract and quercetin standard. After digestion by the small intestine, the antioxidant activity values were dramatically increased, whereas the antioxidant activity was less influenced by digestion in the stomach for both onion extract and quercetin standard. The inhibitory effect of lipid oxidation of onion extract in mouse brain lipids increased after digestion in the stomach. The inhibitory effect of lipid oxidation of onion extract was higher in the high-fat-fed mouse brain lipids than that in the low-fat-fed mouse brain lipids. The major study finding is that the antioxidative effect of onion extract may be higher in high-fat-fed mouse brain lipids than that in low-fat-fed mouse brain lipids. Thus, dietary onion may have important applications as a natural antioxidant agent in a high-fat diet.

  6. Modified structural characteristics and enhanced electrochemical properties of oxygen-deficient Li2MnO3-δ obtained from pristine Li2MnO3

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    Tan, Xiao; Liu, Rui; Xie, Congxin; Shen, Qiang

    2018-01-01

    Lithium-rich manganese(IV) oxide Li2MnO3 has hardly any activity as the cathode active substance of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) but its reversible capacity can be greatly improved by introducing oxygen deficiencies. After the solid-state heat treatment of nanocrystalline Li2MnO3 by sodium borohydride (NaBH4), the resulting Li2MnO3-δ crystallites comparatively acquire distinguishable appearances in color and shape and slight differences in surface composition and lattice structure. As a LIB cathode within the potential range of 2.5-4.7 V, at 20 mA g-1 pristine Li2MnO3 gives the specific discharge capacities of 3.3, 5.0 and 7.4 mAh·g-1 in the 1st, 10th and 100th cycles, while the derivative Li2MnO3-δ delivers the relatively high values of 64.8, 103.8 and 140.2 mAh·g-1 in the 1st, 10th and 120th cycles, respectively. Aside from the similar phenomenon of gradual electrochemical activation, substituting Li2MnO3-δ for Li2MnO3 means the great enhancements of charge-transfer ability and electrochemical performances. Especially, the cationic-anionic redox mechanisms of Li2MnO3 and Li2MnO3-δ are similar to each other, suggesting a possible solution to prepare high-performance xLi2MnO3-δ·(1-x)LiMO2 solid solutions for application purposes.

  7. Microscale soil structure development after glacial retreat - using machine-learning based segmentation of elemental distributions obtained by NanoSIMS

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    Schweizer, Steffen; Schlueter, Steffen; Hoeschen, Carmen; Koegel-Knabner, Ingrid; Mueller, Carsten W.

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    Soil organic matter (SOM) is distributed on mineral surfaces depending on physicochemical soil properties that vary at the submicron scale. Nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS) can be used to visualize the spatial distribution of up to seven elements simultaneously at a lateral resolution of approximately 100 nm from which patterns of SOM coatings can be derived. Existing computational methods are mostly confined to visualization and lack spatial quantification measures of coverage and connectivity of organic matter coatings. This study proposes a methodology for the spatial analysis of SOM coatings based on supervised pixel classification and automatic image analysis of the 12C, 12C14N (indicative for SOM) and 16O (indicative for mineral surfaces) secondary ion distributions. The image segmentation of the secondary ion distributions into mineral particle surface and organic coating was done with a machine learning algorithm, which accounts for multiple features like size, color, intensity, edge and texture in all three ion distributions simultaneously. Our workflow allowed the spatial analysis of differences in the SOM coverage during soil development in the Damma glacier forefield (Switzerland) based on NanoSIMS measurements (n=121; containing ca. 4000 particles). The Damma chronosequence comprises several stages of soil development with increasing ice-free period (from ca. 15 to >700 years). To investigate mineral-associated SOM in the developing soil we obtained clay fractions (2.2 g cm3). We found increased coverage and a simultaneous development from patchy-distributed organic coatings to more connected coatings with increasing time after glacial retreat. The normalized N:C ratio (12C14N: (12C14N + 12C)) on the organic matter coatings was higher in the medium-aged soils than in the young and mature ones in both heavy and light mineral fraction. This reflects the sequential accumulation of proteinaceous SOM in the medium-aged soils and C

  8. Structural conservation of prion strain specificities in recombinant prion protein fibrils in real-time quaking-induced conversion.

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    Sano, Kazunori; Atarashi, Ryuichiro; Nishida, Noriyuki

    2015-01-01

    A major unsolved issue of prion biology is the existence of multiple strains with distinct phenotypes and this strain phenomenon is postulated to be associated with the conformational diversity of the abnormal prion protein (PrP(Sc)). Real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QUIC) assay that uses Escherichia coli-derived recombinant prion protein (rPrP) for the sensitive detection of PrP(Sc) results in the formation of rPrP-fibrils seeded with various strains. We demonstrated that there are differences in the secondary structures, especially in the β-sheets, and conformational stability between 2 rPrP-fibrils seeded with either Chandler or 22L strains in the first round of RT-QUIC. In particular, the differences in conformational properties of these 2 rPrP-fibrils were common to those of the original PrP(Sc). However, the strain specificities of rPrP-fibrils seen in the first round were lost in subsequent rounds. Instead, our findings suggest that nonspecific fibrils became the major species, probable owing to their selective growth advantage in the RT-QUIC. This study shows that at least some strain-specific conformational properties of the original PrP(Sc) can be transmitted to rPrP-fibrils in vitro, but further conservation appears to require unknown cofactors or environmental conditions or both.

  9. Human prion protein (PrP) 219K is converted to PrPSc but shows heterozygous inhibition in variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease infection.

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    Hizume, Masaki; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Teruya, Kenta; Ohashi, Hiroaki; Ironside, James W; Mohri, Shirou; Kitamoto, Tetsuyuki

    2009-02-06

    Prion protein gene (PRNP) E219K is a human polymorphism commonly occurring in Asian populations but is rarely found in patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Thus the polymorphism E219K has been considered protective against sporadic CJD. The corresponding mouse prion protein (PrP) polymorphism variant (mouse PrP 218K) is not converted to the abnormal isoform (PrP(Sc)) and shows a dominant negative effect on wild-type PrP conversion. To define the conversion activity of this human molecule, we herein established knock-in mice with human PrP 219K and performed a series of transmission experiments with human prions. Surprisingly, the human PrP 219K molecule was converted to PrP(Sc) in variant CJD infection, and the conversion occurred more efficiently than PrP 219E molecule. Notably the knock-in mice with PRNP codon 219E/K showed the least efficient conversion compared with their hemizygotes with PRNP codon 219E/0 or codon 219K/0, or homozygotes with PRNP codon 219E/E or codon 219K/K. This phenomenon indicated heterozygous inhibition. This heterozygous inhibition was observed also in knock-in mice with PRNP codon 129M/V genotype. In addition to variant CJD infection, the human PrP 219K molecule is conversion-competent in transmission experiments with sporadic CJD prions. Therefore, the protective effect of PRNP E219K against sporadic CJD might be due to heterozygous inhibition.

  10. Prion protein gene variability in Spanish goats. Inference through susceptibility to classical scrapie strains and pathogenic distribution of peripheral PrP(sc..

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    Cristina Acín

    Full Text Available Classical scrapie is a neurological disorder of the central nervous system (CNS characterized by the accumulation of an abnormal, partially protease resistant prion protein (PrP(sc in the CNS and in some peripheral tissues in domestic small ruminants. Whereas the pathological changes and genetic susceptibility of ovine scrapie are well known, caprine scrapie has been less well studied. We report here a pathological study of 13 scrapie-affected goats diagnosed in Spain during the last 9 years. We used immunohistochemical and biochemical techniques to discriminate between classical and atypical scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE. All the animals displayed PrP(sc distribution patterns and western blot characteristics compatible with classical scrapie. In addition, we determined the complete open reading frame sequence of the PRNP in these scrapie-affected animals. The polymorphisms observed were compared with those of the herd mates (n = 665 and with the frequencies of healthy herds (n = 581 of native Spanish goats (Retinta, Pirenaica and Moncaina and other worldwide breeds reared in Spain (Saanen, Alpine and crossbreed. In total, sixteen polymorphic sites were identified, including the known amino acid substitutions at codons G37V, G127S, M137I, I142M, H143R, R151H, R154H, R211Q, Q222K, G232W, and P240S, and new polymorphisms at codons G74D, M112T, R139S, L141F and Q215R. In addition, the known 42, 138 and 179 silent mutations were detected, and one new one is reported at codon 122. The genetic differences observed in the population studied have been attributed to breed and most of the novel polymorphic codons show frequencies lower than 5%. This work provides the first basis of polymorphic distribution of PRNP in native and worldwide goat breeds reared in Spain.

  11. Effect of SiNx diffusion barrier thickness on the structural properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films obtained by sol–gel dip coating and reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Mohamed Nawfal Ghazzal

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the effect of the thickness of the silicon nitride (SiNx diffusion barrier on the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films obtained with different processes. We show that the structural and photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films produced using soft chemistry (sol–gel and physical methods (reactive sputtering are affected differentially by the intercalating SiNx diffusion barrier. Increasing the thickness of the SiNx diffusion barrier induced a gradual decrease of the crystallite size of TiO2 films obtained by the sol–gel process. However, TiO2 obtained using the reactive sputtering method showed no dependence on the thickness of the SiNx barrier diffusion. The SiNx barrier diffusion showed a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic efficiency of TiO2 films regardless of the synthesis method used. The proposed mechanism leading to the improvement in the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 films obtained by each process was discussed.

  12. [Erythromycin ethylsuccinate obtaining possibilities].

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    Stan, Cătălina Daniela; Stefanache, Alina; Tântaru, Gladiola; Poiată, Antonia; Dumitrache, M; Diaconu, D E; Profire, Lenuţa

    2008-01-01

    In this study we tried to improve the erythromycin ethylsuccinate obtaining, having in view to separate the erythromycin ester by crystallization in water. The erythromycin acylation and the erythromycin ethylsuccinate crystallization were realized, following the next steps: 1. the acylation of the erythromycin with a methylene chloride solution of monoethylsuccinyl chloride, at 25-28 degrees C for 3 hours in the presence of NaHCO3; 2. the transfer of the erythromycin ethylsuccinate from methylene chloride solution in acetone solution by distillation of mixture methylene chloride: acetone 1:1 at 25-28 degrees C; 3. erythromycin ethylsuccinate separation by crystallization in water at pH = 8-8.5 and 5 degrees C for 90 minutes. The quality control for the erythromycin ester was performed according to the Xth edition of Romanian Pharmacopoeia standards using national standard for erythromycin ethylsuccinate and national standard for erythromycin with an activity of 1: 937 U and 2.02% humidity. The Micrococcus luteus ATCC 9341 was used as a test microorganism and a thin layer cromatography was performed for qualitative control. 13.1 g of erythromycin ethylsuccinate were obtained with an output of the process of 82.02%. Using water for the separation of erythromycin ethylsuccinate the output of the process is greater (82.02%) than in case of using petroleum ether (74.14%) or hexane (80.25%). The thin layer cromatography revealed an Rf = 0.56 and the microbiological activity of the erythromycin ethylsuccinate was 98.7% compared with the standard. Using water instead of hexane or petroleum ether is gainful for the separation of erythromycin ethylsuccinate from the reaction medium. The obtained erythromycin ethylsuccinate corresponds to the Xth edition of Romanian Pharmacopoeia standards. So, the raw materials consumption is decreased, the costs are cut down, the obtained product purity is high and the output of the process is greater.

  13. The Structural Architecture of an Infectious Mammalian Prion Using Electron Cryomicroscopy.

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    Vázquez-Fernández, Ester; Vos, Matthijn R; Afanasyev, Pavel; Cebey, Lino; Sevillano, Alejandro M; Vidal, Enric; Rosa, Isaac; Renault, Ludovic; Ramos, Adriana; Peters, Peter J; Fernández, José Jesús; van Heel, Marin; Young, Howard S; Requena, Jesús R; Wille, Holger

    2016-09-01

    The structure of the infectious prion protein (PrPSc), which is responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, has escaped all attempts at elucidation due to its insolubility and propensity to aggregate. PrPSc replicates by converting the non-infectious, cellular prion protein (PrPC) into the misfolded, infectious conformer through an unknown mechanism. PrPSc and its N-terminally truncated variant, PrP 27-30, aggregate into amorphous aggregates, 2D crystals, and amyloid fibrils. The structure of these infectious conformers is essential to understanding prion replication and the development of structure-based therapeutic interventions. Here we used the repetitive organization inherent to GPI-anchorless PrP 27-30 amyloid fibrils to analyze their structure via electron cryomicroscopy. Fourier-transform analyses of averaged fibril segments indicate a repeating unit of 19.1 Å. 3D reconstructions of these fibrils revealed two distinct protofilaments, and, together with a molecular volume of 18,990 Å3, predicted the height of each PrP 27-30 molecule as ~17.7 Å. Together, the data indicate a four-rung β-solenoid structure as a key feature for the architecture of infectious mammalian prions. Furthermore, they allow to formulate a molecular mechanism for the replication of prions. Knowledge of the prion structure will provide important insights into the self-propagation mechanisms of protein misfolding.

  14. The Structural Architecture of an Infectious Mammalian Prion Using Electron Cryomicroscopy.

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    Ester Vázquez-Fernández

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The structure of the infectious prion protein (PrPSc, which is responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, has escaped all attempts at elucidation due to its insolubility and propensity to aggregate. PrPSc replicates by converting the non-infectious, cellular prion protein (PrPC into the misfolded, infectious conformer through an unknown mechanism. PrPSc and its N-terminally truncated variant, PrP 27-30, aggregate into amorphous aggregates, 2D crystals, and amyloid fibrils. The structure of these infectious conformers is essential to understanding prion replication and the development of structure-based therapeutic interventions. Here we used the repetitive organization inherent to GPI-anchorless PrP 27-30 amyloid fibrils to analyze their structure via electron cryomicroscopy. Fourier-transform analyses of averaged fibril segments indicate a repeating unit of 19.1 Å. 3D reconstructions of these fibrils revealed two distinct protofilaments, and, together with a molecular volume of 18,990 Å3, predicted the height of each PrP 27-30 molecule as ~17.7 Å. Together, the data indicate a four-rung β-solenoid structure as a key feature for the architecture of infectious mammalian prions. Furthermore, they allow to formulate a molecular mechanism for the replication of prions. Knowledge of the prion structure will provide important insights into the self-propagation mechanisms of protein misfolding.

  15. Meso-structured coatings of TiO2-anatase obtained by EISA method with photovoltaic activity; Recubrimientos meso-estructurados de TiO2-anatasa obtenido por el metodo EISA con actividad fotovoltaica

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    Arconada, N.; Castro, Y.; Duran, A.

    2010-07-01

    This paper reports the preparation of mesoporous and meso-structured TiO2-anatase thin films using the sol-gel route combining with the evaporation induced self-assembly method (EISA). Titania sols were prepared from TiCl4 using different no-ionic pore generating agents: Pluronic F127, Brij58 and Triton X100. The films were deposited by dipping and then characterised was performed by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Low angle and Graxing X-Ray Diffraction and Transmission Electronic Microscopy to analyse the crystallization of the inorganic network and the direction order of the meso-structured porosity. Spectral Ellipsometry studies were performed to obtain the absorption-desorption isotherms and to determine pore size distribution, pore volume and specific surface area and exposed surface area of the films. The photocatalytic activity was studied through the degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solution (c= 3mg/L) under ultraviolet-visible light exposure. Thickness, refraction index and contact angles change with the type of substrate used to deposit the films. Higher thickness and low refraction index and contact angle were obtained onto glass-slides substrate. The best photocatalytic activity was obtained for the 0.005 F127 at RH 20-70% and 0.3 Triton at RH 50%, which correspond with lowest pore size and highest Sexp. The TiO2 films obtained with 0.005 F127 at RH 20 and 20-70% and Brij58 at RH 50% show a perfect meso-structured order. (Author).

  16. NMR structure of the mouse prion protein domain PrP(121-231).

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    Riek, R; Hornemann, S; Wider, G; Billeter, M; Glockshuber, R; Wüthrich, K

    1996-07-11

    The 'protein only' hypothesis states that a modified form of normal prion protein triggers infectious neurodegenerative diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. Prion proteins are thought to exist in two different conformations: the 'benign' PrPcform, and the infectious 'scrapie form', PrPsc. Knowledge of the three-dimensional structure of PrPc is essential for understanding the transition to PrPsc. The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) structure of the autonomously folding PrP domain comprising residues 121-231 (ref. 6) contains a two-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet and three alpha-helices. This domain contains most of the point-mutation sites that have been linked, in human PrP, to the occurrence of familial prion diseases. The NMR structure shows that these mutations occur within, or directly adjacent to, regular secondary structures. The presence of a beta-sheet in PrP(121-231) is in contrast with model predictions of an all-helical structure of PrPc (ref. 8), and may be important for the initiation of the transition from PrPc to PrPsc.

  17. Variable levels of 37-kDa/67-kDa laminin receptor (RPSA) mRNA in ovine tissues: potential contribution to the regulatory processes of PrPSc propagation?

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    Qiao, Jun-Wen; Su, Xiao-Ou; Li, Yu-Xing; Yang, Jian-Min; Wang, Yi-Qin; Kouadir, Mohammed; Zhou, Xiang-Mei; Yang, Li-Feng; Yin, Xiao-Min; Zhao, De-Ming

    2009-01-01

    The 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor/67-kDa laminin receptor (LRP/LR, also known as ribosomal protein SA, RPSA) has been reported to be involved in cancer development and prion internalization. Previous studies have shown that the LRP/LR is expressed in a wide variety of tissues. In particular, expression of LRP/LR mRNA may be closely related to the degree of PrP(Sc) propagation. This study presents a detailed investigation of the LRP/LR mRNA expression levels in eleven normal ovine tissues. Using real-time quantitative PCR, the highest LRP/LR expression was found in neocortex (p < 0.05). Slightly lower levels were found in the heart and obex. Intermediate levels were seen in hippocampus, cerebellum, spleen, thalamus, mesenteric lymph node, and the lowest levels were present in liver, kidney, and lung. In general, the LRP/LR mRNA levels were much higher in neuronal tissues than in peripheral tissues. The observation that differences in LRP/LR mRNA expression levels are consistent with the corresponding variation in PrP(Sc) accumulation suggests that the 37-kDa/67-kDa laminin receptor may be involved in the regulation of PrP(Sc) propagation.

  18. Phase structure and thermal evolution in coating films and powders obtained by sol-gel process: Part II. ZrO{sub 2}{minus}2.5mole {percent} Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Caruso, R.; Benavidez, E.; de Sanctis, O. [Laboratorio de Materiales Ceramicos, FCEIyA, IFIR, Av. Pellegrini 250, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Caracoche, M.C.; Rivas, P.C. [Programa TENAES, Departamento de Fisica, FCE, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, c.c. 67, 1900 La Plata (Argentina); Cervera, M. [Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, R.S. 184, 1864 Bernal (Argentina); Caneiro, A.; Serquis, A. [Centro Atomico Bariloche, CNEA, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina)

    1997-10-01

    Powders and coatings of zirconia doped with 2.5 mole {percent} yttria have been produced via the sol-gel route. The phase structure and subsequent thermal evolution in heating and cooling cycles have been investigated using mainly perturbed angular correlations spectroscopy. Thermal analyses and XRD as a function of temperature have also been performed to obtain complementary information. Upon heating, the amorphous gels crystallized into the tetragonal structure and showed the same hyperfine pattern and thermal behavior as observed in tetragonal zorconia obtained by the ceramic route: the two configurations vacancies around zirconium ions denoted as t{sub 1} and t{sub 2} forms and their mutual t{sub 1}{r_arrow}t{sub 2} transformation. While the powder sample exhibited an incipient thermal instability above 1000{degree}C and underwent completely the t{sub 2} form to m{endash}ZrO{sub 2} transition during subsequent, gradual cooling below 500{degree}C, the coating retained the tetragonal phase within the whole temperature range investigated. Hyperfine results suggest that the tetragonal phase stabilization is favored by the highly defective nature of the t{sub 1} form and consequently hardened by the availability of oxygen. The PAC derived activation energy for the fast diffusion of the oxygen vacancies inherent to the t{sub 2} form was determined as 0.54{plus_minus}0.14eV. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  19. Using mass spectrometry and small molecule reagents to detect distinctive structural features of different prion conformations (strains)

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    A prion (PrPSc) is a conformer of a normal cellular prion protein (PrPC). Although they are isosequential, PrPSc is an infectious protein able to convert PrPC into the prion conformation and thereby propagate an infection. PrPC is monomeric while PrPSc is a multimer. PrPSc can adopt more than one co...

  20. Structure-Based Drug Discovery for Prion Disease Using a Novel Binding Simulation

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    Daisuke Ishibashi

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The accumulation of abnormal prion protein (PrPSc converted from the normal cellular isoform of PrP (PrPC is assumed to induce pathogenesis in prion diseases. Therefore, drug discovery studies for these diseases have focused on the protein conversion process. We used a structure-based drug discovery algorithm (termed Nagasaki University Docking Engine: NUDE that ran on an intensive supercomputer with a graphic-processing unit to identify several compounds with anti-prion effects. Among the candidates showing a high-binding score, the compounds exhibited direct interaction with recombinant PrP in vitro, and drastically reduced PrPSc and protein-aggresomes in the prion-infected cells. The fragment molecular orbital calculation showed that the van der Waals interaction played a key role in PrPC binding as the intermolecular interaction mode. Furthermore, PrPSc accumulation and microgliosis were significantly reduced in the brains of treated mice, suggesting that the drug candidates provided protection from prion disease, although further in vivo tests are needed to confirm these findings. This NUDE-based structure-based drug discovery for normal protein structures is likely useful for the development of drugs to treat other conformational disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.

  1. Nd(III) and Yb(III) ions incorporated in Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} obtained by sol-gel method: synthesis, structure, crystals and luminescence

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    Lipinska, L.; Diduszko, R. [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw (Poland); Ryba-Romanowski, R. [Institute of Low Temp. and Struct. Research, Polish Ac. Sc., Wroclaw (Poland); Klimm, D.; Ganschow, S. [Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth, Berlin (Germany); Rzepka, A.

    2009-02-15

    The nanocrystalline powders of Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} (YAM) pure and doped by Nd, Yb and codoped by Nd and Yb were obtained via modified sol-gel method. These powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction method, scanning electron microscopy and high resolution scanning electron microscopy, luminescence spectroscopy and differential thermal analysis (DTA). We obtained single phase powders of crystalline structure with average size 70 nm exhibiting interesting luminescent properties. Efficient non-radiative energy transfer between Nd and Yb was found. DTA confirmed the phase transition at about 1400 C. From these nanocrystalline powders, the crystals YAM:Yb, YAM:Yb,Nd were grown by micro-pulling down technique. They were cracking during cooling owing to the phase transition. Luminescent properties of YAM:Nd,Yb crystals were identical with properties of corresponding nanopowders within experimental incertitude. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Superficial characterization and nano structural of nano multilayers Cr/Cr N obtained by UBM with different unbalance grades; Caracterizacion superficial y nano estructural de nano multicapas Cr/CrN obtenidas por UBM con diferentes grados de desbalance

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    Piratoba, U. [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Departamento de Fisica, Carrera 45 No. 26-85, Edificio Uriel Gutierrez, Bogota D. C. (Colombia); Arenas A, J. [UNAM, Instituto de Fisica, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Olaya, J. J., E-mail: ulisesp3@hotmail.com [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica y Mecatronica, Carrera 30 No. 45-03, Edificio 453, Bogota D. C. (Colombia)

    2013-10-01

    Coatings of 25 bilayers of Cr/Cr N, with total thickness between 1.32 and 1.67 microns, were deposited by reactive sputtering on silicon and H13 steel, in argon and argon with nitrogen atmospheres. A power of 160 watts, flows of argon and nitrogen of 9 and 3 sc cm respectively, and an axial unbalanced magnetron, whose coefficient of geometrical unbalance K{sub G} was varied between 0.85 and 1.37. Of these coatings, micrographs of surface and cross section scanning electron microscopy were obtained, was make a micro structural characterization with X-ray diffraction, a nano structural characterization by transmission electron microscopy, and surface characterization by atomic force microscopy in tapping mode: analysis showed uniform surface coating with globular and pyramidal formations, which contain some granular inclusions and microscopic craters. With the increase in the unbalance of the magnetic field, the grain size, the roughness and the speed of the coatings growth were increased. (Author)

  3. Lightning activity and radar observations of the multicell thunderstorm system passing over Swider Observatory (Poland) on 19 July 2015 and its dynamic and electric charge structure obtained from the WRF_ELEC model

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    Kubicki, Marek; Konarski, Jerzy; Gajda, Wojciech; Barański, Piotr; Guzikowski, Jakub; Kryza, Maciej

    2017-04-01

    In this work we present preliminary results on the thunderstorm event at IG PAS Swider Geophysical Observatory (52.12°N, 21.25°E, geomagnetic latitude 50.5°N, near Warsaw, Poland) on 19 July 2015. The storm was caused by the abrasion of the warm front that stretched almost latitudinaly and cold front moving from the west to the east. Warm continental-tropical arrived at southern and eastern part of the country and the rest was covered by cool polar-maritime airmass. The storm had the squall-line character of approximately 100 km length and consisted of several cells, and the height of the cumulonimbus (Cb) cloud base was 1 km and top was 14 km, as inferred from the analysis of CAPPI (Constant Altitude Plan Position Indicator), CMAX (Column Maximum Display), MLVCUT (Multiple-Line Vertical Cut) radar map products from POLRAD observations at Institute of Meteorology and Water Management - National Research Institute (IMWM-NRI), Legionowo station. In our paper we have discussed the obtained results of the post-time analysis of lightning activity and radar observations of the extended multicells thunderstorm system passing over IG PAS Swider Geophysical Observatory, on 19 July 2015 together with its dynamic and electric charge structure obtained from the WRF_ELEC model. We have used the archive data from the Polish National Lightning Location and Detection System PERUN (provided by IMWM-NRI) together with radar data obtained from the Doppler meteorological radar METEOR 1500C at Legionowo. Additionally, during the approach, passing over and moving away phase of the thunderstorm system, we have gathered the simultaneous and continuous recordings of E-field, the electric conductivity of air and the independent supplementary reference lightning detections delivered by the Swider measuring station of the Local Lightning Detection Network (LLDN) operated in Warsaw region. These data have given us a new possibility to acquire many valuable information about the

  4. Study for obtaining a suppressor device of transients using the Al/SRO/Si structure; Estudio para la obtencion de un dispositivo supresor de transitorios utilizando la estructura Al/SRO/Si

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    Marin Ramos, Heriberto

    1999-06-01

    The circuits and electronic equipment use protective devices against voltage transients. In this work the Aluminium/Oxide structure rich in Silicon/Silicon is presented as another option in the field of transient suppressors devices. Some devices used in the suppression of voltage transients are: zinc oxide varistors, of silicon carbide varistors, selenium cells, and Zener diodes. The Al/SRO/Si structure presents conductive properties due to the presence of excess Silicon in the SRO film. Varying the reacting gases ratio (Ro=N{sub 2}O/SiH{sub 4}) during the growth of the film of Oxide Rich in Silicon (SRO), the conductivity of the material can be varied. The SRO turns out to be of great importance for the suppressor device of transients device that is pretended to be obtained in the present work due to its non-ohmic behavior. The Al/SRO/Si device behaves of several ways depending on the characteristics of the SRO and the silicon substrate. It has been found that one of these behaviors is as a of voltage transients suppressor. Verifying its behavior as transient suppressor, the effects of the film thickness, the area and the excess of silicon of the device were studied, for this purpose the characteristic I-V was obtained, and the obtention of some parameters in DC. In the present work the SRO was obtained by means of LPCVD (Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition), initially a C-V characterization was made to obtain an indicative parameter of excess silicon, such as: permittivity of the SRO film. Also, the refraction index was obtained, which is an indicative parameter of the presence of excess Silicon. Once having the certainty of the presence of excess silicon it was proceed to obtain the I-V characteristic of the Al/SRO/Si structure as a device. The behavior of the Al/SRO/Si structure was analyzed with different parameters, such as: Ro, thickness of the SOR, areas. [Spanish] Los circuitos y equipos electronicos utilizan dispositivos de proteccion contra

  5. A naturally occurring C-terminal fragment of the prion protein (PrP) delays disease and acts as a dominant-negative inhibitor of PrPSc formation.

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    Westergard, Laura; Turnbaugh, Jessie A; Harris, David A

    2011-12-23

    The cellular prion protein (PrPC) undergoes constitutive proteolytic cleavage between residues 111/112 to yield a soluble N-terminal fragment (N1) and a membrane-anchored C-terminal fragment (C1). The C1 fragment represents the major proteolytic fragment of PrPC in brain and several cell types. To explore the role of C1 in prion disease, we generated Tg(C1) transgenic mice expressing this fragment (PrP(Δ23-111)) in the presence and absence of endogenous PrP. In contrast to several other N-terminally deleted forms of PrP, the C1 fragment does not cause a spontaneous neurological disease in the absence of endogenous PrP. Tg(C1) mice inoculated with scrapie prions remain healthy and do not accumulate protease-resistant PrP, demonstrating that C1 is not a substrate for conversion to PrPSc (the disease-associated isoform). Interestingly, Tg(C1) mice co-expressing C1 along with wild-type PrP (either endogenous or encoded by a second transgene) become ill after scrapie inoculation, but with a dramatically delayed time course compared with mice lacking C1. In addition, accumulation of PrPSc was markedly slowed in these animals. Similar effects were produced by a shorter C-terminal fragment of PrP(Δ23-134). These results demonstrate that C1 acts as dominant-negative inhibitor of PrPSc formation and accumulation of neurotoxic forms of PrP. Thus, C1, a naturally occurring fragment of PrPC, might play a modulatory role during the course of prion diseases. In addition, enhancing production of C1, or exogenously administering this fragment, represents a potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of prion diseases.

  6. Dissociation between transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) infectivity and proteinase K-resistant PrP(Sc) levels in peripheral tissue from a murine transgenic model of TSE disease.

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    Dobie, Karen; Barron, Rona

    2013-05-01

    Most current diagnostic tests for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) rely on the presence of proteinase K (PK)-resistant PrP(Sc) (PrP-res) in postmortem tissues as an indication of TSE disease. However, a number of studies have highlighted a discrepancy between TSE infectivity and PrP-res levels in both natural and experimental cases of TSE disease. Previously, we have shown high TSE infectivity levels in the brain tissue of mice that have a clinical TSE disease with associated vacuolar pathology but little or no detectable PrP-res. Here, the levels of TSE infectivity and PrP-res within a peripheral tissue of this mouse model were investigated. Biochemical analysis showed that low levels of PrP-res were present in the spleen tissue in comparison to the levels observed in the spleen of mice infected with ME7 or 79A. However, upon subpassage of brain and spleen tissue from clinically ill mice with little or no PrP-res detectable, similar short incubation periods to disease were observed, indicating that infectivity levels were similarly high in both tissues. Thus, the discrepancy between PrP-res and TSE infectivity was also present in the peripheral tissues of this disease model. This result indicates that peripheral tissues can contain higher levels of infectivity given the correct combination of host species, PrP genotype, and TSE agent. Therefore, the assumption that the levels of peripheral infectivity are lower than those in the central nervous system is not always correct, and this could have implications for current food safety regulations.

  7. Insight into the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion from the structures of antibody-bound ovine prion scrapie-susceptibility variants.

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    Eghiaian, Frédéric; Grosclaude, Jeanne; Lesceu, Stéphanie; Debey, Pascale; Doublet, Bénédicte; Tréguer, Eric; Rezaei, Human; Knossow, Marcel

    2004-07-13

    Prion diseases are associated with the conversion of the alpha-helix rich prion protein (PrPC) into a beta-structure-rich insoluble conformer (PrPSc) that is thought to be infectious. The mechanism for the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion and its relationship with the pathological effects of prion diseases are poorly understood, partly because of our limited knowledge of the structure of PrPSc. In particular, the way in which mutations in the PRNP gene yield variants that confer different susceptibilities to disease needs to be clarified. We report here the 2.5-A-resolution crystal structures of three scrapie-susceptibility ovine PrP variants complexed with an antibody that binds to PrPC and to PrPSc; they identify two important features of the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion. First, the epitope of the antibody mainly consists of the last two turns of ovine PrP second alpha-helix. We show that this is a structural invariant in the PrPC-->PrPSc conversion; taken together with biochemical data, this leads to a model of the conformational change in which the two PrPC C-terminal alpha-helices are conserved in PrPSc, whereas secondary structure changes are located in the N-terminal alpha-helix. Second, comparison of the structures of scrapie-sensitivity variants defines local changes in distant parts of the protein that account for the observed differences of PrPC stability, resistant variants being destabilized compared with sensitive ones. Additive contributions of these sensitivity-modulating mutations to resistance suggest a possible causal relationship between scrapie resistance and lowered stability of the PrP protein.

  8. Growth, Structure, and Photocatalytic Properties of Hierarchical V2O5–TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Obtained from the One-step Anodic Oxidation of Ti–V Alloys

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    María C. Nevárez-Martínez

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available V2O5-TiO2 mixed oxide nanotube (NT layers were successfully prepared via the one-step anodization of Ti-V alloys. The obtained samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, UV-Vis absorption, photoluminescence spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, X-ray diffraction (DRX, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The effect of the applied voltage (30–50 V, vanadium content (5–15 wt % in the alloy, and water content (2–10 vol % in an ethylene glycol-based electrolyte was studied systematically to determine their influence on the morphology, and for the first-time, on the photocatalytic properties of these nanomaterials. The morphology of the samples varied from sponge-like to highly-organized nanotubular structures. The vanadium content in the alloy was found to have the highest influence on the morphology and the sample with the lowest vanadium content (5 wt % exhibited the best auto-alignment and self-organization (length = 1 μm, diameter = 86 nm and wall thickness = 11 nm. Additionally, a probable growth mechanism of V2O5-TiO2 nanotubes (NTs over the Ti-V alloys was presented. Toluene, in the gas phase, was effectively removed through photodegradation under visible light (LEDs, λmax = 465 nm in the presence of the modified TiO2 nanostructures. The highest degradation value was 35% after 60 min of irradiation. V2O5 species were ascribed as the main structures responsible for the generation of photoactive e− and h+ under Vis light and a possible excitation mechanism was proposed.

  9. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Bi{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (0⩽x⩽0.2) obtained by acid–base co-precipitation

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    Medina, Leila María Saleh [Instituto de Química Física de Materiales, Ambiente y Energía (INQUIMAE), Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Jorge, Guillermo A. [Instituto de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Martín Negri, R., E-mail: rmn@qi.fcen.uba.ar [Instituto de Química Física de Materiales, Ambiente y Energía (INQUIMAE), Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Analítica y Química Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • Yttrium-substituted bismuth-iron oxides were prepared by co-precipitation synthesis. • Single-phase materials with absence of other bismuth-oxides were obtained. • Strong dependence of magnetic and electrical properties with yttrium percentage at RT. • Magnetic and electric properties are related to particle size and structural changes. - Abstract: Bismuth–iron oxides with partial substitution of bismuth by yttrium, referred as (Bi{sub 1−x}Y{sub x})FeO{sub 3}, were synthesized by simple-low cost acid–base co-precipitation method, which constitutes a difference with the currently used synthetic methods for obtaining BiFeO{sub 3}-doped compounds (e.g. polymer assisted sol–gel, solid state, microwave, etc.) Samples were characterized by XRD, EDS, SEM, TEM, DSC and FTIR. The influence of yttrium (Y) substitution on magnetization curves of (Bi{sub 1−x}Y{sub x})FeO{sub 3} powders were studied at room temperature by VSM. The particle size systematically decreases with the Y percentage. Ferromagnetic curves were obtained at room temperature for Y-percentage lower than 20% with relatively large values of the coercive field, H{sub c}, which increases with Y-substitution, while for 20% yttrium a superparamagnetic behavior is observed. The electrical impedance of compressed disks were investigated also by impedance analysis in the range 1Hz–1MHz and the results were successfully fitted by a simple parallel R–C model. The dc-leakage currents are lower than previously reported for (Bi{sub 1−x}Y{sub x})FeO{sub 3} compounds and for most of the doped-BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics. As a difference with the influence on the magnetic behavior, the doping with yttrium does not seem to have a large influence on the dielectrical properties. These results suggest that magnetization can be systematically modified by the relatively simple co-precipitation synthesis while keeping invariable the dielectrical properties.

  10. A Structural and Functional Comparison Between Infectious and Non-Infectious Autocatalytic Recombinant PrP Conformers.

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    Geoffrey P Noble

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Infectious prions contain a self-propagating, misfolded conformer of the prion protein termed PrPSc. A critical prediction of the protein-only hypothesis is that autocatalytic PrPSc molecules should be infectious. However, some autocatalytic recombinant PrPSc molecules have low or undetectable levels of specific infectivity in bioassays, and the essential determinants of recombinant prion infectivity remain obscure. To identify structural and functional features specifically associated with infectivity, we compared the properties of two autocatalytic recombinant PrP conformers derived from the same original template, which differ by >105-fold in specific infectivity for wild-type mice. Structurally, hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (DXMS studies revealed that solvent accessibility profiles of infectious and non-infectious autocatalytic recombinant PrP conformers are remarkably similar throughout their protease-resistant cores, except for two domains encompassing residues 91-115 and 144-163. Raman spectroscopy and immunoprecipitation studies confirm that these domains adopt distinct conformations within infectious versus non-infectious autocatalytic recombinant PrP conformers. Functionally, in vitro prion propagation experiments show that the non-infectious conformer is unable to seed mouse PrPC substrates containing a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI anchor, including native PrPC. Taken together, these results indicate that having a conformation that can be specifically adopted by post-translationally modified PrPC molecules is an essential determinant of biological infectivity for recombinant prions, and suggest that this ability is associated with discrete features of PrPSc structure.

  11. A Structural and Functional Comparison Between Infectious and Non-Infectious Autocatalytic Recombinant PrP Conformers

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    Noble, Geoffrey P.; Wang, Daphne W.; Walsh, Daniel J.; Barone, Justin R.; Miller, Michael B.; Nishina, Koren A.; Li, Sheng; Supattapone, Surachai

    2015-01-01

    Infectious prions contain a self-propagating, misfolded conformer of the prion protein termed PrPSc. A critical prediction of the protein-only hypothesis is that autocatalytic PrPSc molecules should be infectious. However, some autocatalytic recombinant PrPSc molecules have low or undetectable levels of specific infectivity in bioassays, and the essential determinants of recombinant prion infectivity remain obscure. To identify structural and functional features specifically associated with infectivity, we compared the properties of two autocatalytic recombinant PrP conformers derived from the same original template, which differ by >105-fold in specific infectivity for wild-type mice. Structurally, hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (DXMS) studies revealed that solvent accessibility profiles of infectious and non-infectious autocatalytic recombinant PrP conformers are remarkably similar throughout their protease-resistant cores, except for two domains encompassing residues 91-115 and 144-163. Raman spectroscopy and immunoprecipitation studies confirm that these domains adopt distinct conformations within infectious versus non-infectious autocatalytic recombinant PrP conformers. Functionally, in vitro prion propagation experiments show that the non-infectious conformer is unable to seed mouse PrPC substrates containing a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor, including native PrPC. Taken together, these results indicate that having a conformation that can be specifically adopted by post-translationally modified PrPC molecules is an essential determinant of biological infectivity for recombinant prions, and suggest that this ability is associated with discrete features of PrPSc structure. PMID:26125623

  12. Effect of the RE (RE = Eu, Er) doping on the structural and textural properties of mesoporous TiO{sub 2} thin films obtained by evaporation induced self-assembly method

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    Borlaf, Mario, E-mail: mborlaf@icv.csic.es [Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen, 5, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Caes, Sebastien; Dewalque, Jennifer [LCIS-GREENMAT, Institute of Chemistry, University of Liege, B6 Sart Tilman, 4000 Liege (Belgium); Colomer, María Teresa; Moreno, Rodrigo [Instituto de Cerámica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen, 5, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Cloots, Rudi; Boschini, Frederic [LCIS-GREENMAT, Institute of Chemistry, University of Liege, B6 Sart Tilman, 4000 Liege (Belgium); APTIS, Institute of Physics, University of Liege, B5 Sart Tilman, 4000 Liege (Belgium)

    2014-05-02

    Polymeric sol–gel route has been used for the preparation of TiO{sub 2} and RE{sub 2}O{sub 3–}TiO{sub 2} (RE = Eu, Er) mesoporous thin films by evaporation induced self-assembly method using Si (100) as a substrate. The influence of the relative humidity (RH) on the preparation of the film has been studied being necessary to work under 40% RH in order to obtain homogeneous and transparent thin films. The films were annealed at different temperatures until 900 °C/1 h and the anatase crystallization and its crystal size evolution were followed by low angle X-ray diffraction. Neither the anatase–rutile transition nor the formation of other compounds was observed in the studied temperature range. Ellipsoporosimetry studies demonstrated that the thickness of the thin films did not change after calcination at 500 °C, the porosity was constant until 700 °C, the pore size increased and the specific surface area decreased with temperature. Moreover, the effect of the doping with Er{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+} was studied and a clear inhibition of the crystal growth and the sintering process was detected (by transmission electron and atomic force microscopy) when the doped films are compared with the undoped ones. Finally, Eu{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} f–f transitions were detected by PL measurements. - Highlights: • Eu and Er–TiO{sub 2} mesoporous films were prepared by evaporation induced self-assembly. • Influence of humidity on porosity and photoluminescent properties has been tested. • Influence of calcination on structural and textural properties has been also studied. • f–f transitions indicate that the thin films are active photoluminescent materials.

  13. Probing structural differences between PrPC and PrPSc by surface nitration and acetylation: evidence of conformational change in the C-terminus

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    We used two chemical modifiers, tetranitromethane (TNM) and acetic anhydride, which specifically target accessible tyrosine and lysine residues, respectively, to modify Syrian hamster recombinant PrP(90-231) (rPrP) and PrP27-30, aiming at finding locations of conformational change. Modified proteins...

  14. Method for obtaining Chromosomes Method for obtaining Chromosomes

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    Bogart James P.

    1973-09-01

    Full Text Available It is very easy to obtain chromosomes from anuran amphibians.Amphibians have very large chromosomes which can easily be seen with an ordinary microscope. The method used has been tested in the laboratory and also at collecting sites. All that is required are a few chemicals and simple equipment.It is very easy to obtain chromosomes from anuran amphibians.Amphibians have very large chromosomes which can easily be seen with an ordinary microscope. The method used has been tested in the laboratory and also at collecting sites. All that is required are a few chemicals and simple equipment.

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  16. TiN{sub x}O{sub y}/TiN dielectric contrasts obtained by ion implantation of O{sub 2}{sup +}; structural, optical and electrical properties

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    Punzon Quijorna, E; Torres Costa, V; Climent, A; Manso Silvan, M [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada. Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Agullo-Rueda, F; Herrero Fernandez, P [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Rossi, F [Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Center, 21020 Ispra (Vatican City State, Holy See) (Italy)

    2011-06-15

    The properties of TiN can be gradually transformed by O{sub 2}{sup +} implantations in the 10-40 keV range and fluences in the 5 x 10{sup 13}-5 x 10{sup 16} cm{sup -2} range. The resulting structure consists of shallow TiN{sub x}O{sub y}(TiNO)/TiN contrasts with increased resistivity on the top layer. In fact, oxygen actively replaces nitrogen in the implanted TiN region as illustrated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. N substitutions and vacancies in the lattice induce structural distortions and strain generation as illustrated by x-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The influence of these modifications in the optical and electrical properties was characterized by spectroscopic ellipsometry and four probe resistivity measurements. The proposed process, especially at the lower energy, is liable to help in the creation of electrical/photonic structures based in shallow TiNO/TiN electric/dielectric contrasts.

  17. Structures in Detonation Waves in Low-Pressure H2–O2–Ar Mixtures: A Summary of Results Obtained with the Adaptive Mesh Refinement Framework AMROC

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    Ralf Deiterding

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Numerical simulation can be key to the understanding of the multidimensional nature of transient detonation waves. However, the accurate approximation of realistic detonations is demanding as a wide range of scales needs to be resolved. This paper describes a successful solution strategy that utilizes logically rectangular dynamically adaptive meshes. The hydrodynamic transport scheme and the treatment of the nonequilibrium reaction terms are sketched. A ghost fluid approach is integrated into the method to allow for embedded geometrically complex boundaries. Large-scale parallel simulations of unstable detonation structures of Chapman-Jouguet detonations in low-pressure hydrogen-oxygen-argon mixtures demonstrate the efficiency of the described techniques in practice. In particular, computations of regular cellular structures in two and three space dimensions and their development under transient conditions, that is, under diffraction and for propagation through bends are presented. Some of the observed patterns are classified by shock polar analysis, and a diagram of the transition boundaries between possible Mach reflection structures is constructed.

  18. Effects of flavonoid glycosides obtained from a Ginkgo biloba extract fraction on the physical and oxidative stabilities of oil-in-water emulsions prepared from a stripped structured lipid with a low omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.

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    Yang, Dan; Wang, Xiang-Yu; Gan, Lu-Jing; Zhang, Hua; Shin, Jung-Ah; Lee, Ki-Teak; Hong, Soon-Taek

    2015-05-01

    In this study, we have produced a structured lipid with a low ω6/ω3 ratio by lipase-catalysed interesterification with perilla and grape seed oils (1:3, wt/wt). A Ginkgo biloba leaf extract was fractionated in a column packed with HP-20 resin, producing a flavonoid glycoside fraction (FA) and a biflavone fraction (FB). FA exhibited higher antioxidant capacity than FB, showing 58.4 mmol gallic acid equivalent (GAE)/g-of-total-phenol-content, 58.8 mg quercetin equivalent (QUE)/g-of-total-flavonoid-content, 4.5 mmol trolox/g-of-trolox-equivalent antioxidant capacity, 0.14 mg extract/mL-of-free-radical-scavenging-activity (DPPH assay, IC50), and 2.3 mmol Fe2SO4 · 7H2O/g-of-ferric-reducing-antioxidant-power. The oil-in-water emulsion containing the stripped structured lipid as an oil phase with FA exhibited the highest stability and the lowest oil globule diameters (d43 and d32), where the aggregation was unnoticeable by Turbiscan and particle size analyses during 30 days of storage. Furthermore, FA was effective in retarding the oxidation of the emulsions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Synthesis and structural and electrical investigations of a hexagonal Y(1-x)Gd(x)InO3 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) system obtained via metastable C-type intermediates.

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    Shukla, Rakesh; Grover, Vinita; Deshpande, S K; Jain, Dheeraj; Tyagi, Avesh K

    2013-11-18

    Detailed structural and electrical investigations were carried out on an A-site disordered hexagonal Y(1-x)Gd(x)InO3 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) series synthesized by a self-assisted gel-combustion route. The phase relations show profound temperature dependence. The metastable C-type modification could be stabilized for all the compositions, which on further heating get converted to stable hexagonal polymorphs. The conversion temperature (C-type to hexagonal) was found to increase with an increase in Y(3+) content. The system was observed to be single-phasic hexagonal at 1250 °C throughout the composition range. Interestingly, the increase in planar bonds of InO5 polyhedra was found to be twice that of the apical bonds on Gd(3+) substitution. Careful Raman spectroscopic studies highlighted a definitive though subtle structural change from x = 0.7 onward. The same observation is also corroborated by the dielectric studies. Electric field-dependent polarization measurements showed the ferroelectric hysteresis loop for pure YInO3. The system transforms from ferroelectric in YInO3 to almost paraelectric for GdInO3. In the present study, XRD, Raman, and electrical characterizations in conjunction reveal that to tune the electrical properties of the hexagonal rare earth indates, the variation in tilting of InO5 polyhedra has to be influenced, which could not be brought about by isovalent A-site substitution.

  20. Influence of atmospheric plasma spray parameters on YSZ coatings obtained from micro and nano structured feedstocks; Influencia de los parametros de proyeccion por plasma atmosferico en recubrimientos de YSZ obtenidos a partir de polvos micro y nanoestructurados

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    Carpio, P.; Bannier, E.; Borrell, A.; Salvador, M. d.; Sanchez, E.

    2014-07-01

    In the present work, the influence of atmospheric plasma spray (APS) parameters on the deposition of two commercial YSZ feedstocks, one conventional and one non-conductor's, has been studied. First the study focused on how the variability of the different parameters affects the particle behaviour during spraying. For this purpose, a sensor which enables to measure the particle temperature and velocity inside the plasma was used. Once the spraying parameters influence was known, both powders were deposited by APS onto stainless steel substrates modifying the higher influencing parameters. These coatings have been characterised and the influence of the particle behaviour on the coating microstructure and properties has been analysed. This work concludes the spraying parameters variation affects on the particle velocity and temperature inside the plasma plume and this behaviour influences, in turn but in a different way, on the final coating characteristics when using different powders (micro- and nano structured). (Author)

  1. EXAFS analysis of cations distribution in structure of Co{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles obtained by hydrothermal method in aloe vera extract solution

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    Wongpratat, Unchista [Materials Science and Nanotechnology Program, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Maensiri, Santi [School of Physics, Institute of Science, Suranaree University, Nakhonratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Swatsitang, Ekaphan, E-mail: ekaphan@kku.ac.th [Materials Science and Nanotechnology Program, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 Thailand (Thailand)

    2016-09-01

    Graphical abstract: It is obvious from the M–H curves at room temperature of Co{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0) nanoparticles that partially substitution of the lower Bohr magneton (2 μ{sub B}) and smaller atomic radii (0.55 Å at A site, 0.69 Å at B site) of Ni{sup 2+} ions on the higher Bohr magneton (3 μ{sub B}) and larger atomic radii (0.58 Å at A site, 0.74 Å at B site) of Co{sup 2+} ions can increase the saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of sample with x = 0.75 to approximately 1.4 times of sample with x = 0, due to the increase of the aspect ratio (surface to volume) of nanoparticles, as a result of particle size decreasing from 37.03 to 12.63 nm. In addition to this, the ferrimagnetic behavior of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has been changed to superparamagnetic behavior with the dramatic decrease of the coercivity from 1365.60 to 63.15 Oe. - Highlights: • Magnetic behavior of Co{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} NPs depends on Ni content and size of NPs. • Distribution of Co{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} ions in the structure results in the increase of M{sub s}. • Superparamagnetic behavior is observed with increasing of the aspect ratio. • M{sub s} is increased by a factor 1.4 to a value of 57.57 emu/g in Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • H{sub c} is decreased by a factor 20 to a value of 63.15 Oe in Co{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: Effect of cations distribution upon EXAFS analysis on magnetic properties of Co{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0) nanoparticles prepared by the hydrothermal method in aloe vera extract solution were studied. XRD analysis confirmed a pure phase of cubic spinel ferrite of all samples. Changes in lattice parameter and particle size depended on the Ni content with partial substitution and site distributions of Co{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+} ions of different ionic radii at both tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the

  2. Drugs obtained by biotechnology processing

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the number of drugs of biotechnological origin available for many different diseases has increased exponentially, including different types of cancer, diabetes mellitus, infectious diseases (e.g. AIDS Virus / HIV as well as cardiovascular, neurological, respiratory, and autoimmune diseases, among others. The pharmaceutical industry has used different technologies to obtain new and promising active ingredients, as exemplified by the fermentation technique, recombinant DNA technique and the hybridoma technique. The expiry of the patents of the first drugs of biotechnological origin and the consequent emergence of biosimilar products, have posed various questions to health authorities worldwide regarding the definition, framework, and requirements for authorization to market such products.Nos últimos anos, tem aumentado exponencialmente o número de fármacos de origem biotecnológica ao dispor das mais diversas patologias, entre elas destacam-se, os diferentes tipos de cancêr, as doenças infecciosas (ex. vírus AIDS/HIV, as doenças autoimunes, as doenças cardiovasculares, a Diabetes Mellitus, as doenças neurológicas, as doenças respiratórias, entre outras. A indústria farmacêutica tem recorrido a diferentes tecnologias para a obtenção de novos e promissores princípios ativos, como são exemplo a fermentação, a técnica de DNA Recombinante, a técnica de hidridoma, entre outras. A queda das patentes dos primeiros fármacos de origem biotecnológica e o consequente aparecimento dos produtos biossimilares têm colocado diferentes questões às autoridades de saúde mundiais, sobre a definição, enquadramento e exigências para a autorização de entrada no mercado deste tipo de produtos.

  3. Structural and electrochemical characterization of calcium cobaltites (Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9}) obtained by the modified Pechini Method; Caracterizacao estrutural e eletroquimica de cobaltita de calcio (Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9}) obtida pelo Metodo Pechini modificado

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    Silva, R.M.; Aquino, F. de M.; Macedo, D. A. de, E-mail: rinaldo_mendesa@hotmail.com [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil)

    2016-07-01

    This work deals with the synthesis and characterization of calcium cobaltite (Ca{sub 3}Co{sub 4}O{sub 9}, C349), a p-type semiconductor with high Seebeck coefficient (S), high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity that has emerged as thermoelectric material. The synthesis method used to obtain the compound C349 uses commercial gelatin as complexing and polymerizing agent. The obtained material was characterized by X-ray diffraction with Rietveld refinement of the diffraction data. The results indicated that the modified Pechini method using gelatin allows to obtain powders of calcium cobaltite (with monoclinic structure) associated with a small content (2% by volume) of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} with cubic structure. Impedance spectroscopy measurements in air indicated that the composite C349/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} is a promising material for use as solid oxide fuel cell cathode.(author)

  4. Oral inoculation of neonatal Suffolk sheep with the agent of classical scrapie results in PrP(Sc) accumulation in sheep with the PRNP ARQ/ARQ but not the ARQ/ARR genotype.

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    Greenlee, Justin J; Smith, Jodi D; Hamir, Amir N

    2016-04-01

    Scrapie is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that can be transmitted amongst susceptible sheep. The prion protein gene (PRNP) profoundly influences the susceptibility of sheep to the scrapie agent. This study reports the failure to detect PrP(Sc) in nervous or lymphoid tissues of Suffolk sheep of the PRNP ARQ/ARR genotype after oral inoculation with a U.S. scrapie isolate. Lambs were inoculated within the first 24 h of birth with 1 ml of a 10% (wt./vol.) brain homogenate derived from a clinically affected ARQ/ARQ sheep. The inoculated sheep were observed daily throughout the experiment for clinical signs suggestive of scrapie until they were necropsied at 86 months post inoculation. Tissues were collected for examination by immunohistochemistry and enzyme immunoassay, but all failed to demonstrate evidence of scrapie infection. Neonatal sheep of the ARQ/ARQ genotype receiving the same inoculum developed scrapie within 24 months. Lambs of the ARQ/ARR genotype that received the same inoculum by intracranial inoculation develop scrapie with a prolonged incubation period and with abnormal prion present within the central nervous system, but not peripheral lymphoid tissues. Results of this study suggest that ARQ/ARR sheep are resistant to oral infection with the scrapie isolate used even during the neonatal period. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Structural determinants of phenotypic diversity and replication rate of human prions.

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    Jiri G Safar

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The infectious pathogen responsible for prion diseases is the misfolded, aggregated form of the prion protein, PrPSc. In contrast to recent progress in studies of laboratory rodent-adapted prions, current understanding of the molecular basis of human prion diseases and, especially, their vast phenotypic diversity is very limited. Here, we have purified proteinase resistant PrPSc aggregates from two major phenotypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD, determined their conformational stability and replication tempo in vitro, as well as characterized structural organization using recently emerged approaches based on hydrogen/deuterium (H/D exchange coupled with mass spectrometry. Our data clearly demonstrate that these phenotypically distant prions differ in a major way with regard to their structural organization, both at the level of the polypeptide backbone (as indicated by backbone amide H/D exchange data as well as the quaternary packing arrangements (as indicated by H/D exchange kinetics for histidine side chains. Furthermore, these data indicate that, in contrast to previous observations on yeast and some murine prion strains, the replication rate of sCJD prions is primarily determined not by conformational stability but by specific structural features that control the growth rate of prion protein aggregates.

  6. Structural Instability of the Prion Protein upon M205S/R Mutations Revealed by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Hirschberger, Thomas; Stork, Martina; Schropp, Bernhard; Winklhofer, Konstanze F.; Tatzelt, Jörg; Tavan, Paul

    2006-01-01

    The point mutations M205S and M205R have been demonstrated to severely disturb the folding and maturation process of the cellular prion protein (PrPC). These disturbances have been interpreted as consequences of mutation-induced structural changes in PrP, which are suggested to involve helix 1 and its attachment to helix 3, because the mutated residue M205 of helix 3 is located at the interface of these two helices. Furthermore, current models of the prion protein scrapie (PrPSc), which is th...

  7. Perturbation of the Secondary Structure of the Scrapie Prion Protein Under Conditions that Alter Infectivity

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    Gasset, Maria; Baldwin, Michael A.; Fletterick, Robert J.; Prusiner, Stanley B.

    1993-01-01

    Limited proteolysis of the scrapie prion protein (PrPSc) generates PrP 27-30, which polymerizes into amyloid. By attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, PrP 27-30 polymers contained 54% β-sheet, 25% α-helix, 10% turns, and 11% random coil; dispersion into detergent-lipid-protein-complexes preserved infectivity and secondary structure. Almost 60% of the β-sheet was low-frequency infrared-absorbing, reflecting intermolecular aggregation. Decreased low-frequency β-sheet and increased turn content were found after SDS/PAGE, which disassembled the amyloid polymers, denatured PrP 27-30, and diminished scrapie infectivity. Acid-induced transitions were reversible, whereas alkali produced an irreversible transition centered at pH 10 under conditions that diminished infectivity. Whether PrPSc synthesis involves a transition in the secondary structure of one or more domains of the cellular prion protein from α-helical, random coil, or turn into β-sheet remains to be established.

  8. Structural study of (N2H5,H)2.9U1.1Ce0.9(C2O4)5·10H2O from a conventional X-ray diffraction diagram obtained on a powder synthesized by a fast vortex process

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    Brackx, E.; Laval, J. P.; Dugne, O.; Feraud, J. P.; Arab-Chapelet, B.

    2015-01-01

    In the context of research on U/minor actinides for nuclear fuel reprocessing in the transmutation process, developments are first studied with surrogates containing uranium and lanthanides to facilitate testing. The tests consist of precipitating and calcining a hydrazinium uranium/cerium oxalate. The structure of this oxalate had not been previously determined, but was necessary to validate the physicochemical mechanisms involved. The present study, firstly demonstrates the structural similarity of the U/Ce oxalate phase (N2H5,H)2.9U1.1Ce0.9(C2O4)5·10H2O, synthesized using a vortex precipitator for continuous synthesis of actinide oxalates, with previously known oxalates, crystallizing in P63/mmc symmetry, obtained by more classical methods. This fast precipitation process induces massive nucleation of fine powders. Their structural and microstructural determination confirms that the raw and dried phases belong to the same structural family as (NH4)2U2(C2O4)5·0.7H2O whose structure was described by Chapelet-Arab in P63/mmc symmetry, using single crystal data. However, they present an extended disorder inside the tunnels of the structure, even after drying at 100 °C, between water and hydrazinium ions. This disorder is directly related to the fast vortex method. This structure determination can be used as a basis for further semi-quantitative analysis on the U/minor actinides products formed under various experimental conditions.

  9. Structural and morphological characterization of TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} powders obtained by the polymeric precursors method; Caracterizacao estrutural e morfologica de pos de TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} obtidos pelo metodo dos precursores polimericos

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    Ribeiro, M.A.; Gama, L.; Bispo, A.; Neiva, L.S., E-mail: m_aparecidaribeiro@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (DEMa/UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Bernardi, M.I.B. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IFSC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Kiminami, R.H.G.A. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    This work aims to characterize the structure and morphology of TiO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2} powders obtained by polymeric precursor method. For this we studied the following compositions: 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 moles of Zr and calcined at 800 deg C for one hour. The powders obtained were characterized by XRD, SEM and nitrogen adsorption (BET). The analysis of X-ray diffraction showed that the powders had a phase of TiO{sub 2} in the anatase form and a tetragonal phase of ZrO{sub 2}. The crystallite size was between 8, 13 and 11 nm respectively. The analysis of scanning electron microscopy showed the growth of ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles and that these comprise spherical agglomerates of less than 100 nm. Particle size determined by the BET ranging 28.1-29.5 nm, showing thereby the character of nanosized powders. (author)

  10. Covalent Surface Modification of Prions: A Mass Spectrometry-Based Means of Detecting Distinctive Structural Features of Prion Strains.

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    Silva, Christopher J; Erickson-Beltran, Melissa L; Dynin, Irina C

    2016-02-16

    Prions (PrP(Sc)) are molecular pathogens that are able to convert the isosequential normal cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a prion. The only demonstrated difference between PrP(C) and PrP(Sc) is conformational: they are isoforms. A given host can be infected by more than one kind or strain of prion. Five strains of hamster-adapted scrapie [Sc237 (=263K), drowsy, 139H, 22AH, and 22CH] and recombinant PrP were reacted with five different concentrations (0, 1, 5, 10, and 20 mM) of reagent (N-hydroxysuccinimide ester of acetic acid) that acetylates lysines. The extent of lysine acetylation was quantitated by mass spectrometry. The lysines in rPrP react similarly. The lysines in the strains react differently from one another in a given strain and react differently when strains are compared. Lysines in the C-terminal region of prions have different strain-dependent reactivity. The results are consistent with a recently proposed model for the structure of a prion. This model proposes that prions are composed of a four-rung β-solenoid structure comprised of four β-sheets that are joined by loops and turns of amino acids. Variation in the amino acid composition of the loops and β-sheet structures is thought to result in different strains of prions.

  11. Effect of W additions on the structural and magnetic properties of Ni{sub 50}Ti{sub 50−x}W{sub x} and Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50−x}W{sub x} systems obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Jara, Angelica; Arjona, Jose David; Bautista, Pedro; Gonzalez, Gema, E-mail: gemagonz@ivic.gob.ve

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • W additions strongly affect the magnetic and structural properties of Ni-Ti. • The saturation magnetization and magnetic remanence decreases with W addition. • W additions induces amophization of Ni-Ti. - Abstract: The effect of tungsten (W{sub x}) additions (x = 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 at.%), on the structural and magnetic properties of the binary systems Ni{sub 50}Ti{sub 50−x} and Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 50−x} obtained by mechanical alloying was studied. The elementary powders were milled in a Spex 8000 horizontal mill, under N{sub 2} atmosphere, for 5 and 20 h. After 20 h of milling a homogenous microstructure was observed, particularly for small W additions. For this milling time a mixed of nanocrystalline and amorphous structure was obtained. As W concentration increases (1, 1.5 and 2 at.%), in both systems, the presence of small β-W reflections and the presence of very small peaks corresponding to the formation of an incipient new phase, identified as a NiTi(W) solid solution was observed, especially evident for 2 at.%W. The saturation magnetization and magnetic remanence decreases with the addition of W down to a minimum value at 1.5 at.%W, for both systems. The samples were characterized by SEM, EDS, XRD and magnetic measurements by VSM. The structural and magnetic behavior for both ternary alloys was very similar with the W additions.

  12. 15 CFR 285.15 - Obtaining documents.

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    ... 15 Commerce and Foreign Trade 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Obtaining documents. 285.15 Section... VOLUNTARY LABORATORY ACCREDITATION PROGRAM § 285.15 Obtaining documents. (a) Application forms, NVLAP handbooks, and other NVLAP documents and information may be obtained by contacting the NVLAP, National...

  13. Evaluation of the structure and microstructure of Ni{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}O oxides obtained by co-precipitation; Evaluacion de la estructura y microestructura de oxidos de Ni{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}O obtenidos por co-precipitacion

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    Martinez L, G.; Kryshtab, T. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Departamento de Fisica, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Edif. 9, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Hesiquio G, M. [IPN, Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Quimica e Industrias Extractivas, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Edif. 6, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Kryvko, A., E-mail: marloz7@yahoo.com.mx [IPN, Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Departamento de Sistemas, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Edif. Z-4, 07738 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2013-06-01

    Ni{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}O oxides were prepared by thermal treatment at temperatures of 400, 600 and 800 C from a hydrotalcite-like precursor obtained by co-precipitation at constant ph. The oxides obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction methods. From the obtained results we concluded that the oxides calcined at temperatures of 400, and 600 C are unstable that means that there exists the effect of memory and with a time they return to the precursor. Presence of Ni in Mg oxide provides stability of the compounds thermally treated at 800 C. In order to analyze the structure and microstructure, the reflections 111, 200 and 220 were used. The positions of the maxima of the diffraction peaks are shifted with respect to the simulated ones for Mg O and Ni O. This result reveals that in solid solutions studied compressive strains or vacation are present. The parameters of the microstructure (coherent domain size and micro deformations) were evaluated. The coherent domain size was found to be in the range of 8 - 10 nm and the presence of residual strains of micro deformation can be associated with the existence of extended defects. (Author)

  14. Comparison among structural characteristics of Ce{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} nanocatalysts obtained by two methods of distinct synthesis; Comparacao entre as caracteristicas estruturais dos nanocatalisadores Ce{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} obtidos por dois metodos de sintese distintos

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    Neiva, L.S.; Bispo, A.; Santos, P.T.A.; Costa, A.C.F.M.; Gama, L., E-mail: lucianna@dema.ufcg.edu.b [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Mascarenhas, A.J.S. [Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2009-07-01

    The objective this work is to synthesize nano catalysts Ce{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 2} type by the synthesis methods of the combustion reaction and Pechini. The value of the concentration (x) of the element dope (Cu) varies between 0,1 and 0,5 mols. It intends evaluate that form the synthesis method influences in the physical structural characteristics of this material. nano catalysts were characterized by ray- X diffraction. The results showed nano catalysts formation with a formed structure for the most part by the phase CeO{sub 2}, as it was expected, since this is the hostess matrix of the element dope (Cu). Nano catalysts obtained by the method Pechini presents crystallinity larger deg, according with patterns of ray-X. Thus, it was concluded that synthesis employee method the kind in the methodology, as well as the value of the concentration of the element dope has influence on the final structural characteristics of the developed material. (author)

  15. Perovskite type nanopowders and thin films obtained by chemical methods

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    Viktor Fruth

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The review presents the contribution of the authors, to the preparation of two types of perovskites, namely BiFeO3 and LaCoO3, by innovative methods. The studied perovskites were obtained as powders, films and sintered bodies. Their complex structural and morphological characterization is also presented. The obtained results have underlined the important influence of the method of preparation on the properties of the synthesized perovskites.

  16. Comparative studies on pectinases obtained from Aspergillus ...

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    Comparative studies on pectinases obtained from Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus niger in submerged fermentation system using pectin extracted from mango, orange and pineapple peels as carbon sources.

  17. Astrophysical Reaction Rates Obtained By Indirect Techniques

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    Tribble, R. E.; Al-Abdullah, T.; Alharbi, A.; Äystö, J.; Banu, A.; Burjan, V.; Carstoiu, F.; Chen, X.; Clark, H. L.; Davidson, T.; Fu, C.; Gagliardi, C. A.; Hardy, J. C.; Iacob, V. E.; Jokinen, J.; Kroha, V.; Lui, Y.-W.; McCleskey, M.; Mukhamedzhanov, A.; Nica, N.; Park, H. I.; Roeder, B.; Saastamoinen, A.; Simmons, E.; Tabacaru, G.; Tokimoto, Y.; Trache, L.; Woods, P. J.; Zhai, Y.

    2010-08-01

    Indirect techniques have been used to obtain information about reaction rates for several proton capture reactions that occur on short-lived nuclei. The techniques used to carry out the measurements are reviewed and the results obtained are presented. Also future prospects for further measurements with a new facility, T-REX are discussed.

  18. Biotechnology of humified materials obtained from vermicomposts ...

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    2013-02-13

    physiological mechanisms, growth and development. Humified materials exhibit structural characteristics that allow interactions with heavy metal cations dissolved in aqueous environments. Due to their high availability,.

  19. INTERACTIVE GLOBAL NETWORK FOR WEATHER DATA OBTAINING, EXCHANGE AND DISSEMINATION

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    Ю.А. Авер’янова

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available  The possibility to enhance the weather information provision of relevant customers is considered. It is based on the use of the complex global system for weather information obtaining, exchange and dissemination. The structural diagram of the system is proposed. The structural diagram is completed with addition connections that allow to pay strong attention on the most dangerous meteorological phenomena at the critical moment of flight. The proposed approach gives possibility to aircraft crew to select and use specified operative information and increase the probability for proper decision taking. The aircraft are used as the dynamic elements for data obtaining and exchange in the frame of the global system for weather information obtaining, exchange and dissemination.

  20. Treatment of biomass to obtain ethanol

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    Dunson, Jr., James B.; Elander, Richard T [Evergreen, CO; Tucker, III, Melvin P.; Hennessey, Susan Marie [Avondale, PA

    2011-08-16

    Ethanol was produced using biocatalysts that are able to ferment sugars derived from treated biomass. Sugars were obtained by pretreating biomass under conditions of high solids and low ammonia concentration, followed by saccharification.

  1. 47 CFR 54.615 - Obtaining services.

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    ... non-profit entity that falls within one of the seven categories set forth in the definition of health... provided under § 54.621, that the requester cannot obtain toll-free access to an Internet service provider...

  2. Mass culture of photobacteria to obtain luciferase

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    Chappelle, E. W.; Picciolo, G. L.; Rich, E., Jr.

    1969-01-01

    Inoculating preheated trays containing nutrient agar with photobacteria provides a means for mass culture of aerobic microorganisms in order to obtain large quantities of luciferase. To determine optimum harvest time, growth can be monitored by automated light-detection instrumentation.

  3. A system for obtaining an optical spectrum

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    2013-01-01

    The present invention relates to a system for obtaining an optical spectrum 648 of analytes in a fluid sample, wherein a porous filter 602a, 602b is arranged so that the fluid sample may be placed onto a first region of the porous filter, and a SERS-active material 610a, 610b having a SERS...... the second region. Thereby, the porous filter enables that the fluid sample is filtered so that only sufficiently small entities in the fluid sample reach the second region where they may be probed so that an optical spectrum related to the analytes in the filtered sample may be obtained. The optical system...... also comprises a light source 634, a light detector 642, and the optical analysis system is arranged for obtaining the optical spectrum 648 of the analytes adjacent to the SERS-active material 610a, 610b exclusively from the second region of the porous filter 602a, 602b....

  4. Experiments for obtaining field influence mass particles.

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    Yahalomi, E

    2010-01-01

    Analyzing time dilation experiments the existence of a universal field interacting with moving mass particles is obtained. It is found that mass particle changes its properties depend on its velocity relative to this universal scalar field and not on its velocity relative to the laboratory. High energy proton momentum, energy and mass were calculated obtaining new results. Experiments in high energy accelerators are suggested as additional proofs for the existence of this universal field. This universal field may explain some results of other high energy experiments.

  5. Obtaining a minimal set of rewrite rules

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    Davel, M

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the authors describe a new approach to rewrite rule extraction and analysis, using Minimal Representation Graphs. This approach provides a mechanism for obtaining the smallest possible rule set – within a context-dependent rewrite rule...

  6. Reverse technology transfer; obtaining feedback from managers.

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    A.B. Carey; J.M. Calhoun; B. Dick; K. O' Halloran; L.S. Young; R.E. Bigley; S. Chan; C.A. Harrington; J.P. Hayes; J. Marzluff

    1999-01-01

    Forestry policy, planning, and practice have changed rapidly with implementation of ecosystem management by federal, state, tribal, and private organizations. Implementation entails new concepts, terminology, and management approaches. Yet there seems to have been little organized effort to obtain feedback from on-the-ground managers on the practicality of implementing...

  7. Obtaining Your License: Careers in Real Estate.

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    Lyon, Robert

    Two steps are required to obtain a real estate salesperson's license in Texas: (1) selecting a broker to serve as an advisor, and (2) meeting personal requirements (at least 18 years old, a Texas resident, completion of a minimum of 12 semester hours of real estate and related courses, application, acceptable score on state exam, and payment of…

  8. Strategies for obtaining unpublished drug trial data

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    Wolfe, Nicole; Gøtzsche, Peter C.; Bero, Lisa Anne

    2013-01-01

    Authors of systematic reviews have difficulty obtaining unpublished data for their reviews. This project aimed to provide an in-depth description of the experiences of authors in searching for and gaining access to unpublished data for their systematic reviews, and to give guidance on best practi...

  9. Obtaining evapotranspiration and surface energy fluxes with ...

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    In this study, SEBAL (Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land), a remote sensing based evapotranspiration model, has been applied with Landsat ETM+ sensor for the estimation of actual ... The land uses in this study area consists of irrigated agriculture, rain-fed agriculture and livestock grazing. The obtained results ...

  10. Obtaining the Andersen's chart, triangulation algorithm

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    Sabaliauskas, Tomas; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    Andersen’s chart (Andersen & Berre, 1999) is a graphical method of observing cyclic soil response. It allows observing soil response to various stress amplitudes that can lead to liquefaction, excess plastic deformation or stabilizing soil response. The process of obtaining the original chart has...

  11. Isolation and characterization of microcrystalline cellulose obtained ...

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    In this study, microcrystalline cellulose, coded MCC-PNF, was obtained from palm nut (Elaeis guineensis) fibres. MCC-PNF was examined for its physicochemical and powder properties. The powder properties of MCC-PNF were compared to those of the best commercial microcrystalline cellulose grade, Avicel PH 101.

  12. A new method for obtaining transparent electrodes

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    Malureanu, Radu; Zalkovskij, Maksim; Song, Zhengyong

    2012-01-01

    In this article, we propose a simple scheme to make a metallic film on a semi-infinite substrate optically transparent, thus obtaining a completely transparent electrode in a desired frequency range. By placing a composite layer consisting of dielectric and metallic stripes on top of the metallic...

  13. Production and characterization of pectinases obtained from ...

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    Production and characterization of pectinases obtained from Aspergillus fumigatus in submerged fermentation system using pectin extracted from mango peels as ... The pectinase was used to degrade pectins extracted from orange and pineapple peels and its specific activities were found to be 30U/mg and 28.39U/mg ...

  14. [Reticulate polymers used in obtaining new dental materials].

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    Budală, Dana Gabriela; Vlad, Cristina Doina; Forna, Norina Consuela

    2010-01-01

    This paper seeks the characterization of new polymers acrylic cross-linked structure, prepared in the presence of a template that creates the polymer synthesized the property of saving template form. For carrying out synthesis of polymers reticulate-based on dimethacrylate monomer was left to the mono-, di-and trietilenglicol dimethacrylate. Cross-linked polymerization reaction was initiated with benzoyl peroxide. New structures are obtained witch respond to the need to diversify and improve the biomaterials used in dentistry. The materials are chemically thermally and mechanically inert. Reticulate polymers are non-biodegradable and therefore do not produce intoxication and not degrade biological fluids.

  15. Obtaining superfine ethanol in a Cuban distillery

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    Yailet Albernas Carvajal

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes obtaining superfine ethanol in a Cuban distillery from molasses as base raw material. The operational characteristics of the main stages for obtaining superfine alcohol have been described, emphasising alcohol fermentation due to its complexity in achieving process continuity; a Gantt chart led to determining a 31-hour process time and 5-hour cycle time. The influence of fermentation yield on process profitability was determined through mass and energy balances, demonstrating that a 4ºGL degree of alcohol was feasible. The main water-consuming elements were also determined (98% in molasses dilution as well as steam consumption (91% during distillation. A preliminary analysis was made of the opportunities provided by material and energy integration, mainly for distillation, contributing towards a positive environmental impact.

  16. Processing of hydroxyapatite obtained by combustion synthesis

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    M. Canillas

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available One of the reasons of implants failure are the stress forces appearing in the material–tissue interface due to the differences between their mechanical properties. For this reason, similar mechanical properties to the surrounding tissue are desirable. The synthesis of hydroxyapatite by solution combustion method and its processing have been studied in order to obtain fully dense ceramic bodies with improved mechanical strength. Combustion synthesis provides nanostructured powders characterized by a high surface area to facilitate the following sintering. Moreover, synthesis was conducted in aqueous and oxidizing media. Oxidizing media improve homogenization and increase the energy released during combustion. It gives rise to particles whose morphology and size suggest lower surface energies compared with aqueous media. The obtained powders were sintered by using a controlled sintering rate schedule. Lower surfaces energies minimize the shrinkage during sintering and relative densities measurements and diametral compression test confirm improved densification and consequently mechanical properties.

  17. The quality of obtaining surgical informed consent.

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    Joolaee, Soodabeh; Faghanipour, Somayeh; Hajibabaee, Fatemeh

    2017-03-01

    Informed consent goes beyond signing a form; it is a process of providing necessary information, helping patients make an informed decision, and actively participate in their treatment. This study aimed to assess the quality of obtaining surgical informed consent in hospitals affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Research design/participants/context: In a cross-sectional, descriptive-analytical study, 300 patients were chosen through stratified sampling from seven hospitals affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Data were collected using a questionnaire developed by the researchers and analyzed using descriptive and analytical statistics on SPSS software. Ethical considerations: Ethical approval of this study was granted by Tehran University of Medical Sciences research ethics committee. Written informed consent for participation was obtained. The participants were reassured that their information will be used anonymously and their answers will not affect their treatment and care. The mean score of quality of acquisition of informed consent was 17.13 out of 35, indicating that the quality falls in the inappropriate category. The results indicate that 48% of the signatories do not even read the form before signing it. Among the 52% who did read the consent form, 61.3% mentioned varying degrees of incomprehensibility of the consent form and 94.2% mentioned the presence of incomprehensible technical, medical and legal vocabulary. Only 12% and 18% of respondents reported that they were not in hurry and they had no fear or anxiety, respectively, when signing the form. The quality of obtaining informed consent was higher in women, younger patients, patients with higher education, and those who had special surgeries. This study shows a poor practice in obtaining surgical informed consent in Iran. It seems necessary to consider fundamental changes in the process of acquiring consent based on the temporal and local conditions of the patients.

  18. Nanocrystalline and ultrafine grain copper obtained by mechanical attrition

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    Rodolfo Rodríguez Baracaldo

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a method for the sample preparation and characterisation of bulk copper having grain size lower than 1 μm (ultra-fine grain and lower than 100 nm grain size (nanocrystalline. Copper is initially manufactured by a milling/alloying me- chanical method thereby obtaining a powder having a nanocrystalline structure which is then consolidated through a process of warm compaction at high pressure. Microstructural characterisation of bulk copper samples showed the evolution of grain size during all stages involved in obtaining it. The results led to determining the necessary conditions for achieving a wide range of grain sizes. Mechanical characterisation indicated an increase in microhardness to values of around 3.40 GPa for unconsolida- ted nanocrystalline powder. Compressivee strength was increased by reducing the grain size, thereby obtaining an elastic limit of 650 MPa for consolidated copper having a ~ 62 nm grain size.

  19. MODELACIÓN DE UNA ESTRUCTURA DE PAVIMENTO UTILIZANDO LOS MÓDULOS DINÁMICOS OBTENIDOS EN LABORATORIO APLICANDO LAS METODOLOGÍAS MARSHALL Y SUPERPAVE MODELING OF A PAVEMENT STRUCTURE USING DYNAMIC MODULES OBTAINED IN A LABORATORY APPLYING MARSHALL AND SUPERPAVE METHODOLOGIES

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    Carlos Rodolfo Marín Uribe

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available El programa SHRP (Strategic Higway Research Program a través del nuevo método de diseño de mezclas asfálticas en caliente 'Superpave', ha impulsado el desarrollo de investigaciones con el fin de obtener mezclas asfálticas más durables, resistentes y en general, que muestren un comportamiento superior como su nombre lo indica. Entonces, es importante conocer los estados de esfuerzos y deformaciones que se producen al modelar una estructura de pavimento con capas de rodadura, compuestas con mezclas asfálticas diseñadas por métodos distintos (Marshall y Superpave y, por supuesto, con una caracterización dinámica diferente (leyes de fatiga, módulos dinámicos y respuesta al ahuellamiento. Esta modelación permite tener una idea general de la capacidad estructural para soportar el tránsito durante su vida útil representada en el valor de N (Número de ejes equivalentes de carga y quizá obtener algunos indicios de posibles ahorros en costos de conservación de los pavimentos, razones fundamentales para apoyar e incentivar la implementación del método Superpave como nuevo diseño de las mezclas asfálticas en caliente.The SHRP (Strategic Highway Research Program through the new design method of hot asphalt mixtures 'Superpave' has promoted the development of researches in order to get more durable and resistant asphalt mixtures that show a superior performance. Then, it is important to know the effort and deformation condition that are produced when modeling a pavement structure with asphalt layers made up of asphalt mixtures designed with different methods (Marshall and Superpave and therefore, with a different dynamic characterization (fatigue laws, dynamic modules, and deterioration answers. This modeling allows us to have a general idea of the structural capacity to endure traffic throughout its life cycle represented by N value (Number of equivalent loads axis and perhaps to obtain some hints of possible savings in pavement

  20. Characterization of Wastewaters obtained from Hatay Tanneries

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    Şana Sungur

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The leather tanning industry is one of the most significant pollutants in terms of both conventional and toxic parameters. On the other hand, leather industry has an important economic role both in Turkey and in the World. In this study, wastewater samples were taken from 15 different tanneries in the Hatay Region. Wastewaters obtained from liming process and chromium tanning process was analyzed. Sulfide, chromium (III, chromium (VI, oil and grease, total suspended solids (TSS, organic matters, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD, chemical oxygen demand (COD, pH and alkalinity were determined according to Turkish Standard Methods. The determined averages values belong to wastewaters obtained from liming process were as following: pH 11.71; COD 16821 mg L-1; BOD 4357 mg L-1; TSS 39023 mg L-1; oil and grease 364 mg L-1; S-2 concentration 802 mg L-1; alkalinity 2115 mg L-1. The determined averages values belong to wastewaters obtained from chromium tanning process were also as following: pH 4.23; COD 6740 mg L-1; BOD 377 mg L-1; Cr+3 concentrations 372 mg L-1; Cr+6 concentrations 127 mg L-1; TSS 14553 mg L-1; oil and grease 343 mg L-1. The results of all analyzes were higher than wastewater discharge standards. As a result, it’s necessary to use more effective treatments in order to reduce the negative impacts of leather tanning industry that affect environment, natural water resources and at last human health and welfare.

  1. Propensity for obtaining alcohol through shoulder tapping.

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    Toomey, Traci L; Fabian, Lindsey E A; Erickson, Darin J; Lenk, Kathleen M

    2007-07-01

    Underage youth often obtain alcohol from adults who illegally provide the alcohol. One method for obtaining alcohol from adults is shoulder tapping, where youth approach an adult outside an alcohol establishment and ask the adult to purchase alcohol for them. The goal of this study was to assess what percentage of the general and youth-targeted adult population approached outside of a convenience/liquor store will agree to purchase and then provide alcohol to individuals who appear under age 21. We conducted 2 waves of pseudo-underage shoulder tap request attempts, using requesters who were age 21 or older but appeared 18 to 20 years old. In both waves, requests were conducted at randomly selected liquor and convenience stores, requesters explained that the reason they were asking the adult was because they did not have their identification with them, and requesters asked the adults to purchase a 6-pack of beer. During wave 1, we conducted 102 attempts, with the requester approaching the first adult entering the store alone. During wave 2, we conducted 102 attempts where the requester approached the first casually dressed male entering the store alone who appeared to be 21 to 30 years old. During wave 1, 8% of the general sample of approached adults provided alcohol to the pseudo-underage requesters. The odds of adults providing alcohol in urban areas were 9.4 times greater than in suburban areas. During wave 2, 19% of the approached young men provided alcohol to the requesters. No requester, request attempt, establishment, or community characteristics were associated with request attempt outcomes during wave 2. A small percentage of the general population of adults will agree to provide alcohol to underage youth when approached outside an alcohol establishment. The likelihood of underage youth obtaining alcohol through shoulder tapping increases substantially if the youth approach young men.

  2. Comparison of ionospheric characteristic parameters obtained by ...

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    This paper presents a comparison of ionospheric characteristic parameters obtained by a GPS networkand three ionosondes at Mohe (122.4^◦E, 53.5^◦N, dip angle 70.983^◦N), Zuolingzhen (114.6^◦E, 30.5^◦N, dipangle 46.350^◦N), and Fuke (109.1^◦E, 19.5^◦N, dip angle 27.083^◦N) located in China with an IRI model inthe ...

  3. Reliability of "Google" for obtaining medical information

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    Mihir Kothari

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Internet is used by many patients to obtain relevant medical information. We assessed the impact of "Google" search on the knowledge of the parents whose ward suffered from squint. In 21 consecutive patients, the "Google" search improved the mean score of the correct answers from 47% to 62%. We found that "Google" search was useful and reliable source of information for the patients with regards to the disease etiopathogenesis and the problems caused by the disease. The internet-based information, however, was incomplete and not reliable with regards to the disease treatment.

  4. Experimental methodology for obtaining sound absorption coefficients

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    Carlos A. Macía M

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective: the authors propose a new methodology for estimating sound absorption coefficients using genetic algorithms. Methodology: sound waves are generated and conducted along a rectangular silencer. The waves are then attenuated by the absorbing material covering the silencer’s walls. The attenuated sound pressure level is used in a genetic algorithm-based search to find the parameters of the proposed attenuation expressions that include geometric factors, the wavelength and the absorption coefficient. Results: a variety of adjusted mathematical models were found that make it possible to estimate the absorption coefficients based on the characteristics of a rectangular silencer used for measuring the attenuation of the noise that passes through it. Conclusions: this methodology makes it possible to obtain the absorption coefficients of new materials in a cheap and simple manner. Although these coefficients might be slightly different from those obtained through other methodologies, they provide solutions within the engineering accuracy ranges that are used for designing noise control systems.

  5. OBTAINING AND CHARACTERISTIC OF CURCUMIN LIPOSOMAL FORM

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    Shulga S. M.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Creation of liposomal forms of curcumin (diferuloilmetane was investegated in the work. The methods of preparation and determination of the obtained liposomes sizes and percentage of curcumin in liposomes are given. Soybean phospholipids, egg yolk phospholipids and sunflower phospholipids were selected for preparation of “empty” liposomes and liposomes loaded curcumin: C-SPC-L (curcumin encapsulated in SPC liposomes, C-EPC-L (curcumin encapsulated in EPC liposomes and C-SFPC-L (curcumin encapsulated in liposomes SFPC. Physical properties of different liposomes such as average size (Dl and encapsulation efficiency (EE were studed. Using photon correlation spectroscopy, the average size of three types of curcumin-loaded liposomes were found as Dl = 111 ± 3 nm for C-SPC-L, Dl = 98 ± 5 nm for C-EPC-L and Dl = 109 ± 5 nm for C-SFPC-L. Encapsulation efficiency showed the following values: EEC-SPC-L = 83 ± 4%, EEC-EPC-L = 82 ± 3%, and EEC-SFPC-L = 85 ± 4%. We determined that by using the methods of freezing and thawing or sonication it was possible to isolate liposomes sized in the range 100– 120 nm. Upon that the obtained liposomal form of curcumin was stable and freeze-thaw method was optimal for liposomal form and provides a relatively high level (more than 80% of curcumin inclusion.

  6. Alcoholic Beverages Obtained from Black Mulberry

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    Jacinto Darias-Martín

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Black mulberry (Morus nigra is a fruit not known only for its nutritional qualities and its flavour, but also for its traditional use in natural medicine as it has a high content of active therapeutic compounds. However, this fruit is not widely produced in Spain but some trees are still found growing in the Canary Islands, particularly on the edges of the ravine. The inhabitants of these islands (Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Lanzarote collect the fruit and prepare homemade beverages for medicinal purposes. Numerous authors have reported that type II diabetes mellitus can be controlled by taking a mixture containing black mulberry and water. Apart from that, this fruit has been used for the treatment of mouth, tongue and throat inflammations. In this study we present some characteristics of black mulberry juice (TSS, pH, titratable acidity, citric acid, lactic acid, polyphenols, anthocyanins, the potassium etc. and alcoholic beverages (alcoholic grade, pH, total acidity, volatile acidity, tannins, phenols etc. obtained from black mulberry. Moreover, we have studied the quality of liquors obtained from black mulberry in Canary Islands.

  7. Comparison of different methodologies for obtaining nickel nanoferrites

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    Galindo, R.; Menendez, N. [Departamento de Química Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Crespo, P.; Velasco, V. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM, ADIF CSIC, E-28230 Madrid (Spain); Bomati-Miguel, O.; Díaz-Fernández, D. [Departamento de Física Aplicada and Instituto Nicolás Cabrera, Facultad de Ciencias Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Herrasti, P., E-mail: pilar.herrasti@uam.es [Departamento de Química Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

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    Nickel nanoferrites were obtained by means of four different synthetic wet-routes: co-precipitation (CP), sonochemistry (SC), sonoelectrochemistry (SE) and electrochemistry (E). The influence of the synthesis method on the structural and magnetic properties of nickel ferrite nanoparticles is studied. Although similar experimental conditions such as temperature, pH and time of synthesis were used, a strong dependence of composition and microstructure on the synthesis procedure is found, as electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy studies reveal. Whereas by means of the CP and SC methods particles of a small size around 5–10 nm, respectively, and composed by different phases are obtained, the electrochemical routes (E and SE) allow obtaining monodisperse nanoparticles, with sizes ranging from 30 to 40 nm, and very close to stoichiometry. Magnetic characterization evidences a superparamagnetic behavior for samples obtained by CP and SC methods, whereas the electrochemical route leads to ferromagnetic ferrite nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Electrochemical synthesis produces pure NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanonoparticles with 40 nm particle size. • Coprecipitation and sonochemistry techniques generate NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with impurities. • Nanoparticles obtained by coprecipitation and sonochemistry are superparamagnetic. • Electrochemical and sonoelectrochemical methods produce ferromagnetic nanoparticles.

  8. OBTAINING AND PROPERTIES OF AgInS2 FILMS

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    M. A. Abdullaev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. The aim is to obtain AgInS2 films and study their electrical and optical properties.Methods. The samples of thin AgInS2 films for measurement were obtained by the method of magnetron sputtering with direct current. The structure, phase and elemental composition were studied using DRON-2 X-ray diffractometer (СuKа - radiation and the microscope LEO-1450 with EDS attachment for X-ray microanalysis. The optical transmittance and absorption were examined using MDR-2 monochromator in the wavelength range of 400-800 nm with the Keitley electrometer and FD-10G; we applied the spectral resolution of ± 1 meV. The electrical conductivity, Hall effect was measured by the four-point probe method with indium ohmic contacts. Measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 77-400 K.Findings. We obtained indium disulfide and silver films with the thickness of up to 1 μm on quartz substrates by magnetron sputtering. It is shown that increasing the substrate temperature to about 450 0С allows to obtain single phase film with a chalcopyrite structure with a band gap of 1.88 eV and high absorption coefficient (>104см-1.Conclusions. The possibility of obtaining films in a wide range of the electrical resistance and variation of the electrical parameters at constant stoichiometry is of interest for efficient technologies of phototransduction.

  9. Polypropylene obtained through zeolite supported catalysts

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    Queli C. Bastos

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Propylene polymerizations were carried out with f2C(Flu(CpZrCl2 and SiMe2(Ind2ZrCl2 catalysts supported on silica, zeolite sodic mordenite (NaM and acid mordenite (HM. The polymerizations were performed at different temperatures and varying aluminium/zirconium molar ratios ([Al]/[Zr]. The effect of these reaction parameters on the catalyst activity was investigated using a proposed statistical experimental planning. In the case of f2C(Flu(CpZrCl2, SiO2 and NaM were used as support and the catalyst performance evaluated using toluene and pentane as polymerization solvent. The molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, melting point and crystallinity of the polymers were examined. The results indicate very high activities for the syndiospecific heterogeneous system. Also, the polymers obtained had superior Mw and stereoregularity.

  10. ORIENTATION OF ENTERPRISES TOWARD OBTAINING COMPETITIVE

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    PAUL BOGDAN ZAMFIR

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper I proposed to emphasize the importance of obtaining competitive advantage by companies on EU internal market. The huge EU market, offers for participating companies the possibility to achieve significant economies of scale and numerous niches (segments market, which can be covered with large quantities of goods, the condition is that niches to be discovered in time, and the firms to be able to adapt promptly at their needs. Thus, the most important positive effect derives from the fact that companies have at their disposal a vast market consisting approximately 500 million consumers, free of customs duties and other restrictions inhindering the movement of goods. On this background, the companies can achieve high series production and thereby can reduce their cost of production and increase their competitiveness. In this context, the companies must meet the standards of the European Union, if they really want to gain competitive advantage on EU market.

  11. WAYS OF OBTAINING FINANCING BY TOUR OPERATORS

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    CARLAN ADRIANA

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available domanin.Romania is a country with highly touristic potential that is not exploited to maximum. In order to reach a high quality level of tourism permanent development and modernization are needed and also the establishment of new businesses That conducts other activities other than those which takes place in our country. Ways of getting funds are multiple, depending on individual needs.To develop tourism activities it is necessary to require some funding that can come from various sources: auto-financing, loans from various banks or from third parties and grants offered by the European Union. There are many programs designed to support the development of tourism, such as ROP that allows people to access grants in order to implement projects for the establishment and the development of the activity in the touristic field. The purpose of this article is to highlight funding opportunities for the tourism operators and to assist them in choosing the appropriate form of financing of the current activity or the activity they want to implement in the future and description of how to obtain the necessary funds from various sources.

  12. HOW TO OBTAIN BOOKS FOR YOUR GROUP

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    The wide variety of scientific and technical activity engaged in by people working at CERN means that the Library cannot always provide a deep on-site coverage in areas which are outside the core subjects of particle physics and accelerators. As many of you have already experienced, one way of solving this is to borrow books from other libraries. Our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service currently obtains about 1000 books on loan per year for readers at CERN. However, there may be books which groups need on a more permanent basis, in which case a loan from either our own collection or via ILL is not the appropriate solution. Instead, groups might prefer to purchase such books from their own budgets. To facilitate this, the CERN Library has set up a procedure with the SPL Division, by which you can submit your purchase request to us and be charged via a TID when you receive the book. In addition, via our database interface WebLib, we can provide you with a private virtual catalogue of your group's collection, which...

  13. Chelate forms of biometalls. Theoretical aspects of obtaining and characteristics

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    A. Kapustyan

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The problem of microelements bioavailability is highlighted and the correct ways of its solution are substantiated as a result of generalization of theoretical aspects of obtaining of the biometals chelate forms. The characteristics of the main biogenic elements, their physiological significance, electrochemical properties are presented. The main examples of the participation of biometals in various biological processes are given. The properties and the structure peculiarities of biometals coordination complexes are considered in detail. It is shown that in obtaining of biometals chelate forms, there is the mutual selectivity and the affinity of biometals and ligands. The main factors of obtaining a hard metal complex are given. Potential bioligands for obtaining bioavailable forms of microelements are detailed. Among them there are amino acids, peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates. The possible character of complexation depending on the nature of the bioligand is indicated. Practical examples of preparation of biometals mixed ligand complexes are given. The expediency of using metabolic products and processing of lactic acid bacteria as promising components of mixed ligand chelate complexes is substantiated. These substances contain in their composition a mass of potential donor atoms that are capable to form covalent and coordination bonds with biomethalles, and also possess high biological and immunotropic activities. The use of this system in the biocoordination compounds of the "metals of life" can provide a synergistic effect of the components, significantly to expand the range of their physiological activity and to increase the degree of assimilation by the body.

  14. New terpenoid glycosides obtained from Rosmarinus officinalis L. aerial parts.

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    Zhang, Yi; Adelakun, Tiwalade Adegoke; Qu, Lu; Li, Xiaoxia; Li, Jian; Han, Lifeng; Wang, Tao

    2014-12-01

    Five new terpenoid glycosides, named as officinoterpenosides A₁ (1), A₂ (2), B (3), C (4), and D (5), together with 11 known ones, (1S,4S,5S)-5-exo-hydrocamphor 5-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (6), isorosmanol (7), rosmanol (8), 7-methoxyrosmanol (9), epirosmanol (10), ursolic acid (11), micromeric acid (12), oleanolic acid (13), niga-ichigoside F₁ (14), glucosyl tormentate (15), and asteryunnanoside B (16), were obtained from the aerial parts of Rosmarinus officinalis L. Their structures were elucidated by chemical and spectroscopic methods (UV, IR, HRESI-TOF-MS, 1D and 2D NMR). Among the new ones, 1 and 2, 3 and 4 are diterpenoid and triterpenoid glycosides, respectively; and 5 is a normonoterpenoid. For the known ones, 6 was isolated from the Rosmarinus genus first, and 15, 16 were obtained from this species for the first time. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Chemical deinking of prints obtained by non-impact printing

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    Zdenka Bolanca

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper shows the results of efficiency investi-gation of chemical deinking of non-impact prints, where the principle of electrophotography is used for obtaining the latent image, on which the toner could adhere. The basis of scientific prepositions of deinking flotation and the mechanism for particle separation in the explanation of the results of experiment are given. The optical properties of hand-sheets in relation to the particle separation mechanism, their size, form and structure are discussed.The results obtained by deinking flotation of a mixed sample from the prints of non-impact printing and the conventional offset printing show clearly the influence of the specific characteristic of printing techniques and the chemical composition of toner, i.e. of printing inks on the quality of recycled fibers.

  16. Obtaining cementitious material from municipal solid waste

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    Macías, A.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The primary purpose of the present study was to determine the viability of using incinerator ash and slag from municipal solid waste as a secondary source of cementitious materials. The combustion products used were taken from two types of Spanish MSW incinerators, one located at Valdemingómez, in Madrid, and the other in Melilla, with different incineration systems: one with fluidised bed combustion and other with mass burn waterwall. The effect of temperature (from 800 to 1,200 ºC on washed and unwashed incinerator residue was studied, in particular with regard to phase formation in washed products with a high NaCl and KCl content. The solid phases obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction and BET-N2 specific surface procedures.El principal objetivo del trabajo ha sido determinar la viabilidad del uso de las cenizas y escorias procedentes de la incineración de residuos sólidos urbanos, como materia prima secundaria para la obtención de fases cementantes. Para ello se han empleado los residuos generados en dos tipos de incineradoras españolas de residuos sólidos urbanos: la incineradora de Valdemingómez y la incineradora de Melilla. Se ha estudiado la transformación de los residuos, sin tratamiento previo, en función de la temperatura de calentamiento (desde 800 ºC hasta 1.200 ºC, así como la influencia del lavado de los residuos con alto contenido en NaCl y KCl en la formación de fases obtenidas a las diferentes temperaturas de calcinación. Las fases obtenidas fueron caracterizadas por difracción de rayos X y área superficial por el método BET-N2.

  17. Characterization of rough interfaces obtained by boriding

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    Campos-Silva, I. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, SEPI-ESIME, U.P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Zacatenco, Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico)], E-mail: icampos@ipn.mx; Balankin, A.S. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, SEPI-ESIME, U.P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Zacatenco, Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Sierra, A.H. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, UPIICSA, Av. Te 950, Col Granjas, Mexico D.F. 08400 (Mexico); Lopez-Perrusquia, N. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, SEPI-ESIME, U.P. Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Zacatenco, Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Escobar-Galindo, R. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, Madrid E-28049 (Spain); Morales-Matamoros, D. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Lazaro Cardenas Norte, Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico)

    2008-12-30

    This study evaluates the morphology of borided interfaces by means of the fractal theory. The boride layers were formed in the AISI M2 steel by applying the paste boriding treatment at temperatures of 1253 and 1273 K and treatment times of 2 and 6 h, while a boron carbide paste thickness of 4 or 5 mm covered the samples surface in order to produce the boron diffusion. The morphology of interfaces formed between FeB and Fe{sub 2}B layers and between Fe{sub 2}B layer and steel substrate was analyzed by the rescaled-range (R/S), root-mean-square (RMS), and Fourier power spectrum (FPS) methods. Moreover, the multi-affine spectra of roughness exponent were obtained by calculating the q-order height-height correlation functions. We found that both interfaces are multi-affine, rather than self-affine. The multi-affine spectra of roughness exponents are found to be different for FeB/Fe{sub 2}B and Fe{sub 2}B/substrate interfaces, but independent on the treatment parameters (boron carbide paste thickness, temperature, and boriding time). Furthermore, we found that the multi-affine spectra of both interfaces behave as it is expected for 'universal multi-fractals' with the Levy index {gamma} = 1, associated with the multiplicative cascades with a log-Cauchy distribution. Furthermore, our data suggest a great homogeneity of the boron diffusion field, characterized by universal fractal dimension D{sub diff} = 2.90 {+-} 0.01. These findings provide a novel insight into the nature of phase formation during the boriding treatment.

  18. DRY MIX FOR OBTAINING FOAM CONCRETE

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    S. N. Leonovich

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Composition of a dry mix has been developed for production of non-autoclaved foam concrete with natural curing. The mix has been created on the basis of Portland cement, UFAPORE foaming agent, mineral additives (RSAM sulfoaluminate additive, MK-85 micro-silica and basalt fiber, plasticizing and accelerating “Citrate-T” additive and   redispersible Vinnapas-8034 H powder. It has been established that foam concrete with  density of 400–800 kg/m3, durability of 1,1–3,4 MPa, low water absorption (40–50 %, without shrinkable cracks has been formed while adding water of Water/Solid = 0.4–0.6 in the dry mix,  subsequent mechanical swelling and curing of foam mass.Introduction of the accelerating and plasticizing “Citrate-T” additive into composition of the dry mix leads to an increase of rheological properties in expanded foam mass and  time reduction of its drying and curing. An investigation on microstructure of foam-concrete chipping surface carried out with the help of a scanning electron microscope has shown that the introduction of  basalt fiber and redispersible Vinnapas-8034 H powder into the composition of the dry mix promotes formation of more finely-divided crystalline hydrates. Such approach makes it possible to change purposefully morphology of crystalline hydrates and gives the possibility to operate foam concrete structurization process.

  19. Obtaining and Estimating Low Noise Floors in Vibration Sensors

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    Brincker, Rune; Larsen, Jesper Abildgaard

    2007-01-01

    For some applications like seismic applications and measuring ambient vibrations in structures, it is essential that the noise floors of the sensors and other system components are low and known to the user. Some of the most important noise sources are reviewed and it is discussed how the sensor...... can be designed in order to obtain a low noise floor. Techniques to estimate the noise floors for sensors are reviewed and are demonstrated on a commercial commonly used sensor for vibration testing. It is illustrated how the noise floor can be calculated using the coherence between simultaneous...

  20. Covalent surface modification of prions: a mass spectrometry-based means of detecting distinctive structural features of prion strains

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    Prions (PrPSc) are molecular pathogens that are able to convert the isosequential normal cellular prion protein (PrPC) into a prion. The only demonstrated differences between PrPC and PrPSc is conformational, they are isoforms. A given host can be infected by more than one kind or strain of prion. F...

  1. Uniaxially aligned ceramic nanofibers obtained by chemical mechanical processing

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    Tararam, R. [Univ Estadual Paulista – UNESP – Instituto de Química, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni n° 55, CEP 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Foschini, C.R. [Univ Estadual Paulista – UNESP – Faculdade de Engenharia de Bauru, Dept. de Eng. Mecanica, Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo C. Coube 14-01, CEP 17033-360 Bauru, SP (Brazil); Destro, F.B. [Univ Estadual Paulista – UNESP – Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratinguetá, Guaratinguetá 12516-410, SP (Brazil); Simões, A.Z., E-mail: alezipo@yahoo.com [Univ Estadual Paulista – UNESP – Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratinguetá, Guaratinguetá 12516-410, SP (Brazil); Longo, E.; Varela, J.A. [Univ Estadual Paulista – UNESP – Instituto de Química, Rua Prof. Francisco Degni n° 55, CEP 14800-900 Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

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    For this study, we investigated a simple method to generate well aligned nanofibers over large areas using an organic polymer stretched over the substrate surface With this method, ZnO and CuO 3D parallel nanowire arrays were successfully prepared by calcinations of the polymer fibers. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed that the copper oxide has a monoclinic structure while the zinc oxide has a hexagonal structure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis showed ceramic nanofibers with an average diameter of 120 nm which were composed of small nanoparticles which are 10 nm in diameter. The ability to obtain uniaxially aligned nanofibers reveals a range of interesting properties with potential applications for sensors, catalysts and energy technologies.

  2. Component Repair Times Obtained from MSPI Data

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    Eide, Steven A. [Curtiss-Wright/Scietech, Ketchum, ID (United States); Cadwallader, Lee [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-05-01

    Information concerning times to repair or restore equipment to service given a failure is valuable to probabilistic risk assessments (PRAs). Examples of such uses in modern PRAs include estimation of the probability of failing to restore a failed component within a specified time period (typically tied to recovering a mitigating system before core damage occurs at nuclear power plants) and the determination of mission times for support system initiating event (SSIE) fault tree models. Information on equipment repair or restoration times applicable to PRA modeling is limited and dated for U.S. commercial nuclear power plants. However, the Mitigating Systems Performance Index (MSPI) program covering all U.S. commercial nuclear power plants provides up-to-date information on restoration times for a limited set of component types. This paper describes the MSPI program data available and analyzes the data to obtain median and mean component restoration times as well as non-restoration cumulative probability curves. The MSPI program provides guidance for monitoring both planned and unplanned outages of trains of selected mitigating systems deemed important to safety. For systems included within the MSPI program, plants monitor both train UA and component unreliability (UR) against baseline values. If the combined system UA and UR increases sufficiently above established baseline results (converted to an estimated change in core damage frequency or CDF), a “white” (or worse) indicator is generated for that system. That in turn results in increased oversight by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and can impact a plant’s insurance rating. Therefore, there is pressure to return MSPI program components to service as soon as possible after a failure occurs. Three sets of unplanned outages might be used to determine the component repair durations desired in this article: all unplanned outages for the train type that includes the component of interest, only

  3. Obtaining of nanostructured ZnO coatings using mechanoactivated oxidation

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    Muktepavela, F [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Bakradze, G [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Tamanis, E [Daugavpils University, Daugavpils (Latvia); Grigorjeva, L [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Kulis, P [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia); Krutohvostovs, R [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Riga (Latvia)

    2007-12-15

    The concept to use nanostructured state of metal at the instant of destruction in air environment was used to obtain nanostructured Zn-ZnO coatings on glass and quartz by mechanical method. Subsequent annealing in the ambient atmosphere, annealing in vacuum and irradiation with 532-nm YAG:Nd laser were used to obtain completely oxidized, transparent ZnO coatings. The saturated with oxygen nanostructured coatings were transformed into nanostructured ZnO coatings after annealing above 773K or irradiation with laser (allowing to reach 673K) in ambient atmosphere. AFM and SEM images show that after annealing ZnO coatings have multi-shaped structure. The formation of ZnO need-like whiskers (d = 100nm, l = 2{mu}m) was observed after laser irradiation. Obtained ZnO coatings have high microhardness (10--12GPa), strong adhesion with substrates and show green and blue luminescence at room temperature. The oxidation process is mechanoactivated due to the facilitated oxygen diffusion along deformation defects: vacancies, dislocation, microcracks, and developed network of grain boundaries.

  4. PELLETS MADE FROM PLANT STRUCTURES AND ESSENTIAL OIL OBTAINED FROM LEAVES OF Ageratum conyzoides L. AFFECTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF Sitophilus oryzae PELLETS PRODUZIDOS COM ESTRUTURAS DE PLANTAS E ÓLEO ESSENCIAL DE FOLHAS DE Ageratum conyzoides L. AFETANDO O DESENVOLVIMENTO DE Sitophilus oryzae

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    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of pellets, made from either vegetative and reproductive plant structures powder or essential oil obtained from leaves of billy goat weed, on the development of Sitophilus oryzae (L., 1763 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, as well as to determine the period in which they could be stored without losing their insecticidal action. Pellets made from powders of different billy goat weed structures (root, leaf, inflorescence, and seeds were stored for 2, 60, 120, and 180 days, and those made from essential oil were stored for 2 and 60 days. The billy goat weed presents insecticidal activity on

  5. Adjustable and automated system to obtain 2-D photometric patterns

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    Tecpoyotl-Torres, M.; Vera-Dimas, J. G.; Martínez-Fabián, S. E.; Mendoza-Zúñiga, J. L.; Escobedo-Alatorre, J.; Ibarra-Manzano, O. G.; Grimalsky, V. V.

    2013-09-01

    A complete adjustable and automated system has been developed on the base of three blocks: the first one is the mechanical and adjustable structure, which is composed by a mobile base and a rectangular arc, where the photodetector is located. The structure describes semi-spherical trajectories by means of two servomotors. Its lightweight and robustness constitutes two advantages which make it portable. The second stage corresponds to the automation of the structure movements. For controlling the motors and data acquisition, a microcontroller is employed that in turns helps keeping the cost of the overall system low. One of the servomotors is located on the lateral axis of the device; that displaces the sensor along a semi-circular trajectory of 160°, almost half meridians; the other one is located at the base of the illumination source, which enables it to realize an almost complete rotation around its axis. Finally, the last stage is formed by the graphical interface. The communication protocol between the data acquisition stage and the computer is USART. The graphical user interface (GUI) is developed using Visual C#. In the same window the data acquisition deployment and the data graph generator are given; the graphs can be shown in a polar or Cartesian formats showing more than one curve, if necessary, avoiding the use of additional software. The GUI keeps the low cost of the device, obtaining a comprehensive solution to generate the irradiance patterns of light sources.

  6. Applying the tools of chemistry (mass spectrometry and covalent modification by small molecule reagents) to the detection of prions and the study of their structure

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    Prions are molecular pathogens, able to convert a normal cellular prion protein PrPC into a prion PrPSc. The information necessary for this conversion is contained in the conformation of PrPSc. Mass spectrometry and small-molecule covalent reactions have recently been used to study prions. This w...

  7. Characterization of polymer thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition

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    Palla-Papavlu, A., E-mail: apalla@nipne.ro [NILPRP, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, PO Box MG-16, Zip RO-077125, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Dinca, V.; Ion, V.; Moldovan, A.; Mitu, B.; Luculescu, C.; Dinescu, M. [NILPRP, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 409 Atomistilor Street, PO Box MG-16, Zip RO-077125, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

    2011-04-01

    The development of laser techniques for the deposition of polymer and biomaterial thin films on solid surfaces in a controlled manner has attracted great attention during the last few years. Here we report the deposition of thin polymer films, namely Polyepichlorhydrin by pulsed laser deposition. Polyepichlorhydrin polymer was deposited on flat substrate (i.e. silicon) using an NdYAG laser (266 nm, 5 ns pulse duration and 10 Hz repetition rate). The obtained thin films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry. It was found that for laser fluences up to 1.5 J/cm{sup 2} the chemical structure of the deposited polyepichlorhydrin polymer thin layers resembles to the native polymer, whilst by increasing the laser fluence above 1.5 J/cm{sup 2} the polyepichlorohydrin films present deviations from the bulk polymer. Morphological investigations (atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy) reveal continuous polyepichlorhydrin thin films for a relatively narrow range of fluences (1-1.5 J/cm{sup 2}). The wavelength dependence of the refractive index and extinction coefficient was determined by ellipsometry studies which lead to new insights about the material. The obtained results indicate that pulsed laser deposition method is potentially useful for the fabrication of polymer thin films to be used in applications including electronics, microsensor or bioengineering industries.

  8. Characterization of polymer thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition

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    Palla-Papavlu, A.; Dinca, V.; Ion, V.; Moldovan, A.; Mitu, B.; Luculescu, C.; Dinescu, M.

    2011-04-01

    The development of laser techniques for the deposition of polymer and biomaterial thin films on solid surfaces in a controlled manner has attracted great attention during the last few years. Here we report the deposition of thin polymer films, namely Polyepichlorhydrin by pulsed laser deposition. Polyepichlorhydrin polymer was deposited on flat substrate (i.e. silicon) using an NdYAG laser (266 nm, 5 ns pulse duration and 10 Hz repetition rate). The obtained thin films have been characterized by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry. It was found that for laser fluences up to 1.5 J/cm 2 the chemical structure of the deposited polyepichlorhydrin polymer thin layers resembles to the native polymer, whilst by increasing the laser fluence above 1.5 J/cm 2 the polyepichlorohydrin films present deviations from the bulk polymer. Morphological investigations (atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy) reveal continuous polyepichlorhydrin thin films for a relatively narrow range of fluences (1-1.5 J/cm 2). The wavelength dependence of the refractive index and extinction coefficient was determined by ellipsometry studies which lead to new insights about the material. The obtained results indicate that pulsed laser deposition method is potentially useful for the fabrication of polymer thin films to be used in applications including electronics, microsensor or bioengineering industries.

  9. Ferroelectric hollow particles obtained by solid-state reaction

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    Buscaglia, Maria Teresa; Buscaglia, Vincenzo; Viviani, Massimo; Nanni, Paolo [Institute of Energetics and Interphases, National Research Council, Via De Marini 6, I-16149 Genoa (Italy); Dondero, Giovanni [Institute for Macromolecular Studies, National Research Council, Via De Marini 6, I-16149 Genoa (Italy); Roehrig, Serge; Ruediger, Andreas [Institute of Solid State Research, Centre of Nanoelectronic Systems for Information Technology, Research Centre Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany)], E-mail: v.buscaglia@ge.ieni.cnr.it

    2008-06-04

    Hollow particles of barium titanate were obtained by a two-step process combining colloidal chemistry and solid-state reaction. BaCO{sub 3} crystals (size {approx}1 {mu}m) suspended in a peroxy-Ti(IV) aqueous solution were coated with an amorphous TiO{sub 2} shell using a precipitation process. Calcination of the BaCO{sub 3}-TiO{sub 2} core-shell particles at 700 deg. C resulted in the formation of BaTiO{sub 3} hollow particles (shell thickness of {approx}70 nm) which retain the morphology of the BaCO{sub 3} crystals. Formation of the cavity occurs because out-diffusion of the core phase is much faster than in-diffusion of the shell material. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy indicate that the hollow particles possess a tetragonal ferroelectric structure with axial ratio c/a = 1.005. Piezoresponse force microscopy has shown strong piezoactivity and 180 deg. ferroelectric domains. The process described provides a general route to fabricate hollow ferroelectric structures of several compounds.

  10. Ferroelectric hollow particles obtained by solid-state reaction.

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    Buscaglia, Maria Teresa; Buscaglia, Vincenzo; Viviani, Massimo; Dondero, Giovanni; Röhrig, Serge; Rüdiger, Andreas; Nanni, Paolo

    2008-06-04

    Hollow particles of barium titanate were obtained by a two-step process combining colloidal chemistry and solid-state reaction. BaCO(3) crystals (size ≈1 µm) suspended in a peroxy-Ti(IV) aqueous solution were coated with an amorphous TiO(2) shell using a precipitation process. Calcination of the BaCO(3)@TiO(2) core-shell particles at 700 °C resulted in the formation of BaTiO(3) hollow particles (shell thickness of ≈70 nm) which retain the morphology of the BaCO(3) crystals. Formation of the cavity occurs because out-diffusion of the core phase is much faster than in-diffusion of the shell material. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy indicate that the hollow particles possess a tetragonal ferroelectric structure with axial ratio c/a = 1.005. Piezoresponse force microscopy has shown strong piezoactivity and 180° ferroelectric domains. The process described provides a general route to fabricate hollow ferroelectric structures of several compounds.

  11. Chemical short range order obtained from the atomic pair distribution function

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    Proffen, Th.; Petkov, V.; Billinge, S. J. L.; Vogt, T.

    2002-01-01

    Many crystalline materials show chemical short range order and relaxation of neighboring atoms. Local structural information can be obtained by analyzing the atomic pair distribution function (PDF) obtained from powder diffraction data. In this paper, we present the successful extraction of chemical short range order parameters from the x-ray PDF of a quenched Cu_3Au sample.

  12. Obtaining Crosswind from Single-Aperture Optical Scintillometers

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    van Dinther, D.; Hartogensis, O. K.

    2010-09-01

    A scintillometer is a device that consist of a transmitter and receiver. The receiver records intensity fluctuations of the electromagnetic beam emitted at optical or microwave wavelengths by the transmitter. These fluctuations are caused by refraction of the beam upon its passage through the turbulent surface layer. An increasingly popular application of scintillometry is to estimate the area-averaged surface fluxes from these raw measurements following scintillometer theory (Tatarskii, 1961) relating the raw intensity measurements to the structure parameter of the refractive index, Cn2 and Monin-Obukhov similarity theory that relates structure parameters to surface fluxes (Meijninger et al., 2002). A less known application of scintillometry is the estimation of the crosswind, i.e. the wind perpendicular to the scintillometer path. Past research on this issue focused on multiple aperture scintillometers that use the time delay between the turbulence signals of the displaced apertures to estimate the crosswind (Andreas, 2000, Poggio et al., 2000 and Furger et al., 2001,). The goal of this study is to explore a method to obtain the crosswind from single aperture scintillometers through spectral analysis of the raw scintillometer signal. In theory the scintillometer spectrum shows an inflection at the transition of the refractive and absorption part of the spectrum. The transition frequency (fC2) is related to the ratio of the crosswind and the diameter of the receiver and transmitter (Nieveen et al., 1998) via fc2 = -u-- 1.25D where u is the crosswind speed and D the diameter of the scintillometer. Limitation of the method is that it only works properly when the crosswind is constant, i.e. with a horizontal scintillometer path, no time variation and no spatial variations of the crosswind. The prescribed method to obtain the crosswind is examined with LITFASS-2009 (Germany) and Haarweg (The Netherlands) datasets. At LITFASS-2009 different optical and microwave

  13. 32 CFR Appendix B to Part 275 - Obtaining Customer Authorization

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    ... 32 National Defense 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Obtaining Customer Authorization B Appendix B to... OF 1978 Pt. 275, App. B Appendix B to Part 275—Obtaining Customer Authorization A. A DoD law... feasible, obtain the customer's consent. B. Any authorization obtained under paragraph A. of this appendix...

  14. 49 CFR 375.519 - Must I obtain weight tickets?

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    ... 49 Transportation 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Must I obtain weight tickets? 375.519 Section 375... Household Goods Weighing the Shipment § 375.519 Must I obtain weight tickets? (a) You must obtain weight tickets whenever we require you to weigh the shipment in accordance with this subpart. You must obtain a...

  15. Magnetic properties of nanoparticles obtained by different chemical routes.

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    Andrade, Angela L; Souza, Diana M; Pereira, Márcio C; Fabris, José D; Domingues, Rosana Z

    2009-03-01

    It is well known that nano-sized materials often present chemical, electronic, magnetic, and mechanical properties that are potentially interesting for many technological applications comparatively to their corresponding bulk properties. This paper describes the main differences in magnetic properties among nanomagnetite powders prepared by three methods: (I) reduction-precipitation of ferric chloride by reaction with Na2SO3; (II) reduction of hematite with coal, and (III) reduction of hematite with hydrogen gas. The obtained materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), saturation magnetization measurements, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Saturation magnetization values varied from 60 to 86 J T(-1)kg(-1). XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy results at 298 K showed the clear effect of the preparation routes on the crystallographic structure and crystallite size of the magnetic species. Magnetite was formed in varying proportions in all samples, with crystallite sizes estimated by Scherrer formula of about 10, 26, and 33 nm for samples prepared by methods (I), (II), and (III), respectively. The Mössbauer spectrum of the sample prepared by method (I) consisted of broad lines and hyperfine field for magnetite lower than that typically reported for the bulk material.

  16. Caracterização estrutural de nanocompósitos de blendas HDPE/LLDPE e OMMT obtidos por diferentes sequências de mistura Structural characterization of HDPE/LLDPE and OMMT blend-based nanocomposites obtained by different blending sequences

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    Fabio R. Passador

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocompósitos de blendas de polietileno de alta densidade (HDPE com polietileno linear de baixa densidade (LLDPE e OMMT (montmorilonita organofílica foram preparados em um reômetro de torque, utilizando-se como sistema compatibilizante uma mistura de HDPE-g-MA e LLDPE-g-MA, ambos com 1% de anidrido maleico. O efeito de cinco sequências de mistura na formação da microestrutura dos nanocompósitos foi estudado. A caracterização estrutural foi realizada por análises de difração de raio X de alto ângulo (WAXD, microscopia eletrônica de transmissão (MET e comportamento reológico em regime permanente de deformação. Os resultados mostraram que a formação da microestrutura depende da ordem de mistura dos componentes e a utilização de mistura de dois agentes compatibilizantes miscíveis com os constituintes da matriz auxiliou na distribuição da polaridade, facilitando a dispersão das nanoargilas por toda a matriz. Dentre as sequências estudadas, as que a nanoargila foi primeiramente misturada com componentes de menor viscosidade e cristalinidade (LLDPE e/ou LLDPE-g-MA apresentaram melhor dispersão e distribuição da nanoargila na blenda polimérica.High density polyethylene/linear low density polyethylene (HDPE/LLDPE blend-based nanocomposites were prepared in a torque rheometer, using a mixture of HDPE-g-MA and LLDPE-g-MA both containing 1% of maleic anhydride as compatibilizer system. The effect from five blending sequences on the microstructure of the nanocomposites was investigated. The structural characterization was performed through wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and rheological properties. The results showed that the formation of morphology is dependent on the sequence of nanocomposite preparation and that the use of a mixture of two compatibilizer agents, miscible with both components of the blend matrix, facilitated the dispersion of the nanoclay throughout the matrix. The

  17. Analysis of Conformational Stability of Abnormal Prion Protein Aggregates across the Spectrum of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Prions

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    Cescatti, Maura; Saverioni, Daniela; Capellari, Sabina; Tagliavini, Fabrizio; Kitamoto, Tetsuyuki; Ironside, James; Giese, Armin

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT The wide phenotypic variability of prion diseases is thought to depend on the interaction of a host genotype with prion strains that have self-perpetuating biological properties enciphered in distinct conformations of the misfolded prion protein PrPSc. This concept is largely based on indirect approaches studying the effect of proteases or denaturing agents on the physicochemical properties of PrPSc aggregates. Furthermore, most data come from studies on rodent-adapted prion strains, making current understanding of the molecular basis of strains and phenotypic variability in naturally occurring diseases, especially in humans, more limited. To fill this gap, we studied the effects of guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl) and heating on PrPSc aggregates extracted from 60 sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and 6 variant CJD brains. While denaturation curves obtained after exposure of PrPSc to increasing GdnHCl concentrations showed similar profiles among the 7 CJD types analyzed, PrPSc exposure to increasing temperature revealed significantly different and type-specific responses. In particular, MM1 and VV2, the most prevalent and fast-replicating CJD types, showed stable and highly resistant PrPSc aggregates, whereas VV1, a rare and slowly propagating type, revealed unstable aggregates that easily dissolved at low temperature. Taken together, our results indicate that the molecular interactions mediating the aggregation state of PrPSc, possibly enciphering strain diversity, are differently targeted by GdnHCl, temperature, and proteases. Furthermore, the detected positive correlation between the thermostability of PrPSc aggregates and disease transmission efficiency makes inconsistent the proposed hypothesis that a decrease in conformational stability of prions results in an increase in their replication efficiency. IMPORTANCE Prion strains are defined as infectious isolates propagating distinctive phenotypic traits after transmission to syngeneic hosts

  18. Analysis of Conformational Stability of Abnormal Prion Protein Aggregates across the Spectrum of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Prions.

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    Cescatti, Maura; Saverioni, Daniela; Capellari, Sabina; Tagliavini, Fabrizio; Kitamoto, Tetsuyuki; Ironside, James; Giese, Armin; Parchi, Piero

    2016-07-15

    The wide phenotypic variability of prion diseases is thought to depend on the interaction of a host genotype with prion strains that have self-perpetuating biological properties enciphered in distinct conformations of the misfolded prion protein PrP(Sc) This concept is largely based on indirect approaches studying the effect of proteases or denaturing agents on the physicochemical properties of PrP(Sc) aggregates. Furthermore, most data come from studies on rodent-adapted prion strains, making current understanding of the molecular basis of strains and phenotypic variability in naturally occurring diseases, especially in humans, more limited. To fill this gap, we studied the effects of guanidine hydrochloride (GdnHCl) and heating on PrP(Sc) aggregates extracted from 60 sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and 6 variant CJD brains. While denaturation curves obtained after exposure of PrP(Sc) to increasing GdnHCl concentrations showed similar profiles among the 7 CJD types analyzed, PrP(Sc) exposure to increasing temperature revealed significantly different and type-specific responses. In particular, MM1 and VV2, the most prevalent and fast-replicating CJD types, showed stable and highly resistant PrP(Sc) aggregates, whereas VV1, a rare and slowly propagating type, revealed unstable aggregates that easily dissolved at low temperature. Taken together, our results indicate that the molecular interactions mediating the aggregation state of PrP(Sc), possibly enciphering strain diversity, are differently targeted by GdnHCl, temperature, and proteases. Furthermore, the detected positive correlation between the thermostability of PrP(Sc) aggregates and disease transmission efficiency makes inconsistent the proposed hypothesis that a decrease in conformational stability of prions results in an increase in their replication efficiency. Prion strains are defined as infectious isolates propagating distinctive phenotypic traits after transmission to syngeneic hosts. Although

  19. 48 CFR 1815.403 - Obtaining cost or pricing data.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 true Obtaining cost or pricing... ADMINISTRATION CONTRACTING METHODS AND CONTRACT TYPES CONTRACTING BY NEGOTIATION Contract Pricing 1815.403 Obtaining cost or pricing data. ...

  20. 32 CFR Appendix F to Part 275 - Obtaining Emergency Access

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    ...) MISCELLANEOUS OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: RIGHT TO FINANCIAL PRIVACY ACT OF 1978 Pt. 275... the attached request were obtained by under the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978 on for the...

  1. 48 CFR 22.1007 - Requirement to obtain wage determinations.

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    ... Amended 22.1007 Requirement to obtain wage determinations. The contracting officer shall obtain wage... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Requirement to obtain wage determinations. 22.1007 Section 22.1007 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION...

  2. Obtaining of Trialkylphosphates in Anodic Dissolution of Copper Phosphide

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    A. P. Aueshov; М. S. Satayev; A. S. Tukibayeva

    2014-01-01

    Due to obtain trialkylphosphate is suggested to use anodic solution of copper phosphide in alcohol solutions. At this, it can use copper phosphide, obtained at the processing of wastes of phosphorus production. Moreover, it is presented ways of obtaining of tri-n-butylphosphate and tri-izo-butylphosphate.

  3. Nuclear Structure

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    Gargano, Angela

    2003-04-01

    An account of recent studies in the field of theoretical nuclear structure is reported. These studies concern essentially research activities performed under the Italian project "Fisica Teorica del Nucleo e dei Sistemi a Molti Corpi". Special attention is addressed to results obtained during the last two years as regards the development of new many-body techniques as well as the interpretation of new experimental aspects of nuclear structure.

  4. Analysis of multiplex gene expression maps obtained by voxelation

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    Smith Desmond J

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gene expression signatures in the mammalian brain hold the key to understanding neural development and neurological disease. Researchers have previously used voxelation in combination with microarrays for acquisition of genome-wide atlases of expression patterns in the mouse brain. On the other hand, some work has been performed on studying gene functions, without taking into account the location information of a gene's expression in a mouse brain. In this paper, we present an approach for identifying the relation between gene expression maps obtained by voxelation and gene functions. Results To analyze the dataset, we chose typical genes as queries and aimed at discovering similar gene groups. Gene similarity was determined by using the wavelet features extracted from the left and right hemispheres averaged gene expression maps, and by the Euclidean distance between each pair of feature vectors. We also performed a multiple clustering approach on the gene expression maps, combined with hierarchical clustering. Among each group of similar genes and clusters, the gene function similarity was measured by calculating the average gene function distances in the gene ontology structure. By applying our methodology to find similar genes to certain target genes we were able to improve our understanding of gene expression patterns and gene functions. By applying the clustering analysis method, we obtained significant clusters, which have both very similar gene expression maps and very similar gene functions respectively to their corresponding gene ontologies. The cellular component ontology resulted in prominent clusters expressed in cortex and corpus callosum. The molecular function ontology gave prominent clusters in cortex, corpus callosum and hypothalamus. The biological process ontology resulted in clusters in cortex, hypothalamus and choroid plexus. Clusters from all three ontologies combined were most prominently expressed in

  5. Titania nanotube powders obtained by rapid breakdown anodization in perchloric acid electrolytes

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    Ali, Saima, E-mail: saima.ali@aalto.fi; Hannula, Simo-Pekka

    2017-05-15

    Titania nanotube (TNT) powders are prepared by rapid break down anodization (RBA) in a 0.1 M perchloric acid (HClO{sub 4}) solution (Process 1), and ethylene glycol (EG) mixture with HClO{sub 4} and water (Process 2). A study of the as-prepared and calcined TNT powders obtained by both processes is implemented to evaluate and compare the morphology, crystal structure, specific surface area, and the composition of the nanotubes. Longer TNTs are formed in Process 1, while comparatively larger pore diameter and wall thickness are obtained for the nanotubes prepared by Process 2. The TNTs obtained by Process 1 are converted to nanorods at 350 °C, while nanotubes obtained by Process 2 preserve tubular morphology till 350 °C. In addition, the TNTs prepared by an aqueous electrolyte have a crystalline structure, whereas the TNTs obtained by Process 2 are amorphous. Samples calcined till 450 °C have XRD peaks from the anatase phase, while the rutile phase appears at 550 °C for the TNTs prepared by both processes. The Raman spectra also show clear anatase peaks for all samples except the as-prepared sample obtained by Process 2, thus supporting the XRD findings. FTIR spectra reveal the presence of O-H groups in the structure for the TNTs obtained by both processes. However, the presence is less prominent for annealed samples. Additionally, TNTs obtained by Process 2 have a carbonaceous impurity present in the structure attributed to the electrolyte used in that process. While a negligible weight loss is typical for TNTs prepared from aqueous electrolytes, a weight loss of 38.6% in the temperature range of 25–600 °C is found for TNTs prepared in EG electrolyte (Process 2). A large specific surface area of 179.2 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} is obtained for TNTs prepared by Process 1, whereas Process 2 produces nanotubes with a lower specific surface area. The difference appears to correspond to the dimensions of the nanotubes obtained by the two processes. - Graphical abstract

  6. Organophilic bentonites based on Argentinean and Brazilian bentonites: part 2: potential evaluation to obtain nanocomposites

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    L. B. Paiva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This work describes the preparation of composites of polypropylene and organophilic bentonites based on Brazilian and Argentinean bentonites. During the processing of the samples in a twin screw microextruder, torque and pressures of the extruder were accompanied and the viscosity values were calculated. No significant changes in the torque, pressure and viscosity were found for composites prepared with different bentonites. The samples were characterized by XRD and TEM to evaluate the structure and dispersion of the organophilic bentonites. Composites with exfoliated, partially exfoliated and intercalated structures were obtained and correlations between the intrinsic properties of the sodium clays and organophilic bentonites and their influence on the composites were studied. The cation exchange capacity of the sodium bentonites and the swelling capacity of the organophilic bentonites were the most important properties to obtain exfoliated structures in composites. All bentonites showed the potential to obtain polymer nanocomposites, but the ones from Argentina displayed the best results.

  7. Calixcyclitols: a new class of polar hybrid hosts obtained by oxygenation of calixarene phenol rings.

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    Troisi, Francesco; Mogavero, Luca; Gaeta, Carmine; Gavuzzo, Enrico; Neri, Placido

    2007-03-01

    [structure: see text] The first examples of hybrid calixarene hosts containing cyclitol moieties (calixcyclitols) have been obtained by treatment with LiAlH4 of diepoxydiol and tetraepoxytetrol calix[4]arene derivatives. A 6-oxabicyclo[3:1:1]heptanetriol or a cyclohexanetetrol ring was obtained depending on the stereochemical features of the diepoxydiol moiety. Preliminary binding studies toward anionic guests showed a discrete selectivity of calixcyclitol 9 vs H2PO4-.

  8. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF PVA COMPOSITES WITH CELLULOSE NANOFIBERS OBTAINED BY ULTRASONICATION

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    Dan Donescu; Catalin Ilie Spataru; Constantin Radovici; Roxana Trusca; Raluca Somoghi; Denis Mihaela Panaitescu; Adriana Nicoleta Frone

    2011-01-01

    Cellulose nanofibers were obtained from microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) by the action of hydrodynamic forces associated with ultrasound. Nanofibers isolated from MCC by applying different ultrasonication conditions were characterized to elucidate their morpho-structural features by field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and dynamic light scattering. Several differences were observed regarding the size of the nanofibers obtained in different u...

  9. Properties of Zig-zag nickel nanostructures obtained by glad technique

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    Potočnik Jelena

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Zig-zag structure of the nickel thin film has been obtained using Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD technique. Glass substrate was positioned 75 degrees with respect to the substrate normal. The obtained nickel thin film was characterized by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. Surface energy of the deposited thin film was determined by measuring the contact angle using the static sessile drop method. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45005

  10. Obtaining and Visualization of the Topological Functioning Model from the UML Model

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    Ovchinnikova Viktoria

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A domain model can provide compact information about its corresponding software system for business people. If the software system exists without its domain model and documentation it is time-consuming to understand its behavior and structure only from the code. Reverse Engineering (RE tools can be used for obtaining behavior and structure of the software system from source code. After that the domain model can be created. A short overview and an example of obtaining the domain model, Topological Functioning Model (TFM, from source code are provided in the paper. Positive and negative effects of the process of TFM backward derivation are also discussed.

  11. Biochemical Characterization of Prions.

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    Fiorini, Michele; Bongianni, Matilde; Monaco, Salvatore; Zanusso, Gianluigi

    2017-01-01

    Prion disease or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are characterized by the presence of the abnormal form of the prion protein (PrPSc). The pathological and transmissible properties of PrPSc are enciphered in its secondary and tertiary structures. Since it's well established that different strains of prions are linked to different conformations of PrPSc, biochemical characterization of prions seems a preliminary but reliable approach to detect, analyze, and compare prion strains. Experimental biochemical procedures might be helpful in distinguishing PrPSc physicochemical properties and include resistance to proteinase K (PK) digestion, insolubility in nonionic detergents, PK-resistance under denaturing conditions and sedimentation properties in sucrose gradients. This biochemical approach has been extensively applied in human prion disorders and subsequently expanded for PrPSc characterization in animals. In particular, in sporadic Creutzfedlt-Jakob disease (sCJD) PrPSc is characterized by two main glycotypes conventionally named Type 1 and Type 2, based on the apparent gel migration at 21 and 19kDa of the PrPSc PK-resistant fragment. An additional PrPSc type was identified in sCJD characterized by an unglycosylated dominant glycoform pattern and in 2010 a variably protease-sensitive prionopathy (VPSPr) was reported showing a PrPSc with an electrophoretic ladder like pattern. Additionally, the presence of PrPSc truncated fragments completes the electrophoretic characterization of different prion strains. By two-dimensional (2D) electrophoretic analysis additional PrPSc pattern was identified, since this procedure provides information about the isoelectric point and the different peptides length related to PK cleavage, as well as to glycosylation extent or GPI anchor presence. We here provide and extensive review on PrPSc biochemical analysis in human and animal prion disorders. Further, we show that PrPSc glycotypes observed in CJD share similarities with

  12. Development Of Magnetic FeatC Nanocomposites Obtained Via The Laser Pyrolysis: Structural And Disaggregation Properties

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    Morjan, Ion; Alexandrescu, R.; Dumitrache, F.; Fleaca, C.; Birjega, R.; Soare, I.; Luculescu, C.-R.; Prodan, V.; Kuncser, V.; Filoti, G.; Xu, H.; Wang, D.

    2010-10-01

    Fe@C) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized using the laser pyrolysis method and variable nozzle geometries. At large nozzle diameters, XRD and SAED analysis clearly identified distinct α-Fe and Fe3C phases. TEM and HRTEM indicated that these Fe-based nanoparticles have an average grain size of 3.5-10.2 nm. Temperature dependent Mössbauer spectra further confirm their distinct nanophases. By using a multi-step reduction procedure, Fe@C powders can be disaggregated into stable, water soluble nanoparticles.

  13. Structure and Properties of Reduced Barium Niobium Oxide Single Crystals Obtained from Borate Fluxes

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    Hessen, B.; Sunshine, S.A.; Siegrist, T.; Fiory, A.T.; Waszczak, J.V.

    1991-01-01

    Single crystals of the reduced niobate Ba2Nb15O32 are produced by heating NbO2 in BaO·3B2O3 under high-vacuum conditions. The borate acts both as a source of BaO and as a flux for crystallization. The compound Ba2Nb15O32 crystallizes in space group R3 (a = 7.777 (1) Å, c = 35.518 (6) Å) and contains

  14. Chemical structure of artificial coals obtained from cellulose, wood and peat

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    Sugimoto, Y.; Miki, Y. [National Inst. of Materials and Chemical Research, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1997-12-31

    Cellulose, wood and peat were thermally decomposed at 200-400 C in water, and the water-insoluble products (artificial coals) were characterized by solid state {sup 13}C-NMR, elemental and functional analyses. The artificial coals were also hydrogenated over a presulfided Ni-Mo/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst in tetralin, and the hydrogenation products were analyzed by a capillary Py-GC and Py-GCMS. The similarities and differences between artificial and natural coals were discussed. (orig.)

  15. Purification and structural determination of nontoxic lipid A obtained from the lipopolysaccharide of Salmonella typhimurium.

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    Qureshi, N; Takayama, K; Ribi, E

    1982-10-10

    Endotoxin extracted from the heptose-less mutant of Salmonella typhimurium was hydrolyzed in 0.1 N HCl in methanol/water (1:1, v/v) at 100 degrees C to yield lipid A, which was then fractionated on a Sephadex LH-20 column to yield a major monophosphoryl lipid A fraction. The monophosphoryl lipid A was further fractionated by preparative thin layer chromatography. This process yielded three major bands (TLC-1, -3, and -5) and two minor bands (TLC-7 and -9). The purity of these fractions was established by ion exchange and reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography. The thin layer fractions were analyzed by fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry. TLC-1 and -3 gave molecular ions (M-H)- at m/e 1730 and 1716, respectively. Both of these fractions contained beta-hydroxymyristic, lauric, and 3-myristoxymyristic acids in O-acyl linkages. The molecular formula and Mr of TLC-1 are C95H179O22N2P and 1731.16; those of TLC-3 are C94H177O22N2P and 1717.15. TLC-1 was a methyl homolog of TLC-3. The major component of TLC-5 (C80H151O22N2P and Mr = 1506.99) gave a molecular ion at m/e 1506 and contained two beta-hydroxymyristic acids and a lauric acid in the O-acyl linkages. The major component of TLC-7 (C66H125O19N2P and Mr = 1280.83) and the single component of TLC-9 gave molecular ions at m/e 1280 and 1098, respectively. TLC-7 contained lauric and beta-hydroxymyristic acids in the O-acyl linkages. TLC-9 (C54H103O18N2P and Mr = 1098.69) contained a single O-acylated beta-hydroxymyristate group. TLC-1 and -3 were nontoxic in the chick embryo lethality test and regressed established tumors in the syngeneic guinea pigs.

  16. 9 CFR 592.100 - Who may obtain service.

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    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Who may obtain service. 592.100 Section 592.100 Animals and Animal Products FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE... obtain service. (a) An application for service may be made by any interested person, including, but not...

  17. The legal status of evidence obtained through human rights ...

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    The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 is silent on the issue of dealing with evidence obtained through human rights violations. This silence dates to the earlier Constitutions of 1962, 1966 and 1967. It is only the Prohibition and Prevention of Torture Act of 2012 that renders evidence obtained through torture and ...

  18. 27 CFR 17.103 - Bonds obtained from surety companies.

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    ... companies. 17.103 Section 17.103 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE... NONBEVERAGE PRODUCTS Bonds and Consents of Sureties § 17.103 Bonds obtained from surety companies. (a) The bond may be obtained from any surety company authorized by the Secretary of the Treasury to be a surety...

  19. Obtaining the Electron Angular Momentum Coupling Spectroscopic Terms, jj

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    Orofino, Hugo; Faria, Roberto B.

    2010-01-01

    A systematic procedure is developed to obtain the electron angular momentum coupling (jj) spectroscopic terms, which is based on building microstates in which each individual electron is placed in a different m[subscript j] "orbital". This approach is similar to that used to obtain the spectroscopic terms under the Russell-Saunders (LS) coupling…

  20. 5 CFR 294.107 - Places to obtain records.

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    ... 5 Administrative Personnel 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Places to obtain records. 294.107 Section 294.107 Administrative Personnel OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS AVAILABILITY... § 294.107 Places to obtain records. (a) Address requests for OPM records to the officials listed in...

  1. Using nano-indentation and microscopy to obtain mechanical properties

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    Lukovic, M.; Schlangen, E.; Savija, B.; Ye, G.; Copuroglu, O.

    2015-01-01

    Simulation of mechanical behaviour of heterogeneous materials is only possible if the local properties of the components are known. In recent years nano-indentation is being applied on different levels to obtain local mechanical properties. The aim of this paper is to explore various ways to obtain

  2. 7 CFR 75.35 - Obtaining samples for lot inspections.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 3 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Obtaining samples for lot inspections. 75.35 Section 75.35 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) AGRICULTURAL MARKETING... Sampling Provisions and Requirements § 75.35 Obtaining samples for lot inspections. Samples of seed for lot...

  3. Quick and sensitive SPR detection of prion disease-associated isoform (PrPSc) based on its self-assembling behavior on bare gold film and specific interactions with aptamer-graphene oxide (AGO).

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    Lou, Zhichao; Wan, Jinfeng; Zhang, Xiaohong; Zhang, Haiqian; Zhou, Xiaoyan; Cheng, Su; Gu, Ning

    2017-09-01

    Herein, we constructed a novel sandwich surface plasmon resonance (SPR) detection assay for sensitive prion disease-associated isoform (PrP Sc ) detection, utilizing bare gold film and apatamer-graphene oxide (AGO). Due to the self-assembling behavior of PrP Sc on gold surface, the non-modified gold surface can be directly used as sensing surface for the quick detection, for the purpose to avoid the interference from the traditional, complex and changeable probe-modified sensing surface. And due to the highly specific affinity of AGO towards PrP Sc , the sandwich type SPR sensor exhibits excellent analytical performance towards the discrimination and quantitation of PrP Sc . A good linear relationship was obtained between SPR responses and the logarithm of PrP Sc concentrations over a range of 0.001-1ng/mL. The detection sensitivity for PrP Sc was improved by ∼156 orders of AGO compared with SPR direct detection format. Besides, morphological changes of the sensing film surfaces were investigated by high resolution AFM imaging, confirming the capture of PrP Sc molecules and their further specific recognition by AGO. The specificity of the present biosensor was also investigated by PrP C and other regents as controls. By compared with other reported methods, the AGO enhanced sandwich SPR assay was confirmed to be efficient, sensitive, and with wide working range. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Obtaining vanadyl porphyrins from asphaltite of Sadkinsk deposit

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    Nadirov, N.K.; Kotova, A.V.; Ergalieva, A.K.; Yag' yaeva, S.M.; Gol' dberg, I.S.

    1987-11-01

    A method of obtaining vanadyl porphyrins by acetone treatment of asphaltite was proposed. A 1 gram asphaltite sample and 200 ml of acetone were placed in a flask and refluxed by 1 hour. After cooling, the solution was filtered and the content of vanadyl porphyrins in the acetone extract was determined by a spectrophotometer. The product was obtained in crystalline form after the solvent was driven off. Tests show that use of acetone resulted in a more complete extraction of the porphyrins than can be obtained by ordinary alcohol-acetone or alcohol extraction methods.

  5. Characterization of Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles Obtained by Hydrolysis Reaction of Ethylene Glycol Solution of Alkoxide

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    Naofumi Uekawa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Transparent and stable sols of titanium oxide nanoparticles were obtained by heating a mixture of ethylene glycol solution of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TIP and a NH3 aqueous solution at 368 K for 24 h. The concentration of NH3 aqueous solution affected the structure of the obtained titanium oxide nanoparticles. For NH3 aqueous solution concentrations higher than 0.2 mol/L, a mixture of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles and layered titanic acid nanoparticles was obtained. The obtained sol was very stable without formation of aggregated precipitates and gels. Coordination of ethylene glycol to Ti4+ ions inhibited the rapid hydrolysis reaction and aggregation of the obtained nanoparticles. The obtained titanium oxide nanoparticles had a large specific surface area: larger than 350 m2/g. The obtained titanium oxide nanoparticles showed an enhanced adsorption towards the cationic dye molecules. The selective adsorption corresponded to presence of layered titanic acid on the obtained anatase TiO2 nanoparticles.

  6. Titania nanotube powders obtained by rapid breakdown anodization in perchloric acid electrolytes

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    Ali, Saima; Hannula, Simo-Pekka

    2017-05-01

    Titania nanotube (TNT) powders are prepared by rapid break down anodization (RBA) in a 0.1 M perchloric acid (HClO4) solution (Process 1), and ethylene glycol (EG) mixture with HClO4 and water (Process 2). A study of the as-prepared and calcined TNT powders obtained by both processes is implemented to evaluate and compare the morphology, crystal structure, specific surface area, and the composition of the nanotubes. Longer TNTs are formed in Process 1, while comparatively larger pore diameter and wall thickness are obtained for the nanotubes prepared by Process 2. The TNTs obtained by Process 1 are converted to nanorods at 350 °C, while nanotubes obtained by Process 2 preserve tubular morphology till 350 °C. In addition, the TNTs prepared by an aqueous electrolyte have a crystalline structure, whereas the TNTs obtained by Process 2 are amorphous. Samples calcined till 450 °C have XRD peaks from the anatase phase, while the rutile phase appears at 550 °C for the TNTs prepared by both processes. The Raman spectra also show clear anatase peaks for all samples except the as-prepared sample obtained by Process 2, thus supporting the XRD findings. FTIR spectra reveal the presence of O-H groups in the structure for the TNTs obtained by both processes. However, the presence is less prominent for annealed samples. Additionally, TNTs obtained by Process 2 have a carbonaceous impurity present in the structure attributed to the electrolyte used in that process. While a negligible weight loss is typical for TNTs prepared from aqueous electrolytes, a weight loss of 38.6% in the temperature range of 25-600 °C is found for TNTs prepared in EG electrolyte (Process 2). A large specific surface area of 179.2 m2 g-1 is obtained for TNTs prepared by Process 1, whereas Process 2 produces nanotubes with a lower specific surface area. The difference appears to correspond to the dimensions of the nanotubes obtained by the two processes.

  7. Differences in behavioral characteristics between dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores and those obtained from noncommercial breeders.

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    McMillan, Franklin D; Serpell, James A; Duffy, Deborah L; Masaoud, Elmabrok; Dohoo, Ian R

    2013-05-15

    To compare the owner-reported prevalence of behavioral characteristics in dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores with that of dogs obtained as puppies from noncommercial breeders. Cross-sectional study. Animals-Dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores (n = 413) and breeder-obtained dogs (5,657). Behavioral evaluations were obtained from a large convenience sample of current dog owners with the online version of the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire, which uses ordinal scales to rate either the intensity or frequency of the dogs' behavior. Hierarchic linear and logistic regression models were used to analyze the effects of source of acquisition on behavioral outcomes when various confounding and intervening variables were controlled for. Pet store-derived dogs received significantly less favorable scores than did breeder-obtained dogs on 12 of 14 of the behavioral variables measured; pet store dogs did not score more favorably than breeder dogs in any behavioral category. Compared with dogs obtained as puppies from noncommercial breeders, dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores had significantly greater aggression toward human family members, unfamiliar people, and other dogs; greater fear of other dogs and nonsocial stimuli; and greater separation-related problems and house soiling. Obtaining dogs from pet stores versus noncommercial breeders represented a significant risk factor for the development of a wide range of undesirable behavioral characteristics. Until the causes of the unfavorable differences detected in this group of dogs can be specifically identified and remedied, the authors cannot recommend that puppies be obtained from pet stores.

  8. ZnO Micro- and Nanostructures Obtained by Thermal Oxidation: Microstructure, Morphogenesis, Optical, and Photoluminescence Properties

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    Alejandro Escobedo-Morales

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available ZnO micro- and nanostructures were obtained through thermal oxidation of Zn powders at high temperature under air atmosphere. A detailed study of the microstructure, morphology, optical, and photoluminescence properties of the generated products at different stages of thermal oxidation is presented. It was found that the exposure time has a strong influence on the resulting morphology. The morphogenesis of the different ZnO structures is discussed, and experimental parameters for fabricating ZnO tetrapods, hollow, core-shell, elongated, or rounded structures by thermal oxidation method are proposed on the basis on the obtained results. Notoriously, the crystal lattice of the ZnO structures has negligible residual strain, although, the density of point defects increases when the thermal treatment is extended; as consequence, their visible luminescence upon UV excitation enhances.

  9. Dielectric characterization of crude oil extracts obtained from ...

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    Dielectric characterization of crude oil extracts obtained from different oil fields in Nigeria, intended for utility exploitation in electrical power transformers. J.O. Akinnifesi, F.M. Adebiyi, K.F. Olafisan ...

  10. Food product based on fish and glucomannan, procedure for obtainment

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    Borderías, A. Javier; Sólo de Zaldívar, M. Beatriz; Herranz, Beatriz

    2010-01-01

    [EN] The present invention relates to a food product the basic composition whereof comprises muscle from at least one aquatic animal species and glucomannan, and a procedure for the obtainment of said food product.

  11. PROBABILITY MODELS FOR OBTAINING NON-NUMERICAL DATA

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    Orlov A. I.

    2015-01-01

    The statistics of objects of non-numerical nature (statistics of non-numerical objects, non-numerical data statistics, non-numeric statistics) is the area of mathematical statistics, devoted to the analysis methods of non-numeric data. Basis of applying the results of mathematical statistics are probabilistic-statistical models of real phenomena and processes, the most important (and often only) which are models for obtaining data. The simplest example of a model for obtaining data is the mod...

  12. Functionalization of PET (polyethylene therephthalate) surfaces to obtain antimicrobial properties

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    Kaisersberger Vincek, Maja

    2015-01-01

    The trend in the development of innovative packaging materials is in packaging materials surface functionalization to obtain antimicrobial properties. Therefore, every day is growing interest in the functionalization procedures, which are environmentally friendly and use biodegradable reagents. One of the most perspective is chitosan, which is obtained by alkaline process deacetilation of chitin and is the second most widely bipolimer on Earth after cellulose. Chitosan contains amino groups t...

  13. Thermoluminescence properties of zinc oxide obtained by solution combustion synthesis

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    Orante B, V. R.; Escobar O, F. M.; Cruz V, C. [Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Investigacion en Polimeros y Materiales, Apdo. Postal 130, 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Bernal, R., E-mail: victor.orante@polimeros.uson.mx [Universidad de Sonora, Departamento de Investigacion en Fisica, Apdo. Postal 5-088, 83190 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico)

    2014-08-15

    High-dose thermoluminescence dosimetry properties of novel zinc oxide obtained by solution combustion synthesis in a glycine-nitrate process, with a non-stoichiometric value of the elemental stoichiometric coefficient (Φ{sub c}) are presented in this work. Zn O powder samples obtained were annealed afterwards at 900 grades C during 2 h in air. Sintered particles of sizes between ∼ 0.5 and ∼ 2 μm were obtained, according to scanning electron microscopy results. X-ray diffraction indicates the presence of the hexagonal phase of Zn O for the powder samples obtained, before and after thermal annealing, without any remaining nitrate peaks observed. Thermoluminescence glow curves of Zn O obtained after being exposed to beta radiation consists of two maxima; one located at ∼ 149 grades C and another at ∼ 308 grades C, being the latter the dosimetric component of the curve. Dosimetric characterization of non-stoichiometric zinc oxide provided experimental evidence like asymptotic behavior of the Tl signal fading for times greater than 16 h between irradiation and the corresponding Tl readout, as well as the linear behaviour of the dose response without saturation in the dose interval studied (from 12.5 up to 400 Gy). Such characteristics place Zn O phosphors obtained in this work as a promising material for high-dose radiation dosimetry applications (e.g., radiotherapy and food industry). (author)

  14. Comparison of hearing thresholds obtained with Baha preoperative assessment tools and those obtained with the osseointegrated implant.

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    Heywood, Rebecca L; Patel, Parag M; Jonathan, David A

    2011-05-01

    We conducted a study of the Baha bone-anchored hearing aid system to quantify the difference between (1) hearing thresholds obtained through preoperative testing methods with the Baha sound processor attached to three different bone-conduction testing devices and (2) thresholds obtained postoperatively with the sound processor attached to a surgically placed osseointegrated titanium implant. Twenty-three patients underwent free-field testing in four situations: with the Baha sound processor attached to (1) the Baha Testband (transcutaneous transmission), (2) the Baha Softband (transcutaneous transmission), (3) a test rod (bone conduction via the teeth), and (4) the osseointegrated implant (percutaneous transmission). The main outcome measure was the result of a comparison of the thresholds obtained with the three preoperative test methods and those obtained with the osseointegrated implant. We found that aided thresholds obtained with the osseointegrated implant were significantly better (p < 0.05) than those obtained with the three preoperative test methods. The degree of superiority increased with higher frequencies. We conclude that thresholds of 1 to 18 dB better than those obtained by preoperative test methods can be expected postoperatively with the osseointegrated implant. The damping effect of sound transmission via the teeth or transcutaneously must be accounted for in making predictions of postoperative outcome.

  15. Water based suspensions of iron oxide obtained by laser target evaporation for biomedical applications

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    Novoselova, I.P. [Ural Federal University, Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Science and Technology Park “Fabrica”, Gaidara St. 6, 236022 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Safronov, A.P. [Ural Federal University, Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Institute of Electrophysics UD RAS, Amundsena St. 106, 620016 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Samatov, O.M. [Institute of Electrophysics UD RAS, Amundsena St. 106, 620016 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Beketov, I.V.; Medvedev, A.I. [Ural Federal University, Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Institute of Electrophysics UD RAS, Amundsena St. 106, 620016 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kurlyandskaya, G.V. [Ural Federal University, Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Dpto. de Electricidad y Electrónica, P.O. Box 644, Bilbao 48080 (Spain)

    2016-10-01

    In this work spherical magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) of iron oxide were obtained by laser target evaporation technique (LTE). Water based suspensions were prepared on the basis of obtained MNPs and their properties were also studied including inductive heat capacity. Their structure and properties were studied by a number of techniques including magnetometry and heat capacity measurements. Magnetic induction heating experiment show the specific loss power (SLP) value in the narrow range from 1.30 to 1.45 W/g for all samples under consideration when using alternating magnetic field of 1.7 kA/m and frequency of 210 kHz. These parameters insure that LTE MNPs are interesting materials promising for magnetic fluid hyperthermia. - Highlights: • Spheric oxide nanoparticles obtained by productive laser target evaporation method. • Experiment shows the specific loss power value in the narrow range for all samples. • Obtained results insure these objects as interesting material for hyperthermia.

  16. COMPARISON OF GINGER (Zingiber officiale Roscoe OLEORESIN OBTAINED WITH ETHANOL AND ISOPROPANOL WITH THAT OBTAINED WITH PRESSURIZED CO2

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    NOBREGA Lia P.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe belongs to the Zingiberacea family. It is a spice of great commercial importance. In this work ginger oleoresin was obtained with ethanol, isopropanol and liquid carbon dioxide. The chemical compositions of the extract were compared with each other. All oleoresin samples had monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Carboxylic acids were found in organic solvent extracts for an extraction time of 2 hours. The component responsible the for pungent characteristic of the oleoresin, gingerois, were detected in samples obtained with organic solvent for extraction times of 6 hours and in samples obtained with CO2 liquid for extraction times of 2 hours.

  17. Robustness Evaluation of Timber Structures

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    Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Sørensen, John Dalsgaard

    2009-01-01

    Robustness of structural systems has obtained a renewed interest due to a much more frequent use of advanced types of structures with limited redundancy and serious consequences in case of failure.......Robustness of structural systems has obtained a renewed interest due to a much more frequent use of advanced types of structures with limited redundancy and serious consequences in case of failure....

  18. Technical and technological solution for vegetal bio-stimulants obtaining

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    Anghelache, D. G.; Diaconescu, I.; Pătraşcu, R.

    2017-08-01

    The paper presents a modern technology for bio fertilizers resulted from waste plant mass after harvesting crops Experimental products were obtained rich in nutrients, but unstable in terms of existing microorganisms. Therefore, they conducted further studies to obtaining bio fungicide herb, so in all investigations undertaken so far in the laboratory, were able to conclude that the introduction of medicinal plant extracts with fungicidal effect into the bio fertilizers obtained by degradation of plant material post-harvest can get various bio-stimulants with nourishing effect upon the plants. Following this technology the paper’s objective is to identify a flux scheme for experimental equipment which can produce as final outcome this type of bio-stimulant. Also, in this work, this equipment will be chosen and will be designed following and obeying to the request of every step of the above technology.

  19. Obtaining a Spreadable Cheese Sort with Additives of Bioactive Compounds

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    Mihaela Adriana TIŢA

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available To conduct this study, a market survey was conducted in the form of a questionnaire to see what assortment of cheese and what ingredients bioactive compounds people want to consume. In order to find out what assortment of cheese and what ingredients with bioactive compounds people want to consume, a market survey was made in the form of a questionnaire. Taking into account the results of the survey,to process a melted cheese mix with the addition of dried tomatoes and basil. A technological scheme was developed for this cheese and sodium bicarbonate was used instead of melting and emulsifying salts to try to obtain a healthier product. The obtained product was analyzed for a period of 30 days from a sensory and physico-chemical. Physico-chemical and sensory properties of the obtained product were analyzed for a period of 30 days.

  20. DEXTRINIZED SYRUPS OBTAINING THROUGH THE ENZYMATIC HYDROLYSIS OF SORGHUM STARCH

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    Leyanis Rodríguez Rodríguez

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this work was the production of syrups dextrinized by enzymatic hydrolysis of starch red sorghum CIAPR-132 using α-amylase on solutions at different concentrations, with different concentrations of enzyme and enzyme hydrolysis time. The response variable was the dextrose equivalent in each obtained syrup (ED using the modified Lane-Eynon method. In some of the experiments, we used a full factorial design 23 and in others we worked with intermediate concentration and higher hydrolysis time with different levels of enzyme. The obtained products were syrups dextrinized ED between 10,25 and 33,97% (values we can find within the established ones for these types of syrups, which can be used for their functional properties as intermediates syrups or as raw material for different processes of the food industry. This allows you to set a pattern for the use of sorghum feedstock in unconventional obtaining products from its starch.

  1. Nanostructured films of metal particles obtained by laser ablation

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    Muniz-Miranda, M., E-mail: muniz@unifi.it [Dipartimento di Chimica “U. Schiff”, Università di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Gellini, C. [Dipartimento di Chimica “U. Schiff”, Università di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Giorgetti, E.; Margheri, G.; Marsili, P. [Istituto Sistemi Complessi (CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Lascialfari, L.; Becucci, L. [Dipartimento di Chimica “U. Schiff”, Università di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Trigari, S. [Istituto Sistemi Complessi (CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy); Giammanco, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica “E. Fermi”, Università di Pisa, Largo Pontecorvo 3, 56127 Pisa (Italy)

    2013-09-30

    Colloidal dispersions of silver and gold nanoparticles were obtained in pure water by ablation with nanosecond pulsed laser. Then, by filtration of the metal particles on alumina, we fabricated nanostructured films, whose surface morphology was examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and related to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) after adsorption of adenine. - Highlights: • Ag and Au colloidal nanoparticles were obtained by laser ablation. • Nanostructured Ag and Au films were fabricated by filtration of metal nanoparticles. • Surface morphology of metal films was investigated by atomic force microscopy. • Surface-enhanced Raman spectra (SERS) of adenine on metal films were obtained. • SERS enhancements were related to the surface roughness of the metal films.

  2. Inverse Modelling to Obtain Head Movement Controller Signal

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    Kim, W. S.; Lee, S. H.; Hannaford, B.; Stark, L.

    1984-01-01

    Experimentally obtained dynamics of time-optimal, horizontal head rotations have previously been simulated by a sixth order, nonlinear model driven by rectangular control signals. Electromyography (EMG) recordings have spects which differ in detail from the theoretical rectangular pulsed control signal. Control signals for time-optimal as well as sub-optimal horizontal head rotations were obtained by means of an inverse modelling procedures. With experimentally measured dynamical data serving as the input, this procedure inverts the model to produce the neurological control signals driving muscles and plant. The relationships between these controller signals, and EMG records should contribute to the understanding of the neurological control of movements.

  3. Vibrational properties of gold nanoparticles obtained by green synthesis

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    Alvarez, Ramón A. B.; Cortez-Valadez, M.; Bueno, L. Oscar Neira; Britto Hurtado, R.; Rocha-Rocha, O.; Delgado-Beleño, Y.; Martinez-Nuñez, C. E.; Serrano-Corrales, Luis Ivan; Arizpe-Chávez, H.; Flores-Acosta, M.

    2016-10-01

    This study reports the synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles through an ecological method to obtain nanostructures from the extract of the plant Opuntia ficus-indica. Colloidal nanoparticles show sizes that vary between 10-20 nm, and present various geometric morphologies. The samples were characterized through optical absorption, Raman Spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Additionally, low energy metallic clusters of Aun (n=2-20 atoms) were modeled by computational quantum chemistry. The theoretical results were obtained with Density Functional Theory (DFT). The predicted results of Au clusters show a tendency and are correlated with the experimental results concerning the optical absorption bands and Raman spectroscopy in gold nanoparticles.

  4. GHM method for obtaining rationalsolutions of nonlinear differential equations.

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    Vazquez-Leal, Hector; Sarmiento-Reyes, Arturo

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose the application of the general homotopy method (GHM) to obtain rational solutions of nonlinear differential equations. It delivers a high precision representation of the nonlinear differential equation using a few linear algebraic terms. In order to assess the benefits of this proposal, three nonlinear problems are solved and compared against other semi-analytic methods or numerical methods. The obtained results show that GHM is a powerful tool, capable to generate highly accurate rational solutions. AMS subject classification 34L30.

  5. Absolute FKBP binding affinities obtained via nonequilibrium unbinding simulations.

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    Ytreberg, F Marty

    2009-04-28

    We compute the absolute binding affinities for two ligands bound to the FKBP protein using nonequilibrium unbinding simulations. The methodology is straightforward requiring little or no modification to many modern molecular simulation packages. The approach makes use of a physical pathway, eliminating the need for complicated alchemical decoupling schemes. We compare our nonequilibrium results to those obtained via a fully equilibrium approach and to experiment. The results of this study suggest that to obtain accurate results using nonequilibrium approaches one should use the stiff-spring approximation with the second cumulant expansion. From this study we conclude that nonequilibrium simulation could provide a simple means to estimate protein-ligand binding affinities.

  6. Preparative method to obtain ursolic acid from Clinopodium revolutum

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    Michael Azael Ludeña Huaman

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available A method to obtain ursolic acid (UA in an easy, fast, and economical way was proposed, having as raw material the medicinal plant Clinopodium revolutum from Peru. This plant is known and marketed as flor de arena or té indio. The selective recrystallization technique used was efficient due to UA crystals were obtained without the need for chromatographic purification methods neither the use of toxic solvents. The purity determined by HPLC is greater than 95%. Thus, the flor de arena becomes an important biosource of this compound.

  7. OBTAINING COTTON SEED OIL EPOXIDIZED USING AN WEAK ACID

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    Karina Cruz-Aldaco

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, parameters which influence the chemical modification under mild conditions using a weak organic acid, fatty acids of unsaturated oil, cottonseed to produce epoxidized oil, which is a useful precursor in obtaining resins epoxy industrial importance, were evaluated. We studied the following reaction parameters: concentration of acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, catalyst and solvent, as well as temperature, agitation rate and reaction time. The results showed that the agitation and temperature are the parameters which influence the modification of unsaturated fatty acids. Studied conditions allowed obtaining up to 70% relative conversion of oxygen-oxirane from cottonseed oil.

  8. Properties of Pd nanograins in C-Pd composite films obtained by PVD method

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    Kozłowski M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Properties of palladium nanograins obtained by sedimentation of a soluted C-Pd film prepared by PVD method are presented. These properties were studied using SEM and TEM methods. Dissolved films were prepared by PVD method and after dissolving, they were fractionated to obtain different parts classified with palladium nanograins diameters. Several classes of diameters were determined: below 20 nm, between 20 and 100 nm and above 100 nm. The defects and triple junction were observed. Multishell carbonaceous structures were found in the big and medium size Pd nanograins.

  9. Deterministic Method for Obtaining Nominal and Uncertainty Models of CD Drives

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    Vidal, Enrique Sanchez; Stoustrup, Jakob; Andersen, Palle

    2002-01-01

    In this paper a deterministic method for obtaining the nominal and uncertainty models of the focus loop in a CD-player is presented based on parameter identification and measurements in the focus loop of 12 actual CD drives that differ by having worst-case behaviors with respect to various...... properties. The method provides a systematic way to derive a nominal average model as well as a structures multiplicative input uncertainty model, and it is demonstrated how to apply mu-theory to design a controller based on the models obtained that meets certain robust performance criteria....

  10. Efficient Data-Driven Rule for Obtaining an Optimal Predictive ...

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    This paper proposes a rule for optimizing a predictive discriminant function (PDF) in discriminant analysis (DA). In this study, we carried out a sequential-stepwise analysis on the predictor variables and a percentage-N-fold cross-validation on the data set obtained from students' academic records in a university system.

  11. 9 CFR 354.30 - Who may obtain inspection service.

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    ... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Who may obtain inspection service. 354.30 Section 354.30 Animals and Animal Products FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF... made by any interested person, including, but not being limited to, the United States, any State...

  12. 18 CFR 292.207 - Procedures for obtaining qualifying status.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 18 Conservation of Power and Water Resources 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Procedures for obtaining qualifying status. 292.207 Section 292.207 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL... certification or recertification order was issued; (F) A decrease in the amount of fossil fuel used by a small...

  13. Mass Media Campaign Impacts Influenza Vaccine Obtainment of University Students

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    Shropshire, Ali M.; Brent-Hotchkiss, Renee; Andrews, Urkovia K.

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To describe the effectiveness of a mass media campaign in increasing the rate of college student influenza vaccine obtainment. Participants/Methods: Students ("N" = 721) at a large southern university completed a survey between September 2011 and January 2012 assessing what flu clinic media sources were visualized and if they…

  14. The mass of (1 Ceres obtained from four close encounters

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    Kovačević Anđelka B.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The technique of asteroid mass determination from perturbation during close approach requires as many as possible different close approaches in order to derive reliable mass of a perturber. Here are presented some results for the mass of (1 Ceres obtained using newly found close approaches.

  15. Application of enzyme drugs in obtaining of vegetable proteins

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    L. E. Martemianova

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available There have been carried out experimental research on lentil and lupin flour, which could show expediency of ballast polysaccharides destruction during cleaning the protein legumes from amylum components. Has been determined the influence of the values of hydro-module on technical and economic indices of the process of producing protein concentrate of lentils. Obtained functional vegetable proteins.

  16. Appraisal on the wound healing activity of different extracts obtained ...

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    2015-12-02

    Dec 2, 2015 ... Appraisal on the wound healing activity of different extracts obtained from Aegle marmelos and. Mucuna pruriens by in vivo experimental models. FA Toppo, RS Pawar. Department of Pharmacognosy, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry Laboratory, VNS Group of Institutions, Faculty of. Pharmacy, Bhopal ...

  17. 15 CFR 711.6 - Where to obtain forms.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 15 Commerce and Foreign Trade 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Where to obtain forms. 711.6 Section 711.6 Commerce and Foreign Trade Regulations Relating to Commerce and Foreign Trade (Continued) BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION REGULATIONS GENERAL...

  18. properties of films obtained from the polysaccharide derived from ...

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    The films obtained from Detarium microcarpium gum were compared in some aspects with gelatin films of equal thickness. Detarium film compared favourably with gelatin as a film former. Unplasticised and plasticised Detarium film absorbed less water than gelatin film, an advantage that could be of immense importance in ...

  19. Antioxidant properties of volatile oils obtained from Artemisia taurica ...

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    In this study, the antioxidant properties of volatile oils obtained from the earth parts of the Artemisia taurica Willd. and Salvia kronenburgii Rech. Fil. plants and their effects on xanthine oxidase enzyme were studied. The chemical contents of each volatile oil were determined by applying gas chromatograpghy-mass ...

  20. 41 CFR 101-26.308 - Obtaining filing cabinets.

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    ... 41 Public Contracts and Property Management 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Obtaining filing cabinets. 101-26.308 Section 101-26.308 Public Contracts and Property Management Federal Property Management Regulations System FEDERAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS SUPPLY AND PROCUREMENT 26-PROCUREMENT SOURCES AND...

  1. Strategies for Obtaining Probability Samples of Homeless Youth

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    Golinelli, Daniela; Tucker, Joan S.; Ryan, Gery W.; Wenzel, Suzanne L.

    2015-01-01

    Studies of homeless individuals typically sample subjects from few types of sites or regions within a metropolitan area. This article focuses on the biases that can result from such a practice. We obtained a probability sample of 419 homeless youth from 41 sites (shelters, drop-in centers, and streets) in four regions of Los Angeles County (LAC).…

  2. Tailoring approach for obtaining molecular orbitals of large systems

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    With this view, an attempt is made in the present work to employ molecular tailoring approach (MTA) for obtaining the complete set of MO's including occupied and virtual orbitals, for large molecules at HF and B3LYP levels of theory. The energies of highest occupied and lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals, and hence the ...

  3. 9 CFR 2.52 - How to obtain tags.

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    ..., at their own expense, official tags from commercial tag manufacturers. 4 At the time the dealer or... list of the commercial manufacturers who produce these tags and are known to the Department may be... 9 Animals and Animal Products 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false How to obtain tags. 2.52 Section 2.52...

  4. 7 CFR 400.411 - Obtaining personal records.

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    ... 7 Agriculture 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Obtaining personal records. 400.411 Section 400.411 Agriculture Regulations of the Department of Agriculture (Continued) FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE CORPORATION, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS General Administrative Regulations; Collection...

  5. Characterization of zinc–nickel alloy electrodeposits obtained from ...

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    Zinc alloy offers superior sacrificial protection to steel as the alloy dissolves more slowly than pure zinc. ... characterization of zinc-nickel electrodeposits obtained from sulphamate bath containing substituted aldehydes was carried out using hardness testing, X-ray diffraction, and corrosion resistance measurements.

  6. Phase analysis and dielectric properties of oxides obtained in the ...

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    Nb2O5–(x)Ta2O5 system. M THIRUMAL and A K GANGULI*. Department .... Financial assistance from the Board of Research for Nuclear Sciences, Government of. India is gratefully acknowledged. The authors thank Prof B Bhat for obtaining high-.

  7. 34 CFR 682.102 - Obtaining and repaying a loan.

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    ... 34 Education 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Obtaining and repaying a loan. 682.102 Section 682.102 Education Regulations of the Offices of the Department of Education (Continued) OFFICE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FEDERAL FAMILY EDUCATION LOAN (FFEL) PROGRAM Purpose and Scope § 682.102...

  8. Temperature distributions obtained with diathermy electrodes implanted into a phantom.

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    Wasserman, H J; Levin, W

    1979-11-01

    Uniform patterns of heating in a homogeneous phantom were obtained by implanting shortwave diathermy electrodes in a particular configuration. The methods of heating and measurement are described. The technique can be considered for applying localized hyperthermia in the treatment of cancer.

  9. Elemental spectrum of a mouse obtained via neutron stimulation

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    Sharma, Amy C.; Tourassi, Georgia D.; Kapadia, Anuj J.; Crowell, Alexander S.; Kiser, Matthew R.; Hutcheson, Anthony; Harrawood, Brian P.; Howell, Calvin R.; Floyd, Carey E., Jr.

    2007-03-01

    Several studies have shown that the concentration of certain elements may be a disease indicator. We are developing a spectroscopic imaging technique, Neutron Stimulated Emission Computed Tomography (NSECT), to non-invasively measure and image elemental concentrations within the body. The region of interest is interrogated via a beam of high-energy neutrons that excite elemental nuclei through inelastic scatter. These excited nuclei then relax by emitting characteristic gamma radiation. Acquiring the gamma energy spectrum in a tomographic geometry allows reconstruction of elemental concentration images. Our previous studies have demonstrated NSECT's ability to obtain spectra and images of known elements and phantoms, as well as, initial interrogations of biological tissue. Here, we describe the results obtained from NSECT interrogation of a fixed mouse specimen. The specimen was interrogated via a 5MeV neutron beam for 9.3 hours in order to ensure reasonable counting statistics. The gamma energy spectrum was obtained using two High-Purity Germanium (HPGe) clover detectors. A background spectrum was obtained by interrogating a specimen container containing 50mL of 0.9% NaCl solution. Several elements of biological interest including 12C, 40Ca, 31P, and 39K were identified with greater then 90% confidence. This interrogation demonstrates the feasibility of NSECT interrogation of small animals. Interrogation with a commercial neutron source that provides higher neutron flux and lower energy (~2.5MeV) neutrons would reduce scanning time and eliminate background from certain elements.

  10. Microcrystalline cellulose obtained from plant as a pharmaceutical ...

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    This study was aimed at developing pharmaceutical grade microcrystalline cellulose from Chasmanthera dependens stem phloem fibres as a tablet excipient. The microcrystalline cellulose coded CD-MCC, was obtained from the phloem fibres by a two-stage sodium hydroxide delignification process followed by sodium ...

  11. Evidence of environmental pollution in caprine brains obtained from ...

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    Evidence of environmental pollution in caprine brains obtained from a relatively unindustrialized area in nigeria. ... African Journal of Biomedical Research ... Molybdenum-Mo, Vanadium-Va, and Lead-Pb) in the different regions of the brain of goats in a relatively unindustrialized area in Nigeria was investigated using the ...

  12. Cultivation of Pleurotus mushrooms in substrates obtained by short ...

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    Cultivation of Pleurotus mushrooms in substrates obtained by short composting and steam pasteurization. Félix G. de Siqueira, William P. Maciel, Emerson T. Martos, Gilvan C. Duarte, Robert N. G. Miller, Romildo da Silva, Eustáquio S. Dias ...

  13. Characterization of a novel stable biocatalyst obtained by protein engineering

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    Van den Burg, B; de Kreij, A; Van der Veek, P; Mansfeld, J; Venema, G

    Protein engineering is a powerful tool for the improvement of the properties of biocatalysts, Previously we have applied protein engineering technologies to obtain an extremely stable variant of the thermolysin-like protease from Bacillus stearothermophilus [Van den Burg, Vriend, Veltman, Venema and

  14. Porous graphitic materials obtained from carbonization of organic ...

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    dered pore system prepared by simple evaporative drying and pyrolysis of organic .... Organic xerogel recipes and content of metal in carbon xerogel/metal composite obtained after carbonization. Mechanical integrity and drying shrink of. Metal content (wt.%) in .... after the heat treatment is made up of metal nanoparticles ...

  15. 32 CFR 564.40 - Procedures for obtaining medical care.

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    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Procedures for obtaining medical care. 564.40... benefits. (b) Authorization for care in civilian facility. (1) An individual who desires medical or dental care in civilian medical treatment facilities at Federal expense is not authorized such care without...

  16. Intermediate obtained from photoionization, serving as precursor for ...

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    In this article, we have introduced an intermediate benzyl carbocation (formed as a result of photoionization) which serves as precursor for the synthesis of Schiff's base. Lifetimes of many carbocations were determined from our laboratory. During the determination of the lifetimes, our endeavor was to obtain a carbocation ...

  17. Data Obtained from Prototype Wave Dragon in Nissum Bredning

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    Tedd, James William; Curie, Marie; Kofoed, Jens Peter

    This report is a product of the Project: Sea Testing and Optimisation of Power Production on a Scale 1:4.5 Test Rig of the Offshore Wave Energy Converter Wave Dragon. This report aims to provide access for the project partners to the raw data obtained from the testing period in Nissum Bredning. B...

  18. Obtaining orthotropic elasticity tensor using entries zeroing method.

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    Gierlach, Bartosz; Danek, Tomasz

    2017-04-01

    A generally anisotropic elasticity tensor obtained from measurements can be represented by a tensor belonging to one of eight material symmetry classes. Knowledge of symmetry class and orientation is helpful for describing physical properties of a medium. For each non-trivial symmetry class except isotropic this problem is nonlinear. A common method of obtaining effective tensor is a choosing its non-trivial symmetry class and minimizing Frobenius norm between measured and effective tensor in the same coordinate system. Global optimization algorithm has to be used to determine the best rotation of a tensor. In this contribution, we propose a new approach to obtain optimal tensor, with the assumption that it is orthotropic (or at least has a similar shape to the orthotropic one). In orthotropic form tensor 24 out of 36 entries are zeros. The idea is to minimize the sum of squared entries which are supposed to be equal to zero through rotation calculated with optimization algorithm - in this case Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm. Quaternions were used to parametrize rotations in 3D space to improve computational efficiency. In order to avoid a choice of local minima we apply PSO several times and only if we obtain similar results for the third time we consider it as a correct value and finish computations. To analyze obtained results Monte-Carlo method was used. After thousands of single runs of PSO optimization, we obtained values of quaternion parts and plot them. Points concentrate in several points of the graph following the regular pattern. It suggests the existence of more complex symmetry in the analyzed tensor. Then thousands of realizations of generally anisotropic tensor were generated - each tensor entry was replaced with a random value drawn from normal distribution having a mean equal to measured tensor entry and standard deviation of the measurement. Each of these tensors was subject of PSO based optimization delivering quaternion for optimal

  19. Influence of pansharpening techniques in obtaining accurate vegetation thematic maps

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    Ibarrola-Ulzurrun, Edurne; Gonzalo-Martin, Consuelo; Marcello-Ruiz, Javier

    2016-10-01

    In last decades, there have been a decline in natural resources, becoming important to develop reliable methodologies for their management. The appearance of very high resolution sensors has offered a practical and cost-effective means for a good environmental management. In this context, improvements are needed for obtaining higher quality of the information available in order to get reliable classified images. Thus, pansharpening enhances the spatial resolution of the multispectral band by incorporating information from the panchromatic image. The main goal in the study is to implement pixel and object-based classification techniques applied to the fused imagery using different pansharpening algorithms and the evaluation of thematic maps generated that serve to obtain accurate information for the conservation of natural resources. A vulnerable heterogenic ecosystem from Canary Islands (Spain) was chosen, Teide National Park, and Worldview-2 high resolution imagery was employed. The classes considered of interest were set by the National Park conservation managers. 7 pansharpening techniques (GS, FIHS, HCS, MTF based, Wavelet `à trous' and Weighted Wavelet `à trous' through Fractal Dimension Maps) were chosen in order to improve the data quality with the goal to analyze the vegetation classes. Next, different classification algorithms were applied at pixel-based and object-based approach, moreover, an accuracy assessment of the different thematic maps obtained were performed. The highest classification accuracy was obtained applying Support Vector Machine classifier at object-based approach in the Weighted Wavelet `à trous' through Fractal Dimension Maps fused image. Finally, highlight the difficulty of the classification in Teide ecosystem due to the heterogeneity and the small size of the species. Thus, it is important to obtain accurate thematic maps for further studies in the management and conservation of natural resources.

  20. Complex Impedance of Manganese Ferrite Powders Obtained by Two Different Methods

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    Mălăescu I.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Two samples of manganese ferrite powder were obtained by the calcination method (sample A and hydrothermal method (sample B. The crystal structure of the samples has been determined using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD. The results shown that the sample A has three phases (FeMnO3, Mn2O3 and Fe2O3 and the prevailing phase is FeMnO3 with perovskite structure and the sample B has only a single phase (MnFe2O4.