Sample records for pseudomonas chlororaphis o6

  1. Transcriptome Analysis of Induced Systemic Drought Tolerance Elicited by Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 in Arabidopsis thaliana

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    Song-Mi Cho


    Full Text Available Root colonization by Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 induces systemic drought tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Microarray analysis was performed using the 22,800-gene Affymetrix GeneChips to identify differentially-expressed genes from plants colonized with or without P. chlororaphis O6 under drought stressed conditions or normal growth conditions. Root colonization in plants grown under regular irrigation condition increased transcript accumulation from genes associated with defense, response to reactive oxygen species, and auxin- and jasmonic acid-responsive genes, but decreased transcription factors associated with ethylene and abscisic acid signaling. The cluster of genes involved in plant disease resistance were up-regulated, but the set of drought signaling response genes were down-regulated in the P. chlororaphis O6-colonized under drought stress plants compared to those of the drought stressed plants without bacterial treatment. Transcripts of the jasmonic acid-marker genes, VSP1 and pdf-1.2, the salicylic acid regulated gene, PR-1, and the ethylene-response gene, HEL, also were up-regulated in plants colonized by P. chlororaphis O6, but differed in their responsiveness to drought stress. These data show how gene expression in plants lacking adequate water can be remarkably influenced by microbial colonization leading to plant protection, and the activation of the plant defense signal pathway induced by root colonization of P. chlororaphis O6 might be a key element for induced systemic tolerance by microbes.

  2. Hydrogen Cyanide Produced by Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 Exhibits Nematicidal Activity against Meloidogyne hapla

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    Beom Ryong Kang


    Full Text Available Root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp. are parasites that attack many field crops and orchard trees, and affect both the quantity and quality of the products. A root-colonizing bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6, possesses beneficial traits including strong nematicidal activity. To determine the molecular mechanisms involved in the nematicidal activity of P. chlororaphis O6, we constructed two mutants; one lacking hydrogen cyanide production, and a second lacking an insecticidal toxin, FitD. Root drenching with wild-type P. chlororaphis O6 cells caused juvenile mortality in vitro and in planta. Efficacy was not altered in the fitD mutant compared to the wild-type but was reduced in both bioassays for the mutant lacking hydrogen cyanide production. The reduced number of galls on tomato plants caused by the wild-type strain was comparable to that of a standard chemical nematicide. These findings suggest that hydrogen cyanide-producing root colonizers, such as P. chlororaphis O6, could be formulated as “green” nematicides that are compatible with many crops and offer agricultural sustainability.

  3. Proteomic Analysis of a Global Regulator GacS Sensor Kinase in the Rhizobacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6

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    Chul Hong Kim


    Full Text Available The GacS/GacA system in the root colonizer Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 is a key regulator of many traits relevant to the biocontrol function of this bacterium. Proteomic analysis revealed 12 proteins were down-regulated in a gacS mutant of P. chlororaphis O6. These GacS-regulated proteins functioned in combating oxidative stress, cell signaling, biosynthesis of secondary metabolism, and secretion. The extent of regulation was shown by real-time RT-PCR to vary between the genes. Mutants of P. chlororaphis O6 were generated in two GacS-regulated genes, trpE, encoding a protein involved in tryptophan synthesis, and prnA, required for conversion of tryptophan to the antimicrobial compound, pyrrolitrin. Failure of the trpE mutant to induce systemic resistance in tobacco against a foliar pathogen causing soft rot, Pectobacterium carotovorum SCCI, correlated with reduced colonization of root surfaces implying an inadequate supply of tryptophan to support growth. Although colonization was not affected by mutation in the prnA gene, induction of systemic resistance was reduced, suggesting that pyrrolnitrin was an activator of plant resistance as well as an antifungal agent. Study of mutants in the other GacS-regulated proteins will indicate further the features required for biocontrol-activity in this rhizobacterium.

  4. Transcript accumulation from the rpoS gene encoding a stationary-phase sigma factor in Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain O6 is regulated by the polyphosphate kinase gene. (United States)

    Kim, H J; Yang, K Y; Cho, B H; Kim, K Y; Lee, M C; Kim, Y H; Anderson, A J; Kim, Y C


    Polyphosphate levels are modulated by the actions of polyphosphate kinase, encoded by ppk, and exopolyphosphatase, encoded by ppx. The genes ppk and ppx are adjacent to each other in the genome of the root colonizer, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6. A ppk-deficient mutant was more sensitive to oxidative stress than the wild-type and the ppx mutant. Transcripts from ppx increased as cultures matured from mid- to late-logarithmic and stationary phases, whereas abundance was greater for ppk in the late-logarithmic phase than in the stationary phase. Transcript accumulation from the rpoS gene, encoding the stationary-phase sigma factor RpoS, was decreased in the mid- and late-logarithmic and stationary phases in the ppk mutant. Thus, ppk regulates rpoS transcript accumulation in P. chlororaphis 06. However, mutations in either the ppk or ppx genes had no effect on induction of systemic resistance in plants colonized by P. chlororaphis O6.

  5. The Sensor Kinase GacS Negatively Regulates Flagellar Formation and Motility in a Biocontrol Bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6

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    Ji Soo Kim


    Full Text Available The GacS/GacA two component system regulates various traits related to the biocontrol potential of plant-associated pseudomonads. The role of the sensor kinase, GacS, differs between strains in regulation of motility. In this study, we determined how a gacS mutation changed cell morphology and motility in Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6. The gacS mutant cells were elongated in stationary-phase compared to the wild type and the complemented gacS mutant, but cells did not differ in length in logarithmic phase. The gacS mutant had a two-fold increase in the number of flagella compared with the wild type strain; flagella number was restored to that of the wild type in the complemented gacS mutant. The more highly flagellated gacS mutant cells had greater swimming motilities than that of the wild type strain. Enhanced flagella formation in the gacS mutant correlated with increased expression of three genes, fleQ, fliQ and flhF, involved in flagellar formation. Expression of these genes in the complemented gacS mutant was similar to that of the wild type. These findings show that this root-colonizing pseudomonad adjusts flagella formation and cell morphology in stationary-phase using GacS as a major regulator.

  6. Polyamine is a critical determinant of Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 for GacS-dependent bacterial cell growth and biocontrol capacity. (United States)

    Park, Ju Yeon; Kang, Beom Ryong; Ryu, Choong-Min; Anderson, Anne J; Kim, Young Cheol


    The Gac/Rsm network regulates, at the transcriptional level, many beneficial traits in biocontrol-active pseudomonads. In this study, we used Phenotype MicroArrays, followed by specific growth studies and mutational analysis, to understand how catabolism is regulated by this sensor kinase system in the biocontrol isolate Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6. The growth of a gacS mutant was decreased significantly relative to that of the wild-type on ornithine and arginine, and on the precursor of these amino acids, N-acetyl-l-glutamic acid. The gacS mutant also showed reduced production of polyamines. Expression of the genes encoding arginine decarboxylase (speA) and ornithine decarboxylases (speC) was controlled at the transcriptional level by the GacS sensor of P. chlororaphis O6. Polyamine production was reduced in the speC mutant, and was eliminated in the speAspeC mutant. The addition of exogenous polyamines to the speAspeC mutant restored the in vitro growth inhibition of two fungal pathogens, as well as the secretion of three biological control-related factors: pyrrolnitrin, protease and siderophore. These results extend our knowledge of the regulation by the Gac/Rsm network in a biocontrol pseudomonad to include polyamine synthesis. Collectively, our studies demonstrate that bacterial polyamines act as important regulators of bacterial cell growth and biocontrol potential. © 2017 BSPP AND JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD.

  7. Enhanced alpha-galactosidase expression in pseudomonas chlororaphis (United States)

    Pseudomonas chlororaphis is a non-pathogenic bacterium useful for fermentative production of biopolymer (i.e., poly(hydroxyalkanoates); PHA) and biosurfactant (i.e., rhamnolipid; RhL). In order to enable P. chlororaphis to better fermentatively utilize the residual soy sugars in soy molasses – a lo...

  8. Galacto-oligosaccharide hydrolysis by genetically-engineered alpha-galactosidase-producing Pseudomonas chlororaphis strains (United States)

    Various Pseudomonas chlororaphis strains have been shown to produce rhamnolipid (a biosurfactant), poly(hydroxyalkanoate) (PHA; a biopolymer), and/or antifungal compounds for plants. An ability to metabolize galacto-oligosaccharides in soy molasses would allow P. chlororaphis to use the byproduct as...

  9. Draft Genome Sequence of the Rhizobacterium Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1601, Displaying Biocontrol against Soilborne Phytopathogens. (United States)

    Vida, Carmen; de Vicente, Antonio; Cazorla, Francisco M


    In this study, we present the draft genome sequence of the bacterial strain Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1601. This bacterium was isolated from the rhizosphere of healthy avocado trees and displayed antagonistic and biological control activities against different soilborne phytopathogenic fungi and oomycetes. Copyright © 2017 Vida et al.

  10. Reduction of Fusarium wilt in watermelon by Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1391 and P. fluorescens WCS365

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    G.T. Tziros


    Full Text Available Fusarium wilt of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. niveum is a devastatine soil-borne disease that causes extensive losses throughout the world. Two known Pseudomonas biocontrol strains were used separately and in combination to assess their antagonistic effectiveness against F. oxysporum f. sp. niveum in pot experiments. P. chlororaphis PCL1391 signifi cantly reduced disease severity. P. fl uorescens WCS365 was less effective in disease suppression, while a combination of the two bacteria had intermediate effects. The biological control of Fusarium wilt with P. chlororaphis offers a potentially useful tool in an integrated pest management program to control Fusarium wilt of watermelon.

  11. Regulation of GacA in Pseudomonas chlororaphis Strains Shows a Niche Specificity.

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    Jun Li

    Full Text Available The GacS/GacA two-component system plays a central role in the regulation of a broad range of biological functions in many bacteria. In the biocontrol organism Pseudomonas chlororaphis, the Gac system has been shown to positively control quorum sensing, biofilm formation, and phenazine production, but has an overall negative impact on motility. These studies have been performed with strains originated from the rhizosphere predominantly. To investigate the level of conservation between the GacA regulation of biocontrol-related traits in P. chlororaphis isolates from different habitats, the studies presented here focused on the endophytic isolate G5 of P. chlororaphis subsp. aurantiaca. A gacA mutant deficient in the production of N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs and phenazine was isolated through transposon mutagenesis. Further phenotypic characterization revealed that in strain G5, similar to other P. chlororaphis strains, a gacA mutation caused inability to produce biocontrol factors such as phenazine, HCN and proteases responsible for antifungal activity, but overproduced siderophores. LC-MS/MS analysis revealed that AHL production was also practically abolished in this mutant. However, the wild type exhibited an extremely diverse AHL pattern which has never been identified in P. chlororaphis. In contrast to other isolates of this organism, GacA in strain G5 was shown to negatively regulate biofilm formation and oxidative stress response whilst positively regulating cell motility and biosynthesis of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA. To gain a better understanding of the overall impact of GacA in G5, a comparative proteomic analysis was performed revealing that, in addition to some of the traits like phenazine mentioned above, GacA also negatively regulated lipopolysaccharide (LPS and trehalose biosynthesis whilst having a positive impact on energy metabolism, an effect not previously described in P. chlororaphis. Consequently, GacA regulation shows a

  12. Characterization of Pseudomonas chlororaphis from Theobroma cacao L. rhizosphere with antagonistic activity against Phytophthora palmivora (Butler). (United States)

    Acebo-Guerrero, Y; Hernández-Rodríguez, A; Vandeputte, O; Miguélez-Sierra, Y; Heydrich-Pérez, M; Ye, L; Cornelis, P; Bertin, P; El Jaziri, M


    To isolate and characterize rhizobacteria from Theobroma cacao with antagonistic activity against Phytophthora palmivora, the causal agent of the black pod rot, which is one of the most important diseases of T. cacao. Among 127 rhizobacteria isolated from cacao rhizosphere, three isolates (CP07, CP24 and CP30) identified as Pseudomonas chlororaphis, showed in vitro antagonistic activity against P. palmivora. Direct antagonism tested in cacao detached leaves revealed that the isolated rhizobacteria were able to reduce symptom severity upon infection with P. palmivora Mab1, with Ps. chlororaphis CP07 standing out as a potential biocontrol agent. Besides, reduced symptom severity on leaves was also observed in planta where cacao root system was pretreated with the isolated rhizobacteria followed by leaf infection with P. palmivora Mab1. The production of lytic enzymes, siderophores, biosurfactants and HCN, as well as the detection of genes encoding antibiotics, the formation of biofilm, and bacterial motility were also assessed for all three rhizobacterial strains. By using a mutant impaired in viscosin production, derived from CP07, it was found that this particular biosurfactant turned out to be crucial for both motility and biofilm formation, but not for the in vitro antagonism against Phytophthora, although it may contribute to the bioprotection of T. cacao. In the rhizosphere of T. cacao, there are rhizobacteria, such as Ps. chlororaphis, able to protect plants against P. palmivora. This study provides a theoretical basis for the potential use of Ps. chlororaphis CP07 as a biocontrol agent for the protection of cacao plants from P. palmivora infection. © 2015 The Society for Applied Microbiology.


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    E. A. Kiprianova


    Full Text Available The aim of this review was to present the results of more than ten-year study of gaupsin biopreparation created on the basis of two strains Pseudomonas chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens UCM В-111 and UCM В-306 with antifungal, entomopathogenic and antiviral activities. Data about antibiotic substances produced by these strains — phenazine and phenylpyrrole derivatives — are presented. Entomocidal properties against the wide spectrum of insect pests have been found out in the strains-producers. Antiviral activity of gaupsin due to the production of thermostable exopolymers containing neutral monosaccharides has been shown using the tobacco mosaic virus as a model. Lipopolysaccharides of the strains В-111 and В-306 also appeared to be highly active antiviral agents. Structure of their O-specific polysaccharides has been established. The last one are structurally heterogenic, presented by linear tri-and tetrasaccharide repeated links and have specific structure that has not been described previously.

  14. Pseudomonas chlororaphis Produces Two Distinct R-Tailocins That Contribute to Bacterial Competition in Biofilms and on Roots. (United States)

    Dorosky, Robert J; Yu, Jun Myoung; Pierson, Leland S; Pierson, Elizabeth A


    R-type tailocins are high-molecular-weight bacteriocins that resemble bacteriophage tails and are encoded within the genomes of many Pseudomonas species. In this study, analysis of the P. chlororaphis 30-84 R-tailocin gene cluster revealed that it contains the structural components to produce two R-tailocins of different ancestral origins. Two distinct R-tailocin populations differing in length were observed in UV-induced lysates of P. chlororaphis 30-84 via transmission electron microscopy. Mutants defective in the production of one or both R-tailocins demonstrated that the killing spectrum of each tailocin is limited to Pseudomonas species. The spectra of pseudomonads killed by the two R-tailocins differed, although a few Pseudomonas species were either killed by or insusceptible to both tailocins. Tailocin release was disrupted by deletion of the holin gene within the tailocin gene cluster, demonstrating that the lysis cassette is required for the release of both R-tailocins. The loss of functional tailocin production reduced the ability of P. chlororaphis 30-84 to compete with an R-tailocin-sensitive strain within biofilms and rhizosphere communities. Our study demonstrates that Pseudomonas species can produce more than one functional R-tailocin particle sharing the same lysis cassette but differing in their killing spectra. This study provides evidence for the role of R-tailocins as determinants of bacterial competition among plant-associated Pseudomonas in biofilms and the rhizosphere.IMPORTANCE Recent studies have identified R-tailocin gene clusters potentially encoding more than one R-tailocin within the genomes of plant-associated Pseudomonas but have not demonstrated that more than one particle is produced or the ecological significance of the production of multiple R-tailocins. This study demonstrates for the first time that Pseudomonas strains can produce two distinct R-tailocins with different killing spectra, both of which contribute to bacterial

  15. Involvement of phenazine-1-carboxylic acid in the interaction between Pseudomonas chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens strain M71 and Seiridium cardinale in vivo. (United States)

    Raio, Aida; Reveglia, Pierluigi; Puopolo, Gerardo; Cimmino, Alessio; Danti, Roberto; Evidente, Antonio


    Pseudomonas chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens encompasses bacterial strains that effectively control phytopathogenic fungi through the production of the natural antibiotics named phenazines. In this work, the involvement of phenazine production in the interaction between the biological control agent P. chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens M71 and the fungus Seiridium cardinale, a serious cypress pathogen, was investigated. Field trials were carried out to assess the role of phenazines in the control of S. cardinale in vivo. Results showed that P. chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens M71 and 30-84, both able to produce phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA), drastically reduced the canker development incited by S. cardinale. Conversely, strain M71b, a natural gacA mutant of P. chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens M71, showed a decrease in PCA production and a reduction in controlling S. cardinale. These results were enforced by the reduction of canker size higher than 94% registered when 6μg of pure PCA was directly applied on each cypress wound. Furthermore, PCA was detected in cypress plant tissues only when P. chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens M71 was interacting with S. cardinale for 30 days. All these data support that the biological control of S. cardinale achieved by the application of P. chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens M71 relies mainly on the ability of the bacterial strain to produce PCA in planta. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  16. Selection of a new Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain for the biological control of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici

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    Gerardo PUOPOLO


    Full Text Available Fluorescent pseudomonads possess several physiological characteristics exploitable for the biological control of phytopathogenic fungi. A group of 11 pseudomonads able to inhibit tomato pathogenic fungi in vitro were identified using the Biolog test and the phylogenetic analysis of recA. Strain M71 of Pseudomonas chlororaphis was selected as a new potential biocontrol agent. This strain drastically reduced Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici pathogenicity on tomato plantlets in seed assays and greenhouse trials. Moreover, the strain produced several important secondary metabolites, including proteases, siderophores and antibiotics. The presence of a region involved in phenazine production and the biosynthesis of N-acyl homoserine lactones were also assessed.

  17. The biocontrol agent Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 primes Brassica napus defenses through distinct gene networks. (United States)

    Duke, Kelly A; Becker, Michael G; Girard, Ian J; Millar, Jenna L; Dilantha Fernando, W G; Belmonte, Mark F; de Kievit, Teresa R


    The biological control agent Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 is capable of protecting Brassica napus (canola) from the necrotrophic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum via direct antagonism. While we have elucidated bacterial genes and gene products responsible biocontrol, little is known about how the host plant responds to bacterial priming on the leaf surface, including global changes in gene activity in the presence and absence of S. sclerotiorum. Application of PA23 to the aerial surfaces of canola plants reduced the number of S. sclerotiorum lesion-forming petals by 91.1%. RNA sequencing of the host pathogen interface showed that pretreatment with PA23 reduced the number of genes upregulated in response to S. sclerotiorum by 16-fold. By itself, PA23 activated unique defense networks indicative of defense priming. Genes encoding MAMP-triggered immunity receptors detecting flagellin and peptidoglycan were downregulated in PA23 only-treated plants, consistent with post-stimulus desensitization. Downstream, we observed reactive oxygen species (ROS) production involving low levels of H 2 O 2 and overexpression of genes associated with glycerol-3-phosphate (G3P)-mediated systemic acquired resistance (SAR). Leaf chloroplasts exhibited increased thylakoid membrane structures and chlorophyll content, while lipid metabolic processes were upregulated. In addition to directly antagonizing S. sclerotiorum, PA23 primes the plant defense response through induction of unique local and systemic defense networks. This study provides novel insight into the effects of biocontrol agents applied to the plant phyllosphere. Understanding these interactions will aid in the development of biocontrol systems as an alternative to chemical pesticides for protection of important crop systems.

  18. Colonization and plant growth promoting characterization of endophytic Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain Zong1 isolated from Sophora alopecuroides root nodules

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    Long Fei Zhao


    Full Text Available The endophytic strain Zong1 isolated from root nodules of the legume Sophora alopecuroides was characterized by conducting physiological and biochemical tests employing gfp-marking, observing their plant growth promoting characteristics (PGPC and detecting plant growth parameters of inoculation assays under greenhouse conditions. Results showed that strain Zong1 had an effective growth at 28 ºC after placed at 4-60 ºC for 15 min, had a wide range pH tolerance of 6.0-11.0 and salt tolerance up to 5% of NaCl. Zong1 was resistant to the following antibiotics (µg/mL: Phosphonomycin (100, Penicillin (100 and Ampicillin (100. It could grow in the medium supplemented with 1.2 mmol/L Cu, 0.1% (w/v methylene blue and 0.1-0.2% (w/v methyl red, respectively. Zong1 is closely related to Pseudomonas chlororaphis based on analysis the sequence of 16S rRNA gene. Its expression of the gfp gene indicated that strain Zong1 may colonize in root or root nodules and verified by microscopic observation. Furthermore, co-inoculation with Zong1 and SQ1 (Mesorhizobium sp. showed significant effects compared to single inoculation for the following PGPC parameters: siderophore production, phosphate solubilization, organic acid production, IAA production and antifungal activity in vitro. These results suggest strains P. chlororaphi Zong1 and Mesorhizobium sp. SQ1 have better synergistic or addictive effect. It was noteworthy that each growth index of co-inoculated Zong1+SQ1 in growth assays under greenhouse conditions is higher than those of single inoculation, and showed a significant difference (p < 0.05 when compared to a negative control. Therefore, as an endophyte P. chlororaphis Zong1 may play important roles as a potential plantgrowth promoting agent.

  19. Overexpression of the (R)-specific enoyl-CoA hydratase gene from Pseudomonas chlororaphis HS21 in Pseudomonas strains for the biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates of altered monomer composition. (United States)

    Chung, Moon Gyu; Rhee, Young Ha


    The (R)-specific enoyl-CoA hydratase gene (phaJ(HS21)) from Pseudomonas chlororaphis HS21 was overexpressed in various Pseudomonas strains, alone and in combination with the polyhydroxyalkanoate synthase gene (phaC(HS21)), for the biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) of altered monomer composition. Recombinant Pseudomonas strains harboring phaC(HS21) and phaJ(HS21) generated saturated and unsaturated monomers of C12-C14 in their PHAs. In particular, the level of the 3-hydroxytetradecenoate monomer in recombinant P. chlororaphis HS21 increased by approximately 260%. PhaJ(HS21) is expected to be useful in the biosynthesis of PHAs consisting of unusual monomer units.

  20. PtrA Is Functionally Intertwined with GacS in Regulating the Biocontrol Activity of Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 (United States)

    Shah, Nidhi; Klaponski, Natasha; Selin, Carrie; Rudney, Rachel; Fernando, W. G. Dilantha; Belmonte, Mark F.; de Kievit, Teresa R.


    In vitro inhibition of the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum by Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 is reliant upon a LysR-type transcriptional regulator (LTTR) called PtrA. In the current study, we show that Sclerotinia stem rot and leaf infection are significantly increased in canola plants inoculated with the ptrA-mutant compared to the wild type, establishing PtrA as an essential regulator of PA23 biocontrol. LTTRs typically regulate targets that are upstream of and divergently transcribed from the LTTR locus. We identified a short chain dehydrogenase (scd) gene immediately upstream of ptrA. Characterization of a scd mutant revealed that it is phenotypically identical to the wild type. Moreover, scd transcript abundance was unchanged in the ptrA mutant. These findings indicate that PtrA regulation does not involve scd, rather this LTTR controls genes located elsewhere on the chromosome. Employing a combination of complementation and transcriptional analysis we investigated whether connections exist between PtrA and other regulators of biocontrol. Besides ptrA, gacS was the only gene able to partially rescue the wild-type phenotype, establishing a connection between PtrA and the sensor kinase GacS. Transcriptomic analysis revealed decreased expression of biosynthetic (phzA, prnA) and regulatory genes (phzI, phzR, rpoS, gacA, rsmX, rsmZ, retS) in the ptrA mutant; conversely, rsmE, and rsmY were markedly upregulated. The transcript abundance of ptrA was nine-fold higher in the mutant background indicating that this LTTR negatively autoregulates itself. In summary, PtrA is an essential regulator of genes required for PA23 biocontrol that is functionally intertwined with GacS. PMID:27713742

  1. Colonization Pattern of the Biocontrol Strain Pseudomonas chlororaphis MA 342 on Barley Seeds Visualized by Using Green Fluorescent Protein (United States)

    Tombolini, Riccardo; van der Gaag, Dirk Jan; Gerhardson, Berndt; Jansson, Janet K.


    Pseudomonas chlororaphis MA 342 is a potent biocontrol agent that can be used against several seed-borne diseases of cereal crops, including net blotch of barley caused by the fungus Drechslera teres. In this study, strain MA 342 was tagged with the gfp gene (encoding the green fluorescent protein) in order to study the fate of cells after seed inoculation. The gfp-tagged strain, MA 342G2, had the same biocontrol efficacy as the wild type when it was applied at high cell concentrations to seeds but was less effective at lower cell concentrations. By comparing cell counts determined by microscopy to the number of CFU, we found that the number of culturable cells was significantly lower than the total number of bacteria on seeds which were inoculated and dried for 20 h. Confocal microscopy and epifluorescence stereomicroscopy were used to determine the pattern of MA 342G2 colonization and cell aggregation on barley seeds. Immediately after inoculation of seeds, bacteria were found mainly under the seed glume, and there was no particular aggregation pattern. However, after the seeds were sown, irregularly distributed areas of bacterial aggregation were found, which reflected epiphytic colonization of glume cells. There was a trend towards bacterial aggregation near the embryo but never within the embryo. Bacterial aggregates were regularly found in the groove of each seed formed by the base of the coleoptile and the scutellum. Based on these results, we suggest that MA 342 colocalizes with the pathogen D. teres, which facilitates the action of the fungistatic compound(s) produced by this strain. PMID:10427065

  2. Pseudomonas Chlororaphis Microorganism, Polyurethane Degrading Enzyme Obtained Therefrom and Method of Using Enzyme, (United States)


    PSEUDOMONAS CHLOROR4PHIS MICROORGANISM, POLYURETHANE DEGRADING 4 ENZYME OBTAINED THEREFROM AND METHOD 5 OF USING ENZYME 6 7 Background of the Invention a 1...including ester, 20 amide, urethane, urea, and biuret bonds. It has been possible to 21 isolate microorganisms from polyurethane-coated surfaces in the 22...causes a readily visible change in the culture medium, such as 5 clearing. 6 Any assay method that can compare the polyurethanase activity 7 of one

  3. Role of 2-hexyl, 5-propyl resorcinol production by Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1606 in the multitrophic interactions in the avocado rhizosphere during the biocontrol process. (United States)

    Calderón, Claudia E; de Vicente, Antonio; Cazorla, Francisco M


    Different bacterial traits can contribute to the biocontrol of soilborne phytopathogenic fungus. Among others, (1) antagonism, (2) competition for nutrients and niches, (3) induction of systemic resistance of the plants and (4) predation and parasitism are the most studied. Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1606 is an antagonistic rhizobacterium that produces the antifungal metabolite 2-hexyl, 5-propyl resorcinol (HPR). This bacterium can biologically control the avocado white root rot caused by Rosellinia necatrix. Confocal laser scanning microscopy of the avocado rhizosphere revealed that this biocontrol bacterium and the fungal pathogen compete for the same niche and presumably also for root exudate nutrients. The use of derivative mutants in the geners related to HPR biosynthesis (dar genes) revealed that the lack of HPR production by P. chlororaphis PCL1606 negatively influences the bacterial colonisation of the avocado root surface. Microscopical analysis showed that P. chlororaphis PCL1606 closely interacts and colonises the fungal hyphae, which may represent a novel biocontrol mechanism in this pseudomonad. Additionally, the presence of HPR-producing biocontrol bacteria negatively affects the ability of the fungi to infect the avocado root. HPR production negatively affects hyphal growth, leading to alterations in the R. necatrix physiology visible under microscopy, including the curling, vacuolisation and branching of hyphae, which presumably affects the colonisation and infection abilities of the fungus. This study provides the first report of multitrophic interactions in the avocado rhizosphere, advancing our understanding of the role of HPR production in those interactions. © 2014 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Pyrrolnitrin and Hydrogen Cyanide Production by Pseudomonas chlororaphis Strain PA23 Exhibits Nematicidal and Repellent Activity against Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Munmun Nandi

    Full Text Available Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23 is a biocontrol agent able to suppress growth of the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. This bacterium produces an arsenal of exometabolites including pyrrolnitrin (PRN, phenazine (PHZ, hydrogen cyanide (HCN, and degradative enzymes. Production of these compounds is controlled at both the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels by the Gac-Rsm system, RpoS, PsrA, and the Phz quorum-sensing system. Beyond pathogen-suppression, the success of a biocontrol agent is dependent upon its ability to establish itself in the environment where predation by bacterivorous organisms, including nematodes, may threaten persistence. The focus of this study was to investigate whether PA23 is able to resist grazing by Caenorhabditis elegans and to define the role played by exoproducts in the bacterial-nematode interaction. We discovered that both PRN and HCN contribute to fast- and slow-killing of C. elegans. HCN is well-established as having lethal effects on C. elegans; however, PRN has not been reported to be nematicidal. Exposure of L4 stage nematodes to purified PRN reduced nematode viability in a dose-dependent fashion and led to reduced hatching of eggs laid by gravid adults. Because bacterial metabolites can act as chemoattractants or repellents, we analyzed whether PA23 exhibited attractant or repulsive properties towards C. elegans. Both PRN and HCN were found to be potent repellents. Next we investigated whether the presence of C. elegans would elicit changes in PA23 gene activity. Co-culturing the two organisms increased expression of a number of genes associated with biocontrol, including phzA, hcnA, phzR, phzI, rpoS and gacS. Exoproduct analysis showed that PHZ and autoinducer signals were upregulated, consistent with the gene expression profiles. Collectively, these findings indicate that PA23 is able to sense the presence of C. elegans and it is able to both repel and kill the nematodes, which

  5. A comparison between Pseudomonas aureofaciens (chlororaphis and P. fluorescens in biological control of cotton seedling damping-off disease

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    Samaneh Samavat


    Full Text Available Due to the importance of the biological control of plant diseases, testing and introducing new biocontrol-active microorganisms is a major concern among plant pathologists. The causal agent of cotton seedling damping-off disease is Rhizoctonia solani. In this regard, we tried to investigate the antagonistic activities of Pseudomonas aureofaciens (chlororaphis 30–84 (phenazine producing wild type and non-phenazine producing mutant strains on R. solani, in comparison with some isolates of P. fluorescent under both in vitro (laboratory and in vivo (greenhouse conditions. In the laboratory experiment, the inhibitory effects of all the bacteria, on the growth of R. solani, were evaluated using the dual culture procedure. Results showed that five isolates of P. fluorescent along with both strains of P. aureofaciens significantly inhibited the growth of R. solani. Effective bacterial antagonists were then evaluated in a greenhouse experiment where cotton seeds were coated with their suspensions and were sown in pasteurised field-soil. The soil had been pre-inoculated with a virulent isolate of R. solani. The efficacy of the bacterial antagonists was evaluated by counting the number of surviving seedlings in different treatments, at 15 and 60 days after sowing, for determining pre- and post-emergence damping-off incidence. According to the results of the greenhouse experiment, at both intervals, two isolates of P. fluorescens along with both strains of P. aureofaciens caused significant increases in the number of healthy seedlings, in comparison with the untreated control, and a commonly used fungicide (carboxin-thiram. The efficacy of phenazine producing a wild type strain of P. aureofaciens was higher than its non-phenazine producing mutant, indicating that phenazine plays an important role in the antagonistic activity of P. aureofaciens. Effective bacterial antagonists were then studied for their antagonistic mechanisms. The results showed that all

  6. Pyrrolnitrin and Hydrogen Cyanide Production by Pseudomonas chlororaphis Strain PA23 Exhibits Nematicidal and Repellent Activity against Caenorhabditis elegans (United States)

    Nandi, Munmun; Selin, Carrie; Brassinga, Ann Karen C.; Belmonte, Mark F.; Fernando, W. G. Dilantha; Loewen, Peter C.; de Kievit, Teresa R.


    Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23 is a biocontrol agent able to suppress growth of the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. This bacterium produces an arsenal of exometabolites including pyrrolnitrin (PRN), phenazine (PHZ), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), and degradative enzymes. Production of these compounds is controlled at both the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels by the Gac-Rsm system, RpoS, PsrA, and the Phz quorum-sensing system. Beyond pathogen-suppression, the success of a biocontrol agent is dependent upon its ability to establish itself in the environment where predation by bacterivorous organisms, including nematodes, may threaten persistence. The focus of this study was to investigate whether PA23 is able to resist grazing by Caenorhabditis elegans and to define the role played by exoproducts in the bacterial-nematode interaction. We discovered that both PRN and HCN contribute to fast- and slow-killing of C. elegans. HCN is well-established as having lethal effects on C. elegans; however, PRN has not been reported to be nematicidal. Exposure of L4 stage nematodes to purified PRN reduced nematode viability in a dose-dependent fashion and led to reduced hatching of eggs laid by gravid adults. Because bacterial metabolites can act as chemoattractants or repellents, we analyzed whether PA23 exhibited attractant or repulsive properties towards C. elegans. Both PRN and HCN were found to be potent repellents. Next we investigated whether the presence of C. elegans would elicit changes in PA23 gene activity. Co-culturing the two organisms increased expression of a number of genes associated with biocontrol, including phzA, hcnA, phzR, phzI, rpoS and gacS. Exoproduct analysis showed that PHZ and autoinducer signals were upregulated, consistent with the gene expression profiles. Collectively, these findings indicate that PA23 is able to sense the presence of C. elegans and it is able to both repel and kill the nematodes, which should facilitate

  7. Impact of motility and chemotaxis features of the rhizobacterium Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1606 on its biocontrol of avocado white root rot. (United States)

    Polonio, Álvaro; Vida, Carmen; de Vicente, Antonio; Cazorla, Francisco M


    The biocontrol rhizobacterium Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1606 has the ability to protect avocado plants against white root rot produced by the phytopathogenic fungus Rosellinia necatrix. Moreover, PCL1606 displayed direct interactions with avocado roots and the pathogenic fungus. Thus, nonmotile (flgK mutant) and non-chemotactic (cheA mutant) derivatives of PCL1606 were constructed to emphasize the importance of motility and chemotaxis in the biological behaviour of PCL1606 during the biocontrol interaction. Plate chemotaxis assay showed that PCL1606 was attracted to the single compounds tested, such as glucose, glutamate, succinate, aspartate and malate, but no chemotaxis was observed to avocado or R. necatrix exudates. Using the more sensitive capillary assay, it was reported that smaller concentrations (1 mM) of single compounds elicited high chemotactic responses, and strong attraction was confirmed to avocado and R. necatrix exudates. Finally, biocontrol experiments revealed that the cheA and fglK derivative mutants reduced root protection against R. necatrix, suggesting an important role for these biological traits in biocontrol by P. chlororaphis PCL1606. [Int Microbiol 20(2):94-104 (2017)]. Copyright© by the Spanish Society for Microbiology and Institute for Catalan Studies.

  8. A phenazine-1-carboxylic acid producing polyextremophilic Pseudomonas chlororaphis (MCC2693) strain, isolated from mountain ecosystem, possesses biocontrol and plant growth promotion abilities. (United States)

    Jain, Rahul; Pandey, Anita


    The genus Pseudomonas is known to comprise a huge diversity of species with the ability to thrive in different habitats, including those considered as extreme environments. In the present study, a psychrotolerant, wide pH tolerant and halotolerant strain of Pseudomonas chlororaphis GBPI_507 (MCC2693), isolated from the wheat rhizosphere growing in a mountain location in Indian Himalayan Region (IHR), has been investigated for its antimicrobial potential with particular reference to phenazine production and plant growth promoting traits. GBPI_507 showed phenazine production at the temperatures ranged from 14 to 25°C. The benzene extracted compound identified as phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA) through GC-MS exhibited antimicrobial properties against Gram positive bacteria and actinomycetes. The inhibition of phytopathogens in diffusible biocontrol assays was recorded in an order: Alternaria alternata>Phytophthora sp.>Fusarium solani>F. oxysporum. In volatile metabolite assays, all the pathogens, except Phytophthora sp. produced distorted colonies, characterized by restricted sporulation. The isolate also possessed other growth promoting and biocontrol traits including phosphate solubilization and production of siderophores, HCN, ammonia, and lytic enzymes (lipase and protease). Molecular studies confirmed production of PCA by the bacterium GBPI_507 through presence of phzCD and phzE genes in its genome. The polyextremophilic bacterial strain possesses various important characters to consider it as a potential agent for field applications, especially in mountain ecosystem, for sustainable and eco-friendly crop production. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  9. Investigating the compatibility of the biocontrol agent Clonostachys rosea IK726 with prodigiosin-producing Serratia rubidaea S55 and phenazine-producing Pseudomonas chlororaphis ToZa7. (United States)

    Kamou, Nathalie N; Dubey, Mukesh; Tzelepis, Georgios; Menexes, Georgios; Papadakis, Emmanouil N; Karlsson, Magnus; Lagopodi, Anastasia L; Jensen, Dan Funck


    This study was carried out to assess the compatibility of the biocontrol fungus Clonostachys rosea IK726 with the phenazine-producing Pseudomonas chlororaphis ToZa7 or with the prodigiosin-producing Serratia rubidaea S55 against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. radicis-lycopersici. The pathogen was inhibited by both strains in vitro, whereas C. rosea displayed high tolerance to S. rubidaea but not to P. chlororaphis. We hypothesized that this could be attributed to the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins. The results of the reverse transcription quantitative PCR showed an induction of seven genes (abcB1, abcB20, abcB26, abcC12, abcC12, abcG8 and abcG25) from subfamilies B, C and G. In planta experiments showed a significant reduction in foot and root rot on tomato plants inoculated with C. rosea and P. chlororaphis. This study demonstrates the potential for combining different biocontrol agents and suggests an involvement of ABC transporters in secondary metabolite tolerance in C. rosea.

  10. Secondary Metabolites Production and Plant Growth Promotion by Pseudomonas chlororaphis and P. aurantiaca Strains Isolated from Cactus, Cotton, and Para Grass. (United States)

    Shahid, Izzah; Rizwan, Muhammad; Baig, Deeba Noreen; Saleem, Rahman Shahzaib; Malik, Kauser A; Mehnaz, Samina


    Fluorescent pseudomonads have been isolated from halophytes, mesophytes, and xerophytes of Pakistan. Among these, eight isolates, GS-1, GS-3, GS-4, GS-6, GS-7, FS-2 (cactus), ARS-38 (cotton), and RP-4 (para grass), showed antifungal activity and were selected for detailed study. Based on biochemical tests and 16S rRNA gene sequences, these were identified as strains of P. chlororaphis subsp. chlororaphis and aurantiaca. Secondary metabolites of these strains were analyzed by LC-MS. Phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA), 2-hydroxy-phenazine, Cyclic Lipopeptide (white line-inducing principle (WLIP)), and lahorenoic acid A were detected in variable amounts in these strains. P. aurantiaca PB-St2 was used as a reference as it is known for the production of these compounds. The phzO and PCA genes were amplified to assure that production of these compounds is not an artifact. Indole acetic acid production was confirmed and quantified by HPLC. HCN and siderophore production by all strains was observed by plate assays. These strains did not solubilize phosphate, but five strains were positive for zinc solubilization. Wheat seedlings were inoculated with these strains to observe their effect on plant growth. P. aurantiaca strains PB-St2 and GS-6 and P. chlororaphis RP-4 significantly increased both root and shoot dry weights, as compared with uninoculated plants. However, P. aurantiaca strains FS-2 and ARS-38 significantly increased root and shoot dry weights, respectively. All strains except PB-St2 and ARS-38 significantly increased the root length. This is the first report of the isolation of P. aurantiaca from cotton and cactus, P. chlororaphis from para grass, WLIP and lahorenoic acid A production by P. chlororaphis, and zinc solubilization by P. chlororaphis and P. aurantiaca.

  11. Controle biológico da podridão radicular (Pythium aphanidermatum e promoção de crescimento por Pseudomonas chlororaphis 63-28 e Bacillus subtilis GB03 em alface hidropônica

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    Full Text Available Podridões radiculares causadas por espécies de Pythium são um importante problema em cultivos hidropônicos. Sintomas de subdesenvolvimento são observados nas plantas parasitadas pelo patógeno, sendo muitas vezes não diagnosticados pelo produtor. O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar o controle biológico da podridão radicular causada por Pythium aphanidermatum e a promoção de crescimento por Pseudomonas chlororaphis 63-28 e Bacillus subtilis GB03, reconhecidos agentes de controle biológico de doenças de plantas. A inoculação das plantas com P. aphanidermatum ocasionou o subdesenvolvimento, sendo essa diminuição de 20%. A adição dos agentes de biocontrole na solução nutritiva teve um efeito positivo no aumento da massa (6% a 13%, no número de folhas (4% a 7% e no teor de clorofila (3% das plantas de alface. Entretanto, maiores estudos devem ser realizados para melhorar a capacidade de controle da doença e de promoção de crescimento pelos agentes de biocontrole estudados no cultivo de alface hidropônica.

  12. Involvement of phenazines and lipopeptides in interactions between Pseudomonas species and Sclerotium rolfsii, causal agent of stem rot disease on groundnut

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    Le, N.C.; Kruijt, M.; Raaijmakers, J.


    Aims: To determine the role of phenazines (PHZ) and lipopeptide surfactants (LPs) produced by Pseudomonas in suppression of stem rot disease of groundnut, caused by the fungal pathogen Sclerotium rolfsii. Methods and Results: In vitro assays showed that PHZ-producing Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain

  13. Survival of Salmonella enterica on soybean sprouts following treatments with gaseous chlorine dioxide and biocontrol Pseudomonas bacteria (United States)

    Control of Salmonella enterica on sprouts and minimally processed, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables is important for food and consumer safety. The aim of this research was to assess the effects of gaseous chlorine dioxide(ClO2)and biocontrol microorganisms (Pseudomonas chlororaphis and P. fluoresc...

  14. Protozoan growth rates on secondary-metabolite-producing Pseudomonas spp. correlate with high-level protozoan taxonomy

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    Pedersen, Annette L.; Winding, Anne; Altenburger, Andreas


    Different features can protect bacteria against protozoan grazing, for example large size, rapid movement, and production of secondary metabolites. Most papers dealing with these matters focus on bacteria. Here, we describe protozoan features that affect their ability to grow on secondary......-metabolite-producing bacteria, and examine whether different bacterial secondary metabolites affect protozoa similarly. We investigated the growth of nine different soil protozoa on six different Pseudomonas strains, including the four secondary-metabolite-producing Pseudomonas fluorescens DR54 and CHA0, Pseudomonas...... chlororaphis MA342 and Pseudomonas sp. DSS73, as well as the two nonproducers P. fluorescens DSM50090T and P. chlororaphis ATCC43928. Secondary metabolite producers affected protozoan growth differently. In particular, bacteria with extracellular secondary metabolites seemed more inhibiting than bacteria...

  15. Effects of Pseudomonas chlororaphis and gaseous chlorine dioxide on the survival of Salmonella enterica on tomatoes (United States)

    Produce contamination incited by Salmonella enterica serovars on tomatoes and various outbreaks of Salmonellisis have been reported periodically. Post-harvest intervention measures applied to limit produce contamination will improve food and consumer safety. The aim of this reserach was to evaluat...


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  17. Diversity of Pseudomonas Genomes, Including Populus-Associated Isolates, as Revealed by Comparative Genome Analysis (United States)

    Jun, Se-Ran; Wassenaar, Trudy M.; Nookaew, Intawat; Hauser, Loren; Wanchai, Visanu; Land, Miriam; Timm, Collin M.; Lu, Tse-Yuan S.; Schadt, Christopher W.; Doktycz, Mitchel J.; Pelletier, Dale A.


    The Pseudomonas genus contains a metabolically versatile group of organisms that are known to occupy numerous ecological niches, including the rhizosphere and endosphere of many plants. Their diversity influences the phylogenetic diversity and heterogeneity of these communities. On the basis of average amino acid identity, comparative genome analysis of >1,000 Pseudomonas genomes, including 21 Pseudomonas strains isolated from the roots of native Populus deltoides (eastern cottonwood) trees resulted in consistent and robust genomic clusters with phylogenetic homogeneity. All Pseudomonas aeruginosa genomes clustered together, and these were clearly distinct from other Pseudomonas species groups on the basis of pangenome and core genome analyses. In contrast, the genomes of Pseudomonas fluorescens were organized into 20 distinct genomic clusters, representing enormous diversity and heterogeneity. Most of our 21 Populus-associated isolates formed three distinct subgroups within the major P. fluorescens group, supported by pathway profile analysis, while two isolates were more closely related to Pseudomonas chlororaphis and Pseudomonas putida. Genes specific to Populus-associated subgroups were identified. Genes specific to subgroup 1 include several sensory systems that act in two-component signal transduction, a TonB-dependent receptor, and a phosphorelay sensor. Genes specific to subgroup 2 contain hypothetical genes, and genes specific to subgroup 3 were annotated with hydrolase activity. This study justifies the need to sequence multiple isolates, especially from P. fluorescens, which displays the most genetic variation, in order to study functional capabilities from a pangenomic perspective. This information will prove useful when choosing Pseudomonas strains for use to promote growth and increase disease resistance in plants. PMID:26519390

  18. Influence of volatile organic compounds emitted by Pseudomonas and Serratia strains on Agrobacterium tumefaciens biofilms. (United States)

    Plyuta, Vladimir; Lipasova, Valentina; Popova, Alexandra; Koksharova, Olga; Kuznetsov, Alexander; Szegedi, Erno; Chernin, Leonid; Khmel, Inessa


    The ability to form biofilms plays an important role in bacteria-host interactions, including plant pathogenicity. In this work, we investigated the action of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by rhizospheric strains of Pseudomonas chlororaphis 449, Pseudomonas fluorescens B-4117, Serratia plymuthica IC1270, as well as Serratia proteamaculans strain 94, isolated from spoiled meat, on biofilms formation by three strains of Agrobacterium tumefaciens which are causative agents of crown-gall disease in a wide range of plants. In dual culture assays, the pool of volatiles emitted by the tested Pseudomonas and Serratia strains suppressed the formation of biofilms of A. tumefaciens strains grown on polycarbonate membrane filters and killed Agrobacterium cells in mature biofilms. The individual VOCs produced by the tested Pseudomonas strains, that is, ketones (2-nonanone, 2-heptanone, 2-undecanone), and dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) produced by Serratia strains, were shown to kill A. tumefaciens cells in mature biofilms and suppress their formation. The data obtained in this study suggest an additional potential of some ketones and DMDS as protectors of plants against A. tumefaciens strains, whose virulence is associated with the formation of biofilms on the infected plants. © 2016 APMIS. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Involvement of phenazines and lipopeptides in interactions between Pseudomonas species and Sclerotium rolfsii, causal agent of stem rot disease on groundnut. (United States)

    Le, C N; Kruijt, M; Raaijmakers, J M


    To determine the role of phenazines (PHZ) and lipopeptide surfactants (LPs) produced by Pseudomonas in suppression of stem rot disease of groundnut, caused by the fungal pathogen Sclerotium rolfsii. In vitro assays showed that PHZ-producing Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain Phz24 significantly inhibited hyphal growth of S. rolfsii and suppressed stem rot disease of groundnut under field conditions. Biosynthesis and regulatory mutants of Phz24 deficient in PHZ production were less effective in pathogen suppression. Pseudomonas strains SS101, SBW25 and 267, producing viscosin or putisolvin-like LPs, only marginally inhibited hyphal growth of S. rolfsii and did not suppress stem rot disease. In contrast, Pseudomonas strain SH-C52, producing the chlorinated LP thanamycin, inhibited hyphal growth of S. rolfsii and significantly reduced stem rot disease of groundnut in nethouse and field experiments, whereas its thanamycin-deficient mutant was less effective. Phenazines and specific lipopeptides play an important role in suppression of stem rot disease of groundnut by root-colonizing Pseudomonas strains. Pseudomonas strains Phz24 and SH-C52 showed significant control of stem rot disease. Treatment of seeds or soil with these strains provides a promising supplementary strategy to control stem rot disease of groundnut. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Applied Microbiology © 2011 The Society for Applied Microbiology.

  20. Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Healthcare Settings (United States)

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  1. FoxO6 regulates memory consolidation and synaptic function (United States)

    Salih, Dervis A.M.; Rashid, Asim J.; Colas, Damien; de la Torre-Ubieta, Luis; Zhu, Ruo P.; Morgan, Alexander A.; Santo, Evan E.; Ucar, Duygu; Devarajan, Keerthana; Cole, Christina J.; Madison, Daniel V.; Shamloo, Mehrdad; Butte, Atul J.; Bonni, Azad; Josselyn, Sheena A.; Brunet, Anne


    The FoxO family of transcription factors is known to slow aging downstream from the insulin/IGF (insulin-like growth factor) signaling pathway. The most recently discovered FoxO isoform in mammals, FoxO6, is highly enriched in the adult hippocampus. However, the importance of FoxO factors in cognition is largely unknown. Here we generated mice lacking FoxO6 and found that these mice display normal learning but impaired memory consolidation in contextual fear conditioning and novel object recognition. Using stereotactic injection of viruses into the hippocampus of adult wild-type mice, we found that FoxO6 activity in the adult hippocampus is required for memory consolidation. Genome-wide approaches revealed that FoxO6 regulates a program of genes involved in synaptic function upon learning in the hippocampus. Consistently, FoxO6 deficiency results in decreased dendritic spine density in hippocampal neurons in vitro and in vivo. Thus, FoxO6 may promote memory consolidation by regulating a program coordinating neuronal connectivity in the hippocampus, which could have important implications for physiological and pathological age-dependent decline in memory. PMID:23222102

  2. In vitro and in vivo effects of Pseudomonas spp. and Bacillus sp. on Fusarium acuminatum, Botrytis cinerea and Aspergillus niger infecting cucumber

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    Jasmina Zdravković


    Full Text Available Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L is an important member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Production of healthy nursery is necessary for high-quality production of this crop in greenhouses and in fields. With the idea of minimizing the use of pesticides and mineral fertilizers to preserve soil quality, we investigated the effects of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB on growth promotion and protection of cucumber plants from phytopathogenic fungi. The effects of Pseudomonas spp. strains with different antifungal activities and Bacillus sp. Q10 strain with PGP activity were tested on cucumber plants. Antagonistic activity of Pseudomonas spp. against the growth of several phytopathogenic fungi isolated from cucumber: F. acuminatum, B. cinerea and A. niger, was observed. The influences of overnight cultures, supernatants and heat-stable antifungal factors were tested on the phytopathogenic fungi in vitro. Pseudomonas sp. K35 and K24 strains were more effective than P. chlororaphis Q16 and Pseudomonas sp. K27, showing 70-80% of fungal growth inhibition regardless of culture or fraction applied. The good antagonists that belong to pseudomonads and Bacillus sp. Q10 strain were used as mixtures for estimation of plant growth and health promoting effects on cucumber plants. Growth dynamics differed depending on the applied strain of Pseudomonas sp. The M3 treatment (a mixture of Bacillus sp. Q10 and P. chlororaphis Q16 stimulated the initial phase of growth, while M4 (a mixture of Bacillus sp. Q10 and Pseudomonas sp. K24 resulted in the maximal height at the final measurement. Significant differences in leaf and plant weight (M4, and leaf weight (M5, containing K35 strain were found after the treatments. No significant differences in chlorophyll and NBI level were observed in any of the tested combinations. The obtained results suggested that M3 was suitable for stimulation of the early phase of cucumber growth, while the mixtures M4 and M5 improved plant

  3. Lithium vanado(Vmolybdate(VI, Li[VMoO6

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    Safa Ezzine Yahmed


    Full Text Available Brannerite-type Li[VMoO6] has been synthesized by a solid state reaction route. The V and Mo atoms statistically occupy the same site with mirror symmetry and are octahedrally surrounded by O atoms. The framework is two-dimensional and is built up from edge-sharing (V,MoO6 octahedra forming (VMoO6∞ layers that run parallel to the (001 plane. Li+ ions are situated in position with symmetry 2/m in the interlayer space. The bond-valence analysis reveals that the Li+ ionic conductivity is along the [010] and [110] directions, and shows that this material may have interesting conduction properties. This simulation proposes a model of the lithium conduction pathways.

  4. FoxO6 regulates memory consolidation and synaptic function

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    Salih, Dervis A. M.; Rashid, Asim J.; Colas, Damien; de la Torre-Ubieta, Luis; Zhu, Ruo P.; Morgan, Alexander A.; Santo, Evan E.; Ucar, Duygu; Devarajan, Keerthana; Cole, Christina J.; Madison, Daniel V.; Shamloo, Mehrdad; Butte, Atul J.; Bonni, Azad; Josselyn, Sheena A.; Brunet, Anne


    The FoxO family of transcription factors is known to slow aging downstream from the insulin/IGF (insulin-like growth factor) signaling pathway. The most recently discovered FoxO isoform in mammals, FoxO6, is highly enriched in the adult hippocampus. However, the importance of FoxO factors in

  5. Potassium zinc borate, KZnB(3)O(6). (United States)

    Wu, Yang; Yao, Ji-Yong; Zhang, Jian-Xiu; Fu, Pei-Zhen; Wu, Yi-Cheng


    The title compound, KZnB(3)O(6) contains a remarkable [B(6)O(12)](6-) group ( symmetry) formed by two rings linked by edge-sharing BO(4) tetra-hedra, a feature that has only been observed previously under high pressure conditions. These borate groups are connected through distorted ZnO(4) tetra-hedra in edge-shared pairs ( symmetry), forming a three-dimensional network whose cavities are filled by K(+) cations.

  6. Potassium zinc borate, KZnB3O6


    Yang Wu; Ji-Yong Yao; Jian-Xiu Zhang; Pei-Zhen Fu; Yi-Cheng Wu


    The title compound, KZnB3O6 contains a remarkable [B6O12]6− group (overline{1} symmetry) formed by two rings linked by edge-sharing BO4 tetrahedra, a feature that has only been observed previously under high pressure conditions. These borate groups are connected through distorted ZnO4 tetrahedra in edge-shared pairs (overline{1} symmetry), forming a three-dimensional network whose cavities are filled by K+ cations.

  7. Potassium zinc borate, KZnB3O6

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    Yang Wu


    Full Text Available The title compound, KZnB3O6 contains a remarkable [B6O12]6− group (overline{1} symmetry formed by two rings linked by edge-sharing BO4 tetrahedra, a feature that has only been observed previously under high pressure conditions. These borate groups are connected through distorted ZnO4 tetrahedra in edge-shared pairs (overline{1} symmetry, forming a three-dimensional network whose cavities are filled by K+ cations.

  8. Monocyte Profiles in Critically Ill Patients With Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Sepsis (United States)


    Pseudomonas Infections; Pseudomonas Septicemia; Pseudomonas; Pneumonia; Pseudomonal Bacteraemia; Pseudomonas Urinary Tract Infection; Pseudomonas Gastrointestinal Tract Infection; Sepsis; Sepsis, Severe; Critically Ill

  9. Functional Analysis of Genes for Biosynthesis of Pyocyanin and Phenazine-1-Carboxamide from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 (United States)

    Mavrodi, Dmitri V.; Bonsall, Robert F.; Delaney, Shannon M.; Soule, Marilyn J.; Phillips, Greg; Thomashow, Linda S.


    Two seven-gene phenazine biosynthetic loci were cloned from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. The operons, designated phzA1B1C1D1E1F1G1 and phzA2B2C2D2E2F2G2, are homologous to previously studied phenazine biosynthetic operons from Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas aureofaciens. Functional studies of phenazine-nonproducing strains of fluorescent pseudomonads indicated that each of the biosynthetic operons from P. aeruginosa is sufficient for production of a single compound, phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA). Subsequent conversion of PCA to pyocyanin is mediated in P. aeruginosa by two novel phenazine-modifying genes, phzM and phzS, which encode putative phenazine-specific methyltransferase and flavin-containing monooxygenase, respectively. Expression of phzS alone in Escherichia coli or in enzymes, pyocyanin-nonproducing P. fluorescens resulted in conversion of PCA to 1-hydroxyphenazine. P. aeruginosa with insertionally inactivated phzM or phzS developed pyocyanin-deficient phenotypes. A third phenazine-modifying gene, phzH, which has a homologue in Pseudomonas chlororaphis, also was identified and was shown to control synthesis of phenazine-1-carboxamide from PCA in P. aeruginosa PAO1. Our results suggest that there is a complex pyocyanin biosynthetic pathway in P. aeruginosa consisting of two core loci responsible for synthesis of PCA and three additional genes encoding unique enzymes involved in the conversion of PCA to pyocyanin, 1-hydroxyphenazine, and phenazine-1-carboxamide. PMID:11591691

  10. Cell surface physico chemistry alters biofilm development of Pseudomonas aeruginosa lipopolysaccharide mutants

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    Flemming, CA; Palmer, RJ; Arrage, AA; van der Mei, H.C.; White, DC


    The hydrophobic and electrostatic characteristics of bacterial cell surfaces were compared with attachment proclivity and biomass accumulation over time between wildtype Pseudomonas aeruginosa serotype O6 (possesses A and B band LPS), and three LPS-deficient mutants, vi;. A28 (A(+)B(-)), R5

  11. Pseudomonas Lipopeptide Biosurfactants

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    Bonnichsen, Lise

    Pseudomonas lipopetide biosurfactants are amphiphilic molecules with a broad range of natural functions. Due to their surface active properties, it has been suggested that Pseudomonas lipopetides potentially play a role in biodegradation of hydrophobic compounds and have essential functions...... in biofilm formation, however, detailed studies of these roles have not yet been carried out. The overall aim of this PhD project was therefore to elucidate in more depth the roles played by Pseudomonas lipopetides in pollutant biodegradation and biofilm formation. This study investigated the effect...... of the Pseudomonas lipopeptides belonging to different structural groups on important biodegradation parameters, mainly; solubilization and emulsification of hydrophobic pollutants (alkanes and PAHs) and increase of cell surface hydrophobicity of bacterial degraders. Ultimately, it was tested if these parameters led...

  12. Dielectric Properties of Rhombohedral PbNb2O6

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    Kriti Ranjan Sahu


    Full Text Available Dielectric materials are needed in many electrical and electronic applications. So, basic characterizations need to be done for all dielectrics. PbNb2O6 (PN is ferroelectric and piezoelectric only in its orthorhombic phase, with potential high temperature applications. So, its rhombohedral phase, frequently formed as an undesirable impurity in the preparation of orthorhombic PN, has been ignored with respect to possible dielectric characterizations. Here, essentially single phase rhombohedral PN has been prepared, checking structure from XRD Rietveld Analysis, and the real and imaginary parts of permittivity measured in an Impedance Spectrometer (IS up to ~700∘C and over 20 Hz to 5.5 MHz range, for heating and some cooling runs. Variations, with temperature, of relaxation time constant (τ, AC and DC conductivity, bulk resistance, activation energy and capacitance have been explored from our IS data.

  13. Forkhead Box O6 (FoxO6) Depletion Attenuates Hepatic Gluconeogenesis and Protects against Fat-induced Glucose Disorder in Mice. (United States)

    Calabuig-Navarro, Virtu; Yamauchi, Jun; Lee, Sojin; Zhang, Ting; Liu, Yun-Zi; Sadlek, Kelsey; Coudriet, Gina M; Piganelli, Jon D; Jiang, Chun-Lei; Miller, Rita; Lowe, Mark; Harashima, Hideyoshi; Dong, H Henry


    Excessive endogenous glucose production contributes to fasting hyperglycemia in diabetes. FoxO6 is a distinct member of the FoxO subfamily. To elucidate the role of FoxO6 in hepatic gluconeogenesis and assess its contribution to the pathogenesis of fasting hyperglycemia in diabetes, we generated FoxO6 knock-out (FoxO6-KO) mice followed by determining the effect of FoxO6 loss-of-function on hepatic gluconeogenesis under physiological and pathological conditions. FoxO6 depletion attenuated hepatic gluconeogenesis and lowered fasting glycemia in FoxO6-KO mice. FoxO6-deficient primary hepatocytes were associated with reduced capacities to produce glucose in response to glucagon. When fed a high fat diet, FoxO6-KO mice exhibited significantly enhanced glucose tolerance and reduced blood glucose levels accompanied by improved insulin sensitivity. These effects correlated with attenuated hepatic gluconeogenesis in FoxO6-KO mice. In contrast, wild-type littermates developed fat-induced glucose intolerance with a concomitant induction of fasting hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia. Furthermore, FoxO6-KO mice displayed significantly diminished macrophage infiltration into liver and adipose tissues, correlating with the reduction of macrophage expression of C-C chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2), a factor that is critical for regulating macrophage recruitment in peripheral tissues. Our data indicate that FoxO6 depletion protected against diet-induced glucose intolerance and insulin resistance by attenuating hepatic gluconeogenesis and curbing macrophage infiltration in liver and adipose tissues in mice. © 2015 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  14. Forkhead Box O6 (FoxO6) Depletion Attenuates Hepatic Gluconeogenesis and Protects against Fat-induced Glucose Disorder in Mice* (United States)

    Calabuig-Navarro, Virtu; Yamauchi, Jun; Lee, Sojin; Zhang, Ting; Liu, Yun-Zi; Sadlek, Kelsey; Coudriet, Gina M.; Piganelli, Jon D.; Jiang, Chun-Lei; Miller, Rita; Lowe, Mark; Harashima, Hideyoshi; Dong, H. Henry


    Excessive endogenous glucose production contributes to fasting hyperglycemia in diabetes. FoxO6 is a distinct member of the FoxO subfamily. To elucidate the role of FoxO6 in hepatic gluconeogenesis and assess its contribution to the pathogenesis of fasting hyperglycemia in diabetes, we generated FoxO6 knock-out (FoxO6-KO) mice followed by determining the effect of FoxO6 loss-of-function on hepatic gluconeogenesis under physiological and pathological conditions. FoxO6 depletion attenuated hepatic gluconeogenesis and lowered fasting glycemia in FoxO6-KO mice. FoxO6-deficient primary hepatocytes were associated with reduced capacities to produce glucose in response to glucagon. When fed a high fat diet, FoxO6-KO mice exhibited significantly enhanced glucose tolerance and reduced blood glucose levels accompanied by improved insulin sensitivity. These effects correlated with attenuated hepatic gluconeogenesis in FoxO6-KO mice. In contrast, wild-type littermates developed fat-induced glucose intolerance with a concomitant induction of fasting hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia. Furthermore, FoxO6-KO mice displayed significantly diminished macrophage infiltration into liver and adipose tissues, correlating with the reduction of macrophage expression of C-C chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2), a factor that is critical for regulating macrophage recruitment in peripheral tissues. Our data indicate that FoxO6 depletion protected against diet-induced glucose intolerance and insulin resistance by attenuating hepatic gluconeogenesis and curbing macrophage infiltration in liver and adipose tissues in mice. PMID:25944898

  15. New layered compounds with honeycomb ordering: Li3Ni2BiO6, Li3NiM'BiO6 (M' = Mg, Cu, Zn), and the delafossite Ag3Ni2BiO6. (United States)

    Berthelot, Romain; Schmidt, Whitney; Muir, Sean; Eilertsen, James; Etienne, Laetitia; Sleight, A W; Subramanian, M A


    The new layered compound Li(3)Ni(2)BiO(6) has been prepared by a solid-state reaction. It crystallizes in the monoclinic C2/m space group; its lamellar structure is characterized by a honeycomb ordering between Ni(2+) and Bi(5+) within the slabs, while Li(+) ions occupy octahedral sites in the interslab space. Stacking defects weakly alter the XRD pattern. By substitution of half of the nickel ions, the new phases Li(3)NiM'BiO(6) (M' = Mg, Cu, Zn) isostructural with Li(3)Ni(2)BiO(6) have been synthesized under similar conditions. All these compounds demonstrate paramagnetic behavior at high temperature, and Li(3)Ni(2)BiO(6) exhibits an antiferromagnetic ordering at 5.5 K. By topotactic molten salt ionic exchange, the new delafossite compound Ag(3)Ni(2)BiO(6) has been also obtained and characterized.

  16. Pseudomonas induces salinity tolerance in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) and resistance to Fusarium root rot through the modulation of indole-3-acetic acid. (United States)

    Egamberdieva, Dilfuza; Jabborova, Dilfuza; Hashem, Abeer


    Abiotic stresses cause changes in the balance of phytohormones in plants and result in inhibited root growth and an increase in the susceptibility of plants to root rot disease. The aim of this work was to ascertain whether microbial indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) plays a role in the regulation of root growth and microbially mediated control of root rot of cotton caused by Fusarium solani. Seed germination and seedling growth were improved by both NaCl and Mg2SO4 (100 mM) solutions when treated with root-associated bacterial strains Pseudomonas putida R4 and Pseudomonas chlororaphis R5, which are able to produce IAA. These bacterial strains were also able to reduce the infection rate of cotton root rot (from 70 to 39%) caused by F. solani under gnotobiotic conditions. The application of a low concentration of IAA (0.01 and 0.001 μg/ml) stimulated plant growth and reduced disease incidence caused by F. solani (from 70 to 41-56%, respectively). Shoot and root growth and dry matter increased significantly and disease incidence was reduced by bacterial inoculants in natural saline soil. These results suggest that bacterial IAA plays a major role in salt stress tolerance and may be involved in induced resistance against root rot disease of cotton.

  17. Inhibitory and toxic effects of volatiles emitted by strains of Pseudomonas and Serratia on growth and survival of selected microorganisms, Caenorhabditis elegans, and Drosophila melanogaster. (United States)

    Popova, Alexandra A; Koksharova, Olga A; Lipasova, Valentina A; Zaitseva, Julia V; Katkova-Zhukotskaya, Olga A; Eremina, Svetlana Iu; Mironov, Alexander S; Chernin, Leonid S; Khmel, Inessa A


    In previous research, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by various bacteria into the chemosphere were suggested to play a significant role in the antagonistic interactions between microorganisms occupying the same ecological niche and between bacteria and target eukaryotes. Moreover, a number of volatiles released by bacteria were reported to suppress quorum-sensing cell-to-cell communication in bacteria, and to stimulate plant growth. Here, volatiles produced by Pseudomonas and Serratia strains isolated mainly from the soil or rhizosphere exhibited bacteriostatic action on phytopathogenic Agrobacterium tumefaciens and fungi and demonstrated a killing effect on cyanobacteria, flies (Drosophila melanogaster), and nematodes (Caenorhabditis elegans). VOCs emitted by the rhizospheric Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain 449 and by Serratia proteamaculans strain 94 isolated from spoiled meat were identified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, and the effects of the main headspace compounds--ketones (2-nonanone, 2-heptanone, 2-undecanone) and dimethyl disulfide--were inhibitory toward the tested microorganisms, nematodes, and flies. The data confirmed the role of bacterial volatiles as important compounds involved in interactions between organisms under natural ecological conditions.

  18. Inhibitory and Toxic Effects of Volatiles Emitted by Strains of Pseudomonas and Serratia on Growth and Survival of Selected Microorganisms, Caenorhabditis elegans, and Drosophila melanogaster

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    Alexandra A. Popova


    Full Text Available In previous research, volatile organic compounds (VOCs emitted by various bacteria into the chemosphere were suggested to play a significant role in the antagonistic interactions between microorganisms occupying the same ecological niche and between bacteria and target eukaryotes. Moreover, a number of volatiles released by bacteria were reported to suppress quorum-sensing cell-to-cell communication in bacteria, and to stimulate plant growth. Here, volatiles produced by Pseudomonas and Serratia strains isolated mainly from the soil or rhizosphere exhibited bacteriostatic action on phytopathogenic Agrobacterium tumefaciens and fungi and demonstrated a killing effect on cyanobacteria, flies (Drosophila melanogaster, and nematodes (Caenorhabditis elegans. VOCs emitted by the rhizospheric Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain 449 and by Serratia proteamaculans strain 94 isolated from spoiled meat were identified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, and the effects of the main headspace compounds—ketones (2-nonanone, 2-heptanone, 2-undecanone and dimethyl disulfide—were inhibitory toward the tested microorganisms, nematodes, and flies. The data confirmed the role of bacterial volatiles as important compounds involved in interactions between organisms under natural ecological conditions.

  19. Cladribine Analogues via O6-(Benzotriazolyl Derivatives of Guanine Nucleosides

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    Sakilam Satishkumar


    Full Text Available Cladribine, 2-chloro-2′-deoxyadenosine, is a highly efficacious, clinically used nucleoside for the treatment of hairy cell leukemia. It is also being evaluated against other lymphoid malignancies and has been a molecule of interest for well over half a century. In continuation of our interest in the amide bond-activation in purine nucleosides via the use of (benzotriazol-1yl-oxytris(dimethylaminophosphonium hexafluorophosphate, we have evaluated the use of O6-(benzotriazol-1-yl-2′-deoxyguanosine as a potential precursor to cladribine and its analogues. These compounds, after appropriate deprotection, were assessed for their biological activities, and the data are presented herein. Against hairy cell leukemia (HCL, T-cell lymphoma (TCL and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL, cladribine was the most active against all. The bromo analogue of cladribine showed comparable activity to the ribose analogue of cladribine against HCL, but was more active against TCL and CLL. The bromo ribose analogue of cladribine showed activity, but was the least active among the C6-NH2-containing compounds. Substitution with alkyl groups at the exocyclic amino group appears detrimental to activity, and only the C6 piperidinyl cladribine analogue demonstrated any activity. Against adenocarcinoma MDA-MB-231 cells, cladribine and its ribose analogue were most active.

  20. FoxO6 integrates insulin signaling with gluconeogenesis in the liver. (United States)

    Kim, Dae Hyun; Perdomo, German; Zhang, Ting; Slusher, Sandra; Lee, Sojin; Phillips, Brett E; Fan, Yong; Giannoukakis, Nick; Gramignoli, Roberto; Strom, Stephen; Ringquist, Steven; Dong, H Henry


    Excessive endogenous glucose production contributes to fasting hyperglycemia in diabetes. This effect stems from inept insulin suppression of hepatic gluconeogenesis. To understand the underlying mechanisms, we studied the ability of forkhead box O6 (FoxO6) to mediate insulin action on hepatic gluconeogenesis and its contribution to glucose metabolism. We characterized FoxO6 in glucose metabolism in cultured hepatocytes and in rodent models of dietary obesity, insulin resistance, or insulin-deficient diabetes. We determined the effect of FoxO6 on hepatic gluconeogenesis in genetically modified mice with FoxO6 gain- versus loss-of-function and in diabetic db/db mice with selective FoxO6 ablation in the liver. FoxO6 integrates insulin signaling to hepatic gluconeogenesis. In mice, elevated FoxO6 activity in the liver augments gluconeogenesis, raising fasting blood glucose levels, and hepatic FoxO6 depletion suppresses gluconeogenesis, resulting in fasting hypoglycemia. FoxO6 stimulates gluconeogenesis, which is counteracted by insulin. Insulin inhibits FoxO6 activity via a distinct mechanism by inducing its phosphorylation and disabling its transcriptional activity, without altering its subcellular distribution in hepatocytes. FoxO6 becomes deregulated in the insulin-resistant liver, accounting for its unbridled activity in promoting gluconeogenesis and correlating with the pathogenesis of fasting hyperglycemia in diabetes. These metabolic abnormalities, along with fasting hyperglycemia, are reversible by selective inhibition of hepatic FoxO6 activity in diabetic mice. Our data uncover a FoxO6-dependent pathway by which the liver orchestrates insulin regulation of gluconeogenesis, providing the proof-of-concept that selective FoxO6 inhibition is beneficial for curbing excessive hepatic glucose production and improving glycemic control in diabetes.

  1. C–C Cross-Coupling Reactions of O6-Alkyl-2-Haloinosine Derivatives and a One-Pot Cross-Coupling/O6-Deprotection Procedure (United States)

    Gurram, Venkateshwarlu; Pottabathini, Narender; Garlapati, Ramesh; Chaudhary, Avinash B.; Patro, Balaram; Lakshman, Mahesh K.


    Reaction conditions for the C–C cross-coupling of O6-alkyl-2-bromo- and 2-chloroinosine derivatives with aryl-, hetaryl-, and alkylboronic acids were studied. Optimization experiments with silyl-protected 2-bromo-O6-methylinosine led to the identification of [PdCl2(dcpf)]/K3PO4 in 1,4-dioxane as the best condition for these reactions (dcpf = 1,1’-bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)ferrocene). Attempted O6-demethylation, as well as the replacement of the C-6 methoxy group by amines, was unsuccessful, which led to the consideration of Pd-cleavable groups such that C–C cross-coupling and O6-deprotection could be accomplished in a single step. Thus, inosine 2-chloro-O6-allylinosine was chosen as the substrate and, after re-evaluation of the cross-coupling conditions with 2-chloro-O6-methylinosine as a model substrate, one-step C–C cross-coupling/deprotection reactions were performed with the O6-allyl analogue. These reactions are the first such examples of a one-pot procedure for the modification and deprotection of purine nucleosides under C–C cross-coupling conditions. PMID:22570232

  2. C-C cross-coupling reactions of O6-alkyl-2-haloinosine derivatives and a one-pot cross-coupling/O6-deprotection procedure. (United States)

    Gurram, Venkateshwarlu; Pottabathini, Narender; Garlapati, Ramesh; Chaudhary, Avinash B; Patro, Balaram; Lakshman, Mahesh K


    Reaction conditions for the CC cross-coupling of O(6)-alkyl-2-bromo- and 2-chloroinosine derivatives with aryl-, hetaryl-, and alkylboronic acids were studied. Optimization experiments with silyl-protected 2-bromo-O(6)-methylinosine led to the identification of [PdCl(2)(dcpf)]/K(3)PO(4) in 1,4-dioxane as the best conditions for these reactions (dcpf=1,1'-bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)ferrocene). Attempted O(6)-demethylation, as well as the replacement of the C-6 methoxy group by amines, was unsuccessful, which led to the consideration of Pd-cleavable groups such that C-C cross-coupling and O(6)-deprotection could be accomplished in a single step. Thus, inosine 2-chloro-O(6)-allylinosine was chosen as the substrate and, after re-evaluation of the cross-coupling conditions with 2-chloro-O(6)-methylinosine as a model substrate, one-step C-C cross-coupling/deprotection reactions were performed with the O(6)-allyl analogue. These reactions are the first such examples of a one-pot procedure for the modification and deprotection of purine nucleosides under C-C cross-coupling conditions. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. O6-2'-Deoxyguanosine-butylene-O6-2'-deoxyguanosine DNA Interstrand Cross-Links Are Replication-Blocking and Mutagenic DNA Lesions. (United States)

    Xu, Wenyan; Kool, Daniel; O'Flaherty, Derek K; Keating, Ashley M; Sacre, Lauralicia; Egli, Martin; Noronha, Anne; Wilds, Christopher J; Zhao, Linlin


    DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) are cytotoxic DNA lesions derived from reactions of DNA with a number of anti-cancer reagents as well as endogenous bifunctional electrophiles. Deciphering the DNA repair mechanisms of ICLs is important for understanding the toxicity of DNA cross-linking agents and for developing effective chemotherapies. Previous research has focused on ICLs cross-linked with the N7 and N2 atoms of guanine as well as those formed at the N6 atom of adenine; however, little is known about the mutagenicity of O 6 -dG-derived ICLs. Although less abundant, O 6 -alkylated guanine DNA lesions are chemically stable and highly mutagenic. Here, O 6 -2'-deoxyguanosine-butylene-O 6 -2'-deoxyguanosine (O 6 -dG-C4-O 6 -dG) is designed as a chemically stable ICL, which can be induced by the action of bifunctional alkylating agents. We investigate the DNA replication-blocking and mutagenic properties of O 6 -dG-C4-O 6 -dG ICLs during an important step in ICL repair, translesion DNA synthesis (TLS). The model replicative DNA polymerase (pol) Sulfolobus solfataricus P2 DNA polymerase B1 (Dpo1) is able to incorporate a correct nucleotide opposite the cross-linked template guanine of ICLs with low efficiency and fidelity but cannot extend beyond the ICLs. Translesion synthesis by human pol κ is completely inhibited by O 6 -dG-C4-O 6 -dG ICLs. Moderate bypass activities are observed for human pol η and S. solfataricus P2 DNA polymerase IV (Dpo4). Among the pols tested, pol η exhibits the highest bypass activity; however, 70% of the bypass products are mutagenic containing substitutions or deletions. The increase in the size of unhooked repair intermediates elevates the frequency of deletion mutation. Lastly, the importance of pol η in O 6 -dG-derived ICL bypass is demonstrated using whole cell extracts of Xeroderma pigmentosum variant patient cells and those complemented with pol η. Together, this study provides the first set of biochemical evidence for the

  4. Population Structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Lutz Wiehlmann; Gerd Wagner; Nina Cramer; Benny Siebert; Peter Gudowius; Gracia Morales; Thilo Köhler; Christian van Delden; Christian Weinel; Peter Slickers; Burkhard Tümmler


    The metabolically versatile Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa inhabits terrestrial, aquatic, animal-, human-, and plant-host-associated environments and is an important causative agent...

  5. Single step hydrothermal based synthesis of M(II)Sb2O6 (M = Cd ...

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    those reported in the literature (Mizoguchi and Woodward. 2004). In the case of NiSb2O6 and CuSb2O6, pyrochlore phase formation was also seen in addition to the desired pro- ducts, while the reaction was incomplete in the case of. PbSb2O6. The reaction of NaSbO3 with divalent metal salt solutions producing the oxides ...

  6. Bethe ansatz and exact form factors of the O(6) Gross Neveu-model (United States)

    Babujian, Hrachya M.; Foerster, Angela; Karowski, Michael


    The isomorphism SU(4)≃ O(6) is used to construct the form factors of the O(6) Gross-Neveu model as bound state form factors of the SU(4) chiral Gross-Neveu model. This technique is generalized and is then applied to use the O(6) as the starting point of the nesting procedure to obtain the O(N) form factors for general even N. Dedicated to the memory of Petr Petrovich Kulish.

  7. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

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    Alhede, Maria; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Givskov, Michael


    The opportunistic gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is implicated in many chronic infections and is readily isolated from chronic wounds, medical devices, and the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. P. aeruginosa is believed to persist in the host organism due to its capacity to form...... biofilms, which protect the aggregated, biopolymer-embedded bacteria from the detrimental actions of antibiotic treatments and host immunity. A key component in the protection against innate immunity is rhamnolipid, which is a quorum sensing (QS)-regulated virulence factor. QS is a cell-to-cell signaling...

  8. Unraveling the Role of Structural Order in the Transformation of Electrical Conductivity in Ca2FeCoO6-δ, CaSrFeCoO6-δ, and Sr2FeCoO6-δ. (United States)

    Hona, Ram Krishna; Huq, Ashfia; Ramezanipour, Farshid


    The ability to control the electrical conductivity of solid-state oxides using structural parameters has been demonstrated. A correlation has been established between the electrical conductivity and structural order in a series of oxygen-deficient perovskites using X-ray and neutron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity studies at a wide temperature range, 25-800 °C. The crystal structure of CaSrFeCoO6-δ has been determined, and its stark contrast to Ca2FeCoO6-δ and Sr2FeCoO6-δ has been demonstrated. The Fe/Co distribution over tetrahedral and octahedral sites has been determined using neutron diffraction. There is a systematic increase in the structural order in progression from Sr2FeCoO6-δ (δ = 0.5) to CaSrFeCoO6-δ (δ = 0.8) and Ca2FeCoO6-δ (δ = 0.9) . The oxygen contents of these materials were determined using iodometric titration and TGA. At room temperature, there is an inverse correlation between the electrical conductivity and structural order. The ordered Ca2 and CaSr compounds are semiconductors, while the disordered Sr2 compund shows metallic behavior. The metallic nature of the Sr2 material persists up to 1073 K (800 °C), while the Ca2 and CaSr compounds undergo a semiconductor-to-metal transition above 500 and 300 °C, respectively, highlighting another important impact of the structural order. At high temperature, the CaSr compound has the highest conductivity compared to the Ca2 and Sr2 materials. There appears to be an optimum degree of structural order that leads to the highest conductivity at high temperature. Another consequence of the structural order is the observation of mixed ionic-electronic conductivity in CaSr and Ca2 compounds, as is evident from the hysteresis in the conductivity data obtained during heating and cooling cycles. The average ionic radius required for each structural transition was determined through

  9. [Meningoencephalitis caused by Pseudomonas cepacia]. (United States)

    Pérez Monrás, Miriam Fina; Batlle Almodóvar, María del Carmen; González, Cernero; Tamargo Martínez, Isis; Meneses, Félix Dickinson


    A case of meningoencephalitis of bacterial etiology caused by Pseudomonas cepacia was described. The strain was received at the Reference Laboratory of Bacterial Acute Respiratory Infections of "Pedro Kouri" Institute of Tropical Medicine, where its microbiological identification was confirmed. This isolation was a finding in an adult immunocompetent patient. The evolution was favourable with no sequelae for his future life. Pseudomona cepacia has been associated with respiratory infections in patients with cystic fibrosis. Patients with Pseudomonas cepacia may be asymptomatic or present fatal acute and fulminant infection.

  10. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm infections

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    Tolker-Nielsen, Tim


    Bacteria in natural, industrial and clinical settings predominantly live in biofilms, i.e., sessile structured microbial communities encased in self-produced extracellular matrix material. One of the most important characteristics of microbial biofilms is that the resident bacteria display...... a remarkable increased tolerance toward antimicrobial attack. Biofilms formed by opportunistic pathogenic bacteria are involved in devastating persistent medical device-associated infections, and chronic infections in individuals who are immune-compromised or otherwise impaired in the host defense. Because...... the use of conventional antimicrobial compounds in many cases cannot eradicate biofilms, there is an urgent need to develop alternative measures to combat biofilm infections. The present review is focussed on the important opportunistic pathogen and biofilm model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Initially...

  11. FUSE Observations of O 6 Absorption in the Local Interstellar Medium (United States)

    Oegerle, W. R.; Jenkins, E. B.; Shelton, R. L.; Bowen, D. V.; FUSE Team


    We report the results of an initial FUSE survey of O 6 λ 1032 absorption along the lines of sight to eleven nearby white dwarfs, ten of which are within the Local Bubble (LB; d ⪉ 100 pc). A goal of this survey is to investigate the possible formation of O 6 in the conductive interfaces between cool ( ~ 104 K) clouds immersed in the presumably hot (106 K) gas within the LB. This mechanism is often invoked to explain the widespread presence of O 6 throughout the Galactic disk. We find no O 6 absorption toward two stars, and the column densities along three additional sight lines are quite low; N(O 6) ~ 5 x 1012 cm-2. In several directions, we observe rather broad, shallow absorption with N(O 6) ~ 1-2 x 1013 cm-2. Models of conductive interfaces predict narrow profiles with N(O 6) ⪆ 1013 cm-2 per interface (Slavin 1989, Borkowski et al 1990), in the absence of a significant transverse magnetic field. Hence, our observations of weak O 6 absorption indicate that conduction is being quenched, possibly by non-radial magnetic fields. Alternatively, the gas within the LB may not be hot. Breitschwerdt & Schmutzler (1994) have proposed a model for the LB in which an explosive event within a dense cloud created rapid expansion and adiabatic cooling, resulting in a cavity containing gas with a kinetic temperature of T ~ 50,000 K, but with an ionization state characteristic of much hotter gas. This model has a number of attractive features, but appears to predict significantly more O 6 than we observe. This work is based on data obtained for the Guaranteed Time Team by the NASA-CNES-CSA FUSE mission operated by the Johns Hopkins University. Financial support to U. S. participants has been provided by NASA contract NAS5-32985.

  12. Pseudomonas folliculitis in Arabian baths. (United States)

    Molina-Leyva, Alejandro; Ruiz-Ruigomez, Maria


    A 35-year-old man presented with a painful cutaneous skin eruption that was localized on the upper trunk. He stated that the previous weekend he had attended an Arabian bath. The physical examination revealed multiple hair follicle-centered papulopustules surrounded by an erythematous halo. A clinical diagnosis of pseudomonas folliculitis was made and treatment was prescribed. Afterwards Pseudomonas aeruginosa was isolated from a pustule culture. Pseudomonas folliculitis is a bacterial infection of the hair follicles. The most common reservoirs include facilities with hot water and complex piping systems that are difficult to clean, such as hot tubs and bathtubs. Despite adequate or high chlorine levels, Pseudomonas aeruginosa can grow within a biofilm.

  13. Final screening assessment for Pseudomonas putida ATCC 12633, Pseudomonas putida ATCC 31483, Pseudomonas putida ATCC 31800, Pseudomonas putida ATCC 700369

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    "Pursuant to paragraph 74(b) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA), the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health have conducted a screening assessment on four strains of Pseudomonas putida...

  14. Chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa cervical osteomyelitis

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    Sujeet Kumar Meher


    Full Text Available Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a rare cause of osteomyelitis of the cervical spine and is usually seen in the background of intravenous drug use and immunocompromised state. Very few cases of osteomyelitis of the cervical spine caused by pseudomonas aeruginosa have been reported in otherwise healthy patients. This is a case presentation of a young female, who in the absence of known risk factors for cervical osteomyelitis presented with progressively worsening neurological signs and symptoms.

  15. Spin 1/2 Delafossite Honeycomb Compound Cu5SbO6

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    Climent-Pascual, E.; Norby, Poul; Andersen, Niels Hessel


    Cu5SbO6 is found to have a monoclinic, Delafossite-derived structure consisting of alternating layers of O–Cu(I)–O sticks and magnetic layers of Jahn–Teller distorted Cu(II)O6 octahedra in an edge sharing honeycomb arrangement with Sb(V)O6 octahedra. This yields the structural formula Cu(I)3Cu(II)2......Sb(V)O6. Variants with ordered and disordered layer stacking are observed, depending on the synthesis conditions. The spin 1/2 Cu2+ ions form dimers in the honeycomb layer. The magnetic susceptibility measured between 5 and 300 K is characteristic of the presence of a singlet–triplet spin gap of 189...

  16. Magnetic order in PrBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Longmore, A.; Nutley, M.P.; Boothroyd, A.T.


    We have studied the magnetic ordering of the Cu and Pr ions in PrBa2Cu3O6+x by neutron diffraction on single crystals with different oxygen contents. Two types of Cu ordering were observed, qualitatively similar to the anti-ferromagnetic phases reported in some studies of YBa2Cu3O6+x. A third...... magnetic structure was observed below 15K, which we believe corresponds to the magnetic ordering of the Pr sub-lattice....

  17. Manganese-mediated ferromagnetism in La2 Mn2x O6 perovskite ...

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    nent in figure 4) which are not accountable in the refinement, indicating the presence of minor impu- rity phase (also perovskite-like). The orthorhombic structure of the La2Fe1–xMn2x. Cr1–xO6 samples for x ≤ 0⋅5 is similar to the parent. La2FeCrO6, having c/a > √2; a < b (O-orthorhombic structure). We do however find ...

  18. No antiferromagnetic reordering at low temperature in pure YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Casalta, H.; Schleger, P.; Brecht, E.


    Magnetic ordering has been investigated by neutron scattering on an YBa2Cu3O6+x single crystal with x=0.1 and x=0.18, and an Al doped YBa2(CU2.86Al0.14)O-6.25 crystal. For the undoped crystal an antiferromagnetic ordering transition (AFI) was observed at T-N=410 K and 368 K (respectively for x=0...

  19. Ba2ErNbO6: A new perovskite ceramic substrate for Bi (2223 ...

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    Barium erbium niobate (Ba2ErNbO6) has been developed as a new substrate for (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3O [Bi(2223)] superconductor film. Ba2ErNbO6 (BENO) has a cubic perovskite structure with lattice constant, = 8.318 Å. The Bi(2223) superconductor does not show any detectable chemical reaction with BENO even ...

  20. Synthesis & photoluminescence study of UV emitting borate phosphor Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ (United States)

    Gawande, A. B.; Sonekar, R. P.; Omanwar, S. K.


    The powder sample of Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ has been prepared by a novel method which is slight variation of solution Combustion Synthesis. The synthesis is based on the exothermic reaction between the fuel (Urea) and Oxidizer (Ammonium nitrate). The structure of Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ has been confirmed by comparing the powder XRD pattern of the samples with the standard ICDD data files. The photoluminescent properties of Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ materials were investigated using F-7000 FL spectrophotometer at room temperature. The emission and excitation bands of Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ were observed at 335 and 270 nm, respectively. The Stoke shifts of phosphors Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ were calculated to be 7186 cm-1. The dependence of the emission intensity on the Pb2+ concentration was studied in detail. It has observed that, the phosphor Ca3B2O6:Pb2+ exhibits optimum emission intensity for 0.5 % concentration of Pb2+.

  1. Spin ½ Delafossite honeycomb compound Cu5SbO6. (United States)

    Climent-Pascual, E; Norby, P; Andersen, N H; Stephens, P W; Zandbergen, H W; Larsen, J; Cava, R J


    Cu(5)SbO(6) is found to have a monoclinic, Delafossite-derived structure consisting of alternating layers of O-Cu(I)-O sticks and magnetic layers of Jahn-Teller distorted Cu(II)O(6) octahedra in an edge sharing honeycomb arrangement with Sb(V)O(6) octahedra. This yields the structural formula Cu(I)(3)Cu(II)(2)Sb(V)O(6). Variants with ordered and disordered layer stacking are observed, depending on the synthesis conditions. The spin ½ Cu(2+) ions form dimers in the honeycomb layer. The magnetic susceptibility measured between 5 and 300 K is characteristic of the presence of a singlet-triplet spin gap of 189 K. High resolution synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies indicate that changes in the intra- or interdimer distances between 300 and 20 K, such as might indicate an increase in strength of the Peierls-like distortion through the spin gap temperature, if present, are very small. A comparison to the NaFeO(2)-type Cu(2+) honeycomb compounds Na(3)Cu(2)SbO(6) and Na(2)Cu(2)TeO(6) is presented.

  2. Synthesis, TEM characterization and thermal behaviour of LiNiSi2O6 pyroxene (United States)

    Tribaudino, Mario; Bromiley, Geoffrey; Ohashi, Haruo; Nestola, Fabrizio


    A pyroxene with composition LiNiSi2O6 was synthesized at T = 1,473 K and P = 2.0 GPa; the cell parameters at T = 298 K are a = 9.4169(6) Å, b = 8.4465(7) Å, c = 5.2464(3) Å, β = 110.534(6)°, V = 390.78(3) Å3. TEM examination of the LiNiSi2O6 pyroxene showed the presence of h + k odd reflections indicative of a primitive lattice, and of antiphase domains obtained by dark field imaging of the h + k odd reflections. A HT in situ investigation was performed by examining TEM selected area diffraction patterns collected at high temperature and synchrotron radiation powder diffraction. In HTTEM the LiNiSi2O6 was examined together with LiCrSi2O6 pyroxene. In LiCrSi2O6 the h + k odd critical reflections disappear at about 340 K; they are sharp up to the transition temperature and do not change their shape until they disappear. In LiNiSi2O6 the h + k odd reflections are present up to sample deterioration at 650 K. A high temperature synchrotron radiation powder diffraction investigation was performed on LiNiSi2O6 between 298 and 773 K. The analysis of critical reflections and of changes in cell parameters shows that the space group is P-centred up to the highest temperature. The comparative analysis of the thermal and spontaneous strain contributions in P21/ c and C2/ c pyroxenes indicates that the high temperature strain in P-LiNiSi2O6 is very similar to that due to thermal strain only in C2/ c spodumene and that a spontaneous strain contribution related to pre-transition features is not apparent in LiNiSi2O6. A different high-temperature behaviour in LiNiSi2O6 with respect to other pyroxenes is suggested, possibly in relation with the presence of Jahn-Teller distortion of the M1 polyhedron centred by low-spin Ni3+.

  3. Mismatch repair proteins collaborate with methyltransferases in the repair of O6-methylguanine (United States)

    Rye, Peter T.; Delaney, James C.; Netirojjanakul, Chawita; Sun, Dana X.; Liu, Jenny Z.; Essigmann, John M.


    DNA repair is essential for combatting the adverse effects of damage to the genome. One example of base damage is O6-methylguanine (O6mG), which stably pairs with thymine during replication and thereby creates a promutagenic O6mG:T mismatch. This mismatch has also been linked with cellular toxicity. Therefore, in the absence of repair, O6mG:T mismatches can lead to cell death or result in G:C→A:T transition mutations upon the next round of replication. Cysteine thiolate residues on the Ada and Ogt methyltransferase (MTase) proteins directly reverse the O6mG base damage to yield guanine. When a cytosine is opposite the lesion, MTase repair restores a normal G:C pairing. However, if replication past the lesion has produced an O6mG:T mismatch, MTase conversion to a G:T mispair must still undergo correction to avoid mutation. Two mismatch repair pathways in E. coli that convert G:T mispairs to native G:C pairings are methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) and very short patch repair (VSPR). This work examined the possible roles that proteins in these pathways play in coordination with the canonical MTase repair of O6mG:T mismatches. The possibility of this repair network was analyzed by probing the efficiency of MTase repair of a single O6mG residue in cells deficient in individual mismatch repair proteins (Dam, MutH, MutS, MutL, or Vsr). We found that MTase repair in cells deficient in Dam or MutH showed wild-type levels of MTase repair. In contrast, cells lacking any of the VSPR proteins MutS, MutL, or Vsr showed a decrease in repair of O6mG by the Ada and Ogt MTases. Evidence is presented that the VSPR pathway positively influences MTase repair of O6mG:T mismatches, and assists the efficiency of restoring these mismatches to native G:C base pairs. PMID:17951114

  4. Electronic structure, magnetism and thermoelectricity in layered perovskites: Sr2SnMnO6 and Sr2SnFeO6 (United States)

    Khandy, Shakeel Ahmad; Gupta, Dinesh C.


    Layered structures especially perovskites have titanic potential for novel device applications and thanks to the multifunctional properties displayed in these materials. We forecast and justify the robust spin-polarized ferromagnetism in half-metallic Sr2SnFeO6 and semiconducting Sr2SnMnO6 perovskite oxides. Different approximation methods have been argued to put forward their physical properties. The intriguingly intricate electronic band structures favor the application of these materials in spintronics. The transport parameters like Seebeck coefficient, electrical and thermal conductivity, have been put together to establish their thermoelectric response. Finally, the layered oxides are found to switch their application as thermoelectric materials and hence, these concepts design the principles of the technologically desired thermoelectric and spin based devices.

  5. O6-pyridyloxobutylguanine adducts contribute to the mutagenic properties of pyridyloxobutylating agents. (United States)

    Mijal, Renée S; Loktionova, Natalia A; Vu, Choua C; Pegg, Anthony E; Peterson, Lisa A


    The tobacco-specific nitrosamines 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK) and N'-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) are potent carcinogens in animal models and likely human carcinogens. Both NNK and NNN can be activated to a pyridyloxobutylating agent. This alkylating agent contributes to the carcinogenic effects of NNK and NNN via the formation of miscoding DNA adducts. One of these adducts, O6-[4-oxo-4-(3-pyridyl)butyl]guanine (O6-pobG) has been characterized as a mutagenic adduct which is a substrate for the repair protein O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (AGT). Repair of O6-alkylguanine adducts by AGT protects cells from the mutagenic and carcinogenic effects of alkylating agents and is likely to play a similar role in shielding cells from the adverse effects of pyridyloxobutylating agents. Therefore, we examined the mutagenicity of the model pyridyloxobutylating agent, 4-(acetoxymethylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNKOAc), in Salmonella typhimurium YG7108 expressing hAGT. Expression of hAGT protected cells from NNKOAc-induced mutagenicity. Interestingly, hAGT did not shield cells from the toxicity of this agent. To confirm that the repair of O6-pobG was increased in the bacteria expressing hAGT, we measured levels of this adduct in NNKOAc-treated cultures. The levels of O6-pobG were lower in DNA from bacteria expressing hAGT. This work establishes an important role for O6-pobG in mediating the mutagenic, and possibly carcinogenic, effects of pyridyloxobutylating compounds.

  6. Surface activation of MnNb2O6 nanosheets by oxalic acid for enhanced photocatalysis (United States)

    Wu, Junshu; Wang, Jinshu; Li, Hongyi; Li, Yongli; Du, Yucheng; Yang, Yilong; Jia, Xinjian


    MnNb2O6 nanosheets (P-MNOs) is selectively crystallized by using surface capping ligand with functional sulfonate group (sodium dodecyl benzene sulphonate), which binds to the (131) surface of MnNb2O6 inducing the morphology-controlled crystallization of MnNb2O6 materials. Surface modification of photoactive P-MNOs with electron-rich oxalic acid ligands establishes an excited surface complex layer on phase-pure P-MNO as evidenced by spectroscopic analyses (FT-IR, UV-vis, Raman, PL, etc.), and thus more efficiently photocatalyzes the reduction of Cr(VI) into Cr(III) than solely P-MNOs or oxalic acid under visible light (λ > 420 nm) via a ligand-to-metal interfacial electron transfer pathway. However, the interaction between oxalic acid and MnNb2O6 is highly dependent upon the morphology of solid MnNb2O6 substrate due to the higher surface-area-to-volume ratio and higher surface activity of (131) planes in the sheet-like morphology. This study could assist the construction of stable niobate material systems to allow a versatile solid surface activation for establishing more energy efficient and robust catalysis process under visible light.

  7. Hydrothermal Synthesis, Characterization, and Optical Properties of Ce Doped Bi2MoO6 Nanoplates

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    Anukorn Phuruangrat


    Full Text Available Undoped and Ce doped Bi2MoO6 samples were synthesized by hydrothermal reaction at 180°C for 20 h. Phase, morphology, atomic vibration, and optical properties were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, Raman spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, selected area electron diffraction (SAED, and UV-visible spectroscopy. In this research, the products were orthorhombic Bi2MoO6 nanoplates with the growth direction along the [0b0], including the asymmetric and symmetric stretching and bending modes of Bi–O and Mo–O. Undoped and Ce doped Bi2MoO6 samples show a strong absorption in the UV region.

  8. Magnetic and ferroelectric studies of double perovskite (KBi)(FeNb)O6 ceramics (United States)

    Choudhary, B. K.; Himanshu, A. K.; Kumar, Uday; Bandyopadhayay, S. K.; Sen, Pintu; Singh, S. N.; Sinha, T. P.


    This work describe the synthesis and characterization of the (KBi)(FeNb)O6 (KBFN) complex Perovskite. This compound has been structurally characterized by powder X-ray diffraction. The magnetic property of KBFN has been measured. The magnetic properties of (KBi)(FeNb)O6 is found to be a antiferromagnetically at temperature ranging from ˜26K. The experimental results indicates that the magnetic moments of Fe3+ ion in (KBi)(FeNb)O6 order antiferromagnetically with a slight ferromagnetic moment below ca .26K and weak ferromagnetic moments disappears above ca. 26 K. The ferroelectric behaviour of polarization vs. applied electric field measurements were taken for the KBFN pellet. The shape of the curve are neither consistent with ferroelectric behaviour but rather indicative of conduction.

  9. MnSb2O6: A Polar Magnet with a Chiral Crystal Structure (United States)

    Johnson, R. D.; Cao, K.; Chapon, L. C.; Fabrizi, F.; Perks, N.; Manuel, P.; Yang, J. J.; Oh, Y. S.; Cheong, S.-W.; Radaelli, P. G.


    Structural and magnetic chiralities are found to coexist in a small group of materials in which they produce intriguing phenomenologies such as the recently discovered Skyrmion phases. Here, we describe a previously unknown manifestation of this interplay in MnSb2O6, a trigonal oxide with a chiral crystal structure. Unlike all other known cases, the MnSb2O6 magnetic structure is based on corotating cycloids rather than helices. The coupling to the structural chirality is provided by a magnetic axial vector, related to the so-called vector chirality. We show that this unique arrangement is the magnetic ground state of the symmetric-exchange Hamiltonian, based on ab initio theoretical calculations of the Heisenberg exchange interactions, and is stabilized by out-of-plane anisotropy. MnSb2O6 is predicted to be multiferroic with a unique ferroelectric switching mechanism.

  10. Synthesis and preliminary biological evaluation of O6-[4-(2-[18F]fluoroethoxymethyl)benzyl]guanine as a novel potential PET probe for the DNA repair protein O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase in cancer chemotherapy. (United States)

    Wang, Ji-Quan; Kreklau, Emiko L; Bailey, Barbara J; Erickson, Leonard C; Zheng, Qi-Huang


    A novel fluorine-18-labeled O6-benzylguanine (O6-BG) derivative, O6-[4-(2-[18F]fluoroethoxymethyl)benzyl]guanine (O6-[18F]FEMBG, [18F]1), has been synthesized for evaluation as a potential positron emission tomography (PET) probe for the DNA repair protein O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (AGT) in cancer chemotherapy. The appropriate radiolabeling precursor N(2,9)-bis(p-anisyldiphenylmethyl)-O6-[4-(hydroxymethyl)benzyl]guanine (6) and reference standard O6-[4-(2-fluoroethoxymethyl)benzyl]guanine (O6-FEMBG, 1) were synthesized from 1,4-benzenedimethanol and 2-amino-6-chloropurine in four or six steps, respectively, with moderate to excellent chemical yields. The target tracer O6-[18F]FEMBG was prepared in 20-35% radiochemical yields by reaction of MTr-protected precursor 6 with [18F]fluoroethyl bromide followed by quick deprotection reaction and purification with a simplified Silica Sep-Pak method. Total synthesis time was 60-70 min from the end of bombardment. Radiochemical purity of the formulated product was >95%, with a specific radioactivity of >1.0 Ci/micromol at the end of synthesis. The activity of unlabeled O6-FEMBG was evaluated via an in vitro AGT oligonucleotide assay. Preliminary findings from biological assay indicate that the synthesized analogue has similarly strong inhibiting effect on AGT in comparison with O6-BG and O6-4-fluorobenzylguanine (O6-FBG). The results warrant further in vivo evaluation of O6-[18F]FEMBG as a new potential PET probe for AGT.

  11. On the Electronic Structure of [Cu(H2O)6]2+

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    Tanaka, Kiyoshi; Johansen, Helge


    The electronic structure of the ground state and doublet excited states due to d-d transitions and charge transfer transitions from ligand to copper of [Cu(H2O)6]2+ are investigated by ab initio calculations. The excited states corresponding to the the d-d transitions are calculated to be 1.1 - 1...... on the description of these excited states. The chargetransfer excitations are predicted to start around 6.5 eV for [Cu(H2O)6]2+....

  12. Probing the O(6) character of {sup 196}Pt with inelastic electron scattering

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    Aslanidou, Simela; Bassauer, Sergej; Hufnagel, Alexander; Kremer, Christoph; Krugmann, Andreas; Neumann-Cosel, Peter von; Pietralla, Norbert; Singer, Maxim [Institut fuer Kernphysik, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (Germany)


    The Interacting-Boson-Model provides an elegant tool to classify low-lying collective states in medium and heavy mass even-even nuclei. One of its dynamical symmetries is O(6) and a crucial test of this theory is to investigate the monopole transition to the band head of the K=0, σ=N-2 band. A powerful tool to investigate monopole transitions is inelastic electron scattering. An experiment on {sup 196}Pt -claimed to be a perfect O(6) nucleus - has been performed at the superconducting electron linear accelerator S-DALINAC at Darmstadt using the high resolution LINTOTT spectrometer. The experiment and analysis results are presented.

  13. Silver against Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Kirketerp-Møller, K.; Kristiansen, S.


    bacteria in both the planktonic and biofilm modes of growth. The action of silver on mature in vitro biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a primary pathogen of chronic infected wounds, was investigated. The results show that silver is very effective against mature biofilms of P. aeruginosa...

  14. In-plane optical response of Bi2Sr2CuO6

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    Tsvetkov, AA; Schutzmann, J; Gorina, JI; Kaljushnaia, GA; vanderMarel, D


    We report on infrared reflectivity measurements of the ab-plane response of superconducting Bi2Sr2CuO6 single crystals. The frequency-dependent conductivity has a maximum near 500 cm(-1) at room temperature, which shifts to lower frequency and merges with a Drude peak below 100 K. We attribute the

  15. In-plane optical response of $Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CuO_{6}$

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    Tsvetkov, A. A.; Schützmann, J.; Marel, D. van der


    Published in: Phys. Rev. B 55 (1997) 14152 Citing articles (CrossRef) citations recorded in [Science Citation Index] Abstract: We report on infrared reflectivity measurements of the $ab$-plane response of superconducting Bi$_2$Sr$_2$CuO$_6$ single crystals. The frequency dependent conductivity has a

  16. Dielectric relaxation behaviour of Sr2SbMnO6 ceramics fabricated ...

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    Abstract. Double perovskite polycrystalline single phase and dense Sr2SbMnO6 (SSM) ceramics, fabricated using the nanocrystalline powders synthesized by molten salt method, exhibited high dielectric constant with low dielectric loss as compared to that of SSM ceramics obtained from the powders prepared by ...

  17. Combustion synthesis and characterization of Ba2NdSbO6 ...

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    The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The as-prepared powders were single phase Ba2NdSbO6 and a mixture of polycrystalline spheroidal ...

  18. Double perovskites La2MMnO6 as catalyst for propane combustion

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    Julia E. Tasca


    Full Text Available The synthesis, structural, spectroscopic and morphological characterization; as well as the evaluation of the catalytic properties, of a family of oxides La2MMnO6, with M = Co, Ni and Cu are presented in this work. The materials were obtained by solid state reaction and through citrate route. The structure was determined by X-ray diffraction and a correlation was found between the crystal cell parameters and the M(II cation sizes, as a consequence of MO6 and MnO6 octahedral ordering. According to infrared spectroscospic characterization of the materials prepared by citrate route, a diminution of the M4+-O bond strength was observed, according with M(II sizes, in the sequence: Cu > Ni > Co. More labile O species should be present in La2CoMnO6-CIT. The electron microscopy morphology of this oxide confirmed the presence of agglomerated tiny particles. The presence of nanometic crystallites was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The catalytic tests, using propane as reaction test, were carried out in a fixed bed micro reactor, coupled with an “on line” chromatograph. The materials obtained by citrate route, despite M(II cations, are better suited for propane combustion and the catalyst La2CoMnO6 is the most active of the investigated series with T90 ∼ 500 °C.

  19. Theoretical study on the detailed repair of O6-methyl guanine to ...

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    Keywords. O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase; DNA repair; DNA damage; Mispair; methylating agents. 1. Introduction. Living cells ... damaging agents.1–6 Methylating agents which lead to a wide range of DNA damage such as ... been found to be very toxic, mutagenic and carcino- genic base across various methylated ...

  20. Combustion synthesis and characterization of Ba2NdSbO6 ...

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    conditions (Saberi et al 2008; Vivekanandhan et al 2008;. Yu et al 2008). But in the present work, we have synthe- sized phase pure Ba2NdSbO6 as nanoparticles through a combustion process using nitric acid as the oxidizer, citric acid as the complexing agent and ammonium hydroxide as fuel. *Author for correspondence ...

  1. Enhanced emission of CaNb2O6 : Sm 3+ phosphor by codoping Na ...

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    Sm3+, Na+/B3+ phosphor has a potential application in white light-emitting diodes based on near-UV LED chip. Keywords. Sm3+ ion; tunable emission; charge compensation; energy .... CaNb2O6 possessed a low-symmetry crystal struc- ture is described in the orthorhombic crystal system with space-group Pbcn (no.

  2. Properties of a new magnetic material: Sr 2 FeMoO 6

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    Recently, there have been a large number of investigations of the physical properties of Sr2FeMoO6 and related compounds, in view of their significant negative magnetoresistive property at room temperature and in low applied magnetic fields. We review these investigations, detailing the microscopic mechanism ...

  3. How temperature influences the stoichiometry of CeTi2O6 (United States)

    Huynh, Lana T.; Eger, Shaylin B.; Walker, James D. S.; Hayes, John R.; Gaultois, Michael W.; Grosvenor, Andrew P.


    Of the many materials examined for the sequestration of nuclear waste, Ti oxides have received considerable attention. Brannerite (UTi2O6), in particular, has been studied extensively for this application. The Ce analogue of this material (CeTi2O6) has been widely investigated instead of the actinide versions owing to the reduced safety hazards and because Ce has similar crystal chemistry to U and Pu. In this study, examination of Ti K-, Ce L3-, and Ce M4,5-edge XANES spectra lead to the conclusion that CeTi2O6 was O-deficient when synthesized at high temperature and then quench cooled, and that the degree of O-deficiency was reduced upon post-annealing at lower temperatures. These observations can be ascribed to a temperature-dependant Ce3+/Ce4+ redox couple. This investigation suggests that Ce-containing materials may not properly simulate the actinide-bearing analogues; however, CeTi2O6 could be useful for other applications, such as catalysis.

  4. Preparation of nanocrystalline ferroelectric BaNb2O6 by citrate gel ...

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    Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) investigations revealed that the average particle size is 50 nm for the calcined powders. The room temperature dielectric constant at 1 kHz is found ... 1. Introduction. SrxBa1–xNb2O6 (0⋅25 < x < 0⋅75) (SBN) ceramics are ferro- electric materials with tungsten bronze type structure,.


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    We report results of one electron capture by highly charged ions colliding with laser excited aligned Na*(3p). The 0 vi(10-->8) photon emission cross section after electron capture by the O6+ projectile is measured in the collision energy range 2-8 keV/amu. Effects of the Na*(3p) orbital alignment

  6. Energy transfer phenomena in lanthanide metaborates (LnB3O6)

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    Zhiran, Hao; Blasse, G.


    It is shown that GdB3O6 is an excellent host lattice to obtain efficient photoluminescent materials. For this purpose we need a sensitizer (S) of the Gd3+ sublattice and an activator (A). Energy transport from S to A occurs via the Gd3+ sublattice. We studied S = Sb3+, Bi3+, Ce3+ and A = Eu3+, Tb3+.

  7. Incommensurate magnetism in PrBa2Cu3O6.92

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    Hill, J.P.; Boothroyd, A.T.; Andersen, N.H.


    We report resonant x-ray magnetic scattering and high-resolution neutron-diffraction studies of the Pr site magnetism in high quality single crystals of PrBa2Cu3O6.92. These studies reveal that the Pr sublattice orders at 19 K in a well correlated, long period incommensurate structure with probable...

  8. Structural and magnetic investigation of Ca2MnReO6 doped with Ce

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    J. B. Depianti


    Full Text Available We have studied the properties of Ce doping in Ca-site of Ca2MnReO6 double perovskite up to 10%. These compounds have presented a monoclinic cell with P2(1/n space group. A small increase of lattice parameters in doped sample were observed through Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern. The spectra at the Mn K-edge and Re L3-edge showed a mixed valence for Mn and Re in both samples. We do not observed any variation on Mn K-edge valence in XANES measurements under pressure. However a change was observed for Re L3-edge as a function of applied pressure. The Ce-doped sample showed a magnetic geometric frustration and a small decrease of the temperature frustration as compared with Ca2MnReO6 sample. The decrease of temperature frustration can be related to the MnO6 and ReO6 octahedral distortion.

  9. Pb2MnTeO6 Double Perovskite: An Antipolar Anti-ferromagnet. (United States)

    Retuerto, Maria; Skiadopoulou, Stella; Li, Man-Rong; Abakumov, Artem M; Croft, Mark; Ignatov, Alexander; Sarkar, Tapati; Abbett, Brian M; Pokorný, Jan; Savinov, Maxim; Nuzhnyy, Dmitry; Prokleška, Jan; Abeykoon, Milinda; Stephens, Peter W; Hodges, Jason P; Vaněk, Přemysl; Fennie, Craig J; Rabe, Karin M; Kamba, Stanislav; Greenblatt, Martha


    Pb2MnTeO6, a new double perovskite, was synthesized. Its crystal structure was determined by synchrotron X-ray and powder neutron diffraction. Pb2MnTeO6 is monoclinic (I2/m) at room temperature with a regular arrangement of all the cations in their polyhedra. However, when the temperature is lowered to ∼120 K it undergoes a phase transition from I2/m to C2/c structure. This transition is accompanied by a displacement of the Pb atoms from the center of their polyhedra due to the 6s(2) lone-pair electrons, together with a surprising off-centering of Mn(2+) (d(5)) magnetic cations. This strong first-order phase transition is also evidenced by specific heat, dielectric, Raman, and infrared spectroscopy measurements. The magnetic characterizations indicate an anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) order below TN ≈ 20 K; analysis of powder neutron diffraction data confirms the magnetic structure with propagation vector k = (0 1 0) and collinear AFM spins. The observed jump in dielectric permittivity near ∼150 K implies possible anti-ferroelectric behavior; however, the absence of switching suggests that Pb2MnTeO6 can only be antipolar. First-principle calculations confirmed that the crystal and magnetic structures determined are locally stable and that anti-ferroelectric switching is unlikely to be observed in Pb2MnTeO6.

  10. Dielectric relaxation in double perovskite oxide, Ho2CdTiO6

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    A new double perovskite oxide holmium cadmium titanate, Ho2CdTiO6 (HCT), prepared by solid state reaction technique is investigated by impedance spectroscopy in a temperature range 50–400°C and a frequency range 75 Hz–1 MHz. The crystal structure has been determined by powder X-ray diffraction which shows ...

  11. Electrochemical lithium intercalation chemistry of condensed molybdenum metal cluster oxide: LiMo4O6 (United States)

    Lim, Sung-Chul; Chae, Munseok S.; Heo, Jongwook W.; Hong, Seung-Tae


    The electrochemical lithium-ion intercalation properties of molybdenum metal-cluster oxide LixMo4O6 (0.33 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) in an organic electrolyte of 1.0 M LiPF6 in ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate (1:2 v/v) were characterized for the first time. Li0.66Mo4O6 (tetragonal, P4/mbm, a = 9.5914(3) Å, c = 2.8798(1) Å, V = 264.927(15) Å3, Z = 2) was prepared via ion-exchange of indium and lithium ions from InMo4O6 (tetragonal, P4/mbm, a = 9.66610(4) Å, c = 2.86507(2) Å, V = 267.694(2) Å3, Z = 2), which was first synthesized from a stoichiometric mixture of In, Mo, and MoO3 via a solid-state reaction for 11 h at 1100 °C. Then, Li0.33Mo4O6 was obtained via electrochemical charge of the electrode at 3.4 V vs. Li. The electrochemical lithium-ion insertion into Li0.33Mo4O6 occurs stepwise: three separate peaks were observed in the cyclic voltammogram and three quasi-plateaus in the galvanostatic profile, indicating a complicated intercalation mechanism. However, examination of the structural evolution of LixMo4O6 during the electrochemical cycle indicated a reversible reaction over the measured voltage range (2.0-3.2 V) and x range (0.33 ≤ x ≤ 1.00). Despite the excellent electrochemical reversibility, LixMo4O6 showed poor rate performance with a low capacity of 36.3 mAh g-1 at a rate of 0.05 C. Nonetheless, this work demonstrates a new structural class of lithium cathode materials with condensed metal clusters and 1D tunnels, and provides a host material candidate for multivalent-ion batteries.

  12. Frequency of Pseudomonas aeruginosa serotypes in burn wound infections and their resistance to antibiotics. (United States)

    Estahbanati, Hamid Karimi; Kashani, Parnian Pour; Ghanaatpisheh, Fahimeh


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa plays a prominent role as an etiological agent involved in serious infections in burned patients. In this study P. aeruginosa infections were analyzed at the Motahari Burn Center in Tehran (from 22 December 1998 to April 1999) to estimate their frequency, antibiotic susceptibility and serotypes. One hundred and eighty-four positive cultures and 205 bacterial strains were isolated among swabs or biopsy specimens during the study period. Pseudomonas was found to be the most common (57%) followed by Acinetobacter (17%), Escherichia coli (12%), Staphylococcus aureus (8%) and other organisms (6%). The frequency of P. aeruginosa resistance to gentamicin, ceftizoxime, carbenicillin, cephalothin and ceftazidime was over 90%. The antibiotics to which P. aeruginosa was most sensitive were amikacin and tetracyclin. The "O" serotypes isolated from the 117 Pseudomona aeroginosa isolates were serotypes O:2, O:5, O:6, O:8, O:11, O:12 and O:16. The most common serotype was O:6 (20/17%) followed by O:11 (18/15%) and O:5 (14/12%). The serotype most resistant was O:16 (8%) and the most sensitive was O:8 (2%). Since treatment of infection with available antibiotics according to the results attained proved to be difficult, prevention of infection in the burned patients is considered as an appropriate means of conquering overcoming infection problems. The sum of frequencies of serotypes O:6, O:11, O:5 and O:16 was more than 60%, therefore vaccination of burn patients with polyvalent antiserum to these serotypes could possibly produce immunity in more than half of the burned patients.

  13. The use of an artificial nucleotide for polymerase-based recognition of carcinogenic O6-alkylguanine DNA adducts. (United States)

    Wyss, Laura A; Nilforoushan, Arman; Williams, David M; Marx, Andreas; Sturla, Shana J


    Enzymatic approaches for locating alkylation adducts at single-base resolution in DNA could enable new technologies for understanding carcinogenesis and supporting personalized chemotherapy. Artificial nucleotides that specifically pair with alkylated bases offer a possible strategy for recognition and amplification of adducted DNA, and adduct-templated incorporation of an artificial nucleotide has been demonstrated for a model DNA adduct O(6)-benzylguanine by a DNA polymerase. In this study, DNA adducts of biological relevance, O(6)-methylguanine (O(6)-MeG) and O(6)-carboxymethylguanine (O(6)-CMG), were characterized to be effective templates for the incorporation of benzimidazole-derived 2'-deoxynucleoside-5'-O-triphosphates ( BENZI: TP and BIM: TP) by an engineered KlenTaq DNA polymerase. The enzyme catalyzed specific incorporation of the artificial nucleotide BENZI: opposite adducts, with up to 150-fold higher catalytic efficiency for O(6)-MeG over guanine in the template. Furthermore, addition of artificial nucleotide BENZI: was required for full-length DNA synthesis during bypass of O(6)-CMG. Selective incorporation of the artificial nucleotide opposite an O(6)-alkylguanine DNA adduct was verified using a novel 2',3'-dideoxy derivative of BENZI: TP. The strategy was used to recognize adducts in the presence of excess unmodified DNA. The specific processing of BENZI: TP opposite biologically relevant O(6)-alkylguanine adducts is characterized herein as a basis for potential future DNA adduct sequencing technologies. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  14. Anisotropic interactions opposing magnetocrystalline anisotropy in Sr3NiIrO6 (United States)

    Lefrançois, E.; Pradipto, A.-M.; Moretti Sala, M.; Chapon, L. C.; Simonet, V.; Picozzi, S.; Lejay, P.; Petit, S.; Ballou, R.


    We report our investigation of the electronic and magnetic excitations of Sr3NiIrO6 by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering at the Ir L3 edge. The intra-t2 g electronic transitions are analyzed using an atomic model, including spin-orbit coupling and trigonal distortion of the IrO6 octahedron, confronted with ab initio quantum chemistry calculations. The Ir spin-orbital entanglement is quantified and its implications for the magnetic properties, in particular in inducing highly anisotropic magnetic interactions, are highlighted. These are included in the spin-wave model proposed to account for the dispersionless magnetic excitation that we observe at 90 m e V . By counterbalancing the strong Ni2 + easy-plane anisotropy that manifests itself at high temperature, the anisotropy of the interactions finally leads to the remarkable easy-axis magnetism reported in this material at low temperature.

  15. Phylogenomics and systematics in Pseudomonas

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    Margarita eGomila


    Full Text Available The genus Pseudomonas currently contains 144 species, making it the genus of Gram-negative bacteria that contains the largest number of species. Currently, multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA is the preferred method for establishing the phylogeny between species and genera. Four partial gene sequences of housekeeping genes (16S rRNA, gyrB, rpoB and rpoD were obtained from 112 complete or draft genomes of strains related to the genus Pseudomonas that were available in databases. These genes were analyzed together with the corresponding sequences of 133 Pseudomonas type strains of validly published species to assess their correct phylogenetic assignations. We confirmed that 30% of the sequenced genomes of non-type strains were not correctly assigned at the species level in the accepted taxonomy of the genus and that 20% of the strains were not identified at the species level. Most of these strains had been isolated and classified several years ago, and their taxonomic status has not been updated by modern techniques. MLSA was also compared with indices based on the analysis of whole-genome sequences that have been proposed for species delineation, such as tetranucleotide usage patterns (TETRA, average nucleotide identity (ANIm, based on MUMmer and ANIb, based on BLAST and genome-to-genome distance (GGDC. TETRA was useful for discriminating Pseudomonas from other genera, whereas ANIb and GGDC clearly separated strains of different species. ANIb showed the strongest correlation with MLSA. The correct species classification is a prerequisite for most diversity and evolutionary studies. This work highlights the necessity for complete genomic sequences of type strains to build a phylogenomic taxonomy and that all new genome sequences submitted to databases should be correctly assigned to species to avoid taxonomic inconsistencies.

  16. Three-dimensional magnetic interactions in quasi-two-dimensional PdAs2O6 (United States)

    Zhao, Z. Y.; Wu, Y.; Cao, H. B.; Zhou, H. D.; Yan, J.-Q.


    Millimeter-sized PdAs2O6 single crystals are grown using the vapor transport technique. The magnetic order at {{T}\\text{N}}=140 K is studied by measuring magnetic properties, specific heat, and neutron single crystal diffraction. The anisotropic magnetic susceptibility and a metamagnetic transition observed in magnetic fields above 20 kOe suggest that the magnetic moment lies in the ab plane, consistent with the magnetic structure determined by neutron single crystal diffraction. Below 140 K, Pd2+ ions order ferromagnetically in the ab plane but antiferromagnetically along the crystallographic c axis. The ordered moment is refined to be 2.09(2) {μ\\text{B}} /Pd2+ using the fitted magnetic form factor of Pd2+ . A weak λ-type anomaly around T N was observed in specific heat and the magnetic entropy change across T N is 1.72 J mol-1 K.This small entropy change and the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility support the presence of short range correlations in a wide temperature range {{T}\\text{N}} 250 K. The comparison with SrRu2O6 suggests that the magnetic interactions in PdAs2O6 are dominated by Pd-(O-\\text{As}\\text{As} -O)-Pd super-superexchange and three dimensional despite the quasi-two-dimensional arrangement of magnetic ions. The comparison with NiAs2O6 suggests that increasing covalency of isostructural compounds is an effective approach to design and to discover new materials with higher magnetic order temperatures in the localized regime.

  17. Localized-itinerant dichotomy and unconventional magnetism in SrRu2O6

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    Okamoto, Satoshi; Ochi, Masayuki; Arita, Ryotaro; Yan, Jiaqiang; Trivedi, Nandini


    Electron correlations tend to generate local magnetic moments that usually order if the lattices are not too frustrated. The hexagonal compound SrRu$_2$O$_6$ has a relatively high N{\\'e}el temperature but small local moments, which seem to be at odds with the nominal valence of Ru$^{5+}$ in the $t_{2g}^3$ configuration. Here, we investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of SrRu$_2$O$_6$ using density functional theory (DFT) combined with dynamical mean field theory (DMFT). We find that the strong hybridization between Ru $d$ and O $p$ states results in a Ru valence that is closer to $+4$, leading to the small ordered moment, consistent with a DFT prediction. While the agreement with DFT might indicate that SrRu$_2$O$_6$ is in the weak coupling regime, our DMFT studies provide evidence from the mass enhancement and local moment formation that indicate correlation effects play a significant role. The local moment per Ru site is about a factor 2 larger than the ordered moment at low temperatures and remains finite in the whole temperature range investigated. Our theoretical N{\\'e}el temperature $\\sim 700$~K is in reasonable agreement with experimental observations. Due to a small lattice distortion, the degenerate $t_{2g}$ manifold is split and the quasiparticle weight is renormalized significantly in the $a_{1g}$ state, while correlation effects in $e_g'$ states are about a factor of 2--3 weaker. SrRu$_2$O$_6$ is a unique system in which localized and itinerant electrons coexist with the proximity to an orbitally-selective Mott transition within the $t_{2g}$ sector.

  18. Comparative study of dielectric properties of MgNb2O6 prepared by ...

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    by using hexahydrated magnesium nitrate (Mg(NO3)2⋅6H2O) instead. A comparative study of the dielectric properties of MgNb2O6 obtained by the ceramic route and by the molten salt route is discussed. 2. Experimental. Stoichiometric ratio of Mg(NO3)2⋅6H2O (Merck 99%), and TiO2 (Fluka 99%), NaCl (Merck 99%) and ...

  19. Manganese-mediated ferromagnetism in La 2 Fe Mn 2 Cr O 6 ...

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    We have investigated the structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite oxides of the formula La2Fe1-Mn2Cr1-O6 (0 < < 1.0). For 0 < ≤ 0.5, the members adopt the orthorhombic (Pbnm) structure, where the transition metal atoms are disordered at the 4b sites and the MO6 (M = Fe, Mn, Cr) octahedra become ...

  20. Potassium Disorder in the Defect Pyrochlore KSbTeO6: A Neutron Diffraction Study

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    José Antonio Alonso


    Full Text Available KSbTeO6 defect pyrochlore has been prepared from K2C2O4, Sb2O3, and 15% excess TeO2 by solid-state reaction at 850 °C. Direct methods implemented in the software EXPO2013 allowed establishing the basic structural framework. This was followed by a combined Rietveld refinement from X-ray powder diffraction (XRD and neutron powder diffraction (NPD data, which unveiled additional structural features. KSbTeO6 is cubic, a = 10.1226(7 Å, space group F d 3 ¯ m , Z = 8 and it is made of a mainly covalent framework of corner-sharing (Sb,TeO6 octahedra, with weakly bonded K+ ions located within large cages. The large K-O distances, 3.05(3–3.07(3 Å, and quite large anisotropic atomic displacement parameters account for the easiness of K+ exchange for other cations of technological importance.

  1. 29 Si NMR study of polycrystalline NaTiSi2O6 (United States)

    Stern, Raivo; Rästa, Riho; Heinmaa, Ivo; Joon, Enno; Silverlein, Harlyn J.; Wiebe, Christopher

    NaTiSi2O6 (NTSO) structure consists of quasi 1-D zig-zag chains of edge-sharing slightly distorted TiO6 octahedrons. The chains are separated by SiO4 tetrahedrons. At high T the distance between magnetic spin-1/2 Ti3+ ions in the chain is equal. At Tc = 210 K the compound undergoes orbital-Peierls transition. As a result, below 210 K TiO6 chain becomes dimerized having diamagnetic singlet ground state. Neutron spectroscopy provided singlet-triplet gap value 615(35) K, μSR 2 Δ = 700(100) K. Our 29Si magic angle spinning NMR spectra show in paramagnetic region one single resonance with paramagnetic shift K = 713 ppm at 300 K. The shift slightly increases with decreasing T and has maximum K = 796 ppm at T= 213 K. Below Tc the resonance transforms into two lines with different paramagnetic shifts. At T = 56 K the spectrum shows 2 sharp lines with diamagnetic chemical shifts -84 and -101 ppm corresponding to 2 different Si sites in the low-T unit cell. T-dependence of 29Si spin-lattice relaxation T1 in 70 K ETAg IUT23-7, PUT210; TK134.

  2. Redetermination of [EuCl2(H2O6]Cl

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    Frank Tambornino


    Full Text Available The crystal structure of the title compound, hexaaquadichloridoeuropium(III chloride, was redetermined with modern crystallographic methods. In comparison with the previous study [Lepert et al. (1983. Aust. J. Chem. 36, 477–482], it could be shown that the atomic coordinates of some O atoms had been confused and now were corrected. Moreover, it was possible to freely refine the positions of the H atoms and thus to improve the accurracy of the crystal structure. [EuCl2(H2O6]Cl crystallizes with the GdCl3·6H2O structure-type, exhibiting discrete [EuCl2(H2O6]+ cations as the main building blocks. The main blocks are linked with isolated chloride anions via O—H...Cl hydrogen bonds into a three-dimensional framework. The Eu3+ cation is located on a twofold rotation axis and is coordinated in the form of a Cl2O6 square antiprism. One chloride anion coordinates directly to Eu3+, whereas the other chloride anion, situated on a twofold rotation axis, is hydrogen bonded to six octahedrally arranged water molecules.

  3. Pseudomonas-follikulitis efter badning i spabad

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    Uldall Pallesen, Kristine Appel; Andersen, Klaus Ejner; Mørtz, Charlotte Gotthard


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a rare cause of folliculitis. Pseudomonas folliculitis can develop after contact with contaminated water from swimming pools, hot tubs and spa baths. Systemic therapy may be indicated in patients with widespread lesions, systemic symptoms or in immunosuppressed patients....... We describe a 23-year-old healthy woman who developed a pustular rash and general malaise after using a spa bath contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Bacterial culture from a pustule confirmed Pseudomonas folliculitis and the patient was treated with ciprofloxacin with rapid good effect....

  4. Thermal, vibrational spectra and photoluminescence properties of the nonlinear optical material MnTeMoO6 (United States)

    Jin, Chengguo; Shao, Juxiang; Li, Zhen; Yang, Junsheng; Cao, Qilong; Huang, Duohui; Wan, Mingjie; Wang, Fanhou


    MnTeMoO6 is a novel nonlinear optical material in near-mid-IR region. Vibrational spectra characterization, thermal and photoluminescent properties of polycrystalline MnTeMoO6 have been investigated in this work. The results show that polycrystalline MnTeMoO6 has a relatively high melting point at 725.2 °C and exhibits superheating of crystal. The observed Raman and IR bands of MnTeMoO6 are assigned to vibrations of the Mn-O bonds, MoO4 tetrahedra, and TeO4 polyhedra. Photoluminescence measurements show that MnTeMoO6 displays a strong emission peak at 467 nm under excitation at 280 nm, and the absorption band at 0.47-0.52 μm in UV-vis spectra may be caused by photoluminescence.

  5. Controllable Growth of Bi2MoO6 Nanoplates by Citric Acid Assisted Hydrothermal Process and Their Photocatalytic Properties

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    Wang Yi


    Full Text Available Bi2MoO6 nanoplates with different sizes have been controllably fabricated by citric acid (CA assisted hydrothermal process. The effects of CA on the morphology of Bi2MoO6 nanoplates have also been investigated. It is found that CA has a critical role in the crystallinity and size of Bi2MoO6 nanoplates. On the basis of XRD analysis and SEM observation of the products, the mechanism for CA assisted hydrothermal synthesis of the Bi2MoO6 nanoplates is discussed. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared Bi2MoO6 was evaluated by the degradation of RhB dye in water, and the sample prepared when the amount of CA was 2.5mmol exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity.

  6. Redetermination of metarossite, CaV5+2O6·2H2O

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    Anaïs Kobsch


    Full Text Available The crystal structure of metarossite, ideally CaV2O6·2H2O [chemical name: calcium divanadium(V hexaoxide dihydrate], was first determined using precession photographs, with fixed isotropic displacement parameters and without locating the positions of the H atoms, leading to a reliability factor R = 0.11 [Kelsey & Barnes (1960. Can. Mineral. 6, 448–466]. This communication reports a structure redetermination of this mineral on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data of a natural sample from the Blue Cap mine, San Juan County, Utah, USA (R1 = 0.036. Our study not only confirms the structural topology reported in the previous study, but also makes possible the refinement of all non-H atoms with anisotropic displacement parameters and all H atoms located. The metarossite structure is characterized by chains of edge-sharing [CaO8] polyhedra parallel to [100] that are themselves connected by chains of alternating [VO5] trigonal bipyramids parallel to [010]. The two H2O molecules are bonded to Ca. Analysis of the displacement parameters show that the [VO5] chains librate around [010]. In addition, we measured the Raman spectrum of metarossite and compared it with IR and Raman data previously reported. Moreover, heating of metarossite led to a loss of water, which results in a transformation to the brannerite-type structure, CaV2O6, implying a possible dehydration pathway for the compounds M2+V2O6·xH2O, with M = Cu, Cd, Mg or Mn, and x = 2 or 4.

  7. Structural and magnetic properties of polycrystalline La2NiMnO6 thin films (United States)

    Suresh, Pittala; Laxmi, K. Vijaya; Bhat, Shwetha G.; Kumar, P. S. Anil


    Polycrystalline thin films of La2NiMnO6 (LNMO) are deposited successfully on SiO2/Si substrates using pulsed laser deposition technique. Structural characterization using X-ray diffraction confirms the formation of a single phase with P21/n space group. Cross-sectional FE-SEM shows the film thickness ˜195 nm. The deposition temperature and the oxygen pressure played a crucial role determining the crystallization behavior and the magnetic transition temperatures. The ferromagnetic transition temperature is achieved to be ˜277 K by optimizing the deposition conditions.

  8. Processing-property relations in YBa2Cu3O(6+x) superconductors (United States)

    Safari, A.; Wachtman, J. B., Jr.; Parkhe, V.; Caracciolo, R.; Jeter, D.

    Processing of YBa2Cu3O(6+x) superconducting samples by employing different precursor powder preparation techniques such as ball milling, attrition milling, and narrow particle size distribution powder preparation through coprecipitation by spraying will be discussed. CuO coated with oxalates shows the lowest resistance above Tc up to room temperature. The extent of corrosion by water has been studied by employing magnetic susceptibility, XPS, and X-ray diffraction. Superconducting samples are affected to a considerable extent when treated in water at 60 C and the severity of the attack increases with time.

  9. Ab initio study of double perovskites Ba2DySbO6 (United States)

    Jha, Dhiraj Kumar; Mandal, Golak; Ray, Chandan; Himanshu, A. K.; Singh, B. K.; Kumar, Uday; Choudhary, B. K.


    First principle study of the electronic band structure of Ba2DySbO6 synthesied by the solid state reaction technique have been performed within the framework of density function theory using WIEN2K. It has been shown in the absence of electron-electron interaction (U=0), BaDySO6 behaves like a half-metal. Even in the presence of DFT+U, electron-electron interaction via the Hubbard term (from U = 0, 2.72e -7.02eV), it still shows half metals.

  10. Synthesis, biophysical and repair studies of O6-2'-deoxyguanosine adducts by Escherichia coli OGT. (United States)

    Schoonhoven, Nadia M; Murphy, Sebastian P; O'Flaherty, Derek K; Noronha, Anne M; Kornblatt, M Judith; Wilds, Christopher J


    Oligonucleotides containing modified 2'-deoxyguanosines bearing a seven carbon linker at the O(6)- atom with either a terminal hydroxyl or 2'- deoxyguanosine group have been synthesized as potential intermediates formed during repair of interstrand cross-linked DNA. Repair of these substrates with Escherichia coli OGT was investigated with an assay involving cleavage of the unmodified duplex with the restriction endonuclease PvuII followed by analysis of the products by denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Duplexes containing these modifications were repaired by OGT suggesting that direct repair may play a role, in combination with other repair pathways, in reversing interstrand crosslink DNA damage.

  11. Petroleum-hydrocarbons biodegradation by Pseudomonas strains ...

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    Many indigenous microorganisms in water and soil are capable of degrading hydrocarbon contaminants. In this study, two bacterial strains were isolated from a contaminated soil of a refinery of Arzew (Oran). The isolated strains were identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P3) and Pseudomonas fluoresens (P4).

  12. Optimization of alkaline protease production from Pseudomonas ...

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    Dec 15, 2009 ... A protease producing bacteria was isolated from meat waste contaminated soil and identified as. Pseudomonas ... Key words: Alkaline protease, casein agar, meat waste contaminated soil, Pseudomonas fluorescens. INTRODUCTION ... advent of new frontiers in biotechnology, the spectrum of protease ...

  13. Structural Stability and Electronic Properties of Na2C6O6 for a Rechargeable Sodium-ion Battery (United States)

    Yamashita, Tomoki; Fujii, Akihiro; Momida, Hiroyoshi; Oguchi, Tamio


    Sodium-ion batteries have been explored as a promising alternative to lithium-ion batteries owing to a significant advantage of a natural abundance of sodium. Recently, it has been reported that disodium rhodizonate, Na2C6O6, exhibit good electrochemical properties and cycle performance as a minor-metal free organic cathode for sodium-ion batteries. However, its crystal structures during discharge/charge cycle still remain unclear. In this work, we theoretically propose feasible crystal structures of Na2+xC6O6 using first principles calculations. A structural phase transition has been found: Na4C6O6 has a different C6O6 packing arrangement from Na2C6O6. Electronic structures of Na2+xC6O6 during discharge/charge cycle are also discussed. Our predictions could be the key to understanding the discharge/charge process of Na2C6O6. Supported by MEXT program ``Elements Strategy Initiative to Form Core Rersearch Center'' (since 2012), MEXT; Ministry of Education Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.

  14. Accurate solid solution range of BiMnxFe3-xO6 and low temperature magnetism (United States)

    Jiang, Pengfei; Yue, Mufei; Cong, Rihong; Gao, Wenliang; Yang, Tao


    BiMnxFe3-xO6 (x = 1) represents a new type of oxide structure containing Bi3+ and competing magnetic super-exchanges. In literature, multiple magnetic states were realized at low temperatures in BiMnFe2O6, and the hypothetical parent compounds (BiMn3O6, BiFe3O6) were predicted to be different in magnetism. Herein, we performed a careful study on the syntheses of BiMnxFe3-xO6 at ambient pressure, and the solid solution range was determined to be 0.9 ≤ x ≤ 1.3 by Rietveld refinements on high-quality powder X-ray diffraction data. Due to the very similar cationic size of Mn3+ and Fe3+, and possibly the structural rigidity, there was no significant structure change in the whole range of solid solution. The magnetic behavior of BiMnxFe3-xO6 (x = 1.2, 1.22, 1.26, 1.28 and 1.3) was generally similar to BiMnFe2O6, while the relative higher concentration of Mn3+ led to the decreasing of the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature.

  15. Ion-Exchange Reaction Of A-Site In A2Ta2O6 Pyrochlore Crystal Structure

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    Matsunami M.


    Full Text Available Na+ or K+ ion rechargeable battery is started to garner attention recently in Place of Li+ ion cell. It is important that A+ site ion can move in and out the positive-electrode materials. When K2Ta2O6 powder had a pyrochlore structure was only dipped into NaOH aqueous solution at room temperature, Na2Ta2O6 was obtained. K2Ta2O6 was fabricated from a tantalum sheet by a hydrothermal synthesize with KOH aqueous solution. When Na2Ta2O6 was dipped into KOH aqueous solution, K2Ta2O6 was obtained again. If KTaO3 had a perovskite structure was dipped, Ion-exchange was not observed by XRD. Because a lattice constant of pyrochlore structure of K-Ta-O system is bigger than perovskite, K+ or Na+ ion could shinny through and exchange between Ta5+ and O2− ion site in a pyrochlore structure. K+ or Na+ ion exchange of A2Ta2O6 pyrochlore had reversibility. Therefore, A2Ta2O6 had a pyrochlore structure can be expected such as Na+ ion rechargeable battery element.

  16. Electrically insulating properties of the 5d double perovskite Sr2YOsO6 (United States)

    Li, Jinghua; Wang, Xia; Wang, Hongyuan; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Alexei, Belik A.; Kolodiazhnyi, Taras; Xu, Gang; Shi, Youguo; Guo, Yanfeng; Yamaura, Kazunari; Chen, Ying


    A high-pressure-synthesized double perovskite Sr2YOsO6 was investigated by synchrotron X-ray diffraction and measurements of its magnetic susceptibility, specific heat capacity, complex impedance, and complex dielectric constant. It crystallized into a monoclinic double perovskite structure (P21/n) with complete ordering of the Y and Os atoms. Its magnetic behaviors, including the antiferromagnetic transition temperature (˜52 K), Curie-Weiss effective moment [3.48(5) μB/Os], and Weiss temperature [-350.1(7) K], were close to the respective values of Sr2YOsO6 previously synthesized without an applied pressure of 6 GPa. Transport property measurements revealed that the lower limit of the activation energy was 192(1) meV and the charge gap remained open regardless of the presence of magnetic order, conflicting with the electron delocalization predicted by theoretical calculations. Further consideration, including theoretical and experimental investigations of the roles of spin-orbit coupling and U of the 5d electrons of Os 5d-t2g3, may assist in understanding the general magnetic and insulating behaviors of quasi-half-filled 5d-t2g3oxides in the perovskite category toward the use of 5d double perovskite for magnetic applications.

  17. Predicting a ferrimagnetic phase of Zn(2)FeOsO(6) with strong magnetoelectric coupling. (United States)

    Wang, P S; Ren, W; Bellaiche, L; Xiang, H J


    Multiferroic materials, in which ferroelectric and magnetic ordering coexist, are of practical interest for the development of novel memory devices that allow for electrical writing and nondestructive magnetic readout operation. The great challenge is to create room temperature multiferroic materials with strongly coupled ferroelectric and ferromagnetic (or ferrimagnetic) orderings. BiFeO_{3} is the most heavily investigated single-phase multiferroic to date due to the coexistence of its magnetic order and ferroelectric order at room temperature. However, there is no net magnetic moment in the cycloidal (antiferromagneticlike) magnetic state of bulk BiFeO_{3}, which severely limits its realistic applications in electric field controlled memory devices. Here, we predict that LiNbO_{3}-type Zn_{2}FeOsO_{6} is a new multiferroic with properties superior to BiFeO_{3}. First, there are strong ferroelectricity and strong ferrimagnetism at room temperature in Zn_{2}FeOsO_{6}. Second, the easy plane of the spontaneous magnetization can be switched by an external electric field, evidencing the strong magnetoelectric coupling existing in this system. Our results suggest that ferrimagnetic 3d-5d LiNbO_{3}-type material may therefore be used to achieve voltage control of magnetism in future memory devices.

  18. Flux-assisted synthesis of SnNb2O6 for tuning photocatalytic properties

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    Noureldine, Dalal


    A flux-assisted method was used to synthesize SnNb2O6 as a visible-light-responsive metal oxide photocatalyst. The role of flux was investigated in detail using different flux to reactant molar ratios (1 : 1, 3 : 1, 6 : 1, 10 : 1, and 14 : 1) and different reaction temperatures (300, 500, and 600 °C). The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET), and high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Flux-assisted synthesis led to tin niobate particles of platelet morphology with smooth surfaces. The synthesized crystal showed a 2D anisotropic growth along the (600) plane as the flux ratio increased. The particles synthesized with a high reactant to flux ratio (1 : 10 or higher) exhibited slightly improved photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution from an aqueous methanol solution under visible radiation (λ > 420 nm). The photo-deposition of platinum and PbO2 was examined to gain a better understanding of electrons and hole migration pathways in these layered materials. The HR-STEM observation revealed that no preferential deposition of these nanoparticles was observed depending on the surface facets of SnNb 2O6. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  19. Flux-assisted synthesis of SnNb2O6 for tuning photocatalytic properties. (United States)

    Noureldine, Dalal; Anjum, Dalaver H; Takanabe, Kazuhiro


    A flux-assisted method was used to synthesize SnNb2O6 as a visible-light-responsive metal oxide photocatalyst. The role of flux was investigated in detail using different flux to reactant molar ratios (1 : 1, 3 : 1, 6 : 1, 10 : 1, and 14 : 1) and different reaction temperatures (300, 500, and 600 °C). The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET), and high resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Flux-assisted synthesis led to tin niobate particles of platelet morphology with smooth surfaces. The synthesized crystal showed a 2D anisotropic growth along the (600) plane as the flux ratio increased. The particles synthesized with a high reactant to flux ratio (1 : 10 or higher) exhibited slightly improved photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution from an aqueous methanol solution under visible radiation (λ > 420 nm). The photo-deposition of platinum and PbO2 was examined to gain a better understanding of electrons and hole migration pathways in these layered materials. The HR-STEM observation revealed that no preferential deposition of these nanoparticles was observed depending on the surface facets of SnNb2O6.

  20. Crystal growth and magnetic characterization of a tetragonal polymorph of NiNb2O6 (United States)

    Munsie, T. J. S.; Millington, A.; Dube, P. A.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Britten, J.; Luke, G. M.; Greedan, J. E.


    A previously unidentified polymorph of nickel niobate, NiNb2O6, was grown and stabilized in single crystalline form using an optical floating zone furnace. Key parameters of the growth procedure involved use of a slight excess of NiO (1.2% by mol), an O2 atmosphere and a growth rate of 25 mm/h. The resulting boule consisted of a polycrystalline exterior shell of the columbite structure - columbite is the thermodynamically stable form of NiNb2O6 under ambient conditions - and a core region consisting of transparent yellow-green single crystals up to 5 mm×2 mm×1 mm in dimension of the previously unidentified phase. The crystal structure, solved from single crystal x-ray diffraction data, is described in the P42/n space group. Interestingly, this is not a subgroup of P42/mnm, the rutile space group. The Ni2+ ions form layers which are displaced such that interlayer magnetic frustration is anticipated. Magnetic susceptibility data shows a broad maximum at approximately 22 K and evidence for long range antiferromagnetic order at approximately 14 K, obtained by Fisher heat capacity analysis as well as heat capacity measurements. The susceptibility data for T > 25 K are well fit by a square lattice S = 1 model, consistent with the Ni sublattice topology.

  1. Nickel antimony oxide (NiSb2O6): A fascinating nanostructured material for gas sensing application (United States)

    Singh, Archana; Singh, Ajendra; Singh, Satyendra; Tandon, Poonam


    Fabrication of nanocrystalline NiSb2O6 thin films via sol-gel spin coating method towards the development of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensor operable at room temperature (25 °C) is being reported. Nanostructural, surface morphological and optical properties of trirutile-type NiSb2O6 have been investigated in order to explore the parameters of interest. The crystallite size has been found to be 19 nm. A detailed sensing performance (sensitivity, sensor response, response and recovery times, reproducibility and long term stability) of NiSb2O6 nanostructures grown on alumina substrate has been investigated.

  2. 3D organic Na4C6O6/graphene architecture for fast sodium storage with ultralong cycle life. (United States)

    Gu, Jianan; Gu, Yue; Yang, Shubin


    Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) have aroused increasing interest as one of the most promising replacements for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Here, a novel organic-inorganic 3D Na 4 C 6 O 6 -graphene architecture was successfully fabricated from commercial Na 2 C 6 O 6 and for the first time applied for sodium storage. Hence, the 3D Na 4 C 6 O 6 -graphene architecture exhibits a high reversible capacity, good cyclic performance and high-rate capability for sodium storage.

  3. Enhanced 77 K vortex-pinning in Y Ba2Cu3O7−x films with Ba2Y TaO6 and mixed Ba2Y TaO6 + Ba2Y NbO6 nano-columnar inclusions with irreversibility field to 11 T

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    Full Text Available Pulsed laser deposited thin Y Ba2Cu3O7−x (YBCO films with pinning additions of 5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 (BYTO were compared to films with 2.5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 + 2.5 at. % Ba2Y NbO6 (BYNTO additions. Excellent magnetic flux-pinning at 77 K was obtained with remarkably high irreversibility fields greater than 10 T (YBCO-BYTO and 11 T (YBCO-BYNTO, representing the highest ever achieved values in YBCO films.

  4. Disappearance of Ising nature in Ca3ZnMnO6 studied by high-field ESR. (United States)

    Ruan, M Y; Ouyang, Z W; Guo, Y M; Cheng, J J; Sun, Y C; Xia, Z C; Rao, G H; Okubo, S; Ohta, H


    High-field electron spin resonance measurements of an antiferromagnet Ca3ZnMnO6 isostructure, with the Ising-chain multiferroic Ca3CoMnO6, have been carried out. Two distinct resonance modes were observed below TN = 25 K, which is well explained by conventional antiferromagnetic resonance theory with easy-plane anisotropy. The zero-field spin gap is derived to be about 166 GHz, originating from the easy-plane anisotropy and exchange interaction. Our result suggests that the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction, which may induce spin canting, is absent. Disappearance of Ising anisotropy in Ca3ZnMnO6 suggests that the Co(4+) ion, as well as the Co-Mn superexchange, plays an important role for the Ising nature in Ca3CoMnO6.

  5. The impact of chemical doping on the magnetic state of the Sr2YRuO6 double perovskite (United States)

    Kayser, Paula; Ranjbar, Ben; Kennedy, Brendan J.; Avdeev, Maxim


    The impact of chemical doping of the type Sr2-xAxYRuO6 (A=Ca, Ba) on the low temperature magnetic properties of Sr2YRuO6, probed using variable temperature magnetic susceptibility, neutron diffraction and heat capacity measurements, are described. Specific-heat measurements of un-doped Sr2YRuO6 reveal two features at ∼26 and ∼30 K. Neutron scattering measurements at these temperatures are consistent with a change from a 2D ordered state to the 3D type 1 AFM state. Magnetic and structural studies of a number of doped oxides are described that highlight the unique low temperature behavior of Sr2YRuO6 and demonstrate that doping destabilizes the intermediate 2D ordered state.

  6. A coprecipitation technique to prepare Sr0⋅ 5Ba0⋅ 5Nb2O6

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    ... and niobium ions as hydroxide under basic conditions. This precursor on calcining at 750°C yielded Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6 phase. This is a much lower temperature than that prepared by traditional solid state method (1000°C) as reported for the formation of Sr0.5Ba0.5Nb2O6 (SBN). Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) ...

  7. Oxygen Nonstoichiometry and Oxygen Transport Properties of YBa2Cu2CoO6 (United States)

    Ran, S.; Zheng, C. H.; Liu, W.; Peng, D. K.; Chen, C. S.

    Oxygen nonstoichiometry (δ) YBa2Cu2CoO6+δ was determined by double iodometric titration technique. It is found that the value of δ is strongly affected by the temperature and oxygen partial pressure. An appreaciable oxygen permeation flux through a 1.2 mm thick dense sample were observed at elevated temperatures under a relatively small oxygen partial pressure gradient (Po2(h)=0.209 and Po2(l)=10-3 atm). The oxygen permeation is a thermally activated process, the apperant activation energy being 64.5±0.4kJ/mol. From the measured oxygen nonstoichiometry and permeation flux, the oxygen chemical diffusion coefficient is derived.

  8. Magnetic ordering in PrBa2Cu3-yAlyO6+x

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    Longmore, A.; Boothroyd, A.T.; Chen, C.K.


    The magnetic ordering in single crystals of PrBa2CU3O6+x has been investigated by elastic neutron scattering over the full range of temperatures for reduced and oxygenated crystals. The crystals were grown in alumina crucibles and therefore contained dissolved aluminum on the Cu(1) site. Both...... aluminum and oxygen contents were analyzed in detail in order to establish their effects on the magnetic ordering, Our crystals exhibited Pr ordering and the two types of antiferromagnetic Cu ordering frequently reported in related compounds, but our results differ in several respects from previous studies...... axis, we find the moment to be aligned well away from the c axis, in agreement with recent Yb-170(3+) Mossbauer spectroscopy results. Ridges of scattering indicative of 2D magnetic ordering were seen in both oxygenated and reduced crystals, though we believe different magnetic moments are responsible...

  9. Optical and electronic properties of double perovskite Ba2ScSbO6 (United States)

    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, A. K.; Lahiri, J.; Kumar, Uday; Sen, Pintu; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Sinha, T. P.


    The ordered double perovskite Ba2ScSbO6 (BSS) has been synthesized in polycrystalline form by solid state reaction at 1400 C for 72 Hrs. Structural characterization of the compound was done through X-ray diffraction (XRD) followed by Rietveld analysis. The crystal structure is cubic, with space group Fm-3m (No. 225) and lattice parameter, a = 8.20 Ǻ. Optical band-gap has been calculated using UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Kubelka-Munk (KM) function, yielding 4.23 eV. A detailed Ab-initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) study of the electronic properties has been carried out using the Full-Potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave (FP-LAPW) as implemented in WIEN2k. BSS is found to be a large band-gap insulator with potential technological applications.

  10. Magnetic properties of the honeycomb oxide Na2Co2TeO6 (United States)

    Lefrançois, E.; Songvilay, M.; Robert, J.; Nataf, G.; Jordan, E.; Chaix, L.; Colin, C. V.; Lejay, P.; Hadj-Azzem, A.; Ballou, R.; Simonet, V.


    We have studied the magnetic properties of Na2Co2TeO6 , which features a honeycomb lattice of magnetic Co2 + ions, through macroscopic characterization and neutron diffraction on a powder sample. We have shown that this material orders in a zigzag antiferromagnetic structure. In addition to allowing a linear magnetoelectric coupling, this magnetic arrangement displays very peculiar spatial magnetic correlations, larger in the honeycomb planes than between the planes, which do not evolve with the temperature. We have investigated this behavior by classical Monte Carlo calculations using the J1-J2-J3 model on a honeycomb lattice with a small interplane interaction. Our model reproduces the experimental neutron structure factor, although its absence of temperature evolution must be due to additional ingredients, such as chemical disorder or quantum fluctuations enhanced by the proximity to a phase boundary.

  11. Stability studies of Hg implanted YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$

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    Araújo, J P; Wahl, U; Marques, J G; Alves, E; Amaral, V S; Lourenço, A A; Galindo, V; Von Papen, T; Senateur, J P; Weiss, F; Vantomme, A; Langouche, G; Melo, A A; Da Silva, M F A; Soares, J C; Sousa, J B


    High quality YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$ (YBCO) superconducting thin films were implanted with the radioactive $^{197m}$Hg (T$_{1/2}$ = 24 h) isotope to low fluences of 10$^{13}$ atoms/cm$^{2}$ and 60 keV energy. The lattice location and stability of the implanted Hg were studied combining the Perturbed Angular Correlation (PAC) and Emission Channeling (EC) techniques. We show that Hg can be introduced into the YBCO lattice by ion implantation into unique regular sites. The EC data show that Hg is located on a highly symmetric site on the YBCO lattice, while the PAC data suggests that Hg occupies the Cu(1) site. Annealing studies were performed under vacuum and O$_{2}$ atmosphere and show that Hg starts to diffuse only above 653 K.

  12. Stability and diffusion of Hg implanted YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$

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    Araújo, J P; Wahl, U; Marques, J G; Alves, E; Amaral, V S; Lourenço, A A; Galindo, V; Von Papen, T; Senateur, J P; Weiss, F; Vantomme, A; Langouche, G; Melo, A A; Da Silva, M F A; Soares, J C; Sousa, J B


    The radioactive isotope $^{197m}$Hg was implanted at 60 keV with low fluences (10$^{13}$ ions/cm$^{2}$ ) into YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$ (YBCO) superconducting thin films at ISOLDE/CERN. We report on the Hg dynamics and stability inside the YBCO lattice as a function of annealing temperature up to 890 K in vacuum or O$_{2}$ atmosphere. The perturbed angular correlation (PAC) technique was used for probing the Hg behavior at the atomic scale, while by monitoring the sample's activity in situ the Hg outdiffusion was studied. We found that Hg ions occupy unique lattice sites and that Hg should be bound to two apical oxygens. Hg diffusion occurs only for annealing temperatures above 653 K, in vacuum. The Hg migration energy was estimated to be EM = 1.58 $\\pm$ 0.15 eV.

  13. Structural reinvestigation of the photoluminescent complex [NdCl2(H2O)6]Cl. (United States)

    Hsieh, Kuan-Ying; Bendeif, El-Eulmi; Pillet, Sebastien; Doudouh, Abdelatif; Schaniel, Dominik; Woike, Theo


    The structure of the photoluminescent compound hexaaquadichloridoneodymium(III) chloride has been redetermined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data at 100 K, with the aim of providing an accurate structural model for the bulk crystalline material. The crystal structure may be described as a network of [NdCl2(H2O)6](+) cations with distorted square-antiprism geometry around the Nd(III) centre. The Nd(III) cation and the nonbonded Cl(-) anion are both located on twofold symmetry axes. The crystal packing consists of three different neodymium pairs linked by a three-dimensional network of O-H···Cl intermolecular interactions. The pair distribution function (PDF) calculated from the experimentally determined structure is used for the discussion of the local structure.

  14. Negative linear compressibility in a crystal of α-BiB3O6 (United States)

    Kang, Lei; Jiang, Xingxing; Luo, Siyang; Gong, Pifu; Li, Wei; Wu, Xiang; Li, Yanchun; Li, Xiaodong; Chen, Chuangtian; Lin, Zheshuai


    Negative linear compressibility (NLC), a rare and important mechanical effect with many application potentials, in a crystal of α-BiB3O6 (BIBO) is comprehensively investigated using first-principles calculations and high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments. The results indicate that the BIBO crystal exhibits the second largest NLC among all known inorganic materials over a broad pressure range. This unusual NLC behaviour is due to the rotation and displacement of the rigid [BO3] and [BO4] building units that result in hinge motion in an umbrella-like topology. More importantly, the parallel-polar lone-pair electrons on the Bi3+ cations act as “umbrella stands” to withstand the B-O hinges, thus significantly enhancing the NLC effect. BIBO presents a unique example of a “collapsible umbrella” mechanism for achieving NLC, which could be applied to other framework materials with lone-pair electrons. PMID:26305262

  15. The effect of temperature in flux-assisted synthesis of SnNb2O6

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    Noureldine, Dalal


    A flux-assisted method was used to synthesize SnNb2O6 as a visible-light-responsive metal oxide photocatalyst. The role of synthesis temperature was investigated in detail using different reaction temperatures (300, 500, 600, 800, 1000 °C). The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET). The synthesis with SnCl2 as a flux led to tin niobate particles in the platelet morphology with smooth surfaces. The synthesized crystal showed 2D anisotropic growth along the (600) plane as the flux ratio increased. The particles synthesized with a high reactant to flux ratio (1:10 or higher) exhibited improved photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution from an aqueous methanol solution under visible radiation (λ > 420 nm). © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.

  16. Unconventional magnetic phase separation in γ -CoV2O6 (United States)

    Shen, L.; Jellyman, E.; Forgan, E. M.; Blackburn, E.; Laver, M.; Canévet, E.; Schefer, J.; He, Z.; Itoh, M.


    We have explored the magnetism in the nongeometrically frustrated spin-chain system γ -CoV2O6 which possesses a complex magnetic exchange network. Our neutron diffraction patterns at low temperatures (T ≤TN=6.6 K) are best described by a model in which two magnetic phases coexist in a volume ratio 65(1) : 35(1), with each phase consisting of a single spin modulation. This model fits previous studies and our observations better than the model proposed by Lenertz et al. [J. Phys. Chem. C 118, 13981 (2014), 10.1021/jp503389c], which consisted of one phase with two spin modulations. By decreasing the temperature from TN, the minority phase of our model undergoes an incommensurate-commensurate lock-in transition at T*=5.6 K. Based on these results, we propose that phase separation is an alternative approach for degeneracy-lifting in frustrated magnets.

  17. [Pseudomonas genus bacteria on weeds]. (United States)

    Gvozdiak, R I; Iakovleva, L M; Pasichnik, L A; Shcherbina, T N; Ogorodnik, L E


    It has been shown in the work that the weeds (couch-grass and ryegrass) may be affected by bacterial diseases in natural conditions, Pseudomonas genus bacteria being their agents. The isolated bacteria are highly-aggressive in respect of the host-plant and a wide range of cultivated plants: wheat, rye, oats, barley, apple-tree and pear-tree. In contrast to highly aggressive bacteria isolated from the affected weeds, bacteria-epi phytes isolated from formally healthy plants (common amaranth, orache, flat-leaved spurge, field sow thistle, matricary, common coltsfoot, narrow-leaved vetch) and identified as P. syringae pv. coronafaciens, were characterized by weak aggression. A wide range of ecological niches of bacteria evidently promote their revival and distribution everywhere in nature.

  18. Atomic Insight into the Altered O6-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase Protein Architecture in Gastric Cancer.

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    Naveed Anjum Chikan

    Full Text Available O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT is one of the major DNA repair protein that counteracts the alkalyting agent-induced DNA damage by replacing O6-methylguanine (mutagenic lesion back to guanine, eventually suppressing the mismatch errors and double strand crosslinks. Exonic alterations in the form of nucleotide polymorphism may result in altered protein structure that in turn can lead to the loss of function. In the present study, we focused on the population feared for high exposure to alkylating agents owing to their typical and specialized dietary habits. To this end, gastric cancer patients pooled out from the population were selected for the mutational screening of a specific error prone region of MGMT gene. We found that nearly 40% of the studied neoplastic samples harbored missense mutation at codon151 resulting into Serine to Isoleucine variation. This variation resulted in bringing about the structural disorder, subsequently ensuing into a major stoichiometric variance in recognition domain, substrate binding and selectivity loop of the active site of the MGMT protein, as observed under virtual microscope of molecular dynamics simulation (MDS. The atomic insight into MGMT protein by computational approach showed a significant change in the intra molecular hydrogen bond pattern, thus leading to the observed structural anomalies. To further examine the mutational implications on regulatory plugs of MGMT that holds the protein in a DNA-Binding position, a MDS based analysis was carried out on, all known physically interacting amino acids essentially clustered into groups based on their position and function. The results generated by physical-functional clustering of protein indicated that the identified mutation in the vicinity of the active site of MGMT protein causes the local and global destabilization of a protein by either eliminating the stabilizing salt bridges in cluster C3, C4, and C5 or by locally destabilizing the


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    Alexandru Cecal


    Full Text Available This paper deals with a study of water splitting by gamma rays in the presence of some double perovskites A2MM’O6 and also Sr2Fe1-xTa1+xO6. The irradiation is performed using 60Co as a source with 3·104 Ci activity and 8.3 kGy/h dose rate, which simulated the radioactive wastes, resulted from reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel elements much more active: 108-109 Ci. The stable products of radiolysis, as well as the other chemical species are measured by mass spectrometry. The calculated radiation yield (GH2 generally decreases in the order: Sr2Fe1-xTa1+xO6 (x=0.5; 0.4; 0.3; 0.1 > Ca2AlTaO6 > Sr2AlTaO6 > Ba2AlTaO6, under the given experimental conditions; the yield was higher in the presence of these catalysts than in their absence.

  20. Multilocus sequence typing of carbapenem resistant Pseudomonas ...

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    Background: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important nosocomial pathogen that exhibits multiple drug resistance with increasing frequency, especially to carbapenems making patient treatment difficult. Carbapenem-resistance may be caused by porin gene mutations, active drug efflux, and carbapenemase production.

  1. Dynamics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Genome Evolution

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    Kalai Mathee; Giri Narasimhan; Camilo Valdes; Xiaoyun Qiu; Jody M. Matewish; Michael Koehrsen; Antonis Rokas; Chandri N. Yandava; Reinhard Engels; Erliang Zeng; Raquel Olavarietta; Melissa Doud; Roger S. Smith; Philip Montgomery; Jared R. White; Paul A. Godfrey; Chinnappa Kodira; Bruce Birren; James E. Galagan; Stephen Lory


    One of the hallmarks of the Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is its ability to thrive in diverse environments that includes humans with a variety of debilitating diseases or immune deficiencies...

  2. Pseudomonas aeruginosa: resistance to the max

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    Poole, Keith


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is intrinsically resistant to a variety of antimicrobials and can develop resistance during anti-pseudomonal chemotherapy both of which compromise treatment of infections caused by this organism...

  3. Antibiotic Conditioned Growth Medium of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (United States)

    Benathen, Isaiah A.; Cazeau, Barbara; Joseph, Njeri


    A simple method to study the consequences of bacterial antibiosis after interspecific competition between microorganisms is presented. Common microorganisms are used as the test organisms and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are used as the source of the inhibitor agents.

  4. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Family Pseudomonadaceae) is an ...

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    Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Family Pseudomonadaceae) is an obligate aerobic, motile, gram negative bacillus.which is able to grow and survive in almost any environment and resistant to temperature extremes. It is involved in the etiology of several diseases i.

  5. Preparation of flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures and the adsorption behavior to dyes (United States)

    He, Qiong; Ni, Yonghong; Ye, Shiyong


    Flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures were synthesized by a simple solvothermal route with subsequent direct precipitation at room temperature, employing bismuth nitrate, sodium molybdate, and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the raw materials. The phase and the morphology of the as-prepared products were characterized by SEM, TEM, SAED, XRD and EDS. BET investigation proved the mesoporous structure of flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures. It was found that the composite superstructures exhibited higher adsorption ability to methylene blue (MB) and pyronine B (PB) dyes from their solutions than single component (BiOBr or Bi2MoO6). As a case, the adsorption behavior of MB aqueous solution on BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures was detailedly studied, including the adsorption isotherm, kinetics and thermodynamic parameters. The results indicated that flowerlike BiOBr/Bi2MoO6 composite superstructures have potential applications in the field of wastewater treatment.

  6. Active Immunization with Lipopolysaccharide Pseudomonas Antigen for Chronic Pseudomonas Bronchopneumonia in Guinea Pigs


    Pennington, James E.; Hickey, William F.; Blackwood, Linda L.; Arnaut, M. Amin


    Chronic respiratory infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a leading clinical problem among patients with cystic fibrosis. Because antimicrobial agents are usually ineffective in eradicating these infections, additional therapeutic or prophylactic measures should be considered. In this study, an experimental guinea pig model of chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa bronchopneumonia was utilized to determine whether active immunization with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) P. aeruginosa antigen may favorab...

  7. Zn(Ta1-xNbx2O6 nanomaterials: Synthesis, characterization and corrosion behaviour

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    Birdeanu Mihaela


    Full Text Available Zn(Ta1-xNbx2O6 pseudo-binary oxide nanocrystalline materials (where x = 1; 0.5; 0.1; 0.05 and 0 were obtained through the solid-state method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. In addition, their morphology and topography have been determined by field emission-scanning electron microscopy (SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM. There is a significant dependence between the rugosity and the uniformity of crystals. The evenly crystals organized in multilayers have the lowest value of rugosity and the non uniform fractal type architectures have the highest value of rugosity. The compounds’ anti-corrosion features were evaluated after deposition on carbon steel (OL in 0.1 M Na2SO4 media by open circuit potential measurement and potentiodynamic polarization technique with Tafel representation. The inhibition efficiency of pseudo-binary oxides deposited on carbon steel electrode was in the range 42.3-52.7 % promising for their further multiple layer deposition with porphyrins in order to improve anticorrosion properties. Due to the high band gap (3.80 - 4.30 eV provided by increasing the tantalum content, four of these pseudo-binary oxides might find applications in photovoltaic cells.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Sr3Al2O6 nanocomposite as catalyst for biodiesel production. (United States)

    Rashtizadeh, Elnaz; Farzaneh, Faezeh; Talebpour, Zahra


    Sr-Al mixed oxides nanocomposite as Sr3Al2O6 was prepared by sol-gel method and used as a basic heterogeneous catalyst for transesterification of soybean oil to methyl esters (biodiesel) by methanol. The prepared catalyst was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscope (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DTA), temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption techniques. The response surface methodology (RSM) based on the Box-Behnken design was employed to investigate the effects of methanol to oil molar ratio, reaction time, catalyst amount and specifically the effect of interaction between process variables on the conversion of oil to biodiesel. Results from this study revealed that individual as well as bilateral variables interactions significantly affect the yield of biodiesel. With this information, it was found that utilization of methanol to oil molar ratio of 25 and 1.3 wt.% of catalyst within reaction time of 61 min and gave the biodiesel yield of 95.7 ± 0.5%. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Origin of photovoltaic effect in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.96 ceramics (United States)

    Yang, F.; Han, M. Y.; Chang, F. G.


    We report remarkable photovoltaic effect in YBa2Cu3O6.96 (YBCO) ceramic between 50 and 300 K induced by blue-laser illumination, which is directly related to the superconductivity of YBCO and the YBCO-metallic electrode interface. There is a polarity reversal for the open circuit voltage Voc and short circuit current Isc when YBCO undergoes a transition from superconducting to resistive state. We show that there exists an electrical potential across the superconductor-normal metal interface, which provides the separation force for the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. This interface potential directs from YBCO to the metal electrode when YBCO is superconducting and switches to the opposite direction when YBCO becomes nonsuperconducting. The origin of the potential may be readily associated with the proximity effect at metal-superconductor interface when YBCO is superconducting and its value is estimated to be ~10–8 mV at 50 K with a laser intensity of 502 mW/cm2. Combination of a p-type material YBCO at normal state with an n-type material Ag-paste forms a quasi-pn junction which is responsible for the photovoltaic behavior of YBCO ceramics at high temperatures. Our findings may pave the way to new applications of photon-electronic devices and shed further light on the proximity effect at the superconductor-metal interface. PMID:26099727

  10. Magnetic field controlled charge density wave coupling in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Chang, J.; Blackburn, E.; Ivashko, O.


    The application of magnetic fields to layered cuprates suppresses their high-temperature superconducting behaviour and reveals competing ground states. In widely studied underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO), the microscopic nature of field-induced electronic and structural changes at low temperatures...... remains unclear. Here we report an X-ray study of the high-field charge density wave (CDW) in YBCO. For hole dopings ∼ 0.123, we find that a field (B∼10 T) induces additional CDW correlations along the CuO chain (b-direction) only, leading to a three-dimensional (3D) ordered state along this direction...... at B∼15 T. The CDW signal along the a-direction is also enhanced by field, but does not develop an additional pattern of correlations. Magnetic field modifies the coupling between the CuO2 bilayers in the YBCO structure, and causes the sudden appearance of the 3D CDW order. The mirror symmetry...

  11. Magnetic glass state and magnetoresistance in SrLaFeCoO6 double perovskite (United States)

    Pradheesh, R.; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Haripriya, G. R.; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Chatterji, Tapan; Sankaranarayanan, V.; Sethupathi, K.


    Unusual features in magnetization resembling the kinetic arrest of a magnetic glass state are observed in the La-doped double perovskite, SrLaFeCoO6. Neutron powder diffraction experiments confirm the presence of antisite disorder as well as a lack of long-range magnetic order down to 4 K in this double perovskite which displays spin glass-like features in dc and ac susceptibilities. Magnetic relaxation observed through cooling and heating under unequal fields (CHUF) point towards unusual domain dynamics which is supported by a broad memory effect. Among the two anomalies that are observed at {{T}\\text{a1}}≈ 75 K and at {{T}\\text{a2}}≈ 250 K in the magnetic measurements, the former is associated with a spin-freezing temperature below which the magnetic glass state is experimentally verified. The magnetometric experiments detailed in the paper bring out the non-equilibrium metastable magnetic states in this disordered magnetic system. The magnetic glass state described above manifests in the electrical resistivity ρ (T) through the formation of a ‘hard gap’ because of the spin-exchange energy following the formation of magnetic glass. It is observed that the combination of disorder and magnetic glass state leads to a large, negative magnetoresistance (MR) of  ≈47 % at 5 K in 8 T.

  12. Polymorphism and structure of Nd2MoO6 single crystals (United States)

    Antipin, A. M.; Sorokina, N. I.; Alekseeva, O. A.; Dudka, A. P.; Chernyshev, D. Yu.; Voronkova, V. I.


    The tetragonal and monoclinic modifications of Nd2MoO6 single crystals have been investigated by X-ray diffraction. The analysis has been on laboratory sources (2D CCD diffractometers: Xcalibur S (Shared Research Center, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences) and BRUKER Smart APEX 2 (Shared Research Center, Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences)) and on a synchrotron radiation source (ESRF, Grenoble, PILATUS@SNBL diffractometer). Local displacements of all atoms in the oxymolybdate structure have been revealed for the first time using electron density difference maps. Possible violation of the translational periodicity in the distribution of Mo and Nd atoms over types is indirectly confirmed, and statistical disorder of oxygen atoms is revealed. The results of the study confirm the previous suggestion that polymorphic transformations occur in oxymolybdates at a very low rate and, apparently, continuously in a wide temperature range. With an increase in temperature, layers undergo ordering according to the cation type as a result of the phase transition from the monoclinic to the tetragonal phase.

  13. Interlocked chiral/polar domain walls and large optical rotation in Ni3TeO6

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    Xueyun Wang


    Full Text Available Chirality, i.e., handedness, pervades much of modern science from elementary particles, DNA-based biology to molecular chemistry; however, most of the chirality-relevant materials have been based on complex molecules. Here, we report inorganic single-crystalline Ni3TeO6, forming in a corundum-related R3 structure with both chirality and polarity. These chiral Ni3TeO6 single crystals exhibit a large optical specific rotation (α—1355° dm−1 cm3 g−1. We demonstrate, for the first time, that in Ni3TeO6, chiral and polar domains form an intriguing domain pattern, resembling a radiation warning sign, which stems from interlocked chiral and polar domain walls through lowering of the wall energy.

  14. Electrochemical properties and lithium ion diffusion in Li4FeSbO6 studied by first principle (United States)

    Jia, Mingzhen; Wang, Hongyan; Wang, Hui; Chen, Yuanzheng; Guo, Chunsheng; Gan, Liyong


    Due to the high capacity, Li-rich materials Li2MO3 (M = transition metal) have attracted considerable attention as the next generation of Li-ion batteries. Li4FeSbO6 is a new Li-rich layered oxide material with antiferromagnet honeycomb structure. In this work, the electrochemical behavior, charging process and oxygen stability of LixFeSbO6 (0 ≤ xoxygen atoms through analyzing the Bader charges of each element. In addition, oxygen evolution reactions will occur in LixFeSbO6 (x ≤ 1.5), which will decay the capacities during cycling process. Finally, we calculated that the lithium ion can diffuse in a three-dimensional pathway with the activation barriers from 0.36 eV to 0.67 eV.

  15. Synthesis, surface structure and optical properties of double perovskite Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles (United States)

    Xu, Lei; Wan, Yingpeng; Xie, Hongde; Huang, Yanlin; Yang, Li; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin


    Double perovskite Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles were synthesized via the chemical sol-gel route. The phase formation was investigated through X-ray polycrystalline diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld refinements. The perovskite crystallized in worm-like nano-grains with the diameter of 20-50 nm. The optical properties were measured by the optical absorption spectra. The nanoparticles present an indirect allowed transition with a narrow band gap of 2.1 eV. Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles have obvious photocatalytic ability on the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) solutions under the irradiation of visible light. The transport behaviors of the excitons were investigated from the photoluminescence spectra and the corresponding decay lifetimes. Sr2NiMoO6 nanoparticles present several advantages for photocatalysis such as the appropriate band energy positions, the quenched luminescence, and the coexistence of multivalent ions in the lattices.

  16. Detection of Hydrogen Sulphide Gas Sensor Based Nanostructured Ba2CrMoO6 Thick Films

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    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline pure and doped Ba2CrMoO6, having an average crystallite size of 40 nm were synthesized by the sol-gel citrate method. Structural and gas-sensing characteristics were performed by using X-ray diffraction (XRD and sensitivity measurements. The gas sensing properties to reducing gases like Hydrogen sulphide (H2S, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, carbon monoxide (CO and hydrogen gas (H2 were also discussed. The maximum sensitivity was obtained for 5 wt % Ni doped Ba2CrMoO6 at an operating temperature 250oC for H2S gas. Pd incorporation over 5 wt% Ni doped Ba2CrMoO6 improved the sensitivity, selectivity, response time, and reduced the operating temperature from 250 to 200oC of the sensor for H2S gas. This sensor also shows good satiability.

  17. Lattice Instability and Competing Spin Structures in the Double Perovskite Insulator Sr2FeOsO6 (United States)

    Paul, Avijit Kumar; Reehuis, Manfred; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Yan, Binghai; Hoser, Andreas; Többens, Daniel M.; Abdala, Paula M.; Adler, Peter; Jansen, Martin; Felser, Claudia


    The semiconductor Sr2FeOsO6, depending on temperature, adopts two types of spin structures that differ in the spin sequence of ferrimagnetic iron-osmium layers along the tetragonal c axis. Neutron powder diffraction experiments, Fe57 Mössbauer spectra, and density functional theory calculations suggest that this behavior arises because a lattice instability resulting in alternating iron-osmium distances fine-tunes the balance of competing exchange interactions. Thus, Sr2FeOsO6 is an example of a double perovskite, in which the electronic phases are controlled by the interplay of spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom.

  18. Quantum criticality in the coupled two-leg spin ladder Ba2CuTeO6 (United States)

    Glamazda, A.; Choi, Y. S.; Do, S.-H.; Lee, S.; Lemmens, P.; Ponomaryov, A. N.; Zvyagin, S. A.; Wosnitza, J.; Sari, Dita Puspita; Watanabe, I.; Choi, K.-Y.


    We report on zero-field muon spin rotation, electron-spin resonance, and polarized Raman scattering measurements of the coupled quantum spin ladder Ba2CuTeO6 . Zero-field muon spin rotation and electron-spin resonance probes disclose a successive crossover from a paramagnetic through a spin-liquid-like into a magnetically ordered state with decreasing temperature. More significantly, the two-magnon Raman response obeys a T -linear scaling relation in its peak energy, linewidth, and intensity. This critical scaling behavior presents an experimental signature of proximity to a quantum-critical point from an ordered side in Ba2CuTeO6 .

  19. Epigenetic silencing of O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase gene in NiS-transformed cells. (United States)

    Ji, Weidong; Yang, Linqing; Yu, Lei; Yuan, Jianhui; Hu, Dalin; Zhang, Wenjuan; Yang, Jianping; Pang, Yaqin; Li, Wenxue; Lu, Jiachun; Fu, Juan; Chen, Jiakun; Lin, Zhongning; Chen, Wen; Zhuang, Zhixiong


    Nickel (Ni) compounds are potent carcinogens and can induce malignant transformation of rodent and human cells. To uncover the molecular mechanisms of nickel sulfide (NiS)-induced cell transformation, we investigated epigenetic alterations in a set of DNA repair genes. The silencing of the O(6)-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene locus and upregulation of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) expression was specifically detected in NiS-transformed human bronchial epithelial (16HBE) cells. In addition, we noted epigenetic alterations including DNA hypermethylation, reduced histone H4 acetylation and a decrease in the ratio of Lys-9 acetylated/methylated histone H3 at the MGMT CpG island in NiS-transformed 16HBE cells. Meanwhile, we identified concurrent binding of methyl-CpG-binding protein 2, methylated DNA-binding domain protein 2 and DNMT1 to the CpG island of the MGMT promoter, demonstrating that these components collaborate to maintain MGMT methylation in NiS-transformed cells. Moreover, depletion of DNMT1 by introduction of a small hairpin RNA construct into NiS-transformed cells resulted in a 30% inhibition of cell proliferation and led to increased MGMT gene expression by reversion of the epigenetic modifications at the MGMT promoter region. MGMT suppression and hypermethylation at the CpG island of the MGMT promoter occurred 6 days after NiS treatment, indicating that epigenetic modifications of MGMT might be an early event in tumorigenesis. Taken together, these observations demonstrate that epigenetic silencing of MGMT is associated with DNA hypermethylation, histone modifications and DNMT1 upregulation, which contribute to NiS-induced malignant transformation.


    York, Sally J.; Modrich, Paul


    The response of mammalian cells to SN1 DNA methylators depends on functional MutSα and MutLα. Cells deficient in either of these activities are resistant to the cytotoxic effects of this class of chemotherapeutic drug. Because killing by SN1 methylators has been attributed to O6-methylguanine (MeG), we have constructed nicked circular heteroduplexes that contain a single MeG-T mispair and have examined processing of these molecules by mismatch repair in nuclear extracts of human cells. Excision provoked by MeG-T is restricted to the incised heteroduplex strand, leading to removal of the MeG when it resides on this strand. However, when the MeG is located on the continuous strand, the heteroduplex is irreparable. MeG-T-dependent repair DNA synthesis is observed on both reparable and irreparable, 3’ and 5’ heteroduplexes as judged by [32P]dAMP incorporation. Labeling with [α-32P]dATP followed by a cold dATP chase has demonstrated that newly synthesized DNA on irreparable molecules is subject to re-excision in a reaction that is MutLα-dependent, an effect attributable to presence of MeG on the template strand. Processing of the irreparable 3’ heteroduplex is also associated with incision of the discontinuous strand of a few percent of molecules near the thymidylate of the MeG-T base pair. These results provide the first direct evidence for mismatch repair-mediated iterative processing of DNA methylator damage, an effect that may be relevant to damage signaling events triggered by this class of chemotherapeutic agent. PMID:16772289

  1. Antiferromagnetic ordering states of oxygen-deficient NdBa2Cu3O6+x and Nd1+yBa2-yCu3O6+x single crystals

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    Brecht, E.; Schweiss, P.; Wolf, T.


    The paper describes a study of the antiferromagnetic ordering of oxygen-deficient Nd1 + yBa2 - yCu3O6 + x single crystals. In pure, stoichiometric samples, y = 0, with different oxygen contents x in the Cu(1) plane (0.02

  2. Vaccines for preventing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

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    Johansen, Helle Krogh; Gøtzsche, Peter C


    Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed.......Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed....

  3. Evolution and Chemical State of Oxygen upon Acid Dissolution of YBa2Cu3O6.98

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    Shafer, M.W.; Groot, R.A. de; Plechaty, M.M.; Scilla, G.J.; Cooper, E.I.


    Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was used to analyze the oxygen evolved from normal and 18O enriched YBa2Cu3O6.98 upon dissolution in normal and 18O enriched acid. From the 18O/16O ratio we show that the oxide phase is the source of all the evolved oxygen. Our results indicate that some of the

  4. N,O6-partially acetylated chitosan nanoparticles hydrophobically-modified for controlled release of steroids and vitamin E

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    Quinones, Javier Perez; Gothelf, Kurt Vesterager; Kjems, Jørgen


    Diosgenin, two synthetic analogs of brassinosteroids, testosterone and dl-α-tocopherol were covalently linked to synthetic water-soluble N,O6-partially acetylated chitosan, for their controlled release. Drug linking was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and proton NMR. Conjugates were also character...

  5. Influence of lead oxide addition on LnTiTaO6 (Ln = Ce, Pr and Nd ...

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    Influence of lead oxide addition on LnTiTaO6 (Ln = Ce, Pr and Nd) microwave ceramics. H PADMA KUMAR†, J K THOMAS††, ANNAMMA JOHN and SAM SOLOMON. ∗. Department of Physics, St. John's College, Anchal 691 306, India. †Department of Physics, W.M.O. Arts and Science College, Wayanad 673 122, India.


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    State-selective capture and emission cross sections for single-electron capture in collisions of bare C6+ ions and He-like O6+ ions with helium are presented for impact velocities between 0.05 and 0.27 au (62 = E (eV amu-t)) = 1852). Experimental data have been obtained using VUV photon emission

  7. Structure factor calculation and metal-ion doping effects of YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Andersen, N.H.; Fiig, T.; Lindgård, P.-A.


    with recent neutron diffraction measurements. In addition we determine the effect on the materials properties of the interplay between oxygen ordering and the diffusive motion of metal-ion dopants in YBa(2)Cu(3-y)M(y)O(6+x) (M = Co, Fe, Al) by Monte Carlo simulation. The simulations are performed...

  8. Exploring the coordination change of vanadium and structure transformation of metavanadate MgV2O6 under high pressure (United States)

    Tang, Ruilian; Li, Yan; Xie, Shengyi; Li, Nana; Chen, Jiuhua; Gao, Chunxiao; Zhu, Pinwen; Wang, Xin


    Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction (ADXRD), first-principles calculations, and electrical resistivity measurements were carried out under high pressure to investigate the structural stability and electrical transport properties of metavanadate MgV2O6. The results have revealed the coordination change of vanadium ions (from 5+1 to 6) at around 4 GPa. In addition, a pressure-induced structure transformation from the C2/m phase to the C2 phase in MgV2O6 was detected above 20 GPa, and both phases coexisted up to the highest pressure. This structural phase transition was induced by the enhanced distortions of MgO6 octahedra and VO6 octahedra under high pressure. Furthermore, the electrical resistivity decreased with pressure but exhibited different slope for these two phases, indicating that the pressure-induced structural phase transitions of MgV2O6 was also accompanied by the obvious changes in its electrical transport behavior. PMID:27924843

  9. Airway epithelial cell tolerance to Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The respiratory tract epithelium is a critical environmental interface that regulates inflammation. In chronic infectious airway diseases, pathogens may permanently colonize normally sterile luminal environments. Host-pathogen interactions determine the intensity of inflammation and thus, rates of tissue injury. Although many cells become refractory to stimulation by pathogen products, it is unknown whether the airway epithelium becomes either tolerant or hypersensitive in the setting of chronic infection. Our goals were to characterize the response of well-differentiated primary human tracheobronchial epithelial cells to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to understand whether repeated exposure induced tolerance and, if so, to explore the mechanism(s. Methods The apical surface of well-differentiated primary human tracheobronchial epithelial cell cultures was repetitively challenged with Pseudomonas aeruginosa culture filtrates or the bacterial media control. Toxicity, cytokine production, signal transduction events and specific effects of dominant negative forms of signaling molecules were examined. Additional experiments included using IL-1β and TNFα as challenge agents, and performing comparative studies with a novel airway epithelial cell line. Results An initial challenge of the apical surface of polarized human airway epithelial cells with Pseudomonas aeruginosa culture filtrates induced phosphorylation of IRAK1, JNK, p38, and ERK, caused degradation of IκBα, generation of NF-κB and AP-1 transcription factor activity, and resulted in IL-8 secretion, consistent with activation of the Toll-like receptor signal transduction pathway. These responses were strongly attenuated following a second Pseudomonas aeruginosa, or IL-1β, but not TNFα, challenge. Tolerance was associated with decreased IRAK1 protein content and kinase activity and dominant negative IRAK1 inhibited Pseudomonas aeruginosa -stimulated NF-κB transcriptional

  10. Diversity of small RNAs expressed in Pseudomonas species

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    Gomez-Lozano, Mara; Marvig, Rasmus Lykke; Molina-Santiago, Carlos


    RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) has revealed several hundreds of previously undetected small RNAs (sRNAs) in all bacterial species investigated, including strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas putida and Pseudomonas syringae. Nonetheless, only little is known about the extent of conservation of...

  11. 21 CFR 866.3415 - Pseudomonas spp. serological reagents. (United States)


    ... genus Pseudomonas. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a major cause of hospital-acquired infections, and has been..., abscesses, and meningitis (inflammation of brain membranes). Pseudomonas pseudomallei causes melioidosis, a chronic pneumonia. (b) Classification. Class II (special controls). The device is exempt from the...

  12. Growth of Pseudomonas spp. in cottage cheese

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    Østergaard, Nina Bjerre; Dalgaard, Paw

    of spoilage microorganisms in cottage cheese can cause undesirable alterations in flavour, odour, appearance and texture. Contamination and growth of psychrotolerant pseudomonads including Pseudomonas fragi and Pseudomonas putida has been reported for cottage cheese but the influence of these bacteria...... on product spoilage and shelf-life remains poorly described. The present study used a quantitative microbial ecology approach to model and predict the effect of product characteristics and storage conditions on growth of psychrotolerant pseudomonads in cottage cheese. The effect of temperature (5-15˚C) and p...

  13. Magnetic and Structural Studies of Sc Containing Ruthenate Double Perovskites A2ScRuO6 (A = Ba, Sr). (United States)

    Kayser, Paula; Injac, Sean; Ranjbar, Ben; Kennedy, Brendan J; Avdeev, Maxim; Yamaura, Kazunari


    Ruthenium-containing double perovskites A2ScRuO6 have been synthesized as polycrystalline powders and structurally characterized using a combination of synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction methods. When A = Ba, a hexagonal 6L perovskite structure is obtained if the synthesis is conducted at ambient pressure and a rock-salt ordered cubic structure is obtained if the sample is quenched from high pressures. The Sr oxide Sr2ScRuO6 is obtained with a rock-salt ordered corner sharing topology. Heat capacity and bulk magnetic susceptibility measurements show that the three oxides are antiferromagnets. Cubic Ba2ScRuO6 undergoes a metal-insulator transition near 270 K and hexagonal Ba2ScRuO6 is a semiconductor with an activation energy of 0.207 eV. The magnetic structures of the two rock-salt ordered double perovskites were established using powder neutron diffraction and are described by k = (0,0,1) and k = (0,0,0) for the Ba and Sr oxides, respectively, corresponding to type I antiferromagnetic structures, with ferromagnetic layers stacked antiferromagnetically. The ambient-pressure hexagonal polymorph of Ba2ScRuO6 has partial Sc-Ru ordering at both the face-sharing B2O9 dimer and corner-sharing BO6 sites. The magnetic structure is described by k = (1/2,0,0) with the basis vector belonging to the irreducible representation Γ3.

  14. Neutron diffraction and μ SR studies of two polymorphs of nickel niobate NiNb2O6 (United States)

    Munsie, T. J. S.; Wilson, M. N.; Millington, A.; Thompson, C. M.; Flacau, R.; Ding, C.; Guo, S.; Gong, Z.; Aczel, A. A.; Cao, H. B.; Williams, T. J.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Ning, F.; Greedan, J. E.; Luke, G. M.


    Neutron diffraction and muon spin relaxation (μ SR ) studies are presented for the newly characterized polymorph of NiNb2O6 (β -NiNb2O6) with space group P4 2/n and μ SR data only for the previously known columbite structure polymorph with space group P b c n . The magnetic structure of the P4 2/n form was determined from neutron diffraction using both powder and single-crystal data. Powder neutron diffraction determined an ordering wave vector k ⃗=(1/2 ,1/2 ,1/2 ) . Single-crystal data confirmed the same k ⃗ vector and showed that the correct magnetic structure consists of antiferromagnetically coupled chains running along the a or b axis in adjacent Ni2 + layers perpendicular to the c axis, which is consistent with the expected exchange interaction hierarchy in this system. The refined magnetic structure is compared with the known magnetic structures of the closely related trirutile phases, NiSb2O6 and NiTa2O6 . μ SR data finds a transition temperature of TN˜15 K for this system, while the columbite polymorph exhibits a lower TN=5.7 (3 ) K. Our μ SR measurements also allowed us to estimate the critical exponent of the order parameter β for each polymorph. We found β =0.25 (3 ) and 0.16(2) for the β and columbite polymorphs, respectively. The single-crystal neutron scattering data give a value for the critical exponent β =0.28 (3 ) for β -NiNb2O6 , in agreement with the μ SR value. While both systems have β values less than 0.3, which is indicative of reduced dimensionality, this effect appears to be much stronger for the columbite system. In other words, although both systems appear to be well described by S =1 spin chains, the interchain interactions in the β polymorph are likely much larger.

  15. The high-pressure C2/ c P21/ c phase transition along the LiAlSi2O6 LiGaSi2O6 solid solution (United States)

    Nestola, Fabrizio; Ballaran, Tiziana Boffa; Ohashi, Haruo


    Two synthetic single-crystals with composition Li(Al0.53Ga0.47)Si2O6 and LiGaSi2O6 and space group C2/ c at room conditions have been studied under pressure by means of X-ray diffraction using a diamond anvil cell. The unit-cell parameters were determined at 12 and 10 different pressures up to P = 8.849 and P = 7.320 GPa for Li(Al0.53Ga0.47)Si2O6 and LiGaSi2O6, respectively. The sample with mixed composition shows a C2/c to P21/ c phase transformation between 1.814 and 2.156 GPa, first-order in character. The transition is characterised by a large and discontinuous decrease in the unit-cell volume and by the appearance of the b-type reflections ( h + k = odd) typical of the primitive symmetry. The Ga end-member shows the same C2/c to P21/ c transformation at a pressure between 0.0001 and 0.39 GPa. The low-pressure value at which the transition occurred did not allow collecting any data in the C2/ c pressure stability field except that on room pressure. Our results compared with those relative to spodumene (LiAlSi2O6, Arlt and Angel 2000a) indicate that the substitution of Al for Ga at the M1 site of Li-clinopyroxenes strongly affects the transition pressure causing a decrease from 3.17 GPa (spodumene) to less than 0.39 GPa (LiGaSi2O6) and decreases the volume discontinuity at the transition. As already found for other compounds, the C2 /c low-pressure phases are more rigid than the P21 /c high-pressure ones. Moreover, the increase of the M1 cation radius causes a decrease in the bulk modulus K T0. The axial compressibility among the Li-bearing clinopyroxenes indicates that the c axis is the most rigid for the C2 /c phases while it becomes the most compressible for the P21 /c phases.

  16. Plant growth promotion by Pseudomonas fluorescens

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    Cheng, X.


    Pseudomonas fluorescens is a Gram-negative rod shaped bacterium that has a versatile metabolism and is widely spread in soil and water. P. fluorescens strain SBW25 (Pf.SBW25) is a well-known model strain to study bacterial evolution, plant colonization and biocontrol of plant diseases. It produces

  17. Antibiograms of Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas ...

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    While there was no bacterial growth after 48hrs incubation recorded for group one, only 5(13.9%) samples yielded growth of Staphylococcus aureus for group two with 31(86.1%) yielding no bacterial growth. All group three samples yielded profuse growth of which 11(36.7%) yielded Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ...

  18. Transesterification of Jatropha oil using immobilized Pseudomonas ...

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    mild transesterification has become of much current interest for alternative fuel production. In the present study the ability of a commercial immobilized Pseudomonas fluorescens MTCC 103 to catalyze the transesterification of Jatropha oil and methanol was investigated. The cell of P. fluorescens was easily immobilized ...

  19. Behavioral response of resistant and sensitive Pseudomonas ...

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    Jul 18, 2008 ... Key words: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, cadmium stress, heavy metal resistance. INTRODUCTION. The release of .... plasmids located in the bacterial strains isolated from agricultural and industrial soils ..... esteraromaticum S51 with other strains of non-flocculating sludge bacteria. IWA's Water Environ.

  20. Evaluation of gamma irradiation effect and Pseudomonas ...

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    Antagonistic effect of Pseudomonas fluorescens and influence of gamma irradiation on the development of Penicillium expansum, the causal agent of postharvest disease on apple fruit was studied. P. fluorescens was originally isolated from rhizosphere of the apple trees. Suspension of P. fluorescens and P. expansum ...

  1. Bacteriocinogenicity and production of pyocins from Pseudomonas ...

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    The susceptible organisms include Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes, Klebsiella spp., Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis, Proteus spp. and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The results of this study have provided evidence for broadspectrum antibacterial activity of pyocins elicited by Pseudomonas species from Nigeria ...

  2. Isolation and characterization of arsenite oxidizing Pseudomonas ...

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    Mar 8, 2010 ... indicates its potential application in biological treatment of wastewaters contaminated with arsenic. Key words: Arsenic, wastewater, Pseudomonas lubricans, bioremediation. INTRODUCTION. Arsenic is the most prevalent environmental toxic metal and is first on the superfund list of hazardous substances.

  3. Antibiotics Susceptibility Pattern of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ...

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    ABSTRACT: This work investigated the prevalence and antibiotics sensitivity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from wounds of patients attending Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria-Nigeria. One hundred Isolates were characterized and identified from the specimens using standard ...

  4. Characterization of drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ...

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    Despite the fact that they remain asymptomatic in many cases, they nevertheless play significant roles in the epidemiology of these pathogens through their dissemination to the public, sometimes through the food chain. Four multidrug resistant Gram negative pathogens including: 2 Pseudomonas aeruginosa and 2 Proteus ...

  5. Growth of Pseudomonas fluorescens on Cassava Starch ...

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    This involved hydrolysis of starch extracted from freshly harvested cassava tubers using enzyme-enzyme method of hydrolysis, followed by aerobic fermentation of Pseudomonas fluorescens on a mixture of the hydrolysate and nutrient media in a fermentor in batch cultures. The reducing sugar hydrolysate served as the ...

  6. Characterization of rhodanese produced by Pseudomonas ...

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    Enzymatic remediation of polluted environment presents advantages over traditional technologies and also over microbial remediation. Extracellular rhodanese of strains of Pseudomonas aerugionosa and Bacillus brevis isolated from soil of cassava processing site were studied. Biochemical characteristics of the purified ...

  7. Production and characterization of biosurfactant from Pseudomonas ...

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    In this present study, biosurfactant-producing microorganisms Pseudomonas aeruginosa PBSC1, was isolated from mangrove ecosystem in Pichavaram (Boat house), Tamil Nadu, India. The biosurfactant production was done using a minimal salt medium (MSM) with crude oil as the hydrocarbon. The microbial growths ...

  8. Optimization of alkaline protease production from Pseudomonas ...

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    A protease producing bacteria was isolated from meat waste contaminated soil and identified as Pseudomonas fluorescens. Optimization of the fermentation medium for maximum protease production was carried out. The culture conditions like inoculum concentration, incubation time, pH, temperature, carbon sources, ...

  9. "Hot Tub Rash" and "Swimmer's Ear" (Pseudomonas) (United States)

    ... Hot Tub Rash > Remove swimsuits and shower with soap after getting out of the water. > Clean swimsuits after getting out of the water. ... in locations that have been closed because of pollution. Pseudomonas can multiply quickly when water disinfectant levels drop, so testing your pool or ...

  10. Occurrence of Fusarium Oxysporum and Ralstonia (Pseudomonas ...

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    The microflora associated with the root-surface of five tomato cultivars commonly cultivated in Edo State Nigeria, was investigated by inoculating serially washed 5 mm tomato root segments on potato dextrose agar (PDA) incubated at room temperature (28-30oC). Fusarium oxysporum and Ralstonia (pseudomonas) ...

  11. High pressure inactivation of Pseudomonas in black truffle - comparison with Pseudomonas fluorescens in tryptone soya broth (United States)

    Ballestra, Patricia; Verret, Catherine; Cruz, Christian; Largeteau, Alain; Demazeau, Gerard; El Moueffak, Abdelhamid


    Pseudomonas is one of the most common genera in black Perigord truffle. Its inactivation by high pressure (100-500 MPa/10 min) applied on truffles at sub-zero or low temperatures was studied and compared with those of Pseudomonas fluorescens in tryptone soya broth. Pressurization of truffles at 300 MPa/4 °C reduced the bacterial count of Pseudomonas by 5.3 log cycles. Higher pressures of 400 or 500 MPa, at 4 °C or 20 °C, allowed us to slightly increase the level of destruction to the value of ca. 6.5 log cycles but did not permit us to completely inactivate Pseudomonas. The results showed a residual charge of about 10 CFU/g. Pressure-shift freezing of truffles, which consists in applying a pressure of 200 MPa/-18 °C for 10 min and then quickly releasing this pressure to induce freezing, reduced the population of Pseudomonas by 3.3 log cycles. The level of inactivation was higher than those obtained with conventional freezing. Endogenous Pseudomonas in truffle was shown to be more resistant to high pressure treatments than P. fluorescens used for inoculation of broths.

  12. The Crystal Structure and Magnetic Behavior of Quinary Osmate and Ruthenate Double Perovskites LaABB'O6(A = Ca, Sr; B = Co, Ni; B' = Ru, Os). (United States)

    Morrow, Ryan; McGuire, Michael A; Yan, Jiaqiang; Woodward, Patrick M


    Six LaABB'O 6 (A = Ca, Sr; B = Co, Ni; B' = Ru, Os) double perovskites were synthesized, several for the first time, and their crystal structures and magnetic behavior were characterized with neutron powder diffraction and direct-current and alternating-current magnetometry. All six compounds crystallize with P2 1 /n space group symmetry, resulting from a - a - c + octahedral tilting and complete rock salt ordering of transition-metal ions. Despite the electronic configurations of the transition-metal ions, either d 8 -d 3 or d 7 -d 3 , not one of the six compounds shows ferromagnetism as predicted by the Goodenough-Kanamori rules. LaSrNiOsO 6 , LaSrNiRuO 6 , and LaCaNiRuO 6 display long-range antiferromagnetic order, while LaCaNiOsO 6 , LaCaCoOsO 6 , and LaSrCoOsO 6 exhibit spin-glass behavior. These compounds are compared to the previously studied LaCaCoRuO 6 and LaSrCoRuO 6 , both of which order antiferromagnetically. The observed variations in magnetic properties can be attributed largely to the response of competing superexchange pathways due to changes in B-O-B' bond angles, differences in the radial extent of the 4d (B' = Ru) and 5d (B' = Os) orbitals, and filling of the t 2g orbitals of the 3d ion.

  13. Photodegradation of dye pollutants catalyzed by γ-Bi2MoO6 nanoplate under visible light irradiation (United States)

    Zhao, Xu; Xu, Tongguang; Yao, Wenqing; Zhu, Yongfa


    Nanoplate γ-Bi 2MoO 6 is prepared by hydrothermal method. Using this material as photocatalyst, rhodamine B and methylene blue were efficiently degraded under visible light irradiation. The degradation kinetics, total organic carbon changes, and electron spin resonance detection of active oxygen species were investigated to clarify the degradation process. The experimental results indicated that the target dyes could be facilely bleached and mineralized. The formation of active oxygen species of rad OH and O 2rad - is detected, and they are proposed to be responsible for the degradation of the target dyes. The γ-Bi 2MoO 6 catalyst is very stable and can be reused.

  14. Assessment of the performance of common density functional methods for describing the interaction energies of (H2O)6 clusters (United States)

    Wang, F.-F.; Jenness, G.; Al-Saidi, W. A.; Jordan, K. D.


    Localized molecular orbital energy decomposition analysis and symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) calculations are used to analyze the two- and three-body interaction energies of four low-energy isomers of (H2O)6 in order to gain insight into the performance of several popular density functionals for describing the electrostatic, exchange-repulsion, induction, and short-range dispersion interactions between water molecules. The energy decomposition analyses indicate that all density functionals considered significantly overestimate the contributions of charge transfer to the interaction energies. Moreover, in contrast to some studies that state that density functional theory (DFT) does not include dispersion interactions, we adopt a broader definition and conclude that for (H2O)6 the short-range dispersion interactions recovered in the DFT calculations account about 75% or more of the net (short-range plus long-range) dispersion energies obtained from the SAPT calculations.

  15. Characterization and photoluminescence properties of sol-gel derived Bi2MoO6:Eu3+ phosphor (United States)

    Zhang, Jie; Han, Bing; Li, Pengju; Li, Jianliang; Bian, Yang


    This work first reported the characterization and photoluminescence properties of Eu3+ doped Bi2MoO6 phosphor prepared by sol-gel method. The phosphor was characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopic, fourier transform infrared spectrum, and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements in order to investigate the phase purity, surface morphology, and photoluminescence properties. The spectroscopic characteristics including excitation and emission spectrum, decay curve, and chromaticity coordinates were discussed. The as-prepared phosphor can be effectively excited with 345/465 nm light, and exhibit red emission belonging to the prevailing 5 D 0 → 7 F 2 transition of Eu3+ with decay time of milliseconds. The above spectral characteristics indicate sol-gel derived Bi2MoO6:Eu3+ phosphor could be regarded as a potential red phosphor for application in white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs) based on ultraviolet (UV)/blue LED chips.

  16. Structural, magnetic and transport properties of S doping in Sr2FeMoO6 compound (United States)

    Huo, Guoyan; Ding, Lei; Li, Zhenxing


    The polycrystalline Sr2FeMoO6-xSx (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) series were synthesized. The structure of Sr2FeMoO6-xSx is assigned to tetragonal system with space group I4/mmm. The cell volume decreases with x from 0.0 to 0.3, then, increases with x from 0.3 to 0.4. S doping leads the oxygen/sulfur at 4e and 8h positions to movement away from Fe and to displacement toward Mo, respectively. The MS at room temperature increases with degree of order of Fe and Mo ions. The electrical resistivity for studied samples exhibits a semiconductor-like behavior. The resistivity decreases with S doping. The electrical transport behavior is mainly dominated by electron-electron interactions except x = 0.4 in 0.0 magnetic field.

  17. Near-infrared luminescence of Bi2ZnOB2O6:Nd3+/PMMA composite (United States)

    Jaroszewski, K.; Głuchowski, P.; Chrunik, M.; Jastrząb, R.; Majchrowski, A.; Kasprowicz, D.


    Near-infrared luminescence of a novel polymer composite system: PMMA doped with Bi2ZnOB2O6:Nd3+ microparticles, is reported for the first time. Luminescence properties of Bi2ZnOB2O6:Nd3+/PMMA were analyzed on the basis on excitation and emission spectra as well as fluorescence decay profiles. Excitation spectra monitored at 1062 nm (4F3/2 → 4I11/2) indicate numerous bands related to the optical transition of Nd3+ ions: from the 4I9/2 ground state to the 4D3/2, 2P1/2, 2K15/2, 4G7/2 + 4G9/2, 2K13/2, 4G5/2 + 2G7/2, 2H11/2, 4F9/2, 4F7/2 + 4S3/2, 4F5/2 + 2H9/2, 4F3/2 excited states. Many of them may be utilized to excite near-infrared emission of Nd3+ ions. In particular, distinctive Nd3+ emissions of the 4F3/2 → 4I9/2 and 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 transitions were detected, under excitation at 514 nm. The fluorescence decay profiles monitored at 1062 nm, excited at 514 nm, show relatively long emission lifetime of the 4F3/2 → 4I11/2 transition equal to 85 μs. Raman spectroscopy was used to determine vibrational properties and homogeneity of Bi2ZnOB2O6:Nd3+/PMMA composites. The obtained results suggest that Bi2ZnOB2O6:Nd3+/PMMA composite may be applied as an effective source of near-infrared emission in a new integrated optoelectronic devices.

  18. The line shape of the Ortho-II superstructure reflection in YBa2Cu3O6.5

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    Schleger, P.; Hadfield, R.; Casalta, H.


    Neutron and synchrotron x-ray measurements of the Ortho-II superstructure reflections on a high quality single crystal of YBa2Cu3O6.5 revealed that the intrinsic line shape is a Lorentzian to the power 5/2. It is argued that such a line shape implies late-stage domain coarsening of a quenched...... system ordering in three dimensions (d=3) with a two component order parameter (n=2)....

  19. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48


    Mankowsky, R.; Fechner, M.; Först, M.; von Hoegen, A.; Porras, J.; Loew, T; Dakovski, G.L.; Seaberg, M.; Möller, S; Coslovich, G.; Keimer, B.; Dhesi, S. S.; Cavalleri, A


    Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, ...

  20. Coloration and thermoluminescence of translucent AlN ceramics sintered with Ca3Al2O6 as sintering additive (United States)

    Honma, T.; Kuroki, Y.; Okamoto, T.; Takata, M.; Kanechika, Y.; Azuma, M.; Taniguchi, H.


    Coloration of translucent AlN ceramics sintered with Ca3Al2O6 as a sintering additive occurs by exposure to ultraviolet light. The trap related to this coloration was investigated by thermoluminescence (TL) measurements. With increasing oxygen content, the TL intensity increased, reflecting an increase in the trap concentration in the samples. The thermal activation energy of the trap also decreased with decreasing defect density. The trap is considered to be an oxygen-induced defect.

  1. Optoelectronic Structure and Related Transport Properties of Ag2Sb2O6 and Cd2Sb2O7 (United States)

    Irfan, Muhammad; Hussain, Safdar; Khan, Saleem Ayaz; Goumri-Said, Souraya; Azam, Sikander


    Using the full-potential linearized augmented-plane wave method, the electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of Ag2Sb2O6 and Cd2Sb2O7 compounds have been explored. The modified Becke-Johnson potential was applied to treat the exchange-correlation energy term. The electronic band structures reveal that the valence-band maximum and conduction-band minimum occur at Γ point, indicating that Ag2Sb2O6 and Cd2Sb2O7 are direct energy bandgap semiconductors. Strong hybridization appeared between Ag (Cd)- s/ p and O- s/ p states. The optical properties, i.e., complex dielectric function, reflectivity, refractive index, and energy loss function, reveal high reflectivity in the ultraviolet energy range, indicating usefulness of these materials in shields from high-energy radiation. Combining transport theory and the outputs from the full-potential linearized augmented-plane wave calculations, the thermoelectric properties were analyzed as functions of temperature. Due to their high thermopower and narrow bandgap, Ag2Sb2O6 and Cd2Sb2O7 are suitable materials for application in optoelectronic and thermoelectric devices.

  2. Orbital ordering and valence states in ( La1+x Ca1-x ) CoRu O6 double perovskites (United States)

    Bos, Jan-Willem G.; Attfield, J. Paul; Chan, Ting-Shan; Liu, Ru-Shi; Jang, Ling-Yun


    (La1+xCa1-x)CoRuO6 double perovskites have been studied by neutron diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The thermal evolution of the (LaCa)CoRuO6 structure has been investigated between 4 and 1073K using neutron powder diffraction. The cell b axis shows a crossover from negative to positive thermal expansion at T≈425K , which is accompanied by a discontinuity in the c axis. This is shown to result from a partial orbital ordering of the Co2+ t2g holes. Ru valence states of doped (La1+xCa1-x)CoRuO6 (-0.25⩽x⩽0.25) materials have been investigated using XANES spectroscopy. Electron-doping (x>0) leads to reduction of Ru5+→Ru4+ while hole-doped x⩽0 compositions have a constant Ru5+ state. These observations support a proposed asymmetric doping model.

  3. Oxygen chain disorder as the weak scattering source in YBa2Cu3O6.50 (United States)

    Bobowski, J. S.; Baglo, J. C.; Day, James; Semple, Lynne; Dosanjh, P.; Turner, P. J.; Harris, R.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.


    The microwave conductivity of ultrapure single crystals of YBa2Cu3O6.5 has been measured deep in the superconducting state as a continuous function of frequency using a broadband spectrometer. Conductivity spectra were first measured at four temperatures below 10 K after having prepared the crystal in the so-called ortho-II phase, in which the Cu-O chain oxygens are ordered into alternating full and empty chains. These spectra exhibit features expected for quasiparticle scattering from dilute weak impurities (small scattering phase shift) in a d -wave superconductor. The measurements were repeated on the same crystal after heating and then rapidly quenching the sample to reduce the degree of oxygen order in the Cu-O chains. The disordered conductivity spectra retained the weak-limit scattering features. However, the spectra were broadened due to increased quasiparticle scattering which we have identified as increased scattering from disorder in the Cu-O chains. The quasiparticle conductivity spectral widths of a new generation of ultrahigh-purity ortho-II ordered YBa2Cu3O6.5 samples, with an order of magnitude lower cation impurity concentration, were also measured and found to be unchanged from those in the older generation samples. It is concluded for both generations of ortho-II YBa2Cu3O6.5 crystals that the widths of the quasiparticle conductivity spectra are largely determined by residual disorder in the Cu-O chains.

  4. Gel-combustion synthesis of CoSb2O6 and its reduction to powdery Sb2Co alloy

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    Full Text Available Sb2Co alloy in powdery form was synthesized via reduction with gaseous hydrogen of the oxide CoSb2O6, obtained by the citrate gel-combustion technique. The precursor was an aqueous solution of antimony nitrate, cobalt nitrate and citric acid. The precursor solution with mole ratio Co(II/Sb(V of 1:2 was gelatinized by evaporation of water. The gel was heated in air up to the temperature of self-ignition. The product of gel combustion was a mixture of oxides and it had to be additionally thermally treated in order to be converted to pure CoSb2O6. The reduction of CoSb2O6 by gaseous hydrogen yielded powdery Sb2Co as the sole phase. The process of oxide reduction to alloy was controlled by thermogravimetry, while X-ray diffractometry was used to control the phase compositions of both the oxides and alloys.

  5. Influence of bacteria on degradation of bioplastics (United States)

    Blinková, M.; Boturová, K.


    The degradation rate of bioplastic in soil is closely related to the diversity of soil microbiota. To investigate the effect of soil bacterial on biodegradation, 4 bacterial strains of soil – Pseudomonas chlororaphis, Kocuria rosea, Cupriavidus necator and Bacillus cereus, were used to accelerate the decomposition of bioplastics manufactured from Polylactid acid (PLA) by direct action during 250 days. The best results were obtained with bacterial strains Cupriavidus necator and Pseudomonas chlororaphis that were isolated of lagoons with anthropogenic sediments.

  6. Studies on Ba(2)YNbO(6) Buffer Layers for Subsequent YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) Film Growth

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    Sathiraju, Srinivas; Barnes, Paul N; Varanasi, Chakrapani; Wheeler, Robert


    In this paper, we are reporting a dielectric oxide buffer Ba(2)YNbO(6) (BYNO) and its performance on various substrates for a potential buffer layer for the growth of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) (YBCO) coated conductors. Ba(2)YNbO(6...

  7. Biodegradation Of 4-Chlorobiphenyl By Pseudomonas synxantha

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    Dhanjal Noorpreet Inder Kaur


    Full Text Available The stabilization and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs from soil environment and wetland areas is of great concern for health and safety. Wetland remediation with microorganisms is an approach for treating PCBs. A bacterial strain was isolated from hydrocarbon contaminated soil of Ropar, Punjab, able to degrade PCBs under aerobic conditions. The percentage of degradation with 100 mM/ml of 4-chlorobiphenyl was up to 90%. Degradation was monitored by mass spectrometry, high performance liquid chromatography and spectrophotometrically, showing that 4-chlorobiphenyl was degraded almost completely. The bacterial strain was identified as Pseudomonas synxantha by 16sRNA sequencing method. This is the first report of 4-chlorobiphenyl degradation by Pseudomonas synxantha.

  8. Pseudomonas spp. convert metmyoglobin into deoxymyoglobin. (United States)

    Motoyama, Michiyo; Kobayashi, Miho; Sasaki, Keisuke; Nomura, Masaru; Mitsumoto, Mitsuru


    Meat 'reddening' by bacteria was observed in chilled beef. To identify the reddening bacteria, isolates were inoculated onto beef and the changes in CIE L*a*b* values monitored. As a result, two Pseudomonas spp., including Pseudomonas fragi which is commonly observed in raw meat, were selected and identified as reddening bacteria. The reddening was coincidentally occurred with the appearance of slime, and the increase in thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) was simultaneously suppressed. In myoglobin-containing nutrient broth, it is shown spectroscopically that P. fragi converted metmyoglobin into deoxymyoglobin. It was concluded that the meat reddening was due to the formation of deoxymyoglobin, induced by the very-low-oxygen tension brought about by Pseudomonad's oxygen consumption: This oxygen depletion simultaneously suppressed TBARS increase.

  9. The immune system vs. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Jensen, Peter Østrup; Givskov, Michael; Bjarnsholt, Thomas


    Ilya Metchnikoff and Paul Ehrlich were awarded the Nobel price in 1908. Since then, numerous studies have unraveled a multitude of mechanistically different immune responses to intruding microorganisms. However, in the vast majority of these studies, the underlying infectious agents have appeared...... the present review on the immune system vs. biofilm bacteria is focused on Pseudomonas aeruginosa (mainly because this is the most thoroughly studied), many of the same mechanisms are also seen with biofilm infections generated by other microorganisms....

  10. Extracytoplasmic function sigma factors in Pseudomonas syringae

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    Kiil, Kristoffer; Oguiza, J.A.; Ussery, D.W.


    Genome analyses of the plant pathogens Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000, pv. syringae B728a and pv. phaseolicola 1448A reveal fewer extracytoplasmic function (ECF) sigma factors than in related Pseudomonads with different lifestyles. We highlight the presence of a P. syringae-specific ECF s...... sigma factor that is an interesting target for future studies because of its potential role in the adaptation of P. syringae to its specialized phytopathogenic lifestyle....

  11. Isolation and characterization of arsenite oxidizing Pseudomonas ...

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    A bacterium, Pseudomonas lubricans, isolated from heavy metal laden industrial wastewater, has been shown to tolerate multiple heavy metals suggesting its importance in bioremediation of industrial effluents. P. lubricans tolerated As(III) up to 3 mg ml-1, Cu2+ up to 0.7 mg ml-1, Hg2+ up to 0.4 mg ml-1, Ni2+ up to 0.4 mg ...

  12. Nosocomial outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa endophthalmitis. (United States)

    Mateos, I; Valencia, R; Torres, M J; Cantos, A; Conde, M; Aznar, J


    We describe an outbreak of nosocomial endophthalmitis due to a common source, which was determined to be trypan blue solution prepared in the hospital's pharmacy service. We assume that viable bacteria probably gained access to the trypan blue stock solution during cooling after autoclaving. The temporal cluster of Pseudomonas aeruginosa endophthalmitis was readily perceived on the basis of clinical and microbiological findings, and an exogenous source of contamination was unequivocally identified by means of DNA fingerprinting.

  13. Ionic conductivity in single-crystal LiAlSi2O6: influence of structure on lithium mobility (United States)

    Welsch, A.-M.; Murawski, D.; Prekajski, M.; Vulic, P.; Kremenovic, A.


    With the increased interest in application of Li aluminosilicate materials as solid electrolytes, this study focuses on investigating the influence of structure on conductivity properties in single-crystal LiAlSi2O6 which is characterized by three crystal polymorphs where only structural arrangements differ while the amount of mobile carriers is identical. Two single-crystal polymorphic phases produced at ambient pressure are with tetragonal P41212 symmetry and hexagonal P6222 symmetry, also referred to as β- and γ-spodumene in the older literature. For this study, flux-grown hexagonal spodumene single-crystals were measured for conductivity parallel to the crystallographic c-axis and the results were compared with previously published results for tetragonal spodumene, both as single-crystal and polycrystalline aggregate, monoclinic spodumene ( α-spodumene) and LiAlSi2O6 glass. The activation energy E a of 79.69 ± 0.38 kJ/mol for hexagonal phase is very similar to the other crystalline polymorphs with the same orientation. However, the σ DC in hexagonal spodumene was determined to be higher than other crystalline phases and about 1.5 orders of magnitude lower than the conductivity in glass LiAlSi2O6 phase. Additionally, the densities of atomic packing were compared between phases, and the differences in the openness of the structures indicate that the more dominant effect on the Li mobility lies with the actual spatial arrangement of Li sites and the Si/Al sublattice.

  14. Structure, ferroelectric ordering, and semiempirical quantum calculations of lanthanide based metal-organic framework: [Nd(C4H5O6)(C4H4O6)][3H2O (United States)

    Ahmad, Bhat Zahoor; Want, Basharat


    We investigate the structure and ferroelectric behavior of a lanthanide based metal-organic framework (MOF), [Nd(C4H5O6)(C4H4O6)][3H2O]. X-ray crystal structure analyses reveal that it crystallizes in the P41212 space group with Nd centres, coordinated by nine oxygen atoms, forming a distorted capped square antiprismatic geometry. The molecules, bridged by tartrate ligands, form a 2D chiral structure. The 2D sheets are further linked into a 3D porous framework via strong hydrogen-bonding scheme (O-H…O ≈ 2.113 Å). Dielectric studies reveal two anomalies at 295 K and 185 K. The former is a paraelectric-ferroelectric transition, and the later is attributed to the freezing down of the motion of the hydroxyl groups. The phase transition is of second order, and the spontaneous polarization in low temperature phase is attributed to the ordering of protons of hydroxyl groups. The dielectric nonlinearity parameters have been calculated using Landau- Devonshire phenomenological theory. In addition, the most recent semiempirical models, Sparkle/PM7, Sparkle/RM1, and Sparkle/AM1, are tested on the present system to assay the accuracy of semiempirical quantum approaches to predict the geometries of solid MOFs. Our results show that Sparkle/PM7 model is the most accurate to predict the unit cell structure and coordination polyhedron geometry. The semiempirical methods are also used to calculate different ground state molecular properties.

  15. A search for disorder in the spin glass double perovskites Sr(2)CaReO(6) and Sr(2)MgReO(6) using neutron diffraction and neutron pair distribution function analysis. (United States)

    Greedan, J E; Derakhshan, Shahab; Ramezanipour, F; Siewenie, J; Proffen, Th


    The geometrically frustrated, B-site ordered, S = 1/2, double perovskites Sr(2)CaReO(6) and Sr(2)MgReO(6), which show spin frozen magnetic ground states, have been investigated using neutron powder diffraction (ND) and neutron pair distribution function (NPDF) analysis in a search for evidence for atomic positional disorder. For both materials, data were taken above and below the spin freezing temperatures of ∼ 14 K and ∼ 45 K for the CaRe and MgRe phases, respectively. In both cases the fully B-site ordered model was in excellent agreement with the data, both ND and NPDF, at all temperatures studied. Thus, the structure of these materials, from the average and the local perspectives, is very well described by the fully B-site ordered model, which raises questions concerning the origin of the spin glass ground state. These results are compared with those for the spin glass pyrochlore Y(2)Mo(2)O(7) and other B-site ordered double perovskites.

  16. Phenomenology of â -axis and b̂ -axis charge dynamics from microwave spectroscopy of highly ordered YBa2Cu3O6.50 and YBa2Cu3O6.993 (United States)

    Harris, R.; Turner, P. J.; Kamal, Saeid; Hosseini, A. R.; Dosanjh, P.; Mullins, G. K.; Bobowski, J. S.; Bidinosti, C. P.; Broun, D. M.; Liang, Ruixing; Hardy, W. N.; Bonn, D. A.


    Extensive measurements of the microwave conductivity of highly pure and oxygen-ordered YBa2Cu3O6+y single crystals have been performed as a means of exploring the intrinsic charge dynamics of a d -wave superconductor. Broadband and fixed-frequency microwave apparatus together provide a very clear picture of the electrodynamics of the superconducting condensate and its thermally excited nodal quasiparticles. The measurements reveal the existence of very long-lived excitations deep in the superconducting state, as evidenced by sharp cusplike conductivity spectra with widths that fall well within our experimental bandwidth. We present a phenomenological model of the microwave conductivity that captures the physics of energy-dependent quasiparticle dynamics in a d -wave superconductor which, in turn, allows us to examine the scattering rate and oscillator strength of the thermally excited quasiparticles as functions of temperature. Our results are in close agreement with the Ferrell-Glover-Tinkham sum rule, giving confidence in both our experiments and the phenomenological model. Separate experiments for currents along the â and b̂ directions of detwinned crystals allow us to isolate the role of the CuO chain layers in YBa2Cu3O6+y , and a model is presented that incorporates both one-dimensional conduction from the chain electrons and two-dimensional transport associated with the CuO2 plane layers.

  17. A Neutron Diffraction Study of the Nuclear and Magnetic Structure of MnNb2O6

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    Nielsen, Oliver Vindex; Lebech, Bente; Krebs Larsen, F.


    A neutron diffraction study was made of the nuclear and the magnetic structure of MnNb2O6 single crystals. The thirteen nuclear parameters (space group Pbcn) were determined from 304 reflections at room temperature. The antiferromagnetic structure (Neel temperature=4.4K), determined at 1.2K......, is a superposition of G- and A-type structures of the form 0.90 Gx+0.34 Gy+0.28 Az. The corresponding magnetic space group is P2'1/c....

  18. Efficient 1 kHz femtosecond optical parametric amplification in BiB(3)O(6) pumped at 800 nm. (United States)

    Ghotbi, Masood; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid; Petrov, Valentin; Tzankov, Pancho; Noack, Frank


    We demonstrate efficient operation of a tunable femtosecond optical parametric amplifier based on BiB(3)O(6) pumped at 800 nm by a 1 kHz Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier. The idler wavelength coverage extends to beyond 3 mum and the pulse duration at this wavelength is of the order of 110 fs. This new nonlinear borate crystal offers exceptionally high nonlinearity, making it a very promising candidate for power scaling of such frequency converters in the near-IR.

  19. Oxygen-ordering phenomena in YBa2Cu3O6+x studied by Monte Carlo simulation

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    Fiig, T.; Andersen, J.V.; Andersen, N.H.


    The oxygen order in YBa2Cu3O6+x has been investigated by Monte Carlo simulation with the two-dimensional anisotropic next-nearest-neighbor lattice gas model, the ASYNNNI model. For a specific set of interaction parameters we have calculated the structural phase diagram, the chemical potential......, and the structure factor as a function of temperature and wave vector for x = 0.4. The phase diagram has been determined from an ivestigation of the order parameters and their fluctuations as well as by the use of an improved version of the Ferrenberg-Swendsen method. The calculated phase diagram and the widths...

  20. Neutron scattering study of the magnetic phase diagram of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Haug, Daniel; Hinkov, Vladimir; Sidis, Yvan


    We present a neutron triple-axis and resonant spin-echo spectroscopy study of the spin correlations in untwinned YBa2Cu3O6+x single crystals with x=0.3, 0.35 and 0.45 as a function of temperature and magnetic field. As the temperature T→0, all samples exhibit static incommensurate magnetic order......-density wave order parameters coexist, and their ratio is controlled by the magnetic field. They also suggest that YBa2Cu3O6+x samples with x~0.5 exhibit incommensurate magnetic order in the high fields used for the recent quantum oscillation experiments on this system, which likely induces a reconstruction...... of the Fermi surface. We present neutron resonant spin-echo measurements (with energy resolution ~1 μeV) for T≠0 that demonstrate a continuous thermal broadening of the incommensurate magnetic Bragg reflections into a quasi-elastic peak centered at excitation energy E=0, consistent with the zero...

  1. Consecutive Outbreaks of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli O6 in Schools in South Korea Caused by Contamination of Fermented Vegetable Kimchi. (United States)

    Shin, Jaeseung; Yoon, Ki-Bok; Jeon, Doo-Young; Oh, Sung-Suk; Oh, Kyung-Hwan; Chung, Gyung Tae; Kim, Seung Woo; Cho, Seung-Hak


    Two outbreaks of gastroenteritis occurred in South Korea, affecting a middle school in the Jeollanam-do province in 2013 (Outbreak 1) and 10 schools in the Incheon province in 2014 (Outbreak 2). We investigated the outbreaks to identify the pathogen and mode of transmission. A retrospective cohort study was conducted in the Outbreak 1; and case-control studies were performed for the Outbreak 2. Samples from students, environments, and preserved food items were collected and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was conducted to identify strains of pathogen. We identified 167 and 1022 students who met the case definition (≥3 loose stools in any 24-h period) in the Outbreaks 1 and 2, respectively. The consumption of cabbage kimchi and young radish kimchi were significantly associated with the illness. Adjusted odds ratios of kimchi were 2.62-11.74. In the Outbreak 1, cabbage kimchi was made and consumed in the school restaurant and in the Outbreak 2, young radish kimchi was supplied by food company X and distributed to all the 10 schools in the Incheon province. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) O6 was isolated from fecal samples in 375 cases (33.9%) and from kimchi samples. PFGE patterns of the outbreak strains isolated from cases and food were indistinguishable in each outbreak. The suspected food vehicle in these two consecutive outbreaks was kimchi contaminated with ETEC O6. We recommend continued monitoring and stricter sanitation requirements for the food supply process in Korea, especially in relation to kimchi.

  2. Gas sensing response of nanostructured CoSb2O6 prepared by non-aqueous solution methods (United States)

    Michel, Carlos; Moran, Juan; Guillen, Hector; Martinez, Alma


    Nanostructured CoSb2O6, with trirutile type structure, was prepared by a non-aqueous solution-polymerization method, using antimony chloride, cobalt nitrate, polyvinyl pyrrolidone and ethyl alcohol. The evaporation, by microwave radiation, of the precipitate obtained in the initial stage of the synthesis, produced an amorphous solid precursor. Further calcination at 700^oC yielded the target composition. X-ray powder diffraction was used to identify the crystal structure, which corresponds to tetragonal with cell parameters a = 4.6544 å and c = 9.2823 å, and space group P42/nmn. SEM and TEM were used to analyze particle size and shape; by TEM, nanostructured particles with shape of filaments with 20 nm diameter and length up to 600 nm were observed. Their local crystallinity was confirmed by selected area electron diffraction. To test CoSb2O6 as a gas sensor material, the powder was deposited on alumina substrates using the screen-printing technique. DC electrical characterization was performed in air, O2 and CO2 from room temperature to 600^oC. The dynamic response of resistance characterization displayed a variation of about 1kφ when detecting CO2; whereas for O2 a change in the order of 10^2 φ was measured.

  3. Magnetic order in the frustrated Ising-like chain compound Sr3NiIrO6 (United States)

    Lefrançois, E.; Chapon, L. C.; Simonet, V.; Lejay, P.; Ballou, R.; Rayaprol, S.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.; Khalyavin, D.; Adroja, D. T.


    Oxides of the family A3MM'O6 (A = alkaline-earth metal, M, M'= transition metal) attracted a lot of attention because of their unconventional magnetic properties due to the interplay between low dimensionality, magnetic frustration and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. In these compounds, the M and M' ions form chains which are distributed on a triangular lattice. We studied the 5d-based system Sr3NiIrO6, which is in the strong spin-orbit coupling regime, by single crystal magnetization measurements and neutron powder diffraction. The magnetization revealed a large easy-axis of anisotropy confining the Ni2+ and Ir4+ magnetic moments along the chains. Besides, the zero-field-cooled and field-cooled measurements show that there are two characteristic temperatures: T1 = 75 K and T2 = 17 K. The first one is associated with the appearance of a magnetic order with a propagation vector k = (0, 0, 1). At T2, the susceptibility reaches a maximum followed by a sudden drop. The magnetic structure was determined from neutron powder diffraction only up to a global phase. However, symmetry arguments allowed determining the exact nature of the magnetic ground state below T2, thus clarifying the universal magnetic properties of this family of compounds.

  4. SmBa2NbO6 Nanopowders, an Effective Percolation Network Medium for YBCO Superconductors

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    Full Text Available The percolation behavior of superconductor-insulator composite, YBa2Cu3O7–δ, and nano SmBa2NbO2 synthesized by modified combustion technique was studied. Particle size of nano SmBa2NBO6 was determined using transmission electron microscopy. The chemical nonreactivity of nano SmBa2NbO6 with YBCO is evident from the X-Ray diffraction study which makes it a suitable nanoceramic substrate material for high temperature superconducting films. A systematic increase in the sintered density, approaching the optimum value of the insulating nanophase is clearly observed, as the vol.% of YBCO in the composite decreases. SEM micrograph showed uniform distribution of nanopowder among the large clusters of YBCO. The obtained percolation threshold is ~26 vol% of YBCO in the composite. All the composites below the threshold value showed TC(0~92 K even though the room resistivity increases with increase in vol.% of nano SmBa2NbO6. The values of critical exponents obtained matches well with the theoretically expected ones for an ideal superconductor-insulator system.

  5. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Eu3+ Doped High Temperature Form of Bi2MoO6 (United States)

    Han, Bing; Zhang, Jie; Li, Pengju; Li, Jianliang; Bian, Yang; Shi, Hengzhen


    This work reports on the luminescence properties of the Eu3+-doped high-temperature form of Bi2MoO6 by a solid-state reaction technique at high temperature. Various characterization methods including x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopic, Fourier transform infrared, and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements were utilized in order to investigate the phase purity and surface morphology as well as photoluminescence properties for as-prepared phosphors. The spectroscopic characteristics including excitation and emission spectrum, concentration quenching phenomenon, decay curves, and chromaticity coordinates are discussed in detail. The nature of the luminescence behavior of Eu3+ was understood in term of the Judd-Ofelt theory, and the luminescent quantum efficiency of 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ was estimated. The as-prepared phosphors can be effectively excited with a 465-nm blue light, and exhibit a reddish-orange emission belonging to the prevailing 5D0 → 7F2 transition of Eu3+ with a decay time of milliseconds. This indicates that the Bi2MoO6:Eu3+ phosphors could have potential application in white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs) based on blue LED chips.

  6. Antisite disorder induced spin glass and exchange bias effect in Nd2NiMnO6 epitaxial thin film (United States)

    Singh, Amit Kumar; Chauhan, Samta; Chandra, Ramesh


    We report the observation of the exchange bias effect and spin glass behaviour at low temperature in a ferromagnetic Nd2NiMnO6 epitaxial thin film. Along with the ferromagnetic transition at ˜194 K, an additional transition is observed at lower temperature (˜55 K) as seen from M-T curves of the sample. A shift in the ac susceptibility peak with frequency has been observed at low temperature, which is a signature of a glassy phase within the sample. The detailed investigation of the memory effect and time dependent magnetic relaxation measurements reveals the presence of a spin glass phase in the Nd2NiMnO6 thin film. The exchange bias effect observed at low temperature in the sample has been associated with an antisite disorder induced spin glass phase, which results in a ferromagnetic/spin glass interface at low temperature. The exchange bias behaviour has been further confirmed by performing cooling field and temperature dependence of exchange bias along with training effect measurements.

  7. Structural and Magnetic Properties of the Osmium Double Perovskites Ba2-xSrxYOsO6. (United States)

    Kayser, Paula; Injac, Sean; Kennedy, Brendan J; Vogt, Thomas; Avdeev, Maxim; Maynard-Casely, Helen E; Zhang, Zhaoming


    The crystal and magnetic structures of double perovskites of the type Ba2-xSrxYOsO6 were studied by synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction methods, bulk magnetic susceptibility measurements, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The structures were refined using combined neutron and synchrotron data sets based on an ordered array of corner-sharing YO6 and OsO6 octahedra, with the Ba/Sr cations being completely disordered. The structure evolves from cubic to monoclinic Fm3̅m (x ≈ 0.6) → I4/m (x ≈ 1.0) → I2/m (x ≈ 1.6) → P21/n as the Sr content is increased, due to the introduction of cooperative tilting of the octahedra. Bulk magnetic susceptibility measurements demonstrate the oxides are all anti-ferromagnets. The decrease in symmetry results in a nonlinear increase in the Neel temperature. Low-temperature neutron diffraction measurements of selected examples show these to be type-I anti-ferromagnets. X-ray absorption spectra collected at the Os L3- and L2-edges confirm the Os is pentavalent in all cases, and there is no detectable change in the covalency of the Os cation as the A-cation changes. Analysis of the L3/L2 branching ratio shows that the spin-orbit coupling is constant and insignificant across the series.

  8. The crystal structure of (Be,¿) (V,Ti)3O6, a mineral related to kyzylkumite

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    Raade, Gunnar; Balic Zunic, Tonci


      The crystal structure of (Be,¿)(V,Ti)3O6, a mineral discovered in the emerald deposit of Byrud, Norway, has been solved and refined to R1 = 4.51% for 1413 unique reflections. The structure is orthorhombic, Pnma, with lattice parameters a 9.982(1), b 8.502(1), c 4.5480(6) Å, Z = 4, and isotypic...... empirical formula is (Be0.84¿0.16)(V3+1.32Ti1.25Cr0.29Fe0.09Al0.07)S3.02O6.  Appearance of the mineral, the dominance of V and Ti in its composition and the X-ray powder-diffraction data correspond to those described originally for kyzylkumite, supposed to be V2Ti3O9. The crystal-lattice parameters found...... earlier for kyzylkumite can be explained  as based on an 8x supercell obtained on a {210} reflection twin. This type of twinning is characteristic for the Byrud mineral, and was present in the crystal used for the structure determination. These facts suggest that the same type of oxide of Be, V and Ti...

  9. Self-diffusion of lithium in LiAlSi2O6 glasses studied using mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Welsch, A-M; Behrens, H; Horn, I; Ross, S; Heitjans, P


    In order to improve our understanding of the transport mechanisms of lithium in glasses, we have performed diffusion and ionic conductivity studies on spodumene composition (LiAlSi(2)O(6)) glasses. In diffusion couple experiments pairs of chemically identical glasses with different lithium isotopy (natural Li vs pure (7)Li) were processed at temperatures between 482 and 732 K. Profiles of lithium isotopes were measured after the diffusion runs innovatively applying femtosecond UV laser ablation combined with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA ICP-MS). Self-diffusion coefficients of lithium in the glasses were determined by fitting the isotope profiles. During some of the diffusion experiments the electrical conductivity of the samples was intermittently measured by impedance spectrometry. Combining ionic conductivity and self-diffusivity yields a temperature-independent correlation factor of ~0.50, indicating that motions of Li ions are strongly correlated in this type of glasses. Lithium self-diffusivity in LiAlSi(2)O(6) glass was found to be very similar to that in lithium silicate glasses although Raman spectroscopy demonstrates structural differences between these glasses; that is, the aluminosilicate is completely polymerized while the lithium silicate glasses contain large fractions of nonbridging oxygen.

  10. High quality draft genome sequences of Pseudomonas fulva DSM 17717(T), Pseudomonas parafulva DSM 17004(T) and Pseudomonas cremoricolorata DSM 17059(T) type strains. (United States)

    Peña, Arantxa; Busquets, Antonio; Gomila, Margarita; Mulet, Magdalena; Gomila, Rosa M; Reddy, T B K; Huntemann, Marcel; Pati, Amrita; Ivanova, Natalia; Markowitz, Victor; García-Valdés, Elena; Göker, Markus; Woyke, Tanja; Klenk, Hans-Peter; Kyrpides, Nikos; Lalucat, Jorge


    Pseudomonas has the highest number of species out of any genus of Gram-negative bacteria and is phylogenetically divided into several groups. The Pseudomonas putida phylogenetic branch includes at least 13 species of environmental and industrial interest, plant-associated bacteria, insect pathogens, and even some members that have been found in clinical specimens. In the context of the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea project, we present the permanent, high-quality draft genomes of the type strains of 3 taxonomically and ecologically closely related species in the Pseudomonas putida phylogenetic branch: Pseudomonas fulva DSM 17717(T), Pseudomonas parafulva DSM 17004(T) and Pseudomonas cremoricolorata DSM 17059(T). All three genomes are comparable in size (4.6-4.9 Mb), with 4,119-4,459 protein-coding genes. Average nucleotide identity based on BLAST comparisons and digital genome-to-genome distance calculations are in good agreement with experimental DNA-DNA hybridization results. The genome sequences presented here will be very helpful in elucidating the taxonomy, phylogeny and evolution of the Pseudomonas putida species complex.

  11. The effect of pseudomonas exotoxin A on cytokine production in whole blood exposed to Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Schultz, M. J.; Speelman, P.; Zaat, S. A.; Hack, C. E.; van Deventer, S. J.; van der Poll, T.


    To determine the effect of Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A (P-ExA) on cytokine production, we studied cytokine release induced by heat-killed P. aeruginosa (HKPA) in human whole blood in the presence or absence of P-ExA. P-ExA (0.01-1 microgram ml(-1)) caused a dose-dependent decrease in

  12. Stratified growth in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Werner, E.; Roe, F.; Bugnicourt, A.


    In this study, stratified patterns of protein synthesis and growth were demonstrated in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Spatial patterns of protein synthetic activity inside biofilms were characterized by the use of two green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter gene constructs. One construct...... of oxygen limitation in the biofilm. Oxygen microelectrode measurements showed that oxygen only penetrated approximately 50 mum into the biofilm. P. aeruginosa was incapable of anaerobic growth in the medium used for this investigation. These results show that while mature P. aeruginosa biofilms contain...

  13. Pseudomonas salegens sp. nov., a halophilic member of the genus Pseudomonas isolated from a wetland. (United States)

    Amoozegar, Mohammad Ali; Shahinpei, Azadeh; Sepahy, Abbas Akhavan; Makhdoumi-Kakhki, Ali; Seyedmahdi, Shima Sadat; Schumann, Peter; Ventosa, Antonio


    A novel Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, non-endospore-forming, non-pigmented, rod-shaped, slightly halophilic bacterium, designated GBPy5(T), was isolated from aquatic plants of the Gomishan wetland, Iran. Cells of strain GBPy5(T) were motile. Growth occurred with between 1 and 10% (w/v) NaCl and the isolate grew optimally with 3% (w/v) NaCl. The optimum pH and temperature for growth of the strain were pH 8.0 and 30 °C, respectively, while it was able to grow over a pH range of 6.5-9.0 and a temperature range of 4-35 °C. Phylogenetic analysis, based on 16S rRNA gene sequences, revealed that strain GBPy5(T) is a member of the genus Pseudomonas forming a monophyletic branch. The novel strain exhibited 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity of 95.4% with type strains of Pseudomonas guariconensis PCAVU11(T) and Pseudomonas sabulinigri J64(T), respectively. The major cellular fatty acids of the isolate were C18:1ω7c (37.8%), C16:0 (14.9%), C16:1ω7c (12.9%), C12:0 3-OH (7.1%) and C12:0 (7.0%). The polar lipid pattern of strain GBPy5(T) comprised phosphatidylglycerol, diphosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylethanolamine and one phospholipid. Ubiquinone 9 (Q-9) was the predominant lipoquinone. The G+C content of the genomic DNA of strain GBPy5(T) was 59.2 mol%. On the basis of the phenotypic and phylogenetic data, strain GBPY5(T) represents a novel species of the genus Pseudomonas, for which the name Pseudomonas salegens sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is GBPy5(T) ( = IBRC-M 10762(T) = CECT 8338(T)). IUMS.

  14. Antagonistic potential of fluorescent Pseudomonas and its impact on ...

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    This study focused on the antagonistic potential of fluorescent Pseudomonas in vitro, and its inoculation effect on growth performance of Lycopersicon esculentum in Fusarium oxysporum and Rhizoctonia solani infested soil. Biochemical characteristics of fluorescent Pseudomonas showed that all ten isolates were positive ...

  15. Genetic detection of Pseudomonas spp. in commercial Amazonian fish. (United States)

    Ardura, Alba; Linde, Ana R; Garcia-Vazquez, Eva


    Brazilian freshwater fish caught from large drainages like the River Amazon represent a million ton market in expansion, which is of enormous importance for export to other continents as exotic seafood. A guarantee of bacteriological safety is required for international exports that comprise a set of different bacteria but not any Pseudomonas. However, diarrhoea, infections and even septicaemia caused by some Pseudomonas species have been reported, especially in immune-depressed patients. In this work we have employed PCR-based methodology for identifying Pseudomonas species in commercial fish caught from two different areas within the Amazon basin. Most fish caught from the downstream tributary River Tapajòs were contaminated by five different Pseudomonas species. All fish samples obtained from the River Negro tributary (Manaus markets) contained Pseudomonas, but a less diverse community with only two species. The most dangerous Pseudomonas species for human health, P. aeruginosa, was not found and consumption of these fish (from their Pseudomonas content) can be considered safe for healthy consumers. As a precautionary approach we suggest considering Pseudomonas in routine bacteriological surveys of imported seafood.

  16. Novel Targets for Treatment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms

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    Alhede, Morten; Alhede, Maria; Bjarnsholt, Thomas


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes infection in all parts of the human body. The bacterium is naturally resistant to a wide range of antibiotics. In addition to resistance mechanisms such as efflux pumps, the ability to form aggregates, known as biofilm, further reduces Pseudomonas aeruginosa’s...

  17. Interleukin-18 impairs the pulmonary host response to Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Schultz, Marc J.; Knapp, Sylvia; Florquin, Sandrine; Pater, Jennie; Takeda, Kiyoshi; Akira, Shizuo; van der Poll, Tom


    Interleukin-18 (IL-18) is a potent cytokine with many different proinflammatory activities. To study the role of IL-18 in the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas pneumonia, IL-18-deficient (IL-18(-/-)) and wild-type mice were intranasally inoculated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. IL-18 deficiency was

  18. Interactions between biosurfactant-producing Pseudomonas and Phytophthora species

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    Tran, H.


    Fluorescent Pseudomonas bacteria produce a wide variety of antimicrobial metabolites, including soap-like compounds referred to as biosurfactants. The results of this thesis showed that biosurfactant-producing Pseudomonas bacteria are effective in controlling Phytophthora foot rot disease of black

  19. Biosynthesis and regulation of cyclic lipopeptides in Pseudomonas fluorescens

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    Bruijn, de I.


    Cyclic lipopeptides (CLPs) are surfactant and antibiotic metabolites produced by a variety of bacterial genera. For the genus Pseudomonas, many structurally different CLPs have been identified. CLPs play an important role in surface motility of Pseudomonas strains, but also in virulence and

  20. Typing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains in Norwegian cystic fibrosis patients

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    Fluge, G; Ojeniyi, B; Høiby, N


    OBJECTIVES: Typing of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from Norwegian cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with chronic Pseudomonas lung infection in order to see whether cross-infection might have occurred. METHODS: Isolates from 60 patients were collected during the years 1994-98, and typed by pulsed...... between cystic fibrosis patients has occurred....

  1. Energetics of binary mixed culture of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ...

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    Bioenergetic analysis of the growth of the binary mixed culture (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas fluorescence) on phenol chemostat culture was carried out. The data were checked for consistency using carbon and available electron balances. When more than the minimum number of variables are measured, ...

  2. Energetics of binary mixed culture of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ...

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    Dec 20, 2010 ... Bioenergetic analysis of the growth of the binary mixed culture (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and. Pseudomonas fluorescence) on ... biological system is widely gaining recognition (Yang et al., 1984; Solomon et al., .... Thus, by application of the covariate adjustment technique. (Solomon et al., 1985, 1994) in ...

  3. Pseudomonas Exotoxin A: optimized by evolution for effective killing

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    Marta eMichalska


    Full Text Available Pseudomonas Exotoxin A (PE is the most toxic virulence factor of the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This review describes current knowledge about the intoxication pathways of PE. Moreover, PE represents a remarkable example for pathoadaptive evolution, how bacterial molecules have been structurally and functionally optimized under evolutionary pressure to effectively impair and kill their host cells.

  4. 33 original article infections a pseudomonas aeruginosa dans un ...

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    institution of effective resistance surveillance and infection control measures. . Keywords: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, National Hospital Abuja, Susceptibility. INFECTIONS A PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA DANS UN HOPITAL TERTIAIRE. AU NIGERIA. *Iregbu KC, Eze SO,. Département de Microbiologie Médicale and ...

  5. Vaccines for preventing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

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    Johansen, H.K.; Gøtzsche, Peter C.; Johansen, Helle Krogh


    BACKGROUND: Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed. OBJECTIVES......: To assess the effectiveness of vaccination against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group Trials Register using the terms vaccines AND pseudomonas (last search May 2008) and PubMed using the terms vaccin* AND cystic...... fibrosis (last search May 2008). SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised trials (published or unpublished) comparing Pseudomonas aeruginosa vaccines (oral, parenteral or intranasal) with control vaccines or no intervention in cystic fibrosis. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: The authors independently selected trials...

  6. The Modified Human DNA Repair Enzyme O6-Methylguanine-DNA Methyltransferase Is a Negative Regulator of Estrogen Receptor-Mediated Transcription upon Alkylation DNA Damage


    Teo, Alvin K. C.; Oh, Hue Kian; Ali, Rahmen B.; Li, Benjamin F. L.


    Cell proliferation requires precise control to prevent mutations from replication of (unrepaired) damaged DNA in cells exposed spontaneously to mutagens. Here we show that the modified human DNA repair enzyme O6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (R-MGMT), formed from the suicidal repair of the mutagenic O6-alkylguanine (6RG) lesions by MGMT in the cells exposed to alkylating carcinogens, functions in such control by preventing the estrogen receptor (ER) from transcription activation that me...

  7. Effects of ethanol and various alcoholic beverages on the formation of O6-methyldeoxyguanosine from concurrently administered N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine in rats: a dose-response study


    Yamada, Y.; Weller, R O; Kleihues, P; Ludeke, B.I.


    Consumption of alcoholic beverages has been identified as a major cause of oesophageal cancer in industrialized countries, with an exceptionally high risk associated with apple-based liquors (calvados). En the present study, we have determined the dose-activity relationship of the effects of coincident ethanol on the formation of O6-methyldeoxyguanosine (O6-MEdG) by the oesophageal carcinogen N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine (NMBzA). Male Fischer 344 rats received a single intragastric dose of NMBz...

  8. Structure Refinement of (Sr,BaNb2O6 Ceramic Powder from Neutron and X-Rays Diffraction Data

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    J.G. Carrio


    Full Text Available The structure of polycrystalline strontium barium niobate at room temperature was refined by the Rietveld method. Sintered ceramic samples were used to collect powder neutron and X-ray diffraction data. The ratio Sr/Ba ~ 64/36 was found from the initial batch composition Sr0.61Ba0.39Nb2O6, corroborating with the quantitative X-ray dispersive spectroscopy (EDS measurements. The structure is tetragonal with cell parameters a, b = 12.4504(3 Å and c = 3.9325(1 Å and space group P4bm. It was not necessary to introduce any positional disorder for the oxygen atoms. Cation Nb+5 displacements not parallel to the c direction are presented, which can influence the behavior of the ferroelectric properties.

  9. Phase transitions in double perovskite Sr2ScSbO6: An Ab-initio study (United States)

    Ray, Rajyavardhan; Himanshu, Ajay K.; Brajesh, Kumar; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Kumar, Uday; Sinha, T. P.


    First Principles study of the electronic properties of recently synthesized double perovskite Sr2ScSbO6 have been performed using density functional theory. With increasing temperature, the Sr compound undergoes three structural phase transitions at 400K, 550K and 650K approximately, leading to the following sequence of phases: P21/n → I2/m → I4/m → Fm-3m. Starting from the monoclinic phase P21/n at room temperature, resulting from the Sc/Sb ordering, the electronic structure for the tetragonal I4/m at 613K and cubic Fm-3m for T≥660K has been studied in terms of the density of states and band-structure. Presence of large band gap, both direct and indirect, has been reported and analyzed.

  10. Magnetic phase transitions and iron valence in the double perovskite Sr 2 FeOsO 6 (United States)

    Adler, Peter; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Paul, Avijit Kumar; Reehuis, Manfred; Yan, Binghai; Jansen, Martin; Felser, Claudia


    The insulating and antiferromagnetic double perovskite Sr2FeOsO6 has been studied by 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy between 5 and 295 K. The iron atoms are essentially in the Fe3 + high spin and thus the osmium atoms in the Os state. Two magnetic phase transitions, which according to neutron diffraction studies occur below T N = 140 K and T 2 = 67 K, give rise to magnetic hyperfine patterns, which differ considerably in the hyperfine fields and thus, in the corresponding ordered magnetic moments. The evolution of hyperfine field distributions, average values of the hyperfine fields, and magnetic moments with temperature suggests that the magnetic state formed below T N is strongly frustrated. The frustration is released by a magneto-structural transition which below T 2 leads to a different spin sequence along the c-direction of the tetragonal crystal structure.

  11. Biotransformation of myrcene by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Hashemi Elham


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Dihydrolinalool and terpineol are sources of fragrances that provide a unique volatile terpenoid alcohol of low toxicity and thus are widely used in the perfumery industry, in folk medicine, and in aromatherapy. They are important chemical constituents of the essential oil of many plants. Previous studies have concerned the biotransformation of limonene by Pseudomonas putida. The objective of this research was to study biotransformation of myrcene by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The culture preparation was done using such variables as different microbial methods and incubation periods to obtain maximum cells of P. aeruginosa for myrcene biotransformation. Results It was found that myrcene was converted to dihydrolinalool and 2,6-dimethyloctane in high percentages. The biotransformation products were identified by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, ultraviolet (UV analysis, gas chromatography (GC, and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS. Comparison of the different incubation times showed that 3 days was more effective, the major products being 2,6-dimethyloctane (90.0% and α-terpineol (7.7% and comprising 97.7%. In contrast, the main compounds derived for an incubation time of 1.5 days were dihydrolinalool (79.5% and 2,6-dimethyloctane (9.3%, with a total yield of 88.8%.

  12. Gas Sensing Properties of NiSb2O6 Micro- and Nanoparticles in Propane and Carbon Monoxide Atmospheres

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    Verónica-M. Rodríguez-Betancourtt


    Full Text Available Micro- and nanoparticles of NiSb2O6 were synthesized by the microwave-assisted colloidal method. Nickel nitrate, antimony chloride, ethylenediamine, and ethyl alcohol were used. The oxide was obtained at 600°C and was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD and Raman spectroscopy, showing a trirutile-type structure with cell parameters a = 4.641 Å, c = 9.223 Å, and a space group P42/mnm (136. Average crystal size was estimated at ~31.19 nm, according to the XRD-peaks. The microstructure was scrutinized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, observing microrods measuring ~3.32 μm long and ~2.71 μm wide, and microspheres with an average diameter of ~8 μm; the size of the particles shaping the microspheres was measured in the range of ~0.22 to 1.8 μm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM revealed that nanoparticles were obtained with sizes in the range of 2 to 20 nm (~10.7 nm on average. Pellets made of oxide’s powders were tested in propane (C3H8 and carbon monoxide (CO atmospheres at different concentrations and temperatures. The response of the material increased significantly as the temperature and the concentration of the test gases rose. These results show that NiSb2O6 may be a good candidate for gas sensing applications.

  13. Bi2 MoO6 Nanostrip Networks for Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to CH4. (United States)

    Zhang, Yuan; Li, Liang; Han, Qiutong; Tang, Lanqin; Chen, Xingyu; Hu, Jianqiang; Li, Zhaosheng; Zhou, Yong; Liu, Junming; Zou, Zhigang


    A three-dimensional Bi2 MoO6 nanostrip architecture was synthesized by the hydrothermal method using sodium oleate as a surfactant. The generated Bi2 MoO6 nanostrips intercross with each other to form a unique network structure with a band gap of 2.92 eV, corresponding to visible-light wavelength. Time-evolution experiments reveal the formation mechanism of the Bi2 MoO6 network. The photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CH4 catalyzed by the Bi2 MoO6 architecture was evaluated and compared with the process catalyzed by a Bi2 MoO6 nanoplate analogue synthesized in the absence of sodium oleate as well as with the solid-state reaction. The Bi2 MoO6 nanostrips exhibit the best photocatalytic activity, which can be attributed to their high specific surface area, high light-absorption intensity, suitable thickness for fast charge-carrier migration, and the presence of pores for reactant transport. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Synthesis of hierarchical ZnV2O6 nanosheets with enhanced activity and stability for visible light driven CO2 reduction to solar fuels (United States)

    Bafaqeer, Abdullah; Tahir, Muhammad; Amin, Nor Aishah Saidina


    Hierarchical nanostructures have lately garnered enormous attention because of their remarkable performances in energy storage and catalysis applications. In this study, novel hierarchical ZnV2O6 nanosheets, formulated by one-step solvothermal method, for enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction with H2O to solar fuels has been investigated. The structure and properties of the catalysts were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, BET, UV-vis, Raman and PL spectroscopy. The hierarchical ZnV2O6 nanosheets show excellent performance towards photoreduction of CO2 with H2O to CH3OH, CH3COOH and HCOOH under visible light. The main product yield, CH3OH of 3253.84 μmol g-cat-1 was obtained over ZnV2O6, 3.4 times the amount of CH3OH produced over the ZnO/V2O5 composite (945.28 μmol g-cat-1). In addition, CH3OH selectivity of 39.96% achieved over ZnO/V2O5, increased to 48.78% in ZnV2O6 nanosheets. This significant improvement in photo-activity over ZnV2O6 structure was due to hierarchical structure with enhanced charge separation by V2O5. The obtained ZnV2O6 hierarchical nanosheets exhibited excellent photocatalytic stability for selective CH3OH production.

  15. Unique dielectric features of a ceramic-semiconductor nanocomposite MgNb2O6 + 0.25Zn0.5Cd0.5S (United States)

    Pukazhselvan, D.; Selvaraj, Nivas Babu; Bdikin, Igor; Saravanan, R. Sakthi Sudar; Jakka, Suresh Kumar; Soares, M. J.; Fagg, Duncan Paul


    The present communication deals with the optical/dielectric characteristics of MgNb2O6 + 0.25Zn0.5Cd0.5S nanocomposite (10-30 nm) mixture. Zn0.5Cd0.5S (size ∼10 nm) was synthesized by microwave assisted solvo-thermal method. Monophase magnesium niobate (MN) nanoparticles (10-20 nm) were synthesized in a single step by mechanochemical treatment of MgO + Nb2O5 under dry N2 atmosphere. The nanocomposite, MgNb2O6 + 0.25Zn0.5Cd0.5S, was prepared by mechanical admixing of MgNb2O6 and Zn0.5Cd0.5S taken in 4:1 molar ratio. The photoluminescence study shows violet, yellow and orange-red emissions by the MgNb2O6 + 0.25Zn0.5Cd0.5S composite. The observed dielectric constant value (ε) for MgNb2O6 + 0.25Zn0.5Cd0.5S is only 4.7, which is ∼5 times smaller than the ε value of MgNb2O6 while a dielectric loss for the composite being closer to zero ensures promising commercial applications.

  16. Pseudomonas spp.: contamination sources in bulk tanks of dairy farms

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    Ana M.C. Vidal

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: This study focused on isolating Pseudomonas spp. during milking process in ten dairy farms with manual and mechanical milking systems during dry and rainy seasons, and evaluating DNA homology and patterns of distribution between isolates, in order to identify main sources of milk contamination by Pseudomonas spp. A total of 167 isolates of Pseudomonas spp. were obtained from water, milkers’ hands, cows’ teats, teat cups, cooling tanks and raw milk. Bacteria of Pseudomonas spp. genus were isolated from 85 and 82 sampling points in dairy farms with manual and mechanical milking system, respectively. A significant difference (p=0.02 on Pseudomonas spp. isolation was observed among samples of surface of cows’ teats before and after pre-dipping, but no significant difference (p>0.05 was observed among milking systems or seasons. The possibility of the same Pseudomonas spp. patterns are distributed in different farms and seasons using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP technique was demonstrated. Milkers’ hands, surface of cows’ teats, teat cups and cooling tanks were associated with raw milk contamination with Pseudomonas spp. on farms with manual and mechanical milking system, showing that regardless of the type of milking system and season, proper hygiene procedures of equipment, utensils and workers’ hands are essential to avoid contamination of the milk and, therefore, improve milk quality.

  17. Vaccines for preventing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis

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    Johansen, Helle Krogh; Gøtzsche, Peter C


    BACKGROUND: Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed. This is a......BACKGROUND: Chronic pulmonary infection in cystic fibrosis results in progressive lung damage. Once colonisation of the lungs with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, it is almost impossible to eradicate. Vaccines, aimed at reducing infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, have been developed....... This is an update of a previously published review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of vaccination against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Disorders Group Trials Register using the terms vaccines AND pseudomonas (last search 30...... March 2015). We previously searched PubMed using the terms vaccin* AND cystic fibrosis (last search 30 May 2013). SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised trials (published or unpublished) comparing Pseudomonas aeruginosa vaccines (oral, parenteral or intranasal) with control vaccines or no intervention in cystic...

  18. Management and treatment of contact lens-related Pseudomonas keratitis

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    Willcox MD


    Full Text Available Mark DP WillcoxSchool of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, AustraliaAbstract: Pubmed and Medline were searched for articles referring to Pseudomonas keratitis between the years 2007 and 2012 to obtain an overview of the current state of this disease. Keyword searches used the terms "Pseudomonas" + "Keratitis" limit to "2007–2012", and ["Ulcerative" or "Microbial"] + "Keratitis" + "Contact lenses" limit to "2007–2012". These articles were then reviewed for information on the percentage of microbial keratitis cases associated with contact lens wear, the frequency of Pseudomonas sp. as a causative agent of microbial keratitis around the world, the most common therapies to treat Pseudomonas keratitis, and the sensitivity of isolates of Pseudomonas to commonly prescribed antibiotics. The percentage of microbial keratitis associated with contact lens wear ranged from 0% in a study from Nepal to 54.5% from Japan. These differences may be due in part to different frequencies of contact lens wear. The frequency of Pseudomonas sp. as a causative agent of keratitis ranged from 1% in Japan to over 50% in studies from India, Malaysia, and Thailand. The most commonly reported agents used to treat Pseudomonas keratitis were either aminoglycoside (usually gentamicin fortified with a cephalosporin, or monotherapy with a fluoroquinolone (usually ciprofloxacin. In most geographical areas, most strains of Pseudomonas sp. (≥95% were sensitive to ciprofloxacin, but reports from India, Nigeria, and Thailand reported sensitivity to this antibiotic and similar fluoroquinolones of between 76% and 90%.Keywords: Pseudomonas, keratitis, contact lens

  19. The pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS balances life and death in Pseudomonas aeruginosa populations.

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    Susanne Häussler

    Full Text Available When environmental conditions deteriorate and become inhospitable, generic survival strategies for populations of bacteria may be to enter a dormant state that slows down metabolism, to develop a general tolerance to hostile parameters that characterize the habitat, and to impose a regime to eliminate damaged members. Here, we provide evidence that the pseudomonas quinolone signal (PQS mediates induction of all of these phenotypes. For individual cells, PQS, an interbacterial signaling molecule of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has both deleterious and beneficial activities: on the one hand, it acts as a pro-oxidant and sensitizes the bacteria towards oxidative and other stresses and, on the other, it efficiently induces a protective anti-oxidative stress response. We propose that this dual function fragments populations into less and more stress tolerant members which respond differentially to developing stresses in deteriorating habitats. This suggests that a little poison may be generically beneficial to populations, in promoting survival of the fittest, and in contributing to bacterial multi-cellular behavior. It further identifies PQS as an essential mediator of the shaping of the population structure of Pseudomonas and of its response to and survival in hostile environmental conditions.

  20. Pseudomonas-induced corneal ulcers associated with contaminated eye mascaras. (United States)

    Wilson, L A; Ahearn, D G


    Seven Pseudomonas-induced corneal ulcers were associated with the use of four brands of mascara contaminated with P. aeruginosa. In laboratory studies, preservative systems of three of the four brands were inadequate in comparison with a control mascara of known antimicrobial activity. If the corneal epithelium is scratched during the application of mascara, particularly if the applicator is old, the cornea should be treated immediately and the mascara cultured to detect Pseudomonas. The high incidence of recurrent corneal ulceration in cases of Pseudomonas-induced keratitis indicates that initial chemotherapy should be intensive and maintained until the lesion stabilizes.

  1. Targeting quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Jakobsen, Tim Holm; Bjarnsholt, Thomas; Jensen, Peter Østrup


    Bacterial resistance to conventional antibiotics combined with an increasing acknowledgement of the role of biofilms in chronic infections has led to a growing interest in new antimicrobial strategies that target the biofilm mode of growth. In the aggregated biofilm mode, cell-to-cell communication...... systems involved in the process known as quorum sensing regulate coordinated expression of virulence with immune shielding mechanisms and antibiotic resistance. For two decades, the potential of interference with quorum sensing by small chemical compounds has been investigated with the aim of developing...... alternative antibacterial strategies. Here, we review state of the art research of quorum sensing inhibitors against the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is found in a number of biofilm-associated infections and identified as the predominant organism infecting the lungs of cystic...

  2. Complement activation by Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

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    Jensen, E T; Kharazmi, A; Garred, P


    In chronic infections, such as the bronchopulmonary Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, bacteria persist despite an intact host immune defense and frequent antibiotic treatment. An important reason for the persistence of the bacteria is their capacity for the biofilm...... mode of growth. In this study we investigated the role of biofilms in activation of complement, a major contributor to the inflammatory process. Complement activation by P. aeruginosa was examined in a complement consumption assay, production of C3 and factor B conversion products assessed by crossed...... immuno-electrophoresis, C5a generation tested by a PMN chemotactic assay, and terminal complement complex formation measured by ELISA. Two of the four assays showed that P. aeruginosa grown in biofilm activated complement less than planktonic bacteria, and all assays showed that activation by intact...

  3. Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants Produced by Pseudomonas Species

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    Banu Kaskatepe

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Surfactants are chemical products widely used in our daily life in toothpaste and other personal hygiene and cosmetic products, and in several industries. Biosurfactants are surfactants of biological origin that can be produced by microorganisms and have many advantages, such as low toxicity and high biodegradability, compared to synthetic counterparts. Unfortunately, high production costs limit the use of biosurfactants. Low-cost production is the most important factor for biosurfactants to be able to compete in the global market place. This review presents general information on rhamnolipid biosurfactant produced by Pseudomonas species, as well as on their production and applications. In addition, industrial products and their wastes used for rhamnolipid production are reviewed in detail based on recent studies.

  4. Cell death in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm development

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    Webb, J.S.; Thompson, L.S.; James, S.


    Bacteria growing in biofilms often develop multicellular, three-dimensional structures known as microcolonies. Complex differentiation within biofilms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs, leading to the creation of voids inside microcolonies and to the dispersal of cells from within these voids....... However, key developmental processes regulating these events are poorly understood. A normal component of multicellular development is cell death. Here we report that a repeatable pattern of cell death and lysis occurs in biofilms of P. aeruginosa during the normal course of development. Cell death...... occurred with temporal and spatial organization within biofilms, inside microcolonies, when the biofilms were allowed to develop in continuous-culture flow cells. A subpopulation of viable cells was always observed in these regions. During the onset of biofilm killing and during biofilm development...

  5. Cooperative production of siderophores by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (United States)

    Harrison, Freya; Buckling, Angus


    The production of iron-scavenging siderophores by the opportunistic animal pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a textbook example of public goods cooperation. This trait provides an excellent model system with which to study cooperation. Further, the links between siderophore production and P. aeruginosa virulence allow us to investigate how pathogen ecology, social behaviour and pathology might be connected. We present here the results of basic research on the evolution and ecology of siderophore cooperation in this species. In particular, we explore the effects of population and community structure, iron regime and genomic mutation rate on the relative success of siderophore cooperators and cheats. We also present preliminary data on the links between siderophore production and another clinically-relevant social trait, biofilm formation. It is our hope that more realistic laboratory studies of siderophore cooperation in P. aeruginosa will eventually cast light on the roles played by social traits in long-term microbial infections.

  6. Pseudomonas aeruginosa endophthalmitis masquerading as chronic uveitis

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    Kalpana Badami Nagaraj


    Full Text Available A 65-year-old male presented with decreased vision in the left eye of 15-day duration after having undergone an uneventful cataract surgery 10 months back. He had been previously treated with systemic steroids for recurrent uveitis postoperatively on three occasions in the same eye. B-scan ultrasonography showed multiple clumplike echoes suggestive of vitreous inflammation. Aqueous tap revealed Pseudomonas aeruginosa sensitive to ciprofloxacin. The patient was treated with intravitreal ciprofloxacin and vancomycin along with systemic ciprofloxacin with good clinical response. Even a virulent organism such as P.aeruginosa can present as a chronic uveitis, which, if missed, can lead to a delay in accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

  7. Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms in cystic fibrosis

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    Høiby, Niels; Ciofu, Oana; Bjarnsholt, Thomas


    of mutations, slow growth and adaptation of the bacteria to the conditions in the lungs, and to antibiotic therapy. Low bacterial metabolic activity and increase of doubling times of the bacterial cells in CF lungs are responsible for some of the tolerance to antibiotics. Conventional resistance mechanisms......, such as chromosomal ß-lactamase, upregulated efflux pumps, and mutations of antibiotic target molecules in the bacteria, also contribute to the survival of P. aeruginosa biofilms. Biofilms can be prevented by early aggressive antibiotic prophylaxis or therapy, and they can be treated by chronic suppressive therapy.......The persistence of chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is due to biofilm-growing mucoid (alginate-producing) strains. A biofilm is a structured consortium of bacteria, embedded in a self-produced polymer matrix consisting of polysaccharide, protein...

  8. Biosynthesis of pyocyanin pigment by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    M.Z. El-Fouly


    Full Text Available Sixty-three isolates belonging to the genus Pseudomonas were isolated from different environmental sources including; soil, water and clinical specimens. Twenty out of them were identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and individually screened for pyocyanin production. P. aeruginosa R1; isolated from rice-cultivated soil and P. aeruginosa U3 selected from clinical specimen (Urinary tract infection were the highest pyocyanin producers; pyocyanin production reached 9.3 and 5.9 μg/ml, respectively on synthetic glucose supplemented nutrient medium (GSNB. The identification of both selected strains (P. aeruginosa R1 and P. aeruginosa U3 was confirmed by 16S rRNA, the similarity with other strains available in database was 97% (with P. aeruginosa FPVC 14 and 94% (with P. aeruginosa 13.A, respectively. P. aeruginosa R1 and P. aeruginosa U3 are accessed at gene bank with accession numbers KM924432 and KM603511, in the same order. Pyocyanin was extracted by standard methods, purified by column chromatography and characterized by UV-Vis absorption, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance. The antimicrobial activity of purified pyocyanin against multi-drug resistant microbes was investigated; the efficiency of pyocyanin was more obvious in Gram +ve bacteria than Gram−ve bacteria and yeast. To reduce the cost of pyocyanin production, a new conventional medium based on cotton seed meal supplemented with peptone was designed. The pyocyanin production of both selected strains P. aeruginosa R1 and P. aeruginosa U3 using the new medium is increased by 30.1% and 17.2%, respectively in comparison with synthetic GSNB medium, while the cost of production process is reduced by 56.7%.

  9. Reactions of guanine with methyl chloride and methyl bromide: O6-methylation versus charge transfer complex formation (United States)

    Shukla, P. K.; Mishra, P. C.; Suhai, S.

    Density functional theory (DFT) at the B3LYP/6-31+G* and B3LYP/AUG-cc-pVDZ levels was employed to study O6-methylation of guanine due to its reactions with methyl chloride and methyl bromide and to obtain explanation as to why the methyl halides cause genotoxicity and possess mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. Geometries of the various isolated species involved in the reactions, reactant complexes (RCs), and product complexes (PCs) were optimized in gas phase. Transition states connecting the reactant complexes with the product complexes were also optimized in gas phase at the same levels of theory. The reactant complexes, product complexes, and transition states were solvated in aqueous media using the polarizable continuum model (PCM) of the self-consistent reaction field theory. Zero-point energy (ZPE) correction to total energy and the corresponding thermal energy correction to enthalpy were made in each case. The reactant complexes of the keto form of guanine with methyl chloride and methyl bromide in water are appreciably more stable than the corresponding complexes involving the enol form of guanine. The nature of binding in the product complexes was found to be of the charge transfer type (O6mG+ · X-, X dbond Cl, Br). Binding of HCl, HBr, and H2O molecules to the PCs obtained with the keto form of guanine did not alter the positions of the halide anions in the PCs, and the charge transfer character of the PCs was also not modified due to this binding. Further, the complexes obtained due to the binding of HCl, HBr, and H2O molecules to the PCs had greater stability than the isolated PCs. The reaction barriers involved in the formation of PCs were found to be quite high (?50 kcal/mol). Mechanisms of genotoxicity, mutagenesis and carcinogenesis caused by the methyl halides appear to involve charge transfer-type complex formation. Thus the mechanisms of these processes involving the methyl halides appear to be quite different from those that involve the

  10. Evaluation of Ca3(Co,M2O6 (M=Co, Fe, Mn, Ni as new cathode materials for solid-oxide fuel cells

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    Fushao Li


    Full Text Available Series compounds Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 (M=Co, Fe, Mn, Ni with hexagonal crystal structure were prepared by sol–gel route as the cathode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs. Effects of the varied atomic compositions on the structure, electrical conductivity, thermal expansion and electrochemical performance were systematically evaluated. Experimental results showed that the lattice parameters of Ca3(Co0.9Fe0.12O6 and Ca3(Co0.9Mn0.12O6 were both expanded to certain degree. Electron-doping and hole-doping effects were expected in Ca3(Co0.9Mn0.12O6 and Ca3(Co0.9Ni0.12O6 respectively according to the chemical states of constituent elements and thermal-activated behavior of electrical conductivity. Thermal expansion coefficients (TEC of Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 were measured to be distributed around 16×10−6 K−1, and compositional elements of Fe, Mn, and Ni were especially beneficial for alleviation of the thermal expansion problem of cathode materials. By using Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 as the cathodes operated at 800 °C, the interfacial area-specific resistance varied in the order of M=CoO6 showed the best electrochemical performance and the power density as high as ca. 500 mW cm−2 at 800 °C achieved in the single cell with La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.83Mg0.17O2.815 as electrolyte and Ni–Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 as anode. Ca3(Co0.9M0.12O6 (M=Co, Fe, Mn, Ni can be used as the cost-effective cathode materials for SOFCs.

  11. Effect of different RE site ionic radii on the electronic structures and elastic properties of Ba2RENbO6: A first-principles study (United States)

    Du, Lifei; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Lianli; Du, Huiling


    RE site ionic radius has a critical influence on the properties of double perovskite oxide Ba2RENbO6. In this paper, the electronic structures and elastic properties of Ba2RENbO6 (RE = Ho, Er, Yb) have been calculated by using the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory, and the effect of the different RE site ions on the structures and properties of Ba2RENbO6 is discussed. Results indicate that Ba2RENbO6 (RE = Ho, Er, Yb) are all direct bandgap semiconductors with a bandgap of 0.95 eV, 1.26 eV and 2.36 eV, respectively. With the decrease of the RE site ionic radius of Ba2RENbO6 (RE = Ho, Er, Yb), RE-O and Nb-O covalent bonds are enhanced, and the elastic constants (c11, c12, c44), elastic modulus (B, G, Y), B/G, Poisson’s ratio (σ), the Debye temperature Θ, Gruneisen parameters ζ all show a trend of increase. The elastic and thermodynamic properties are all improved with the decreasing radius of RE site ion.

  12. Novel chromium doped perovskites A2ZnTiO6 (A = Pr, Gd): Synthesis, crystal structure and photocatalytic activity under simulated solar light irradiation (United States)

    Zhu, Hekai; Fang, Minghao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan'gai; Chen, Kai; Guan, Ming; Tang, Chao; Zhang, Lina; Wang, Meng


    Double perovskite related oxides A2ZnTiO6 (A = Pr, Gd) have been successfully synthesized by solid state reaction and investigated as photocatalysts for the first time. The two layered titanates mainly demonstrate absorbances under UV irradiation, except for several sharp absorption bands above 400 nm for Pr2ZnTiO6. Therefore, a series of photocatalysts by doping A2ZnTiO6 (A = Pr, Gd) with Cr have been developed in the hope to improve their absorption in the visible light region. The successful incorporation of Cr was detected by XRD and XPS, and the prepared samples have also been characteriazed by SEM, UV-vis DRS and PL. The characterization results suggested that Cr was present mainly in the form of Cr3+, with only a small amount of Cr6+ species. It served as an efficient dopant for the extension of visible light absorbance and improved photocatalytic activities under solar light irradiation. For both Pr2ZnTiO6 and Gd2ZnTiO6, the valence band (VB) was composed of hybridized states of the Zn 3d, O 2p and the conduction band (CB) has major contribution from Zn 4s, Ti 3d orbitals. For Cr doped samples, the newly formed spin-polarized valence band in the middle of the band gap that primarily arises from Cr 3d orbitals was responsible for the improved optical and photocatalytic properties.

  13. The impact of local structure variation on thermal quenching of luminescence in Ca3MoxW1-xO6:Eu3+ solid solution phosphors (United States)

    Wang, Chunhao; Ye, Shi; Li, Ye; Zhang, Qinyuan


    Near-ultraviolet (NUV, 365-410 nm) excitable white light emitting diodes require intense absorption in the NUV region for the tri-color phosphors (red, green, and blue). Optional red phosphor Ca3MoO6:Eu3+ meets the requirement of NUV absorption but suffers from severe quenching, while Ca3WO6:Eu3+ has good resistance to thermal quenching but could not absorb NUV light efficiently. It is requisite to investigate the candidate Ca3MoxW1-xO6:Eu3+ to balance the both effects. Results indicate that thermal quenching turns to be worse with an increase in Mo contents in the solid solutions with inevitable distortions or defects, especially when exciting the charge transfer band of WO6 and MoO6 groups. Temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy is utilized to reveal the impact of structural variation in the quenching process since the variations influence the energy transfer between WO6/MoO6 groups and Eu3+ ions or among Eu3+ ions. Results show that the tilting or distortion of the Ca/W/MoO6 octahedral framework and weakened Eu3+-O bonds have large impacts on thermal quenching performance of Eu3+ luminescence in the solid solutions. The research would benefit the design of novel red phosphors.

  14. Preparation and properties of the (Sr,BaNb2O6 thin films by using the sputtering method

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    Diao Chien-Chen


    Full Text Available Strontium barium niobate (Sr0.3Ba0.7Nb2O6, SBN thin films were deposited on silicon substrate by using the radio frequency magnetron sputtering and under different deposition power and time at room temperature. Surface morphology and thicknesses of the SBN thin films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The crystallization films at different deposition power and time were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD using CuKα radiation from a Rigaku rotating anode with an incident angle of 2°. The remnant polarization (Pr, saturation polarization (Ps, and minimum coercive field (Ec properties of the metal-ferroelectric-metal (MFM structure were measured using ferroelectric material test instrument. The SBN thin films deposited at 90 min and 125 W had the maximum Pr, Ps, and minimum Ec of 1.26 μC/cm2, 2.41 μC/cm2, and 201.6 kV/cm, respectively. From above results, it knows that the SBN thin films suit for application on ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM.

  15. Heat capacity peak at the quantum critical point of the transverse Ising magnet CoNb2O6. (United States)

    Liang, Tian; Koohpayeh, S M; Krizan, J W; McQueen, T M; Cava, R J; Ong, N P


    The transverse Ising magnet Hamiltonian describing the Ising chain in a transverse magnetic field is the archetypal example of a system that undergoes a transition at a quantum critical point (QCP). The columbite CoNb2O6 is the closest realization of the transverse Ising magnet found to date. At low temperatures, neutron diffraction has observed a set of discrete collective spin modes near the QCP. Here, we ask if there are low-lying spin excitations distinct from these relatively high-energy modes. Using the heat capacity, we show that a significant band of gapless spin excitations exists. At the QCP, their spin entropy rises to a prominent peak that accounts for 30% of the total spin degrees of freedom. In a narrow field interval below the QCP, the gapless excitations display a fermion-like, temperature-linear heat capacity below 1 K. These novel gapless modes are the main spin excitations participating in, and affected by, the quantum transition.

  16. Oxygen chain disorder as a weak-limit scatterer in YBa 2Cu 3O 6.50 (United States)

    Bobowski, J. S.; Turner, P. J.; Harris, R.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.


    The real part of the microwave conductivity of an ultra-pure sample of YBa 2Cu 3O 6.50 deep in the superconducting state has been measured as a continuous function of frequency. Conductivity spectra were first measured with the Cu-O chain oxygens atoms highly ordered in the ortho-II phase (alternating full and empty chains). The measurements were then repeated after heating and quenching the sample to reduce the degree of oxygen order in the Cu-O chains which lowered Tc from 55 K to 49 K. Disordering the Cu-O chains produced conductivity spectra that were more than twice as broad as those of the ortho-II ordered phase. In both cases the width of the conductivity spectra increases approximately linearly with temperature. Moreover, within our experimental resolution we find that the low-temperature quasiparticle spectral weight does not depend on the degree of oxygen orderer in the Cu-O chains. Each of these features indicates that oxygen disorder in the Cu-O chains acts as a source of weak-limit scattering for quasiparticles propagating in the CuO 2 planes.

  17. Thermodynamic analysis of defect equilibration in double perovskites based on PrBaCo2O6-δ cobaltite (United States)

    Politov, B. V.; Suntsov, A. Yu.; Leonidov, I. A.; Patrakeev, M. V.; Kozhevnikov, V. L.


    The double perovskite praseodymium cobaltite lightly doped with yttrium Pr0.9Y0.1BaCo2O6-δ (PYBCO) was obtained by combustion of organo-metallic precursors and shown to have a tetragonal structure with the crystalline lattice parameters a=b=3.903 and c=7.621 Å. The PYBCO composition occurs remarkably stable as show coulometric titration measurements of oxygen content (6-δ) in the oxygen pressure range 10-13-0.21 atm and at temperatures variations within 650-950°С. The experimental data were utilized in order to derive partial thermodynamic functions of oxygen that govern equilibration of defects in PYBCO. The oxygen partial enthalpy ΔHbarO (δ) and entropy ΔSbarO (δ) both experience strong changes near (6-δ)=5. The observed behavior of ΔHbarO (δ) and ΔSbarO (δ) is explained in frameworks of the defect formation model, which involves reactions of charge disproportionation of Co3+ cations, oxygen exchange with the gas phase and oxygen disordering over O2 and O3 structural positions. The verification of the suggested approach is carried out by comparison with independently obtained thermochemical data.

  18. Modeling of amorphous SiCxO6/5 by classical molecular dynamics and first principles calculations (United States)

    Liao, Ningbo; Zhang, Miao; Zhou, Hongming; Xue, Wei


    Polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) presents excellent performance for high temperature and lithium-ion battery applications. Current experiments have provided some information on nano-structure of SiCO, while it is very challenging for experiments to take further insight into the molecular structure and its relationship with properties of materials. In this work, molecular dynamics (MD) based on empirical potential and first principle calculation were combined to investigate amorphous SiCxO6/5 ceramics. The amorphous structures of SiCO containing silicon-centered mix bond tetrahedrons and free carbon were successfully reproduced. The calculated radial distribution, angular distribution and Young’s modulus were validated by current experimental data, and more details on molecular structure were discussed. The change in the slope of Young’s modulus is related to the glass transition temperature of the material. The proposed modeling approach can be used to predict the properties of SiCO with different compositions.

  19. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48. (United States)

    Mankowsky, R; Fechner, M; Först, M; von Hoegen, A; Porras, J; Loew, T; Dakovski, G L; Seaberg, M; Möller, S; Coslovich, G; Keimer, B; Dhesi, S S; Cavalleri, A


    Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, we start from these crystallographic features and theoretically predict the corresponding electronic rearrangements that accompany these structural deformations. Using density functional theory, we predict enhanced hole-doping of the CuO2 planes. The empty chain Cu dy(2)-z(2) orbital is calculated to strongly reduce in energy, which would increase c-axis transport and potentially enhance the interlayer Josephson coupling as observed in the THz-frequency response. From these results, we calculate changes in the soft x-ray absorption spectra at the Cu L-edge. Femtosecond x-ray pulses from a free electron laser are used to probe changes in absorption at two photon energies along this spectrum and provide data consistent with these predictions.

  20. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48

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    R. Mankowsky


    Full Text Available Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, we start from these crystallographic features and theoretically predict the corresponding electronic rearrangements that accompany these structural deformations. Using density functional theory, we predict enhanced hole-doping of the CuO2 planes. The empty chain Cu dy2-z2 orbital is calculated to strongly reduce in energy, which would increase c-axis transport and potentially enhance the interlayer Josephson coupling as observed in the THz-frequency response. From these results, we calculate changes in the soft x-ray absorption spectra at the Cu L-edge. Femtosecond x-ray pulses from a free electron laser are used to probe changes in absorption at two photon energies along this spectrum and provide data consistent with these predictions.

  1. Anomalous elastic behavior of relaxor ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 single crystals (United States)

    Pandey, Chandra Shekhar; Schreuer, Jürgen; Burianek, Manfred; Mühlberg, Manfred


    Full sets of elastic constants cij of tetragonal tungsten bronze relaxor ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 (CBN-28) single crystals are measured above Curie temperature up to 1503 K employing resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. Thermal expansion measurements on as-grown unpoled CBN-28 reveal the existence of a characteristic temperature T * (˜800 K) for CBN-28 between the Burns temperature Tb (˜1100 K) and the temperature of maximum dielectric permittivity Tm (˜600 K). The influence of polar nanoregions (PNRs) on the elastic properties of CBN-28 is studied in detail. The temperature evolution of cij shows pronounced anomalies. All independent elastic constants evolved differently, with temperature reflecting their coupling to different types of the reorientational motion of PNRs through their interaction with acoustic waves. The anisotropy of longitudinal elastic stiffness coefficients and the deviation from Cauchy relations for CBN-28 are also studied, showing the evolution of material anisotropy and the nature of bonding interactions with temperature, respectively.

  2. Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PB112 (JN996498 ...

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    Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PB112 (JN996498) isolated from infected Labeo bata (Hamilton) by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis and fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) analysis. Somerita Panda, PK Bandyopadhyay, SN Chatterjee ...

  3. The Enzymes of the Ammonia Assimilation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Janssen, Dick B.; Camp, Huub J.M. op den; Leenen, Pieter J.M.; Drift, Chris van der


    Glutamine synthetase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa is regulated by repression/derepression of enzyme synthesis and by adenylylation/deadenylylation control. High levels of deadenylylated biosynthetically active glutamine synthetase were observed in cultures growing with limiting amounts of nitrogen

  4. Resistance patterns of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from HIV ...

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    negative bacilli in patients with impaired host defences emphasizes the need for information on the antibiotic susceptibility of the organisms that infects such patients. Pseudomonas aeruginosa are becoming increasingly resistant to ...

  5. Caenorhabditis elegans reveals novel Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence mechanism

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    Utari, Putri Dwi; Quax, Wim J.

    The susceptibility of Caenorhabditis elegans to different virulent phenotypes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa makes the worms an excellent model for studying host-pathogen interactions. Including the recently described liquid killing, five different killing assays are now available offering superb

  6. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Dose-Response and Bathing Water Infection (United States)

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the most commonly identified opportunistic pathogen associated with pool acquired bather disease. To better understand why this microorganism poses this protracted problem we recently appraised P. aeruginosa pool risk management. Much is known about the ...

  7. Pseudomonas Folliculitis Associated with Use of Hot Tubs and Spas. (United States)

    Ramsey, Michael L.


    Discusses the history, etiology, diagnosis, histopathology, treatment, and prevention of Pseudomonas Folliculitis, an increasingly common skin infection contracted in hot tubs and, to some extent, in swimming pools. (Author/SM)

  8. Sequencing and characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa phage JG004

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    Garbe, Julia; Bunk, Boyke; Rohde, Manfred; Schobert, Max


    .... Pseudomonas aeruginosa. For an effective use of bacteriophages as antimicrobial agents, it is important to understand phage biology but also genes of the bacterial host essential for phage infection...

  9. Alginate overproduction affects Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm structure and function

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    Hentzer, Morten; Teitzel, G.M.; Balzer, G.J.


    During the course of chronic cystic fibrosis (CF) infections, Pseudomonas aeruginosa undergoes a conversion to a mucoid phenotype, which is characterized by overproduction of the exopolysaccharide alginate. Chronic P. aeruginosa infections involve surface-attached, highly antibiotic-resistant com...

  10. Functional bacterial amyloid increases Pseudomonas biofilm hydrophobicity and stiffness

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    Zeng, Guanghong; Vad, Brian S; Dueholm, Morten S


    hydrophobicity and mechanical properties. Using atomic force microscopy imaging and force spectroscopy, we show that the amyloid renders individual cells more resistant to drying and alters their interactions with hydrophobic probes. Importantly, amyloid makes Pseudomonas more hydrophobic and increases biofilm...

  11. New strategies for genetic engineering Pseudomonas syringae using recombination (United States)

    Here we report that DNA oligonucleotides (oligos) introduced directly into bacteria by electroporation can recombine with the bacterial chromosome. This phenomenon was identified in Pseudomonas syringae and we subsequently found that Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium and Shigella flexneri are...

  12. Infectious conjunctivitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from a bathroom

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    Eguchi, Hiroshi; Miyamoto, Tatsuro; Kuwahara, Tomomi; Mitamura, Sayaka; Mitamura, Yoshinori


    .... The purpose of this report is to describe a case of suture-related conjunctivitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa for which we identified the transmission route using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE...

  13. Characterization of Glutamine-Requiring Mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Janssen, Dick B.; Joosten, Han M.L.J.; Herst, Patricia M.; Drift, Chris van der


    Revertants were isolated from a glutamine-requiring mutant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO. One strain showed thermosensitive glutamine requirement and formed thermolabile glutamine synthetase, suggesting the presence of a mutation in the structural gene for glutamine synthetase. The mutation

  14. Isolation of chlorhexidine-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa from clinical lesions.


    Nakahara, H; Kozukue, H


    The chlorhexidine resistance of 317 strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from hospital patients was determined. The distribution pattern of their susceptibility to chlorhexidine clearly revealed two peaks, and the frequency of resistance to chlorhexidine was 84.2%.

  15. Hyperbaric oxygen sensitizes anoxic Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm to ciprofloxacin

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    Kolpen, Mette; Lerche, Christian J; Kragh, Kasper Nørskov


    Chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection is characterized by the presence of endobronchial antibiotic-tolerant biofilm subject to strong oxygen (O2) depletion due to the activity of surrounding polymorphonuclear leukocytes. The exact mechanisms affecting the antibiotic susceptibility of biof...

  16. A study on nitrogen removal efficiency of Pseudomonas stutzeri ...

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    Feb 8, 2010 ... 1College of Environmental Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou Higher. Education Mega Centre, Panyu District, ... Key words: Anaerobic/anoxic/oxic treatment process, reaction condition, denitrification, nitrification, nitrogen removal, Pseudomonas stutzeri.

  17. A Root-Colonizing Pseudomonad Lessens Stress Responses in Wheat Imposed by CuO Nanoparticles.

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    Melanie Wright

    Full Text Available Nanoparticle (NPs containing essential metals are being considered in formulations of fertilizers to boost plant nutrition in soils with low metal bioavailability. This paper addresses whether colonization of wheat roots by the bacterium, Pseudomonas chlororaphis O6 (PcO6, protected roots from the reduced elongation caused by CuO NPs. There was a trend for slightly elongated roots when seedlings with roots colonized by PcO6 were grown with CuO NPs; the density of bacterial cells on the root surface was not altered by the NPs. Accumulations of reactive oxygen species in the plant root cells caused by CuO NPs were little affected by root colonization. However, bacterial colonization did reduce the extent of expression of an array of genes associated with plant responses to stress induced by root exposure to CuO NPs. PcO6 colonization also reduced the levels of two important chelators of Cu ions, citric and malic acids, in the rhizosphere solution; presumably because these acids were used as nutrients for bacterial growth. There was a trend for lower levels of soluble Cu in the rhizosphere solution and reduced Cu loads in the true leaves with PcO6 colonization. These studies indicate that root colonization by bacterial cells modulates plant responses to contact with CuO NPs.

  18. Plant perceptions of plant growth-promoting Pseudomonas.


    Preston, Gail M


    Plant-associated Pseudomonas live as saprophytes and parasites on plant surfaces and inside plant tissues. Many plant-associated Pseudomonas promote plant growth by suppressing pathogenic micro-organisms, synthesizing growth-stimulating plant hormones and promoting increased plant disease resistance. Others inhibit plant growth and cause disease symptoms ranging from rot and necrosis through to developmental dystrophies such as galls. It is not easy to draw a clear distinction between pathoge...

  19. Biodegradasi Petroleum dan Hidrokarbon Eikosana oleh Isolat Bakteri Pseudomonas aeruginosa


    Faiqah Umar


    Biodegradation of petroleum and hydrocarbon eicosane by Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolate. Hydrocarbon are important environmental contaminants in soil and water. These compounds have a potential risk to human health, as many of them are carsinogenic and toxic to marine organisms such as diatome, gasthrophode, mussel, and fish. The purpose of this research was to know the ability of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to degradate the hydrocarbon (petroleum Hundill and eicosane) substrate. Growing test used ...

  20. Research on Degradation of Dye Acid Red B by Sr2FeMoO6 Synthesized by Microwave Sintering Method

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    Yong-Qing Zhai


    Full Text Available Double perovskite Sr2FeMoO6 was synthesized rapidly by microwave sintering method. The crystal structure of the sample was investigated by XRD. It shows that the as-synthesized sample is Sr2FeMoO6 with tetragonal crystal structure and I4/mmm space group. The test of electrical transport properties shows that the sample exhibits typical semiconductor behavior in the temperature range of 80~300 K. The influence of the dosage of the sample, light irradiation sources, and time on the efficiency of degradation have been studied. The results show Sr2FeMoO6 exhibits excellent degradation activity for dye Acid Red B, the decolorization rate is close to 100% under proper conditions. Meanwhile, a mechanism related to the process of degradation is proposed.

  1. Facile synthesis of ultrathin SnNb2O6 nanosheets towards improved visible-light photocatalytic H2-production activity. (United States)

    Zhou, Chao; Zhao, Yufei; Shang, Lu; Shi, Run; Wu, Li-Zhu; Tung, Chen-Ho; Zhang, Tierui


    Ultrathin SnNb2O6 nanosheets with a thickness of ∼3 nm were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route using ultrathin K4Nb6O17 nanosheets as the precursor. This ultrathin nanosheets with a large specific surface area of 71.1 m(2) g(-1) showed improved visible-light photocatalytic H2-production activity in lactic acid aqueous solution, which is about 4 and 14 times higher than that of 50 nm-thick SnNb2O6 nanosheets and bulk SnNb2O6 powders, respectively. The higher activity of ultrathin nanosheets was mainly attributed to their larger specific surface area and much better charge transfer efficiency.

  2. Effect of osmotic stress on plant growth promoting Pseudomonas spp. (United States)

    Sandhya, V; Ali, Sk Z; Venkateswarlu, B; Reddy, Gopal; Grover, Minakshi


    In this study we isolated and screened drought tolerant Pseudomonas isolates from arid and semi arid crop production systems of India. Five isolates could tolerate osmotic stress up to -0.73 MPa and possessed multiple PGP properties such as P-solubilization, production of phytohormones (IAA, GA and cytokinin), siderophores, ammonia and HCN however under osmotic stress expression of PGP traits was low compared to non-stressed conditions. The strains were identified as Pseudomonas entomophila, Pseudomonas stutzeri, Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas syringae and Pseudomonas monteilli respectively on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Osmotic stress affected growth pattern of all the isolates as indicated by increased mean generation time. An increase level of intracellular free amino acids, proline, total soluble sugars and exopolysaccharides was observed under osmotic stress suggesting bacterial response to applied stress. Further, strains GAP-P45 and GRFHYTP52 showing higher levels of EPS and osmolytes (amino acids and proline) accumulation under stress as compared to non-stress conditions, also exhibited higher expression of PGP traits under stress indicating a relationship between stress response and expression of PGP traits. We conclude that isolation and screening of indigenous, stress adaptable strains possessing PGP traits can be a method for selection of efficient stress tolerant PGPR strains.

  3. Hierarchical CeO2/Bi2MoO6 heterostructured nanocomposites for photoreduction of CO2 into hydrocarbons under visible light irradiation (United States)

    Dai, Weili; Hu, Xu; Wang, Tengyao; Xiong, Wuwan; Luo, Xubiao; Zou, Jianping


    CeO2/Bi2MoO6 heterostructured microspheres with excellent and stable catalytic activity for CO2 photoreduction were successfully synthesized via a solvothermal route. The morphology, porosity, phase, chemical structure, optical and electronic properties of the as-prepared samples are characterized. It is observed that the CeO2/Bi2MoO6 nanocomposites with heterojunction showed greatly increased specific surface area, enhanced response to visible light, promoted charge carrier separation and transfer efficiency. Furthermore, the mechanism of CO2 photoreduction was also investigated. It demonstrates that the CO32-and HCO3- would be the reactive species, proving the thermodynamic feasibility of CO2 photoreduction. Notably, the presence of basic CeO2 on Bi2MoO6 surface dramatically enhances the adsorption ability of CO2, which could be further transferred into b-CO32-and b-HCO3- species as reactive intermediates for the photoreduction reaction. Consequently, introduction of CeO2 could significantly enhance the CO2 photoreduction performance of CeO2/Bi2MoO6 nanocomposites, attributing to the synergistic role of CeO2 as photosensitizer and CO2 adsorbent. The maximum total yield of CH3OH and C2H5OH was 58.4 μmol gcat-1 obtained over 5C-BM, which was about 1.9 and 4.1 times higher than that over pure Bi2MoO6 and pure CeO2. Moreover, the CeO2/Bi2MoO6 nanocomposites exhibit excellent chemical stability and recyclability.

  4. Controllable synthesis of Bi2MoO6 nanosheets and their facet-dependent visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity (United States)

    Yang, Zixin; Shen, Min; Dai, Ke; Zhang, Xuehao; Chen, Hao


    Bi2MoO6 nanosheets with exposed {010} facets were selectively synthesized through hydrothermal method by adjusting the pH value in the presence of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as the templates. The effects of CTAB content and hydrothermal conditions on the morphologies and crystal phases of the products were determined by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectrometry, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analyses. It is found that Bi2MoO6 nanosheets with relatively large particle sizes (plate length 0.5-3 μm) and special anisotropic growth along the {010} plane can be obtained from an alkaline hydrothermal environment. The band gap of Bi2MoO6 can be fine-tuned from 2.30 to 2.57 eV by adjusting the pH value of hydrothermal solution. The pH value has a significant effect on the composition of hydrothermal precursors, which results in Bi2MoO6 nanosheets with different ratio of {010} faces, especially the formation of Bi2O3 in the primary stage of the hydrothermal treatment is a key factor for the exposure of {010} facets. The visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities of the Bi2MoO6 products with different ratio of {010} facets exposed are investigated through the degradation of Rhodamine B, oxytetracycline, and tetracycline. Bi2MoO6 nanosheets synthesized at pH 10.0 with highest {010} facet exposed ratio exhibited highly efficient visible light photocatalytic activity for pollutant decomposition, which can be mainly attributed to the flake structures, the crystallinity and most importantly, the exposed {010} facet which generate high concentration of rad O2-.

  5. A novel orange-red phosphor Ca3B2O6:Sm3+, A+(A = Li, Na, K) for white light emitting diodes (United States)

    Liu, Qingbo; Liu, Yufeng; Yang, Fu; Han, Bing; Feng, Hao; Yu, Quanmao


    A novel orange-red phosphor Ca3B2O6:Sm3+, A+(A = Li, Na, K) has been synthesized by solid-state reaction at 950°C. The phase purity and photoluminescence (PL) behavior of the phosphor are studied in detail using the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique and PL measurements. Ca3B2O6:Sm3+ phosphor can be efficiently excited by near ultraviolet (n-UV) and blue light, and the emission spectrum consists of four emission peaks at 563, 599, 646 and 709 nm, generating bright orange-red light. When a cation A+ is introduced into Ca3B2O6:Sm3+ as charge compensator, the emission intensity of Ca3B2O6:Sm3+ is evidently enhanced, but the PL spectral profile is unchanged. The integral intensity of the emission spectrum of Ca2.96Sm0.02Na0.02B2O6 excited at 401 nm is about 1.2 times than that of Y2O2S:Eu3+ commercial red phosphor. The CIE chromaticity coordinates of Ca2.96Sm0.02Na0.02B2O6 phosphor were (0.608, 0.365), which are close to that of the commercial red phosphors Y2O3:Eu3+ (0.655, 0.345), Y2O2S:Eu3+ (0.622, 0.351) and Sr2Si5N8:Eu2+ (0.620, 0.370).

  6. Research on Degradation of Dye Acid Red B by Sr2FeMoO6 Synthesized by Microwave Sintering Method


    Yong-Qing Zhai; Jing Qiao; Man-De Qiu


    Double perovskite Sr2FeMoO6 was synthesized rapidly by microwave sintering method. The crystal structure of the sample was investigated by XRD. It shows that the as-synthesized sample is Sr2FeMoO6 with tetragonal crystal structure and I4/mmm space group. The test of electrical transport properties shows that the sample exhibits typical semiconductor behavior in the temperature range of 80~300 K. The influence of the dosage of the sample, light irradiation sources, and time on the efficiency o...

  7. Acquisition of resistance to 1-(4-amino-2-methyl-5-pyrimidinyl) methyl-3-(2-chloroethyl)-3-nitrosourea hydrochloride in V79 cells through increased removal of O6-alkylguanine. (United States)

    Satoh, M S; Huh, N H; Horie, Y; Thomale, J; Rajewsky, M F; Kuroki, T


    The molecular mechanism of acquisition of resistance to 1-(4-amino-2-methyl-5-pyrimidinyl)-methyl-3-(2-chloroethyl)-3-nitroso ure a hydrochloride (ACNU) was investigated using ACNU-resistant clones (ACNUr-1-4) isolated from the V79 cell line. The binding level of alkyl cyanate, a decomposition product of ACNU, to protein in ACNUr-1 cells was not less than that in the parental V79 cells, indicating that the acquired resistance was not due to a reduced intracellular concentration of ACNU. Because O6-chloroethylguanine, an intermediate in cytotoxic interstrand cross-link formation by ACNU, is known to be repaired by the same mechanism as O6-ethyldeoxyguanosine (O6-EtdGuo), we quantitated O6-EtdGuo by radioimmunoassay at various times after exposure of cells to 100 micrograms/ml N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea for 20 min. In V79 cells, elimination of O6-EtdGuo was negligible, but in all four resistant clones, 30 to 59% of the O6-EtdGuo was removed within 24 hr after exposure. This increased removal of O6-EtdGuo among the resistant clones was associated with the activity of O6-alkylguanine DNA alkyltransferase (O6-AGT) determined using cell extracts. The present results indicate that increased removal of O6-chloroethylguanine in ACNU-resistant clones by O6-AGT is mechanistically linked to the acquisition of resistance to ACNU.

  8. [Mechanism of cyanide and thiocyanate decomposition by an association of Pseudomonas putida and Pseudomonas stutzeri strains]. (United States)

    Grigor'eva, N V; Kondrat'eva, T F; Krasil'nikova, E N; Karavaĭko, G I


    The intermediate and terminal products of cyanide and thiocyanate decomposition by individual strains of the genus Pseudomonas, P. putida strain 21 and P. stutzeri strain 18, and by their association were analyzed. The activity of the enzymes of nitrogen and sulfur metabolism in these strains was compared with that of the collection strains P. putida VKM B-2187T and P. stutzeri VKM B-975T. Upon the introduction of CN- and SCN- into cell suspensions of strains 18 and 21 in phosphate buffer (pH 8.8), the production of NH4+ was observed. Due to the high rate of their utilization, NH3, NH4+, and CNO- were absent from the culture liquids of P. putida strain 21 and P. stutzeri strain 18 grown with CN- or SCN-. Both Pseudomonas strains decomposed SCN- via cyanate production. The cyanase activity was 0.75 micromol/(min mg protein) for P. putida strain 21 and 1.26 micromol/(min mg protein) for P. stutzeri strain 18. The cyanase activity was present in the cells grown with SCN- but absent in cells grown with NH4+. Strain 21 of P. putida was a more active CN- decomposer than strain 18 of P. stutzeri. Ammonium and CO2 were the terminal nitrogen and carbon products of CN- and SCN- decomposition. The terminal sulfur products of SCN- decomposition by P. stutzeri strain 18 and P. putida strain 21 were thiosulfate and tetrathionate, respectively. The strains utilized the toxic compounds in the anabolism only, as sources of nitrogen (CN- and SCN-) and sulfur (SCN-). The pathway of thiocyanate decomposition by the association of bacteria of the genus Pseudomonas is proposed based on the results obtained.

  9. Ion-irradiation induced reduction in Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5O6-δ perovskite (United States)

    Wang, Siwei; Tang, Ming; Brinkman, Kyle S.; Chen, Fanglin (Frank)


    The incorporation of radioactive elements in fission products (FPs) into complex oxides, where the elements are constrained in the structure and enhanced leaching and radioactive stability can be obtained, is an active research area in the nuclear fuel cycle. Perovskite structured Sr2Fe1.5Mo0.5O6-δ (SFM) has the capability of incorporating several FPs (such as Sr and Mo) into the crystalline network simultaneously while maintaining a stabilized structure. The radiation damage effects on the structure changes of this polycrystalline SFM sample is conducted under various ion irradiations including 200 keV He ions to a fluence of 5 × 1020 ions m-2, 100 keV H to a fluence of 3 × 1021 ions cm-2, and 600 keV Kr ions to a fluence of 2.5 × 1019 ions m-2 at room temperature. Irradiation-induced structural evolution was examined by using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the irradiated SFM sample decomposed into a layered Sr4FeMoO8-δ based phase and a metallic Fe based phase under light ion (He and H) irradiations. Nano-crystallized secondary phase was observed with particle sizes around 7 nm. These results suggest that irradiation-induced reducing atmospheres may affect the stability of crystalline structure in complex oxides. Experiment results also reveal an amorphization in the heavy ion Kr irradiated sample, while no amorphization is observed in He/H irradiated SFM.

  10. Magnetostructural coupling behavior at the ferromagnetic transition in double-perovskite S r2FeMo O6 (United States)

    Yang, Dexin; Harrison, Richard J.; Schiemer, Jason A.; Lampronti, Giulio I.; Liu, Xueyin; Zhang, Fenghua; Ding, Hao; Liu, Yan'gai; Carpenter, Michael A.


    The ordered double-perovskite S r2FeMo O6 (SFMO) possesses remarkable room-temperature low-field colossal magnetoresistivity and transport properties which are related, at least in part, to combined structural and magnetic instabilities that are responsible for a cubic-tetragonal phase transition near 420 K. A formal strain analysis combined with measurements of elastic properties from resonant ultrasound spectroscopy reveal a system with weak biquadratic coupling between two order parameters belonging to Γ4+ and m Γ4+ of parent space group F m 3 ¯m . The observed softening of the shear modulus by ˜50% is due to the classical effects of strain/order parameter coupling at an improper ferroelastic (Γ4+) transition which is second order in character, while the ferromagnetic order parameter (m Γ4+ ) couples only with volume strain. The influence of a third order parameter, for ordering of Fe and Mo on crystallographic B sites, is to change the strength of coupling between the Γ4+ order parameter and the tetragonal shear strain due to the influence of changes in local strain heterogeneity at a unit cell scale. High anelastic loss below the transition point reveals the presence of mobile ferroelastic twin walls which become pinned by oxygen vacancies in a temperature interval near 340 K. The twin walls must be both ferroelastic and ferromagnetic, but due to the weak coupling between the magnetic and structural order parameters it should be possible to pull them apart with a weak magnetic field. These insights into the role of strain coupling and relaxational effects in a system with only weak coupling between three order parameters allow rationalization and prediction of how static and dynamic properties of the material might be tuned in thin film form by choice of strain contrast with a substrate.

  11. Biosorpsi Logam Zn Pada Limbah Sintetik Menggunakan Biomassa Campuran Pseudomonas aeruginosa dan Pseudomonas sp

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    Hidayati Hidayati


    Full Text Available Zinc is one of the heavy metals that could be harmful for environment. This metal usually arises from industrial activities. Biosorption of zinc in synthetic waste was conducted using biomass mixture of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Pseudomonas sp. This research aims to determine the zinc adsorption capacity of the biomass in synthetic waste water. Zinc biosorption was performed at pH 4, room temperature and stirring 800 rpm. Variation of contact time used was 30, 60 and 120 min; and the amount of biomass used was 0.01 g, 0.02 g, 0.03 g, 0.04 g and 0.05 g. The highest zinc biosorption capacity was obtained 25.43% at the time of 120 minutes and the amount of biomass used 0.01 g. The optimum condition for biomass biosorption and removal capacity based on the correlation between experimental data and mathematical models was obtained with the addition of 0.04 g of biomass with correlation coefficient (R 1 and 0,965 respectively.ABSTRAK Salah satu logam berat yang berbahaya dari hasil kegiatan industri adalah logam Zn (seng. Biosorpsi logam Zn pada limbah sintetik dilakukan dengan menggunakan biomassa campuran Pseudomonas aeruginosa dan Pseudomonas sp. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui kapasitas biomassa dalam mengadsorpsi logam Zn pada limbah sintetik. Biosorpsi logam Zn dilakukan pada kondisi pH 4, temperatur ruang dan pengadukan 800 rpm. Variasi waktu kontak dilakukan pada 30, 60 dan 120 menit  dan menggunakan jumlah biomassa 0,01 g, 0,02 g, 0,03 g, 0,04 g  dan 0,05 g. Kapasitas biosorpsi logam Zn tertinggi diperoleh sebesar 25,43% pada waktu 120 menit dengan jumlah biomassa 0,01 g. Kondisi optimum biosorpsi logam Zn berdasarkan korelasi antara data eksperimen dan model matematika diperoleh pada penambahan jumlah biomassa sebesar 0,04 g baik untuk kapasitas biosorpsi logam Zn maupun efisiensi removal logam Zn dengan nilai koefisien korelasi (R2 masing-masing adalah 1 dan 0,965.

  12. Antivirulence activity of azithromycin in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Francesco eImperi


    Full Text Available Antibiotics represent our bulwark to combat bacterial infections, but the spread of antibiotic resistance compromises their clinical efficacy. Alternatives to conventional antibiotics are urgently needed in order to complement the existing antibacterial arsenal. The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM provides a paradigmatic example of an unconventional antibacterial drug. Besides its growth-inhibiting activity, AZM displays potent anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antivirulence activity on some intrinsically resistant bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In this bacterium, the antivirulence activity of AZM mainly relies on its ability to interact with the ribosome, resulting in direct and/or indirect repression of specific subsets of genes involved in virulence, quorum sensing, biofilm formation and intrinsic antibiotic resistance. Both clinical experience and clinical trials have shown the efficacy of AZM in the treatment of chronic pulmonary infections caused by P. aeruginosa. The aim of this review is to combine results from laboratory studies with evidence from clinical trials in order to unify the information on the in vivo mode of action of AZM in P. aeruginosa infection.

  13. Bioadsorption characteristics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAOI

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    Kőnig-Péter Anikó


    Full Text Available Biosorption of Cd(II and Pb(II ions from aqueous solution using lyophilized Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PAOI cells were observed under various experimental conditions. The effect of pH, initial metal concentration, equilibration time and temperature on bioadsorption was investigated. The optimum pH value for Pb(II adsorption was found to be 5.0, and for Cd(II 5.0 − 6.0. The Pb(II and Cd(II bioadsorption equilibrium were analyzed by using Freundlich and Langmuir model using nonlinear least-squares estimation. The experimental maximum uptake capacity of Pb(II and Cd(II was estimated to be 164 mg g-1 and 113 mg g-1, respectively. For biosorption kinetic study the pseudo second-order kinetic model was applied at various temperatures. The temperature had no significant effect on Pb(II bioadsorption. In case of Cd(II bioadsorption the adsorbed amount decreased with increasing temperature.

  14. Benzoate transport in Pseudomonas putida CSV86. (United States)

    Choudhary, Alpa; Purohit, Hemant; Phale, Prashant S


    Pseudomonas putida strain CSV86 metabolizes variety of aromatic compounds as the sole carbon source. Genome analysis revealed the presence of genes encoding putative transporters for benzoate, p-hydroxybenzoate, phenylacetate, p-hydroxyphenylacetate and vanillate. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that benzoate transport and metabolism genes are clustered at the ben locus as benK-catA-benE-benF. Protein topology prediction suggests that BenK (aromatic acid-H+ symporter of major facilitator superfamily) has 12 transmembrane α-helices with the conserved motif LADRXGRKX in loop 2, while BenE (benzoate-H+ symporter protein) has 11 predicted transmembrane α-helices. benF and catA encode benzoate specific porin, OprD and catechol 1,2-dioxygenase, respectively. Biochemical studies suggest that benzoate was transported by an inducible and active process. Inhibition (90%-100%) in the presence of dinitrophenol suggests that the energy for the transport process is derived from the proton motive force. The maximum rate of benzoate transport was 484 pmole min-1 mg-1 cells with an affinity constant, Kmof 4.5 μM. Transcriptional analysis of the benzoate and glucose-grown cells showed inducible expression of benF, benK and benE, suggesting that besides outer membrane porin, both inner membrane transporters probably contribute for the benzoate transport in P. putida strain CSV86. © FEMS 2017. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail:

  15. The metabolism of thymol by a Pseudomonas (United States)

    Chamberlain, Enid M.; Dagley, S.


    1. Pseudomonas putida when grown with thymol contained a meta-fission dioxygenase, which required ferrous ions and readily cleaved the benzene nucleus of catechols between adjacent carbon atoms bearing hydroxyl and isopropyl groups. 2. 3-Hydroxythymo-1,4-quinone was excreted towards the end of exponential growth and later was slowly metabolized. This compound was oxidized by partially purified extracts only when NADH was supplied; the substrate for the dioxygenase appeared to be 3-hydroxythymo-1,4-quinol, which was readily and non-enzymically oxidized to the quinone. 3. 2-Oxobutyrate (0·9 mole) was formed from 1 mole of 3-hydroxythymo-1,4-quinone with the consumption of 1 mole of oxygen; acetate, isobutyrate and 2-hydroxybutyrate (which arose from the enzymic reduction of 2-oxobutyrate) were also formed. 4. These products, which were produced only when the catechol substrate contained a third hydroxyl group, appeared to result from the enzymic hydrolysis of the ring-fission product. PMID:4303067

  16. Structure, magnetism and electronic properties in 3d–5d based double perovskite ({Sr_{1-x}} Y x )2FeIrO6 (United States)

    Kharkwal, K. C.; Pramanik, A. K.


    The 3d–5d based double perovskites are of current interest as they provide model systems to study the interplay between electronic correlation (U) and spin–orbit coupling (SOC). Here, we report detailed structural, magnetic and transport properties of doped double perovskite material (Sr1-x Y x )2FeIrO6 with x ≤slant 0.2 . With substitution of Y, the system retains its original crystal structure but structural parameters change with x in nonmonotonic fashion. The magnetization data for Sr2FeIrO6 show antiferromagnetic type magnetic transition around 45 K however, a close inspection of the data indicates a weak magnetic phase transition around 120 K. No change of structural symmetry has been observed down to low temperature, although the lattice parameters show sudden changes around the magnetic transitions. Sr2FeIrO6 shows an insulating behavior over the whole temperature range, which nevertheless does not change with Y substitution. The nature of charge conduction is found to follow thermally activated Mott’s variable range hopping and power law behavior for parent and doped samples, respectively. Interestingly, evolution of structural, magnetic and transport behavior in (Sr1-x Y x )2FeIrO6 is observed to reverse with x > 0.1 , which is believed to arise due to a change in the transition metal ionic state.

  17. Dielectric properties of (Bi0.9La0.1)(2)NiMnO6 thin films : Determining the intrinsic electric and magnetoelectric response

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    Langenberg, E.; Fina, I.; Ventura, J.; Noheda, Beatriz; Varela, M.; Fontcuberta, J.


    We have used temperature-dependent impedance spectroscopy to study the dielectric response of thin films of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric (Bi0.9La0.1)(2)NiMnO6 oxide. This technique has allowed us to disentangle its intrinsic dielectric response and extract the dielectric permittivity of similar

  18. Development of a Novel Fluorescence Assay Based on the Use of the Thrombin-Binding Aptamer for the Detection of O6-Alkylguanine-DNA Alkyltransferase Activity

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    Maria Tintoré


    Full Text Available Human O6-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase (hAGT is a DNA repair protein that reverses the effects of alkylating agents by removing DNA adducts from the O6 position of guanine. Here, we developed a real-time fluorescence hAGT activity assay that is based on the detection of conformational changes of the thrombin-binding aptamer (TBA. The quadruplex structure of TBA is disrupted when a central guanine is replaced by an O6-methyl-guanine. The sequence also contains a fluorophore (fluorescein and a quencher (dabsyl attached to the opposite ends. In the unfolded structure, the fluorophore and the quencher are separated. When hAGT removes the methyl group from the central guanine of TBA, it folds back immediately into its quadruplex structure. Consequently, the fluorophore and the quencher come into close proximity, thereby resulting in decreased fluorescence intensity. Here, we developed a new method to quantify the hAGT without using radioactivity. This new fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay has been designed to detect the conformational change of TBA that is induced by the removal of the O6-methyl group.

  19. Magnetic-Field-Enhanced Incommensurate Magnetic Order in the Underdoped High-Temperature Superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.45

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    Haug, D.; Hinkov, V.; Suchaneck, A.


    We present a neutron-scattering study of the static and dynamic spin correlations in the underdoped high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.45 in magnetic fields up to 15 T. The field strongly enhances static incommensurate magnetic order at low temperatures and induces a spectral-weight shift...

  20. A new silver metaniobate semiconductor of Ag0.5La0.5Nb2O6 with defect-perovskite structure (United States)

    Mi, Longqing; Feng, Yongyi; Cao, Lei; Xue, Mingqiang; Huang, Yanlin; Qin, Lin; Seo, Hyo Jin


    Silver-containing lanthanum metaniobate Ag0.5La0.5Nb2O6 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel polymerized complex method. A typical defect-perovskite structure was confirmed by XRD Rietveld refinements. The surface characteristics of the sample were tested by SEM, TEM and EDS measurements. SEM and TEM show that the sample presents ball-like particles with the diameters of 100 nm to 400 nm. The sample shows both self-activated luminescence and photocatalytic activities. Ag0.5La0.5Nb2O6 has a direct transition with band energy of 2.85 eV. The Ag4d-O2p hybridization in the valence band contributes to the narrowed band gap. The luminescence properties of Ag0.5La0.5Nb2O6 have been investigated for the first time. The luminescence is characterized by two emission centers with maximum wavelength near 460 and 530 nm. The emission and excitation spectra, decay curves and the thermal quenching mechanism were discussed. Ag0.5La0.5Nb2O6 shows the efficient photocatalytic activities and the photodegradation rate for methylene blue dye (MB) can reach about 95% under visible light (> 420 nm) irradiation in 5 h. The trapped experiments for the active species were tested and discussed, which verified that rad OH radicals could be the major active species in photocatalysis.

  1. Anion-exchange engineering of cookie-like Bi2S3/Bi2MoO6 heterostructure for enhanced photocatalytic activities and gas-sensing properties. (United States)

    Pei, Yu; Li, Xiaoguang; Chu, Hang; Ge, Yuancai; Dong, Pei; Baines, Robert; Pei, Liyuan; Ye, Mingxin; Shen, Jianfeng


    Developing efficient visible-light-driven photocatalysts will advance alternative energy technologies, ultimately curbing the environmental pollution associated with fossil fuels. In this work, Bi2S3/Bi2MoO6 photocatalysts with a heterogeneous cookie-like structure were prepared for the first time by in-situ anion exchange at relatively low temperatures. The catalysts exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity, which we attributed to the photocurrent response, a diminished recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs, and the existence of a large heterojunction interface. These governing factors were discerned by photoelectrochemical measurements, calculated energy band positions and photoluminescence spectra. Bi2S3/Bi2MoO6 nanocomposites also exhibit better performance in response to gas than bare Bi2MoO6 according to gas sensing tests. Our work, in relaying a feasible method to synthesize Bi2S3/Bi2MoO6-based heterojunction superstructures, and documents a universal preparation method of synthetic heterogeneous complexes, and provides necessary groundwork for the development of next generation semiconductor photocatalytic technology and gas sensor. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Structure, magnetism and electronic properties in 3d-5d based double perovskite (Sr1-xYx)2FeIrO6. (United States)

    Kharkwal, Kishor Chandra; Pramanik, Ashim Kumar


    The 3$d$-5$d$ based double perovskites are of current interest as they provide model system to study the interplay between electronic correlation ($U$) and spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Here we report detailed structural, magnetic and transport properties of doped double perovskite material (Sr$_{1-x}$Y$_x$)$_2$FeIrO$_6$ with $x$ $\\leq$ 0.2. With substitution of Y, system retains its original crystal structure but structural parameters modify with $x$ in nonmonotonic fashion. The magnetization data for Sr$_2$FeIrO$_6$ show antiferromagnetic type magnetic transition around 45 K, however, a close inspection in data indicates a weak magnetic phase transition around 120 K. No change of structural symmetry has been observed down to low temperature, although the lattice parameters show sudden changes around the magnetic transitions. Sr$_2$FeIrO$_6$ shows an insulating behavior over the whole temperature range which yet does not change with Y substitution. Nature of charge conduction is found to follow thermally activated Mott's variable range hopping and power law behavior for parent and doped samples, respectively. Interestingly, evolution of structural, magnetic and transport behavior in (Sr$_{1-x}$Y$_x$)$_2$FeIrO$_6$ is observed to reverse with $x$ $>$ 0.1 which is believed to arise due to change in transition metal ionic state. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  3. High-pressure structural behavior of the double perovskite Sr2CrReO6: an experimental and theoretical study

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    Olsen, J.S.; Gerward, Leif; Vaitheeswaran, G.


    The high-pressure structural behavior of Sr2CrReO6 has been studied experimentally using synchrotron radiation and the diamond anvil cell and theoretically using density functional theory. The experimental zero-pressure bulk modulus is B0=1704GPa and the pressure derivative is B0'=4.71.0. These r...

  4. Superconductivity in an anomalously tetragonal YB2C3O6.62 single crystal: A possible singularity in the structural phase diagram

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    Frello, T.; Andersen, N.H.; Baziljevich, M.


    superconducting. This makes the sample highly anomalous in two respects: with a stoichiometry of YBa2Cu3O6.62 the sample should have an orthorhombic symmetry, and a tetragonal undoped sample should not be superconducting at all. Our results corroborate previous findings of Topnikov [JETP Lett. 46, 577 (1987......)] of a tetragonal superconducting YBCO crystal with x=0.62....

  5. The luminescence properties of Bi3+ sensitized Gd2MoO6:RE3+ (RE = Eu or Sm) phosphors for solar spectral conversion (United States)

    Huang, M. N.; Ma, Y. Y.; Huang, X. Y.; Ye, S.; Zhang, Q. Y.


    Gd2MoO6:RE3+ (RE = Eu or Sm) and Gd2MoO6:Bi3+, RE3+ (RE = Eu or Sm) phosphors have been synthesized by combustion method. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. By introducing Bi3+ ions into Gd2MoO6:RE3+ (RE = Eu or Sm) phosphors, the excitation bands of Eu3+ and Sm3+ ions are broadened and shifted to short wavelength, meanwhile, the emission intensity are enhanced obviously. The energy transfer from Bi3+ to the activators of Eu3+ or Sm3+ is observed and discussed. In addition, the process of ultraviolet light (250-400 nm) converted into visible light can be achieved by using Gd2MoO6:Bi3+, RE3+ (RE = Eu or Sm) phosphor. These phosphors can be a promising ultraviolet-absorbing luminescent converter to enhance the photoelectrical conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

  6. Structure and photoluminescence properties of La2Mo(W)O6:Eu3+ as red phosphors for white LED applications (United States)

    Chen, Fengming; Liu, Xiaohua


    Novel La2Mo(W)O6:Eu3+ phosphors for white light-emitting (W-LEDs) were successfully prepared by the solid state reaction technology at 1250 °C for 5 h and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. The XRD result suggest that La2MoO6 phosphors have a tetragonal structure. Photoluminescence results indicate that the phosphors series can be excited efficiently by near-UV light (394 nm) or blue light (466 nm), then exhibit strong red emission, which is due to the characteristic transition of Eu3+. Meanwhile, the 5D0 → 7F2 transition is the dominant band and is split into two peaks (614 nm, 621 nm). The concentration quenching takes place at relatively high concentration of Eu3+. Lastly, an enhancement of Eu3+ luminescence is observed when Mo6+ is substituted by isovalent W6+ in La2MoO6:Eu3+ phosphors. Additionally, the composition-optimized La1.70Eu0.30Mo0.8W0.2O6 phosphor presents the best luminescence performance, which can be used as a potential candidate for white light emitting diodes pumped by near-UV or blue chip.

  7. Degradation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons by two strains of Pseudomonas

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    Obinna C. Nwinyi

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The goal of this investigation was to isolate competent polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons degraders that can utilize polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons of former industrial sites at McDoel Switchyard in Bloomington, Indiana. Using conventional enrichment method based on soil slurry, we isolated, screened and purified two bacterial species strains PB1 and PB2. Applying the ribotyping technique using the 16S rRNA gene analysis, the strains were assigned to the genus Pseudomonas (Pseudomonas plecoglossicida strain PB1 and Pseudomonas sp. PB2. Both isolates showed promising metabolic capacity on pyrene sprayed MS agar plates during the preliminary investigations. Using time course studies in the liquid cultures at calculated concentrations 123, 64, 97 and 94 ppm for naphthalene, chrysene, fluroanthene and pyrene, P. plecoglossicida strain PB1 and Pseudomonas sp. PB2 showed partial utilization of the polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Naphthalene was degraded between 26% and 40%, chrysene 14% and 16%, fluroanthene 5% and 7%; pyrene 8% and 13% by P. plecoglossicida strain PB1 and Pseudomonas sp. PB2 respectively. Based on their growth profile, we developed a model R2 = 1 to predict the degradation rate of slow polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon-degraders where all the necessary parameters are constant. From this investigation, we confirm that the former industrial site soil microbial communities may be explored for the biorestoration of the industrial site.

  8. Pseudomonas fluorescens' view of the periodic table. (United States)

    Workentine, Matthew L; Harrison, Joe J; Stenroos, Pernilla U; Ceri, Howard; Turner, Raymond J


    Growth in a biofilm modulates microbial metal susceptibility, sometimes increasing the ability of microorganisms to withstand toxic metal species by several orders of magnitude. In this study, a high-throughput metal toxicity screen was initiated with the aim of correlating biological toxicity data in planktonic and biofilm cells to the physiochemical properties of metal ions. To this end, Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 was grown in the Calgary Biofilm Device (CBD) and biofilms and planktonic cells of this microorganism were exposed to gradient arrays of different metal ions. These arrays included 44 different metals with representative compounds that spanned every group of the periodic table (except for the halogens and noble gases). The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) and minimum biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) values were obtained after exposing the biofilms to metal ions for 4 h. Using these values, metal ion toxicity was correlated to the following ion-specific physicochemical parameters: standard reduction-oxidation potential, electronegativity, the solubility product of the corresponding metal-sulfide complex, the Pearson softness index, electron density and the covalent index. When the ions were grouped according to outer shell electron structure, we found that heavy metal ions gave the strongest correlations to these parameters and were more toxic on average than the other classes of the ions. Correlations were different for biofilms than for planktonic cells, indicating that chemical mechanisms of metal ion toxicity differ between the two modes of growth. We suggest that biofilms can specifically counter the toxic effects of certain physicochemical parameters, which may contribute to the increased ability of biofilms to withstand metal toxicity.

  9. Aflatoxin B₁ degradation by a Pseudomonas strain. (United States)

    Sangare, Lancine; Zhao, Yueju; Folly, Yawa Minnie Elodie; Chang, Jinghua; Li, Jinhan; Selvaraj, Jonathan Nimal; Xing, Fuguo; Zhou, Lu; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yang


    Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), one of the most potent naturally occurring mutagens and carcinogens, causes significant threats to the food industry and animal production. In this study, 25 bacteria isolates were collected from grain kernels and soils displaying AFB1 reduction activity. Based on its degradation effectiveness, isolate N17-1 was selected for further characterization and identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. P. aeruginosa N17-1 could degrade AFB₁, AFB₂ and AFM₁ by 82.8%, 46.8% and 31.9% after incubation in Nutrient Broth (NB) medium at 37 °C for 72 h, respectively. The culture supernatant of isolate N17-1 degraded AFB₁ effectively, whereas the viable cells and intra cell extracts were far less effective. Factors influencing AFB1 degradation by the culture supernatant were investigated. Maximum degradation was observed at 55 °C. Ions Mn²⁺ and Cu²⁺ were activators for AFB1 degradation, however, ions Mg²⁺, Li⁺, Zn²⁺, Se²⁺, Fe³⁺ were strong inhibitors. Treatments with proteinase K and proteinase K plus SDS significantly reduced the degradation activity of the culture supernatant. No degradation products were observed based on preliminary LC-QTOF/MS analysis, indicating AFB₁ was metabolized to degradation products with chemical properties different from that of AFB₁. The results indicated that the degradation of AFB₁ by P. aeruginosa N17-1 was enzymatic and could have a great potential in industrial applications. This is the first report indicating that the isolate of P. aeruginosa possesses the ability to degrade aflatoxin.

  10. Engineering Pseudomonas stutzeri as a biogeochemical biosensor (United States)

    Boynton, L.; Cheng, H. Y.; Del Valle, I.; Masiello, C. A.; Silberg, J. J.


    Biogeochemical cycles are being drastically altered as a result of anthropogenic activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and the industrial production of ammonia. We know microbes play a major part in these cycles, but the extent of their biogeochemical roles remains largely uncharacterized due to inadequacies with culturing and measurement. While metagenomics and other -omics methods offer ways to reconstruct microbial communities, these approaches can only give an indication of the functional roles of microbes in a community. These -omics approaches are rapidly being expanded to the point of outpacing our knowledge of functional genes, which highlights an inherent need for analytical methods that non-invasively monitor Earth's processes in real time. Here we aim to exploit synthetic biology methods in order to engineer a ubiquitous denitrifying microbe, Pseudomonas stutzeri that can act as a biosensor in soil and marine environments. By using an easily cultivated microbe that is also common in many environments, we hope to develop a tool that allows us to zoom in on specific aspects of the nitrogen cycle. In order to monitor processes occurring at the genetic level in environments that cannot be resolved with fluorescence-based methods, such as soils, we have developed a system that instead relies on gas production by engineered microbial biosensors. P. stutzeri has been successfully engineered to release a gas, methyl bromide, which can continuously and non-invasively be measured by GC-MS. Similar to using Green Fluorescent Protein, GFP, in the biological sciences, the gene controlling gas production can be linked to those involved in denitrification, thereby creating a quantifiable gas signal that is correlated with microbial activity in the soil. Synthetically engineered microbial biosensors could reveal key aspects of metabolism in soil systems and offer a tool for characterizing the scope and degree of microbial impact on major biogeochemical cycles.

  11. Therapy of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections with tobramycin. (United States)

    Blair, D C; Fekety, F R; Bruce, B; Silva, J; Archer, G


    The efficacy of tobramycin in doses of 2.7 to 5.6 mg/kg per day in 29 courses of therapy in 25 hospitalized patients with serious Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections was studied. Eighty-three percent of the P. aeruginosa strains showed zones of inhibition of 16 mm or more around a 10-mug tobramycin disk in the Bauer-Kirby disk method. Tobramycin minimal inhibitory concentration ranged from <0.05 to 1.5 mug/ml (microtiter twofold dilution method); for gentamicin they ranged from 0.05 to 6.2 mug/ml; corresponding geometric means were 0.19 and 0.49 mug/ml. Therapy was given for a median of 10 days (mean 19, range 1 to 83). The clinically satisfactory response rate for the 29 courses of therapy was 52%: critically ill, 44%; seriously ill, 50%; moderately ill, 80%. The response rates for various sites of infection were bone and cartilage, 100%; urinary tract infection, 56%; wound, 50%; respiratory tract, 67%; septicemia, 40%; abscess, 0%; burns, 44%. No adverse reactions were seen. Serum concentration (mug/ml +/- standard deviation) of tobramycin determined by an agar-well plate method, were 4.81 +/- 2.17 (1 h); 3.24 +/- 1.43 (2 h); 2.35 +/- 1.30 (4 h); and 1.40 +/- 1.09 (8 h). Tobramycin appears to be as effacacious as gentamicin in the treatment of serious P. aeruginosa infections and has a theoretical advantage of lower minimal inhibitory concentration for P. aeruginosa. The data suggest that, for life-threatening infections, dosages of tobramycin may need to be increased over those used in this study.

  12. Ambroxol interferes with Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing. (United States)

    Lu, Qi; Yu, Jialin; Yang, Xiqiang; Wang, Jiarong; Wang, Lijia; Lin, Yayin; Lin, Lihua


    The mucolytic agent ambroxol has been reported to interfere with the formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-derived biofilms in addition to reducing alginate production by undefined mechanisms. Since quorum sensing is a key regulator of virulence and biofilm formation, we examined the effects of ambroxol on P. aeruginosa PAO1 wild-type bacterial clearance rates, adhesion profiles and biofilm formation compared with the quorum sensing-deficient, double-mutant strains DeltalasR DeltarhlR and DeltalasI DeltarhlI. Data presented in this report demonstrated that ambroxol treatment reduced survival rates of the double-mutant strains compared with the wild-type strain in a dose-dependent manner even though the double-mutants had increased adhesion in the presence of ambroxol compared with the wild-type strain. The PAO1 wild-type strain produced a significantly thicker biofilm (21.64+/-0.57 microm) compared with the biofilms produced by the DeltalasR DeltarhlR (7.36+/-0.2 microm) and DeltalasI DeltarhlI (6.62+/-0.31 microm) isolates. Ambroxol treatment reduced biofilm thickness, increased areal porosity, and decreased the average diffusion distance and textual entropy of wild-type and double-mutant strains. However, compared with the double-mutant strains, the changes observed for the wild-type strain were more clearly defined. Finally, ambroxol exhibited significant antagonistic quorum-sensing properties, suggesting that it could be adapted for use clinically in the treatment of cystic fibrosis and to reduce biofilm formation and in the colonisation of indwelling devices. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. and the International Society of Chemotherapy. All rights reserved.

  13. Chromosomal organization and segregation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Isabelle Vallet-Gely


    Full Text Available The study of chromosomal organization and segregation in a handful of bacteria has revealed surprising variety in the mechanisms mediating such fundamental processes. In this study, we further emphasized this diversity by revealing an original organization of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa chromosome. We analyzed the localization of 20 chromosomal markers and several components of the replication machinery in this important opportunistic γ-proteobacteria pathogen. This technique allowed us to show that the 6.3 Mb unique circular chromosome of P. aeruginosa is globally oriented from the old pole of the cell to the division plane/new pole along the oriC-dif axis. The replication machinery is positioned at mid-cell, and the chromosomal loci from oriC to dif are moved sequentially to mid-cell prior to replication. The two chromosomal copies are subsequently segregated at their final subcellular destination in the two halves of the cell. We identified two regions in which markers localize at similar positions, suggesting a bias in the distribution of chromosomal regions in the cell. The first region encompasses 1.4 Mb surrounding oriC, where loci are positioned around the 0.2/0.8 relative cell length upon segregation. The second region contains at least 800 kb surrounding dif, where loci show an extensive colocalization step following replication. We also showed that disrupting the ParABS system is very detrimental in P. aeruginosa. Possible mechanisms responsible for the coordinated chromosomal segregation process and for the presence of large distinctive regions are discussed.

  14. Risk assessment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water. (United States)

    Mena, Kristina D; Gerba, Charles P


    drinking water industry, very little has been reported regarding the role of P. aeruginosa in biofilms. Tap water appears to be a significant route of transmission in hospitals, from colonization of plumbing fixtures. It is still not clear if the colonization results from the water in the distribution system, or personnel use within the hospital. Infections and colonization can be significantly reduced by placement of filters on the water taps. The oral dose of P. aeruginosa required to establish colonization in a healthy subject is high (George et al. 1989a). During dose-response studies, even when subjects (mice or humans) were colonized via ingestion, there was no evidence of disease. P. aeruginosa administered by the aerosol route at levels of 10(7) cells did cause disease symptoms in mice, and was lethal in aerosolized doses of 10(9) cells. Aerosol dose-response studies have not been undertaken with human subjects. Human health risks associated with exposure to P. aeruginosa via drinking water ingestion were estimated using a four-step risk assessment approach. The risk of colonization from ingesting P. aeruginosa in drinking water is low. The risk is slightly higher if the subject is taking an antibiotic resisted by P. aeruginosa. The fact that individuals on ampicillin are more susceptible to Pseudomonas gastrointestinal infection probably results from suppression of normal intestinal flora, which would allow Pseudomonas to colonize. The process of estimating risk was significantly constrained because of the absence of specific (quantitative) occurrence data for Pseudomonas. Sensitivity analysis shows that the greatest source of variability/uncertainty in the risk assessment is from the density distribution in the exposure rather than the dose-response or water consumption distributions. In summary, two routes appear to carry the greatest health risks from contacting water contaminated with P. aeruginosa (1) skin exposure in hot tubs and (2) lung exposure from

  15. Uji produksi biosurfaktan oleh Pseudomonas sp. pada substrat yang berbeda

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    Fatimah Fatimah


    Full Text Available Biosurfactant, microbial metabolite whose properties like surfactant, was suggested to replace chemically synthesized surfactant for take in hand environtmental pollution by petroleum hydrocarbon. This work was done to examine potency of Pseudomonas sp. isolated from Tanjung Perak Harbor to produce biosurfactant. Also, to know the effect of different substrates (glucose + yeast extract, lubricating oil and hexadecane toward biosurfactant production. Pseudomonas sp. grown in mineral synthetic water and biosurfactant production was measured on stationary phase. Biosurfactant production based on emulsification activity and surface tension reduction of supernatant (using Du Nouy tensiometer. Solar, lubricating oil, and hexadecane were used to examine emulsification activity. Results indicated that Pseudomonas sp. have a potency to produce biosurfactant. Surface tension of supernatant decreased up to 20 dyne/cm, when grown on hexadecane substrate. Hexadecane is the best growing substrate for biosurfactant production than others.

  16. Intramolecular electron transfer in Pseudomonas aeruginosa cd(1) nitrite reductase

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    Farver, Ole; Brunori, Maurizio; Cutruzzolà, Francesca


    The cd(1) nitrite reductases, which catalyze the reduction of nitrite to nitric oxide, are homodimers of 60 kDa subunits, each containing one heme-c and one heme-d(1). Heme-c is the electron entry site, whereas heme-d(1) constitutes the catalytic center. The 3D structure of Pseudomonas aeruginosa...... is controlling this internal ET step. In this study we have investigated the internal ET in the wild-type and His369Ala mutant of P. aeruginosa nitrite reductases and have observed similar cooperativity to that of the Pseudomonas stutzeri enzyme. Heme-c was initially reduced, in an essentially diffusion...... nitrite reductase has been determined in both fully oxidized and reduced states. Intramolecular electron transfer (ET), between c and d(1) hemes is an essential step in the catalytic cycle. In earlier studies of the Pseudomonas stutzeri enzyme, we observed that a marked negative cooperativity...

  17. Effects of ambroxol on alginate of mature Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. (United States)

    Li, Fang; Yu, Jialin; Yang, Hua; Wan, Zhenyan; Bai, Dan


    Biofilm-forming bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common pathogen in mechanically ventilated newborns, which can cause life-threatening infections. Alginate of mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms is considered an important virulence factor which contributes to the resistance to antibiotics. Traditionally, ambroxol is widely used in newborns with lung problems as a mucolytic agent and antioxidant agent as well. And there are few studies that demonstrated the anti-biofilm activity of ambroxol. In this study, we found that ambroxol can affect the structure of mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Further, we found that ambroxol reduces the production of alginate, the expression of the important genes and the activity of key enzyme guanosine diphospho-D-mannose dehydrogenase (GDP-mannose dehydrogenase; GMD) which were involved in alginate biosynthesis.

  18. Experimental Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated rhino sinusitis in mink

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    Kirkeby, S.; Hammer, A. S.; Høiby, N.


    The nasal and sinus cavities in children may serve as reservoirs for microorganisms that cause recurrent and chronic lung infections. This study evaluates whether the mink can be used as an animal model for studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated rhino-sinusitis since there is no suitable...... in the infected mink shows features of carbohydrate expression comparable to what has been described in the respiratory system after Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in humans. It is suggested that the mink is suitable for studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated rhino-sinusitis....... traditional animal model for this disease. Nasal tissue samples from infected and control mink were fixed in formalin, demineralized, and embedded in paraffin. A histological examination of sections from the infected animals revealed disintegration of the respiratory epithelium lining the nasal turbinates...

  19. Conservation of the response regulator gene gacA in Pseudomonas species

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    Souza, J.T.; Mazzola, M.; Raaijmakers, J.M.


    The response regulator gene gacA influences the production of several secondary metabolites in both pathogenic and beneficial Pseudomonas spp. In this study, we developed primers and a probe for the gacA gene of Pseudomonas species and sequenced a 425 bp fragment of gacA from ten Pseudomonas strains

  20. Information Management of Genome Enabled Data Streams for Pseudomonas syringae on the Pseudomonas-Plant Interaction (PPI Website

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    Magdalen Lindeberg


    Full Text Available Genome enabled research has led to a large and ever-growing body of data on Pseudomonas syringae genome variation and characteristics, though systematic capture of this information to maximize access by the research community remains a significant challenge. Major P. syringae data streams include genome sequence data, newly identified type III effectors, biological characterization data for type III effectors, and regulatory feature characterization. To maximize data access, the Pseudomonas-Plant Interaction (PPI website [1] is primarily focused on categorization of type III effectors and curation of effector functional data represented in the Hop database and Pseudomonas-Plant Interaction Resource, respectively. The PPI website further serves as a conduit for incorporation of new genome characterization data into the annotation records at NCBI and other data repositories, and clearinghouse for additional data sets and updates in response to the evolving needs of the research community.

  1. Type VI Secretion System in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (United States)

    Hachani, Abderrahman; Lossi, Nadine S.; Hamilton, Alexander; Jones, Cerith; Bleves, Sophie; Albesa-Jové, David; Filloux, Alain


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a Gram-negative bacterium causing chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Such infections are associated with an active type VI secretion system (T6SS), which consists of about 15 conserved components, including the AAA+ ATPase, ClpV. The T6SS secretes two categories of proteins, VgrG and Hcp. Hcp is structurally similar to a phage tail tube component, whereas VgrG proteins show similarity to the puncturing device at the tip of the phage tube. In P. aeruginosa, three T6SSs are known. The expression of H1-T6SS genes is controlled by the RetS sensor. Here, 10 vgrG genes were identified in the PAO1 genome, among which three are co-regulated with H1-T6SS, namely vgrG1a/b/c. Whereas VgrG1a and VgrG1c were secreted in a ClpV1-dependent manner, secretion of VgrG1b was ClpV1-independent. We show that VgrG1a and VgrG1c form multimers, which confirmed the VgrG model predicting trimers similar to the tail spike. We demonstrate that Hcp1 secretion requires either VgrG1a or VgrG1c, which may act independently to puncture the bacterial envelope and give Hcp1 access to the surface. VgrG1b is not required for Hcp1 secretion. Thus, VgrG1b does not require H1-T6SS for secretion nor does H1-T6SS require VgrG1b for its function. Finally, we show that VgrG proteins are required for secretion of a genuine H1-T6SS substrate, Tse3. Our results demonstrate that VgrG proteins are not only secreted components but are essential for secretion of other T6SS substrates. Overall, we emphasize variability in behavior of three P. aeruginosa VgrGs, suggesting that, although very similar, distinct VgrGs achieve specific functions. PMID:21325275

  2. Gene expression in Pseudomonas aeruginosa swarming motility

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    Déziel Eric


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is capable of three types of motilities: swimming, twitching and swarming. The latter is characterized by a fast and coordinated group movement over a semi-solid surface resulting from intercellular interactions and morphological differentiation. A striking feature of swarming motility is the complex fractal-like patterns displayed by migrating bacteria while they move away from their inoculation point. This type of group behaviour is still poorly understood and its characterization provides important information on bacterial structured communities such as biofilms. Using GeneChip® Affymetrix microarrays, we obtained the transcriptomic profiles of both bacterial populations located at the tip of migrating tendrils and swarm center of swarming colonies and compared these profiles to that of a bacterial control population grown on the same media but solidified to not allow swarming motility. Results Microarray raw data were corrected for background noise with the RMA algorithm and quantile normalized. Differentially expressed genes between the three conditions were selected using a threshold of 1.5 log2-fold, which gave a total of 378 selected genes (6.3% of the predicted open reading frames of strain PA14. Major shifts in gene expression patterns are observed in each growth conditions, highlighting the presence of distinct bacterial subpopulations within a swarming colony (tendril tips vs. swarm center. Unexpectedly, microarrays expression data reveal that a minority of genes are up-regulated in tendril tip populations. Among them, we found energy metabolism, ribosomal protein and transport of small molecules related genes. On the other hand, many well-known virulence factors genes were globally repressed in tendril tip cells. Swarm center cells are distinct and appear to be under oxidative and copper stress responses. Conclusions Results reported in this study show that, as opposed to

  3. Crystal growth and characterization studies of novel luminescent 2D coordination polymer of lead-benzilate possessing edge sharing PbO6 polyhedra (United States)

    Soumya Mol, U. S.; Drisya, R.; Satheesh Chandran, P. R.; Sudarsanakumar, M. R.; Suma, S.; Sudhadevi Antharjanam, P. K.


    Single crystals of a new coordination polymer of lead-benzilate, C28H21O6Pb·C2H5OH have been successfully grown by gel diffusion technique at room temperature. The colourless single crystals were obtained within a week. The crystal structure was elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The compound possesses a polymeric structure constructed from edge sharing PbO6 polyhedra. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the compound crystallizes in triclinic space group P-1. The grown crystals were further characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, UV-Visible and thermogravimetric analysis. The photoluminescent properties of the complex and the ligand were also investigated.

  4. Modular Synthesis of Heparin-Related Tetra-, Hexa- and Octasaccharides with Differential O-6 Protections: Programming for Regiodefined 6-O-Modifications

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    Marek Baráth


    Full Text Available Heparin and heparan sulphate (H/HS are important members of the glycosaminoglycan family of sugars that regulate a substantial number of biological processes. Such biological promiscuity is underpinned by hetereogeneity in their molecular structure. The degree of O-sulfation, particularly at the 6-position of constituent D-GlcN units, is believed to play a role in modulating the effects of such sequences. Synthetic chemistry is essential to be able to extend the diversity of HS-like fragments with defined molecular structure, and particularly to deconvolute the biological significance of modifications at O6. Here we report a synthetic approach to a small matrix of protected heparin-type oligosaccharides, containing orthogonal D-GlcN O-6 protecting groups at programmed positions along the chain, facilitating access towards programmed modifications at specific sites, relevant to sulfation or future mimetics.

  5. High-pressure X-ray study of LiCrSi2O6 clinopyroxene and the general compressibility trends of Li-clinopyroxenes

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    Periotto, Benedetta; Angel, Ross J.; Nestola, Fabrizio


    High-pressure single-crystal X-ray diffraction measurements of synthetic LiCrSi2O6 clinopyroxene (with space group P21/c) were performed in a diamond-anvil cell up to 7.970 GPa. No phase transition has been observed within the pressure range investigated, but the elastic behavior at lower pressures...... coordination number from 5 to 6 at 6–7 GPa by means of the approach of the bridging O atom, related to the increased kinking of the B tetrahedral chain. Furthermore, at higher pressures, the structural evolution of LiCrSi2O6 provides evidence in the variation of kinking angles and bond lengths of a potential...

  6. Magnetic and electronic properties of double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6: Ab-initio calculations and Monte Carlo simulation (United States)

    Sidi Ahmed, S.; Boujnah, M.; Bahmad, L.; Benyoussef, A.; El Kenz, A.


    The magnetic and electronic properties of the double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6 are studied by combining the ab-initio calculations and Monte Carlo simulation (MCs) based on the Ising model. This compound is constituted of two magnetic cubic sublattices: one occupied by Mn4+ with spin (s = 3/2) and other occupied by Co2+ with spin (σ = 3/2). By using ab-initio calculations we compute the exchange coupling between Mn-Co sublattices. We also investigate the phase transitions and the magnetic stability of this compound. The Curie temperature is determined as well as the critical exponents. We show that the Lu2MnCoO6 compound belongs to the 3D-Ising universality class.

  7. Anomalous elastic behavior of relaxor ferroelectric Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6:Ce studied by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (United States)

    Shekhar Pandey, Chandra; Schreuer, Jürgen; Burianek, Manfred; Mühlberg, Manfred


    Elastic behavior of tetragonal tungsten bronze uniaxial relaxor ferroelectric cerium doped Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6 single crystal was investigated employing resonant ultrasound spectroscopy in the temperature range from room temperature up to 1323 K. Doping of cerium lowers the phase transition temperature Tc and Burns temperature Tb significantly, however, intermediate characteristic temperature T* (between the Burns temperature Tb and the temperature of maximum dielectric permittivity Tm) remains same as for pure Ca0.28Ba0.72Nb2O6. All independent elastic constants evolved differently with temperature, reflecting their coupling to different types of the reorientational motion of the polar nanoregions through their interaction with the acoustic waves.

  8. Nqrs Data for Al2ClH6LiO6 [Al2LiCl(OH)6] (Subst. No. 0058) (United States)

    Chihara, H.; Nakamura, N.

    This document is part of Subvolume A `Substances Containing Ag … C10H15' of Volume 48 `Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy Data' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III `Condensed Matter'. It contains an extract of Section `3.2 Data tables' of the Chapter `3 Nuclear quadrupole resonance data' providing the NQRS data for Al2ClH6LiO6 [Al2LiCl(OH)6] (Subst. No. 0058)

  9. Nqrs Data for C8H9LiO6 [C8H5LiO4·2(H2O)] (Subst. No. 1093) (United States)

    Chihara, H.; Nakamura, N.

    This document is part of Subvolume A `Substances Containing Ag … C10H15' of Volume 48 `Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy Data' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III `Condensed Matter'. It contains an extract of Section `3.2 Data tables' of the Chapter `3 Nuclear quadrupole resonance data' providing the NQRS data for C8H9LiO6 [C8H5LiO4·2(H2O)] (Subst. No. 1093)

  10. Nqrs Data for Al2BrH6LiO6 [Al2LiBr(OH)6] (Subst. No. 0056) (United States)

    Chihara, H.; Nakamura, N.

    This document is part of Subvolume A `Substances Containing Ag … C10H15' of Volume 48 `Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy Data' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group III `Condensed Matter'. It contains an extract of Section `3.2 Data tables' of the Chapter `3 Nuclear quadrupole resonance data' providing the NQRS data for Al2BrH6LiO6 [Al2LiBr(OH)6] (Subst. No. 0056)

  11. The Semi-Quantitative Study of Magnetization Process on Milling and Reannealing of Barium Hexaferrite (BaO.6Fe2O3

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    Full Text Available Barium hexaferrite (BaO.6Fe2O3 is as a hard magnetic material with good chemical stability which has been intensively used as permanent magnet components. Many works have been done in order to improve their magnetic properties either through chemical process or powders metallurgy technique. In this work, commercial BaO.6Fe2O3 was milled using high-energy milling machine for 10, 20 and 30 hours and followed by reannealing for 3 hours at 1000⁰C in air. X-ray diffraction pattern indicate no phase decomposition occurred caused the mill processing, annealing of milled powders recovered the crystal system and promoted crystallite growth. The magnetic hysteresis curve measured by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM shows the coercivity of annealed BaO.6Fe2O3 increases to two times higher than the original one. By using Jiles-Atherton model, all the hysteresis parameters Ms, k, α, a and c, have been determined adopted to the Genetic Algorithm (GA. The analyzed hysteretic parameters obtained from this work is congruent to the change of magnetic properties of as-milled and annealed powders of barium hexaferrite.

  12. Butyrylated starch intake can prevent red meat-induced O6-methyl-2-deoxyguanosine adducts in human rectal tissue: a randomised clinical trial. (United States)

    Le Leu, Richard K; Winter, Jean M; Christophersen, Claus T; Young, Graeme P; Humphreys, Karen J; Hu, Ying; Gratz, Silvia W; Miller, Rosalind B; Topping, David L; Bird, Anthony R; Conlon, Michael A


    Epidemiological studies have identified increased colorectal cancer (CRC) risk with high red meat (HRM) intakes, whereas dietary fibre intake appears to be protective. In the present study, we examined whether a HRM diet increased rectal O(6)-methyl-2-deoxyguanosine (O(6)MeG) adduct levels in healthy human subjects, and whether butyrylated high-amylose maize starch (HAMSB) was protective. A group of twenty-three individuals consumed 300 g/d of cooked red meat without (HRM diet) or with 40 g/d of HAMSB (HRM+HAMSB diet) over 4-week periods separated by a 4-week washout in a randomised cross-over design. Stool and rectal biopsy samples were collected for biochemical, microbial and immunohistochemical analyses at baseline and at the end of each 4-week intervention period. The HRM diet increased rectal O(6)MeG adducts relative to its baseline by 21% (P red meat-induced adduct formation, which may be associated with increased stool SCFA levels and/or changes in the microbiota composition.

  13. Structural distortions, orbital ordering and physical properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 calculated by first-principles (United States)

    Zhou, Hai Yang; Chen, Xiang Ming


    The structural distortions, orbital ordering, magnetic and electronic properties of double perovskite R2CoMnO6 (R  =  rare-earth element) have been systematically calculated by first-principles. Structural distortions, including Co-O and Mn-O bond length splitting, the antiferroelectric motions of R ions, the tilting of octahedral (the resulted Co-O-Mn bond angle) are obviously affected by the rare-earth ions’ radius. The bond length splitting behavior of Co-O and Mn-O are rather different because of the Jahn-Teller active ion Co2+ and the Jahn-Teller nonactive ion Mn4+. Taking Gd2CoMnO6 as an example, the t 2g orbitals of Co ions are predicted to be orbital ordered. That is, the spin down channel of d xz orbital for one Co ion and d yz orbital for another Co ion are basically vacant. Finally, the physical properties, including the magnetic Curie temperature and electronic band gap of R2CoMnO6 are almost linear dependent on the average value of cos2 θ (θ is the Co-O-Mn exchange-angle).

  14. Enhanced thermoelectric figure-of-merit in environmentally benign BaxSr2-xTiCoO6 double perovskites (United States)

    Saxena, Mandvi; Roy, Pinku; Acharya, Megha; Bose, Imon; Tanwar, Khagesh; Maiti, Tanmoy


    Environmental friendly, non-toxic double perovskite BaxSr2-xTiCoO6 compositions with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2 were synthesized using solid-state reaction route for high temperature thermoelectric (TE) applications. XRD and SEM studies confirmed the presence of single-phase solid solution with highly dense microstructure for all the oxide compositions. Temperature dependent electrical conductivity measurement showed semiconductor to metal (M-S) transition in these double perovskites. Incorporation of barium in Sr2TiCoO6 pushed M-S transition to higher temperature making it a potential candidate for high temperature TE applications. Conductivity behaviors of these oxides were explained by small polaron model. Furthermore, these oxides exhibit a glass like behavior resulting in low thermal conductivity. Low temperature dielectric measurement revealed relaxor ferroelectric behavior in these oxides below room temperature. Transition of these relaxors into a glassy state beyond Burns temperature (TD) was found responsible for having low thermal conductivity in these oxides. Maximum dimensionless TE figure-of-merit ZT = 0.29 at 1223 K was achieved for BaxSr2-xTiCoO6 composition with x = 0.2.

  15. Dynamic Response of CoSb2O6 Trirutile-Type Oxides in a CO2 Atmosphere at Low-Temperatures

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    Full Text Available Experimental work on the synthesis of the CoSb2O6 oxide and its CO2 sensing properties is presented here. The oxide was synthesized by a microwave-assisted colloidal method in presence of ethylenediamine after calcination at 600 °C. This CoSb2O6 oxide crystallized in a tetragonal structure with cell parameters  and  Å, and space group P42/mnm. To prove its physical, chemical and sensing properties, the oxide was subjected to a series of tests: Raman spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and impedance (Z measurements. Microstructures, like columns, bars and hollow hemispheres, were observed. For the CO2 sensing test, a thick film of CoSb2O6 was used, measuring the impedance variations on the presence of air/CO2 flows (0.100 sccm/0.100 sccm using AC (alternating current signals in the frequency-range 0.1–100 kHz and low relative temperatures (250 and 300 °C. The CO2 sensing results were quite good.

  16. A novel double perovskite La2ZnTiO6:Eu3+ red phosphor for solid-state lighting: Synthesis and optimum luminescence (United States)

    Fu, Anjie; Guan, Anxiang; Gao, Fangfang; Zhang, Xiaoshan; Zhou, Liya; Meng, Yingbin; Pan, Haiman


    A novel red-emitting phosphor (La2ZnTiO6:Eu3+) was synthesized using a high-temperature solid-state method. Phase purity was examined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Results showed that the obtained La2ZnTiO6:Eu3+ phosphors crystallized in the monoclinic space group P121/n1(14). The photoluminescence spectrum under the excitation of 394 nm revealed two narrow bands at 594 and 616 nm, which correspond to the 5D0-7F1 and 5D0-7F2 transitions of Eu3+, respectively. The energy transfer mechanism among Eu3+ ions was identified as dipole-dipole interactions. The phosphor exhibited ideal chromaticity coordinate (0.66, 0.34), which is close to the standard red color coordinates (0.67, 0.33). The temperature-dependent PL spectra were analyzed, and the calculated activation energy Ea indicated the good thermal stability of the phosphor. The red-emitting light-emitting diodes (LED) fabricated by LZT:Eu3+ and 395 nm-emitting InGaN chip exhibited high brightness intensity. Hence, La2ZnTiO6:Eu3+ can be potentially applied to LEDs.

  17. Dielectric relaxation, structural and thermal studies of 95 MeV O6+ ion irradiated conducting polymer polyaniline-polyvinyl alcohol (United States)

    Himanshu, A. K.; Ray, Rajyavardhan; El-Sayed, S.; Hassen, A.; Bandyopadhayay, S. K.; Sinha, T. P.


    Polyaniline (PANI) film prepared from using water-soluble support polymer polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) has been irradiated with 95 MeV oxygen (O6+) ions at the fluences from 1011 to 1012 ions/cm2. The thermal, dielectric, structural and microstructural properties of the samples are investigated by differential scanning calorimeter and thermogravimetric analysis, LCR meter, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The structural studies reveal that amorphization on irradiation which may be due to the scission of polymer bonds as there is a signature of columnar tracts and the appearance of voids in the sample increases with increasing O6+ ions irradiation-dose. Frequency-dependent spectra of the imaginary electric modulus suggest that long-range conduction in pristine sample changes to short-range, i.e. localized conduction in 95 MeV O6+ ion-irradiation PANI-PVA. The behaviour of the ac conductivity reveals that the conduction mechanism in both pristine and irradiated sample is correlated to the barrier hopping model.

  18. Acetylene Black Induced Heterogeneous Growth of Macroporous CoV2O6 Nanosheet for High-Rate Pseudocapacitive Lithium-Ion Battery Anode. (United States)

    Zhang, Lei; Zhao, Kangning; Luo, Yanzhu; Dong, Yifan; Xu, Wangwang; Yan, Mengyu; Ren, Wenhao; Zhou, Liang; Qu, Longbing; Mai, Liqiang


    Metal vanadates suffer from fast capacity fading in lithium-ion batteries especially at a high rate. Pseudocapacitance, which is associated with surface or near-surface redox reactions, can provide fast charge/discharge capacity free from diffusion-controlled intercalation processes and is able to address the above issue. In this work, we report the synthesis of macroporous CoV2O6 nanosheets through a facile one-pot method via acetylene black induced heterogeneous growth. When applied as lithium-ion battery anode, the macroporous CoV2O6 nanosheets show typical features of pseudocapacitive behavior: (1) currents that are mostly linearly dependent on sweep rate and (2) redox peaks whose potentials do not shift significantly with sweep rate. The macroporous CoV2O6 nanosheets display a high reversible capacity of 702 mAh g(-1) at 200 mA g(-1), excellent cyclability with a capacity retention of 89% (against the second cycle) after 500 cycles at 500 mA g(-1), and high rate capability of 453 mAh g(-1) at 5000 mA g(-1). We believe that the introduction of pseudocapacitive properties in lithium battery is a promising direction for developing electrode materials with high-rate capability.

  19. Crystal structure and surface characteristics of Sr-doped GdBaCo2O6−δ double perovskites: oxygen evolution reaction and conductivity

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    Pramana, Stevin S.


    A cheap and direct solution towards engineering better catalysts through identification of novel materials is required for a sustainable energy system. Perovskite oxides have emerged as potential candidates to replace the less economically attractive Pt and IrO2 water splitting catalysts. In this work, excellent electrical conductivity (980 S cm−1) was found for the double perovskite of composition GdBa0.6Sr0.4Co2O6−δ which is consistent with a better oxygen evolution reaction activity with the onset polarisation of 1.51 V with respect to a reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE). GdBa1−xSrxCo2O6−δ with increasing Sr content was found to crystallise in the higher symmetry tetragonal P4/mmm space group in comparison with the undoped GdBaCo2O6−δ which is orthorhombic (Pmmm), and yields higher oxygen uptake, accompanied by higher Co oxidation states. This outstanding electrochemical performance is explained by the wider carrier bandwidth, which is a function of Co–O–Co buckling angles and Co–O bond lengths. Furthermore the higher oxygen evolution activity was observed despite the formation of non-lattice oxides (mainly hydroxide species) and enrichment of alkaline earth ions on the surface.

  20. Facile synthesis of Bi2MoO6/ZnSnO3 heterojunction with enhanced visible light photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (United States)

    Liu, Yue; Yang, Zhao-Hui; Song, Pei-Pei; Xu, Rui; Wang, Hui


    In this paper, visible-light-driven Bi2MoO6/ZnSnO3 (BMZ) hybrid photocatalysts were successful fabricated by a combined solvothermal (160 °C, 6 h) and annealing steps (450 °C, 1 h). Systematical characterization methods including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms (BET), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) were implemented to further analyze the obtained hybrids. The photocatalytic properties were investigated against degrading methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. Obviously, BMZ hybrid photocatalysts displayed better photocatalytic performance compared with the bare Bi2MoO6 and ZnSnO3. Particularly, the highest photocatalytic activity was obtained by the 5-BMZ composite with the degradation efficiency of approximate 95%, which was up to 1.27 times and 7.31 times higher in comparison with pure Bi2MoO6 and ZnSnO3, respectively. The superior photocatalytic performances may be derived from the formation of heterojunction and presence of active species including rad O2- and h+. Finally, a possible photocatalytic mechanism for improved photocatalytic activity was proposed.

  1. Synthesis and quantitative structure-activity relationship of imidazotetrazine prodrugs with activity independent of O6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase, DNA mismatch repair, and p53. (United States)

    Pletsas, Dimitrios; Garelnabi, Elrashied A E; Li, Li; Phillips, Roger M; Wheelhouse, Richard T


    The antitumor prodrug temozolomide is compromised by its dependence for activity on DNA mismatch repair (MMR) and the repair of the chemosensitive DNA lesion, O6-methylguanine (O6-MeG), by O6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase (E.C., MGMT). Tumor response is also dependent on wild-type p53. Novel 3-(2-anilinoethyl)-substituted imidazotetrazines are reported that have activity independent of MGMT, MMR, and p53. This is achieved through a switch of mechanism so that bioactivity derives from imidazotetrazine-generated arylaziridinium ions that principally modify guanine-N7 sites on DNA. Mono- and bifunctional analogues are reported, and a quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) study identified the p-tolyl-substituted bifunctional congener as optimized for potency, MGMT-independence, and MMR-independence. NCI60 data show the tumor cell response is distinct from other imidazotetrazines and DNA-guanine-N7 active agents such as nitrogen mustards and cisplatin. The new imidazotetrazine compounds are promising agents for further development, and their improved in vitro activity validates the principles on which they were designed.

  2. Estudio AB-Initio de las propiedades estructurales y electrónicas de la doble Perovskita Ba2InTaO6

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    Full Text Available The double Perovskites materials with the formula A2 BB’O6 has been studied thoroughly in the past years due to its versatility, which allow to include the alkaline earth ions in A sites and transition metals in B and B’sites, giving origin to several physical properties with various industrials applications. In this work the structural and electronic properties of Ba2 InTaO6 are studied, material that is particularly interesting due to its possible application to the development of dielectric resonators and microwave signal filters on mobile phones and other wireless devices. Using ab-initio computational model, based on the Density Funtional Theory (DFT, and starting from spacial group Fm-3m, we calculate lattice parameters, equilibrium energies and equations of state among other quantities. The energy minimization as a function of volume allows to obtain a attice constant of 15.861 Bohr. The results of electronic density of states (DOS show that the double Perovskite Ba2 InTaO6 has an indirect gap of ~ 4.25 eV.

  3. Defining the Pseudomonas Genus: Where Do We Draw the Line with Azotobacter?

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    Özen, Asli Ismihan; Ussery, David


    genome family trees based on conserved gene families also show A. vinelandii to be more closely related to Pseudomonas than other related organisms. Third, exhaustive BLAST comparisons demonstrate that the fraction of shared genes between A. vinelandii and Pseudomonas genomes is similar...... using three genomic sequence-based methods. First, using 16S rRNA trees, it is shown that A. vinelandii groups within the Pseudomonas close to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Genomes from other related organisms (Acinetobacter, Psychrobacter, and Cellvibrio) are outside the Pseudomonas cluster. Second, pan...

  4. Prevalence of multi-drug resistance (MDR) Pseudomonas ...

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    Prevalence of multi-drug resistance (MDR) Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates in surgical units of Ahmadu Bello University teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria: An ... The antibiotic susceptibility of isolates and a standard strain to ceftazidime, amikacin, gentamicin, imipenem, ciprofloxacin and perfloxacin was determined by the ...

  5. Utilization of petroleum hydrocarbons by Pseudomonas sp. and ...

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    This phenotype was not transformed to Pseudomonas by conjugation even with lysozyme treatment, however the petroleum oil and octadecane utilization were transformed to E. coli by lysozyme treatment. The transformed E. coli lost the ability to use octadecane after three subcultures on nutrient broth and 34 generations.

  6. Genomic and metabolic characterization of spoilage-associated Pseudomonas species. (United States)

    Stanborough, Tamsyn; Fegan, Narelle; Powell, Shane M; Singh, Tanoj; Tamplin, Mark; Chandry, P Scott


    Pseudomonas are common spoilage agents of aerobically stored fresh foods. Their ability to cause spoilage is species- and may be strain-specific. To improve our understanding of the meat and milk spoilage agents Pseudomonas fragi and Pseudomonas lundensis, we sequenced the genomes of 12 P. fragi and seven P. lundensis isolates. These genomes provided a dataset for genomic analyses. Key volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced or metabolised by the isolates were determined during their growth on a beef paste and where possible, metabolic activity was associated with gene repertoire. Genome analyses showed that the isolates included in this work may belong to more than two Pseudomonas species with possible spoilage potential. Pan-genome analyses demonstrated a high degree of diversity among the P. fragi and genetic flexibility and diversity may be traits of both species. Growth of the P. lundensis isolates was characterised by the production of large amounts of 1-undecene, 5-methyl-2-hexanone and methyl-2-butenoic acid. P. fragi isolates produced extensive amounts of methyl and ethyl acetate and the production of methyl esters predominated over ethyl esters. Some of the P. fragi produced extremely low levels of VOCs, highlighting the importance of strain-specific studies in food matrices. Furthermore, although usually not considered to be denitrifiers, all isolates generated molecular nitrogen, indicating that at least some steps of this pathway are intact. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Elastase Deficiency Phenotype of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Canine Otitis Externa Isolates


    Petermann, Shana R.; Doetkott, Curt; Rust, Lynn


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa veterinary isolates were assayed for elastase and total matrix protease activity. The elastase activity of canine ear isolates was much less than that of strain PAO1 and that of all other veterinary isolates (P < 0.0001). The results indicate that canine ear isolates have a distinct elastase phenotype.

  8. An update on Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation, tolerance, and dispersal

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    Harmsen, Morten; Yang, Liang; Pamp, Sünje Johanna


    We review the recent advances in the understanding of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm lifestyle from studies using in vitro laboratory setups such as flow chambers and microtiter trays. Recent work sheds light on the role of nutrients, motility, and quorum sensing in structure formation in P. ...

  9. extracts of senna siamea (lam) on pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    May 30, 2009 ... convulsion in children (Alli – Smith, 2009). In an attempt to rationally identify which pathogen to screen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa was epidemiologically identified as the hardiest bacterium that constitutes problems to researchers and clinicians. As literature showed, the hardy nature of Ps aeruginosa is ...

  10. Biological production of monoethanolamine by engineered Pseudomonas putida S12

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    Foti, M.J.; Médici, R.; Ruijssenaars, H.J.


    Pseudomonas putida S12 was engineered for the production of monoethanolamine (MEA) from glucose via the decarboxylation of the central metabolite l-serine, which is catalyzed by the enzyme l-serine decarboxylase (SDC).The host was first evaluated for its tolerance towards MEA as well as its

  11. an tibiotic resistance trend of pseudomonas aeruginosa'in port

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    AN TIBIOTIC RESISTANCE TREND OF PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA'IN PORT. HARCOURT oaursca. 0. K}. ONYEJEPU, N 1. 1. Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. Port Harcourt. 2. Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. 6 Edmond Crescent, Yabl. Lagos.

  12. Secretion of elastinolytic enzymes and their propeptides by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Braun, P; de Groot, A; Bitter, W; Tommassen, J

    Elastase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is synthesized as a preproenzyme. The signal sequence is cleaved ol during transport across the inner membrane and, in the periplasm, proelastase is further processed. We demonstrate that the propeptide and the mature elastase are both secreted but that the

  13. Induction of beta-lactamase production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm

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    Giwercman, B; Jensen, E T; Høiby, N


    Imipenem induced high levels of beta-lactamase production in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Piperacillin also induced beta-lactamase production in these biofilms but to a lesser degree. The combination of beta-lactamase production with other protective properties of the biofilm mode of growth...

  14. The cytotoxin of Pseudomonas aeruginosa : Cytotoxicity requires proteolytic activation

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    Orlik-Eisel, Gabriele; Lutz, Frieder; Henschen, Agnes; Eisel, Ulrich; Struckmeier, Martin; Kräuter, Josef; Niemann, Heiner

    The primary structure of a cytotoxin from Pseudomonas aeruginosa was determined by sequencing of the structural gene. The cytotoxin (31,700 Mr) lacks an N-terminal signal sequence for bacterial secretion but contains a pentapeptide consensus sequence commonly found in prokaryotic proteins which

  15. Heavy Metal uptake Potentials of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ...

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    Uptake of heavy metals, silver and cadmium by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (a Gram negative bacterium) and Micrococcus luteus (a Gram positive bacterium) was investigated in Cadmium and Silver stock solution using ion selective electrodes. Silver and cadmium uptake by the two organisms was described by Langmuir ...

  16. Dechlorination of 1,2– dichloroethane by Pseudomonas aeruginosa ...

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    As part of our attempt at isolating and stocking some indigenous microbial species, we isolated a bacterium from a waste dumpsite with appreciable dechlorination activity. 16S rDNA profiling revealed the isolate to be a strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the sequence has been deposited in the NCBI nucleotide ...

  17. Antibiotic sensitivity of isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in ...

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    The pattern of antibiotic sensitivity of 229 clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated between June 1998 and May 2000 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu was studied. The isolates were recovered from various clinical specimens by culturing on standard media viz: blood agar, ...

  18. Rhamnolipid stimulates uptake of hydrophobic compounds by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Noordman, WH; Janssen, DB

    The biodegradation of hexadecane by five biosurfactant-producing bacterial strains (Pseudomonas aeruginosa UG2, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus RAG1, Rhodococcus erythropolis DSM 43066, R. erythropolis ATCC 19558, and strain BCG112) was determined in the presence and absence of exogenously added

  19. Effects of the Consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and ...

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    degrading microorganisms in oil-polluted site. (Atlas, 1981). Crude oil biodegradation can occur under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions (Zengler et al., 1999). This research was aimed at investigating the effects of the consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and. Micrococcus spp on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ...

  20. Isolation and characterization of gallium resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa mutants

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    García-Contreras, R; Lira-Silva, E; Jasso-Chávez, R; Hernández-González, I.L.; Maeda, T.; Hashimoto, T.; Boogerd, F.C.; Sheng, L; Wood, TK; Moreno-Sánchez, R


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 cells resistant to the novel antimicrobial gallium nitrate (Ga) were developed using transposon mutagenesis and by selecting spontaneous mutants. The mutants showing the highest growth in the presence of Ga were selected for further characterization. These mutants showed

  1. Decrease of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation by food waste materials

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    Maděrová, Z.; Horská, K.; Kim, S.-R.; Lee, Ch.-H.; Pospíšková, K.; Šafaříková, Miroslava; Šafařík, Ivo


    Roč. 73, č. 9 (2016), s. 2143-2149 ISSN 0273-1223 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : biofilm * food waste materials * magnetic spent grain * Pseudomonas aeruginosa Subject RIV: EI - Biotechnology ; Bionics Impact factor: 1.197, year: 2016

  2. Characterization of Pseudomonas species causing brown blotch of Agaricus bisporis.

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    Wolf, van der J.M.; Kastelein, P.; Krijger, M.C.; Hendriks, M.J.A.; Baars, J.J.P.; Amsing, J.G.M.; Lee, van der T.A.J.; Warris, S.


    Bacterial blotch is occasionally causing damage in the production of common mushroom (Agaricus bisporus). The disease is found worldwide and can be caused by different fluorescent Pseudomonas species present in casing material. For identification of the causative agents of blotch in the Netherlands

  3. dichloroethane by Pseudomonas aeruginosa OK1 isolated from a ...

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    chlorinated organics such as monochloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, dichloromethane, trichloromethane and tetrachloromethane at pH 7.5 and 9.0. Optimum temperature for dehalogenase activity against 1, 2 – DCE was 35oC. Key words: Dechlorination, 16S rDNA, bioremediation, Pseudomonas aeruginosa OK1.

  4. Unraveling root developmental programs initiated by beneficial Pseudomonas spp. bacteria

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    Zamioudis, C.; Mastranesti, P.; Dhonukshe, P.; Blilou, I.; Pieterse, C.M.J.


    Plant roots are colonized by an immense number of microbes, referred to as the root microbiome. Selected strains of beneficial soil-borne bacteria can protect against abiotic stress and prime the plant immune system against a broad range of pathogens. Pseudomonas spp. rhizobacteria represent one of

  5. Unraveling Root Developmental Programs Initiated by Beneficial Pseudomonas spp. Bacteria

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    Zamioudis, C.; Mastranesti, P.; Dhonukshe, P.; Blilou, I.; Pieterse, C.M.J.


    Plant roots are colonized by an immense number of microbes, referred to as the root microbiome. Selected strains of beneficial soil-borne bacteria can protect against abiotic stress and prime the plant immune system against a broad range of pathogens. Pseudomonas spp. rhizobacteria represent one of

  6. Screening of thermophilic neutral lipase-producing Pseudomonas ...

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    From oil-contaminated soil, three lipase-producing microorganisms were selected as good lipase producers using rhodamine B-olive oil plate agar and they were identified as from Pseudomonas, Burkholderia and Klebsiella genera by morphology, biochemical characterization and 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Among the ...

  7. Effect of biosurfactant from two strains of Pseudomonas on ...

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    Two Pseudomonas strains isolated from oil-contaminated soil which produce biosurfactant were studied. The biosurfactant containing broth formed stable emulsions with liquid light paraffin, cooking medium vegetable oil and toluene. The strains under study produce extra cellular biosurfactant in the culture media.

  8. Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Chitinase, a Gradually Secreted Protein

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    Folders, J. (Jindra); Algra, J. (Jon); Roelofs, M.S. (Marc); Loon, L.C. van; Tommassen, J.P.M.; Bitter, Wilbert


    The gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa secretes many proteins into its extracellular environment via the type I, II, and III secretion systems. In this study, a gene, chiC, coding for an extracellular chitinolytic enzyme, was identified. The chiC gene encodes a polypeptide of 483 amino

  9. Effect of alternating and direct currents on Pseudomonas ...

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    Sep 20, 2010 ... studies must be done so as to reach optimum voltage and currents. The test media were Muller-Hinton agar and eosin methylene blue (EMB) agar. In this research Pseudomonas aeruginosa which was isolated from patients׳ wounds was examined with levels of alternating and direct current (AC and DC).

  10. Effect of alternating and direct currents on Pseudomonas ...

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    In this research Pseudomonas aeruginosa which was isolated from patients wounds was examined with levels of alternating and direct current (AC and DC) electrical stimulation (1.5V, 3.5V, 5.5V and 10V) to see if these currents could inhibit P. aeruginosa growth in vitro. The experiment was performed in two forms: The first ...

  11. Pseudomonas aeruginosa burn wound infection in a dedicated ...

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    Background. Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is a major cause of morbidity in burns patients. There is a paucity of publications dealing with this infection in the paediatric population. We describe the incidence, microbiology and impact of P. aeruginosa infection in a dedicated paediatric burns unit. Methods.

  12. Utilization of petroleum hydrocarbons by Pseudomonas sp. and ...

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    pseudomonas isolated from a petroleum-contaminated soil was instable. In this work, t is shown that when the isolates are immobilized on Perlite, they are more stable for oil egradation. Although the isolate did not have any chemotaxis to ...

  13. High Temperature Induced Antibiotic Sensitivity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (United States)


    aeruginosa ATCC 9027 was maintained on Pseudomonas P agar slants (Difco Laboratories, Detroit, MI.). The organism was cultivated at 37°C or 46°C in a proteose...Studies on the permeability change produced in coliform bacteria by ethylene diamine tetracetate. J. Biol. Chem. 243: 2372 - 2380. 7. 9. Lowry, O.H., N.J

  14. Isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas resistant to heavy ...

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    Isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas resistant to heavy metals and poly aromatics hydrocarbons (PAHs) from Persian Gulf sediments. ... Among 10 bacterial species isolated from marine sediment, one strain represented high potential to grow in medium supplemented with copper and phenanthrene. Isolated ...

  15. The Transcriptional Landscape of the Production Organism Pseudomonas putida

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    D'Arrigo, Isotta

    Bacterial cell factories represent a valid alternative to fossil fuel-based production. A promising bacterium that can be optimized as cell factory is Pseudomonas putida. However, its development in bioproduction applications poses some challenges including a clear understanding of the bacterial ...

  16. Detection of Pseudomonas fluorescens from broth, water and ...

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    Loop mediated isothermal amplification is rapid, highly sensitive and specifically developed method for detection of bacterial infections. AprX gene for alkaline metalloprotease of Pseudomonas fluorescens was used to design four primers and loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) conditions were standardized for ...

  17. Metabolism of amino acid amides in Pseudomonas putida ATCC 12633

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    Hermes, H.F.M.; Croes, L.M.; Peeters, W.P.H.; Peters, P.J.H.; Dijkhuizen, L.


    The metabolism of the natural amino acid L-valine, the unnatural amino acids D-valine, and D-, L-phenylglycine (D-, L-PG), and the unnatural amino acid amides D-, L-phenylglycine amide (D, L-PG-NH2) and L-valine amide (L-Val-NH2) was studied in Pseudomonas putida ATCC 12633. The organism possessed

  18. Characterization of the chlorate reductase from Pseudomonas chloritidismutans

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    Wolterink, A.F.W.M.; Schiltz, E.; Hagedoorn, P.L.; Hagen, W.R.; Kengen, S.W.M.; Stams, A.J.M.


    A chlorate reductase has been purified from the chlorate-reducing strain Pseudomonas chloritidismutans. Comparison with the periplasmic (per)chlorate reductase of strain GR-1 showed that the cytoplasmic chlorate reductase of P. chloritidismutans reduced only chlorate and bromate. Differences were

  19. Effects of the Consortium of Pseudomonas , Bacillus and ...

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    The effect of the consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and Micrococcus spp on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil was carried out using standard microbiological methods. Spectrophotometer, gas chromatography and viable count which determined the optical density, the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and ...

  20. Effects of the Consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and ...

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    The effect of the consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and Micrococcus spp on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil was carried out using standard microbiological methods. Spectrophotometer, gas chromatography and viable count which determined the optical density, the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and ...

  1. Effects of the Consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and ...

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    Abstract. The effect of the consortium of Pseudomonas, Bacillus and Micrococcus spp on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in crude oil was carried out using standard microbiological methods. Spectrophotometer, gas chromatography and viable count which determined the optical density, the polycyclic aromatic ...

  2. Multiple Antibiotic Resistance (MAR) indices of Pseudomonas and ...

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    Background/Objectives: Pseudomonas and Klebsiella infections are important nosocomial infections because of the attendant significant morbidity, mortality and socio-economic impact. These infections are difficult to treat due to the innate and acquired resistance mediated by the organisms' genome and other transferable ...

  3. Production of a rhamnolipid-type biosurfactant by Pseudomonas ...

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    The work herewith investigated the effect of the culture medium composition on rhamnolipid production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa LBM10, previously isolated from an estuarine environment in Southern Brazil. Experimental design and surface response methodology were used in order to improve biosurfactant ...

  4. Isolation, purification and properties of lipase from Pseudomonas ...

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    Jul 26, 2012 ... Isolate Ps5 showed the highest lipase activity which was later identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The effect of ..... Identification and characterization of a locally isolated lipolytic microfungus Geotrichum candidum. Malaysian J. Microbiol. 2: 22-29. Martinelle M, Hult K (1995).Kinetics of acyl transfer ...

  5. [Activity of doripenem against Pseudomonas spp. and Acinetobacter spp. rods]. (United States)

    Bogiel, Tomasz; Deptuła, Aleksander; Gospodarek, Eugenia


    Doripenem, the newest carbapenem was approved in 2008 by the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections. Its spectrum of activity is similar to that of meropenem and imipenem/cilastatin. The aim of this study was to compare in vitro activity of doripenem against nonfermentative Gram-negative rods. A total of 235 strains of Pseudomonas spp. (74.9%) and Acinetobacter spp. (25.1%) were included into the study. Strains were isolated in The Department of Clinical Microbiology of the University Hospital No 1 in Bydgoszcz and identified using ID GN tests (bioMérieux). To determine susceptibility to doripenem and other carbapenems disc-diffusion method was applied. Percentage of doripenem resistant strains reached 28.4% and 39.0% for Pseudomonas spp. and Acinetobacter spp, respectively. All doripenem sensitive or intermediate Acinetobacter spp. strains were simultaneously sensitive to imipenem and meropenem. Activity of imipenem and meropenem among doripenem resistant Acinetobacter spp. were represented by 60.9% and 56.5% strains, respectively. Activity of imipenem and meropenem among doripenem resistant Pseudomonas spp. strains were represented by 12.0% and 18.0%, respectively. Occurence of one doripenem sensitive Pseudomonas spp. strain simultaneously resistant to imipenem and meropenem was observed.

  6. Isolation and characterization of Pseudomonas putida WLY for ...

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    The azoreductase produced by P. putida WLY was extracellular and induced according to electrophoresis experiments and decolorization tests. After purification by ion exchange and gel chromatography, its molecular weight was estimated to be 28,000 Da by SDS-PAGE. Key words: Pseudomonas putida; reactive brilliant ...

  7. Isolation, purification and properties of lipase from Pseudomonas ...

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    Six isolates (Ps1, Ps2, Ps3, Ps4, Ps5 and Ps6) producing lipase were screened from wastewater on a selective medium agar containing Tween 80 or olive oil as the only source of carbon. Isolate Ps5 showed the highest lipase activity which was later identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The effect of media composition ...

  8. Electronic structure and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism in A2CrB'O6 (A = Ca, Sr; B' = W, Re, and Os) oxides (United States)

    Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.


    A systematic electronic structure study of A2CrB'O6 (A = Ca, Sr; B' = W, Re, and Os) has been performed by employing the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) as well as the GGA and LSDA + U methods using the fully relativistic spin-polarized Dirac linear muffin-tin orbital band-structure method. We investigated the effects of the subtle interplay among the spin-orbit coupling, electron correlations, and lattice distortion on the electronic structure of the double perovskites. First principles calculations predict that Sr2CrOsO6 is (before considering spin-orbit coupling) actually a ferrimagnetic semimetal with precisely compensating spin moments, or spin-asymmetric compensated semimetallic ferrimagnet in which the electrons and holes are each fully polarized and have opposite spin directions, in spite of a zero net moment and hence no macroscopic magnetic field. Spin-orbit coupling degrades this by giving a nonzero total moment, but the band structure is little changed. Therefore, the observed saturation moment of ferrimagnetic Sr2CrOsO6 is entirely due to spin-orbit coupling. The x-ray absorption spectra and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the W, Re, Os, and Cr L2,3, and Cr and O K edges were investigated theoretically from first principles. A qualitative explanation of the XMCD spectra shape is provided by the analysis of the corresponding selection rules, orbital character and occupation numbers of individual orbitals. The calculated results are in good agreement with experimental data. The complex fine structure of the Cr L2,3 XAS in Sr2CrWO6 and Sr2CrReO6 was found to be not compatible with a pure Cr3+ valency state. The interpretation demands mixed valent states. We found that possible oxygen vacancies lead to a mixed valency at the Cr site, double peak structure at the Cr L2,3 edges and reduce the saturation magnetization in Sr2CrWO6 and Sr2CrReO6.

  9. Interaction between fish spoilage bacteria Pseudomonas sp and Shewanella putrefaciens in fish extracts and on fish tissue

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    Gram, Lone; Melchiorsen, Jette


    , supernatant fluids from siderophore- negative Pseudomonas isolates did not inhibit growth of S. putrefaciens. The inhibitory effect was, except for one strain of Pseudomonas, not seen in supernatant fluids from iron- enriched cultures of Pseudomonas sp. Finally, siderophore- producing Pseudomonas sp. lowered...

  10. Pseudomonas guariconensis sp. nov., isolated from rhizospheric soil. (United States)

    Toro, Marcia; Ramírez-Bahena, Martha-Helena; Cuesta, Maria José; Velázquez, Encarna; Peix, Alvaro


    We isolated a bacterial strain designated PCAVU11(T) in the course of a study of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria occurring in rhizospheric soil of Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. in Guárico state, Venezuela. The 16S rRNA gene sequence had 99.2 % sequence similarity with respect to the most closely related species, Pseudomonas taiwanensis, and 99.1 % with respect to Pseudomonas entomophila, Pseudomonas plecoglossicida and Pseudomonas monteilii, on the basis of which PCAVU11(T) was classified as representing a member of the genus Pseudomonas. Analysis of the housekeeping genes rpoB, rpoD and gyrB confirmed the phylogenetic affiliation and showed sequence similarities lower than 95 % in all cases with respect to the above-mentioned closest relatives. Strain PCAVU11(T) showed two polar flagella. The respiratory quinone was Q9. The major fatty acids were 16 : 0 (25.7 %), 18 : 1ω7c (20.4 %), 17 : 0 cyclo (11.5 %) and 16 : 1ω7c/15 : 0 iso 2-OH in summed feature 3 (10.8 %). The strain was oxidase-, catalase- and urease-positive, the arginine dihydrolase system was present but nitrate reduction, β-galactosidase production and aesculin hydrolysis were negative. Strain PCAVU11(T) grew at 44 °C and at pH 10. The DNA G+C content was 61.5 mol%. DNA-DNA hybridization results showed values lower than 56 % relatedness with respect to the type strains of the four most closely related species. Therefore, the results of genotypic, phenotypic and chemotaxonomic analyses support the classification of strain PCAVU11(T) as representing a novel species of the genus Pseudomonas, which we propose to name Pseudomonas guariconensis sp. nov. The type strain is PCAVU11(T) ( = LMG 27394(T) = CECT 8262(T)).

  11. Specific Genomic Fingerprints of Phosphate Solubilizing Pseudomonas Strains Generated by Box Elements (United States)

    Javadi Nobandegani, Mohammad Bagher; Saud, Halimi Mohd; Yun, Wong Mui


    Primers corresponding to conserved bacterial repetitive of BOX elements were used to show that BOX-DNA sequences are widely distributed in phosphate solubilizing Pseudomonas strains. Phosphate solubilizing Pseudomonas was isolated from oil palm fields (tropical soil) in Malaysia. BOX elements were used to generate genomic fingerprints of a variety of Pseudomonas isolates to identify strains that were not distinguishable by other classification methods. BOX-PCR, that derived genomic fingerprints, was generated from whole purified genomic DNA by liquid culture of phosphate solubilizing Pseudomonas. BOX-PCR generated the phosphate solubilizing Pseudomonas specific fingerprints to identify the relationship between these strains. This suggests that distribution of BOX elements' sequences in phosphate solubilizing Pseudomonas strains is the mirror image of their genomic structure. Therefore, this method appears to be a rapid, simple, and reproducible method to identify and classify phosphate solubilizing Pseudomonas strains and it may be useful tool for fast identification of potential biofertilizer strains. PMID:25580434

  12. Activation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase in Pseudomonas putida by triggering dissociation of the propeptide-enzyme complex

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    Braun, P; Bitter, W; Tommassen, J


    The propeptide of Pseudomonas aeruginosa elastase functions both as an intramolecular chaperone required for the folding of the enzyme and as an inhibitor that prevents activity of the enzyme before its secretion into the extracellular medium. Since expression of the lasB gene, which encodes

  13. Determinación de aislados nativos de pseudomonas desulfurizadoras mediante el estudio del perfil de ácidos grasos

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    Edilberto Silva Gómez


    Full Text Available Utilizando CGAR se determinó el contenido de ácidos grasos celulares de doce aislados colombianos, Pseudomonas aeruginosa 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 y 103, Pseudomonas sp 23, 24, 25, 26 y 27 con capacidad desulfurizadora, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 9027 y 10145, Pseudomonas sp ATCC 39327 y Pseudomonas flúores cens. Se encontraron 53 ácidos grasos diferentes, entre saturados e insaturados de cadena lineal, y principalmente hidroxiácidos y ramificados.

  14. Comparative genomic analysis of multiple strains of two unusual plant pathogens: Pseudomonas corrugata and Pseudomonas mediterranea

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    Emmanouil A Trantas


    Full Text Available The non-fluorescent pseudomonads, Pseudomonas corrugata (Pcor and P. mediterranea (Pmed, are closely related species that cause pith necrosis, a disease of tomato that causes severe crop losses. However, they also show strong antagonistic effects against economically important pathogens, demonstrating their potential for utilization as biological control agents. In addition, their metabolic versatility makes them attractive for the production of commercial biomolecules and bioremediation. An extensive comparative genomics study is required to dissect the mechanisms that Pcor and Pmed employ to cause disease, prevent disease caused by other pathogens, and to mine their genomes for commercially significant chemical pathways. Here, we present the draft genomes of nine Pcor and Pmed strains from different geographical locations. This analysis covered significant genetic heterogeneity and allowed in-depth genomic comparison. All examined strains were able to trigger symptoms in tomato plants but not all induced a hypersensitive-like response in Nicotiana benthamiana. Genome-mining revealed the absence of a type III secretion system and of known type III effectors from all examined Pcor and Pmed strains. The lack of a type III secretion system appears to be unique among the plant pathogenic pseudomonads. Several gene clusters coding for type VI secretion system were detected in all genomes.

  15. Femtosecond x rays link melting of charge-density wave correlations and light-enhanced coherent transport in YB a2C u3O6.6 (United States)

    Först, M.; Frano, A.; Kaiser, S.; Mankowsky, R.; Hunt, C. R.; Turner, J. J.; Dakovski, G. L.; Minitti, M. P.; Robinson, J.; Loew, T.; Le Tacon, M.; Keimer, B.; Hill, J. P.; Cavalleri, A.; Dhesi, S. S.


    We use femtosecond resonant soft x-ray diffraction to measure the optically stimulated ultrafast changes of charge-density wave correlations in underdoped YB a2C u3O6.6 . We find that when coherent interlayer transport is enhanced by optical excitation of the apical oxygen distortions, at least 50% of the in-plane charge-density wave order is melted. These results indicate that charge ordering and superconductivity may be competing up to the charge ordering transition temperature, with the latter becoming a hidden phase that is accessible only by nonlinear phonon excitation.

  16. Transformation of Structure, Electrical Conductivity, and Magnetism in AA'Fe2O6-δ, A = Sr, Ca and A' = Sr. (United States)

    Hona, Ram Krishna; Huq, Ashfia; Mulmi, Suresh; Ramezanipour, Farshid


    The ability to control electrical properties and magnetism by varying the crystal structure using the effect of the A-site cation in oxygen-deficient perovskites has been studied in AA'Fe 2 O 6-δ , where A = Sr, Ca and A' = Sr. The structure of Sr 2 Fe 2 O 6-δ , synthesized at 1250 °C in air, contains dimeric units of FeO 5 square pyramids separated by FeO 6 octahedra. Here we show that this ordering scheme can be transformed by changing the A-site cations from Sr to Ca. This leads to a structure where layers of corner-sharing FeO 6 octahedra are separated by chains of FeO 4 tetrahedra. Through systematic variation of the A-site cations, we have determined the average ionic radius required for this conversion to be ∼1.41 Å. We have demonstrated that the magnetic structure is also transformed. The Sr 2 compound has an incommensurate magnetic structure, where magnetic moments are in spin-density wave state, aligning perpendicular to the body diagonal of the unit cell. With the aid of neutron diffraction experiments at 10 and 300 K, we have shown that the magnetic structure is converted into a long-range G-type antiferromagnetic system when one Sr is replaced by Ca. In this G-type ordering scheme, the magnetic moments align in the 001 direction, antiparallel to their nearest neighbors. We have also performed variable-temperature electrical conductivity studies on these materials in the temperature range 298-1073 K. These studies have revealed the transformation of charge transport properties, where the metallic behavior of the Sr 2 compound is converted into semiconductivity in the CaSr material. The trend of conductivity as a function of temperature is reversed upon changing the A-site cation. The conductivity of the Sr 2 compound shows a downturn, while the conductivity of the CaSr material increases as a function of temperature. We have also shown that the CaSr compound exhibits temperature-dependent behavior typical of a mixed ionic-electronic conducting

  17. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase genotype in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas with and without hypermethylation of the DNA repair gene O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase. (United States)

    Toffoli, G; Rossi, D; Gaidano, G; Cecchin, E; Boiocchi, M; Carbone, A


    C677T and A1298C methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms have been suggested to affect susceptibility to malignant lymphoma, possibly by altering DNA methylation. The DNA repair gene O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is transcriptionally silenced by promoter hypermethylation in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL). We analyzed the MTHFR677 and MTHFR1298 genotypes in 111 DLBCL patients and 465 controls. No significant difference in the frequency of MTHFR polymorphisms between patients and controls and no significant association between MTHFR677 or MTHFR1298 genotypes and methylation of MGMT promoter were observed. These results indicate that MTHFR variants are not related to DLBCL development and MGMT hypermethylation.

  18. Twin-domain size and bulk oxygen in-diffusion kinetics of YBa2Cu3O6+x studied by neutron powder diffraction and gas volumetry

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    Poulsen, H.F.; Andersen, N.H.; Lebech, B.


    We report experimental results of twin-domain size and bulk oxygen in-diffusion kinetics of YBa2Cu3O6+x, which supplement a previous and simultaneous study of the structural phase diagram and oxygen equilibrium partial pressure. Analysis of neutron powder diffraction peak broadening show features...... which are identified to result from temperature independent twin-domain formation in to different orthorhombic phases with domain sizes 250 and 350 angstrom, respectively. The oxygen in-diffusion flow shows simple relaxation type behaviour J = J0 exp(-t/tau) despite a rather broad particle size...

  19. Model for the high-temperature oxygen-ordering thermodynamics in YBa2Cu3O6+x - inclusion of electron spin and charge degrees of freedom

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    Schleger, P.; Hardy, W.N.; Casalta, H.


    A lattice-gas model for the high temperature oxygen-ordering thermodynamics in YBa2Cu3O6+x is presented, which assumes constant effective pair interactions between oxygen atoms and includes in a simple fashion the effect of the electron spin and charge degrees of freedom. This is done using...... a commonly utilized picture relating the creation of mobile electron holes and unpaired spins to the insertion of oxygen into the basal plane. The model is solved using the nearest-neighbor square approximation of the cluster-variation method. In addition, preliminary Monte Carlo results using next...

  20. Expression of recombinant Pseudomonas stutzeri di-heme cytochrome c(4) by high-cell-density fed-batch cultivation of Pseudomonas putida

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    Thuesen, Marianne Hallberg; Nørgaard, Allan; Hansen, Anne Merete


    The gene of the di-heme protein cytochrome c(4) from Pseudomonas stutzeri was expressed in Pseudomonas putida. High-yield expression of the protein was achieved by high-cell-density fed-batch cultivation using an exponential glucose feeding strategy. The recombinant cytochrome c(4) protein...

  1. Study of Pseudomonas Aeroginosa resistance to Penicillines, Cephalosporins and Aminoglycosides

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    Maleknezhad P


    Full Text Available Drug therapy and prophylaxy in infectious diseases, from hygienic and economical point of view, are very important. Infections caused by pseudomonas aeroginosa were particularly severe, with high mortality rates. In the recent years pseudomonas aeroginosa continued to cause the most severe, life-thereating infections in burned patients, in spite of the introduction of a wide variety of antibiotics advised specifically for their anti pseudomonal activity. The aim of this study, in which many cases of ps.aeroginosa infections are assessed is to identify the drug resistance of this bacteria to penicillines, cephalosporins and aminoglycosides by antibiotic sensitivity test (disk ager diffusion. Results as percent of resistance to each antibiotic were 89% to carbenicillin, 55% to piperacillin, 89% to mezlocillin, 89.5% to ticarcillin+clavulonic acid, 85% to ceftriaxone, 95% to tobramycin, 5% of all isolates were not sensitive to any antibiotics.


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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Chronic suppurative otitis media is one among the commonest ENT disease seen in day-to-day practice. It is seen mainly among low socioeconomic class. MATERIALS AND METHODS The present study was conducted in the Department of ENT, Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences. Fifty patients with CSOM of all age groups and both sexes attending the Outpatient Department of ENT were selected randomly for the study. RESULTS From our study, we found mainly children of age group 10-11 years commonly affected. They belong to poor socioeconomic background. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the most common organism isolated in the present study. Ciprofloxacin was found to be the most sensitive antibiotic to Pseudomonas aeruginosa. CONCLUSION We noticed that drug resistance is on the rise due to misuse of antibiotics, over-the-counter treatment, inadequate period of therapy and less awareness among public regarding drug resistance. Constant monitoring of antibiotic sensitivity is needed to prevent drug resistance in CSOM.

  3. Neonatal Orbital Abscess Secondary to Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Conjunctivitis. (United States)

    Yazici, Bulent; Orucov, Nesimi; Ibrahimzade, Gunay

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa conjunctivitis, although rare in healthy infants, may cause serious ocular and systemic complications. A 30-day-old, otherwise healthy male infant was referred with the diagnosis of right orbital abscess. The patient had been diagnosed as having Pseudomonas conjunctivitis 9 days previously at the referring center. Despite antibiotic treatment, his ocular findings had worsened and marked proptosis had developed. Other examination findings were ptosis, restriction of eye movements, periorbital erythema, and chemosis. Radiologic studies showed a large, homogenous mass with a thick capsule in the lateral retrobulbar orbit. The abscess was drained through a lateral orbitotomy. A culture of the abscess yielded P. aeruginosa. After surgery, the ocular findings improved rapidly without any complication. No other focus of infection or immune system abnormality was found. The patient did not experience any other significant disease during a follow up of 23 months.

  4. Comparative genomic analysis of multiple strains of two unusual plant pathogens: Pseudomonas corrugata and Pseudomonas mediterranea. (United States)

    Trantas, Emmanouil A; Licciardello, Grazia; Almeida, Nalvo F; Witek, Kamil; Strano, Cinzia P; Duxbury, Zane; Ververidis, Filippos; Goumas, Dimitrios E; Jones, Jonathan D G; Guttman, David S; Catara, Vittoria; Sarris, Panagiotis F


    The non-fluorescent pseudomonads, Pseudomonas corrugata (Pcor) and P. mediterranea (Pmed), are closely related species that cause pith necrosis, a disease of tomato that causes severe crop losses. However, they also show strong antagonistic effects against economically important pathogens, demonstrating their potential for utilization as biological control agents. In addition, their metabolic versatility makes them attractive for the production of commercial biomolecules and bioremediation. An extensive comparative genomics study is required to dissect the mechanisms that Pcor and Pmed employ to cause disease, prevent disease caused by other pathogens, and to mine their genomes for genes that encode proteins involved in commercially important chemical pathways. Here, we present the draft genomes of nine Pcor and Pmed strains from different geographical locations. This analysis covered significant genetic heterogeneity and allowed in-depth genomic comparison. All examined strains were able to trigger symptoms in tomato plants but not all induced a hypersensitive-like response in Nicotiana benthamiana. Genome-mining revealed the absence of type III secretion system and known type III effector-encoding genes from all examined Pcor and Pmed strains. The lack of a type III secretion system appears to be unique among the plant pathogenic pseudomonads. Several gene clusters coding for type VI secretion system were detected in all genomes. Genome-mining also revealed the presence of gene clusters for biosynthesis of siderophores, polyketides, non-ribosomal peptides, and hydrogen cyanide. A highly conserved quorum sensing system was detected in all strains, although species specific differences were observed. Our study provides the basis for in-depth investigations regarding the molecular mechanisms underlying virulence strategies in the battle between plants and microbes.

  5. Effects of atmospheric conditions on ice nucleation activity of Pseudomonas

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    C. Glaux


    Full Text Available Although ice nuclei from bacterial origin are known to be efficient at the highest temperatures known for ice catalysts, quantitative data are still needed to assess their role in cloud processes. Here we studied the effects of three typical cloud conditions (i acidic pH (ii NO2 and O3 exposure and (iii UV-A exposure on the ice nucleation activity (INA of four Pseudomonas strains. Three of the Pseudomonas syringae strains were isolated from cloud water and the phyllosphere and Pseudomonas fluorescens strain CGina-01 was isolated from Antarctic glacier ice melt. Among the three conditions tested, acidic pH caused the most significant effects on INA likely due to denaturation of the ice nucleation protein complex. Exposure to NO2 and O3 gases had no significant or only weak effects on the INA of two P. syringae strains whereas the INA of P. fluorescens CGina-01 was significantly affected. The INA of the third P. syringae strain showed variable responses to NO2 and O3 exposure. These differences in the INA of different Pseudomonas suggest that the response to atmospheric conditions could be strain-specific. After UV-A exposure, a substantial loss of viability of all four strains was observed whereas their INA decreased only slightly. This corroborates the notion that under certain conditions dead bacterial cells can maintain their INA. Overall, the negative effects of the three environmental factors on INA were more significant at the warmer temperatures. Our results suggest that in clouds where temperatures are near 0 °C, the importance of bacterial ice nucleation in precipitation processes could be reduced by some environmental factors.

  6. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Bloodstream Infection: Importance of Appropriate Initial Antimicrobial Treatment


    Micek, Scott T; Lloyd, Ann E.; David J. Ritchie; Reichley, Richard M.; Fraser, Victoria J.; Kollef, Marin H


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa bloodstream infection is a serious infection with significant patient mortality and health-care costs. Nevertheless, the relationship between initial appropriate antimicrobial treatment and clinical outcomes is not well established. This study was a retrospective cohort analysis employing automated patient medical records and the pharmacy database at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Three hundred five patients with P. aeruginosa bloodstream infection were identified over a 6-yea...

  7. [Genome plasticity and catabolic potential of pseudomonas cepacia]. Progress report

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    This progress report describes efforts directed at understanding the genomic structure of Pseudomonas cepacia. Variously reported are descriptions of the replicons in the genome, organization of macrorestriction fragments comprising the genome, use of a Tn-5- 751S to insertionally inactivate and map selected genes, construction of IS407 derivatives containing a trimethoprim resistance marker and SwaI site, and analysis of nucleotide sequences of IS401 and IS408.

  8. Complete Genome Sequence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Phage AAT-1. (United States)

    Andrade-Domínguez, Andrés; Kolter, Roberto


    Aspects of the interaction between phages and animals are of interest and importance for medical applications. Here, we report the genome sequence of the lytic Pseudomonas phage AAT-1, isolated from mammalian serum. AAT-1 is a double-stranded DNA phage, with a genome of 57,599 bp, containing 76 predicted open reading frames. Copyright © 2016 Andrade-Domínguez and Kolter.

  9. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Virulence Analyzed in a Dictyostelium discoideum Host System


    Cosson, Pierre; Zulianello, Laurence; Join-Lambert, Olivier; Faurisson, François; Gebbie, Leigh; Benghezal, Mohammed; Van Delden, Christian; Kocjancic Curty, Lasta; Köhler, Thilo


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an important opportunistic pathogen that produces a variety of cell-associated and secreted virulence factors. P. aeruginosa infections are difficult to treat effectively because of the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains. In this study, we analyzed whether the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum can be used as a simple model system to analyze the virulence of P. aeruginosa strains. The virulent wild-type strain PAO1 was shown to inhibit growth of D. discoide...

  10. [Phlegmonous gastritis. Report of a case induced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa]. (United States)

    Ramos Jiménez, F A; Arocena Cedrón, M G; Goikoetxea Artola, J M; Lázaro Aramburu, S; Múgica Barreiros, P


    The authors present a case of phlegmonous gastritis in a 65 year old patient. The diagnosis was made in the operating room and the treatment was conservative; no gastric resection was done. This clinical entity is interesting because it is a least frequent pathology, the pathogenic bacteria which was the cause (Pseudomona aeruginosa) has at this time not been reported in the literature, including the favorable outcome of the patient without gastric resection.

  11. Pyochelin Potentiates the Inhibitory Activity of Gallium on Pseudomonas aeruginosa (United States)

    Frangipani, Emanuela; Bonchi, Carlo; Minandri, Fabrizia; Imperi, Francesco


    Gallium (Ga) is an iron mimetic that has successfully been repurposed for antibacterial chemotherapy. To improve the antibacterial potency of Ga on Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the effect of complexation with a variety of siderophores and synthetic chelators was tested. Ga complexed with the pyochelin siderophore (at a 1:2 ratio) was more efficient than Ga(NO3)3 in inhibiting P. aeruginosa growth, and its activity was dependent on increased Ga entrance into the cell through the pyochelin translocon. PMID:24957826

  12. Recent advances in understanding Pseudomonas aeruginosa as a pathogen (United States)

    Klockgether, Jens; Tümmler, Burkhard


    The versatile and ubiquitous Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen causing acute and chronic infections in predisposed human subjects. Here we review recent progress in understanding P. aeruginosa population biology and virulence, its cyclic di-GMP-mediated switches of lifestyle, and its interaction with the mammalian host as well as the role of the type III and type VI secretion systems in P. aeruginosa infection. PMID:28794863

  13. Cloning and expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa flagellin in Escherichia coli.


    Kelly-Wintenberg, K; Montie, T. C.


    The flagellin gene was isolated from a Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 genomic bank by conjugation into a PA103 Fla- strain. Flagellin DNA was transferred from motile recipient PA103 Fla+ cells by transformation into Escherichia coli. We show that transformed E. coli expresses flagellin protein. Export of flagellin to the E. coli cell surface was suggested by positive colony blots of unlysed cells and by isolation of flagellin protein from E. coli supernatants.

  14. The evolution of a pleiotropic fitness tradeoff in Pseudomonas fluorescens


    MacLean, R. Craig; Bell, Graham; Rainey, Paul B.


    The evolution of ecological specialization is expected to carry a cost, due to either antagonistic pleiotropy or mutation accumulation. In general, it has been difficult to distinguish between these two possibilities. Here, we demonstrate that the experimental evolution of niche-specialist genotypes of the bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens that colonize the air–broth interface of spatially structured microcosms is accompanied by pleiotropic fitness costs in terms of reduced carbon catabolism....

  15. Identification and isolation of insecticidal oxazoles from Pseudomonas spp.


    Grundmann, Florian; Dill, Veronika; Dowling, Andrea; Thanwisai, Aunchalee; Bode, Edna; Chantratita, Narisara; Ffrench-Constant, Richard; Bode, Helge B.


    Summary Two new and five known oxazoles were identified from two different Pseudomonas strains in addition to the known pyrones pseudopyronine A and B. Labeling experiments confirmed their structures and gave initial evidence for a novel biosynthesis pathway of these natural oxazoles. In order to confirm their structure, they were synthesized, which also allowed tests of their bioactivity. Additionally, the bioactivities of the synthesis intermediates were also investigated revealing interest...

  16. Antimicrobial effect of probiotic Lactobacillus spp. on Pseudomonas aeruginosa


    Maysaa Kadhim Al-Malkey; Munira Ch. Ismeeal; Fahema Jabbar Abo Al-Hur; Sinaa W. Mohammed; Hanan J. Nayyef


    Objectives Study the antimicrobial effect of probiotics produced from Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Lactobacillus acidophilus on Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from burn and wound infection and their ability of protease production. Methods Swab samples were collected from 70 patients admitted at Burns Center/Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital. Primary bacterial identification cultured on differential selective media and biochemical tests were done. The Vitek2 compact system (Biomerieux, France...

  17. A study on nitrogen removal efficiency of Pseudomonas stutzeri ...

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    By using the nitrogen balance method, the total nitrogen loss was calculated to be 40.1% (w/w) when the carbon source was citric acid with a C/N ratio of 5. Meanwhile, the isolated strain was identified by 16S rDNA to be a Pseudomonas stutzeri with a similarity of 99%. Varying the initial TN, the C/N, the pH value and the ...

  18. Investigation of the stability of glass-ceramic composites containing CeTi 2 O 6 and CaZrTi 2 O 7 after ion implantation

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    Paknahad, Elham; Grosvenor, Andrew P.


    Glass-ceramic composite materials have been investigated for nuclear waste sequestration applications due to their ability to incorporate large amounts of radioactive waste elements. A key property that needs to be understood when developing nuclear waste sequestration materials is how the structure of the material responds to radioactive decay of nuclear waste elements, which can be simulated by high energy ion implantation. Borosilicate glass-ceramic composites containing brannerite-type (CeTi2O6) or zirconolite-type (CaZrTi2O7) oxides were synthesized at different annealing temperatures and investigated after being implanted with high-energy Au ions to mimic radiation induced structural damage. Backscattered electron (BSE) images were collected to investigate the interaction of the brannerite crystallites with the glass matrix before and after implantation and showed that the morphology of the crystallites in the composite materials were not affected by radiation damage. Surface sensitive Ti K-edge glancing angle XANES spectra collected from the implanted composite materials showed that the structures of the CeTi2O6 and CaZrTi2O7 ceramics were damaged as a result of implantation; however, analysis of Si L2,3-edge XANES spectra indicated that the glass matrix was not affected by ion implantation.

  19. Investigation of the stability of glass-ceramic composites containing CeTi2O6 and CaZrTi2O7 after ion implantation (United States)

    Paknahad, Elham; Grosvenor, Andrew P.


    Glass-ceramic composite materials have been investigated for nuclear waste sequestration applications due to their ability to incorporate large amounts of radioactive waste elements. A key property that needs to be understood when developing nuclear waste sequestration materials is how the structure of the material responds to radioactive decay of nuclear waste elements, which can be simulated by high energy ion implantation. Borosilicate glass-ceramic composites containing brannerite-type (CeTi2O6) or zirconolite-type (CaZrTi2O7) oxides were synthesized at different annealing temperatures and investigated after being implanted with high-energy Au ions to mimic radiation induced structural damage. Backscattered electron (BSE) images were collected to investigate the interaction of the brannerite crystallites with the glass matrix before and after implantation and showed that the morphology of the crystallites in the composite materials were not affected by radiation damage. Surface sensitive Ti K-edge glancing angle XANES spectra collected from the implanted composite materials showed that the structures of the CeTi2O6 and CaZrTi2O7 ceramics were damaged as a result of implantation; however, analysis of Si L2,3-edge XANES spectra indicated that the glass matrix was not affected by ion implantation.

  20. Reaction of [Ni(H2O)6](NO3)2 with gaseous NH3; crystal growth via in-situ solvation (United States)

    Breternitz, Joachim; Farrugia, Louis J.; Godula-Jopek, Agata; Saremi-Yarahmadi, Sina; Malka, Iwona E.; Hoang, Tuan K. A.; Gregory, Duncan H.


    Traditional techniques for the growth of crystals are typically lengthy and are based on the slow over-saturation of either solutions or melts. By contrast, the reactions of solids at moderate temperatures and pressures normally lead to the formation of powders of small crystallites. In this paper, we present a new and effective method to grow crystals of surprisingly large sizes (up to ca. 0.05 mm in the largest dimension). We use the reaction of [Ni(H2O)6](NO3)2 with NH3(g) at room temperature to create macro-crystals of [Ni(NH3)6](NO3)2. The synthesis proceeds via simple ligand exchange and crystal growth is facilitated in-situ via the solvent effect of the released water. The nitrate ammine product was characterised by powder X-ray diffraction (PXD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). This reaction is important since it demonstrates that aquo complexes can undergo facile ligand exchange with gaseous ammonia under realistic conditions for ammonia storage. The single crystal structure of [Ni(H2O)6](NO3)2 was determined for the first time below ambient temperature (at 100 K). The latter result offers no evidence to support a previously postulated low temperature phase-transformation at 100≤T/K≤295.

  1. Synthesis of Hierarchical Sb2MoO6 Architectures and Their Electrochemical Behaviors as Anode Materials for Li-Ion Batteries. (United States)

    Lu, Xuan; Wang, Zhenyu; Lu, Lu; Yang, Guang; Niu, Chunming; Wang, Hongkang


    We report a facile microwave-hydrothermal synthesis of hierarchical Sb2MoO6 architectures assembled from single-crystalline nanobelts, which are first demonstrated as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with superior electrochemical properties. Sb2MoO6 delivers a high initial reversible capacity of ∼1140 mA h/g at 200 mA/g with large initial Coulombic efficiency of ∼89%, and a reversible capacity of ∼878 mA h/g after 100 cycles at 200 mA/g. As a new anode, the electrochemical behaviors are investigated through ex situ TEM and XPS measurements, revealing that the superior electrochemical performance is attributed to the novel hierarchical structures and the synergistic interaction between both the active Sb- and Mo-species, in which the in situ generated Li2O-MoOx serves as matrix and efficiently buffers the volume changes of the Li-Sb alloying-dealloying upon cycling.

  2. Strong anisotropy of electric field effects on uniaxial relaxor ferroelectric Sr0.75Ba0.25Nb2O6 crystals proved by acoustic emission (United States)

    Dul'kin, E.; Kojima, S.; Roth, M.


    [001] oriented Sr0.75Ba0.25Nb2O6 uniaxial relaxor ferroelectric crystals have been studied by acoustic emission in the temperature range of 20÷200 °C and under an external electric field up to 1 kV/cm. Under the application of an electric field the temperature of a dielectric maximum exhibits a nontrivial behavior: it remains constant at first, secondly steep decreases down to some threshold field, and thirdly starts to increase as a field enhances, whereas the same temperature of a dielectric maximum under a bias electric field to [100] oriented Sr0.75Ba0.25Nb2O6 crystals exhibits a smoothed minimum before the start to increase as a field enhances (E. Dul'kin et al., J. Appl. Phys. 110, 044106 (2011)). Such a difference of electric field effects in c- and a-cut crystals is discussed from the viewpoint of random-bond-random-field model of relaxor ferroelectrics. By the comparison between experimental and theoretical data, a dipole moment of the PNR was estimated to be 0.1 (C cm).

  3. Structure, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence study of a composite ZnTa2O6/ZnGa2O4 compound doped with Pr3+ (United States)

    Noto, L. L.; Shaat, S. K. K.; Poelman, D.; Dhlamini, M. S.; Mothudi, B. M.; Swart, H. C.


    The study of persistent luminescence is interesting for applications related to biological imaging, self-lit roads and security signs. Composite Pr-doped samples were prepared in one pot by solid chemical reaction at 1200 °C for 4 h. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the samples showed mixed phases which correspond to ZnGa2O4 and ZnTa2O6 phases. Interestingly, the secondary electron microscopy images showed that the surface morphology is composed of particles with different shapes: irregular, rhombus and rod shapes. The X-ray maps obtained using field emission scanning electron microscopy, confirmed that the irregular particles correspond to ZnTa2O6, and the rods correspond to ZnGa2O4. Red emission was observed from 1D2 → 3H4, 3P0 → 3H6, 3P0 → 3F2 and 1D2 → 3H5 transitions of Pr3+. The lifetime of the persistent luminescence was measured, and the corresponding trapping centres were investigated using thermoluminescence spectroscopy.

  4. Magnetic order and spin-orbit coupled Mott state in double perovskite (La$_{1-x}$Sr$_x$)$_2$CuIrO$_6$

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    Zhu, W K; Tong, W; Ling, L; Starr, M; Wang, J M; Yang, W C; Losovyj, Y; Zhou, H D; Wang, Y Q; Lee, P -H; Wang, Y -K; Lu, Chi-Ken; Zhang, S X


    Double-perovskite oxides that contain both 3d and 5d transition metal elements have attracted growing interest as they provide a model system to study the interplay of strong electron interaction and large spin-orbit coupling (SOC). Here, we report on experimental and theoretical studies of the magnetic and electronic properties of double-perovskites (La$_{1-x}$Sr$_x$)$_2$CuIrO$_6$ ($x$ = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3). The undoped La$_2$CuIrO$_6$ undergoes a magnetic phase transition from paramagnetism to antiferromagnetism at T$_N$ $\\sim$ 74 K and exhibits a weak ferromagnetic behavior below $T_C$ $\\sim$ 52 K. Two-dimensional magnetism that was observed in many other Cu-based double-perovskites is absent in our samples, which may be due to the existence of weak Cu-Ir exchange interaction. First-principle density-functional theory (DFT) calculations show canted antiferromagnetic (AFM) order in both Cu$^{2+}$ and Ir$^{4+}$ sublattices, which gives rise to weak ferromagnetism. Electronic structure calculations sugges...

  5. Element-Specific Orbital Character in a Nearly-Free-Electron Superconductor Ag5Pb2O6Revealed by Core-Level Photoemission. (United States)

    Sinn, Soobin; Lee, Kyung Dong; Won, Choong Jae; Oh, Ji Seop; Han, Moonsup; Chang, Young Jun; Hur, Namjung; Park, Byeong-Gyu; Kim, Changyoung; Kim, Hyeong-Do; Noh, Tae Won


    Ag 5 Pb 2 O 6 has attracted attentions due to its novel nearly-free-electron superconductivity, but its electronic structure and orbital character of the Cooper-pair electrons remain controversial. Here, we present a method utilizing core-level photoemission to show that Pb 6s electrons dominate near the Fermi level. We observe a strongly asymmetric Pb 4 f 7/2 core-level spectrum, while a Ag 3d 5/2 spectrum is well explained by two symmetric peaks. The asymmetry in the Pb 4 f 7/2 spectrum originates from the local attractive interaction between conducting Pb 6s electrons and a Pb 4 f 7/2 core hole, which implies a dominant Pb 6s contribution to the metallic conduction. In addition, the observed Pb 4 f 7/2 spectrum is not explained by the well-known Doniach-Šunjić lineshape for a simple metal. The spectrum is successfully generated by employing a Pb 6s partial density of states from local density approximation calculations, thus confirming the Pb 6s dominant character and free-electron-like density of states of Ag 5 Pb 2 O 6 .

  6. Neutron-scattering determination of the structural parameters versus oxygen content of YBa2Cu3O6+x single crystals

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    Casalta, H.; Schleger, P.; Harris, P.


    The crystal structure of high-quality single crystals of YBa2Cu3O6+x grown in zirconia crucibles was studied systematically versus oxygen concentration by four-circle neutron diffraction at room temperature, The oxygen contents ranged from x = 0.18 (insulating, tetragonal phase) to x = 0.96 (supe......The crystal structure of high-quality single crystals of YBa2Cu3O6+x grown in zirconia crucibles was studied systematically versus oxygen concentration by four-circle neutron diffraction at room temperature, The oxygen contents ranged from x = 0.18 (insulating, tetragonal phase) to x = 0.......96 (superconducting, orthorhombic phase), In the orthorhombic phase, both twinned and detwinned samples were measured. A detailed discussion is presented of the systematic changes taking place in the atomic positions and Debye-Waller factors as the oxygen content is varied, Some qualitative highlights are that one...... can identify two distinct regions within the unit cell: the characteristics of the atoms near the CuOx basal plane are essentially driven by the effect of oxygen addition, whereas near the CuO2 bilayer, the trends are more subtle and presumably dominated by charge transfer and bond-distance effects...

  7. Biomolecular Mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation. (United States)

    Laverty, Garry; Gorman, Sean P; Gilmore, Brendan F


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli are the most prevalent Gram-negative biofilm forming medical device associated pathogens, particularly with respect to catheter associated urinary tract infections. In a similar manner to Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative biofilm formation is fundamentally determined by a series of steps outlined more fully in this review, namely adhesion, cellular aggregation, and the production of an extracellular polymeric matrix. More specifically this review will explore the biosynthesis and role of pili and flagella in Gram-negative adhesion and accumulation on surfaces in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. The process of biofilm maturation is compared and contrasted in both species, namely the production of the exopolysaccharides via the polysaccharide synthesis locus (Psl), pellicle Formation (Pel) and alginic acid synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and UDP-4-amino-4-deoxy-l-arabinose and colonic acid synthesis in Escherichia coli. An emphasis is placed on the importance of the LuxR homologue sdiA; the luxS/autoinducer-II; an autoinducer-III/epinephrine/norepinephrine and indole mediated Quorum sensing systems in enabling Gram-negative bacteria to adapt to their environments. The majority of Gram-negative biofilms consist of polysaccharides of a simple sugar structure (either homo- or heteropolysaccharides) that provide an optimum environment for the survival and maturation of bacteria, allowing them to display increased resistance to antibiotics and predation.

  8. Biomolecular Mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation

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    Garry Laverty


    Full Text Available Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli are the most prevalent Gram-negative biofilm forming medical device associated pathogens, particularly with respect to catheter associated urinary tract infections. In a similar manner to Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative biofilm formation is fundamentally determined by a series of steps outlined more fully in this review, namely adhesion, cellular aggregation, and the production of an extracellular polymeric matrix. More specifically this review will explore the biosynthesis and role of pili and flagella in Gram-negative adhesion and accumulation on surfaces in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. The process of biofilm maturation is compared and contrasted in both species, namely the production of the exopolysaccharides via the polysaccharide synthesis locus (Psl, pellicle Formation (Pel and alginic acid synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and UDP-4-amino-4-deoxy-l-arabinose and colonic acid synthesis in Escherichia coli. An emphasis is placed on the importance of the LuxR homologue sdiA; the luxS/autoinducer-II; an autoinducer-III/epinephrine/norepinephrine and indole mediated Quorum sensing systems in enabling Gram-negative bacteria to adapt to their environments. The majority of Gram-negative biofilms consist of polysaccharides of a simple sugar structure (either homo- or heteropolysaccharides that provide an optimum environment for the survival and maturation of bacteria, allowing them to display increased resistance to antibiotics and predation.

  9. Biomolecular Mechanisms of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli Biofilm Formation (United States)

    Laverty, Garry; Gorman, Sean P.; Gilmore, Brendan F.


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli are the most prevalent Gram-negative biofilm forming medical device associated pathogens, particularly with respect to catheter associated urinary tract infections. In a similar manner to Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative biofilm formation is fundamentally determined by a series of steps outlined more fully in this review, namely adhesion, cellular aggregation, and the production of an extracellular polymeric matrix. More specifically this review will explore the biosynthesis and role of pili and flagella in Gram-negative adhesion and accumulation on surfaces in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. The process of biofilm maturation is compared and contrasted in both species, namely the production of the exopolysaccharides via the polysaccharide synthesis locus (Psl), pellicle Formation (Pel) and alginic acid synthesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and UDP-4-amino-4-deoxy-l-arabinose and colonic acid synthesis in Escherichia coli. An emphasis is placed on the importance of the LuxR homologue sdiA; the luxS/autoinducer-II; an autoinducer-III/epinephrine/norepinephrine and indole mediated Quorum sensing systems in enabling Gram-negative bacteria to adapt to their environments. The majority of Gram-negative biofilms consist of polysaccharides of a simple sugar structure (either homo- or heteropolysaccharides) that provide an optimum environment for the survival and maturation of bacteria, allowing them to display increased resistance to antibiotics and predation. PMID:25438014

  10. Spontaneous Nosocomial Pseudomonas aeruginosa Meningitis Presenting as Trismus

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    C. J. Parr


    Full Text Available We describe the case of a 78-year-old female receiving adjuvant postsurgical chemotherapy for colon adenocarcinoma who spontaneously developed nosocomial Pseudomonas meningitis causing severe trismus. The patient was initially admitted for ileus, developing neck stiffness and trismus on the thirteenth day of admission. Cerebrospinal fluid grew pansensitive Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was consistent with bilateral subacute infarcts secondary to meningitis. The patient responded well to 21 days of broad spectrum antimicrobial therapy modified to ceftazidime alone following speciation and sensitivity. Outpatient follow-up at 46 days revealed normal maximal mouth opening with the ability to chew and tolerate a full diet. Trismus is a motor disturbance of the trigeminal nerve with difficulty in opening the mouth. Infectious etiologies commonly described include tetanus, odontogenic infections, or deep neck space infections. This is the first reported case of simultaneous nosocomial Pseudomonas meningitis and trismus in a patient with no history of neurosurgery or lumbar spinal manipulation.

  11. Experimental Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated rhino sinusitis in mink. (United States)

    Kirkeby, S; Hammer, A S; Høiby, N; Salomonsen, C M


    The nasal and sinus cavities in children may serve as reservoirs for microorganisms that cause recurrent and chronic lung infections. This study evaluates whether the mink can be used as an animal model for studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated rhino-sinusitis since there is no suitable traditional animal model for this disease. Nasal tissue samples from infected and control mink were fixed in formalin, demineralized, and embedded in paraffin. A histological examination of sections from the infected animals revealed disintegration of the respiratory epithelium lining the nasal turbinates and swelling and edema of the submucosa. The expression of mucins and sialylated glycans was examined using immunohistochemistry. MUC1, MUC2 and MUC5AC were upregulated in the inoculated animals as a much stronger staining was present in the respiratory epithelium in the infected animals compared to the controls. The goblet cells in the nasal epithelium from the infected mink showed high affinity to the Maackia amurensis lectin and anti-asialo GM1 indicating a high concentration of α2-3 sialic acid respectively βGalNAc1-4Galβ containing glycans in these mucin producing cells. The nasal cavity in the infected mink shows features of carbohydrate expression comparable to what has been described in the respiratory system after Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in humans. It is suggested that the mink is suitable for studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediated rhino-sinusitis. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Inactivation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by Chitosan Coated Iron Oxide Nanoparticles. (United States)

    Mukherjee, Munmun; De, Sirshendu


    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the potent opportunistic pathogens associated with respiratory and urinary tract infection. The bacterium owes its pathogenicity due to the intrinsic resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants. The present study is focused on the synthesis of antibacterial chitosan coated iron oxide nanoparticles for rapid inactivation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. We have discussed the relevant patents on synthesis and antibacterial potential of metallic nanoparticles and chitosan. Chitosan coated iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by coprecipitation method at room temperature using non-toxic chitosan and iron salts in alkali media. The particles were characterized and evaluated for antibacterial property against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The average size of the particles was measured as 52 nm. The surface area of the coated particles was as high as 90 ±5 m2/g. FTIR spectra confirmed the coating of chitosan on nanoparticles. The coated particles showed excellent antibacterial activity against the bacteria. The minimum inhibitory concentration of the coated particles was 105)µg mol-1. The morphological alteration and cytoplasmic leakage of bacteria were confirmed by SEM image and release of intracellular constituents, respectively. Higher 260 nm absorbance value confirmed stronger antibacterial activity of the coated nanoparticles as compared to pure chitosan and bare iron oxide nanoparticles. The study indicated that chitosan coated iron oxide nanoparticles have superior antibacterial property as compared to pure chitosan and iron oxide nanoparticles.

  13. 13C-NMR studies of acetate and methanol metabolism by methylotrophic Pseudomonas strains. (United States)

    Narbad, A; Hewlins, M J; Callely, A G


    The metabolism of [2-13C]acetate by Pseudomonas M27(Icl-) and Pseudomonas MA(Icl+) was studied in vivo using 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The flux of 13C-label into bicarbonate, glutamate and citrate was observed in both organisms. In addition 13C-labelled alpha, alpha-trehalose was synthesized as a major metabolite by Pseudomonas M27 but not by Pseudomonas MA. The presence of this disaccharide in cell extracts of Pseudomonas AM1(Icl-) grown with [13C]methanol was also observed. The data from analysis of the trehalose multiplet signal observed in the spectra of Pseudomonas M27 cell extracts were consistent with the absence of the glyoxylate cycle in this methylotroph.

  14. Effect of green manure on the incidence of cyanogenic Pseudomonas strains in hop garden soils. (United States)

    Paszkowski, Wojciech L; Dwornikiewicz, Jerzy


    Incidence of cyanogenic Pseudomonas strains in hop garden soils in relation to the kind of fertilization was studied. Incidence differed with respect to the fertilization treatment and the age of the plantation. Amendment of soil with rye and with white mustard as green manures limited the number of cyanogenic Pseudomonas strains relative to farmyard manures and NPK fertilization. Among all fertilization treatments, cyanogenic Pseudomonas spp. strains had lowest populations in soils amended with white mustard.

  15. Investigating the diversity of pseudomonas spp. in soil using culture dependent and independent techniques. (United States)

    Li, Lili; Abu Al-Soud, Waleed; Bergmark, Lasse; Riber, Leise; Hansen, Lars H; Magid, Jakob; Sørensen, Søren J


    Less than 1 % of bacterial populations present in environmental samples are culturable, meaning that cultivation will lead to an underestimation of total cell counts and total diversity. However, it is less clear whether this is also true for specific well-defined groups of bacteria for which selective culture media is available. In this study, we use culture dependent and independent techniques to describe whether isolation of Pseudomonas spp. on selective nutrient-poor NAA 1:100 agar-medium can reflect the full diversity, found by pyrosequencing, of the total soil Pseudomonas community in an urban waste field trial experiment. Approximately 3,600 bacterial colonies were isolated using nutrient-poor NAA 1:100 medium from soils treated with different fertilizers; (i) high N-level sewage sludge (SA), (ii) high N-level cattle manure (CMA), and (iii) unfertilized control soil (U). Based on Pseudomonas specific quantitative-PCR and Pseudomonas CFU counts, less than 4 % of Pseudomonas spp. were culturable using NAA 1:100 medium. The Pseudomonas selectivity and specificity of the culture medium were evaluated by 454 pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons generated using Bacteria- and Pseudomonas-specific primers. Pyrosequencing results showed that most isolates were Pseudomonas and that the culturable fraction of Pseudomonas spp. reflects most clusters of the total Pseudomonas diversity in soil. This indicates that NAA 1:100 medium is highly selective for Pseudomonas species, and reveals the ability of NAA 1:100 medium to culture mostly the dominant Pseudomonas species in soil.

  16. Pseudomonas aeruginosa exotoxin A-induced hepatotoxicity in dynamics: an animal model in white mice

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    Morrison A.V; Popovich V.I; Morrison V.V


    .... Material and Methods. The experiments were carried out on white mice in dynamics development of pseudomonas aeruginosa caused by intraperitoneal injection of various dosage of exotoxin A. Results...

  17. Compromised Host Defense on Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms: Characterization of Neutrophil and Biofilm Interactions

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    Jesaitis, Algirdas J; Franklin, Michael J; Berglund, Deborah; Sasaki, Maiko; Lord, Connie I; Bleazard, Justin B; Duffy, James E; Beyenal, Haluk; Lewandowski, Zbigniew


    Departments of * Microbiology, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717 Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that forms...

  18. Combined inoculation of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Trichoderma harzianum for enhancing plant growth of vanilla (Vanilla planifolia)

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    Sandheep, A R; Asok, A K; Jisha, M S


    .... Based on the in vitro performance of indigenous Trichoderma spp. and Pseudomonas spp., four effective antagonists were selected and screened under greenhouse experiment for their growth enhancement potential...

  19. Combined inoculation of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Trichoderma harzianum for enhancing plant growth of vanilla (Vanilla planifolia). (United States)

    Sandheep, A R; Asok, A K; Jisha, M S


    This study was conducted to evaluate the plant growth promoting efficiency of combined inoculation of rhizobacteria on Vanilla plants. Based on the in vitro performance of indigenous Trichoderma spp. and Pseudomonas spp., four effective antagonists were selected and screened under greenhouse experiment for their growth enhancement potential. The maximum percentage of growth enhancement were observed in the combination of Trichoderma harzianum with Pseudomonas fluorescens treatment followed by Pseudomonas fluorescens, Trichoderma harzianum, Pseudomonas putida and Trichoderma virens, respectively in decreasing order. Combined inoculation of Trichoderma harzianum and Pseudomonas fluorescens registered the maximum length of vine (82.88 cm), highest number of leaves (26.67/plant), recorded the highest fresh weight of shoots (61.54 g plant(-1)), fresh weight of roots (4.46 g plant(-1)) and dry weight of shoot (4.56 g plant(-1)) where as the highest dry weight of roots (2.0806 g plant(-1)) were achieved with treatments of Pseudomonas fluorescens. Among the inoculated strains, combined inoculation of Trichoderma harzianum and Pseudomonas fluorescens recorded the maximum nitrogen uptake (61.28 mg plant(-1)) followed by the combined inoculation of Trichoderma harzianum (std) and Pseudomonas fluorescens (std) (55.03 mg plant(-1)) and the highest phosphorus uptake (38.80 mg plant(-1)) was recorded in dual inoculation of Trichoderma harzianum and Pseudomonas fluorescens.

  20. Elastic behaviour and high-pressure phase transition of the P21/n LiAlGe2O6pyroxene (United States)

    Artac, Andreas; Miletich-Pawliczek, Ronald; Nestola, Fabrizio; Redhammer, Günther J.; Secco, Luciano


    In a recent work by Redhammer et al. (2012), investigating a synthetic pyroxene sample with composition LiAlGe2O6, a new space group for the big family of pyroxenes has been surprisingly discovered renewing the interest for Li-bearing pyroxene compounds. Actually, the authors of that work intended to investigate the effect of the Si-Ge substitution on the high-pressure behaviour and possibly on the phase transition with respect to spodumene, LiAlSi2O6, investigated by Arlt and Angel in 2000. Spodumene in fact, not only shows a strong first order phase transition at 3.19 GPa from C2/c to P21/c but the low symmetry C2/c shows the greatest bulk modulus never found in pyroxenes (i.e. 144.2 GPa with the first pressure derivative fixed to 4). Redhammer et al. (2012) discovered that substituting Si for Ge in the spodumene structure the effect is dramatic in terms of symmetry change at room conditions with the Ge-spodumene showing a P21/n space group, first discovery of such symmetry in the big family of pyroxene. In this work we loaded one crystal of LiAlGe2O6 in a diamond-anvil cell and investigated the elastic behaviour and its possible high-pressure phase transition by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In detail, we measured the unit-cell parameters using a Huber four-circle diffractometer equipped with a point detector up to about 9 GPa. The crystal structure was measured at different pressures loading simultaneously two fragments of the same crystal with a different orientation in the same diamond-anvil cell in order to cover a wider portion of the reciprocal space. The intensity data were measured on a STADI IV four-circle diffractometer equipped with a CCD using a diamond-backing plate cell, which gives better structural results with respect to a beryllium backing plate one (i.e. Periotto et al. 2011). The first important result of our work is that we found at about 5.2 GPa a very strong first-order phase transformation from P21/n to P21/c and this is the first

  1. New surface-associated heat-labile colonization factor antigen (CFA/II) produced by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli of serogroups O6 and O8. (United States)

    Evans, D G; Evans, D J


    Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) belonging to serogroups O6 and O8 do not possess the H-10407-type colonization factor antigen (CFA/I). However, these frequently isolated ETEC were found to possess a second and distinct heat-labile surface-associated colonization factor antigen, termed CFA/II. Whereas CFA/I mediates mannose-resistant hemagglutination of human group A erythrocytes, CFA/II does not. CFA/II mediates mannose-resistant hemagglutination of bovine erythrocytes, and mannose-resistant hemagglutination is rapid only at reduced temperature (4 degrees C). Because CFA/II, like CFA/I, is spontaneously lost by many ETEC isolates in the laboratory, it was possible to produce specific anti-CFA/II serum by preparing antiserum against living cells of a prototype strain (PB-176) and adsorbing this serum with living and heat-treated cells of its CFA/II-negative derivative strain PB-176-P. This serum, which neutralized the colonization factor activity of CFA/II-positive strains in infant rabbits, was employed to confirm the presence of CFA/II on ETEC which exhibited mannose-resistant hemagglutination of bovine but not human erythrocytes. CFA/II, like CFA/I, mediates adherence of the bacteria to the mucosal surface of the small intestine, as demonstrated by indirect immunofluorescence. CFA/II appears to be an important virulence factor for humans since CFA/II-positive ETEC are frequently isolated from diarrhea cases, particularly travelers' diarrhea, in Mexico; these ETEC were not uncommon in a collection of isolates from Bangladesh. The O6:H16 strain of ETEC responsible for an outbreak of diarrhea in the United States was also shown to be CFA/II positive. CFA/I and CFA/II were never found on the same serotypes of ETEC, but 98% of the heat-stable and heat-labile enterotoxin-producing ETEC belonging to the frequently isolated serogroups O6, O8, O15, O25, O63, and O78 were positive for either CFA/I or CFA/II.

  2. The microscopic structure of charge density waves in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6.54 revealed by X-ray diffraction

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    Forgan, E.M.; Blackburn, E.; Holmes, A.T.


    Charge density wave (CDW) order appears throughout the underdoped high-temperature cuprate superconductors, but the underlying symmetry breaking and the origin of the CDW remain unclear. We use X-ray diffraction to determine the microscopic structure of the CDWs in an archetypical cuprate YBa2Cu3O6...... with broken symmetry observed in scanning tunnelling microscopy and soft X-ray measurements........54 at its superconducting transition temperature ∼60 K. We find that the CDWs in this material break the mirror symmetry of the CuO2 bilayers. The ionic displacements in the CDWs have two components, which are perpendicular and parallel to the CuO2 planes, and are out of phase with each other. The planar...

  3. High-power Femtosecond Optical Parametric Amplification at 1 kHz in BiB(3)O(6) pumped at 800 nm. (United States)

    Petrov, Valentin; Noack, Frank; Tzankov, Pancho; Ghotbi, Masood; Ebrahim-Zadeh, Majid; Nikolov, Ivailo; Buchvarov, Ivan


    Substantial power scaling of a travelling-wave femtosecond optical parametric amplifier, pumped near 800 nm by a 1 kHz Ti:sapphire laser amplifier, is demonstrated using monoclinic BiB(3)O(6) in a two stage scheme with continuum seeding. Total energy output (signal plus idler) exceeding 1 mJ is achieved, corresponding to an intrinsic conversion efficiency of approximately 32% for the second stage. The tunability extends from 1.1 to 2.9 microm. The high parametric gain and broad amplification bandwidth of this crystal allowed the maintenance of the pump pulse duration, leading to pulse lengths less than 140 fs, both for the signal and idler pulses, even at such high output levels.

  4. A radioisotope-nondependent high-sensitivity method for measuring the activity of glioblastoma-related O(6)-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase. (United States)

    Hongo, Aya; Gu, Ran; Suzuki, Miho; Nemoto, Naoto; Nishigaki, Koichi


    O(6)-Methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) cancels the anticancer effect of temozolomide (drug for glioblastoma), which introduces methylation to DNA. Therefore, developing an MGMT inhibitor is a promising strategy for the treatment of this cancer. For this purpose, a sensitive detection method that does not depend on the conventional radioisotope (RI) method was developed. This was realized by a fluorescence-based method that measured the amount of cleavable restriction sites demethylated by the action of MGMT; this method was enhanced by introducing a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification step. As an assay of enzyme activity, 20-fold higher sensitivity (subnanomolar) was attained compared with our and others' fluorescence-based approaches. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Local distortion of MnO6 clusters in the metallic phase of La1-xSrxMnO3 (United States)

    Shibata, Tomohiro; Bunker, Bruce A.; Mitchell, J. F.


    The local structure of the MnO6 octahedron in La1-xSrxMnO3 was investigated by Mn K-edge x-ray absorption fine structure at T≈10 K and room temperature as a function of x (0⩽x⩽0.475). For both temperatures, we observed that some distortion exists in a metallic phase observed using neutron scattering measurements [D. Louca et al., Phys. Rev. B 56, R8475 (1997)], but the bond-length splitting is significantly reduced. The observed reduction of distortion may be attributed to the partial charge transfer between the Mn ions by the double exchange mechanism. The details of the Mn-O bond length and the Debye Waller factor are presented.

  6. Novel Pr-Cu magnetic phase at low temperature in PrBa2Cu3O6+x observed by neutron diffraction

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    Boothroyd, A.T.; Longmore, A.; Andersen, N.H.


    We have studied by neutron diffraction the magnetic ordering in Al-free crystals of PrBa2Cu3O6+x (x = 0.35 and 0.92) that do not display the AFII Cu magnetic phase. Wt find that the Pr ordering below 20 K is accompanied by a counterrotation of the Cu antiferromagnetism on each plane of the bilayer....... The maximum turn angle between the two planes is 60 degrees +/- 9 degrees for the x = 0.92 crystal, and 40 degrees +/- 11 degrees for the x = 0.35 crystal. This is the first observation of a noncollinear ordering of Cu moments in the bilayer, and is evidence for significant magnetic coupling between the Cu...

  7. Perturbed angular correlations studies in the HgBa$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{6+\\delta}$ high-T$_c$ superconductor

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    Mendonca, Tania Melo; Haas, Heinz; Odier, Philippe; Tavares, Pedro; SIlva, Manuel Ribeiro; Lopes, Armandina; Darie, Celine; Araujo, Joao Pedro


    The electric field gradients at $^{199m}$Hg nuclei have been measured via the perturbed angular correlation (PAC) technique, allowing a full characterization of the Hg neighborhood charge distribution at high oxygen doping on the Hg planes. The PAC technique has been applied to investigate the effect of high oxygen pressure during the measurement. Polycrystalline HgBa$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{6+\\delta}$ (Hg-1212) samples have been annealed at 152 bar pressurized oxygen. The influence of oxygen pressure during the experiment was then investigated by measuring the samples at atmospheric pressure and under 152 bar oxygen pressure. The present set of PAC experiments shows that at high oxygen concentrations there is a non-uniform oxygen distribution. Moreover, the Hg environment is not free from oxygen and the results hint to a new type of ordering.

  8. Crystalline and Molecular Structure of Hexaaqua-1,3-diammoniumpropane Cobalt(II Nitrate, Co(H2O 6 [C3H12N2] (NO34

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    M. L. Mrad


    Full Text Available Chemical preparation and x-ray characterization of a new compound hexaaqua-1,3-diammoniumpropane cobalt(II nitrate, Co(H2O 6 [C3H12N2] (NO34 are reported. This mixed organo-mineral compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic system with Cmcm space group. The unit cell dimensions are: a = 10.795(7, b = 11.969(4, c = 14.685(5 Å, Z = 4 and V = 1897.5(12 Å3. The structure was solved using the direct method and refined to reliability R-factor of 0.036 using 2554 independent reflections. In this atomic arrangement the different species built a three-dimensional network.

  9. Berthelot-type conductivity of porous Sr2CrReO6 : Examination of an old empirical relation (United States)

    Fisher, B.; Chashka, K. B.; Patlagan, L.; Reisner, G. M.


    We report on the linear and nonlinear conductivity of porous samples, and of a cold-pressed powder compact of Sr2CrReO6 , a ferrimagnetic double-perovskite. The ohmic conductivity (σ) of the porous samples increases exponentially with temperature (it is Berthelot-type) over an unprecedented wide range, from liquid He, up to room temperature. This temperature dependence was predicted by Tredgold for quantum tunneling through a potential barrier of oscillating width. σ(T) of the cold-pressed sample follows another famous relation derived by Sheng for his “fluctuation induced tunneling” (FIT) model. This model is applicable to systems consisting of metallic islands separated by insulating barriers. The nonlinear conductivity dependence on electric field and temperature for both types of samples follows the generic behavior of systems with FIT-type ohmic conductivities.

  10. Selective oxidation of allylic sulfides by hydrogen peroxide with the trirutile-type solid oxide catalyst LiNbMoO(6). (United States)

    Choi, S; Yang, J D; Ji, M; Choi, H; Kee, M; Ahn, K H; Byeon, S H; Baik, W; Koo, S


    Chemoselective sulfur oxidation of allylic sulfides containing double bonds of high electron density due to multiple alkyl substituents or extended conjugation was developed using the composite metal oxide catalyst, LiNbMoO(6), without any epoxidation of the electron-rich double bond(s). Selective oxidation to either the corresponding sulfoxides or the sulfones was realized by controlling the stoichiometry of the quantitative oxidant, H(2)O(2). This new oxidant system had general applicability for chemoselective oxidation of various allylic, benzylic, or propargylic sulfides containing unsaturated carbon-carbon bonds with different electron properties. Various functional groups including hydroxy, formyl, and ethers of THP or TBDMS are compatible under this mild oxidation reaction condition.

  11. Thermo-optic properties of epitaxial Sr0.6Ba0.4Nb2O6 waveguides and their application as optical modulator. (United States)

    Liu, Wen Chao; Mak, Chee Leung; Wong, Kin Hung


    A prism-coupler technique was introduced to determine the refractive indices and thermo-optic coefficients of epitaxial Sr(0.6)Ba(0.4)Nb(2)O(6) (SBN) waveguides, in a temperature range covering the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition. A strong enhancement in the TO coefficient is observed near T(c). This strong enhancement is related to the critical change of the polarization. The values of dn(e)/dT are significantly larger than dn(o)/dT due to the larger quadratic electro-optic coefficient in TM polarization. In TM mode, the refractive index of SBN is increased by 1.3% as the temperature is increased to 160 degrees C. Our results suggest that SBN waveguide is a potential candidate for thermo-optic modulators and switches.

  12. Nanostructured LnBaCo2O6− (Ln = Sm, Gd with layered structure for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell cathodes

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    Augusto E. Mejía Gómez


    Full Text Available In this work, we present the combination of two characteristics that are beneficial for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC cathodic performance in one material. We developed and evaluated for the first time nanostructured layered perovskites of formulae LnBaCo2O6-d with Ln = Sm and Gd (SBCO and GBCO, respectively as SOFC cathodes, finding promising electrochemical properties in the intermediate temperature range. We obtained those nanostructures by using porous templates to confine the chemical reagents in regions of 200-800 nm. The performance of nanostructured SBCO and GBCO cathodes was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique under different operating conditions using Gd2O3-doped CeO2 as electrolyte. We found that SBCO cathodes displayed lower area-specific resistance than GBCO ones, because bulk diffusion of oxide ions is enhanced in the former. We also found that cathodes synthesized using smaller template pores exhibited better performance.

  13. Tailoring of K0.8Al0.7Fe0.15Si2.25O6 Leucite Based Dental Ceramic Material

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    Aleksandar Kremenović


    Full Text Available Potassium based ceramic materials composed from leucite in which 5 % of Al is exchanged with Fe and 4 % of hematite was synthesized by mechanochemical homogenization and annealing of K2O-SiO2-Al2O3-Fe2O3 mixtures. Synthesized material was characterized by X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD and Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX. The two methods are in good agreement in regard to the specimen chemical composition suggesting that a leucite chemical formula is K0.8Al0.7Fe0.15Si2.25O6. Rietveld structure refinement results reveal that about 20 % of vacancies exist in the position of K atoms. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

  14. Rietveld refinement and dielectric relaxation of a new rare earth based double perovskite oxide: BaPrCoNbO6 (United States)

    Bharti, Chandrahas; Das, Mrinmoy K.; Sen, A.; Chanda, Sadhan; Sinha, T. P.


    A new rare earth based double perovskite oxide barium praseodymium cobalt niobate, BaPrCoNbO6 (BPCN) is synthesized by solid-state reaction technique. Rietveld analysis of X-ray diffraction (XRD) data shows that the compound crystallizes in a perovskite like tetragonal structure which belongs to the I4/mmm space group with lattice parameters a=b=5.6828(9) Å, c=8.063(2) Å. Structural analysis reveals 1:1 ordered arrangement for the Co2+ and Nb5+ cations over the six-coordinate B-sites of BPCN. The superlattice line (1 0 1) at 2θ=19.10° arising from the alternate ordering of Co2+ and Nb5+ sites is observed in the XRD pattern which confirms the presence of cation ordering in BPCN. Fourier transform infrared spectrum shows two phonon modes of the sample due to the antisymmetric NbO6 stretching vibration. The relaxation dynamics of the conductive process in BPCN is investigated in the temperature range 303 to 503 K and in the frequency range 100 Hz to 1 MHz using impedance spectroscopy. The relaxation mechanism of the sample in the framework of electric modulus formalism is modeled by Davidson-Cole model (DCM). The values of α (distribution of relaxation time) for the DCM varies from 0.1 to 0.3 which suggests the asymmetric distribution of relaxation time for BPCN. The activation energy of the sample, calculated from both conductivity and modulus spectra, are found to be almost the same ~0.4 eV, which indicates that the conduction mechanism for BPCN is polaron hopping. The scaling behaviour of the imaginary part of electric modulus suggests that the relaxation follows the same mechanism at various temperatures.

  15. Pressure induced self-doping and dependence of critical temperature in stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 predicted by first-principle and BVS calculations

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    Peifeng Gao


    Full Text Available This paper deals with the pressure effect on self-doping and critical temperature in optimum oxygen stoichiometry YBa2Cu3O6.95 of high temperature superconductor (HTS based on a numerical study combined the first-principle with bond valence sum (BVS calculations. The microscopic electronic properties and equilibrium ionic position configurations in the superconductor under external pressure are firstly calculated using the first-principle method. The results show that the apex oxygen in the cuprate superconductor shifts towards CuO2 plane due to pressure effect, and the minimum buckling angle of CuO2 plane is correlated with the maximum critical temperature. A BVS formalism is then utilized for evaluating the valences of all ions in the superconductor on the basis of the electronic and ionic properties and the hole concentration in both CuO2 plane and Cu-O chain are deduced. It demonstrates that the pressure-induced charge redistribution leads to a self-doping process of the hole-transfer into CuO2 plane from both Cu-O chain and Y site in the cuprate superconductor, which is the dominant mechanism of pressure effect on the superconductive properties. In order to quantitatively predict critical temperature profile of YBa2Cu3O6.95 under pressure, a modified formula describing pressure-induced charge transfer taking into account pressure dependence of the optimum hole concentration is developed. The predicted results exhibit good agreements with the experimental data in the literature, and the model parameters on the critical characteristics of the superconductor are discussed in details.

  16. Quasi-two-dimensional fluctuations in the magnetization of L a1.9C a1.1C u2O6 +δ superconductors (United States)

    Shi, Xiaoya; Dimitrov, I. K.; Ozaki, Toshinori; Gu, Genda; Li, Qiang


    We report the results of magnetization measurements with the magnetic field applied along the c axis on superconducting L a1.9C a1.1C u2O6 +δ single crystals processed under ultrahigh oxygen pressure. Strong fluctuation effects were found in both low- and high-field regimes. Scaling analysis of the high-field magnetization data near the critical temperature (Tc=53.5 K ) region reveals the characteristics of critical fluctuation behavior of quasi-two-dimensional (2D) superconductivity, described by Ginzburg-Landau theory using the lowest Landau level approximation. Low-field magnetic susceptibility data can be successfully explained by the Lawrence-Doniach model for a quasi-2D superconductor, from which we obtained the a b plane Ginzburg-Landau coherence length of this system, ξa b(0 ) =11.8 ±0.9 Å . The coherence length along the c axis, ξc(0 ) , is estimated to be about 1.65 Å, which is in between those of 2D cuprate systems, such as B i2S r2C a2C u3O10 and B i2S r2CaC u2O8 , and quasi-three-dimensional (3D) cuprate systems, such as overdoped L a2 -xS rxCu O4 and YB a2C u3O7 -δ . Our studies suggest a strong interplay among the fluctuation effects, dimensionalities, and the ratios of the interlayer Cu-O plane spacing, s , to the c-axis coherence lengths. A high s /ξc(0 ) was observed in the high-pressure oxygenated L a1.9C a1.1C u2O6 +δ , and that apparently drives this system to behave more like a quasi-2D superconductor.

  17. Anti-Inflammatory Effect of 3-O-[(6'-O-Palmitoyl-β-D-glucopyranosyl Sitosterol] from Agave angustifolia on Ear Edema in Mice

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    Elizabeth Hernández-Valle


    Full Text Available In Mexico Agave angustifolia has traditionally been used to treat inflammation. The aim of this study was to measure the anti-inflammatory effect of the extract of A. angustifolia, the isolation and identification of active compounds. From the acetone extract two active fractions were obtained, (AsF13 and AaF16. For the characterization of pharmacological activity, the acute inflammatory model of mouse ear edema induced with TPA was used. The tissue exposed to TPA and treatments were subjected to two analysis, cytokine quantification (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-10 and TNF-α and histopathological evaluation. The active fraction (AaF16 consisted principally of 3-O-[(6'-O-palmitoyl-β-D-glucopyranpsyl] sitosterol. In AaF13 fraction was identified β-sitosteryl glucoside (2 and stigmasterol (3. The three treatments tested showed a concentration-dependent anti-inflammatory effect (AaAc Emax = 33.10%, EC50 = 0.126 mg/ear; AaF13 Emax = 54.22%, EC50 = 0.0524 mg/ear; AaF16 Emax = 61.01%, EC50 = 0.050 mg/ear. The application of TPA caused a significant increase on level of IL-1β, IL-6 and TNFα compared with basal condition, which was countered by any of the experimental treatments. Moreover, the experimental treatments induced a significant increase in the levels of IL-4 and IL-10, compared to the level observed when stimulated with TPA. Therefore, the anti-inflammatory effect of Agave angustifolia, is associated with the presence of 3-O-[(6'-O-palmitoyl-β-D-glucopyranosyl] sitosterol.

  18. Crystal structures of a pentavalent bismuthate, SrBi2O6 and a lead bismuth oxide (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4

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    Nobuhiro Kumada


    Full Text Available The crystal structures of a pentavalent bismuthate, SrBi2O6 with the PbSb2O6-type structure and a lead bismuth oxide, (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4 with the fluorite-type structure were refined by using neutron diffraction data. The final R-factors were Rwp = 4.49, Rp = 3.46, RI = 4.50 and RF = 1.70% for SrBi2O6 and Rwp = 5.04, Rp = 3.93, RI = 5.47 and RF = 4.26% for (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4. SrBi2O6 prepared from NaBiO3·1.4H2O is the first example of the bismuthate with the PbSb2O6-type structure. The fluorite-type lead bismuth oxide, (Pb1/3Bi2/3O1.4 was obtained by heating the PbSb2O6-type lead bismuthate, PbBi2O5.9·H2O which was prepared also from NaBiO3·1.4H2O.

  19. De aanwezigheid van Pseudomonas aeruginosa in circulatiebaden in relatie tot de controle volgens de Wet Hygiene en Veiligheid Zwemgelegenheden

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    Schijven JF; Havelaar AH


    Door 8 externe laboratoria werden 133 buitenbaden en 340 binnenbaden onderzocht op aanwezigheid van Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Het betrof circulatiebaden, die periodiek volgens de eisen van het Besluit Hygiene en Veiligheid Zwemgelegenheden (BHVZ) werden gecontroleerd. Pseudomonas aeruginosa bleek

  20. Polytrauma Increases Susceptibility to Pseudomonas Pneumonia in Mature Mice. (United States)

    Turnbull, Isaiah R; Ghosh, Sarbani; Fuchs, Anja; Hilliard, Julia; Davis, Christopher G; Bochicchio, Grant V; Southard, Robert E


    Pneumonia is the most common complication observed in patients with severe injuries. Although the average age of injured patients is 47 years, existing studies of the effect of injury on the susceptibility to infectious complications have focused on young animals, equivalent to a late adolescent human. We hypothesized that mature adult animals are more susceptible to infection after injury than younger counterparts. To test this hypothesis, we challenged 6 to 8-month-old mature mice to a polytrauma injury followed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia and compared them to young (8-10-week-old) animals. We demonstrate that polytrauma injury increases mortality from pneumonia in mature animals (sham-pneumonia 21% vs. polytrauma-pneumonia 62%) but not younger counterparts. After polytrauma, pneumonia in mature mice is associated with higher bacterial burden in lung, increased incidence of bacteremia, and elevated levels of bacteria in the blood, demonstrating that injury decreases the ability to control the infectious challenge. We further find that polytrauma did not induce elevations in circulating cytokine levels (TNF-alpha, IL-6, KC, and IL-10) 24  h after injury. However, mature mice subjected to polytrauma demonstrated an exaggerated circulating inflammatory cytokine response to subsequent Pseudomonas pneumonia. Additionally, whereas prior injury increases LPS-stimulated IL-6 production by peripheral blood leukocytes from young (8-10-week-old) mice, injury does not prime IL-6 production by cell from mature adult mice. We conclude that in mature mice polytrauma results in increased susceptibility to Pseudomonas pneumonia while priming an exaggerated but ineffective inflammatory response.