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  1. /sup 131/I-labelling of frozen ram sperma and distribution pattern of sperma in the genital tract of sheep, following artificial insemination

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    Brueckner, G. (Karl-Marx-Universitaet, Leipzig (German Democratic Republic). Sektion Tierproduktion und Veterinaermedizin); Kaempfer, I. (Karl-Marx-Universitaet, Leipzig (German Democratic Republic). Radiologische Klinik)

    1983-04-01

    The method of /sup 131/I-labelling of ram sperma was applied to frozen sperma and used in experimental insemination to test the spermatozoa for both migratory capacity and distribution in the genital tract of sheep. The penetration rate of frozen sperma into the upper genital tract was found to be slower than that of native sperma. The two sperma variants were compared also for migratory performance, and the distance travelled into the upper genital tract by frozen sperma one hour after insemination amounted to only 40 per cent of the distance covered by native sperma in the same period of time. The ratio of native to frozen sperma in the tubal region was 100 : 75.3. Sperma population in the tubal region was higher than that in the uterus, two hours after insemination, which seems to indicate a certain reservoir function. Pronounced asymmetrical distribution patterns in the oviducts were equally recordable from native and frozen sperma.

  2. Effect of 22-hours liquid preservation on migration of /sup 131/I-labelled sperma in the genital tract of ewes, following artificial insemination

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    Brueckner, G. (Karl-Marx-Universitaet, Leipzig (German Democratic Republic). Sektion Tierproduktion und Veterinaermedizin); Kaempfer, I. (Karl-Marx-Universitaet, Leipzig (German Democratic Republic). Radiologische Klinik)

    1984-02-15

    Comparative studies on migration and distribution of /sup 131/I-labelled ram sperma in the genital tract of estrus-synchronized ewes at different points of time after insemination (40, 120, 180, and 240 minutes). The sperma had been preserved in liquid condition for 4 or 22 hours. The results suggested that up to 2 hours after insemination the migration of sperma preserved 22 hours was clearly slower (lower transcervical passage and smaller amount in oviducts) than that of sperma preserved 4 hours. These differences were significant 2 hours after insemination and were reduced, with mutual adjustment of distribution patterns, between 2 and 4 hours after insemination. The pattern of migration was affected by certain physiological factors. Obviously the optimum timing of insemination is of great importance in applying 22 hours preserved ram sperma.

  3. Spermasõjas surma ei saa / Kati Murutar

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    Murutar, Kati, 1967-

    2003-01-01

    Eesti keeles ilmunud perekonnaõpetuse ja seksuaalkäitumise teemalisest raamatust "Spermasõjad", mille autoriks on zooloog Robin Baker. Raamatu teemal arutlesid ämmaemand Siiri Põllumaa, bioloog Georg Aher ja naistearst Andrei Sõritsa

  4. EKSTRAKSI DNA SPERMA PADA KONDOM YANG DISIMPAN DALAM RENTANG WAKTU BERBEDA

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    A.A. Gde Lanang

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Sperma adalah bahan biologis yang sering digunakan sebagai bukti untuk kasus pemerkosaan. Penelitian ekstraksi DNA dari sperma dilakukan untuk mengetahui apakah DNA dapat diekstraksi dari sperma pada kondom yang tersimpan selama 15, 20, 25, 30, dan 35 hari serta untuk mengetahui keberhasilan amplifikasinya. Sampel sperma dari seorang probandus diteteskan ke dalam kondom 2000 µL, kemudian disimpan selama 15, 20, 25, 30, dan 35 hari. Ekstraksi DNA dilakukan dengan menggunakan metode fenol-klorofom yang sudah dimodifikasi dan amplifikasi DNA dengan menggunakan PCR Mastermix. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa DNA masih dapat diekstraksi dan diamplifikasi dari sperma dalam kondom yang tersimpan hingga 35 hari.  

  5. Radiolabelled chemotherapeutics

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    Rottey, S.; Signore, A.; Van De Wiele, C.

    2007-01-01

    During the past 3 decades various chemotherapeutics have been directly or indirectly radiolabeled for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. Several of these radiolabeled chemotherapeutics have been injected into patients for the purpose of

  6. PERKEMBANGAN TELUR DAN SPERMA INDUK IKAN BELIDA, Notopterus chitala YANG DIPELIHARA DI KOLAM

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    Anang Hari Kristanto

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Penelitian pengamatan telur dan sperma induk ikan belida (Notopterus chitala yang dipelihara di kolam telah dilakukan dari bulan Agustus 2006—Maret 2007. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui perkembangan telur dan sperma induk ikan belida yang dipelihara di kolam. Induk ikan belida dipelihara di kolam dengan pola induk betina saja, induk jantan saja, induk betina dan induk jantan secara bersama. Pengukuran dilakukan terhadap suhu harian, curah hujan, dan konduktivitas selama pemeliharaan serta melihat pengaruhnya terhadap perkembangan telur dan jumlah sperma serta motilitasnya. Selama pengamatan tujuh bulan, peningkatan curah hujan menyebabkan perubahan suhu dan konduktivitas air kolam pemeliharaan dan mempengaruhi jumlah spermatozoa dan motilitasnya demikian juga terhadap perkembangan telurnya. Induk jantan yang dipelihara secara terpisah, setiap bulannya dijumpai induk matang, sedangkan yang dicampur, pada bulan Februari dan Maret tidak dijumpai sperma matang. Pada induk betina baik yang terpisah maupun dicampur, bulan Februari dan Maret tidak dijumpai induk matang. Research on eggs and sperm development of featherback (Notopterus chitala reared in earthen pond was conducted during August 2006—March 2007. The aim of the research was to observe the eggs and sperm development. Featherback broodstocks were reared in ponds as female only, male only, and female and male broodstock together. Measurement was done on the daily water temperature, conductivity and amount of rainfall during rearing period and also was obseved the eggs development and amount of sperms and their motilities. During the seven months of rearing, increasing the rainfall caused the alteration of temperature and conductivity of pond water. They influenced the amount of sperm and their motility and so did the eggs development. The males broodstock in separated rearing, each month was found matured sperm, while in mixed rearing, on Februari and March was not found. In

  7. Memoria RAM

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    Cruz Suárez, Juan Carlos

    2013-01-01

    The present study intends to open a new theoretical means of analysis within the field of comparative memories. Through the metaphorical designation of RAM memory we will try to observe the continuous circulation of social discourses related to the collective memory of a particular community. Thi...

  8. Memoria RAM

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    Cruz Suárez, Juan Carlos

    2013-01-01

    The present study intends to open a new theoretical means of analysis within the field of comparative memories. Through the metaphorical designation of RAM memory we will try to observe the continuous circulation of social discourses related to the collective memory of a particular community. Thi...

  9. PENGARUH PENGENCERAN SPERMA DENGAN AIR KELAPA DAN ARAS KUNING TELUR ITIK SERTA LAMA PENYIMPANAN TERHADAP MOTILITAS DAN VIABILITAS SPERMATOZOA DOMBA GARUT PADA PENYIMPANAN 5°C

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    Novia Dimar Dwitarizki

    2015-10-01

    pada perlakuan P3 (84,42±4,63%. Kesimpulan dari penelitian ini adalah pengenceran dengan air kelapa ditambah 30% kuning telur itik memberikan persentase motilitas dan viabilitas spermatozoa lebih baik pada penyimpanan suhu 5°C dengan waktu penyimpanan dapat dilakukan sampai hari kedua. (Kata kunci: Air kelapa, Sperma domba Garut, Kuning telur itik, Motilitas, Viabilitas

  10. RAM Technology Study.

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    1980-01-03

    resistor load cell can be mitigated by replacing the load resistors by pnp transistors as shown in Figure 9. 22 I *- . . ’’ - - - - 1...1 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Figure Page 1 Three- transistor dynamic RAM cell, dual input output lines. 14 2 Single transistor (1-T) dynamic RAM cell. 14 3a...resistor load static n-MOS memory cell. 20 6 Six transistor CMOS RAM cell. 21 7 Five transistor CMOS RAM cell. 23 8 Bipolar ECL resistor coupled cell with

  11. Clinical application of radiolabelled platelets

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    Kessler, C. (Medical Univ. Lubeck, Lubeck (DE))

    1990-01-01

    This book presents papers on the clinical applications of radiolabelled platelets. The papers are grouped into six sections on platelet labelling techniques, radiolabelled platelets in cardiology, monitoring of antiplatelet therapy, platelet scintigraphy in stroke patients, platelet scintigraphy in angiology, and platelet scintigraphy in hematology and other clinical applications, including renal transplant rejection.

  12. Radiolabeled oligonucleotides for antisense imaging

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    Iyer, Arun K; He, Jiang

    2011-01-01

    Oligonucleotides radiolabeled with isotopes emitting γ-rays (for SPECT imaging) or positrons (for PET imaging) can be useful for targeting messenger RNA (mRNA) thereby serving as non-invasive imaging tools for detection of gene expression in vivo (antisense imaging). Radiolabeled oligonucleotides may also be used for monitoring their in vivo fate, thereby helping us better understand the barriers to its delivery for antisense targeting. These developments have led to a new area of molecular imaging and targeting, utilizing radiolabeled antisense oligonucleotides. However, the success of antisense imaging relies heavily on overcoming the barriers for its targeted delivery in vivo. Furthermore, the low ability of the radiolabeled antisense oligonucleotide to subsequently internalize into the cell and hybridize with its target mRNA poses additional challenges in realizing its potentials. This review covers the advances in the antisense imaging probe development for PET and SPECT, with an emphasis on radiolabeling strategies, stability, delivery and in vivo targeting. PMID:21822406

  13. Radiolabelling of cholera toxin

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    Santos, R.G.; Neves, Nicoli M.J. [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Abdalla, L.F.; Brandao, R.L.; Etchehebehere, L. [Ouro Preto Univ., MG (Brazil). Escola de Farmacia. Lab. de Fisiologia e Bioquimica de Microorganismos; Lima, M.E. de [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Biologicas. Dept. de Bioquimica e Imunologia; Nicoli, J.R. [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Biologicas. Dept. de Microbiologia

    1999-11-01

    Binding of cholera toxin to ganglioside receptors of enterocyte microvilli catalyzes the activation of adenylate cyclase causing a rise in cAMP which final result is a copious diarrhea. Saccharomyces boulardii, a nonpathogenic yeast has been used to prevent diarrhea. Although the antidiarrheic properties of S. boulardii are widely recognized, this yeast has been used on empirical basis, and the mechanism of this protective effect is unknown. The addition of cholera toxin to S. boulardii induces the raising of cAMP that triggers the activation of neutral trehalase. This suggests that toxin specifically binding to cells, is internalized and active the protein phosphorylation cascade. Our objective is labeling the cholera toxin to verify the presence of binding sites on yeast cell surfaces for the cholera toxin. Cholera toxin was radiolabelled with Na {sup 125} I by a chloramine-T method modified from Cuatrecasas and Griffiths et alii. The {sup 125} I-Cholera toxin showed a specific radioactivity at about 1000 cpm/fmol toxin. Biological activity of labeled cholera toxin measured by trehalase activation was similar to the native toxin. (author) 5 refs., 3 figs.; e-mail: nevesmj at urano.cdtn.br

  14. Methods to obtain radiolabelled monocrotaline

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    Lame, M.W.; Morin, D.; Wilson, D.W.; Segall, H.J. [University of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    1996-12-01

    Crotalaria spectabilis, a plant found in many areas of the world is associated with the pyrrolizidine alkaloid monocrotaline. Monocrotaline when injected subcutaneously in Sprague Dawley rats has been utilized for years to create a condition known to mimic pulmonary hypertension in humans. We attempted to determine the optimum conditions for the biosynthesis of radiolabelled monocrotaline. Our work describes the plant growth conditions and the time periods associated with the production of radiolabelled monocrotaline. In addition, the incorporation of {sup 14}CO{sub 2} or [2,3-{sup 3}H]-putrescine dihydrochloride and the specific activity plus the amount(s) of recovered radiolabelled monocrotaline are discussed. We conclude that the most efficient and cost effective method for the biosynthesis of radiolabelled monocrotaline is still the utilization of {sup 14}CO{sub 2}. (author).

  15. Clinical application of radiolabelled platelets

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    Kessler, C. (Medical University Luebeck (Federal Republic of Germany). Department of Neurology); Hardeman, M.R. (Amsterdam Univ. (Netherlands). Academisch Ziekenhuis); Henningsen, H. (Heidelberg Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Neurologische Klinik); Petrovici, J.-N. (Cologne-Merheim Hospital (Federal Republic of Germany). Department of Neurology) (eds.)

    1990-01-01

    The increasing number of therapeutic modalities available for the management of patients with thromboembolic complications, such as fibrinolytic treatment or vascular surgery, require the development of new imaging techniques to provide more information on the xtent, age and activity of the thromboembolic material causing clinical symptoms. Since the introduction of radiolabelling of platelets with indium-111, platelet scintigraphy (PSC) has been used as a tool in the diagnosis of various thromboembolic diseases. During the International Symposium on Radiolabelled Platelets scientists from a variety of medical backgrounds presented their results on the clinical applictions of radiolabelled platelets. The papers presented there have been updated to take account of the latest results before publication in this volume. The papers are grouped into six sections on platelet labelling techniques, radiolabelled platelets in cardiology, monitoring of antiplatelet therapy, platelet scintigraphy in stroke patients, platelet scintigraphy in angiology, and platelet scintigraphy in hematology and other clinical applications, including renal transplant rejection. refs.; figs.; tabs.

  16. Organizational Impact of RAMS.

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    Staebler, Mel

    A series of observations is made regarding the potential impact of the Remotely Accessible Management System (RAMS) upon the administrative structure of the Pontiac, Michigan City School System. Nine major results of the district wide needs assessment are reported, and evidence is advanced to support the conclusion that modern educational…

  17. The Ram's Horn.

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    Rassias, John A., Ed.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    The summer-fall and winter-spring numbers of the journal, "The Ram's Horn," contain these articles: "The Text as Dramatic Departure"; "The Dartmouth Language Outreach Approach to Spanish for Police Action"; "The Dartmouth Intensive Language Model (DILM) in Florida: John Rassias with High School Teachers"; "The Flexibility of Using Drama Techniques…

  18. Hydraulic rams; a comparative investigation

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    Tacke, J.H.P.M.

    1988-01-01

    A mathematical model describing the essential features of hydraulic ram operation is developed in order to clarify the possibilities and limitations of the ram relative to its site and its adjustments. The model distinguishes three different periods in the pumping cycle of the hydraulic ram: acceler

  19. THE PROPORTION OF X AND Y SPERM, VIABILITY AND MOTILITY OF RAM SPERMATOZOA AFTER SEPARATED WITH WHITE EGG ALBUMIN

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    Moh Takdir

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this research was to determine the proportion, viability and motility of X and Y ram spermatozoa separated with egg white albumin. Sperm samples derived from Garut ram, which was collected by using an artificial vagina. Observations were made on spermatozoa fraction above and below each medium fraction treatment. There are treatment egg white albumin as separation medium, each medium consisting of fractions top and bottom fraction with different concentration: 1 P0 = sperma before separation (control; 2 P1 = 10% above fraction + 30% lower fraction; P2 = 25% + 45%; P3 = 25% + 75%. Data proportion of X and Y, viability and motility were analyzed statistically by Completely Randomized Design patern in the direction followed by Duncan’s Multiple Range Test for data with a real difference. Separation with egg white albumin affect significantly increased the proportion of spermatozoa X and Y (P≤0.05, but tends to decrease the viability and motility of spermatozoa.The proportion of spermatozoa X and Y was highest in treatment P3,76.76% of spermatozoa X (fraction above 25% and 79.81% spermatozoa Y (75% lower fraction, with an average viability obtained respectively 68,9% (fraction above and 59,7% (bottom fraction, motility 77,5% (fraction above dan 84,0% (bottom fraction. It was concluded that the egg white albumin is very effective in changing the proportions of X and Y ram sperm with the quality of spermatozoa after separation feasible for applications insemination or processed into frozen semen.   (Keywords: Garut ram, White egg albumin, Spermatozoa X and Y

  20. On RAM priority queues

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    Thorup, M. [Univ. of Coepnhagen (Denmark)

    1996-12-31

    Priority queues are some of the most fundamental data structures. They are used directly for, say, task scheduling in operating systems. Moreover, they are essential to greedy algorithms. We study the complexity of priority queue operations on a RAM with arbitrary word size. We present exponential improvements over previous bounds, and we show tight relations to sorting. Our first result is a RAM priority queue supporting insert and extract-min operations in worst case time O(log log n) where n is the current number of keys in the queue. This is an exponential improvement over the O({radical}log n) bound of Redman and Willard from STOC`90. Our algorithm is simple, and it only uses AC{sup 0} operations, meaning that there is no hidden time dependency on the word size. Plugging this priority queue into Dijkstra`s algorithm gives an 0(mloglogm) algorithm for the single source shortest path problem on a graph with m edges, as compared with the previous O(m {radical} log m) bound based on Redman and Willard`s priority queue.

  1. Radiolabelled peptides for oncological diagnosis

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    Laverman, Peter; Boerman, Otto C.; Oyen, Wim J.G. [Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Sosabowski, Jane K. [Queen Mary University of London, Centre for Molecular Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute, London (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-15

    Radiolabelled receptor-binding peptides targeting receptors (over)expressed on tumour cells are widely under investigation for tumour diagnosis and therapy. The concept of using radiolabelled receptor-binding peptides to target receptor-expressing tissues in vivo has stimulated a large body of research in nuclear medicine. The {sup 111}In-labelled somatostatin analogue octreotide (OctreoScan trademark) is the most successful radiopeptide for tumour imaging, and was the first to be approved for diagnostic use. Based on the success of these studies, other receptor-targeting peptides such as cholecystokinin/gastrin analogues, glucagon-like peptide-1, bombesin (BN), chemokine receptor CXCR4 targeting peptides, and RGD peptides are currently under development or undergoing clinical trials. In this review, we discuss some of these peptides and their analogues, with regard to their potential for radionuclide imaging of tumours. (orig.)

  2. Remotely Accessible Management System (RAMS).

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    Wood, Rex

    Oakland Schools, an Intermediate School District for Administration, operates a Remotely Accessible Management System (RAMS). RAMS is composed of over 100 computer programs, each of which performs procedures on the files of the 28 local school districts comprising the constituency of Oakland Schools. This regional service agency covers 900 square…

  3. Externally Verifiable Oblivious RAM

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    Gancher Joshua

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available We present the idea of externally verifiable oblivious RAM (ORAM. Our goal is to allow a client and server carrying out an ORAM protocol to have disputes adjudicated by a third party, allowing for the enforcement of penalties against an unreliable or malicious server. We give a security definition that guarantees protection not only against a malicious server but also against a client making false accusations. We then give modifications of the Path ORAM [15] and Ring ORAM [9] protocols that meet this security definition. These protocols both have the same asymptotic runtimes as the semi-honest original versions and require the external verifier to be involved only when the client or server deviates from the protocol. Finally, we implement externally verified ORAM, along with an automated cryptocurrency contract to use as the external verifier.

  4. Intrinsic Hydrophobicity of Rammed Earth

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    Holub, M.; Stone, C.; Balintova, M.; Grul, R.

    2015-11-01

    Rammed earth is well known for its vapour diffusion properties, its ability to regulate humidity within the built environment. Rammed earth is also an aesthetically iconic material such as marble or granite and therefore is preferably left exposed. However exposed rammed earth is often coated with silane/siloxane water repellents or the structure is modified architecturally (large roof overhangs) to accommodate for the hydrophilic nature of the material. This paper sets out to find out optimal hydrophobicity for rammed earth based on natural composite fibres and surface coating without adversely affecting the vapour diffusivity of the material. The material is not required to be waterproof, but should resist at least driving rain. In order to evaluate different approaches to increase hydrophobicity of rammed earth surface, peat fibres and four types of repellents were used.

  5. Radiopharmaceutical development of radiolabelled peptides

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    Fani, Melpomeni; Maecke, Helmut R. [University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Freiburg (Germany)

    2012-02-15

    Receptor targeting with radiolabelled peptides has become very important in nuclear medicine and oncology in the past few years. The overexpression of many peptide receptors in numerous cancers, compared to their relatively low density in physiological organs, represents the molecular basis for in vivo imaging and targeted radionuclide therapy with radiolabelled peptide-based probes. The prototypes are analogs of somatostatin which are routinely used in the clinic. More recent developments include somatostatin analogs with a broader receptor subtype profile or with antagonistic properties. Many other peptide families such as bombesin, cholecystokinin/gastrin, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1)/exendin, arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) etc. have been explored during the last few years and quite a number of potential radiolabelled probes have been derived from them. On the other hand, a variety of strategies and optimized protocols for efficient labelling of peptides with clinically relevant radionuclides such as {sup 99m}Tc, M{sup 3+} radiometals ({sup 111}In, {sup 86/90}Y, {sup 177}Lu, {sup 67/68}Ga), {sup 64/67}Cu, {sup 18}F or radioisotopes of iodine have been developed. The labelling approaches include direct labelling, the use of bifunctional chelators or prosthetic groups. The choice of the labelling approach is driven by the nature and the chemical properties of the radionuclide. Additionally, chemical strategies, including modification of the amino acid sequence and introduction of linkers/spacers with different characteristics, have been explored for the improvement of the overall performance of the radiopeptides, e.g. metabolic stability and pharmacokinetics. Herein, we discuss the development of peptides as radiopharmaceuticals starting from the choice of the labelling method and the conditions to the design and optimization of the peptide probe, as well as some recent developments, focusing on a selected list of peptide families, including somatostatin

  6. Clinical Applications of Radiolabeled Peptides for PET.

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    Jackson, Isaac M; Scott, Peter J H; Thompson, Stephen

    2017-09-01

    Radiolabeled peptides are a valuable class of radiotracer that occupies the space between small molecules and large biologics, and are able to exploit the advantages of both classes of compound. To date, radiolabeled peptides have mainly been utilized in oncology, where the same peptide can often be exploited for diagnostic imaging and targeted radiotherapy by simply varying the radionuclide. In this review, we introduce the main strategies used for synthesis of radiolabeled peptides, and highlight the state of the art for clinical imaging (and therapy) in oncology using the main classes of radiolabeled peptides that have been translated to date. Beyond oncology, radiolabeled peptides are also increasingly being used in other PET applications such as diabetes and cardiac imaging, and we review progress for the new applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Cancer imaging with radiolabeled antibodies

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    Goldenberg, D.M. (Center for Molecular Medicine and Immunology, Newark, NJ (US))

    1990-01-01

    This book presents a perspective of the use of antibodies to target diagnostic isotopes to tumors. Antibodies with reasonable specificity can be developed against almost any substance. If selective targeting to cancer cells can be achieved, the prospects for a selective therapy are equally intriguing. But the development of cancer detection, or imaging, with radiolabeled antibodies has depended upon advances in a number of different areas, including cancer immunology and immunochemistry for identifying suitable antigen targets and antibodies to these targets, tumor biology for model systems, radiochemistry for he attachment of radionuclides to antibodies, molecular biology for reengineering the antibodies for safer and more effective use in humans, and nuclear medicine for providing the best imaging protocols and instrumentation to detect minute amounts of elevated radioactivity against a background of considerable noise. Accordingly, this book has been organized to address the advances that are being made in many of these areas.

  8. Laser-propelled ram accelerator

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    Sasoh, A. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. of Fluid Science

    2000-11-01

    The concept of 'laser-propelled ram accelerator (L-RAMAC)' is proposed. Theoretically it is capable of achieving a higher launch speed than that by a chemical ram accelerator because a higher specific energy can be input to the propellant gas. The laser beam is supplied through the muzzle, focused as an annulus behind the base of the projectile. The performance of L-RAMAC is analized based on generalized Rankine-Hugoniot relations, suggesting that a superorbital muzzle speed is achievable out of this device. (orig.)

  9. Recent developments in monoclonal antibody radiolabeling techniques

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    Srivastava, S.C.; Mease, R.C.

    1989-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) have shown the potential to serve as selective carriers of radionuclides to specific in vivo antigens. Accordingly, there has been an intense surge of research activity in an effort to develop and evaluate MAb-based radiopharmaceuticals for tumor imaging (radioimmunoscintigraphy) and therapy (radioimmunotherapy), as well as for diagnosing nonmalignant diseases. A number of problems have recently been identified, related to the MAbs themselves and to radiolabeling techniques, that comprise both the selectivity and the specificity of the in vivo distribution of radiolabeled MAbs. This paper will address some of these issues and primarily discuss recent developments in the techniques for radiolabeling monoclonal antibodies that may help resolve problems related to the poor in vivo stability of the radiolabel and may thus produce improved biodistribution. Even though many issues are identical with therapeutic radionuclides, the discussion will focus mainly on radioimmunoscintigraphic labels. 78 refs., 6 tabs.

  10. Lime-Crusted Rammed Earth: Materials Study

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    Mileto, Camilla; Vegas López-Manzanares, Fernando; Alejandre, Francisco Javier; Martín, Juan Jesús; Garcia Soriano, Lidia

    2013-01-01

    This study analyses the durability of rammed-earth wall construction techniques. The analysis focuses on three medieval masonry types from the Castle of Villavieja (Castellón, Spain) using two variations of lime-reinforced rammed earth in its walls: lime-crusted rammed earth and brick-reinforced rammed earth. Materials analysis reveals the good properties of the materials used in the outer wall facing despite its age. It also clearly shows how deterioration depends more on the construction t...

  11. Turbine ram jet engine. Turbinen-Staustrahltriebwerk

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    Jabs, A.

    1991-04-25

    A turbine ram jet engine is described with a ram compressed air duct, which is formed between an outer duct wall and a housing-like jacket of a basic turbine engine and is to be shut off on the incoming air side with means of shutting off, by which the ram compressed air duct is shut off with the basic engine switched on and the ram jet engine switched off with simultaneous release of suction air into the basic engine. The jacket should form an air shaft opening out polygonally in the direction of the end of the ram compressed air duct on the inlet side and should have penetrations, where the means of shutting off at the penetrations are hinged flaps, which open up the penetrations with the ram jet engine switched on and thus form a shut-off body of the air shaft symmetrically opposite the ram air flow.

  12. Radiolabelled RGD peptides for imaging and therapy

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    Gaertner, F.C.; Schwaiger, M.; Beer, A.J. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (Germany); Kessler, H. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Institute for Advanced Study and Center of Integrated Protein Science, Department of Chemistry, Garching (Germany); King Abdulaziz University, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); Wester, H.-J. [Institute for Pharmaceutical Radiochemistry, Garching (Germany)

    2012-02-15

    Imaging of angiogenesis has become increasingly important with the rising use of targeted antiangiogenic therapies like bevacizumab (Avastin). Non-invasive assessment of angiogenic activity is in this respect interesting, e.g. for response assessment of such targeted antiangiogenic therapies. One promising approach of angiogenesis imaging is imaging of specific molecular markers of the angiogenic cascade like the integrin {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3}. For molecular imaging of integrin expression, the use of radiolabelled peptides is still the only approach that has been successfully translated into the clinic. In this review we will summarize the current data on imaging of {alpha}{sub v}{beta}{sub 3} expression using radiolabelled RGD peptides with a focus on tracers already in clinical use. A perspective will be presented on the future clinical use of radiolabelled RGD peptides including an outlook on potential applications for radionuclide therapy. (orig.)

  13. ATPase Activity Measurements Using Radiolabeled ATP

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    Swarts, H.G.; Koenderink, J.B.

    2016-01-01

    ATP provides the energy that is essential for all P-type ATPases to actively transport their substrates against an existing gradient. This ATP hydrolysis can be measured using different methods. Here, we describe a method that uses radiolabeled [gamma-(32)P]ATP, which is hydrolyzed by P-type ATPases

  14. HyRAM Testing Script.

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    Parkins, Owen

    2014-12-01

    The testing script is to provide a method of inspections to HyRAM (v1.0.0.244 Alpha) application features. This document will lead participants through the use of the application to make sure the application performs as designed. If a feature of the application becomes non-working, this script will relay useful information back to the designers of the application so that the feature can be fixed. This is essential to keep the application updated and performing as designed so that the users of this program can be satisfied. There will be frequent updates of this document to ensure proper testing of future application versions.

  15. New Schemes for Self-Testing RAM

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    Bodean, Gh; Labunetz, A

    2011-01-01

    This paper gives an overview of a new technique, named pseudo-ring testing (PRT). PRT can be applied for testing wide type of random access memories (RAM): bit- or word-oriented and single- or dual-port RAM's. An essential particularity of the proposed methodology is the emulation of a linear automaton over Galois field by memory own components.

  16. Biosynthesis of radiolabeled verruculogen by Penicillium simplicissimum.

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    Day, J. B.; Mantle, P. G.

    1982-01-01

    In surface culture of Penicillium simplicissimum, verruculogen was shown to be biosynthesized from the intact carbon skeletons of tryptophan and proline, isoprenoid derivatives of mevalonic acid, and a methyl group donated by methionine. Selected radiolabeled precursors (1 mCi) pulse-fed at the optimum stage of fermentation yielded verruculogen (specific activity, 5.89 X 10(2) microCi mmol-1) labeled in the prolyl and isoprenyl regions of the molecule and suitable for metabolic studies.

  17. Biosynthesis of radiolabeled verruculogen by Penicillium simplicissimum.

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    Day, J B; Mantle, P G

    1982-03-01

    In surface culture of Penicillium simplicissimum, verruculogen was shown to be biosynthesized from the intact carbon skeletons of tryptophan and proline, isoprenoid derivatives of mevalonic acid, and a methyl group donated by methionine. Selected radiolabeled precursors (1 mCi) pulse-fed at the optimum stage of fermentation yielded verruculogen (specific activity, 5.89 X 10(2) microCi mmol-1) labeled in the prolyl and isoprenyl regions of the molecule and suitable for metabolic studies.

  18. The RAM network in pathogenic fungi.

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    Saputo, Sarah; Chabrier-Rosello, Yeissa; Luca, Francis C; Kumar, Anuj; Krysan, Damian J

    2012-06-01

    The regulation of Ace2 and morphogenesis (RAM) network is a protein kinase signaling pathway conserved among eukaryotes from yeasts to humans. Among fungi, the RAM network has been most extensively studied in the model yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and has been shown to regulate a range of cellular processes, including daughter cell-specific gene expression, cell cycle regulation, cell separation, mating, polarized growth, maintenance of cell wall integrity, and stress signaling. Increasing numbers of recent studies on the role of the RAM network in pathogenic fungal species have revealed that this network also plays an important role in the biology and pathogenesis of these organisms. In addition to providing a brief overview of the RAM network in S. cerevisiae, we summarize recent developments in the understanding of RAM network function in the human fungal pathogens Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Pneumocystis spp.

  19. Simple synthesis of radiolabelled bromoacetic acid

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    Abrams, D.N.; Gaudreault, R.C.; Noujaim, A.A.

    Bromoacetic acid has been used as a chemical precursor in the synthesis of a large number of biologically active compounds including uracil (1) and malonic acid. We required /sup 3/H and /sup 14/C labelled bromoacetic acid as an intermediate in the preparation of new bifunctional chelating agents for dual label studies with proteins and monoclonal antibodies. The sulfur catalyzed bromination of acetic acid proved to be a facile synthesis of radiolabelled bromoacetic acid directly from /sup 3/H and /sup 14/C sodium acetate.

  20. RAMS (Risk Analysis - Modular System) methodology

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    Stenner, R.D.; Strenge, D.L.; Buck, J.W. [and others

    1996-10-01

    The Risk Analysis - Modular System (RAMS) was developed to serve as a broad scope risk analysis tool for the Risk Assessment of the Hanford Mission (RAHM) studies. The RAHM element provides risk analysis support for Hanford Strategic Analysis and Mission Planning activities. The RAHM also provides risk analysis support for the Hanford 10-Year Plan development activities. The RAMS tool draws from a collection of specifically designed databases and modular risk analysis methodologies and models. RAMS is a flexible modular system that can be focused on targeted risk analysis needs. It is specifically designed to address risks associated with overall strategy, technical alternative, and `what if` questions regarding the Hanford cleanup mission. RAMS is set up to address both near-term and long-term risk issues. Consistency is very important for any comparative risk analysis, and RAMS is designed to efficiently and consistently compare risks and produce risk reduction estimates. There is a wide range of output information that can be generated by RAMS. These outputs can be detailed by individual contaminants, waste forms, transport pathways, exposure scenarios, individuals, populations, etc. However, they can also be in rolled-up form to support high-level strategy decisions.

  1. Radiolabeled bombesin derivatives for preclinical oncological imaging

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    de Aguiar Ferreira, Carolina; Fuscaldi, Leonardo Lima; Townsend, Danyelle M.; Rubello, Domenico; de Barros, André Luís Branco

    2017-01-01

    Despite efforts, cancer is still one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization. Among the strategies to reduce cancer progression and improving its management, implementing early detection technologies is crucial. Based on the fact that several types of cancer cells overexpress surface receptors, small molecule ligands, such as peptides, have been developed to allow tumor identification at earlier stages. Allied with imaging techniques such as PET and SPECT, radiolabeled peptides play a pivotal role in nuclear medicine. Bombesin, a peptide of 14 amino acids, is an amphibian homolog to the mammalian gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP), that has been extensively studied as a targeting ligand for diagnosis and therapy of GRP positive tumors, such as breast, pancreas, lungs and prostate cancers. In this context, herein we provide a review of reported bombesin derivatives radiolabeled with a multitude of radioactive isotopes for diagnostic purposes in the preclinical setting. Moreover, since animal models are highly relevant for assessing the potential of clinical translation of this radiopeptides, a brief report of the currently used GRP-positive tumor-bearing animal models is described. PMID:28040598

  2. Metastatic Insulinoma Managed with Radiolabeled Somatostatin Analog

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    Costa, Ricardo; Bacchi, Carlos E.; Almeida Filho, Paulo

    2013-01-01

    Insulinoma is a rare pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Overproduction of insulin and associated hypoglycemia are hallmark features of this disease. Diagnosis can be made through demonstration of hypoglycemia and elevated plasma levels of insulin or C-Peptide. Metastatic disease can be detected through computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET)/CT. Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy can be used not only to document metastatic disease but also as a predictive marker of the benefit from therapy with radiolabeled somatostatin analog. Unresectable metastatic insulinomas may present as a major therapeutic challenge for the treating physician. When feasible, resection is the mainstay of treatment. Prevention of hypoglycemia is a crucial goal of therapy for unresectable/metastatic tumors. Diazoxide, hydrochlorothiazide, glucagon, and intravenous glucose infusions have been used for glycemic control yielding temporary and inconsistent results. Sandostatin and its long-acting depot forms have occasionally been used in the treatment of Octreoscan-positive insulinomas. Herein, we report a case of metastatic insulinoma with very difficult glycemic control successfully treated with the radiolabeled somatostatin analog lutetium (177LU). PMID:24455330

  3. Metastatic Insulinoma Managed with Radiolabeled Somatostatin Analog

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    Ricardo Costa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Insulinoma is a rare pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Overproduction of insulin and associated hypoglycemia are hallmark features of this disease. Diagnosis can be made through demonstration of hypoglycemia and elevated plasma levels of insulin or C-Peptide. Metastatic disease can be detected through computerized tomography (CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, and positron emission tomography (PET/CT. Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy can be used not only to document metastatic disease but also as a predictive marker of the benefit from therapy with radiolabeled somatostatin analog. Unresectable metastatic insulinomas may present as a major therapeutic challenge for the treating physician. When feasible, resection is the mainstay of treatment. Prevention of hypoglycemia is a crucial goal of therapy for unresectable/metastatic tumors. Diazoxide, hydrochlorothiazide, glucagon, and intravenous glucose infusions have been used for glycemic control yielding temporary and inconsistent results. Sandostatin and its long-acting depot forms have occasionally been used in the treatment of Octreoscan-positive insulinomas. Herein, we report a case of metastatic insulinoma with very difficult glycemic control successfully treated with the radiolabeled somatostatin analog lutetium (177LU.

  4. HyRAM Testing Strategy and Quality Design Elements.

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    Reynolds, John Thomas

    2014-12-01

    Strategy document and tentative schedule for testing of HyRAM, a software toolkit that integrates data and methods relevant to assessing the safety of hydrogen fueling and storage infrastructure. Because proposed and existing features in HyRAM that support testing are important factors in this discussion, relevant design considerations of HyRAM are also discussed. However, t his document does not cover all of HyRAM desig n, nor is the full HyRAM software development schedule included.

  5. Radiolabeled dimethyl branched long chain fatty acid for heart imaging

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    Knapp, Jr., Furn F.; Goodman, Mark M.; Kirsch, Gilbert

    1988-08-16

    A radiolabeled long chain fatty acid for heart imaging that has dimethyl branching at one of the carbons of the chain which inhibits the extent to which oxidation can occur. The closer to the carboxyl the branching is positioned, the more limited the oxidation, thereby resulting in prolonged retention of the radiolabeled compound in the heart.

  6. FPS-RAM: Fast Prefix Search RAM-Based Hardware for Forwarding Engine

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    Zaitsu, Kazuya; Yamamoto, Koji; Kuroda, Yasuto; Inoue, Kazunari; Ata, Shingo; Oka, Ikuo

    Ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) is becoming very popular for designing high-throughput forwarding engines on routers. However, TCAM has potential problems in terms of hardware and power costs, which limits its ability to deploy large amounts of capacity in IP routers. In this paper, we propose new hardware architecture for fast forwarding engines, called fast prefix search RAM-based hardware (FPS-RAM). We designed FPS-RAM hardware with the intent of maintaining the same search performance and physical user interface as TCAM because our objective is to replace the TCAM in the market. Our RAM-based hardware architecture is completely different from that of TCAM and has dramatically reduced the costs and power consumption to 62% and 52%, respectively. We implemented FPS-RAM on an FPGA to examine its lookup operation.

  7. Autodecomposition of radiolabeled human growth hormone

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    Baumann, G.; Amburn, K.

    1986-01-01

    Human growth hormone (hGH) was radiolabeled with /sup 125/I, using a gentle lactoperoxidase technique. The stability and decomposition products of this tracer were studied by frequent periodic analysis by Sephadex G-100 chromatography on a long column. Monomeric /sup 125/I-hGH showed an exponential decline, with a half-life of 61 days. The main radioactive degradation product was iodide, which appeared with a fractional appearance rate of 0.01136 per day. Secondary degradation products were a series of radioactive oligomers of hGH, which appeared with an overall fractional rate of 0.00525 per day. The kinetic data obtained should provide guidelines for the shelf-life and repurification schedule of radioiodinated polypeptides.

  8. Reactive approach motivation (RAM) for religion.

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    McGregor, Ian; Nash, Kyle; Prentice, Mike

    2010-07-01

    In 3 experiments, participants reacted with religious zeal to anxious uncertainty threats that have caused reactive approach motivation (RAM) in past research (see McGregor, Nash, Mann, & Phills, 2010, for implicit, explicit, and neural evidence of RAM). In Study 1, results were specific to religious ideals and did not extend to merely superstitious beliefs. Effects were most pronounced among the most anxious and uncertainty-averse participants in Study 1 and among the most approach-motivated participants in Study 2 (i.e., with high Promotion Focus, Behavioral Activation, Action Orientation, and Self-Esteem Scale scores). In Studies 2 and 3, anxious uncertainty threats amplified even the most jingoistic and extreme aspects of religious zeal. In Study 3, reactive religious zeal occurred only among participants who reported feeling disempowered in their everyday goals in life. Results support a RAM view of empowered religious idealism for anxiety management (cf. Armstrong, 2000; Inzlicht, McGregor, Hirsch, & Nash, 2009).

  9. Evaluating rammed earth walls: a case study

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    Taylor, P. [Deakin University, Geelong (Australia). Built Environment Research Group; La Trobe University, Wodonga (Australia); Luther, M.B. [Deakin University, Geelong (Australia). Built Environment Research Group

    2004-03-01

    The following research has been undertaken as a response to the recent controversy regarding the suitability of rammed earth wall construction as an effective building envelope in regard to its thermal performance. The R-value for rammed earth walls is low hence they might be expected to conduct heat into a building during summer. However the large mass of these walls and the associated thermal lag in heat transfer from outside to inside may result in the walls performing satisfactorily in a building which is only occupied during working hours. Internal rammed earth walls may act as moderators of large diurnal temperature swings helping to produce an even comfortable temperature within a building. Empirical (in situ) measurements of temperature and heat flux were taken on the walls of an existing rammed earth office building in New South Wales, Australia during the summer. An analysis was performed which established a methodology to measure the heat flow associated with the walls, floor, ceiling, windows and infiltration for one office during occupied hours and the net energy transferred between the office and these elements was established. During this time the earth walls performed well. External walls were found to transmit comparatively little heat to the office and the internal walls absorbed heat during this time. Diffuse sky radiation transmitted by the window and infiltration are both likely to be important factors in the summer heat load. (author)

  10. Characteristics of reproductive performance of Garut rams

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    Muhammad Rizal

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Basic information on reproductive potency of Garut rams is necessary in order to identify the capacity of rams in producing chilled or frozen semen. Eight Garut rams (three to five years old were used in this study. The male sexual behaviors were observed and semen was collected once a week using artificial vagina. Semen quality was evaluated and its potency to produce frozen semen was calculated. Results of this study indicated that first, second, and third ejaculations were at the 29, 87 and 176th seconds, respectively. Fresh semen volume, sperm concentration, motility, intact acrosomal cap, and intact plasma membrane were 0.99 ml, 3224 million/ml; 76.67; 86.13 and 87.73%, respectively. Protein value, fructose, vitamin C, vitamin E, sodiu, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphor, chloride, and mangan in seminal plasma of fresh semen were 4140, 180, 3.2, 24, 180, 117, 9, 6.12, 60, 104, and 5 mg/ml, respectively. Measurement of head length, width, and length of sperm tail were 6.59, 3.99, and 42.65 μm, respectively. Length and width measurement of right and left testes, and scrotal circumference were 12.71, 6.5, and 32.36 cm, respectively. Capacity of each Garut rams to produce frozen semen from three consecutive ejaculations are 35.88 mini straw with the cencentration of 200 million motile sperm per 0.25 ml.

  11. Perfectly Secure Oblivious RAM without Random Oracles

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    Damgård, Ivan Bjerre; Meldgaard, Sigurd Torkel; Nielsen, Jesper Buus

    2011-01-01

    We present an algorithm for implementing a secure oblivious RAM where the access pattern is perfectly hidden in the information theoretic sense, without assuming that the CPU has access to a random oracle. In addition we prove a lower bound on the amount of randomness needed for implementing...

  12. Targeted Radiolabeled Compounds in Glioma Therapy.

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    Cordier, Dominik; Krolicki, Leszek; Morgenstern, Alfred; Merlo, Adrian

    2016-05-01

    Malignant gliomas of World Health Organization (WHO) grades II-IV represent the largest entity within the group of intrinsic brain tumors and are graded according to their pathophysiological features with survival times between more than 10 years (WHO II) and only several months (WHO IV). Gliomas arise from astrocytic or oligodendrocytic precursor cells and exhibit an infiltrative growth pattern lacking a clearly identifiable tumor border. The development of effective treatment strategies of the invasive tumor cell front represents the main challenge in glioma therapy. The therapeutic standard consists of surgical resection and, depending on the extent of resection and WHO grade, adjuvant external beam radiotherapy or systemic chemotherapy. Within the last decades, there has been no major improvement of the prognosis of patients with glioma. The consistent overexpression of neurokinin type 1 receptors in gliomas WHO grades II-IV has been used to develop a therapeutic substance P-based targeting system. A substance P-analogue conjugated to the DOTA or DOTAGA chelator has been labeled with different alpha-particle or beta-particle emitting radionuclides for targeted glioma therapy. The radiopharmaceutical has been locally injected into the tumors or the resection cavity. In several clinical studies, the methodology has been examined in adjuvant and neoadjuvant clinical settings. Although no large controlled series have so far been generated, the results of radiolabeled substance P-based targeted glioma therapy compare favorably with standard therapy. Recently, labeling with the alpha particle emitting Bi-213 has been found to be promising due to the high linear energy transfer and the very short tissue range of 0.08 mm. Further development needs to focus on the improvement of the stability of the compound and the application by dedicated catheter systems to improve the intratumoral distribution of the radiopharmaceutical within the prognostically critical

  13. Radiolabelled cytokines for imaging chronic inflammation

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    Alberto Signore

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Diagnosis and particularly follow-up of chronic inflammatory disorders could be often difficult in clinical practice. Indeed, traditional radiological techniques reveal only structural tissue alterations and are not able to monitor functional changes occurring in tissues affected by chronic inflammation. The continuous advances in the knowledge of the pathophysioloy of chronic disorders, combined with the progress of radiochemistry, led to the development of new specific radiolabelled agents for the imaging of chronic diseases. In this scenario, cytokines, due to their pivotal role in such diseases, represent good candidates as radiopharmaceuticals.O diagnóstico, e particularmente o acompanhamento das doenças inflamatórias crônicas, pode ser freqüentemente muito difícil na prática clínica. As técnicas radiológicas tradicionais revelam somente as alterações teciduais estruturas, não sendo capazes de monitorar as alterações funcionais que ocorrem nesses tecidos afetados pela inflamação crônica. O contínuo avanço no conhecimento da fisiopatologia dessas doenças, combinado com o progresso da radioquímica, levou ao desenvolvimento de novos agentes radiomarcados para a obtenção de imagens de doenças crônicas. Nesse cenário, as citocinas, devido ao papel primordial em tais doenças, apresentam-se como fortes candidatas a radiofármacos.

  14. Ram pressure stripping of tilted galaxies

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    Jachym, P; Palous, J; Combes, F

    2009-01-01

    Ram pressure stripping of galaxies in clusters can yield gas deficient disks. Previous numerical simulations based on various approaches suggested that, except for near edge-on disk orientations, the amount of stripping depends very little on the inclination angle. Following our previous study of face-on stripping, we extend the set of parameters with the disk tilt angle and explore in detail the effects of the ram pressure on the interstellar content (ISM) of tilted galaxies that orbit in various environments of clusters, with compact or extended distributions of the intra-cluster medium (ICM). We further study how results of numerical simulations could be estimated analytically. A grid of numerical simulations with varying parameters is produced using the tree/SPH code GADGET with a modified method for calculating the ISM-ICM interaction. These SPH calculations extend the set of existing results obtained from different codes using various numerical techniques. The simulations confirm the general trend of le...

  15. Space and the Synchronic A-Ram

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    Berka, Alex V

    2010-01-01

    Space is a circuit oriented, spatial programming language designed to exploit the massive parallelism available in a novel formal model of computation called the Synchronic A-Ram, and physically related FPGA and reconfigurable architectures. Space expresses variable grained MIMD parallelism, is modular, strictly typed, and deterministic. Barring operations associated with memory allocation and compilation, modules cannot access global variables, and are referentially transparent. At a high level of abstraction, modules exhibit a small, sequential state transition system, aiding verification. Space deals with communication, scheduling, and resource contention issues in parallel computing, by resolving them explicitly in an incremental manner, module by module, whilst ascending the ladder of abstraction. Whilst the Synchronic A-Ram model was inspired by linguistic considerations, it is also put forward as a formal model for reconfigurable digital circuits. A programming environment has been developed, that inco...

  16. Radiolabeling of liposomes and polymeric micelles with PET-isotopes

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    Jensen, Andreas Tue Ingemann

    , radiolabeled nanoparticles hold promise as a radiopharmaceutical in themselves, as a means of imaging tumor tissue, aiding in diagnosis and surgery. Chapter 2. A method for labeling liposomes with 18F (97% positron decay, T½ = 110 min) was investigated. 18F is widely available, but is hampered by a short half...... best. This substrate was radiolabeled and formulated in long‐circulating liposomes by drying the probe and the lipids together, followed by hydration by magnetic stirring. The liposomes were extruded through 100 nm filter on fully automated equipment. Animal studies were done in tumor‐bearing mice...

  17. Pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of radiolabeled avidin, streptavidin and biotin

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    Rosebrough, S.F. (Rochester Univ., NY (United States). Medical Center)

    1993-07-01

    The extraordinary high affinity of avidin and streptavidin for biotin may be exploited in a two-step approach for delivering radiolabeled biotin derivatives suitable for imaging and therapy to target-bound streptavidin or avidin conjugated monoclonal antibodies (MAbs). The in vivo pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of radiolabeled avidin, streptavin (SA) and DTPA-biocytinamide (DTPA-biotin) were studied in the rabbit and dog. SA circulated in the blood similar to other 60 kDa proteins, avidin cleared immediately and DTPA-biotin exhibited plasma clearance by glomerular filtration. (Author).

  18. Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Using Radiolabeled Inorganic Nanomaterials

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    Sun, Xiaolian; Cai, Weibo; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2015-01-01

    CONSPECTUS Positron emission tomography (PET) is a radionuclide imaging technology that plays an important role in preclinical and clinical research. With administration of a small amount of radiotracer, PET imaging can provide a noninvasive, highly sensitive, and quantitative readout of its organ/tissue targeting efficiency and pharmacokinetics. Various radiotracers have been designed to target specific molecular events. Compared with antibodies, proteins, peptides, and other biologically relevant molecules, nanoparticles represent a new frontier in molecular imaging probe design, enabling the attachment of different imaging modalities, targeting ligands, and therapeutic payloads in a single vector. We introduce the radiolabeled nanoparticle platforms that we and others have developed. Due to the fundamental differences in the various nanoparticles and radioisotopes, most radiolabeling methods are designed case-by-case. We focus on some general rules about selecting appropriate isotopes for given types of nanoparticles, as well as adjusting the labeling strategies according to specific applications. We classified these radiolabeling methods into four categories: (1) complexation reaction of radiometal ions with chelators via coordination chemistry; (2) direct bombardment of nanoparticles via hadronic projectiles; (3) synthesis of nanoparticles using a mixture of radioactive and nonradioactive precursors; (4) chelator-free postsynthetic radiolabeling. Method 1 is generally applicable to different nanomaterials as long as the surface chemistry is well-designed. However, the addition of chelators brings concerns of possible changes to the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials and detachment of the radiometal. Methods 2 and 3 have improved radiochemical stability. The applications are, however, limited by the possible damage to the nanocomponent caused by the proton beams (method 2) and harsh synthetic conditions (method 3). Method 4 is still in its infancy

  19. Incorporation of RAM techniques into simulation modeling

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    Nelson, S.C. Jr.; Haire, M.J.; Schryver, J.C.

    1995-07-01

    This work concludes that reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) analytical techniques can be incorporated into computer network simulation modeling to yield an important new analytical tool. This paper describes the incorporation of failure and repair information into network simulation to build a stochastic computer model represents the RAM Performance of two vehicles being developed for the US Army: The Advanced Field Artillery System (AFAS) and the Future Armored Resupply Vehicle (FARV). The AFAS is the US Army`s next generation self-propelled cannon artillery system. The FARV is a resupply vehicle for the AFAS. Both vehicles utilize automation technologies to improve the operational performance of the vehicles and reduce manpower. The network simulation model used in this work is task based. The model programmed in this application requirements a typical battle mission and the failures and repairs that occur during that battle. Each task that the FARV performs--upload, travel to the AFAS, refuel, perform tactical/survivability moves, return to logistic resupply, etc.--is modeled. Such a model reproduces a model reproduces operational phenomena (e.g., failures and repairs) that are likely to occur in actual performance. Simulation tasks are modeled as discrete chronological steps; after the completion of each task decisions are programmed that determine the next path to be followed. The result is a complex logic diagram or network. The network simulation model is developed within a hierarchy of vehicle systems, subsystems, and equipment and includes failure management subnetworks. RAM information and other performance measures are collected which have impact on design requirements. Design changes are evaluated through ``what if`` questions, sensitivity studies, and battle scenario changes.

  20. RAM-Efficient External Memory Sorting

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    Arge, Lars; Thorup, Mikkel

    2013-01-01

    In recent years a large number of problems have been considered in external memory models of computation, where the complexity measure is the number of blocks of data that are moved between slow external memory and fast internal memory (also called I/Os). In practice, however, internal memory time...... often dominates the total running time once I/O-efficiency has been obtained. In this paper we study algorithms for fundamental problems that are simultaneously I/O-efficient and internal memory efficient in the RAM model of computation....

  1. Turbine ram-jet engine. Turbinen-Staustrahltriebwerk

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    Wildner, W.

    1990-10-25

    A turbine ram-jet engine with a ram pressure air duct surrounding the basic turbine engine as an annulus is described, in which with the ram jet switched off with simultaneous release of suction air into the basic engine, the supply of ram pressure air is shut off. A suction side air inflow corss section of the basic engine can be released or shut off by axial adjustment of a drop-shaped body relative to a flow divider. A ring slide axially adjustable opposite to this body, should be provided, which shuts off the ram pressure air duct with the incoming crossection of the basic engine open and opens it for the shut-off state of the incoming crossection. Further, the ram pressure air duct should be expanded at the level of shut-off zone formed by a body with local counter-surface contact and the ring slider in the upstream direction.

  2. RAmM Algorithm(Simplex)

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    Manimala, Jose Mathew

    2010-01-01

    The evolution of encryption algorithms have led to the development of very complicated and highly versatile algorithms that sacrifice efficiency for better and harder to decrypt results. But by the application of a genetic schema to the encryption of data, a new structure can be created. Genetic methods and procedures are lethal in the way they handle and manipulate data. The RAmM algorithm uses four genetic operations that have been developed specifically for encryption of data. The operations are Replication, Augmentation, Mutation and Multiplication. The proper application of these methods according to the rules that have been found to be the best for getting optimal and correct results produces a "fingerprint" that is unique to a pair of . This means that every single data entry can only be decrypted by using the correct set of key. The application of the RAmM algorithm is in the field of image encryption and restoration. The boundary and the pixel values are separately encrypted to produce a very genuine...

  3. The rams horn in western history

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    Lubman, David

    2003-10-01

    The shofar or rams horn-one of the most ancient of surviving aerophones-may have originated with early Neolithic herders. The shofar is mentioned frequently and importantly in the Hebrew bible and in later biblical and post-biblical literature. Despite its long history, contemporary ritual uses, and profound symbolic significance to western religion, no documentation of shofar acoustical properties was found. Since ancient times, shepherds of many cultures have fashioned sound instruments from the horns of herd animals for practical and musical uses. Shepherd horns of other cultures exhibit an evolution of form and technology (e.g., the inclusion of finger holes). The shofar is unique in having retained its primitive form. It is suggested that after centuries of practical use, the shofar became emblematic of the shepherd culture. Ritual use then developed, which froze its form. A modern ritual rams horn played by an experienced blower was examined. This rather short horn was determined to have a source strength of 92 dB (A) at 1 m, a fundamental frequency near 420 Hz, and maximum power output between 1.2 and 1.8 kHz. Sample sounds and detection range estimates are provided.

  4. Wakes of ram pressure stripped disc galaxies

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    Roediger, E; Hoeft, M

    2006-01-01

    Spiral galaxies that move through the intracluster medium lose a substantial amount of their gas discs due to ram pressure stripping. The recent observations of NGC 4388 by Oosterloo & van Gorkom 2005 reveal a tail of stripped gas of ~ 100 kpc behind the source galaxy. We present first 3D hydrodynamical simulations of the evolution of such ram pressure stripped tails. We find that if the ICM wind does not vary significantly over a period of a few 100 Myr, subsonic galaxies produce a tail with regular features similar to a von-Karman vortex street. In this case, the tail widens systematically by about 45 kpc per 100 kpc distance behind the source galaxy. The widening rate is independent of the galaxy's inclination for a large range of inclinations. For supersonic galaxies, the tail is more irregular than for subsonic ones. The tail observed for NGC 4388 is narrower than the tails in our simulations. Reasons for this difference may be additional physical processes such as heat conduction or viscosity. In ad...

  5. Radiolabeling as a tool to study uptake pathways in plants

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    Schymura, Stefan; Hildebrand, Heike; Franke, Karsten [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Dresden (Germany). Reactive Transport; Fricke, T. [Vita34 BioPlanta, Leipzig (Germany)

    2017-06-01

    The identification of major uptake pathways in plants is an important factor when evaluation the fate of manufactured nanoparticles in the environment and the associated risks. Using different radiolabeling techniques we were able to show a predominantly particulate uptake for CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs) in contrast to a possible uptake in the form of ionic cerium.

  6. Preclinical evaluation of PAC1 targeting with radiolabeled Maxadilan

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    Joosten, L.; Brom, M.; Schafer, M.K.H.; Boerman, O.C.; Weihe, E.; Gotthardt, M.

    2017-01-01

    There is an ongoing search for new tracers to optimize imaging of beta cell-derived tumors (insulinomas). The PAC1 receptor, expressed by insulinomas, can be used for targeting of these tumors. Here, we investigated whether radiolabeled maxadilan could be used for insulinoma imaging. Maxadilan was

  7. Reduction of renal uptake of radiolabeled octreotate by amifostine coadministration

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    M.L. Melis (Marleen); R. Valkema (Roelf); E.P. Krenning (Eric); M. de Jong (Marcel)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractMegalin-mediated renal retention of radiolabeled somatostatin analogs may lead to nephrotoxicity during peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT). The cytoprotective agent amifostine protected rats from long-term nephrotoxicity after PRRT with 177Lu-DOTA,Tyr3-octreotate. This study de

  8. Synthesis and evaluation of radiolabeled peptide multimers for tumor targeting

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    Yim, C.B.

    2011-01-01

    Many cancer types express specific receptors on their cellular surface onto which regulatory peptides bind with high affinity. This mechanism can be exploited by labeling the peptide with a radionuclide and using the radiolabeled peptide as a vehicle to guide the radioactivity to receptor-rich cells

  9. Development of Radiolabeled compounds using reactor-produced radionuclides

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    Choi, Sun Ju; Park, K. B.; Park, S. H.

    2007-06-15

    To establish a robust technology for radiopharmaceutical development, we focused on the configuration of fundamental development of radiolabeled compounds for radioimmunotherapy and drug delivery as well as the development of bifunctional chelating agents and radiolabeling methods for the radiopharmaceuticals with highly specific activity to deliver sufficient number of radionuclides to the target site. In this project, we aim to improve the quality of life and the public welfare by fostering the medical application of radioisotopes for the effective treatment of malignant diseases and by developing efficient radiolabeling methods of specific bio-active materials with radioisotopes and new candidates for radiopharmaceutical application. We have established the procedure for the preparation of radiolabeled antibody and biotin with radioisotopes such as {sup 166}Ho, {sup 131}I, {sup 90}Y and {sup 111}In for tumour targeting. In the future, these technologies will be applicable to development of radioimmunotherapeutic drug. The combination treatment of radioisotope with anti-cancer agents or chemotherapeutic agents may produce a synergistic static effects in the tumour and this synergism would be exerted via gene level through the activation of a cell death pathway. The combination therapy may be very beneficial for cancer treatment and this can overcome not only the hazards of unnecessary exposure to high radiation level during therapy, but also the tendency for drug resistance caused by chemotherapy. To develop new drug delivery system suitable for CT imaging agent, a chitosan derivative and radiolabed Folate-targeted polymer with {sup 131}I were synthesized. We also carried out the development of DTPA derivatives for CT imaging agent, radiolabeled precursor, and established a highly efficient radiolabeling methodology with lanthanide nuclide. In order to develop neuroreceptor targeting compounds, we synthesized WAY-100635 compound and {sup 99m}Tc(CO){sub 3

  10. Design and verification of a self-timed RAM

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    Nielsen, Lars Skovby; Staunstrup, Jørgen

    1995-01-01

    This paper describes a self-timed static RAM. A single bit RAM is described in the design language SYNCHRONIZED TRANSITIONS and using the verification tools supporting this language, it is shown that the design is speed-independent. Furthermore, a transistor level implementation of the design is ...

  11. Classification of handwritten digits using a RAM neural net architecture

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    Jørgensen, T.M.

    1997-01-01

    Results are reported on the task of recognizing handwritten digits without any advanced pre-processing. The result are obtained using a RAM-based neural network, making use of small receptive fields. Furthermore, a technique that introduces negative weights into the RAM net is reported. The results...

  12. Feasibility of Integrated Insulation in Rammed Earth

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    Stone, C.; Balintova, M.; Holub, M.

    2015-11-01

    Building Codes in Europe stipulate strict thermal performance criteria which any traditional rammed earth recipe cannot meet. This does not infer that the material itself is inferior; it has many other face saving attributes such as low embodied energy, high workability, sound insulation, fire resistance, aesthetics, high diffusivity and thermal accumulation properties. Integrated insulation is experimented with, to try achieve a 0.22 [W/(m2.K)] overall coefficient of heat transfer for walls required by 2015 Slovak standards, without using external insulation or using technologically complex interstitial insulation. This has the added aesthetic benefit of leaving the earth wall exposed to the external environment. Results evaluate the feasibility of this traditional approach.

  13. Ramón Cote Baraibar

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    Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Hijo de poeta, como María Mercedes Carranza y Santiago Mutis, Ramón Cote nació en Cúcuta el 19 de mayo de 1963- Su primer libro fue publicado en 1984 por ediciones Arnao, de Madrid, donde se graduó en historia del arte en la Universidad Complutense. Al instalarse en Colombia, se dedicó a la publicidad. Ha publicado ensayos sobre poesía colombiana en revistas como ínsula, y en 1992, con el título de  |Diez de ultramar publicó una muestra de joven poesía latinoamericana que abarcaba nombres como José Luis Rivas, Coral Bracho, Raúl Zurita, Fabio Morabito, Yolanda Pantin y Eduardo Chirinos. Entre la nueva poesía colombiana, su voz es una de las más reconocibles. Vale la pena, entonces, repasar la totalidad de su trayectoria.

  14. Fire effects in Pinus uncinata Ram plantations

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    Adrián Cardil Forradellas

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Aim of study: Understanding fire ecology of main forest species is essential for a sound, scientifically based on managing of wildlands and also to assess likely implications due to changes in fire regime under a global change scenario. Few references can be found about fire ecology of Pinus uncinata Ram. (PU. PU species grows in the Central Pyrenees where large, severe wildland fires did not occur frequently in the past. However, several fires with extreme fire behavior have affected PU stands in last years and they might disturb other PU forest in the future.Area of study: Cabdella fire (February 2012, in Lleida province, is one of the several wildland fires occurred in 2012 (winter season in the Central Pyrenees. Fire affected a large PU plantation (102 ha located at 1.800-2,100 meters above the sea.Material and methods: We have analyzed first order fire effects in three fireline intensity thresholds along three years in terms of mortality ratio, scorched height, percentage of scorched crown volume and bark char height.Main results: PU seems to be a very tolerant species to low and medium fire line intensity but fire effects were very significant when fire line intensity was high. In medium fireline intensity sites, probability of mortality ranged from 15 to 30% and the dead trees had the highest values on scorched height and percentage of scorched crown volume.Research highlights: Results from this work supports that prescribed burning might be used to efficiently decrease fuel load and fuel vertical continuity while avoiding considerable PU mortality. It also displayed that when fuel management has been implemented, PU mortality might be limited even under extreme fire behavior.Abbreviations used: PU: Pinus uncinata Ram.

  15. A Brief Review of Chelators for Radiolabeling Oligomers

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    Yuxia Liu

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The chemical modification of oligomers such as DNA, PNA, MORF, LNA to attach radionuclides for nuclear imaging and radiotherapy applications has become a field rich in innovation as older methods are improved and new methods are introduced. This review intends to provide a brief overview of several chelators currently in use for the labeling of oligomers with metallic radionuclides such as 99mTc, 111In and 188Re. While DNA and its analogs have been radiolabeled with important radionuclides of nonmetals such as 32P, 35S, 14C, 18F and 125I, the labeling methods for these isotopes involve covalent chemistry that is quite distinct from the coordinate-covalent chelation chemistry described herein. In this review, we provide a summary of the several chelators that have been covalently conjugated to oligomers for the purpose of radiolabeling with metallic radionuclides by chelation and including details on the conjugation, the choice of radionuclides and labeling methods.

  16. Multistep synthesis of a radiolabeled imaging probe using integrated microfluidics.

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    Lee, Chung-Cheng; Sui, Guodong; Elizarov, Arkadij; Shu, Chengyi Jenny; Shin, Young-Shik; Dooley, Alek N; Huang, Jiang; Daridon, Antoine; Wyatt, Paul; Stout, David; Kolb, Hartmuth C; Witte, Owen N; Satyamurthy, Nagichettiar; Heath, James R; Phelps, Michael E; Quake, Stephen R; Tseng, Hsian-Rong

    2005-12-16

    Microreactor technology has shown potential for optimizing synthetic efficiency, particularly in preparing sensitive compounds. We achieved the synthesis of an [(18)F]fluoride-radiolabeled molecular imaging probe, 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG), in an integrated microfluidic device. Five sequential processes-[18F]fluoride concentration, water evaporation, radiofluorination, solvent exchange, and hydrolytic deprotection-proceeded with high radio-chemical yield and purity and with shorter synthesis time relative to conventional automated synthesis. Multiple doses of [18F]FDG for positron emission tomography imaging studies in mice were prepared. These results, which constitute a proof of principle for automated multistep syntheses at the nanogram to microgram scale, could be generalized to a range of radiolabeled substrates.

  17. Localisation and mechanism of renal retention of radiolabelled somatostatin analogues

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    Melis, Marleen; Krenning, Eric P.; Bernard, Bert F.; Jong, Marion de [Erasmus MC, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Barone, Raffaella [UCL, Centre of Nuclear Medicine and Laboratory of PET, Brussels (Belgium); Visser, Theo J. [Erasmus MC, Department of Internal Medicine, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2005-10-01

    Radiolabelled somatostatin analogues, such as octreotide and octreotate, are used for tumour scintigraphy and radionuclide therapy. The kidney is the most important critical organ during such therapy owing to the reabsorption and retention of radiolabelled peptides. The aim of this study was to investigate in a rat model both the localisation and the mechanism of renal uptake after intravenous injection of radiolabelled somatostatin analogues. The multi-ligand megalin/cubilin receptor complex, responsible for reabsorption of many peptides and proteins in the kidney, is an interesting candidate for renal endocytosis of these peptide analogues. For localisation studies, ex vivo autoradiography and micro-autoradiography of rat kidneys were performed 1-24 h after injection of radiolabelled somatostatin analogues and compared with the renal anti-megalin immunohistochemical staining pattern. To confirm a role of megalin in the mechanism of renal retention of [{sup 111}In-DTPA]octreotide, the effects of three inhibitory substances were explored in rats. Renal ex vivo autoradiography showed high cortical radioactivity and lower radioactivity in the outer medulla. The distribution of cortical radioactivity was inhomogeneous. Micro-autoradiography indicated that radioactivity was only retained in the proximal tubules. The anti-megalin immunohistochemical staining pattern showed a strong similarity with the renal [{sup 111}In-DTPA]octreotide ex vivo autoradiograms. Biodistribution studies showed that co-injection of positively charged d-lysine reduced renal uptake to 60% of control. Sodium maleate reduced renal [{sup 111}In-DTPA]octreotide uptake to 15% of control. Finally, cisplatin pre-treatment of rats reduced kidney uptake to 70% of control. Renal retention of [{sup 111}In-DTPA]octreotide is confined to proximal tubules in the rat kidney, in which megalin-mediated endocytosis may play an important part. (orig.)

  18. Orthogonal Range Searching on the RAM, Revisited

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    Chan, Timothy M; Patrascu, Mihai

    2011-01-01

    We present several new results on one of the most extensively studied topics in computational geometry, orthogonal range searching. All our results are in the standard word RAM model for points in rank space: ** We present two data structures for 2-d orthogonal range emptiness. The first achieves O(n lglg n) space and O(lglg n) query time. This improves the previous results by Alstrup, Brodal, and Rauhe(FOCS'00), with O(n lg^eps n) space and O(lglg n) query time, or with O(nlglg n) space and O(lg^2 lg n) query time. Our second data structure uses O(n) space and answers queries in O(lg^eps n) time. The best previous O(n)-space data structure, due to Nekrich (WADS'07), answers queries in O(lg n/lglg n) time. ** For 3-d orthogonal range reporting, we obtain space O(n lg^{1+eps} n) and query time O(lglg n + k), for any constant eps>0. This improves previous results by Afshani (ESA'08), Karpinski and Nekrich (COCOON'09), and Chan (SODA'11), with O(n lg^3 n) space and O(lglg n + k) query time, or with O(n lg^{1+eps...

  19. Detonation Type Ram Accelerator: A Computational Investigation

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    Sunil Bhat

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available An analytical model explaining the functional characteristics of detonation type ram accelerator is presented. Major flow processes, namely, (i supersonic flow over the cone of the projectile, (ii initiation ofconical shock wave and its reflection from the tube wall, (iii supersonic combustion, and (iv expansion wave and its reflection are modelled. Taylor-Maccoll approach is adopted for modellingthe flow over the cone of the projectile. Shock reflection is treated in accordance with wave angle theorytor flows over the wedge. Prandtl-Mayer analysis is used to model the expansion wave and its reflection.Steady one-dimensional flow with heat transfer along with Rayleigh line equation for perfect gases isused to model supersonic combustion. A computer code is developed to compute the thrust producedby combustion of gases. Ballistic parameters like thrust-pressure ratio and ballistic efficiency of the accelerator are evaluated and their maximum values are 0.032 and 0.068, respectively. The code indicates possibility ofachieving high velocity of 7 km/s on utilising gaseous mixture of 2H2+O2 in the operation.Velocity range suitable for operation of the accelerator lies between 3.8 - 7.0 km/s. Maximum thrust valueis 33721 N which corresponds to the projectile velocity of 5 km/s.

  20. A diphtheria outbreak in Buri Ram, Thailand.

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    Pantukosit, Pantavee; Arpornsuwan, Manote; Sookananta, Kanokporn

    2008-07-01

    In May 1996 there was an outbreak of diphtheria in Buri Ram, Thailand which infected 31 patients, 8 males and 23 females. The mean age of the patients was 8 +/- 5 years. Seventy-four percent had a history of childhood vaccinations. Common signs and symptoms included fever (100%) which was low grade in 61%, sore throat (90%), upper airway obstruction (3%), and hoarseness (10%). Pseudomembranes (seen in 100%) were located on the tonsils (71%), pharynx (22%), larynx (9.6%), and uvula (6%). The mean duration of symptoms prior to admission was 2 days with a range of 1 to 5 days. Complications included upper airway obstruction (10%) and cardiac complications (10%). There were no neurological complication or deaths. There were negative associations between cardiac complications, severity of disease and previous diphtheria vaccination. The ages varied from children to adults. Early recognition and prompt treatment decreased complications and mortality in this group of patients when compared with Chiang Mai and Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH) studies.

  1. Scheme of a WDM Time-Limited RAM for OPS

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    Shuguang Zhu; Anshi Xu; Hongxi Yin; Deming Wu; Xuzong Chen

    2003-01-01

    We propose a new idea of utilizing Multiple Electromagnetically Induced Transparency Concurrence within a Single Medium to fullfill optical packet buffering and theoretically design a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) Random Access Memory (RAM).

  2. Computational Examination of Parameters Influencing Practicability of Ram Accelerator

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    Sunil Bhat

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available The problems concerning practicability aspects of a ram accelerator, such as intense in-bore projectile ablation, large accelerator tube length to achieve high projectile muzzle velocity, and high entry velocity of projectile in the accelerator tube for starting the accelerator have been examined. Computational models of the processes like phenomenon of projectile ablation, flow in the aero-window used as accelerator tube-end closure device in case of high drive gas filling pressure in the ram accelerator tube have been presented. New projectile design to minimise the starting velocity of the ram accelerator is discussed. Possibility of deployment of ram accelerator in the defence-oriented role has been investigated to utilise its high velocity potential.

  3. Ram pressure profiles in galaxy groups and clusters

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    Tecce, Tomás E; Tissera, Patricia B

    2011-01-01

    Using a hybrid method which combines non-radiative hydrodynamical simulations with a semi-analytic model of galaxy formation, we determine the ram pressure as a function of halocentric distance experienced by galaxies in haloes with virial masses 12.5 <= log (M_200 h/M_Sun) < 15.35, for redshifts 0 <= z <= 3. The ram pressure is calculated with a self-consistent method which uses the simulation gas particles to obtain the properties of the intergalactic medium. The ram pressure profiles obtained can be well described by beta profile models, with parameters that depend on redshift and halo virial mass in a simple fashion. The fitting formulae provided here will prove useful to include ram pressure effects into semi-analytic models based on methods which lack gas physics, such as dark matter-only simulations or the Press-Schechter formalism.

  4. Genetic parameters of testicular measurements in Merino rams and ...

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    Genetic parameters of testicular measurements in Merino rams and the influence of scrotal ... firmly and evenly to the bottom of the scrotum until ventral skin folds were eliminated. The testes were then ..... Ph.D. (Agric) treatise. University of.

  5. Historical rammed earth process description thanks to micromorphological analysis

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    HAMARD, Erwan; Cammas, Cécilia; Fabbri, Antonin; Razakamanantsoa, Andry; Cazacliu, Bogdan; MOREL, Jean Claude

    2016-01-01

    Rammed earth was traditionally used in western European countries before industrial building materials replace it during 20th Century. Construction strategies developed by former builders were dictated by locally available construction materials and engendered local constructive cultures. Unfortunately, this knowledge was orally transmitted and is lost today. The rediscovery of these cultures can provide answers to modern rammed earth construction processes. Micromorphological analysis of ear...

  6. EM Scattering from Conducting Flat Plates Coated with Thin RAM

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    2002-01-01

    According to the equivalence principles, high frequency approximation and boundary conditions, a method has been developed to deal with the EM scattering by a rectangular conducting flat plate coated with uniaxial anisotropic radar absorbing material (RAM). The simple and effective method is available to the system of RCS prediction in which the large complex targets modeled by facets and wedges. Numerical results show some properties of EM scattering by conducting plate coated with thin uniaxial anisotropic RAM.

  7. Fire effects in Pinus uncinata Ram plantations

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    Cardil Forradellas, A.; Molina Terrén, D.M.; Oliveres, J.; Castellnou, M.

    2016-07-01

    Aim of study: Understanding fire ecology of main forest species is essential for a sound, scientifically based on managing of wildlands and also to assess likely implications due to changes in fire regime under a global change scenario. Few references can be found about fire ecology of Pinus uncinata Ram. (PU). PU species grows in the Central Pyrenees where large, severe wildland fires did not occur frequently in the past. However, several fires with extreme fire behavior have affected PU stands in last years and they might disturb other PU forest in the future. Area of study: Cabdella fire (February 2012), in Lleida province, is one of the several wildland fires occurred in 2012 (winter season) in the Central Pyrenees. Fire affected a large PU plantation (102 ha) located at 1.800-2,100 meters above the sea. Material and methods: We have analyzed first order fire effects in three fireline intensity thresholds along three years in terms of mortality ratio, scorched height, percentage of scorched crown volume and bark char height. Main results: PU seems to be a very tolerant species to low and medium fire line intensity but fire effects were very significant when fire line intensity was high. In medium fireline intensity sites, probability of mortality ranged from 15 to 30% and the dead trees had the highest values on scorched height and percentage of scorched crown volume. Research highlights: Results from this work supports that prescribed burning might be used to efficiently decrease fuel load and fuel vertical continuity while avoiding considerable PU mortality. It also displayed that when fuel management has been implemented, PU mortality might be limited even under extreme fire behavior. (Author)

  8. 33 CFR 147.811 - Ram-Powell Tension Leg Platform safety zone.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Ram-Powell Tension Leg Platform... SECURITY (CONTINUED) OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF ACTIVITIES SAFETY ZONES § 147.811 Ram-Powell Tension Leg Platform safety zone. (a) Description. The Ram-Powell Tension Leg Platform (Ram-Powell TLP) is located...

  9. Radiolabeled Apoptosis Imaging Agents for Early Detection of Response to Therapy

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    Kazuma Ogawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Since apoptosis plays an important role in maintaining homeostasis and is associated with responses to therapy, molecular imaging of apoptotic cells could be useful for early detection of therapeutic effects, particularly in oncology. Radiolabeled annexin V compounds are the hallmark in apoptosis imaging in vivo. These compounds are reviewed from the genesis of apoptosis (cell death imaging agents up to recent years. They have some disadvantages, including slow clearance and immunogenicity, because they are protein-based imaging agents. For this reason, several studies have been conducted in recent years to develop low molecule apoptosis imaging agents. In this review, radiolabeled phosphatidylserine targeted peptides, radiolabeled bis(zinc(II-dipicolylamine complex, radiolabeled 5-fluoropentyl-2-methyl-malonic acid (ML-10, caspase-3 activity imaging agents, radiolabeled duramycin, and radiolabeled phosphonium cation are reviewed as promising low-molecular-weight apoptosis imaging agents.

  10. Effect of exposing rams to a female stimulus before semen collection on ram libido and semen quality1

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    A G Fahey; P Duffy; S Fair

    2012-01-01

      Rams with strong libido and desirable semen characteristics can provide more insemination doses per ejaculate and produce more progeny, improving population genetic linkage to improve the accuracy of EBV...

  11. Effect of exposing rams to a female stimulus before semen collection on ram libido and semen quality

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    Fahey, A G; Duffy, P; Fair, S

    2012-01-01

    Rams with strong libido and desirable semen characteristics can provide more insemination doses per ejaculate and produce more progeny, improving population genetic linkage to improve the accuracy of EBV...

  12. Elevated Lipoprotein(A Impairs Platelet Radiolabeling Yield

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    Susanne Granegger

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Platelet radiolabeling in clinical routine usually results in labeling efficiencies (LE above 80%. A variety of risk factors and clinical conditions are known to impair platelet labeling yield, among them elevated triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins. The potential influence of lipoprotein(a (Lp(a, an atherogenic lipoprotein particle containing a kringle subunit, which is widely found in the proteins of fibrinolysis pathway, has never been studied. Normal Lp(a levels range below 30 mg/ dl. The exact prevalence of elevated Lp(a is unknown, most likely ranging below 10%. Even more rare is an isolated elevation despite an otherwise normal lipoprotein profile. Methods: We examined the role of isolated elevated Lp(a (> 50 mg/dl, ranging up to 440 mg/dl compared to patients with normal lipid profile. Platelets were radiolabeled with in-111-oxine at 37 °C for 5 minutes using ISORBE-consensus methodology. Results: The findings indicate that already at levels below 100 mg/dl Lp(a decreases LE. LE assessment after cross-incubation of hyper-Lp(a platelets with normal Lp(a plasma and vice versa reveals that platelets rather than the plasmatic environment are responsible for the deterioration of labeling yield. This behavior already has been reported for elevated low-density lipoproteins. Apparently, the quantitative influence of LDL and Lp(a/mg is comparable. Plotting the sum of LDL and Lp(a versus LE reveals a clear significant negative correlation. Conclusion: As extremely elevated Lp(a, particularly above 150 mg/dl, may significantly impair labeling results. We therefore recommend to include extremely elevated Lp(a into the list of parameters, which should be known before performing radiolabeling of human platelets.

  13. Radiolabel release microassay for phagocytic killing of Candida albicans

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    Bistoni, F.; Baccarini, M.; Blasi, E.; Marconi, P. (Perugia Univ. (Italy). Inst. of Microbiology); Puccetti, P. (Perugia Univ. (Italy). Inst. of Pharmacology)

    1982-08-13

    The chromium-51 release technique for quantifying intracellular killing of radiolabelled Candida albicans particles was exploited in a microassay in which murine and human phagocytes acted as effectors under peculiarly simple conditions. At appropriate effector: target ratios and with a 4 h incubation, up to 50% specific chromium release could be detected in the supernatant with no need for opsonization or lysis of phagocytes. This simple microassay permits easy-to-perform, simultaneous testing of a variety of different phagocytes even if only available in limited amounts, and provides an objective measurement of intracellular killing of Candida albicans.

  14. Tumor targeting of radiolabeled antibodies using HYNIC chelate

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    Lee, Tae Sup; Chung, Wee Sup; Woo, Kwang Sun; Choi, Tae Hyun; Chung, Hye Kyung; Lee, Myung Jin; Kim, So Yeon; Jung, Jae Ho; Choi, Chang Woon; Lim, Sang Moo [KIRAMS, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Darwati, Siti [National Nuclear Energy Agency, Tangerang (Indonesia)

    2004-07-01

    There is an increasing interest in the use of labeled antibodies for diagnosis of cancers as well as for therapy. Various radiolabeling methods have been used in order to obtain better tumor specific targeting for detection and therapy. It was generally used to tumor targeted immunotherapy and immunodetection that lym-1, mouse monoclonal antibody, was specific binding to surface antigen of Raji. The 3E8 antibody was produced from humanized anti-TAG-72 monoclonal antibody (AKA) by amino acid change in 95-99 residues of heavy chain complementary determinant regions (HCDRs) 3 using phage displayed library technology. In this study, we are investigating the usefulness of HYNIC chelate as a bifunctional chelating agent in radioimmunodetecton of tumor. Two types of antibodies, Lym-1 and 3E8, were used for the conjugation with HYNIC chelate. Lym-1 and 3E8 are specific antibodies to surface antigen of Non-Hogkin's lymphoma and TAG-72 antigen of colorectal carcinoma, respectively. We prepare HYNIC-antibody conjugates, determine radiolabeling yield with {sup 99m}Tc and evaluate tumor targeting in tumor bearing nude mice model.

  15. Dual-mode imaging with radiolabeled gold nanorods

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    Agarwal, Ashish; Shao, Xia; Rajian, Justin R.; Zhang, Huanan; Chamberland, David L.; Kotov, Nicholas A.; Wang, Xueding

    2011-05-01

    Many nanoparticle contrast agents have difficulties with deep tissue and near-bone imaging due to limited penetration of visible photons in the body and mineralized tissues. We are looking into the possibility of mediating this problem while retaining the capabilities of the high spatial resolution associated with optical imaging. As such, the potential combination of emerging photoacoustic imaging and nuclear imaging in monitoring of antirheumatic drug delivery by using a newly developed dual-modality contrast agent is investigated. The contrast agent is composed of gold nanorods (GNRs) conjugated to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) antibody and is subsequently radiolabeled by 125I. ELISA experiments designed to test TNF-α binding are performed to prove the specificity and biological activity of the radiolabeled conjugated contrast agent. Photoacoustic and nuclear imaging are performed to visualize the distribution of GNRs in articular tissues of the rat tail joints in situ. Findings from the two imaging modalities correspond well with each other in all experiments. Our system can image GNRs down to a concentration of 10 pM in biological tissues and with a radioactive label of 5 μCi. This study demonstrates the potential of combining photoacoustic and nuclear imaging modalities through one targeted contrast agent for noninvasive monitoring of drug delivery as well as deep and mineralized tissue imaging.

  16. Synthesis and 11C-Radiolabelling of 2-Carboranyl Benzothiazoles

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    Kiran B. Gona

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Dicarba-closo-dodecaboranes, commonly known as carboranes, possess unique physico-chemical properties and can be used as hydrophobic moieties during the design of new drugs or radiotracers. In this work, we report the synthesis of two analogues of 2-(4-aminophenylbenzothiazole (a compound that was found to elicit pronounced inhibitory effects against certain breast cancer cell lines in vitro in which the phenyl ring has been substituted by a m-carborane cage. Two different synthetic strategies have been used. For the preparation of 1-(9-amino-1,7-dicarba-closo-dodecaboran-1-yl-benzo-thiazole, the benzothiazole group was first introduced on one of the cluster carbon atoms of m-carborane and the amine group was further attached in three steps. For the synthesis of 1-(9-amino-1,7-dicarba-closo-dodecaboran-1-yl-6-hydroxybenzothiazole, iodination was performed before introducing the benzothiazole group, and the amino group was subsequently introduced in six steps. Both compounds were radiolabelled with carbon-11 using [11C]CH3OTf as the labelling agent. Radiolabelling yields and radiochemical purities achieved should enable subsequent in vitro and in vivo investigations.

  17. Gallium-68: chemistry and radiolabeled peptides exploring different oncogenic pathways.

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    Morgat, Clément; Hindié, Elif; Mishra, Anil K; Allard, Michèle; Fernandez, Philippe

    2013-03-01

    Abstract Early and specific tumor detection and also therapy selection and response evaluation are some challenges of personalized medicine. This calls for high sensitive and specific molecular imaging such as positron emission tomography (PET). The use of peptides for PET molecular imaging has undeniable advantages: possibility of targeting through peptide-receptor interaction, small size and low-molecular weight conferring good penetration in the tissue or at cellular level, low toxicity, no antigenicity, and possibility of wide choice for radiolabeling. Among β(+)-emitter radioelements, Gallium-68 is a very attractive positron-emitter compared with carbon-11 or fluorine-18 taking into account its easy production via a (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator and well established radiochemistry. Gallium-68 chemistry is based on well-defined coordination complexes with macrocycle or chelates having strong binding properties, particularly suitable for linking peptides that allow resistance to in vivo transchelation of the metal ion. Understanding specific and nonspecific molecular mechanisms involved in oncogenesis is one major key to develop new molecular imaging tools. The present review focuses on peptide signaling involved in different oncogenic pathways. This peptide signalization might be common for tumoral and non-tumoral processes or could be specific of an oncological process. This review describes gallium chemistry and different (68)Ga-radiolabeled peptides already in use or under development aiming at developing molecular PET imaging of different oncological processes.

  18. Evidence of melatonin synthesis in the ram reproductive tract.

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    Gonzalez-Arto, M; Hamilton, T R dos S; Gallego, M; Gaspar-Torrubia, E; Aguilar, D; Serrano-Blesa, E; Abecia, J A; Pérez-Pé, R; Muiño-Blanco, T; Cebrián-Pérez, J A; Casao, A

    2016-01-01

    Melatonin is a ubiquitous molecule found in a wide range of fluids, one of them being ram seminal plasma, in which it can reach higher concentrations than those found in blood, suggesting an extrapineal secretion by the reproductive tract. In order to identify the source of the melatonin found in ram seminal plasma, we first tried to determine whether the melatonin levels were maintained during the day. For this purpose, melatonin concentrations were measured in seminal plasma obtained from first ejaculates of six rams at 6:00 a.m. in total darkness, at 10:00 a.m. and at 14:00 p.m. The melatonin concentration was higher (p ram testes, epididymis, and accessory glands. The RT-PCR showed the presence of the m-RNA codifying both AANAT and ASTM in all the tissues under study, but the q-PCR and Western-blot revealed that gene expression of these enzymes was significantly higher in the testis (p ram seminal plasma, at least during the day.

  19. Modeling rammed earth wall using discrete element method

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    Bui, T.-T.; Bui, Q.-B.; Limam, A.; Morel, J.-C.

    2016-03-01

    Rammed earth is attracting renewed interest throughout the world thanks to its "green" characteristics in the context of sustainable development. Several research studies have thus recently been carried out to investigate this material. Some of them attempted to simulate the rammed earth's mechanical behavior by using analytical or numerical models. Most of these studies assumed that there was a perfect cohesion at the interface between earthen layers. This hypothesis proved to be acceptable for the case of vertical loading, but it could be questionable for horizontal loading. To address this problem, discrete element modeling seems to be relevant to simulate a rammed earth wall. To our knowledge, no research has been conducted thus far using discrete element modeling to study a rammed earth wall. This paper presents an assessment of the discrete element modeling's robustness for rammed earth walls. Firstly, a brief description of the discrete element modeling is presented. Then the parameters necessary for discrete element modeling of the material law of the earthen layers and their interfaces law following the Mohr-Coulomb model with a tension cut-off and post-peak softening were given. The relevance of the model and the material parameters were assessed by comparing them with experimental results from the literature. The results showed that, in the case of vertical loading, interfaces did not have an important effect. In the case of diagonal loading, model with interfaces produced better results. Interface characteristics can vary from 85 to 100% of the corresponding earthen layer's characteristics.

  20. Ram pressure induced star formation in Abell 3266

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    Bonsall, Brittany

    An X-ray observation of the merging galaxy cluster Abell 3266 was obtained via the ROSAT PSPC. This information, along with spectroscopic data from the WIde-field Nearby Galaxy-clusters Survey (i.e. WINGS), were used to investigate whether ram pressure is a mechanism that influences star formation. Galaxies exhibiting ongoing star formation are identified by the presence of strong Balmer lines (Hbeta), known to correspond to early type stars. Older galaxies where a rapid increase in star formation has recently ceased, known as E+A galaxies, are identified by strong Hbeta absorption coupled with little to no [OII] emission. The correlation between recent star formation and "high" ram pressure, as defined by Kapferer et al. (2009) as ≥ 5 x 10-11 dyn cm-2, was tested and lead to a contradiction of the previously held belief that ram pressure influences star formation on the global cluster scale.

  1. Scintigraphic detection of pulmonary aspergillosis in rabbits with a radiolabeled leukotriene b4 antagonist.

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    Eerd-Vismale, J.E.M. van; Rennen, H.J.J.M.; Oyen, W.J.G.; Harris, T.D.; Edwards, D.S.; Corstens, F.H.M.; Boerman, O.C.

    2004-01-01

    Radiolabeled chemotactic peptides have been studied for their applicability to the visualization of infectious and inflammatory foci. Because a radiolabeled leukotriene B4 (LTB4) antagonist allowed visualization of intramuscular E. coli abscesses in rabbits within a few hours after injection, we dec

  2. 'Click for PET' : click chemistry as a tool for [18F] radiolabelling

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    Campbell-Verduyn, Lachlan Schuyler

    2012-01-01

    ‘Click’ voor PET: ‘Click’ chemie als gereedschap voor [18F]-radiolabeling Dit proefschrift onderzoekt de applicatie van ‘click’ chemie op het gebied van [18F]-radiolabeling voor positronemissietomografie, een nucleaire beeldvormingstechniek. In de radiochemie bestaan een aantal unieke uitdagingen: e

  3. Rapid and simple determination of delivery after iontophoretic and pressure injections of radiolabeled tracer substances

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    Imai, H.; Steindler, D.A.; Kitai, S.T. (Michigan State Univ., East Lansing (USA))

    1983-04-01

    A fluorographic method is described using X-ray film analysis for the determination of delivery of radiolabeled tracer substances both in Agar plates and in tissue sections. This method is most useful in neuroanatomical autoradiographic studies for providing rapid identification of delivery, placement and extent of an injection site after iontophoresis or pressure injections of radiolabeled axonal tracer substances.

  4. La Palabra de Ramón Frediani: Las Retenciones

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    Marcelo Coser

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available En el marco del programa "Prisma Económico" del Instituto de Economía y Finanzas (IEF, Marcelo Coser, su conductor, consulta al Profesor Ramón Osvaldo Frediani, docente de la asignatura “Economía Regional y Urbana” e investigadordel Instituto. Durante la nota, Ramón Frediani nos da sus conceptos sobre las debatidas retenciones y los propósitos que éstas persiguen, brindando su visión respecto al accionar del Gobierno Nacional.

  5. Further Insights into Brevetoxin Metabolism by de Novo Radiolabeling

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    Kevin Calabro

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis, responsible for early harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, produces many secondary metabolites, including potent neurotoxins called brevetoxins (PbTx. These compounds have been identified as toxic agents for humans, and they are also responsible for the deaths of several marine organisms. The overall biosynthesis of these highly complex metabolites has not been fully ascertained, even if there is little doubt on a polyketide origin. In addition to gaining some insights into the metabolic events involved in the biosynthesis of these compounds, feeding studies with labeled precursors helps to discriminate between the de novo biosynthesis of toxins and conversion of stored intermediates into final toxic products in the response to environmental stresses. In this context, the use of radiolabeled precursors is well suited as it allows working with the highest sensitive techniques and consequently with a minor amount of cultured dinoflagellates. We were then able to incorporate [U-14C]-acetate, the renowned precursor of the polyketide pathway, in several PbTx produced by K. brevis. The specific activities of PbTx-1, -2, -3, and -7, identified by High-Resolution Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometer (HRESIMS, were assessed by HPLC-UV and highly sensitive Radio-TLC counting. We demonstrated that working at close to natural concentrations of acetate is a requirement for biosynthetic studies, highlighting the importance of highly sensitive radiolabeling feeding experiments. Quantification of the specific activity of the four, targeted toxins led us to propose that PbTx-1 and PbTx-2 aldehydes originate from oxidation of the primary alcohols of PbTx-7 and PbTx-3, respectively. This approach will open the way for a better comprehension of the metabolic pathways leading to PbTx but also to a better understanding of their regulation by environmental factors.

  6. Tissue distribution of radiolabeled phosphatidylserine-containing liposome in mice

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    Borborema, Samanta E.T.; Nascimento, Nanci do [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Biotecnologia], e-mail: samanta@usp.br, e-mail: nnascime@ipen.br; Andrade Junior, Heitor F. de [Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo (IMTSP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)], e-mail: hfandrad@usp.br; Osso Junior, Joao A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Radiofarmacia], e-mail: jaosso@ipen.br

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    Liposomes are used as drug delivery systems to modify pharmacokinetic of drugs and also to improve their action in target cells. Liposomes containing phosphatidylserine are efficiently eliminated from the blood by cells of the mononuclear phagocytic system (MPS), predominantly Kupffer cells in the liver. In this way, this is a valuable approach to treat infectious diseases involving MPS, especially leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis is a severe parasitic disease, caused by intramacrophage protozoa Leishmania sp., and is fatal if left untreated. Leishmania resides mainly in the liver and the spleen. Antileishmanial agents containing-liposomes showed more effective therapies with reduction of toxicity and adverse side effects. The purpose of this study was to investigate the tissue distribution of radioactive meglumine antimoniate encapsulated in phosphatidylserine-containing liposome. Meglumine antimoniate was neutron irradiated inside the IEA-R1 nuclear reactor to produce antimony radiotracers, {sup 122}Sb and {sup 124}Sb, and encapsulated in liposome. Healthy mice received a single intraperitoneal dose of the radiolabeled drug. Analysis of the mean radioactive tissue concentration-time data curves showed that liver and spleen had the highest levels of radioactivity. In addition these levels of drug remained for more than 48 hours. The dominant route of elimination was via biliary excretion with slow rate. Small fraction of the drug was found in the kidneys with very fast elimination. In conclusion, the phosphatidylserine-containing liposome showed to be a very useful tool to target antileishmanial agents to MPS and to sustain the drug levels for longer times. Besides, radiolabeled liposome is the easiest approach to perform biodistribution evaluation. (author)

  7. Specific endothelial binding and tumor uptake of radiolabeled angiostatin

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    Lee, Kyung-Han; Song, Sung Hee; Paik, Jin-Young; Byun, Sang Sung; Lee, Sang-Yoon; Choe, Yearn Seong; Kim, Byung-Tae [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwondong, Kangnamgu, Seoul (Korea)

    2003-07-01

    Angiostatin (AS) is a potent antiangiogenic agent which inhibits tumor growth through specific action on proliferating endothelial cells. Imaging of radiolabeled AS would enhance our knowledge on the pharmacokinetics of AS and might provide useful information relating to tumor neovasculature. We therefore investigated the potential of radiolabeled AS as a novel tumor imaging agent. Human angiostatin was radioiodine labeled using the lactoperoxidase method. Competition binding studies showed a dose-dependent inhibition of {sup 125}I-AS binding to endothelial cells by excess unlabeled AS, and a displacement curve demonstrated that specific binding was dose dependent and saturable, with a K{sub d} value of 169 nM. Gel analysis showed that {sup 125}I-AS remained stable in serum for up to 24 h without significant degradation. Intravenously injected {sup 125}I-AS in rats was cleared from the blood in an exponential fashion. Biodistribution data from human colon cancer-bearing Balb/C nude mice showed high uptake in the kidneys, stomach, liver, and lungs. Tumor uptake was 3.2{+-}0.7, 2.6{+-}0.2, and 1.7{+-}0.2%ID/g at 2, 4, and 9 h after injection, respectively. Tumor to muscle count ratio increased from 3.1{+-}0.5 at 2 h to 4.4{+-}0.5 at 9 h. Serial scintigraphy from 1 to 5 h after {sup 123}I-AS injection demonstrated high uptake in the kidneys and bladder, consistent with renal excretion. There was clear demarcation of tumor by 1 h, with gradual increase in contrast over time (4-h tumor to contralateral thigh ratio =4.7{+-}1.1). Thus, radioiodine-labeled angiostatin binds specifically to endothelial cells and has potential as a novel tumor imaging agent. (orig.)

  8. Renal toxicity of radiolabeled peptides and antibody fragments: mechanisms, impact on radionuclide therapy, and strategies for prevention.

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    Vegt, E. de; Jong, M. de; Wetzels, J.F.M.; Masereeuw, R.; Melis, M.; Oyen, W.J.G.; Gotthardt, M.; Boerman, O.C.

    2010-01-01

    Peptide-receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) with radiolabeled somatostatin analogs such as octreotide is an effective therapy against neuroendocrine tumors. Other radiolabeled peptides and antibody fragments are under investigation. Most of these compounds are cleared through the kidneys and reabso

  9. Renal toxicity of radiolabeled peptides and antibody fragments: Mechanisms, impact on radionuclide therapy, and strategies for prevention

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    E. Vegt (Erik); M. de Jong (Marion); J.F.M. Wetzels (Jack); R. Masereeuw (Rosalinde); M.L. Melis (Marleen); W.J. Oyen (Wim); M. Gotthardt (Martin); O.C. Boerman (Otto)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractPeptide-receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) with radiolabeled somatostatin analogs such as octreotide is an effective therapy against neuroendocrine tumors. Other radiolabeled peptides and antibody fragments are under investigation. Most of these compounds are cleared through the kidney

  10. Windsock memory conditioned RAM (Co-Ram) pressure effect: forced reconnection in the Earth's magnetotail

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    Vörös, Z; Khodachenko, M; Honkonen, I; Janhunen, P; Palmroth, M

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic reconnection (MR) is a key physical concept explaining the addition of magnetic flux to the magnetotail and closed flux lines back-motion to the dayside magnetosphere. This scenario elaborated by \\citet{dung63}, can explain many aspects of solar wind-magnetosphere interaction processes, including substorms. However, neither the Dungey model nor its numerous modifications were able to explain fully the onset conditions for MR in the tail. In this paper, we introduce new onset conditions for forced MR in the tail. We call our scenario the "windsock memory conditioned ram pressure effect". Our non-flux-transfer associated forcing is introduced by a combination of large-scale windsock motions exhibiting memory effects and solar wind dynamic pressure actions on the nightside magnetopause during northward oriented IMF. Using global MHD GUMICS-4 simulation results, upstream data from WIND, magnetosheath data from Cluster-1 and distant-tail data from the two-probe ARTEMIS mission, we show that the simultaneo...

  11. Minsk ja RAM 7 / Evelyn Müürsepp

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    Müürsepp, Evelyn

    2005-01-01

    Minskis toimunud RAM 7-st (Reapproaching New Media. Models of Collaboration / Ümberhinnates uut meediat. Koostöömudelid". Korraldajad Tatjana Dushina ja Denis Romanovski üritavad luua uue meedia keskust Valgevene kunstiakadeemiasse. Eestit esindasid Evelin Müürsepp ja John Grzinich (modereeris vabade ülikoolide kursust). Osalemisest fotomängus "FotoOhota"

  12. Embodied energy in cement stabilised rammed earth walls

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    Venkatarama Reddy, B.V.; Prasanna Kumar, P. [Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012 (India)

    2010-03-15

    Rammed earth walls are low carbon emission and energy efficient alternatives to load bearing walls. Large numbers of rammed earth buildings have been constructed in the recent past across the globe. This paper is focused on embodied energy in cement stabilised rammed earth (CSRE) walls. Influence of soil grading, density and cement content on compaction energy input has been monitored. A comparison between energy content of cement and energy in transportation of materials, with that of the actual energy input during rammed earth compaction in the actual field conditions and the laboratory has been made. Major conclusions of the investigations are (a) compaction energy increases with increase in clay fraction of the soil mix and it is sensitive to density of the CSRE wall, (b) compaction energy varies between 0.033 MJ/m{sup 3} and 0.36 MJ/m{sup 3} for the range of densities and cement contents attempted, (c) energy expenditure in the compaction process is negligible when compared to energy content of the cement and (d) total embodied energy in CSRE walls increases linearly with the increase in cement content and is in the range of 0.4-0.5 GJ/m{sup 3} for cement content in the rage of 6-8%. (author)

  13. Detecting danger labels with RAM-based neural networks

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    Jørgensen, T.M.; Christensen, S.S.; Andersen, A.W.

    1996-01-01

    An image processing system for the automatic location of danger labels on the back of containers is presented. The system uses RAM-based neural networks to locate and classify labels after a pre-processing step involving specially designed non-linear edge filters and RGB-to-HSV conversion. Results...

  14. Seasonal variation in semen quality of Dorper rams using different ...

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    2014-02-08

    Feb 8, 2014 ... 2 Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences, ... semen wave motion, sperm motility, sperm cell concentration, sperm ... sheep numbers in South Africa, but also realises superior prices at sales and auctions (Milne, 2000; ..... Possibly the rams had become accustomed to the stress inflicted by ...

  15. Architecture of the sperm whale forehead facilitates ramming combat

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    Olga Panagiotopoulou

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was inspired by historical instances in which large sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus L. sank 19th century whaling ships by ramming them with their foreheads. The immense forehead of sperm whales is possibly the largest, and one of the strangest, anatomical structures in the animal kingdom. It contains two large oil-filled compartments, known as the “spermaceti organ” and “junk,” that constitute up to one-quarter of body mass and extend one-third of the total length of the whale. Recognized as playing an important role in echolocation, previous studies have also attributed the complex structural configuration of the spermaceti organ and junk to acoustic sexual selection, acoustic prey debilitation, buoyancy control, and aggressive ramming. Of these additional suggested functions, ramming remains the most controversial, and the potential mechanical roles of the structural components of the spermaceti organ and junk in ramming remain untested. Here we explore the aggressive ramming hypothesis using a novel combination of structural engineering principles and probabilistic simulation to determine if the unique structure of the junk significantly reduces stress in the skull during quasi-static impact. Our analyses indicate that the connective tissue partitions in the junk reduce von Mises stresses across the skull and that the load-redistribution functionality of the former is insensitive to moderate variation in tissue material parameters, the thickness of the partitions, and variations in the location and angle of the applied load. Absence of the connective tissue partitions increases skull stresses, particularly in the rostral aspect of the upper jaw, further hinting of the important role the architecture of the junk may play in ramming events. Our study also found that impact loads on the spermaceti organ generate lower skull stresses than an impact on the junk. Nevertheless, whilst an impact on the

  16. BOARD-LEVEL BUILT-IN SELF-REPAIR METHOD OF RAM

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    Dou Yanjie; Zhan Huiqin; Chen Yakun; Shang Hongliang

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the method of built-in self-repairing of RAM on board,designs hardware circuit,and logic for the RAM's faults self-repairing system based on FPGA.The key technology is that it utilizes FPGA to test RAM according to some algorithm to find out failure memory units and replace the faulty units with FPGA.Then it can build a memory that has no fault concern to external controller,and realizes the logic binding between external controller and RAM.Micro Controller Unit (MCU) can operate external RAM correctly even if RAM has some fault address units.Conventional MCS-51 is used to simulate the operation of MCU operating external memory.Simulation shows FPGA can complete the faulty address units' mapping and MCU can normally read and write external RAM.This design realizes the RAM's built-in self-repairing on board.

  17. Penicillamine prevents ram sperm agglutination in media that support capacitation.

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    Leahy, T; Rickard, J P; Aitken, R J; de Graaf, S P

    2016-02-01

    Ram spermatozoa are difficult to capacitate in vitro. Here we describe a further complication, the unreported phenomenon of head-to-head agglutination of ram spermatozoa following dilution in the capacitation medium Tyrodes plus albumin, lactate and pyruvate (TALP). Sperm agglutination is immediate, specific and persistent and is not associated with a loss of motility. Agglutination impedes in vitro sperm handling and analysis. So the objectives of this study were to investigate the cause of sperm agglutination and potential agents which may reduce agglutination. The percentage of non-agglutinated, motile spermatozoa increased when bicarbonate was omitted from complete TALP suggesting that bicarbonate ions stimulate the agglutination process. d-penicillamine (PEN), a nucleophilic thiol, was highly effective at reducing agglutination. The inclusion of 250 μM PEN in TALP reduced the incidence of motile, agglutinated spermatozoa from 76.7 ± 2.7% to 2.8 ± 1.4%. It was then assessed if PEN (1 mM) could be included in existing ram sperm capacitation protocols (TALP +1 mM dibutyryl cAMP, caffeine and theophylline) to produce spermatozoa that were simultaneously capacitated and non-agglutinated. This protocol resulted in a sperm population which displayed high levels of tyrosine phosphorylated proteins and lipid disordered membranes (merocyanine-540) while remaining motile, viable, acrosome-intact and non-agglutinated. In summary, PEN (1 mM) can be included in ram sperm capacitation protocols to reduce sperm agglutination and allow for the in vitro assessment of ram sperm capacitation.

  18. Operational advances in ring current modeling using RAM-SCB

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    Welling, Daniel T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jordanova, Vania K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Zaharia, Sorin G [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Morley, Steven K [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-12-03

    The Ring current Atmosphere interaction Model with Self-Consistently calculated 3D Magnetic field (RAM-SCB) combines a kinetic model of the ring current with a force-balanced model of the magnetospheric magnetic field to create an inner magnetospheric model that is magnetically self consistent. RAM-SCB produces a wealth of outputs that are valuable to space weather applications. For example, the anisotropic particle distribution of the KeV-energy population calculated by the code is key for predicting surface charging on spacecraft. Furthermore, radiation belt codes stand to benefit substantially from RAM-SCB calculated magnetic field values and plasma wave growth rates - both important for determining the evolution of relativistic electron populations. RAM-SCB is undergoing development to bring these benefits to the space weather community. Data-model validation efforts are underway to assess the performance of the system. 'Virtual Satellite' capability has been added to yield satellite-specific particle distribution and magnetic field output. The code's outer boundary is being expanded to 10 Earth Radii to encompass previously neglected geosynchronous orbits and allow the code to be driven completely by either empirical or first-principles based inputs. These advances are culminating towards a new, real-time version of the code, rtRAM-SCB, that can monitor the inner magnetosphere conditions on both a global and spacecraft-specific level. This paper summarizes these new features as well as the benefits they provide the space weather community.

  19. RAMS管理探究%Research of RAMS Management

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    张文泉

    2013-01-01

    Set out the basic meaning and interpret of resource-saved and environment-friendlysociety, RAMS(Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) and its news deviloping which is form section of Total Quality Management(TQM). It sho-uld stand height pay close attention tothe theory and method of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety(RAMS). Based on develops of recycle economy, low carbon economy, theoty, methods and management of RAMS has attracted broad attention with increase of serious environmental and climate deterioration. Thus based on the know and study of writer this paper introduces definition of Reliability Availability Maintainability and Safety, discusses the theoty, methods and management of RAMS, inquire into the utilize of theoty, methodsof RAMS in Engineering Management.%从建设资源节约型、环境友好型社会、发展低碳经济、循环经济的内涵与意义出发,RAMS理论方法与管理作为全面质量管理的组成部分及其新进展,大有用武之地,并引起高度重视。基于低碳经济、循环经济的不断发展, RAMS理论方法与管理更具理论和实际意义,从而受到广泛关注。为此,本文以作者的粗浅认识与初步研究为基础,首先介绍可靠性(Reliability)、可用性(Availability)、维修性(Maintainability)与安全性(Safety)的定义内涵及其密切关系,然后探讨RAMS管理的组成内容与实际应用。

  20. RAM: a Relativistic Adaptive Mesh Refinement Hydrodynamics Code

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    Zhang, Wei-Qun; /KIPAC, Menlo Park; MacFadyen, Andrew I.; /Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study

    2005-06-06

    The authors have developed a new computer code, RAM, to solve the conservative equations of special relativistic hydrodynamics (SRHD) using adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) on parallel computers. They have implemented a characteristic-wise, finite difference, weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) scheme using the full characteristic decomposition of the SRHD equations to achieve fifth-order accuracy in space. For time integration they use the method of lines with a third-order total variation diminishing (TVD) Runge-Kutta scheme. They have also implemented fourth and fifth order Runge-Kutta time integration schemes for comparison. The implementation of AMR and parallelization is based on the FLASH code. RAM is modular and includes the capability to easily swap hydrodynamics solvers, reconstruction methods and physics modules. In addition to WENO they have implemented a finite volume module with the piecewise parabolic method (PPM) for reconstruction and the modified Marquina approximate Riemann solver to work with TVD Runge-Kutta time integration. They examine the difficulty of accurately simulating shear flows in numerical relativistic hydrodynamics codes. They show that under-resolved simulations of simple test problems with transverse velocity components produce incorrect results and demonstrate the ability of RAM to correctly solve these problems. RAM has been tested in one, two and three dimensions and in Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. they have demonstrated fifth-order accuracy for WENO in one and two dimensions and performed detailed comparison with other schemes for which they show significantly lower convergence rates. Extensive testing is presented demonstrating the ability of RAM to address challenging open questions in relativistic astrophysics.

  1. Radiolabeling of liposomes and polymeric micelles with PET-isotopes

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    Ingemann Jensen, A.T.

    2013-06-01

    This thesis is divided into three separate chapters that can be read independently. Chapter 1 is a general introduction, touching upon liposomes and polymeric micelles and radiolabeling with 18F and 64Cu. Chapter 2 and 3 address two separate research projects, each described below. A complete reference list is compiled in the end, immediately after the three chapters. This is followed by the supplementary information, divided into appropriate sections. Finally, the two first-authored manuscripts are attached as appendices. Chapter 1. The field of nanoparticulate drug delivery has been hailed as a revolution in modern therapeutics, especially in chemotherapy. A major reason is the ability of nanoparticles to accumulate in tumor tissue. Liposomes are the classic nanoparticle, consisting of a lipid membrane with an aqueous core. Polymeric micelles are made from amphiphilic detergent-like copolymers, that self-assemble in water. Therapy with nanoparticles is hampered by often poor tumor accumulation, combined with massive uptake by macrophages in the liver and spleen. For this reason, visualizing nanoparticle pharmacokinetics in-vivo is a valuable tool in the on-going research. Such visualization can be done by labeling with radio isotopes. Isotopes that emit positrons (PET-isotopes) can be detected by PET (positron emission tomography) technology, an accurate technique that has gained popularity in recent years. PET-isotopes of interest include 18F and 64Cu. In addition to being a research tool, radiolabeled nanoparticles hold promise as a radiopharmaceutical in themselves, as a means of imaging tumor tissue, aiding in diagnosis and surgery. Chapter 2. A method for labeling liposomes with 18F (97% positron decay, T = 110 min) was investigated. 18F is widely available, but is hampered by a short half-life only allowing up to 8 hours scans. 18F must be covalently attached to components of the liposome. By binding to a lipid, it can be stably lodged in the membrane. A

  2. Osteomyelitis diagnosis by {sup 99m}Tc radiolabeled aptamers

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    Santos, S.R.; Ferreira, I.M.; Andrade, A.S.R., E-mail: sararoberta7@hotmail.com, E-mail: imendesf@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: antero@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Barros, A.L.B.; Cardoso, V.N.; Diniz, O.F., E-mail: brancodebarros@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: valbertcardoso@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: simoneodilia@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Farmacia. Departamento de Analises Clinicas e Toxicologicas

    2015-07-01

    Osteomyelitis, which is characterized by progressive inflammatory destruction and new opposition of bone, is still a difficult infection to treat. The clinical diagnosis in late stages is achieved easily, but an early diagnosis is more challenging. Staphylococcus aureus is a common agent found in osteomyelitis and bone prostheses infection. Diagnosis by scintigraphy has advantages because it is a non-invasive procedure and is able to perform an early diagnosis even before anatomic changes. Thus, nuclear medicine could contribute to an accurate diagnosis since specific radiopharmaceuticals were developed. In this study, aptamers selected to Staphylococcus aureus were labeled with {sup 99m}Tc and used for bacteria identification in an osteomyelitis experimental model. The aptamers selected to S. aureus were directly labelled with {sup 99m}Tc and were evaluated by biodistribution studies. Wistar rats with intraosseous infection in the right paw were used. A random aptamer labelled with {sup 99m}Tc was as control. Six animals were used in each group. The aptamers labeled with {sup 99m}Tc were able to identify the infection foci caused by S. aureus displaying a target/non-target ratio of 2,23 ± 0,20, after 3 h. The control group presented a target/non-target ratio 1,08 ± 0.23. The results indicated that the radiolabeled aptamers were able to identify specifically the infection foci and they should be further explored for infection diagnosis by scintigraphy. (author)

  3. Optimized procedures for manganese-52: Production, separation and radiolabeling

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    Fonslet, Jesper; Tietze, Sabrina; Jensen, Andreas Tue Ingemann

    2017-01-01

    Pressed chromium-powder cyclotron targets were irradiated with 16MeV protons, producing 52Mn with average yields of 6.2±0.8MBq/µAh. Separation by solid-phase anion exchange from ethanol-HCl mixtures recovered 94.3±1.7% of 52Mn and reduced the chromium content by a factor of 2.2±0.4×105. An additi......Pressed chromium-powder cyclotron targets were irradiated with 16MeV protons, producing 52Mn with average yields of 6.2±0.8MBq/µAh. Separation by solid-phase anion exchange from ethanol-HCl mixtures recovered 94.3±1.7% of 52Mn and reduced the chromium content by a factor of 2.......2±0.4×105. An additional AG 1-X8 column was used to remove copper, iron, cobalt and zinc impurities from the prepared 52Mn in 8M HCl. The macrocyclic chelator DOTA was rapidly radiolabeled with 52Mn in aq. ammonium acetate (pH 7.5R.T.) with a radiochemical yield >99% within 1min and was stable for >2 days in bovine serum....... The improved separation and purification methodology facilitates the use of 52Mn in basic science and preclinical investigations....

  4. Radiolabeled Cetuximab Conjugates for EGFR Targeted Cancer Diagnostics and Therapy

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR has evolved over years into a main molecular target for the treatment of different cancer entities. In this regard, the anti-EGFR antibody cetuximab has been approved alone or in combination with: (a chemotherapy for treatment of colorectal and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and (b with external radiotherapy for treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The conjugation of radionuclides to cetuximab in combination with the specific targeting properties of this antibody might increase its therapeutic efficiency. This review article gives an overview of the preclinical studies that have been performed with radiolabeled cetuximab for imaging and/or treatment of different tumor models. A particularly promising approach seems to be the treatment with therapeutic radionuclide-labeled cetuximab in combination with external radiotherapy. Present data support an important impact of the tumor micromilieu on treatment response that needs to be further validated in patients. Another important challenge is the reduction of nonspecific uptake of the radioactive substance in metabolic organs like liver and radiosensitive organs like bone marrow and kidneys. Overall, the integration of diagnosis, treatment and monitoring as a theranostic approach appears to be a promising strategy for improvement of individualized cancer treatment.

  5. Radiolabelled leukocytes for imaging inflammation: how radiochemistry affects clinical use.

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    Ballinger, J R; Gnanasegaran, G

    2005-12-01

    Indium-111((111)In)-labelled leukocytes were introduced for imaging inflammation about 25 years ago. A few years later methods to label leukocytes with Technetium-99m ((99m)Tc) were developed, but the two radiolabels cannot be used interchangeably. The amount of radioactivity which can be administered with (111)In is low, because of its 67-h half-life and associated radiation dose. This results in low count density in images. However, (111)In labelling is very stable, with binding to intracellular macromolecules and particulates, and there is minimal urinary or faecal excretion. In contrast, (99m)Tc has a half-life of 6 h and can be administered in higher doses, resulting in improved image quality. However, (99m)Tc labelling is less stable because the trapped form is soluble and there is excretion of (99m)Tc through both the kidneys and intestine, which limits imaging of disease in the abdomen except at early times. There is interest in extending inflammation imaging to PET. Although leukocytes can be labelled with (18)F-FDG, its half-life and stability are not optimal and radiometals such as Copper-64 are being evaluated. Despite the laborious nature of leukocyte labelling, it has yet to be replaced by direct injection agents.

  6. Technetium-99m direct radiolabeling of Lanreotide: a Somatostatin analog

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    Pervez, Shahid; Mushtaq, A. E-mail: pinstech@paknet2.ptc.pk; Arif, Muhammad

    2001-11-01

    Lanreotide, a synthetic octapeptide analog of a native hormone somatostatin, was labeled with a commonly available, inexpensive radionuclide {sup 99m}Tc. Labeling was accomplished by reduction of the cysteine bridge, which provided sulfhydryl groups for chelation with {sup 99m}Tc. Stannous chloride was used as reducing agent, while tartrate acted as transchelating agent. Lanreotide (100 {mu}g), stannous chloride dihydrate (100 {mu}g) and tartaric acid (64 {mu}g) were dissolved in acetate/acetic acid buffer (pH 2.8). After overnight ({approx}18 h) incubation, {approx}444 MBq (12 mCi) {sup 99m}Tc was added and kept in boiling water for 30 min. More than 97% labeling efficiency was confirmed by RP-HPLC, ITLC-SG and C{sub 18} cartridge analysis. Radiolabeling results in one major peak when analyzed by reverse-phase HPLC. The stability of the {sup 99m}Tc-peptide bond was evaluated by cysteine challenge studies.

  7. Radiolabelled peptides and monoclonal antibodies for therapy decision making in inflammatory diseases

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    Malviya, G.; Signore, A.; Lagana, B.; Dierckx, R. A.

    2008-01-01

    Radiolabelled peptides and monoclonal antibodies are an emerging class of radiopharmaceuticals for imaging inflammation with clinical implications for several chronic inflammatory disorders for diagnosis, therapy decision making and follow up. In the last decades, a number of novel monoclonal antibo

  8. The role of radiolabeled anti-TNFα monoclonal antibodies for diagnostic purposes and therapy evaluation

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    Glaudemans, A. W.J.M.; Dierckx, R. A.J.O.; Kallenberg, C. G.M.; Anzola Fuentes, K. L.

    2010-01-01

    Radiolabelled cytokines and monoclonal antibodies are an emerging class of radiopharmaceuticals for imaging inflammation. These radiopharmaceuticals bind to their targets with high affinity and specificity and therefore have excellent diagnostic potential for imaging of patients with chronic inflamm

  9. Radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies for imaging and therapy: Potential, problems, and prospects: Scientific highlights

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    Srivastava, S.C.; Buraggi, G.L.

    1986-01-01

    This meeting focused on areas of research on radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies. Topics covered included the production, purification, and fragmentation of monoclonal antibodies and immunochemistry of hybridomas; the production and the chemistry of radionuclides; the radiohalogenation and radiometal labeling techniques; the in-vivo pharmacokinetics of radiolabeled antibodies; the considerations of immunoreactivity of radiolabeled preparations; the instrumentation and imaging techniques as applied to radioimmunodetection; the radiation dosimetry in diagnostic and therapeutic use of labeled antibodies; the radioimmunoscintigraphy and radioimmunotherapy studies; and perspectives and directions for future research. Tutorial as well as scientific lectures describing the latest research data on the above topics were presented. Three workshop panels were convened on ''Methods for Determining Immunoreactivity of Radiolabeled Monoclonal Antibodies - Problems and Pitfalls,'' Radiobiological and Dosimetric Considerations for Immunotherapy with Labeled Antibodies,'' and ''The Human Anti-Mouse Antibody Response in Patients.''

  10. An Efficient and Straightforward Method for Radiolabeling of Nanoparticles with {sup 64}Cu via Click Chemistry

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    Lee, Dong-Eun [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup 580-185 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kwangmeyung [Center for Theragnosis, Biomedical Research Institute, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Sang Hyun [Advanced Radiation Technology Institute, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Jeongeup 580-185 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Radiobiotechnology and Applied Radioisotope Science, Korea University of Science and Technology, Deajeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-01

    Recently, nanoparticles have received a great deal of interest in diagnosis and therapy applications. Since nanoparticles possess intrinsic features that are often required for a drug delivery system and diagnosis, they have potential to be used as platforms for integrating imaging and therapeutic functions, simultaneously. Intrinsic issues that are associated with theranostic nanoparticles, particularly in cancer treatment, include an efficient and straightforward radiolabeling method for understanding the in vivo biodistribution of nanoparticles to reach the tumor region, and monitoring therapeutic responses. Herein, we investigated a facile and highly efficient strategy to prepare radiolabeled nanoparticles with {sup 64}Cu via a strain-promoted azide, i.e., an alkyne cycloaddition strategy, which is often referred to as click chemistry. First, the azide (N3) group, which allows for the preparation of radiolabeled nanoparticles by copper-free click chemistry, was incorporated into glycol chitosan nanoparticles (CNPs). Second, the strained cyclooctyne derivative, dibenzyl cyclooctyne (DBCO) conjugated with a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane- 1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) chelator, was synthesized for preparing the pre-radiolabeled alkyne complex with {sup 64}Cu radionuclide. Following incubation with the {sup 64}Cu-radiolabeled DBCO complex (DBCO-PEG4-Lys-DOTA-{sup 64}Cu with high specific activity, 18.5 GBq/μ mol), the azide-functionalized CNPs were radiolabeled successfully with {sup 64}Cu, with a high radiolabeling efficiency and a high radiolabeling yield (>98%). Importantly, the radiolabeling of CNPs by copper-free click chemistry was accomplished within 30 min, with great efficiency in aqueous conditions. After {sup 64}Cu-CNPs were intravenously administered to tumor-bearing mice, the real time, in vivo biodistribution and tumor-targeting ability of {sup 64}Cu-CNPs were quantitatively evaluated by micro-PET images of tumor-bearing mice. These results

  11. Bioorthogonal chemistry for (68) Ga radiolabelling of DOTA-containing compounds.

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    Evans, Helen L; Carroll, Laurence; Aboagye, Eric O; Spivey, Alan C

    2014-04-01

    Copper-catalysed 'click' chemistry is a highly utilised technique for radiolabelling small molecules and peptides for imaging applications. The usefulness of these reactions falls short, however, when metal catalysis is not a practically viable route; such as when using metal chelates as radioligands. Here, we describe a method for carrying out 'click-type' radiochemistry in the presence of DOTA chelates, by combining (68) Ga radiolabelling techniques with well-established bioorthogonal reactions, which do not rely upon metal catalysis.

  12. Testicular Damage following Testicular Sperm Retrieval: A Ram Model Study

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    Jens Fedder

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible development of histological abnormalities such as fibrosis and microcalcifications after sperm retrieval in a ram model. Fourteen testicles in nine rams were exposed to open biopsy, multiple TESAs, or TESE, and the remaining four testicles were left unoperated on as controls. Three months after sperm retrieval, the testicles were removed, fixed, and cut into 1/2 cm thick slices and systematically put onto a glass plate exposing macroscopic abnormalities. Tissue from abnormal areas was cut into 3 μm sections and stained for histological evaluation. Pathological abnormalities were observed in testicles exposed to sperm retrieval (≥11 of 14 compared to 0 of 4 control testicles. Testicular damage was found independently of the kind of intervention used. Therefore, cryopreservation of excess sperm should be considered while retrieving sperm.

  13. Modelling of composites materials and structures under hydrodynamic ram loading

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    Deletombe, E.

    2013-01-01

    The impact of high speed/high energy projectiles - possibly ballistic ones - and the occurrence of an hydraulic ram (HRAM) event in fuel tanks, constitutes a threat which is often legitimized if not always compulsory to consider for aircraft safety. To prevent from such an eventuality, the impact hardening through armouring the structure is an ultimate solution which is hardly acceptable in aeronautics for obvious mass penalty reasons. The reduction of fuel tanks vulnerability then turns to b...

  14. ON THE STRUCTURES OF RAM-BASED CHINESE CHARACTER LIBRARIES

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    钱培德

    1991-01-01

    The Chinese character library is one of the important data structures in the Chinese information Processing system.The behavior of the whole system depends directly on the reasonableness of design for its structure.This paper expounds the structures of RAM-based Chinese character libraries,static and dynamic ,The paper offers a descriptive method for this behavior and inquires into some algorithms related to the structures mentioned above.

  15. Tracing ram-pressure stripping with warm molecular hydrogen emission

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    Sivanandam, Suresh [Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Rm 101, 50 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3H4 (Canada); Rieke, Marcia J.; Rieke, George H., E-mail: sivanandam@dunlap.utoronto.ca [Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, 933 North Cherry Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)

    2014-12-01

    We use the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph to study four infalling cluster galaxies with signatures of ongoing ram-pressure stripping. H{sub 2} emission is detected in all four, and two show extraplanar H{sub 2} emission. The emission usually has a warm (T ∼ 115-160 K) and a hot (T ∼ 400-600 K) component that is approximately two orders of magnitude less massive than the warm one. The warm component column densities are typically 10{sup 19} to 10{sup 20} cm{sup –2} with masses of 10{sup 6} to 10{sup 8} M {sub ☉}. The warm H{sub 2} is anomalously bright compared with normal star-forming galaxies and therefore may be excited by ram-pressure. In the case of CGCG 97-073, the H{sub 2} is offset from the majority of star formation along the direction of the galaxy's motion in the cluster, suggesting that it is forming in the ram-pressure wake of the galaxy. Another galaxy, NGC 4522, exhibits a warm H{sub 2} tail approximately 4 kpc in length. These results support the hypothesis that H{sub 2} within these galaxies is shock-heated from the interaction with the intracluster medium. Stripping of dust is also a common feature of the galaxies. For NGC 4522, where the distribution of dust at 8 μm is well resolved, knots and ripples demonstrate the turbulent nature of the stripping process. The Hα and 24 μm luminosities show that most of the galaxies have star-formation rates comparable to similar mass counterparts in the field. Finally, we suggest a possible evolutionary sequence primarily related to the strength of ram-pressure that a galaxy experiences to explain the varied results observed in our sample.

  16. The utility of nanowater for ram semen cryopreservation.

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    Murawski, Maciej; Schwarz, Tomasz; Grygier, Joanna; Patkowski, Krzysztof; Oszczęda, Zdzisław; Jelkin, Igor; Kosiek, Anna; Gruszecki, Tomasz M; Szymanowska, Anna; Skrzypek, Tomasz; Zieba, Dorota A; Bartlewski, Pawel M

    2015-05-01

    Nanowater (NW; water declusterized in the low-temperature plasma reactor) has specific physicochemical properties that could increase semen viability after freezing and hence fertility after artificial insemination (AI) procedures. The main goal of this study was to evaluate ram semen quality after freezing in the media containing NW. Ejaculates from 10 rams were divided into two equal parts, diluted in a commercially available semen extender (Triladyl®; MiniTüb GmbH, Tiefenbach, Germany) prepared with deionized water (DW) or NW, and then frozen in liquid nitrogen. Semen samples were examined for sperm motility and morphology using the sperm class analyzer system and light microscopy. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (cryo-SEM) was employed to determine the size of extracellular water crystals in frozen semen samples. Survival time at room temperature, aspartate aminotransferase (AspAT) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) concentrations post-thawing as well as conception/lambing rates after laparoscopic intrauterine AI of 120 ewes were also determined. There were no significant differences between DW and NW groups in sperm progressive motility (26.4 ± 12.2 and 30.8 ± 12.4%) or survival time (266.6 ± 61.3 and 270.9 ± 76.7 min) after thawing and no differences in the percentages of spermatozoa with various morphological defects before or after freezing. There were, however, differences (P ram semen and lamb productivity of inseminated ewes.

  17. Ram-pressure feeding of supermassive black holes

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    Poggianti, Bianca M.; Jaffé, Yara L.; Moretti, Alessia; Gullieuszik, Marco; Radovich, Mario; Tonnesen, Stephanie; Fritz, Jacopo; Bettoni, Daniela; Vulcani, Benedetta; Fasano, Giovanni; Bellhouse, Callum; Hau, George; Omizzolo, Alessandro

    2017-08-01

    When a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy accretes matter, it gives rise to a highly energetic phenomenon: an active galactic nucleus. Numerous physical processes have been proposed to account for the funnelling of gas towards the galactic centre to feed the black hole. There are also several physical processes that can remove gas from a galaxy, one of which is ram-pressure stripping by the hot gas that fills the space between galaxies in galaxy clusters. Here we report that six out of a sample of seven ‘jellyfish’ galaxies—galaxies with long ‘tentacles’ of material that extend for dozens of kiloparsecs beyond the galactic disks—host an active nucleus, and two of them also have galactic-scale ionization cones. The high incidence of nuclear activity among heavily stripped jellyfish galaxies may be due to ram pressure causing gas to flow towards the centre and triggering the activity, or to an enhancement of the stripping caused by energy injection from the active nucleus, or both. Our analysis of the galactic position and velocity relative to the cluster strongly supports the first hypothesis, and puts forward ram pressure as another possible mechanism for feeding the central supermassive black hole with gas.

  18. Measurement and analysis of the water hammer in ram pump

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    W SOBIESKI; D GRYGO; S LIPINSKI

    2016-11-01

    This paper presents the results of experimental research of the phenomena occurring in water ram during a single cycle of its operation. Apart from a brief introduction and description of the test stand and data recording system, the work includes a broad interpretation of the obtained results. Based on the pressure waveforms recorded in two characteristic zones of the device and its detailed analysis, the single cycle of waterram is divided into three main stages: acceleration, pumping, and backflow. The waveforms of phenomena in each of these steps were considered separately. In discussion, some of the issues were supported with additional measurements, including Fourier analysis of signals from the electronic pressure transducers. The main topic ofdiscussion based on the results recorded for the impulse valve, is supplemented by the comments that take into account the results obtained for the impulse valve (flap check valve) and for the others two (self-made) impulse valves. In the final part, in a graphic form presented is the interpretation of the phenomena occurring during one work cycle of water ram. The motivation of this work was to supplement the knowledge concerning the water hammer waveform in ram pump.

  19. Tracing Ram-Pressure Stripping with Warm Molecular Hydrogen Emission

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    Sivanandam, Suresh; Rieke, George H

    2014-01-01

    We use the Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) to study four infalling cluster galaxies with signatures of on-going ram-pressure stripping. H$_2$ emission is detected in all four; two show extraplanar H$_2$ emission. The emission usually has a warm (T $\\sim$ $115 - 160$K) and a hot (T $\\sim$ 400 $-$ 600K) component that is approximately two orders of magnitude less massive than the warm one. The warm component column densities are typically $10^{19} - 10^{20}$ cm$^{-2}$ with masses of $10^6 - 10^8 M_\\odot$. The warm H$_2$ is anomalously bright compared with normal star-forming galaxies and therefore may be excited by ram-pressure. In the case of CGCG 97-073, the H$_2$ is offset from the majority of star formation along the direction of the galaxy's motion in the cluster, suggesting it is forming in the ram-pressure wake of the galaxy. Another galaxy, NGC 4522, exhibits a warm H$_2$ tail approximately 4 kpc in length. These results support the hypothesis that H$_2$ within these galaxies is shock-heated from th...

  20. MapReduce Parallel Cuckoo Hashing and Oblivious RAM Simulations

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    Goodrich, Michael T

    2010-01-01

    We present an efficient algorithm for performing cuckoo hashing in the MapReduce parallel model of computation and we show how this result in turn leads to improved methods for performing data-oblivious RAM simulations. Our contributions involve a number of seemingly unrelated new results, including: a parallel MapReduce cuckoo hashing algorithm that runs in O(log n) time and uses O(n) total work, with very high probability a reduction of data-oblivious simulation of sparse-streaming MapReduce algorithms to oblivious sorting an external-memory data-oblivious sorting algorithm using O((N/B) log^2_(M/B) (N/B)) I/Os constant-memory data-oblivious RAM simulation with O(log^2 n) amortized time overhead, with very high probability, or with expected O(log2 n) amortized time overhead and better constant factors sublinear-memory data-oblivious RAM simulation with O(n^nu) private memory and O(log n) amortized time overhead, with very high probability, for constant nu > 0. This last result is, in fact, the main result o...

  1. Ram pressure statistics for bent tail radio galaxies

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    Mguda, Zolile; van der Heyden, Kurt; Gottlöber, Stefan; Cress, Catherine; Vaisanen, Petri; Yepes, Gustavo

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we use the MareNostrum Universe Simulation, a large scale, hydrodynamic, non-radiative simulation in combination with a simple abundance matching approach to determine the ram pressure statistics for bent radio sources (BRSs). The abundance matching approach allows us to determine the locations of all galaxies with stellar masses $> 10^{11} MSol$ in the simulation volume. Assuming ram pressure exceeding a critical value causes bent morphology, we compute the ratio of all galaxies exceeding the ram pressure limit (RPEX galaxies) relative to all galaxies in our sample. According to our model 50% of the RPEX galaxies at $z = 0$ are found in clusters with masses larger than $10^{14.5}MSol$ the other half resides in lower mass clusters. Therefore, the appearance of bent tail morphology alone does not put tight constraints on the host cluster mass. In low mass clusters, $M 10^{15}Msol$ they can be found at distances up to 1.5Mpc. Only clusters with masses $> 10^{15}MSol $ are likely to host more than...

  2. Studies on Freezing RAM Semen in Absence of Glycerol.

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    Abdelnaby, Abdelhady Abdelhakeam

    1988-12-01

    Glycerol is widely used as a major cryoprotective agent for freezing spermatozoa of almost all species. However, it reduces fertility of sheep inseminated cervically compared with intrauterine insemination. Studies were conducted to develop a method and procedure for freezing ram semen in the absence of glycerol. Post -thaw survival of ram spermatozoa frozen in the absence of glycerol was affected by time and temperature after collection and before dilution and time after dilution and before freezing. Increase in time at 5^ circC before or after dilution and before freezing increased both post-thaw motility and number of cells passing through Sephadex filter. A cold dilution method was developed. Slow cooling of fresh ram semen and diluting at 5^circ C 2-3 hr. after collection, then freezing 1 hr. after dilution improved both post-thaw motility and number of cells passing through Sephadex filter compared with immediate dilution at 30-37^circC after collection and freezing 3-4 hr. later (P synchronization during breeding season resulted in higher heat response and lambing rate than two injections given 10 days apart.

  3. Current status of cancer immunodetection with radiolabeled human monoclonal antibodies.

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    De Jager, R; Abdel-Nabi, H; Serafini, A; Pecking, A; Klein, J L; Hanna, M G

    1993-04-01

    The use of radiolabeled murine monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) for cancer immunodetection has been limited by the development of human antimouse antibodies (HAMA). Human monoclonal antibodies do not elicit a significant human antihuman (HAHA) response. The generation and production of human monoclonal antibodies met with technical difficulties that resulted in delaying their clinical testing. Human monoclonal antibodies of all isotypes have been obtained. Most were immunoglobulin (Ig) M directed against intracellular antigens. Two antibodies, 16.88 (IgM) and 88BV59 (IgG3k), recognize different epitopes on a tumor-associated antigen, CTA 16.88, homologous to cytokeratins 8, 18, and 19. CTA 16.88 is expressed by most epithelial-derived tumors including carcinomas of the colon, pancreas, breast, ovary, and lung. The in vivo targeting by these antibodies is related to their localization in nonnecrotic areas of tumors. Repeated administration of 16.88 over 5 weeks to a cumulative dose of 1,000 mg did not elicit a HAHA response. Two of 53 patients developed a low titer of HAHA 1 to 3 months after a single administration of 88BV59. Planar imaging of colorectal cancer with Iodine-131 (131I)-16.88 was positive in two studies in 9 of 12 and 16 of 20 patients preselected by immunohistochemistry. Tumors less than 2 cm in diameter are usually not detected. The lack of immunogenicity and long tumor residence time (average = 17 days) makes 16.88 a good candidate for therapy. Radioimmunlymphoscintigraphy with indium-111 (111In)-LiLo-16.88 administered by an intramammary route was used in the presurgical staging of primary breast cancer. The negative predictive value of lymph node metastases for tumors less than 3 cm was 90.5%. Planar and single photon emission computed tomography imaging of colorectal carcinoma with technetium-99m (99mTc) 88BV59 was compared with computed tomography (CT) scan in 36 surgical patients. The antibody scan was more sensitive than the CT scan in detecting

  4. In vitro evaluation of radiolabeled aptamers for colon carcinoma diagnosis

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    Correa, C.R.; Ferreira, I.M; Santos, S.R.; Faria, L.S.; Andrade, A.S.R., E-mail: crisrcorrea@gmail.com, E-mail: antero@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Goes, A.M., E-mail: goes@icb.ufmg.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Inst. de Ciencias Biologicas. Dept. de Imunologia e Bioquimica

    2013-07-01

    Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, representing a major public health problem worldwide. Colorectal cancers accounts around 8% of all deaths for cancer in 2008, is the fourth most lethal. Many colorectal cancer markers, such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), A33, and CSA-p, have been studied as the therapeutic targets in preclinical or clinical settings. CEA is a complex intracellular glycoprotein produced by about 90% of colorectal cancers. Since its discovery in 1965, a very large number of studies have been carried out to determine the effectiveness of CEA as clinically useful tumor markers. Aptamers are short single-stranded nucleic acid oligomers (DNA or RNA) that can form specific and complex three-dimensional structures which can bind with high affinity to specific targets, they are functionally equivalent of antibodies. Aptamers have the advantage of being highly specific, relatively small size, and non-immunogenic. The aim of this study was develop anti-CEA aptamers for use as imaging agents. The aptamers are obtained through by SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment), in which aptamers are selected from a library of random sequences of synthetic DNA by repetitive binding of the oligonucleotides to target molecule. These aptamers were confirmed to have affinity and specific binding for T84 cell line (target cell), showed by fluorescence microscopic images. Individual aptamers sequences that bound T84 cells were {sup 32}P-radiolabeled and incubated at different concentrations on cell monolayers, to monitor the aptamers affinity binding. The selected aptamers can identify colon cancer cell line. This aptamers could be further developed for early disease detection as radiopharmaceuticals, as well as prognostic markers, of colorectal cancers. (author)

  5. Radiolabeled prostate-specific membrane antigen small-molecule inhibitors.

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    Will, Leon; Sonni, Ida; Kopka, Klaus; Kratochwil, Clemens; Giesel, Frederik L; Haberkorn, Uwe

    2017-06-01

    Prostate cancer (PC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide. Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) has been found to be expressed in most PCs and represents an ideal target for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Numerous PSMA tracers have been recently developed. This review aims to provide an overview on the clinical influence of PSMA tracers in primary staging, biochemical recurrence (BCR) of PC and advanced, metastatic PC. Additionally, the use of PSMA tracers in systemic radioligand therapy (RLT) of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), as well as non-prostatic specific uptake of PSMA tracers and the use of PSMA imaging to manage therapy have been described. A computerized search of the literature (PubMed) was conducted in order to find evidence on the role of PSMA tracers in the diagnosis and therapy of PC. PSMA positron-emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) outperforms conventional imaging in the settings of primary PC, BCR and advanced PC. Especially in BCR of PC, PSMA PET/CT shows clinical value with significantly higher detection rates than standard modalities. The use of PSMA PET/CT resulted in a change of the therapeutic management in up to half of the cases. Regarding RLT, smaller studies were able to show positive clinical effects of 177Lu-labeled PSMA tracers without the occurrence of severe side effects. The currently available data clearly shows that PSMA targeting has a clinical impact on the diagnosis of PC, and that RLT using radiolabeled PSMA tracers has high potentiality in the settings of resistance to conventional therapeutic approaches.

  6. Detection of experimental pulmonary emboli using radiolabeled monoclonal antiplatelet antibody

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    Saito, Tomiyoshi (Fukushima Medical Coll. (Japan))

    1988-12-01

    This study compared the ability of radiolabeled anti-platelet antibody (7E3) and Tc-99m macroaggregated albumin (MAA) to detect pulmonary emboli induced by thrombin and barium or by thrombogenic copper coils in mongrel dogs. In-111 diethylene triamine pentaacetic acid-7E3-F (ab'){sub 2} was incubated with platelet-rich plasma before i.v. administration to minimize unbound antibody. Serial planar images were obtained over a 4-5 hour, followed by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. Similarly, planar and SPECT images were obtained after i.v. injection of Tc-99m MAA. The animals were autopsied for the confirmation of embolus localization. A total of 34 emboli were recovered. When the In-111 or Tc-99m activity for the lung distal to an embolus was {le}10% of the normal lung one, an occlusive embolus was regarded as present. Eighteen emboli were considered occlusive and the 16 others non-occlusive. In-111 antibody imaging revealed: 14 emboli (41%)--6 occlusive and 8 non-occlusive emboli--by planar study and 22 emboli (65%)--13 occlusive and 9 non-occlusive-- by SPECT study. In detecting occlusive emboli, SPECT was significantly superior to planar imaging with In-111. Conventional lung perfusion imaging with Tc-99m MAA, whether by planar or SPECT study, revealed 18 emboli (53%), consisting of 11 occlusive and 7 non-occlusive emboli. It is concluded that SPECT with In-111 platelets is equivalent or sometimes superior to lung perfusion imaging with Tc-99m MAA, especially in detecting non-occlusive emboli.

  7. Microbial contamination detection at low levels by [125]I radiolabeling

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    Summers, David; Karouia, Fathi

    Contamination of mission spacecraft is an ongoing issue. A broad diversity of microorganisms have been detected in clean rooms where spacecraft are assembled. Some of which, depicted as oligotroph, are of special regard, as they are capable of colonizing inorganic surfaces like metal, and have been shown to be a concern for forward contamination of pristine celestial bodies. Currently, the NASA standard assay is the only approved assay intended for the enumeration of spores and heterotrophic microbial populations. However, culture-based microbial detection methods underestimate the viable microbial population. More recently, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence and limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) assays, which employ measure-ments of selected metabolic products as a proxy of biomass, have been used successfully to circumvent the necessity of the growth of microorganisms in order to estimate the biodurdens associated with spacecraft assembly facility. However, these methods have limitation in the amount of cells that can be detected, i.e., 103 cells, and the type of microorganisms respec-tively. This work seeks to develop a new highly sensitive method for the determination of bioburdens (and the detection of microorganisms and life) that is independant of the type of organism while preserving a good turn-around time for analysis for planetary protection purposes. The assay is based on the detection of the organism's protein by labeling them by radioiodination, 125 I, of aromatic rings on tyrosine amino acids residues. Radiolabeling techniques are inherently sensitive and 125 I, in particular, benefits from a 60 day half-life, providing greater activity and signal per unit number of labels. Furthermore, microorganisms can contain over 50% of protein by dry weight. Thus, just one label per protein increases the sensitivity, compared to the ATP and LAL assays, by one and three orders of magnitude by using standard detection methods and the use of multiphoton

  8. Radiolabeling human peripheral blood stem cells for positron emission tomography (PET imaging in young rhesus monkeys.

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    Alice F Tarantal

    Full Text Available These studies focused on a new radiolabeling technique with copper ((64Cu and zirconium ((89Zr for positron emission tomography (PET imaging using a CD45 antibody. Synthesis of (64Cu-CD45 and (89Zr-CD45 immunoconjugates was performed and the evaluation of the potential toxicity of radiolabeling human peripheral blood stem cells (hPBSC was assessed in vitro (viability, population doubling times, colony forming units. hPBSC viability was maintained as the dose of (64Cu-TETA-CD45 increased from 0 (92% to 160 µCi/mL (76%, p>0.05. Radiolabeling efficiency was not significantly increased with concentrations of (64Cu-TETA-CD45 >20 µCi/mL (p>0.50. Toxicity affecting both growth and colony formation was observed with hPBSC radiolabeled with ≥40 µCi/mL (p0.05, and a trend towards increased radiolabeling efficiency was noted as the dose of (89Zr-Df-CD45 increased, with a greater level of radiolabeling with 160 µCi/mL compared to 0-40 µCi/mL (p<0.05. A greater than 2,000 fold-increase in the level of (89Zr-Df-CD45 labeling efficiency was observed when compared to (64Cu-TETA-CD45. Similar to (64Cu-TETA-CD45, toxicity was noted when hPBSC were radiolabeled with ≥40 µCi/mL (p<0.05 (growth, colony formation. Taken together, 20 µCi/mL resulted in the highest level of radiolabeling efficiency without altering cell function. Young rhesus monkeys that had been transplanted prenatally with 25×10(6 hPBSC expressing firefly luciferase were assessed with bioluminescence imaging (BLI, then 0.3 mCi of (89Zr-Df-CD45, which showed the best radiolabeling efficiency, was injected intravenously for PET imaging. Results suggest that (89Zr-Df-CD45 was able to identify engrafted hPBSC in the same locations identified by BLI, although the background was high.

  9. Plasma half-life and organ uptake ratio of radiolabeled glandular kallikrein in control and nephrectomized rats

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    Nishimura, K.; Iwata, T.; Kokubu, T.

    1986-01-01

    The purified rat urinary kallikrein was radiolabeled by lactoperoxidase method and by chloramine T method. Plasma half-life of radiolabeled kallikrein was 5.06 +/- 0.59 (n = 5) min in control rats and 5.24 +/- 0.42 (n = 5) min in nephrectomized rats. There was no difference between two groups. From autoradiogram, main metabolic organs of radiolabeled kallikrein were liver, kidney and spleen. Total uptake of radiolabeled kallikrein in ech organ was the highest in liver (73.2%). The uptake per g tissue of radiolabeled kallikrein in each organ was high in liver (33.0%), kidney (31.4%) and spleen (21.1%). These results suggest that the active kallikrein is metabolized mainly in the liver, and kidney is not so an important organ to metabolize or to eliminate the active kallikrein in plasma. In order to clarify the mode of existence of active kallikrein in plasma, the following experiment was done by using disc gel electrophoresis. Radioactive profile of radiolabeled kallikrein showed one peak (Rf = 1.0), but radiolabeled kallikrein mixed with rat plasma showed two peaks, that is small peak (Rf = 1.0), and main peak (RF = 0.5). The most of radiolabeled kallikrein was bound to plasma protein and only five per cent was in free form. Furthermore, the binding of radiolabeled kallikrein to plasma protein was interfered by the addition of active kallikrein. These results suggest the possibility of existence of kallikrein binding protein in plasma.

  10. Design and Construction of a Hydraulic Ram Pump

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    Shuaibu Ndache MOHAMMED

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available The Design and Fabrication of a Hydraulic Ram Pump (Hydram is undertaken. It is meant to lift water from a depth of 2m below the surface with no other external energy source required. Based on the design the volume flow rate in the derived pipe was 4.5238 × 10-5 m3/s (2.7 l/min, Power was 1.273 kW which results in an efficiency of 57.3%. The overall cost of fabrication of this hydram shows that the pump is relatively cheaper than the existing pumps.

  11. Software for creating an airspace in RAMS from Skyview2

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    2012-01-01

    In this project has been developed an application that creates an airspace defined by the user and creates the necessary files for RAMS Plus to simulate it. This application has been programed using the Ismael González's TFC named "Algoritmo de cálculo de rutas óptimas para aeronaves en el plano horizontal", therefore the application also allows to know the shortest route between two points of the ECAC airspace, if exists. In order to create the airspace the user can elect from 5 elements to ...

  12. The study of traumatic intracerebral hematoma at Buri Ram Hospital.

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    Nagabhand, A; Sangcham, K

    1993-07-01

    This report describes the study of traumatic intracerebral hematoma at Buri Ram Hospital. The total number was 71 cases. There were 26 cases with no investigation and were treated by exploratory burr hole with the mortality rate of 57.5 per cent, and 45 cases which were sent for CT scan before operation with the mortality rate of 37.5 per cent. CT scanning is a useful investigative tool for correct diagnosis and rapid treatment of head injury and the operation which helps to reduce the mortality rate.

  13. Ejercicio de lectura de Marcos Ramírez

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    2012-01-01

    Se hace un análisis de la novela Marcos Ramírez de Carlos Luis Fallas, señalándola como pilar de la tradición costarricense; enmarcándola en la novelística de la llamada Generación del 40, en la literatura nacional. Se analiza la instancia narrativa encontrando que esta novela posee un narrador autodiegético, esto quiere decir que ese plano es una instancia doble, un elemento único en el cual se reúnen dos aspectos diferentes: el personaje, que es agente o paciente de la acción y el narrador,...

  14. The vitamin D receptor localization and mRNA expression in ram testis and epididymis.

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    Jin, Hui; Huang, Yang; Jin, Guang; Xue, Yanrong; Qin, Xiaowei; Yao, Xiaolei; Yue, Wenbing

    2015-02-01

    The objectives of present study were to investigate the presence of vitamin D receptor (VDR) in testis and epididymis of ram by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), to locate VDR in testis and epididymis by immunohistochemistry and to compare difference of VDR expression between testis and epididymis before and after sexual maturation by Real time-PCR and Western blot. The results showed that VDR exists in the testis and epididymis of ram while VDR protein in testis and epididymis was localized in Leydig cells, spermatogonial stem cells, spermatocytes, Sertoli cells and principal cells. For the adult ram, the amounts of VDR mRNA and VDR protein were less (p ram, the result showed the same trend (p 0.05) between adult and prepubertal. In conclusion, VDR exists in testis and epididymis of ram, suggesting 1α,25-(OH)(2)VD(3) may play a role in ram reproduction.

  15. Pressure Characteristics of a Diffuser in a Ram RDE Propulsive Device

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    2017-07-21

    Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375-5320 NRL/MR/6040--17-9699 Pressure Characteristics of a Diffuser in a Ram-RDE Propulsive Device July...RESPONSIBLE PERSON 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (include area code) b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT Pressure ...representative ram RDE subsonic diffuser to study ram RDE compatibility with a supersonic inlet. Of particular interest is the propagation of pressure

  16. Differential gene expression by RamA in ciprofloxacin-resistant Salmonella Typhimurium.

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    Jie Zheng

    Full Text Available Overexpression of ramA has been implicated in resistance to multiple drugs in several enterobacterial pathogens. In the present study, Salmonella Typhimurium strain LTL with constitutive expression of ramA was compared to its ramA-deletion mutant by employing both DNA microarrays and phenotype microarrays (PM. The mutant strain with the disruption of ramA showed differential expression of at least 33 genes involved in 11 functional groups. The study confirmed at the transcriptional level that the constitutive expression of ramA was directly associated with increased expression of multidrug efflux pump AcrAB-TolC and decreased expression of porin protein OmpF, thereby conferring multiple drug resistance phenotype. Compared to the parent strain constitutively expressing ramA, the ramA mutant had increased susceptibility to over 70 antimicrobials and toxic compounds. The PM analysis also uncovered that the ramA mutant was better in utilization of 10 carbon sources and 5 phosphorus sources. This study suggested that the constitutive expression of ramA locus regulate not only multidrug efflux pump and accessory genes but also genes involved in carbon metabolic pathways.

  17. Structure biodistribution relationship of radiolabeled ergolines: search for brain imaging radiopharmaceuticals

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    Basmadjian, G.P.; Sadek, S.A.; Mikhail, E.A.; Parikh, A.; Weaver, A.; Mills, S.L. (Oklahoma Univ., Oklahoma City, OK (USA). Medical Center)

    1989-08-01

    A series of ergoline derivatives, analogues of Pergolide and Lysergol were synthesized, radiolabeled with {sup 125}I or {sup 75}Se, and evaluated for their ability to cross the Blood Brain Barrier of rats, for potential use as radiopharmaceuticals for imaging the brain. Introduction of the radiolabel was either at the 17- position (attached to the 8{beta}-methylene) or at the 2- position of the indole portion of the ergoline moiety. Of the 8 radiolabeled compounds tested, two pergoline analogues, 8{beta}-(methyl-{sup 75}Se-seleno)-methyl-6-propyl ergoline and 8{beta}-({sup 125}I)-iodomethyl-6-propyl ergoline, showed the highest uptake in the brain, adrenal and heart with good organ to blood ratios. This work has shown that analogues of pergolide, a dopamine agonist, if labeled with {sup 123}I may yield a clinically useful brain imaging radiopharmaceutical. (author).

  18. Microreactor and method for preparing a radiolabeled complex or a biomolecule conjugate

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    Reichert, David E; Kenis, Paul J. A.; Wheeler, Tobias D; Desai, Amit V; Zeng, Dexing; Onal, Birce C

    2015-03-17

    A microreactor for preparing a radiolabeled complex or a biomolecule conjugate comprises a microchannel for fluid flow, where the microchannel comprises a mixing portion comprising one or more passive mixing elements, and a reservoir for incubating a mixed fluid. The reservoir is in fluid communication with the microchannel and is disposed downstream of the mixing portion. A method of preparing a radiolabeled complex includes flowing a radiometal solution comprising a metallic radionuclide through a downstream mixing portion of a microchannel, where the downstream mixing portion includes one or more passive mixing elements, and flowing a ligand solution comprising a bifunctional chelator through the downstream mixing portion. The ligand solution and the radiometal solution are passively mixed while in the downstream mixing portion to initiate a chelation reaction between the metallic radionuclide and the bifunctional chelator. The chelation reaction is completed to form a radiolabeled complex.

  19. Current status and future perspectives of in vivo small animal imaging using radiolabeled nanoparticles

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    Loudos, George, E-mail: gloudos@teiath.gr [Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, AG. Spyridonos 28, Egaleo 12210 (Greece); Kagadis, George C., E-mail: gkagad@gmail.com [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, University of Patras, P.O. Box 13273, GR-265 04 Rion (Greece); Psimadas, Dimitris, E-mail: dpsimad@chem.uoa.gr [Department of Medical Instruments Technology, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, AG. Spyridonos 28, Egaleo 12210 (Greece); Institute of Radioisotopes and Radiodiagnostic Products, National Center of Scientific Research ' Demokritos' , P.O. 60228, 153 10 Agia Paraskevi, Athens (Greece)

    2011-05-15

    Small animal molecular imaging is a rapidly expanding efficient tool to study biological processes non-invasively. The use of radiolabeled tracers provides non-destructive, imaging information, allowing time related phenomena to be repeatedly studied in a single animal. In the last decade there has been an enormous progress in related technologies and a number of dedicated imaging systems overcome the limitations that the size of small animal possesses. On the other hand, nanoparticles (NPs) gain increased interest, due to their unique properties, which make them perfect candidates for biological applications. Over the past 5 years the two fields seem to cross more and more often; radiolabeled NPs have been assessed in numerous pre-clinical studies that range from oncology, till HIV treatment. In this article the current status in the tools, applications and trends of radiolabeled NPs reviewed.

  20. El pensamiento evolutivo de Ramón Margalef

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    J. Terradas

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El pensamiento evolutivo de Ramón Margalef. El ecólogo Ramón Margalef desarrolló, a lo largo de toda su vida, una visión global de la Biosfera, lo que le llevó, en muchos de sus trabajos, a hacer propuestas y sugerencias relacionadas con interpretaciones evolutivas. Para ello, se basó de modo especial en la física (termodinámica especialmente y en la teoría de la información, y buscó un puente entre las concepciones utilizadas por la ecología teórica y la teoría evolutiva en una serie de aspectos de la ecología, pero de modo destacado en la sucesión. Aquí trato de dar una síntesis de las aportaciones de Margalef en este terreno, aportaciones que creo que siguen siendo una fuente de inspiración para los trabajos en ecología y evolución y para forjar conexiones teóricas entre las dos disciplinas, hoy por hoy, si no inexistentes, ciertamente demasiado débiles.

  1. Body mass indices analysis in the German Giant Ram breed

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    Silvia Patruica

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The study of the main body mass indices in the giant German ram breed was performed between 6.06.2014 and 10.06.2014 in a rabbitry from Diniaș town, Timiș County. The biological material was represented by 16 adult rabbit females and 10 adult males, with the average body weight of 7 kg, raised in semi-intensive system. There have been performed the following body measurements: oblique and horizontal length of the trunk, the length of thorax, the length of head, the length of ears, of neck, and of tail, the height at weithers and rump, the height of thorax and stern, the width of chest, of thorax, of rump at hip and ischia, the wide width of forehead, the thoracic circumference and the circumference of shin. Giant German Ram males have registered higher values in the body size index, in the pelvic-thoracic index, and in the rump angle index compared to females from the same breed, which have registered higher values in the index of transverse body size, in the index of massiveness, in the pelvic-thoracic index, and in the cephalic index.

  2. Ram accelerator operating characteristics at elevated fill pressures

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    Bundy, C.; Knowlen, C.; Bruckner, A.P. [Washington Univ., Seattle, WA (United States). Aerospace and Energetics Research Program

    2000-11-01

    An experimental investigation of the starting and operational characteristics of a 38-mm bore ram accelerator with propellant fill pressures greater than 5 MPa is in progress. Successful starts with 60 - 124 gm projectiles have been achieved using methane/oxygen/nitrogen propellants at fill pressures ranging from 6 to 15 MPa. At fill pressures of 8.5 MPa and above, it was found that projectiles having the nominal throat diameter (29 mm) required a minimum entrance velocity of 1250 m/s, which is about 100 m/s faster than the minimum needed to successfully start the ram accelerator at fill pressures below 7.5 MPa. Projectiles with a reduced throat diameter (25 mm) and a solid magnesium nose cone were successfully started at fill pressures up to 15 MPa with entrance velocities around 1300 m/s. The average accelerations achieved using high pressure stages were in general less than predicted for thermally choked operation by the Boltzmann equation of state. (orig.)

  3. Flow over a Modern Ram-Air Parachute Canopy

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    Mohammadi, Mohammad; Johari, Hamid

    2010-11-01

    The flow field on the central section of a modern ram-air parachute canopy was examined numerically using a finite-volume flow solver coupled with the one equation Spalart-Allmaras turbulence model. Ram-air parachutes are used for guided airdrop applications, and the canopy resembles a wing with an open leading edge for inflation. The canopy surfaces were assumed to be impermeable and rigid. The flow field consisted of a vortex inside the leading edge opening which effectively closed off the canopy and diverted the flow around the leading edge. The flow experienced a rather bluff leading edge in contrast to the smooth leading of an airfoil, leading to a separation bubble on the lower lip of the canopy. The flow inside the canopy was stagnant beyond the halfway point. The section lift coefficient increased linearly with the angle of attack up to 8.5 and the lift curve slope was about 8% smaller than the baseline airfoil. The leading edge opening had a major effect on the drag prior to stall; the drag is at least twice the baseline airfoil drag. The minimum drag of the section occurs over the angle of attack range of 3 -- 7 .

  4. Flow over a Ram-Air Parachute Canopy

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    Eslambolchi, Ali; Johari, Hamid

    2012-11-01

    The flow field over a full-scale, ram-air personnel parachute canopy was investigated numerically using a finite-volume flow solver coupled with the Spalart-Allmaras turbulence model. Ram-air parachute canopies resemble wings with arc-anhedral, surface protuberances, and an open leading edge for inflation. The rectangular planform canopy had an aspect ratio of 2.2 and was assumed to be rigid and impermeable. The chord-based Reynolds number was 3.2 million. Results indicate that the oncoming flow barely penetrates the canopy opening, and creates a large separation bubble below the lower lip of canopy. A thick boundary layer exists over the entire lower surface of the canopy. The flow over the upper surface of the canopy remains attached for an extended fraction of the chord. Lift increases linearly with angle of attack up to about 12 degrees. To assess the capability of lifting-line theory in predicting the forces on the canopy, the lift and drag data from a two-dimensional simulation of the canopy profile were extended using finite-wing expressions and compared with the forces from the present simulations. The finite-wing predicted lift and drag trends compare poorly against the full-span simulation, and the maximum lift-to-drag ratio is over-predicted by 36%. Sponsored by the US Army NRDEC.

  5. Nondestructive Evaluation of Historic Hakka Rammed Earth Structures

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    Yanhao Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The in-service Hakka rammed earth buildings, in the Fujian Province of China, are unique in design and performance. Their UNESCO’s inscription as World Heritage sites recognizes their artistic, cultural, social and historic significance. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation of the United States, the authors have examined the engineering values of these buildings in terms of comfortable living at low energy consumption, sustainability and durability. The objective of this study was to better understand the thermo-mechanical and aging responses of Hakka earth buildings under thermal and earthquake loads through nondestructive field evaluation, including full-scale roof truss and floor testing, laboratory testing of field samples and finite element modeling. This paper presents our observations and findings from the field nondestructive evaluations with emphasis on the integrity of the rammed earth outer walls and inner wood structures, as well as the thermal comfort of living in these buildings, while a second paper presents the results from the material characterization of field samples and the structural responses of a representative building under earthquake induced loads through finite element analysis.

  6. Experimental and numerical investigation of ram extrusion of bread dough

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    Mohammed, M. A. P.; Wanigasooriya, L.; Charalambides, M. N.

    2016-10-01

    An experimental and numerical study on ram extrusion of bread dough was conducted. A laboratory ram extrusion rig was designed and manufactured, where dies with different angles and exit radii were employed. Rate dependent behaviour was observed from tests conducted at different extrusion speeds, and higher extrusion pressure was reported for dies with decreasing exit radius. A finite element simulation of extrusion was performed using the adaptive meshing technique in Abaqus. Simulations using a frictionless contact between the billet and die wall showed that the model underestimates the response at high entry angles. On the other hand, when the coefficient of friction value was set to 0.09 as measured from friction experiments, the dough response was overestimated, i.e. the model extrusion pressure was much higher than the experimentally measured values. When a critical shear stress limit, τmax, was used, the accuracy of the model predictions improved. The results showed that higher die angles require higher τmax values for the model and the experiments to agree.

  7. Simulating lightning into the RAMS model: implementation and preliminary results

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    S. Federico

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows the results of a tailored version of a previously published methodology, designed to simulate lightning activity, implemented into the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS. The method gives the flash density at the resolution of the RAMS grid-scale allowing for a detailed analysis of the evolution of simulated lightning activity. The system is applied in detail to two case studies occurred over the Lazio Region, in Central Italy. Simulations are compared with the lightning activity detected by the LINET network. The cases refer to two thunderstorms of different intensity. Results show that the model predicts reasonably well both cases and that the lightning activity is well reproduced especially for the most intense case. However, there are errors in timing and positioning of the convection, whose magnitude depends on the case study, which mirrors in timing and positioning errors of the lightning distribution. To assess objectively the performance of the methodology, standard scores are presented for four additional case studies. Scores show the ability of the methodology to simulate the daily lightning activity for different spatial scales and for two different minimum thresholds of flash number density. The performance decreases at finer spatial scales and for higher thresholds. The comparison of simulated and observed lighting activity is an immediate and powerful tool to assess the model ability to reproduce the intensity and the evolution of the convection. This shows the importance of the use of computationally efficient lightning schemes, such as the one described in this paper, in forecast models.

  8. Assessment of radioactive residues arising from radiolabel instability in a multiple dose tissue distribution study in rats

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    Slatter, J.G. [Pharmacia Corp., Peapack, NJ (United States); Sams, J.P.; Easter, J.A. [Pharmacia Corp., Kalamazoo, MI (United States)] [and others

    2003-05-01

    Our study objectives were to quantitatively determine the effect of radiolabel instability on terminal phase radioactive tissue residues in a multiple dose tissue distribution study, to quantitatively compare tissue residue artifacts (non drug-related radioactivity) from two chemically-distinct radiolabel locations, and to conduct a definitive multiple dose tissue distribution study using the better of the two radiolabeled compounds. We compared the excretion and tissue distribution in rats of [{sup 14}C]linezolid, radiolabeled in two different locations, after 7 consecutive once daily [{sup 14}C] oral doses. The radiolabels were in the acetamide (two carbon) and oxazolidinone (isolated carbon) functional groups. Terminal phase tissue residue and excretion data were compared to data from rats dosed orally with [{sup 14}C]sodium acetate. Drug-related radioactivity was excreted rapidly over 24 h. After a single dose, the acetamide and oxazolidinone radiolabel sites both gave 3% of dose as exhaled {sup 14}CO{sub 2}. After 7 daily [{sup 14}C] oral doses, terminal phase radioactive tissue residues were higher from the acetamide radiolabel, relative to the oxazolidinone radiolabel, and were primarily not drug-related. In the definitive tissue distribution study, low concentrations of drug-related radioactivity in skin and thyroid were observed. We conclude that although small amounts of radiolabel instability do not significantly affect single dose tissue radioactivity C{sub max} and area under the curve (AUC), artifacts arising from radiolabel instability can prolong the apparent terminal phase half life and complicate study data interpretation. When possible, it is always preferable to use a completely stable radiolabel site. (author)

  9. Non-invasive diagnosis of acute heart- or lung-transplant rejection using radiolabeled annexin V

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    Blankenberg, F.G. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Radiology; Strauss, H.W. [Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Nuclear Medicine Div.

    1999-05-01

    Background. Apoptosis is a ubiquitous set of cellular processes by which superfluous or unwanted cells are eliminated in the body without harming adjacent healthy tissues. When apoptosis is inappropriate (too little or too much), a variety of human diseases can occur, including acute heart or lung transplant rejection. Objective. Our group has developed a new radiopharmaceutical, radiolabeled annexin V, which can image apoptosis. Results and conclusion. Here we briefly review the biomolecular basis of apoptosis and its role in acute rejection. We also describe the possible use of radiolabeled annexin V to screen children noninvasively for acute rejection following organ transplantation. (orig.) With 6 figs., 53 refs.

  10. 99mTc‐aprotinin – optimisation and validation of radiolabelling kits for routine preparation for diagnostic imaging of amyloidosis

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract Technetium‐99m aprotinin was prepared from an optimised radiolabelling kit formulation containing aprotinin, alkaline buffer and stannous chloride (reducing agent) and radiolabelled using 99mTc‐pertechnetate. The labelling was achieved within 25 min, with radiochemical purities of >98%.

  11. (99m)Tc-aprotinin - optimisation and validation of radiolabelling kits for routine preparation for diagnostic imaging of amyloidosis

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    Denholt, Charlotte; Gillings, Nic

    2016-01-01

    Technetium-99m aprotinin was prepared from an optimised radiolabelling kit formulation containing aprotinin, alkaline buffer and stannous chloride (reducing agent) and radiolabelled using (99m) Tc-pertechnetate. The labelling was achieved within 25 min, with radiochemical purities of >98%....

  12. 99mTc‐aprotinin – optimisation and validation of radiolabelling kits for routine preparation for diagnostic imaging of amyloidosis

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    Gillings, Nic

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Technetium‐99m aprotinin was prepared from an optimised radiolabelling kit formulation containing aprotinin, alkaline buffer and stannous chloride (reducing agent) and radiolabelled using 99mTc‐pertechnetate. The labelling was achieved within 25 min, with radiochemical purities of >98%. PMID:26923297

  13. The RAM Scale: Development and Validation of the Revised Scale in Likert Format.

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    Wright, Claudia R.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    The development and validation of a revised form of the RAM Scale in Likert format are described. The RAM Scale measures student philosophical orientations in terms of relative, absolute, or mixed biases or preferences toward issues of knowledge, methods, and values. (Author/PN)

  14. Uudised : Hortus Musicus Moskvas. TPÜ naiskoor koorikonkursil. RAM samal laval Mark Knopfleriga. "Tuuleveskid. Kerkokell" / Joosep Sang

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    Sang, Joosep

    2000-01-01

    Hortus Musicus esines 23. ja 24. nov. Moskvas. TPÜnaiskoor võitis II preemia XVII rahvusvahelisel F.Schuberti nim. koorikonkursil Austrias. RAM esineb 8. dets. Helsingis Hartwall Areenas heategevuskontserdil. RAM esineb 6. dets. Estonia kontserdisaalis kavaga "Tuuleveskid. Kerkokell"

  15. Molecular basis of RNA guanine-7 methyltransferase (RNMT) activation by RAM.

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    Varshney, Dhaval; Petit, Alain-Pierre; Bueren-Calabuig, Juan A; Jansen, Chimed; Fletcher, Dan A; Peggie, Mark; Weidlich, Simone; Scullion, Paul; Pisliakov, Andrei V; Cowling, Victoria H

    2016-12-01

    Maturation and translation of mRNA in eukaryotes requires the addition of the 7-methylguanosine cap. In vertebrates, the cap methyltransferase, RNA guanine-7 methyltransferase (RNMT), has an activating subunit, RNMT-Activating Miniprotein (RAM). Here we report the first crystal structure of the human RNMT in complex with the activation domain of RAM. A relatively unstructured and negatively charged RAM binds to a positively charged surface groove on RNMT, distal to the active site. This results in stabilisation of a RNMT lobe structure which co-evolved with RAM and is required for RAM binding. Structure-guided mutagenesis and molecular dynamics simulations reveal that RAM stabilises the structure and positioning of the RNMT lobe and the adjacent α-helix hinge, resulting in optimal positioning of helix A which contacts substrates in the active site. Using biophysical and biochemical approaches, we observe that RAM increases the recruitment of the methyl donor, AdoMet (S-adenosyl methionine), to RNMT. Thus we report the mechanism by which RAM allosterically activates RNMT, allowing it to function as a molecular rheostat for mRNA cap methylation. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  16. Effect of semen extender and storage temperature on ram sperm motility over time

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    Storage of ram semen for long period of time depends on a number of factors, including type of extender and storage temperature. A study compared the effect of semen extender and storage temperature on motility of ram semen stored for 72 h. Semen collected via electroejaculator from 5 mature Katahd...

  17. Transport properties of anodic porous alumina for ReRAM

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    Kato, S; Nigo, S; Lee, J W; Mihalik, M; Kitazawa, H; Kido, G [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: KATO.Seiichi@nims.go.jp

    2008-03-15

    A voltage-induced bistable switching effect has been studied for M/AlO{sub x}/Al devices made of the anodic porous alumina with a top electrode of aluminium (or silver) to develop a next generation memory (AlO{sub x}-ReRAM). The resistance state of memory is switched between OFF-state (high resistance) and ON-state (low resistance), where the resistance ratio is higher than 10{sup 4}. In the thermally stimulated current (TSC) measurement, a narrow band was observed around 290 K, indicating the conduction mechanism comes from a kind of impurity band in the energy gap. An anomaly was also observed around 290 K in the temperature dependence of resistance at the ON-state.

  18. Chemical forms of selenium present in rat and ram spermatozoa.

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    Alabi, N S; Beilstein, M A; Whanger, P D

    2000-08-01

    In vivo and in vitro studies were conducted to investigate the chemical forms by ion-exchange chromatography of selenium (Se) present in rat and ovine spermatozoa. After injection with 75Se-selenite, the form of 75Se in rat sperm was selenocysteine, but selenocysteine and selenomethionine (SeMet) were present in ovine sperm. Presumably, synthesis of SeMet by rumen microbes are responsible for its presence in ovine sperm. In vitro incubation of ram sperm with selenocysteine or SeMet produced no changes, but incubation with selenite produced a compound that eluted one fraction before SeMet from the ion-exchange column. After treatment of this fraction with mercaptoethanol, it eluted in a later fraction upon rechromatography, suggesting it to be selenodicysteine. This compound is apparently formed because of high levels of cysteine in semen. Cysteine, reduced glutathione, and oxidized glutathione were also found in semen. The significance of the results is discussed.

  19. An introduction to RAM analysis of EPB tunnel boring machine

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    Hasel Amini Khoshalan

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Earth pressure balance tunnel boring machines (EPB - TBMs are favorably used in construction of tunnels in urban areas. These more expensive machines with high operational costs require an exclusive study and knowledge on these machine components and subsystems and their failure and downtimes for time planning, cost control and performance prediction with a high accuracy. Thus guidelines for reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM analysis of an EPB machine are completely expressed. Gathering and recording all daily failure and repair times and other maintenance tasks, dividing the machine into subsystems (including mechanical subsystem, electrical subsystem, hydraulic subsystem, pneumatic subsystem and water subsystem, graphical tests (trend test and correlation test, statistical tests and analysis are discussed in detail.

  20. First Exploratory Study on the Ageing of Rammed Earth Material

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    Quoc-Bao Bui

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Rammed earth (RE is attracting renewed interest throughout the world thanks to its “green” characteristics in the context of sustainable building. In this study, the ageing effects on RE material are studied on the walls which have been constructed and exposed for 22 years to natural weathering. First, mechanical characteristics of the “old” walls were determined by two approaches: in-situ dynamic measurements on the walls; laboratory tests on specimens which had been cut from the walls. Then, the walls’ soil was recycled and reused for manufacturing of new specimens which represented the initial state. Comparison between the compressive strength, the Young modulus of the walls after 22 years on site and that of the initial state enables to assess the ageing of the studied walls.

  1. First Exploratory Study on the Ageing of Rammed Earth Material.

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    Bui, Quoc-Bao; Morel, Jean-Claude

    2014-12-23

    Rammed earth (RE) is attracting renewed interest throughout the world thanks to its "green" characteristics in the context of sustainable building. In this study, the ageing effects on RE material are studied on the walls which have been constructed and exposed for 22 years to natural weathering. First, mechanical characteristics of the "old" walls were determined by two approaches: in-situ dynamic measurements on the walls; laboratory tests on specimens which had been cut from the walls. Then, the walls' soil was recycled and reused for manufacturing of new specimens which represented the initial state. Comparison between the compressive strength, the Young modulus of the walls after 22 years on site and that of the initial state enables to assess the ageing of the studied walls.

  2. Regulatory aspects of human radiolabeled mass balance studies in oncology : concise review

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    Nijenhuis, C. M.; Schellens, J. H M|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/073926272; Beijnen, J. H.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/071919570

    2016-01-01

    Human radiolabeled mass balance studies are performed to obtain information about the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of a drug in development. The main goals are to determine the route of elimination and major metabolic pathways. This review provides an overview of the current

  3. SPECT/CT imaging of radiolabeled cubosomes and hexosomes for potential theranostic applications

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    Nilsson, Christa; Barrios-Lopez, Brianda; Kallinen, Annukka

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a highly efficient method for the radiolabeling of phytantriol (PHYT)/oleic acid (OA)-based hexosomes based on the surface chelation of technetium-99m ((99m)Tc) to preformed hexosomes using the polyamine 1, 12-diamino-3, 6, 9-triazododecane (SpmTrien) as chelating agent. We also...

  4. 78 FR 23596 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances, Notice of Application, American Radiolabeled Chemicals, Inc.

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    2013-04-19

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration Manufacturer of Controlled Substances, Notice of Application, American Radiolabeled Chemicals, Inc. Pursuant to Sec. 1301.33(a), Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this is notice that on March 11,...

  5. 77 FR 30027 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances; Notice of Application; American Radiolabeled Chemicals, Inc.

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    2012-05-21

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration Manufacturer of Controlled Substances; Notice of Application; American Radiolabeled Chemicals, Inc. Pursuant to Sec. 1301.33(a), Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this is notice that on March 15,...

  6. Imaging of experimental colitis with a radiolabeled leukotriene B4 antagonist.

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    Eerd-Vismale, J.E.M. van; Laverman, P.; Oyen, W.J.G.; Harris, T.D.; Edwards, D.S.; Ellars, C.E.; Corstens, F.H.M.; Boerman, O.C.

    2004-01-01

    The use of radiolabeled leukocytes is considered the gold standard for scintigraphic imaging of inflammatory bowel disease. The disadvantages of (99m)Tc-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (HMPAO)-leukocytes, however, encourage the search for new imaging agents with at least similar diagnostic accuracy b

  7. Extraction, radiolabeling and in vivo biological evaluation of {sup 131}I labeled egonol glycosides extract

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    Akguel, Yurdanur; Pazar, Erdinc [Ege Univ., Izmir (Turkey). Chemistry Dept.; Yilmaz, Habibe; Sanlier, Senay Hamarat [Ege Univ., Izmir (Turkey). Biochemistry Dept.; Lambrecht, Fatma Yurt [Ege Univ., Izmir (Turkey). Dept. of Nuclear Applications; Yilmaz, Osman [Dokuz Eyluel Univ., Izmir (Turkey). Dept. of Lab. Animal Science

    2015-09-01

    Crude extract of S. officinalis L. was found to have suspending agent, hemolytic, antitumor, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Its major components benzofurans and benzofuran glycosides have antifungal, anticancer, antibacterial and anticomplement activities and display acetylcholinesterase-cyclooxygenase inhibitory and cytotoxic properties. Recently, it has been reported that egonolgentiobioside is a valuable target for structural modification and warrants further investigation for its potential as a novel pharmaceutical tool for the prevention of estrogen deficiency induced diseases. The aim of the current study is to perform in vivo biological evaluation of a glycosides extract, which was isolated from the fruits endocarp of Styrax officinalis L, identified as egonolgentiobioside and homoegonolgentiobioside and labeled with {sup 131}I. The radiolabeled glycosides extract was labeled with {sup 131}I with high yield. The labeled obtained radiolabeled compound was found to be quite stable and lipophilic. In order to determine its tissue distribution, an in vivo study was performed using healthy female Albino Wistar rats injected by {sup 131}I-glycosides. The biodistribution results showed that clearance of the radiolabeled compound is through the hepatobiliary pathway. The experimental study indicated that the radiolabeled glycosides extract accumulated in the large intestine. Therefore, the potential of {sup 131}I-glycosides might be evaluated in colon cancer cell lines and this might be a promising of tumor-imaging agent.

  8. Al(OH)3 facilitated synthesis of water-soluble, magnetic, radiolabelled and fluorescent hydroxyapatite nanoparticles

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    Cui, X.; Green, M.A.; Blower, P.J.; Zhou, D.; Yan, Y.; Zhang, W.; Djanashvili, K.; Mathe, D.; Veres, D.S.; Szigeti, K.

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic and fluorescent hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were synthesised using Al(OH)3-stabilised MnFe2O4 or Fe3O4 nanoparticles as precursors. They were readily and efficiently radiolabelled with 18F. Bisphosphonate polyethylene glycol polymers were utilised to endow the nanoparticles with excellent

  9. Comparison of three remote radiolabelling methods for long-circulating liposomes

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    Van Der Geest, Tessa; Laverman, Peter; Gerrits, Danny; Franssen, Gerben M.; Metselaar, Josbert M.; Storm, G|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/073356328; Boerman, Otto C.

    2015-01-01

    Long-circulating liposomes (LCL) are often used as a drug carrier system to improve the therapeutic index of water-soluble drugs. To track these LCL in vivo, they can be radiolabelled with 111In-oxine. For this labellingmethod, generally DTPA is encapsulated in the aqueous phase of LCL (DTPA-LCL).

  10. Al(OH)3 facilitated synthesis of water-soluble, magnetic, radiolabelled and fluorescent hydroxyapatite nanoparticles

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    Cui, X.; Green, M.A.; Blower, P.J.; Zhou, D.; Yan, Y.; Zhang, W.; Djanashvili, K.; Mathe, D.; Veres, D.S.; Szigeti, K.

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic and fluorescent hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were synthesised using Al(OH)3-stabilised MnFe2O4 or Fe3O4 nanoparticles as precursors. They were readily and efficiently radiolabelled with 18F. Bisphosphonate polyethylene glycol polymers were utilised to endow the nanoparticles with excellent

  11. Al(OH)3 facilitated synthesis of water-soluble, magnetic, radiolabelled and fluorescent hydroxyapatite nanoparticles.

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    Cui, X; Green, M A; Blower, P J; Zhou, D; Yan, Y; Zhang, W; Djanashvili, K; Mathe, D; Veres, D S; Szigeti, K

    2015-06-07

    Magnetic and fluorescent hydroxyapatite nanoparticles were synthesised using Al(OH)3-stabilised MnFe2O4 or Fe3O4 nanoparticles as precursors. They were readily and efficiently radiolabelled with (18)F. Bisphosphonate polyethylene glycol polymers were utilised to endow the nanoparticles with excellent colloidal stability in water and to incorporate cyclam for high affinity labelling with (64)Cu.

  12. Laboratory studies of dissolved radiolabelled microcystin-LR in lake water

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    Hyenstrand, Per; Rohrlack, Thomas; Beattie, Kenneth A

    2003-01-01

    in May before the cyanobacterial bloom season and low increases in the radioactivity of particulate fractions occurred with an approx. halving of the cyano-toxin during 4 days. The radioactivity of the dissolved fraction remained stable and there was no significant formation of radiolabelled inorganic...

  13. Lymphoma: current status of clinical and preclinical imaging with radiolabeled antibodies

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    England, Christopher G. [University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medical Physics, Madison, WI (United States); Rui, Lixin [University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, WI (United States); Cai, Weibo [University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medical Physics, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, WI (United States); University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Radiology, Madison, WI (United States)

    2017-03-15

    Lymphoma is a complex disease that arises from cells of the immune system with an intricate pathology. While lymphoma may be classified as Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin, each type of tumor is genetically and phenotypically different and highly invasive tissue biopsies are the only method to investigate these differences. Noninvasive imaging strategies, such as immunoPET, can provide a vital insight into disease staging, monitoring treatment response in patients, and dose planning in radioimmunotherapy. ImmunoPET imaging with radiolabeled antibody-based tracers may also assist physicians in optimizing treatment strategies and enhancing patient stratification. Currently, there are two common biomarkers for molecular imaging of lymphoma, CD20 and CD30, both of which have been considered for investigation in preclinical imaging studies. In this review, we examine the current status of both preclinical and clinical imaging of lymphoma using radiolabeled antibodies. Additionally, we briefly investigate the role of radiolabeled antibodies in lymphoma therapy. As radiolabeled antibodies play critical roles in both imaging and therapy of lymphoma, the development of novel antibodies and the discovery of new biomarkers may greatly affect lymphoma imaging and therapy in the future. (orig.)

  14. A radiolabeled peptide ligand of the hERG channel, [125I]-BeKm-1

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    Angelo, Kamilla; Korolkova, Yuliya V; Grunnet, Morten

    2003-01-01

    The wild-type scorpion toxin BeKm-1, which selectively blocks human ether-a-go-go related (hERG) channels, was radiolabeled with iodine at tyrosine 11. Both the mono- and di-iodinated derivatives were found to be biologically active. In electrophysiological patch-clamp recordings mono-[127I]-BeKm-1...

  15. Regulatory aspects of human radiolabeled mass balance studies in oncology : concise review

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    Nijenhuis, C. M.; Schellens, J. H M; Beijnen, J. H.

    2016-01-01

    Human radiolabeled mass balance studies are performed to obtain information about the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of a drug in development. The main goals are to determine the route of elimination and major metabolic pathways. This review provides an overview of the current r

  16. In vivo VEGF imaging with radiolabeled bevacizumab in a human ovarian tumor xenograft

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    Nagengast, Wouter B.; Hospers, Geke A.; Mulder, Nanno H.; de Jong, Johan R.; Hollema, Harry; Brouwers, Adrienne H.; van Dongen, Guns A.; Perk, Lars R.; Lub-de Hooge, Marjolijn N.

    Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), released by tumor cells, is an important growth factor in tumor angiogenesis. The humanized monoclonal antibody bevacizumab blocks VEGF-induced tumor angiogenesis by binding, thereby neutralizing VEGF. Our aim was to develop radiolabeled bevacizumab for

  17. Ram Pressure Stripping and Morphological Transformation in the Coma Cluster

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    Gregg, Michael; West, Michael

    2017-01-01

    The two largest spiral galaxies in the Coma cluster, NGC4911 and NGC4921, exhibit signs of being vigorously ram-pressure stripped by the hot intracluster medium. HST ACS and WFC3 images have revealed galactic scale shock fronts, giant "Pillars of Creation", rivulets of dust, and spatially coherent star formation in these grand design spirals. All evidence points to these galaxies being stressed by a global external source which can only be the hot intracluster medium (ICM). Inspired by these examples, we have obtained HST WFC3 imaging of five additional large spirals to search for and investigate the effects of ram pressure stripping across the wider Coma cluster. The results are equally spectacular as the first two examples. The geometry of the interactions in some cases allows us to estimate the various time scales involved, including gas flows out of the disk leading to creation of the ICM, and the attendant triggered star formation in the galaxy disks. The global star formation patterns and wholesale tidal stripping of matter yield insights into the spatial and temporal ISM-ICM interactions driving the evolution of galaxies in clusters and ultimately transforming their morphologies from spiral to S0. These processes, much more common in the early Universe, led to the wholesale morphological transformation of Hubble types during the assembly of rich clusters, when the intergalactic populations and hot ICM were first being created and laid down from such stripping and destruction of their member galaxies.We also report on two instrumental aspects of WFC3: 1) using the filter pair F350LP and F600LP to create an extremely broad pseudo Blue-Red color to achieve the greatest observing efficiency with HST, and 2) a WFC3 CCD effect which leads to apparent quantization of background counts, making automatic sky determination challenging when using drizzlepac routines.

  18. Molecular imaging of rheumatoid arthritis by radiolabelled monoclonal antibodies: new imaging strategies to guide molecular therapies

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    Malviya, G.; Dierckx, R.A. [Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Conti, F. [Rheumatology Unit, I Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy); Chianelli, M. [Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Unit of Nuclear Medicine, Regina apostolorum Hospital, Albano, Rome (Italy); Scopinaro, F. [Nuclear Medicine Department, Sapienza University of Rome, St. Andrea Hospital, Rome (Italy); Signore, A. [Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen (Netherlands); Nuclear Medicine Department, Sapienza University of Rome, St. Andrea Hospital, Rome (Italy)

    2010-02-15

    The closing of the last century opened a wide variety of approaches for inflammation imaging and treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The introduction of biological therapies for the management of RA started a revolution in the therapeutic armamentarium with the development of several novel monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), which can be murine, chimeric, humanised and fully human antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies specifically bind to their target, which could be adhesion molecules, activation markers, antigens or receptors, to interfere with specific inflammation pathways at the molecular level, leading to immune-modulation of the underlying pathogenic process. These new generation of mAbs can also be radiolabelled by using direct or indirect method, with a variety of nuclides, depending upon the specific diagnostic application. For studying rheumatoid arthritis patients, several monoclonal antibodies and their fragments, including anti-TNF-{alpha}, anti-CD20, anti-CD3, anti-CD4 and anti-E-selectin antibody, have been radiolabelled mainly with {sup 99m}Tc or {sup 111}In. Scintigraphy with these radiolabelled antibodies may offer an exciting possibility for the study of RA patients and holds two types of information: (1) it allows better staging of the disease and diagnosis of the state of activity by early detection of inflamed joints that might be difficult to assess; (2) it might provide a possibility to perform 'evidence-based biological therapy' of arthritis with a view to assessing whether an antibody will localise in an inflamed joint before using the same unlabelled antibody therapeutically. This might prove particularly important for the selection of patients to be treated since biological therapies can be associated with severe side-effects and are considerably expensive. This article reviews the use of radiolabelled mAbs in the study of RA with particular emphasis on the use of different radiolabelled monoclonal antibodies for

  19. Comparison of three different methods for radiolabelling human activated T lymphocytes

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    Botti, C. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Negri, D.R.M. [Experimental Oncology E, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Seregni, E. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Ramakrishna, V. [Experimental Oncology D, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Arienti, F. [Experimental Oncology D, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy)]|[Immunohaematology Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Maffioli, L. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Lombardo, C. [Immunohaematology Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Bogni, A. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Pascali, C. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Crippa, F. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Massaron, S. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Remonti, F. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Nerini-Molteni, S. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Canevari, S. [Experimental Oncology E, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy); Bombardieri, E. [Nuclear Medicine Department, National Cancer Institute, Milano (Italy)

    1997-05-01

    We compared the efficiency, stability and toxicity of technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO), indium-111 oxine and fluorine-18 2-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose (FDG) in radiolabelling activated lymphocytes targeted with biMAb OC/TR. The mean labelling efficiencies of {sup 111}In-oxine and {sup 18}F-FDG using 2.5 x 10{sup 8}lymphocytes (68% and 64%, respectively) were more than twice that of {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO (31%). Retention of the radionuclide in the cell was highest in the case of {sup 111}In-oxine labelling (less than 25% of the initial cell-bound activity released after 240 min, as compared with 44% of the {sup 99m}Tc label in the same period and 45% of {sup 18}F radionuclide released after 150 min). None of the three radiolabelling reagents induced any significant alteration in cell viability or immunophenotype. However, both {sup 111}In-oxine and {sup 18}F-FDG induced a loss of cytotoxic activity of lymphocytes against the ovarian carcinoma cell line IGROV1, and all three radiolabelling reagents caused a significant reduction in the proliferative ability of labelled lymphocytes compared to controls, with cell death occurring after 8-9 days. Radiolabelling with the more stable {sup 111}In-oxine reagent using a higher number of lymphocytes (1.4 x 10 {sup 9}) but the same total activity (around 55.5 MBq) resulted in improved labelled T cell viability and proliferative ability, although the mean labelling efficiency decreased (35.8%). Together the data suggest that {sup 111}In-oxine at low activity per cell is the most appropriate reagent for radiolabelling activated retargeted T lymphocytes useful for in vivo biodistribution studies. (orig./VHE). With 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. A new method for radiolabeling of human immunoglobulin-G and its biological evaluation

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    Thakuri Singh

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Radiolabeled human Immunoglobulin-G (hIgG has demonstrated its utility in inflammation and infection imaging. However, the present method of radiolabeling hIgG is time-consuming and complex. Objective: To develop a simplified method of radiolabeling hIgG with technetium-99m (99mTc via a nicotinyl hydrazine derivative (99mTc-HYNIC-hIgG and its biological evaluation. Results: In vitro and in vivo studies showed that 99mTc-hIgG prepared by this method was fairly stable in physiological saline and human serum till 24 h. Only 4.3% degradation of the radiolabeled drug was seen till 24 h. Blood clearance pattern of the radiopharmaceutical exhibited biphasic exponential pattern. Biodistribution of 99mTc-HYNIC-hIgG in mice was observed up to 24 h. Significant accumulation of the radiotracer was found in liver (4.93 %, kidney (3.67% and intestine (2.12 % at 4 h interval by 24 h interval, it was reduced to 1.99%, 2.18% and 1.93 % respectively. Significant amount of radioactivity in liver, kidney and intestine suggest hepatobilliary as well as renal route of clearance for 99mTc-HYNIC-hIgG. The anterior whole body and spot scintigraphy images showed increased uptake of 99mTc-HYNIC-hIgG, with the area seen as a focal hot spot, indicating good localization of the radiolabeled hIgG at the site of infection. Conclusion: The present findings indicate that 99mTc-HYNIC-hIgG holds great potential for the scintigraphy localization of inflammation. The shelf life of the developed kit, when stored at (- 20°C was found to be at least 3 months.

  1. Aspects of Toxoplasma Infection on the Reproductive System of Experimentally Infected Rams (Ovis Aries

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    Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Eight reproductive rams with no prior reproductive disease were distributed into three groups of infection with T. gondii: GI, 3 rams, 2.0×105 P strain oocysts; GII, 3 rams, 1.0×106 RH strain tachyzoites; GIII, 2 control rams. Clinical parameters were measured and serological evaluations (IIF were performed. Presence of the parasite in the semen was investigated by PCR and bioassay techniques. The rams presented clinical alterations (hyperthermia and apathy related to toxoplasmosis in both groups infected with Toxoplasma gondii. All the inoculated rams responded to antigenic stimulus, producing antibodies against T. gondii from postinoculation day 5 onwards. In ovine groups I and II, the greatest titers observed were 1 : 4096 and 1 : 8192, respectively. In semen samples collected from these two groups, the presence of T. gondii was detected by bioassay and PCR. This coccidian was isolated (bioassay and PCR in tissue pools (testicles, epididymis, seminal vesicle, and prostrate from two rams infected presenting oocysts and in one presenting tachyzoites.

  2. The "Ram Effect": A "Non-Classical" Mechanism for Inducing LH Surges in Sheep.

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    Fabre-Nys, Claude; Chanvallon, Audrey; Dupont, Joëlle; Lardic, Lionel; Lomet, Didier; Martinet, Stéphanie; Scaramuzzi, Rex J

    2016-01-01

    During spring sheep do not normally ovulate but exposure to a ram can induce ovulation. In some ewes an LH surge is induced immediately after exposure to a ram thus raising questions about the control of this precocious LH surge. Our first aim was to determine the plasma concentrations of oestradiol (E2) E2 in anoestrous ewes before and after the "ram effect" in ewes that had a "precocious" LH surge (starting within 6 hours), a "normal" surge (between 6 and 28h) and "late» surge (not detected by 56h). In another experiment we tested if a small increase in circulating E2 could induce an LH surge in anoestrus ewes. The concentration of E2 significantly was not different at the time of ram introduction among ewes with the three types of LH surge. "Precocious" LH surges were not preceded by a large increase in E2 unlike "normal" surges and small elevations of circulating E2 alone were unable to induce LH surges. These results show that the "precocious" LH surge was not the result of E2 positive feedback. Our second aim was to test if noradrenaline (NA) is involved in the LH response to the "ram effect". Using double labelling for Fos and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) we showed that exposure of anoestrous ewes to a ram induced a higher density of cells positive for both in the A1 nucleus and the Locus Coeruleus complex compared to unstimulated controls. Finally, the administration by retrodialysis into the preoptic area, of NA increased the proportion of ewes with an LH response to ram odor whereas treatment with the α1 antagonist Prazosin decreased the LH pulse frequency and amplitude induced by a sexually active ram. Collectively these results suggest that in anoestrous ewes NA is involved in ram-induced LH secretion as observed in other induced ovulators.

  3. Elucidation of the RamA regulon in Klebsiella pneumoniae reveals a role in LPS regulation.

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    Shyamasree De Majumdar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Klebsiella pneumoniae is a significant human pathogen, in part due to high rates of multidrug resistance. RamA is an intrinsic regulator in K. pneumoniae established to be important for the bacterial response to antimicrobial challenge; however, little is known about its possible wider regulatory role in this organism during infection. In this work, we demonstrate that RamA is a global transcriptional regulator that significantly perturbs the transcriptional landscape of K. pneumoniae, resulting in altered microbe-drug or microbe-host response. This is largely due to the direct regulation of 68 genes associated with a myriad of cellular functions. Importantly, RamA directly binds and activates the lpxC, lpxL-2 and lpxO genes associated with lipid A biosynthesis, thus resulting in modifications within the lipid A moiety of the lipopolysaccharide. RamA-mediated alterations decrease susceptibility to colistin E, polymyxin B and human cationic antimicrobial peptide LL-37. Increased RamA levels reduce K. pneumoniae adhesion and uptake into macrophages, which is supported by in vivo infection studies, that demonstrate increased systemic dissemination of ramA overexpressing K. pneumoniae. These data establish that RamA-mediated regulation directly perturbs microbial surface properties, including lipid A biosynthesis, which facilitate evasion from the innate host response. This highlights RamA as a global regulator that confers pathoadaptive phenotypes with implications for our understanding of the pathogenesis of Enterobacter, Salmonella and Citrobacter spp. that express orthologous RamA proteins.

  4. New surface radiolabeling schemes of super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) for biodistribution studies

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    Nallathamby, Prakash D.; Mortensen, Ninell P.; Palko, Heather A.; Malfatti, Mike; Smith, Catherine; Sonnett, James; Doktycz, Mitchel J.; Gu, Baohua; Roeder, Ryan K.; Wang, Wei; Retterer, Scott T.

    2015-04-01

    Nanomaterial based drug delivery systems allow for the independent tuning of the surface chemical and physical properties that affect their biodistribution in vivo and the therapeutic payloads that they are intended to deliver. Additionally, the added therapeutic and diagnostic value of their inherent material properties often provides extra functionality. Iron based nanomaterials with their magnetic properties and easily tailorable surface chemistry are of particular interest as model systems. In this study the core radius of the iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) was 14.08 +/- 3.92 nm while the hydrodynamic radius of the NPs, as determined by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), was between 90-110 nm. In this study, different approaches were explored to create radiolabeled NPs that are stable in solution. The NPs were functionalized with polycarboxylate or polyamine surface functional groups. Polycarboxylate functionalized NPs had a zeta potential of -35 mV and polyamine functionalized NPs had a zeta potential of +40 mV. The polycarboxylate functionalized NPs were chosen for in vivo biodistribution studies and hence were radiolabeled with 14C, with a final activity of 0.097 nCi mg-1 of NPs. In chronic studies, the biodistribution profile is tracked using low level radiolabeled proxies of the nanoparticles of interest. Conventionally, these radiolabeled proxies are chemically similar but not chemically identical to the non-radiolabeled NPs of interest. This study is novel as different approaches were explored to create radiolabeled NPs that are stable, possess a hydrodynamic radius of S1) High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) image of iron oxide nanoparticles, (S2) Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) measurement of magnetization of super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, (S3) Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra of Fe-Si-COO- synthesised using Grignard reagents (S4) FT-IR spectra of iron oxide nanoparticles

  5. Radiolabeling, biodistribution and gamma scintigraphy of noscapine hydrochloride in normal and polycystic ovary induced rats

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    Priyadarshani Anjali

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Noscapine, an alkaloid from Papaver somniferum, widely used as an antitussive, is being clinically studied in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS and a few other cancers primarily because of its anti-angiogenesis properties. With the advent of diverse application of noscapine, we sought to determine whether the radiolabeling method can be useful in studying uptake and kinetics of the molecule in-vivo. Specific objectives of this study were to radiolabel noscapine with Technetium-99m (Tc-99m, to determine its organ biodistribution in rat model and study its uptake kinetics in PCOS model. Methods A method for radiolabeling noscapine with Tc-99m was standardized using stannous reduction method and its in vitro and in vivo stability parameters were studied. The radiopharmaceutical was also evaluated for blood kinetics and biodistribution profile. An animal model of PCOS was created by using antiprogesterone RU486 and uptake of 99mTc-noscapine in normal and PCOS ovaries was compared using gamma scintigraphy. Results Noscapine hydrochloride was successfully radiolabeled with Tc-99m with high labeling efficiency and in vitro stability. Most of the blood clearance of the drug (80% took place in first hour after intravascular injection with maximum accumulation being observed in liver, spleen, kidney followed by the ovary. At 4 hours post injection, radiolabeled complex accumulation doubled in PCOS ovaries in rats (0.9 ± 0.03% ID/whole organ compared to normal cyclic rats (0.53 ± 0.01% ID/whole organ. This observation was further strengthened by scintigraphic images of rats taken at different time intervals (1 h, 2 h, 4 h, and 24 h where SPECT images suggested discrete accumulation in the PCOS ovaries. Conclusion Through our study we report direct radiolabeling of noscapine and its biodistribution in various organs and specific uptake in PCOS that may show its utility for imaging ovarian pathology. The increased ovarian

  6. Investigation of obturator and ignitor effects on low velocity starting of the ram accelerator

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    Knowlen, C.; Bundy, C.; Bruckner, A.P. [Washington Univ., Seattle, WA (United States). Aerospace and Energetics Research Program; Kruczynski, D. [Washington Univ., Seattle, WA (United States). Aerospace and Energetics Research Program; Utron Inc., Manassas, VA (United States)

    2000-11-01

    An experimental investigation of the effects of obturator geometry, propellant chemistry, and onboard pyrotechnic ignitor systems on the starting characteristics of the ram accelerator at low launch velocity has been conducted at the University of Washington 38-mm-bore facility. The ram accelerator was successfully started at entrance velocities as low as 760 m/s using stoichiometric methane/oxygen propellants with various levels of carbon dioxide dilution and obturator configurations at a fill pressure of 2.5 MPa. Experiments using an onboard pyrotechnic ignitor demonstrated that ignition of the propellant and starting of the ram accelerator could occur without the presence of the obturator-driven normal shock. (orig.)

  7. Chloramine-T in radiolabeling techniques. IV. Penta-O-acetyl-N-chloro-N-methylglucamine as an oxidizing agent in radiolabelling techniques.

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    Tashtoush, B M; Traboulsi, A A; Dittert, L; Hussain, A A

    2001-01-01

    Chloramine-T (CAT) is commonly used in radiolabeling of bioactive molecules by halogenation. CAT is used to release radioactive elemental iodine by oxidation of its salts. Unfortunately, CAT is a strong oxidizing agent and can cause significant damage to peptides and proteins. This may lower the yield of the iodination reaction and may produce undesirable side products. Recently, it was found that the in situ formation of N-chlorosecondary amines, by the addition of secondary amines to CAT prior to exposure to the substrate, can reduce the oxidative damage caused by CAT. To simplify the method, we prepared penta-O-acetyl-N-chloro-N-methylglucamine (NCMGE) as a solid N-chlorosecondary amine. The chemical reactivity of NCMGE toward a model amino acid, 1-aminocyclohexane carboxylic acid, was compared with that of chloramine-T. In the presence of the model amino acid, CAT lost all its chlorine titer within 60 min while NCMGE retained 99% of its chlorine titer. NCMGE was compared to CAT for the iodination of l-tyrosine and leucine enkephalin. For both substrates, the NCMGE method produced larger or equal yields of the monoiodo and diiodo products and less decomposition. It is proposed that the method employing NCMGE to release diatomic iodine is more convenient and efficient for radiolabeling peptides and proteins than currently used methods. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  8. A Minimum Leakage Quasi-Static RAM Bitcell

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    Adam Teman

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available As SRAMs continue to grow and comprise larger percentages of the area and power consumption in advanced systems, the need to minimize static currents becomes essential. This brief presents a novel 9T Quasi-Static RAM Bitcell that provides aggressive leakage reduction and high write margins. The quasi-static operation method of this cell, based on internal feedback and leakage ratios, minimizes static power while maintaining sufficient, albeit depleted, noise margins. This paper presents the concept of the novel cell, and discusses the stability of the cell under hold, read and write operations. The cell was implemented in a low-power 40 nm TSMC process, showing as much as a 12× reduction in leakage current at typical conditions, as compared to a standard 6T or 8T bitcell at the same supply voltage. The implemented cell showed full functionality under global and local process variations at nominal and low voltages, as low as 300 mV.

  9. A ram-pressure threshold for star formation

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    Whitworth, A P

    2016-01-01

    In turbulent fragmentation, star formation occurs in condensations created by converging flows. The condensations must be sufficiently massive, dense and cool to be gravitationally unstable, so that they start to contract; {\\it and} they must then radiate away thermal energy fast enough for self-gravity to remain dominant, so that they continue to contract. For the metallicities and temperatures in local star forming clouds, this second requirement is only met robustly when the gas couples thermally to the dust, because this delivers the capacity to radiate across the full bandwidth of the continuum, rather than just in a few discrete spectral lines. This translates into a threshold for vigorous star formation, which can be written as a minimum ram-pressure Pcrit ~ 4 10^-11 dyne. Pcrit is independent of temperature, and corresponds to flows with molecular hydrogen number-density nH2 and velocity v satisfying nH2 v^2 > 800 cm^-3 (km/s)^2. This in turn corresponds to a minimum molecular hydrogen column-density ...

  10. Cardiac Safety of Diclofenac at a Single Dose in Ram

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    Ayse Er

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are frequently prescribed drug group in human and veterinary medicine. However, diclofenac, a traditional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, related to cardiotoxicity is reported, and blood cardiac damage markers may increase within the first hours after damage. The aim of the current research was to determine the effect of diclofenac on the blood cardiac damage markers. Single dose of diclofenac (2.5 mg/kg, IM was injected to 6 rams. Blood samples were collected in before (0 hour, control and 6 hours after injection. Specific (troponin I, and creatine kinase-MB and nonspecific (lactate dehydrogenase, aspartate aminotransferase blood cardiac damage marker concentrations, routine biochemical (hepatic damage, renal damage, lipid metabolism, glucose, and phosphorus parameters, and hemogram values were measured. Diclofenac increased (P<0.05 specific (troponin I and nonspecific cardiac (lactate dehydrogenase, aspartate aminotransferase, hepatic (aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, and alanine aminotransferase, and muscular (creatine kinase damage markers and high density lipoprotein level, while it decreased (P<0.05 low density lipoprotein level. Moreover, diclofenac decreased (P<0.05 white blood cell counts and increased (P<0.05 red blood cell counts. In conclusion, it may be stated that diclofenac shows slight cardiotoxicity, whereas it may show potent hepatic and muscular damage effects at an intramuscularly single dose in sheep. Thereby, repeated injections of diclofenac may be more harmful in sheep.

  11. Radiolabeled Small Molecule Protein Kinase Inhibitors for Imaging with PET or SPECT

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    Justin W. Hicks

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Imaging protein kinase expression with radiolabeled small molecule inhibitors has been actively pursued to monitor the clinical potential of targeted therapeutics and treatments as well as to determine kinase receptor density changes related to disease progression. The goal of the present review is to provide an overview of the breadth of radiolabeled small molecules that have been synthesized to target intracellular protein kinases, not only for imaging in oncology, but also for other areas of interest, particularly the central nervous system.  Considerable radiotracer development has focused on imaging receptor tyrosine kinases of growth factors, protein kinases A, B and C, and glycogen synthase kinase–3β. Design considerations, structural attributes and relevant biological results are summarized.

  12. Langmuir hydrogen dissociation approach in radiolabeling carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide

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    Badun, Gennadii A.; Chernysheva, Maria G.; Eremina, Elena A.; Egorov, Alexander V. [Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation). Dept. of Chemistry; Grigorieva, Anastasia V. [Lomonosov Moscow State Univ., Moscow (Russian Federation). Dept. of Materials Science

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    Carbon-based nanomaterials have piqued the interest of several researchers. At the same time, radioactive labeling is a powerful tool for studying processes in different systems, including biological and organic; however, the introduction of radioactive isotopes into carbon-based nanomaterial remains a great challenge. We have used the Langmuir hydrogen dissociation method to introduce tritium in single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide. The technique allows us to achieve a specific radioactivity of 107 and 27 Ci/g for single-layer graphene oxide and single-walled carbon nanotubes, respectively. Based on the analysis of characteristic Raman modes at 1350 and 1580 cm{sup -1}, a minimal amount of structural changes to the nanomaterials due to radiolabeling was observed. The availability of a simple, nondestructive, and economic technique for the introduction of radiolabels to single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide will ultimately expand the applicability of these materials.

  13. Preparation and biodistribution of 59Fe-radiolabelled iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Pospisilova, Martina; Zapotocky, Vojtech; Nesporova, Kristina; Laznicek, Milan; Laznickova, Alice; Zidek, Ondrej; Cepa, Martin; Vagnerova, Hana; Velebny, Vladimir

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    We report on the 59Fe radiolabelling of iron oxide nanoparticle cores through post-synthetic isotope exchange (59Fe-IONPex) and precursor labelling (59Fe-IONPpre). Scanning electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering measurements showed no impact of radiolabelling on nanoparticle size or morphology. While incorporation efficiencies of these methods are comparable—83 and 90% for precursor labelling and post-synthetic isotope exchange, respectively—59Fe-IONPpre exhibited much higher radiochemical stability in citrated human plasma. Quantitative ex vivo biodistribution study of 59Fe-IONPpre coated with triethylene glycol was performed in Wistar rats. Following the intravenous administration, high 59Fe concentration was observed in the lung and the organs of the reticuloendothelial system such as the liver, the spleen and the femur.

  14. Technical Report (Final): Development of Solid State Reagents for Preparing Radiolabeled Imaging Agents

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    Kabalka, George W

    2011-05-20

    The goal of this research was on the development of new, rapid, and efficient synthetic methods for incorporating short-lived radionuclides into agents of use in measuring dynamic processes. The initial project period (Year 1) was focused on the preparation of stable, solid state precursors that could be used to efficiently incorporate short-lived radioisotopes into small molecules of use in biological applications (environmental, plant, and animal). The investigation included development and evaluation of new methods for preparing carbon-carbon and carbon-halogen bonds for use in constructing the substrates to be radiolabeled. The second phase (Year 2) was focused on developing isotope incorporation techniques using the stable, boronated polymeric precursors. The final phase (Year 3), was focused on the preparation of specific radiolabeled agents and evaluation of their biodistribution using micro-PET and micro-SPECT. In addition, we began the development of a new series of polymeric borane reagents based on polyethylene glycol backbones.

  15. Methoxinine - an alternative stable amino acid substitute for oxidation-sensitive methionine in radiolabelled peptide conjugates.

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    Grob, Nathalie M; Behe, Martin; von Guggenberg, Elisabeth; Schibli, Roger; Mindt, Thomas L

    2017-01-01

    Radiolabelled peptides with high specificity and affinity towards receptors that are overexpressed by tumour cells are used in nuclear medicine for the diagnosis (imaging) and therapy of cancer. In some cases, the sequences of peptides under investigations contain methionine (Met), an amino acid prone to oxidation during radiolabelling procedures. The formation of oxidative side products can affect the purity of the final radiopharmaceutical product and/or impair its specificity and affinity towards the corresponding receptor. The replacement of Met with oxidation resistant amino acid analogues, for example, norleucine (Nle), can provide a solution. While this approach has been applied successfully to different radiolabelled peptides, a Met → Nle switch only preserves the length of the amino acid side chain important for hydrophobic interactions but not its hydrogen-bonding properties. We report here the use of methoxinine (Mox), a non-canonical amino acid that resembles more closely the electronic properties of Met in comparison to Nle. Specifically, we replaced Met(15) by Mox(15) and Nle(15) in the binding sequence of a radiometal-labelled human gastrin derivative [d-Glu(10) ]HG(10-17), named MG11 (d-Glu-Ala-Tyr-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-Phe-NH2 ). A comparison of the physicochemical properties of (177) Lu-DOTA[X(15) ]MG11 (X = Met, Nle, Mox) in vitro (cell internalization/externalization properties, receptor affinity (IC50 ), blood plasma stability and logD) showed that Mox indeed represents a suitable, oxidation-stable amino acid substitute of Met in radiolabelled peptide conjugates. Copyright © 2017 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2017 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  16. Radiolabelled peptides for tumour therapy: current status and future directions. Plenary lecture at the EANM 2002

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    Jong, Marion de; Kwekkeboom, Dik; Valkema, Roelf; Krenning, Eric P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, L2, Erasmus MC, 3015 GD, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2003-03-01

    On their plasma membranes, cells express receptor proteins with high affinity for regulatory peptides, such as somatostatin. Changes in the density of these receptors during disease, e.g. overexpression in many tumours, provide the basis for new imaging methods. The first peptide analogues successfully applied for visualisation of receptor-positive tumours were radiolabelled somatostatin analogues. The next step was to label these analogues with therapeutic radionuclides for peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT). Results from preclinical and clinical multicentre studies have already shown an effective therapeutic response when using radiolabelled somatostatin analogues to treat receptor-positive tumours. Infusion of positively charged amino acids reduces kidney uptake, enlarging the therapeutic window. For PRRT of CCK-B receptor-positive tumours, such as medullary thyroid carcinoma, radiolabelled minigastrin analogues are currently being successfully applied. The combination of different therapy modalities holds interest as a means of improving the clinical therapeutic effects of radiolabelled peptides. The combination of different radionuclides, such as {sup 177}Lu- and {sup 90}Y-labelled somatostatin analogues, to reach a wider tumour region of high curability, has been described. A variety of other peptide-based radioligands, such as bombesin and NPY(Y{sub 1}) analogues, receptors for which are expressed on common cancers such as prostate and breast cancer, are currently under development and in different phases of (pre)clinical investigation. Multi-receptor tumour targeting using the combination of bombesin and NPY(Y{sub 1}) analogues is promising for scintigraphy and PRRT of breast carcinomas and their lymph node metastases. (orig.)

  17. A study on indirect radiolabeling of IgG with carrier free 188Re

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    2003-01-01

    188Re labeled monoclonal antibodies are potential candidates for use in radioimmunotherapy. S-Bz-MAG3 as a bifunctional chelating agent was used for labeling of IgG with carrier free 188Re by pre-radiolabeling of the chelating approach. The conjugation conditions were optimized. The stability of 188Re-MAG3-IgG in vitro was high. The results may be useful to the studies of 188Re labeled MAbs for radioimmunotherapy.

  18. Radiolabeling of N-Succinimidyl-3-[125I]iodobenzoate intermediate

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    WANG Li-Hua; WANG Yong-Xian; YIN Duan-Zhi; LI Jun-Ling

    2004-01-01

    Organostannanes were important precursors which was easy to radioiodinate. N-Succinimidyl-3-(tri-n-butylstannyl) benzoate (STB) was radiolabeled using Iodogen to get radioactive N-Succinimidyl-3-iodobenzoate (S125IB) with 96% of high radiochemical yield. The optimization of labeling condition was explored in this study.S125IB was stable at room temperature in dark. Cold SIB was prepared as a standard and IR and NMR results were given in this article.

  19. Some problems associated with radiolabeling surface antigens on helminth parasites: a brief review

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    Hayunga, E.G. (Division of Tropical Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD (USA)); Murrell, K.D. (Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD (USA))

    1982-06-01

    Recent developments in technology have facilitated substantial advances in the characterization of surface antigens from a wide variety of both normal and neoplastic cells. However, the immunochemistry of parasites has lagged behind. Efforts to apply conventional radiolabeling methods to helminths have not always been successful. Experimental work with Schistosoma mansoni is reviewed to illustrate common problems encountered in surface labeling studies. These findings should provide insight for the future investigation of other helminth species.

  20. Recent Advances in the Development and Application of Radiolabeled Kinase Inhibitors for PET Imaging

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    Vadim Bernard-Gauthier

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Over the last 20 years, intensive investigation and multiple clinical successes targeting protein kinases, mostly for cancer treatment, have identified small molecule kinase inhibitors as a prominent therapeutic class. In the course of those investigations, radiolabeled kinase inhibitors for positron emission tomography (PET imaging have been synthesized and evaluated as diagnostic imaging probes for cancer characterization. Given that inhibitor coverage of the kinome is continuously expanding, in vivo PET imaging will likely find increasing applications for therapy monitoring and receptor density studies both in- and outside of oncological conditions. Early investigated radiolabeled inhibitors, which are mostly based on clinically approved tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI isotopologues, have now entered clinical trials. Novel radioligands for cancer and PET neuroimaging originating from novel but relevant target kinases are currently being explored in preclinical studies. This article reviews the literature involving radiotracer design, radiochemistry approaches, biological tracer evaluation and nuclear imaging results of radiolabeled kinase inhibitors for PET reported between 2010 and mid-2015. Aspects regarding the usefulness of pursuing selective vs. promiscuous inhibitor scaffolds and the inherent challenges associated with intracellular enzyme imaging will be discussed.

  1. Dual Radiolabeling as a Technique to Track Nanocarriers: The Case of Gold Nanoparticles

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    Clinton Rambanapasi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs have shown great potential for use in nanomedicine and nanotechnologies due to their ease of synthesis and functionalization. However, their apparent biocompatibility and biodistribution is still a matter of intense debate due to the lack of clear safety data. To investigate the biodistribution of AuNPs, monodisperse 14-nm dual-radiolabeled [14C]citrate-coated [198Au]AuNPs were synthesized and their physico-chemical characteristics compared to those of non-radiolabeled AuNPs synthesized by the same method. The dual-radiolabeled AuNPs were administered to rats by oral or intravenous routes. After 24 h, the amounts of Au core and citrate surface coating were quantified using gamma spectroscopy for 198Au and liquid scintillation for the 14C. The Au core and citrate surface coating had different biodistribution profiles in the organs/tissues analyzed, and no oral absorption was observed. We conclude that the different components of the AuNPs system, in this case the Au core and citrate surface coating, did not remain intact, resulting in the different distribution profiles observed. A better understanding of the biodistribution profiles of other surface attachments or cargo of AuNPs in relation to the Au core is required to successfully use AuNPs as drug delivery vehicles.

  2. Selective radiolabeling of cell surface proteins to a high specific activity

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    Thompson, J.A.; Lau, A.L.; Cunningham, D.D.

    1987-02-10

    A procedure was developed for selective radiolabeling of membrane proteins on cells to higher specific activities than possible with available techniques. Cell surface amino groups were derivatized with /sup 125/I-(hydroxyphenyl)propionyl groups via /sup 125/I-sulfosuccinimidyl (hydroxyphenyl)propionate (/sup 125/II-sulfo-SHPP). This reagent preferentially labeled membrane proteins exposed at the cell surface of erythrocytes as assessed by the degree of radiolabel incorporation into erythrocyte ghost proteins and hemoglobin. Comparison with the lactoperoxidase-(/sup 125/I)iodide labeling technique revealed that /sup 125/I-sulfo-SHPP labeled cell surface proteins to a much higher specific activity and hemoglobin to a much lower specific activity. Additionally, this reagent was used for selective radiolabeling of membrane proteins on the cytoplasmic face of the plasma membrane by blocking exofacial amino groups with uniodinated sulfo-SHPP, lysing the cells, and then incubating them with /sup 125/I-sulfo-SHPP. Exclusive labeling of either side of the plasma membrane was demonstrated by the labeling of some marker proteins with well-defined spacial orientations on erythroctyes. Transmembrane proteins such as the epidermal growth factor receptor on cultured cells could also be labeled differentially from either side of the plasma membrane.

  3. Optimal Design of FPGA Switch Matrix with Ion Mobility Based Nonvolatile ReRAM

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    Peng Hai-yun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available There are high demands for research of new device with greater accessing speed and stability to replace the current SRAM storage cell. The resistive random access memory (ReRAM is a metal oxide which is based on nonvolatile memory device possessing the characteristics of high read/write speed, high storage density, low power, low cost, very small cell, being nonvolatile, and unlimited writing endurance. The device has extreme short erasing time and the stored charge cannot be destroyed after power-off. Therefore, the ReRAM device is a significant storage device for many applications in the next generation. In this paper, we first explored the mechanism of the ReRAM device based on ion mobility model and then applied this device to optimize the design of FPGA switching matrix. The results show that it is beneficial to enhance the FPGA performance to replace traditional SRAM cells with ReRAM cells for the switching matrix.

  4. Gas Loss by Ram Pressure Stripping and Internal Feedback From Low Mass Milky Way Satellites

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    Emerick, Andrew; Grcevich, Jana; Gatto, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    The evolution of dwarf satellites of the Milky Way is affected by the combination of ram pressure and tidal stripping, and internal feedback from massive stars. We investigate gas loss processes in the smallest satellites of the Milky Way using three-dimensional, high resolution, idealized wind tunnel simulations, accounting for gas loss through both ram pressure stripping and expulsion by supernova feedback. Using initial conditions appropriate for a dwarf galaxy like Leo T, we investigate whether or not environmental gas stripping and internal feedback can quench these low mass galaxies on the expected timescales, shorter than 2 Gyr. We find that supernova feedback contributes negligibly to the stripping rate for these low star formation rate galaxies. However, we also find that ram pressure stripping is less efficient than expected in the stripping scenarios we consider. Our work suggests that, although ram pressure stripping can eventually completely strip these galaxies, other physics is likely at play t...

  5. Investigation on MCU Clustering Methodologies for Cross-Section Estimation of RAMs

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    Bosser, A; Tsiligiannis, G; Javanainen, A; Kettunen, H; Puchner, H; Saigne, F; Virtanen, A; Wrobel, F; Dilillo, L

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    During irradiation testing of RAMs, various failure scenarios may occur which may generate different characteristic Multiple Cell Upset (MCU) error patterns. This work proposes a method based on spatial and temporal criteria to identify them.

  6. Preparation, Characterization, and Microbial Degradation of Specifically Radiolabeled [14C]Lignocelluloses from Marine and Freshwater Macrophytes †

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    Specifically radiolabeled [14C-lignin]lignocelluloses were prepared from the aquatic macrophytes Spartina alterniflora, Juncus roemerianus, Rhizophora mangle, and Carex walteriana by using [14C]phenylalanine, [14C]tyrosine, and [14C]cinnamic acid as precursors. Specifically radiolabeled [14C-polysaccharide]lignocelluloses were prepared by using [14C]glucose as precursor. The rates of microbial degradation varied among [14C-lignin]lignocelluloses labeled with different lignin precursors within...

  7. Trehalose enhances osmotic tolerance and suppresses lysophosphatidylcholine-induced acrosome reaction in ram spermatozoon.

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    Ahmad, E; Naseer, Z; Aksoy, M; Küçük, N; Uçan, U; Serin, I; Ceylan, A

    2015-09-01

    This study was aimed to investigate the influence of trehalose on osmotic tolerance and the ability of ram spermatozoon to undergo acrosome reaction induced by lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC). In experiment 1, the diluted ejaculates were exposed to anisosmotic fructose solutions (70, 500, 750 and 1000 mOsm l(-1) ) with or without 50 mm trehalose. The presence of trehalose in hyperosmotic conditions enhanced (P ram spermatozoon and suppresses their ability to undergo LPC and cryo-induced acrosome reaction.

  8. Radiation immune RAM semiconductor technology for the 80's. [Random Access Memory

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    Hanna, W. A.; Panagos, P.

    1983-01-01

    This paper presents current and short term future characteristics of RAM semiconductor technologies which were obtained by literature survey and discussions with cognizant Government and industry personnel. In particular, total ionizing dose tolerance and high energy particle susceptibility of the technologies are addressed. Technologies judged compatible with spacecraft applications are ranked to determine the best current and future technology for fast access (less than 60 ns), radiation tolerant RAM.

  9. Experimental Study of Cement Mortar-Steel Fiber Reinforced Rammed Earth Wall

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    Pang, Miao; Yang, Shuai; Zhang, Yongqiang

    2012-01-01

    Rammed earth construction is an ancient technique which has recently attracted renewed interest throughout the world. Although rammed earth is currently regarded as a promising material in the construction industry in the context of sustainable development, it is difficult to quantify its bearing capacity, mechanical performance, as well as retrofitting approach, which discourages people from large-scale application in architectural engineering. This paper is devoted to the study of these pro...

  10. A Report of Contemporary Rammed Earth Construction and Research in North America

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    Arno Schmidt; Bly Windstorm

    2013-01-01

    Contemporary stabilized rammed earth (SRE) draws upon traditional rammed earth (RE) methods and materials, often incorporating reinforcing steel and rigid insulation, enhancing the structural and energy performance of the walls while satisfying building codes. SRE structures are typically engineered by licensed Structural Engineers using the Concrete Building Code or the Masonry Building Code. The construction process of SRE creates structural walls of relatively high compressive strength app...

  11. Rammed earth walls in the late middle age castles in the actual province of Soria, Spain

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    Gil Crespo, Ignacio Javier

    2013-01-01

    This paper analyzed the building techniques based in the use of rammed earth in the Late Medieval fortifications in the province of Soria, Spain. The manorial castles of Serón de Nágima and Yanguas were built completely with rammed earth. However, these techinques are different. Through the study of the constructive signals, we can reconstruct the constructive process and made an hypothesis of the auxiliary scaffolding necessary for the construction. After, other four cases in which there is ...

  12. Prolactin variants in ram adenohypophyses vary with season

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    Stroud, C. M.; Deaver, D. R.; Peters, J. L.; Loeper, D. C.; Toth, B. E.; Derr, J. A.; Hymer, W. C.

    1992-01-01

    Secretion of PRL in sheep is affected by photoperiod being highest during the spring and summer, lowest in fall and winter. The objectives of this study were to determine if 1) the production of variant forms of PRL, and 2) immuno- and bioactivities of PRL (iPRL and bPRL) differ during times of the year selected to represent periods of low, transitional and high PRL secretion. Twelve mature rams were maintained on pasture and killed in October, December, and April (n = 4/month). Individual pituitary glands were dispersed, cells obtained, and fixed for immunocytochemical flow cytometry, extracted with 0.01 N NaHCO3 or cultured in serum-free, defined media. The Mr of PRL extracted from cells immediately following dispersion ranged from 14-140K, with significantly more bands greater than 40K being detected from rams sacrificed in December than from those killed in October and April (P less than 0.01). No bands of PRL greater than 25K were observed when samples were reduced with beta-mercaptoethanol prior to electrophoresis, indicating that the high Mr forms were disulfide-linked aggregates. Culture media from October and April contained variants of PRL that ranged from 22-40K but those greater than 25K were generally not observed from cells harvested during December. Extracts of cells after 24 h in culture contained fewer high Mr species during December than had been present in initial extracts from that month. In contrast, during April more high Mr intracellular forms were present after culture than had been detected prior to culture during that month. The percentage of lactotrophs averaged 50.0 +/- 2.5, 47.4 +/- 5.7, and 59.4 +/- 5.5 for October, December, and April, respectively. Initial lactotroph content (pg/lactotroph) of iPRL was higher (P = 0.06) in April (46.0 +/- 17.0) when compared to October and December (8.0 +/- 2.0 and 20.0 +/- 10.0, respectively). In contrast, the bPRL content of initial extracts was higher (P = 0.05) in December (267.0 +/- 68.0) than

  13. Determination of fatty acid profile in ram spermatozoa and seminal plasma.

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    Díaz, R; Torres, M A; Bravo, S; Sanchez, R; Sepúlveda, N

    2016-08-01

    Fatty acids are important in male reproductive function because they are associated with membrane fluidity, acrosome reaction, sperm motility and viability, but limited information exists about the fatty acid profile of ram semen. Our aim was to determine the fatty acid composition in ram spermatozoa and seminal plasma. Sixty ejaculates were obtained from three ram (20 ejaculates/ram) using artificial vagina. Ram spermatozoa (RS) and seminal plasma (SP) were separated using centrifugation, and the fatty acids were analysed by gas chromatography. Total lipids obtained in ram spermatozoa were 1.8% and 1.6% in seminal plasma. Saturated fatty acid (SFA) was proportionally major in SP (66.6%) that RS (49.9%). The highest proportions of SFA corresponded to C4:0 (RS = 16.3% and SP = 28.8%) and C16:0 (RS = 16.3% and PS = 20%). The most important unsaturated fatty acid (UFA) was docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), 44.9% in RS and 31.5% in SP. The profile of fatty acid and their proportions showed differences between spermatozoa and seminal plasma.

  14. Expression of basal cell marker revealed by RAM11 antibody during epithelial regeneration in rabbits.

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    Tadeusz Cichocki

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available RAM11 is a mouse monoclonal anti-rabbit macrophage antibody recognizing connective tissue and vascular macrophages. Our previous report showed that RAM11 reacted with basal cells of stratified squamous epithelia of rabbit skin, oral mucosa and esophagus. The aim of the present study was to follow the appearance of RAM11 immunoreactivity in basal cells of regenerating oral epithelium in rabbits. No RAM11 immunostaining was observed in the regenerating epithelium examined on days 1 and 3 of wound healing. A weak immunofluorescence first appeared on day 7 in single basal cells and 32% of RAM11- positive basal cells were observed on day 14. These findings indicate that expression of the antigen recognized by RAM11 antibody is a transient event in the differentiation of oral keratinocytes which not always occurs during epithelial repair, although it is a constant feature of epithelial turnover in mature epithelium. Therefore this antigen can be regarded as basal cell marker only in mature stratified squamous epithelia.

  15. Effects of seasons on some semen parameters and bacterial contamination of Awassi ram semen.

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    Azawi, O I; Ismaeel, M A

    2012-06-01

    The objectives of the present study were to determine the effects of season on some semen parameters and bacterial contamination of Awassi ram semen. Semen samples from six mature Awassi rams were used in this study. Semen collection was performed with artificial vagina every week, from September 2009 to October 2010. Volume, sperm concentration, mass motility, individual motility, percentage live sperm and sperm abnormalities were evaluated. Moreover, determination of viable bacterial count of the rams was also recorded weekly. Higher (p highest (p highest values and differed significantly (p highest value of the mean sperm acrosomal defects (13.33 ± 0.63%) was recorded in December. The highest value of the mean viable bacterial count (138.3 ± 21.6) was recorded in July (summer). A significant decrease (p bacterial count was observed from the middle of winter towards the end of spring. The lowest bacterial count was noted in January (60.5 ± 2.98). It could be concluded from the results of the present study that there is an effect of season on ram semen quality, and summer high temperature in northern Iraq has no effect on Awassi ram semen. There is a significant effect of season on bacterial count on Awassi ram semen.

  16. Recent Advances in Risk Analysis and Management (RAM

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    Arpita Banerjee

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In today‟s age, organizations consider software development process as an investment activity which is dependent on the comprehensive and precise working of each phase in Software Development Lifecycle. Flaws from each phase could remain undetected starting from requirement phase till maintenance phase. The flaw or defects if left unattended in the respective phase will be carried forward to next phase aggregating the issues. These undetected flaws should be identified and removed as early as possible so as to reduce additional overheads. From the data available, it is concluded that risk analysis is a major factor which is ignored during all the phases of software development process resulting in the emergence of undetected defects and flaws. Because of the failure of many projects, the importance of risk analysis during software development process is now being well recognized. A series of reversed as well as assorted researches are proceeding towards analyzing the risk „right from the beginning‟ during the software development process. Through researchers have contributed significantly in the field, still more needs to be achieved. This paper presents a review of the current research being done in Risk Analysis and Management (RAM, based on the recently published work. The study is carried out with respect to analysis and management of risk in various phase of SDLC. Such a thorough review enables one to identify mature areas of research, as well as areas that need further investigation. Finally, after critical analysis of the current research findings, the future research directions are highlighted with their significance.

  17. RECENT ADVANCES IN RISK ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT (RAM

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    Arpita Banerjee

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In today‟s age, organizations consider software development process as an investment activity which is dependent on the comprehensive and precise working of each phase in Software Development Lifecycle. Flaws from each phase could remain undetected starting from requirement phase till maintenance phase. The flaw or defects if left unattended in the respective phase will be carried forward to next phase aggregating the issues. These undetected flaws should be identified and removed as early as possible so as to reduce additional overheads. From the data available, it is concluded that risk analysis is a major factor which is ignored during all the phases of software development process resulting in the emergence of undetected defects and flaws. Because of the failure of many projects, the importance of risk analysis during software development process is now being well recognized. A series of reversed as well as assorted researches are proceeding towards analyzing the risk „right from the beginning‟ during the software development process. Through researchers have contributed significantly in the field, still more needs to be achieved. This paper presents a review of the current research being done in Risk Analysis and Management (RAM, based on the recently published work. The study is carried out with respect to analysis and management of risk in various phase of SDLC. Such a thorough review enables one to identify mature areas of research, as well as areas that need further investigation. Finally, after critical analysis of the current research findings, the future research directions are highlighted with their significance.

  18. Structural Responses and Finite Element Modeling of Hakka Tulou Rammed Earth Structures

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    Sranislawski, Daniel

    Hakka Tulous are rammed earth structures that have survived the effects of aging and natural elements upwards of even over a thousand years. These structures have housed the Hakka people of the Fujian Province, China in natural yet modern housing that has provided benefits over newer building materials. The key building material, rammed earth, which is used for the walls of the Hakka Tulou structures, has provided structural stability along with thermal comfort to the respective inhabitants of the Hakka Tulous. Through material testing and analysis this study has examined how the Tulou structures have maintained their structural stability while also providing thermal comfort. Reports of self healing cracks in the rammed earth walls were also analyzed for their validity in this study. The study has found that although the story of the self healing crack cannot be validated, there is reason to believe that with the existence of lime, some type of autogenous healing could occur on a small scale. The study has also found, through the use of nondestructive testing, that both the internal wooden systems (flooring, roof, and column support) and the rammed earth walls, are still structurally sound. Also, rammed earth's high thermal mass along with the use of sufficient shading has allowed for a delay release of heat energy from the walls of the Tulous, thus providing thermal comfort that can be felt during both night and day temperatures. The Hakka Tulou structures have been found to resist destruction from natural disasters such as strong earthquakes even when more modern construction has not. Through finite element modeling, this study has shown that the high volume of rammed earth used in the construction of the Hakka Tulous helps dissipate lateral force energy into much lower stresses for the rammed earth wall. This absorption of lateral force energy allows the rammed earth structures to survive even the strongest of earthquakes experienced in the region. The Hakka

  19. Proposed Model for Integrating RAMS Method in the Design Process in Construction

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    Saad Al-Jibouri

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available There is a growing trend in the Netherlands for outsourcing public construction activities to the private sector through the use of integrated contracts. There is also an increasing emphasis from public clients on the use of RAMS and life cycle costing (LCC in the design process of infrastructural projects to improve the performance of designed systems and optimize the project cost. RAMS is an acronym for `reliability, availability, maintainability and safety' and represents a collection of techniques to provide predictions of the performance targets of the required system. Increasingly, RAMS targets are being specified in invitation to tender or contract documents and the parties responsible for the design are required to provide evidence of its application in their design. Recent evidence from practice, complemented with a literature study, has shown that the knowledge and application of RAMS in infrastructural designs are in their infancy compared with other industrial sectors and many designers in construction do not have the necessary knowledge and experience to apply it. This paper describes a proposed model for the integration of RAMS and LCC into the design process in construction. A variation of the model for the application of RAMS in `design, build, finance and maintain' (DBFM contracts that include maintenance requirements is also proposed. The two models involve providing guidelines to simplify the application of RAMs by the designers. The model has been validated for its practicality and usefulness during a workshop by experienced designers. DOI: 10.3763/aedm.2008.0100 Published in the Journal AEDM - Volume 5, Number 4, 2009 , pp. 179-192(14

  20. Chemical design of a radiolabeled gelatinase inhibitor peptide for the imaging of gelatinase activity in tumors

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    Hanaoka, Hirofumi [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma University, Maebashi 371-8511 (Japan); Mukai, Takahiro [Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan); Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8582 (Japan); Habashita, Sayo [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Asano, Daigo [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Ogawa, Kazuma [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Kuroda, Yoshihiro [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Akizawa, Hiromichi [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Chiba 260-8675 (Japan); Iida, Yasuhiko [Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma University, Maebashi 371-8511 (Japan); Endo, Keigo [Graduate School of Medicine, Gunma University, Maebashi 371-8511 (Japan); Saga, Tsuneo [Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8507 (Japan); Saji, Hideo [Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida Shimoadachi-cho, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)]. E-mail: hsaji@pharm.kyoto-u.ac.jp

    2007-07-15

    Since elevated levels of gelatinases [matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9] are associated with a poor prognosis in cancer patients, these enzymes are potential targets for tumor imaging. In the present study, a cyclic decapeptide, cCTTHWGFTLC (CTT), was selected as a mother compound because of its selective inhibitory activity toward gelatinases. For imaging gelatinase activity in tumors, we designed a CTT-based radiopharmaceutical taking into consideration that (1) the HWGF motif of the peptide is important for the activity (2) hydrophilic radiolabeled peptides show low-level accumulation in the liver and (3) an increase in the negative charge of radiolabeled peptides is effective in reducing renal accumulation. Thus, a highly hydrophilic and negatively charged radiolabel, indiun-111-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid ({sup 111}In-DTPA), was attached to an N-terminal residue distant from the HWGF motif ({sup 111}In-DTPA-CTT). In MMP-2 inhibition assays, In-DTPA-CTT significantly inhibited the proteolytic activity in a concentration-dependent fashion. When injected into normal mice, {sup 111}In-DTPA-CTT showed low levels of radioactivity in the liver and kidney. A comparison of the pharmacokinetic characteristics of {sup 111}In-DTPA-CTT with those of other CTT derivatives having different physicochemical properties revealed that the increase in hydrophilicity and negative charge caused by the conjugation of {sup 111}In-DTPA reduced levels of radioactivity in the liver and kidney. In tumor-bearing mice, a significant correlation was observed between the accumulation in the tumor as well as tumor-to-blood ratio of {sup 111}In-DTPA-CTT and gelatinase activity. These findings support the validity of the chemical design of {sup 111}In-DTPA-CTT for reducing accumulation in nontarget tissues and maintaining the inhibitory activity of the mother compound. Furthermore, {sup 111}In-DTPA-CTT derivatives would be potential radiopharmaceuticals for the imaging of

  1. In vivo Tracking of Copper-64 Radiolabeled Nanoparticles in Lactuca sativa.

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    Davis, Ryan Andrew; Rippner, Devin; Hausner, Sven H; Parikh, Sanjai J; McElrone, Andrew J; Sutcliffe, Julie L

    2017-09-27

    Engineered nanoparticles (NPs) are increasingly used in commercial products including automotive lubricants, clothing, deodorants, sunscreens, and cosmetics and can potentially accumulate in our food supply. Given their size it is difficult to detect and visualize the presence of NPs in environmental samples, including crop plants. New analytical tools are needed to fill the void for detection and visualization of NPs in complex biological and environmental matrices. We aimed to determine whether radiolabeled NPs could be used as a noninvasive, highly sensitive analytical tool to quantitatively track and visualize NP transport and accumulation in vivo in lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and to investigate the effect of NP size on transport and distribution over time using a combination of autoradiography, positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transition electron microscopy (TEM). Azide functionalized NPs were radiolabeled via a "click" reaction with copper-64 (64Cu)-1,4,7-triazacyclononane triacetic acid (NOTA) azadibenzocyclooctyne (ADIBO) conjugate ([64Cu]-ADIBO-NOTA) via copper-free Huisgen-1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction. This yielded radiolabeled [64Cu]-NPs of uniform shape and size with a high radiochemical purity (>99%), specific activity of 83 MBq/mg of NP, and high stability (i.e., no detectable dissolution) over 24 h across a pH range of 5-9. Both PET/CT and autoradiography showed that [64Cu]-NPs entered the lettuce seedling roots and were rapidly transported to the cotyledons with the majority of the accumulation inside the roots. Uptake and transport of intact NPs was size dependent, and in combination with the accumulation within the roots suggests a filtering effect of the plant cell walls at various points along the water transport pathway.

  2. Preparation, characterization, and microbial degradation of specifically radiolabeled [C]lignocelluloses from marine and freshwater macrophytes.

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    Benner, R; Maccubbin, A E; Hodson, R E

    1984-02-01

    Specifically radiolabeled [C-lignin]lignocelluloses were prepared from the aquatic macrophytes Spartina alterniflora, Juncus roemerianus, Rhizophora mangle, and Carex walteriana by using [C]phenylalanine, [C]tyrosine, and [C]cinnamic acid as precursors. Specifically radiolabeled [C-polysaccharide]lignocelluloses were prepared by using [C]glucose as precursor. The rates of microbial degradation varied among [C-lignin]lignocelluloses labeled with different lignin precursors within the same plant species. To determine the causes of these differential rates, [C-lignin]lignocelluloses were thoroughly characterized for the distribution of radioactivity in nonlignin contaminants and within the lignin macromolecule. In herbaceous plants, significant amounts (8 to 24%) of radioactivity from [C]phenylalanine and [C]tyrosine were found associated with protein, although very little (3%) radioactivity from [C]cinnamic acid was associated with protein. Microbial degradation of radiolabeled protein resulted in overestimation of lignin degradation rates in lignocelluloses derived from herbaceous aquatic plants. Other differences in degradation rates among [C-lignin]lignocelluloses from the same plant species were attributable to differences in the amount of label being associated with ester-linked subunits of peripheral lignin. After acid hydrolysis of [C-polysaccharide]lignocelluloses, radioactivity was detected in several sugars, although most of the radioactivity was distributed between glucose and xylose. After 576 h of incubation with salt marsh sediments, 38% of the polysaccharide component and between 6 and 16% of the lignin component (depending on the precursor) of J. roemerianus lignocellulose was mineralized to CO(2); during the same incubation period, 30% of the polysaccharide component and between 12 and 18% of the lignin component of S. alterniflora lignocellulose was mineralized.

  3. Body ram, not suction, is the primary axis of suction-feeding diversity in spiny-rayed fishes.

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    Longo, Sarah J; McGee, Matthew D; Oufiero, Christopher E; Waltzek, Thomas B; Wainwright, Peter C

    2016-01-01

    Suction-feeding fishes exhibit diverse prey-capture strategies that vary in their relative use of suction and predator approach (ram), which is often referred to as the ram-suction continuum. Previous research has found that ram varies more than suction distance among species, such that ram accounts for most differences in prey-capture behaviors. To determine whether these findings hold at broad evolutionary scales, we collected high-speed videos of 40 species of spiny-rayed fishes (Acanthomorpha) feeding on live prey. For each strike, we calculated the contributions of suction, body ram (swimming) and jaw ram (mouth movement relative to the body) to closing the distance between predator and prey. We confirm that the contribution of suction distance is limited even in this phylogenetically and ecologically broad sample of species, with the extreme suction area of prey-capture space conspicuously unoccupied. Instead of a continuum from suction to ram, we find that variation in body ram is the major factor underlying the diversity of prey-capture strategies among suction-feeding fishes. Independent measurement of the contribution of jaw ram revealed that it is an important component of diversity among spiny-rayed fishes, with a number of ecomorphologies relying heavily on jaw ram, including pivot feeding in syngnathiforms, extreme jaw protruders and benthic sit-and-wait ambush predators. A combination of morphological and behavioral innovations has allowed fish to invade the extreme jaw ram area of prey-capture space. We caution that while two-species comparisons may support a ram-suction trade-off, these patterns do not speak to broader patterns across spiny-rayed fishes.

  4. Alternate radiolabeled markers for detecting metabolic activity of Mycobacterium leprae residing in murine macrophages

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    Prasad, H.K.; Hastings, R.C.

    1985-05-01

    This study demonstrated the utility of using 4% NaOH as a murine macrophage cell-solubilizing agent to discriminate between host macrophage metabolism and that of intracellular Mycobacterium leprae. A 4% concentration of NaOH had no deleterious effect on labeled mycobacteria. Thereby, alternate radiolabeled indicators of the metabolic activity of intracellular M. leprae could be experimented with. Significant incorporation of /sup 14/C-amino acid mixture, (/sup 14/C)leucine, (/sup 14/C)uridine, and carrier-free /sup 32/P was observed in cultures containing freshly extracted (''live'') strains of M. leprae as compared with control cultures containing autoclaved bacilli.

  5. Carbon-11 radiolabeling of iron-oxide nanoparticles for dual-modality PET/MR imaging

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    Sharma, Ramesh; Xu, Youwen; Kim, Sung Won; Schueller, Michael J.; Alexoff, David; Smith, S. David; Wang, Wei; Schlyer, David

    2013-07-01

    Dual-modality imaging, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) simultaneously, is a powerful tool to gain valuable information correlating structure with function in biomedicine. The advantage of this dual approach is that the strengths of one modality can balance the weaknesses of the other. However, success of this technique requires developing imaging probes suitable for both. Here, we report on the development of a nanoparticle labeling procedure via covalent bonding with carbon-11 PET isotope. Carbon-11 in the form of [11C]methyl iodide was used as a methylation agent to react with carboxylic acid (-COOH) and amine (-NH2) functional groups of ligands bound to the nanoparticles (NPs). The surface coating ligands present on superparamagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIO NPs) were radiolabeled to achieve dual-modality PET/MR imaging capabilities. The proof-of-concept dual-modality PET/MR imaging using the radiolabeled SPIO NPs was demonstrated in an in vivo experiment.Dual-modality imaging, using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) simultaneously, is a powerful tool to gain valuable information correlating structure with function in biomedicine. The advantage of this dual approach is that the strengths of one modality can balance the weaknesses of the other. However, success of this technique requires developing imaging probes suitable for both. Here, we report on the development of a nanoparticle labeling procedure via covalent bonding with carbon-11 PET isotope. Carbon-11 in the form of [11C]methyl iodide was used as a methylation agent to react with carboxylic acid (-COOH) and amine (-NH2) functional groups of ligands bound to the nanoparticles (NPs). The surface coating ligands present on superparamagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIO NPs) were radiolabeled to achieve dual-modality PET/MR imaging capabilities. The proof-of-concept dual-modality PET/MR imaging using the radiolabeled

  6. Radiolabeled Peptide Scaffolds for PET/SPECT - Optical in Vivo Imaging of Carbohydrate-Lectin Interactions

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    2014-09-30

    The objective of this research is to develop phage display-selected peptides into radio- and fluoresecently- labeled scaffolds for the multimodal imaging of carbohydrate-lectin interactions. While numerous protein and receptor systems are being explored for the development of targeted imaging agents, the targeting and analysis of carbohydrate-lectin complexes in vivo remains relatively unexplored. Antibodies, nanoparticles, and peptides are being developed that target carbohydrate-lectin complexes in living systems. However, antibodies and nanoparticles often suffer from slow clearance and toxicity problems. Peptides are attractive alternative vehicles for the specific delivery of radionuclides or fluorophores to sites of interest in vivo, although, because of their size, uptake and retention may be less than antibodies. We have selected high affinity peptides that bind a specific carbohydrate-lectin complex involved in cell-cell adhesion and cross-linking using bacteriophage (phage) display technologies (1,2). These peptides have allowed us to probe the role of these antigens in cell adhesion. Fluorescent versions of the peptides have been developed for optical imaging and radiolabeled versions have been used in single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) in vivo imaging (3-6). A benefit in employing the radiolabeled peptides in SPECT and PET is that these imaging modalities are widely used in living systems and offer deep tissue sensitivity. Radiolabeled peptides, however, often exhibit poor stability and high kidney uptake in vivo. Conversely, optical imaging is sensitive and offers good spatial resolution, but is not useful for deep tissue penetration and is semi-quantitative. Thus, multimodality imaging that relies on the strengths of both radio- and optical- imaging is a current focus for development of new in vivo imaging agents. We propose a novel means to improve the efficacy of radiolabeled and fluorescently

  7. Chelator free gallium-68 radiolabelling of silica coated iron oxide nanorods via surface interactions

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    Burke, Benjamin P.; Baghdadi, Neazar; Kownacka, Alicja E.; Nigam, Shubhanchi; Clemente, Gonçalo S.; Al-Yassiry, Mustafa M.; Domarkas, Juozas; Lorch, Mark; Pickles, Martin; Gibbs, Peter; Tripier, Raphaël; Cawthorne, Christopher; Archibald, Stephen J.

    2015-09-01

    The commercial availability of combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/positron emission tomography (PET) scanners for clinical use has increased demand for easily prepared agents which offer signal or contrast in both modalities. Herein we describe a new class of silica coated iron-oxide nanorods (NRs) coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and/or a tetraazamacrocyclic chelator (DO3A). Studies of the coated NRs validate their composition and confirm their properties as in vivo T2 MRI contrast agents. Radiolabelling studies with the positron emitting radioisotope gallium-68 (t1/2 = 68 min) demonstrate that, in the presence of the silica coating, the macrocyclic chelator was not required for preparation of highly stable radiometal-NR constructs. In vivo PET-CT and MR imaging studies show the expected high liver uptake of gallium-68 radiolabelled nanorods with no significant release of gallium-68 metal ions, validating our innovation to provide a novel simple method for labelling of iron oxide NRs with a radiometal in the absence of a chelating unit that can be used for high sensitivity liver imaging.The commercial availability of combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/positron emission tomography (PET) scanners for clinical use has increased demand for easily prepared agents which offer signal or contrast in both modalities. Herein we describe a new class of silica coated iron-oxide nanorods (NRs) coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and/or a tetraazamacrocyclic chelator (DO3A). Studies of the coated NRs validate their composition and confirm their properties as in vivo T2 MRI contrast agents. Radiolabelling studies with the positron emitting radioisotope gallium-68 (t1/2 = 68 min) demonstrate that, in the presence of the silica coating, the macrocyclic chelator was not required for preparation of highly stable radiometal-NR constructs. In vivo PET-CT and MR imaging studies show the expected high liver uptake of gallium-68 radiolabelled nanorods with no

  8. Whole-body effective half-lives for radiolabeled antibodies and related issues

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    Kaurin, D.G.L.; Carsten, A.L.; Baum, J.W.; Barber, D.E.

    1996-08-01

    Radiolabeled antibodies (RABs) are being developed and used in medical imaging and therapy in rapidly increasing numbers. Data on the whole body half effective half-lives were calculated from external dose rates obtained from attending physicians and radiation safety officers at participating institutions. Calculations were made using exponential regression analysis of data from patients receiving single and multiple administrations. Theses data were analyzed on the basis of age, sex, isotope label, radiation energy, antibody type, disease treated, administration method, and number of administrations.

  9. Comprehensive evaluation of a somatostatin-based radiolabelled antagonist for diagnostic imaging and radionuclide therapy

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    Wang, Xuejuan; Fani, Melpomeni [University Hospital Basel, Division of Radiological Chemistry, Basel (Switzerland); Schulz, Stefan [Jena University Hospital - Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Jena (Germany); Rivier, Jean [The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology, La Jolla, CA (United States); Reubi, Jean Claude [University of Bern, Division of Cell Biology and Experimental Cancer Research, Institute of Pathology, Bern (Switzerland); Maecke, Helmut R. [University Hospital Basel, Division of Radiological Chemistry, Basel (Switzerland); University Hospital Freiburg, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Freiburg (Germany)

    2012-12-15

    Targeting of tumours positive for somatostatin receptors (sst) with radiolabelled peptides is of interest for tumour localization, staging, therapy follow-up and targeted radionuclide therapy. The peptides used clinically are exclusively agonists, but recently we have shown that the radiolabelled somatostatin-based antagonist {sup 111}In-DOTA-sst2-ANT may be preferable to agonists. However, a comprehensive study of this radiolabelled antagonist to determine its significance was lacking. The present report describes the evaluation of this novel antagonist labelled with {sup 111}In and {sup 177}Lu in three different tumour models. Radiopeptide binding, internalization and dissociation studies were performed using cells expressing HEK293-rsst{sub 2}. Biodistribution studies were performed in HEK293-rsst{sub 2}, HEK293-hsst{sub 2} and HEK293-rsst{sub 3} xenografted mice. Saturation binding analysis confirmed earlier IC{sub 50} data for {sup 111/nat}In-DOTA-sst2-ANT and showed similar affinity of {sup 177/nat}Lu-DOTA-sst2-ANT for the sst{sub 2}. Only low internalization was found in cell culture (6.68 {+-} 0.06 % at 4 h), which was not unexpected for an antagonist, and this could be further reduced by the addition of sucrose. No internalization was observed in HEK293 cells not expressing sst. Both results indicate that the internalization was specific. {sup 111}In-DOTA-sst2-ANT and {sup 177}Lu-DOTA-sst2-ANT were shown to target tumour xenografts expressing the rat and the human sst{sub 2} receptor with no differences in their uptake or pharmacokinetics. The uptake in rsst{sub 2} and hsst{sub 2} was high (about 30 %IA/g 4 h after injection) and surprisingly long-lasting (about 20-23 %IA/g 24 h after injection). Kidney uptake was blocked by approximately 50 % by lysine or Gelofusine. These results indicate that radiolabelled somatostatin-based antagonists may be superior to corresponding agonists. The long tumour retention time of {sup 177}Lu-DOTA-sst2-ANT indicates that

  10. Radiolabeled phosphonium salts as mitocondrial voltage sensors for positron emission tomography myocardial imaging agents

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    Kim, Dong Yon; Min, Jung Joon [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine,Chonnam National University Medical School and Hwasun Hospital, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-09-15

    Despite substantial advances in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, {sup 18}F-labeled positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals remain necessary to diagnose heart disease because clinical use of current PET tracers is limited by their short half-life. Lipophilic cations such as phosphonium salts penetrate the mitochondrial membranes and accumulate in mitochondria of cardiomyocytes in response to negative inner-transmembrane potentials. Radiolabeled tetraphenyl phosphonium cation derivatives have been developed as myocardial imaging agents for PET. In this review, a general overview of these radiotracers, including their radiosynthesis, in vivo characterization, and evaluation is provided and clinical perspectives are discussed.

  11. Correlating labeling chemistry and in-vitro test results with the biological behavior of radiolabeled proteins

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    Srivastava, S.C.; Meinken, G.E.

    1985-01-01

    Monoclonal antibodies possess enormous potential for delivery of therapeutic amounts of radionuclides to target antigens in vivo, in particular for tumor imaging and therapy. Translation of this concept into practice has encountered numerous problems. Specifically whereas general protein radiolabeling methods are applicable to antibodies, immunological properties of the antibodies are often compromised resulting in reduced in-vivo specificity for the target antigens. The bifunctional chelating agent approach shows the most promise, however, development of other agents will be necessary for widespread usefulness of this technique. The effects of labeling chemistry on the in-vivo behavior of several monoclonal antibodies are described. 30 refs., 4 figs., 10 tabs.

  12. [18F]Galacto-RGD: synthesis, radiolabeling, metabolic stability, and radiation dose estimates.

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    Haubner, Roland; Kuhnast, Bertrand; Mang, Christian; Weber, Wolfgang A; Kessler, Horst; Wester, Hans-Jürgen; Schwaiger, Markus

    2004-01-01

    It has been demonstrated in various murine tumor models that radiolabeled RGD-peptides can be used for noninvasive determination of alphavbeta3 integrin expression. Introduction of sugar moieties improved the pharmacokinetic properties of these peptides and led to tracer with good tumor-to-background ratios. Here we describe the synthesis, radiolabeling, and the metabolic stability of a glycosylated RGD-peptide ([18F]Galacto-RGD) and give first radiation dose estimates for this tracer. The peptide was assembled on a solid support using Fmoc-protocols and cyclized under high dilution conditions. It was conjugated with a sugar amino acid, which can be synthesized via a four-step synthesis starting from pentaacetyl-protected galactose. For radiolabeling of the glycopeptide, 4-nitrophenyl-2-[18F]fluoropropionate was used. This prosthetic group allowed synthesis of [18F]Galacto-RGD with a maximum decay-corrected radiochemical yield of up to 85% and radiochemical purity >98%. The overall radiochemical yield was 29 +/- 5% with a total reaction time including final HPLC preparation of 200 +/- 18 min. The metabolic stability of [18F]Galacto-RGD was determined in mouse blood and liver, kidney, and tumor homogenates 2 h after tracer injection. The average fraction of intact tracer in these organs was approximately 87%, 76%, 69%, and 87%, respectively, indicating high in vivo stability of the radiolabeled glycopeptide. The expected radiation dose to humans after injection of [18F]Galacto-RGD has been estimated on the basis of dynamic PET studies with New Zealand white rabbits. According to the residence times in these animals the effective dose was calculated using the MIRDOSE 3.0 program as 2.2 x 10(-2) mGy/MBq. In conclusion, [18F]Galacto-RGD can be synthesized in high radiochemical yields and radiochemical purity. Despite the time-consuming synthesis of the prosthetic group 185 MBq of [18F]Galacto-RGD, a sufficient dose for patient studies, can be produced starting with

  13. Ocular penetration of (/sup 125/I)IVDU, a radiolabeled analogue of bromovinyldeoxyuridine

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    Maudgal, P.C.; Verbruggen, A.M.; De Clercq, E.; Busson, R.; Bernaerts, R.; de Roo, M.; Ameye, C.; Missotten, L.

    1985-01-01

    Following topical application of (/sup 125/)IVDU, the radiolabeled analogue of bromovinyldeoxyuridine ((E)-5-(2-bromovinyl)-2'-deoxyuridine), as 0.5% or 0.3% eyedrops, to rabbits, (/sup 125/I)IVDU appeared in the anterior chamber fluid at drug levels well above the minimum concentration (0.01 microgram/mL) required for inhibition of herpes simplex virus type 1 replication. These findings are consistent with the efficacy of 0.5% bromovinyldeoxyuridine eyedrops in the topical treatment of herpes simplex uveitis.

  14. Therapeutic considerations in the use of intraperitoneal radiolabelled monoclonal antibodies in ovarian carcinoma

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    Crowther, M.E.; Ward, B.G.; Granowska, M.; Mather, S.; Britton, K.E.; Shepherd, J.H.; Slevin, M.L.

    1989-03-01

    Eleven patients with ovarian cancer have been treated with a radiolabelled monoclonal antibody directed against human milk fat globule membrane (HMFG2). All patients had Stage III disease and had previously undergone debulking surgery followed by chemotherapy. Although 16 patients have been referred, 5 could not be treated. This paper discusses the criteria for patient selection and treatment, and describes the technical difficulties of this form of therapy and the complications sustained following the intraperitoneal instillation of up to 150 mCi iodine-131 labelled HMFG2. Significant complications included two ileo-cutaneous fistulae and peritonitis in one patient which prevented treatment from being given.

  15. Radiolabeled Exosomes for the Early Detection of Metastases and to Predict Breast Cancer Premetastatic Niche

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    2015-08-31

    prereserve integrity following the reaction protocol. Figure 6 Control exos F7 F8 F9 F10 D) Labeling with Gallium - 68 (Ga...C) NOTA conjugation and labeling with Ga- 68 and D) DFO conjugation and labeling with Zr-89. We aim to test a few more radiolabeling methods in year...through a silica sep-pak (treated with 2 x 2 mL hexanes) and the final product was eluted in 3mL ethyl acetate. Ethyl acetate was then removed by

  16. Effect of increased testicular temperature on seminal plasma proteome of the ram.

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    Rocha, David R; Martins, Jorge André M; van Tilburg, Mauricio F; Oliveira, Rodrigo V; Moreno, Frederico B; Monteiro-Moreira, Ana Cristina O; Moreira, Renato A; Araújo, Airton A; Moura, Arlindo A

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    The present study evaluated the effects of heat stress on the ram seminal plasma proteome. Six Morada Nova rams were scrotal insulated for 8 days. Scrotal circumference, sperm parameters, and seminal fluid proteins were evaluated before (Day 0) and twice during scrotal insulation (Days 4 and 8), and weekly until semen parameters returned to preinsulation values (normal). Seminal proteins were analyzed by two-dimensional SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry. Scrotal circumference decreased from 30 ± 0.4 cm on Day 0 to 22.6 ± 0.6 cm on Day 36 (P Rams were azoospermic between Days 29 and 64, and sperm concentration came back to normal on Day 92. The number of spots/two-dimensional gel reduced from 256 ± 31 on Day 0 to 104 ± 14 on Day 29 (when rams were azoospermic) and then increased to 183 ± 9 on Day 113 (P rams, indicating alterations in both spermatogenesis and sperm maturation. Changes of seminal plasma proteome were coincidental with variations in semen parameters. Proteins affected by heat challenge are potentially involved in sperm protection, maturation, and fertilization.

  17. Ram pressure stripping and galaxy orbits The case of the Virgo cluster

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    Vollmer, B; Balkowski, C; Duschl, W J

    2001-01-01

    We investigate the role of ram pressure stripping in the Virgo cluster using N-body simulations. Radial orbits within the Virgo cluster's gravitational potential are modeled and analyzed with respect to ram pressure stripping. The N-body model consists of 10000 gas cloud complexes which can have inelastic collisions. Ram pressure is modeled as an additional acceleration on the clouds located at the surface of the gas distribution in the direction of the galaxy's motion within the cluster. We made several simulations changing the orbital parameters in order to recover different stripping scenarios using realistic temporal ram pressure profiles. We investigate systematically the influence of the inclination angle between the disk and the orbital plane of the galaxy on the gas dynamics. We show that ram pressure can lead to a temporary increase of the central gas surface density. In some cases a considerable part of the total atomic gas mass (several 10^8 M_solar) can fall back onto the galactic disk after the s...

  18. Experimental Study of Cement Mortar-Steel Fiber Reinforced Rammed Earth Wall

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Rammed earth construction is an ancient technique which has recently attracted renewed interest throughout the world. Although rammed earth is currently regarded as a promising material in the construction industry in the context of sustainable development, it is difficult to quantify its bearing capacity, mechanical performance, as well as retrofitting approach, which discourages people from large-scale application in architectural engineering. This paper is devoted to the study of these problems based on rammed earth wall model experimentation. Three different models are studied considering different material components as well as structural configurations. By measuring the strain and deformation of the rammed earth wall models subjected to uniformly-distributed vertical loading, their ultimate bearing capacities are tested based on experimental investigation. Then the method of cement mortar-steel fiber reinforcement (CMSF is carried out to study the ultimate bearing capacity enhancement of the wall models. Results show that the method of cement mortar-steel fiber reinforcement can increase the ultimate bearing capacity of the rammed earth wall models significantly, which is of relevant engineering significance in practical application.

  19. Rammed earth - a sustainable wall system for the Pacific North-West

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    Krayenhoff, M; White, E.

    1997-07-01

    Construction of a stabilized rammed earth wall (SRE), which consists of a mixture of unwashed, unscreened sandy aggregate and cement, reinforced with bamboo and insulated with vermiculite or foam board, was described, and its performance reviewed. Although not popular in Canada in general, rammed earth wall construction is being used for custom homes in British Columbia`s Gulf Islands. France and Australia are also active in the development of rammed earth wall technologies. The base SRE house is 1500 sq ft, single storey slab-on grade, with the long axis oriented east-west. SRE houses have a very long life expectancy, (estimated 100 to 1,000 years). There are no exterior or interior surfaces to be painted, or replaced. The material is highly resistant to mechanical damage. Construction cost is higher than frame wall construction, but maintenance cost, space heating energy cost, environmental impact cost, and local economic benefit are all greater than traditional frame construction (the latter because of the high labour requirement and high local materials component). Insulated rammed earth wall construction is considered to be a technically sound exterior wall system, especially in the milder climate of the Pacific Northwest. Because of the higher thermal mass, a greater passive solar contribution is also expected from a rammed earth house.

  20. RAM-induced Allostery Facilitates Assembly of a Notch Pathway Active Transcription Complex

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    Friedmann, David R.; Wilson, Jeffrey J.; Kovall, Rhett A. (UCIN-MED)

    2008-07-09

    The Notch pathway is a conserved cell-to-cell signaling mechanism, in which extracellular signals are transduced into transcriptional outputs through the nuclear effector CSL. CSL is converted from a repressor to an activator through the formation of the CSL-NotchIC-Mastermind ternary complex. The RAM (RBP-J associated molecule) domain of NotchIC avidly interacts with CSL; however, its role in assembly of the CSL-NotchIC-Mastermind ternary complex is not understood. Here we provide a comprehensive thermodynamic, structural, and biochemical analysis of the RAM-CSL interaction for components from both mouse and worm. Our binding data show that RAM and CSL form a high affinity complex in the presence or absence of DNA. Our structural studies reveal a striking distal conformational change in CSL upon RAM binding, which creates a docking site for Mastermind to bind to the complex. Finally, we show that the addition of a RAM peptide in trans facilitates formation of the CSL-NotchIC-Mastermind ternary complex in vitro.

  1. RAM-Induced Allostery Facilitates Assembly of a Notch Pathway Active Transcription Complex

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    Friedman,D.; Wilson, J.; Kovall, R.

    2008-01-01

    The Notch pathway is a conserved cell-to-cell signaling mechanism, in which extracellular signals are transduced into transcriptional outputs through the nuclear effector CSL. CSL is converted from a repressor to an activator through the formation of the CSL-NotchIC-Mastermind ternary complex. The RAM (RBP-J associated molecule) domain of NotchIC avidly interacts with CSL; however, its role in assembly of the CSL-NotchIC-Mastermind ternary complex is not understood. Here we provide a comprehensive thermodynamic, structural, and biochemical analysis of the RAM-CSL interaction for components from both mouse and worm. Our binding data show that RAM and CSL form a high affinity complex in the presence or absence of DNA. Our structural studies reveal a striking distal conformational change in CSL upon RAM binding, which creates a docking site for Mastermind to bind to the complex. Finally, we show that the addition of a RAM peptide in trans facilitates formation of the CSL-NotchIC-Mastermind ternary complex in vitro.

  2. MarA and ramA regulate virulence in Salmonella enterica serovar Choleraesuis.

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    Lee, Jen-Jie; Hsuan, Shih-Ling; Kuo, Chih-Jung; Wu, Ying-Chen; Chen, Ter-Hsin

    2015-12-31

    Salmonella enterica serovar Choleraesuis is considered as an important porcine pathogen that causes serious systemic infections and exhibits poor response to treatment because of an increase in multidrug resistance (MDR). Among the various regulators of resistance, multiple antibiotic resistance factor A (marA) and regulator of acetate metabolism A (ramA) are the most effective in conferring antibiotic tolerance by activation of multidrug efflux pumps. Here we investigated the regulation of virulence in Salmonella Choleraesuis through these two transcriptional regulators. We showed that marA andramA are important for the survival of Salmonella Choleraesuis in an environment of acid and bile salts, since marA- or ramA-deficient Salmonella Choleraesuis strains failed to increase protective responses, as observed by quantitative RT-PCR (qPCR). Further, reduced invasion and survival in host cells was observed in the marA and ramA mutant strains. The results from in vitrostudies with marA- and ramA-deficient strains showed attenuated characteristics in comparison to those in the wild-type strain of Salmonella Choleraesuis when it was used to challenge BALB/c mice. The mutant strains had higher LD50 and presented poor clearance efficiency compared to the parental strain. These findings indicate that MarA and RamA not only regulate drug resistance but also play a role in the virulence of SalmonellaCholeraesuis.

  3. Characterization of Colombian creole pigs by RAMs Caracterización de cerdos criollos colombianos mediante la técnica molecular RAMs

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    2006-12-01

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    Using the molecular technique RAMs (Random Amplified Microsatellites, the genetic diversity and the existent genetic relationships were determined among 35 Colombian Creole pigs (Zungo, San Pedreño, Mule Foot and a sample of commercial type individuals. For ty six polymorphic loci were found and the heterozygocity values for the RAM markers fluctuated among 0.22 for CCA and 0.19 for CTand CGA, with 92.30% of polymorphic loci for CCA, 82.3 % for CT and 68.75% for CGA. The heterozygocity was of 0.2016 and the Fst was 0.3058 ±0.0433. The Nei distances tree established a very well defined group formed by the Zungo and San Pedreño breeds, which moved away from the rest of the individuals; the Mule foot pigs and Zungo (CLEM were grouped with the commercial ones, indicating introgression with foreign breeds.

    Key words: Swine; genetic variation; microsatellites; RAMs; Colombia.

    Mediante la técnica molecular RAMs (Random Amplified Microsatellites se determinó la diversidad y las relaciones genéticas en 35 cerdos criollos colombianos (Zungos, San Pedreño, Casco de Mula y en una muestra de animales de tipo comercial. Se encontraron 46 loci polimórficos; los valores de heterocigosidad por marcador RAMs fluctuaron entre 0.22 para CCA y 0.19 tanto para CT como para CGA, con 93.20% de loci polimórficos para CCA, 82.3% para CT y 68.75% para CGA. La heterocigosidad fue de 0.2016 y de 0.3058 ±0.0433 el Fst. El árbol de distancias de Nei definió bien las razas Zungo ySan Pedreño, las cuales se alejaron del resto de los individuos. Los cerdos Casco de Mula y Zungo (CLEM se agruparon con los comerciales, lo que indicó la presencia de introgresión con razas foráneas.

    Palabras claves: Cerdo; variación genética; microsatélites; RAMs; Colombia.

  4. Sintering Behaviour of Al2O3-SiC-C Ramming Mix

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    WUXingrong; CAOFeng

    2004-01-01

    Silicon fines, boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 as sintering agents were incorporated into Al2O3-SiC-C ramming mix in order to investigated their effects on the microstructure , mechanical properties and sintering behavior of the ramming mix. Results show that all the three agents could improved both densification and mehanical properties markedly, compared to that of non-agent specimens and the effect of the composite of boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 is the best. The oxidation resistance increased with the addition of agents, which is supported by densification. Microstructures showed that agent powders could fill pores or produce liquid phases at high temperature, therefore, improve the sintering of the ramming mix.

  5. Sintering Behaviour of Al2O3-SiC-C Ramming Mix

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    WU Xingrong; CAO Feng

    2004-01-01

    Silicon fines, boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 as sintering agents were incorporated into Al2O3-SiC-C ramming mix in order to investigated their effects on the microstructue,mechanical properties and sintering be-havior of the ramming mix.Results show that all the three agents could improved both densification and mehanical properties markedly,compared to that of non-agent speci-mens and the effect of the composite of boron acid solid powders and microfine SiO2 is the best.The oxidation re-sistance increased with the addition of agents,which is supported by densification.Microstructures shoued that a-gent powders could fill pores or produce liquid phases at high temperatuer,therefore,improve the sintering of the ramming mix.

  6. Energy restriction affect liver development in Hu sheep ram lambs through Hippo signaling pathway.

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    Zhang, Ting-Ting; Zhang, Guo-Min; Jin, Yu-Hang; Guo, Yi-Xuan; Wang, Zhen; Fan, Yi-Xuan; El-Samahy, M A; Wang, Feng

    2017-09-02

    This study aimed to evaluate the effects of dietary energy restriction on postnatal liver development in Hu sheep ram lambs. A total of 16 ram lambs were randomly divided into two groups: 100% energy requirements diet and 55% energy requirements diet, which were fed for 75 d. Results showed that the final body and liver weights decreased with energy restriction (p Energy restriction caused a significant decrease in the levels of circulating insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and an increase in growth hormone secretion (p energy restriction, respectively (p energy restriction group (p energy restriction group (p energy restriction in ram lambs impairs liver development by increasing apoptosis, which may occur via the Hippo signaling pathway. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. The Role of Ram Pressure Stripping in the Quenching of Cluster Star Formation

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    2010-01-01

    Recent observations of galaxy clusters have shown that environmental effects apparently associated with the cluster begin to lower the star formation rates of galaxies at distances as great as three times the cluster virial radius. These observations may indicate preprocessing of cluster galaxies in groups or in the cluster core for galaxies on highly elliptical orbits, but may also imply that the environmental effects due to the cluster are directly affecting galaxies on their first infall. To explore these issues, we investigate different models of ram pressure stripping as it acts on satellite galaxies in clusters, and compare to observations of the radial star formation gradient in clusters. We calculate the location of the accretion shock around model clusters, and use this as the radius of onset of ram pressure stripping in the Galform semi-analytic model of galaxy formation. Comparison of the results of our model, and previously considered, simpler ram pressure models, with recent observations indicate...

  8. Ram speed profile design for isothermal extrusion of AZ31 magnesium alloy by using FEM simulation

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    In the conventional hot extrusion of metallic materials,the temperature of the workpiece varies during the whole extrusion process,leading to the non-uniformity of the product dimension,microstructure and properties.In the present research,a simulation model based on the principle of PID control was developed to establish ram speed profiles that can suppress the temperature evolution during the process to allow for isothermaI extrusion.With this simulation model,the real-time extrusion ram speed was adjusted according to the simulated exit temperature.The results show that temperature homogeneity is significantly improved not only along the extrudate length but also on its cross section in the case of extrusion in the isothermal mode with a designed ram speed profile in the extrusion process of AZ31 magnesium.In addition,die temperature varies over a more narrow range in comparison with extrusion in the conventional iso-speed mode.

  9. Synthesis, Radiolabeling, and In Vivo Imaging of PEGylated High-Generation Polyester Dendrimers.

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    McNelles, Stuart A; Knight, Spencer D; Janzen, Nancy; Valliant, John F; Adronov, Alex

    2015-09-14

    A fifth generation aliphatic polyester dendrimer was functionalized with vinyl groups at the periphery and a dipicolylamine Tc(I) chelate at the core. This structure was PEGylated with three different molecular weight mPEGs (mPEG160, mPEG350, and mPEG750) using thiol-ene click chemistry. The size of the resulting macromolecules was evaluated using dynamic light scattering, and it was found that the dendrimer functionalized with mPEG750 was molecularly dispersed in water, exhibiting a hydrodynamic diameter of 9.2 ± 2.1 nm. This PEGylated dendrimer was subsequently radiolabeled using [(99m)Tc(CO)3(H2O)3](+) and purified to high (>99%) radiochemical purity. Imaging studies were initially performed on healthy rats to allow comparison to previous Tc-labeled dendrimers and then on xenograft murine tumor models, which collectively showed that the dendrimers circulated in the blood for an extended period of time (up to 24 h). Furthermore, the radiolabeled dendrimer accumulated in H520 xenograft tumors, which could be visualized by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The reported PEGylated aliphatic polyester dendrimers represent a new platform for developing tumor-targeted molecular imaging probes and therapeutics.

  10. Effect of crush lesion on radiolabelling of ganglioside in rat peripheral nerve

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    Guzman-Harty, M.; Warner, J.K.; Mancini, M.E.; Pearl, D.K.; Yates, A.J.

    1988-01-01

    Left sciatic nerves of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were crushed and allowed to recover for 0, 1, 2, 4, 7, or 14 days. At each of these times both L-5 dorsal root ganglia were injected with 100 microCi of (/sup 3/H)glucosamine. Two days later, dorsal root ganglia, lumbosacral trunks, and sciatic nerves were removed bilaterally. The amounts of radiolabelled ganglioside in crushed lumbosacral trunks were consistently higher than in the controls, with the largest difference occurring within 2 days from simultaneous crush and injection to killing (specimens labelled day 0). The largest difference in the amount of radiolabelled ganglioside between crushed and control sciatic nerve (4-9 days from crush to killing) occurred later than that of lumbosacral trunk, but no significant difference occurred within the first 3 days following crush. There was only a slightly higher radioactivity in gangliosides totalled from all three anatomical specimens of crushed than in control nerves. The neutral nonganglioside lipid and acid-precipitable fraction followed patterns of synthesis and accumulation similar to those of the gangliosides. These findings indicate that after nerve crush gangliosides, glucosamine-labelled neutral nonganglioside lipids, and glycoproteins accumulate close to the proximal end of the regenerating axon. This accumulation could serve as a reservoir to increase the ganglioside concentration in the growth cone membrane.

  11. Comparative radiolabeling and distribution of a tumour-directed monoclonal antibody

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    Turner, C.J.; Noujaim, A.A. (Alberta Univ., Edmonton (Canada). Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Sykes, T.R.; Longenecker, B.M. (Alberta Univ., Edmonton (Canada). Faculty of Medicine)

    1989-01-01

    Both chloramine-T and iodine monochloride radioiodination greatly reduced the immunoreactivity of the MAb compared to radioiodination using Iodogen. Bifunctional chelate labeling was comparable to Iodogen in reducing the immunoreactivity of the MAb and subsequent chelation of /sup 111/In did not further compromise the immunoreactivity of the MAb. In vivo distribution data showed significantly different distributions of radiolabels after injection of radioiodinated and radiochelated MAb. /sup 131/I-MAb showed some tumour association as compared to the distribution of an /sup 125/I-non-specific protein and the data also indicates preferential dehalogenation of the radioiodinated MAB. /sup 111/In from radiochelated MAb showed significantly higher uptake in the tumour than /sup 131/I from /sup 131/I-MAb. It is suggested that the differing fates of the two radiolabels within the tumour cell is responsible for difference in retention observed and not necessarily due to lack of MAb tumour uptake. Overall, the radiochelate label for MAb 155H.7 appears to be superior to radioiodine for in vivo use.

  12. Recent Trends in Bioorthogonal Click-Radiolabeling Reactions Using Fluorine-18

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    Doreen Pietzsch

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The increasing application of positron emission tomography (PET in nuclear medicine has stimulated the extensive development of a multitude of novel and versatile bioorthogonal conjugation techniques especially for the radiolabeling of biologically active high molecular weight compounds like peptides, proteins or antibodies. Taking into consideration that the introduction of fluorine-18 (t1/2 = 109.8 min proceeds under harsh conditions, radiolabeling of these biologically active molecules represents an outstanding challenge and is of enormous interest. Special attention has to be paid to the method of 18F-introduction. It should proceed in a regioselective manner under mild physiological conditions, in an acceptable time span, with high yields and high specific activities. For these reasons and due to the high number of functional groups found in these compounds, a specific labeling procedure has to be developed for every bioactive macromolecule. Bioorthogonal strategies including the Cu-assisted Huisgen cycloaddition and its copper-free click variant, both Staudinger Ligations or the tetrazine-click reaction have been successfully applied and represent valuable alternatives for the selective introduction of fluorine-18 to overcome the afore mentioned obstacles. This comprehensive review deals with the progress and illustrates the latest developments in the field of bioorthogonal labeling with the focus on the preparation of radiofluorinated building blocks and tracers for molecular imaging.

  13. Recent trends in bioorthogonal click-radiolabeling reactions using fluorine-18.

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    Pretze, Marc; Pietzsch, Doreen; Mamat, Constantin

    2013-07-22

    The increasing application of positron emission tomography (PET) in nuclear medicine has stimulated the extensive development of a multitude of novel and versatile bioorthogonal conjugation techniques especially for the radiolabeling of biologically active high molecular weight compounds like peptides, proteins or antibodies. Taking into consideration that the introduction of fluorine-18 (t(1/2) = 109.8 min) proceeds under harsh conditions, radiolabeling of these biologically active molecules represents an outstanding challenge and is of enormous interest. Special attention has to be paid to the method of 18F-introduction. It should proceed in a regioselective manner under mild physiological conditions, in an acceptable time span, with high yields and high specific activities. For these reasons and due to the high number of functional groups found in these compounds, a specific labeling procedure has to be developed for every bioactive macromolecule. Bioorthogonal strategies including the Cu-assisted Huisgen cycloaddition and its copper-free click variant, both Staudinger Ligations or the tetrazine-click reaction have been successfully applied and represent valuable alternatives for the selective introduction of fluorine-18 to overcome the afore mentioned obstacles. This comprehensive review deals with the progress and illustrates the latest developments in the field of bioorthogonal labeling with the focus on the preparation of radiofluorinated building blocks and tracers for molecular imaging.

  14. Detection of early atherosclerosis with radiolabeled monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 in prediabeteic Zucker rats

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    Blankenberg, F.G. [Div. of Pediatric Radiology, Stanford, CA (United States); Wen, P.; Dai, M.; Zhu, D.; Panchal, S.N.; Valantine, H.A. [Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford, California (United States); Tait, J.F. [Dept. of Laboratory Medicine, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (United States); Post, A.M.; Strauss, H.W. [Div. of Nuclear Medicine, Stanford Univ., CA (United States)

    2001-12-01

    Background: Migration of monocytes into the arterial wall is an early finding of atherosclerosis. Monocytes are attracted to sites of vascular endothelial cell injury, the initiating event in the development of atheromatous disease, by a chemokine known as monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1). Injured vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells selectively secrete MCP-1. Objective: This study was performed to determine if radiolabeled MCP-1 would co-localize at sites of monocyte/macrophage concentration in an experimental model of transplant-induced vasculopathy in diabetic animals. Materials and methods: Hearts from 3-month-old male Zucker rats, heterozygote (Lean) or homozygote (Fat) for the diabetes-associated gene fa, were transplanted into the abdomens of genetically matched recipients. Lean and Fat animals were then fed normal or high-fat diets for 90 days. Results: At 90 days significant increases (P < 0.013) of MCP-1 graft uptake were seen at imaging and confirmed on scintillation gamma well counting studies in Lean (n = 5) and Fat (n = 12) animals, regardless of diet, 400 % and 40 %, above control values, respectively. MCP-1 uptake of native and grafted hearts correlated with increased numbers of perivascular macrophages (P < 0.02), as seen by immunostaining with an antibody specific for macrophages (ED 2). Conclusion: Radiolabeled MCP-1 can detect abnormally increased numbers of perivascular mononuclear cells in native and grafted hearts in prediabetic rats. MCP-1 may be useful in the screening of diabetic children for early atherosclerotic disease. (orig.)

  15. Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK model for biodistribution of radiolabeled peptides in patients with neuroendocrine tumours

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    Viktor Popov

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: The objectives of this work was to assess the benefits of the application of Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK models in patients with different neuroendocrine tumours (NET who were treatedwith Lu-177 DOTATATE. The model utilises clinical data on biodistribution of radiolabeled peptides (RLPs obtained by whole body scintigraphy (WBS of the patients.Methods: The blood flow restricted (perfusion rate limited type of the PBPK model for biodistribution of radiolabeled peptides (RLPs in individual human organs is based on the multi-compartment approach, which takes into account the main physiological processes in the organism: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME. The approachcalibrates the PBPK model for each patient in order to increase the accuracy of the dose estimation. Datasets obtained using WBS in four patients have been used to obtain the unknown model parameters. The scintigraphic data were acquired using a double head gamma camera in patients with different neuroendocrine tumours who were treated with Lu-177 DOTATATE. The activity administered to each patient was 7400MBq.Results: Satisfactory agreement of the model predictions with the data obtained from the WBS for each patient has been achieved. Conclusion: The study indicates that the PBPK model can be used for more accurate calculation of biodistribution and absorbed doses in patients. This approach is the first attempt of utilizing scintigraphic data in PBPK models, which was obtained during Lu-177 peptide therapy of patients with NET.

  16. Radiolabeled porphyrin versus gallium-67 citrate for the detection of human melanoma in athymic mice

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    Maric, N.; Chan, S. Ming; Hoffer, P.B.; Duray, P.

    1987-01-01

    We performed the biodistribution and imaging studies of /sup 111/In and /sup 67/Ga labeled tetra(4-N-methylpyridyl) porphine, (T4NMPYP), and compared it to that of /sup 67/Ga citrate in athymic mice bearing a human melanoma xenograft. The biodistribution results of both /sup 111/In and /sup 67/Ga labeled T4NMPYP (3, 6, 24, and 48 hours) were similar but differed from that of /sup 67/Ga citrate (48 hours). The optimum tumor uptake of both radiolabeled porphyrins was at 6 hours postinjection and was lower than the tumor uptake of /sup 67/Ga citrate at 48 hours postinjection. Kidney was the only organ showing higher uptake of radiolabeled porphyrin compared to that of /sup 67/Ga citrate. The imaging studies performed with /sup 111/In T4NMPYP and /sup 67/Ga citrate correspond to the biodistribution results. Osteomyelitis present in one mouse showed good localization of /sup 111/In T4NMPYP. 15 refs., 3 figs., 5 tabs.

  17. Direct 99mTc labeling of monoclonal antibodies: radiolabeling and in vitro stability.

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    Garron, J Y; Moinereau, M; Pasqualini, R; Saccavini, J C

    1991-01-01

    Direct labeling involves 99mTc binding to different donor groups on the protein, giving multiple binding sites of various affinities resulting in an in vivo instability. The stability has been considerably improved by activating the antibody using a controlled reduction reaction (using 2-aminoethanethiol). This reaction generates sulfhydryl groups, which are known to strongly bind 99mTc. The direct 99mTc antibody labeling method was explored using whole antibodies and fragments. Analytical methods were developed for routine evaluation of radiolabeling yield and in vitro stability. Stable direct antibody labeling with 99mTc requires the generation of sulfhydryl groups, which show high affinity binding sites for 99mTc. Such groups are obtained with 2-aminoethanethiol (AET), which induces the reduction of the intrachain or interchain disulfide bond, with no structural deterioration or any loss of immunobiological activity of the antibody. The development of fast, reliable analytical methods has made possible the qualitative and quantitative assessment of technetium species generated by the radiolabeling process. Labeling stability is determined by competition of the 99mTc-antibody bond with three ligands, Chelex 100 (a metal chelate-type resin), free DTPA solution and 1% HSA solution. Very good 99mTc-antibody stability is obtained with activated IgG (IgGa) and Fab' fragment, which makes these substances possible candidates for immunoscintigraphy use.

  18. Radiolabeling and physicochemical characterization of boron nitride nanotubes functionalized with glycol chitosan polymer

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    Soares, Daniel Cristian Ferreira; Ferreira, Tiago Hilario; Ferreira, Carolina de Aguiar; Sousa, Edesia Martins Barros de, E-mail: sousaem@cdtn.b [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG) Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Lab. de Materiais Nanoestruturados para Bioaplicacoes; Cardoso, Valbert Nascimento, E-mail: cardosov@farmacia.ufmg.b [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Fac. de Farmacia

    2011-07-01

    In the last years, some nanostructured systems has proposed as new drugs and radioisotopes delivery systems, aiming the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, including the cancer. Among these systems, the Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) showed adequate characteristics to be applied in biomedical area, due to its high stability and considerable biocompatibility. However, due to its hydrophobic characteristics, these applications are limited and its behavior in vivo (guinea pigs) is unexplored yet. Seeking to overcome this problems, in the present work, we functionalized the BNNTs (noncovalent wrapped) with glycol chitosan (GC), a biocompatible and stable polymer, in order to disperse it in water. The results showed that BNNTs were well dispersed in water with mean size and polydispersity index suitable to conduct biodistribution studies in mice. The nanostructures were physicochemical and morphologically characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman Spectroscopy. The results revealed that the functionalization process with glycol chitosan was obtained with successfully on BNNTs surface. Furthermore, we developed a radiolabeling protocol with {sup 99m}Tc radioisotope in functionalized BNNTs, aiming in future, to conduct image biodistribution studies in mice. The results revealed that the nanotubes were radiolabeled with radiochemical purity above of 90%, being considered suitable to scintigraphic image acquisition. (author)

  19. Progress of ram acceleration with ISL's RAMAC 30

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    Seiler, F.; Patz, G.; Smeets, G.; Srulijes, J. [French-German Res. Inst., Saint-Louis (France)

    2000-11-01

    G. Smeets (1988) published a new concept for a ram accelerator with guiding tube rails for firing rail stabilized projectiles. This concept replaces fin stabilized projectiles accelerated in a cylindrical bore. The rail tube idea offers some advantages, e.g., no sabot is necessary as required for fin guided projectiles, simple projectile geometry, and possibility of varying the inner tube geometry. This principle was tested in 1993 and 1994 in rail tube version I and is now again under investigation since the beginning of 1997 in our RAMAC 30 in version II. In the rail tube concept, circular and finless projectiles are guided in a ram-tube equipped with five inner rails. At the moment we use a ram-section with a length of about 4.8 meters. A conventional powder gun serves as pre-accelerator. In the gun tube with a length of 2.8 meters, projectiles of about 150 grams are accelerated to a muzzle velocity of approximately 1800 m/s which is the initial velocity at the entrance of the ram-section. For successful operating a ram accelerator, the heat release must be limited to avoid ''thermal choking'' followed by an ''unstart''. This choking phenomenon will be investigated in detail in this paper from the gasdynamic point of view in order to predict the right mixture for the given flow conditions around the ram projectile. Moreover, to avoid a firing failure, the material point of view must also be considered. Some recent firings have been done using aluminium, titanium and steel as test materials and its behaviour is discussed herein in detail. The first outcome is for example, for a given projectile geometry and a given gas mixture with a steel cowling no ignition occurs, whereas with aluminium or titanium as combustor surface material the ignition starts well followed by a projectile acceleration. (orig.)

  20. Review of radiation effects on ReRAM devices and technology

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    Gonzalez-Velo, Yago; Barnaby, Hugh J.; Kozicki, Michael N.

    2017-08-01

    A review of the ionizing radiation effects on resistive random access memory (ReRAM) technology and devices is presented in this article. The review focuses on vertical devices exhibiting bipolar resistance switching, devices that have already exhibited interesting properties and characteristics for memory applications and, in particular, for non-volatile memory applications. Non-volatile memories are important devices for any type of electronic and embedded system, as they are for space applications. In such applications, specific environmental issues related to the existence of cosmic rays and Van Allen radiation belts around the Earth contribute to specific failure mechanisms related to the energy deposition induced by such ionizing radiation. Such effects are important in non-volatile memory as the current leading technology, i.e. flash-based technology, is sensitive to the total ionizing dose (TID) and single-event effects. New technologies such as ReRAM, if competing with or complementing the existing non-volatile area of memories from the point of view of performance, also have to exhibit great reliability for use in radiation environments such as space. This has driven research on the radiation effects of such ReRAM technology, on both the conductive-bridge RAM as well as the valence-change memories, or OxRAM variants of the technology. Initial characterizations of ReRAM technology showed a high degree of resilience to TID, developing researchers’ interest in characterizing such resilience as well as investigating the cause of such behavior. The state of the art of such research is reviewed in this article.

  1. Strategies for radiolabeling of commercial TiO2 nanopowder as a tool for sensitive nanoparticle detection in complex matrices

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    Hildebrand, Heike; Schymura, Stefan; Holzwarth, Uwe; Gibson, Neil; Dalmiglio, Matteo; Franke, Karsten

    2015-06-01

    Detection and quantification of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in complex environmental or biological media is a major challenge since NP concentrations are generally expected to be low compared to elemental background levels. This study presents three different options for radiolabeling of commercial titania NP (TiO2-NP, AEROXIDE® P25, Evonik Industries, mean diameter 21 nm) for particle detection, localization, and tracing under various experimental conditions. The radiolabeling procedures ensure stability and consistency of important particle properties such as size and morphology. With the presented radiolabeling methods, detection (and quantification) limits for TiO2-NPs in concentrations as low as 0.5 ng/L can be realized in complex systems without the necessity of intense sample purification or pretreatment.

  2. Positron-emitting resin microspheres as surrogates of {sup 90}Y SIR-Spheres: a radiolabeling and stability study

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    Avila-Rodriguez, Miguel A. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)]. E-mail: maavilarodri@wisc.edu; Selwyn, Reed G. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Hampel, Joseph A. [Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Thomadsen, Bruce R. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); DeJesus, Onofre T. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Converse, Alexander K. [Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Nickles, Robert J. [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706 (United States)

    2007-07-15

    Commercially available resin microspheres and SIR-Spheres were labeled with metallic positron emitters and evaluated as positron emission tomography (PET) imaging surrogates of {sup 90}Y SIR-Spheres. Radiolabeling was performed using a batch method, and in vitro stability over 24 h was evaluated in saline at physiological pH at 37{sup o}C. The activity per microsphere distribution, as evaluated by autoradiography, showed the activity per microsphere to be proportional to the square radius of the spheres, suggesting surface binding. The in vivo stability of radiolabeling was evaluated in rats by micro-PET imaging after the intravenous injection of labeled microspheres. The different resin microspheres and radionuclides evaluated in this study all showed good radiolabeling efficiency and in vitro stability. However, only resins labeled with {sup 86}Y and {sup 89}Zr proved to have the in vivo stability required for clinical applications.

  3. Performance analysis of STT-RAM with cross shaped free layer using Heusler alloys

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    Bharat Kumary, Tangudu; Ghosh, Bahniman; Awadhiya, Bhaskar; Verma, Ankit Kumar

    2016-01-01

    We have investigated the performance of a spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) cell with a cross shaped Heusler compound based free layer using micromagnetic simulations. We have designed a free layer using a Cobalt based Heusler compound. Simulation results clearly show that the switching time from one state to the other state has been reduced, also it has been found that the critical switching current density (to switch the magnetization of the free layer of the STT RAM cell) is reduced.

  4. Hydraulic ram —a device lifting water without conventional energy

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    MaChi; HuYingde

    2003-01-01

    In the southern part of China, due to the rich rainfalls and favourably topographical landscape, there is abundant hydraulic energy resources contained in the countless small streams and rivers in the mountainous and semi-mountainous areas. Besides the small hydro power generation which transfers the potential energy to the electrical power, there is other technology available to utilise the potential energy directly for the water lifting in the irrigation and decentralised do-mestic water supply in the village level. This paper introduces the basic principle of the hydraulic ram op-eration and describes the applicable opportunities for the hydraulic ram.

  5. Reliability and Maintainability Model (RAM): User and Maintenance Manual. Part 2; Improved Supportability Analysis

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    Ebeling, Charles E.

    1996-01-01

    This report documents the procedures for utilizing and maintaining the Reliability & Maintainability Model (RAM) developed by the University of Dayton for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center (LaRC). The purpose of the grant is to provide support to NASA in establishing operational and support parameters and costs of proposed space systems. As part of this research objective, the model described here was developed. This Manual updates and supersedes the 1995 RAM User and Maintenance Manual. Changes and enhancements from the 1995 version of the model are primarily a result of the addition of more recent aircraft and shuttle R&M data.

  6. Does Vitamin E or Vitamin E plus Selenium improve reproductive performance of rams during hot weather?

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    Basilio Floris

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to determine the effect of Vitamin E (Vit E and Selenium (Se on semen quality, sexual activity, packed cell volume (PCV, and white blood cell counts (WBC of Awassi rams during the hot season. Twelve Awassi rams were subdivided into three groups and treated for 90 days. Rams in the 1st group (T1 were treated twice weekly with 175 mg/ram vitamin E at intervals of 12h; rams in the 2nd group (T2 were treated on the same schedule with 70 mg/ram vitamin E plus 2800 mg selenium; and rams in 3rd group (T3 served as controls. Sperm quality (percentage of motile cells and percentage of morphologically normal cells and quantity (sperm volume, and concentration were recorded weekly. Sexual activity was tested by using the pen libido test at monthly intervals. Blood samples were taken before treatment and after the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd months. Semen quality was significantly affected by treatments: the ejaculate volume increased in T2 vs T1, and T3; mass activity and individual motility were increased in T1 and T2 vs T3. Sperm concentration was increased in T2 and T1 vs T3, and the percentage of dead and abnormal spermatozoa was reduced in T1 and T2 vs T3, though the differences were not statistically significant. Pen libido test showed reduced reaction time for the first mount in the 1st month in T2 and T1 vs T3. The number of serves was increased in groups T1 and T2 vs T3. There were no significant differences in PCV among groups. After 3 months from the beginning of treatments, the percentage of lymphocytes increased in T1 and T2 vs. T3, while the percentage of neutrophils was reduced in T2 vs T3 in the 2nd and 3rd months. The results of this experiment indicate that treatments with vitamin E alone or in combination with selenium improved semen characteristics and reproductive performance of Awassi rams during the hot season.

  7. Privacy-Preserving Group Data Access via Stateless Oblivious RAM Simulation

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    Goodrich, Michael T; Ohrimenko, Olga; Tamassia, Roberto

    2011-01-01

    We study the problem of providing privacy-preserving access to an outsourced honest-but-curious data repository for a group of trusted users. We show that such privacy-preserving data access is possible using a combination of probabilistic encryption, which directly hides data values, and stateless oblivious RAM simulation, which hides the pattern of data accesses. We give simulations that have only an $O(\\log n)$ amortized time overhead for simulating a RAM algorithm, $\\cal A$, that has a memory of size $n$, using a scheme that is data-oblivious with very high probability assuming the simulation has access to a private workspace of size $O(n^\

  8. Optimal Prefix Free Code: word-RAM Linear and Algebraic Instance Optimal

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    Barbay, Jérémy

    2012-01-01

    We describe a new technique to compute an optimal prefix-free code over $\\alphabetSize$ symbols from their frequencies $\\{\\frequency_1,..,\\frequency_\\alphabetSize\\}$. This technique yields an algorithm running in linear time in the $\\Omega(\\lg \\alphabetSize)$-word RAM model when each frequency holds into $\\Oh(1)$ words, hence improving on the $\\Oh(\\alphabetSize\\lg\\lg\\alphabetSize)$ solution based on sorting in the word RAM model. In a more restricted model, this yields also an algorithm performing $\\Oh(\\alphabetSize(1{+}\\entropy(\\alphabetSize_1,...,\\alphabetSize_\

  9. Variations in semen characteristics rams of Ouled Djellal breed have received an important dietary supplement after regular and intensive collection

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    Litim Miloud; Bereksi Reguig Karima

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of an important dietary supplement on sperm quantity and quality breeding rams of artificial insemination center Belhandjir in region of Naama in Algeria. Methods:Ten breeding rams of the white arab breed, called Ouled Djellal are divided into two groups CR and SR, and subjected to two different diets, the first group CR followed a regime R based of barley and fodder and the second SR group to follow a regime R +a vitamin and mineral dietary supplement for a 15 weeks of regular collections followed by 12 weeks of intensive collections. Analysis of sperm quality and quantity were performed to normal and intensive collection. Results:The quantitative effect is more significant in rams supplemented SR, volume and concentration were higher in rams SR (respectively+40%and±13%), therefore the doses produced differ significantly compared to the group of control rams CR (+70%). Results of qualitative parameters were more mixed, motility showed a significant difference in rams supplemented with against the rate of dead semen and the rate of anomalies did not show significant differences in sperm. Conclusion:supplementation could significantly improve the quantitative semen characteristics in rams breeding Ouled Djellal. Collections of semen on the rams may be daily without sperm quantity is affected.

  10. Evaluation of semen extenders for short-term storage of ram semen at 4° C

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    Preliminary studies found that progressive motility of ram sperm declined ~75% when stored at 4° C for 24 h, and continued to decline over time when using extenders supplemented with 5% egg yolk. The current study evaluated the effects of different combinations of extenders, ethylene glycol (EG), eg...

  11. Estrous sheep serum enables in vitro capacitation of ram spermatozoa while preventing caspase activation.

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    Del Olmo, E; García-Álvarez, O; Maroto-Morales, A; Ramón, M; Jiménez-Rabadán, P; Iniesta-Cuerda, M; Anel-Lopez, L; Martinez-Pastor, F; Soler, A J; Garde, J J; Fernández-Santos, M R

    2016-01-15

    Estrous sheep serum (ESS) is considered the most efficient agent for in vitro capacitation of ram spermatozoa. We have explored the relationship between caspase activation and capacitation in ram. Semen samples from 17 rams were cryopreserved. In vivo fertility was evaluated after intrauterine artificial insemination. Samples were submitted to four treatments: control, ESS (10%), caspase inhibitor (Z-VAD-FMK), and estrous ewe serum plus caspase inhibitor (I + E). Sperm samples were incubated for 30 minutes at 38.5 °C and 5% CO2 and analyzed with flow cytometry for mitochondrial membrane potential (MitoTracker deep red), sperm viability and apoptosis-like changes (YO-PRO-1/propidium iodide), acrosomal status (peanut agglutinin-fluorescein isothiocyanate), membrane fluidity (merocyanine 540), and caspase activity (Vybrant FAM kits for polycaspases, caspase-8, and caspases 3-7). Estrous sheep serum induced changes compatible with capacitation, doubling the proportion of viable spermatozoa with increased merocyanine 540 and increasing YO-PRO-1(+) and acrosome-reacted spermatozoa (P ram spermatozoa by using ESS suggests a downregulation in apoptotic pathways. However, males with the lowest fertility showed parameters similar to high-fertility males, suggesting that other factors were involved apart from capacitation and/or caspase activation.

  12. Ram seminal plasma proteins contribute to sperm capacitation and modulate sperm-zona pellucida interaction.

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    Luna, C; Colás, C; Casao, A; Serrano, E; Domingo, J; Pérez-Pé, R; Cebrián-Pérez, J A; Muiño-Blanco, T

    2015-03-01

    Incubation of ram spermatozoa in capacitating conditions with cAMP-elevating agents promotes a progressive time-dependent increase in the capacitated sperm subpopulation. In this study, the fertilizing capacity of ram spermatozoa (ability to bind to the zona pellucida, ZBA rate) capacitated in these conditions was determined. The results showed an increase (P ram spermatozoa. Likewise, the presence of two seminal plasma (SP) proteins able to protect sperm against cold shock (RSVP14 and RSVP20) was evidenced in both SP and the ram sperm surface, and their influence in the fertilizing ability of spermatozoa capacitated in basal medium or with cAMP-elevating agents was determined. The results verified that RSVP14 and RSVP20 act as decapacitating factors given that their addition to SP-free sperm samples previously to capacitation maintained high proportions of the noncapacitated sperm pattern with no increase in protein tyrosine phosphorylation. However, the obtained ZBA rate in the high-cAMP-containing samples was increased in the presence of RSVP20 (P < 0.05). These findings would indicate that the stimulating effect exerted by this protein on the sperm-oocyte binding occurs downstream from the cAMP generation and that the mechanisms by which RSVP20 promotes the zona pellucida binding might be independent of protein tyrosine phosphorylation.

  13. Suction, Ram, and Biting: Deviations and Limitations to the Capture of Aquatic Prey.

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    Ferry, Lara A; Paig-Tran, E Misty; Gibb, Alice C

    2015-07-01

    When feeding, most aquatic organisms generate suction that draws prey into the mouth. The papers in this volume are a demonstration of this fact. However, under what circumstances is suction ineffective as a feeding mechanism? Here we consider the interplay between suction, ram, and biting, and analyze the contribution of each to the capture of prey by a wide variety of species of fish. We find, not surprisingly, that ram is the dominant contributor to feeding because suction, and biting, are only effective when very close to the prey. As species utilize more strongly ram-dominated modes of feeding, they may be released from the morphological and behavioral constraints associated with the need to direct a current of water into the head. Morphological and behavioral changes that facilitate larger gapes and stronger jaws are explored here, including predators that lack a protrusile upper jaw, predators with elongate jaws, predators that rely on suspension feeding, and predators that bite. Interestingly, while the mobility of the jaws and the shape of the opening of the mouth are modified in species that have departed from a primary reliance on suction feeding, the anterior-to-posterior wave of expansion persists. This wave may be greatly slowed in ram and biting species, but its retention suggests a fundamental importance to aquatic feeding.

  14. 75 FR 16515 - Ram Rod Industries, LLC, Prentice, WI; Notice of Revised Determination Certification Regarding...

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    2010-04-01

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Ram Rod Industries, LLC, Prentice, WI; Notice of Revised Determination Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance In accordance with section 223...

  15. Where Is the Individual? Comments on Nesselroade, Gerstorf, Hardy and Ram

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    Schaie, K. Warner

    2007-01-01

    Nesselroade, Gerstorf, Hardy, and Ram have done a marvelous job in discussing the methodological issues for a meaningful revival of the idiographic versus nomothetic debate that has flared up periodically over the past seven decades. Nesselroade et al. have previously attempted to resolve the paradox that all behavior occurs at the individual…

  16. A Novel Nondestructive Bit-Line Discharging Scheme for Deep Submicrometer STT-RAMs

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    Zeinali, Behzad; Madsen, Jens Kargaard; Raghavan, Praveen;

    2016-01-01

    A combination of semiconductor integrated circuits (IC) and a dense array of scaled magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) makes promising Spin-Transfer Torque Random Access Memory (STT-RAM). This emerging memory minimizes the leakage power consumption and provides a high density at scaled technologies....

  17. GTL Based Internet of Things Enable Processor Specific RAM Design on 65nm FPGA

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    Moudgil, Aditi; Garg, Kanika; Pandey, Bishwajeet

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we are making Energy Efficient Internet of Things (IoTs) Enable RAM. In order to make it energy efficient, we are using Gunning Transceiver Logic (GTL) IO Standard and Gunning Transceiver Logic Plus (GTLP). We are using the 4 different members of GTL and GTLP IO standards family and...

  18. Species-specific nested PCR as a diagnostic tool for Brucella ovis infection in rams

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    L.F. Costa

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to evaluate a species-specific nested PCR based on a previously described species-specific PCR for detection of B. ovis in semen and urine samples of experimentally infected rams. The performance of the species-specific nested PCR was compared with the results of a genus-specific PCR. Fourteen rams were experimentally infected with the Brucella ovis REO 198 strain and samples of semen and urine were collected every week up to 180 days post infection. Out of 83 semen samples collected, 42 (50.6% were positive for the species-specific nested PCR, and 23 (27.7% were positive for the genus-specific PCR. Out of 75 urine samples, 49 (65.3% were positive for the species-specific nested PCR, whereas 11 (14.6% were genus-specific PCR positive. Species-specific nested PCR was significantly more sensitive (P<0.001 than the genus-specific PCR in semen and urine from experimentally infected rams. In conclusion, the species-specific nested PCR developed in this study may be used as a diagnostic tool for the detection of B. ovis in semen and urine samples from suspected rams.

  19. Effect of Diarrheastat® and Enrosol-S® on rumen ecosystem in rams

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    M. O. Abdul-Majeed

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of two antimicrobials (Diarrheastat® and Enrosol-S® on sheep rumen ecosystem (pH, viscosity, microbial activity and protozoal activity was investigated in adult rams. The rams were randomly divided into two groups; each group included four rams dosaged orally one time daily for three successive days according to the manufacturer recommendations. Ruminal fluid was analyzed before dosage, after 24 hrs of the first, second and third doses, and after 3, 7 and 10 days after the last dose (3rd dose. No significant differences in ruminal fluid pH and viscosity with oral antimicrobial administration were noticed. Microbial activity tests used (methylene blue reduction test and floatation/sedimentation test showed a significant reduction of microbial activity of rumen (P<0.05 without differences in staining characters of bacterial population. Protozoal activity of the rumen was influenced significantly (P<0.05 by oral antimicrobials with some differences between Diarrheastat® and Enrosol-S®. It was concluded from this study that dosing of Diarrheastat® and Enrosol-S® orally to rams one time daily for three successive days had an obvious effects on microbial and protozoal activity of the rumen.

  20. Effect of Vane Opening on Aerodynamic Performance of the Ram-rotor Test System

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    HAN Ji-ang; GUAN Jian; ZHONG Jingjun; YUAN Chenguang

    2016-01-01

    In order to research the influence of adjustable vane on the aerodynamic performance of the ram-rotor test system,FLUENT software has been adopted to simulate the flow passage of the ram-rotor test system numerically.The vane opening is controlled by changing the stagger angle of the vane blades.Results show that flow uniformity of vane outlet is influenced by the vane openings,which has an impact on the aerodynamic loss to some extent.Total pressure ratio,adiabatic efficiency and mass flow rate can be regulated by different openings of the vane.Compared with-8° vane opening,top efficiency of the ram-rotor increases by about 13.8% at +6° opening.And total pressure ratio drops by 5.87%.The rising opening increases the relative Mach number at inlet of the ram-rotor and weakens the intensity of the tip clearance leakage,which comes to a decreasing aerodynamic loss.

  1. Los hombres. Juan Ramón Jiménez y Jaime Robledo Uribe

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    1958-05-01

    Full Text Available En el documento se realiza sendas notas de conmemoración  del fallecimiento de don Juan Ramón Jiménez  y don Jaime Robledo Uribe. Esta pequeña nota tiene como fin realizar un homenaje a tan reputados miembros del círculo cultural del país.

  2. The effect of ram pressure on the star formation, mass distribution and morphology of galaxies

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    Kapferer, W; Schindler, S; Ferrari, C; Ziegler, B

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the dependence of star formation and the distribution of the components of galaxies on the strength of ram pressure. Several mock observations in X-ray, H$\\alpha$ and HI wavelength for different ram-pressure scenarios are presented. By applying a combined N-body/hydrodynamic description (GADGET-2) with radiative cooling and a recipe for star formation and stellar feedback 12 different ram-pressure stripping scenarios for disc galaxies were calculated. Special emphasis was put on the gas within the disc and in the surroundings. All gas particles within the computational domain having the same mass resolution. The relative velocity was varied from 100 km/s to 1000 km/s in different surrounding gas densities in the range from $1\\times10^{-28}$ to $5\\times10^{-27}$ g/cm$^3$. The temperature of the surrounding gas was initially $1\\times10^{7}$ K. The star formation of a galaxy is enhanced by more than a magnitude in the simulation with a high ram-pressure ($5\\times10^{-11}$ dyn/cm$^2$) in comparison...

  3. Development of Shallow Footing Anti-Ram Bollard System Through Modeling and Testing

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    LAN Shengrui; CRAWFORD John E; XIN Xudong

    2006-01-01

    In past terrorist attacks,vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) have been the primary manner of attacking buildings and infrastructures.Preventing unauthorized vehicles from approaching a protected area with anti-ram systems would maintain an established standoff distance against moving and stationary vehicles and consequently reduce blast and debris threats.This strategy has been considered the first line of defence against terrorists.Several types of anti-ram devices have been developed in accordance with U.S.Department of State K-rating criteria,for example,wedge barriers,rising beams,sliding/swing gates,and drop arms.However,these devices typically need a deep foundation for installation and can't be implemented into many locations where a depth of excavation is limited in order to protect utility lines of buildings and infrastructures.This paper presents a recent development of a series of shallow footing anti-ram bollard systems (SFABS) that can satisfy K-12 rating with only five-inch thick footing.A high-fidelity physics based finite element technique with a vehicle crash model is used for predicting anti-ram capacity and determining design parameters of the SFABS.Full-scale vehicle crash tests of the developed SFABS systems have been carried out to validate the design and analysis.

  4. On the influence of ram-pressure stripping on interacting galaxies in clusters

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    Kapferer, W; Ferrari, C; Riser, T; Schindler, S

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the influence of ram pressure on the star-formation rate and the distribution of gas and stellar matter in interacting model galaxies in clusters. To simulate the baryonic and non-baryonic components of interacting disc galaxies moving through a hot, thin medium we use a combined N-body/hydrodynamic code GADGET2 with a description for star formation based on density thresholds. Two identical model spiral galaxies on a collision trajectory with three different configurations were investigated in detail. In the first configuration the galaxies collide without the presence of an ambient medium, in the second configurations the ram pressure acts face on on the interacting galaxies and in the third configuration the ram pressure acts edge on. The ambient medium is thin ($10^{-28}$ g/cm$^3$), hot (3 keV $\\approx 3.6\\times10^7$K) and has a relative velocity of 1000 km/s, to mimic an average low ram pressure in the outskirts of galaxy clusters. The interaction velocities are comparable to galaxy intera...

  5. Enrichment of the ICM of galaxy clusters due to ram-pressure stripping

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    Domainko, W; Kapferer, W; Van Kampen, E; Kronberger, T; Schindler, S; Kimeswenger, S; Ruffert, M; Mangete, O E

    2005-01-01

    We investigate the impact of galactic mass loss triggered by ram-pressure stripping of cluster galaxies on the evolution of the intra-cluster medium (ICM). We use combined N-body and hydrodynamic simulations together with a phenomenological galaxy formation model and a prescription of the effect of ram-pressure stripping on the galaxies. We analyze the effect of galaxy -- ICM interaction for different model clusters with different masses and different merger histories. Our simulations show that ram-pressure stripping can account for ~ 10% of the overall observed level of enrichment in the ICM within a radius of 1.3 Mpc. The efficiency of metal ejection of cluster galaxies depends at the first few Gyr of the simulation mainly on the cluster mass and is significantly increased during major merger events. Additionally we show that ram-pressure stripping is most efficient in the center of the galaxy cluster and the level of enrichment drops quite fast at larger radii. We present emission weighted metallicity maps...

  6. The effects of ram-pressure stripping on the internal kinematics of simulated spiral galaxies

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    Kronberger, T; Unterguggenberger, S; Schindler, S; Ziegler, B L

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the influence of ram-pressure stripping on the internal gas kinematics of simulated spiral galaxies. Additional emphasis is put on the question of how the resulting distortions of the gaseous disc are visible in the rotation curve and/or the full 2D velocity field of galaxies at different redshifts. A Milky-Way type disc galaxy is modelled in combined N-body/hydrodynamic simulations with prescriptions for cooling, star formation, stellar feedback, and galactic winds. This model galaxy moves through a constant density and temperature gas, which has parameters similar to the intra-cluster medium (ICM). Rotation curves (RCs) and 2D velocity fields of the gas are extracted from these simulations in a way that follows the procedure applied to observations of distant, small, and faint galaxies as closely as possible. We find that the appearance of distortions of the gaseous disc due to ram-pressure stripping depends on the direction of the acting ram pressure. In the case of face-on ram pressure, the...

  7. CRYOPRESERVATION OF RAM SPERM FROM AUTOCHTHONOUS BREEDS DURING A NON-MATING SEASON

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    Milko SABEV

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available It is possible to collect and successfully cryopreserve ejaculates in a non-mating season from rams of the autochthonous breeds Karakachan, Cooper-red Shumen and Karnobat-local, raised in Bulgaria. Studies are in progress aiming the elaboration of optimal cryoprotective extenders and freezing technology.

  8. Technical Diagnostics of Tank Cannon Smooth Barrel Bore and Ramming Device

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    Jiri Balla

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The technical diagnostics of 125 mm tank cannon 2A46 smooth barrel and ramming devices are discussed respectively. Focuses on barrel diagnostics and suggests new procedures based on reconstructed BG20 Gun Barrel Bore Gauge System, measuring internal diameter of the barrel bore. The new system measures throughout the whole barrel bore the inner diameter not only at the beginning of barrel bore as it was usually measured before. Different nature of barrel wear was revealed between barrels firing sub-calibre and high explosive projectiles. A method for ramming device diagnostics is presented. An accurate method was proposed, determining projectile extraction force from barrel, as one of the main ramming device parameters for weapons that are used in all areas of armed forces. Results are based on experimental methods assessing the extraction forces from barrel after projectile loading. These tests were performed as a series of tests with consequent technical diagnostics according to the new Czech Defence Standards (derived from NATO standards. The results are presented as the new methodologies for diagnostics of 125 mm barrel 2A46 and ramming devices of tank T-72 for use by technical logistic units in the Czech Republic Armed Forces.

  9. Integration of RAMS in LCC analysis for linear transport infrastructures. A case study for railways.

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    Calle-Cordón, Álvaro; Jiménez-Redondo, Noemi; Morales-Gámiz, F. J.; García-Villena, F. A.; Garmabaki, Amir H. S.; Odelius, Johan

    2017-09-01

    Life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis is an economic technique used to assess the total costs associated with the lifetime of a system in order to support decision making in long term strategic planning. For complex systems, such as railway and road infrastructures, the cost of maintenance plays an important role in the LCC analysis. Costs associated with maintenance interventions can be more reliably estimated by integrating the probabilistic nature of the failures associated to these interventions in the LCC models. Reliability, Maintainability, Availability and Safety (RAMS) parameters describe the maintenance needs of an asset in a quantitative way by using probabilistic information extracted from registered maintenance activities. Therefore, the integration of RAMS in the LCC analysis allows obtaining reliable predictions of system maintenance costs and the dependencies of these costs with specific cost drivers through sensitivity analyses. This paper presents an innovative approach for a combined RAMS & LCC methodology for railway and road transport infrastructures being developed under the on-going H2020 project INFRALERT. Such RAMS & LCC analysis provides relevant probabilistic information to be used for condition and risk-based planning of maintenance activities as well as for decision support in long term strategic investment planning.

  10. Radiolabeled Peptides: Valuable Tools for the Detection and Treatment of Cancer

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    M. Fani, H. R. Maecke, S. M. Okarvi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Human cancer cells overexpress many peptide receptors as molecular targets. Radiolabeled peptides that bind with high affinity and specificity to the receptors on tumor cells hold great potential for both diagnostic imaging and targeted radionuclide therapy. The advantage of solid-phase peptide synthesis, the availability of different chelating agents and prosthetic groups and bioconjugation techniques permit the facile preparation of a wide variety of peptide-based targeting molecules with diverse biological and tumor targeting properties. Some of these peptides, including somatostatin, bombesin, vasoactive intestinal peptide, gastrin, neurotensin, exendin and RGD are currently under investigation. It is anticipated that in the near future many of these peptides may find applications in nuclear oncology. This article presents recent developments in the field of small peptides, and their applications in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

  11. The alginate layer for improving doxorubicin release and radiolabeling stability of chitosan hydrogels

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    Kwon, Jeong Il; Lee, Chang Moon; Jeong, Hwan Seok; Hwang, Hyo Sook; Lim, Seok Tae; Sohn, Myung Hee; Jeong, Hwan Jeong [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Therapeutic Medicine Research Center, Cyclotron Research Center, Institute for Medical Science, Biomedical Research Institute, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Chang Moon [Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Chonnam National University, Yeosu (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    Chitosan hydrogels (CSH) formed through ionic interaction with an anionic molecule are suitable as a drug carrier and a tissue engineering scaffold. However, the initial burst release of drugs from the CSH due to rapid swelling after immersing in a biofluid limits their wide application as a drug delivery carrier. In this study, alginate layering on the surface of the doxorubicin (Dox)-loaded and I-131-labeled CSH (DI-CSH) was performed. The effect of the alginate layering on drug release behavior and radiolabeling stability was investigated. Chitosan was chemically modified using a chelator for I-131 labeling. After labeling of I-131 and mixing of Dox, the chitosan solution was dropped into tripolyphosphate (TPP) solution using an electrospinning system to prepare spherical microhydrogels. The DI-CSH were immersed into alginate solution for 30 min to form the crosslinking layer on their surface. The formation of alginate layer on the DI-CSH was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and zeta potential analysis. In order to investigate the effect of alginate layer, studies of in vitro Dox release from the hydrogels were performed in phosphate buffered in saline (PBS, pH 7.4) at 37 °C for 12 days. The radiolabeling stability of the hydrogels was evaluated using ITLC under different experimental condition (human serum, normal saline, and PBS) at 37 °C for 12 days. Formatting the alginate-crosslinked layer on the CSH surface did not change the spherical morphology and the mean diameter (150 ± 10 μm). FT-IR spectra and zeta potential values indicate that alginate layer was formed successfully on the surface of the DI-CSH. In in vitro Dox release studies, the total percentage of the released Dox from the DI-CSH for 12 days were 60.9 ± 0.8, 67.3 ± 1.4, and 71.8 ± 2.5 % for 0.25, 0.50, and 1.00 mg Dox used to load into the hydrogels, respectively. On the other hand, after formatting alginate layer, the percentage of the

  12. The development, commercialization, and clinical context of yttrium-90 radiolabeled resin and glass microspheres.

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    Westcott, Mark A; Coldwell, Douglas M; Liu, David M; Zikria, Joseph F

    2016-01-01

    Selective internal radiation therapy has emerged as a well-accepted therapeutic for primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies. This therapeutic modality requires the combined efforts of multiple medical disciplines to ensure the safe delivery of yttrium-90 ((90)Y)-labeled microspheres. The development of this therapy followed decades of clinical research involving tumor vascularity and microsphere development. Today, it is essential that treating physicians have a thorough understanding of hepatic tumor vascularity and (90)Y microsphere characteristics before undertaking this complex intervention. This review explores the contributions of early investigators of this therapy, as well as the development, US Food and Drug Administration approval, manufacturing process, and attributes of the 2 commercially available (90)Y radiolabeled microsphere device to clarify the key physical differences between the products.

  13. Echinococcus granulosus: the potential use of specific radiolabelled antibodies in diagnosis by immunoscintigraphy

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    Rogan, M.T.; Morris, D.L.; Pritchard, D.I.; Perkins, A.C. (Nottingham Univ. (UK))

    1990-05-01

    Diagnosis of hydatid disease in man is frequently dependent on the imaging of cysts in situ by techniques such as ultrasonography and CAT scans. Such methods are useful but are not specific and can lead to errors in diagnosis. The present work reports preliminary experiments on the development of a specific imaging technique for hydatid cysts using radiolabelled antibodies. A purified preparation of antigen B of hydatid fluid was used to raise polyclonal antisera in rabbits and the resulting affinity-purified IgG labelled with {sup 131}I. Gerbils with an established Echinococcus granulosus infection were injected intraperitoneally with the labelled antibody and imaged 48 h later with a gamma camera. Hydatid cysts could be identified within the peritoneal cavity and post-mortem assessment of activity showed the cysts to contain approximately four times as much activity as the surrounding organs thereby indicating successful targeting of the antibody to the cysts. (author).

  14. Treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with radiolabeled Lipiodol: a preliminary report

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    Park, C.H.; Suh, J.H.; Yoo, H.S.; Lee, J.T.; Kim, D.I.; Kim, B.S.

    1987-12-01

    Fatty acid esters such as Lipiodol or Ethiodol are known to selectively localize in vascular hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC), following intraarterial hepatic administration. Lipiodol was labeled with radioactive /sup 131/I and administered in 47 patients with HCC for both imaging and therapy. The short term preliminary results suggest radiolabeled Lipiodol is effective in eliminating ascites, shrinking the tumor by a high internal radiation dose, and in improving symptomatology of these tumors. In the future, /sup 90/Y, which is a stronger pure beta-emitter (maximum beta energy of 2.27 MeV, a half life of 64 h, and a maximum penetration or beta range of 11mm), than /sup 131/I will be used for more effective treatment of HCC.

  15. Radiolabeling with fluorine-18 of a protein, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist

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    Prenant, C., E-mail: cprenant@cyclopharma.f [Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom); Cawthorne, C. [Academic Department of Radiation Oncology, Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester (United Kingdom); Fairclough, M. [Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom); Rothwell, N.; Boutin, H. [Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom)

    2010-09-15

    IL-1RA is a naturally occurring antagonist of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) with high therapeutic promise, but its pharmacokinetic remains poorly documented. In this report, we describe the radiolabeling of recombinant human interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (rhIL-1RA) with fluorine-18 to allow pharmacokinetic studies by positron emission tomography (PET). rhIL-1RA was labeled randomly by reductive alkylation of free amino groups (the {epsilon}-amino group of lysine residues or amino-terminal residues) using [{sup 18}F]fluoroacetaldehyde under mild reaction conditions. Radiosyntheses used a remotely controlled experimental rig within 100 min and the radiochemical yield was in the range 7.1-24.2% (decay corrected, based on seventeen syntheses). We showed that the produced [{sup 18}F]fluoroethyl-rhIL-1ra retained binding specificity by conducting an assay on rat brain sections, allowing its pharmakokinetic study using PET.

  16. 'Label and go' - A fast and easy radiolabelling method for pellets

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    Philippe, C.; Mien, L.-K. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Salar-Behzadi, S. [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Knaeusl, B. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Wadsak, W. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Dudczak, R.; Kletter, K. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Viernstein, H. [Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Mitterhauser, M. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Hospital Pharmacy of the General Hospital of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)], E-mail: markus.mitterhauser@meduniwien.ac.at

    2010-03-15

    For the development and process optimization of pharmaceutical equipment, it is important to investigate the underlying processes. Taking the fluidized bed technology as an example, the study of particle flow pattern and convection of the particles within the functional unity is essential for construction and process improvement. With positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) it is possible to study the real-time particle motion with radiolabelled particles. We established a fast and simple labelling technique with [{sup 18}F]fluoride for pellets composed of Avicel and anion exchange resin. The uptake of activity ranged from 1.3% to 1.7% per mg and 8.6% to 16.3% per pellet. A specific binding of [{sup 18}F]fluoride with increasing degree of anion exchange resin in the pellets could be observed.

  17. The development, commercialization, and clinical context of yttrium-90 radiolabeled resin and glass microspheres

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    Mark A. Westcott, MD

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Selective internal radiation therapy has emerged as a well-accepted therapeutic for primary and metastatic hepatic malignancies. This therapeutic modality requires the combined efforts of multiple medical disciplines to ensure the safe delivery of yttrium-90 (90Y-labeled microspheres. The development of this therapy followed decades of clinical research involving tumor vascularity and microsphere development. Today, it is essential that treating physicians have a thorough understanding of hepatic tumor vascularity and 90Y microsphere characteristics before undertaking this complex intervention. This review explores the contributions of early investigators of this therapy, as well as the development, US Food and Drug Administration approval, manufacturing process, and attributes of the 2 commercially available 90Y radiolabeled microsphere device to clarify the key physical differences between the products.

  18. Investigation of advanced propulsion technologies: The RAM accelerator and the flowing gas radiation heater

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    Bruckner, A. P.; Knowlen, C.; Mattick, A. T.; Hertzberg, A.

    1992-01-01

    The two principal areas of advanced propulsion investigated are the ram accelerator and the flowing gas radiation heater. The concept of the ram accelerator is presented as a hypervelocity launcher for large-scale aeroballistic range applications in hypersonics and aerothermodynamics research. The ram accelerator is an in-bore ramjet device in which a projectile shaped like the centerbody of a supersonic ramjet is propelled in a stationary tube filled with a tailored combustible gas mixture. Combustion on and behind the projectile generates thrust which accelerates it to very high velocities. The acceleration can be tailored for the 'soft launch' of instrumented models. The distinctive reacting flow phenomena that have been observed in the ram accelerator are relevant to the aerothermodynamic processes in airbreathing hypersonic propulsion systems and are useful for validating sophisticated CFD codes. The recently demonstrated scalability of the device and the ability to control the rate of acceleration offer unique opportunities for the use of the ram accelerator as a large-scale hypersonic ground test facility. The flowing gas radiation receiver is a novel concept for using solar energy to heat a working fluid for space power or propulsion. Focused solar radiation is absorbed directly in a working gas, rather than by heat transfer through a solid surface. Previous theoretical analysis had demonstrated that radiation trapping reduces energy loss compared to that of blackbody receivers, and enables higher efficiencies and higher peak temperatures. An experiment was carried out to measure the temperature profile of an infrared-active gas and demonstrate the effect of radiation trapping. The success of this effort validates analytical models of heat transfer in this receiver, and confirms the potential of this approach for achieving high efficiency space power and propulsion.

  19. CONSTRUCTIVE MODEL OF DATA STRUCTURES ADAPTATION IN RAM: PART I. PROGRAM TEXT CONSTRUCTING

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    V. I. Shynkarenko

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Rapidly growing volumes of information systems data being manipulated significantly reduce the temporary algorithms effeciency of their processing . Effective data layout in RAM is one of the directions of solving this problem. It is necessary to develop the model to solve problems of efficient automated data layout in RAM. Methodology. For processes simulation of data structures (DS adaptation in RAM, the methodology of mathematical and algorithmic constructivism was applied. This approach involves the development of constructive and productive structures (CPS with transformations of specialization, interpretation, specification and implementation. CPS development provides definition of expandable vector, signature of relations, transactions and constructive axioms. The most complex and essential part of the set of axioms is generated substitution rules that determine the output process of respective structures. Findings. CPS system was developed by the authors, consisting of the logical structure constructor of data, converters of logical structure in to a software interface and implementation in a programming language, constructors of scenarios and adaptation processes. The result of the adaptation process constructor is software text generations of the class library that implements the specified logical data structure with appropriate processing operations and its compilation in binary code. Originality. Structural model of development processes and data structures adaptation to different software and hardware environments was first proposed. It adapts date layout in the RAM and data processing algorithms. Application of constructivism in simulation allowed within a single approach and applied tools linking the data models and algorithms of their processing with performance criteria. Formation methodology of CPS system, mechanisms, and links between complementary CPS were improved. Modification of the constructor and converters

  20. Synthesis of Site-Specific Radiolabeled Antibodies for Radioimmunotherapy via Genetic Code Expansion.

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    Wu, Yiming; Zhu, Hua; Zhang, Bo; Liu, Fei; Chen, Jingxian; Wang, Yufei; Wang, Yan; Zhang, Ziwei; Wu, Ling; Si, Longlong; Xu, Huan; Yao, Tianzhuo; Xiao, Sulong; Xia, Qing; Zhang, Lihe; Yang, Zhi; Zhou, Demin

    2016-10-19

    Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) delivers radioisotopes to antigen-expressing cells via monoantibodies for the imaging of lesions or medical therapy. The chelates are typically conjugated to the antibody through cysteine or lysine residues, resulting in heterogeneous chelate-to-antibody ratios and various conjugation sites. To overcome this heterogeneity, we have developed an approach for site-specific radiolabeling of antibodies by combination of genetic code expansion and click chemistry. As a proof-of-concept study, model systems including anti-CD20 antibody rituximab, positron-emitting isotope (64)Cu, and a newly synthesized bifunctional linker (4-dibenzocyclooctynol-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclotetradecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid, DIBO-DOTA) were used. The approach consists of three steps: (1) site-specific incorporation of an azido group-bearing amino acid (NEAK) via the genetic code expansion technique at the defined sites of the antibody as a "chemical handle"; (2) site-specific and quantitative conjugation of bifunctional linkers with the antibodies under a mild condition; and (3) radiolabeling of the chelate-modified antibodies with the appropriate isotope. We used heavy-chain A122NEAK rituximab as proof-of-concept and obtained a homogeneous radioconjugate with precisely two chelates per antibody, incorporated only at the chosen sites. The conjugation did not alter the binding and pharmacokinetics of the rituximab, as indicated by in vitro assays and in vivo PET imaging. We believe our research is a good supplement to the genetic code expansion technique for the development of novel radioimmunoconjugates.

  1. Magnetically driven nanoparticles: (18) FDG-radiolabelling and positron emission tomography biodistribution study.

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    De Simone, Mariarosaria; Panetta, Daniele; Bramanti, Emilia; Giordano, Cristiana; Salvatici, Maria C; Gherardini, Lisa; Menciassi, Arianna; Burchielli, Silvia; Cinti, Caterina; Salvadori, Piero A

    2016-11-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) have received increasing interest as contrast media in biomedical imaging and innovative therapeutic tools, in particular for loco-regional ablative treatments and drug delivery. The future of therapeutic applications would strongly benefit from improving the capability of the nanostructured constructs to reach the selected target, in particular beyond the intravascular space. Besides the decoration of SPIONs surface with ad hoc bioactive molecules, external magnetic fields are in principle able to remotely influence SPIONs' physiological biodistribution and concentrate them to a specific anatomical region or portion of a tissue. The reduction of SPIONs administered to the body and the need for defining the effective SPIONs local concentration suggest that PET/CT may be a method to quantitatively detect the nanoparticles accumulation in vivo at low concentration and assess their tridimensional distribution in response to an external magnetic field and in relation to the local anatomy highlighted by CT imaging. Here, we report on the possibility to assess the spatial distribution of magnetically-driven radiolabelled SPIONs in a peripheral tissue (mouse thigh) with microPET/CT imaging. To this aim we labelled SPIONs using (18) F-2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose as a synthon, by chemoselective oxime formation between its open-chain tautomer and nanoparticle amino-groups, and employed microPET/CT imaging to measure the radiolabelled construct biodistribution in a small animal model, following intravenous administration, with and without the application of a permanent magnet onto the skin. The in vivo and ex vivo results showed that micro-PET/CT was able to demonstrate the localizing action of the magnet on SPIONs and provide information, in a multimodal 3D data set, about SPIONs biodistribution taking into account the local anatomy. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Targeted killing of virally infected cells by radiolabeled antibodies to viral proteins.

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    Ekaterina Dadachova

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The HIV epidemic is a major threat to health in the developing and western worlds. A modality that targets and kills HIV-1-infected cells could have a major impact on the treatment of acute exposure and the elimination of persistent reservoirs of infected cells. The aim of this proof-of-principle study was to demonstrate the efficacy of a therapeutic strategy of targeting and eliminating HIV-1-infected cells with radiolabeled antibodies specific to viral proteins in vitro and in vivo. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Antibodies to HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins gp120 and gp41 labeled with radioisotopes bismuth 213 ((213Bi and rhenium 188 ((188Re selectively killed chronically HIV-1-infected human T cells and acutely HIV-1-infected human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (hPBMCs in vitro. Treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID mice harboring HIV-1-infected hPBMCs in their spleens with a (213Bi- or (188Re-labeled monoclonal antibody (mAb to gp41 resulted in a 57% injected dose per gram uptake of radiolabeled mAb in the infected spleens and in a greater than 99% elimination of HIV-1-infected cells in a dose-dependent manner. The number of HIV-1-infected thymocytes decreased 2.5-fold in the human thymic implant grafts of SCID mice treated with the (188Re-labeled antibody to gp41 compared with those treated with the (188Re-control mAb. The treatment did not cause acute hematologic toxicity in the treated mice. CONCLUSIONS: The current study demonstrates the effectiveness of HIV-targeted radioimmunotherapy and may provide a novel treatment option in combination with highly active antiretroviral therapy for the eradication of HIV.

  3. Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy with radiolabelled somatostatin analogues in patients with somatostatin receptor positive tumours

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    Essen, Martijn van; Krenning, Eric P.; Jong, Marion De; Valkema, Roelf; Kwekkeboom, Dik J. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC, ' s Gravendijkwal 230, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2007-08-15

    Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) with radiolabelled somatostatin analogues is a promising treatment option for patients with inoperable or metastasised neuroendocrine tumours. Symptomatic improvement may occur with all of the various {sup 111}In, {sup 90}Y, or {sup 177}Lu-labelled somatostatin analogues that have been used. Since tumour size reduction was seldom achieved with {sup 111}Indium labelled somatostatin analogues, radiolabelled somatostatin analogues with beta-emitting isotopes like {sup 90}Y and {sup 177}Lu were developed. Reported anti-tumour effects of [{sup 90}Y-DOTA0,Tyr3]octreotide vary considerably between various studies: Tumour regression of 50% or more was achieved in 9 to 33% (mean 22%). With [{sup 177}Lu-DOTA0,Tyr3]octreotate treatments, tumour regression of 50% or more was achieved in 28% of patients and tumour regression of 25 to 50% in 19% of patients, stable disease was demonstrated in 35% and progressive disease in 18%. Predictive factors for tumour remission were high tumour uptake on somatostatin receptor scintigraphy and limited amount of liver metastases. The side-effects of PRRT are few and mostly mild, certainly when using renal protective agents: Serious side-effects like myelodysplastic syndrome or renal failure are rare. The median duration of the therapy response for [{sup 90}Y-DOTA0,Tyr3]octreotide and [{sup 177}Lu-DOTA0,Tyr3]octreotate is 30 months and more than 36 months respectively. Lastly, quality of life improves significantly after treatment with [{sup 177}Lu-DOTA0,Tyr3]octreotate. These data compare favourably with the limited number of alternative treatment approaches, like chemotherapy. If more widespread use of PRRT is possible, such therapy might become the therapy of first choice in patients with metastasised or inoperable gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. Also the role in somatostatin receptor expressing non-GEP tumours, like metastasised paraganglioma/pheochromocytoma and non

  4. Synthesis of radiolabelled aryl azides from diazonium salts: experimental and computational results permit the identification of the preferred mechanism.

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    Joshi, Sameer M; de Cózar, Abel; Gómez-Vallejo, Vanessa; Koziorowski, Jacek; Llop, Jordi; Cossío, Fernando P

    2015-05-28

    Experimental and computational studies on the formation of aryl azides from the corresponding diazonium salts support a stepwise mechanism via acyclic zwitterionic intermediates. The low energy barriers associated with both transition structures are compatible with very fast and efficient processes, thus making this method suitable for the chemical synthesis of radiolabelled aryl azides.

  5. EANM procedure guideline for radio-immunotherapy for B-cell lymphoma with Y-90-radiolabelled ibritumomab tiuxetan (Zevalin)

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    Tennvall, Jan; Fischer, Manfred; Delaloye, Angelika Bischof; Bombardieri, Emilio; Bodei, Lisa; Giammarile, Francesco; Lassmann, Michael; Oyen, Wim; Brans, Boudewijn

    2007-01-01

    Background In January 2004, EMEA approved Y-90-radiolabelled ibritumomab tiuxetan, Zevalin, in Europe for the treatment of adult patients with rituximab-relapsed or -refractory CD20+ follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The number of European nuclear medicine departments using Zevalin is contin

  6. Effect of plant extract of Tribulus terrestris and probiotics on the reproductive performance, total cholesterol and testosterone hormone levels of rams

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    The objective of this experiment was to compare between the effects of tribulus terrestris extract and probiotics on scrotal circumference, testicular volume, reaction time, semen characteristics, serum total cholesterol and testosterone hormone levels of rams. The study was carried out from February to July 2013 on eight sexually mature Rahmani rams. The eight rams were used as control group for one month before treatment (weekly assessment for all the parameters). Rams were divided into two...

  7. Evaluation of single amino acid chelate derivatives and regioselective radiolabelling of a cyclic peptide for the urokinase plasminogen activator receptor

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    Armstrong, Andrea F.; Lemon, Jennifer A. [McMaster Institute for Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada); Czorny, Shannon K. [McMaster Institute for Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada); Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON, L8V 5C2 (Canada); Singh, Gurmit [Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON, L8V 5C2 (Canada); Valliant, John F. [Department of Chemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada); Department of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M1 (Canada)], E-mail: valliant@mcmaster.ca

    2009-11-15

    Introduction: The aim of this work was to investigate the relative radiolabelling kinetics and affinity of a series of ligands for the [{sup 99m}Tc(CO){sub 3}]{sup +} core, both in the absence and in the presence of competing donors. This information was used to select a suitable ligand for radiolabelling complex peptide-based targeting vectors in high yield under mild conditions. Methods: A series of {alpha}-N-Fmoc-protected lysine derivatives bearing two heterocyclic donor groups at the {epsilon}-amine (, 2-pyridyl; , quinolyl; , 6-methoxy-2-pyridyl; 1d, 2-thiazolyl; 1e, N-methylimidazolyl; , 3-pyridyl) were synthesized and labelled with {sup 99m}Tc. A resin-capture purification strategy for the separation of residual ligand from the radiolabelled product was also developed. The binding affinities of targeted peptides 4, 5a and 5b for uPAR were determined using flow cytometry. Results: Variable temperature radiolabelling reactions using - and [{sup 99m}Tc(CO){sub 3}]{sup +} revealed optimal kinetics and good selectivity for compounds and 1d; in the case of , 1d, and 1e, the labelling can be conducted at ambient temperature. The utility of this class of ligands was further demonstrated by the radiolabelling of a cyclic peptide that is known to target the serine protease receptor uPAR; essentially quantitative incorporation of {sup 99m}Tc occurred exclusively at the SAAC site, despite the presence of a His residue, and without disruption of the disulfide bond. Conclusion: A series of single amino acid chelate (SAAC) ligands have been evaluated for their ability to incorporate {sup 99m}Tc into peptides. The lead agent to emerge from this work is the thiazole SAAC derivative 1d which has demonstrated the ability to regioselectively label the widest range of peptides.

  8. Radiolabeling of lipo-chitooligosaccharides using the NodH sulfotransferase: a two-step enzymatic procedure

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    Ranjeva Raoul

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The NodH sulfotransferase from Sinorhizobium meliloti has been used to radiolabel lipochitooligosaccharidic (LCO Nod factor signals with 35S from inorganic sulfate in a two-step enzymatic procedure. The first step involved the production of 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulfate (PAPS, a sulphate donor, using enzymes contained in a yeast extract, and the second step used the NodH enzyme. However with this established procedure, only a low incorporation of the initial inorganic sulfate into the Nod factors was obtained (about 7% after purification of the labeled compounds. The aim of this work was to optimize the radiolabelling of Nod factors with 35S. Results The limiting step has been shown to be the sulfation of ATP and its subsequent conversion into PAPS (first step, the sulfate donor for the NodH sulfotransferase activity (second step. By the addition of GTP to the reaction mixture and by manipulating the [ATP]/[Mg2+] ratio the yield of PAPS has been increased from 13% to 80%. Using the radiolabeled PAPS we have shown that the efficiency of sulfate transfer to LCOs, by the recombinant S. meliloti NodH sulfotransferase is strongly influenced by the length of the oligosaccharide chain. Variations in the substitutions on the non-reducing sugar, including the structure of the fatty acyl chain, had little effect and Nod factors from the heterologous bacterium Rhizobium tropici could be sulfated by NodH from S. meliloti. Conclusions By characterizing the two steps we have optimized the procedure to radiolabel biologically-important, lipo-chitooligosaccharide (LCO Nod factors to a specific radioactivity of about 800 Ci.mmol-1 with an incorporation of 60% of the initial inorganic sulfate. The two-step sulfation procedure may be used to radiolabel a variety of related LCO molecules.

  9. Deformation Compensation of Ram Components of Super-heavy-duty CNC Floor Type Boring and Milling Machine

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    WU Fenghe; QIAO Lijun; XU Yaoling

    2012-01-01

    Ram is a very important component of super-heavy-duty computer numerical control (CNC) floor type boring-milling machine,and deformation of ram is a significant source causing errors in machining process.To compensate the deformation error of super-heavy-duty CNC floor type boring-milling machine,based on force analysis theory,the law and compensation measures of deformation of ram are researched.Based on the principle of torque (force) balance of the ram components,the formulas of compensation forces and compensation torques are derived,the relations between compensation forces (compensation torques)and the stroke distance of the ram are given.According to theoretical analysis results and the structural characteristics of super-heavy-duty CNC floor type boring and milling machine of TK6932,rods compensation,hydrostatic pressure compensation and wire rope compensation measures are taken to compensate the deformation error of ram.The experiments and computer simulation results show that the straightness of the ram at its overhanging end meets the national machinery industry standards.

  10. Plasma and ovarian oestradiol and the variability in the LH surge induced in ewes by the ram effect.

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    Fabre-Nys, Claude; Chanvallon, Audrey; Debus, Nathalie; François, Dominique; Bouvier, Frédéric; Dupont, Joelle; Lardic, Lionel; Lomet, Didier; Ramé, Christelle; Scaramuzzi, Rex J

    2015-05-01

    The proportion of anoestrous ewes ovulating after exposure to a sexually active ram is variable mainly due to whether an LH surge is induced. The aim of this study was to determine the role of oestradiol (E2) in the ram-induced LH surge. In one study, we measured the plasma concentrations of E2 in ewes of different breeds before and after the 'ram effect' and related these patterns to the presence and latency of the LH surge, while another compared ovarian responses with the 'ram effect' following exposure to rams for 2 or 12 h. In all ewes, the concentration of E2 increased 2-4 h after rams were introduced and remained elevated for 14.5 ± 0.86 h. The quantity of E2 secreted before the LH surge varied among breeds as did the mean concentration of E2. The granulosa cells of IF ewes collected after 12 h exposure to rams secreted more E2 and progesterone and had higher levels of StAR than the 2 h group but in MV ewes there was no differences between these groups for any of these parameters. These results demonstrate that the LH surge induced by the rams is a result of increased E2 secretion associated with increased levels of STAR in granulosa cells and that these responses varied among breeds. The results suggest that the variable occurrence of a LH surge and ovulation may be the result of variable ovarian responses to the 'ram effect' and insensitivity of the hypothalamus to the E2-positive feedback signal.

  11. Optimised labeling, preclinical and initial clinical aspects of CCK-2 receptor-targeting with 3 radiolabeled peptides

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    Breeman, Wouter A.P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC Rotterdam' s 3015 CE Rotterdam (Netherlands)], E-mail: w.a.p.breeman@erasmusmc.nl; Froeberg, A.C.; Blois, E. de; Gameren, A. van; Melis, M.; Jong, M. de [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC Rotterdam' s 3015 CE Rotterdam (Netherlands); Maina, T.; Nock, B.A. [Molecular Radiopharmacy Section, I/R-RP, NCSR ' Demokritos' , Athens (Greece); Erion, J.L. [BioSynthema Inc., St. Louis, MO (United States); Maecke, H.R. [Radiological Chemistry, University Hospital Basel (Switzerland); Krenning, E.P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC Rotterdam' s 3015 CE Rotterdam (Netherlands); Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2008-11-15

    Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) expresses CCK-2 receptors. {sup 111}In-labeled DOTA-DGlu-Ala-Tyr-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-Phe-NH{sub 2} (DOTA-MG11), DOTA-DAsp-Tyr-Nle-Gly-Trp-Nle-Asp-Phe-NH{sub 2} (DOTA-CCK), and {sup 99m}Tc-labeled N{sub 4}-Gly-DGlu-(Glu){sub 5}-Ala-Tyr-Gly-Trp-Met-Asp-Phe-NH{sub 2} ({sup 99m}Tc-Demogastrin 2) are analogs developed for CCK-2 receptor-targeted scintigraphy. All 3 radiolabeled analogs were selected on the basis of their high CCK-2 receptor affinity and their good in vitro serum stability, with in vitro serum t{sub 1/2} values of several hours. Radiolabeling of DOTA-peptides with {sup 111}In requires a heating procedure, typically in the range of 80 deg. - 100 deg. C up to 30 min. Following this procedure with DOTA-MG11 resulted in a >98 % incorporation of {sup 111}In, however, with a radiochemical purity (RCP) of <50 %. The decrease in RCP was found to be due to oxidation of the methionine residue in the molecule. Moreover, this oxidized compound lost its CCK-2 receptor affinity. Therefore, conditions during radiolabeling were optimised: labeling of DOTA-MG11 and DOTA-CCK with {sup 111}In involved 5 min heating at 80 deg. C and led to an incorporation of {sup 111}In of >98 %. In addition, all analogs were radiolabeled in the presence of quenchers to prevent radiolysis and oxidation resulting in a RCP of >90 %. All 3 radiolabeled analogs were i.v. administered to 6 MTC patients: radioactivity cleared rapidly by the kidneys, with no significant differences in the excretion pattern of the 3 radiotracers. All 3 radiolabeled analogs exhibited a low in vivo stability in patients, as revealed during analysis of blood samples, with the respective t{sub 1/2} found in the order of minutes. In patient blood, the rank of radiopeptide in vivo stability was: {sup 99m}Tc-Demogastrin 2 (t{sub 1/2} 10-15 min)>{sup 111}In-DOTA-CCK (t{sub 1/2}{approx}5-10 min)>{sup 111}In-DOTA-MG11 (t{sub 1/2}<5 min)

  12. Reliability and Maintainability model (RAM) user and maintenance manual. Part 2

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    Ebeling, Charles E.

    1995-01-01

    This report documents the procedures for utilizing and maintaining the Reliability and Maintainability Model (RAM) developed by the University of Dayton for the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). The RAM model predicts reliability and maintainability (R&M) parameters for conceptual space vehicles using parametric relationships between vehicle design and performance characteristics and subsystem mean time between maintenance actions (MTBM) and manhours per maintenance action (MH/MA). These parametric relationships were developed using aircraft R&M data from over thirty different military aircraft of all types. This report describes the general methodology used within the model, the execution and computational sequence, the input screens and data, the output displays and reports, and study analyses and procedures. A source listing is provided.

  13. A teoria neuronal de Santiago Ramón y Cajal

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    Francisco Rômulo Monte Ferreira

    2013-01-01

    A teoria neuronal prerroga a existência da unidade básica do sistema nervoso, o neurônio. A teoria neuronal foi proposta e formulada nas últimas décadas do século XIX. Ela é comumente associada ao nome de Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934), que a formulou em oposição à proposta de que o tecido nervoso é constituído por redes contínuas formadas por células nervosas. Os trabalhos de Ramón y Cajal são, portanto, considerados ponto de inflexão nas pesquisas em Neurociência. Este trabalho objetiva...

  14. Design and RAMS Analysis of a Fault-Tolerant Computer Control System

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    WANG Shuai; JI Yindong; DONG Wei; YANG Shiyuan

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a fault-tolerant computer system. It is designed as a double 2-out-of-2 architecture based on component redundant technique. Also, a quantitative probabilistic model is presented for evaluating the reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) of this architecture. Hierarchical modeling method and Markov modeling method are used in RAMS analysis to evaluate the system characteristics. The double 2-out-of-2 system is compared with the other two systems, all voting triple modular redundancy (AVTMR) system and dual-duplex system. According to the result, the double 2-out-of-2 system has the highest dependability. Especially, the system can satisfy the safety integrity level (SIL) 4, which means the system's probability of catastrophic failure less than or equal to 10~8 per hour, therefore, it can be applied to life critical systems such as high-speed railway systems.

  15. Juan Ramón Jiménez y el mercado editorial

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    Sánchez García, Raquel

    2003-01-01

    Este trabajo pretende analizar las vinculaciones de Juan Ramón Jiménez con el mundo de la edición. El objetivo es ver el camino que siguió para dar a conocer sus versos: con qué empresas editoriales contrató la publicación de sus libros, cómo logró los medios para llevarlo a cabo y de qué canales se sirvió para distribuirlos. Se trata de analizar un fenómeno muy frecuente entre los autores del primer tercio del siglo XX: la autoedición. También se abordará la participación de Juan Ramón en al...

  16. Radiolabeling procedure, quality control and stability of {sup 99m}Tc-labeled chondroitin sulfate: A new approach of targeting osteoarthritis

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    Sobal, Grazyna [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20 (Austria)], E-mail: Grazyna.Sobal@meduniwien.ac.at; Menzel, Ernst Johannes [Institute of Immunology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria); Sinzinger, Helmut [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna, Waehringer Guertel 18-20 (Austria)

    2008-04-15

    Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is an endogenous component of cartilage which could determine osteoarthritis after radiolabeling. Radiolabeling was performed by {sup 99m}TcO{sub 4}{sup -}/tin method. We found that pH is a limiting factor. At pH 6.2 in 0.05 M Na acetate buffer 32.8% colloid was formed, at pH 5.0 in 0.5 M Na acetate, in our methodology only 4.7% colloid. The tracer was highly stable. We conclude that {sup 99m}TcCS could be a promising imaging agent of osteoarthritis due to simple radiolabeling and high stability.

  17. Immunoassay of taxol using anti-taxol antibody and radiolabeled taxol

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    Lee, T. S.; Hong, J. P.; Kim, H. S.; Awh, O. D.; Choi, C. W.; Lim, S. M. [College of Medicine, Yonsei Univ., Wonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-07-01

    Taxol (Paclitaxel), an antineoplastic agent, has been used for treatment of ovarian and breast cancer. Prompt analysis of taxol concentration in the human serum is beneficial to maintain an appropriate taxol concentration in blood, which will enhance therapeutic effect of the drug. This study was aimed to establish a radioimmunoassay system for monitoring the taxol level in blood during cancer treatment. Hemisuccinyltaxol (HT) was synthesized by esterification of taxol with succinic anhydride. Tyraminehemisuccinyltaxol (THT) was synthesized by amide bond formation of the hemisuccinyltaxol with tyramine in the presence of isobutylchloroformate. The synthesized THT was purified by HPLC, Tyraminehemisuccinyltaxol was dissolved in 80% acetonitrile solution, which was stored at 4 .deg. C or 37 .deg. C for 7 days. The stability of tyraminehemisuccinyltaxol was monitored during the storage period. Tyramine-hemisuccinyltaxol was labeled with {sup 125}I (3.7 x 10{sup 7} Bq) by Chloramine-T. The radiolabeled product, ({sup 125}I)iodo-tyraminehemiscuccinyltasol, was allowed to stand at 4 .deg. C or 37 .deg. C for up to 7 days to estimate its stability. The radiochemical purity of ({sup 125}I) iodotyramine-hemisuccinyltaxol was determined by HPLC. In other hand, the titer of taxol monoclonal antibody (3G5A7) was determined by radioimmunoassay using ({sup 125}I) iodotyramine-hemisuccinyltaxol as a radiolabeled antigen. A standard dose response curve was plotted by taxolcompetitive radioimmunoassay. Hemisuccinyltaxol was synthesized with 79.9% yield. Tyraminehemisuccinyltaxol was synthesized with 19.5% yield and purified by HPLC. the chemical purity of Tyraminehemisuccinyltaxol was maintained at 96.5% and 97.5% after 7 days storage at 4 .deg. C and 37.deg. C respectively. The radiochemical purity of ({sup 125}I) iodotyramine-hemisuccinyltaxol was diminished to 88.1% and 86.2% after 7 days storage at 4 .deg. C and 37. deg.C, respectively. The antibody titer against taxol was 1

  18. Authentically radiolabelled Mn(II) complexes as bimodal PET/MR tracers

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    Vanasschen, Christian; Brandt, Marie; Ermert, Johannes [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-5 - Nuclear Chemistry, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany); Neumaier, Bernd [Institute for Radiochemistry and Experimental Molecular Imaging, Medical Clinics, University of Cologne (Germany); Coenen, Heinz H [Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, INM-5 - Nuclear Chemistry, Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

    2015-05-18

    The development of small molecule bimodal PET/MR tracers is mainly hampered by the lack of dedicated preparation methods. Authentic radiolabelling of MR contrast agents ensures easy access to such probes: a ligand, chelating a paramagnetic metal ion (e.g. Mn2+) and the corresponding PET isotope (e.g. 52gMn), leads to a “cocktail mixture” where both imaging reporters exhibit the same pharmacokinetics. Paramagnetic [55Mn(CDTA)]2- shows an excellent compromise between thermodynamic stability, kinetic inertness and MR contrast enhancement. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop new PET/MR tracers by labelling CDTA ligands with paramagnetic manganese and the β+-emitter 52gMn. N.c.a. 52gMn (t1/2: 5.6 d; Eβ+: 575.8 keV (29.6%)) was produced by proton irradiation of a natCr target followed by cation-exchange chromatography. CDTA was radiolabelled with n.c.a. 52gMn2+ in NaOAc buffer (pH 6) at RT. The complex was purified by RP-HPLC and its stability tested in PBS and blood plasma at 37°C. The redox stability was assessed by monitoring the T1 relaxation (20 MHz) in HEPES buffer (pH 7.4). A functionalized CDTA ligand was synthesized in 5 steps. [52gMn(CDTA)]2- was quantitatively formed within 30 min at RT. The complex was stable for at least 6 days in PBS and blood plasma at 37°C and no oxidation occurred within 7 months storage at RT. Labelling CDTA with an isotopic 52g/55Mn2+ mixture led to the corresponding bimodal PET/MR tracer. Furthermore, a functionalized CDTA ligand was synthesized with an overall yield of 18-25%. [52g/55Mn(CDTA)]2-, the first manganese-based bimodal PET/MR tracer prepared, exhibits excellent stability towards decomplexation and oxidation. This makes the functionalized CDTA ligand highly suitable for designing PET/MR tracers with high relaxivity or targeting properties.

  19. Motility of liquid stored ram spermatozoa is altered by dilution rate independent of seminal plasma concentration.

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    Mata-Campuzano, M; Soleilhavoup, C; Tsikis, G; Martinez-Pastor, F; de Graaf, S P; Druart, X

    2015-11-01

    The fertility after use of liquid stored ram semen following cervical AI rapidly decreases if semen is stored beyond 12h. The dilution of seminal plasma is often cited as a key contributor to the diminished motility and fertility of ram spermatozoa subjected to liquid preservation. Two experiments were conducted to assess the effect of spermatozoa concentration (i.e. dilution rate) and percentage of seminal plasma on the motility and viability of liquid stored ram spermatozoa. In Experiment 1, semen was diluted to one of seven concentrations ranging from 0.2 to 1.4×10(9)spermatozoa/ml with milk and assessed for motility after 3 or 24h of storage at 15°C. In Experiment 2, semen was collected and washed to remove seminal plasma before re-dilution to 0.2-1.4×10(9)spermatozoa/ml with milk containing 0%, 20% or 40% (final v/v ratio) seminal plasma and assessed for viability and motility after 3 or 24h of storage at 15°C. Whereas motility was not affected by spermatozoa concentration after 3h of storage, the proportion of progressive spermatozoa decreased after 24h of storage when spermatozoa concentration was greater than 1.0×10(9)spermatozoa/ml. The duration of preservation and the spermatozoa concentration affected spermatozoa motility but had no impact on spermatozoa viability. This negative effect of greater spermatozoa concentrations on motility was independent of the presence and the concentration of seminal plasma. The seminal plasma at both concentrations (20% and 40%) had a protective effect on spermatozoa motility after 24h of storage. These findings have the potential to improve the efficiency of cervical AI with liquid stored ram semen.

  20. Is prnt a Pseudogene? Identification of Ram Prt in Testis and Ejaculated Spermatozoa

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    Pimenta, Jorge; Domingos, Ana; Santos, Pedro; Marques, Carla C.; Cantante, Cátia; Santos, Ana; Barbas, João P.; Baptista, Maria C.; Horta, António E. M.; Viegas, Aldino; Mesquita, Patrícia; Gonçalves, João; Fontes, Carlos A.; Prates, José A. M.; Pereira, Rosa M. L. N.

    2012-01-01

    A hallmark of prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopaties is the conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrPC), expressed by the prion gene (prnp), into an abnormally folded isoform (PrPSc) with amyloid-like features that causes scrapie in sheep among other diseases. prnp together with prnd (which encodes a prion-like protein designated as Doppel), and prnt (that encodes the prion protein testis specific - Prt) with sprn (shadow of prion protein gene, that encodes Shadoo or Sho) genes, constitute the “prion gene complex”. Whereas a role for prnd in the proper functioning of male reproductive system has been confirmed, the function of prnt, a recently discovered prion family gene, comprises a conundrum leading to the assumption that ruminant prnt is a pseudogene with no protein expression. The main objective of the present study was to identify Prt localization in the ram reproductive system and simultaneously to elucidate if ovine prnt gene is transcribed into protein-coding RNA. Moreover, as Prt is a prnp-related protein, the amyloid propensity was also tested for ovine and caprine Prt. Recombinant Prt was used to immunize BALB/c mice, and the anti-Prt polyclonal antibody (APPA) immune response was evaluated by ELISA and Western Blot. When tested by indirect immunofluorescence, APPA showed high avidity to the ram sperm head apical ridge subdomain, before and after induced capacitation, but did not show the same behavior against goat spermatozoa, suggesting high antibody specificity against ovine-Prt. Prt was also found in the testis when assayed by immunohistochemistry during ram spermatogenesis, where spermatogonia, spermatocytes, spermatids and spermatozoa, stained positive. These observations strongly suggest ovine prnt to be a translated protein-coding gene, pointing to a role for Prt protein in the ram reproductive physiology. Besides, caprine Prt appears to exhibit a higher amyloid propensity than ovine Prt, mostly associated with its

  1. Inducing visibilities: an attempt at Santiago Ramón y Cajal's aesthetic epistemology.

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    Fiorentini, Erna

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, I consider Santiago Ramón y Cajal's strategy of histological observation and imaging in terms of what I call "induction of visibility" (Fiorentini, 2011). Cajal's strategy of visibility induction drew upon both rational and aesthetic visual sensibility, and considered this interplay to be a constitutive element of knowledge production. I propose to describe Cajal's fundamental attitude towards visually inferred knowledge in terms of an "aesthetic epistemology".

  2. A graphite based STT-RAM cell with reduction in switching current

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    Varghani, Ali; Peiravi, Ali, E-mail: peiravi@um.ac.ir

    2015-10-15

    Spin Transfer Torque Random Access Memory (STT-RAM) is a serious candidate for “universal memory” because of its non-volatility, fast access time, high density, good scalability, high endurance and relatively low power dissipation. However, problems with low write speed and large write current are important existing challenges in STT-RAM design and there is a tradeoff between them and data retention time. In this study, a novel STT-RAM cell structure which uses perfect graphite based Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) is proposed. First, the cross-section of the structure is selected to be an ellipse of 45 nm and 180 nm dimensions and a six-layer graphite is used as tunnel barrier. By passing a lateral current with a short pulse width (before applying STT current and independent of it) through four middle graphene layers of the tunnel barrier, a 27% reduction in the amplitude of the switching current (for fast switching time of 2 ns) or a 58% reduction in its pulse width is achieved without any reduction in data retention time. Finally, the effect of downscaling of technology on the proposed structure is evaluated. A reduction of 31.6% and 9% in switching current is achieved for 90 and 22 nm cell width respectively by passing sufficient current (100 µA with 0.1 ns pulse width) through the tunnel barrier. Simulations are done using Object Oriented Micro Magnetic Framework (OOMMF). - Highlights: • A new STT-RAM cell structure which uses perfect graphite based MTJ is proposed. • The amplitude of the switching current or its pulsewidth can be reduced without any sacrifice of data retention time. • The proposed design is down-scalable from 90 nm to 22 nm. • Micromagnetic simulations are done with OOMMF.

  3. Ram accelerator operations at acceleration level up to 6 x 10{sup 4} g

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    Hamate, Y.; Sasoh, A.; Takayama, K. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. of Fluid Science

    2000-11-01

    Experiments were conducted using a 25-mm-bore ram accelerator. By varying the projectile mass and the mixture fill pressure, the projectile acceleration level was varied by a factor of three. The acceleration performance is evaluated based on a ballistic efficiency. Over a velocity range from 80% to 110% of Chapman-Jouguet detonation velocity, the ballistic efficiency was kept almost constant, and did not depend on the acceleration level. (orig.)

  4. Cholesterol-loaded cyclodextrin improves ram sperm cryoresistance in skim milk-extender.

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    Salmon, Vianney M; Castonguay, François; Demers-Caron, Vincent; Leclerc, Pierre; Bailey, Janice L

    2017-02-01

    Cholesterol-loaded cyclodextrin (CLC) is known to improve ram sperm cryosurvival. This study expands on previous research to: (1) determine the mechanism by which CLC improves ram sperm cryosurvival and (2) compare the efficiency of a novel, skim milk-based extender containing CLC to a traditional egg yolk-based extender. Hypothesis #1 was that CLC enhances membrane cholesterol content to increase the resistance of ram sperm to cold and osmotic stress, thereby improving cryosurvival. We first assessed the ability of fresh sperm treated with CLC to withstand cold shock. Second, fresh sperm were treated with CLC to evaluate their tolerance to osmotic stress. Third, to confirm that cholesterol is incorporated into the sperm using CLC, we quantified sperm cholesterol. To test Hypothesis #2 that CLC is most effective in a medium without competing cholesterol, we compared sperm cryosurvival and fertility in skim milk-based extender containing CLC versus in a traditional egg yolk-based freezing extender without CLC. Our data confirmed that CLC treatment improves ram sperm cold shock and osmotic stress resistance, and augments sperm cholesterol content. Semen in skim milk-based extender containing CLC prior to freezing, had more motile sperm with intact acrosomes after thawing compared to semen in egg yolk-based extender. In contrast, sperm plasma membrane integrity and in vivo fertility of the semen cryopreserved in the skim milk-based extender with CLC did not differ from semen that was cryopreserved in egg yolk-based extender. Further research is warranted to combine CLC with other cryoprotection strategies or to modify the insemination protocol.

  5. Molecular Gas Dominated 50 kpc Ram Pressure Stripped Tail of the Coma Galaxy D100

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    Jáchym, Pavel; Sun, Ming; Kenney, Jeffrey D. P.; Cortese, Luca; Combes, Françoise; Yagi, Masafumi; Yoshida, Michitoshi; Palouš, Jan; Roediger, Elke

    2017-04-01

    We have discovered large amounts of molecular gas, as traced by CO emission, in the ram pressure stripped gas tail of the Coma cluster galaxy D100 (GMP 2910), out to large distances of about 50 kpc. D100 has a 60 kpc long, strikingly narrow tail, which is bright in X-rays and Hα. Our observations with the IRAM 30 m telescope reveal in total ˜ {10}9 {M}⊙ H2 (assuming the standard CO-to-H2 conversion) in several regions along the tail, thus indicating that molecular gas may dominate its mass. Along the tail, we measure a smooth gradient in the radial velocity of the CO emission that is offset to lower values from the more diffuse Hα gas velocities. Such a dynamic separation of phases may be due to their differential acceleration by ram pressure. D100 is likely being stripped at a high orbital velocity ≳ 2200 km s-1 by (nearly) peak ram pressure. Combined effects of intra-cluster medium (ICM) viscosity and magnetic fields may be important for the evolution of the stripped interstellar matter. We propose that D100 has reached a continuous mode of stripping of dense gas remaining in its nuclear region. D100 is the second known case of an abundant molecular stripped gas tail, suggesting that conditions in the ICM at the centers of galaxy clusters may be favorable for molecularization. From comparison with other galaxies, we find that there is a good correlation between the CO flux and the Hα surface brightness in ram pressure stripped gas tails, over ˜2 dex. Based on observations made with the IRAM 30 m Telescope. IRAM is supported by INSU/CNRS (France), MPG (Germany), and IGN (Spain).

  6. A propósito de José Luis Brea: del archivo a la RAM

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    Fernando Broncano

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The philosopher José Luis Brea proposes a notion of memory spread around a network of connections, which reveals a conception of culture based on a RAM structure and contrary to the culture of archive. The underwent changes in the classification of disciplines caused by individual’s attitudes deriving from the new media hyperconnectivity environment will be reviewed here and the relevance in the present humanities of concepts such as exile, frontier and question without answer.

  7. An estimate of the 'doomed propellant fraction' for a Superdetonative Ram Accelerator

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    Ghorbanian, K.; Pratt, D. T.

    1993-01-01

    Guidelines enabling prediction of size and performance limits of a 'Superdetonative Ram Accelerator' are presented. Relations providing the fraction of propellant gases which will necessarily be consumed on the projectile forebody prior to being ingested into the annulus, utilizing engineering correlations for reacting detached bow shock shapes over sphere-cones, are established. Results indicate strong dependency of the SDRA performance limits on the propellant composition, the projectile cone half-angle, and the nose radius required for thermal protection.

  8. Cryopreservation of ram semen in extenders containing soybean lecithin as cryoprotectant and hyaluronic acid as antioxidant.

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    Najafi, A; Najafi, M H; Zanganeh, Z; Sharafi, M; Martinez-Pastor, F; Adeldust, H

    2014-12-01

    A soybean lecithin-based extender supplemented with hyaluronic acid (HA) was assayed for effectiveness to improve the quality of frozen-thawed ram semen. HA has not been tested yet in an extender containing soybean lecithin for freezing ram semen. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyse the effects of soybean lecithin at 1% or 1.5% along with HA at 0, 0.5 and 1 mg ml(-1) in a Tris-based extender on the motion characteristics, membrane integrity (HOST), viability, GSH peroxidase (GSH-PX) activity, lipid peroxidation and acrosomal status after freezing-thawing. Semen was collected from four Mehraban rams during the breeding season and frozen in the six lecithin×HA extenders. The extender containing 1.5% lecithin supplemented with no HA yielded higher total motility (52.5%±1.6), viability (55.8%±1.6) and membrane integrity (44.5%±1.7), but the effects of the lecithin concentration did not reach signification. Linearity-related parameters, ALH, BCF, lipid peroxidation, GSH-PX activity, morphology and acrosomal status were not affected by the extender composition. In general, adding HA significantly decreased sperm velocity (1 mg ml(-1) HA), total motility (only with 1.5% lecithin), viability (1 mg ml(-1) HA for 1% lecithin; both concentrations for 1.5% lecithin) and membrane integrity. In conclusion, adding HA to the freezing extender supplemented with soybean lecithin failed to improve quality-related variables in ram semen. Increasing the lecithin content could have a positive effect, but further studies are needed. © 2014 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  9. Induced lipid peroxidation in ram sperm: semen profile, DNA fragmentation and antioxidant status.

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    Hamilton, Thais Rose dos Santos; de Castro, Letícia Signori; Delgado, Juliana de Carvalho; de Assis, Patrícia Monken; Siqueira, Adriano Felipe Perez; Mendes, Camilla Mota; Goissis, Marcelo Demarchi; Muiño-Blanco, Teresa; Cebrián-Pérez, José Álvaro; Nichi, Marcílio; Visintin, José Antonio; D'Ávila Assumpção, Mayra Elena Ortiz

    2016-04-01

    Action of reactive oxygen species, protamination failures and apoptosis are considered the most important etiologies of sperm DNA fragmentation. This study evaluated the effects of induced lipid peroxidation susceptibility on native semen profile and identified the mechanisms involved in sperm DNA fragmentation and testicular antioxidant defense on Santa Ines ram sperm samples. Semen was collected from 12 adult rams (Ovis aries) performed weekly over a 9-week period. Sperm analysis (motility, mass motility, abnormalities, membrane and acrosome status, mitochondrial potential, DNA fragmentation, lipid peroxidation and intracellular free radicals production); protamine deficiency; PRM1, TNP1 and TNP2 gene expression; and determination of glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase, catalase (CAT) and superoxide dismutase activity and immunodetection in seminal plasma were performed. Samples were distributed into four groups according to the sperm susceptibility to lipid peroxidation after induction with ascorbate and ferrous sulfate (low, medium, high and very high). The results were analyzed by GLM test and post hoc least significant difference. We observed an increase in native GPx activity and CAT immunodetection in groups with high susceptibility to induced lipid peroxidation. We also found an increase in total sperm defects, acrosome and membrane damages in the group with the highest susceptibility to induced lipid peroxidation. Additionally, the low mitochondrial membrane potential, susceptible to chromatin fragmentation and the PRM1 mRNA were increased in the group showing higher susceptibility to lipid peroxidation. Ram sperm susceptibility to lipid peroxidation may compromise sperm quality and interfere with the oxidative homeostasis by oxidative stress, which may be the main cause of chromatin damage in ram sperm. © 2016 Society for Reproduction and Fertility.

  10. Assessment of the injection of grouts to repair cracks in rammed earth

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    Silva, Rui André Martins; Domínguez Martinez, O; Oliveira, Daniel V.; Pereira, E. N. B.; Soares, Edgar

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    Rammed earth constructions are known for their high seismic vulnerability, which menaces their preservation and puts in risk the life of millions of people living in regions with important seismic hazard. The poor conservation condition of many of these constructions largely contributes for the aforementioned situation. The presence of cracks is one common type of damage occurring in the walls, which debilitates their structural behaviour both for in-plane and out-of-plane loading. The inject...

  11. Use of antioxidants reduce lipid peroxidation and improve quality of crossbred ram sperm during its cryopreservation.

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    Banday, Mohamad Naiem; Lone, Farooz Ahmad; Rasool, Fabiha; Rashid, Muzamil; Shikari, Arif

    2017-02-01

    Ram sperm are subjected to extreme oxidative stress during their preservation at -196 °C resulting in reduced quality at post thaw. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of antioxidants taurine, quercetin and reduced glutathione on the post thaw quality of crossbred ram sperm. A total of twenty four ejaculates from six crossbred rams were collected and extended with tris-based extender with no antioxidant (Control), with taurine (40 mM), quercetin (5 μg/ml) and reduced glutathione (5 mM). The post thaw sperm quality was determined by percent sperm motility, live sperm count, intact acrosome and hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOST) reacted spermatozoa and lipid peroxidation was measured in terms of malondialdehyde (MDA) level both in seminal plasma and sperm cell. At post thaw, percent sperm motility and live sperm count were significantly (p  0.05) from quercetin. The percent HOST reacted spermatozoa were significantly higher for taurine than control, quercetin and reduced glutathione. Seminal plasma MDA level was significantly (p  0.05) among the control and antioxidants. In conclusion, taurine at 40 mM reduced lipid peroxidation and improved post thaw sperm quality of cryopreserved crossbred ram semen. Further, transportation time of semen samples in an ice chest at 4-5 °C may be included as a part of equilibration period, when collection shed and frozen semen unit are located at a distance. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Is prnt a pseudogene? Identification of ram Prt in testis and ejaculated spermatozoa.

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    Full Text Available A hallmark of prion diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopaties is the conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C, expressed by the prion gene (prnp, into an abnormally folded isoform (PrP(Sc with amyloid-like features that causes scrapie in sheep among other diseases. prnp together with prnd (which encodes a prion-like protein designated as Doppel, and prnt (that encodes the prion protein testis specific--Prt with sprn (shadow of prion protein gene, that encodes Shadoo or Sho genes, constitute the "prion gene complex". Whereas a role for prnd in the proper functioning of male reproductive system has been confirmed, the function of prnt, a recently discovered prion family gene, comprises a conundrum leading to the assumption that ruminant prnt is a pseudogene with no protein expression. The main objective of the present study was to identify Prt localization in the ram reproductive system and simultaneously to elucidate if ovine prnt gene is transcribed into protein-coding RNA. Moreover, as Prt is a prnp-related protein, the amyloid propensity was also tested for ovine and caprine Prt. Recombinant Prt was used to immunize BALB/c mice, and the anti-Prt polyclonal antibody (APPA immune response was evaluated by ELISA and Western Blot. When tested by indirect immunofluorescence, APPA showed high avidity to the ram sperm head apical ridge subdomain, before and after induced capacitation, but did not show the same behavior against goat spermatozoa, suggesting high antibody specificity against ovine-Prt. Prt was also found in the testis when assayed by immunohistochemistry during ram spermatogenesis, where spermatogonia, spermatocytes, spermatids and spermatozoa, stained positive. These observations strongly suggest ovine prnt to be a translated protein-coding gene, pointing to a role for Prt protein in the ram reproductive physiology. Besides, caprine Prt appears to exhibit a higher amyloid propensity than ovine Prt, mostly associated

  13. The identification of proteomic markers of sperm freezing resilience in ram seminal plasma.

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    Rickard, J P; Leahy, T; Soleilhavoup, C; Tsikis, G; Labas, V; Harichaux, G; Lynch, G W; Druart, X; de Graaf, S P

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    The source and composition of seminal plasma has previously been shown to alter the ability of spermatozoa to survive cryopreservation. In the present study, the ionic and proteomic composition of seminal plasma from rams with high (HSP; n = 3) or low (LSP; n = 3) freezing resilient spermatozoa was assessed. 75 proteins were identified to be more abundant in HSP and 48 proteins were identified to be more abundant in LSP. Individual seminal plasma proteomes were established for each of the six rams examined. For each ram, correlations were conducted between previously recorded freezing resilience [1] and individual spectral counts in order to identify markers of freezing resilience. 26S proteasome complex, acylamino acid releasing enzyme, alpha mannosidase class 2C, heat shock protein 90, tripeptidyl-peptidase 2, TCP-1 complex, sorbitol dehydrogenase and transitional endoplasmic reticulum ATPase were found to be positively correlated (r(2) > 0.7) with freezing resilience. Cystatin, zinc-2-alpha glycoprotein, angiogenin-2-like protein, cartilage acidic protein-1, cathepsin B and ribonuclease 4 isoform 1 were found to be negatively correlated (r(2) > 0.7) with freezing resilience. Several negative markers were found to originate from the accessory sex glands, whereas many positive markers originated from spermatozoa and were part of or associated with the 26S proteasome or CCT complex.

  14. A graphite based STT-RAM cell with reduction in switching current

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    Varghani, Ali; Peiravi, Ali

    2015-10-01

    Spin Transfer Torque Random Access Memory (STT-RAM) is a serious candidate for "universal memory" because of its non-volatility, fast access time, high density, good scalability, high endurance and relatively low power dissipation. However, problems with low write speed and large write current are important existing challenges in STT-RAM design and there is a tradeoff between them and data retention time. In this study, a novel STT-RAM cell structure which uses perfect graphite based Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) is proposed. First, the cross-section of the structure is selected to be an ellipse of 45 nm and 180 nm dimensions and a six-layer graphite is used as tunnel barrier. By passing a lateral current with a short pulse width (before applying STT current and independent of it) through four middle graphene layers of the tunnel barrier, a 27% reduction in the amplitude of the switching current (for fast switching time of 2 ns) or a 58% reduction in its pulse width is achieved without any reduction in data retention time. Finally, the effect of downscaling of technology on the proposed structure is evaluated. A reduction of 31.6% and 9% in switching current is achieved for 90 and 22 nm cell width respectively by passing sufficient current (100 μA with 0.1 ns pulse width) through the tunnel barrier. Simulations are done using Object Oriented Micro Magnetic Framework (OOMMF).

  15. Low radio frequency signatures of ram pressure stripping in Virgo spiral NGC 4254

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    Kantharia, N G; Sirothia, S K

    2007-01-01

    We report the detection of extended low radio frequency continuum emission beyond the optical disk of the spiral galaxy NGC 4254 using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope. NGC 4254, which has an almost face-on orientation, is located in the outskirts of the Virgo cluster. Since such extended emission is uncommon in low inclination galaxies, we believe it is a signature of magnetised plasma pushed out of the disk by ram pressure of the intracluster medium as NGC 4254 falls into the Virgo cluster. The detailed spectral index distribution across NGC 4254 shows that the steepest spectrum alpha < -1 (S propto nu^{alpha}) arises in the gas beyond the optical disk. This lends support to the ram pressure scenario by indicating that the extended emission is not from the disk gas but from matter which has been stripped by ram pressure. The steeper spectrum of the extended emission is reminiscent of haloes in edge-on galaxies. The sharp fall in intensity and enhanced polarization in the south of the galaxy, in additi...

  16. Recent advance in tunable diode laser spectroscopy with background RAM nulling for industrial applications

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    Ruxton, Keith; Chakraborty, Arup Lal; McGettrick, Andrew J.; Duffin, Kevin; Johnstone, Walter; Stewart, George

    2009-10-01

    A limiting factor of tuneable diode laser spectroscopy (TDLS) with wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) is the presence of background residual amplitude modulation (RAM) on the recovered 1st harmonic signal. The presence of this background term is due to direct modulation of the source laser power. This work presents a novel method to optically remove the unwanted background, with the major benefit being that measurement sensitivity can be increased. The recently developed phasor decomposition method1 (PDM), is a near IR (NIR) TDLS analysis technique that is used with the addition of the new RAM nulling method to recover gas absorption line-shapes. The PDM is a calibration free approach, which recovers the gas absorption line-shape and the isolated 1st derivative of the line-shape from the 1st harmonic signal. The work presented illustrates and validates the new RAM nulling procedure with measurements examining the 1650.96nm absorption line of methane (CH4) with comparisons to theory.

  17. Low-power non-volatile spintronic memory: STT-RAM and beyond

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    Wang, K. L.; Alzate, J. G.; Khalili Amiri, P.

    2013-02-01

    The quest for novel low-dissipation devices is one of the most critical for the future of semiconductor technology and nano-systems. The development of a low-power, universal memory will enable a new paradigm of non-volatile computation. Here we consider STT-RAM as one of the emerging candidates for low-power non-volatile memory. We show different configurations for STT memory and demonstrate strategies to optimize key performance parameters such as switching current and energy. The energy and scaling limits of STT-RAM are discussed, leading us to argue that alternative writing mechanisms may be required to achieve ultralow power dissipation, a necessary condition for direct integration with CMOS at the gate level for non-volatile logic purposes. As an example, we discuss the use of the giant spin Hall effect as a possible alternative to induce magnetization reversal in magnetic tunnel junctions using pure spin currents. Further, we concentrate on magnetoelectric effects, where electric fields are used instead of spin-polarized currents to manipulate the nanomagnets, as another candidate solution to address the challenges of energy efficiency and density. The possibility of an electric-field-controlled magnetoelectric RAM as a promising candidate for ultralow-power non-volatile memory is discussed in the light of experimental data demonstrating voltage-induced switching of the magnetization and reorientation of the magnetic easy axis by electric fields in nanomagnets.

  18. Effect of Egg Yolk and Cooling on Storage of Ram Coated Spermatozoa

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    A. Mohammadi-Nohdehy

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of egg yolk and cooling on ram coated spermatozoa. Semen was collected from three ram by artificial vagina contacted with a tube containing Tris- fructose-egg yolk 15%. Samples were pooled, centrifuged by 700 g for 10 min and removed supernatant. Then, samples were diluted by Tris-glucose and centrifuged again to remove seminal plasma and egg yolk. Aliquots split into two fractions and each one was split into 5 parts and added egg yolk 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20%. The half of the treatments were gradually cold and other ones were encountered with cold shock then samples were incubated at 5C for 72 h. Progressive sperm motility, plasma membrane integrity, viability (by Hoechst 33258 fluorescent staining and acrosome reaction (by PNA-Alexa flur-488 were investigated at 0, 24, 48 and 72 h. The results showed that there was no difference between 15% and 20% egg yolk in the progressive sperm motility but they were higher than 0% and 5% egg yolk. There was highest difference between 0% and 20 % egg yolk in the progressive sperm motility. There was no difference among the treatments containing egg yolk in plasma membrane integrity and acrosome reaction. In both cooling rate, there was no difference among the treatments containing egg yolk in the sperm viability. It was suggested that 20% egg yolk was superior to keep the function of ram coated spermatozoa for storage at 5C.

  19. Melatonin MT1 and MT2 Receptors in the Ram Reproductive Tract

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    González-Arto, Marta; Aguilar, David; Gaspar-Torrubia, Elena; Gallego, Margarita; Carvajal-Serna, Melissa; Herrera-Marcos, Luis V.; Serrano-Blesa, Edith; Hamilton, Thais Rose dos Santos; Pérez-Pé, Rosaura; Muiño-Blanco, Teresa; Cebrián-Pérez, José A.; Casao, Adriana

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    Some melatonin functions in mammals are exerted through MT1 and MT2 receptors. However, there are no reports of their presence in the reproductive tract of the ram, a seasonal species. Thus, we have investigated their existence in the ram testis, epididymis, accessory glands and ductus deferens. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) revealed higher levels of m-RNA for both receptors in the testis, ampulla, seminal vesicles, and vas deferens, than in the other organs of the reproductive tract (p < 0.05). Western blot analyses showed protein bands compatible with the MT1 in the testis and cauda epididymis, and for the MT2 in the cauda epididymis and deferent duct. Immunohistochemistry analyses revealed the presence of MT1 receptors in spermatogonias, spermatocytes, and spermatids, and MT2 receptors in the newly-formed spermatozoa in the testis, whereas both receptors were located in the epithelial cells of the ampulla, seminal vesicles, and ductus deferens. Indirect immunofluorescence showed significant differences in the immunolocation of both receptors in spermatozoa during their transit in the epididymis. In conclusion, it was demonstrated that melatonin receptors are present in the ram reproductive tract. These results open the way for new studies on the molecular mechanism of melatonin and the biological significance of its receptors. PMID:28335493

  20. A Report of Contemporary Rammed Earth Construction and Research in North America

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    Arno Schmidt

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Contemporary stabilized rammed earth (SRE draws upon traditional rammed earth (RE methods and materials, often incorporating reinforcing steel and rigid insulation, enhancing the structural and energy performance of the walls while satisfying building codes. SRE structures are typically engineered by licensed Structural Engineers using the Concrete Building Code or the Masonry Building Code. The construction process of SRE creates structural walls of relatively high compressive strength appropriate for a broad range of heating and cooling climates. The incorporation of rigid insulation creates a high mass interior wythe that is thermally separated from the exterior, resulting in improved thermal performance. Modular aluminum reinforced formwork allows walls to be built without the use of through ties, common in concrete construction. The North American Rammed Earth Builders Association (NAREBA collaborated with Unisol Engineering Ltd. and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT on a battery of tests to obtain preliminary data to be used in support of engineering design. The tests included compressive strength comparisons, pull out rebar testing of both horizontally and vertically placed steel, simple beam tests, and the deflection of two composite wall columns with an insulation core and two types of reinforcing steel connections between the RE wythes.

  1. The Ties that Bind? Galactic Magnetic Fields and Ram Pressure Stripping

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    Tonnesen, Stephanie

    2014-01-01

    One process affecting gas-rich cluster galaxies is ram pressure stripping, i.e. the removal of galactic gas through direct interaction with the intracluster medium. Galactic magnetic fields may have an important impact on the stripping rate and tail structure. We run the first magnetohydrodynamic simulations of ram pressure stripping that include a galactic magnetic field, using 159 pc resolution throughout our entire domain in order to resolve mixing throughout the tail. We find very little difference in the total amount of gas removed from the unmagnetized and magnetized galaxies, although a magnetic field with a radial component will initially accelerate stripped gas more quickly. In general, we find that magnetic fields in the disk lead to slower velocities in the stripped gas near the disk and faster velocities farther from the disk. We also find that magnetic fields in the galactic gas lead to larger unmixed structures in the tail. Finally, we discuss whether ram pressure stripped tails can magnetize th...

  2. Impact of sheep stocking density and breed on behaviour of newly regrouped adult rams

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    Engeldal SEC

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Placing animals in cages with certain density and good grouping were two important aspects needed in intensive livestock production system to produce optimal production and animal welfare. The objective of this study was to examine effect of stocking density, breed and elapse of time on behaviour of newly regrouped, unacquainted adult rams from three sheep breeds i.e. Barbados Blackbelly Cross, Local Garut and Composite Garut, as possible factor causing variation in welfare status. Instantaneous scan sampling was used for recording sheep behaviour at three different stocking densities. Thirty-six adult rams were used in this research and divided into three groups (n = 12 on the basis of breed. At each stocking density four rams of the same breed were observed during two consecutive days. The recorded behaviours were agonistic-, self-care-, exploratory-, aberrant-, mating-, locomotive- and standing behaviour. The results showed that during the entire experiment agonistic behaviour was observed at the highest frequency. Stocking density was found to have a significant effect on exploratory-, locomotive- and standing behaviour. The effect of breed was found to cause significant differences in agonistic-, self-care-, aberrant- and mating behaviour. Significant differences were also found between day 1 and day 2 of regrouping for agonistic-, exploratory, self-care- and mating behaviour. It is concluded that the three breeds do differ in their behavioural reactions to different stocking density levels and time needed for adaptation after regrouping

  3. On the influence of ram-pressure stripping on the star formation of simulated spiral galaxies

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    Kronberger, T; Ferrari, C; Unterguggenberger, S; Schindler, S

    2008-01-01

    We investigate the influence of ram-pressure stripping on the star formation and the mass distribution in simulated spiral galaxies. Special emphasis is put on the question where the newly formed stars are located. The stripping radius from the simulation is compared to analytical estimates. Disc galaxies are modelled in combined N-body/hydrodynamic simulations (GADGET-2) with prescriptions for cooling, star formation, stellar feedback, and galactic winds. These model galaxies move through a constant density and temperature gas, which has parameters comparable to the intra-cluster medium (ICM) in the outskirts of a galaxy cluster (T=3 keV ~3.6x10^7 K and rho=10^-28 g/cm^3). With this numerical setup we analyse the influence of ram-pressure stripping on the star formation rate of the model galaxy. We find that the star formation rate is significantly enhanced by the ram-pressure effect (up to a factor of 3). Stars form in the compressed central region of the galaxy as well as in the stripped gas behind the gal...

  4. System Verification Through Reliability, Availability, Maintainability (RAM) Analysis & Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)

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    Emmanuel Ohene Opare, Jr.; Charles V. Park

    2011-06-01

    The Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Project, managed by the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is authored by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to research, develop, design, construct, and operate a prototype fourth generation nuclear reactor to meet the needs of the 21st Century. A section in this document proposes that the NGNP will provide heat for process heat applications. As with all large projects developing and deploying new technologies, the NGNP is expected to meet high performance and availability targets relative to current state of the art systems and technology. One requirement for the NGNP is to provide heat for the generation of hydrogen for large scale productions and this process heat application is required to be at least 90% or more available relative to other technologies currently on the market. To reach this goal, a RAM Roadmap was developed highlighting the actions to be taken to ensure that various milestones in system development and maturation concurrently meet required availability requirements. Integral to the RAM Roadmap was the use of a RAM analytical/simulation tool which was used to estimate the availability of the system when deployed based on current design configuration and the maturation level of the system.

  5. Effect of epididymis handling conditions on the quality of ram spermatozoa recovered post-mortem.

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    Kaabi, M; Paz, P; Alvarez, M; Anel, E; Boixo, J C; Rouissi, H; Herraez, P; Anel, L

    2003-10-15

    Post-mortem spermatozoa recovery is an important technique for obtaining germplasm reserves from genetically valuable animals or endangered species. However, there are many factors that influence the outcome of this technique. We have studied the effect of the interval between animal's death and sperm recovery (0, 24 or 48 h) on the quality and freezability of ram spermatozoa from cauda epididymidis. Storage temperature of epididymis (room temperature or 5 degrees C) was also analysed. Spermatozoa were diluted with Tes-Tris-Fructose solution supplemented with egg yolk (10%) and glycerol (4%), and frozen using a programmable biofreezer (-20 degrees C/min). Pre-freeze and post-thaw sperm samples showed viable spermatozoa up to 48 h after the animal's death, although their quality declined significantly as post-mortem storage time increased. Epididymis sperm stored at 5 degrees C showed better motility and a lower percentage of abnormal forms than epididymis stored at room temperature after 24 and 48 h. The fertilizing ability of cauda epididymis ram spermatozoa obtained at 0 and 24h after the animal's death is similar to that of ejaculated spermatozoa. Therefore, a good protocol for post-mortem semen collection in rams when epididymal spermatozoa cannot be collected immediately, is to preserve the epididymis at 5 degrees C and process the samples in the first 24h after the animal's death.

  6. Function of ram spermatozoa frozen in diluents supplemented with casein and vegetable oils.

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    Del Valle, I; Souter, A; Maxwell, W M C; Muiño-Blanco, T; Cebrián-Pérez, J A

    2013-05-01

    The aim of this study was to assess biologically safer components as alternatives to egg yolk for the frozen storage of ram semen using casein, coconut or palm oil in either Salamon's diluent (S) or a swim-up medium (SU). Ejaculates were frozen as pellets and sperm motility (subjectively) and acrosome integrity (FITC-PNA/PI) by flow cytometry were assessed at 0, 3 and 6h after thawing and incubation at 37°C. Three experiments were done: different concentrations of palm oil (5%, 10% and 20%); casein added as emulsifier and protective agent; and differences between egg yolk, coconut and palm oil in S and SU. 20% of oil added to SU accounted for a lesser percentage (Poil levels on viable cells. When casein was added to diluents containing 5% of palm oil, no differences were found between palm or casein (P>0.05). No differences were found when S and SU were compared neither as groups nor between S alone and containing coconut or palm oil; however, SU alone yielded less motility than SU 5% coconut. However, in both groups, S and SU, egg yolk accounted for the greatest values in both bases. These results indicate that none of biologically safer media components (casein, palm or coconut oil) used in this study maintained the function of ram spermatozoa after freeze-thawing better than S-containing egg yolk. The application of vegetable oils as substitutes for egg yolk in diluents for the cryopreservation of ram spermatozoa requires further research.

  7. Capacity of unreinforced rammed earth walls subject to lateral wind force: elastic analysis versus ultimate strength analysis.

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    2013-01-01

    Cement-stabilized rammed earth walls are an increasingly common form of construction in certain parts of the world, bringing considerable potential to reduce the carbon footprints of buildings. However, there is relatively little advice to designers wishing to use these construction materials at present, as compared to established materials such as concrete. This paper discusses the use of two proposed analysis procedures to calculate the capacity of unreinforced cement-stabilized rammed eart...

  8. Methodology for assessing the safety of Hydrogen Systems: HyRAM 1.1 technical reference manual

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    Groth, Katrina; Hecht, Ethan; Reynolds, John Thomas; Blaylock, Myra L.; Erin E. Carrier

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    The HyRAM software toolkit provides a basis for conducting quantitative risk assessment and consequence modeling for hydrogen infrastructure and transportation systems. HyRAM is designed to facilitate the use of state-of-the-art science and engineering models to conduct robust, repeatable assessments of hydrogen safety, hazards, and risk. HyRAM is envisioned as a unifying platform combining validated, analytical models of hydrogen behavior, a stan- dardized, transparent QRA approach, and engineering models and generic data for hydrogen installations. HyRAM is being developed at Sandia National Laboratories for the U. S. De- partment of Energy to increase access to technical data about hydrogen safety and to enable the use of that data to support development and revision of national and international codes and standards. This document provides a description of the methodology and models contained in the HyRAM version 1.1. HyRAM 1.1 includes generic probabilities for hydrogen equipment fail- ures, probabilistic models for the impact of heat flux on humans and structures, and computa- tionally and experimentally validated analytical and first order models of hydrogen release and flame physics. HyRAM 1.1 integrates deterministic and probabilistic models for quantifying accident scenarios, predicting physical effects, and characterizing hydrogen hazards (thermal effects from jet fires, overpressure effects from deflagrations), and assessing impact on people and structures. HyRAM is a prototype software in active development and thus the models and data may change. This report will be updated at appropriate developmental intervals.

  9. [The Ram's Heads on the Pompejan Quadri Valve Speculum (Bljouiez. Jackson 291: Naples Arch. Mus. 113264)1].

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    Bliquez, Lawrence

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    This article discusses the hypothesis that the ram's heads on the speculum recovered in Pompeii in 1881-82 had some symbolic significance - on the basis of the connection between the ram and the human reproductive organs, well testified in Egyptian mythology. Infact, there is ample evidence of Egyptian influence in Pompeii, particularly nearby the houses where we presume the discovery of the speculum was made.

  10. Age at Puberty and Some Biological Parameters of Awassi and its First Crosses with Charollais and Romanov Rams

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    Ahmad Qasem Al-Momani

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    Full Text Available The aim of this experiment was to determine the age at puberty of both ram and ewe lambs of three genotypes: Awassi (A, Charollais x Awassi (CA, and Romanov x Awassi (RA F1crosses. Twenty, six-month old lambs (10 from each sex from each genotype were used. Ram and ewe lambs were kept in separate groups from the beginning until the end of the experiment. Birth weight and weaning weight were recorded for all animals. Body weights and body condition scores were recorded at monthly intervals between 6.5 and 12 months of age. Blood samples were collected weekly from ewe lambs and fortnightly from ram lambs to monitor progesterone and testosterone profiles, respectively. Semen character- istics and scrotal circumferences (SC were evaluated fortnightly. Weight at puberty in ewe and ram lambs were not sig- nificantly different among the three genotypes and ranged around 35 kg and 42 kg, respectively. In ewe lambs, age at puberty was significantly higher (P< 0.01 in A (280±11.5 d than in RA (232±11 d and CA (255±11.5 d. Age at puber- ty of ram lambs was also significantly different (P < 0.01 among the three genotypes being higher in A (243±5 d than in CA (223±5 d and RA (226±5 d ram lambs. Semen parameters improved with age in all genotypes. The RA ram lambs had greater semen concentration and lower abnormal spermatozoa than the other two genotypes (P< 0.05. Results of the present study indicate that crossing Awassi ewes with either Charollais or Romanov sires tends to improve reproduc- tive characteristics of the Fcrossbreds through advancing age at puberty in both ram and ewe lambs.

  11. Incorporation of radiolabeled whey proteins into casein micelles by heat processing

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    Noh, B.; Richardson, T. (Univ. of California, Davis (USA))

    1989-07-01

    Skim milk was heated at .70, 95, and 140{degree}C to simulate the processes of pasteurization, forewarming, and UHT sterilization, and the specific interactions between {alpha}-lactalbumin or {beta}-lactoglobulin and the caseins studied using tracer amounts of added {sup 14}C-labeled whey protein. Radioactivities of the whey and of the washed casein pellets from renneted skim milk were measured and the extent of the interaction estimated. Upon heating skim milk at 70{degree}C for 45 s, less than 2% {beta}-lactoglobulin and less than .3% {alpha}-lactalbumin were incorporated into the curd. Heating at 95{degree}C for .5 to 20 min resulted in 58 to 85% of the {beta}-lactoglobulin and 8 to 55% of the {alpha}-lactalbumin becoming associated with the curd. Heating at 140{degree}C for 2 and 4 s caused 43 and 54% of the {beta}-lactoglobulin and 9 and 12% of the {alpha}-lactalbumin, respectively, to be bound to the curd fraction. The radiolabeling technique is very sensitive and useful for tracing low levels of interaction between whey proteins and casein in heated milk systems.

  12. (Investigations into the use of radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies for selective cell labeling in whole blood):

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    Thakur, M.L.

    1987-01-01

    Seventeen monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), 7 specific for human platelets and 10 specific for human polumorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) have been evaluated. One MAb has been identified as the antibody most suitable for canine platelets and another has been evaluted as the best among the group, for human neutrophil studies. Indium-111, Tc-99m, and I-125 have been used as the tracers. Six bifunctional chelating agents (BFCAs) were evaluated in order to determine the most efficient agent for maximal cell labeling efficiency. Among these, the DTPA has given us the best results. (4) To botain maximum In-111 chelation and minimum loss of the MAb affinity, the optimal BFCA to MAb ratios for both IgG and IgM type of MAbs were determined. Four different substances, stannous chloride, ascorbic acid, sodium dithionite and sodium borohydride, were evaluated as reducing agents for Tc-99m reduction and its optimal binding to MAbs. Dithionite at the concentration of 200 ug/ml DTPA-MAb solution provides greater than 50% Tc-99m labeling efficiency and maintains its immunospecificity equal to that of In-111-DTPA-MAb. The ability of radiolabeled MAb to interact with blood cells selectively in whole blood and with isolated blood cells was assessed and compared.

  13. Comprehensive radiolabeling, stability, and tissue distribution studies of technetium-99m single amino acid chelates (SAAC).

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    Maresca, Kevin P; Hillier, Shawn M; Femia, Frank J; Zimmerman, Craig N; Levadala, Murali K; Banerjee, Sangeeta R; Hicks, Justin; Sundararajan, Chitra; Valliant, John; Zubieta, Jon; Eckelman, William C; Joyal, John L; Babich, John W

    2009-08-19

    Technetium tricarbonyl chemistry has been a subject of interest in radiopharmaceutical development over the past decade. Despite the extensive work done on developing chelates for Tc(I), a rigorous investigation of the impact of changing donor groups and labeling conditions on radiochemical yields and/or distribution has been lacking. This information is crucially important if these platforms are going to be used to develop molecular imaging probes. Previous studies on the coordination chemistry of the {M(CO)(3)}(+) core have established alkylamine, aromatic nitrogen heterocycles, and carboxylate donors as effective chelating ligands. These observations led to the design of tridentate ligands derived from the amino acid lysine. Such amino acid analogues provide a tridentate donor set for chelation to the metal and an amino acid functionality for conjugation to biomolecules. We recently developed a family of single amino acid chelates (SAAC) that serve this function and can be readily incorporated into peptides via solid-phase synthesis techniques. As part of these continuing studies, we report here on the radiolabeling with technetium-99m ((99m)Tc) and stability of a series of SAAC analogues of lysine. The complexes studied include cationic, neutral, and anionic complexes. The results of tissue distribution studies with these novel complexes in normal rats demonstrate a range of distribution in kidney, liver, and intestines.

  14. Optimization of hepatocarcinoma uptake with radiolabeled lipiodol: development of new lipiodol formulations with increased viscosity.

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    Becker, Stéphanie; Lepareur, Nicolas; Cadeillan, Virginie; Ardisson, Valérie; Bayat, Sahar; Noiret, Nicolas; Garin, Etienne

    2012-03-01

    The aim of this study was to develop new Lipiodol formulations with increased viscosities to augment Lipiodol embolic effect and optimize efficiency of radiolabeled Lipiodol in hepatocarcinoma treatments. New Lipiodol formulations consist of Lipiodol mixtures with different stearic acid concentrations (0.8%, 1.3%, and 1.8%). These formulations were fully characterized in vitro (viscosity, rheologic profiles) and labeled with 99mTc. Their viscosities at 20°C are 54, 60, and 67cP respectively, versus 45cP for Lipiodol ultra-fluide. Second, their biodistribution profiles were studied in vivo, at 24 and 72 hours, in hepatoma-bearing rats, and compared to control group (99mTc-Lipiodol). Biodistribution at 24 hours show a Gaussian tumor uptake profile with a maximum obtained with 1.3% stearic acid, and a tumor uptake superior to control group (+67%) (p<0.05). At 72 hours, optimal tumor uptake is reached with the 0.8% formulation, with 89% increase compared with control group (p<0.05). Moreover, we show a tendency to the decrease of pulmonary uptake for the new formulations at 24 hours and 72 hours. These results suggest a correlation between viscosity and Lipiodol tumor uptake. The new 0.8% stearic acid/Lipiodol formulation appears to be the optimized formulation for Lipiodol treatments of hepatocarcinoma, since it leads to a significant increase of tumor uptake at 72 hours and possibly to a decrease of undesirable pulmonary effects.

  15. Quantification of the fate of dietary fiber in humans by a newly developed radiolabeled fiber marker

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    Carryer, P.W.; Brown, M.I.; Malagelada, J.R.; Carlson, G.L.; McCall, J.T.

    1982-06-01

    A radiolabeled cellulose (/sup 131/I-fiber) that retains the essential physical and chemical properties of this class of fiber was developed in our laboratory. Researchers quantified the fate of orally ingested /sup 131/I-fiber in healthy individuals by external gamma camera monitoring and fecal collections. The marker passes virtually intact through the human gastrointestinal tract with negligible release and absorption of the label in the gut. Comparison of the gastric emptying rate of /sup 131/I-fiber with that of a predominantly aqueous marker, /sup 99/mTc-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (/sup 99/mTc-DTPA), showed that /sup 131/I-fiber strands were evacuated more slowly than intragastric fluids. An important finding was that some /sup 131/I-fiber emptying occurred during most time periods, even before liquids were completely evacuated. This suggests that the human stomach is able to empty simultaneously liquids and fiber strands (1-15 mm in length) that are resistant to grinding by antral mechanical forces and to digestion by acid-peptic secretion. Thus, some nondigestible solids may be emptied with the bulk of a meal, although at a slower rate. /sup 131/I-Fiber may be a useful marker for quantifying gastric emptying of nondigestible solids. Further, the stability of /sup 131/I-fiber in the gut, as opposed to most other physiologic solid labels, should enable future investigation of intestinal and colonic transit of fiber, which is an important component of the human diet.

  16. Radiolabeling and autoradiographic tracing of Toxocara canis larvae in male mice

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    Wade, S.E.; Georgi, J.R.

    1987-02-01

    Artificially hatched infective larvae of Toxocara canis were labeled with /sup 75/Se in Medium 199 (Gibco) containing /sup 75/Se-methionine. Male CD-1 mice were infected with radiolabeled larvae by intragastric intubation or by intraperitoneal injection. At intervals of 3-56 days mice were killed and the organs prepared for compressed organ autoradiography. Radioactivity of parasitic larvae showed an exponential decrease with time, reflecting catabolism of label with a biological half life of 26 days (effective half life of 21 days) making possible experiments lasting several months. Total body larva counts, estimated by total body autoradiography, displayed an overall downward trend, but the rate of reduction was probably not constant because no significant positive or negative trends were noted from day 14 onward in the numbers of larvae. The carcass accumulated the greatest number of larvae followed by the central nervous system, liver, and lung in that order. When the numbers of larvae were considered in relationship to the mass of tissue, there were 4 groupings: central nervous system, liver, lung, carcass, and kidney, and genito-urinary organ, pelt, and intestine. No significant difference between intragastric and intraperitoneal administration was observed in the larval distribution after the larvae had left the initial site of deposition.

  17. Cardiac output by Doppler echocardiography in the premature baboon: comparison with radiolabeled microspheres.

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    Kinsella, J P; Morrow, W R; Gerstmann, D R; Taylor, A F; deLemos, R A

    1991-04-01

    Pulsed-Doppler echocardiography (PDE) is a useful noninvasive method for determining left ventricular output (LVO). However, despite increasingly widespread use in neonatal intensive care units, validation studies in prematures with cardiopulmonary disease are lacking. The purpose of this study was to compare radiolabeled microsphere (RLM) and PDE measurements of LVO, using the critically ill premature baboon as a model of the human neonate. Twenty-two paired RLM and PDE measurements of LVO were obtained in 14 animals between 3 and 24 h of age. Average PDE LVO was 152 ml/min/kg (range, 40-258 ml/min/kg) compared to 158 ml/min/kg (range, 67-278 ml/min/kg) measured by RLM. Linear regression analysis of the paired measurements showed good correlation with a slope near unity (gamma = 0.94x + 4.20, r = 0.91, SEE = 25.7 ml). We conclude that PDE determinations of LVO compare well with those measured by RLM in the premature baboon. PDE appears to provide a valid estimate of LVO and should be useful in human prematures with cardiopulmonary distress.

  18. Radiolabelled molecules for imaging the translocator protein (18 kDa) using positron emission tomography

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    Dolle, F.; Luus, C.; Reynolds, A.; Kassiou, M. [CEA, Institut d' Imagerie BioMedicale, Service Hospitalier Frederic Joliot, Orsay (France)

    2009-07-01

    The translocator protein (18 kDa) (TSPO), formerly known as the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor (PBR), was originally identified as an alternate binding site for the central benzodiazepine receptor (CBR) ligand, diazepam, in the periphery, but has now been distinguished as a novel site. The TSPO is ubiquitously expressed in peripheral tissues but only minimally in the healthy brain and increased levels of TSPO expression have been noted in neuro inflammatory conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke. This increase in TSPO expression has been reported to coincide with the process of micro-glial activation, whereby the brain's intrinsic immune system becomes active. Therefore, by using recently developed high affinity, selective TSPO ligands in conjunction with functional imaging modalities such as positron emission tomography (PET), it becomes possible to study the process of micro-glial activation in the living brain. A number of high affinity ligands, the majority of which are C, N-substituted acetamide derivatives, have been successfully radiolabelled and used in in vivo studies of the TSPO and the process of micro-glial activation. This review highlights recent achievements (up to December 2008) in the field of functional imaging of the TSPO as well as the radio-syntheses involved in such studies. (authors)

  19. A simple method for enzymatic synthesis of unlabeled and radiolabeled Hydroxycinnamate-CoA

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    Rautergarten, Carsten; Baidoo, Edward; Keasling, Jay; Vibe Scheller, Henrik

    2011-07-20

    Hydroxycinnamate coenzyme A (CoA) thioesters are substrates for biosynthesis of lignin and hydroxycinna- mate esters of polysaccharides and other polymers. Hence, a supply of these substrates is essential for investigation of cell wall biosynthesis. In this study, three recombinant enzymes, caffeic acid 3-O-methyltransferase, 4-coumarate- CoA ligase 1, and 4-coumarate-CoA ligase 5, were cloned from wheat, tobacco, and Arabidopsis, respectively, and were used to synthesize {sup 14}C-feruloyl-CoA, caffeoyl-CoA, p-coumaroyl-CoA, feruloyl-CoA, and sinapoyl-CoA. The corresponding hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA thioesters were high-performance liquid chromatography purified, the only extraction/purification step necessary, with total yields between 88-95%. Radiolabeled {sup 14}C-feruloyl-CoA was generated from caffeic acid and S-adenosyl-{sup 14}C-methionine under the combined action of caffeic acid 3-O-methyltransferase and 4-coumarate-CoA ligase 1. About 70% of {sup 14}C-methyl groups from S-adenosyl methionine were incorporated into the final product. The methods presented are simple, fast, and efficient for the preparation of the hydroxycinnamate thioesters.

  20. SPECT assay of radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies. Progress report, September 1, 1992--August 24, 1993

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    Jaszczak, R.J.

    1993-08-20

    The overall goal of this project is to improve the effectiveness of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to image and quantify radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies. During the past year, we have made significant progress toward this goal, and this report summarizes that work. Our efforts have been mainly directed along three fronts. First, we have developed and tested new reconstruction methods including three-dimensional iterative algorithms that model non-uniform attenuation and distance-dependent detector response. Both fan beam and parallel beam collimator geometries have been modeled and novel ways of improving the efficiency of the computationally intensive methods have been introduced. Second, an ultra-high resolution, small field-of-view pinhole collimator has been constructed and evaluated. Reconstructed spatial resolution of 1 to 3 mm (FWHM) has been achieved in phantom scans with a useful field-of-view of 9 to 10 cm. Finally, we have investigated the ability of SPECT to image and quantify astatine-211 distributions. Reconstructed images of phantom data demonstrated quantitative accuracy to within 10% with proper attenuation and scatter compensation.

  1. In vivo PET imaging and biodistribution of radiolabeled gold nanoshells in rats with tumor xenografts.

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    Xie, Huan; Wang, Zheng Jim; Bao, Ande; Goins, Beth; Phillips, William T

    2010-08-16

    Here we report the radiolabeling of gold nanoshells (NSs) for PET imaging in rat tumor model. A conjugation method was developed to attach NSs with the radionuclide, (64)Cu. The resulting conjugates showed good labeling efficiency and stability in PBS and serum. The pharmacokinetics of (64)Cu-NS and the controls ((64)Cu-DOTA and (64)Cu-DOTA-PEG2K) were determined in nude rats with a head and neck squamous cell carcinoma xenograft by radioactive counting. Using PET/CT imaging, we monitored the in vivo distribution of (64)Cu-NS and the controls in the tumor-bearing rats at various time points after their intravenous injection. PET images of the rats showed accumulation of (64)Cu-NSs in the tumors and other organs with significant difference from the controls. The organ biodistribution of rats at 46h post-injection was analyzed by radioactive counting and compared between the (64)Cu-NS and the controls. Different clearance kinetics was indicated. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) of gold concentration was performed to quantify the amount of NSs in major tissues of the dosed rats and the results showed similar distribution. Overall, PET images with (64)Cu had good resolution and therefore can be further applied to guide photothermal treatment of cancer.

  2. Is radiolabelled sucralphate scintigraphy of any use in the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease?

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    Crama-Bohbouth, G E; Arndt, J W; Peña, A S; Blok, D; Verspaget, H W; Weterman, I T; Lamers, C B; Pauwels, E K

    1988-08-01

    Previous optimistic reports led us to undertake a study to determine the value of 99Tcm-sucralphate scintigraphy in the assessment of localization and extent of active inflammatory bowel disease. Eight patients were studied; four had Crohn's disease (three small bowel and one colon localization) and four patients had ulcerative colitis. The results obtained by scintigraphy were compared with those obtained by diagnostic radiology and/or endoscopy. In five patients indium-111 granulocyte scintigraphy was also performed. 99Tcm-sucralphate scans showed total discrepancy with standard investigations in four patients and partial discrepancy in the other four. Furthermore, it was difficult from the images to decide whether the radiolabelled sucralphate indicated true inflammation or normal distribution of the radiopharmaceutical. Patient acceptability was very low due to frequent scanning times and the recommended purgation which was not well tolerated and is contraindicated in severely ill patients. We conclude that this technique is not a good screening test for diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease and we have, therefore, discontinued the study.

  3. Synthesis of a radiolabeled cyclodepsipeptide [{sup 3}H-methyl]PF1022A

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    Pleiss, U. [Bayer AG, Wuppertal (Germany). Metabolism and Isotope Chemistry; Harder, A.; Turberg, A.; Londershausen, M.; Mencke, N.; Jeschke, P.; Bonse, G. [Bayer AG, Monheim (Germany). Agricultural Centre; Iinuma, K. [Meiji Seika Kaisha Ltd., Kanagawa (Japan)

    1996-01-01

    For receptor binding studies and the elucidation of the mode of action of the potent anthelmintic compound PF1022A a tritium labeled compound with very high specific activity was necessary. Tritium was introduced into the compound by methylation of the [bis-N-demethyl]precursor of PF1022A (PF1022-219). The identity of [bis-N-methyl-{sup 3}H]PF1022A was determined by LC/MS. After synthesis and purification, 88.9 {mu}g [bis-N-methyl-{sup 3}H]PF1022A were available showing a specific activity of 162 Ci/mmol (5,99 TBq/mmol) determined by mass spectrometry. The total activity was 15 mCi (555 MBq). Radiolabeled PF1022A showed an efficient and specific binding to a membrane fraction from Ascaris suum. Displacement by unlabeled PF1022A was half-maximal at about 40 nM. At 100-fold higher concentrations the biologically much less effective optical antipodean (PF1022-001) competed for maximal 40% of the [{sup 3}H]PF1022A-binding in the Ascaris suum membrane preparation. In-vitro comparison of PF1022A with its optical antipdean revealed a more than 100-fold higher anthelmintic activity of PF1022A against Heterakis spumosa, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis and Trichinella spiralis. (author).

  4. Nanoparticulate Radiolabelled Quinolines Detect Amyloid Plaques in Mouse Models of Alzheimer's Disease

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    Celeste A. Roney

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Detecting aggregated amyloid peptides (Aβ plaques presents targets for developing biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD. Polymeric n-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate (PBCA nanoparticles (NPs were encapsulated with radiolabelled amyloid affinity I125-clioquinol (CQ, 5-chloro-7-iodo-8-hydroxyquinoline as in vivo probes. I125-CQ-PBCA NPs crossed the BBB (2.3±0.9 ID/g (P<.05 in the WT mouse (N = 210, compared to I125-CQ (1.0±0.4 ID/g. I125-CQ-PBCA NP brain uptake increased in AD transgenic mice (APP/PS1 versus WT (N = 38; 2.54×105±5.31×104 DLU/mm2; versus 1.98×105±2.22×104 DLU/mm2 and in APP/PS1/Tau. Brain increases were in mice intracranially injected with aggregated Aβ42 peptide (N = 17; 7.19×105±1.25×105 DLU/mm2, versus WT (6.07×105±7.47×104 DLU/mm2. Storage phosphor imaging and histopathological staining of the plaques, Fe2+ and Cu2+, validated results. I125-CQ-PBCA NPs have specificity for Aβ in vitro and in vivo and are promising as in vivo SPECT (I123, or PET (I124 amyloid imaging agents.

  5. Heat-induced-radiolabeling and click chemistry: A powerful combination for generating multifunctional nanomaterials

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    Wilks, Moses Q.; El Fakhri, Georges; Normandin, Marc D.; Kaittanis, Charalambos; Josephson, Lee

    2017-01-01

    A key advantage of nanomaterials for biomedical applications is their ability to feature multiple small reporter groups (multimodality), or combinations of reporter groups and therapeutic agents (multifunctionality), while being targeted to cell surface receptors. Here a facile combination of techniques for the syntheses of multimodal, targeted nanoparticles (NPs) is presented, whereby heat-induced-radiolabeling (HIR) labels NPs with radiometals and so-called click chemistry is used to attach bioactive groups to the NP surface. Click-reactive alkyne or azide groups were first attached to the nonradioactive clinical Feraheme (FH) NPs. Resulting “Alkyne-FH” and “Azide-FH” intermediates, like the parent NP, tolerated 89Zr labeling by the HIR method previously described. Subsequently, biomolecules were quickly conjugated to the radioactive NPs by either copper-catalyzed or copper-free click reactions with high efficiency. Synthesis of the Alkyne-FH or Azide-FH intermediates, followed by HIR and then by click reactions for biomolecule attachment, provides a simple and potentially general path for the synthesis of multimodal, multifunctional, and targeted NPs for biomedical applications. PMID:28225818

  6. Un discurso de Ramón y Cajal sobre El Quijote

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    González Quirós, José Luis

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available The article is a brief study to a lecture by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, entitled Psichology of Don Quixote and Quixotism. It is a rather unknown text, as well as one of the main works regarding the topic produced at the time of the 3rd centennary of Don Quixote. The lecture was commissioned by the Medical College of San Carlos, and was read on May 9th, 1905. The existing editions contain quite a few printing errors. Our analysis sets out Cajal’s ideas regarding the situation of Spanish science and the necessary measures that need to be taken. We also put these ideas in comparison with those of Unamuno and Ortega, the two main Spanish authors to write about the same topic in the same years. We emphasize the agreement between Unamuno and Cajal, as well as the radical difference we can find between Ortega’s and Cajal’s approaches to the subject of science.El artículo es un breve análisis del discurso de Santiago Ramón y Cajal titulado Psicología de Don Quijote y el quijotismo, un texto poco conocido que fue una de las piezas principales producida en torno al tema con motivo del III centenario del Quijote. El discurso de Ramón y Cajal le fue encargado por el Colegio Médico de San Carlos, y se pronunció en Madrid el día 9 de Mayo de 1905. Las ediciones existentes contienen algunas erratas e inexactitudes. Nuestro análisis expone las ideas de Ramón y Cajal en relación con la situación de la ciencia española y con los remedios que es necesario poner en práctica y con el espíritu que debe animarlos para poner luego en relación las ideas de Ramón y Cajal con las de Unamuno y Ortega, los dos principales autores españoles que escribieron sobre el tema en aquellos mismos años, subrayando la coincidencia entre Unamuno y Ramón y Cajal y la llamativa distancia de Ortega con las ideas de nuestro histólogo en relación con la ciencia.

  7. Elucidating the role of dissolution in CeO{sub 2} nanoparticle plant uptake by smart radiolabeling

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    Schymura, Stefan; Hildebrand, Heike; Franke, Karsten [Institute of Resource Ecology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Leipzig (Germany); Fricke, Thomas [Vita34 AG, Business Unit BioPlanta, Leipzig (Germany); University of Bonn, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Division Plant Nutrition (Germany)

    2017-06-19

    The identification of major uptake pathways in plants is an important factor when evaluating the fate of manufactured nanoparticles in the environment and the associated risks. Using different radiolabeling techniques we were able to show a predominantly particulate uptake for CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles in contrast to a possible uptake in the form of ionic cerium. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Preparation and (68)Ga-radiolabeling of porous zirconia nanoparticle platform for PET/CT-imaging guided drug delivery.

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    Polyak, Andras; Naszalyi Nagy, Lívia; Mihaly, Judith; Görres, Sebastian; Wittneben, Alexander; Leiter, Ina; Bankstahl, Jens P; Sajti, Laszlo; Kellermayer, Miklós; Zrínyi, Miklós; Ross, Tobias L

    2017-04-15

    This paper describes the preparation of gallium-68 ((68)Ga) isotope labeled porous zirconia (ZrO2) nanoparticle (NP) platform of nearly 100nm diameter and its first pharmacokinetic and biodistribution evaluation accomplished with a microPET/CT (μPet/CT) imaging system. Objectives of the investigations were to provide a nanoparticle platform which can be suitable for specific delivery of various therapeutic drugs using surface attached specific molecules as triggering agents, and at the same time, suitable for positron emission tomography (PET) tracing of the prospective drug delivery process. Radiolabeling was accomplished using DOTA bifunctional chelator. DOTA was successfully adsorbed onto the surface of nanoparticles, while the (68)Ga-radiolabeling method proved to be simple and effective. In the course of biodistribution studies, the (68)Ga-labeled DOTA-ZrNPs showed proper radiolabeling stability in their original suspension and in blood serum. μPet/CT imaging studies confirmed a RES-biodistribution profile indicating stable nano-sized labeled particles in vivo. Results proved that the new method offers the opportunity to examine further specifically targeted and drug payload carrier variants of zirconia NP systems using PET/CT imaging.

  9. The incorporation of radiolabelled sulphur from captan into protein and its impact on a DNA binding study.

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    Provan, W M; Eyton-Jones, H; Lappin, G; Pritchard, D; Moore, R B; Green, T

    1995-05-19

    Repeated administration of high doses of captan is known to produce tumours specifically in the duodenum of mice. Captan is not carcinogenic in the rat. In this study, DNA purified from the liver, stomach, duodenum and jejenum of mice dosed with 35S radiolabelled captan was found to contain radioactivity equivalent to Covalent Binding Indices in the range 38-91; that from the bone marrow had a CBI of 2.8. The distribution of radioactivity between the various tissues did not reflect the target organ specificity of captan. Attempts to further purify the DNA samples using caesium chloride gradients resulted in partial separation of the radioactivity from the DNA suggesting that covalent binding to the DNA may not have occurred. A study of the chemical breakdown of captan showed that captan is unstable, producing a variety of potentially reactive species containing sulphur. Evidence was further obtained to show that the sulphur of captan is incorporated into endogenous amino acids and protein. Hepatic DNA from mice dosed with 35S radiolabelled N-acetylcysteine, and two thiazolidine derivatives which are analogous to known metabolites of captan, was radiolabelled to a similar extent to that from captan treated mice. Furthermore, the DNA from each of these treatments had similar properties on caesium chloride gradients. It was concluded that the radioactivity associated with DNA in the captan DNA binding study was present in the low levels of protein which are always associated with purified DNA samples.

  10. Variabilidad genética de Hartón del Valle mediante RAM Genetic variability of Harton del Valle by RAM

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    Ana M Piedrahíta

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El Hartón del Valle (HV hace parte de las siete razas criollas de ganado bovino colombiano y de acuerdo con los criterios de la FAO está considerado como vulnerable. Para estudiar su variabilidad genética fueron muestreados 33 individuos HV y tres animales de la raza Holstein, como control externo. Se extrajo ADN utilizando el método de Salting Out y las muestras fueron analizadas mediante la técnica molecular RAM (Randon amplified microsatellites. Se utilizaron los cebadores CGA, CCA, TG, y CT. El valor promedio de heterocigosidad esperada fue de 0.26 y el F ST fue 0.39 ± 0.03. Con el índice de Dice-Nei Li y agrupando con el método UPGMA se distinguieron dos grupos: uno integrado por dos hatos de conservación y el otro por cuatro fincas que han compartido reproductores.Harton del Valle (HV breed belong to the seven Creole breeds of the Colombian bovine livestock, according to FAO criteria it is considered as vulnerable. To study its genetical variability, 33 HV animals and three and 3 animals of Holstein breed as a external control were sampled. Simples of DNA were isolated using the Salting Out method and RAM (Random amplified microsatellites technique was used. CGA, CCA, TG and CT primers were used. The mean value of expected heterocigozity was 0.26 and F ST fue 0.39 ± 0.03. Using Dice-Nei Li index and UPGMA clustering method, two groups were distinguished: the first one integrated for two conservation herds and other one by tour faros that have been sharing breeding bulls.

  11. The RAM +L analysis methodology: the refinery plants case study; Analise RAM +L: um estudo integrado de varias unidades de producao de uma refinaria

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    Calixto, Eduardo [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES); Bretas, Rogerio [PETROBRAS S.A., Betim, MG (Brazil). Refinaria Gabriel Passos (REGAP)

    2008-07-01

    The RAM (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability) main objective is assess the system and equipment performance in order to identify the critical issues to implement system's improvements. The first step is define equipment failure modes and it's PDF as well as repair time for each failure mode. The second step is modeling system regarding diagram block logic dependency among equipment and its failures which cause system production losses. The third step is simulating model in defined period of time in order to identify critical equipment to propose system improvement. Despite being having been used constantly to assess system performances, those methodology do not consider the logistic complex assumptions in so many cases to huge systems and it RDB logic do not represent the real effect in production losses. Even if that good enough to perform system analysis it's not quite enough to complex system with logistic resources regarding system's products efficiency. By the other way round, in logistic complex system analysis methodologies, equipment failures details are not regarded in so many times, showing that there's a necessary improvement in those analysis. Therefore, the RAM + L analysis is a methodology which regards all equipment failures issues as well as logistic assumptions being a more realistic analysis. The refinery case study Will be propose to demonstrate a new vision of two recognized methodologies regarding a complex system with over than 200 equipment comprising two tanks, two pumps and five Unit Plants as Vacuum Distillation, Atmospheric Distillation, Hydrogen Generation, Diesel Hydrotreating Unit and DEA. (author)

  12. [The clinical value of sentinel lymph node detection in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal carcinoma patients with clinically negative neck by methylene blue method and radiolabeled tracer method].

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    Zhao, Xin; Xiao, Dajiang; Ni, Jianming; Zhu, Guochen; Yuan, Yuan; Xu, Ting; Zhang, Yongsheng

    2014-11-01

    To investigate the clinical value of sentinel lymph node (SLN) detection in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal carcinoma patients with clinically negative neck (cN0) by methylene blue method, radiolabeled tracer method and combination of these two methods. Thirty-three patients with cN0 laryngeal carcinoma and six patients with cN0 hypopharyngeal carcinoma underwent SLN detection using both of methylene blue and radiolabeled tracer method. All these patients were accepted received the injection of radioactive isotope 99 Tc(m)-sulfur colloid (SC) and methylene blue into the carcinoma before surgery, then all these patients underwent intraopertive lymphatic mapping with a handheld gamma-detecting probe and blue-dyed SLN. After the mapping of SLN, selected neck dissections and tumor resections were peformed. The results of SLN detection by radiolabeled tracer, dye and combination of both methods were compared. The detection rate of SLN by radiolabeled tracer, methylene blue and combined method were 89.7%, 79.5%, 92.3% respectively. The number of detected SLN was significantly different between radiolabeled tracer method and combined method, and also between methylene blue method and combined method. The detection rate of methylene blue and radiolabeled tracer method were significantly different from combined method (P methylene blue can improve the detection rate and accuracy of sentinel lymph node detection. Furthermore, sentinel lymph node detection can accurately represent the cervical lymph node status in cN0 laryngeal and hypopharyngeal carcinoma.

  13. The Role of RamA on the Development of Ciprofloxacin Resistance in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium

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    Sun, Yawei; Dai, Menghong; Hao, Haihong; Wang, Yulian; Huang, Lingli; Almofti, Yassir A.; Liu, Zhenli; Yuan, Zonghui

    2011-01-01

    Active efflux pump is a primary fluoroquinolone resistant mechanism of clinical isolates of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium. RamA is an essential element in producing multidrug resistant (MDR) S.enterica serovar Typhimurium. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the roles of RamA on the development of ciprofloxacin, the first choice for the treatment of salmonellosis, resistance in S. enterica serovar Typhimurium. Spontaneous mutants were selected via several passages of S. enterica serovar Typhimurium CVCC541 susceptible strain (ST) on M-H agar with increasing concentrations of ciprofloxacin (CIP). Accumulation of ciprofloxacin was tested by the modified fluorometric method. The expression levels of MDR efflux pumps were determined by real time RT-PCR. In ST and its spontaneous mutants, the ramA gene was inactivated by insertion of the kan gene and compensated on a recombinant plasmid pGEXΦ(gst-ramA). The mutant prevention concentration (MPC) and mutant frequencies of ciprofloxacin against ST and a spontaneous mutant in the presence, absence and overexpression of RamA were tested. Four spontaneous mutants (SI1-SI4) were obtained. The SI1 (CIP MICs, 0.1 mg/L) without any target site mutation in its quinolone resistant determining regions (QRDRs) and SI3 (CIP MICs, 16 mg/L) harboring the Ser83→Phe mutation in its QRDR of GyrA strains exhibited reduced susceptibility and resistance to multidrugs, respectively. In SI1, RamA was the main factor that controlled the susceptibility to ciprofloxacin by activating MdtK as well as increasing the expression level of acrAB. In SI3, RamA played predominant role in ciprofloxacin resistance via increasing the expression level of acrAB. Likewise, the deficiency of RamA decreased the MPCs and mutant frequencies of ST and SI2 to ciprofloxacin. In conclusion, the expression of RamA promoted the development of ciprofloxacin resistant mutants of S. enterica serovar Typhimurium. The inhibition of RamA could decrease

  14. RAM Engineering

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    2011-06-02

    Program Plan - CDRL)  R Prediction  R Allocation  FMEA  Fault Tree Analysis  DART Process  The growth resulting from DFR activities tracked on the...R Allocation FMEA Fault Tree Analysis Unclassified/FOUO Reliability Growth during Test Phase  Reliability Growth management during Test phase (PQT

  15. Radiolabelled GLP-1 receptor antagonist binds to GLP-1 receptor-expressing human tissues

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    Waser, Beatrice; Reubi, Jean Claude [University of Berne, Division of Cell Biology and Experimental Cancer Research, Institute of Pathology, PO Box 62, Berne (Switzerland)

    2014-06-15

    Radiolabelled glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists have recently been shown to successfully image benign insulinomas in patients. For the somatostatin receptor targeting of tumours, however, it was recently reported that antagonist tracers were superior to agonist tracers. The present study therefore evaluated various forms of the {sup 125}iodinated-Bolton-Hunter (BH)-exendin(9-39) antagonist tracer for the in vitro visualization of GLP-1 receptor-expressing tissues in rats and humans and compared it with the agonist tracer {sup 125}I-GLP-1(7-36)amide. Receptor autoradiography studies with {sup 125}I-GLP-1(7-36)amide agonist or {sup 125}I-BH-exendin(9-39) antagonist radioligands were performed in human and rat tissues. The antagonist {sup 125}I-BH-exendin(9-39) labelled at lysine 19 identifies all human and rat GLP-1 target tissues and GLP-1 receptor-expressing tumours. Binding is of high affinity and is comparable in all tested tissues in its binding properties with the agonist tracer {sup 125}I-GLP-1(7-36)amide. For comparison, {sup 125}I-BH-exendin(9-39) with the BH labelled at lysine 4 did identify the GLP-1 receptor in rat tissues but not in human tissues. The GLP-1 receptor antagonist exendin(9-39) labelled with {sup 125}I-BH at lysine 19 is an excellent GLP-1 radioligand that identifies human and rat GLP-1 receptors in normal and tumoural tissues. It may therefore be the molecular basis to develop suitable GLP-1 receptor antagonist radioligands for in vivo imaging of GLP-1 receptor-expressing tissues in patients. (orig.)

  16. Triple Therapy of HER2(+) Cancer Using Radiolabeled Multifunctional Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Alternating Magnetic Field.

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    Zolata, Hamidreza; Afarideh, Hossein; Davani, Fereydoun Abbasi

    2016-11-01

    By using radio-labeled multifunctional superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and an alternating magnetic field (AMF), we carried out targeted hyperthermia, drug delivery, radio-immunotherapy (RIT), and controlled chemotherapy of cancer tumors. We synthesized and characterized Indium-111-labeled, Trastuzumab and Doxorubicin (DOX)-conjugated APTES-PEG-coated SPIONs in our previous work. Then, we evaluated their capability in SPECT/MRI (single photon emission computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging) dual modal molecular imaging, targeting, and controlled release. In this research, AMF was introduced to evaluate therapeutic effects of magnetic hyperthermia on radionuclide-chemo therapy of HER2(+) cells and tumor (HER2(+))-bearing mice. In vitro and in vivo experiments using synthesized complex were repeated under an AMF (f: 100 KHz, H: 280 Gs). Instead of an intra-tumor injection in most hyperthermia experiments, SPIONs were injected to the tail vein, based on our delivery strategies. For magnetic delivery, we held a permanent Nd-B-Fe magnet near the tumor region. The results showed that simultaneous magnetic hyperthermia enhanced SKBR3 cancer cells, killing by 24%, 28%, 33%, and 80% at 48 hours post-treatment for treated cells with (1) bare SPIONs; (2) antibody-conjugated, DOX-free, surface-modified SPIONs; (3) (111)In-labeled, antibody-conjugated surface-modified SPIONs; and (4) (111)In-labeled, antibody- and DOX-conjugated surface-modified SPIONs, respectively. Moreover, tumor volume inhibitory rate was 85% after a 28 day period of treatment. By using this method, multimodal imaging-guided, targeted hyperthermia, RIT, and controlled chemotherapy could be achievable in the near future.

  17. Characterization of the radiolabeled metabolite of tau PET tracer (18)F-THK5351.

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    Harada, Ryuichi; Furumoto, Shozo; Tago, Tetsuro; Furukawa, Katsutoshi; Ishiki, Aiko; Tomita, Naoki; Iwata, Ren; Tashiro, Manabu; Arai, Hiroyuki; Yanai, Kazuhiko; Kudo, Yukitsuka; Okamura, Nobuyuki

    2016-11-01

    (18)F-THK5351 is a novel radiotracer developed for in vivo imaging of tau pathology in the brain. For the quantitative assessment of tau deposits in the brain, it is important that the radioactive metabolite does not enter the brain and that it does not bind to tau fibrils. The purpose of the study was to identify a radiolabeled metabolite of (18)F-THK5351 in blood samples from human subjects and to characterize its pharmacological properties. Venous blood samples were collected from three human subjects after injection of (18)F-THK5351 and the plasma metabolite was measured by high performance thin layer chromatography. In addition, mass spectrometry analysis and enzymatic assays were used to identify this metabolite. Mice were used to investigate the blood-brain barrier permeability of the radioactive metabolite. Furthermore, the binding ability of the metabolite to tau aggregates was evaluated using autoradiography and binding assays using human brain samples. About 13 % of the unmetabolized radiotracer was detectable in human plasma at 60 min following the injection of (18)F-THK5351. The isolated radiometabolite of (18)F-THK5351 was the sulphoconjugate of THK5351. This metabolite could be produced in vitro by incubating THK5351 with liver but not brain homogenates. The metabolite did not penetrate the blood-brain barrier in mice, and exhibited little binding to tau protein aggregates in post-mortem human brain samples. These results suggest that the sole metabolite detectable in plasma seems to be generated outside the brain and does not cross into the brain, which does not affect quantitative analysis of PET images.

  18. Radiolabeled meta-iodobenzylguanidine and the adrenergic neurons of salivary glands

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    Sisson, J.C.; Wieland, D.M.; Jaques, S. Jr.; Sherman, P.; Fisher, S.; Mallette, S.; Meyers, L.; Mangner, T.J.

    1987-01-01

    The handling of radiolabeled meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) by salivary glands was evaluated. In the submaxillary glands of rats, the uptake of 125I-MIBG was decreased after 1) nerve injury induced by 6-hydroxydopamine, 2) inhibition of the uptake-1 pathway by desmethylimipramine, and 3) surgical denervation. However, the reduction in 125I-MIGB uptake was less than that of 3H-norepinephrine (3H-NE) and of the endogenous content of NE in the glands. Yet, the sympathomimetic phenylpropanolamine displaced about the same fraction of 125I-MIBG as 3H-NE. These results suggest that 40% or more of 125I-MIBG resides in extraneuronal sites but that at least 30% and possibly more lies in the adrenergic nerve terminals. Fasting and feeding rats produced changes in the rates of disappearance of 125I-MIBG and 3H-NE from the submaxillary gland that were different, and the rates of loss of 125I-MIBG cannot be used as an index of adrenergic nerve activity. In man, the concentrations of 123I-MIBG in the salivary glands, particularly the parotid gland, are readily visible and measureable. Imipramine reduced the uptake of 123I-MIBG into parotid glands little or not at all; some of the 123I-MIBG may enter neurons via an imipramine-insensitive pathway, but a substantial fraction probably arrives in intraneuronal locations. Thus, phenylpropanolamine displaced over 50% of the parotid pool of 123I-MIBG. However, in only the most severe case of generalized autonomic neuropathy was the uptake of 123I-MIBG reduced.

  19. Retention and excretion of inhaled 3H and 14C radiolabeled methane in rats.

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    Didychuk, C; Burchart, P A; Carlisle, S M; Richardson, R B

    2014-07-01

    A radiological concern for workers at heavy water reactor nuclear facilities is the hazard presented by tritium (H) and C. Radioactive methane is one of many potential H and C containing chemicals to which Nuclear Energy Workers (NEWs) may be exposed. Current dosimetric models for H- and C-methane, recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), are based on the assumption that 1% of methane is absorbed following its inhalation. Of this 1%, all H is converted immediately to tritiated water and C is converted immediately to CO2 (50%) and organically bound carbon (50%). In the study, rats were exposed to methane standards (H-methane and C-methane) mixed with breathing air to give a final concentration of 0.27% methane and resulting in final activity concentrations of 4.2 GBq m and 0.88 GBq m for H and C, respectively. This corresponds to exposure estimates of 580 kBq g and 120 kBq g. Simultaneous exposure to H- and C-methane allowed for the direct comparison of the retention of these radionuclides and removed uncertainties concerning their relative uptake and retention. The results demonstrate that the total methane uptake from the inhaled dose was threefold less than the 1% methane uptake predicted by the ICRP dosimetric models for H- and C-methane, with the H concentration being substantially higher than anticipated in the liver. This study provided data suggesting that current ICRP dosimetric methane models overestimate the fraction of H- and C-methane that is absorbed following inhalation and assisted in providing information to better understand the metabolism of inhaled H and C radiolabeled methane.

  20. Review of five consecutive studies of radiolabeled immunoglobulin therapy in Hodgkin's disease.

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    Vriesendorp, H M; Morton, J D; Quadri, S M

    1995-12-01

    Recurrent Hodgkin's Disease (HD) provides unique opportunities to improve radiolabeled immunoglobulin therapy (RIT). Normal tissue toxicity after RIT is limited to bone marrow damage and is well documented and quantified in HD patients. Anti-antibody formation is rare in patients with HD, allowing for multiple RIT cycles. Overall, 134 patients with recurrent HD were treated on five different studies with i.v. antiferritin, labeled with 131I or with 111In for diagnostic purposes and 90Y for therapeutic purposes. Patients with recurrent, end-stage HD obtain a 60% response rate following 90Y-labeled antiferritin. One-half of the therapy responses are complete. Responses are more common in patients with longer disease histories (> 3 years) and smaller tumor volumes (HD in one-third of the patients recurs in new areas. A low protein dose (2-5 mg) and a moderate specific activity (10 mCi/mg) are recommended. Results obtained with 90Y-labeled antiferritin are significantly better than results with 131I-labeled antiferritin. Further translational research in vitro in the radio pharmacy and in vivo with experimental animals is ongoing to improve the therapeutic results of RIT in HD. Obviously, many permutations of RIT cannot be explored in HD patients for ethical, financial, or logistic reasons, and predictive preclinical research is required to achieve further progress. Currently, RIT is a low-toxicity, low-cost outpatient procedure for recurrent HD with a high response rate in a patient population with an unfavorable prognosis.

  1. Characterization of the radiolabeled metabolite of tau PET tracer {sup 18}F-THK5351

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    Harada, Ryuichi [Tohoku University, Division of Neuro-imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Sendai (Japan); Furumoto, Shozo; Tago, Tetsuro; Iwata, Ren; Tashiro, Manabu [Tohoku University, Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Sendai (Japan); Katsutoshi, Furukawa; Ishiki, Aiko; Tomita, Naoki; Arai, Hiroyuki [Tohoku University, Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Sendai (Japan); Yanai, Kazuhiko [Tohoku University, Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Sendai (Japan); Tohoku University School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Sendai (Japan); Kudo, Yukitsuka [Tohoku University, Division of Neuro-imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Sendai (Japan); Tohoku University, Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Sendai (Japan); Okamura, Nobuyuki [Tohoku University, Division of Neuro-imaging, Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer, Sendai (Japan); Tohoku University, Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Sendai (Japan); Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Division of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Sendai (Japan)

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    {sup 18}F-THK5351 is a novel radiotracer developed for in vivo imaging of tau pathology in the brain. For the quantitative assessment of tau deposits in the brain, it is important that the radioactive metabolite does not enter the brain and that it does not bind to tau fibrils. The purpose of the study was to identify a radiolabeled metabolite of {sup 18}F-THK5351 in blood samples from human subjects and to characterize its pharmacological properties. Venous blood samples were collected from three human subjects after injection of {sup 18}F-THK5351 and the plasma metabolite was measured by high performance thin layer chromatography. In addition, mass spectrometry analysis and enzymatic assays were used to identify this metabolite. Mice were used to investigate the blood-brain barrier permeability of the radioactive metabolite. Furthermore, the binding ability of the metabolite to tau aggregates was evaluated using autoradiography and binding assays using human brain samples. About 13 % of the unmetabolized radiotracer was detectable in human plasma at 60 min following the injection of {sup 18}F-THK5351. The isolated radiometabolite of {sup 18}F-THK5351 was the sulphoconjugate of THK5351. This metabolite could be produced in vitro by incubating THK5351 with liver but not brain homogenates. The metabolite did not penetrate the blood-brain barrier in mice, and exhibited little binding to tau protein aggregates in post-mortem human brain samples. These results suggest that the sole metabolite detectable in plasma seems to be generated outside the brain and does not cross into the brain, which does not affect quantitative analysis of PET images. (orig.)

  2. Synthesis, radiolabeling and biological evaluation of propylene amine oxime complexes containing nitrotriazoles as hypoxia markers.

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    Huang, Huafan; Mei, Lei; Chu, Taiwei

    2012-06-04

    Two propylene amine oxime (PnAO) complexes, 1, containing a 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazole and 2, containing two 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazoles, were synthesized and radiolabeled with (99m)Tc in high labeling yields. Cellular uptakes of (99m)Tc-1 and (99m)Tc-2 were tested using a S180 cells line. Under anoxic conditions, the cellular uptakes of (99m)Tc-1 and (99m)Tc-2 were 33.7 ± 0.2% and 35.0 ± 0.7% at 4 h, whereas the normoxic uptakes of the two complexes were 6.0 ± 1.6% and 4.6 ± 0.9%, respectively. Both (99m)Tc-1 and (99m)Tc-2 displayed significant anoxic/normoxic differentials. The cellular uptakes were highly dependent on oxygen and temperature. Biodistribution studies revealed that both (99m)Tc-1 and (99m)Tc-2 showed a selective localization in tumor and slow clearance from it. At 4 h, the tumor-to-muscle ratios (T/M) were 3.79 for (99m)Tc-1 and 4.58 for (99m)Tc-2. These results suggested that (99m)Tc-labeled PnAO complexes (99m)Tc-1 and (99m)Tc-2 might serve as novel hypoxia markers. By introducing a second nitrotriazole redox center, the hypoxic accumulation of the marker was slightly enhanced.

  3. Quantification of β-Cell Mass in Intramuscular Islet Grafts Using Radiolabeled Exendin-4

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    Espes, Daniel; Selvaraju, Ramkumar; Velikyan, Irina; Krajcovic, Martin; Carlsson, Per-Ola; Eriksson, Olof

    2016-01-01

    Background There is an increasing interest in alternative implantation sites to the liver for islet transplantation. Intramuscular implantation has even been tested clinically. Possibilities to monitor β-cell mass would be of huge importance not only for the understanding of islet engraftment but also for the decision of changing the immunosuppressive regime. We have therefore evaluated the feasibility of quantifying intramuscular β-cell mass using the radiolabeled glucagon like peptide-1 receptor agonist DO3A-VS-Cys40-Exendin-4. Methods One hundred to 400 islets were transplanted to the abdominal muscle of nondiabetic mice. After 3 to 4 weeks, 0.2 to 0.5 MBq [177Lu]DO3A-VS-Cys40-Exendin-4 was administered intravenously. Sixty minutes postinjection abdominal organs and graft bearing muscle were retrieved, and the radioactive uptake measured in a well counter within 10 minutes. The specific uptake in native and transplanted islets was assessed by autoradiography. The total insulin-positive area of the islet grafts was determined by immunohistochemistry. Results Intramuscular islet grafts could easily be visualized by this tracer, and the background uptake was very low. There was a linear correlation between the radioactivity uptake and the number of transplanted islets, both for standardized uptake values and the total radiotracer uptake in each graft (percentage of injected dose). The quantified total insulin area of surviving β cells showed an even stronger correlation to both standardized uptake values (R = 0.96, P = 0.0002) and percentage of injected dose (R = 0.88, P = 0.0095). There was no correlation to estimated α cell mass. Conclusions [177Lu]DO3A-VS-Cys40-Exendin-4 could be used to quantify β-cell mass after experimental intramuscular islet transplantation. This technique may well be transferred to the clinical setting by exchanging Lutetium-177 radionuclide to a positron emitting Gallium-68.

  4. Effect of Temperature and Ram Speed on Isothermal Extrusion for Large-size Tube with Piece-wing

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    He YANG; Jun ZHANG; Yangmin HE; Bingtao HAN

    2005-01-01

    Heat energy change during the extrusion of 7075 aluminium alloy large-size tube with piece-wing in a container was analyzed. Extrusion load vs ram displacement diagrams and exit temperature vs ram displacement diagrams at various speeds were obtained by 3D FEM simulation. Results show that the exit temperature becomes higher as the ram speed and displacement increase. For large-size tube with piece-wing, there is certainly a curve of ram speed decreasing with increasing ram displacement, which enables isothermal extrusion to be achieved. Therefore,an attempt was made to divide the working stroke into five different zones. Each of them has a preset speed that decreases from the ram displacement beginning to the ending. And then, new exit temperature vs ram displacement diagram was obtained by 3D FEM simulation for the five different speeds. It is shown that the variation of exit temperature is very small. Through the above research, a basic method for realizing isothermal extrusion of 7075large-size tube with piece-wing was obtained, that is, the working stroke was divided into several different zones with a decreasing speed during extrusion, each zones' speed was real-time adjusted on the feedback signal of exit temperature by proportional hydraulic valve through closed-loop control. The engineering experiment verification was carried out on 100 MN aluminium extrusion press with oil-driven double action. The experimental results of the exit temperature agrees with the simulation ones. The achievements of this study may serve as a significant guide to the practice of the relevant processes, particularly for isothermal extrusion. The verified method has been used in the design and manufacture of 125 MN aluminium extrusion press with oil-driven double action.

  5. Oestrous sheep serum balances ROS levels to supply in vitro capacitation of ram spermatozoa.

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    Del Olmo, E; García-Álvarez, O; Maroto-Morales, A; Ramón, M; Iniesta-Cuerda, M; Martinez-Pastor, F; Montoro, V; Soler, A J; Garde, J J; Fernández-Santos, M R

    2016-10-01

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are fundamental for intracellular signalling. In spermatozoa, they are involved both to apoptosis and to capacitation, and changes in ROS levels can alter the balance between these two processes. Oestrous sheep serum (OSS) is considered an efficient agent for in vitro capacitation of ram spermatozoa. We have explored the effects of OSS on ram sperm physiology, especially on ROS production, during in vitro capacitation. Semen samples from 15 rams were cryopreserved. After thawing, samples were submitted to four treatments: control (CTL), 10% OSS supplementation for in vitro sperm capacitation, caspase inhibitor (INH, Z-VAD-FMK 100 μM) and OSS (10%) plus caspase inhibitor (I + E). Sperm samples were incubated for 30 min at 38.5°C and 5% CO2 and evaluated motility and kinetic parameters by computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA) and viability (propidium iodide), apoptotic-like membrane changes (YO-PRO-1), acrosomal status (PNA-FITC), intracellular calcium (FLUO-3), membrane fluidity (M540) and ROS production (CM-H2 DCFDA) by flow cytometry. OSS induced changes in kinetic parameters compatible with capacitation, with a decrease in the percentage of progressive motility and linearity, and an increase in the amplitude of the lateral displacement of the sperm head (p < .05). Moreover, OSS increased the proportion of M540+ viable spermatozoa, YO-PRO-1+ and acrosome-reacted spermatozoa (p < .05). After incubation, OSS and I+E achieved lower ROS levels (p < .05). Ca(2+) levels did not change with the incubation, but were slightly higher (p < .05) when both OSS and the inhibitor were present. We suggest that OSS may modulate ROS levels, allowing intracellular signalling for capacitation to occur while preventing higher levels that could trigger apoptosis.

  6. Cleaved PARP-1, an Apoptotic Marker, can be Detected in Ram Spermatozoa.

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    Casao, A; Mata-Campuzano, M; Ordás, L; Cebrián-Pérez, J A; Muiño-Blanco, T; Martínez-Pastor, F

    2015-08-01

    The presence of apoptotic features in spermatozoa has been related to lower quality and functional impairment. Members of the poly-ADP-ribose polymerases (PARP) familyare involved in both DNA repair and apoptosis, playing important roles in spermatogenesis. Poly-ADP-ribose polymerase can be cleaved by caspases, and the presence of its cleavage product (cPARP) in spermatozoa has been related to chromatin remodelling during spermatogenesis and to the activation of apoptotic pathways. There are no reports on immunodetection of cPARP in ram spermatozoa; thus, we have tested a commercially available antibody for this purpose. cPARP was microscopically detected in the acrosomal ridge of some spermatozoa (indirect immunofluorescence). A preliminary study was carried out by flow cytometry (direct immunofluorescence, FITC). Ram semen was extended in TALP and incubated for 4 h with apoptosis inducers staurosporine (10 μm) or betulinic acid (200 μm). Both inducers and incubation caused a significant increase in cPARP spermatozoa (0 h, control: 21.4±3.3%, inducers: 44.3±1.4%; 4 h, control: 44.3±2.4%, inducers: 53.3±1.4%). In a second experiment, we compared the sperm fractions after density gradient separation (pellet and interface). The pellet yielded a slightly lower proportion of cPARP spermatozoa (28.5±1.2% vs 36.2±2.0% in the interface; p ram semen, although its presence in untreated samples was weakly related to worse quality (pellet/interface). We suggest to study the relationship of PARP and cPARP levels with between-male differences on sperm fertility.

  7. The quality of Garut ram liquid semen in Tris egg yolk extender to the sucrose supplementation

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    Full Text Available The successful program of artificial insemination in sheep is determined by the quality of sperm that are used. Therefore, it is important to maintain the quality of sperm during and after storage in low temperature. The research was conducted to study the influence of sucrose in the Tris-yolk extender in maintaining the quality of Garut ram sperm during preservation in reaction tube for four days at 5°C. Ejaculated sperm was collected once a week for five weeks using artificial vagina from same ram. Semen was divided into four groups of extenders, i.e. Tris egg yolk 20% (TKT, TKT + 0,1% sucrose, TKT + 0,3% sucrose and TKT + 0,5% w/v sucrose. The results showed that the percentage of motility on day four (D-4 of storage in TKT (41.00 ± 2.0% was lower (P0.05 from TKT + 0.1% (45.00 ± 3.16%. Whereas the percentage of live cells (%H on D-4 in TKT, TKT + 0.1%, TKT + 0.3% and TKT + 0.5% were 55.00 ± 2.19%; 57.20 ± 2.79%; 59.20 ± 3.25% and 61.20 ± 3.60%, respectively. Meanwhile, the percentage of membrane integrity (MPU in TKT (51.80 ± 1.94% was significantly different (P0.05 from TKT + 0.1% (54.80 ± 2.86%. In conclusion, the addition of sucrose 0.3% w/v into TKT extender could maintain the quality of Garut ram sperm more efficiently and better than TKT extender.

  8. Waste Feed Delivery System Phase 1 Preliminary RAM Analysis [SEC 1 and 2

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    DYKES, A.A.

    2000-10-11

    This report presents the updated results of the preliminary reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) analysis of selected waste feed delivery (WFD) operations to be performed by the Tank Farm Contractor (TFC) during Phase I activities in support of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP). For planning purposes, waste feed tanks are being divided into five classes in accordance with the type of waste in each tank and the activities required to retrieve, qualify, and transfer waste feed. This report reflects the baseline design and operating concept, as of the beginning of Fiscal Year 2000, for the delivery of feed from three of these classes, represented by source tanks 241-AN-102, 241-AZ-101 and 241-AN-105. The preliminary RAM analysis quantifies the potential schedule delay associated with operations and maintenance (OBM) field activities needed to accomplish these operations. The RAM analysis is preliminary because the system design, process definition, and activity planning are in a state of evolution. The results are being used to support the continuing development of an O&M Concept tailored to the unique requirements of the WFD Program, which is being documented in various volumes of the Waste Feed Delivery Technical Basis (Carlson. 1999, Rasmussen 1999, and Orme 2000). The waste feed provided to the WTP must: (1) meet limits for chemical and radioactive constituents based on pre-established compositional envelopes (i.e., feed quality); (2) be in acceptable quantities within a prescribed sequence to meet feed quantities; and (3) meet schedule requirements (i.e., feed timing). In the absence of new criteria related to acceptable schedule performance due to the termination of the TWRS Privatization Contract, the original criteria from the Tank Waste Remediation System (77443s) Privatization Contract (DOE 1998) will continue to be used for this analysis.

  9. Environmental factors and interval from the introduction of rams to estrus in postpartum Saint Croix sheep.

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    Sánchez Dávila, Fernando; Bernal, Hugo; Colín, Javier; Olivares, Emilio; del Bosque, Alejandro S; Ledezma, Rogelio; Ungerfeld, Rodolfo

    2011-04-01

    The objective of this study was to determine whether season and total rainfall during the breeding season, sheep parity, and/or litter size affect the interval from the introduction of rams to estrus (IRE) in hair Saint Croix sheep in northeastern Mexico. An analysis was made of 874 services performed during 9 years, introducing the rams into the sheep flock after an isolation period of 60 days during the postpartum period. Estrus was recorded twice daily during 35 days. Year and season influenced significantly on the interval between ram introduction and estrus length (P < 0.01). Winter IRE length (7.9 ± 0.1 days) was shorter than in the other three seasons (11.1 ± 0.2, 11.1 ± 0.1, and 16.2 ± 0.2 days in summer, autumn, and spring, respectively) (P < 0.01). An interaction was observed between rainfall and season, then by rainfall between 0 and 100 mm, IRE was shorter (P < 0.05) in winter (6.8 ± 0.3 days), and by rainfall between 100 and 199 mm, IRE was shorter (P < 0.05) in autumn (10.2 ± 0.5 days); however, when rainfall was beyond 200 mm, IRE length was shorter (P < 0.01) in summer (4.8 ± 0.5 days) than in autumn (14.5 ± 0.3 days). The IRE length was also longer in first lambing ewes (P < 0.05) and was not affected by litter size. In the present study, several factors, including the breeding season, rainfall and parity, directly influenced the interval between the male introduction and the onset of estrus by Saint Croix hair sheep.

  10. Influence of hCG on inducible nitric oxide synthase gene expression in ram testicular arteries

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    Maria Matteo

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Background. Experimental evidence suggests a relationship between the vasodilatory effect of hCG and the NOS system in the testis. The influence of hCG administration on testicular vascular NOS gene expression has not been fully investigated. Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the presence of the nitric oxide syntheses gene in ram testicular arteries and the influence of hCG administration on its expression. Materials and methods: Both testicular arteries of sixteen rams were extracted before and after i.v. administration of 5000 IU of hCG or placebo. The expression of the iNOS gene was investigated by real time PCR. Data were analyzed by means of Wilcoxon and Mann-Whitney tests. A p value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: PCR revealed the presence of iNOS mRNA in all basal samples but the expression of the iNOS gene was significantly reduced in all arteries obtained 24 h after the administration of either hCG or placebo. A significant reduction in the expression of iNOS gene was observed in the testicular arteries extracted after 24 h in both treated and placebo groups. On the other hand hCG stimulation did not significantly influence iNOS expression following its administration compared to a placebo. Conclusion: Ram testicular arteries express the iNOS gene but hCG stimulation did not significantly influence iNOS expression. A significant reduction in the expression of this gene was observed in the testicular arteries extracted after 24 h in both treated and placebo groups, suggesting that iNOS expression on the testicular artery could be influenced by the spermatic vessel ligation of the controlateral testis.

  11. Modeling, simulation, and evaluation of HE ammunition for counter-RAM systems

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    Graswald, Markus; Rothe, Hendrik

    2008-04-01

    Military camps in out-of-area missions are permanently threatened by rockets, artillery projectiles, and mortar grenades (RAM) launched by terrorists. A good portion of these attacks are undertaken by mortars due to their specific advantages for the warfare of irregular forces and their worldwide distribution. The military installations can be protected by counter-RAM systems consisting of several artillery weapons, radar and electro-optical sensors, C2 and fire control computers. A system analysis has shown that the precision of the sensors is vital for defending the camp with low ammunition consumptions. Furthermore, the type of ammunition is also of great impact: 35 mm Ahead ammunition is hardly suited for this application due to its small hit density and low kinetic energy of the sub-projectiles, especially in the case of mortar grenades. Therefore, 155 mm high-explosive (HE) ammunition is investigated using experimentally determined fragment data. Russian mortar projectiles are considered as worst-case RAM targets and their ballistics are mathematically modeled by an air drag function that is also used for computing firing tables. Due to uncertainties of the target positions that are given by an elliptic cylinder for specific sensor parameters, simulations are conducted in order to determine the ammunition consumption. Penetration and detonation criteria for the terminal impact are also considered and the resulting thresholds are displayed in a 3D fragment map. The results show that HE ammunition is superior to low-caliber ammunition because of their high numbers of effective fragments reducing the number of rounds significantly from hundreds to less than ten.

  12. Risk Assessment Methodology for Water utilities (RAM-W) : the foundation for emergency response planning.

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    Danneels, Jeffrey John

    2005-03-01

    Concerns about acts of terrorism against critical infrastructures have been on the rise for several years. Critical infrastructures are those physical structures and information systems (including cyber) essential to the minimum operations of the economy and government. The President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP) probed the security of the nation's critical infrastructures. The PCCIP determined the water infrastructure is highly vulnerable to a range of potential attacks. In October 1997, the PCCIP proposed a public/private partnership between the federal government and private industry to improve the protection of the nation's critical infrastructures. In early 2000, the EPA partnered with the Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF) and Sandia National Laboratories to create the Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Utilities (RAM-W{trademark}). Soon thereafter, they initiated an effort to create a template and minimum requirements for water utility Emergency Response Plans (ERP). All public water utilities in the US serving populations greater than 3,300 are required to undertaken both a vulnerability assessment and the development of an emergency response plan. This paper explains the initial steps of RAM-W{trademark} and then demonstrates how the security risk assessment is fundamental to the ERP. During the development of RAM-W{trademark}, Sandia performed several security risk assessments at large metropolitan water utilities. As part of the scope of that effort, ERPs at each utility were reviewed to determine how well they addressed significant vulnerabilities uncovered during the risk assessment. The ERP will contain responses to other events as well (e.g. natural disasters) but should address all major findings in the security risk assessment.

  13. The Literary Criticism and Memoirs of Juan Ramón Jiménez

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    Allen W. Phillips

    1983-01-01

    Full Text Available Equally as demanding of others as he was of himself, Juan Ramón Jiménez conceived of literary criticism as a serious and exacting task. The critic and the poet, standing side by side, are devoted to complementary activities of mutual enrichment. However fragmentary and partial the critical opinions of Juan Ramón may be (also outspoken and polemical in nature, they are invaluable as a personal historical and aesthetic guide to about fifty or sixty years of Hispanic literary development (1900-1960. Not to take them into account is to fail to recognize a highly important aspect of his total artistic personality. These varied critical texts are a product of a first rate intelligence and the sensibility of a writer of consummate discrimination who was endowed not only with an excellent memory but also a very special talent for appreciating the authentic. Juan Ramón as a critic is quick to praise (San Juan, Bécquer, Dario, Unamuno and Machado and at the same time strong in his censure of certain contemporaries. Several recently collected volumes of miscellaneous critical materials have resolved the bibliographical muddle for the initial study of this fundamental aspect of the poet, but still particularly important are the expressionistic portraits of Españoles de tres mundos , longer tributes to Valle, Ortega and Villaespesa as well as the extensive lectures delivered in his latter years. Examination of these pages gives us an historical and creative overview of the period in which he lived and worked in addition to original considerations about the evolution of Hispanic poetry. Of course, one of the constant focal points of his literary criticism was the modernist epoch of his early days, a movement or attitude which he considered to be a modern twentieth century renaissance. Together with detailed study of these two areas of historical and aesthetic nature, in the ensuing pages some conclusions are pointed out as to the essence of poetry

  14. Evaluation of Slaughtered lambs Results from Varamini Ewes Crossing with Shal, Afshar, Moghani and Varamini Rams

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    reza seyedsharifi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction One of the animal breeding aims is increasing the economic efficiency. Therefore, mating among selected animals in order to enhance economic efficiency should also supply variation in population for next generations’ selection. This study was performed to estimate performance in cross breed lambs resulting from crosses of shal, moghani, afshari and varamini rams with varamini ewes, compained it to pure varamini lambs. Materials and Methods The objective of this study was the progeny evaluation from slaughter in one way crossing between Varamini ewes with Shal, Afshari, Moghani and Varamini rams and comparing their progeny efficiency. Thus, three 1.5 and 3 years rams were selected from each of Shal, Afshari, Moghani and Varamini breeds. A sample was separated from 10, 11 and 12 ribs was separated for examination of the fat, meat and bone percentage in different breed group lambs carcass. Data statistical analyze was done by GLM procedure of SAS 9.1 software. Results and Discussion Afshari crossbreed lambs had better carcass performance rather than the other breed groups although before slaughtering live weight of Shal and Moghani lambs were higher. Male lambs had better live weight and carcass quality before slaughtering than female lambs. The analyze of carcass parts percentage indicated that crossbreed lambs from Afshari rams with Varamini ewes had the highest efficiency and lowest rump percentage between genetic groups about valuable parts total percentage of thigh, roast, wristband and low price flank steak, brisket and neck. The analyze results of carcass tissue proportions combination showed Shal, Moghani and Afshar crossbreeds had more meat percentage and lower fat percentage on numbers 10, 11 and 12 of ribs than Varamini net breed. Conclusion According to our findings about cross surface and length from carcass the highest amount of them was belong to Shal and Afshari breeds, although difference amount between breeds was

  15. Las vanguardias en Tirano Banderas, de Ramón del Valle-Inclán

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    Los esperpentos de Ramón María del Valle-Inclán reciben influencias de las vanguardias europeas. Partiendo de un lenguaje modernista, Valle-lnclán usa en Tirano Banderas procedimientos expresivos también adoptados en el expresionismo y el cubismo literarios centroeuropeos: tipificación física y caracterización guiñolesca de personajes, cromatismo ambiental, teatralería, vivificación y dinamización de acciones, animalización de personas y materialización de abstracciones.

  16. Experimental investigation of the flow near the ram element in the brush turbine

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    Schmirler M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper focuses on the investigating of the parameters of the fluid flow around the brush turbine ram element. The flow field was evaluated qualitatively by observing changes in density using a Schlieren method. It was also evaluated the influence of the element geometry on the total aerodynamic force of the element. The aerodynamic force was measured directly using a special aerodynamic balance. The aim of the project was to find the simplest element geometry with a maximum force effect and achieve an increase in overall efficiency and reduce the manufacturing costs.

  17. PO Analysis for RCS of Nonorthogonal Dihedral Corner Reflectors Coated by RAM

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    The backscattering radar cross section (RCS) of nonorthogonal dihedral corner reflectors coated by RAM (radar absorbing materials) is formulated by the method of PO (physical optics), where singly, doubly, and triply reflected contributions are considered. The final expressions are analytical and allow for the incidence nonperpendicular to the fold axis of the reflector. The results are compared with ones of MoM (method of moment), which shows that the trend of backscatter patterr of the dihedral corner reflector can be well predicted by this method.

  18. Damage in historic rammed earth structures : a case study at Ambel, Zaragoza, Spain.

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    Jaquin, P.; Gerrard, C.; Augarde, C.; Canivell, J.

    2013-01-01

    This paper examines the possible causes of damage to historic rammed earth structures based on a case study of a medieval and later building, formerly a preceptory of the Military Orders, in the village of Ambel in Aragon, north-east Spain. Structural and water-based mechanisms of damage are reviewed and an engineering basis for the cause of damage is proposed. Since a number of repair strategies have already been attempted on this structure, their effectiveness is also discussed. A four stor...

  19. Effect of selenium supplementation on performance, cost economics, and biochemical profile of Nellore ram lambs.

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    Sushma, K; Reddy, Y Ramana; Kumari, N Nalini; Reddy, P Baswa; Raghunandan, T; Sridhar, K

    2015-09-01

    Present experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of selenium (Se) supplementation on performance, carcass characteristics, meat composition, shelflife of meat and biochemical profile in Nellore ram lambs. 24 male Nellore ram lambs (15.75±0.47 kg) were randomly divided into four dietary groups with six lambs in each and reared under uniform management conditions for 120 days. Basal diet was not supplemented with Se and consisted of green fodder (Se 0.09 mg/kg dry matter [DM]), dry roughage (Se 0.11 mg/kg DM) and concentrate mixture (Se 0.019 mg/kg DM) and fed individually. Dietary treatments were prepared by adding graded levels Se (0, 0.45, 0.9, and 1.8 ppm) to concentrate mixture (1% body weight [BW]) from sodium selenite. Feed offered and refusal measured daily; and BWs were measured at fortnight interval to find out average daily gain (g), feed conversion ratio (FCR), cost economics and plane of nutrition. Serum biochemical profile (concentration of glucose, total protein, albumin, globulin, cholesterol, and hemoglobin) was assessed on 0, 60(th), and 120(th) day. At the end of experiment, the carcass characteristics (dressing percentage, cut-up parts, meat to bone ratio) and meat chemical composition were evaluated. Meat keeping (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances) quality from different groups was evaluated on day 0, 3, and 6 post-slaughter. Dietary Se supplementation did not show any effect on weight gain, FCR, cost economics, plane of nutrition, and serum biochemical profile in Nellore ram lambs. However, Se supplemented lambs had numerically higher weight gain than the unsupplemented lambs. Similarly, carcass characteristics and keeping quality were comparable among the four treatments. However, numerical increase in post-slaughter keeping quality with increasing Se supplementation was observed. It can be concluded that supplementation of Se in the form of sodium selenite (inorganic source) at different levels did not influence animal

  20. Surface Reflection Coefficient of Impregnated RAM Honeycomb with Incident Normally Plan Wave to the Side Wall

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    GAO Zhengping; LUO Qing

    2004-01-01

    The impregnated radar absorbing material(RAM) honeycomb is often used to fabricate parts of the warplane for reducing radar cross section.The incidentwave vector may be divided into two components:one perpendicular to its hole and the other to its side wall.Until now,there has not been a program to calculate the input impedance or its equivalent electromagnetic parameters for the later case.In this paper,an approach for analyzing the reflection characteristics of the impregnated honeycomb when its side wall faces the incident plane wave is proposed.Experiments prove it an effective,accurate and fast solution to this subject.

  1. Two Way Coupling RAM-SCB to the Space Weather Modeling Framework

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    Welling, D. T.; Jordanova, V. K.; Zaharia, S. G.; Toth, G.

    2010-12-01

    The Ring current Atmosphere interaction Model with Self-Consistently calculated 3D Magnetic field (RAM-SCB) has been used to successfully study inner magnetosphere dynamics during different solar wind and magnetosphere conditions. Recently, one way coupling of RAM-SCB with the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF) has been achieved to replace all data or empirical inputs with those obtained through first-principles-based codes: magnetic field and plasma flux outer boundary conditions are provided by the Block Adaptive Tree Solar wind Roe-type Upwind Scheme (BATS-R-US) MHD code, convection electric field is provided by the Ridley Ionosphere Model (RIM), and ion composition is provided by the Polar Wind Outflow Model (PWOM) combined with a multi-species MHD approach. These advances, though creating a powerful inner magnetosphere virtual laboratory, neglect the important mechanisms through which the ring current feeds back into the whole system, primarily the stretching of the magnetic field lines and shielding of the convection electric field through strong region two Field Aligned Currents (FACs). In turn, changing the magnetosphere in this way changes the evolution of the ring current. To address this shortcoming, the coupling has been expanded to include feedback from RAM-SCB to the other coupled codes: region two FACs are returned to the RIM while total plasma pressure is used to nudge the MHD solution towards the RAM-SCB values. The impacts of the two way coupling are evaluated on three levels: the global magnetospheric level, focusing on the impact on the ionosphere and the shape of the magnetosphere, the regional level, examining the impact on the development of the ring current in terms of energy density, anisotropy, and plasma distribution, and the local level to compare the new results to in-situ measurements of magnetic and electric field and plasma. The results will also be compared to past simulations using the one way coupling and no coupling

  2. Intercambio local en el período ramésida

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    Zingarelli, Andrea Paula

    2015-01-01

    El estudio del intercambio interno en el período ramésida ha comenzado a ser abordado en los últimos años, como muestra la reciente publicación "Le commerce en Égypte ancienne", que reúne un conjunto de ponencias sobre el tema del comercio y revela el cambio de tendencia. La ausencia de investigaciones anteriores en esta temática obedeció no sólo a que los egiptólogos estaban en general más interesados en problemas de lingüística, arqueología,...

  3. A Novel Nondestructive Bit-Line Discharging Scheme for Deep Submicrometer STT-RAM

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    Zeinali, Behzad; Madsen, Jens Kargaard; Raghavan, Praveen

    . In this paper, we propose a novel non-destructive self-reference sensing scheme for STT-RAM. The proposed technique overcomes the large bit-to-bit variation of MTJ resistance. In the proposed scheme, the stored value in the STTRAM cell preserves, hence, the long write-back operation is eliminated. Besides......, the sensing scheme is accomplished in one step. In this scheme, the Bit-Line is pre-charged and then discharged during read operation. The MTJ resistance state can be found by comparing the time constant of discharging. The simulation results show the overall sensing time is 4 ns when the Bit-Line capacitance...

  4. Santiago Ramón y Cajal and three-dimensional cinema.

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    Santarén, Juan Fernández

    2015-01-01

    In this article, I present and comment on two unpublished letters written by the Spanish engineer Carlos Mendizábal Brunet to Santiago Ramón y Cajal informing him of the development of a new device for three-dimensional cinema and asking for his approval. Fortunately, the answers given by Cajal to these two letters have also been preserved, and they reveal his interest in three-dimensional cinema; in the letters, he reported that he himself had designed a prototype capable of creating on a screen a feeling of 3-D relief, a subject about which he was always passionate.

  5. Progress towards the development of transient ram accelerator simulation as part of the U.S. Air Force Armament Directorate Research Program

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    Sinha, N.; York, B. J.; Dash, S. M.; Drabczuk, R.; Rolader, G. E.

    1992-07-01

    This paper describes the development of an advanced CFD simulation capability in support of the U.S. Air Force Armament Directorate's ram accelerator research initiative. The state-of-the-art CRAFT computer code has been specialized for high fidelity, transient ram accelerator simulations via inclusion of generalized dynamic gridding, solution adaptive grid clustering, high pressure thermochemistry, etc. Selected ram accelerator simulations are presented which serve to exhibit the CRAFT code's capabilities and identify some of the principal research/design issues.

  6. Seasonal variations of melatonin in ram seminal plasma are correlated to those of testosterone and antioxidant enzymes

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    Muiño-Blanco Teresa

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Some breeds of sheep are highly seasonal in terms of reproductive capability, and these changes are regulated by photoperiod and melatonin secretion. These changes affect the reproductive performance of rams, impairing semen quality and modifying hormonal profiles. Also, the antioxidant defence systems seem to be modulated by melatonin secretion, and shows seasonal variations. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of melatonin and testosterone in ram seminal plasma and their variations between the breeding and non-breeding seasons. In addition, we analyzed the possible correlations between these hormones and the antioxidant enzyme defence system activity. Methods Seminal plasma from nine Rasa Aragonesa rams were collected for one year, and their levels of melatonin, testosterone, superoxide dismutase (SOD, glutathione reductase (GRD, glutathione peroxidase (GPX and catalase (CAT were measured. Results All samples presented measurable quantities of hormones and antioxidant enzymes. Both hormones showed monthly variations, with a decrease after the winter solstice and a rise after the summer solstice that reached the maximum levels in October-November, and a marked seasonal variation (P Conclusions These results show the presence of melatonin and testosterone in ram seminal plasma, and that both hormones have seasonal variations, and support the idea that seasonal variations of fertility in the ram involve interplay between melatonin and the antioxidant defence system.

  7. In Vitro Comparison of Soybean Lecithin Based-Extender with Commercially Available Extender for Ram Semen Cryopreservation

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    Ahmad reza Javaheri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Egg yolk is the main cryoprotectant agent in semen freezing extenders which is usedin order to protect spermatozoa against cold shock. However, elimination of animal bioproductsfrom the cryopreservation protocol is becoming mandatory. Therefore, the aim of this study is tocompare a previously studied, homemade soya bean lecithin based extender with a commerciallyavailable extender for ram sperm cryopreservation.Materials and Methods: Samples from three rams were pooled and split into two equal aliquots anddiluted (1:20 with i%lecithin - 7%glycerol (L1G7 and Bioxcell®. The effects of L1G7 and Bioxcell® onsperm parameters and the in vitro fertilization ability of frozen-thawed ram spermatozoa were assessed.Results: The results of this study revealed no difference between the two extenders in terms of motility,viability, and capacitation status. The results of in vitro fertilization in terms of rate of blastocyst formationwere similar for both extenders, but significantly lower than that of freshly processed ram sperm.Conclusion: We conclude that both extenders are suitable for ram sperm cryopreservation.

  8. Effects of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA on the Reproductive Axis Pituitary, Thyroid, Testes of Ram in Non-reproductive Season

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    Behnaz Mahdavi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a group of long-chain unsaturated fatty acids with more than one double bond and a mixture of 28 isomers of Linoleic acid (C 18:2 and it is counted as one of the essential acids. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of CLA on some reproductive hormones in rams. In this study, six rams 3 to 4 years old with an average weight of 90 kg were selected. Rams were randomly divided into 3 groups and were treated by CLA treatment for 30 days. The first group (as a control group didn’t receive CLA, The second group received 0.5 g and the third group received 1 g of CLA. The blood testing was done on rams every 15 days using a 20 mL syringe. Data analysis was performed by SAS software. Also mean comparison was done using Duncan's test method (p<0.05. Obtained results showed that the serum concentration of testosterone hormone was decreased numerically as well as the concentration of FSH hormone however the concentration of LH was increased. Also the CLA had a significant effect on Leptin concentration. CLA in oral form can reduce the concentration of testosterone in rams.

  9. Long non-coding RNA Linc-RAM enhances myogenic differentiation by interacting with MyoD

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    Yu, Xiaohua; Zhang, Yong; Li, Tingting; Ma, Zhao; Jia, Haixue; Chen, Qian; Zhao, Yixia; Zhai, Lili; Zhong, Ran; Li, Changyin; Zou, Xiaoting; Meng, Jiao; Chen, Antony K.; Puri, Pier Lorenzo; Chen, Meihong; Zhu, Dahai

    2017-01-01

    Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important regulators of diverse biological processes. Here we report on functional identification and characterization of a novel long intergenic non-coding RNA with MyoD-regulated and skeletal muscle-restricted expression that promotes the activation of the myogenic program, and is therefore termed Linc-RAM (Linc-RNA Activator of Myogenesis). Linc-RAM is transcribed from an intergenic region of myogenic cells and its expression is upregulated during myogenesis. Notably, in vivo functional studies show that Linc-RAM knockout mice display impaired muscle regeneration due to the differentiation defect of satellite cells. Mechanistically, Linc-RAM regulates expression of myogenic genes by directly binding MyoD, which in turn promotes the assembly of the MyoD–Baf60c–Brg1 complex on the regulatory elements of target genes. Collectively, our findings reveal the functional role and molecular mechanism of a lineage-specific Linc-RAM as a regulatory lncRNA required for tissues-specific chromatin remodelling and gene expression. PMID:28091529

  10. Genetic variability of Harton del Valle by RAM Variabilidad genética de Hartón del Valle mediante RAM

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    Alvarez Franco Luz Angela

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Harton del Valle (HV breed belong to the seven Creole breeds of the Colombian bovine livestock, according to FAO criteria it is considered as vulnerable. To study its genetical variability, 33 HV animals and three and 3 animals of Holstein breed as a external control were sampled. Simples of DNA were isolated using the Salting Out method and RAM (Random amplified microsatellites technique was used. CGA, CCA, TG and CT primers were used. The mean value of expected heterocigozity was 0.26 and FST fue 0.39 ± 0.03. Using Dice–Nei Li index and UPGMA clustering method, two groups were distinguished: the first one integrated for two conservation herds and other one by tour faros that have been sharing breeding bulls.El Hartón del Valle (HV hace parte de las siete razas criollas de ganado bovino colombiano y de acuerdo con los criterios de la FAO está considerado como vulnerable. Para estudiar su variabilidad genética fueron muestreados 33 individuos HV y tres animales de la raza Holstein, como control externo. Se extrajo ADN utilizando el método de Salting Out y las muestras fueron analizadas mediante la técnica molecular RAM (Randon amplified microsatellites. Se utilizaron los cebadores CGA, CCA, TG, y CT. El valor promedio de heterocigosidad esperada fue de 0.26 y el FST fue 0.39 ± 0.03. Con el índice de Dice–Nei Li y agrupando con el método UPGMA se distinguieron dos grupos: uno integrado por dos hatos de conservación y el otro por cuatro fincas que han compartido reproductores.

  11. 利用水下爆夯进行地基加固处理%Strengthening Foundation by Underwater Explosive Ram

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    Underwater explosive ram is adopted to treat the foundation inthe project of petrochemical dock in Lanshan harbor. Feasibility of this kind of foundation reinforcement method in the project of petrochemical dock in Lanshan harbor is discussed based on the analysis and comparison of the difference of sea-bottom elevation, physical and mechanical properties of sediments before and after explosive ram tests. The rational parameters of explosive ram are designed according to the result of the test. The quantitative data of underwater explosive ram are offered for large scale strengthening foundation of petrochemical dock in Lanshan harbor.

  12. Ram pressure stripping of disc galaxies orbiting in clusters. II. Galactic wakes

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    2007-01-01

    We present 3D hydrodynamical simulations of ram pressure stripping of a disc galaxy orbiting in a galaxy cluster. In this paper, we focus on the properties of the galaxies' tails of stripped gas. The galactic wakes show a flaring width, where the flaring angle depends on the gas disc's cross-section with respect to the galaxy's direction of motion. The velocity in the wakes shows a significant turbulent component of a few 100 km/s. The stripped gas is deposited in the cluster rather locally, i.e. within ~150 kpc from where it was stripped. We demonstrate that the most important quantity governing the tail density, length and gas mass distribution along the orbit is the galaxy's mass loss per orbital length. This in turn depends on the ram pressure as well as the galaxy's orbital velocity. For a sensitivity limit of ~10^19 cm^-2 in projected gas density, we find typical tail lengths of 40 kpc. Such long tails are seen even at large distances (0.5 to 1 Mpc) from the cluster centre. At this sensitivity limit, th...

  13. Effects of Aflatoxin on Liver and Protective Effectiveness of Esterified Glucomannan in Merino Rams

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    Fatma Colakoglu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of total aflatoxin (AF given orally on liver in Merino rams were studied. In addition, this study was conducted in order to evaluate the efficacy of an esterified glucomannan (EG for protection against aflatoxicosis. One-year-old 32 Merino rams were divided into four equal groups. The control group (C was fed with the commercial feed. The AF group was fed with commercial feed plus 250 μg/day of total AF. The EG group was fed with commercial feed plus 2 g/day of EG. The AF + EG group was fed with commercial feed plus 250 μg/day of total AF and 2 g/day of EG. After feeding period, tissue samples were taken from the liver in order to perform histological analyses. Vacuolar degeneration with small and large droplets and hydropic degeneration in hepatocytes were observed in the AF group. The ceroid pigmentation was observed in macrophages in groups or one by one. It was observed that the fat rate in hepatocytes was 2.6% in the C group, 35.5% in the AF group, 2.9% in the EG group, and 9.6% in the AF + EG group. In conclusion, the adverse effects caused by aflatoxicosis on the liver could be ameliorated by adding EG to the ration.

  14. Spiking Neural Networks Based on OxRAM Synapses for Real-Time Unsupervised Spike Sorting

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    Werner, Thilo; Vianello, Elisa; Bichler, Olivier; Garbin, Daniele; Cattaert, Daniel; Yvert, Blaise; De Salvo, Barbara; Perniola, Luca

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present an alternative approach to perform spike sorting of complex brain signals based on spiking neural networks (SNN). The proposed architecture is suitable for hardware implementation by using resistive random access memory (RRAM) technology for the implementation of synapses whose low latency (<1μs) enables real-time spike sorting. This offers promising advantages to conventional spike sorting techniques for brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and neural prosthesis applications. Moreover, the ultra-low power consumption of the RRAM synapses of the spiking neural network (nW range) may enable the design of autonomous implantable devices for rehabilitation purposes. We demonstrate an original methodology to use Oxide based RRAM (OxRAM) as easy to program and low energy (<75 pJ) synapses. Synaptic weights are modulated through the application of an online learning strategy inspired by biological Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity. Real spiking data have been recorded both intra- and extracellularly from an in-vitro preparation of the Crayfish sensory-motor system and used for validation of the proposed OxRAM based SNN. This artificial SNN is able to identify, learn, recognize and distinguish between different spike shapes in the input signal with a recognition rate about 90% without any supervision. PMID:27857680

  15. Strategies to protect ram accelerator projectiles from in-tube gasdynamic heating

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    Bogdanoff, D.W. [Eloret, Sunnyvale, CA (United States)

    2000-11-01

    A serious problem in advancing ram accelerator technology is the very high in-tube heat transfer rate to the projectile. Herein, we examine a number of strategies for protecting the projectile from gasdynamic heating. Radiation cooling of the projectile and flying the projectile through alternating regions of fuel-oxidizer-diluent drive gas and pure hydrogen are found to be totally unworkable. The ablative cooling technique has serious problems with a substantial retreat of the projectile surface. A transpiration cooling technique using liquid ammonia is calculated to provide adequate protection of the projectile for ram accelerator missions from 3 to 7 or 8 km/sec. Techniques for flying the projectile in pure hydrogen are also examined. One may have a vortex arrangement with a pure hydrogen core surrounded by a fuel-oxidizer-diluent mixture. The projectile may also fly in pure hydrogen while the driving energy is supplied by a deflagrating or detonating solid coating on the tube wall or by electrical energy input. The techniques for flying the projectile in pure hydrogen are judged to be extremely complex and expensive to implement. The transpiration technique appears to be the most viable way to protect projectiles flying in the 4 - 7 km/sec range. (orig.)

  16. Experimental analysis of 7.62 mm hydrodynamic ram in containers

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    Deletombe, E.; Fabis, J.; Dupas, J.; Mortier, J. M.

    2013-02-01

    The design of fuel tanks with a reduced vulnerability with respect to hydrodynamic ram pressure (HRAM) effects is of an increasing need in the Civil (e.g. the Concorde accident), and Defence (military aircraft, unmanned vehicle systems) aircraft industries. The presented work concerns experimental research which aims at observing two hydraulic ram events - both induced by a 7.62 mm bullet shot in very different containers - throughout their various steps until the final collapse of the generated cavity, in order to study the nature of HRAM, the influence of the containers geometry, and to measure original dynamic data for numerical modelling developments and validation. For that purpose, test configurations and experimental results are described, documented and discussed. They concern two types of firing tests that were performed at ONERA using the NATO 7.62 mm projectile, respectively in the frame of ONERA (pool) and EUCLID (caisson) funded research projects. The authors concentrate on two topics: on the one hand, digital image analysis to measure the cavity geometry during its growth and collapse phases and, on the other hand, pressure measurements that catch the transient shock wave. The originality of the work consists in the fact that - compared with other published works - the phenomenon is studied up to tens of milliseconds in a very large pool for theoretical analysis of the bullet/liquid interactions only, and in a realistic fuel tank specimen to consider influence of boundary conditions onto the cavity characteristics (geometry, dynamics).

  17. Development of a simple and low cost electro ejaculation equipment in ram

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    Gutiérrez E

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to development of a simple and low cost electro ejaculation equipment in ram to semen collection. The work was carried out in the Alto Public University laboratories. The development of the equipment was implemented with an electronic circuit designed with source generating electrics pulses of frequency between 5 to 100 Hertz (hz and 30 to 80 milliamps (mA with pauses between 3 to 5 seconds with adjustable function. Likewise, an annular device was used and through a probe provided with electrodes circulates the electric energy in the animal rectum provoking muscle stimulation at the level of the accessory glands that trigger the ejaculation. Mass motility (0 to 5 3.8 ± 0.6, individually motility 70.7 ± 3.4%, sperm concentration 3.3 ± 0.2 billons and vitality 76.6 ± 6.9%. The cost of building the equipment was150 $ USD. In conclusion, we development a simple and low cost electro ejaculation equipment in ram, allowed to obtain samples of semen of creole sheep of good quality, without affecting the reproductive capacity of the animals in study.

  18. Postnatal changes in testicular development and androgen receptors immunolocalization in D’Man ram lambs

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    Jean-Marie Exbrayat

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to characterize testicular development in D’Man ram lambs, focusing primarily on androgen receptors (ARs immunolocalization in the adenohypophysis and testis that is not still known in the D’Man ram lamb. Lambs (n = 12 were divided into four groups (three lambs per group. Adenohypophysis and testis were fixed and paraffin embedded; cross-section (3 μm were stained and evaluated with immunohistochemistry. Testis weight increased at a greater rate between two and five months after birth, which was associated with remarkable changes in testicular histology, including significant increases in the diameter of seminiferous tubules. Spermatogenesis started between three and five months after birth; lumen and elongated spermatids were observed for the first time in three and four months-old animals respectively. ARs detected with immunohistochemistry were located in the nuclei and cytoplasm of adenohypophysis cells, and only in nuclei of testis cells (Leydig, Sertoli, peritubular myoid and germ cells.

  19. A Warm Molecular Hydrogen Tail Due to Ram Pressure Stripping of a Cluster Galaxy

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    Sivanandam, Suresh; Rieke, George H

    2009-01-01

    We have discovered a remarkable warm (140 - 160 K) molecular hydrogen tail with a mass of approximately 2.5*10^7 M_sun extending 20 kpc from a cluster spiral galaxy, ESO 137-001, in Abell 3627. Some portion of this gas is lost permanently to the intracluster medium, as the tail extends beyond the tidal radius of the galaxy. We also detect a hot (580 - 680 K) component in the tail that is approximately 1% of the mass of the warm component. This discovery is direct evidence that the galaxy is currently undergoing ram-pressure stripping, as also indicated by its X-ray and H\\alpha tail found by other studies. We estimate the galaxy is losing its interstellar gas at a rate of at least ~ 1 - 2 M_sun yr^-1. If the galaxy persists to lose mass at this estimated rate, it will exhaust its gas reservoir in a single pass through the cluster core, which will take approximately 0.5 - 1 Gyr. The results produced from the modeling of the ram-pressure stripping timescale are consistent with our upper limit and suggest that th...

  20. Interface engineered HfO2-based 3D vertical ReRAM

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    Hudec, Boris; Wang, I.-Ting; Lai, Wei-Li; Chang, Che-Chia; Jančovič, Peter; Fröhlich, Karol; Mičušík, Matej; Omastová, Mária; Hou, Tuo-Hung

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    We demonstrate a double-layer 3D vertical resistive random access memory (ReRAM) stack implementing a Pt/HfO2/TiN memory cell. The HfO2 switching layer is grown by atomic layer deposition on the sidewall of a SiO2/TiN/SiO2/TiN/SiO2 multilayer pillar. A steep vertical profile was achieved using CMOS-compatible TiN dry etching. We employ in situ TiN bottom interface engineering by ozone, which results in (a) significant forming voltage reduction which allows for forming-free operation in AC pulsed mode, and (b) non-linearity tuning of low resistance state by current compliance during Set operation. The vertical ReRAM shows excellent read and write disturb immunity between vertically stacked cells, retention over 104 s and excellent switching stability at 400 K. Endurance of 107 write cycles was achieved using 100 ns wide AC pulses while fast switching speed using pulses of only 10 ns width is also demonstrated. The active switching region was evaluated to be located closer to the bottom interface which allows for the observed high endurance.

  1. Behaviour and kinematics of continuous ram filtration in bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus)

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    Simon, Malene Juul; Johnson, Mark; Madsen, Peter Teglberg

    2009-01-01

    Balaenid whales perform long breath-hold foraging dives despite a high drag from their ram filtration of zooplankton. To maximize the volume of prey acquired in a dive with limited oxygen supplies, balaenids must either filter feed only occasionally when prey density is particularly high, or they......Balaenid whales perform long breath-hold foraging dives despite a high drag from their ram filtration of zooplankton. To maximize the volume of prey acquired in a dive with limited oxygen supplies, balaenids must either filter feed only occasionally when prey density is particularly high......, or they must swim at slow speeds while filtering to reduce drag and oxygen consumption. Using digital tags with three-axis accelerometers, we studied bowhead whales feeding off West Greenland and present here, to our knowledge, the first detailed data on the kinematics and swimming behaviour of a balaenid...... whale filter feeding at depth. Bowhead whales employ a continuous fluking gait throughout the bottom phase of foraging dives, moving at very slow speeds (less than 1 m s-1), allowing them to filter feed continuously at depth. Despite the slow speeds, the large mouth aperture provides a water filtration...

  2. Practical Thermal Evaluation Methods For HAC Fire Analysis In Type B Radiaoactive Material (RAM) Packages

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    Abramczyk, Glenn; Hensel, Stephen J; Gupta, Narendra K.

    2013-03-28

    Title 10 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations Part 71 for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (10 CFR Part 71.73) requires that Type B radioactive material (RAM) packages satisfy certain Hypothetical Accident Conditions (HAC) thermal design requirements to ensure package safety during accidental fire conditions. Compliance with thermal design requirements can be met by prototype tests, analyses only or a combination of tests and analyses. Normally, it is impractical to meet all the HAC using tests only and the analytical methods are too complex due to the multi-physics non-linear nature of the fire event. Therefore, a combination of tests and thermal analyses methods using commercial heat transfer software are used to meet the necessary design requirements. The authors, along with his other colleagues at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, SC, USA, have successfully used this 'tests and analyses' approach in the design and certification of several United States' DOE/NNSA certified packages, e.g. 9975, 9977, 9978, 9979, H1700, and Bulk Tritium Shipping Package (BTSP). This paper will describe these methods and it is hoped that the RAM Type B package designers and analysts can use them for their applications.

  3. Effects of supplemental humic acid on ruminal fermentation and blood variables in rams

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    Nurten Galip

    Full Text Available In this study, we particularly aimed to research the effect of supplemental humic acid on ruminal fermentation and blood variables in rams. A trial was conducted to evaluate the effect of humic acid (HA on protozoa count, percentages of different protozoa types and blood parameters. Three male Kivircik rams with ruminal cannula were used in a Latin square design, during 22 days periods (15 days for adaptation, 7 days for collection. They received 0 control group (CG, 5 g/day or 10 g/day of HA (HA5, HA10, assay groups. HA were added to the ration with grain diet. Ration was consisted of 5% grain diet and 95 % alfalfa hay. Rumen contents collected before, 3h and 6h after morning feeding on days 1 and 7 in each collection period were analyzed. Blood samples were also collected the same days. No significant difference in biochemical and hematological parameters (except eosinophils levels, P<0.05, variables of ruminal fluid (except sodium levels before feeding and species of rumen protozoa organism (except the percentage Epidinium spp. were evidenced with the addition of HA. In conclusion, we think that they might have been true the widely use in animal food of humates which don’t have any negative effect on biochemical and hematological parameters in particular.

  4. La pasión de Ramón Iglesia Parga (1905-1948

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    Bernabéu Albert, Salvador

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available In the context of the 100th commemoration of the great Historian Ramón Iglesia Parga's birth (Galicia, Spain, 1905-1948, this article focuses on main aspects of his life and research. His work, which led him to be considered as one of the most important researchers in the Colonial American field, was developed in the Historical Studies Center of the Junta de Ampliación de Estudios. After the Spanish Civil War he went into exile, and continued working at the Colegio de México and several United States Universities.

    Para conmemorar el centenario del nacimiento del historiador gallego Ramón Iglesia Parga, 1905-1948, este trabajo aborda los principales episodios de su vida y las líneas de trabajo que lo convirtieron en una de las figuras puntales de la historiografía colonial americanista. Su quehacer se desarrolló en el Centro de Estudios Históricos de la Junta de Ampliación de Estudios y tras la Guerra Civil Española, en el exilio, en el Colegio de México y en distintas universidades norteamericanas.

  5. A textbook example of ram-pressure stripping in the Hydra A/A780 cluster

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    De Grandi, S.; Eckert, D.; Molendi, S.; Girardi, M.; Roediger, E.; Gaspari, M.; Gastaldello, F.; Ghizzardi, S.; Nonino, M.; Rossetti, M.

    2016-08-01

    In the current epoch, one of the main mechanisms driving the growth of galaxy clusters is the continuous accretion of group-scale halos. In this process, the ram pressure applied by the hot intracluster medium on the gas content of the infalling group is responsible for stripping the gas from its dark-matter halo, which gradually leads to the virialisation of the infalling gas in the potential well of the main cluster. Using deep wide-field observations of the poor cluster Hydra A/A780 with XMM-Newton and Suzaku, we report on the discovery of an infalling galaxy group 1.1 Mpc south of the cluster core. The presence of a substructure is confirmed by a dynamical study of the galaxies in this region. A wake of stripped gas is trailing behind the group over a projected scale of 760 kpc. The temperature of the gas along the wake is constant at kT ~ 1.3 keV, which is about a factor of two less than the temperature of the surrounding plasma. We observe a cold front pointing westwards compared to the peak of the group, which indicates that the group is currently not moving in the direction of the main cluster, but is moving along an almost circular orbit. The overall morphology of the group bears remarkable similarities with high-resolution numerical simulations of such structures, which greatly strengthens our understanding of the ram-pressure stripping process.

  6. Jellyfish: Evidence of extreme ram-pressure stripping in massive galaxy clusters

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    Ebeling, Harald; Edge, Alastair C

    2013-01-01

    Ram-pressure stripping by the gaseous intra-cluster medium has been proposed as the dominant physical mechanism driving the rapid evolution of galaxies in dense environments. Detailed studies of this process have, however, largely been limited to relatively modest examples affecting only the outermost gas layers of galaxies in nearby and/or low-mass galaxy clusters. We here present results from our search for extreme cases of gas-galaxy interactions in much more massive, X-ray selected clusters at $z>0.3$. Using Hubble Space Telescope (HST) snapshots in the F606W and F814W passbands, we have discovered dramatic evidence of ram-pressure stripping in which copious amounts of gas are first shock compressed and then removed from galaxies falling into the cluster. Vigorous starbursts triggered by this process across the galaxy-gas interface and in the debris trail cause these galaxies to temporarily become some of the brightest cluster members in the F606W passband, capable of outshining even the Brightest Cluster...

  7. The collaborative effect of ram pressure and merging on star formation and stripping fraction

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    Bischko, Jan Christoph; Schindler, Sabine

    2015-01-01

    Aims: We investigate the effect of ram pressure stripping (RPS) on simulations of merging pairs of gas-rich spiral galaxies. Our goal is to provide an estimate of the combined effect of merging and RPS on stripping efficiency and star formation rate. Methods: We make use of the combined N-body/hydrodynamic code GADGET-2. In our simulations, we vary mass ratios between 1:4 and 1:8 in a binary merger. We sample different geometric configurations of the merging systems (edge-on and face-on mergers, different impact parameters). Furthermore, we vary the properties of the intracluster medium (ICM) in rough steps: The speed of the merging system relative to the ICM between 500 and 1000 km/s, the ICM density between $10^{-29}$ and $10^{-27}$ g/cm$^3$, and the ICM direction relative to the mergers' orbital plane. Ram pressure is kept constant within a simulation time period, as is the ICM temperature of $10^7$ K. Each simulation in the ICM is compared to simulations of the merger in vacuum and the non-merging galaxie...

  8. Effect of pasteurized egg and Rosmarinus officinalis supplementation on quality of cryopreserved ram semen.

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    Mascaro, F; Gil, L; Malo, C; Gonzales, N; Martinez, F; de Blas, I

    2013-01-01

    The aim was to assess the in vitro effect of pasteurized egg (PE) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) on frozen-thawed ram semen. Ejaculates from three mature rams of the Rasa Aragonesa breed were cryopreserved using a 2-step dilution method (Fraction 1: F1; Fraction 2: F2). In Experiment 1, semen was frozen in egg yolk (EY) or PE extenders. After thawing, similar results were obtained in terms of total and progressive motility, viability, hypo-osmotic swelling test (HOST) and acrosome integrity after 2 h incubation. In Experiment 2, addition of rosemary to F1, F2 or both fractions to EY extenders was evaluated. Rosemary in F1 decreased progressive motility (p = 0.013) after 2 h incubation. Finally, PE can be used as a substitute for EY to reduce hygienic risks in extenders and is easier to standardize. Supplementation of EY extender with rosemary in F1 reduced progressive motility. Rosemary supplementation in F2 does not affect semen quality.

  9. Ram pressure stripping in a galaxy formation model. I. A novel numerical approach

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    Tecce, Tomás E; Tissera, Patricia B; Abadi, Mario G; Lagos, Claudia del P

    2010-01-01

    We develop a new numerical approach to describe the action of ram pressure stripping (RPS) within a semi-analytic model of galaxy formation and evolution which works in combination with non-radiative hydrodynamical simulations of galaxy clusters. The new feature in our method is the use of the gas particles to obtain the kinematical and thermodynamical properties of the intragroup and intracluster medium (ICM). This allows a self-consistent estimation of the RPS experienced by satellite galaxies. We find that the ram pressure (RP) in the central regions of clusters increases approximately one order of magnitude between z = 1 and 0, consistent with the increase in the density of the ICM. The mean RP experienced by galaxies within the virial radius increases with decreasing redshift. In clusters with virial masses M_vir ~10^15 h^-1 M_Sun, over 50% of satellite galaxies have experienced RP ~10^(-11) h^-2 dyn cm^-2 or higher for z = 0.5.

  10. Successful low dose insemination of flow cytometrically sorted ram spermatozoa in sheep.

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    de Graaf, S P; Evans, G; Maxwell, W M C; Downing, J A; O'Brien, J K

    2007-12-01

    The fertility of ram spermatozoa that had undergone flow cytometric sorting (MoFlo SX) and cryopreservation was assessed after low-dose insemination of synchronized Merino ewes. Oestrus was synchronized with progestagen-impregnated pessaries, PMSG and GnRH treatment. Ewes (n = 360) were inseminated with 1 x 10(6), 5 x 10(6) or 15 x 10(6) motile sorted frozen-thawed (S(1), S(5), or S(15) respectively) or non-sorted frozen-thawed (C(1), C(5) or C(15) respectively) spermatozoa from three rams. An additional group of ewes were inseminated with 50 x 10(6) motile non-sorted frozen-thawed spermatozoa (C(50)) to provide a commercial dose control. The percentage of ewes lambing after insemination was similar for C(50) (24/38, 63.2%), C(15) (37/54, 68.5%), S(15) (38/57, 66.7%), S(5) (37/56, 66.1%) and S(1) (32/52, 61.5%) groups (p > 0.05), but lower for C(5) (19/48, 39.6%) and C(1) (19/55, 34.5%) treatments (p sheep as a reduction in the minimum effective sperm number will allow a corresponding decrease in the associated cost per dose.

  11. The Flying Spaghetti Monster: Impact of magnetic fields on ram pressure stripping in disk galaxies

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    Ruszkowski, M; Lee, D; Shin, M -S

    2012-01-01

    Ram pressure stripping can remove significant amounts of gas from galaxies in clusters, and thus has a large impact on the evolution of cluster galaxies. Recent observations have shown that key properties of ram-pressure stripped tails of galaxies, such as their width and structure, are in conflict with predictions by simulations. To increase the realism of existing simulations, we simulated for the first time a disk galaxy exposed face-on to a uniformly magnetized wind including radiative cooling and self-gravity of the gas. We find that magnetic fields have a strong effect on the morphology of the gas in the tail of the galaxy. While in the purely hydrodynamical case the tail is very clumpy, the MHD case shows very filamentary structures in the tail. The filaments can be strongly supported by magnetic pressure and, wherever this is the case, the magnetic fields vectors tend to be aligned with the filaments. Interestingly, we observe the formation of two dominant magnetized density tails behind the galaxy re...

  12. Evaluating pasture and soil allowance of manganese for Kajli rams grazing in semi-arid environment.

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    Khan, Zafar Iqbal; Ahmad, Kafeel; Ashraf, Muhammad; Naqvi, Syed Ali Hassan; Seidavi, Alireza; Akram, Nudrat Aisha; Laudadio, Vito; Tufarelli, Vincenzo

    2015-03-01

    The current research on the manganese (Mn) transfer from soil to plant as well as to grazing Kajli rams in the form of sampling periods was carried out under semi-arid environmental conditions. Forage, soil and blood plasma samples were collected during 4 months of the year after a 1-month interval, and Mn concentrations were assessed after wet digestion using an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Results showed that Mn concentration in soil ranged from 48.28 to 59.44 mg/kg, with incoherent augment and decline across sampling periods, and effect of sampling period on soil Mn was also found to be significant (P crop requirement. The Mn concentration in forage ranged between 24.8 and 37.2 mg/kg, resulting deficient based on the requirement allowance of Mn for livestock grazing animals, therein with almost unchanged forage Mn concentration. The Mn values in blood plasma of rams varied from 0.066 to 0.089 mg/l, with a consistent increase based on sampling period, and the effect of sampling periods on plasma Mn was found to be highly significant (P crop residues and mixed pasture and a pronounced seasonal supply of Mn at the four sampling period of grazing land of diverse botanical composition.

  13. WE-G-303-04: Intrinsically Radiolabeled Nanoparticles: An Emerging Paradigm

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    Cai, W. [University of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Objectives: Understand the physical bases of gold nanoparticle applications for radiosensitization and x-ray fluorescence imaging Understand the parameters that define gold nanoparticle-mediated radiosensitization in biological systems Understand the potential of magnetic nanoparticle characterization of the microenvironment Understand the various strategies for radiolabeling of nanoparticles and their applications S.C. and S.K. acknowledge support from MD Anderson Cancer Center, NIH (R01CA155446 and P30CA16672) and DoD (W81XWH-12-1-0198); J.W. acknowledges support from NIH (U54CA151662-01); W.C. acknowledges support from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, NIH (R01CA169365, P30CA014520, and T32CA009206), DoD (W81XWH-11-1-0644 and W81XWH-11-1-0648), and ACS (125246-RSG-13-099-01-CCE)

  14. Preparation of crotalus venom radiolabeled with technetium-99m as a tool for biodistribution study

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    Priscilla Brunelli Pujatti

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Technetium-99m (99mTc has been the radionuclide of choice for nuclear medicine procedures and experimental research. Because of its optimal nuclear properties, 99mTc is suitable for high efficiency detection with the advantage of reduced radiological waste. Crotalus venom (CV has been shown to reduce tumors in clinical studies and tissue distribution studies are very important for clinical use. The goal of this work was to obtain CV labeled with 99mTc which preserves its biological activity. After labeling, biological activity was assessed by hemolytic activity evaluation. Labeled and crude venom caused indirect hemolysis provided that the incubation medium contained an exogenous source of lecithin. High yield radiolabeled-CV was obtained and biological activity was preserved. The results suggest that 99mTc-CV can be a useful tool for biodistribution studies.Tecnécio-99m tem sido o radioisótopo de escolha para procedimentos médicos e pesquisas experimentais. Em decorrência de suas propriedades nucleares, 99mTc é adequado para detecção de alta eficiência com a vantagem do baixo risco radiológico. O veneno de Crotalus (CV apresentou propriedades antitumorais em estudos clínicos e estudos de biodistribuição são fundamentais em pesquisas clínicas. Esse trabalho teve como objetivo obter um análogo de veneno de Crotalus marcado com 99mTc que preservasse sua atividade biológica. Após a marcação, a atividade biológica foi avaliada através do ensaio de atividade hemolítica. Veneno nativo e marcado apresentaram atividade hemolítica indireta quando incubados em um meio contendo uma fonte exógena de lecitina. Obteve-se um alto rendimento de marcação e a atividade biológica das moléculas foi preservada. Nossos resultados sugerem que 99mTc-CV pode representar uma ferramenta muito útil para estudos de biodistribuição.

  15. Radiolabeled divalent peptidomimetic vitronectin receptor antagonists as potential tumor radiotherapeutic and imaging agents.

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    Harris, Thomas D; Cheesman, Edward; Harris, Anthony R; Sachleben, Richard; Edwards, D Scott; Liu, Shuang; Bartis, Judit; Ellars, Charles; Onthank, Dave; Yalamanchili, Padmaja; Heminway, Stuart; Silva, Paula; Robinson, Simon; Lazewatsky, Joel; Rajopadhye, Milind; Barrett, John

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    The integrin receptor alphavbeta3 is overexpressed on the endothelial cells of growing tumors and on some tumor cells themselves. A radiolabeled alphavbeta3 antagonists belonging to the quinolin-4-one class of peptidomimetics (TA138) was previously shown to exhibit high affinity for integrin alphavbeta3 and high selectivity versus other integrin receptors. 111In-TA138 exhibited high tumor uptake in the c-neu Oncomouse mammary adenocarcinoma model and produced excellent scintigraphic images. This study describes the synthesis of eight divalent versions of TA138 and their evaluation as potential tumor radiotherapeutic agents. The two main variables in this study were the length of the spacer bridging the biotargeting moieties and the total negative charge of the molecules imparted by the cysteic acid pharmacokinetic modifiers. Receptor affinity was evaluated in a panel of integrin receptor affinity assays, and biodistribution studies using the 111In-labeled derivatives were carried out in the c-neu Oncomouse model. All divalent agents maintained the high receptor affinity and selectivity of TA138, and six of the eight 111In derivatives exhibited blood clearance that was faster than 111In-TA138 at 24 h postinjection (PI). All divalent agents exhibited tumor uptake and retention at 24 h PI that was higher than 111In-TA138. Tumor/organ ratios were improved for most of the divalent agents at 24 h PI in critical nontarget organs marrow, kidney, and liver, with the agents having intermediate-length spacers (29-43 A) showing the largest improvement. As an example, 111In-15 showed tumor uptake of 14.3% ID/g at 24 h PI and tumor/organ ratios as follows: marrow, 3.24; kidney, 7.29; liver, 8.51. A comparison of therapeutic indices for 90Y-TA138 and 177Lu-15 indicate an improved therapeutic index for the divalent agent. The implications for radiotherapeutic applications and the mechanism of this multivalent effect are discussed.

  16. PET and PET/CT with radiolabeled choline in prostate cancer: a critical reappraisal of 20 years of clinical studies.

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    Giovacchini, Giampiero; Giovannini, Elisabetta; Leoncini, Rossella; Riondato, Mattia; Ciarmiello, Andrea

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    We here aim to provide a comprehensive and critical review of the literature concerning the clinical applications of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) with radiolabeled choline in patients with prostate cancer (PCa). We will initially briefly summarize the historical context that brought to the synthesis of [(11)C]choline, which occurred exactly 20 years ago. We have arbitrarily grouped the clinical studies in three different periods, according to the year in which they were published and according to their relation with their applications in urology, radiotherapy and oncology. Studies at initial staging and, more extensively, studies in patients with biochemical failure, as well as factors predicting positive PET/CT will be reviewed. The capability of PET/CT with radiolabeled choline to provide prognostic information on PCa-specific survival will also be examined. The last sections will be devoted to the use of radiolabeled choline for monitoring the response to androgen deprivation therapy, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. The accuracy and the limits of the technique will be discussed according to the information available from standard validation processes, including biopsy or histology. The clinical impact of the technique will be discussed on the basis of changes induced in the management of patients and in the evaluation of the response to therapy. Current indications to PET/CT, as officially endorsed by guidelines, or as routinely performed in the clinical practice will be illustrated. Emphasis will be made on methodological factors that might have influenced the results of the studies or their interpretation. Finally, we will briefly highlight the potential role of positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance and of new radiotracers for PCa imaging.

  17. Discrepancy Between Tumor Antigen Distribution and Radiolabeled Antibody Binding in a Nude Mouse Xenograft Model of Human Melanoma.

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    Kim, Yong-Il; Paeng, Jin Chul; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Kang, Keon Wook; Lee, Dong Soo; Chung, June-Key

    2017-04-01

    Biodistribution of antibodies is vital to successful immunoscintigraphy/immunotherapy, and it is assumed to be similar to antigen distribution. We measured and compared the binding pattern of radiolabeled antibody to tissue antigen distribution in a nude mouse xenograft model of human melanoma. We transplanted 10(7) FEM-XII human melanoma cells into the right flank of five nude mice. For the control, we transplanted 5 × 10(6) LS174T human colon cancer cells into the left flank. Two weeks later, 10 μCi of (131)I-labeled melanoma-associated 96.5 monoclonal antibody (targeting p97 antigen) was intravenously injected. Three days later, we sacrificed the mice and evaluated 96.5 antibody binding and concentration in the tumors by ex vivo quantitative autoradiography (QAR). Two months later, we incubated adjacent tumor tissue slices in various concentrations of (125)I-labeled 96.5 MoAb and evaluated the distribution/concentration of p97 antigen by in vitro QAR. p97 antigen distribution was homogeneous in the tumors (total antigen concentration [Bmax] = 17.36-38.36 pmol/g). In contrast, radiolabeled 96.5 antibody binding was heterogenous between location within the tumor (estimated bound antigen concentration = 0.7-6.6 pmol/g). No quantifiable parameters were found to be related with radiolabeled antibody binding and tumor antigen distribution. Antibody-bound tumor antigen to total antigen ratios ranged between 2% and 38%. Heterogeneous features of target antibody binding were observed in contrast to relatively homogenous feature of tumor antigen. We did not identify any correlations between p97 antigen distribution and 96.5 antibody binding in melanoma tissue. Radiolabeled 96.5 antibody binding patterns within melanoma cannot be predicted based on p97 antigen distribution in the tumor, which needs to be further studied with several other methods and more subjects in the future.

  18. Salmonella Enteritidis Empyema Preceding the Diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Subsequent Contralateral Chylothorax Treated with Radiolabeled Rituximab

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    Syed Ali

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Salmonella infection is common, but pleural involvement has rarely been reported. Only seven cases of Salmonella enteritidis pleural empyema have been reported; all had an associated preexisting underlying immunosuppresion or malignancy. We report the case of an apparently healthy man who developed S. enteritidis empyema. On further follow-up and surveillance, he eventually presented with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a contralateral recurrent chylothorax. The latter was successfully controlled with radiolabeled rituximab, which has never been described for the above purpose in literature before.

  19. Effects of glycerol and sugar mixing temperature on the morphologic and functional integrity of cryopreserved ram sperm.

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    Pelufo, V; López Armengol, M F; Malcotti, V; Venturino, A; Aisen, E G

    2015-01-01

    Sperm deep freezing procedures for ram semen have considerable variations regarding the steps being employed for cooling, freezing, and addition of cryoprotectants. In this work, we evaluated the effects of the addition of glycerol and/or the disaccharides sucrose and trehalose to hypertonic diluents either before or after cooling from 30 °C to 5 °C in Merino Australian ram semen cryopreservation. Using optical and transmission electron microscopy techniques, we assessed that glycerol was beneficial to the cooling process independently of its addition at 30 °C or 5 °C in terms of sperm membrane integrity in different regions of the plasma membrane (acrosomal region, 14.5% higher integrity; postacrosomal region, 8.0% higher integrity [P ram semen cryopreservation in hypertonic disaccharide-containing diluents is the addition of glycerol and trehalose after the cooling process, at 5 °C.

  20. [The representation of scientific publications of RAMS in WEB of science: evaluation of current indicators and prospects of their increasing].

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    Starodubtsev, V I; Kuznetsov, S L; Kurakova, N G; Tsvetkova, L A

    2012-01-01

    The contribution scientific publications of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS) in the national publication stream, indexed by Web of Science over the past thirty years, was estimated. The indicators of publication activity that are necessary for the institutions of RAMS to achieve in short-term period the conformity with bibliometric indicators, established by Presidential Decree of May 7, 2012 (to increase the share of Russian publications in Web of Science to 2.44% in 2015) were calculated. It is shown that the current structure of global science, where publications in medicine make up for approximately one third of scientific publications in the world, set for RAMS scientists particularly difficult task: to double in three years the number of publications in Web of Sci. In the article are proposed the priorities and the necessary steps to fulfill this task.

  1. Single port-assisted fully laparoscopic abdominoperineal resection (APR) with immediate V-RAM flap reconstruction of the perineal defect.

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    Ali, Sayid

    2012-09-01

    Abdominoperineal resection (APR) of anorectal cancers after neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy may incur significant perineal morbidity. While vertical rectus abdominis muscle (V-RAM) flaps can fill the pelvic resection space with health tissue, their use has previously been described predominantly in association with laparotomy. Here, we describe a means of combination laparoscopic APR with V-RAM flap reconstruction that allows structural preservation of the entire abdominal wall throughout the oncological resection and of the deep parietal layers after V-RAM donation. Furthermore, a single port access device used at the end colostomy site allows a second senior surgeon assist with an additional two working instruments for the purpose of improved pelvic tissue retraction, especially useful in obese patients.

  2. Anti-CD20 Immunoglobulin G Radiolabeling with a 99mTc-Tricarbonyl Core: In Vitro and In Vivo Evaluations.

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    Hélène Carpenet

    Full Text Available In recent years, the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of radioisotopes have shown significant progress. Immunoglobulin (Ig appears to be a promising tracer, particularly due to its ability to target selected antigens. The main objective of this study is to optimize and assess an Ig radiolabeling method with Technetium 99m (99mTc, an attractive radioelement used widely for diagnostic imaging. Monoclonal anti-CD20 IgG was retained to study in vitro and in vivo radiolabeling impact. After IgG derivatization with 2-iminothiolane, IgG-SH was radiolabeled by an indirect method, using a 99mTc-tricarbonyl core. Radiolabeling stability was evaluated over 24h by thin-layer chromatography. IgG integrity was checked by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis coupled with Western blot and autoradiography. The radiolabeled Ig's immunoaffinity was assessed in vitro by a radioimmunoassay method and binding experiments with cells (EL4-hCD20 and EL4-WT. Biodistribution studies were performed in normal BALB/c mice. Tumor uptake was assessed in mice bearing EL4-hCD20 and EL4-WT subcutaneous xenografts. With optimized method, high radiolabeling yields were obtained (95.9 ± 3.5%. 99mTc-IgG-SH was stable in phosphate-buffered saline (4°C and 25°C and in serum (37°C, even if important sensitivity to transchelation was observed. IgG was not degraded by derivatization and radiolabeling, as shown by Western blot and autoradiography results. 99mTc-anti-CD20 IgG-SH immunoaffinity was estimated with Kd = 35 nM by both methods. In vivo biodistribution studies for 48h showed significant accumulation of radioactivity in plasma, liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. Planar scintigraphy of mice bearing tumors showed a significant uptake of 99mTc-anti-CD20 IgG-SH in CD20+ tumor versus CD20- tumor. Radiolabeling of derivatized IgG with 99mTc-tricarbonyl was effective, stable and required few antibody amounts. This attractive radiolabeling method is "antibody safe

  3. Supplementation of soybean lecithin-based semen extender by antioxidants: complementary flowcytometric study on post-thawed ram spermatozoa.

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    Sharafi, Mohsen; Zhandi, Mahdi; Akbari Sharif, Abbas

    2015-06-01

    The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effects of cysteine (C) and glutathione (G) on the post-thawed ram sperm quality. Collected semen samples from four mature rams were diluted with five soybean lecithin (SL)-based extenders containing: no antioxidant (SL-0), 5 mM cysteine (SL-C5), 10 mM cysteine (SL-C10), 5 mM glutathione (SL-G5) and 10 mM glutathione (SL-G10). After freeze-thawing process, motion and velocity parameters, plasma membrane integrity and functionality, morphological abnormality, lipid peroxidation, acrosomal status, mitochondria activity, and apoptosis status of post-thawed ram spermatozoa were assessed. The results showed that SL-C10 increased the total motility and plasma membrane integrity (p ram spermatozoa (55.86 ± 1.37 and 60.57 ± 1.34 %) compared to other extenders. Progressive motility was significantly higher in SL-C10 (24.71 ± 1.13 %) compared to SL-0 (20 ± 1.13 %) and SL-G10 (15 ± 1.13 %). Mitochondrial activity was significantly higher in SL-C10 (56.83 ± 2.29 %) compared to SL-G10 (38.75 ± 2.29 %). Capacitation and acrosomal status, lipid peroxidation, and the percentage of dead spermatozoa were not affected by different extenders. The percentage of live spermatozoa was higher in SL-C10 (56.33 ± 1.35 %) compared to other extenders. Also, SL-C10 resulted in a lower percentage of apoptotic spermatozoa (14.17 ± 0.53 %) compared to other extenders. The results of this study showed that supplementation of SL-based ram semen extender with 10 mM cysteine resulted in an improved quality of post-thawed ram spermatozoa.

  4. Seminal plasma proteins modify the distribution of sperm subpopulations in cryopreserved semen of rams with lesser fertility.

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    Ledesma, Alba; Zalazar, Lucía; Fernández-Alegre, Estela; Hozbor, Federico; Cesari, Andreina; Martínez-Pastor, Felipe

    2017-09-01

    Any physiological mechanism involved in sperm selection and semen improvement has effects on heterogeneous sperm populations. This is mainly due to the fact that sperm populations within a single ejaculate have considerable heterogeneity for many variables, such as motility which is meaningful in terms of understanding how some sperm cells possess fertility advantages as compared with other cells. In the present research, initially there was a multivariate and clustering analysis used to assess sperm motility data from cryopreserved ram semen to identify subpopulations and compare the distribution of these clusters between rams with lesser and greater fertility. There were four classifications made of sperm subpopulations (clusters): CL1 fast/linear/progressive sperm; CL2 fast/non-linear sperm; CL3 very fast/linear sperm with vigorous beating and CL4 slow/non-linear sperm. Rams with greater fertility had a lesser proportion of sperm considered as "hyperactivated" (CL2) and a greater proportion of slow and non-linear sperm (CL4) than sperm of rams with lesser fertility. In addition, the effects were assessed for the capacity of seminal plasma (SP) and interacting SP proteins (iSPP) that were present during different seasons of the year to improve the distribution of sperm within subpopulations of semen from rams with lesser fertility. The iSPP and SP were obtained by artificial vagina (AV) and electroejaculation (EE) during breeding and non-breeding seasons and added to thawed semen. All the aggregates had a significant effect on the distribution of sperm subpopulations and effects differed among seasons of the year and depending on collection method used. Even though, future studies are needed to assess the contribution of each subpopulation on ram sperm fertility, it is important that a multivariate analysis be used to evaluate the effect of a treatment on sperm quality variables. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Ejercicios de estilo: la realidad alucinante de Centroamérica en la narrativa de Sergio Ramírez

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    Erick Aguirre Aragón

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available EL ARTÍCULO RECORRE LA OBRA DE Sergio Ramírez para explorar la forma en que utiliza la “realidad real” como materia prima de sus textos. Resalta la referencia permanente que hace el autor a determinados contextos y personajes históricos concretamente ubicables. El autor demuestra cómo, en la obra de Ramírez, es visible una voluntad de disolución de las fronteras entre lo real y lo fantástico, entre la Historia y la ficción.

  6. Ejercicios de estilo: la realidad alucinante de Centroamérica en la narrativa de Sergio Ramírez

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    Erick Aguirre Aragón

    2009-01-01

    EL ARTÍCULO RECORRE LA OBRA DE Sergio Ramírez para explorar la forma en que utiliza la “realidad real” como materia prima de sus textos. Resalta la referencia permanente que hace el autor a determinados contextos y personajes históricos concretamente ubicables. El autor demuestra cómo, en la obra de Ramírez, es visible una voluntad de disolución de las fronteras entre lo real y lo fantástico, entre la Historia y la ficción.

  7. Effects of vitrification on ram spermatozoa using free-egg yolk extenders.

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    Jiménez-Rabadán, Pilar; García-Álvarez, Olga; Vidal, Ana; Maroto-Morales, Alejandro; Iniesta-Cuerda, María; Ramón, Manuel; del Olmo, Enrique; Fernández-Santos, Rocío; Garde, J Julián; Soler, Ana Josefa

    2015-08-01

    The present study aimed to examine the behavior of ram spermatozoa subjected to a vitrification process in free-egg yolk diluents in relation with conventional diluents and cryopreservation protocol used in this species. Previously it was investigated the toxicity of cryoprotectants, sucrose and glycerol, based on different concentrations (sucrose at 0.03 M, 0.05 M, 0.15 M and 0.25 M; and glycerol at 3%, 7%, 14% and 18%) compared to a commercial extender (Biladyl® with 20% egg yolk and 7% glyerol). Cryoprotectants which reported less toxicity were chosen to perform the vitrification and results were compared with the conventional cryopreservation. Semen from three rams was collected by electroejaculation. The sperm evaluation was carried out at 0, 2 and 4h through the incubation time at 37°C for the experiment of toxicity and, at thawing when cryopreservation was performed. The sperm quality throughout the incubation time always resulted lower (P⩽0.05) for the free-egg yolk diluents in relation to Biladyl® (control), obtaining the lowest values of sperm quality with the highest concentrations of sucrose and glycerol. The vitrification was carried out with combinations of sucrose and glycerol (sucrose at 0.03 and 0.05 M with 3% and 7% of glycerol, respectively) and with Biladyl® (at different sperm concentrations). The vitrification decreased drastically (P⩽0.05) the sperm quality when combinations of sucrose and glycerol were used. Nevertheless, the sperm samples vitrified with Biladyl® at the lowest sperm concentration showed acceptable values of viability, acrosome integrity and DFI, although the sperm motility was strongly decreased. In conclusion, the use of vitrification with diluents based on combinations of sucrose and glycerol did not work for semen cryopreservation of ram. Promising results were obtained when diluents with egg yolk were used in the vitrification procedure, although more studies are necessary to improve this technique and the use

  8. Reversed-phase liquid chromatography of radiolabeled peptides using a C18 guard-PAK precolumn system

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    Carriere, P.D.; Bennett, H.P. (McGill Univ., Montreal, Quebec (Canada))

    1989-03-01

    In order to avoid radioactive contamination of high-performance liquid chromatography columns and injectors, we have investigated the use of a Guard-PAK precolumn system for the chromatography of ({sup 125}I) labeled peptides. Two gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogs: (1) (D-Ala6-des-Gly10)-GnRH (GnRH-(Ala6)) and (2) (D-Ser(TBu)6-des-Gly10)-GnRH (GnRH-(Ser6)) and rat prolactin (r-PRL) were radiolabeled with {sup 125}I and subjected to reversed-phase liquid chromatography using a C18 Guard-PAK precolumn system. Major peak fractions of purified ({sup 125}I)GnRH-(Ala6), ({sup 125}I)GnRH-(Ser6), and ({sup 125}I)r-PRL eluted at 24%, 28%, and 55% acetonitrile, respectively. Purified ({sup 125}I)GnRH analogs showed specific high affinity binding to rat anterior pituitary gland membranes (specific activity: 1500-1700 Ci/mmol). Purified ({sup 125}I)r-PRL showed high affinity binding to r-PRL antibody by RIA (specific activity: 70-75 microCi/micrograms). This rapid and efficient chromatographic method should be useful in the separation of a wide range of radiolabeled protein and peptide molecules.

  9. CA19-9 as a Potential Target for Radiolabeled Antibody-Based Positron Emission Tomography of Pancreas Cancer

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    Mark D. Girgis

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Sensitive and specific imaging of pancreas cancer are necessary for accurate diagnosis, staging, and treatment. The vast majority of pancreas cancers express the carbohydrate tumor antigen CA19-9. The goal of this study was to determine the potential to target CA19-9 with a radiolabeled anti-CA19-9 antibody for imaging pancreas cancer. Methods. CA19-9 was quantified using flow cytometry on human pancreas cancer cell lines. An intact murine anti-CA19-9 monoclonal antibody was labeled with a positron emitting radionuclide (Iodine-124 and injected into mice harboring antigen positive and negative xenografts. MicroPET/CT were performed at successive time intervals (72 hours, 96 hours, 120 hours after injection. Radioactivity was measured in blood and tumor to provide objective confirmation of the images. Results. Antigen expression by flow cytometry revealed approximately 1.3×106 CA19-9 antigens for the positive cell line and no expression in the negative cell line. Pancreas xenograft imaging with Iodine-124-labeled anti-CA19-9 mAb demonstrated an average tumor to blood ratio of 5 and positive to negative tumor ratio of 20. Conclusion. We show in vivo targeting of our antigen positive xenograft with a radiolabeled anti-CA19-9 antibody. These data demonstrate the potential to achieve anti-CA19-9 antibody based positron emission tomography of pancreas cancer.

  10. Radiolabeled COX-2 Inhibitors for Non-Invasive Visualization of COX-2 Expression and Activity — A Critical Update

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    Torsten Kniess

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2 is a key player in inflammation. Its overexpression is directly associated with various inflammatory diseases and, additionally, with several processes of carcinogenesis. The development of new selective COX-2 inhibitors (COXIBs for use in cancer treatment is in the focus of the medicinal chemistry research field. For this purpose, a set of methods is available to determine COX-2 expression and activity in vitro and ex vivo but it is still a problem to functionally characterize COX-2 in vivo. This review focusses on imaging agents targeting COX-2 which have been developed for positron emission tomography (PET and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT since 2005. The literature reveals that different radiochemical methods are available to synthesize COXIBs radiolabeled with fluorine-18, carbon-11, and isotopes of radioiodine. Unfortunately, most of the compounds tested did not show sufficient stability in vivo due to de[18F]fluorination or de[11C]methylation or they failed to bind specifically in the target region. So, suitable stability in vivo, matching lipophilicity for the target compartment and both high affinity and selectivity for COX-2 were identified as prominent criteria for radiotracer development. Up to now, it is not clear what approach and which model is the most suited to evaluate COX-2 targeting imaging agents in vivo. However, for proof of principle it has been shown that some radiolabeled compounds can bind specifically in COX-2 overexpressing tissue which gives hope for future work in this field.

  11. Radiolabeling of substance P with Lutetium-177 and biodistribution study in AR42J pancreatic tumor xenografted Nude mice

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    Araujo, Bortoleti de; Pujatti, Priscilla Brunelli; Barrio, Ofelia; Caldeira, Jose S.; Mengatti, Jair, E-mail: ebaraujo@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Radiopharmacy Center; Suzuki, Miriam F. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Biotecnologia

    2008-07-01

    Pancreatic tumor (PT) is a neuroendocrine neoplasm that usually origin metastases in the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. In recent years, new developments in targeted therapies have emerged and the presence of peptide receptors at the cell membrane of PT constitutes the basis of the clinical use of specific radiolabeled ligands. Substance P, an 11-amino acid peptide which has an important role in modulating pain transmission trough neurokinin 1 and 2 receptors (NKr), may play a role in the pathogenesis of PT, because approximately 10% of these tumors over express NKr. The aim of the present work was to produce a pure and stable SP analog (DOTA-SP) radiolabeled with Lutetium-177 ({sup 177}Lu), and to evaluate its in vivo target to AR42J pancreatic tumor cells in Nude mice in other to verify if SP can be used in this pancreatic tumor detection and treatment. {sup 177}Lu (half-life 6.7 days) has both β and γ-emissions suitable for radiotherapy and imaging respectively. Substance P was successfully labeled with high yield (>99%) at optimized conditions and kept stable for more than 72 hours at 4 deg C and 24 hours in human plasma. Biodistribution studies showed that SP excretion was mainly performed by renal pathway. In addition, {sup 177}Lu-DOTA-SP showed higher uptake by tumor than normal pancreas, indicating the presence of NK receptors in AR42J pancreatic tumor. (author)

  12. The detection of axillary lymph node metastases from breast cancer by radiolabelled monoclonal antibodies: a prospective study

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    Tjandra, J.J. (Melbourne Univ., Parkville (Australia) Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville (Australia)); Sacks, N.P.M.; Thompson, C.H. (Melbourne Univ., Parkville (Australia)) (and others)

    1989-02-01

    Two murine monoclonal antibodies that react with human breast cancer (3E1.2 and RCC-1) were labelled with {sup 131}iodine, and the radiolabelled antibody was injected into 40 patients, 36 of whom had breast cancer and the remaining four of whom had fibroadenoma (the normal, contralateral axilla was used as a control). Immunoscintigraphy had an overall sensitivity of 33% (23% with {sup 131}I-3E1.2 and 5% with {sup 131}I-RCC-1) for the detection of lymph node metastases and a specificity of 63% (67% with {sup 131}I-3E1.2 and 60% with {sup 131}I-RCC-1) with problems of non-specific uptake by presumably normal lymph nodes. The results of immunoscintigraphy obtained with {sup 131}I-RCC-1 (IgG) were superior to {sup 131}I-3E1.2 (IgM) although the accuracy of immunoscintigraphy using {sup 131}I-RCC-1 (56%) was not much better than preoperative clinical assessment (50%). However, there were cases when immunoscintigraphy using radiolabelled antibody (IgM or IgG) detected axillary lymph node metastases not suspected by clinical examination. Thus it appears that while immunoscintigraphy may be a useful adjunct to preoperative clinical assessment and is simple and safe, a major improvement in its accuracy is needed before it can replace axillary dissection and histological examination in the accurate staging of axilla in breast cancer. (author).

  13. Optimized Solid Phase-Assisted Synthesis of Dendrons Applicable as Scaffolds for Radiolabeled Bioactive Multivalent Compounds Intended for Molecular Imaging

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    Gabriel Fischer

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Dendritic structures, being highly homogeneous and symmetric, represent ideal scaffolds for the multimerization of bioactive molecules and thus enable the synthesis of compounds of high valency which are e.g., applicable in radiolabeled form as multivalent radiotracers for in vivo imaging. As the commonly applied solution phase synthesis of dendritic scaffolds is cumbersome and time-consuming, a synthesis strategy was developed that allows for the efficient assembly of acid amide bond-based highly modular dendrons on solid support via standard Fmoc solid phase peptide synthesis protocols. The obtained dendritic structures comprised up to 16 maleimide functionalities and were derivatized on solid support with the chelating agent DOTA. The functionalized dendrons furthermore could be efficiently reacted with structurally variable model thiol-bearing bioactive molecules via click chemistry and finally radiolabeled with 68Ga. Thus, this solid phase-assisted dendron synthesis approach enables the fast and straightforward assembly of bioactive multivalent constructs for example applicable as radiotracers for in vivo imaging with Positron Emission Tomography (PET.

  14. MEASUREMENT OF REGIONAL BONE BLOOD FLOW IN THE CANINE MANDIBULAR RAMUS USING RADIOLABELLED TOAD RED BLOOD CELLS

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    毛驰; 王翰章

    1994-01-01

    Toad red blood cells were used to measure regional bone blood flow in the canine mandibular ramus.The blood cells were labelled with sodium pertechnetate and fixed in 10% formalin;they were 22×15 μm in size and had a specific gravity close to that of dog red blood cells.These cells had no discernible effect on systemic hemody-namics after injection,did not agglutinate,were well mixed and evenly distributed throughout the body,and were completely extracted in one circulation through the mandible.The mandibular ramus was divided into six regions,and the blood flow rates in each were found to be similar to those reported in previous studies with radiolabelled carbonized,microspheres.Furthermore,the blood flow distribution pattern of the mandibular ramus determined in this study was identical to that of our previous study using the bone-seeking radionuclide method.We suggest that radiolabelled toad red blood cells are an ideal marker for measuring regional blood flow in the canine mandible.

  15. Synthesis, radiolabeling and quality control of {sup 111}In-DOTA-bevacizumab for radioimmunoscintigraphy of VEGF receptors

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    Khorami-Moghadam, A.; Jalilian, A.R.; Yavari, K.; Alirezapour, B.; Mazidi, M.; Mirzaii, M. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-11-01

    In this study, bevacizumab was successively labeled with {sup 111}In-InCl{sub 3} after conjugation with DOTA-NHS-ester followed by molecular filtration and determination of the average number ofDOTAconjugated per mAb (6:1) by spectrophotometric method. Radiochemical purity (> 97%, measured by ITLC and HPLC), integrity of protein after radiolabeling (gel electrophoresis) and stability of {sup 111}In-DOTA-Bevacizumab (in final formulation, human serum, liver/kidney homogenates) were determined in 24-72 h as well as biodistribution studies in wild-type rats and human colon cancer (SW-480) bearing mice. The accumulation of the radiolabeled antibody was consistent with the former reported Bevacizumab conjugates. Significant tumor uptake (8%) was observed at 72 h p.i. Tumor/muscle uptake ratios were 2.6 (24 h), 9.74 (48 h) and 25 (72 h). {sup 111}In-DOTA-Bevacizumab was prepared as a SPECT molecular imaging agent for diagnosis and follow-up of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) expression in oncology. (orig.)

  16. Strategies for radiolabeling of commercial TiO{sub 2} nanopowder as a tool for sensitive nanoparticle detection in complex matrices

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    Hildebrand, Heike, E-mail: h.hildebrand@hzdr.de; Schymura, Stefan [Institute of Resource Ecology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf (Germany); Holzwarth, Uwe; Gibson, Neil; Dalmiglio, Matteo [Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission, Nanobiosciences Unit, Joint Research Centre (Italy); Franke, Karsten [Institute of Resource Ecology, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden - Rossendorf (Germany)

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    Detection and quantification of engineered nanoparticles (NPs) in complex environmental or biological media is a major challenge since NP concentrations are generally expected to be low compared to elemental background levels. This study presents three different options for radiolabeling of commercial titania NP (TiO{sub 2}-NP, AEROXIDE{sup ®} P25, Evonik Industries, mean diameter 21 nm) for particle detection, localization, and tracing under various experimental conditions. The radiolabeling procedures ensure stability and consistency of important particle properties such as size and morphology. With the presented radiolabeling methods, detection (and quantification) limits for TiO{sub 2}-NPs in concentrations as low as 0.5 ng/L can be realized in complex systems without the necessity of intense sample purification or pretreatment.

  17. Changes in sexual behaviour and semen quality associated with age and type of enclosure of Saint Croix rams in different seasons of the year

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    Sandra Ivon Santos

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to evaluate sexual behaviour and semen quality of St. Croix ram lambs bred in a semi-desert region. In Experiment 1, 24 yearling rams were assigned to two groups: T1 with 12 males confined for 11 months; T2 with 12 males confined individually for the same period of time. In Experiment 2, 20 four-month-old ram lambs were assigned to two groups of 10 animals each. In each experiment, sexual behaviour and semen quality were evaluated every 2 weeks over 11 months. In Experiment 1, rams that were individually confined showed better sexual activity than lambs confined together (P<0.05, whereas in Experiment 2 ram lambs confined individually only showed shorter time to first mount with ejaculation (P<0.05. In experiment 1, sperm with better progressive motility (P<0.05 was recorded per yearling ram confined individually (63.4±0.2% in comparison with rams confined together (51.60.1%. In Experiment 2, ram lambs confined together showed better semen quality (P˂0.05. In both trials, an effect of the season was observed on both sexual behaviour and semen quality (P<0.05. In conclusion, this study of St. Croix males showed different sexual behaviours according to age and type of enclosure.

  18. La Obra de Juan Ramón Jiménez como elaboración vivida del concepto del absoluto

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    Jensen, Hans Julio Casado

    2002-01-01

    Juan Ramón Jiménez, spansk litteratur, 20. århundredes litteratur, forhold litteratur og filosofi, forfatterbiografi.......Juan Ramón Jiménez, spansk litteratur, 20. århundredes litteratur, forhold litteratur og filosofi, forfatterbiografi....

  19. Santiago Ramón y Cajal: Cien años de un premio Nobel.

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    Lilian Chuaire

    2009-01-01

    “Mi atención perseguía, en el vergel de la sustancia gris, células de formas delicadas y elegantes, las misteriosas mariposas del alma, cuyo batir de alas quién sabe si esclarecerá algún día el secreto de la vida mental” Con estas cortas y ensoñadoras líneas quiso Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) explicar en sus “Recuerdos de mi vida” las motivaciones internas que lo llevaron a dedicarse, de manera exclusiva, a la exploración del sistema nervioso hacia 1887, cuando contaba con 35 años de...

  20. Successful ram semen cryopreservation with lyophilized egg yolk-based extender.

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    Alcay, Selim; Berk Toker, M; Gokce, Elif; Ustuner, Burcu; Tekin Onder, N; Sagirkaya, Hakan; Nur, Zekariya; Kemal Soylu, M

    2015-10-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of lyophilized egg yolk extender on ram semen cryopreservation. Ejaculates with a thick consistency, rapid wave motion (3-5 on a 0-5 scale) and >75% initial motility were pooled. Sperm were diluted to final concentration of 1/5 (semen/extender) in lyophilized egg yolk or fresh egg yolk extenders using two-step dilution method. The equilibrated semen was frozen in 0.25 mL straws. Semen samples were assessed for sperm motility, plasma membrane functional integrity using hypoosmotic swelling test (HOST), damaged acrosome using FITC-Pisum sativum agglutinin (PSA-FITC) and DNA integrity using terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL) at three time points: after dilution with extender A, equilibration and post-thaw. The results showed that freezing and thawing procedures (dilution, equilibration and thawing) had negative effects on motility (Pram semen.

  1. Ramón Torres Méndez y la pintura de tipos y costumbres

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    Efraín Sánchez Cabra

    1991-09-01

    Full Text Available En 1940, al anunciar la publicación de 37 "escenas de costumbres" de Ramón Torres Méndez, la revista Cromos lo presentó como "el pintor más famoso de Colombia". A juzgar por casi un siglo de testimonios, Cromos no exageraba. Hasta mediados del siglo XX las "escenas de costumbres" de Torres Méndez fueron uno de los recursos más frecuentemente utilizados en los periódicos y revistas locales para la ilustración de relatos de viajes, descripciones de tradiciones y costumbres bogotanas y aun para la publicidad de industrias y casas comerciales. Hasta mediados del presente siglo, los escasos críticos y comentaristas del arte nacional fueron unánimes en situar a Torres Méndez como el pintor más notable de la Nueva Granada en el siglo XIX.

  2. Rhamnolipid production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa OG1 using waste frying oil and ram horn peptone

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    Özdal, Murat; Gürkök, Sümeyra; Özdal, Özlem Gür; Kurbanoǧlu, Esabi Başaran

    2017-04-01

    Agro-industrial by-products are being explored as alternative low-cost nutrients for various bioprocesses. In this work, the applicability of ram horn peptone (RHP) and waste frying oil were investigated for rhamnolipid production by Pseudomonas aeruginosa as the sole nitrogen and carbon sources, respectively. The rhamnolipid yield was considerably influenced by the type of organic nitrogen source. Among the tested organic nitrogen sources, RHP proved to be the best nitrogen source for both biomass and rhamnolipid production. RHP was also tested at different concentrations and 10 g/L RHP resulted in the greatest yield of rhamnolipid (12.1 g/L) in the presence of waste frying oil as the sole carbon source. These results revealed that rhamnolipid could be produced efficiently and cost effectively by P. aeruginosa OG1 using RHP and waste frying oil.

  3. Design of Combustor for Long-range Ram-jet Engine and Performance of Rectangular Analog

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    Rayle, Warren D; Koch, Richard G

    1954-01-01

    The report describes the design of a piloted combustor intended for a ram-jet engine of long flight range. The unit comprises a large annular basket of V-type cross-section, the inner surface of which is slotted and bent into small V-gutters. At the trailing edge of the basket, eight V-gutters are used to propagate the flame into the main stream. A rectangular analog of this combustor was tested at air-flow conditions corresponding to those that might be obtained during cruise. At these conditions, combustion efficiencies of as much as 90 percent were calculated for the combustor at the design equivalence ratio of 0.52. The performance of the unit was relatively insensitive to mounting and flow variables; the greatest effect on efficiency was that of the manner and location of the fuel injection. A full-scale version of this combustor has been designed for a 48-inch-diameter engine.

  4. Simulation of atmospheric aerosols in East Asia using modeling system RAMS-CMAQ: Model evaluation

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    2007-01-01

    The modeling system RAMS-CMAQ is applied in this paper to East Asia to simulate the temporo-spatial concentration distributions of atmospheric aerosols. For evaluating its performances, modeled concentrations of aerosols such as sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, black carbon and organic carbon were compared with observations obtained in East Asia on board of two aircrafts in the springtime of 2001. The comparison showed generally good agreement, and, in particular, that the modeling system captured most of the important observed features, including vertical gradients of the aerosols of the Asian outflow over the western Pacific. The evaluation results provide us with much confidence for further use of the modeling system to investigate the transport and transformation processes of atmospheric aerosols over East Asia and to assess their impacts on the Earth's radiation budget.

  5. Knitted radar absorbing materials (RAM) based on nickel-cobalt magnetic materials

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    Teber, Ahmet; Unver, Ibrahim; Kavas, Huseyin; Aktas, Bekir; Bansal, Rajeev

    2016-05-01

    There has been a long-standing interest in the development of flexible, lightweight, thin, and reconfigurable radar absorbing materials (RAM) for military applications such as camouflaging ground-based hardware against airborne radar observation. The use of polymeric Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fabrics as a host matrix for magnetic metal nano-particles (either at the yarn-stage or after weaving the fabric) for shielding and absorbing applications has been described in the literature. In our experimental investigation, the relative concentrations of Nickel and Cobalt as well as the coating time are varied with a view to optimizing the microwave absorption characteristics of the resulting PAN-based composite material in the radar-frequency bands (X, Ku, and K). It is found that the PAN samples with the shortest coating time have the best return losses (under -20 dB return loss over a moderate bandwidth).

  6. RAMS Model for Terrestrial Pathways Version 3. 0 (for microcomputers). Model-Simulation

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    Niebla, E.

    1989-01-01

    The RAMS Model for Terrestrial Pathways is a computer program for calculation of numeric criteria for land application and distribution and marketing of sludges under the sewage-sludge regulations at 40 CFR Part 503. The risk-assessment models covered assume that municipal sludge with specified characteristics is spread across a defined area of ground at a known rate once each year for a given number of years. Risks associated with direct land application of sludge applied after distribution and marketing are both calculated. The computer program calculates the maximum annual loading of contaminants that can be land applied and still meet the risk criteria specified as input. Software Description: The program is written in the Turbo/Basic programming language for implementation on IBM PC/AT or compatible machines using DOS 3.0 or higher operating system. Minimum core storage is 512K.

  7. Hygrothermal analysis of a stabilised rammed earth test building in the UK

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    Allinson, David [Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Hall, Matthew [Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics, Division of Materials, Mechanics and Structures, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2010-06-15

    This paper describes the analysis of the hygrothermal behaviours of stabilised rammed earth (SRE) walls used in a building in the UK. The analysis was achieved by computer simulation using WUFI Plus v1.2 whole building hygrothermal analysis software. To validate the model, an unoccupied test room in an unheated SRE building was monitored for 10 months. The hygrothermal properties of the SRE material were measured in the laboratory. It is shown that the SRE walls significantly reduced the amplitude of relative humidity fluctuations in the room air and reduced the frequency of high humidity periods at the wall surface. By adapting the model to represent an occupied and conditioned space, it is demonstrated that SRE walls have the potential to reduce the energy demand for humidification/dehumidification plant. (author)

  8. Mutations in the RAM network confer resistance to the thiol oxidant 4,4'-dipyridyl disulfide

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    López-Mirabal, H Reynaldo; Winther, Jakob R; Thorsen, Michael

    2008-01-01

    might relate to bypass for abnormal septum-associated protein sorting. The broad resistance toward oxidants (DPS, diamide and H(2)O(2)) of the Deltacts1 strain links cell wall function to the resistance to oxidative stress and suggests the existence of targets that are common for these oxidants.......Thiol oxidants are expected to have multiple effects in living cells. Hence, mutations giving resistance to such agents are likely to reveal important targets and/or mechanisms influencing the cellular capacity to withstand thiol oxidation. A screen for mutants resistant to the thiol......-specific oxidant dipyridyl disulfide (DPS) yielded tao3-516, which is impaired in the function of the RAM signaling network protein Tao3/Pag1p. We suggest that the DPS-resistance of the tao3-516 mutant might be due to deficient cell-cycle-regulated production of the chitinase Cts1p, which functions in post...

  9. Forecasting wind power production from a wind farm using the RAMS model

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    Tiriolo, L.; Torcasio, R. C.; Montesanti, S.;

    2015-01-01

    The importance of wind power forecast is commonly recognized because it represents a useful tool for grid integration and facilitates the energy trading. This work considers an example of power forecast for a wind farm in the Apennines in Central Italy. The orography around the site is complex...... and the horizontal resolution of the wind forecast has an important role. To explore this point we compared the performance of two 48 h wind power forecasts using the winds predicted by the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (RAMS) for the year 2011. The two forecasts differ only for the horizontal resolution...... of the ECMWF Integrated Forecasting System (IFS), whose horizontal resolution over Central Italy is about 25 km at the time considered in this paper. Because wind observations were not available for the site, the power curve for the whole wind farm was derived from the ECMWF wind operational analyses available...

  10. Caracterización molecular de Guadua angustifolia Kunth mediante marcadores moleculares RAMs

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    Paula Andrea Rugeles-Silva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Guadua angustifolia Kunth es un bambú del Neotrópico que se distribuye principalmente en la región Andina. En la región del Eje Cafetero colombiano esta especie presenta gran importancia por su utilización en la construcción, industrialización y fabricación de muebles y artesanías. Para conocer la diversidad genética de nueve materiales superiores de G. angustifolia seleccionados previamente por sus características morfológicas y físico-mecánicas se realizó una caracterización molecular usando marcadores moleculares RAMs. Se obtuvo un valor de He = 0.31 y un porcentaje de loci polimórfico de 81.03% lo que indica una alta diversidad genética de los materiales evaluados.

  11. Programming scheme based optimization of hybrid 4T-2R OxRAM NVSRAM

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    Majumdar, Swatilekha; Kingra, Sandeep Kaur; Suri, Manan

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, we present a novel single-cycle programming scheme for 4T-2R NVSRAM, exploiting pulse engineered input signals. OxRAM devices based on 3 nm thick bi-layer active switching oxide and 90 nm CMOS technology node were used for all simulations. The cell design is implemented for real-time non-volatility rather than last-bit, or power-down non-volatility. Detailed analysis of the proposed single-cycle, parallel RRAM device programming scheme is presented in comparison to the two-cycle sequential RRAM programming used for similar 4T-2R NVSRAM bit-cells. The proposed single-cycle programming scheme coupled with the 4T-2R architecture leads to several benefits such as- possibility of unconventional transistor sizing, 50% lower latency, 20% improvement in SNM and ∼20× reduced energy requirements, when compared against two-cycle programming approach.

  12. Variabilidad genética de Hartón del Valle mediante RAM

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    Ana M Piedrahíta

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El Hartón del Valle (HV hace parte de las siete razas criollas de ganado bovino colombiano y de acuerdo con los criterios de la FAO está considerado como vulnerable. Para estudiar su variabilidad genética fueron muestreados 33 individuos HV y tres animales de la raza Holstein, como control externo. Se extrajo ADN utilizando el método de Salting Out y las muestras fueron analizadas mediante la técnica molecular RAM (Randon amplified microsatellites. Se utilizaron los cebadores CGA, CCA, TG, y CT. El valor promedio de heterocigosidad esperada fue de 0.26 y el F ST fue 0.39 ± 0.03. Con el índice de Dice-Nei Li y agrupando con el método UPGMA se distinguieron dos grupos: uno integrado por dos hatos de conservación y el otro por cuatro fincas que han compartido reproductores.

  13. Ramón J. Sender tra verità e finzione, con epilogo cinematografico

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    Arianna Fiore

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The Spanish cultural renaissance of the first three decades of the 20th century was interrupted in 1936, when intellectuals abandoned their aesthetic ambitions to describe war. However, some writers were immune to the aesthetic charm of the period. Ramón J. Sender in the 20s used a testimonial style in his journalistic collaborations and in the 30s approached reality for militant purposes, thus anticipating the hybridization of reality and fiction. He narrated the Casas Viejas anarchist revolt in his news reports (1933 and in two narrative reworks, Casas viejas (1933 and Viaje a la aldea del crimen (1934. Fifty years later, the meeting of fiction and reality and the hybridity of genres will also characterize the narrative approach adopted by cinema in narrating the same facts.

  14. Jellyfish: The origin and distribution of extreme ram-pressure stripping events in massive galaxy clusters

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    McPartland, Conor; Roediger, Elke; Blumenthal, Kelly

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the observational signatures and physical origin of ram-pressure stripping (RPS) in 63 massive galaxy clusters at $z=0.3-0.7$, based on images obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. Using a training set of a dozen "jellyfish" galaxies identified earlier in the same imaging data, we define morphological criteria to select 211 additional, less obvious cases of RPS. Spectroscopic follow-up observations of 124 candidates so far confirmed 53 as cluster members. For the brightest and most favourably aligned systems we visually derive estimates of the projected direction of motion based on the orientation of apparent compression shocks and debris trails. Our findings suggest that the onset of these events occurs primarily at large distances from the cluster core ($>400$ kpc), and that the trajectories of the affected galaxies feature high impact parameters. Simple models show that such trajectories are highly improbable for galaxy infall along filaments but common for infall at high velocities, eve...

  15. En femenino: Apuntes sobre la obra de Esperanza Barroso y Raquel Ramírez

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    Andrés Leonardo Caballero Piza

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available El siguiente artículo proporciona algunas coordenadas de interpretación para la obra de las artistas santandereanas Esperanza Barroso y Raquel Ramírez, desde los conceptos de currículo oculto y micropolítica, y desde diversas fuentes documentales de carácter historiográfico (catálogos, folletos, recortes de prensa y entrevistas. Mediante el concepto de currículo oculto se reconstruye de forma general el ámbito en que fueron educadas ambas artistas, mientras que con el de micropolítica se inscriben sus obras en las preocupaciones del arte colombiano de los setentas, que giraron en torno de los modos de representación del cuerpo desde el deseo individual, la emancipación subjetiva y las restricciones jurídicas del Estado.

  16. Historia de una amistad: Ramón Sender y Carmen Laforet desde sus exilios

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    Emilia De Zuleta

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Carmen Laforet's Nada received the first prize in the Nadal Awards in 1944. Although the novel was highly praised inside Spain, two of its interpretations made in the exile raise more interest. The first one is an article by Francisco Ayala published in the first number of Realidad, a magazine in Buenos Aires. The second interpretation, consists of a letter by Ramón Sender. This letter has been published, together with 76 other letters exchanged by him and Laforet, in Puedo contar contigo. Throughout these texts, both writers build up a sort of confesion-dialogue from which the reader can have a glimpse of their silhouettes, full of existential ups-anddowns of pain, nostalgia, depression and hope. Rolón Parada's book also illustrates a relationship between the Spain of the "inside" and that of the "outside" which took place during the Franquism.

  17. Shapley Supercluster Survey: ram-pressure stripping versus tidal interactions in the Shapley supercluster

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    Merluzzi, P.; Busarello, G.; Dopita, M. A.; Haines, C. P.; Steinhauser, D.; Bourdin, H.; Mazzotta, P.

    2016-08-01

    We present two new examples of galaxies undergoing transformation in the Shapley supercluster core. These low-mass (M_{star }˜ 0.4-1× 10^{10} M⊙) galaxies are members of the two clusters SC 1329-313 (z ˜ 0.045) and SC 1327-312 (z ˜ 0.049). Integral-field spectroscopy complemented by imaging in the ugriK bands and in Hα narrow band is used to disentangle the effects of tidal interaction (TI) and ram-pressure stripping (RPS). In both galaxies, SOS 61086 and SOS 90630, we observe one-sided extraplanar ionized gas extending respectively ˜30 and ˜41 kpc in projection from their discs. The galaxies' gaseous discs are truncated, and the kinematics of the stellar and gas components are decoupled, supporting the RPS scenario. The emission of the ionized gas extends in the direction of a possible companion for both galaxies suggesting a TI. The overall gas velocity field of SOS 61086 is reproduced by ad hoc N-body/hydrodynamical simulations of RPS acting almost face-on and starting ˜250 Myr ago, consistent with the age of the young stellar populations. A link between the observed gas stripping and the cluster-cluster interaction experienced by SC 1329-313 and A3562 is suggested. Simulations of ram pressure acting almost edge-on are able to fully reproduce the gas velocity field of SOS 90630, but cannot at the same time reproduce the extended tail of outflowing gas. This suggests that an additional disturbance from a TI is required. This study adds a piece of evidence that RPS may take place in different environments with different impacts and witnesses the possible effect of cluster-cluster merger on RPS.

  18. Carmen de Burgos y Ramón Gómez de la Serna

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    Ubach Medina, Antonio

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Carmen de Burgos, born in the southern province of Almería, arrives to Madrid at the beginning of the 20th century. She has decided to maintain her independence after an unhappy marriage and to earn her bread with her writings. She also uses them to promote different social issues, her idea of literature and the young writers who are starting their careers. Ramón Gómez de la Serna, twenty years her younger, meets her in 1908, when he is starting his career. Carmen represents the ideal woman he describes in his conference titled “The New Literature”. Along the next twenty years they share their lives, travels and writing in a rich partnership that ends suddenly in 1929 after the short flirt of Carmen’s daughter with the writer.

    Carmen de Burgos, proveniente de la sureña provincia de Almería, llega a Madrid a principios del s. XX, decidida a mantener su independencia tras un desdichado matrimonio y a ganarse la vida escribiendo, apoyando una serie de causas sociales, su idea de la literatura y los jóvenes valores. Ramón Gómez de la Serna, veinte años más joven que ella, la conoce en 1908, cuando comienza su carrera literaria. Carmen encarna el ideal de mujer que describe en su conferencia sobre “La nueva literatura”. Durante veinte años comparten vida, viajes y escritura en una fructífera compañía que termina bruscamente en 1929 tras la relación fugaz de la hija de Carmen con el escritor.

  19. JELLYFISH: EVIDENCE OF EXTREME RAM-PRESSURE STRIPPING IN MASSIVE GALAXY CLUSTERS

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    Ebeling, H.; Stephenson, L. N. [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States); Edge, A. C. [Institute for Computational Cosmology, Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE (United Kingdom)

    2014-02-01

    Ram-pressure stripping by the gaseous intracluster medium has been proposed as the dominant physical mechanism driving the rapid evolution of galaxies in dense environments. Detailed studies of this process have, however, largely been limited to relatively modest examples affecting only the outermost gas layers of galaxies in nearby and/or low-mass galaxy clusters. We here present results from our search for extreme cases of gas-galaxy interactions in much more massive, X-ray selected clusters at z > 0.3. Using Hubble Space Telescope snapshots in the F606W and F814W passbands, we have discovered dramatic evidence of ram-pressure stripping in which copious amounts of gas are first shock compressed and then removed from galaxies falling into the cluster. Vigorous starbursts triggered by this process across the galaxy-gas interface and in the debris trail cause these galaxies to temporarily become some of the brightest cluster members in the F606W passband, capable of outshining even the Brightest Cluster Galaxy. Based on the spatial distribution and orientation of systems viewed nearly edge-on in our survey, we speculate that infall at large impact parameter gives rise to particularly long-lasting stripping events. Our sample of six spectacular examples identified in clusters from the Massive Cluster Survey, all featuring M {sub F606W} < –21 mag, doubles the number of such systems presently known at z > 0.2 and facilitates detailed quantitative studies of the most violent galaxy evolution in clusters.

  20. The effect of Rift Valley fever virus Clone 13 vaccine on semen quality in rams

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    Geoff Brown

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Rift Valley fever (RVF is an arthropod-borne viral disease of importance in livestock and humans. Epidemics occur periodically in domestic ruminants. People in contact with infected livestock may develop disease that varies from mild flu-like symptoms to fatal viraemia. Livestock vaccination may assist in disease control. Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV Clone 13 is a relatively new vaccine against RVF, derived from an avirulent natural mutant strain of RVFV, and has been shown to confer protective immunity against experimental infection with RVFV. The hypothesis tested in the current trial was that rams vaccinated with RVFV Clone 13 vaccine would not experience a reduction in semen quality (measured by evaluating the percentage progressively motile and percentage morphologically normal spermatozoa in successive ejaculates relative to unvaccinated control animals. Ram lambs were screened for antibodies to RVFV using a serum neutralisation test. Animals without detectable antibodies (n = 23 were randomly allocated to either a test group (n = 12 or a control group (n = 11. Animals in the test group were vaccinated with RVFV Clone 13 vaccine. Daily rectal temperature measurements and weekly semen and blood samples were taken from all animals. Seven animals were eliminated from the statistical analysis because of potential confounding factors. Logistic regression analysis was performed on data gathered from the remaining animals to determine whether an association existed between animal group, rectal temperature and semen quality parameters. No correlation existed between the treatment group and values obtained for the semen quality parameters measured. There was no statistically significant post-vaccination decline in the percentage of live morphologically normal spermatozoa, or the percentage of progressively motile spermatozoa, either when assessed amongst all animals or when assessed within individual groups. A repeat study with a larger sample