Sample records for solubility independent determination

  1. Deep cavitand receptors with pH-independent water solubility.

    Lledó, Agustí; Rebek, Julius


    Pendant oligoethyleneglycol groups confer water solubility to a cavitand over a wide pH range. The kinetic stability of the host-guest complexes reveals an effective stabilization through hydrogen bonding even in the highly competitive aqueous environment.

  2. Angle independent velocity spectrum determination


    An ultrasound imaging system (100) includes a transducer array (102) that emits an ultrasound beam and produces at least one transverse pulse-echo field that oscillates in a direction transverse to the emitted ultrasound beam and that receive echoes produced in response thereto and a spectral vel...... velocity estimator (110) that determines a velocity spectrum for flowing structure, which flows at an angle of 90 degrees and flows at angles less than 90 degrees with respect to the emitted ultrasound beam, based on the received echoes....

  3. Issues concerning the determination of solubility products of sparingly soluble crystalline solids. Solubility of HfO{sub 2}(cr)

    Rai, Dhanpat [Rai Enviro-Chem, LLC, Yachats, OR (United States); Kitamura, Akira [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Ibaraki (Japan); Rosso, Kevin M. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States); Sasaki, Takayuki; Kobayashi, Taishi [Kyoto Univ. (Japan)


    Solubility studies were conducted with HfO{sub 2}(cr) solid as a function HCl and ionic strength ranging from 2.0 to 0.004 mol kg{sup -1}. These studies involved (1) using two different amounts of the solid phase, (2) acid washing the bulk solid phase, (3) preheating the solid phase to 1400 C, and (4) heating amorphous HfO{sub 2}(am) suspensions to 90 C to ascertain whether the HfO{sub 2}(am) converts to HfO{sub 2}(cr) and to determine the solubility from the oversaturation direction. Based on the results of these treatments it is concluded that the HfO{sub 2}(cr) contains a small fraction of less crystalline, but not amorphous, material [HfO{sub 2}(lcr)] and this, rather than the HfO{sub 2}(cr), is the solubility-controlling phase in the range of experimental variables investigated in this study. The solubility data are interpreted using both the Pitzer and SIT models and they provide log{sub 10} K{sup 0} values of -(59.75±0.35) and -(59.48±0.41), respectively, for the solubility product of HfO{sub 2}(lcr)[HfO{sub 2}(lcr) + 2H{sub 2}O ↔ Hf{sup 4+} + 4OH{sup -}]. The log{sub 10} of the solubility product of HfO{sub 2}(cr) is estimated to be < -63. The observation of a small fraction of less crystalline higher solubility material is consistent with the general picture that mineral surfaces are often structurally and/or compositionally imperfect leading to a higher solubility than the bulk crystalline solid. This study stresses the urgent need, during interpretation of solubility data, of taking precautions to make certain that the observed solubility behavior for sparingly-soluble solids is assigned to the proper solid phase.

  4. An Improved Automated Setup for Solubility Determination of Drugs

    Ahmad Ghanbari 1, Yashar Sarbaz, Vahid Jouyban-Gharamaleki, Karim Jouyban-Gharamaleki, Jafar Soleymani, Abolghasem Jouyban


    Full Text Available Background: Solubility of a drug/drug candidate is an essential information in the pharmaceutical area. Classical solubility determination method used in the laboratories are expensive and time-consuming. Attempts were made to provide an automated solubility determination setup based on a laser monitoring technique. Methods: In a previously developed setup, drug powder was added to a given quantity of the solvent which made some troubles in practical applications. The present work reports another setup which adds solvent to a given mass of the drug. The validity of the measured solubilities is checked by comparing the measured solubilities of acetaminophen at two temperatures in water and ethanol mixtures with the corresponding data from the literature. Results: The results reveal that the improved setup could overcome the limitations of the previously developed setup and could be used for drug solubility determination. Conclusion: The improved setup overcomes the troubles made in the previous setup and could be used in generating large amount of solubility data to be used in the pharmaceutical industry.

  5. Applications of laser in the field of chemical solubility determination

    Mingming Chen(陈明鸣); Peisheng Ma(马沛生); Xinxing Liu(柳新星)


    A novel experiment method for chemical solubility determination was brought forward, in which opticsand chemistry principles are united and the change of laser intensity indicates the process of chemicaldissolving. The more undissolved solid exists in the mixture of solute and solvent, the less transmittedlaser intensity is detected. Only when the transmitted laser intensity in stirring state and that in staticstate comes into equalization, the dissolving process stops. Under the help of laser intensity judgement,measurements turn to be more feasible and objective, especially at high pressure. The average relativeerrors for the solubility data determined in this paper are 2.3% for those in the minor value scope and 1.7%for those in the high value scope respectively. Comparison of the experimental solubility data with theliterature ones demonstrates that the laser-aid solubility determination apparatus is stable and reliable.

  6. Anisotropic strain enhanced hydrogen solubility in bcc metals: the independence on the sign of strain.

    Zhou, Hong-Bo; Jin, Shuo; Zhang, Ying; Lu, Guang-Hong; Liu, Feng


    When an impurity is doped in a solid, it inevitably induces a local stress, tending to expand or contract the lattice. Consequently, strain can be applied to change the solubility of impurity in a solid. Generally, the solubility responds to strain "monotonically," increasing (decreasing) with the tensile (compressive) strain if the impurity induces a compressive stress or vice versa. Using first-principles calculations, however, we discovered that the H solubility can be enhanced by anisotropic strain in some bcc metals, almost independent of the sign of strain. This anomalous behavior is found to be caused by a continuous change of H location induced by anisotropic strain. Our finding suggests a cascading effect of H bubble formation in bcc metals: the H solution leads to H bubble formation that induces anisotropic strain that in turn enhances H solubility to further facilitate bubble growth.

  7. Solubility determination as an alternative to migration measurements.

    Bodai, Zsolt; Jakab, Péter Pál; Novák, Márton; Nyiri, Zoltán; Szabó, Bálint Sámuel; Rikker, Tamás; Eke, Zsuzsanna


    Solubility values for six UV stabilisers (Cyasorb UV-1164, Tinuvin P, Tinuvin 234, Tinuvin 326, Tinuvin 327 and Tinuvin 1577) and five antioxidants (Irgafos 168, Irganox 1010, Irganox 3114, Irganox 3790 and Irganox 565) were determined in all the liquid food simulants (3% (m/V) acetic acid-water mixture, 10% (V/V), 20% (V/V), 50% (V/V) ethanol-water mixture and vegetable oil) proposed in European Union Regulation No. 10/2011/EC, as well as in fruit juice and cola drink. The applied method was obtained by modification of the method for the determination of water solubility as described in OECD guideline Test No. 105. By using ultrasonication and shorter equilibration time, the time demand of the solubility determinations were decreased notably. Solubility values proved to be lower than the specific migration limits (as specified in 10/2011/EC) at 25 °C for almost all target compounds in food simulants A, B, C and D1 as well as in fruit juice and cola drink. The exceptions were Tinuvin P and Irganox 3790 in simulant D1. The solubility in food simulant D2 was higher than 1000 µg ml(-1) for all target compounds. These results show that the solubility of some additives in food simulants can be so low that it makes migration studies for certain additive-food simulant pairs dispensable.

  8. Solubility determination from clear points upon solvent addition

    Reus, M.A.; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der; Horst, J.H. ter


    A method is described for determining the solubility of multicomponent crystalline compounds from clear points upon sample dilution at a constant temperature. Clear points are established by continuously adding a solvent mixture to a suspension of known composition until a clear solution appears. Fo

  9. Determination of Carboxylic Acids and Water-soluble Inorganic Ions ...


    radiation balance.4,5 Major water-soluble inorganic ions are associated with ... central area and major road systems and possible aerosol sources include biomass ..... Tanzania than at European rural sites32 and Asia.33,34. To determine the ...

  10. Determination and Correlation for Solubility of Aromatic Acids in Solvents


    Solubility of benzoic acid, terephthalic acid and 2,6-naphthalene dicarboxylic acid in water, acetic acid, N,N-dimethyfformamide, N,N-dimethylacetamide, dimethyl sulphoxide and N-methyl-2-ketopyrrolidine were measured by dynamic method. The solubilities were calculated by UNIFAC group contribution method, in which new groups, BCCOOH and NCCOOH, were introduced to express the activity coefficients of aromatic acids and new interaction parameters of the new groups were expressed as the function of temperature, which were determined from the experimental data. The new interaction parameters provided good calculated result. The experimental data were also correlated with Wilson and λ-h models, and results were compared with present UNIFAC model.

  11. Quality Determinants of Independent Audits of Banks

    José Alves Dantas


    Full Text Available Since DeAngelo's study (1981 on audit quality, the latter has been a topic well discussed in the international accounting literature; however, there is little evidence about audit quality in the financial market. In Brazil, studies on audit quality began only in the 2000s, although without a specific focus on banks. The purpose of this study was to identify the quality determinants of audit work in Brazilian banking institutions. Using the practice of earnings management as a proxy for audit quality - more specifically, the discretionary accruals related to the process of the constitution of the Loan Loss Provision (LLP - tests were performed based on the quarterly information of commercial and multipleservice banks and savings banks from 2001 to 2012. Empirical tests have shown that the quality of audit work has several types of relationships as follows: negative with the client importance level for the auditor; negative with the works after the sixth year of the contract; positive with the establishment of the Audit Committee by the banks; positive with the judgment of punitive administrative proceedings against independent auditors; and positive with the level of rigor of the regulatory environment. Of the tested hypotheses, three were not confirmed empirically. The first hypothesis predicted an association between audit quality and the auditor degree of specialization in the banking industry. The second hypothesis predicted that audit quality would be negatively correlated with the degree of concentration of audit activity within the National Financial System (Sistema Financeiro Nacional - SFN. The third hypothesis predicted that audit quality would be lower when the auditorclient relationship is of a short term. The results of the study contribute to the debate concerning the role of auditors in the transparency and solidity of the financial system, including their role as a complementary or auxiliary supervisor.

  12. Vesicle-independent extracellular release of a proinflammatory outer membrane lipoprotein in free-soluble form

    Oscarsson Jan


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is an oral bacterium associated with aggressively progressing periodontitis. Extracellular release of bacterial outer membrane proteins has been suggested to mainly occur via outer membrane vesicles. This study investigated the presence and conservation of peptidoglycan-associated lipoprotein (AaPAL among A. actinomycetemcomitans strains, the immunostimulatory effect of AaPAL, and whether live cells release this structural outer membrane lipoprotein in free-soluble form independent of vesicles. Results The pal locus and its gene product were confirmed in clinical A. actinomycetemcomitans strains by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism and immunoblotting. Culturing under different growth conditions revealed no apparent requirement for the AaPAL expression. Inactivation of pal in a wild-type strain (D7S and in its spontaneous laboratory variant (D7SS resulted in pleiotropic cellular effects. In a cell culture insert model (filter pore size 0.02 μm, AaPAL was detected from filtrates when strains D7S and D7SS were incubated in serum or broth in the inserts. Electron microscopy showed that A. actinomycetemcomitans vesicles (0.05–0.2 μm were larger than the filter pores and that there were no vesicles in the filtrates. The filtrates were immunoblot negative for a cytoplasmic marker, cyclic AMP (cAMP receptor protein. An ex vivo model indicated cytokine production from human whole blood stimulated by AaPAL. Conclusion Free-soluble AaPAL can be extracellularly released in a process independent of vesicles.

  13. Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Determination

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Section 1899A of the Social Security Act requires the Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine by April 30, 2013, and...

  14. The ultimate determinants of central bank independence

    Eijffinger, S.C.W.; Schaling, E.


    Using a graphical method, a new way of determining the optimal degree of central bank conservativeness is developed in this paper. Unlike Lohmann (1992) and Rogoff (1985), we are able to express the upper and lower bounds of the interval containing the optimal degree of conservativeness in terms of

  15. The ultimate determinants of central bank independence

    Eijffinger, S.C.W.; Schaling, E.


    Using a graphical method, a new way of determining the optimal degree of central bank conservativeness is developed in this paper. Unlike Lohmann (1992) and Rogoff (1985), we are able to express the upper and lower bounds of the interval containing the optimal degree of conservativeness in terms of

  16. Determination of solubility of uranium in liquid sodium

    YANG Tongzai; XING Pifeng; YE Shiyou; LONG Kaiming; FU Zhonghua; HE Yuhui; JIANG Tao


    An experimental technique has been developed which overcomes the two major problems common to liquid metal solubility measurements, namely, maintaining the integrity of the samples during transfer of the liquid sodium from container to whatever device is used for analysis and detecting solute at very low concentration in liquid sodium. The solubility of uranium in liquid sodium has been measured over the temperature range 150~400℃, by equilibration and sampling technique, the solubility of uranium is approximately 0.00001%.

  17. Determination of radionuclide solubility limits to be used in SR 97. Uncertainties associated to calculated solubilities

    Bruno, J.; Cera, E.; Duro, L.; Jordana, S. [QuantiSci S.L., Barcelona (Spain); Pablo, J. de [DEQ-UPC, Barcelona (Spain); Savage, D. [QuantiSci Ltd., Henley-on-Thames (United Kingdom)


    The thermochemical behaviour of 24 critical radionuclides for the forthcoming SR97 PA exercise is discussed. The available databases are reviewed and updated with new data and an extended database for aqueous and solid species of the radionuclides of interest is proposed. We have calculated solubility limits for the radionuclides of interest under different groundwater compositions. A sensitivity analysis of the calculated solubilities with the composition of the groundwater is presented. Besides selecting the most likely solubility limiting phases, in this work we have used coprecipitation approaches in order to calculate more realistic solubility limits for minor radionuclides, such as Ra, Am and Cm. The comparison between the calculated solubilities and the concentrations measured in relevant natural systems (NA) and in spent fuel leaching experiments helps to assess the validity of the methodology used and to derive source term concentrations for the radionuclides studied. The uncertainties associated to the solubilities of the main radionuclides involved in the spent nuclear fuel have also been discussed in this work. The variability of the groundwater chemistry; redox conditions and temperature of the system have been considered the main factors affecting the solubilities. In this case, a sensitivity analysis has been performed in order to study solubility changes as a function of these parameters. The uncertainties have been calculated by including the values found in a major extent in typical granitic groundwaters. The results obtained from this analysis indicate that there are some radionuclides which are not affected by these parameters, i.e. Ag, Cm, Ho, Nb, Ni, Np, Pu, Se, Sm, Sn, Sr, Tc and U

  18. High throughput UV method for the estimation of thermodynamic solubility and the determination of the solubility in biorelevant media.

    Bard, Bruno; Martel, Sophie; Carrupt, Pierre-Alain


    The growing interest for high quality solubility data in the early stages of drug discovery suggested a detailed optimization of experimental conditions for a 96-well HTS UV method in order to obtain solubility values close to thermodynamic solubility measured by shake-flask method. Results have shown that solubility data obtained by the HTS approach were highly dependent on shaking intensity and incubation times due to the formation of supersaturated solutions resulting from the dilution of DMSO stock solutions in aqueous buffer. Thus, careful experimental set-up was developed to improve the quality and the reproducibility of the HTS method. Moreover, the early qualitative prediction of bioavailability and absorption of orally administered drugs require more and more biorelevant solubility values in drug discovery programs. Thus, the optimized HTS method was also adapted to measure solubility directly in FaSSIF and FeSSIF media. The versatile HTS UV approach presented in this paper provides a unique and reliable way to determine solubility in various experimental conditions.

  19. Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders

    Edelhaeuser, Lisa


    By the end of the year 2011, both the CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have recorded around 5 inverse femtobarns of data at an energy of 7 TeV. There are only vague hints from the already analysed data towards new physics at the TeV scale. However, one knows that around this scale, new physics should show up so that theoretical issues of the standard model of particle physics can be cured. During the last decades, extensions to the standard model that are supposed to solve its problems have been constructed, and the corresponding phenomenology has been worked out. As soon as new physics is discovered, one has to deal with the problem of determining the nature of the underlying model. A first hint is of course given by the mass spectrum and quantum numbers such as electric and colour charges of the new particles. However, there are two popular model classes, supersymmetric models and extradimensional models, which can exhibit almost equal properties at the accessible energy range. Both introduce partners to the standard model particles with the same charges and thus one needs an extended discrimination method. From the origin of these partners arises a relevant difference: The partners constructed in extradimensional models have the same spin as their standard model partners while in Supersymmetry they differ by spin 1/2. These different spins have an impact on the phenomenology of the two models. For example, one can exploit the fact that the total cross sections are affected, but this requires a very good knowledge of the couplings and masses involved. Another approach uses angular distributions depending on the particle spins. A prevailing method based on this idea uses the invariant mass distribution of the visible particles in decay chains. One can relate these distributions to the spin of the particle mediating the decay since it reflects itself in the highest power of the invariant mass s{sub ff} of the adjacent particles. In this thesis

  20. Model independent spin determination at hadron colliders

    Edelhaeuser, Lisa


    By the end of the year 2011, both the CMS and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have recorded around 5 inverse femtobarns of data at an energy of 7 TeV. There are only vague hints from the already analysed data towards new physics at the TeV scale. However, one knows that around this scale, new physics should show up so that theoretical issues of the standard model of particle physics can be cured. During the last decades, extensions to the standard model that are supposed to solve its problems have been constructed, and the corresponding phenomenology has been worked out. As soon as new physics is discovered, one has to deal with the problem of determining the nature of the underlying model. A first hint is of course given by the mass spectrum and quantum numbers such as electric and colour charges of the new particles. However, there are two popular model classes, supersymmetric models and extradimensional models, which can exhibit almost equal properties at the accessible energy range. Both introduce partners to the standard model particles with the same charges and thus one needs an extended discrimination method. From the origin of these partners arises a relevant difference: The partners constructed in extradimensional models have the same spin as their standard model partners while in Supersymmetry they differ by spin 1/2. These different spins have an impact on the phenomenology of the two models. For example, one can exploit the fact that the total cross sections are affected, but this requires a very good knowledge of the couplings and masses involved. Another approach uses angular distributions depending on the particle spins. A prevailing method based on this idea uses the invariant mass distribution of the visible particles in decay chains. One can relate these distributions to the spin of the particle mediating the decay since it reflects itself in the highest power of the invariant mass s{sub ff} of the adjacent particles. In this thesis

  1. Cleavage-Independent HIV-1 Env Trimers Engineered as Soluble Native Spike Mimetics for Vaccine Design

    Shailendra Kumar Sharma


    Full Text Available Viral glycoproteins mediate entry by pH-activated or receptor-engaged activation and exist in metastable pre-fusogenic states that may be stabilized by directed rational design. As recently reported, the conformationally fixed HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env trimers in the pre-fusion state (SOSIP display molecular homogeneity and structural integrity at relatively high levels of resolution. However, the SOSIPs necessitate full Env precursor cleavage, which requires endogenous furin overexpression. Here, we developed an alternative strategy using flexible peptide covalent linkage of Env subdomains to produce soluble, homogeneous, and cleavage-independent Env mimics, called native flexibly linked (NFL trimers, as vaccine candidates. This simplified design avoids the need for furin co-expression and, in one case, antibody affinity purification to accelerate trimer scale-up for preclinical and clinical applications. We have successfully translated the NFL design to multiple HIV-1 subtypes, establishing the potential to become a general method of producing native-like, well-ordered Env trimers for HIV-1 or other viruses.

  2. Determination of solubility parameters for poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates).

    Terada, M; Marchessault, R H


    The three dimensional solubility parameters defined by Hansen are based on dispersion forces between structural units, interaction between polar groups and hydrogen bonding. For polar polymers such as poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates), P(3HA), this approach was used to obtain the three coordinates of a solubility parameter in terms of: a dispersion part, a polar part and a hydrogen bonding part. Thirty-eight different solvents for poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), PHB, which are mentioned in the literature are examined by this method and the theoretical predictions are compared with the experimental reports. Another overall comparison between PHA polymers provides their Hansen and Hildebrand parameters for side chain lengths up to C13. In this series a linear progression in calculated solubility parameters with side chain length was found. An Appendix provides information and data on calculation of the solubility parameters. While the solubility information is limited and only covers homopolymers, it should help to highlight some of the contradictions regarding PHB solubility. This semi-empirical approach is only valid for amorphous polymers hence crystallinity effects, which are important with PHB, as well as molecular weight effects still require analysis.

  3. Plasma Soluble CD163 Level Independently Predicts All-Cause Mortality in HIV-1-Infected Individuals.

    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Ertner, Gideon; Petersen, Janne; Møller, Holger Jon; Moestrup, Søren K; Eugen-Olsen, Jesper; Kronborg, Gitte; Benfield, Thomas


    CD163, a monocyte- and macrophage-specific scavenger receptor, is shed as soluble CD163 (sCD163) during the proinflammatory response. Here, we assessed the association between plasma sCD163 levels and progression to AIDS and all-cause mortality among individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV). Plasma sCD163 levels were measured in 933 HIV-infected individuals. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) associated with mortality were computed by Cox proportional hazards regression. At baseline, 86% were receiving antiretroviral treatment, 73% had plasma a HIV RNA level of Plasma sCD163 levels were higher in nonsurvivors than in survivors (4.92 mg/L [interquartile range {IQR}, 3.29-8.65 mg/L] vs 3.16 mg/L [IQR, 2.16-4.64 mg/L]; P = .0001). The cumulative incidence of death increased with increasing plasma sCD163 levels, corresponding to a 6% or 35% increased risk of death for each milligram per liter or quartile increase, respectively, in baseline plasma sCD163 level (adjusted HR, 1.06 [95% CI, 1.03-1.09] and 1.35 [95% CI, 1.13-1.63], respectively). Plasma sCD163 was an independent marker of all-cause mortality in a cohort of HIV-infected individuals, suggesting that monocyte/macrophage activation may play a role in HIV pathogenesis and be a target of intervention. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For permissions, e-mail

  4. Determination and Correlation of Solubility of Nonivamide in Different Solvents☆

    Yifeng Cao; Qiwei Yang; Huabin Xing⁎; Zongbi Bao; Baogen Su; Yiwen Yang; Qilong Ren


    The solubility of nonivamide in dimethyl sulfoxide, methanol, acetone, ethyl acetate, methyl tert-butyl ether, ace-tonitrile, n-hexane and water over the temperature range of 293.2 K to 323.2 K was measured. The results reveal that the solubility of nonivamide is greatly influenced by the hydrogen-bond basicity of solvent and increases with temperature. The experimental data were correlated with the modified Apelblat equation. The dissolution enthalpy and entropy of nonivamide in different solvents were obtained from the correlation of lnx with 1/T using the van't Hoff equation. The calculated nonivamide solubility is in good agreement with experimental data for most of the solvents.

  5. Formation of distinct soluble microbial products by activated sludge: kinetic analysis and quantitative determination.

    Ni, Bing-Jie; Fang, Fang; Xie, Wen-Ming; Xu, Juan; Yu, Han-Qing


    Soluble microbial products (SMP) released by microorganisms in bioreactors are classified into two distinct groups according to their different chemical and degradation kinetics: utilization-associated products (UAP) and biomass-associated products (BAP). SMP are responsible for effluent chemical oxygen demand or for membrane fouling of membrane bioreactor. Here an effective and convenient approach, other than the complicated chemical methods or complex models, is developed to quantify the formation of UAP and BAP together with their kinetics in activated sludge process. In this approach, an integrated substrate utilization equation is developed and used to determine UAP and their production kinetics. On the basis of total SMP measurements, BAP formation is determined with an integrated BAP formation equation. The fraction of substrate electrons diverted to UAP, and the content of BAP derived from biomass can then be calculated. Dynamic quantification data are obtained for UAP and BAP separately and conveniently. The obtained kinetic parameters are found to be reasonable as they are generally bounded and comparable to the literature values. The validity of this approach is confirmed by independent SMP production tests in six different activated sludge systems, which demonstrates its applicability in a wide range of engineered system regarding SMP production. This work provides a widely applied approach to determine the formation of UAP and BAP conveniently, which may offer engineers with basis to optimize bioreactor operation to avoid a high effluent soluble organics from SMP or SMP-based membrane fouling in membrane bioreactors.

  6. Simultaneous Rapid Determination of the Solubility and Diffusion Coefficients of a Poorly Water-Soluble Drug Based on a Novel UV Imaging System.

    Lu, Yan; Li, Mingzhong


    The solubility and diffusion coefficient are two of the most important physicochemical properties of a drug compound. In practice, both have been measured separately, which is time consuming. This work utilizes a novel technique of UV imaging to determine the solubility and diffusion coefficients of poorly water-soluble drugs simultaneously. A 2-step optimal method is proposed to determine the solubility and diffusion coefficients of a poorly water-soluble pharmaceutical substance based on the Fick's second law of diffusion and UV imaging measurements. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method can be used to determine the solubility and diffusion coefficients of a drug with reasonable accuracy, indicating that UV imaging may provide a new opportunity to accurately measure the solubility and diffusion coefficients of a poorly water-soluble drug simultaneously and rapidly. Copyright © 2016 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Primer Dependent and Independent Forms of Soluble Starch Synthetase from Developing Barley Endosperms

    Kreis, M.


    The activity of soluble starch synthetase (ADP-glucose: agr-1,4-glucan agr-4-glucosyltransferase) in the non-purified extract from 16 day-old Bomi barley endosperms (Hordeum vulgare L.) was low and the reaction was non-linear when plotted against protein concentration. Starch synthetase was purif...

  8. Determination of the Solubility Limit of Tris(dibenzylideneacetone) Dipalladium(0) in Tetrahydrofuran/Water Mixtures

    Franzen, Stefan


    Determination of the solubility limit of a strongly colored organometallic reagent in a mixed-solvent system provides an example of quantitative solubility measurement appropriate to understand polymer, nanoparticle, and other macromolecular aggregation processes. The specific example chosen involves a solution of tris(dibenzylideneacetone)…

  9. Determination and evaluation of solubility parameter of satranidazole using dioxane-water system

    Rathi P


    Full Text Available Satranidazole, a potent broad spectrum antiprotozoal, is a poorly water-soluble drug and has low bioavailability on oral administration. One of the important methods to improve the solubility and bioavailability of a less water-soluble drug is by the use of cosolvents. The solubility enhancement produced by binary blends with a cosolvent (dioxane was studied against the solubility parameter of solvent blends (d1 to evaluate the solubility parameter of drug (d2 . Solubility parameter of drug (d2 was evaluated in blends of dioxane-water system. The results obtained were compared with the d2 values obtained using Molar Volume Method and Fedor′s Group Substitution Method. The binary blend water-dioxane (10:90 gave maximum solubility with an experimental d2 value of 11.34 (Cal/cm 3 0.5 that was comparable to the theoretical values of 11.34 (Cal/cm 3 0.5 determined by Molar Volume Method and 11.3928 (Cal/cm 3 0.5 when determined by Fedor′s Group Substitution Method, which is in good agreement with solubility measurement method.

  10. Plasma levels of soluble CD14 independently predict mortality in HIV infection

    Sandler, Netanya G; Wand, Handan; Roque, Annelys


    Chronic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with intestinal permeability and microbial translocation that contributes to systemic immune activation, which is an independent predictor of HIV disease progression. The association of microbial translocation with clinical outcom...

  11. Determination of mangiferin solubility in solvents used in the biopharmaceutical industry

    Jhoany Acosta


    Full Text Available Context: Pharmacological properties and studies of methods of extraction of mangiferin have been reported, but there are not studies related to the solubility of mangiferin in the solvents used in the pharmaceutical industry. Aims: Study the solubility of mangiferin in different solvents used in the pharmaceutical industry. Methods: The mangiferin used had a purity of 97.3% determined by High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic (HPLC, and solubility measurements were made in ethanol, methanol, water, acetone, diethyl ether, and hexane at 5, 15, 30, 40, 50 and 600C of temperature. The mangiferin concentrations were determined by ultraviolet spectrometry at 254 nm. The experimental solubility data were correlated with the Van´t Hoff equation and the dissolution heat determined. Results: The solubility of mangiferin in pure solvents decreases with increasing of temperature and in the following order: ethanol>methanol>water>diethyl ether>acetone>n hexane. Conclusions: This results indicated that mangiferin is slightly soluble in ethanol, sparingly soluble in methanol and water and practically insoluble in diethyl ether, acetone, and n-hexane.




    Full Text Available Solubility of sulphamethoxazole, sulphisoxazole and sulphasalazine in six solvents namely water,methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, acetone and chloroform were determined at 15, 25, 37 and 45 °C. Two models derived from the Hildebrand solubility approach are proposed for solubility prediction at different temperatures using a single determination. The experimental data of the present work as well as data gathered from the literature have been employed to investigate the accuracy and prediction capability of the proposed models. The overall percent deviations between the predicted and experimental values were 10.78 and 14.63% which were comparable to those of the classical two and three parameter models. The proposed models were much superior to the two pure predictive models i.e., the ones which do not require experimental solubility determination, as the overall percent deviations produced by the latter models were 150.09 and 161.00%.

  13. Independent and linked migrants: determinants of African American interstate migration.

    Lee, S W; Roseman, C C


    "Through kinship and other links to destinations, many African American interstate migrants in the United States join other people in destination households. These ¿linked' migrants contrast to ¿independent migrants' who move as individuals or intact groups and set up their own households at the destination. Using U.S. Census Public Use Micro Sample data, this paper first shows that, in the 1985-90 period, about 45 percent of all Black interstate migrants were independent, compared to 38 percent who were linked to housing at the destination and 17 percent who moved into group quarters. Second, a multinomial logit model, incorporating individual and state-level variables, is specified that contrasts the determinants of independent and linked migration.... It is concluded that the understanding of Black migration must take into account a variety of factors beyond traditional labor market conditions, including links to the destination and individual housing circumstances."

  14. Plasma Soluble CD163 Level Independently Predicts All-Cause Mortality in HIV-1-Infected Individuals

    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Ertner, Gideon; Petersen, Janne


    Background: CD163, a monocyte- and macrophage-specific scavenger receptor, is shed as soluble CD163 (sCD163) during the proinflammatory response. Here, we assessed the association between plasma sCD163 levels and progression to AIDS and all-cause mortality among individuals infected with human...... immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV). Methods: Plasma sCD163 levels were measured in 933 HIV–infected individuals. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) associated with mortality were computed by Cox proportional hazards regression. Results: At baseline, 86% were receiving antiretroviral treatment......, 73% had plasma a HIV RNA level of CD163 levels were higher in nonsurvivors than in survivors (4.92 mg/L [interquartile range {IQR}, 3.29–8.65 mg/L] vs 3.16 mg/L [IQR, 2...

  15. Plasma Soluble CD163 Level Independently Predicts All-Cause Mortality in HIV-1-Infected Individuals

    Knudsen, Troels Bygum; Ertner, Gideon; Petersen, Janne


    BACKGROUND: CD163, a monocyte- and macrophage-specific scavenger receptor, is shed as soluble CD163 (sCD163) during the proinflammatory response. Here, we assessed the association between plasma sCD163 levels and progression to AIDS and all-cause mortality among individuals infected with human...... immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV). METHODS: Plasma sCD163 levels were measured in 933 HIV-infected individuals. Hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) associated with mortality were computed by Cox proportional hazards regression. RESULTS: At baseline, 86% were receiving antiretroviral treatment......, 73% had plasma a HIV RNA level of CD163 levels were higher in nonsurvivors than in survivors (4.92 mg/L [interquartile range {IQR}, 3.29-8.65 mg/L] vs 3.16 mg/L [IQR, 2...

  16. Determination of the subcooled liquid solubilities of PAHs in partitioning batch experiments

    Lihua Liu


    Full Text Available Subcooled liquid solubility is the water solubility for a hypothetical state of liquid. It is an important parameter for multicomponent nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs, which can exist as liquids even though most of the solutes are solid in their pure form at ambient temperature. So far, subcooled liquid solubilities were estimated from the solid water solubility and fugacity ratio of the solid and (subcooled liquid phase, but rarely derived from experimental data. In our study, partitioning batch experiments were performed to determine the subcooled liquid solubility of PAHs in NAPL-water system. For selected PAH, a series of batch experiments were carried out at increased mole fractions of the target component in the NAPL and at a constant NAPL/water volume ratio. The equilibrium aqueous PAH concentrations were measured with HPLC and/or GC-MS. The subcooled liquid solubility was derived by extrapolation of the experimental equilibrium aqueous concentration to a mole fraction of unity. With the derived subcooled liquid solubility, the fugacity ratio and enthalpy of fusion of the solute were also estimated. Our results show a good agreement between the experimentally determined and published data.

  17. Determination of partial solubility parameters of five benzodiazepines in individual solvents.

    Verheyen, S; Augustijns, P; Kinget, R; Van den Mooter, G


    Three and four component partial solubility parameters for diazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam, prazepam and temazepam were determined using the extended and expanded Hansen regression models. A comparison was made also with solubility parameters calculated by the group contribution method proposed by Van Krevelen. Although a limited number of solvents was used, the results from the present study indicate that the partial solubility parameters obtained from the experimental regression models clearly reflect the structural differences in these five structurally related molecules. High R(2)-values were observed in the regression models (0.932 parameter did not improve the R(2)- and F-values in any of the regression models used.

  18. Soluble interleukin-15 complexes are generated in vivo by type I interferon dependent and independent pathways.

    Scott M Anthony

    Full Text Available Interleukin (IL-15 associates with IL-15Rα on the cell surface where it can be cleaved into soluble cytokine/receptor complexes that have the potential to stimulate CD8 T cells and NK cells. Unfortunately, little is known about the in vivo production of soluble IL-15Rα/IL-15 complexes (sIL-15 complexes, particularly regarding the circumstances that induce them and the mechanisms responsible. The main objective of this study was to elucidate the signals leading to the generation of sIL-15 complexes. In this study, we show that sIL-15 complexes are increased in the serum of mice in response to Interferon (IFN-α. In bone marrow derived dendritic cells (BMDC, IFN-α increased the activity of ADAM17, a metalloproteinase implicated in cleaving IL-15 complexes from the cell surface. Moreover, knocking out ADAM17 in BMDCs prevented the ability of IFN-α to induce sIL-15 complexes demonstrating ADAM17 as a critical protease mediating cleavage of IL-15 complexes in response to type I IFNs. Type I IFN signaling was required for generating sIL-15 complexes as in vivo induction of sIL-15 complexes by Poly I:C stimulation or total body irradiation (TBI was impaired in IFNAR-/- mice. Interestingly, serum sIL-15 complexes were also induced in mice infected with Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV or mice treated with agonistic CD40 antibodies; however, sIL-15 complexes were still induced in IFNAR-/- mice after VSV infection or CD40 stimulation indicating pathways other than type I IFNs induce sIL-15 complexes. Overall, this study has shown that type I IFNs, VSV infection, and CD40 stimulation induce sIL-15 complexes suggesting the generation of sIL-15 complexes is a common event associated with immune activation. These findings reveal an unrealized mechanism for enhanced immune responses occurring during infection, vaccination, inflammation, and autoimmunity.

  19. A new method to determine the partial solubility parameters of polymers from intrinsic viscosity.

    Bustamante, Pilar; Navarro-Lupión, Javier; Escalera, Begoña


    A modification of the extended Hansen method, formerly used to determine the partial solubility parameters of drugs and non-polymeric excipients is tested with a polymer for the first time. The proposed method relates the logarithm of the intrinsic viscosities of the polymer in a series of solvents and solvent mixtures with the Hansen (three parameter model) and Karger (four parameter model) partial solubility parameters. The viscosity of diluted solutions of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) was determined in pure solvents and binary mixtures of varying polarity. The intrinsic viscosity was obtained from the common intercept of the Huggins and Kraemer relationships. The intrinsic viscosity tends to increase with increasing the solubility parameter of the medium. The results show that hydrogen bonding and polarity of the polymer largely determine polymer-solvent interactions. The models proposed provided reasonable partial and total solubility parameters for the polymer and enable one to quantitatively characterize, for the first time, the Lewis acid-base ability of a polymer thus, providing a more realistic picture of hydrogen bonding for solvent selection/compatibility and to predict drug-polymer interactions. Combination of the dispersion and polar parameters into a single non-specific solubility parameter was also tested. The results extend earlier findings and suggest that the models are quite versatile and may be applied to drugs, non-polymeric and polymeric excipients.

  20. Soluble amyloid beta levels are elevated in the white matter of Alzheimer's patients, independent of cortical plaque severity.

    Collins-Praino, Lyndsey E; Francis, Yitshak I; Griffith, Erica Y; Wiegman, Anne F; Urbach, Jonathan; Lawton, Arlene; Honig, Lawrence S; Cortes, Etty; Vonsattel, Jean Paul G; Canoll, Peter D; Goldman, James E; Brickman, Adam M


    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disease and the leading cause of dementia. In addition to grey matter pathology, white matter changes are now recognized as an important pathological feature in the emergence of the disease. Despite growing recognition of the importance of white matter abnormalities in the pathogenesis of AD, the causes of white matter degeneration are still unknown. While multiple studies propose Wallerian-like degeneration as the source of white matter change, others suggest that primary white matter pathology may be due, at least in part, to other mechanisms, including local effects of toxic Aβ peptides. In the current study, we investigated levels of soluble amyloid-beta (Aβ) in white matter of AD patients (n=12) compared with controls (n=10). Fresh frozen white matter samples were obtained from anterior (Brodmann area 9) and posterior (Brodmann area 1, 2 and 3) areas of post-mortem AD and control brains. ELISA was used to examine levels of soluble Aβ -42 and Aβ -40. Total cortical neuritic plaque severity rating was derived from individual ratings in the following areas of cortex: mid-frontal, superior temporal, pre-central, inferior parietal, hippocampus (CA1), subiculum, entorhinal cortex, transentorhinal cortex, inferior temporal, amygdala and basal forebrain. Compared with controls, AD samples had higher white matter levels of both soluble Aβ -42 and Aβ -40. While no regional white matter differences were found in Aβ -40, Aβ -42 levels were higher in anterior regions than in posterior regions across both groups. After statistically controlling for total cortical neuritic plaque severity, differences in both soluble Aβ -42 and Aβ -40 between the groups remained, suggesting that white matter Aβ peptides accumulate independent of overall grey matter fibrillar amyloid pathology and are not simply a reflection of overall amyloid burden. These results shed light on one potential mechanism through which

  1. Comparison of techniques for determination of soluble sugars used in feed for ruminant nutrition

    Cândida Camila dos Reis


    Full Text Available This study aims to evaluate different techniques for determination of soluble sugars (fraction CA in foods used for ruminant nutrition. Feed analyzed were: sugar-cane, bermuda grass, corn meal and soybean meal. Dry matter (DM, ash, ether extract (EE and crude protein (CP were determined to make possible the calculation of total carbohydrates concentration in the samples. The soluble carbohydrate fraction were determined in 15 repetitions of each sample by two different analytical techniques. One technique based on soluble carbohydrates extraction and its quantification by spectrophotometry after chelation of the sugar with anthrone; and another one that uses phenol as the chelating agent. The experiment were conducted in a completely randomized design and the data submitted to the two-factor factorial analysis of variance (? = 0.05, with the different feeds and the two techniques as factors. There was no statistical difference between techniques, but the effect of the feed and the interaction feed x technique were significant. So, a new analysis of variance was conducted to test the difference between techniques in each feed separately. Only soybean meal did not show statistical difference between the water soluble sugars determined by the two techniques.

  2. Determination of Solid State Solubility of the Components in the Ag-Ge Film System

    A.A. Minenkov


    Full Text Available The efficiency of determination of solid state solubility of the components in the system with an eutectic type of interaction (Ag-Ge by means of measuring the sample electrical resistance during thermal cycling has been shown. Film systems were formed in a vacuum by sequential condensation of components. The solubility curve of germanium in silver, obtained from the study of the samples with silver film thickness of 100 nm, is in good agreement with available literature data. The activation energy of grain-boundary diffusion has been estimated as 0,8 eV.

  3. A decreased level of serum soluble Klotho is an independent biomarker associated with arterial stiffness in patients with chronic kidney disease.

    Masashi Kitagawa

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Klotho was originally identified in a mutant mouse strain unable to express the gene that consequently showed shortened life spans. In humans, low serum Klotho levels are related to the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in community-dwelling adults. However, it is unclear whether the serum Klotho levels are associated with signs of vascular dysfunction such as arterial stiffness, a major determinant of prognosis, in human subjects with chronic kidney disease (CKD. METHODS: We determined the levels of serum soluble Klotho in 114 patients with CKD using ELISA and investigated the relationship between the level of Klotho and markers of CKD-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD and various types of vascular dysfunction, including flow-mediated dilatation, a marker of endothelial dysfunction, ankle-brachial pulse wave velocity (baPWV, a marker of arterial stiffness, intima-media thickness (IMT, a marker of atherosclerosis, and the aortic calcification index (ACI, a marker of vascular calcification. RESULTS: The serum Klotho level significantly correlated with the 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D level and inversely correlated with the parathyroid hormone level and the fractional excretion of phosphate. There were significant decreases in serum Klotho in patients with arterial stiffness defined as baPWV≥1400 cm/sec, atherosclerosis defined as maximum IMT≥1.1 mm and vascular calcification scores of ACI>0%. The serum Klotho level was a significant determinant of arterial stiffness, but not endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis or vascular calcification, in the multivariate analysis in either metabolic model, the CKD model or the CKD-MBD model. The adjusted odds ratio of serum Klotho for the baPWV was 0.60 (p = 0.0075. CONCLUSIONS: Decreases in the serum soluble Klotho levels are independently associated with signs of vascular dysfunction such as arterial stiffness in patients with CKD. Further research exploring whether therapeutic approaches

  4. Experimental determination of acetylene and ethylene solubility in liquid methane and ethane: Implications to Titan's surface

    Singh, S.; Combe, J.-Ph.; Cordier, D.; Wagner, A.; Chevrier, V. F.; McMahon, Z.


    In this study, the solubility of acetylene (or ethyne, C2H2) and ethylene (or ethene, C2H4) in liquid methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6) has been experimentally determined at Titan surface temperature (90 K) and pressure (1.5 bars). As predicted by theoretical models, the solubilities of acetylene and ethylene are very large at Titan temperature and these species are most likely to be abundantly present in the lakes and as evaporites on the shores or dry lake beds. Our results indicate the solubility of 4.9 × 10-2 mole fraction for acetylene in methane and 48 × 10-2 mole fraction in ethane; for ethylene, 5.6 × 10-1 mole fraction in methane and 4.8 × 10-1 mole fraction in ethane. Assuming the mole fractions from atmospheric models in the lower stratosphere and equilibrium with the surface, we determined that the lakes on Titan that cover ∼400,000 km2 are not saturated. The liquid lakes on Titan act as an important reservoir for both acetylene and ethylene. Assuming difference of methane and ethane content in the lakes at different latitudes, the difference in solubility in liquid methane and ethane, solutes in lakes may change with the temporal evolution (such as; evaporation and condensation) over seasons and geological time scales.

  5. Smoking as a Crucial Independent Determinant of Stroke

    Paul Seana L


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although smoking is known to be powerful risk factor for other vascular diseases, such as cardiac and peripheral vascular disease, only relatively recently has evidence for the role of smoking in the development of stroke been established. The reasons for this advance lie in the acknowledgement that stroke is a heterogeneous disease, in which its subtypes are associated with different risk factors. Furthermore, improvements in the stringency of epidemiological studies and the greater use of CT scanning have enabled the role of smoking in the development of stroke to be elucidated. Summary of review This is a qualitative examination of high quality epidemiological studies in which the role of smoking and passive smoking, as a risk factor for cerebral infarction, intracerebral haemorrhage and subarachnoid haemorrhage, is examined. In addition, the pathological mechanisms by which smoking or passive smoking may contribute to the development of stroke are reviewed. Conclusion Smoking is a crucial independent determinant of cerebral infarction and subarachnoid haemorrhage, however its role in intracerebral haemorrhage is unclear. Although studies are limited, there is evidence that exposure to passive smoking may also increase the risk of stroke. Smoking appears to be involved in the pathogenesis of stroke via direct injury to the vasculature and also by altering haemodynamic factors within the circulation. Importantly, smoking is modifiable risk factor for stroke. Therefore, the encouragement of smoking cessation may result in a substantial reduction in the incidence of this devastating disease.

  6. Determining $H_0$ with a model-independent method

    Wu, Puxun; Yu, Hongwei


    In this letter, by using the type Ia supernovae (SNIa) to provide the luminosity distance (LD) directly, which is dependent on the value of the Hubble constant $H_0= 100 h\\; {\\rm km\\; s^{-1}\\; Mpc^{-1}}$, and the angular diameter distance from galaxy clusters or baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs) to give the derived LD according to the distance duality relation, we propose a model-independent method to determine $h$ from the fact that different observations should give the same LD at a redshift. Combining the Union 2.1 SNIa and galaxy cluster data, we obtain that at the $1\\sigma$ confidence level (CL) $h=0.589\\pm0.030$ for the sample of the elliptical $\\beta$ model for galaxy clusters, and $h=0.635\\pm0.029$ for that of the spherical $\\beta$ model. The former is smaller than the values from other observations, while the latter is consistent with the Planck result at the $1\\sigma$ CL and agrees very well with the value reconstructed directly from the $H(z)$ data. With the Union 2.1 SNIa and BAO measurements, a...

  7. Soluble tumour necrosis factor receptor release after anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody treatment in mice is independent of tumour necrosis factor-alpha release.

    Vossen, A.C.T.M.; Tibbe, G.J.M.; Buurman, W.A.; Benner, R.; Savelkoul, H.F.J.


    Soluble tumour necrosis factor receptor release after anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody treatment in mice is independent of tumour necrosis factor-alpha release. Vossen AC, Tibbe GJ, Buurman WA, Benner R, Savelkoul HF. Department of Immunology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The involvem

  8. [Determination of solubility parameters for asymmetrical dicationic ionic liquids by inverse gas chromatography].

    Wang, Jun; Yang, Xuzhao; Wu, Jinchao; Song, Hao; Zou, Wenyuan


    Inverse gas chromatographic (IGC) technology was used to determine the solubility parameters of three asymmetrical dicationic ionic liquids ([ PyC5Pi] [ NTf2]2, [MpC5Pi] [NTf2]2 and [PyC6Pi] [NTf2]2) at 343.15-363.15 K. Five alkanes were applied as test probes including octane (n-C8) , decane (n-C10), dodecane (n-C12), tetradecane (n-C14), hexadecane (n-C16). Some thermodynamic parameters were obtained by IGC data analysis, such as the specific retention volumes of the solvents (V0(g)), the molar enthalpies of sorption (ΔHs(1)), the partial molar enthalpies of mixing at infinite dilution (ΔH∞91)), the molar enthalpies of vaporization (ΔH)v)), the activity coefficients at infinite dilution (Ω∞(1)), and Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (χ∞(12)) between ionic liquids and probes. The solubility parameters (δ2) of the three dicationic ionic liquids at room temperature (298.15 K) were 28.52-32.66 (J x cm(-3)) ½. The solubility parameters (δ2) of cationic structure with 4-methyl morpholine are bigger than those of the cationic structure with pyridine. The bigger the solubility parameter (δ2) is, the more the carbon numbers of linking group of the ionic liquids are. The results are of great importance to the study of the solution behavior and the applications of ionic liquid.

  9. In vitro determination of the solubility limit of cholesterol in phospholipid bilayers.

    Epand, Richard M; Bach, Diana; Wachtel, Ellen


    Cholesterol has limited solubility in phospholipid bilayers. The solubility limit is strongly dependent on the nature of the lipid with which the cholesterol is mixed while properties of the crystals formed can be modified by phospholipid-cholesterol interactions. In this review we summarize the various methods that have been developed to prepare hydrated mixtures of cholesterol and phospholipid. We point out some of the factors that determine the form adopted when cholesterol crystallizes in such mixtures, i.e. two- or three-dimensional, monohydrate or anhydrous. These differences can greatly affect the ability to experimentally detect the presence of these crystals in a membrane. Several methods for detecting cholesterol crystals are discussed and compared including DSC, X-ray and GIXRD diffraction methods, NMR and EPR spectroscopy. The importance of the history of the sample in determining the amount and nature of the cholesterol crystals formed is emphasized.

  10. Determining H 0 using a model-independent method

    Wu, Pu-Xun; Li, Zheng-Xiang; Yu, Hong-Wei


    By using type Ia supernovae (SNIa) to provide the luminosity distance (LD) directly, which depends on the value of the Hubble constant H 0 = 100 h km • s-1 • Mpc-1, and the angular diameter distance from galaxy clusters or baryon acoustic oscillations (BAOs) to give the derived LD according to the distance duality relation, we propose a model-independent method to determine h from the fact that different observations should give the same LD at a given redshift. Combining the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II (SDSS-II) SNIa from the MLCS2k2 light curve fit and galaxy cluster data, we find that at the 1σ confidence level (CL), h = 0:5867 ± 0:0303 for the sample of the elliptical β model for galaxy clusters, and h = 0:6199 ± 0:0293 for that of the spherical β model. The former is smaller than the values from other observations, whereas the latter is consistent with the Planck result at the 2σ CL and agrees very well with the value reconstructed directly from the H( z) data. With the SDSS-II SNIa and BAO measurements, a tighter constraint, h = 0:6683 ± 0:0221, is obtained. For comparison, we also consider the Union 2.1 SNIa from the SALT2 light curve fitting. The results from the Union 2.1 SNIa are slightly larger than those from the SDSS-II SNIa, and the Union 2.1 SNIa + BAOs give the tightest value. We find that the values from SNIa + BAOs are quite consistent with those from the Planck and the BAOs, as well as the local measurement from Cepheids and very-low-redshift SNIa.

  11. Experimental determination of solubility parameters of oils as a function of pressure

    Verdier, Sylvain Charles Roland; Duong, Diep; Andersen, Simon Ivar


    In this work, the solubility parameter of dead and live crude oils was measured at 303.15 K and up to 300 bar, using the internal pressure approach. An indirect technique was chosen, using thermal expansivities (determined from microcalorimetric measurements) and isothermal compressibilities...... (calculated from density measurements). This method was tested on seven pure compounds, and the deviation with literature data is oils, and a deviation of

  12. Determination of water-soluble forms of oxalic and formic acids in soils by ion chromatography

    Karicheva, E.; Guseva, N.; Kambalina, M.


    Carboxylic acids (CA) play an important role in the chemical composition origin of soils and migration of elements. The content of these acids and their salts is one of the important characteristics for agrochemical, ecological, ameliorative and hygienic assessment of soils. The aim of the article is to determine water-soluble forms of same carboxylic acids — (oxalic and formic acids) in soils by ion chromatography with gradient elution. For the separation and determination of water-soluble carboxylic acids we used reagent-free gradient elution ion-exchange chromatography ICS-2000 (Dionex, USA), the model solutions of oxalate and formate ions, and leachates from soils of the Kola Peninsula. The optimal gradient program was established for separation and detection of oxalate and formate ions in water solutions by ion chromatography. A stability indicating method was developed for the simultaneous determination of water-soluble organic acids in soils. The method has shown high detection limits such as 0.03 mg/L for oxalate ion and 0.02 mg/L for formate ion. High signal reproducibility was achieved in wide range of intensities which correspond to the following ion concentrations: from 0.04 mg/g to 10 mg/L (formate), from 0.1 mg/g to 25 mg/L (oxalate). The concentration of formate and oxalate ions in soil samples is from 0.04 to 0.9 mg/L and 0.45 to 17 mg/L respectively.

  13. O-GlcNAcylation determines the solubility, filament organization, and stability of keratins 8 and 18.

    Srikanth, Budnar; Vaidya, Milind M; Kalraiya, Rajiv D


    Keratins 8 and 18 (K8/18) are intermediate filament proteins expressed specifically in simple epithelial tissues. Dynamic equilibrium of these phosphoglycoproteins in the soluble and filament pool is an important determinant of their cellular functions, and it is known to be regulated by site-specific phosphorylation. However, little is known about the role of dynamic O-GlcNAcylation on this keratin pair. Here, by comparing immortalized (Chang) and transformed hepatocyte (HepG2) cell lines, we have demonstrated that O-GlcNAcylation of K8/18 exhibits a positive correlation with their solubility (Nonidet P-40 extractability). Heat stress, which increases K8/18 solubility, resulted in a simultaneous increase in O-GlcNAc on these proteins. Conversely, increasing O-GlcNAc levels were associated with a concurrent increase in their solubility. This was also associated with a notable decrease in total cellular levels of K8/18. Unaltered levels of transcripts and the reduced half-life of K8 and K18 indicated their decreased stability on increasing O-GlcNAcylation. On the contrary, the K18 glycosylation mutant (K18 S29A/S30A/S48A) was notably more stable than the wild type K18 in Chang cells. The K18-O-GlcNAc mutant accumulated as aggregates upon stable expression, which possibly altered endogenous filament architecture. These results strongly indicate the involvement of O-GlcNAc on K8/18 in regulating their solubility and stability, which may have a bearing on the functions of these keratins.

  14. Plasma soluble (pro)renin receptor is independent of plasma renin, prorenin, and aldosterone concentrations but is affected by ethnicity.

    Nguyen, Geneviève; Blanchard, Anne; Curis, Emmanuel; Bergerot, Damien; Chambon, Yann; Hirose, Takuo; Caumont-Prim, Aurore; Tabard, Sylvie Brailly; Baron, Stéphanie; Frank, Michael; Totsune, Kazuhito; Azizi, Michel


    A soluble (pro)renin receptor (sPRR) circulates in plasma and is able to bind renin and prorenin. It is not known whether plasma sPRR concentrations vary with the activity of the renin-angiotensin system. We measured plasma sPRR, renin, prorenin, and aldosterone concentrations in 121 white and 9 black healthy subjects, 40 patients with diabetes mellitus, 41 hypertensive patients with or without renin-angiotensin system blockers, 9 patients with primary aldosteronism, and 10 patients with Gitelman syndrome. Median physiological plasma sPRR concentration was 23.5 ng/mL (interquartile range, 20.9-26.5) under usual uncontrolled sodium diet. sPRR concentration in healthy subjects, unlike renin and prorenin, did not display circadian variation or dependence on age, sex, posture, or hormonal status. sPRR concentrations were ≈25% lower in black than in white subjects, whereas renin concentrations were ≈40% lower. Patients with diabetes mellitus (average renin-high prorenin levels) and with hypertension only (average renin-average prorenin levels) had sPRR concentrations similar to healthy subjects. Renin-angiotensin system blockade was associated with increase of sPRR concentration by ≈12%. sPRR in patients with primary aldosteronism (low renin-low prorenin) and Gitelman syndrome (high renin-high prorenin) were similar and ≈10% higher than in healthy subjects. There was no correlation between sPRR and renin or prorenin. In conclusion, our results show that plasma sPRR concentrations are dependent on ethnicity and independent of renin, prorenin, and aldosterone concentrations in healthy subjects and in patients with contrasted degrees of renin-angiotensin system activity.

  15. Determination of solubility parameters and thermodynamic properties in hydrocarbon-solvent systems by gas chromatography

    E. Díaz


    Full Text Available Gas chromatography used to calculate the specific retention volume of several hydrocarbons in different chromatographic liquid phases (Squalane, Carbowax-400, Carbowax-1500, Carbowax-4000, Amine-220, Dinonyl phthalate, Tributyl phosphate and Trixylenyl phosphate. Some thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpy of sorption and Flory-Huggins parameters relating the interaction between liquid phases and solutes, were also calculated from the determined retention volumes. Liquid phase solubility parameters of Squalane, Carbowax-400, Carbowax-1500 and Carbowax-4000 at 80 ºC as well as the polar and apolar components were calculated too. A new model was proposed to correlate polar contribution to the solubility parameter of a liquid phase with the specific retention volume of a solute in this liquid phase.

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

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


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

  17. The L1 Retrotranspositional Stimulation by Particulate and Soluble Cadmium Exposure is Independent of the Generation of DNA Breaks

    Astrid M. Roy-Engel


    Full Text Available Human exposure to toxic metals is a concern of the highest priority, due to their vast array of biological effects, including carcinogenicity. The particulate (water insoluble form of several heavy metals presents a higher carcinogenic potential than its soluble counterparts. Our previous work demonstrates that the particulate forms of different heavy metals, such as nickel oxide, cadmium sulfide and mercury sulfide, stimulate human L1 mobile element activity leading to genomic instability. We present data demonstrating that the soluble form of CdCl2 also stimulates L1 retrotransposition in a dose-dependent manner comparable to the insoluble carcinogenic form of this compound. Reproducible results demonstrated a 2 to 3 fold dose-dependent increase in L1 retrotransposition compared to control cells. Heavy metals may cause DNA breaks through the generation of reactive oxygen species. However, evaluation of DNA damage by comet assay revealed no differences between the negative controls and the CdS-treated cells. In addition, active L1 elements express a protein with endonuclease activity that can generate toxicity through the creation of double strand breaks. To determine the contribution of the L1 endonuclease to the toxicity observed in our metal treatment assays, we compared the wildtype L1 vector with an L1 endonuclease-mutant vector. The presence of an active L1 endonuclease did not contribute significantly to the toxicity observed in any of the CdCl2 or CdS doses evaluated. No correlation between the creation of DNA breaks and L1 activity was observed. Alternatively, heavy metals inhibit enzymatic reactions by displacement of cofactors such as Zn and Mg from enzymes. Concomitant treatment with Mg(Ac2 and Zn(Ac2 ppb suppresses the stimulatory effect on L1 activity induced by the 3.8 ppb CdS treatment. Overall, these results are consistent with our previous observations, suggesting that the mechanism of L1 stimulation by heavy metals is most

  18. Prediction and experimental determination of the solubility of exotic scales at high temperatures - Zinc sulfide

    Carolina Figueroa Murcia, Diana; Fosbøl, Philip Loldrup; Thomsen, Kaj


    The presence of "exotic" scale such as Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), Lead Sulfide (PbS) and Iron Sulfide (FeS) in HP/HT reservoirs has been identified. "Exotic" scale materials come as a new challenge in HP/HT reservoirs. This has led to the development of more advanced tools to predict their behavior...... at extreme conditions. The aim of this work is to include ZnS into the group of scale materials that can be modeled with the Extended UNIQUAC model. Solubility data for ZnS are scarce in the open literature. In order to improve the available data, we study the experimental behavior of ZnS solubility at high...... temperatures. The determination of the solubility of ZnS is carried out at temperatures up to 250°C. Zinc sulfide (99.99%) and ultra-pure water are placed in a vial in a reduced oxygen atmosphere. The sample is placed in a controlled bath and stirred until equilibrium is attained. The suspension is filtered...

  19. O2 solubility in aqueous media determined by a kinetic method.

    Reynafarje, B; Costa, L E; Lehninger, A L


    A kinetic method for the determination of O2 solubility in air-saturated aqueous solutions of widely varying composition and temperature is described. It is based on the precise molar stoichiometry between the rates of uptake of H+ and O2, measured with response-matched electrodes, in the reaction NADH + H+ + 1/2O2----NAD+ + H2O, catalyzed by an NADH oxidase preparation. To the initially anaerobic test system, which contains an excess of NADH and NADH oxidase in a buffered medium, an aliquot of the O2-containing solution to be tested is added and the rates of both O2 uptake and H+ uptake are recorded; the H+ electrode is calibrated against standard HCl. From these data the amount of O2 in the aliquot is calculated. Some representative values for O2 solubility at 25 degrees C and 760 mm in air-saturated systems are (i) distilled H2O, 516 nmol O/ml, (ii) 0.15 M KCl, 480 nmol O/ml, and (iii) 0.25 M sucrose, 458 nmol O/ml. Data and equations are also given for the solubility of O2 at 760 mm in air-saturated and lightly buffered 0.15 M KCl and 0.25 M sucrose over the range 5 to 40 degrees C. In the method described the rates of O2 and H+ uptake are precisely linear and stoichiometric when NADH is present in large excess over O2. However, when O2 is in excess and small additions of 340-nm-standardized NADH are made, as in earlier methods based on NADH oxidation, the endpoint is approached very gradually and tends to overestimate O2 solubility, owing to (i) the higher Km for NADH than for O2, (ii) the relatively slow response of the Clark O2 electrode, and (iii) the incomplete oxidation of NADH in the presence of 340-nm-absorbing inhibitory substances.


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  1. Continuous flow analysis method for determination of soluble iron and aluminium in ice cores.

    Spolaor, A; Vallelonga, P; Gabrieli, J; Roman, M; Barbante, C


    Iron and aluminium are the two most abundant metals on the Earth's crust, but they display quite different biogeochemical properties. While iron is essential to many biological processes, aluminium has not been found to have any biological function at all. In environmental studies, iron has been studied in detail for its limiting role in the bioproductivity of high nutrient, low carbon oceanic zones, while aluminium is routinely used as a reference of crustal contributions to atmospheric deposition archives including peat bogs, lacustrine and marine sediments and ice sheets and glaciers. We report here the development of a flow injection analysis technique, which has been optimised for the simultaneous determination of soluble iron and aluminium in polar ice cores. Iron was determined by its catalytic role in the reduction of N,N-dimethyl-p-phenylenediamene (DPD) to a semiquinonic form (DPDQ) and subsequent absorption spectroscopy at 514 nm. Aluminium was determined by spectroscopic analysis of an aluminium-lumogallion complex that exhibits fluorescence at 560 nm. These techniques have been applied to a section of Greenland ice dated to 1729-1733 AD and indicate that volcanism is a source of highly soluble aluminium and iron.

  2. Plasma soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor level is independently associated with coronary microvascular function in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease

    Mekonnen, Girum; Corban, Michel T; Hung, Olivia Y;


    , medications profiles and hs-CRP, suPAR remained an independent predictor of CFR (B = -0.30, p = 0.04), indicating an independent association between suPAR level and coronary microvascular function. CONCLUSIONS: In this cross-sectional study, plasma suPAR level was an independent predictor of coronary......BACKGROUND: Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a novel biomarker released from leukocytes and endothelial cells that has been associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that plasma suPAR level is an independent predictor of coronary...... microvascular function. METHODS: Coronary blood flow velocity and plasma suPAR levels were evaluated in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) was calculated as the ratio of hyperemic to basal average peak blood flow velocity and coronary microvascular dysfunction...

  3. Betaglycan has two independent domains required for high affinity TGF-β binding: proteolytic cleavage separates the domains and inactivates the neutralizing activity of the soluble receptor

    Mendoza, Valentín; Vilchis-Landeros, M. Magdalena; Mendoza-Hernández, Guillermo; Huang, Tao; Villarreal, Maria M.; Hinck, Andrew P.; López-Casillas, Fernando; Montiel, Jose-Luis


    Summary Betaglycan is a co-receptor for members of the TGF-β superfamily. Mutagenesis has identified two ligand binding regions, one at the membrane-distal and the other at the membrane-proximal half of the betaglycan ectodomain. Here we show that partial plasmin digestion of soluble betaglycan produces two proteolysis-resistant fragments of 45 and 55 kDa, consistent with the predicted secondary structure, which indicates an intervening non-structured linker region separating the highly structured N- and C-terminal domains. Amino terminal sequencing indicates that the 45 and 55 kDa fragments correspond, respectively, to the membrane-distal and -proximal regions. Plasmin treatment of membrane betaglycan results in the production of equivalent proteolysis-resistant fragments. The 45 and 55 kDa fragments, as well as their recombinant soluble counterparts, Sol Δ10 and Sol Δ11, bind TGF-β, nonetheless, compared to intact soluble betaglycan, have severely diminished ability to block TGF-β activity. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) analysis indicates that soluble betaglycan has Kds in the low nanomolar range for the three TGF-β isoforms, while those for Sol Δ10 and Sol Δ11 are 1 – 2 orders of magnitude higher. SPR analysis further shows that the Kds of Sol Δ11 are not changed in the presence of Sol Δ10, indicating that the high affinity of soluble betaglycan is a consequence of tethering of the domains together. Overall, these results, suggest that betaglycan ectodomain exhibits a bi-lobular structure in which each lobule folds independently, binds TGF-β through distinct non-overlapping interfaces, and that linker modification may be an approach to improve soluble betaglycan’s TGF-β neutralizing activity. PMID:19842711

  4. Determination of Water Content of Water-soluble Paints by Gas Chromatography

    顾润南; 钦维民; 肖舸


    This paper describes the determination of water content of water-soluble paints by gas chromatography. The water in paints is extracted by dimethyl formamide (DMF) as a solvent.Isopropanol is used as an internal standard. The mixture is separated by low-speed centrifugation.Then a 1-uL sample of the supernatant from the prepared solution is injected into the gas chromatograph. The water content is determined by internal standard calibration curve. The rate of recovery of added standard of this method is more than 98%. Relative mean deviation is less than 3‰.The linearity of calibration curve is good and relativity coefficient is higher than 0.998.

  5. Determination of anti-giardial activity in vitro by means of soluble formazan production.

    Wright, C W; Melwani, S I; Phillipson, J D; Warhurst, D C


    A new microplate assay for the determination of activity in vitro against Giardia intestinalis has been developed in which viability is measured by soluble formazan production from a tetrazolium reagent. Metabolic reduction of the latter gives rise to a coloured product which may be determined directly by optical density measurement. Using this method the anti-giardial activities of more than 20 anti-microbial compounds have been assessed. The results obtained with a number of known anti-giardial agents, including metronidazole (50% inhibitory concentration [IC50] = 2.98 microM) and furazolidone (IC50 = 4.14 microM), compare well with previously published data; mepacrine, however, was found to produce a biphasic dose-response curve from which two IC50 values (0.816 and 6.83 microM) were obtained. This method provides a convenient means by which the search for new anti-giardial agents may be facilitated.

  6. Examination of Solubility Models for the Determination of Transition Metals within Liquid Alkali Metals

    Jeremy Isler


    Full Text Available The experimental solubility of transition metals in liquid alkali metal was compared to the modeled solubility calculated using various equations for solubility. These equations were modeled using the enthalpy calculations of the semi-empirical Miedema model and various entropy calculations. The accuracy of the predicted solubility compared to the experimental data is more dependent on which liquid alkali metal is being examined rather than the transition metal solute examined. For liquid lithium the calculated solubility by the model was generally larger than experimental values, while for liquid cesium the modeling solubility was significantly smaller than the experimental values. For liquid sodium, potassium, and rubidium the experimental solubilities were within the range calculated by this study. Few data approached the predicted temperature dependence of solubility and instead most data exhibited a less pronounced temperature dependence.

  7. Development of a Total Organic Carbon method for the quantitative determination of solubility enhancement by cyclodextrins: Application to essential oils.

    Kfoury, Miriana; Auezova, Lizette; Greige-Gerges, Hélène; Fourmentin, Sophie


    Formation of inclusion complexes with cyclodextrins (CDs) is known to enhance guest solubility in aqueous medium. Different techniques allow determining the evolution in solubility of individual guest compounds. However, examination of mixtures solubility encapsulated in CDs is still a challenge. This is mainly related to the difference in the response of mixture components to the applied technique or to the fact that most of the conventional methods examine the signal of an individual constituent of the mixture. Thus, applying current techniques may not reflect the behavior of the whole mixture. Here, we used for the first time Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analysis to explore and assess the efficiency of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HP-β-CD) to enhance the solubility of natural complex mixtures such as essential oils (EOs). Phase solubility studies were performed for eleven EOs with HP-β-CD. The TOC method has provided good validation parameters for linearity, precision and accuracy. For further validation of the method, phase solubility studies were performed with HP-β-CD for eugenol, as a model EO component. The eugenol solubility was determined by UV-Visible and TOC analyses in order to compare the results. Data obtained from both methods were similar (p encapsulation.

  8. Electrochemical study on determination of diffusivity, activity and solubility of oxygen in liquid bismuth

    Ganesan, Rajesh [Liquid Metals and Structural Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Gnanasekaran, T. [Liquid Metals and Structural Chemistry Division, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)]. E-mail:; Srinivasa, Raman S. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076 (India)


    Diffusivity of oxygen in liquid bismuth was measured by potentiostatic method and is given bylg(D{sub O}{sup Bi}/cm{sup 2}.s{sup -1})(+/-0.042)=-3.706-1377/(TK{sup -1})(804determined by coulometric titrations and using the measured data standard free energy of dissolution of oxygen in liquid bismuth was derived for the reaction:1/2O{sub 2}(g)=[O]{sub Bi}(at.%)and is given by{delta}G{sub O(Bi)}{sup o}/(J.g-atomO{sup -1})(+/-720)=-108784+20.356TK{sup -1}(753solubility of oxygen in liquid bismuth was derived as a function of temperature and is given by the following expressions:lg(S/at%O)(+/-0.05)=-4476/TK{sup -1}+4.05(753solubility of oxygen in liquid bismuth is compared with the literature data.

  9. Phenothiazines solution complexity - Determination of pKa and solubility-pH profiles exhibiting sub-micellar aggregation at 25 and 37°C.

    Pobudkowska, Aneta; Ràfols, Clara; Subirats, Xavier; Bosch, Elisabeth; Avdeef, Alex


    The ionization constants (pKa) and the pH-dependent solubility (log S-pH) of six phenothiazine derivatives (promazine hydrochloride, chlorpromazine hydrochloride, triflupromazine hydrochloride, fluphenazine dihydrochloride, perphenazine free base, and trifluoperazine dihydrochloride) were determined at 25 and 37°C. The pKa values of these low-soluble surface active molecules were determined by the cosolvent method (n-propanol/water at 37°C and methanol/water at 25°C). The log S-pH profiles were measured at 24h incubation time in 0.15M phosphate buffers. The log S-pH "shape-template" method, which critically depends on accurate pKa values (determined independently of solubility data), was used to propose speciation models, which were subsequently refined by rigorous mass-action weighted regression procedure described recently. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), UV-visible spectrophotometry, potentiometric, and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) measurements were used to characterize the compounds. The intrinsic solubility (S0) values of the three least-soluble drugs (chlorpromazine·HCl, triflupromazine·HCl, and trifluoperazine·2HCl) at 25°C were 0.5, 1.1, and 2.7μg/mL (resp.). These values increased to 5.5, 9.2, and 8.7μg/mL (resp.) at the physiological temperature. The enthalpies of solution for the latter compounds were exceptionally high positive (endothermic) values (99-152kJ·mol(-1)). Cationic sub-micellar aggregates were evident (from the distortions in the log S-pH profiles) for chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, and trifluoperazine at 25°C. The effects persisted at 37°C for chlorpromazine and trifluoperazine. The solids in suspension were apparently amorphous in cases where the drugs were introduced as the chloride salts.

  10. Solubilities of CO2 in some glycol ethers under high pressure by experimental determination and correlation☆

    Wei Wang; Zhi Yun; Zhigang Tang; Xia Gui


    The binary vapor–liquid equilibrium data of CO2 in diethylene glycol (monomethyl, monoethyl, monobutyl, di-methyl, diethyl, dibutyl) ether were determined from 288.15 to 318.15 K at pressure up to 6 MPa based on the constant-volume method. It was found by contrast that the ether group in solvents can promote the CO2 absorp-tion, but the hydroxyl group will inhibit the CO2 absorption. Furthermore, the solubilities of CO2 showed an up-ward trend with the increasing molecular lengths of absorbents. The experimental data were also correlated with a modified Patel–Teja equation of state (PT EOS) combined with the traditional van der Waals one-fluid mixing rules and the results showed a satisfactory agreement between the model and the experimental data.

  11. Determinants of functional independence and quality of life in children with spina bifida

    Schoenmakers, MAGC; Uiterwaal, CSPM; Gulmans, VAM; Gooskens, RHJM; Helders, PJM

    Objective: To investigate determinants of functional independence and study which functional abilities were determinants for 'health-related quality of life' in children with myelomeningocele. Design: Cross-sectional study by means of clinical assessment, 'disability' measurement and questionnaires.

  12. Determination and Prediction of Binary Solubility for Aromatic-Tetraethylene Glycol (with Water) Systems


    The binary solubilities of tetraethylene glycol (TTEG) with benzene, toluene or p-xylene, were measured by the turbidity point method. In TTEG the content of water ranged from 0 to 5% and the test temperature ranged from 20℃ to 120℃. Increasing the temperature resulted in greater solubility of the aromatics in TTEG, while increasing the content of water caused the aromatic solubility to decrease. The benzene solubillity in TTEG was the greatest followed by toluene and xylene at the same water content and temperature. The mutual solubility was predicted by correlating the paramaters of a new group for the UNIFAC model for the aromatics extraction system. The modified UNIFAC group contribution model was used to predict the binary solubility of TTEG and aromatics. The average deviation between the experimental result and prediction is 4.06%. Therefore, the UNIFAC model can be used to describe the solubility phenomena for TTEG-aromatics systems.

  13. Task Technical and Quality Assurance Plan for Determining Uranium and Plutonium Solubility in Actual Tank Waste Supernates

    King, William D.


    Savannah River Site tank waste supernates contain small quantities of dissolved uranium and plutonium. Due to the large volume of supernates, significant quantities of dissolved uranium and plutonium are managed as part of waste transfers, evaporation and pretreatment at the Savannah River Site in tank farm operations, the Actinide Removal Project (ARP), and the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF). Previous SRNL studies have investigated the effect of temperature and major supernate components on the solubility of uranium and plutonium. Based on these studies, equations were developed for the prediction of U and Pu solubility in tank waste supernates. The majority of the previous tests were conducted with simulated waste solutions. The current testing is intended to determine solubility in actual tank waste samples (as-received, diluted, and combinations of tank samples) as a function of composition and temperature. Results will be used to validate and build on the existing solubility equations.

  14. Temperature dependence of protein solubility-determination, application to crystallization, and growth kinetics studies

    Rosenberger, Franz


    A scintillation method was developed for determinations of the temperature dependence of the solubility, and of nucleation induction times of proteins, in 50-100 mu(l) volumes of solution. Solubility data for lysozyme and horse serum albumin were obtained for various combinations of pH and precipitant concentrations. These data and the nucleation induction information were used for dynamic crystallization control, that is, for the controlled separation of nucleation and growth stages. Individual lysozyme and horse serum albumin crystals were grown in 15-20 mu(l) solution volumes contained in x-ray capillaries. The morphology and kinetics of the growth and dissolution of lysozyme in aqueous solutions with 2.5 percent NaCl and at pH = 4.5 was studied in situ with a depth resolution of 300 A (4 unit cells) by high resolution optical microscopy and digital image processing. The bulk super- or under saturation, sigma, of the solution inside a closed growth cell was controlled by temperature. The growth habit was bound by (110) and (101) faces that grew through layer spreading, although with different growth rate dependencies on supersaturation/temperature. At sigma less than 10 (obtained at higher temperatures) growth was purely kinetic ally controlled, with impurity effects (macrostep formation and kinetic hindrance) becoming significant for sigma less than 2. At sigma greater than 10 (lower temperatures), anisotropies in the interfacial kinetics were more pronounced, with interfacial kinetics and bulk transport becoming equally important to the growth morphology. Growth rates were growth history dependent. The formation of striations (layers of irregularly incorporated solution) was unambiguously correlated with growth temperature variations. Etching exposed dislocations and various high-index faces whose growth morphologies were studied during return to the steady state growth form. Growth steps were observed to originate from two-dimensional nuclei or from outcrops

  15. [Determination of soluble solids content in Nanfeng Mandarin by Vis/NIR spectroscopy and UVE-ICA-LS-SVM].

    Sun, Tong; Xu, Wen-Li; Hu, Tian; Liu, Mu-Hua


    The objective of the present research was to assess soluble solids content (SSC) of Nanfeng mandarin by visible/near infrared (Vis/NIR) spectroscopy combined with new variable selection method, simplify prediction model and improve the performance of prediction model for SSC of Nanfeng mandarin. A total of 300 Nanfeng mandarin samples were used, the numbers of Nanfeng mandarin samples in calibration, validation and prediction sets were 150, 75 and 75, respectively. Vis/NIR spectra of Nanfeng mandarin samples were acquired by a QualitySpec spectrometer in the wavelength range of 350-1000 nm. Uninformative variables elimination (UVE) was used to eliminate wavelength variables that had few information of SSC, then independent component analysis (ICA) was used to extract independent components (ICs) from spectra that eliminated uninformative wavelength variables. At last, least squares support vector machine (LS-SVM) was used to develop calibration models for SSC of Nanfeng mandarin using extracted ICs, and 75 prediction samples that had not been used for model development were used to evaluate the performance of SSC model of Nanfeng mandarin. The results indicate t hat Vis/NIR spectroscopy combinedwith UVE-ICA-LS-SVM is suitable for assessing SSC o f Nanfeng mandarin, and t he precision o f prediction ishigh. UVE--ICA is an effective method to eliminate uninformative wavelength variables, extract important spectral information, simplify prediction model and improve the performance of prediction model. The SSC model developed by UVE-ICA-LS-SVM is superior to that developed by PLS, PCA-LS-SVM or ICA-LS-SVM, and the coefficient of determination and root mean square error in calibration, validation and prediction sets were 0.978, 0.230%, 0.965, 0.301% and 0.967, 0.292%, respectively.

  16. Determination of water-soluble vitamins in soft drinks and vitamin supplements using capillary electrophoresis.

    Schreiner, Matthias; Razzazi, Ebrahim; Luf, Wolfgang


    A method for the determination of six water-soluble vitamins based on capillary electrophoresis (CE) operated in micellar mode was developed. Thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), nicotinamide (vitamin B3), and cobalamin (Vitamin B12) could be separated in a single run. All CE parameters such as buffer composition and operation temperature were optimized in order to achieve better separation. Relative standard deviations (RSDs) of the described method ranged from 1.08 to 3.68% (intra-day precision) and 1.26 to 3.35% (inter-day precision). The method was then used for measuring various soft drinks and vitamin supplements directly without any step of sample cleanup. The determination of niacin was successful for all samples tested, reaching recoveries near 100%. Riboflavin and pyridoxine were quantified successfully in some but not all samples. Therefore, an evaluation on a case-by-case basis is mandatory. When applicable, this method provides a fast, accurate, simple, and inexpensive way to quantify selected vitamins, and is therefore well suited for routine analysis in soft drink industry.

  17. Demonstration of sulfur solubility determinations in high waste loading, low-activity waste glasses

    Fox, K. M. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    A method recommended by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for sulfate solubility determinations in simulated low-activity waste glasses was demonstrated using three compositions from a recent Hanford high waste loading glass study. Sodium and sulfate concentrations in the glasses increased after each re-melting step. Visual observations of the glasses during the re-melting process reflected the changes in composition. The measured compositions showed that the glasses met the targeted values. The amount of SO3 retained in the glasses after washing was relatively high, ranging from 1.6 to 2.6 weight percent (wt %). Measured SnO2 concentrations were notably low in all of the study glasses. The composition of the wash solutions should be measured in future work to determine whether SnO2 is present with the excess sulfate washed from the glass. Increases in batch size and the amount of sodium sulfate added did not have a measureable impact on the amount of sulfate retained in the glass, although this was tested for only a single glass composition. A batch size of 250 g and a sodium sulfate addition targeting 7 wt %, as recommended by PNNL, will be used in future experiments.

  18. Development of a model to determine mass transfer coefficient and oxygen solubility in bioreactors

    Johnny Lee


    where T is in degree Kelvin, and the subscripts refer to degree Celsius; E, ρ, σ are properties of water. Furthermore, using data from published data on oxygen solubility in water, it was found that solubility bears a linear and inverse relationship with the mass transfer coefficient.

  19. Comparison of the aggregation of homologous β2-microglobulin variants reveals protein solubility as a key determinant of amyloid formation.

    Pashley, Clare L; Hewitt, Eric W; Radford, Sheena E


    The mouse and human β2-microglobulin protein orthologs are 70% identical in sequence and share 88% sequence similarity. These proteins are predicted by various algorithms to have similar aggregation and amyloid propensities. However, whilst human β2m (hβ2m) forms amyloid-like fibrils in denaturing conditions (e.g. pH2.5) in the absence of NaCl, mouse β2m (mβ2m) requires the addition of 0.3M NaCl to cause fibrillation. Here, the factors which give rise to this difference in amyloid propensity are investigated. We utilise structural and mutational analyses, fibril growth kinetics and solubility measurements under a range of pH and salt conditions, to determine why these two proteins have different amyloid propensities. The results show that, although other factors influence the fibril growth kinetics, a striking difference in the solubility of the proteins is a key determinant of the different amyloidogenicity of hβ2m and mβ2m. The relationship between protein solubility and lag time of amyloid formation is not captured by current aggregation or amyloid prediction algorithms, indicating a need to better understand the role of solubility on the lag time of amyloid formation. The results demonstrate the key contribution of protein solubility in determining amyloid propensity and lag time of amyloid formation, highlighting how small differences in protein sequence can have dramatic effects on amyloid formation.

  20. Synthesis of water soluble chitosan stabilized gold nanoparticles and determination of uric acid

    Lanh Le, Thi; Khieu Dinh, Quang; Hoa Tran, Thai; Nguyen, Hai Phong; Le Hien Hoang, Thi; Hien Nguyen, Quoc


    Gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) have been successfully synthesized by utilizing water soluble chitosan as reducing and stabilizing agent. The colloidal Au-NPs were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the colloidal Au-NPs had a plasmon absorption band with maximum wavelength in the range of 520-526 nm and the diameters were about 8-15 nm. In addition, a new Au-NPs-modified electrode was fabricated by self-assembling Au-NPs to the surface of the L-cysteine-modified glassy carbon electrode (Au-NPs/L-Cys/GCE). The Au-NPs-modified electrode showed an excellent character for electro-catalytic oxidization of uric acid (UA) in 0.1 mol L-1 phosphate buffer solution (pH 3.2). Using differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DP-ASV), a high selectivity for determination of UA has been explored for the Au-NPs-modified electrode. DP-ASV peak currents of UA increased linearly with their concentration at the range of 2.0 × 10-6 to 4.0 × 10-5 mol L-1 with the detection limit of 2.7 × 10-6 mol L-1 for UA. The proposed method was applied for the detection of UA in human urine and serum samples with satisfactory results.

  1. Use of Variamine Blue dye in Spectrophotometric determination of Water Soluble Cr(VI in Portland Cement

    Devesh K. Sharma


    Full Text Available Variamine blue dye as chromogenic reagent was used for Portland cement samples in determination of soluble hexavalent chromium. This method was based on the reaction of Cr(VI with potassium iodide in acidic medium to liberate iodine, which oxidized variamine blue to form a violet colored species having an absorption maximum 556 nm. The extraction of soluble Cr(VI for quantification in cement was done according to European method. The validity of this method was thoroughly examined by comparing with standard DPC method as well as the accuracy of the method was checked using a standard reference material of National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST, USA.

  2. Determination of the solubility of low volatility liquid organic compounds in water using volatile-tracer assisted headspace gas chromatography.

    Zhang, Shu-Xin; Chai, Xin-Sheng; Barnes, Donald G


    This study reports a new headspace gas chromatographic method (HS-GC) for the determination of water solubility of low volatility liquid organic compounds (LVLOs). The HS-GC analysis was performed on a set of aqueous solutions containing a range of concentrations of toluene-spiked (as a tracer) LVLOs, from under-saturation to over-saturation. A plot of the toluene tracer GC signal vs. the concentration of the LVLO results in two lines of different slopes that intersect at the concentration corresponding to the compound's solubility in water. The results showed that the HS-GC method has good precision (RSD solubility of LVLOs at elevated temperatures. This approach should be of special interest to those concerned about the impact of the presence of low-volatility organic liquids in waters of environmental and biological systems.

  3. Soluble epoxide hydrolase activity determines the severity of ischemia-reperfusion injury in kidney.

    Jung Pyo Lee

    Full Text Available Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH in endothelial cells determines the plasma concentrations of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs, which may act as vasoactive agents to control vascular tone. We hypothesized that the regulation of sEH activity may have a therapeutic value in preventing acute kidney injury by controlling the concentration of EETs. In this study, we therefore induced ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI in C57BL/6 mice and controlled sEH activity by intraperitoneal administration of the sEH inhibitor 12-(3-adamantan-1-ylureido-dodecanoic acid (AUDA. The deterioration of kidney function induced by IRI was partially moderated and prevented by AUDA treatment. In addition, AUDA treatment significantly attenuated tubular necrosis induced by IRI. Ischemic injury induced the down-regulation of sEH, and AUDA administration had no effect on the expression pattern of sEH induced by IRI. In vivo sEH activity was assessed by measuring the substrate epoxyoctadecenoic acid (EpOME and its metabolite dihydroxyoctadec-12-enoic acid (DHOME. Ischemic injury had no effects on the plasma concentrations of EpOME and DHOME, but inhibition of sEH by AUDA significantly increased plasma EpOME and the EpOME/DHOME ratio. The protective effect of the sEH inhibitor was achieved by suppression of proinflammatory cytokines and up-regulation of regulatory cytokines. AUDA treatment prevented the intrarenal infiltration of inflammatory cells, but promoted endothelial cell migration and neovascularization. The results of this study suggest that treatment with sEH inhibitors can reduce acute kidney injury.

  4. Determination of soluble solid content and acidity of loquats based on FT-NIR spectroscopy

    Xia-ping FU; Jian-ping LI; Ying ZHOU; Yi-bin YING; Li-juan XIE; Xiao-ying NIU; Zhan-ke YAN; Hai-yan YU


    The near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy technique has been applied in many fields because of its advantages of simple preparation,fast response,and non-destructiveness.We investigated the potential of NIR spectroscopy in diffuse reflectance mode for determining the soluble solid content (SSC) and acidity (pH) of intact loquats.Two cultivars of loquats (Dahongpao and Jiajiaozhong) harvested from two orchards (Tangxi and Chun'an,Zhejiang,China) were used for the measurement of NIR spectra between 800 and 2500 nm.A total of 400 loquats (100 samples of each cultivar from each orchard) were used in this study.Relationships between NIR spectra and SSC and acidity of ioquats were evaluated using partial least square (PLS) method.Spectra preprocessing options included the first and second derivatives,multiple scatter correction (MSC),and the standard normal variate (SNV).Three separate spectral windows identified as full NIR (800-2500 nm),short NIR (800~1100 nm),and long NIR (1100~2500 nm) were studied in factorial combination with the preprocessing options.The models gave relatively good predictions of the SSC of loquats,with root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) values of 1.21,1.00,0.965,and 1.16 °Brix for Tangxi-Dahongpao,Tangxi-Jiajiaozhong,Chun'an-Dahongpao,and Chun'an-Jiajiaozhong,respectively.The acidity prediction was not satisfactory,with the RMSEP of 0.382,0.194,0.388,and 0.361 for the above four loquats,respectively.The results indicate that NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy can be used to predict the SSC and acidity of loquat fruit.

  5. Ubiquitous water-soluble molecules in aquatic plant exudates determine specific insect attraction.

    Julien Sérandour

    Full Text Available Plants produce semio-chemicals that directly influence insect attraction and/or repulsion. Generally, this attraction is closely associated with herbivory and has been studied mainly under atmospheric conditions. On the other hand, the relationship between aquatic plants and insects has been little studied. To determine whether the roots of aquatic macrophytes release attractive chemical mixtures into the water, we studied the behaviour of mosquito larvae using olfactory experiments with root exudates. After testing the attraction on Culex and Aedes mosquito larvae, we chose to work with Coquillettidia species, which have a complex behaviour in nature and need to be attached to plant roots in order to obtain oxygen. This relationship is non-destructive and can be described as commensal behaviour. Commonly found compounds seemed to be involved in insect attraction since root exudates from different plants were all attractive. Moreover, chemical analysis allowed us to identify a certain number of commonly found, highly water-soluble, low-molecular-weight compounds, several of which (glycerol, uracil, thymine, uridine, thymidine were able to induce attraction when tested individually but at concentrations substantially higher than those found in nature. However, our principal findings demonstrated that these compounds appeared to act synergistically, since a mixture of these five compounds attracted larvae at natural concentrations (0.7 nM glycerol, <0.5 nM uracil, 0.6 nM thymine, 2.8 nM uridine, 86 nM thymidine, much lower than those found for each compound tested individually. These results provide strong evidence that a mixture of polyols (glycerol, pyrimidines (uracil, thymine, and nucleosides (uridine, thymidine functions as an efficient attractive signal in nature for Coquillettidia larvae. We therefore show for the first time, that such commonly found compounds may play an important role in plant-insect relationships in aquatic eco-systems.

  6. Single Benzene Green Fluorophore: Solid-State Emissive, Water-Soluble, and Solvent- and pH-Independent Fluorescence with Large Stokes Shifts.

    Beppu, Teruo; Tomiguchi, Kosuke; Masuhara, Akito; Pu, Yong-Jin; Katagiri, Hiroshi


    Benzene is the simplest aromatic hydrocarbon with a six-membered ring. It is one of the most basic structural units for the construction of π conjugated systems, which are widely used as fluorescent dyes and other luminescent materials for imaging applications and displays because of their enhanced spectroscopic signal. Presented herein is 2,5-bis(methylsulfonyl)-1,4-diaminobenzene as a novel architecture for green fluorophores, established based on an effective push-pull system supported by intramolecular hydrogen bonding. This compound demonstrates high fluorescence emission and photostability and is solid-state emissive, water-soluble, and solvent- and pH-independent with quantum yields of Φ=0.67 and Stokes shift of 140 nm (in water). This architecture is a significant departure from conventional extended π-conjugated systems based on a flat and rigid molecular design and provides a minimum requirement for green fluorophores comprising a single benzene ring.

  7. Determination and Correlation of Solubility for D-Xylose in Volatile Fatty Acid Solvents

    李涛; 陈飞雄; 江振西; 任保增


    The solubility of D-xylose in formic acid and binary solvents of formic acid with formic acid and acetic acid, propionic acid, n-butyric acid or isobutyric acid was measured in the temperature range from 300.35 to 325.05 K using the synthetic method by a laser monitoring technique at atmospheric pressure. The solid-liquid equilibrium data will provide essential support for industrial design and further theoretical study. The experimental data show that the solubility of D-xylose in formic acid and in the mixtures of formic acid+acetic acid (1︰1), formic acid+propionic acid (1︰1), formic acid+n-butyric acid (1︰1), and formic acid+isobutyric acid (1︰1) increases with temperature. The Apelblat equation, theλh model, and the ideal solution equation correlate the solubility data well.

  8. Determination of water-soluble and insoluble elements in PM2.5 by ICP-MS.

    Manousakas, M; Papaefthymiou, H; Eleftheriadis, K; Katsanou, K


    The elemental composition of water-soluble and acid-soluble fractions of PM2.5 samples from two different Greek cities (Patras and Megalopolis) was investigated. Patras and Megalopolis represent different environments. Specifically, Patras is an urban environment with proximity to a large port, while Megalopolis is a small city located close to lignite power plants. Both cities can serve as a representative example of European cities with similar characteristics. The concentration of 14 elements (As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Fe, Sr, Ti, V and Zn) was determined in each fraction by ICP-MS. Microwave assisted digestion was used to digest the samples using a mixture of HNO3 and HF. For the determination of the water soluble fraction, water was chosen as the simplest and most universal extraction solvent. For the validation of the extraction procedure, the recoveries were tested on two certified reference materials (NIST SRM 1648 Urban Particulate Matter and NIST 1649a Urban Dust). Results showed that Zn has the highest total concentration (273 and 186 ng/m(3)) and Co the lowest (0.48 and 0.23 ng/m(3)) for Patras and Megalopolis samples, respectively. Nickel with 65% for Patras and As with 49% for Megalopolis displayed the highest solubility, whereas Fe (10%) and Ti (2%) the lowest ones, respectively.

  9. Fast determination of operational stability of the soluble acetylacetone-cleaving enzyme Dke1 in an enzyme membrane reactor.

    Hofer, Hannes; Steiner, Walter


    The main aim of this study was the determination of the operational stability of soluble Dke1 (EC in an enzyme membrane reactor. In order to calculate the half-life of soluble Dke1, the K (M) of oxygen must be known. The determination of this constant was done using progress curve analysis (K (M) = 260 micromol l(-1)). In a next step, the reactor system was studied by building a mathematical model for calculation of the reactor system, using Berkeley Madonna ver. 8.0.1 software. After that, the determination of the half-life of Dke1 under operational conditions at different temperatures (5, 10, 15, 25, 30, 35 degrees C) was performed. The quantitative criterion for stability was the value of the first-order rate constant of monomolecular inactivation. The experiments showed that soluble Dke1 is poorly stable. The half-life ranged from 308 min at 5 degrees C to 9 min at 35 degrees C. This method for determining the half-life is quite applicable for enzymes which are poorly stable. In addition, both the storage stability and the operational stability can be determined.

  10. Determining the Solubility Product of Fe(OH)[subscript 3]: An Equilibrium Study with Environmental Significance

    Meighan, Michelle; MacNeil, Joseph; Falconer, Renee


    The relationship between pH and the aqueous solubility of heavy metals is explored by considering the environmental impact of acidic mine drainage. Acid mine drainage is an important environmental concern in many areas of the United States. Associated with coal mining in the East and hard rock mining in the West, the acidity originates primarily…



    Objective: To investigate the serum levels of soluble macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor (M-CSFsR) in normal subjects and patients with hematological diseases and its clinical implications in hematological diseases. Methods: The concentration of M-CSFsR was determined by ELISA. The serum M-CSFsR was identified and characterized by immunoprecipitation and Western blotting. Results: The mean serum level of M-CSFsR of 123 normal individuals was 0.48 ng/ml±0.41 ng/ml. Immunoprecipitation and Western blotting assay revealed a ~90kD band of serum M-CSFsR. The mean serum M-CSFsR level of 60 patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), 36 patients with acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML), 13 patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and 42 patients with aplastic anemia (AA) were 0.22 ng/ml±0.23 ng/ml, 0.17 ng/ml±0.16 ng/ml, 0.19 ng/ml±0.16 ng/ml and 0.23 ng/ml±0.21 ng/ml, respectively, which were significantly lower than that of normal subjects (P=0.002 , P<0.0001, P<0.0001 and P<0.0001). The mean serum M-CSFsR level of 51 idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) patients was significantly higher than that of normal subjects (2.05 ng/ml±2.75 ng/ml, P<0.0001). Conclusion: The serum M-CSFsR levels of patients with ALL, AML, MDS and AA were significantly lower, while the level of patients with ITP was significantly higher than that of normal individuals. Patients with severe ITP (platelet count<30′109/L) had the highest M-CSFsR level. It suggested that the abnormal levels of serum M-CSFsR may associate with some hematological diseases and may contribute to the pathological process.

  12. Application of ion chromatography to the determination of water-soluble inorganic and organic ions in atmospheric aerosols

    YU Xue-chun; HE Ke-bin; MA Yong-liang; YANG Fu-mo; DUAN Feng-kui; ZHENG Ai-hua; ZHAO Cheng-yi


    A simple, sensitive and convenient ion chromatography(IC) method was established for the simultaneous determination of twelve water-soluble inorganic ions(F-, Cl-, NO2-, NO3-, SO32-, SO42-, PO43-, Na+, NH4+, K+, Mg2+) and sixteen water-soluble organic ions(formate, acetate, MSA, oxalate, malonate, succinate, phthalates, etc.) in atmospheric aerosols. The linear concentrations ranged from 0.005 μg/m3 to 500 μg/m3(r = 0.999-0.9999). The relative standard deviation(RSD) were 0.43%-2.00% and the detection limits were from 2.7 ng/m3 to 88 ng/m3. The proposed method was successfully applied to the simultaneous determination of those inorganic ions and organic ions in PM2.5 of Beijing.

  13. Independence, Intervention and Great Power Patronage: Kosovo, Georgia and the Contemporary Self-Determination Penumbra

    Aidan Hehir


    Full Text Available This article contends that despite the increased currency of self-determination in contemporary international political debate the issue remains highly ambiguous and problematic. Two situation in 2008 - Kosovo’s declaration of independence and Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – brought this issue to the top of the international agenda and yet neither case has clarified the self-determination penumbra. The issue remains the preserve of political expediency rather than objective legal doctrine. This article assesses the evolution of independence Kosovo highlighting the highly contingent nature of this case and the conditional nature of Kosovo’s “independence”

  14. New procedure for the determination of Hansen solubility parameters by means of inverse gas chromatography.

    Adamska, K; Bellinghausen, R; Voelkel, A


    The Hansen solubility parameter (HSP) seems to be a useful tool for the thermodynamic characterization of different materials. Unfortunately, estimation of the HSP values can cause some problems. In this work different procedures by using inverse gas chromatography have been presented for calculation of pharmaceutical excipients' solubility parameter. The new procedure proposed, based on the Lindvig et al. methodology, where experimental data of Flory-Huggins interaction parameter are used, can be a reasonable alternative for the estimation of HSP values. The advantage of this method is that the values of Flory-Huggins interaction parameter chi for all test solutes are used for further calculation, thus diverse interactions between test solute and material are taken into consideration.

  15. Determination of Uncertainties for +III and +IV Actinide Solubilities in the WIPP Geochemistry Model for the 2009 Compliance Recertification Application

    Ismail, A. E.; Xiong, Y.; Nowak, E. J.; Brush, L. H.


    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) repository in southeast New Mexico for defense-related transuranic (TRU) waste. Every five years, the DOE is required to submit an application to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrating the WIPP’s continuing compliance with the applicable EPA regulations governing the repository. Part of this recertification effort involves a performance assessment—a probabilistic evaluation of the repository performance with respect to regulatory limits on the amount of releases from the repository to the accessible environment. One of the models used as part of the performance assessment process is a geochemistry model, which predicts solubilities of the radionuclides in the brines that may enter the repository in the different scenarios considered by the performance assessment. The dissolved actinide source term comprises actinide solubilities, which are input parameters for modeling the transport of radionuclides as a result of brine flow through and from the repository. During a performance assessment, the solubilities are modeled as the product of a “base” solubility determined from calculations based on the chemical conditions expected in the repository, and an uncertainty factor that describes the potential deviations of the model from expected behavior. We will focus here on a discussion of the uncertainties. To compute a cumulative distribution function (CDF) for the uncertainties, we compare published, experimentally measured solubility data to predictions made using the established WIPP geochemistry model. The differences between the solubilities observed for a given experiment and the calculated solubilities from the model are used to form the overall CDF, which is then sampled as part of the performance assessment. We will discuss the methodology used to update the CDF’s for the +III actinides, obtained from data for Nd, Am, and Cm, and the +IV actinides, obtained


    Fox, K; Elizabeth Hoffman, E; Charles Crawford, C; Tommy Edwards, T; David Best, D; James Marra, J


    This study focuses on the development of a compositional envelope that describes the retention of various impurities in lanthanide borosilicate (LaBS) glass for vitrification and immobilization of excess, defense-related plutonium. A limited amount of impurity data for the various plutonium sources is available and projections were made through analysis of the available information. These projections were used to define types and concentrations of impurities in the LaBS glass compositions to be fabricated and tested. Sixty surrogate glass compositions were developed through a statistically designed approach to cover the anticipated ranges of concentrations for several impurity species expected in the plutonium feeds. An additional four glass compositions containing actual plutonium oxide were selected based on their targeted concentrations of metals and anions. The glasses were fabricated and characterized in the laboratory and shielded cells facility to determine the degree of retention of the impurity components, the impact of the impurities on the durability of each glass, and the degree of crystallization that occurred, both upon quenching and slow cooling. Overall, the LaBS glass system appears to be very tolerant of most of the impurity types and concentrations projected in the plutonium waste stream. For the surrogate glasses, the measured CuO, Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Na{sub 2}O, NiO, and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} concentrations fell very close to their target values across the ranges of concentrations targeted in this study for each of these components. The measured CaO and PbO concentrations were consistently higher than the targeted values. The measured Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} concentrations were very close to the targets except for the one highest targeted value for each of these components. A solubility limit may have been approached in this glass system for K{sub 2}O and MgO. The measured Cl{sup -}, F{sup -}, SeO{sub 2} and SO{sub 4}{sup 2

  17. Depression is an independent determinant of life satisfaction early after stroke.

    Oosterveer, Daniëlla M; Mishre, Radha Rambaran; van Oort, Andrea; Bodde, Karin; Aerden, Leo A M


    Life satisfaction is reduced in stroke patients. However, as a rule, rehabilitation goals are not aimed at life satisfaction, but at activities and participation. In order to optimize life satisfaction in stroke patients, rehabilitation should take into account the determinants of life satisfaction. The aim of this study was therefore to determine what factors are independent determinants of life satisfaction in a large group of patients early after stroke. Stroke-surviving patients were examined by a specialized nurse 6 weeks after discharge from hospital or rehabilitation setting. A standardized history and several screening lists, including the Lisat-9, were completed. Step-wise regression was used to identify independent determinants of life satisfaction. A total of 284 stroke-surviving patients were included in the study. Of these, 117 answered all of the Lisat-9 questions. Most patients (66.5%) rated their life as a whole as "satisfying" or "very satisfying". More depressive symptoms were independently associated with lower life satisfaction (p life early after a stroke. The score on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale depression items is independently associated with life satisfaction. Physicians should therefore pay close attention to the mood of these patients.

  18. Determining the Unithood of Word Sequences using Mutual Information and Independence Measure

    Wong, Wilson; Bennamoun, Mohammed


    Most works related to unithood were conducted as part of a larger effort for the determination of termhood. Consequently, the number of independent research that study the notion of unithood and produce dedicated techniques for measuring unithood is extremely small. We propose a new approach, independent of any influences of termhood, that provides dedicated measures to gather linguistic evidence from parsed text and statistical evidence from Google search engine for the measurement of unithood. Our evaluations revealed a precision and recall of 98.68% and 91.82% respectively with an accuracy at 95.42% in measuring the unithood of 1005 test cases.

  19. Phenol-Soluble Modulin α Peptide Toxins from Aggressive Staphylococcus aureus Induce Rapid Formation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps through a Reactive Oxygen Species-Independent Pathway

    Björnsdottir, Halla; Dahlstrand Rudin, Agnes; Klose, Felix P.; Elmwall, Jonas; Welin, Amanda; Stylianou, Marios; Christenson, Karin; Urban, Constantin F.; Forsman, Huamei; Dahlgren, Claes; Karlsson, Anna; Bylund, Johan


    Neutrophils have the ability to capture and kill microbes extracellularly through the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). These are DNA and protein structures that neutrophils release extracellularly and are believed to function as a defense mechanism against microbes. The classic NET formation process, triggered by, e.g., bacteria, fungi, or by direct stimulation of protein kinase C through phorbol myristate acetate, is an active process that takes several hours and relies on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are further modified by myeloperoxidase (MPO). We show here that NET-like structures can also be formed by neutrophils after interaction with phenol-soluble modulin α (PSMα) that are cytotoxic membrane-disturbing peptides, secreted from community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). The PSMα-induced NETs contained the typical protein markers and were able to capture microbes. The PSMα-induced NET structures were disintegrated upon prolonged exposure to DNase-positive S. aureus but not on exposure to DNase-negative Candida albicans. Opposed to classic NETosis, PSMα-triggered NET formation occurred very rapidly, independently of ROS or MPO, and was also manifest at 4°C. These data indicate that rapid NETs release may result from cytotoxic membrane disturbance by PSMα peptides, a process that may be of importance for CA-MRSA virulence. PMID:28337204

  20. High plasma levels of intact and cleaved soluble urokinase receptor reflect immune activation and are independent predictors of mortality in HIV-1-infected patients

    Ostrowski, Sisse Rye; Piironen, Timo; Høyer-Hansen, Gunilla


    ). In multivariate Cox analysis adjusting for CD4+ count, HIV RNA, beta2-microglobulin, hemoglobin and clinical stage, higher levels of suPAR(I-III) and suPAR(II-III) were independent predictors of increased mortality risk (P ...BACKGROUND: High blood levels of soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) measured by enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) (bulk measurement of 3-domain and 2-domain suPAR [suPAR(I-III), suPAR(II-III)], and suPAR(I-III) ligand complexes) strongly predict mortality in HIV-1-infected patients. This study...... investigated plasma levels of suPAR(I-III), suPAR(II-III), and 1-domain suPAR [suPAR(I)] and their predictive value for survival in HIV patients. METHODS: Plasma suPAR was measured by ELISA and 3 different time-resolved fluorescence immunoassays detecting suPAR(I-III), suPAR(I-III) plus suPAR(II-III), and su...

  1. Solubility and pKa determination of six structurally related phenothiazines.

    Domańska, Urszula; Pelczarska, Aleksandra; Pobudkowska, Aneta


    Solubilities of six structurally related phenothiazines, namely chlorpromazine hydrochloride, fluphenazine dihydrochloride, promazine hydrochloride, thioridazine hydrochloride, trifluoperazine dihydrochloride, and triflupromazine hydrochloride at constant pH were measured in the temperature range from 290 K to 350 K in three important drugs solvents: water, ethanol and 1-octanol using the dynamic method and UV-vis method. Dissociation constants and corresponding pK(a) values of drugs were obtained with Bates-Schwarzenbach method at temperature 298.15K in the buffer solutions. Our experimental pK(a) values for chlorpromazine hydrochloride, fluphenazine dihydrochloride, promazine hydrochloride, thioridazine hydrochloride, trifluoperazine dihydrochloride, and triflupromazine hydrochloride are 9.15, 10.01, 9.37, 8.89, 8.97, and 9.03, respectively. The basic thermal properties of pure drugs i.e. melting and solid-solid phase transition as well as glass-transition temperatures, the enthalpy of melting and phase transitions and the molar heat capacity at glass transition (at constant pressure) were measured with differential scanning microcalorimetry (DSC) technique. Molar volumes were calculated with Barton group contribution method. The experimental solubility data were correlated by means of three commonly known G(E) equations: the Wilson, NRTL and UNIQUAC with the assumption that the systems studied here have revealed simple eutectic mixtures. The root-mean-square deviations of temperature were used for the precision of the correlation. The activity coefficients of drugs at saturated solutions in each correlated binary mixture were calculated from the experimental data. These new data will help in all prediction-methods and their precision.

  2. Determination of the solubility parameter of ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate by inverse gas chromatography.

    Ma, Xiaohong; Wang, Qiang; Li, Xiaoping; Tang, Jun; Zhang, Zhengfang


    Thermodynamic properties of ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM] BF4) were determined via inverse gas chromatography (IGC). Two groups of solvents with different chemical natures and polarities were used to obtain information about [BMIM] BF4-solvent interactions. The specific retention volume, molar heat of sorption, weight fraction activity coefficient, Flory-Huggins interaction parameter as well as solubility parameter were also determined in a temperature range of 333 - 373 K. The results showed that the selected solvents n-C10 to n-C12, carbon tetrachloride, cyclohexane and toluene were poor solvents for [BMIM] BF4, while dichloromethane, acetone, chloroform, methyl acetate, ethanol and methanol were favorite solvents for [BMIM] BF4. In addition, the solubility parameter of [ BMIM] BF4 was determined as 23.39 (J/cm3)0.5 by the extrapolation at 298 K. The experiment proved that IGC was a simple and accurate method to obtain the thermodynamic properties of ionic liquids. This study could be used as a reference to the application and research of the ionic liquids.

  3. Model independent determination of the muonic hydrogen Lamb shift and proton radius

    Peset, Clara


    We obtain a model independent expression for the muonic hydrogen Lamb shift. This expression includes the leading logarithmic ${\\cal O}(m_{\\mu}\\alpha^6)$ terms, as well as the leading ${\\cal O}(m_{\\mu}\\alpha^5 \\frac{m_{\\mu}^2}{m_{\\rho}^2})$ hadronic effects. The latter are controlled by the chiral theory, which allows for their model independent determination. In this paper we give the missing piece for their complete expression including the pion and Delta particles. Out of this analysis and the experimental measurement of the muonic hydrogen Lamb shift we determine the electromagnetic proton radius: $r_p=0.8433(17)$ fm. This number is at 6.4$\\sigma$ variance with respect to the CODATA value. The accuracy of our result is limited by uncomputed terms of ${\\cal O}(m_{\\mu}\\alpha^5\\frac{m_{\\mu}^3}{m_{\\rho}^3},m_{\\mu}\\alpha^6)$. This parametric control of the uncertainties allows us to obtain a model independent determination of the error, which is dominated by hadronic effects.

  4. Quantitative determination of caffeine, formic acid, trigonelline and 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural in soluble coffees by 1H NMR spectrometry.

    del Campo, Gloria; Berregi, Iñaki; Caracena, Raúl; Zuriarrain, Juan


    A quantitative method for the determination of caffeine, formic acid, trigonelline and 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (5-HMF) in soluble coffees by applying the proton nuclear magnetic resonance technique ((1)H NMR) is proposed. Each of these compounds records a singlet signal at the 7.6-9.5 ppm interval of the spectrum, and its area is used to determine the concentration. 3-(Trimethylsilyl)-2,2,3,3-tetradeuteropropionic acid is added in an exact known concentration as a reference for delta=0.00 ppm and as an internal standard. The method is applied to commercial soluble coffees and satisfactorily compared with results obtained by standard methods. The limits of detection and the coefficients of variation (N=10) are, respectively, 1.32 mg/g of solid product and 4.2% for caffeine, 0.45 mg/g and 2.6% for formic acid, 0.58 mg/g and 2.4% for trigonelline, and 0.30 mg/g and 7.3% for 5-HMF. The described method is direct and no previous derivatization is needed.

  5. Model-independent determination of the Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen and the proton radius

    Peset, Clara; Pineda, Antonio [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Dept. of Physics and IFAE, Barcelona (Spain)


    We obtain a model-independent expression for the Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen. This expression includes the leading logarithmic O(m{sub μ}α{sup 6}) terms, as well as the leading O(m{sub μ}α{sup 5}(m{sub μ}{sup 2})/(m{sub ρ}{sup 2})) hadronic effects. The latter are controlled by the chiral theory, which allows for their model-independent determination. In this paper we give the missing piece for their complete expression including the pion and Delta particles. Out of this analysis, and the experimental measurement of the Lamb shift in muonic hydrogen, we determine the electromagnetic proton radius: r{sub p}=0.8412(15) fm. This number is at 6.8σ variance with respect to the CODATA value. The accuracy of our result is limited by uncomputed terms of O(m{sub μ}α{sup 5}(m{sub μ}{sup 3})/(m{sub ρ}{sup 3}),m{sub μ}α{sup 6}). This parametric control of the uncertainties allows us to obtain a model-independent estimate of the error, which is dominated by hadronic effects. (orig.)

  6. Determination of insoluble, soluble, and total dietary fiber (CODEX definition) by enzymatic-gravimetric method and liquid chromatography: collaborative study.

    McCleary, Barry V; DeVries, Jonathan W; Rader, Jeanne I; Cohen, Gerald; Prosky, Leon; Mugford, David C; Okuma, Kazuhiro


    A method for the determination of insoluble (IDF), soluble (SDF), and total dietary fiber (TDF), as defined by the CODEX Alimentarius, was validated in foods. Based upon the principles of AOAC Official Methods 985.29, 991.43, 2001.03, and 2002.02, the method quantitates water-insoluble and water-soluble dietary fiber. This method extends the capabilities of the previously adopted AOAC Official Method 2009.01, Total Dietary Fiber in Foods, Enzymatic-Gravimetric-Liquid Chromatographic Method, applicable to plant material, foods, and food ingredients consistent with CODEX Definition 2009, including naturally occurring, isolated, modified, and synthetic polymers meeting that definition. The method was evaluated through an AOAC/AACC collaborative study. Twenty-two laboratories participated, with 19 laboratories returning valid assay data for 16 test portions (eight blind duplicates) consisting of samples with a range of traditional dietary fiber, resistant starch, and nondigestible oligosaccharides. The dietary fiber content of the eight test pairs ranged from 10.45 to 29.90%. Digestion of samples under the conditions of AOAC 2002.02 followed by the isolation, fractionation, and gravimetric procedures of AOAC 985.29 (and its extensions 991.42 and 993.19) and 991.43 results in quantitation of IDF and soluble dietary fiber that precipitates (SDFP). The filtrate from the quantitation of water-alcohol-insoluble dietary fiber is concentrated, deionized, concentrated again, and analyzed by LC to determine the SDF that remains soluble (SDFS), i.e., all dietary fiber polymers of degree of polymerization = 3 and higher, consisting primarily, but not exclusively, of oligosaccharides. SDF is calculated as the sum of SDFP and SDFS. TDF is calculated as the sum of IDF and SDF. The within-laboratory variability, repeatability SD (Sr), for IDF ranged from 0.13 to 0.71, and the between-laboratory variability, reproducibility SD (SR), for IDF ranged from 0.42 to 2.24. The within

  7. Utilization of paramagnetic relaxation enhancements for high-resolution NMR structure determination of a soluble loop-rich protein with sparse NOE distance restraints

    Furuita, Kyoko; Kataoka, Saori; Sugiki, Toshihiko; Hattori, Yoshikazu; Kobayashi, Naohiro; Ikegami, Takahisa [Osaka University, Institute for Protein Research (Japan); Shiozaki, Kazuhiro [Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Biological Sciences (Japan); Fujiwara, Toshimichi; Kojima, Chojiro, E-mail: [Osaka University, Institute for Protein Research (Japan)


    NMR structure determination of soluble proteins depends in large part on distance restraints derived from NOE. In this study, we examined the impact of paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE)-derived distance restraints on protein structure determination. A high-resolution structure of the loop-rich soluble protein Sin1 could not be determined by conventional NOE-based procedures due to an insufficient number of NOE restraints. By using the 867 PRE-derived distance restraints obtained from the NOE-based structure determination procedure, a high-resolution structure of Sin1 could be successfully determined. The convergence and accuracy of the determined structure were improved by increasing the number of PRE-derived distance restraints. This study demonstrates that PRE-derived distance restraints are useful in the determination of a high-resolution structure of a soluble protein when the number of NOE constraints is insufficient.

  8. Determinants of Foreign Direct Investments in Transition Economies: Case of Commonwealth of Independent Countries

    Sobir Shukurov


    Full Text Available While there has been voluminous research on the determinants of FDI for developed and developing countries, little has been done on this issue for transition economies, especially, for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS countries. the present paper examines the determinants of inward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI flows in the CIS during 1995–2010. the results of empirical analysis using panel data models, conducted with the purpose of identifying the factors that determine the motivation and decision of multinational companies (MNC to invest in CIS economies, show that regardless of the presence of high investment risk in transition economies, the choice of FDI location always depends on a preliminary analysis of countries’ advantages (FDI stock, market size, abundance in natural resources and disadvantages at macro level (fiscal imbalance and inflation. These pre‑existing conditions can always roughly predict the type of FDI (resource-seeking, market‑seeking, efficiency-seeking.

  9. Self-determined motivation predicts independent, home-based exercise following cardiac rehabilitation.

    Russell, Kelly L; Bray, Steven R


    To investigate self-determined motivation as a predictor of exercise behavior 3 and 6 weeks following completion of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) as well as the relationship between psychological need satisfaction and self-determined motivation to exercise. CR outpatients (n = 68; M(age) = 64.90 +/- 8.86 years). The design was correlational (cross-sectional and prospective), with psychological need satisfaction predicting self-determined motivation at the completion of CR and self-determined motivation predicting exercise behavior at 3- and 6-week follow-ups. Psychological need satisfaction for competence predicted self-determined motivation to exercise (beta = .32, p motivation at the end of CR was correlated with exercise behavior at 3-week follow-up (r(68) = .22, p motivation. Greater self-determined motivation to exercise, in turn, relates to higher levels of subsequent independent exercise behavior. Nurturing psychological needs and self-determined motivation during CR may assist participants in maintaining exercise following CR. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).

  10. Muscle Power Is an Independent Determinant of Pain and Quality of Life in Knee Osteoarthritis.

    Reid, Kieran F; Price, Lori Lyn; Harvey, William F; Driban, Jeffrey B; Hau, Cynthia; Fielding, Roger A; Wang, Chenchen


    This study examined the relationships between leg muscle strength, power, and perceived disease severity in subjects with knee osteoarthritis (OA) in order to determine whether dynamic leg extensor muscle power would be associated with pain and quality of life in knee OA. Baseline data on 190 subjects with knee OA (mean ± SD age 60.2 ± 10.4 years, body mass index 32.7 ± 7.2 kg/m(2) ) were obtained from a randomized controlled trial. Knee pain was measured using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, and health-related quality of life was assessed using the Short Form 36 (SF-36). One-repetition maximum (1RM) strength was assessed using the bilateral leg press, and peak muscle power was measured during 5 maximum voluntary velocity repetitions at 40% and 70% of 1RM. In univariate analysis, greater muscle power was significantly associated with pain (r = -0.17, P muscle power was a significant independent predictor of pain (P ≤ 0.05) and PCS scores (P ≤ 0.04). However, muscle strength was not an independent determinant of pain or quality of life (P ≥ 0.06). Muscle power is an independent determinant of pain and quality of life in knee OA. Compared to strength, muscle power may be a more clinically important measure of muscle function within this population. New trials to systematically examine the impact of muscle power training interventions on disease severity in knee OA are particularly warranted. © 2015, American College of Rheumatology.

  11. Model-independent determination of doublet and quartet cross sections in Nd fusion

    Ramachandran, G


    A model-independent theoretical formalism is outlined to describe Nd fusion in terms of irreducible tensor amplitudes labelled by the initial channel spins s=((1)/(2)),((3)/(2)). A comprehensive form for the initial spin density matrix rho is given in the channel spin representation, when both the beam and target are polarized. It is then suggested that an incisive study of Nd fusion may be carried out employing a polarized beam on a polarized target, leading to the determination of the differential cross sections for the doublet and quartet states individually.

  12. Determining the alarm signal in pulse interferometric fibre sensor by two independent criteria

    Życzkowski, Marek; Karol, Mateusz


    The article describes the construction and operation principle of the fibre optic pulse interferometer, which allows detection of mechanical disorders in fibre optic transmission line. Operation of this system is based on the optical pulses interference. Configuration of the system allows stable work of pulse interferometer over distances of several kilometres, with compensation impact of environmental conditions. Unique system detection capabilities obtained by using two independent criteria for alarm signal excitation. The aim of the research was to determine the usefulness of the proposed system to protection of information transmission via fibre-optic transmission networks.

  13. Application of Visible and Near-Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging to Determine Soluble Protein Content in Oilseed Rape Leaves

    Chu Zhang


    Full Text Available Visible and near-infrared hyperspectral imaging covering spectral range of 380–1030 nm as a rapid and non-destructive method was applied to estimate the soluble protein content of oilseed rape leaves. Average spectrum (500–900 nm of the region of interest (ROI of each sample was extracted, and four samples out of 128 samples were defined as outliers by Monte Carlo-partial least squares (MCPLS. Partial least squares (PLS model using full spectra obtained dependable performance with the correlation coefficient (rp of 0.9441, root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP of 0.1658 mg/g and residual prediction deviation (RPD of 2.98. The weighted regression coefficient (Bw, successive projections algorithm (SPA and genetic algorithm-partial least squares (GAPLS selected 18, 15, and 16 sensitive wavelengths, respectively. SPA-PLS model obtained the best performance with rp of 0.9554, RMSEP of 0.1538 mg/g and RPD of 3.25. Distribution of protein content within the rape leaves were visualized and mapped on the basis of the SPA-PLS model. The overall results indicated that hyperspectral imaging could be used to determine and visualize the soluble protein content of rape leaves.

  14. 蒽的溶解度测定与关联%Determination and correlation of solubilities of anthracene

    姜伟奇; 张春桃; 刘帮禹; 童仕唐


    Solubilities of anthracene in DMF,benzene,toluene,benzene-DMF,toluene-DMF and water-DMF were determined at 303.45 to 353.55K by equilibrium method.These solubilities were correlated by empirical equation ,ideal solution equation and λ-h equation ,which provides important phase equilibrium data for development of refined naphthalene preparation by use of new solvent ex -traction crystallization process .%采用平衡法测定了303.45~353.55 K蒽在DMF、苯、甲苯以及混合溶剂体系苯-DMF、甲苯-DMF、水-DMF中的溶解度,并分别用经验方程、理想溶液方程和λ-h方程对溶解度实验数据进行了关联,为开发新型溶析萃取结晶工艺制备精蒽提供了重要的相平衡数据。

  15. Determining the Independent Risk Factors and Mortality Rate of Nosocomial Infections in Pediatric Patients.

    Aktar, Fesih; Tekin, Recep; Güneş, Ali; Ülgen, Cevat; Tan, İlhan; Ertuğrul, Sabahattin; Köşker, Muhammet; Balık, Hasan; Karabel, Duran; Yolbaş, Ilyas


    The objective of this study was to determine the rate, independent risk factors, and outcomes of healthcare-associated infections in pediatric patients. This study was performed between 2011 and 2014 in pediatric clinic and intensive care unit. 86 patients and 86 control subjects were included in the study. Of 86 patients with nosocomial infections (NIs), there were 100 NIs episodes and 90 culture growths. The median age was 32.0 months. The median duration of hospital stay of the patients was 30.0 days. The most frequent pathogens were Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, Acinetobacter spp., Klebsiella spp., and Candida spp. Unconsciousness, prolonged hospitalization, transfusion, mechanical ventilation, use of central venous catheter, enteral feeding via a nasogastric tube, urinary catheter, and receiving carbapenems and glycopeptides were found to be significantly higher in NIs patients. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed prolonged hospitalization, neutropenia, and use of central venous catheter and carbapenems as the independent risk factors for NIs. In the univariate analysis, unconsciousness, mechanical ventilation, enteral feeding, use of enteral feeding via a nasogastric tube, H2 receptor blockers, and port and urinary catheter were significantly associated with mortality. In the multiple logistic regression analysis, only mechanical ventilation was found as an independent predictor of mortality in patients with NIs.

  16. Determining the Independent Risk Factors and Mortality Rate of Nosocomial Infections in Pediatric Patients

    Fesih Aktar


    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to determine the rate, independent risk factors, and outcomes of healthcare-associated infections in pediatric patients. This study was performed between 2011 and 2014 in pediatric clinic and intensive care unit. 86 patients and 86 control subjects were included in the study. Of 86 patients with nosocomial infections (NIs, there were 100 NIs episodes and 90 culture growths. The median age was 32.0 months. The median duration of hospital stay of the patients was 30.0 days. The most frequent pathogens were Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, Acinetobacter spp., Klebsiella spp., and Candida spp. Unconsciousness, prolonged hospitalization, transfusion, mechanical ventilation, use of central venous catheter, enteral feeding via a nasogastric tube, urinary catheter, and receiving carbapenems and glycopeptides were found to be significantly higher in NIs patients. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed prolonged hospitalization, neutropenia, and use of central venous catheter and carbapenems as the independent risk factors for NIs. In the univariate analysis, unconsciousness, mechanical ventilation, enteral feeding, use of enteral feeding via a nasogastric tube, H2 receptor blockers, and port and urinary catheter were significantly associated with mortality. In the multiple logistic regression analysis, only mechanical ventilation was found as an independent predictor of mortality in patients with NIs.

  17. A variant in the ABO gene explains the variation in soluble E-selectin levels-results from dense genotyping in two independent populations.

    Mahir Karakas

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Elevated soluble (s E-selectin levels have been associated with various cardiovascular diseases. Recently, genetic variants in the ABO blood group have been related to E-selectin levels in a small cohort of patients with type 1 diabetes. We evaluated whether this association is reproducible in two large samples of Caucasians. METHODOLOGY/ PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Data of the present study was drawn from the population-based MONICA/KORA Augsburg study (n = 1,482 and the patients-based LURIC study (n = 1,546. A high-density genotyping array (50K IBC Chip containing single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs from E-selectin candidate genes selected on known biology of E-selectin metabolism, mouse genetic studies, and human genetic association studies, was used for genotyping. Linear regression analyses with adjustment for age and sex (and survey in KORA were applied to assess associations between gene variants and sE-selectin concentrations. A number of 12 SNPs (in KORA and 13 SNPs (in LURIC, all from the ABO blood group gene, were significantly associated with the log-transformed concentration of E-selectin. The strongest association was observed for rs651007 with a change of log-transformed sE-selectin per one copy of the minor allele of -0.37 ng/ml (p = 1.87×10(-103 in KORA and -0.35 ng/ml (p = 5.11×10(-84 in LURIC. Inclusion of rs651007 increased the explained sE-selectin variance by 0.256 in KORA and 0.213 in LURIC. All SNPs had minor allele frequencies above 20% showing a substantial gene variation. CONCLUSIONS/ SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings in two independent samples indicate that the genetic variants at the ABO locus affect sE-selectin levels. Since distinct genome-wide association studies linked the ABO gene with myocardial infarction (MI in the presence of coronary atherosclerosis and with coronary artery disease, these findings may not only enhance our understanding of adhesion molecule biology, but may also provide a focus for several

  18. A model-independent determination of the inclusive semileptonic decay fraction of B mesons

    Albrecht, H.; Ehrlichmann, H.; Hamacher, T.; Hofmann, R. P.; Kirchhoff, T.; Nau, A.; Nowak, S.; Schröder, H.; Schulz, H. D.; Walter, M.; Wurth, R.; Hast, C.; Kolanoski, H.; Kosche, A.; Lange, A.; Lindner, A.; Mankel, R.; Schieber, M.; Siegmund, T.; Spaan, B.; Thurn, H.; Töpfer, D.; Wegener, D.; Bittner, M.; Eckstein, P.; Paulini, M.; Reim, K.; Wegener, H.; Eckmann, R.; Mundt, R.; Oest, T.; Reiner, R.; Schmidt-Parzefall, W.; Funk, W.; Stiewe, J.; Werner, S.; Ehret, K.; Hofmann, W.; Hüpper, A.; Khan, S.; Knöpfle, K. T.; Seeger, M.; Spengler, J.; Britton, D. I.; Charlesworth, C. E. K.; Edwards, K. W.; Hyatt, E. R. F.; Kapitza, H.; Krieger, P.; Macfarlane, D. B.; Patel, P. M.; Prentice, J. D.; Saull, P. R. B.; Tzamariudaki, K.; van de Water, R. G.; Yoon, T.-S.; Reßing, D.; Schmidtler, M.; Schneider, M.; Schubert, K. R.; Strahl, K.; Waldi, R.; Weseler, S.; Kernel, G.; Križnič, P.; Podobnik, T.; Živko, T.; Balagura, V.; Belyaev, I.; Chechelnitsky, S.; Danilov, M.; Droutskoy, A.; Gershtein, Yu.; Golutvin, A.; Kostina, G.; Litvintsev, D.; Lubimov, V.; Pakhlov, P.; Ratnikov, F.; Semenov, S.; Snizhko, A.; Soloshenko, V.; Tichomirov, I.; Zaitsev, Yu.; Argus Collaboration


    With the ARGUS detector at the e +e - storage ring DORIS II, we have determined decay fraction and electron momentum spectrum of the inclusive decay mode B → eνX. Usinng lepton tags from the second B meson. in 209 000 γ(4 S) → BoverlineB decays, we could determine the spectrum for all electron momenta pe > 0.6 GeV/ c. Including the small extrapolation to pe > 0, we find the model-independent decay fraction B(B → eνX) = (9.6 ± 0.5 ± 0.4)%. Adding D meson tags, our result is (9.7 ± 0.5 ± 0.4)%.

  19. Dynamic etching of soluble surface layers with on-line inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry detection - a novel approach for determination of complex metal oxide surface cation stoichiometry

    Limbeck, A; Rupp, GM; M. Kubicek; Tellez, H.; Druce, J; Ishihara, T.; Kilner, JA; Fleig, J.


    In this work, an innovative approach for determining the surface stoichiometry of complex metal oxide (CMO) thin films is presented. The procedure is based on treatment of the sample surface with different etching solutions, followed by on-line analysis of the derived eluates using inductively coupled plasma ? mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Via consecutive treatment of the sample surface with water and diluted HCl, a differentiation between water soluble and acid soluble parts of near surface re...

  20. Simultaneous and accurate determination of water- and fat-soluble vitamins in multivitamin tablets by using an RP-HPLC method


    In the present study, a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) procedure was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of seven water-soluble vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, cyanocobalamin, ascorbic acid, folic acid, and p-aminobenzoic acid) and four fat-soluble vitamins (retinol acetate, cholecalciferol, α-tocopherol, and phytonadione) in multivitamin tablets. The linearity of the method was excellent (R² > 0.999) over the concentration...

  1. Simple and Rapid Method for the Determination of Uric Acid-Independent Antioxidant Capacity

    Darko Modun


    Full Text Available Determination of the relative contribution of uric acid level increases to the total measured antioxidative activity could be very useful for testing antioxidative products and their effect on human health. The aim of this report is to present a simple spectrophotometric method that combines the measurement of total antioxidative capacity of a sample by ferric reducing/antioxidative power (FRAP assay, with the uricase-reaction (specific elimination of uric acid, in order to establish and correct for the contribution of uric acid in FRAP values. We measured FRAP values, with (uric acid-independent antioxidant capacity, TAC-UA and without (total antioxidant capacity, TAC uricase treatment, and expressed it as μmol/L of uric acid equivalents. In such way, it was possible to determine both total and uric acid-independent antioxidant capacity, plasma uric acid (UA, as the difference between TAC and TAC-UA, and the ratio of the uric acid in total antioxidant capacity (UA/TAC.

  2. Reliable transgene-independent method for determining Sleeping Beauty transposon copy numbers

    Kolacsek Orsolya


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The transposon-based gene delivery technique is emerging as a method of choice for gene therapy. The Sleeping Beauty (SB system has become one of the most favored methods, because of its efficiency and its random integration profile. Copy-number determination of the delivered transgene is a crucial task, but a universal method for measuring this is lacking. In this paper, we show that a real-time quantitative PCR-based, transgene-independent (qPCR-TI method is able to determine SB transposon copy numbers regardless of the genetic cargo. Results We designed a specific PCR assay to amplify the left inverted repeat-direct repeat region of SB, and used it together with the single-copy control gene RPPH1 and a reference genomic DNA of known copy number. The qPCR-TI method allowed rapid and accurate determination of SB transposon copy numbers in various cell types, including human embryonic stem cells. We also found that this sensitive, rapid, highly reproducible and non-radioactive method is just as accurate and reliable as the widely used blotting techniques or the transposon display method. Because the assay is specific for the inverted repeat region of the transposon, it could be used in any system where the SB transposon is the genetic vehicle. Conclusions We have developed a transgene-independent method to determine copy numbers of transgenes delivered by the SB transposon system. The technique is based on a quantitative real-time PCR detection method, offering a sensitive, non-radioactive, rapid and accurate approach, which has a potential to be used for gene therapy.

  3. Independent evolutionary origin of fem paralogous genes and complementary sex determination in hymenopteran insects.

    Koch, Vasco; Nissen, Inga; Schmitt, Björn D; Beye, Martin


    The primary signal of sex determination in the honeybee, the complementary sex determiner (csd) gene, evolved from a gene duplication event from an ancestral copy of the fem gene. Recently, other paralogs of the fem gene have been identified in several ant and bumblebee genomes. This discovery and the close phylogenetic relationship of the paralogous gene sequences led to the hypothesis of a single ancestry of the csd genetic system of complementary sex determination in the Hymenopteran insects, in which the fem and csd gene copies evolved as a unit in concert with the mutual transfers of sequences (concerted evolution). Here, we show that the paralogous gene copies evolved repeatedly through independent gene duplication events in the honeybee, bumblebee, and ant lineage. We detected no sequence tracts that would indicate a DNA transfer between the fem and the fem1/csd genes between different ant and bee species. Instead, we found tracts of duplication events in other genomic locations, suggesting that gene duplication was a frequent event in the evolution of these genes. These and other evidences suggest that the fem1/csd gene originated repeatedly through gene duplications in the bumblebee, honeybee, and ant lineages in the last 100 million years. Signatures of concerted evolution were not detectable, implicating that the gene tree based on neutral synonymous sites represents the phylogenetic relationships and origins of the fem and fem1/csd genes. Our results further imply that the fem1 and csd gene in bumblebees, honeybees, and ants are not orthologs, because they originated independently from the fem gene. Hence, the widely shared and conserved complementary sex determination mechanism in Hymenopteran insects is controlled by different genes and molecular processes. These findings highlight the limits of comparative genomics and emphasize the requirement to study gene functions in different species and major hymenopteran lineages.

  4. Soluble guanylyl cyclase-activated cyclic GMP-dependent protein kinase inhibits arterial smooth muscle cell migration independent of VASP-serine 239 phosphorylation.

    Holt, Andrew W; Martin, Danielle N; Shaver, Patti R; Adderley, Shaquria P; Stone, Joshua D; Joshi, Chintamani N; Francisco, Jake T; Lust, Robert M; Weidner, Douglas A; Shewchuk, Brian M; Tulis, David A


    Coronary artery disease (CAD) accounts for over half of all cardiovascular disease-related deaths. Uncontrolled arterial smooth muscle (ASM) cell migration is a major component of CAD pathogenesis and efforts aimed at attenuating its progression are clinically essential. Cyclic nucleotide signaling has long been studied for its growth-mitigating properties in the setting of CAD and other vascular disorders. Heme-containing soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC) synthesizes cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) and maintains vascular homeostasis predominantly through cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) signaling. Considering that reactive oxygen species (ROS) can interfere with appropriate sGC signaling by oxidizing the cyclase heme moiety and so are associated with several CVD pathologies, the current study was designed to test the hypothesis that heme-independent sGC activation by BAY 60-2770 (BAY60) maintains cGMP levels despite heme oxidation and inhibits ASM cell migration through phosphorylation of the PKG target and actin-binding vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP). First, using the heme oxidant ODQ, cGMP content was potentiated in the presence of BAY60. Using a rat model of arterial growth, BAY60 significantly reduced neointima formation and luminal narrowing compared to vehicle (VEH)-treated controls. In rat ASM cells BAY60 significantly attenuated cell migration, reduced G:F actin, and increased PKG activity and VASP Ser239 phosphorylation (pVASP·S239) compared to VEH controls. Site-directed mutagenesis was then used to generate overexpressing full-length wild type VASP (FL-VASP/WT), VASP Ser239 phosphorylation-mimetic (FL-VASP/239D) and VASP Ser239 phosphorylation-resistant (FL-VASP/239A) ASM cell mutants. Surprisingly, FL-VASP/239D negated the inhibitory effects of FL-VASP/WT and FL-VASP/239A cells on migration. Furthermore, when FL-VASP mutants were treated with BAY60, only the FL-VASP/239D group showed reduced migration compared to its VEH controls

  5. Detection of soluble antigen and DNA of Trypanosoma cruzi in urine is independent of renal injury in the guinea pig model.

    Castro-Sesquen, Yagahira E; Gilman, Robert H; Yauri, Verónica; Cok, Jaime; Angulo, Noelia; Escalante, Hermes; Bern, Caryn


    The diagnosis of Chagas disease in humans is generally limited to the detection of specific antibodies. Detection of T. cruzi antigens in urine has been reported previously, but is not used in the diagnosis. In this study, soluble T. cruzi antigens and DNA were detected in urine samples and were associated with kidney injury and systemic detection of the parasite. We used 72 guinea pigs infected with T. cruzi Y strain and 18 non-infected guinea pigs. Blood, kidney, heart and urine samples were collected during the acute phase and chronic phase. Urine samples were concentrated by ultrafiltration. Antigens were detected by Western Blot using a polyclonal antibody against trypomastigote excretory-secretory antigen (TESA). T. cruzi DNA was detected by PCR using primers 121/122 and TcZ1/TcZ2. Levels of T. cruzi DNA in blood, heart and kidney were determined by quantitative PCR. T. cruzi antigens (75 kDa, 80 kDa, 120 kDa, 150 kDa) were detected in the acute phase (67.5%) and the chronic phase (45%). Parasite DNA in urine was detected only in the acute phase (45%). Kidney injury was characterized by high levels of proteinuria, kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1) and urea, and some histopathological changes such as inflammation, necrosis, fibrosis and scarce parasites. The detection of antigens and DNA in urine was associated with the presence of parasite DNA in blood and heart and with high levels of parasite DNA in blood, but not with the presence of parasite in kidney or kidney injury. These results suggest that the detection of T. cruzi in urine could be improved to be a valuable method for the diagnosis of Chagas disease, particularly in congenital Chagas disease and in immunocompromised patients.

  6. Detection of soluble antigen and DNA of Trypanosoma cruzi in urine is independent of renal injury in the guinea pig model.

    Yagahira E Castro-Sesquen

    Full Text Available The diagnosis of Chagas disease in humans is generally limited to the detection of specific antibodies. Detection of T. cruzi antigens in urine has been reported previously, but is not used in the diagnosis. In this study, soluble T. cruzi antigens and DNA were detected in urine samples and were associated with kidney injury and systemic detection of the parasite. We used 72 guinea pigs infected with T. cruzi Y strain and 18 non-infected guinea pigs. Blood, kidney, heart and urine samples were collected during the acute phase and chronic phase. Urine samples were concentrated by ultrafiltration. Antigens were detected by Western Blot using a polyclonal antibody against trypomastigote excretory-secretory antigen (TESA. T. cruzi DNA was detected by PCR using primers 121/122 and TcZ1/TcZ2. Levels of T. cruzi DNA in blood, heart and kidney were determined by quantitative PCR. T. cruzi antigens (75 kDa, 80 kDa, 120 kDa, 150 kDa were detected in the acute phase (67.5% and the chronic phase (45%. Parasite DNA in urine was detected only in the acute phase (45%. Kidney injury was characterized by high levels of proteinuria, kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1 and urea, and some histopathological changes such as inflammation, necrosis, fibrosis and scarce parasites. The detection of antigens and DNA in urine was associated with the presence of parasite DNA in blood and heart and with high levels of parasite DNA in blood, but not with the presence of parasite in kidney or kidney injury. These results suggest that the detection of T. cruzi in urine could be improved to be a valuable method for the diagnosis of Chagas disease, particularly in congenital Chagas disease and in immunocompromised patients.

  7. Fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins in ewe's milk predicted by near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. Determination of seasonality.

    Revilla, I; Escuredo, O; González-Martín, M I; Palacios, C


    The aim of the present work was to determine the fatty acid and fat-soluble vitamin composition and the season of ewe's milk production using NIR spectroscopy. 219 ewe's milk samples from different breeds and feeding regimes were taken each month over one year. Fatty acids were analyzed by gas chromatography, and retinol and α-, and γ-tocopherol by liquid chromatography. The results showed that the quantification was more accurate for the milk dried on paper, except for vitamins. Calibration statistical descriptors on milk dried on paper were good for capric, lauric, myristic, palmitoleic, stearic and oleic acids, and acceptable for caprilic, undecanoic, 9c, 11tCLA, ΣCLA, PUFA, ω3, ω6, retinol and α-tocopherol. The equations for the discrimination of seasonality was obtained using the partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLSDA) algorithm. 93% of winter samples and 89% of summer samples were correctly classified using the NIR spectra of milk dried on paper.

  8. Soluble CD163

    Parkner, Tina; Sørensen, L P; Nielsen, A R


    Soluble CD163 (sCD163) was recently identified as a strong risk marker for developing type 2 diabetes. We hypothesised that sCD163 independently associates with insulin resistance.......Soluble CD163 (sCD163) was recently identified as a strong risk marker for developing type 2 diabetes. We hypothesised that sCD163 independently associates with insulin resistance....

  9. Soluble form of membrane attack complex independently predicts mortality and cardiovascular events in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention

    Lindberg, Søren; Pedersen, Sune H; Mogelvang, Rasmus


    The complement system is an important mediator of inflammation, which plays a pivotal role in atherosclerosis and acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Animal studies suggest that activation of the complement cascade resulting in the formation of soluble membrane attack complex (sMAC), contributes...

  10. Soluble intercellular adhesion molecule 1 and flow-mediated dilatation are related to the estimated risk of coronary heart disease independently from each other

    Witte, D.R.; Broekmans, W.M.R.; Kardinaal, A.F.M.; Klöpping-Ketelaars, I.A.A.; Poppel, G. van; Bots, M.L.; Kluft, C.; Princen, J.M.G.


    Background: Flow mediated dilatation (FMD) of the brachial artery and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (sICAM-1) are measures of distinct functions of the endothelium, reflecting nitric oxide (NO)-mediated and pro-inflammatory status, respectively. The comparative value of the two measures

  11. Stochasticity and determinism: how density-independent and density-dependent processes affect population variability.

    Ohlberger, Jan; Rogers, Lauren A; Stenseth, Nils Chr


    A persistent debate in population ecology concerns the relative importance of environmental stochasticity and density dependence in determining variability in adult year-class strength, which contributes to future reproduction as well as potential yield in exploited populations. Apart from the strength of the processes, the timing of density regulation may affect how stochastic variation, for instance through climate, translates into changes in adult abundance. In this study, we develop a life-cycle model for the population dynamics of a large marine fish population, Northeast Arctic cod, to disentangle the effects of density-independent and density-dependent processes on early life-stages, and to quantify the strength of compensatory density dependence in the population. The model incorporates information from scientific surveys and commercial harvest, and dynamically links multiple effects of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on all life-stages, from eggs to spawners. Using a state-space approach we account for observation error and stochasticity in the population dynamics. Our findings highlight the importance of density-dependent survival in juveniles, indicating that this period of the life cycle largely determines the compensatory capacity of the population. Density regulation at the juvenile life-stage dampens the impact of stochastic processes operating earlier in life such as environmental impacts on the production of eggs and climate-dependent survival of larvae. The timing of stochastic versus regulatory processes thus plays a crucial role in determining variability in adult abundance. Quantifying the contribution of environmental stochasticity and compensatory mechanisms in determining population abundance is essential for assessing population responses to climate change and exploitation by humans.

  12. Determination of dopamine hydrochloride by host-guest interaction based on water-soluble pillar[5]arene

    Xiao, Xue-Dong; Shi, Lin; Guo, Li-Hui; Wang, Jun-Wen; Zhang, Xiang


    The supramolecular interaction between the water-soluble pillar[5]arene (WP[5]) as host and dopamine hydrochloride (DH) as guest was studied by spectrofluorometry. The fluorescence intensity of DH gradually decreased with increasing WP[5] concentration, and the possible interaction mechanism between WP[5] and DH was confirmed by 1H NMR, 2D NOESY, and molecular modelling. Based on significant DH fluorescence, a highly sensitive and selective method for DH determination was developed for the first time. The fluorescence intensity was measured at 312 nm, with excitation at 285 nm. The effects of pH, temperature, and reaction time on the fluorescence spectra of the WP[5]-DH complex were investigated. A linear relationship between fluorescence intensity and DH concentration in the range of 0.07-6.2 μg mL- 1 was obtained. The corresponding linear regression equation is ΔF = 25.76 C + 13.56 (where C denotes the concentration in μg mL- 1), with the limit of detection equal to 0.03 μg mL- 1 and the correlation coefficient equal to 0.9996. This method can be used for the determination of dopamine in injection and urine samples. In addition, the WP[5]-DH complex has potential applications in fluorescent sensing and pharmacokinetics studies of DH.

  13. An independent determination of Fomalhaut b's orbit and the dynamical effects on the outer dust belt

    Beust, Hervé; Bonsor, Amy; Graham, J; Kalas, Paul; Lebreton, J; Lagrange, Anne-Marie; Ertel, Steve; Faramaz, Virginie; Thebault, Philippe


    The nearby star Fomalhaut harbours a cold, moderately eccentric dust belt with a sharp inner edge near 133 au. A low-mass, common proper motion companion (Fom b), was discovered near the inner edge and was identified as a planet candidate that could account for the belt morphology. However, the most recent orbit determination based on four epochs of astrometry over eight years reveals a highly eccentric orbit that appears to cross the belt in the sky plane projection. We perform here a full orbital determination based on the available astrometric data to independently validate the orbit estimates previously presented. Adopting our values for the orbital elements and their associated uncertainties, we then study the dynamical interaction between the planet and the dust ring, to check whether the proposed disk sculpting scenario by Fom b is plausible. We used a dedicated MCMC code to derive the statistical distributions of the orbital elements of Fom b. Then we used symplectic N-body integration to investigate ...

  14. Optimizing solubility: kinetic versus thermodynamic solubility temptations and risks.

    Saal, Christoph; Petereit, Anna Christine


    The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of kinetic and thermodynamic solubility data in guiding medicinal chemistry during lead optimization. The solubility of 465 research compounds was measured using a kinetic and a thermodynamic solubility assay. In the thermodynamic assay, polarized-light microscopy was used to investigate whether the result referred to the crystalline or to the amorphous compound. From the comparison of kinetic and thermodynamic solubility data it was noted that kinetic solubility measurements frequently yielded results which show considerably higher solubility compared to thermodynamic solubility. This observation is ascribed to the fact that a kinetic solubility assay typically delivers results which refer to the amorphous compound. In contrast, results from thermodynamic solubility determinations more frequently refer to a crystalline phase. Accordingly, thermodynamic solubility data--especially when used together with an assessment of the solid state form--are deemed to be more useful in guiding solubility optimization for research compounds.

  15. Synthesis, optical characterization, and size distribution determination by curve resolution methods of water-soluble CdSe quantum dots

    Santos, Calink Indiara do Livramento; Carvalho, Melissa Souza; Raphael, Ellen; Ferrari, Jefferson Luis; Schiavon, Marco Antonio, E-mail: [Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del-Rei (UFSJ), MG (Brazil). Grupo de Pesquisa em Quimica de Materiais; Dantas, Clecio [Universidade Estadual do Maranhao (LQCINMETRIA/UEMA), Caxias, MA (Brazil). Lab. de Quimica Computacional Inorganica e Quimiometria


    In this work a colloidal approach to synthesize water-soluble CdSe quantum dots (QDs) bearing a surface ligand, such as thioglycolic acid (TGA), 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), glutathione (GSH), or thioglycerol (TGH) was applied. The synthesized material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and fluorescence spectroscopy (PL). Additionally, a comparative study of the optical properties of different CdSe QDs was performed, demonstrating how the surface ligand affected crystal growth. The particles sizes were calculated from a polynomial function that correlates the particle size with the maximum fluorescence position. Curve resolution methods (EFA and MCR-ALS) were employed to decompose a series of fluorescence spectra to investigate the CdSe QDs size distribution and determine the number of fraction with different particle size. The results for the MPA-capped CdSe sample showed only two main fraction with different particle sizes with maximum emission at 642 and 686 nm. The calculated diameters from these maximum emission were, respectively, 2.74 and 3.05 nm. (author)

  16. Determination of Total Soluble Solids Content (Brix and pH in Milk Drinks and Industrialized Fruit Juices

    Alessandro Leite CAVALCANTI


    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze the Total Soluble Solids Content (TSSC - Brix refratometry and pH values of milk drinks (yogurts and chocolate drink and fruit juices ready to drink (FJRD. Method: Twenty milk drinks and ten fruit juices were evaluated by random experiment, with 3 repetitions for each sample. The analyis of TSSC were made for Brix refratometry and pH were determined. Results: The TSS content of drinks ranged from 13.26 to 26.30 for milk drinks and 10.23 to 13.53 to ready to drink juice. The maximum and lower values to pH were, respectively, 3.58 and 7.01 for milk drinks and 3.07 and 3.72 to drink juice. Conclusion: The high the concentration of TSSC verified in the milk and juice drinks, associated to a low pH can contribute to the development of decay lesions in case they be consumed in excess by the children.

  17. Biodiversity in Oscypek, a traditional Polish cheese, determined by culture-dependent and -independent approaches.

    Alegría, Angel; Szczesny, Pawel; Mayo, Baltasar; Bardowski, Jacek; Kowalczyk, Magdalena


    Oscypek is a traditional Polish scalded-smoked cheese, with a protected-designation-of-origin (PDO) status, manufactured from raw sheep's milk without starter cultures in the Tatra Mountains region of Poland. This study was undertaken in order to gain insight into the microbiota that develops and evolves during the manufacture and ripening stages of Oscypek. To this end, we made use of both culturing and the culture-independent methods of PCR followed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) and pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons. The culture-dependent technique and PCR-DGGE fingerprinting detected the predominant microorganisms in traditional Oscypek, whereas the next-generation sequencing technique (454 pyrosequencing) revealed greater bacterial diversity. Besides members of the most abundant bacterial genera in dairy products, e.g., Lactococcus, Lactobacillus, Leuconostoc, Streptococcus, and Enterococcus, identified by all three methods, other, subdominant bacteria belonging to the families Bifidobacteriaceae and Moraxellaceae (mostly Enhydrobacter), as well as various minor bacteria, were identified by pyrosequencing. The presence of bifidobacterial sequences in a cheese system is reported for the first time. In addition to bacteria, a great diversity of yeast species was demonstrated in Oscypek by the PCR-DGGE method. Culturing methods enabled the determination of a number of viable microorganisms from different microbial groups and their isolation for potential future applications in specific cheese starter cultures.

  18. Model independent determination of the solar neutrino spectrum with and without MSW

    Hata, N; Hata, Naoya; Langacker, Paul


    Besides the opportunity for discovering new neutrino physics, solar neutrino measurements provide a sensitive probe of the solar interior, and thus a rigorous test of solar model predictions. We present model independent determinations of the neutrino spectrum by using relevant flux components as free parameters subject only to the luminosity constraint. (1) Without the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein (MSW) effect, the best fit for the combined data is poor. Furthermore, the data indicate a severe suppression of the ^7Be flux relative to the ^8B, contradicting both standard and nonstandard solar models in general; the pp flux takes its maximum value allowed by the luminosity constraint. This pathology consistently appears even if we ignore any one of the three data. (2) In the presence of the two-flavor MSW effect, the current constraint on the initial ^8B flux is weak, but consistent with the SSM and sufficient to exclude nonstandard models with small ^8B fluxes. No meaningful constraint is obtained for the oth...

  19. Geometry-Independent Determination of Radial Density Distributions in Molecular Cloud Cores and Other Astronomical Objects

    Krčo, Marko


    We present a geometry-independent method for determining the shapes of radial volume density profiles of astronomical objects whose geometries are unknown, based on a single column density map. Such profiles are often critical to understand the physics and chemistry of molecular cloud cores, in which star formation takes place. The method presented here does not assume any geometry for the object being studied, thus removing a significant source of bias. Instead it exploits contour self-similarity in column density maps which appears to be common in data for astronomical objects. Our method may be applied to many types of astronomical objects and observable quantities so long as they satisfy a limited set of conditions which we describe in detail. We derive the method analytically, test it numerically, and illustrate its utility using 2MASS-derived dust extinction in molecular cloud cores. While not having made an extensive comparison of different density profiles, we find that the overall radial density dist...

  20. Superstitious perception: response-independent reinforcement and punishment as determinants of recurring eccentric interpretations.

    Mellon, Robert C


    This study provided controlled observations of a potential mechanism for the determination of the repetitive, aberrant perceptions or interpretations of everyday events that figure prominently in a range of psychological disorders: the adventitious reinforcement of acts of cognition by the actual consequences of concurrent motor acts. Adults made a series of two-choice brightness discriminations; on 60% of trials, choosing the brighter stimulus produced a "correct" signal while errors produced an aversive sound. On 40% of trials, the choice stimuli did not in fact differ in brightness; the consequences of responding on these "identical stimuli" trials differed across blocks of trials. Thus, on these trials perceptual judgments were directly followed by events that they did not produce. When all choices on identical stimuli trials were punished with the "error" sound, subjects showed little preference for the left-side or right-side identical stimuli, but when all choices of identical stimuli were reinforced with the "correct" light, individual preferences for the left-side or the right-side stimuli substantially increased. As the consequences of responding on identical stimuli trials were independent of the stimuli chosen, these findings provide evidence for superstitious perception, the reinforcement of perceptual acts by events that do not depend upon their occurrence.

  1. Moderate-degree acidosis is an independent determinant of postoperative bleeding in cardiac surgery.

    Ranucci, M; Baryshnikova, E; Simeone, F; Ranucci, M; Scolletta, S


    Acidosis is a well-known factor leading to coagulopathy. It has been widely explored as a risk factor for severe bleeding in trauma patients. However, no information with respect to acidosis as a determinant of postoperative bleeding in cardiac surgery patients exists. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of acidosis and hyperlactatemia (HL) in determining postoperative bleeding and need for surgical revision in cardiac surgery patients. We carried out a retrospective analysis on 4521 patients receiving cardiac operations in two institutions. For each patient the preoperative data and operative profile was available. Arterial blood gas analysis data at the arrival in the intensive care unit were analyzed to investigate the association between acidosis (pH4.0 mMol/L) and postoperative bleeding and surgical revision rate. After correction for the potential confounders, both acidosis (P=0.001) and HL (P=0.001) were significantly associated with the amount of postoperative bleeding. HL was an independent risk factor for postoperative bleeding even in absence of acidosis. Overall, surgical revision rate was 5.6% in patients with HL and no acidosis; 7.7% in patients with acidosis and HL, and 7.2% in patients with acidosis and no HL. All these values are significantly (P=0.001) higher than the ones in patients without acidosis/HL (2%). Even a moderate degree of postoperative acidosis is associated with a greater postoperative bleeding and surgical revision rate in cardiac surgery patients. Correction of acidosis with bicarbonate does not lead to an improvement of the postoperative bleeding asset.

  2. Model-independent determination of the carrier multiplication time constant in CdSe nanocrystals.

    Califano, Marco


    The experimental determination of the carrier multiplication (CM) time constant is complicated by the fact that this process occurs within the initial few hundreds of femtoseconds after excitation and, in transient-absorption experiments, cannot be separated from the buildup time of the 1p-state population. This work provides an accurate theoretical determination of the electron relaxation lifetime during the last stage of the p-state buildup, in CdSe nanocrystals, in the presence of a single photogenerated hole (no CM) and of a hole plus an additional electron-hole pair (following CM). From the invariance of the 1p buildup time observed experimentally for excitations above and below the CM threshold producing hot carriers with the same average per-exciton excess energy, and the calculated corresponding variations in the electron decay time in the two cases, an estimate is obtained for the carrier multiplication time constant. Unlike previous estimates reported in the literature so far, this result is model-independent, i.e., is obtained without making any assumption on the nature of the mechanism governing carrier multiplication. It is then compared with the time constant calculated, as a function of the excitation energy, assuming an impact-ionization-like process for carrier multiplication (DCM). The two results are in good agreement and show that carrier multiplication can occur on timescales of the order of tens of femtoseconds at energies close to the observed onset. These findings, which are compatible with the fastest lifetime estimated experimentally, confirm the suitability of the impact-ionization model to explain carrier multiplication in CdSe nanocrystals.

  3. Elevated soluble urokinase receptor values in CSF, age and bacterial meningitis infection are independent and additive risk factors of fatal outcome

    Tzanakaki, G; Paparoupa, M; Kyprianou, M;


    outcome. Patients with levels of suPAR above the cut-off values and age ≥51 years, or patients in which either Neisseria meningitis or Streptococcus pneumoniae were detected were categorized as high risk patients. The combination of the above three predictors (suPAR, age and infectious agent......The aim of the present study was to evaluate the potential role of cerebrospinal fluid soluble urokinase receptor (suPAR) level, infection and age as risk factors for fatal outcome in patients suspected of having meningitis and/or bacteraemia on admission to hospital. A total of 545 cerebrospinal...

  4. Decidual soluble factors, through modulation of dendritic cells functions, determine the immune response patterns at the feto-maternal interface.

    Ahmadabad, Hasan Namdar; Salehnia, Mojdeh; Saito, Shigeru; Moazzeni, Seyed Mohammad


    Dendritic cells (DCs) can acquire immunogenic or tolerogenic properties depending on intrinsic and tissue environmental factors. We aimed to determine the immunomodulatory effects of decidual soluble factors from abortion- and non-abortion-prone mice on DC functions. The decidual cell supernatants (DS) were obtained from abortion-prone and non-abortion-prone mice. Splenic DCs were treated with DS and conalbumin (as an antigen) and injected into the palms of the mice. After five days, regional lymph node cells were collected and cultured in the presence and absence of conalbumin. The proliferation of lymphocyte cells, the frequency of regulatory T cells (Tregs), and the production of IL-4 and IFN-γ were measured by [(3)H]thymidine incorporation, flow cytometry, and ELISA respectively. Our results indicated that DS from both abortion- and non-abortion-prone mice decreased the ability of DCs to induce lymphocyte proliferation and IFN-γ production, while enhanced their capacity to induce Tregs compared with non-treated DCs. Another important finding was that the immunosuppressive effects of DS from abortion-prone mice on DCs for inducing proliferative responses, developing Tregs, and producing IFN-γ by primed lymphocytes was less than DS from non-abortion-prone mice. We also found that only DS from non-abortion-prone mice could enhance the capacity of DCs to induce IL-4 production by primed lymphocytes. It can be concluded that decidua-secreted factors, by altering DC functions, can determine the pattern of immune responses at the fetomaternal interface and, subsequently, pregnancy outcome. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. High-fat diet determines the composition of the murine gut microbiome independently of obesity.

    Hildebrandt, Marie A; Hoffmann, Christian; Sherrill-Mix, Scott A; Keilbaugh, Sue A; Hamady, Micah; Chen, Ying-Yu; Knight, Rob; Ahima, Rexford S; Bushman, Frederic; Wu, Gary D


    The composition of the gut microbiome is affected by host phenotype, genotype, immune function, and diet. Here, we used the phenotype of RELMbeta knockout (KO) mice to assess the influence of these factors. Both wild-type and RELMbeta KO mice were lean on a standard chow diet, but, upon switching to a high-fat diet, wild-type mice became obese, whereas RELMbeta KO mice remained comparatively lean. To investigate the influence of diet, genotype, and obesity on microbiome composition, we used deep sequencing to characterize 25,790 16S rDNA sequences from uncultured bacterial communities from both genotypes on both diets. We found large alterations associated with switching to the high-fat diet, including a decrease in Bacteroidetes and an increase in both Firmicutes and Proteobacteria. This was seen for both genotypes (ie, in the presence and absence of obesity), indicating that the high-fat diet itself, and not the obese state, mainly accounted for the observed changes in the gut microbiota. The RELMbeta genotype also modestly influenced microbiome composition independently of diet. Metagenomic analysis of 537,604 sequence reads documented extensive changes in gene content because of a high-fat diet, including an increase in transporters and 2-component sensor responders as well as a general decrease in metabolic genes. Unexpectedly, we found a substantial amount of murine DNA in our samples that increased in proportion on a high-fat diet. These results demonstrate the importance of diet as a determinant of gut microbiome composition and suggest the need to control for dietary variation when evaluating the composition of the human gut microbiome.

  6. 辣椒碱在不同介质中的平衡溶解度%Determination of Equilibrium Solubility of Capsaicin in Various Medium

    李宏树; 张岭; 张莉; 陈莉; 申去非


    Objective; To determine the equilibrium solubility of capsaicin in various medium. Method; To determine the solubility of capsaicin in physiological saline, oleic acid, isopropyl myristate, different concentration of ethanol, ethanol-phosphate buffer solution and polyethylene glycol 400 by HPLC. Result; The solubility of capsaicin increases with the decreasing polarity of solvent and the increasing percentage of semi-polarity solvent. When the concentration of ethanol was 40% ,the solubility of capsaicin increased to 30. 4 g·L-1. Conclusion; The equilibrium solubility of capsaicin depends on the polarity of the medium. We can regulate the polarity of the medium to increase the solubility of capsaicin.%测定辣椒碱在不同介质中的平衡溶解度.方法 采用HPLC测定辣椒碱在生理盐水、油酸、肉豆蔻酸异丙酯、不同体积分数乙醇、乙醇-磷酸盐缓冲液、聚乙二醇400水溶液中的溶解度.结果 随着所选用溶剂极性的降低,辣椒碱的溶解度逐渐增大;混合溶剂中半极性溶剂的比例增加,辣椒碱溶解度逐渐增大;当乙醇体积分数为40%时,辣椒碱的溶解度增加到30.4 g·L-1.结论 辣椒碱的平衡溶解度与介质的极性有关,可通过调节介质的极性,增加辣椒碱的溶解度.

  7. The behavior of multiple independent managers and ecological traits interact to determine prevalence of weeds.

    Coutts, Shaun R; Yokomizo, Hiroyuki; Buckley, Yvonne M


    Management of damaging invasive plants is often undertaken by multiple decision makers, each managing only a small part of the invader's population. As weeds can move between properties and re-infest eradicated sites from unmanaged sources, the dynamics of multiple decision makers plays a significant role in weed prevalence and invasion risk at the landscape scale. We used a spatially explicit agent-based simulation to determine how individual agent behavior, in concert with weed population ecology, determined weed prevalence. We compared two invasive grass species that differ in ecology, control methods, and costs: Nassella trichotoma (serrated tussock) and Eragrostis curvula (African love grass). The way decision makers reacted to the benefit of management had a large effect on the extent of a weed. If benefits of weed control outweighed the costs, and either net benefit was very large or all agents were very sensitive to net benefits, then agents tended to act synchronously, reducing the pool of infested agents available to spread the weed. As N. trichotoma was more damaging than E. curvula and had more effective control methods, agents chose to manage it more often, which resulted in lower prevalence of N. trichotoma. A relatively low number of agents who were intrinsically less motivated to control weeds led to increased prevalence of both species. This was particularly apparent when long-distance dispersal meant each infested agent increased the invasion risk for a large portion of the landscape. In this case, a small proportion of land mangers reluctant to control, regardless of costs and benefits, could lead to the whole landscape being infested, even when local control stopped new infestations. Social pressure was important, but only if it was independent of weed prevalence, suggesting that early access to information, and incentives to act on that information, may be crucial in stopping a weed from infesting large areas. The response of our model to both

  8. Water-soluble fluorescent conjugated polymer-enzyme hybrid system for the determination of both hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide.

    Huang, Hui; Xu, Min; Gao, Yuan; Wang, Guannan; Su, Xingguang


    In this paper, a sensitive and simple detecting system was developed for quantitative analysis of both hydroquinone (H(2)Q) and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)), based on the successful combination of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) and water-soluble conjugate fluorescence polymers PPESO(3). In the presence of HRP and H(2)O(2), H(2)Q could be oxidized to 1,4-benzoquinone (BQ), an intermediate, which plays the main role in the enhanced quenching of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of PPESO(3). The quenching PL intensity of PPESO(3) (I(0)/I) was proportional to the concentration of H(2)Q and H(2)O(2) in the range of 1.0 × 10(-6) to 2.0 × 10(-3)mol/L (R(2)=0.996) and 6.0 × 10(-6) to 2.0 × 10(-3)mol/L (R(2)=0.999), respectively. The detection limit for H(2)Q and H(2)O(2) was 5.0 × 10(-7)mol/L and 1.0 × 10(-6)mol/L, respectively. The present fluorescence quenching method was successfully applied for the determination of H(2)Q in the lake water, rainwater, tap-water and chemical plant wastewater samples. Compared with previous reports, the fluorescence quenching approach described in this work is simple and rapid with high sensitivity, which has a potential application for detecting various analytes which can be translated into quinone.

  9. NIRS determination of non-structural carbohydrates, water soluble carbohydrates and other nutritive quality traits in whole plant maize with wide range variability

    L. Campo


    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to study the potential of near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS to predict non-structural carbohydrates (NSC, water soluble carbohydrates (WSC, in vitro organic dry matter digestibility (IVOMD, organic matter (OM, crude protein (CP, neutral detergent fiber (NDF, acid detergent fiber (ADF and starch in samples of whole plant maize with a wide range of variability. The samples were analyzed in reflectance mode by a spectrophotometer FOSS NIRSystems 6500. Four hundred and fifty samples of wide spectrum from different origin were selected out of 3000 scanned for the calibration set, whereas 87 independent random samples were used in the external validation. The goodness of the calibration models was evaluated using the following statistics: coefficient of determination (R2, standard error of cross-validation (SECV, standard error of prediction for external validation (SEP and the RPDCV and RPDP indexes [ratios of standard deviation (SD of reference analysis data to SECV and SEP, respectively]. The smaller the SECV and SEP and the greater the RPDCV and RPDP, the predictions are better. Trait measurement units were g/100g of dry matter (DM, except for IVOMD (g/100g OM. The SECV and RPDCV statistics of the calibration set were 1.34 and 3.2 for WSC, 2.57 and 3 for NSC and 2.3 and 2.2 for IVOMD, respectively. The SEP and RPDP statistics for external validation were 0.74 and 4.7 for WSC, 2.14 and 2.5 for NSC and 1.68 and 1.6 for IVOMD respectively. It can be concluded that the NIRS technique can be used to predict WSC and NSC with good accuracy, whereas prediction of IVOMD showed a lesser accuracy. NIRS predictions of OM, CP, NDF, ADF and starch also showed good accuracy.

  10. Soluble Urokinase Plasminogen Activator Receptor Level Is an Independent Predictor of the Presence and Severity of Coronary Artery Disease and of Future Adverse Events

    Eapen, Danny J; Manocha, Pankaj; Ghasemzedah, Nima;


    (Plevel ≥3.5 ng/mL (cutoff by Youden's index) predicted future risk of MI (hazard ratio [HR]=3.2; Pstatistic......INTRODUCTION: Soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is an emerging inflammatory and immune biomarker. Whether suPAR level predicts the presence and the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD), and of incident death and myocardial infarction (MI) in subjects with suspected CAD......, is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We measured plasma suPAR levels in 3367 subjects (67% with CAD) recruited in the Emory Cardiovascular Biobank and followed them for adverse cardiovascular (CV) outcomes of death and MI over a mean 2.1±1.1 years. Presence of angiographic CAD (≥50% stenosis in ≥1 coronary...

  11. Soluble CD163, a macrophage activation marker, is independently associated with fibrosis in patients with chronic viral hepatitis B and C.

    Kazankov, Konstantin; Barrera, Francisco; Møller, Holger Jon; Bibby, Bo Martin; Vilstrup, Hendrik; George, Jacob; Grønbaek, Henning


    Macrophages are involved in inflammation and liver fibrosis and soluble (s)CD163 is a specific marker of activated macrophages. We investigated associations between sCD163 and biochemical and histological parameters of inflammatory activity and fibrosis in 551 patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and 203 patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) before antiviral treatment. Scheuer histological scores of activity and fibrosis were obtained. Clinical, biochemical, and metabolic parameters were recorded. We measured sCD163 by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Soluble CD163 was higher in patients with HCV compared to HBV (3.6 [interquartile range (IQR) 2.5-5.4] versus 2.4 [IQR 1.8-3.6] mg/L, P CD163-HCV-FS and CD163-HBV-FS, which showed areas under the receiver operating characteristics curve (AUROC) of 0.79 (95% CI: 0.74-0.83) and 0.71 (95% CI: 0.62-0.79), respectively, for significant fibrosis. Compared to existing fibrosis scores, CD163-HCV-FS was significantly superior to the aspartate aminotransferase (AST) to platelet ratio index (APRI) for all fibrosis stages and to FIB-4 for significant fibrosis, but CD163-HBV-FS was not. sCD163 levels are increased in patients with chronic viral hepatitis, reflecting macrophage activation. Increased sCD163 is associated with the severity of disease and predicts fibrosis. A sCD163-based fibrosis score, CD163-HCV-FS, is superior to APRI and FIB-4 for the diagnosis of significant fibrosis in patients with HCV infection. © 2014 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.

  12. The Solubility of struvite

    Aage, H. K.; Andersen, Bertel Lohmann; Blom, A.


    The solubility of magnesium-amonium-phosphate (struvite) has been studied emloying the radioisotope 32P as tracer. The amount of sample in solution is determined by measuring the Cherenkov radiation due to the beta-particles emitted from this radionuclide. The thermodynamic solubility product...

  13. Contribution of Chitinase A’s C-Terminal Vacuolar Sorting Determinant to the Study of Soluble Protein Compartmentation

    Egidio Stigliano


    Full Text Available Plant chitinases have been studied for their importance in the defense of crop plants from pathogen attacks and for their peculiar vacuolar sorting determinants. A peculiarity of the sequence of many family 19 chitinases is the presence of a C-terminal extension that seems to be important for their correct recognition by the vacuole sorting machinery. The 7 amino acids long C-terminal vacuolar sorting determinant (CtVSD of tobacco chitinase A is necessary and sufficient for the transport to the vacuole. This VSD shares no homology with other CtVSDs such as the phaseolin’s tetrapeptide AFVY (AlaPheValTyr and it is also sorted by different mechanisms. While a receptor for this signal has not yet been convincingly identified, the research using the chitinase CtVSD has been very informative, leading to the observation of phenomena otherwise difficult to observe such as the presence of separate vacuoles in differentiating cells and the existence of a Golgi-independent route to the vacuole. Thanks to these new insights in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER-to-vacuole transport, GFPChi (Green Fluorescent Protein carrying the chitinase A CtVSD and other markers based on chitinase signals will continue to help the investigation of vacuolar biogenesis in plants.

  14. Determining the Frequency for Load-Independent Output Current in Three-Coil Wireless Power Transfer System

    Longzhao Sun


    Full Text Available Conditions for load-independent output voltage or current in two-coil wireless power transfer (WPT systems have been studied. However, analysis of load-independent output current in three-coil WPT system is still lacking in previous studies. This paper investigates the output current characteristics of a three-coil WPT system against load variations, and determines the operating frequency to achieve a constant output current. First, a three-coil WPT system is modeled by circuit theory, and the analytical expression of the root-mean-square of the output current is derived. By substituting the coupling coefficients, the quality factor, and the resonant frequency of each coil, we propose a method of calculating the frequency for load-independent output current in a three-coil WPT system, which indicates that there are two frequencies that can achieve load-independent output current. Experiments are conducted to validate these analytical results.

  15. Adjusting soluble transferrin receptor concentrations for inflammation: Biomarkers Reflecting Inflammation and Nutritional Determinants of Anemia (BRINDA) project.

    Rohner, Fabian; Namaste, Sorrel Ml; Larson, Leila M; Addo, O Yaw; Mei, Zuguo; Suchdev, Parminder S; Williams, Anne M; Sakr Ashour, Fayrouz A; Rawat, Rahul; Raiten, Daniel J; Northrop-Clewes, Christine A


    Background: Iron deficiency is thought to be one of the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies globally, but an accurate assessment in populations who are frequently exposed to infections is impeded by the inflammatory response, which causes iron-biomarker alterations.Objectives: We assessed the relation between soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) concentrations and inflammation and malaria in preschool children (PSC) (age range: 6-59 mo) and women of reproductive age (WRA) (age range: 15-49 y) and investigated adjustment algorithms to account for these effects.Design: Cross-sectional data from the Biomarkers Reflecting the Inflammation and Nutritional Determinants of Anemia (BRINDA) project from 11,913 PSC in 11 surveys and from 11,173 WRA in 7 surveys were analyzed individually and combined with the use of a meta-analysis. The following 3 adjustment approaches were compared with estimated iron-deficient erythropoiesis (sTfR concentration >8.3 mg/L): 1) the exclusion of individuals with C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations >5 mg/L or α-1-acid glycoprotein (AGP) concentrations >1 g/L, 2) the application of arithmetic correction factors, and 3) the use of regression approaches.Results: The prevalence of elevated sTfR concentrations incrementally decreased as CRP and AGP deciles decreased for PSC and WRA, but the effect was more pronounced for AGP than for CRP. Depending on the approach used to adjust for inflammation, the estimated prevalence of iron-deficient erythropoiesis decreased by 4.4-14.6 and 0.3-9.5 percentage points in PSC and WRA, respectively, compared with unadjusted values. The correction-factor approach yielded a more modest reduction in the estimated prevalence of iron-deficient erythropoiesis than did the regression approach. Mostly, adjustment for malaria in addition to AGP did not significantly change the estimated prevalence of iron-deficient erythropoiesis.Conclusions: sTfR may be useful to assess iron-deficient erythropoiesis, but

  16. Model-independent determination on $H_0$ using the latest $H(z)$ data

    Wang, Deng


    We perform the improved constraints on the Hubble constant $H_0$ by using the model-independent method, Gaussian Processes. Utilizing the latest 36 $H(z)$ measurements, we obtain $H_0=69.21\\pm3.72$ km s$^{-1}$ Mpc$^{-1}$, which is consistent with the Planck 2015 and Riess et al. 2016 analysis at $1\\sigma$ confidence level, and reduces the uncertainty from $6.5\\%$ (Busti et al. 2014) to $5.4\\%$. Different from the results of Busti et al. 2014 by only using 19 $H(z)$ measurements, our reconstruction results of $H(z)$ and the derived values of $H_0$ are independent of the choice of covariance functions.

  17. A novel method for determining the solubility of small molecules in aqueous media and polymer solvent systems using solution calorimetry.

    Fadda, Hala M; Chen, Xin; Aburub, Aktham; Mishra, Dinesh; Pinal, Rodolfo


    To explore the application of solution calorimetry for measuring drug solubility in experimentally challenging situations while providing additional information on the physical properties of the solute material. A semi-adiabatic solution calorimeter was used to measure the heat of dissolution of prednisolone and chlorpropamide in aqueous solvents and of griseofulvin and ritonavir in viscous solutions containing polyvinylpyrrolidone and N-ethylpyrrolidone. Dissolution end point was clearly ascertained when heat generation stopped. The heat of solution was a linear function of dissolved mass for all drugs (calorimetry offers a reliable method for measuring drug solubility in organic and aqueous solvents. The approach is complementary to the traditional shake-flask method, providing information on the solid properties of the solute. For highly viscous solutions, the calorimetric approach is advantageous.

  18. Validation of a continuous flow method for the determination of soluble iron in atmospheric dust and volcanic ash.

    Simonella, Lucio E; Gaiero, Diego M; Palomeque, Miriam E


    Iron is an essential micronutrient for phytoplankton growth and is supplied to the remote areas of the ocean mainly through atmospheric dust/ash. The amount of soluble Fe in dust/ash is a major source of uncertainty in modeling-Fe dissolution and deposition to the surface ocean. Currently in the literature, there exist almost as many different methods to estimate fractional solubility as researchers in the field, making it difficult to compare results between research groups. Also, an important constraint to evaluate Fe solubility in atmospheric dust is the limited mass of sample which is usually only available in micrograms to milligrams amounts. A continuous flow (CF) method that can be run with low mass of sediments (deposited volcanic ash. Both materials tested are easy eroded by wind and are representative of atmospheric dust/ash exported from this region. The uncertainty of the CF method was obtained from seven replicates of one surface sediment sample, and shows very good reproducibility. The replication was conducted on different days in a span of two years and ranged between 8 and 22% (i.e., the uncertainty for the standard method was 6-19%). Compared to other standardized methods, the CF method allows studies of dissolution kinetic of metals and consumes less reagents and time (dust/ash.

  19. Determination of confinement efficiency in tokamaks based on current independent flux loops technique

    Salar Elahi, A.; Ghoranneviss, M.

    In this contribution we presented a current independent approximation of the combination of poloidal beta and internal inductance (confinement efficiency) only based on poloidal flux loops measurement in IR-T1 tokamak. The main advantage of this technique is that it based only on the one diagnostic (only flux loops and not need to plasma current measurement). Based on this method, two flux loops were designed, constructed, and installed on outer surface of the IR-T1 tokamak chamber and then the Shafranov parameter was measured from them. Also the result of this technique was compared with conventional magnetic probes technique and found in good agreement with each other.

  20. 溶胀法测定HNBR的溶解度参数%Determination of Solubility Parameters of HNBR with Swelling Method

    刘广永; 商元元; 曾艳; 王义亮; 邱桂学


    测定了Therban2007,Therban3407,Therban4307和Therban5008 4种氢化丁腈橡胶(HNBR)的溶解度参数,并与其预测值进行了对比.结果表明,溶解度参数的测定值略小于预测值,4种不同丙烯腈含量的HNBR具有相似的溶胀性能,HNBR的溶解度参数范围均为18~22 (J/cm3)1/2.溶解度参数在18~22(J/cm3)1/2的溶剂可有效地溶胀HNBR.%The solubility parameter of hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) of Therban2007, Therban3407, Therban4307 and Therban5008 were determined and compared with the predicted values. The results showed that the determined values were slightly less than the predicted values, the four kinds of HNBR with different acrylonitrile content exhibited similar swelling properties, and the range of solubility parameter of HNBR was 18~22 (J/cm3)1/2. The solvents with the numerical value of solubility parameter in the range of 18~22 (J/cm3)1/2 could effectively swell the HNBR.

  1. Model-independent determination of the axial mass parameter in quasielastic antineutrino-nucleon scattering

    Bhattacharya, Bhubanjyoti; Tropiano, Anthony J


    Understanding the charged current quasielestic (CCQE) neutrino-nucleus interaction is important for precision studies of neutrino oscillations. The theoretical description of the interaction depends on the combination of a nuclear model with the knowledge of form factors. While the former has received considerable attention, the latter, in particular the axial form factor, is implemented using the historical dipole model. Instead, we use a model-independent approach, presented in a previous study, to analyze the muon antineutrino CCQE mineral oil data published by the MiniBooNE collaboration. We combine the cross section for scattering of antineutrinos off protons in carbon and hydrogen, using the same axial form factor for both. The extracted value of the axial mass parameter $m_A = 0.84^{+0.12}_{-0.04} \\pm {0.11} \\, {\\rm GeV}$ is in very good agreement with the model-independent value extracted from MiniBooNE's neutrino data. Going beyond a one-parameter description of the axial form factor, we extract valu...

  2. Independent genetic control of maize (Zea mays L.) kernel weight determination and its phenotypic plasticity.

    Alvarez Prado, Santiago; Sadras, Víctor O; Borrás, Lucas


    Maize kernel weight (KW) is associated with the duration of the grain-filling period (GFD) and the rate of kernel biomass accumulation (KGR). It is also related to the dynamics of water and hence is physiologically linked to the maximum kernel water content (MWC), kernel desiccation rate (KDR), and moisture concentration at physiological maturity (MCPM). This work proposed that principles of phenotypic plasticity can help to consolidated the understanding of the environmental modulation and genetic control of these traits. For that purpose, a maize population of 245 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) was grown under different environmental conditions. Trait plasticity was calculated as the ratio of the variance of each RIL to the overall phenotypic variance of the population of RILs. This work found a hierarchy of plasticities: KDR ≈ GFD > MCPM > KGR > KW > MWC. There was no phenotypic and genetic correlation between traits per se and trait plasticities. MWC, the trait with the lowest plasticity, was the exception because common quantitative trait loci were found for the trait and its plasticity. Independent genetic control of a trait per se and genetic control of its plasticity is a condition for the independent evolution of traits and their plasticities. This allows breeders potentially to select for high or low plasticity in combination with high or low values of economically relevant traits.

  3. Simultaneous and accurate determination of water- and fat-soluble vitamins in multivitamin tablets by using an RP-HPLC method

    Semahat Kucukkolbasi


    Full Text Available In the present study, a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC procedure was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of seven water-soluble vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, cyanocobalamin, ascorbic acid, folic acid, and p-aminobenzoic acid and four fat-soluble vitamins (retinol acetate, cholecalciferol, α-tocopherol, and phytonadione in multivitamin tablets. The linearity of the method was excellent (R² > 0.999 over the concentration range of 10 - 500 ng mL-1. The statistical evaluation of the method was carried out by performing the intra- and inter-day precision. The accuracy of the method was tested by measuring the average recovery; values ranged between 87.4% and 98.5% and were acceptable quantitative results that corresponded with the label claims.

  4. Quantitative Determination of Lattice Fluoride Effects on the Solubility and Crystallinity of Carbonated Apatites with Incorporated Fluoride

    Yan, Guang; Moribe, Kunikazu; Otsuka, Makoto; Papangkorn, Kongnara; Higuchi, William I.


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitatively the effects of fluoride on the solubility and crystallinity of carbonated apatites (CAPs) after its incorporation into the crystal lattice using the metastable equilibrium solubility (MES) distribution method. Fluoride incorporated CAPs (F-CAPs) of two different carbonate levels (3% and 5%) and fluoride contents from 0 to 20,000 μg/g were synthesized. X-ray diffraction experiments and Rietveld analysis were conducted to obtain crystallite microstrain and unit cell parameters. Acetate buffer MES solution media were prepared at two solution fluoride concentrations (0.2 mg/L and 2.0 mg/L) and at two pHs (5.0 and 5.7). The unit cell a-axis values of the F-CAPs were found to decrease as the fluoride content increased; consistent with the fluoride being incorporated into the crystal lattice. The fluoride concentrations in the MES solution media were high enough to provide a “swamping” effect such that the fluoride released from the F-CAPs during dissolution was minimal in changing the solution fluoride concentration. Employing the MES distribution superposition method, it was shown that the surface complex possessing the fluorapatite (FAP) stoichiometry (Ca10(PO4)6F2) accounted for the MES distribution behavior of all experiments. In addition, the mean pIFAP [the value of −log(aca 10PO46aF2) calculated from ionic activity product based on FAP stoichiometry of the MES dissolution media in which 50% of the F-CAP had dissolved] correlated well with the crystallite microstrain parameters of the F-CAPs. The incorporated fluoride in the F-CAPs showed only modest effects on F-CAP crystallinity and solubility. PMID:23235353

  5. Determination of interfacial parameters of a soluble particle in a nonideal solution from measured deliquescence and efflorescence humidities

    Hellmuth, O.; Shchekin, A. K.


    In order to study the growth/shrinking of a hygroscopic nanoparticle during hydration/dehydration in an atmosphere of water vapour, we have employed a thermodynamic approach proposed by Shchekin et al. (2008). This approach uses the mechanic and thermodynamic concept of disjoining pressure of thin films and allows, among others, the prediction of the humidity growth factor of both (i) a homogeneous solution droplet with completely dissolved residual core and (ii) a heterogeneous solution droplet with partially dissolved residual core as a function of the ambient relative humidity. For application to a nanometric sodium chloride particle we have extended the original approach by (i) considering the nonideality of the solution through the dependence of molecular volumes of the solvent and solute molecules and the solute and solvent activities on the solution concentration, (ii) deriving an equation for the estimation of the efflorescence properties of a homogeneous solution droplet, and (iii) combining the empirical power law fittings for the size dependence of the deliquescence and efflorescence relative humidity values by Biskos et al. (2006a). It was demonstrated how the solution/solute interface energy and the correlation length of a thin solution film can be determined from a combination of experimentally determinable efflorescence and deliquescence humidities with the present calculus. The solution/solute interface energy was found to be in close agreement with some previous values reported in the literature, while it strongly differs from data of some other sources. The calculated deliquescence humidity shows a low sensitivity to the choice of the numerical value for the film correlation length. The estimated film correlation length of 1 nm for a nanometric sodium chloride particle with dry particle radius of 5 nm was found to be reconcilable with available a priori estimates of the correlation length from the literature when the measurement uncertainty of the

  6. Obesity hypoventilation syndrome in Japan and independent determinants of arterial carbon dioxide levels.

    Harada, Yuka; Chihara, Yuichi; Azuma, Masanori; Murase, Kimihiko; Toyama, Yoshiro; Yoshimura, Chikara; Oga, Toru; Nakamura, Hiroshi; Mishima, Michiaki; Chin, Kazuo


    Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) prevalence was previously estimated at 9% in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in Japan. However, the definition of OSA in that study was based on an apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI) of ≥ 20/h rather than ≥ 5/h. Therefore, the prevalence of OHS in OSA was not measured in the same way as for Western countries. Our study objectives were to investigate the characteristics of Japanese patients with OHS. Nine hundred eighty-one consecutive patients investigated for suspected OSA were enrolled. At least 90% of them were from urban areas, including 162 with obese OSA (body mass index (BMI) ≥ 30 kg/m(2) and AHI ≥ 5/h). The prevalence of OHS (BMI 36.7 ± 4.9 kg/m(2) ) in OSA and that in obese OSA were 2.3% and 12.3%, respectively. Multiple regression analysis revealed that independent of age and BMI, arterial oxygen pressure (contribution rate (R(2) ) = 7.7%), 4% oxygen desaturation index (R(2)  = 8.9%), carbon monoxide diffusing capacity/alveolar volume (R(2)  = 8.3%), haemoglobin concentration (R(2)  = 4.9%) and waist circumference (R(2)  = 4.9%) were independently associated with arterial carbon dioxide pressure. After 12.3 ± 4.6 months of CPAP treatment, more than 60% of OHS patients no longer had hypercapnia. The prevalence of OHS in OSA in Japan was 2.3%. The mean BMI of patients with OHS in Japan was lower than that in Western countries (36.7 kg/m(2) vs 44.0 kg/m(2) ). © 2014 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

  7. On the Independent Determination of the Ultimate Density of Physical Vacuum

    Belyakov A. V.


    Full Text Available In this paper, we attempt to present physical vacuum as a topologically non-unitary coherent surface. This representation follows with J. A. Wheeler's idea about fluctuating topology, and provides a possibility to express some parameters of the unit space element through the fundamental constants. As a result, we determined the ultimate density of physical vacuum without use of Hubble's constant.

  8. Model independent determination of colloidal silica size distributions via analytical ultracentrifugation

    Planken, K.L.; Kuipers, B.W.M.; Philipse, A.P.


    We report a method to determine the particle size distribution of small colloidal silica spheres via analytical ultracentrifugation and show that the average particle size, variance, standard deviation, and relative polydispersity can be obtained from a single sedimentation velocity (SV) analytical

  9. Independent Oscillatory Patterns Determine Performance Fluctuations in Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

    Yordanova, Juliana; Albrecht, Bjorn; Uebel, Henrik; Kirov, Roumen; Banaschewski, Tobias; Rothenberger, Aribert; Kolev, Vasil


    The maintenance of stable goal-directed behaviour is a hallmark of conscious executive control in humans. Notably, both correct and error human actions may have a subconscious activation-based determination. One possible source of subconscious interference may be the default mode network that, in contrast to attentional network, manifests…

  10. Muscle power is an independent determinant of pain and quality of life in knee osteoarthritis

    OBJECTIVE: This study examined the relationships between leg muscle strength, power, and perceived disease severity in subjects with knee osteoarthritis (OA) in order to determine whether dynamic leg extensor muscle power would be associated with pain and quality of life in knee OA. METHODS: Baseli...

  11. Model-independent determination of the astrophysical S-factor in laser-induced fusion plasmas

    Lattuada, D; Bonasera, A; Bang, W; Quevedo, H J; Warren, M; Consoli, F; De Angelis, R; Andreoli, P; Kimura, S; Dyer, G; Bernstein, A C; Hagel, K; Barbui, M; Schmidt, K; Gaul, E; Donovan, M E; Natowitz, J B; Ditmire, T


    In this work, we present a new and general method for measuring the astrophysical S-factor of nuclear reactions in laser-induced plasmas and we apply it to d(d,n)$^{3}$He. The experiment was performed with the Texas Petawatt laser, which delivered 150-270 fs pulses of energy ranging from 90 to 180 J to D$_{2}$ or CD$_{4}$ molecular clusters. After removing the background noise, we used the measured time-of-flight data of energetic deuterium ions to obtain their energy distribution. We derive the S-factor using the measured energy distribution of the ions, the measured volume of the fusion plasma and the measured fusion yields. This method is model-independent in the sense that no assumption on the state of the system is required, but it requires an accurate measurement of the ion energy distribution especially at high energies and of the relevant fusion yields. In the d(d,n)$^{3}$He and $^{3}$He(d,p)$^{4}$He cases discussed here, it is very important to apply the background subtraction for the energetic ions ...

  12. Acetylation of pregnane X receptor protein determines selective function independent of ligand activation

    Biswas, Arunima; Pasquel, Danielle [Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461 (United States); Tyagi, Rakesh Kumar [Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067 (India); Mani, Sridhar, E-mail: [Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461 (United States)


    Research highlights: {yields} Pregnane X receptor (PXR), a major regulatory protein, is modified by acetylation. {yields} PXR undergoes dynamic deacetylation upon ligand-mediated activation. {yields} SIRT1 partially mediates PXR deacetylation. {yields} PXR deacetylation per se induces lipogenesis mimicking ligand-mediated activation. -- Abstract: Pregnane X receptor (PXR), like other members of its class of nuclear receptors, undergoes post-translational modification [PTM] (e.g., phosphorylation). However, it is unknown if acetylation (a major and common form of protein PTM) is observed on PXR and, if it is, whether it is of functional consequence. PXR has recently emerged as an important regulatory protein with multiple ligand-dependent functions. In the present work we show that PXR is indeed acetylated in vivo. SIRT1 (Sirtuin 1), a NAD-dependent class III histone deacetylase and a member of the sirtuin family of proteins, partially mediates deacetylation of PXR. Most importantly, the acetylation status of PXR regulates its selective function independent of ligand activation.

  13. Simple and Rapid Method for the Determination of Uric Acid-Independent Antioxidant Capacity


    Determination of the relative contribution of uric acid level increases to the total measured antioxidative activity could be very useful for testing antioxidative products and their effect on human health. The aim of this report is to present a simple spectrophotometric method that combines the measurement of total antioxidative capacity of a sample by ferric reducing/antioxidative power (FRAP) assay, with the uricase-reaction (specific elimination of uric acid), in order to establish and co...

  14. Stochasticity and Determinism: How Density-Independent and Density-Dependent Processes Affect Population Variability

    Jan Ohlberger; Rogers, Lauren A.; Nils Chr. Stenseth


    A persistent debate in population ecology concerns the relative importance of environmental stochasticity and density dependence in determining variability in adult year-class strength, which contributes to future reproduction as well as potential yield in exploited populations. Apart from the strength of the processes, the timing of density regulation may affect how stochastic variation, for instance through climate, translates into changes in adult abundance. In this study, we develop a lif...

  15. Evaluation of the Determination of Free Urea in Water-Soluble Liquid Fertilizers Containing Urea and Ureaforms by Urease and HPLC Methods.

    Hojjatie, Michael M; Abrams, Dean


    Currently there are three AOAC Official Methods for the determination of urea in fertilizers. AOAC Official Method 959.03, Urea in Fertilizers, Urease Method, First Action 1959, Final Action 1960, is based on the use of fresh commercial 1% urease solution, or preparation of such solution from urease powder in water, or from jack bean meal in water. AOAC Official Method 983.01, Urea and Methyleneureas (Water-Soluble) in Fertilizers, First Action 1983, Final Action 1984, is based on LC with a refractive index detector using water as the mobile phase and a C18 column. AOAC Official Method 2003.14, Determination of Urea in Water- Soluble Urea-Formaldehyde Fertilizer Products and in Aqueous Urea Solutions, First Action 2003, Final Action 2008, is based on LC with a UV detector using acetonitrile-water (85+15, v/v) mobile phase and a propylamine column. The urea method, AOAC Official Method 959.03, is very much dependent on the nature of the urease enzyme. The method was developed in 1960 and used for simple urea fertilizer solutions. With the advent of complex fertilizer compositions, especially with the class of liquid triazone fertilizers and water-soluble urea forms, the analyses of free urea in these fertilizers by the urease method is often inaccurate and inconsistent. AOAC Official Method 983.01 is not always reliable due to the interference of some of the components of these fertilizers, and due to the fact that the use of water as the mobile phase does not always separate the free urea from other components. AOAC Official Method 2003.14 was subjected to ring test studies that showed it could be used for the determination of "free urea" in these classes of fertilizers with good accuracy and precision.

  16. Determination of biodegradation potential by two culture-independent methods in PAH-contaminated soils.

    Moon, H S; Kahng, H-Y; Kim, J Y; Kukor, J J; Nam, K


    Biodegradation potentials of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were determined with soil samples collected from various depths of a PAH-contaminated site and of a site nearby where PAHs were not found. Putative dioxygenase genes were amplified by a primer set specific for initial dioxygenases and identified by web-based database homology search. They were further categorized into several groups of which four dioxygenases were selected as probes for DNA hybridization. The hybridization signals according to the presence of putative dioxygenases were positively related to the extent of PAH contamination. However, the signal intensities varied depending on the probes hybridized and moreover were not consistent with PAH biodegradation activities determined by CO2 evolution. Despite widely accepted advantages of molecular biodegradation assessment, our data clearly present the variations of assessment results depending on the genetic information used and suggest that the methodology may tend to underestimate the real biodegradation capacity of a site probably due to the limited dioxygenase database available at the moment. Therefore, the molecular assessment of biodegradation potential should involve a very careful primer and probe design and an extensive microbiological examination of a site of interest to accurately delineate the biodegradation potential of the site.

  17. Determination of electron temperature temporal evolution in laser-induced plasmas through Independent Component Analysis and 3D Boltzmann plot

    Bredice, F.; Pacheco Martinez, P.; Sarmiento Mercado, R.; Sánchez-Aké, C.; Villagrán-Muniz, M.; Sirven, J. B.; El Rakwe, M.; Grifoni, E.; Legnaioli, S.; Lorenzetti, G.; Pagnotta, S.; Palleschi, V.


    In this paper we present the application of Independent Component Analysis to a set of time-resolved LIBS spectra, acquired on a brass sample at different delay times. The decomposition of the LIBS spectra in few Independent Components with a given temporal evolution is then exploited for obtaining the temporal evolution of the plasma electron temperature, through the application of the three-dimensional Boltzmann plot method recently proposed by the authors. This method allows the determination of the electron temperature temporal evolution without any knowledge of the spectral parameters (transition probability, degeneracy of the levels, etc.…) of the emitting lines. Only the knowledge of the energy of the upper level of the transition is required. The reduction of the LIBS spectral dataset to few Independent Components and associated proportions, further simplifies the determination of the plasma electron temperature temporal evolution, since the intensity of the emission lines does not need to be calculated. The results obtained are compared with the ones obtained using classical two-dimensional Boltzmann plot approach.

  18. Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity 2 (sST2), but not galactin-3, adds to prognostication in patients with systemic AL amyloidosis independent of NT-proBNP and troponin T.

    Dispenzieri, Angela; Gertz, Morie A; Saenger, Amy; Kumar, Shaji K; Lacy, Martha Q; Buadi, Francis K; Dingli, David; Leung, Nelson; Zeldenrust, Steven; Hayman, Suzanne R; Kapoor, Prashant; Grogan, Martha; Hwa, Lisa; Russell, Stephen J; Go, Ronald S; Rajkumar, S Vincent; Kyle, Robert A; Jaffe, Allan


    The use of soluble cardiac biomarkers such as N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and troponin has revolutionized prognostication for patients with AL amyloidosis. Soluble ST2 (sST2) and galectin-3 have also been reported to have prognostic value in other cardiac patient populations. We identified 502 patients with AL amyloidosis, who provided a research sample and consent to review their medical records between 1/1/2006-12/31/2010 within 90 days of their diagnosis. Samples were assayed for sST2 and galectin-3. Within this AL amyloidosis population, overall survival (OS) was 25.5 months (95% CI 18, 35.7 months). Receiver operating curve analyses were done to detect the best cut-points for sST2 and galectin-3 to predict both 1- and 5-year OS. The respective cut points for sST2 were 30 and 29.7 ng/mL, while the median sST2 for the entire population was 31 ng/mL (IQR 19.8, 53.6). The respective cut points for galectin-3 were 11 and 10.4 ng/mL while the median for the entire population was 16.6 ng/mL (IQR 11.5, 24.0). Although on univariate analysis, both sST2 and galectin-3 were prognostic, upon multivariate analysis, only sST2 was independent of troponin, NT-proBNP, serum immunoglobulin free light chain, and blood pressure. Not only did sST2 add to previously reported prognostication systems, but a novel prognostication 5-point system including sST2 was possible. The addition of sST2 - but not galectin-3 - to existing prognostication systems for patients with AL amyloidosis strengthens the ability to predict for death.

  19. Determination of nifuroxazide and drotaverine hydrochloride in pharmaceutical preparations by three independent analytical methods.

    Metwally, Fadia H; Abdelkawy, Mohammed; Naguib, Ibrahim A


    Three new, different, simple, sensitive, and accurate methods were developed for quantitative determination of nifuroxazide (I) and drotaverine hydrochloride (II) in a binary mixture. The first method was spectrophotometry, which allowed determination of I in the presence of II using a zero-order spectrum with an analytically useful maximum at 364.5 nm that obeyed Beer's law over a concentration range of 2-10 microg/mL with mean percentage recovery of 100.08 +/- 0.61. Determination of II in presence of I was obtained by second derivative spectrophotometry at 243.6 nm, which obeyed Beer's law over a concentration range of 2-10 microg/mL with mean recovery of 99.82 +/- 1.46%. The second method was spectrodensitometry, with which both drugs were separated on a silica gel plate using chloroform-acetone-methanol-glacial acetic acid (6 + 3 + 0.9 + 0.1) as the mobile phase and ultraviolet (UV) detection at 365 nm over a concentration range of 0.2-1 microg/band for both drugs, with mean recoveries of 99.99 +/- 0.15 and 100.00 +/- 0.34% for I and II, respectively. The third method was reversed-phase liquid chromatography using acetonitrile-water (40 + 60, v/v; adjusted to pH 2.55 with orthophosphoric acid) as the mobile phase and pentoxifylline as the internal standard at a flow rate of 1 mU/min with UV detection at 285 nm at ambient temperature over a concentration range of 2-10 microg/mL for both drugs, with mean recoveries of 100.24 +/- 1.51 and 100.08 +/- 0.78% for I and II, respectively. The proposed methods were checked using laboratory-prepared mixtures and were successfully applied for the analysis of pharmaceutical formulations containing the above drugs with no interference from other dosage form additives. The validity of the suggested procedures was further assessed by applying the standard addition technique which was found to be satisfactory, and the percentage recoveries obtained were in accordance with those given by the EVA Pharma reference


    Deines, Steven D. [Donatech Corporation, Fairfield, IA 52556 (United States); Williams, Carol A., E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Mathematics and Statistics (Prof. emeritus), University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33620 (United States)


    This paper determines Earth's rotational deceleration without relying on atomic or ephemeris timescales. Earth's rotation defines the civil time standard called Universal Time (UT). Our previous paper did not examine tidal friction in depth when analyzing the timescale divergence between UT and International Atomic Time (TAI). We examine all available paleontological fossils and deposits for the direct measurements of Earth's past rotation rates, because that record includes all contributing effects. We examine paleontological reports that date Earth's rotation rate using corals, bivalves, brachiopods, rhythmites, and stromatolites. Contributions that vary Earth's moment of inertia, such as continental plate drifts, coastline changes, ice age formations, and viscous glacial rebounds, are superimposed with the secular deceleration. The average deceleration of Earth's rotation rate from all available fossil data is found to be (5.969 ± 1.762) × 10{sup −7} rad yr{sup −2}. Our value is 99.8% of the total rotational deceleration determined by Christodoulidis et al., who used artificial satellite data, and our value is 96.6% of the expected tidal friction value obtained by Stephenson and Morrison. Taking the derivative of conserved angular momentum, the predicted lunar orbital deceleration caused by the average rotational deceleration corresponds closely to lunar models. When evaluating the significant time gaps between UT and TAI, Earth's rotational deceleration is a minor contributing factor. Also, the secular deceleration rate is necessary to correctly date ancient astronomical events. We strongly encourage that more ocean paleontological evidence be found to supplement the record to separate the many periodic variations embedded in these data.

  1. Bacterial diversity determination using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods

    M. Ghiasian


    Full Text Available Mud volcanoes are taken into consideration by geologists and oil industry experts have given their association with oil and gas reserves and methane greenhouse gas production in hydrosphere and atmosphere. Gomishan mud volcano phenomenon in the southeastern edge of the Caspian Sea, given its oil and gas resources, has been studied by some geologists in terms of geology and tectonics but not in terms of microbiology. Accordingly, it seems necessary to study this phenomenon from the perspective of microbiology in order to identify prokaryotes living in this area. Prokaryotes diversity in Mud volcano has been studied by cultivation techniques, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis of PCR-amplified fragments of 16S rRNA genes. Total cell abundance in the mud volcano from 1×101-6×101per milliliter was determined by 4', 6-diamidino-2-phenylindole direct count. The detectable proportion of Archaea to Bacteria in the community by FISH was one to five. High viable counts (1 – 3 × 106 were obtained in culture media. A total of 122 isolates were obtained, 46 colonies were selected based on primarily morphological and physiological traits, and their 16S rRNA sequences were determined. The isolated genera included Halomonas (20%, Arthrobacter (5%, Kocuria (5%, Thalassobacillus (5%, Marinobacter (20%, Paracoccus (5%, Roseovarius (5%, Jeotgalicoccus (5%, Bacillus (15%, and Staphylococcus (15%. Regarding DGGE analysis, selected bands were obtained from the gels, reamplified and sequenced. Overall, 75% of the bacterial sequences were related to Rahnella and 25% related to Serratia.

  2. A quantitative comparative analysis of Advancement via Independent Determination (AVID) in Texas middle schools

    Reed, Krystal Astra

    The "Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program was designed to provide resources and strategies that enable underrepresented minority students to attend 4-year colleges" (AVID Center, 2013, p. 2). These students are characterized as the forgotten middle in that they have high test scores, average-to-low grades, minority or low socioeconomic status, and will be first-generation college students (AVID, 2011). Research indicates (Huerta, Watt, & Butcher, 2013) that strict adherence to 11 program components supports success of students enrolled in AVID, and AVID certification depends on districts following those components. Several studies (AVID Center, 2013) have investigated claims about the AVID program through qualitative analyses; however, very few have addressed this program quantitatively. This researcher sought to determine whether differences existed between student achievement and attendance rates between AVID and non-AVID middle schools. To achieve this goal, the researcher compared eighth-grade science and seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics scores from the 2007 to 2011 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and overall attendance rates in demographically equivalent AVID and non-AVID middle schools. Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) reports from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) were used to obtain 2007 to 2011 TAKS results and attendance information for the selected schools. The results indicated a statistically significant difference between AVID demonstration students and non-AVID students in schools with similar CI. No statistically significant differences were found on any component of the TAKS for AVID economically disadvantaged students. The mean scores indicated an achievement gap between non-AVID and AVID demonstration middle schools. The findings from the other three research questions indicated no statistically significant differences between AVID and non-AVID student passing rates on the seventh- and eighth

  3. Determination of field scale ammonia emissions for common slurry spreading practice with two independent methods

    A. Neftel


    Full Text Available At a cropland and a grassland site field scale ammonia (NH3 emissions from slurry application were determined simultaneously by two approaches based on (i eddy covariance (EC flux measurements using high temperature Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (HT-CIMS and on (ii backward Lagrangian Stochastic (bLS dispersion modelling using concentration measurements by three optical open path Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR systems. Slurry was spread on the fields in sequential tracks over a period of one to two hours. In order to calculate field emissions, measured EC/HT-CIMS fluxes were combined with flux footprint analysis of individual slurry spreading tracks to parameterise the NH3 volatilisation with a bi-exponential time dependence. Accordingly, track-resolved concentration footprints for the FTIR measurements were calculated using bLS. A consistency test with concentrations measured by impingers showed very low systematic deviations for the EC/HT-CIMS results (<8% but larger deviations for the bLS/FTIR results. For both slurry application events, the period during fertilisation and the subsequent two hours contributed by more than 80% to the total field emissions. Averaged over the two measurement methods, the cumulated emissions of the first day amounted to 17 ± 3% loss of applied total ammoniacal nitrogen over the cropland and 16 ± 3% over the grassland field.

  4. A powerful test of independent assortment that determines genome-wide significance quickly and accurately.

    Stewart, W C L; Hager, V R


    In the analysis of DNA sequences on related individuals, most methods strive to incorporate as much information as possible, with little or no attention paid to the issue of statistical significance. For example, a modern workstation can easily handle the computations needed to perform a large-scale genome-wide inheritance-by-descent (IBD) scan, but accurate assessment of the significance of that scan is often hindered by inaccurate approximations and computationally intensive simulation. To address these issues, we developed gLOD-a test of co-segregation that, for large samples, models chromosome-specific IBD statistics as a collection of stationary Gaussian processes. With this simple model, the parametric bootstrap yields an accurate and rapid assessment of significance-the genome-wide corrected P-value. Furthermore, we show that (i) under the null hypothesis, the limiting distribution of the gLOD is the standard Gumbel distribution; (ii) our parametric bootstrap simulator is approximately 40 000 times faster than gene-dropping methods, and it is more powerful than methods that approximate the adjusted P-value; and, (iii) the gLOD has the same statistical power as the widely used maximum Kong and Cox LOD. Thus, our approach gives researchers the ability to determine quickly and accurately the significance of most large-scale IBD scans, which may contain multiple traits, thousands of families and tens of thousands of DNA sequences.

  5. A model of sulphur solubility for hydrous mafic melts: application to the determination of magmatic fluid compositions of Italian volcanoes

    M. Pichavant


    Full Text Available We present an empirical model of sulphur solubility that allows us to calculate f S2 if P, T, fO2 and the melt composition, including H2O and S, are known. The model is calibrated against three main experimental data bases consisting in both dry and hydrous silicate melts. Its prime goal is to calculate the f S2 of hydrous basalts that currently lack experimental constraints of their sulphur solubility behaviour. Application of the model to Stromboli, Vesuvius, Vulcano and Etna eruptive products shows that the primitive magmas found at these volcanoes record f S2 in the range 0.1-1 bar. In contrast, at all volcanoes the magmatic evolution is marked by dramatic variations in f S2 that spreads over up to 9 orders of magnitude. The f S2 can either increase during differentiation or decrease during decompression to shallow reservoirs, and seems to be related to closed versus open conduit conditions, respectively. The calculated f S2 shows that the Italian magmas are undersaturated in a FeS melt, except during closed conduit conditions, in which case differentiation may eventually reach conditions of sulphide melt saturation. The knowledge of f S2, fO2 and fH2O allows us to calculate the fluid phase composition coexisting with magmas at depth in the C-O-H-S system. Calculated fluids show a wide range in composition, with CO2 mole fractions of up to 0.97. Except at shallow levels, the fluid phase is generally dominated by CO2 and H2O species, the mole fractions of SO2 and H2S rarely exceeding 0.05 each. The comparison between calculated fluid compositions and volcanic gases shows that such an approach should provide constraints on both the depth and mode of degassing, as well as on the amount of free fluid in magma reservoirs. Under the assumption of a single step separation of the gas phase in a closed-system condition, the application to Stromboli and Etna suggests that the main reservoirs feeding the eruptions and persistent

  6. Higher Daily Energy Expenditure and Respiratory Quotient, Rather Than Fat-Free Mass, Independently Determine Greater ad Libitum Overeating.

    Piaggi, Paolo; Thearle, Marie S; Krakoff, Jonathan; Votruba, Susanne B


    Body fat-free mass (FFM), energy expenditure (EE), and respiratory quotient (RQ) are known predictors of daily food intake. Because FFM largely determines EE, it is unclear whether body composition per se or the underlying metabolism drives dietary intake. The objective of the study was to test whether 24-hour measures of EE and RQ and their components influence ad libitum food intake independently of FFM. One hundred seven healthy individuals (62 males/45 females, 84 Native Americans/23 whites; age 33 ± 8 y; body mass index 33 ± 8 kg/m(2); body fat 31% ± 8%) had 24-hour measures of EE in a whole-room indirect calorimeter during energy balance, followed by 3 days of ad libitum food intake using computerized vending machine systems. Body composition was estimated by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. FFM, 24-hour EE, RQ, spontaneous physical activity, sleeping EE (sleeping metabolic rate), awake and fed thermogenesis, and ad libitum food intake (INTAKE) were measured. Higher 24-hour RQ (P independent predictors of INTAKE. Mediation analysis demonstrated that 24-hour EE is responsible for 80% of the FFM effect on INTAKE (44.5 ± 16.9 kcal ingested per kilogram of FFM, P= .01), whereas the unique effect due to solely FFM was negligible (10.6 ± 23.2, P = .65). Spontaneous physical activity (r = 0.33, P = .001), but not sleeping metabolic rate (P = .71), positively predicted INTAKE, whereas higher awake and fed thermogenesis determined greater INTAKE only in subjects with a body mass index of 29 kg/m(2) or less (r = 0.44, P = .01). EE and RQ, rather than FFM, independently determine INTAKE, suggesting that competitive energy-sensing mechanisms driven by the preferential macronutrient oxidation and total energy demands may regulate food intake.

  7. Determination of the Mycotoxin Content in Distiller's Dried Grain with Solubles Using a Multianalyte UHPLC-MS/MS Method.

    Oplatowska-Stachowiak, Michalina; Haughey, Simon A; Chevallier, Olivier P; Galvin-King, Pamela; Campbell, Katrina; Magowan, Elizabeth; Adam, Gerhard; Berthiller, Franz; Krska, Rudolf; Elliott, Christopher T


    There are more than 300 potential mycotoxins that can contaminate food and feed and cause adverse effects in humans and animals. The data on the co-occurrence of mycotoxins in novel animal feed materials, such as distiller's dried grain with solubles (DDGS), are limited. Thus, a UHPLC-MS/MS method for the quantitation of 77 mycotoxins and other fungal metabolites was used to analyze 169 DDGS samples produced from wheat, maize, and barley and 61 grain samples. All DDGS samples analyzed were contaminated with 13-34 different mycotoxins. Fumonisins were present in all 52 maize DDGS samples (81.0-6890 μg/kg for fumonisin B1), and deoxynivalenol was present in all 99 wheat DDGS samples (39.3-1120 μg/kg). A number of co-occurring mycotoxins were also identified. Due to the high co-occurrence of mycotoxins, routine screening of the animal feed ingredients is highly recommended to allow the highlighted risks to be effectively managed.

  8. Determination of the Relative Effectiveness of Four Food Additives in Degrading Aflatoxin in Distillers Wet Grains and Condensed Distillers Solubles.

    Shi, H U; Stroshine, Richard L; Ileleji, Klein


    The food additives sodium bisulfite, sodium hypochlorite, citric acid, and ammonium persulfate were evaluated for their effectiveness in degrading aflatoxin in samples of distillers wet grains (DWG) and condensed distillers solubles (CDS) obtained from an industrial ethanol plant. Aqueous food additive solutions, 0.5% by weight, were added to DWG or CDS at the level of 0.5 ml/g of sample, and the materials were heated at 90°C for 1 h. Sodium bisulfite was not effective in degrading aflatoxin in either DWG or CDS. Among the four food additives tested, sodium hypochlorite was the most effective. However, it bleached the substrate and left an off-odor. Citric acid and ammonium persulfate reduced aflatoxin levels by 31 to 51%. Citric acid is the most promising additive for degrading aflatoxin because it has been classified as generally recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Aflatoxin reduction was enhanced by increasing the citric acid addition level and prolonging the heating time. Reductions of 65 and 80% in DWG and CDS, respectively, were obtained by the addition of 2.5% (by weight) citric acid and heating at 90°C for 1 h. Aflatoxin levels in DWG and CDS were gradually reduced with prolonged heating at 90°C, even without the addition of food additives. Aflatoxin reductions of 53 and 73% were achieved in DWG and CDS as a result of heating at 90°C for 5 h.

  9. A sensitive electrochemical aptasensor based on water soluble CdSe quantum dots (QDs) for thrombin determination

    Li Yanfen; Han Min [Jiangsu Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofuctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097 (China); Bai Hongyan [Jiangsu Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofuctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097 (China); College of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Jiaxing College, Jiaxing 314001 (China); Wu Yong [Jiangsu Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofuctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097 (China); Dai Zhihui, E-mail: [Jiangsu Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofuctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097 (China); Bao Jianchun, E-mail: [Jiangsu Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Biofuctional Materials, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097 (China)


    A novel aptamer biosensor with easy operation and good sensitivity, specificity, stability and reproducibility was developed by immobilizing the aptamer on water soluble CdSe quantum dots (QDs) modified on the top of the glassy carbon electrode (GCE). Methylene blue (MB) was intercalated into the aptamer sequence and used as an electrochemical marker. CdSe QDs improved the electrochemical signal because of their larger surface area and ion centers of CdSe QDs may also had a major role on amplifying the signal. The higher ion concentration caused more combination of aptamer which caused larger signal. The thrombin was detected by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) quantitatively. Under optimal conditions, the two linear ranges were obtained from 3 to 13 {mu}g mL{sup -1} and from 14 to 31 {mu}g mL{sup -1}, respectively. The detection limit was 0.08 {mu}g mL{sup -1} at 3{sigma}. The constructed biosensor had better responses compared with that in the absence of the CdSe QDs immobilizing. The control experiment was also carried out by using BSA, casein and IgG in the absence of thrombin. The results showed that the aptasensor had good specificity, stability and reproducibility to the thrombin. Moreover, the aptasensor could be used for detection of real sample with consistent results in comparison with those obtained by fluorescence method which could provide a promising platform for fabrication of aptamer based biosensors.

  10. Displacement of estimates of chemical equilibrium constants at breaking of determinancy of independent variables of equilibrium system regression models

    Nikolaeva, L.S.; Prikhod' ko, N.V.; Evseev, A.M.; Rozen, A.M.; Kolychev, A.E.; Gontar, B.G. (Moskovskij Gosudarstvennyj Univ. (USSR). Khimicheskij Fakul' tet)


    Using as an example regression models of extraction systems HNO/sub 3/-TBP-H/sub 2/O, UO/sub 2/(NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/-TBP-H/sub 2/O it has been shown that disregard of errors of the controlled (independent) variables 3% measurement error of UO/sub 2/(NO/sub 3/)/sub 2/ equilibrium concentration and 3% error of the determination of HNO/sub 3/ activity coefficient results in the displacement of evaluations of certain equilibria constants and leads to incorrect conclusion on the mechanism of chemical equilibria.

  11. Sex without sex chromosomes: genetic architecture of multiple loci independently segregating to determine sex ratios in the copepod Tigriopus californicus.

    Alexander, H J; Richardson, J M L; Edmands, S; Anholt, B R


    Sex-determining systems are remarkably diverse and may evolve rapidly. Polygenic sex-determination systems are predicted to be transient and evolutionarily unstable, yet examples have been reported across a range of taxa. Here, we provide the first direct evidence of polygenic sex determination in Tigriopus californicus, a harpacticoid copepod with no heteromorphic sex chromosomes. Using genetically distinct inbred lines selected for male- and female-biased clutches, we generated a genetic map with 39 SNPs across 12 chromosomes. Quantitative trait locus mapping of sex ratio phenotype (the proportion of male offspring produced by an F2 female) in four F2 families revealed six independently segregating quantitative trait loci on five separate chromosomes, explaining 19% of the variation in sex ratios. The sex ratio phenotype varied among loci across chromosomes in both direction and magnitude, with the strongest phenotypic effects on chromosome 10 moderated to some degree by loci on four other chromosomes. For a given locus, sex ratio phenotype varied in magnitude for individuals derived from different dam lines. These data, together with the environmental factors known to contribute to sex determination, characterize the underlying complexity and potential lability of sex determination, and confirm the polygenic architecture of sex determination in T. californicus.

  12. Soluble NCAM

    Secher, Thomas


    The neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is a membrane-bound glycoprotein involved in homophilic interactions that facilitate cell-cell adhesion. In addition to a number of membrane-bound isoforms, NCAM also exists in several soluble isoforms that have been identified in cerebrospinal fluid, bloo...

  13. Determination of absorption cross-section of Si nanocrystals by two independent methods based on either absorption or luminescence

    Valenta, J., E-mail:; Greben, M. [Department of Chemical Physics and Optics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); Remeš, Z. [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Cukrovarnická 10, Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Gutsch, S.; Hiller, D.; Zacharias, M. [Faculty of Engineering, IMTEK, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Georges-Köhler-Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg (Germany)


    Absorption cross-section (ACS) of silicon nanocrystals (SiNCs) is determined via two completely independent approaches: (i) Excitation-intensity-dependent photoluminescence (PL) kinetics under modulated (long square pulses) pumping and (ii) absorbance measured by the photothermal deflection spectroscopy combined with morphology information obtained by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This unique comparison reveals consistent ACS values around 10{sup −15} cm{sup 2} for violet excitation of SiNCs of about 3–5 nm in diameter and this value is comparable to most of direct band-gap semiconductor nanocrystals; however, it decreases steeply towards longer wavelengths. Moreover, we analyze the PL-modulation technique in detail and propose an improved experimental procedure which enables simpler implementation of this method to determine ACS of various (nano)materials in both solid and liquid states.

  14. The modified extended Hansen method to determine partial solubility parameters of drugs containing a single hydrogen bonding group and their sodium derivatives: benzoic acid/Na and ibuprofen/Na.

    Bustamante, P; Pena, M A; Barra, J


    Sodium salts are often used in drug formulation but their partial solubility parameters are not available. Sodium alters the physical properties of the drug and the knowledge of these parameters would help to predict adhesion properties that cannot be estimated using the solubility parameters of the parent acid. This work tests the applicability of the modified extended Hansen method to determine partial solubility parameters of sodium salts of acidic drugs containing a single hydrogen bonding group (ibuprofen, sodium ibuprofen, benzoic acid and sodium benzoate). The method uses a regression analysis of the logarithm of the experimental mole fraction solubility of the drug against the partial solubility parameters of the solvents, using models with three and four parameters. The solubility of the drugs was determined in a set of solvents representative of several chemical classes, ranging from low to high solubility parameter values. The best results were obtained with the four parameter model for the acidic drugs and with the three parameter model for the sodium derivatives. The four parameter model includes both a Lewis-acid and a Lewis-base term. Since the Lewis acid properties of the sodium derivatives are blocked by sodium, the three parameter model is recommended for these kind of compounds. Comparison of the parameters obtained shows that sodium greatly changes the polar parameters whereas the dispersion parameter is not much affected. Consequently the total solubility parameters of the salts are larger than for the parent acids in good agreement with the larger hydrophilicity expected from the introduction of sodium. The results indicate that the modified extended Hansen method can be applied to determine the partial solubility parameters of acidic drugs and their sodium salts.

  15. Development of an Advanced HPLC–MS/MS Method for the Determination of Carotenoids and Fat-Soluble Vitamins in Human Plasma

    Barbora Hrvolová


    Full Text Available The concentration of carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins in human plasma may play a significant role in numerous chronic diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and some types of cancer. Although these compounds are of utmost interest for human health, methods for their simultaneous determination are scarce. A new high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS method for the quantification of selected carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins in human plasma was developed, validated, and then applied in a pilot dietary intervention study with healthy volunteers. In 50 min, 16 analytes were separated with an excellent resolution and suitable MS signal intensity. The proposed HPLC–MS/MS method led to improvements in the limits of detection (LOD and quantification (LOQ for all analyzed compounds compared to the most often used HPLC–DAD methods, in some cases being more than 100-fold lower. LOD values were between 0.001 and 0.422 µg/mL and LOQ values ranged from 0.003 to 1.406 µg/mL, according to the analyte. The accuracy, precision, and stability met with the acceptance criteria of the AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists International. According to these results, the described HPLC-MS/MS method is adequately sensitive, repeatable and suitable for the large-scale analysis of compounds in biological fluids.

  16. Development of an Advanced HPLC–MS/MS Method for the Determination of Carotenoids and Fat-Soluble Vitamins in Human Plasma

    Hrvolová, Barbora; Martínez-Huélamo, Miriam; Colmán-Martínez, Mariel; Hurtado-Barroso, Sara; Lamuela-Raventós, Rosa Maria; Kalina, Jiří


    The concentration of carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins in human plasma may play a significant role in numerous chronic diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and some types of cancer. Although these compounds are of utmost interest for human health, methods for their simultaneous determination are scarce. A new high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) method for the quantification of selected carotenoids and fat-soluble vitamins in human plasma was developed, validated, and then applied in a pilot dietary intervention study with healthy volunteers. In 50 min, 16 analytes were separated with an excellent resolution and suitable MS signal intensity. The proposed HPLC–MS/MS method led to improvements in the limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for all analyzed compounds compared to the most often used HPLC–DAD methods, in some cases being more than 100-fold lower. LOD values were between 0.001 and 0.422 µg/mL and LOQ values ranged from 0.003 to 1.406 µg/mL, according to the analyte. The accuracy, precision, and stability met with the acceptance criteria of the AOAC (Association of Official Analytical Chemists) International. According to these results, the described HPLC-MS/MS method is adequately sensitive, repeatable and suitable for the large-scale analysis of compounds in biological fluids. PMID:27754400

  17. A simple fluorescence quenching method for berberine determination using water-soluble CdTe quantum dots as probes

    Cao, Ming; Liu, Meigui; Cao, Chun; Xia, Yunsheng; Bao, Linjun; Jin, Yingqiong; Yang, Song; Zhu, Changqing


    A novel method for the determination of berberine has been developed based on quenching of the fluorescence of thioglycolic acid-capped CdTe quantum dots (TGA-CdTe QDs) by berberine in aqueous solutions. Under optimum conditions, the relative fluorescence intensity was linearly proportional to the concentration of berberine between 2.5 × 10 -8 and 8.0 × 10 -6 mol L -1 with a detection limit of 6.0 × 10 -9 mol L -1. The method has been applied to the determination of berberine in real samples, and satisfactory results were obtained. The mechanism of the proposed reaction was also discussed.

  18. HPLC Determination of Water Soluble Saccharides in Tobacco%高效液相色谱法测定烟草中水溶性糖

    黄翼飞; 黄菲; 吴君章


    A method of HPLC for the determination of water soluble saccharides in tobacco was proposed.The sample was extracted vortically with 0.01 mol · L-1 NaOH solution for 60 min, and the extract obtained was separated by isogradient elution with pure water on Metacarb 67C column (300 mm× 6.5 mm), and determined with differential refraction detector.The main water soluble saccharides in tobacco were successfully separated within 12 min, and detection limits (3S/N) found were 0.60 mg· L-1 for fructose, 0.71 mg · L-1 for glucose and 0.39 mg · L-1 for sucrose.Values of recovery and RSD's (n=8) of the 3 water soluble saccharides found were in ranges of 98.1%-99.2% and 0.97%-1.6% respectively.%提出了高效液相色谱法测定烟草中水溶性糖含量的方法.烟草样品经0.01 mol·L(-1)氢氧化钠溶液振荡提取60 min,以Metacarb 67C色谱柱(300 mm×6.5 mm)为固定相,纯水为流动相等梯度洗脱,用示差折光检测器检测.烟草中主要的水溶性糖均在12 min内达到基线分离,果糖、葡糖糖和蔗糖的检出限(3s/N)分别为0.60,0.71,0.39 mg·L(-1).方法加标回收率在98.1 %-99.2%之间,相对标准偏差(n=8)在0.97%~1.6%之间.

  19. The transformer genes in the fig wasp Ceratosolen solmsi provide new evidence for duplications independent of complementary sex determination.

    Jia, L-Y; Xiao, J-H; Xiong, T-L; Niu, L-M; Huang, D-W


    Transformer (tra) is the key gene that turns on the sex-determination cascade in Drosophila melanogaster and in some other insects. The honeybee Apis mellifera has two duplicates of tra, one of which (complementary sex determiner, csd) is the primary signal for complementary sex-determination (CSD), regulating the other duplicate (feminizer). Two tra duplicates have been found in some other hymenopteran species, resulting in the assumption that a single ancestral duplication of tra took place in the Hymenoptera. Here, we searched for tra homologues and pseudogenes in the Hymenoptera, focusing on five newly published hymenopteran genomes. We found three tra copies in the fig wasp Ceratosolen solmsi. Further evolutionary and expression analyses also showed that the two duplicates (Csoltra-B and Csoltra-C) are under positive selection, and have female-specific expression, suggesting possible sex-related functions. Moreover, Aculeata species exhibit many pseudogenes generated by lineage-specific duplications. We conclude that phylogenetic reconstruction and pseudogene screening provide novel evidence supporting the hypothesis of independent duplications rather an ancestral origin of multiple tra paralogues in the Hymenoptera. The case of C. solmsi is the first example of a non-CSD species with duplicated tra, contrary to the previous assumption that derived tra paralogues function as the CSD locus. © 2016 The Royal Entomological Society.

  20. Solubility Part 1

    Tantra, Ratna; Bolea, Eduardo; Bouwmeester, H.; Rey-Castro, Carlos; David, C.A.A.; Dogné, Jean Michel; Laborda, Francisco; Laloy, Julie; Robinson, Kenneth N.; Undas, A.K.; Zande, van der M.


    This chapter gives an overview of different methods that can potentially be used to determine the solubility of nanomaterials. In general, the methods presented can be broadly divided into four categories: separation methods, methods to quantify free ions, methods to quantify total dissolved

  1. Determination of Soil Base—Soluble Se by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry with Aurum Thin—Film Electrode



    Determination of soil Se by anodic stripping voltammetry(ASV) with aurum thin-film electrode(ATFE)overcomes the interference of gold peak with selenium peak,and thus has a higher sensitivity with the miniumum detectable concentration being 0.017μg/mL,the standard deviation of the measured results leww than 0.012μg/g,the coefficient of variation lwoer than 10% ,and the recovery rate between 86% to 103%.Besides the measurement conditions,the digestion of soil sample was also studied in detail.

  2. Study on Water—Soluble Organic Reducing Substances.I.Determination of Organic Reducing Substances by Differential Pulse Voltammetry



    A new method was proposed for study of organic reducing substances in soils.According to the theoretical relationship between the voltammetric behaviors and reduction-oxidation reaction of reducing substances,the working conditions of differential pulse voltammetry (d.p.v.)for determining the organic reducing substances produced during the processes of the anaerobic decomposition of plant materials were established with a glass carbon electrode as working electrode,1M Ag-AgCl electrode with large area as reference electrode,0.2M NH4Ac as supporting from -0.5 to +1.2 voltage(vs.M Ag-AgCl).The peak current proportional to the concentration of reducing substances,and the characteristic peak potential of each organic reducing substance were regarded as the quantitative and qualitative base,respectively.These results obtained under the conditions mentioned above directly reflect both the reducing intensity and capacity of the organic reducing system in soils.

  3. Soluble vs. insoluble fiber

    Insoluble vs. soluble fiber; Fiber - soluble vs. insoluble ... There are 2 different types of fiber -- soluble and insoluble. Both are important for health, digestion, and preventing diseases. Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. ...

  4. Simultaneous determination of some water-soluble vitamins and preservatives in multivitamin syrup by validated stability-indicating high-performance liquid chromatography method.

    Vidović, Stojanka; Stojanović, Biljana; Veljković, Jelena; Prazić-Arsić, Ljiljana; Roglić, Goran; Manojlović, Dragan


    HPLC stability-indicating method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of some water-soluble vitamins (ascorbic acid, thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin-5'-phosphate sodium, pyridoxine hydrochloride, nicotinamide, D(+)-panthenol) and two preservatives (methylparaben and sodium benzoate) in multivitamin syrup preparation. Water-soluble vitamins, preservatives and their degradants were separated on Zorbax SB-Aq (C(18)) (250 mm x 4.6 mm, 5 microm) column at an ambient temperature. Combined isocratic and gradient elution was performed with a mobile phase consisting of 0.0125 M hexane-1-sulfonic acid sodium salt in 0.1% (m/v) o-phosphoric acid, pH 2.4-2.5 (solvent A) and acetonitrile (solvent B) at the flow-rate 1 ml min(-1). Starting with solvent A an isocratic elution was performed for 15 min, then the composition was changed to 85% of A and 15% of B during the next 20 min and it was constant for 5 min, then the composition was changed to 70% of A and 30% of B during next 15 min and it was constant for 5 min and finally was changed to 100% of A as at the beginning of the elution. Detection was performed with diode array detector at 210, 230 and 254 nm. Multivitamin syrup preparation was subjected to stress testing (forced degradation) in order to demonstrate that degradants from the vitamins, preservatives and/or product excipients do not interfere with the quantification of vitamins and preservatives. Typical validation characteristics: selectivity, accuracy, precision, linearity, range, limit of quantification and limit of detection were evaluated for vitamins and preservatives.

  5. [Near-infrared spectra combining with CARS and SPA algorithms to screen the variables and samples for quantitatively determining the soluble solids content in strawberry].

    Li, Jiang-bo; Guo, Zhi-ming; Huang, Wen-qian; Zhang, Bao-hua; Zhao, Chun-jiang


    In using spectroscopy to quantitatively or qualitatively analyze the quality of fruit, how to obtain a simple and effective correction model is very critical for the application and maintenance of the developed model. Strawberry as the research object, this research mainly focused on selecting the key variables and characteristic samples for quantitatively determining the soluble solids content. Competitive adaptive reweighted sampling (CARS) algorithm was firstly proposed to select the spectra variables. Then, Samples of correction set were selected by successive projections algorithm (SPA), and 98 characteristic samples were obtained. Next, based on the selected variables and characteristic samples, the second variable selection was performed by using SPA method. 25 key variables were obtained. In order to verify the performance of the proposed CARS algorithm, variable selection algorithms including Monte Carlo-uninformative variable elimination (MC-UVE) and SPA were used as the comparison algorithms. Results showed that CARS algorithm could eliminate uninformative variables and remove the collinearity information at the same time. Similarly, in order to assess the performance of the proposed SPA algorithm for selecting the characteristic samples, SPA algorithm was compared with classical Kennard-Stone algorithm Results showed that SPA algorithm could be used for selection of the characteristic samples in the calibration set. Finally, PLS and MLR model for quantitatively predicting the SSC (soluble solids content) in the strawberry were proposed based on the variables/samples subset (25/98), respectively. Results show that models built by using the 0.59% and 65.33% information of original variables and samples could obtain better performance than using the ones obtained by using all information of the original variables and samples. MLR model was the best with R(pre)2 = 0.9097, RMSEP=0.3484 and RPD = 3.3278.

  6. Solubility of diazepam and prazepam in aqueous non-ionic surfactants.

    Moro, M E; Velazquez, M M; Cachaza, J M; Rodriguez, L J


    The solubility of diazepam and prazepam in aqueous polyoxyethylen-10-dodecanol, polyoxyethylen-23-dodecanol and polyoxyethylen-20-hexadecanol, has been determined at 25.0 degrees C. Diazepam seems to achieve a higher micellar penetration than prazepam, in spite of an expected smaller hydrophobic character. Thermodynamic interpretation of the micellar solutions is carried out using the regular solutions approach. A surfactant-independent relation between solubilities of both drugs has been derived.

  7. Bioavailable 25(OHD but Not Total 25(OHD Is an Independent Determinant for Bone Mineral Density in Chinese Postmenopausal Women

    Chenguang Li


    Full Text Available Total 25(OHD levels were determined to assess bone health in elderly populations; however, the bioavailability of 25(OHD is regulated by the albumin and vitamin D binding protein (DBP levels and DBP variations. Whether bioavailable 25(OHD level is a superior biomarker for vitamin D than total 25(OHD level regarding the BMD and the bone metabolism were not yet fully understood. With a community based cross-sectional study of 967 postmenopausal women, we found that the variant rs7041, but not rs4588, of DBP was significantly associated with the blood DBP level, which was positively correlated with the total 25(OHD level but negatively associated with bioavailable 25(OHD levels. Both total and bioavailable 25(OHD levels were significantly correlated with the BMD value in postmenopausal women; however, only the bioavailable 25(OHD level was an independent determinant of the BMD values when adjusted for age, body mass index and bone turnover biomarkers (OST and β-CTX. The bioavailable and total 25(OHD were negatively correlated with bone formation biomarkers (OST, PINP and ALP and PTH levels, while they were positively correlated with osteoprotegerin (OPG level; however, the bone resorption biomarker (β-CTX was not correlated with the 25(OHD levels. An increment of PTH level, along with reduced bioavailable 25(OHD levels, was evident when the bioavailable 25(OHD level was <5 ng/mL, which may be the optimal cutpoint for sufficient vitamin D in Chinese elderly women. The blood calcium, magnesium, ALP, TSH, FGF23, and phosphorus levels were not correlated with the total or the bioavailable 25(OHD levels. These results suggested that high bioavailable 25(OHD levels were correlated with reduced bone turnover processes and were a biomarker superior to total 25(OHD for vitamin D in assessing the risks of bone-related diseases. The results indicate that the bioavailable 25(OHD level should be determined in assessing the bone health.

  8. 芝麻素平衡溶解度与油水分配系数测定%Determination of Solubility of Sesamin by RP-HPLC

    张婷婷; 徐媛; 畅敏; 王庆伟


    目的 建立测定芝麻素含量的反相高效液相色谱法,测定芝麻素在不同溶剂中的溶解度.方法 采用反相高效液相色谱法,色谱柱为Inertsil ODS-3柱(4.6 mm×150 mm,5μm),流动相为甲醇-水(80∶20),流速1.0 mL·min-1,检测波长286 nm.结果 芝麻素在1.029 ~ 51.450 μg·mL-1浓度范围内线性关系良好,回归方程为Y=1 447.594 X-2.852( r-=0.999 9);芝麻素在乙酸乙酯中的溶解度较高.结论 所建立的高效液相色谱法专属性强,灵敏度高,可用于测定芝麻素溶解度.%Objective To establish a reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic (RP-HPLC) method for determination of sesamin. The solubility in different solvents was determined. Methods Inertsil ODS-3 (4. 6 mm×150 mm, 5μm) column was used and detection wavelength was set at 286 nm. The flow rate was 1. 0 mL · min-1. Results The results showed that sesamin had a good linear relationship when its concentration was between 1. 029 μg · mL and 51. 450 μg · mL-1. The regression equation was Y= 1 447. 594X-2. 852 (r = 0. 999 9). Solubility values of sesamin in acetidin were higher than those in the other solvents. Conclusion This method is simple, quick and accurate for the determination of sesamin.

  9. Soluble receptor for advanced glycation end-product (sRAGE)/pentosidine ratio: a potential risk factor determinant for type 2 diabetic retinopathy.

    Ng, Zhi Xiang; Chua, Kek Heng; Iqbal, Tajunisah; Kuppusamy, Umah Rani


    This study aims to investigate potential diabetic retinopathy (DR) risk factors by evaluating the circulating levels of pentosidine, soluble receptor for advanced glycation end-product (sRAGE), advanced oxidation protein product (AOPP) as well as glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activities in DR patients. A total of 235 healthy controls, 171 type 2 diabetic without retinopathy (DNR) and 200 diabetic retinopathy (DR) patients were recruited. Plasma was extracted for the estimation of pentosidine, sRAGE, AOPP levels and GPx activity whereas peripheral blood mononuclear cells were disrupted for SOD activity measurement. DNR and DR patients showed significantly higher levels of plasma pentosidine, sRAGE and AOPP but lower GPx and SOD activities when compared to healthy controls. The sRAGE/pentosidine ratio in DR patients was significantly lower than the ratio detected in DNR patients. Proliferative DR patients had significantly higher levels of plasma pentosidine, sRAGE, AOPP and sRAGE/pentosidine ratio than non-proliferative DR patients. High HbA1c level, long duration of diabetes and low sRAGE/pentosidine ratio were determined as the risk factors for DR. This study suggests that sRAGE/pentosidine ratio could serve as a risk factor determinant for type 2 DR as it has a positive correlation with the severity of DR.

  10. Development of a Recombinant Cell-Based Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay for the Determination of Autoantibodies against Soluble Liver Antigen in Autoimmune Hepatitis

    Christiane Radzimski


    Full Text Available Autoantibodies against soluble liver antigen (SLA are specific markers for autoimmune hepatitis (AIH type 1. In contrast to the determination of other AIH-associated autoantibodies by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA, detection of anti-SLA relied up to now on ELISA or immunoblot based on bacterially expressed recombinant protein. In order to develop a complementary IFA substrate, SLA isoform 1 was recombinantly produced in the human cell line HEK293 and controlled by a rabbit hyperimmune serum against SLA. The recombinant cells were used in IFA (RC-IFA to analyze sera from 20 AIH patients with anti-SLA positivity predetermined by ELISA together with 80 controls (20 anti-SLA negative AIH, 15 primary biliary cirrhosis, 15 HCV, and 30 healthy blood donors. Using RC-IFA, anti-SLA was detected in all ELISA positive AIH sera but in none of the controls. Furthermore, a cytosolic fraction of HEK293 containing SLA was able to neutralize the autoantibodies in all positive sera in a dose-dependent manner. HEK293 cells expressing SLA are a valid substrate for the serodiagnosis of AIH relevant autoantibodies by IFA. In concert with cryosections of primate liver, rat kidney, rat liver, rat stomach, and HEp-2 cells, they enable the parallel determination of all autoantibodies associated with autoimmune liver diseases.

  11. Predicting the activity coefficients of free-solvent for concentrated globular protein solutions using independently determined physical parameters.

    Devin W McBride

    Full Text Available The activity coefficient is largely considered an empirical parameter that was traditionally introduced to correct the non-ideality observed in thermodynamic systems such as osmotic pressure. Here, the activity coefficient of free-solvent is related to physically realistic parameters and a mathematical expression is developed to directly predict the activity coefficients of free-solvent, for aqueous protein solutions up to near-saturation concentrations. The model is based on the free-solvent model, which has previously been shown to provide excellent prediction of the osmotic pressure of concentrated and crowded globular proteins in aqueous solutions up to near-saturation concentrations. Thus, this model uses only the independently determined, physically realizable quantities: mole fraction, solvent accessible surface area, and ion binding, in its prediction. Predictions are presented for the activity coefficients of free-solvent for near-saturated protein solutions containing either bovine serum albumin or hemoglobin. As a verification step, the predictability of the model for the activity coefficient of sucrose solutions was evaluated. The predicted activity coefficients of free-solvent are compared to the calculated activity coefficients of free-solvent based on osmotic pressure data. It is observed that the predicted activity coefficients are increasingly dependent on the solute-solvent parameters as the protein concentration increases to near-saturation concentrations.

  12. Predicting the activity coefficients of free-solvent for concentrated globular protein solutions using independently determined physical parameters.

    McBride, Devin W; Rodgers, Victor G J


    The activity coefficient is largely considered an empirical parameter that was traditionally introduced to correct the non-ideality observed in thermodynamic systems such as osmotic pressure. Here, the activity coefficient of free-solvent is related to physically realistic parameters and a mathematical expression is developed to directly predict the activity coefficients of free-solvent, for aqueous protein solutions up to near-saturation concentrations. The model is based on the free-solvent model, which has previously been shown to provide excellent prediction of the osmotic pressure of concentrated and crowded globular proteins in aqueous solutions up to near-saturation concentrations. Thus, this model uses only the independently determined, physically realizable quantities: mole fraction, solvent accessible surface area, and ion binding, in its prediction. Predictions are presented for the activity coefficients of free-solvent for near-saturated protein solutions containing either bovine serum albumin or hemoglobin. As a verification step, the predictability of the model for the activity coefficient of sucrose solutions was evaluated. The predicted activity coefficients of free-solvent are compared to the calculated activity coefficients of free-solvent based on osmotic pressure data. It is observed that the predicted activity coefficients are increasingly dependent on the solute-solvent parameters as the protein concentration increases to near-saturation concentrations.

  13. Crystal structure of pentapeptide-independent chemotaxis receptor methyltransferase (CheR) reveals idiosyncratic structural determinants for receptor recognition.

    Batra, Monu; Sharma, Rajesh; Malik, Anjali; Dhindwal, Sonali; Kumar, Pravindra; Tomar, Shailly


    Chemotactic methyltransferase, CheR catalyse methylation of specific glutamate residues in the cytoplasmic domain of methyl-accepting chemotactic protein receptors (MCPRs). The methylation of MCPRs is essential for the chemical sensing and chemotactic bacterial mobility towards favorable chemicals or away from unfavorable ones. In this study, crystal structure of B. subtilis CheR (BsCheR) in complex with S-adenosyl-l-homocysteine (SAH) has been determined to 1.8Å resolution. This is the first report of crystal structure belonging to the pentapeptide-independent CheR (PICheR) class. Till date, only one crystal structure of CheR from S. typhimurium (StCheR) belonging to pentapeptide-dependent CheR (PDCheR) class is available. Structural analysis of BsCheR reveals a helix-X-helix motif (HXH) with Asp53 as the linker residue in the N-terminal domain. The key structural features of the PDCheR β-subdomain involved in the formation of a tight complex with the pentapeptide binding motif in MCPRs were found to be absent in the structure of BsCheR. Additionally, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) experiments were performed to investigate S-adenosyl-(l)-methionine (SAM) binding affinity and KD was determined to be 0.32mM. The structure of BsCheR reveals that mostly residues of the large C-terminal domain contribute to SAH binding, with contributions of few residues from the linker region and the N-terminal domain. Structural investigations and sequence analysis carried out in this study provide critical insights into the distinct receptor recognition mechanism of the PDCheR and PICheR methyltransferase classes.

  14. Pure Phase Solubility Limits: LANL

    C. Stockman


    The natural and engineered system at Yucca Mountain (YM) defines the site-specific conditions under which one must determine to what extent the engineered and the natural geochemical barriers will prevent the release of radioactive material from the repository. Most important mechanisms for retention or enhancement of radionuclide transport include precipitation or co-precipitation of radionuclide-bearing solid phases (solubility limits), complexation in solution, sorption onto surfaces, colloid formation, and diffusion. There may be many scenarios that could affect the near-field environment, creating chemical conditions more aggressive than the conditions presented by the unperturbed system (such as pH changes beyond the range of 6 to 9 or significant changes in the ionic strength of infiltrated waters). For an extended period of time, the near-field water composition may be quite different and more extreme in pH, ionic strength, and CO{sub 2} partial pressure (or carbonate concentration) than waters at some distance from the repository. Reducing conditions, high pH (up to 11), and low carbonate concentration may be present in the near-field after reaction of infiltrating groundwater with engineered barrier systems, such as cementitious materials. In the far-field, conditions are controlled by the rock-mass buffer providing a near-neutral, oxidizing, low-ionic-strength environment that controls radionuclide solubility limits and sorption capacities. There is the need for characterization of variable chemical conditions that affect solubility, speciation, and sorption reactions. Modeling of the groundwater chemistry is required and leads to an understanding of solubility and speciation of the important radionuclides. Because experimental studies cannot be performed under the numerous potential chemical conditions, solubility limitations must rely on geochemical modeling of the radionuclide's chemistry. Fundamental thermodynamic properties, such as solubility

  15. Phytosterol ester constituents affect micellar cholesterol solubility in model bile.

    Brown, Andrew W; Hang, Jiliang; Dussault, Patrick H; Carr, Timothy P


    Plant sterols and stanols (phytosterols) and their esters are nutraceuticals that lower LDL cholesterol, but the mechanisms of action are not fully understood. We hypothesized that intact esters and simulated hydrolysis products of esters (phytosterols and fatty acids in equal ratios) would differentially affect the solubility of cholesterol in model bile mixed micelles in vitro. Sodium salts of glycine- and taurine-conjugated bile acids were sonicated with phosphatidylcholine and either sterol esters or combinations of sterols and fatty acids to determine the amount of cholesterol solubilized into micelles. Intact sterol esters did not solubilize into micelles, nor did they alter cholesterol solubility. However, free sterols and fatty acids altered cholesterol solubility independently (no interaction effect). Equal contents of cholesterol and either campesterol, stigmasterol, sitosterol, or stigmastanol (sitostanol) decreased cholesterol solubility in micelles by approximately 50% compared to no phytosterol present, with stigmasterol performing slightly better than sitosterol. Phytosterols competed with cholesterol in a dose-dependent manner, demonstrating a 1:1 M substitution of phytosterol for cholesterol in micelle preparations. Unsaturated fatty acids increased the micelle solubility of sterols as compared with saturated or no fatty acids. No differences were detected in the size of the model micelles. Together, these data indicate that stigmasterol combined with saturated fatty acids may be more effective at lowering cholesterol micelle solubility in vivo.

  16. Optimisation of an extraction procedure for determination of total water-soluble Zn, Pb a,d Cd and their species in soils from a mining area

    Svete, P.; Milacic, R. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (Slovenia). Dept. of Environmental Sciences; Pihlar, B. [Ljubljana Univ., Ljubljana (Slovenia). Fac of Chemistry and Chemical Technology


    The parameters influencing the extraction efficiency of total water-soluble Zn, Pb and Cd in various soil samples from a lead and zinc mining area were investigated. Water was added to moist soil sample and the mixture shaken in a classical shaker. Variations of the solution volume to soil weight ratio, and of extraction time were studied in order to develop an optimum extraction procedure for determination of total water-soluble Zn, Pb and Cd. The influence of filtration of the extracts through membrane filters of various pore size was investigated as well. Speciation of Zn, Pb and Cd was also performed in aqueous soil extracts using column chelating ion-exchange (Chelex-100 resin) - flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) technique. Positively charged species and labile complexes of Zn, Pb and Cd were retained on the column and after elution with nitric acid determined by FAAS. Comparative analyses of the total metal concentrations in the soil samples indicated that the percentage of total water soluble Zn, Pb and Cd in samples analyses in these extracts by the chelating ion-exchange - FAAS technique demonstrated that Zn, Pb and Cd exist in the form of positively charged species or weak labile metal complexes. [Italian] Si sono studiati i parametri che influenzano l'efficienza di estrazione delle forme completamente solubili di Zn, Pb e Cd in vari campioni di terreno provenienti da un'area mineraria di piombo e zinco. E' stata addizionata acqua per bagnare i terreni e la sospensione e' stata mantenuta in agitazione. Si sono studiate le variazioni del rapporto tra volume di soluzione e peso del terreno e del tempo di estrazione per sviluppare una procedura ottimizzata di estrazione per la determinazione delle frazioni totalmente solubili in acuqa di Zn, Pb e Cd. Si e' pure studiata l'influenza della filtrazione degli estratti attraverso membrane di diversa porosita'. Si e' poi effettuata la speciazione di Zn, Pb e Cd

  17. Ion-pair cloud-point extraction: a new method for the determination of water-soluble vitamins in plasma and urine.

    Heydari, Rouhollah; Elyasi, Najmeh S


    A novel, simple, and effective ion-pair cloud-point extraction coupled with a gradient high-performance liquid chromatography method was developed for determination of thiamine (vitamin B1 ), niacinamide (vitamin B3 ), pyridoxine (vitamin B6 ), and riboflavin (vitamin B2 ) in plasma and urine samples. The extraction and separation of vitamins were achieved based on an ion-pair formation approach between these ionizable analytes and 1-heptanesulfonic acid sodium salt as an ion-pairing agent. Influential variables on the ion-pair cloud-point extraction efficiency, such as the ion-pairing agent concentration, ionic strength, pH, volume of Triton X-100, extraction temperature, and incubation time have been fully evaluated and optimized. Water-soluble vitamins were successfully extracted by 1-heptanesulfonic acid sodium salt (0.2% w/v) as ion-pairing agent with Triton X-100 (4% w/v) as surfactant phase at 50°C for 10 min. The calibration curves showed good linearity (r(2) > 0.9916) and precision in the concentration ranges of 1-50 μg/mL for thiamine and niacinamide, 5-100 μg/mL for pyridoxine, and 0.5-20 μg/mL for riboflavin. The recoveries were in the range of 78.0-88.0% with relative standard deviations ranging from 6.2 to 8.2%.

  18. Application of principal component regression and artificial neural network in FT-NIR soluble solids content determination of intact pear fruit

    Ying, Yibin; Liu, Yande; Fu, Xiaping; Lu, Huishan


    The artificial neural networks (ANNs) have been used successfully in applications such as pattern recognition, image processing, automation and control. However, majority of today's applications of ANNs is back-propagate feed-forward ANN (BP-ANN). In this paper, back-propagation artificial neural networks (BP-ANN) were applied for modeling soluble solid content (SSC) of intact pear from their Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) spectra. One hundred and sixty-four pear samples were used to build the calibration models and evaluate the models predictive ability. The results are compared to the classical calibration approaches, i.e. principal component regression (PCR), partial least squares (PLS) and non-linear PLS (NPLS). The effects of the optimal methods of training parameters on the prediction model were also investigated. BP-ANN combine with principle component regression (PCR) resulted always better than the classical PCR, PLS and Weight-PLS methods, from the point of view of the predictive ability. Based on the results, it can be concluded that FT-NIR spectroscopy and BP-ANN models can be properly employed for rapid and nondestructive determination of fruit internal quality.

  19. Determination of soluble ultra-trace metals and metalloids in rainwater and atmospheric deposition fluxes: a 2-year survey and assessment.

    Montoya-Mayor, R; Fernández-Espinosa, A J; Seijo-Delgado, I; Ternero-Rodríguez, M


    The present work investigates the relationships between composition of rainwater and dry deposition fluxes by trace metals and metalloids. A modification in automatic "wet-only" and "dry-only" samplers was applied, which allowed the collection and conservation of samples separately. ICP-MS technique was used for the determination of analytes in samples. Concentrations of soluble elements in rainwater were measured directly in filtered samples. A sequential acid treatment with nitric, hydrofluoric and finally perchloric acids was used to measure the total contents of metals and metalloids in coarse particles. Variation between periods of heavy and light rains was assessed. Almost all of the metals and metalloids - B, Tl, Th, U, Al, Cs, Be, Ti and others - studied in dry deposition showed important decreases in concentrations (40-92%) during periods of heavy rainfall. Most of these metals and metalloids - As, Cr, Co, Ni - presented their highest levels (53-90%) in heavy rainfall periods in rainwater samples. Sources were identified in both types of samples collected using a new chemometric tool (SPCA). Urban traffic, surrounding contaminated soils and local anthropogenic sources were identified for rainwater samples. Natural and contaminated soils and general anthropogenic emissions were the sources identified for dry deposition fluxes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Inhibition of bacterial growth in sweet cheese whey by carbon dioxide as determined by culture-independent community profiling.

    Lo, Raquel; Xue, Tian; Weeks, Mike; Turner, Mark S; Bansal, Nidhi


    Whey is a valuable co-product from cheese making that serves as a raw material for a wide range of products. Its rich nutritional content lends itself to rapid spoilage, thus it typically needs to be pasteurised and refrigerated promptly. Despite the extensive literature on milk spoilage bacteria, little is known about the spoilage bacteria of whey. The utility of carbon dioxide (CO2) to extend the shelf-life of raw milk and cottage cheese has been well established, but its application in whey preservation has not yet been explored. This study aims to characterise the microbial populations of fresh and spoiled sweet whey by culture-independent community profiling using 454 pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons and to determine whether carbonation is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth in sweet whey. The microbiota of raw Cheddar and Mozzarella whey was dominated by cheese starter bacteria. After pasteurisation, two out of the three samples studied became dominated by diverse environmental bacteria from various phyla, with Proteobacteria being the most dominant. Diverse microbial profiles were maintained until spoilage occurred, when the entire population was dominated by just one or two genera. Whey spoilage bacteria were found to be similar to those of milk. Pasteurised Cheddar and Mozzarella whey was spoiled by Bacillus sp. or Pseudomonas sp., and raw Mozzarella whey was spoiled by Pseudomonas sp., Serratia sp., and other members of the Enterobacteriaceae family. CO2 was effective in inhibiting bacterial growth of pasteurised Cheddar and Mozzarella whey stored at 15°C and raw Mozzarella whey stored at 4°C. The spoilage bacteria of the carbonated samples were similar to those of the non-carbonated controls.

  1. On the association between adolescent autonomy and psychosocial functioning: examining decisional independence from a self-determination theory perspective.

    Van Petegem, Stijn; Beyers, Wim; Vansteenkiste, Maarten; Soenens, Bart


    In the present study, we focus on the concept of adolescent autonomy and its relation with psychosocial functioning. Specifically, we aim to differentiate between 2 prevailing conceptualizations of autonomy, that is, (a) autonomy defined as independence versus dependence and (b) autonomy defined as self-endorsed versus controlled functioning. A 2nd goal is to examine the relative contribution of each autonomy operationalization in the prediction of adolescents' adjustment (i.e., well-being, problem behavior, and intimacy). Data were gathered in a sample of 707 Belgian adolescents. Using a newly developed questionnaire, we assessed both the degree of independent decision making per se and the self-endorsed versus controlled motives underlying both independent and dependent decision making. The degree of independent decision making could clearly be differentiated from the underlying motives for doing so. Moreover, independent decision making as such showed unique associations with more problem behavior. Further, as expected, self-endorsed motives for both independent and dependent decision making generally related to an adaptive pattern of psychosocial functioning, and controlled motives were associated with maladjustment. The discussion focuses on the difference between the 2 perspectives on autonomy and on the different meaning of the motives underlying independent, relative to dependent, decision making.

  2. Cloud droplet activation: solubility revisited

    L. T. Padró


    Full Text Available Soluble compounds present in atmospheric aerosol facilitate their transformation into cloud droplets by depressing the equilibrium vapor pressure required for activation. Their impact depends on the amount of dissolved substance in the aerosol aqueous phase, which in turn is controlled by its solubility. This study explores the impact of particle curvature on solubility, expressed in terms of a Kelvin enhancement. The augmented solubility, termed "Curvature Enhanced Solubility" (CES, is then introduced into Köhler theory for assessment of its impact on CCN activity for several organic compounds with a wide range of aqueous solubility. The interfacial energy between solute and aqueous phase required for quantification of CES is determined from existing correlations based on bulk solubility, and concurrent measurements of contact angle and surface tension. A number of important findings arise from this study: i CES can substantially increase solubility and impact CCN activity but only if the aerosol is initially wet, ii CES can stabilize highly supersaturated solutions, and provide a mechanism for retention of an aerosol aqueous phase even at very low relative humidity (RH, and, iii trace amounts of surfactant impurities can magnify the impact of CES.

  3. Determination of the Solubility of Phenyl Ether Methyl Nitrate%苯醚甲环唑硝酸盐溶解度的测定



    the phenyl ether is a kind of commonly used fungicide.In the process of refining the crude product,it is necessary to add excessive concentrated nitric acid into salt,and then add alkali to restore,but there is a lot of benzyl ether in the waste.In order to improve the production process,the solubility of phenyl ether methyl nitrate in the two solvents of toluene/nitric acid was determined in this paper.The experimental results show that the main reason for the low yield of benzene ether is the excess of nitric acid,and the use of nitric acid should be paid attention to during the process of technological improvement.%苯醚甲环唑是一种常用杀菌剂。现行工艺粗品提纯过程中需加入过量浓硝酸成盐,再加碱还原,但是废料中存在大量苯醚甲环唑,总产率较低。为改进生产工艺,测定了苯醚甲环唑硝酸盐在甲苯/硝酸二元溶剂中的溶解度。实验结果表明硝酸过量是苯醚甲环唑产率低的主要原因,在今后的工艺改进过程中,应注意硝酸的使用。

  4. Photophysical Diversity of Water-Soluble Fluorescent Conjugated Polymers Induced by Surfactant Stabilizers for Rapid and Highly Selective Determination of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene Traces.

    Alizadeh, Naader; Akbarinejad, Alireza; Ghoorchian, Arash


    The increasing application of fluorescence spectroscopy in development of reliable sensing platforms has triggered a lot of research interest for the synthesis of advanced fluorescent materials. Herein, we report a simple, low-cost strategy for the synthesis of a series of water-soluble conjugated polymer nanoparticles with diverse emission range using cationic (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, CTAB), anionic (sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, SDBS), and nonionic (TX114) surfactants as the stabilizing agents. The role of surfactant type on the photophisical and sensing properties of resultant polymers has been investigated using dynamic light scattering (DLS), FT-IR, UV-vis, fluorescence, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDS) spectroscopies. The results show that the surface polarity, size, and spectroscopic and sensing properties of conjugated polymers could be well controlled by the proper selection of the stabilizer type. The fluorescent conjugated polymers exhibited fluorescence quenching toward nitroaromatic compounds. Further studies on the fluorescence properties of conjugated polymers revealed that the emission of the SDBS stabilized polymer, N-methylpolypyrrole-SDBS (NMPPY-SDBS), is strongly quenched by 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene molecule with a large Stern -Volmer constant of 59 526 M(-1) and an excellent detection limit of 100 nM. UV-vis and cyclic voltammetry measurements unveiled that fluorescence quenching occurs through a charge transfer mechanism between electron rich NMPPY-SDBS and electron deficient 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene molecules. Finally, the as-prepared conjugated polymer and approach were successfully applied to the determination of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in real water samples.

  5. Liquid chromatographic determination of urea in water-soluble urea-formaldehyde fertilizer products and in aqueous urea solutions: collaborative study.

    Hojjatie, Michael M; Abrams, Dean E; Parham, Thomas M; Balthrop, J; Beine, R; Dickinson, V; Hartshorn, J; Herald, S; Latimer, G; Padmore, J; Pleasants, S; Riter, K; Roser, R; Schmunck, G; Sensmeier, R; Smith, V; Taylor, L; Volgas, G


    Water soluble urea-formaldehyde (UF) fertilizers, manufactured by complex reaction of urea and formaldehyde, typically contain varying amounts of unreacted urea. A liquid chromatography method for the analysis of urea in these products, and in aqueous urea solutions, was collaboratively studied. An amine chromatography column was used to separate the unreacted urea from numerous UF reaction products present in these liquid fertilizers. Unreacted urea was determined by using external urea standards with UV detection at 195 nm. The standards and test samples were prepared in the mobile phase of 85% (v/v) acetonitrile in water. Ten laboratories analyzed 5 different UF-based commercial products containing unreacted urea in the range of 6 to 17% by weight, and 5 different concentrations of urea in water equivalent to commercial products of that nature. The aqueous urea solutions contained 2-20% urea (w/w). The range of s(R) values for the 5 UF-based commercial fertilizers was 0.49-1.02 and the %RSD(R) was 1.94-6.14. The s(R) range for the 5 urea solutions was 0.10 to 0.79 and the %RSD(R) range was 2.54 to 4.88. The average recovery of urea from the aqueous urea solutions was 96-103%. Therefore, this method is capable of monitoring urea nitrogen manufacturers' label claims and total nitrogen claims in those cases where urea is the sole source of plant food nitrogen. Based on the collaborative study data, the authors recommend this method be approved for AOAC Official First Action status.

  6. Uranyl Oxalate Solubility

    Leturcq, G.; Costenoble, S.; Grandjean, S. [CEA Marcoule DEN/DRCP/SCPS/LCA - BP17171 - 30207 Bagnols sur Ceze cedex (France)


    The solubility of uranyl oxalate was determined at ambient temperature by precipitation in oxalic-nitric solutions, using an initial uranyl concentration of 0.1 mol/L. Oxalic concentration varied from 0.075 to 0.3 mol/L while nitric concentration ranged between 0.75 and 3 mol/L. Dissolution tests, using complementary oxalic-nitric media, were carried out for 550 hours in order to study the kinetic to reach thermodynamic equilibrium. Similar solubility values were reached by dissolution and precipitation. Using the results, it was possible to draw the solubility surface versus oxalic and nitric concentrations and to determine both the apparent solubility constant of UO{sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4}, 3H{sub 2}O (Ks) and the apparent formation constant of the first uranyl-oxalate complex UO{sub 2}C{sub 2}O{sub 4} (log {beta}1), for ionic strengths varying between 1 and 3 mol/L. Ks and log {beta}1 values were found to vary from 1.9 10{sup -8} to 9.2 10{sup -9} and from 5.95 to 6.06, respectively, when ionic strength varied from 1 to 3 mol/L. A second model may fit our data obtained at an ionic strength of 3 mol/L suggesting as reported by Moskvin et al. (1959) that no complexes are formed for [H{sup +}] at 3 M. The Ks value would then be 1.3 10{sup -8}. (authors)

  7. Voting on Independence and National Issues: A Historical and Comparative Study of Referendums on Self-Determination and Secession

    Qvortrup, Matt


    To date there have been fifty independence referendums. Some have been official, others unofficial. Some have been successful, and others have ended in failure. This article analyses how independence referendums have contributed to more civic engagement and how this use of the referendum can - under certain circumstances - enhance the ideals of participation espoused by the likes of Rousseau, Tocqueville and Mill. A ce jour, cinquante référendums sur l’indépendance ont été organisés dans l...

  8. Cyclic voltammetry using silver as cathode material: a simple method for determining electro and chemical features and solubility values of CO2 in ionic liquids.

    Reche, Irene; Gallardo, Iluminada; Guirado, Gonzalo


    A report is presented on the use of cyclic voltammetry using silver as a working electrode. The combined electrocatalytic properties of silver and ionic liquids allow cyclic voltammetry to be turned into an ideal tool for the rapid and accurate access to diffusion coefficient values and solubility values of carbon dioxide in ionic liquids under standard conditions.

  9. Determination of soluble dietary fibre content of Okara treated with high hydrostatic pressure and enzymes: a comparative evaluation of two methods (AOAC and HPLC-ELSD).

    Pérez-López, E; Mateos-Aparicio, I; Rupérez, P


    Okara is a promising by-product from soybean and a rich source of dietary fibre, chiefly insoluble (IDF). To increase its solubility and functionality, a treatment with high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) assisted by food grade enzymes -Ultraflo(®) L or Viscozyme(®) L- has been performed. To monitor the effectiveness, an analysis of dietary fibre, mainly the soluble fraction (SDF), was accomplished by the AOAC enzymatic-gravimetric method with dialysis followed by both, spectrophotometric methods and High Performance Liquid Chromatography with Evaporative Light Scattering Detector (HPLC-ELSD) analysis of the soluble fraction. A significant increase in SDF (≈1.5-times) to the expense of a decrease in IDF was shown and chromatograms revealed two peaks of 95 and 22 kDa. Thus, treated Okara possessed a more balanced and convenient ratio of soluble to insoluble dietary fibre, which could have health benefits as prebiotic. Inbuilt interferences of the official AOAC's method for dietary fibre were confirmed and the direct HPLC-ELSD approach was about twice more sensitive than spectrophotometric methods. Consequently, the direct HPLC-ELSD analysis of the supernatant is proposed as a cheaper, faster and reliable method. Combined HHP-treatments plus specific enzymes represent a promising alternative for the valorisation and preservation of agrofood by-products.

  10. Combination of culture-dependent and culture-independent molecular methods for the determination of lactic microbiota in sucuk.

    Kesmen, Z; Yetiman, A E; Gulluce, A; Kacmaz, N; Sagdic, O; Cetin, B; Adiguzel, A; Sahin, F; Yetim, H


    In this study, the culture-dependent and culture-independent molecular methods were used for the identification of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in sucuk a Turkish fermented dry sausage. On the one hand, the PCR-DGGE method targetting the V1 and V3 regions of 16S DNA was applied to DNA that was directly extracted from sucuk samples. On the other hand, rep-PCR fingerprinting was performed for the primary differentiation and grouping of the isolates, and the results were confirmed by sequencing of the 16S rDNA and 16S-23S rDNA intergenic spacer region. As a result of the PCR-DGGE analysis of all the samples, total 8 different lactic acid bacteria were identified, and Lactobacillus sakei, Lactobacillus curvatus and Weissella viridescens were the dominant microbiota among these bacteria. The culture-dependent approach indicated that the majority of the strains belonged to the Lactobacillus genera including Lb. sakei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lb. curvatus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus farciminis and Lactobacillus alimentarius. However, Leuconostoc and Weisella were also detected as minor genera. Again, Lactococcus piscium, Weissella halotolerans, Staphylococcus succinus and the comigrated Staphylococcus piscifermentans/Staphylococcus condimenti/Staphylococcus carnosus group were detected only with the culture-independent method while Lb. plantarum, Leuconostoc mesenteroides and Leuconostoc citreum were identified only by using the culture-dependent method. In the results, it was concluded that the combination of culture-dependent and culture-independent methods was necessary for reliable and detailed investigation of LAB communities in fermented food products.

  11. FIT: Computer Program that Interactively Determines Polynomial Equations for Data which are a Function of Two Independent Variables

    Arbuckle, P. D.; Sliwa, S. M.; Roy, M. L.; Tiffany, S. H.


    A computer program for interactively developing least-squares polynomial equations to fit user-supplied data is described. The program is characterized by the ability to compute the polynomial equations of a surface fit through data that are a function of two independent variables. The program utilizes the Langley Research Center graphics packages to display polynomial equation curves and data points, facilitating a qualitative evaluation of the effectiveness of the fit. An explanation of the fundamental principles and features of the program, as well as sample input and corresponding output, are included.

  12. Determination of lactic microflora of kefir grains and kefir beverage by using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods.

    Kesmen, Zülal; Kacmaz, Nazife


    In this study, we investigated the bacterial compositions of kefir grains and kefir beverages collected from different regions of Turkey by using culture-independent and culture-dependent methods. In the culture-independent detection, 10 different species of bacteria were detected in total by using the polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) analysis of the 16S rRNA gene V3 region. Among these species, Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens was the most dominant one in the kefir grains, while Lactococcus lactis was found to be significantly prevalent in the kefir beverages. In the culture-dependent detection, the primary differentiation and grouping of the isolates from kefir beverages and kefir grains were performed using repetitive sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR) fingerprinting, and the results were validated by 16S rDNA full-length sequencing. According to the results of culture-dependent methods, the most frequently isolated species were L. lactis, Leuconostoc mesenteroides, and Lactobacillus kefiri, respectively. Only 3 species, which are L. lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Streptococcus thermophilus, were detected with both culture-dependent and culture-independent methods. This study showed that the combination of both methods is necessary for a detailed and reliable investigation of microbial communities in kefir grains and kefir beverages. Due to their artisan- and region-dependent microflora, kefir products can be a source of interesting lactic acid bacteria, either new taxa or strains with specific functional properties, which might be used for the development of new starter cultures and innovative food products. Therefore, an increasing demand exists for new strains that show desirable effects on the product characteristics Artisan dairy products are a candidate source of such microorganisms. For this reason, in this study, the bacterial compositions of kefir grains and kefir beverages obtained from

  13. Plasma advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and NF-κB activity are independent determinants of diastolic and pulse pressure

    Sourris, Karly C; Lyons, Jasmine G; Dougherty, Sonia L;


    Abstract Background: High levels of circulating advanced glycation end products (AGEs) can initiate chronic low-grade activation of the immune system (CLAIS) with each of these factors independently associated with cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Therefore, our objective was to chara......Abstract Background: High levels of circulating advanced glycation end products (AGEs) can initiate chronic low-grade activation of the immune system (CLAIS) with each of these factors independently associated with cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Therefore, our objective...... was to characterize the relationship between serum AGEs, CLAIS and other risk factors for CV disease in normotensive non-diabetic individuals. Methods: We measured body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), blood pressure, lipid and glucose profile in 44 non-diabetic volunteers (17 female, 27 males......). Carboxymethyl-lysine (CML) was measured by ELISA as a marker for circulating AGEs and NF-κB p65 activity as an inflammatory marker by DNA-binding in peripheral blood mononuclear cells lysates (PBMC). Results: Plasma CML concentrations were related to diastolic blood pressure (r=-0.51, p...

  14. Evidence indicating independent assortment of framework and complementarity-determining segments of the variable regions of rabbit light chains. Delineation of a possible J minigene.

    Kabat, E A; Wu, T T; Bilofsky, H


    Amino acid sequences of rabbit light chains show considerable evidence of independent assortment of framework (FR) and complementarity-determining (CDR) segments. This suggests that they are coded for by independent genetic units (minigaenes) and that individual light chains are assembled somatically by recombining these units. Identical FR sets with multiple members generally comprise chains with different specificities, whereas identical CDR sets tend to have chains of a single specificity. A J segment, which, by analogy with mouse light chains, is made up of the last two residues of CDR3 plus all of FR4, contained 18 different sets and could contribute to diversity generated by CDR3. The longest segment, FR3, had a very large number of sets. Evidence is presented showing that the number of sets could be substantially reduced by permitting FR3 to be formed by two independently assorting segments comprising residues 57-68 and 69-88.

  15. Pure Phase Solubility Limits: LANL

    C. Stockman


    The natural and engineered system at Yucca Mountain (YM) defines the site-specific conditions under which one must determine to what extent the engineered and the natural geochemical barriers will prevent the release of radioactive material from the repository. Most important mechanisms for retention or enhancement of radionuclide transport include precipitation or co-precipitation of radionuclide-bearing solid phases (solubility limits), complexation in solution, sorption onto surfaces, colloid formation, and diffusion. There may be many scenarios that could affect the near-field environment, creating chemical conditions more aggressive than the conditions presented by the unperturbed system (such as pH changes beyond the range of 6 to 9 or significant changes in the ionic strength of infiltrated waters). For an extended period of time, the near-field water composition may be quite different and more extreme in pH, ionic strength, and CO{sub 2} partial pressure (or carbonate concentration) than waters at some distance from the repository. Reducing conditions, high pH (up to 11), and low carbonate concentration may be present in the near-field after reaction of infiltrating groundwater with engineered barrier systems, such as cementitious materials. In the far-field, conditions are controlled by the rock-mass buffer providing a near-neutral, oxidizing, low-ionic-strength environment that controls radionuclide solubility limits and sorption capacities. There is the need for characterization of variable chemical conditions that affect solubility, speciation, and sorption reactions. Modeling of the groundwater chemistry is required and leads to an understanding of solubility and speciation of the important radionuclides. Because experimental studies cannot be performed under the numerous potential chemical conditions, solubility limitations must rely on geochemical modeling of the radionuclide's chemistry. Fundamental thermodynamic properties, such as solubility

  16. Gas solubilities widespread applications

    Gerrard, William


    Gas Solubilities: Widespread Applications discusses several topics concerning the various applications of gas solubilities. The first chapter of the book reviews Henr's law, while the second chapter covers the effect of temperature on gas solubility. The third chapter discusses the various gases used by Horiuti, and the following chapters evaluate the data on sulfur dioxide, chlorine data, and solubility data for hydrogen sulfide. Chapter 7 concerns itself with solubility of radon, thoron, and actinon. Chapter 8 tackles the solubilities of diborane and the gaseous hydrides of groups IV, V, and

  17. Application of the Meikirch Model to independent medical evaluations for Social Security eligibility determinations in Switzerland and potential for use by physicians in many other situations.

    Jeger, Jörg


    The Meikirch Model of Bircher and Kuruvilla provides a new and very interesting definition of health and disease, based on a biopsychosocial framework and the idea of an interaction of an individual with social and environmental determinants of health. It is a modern systems approach, not only for acute, but particularly for chronic diseases. For this reason, I have adopted this analytic approach for conducting independent medical evaluations in the Swiss system of Social Security.

  18. Determination of {sup 13}C CSA Tensors: Extension of the Model-independent Approach to an RNA Kissing Complex Undergoing Anisotropic Rotational Diffusion in Solution

    Ravindranathan, Sapna [National Chemical Laboratory, Central NMR Facility (India)], E-mail:; Kim, Chul-Hyun [California State University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (United States); Bodenhausen, Geoffrey [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Institut des Sciences et Ingenierie Chimiques (Switzerland)


    Chemical shift anisotropy (CSA) tensor parameters have been determined for the protonated carbons of the purine bases in an RNA kissing complex in solution by extending the model-independent approach [Fushman, D., Cowburn, D. (1998) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 120, 7109-7110]. A strategy for determining CSA tensor parameters of heteronuclei in isolated X-H two-spin systems (X = {sup 13}C or {sup 15}N) in molecules undergoing anisotropic rotational diffusion is presented. The original method relies on the fact that the ratio {kappa}{sub 2}=R{sub 2}{sup auto}/R{sub 2}{sup cross} of the transverse auto- and cross-correlated relaxation rates involving the X CSA and the X-H dipolar interaction is independent of parameters related to molecular motion, provided rotational diffusion is isotropic. However, if the overall motion is anisotropic {kappa}{sub 2} depends on the anisotropy D{sub parallel} /D{sub -perpendicular} of rotational diffusion. In this paper, the field dependence of both {kappa}{sub 2} and its longitudinal counterpart {kappa}{sub 1}=R{sub 1}{sup auto}/R{sub 1}{sup cross} are determined. For anisotropic rotational diffusion, our calculations show that the average {kappa}{sub av} = 1/2 ({kappa}{sub 1}+{kappa}{sub 2}), of the ratios is largely independent of the anisotropy parameter D{sub parallel} /D{sub -perpendicular}. The field dependence of the average ratio {kappa}{sub av} may thus be utilized to determine CSA tensor parameters by a generalized model-independent approach in the case of molecules with an overall motion described by an axially symmetric rotational diffusion tensor.

  19. In vitro solubility assays in drug discovery.

    Kerns, Edward H; Di, Li; Carter, Guy T


    The solubility of a compound depends on its structure and solution conditions. Structure determines the lipophilicity, hydrogen bonding, molecular volume, crystal energy and ionizability, which determine solubility. Solution conditions are affected by pH, co-solvents, additives, ionic strength, time and temperature. Many drug discovery experiments are conducted under "kinetic" solubility conditions. In drug discovery, solubility has a major impact on bioassays, formulation for in vivo dosing, and intestinal absorption. A good goal for the solubility of drug discovery compounds is >60 ug/mL. Equilibrium solubility assays can be conducted in moderate throughput, by incubating excess solid with buffer and agitating for several days, prior to filtration and HPLC quantitation. Kinetic solubility assays are performed in high throughput with shorter incubation times and high throughput analyses using plate readers. The most frequently used of these are the nephelometric assay and direct UV assay, which begin by adding a small volume of DMSO stock solution of each test compound to buffer. In nephelometry, this solution is serially diluted across a microtitre plate and undissolved particles are detected via light scattering. In direct UV, undissolved particles are separated by filtration, after which the dissolved material is quantitated using UV absorption. Equilibrium solubility is useful for preformulation. Kinetic solubility is useful for rapid compound assessment, guiding optimization via structure modification, and diagnosing bioassays. It is often useful to customize solubility experiments using conditions that answer specific research questions of drug discovery teams, such as compound selection and vehicle development for pharmacology and PK studies.

  20. Model Insensitive and Calibration Independent Method for Determination of the Downstream Neutral Hydrogen Density Through Ly-alpha Glow Observations

    Gangopadhyay, P.; Judge, D. L.


    Our knowledge of the various heliospheric phenomena (location of the solar wind termination shock, heliopause configuration and very local interstellar medium parameters) is limited by uncertainties in the available heliospheric plasma models and by calibration uncertainties in the observing instruments. There is, thus, a strong motivation to develop model insensitive and calibration independent methods to reduce the uncertainties in the relevant heliospheric parameters. We have developed such a method to constrain the downstream neutral hydrogen density inside the heliospheric tail. In our approach we have taken advantage of the relative insensitivity of the downstream neutral hydrogen density profile to the specific plasma model adopted. We have also used the fact that the presence of an asymmetric neutral hydrogen cavity surrounding the sun, characteristic of all neutral densities models, results in a higher multiple scattering contribution to the observed glow in the downstream region than in the upstream region. This allows us to approximate the actual density profile with one which is spatially uniform for the purpose of calculating the downstream backscattered glow. Using different spatially constant density profiles, radiative transfer calculations are performed, and the radial dependence of the predicted glow is compared with the observed I/R dependence of Pioneer 10 UV data. Such a comparison bounds the large distance heliospheric neutral hydrogen density in the downstream direction to a value between 0.05 and 0.1/cc.

  1. Model independent determination of the CKM phase γ using input from D{sup 0}-D̄{sup 0} mixing

    Harnew, Samuel; Rademacker, Jonas [H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol,Bristol (United Kingdom)


    We present a new, amplitude model-independent method to measure the CP violation parameter γ in B{sup −}→DK{sup −} and related decays. Information on charm interference parameters, usually obtained from charm threshold data, is obtained from charm mixing. By splitting the phase space of the D meson decay into several bins, enough information can be gained to measure γ without input from the charm threshold. We demonstrate the feasibility of this approach with a simulation study of B{sup −}→DK{sup −} with D→K{sup +}π{sup −}π{sup +}π{sup −}. We compare the performance of our novel approach to that of a previously proposed binned analysis which uses charm interference parameters obtained from threshold data. While both methods provide useful constraints, the combination of the two by far outperforms either of them applied on their own. Such an analysis would provide a highly competitive measurement of γ. Our simulation studies indicate, subject to assumptions about data yields and the amplitude structure of D{sup 0}→K{sup +}π{sup −}π{sup +}π{sup −}, a statistical uncertainty on γ of ∼12{sup ∘} with existing data and ∼4{sup ∘} for the LHCb-upgrade.

  2. Nonzero Solubility Rule

    尉志武; 周蕊; 刘芸


    A solubility-related rule, nonzero solubility rule, is introduced in this paper. It is complementary to the existing rules such as the "like dissolves like" rule and can be understood on the basis of classical chemical thermodynamics.


    Eyyubov, Kamran


    This article examines the FDI inflows into Azerbaijan's and Russia's oil sectors between 1991 and 2006. It identifies the main reasons for Azerbaijan's advantage over Russia. The author first gives a brief explanation of FDI in general, then identifies the different patterns of FDI inflow into the oil sectors of both Azerbaijan and Russia, and concludes his article by pointing out the main determinants of the differences in FDI inflow into the oil sectors of these two countries.

  4. Stay-green in spring wheat can be determined by spectral reflectance measurements (normalized difference vegetation index) independently from phenology.

    Lopes, Marta S; Reynolds, Matthew P


    The green area displayed by a crop is a good indicator of its photosynthetic capacity, while chlorophyll retention or 'stay-green' is regarded as a key indicator of stress adaptation. Remote-sensing methods were tested to estimate these parameters in diverse wheat genotypes under different growing conditions. Two wheat populations (a diverse set of 294 advanced lines and a recombinant inbred line population of 169 sister lines derived from the cross between Seri and Babax) were grown in Mexico under three environments: drought, heat, and heat combined with drought. In the two populations studied here, a moderate heritable expression of stay-green was found-when the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) at physiological maturity was estimated using the regression of NDVI over time from the mid-stages of grain-filling to physiological maturity-and for the rate of senescence during the same period. Under heat and heat combined with drought environments, stay-green calculated as NDVI at physiological maturity and the rate of senescence, showed positive and negative correlations with yield, respectively. Moreover, stay-green calculated as an estimation of NDVI at physiological maturity and the rate of senescence regressed on degree days give an independent measurement of stay-green without the confounding effect of phenology. On average, in both populations under heat and heat combined with drought environments CTgf and stay-green variables accounted for around 30% of yield variability in multiple regression analysis. It is concluded that stay-green traits may provide cumulative effects, together with other traits, to improve adaptation under stress further.

  5. Nurse telephone triage in out-of-hours GP practice: determinants of independent advice and return consultation

    Klazinga Niek S


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nowadays, nurses play a central role in telephone triage in Dutch out-of-hours primary care. The percentage of calls that is handled through nurse telephone advice alone (NTAA appears to vary substantially between GP cooperatives. This study aims to explore which determinants are associated with NTAA and with subsequent return consultations to the GP. Methods For the ten most frequently presented problems, a two-week follow-up cohort study took place in one cooperative run by 25 GPs and 8 nurses, serving a population of 62,291 people. Random effects logistic regression analysis was used to study the determinants of NTAA and return consultation rates. The effect of NTAA on hospital referral rates was also studied as a proxy for severity of illness. Results The mean NTAA rate was 27.5% – ranging from 15.5% to 39.4% for the eight nurses. It was higher during the night (RR 1.63, CI 1.48–1.76 and lower with increasing age (RR 0.96, CI 0.93–0.99, per ten years or when the patient presented >2 problems (RR 0.65; CI 0.51–0.83. Using cough as reference category, NTAA was highest for earache (RR 1.49; CI 1.18–1.78 and lowest for chest pain (RR 0.18; CI 0.06–0.47. After correction for differences in case mix, significant variation in NTAA between nurses remained (p Conclusion Important inter-nurse variability may indicate differences in perception on tasks and/or differences in skill to handle telephone calls alone. Future research should focus more on modifiable determinants of NTAA rates.

  6. A 5-day method for determination of soluble silicon concentrations in nonliquid fertilizer materials using a sodium carbonate-ammonium nitrate extractant followed by visible spectroscopy with heteropoly blue analysis: single-laboratory validation.

    Sebastian, Dennis; Rodrigues, Hugh; Kinsey, Charles; Korndörfer, Gaspar; Pereira, Hamilton; Buck, Guilherme; Datnoff, Lawrence; Miranda, Stephen; Provance-Bowley, Mary


    A 5-day method for determining the soluble silicon (Si) concentrations in nonliquid fertilizer products was developed using a sodium carbonate (Na2CO3)-ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) extractant followed by visible spectroscopy with heteropoly blue analysis at 660 nm. The 5-Day Na2CO3-NH4NO3 Soluble Si Extraction Method can be applied to quantify the plant-available Si in solid fertilizer products at levels ranging from 0.2 to 8.4% Si with an LOD of 0.06%, and LOQ of 0.20%. This Si extraction method for fertilizers correlates well with plant uptake of Si (r2 = 0.96 for a range of solid fertilizers) and is applicable to solid Si fertilizer products including blended products and beneficial substances. Fertilizer materials can be processed as received using commercially available laboratory chemicals and materials at ambient laboratory temperatures. The single-laboratory validation of the 5-Day Na2CO3-NH4NO3 Soluble Si Extraction Method has been approved by The Association of American Plant Food Control Officials for testing nonliquid Si fertilizer products.

  7. Light extinction method for solubility measurement

    Shui Wang; Jingkang Wang; Qiuxiang Yin; Yongli Wang


    A novel measurement method for chemical solubility determination is brought forward, in which the advantages of two kinds of traditional methods are united. The results show that the concentration of unsolved particles suspending in the solution can be determined by measuring I/I0 (ratio of the transmission intensity to the incident intensity) of the laser beam permeating through the solution according to Lamben-Beer law. The biggest relative deviation for the solubility data determined is less than 1.5% for the sparingly soluble substances and 0.3% for the opulently soluble substances. By comparison of the experimental solubility data with previous data, the light extinction method is demonstrated to be stable and reliable.

  8. Amyloid Fibril Solubility

    Rizzi, L G


    It is well established that amyloid fibril solubility is protein specific, but how solubility depends on the interactions between the fibril building blocks is not clear. Here we use a simple protein model and perform Monte Carlo simulations to directly measure the solubility of amyloid fibrils as a function of the interaction between the fibril building blocks. Our simulations confirms that the fibril solubility depends on the fibril thickness and that the relationship between the interactions and the solubility can be described by a simple analytical formula. The results presented in this study reveal general rules how side-chain side-chain interactions, backbone hydrogen bonding and temperature affect amyloid fibril solubility, which might prove a powerful tool to design protein fibrils with desired solubility and aggregation properties in general.

  9. Determination of Equilibrium Solubility and Apparent Oil/Water Partition Coefficient of Daphnetin%瑞香素平衡溶解度和表观油水分配系数的测定

    单进军; 狄留庆; 赵晓莉; 徐建亚


    OBJECTIVE To determine the equilibrium solubility of daphnetin and its partition coefficients for the n-oc-tanol-water/buffer solution systems. METHODS A high HPLC was established to detect the concentration of daphnetin in water and seven organic solvents. The partition coefficients for the n-octanol-water/buffer solution systems of daphnetin were determined by shaking flask method. RESULTS The equilibrium solubility of daphnetin was 176. 7 μg/mL in water at 25℃, a higher equilibrium solubility of daphnetin was reached at 485. 4 μg/mL in methanol, Papp of daphnetin was 2.4 (lgPapp =0.38).CONCLUSION The solubility of daphnetin was poor. It had little change in apparent partition coefficient in acidic and neutral phosphate buffer solution. Daphnetin belongs to the class II drug of Biopharmaceutics Classification System(low solubility, high permeability).%目的 测定瑞香素的平衡溶解度及表现油水分配系数.方法 采用HPLC法测定了瑞香素在水和7种有机溶剂中的平衡溶解度,摇瓶法测定瑞香素在正辛醇-水/缓冲盐溶液中的表现油水分配系数.结果 25℃下瑞香素在水中的平衡溶解度为176.7μg/mL,常用有机溶剂甲醇对瑞香素的溶解性较好,为485.4μg/mL,正辛醇/水表现分配系数Papp为2.4(lgPapp=0.38).结论 瑞香素的水溶性差,在酸性和中性条件下,正辛醇/缓冲液分配系数受缓冲液的pH值影响不大;瑞香素属于FDA生物药剂学分类中的第二类药物(低溶解性、高渗透性).

  10. Determination of the Content of Water-soluble Proteins in Antler Herbs and its Influence Factors%马鹿茸中水溶性蛋白质的含量测定及其影响因素考察

    黄帮蕊; 李佳芮; 王春贺; 金洋; 马方圆; 金向群; 高兵; 常彤


    To establish a method for the determination of the content of water -soluble proteins in velvet antler herbs ,and explore the effect of drying methods ,storage time and species on its content .Water soluble proteins in velvet antler herbs were extracted through maceration in low temperature water and dyed by Bradford method .The content of it was determined by visible spectrophotometer .The content of water-soluble protein in the sample has a good linear relationship in the range of 540μg/mL-40μg/mL in terms of bovine serum albumin .The regression e-quation is y=0.0231x+0.1114(R2=0.995) and the recovery rate is 99.33% ,RSD is 0.86% .Moreover ,the content of water-soluble pro-tein in velvet antler alters during storage and in high temperature drying ,which is lower than that in the low temperature drying .Water-soluble protein content among different species is also different .The content determination of water-soluble protein in velvet antler by Bradford method is simple and reliable ,so it can be used as a method of quality control of velvet antler herbs .Storage time and drying method also have influence on water-soluble protein content in antler ,so antler herbs production process should be paid attention to .%建立马鹿茸中水溶性蛋白质含量测定方法,并探讨干燥方法、储存时间对其含量的影响。采用考马斯亮蓝显色法测定马鹿茸中水溶性蛋白质的含量。样品中水溶性蛋白质的含量以牛血清蛋白计在5μg/mL~40μg/mL范围内具有良好线性关系,回归方程为y=0.0231x+0.1114( R2=0.995),平均回收率为99.33%,RSD为0.86%;马鹿茸水溶性蛋白含量随储存时间延长而下降,高温干燥比低温干燥含量低。采用考马斯亮蓝显色法测定马鹿茸水溶性蛋白质的含量,方法简便、可靠,可作为马鹿茸质量控制的方法。存储时间、干燥方法对马鹿茸水溶性蛋白含量有影响,在马鹿茸生产过程中要注意。

  11. Attenuated total reflectance-mid infrared spectroscopy (ATR-MIR) coupled with independent components analysis (ICA): A fast method to determine plasticizers in polylactide (PLA).

    Kassouf, Amine; Ruellan, Alexandre; Jouan-Rimbaud Bouveresse, Delphine; Rutledge, Douglas N; Domenek, Sandra; Maalouly, Jacqueline; Chebib, Hanna; Ducruet, Violette


    Compliance of plastic food contact materials (FCMs) with regulatory specifications in force, requires a better knowledge of their interaction phenomena with food or food simulants in contact. However these migration tests could be very complex, expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, alternative procedures were introduced based on the determination of potential migrants in the initial material, allowing the use of mathematical modeling, worst case scenarios and other alternative approaches, for simple and fast compliance testing. In this work, polylactide (PLA), plasticized with four different plasticizers, was considered as a model plastic formulation. An innovative analytical approach was developed, based on the extraction of qualitative and quantitative information from attenuated total reflectance (ATR) mid-infrared (MIR) spectral fingerprints, using independent components analysis (ICA). Two novel chemometric methods, Random_ICA and ICA_corr_y, were used to determine the optimal number of independent components (ICs). Both qualitative and quantitative information, related to the identity and the quantity of plasticizers in PLA, were retrieved through a direct and fast analytical method, without any prior sample preparations. Through a single qualitative model with 11 ICs, a clear and clean classification of PLA samples was obtained, according to the identity of plasticizers incorporated in their formulations. Moreover, a quantitative model was established for each formulation, correlating proportions estimated by ICA and known concentrations of plasticizers in PLA. High coefficients of determination (higher than 0.96) and recoveries (higher than 95%) proved the good predictability of the proposed models.

  12. Numerical solution for 5-layer laminate technique to determine saturation solubility of a drug in a thin film of pressure sensitive adhesive.

    Bänsch, Eberhard; Reismann, Simone; Lee, Geoffrey


    A numerical solution of the one-dimensional diffusion equation is presented to describe the 5-layer laminate technique for estimating the saturation solubility of a drug in a thin polymer film. The boundary and initial conditions encompass a donor layer, a separating membrane, and an acceptor layer. Alteration of the drug's partition coefficient between donor and separating membrane has little influence on drug accumulation with the acceptor. The diffusivity in the separating membrane should be high to promote a short experimental time to achieve saturation equilibrium in the acceptor layer. The essential parameter to give rapid equilibrium is the thickness of the acceptor polymer film. For values of diffusivity typical for drugs of molecular weight around 500 an acceptor layer thickness of 10 µm-20 µm is required to achieve equilibrium within less than 10 d. These simulations allow the selection of suitable experimental conditions to make the 5-layer laminate technique a viable method for routine use.

  13. 浊度法测定酒石酸泰乐菌素可溶性粉效价研究%Determination of the titer of tartaric acid tylosin soluble powder by turbidimetric method

    李树纲; 于清伟; 张蕾; 王登临; 杲寿善; 金录胜; 张宏; 史梓萱


    目的:建立浊度法测定酒石酸泰乐菌素可溶性粉效价的方法。方法:以金黄色葡萄球菌为试验菌,抗生素检定培养基Ⅲ号为试验用培养基,制备菌悬液。采用浊度法和管碟法对酒石酸泰乐菌素可溶性粉的效价测定进行比较,并对浊度法进行方法学验证。结果:用浊度法测定酒石酸泰乐菌素可溶性粉的效价,泰乐菌素的浓度范围在0.6-2.0 u/mL之间,其浓度对数与吸收度有良好的线性关系,相关系数r=0.999 0,平均回收率为100.3%,RSD为0.91%;用浊度法与管碟法测定结果无明显差异,方法学验证表明,浊度法测定酒石酸泰乐菌素可溶性粉效价的方法可行。结论:本方法具有可信限率低、灵敏度高、精密度高、快速简便等优点,可用于泰乐菌素及其制剂的效价测定。%Objective: To establish a method for the determination of the titer of tartaric acid tylosin soluble powder.Methods: Using Staphylococcus aureus(SA) as the test organisms and antibiotic culture medium Ⅲ as the test culture medium,the titer of tartaric acid tylosin soluble powder was determined by cylinder-plate method and turbidimetric method.Results: The result demonstrated that the titer of tartaric acid tylosin soluble powder presented a good linear relation with its absorbance among the range of 0.6-2.0 u/mL.The results of two methods showed no difference.Conclusion: It is indicated that turbidimetric method was accurate,reliable and suitable for the determination of tartaric acid tylosin soluble powder.

  14. Soluble oil cutting fluid

    Rawlinson, A.P.; White, J.


    A soluble oil, suitable when diluted with water, for use as a cutting fluid comprises an alkali or alkaline-earth metal alkyl benzene sulphonate, a fatty acid diethanolamide, a mixed alkanolamine borate, a polyisobutenesuccinimide and a major proportion of mineral oil. The soluble oil is relatively stable without the need for a conventional coupling agent and some soluble oil emulsions are bio-static even though conventional biocides are not included.

  15. The solubility of ethane, propane, and carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions of sodium cumene sulfonate.

    King, A D


    Measurements have been made to determine the solubilities of ethane, C2H6, propane, C3H8, and carbon dioxide, CO2, in aqueous solutions of sodium cumene sulfonate (NaCS) at 25 degrees C. The solubilities measured for each gas satisfy Henry's law at all concentrations of NaCS. The solubilities of C2H6 and C3H8 exhibit quite similar behavior with respect to added NaCS. The solubilities of these two gases are very low in pure water and are found to be nearly independent of NaCS concentration over a concentration range of 0-0.4 mol NaCS/kg H2O. At intermediate concentrations of NaCS, the solubilities of C2H6 and C3H8 exhibit a gradual increase with added NaCS concentrations ranging from 0.4 to 2.0 mol NaCS/kg H2O. At NaCS concentrations greater than 2.0 mol NaCS/kg H2O, the solubilities of these two gases increase with added NaCS in an approximately linear manner, with the solubility of C3H8 increasing more rapidly than that for C2H6 (by a factor of approximately 2.5). CO2 is much more soluble in pure water than the hydrocarbon gases and exhibits markedly different behavior with respect to added NaCS. The solubility of CO2 decreases with added NaCS over a concentration range of 0-0.9 mol NaCS/kg H2O, passes through a minimum at a concentration of approximately 1.0 mol NaCS/kg H2O, and then increases with added NaCS at higher NaCS concentrations in a manner similar to that observed with C2H6 and C3H8. The trends in solubility observed for these three gases dissolved in aqueous solutions of NaCS resemble those found previously with aqueous solutions of ordinary surfactants. The solubility data measured for these three gases can be interpreted surprisingly well in terms of the mass-action model for micellization, in which salting-out effects due to monomer salt ions suppress gas solubility at low NaCS concentrations and gas solubilization by small micelles of NaCS acts to enhance gas solubility at the higher NaCS concentrations.

  16. Layer-by-layer self assembly of a water-soluble phthalocyanine on gold. Application to the electrochemical determination of hydrogen peroxide.

    Koodlur, Lokesh S


    A self-assembled molecular film of a water-soluble cobalt tetrasulfophthalocyanine was deposited on a gold substrate premodified with poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride). The process of layer-by-layer assembly on the gold substrate was characterized using UV-Vis, Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, contact angle measurements, atomic force microscopy and electrochemical methods. Results demonstrate the formation of a completely covered phthalocyanine film on the gold surface. UV-Vis spectra indicated the formation of monolayer film of the phthalocyanine on the surface. The functionalized surface is uniformly covered and becomes hydrophilic after modification. The modified gold surface exhibits a reversible redox behavior and acts as an electronic conductor for the electrochemical reduction of hydrogen peroxide in pH 7.0 phosphate buffer. A linear increase in the catalytic current is observed for the reduction of hydrogen peroxide in the concentration range from 1 to 20 μM, with a detection limit of 0.4 μM. Hydrogen peroxide spiked pond water sample showed a recovery of 94% indicating the method is selective and can be applied for various applications. The present method is a simple, cost effective and sensitive electrochemical method for the detection and quantification of hydrogen peroxide.

  17. Determinação da solubilidade protéica de farinhas de subproduto de aves com a pepsina em baixa concentração Determination of solubility of poultry by-product with pepsin in low concentration

    Claudio Bellaver


    (considered 100% soluble protein were used as protein sources. All meals were autoclaved at 120ºC, during 0, 10, 20, 40 and 80 minutes. Concentrations of pepsin on acid HCl 0,0744N were 0.0002 and 0.02%. The experiment was carried out according to a completely randomized design with factorial scheme 3 (sources x 5 (temperatures x 2 (concentrations, with four replications for enzyme concentration of 0.0002% and two replications for enzyme at 0.02%. It were determined the in vitro protein solubility values on acid/pepsin solution and the in vivo metabolizable energy of PBP meals. The results indicated that on pepsin concentration of 0.0002%, the values of good quality PBP are over 55%. In the same way, solubility close to 84% could be considered good quality source, but decreasing solubility are considered bad quality with 67% on pepsin at concentration of 0.02%.

  18. PM2.5中水溶性离子采样及前处理注意事项的探讨%Extraction and determination of water-soluble ions in PM2. 5

    杨懂艳; 刘保献; 魏强; 陈圆圆


    Four channel samplers with Quartz and Teflon membranes were used for sampling PM2. 5 and Water-soluble ions were ana-lyzed. The results showed that,there were no obvious differences of background ion concentration between Teflon and Quartz mem-branes,but Quartz showed a relatively wide range concentration of ions. The results also indicated Teflon membranes would be more adapted for the determination of the weight of PM2. 5 ,and Quartz would be more suitable for the determination of water soluble ions in winter.%本文采用四通道采样器,使用Teflon和石英膜对环境空气中的PM2.5样品进行采样,并使用超声振荡-离子色谱法对其中的水溶性离子进行分析。分析结果表明,石英膜和Teflon膜本底结果差异性不大,但石英膜本底离子浓度范围相对较宽。 Teflon膜适合于PM2.5质量浓度的测量,石英滤膜更适合于冬季PM2.5水溶性离子的检测分析。

  19. Evidence that the adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette G5/G8-independent pathway plays a determinant role in cholesterol gallstone formation in mice.

    Wang, Helen H; Li, Xiaodan; Patel, Shailendra B; Wang, David Q-H


    The adenosine triphosphate-binding cassette (ABC) sterol transporter, Abcg5/g8, is Lith9 in mice, and two gallstone-associated variants in ABCG5/G8 have been identified in humans. Although ABCG5/G8 plays a critical role in determining hepatic sterol secretion, cholesterol is still secreted to bile in sitosterolemic patients with a defect in either ABCG5 or ABCG8 and in either Abcg5/g8 double- or single-knockout mice. We hypothesize that in the defect of ABCG5/G8, an ABCG5/G8-independent pathway is essential for regulating hepatic secretion of biliary sterols, which is independent of the lithogenic mechanism of the ABCG5/G8 pathway. To elucidate the effect of the ABCG5/G8-independent pathway on cholelithogenesis, we investigated the biliary and gallstone characteristics in male wild-type (WT), ABCG5(-/-)/G8(-/-), and ABCG8 (-/-) mice fed a lithogenic diet or varying amounts of cholesterol, treated with a liver X receptor (LXR) agonist, or injected intravenously with [(3) H]sitostanol- and [(14) C]cholesterol-labeled high-density lipoprotein (HDL). We found that ABCG5(-/-)/G8(-/-) and ABCG8 (-/-) mice displayed the same biliary and gallstone phenotypes. Although both groups of knockout mice showed a significant reduction in hepatic cholesterol output compared to WT mice, they still formed gallstones. The LXR agonist significantly increased biliary cholesterol secretion and gallstones in WT, but not ABCG5(-/-)/G8(-/-) or ABCG8 (-/-), mice. The 6-hour recovery of [(14) C]cholesterol in hepatic bile was significantly lower in both groups of knockout mice than in WT mice and [(3) H]sitostanol was detected in WT, but not ABCG5(-/-)/G8(-/-) or ABCG8 (-/-), mice. The ABCG5/G8-independent pathway plays an important role in regulating biliary cholesterol secretion, the transport of HDL-derived cholesterol from plasma to bile, and gallstone formation, which works independently of the ABCG5/G8 pathway. Further studies are needed to observe whether this pathway is also

  20. Central Bank independence

    Vasile DEDU


    Full Text Available In this paper we present the key aspects regarding central bank’s independence. Most economists consider that the factor which positively influences the efficiency of monetary policy measures is the high independence of the central bank. We determined that the National Bank of Romania (NBR has a high degree of independence. NBR has both goal and instrument independence. We also consider that the hike of NBR’s independence played an important role in the significant disinflation process, as headline inflation dropped inside the targeted band of 3% ± 1 percentage point recently.

  1. Maternal factors associated with fetal growth and birthweight are independent determinants of placental weight and exhibit differential effects by fetal sex.

    Marie Cecilie Paasche Roland

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Maternal nutritional and metabolic factors influence the developmental environment of the fetus. Virtually any nutritional factor in the maternal blood has to pass the placental membranes to reach the fetal blood. Placental weight is a commonly used measure to summarize placental growth and function. Placental weight is an independent determinant of fetal growth and birthweight and modifies the associations between maternal metabolic factors and fetal growth. We hypothesized that maternal factors known to be related to fetal growth, newborn size and body composition are determinants of placental weight and that effects of maternal metabolic factors on placental weight differ between the genders. METHODS: The STORK study is a prospective longitudinal study including 1031 healthy pregnant women of Scandinavian heritage with singleton pregnancies. Maternal determinants (parity, body mass index, gestational weight gain and fasting plasma glucose of placental weight were explored by linear regression models, stratified by fetal sex. RESULTS: Parity, maternal BMI, gestational weight gain and fasting glucose had positive effects on placental weight. There was a sex specific effect in these associations. Fasting glucose was significantly associated with placental weight in females but not in males. CONCLUSION: Maternal factors known to influence fetal growth, birthweight and neonatal body composition are determinants of placental weight. The effect of maternal factors on placental weight is influenced by sex as illustrated in the relation between maternal glucose and placental weight.

  2. Determination of solid solubility level of Ho nanoparticles in Y-123 superconducting matrix and strong Cu{sub 1} site preference of nanoparticles

    Sarıtekin, N.K. [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu 14280 (Turkey); Zalaoglu, Y., E-mail: [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu 14280 (Turkey); Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, Department of Physics, Osmaniye 80000 (Turkey); Yildirim, G. [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bolu 14280 (Turkey); Doğruer, M.; Terzioglu, C.; Varilci, A.; Gorur, O. [Abant Izzet Baysal University, Department of Physics, Bolu 14280 (Turkey)


    Graphical abstract: The excess Ho particles inserted in the Y-123 superconducting matrix not only damage the crystal plane alignments and crystallinity of poly-crystallized Y-123 bulk samples but also lead to the phase transition from optimally doped state to the underdoped position in the crystal structure. - Highlights: • Identification of Y-123 ceramics by ρ–T, J{sub c}, XRD, SEM, EDX, H{sub V} and density measurements. • Optimum dopant level of x = 0.100 for Ho concentration in the Y-123 crystal structure. • Phase transition from optimally doped to the underdoped position with excess Ho impurities (x > 0.100). • Improvement of mechanical behavior with increase in strength of interaction between grains. • Superiority of IIC model to HK approach for the description of the real microhardness values. - Abstract: This comprehensive study reports the effect of the Ho inclusions on the microstructural, electrical, mechanical and superconducting characteristics of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} ceramic superconductors with the aid of standard characterization methods including the bulk density, dc resistivity (ρ–T), transport critical current density (J{sub c}), X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron dispersive X-ray (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Vickers microhardness (H{sub V}) investigations. The experimental results such as the degree of granularity, hole (filling) localization effect, room temperature resistivity, onset–offset critical transition temperature, degree of the broadening, thermodynamic fluctuations (spin-gap opening temperature), crystallinity, crystal plane alignments (texturing), crystal structure, grain size, phase purity and lattice parameters, appearance of flux pinning centers, grain boundary weak-links (interaction between the superconducting grains), surface morphologies (grain size distribution), real (load independent) microhardness values, elemental compositions and distributions belonging to the pure and Y

  3. Visit-to-Visit Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Variability Is an Independent Determinant of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

    Takenouchi, Akiko; Tsuboi, Ayaka; Kitaoka, Kaori; Minato, Satomi; Kurata, Miki; Fukuo, Keisuke; Kazumi, Tsutomu


    Background Studies demonstrated that visit-to-visit variability in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events in subjects with coronary artery disease. Whether visit-to-visit variability in LDLC levels affects subclinical atherosclerosis is unknown. This study sought to evaluate the role of visit-to-visit variability in LDLC levels on subclinical atherosclerosis. Methods We evaluated 162 type 2 diabetic patients with measurement of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). Intrapersonal mean and standard deviation (SD) of six measurements of LDLC during 12 months were calculated. Multivariate linear regressions assessed the independent correlates of carotid IMT. Results The mean and SD of LDLC were 112 ± 22 and 15 ± 10 mg/dL, respectively, and 43.2% of patients were on hypolipidemic drugs. Age (standardized β = 0.355, P index (BMI), waist circumference, duration and treatment of diabetes, means and SDs of glycemic and other lipid variables, and uses of hypolipidemic and anti-hypertensive medications (R2 = 0.15). Results did not change when mean IMT was used instead of maximum IMT. After controlling for age and sex, maximum IMT was thicker in patients with the highest compared to those with other three quartiles of SD-LDLC combined (1.14 ± 0.04 (SE) vs. 1.01 ± 0.02 mm, P = 0.01). Independent determinants of SD-LDLC were mean LDLC, use of hypolipidemic drugs, fasting triglyceride and visit-to-visit variability in HbA1c. Conclusions Consistency of LDLC levels may be important to subclinical atherosclerosis in real-world patients with type 2 diabetes. It may be important for patients on lipid-lowering drugs to prevent non-compliance. PMID:28270891

  4. 胡椒碱平衡溶解度和表观油水分配系数的测定%Determination of equilibrium solubility and apparent oil/water partition coefficient of piperine

    吴珍菊; 夏学进; 黄雪松


    This study aimed to investigate the equilibrium solubility of piperine and its partition coefficient in the n-octanol-water/buffer solution systems, which could provide scientific information for the studies of its in vivo absorption. The concentrations of piperine in water and five organic solvents were determined by HPLC analysis,and the partition coefficients were calculated by the peak area. The results showed that the equilibrium solubility of piperine was 22. 34 mg/L in water at 25 t. A higher equilibrum solubility was observed at 43 665. 5 mg/L in dichloromethane, while the partition coefficient of piperine in the n-octanol-water: buffer solution systems was found at 179. 33(lgP=2. 25).%测定胡椒碱的平衡溶解度及表观油水分配系数,研究pH值对其影响,为胡椒碱在体内吸收研究提供参考.采用HPLC法测定了胡椒碱在水和5种有机溶剂中的平衡溶解质量浓度,并用摇瓶法测定胡椒碱在不同pH条件下的正辛醇-水缓冲溶液中的表观油水分配系数.结果表明:25℃下胡椒碱在水中的平衡溶解质量浓度为22.34 mg/L,而在有机溶剂中的溶解质量浓度较好,特别是在二氯甲烷中,其平衡溶解质量浓度高达43 665.5 mg/L,正辛醇:水的表观油水分配系数P为179.33(lgP=2.25).

  5. Determination of the Solubility and Apparent Oil-water Partition Coefficient of Curcumin and Piperine%姜黄素和胡椒碱溶解度和表观油水分配系数的测定

    涂瑶生; 付建武; 张建军; 崔景朝; 曾晓会


    目的:测定姜黄素和胡椒碱的溶解度及表观油水分配系数,研究pH值对其的影响,为姜黄素和胡椒碱的剂型设计提供参考。方法:采用HPLC法在同一条件下测定姜黄素和胡椒碱的含量,并测定姜黄素和胡椒碱在不同有机溶剂中的溶解性,采用摇瓶法测定姜黄素和胡椒碱在不同pH条件下的表观溶解度,并对其在正辛醇-水缓冲溶液中的表观油水分配系数进行测定。结果:姜黄素在无水乙醇、丙二醇、丙三醇、PEG400和正辛醇中的溶解度分别为0.0214g·ml-1、0.0201g·ml-1、0.0100g· ml-1、0.0636g·ml-1和0.0328g·ml-1,胡椒碱在无水乙醇、丙二醇、丙三醇、PEG400和正辛醇中的溶解度分别为0.0478g·ml-1、0.0220g·ml-1、0.0128g·ml-1、0.0619g·ml-1和0.0443g·ml-1;25℃下姜黄素和胡椒碱的表观正辛醇/水分配系数P分别为4738.609(Log P=3.6757)和72.9199(Log P=1.8628)。结论:姜黄素在不同的pH缓冲溶液中不溶,而胡椒碱在不同的缓冲溶液中均具有一定的溶解性,随着pH的升高溶解度逐步增加;姜黄素和胡椒碱均为脂溶性成分,较难溶于水。%Objective:To determine the solubility, apparent oil-water partition coefficient and the pH value of its implications of curcumin and piper-ine, which can provide reference for novel exploitation. Methods:The concentrations of curcumin and piperine and the solubility of them in different organic solvents were determined by HPLC at the same conditions. The determination of curcumin and piperine at different pH conditions apparent solubility, and its apparent oil-water partition coefficient was measured by shake flask. Results:Solubility of Curcumin in ethanol, propylene glycol , glycerol , PEG400 and n-octanol were 0.021 4 g·ml-1, 0.020 1 g·ml-1, 0.010 0 g·ml-1, 0.063 6 g·ml-1 and 0.032 8 g·ml-1, furthermore, the solubil-ity of piperine in ethanol, propylene glycol , glycerol , PEG400 solubility

  6. Solubility prediction of satranidazole in propylene glycol-water mixtures using extended hildebrand solubility approach

    P B Rathi


    Full Text Available Extended Hildebrand solubility approach is used to estimate the solubility of satranidazole in binary solvent systems. The solubility of satranidazole in various propylene glycol-water mixtures was analyzed in terms of solute-solvent interactions using a modified version of Hildebrand-Scatchard treatment for regular solutions. The solubility equation employs term interaction energy (W to replace the geometric mean (δ1δ2 , where δ1 and δ2 are the cohesive energy densities for the solvent and solute, respectively. The new equation provides an accurate prediction of solubility once the interaction energy, W, is obtained. In this case, the energy term is regressed against a polynomial in δ1 of the binary mixture. A quartic expression of W in terms of solvent solubility parameter was found for predicting the solubility of satranidazole in propylene glycol-water mixtures. The expression yields an error in mole fraction solubility of ~3.74%, a value approximating that of the experimentally determined solubility. The method has potential usefulness in preformulation and formulation studies during which solubility prediction is important for drug design.

  7. Effect of Cyclodextrin Types and Co-Solvent on Solubility of a Poorly Water Soluble Drug

    Charumanee, Suporn; Okonogi, Siriporn; Sirithunyalug, Jakkapan; Wolschann, Peter; Viernstein, Helmut


    The aim of the study was to investigate the solubility of piroxicam (Prx) depending on the inclusion complexation with various cyclodextrins (CDs) and on ethanol as a co-solvent. The phase-solubility method was applied to determine drug solubility in binary and ternary systems. The results showed that in systems consisting of the drug dissolved in ethanol–water mixtures, the drug solubility increased exponentially with a rising concentration of ethanol. The phase solubility measurements of the drug in aqueous solutions of CDs, β-CD and γ-CD exhibited diagrams of AL-type, whereas 2,6-dimethyl-β-CD revealed AP-type. The destabilizing effect of ethanol as a co-solvent was observed for all complexes regardless of the CD type, as a consequence of it the lowering of the complex formation constants. In systems with a higher concentration of ethanol, the drug solubility was increased in opposition to the decreasing complex formation constants. According to this study, the type of CDs played a more important role on the solubility of Prx, and the use of ethanol as a co-solvent exhibited no synergistic effect on the improvement of Prx solubility. The Prx solubility was increased again due to the better solubility in ethanol. PMID:27763573

  8. Solubility prediction of satranidazole in propylene glycol-water mixtures using extended hildebrand solubility approach.

    Rathi, P B


    Extended Hildebrand solubility approach is used to estimate the solubility of satranidazole in binary solvent systems. The solubility of satranidazole in various propylene glycol-water mixtures was analyzed in terms of solute-solvent interactions using a modified version of Hildebrand-Scatchard treatment for regular solutions. The solubility equation employs term interaction energy (W) to replace the geometric mean (δ(1)δ(2)), where δ(1) and δ(2) are the cohesive energy densities for the solvent and solute, respectively. The new equation provides an accurate prediction of solubility once the interaction energy, W, is obtained. In this case, the energy term is regressed against a polynomial in δ(1) of the binary mixture. A quartic expression of W in terms of solvent solubility parameter was found for predicting the solubility of satranidazole in propylene glycol-water mixtures. The expression yields an error in mole fraction solubility of ~3.74%, a value approximating that of the experimentally determined solubility. The method has potential usefulness in preformulation and formulation studies during which solubility prediction is important for drug design.

  9. Effect of Cyclodextrin Types and Co-Solvent on Solubility of a Poorly Water Soluble Drug

    Suporn Charumanee


    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate the solubility of piroxicam (Prx depending on the inclusion complexation with various cyclodextrins (CDs and on ethanol as a co-solvent. The phase-solubility method was applied to determine drug solubility in binary and ternary systems. The results showed that in systems consisting of the drug dissolved in ethanol–water mixtures, the drug solubility increased exponentially with a rising concentration of ethanol. The phase solubility measurements of the drug in aqueous solutions of CDs, β-CD and γ-CD exhibited diagrams of AL-type, whereas 2,6-dimethyl-β-CD revealed AP-type. The destabilizing effect of ethanol as a co-solvent was observed for all complexes regardless of the CD type, as a consequence of it the lowering of the complex formation constants. In systems with a higher concentration of ethanol, the drug solubility was increased in opposition to the decreasing complex formation constants. According to this study, the type of CDs played a more important role on the solubility of Prx, and the use of ethanol as a co-solvent exhibited no synergistic effect on the improvement of Prx solubility. The Prx solubility was increased again due to the better solubility in ethanol.

  10. Determination of Soluble and Insoluble Iron in Kaolin by Phenanthroline Spectrophotometry%邻菲啰啉光度法测定高岭土中可溶铁和非可溶铁

    傅翠梨; 陈文瑞; 郭阿明; 李锦堂; 罗学涛


    The whiteness and whitening effect of kaolin are influenced by the status and content of iron in kaolin. It is meaningful in practical application to determine the contents of different species of iron in kaolin rapidly and accurately. However, it is difficult to analyze the contents of free and structural iron in kaolin. In this article, iron in kaolin is divided into soluble and insoluble iron. The soluble iron in kaolin can be obtained by leaching with hydrochloric acid, while the total iron is achieved by calcining with sodium hydroxide. The content of insoluble iron is equal to the content of total iron minus soluble iron. The phenanthroline spectrophotometry method is used to determine the content of iron. The relative standard deviation of this method is less than 5% , and sample recoveries range from 95 % to 105 %. The detection limit of iron is 1.06 μg/g. Other elements in kaolin did not interfere with iron determination by this method. Soluble iron was almost free iron with little structural iron in kaolin. The maximum content of removal iron for the whitening technique can be estimated by quantitative analysis of soluble iron in kaolin.%高岭土中铁的赋存状态和含量影响其白度和增白效果,因此快速准确地测定高岭土中不同种类的铁含量具有实际应用意义.高岭土中自由铁和结构铁定量分析困难,为此本文将高岭土中的铁分为可溶铁和非可溶铁两类.高岭土经盐酸酸溶处理后溶液中的铁含量为可溶铁含量,经氢氧化钠碱熔处理后溶液中的铁含量为总铁含量,非可溶铁含量由总铁含量减去可溶铁含量计算得出.采用邻菲啰啉光度法测定溶液中的铁含量,该方法的相对标准偏差小于5%,加样回收率范围在95%~105%,最低检测含量为1.06μg/g.高岭土中的其他元素对铁的测定均没有干扰.所测得的可溶铁为大部分自由铁和少数结构铁.通过对高岭土中的可溶铁进行定量分析,可得

  11. Optimization of pretreatment for determination of soluble sugar in straw%秸秆可溶性糖测定时样品前处理条件的优化

    牛文娟; 肖卫华; 刘贤; 冯纶; 范崇欣; 韩鲁佳


    为确定秸秆可溶性糖测定时样品的最佳前处理条件,研究单因素对玉米秸秆和小麦秸秆可溶性糖得率的影响。利用中心组合试验(Box-Behnken)和响应曲面法(RSM)对主要前处理参数进行优化,并得到回归模型。结果表明:固液比(秸秆质量与水体积比)、水浴温度、提取时间和存放时间对玉米秸秆和小麦秸秆可溶性糖得率影响显著(P〈0.05)。回归方程较好的反映了可溶性糖得率与固液比、水浴温度和提取时间的关系。玉米秸秆可溶性糖测定的最佳前处理条件为,固液比0.31g/mL,水浴温度94℃,提取时间63min,此条件下的可溶性糖得率为3.85%。小麦秸秆可溶性糖测定的最佳前处理条件为,固液比0.33g/mL,水浴温度95℃,提取时间58min,此条件下的可溶性糖得率为3.39%。%In order to determine the optimal pretreatment condition of soluble sugar in corn stover and wheat straw,different factors were studied,Box-Behnken and RSM were used for the optimization of pretreatment and regression models were obtained.The results showed that the ratio of straw to water,water-bath temperature,extraction time and stored time had significant effects,P〈0.05,on the yield of soluble sugar in corn stover and wheat straw.The optimal pretreatment condition of soluble sugar in corn stover is that the ratio of straw to water is 0.31 g/mL,water-bath temperature is 94 ℃,extraction time is 63 min,then the yield of soluble sugar in corn stover reach 3.85%.the optimal pretreatment condition of soluble sugar in wheat straw is that the ratio of straw to water is 0.33 g/mL,water-bath temperature is 95 ℃,extraction time is 58 min,then the yield of soluble sugar of wheat straw reach 3.39%.

  12. Soluble Collectin-12 (CL-12) Is a Pattern Recognition Molecule Initiating Complement Activation via the Alternative Pathway.

    Ma, Ying Jie; Hein, Estrid; Munthe-Fog, Lea; Skjoedt, Mikkel-Ole; Bayarri-Olmos, Rafael; Romani, Luigina; Garred, Peter


    Soluble defense collagens including the collectins play important roles in innate immunity. Recently, a new member of the collectin family named collectin-12 (CL-12 or CL-P1) has been identified. CL-12 is highly expressed in umbilical cord vascular endothelial cells as a transmembrane receptor and may recognize certain bacteria and fungi, leading to opsonophagocytosis. However, based on its structural and functional similarities with soluble collectins, we hypothesized the existence of a fluid-phase analog of CL-12 released from cells, which may function as a soluble pattern-recognition molecule. Using recombinant CL-12 full length or CL-12 extracellular domain, we determined the occurrence of soluble CL-12 shed from in vitro cultured cells. Western blot showed that soluble recombinant CL-12 migrated with a band corresponding to ∼ 120 kDa under reducing conditions, whereas under nonreducing conditions it presented multimeric assembly forms. Immunoprecipitation and Western blot analysis of human umbilical cord plasma enabled identification of a natural soluble form of CL-12 having an electrophoretic mobility pattern close to that of shed soluble recombinant CL-12. Soluble CL-12 could recognize Aspergillus fumigatus partially through the carbohydrate-recognition domain in a Ca(2+)-independent manner. This led to activation of the alternative pathway of complement exclusively via association with properdin on A. fumigatus as validated by detection of C3b deposition and formation of the terminal complement complex. These results demonstrate the existence of CL-12 in a soluble form and indicate a novel mechanism by which the alternative pathway of complement may be triggered directly by a soluble pattern-recognition molecule.

  13. Synthesis of water-soluble CdSe quantum dots with various fluorescent properties and their application in immunoassay for determination of C-reactive protein.

    Gasparyan, V K


    Effects of various factors on synthesis and fluorescent properties of CdSe quantum dots were studied. It was shown that variation of pH, stabilizer and concentration of precursors brings to obtaining of quantum dots with various fluorescent properties. The nanoparticles prepared were conjugated with rabbit antibodies to C-Reactive protein and C-Reactive protein for competitive immunoassay for determination of CRP. It was shown that interaction of these dots as a result of antigen-antibody reaction brings to resonance energy transfer and these changes in fluorescence spectra correlate with concentration of CRP. This approach permits to determine CRP in range between 4-100 ng.

  14. Determination of equilibrium solubility and apparent oil/water partition coefficient of silymarin%水飞蓟素平衡溶解度及表观油水分配系数的测定

    何琳; 龙晓英; 丁沐淦; 叶晓芬; 梁静敏; 顾嘉慧; 李志棠; 李国辉


    Objective To determine the equilibrium solubility and the apparent oil/water partition coefficient of silymarin in different pH phosphate buffer solutions in 37 ℃. Methods A shake flask-ultraviolet spectrophotometry method was applied to determine the equilibrium solubility and partition coefficient of silymarin. Concentrations of silymarin in n-octanol-buffer solutions of different pH were detected by UV. Results The equilibrium solubility of silymarin in different phosphate buffer solution of pH 2.0,3.0,4.0,5.0, 6.0,6.8,7.4,8.0,9.0 were 0.673,0. 681,0.776,0.848,0.937,1.218,1.486,1.504,1.691 mg · mL-1, and the oil/water apparent partition coefficient of silymarin in different pH respectively were 57. 12,10. 83, 15. 56,7.39,10.19,3.82,2.75,1.79,0. 84 in 37℃. Conclusion The equilibrium solubility and apparent oil/ water partition coefficient were correlated to the pH of medium. With the increase of pH value, the equilibrium solubility rised, while the apparent oil/water partition coefficient decreased.%目的 考察水飞蓟素在37℃下,在不同pH磷酸盐缓冲溶液中的平衡溶解度和表观油水分配系数.方法 采用气浴恒温振荡器摇瓶法测定水飞蓟素的平衡溶解度及表观油水分配系数,紫外-可见分光光度法测定水飞蓟素在正辛醇-缓冲体系的质量浓度.结果 37℃时,水飞蓟素在pH 2.0、3.0、4.0、5.0、6.0、6.8、7.4、8.0、9.0的磷酸盐缓冲液中的平衡溶解度分别为0.673、0.681、0.776、0.848、0.937、1.218、1.486、1.504、1.691 mg· mL-1,相应条件下的表观油水分配系数分别为57.12、10.83、15.56、7.39、10.19、3.82、2.75、1.79、0.84.结论 水飞蓟素在磷酸盐缓冲溶液中的平衡溶解度及表观油水分配系数与介质的pH值相关,介质的pH值增大,水飞蓟素平衡溶解度增大,表观油水分配系数减小.

  15. Simultaneous determination of water-soluble vitamins in SRM 1849 Infant/Adult Nutritional Formula powder by liquid chromatography–isotope dilution mass spectrometry

    Assessing dietary intake of vitamins from all sources, including foods, dietary supplements, and fortified foods, would be aided considerably by having analytical methodologies that are capable of simultaneous determination of several vitamins. Vitamins naturally present in foods may occur in diffe...

  16. Determination of water-soluble and insoluble (dilute-HCl-extractable) fractions of Cd, Pb and Cu in Antarctic aerosol by square wave anodic stripping voltammetry: distribution and summer seasonal evolution at Terra Nova Bay (Victoria Land)

    Annibaldi, A.; Truzzi, C.; Illuminati, S.; Bassotti, E.; Scarponi, G. [Polytechnic University of Marche - Ancona, Department of Marine Science, Ancona (Italy)


    Eight PM10 aerosol samples were collected in the vicinity of the ''Mario Zucchelli'' Italian Antarctic Station (formerly Terra Nova Bay Station) during the 2000-2001 austral summer using a high-volume sampler and precleaned cellulose filters. The aerosol mass was determined by differential weighing of filters carried out in a clean chemistry laboratory under controlled temperature and humidity. A two-step sequential extraction procedure was used to separate the water-soluble and the insoluble (dilute-HCl-extractable) fractions. Cd, Pb and Cu were determined in the two fractions using an ultrasensitive square wave anodic stripping voltammetric (SWASV) procedure set up for and applied to aerosol samples for the first time. Total extractable metals showed maxima at midsummer for Cd and Pb and a less clear trend for Cu. In particular, particulate metal concentrations ranged as follows: Cd 0.84-9.2 {mu}g g{sup -1} (average 4.7 {mu}g g{sup -1}), Pb 13.2-81 {mu}g g{sup -1} (average 33 {mu}g g{sup -1}), Cu 126-628 {mu}g g{sup -1} (average 378 {mu}g g{sup -1}). In terms of atmospheric concentration, the values were: Cd 0.55-6.3 pg m{sup -3} (average 3.4 pg m{sup -3}), Pb 8.7-48 pg m{sup -3} (average 24 pg m{sup -3}), Cu 75-365 pg m{sup -3} (average 266 pg m{sup -3}). At the beginning of the season the three metals appear widely distributed in the insoluble (HCl-extractable) fraction (higher proportions for Cd and Pb, 90-100%, and lower for Cu, 70-90%) with maxima in the second half of December. The soluble fraction then increases, and at the end of the season Cd and Pb are approximately equidistributed between the two fractions, while for Cu the soluble fraction reaches its maximum level of 36%. Practically negligible contributions are estimated for crustal and sea-spray sources. Low but significant volcanic contributions are estimated for Cd and Pb ({proportional_to}10% and {proportional_to}5%, respectively), while there is an evident although not

  17. Determination of Soluble Solid Content in Winter Shoot by Millipore Filter-Refractometry%微孔滤膜--折光法测定冬笋中可溶性固形物含量

    杨柳; 朱杰丽; 郑俊旦; 尚素微; 吴翠蓉; 蒋步云; 柴振林


    Soluble solid content in winter shoot ofPhyllostachys heterocycla cv.pubescens was determined by millipore filter-refractometry. At the same time, continuous determinations were conducted on aqueous solution of 10% sucrose, oxalic acid and citric acid for 6 times each. The result demonstrated that the average values of different solutions were 9.83%, 9.79%, 9.71% respectively and standard deviation of 6 tests was 1.31%, 1.04% and 1.05% respectively. Soluble solid content in winter shoot was 6.9% -8.2% and the average content was 7.5%.%采作微孔滤膜--折光法对冬笋可溶性固形物含量进行测定,同时分别连续测定含量为10%的蔗糖、草酸和柠檬酸水溶液各6次,以验证该方法测定可溶性固形物含量的可行性,结果表明:以该方法测得的蔗糖、草酸、柠檬酸水溶液的平均值分别为9.83%、9.79%、9.71%,其相对标准偏差分别为1.31%、1.04%、1.05%;冬笋中可溶性固形物为6.9%~8.2%,平均含量为7.5%。

  18. Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight on Drug-Polymer Solubility

    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Olesen, Niels Erik; Holm, Per


    In this study, the influence of polymer molecular weight on drug-polymer solubility was investigated using binary systems containing indomethacin (IMC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) of different molecular weights. The experimental solubility in PVP, measured using a differential scanning...... calorimetry annealing method, was compared with the solubility calculated from the solubility of the drug in the liquid analogue N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP). The experimental solubility of IMC in the low-molecular-weight PVP K12 was not significantly different from that in the higher molecular weight PVPs (K25......, K30, and K90). The calculated solubilities derived from the solubility in NVP (0.31-0.32 g/g) were found to be lower than those experimentally determined in PVP (0.38-0.40 g/g). Nevertheless, the similarity between the values indicates that the analogue solubility can provide valuable indications...

  19. Determination and correlation of solubilities of ivermectin in alcohol and alcohol-water mixture%伊维菌素在醇及醇-水混合溶剂中溶解度的测定与关联

    许红霞; 姜林锟; 王利生


    In order to provide basic data of solvent selection and temperature control of purification in catalytic hydrogenation of avermectin to ivermectin process,the solubilities of ivermectin in methanol (293. 15~333. 15 K),alcohol(293. 15 ~343. 15 K),water-methanol mixture(293. 15 ~333. 15 K), and water-alcohol mixture ( 293. 15 ~ 343. 15 K ) are experimentally determined by the equilibrium method. The experimental results are correlated with mathematic models such as polynomial empirical equation,the ideal solution equation,and Apelblat equation,respectively. The results show that the solubilities of ivermectin in two alcohol-water systems increase with the temperature;the solubility of ivermectin in the methanol-water solvent system decreases with the the increase of water content at the same temperature, and in the ethanol-water solvent system, the solubility of ivermectin in 85% ethanol solution reaches a maximum. Each of the equations describes the above systems successfully,the correlation coefficients are above 98%. The Apelblat equation is the best to correlate the solubility data. Results of experiments and correlations can be used for the crystallization procedure of ivermectin production.%为了优化阿维菌素催化加氢制备伊维菌素的工艺条件,对伊维菌素的溶解度进行了研究。该文采用平衡法测定了293.15~333.15 K时,伊维菌素在甲醇、乙醇以及不同比例的甲醇-水和乙醇-水混合体系中的溶解度,并对实验结果采用多项式经验方程、理想溶液模型和Apelblat方程模型进行了关联。结果表明:伊维菌素在这两种醇-水溶液体系中的溶解度均随温度的升高而增大;相同温度下,伊维菌素在甲醇-水溶剂体系中溶解度随水含量的增大而下降,而在乙醇-水溶剂体系中溶解度在85%乙醇水溶液中达到最大,在纯乙醇中溶解度反而减小。用三种方程模型计算的理论溶解度与实验值吻合良好,相关性均>0.98,

  20. Method for Predicting Solubilities of Solids in Mixed Solvents

    Ellegaard, Martin Dela; Abildskov, Jens; O'Connell, J. P.


    A method is presented for predicting solubilities of solid solutes in mixed solvents, based on excess Henry's law constants. The basis is statistical mechanical fluctuation solution theory for composition derivatives of solute/solvent infinite dilution activity coefficients. Suitable approximations...... are made for a single parameter characterizing solute/solvent interactions. Comparisons with available data show that the method is successful in describing a variety of observed mixed solvent solubility behavior, including nearly ideal systems with small excess solubilities, systems with solute......-independent excess solubilities, and systems deviating from these simple rules. Successful predictions for new solvent mixtures cat? be made using limited data from other mixtures....


    寇兴明; 印红玲


    A direct spectrophotometric method for the determination of micro copper in aluminum alloy using PAN as chromogenic reagent has been proposed.   In the presence of CTMAB,a stable red complex between Cu(Ⅱ) and PAN is formed in the buffer solution of pH1.3~4.5.The apparent molar absorptivity is 2.09×104L*mol-1*cm-1 at 558nm.The RSD is 0.8%(n=4).Beer's law is obeyed for 0~80μg/25ml of Cu(Ⅱ).The linear correlation coefficient is 0.9998.

  2. Independent Directors

    Ringe, Wolf-Georg


    This paper re-evaluates the corporate governance concept of ‘board independence’ against the disappointing experiences during the 2007-08 financial crisis. Independent or outside directors had long been seen as an essential tool to improve the monitoring role of the board. Yet the crisis revealed...... that they did not prevent firms' excessive risk taking; further, these directors sometimes showed serious deficits in understanding the business they were supposed to control, and remained passive in addressing structural problems. A closer look reveals that under the surface of seemingly unanimous consensus...... about board independence in Western jurisdictions, a surprising disharmony prevails about the justification, extent and purpose of independence requirements. These considerations lead me to question the benefits of the current system. Instead, this paper proposes a new, ‘functional’ concept of board...

  3. Hansen solubility parameters for polyethylene glycols by inverse gas chromatography.

    Adamska, Katarzyna; Voelkel, Adam


    Inverse gas chromatography (IGC) has been applied to determine solubility parameter and its components for nonionic surfactants--polyethylene glycols (PEG) of different molecular weight. Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (chi) and solubility parameter (delta(2)) were calculated according to DiPaola-Baranyi and Guillet method from experimentally collected retention data for the series of carefully selected test solutes. The Hansen's three-dimensional solubility parameters concept was applied to determine components (delta(d), delta(p), delta(h)) of corrected solubility parameter (delta(T)). The molecular weight and temperature of measurement influence the solubility parameter data, estimated from the slope, intercept and total solubility parameter. The solubility parameters calculated from the intercept are lower than those calculated from the slope. Temperature and structural dependences of the entopic factor (chi(S)) are presented and discussed.

  4. Choosing Independence


    Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro, won a key referendum May 21 when voters in his tiny, mountainous nation endorsed a plan to split from Serbia and become an independent state. This marked a final step in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia formed by six republics.

  5. 近红外法测定豆浆蛋白质、脂肪和可溶性固形物含量%Determination of Protein,Fat and Soluble Solids Content of Soy Milk by Near -Infrared Spectroscopy

    邱燕燕; 孙娟娟; 魏肖鹏; 栾广忠; 张玉静; 胡亚云; 辰巳英三


    利用傅里叶变换近红外光谱仪采用积分球漫反射方式对60个豆浆样品进行光谱的采集,结合常规分析结果分别建立了3种成分的近红外校正模型。结果表明:豆浆蛋白质、脂肪及可溶性固形物光谱分别经过消除常数偏移量、一阶导数和矢量归一化(SNV)预处理后建模效果最好。蛋白质、脂肪和可溶性固形物含量的校正模型决定系数(R2)分别为:0.9664、0.9500和0.9507,交叉验证均方根差(RMSECV)依次为0.0769、0.0874和0.316;对模型进行外部验证,验证集化学值和模型预测值之间差异不显著,说明模型可以用于豆浆中蛋白质、脂肪和可溶性固形物含量的检测。%With the mode of integrating sphere diffuse,the spectra of 60 soy milk samples were obtained by the Fourier transform near -infrared spectrometer (FT -NIRS)in this research.Combined with the results of chemical analysis,the calibration models of the three components were established separately.The calibration models had a best prediction performance when the spectra of the protein,fat and soluble solids were preprocessed by constant off-set elimination,first derivative and standard normal variate transformation (SNV)respectively.The determination co-efficients (R2 )for the protein,fat and soluble solids content were 0.966 4,0.950 0 and 0.950 7 respectively,and the root mean square errors of cross -validation (RMSECV)were 0.076 9,0.087 4 and 0.316 respectively.Exter-nal validation of the model showed there was no significant difference between chemical values and model predictions, which indicated that the calibration models could be used to detect protein,fat and soluble solids content of soy milk.

  6. Combination of culture-independent and culture-dependent molecular methods for the determination of bacterial community of iru, a fermented Parkia biglobosa seeds.

    Adewumi, Gbenga A; Oguntoyinbo, Folarin A; Keisam, Santosh; Romi, Wahengbam; Jeyaram, Kumaraswamy


    In this study, bacterial composition of iru produced by natural, uncontrolled fermentation of Parkia biglobosa seeds was assessed using culture-independent method in combination with culture-based genotypic typing techniques. PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) revealed similarity in DNA fragments with the two DNA extraction methods used and confirmed bacterial diversity in the 16 iru samples from different production regions. DNA sequencing of the highly variable V3 region of the 16S rRNA genes obtained from PCR-DGGE identified species related to Bacillus subtilis as consistent bacterial species in the fermented samples, while other major bands were identified as close relatives of Staphylococcus vitulinus, Morganella morganii, B. thuringiensis, S. saprophyticus, Tetragenococcus halophilus, Ureibacillus thermosphaericus, Brevibacillus parabrevis, Salinicoccus jeotgali, Brevibacterium sp. and uncultured bacteria clones. Bacillus species were cultured as potential starter cultures and clonal relationship of different isolates determined using amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis (ARDRA) combined with 16S-23S rRNA gene internal transcribed spacer (ITS) PCR amplification, restriction analysis (ITS-PCR-RFLP), and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD-PCR). This further discriminated B. subtilis and its variants from food-borne pathogens such as B. cereus and suggested the need for development of controlled fermentation processes and good manufacturing practices (GMP) for iru production to achieve product consistency, safety quality, and improved shelf life.

  7. The B -> pi l nu semileptonic form factor from three-flavor lattice QCD: A model-independent determination of |V(ub)|

    Bailey, J; DeTar, C; Di Pierro, M; El-Khadra, A X; Evans, R T; Freeland, E D; Gamiz, E; Gottlieb, Steven; Heller, U M; Hetrick, J E; Kronfeld, A S; Laiho, J; Levkova, L; MacKenzie, P B; Okamoto, M; Simone, J N; Sugar, R; Toussaint, D; Van de Water, R S


    We calculate the form factor f_+(q^2) for B-meson semileptonic decay in unquenched lattice QCD with 2+1 flavors of light sea quarks. We use Asqtad-improved staggered light quarks and a Fermilab bottom quark on gauge configurations generated by the MILC Collaboration. We simulate with several light quark masses and at two lattice spacings, and extrapolate to the physical quark mass and continuum limit using heavy-light meson staggered chiral perturbation theory. We then fit the lattice result for f_+(q^2) simultaneously with that measured by the BABAR experiment using a parameterization of the form factor shape in q^2 which relies only on analyticity and unitarity in order to determine the CKM matrix element |V(ub)|. This approach reduces the total uncertainty in |V(ub)| by combining the lattice and experimental information in an optimal, model-independent manner. We find a value of |V(ub)| x 10^3 = 3.38 +/- 0.35.

  8. Combination of culture-independent and culture-dependent molecular methods for the determination of bacterial community of iru, a fermented Parkia biglobosa seeds.

    Gbenga Adedeji Adewumi


    Full Text Available In this study, bacterial composition of iru produced by natural, uncontrolled fermentation of Parkia biglobosa seeds was assessed using culture-independent method in combination with culture-based genotypic typing techniques. PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE revealed similarity in DNA fragments with the two DNA extraction methods used and confirmed bacterial diversity in the sixteen iru samples from different production regions. DNA sequencing of the highly variable V3 region of the 16S rRNA genes obtained from PCR-DGGE identified species related to Bacillus subtilis as consistent bacterial species in the fermented samples, while other major bands were identified as close relatives of Staphylococcus vitulinus, Morganella morganii, B. thuringiensis, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Tetragenococcus halophilus, Ureibacillus thermosphaericus, Brevibacillus parabrevis, Salinicoccus jeotgali, Brevibacterium sp. and Uncultured bacteria clones. Bacillus species were cultured as potential starter cultures and clonal relationship of different isolates determined using amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis (ARDRA combined with 16S-23S rRNA gene internal transcribed spacer (ITS PCR amplification, restriction analysis (ITS-PCR-RFLP and randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD-PCR. This further discriminated Bacillus subtilis and its variants from food-borne pathogens such as Bacillus cereus and suggested the need for development of controlled fermentation processes and good manufacturing practices (GMP for iru production to achieve product consistency, safety quality and improved shelf life.

  9. Claudin-2 knockout by TALEN-mediated gene targeting in MDCK cells: claudin-2 independently determines the leaky property of tight junctions in MDCK cells.

    Shinsaku Tokuda

    Full Text Available Tight junctions (TJs regulate the movements of substances through the paracellular pathway, and claudins are major determinants of TJ permeability. Claudin-2 forms high conductive cation pores in TJs. The suppression of claudin-2 expression by RNA interference in Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK II cells (a low-resistance strain of MDCK cells was shown to induce a three-fold increase in transepithelial electrical resistance (TER, which, however, was still lower than in high-resistance strains of MDCK cells. Because RNA interference-mediated knockdown is not complete and only reduces gene function, we considered the possibility that the remaining claudin-2 expression in the knockdown study caused the lower TER in claudin-2 knockdown cells. Therefore, we investigated the effects of claudin-2 knockout in MDCK II cells by establishing claudin-2 knockout clones using transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs, a recently developed genome editing method for gene knockout. Surprisingly, claudin-2 knockout increased TER by more than 50-fold in MDCK II cells, and TER values in these cells (3000-4000 Ω·cm2 were comparable to those in the high-resistance strains of MDCK cells. Claudin-2 re-expression restored the TER of claudin-2 knockout cells dependent upon claudin-2 protein levels. In addition, we investigated the localization of claudin-1, -2, -3, -4, and -7 at TJs between control MDCK cells and their respective knockout cells using their TALENs. Claudin-2 and -7 were less efficiently localized at TJs between control and their knockout cells. Our results indicate that claudin-2 independently determines the 'leaky' property of TJs in MDCK II cells and suggest the importance of knockout analysis in cultured cells.

  10. Are Independent Fiscal Institutions Really Independent?

    Slawomir Franek


    Full Text Available In the last decade the number of independent fiscal institutions (known also as fiscal councils has tripled. They play an important oversight role over fiscal policy-making in democratic societies, especially as they seek to restore public finance stability in the wake of the recent financial crisis. Although common functions of such institutions include a role in analysis of fiscal policy, forecasting, monitoring compliance with fiscal rules or costing of spending proposals, their roles, resources and structures vary considerably across countries. The aim of the article is to determine the degree of independence of such institutions based on the analysis of the independence index of independent fiscal institutions. The analysis of this index values may be useful to determine the relations between the degree of independence of fiscal councils and fiscal performance of particular countries. The data used to calculate the index values will be derived from European Commission and IMF, which collect sets of information about characteristics of activity of fiscal councils.

  11. IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series. 101. Alcohols + Hydrocarbons + Water Part 3. C1-C3 Alcohols + Aromatic Hydrocarbons

    Oracz, Paweł; Góral, Marian; Wiśniewska-Gocłowska, Barbara; Shaw, David G.; Mączyński, Andrzej


    The mutual solubilities and related liquid-liquid equilibria for 11 ternary systems of C1-C3 alcohols with aromatic hydrocarbons and water are exhaustively and critically reviewed. Reports of experimental determination of solubility that appeared in the primary literature prior to the end of 2012 are compiled. For nine systems, sufficient data are available (two or more independent determinations) to allow critical evaluation. All new data are expressed as mass percent and mole fraction as well as the originally reported units. In addition to the standard evaluation criteria used throughout the Solubility Data Series, an additional criterion was used for each of the evaluated systems. These systems include one binary miscibility gap in the hydrocarbon + water subsystem. The binary tie lines were compared with the recommended values published previously.

  12. Determination of Water-soluble Vitamins in Health Foods by UPLC%超高效液相色谱法测定保健食品中的多种水溶性维生素

    蒲明清; 戴舒春; 张连龙; 周华生; 成恒嵩


    本文应用超高效液相色谱法,Acquity UPLC HSS T3 (2.1× 100 mm× 1.8 μm)柱,0.1%三氟乙酸-乙腈流动相,梯度洗脱,紫外和荧光串联检测器,可同时测定保健食品中6种水溶性维生素,其中包括Vc、B3、B1、B6、B11、B2等,该法线性范围宽,呈直线回归、相关性好、检测限低、分析速度快,其测定结果与国标法相吻合.%Water-soluble vitamins were determiend by Ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) equipping ultraviolet detector and fluorescence detector in series. Samples were separated by a Acquity UPLC HSS T3 (2.1×100 mm×1.8 urn) column using 0.1% tnfluoroacetic acid-acelonitnle as mobile phase in gradient elution mode. Six water-soluble vitamin components in health foods were simultaneously determined, including ascorbic acid (Vc), nicotinamide (B3), thiamine (B1), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B11), riboflavin (B2), etc. This method was enabled to achieve wide linear range, well correlation, low detection limit and fast analysis. The results were in accordance with those with GB methods.

  13. Determination of Chlorinated Toluenes in Water-Soluble Textile Dyeing Auxiliary via GC-MS Method%气质联用法测定水溶性纺织助染剂中氯化甲苯化合物

    薛建平; 谢飞; 施点望


    A testing method for determination of twelve chlorinated toluenes in water-soluble textile dyeing auxiliary with GC-MS was established. With ultrasonic-assisted the sample was extracted twice by n-hexane.Then the extract was analyzed with DB-17MS by the temperature programming mode of GC-MS and was tested by external standard method. The results showed that with this method satisfactory recoveries 81.9%~105.6% and method detection limits 9.8~21.6 *g/kg could be obtained. The method features low detection limits and good accuracy, and could be used for handling water-soluble textile dyeing auxiliary samples.%本文建立了水溶性纺织助染剂中12种氯化甲苯化合物的气相色谱-质谱(GC-MS)测定方法。采用超声萃取法,以正己烷为溶剂分两次提取待测物,用DB-17MS为检测色谱柱气质联用法程序升温方式进行测定,外标法定量。结果表明该方法对12种氯化甲苯化合物的回收率为81.9%~105.6%,方法检测限可达9.8~21.6?g/kg。该法检测限低,准确可靠,适用于水溶性纺织助染剂中氯化甲苯化合物的分析监测。

  14. Resonance Rayleigh scattering and resonance non-linear scattering method for the determination of aminoglycoside antibiotics with water solubility CdS quantum dots as probe

    Liu, Zhengwen; Liu, Shaopu; Wang, Lei; Peng, Juanjuan; He, Youqiu


    In pH 6.6 Britton-Robinson buffer medium, the CdS quantum dots capped by thioglycolic acid could react with aminoglycoside (AGs) antibiotics such as neomycin sulfate (NEO) and streptomycin sulfate (STP) to form the large aggregates by virtue of electrostatic attraction and the hydrophobic force, which resulted in a great enhancement of resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) and resonance non-linear scattering such as second-order scattering (SOS) and frequency doubling scattering (FDS). The maximum scattering peak was located at 310 nm for RRS, 568 nm for SOS and 390 nm for FDS, respectively. The enhancements of scattering intensity (Δ I) were directly proportional to the concentration of AGs in a certain ranges. A new method for the determination of trace NEO and STP using CdS quantum dots probe was developed. The detection limits (3 σ) were 1.7 ng mL -1 (NEO) and 4.4 ng mL -1 (STP) by RRS method, were 5.2 ng mL -1 (NEO) and 20.9 ng mL -1 (STP) by SOS method and were 4.4 ng mL -1 (NEO) and 25.7 ng mL -1 (STP) by FDS method, respectively. The sensitivity of RRS method was the highest. The optimum conditions and influence factors were investigated. In addition, the reaction mechanism was discussed.

  15. Solubilities of uranium for TILA-99

    Ollila, K. [VTT Chemical Technology, Espoo (Finland); Ahonen, L. [Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo (Finland)


    This report presents the evaluation of the uranium solubilities in the reference waters of TILA-99. The behaviour of uranium has been discussed separately in the near-field and far-field conditions. The bentonite/groundwater interactions have been considered in the compositions of the fresh and saline near-field reference waters. The far-field groundwaters` compositions include fresh, brackish, saline and very saline, almost brine-type compositions. The pH and redox conditions, as the main parameters affecting the solubilities, are considered. A literature study was made in order to obtain information on the recent dissolution and leaching experiments of UO{sub 2} and spent fuel. The latest literature includes studies on UO{sub 2} solubility under anoxic conditions, in which the methods for simulating the reducing conditions of deep groundwater have been improved. Studies on natural uraninite and its alteration products give a valuable insight into the long-term behaviour of spent fuel. Also the solubility equilibria for some relevant poorly known uranium minerals have been determined. The solubilities of the selected solubility-limiting phases were calculated using the geochemical code, EQ3/6. The NEA database for uranium was the basis for the modelling. The recently extended and updated SR `97 database was used for comparison. The solubility products for uranophane were taken from the latest literature. The recommended values for solubilities were given after a comparison between the calculated solubilities, experimental information and measured concentrations in natural groundwaters. The experiments include several UO{sub 2} dissolution studies in synthetic groundwaters with compositions close to the reference groundwaters. (author) 81 refs.

  16. Aqueous solubilities of phenol derivatives by conductivity measurements

    Achard, C.; Jaoui, M.; Schwing, M.; Rogalski, M. [Univ. de Metz (France). Lab. de Thermodynamique et d`Analyse Chimique


    The aqueous solubilities of five chlorophenols and three nitrophenols were measured by conductimetry at temperatures between 15 and 48C. The solubilities of 2-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, pentachlorophenol, 2-nitrophenol, 4-nitrophenol, and 2,4-dinitrophenol were studied. Automatic conductivity measurements allow the determination of the solute concentration and, hence, the determination of the solubility. Emulsion formation can also be followed. Results obtained are in good agreement with literature values.

  17. Solubility of guaifenesin in the presence of common pharmaceutical additives.

    Mani, Narasimhan; Jun, H W; Beach, J Warren; Nerurkar, Jayanti


    The aqueous solubility of guaifenesin, a highly water-soluble drug, in the presence of salts, sugars, and cosolvents was determined at 25 degrees C and 40 degrees C. The solubility of drug at both temperatures was reduced with increasing concentrations of salts and sugars. The extent of reduction in drug solubility was dependent on the type of salts and sugars used. The salting-out coefficient of additives was calculated by plotting log-linear solubility profiles of the drug against the concentrations of the additives. The solubility of guaifenesin, a neutral compound, was found to be higher at lower pH values, which could be due to hydrogen-bonding effects. At 25 degrees C, glycerin, PEG 300, and propylene glycol increased the solubility of drug at low solvent concentrations while the solubility was reduced at high concentrations. At 40 degrees C, the solubility of drug was reduced at all concentrations of cosolvents. The thermodynamic events accompanying the solubility process were discussed to explain the solubility phenomena observed in the presence of additives. The reduced aqueous solubility of guaifenesin in the presence of additives greatly improved the entrapment of drug into controlled-release wax microspheres.


    T.F. Turner; A.T. Pauli; J.F. Schabron


    Western Research Institute (WRI) has developed software for the visualization of data acquired from solubility tests. The work was performed in conjunction with AB Nynas Petroleum, Nynashamn, Sweden who participated as the corporate cosponsor for this Jointly Sponsored Research (JSR) task. Efforts in this project were split between software development and solubility test development. The Microsoft Windows-compatible software developed inputs up to three solubility data sets, calculates the parameters for six solid body types to fit the data, and interactively displays the results in three dimensions. Several infrared spectroscopy techniques have been examined for potential use in determining bitumen solubility in various solvents. Reflectance, time-averaged absorbance, and transmittance techniques were applied to bitumen samples in single and binary solvent systems. None of the techniques were found to have wide applicability.

  19. Independent preferences

    Vind, Karl


    A simple mathematical result characterizing a subset of a product set is proved and used to obtain additive representations of preferences. The additivity consequences of independence assumptions are obtained for preferences which are not total or transitive. This means that most of the economic...... theory based on additive preferences - expected utility, discounted utility - has been generalized to preferences which are not total or transitive. Other economic applications of the theorem are given...

  20. Solubility increases associated with crystalline drug nanoparticles: methodologies and significance.

    Van Eerdenbrugh, Bernard; Vermant, Jan; Martens, Johan A; Froyen, Ludo; Humbeeck, Jan Van; Van den Mooter, Guy; Augustijns, Patrick


    In this manuscript, the determination of solubility of crystalline drug nanosuspensions by a range of methods is critically investigated. As the determinations of solubility were performed in the presence of the solubilizing nanosuspension stabilizer d-α-tocopherol polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS), the potential effects of this excipient on the measurements were studied first. Solubility data of nanosuspensions of itraconazole, loviride, phenytoin and naproxen were generated using different methodologies. Data obtained using separation-based methodologies (centrifugation, filtration and ultracentrifugation) proved to be of limited use, due to poor nanoparticle separation efficiencies and/or significant adsorption of TPGS onto the nanoparticle surfaces. Light scattering and turbidity were found to be more suitable for the determination of nanosuspension solubility. The obtained data show that, unlike earlier reports, the solubility increases due to nanosizing are small, with measured increases of only 15%. These solubility increases are in fair agreement with what would be predicted based on the Ostwald-Freundlich equation.

  1. An NQO1-initiated and p53-independent apoptotic pathway determines the anti-tumor effect of tanshinone IIA against non-small cell lung cancer.

    Fang Liu

    Full Text Available NQO1 is an emerging and promising therapeutic target in cancer therapy. This study was to determine whether the anti-tumor effect of tanshinone IIA (TSA is NQO1 dependent and to elucidate the underlying apoptotic cell death pathways. NQO1(+ A549 cells and isogenically matched NQO1 transfected and negative H596 cells were used to test the properties and mechanisms of TSA induced cell death. The in vivo anti-tumor efficacy and the tissue distribution properties of TSA were tested in tumor xenografted nude mice. We observed that TSA induced an excessive generation of ROS, DNA damage, and dramatic apoptotic cell death in NQO1(+ A549 cells and H596-NQO1 cells, but not in NQO1(- H596 cells. Inhibition or silence of NQO1 as well as the antioxidant NAC markedly reversed TSA induced apoptotic effects. TSA treatment significantly retarded the tumor growth of A549 tumor xenografts, which was significantly antagonized by dicoumarol co-treatment in spite of the increased and prolonged TSA accumulations in tumor tissues. TSA activated a ROS triggered, p53 independent and caspase dependent mitochondria apoptotic cell death pathway that is characterized with increased ratio of Bax to Bcl-xl, mitochondrial membrane potential disruption, cytochrome c release, and subsequent caspase activation and PARP-1 cleavage. The results of these findings suggest that TSA is a highly specific NQO1 target agent and is promising in developing as an effective drug in the therapy of NQO1 positive NSCLC.

  2. Extended Hansen approach: calculating partial solubility parameters of solid solutes.

    Wu, P L; Beerbower, A; Martin, A


    A multiple linear regression method, known as the extended Hansen solubility approach, was used to estimate the partial solubility parameters, delta d, delta p, and delta h for crystalline solutes. The method is useful, since organic compounds may decompose near their melting points, and it is not possible, to determine solubility parameters for these solid compounds by the methods used for liquid solvents. The method gives good partial and total solubility parameters for naphthalene; with related compounds, less satisfactory results were obtained. At least three conditions, pertaining to the regression equation and the solvent systems, must be met in order to obtain reasonable solute solubility parameters. In addition to providing partial solubility parameters, the regression equations afford a calculation of solute solubility in both polar and nonpolar solvents.

  3. Determination of the constants of the solubility product of Ln(OH){sub 3} and the effect of the chloride ions on the lanthanum hydrolysis, praseodymium and lutetium in aqueous solutions of ion force 2 Molar; Determinacion de las constantes del producto de solubilidad de Ln(OH){sub 3} y el efecto de los iones cloruro sobre la hidrolisis de lantano, praseodimio y lutecio en soluciones acuosas de fuerza ionica 2 Molar

    Lopez G, H.D


    The behavior of lanthanum (III), praseodymium (III), and lutetium (III) was studied in 2 M NaClO{sub 4} (aq) and 2 M NaCl (aq) at 303 K and free -CO{sub 2} conditions. Solubility diagrams (p Ln(aq)-pC{sub H}) were obtained by means of a radiochemical method. The pC{sub H} borderlines of saturation and unsaturation zones of the solutions and solubility product constants for Ln(OH){sub 3} were determined from these diagrams. The fitting of the solubility equation to the experimental values of p Ln(aq)-pC{sub H} diagrams allowed the calculation of the first hydrolysis and solubility product constants. Independently, the stability constants for the first species of hydrolysis were determined by means of pH titrations, the data were treated with the program SUPERQUAD and fitted to the mean ligand number equation. The stability constants for the species LnCl{sup 2+} were as well calculated in 2M ionic strength and 303 K from the hydrolysis constant values obtained in both perchlorate and chloride media. The values obtained for La, Pr and Lu were: logK{sub ps}: 21.11 {+-} 0.09, 19.81 {+-} 0.11 and 18.10 {+-} 0.13 in 2M NaClO{sub 4}; logK{sub ps}: 22.22 {+-} 0.09, 21.45 {+-} 0.14 and 18.52 {+-} 0.29 in 2M NaCl; log {beta}{sub 1}: - 8.64 {+-} 0.02, - 8.37 {+-} 0.01 and - 7.95 {+-} 0.11 in 2M NaClO{sub 4}; log {beta}{sub 1}{sup /} : - 9.02 {+-} 0.11, - 8.75 {+-} 0.01 and - 8.12 {+-} 0.03 in 2M NaCl and the values for log {beta}{sub 1,Cl} were - 0.0255, - 0.155 and - 0.758, respectively. (Author)

  4. 高效液相色谱法同时测定食品中9种水溶性维生素%Simultaneous determination of nine water-soluble vitamins in foods by high performance liquid chromatography

    任丹丹; 谢云峰; 刘佳佳; 李月琪; 杨永坛


    Objective To develop a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for the de-termination of nine water-soluble vitamins in foods. Methods The chromatographic separation was per-formed on a C18 column with gradient elution, using potassium dihydrogen phosphate and acetonitrile as mobile phase. The analyte was detected by HPLC with diode array detector. Results Under the optimal conditions, the calibration curves of nine vitamins were linear in the range of 0.04~100 μg/mL for vitamin C, 0.02~100μg/mL for thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinamide and pyridoxine;0.08~400μg/mL for pantothenic acid;0.08~200μg/mL for biotin; 0.01~50 μg/mL for folic acid; and 0.04~100 μg/mL for cyanocobalamin with correlation coefficient (r) more than 0.9997. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) were less than 1.35%, and the limit of detection (LOD) was found in the range of 3~45 ng/mL and the spiked recoveries were between 90.6~105.4%. The developed method was applied to determine the water-soluble vitamins in functional beverages, multivita-min tablets and fortified rice. Conclusion The proposed method is rapid, accurate and sensitive, and it is suitable for detecting water-soluble vitamins in fortified foods.%目的:建立同时测定食品中9种水溶性维生素的高效液相色谱分析方法。方法采用C18色谱柱进行分离,以pH 2.5,25 mmol/L KH2PO4-乙腈二元体系为流动相进行梯度洗脱,最后用高效液相色谱二极管阵列检测器对9种维生素进行测定。结果在优化实验条件下,测得维生素C的线性范围为0.04~100μg/mL,硫胺、核黄素、烟酰胺和吡哆醇的线性范围为0.02~100μg/mL,泛酸的线性范围为0.08~400μg/mL,生物素的线性范围为0.08~200μg/mL,叶酸的线性范围为0.01~50μg/mL,氰钴胺的线性范围为0.04~100μg/mL;线性相关系数为0.9997~0.9999,相对标准偏差为0.28%~1.35%,检出限范围为3~45 ng/mL,加标回收率为90.6%~105.4%。结论该方法快速、准确、灵敏,

  5. Determination of water-soluble sugars in curred tobacco with gas chromatography%气相色谱法同时测定初烤烟叶中的4种水溶性糖

    蔡凯; 向章敏; 张婕; 耿召良


    建立了一种用三甲基氯硅烷及六甲基二硅胺烷衍生化,气相色谱-氢火焰离子化检测器同时测定初烤烟叶中4种水溶性糖的检测方法.烟叶样品用50%(V/V)的乙腈溶液振荡提取,无需净化,直接用三甲基氯硅烷及六甲基二硅胺烷衍生化,产物通过微型液-液萃取净化后用气相色谱检测.通过优化前处理条件和讨论基质效应,果糖、葡萄糖、蔗糖和麦芽糖的含量均与其峰面积呈良好的线性关系(相关系数为0.9991~0.9999),添加回收率为98.14%~102.45%,重复性较好(RSD<2.2%),该方法适用于初烤烟叶中果糖、葡萄糖、蔗糖和麦芽糖的同时测定.%A reliable and accurate method for the determination of four water-soluble sugars in cured tobacco by derivatization through trimethyl chlorosilane and hexamethyl disilylamine followed by gas chromatographic detection under FID mode has been established. The samples were extracted with 50% (V/V) acetonitrile by shaking, without any clean-up, the extract were directly derived by trimethyl chlorosilane and hexamethyl disilylamine. Derivative products were cleaned up by miniature liquid-liquid extraction and then detected by gas chromatography. By optimizing the pretreatment conditions and discussing the matrix effects, the method shows good linearity with correlation coefficients between 0. 9991 and 0. 9999, and the average recoveries were between 98. 14% and 102.45% with good repeatability for fructose, glucose, sucrose and maltose, respectively. This simple, rapid and accurate method can be applied to analysis of these water-soluble sugars in cured tobacco.

  6. Determination of soluble solids content of blueberries with near infrared spectroscopy%基于近红外光谱技术检测蓝莓可溶性固形物含量

    王姗姗; 孙红男; 陈健; 孙爱东


    An analytical procedure has been developed for the rapid and non-destructive measurement of soluble solids content in blueberry samples using near infrared diffuse reflection spectrum.Six varieties of blueberries("Elliott","Darrow","Patriot","Duke","Northblue" and "Bluecrop")were selected,which collected from Liaoning.The original spectrum averaged was preprocessed by the 1st derivative.By means of principal component analysis(PCA) and partial least squares(PLS),the calibration mathematics model for total soluble solids was established.The relative coefficient was 0.91518,the calibration standard deviation was 0.801,and the prediction standard deviation was 1.06.The method was rapid accurate and non-destructive,which was available for rapid accurate determination of SSC in blueberries.%采用近红外漫反射光谱技术对辽宁丹东蓝莓基地的六个蓝莓品种(埃利奥特、达柔、爱国者、北蓝、杜克、蓝丰)进行光谱分析,快速无损测定蓝莓可溶性固形物含量,利用一阶导数进行光谱预处理,主成分分析(PCA)和偏最小二乘法(PLS)建立蓝莓可溶性固形物预测模型。结果表明,所建模型的相关系数(Corr.Coeff.)为0.91518、校正集标准偏差(RMSEC)为0.801、预测集标准偏差(RMSEP)为1.06。该方法快速、准确、无损,能准确地预测蓝莓中可溶性固形物含量。

  7. Interlaboratory validation of small-scale solubility and dissolution measurements of poorly water-soluble drugs

    Andersson, Sara B. E.; Alvebratt, Caroline; Bevernage, Jan


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the interlaboratory variability in determination of apparent solubility (Sapp) and intrinsic dissolution rate (IDR) using a miniaturized dissolution instrument. Three poorly water-soluble compounds were selected as reference compounds and measured...... the concentrations reached are typically below the limit of detection. The following guidelines were established: for compounds with Sapp >1 mg/mL, the disc method is recommended. For compounds with Sapp

  8. Use of Hansen Solubility Parameters in Fuel Treatment Processes


    Charts 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) Jan 2014- Mar 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-House Use of Hansen Solubility Parameters in...distribution is unlimited. AFRL Public Affairs Clearance # USE OF HANSEN SOLUBILITY PARAMETERS IN FUEL TREATMENT PROCESSES 17 March 2014 Andrew J...Treatment Needs – Hansen Solubility Parameters • Dyes – Experimental HSP Determination – Extrapolation to Other Dyes • Predictions for Extraction Fluids

  9. Soluble and insoluble fiber (image)

    Dietary fiber is the part of food that is not affected by the digestive process in the body. ... of the stool. There are two types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber retains water and ...

  10. Microscopic views of drug solubility

    Bondesson, Laban


    The development of computational models for predicting drug solubility has increased drastically during the last decades. Nevertheless these models still have diffculties to estimate the aqueous solubility as accurate as desired. In this thesis di erent aspects that are known to have a large impact on the aqueous solubility of a molecule have been studied in detail using various theoretical methods with intension to provide microscopic view on drug solubility. The rst aspect studied is the hy...

  11. Clinical application of a ligation-independent pathway of multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification for the determination of quinolone susceptibility of Streptococcus pneumoniae.

    Uno, Naoki; Araki, Nobuko; Kaku, Norihito; Kosai, Kosuke; Hasegawa, Hiroo; Yanagihara, Katsunori


    We previously uncovered a ligation-independent pathway of multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) through which products of MLPA could be amplified without both hybridization and ligation reactions. Here, we utilized this pathway to detect an antibiotic resistance mutation of quinolones in Streptococcus pneumoniae.

  12. Solubility Enhancement of a Poorly Water Soluble Drug by Forming Solid Dispersions using Mechanochemical Activation

    Rojas-Oviedo, I.; Retchkiman-Corona, B.; Quirino-Barreda, C. T.; Cárdenas, J.; Schabes-Retchkiman, P. S.


    Mechanochemical activation is a practical cogrinding operation used to obtain a solid dispersion of a poorly water soluble drug through changes in the solid state molecular aggregation of drug-carrier mixtures and the formation of noncovalent interactions (hydrogen bonds) between two crystalline solids such as a soluble carrier, lactose, and a poorly soluble drug, indomethacin, in order to improve its solubility and dissolution rate. Samples of indomethacin and a physical mixture with a weight ratio of 1:1 of indomethacin and lactose were ground using a high speed vibrating ball mill. Particle size was determined by electron microscopy, the reduction of crystallinity was determined by calorimetry and transmission electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy was used to find evidence of any interactions between the drug and the carrier and the determination of apparent solubility allowed for the corroboration of changes in solubility. Before grinding, scanning electron microscopy showed the drug and lactose to have an average particle size of around 50 and 30 μm, respectively. After high speed grinding, indomethacin and the mixture had a reduced average particle size of around 5 and 2 μm, respectively, showing a morphological change. The ground mixture produced a solid dispersion that had a loss of crystallinity that reached 81% after 30 min of grinding while the drug solubility of indomethacin within the solid dispersion increased by 2.76 fold as compared to the pure drug. Drug activation due to hydrogen bonds between the carboxylic group of the drug and the hydroxyl group of lactose as well as the decrease in crystallinity of the solid dispersion and the reduction of the particle size led to a better water solubility of indomethacin. PMID:23798775

  13. 辅助降血糖保健食品水溶性多糖测定方法的研究%Study on determination of the content of water -soluble polysaccharides in auxiliary hypoglycemic health food

    刘世娟; 张海; 王婧; 徐振秋


    建立一种辅助降血糖保健食品中水溶性多糖的测定方法,考察提取方式、醇沉浓度、脱蛋白方法及显色方法等因素对多糖测定结果的影响。结果表明选用苯酚硫酸法进行显色,超声提取60 min,超声功率250 W,醇沉浓度80%,以样液体积1/10倍量的5%三氯乙酸溶液,脱蛋白1次,静置时间2 h,测定结果较好。葡萄糖浓度在6.61~79.28μg/mL 范围内与吸光度有良好的线性关系,回归方程为 A =0.0144C -0.0655(r =0.9996),平均加标回收率为98.47%,RSD 为1.64%。测得样品中水溶性多糖平均含量为11.49%,RSD 为2.31%。该方法简便、准确,重复性好,可用于辅助降血糖保健食品中多糖含量的测定和质量控制。%To establish a method for determination of the content of water - soluble polysaccharides in auxiliary hypoglycemic health food,the effects of extraction method,concentration of ethanol for precipi-tation,deproteinization method and coloration method on the determined values of polysaccharides content were studied.Result showed that the phenol -sulfuric acid method was chosen as the coloration method, with the conditions as follows:ultrasonic power 250 W,extraction time 60 min,80% ethanol concentra-tion for precipitation,and 1 /10 polysaccharide extraction volume,5% trichloroacetic acid concentration for deproteinization,deproteinization once,standing time 2 h,and the result was good.The standard curve regression equation was A =0.0144C -0.0655,the calibration curve had a good linearity in the range of 6.61 -79.28 μg/mL for glucose with the correlation coefficient (r)of 0.9996,and the average recovery at the spiked concentrations was 98.47% with RSD of 1.64%.The average content of water -soluble polysaccharides from the auxiliary hypoglycemic health food was 11.49% with RSD of 2.31%. This method was simple and accurate with a good repetion,which can be used to determine the content of

  14. Solubilities of krypton and xenon in dichlorodifluoromethane

    Shaffer, J.H.; Shockley, W.E.; Greene, C.W.


    The solubility behavior of krypton and xenon in dichlorodifluoromethane was investigated for the Consolidated Fuel Reprocessing Program (CFRP) in support of the fluorocarbon absorption process. The solubility data derived from solute radioisotopes had uncertainties of approx. 0.1%. Values for Henry's law constants were initially determined under equilibrium conditions at infinite solute dilution. Based on these results, the study was extended to finite solute concentrations. Nonidealities in the two binary systems were expressed as gas phase fugacity coefficients for each solute at 10/sup 0/ intervals over the range -30 to +50/sup 0/C. 22 references, 4 figures, 2 tables.

  15. Solubilities of Cimaterol and Mabuterol in SF-CO2



    The solubilities of two β-agonists, cimaterol and mabuterol, in supercritical carbon dioxide (SF-CO2) were measured by a recirculating method at temperatures of 40℃ and 60℃ and pressures between 9 MPa to 49 MPa.The compounds exhibit very limited solubilities in the range of 10-5 to 10-7 (mole fraction). Cimaterol has a higher solubility than that of mabuterol. The experimental data of solubility were correlated by four density-based models.The correlation accuracy highly depends on the system investigated, which is mainly determined by the density ranges and temperature.

  16. Determination of biodegradation rates of water-soluble polymers by three-group-bottles method%3组瓶法测定水溶性高聚物的生物降解率

    吴新世; 刘连遵; 孙波; 王菁; 师慈


    A three-group-bottles method namely culturing bottle, toxic bottle, and neutral bottle for determining the biode gradability of water-soluble polyaspartie acid-chitosan copolyrner was established and studied from the pretreatment of the remained sample, ehoiee of the analyzing method, and analysis of the testing data, etc. Compared with the routine testing method, the basic determination approach had two advantages at least: on the one hand, it bad more logic by working out the neutral bottle in the test design, and on the other, after the eopolymer was treated by the active sludge for 28 days sim-ultaneously, the maximum degradation rate arrived to 55. 47% by the determination approach, while that was only 47.51% by the latter, which was lower 7.96% than the former.%以水溶性聚天冬氨酸壳聚糖共聚物为研究对象,初步建立了一套以聚合物降解3组瓶即样品瓶、毒性瓶和中性瓶培养为核心内容,包括样品预处理、检测方法选择、结果分析处理等的水溶性高聚物生物降解率测定的基本方法.与常规分析方法相比,一方面本实验方案因增加了中性瓶设计而使得其逻辑性更加严密;另一方面,将聚天冬氨酸壳聚糖共聚物用活性污泥滤液处理28 d,由本实验方案得到的生物降解率为55.47%,而常规方法仅为47.51%,前者比后者约高出7.96%.

  17. 奶茶杯内膜中增塑剂含量的检测分析%Determination of the Three Plasticizer Release into Some Fat-soluble Analog Solution from Tea Milk-Tea Cup of Internal Film



    The high-performance liquid chromatographic method was developed for the determination of 3 phthalic acid esters (PAEs) in Milk-Tea cup of internal film,including di-butyl phthalate (DBP),di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)and dioctyl phthalate (DOP) 3 kinds of plasticizers to lipophilic simulations of liquid ( milk, vegetable oil, isooctane ) .The results showed that, tea cups lining materials through lipid soluble analog fluid after soaking with DEP and DBP detection, DOP not detected, DBP detectable quantities in the EU directive 2007/19/EC in a prescribed range, DEP detection was much greater than that of British farming fishing Ministry of food provisions daily tolerance.%采用高效液相色谱法测定奶茶杯内膜材料中的邻苯二甲酸(2-乙基己基)酯(DEHP)、邻苯二甲酸二丁酯(DBP)、邻苯二甲酸二辛脂(DOP)3种增塑剂向脂溶性模拟液(牛奶、植物油、异辛烷)中的迁移溶出量。结果表明,奶茶杯内膜材料经过脂溶性模拟液浸泡后有DEHP和DBP的检出,DOP未检出,DBP检出量在欧盟指令2007/19/EC的规定范围内,DEHP检出量远大于英国农渔食品部规定的的每日耐受量。

  18. Selection of solubility parameters for characterization of pharmaceutical excipients.

    Adamska, Katarzyna; Voelkel, Adam; Héberger, Károly


    The solubility parameter (delta(2)), corrected solubility parameter (delta(T)) and its components (delta(d), delta(p), delta(h)) were determined for series of pharmaceutical excipients by using inverse gas chromatography (IGC). Principal component analysis (PCA) was applied for the selection of the solubility parameters which assure the complete characterization of examined materials. Application of PCA suggests that complete description of examined materials is achieved with four solubility parameters, i.e. delta(2) and Hansen solubility parameters (delta(d), delta(p), delta(h)). Selection of the excipients through PCA of their solubility parameters data can be used for prediction of their behavior in a multi-component system, e.g. for selection of the best materials to form stable pharmaceutical liquid mixtures or stable coating formulation.

  19. AW-101 entrained solids - Solubility versus temperature

    GJ Lumetta; RC Lettau; GF Piepel


    This report describes the results of a test conducted by Battelle to assess the solubility of the solids entrained in the diluted AW-101 low-activity waste (LAW) sample. BNFL requested Battelle to dilute the AW-1-1 sample using de-ionized water to mimic expected plant operating conditions. BNFL further requested Battelle to assess the solubility of the solids present in the diluted AW-101 sample versus temperature conditions of 30, 40, and 50 C. BNFL requested these tests to assess the composition of the LAW supernatant and solids versus expected plant-operating conditions. The work was conducted according to test plan BNFL-TP-29953-7, Rev. 0, Determination of the Solubility of LAW Entrained Solids. The test went according to plan, with no deviations from the test plan.

  20. Soluble porphyrin polymers

    Gust, Jr., John Devens; Liddell, Paul Anthony


    Porphyrin polymers of Structure 1, where n is an integer (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or greater) ##STR00001## are synthesized by the method shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B. The porphyrin polymers of Structure 1 are soluble in organic solvents such as 2-MeTHF and the like, and can be synthesized in bulk (i.e., in processes other than electropolymerization). These porphyrin polymers have long excited state lifetimes, making the material suitable as an organic semiconductor for organic electronic devices including transistors and memories, as well as solar cells, sensors, light-emitting devices, and other opto-electronic devices.

  1. Serum Levels of Soluble Fas Ligand and Soluble Fas Receptor in Patients with Chronic Congestive Heart Failure

    李刚; 令狐华; 魏良明


    @@ To understand the pathophysiologic significances of soluble Fas Ligand (sFasL) and soluble Fas receptor (sFas) in chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) and to determine the relationship of circulating levels of sFasL and sFas to the severity of CHF, the serum sFasL and sfas levels were evaluated in patients with CHF.

  2. The cross-bridge dynamics is determined by two length-independent kinetics: Implications on muscle economy and Frank-Starling Law.

    Amiad Pavlov, Daria; Landesberg, Amir


    The cellular mechanisms underlying the Frank-Starling Law of the heart and the skeletal muscle force-length relationship are not clear. This study tested the effects of sarcomere length (SL) on the average force per cross-bridge and on the rate of cross-bridge cycling in intact rat cardiac trabeculae (n=9). SL was measured by laser diffraction and controlled with a fast servomotor to produce varying initial SLs. Tetanic contractions were induced by addition of cyclopiazonic acid, to maintain a constant activation. Stress decline and redevelopment in response to identical ramp shortenings, starting at various initial SLs, was analyzed. Both stress decline and redevelopment responses revealed two distinct kinetics: a fast and a slower phase. The duration of the rapid phases (4.2 ± 0.1 msec) was SL-independent. The second slower phase depicted a linear dependence of the rate of stress change on the instantaneous stress level. Identical slopes (70.5 ± 1.6 [1/s], p=0.33) were obtained during ramp shortening at all initial SLs, indicating that the force per cross-bridge and cross-bridge cycling kinetics are length-independent. A decrease in the slope at longer SLs was obtained during stress redevelopment, due to internal shortening. The first phase is attributed to rapid changes in the average force per cross-bridge. The second phase is ascribed to both cross-bridge cycling between its strong and weak conformations and to changes in the number of strong cross-bridges. Cross-bridge cycling kinetics and muscle economy are length-independent and the Frank-Starling Law cannot be attributed to changes in the force per cross-bridge or in the single cross-bridge cycling rates.

  3. Determination of Eight Water-Soluble Vitamins in Fruit Vinegar by RP-HPLC%反相高效液相色谱法测定果醋中的8种维生素

    宋萍萍; 曹江平; 刘书慧


    A RP-HPLC gradient elution method was developed for the simultaneous determination of eight water-soluble vitamins, including ascorbic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, pyridoxine, cyanocobalamin, folic acid and nicotinamide in fruit vinegar. The effects of temperature, buffer solution concentration, pH value and gradient elution procedure on chromato- graphic separation were studied. The mobile phase was a mixture of 0.1 mol/L sodium acetate solution (pH 4.25) and methanol at a flow rate of 1.00 mL/min. The column temperature was set as 30 ~C. Baseline separation was achieved for 8 water-soluble vitamins within 14.2 min. The detection was carried out at 266 nm and 280 nm. The method offered excellent linearity over a range of 0.05-- 12.5 lag/mL for riboflavin and folic acid, 0.1 --25 ~t g/mL for ascorbic acid, thiamine, nicotinic acid and nicotinamide, 0.15 -- 37.5 /a g/mL for pyridoxine and cyanocobalamin, with correlation coefficients (r ~ 0.999). The detection limits were in the range of 0.47--3.46 ng/mL This method has been successfully applied to assay vitamins in fruit vinegar. The average spike recovery varied from 92.4% to 105.2% with RSD in the range of 0.08% -- 1.54% (n =3).%建立梯度洗脱反相高效液相色谱法同时检测果醋中VC、VB1、VB2、VB3、VB6、VB1 2、叶酸和烟酰胺8种水溶性维生素的分析方法。考察柱温、缓冲液浓度、pH值以及梯度洗脱程序对各组分分离的影响。最终采用0.1mol/L醋酸钠溶液(pH4.25)和甲醇作为流动相进行梯度洗脱,流速为1.00mL/min,柱温为30℃,8种水溶性维生素在14.2min内达到基线分离;紫外检测波长为266nm和280nm;线性范围:VB2、叶酸为0.05~12.5μg/mL;VC、VB1、VB3、烟酰胺为0.1~25μg/mL;VB6、VB12为0.15~37.5μg/mL,相关系数均在0.999以上,其最低检出限为0.47~3.46ng/mL。该法被成功地用于定量果醋中的维生素,平均加标回收率为92.4%~105.2%,

  4. Determinação da fibra alimentar insolúvel, solúvel e total de produtos derivados do milho Determination of insoluble, soluble, and total dietary fiber of corn products

    Maria da Graça Kolinski Callegaro


    Full Text Available A cultura do milho é de grande importância na agricultura brasileira, com ampla distribuição do norte ao sul do país. O milho pode ser uma fonte significativa de fibra, dependendo da forma como é utilizado na alimentação. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os teores de fibra alimentar insolúvel (FAI, solúvel (FAS e total (FAT de produtos derivados do milho. Determinou-se também os teores de umidade, resíduo mineral fixo, extrato etéreo e proteína bruta das amostras analisadas. Trabalhou-se com amostras de canjica, pipoca, farinha fina, farinha média e farinha pré-cozida. O método utilizado na determinação de fibra foi o de Prosky et al. Entre os produtos analisados observou-se que a pipoca apresentou o maior teor de FAT (média de 12,15% e a canjica o menor (média de 2,39 %. Em relação às farinhas, a fina e a média apresentaram teores de fibra semelhantes, enquanto as amostras de farinha pré-cozida apresentaram um teor um pouco mais baixo. Em todos os produtos analisados, a FAI correspondeu a mais de 90% da fibra total. Quanto aos demais constituintes avaliados, encontrou-se, neste trabalho, valores de acordo com os já disponíveis na literatura.Corn crop is of great importance to Brazilian agriculture, ranging from the north to the south of the country. Corn can be an important source of fiber, depending on the way it is used as food. The objective of this work was to evaluate the content of insoluble (IDF, soluble (SDF, and total (TDF dietary fiber of corn-derived products. The content of moisture, ash, lipids, and crude protein were also determined in the samples. We have worked with "canjica", popcorn, and meal (finely ground, medium ground, and pre-cooked. The PROSKY'S enzymic-gravimetric method was used to determine dietary fiber. Among the products analyzed, we have observed that the popcorn showed the greatest content of TDF (12.15%, and the "canjica" showed the smallest one (2.39%. Thin and medium corn meals

  5. HPLC测定小儿复方四维亚铁散中的水溶性维生素%Determination of water-soluble vitamins in Pediatric compound of four vitamins and Ferrous fumarate powder by RP- HPLC

    蒋秋桃; 梁晟


    目的 采用RP- HPLC法测定小儿复方四维亚铁散中Vit B1、Vit B6和烟酸的含量.方法 采用C18色谱柱,流动相为5 μmol·L -己烷磺酸钠溶液-甲醇(80:20),检测波长为280 nm.结果 Vit B1、Vit B6和烟酸分离良好,三者的进样量分别为0.0562 ~0.9000 μg、0.0613~0.9808 μ.g、0.7550 ~ 12.0800 μg时,与峰面积均呈良好的线性关系;其平均回收率分别为100.15%、99.85%、99.64%.结论 所用方法准确简便、重复性好、回收率高,可用于小儿四维亚铁散中水溶性维生素的测定.%OBJECTIVE To develop a method for the determination of Vit B, ,Vit B6 and nicotinic acid in Pediatric compound of four vitamins and ferrous fumarate powder. METHODS Ionpair reversed - phase ( RP) high performance liquid ehromatography (HPLC) was performed using a C18 column with 0. 005 mol·L‐1 of sodium hexane sulfonate - methanol (80 : 20) as mobile phase. The detection wavelength was set at 280 nm. RESULTS Vitamin B, ,B6 and nicotinic acid were separated well. The good linearity was obtained over the range of 0. 0562 - 0. 9000 μg for Vitamin B, , of 0. 0613 - 0. 9808 |xg for Vitamin B6 , of 0. 7550 - 12. 0800 μg for nicotinic acid. The recovery of Vitamin B1 , Vitamin B6 and nicotinic acid was 100. 15% ,99. 85% and 99. 64% .respectively. CONCLUSION This method is well repeatable, accurate, and simple with high recovery. It can be used for the determination of water - soluble vitamins in Pediatric compound of four vitamins and ferrous fumarate powder.

  6. Renal Dysfunction Is an Independent Risk Factor for Mortality after Liver Resection and the Main Determinant of Outcome in Posthepatectomy Liver Failure

    M. G. Wiggans


    Full Text Available Introduction. The aim of this study was to assess the interaction of liver and renal dysfunction as risk factors for mortality after liver resection. Materials and Methods. A retrospective analysis of 501 patients undergoing liver resection in a single unit was undertaken. Posthepatectomy liver failure (PHLF was defined according to the International Study Group of Liver Surgery (ISGLS definition (assessed on day 5 and renal dysfunction according to RIFLE criteria. 90-day mortality was recorded. Results. Twenty-three patients died within 90 days of surgery (4.6%. The lowest mortality occurred in patients without evidence of PHLF or renal dysfunction (2.7%. The mortality rate in patients with isolated PHLF or renal dysfunction was 20% compared to 45% in patients with both. Diabetes (, renal dysfunction (, and PHLF on day 5 ( were independent predictors of 90-day mortality. Discussion. PHLF and postoperative renal dysfunction are independent predictors of 90-day mortality following liver resection but the predictive value for mortality is significantly higher when failure of both organ systems occurs simultaneously.

  7. Biorelevant solubility of poorly soluble drugs: rivaroxaban, furosemide, papaverine and niflumic acid.

    Takács-Novák, Krisztina; Szőke, Vera; Völgyi, Gergely; Horváth, Péter; Ambrus, Rita; Szabó-Révész, Piroska


    In this work the biorelevant solubility of four drugs representing different acid-base property, wide range of lipohilicity and low aqueous solubility was studied. The equilibrium solubility of rivaroxaban (non-ionizable), furosemide (acid), papaverine (base) and niflumic acid (ampholyte) was determined in simulated gastric fluid (SGF pH 1.2), in simulated intestinal fluid fasted state (FaSSIF pH 6.5) and fed state (FeSSIF pH 5.0) and their corresponding blank buffers at a temperature of 37 °C using saturation shake-flask method. The concentration was measured by optimized HPLC analysis. The solubilizing effect of bile acid/lipid micelles as additive components of biorelevent media (BRM) is expressed with the solubility ratio (SR: SBRM/Sblank buffer) and the food effect was estimated from SFeSSIF/SFaSSIF coefficient. It was revealed that ionization plays primarily role in solubility of compounds which undergo ionization in BRM. The solubilizing effect in FaSSIF was marginal for the neutral compound (rivaroxaban) and for molecules are anionic at pH 6.5 (furosemide and niflumic acid). The higher concentration of solubilizing agents in FeSSIF improved the solubility of papaverine carrying positive charge and niflumic acid being partially zwitterionic at pH 5.0.

  8. Predicting the solubility of drugs in solvent mixtures: multiple solubility maxima and the chameleonic effect.

    Escalera, J B; Bustamante, P; Martin, A


    An approach to reproduce the solubility profile of a drug in several solvent mixtures showing two solubility maxima is proposed in this work. The solubility of sulphamethoxypyridazine was determined at 25 degrees C in several mixtures of varying polarity (hexane:ethyl acetate, ethyl acetate:ethanol and ethanol:water). Sulphamethoxypyridazine was chosen as a model drug because of its proton-donor and proton-acceptor properties. A plot of the mole fraction of the drug vs the solubility parameter of the solvent mixtures shows two solubility peaks. The two peaks found for sulphamethoxypyridazine demonstrate the chameleonic effect as described by Hoy and suggest that the solute-solvent interaction does not vary uniformly from one mixture to another. The different behaviour of the drug in mixtures of two proton-donor and proton-acceptor solvents (alcohol and water), and in mixtures of one proton acceptor (ethyl acetate) and one proton donor-proton acceptor (ethanol) is rationalized in terms of differences in the proton donor-acceptor ability of the solvent mixtures. An approach based on the acidic and basic partial solubility parameters together with the Hildebrand solubility parameter of the solvent mixtures is developed to reproduce the experimental results quantitatively. The equation predicts the two solubility maxima as found experimentally, and the calculated values closely correspond to the experimental values through the range composition of the solvent mixtures. These results show that the chameleonic effect can be described in a quantitative way in terms of Lewis acid-base interactions; this approach can assist the product formulator to choose the proper solvent mixture for a new drug.

  9. Determination of Solubility and Oil-water Partition Coefficient of Artemisinin by HPLC-ECD%HPLC-ECD法测定青蒿素溶解度及油水分配系数

    王振华; 梁家龙; 曾令清; 田军; 马国辉


    目的:建立一种便捷灵敏的青蒿素含量测定方法,并测定其在不同溶剂中的溶解度及油水分配系数。方法均匀试验设计优化青蒿素的柱前衍生条件,采用HPLC-ECD法进行测定。结果优化的青蒿素柱前衍生条件为:1 mL青蒿素无水乙醇溶液与4 mL氢氧化钠0.01 mol·L-1于70℃水浴中反应50 min后,冷却至室温,再加入5 mL醋酸0.06 mol·L-1。青蒿素在0.0015~0.7500μg范围内线性关系良好。结论建立的柱前衍生HPLC-ECD法专属性强、灵敏度高,适用于青蒿素的测定。%Objective To establish a sensitive assay method for artemisinin, and to detect the solubility as well as its oil-water partition coefficient in different solvents. Methods The pre-column derivatization of artemisinin was optimized by uniform design, and the determination of artemisinin was performed by HPLC-ECD. Results The optimal pre-column derivatization conditions were as follows: one milliliter of artemisinin anhydrous ethanol solution and 4 mL 0.01 mol·L-1 sodium hydroxide were reacted in 70℃water bath for 50 min , and then cooled to room temperature with 5 mL of 0.06 mol ·L-1 acetic acid added. The content of artemisinin showed good linearity in the range of 0.0015~0.7500 μg. Conclusion The pre-column derivatization HPLC-ECD method is highly specific and sensitive , and can be used for the assay of artemisinin.

  10. 果蔬及其制品中可溶性总糖和还原糖的测定方法评价%Evaluation of Different Determination of Water-soluble Total Sugar and Reducing Sugar in Fruit and Vegetable

    周春丽; 钟贤武; 范鸿冰; 吕玲琴; 苏虎; 李玉萍


    Water-soluble total sugar and reducing sugar content in fruit and vegetable and products were most important indicator of quality. The character and application of different measuring methods of water-soluble total sugar and reducing sugar in fruit and vegetable was summarized. Water-soluble total sugar and reducing sugar content was bigger variation in different fruit and vegetable or its products. So it was a better reference to determination water-soluble total sugar and reducing sugar content in fruit and vegetable or its products.%果蔬及其制品中可溶性总糖和还原糖是其质量指标的重要参数之一。综述了可溶性总糖和还原糖的不同测定方法的适用性及特点。由于不同果蔬的可溶性总糖和还原糖的含量有较大差异,综述的测定方法为果蔬可溶性总糖和还原糖的测定提供意义及借鉴。

  11. Water-soluble cavitands - synthesis, solubilities and binding properties

    Middel, Oskar; Verboom, Willem; Reinhoudt, David N.


    Water-soluble cavitand receptors have been obtained by the introduction of ionizable groups (5, 21-28, 39) and neutral hydrophilic tetraethylene glycol based dendritic wedges (19, 20). The synthesis of these cavitands and a study of their water solubilities and binding properties toward neutral orga

  12. Development and independent laboratory validation of a simple method for the determination of paraquat and diquat in potato, cereals and pulses

    Kolberg, D.I.S.; Mack, D.; Anastassiades, M.; Hetmanski, M.T.; Fussell, R.J.; Meijer, T.; Mol, J.G.J.


    A new sensitive, fast and robust method for the determination of paraquat and diquat residues in potatoes, cereals and pulses is presented. Different extraction conditions (solvent, time and temperature) have been evaluated using barley grain, potatoes and dry lentils containing incurred residues of

  13. Long-term antibody synthesis in vitro- IV. Independent segregation of antibodies directed to different determinants of an antigen molecule in its native configuration.

    Conway de Macario, E; Macario, A J


    Independent segregation of antibody populations directed to different portions of E. coli beta-d-galactosidase occurs during the immune response against the enzyme. Anti-enzyme antibodies able to interact and activate a naturally occurring ligand, the mutant-defective enzyme AMEF (Antibody Mediated Enzyme Factor), do not parallel anti-enzyme antibodies which are measured by a coprecipitation assay involving precipitation of the wild-type molecule. Dissociation of the two antibody populations is best achieved in microcultures sustaining long-lasting responses. Similarly, anti-NIP (4-hydroxy-3-iodo-5-nitrophenylacetic acid) antibodies could be elicited without concomitant synthesis of anti-carrier antibodies by short-term challenge in vitro of ovalbumin-NIP-primed lymph nodes with a heterologous conjugate in which the hapten NIP was coupled to a carrier known to be non-immunogenic under the conditions of challenge. The potential applications of these findings are indicated, namely: large-scale production of monospecific antibodies in vitro; and the possibility of studying the regulatory role of antibodies directed towards on portion of the immunogenic molecule on the response to other regions of the same molecule.

  14. Simultaneous determination of four fat-soluble vitamins by microemulsion liquid chromatography%微乳液相色谱法同时测定4种脂溶性维生素

    杨建锐; 黄丽娜; 黄光亮; 李宁


    建立了种新的微乳体系,并成功地应用于微乳液相色谱法( MELC)快速分析脂溶性维生素VA、VD2、VD3和VE.通过对影响分离选择性的主要因素进行考察,得到最佳微乳体系组成为98% (v/v)(50 g/L十二烷基硫酸钠(SDS)-10%(质量分数)正丁醇-1.0%(质量分数)正辛烷-84%水(质量分数))-2% (v/v)乙腈.该微乳体系中,表面活性剂类型和浓度、油相正辛烷的含量、有机添加剂乙腈对脂溶性维生素的分离起到了重要的作用.以Venusil ASB C18色谱柱(150mm×4.6mm,5μm)为分离柱,流速为0.7 mL/min,检测波长为265 nm,柱温为40℃,VA、VD2VD3和VE在20 min内达到基线分离.4种脂溶性维生素的保留时间和峰面积的相对标准偏差(RSD)(n=5)分别小于2.3%和3.0%;VA、VD2 、VD3和VE的线性范围分别为22.0 ~ 88.0 mg/L、20.2~81.0 mg/L、24.3 ~97.2mg/L和125.0~500.0mg/L,相应的线性相关系数r2分别为0.999 6、0.999 4、0.999 8、0.999 8;检出限(S/N=3)分别为0.37、0.34、0.41和2.12 mg/L.本方法已成功应用于多维元素片(21)中VA与VE的测定,结果令人满意.%A novel system was developed for the rapid determination of fat-soluble vitamins A, D2, D3 and E with microemulsion liquid chromatography (MELC). The effects of operating parameters on the separation selectivity were investigated. The optimized microemulsion system consisted of 98% (v/v) of 50 g/L sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-10% (w/w) n-butanol-1. 0% (w/w) w-octane-84% water (w/w) and 2% (v/v) acetonitrile. The type and content of surfactant, the content of oil phase and the organic additive (acetonitrile) were found to play important roles in the separation of four fat-soluble vitamins. The four analytes were baseline separated within 20 min on a Venusil ASB C18, column (150 mm x4. 6 mm, 5 μm) with a flow rate of 0. 7 mL/min and the detection wavelength of 265 nm at 40 ℃. The relative standard derivations (RSDs, n = 5) of retention times and peak

  15. Dialysate vascular endothelial growth factor is an independent determinant of serum albumin levels and predicts future withdrawal from peritoneal dialysis in uremic patients.

    Hazama, Takuma; Fukami, Kei; Yamagishi, Sho-ichi; Kusumoto, Takuo; Sakai, Kazuko; Adachi, Takeki; Sonoda, Kazuhiro; Kasuga, Syumon; Ueda, Seiji; Okuda, Seiya


    Peritoneal protein loss due to high peritoneal permeability may contribute to hypoalbuminemia and early withdrawal from peritoneal dialysis (PD) therapy in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. We have found that pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) has anti-vasopermeability properties both in cell culture and animal models by counteracting the biological actions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). However, it remains unknown which clinical variables, including dialysate VEGF and PEDF, are associated with decreased serum albumin levels and could predict early withdrawal from the PD in ESRD patients. We address these issues. Twenty-seven ESRD patients undergoing PD were enrolled. Clinical variables were measured at 6 months after commencing PD. We examined the independent correlates of serum albumin in PD patients and then prospectively investigated the predictors of withdrawal from the PD therapy over 4 years. Dialysate VEGF was associated with peritoneal solute transport rate (P = 0.002), serum albumin (inversely, P 27 pg/mL), low serum albumin (≤ 3.31 g/dL) and low hemoglobin (≤ 11.2 g/dL) were correlated with withdrawal from the PD therapy during the 4 years. The odds ratio of dialysate VEGF for early withdrawal from the PD was 6.310 (P = 0.035). The present study demonstrated that increased dialysate VEGF was associated with decreased serum albumin and early withdrawal from the PD therapy. Inhibition of peritoneal VEGF production may be a therapeutic target in PD patients. © 2013 The Authors. Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis © 2013 International Society for Apheresis.

  16. Solubility of trace metals in two contaminated paddy soils exposed to alternating flooding and drainage

    Pan, Yunyu; Bonten, Luc T.C.; Koopmans, Gerwin F.; Song, Jing; Luo, Yongming; Temminghoff, Erwin J.M.; Comans, Rob N.J.


    Uptake of trace metals by crops is determined by the solubility of trace metals. In paddy soils, flooding and drainage influence redox chemistry and consequently trace metal solubility and thus uptake by rice plants. Current knowledge on how the dynamics in redox chemistry affect the solubility

  17. QSPR study of the water solubility of a diverse set of agrochemicals ...

    model was further illustrated using various evaluation techniques: leave- one- out cross- validation, bootstrap, randomization ... therefore the solubility of a new compound ..... adhesive interactions determine the amount of ... bonding. In order to predict solubility accurately, all these factors correlated with solubility should.

  18. Solubility, photostability and antifungal activity of phenylpropanoids encapsulated in cyclodextrins.

    Kfoury, Miriana; Lounès-Hadj Sahraoui, Anissa; Bourdon, Natacha; Laruelle, Frédéric; Fontaine, Joël; Auezova, Lizette; Greige-Gerges, Hélène; Fourmentin, Sophie


    Effects of the encapsulation in cyclodextrins (CDs) on the solubility, photostability and antifungal activities of some phenylpropanoids (PPs) were investigated. Solubility experiments were carried out to evaluate the effect of CDs on PPs aqueous solubility. Loading capacities and encapsulation efficiencies of freeze-dried inclusion complexes were determined. Moreover, photostability assays for both inclusion complexes in solution and solid state were performed. Finally, two of the most widespread phytopathogenic fungi, Fusarium oxysporum and Botrytis cinerea, were chosen to examine the antifungal activity of free and encapsulated PPs. Results showed that encapsulation in CDs significantly increased the solubility and photostability of studied PPs (by 2 to 17-fold and 2 to 44-fold, respectively). Free PPs revealed remarkable antifungal properties with isoeugenol showing the lowest half-maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values of mycelium growth and spore germination inhibition. Encapsulated PPs, despite their reduced antifungal activity, could be helpful to solve drawbacks such as solubility and stability.

  19. The solubility of toluene in aqueous salt solutions.

    Poulson, S; Harrington, R; Drever, J


    The solubility of toluene has been measured in distilled water, and in various inorganic salt solutions. Values of the Setschenow constant, K(S), which quantify toluene solubility versus salt concentration, have been determined for each salt. Values of K(S) are compared to the activity of water for the salt solutions. Data from this study, consistent with earlier data, suggests that the effects of salts upon toluene solubility are non-additive. This contrasts the additive behavior of inorganic salts upon the solubility of nonpolar organic compounds, such as benzene and naphthalene, reported in the literature. Specific interaction between slightly polar toluene and ions in solution is suggested as a possible explanation for the non-additive effect of salts on the solubility of toluene.

  20. New Biopolymer Nanoparticles Improve the Solubility of Lipophilic Megestrol Acetate

    Malwina Lachowicz


    Full Text Available As many substances are poorly soluble in water and thus possess decreased bioavailability, creating orally administered forms of these substances is a challenge. The objective of this study was to determine whether the solubility of megestrol acetate, a Biopharmaceutical Classification System (BCS class II drug, can be improved by using a newly-synthesized surfactant (Rofam 70: a rapeseed methyl ester ethoxylate and compare it with two references surfactants (Tween 80, Pluronic F68 at three different pH values. Spectrophotometry was used to compare the solubility profiles in the presence of three tested surfactants at pH 5.0, 7.4 and 9.0. Rapeseed methyl ester ethoxylate was found to improve the solubility of the BCS Class II drug and increase its bioavailability; It increased drug solubility more effectively than Pluronic F68. Its cytotoxicity results indicate its possible value as a surfactant in Medicine and Pharmacy.

  1. A novel begomovirus isolated from sida contains putative cis- and trans-acting replication specificity determinants that have evolved independently in several geographical lineages.

    Mauricio-Castillo, J A; Torres-Herrera, S I; Cárdenas-Conejo, Y; Pastor-Palacios, G; Méndez-Lozano, J; Argüello-Astorga, G R


    A novel begomovirus isolated from a Sida rhombifolia plant collected in Sinaloa, Mexico, was characterized. The genomic components of sida mosaic Sinaloa virus (SiMSinV) shared highest sequence identity with DNA-A and DNA-B components of chino del tomate virus (CdTV), suggesting a vertical evolutionary relationship between these viruses. However, recombination analysis indicated that a short segment of SiMSinV DNA-A encompassing the plus-strand replication origin and the 5´-proximal 43 codons of the Rep gene was derived from tomato mottle Taino virus (ToMoTV). Accordingly, the putative cis- and trans-acting replication specificity determinants of SiMSinV were identical to those of ToMoTV but differed from those of CdTV. Modeling of the SiMSinV and CdTV Rep proteins revealed significant differences in the region comprising the small β1/β5 sheet element, where five putative DNA-binding specificity determinants (SPDs) of Rep (i.e., amino acid residues 5, 8, 10, 69 and 71) were previously identified. Computer-assisted searches of public databases led to identification of 33 begomoviruses from three continents encoding proteins with SPDs identical to those of the Rep encoded by SiMSinV. Sequence analysis of the replication origins demonstrated that all 33 begomoviruses harbor potential Rep-binding sites identical to those of SiMSinV. These data support the hypothesis that the Rep β1/β5 sheet region determines specificity of this protein for DNA replication origin sequences.

  2. Precipitation and Solubility of Calcium Hydrogenurate Hexahydrate.

    Babić-Ivančić, V; Füredi-Milhofer, H; Brničević, N; Marković, M


    Solid phases formed in the quaternary system: uric acid-calcium hydroxide -hydrochloric acid-water aged for 2 months at 310 K were studied to determine conditions for calcium hydrogenurate hexahydrate, Ca(C5H3N4O)2 · 6H2O precipitation. The precipitates were identified by chemical and thermogravimetric analyses, x-ray powder diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, light microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. In the precipitation diagram the concentration region in which calcium hydrogenurate hexahydrate precipitated as a single solid phase was established. The solubility of calcium hydrogenurate hexahydrate was investigated in the pH range from 6.2 to 10.1 at different temperatures. The total soluble and ionic concentration of calcium (atomic absorption spectroscopy and Ca-selective electrode), total urate concentration (spectrophotometry), and pH were determined in equilibrated solutions. The data are presented in the form of tables and chemical potential diagrams. By using these data the thermodynamic solubility products of calcium hydrogenurate hexahydrate, Ks = a(Ca(2+)) · a(2)(C5H3N4O3(-)), were determined: [Formula: see text]The formation of calcium hydrogenurate hexahydrate crystals in urinary tract of patients with pathologically high concentrations of calcium and urates (hypercalciuria and hyperuricosiuria) is possible.

  3. Aqueous solubility prediction: do crystal lattice interactions help?

    Salahinejad, Maryam; Le, Tu C; Winkler, David A


    Aqueous solubility is a very important physical property of small molecule drugs and drug candidates but also one of the most difficult to predict accurately. Aqueous solubility plays a major role in drug delivery and pharmacokinetics. It is believed that crystal lattice interactions are important in solubility and that including them in solubility models should improve the accuracy of the models. We used calculated values for lattice energy and sublimation enthalpy of organic molecules as descriptors to determine whether these would improve the accuracy of the aqueous solubility models. Multiple linear regression employing an expectation maximization algorithm and a sparse prior (MLREM) method and a nonlinear Bayesian regularized artificial neural network with a Laplacian prior (BRANNLP) were used to derive optimal predictive models of aqueous solubility of a large and highly diverse data set of 4558 organic compounds over a normal ambient temperature range of 20-30 °C (293-303 K). A randomly selected test set and compounds from a solubility challenge were used to estimate the predictive ability of the models. The BRANNLP method showed the best statistical results with squared correlation coefficients of 0.90 and standard errors of 0.645-0.665 log(S) for training and test sets. Surprisingly, including descriptors that captured crystal lattice interactions did not significantly improve the quality of these aqueous solubility models.

  4. Observations on the Apparent Solubility of Carbonate-Apatites.

    Shellis; Lee; Wilson


    Previousreports indicating that the apparent solubilities of carbonate-apatites are low appear to conflict with findings that carbonate incorporation into the apatite structure tends to reduce stability. Carbonate-apatites were prepared by a precipitation method and by hydrolysis of monetite and brushite. Apparent solubility profiles were determined by measuring dissolution after exposure for 24 h to acetate buffers with known saturations with respect to hydroxyapatite. All preparations showed a range of apparent solubilities, in agreement with previous work. Precipitated samples had higher apparent solubilities than samples prepared by hydrolysis and this was correlated with differences in crystallinity. Further experiments showed that pyrophosphate ion reduced the apparent solubility, but it was concluded that pyrophosphate occurring naturally in synthetic apatites would be insufficient to cause low apparent solubilities. Microscopical observations showed that precipitated carbonate-apatites were composed of small crystals of uniform size, whereas carbonate-apatites prepared by hydrolysis consisted of both small crystals and very large crystals. The low apparent solubilities observed in the latter preparations are attributed to the large crystals. The surface phenomena possibly involved in apparent solubility behavior are discussed. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  5. Solubilities of Isophthalic Acid in Acetic Acid + Water Solvent Mixtures

    CHENG Youwei; HUO Lei; LI Xi


    The solubilities of isophthalic acid (1) in binary acetic acid (2) + water (3) solvent mixtures were determined in a pressurized vessel.The temperature range was from 373.2 to 473.2K and the range of the mole fraction of acetic acid in the solvent mixtures was from x2 =0 to 1.A new method to measure the solubility was developed,which solved the problem of sampling at high temperature.The experimental results indicated that within the temperature range studied,the solubilities of isophthalic acid in all mixtures showed an increasing trend with increasing temperature.The experimental solubilities were correlated by the Buchowski equation,and the calculate results showed good agreement with the experimental solubilities.Furthermore,the mixed solvent systems were found to exhibit a maximum solubility effect on the solubility,which may be attributed to the intermolecular association between the solute and the solvent mixture.The maximum solubility effect was well modeled by the modified Wilson equation.

  6. 电化学-汞蒸气-原子荧光光谱法测定中药中可溶性汞%ECCV-AFS Determination of Soluble Mercury in a Traditional Chinese Medicine

    薛珺; 范玉兰; 张旻杰; 李勋


    Soluble mercury in a TCM called "An Gong Niuhang Pills" was extracted from the sample with artificial gastric juice (200 mL) at 37 ℃( in a water bath for 4 h, filtered and 1 mL aliquot of the filtrate was diluted to 25 mL with 0. 5 mol · L-1 H2SO4, and mercury in the solution was determined by ECCV-AFS. Intermittant flow-injection sample introduction at volumes of 0. 5 mL was adopted. An electrochemical flow cell for generation of mercury vapor by electrolytic reduction at the cathode was fabricated and its construction was described. Electrolytic current of 1.5 A (or 0. 54 A ·cm-2) was used for the electrolysis. Flow rates for both the carrier gas and shielding gas were same as 500 mL · min-1. No matrix effect was observed in the proposed method. Detection limit (3S/N) of the method was found to be 2. 1 ng · L-1. Value of RSD (n=ll) found at concentration level of 1 μg · L-1 Hg was 1.9%. On the base on a substantial sample of the TCM, standard mercury solutions of 40, 50 and 60μg · g-1 were added for testing recovery of the method, results obtained were in the range of 96% to 102%.%中药安宫牛黄丸(0.3g试样)中可溶性汞用人工胃液(200 mL)于37℃的恒温水浴中提取4h,分取其滤液1mL,用0.5mol·L-1,硫酸溶液定容至25mL,用电化学-汞蒸气-原子荧光光谱法测定其含汞量.方法中采用断续流动进样法引入试样溶液,进样体积为0.5mL,试样溶液经过自制的电化学流通池,在阴极发生还原反应生成汞蒸气.文中对电化学流通池的结构作了详细描述,采用的电解电流为1.5A(或0.54A·cm-2),所用载气及屏蔽气的流量均为500mL·min-1.试验结果表明:在所选择的试验条件下无基体效应.方法的检出限(3S/N)为2.1ngL-1.在1μg·L-1汞的浓度水平上连续测定11次作精密度试验,求得其相对标准偏差为1.9%.在此中药实样的基础上,分别加入40,50,60μg·g-1汞标准溶液,按方法测定其汞的回收值,算得其回收率在96

  7. Solubilities of sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, and sodium aluminate in simulated nuclear waste

    Reynolds, D.A.; Herting, D.L.


    Solubilities were determined for sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, and sodium aluminate in synthetic nuclear waste liquor. Solubilities were determined as a function of temperature and solution composition (concentrations of sodium hydroxide, sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, and sodium aluminate). Temperature had the greatest effect on the solubilities of sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite and a somewhat lesser effect on sodium aluminate solubility. Hydroxide had a great effect on the solubilities of all three salts. Other solution components had minor effects. 2 references, 8 figures, 11 tables.

  8. Model-independent determination of the hadron elastic scattering at high energy and small momentum transfer; Determination de la diffusion elastique hadronique a haute energie et petits moments de transfert independamment des modeles

    Gauron, Pierre; Basarab Nicolescu [Theoretical Physics Division, Inst. de Physique Nucleaire, Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France); Selyugin, O.V. [Lab. of Theoretical Physics, Joint Inst. for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation)


    It is shown that the measurement of the polarization together with the hadron elastic dN/dt distribution of the Coulomb nuclei interference region allows to extract directly from the data both the real and imaginary parts of the spin-non-flip nuclear amplitude independently of each other and without any arbitrary theoretical assumption. The crucial parameter {rho} = ReF/ImF will be therefore known as a function of t at fixed s and will allow us to detect new phenomena in hadron physics. (authors)

  9. Determining

    Bahram Andarzian


    Full Text Available Wheat production in the south of Khuzestan, Iran is constrained by heat stress for late sowing dates. For optimization of yield, sowing at the appropriate time to fit the cultivar maturity length and growing season is critical. Crop models could be used to determine optimum sowing window for a locality. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the Cropping System Model (CSM-CERES-Wheat for its ability to simulate growth, development, grain yield of wheat in the tropical regions of Iran, and to study the impact of different sowing dates on wheat performance. The genetic coefficients of cultivar Chamran were calibrated for the CSM-CERES-Wheat model and crop model performance was evaluated with experimental data. Wheat cultivar Chamran was sown on different dates, ranging from 5 November to 9 January during 5 years of field experiments that were conducted in the Khuzestan province, Iran, under full and deficit irrigation conditions. The model was run for 8 sowing dates starting on 25 October and repeated every 10 days until 5 January using long-term historical weather data from the Ahvaz, Behbehan, Dezful and Izeh locations. The seasonal analysis program of DSSAT was used to determine the optimum sowing window for different locations as well. Evaluation with the experimental data showed that performance of the model was reasonable as indicated by fairly accurate simulation of crop phenology, biomass accumulation and grain yield against measured data. The normalized RMSE were 3%, 2%, 11.8%, and 3.4% for anthesis date, maturity date, grain yield and biomass, respectively. Optimum sowing window was different among locations. It was opened and closed on 5 November and 5 December for Ahvaz; 5 November and 15 December for Behbehan and Dezful;and 1 November and 15 December for Izeh, respectively. CERES-Wheat model could be used as a tool to evaluate the effect of sowing date on wheat performance in Khuzestan conditions. Further model evaluations

  10. Application of real-time PCR of sex-independent insertion-deletion polymorphisms to determine fetal sex using cell-free fetal DNA from maternal plasma.

    Ho, Sherry Sze Yee; Barrett, Angela; Thadani, Henna; Asibal, Cecille Laureano; Koay, Evelyn Siew-Chuan; Choolani, Mahesh


    Prenatal diagnosis of sex-linked disorders requires invasive procedures, carrying a risk of miscarriage of up to 1%. Cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) present in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from maternal plasma offers a non-invasive source of fetal genetic material for analysis. Detection of Y-chromosome sequences in cfDNA indicates presence of a male fetus; in the absence of a Y-chromosome signal a female fetus is inferred. We aimed to validate the clinical utility of insertion-deletion polymorphisms (INDELs) to confirm presence of a female fetus using cffDNA. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) for the Y-chromosome-specific sequence, SRY, was performed on cfDNA from 82 samples at 6-39 gestational weeks. In samples without detectable SRY, qPCRs for eight INDELs were performed on maternal genomic DNA and cfDNA. Detection of paternally inherited fetal alleles in cfDNA negative for SRY confirmed a female fetus. Fetal sex was correctly determined in 77/82 (93.9%) cfDNA samples. SRY was detected in all 39 samples from male-bearing pregnancies, and none of the 43 female-bearing pregnancies (sensitivity and specificity of SRY qPCR is therefore 100%; 95% CI 91%-100%). Paternally inherited fetal alleles were detected in 38/43 samples with no SRY signal, confirming the presence of a female fetus (INDEL assay sensitivity is therefore 88.4%; 95% CI 74.1%-95.6%). Since paternally inherited fetal INDELs were not used in women bearing male fetuses, the specificity of INDELs cannot be calculated. Five cfDNA samples were negative for both SRY and INDELS. We have validated a non-invasive prenatal test to confirm fetal sex as early as 6 gestational weeks using cffDNA from maternal plasma.

  11. 重量法测定土壤中水溶性盐总量研究%Determination of the Water Soluble Salt in Soil by the Gravimetric Method

    郭晋君; 宋蓓


    The gravimetric method of determing the water soluble salt in soil has the good accuracy and precision , and the method is simple and can be used for environmental protection.%该文应用重量法测定了土壤中水溶性盐总量,结果表明,该方法准确度和精密度好,方法操作简便,可大量用于环保实验。

  12. The modeler's influence on calculated solubilities for performance assessments at the Aspo Hard-rock Laboratory

    Ernren, A.T.; Arthur, R.; Glynn, P.D.; McMurry, J.


    Four researchers were asked to provide independent modeled estimates of the solubility of a radionuclide solid phase, specifically Pu(OH)4, under five specified sets of conditions. The objectives of the study were to assess the variability in the results obtained and to determine the primary causes for this variability.In the exercise, modelers were supplied with the composition, pH and redox properties of the water and with a description of the mineralogy of the surrounding fracture system A standard thermodynamic data base was provided to all modelers. Each modeler was encouraged to use other data bases in addition to the standard data base and to try different approaches to solving the problem.In all, about fifty approaches were used, some of which included a large number of solubility calculations. For each of the five test cases, the calculated solubilities from different approaches covered several orders of magnitude. The variability resulting from the use of different thermodynamic data bases was in most cases, far smaller than that resulting from the use of different approaches to solving the problem.

  13. Internal pressure and solubility parameter as a function of pressure

    Verdier, Sylvain Charles Roland; Andersen, Simon Ivar


    The main goal of this work was to measure the solubility parameter of a complex mixture, such as a crude oil, especially as a function of pressure. Thus, its definition is explained, as well as the main approximations generally used in literature. Then, the internal pressure is investigated, since...... it is presented as an alternative of the solubility parameter. In this work, the assumption that internal pressure is a measure of the physical solubility parameter was made, i.e. representing the dispersion and polar forces. As for the pressure influence, it was seen that internal pressure reaches a maximum...... contrary to solubility parameter. An indirect method was chosen to estimate internal pressure, using thermal expansivities (determined by microcalorimetry) and isothermal compressibilities (determined by density measurements). The uncertainty is within 2% for the expansivity and 0.1% for the density. Five...

  14. Impact of Dendrimers on Solubility of Hydrophobic Drug Molecules

    Sonam Choudhary


    Full Text Available Adequate aqueous solubility has been one of the desired properties while selecting drug molecules and other bio-actives for product development. Often solubility of a drug determines its pharmaceutical and therapeutic performance. Majority of newly synthesized drug molecules fail or are rejected during the early phases of drug discovery and development due to their limited solubility. Sufficient permeability, aqueous solubility and physicochemical stability of the drug are important for achieving adequate bioavailability and therapeutic outcome. A number of different approaches including co-solvency, micellar solubilization, micronization, pH adjustment, chemical modification, and solid dispersion have been explored toward improving the solubility of various poorly aqueous-soluble drugs. Dendrimers, a new class of polymers, possess great potential for drug solubility improvement, by virtue of their unique properties. These hyper-branched, mono-dispersed molecules have the distinct ability to bind the drug molecules on periphery as well as to encapsulate these molecules within the dendritic structure. There are numerous reported studies which have successfully used dendrimers to enhance the solubilization of poorly soluble drugs. These promising outcomes have encouraged the researchers to design, synthesize, and evaluate various dendritic polymers for their use in drug delivery and product development. This review will discuss the aspects and role of dendrimers in the solubility enhancement of poorly soluble drugs. The review will also highlight the important and relevant properties of dendrimers which contribute toward drug solubilization. Finally, hydrophobic drugs which have been explored for dendrimer assisted solubilization, and the current marketing status of dendrimers will be discussed.

  15. Characterization of excipient and tableting factors that influence folic acid dissolution, friability, and breaking strength of oil- and water-soluble multivitamin with minerals tablets.

    Du, Jianping; Hoag, Stephen W


    The goal of this study is to characterize the formulation and processing factors that influence folic acid dissolution from oil- and water-soluble multivitamin with minerals tablet formulations for direct compression. The following parameters were studied: bulk filler solubility, soluble to insoluble bulk filler ratio, triturating agent (preblending carrier) solubility, disintegrant usage, compression pressure, and folic acid particle size. Folic acid particle size was determined by using light microscopy, and surface area was measured by using BET adsorption. The tablets were compressed on an instrumented Stokes B2 tablet press, and the friability, weight variation, and dissolution were measured according to USP methods, along with tablet breaking strength. In summary, we found the following factors to be critical to folic acid dissolution: bulk filler solubility (soluble fillers, such as maltose, increase folic acid dissolution); disintegrant amount (levels less than 0.4% (w/w) are ineffectual, whereas levels greater than 1.2% (w/w) did not further increase dissolution); and compression force (generally, maltose produce harder tablets). In addition, folic acid dissolution was less affected by changes in compaction pressure when a "super" disintegrant and maltose, as a bulk filler, were used. It was determined that the trituration agent did not play a significant role in folic acid dissolution. In the range of parameters studied, statistical analysis found no significant interactions between the parameters studied, which means they act independently in an additive manner. The results also show that no one factor is completely responsible for dissolution failure. Thus, it is the combination of formulation factors and processing conditions that collectively add up to produce dissolution failure; however, the use of a disintegrant and a soluble filler such as maltose can make a formulation more robust to the inevitable changes that can occur during commercial

  16. Determination of solubility and supersolubility of Rebaudioside A in methanol aqueous solution%莱鲍迪苷A在甲醇-水体系中溶解度与超溶解度的测定

    赵宏宇; 顾正彪; 程力; 李兆丰; 洪雁


    测定了莱鲍迪苷A在甲醇溶液中的溶解度和超溶解度曲线,并用数学模型进行了拟合,同时还测定了温度、降温速率、搅拌速率对甲醇溶液中莱鲍迪苷A介稳区宽度的影响。结果表明,莱鲍迪苷A在甲醇溶液中的溶解度随着温度的升高而增加,而介稳区宽度随着温度的升高而减小,随着降温速率的增加而增大,随着搅拌速率的增加先减小后增大。%The solubility and supersolubility curves of Rebaudioside A in methanol solution were explored and modeled by mathematical expression. The metastable zone widths of Rebaudioside A solution at different cooling rate and agitating rate were also measured. The results showed that solubility of Rebaudioside A increased with the increase of temperature,the metastable zone decreased with the increase of temperature, and widened with the increase of the cooling rate,while the metastable zone firstly decreased and then increased with the increase of agitating rate.

  17. Simultaneous characterization of bile acid, sterols, and determination of acylglycerides in feces from soluble cellulose-fed hamsters using HPLC with evaporative light-scattering detection and APCI-MS.

    Hong, Yun-Jeong; Turowski, Maciej; Lin, Jiann-Tsyh; Yokoyama, Wallace H


    The rapid rise in obesity-related diseases has increased interest in oral and dietary agents that disrupt fat metabolism, resulting in the excretion of dietary lipids in the feces. In this study, a rapid and convenient liquid chromatography method to comprehensively analyze fecal lipids in a single injection was developed. An evaporative light-scattering detector (ELSD) for routine analysis or atmosphere pressure chemical ionization tandem mass spectrometry [(+)APCI-MS/MS] for structural confirmation and peak purity was used. The method was applied to characterize lipid components of feces from hamsters fed high-fat diets with either 5% microcrystalline cellulose or 5% hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) fibers, to test the effect of HPMC on lipid metabolism. HPMC is a nonfermentable, soluble cellulose fiber. The fecal lipid components identified using this method includes two secondary bile acids, deoxycholic acid, lithocholic acid, and neutral sterols including cholesterol, coprostanol, stigmastanol, and sitosterol. The profile of fecal lipid components was compared between two groups. It was found that the bile acid excretion was increased 2-fold in HPMC-fed hamsters. More interestingly, diacylglycerides and triacylglycerides were detected in feces from hamsters on HPMC-included high-fat diets. We believe that this is the first report of excretion of acylglycerides following neutral soluble fiber feeding.

  18. Emissivity independent optical pyrometer

    Earl, Dennis Duncan; Kisner, Roger A.


    Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for determining the temperature of an object using an optical pyrometer. Certain embodiments of the disclosed technology allow for making optical temperature measurements that are independent of the surface emissivity of the object being sensed. In one of the exemplary embodiments disclosed herein, a plurality of spectral radiance measurements at a plurality of wavelengths is received from a surface of an object being measured. The plurality of the spectral radiance measurements is fit to a scaled version of a black body curve, the fitting comprising determining a temperature of the scaled version of the black body curve. The temperature is then output. The present disclosure is not to be construed as limiting and is instead directed toward all novel and nonobvious features and aspects of the various disclosed embodiments, alone or in various combinations and subcombinations with one another.

  19. Emissivity independent optical pyrometer

    Earl, Dennis Duncan; Kisner, Roger A.


    Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for determining the temperature of an object using an optical pyrometer. Certain embodiments of the disclosed technology allow for making optical temperature measurements that are independent of the surface emissivity of the object being sensed. In one of the exemplary embodiments disclosed herein, a plurality of spectral radiance measurements at a plurality of wavelengths is received from a surface of an object being measured. The plurality of the spectral radiance measurements is fit to a scaled version of a black body curve, the fitting comprising determining a temperature of the scaled version of the black body curve. The temperature is then output. The present disclosure is not to be construed as limiting and is instead directed toward all novel and nonobvious features and aspects of the various disclosed embodiments, alone or in various combinations and subcombinations with one another.

  20. 原子荧光光谱法检测牛黄解毒片及其拆方可溶性砷的含量%Determination of Soluble Arsenic in Niuhuang Jiedu Tablets and Its Disassembled Presciption by AFS

    董菊; 陈辉; 吴娟; 王明艳; 詹臻


    探讨牛黄解毒片配伍对有毒中药雄黄是否具有减毒作用及其可能减毒药味.方法 设立牛黄解毒片全方及其不同拆方组,分别用人工胃液或人工肠液处理,然后采用原子荧光光谱法测定并比较不同组可溶性砷的含量.结果 人工胃液或人工肠液处理后,牛黄解毒片全方组可溶性砷含量明显低于单味雄黄组(P<0.01);牛黄解毒片全方去甘草、黄芩、大黄组可溶性砷含量明显高于牛黄解毒片全方组(P<0.01).结论 牛黄解毒片全方配伍对雄黄有减毒作用,并且甘草、黄芩、大黄是减毒的可能药味.%Objective: To explore whether the compatibility of Niuhuang Jiedu tablets could reduce the toxicity of realgar, and which may be the possible herbal medicines that could reduce toxicity in the Niuhuang Jiedu tablets prescription. Method: Different groups about Niuhuang Jiedu Tablets and its disassembled prescription were arranged, treated with artificial gastric juice or artificial intestine juice, and then atom fluorescence spectrophotometry ( AFS) was used to detect the content of soluble arsenic in the different groups samples. Result: The content of soluble arsenic in the whole prescription was significant lower than that in the single realgar ( P < 0. 01). The content of soluble arsenic in the whole prescription except for Cancao, Huangqin and Dahuang was significant higher than that in the whole prescription ( P < 0. 01 ). Conclusions: The compatibility for Niuhuang Jiedu tablets could reduce the toxicity of realgar, and Cancao, Huangqin and Dahuang may be the possible herbal medicines that could reduce toxicity.

  1. A Data Treatment Method of Carbon Saturated Solubility in Fe-C-Cr Melt


    Based on the current situation of studying the thermodynamic property of Fe-C-Cr melt using the carbon saturated solubility, an experimental data treatment method of the carbon saturated solubility was put forward. With this method a linear relationship expression of the carbon saturated solubility in Fe-C-Cr melt was obtained, which intercept is dependent on temperature and independent of third component [Cr], but which slope is dependent on third component [Cr] and independent of temperature. Through this expression activity interaction coefficients at different temperatures were calculated and the relationship between activity interaction coefficients and temperature is also obtained.

  2. Uranium (VI) solubility in carbonate-free ERDA-6 brine

    Lucchini, Jean-francois [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Khaing, Hnin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reed, Donald T [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    When present, uranium is usually an element of importance in a nuclear waste repository. In the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), uranium is the most prevalent actinide component by mass, with about 647 metric tons to be placed in the repository. Therefore, the chemistry of uranium, and especially its solubility in the WIPP conditions, needs to be well determined. Long-term experiments were performed to measure the solubility of uranium (VI) in carbonate-free ERDA-6 brine, a simulated WIPP brine, at pC{sub H+} values between 8 and 12.5. These data, obtained from the over-saturation approach, were the first repository-relevant data for the VI actinide oxidation state. The solubility trends observed pointed towards low uranium solubility in WIPP brines and a lack of amphotericity. At the expected pC{sub H+} in the WIPP ({approx} 9.5), measured uranium solubility approached 10{sup -7} M. The objective of these experiments was to establish a baseline solubility to further investigate the effects of carbonate complexation on uranium solubility in WIPP brines.

  3. Solid solubility of germanium in silver

    Kazemi, Hamed [Laboratory of Mechanical Metallurgy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Weber, Ludger, E-mail: [Laboratory of Mechanical Metallurgy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The solvus line in the binary Ag-Ge system has been assessed based on measurements of electrical resistivity and specific gravity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The two measurement techniques yield close agreement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The data found in this contribution indicate lower solid solubility than in previous assessments. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Redlich-Kister parameters have been evaluated to describe the solvus line. - Abstract: The solid solubility of germanium in silver has been measured in the temperature range of 520 K to 913 K via measurements of density and of electrical conductivity of two near-eutectic Ag-Ge alloys. The atomic fraction of germanium in solid solution varied between 0.014 and 0.089 over the mentioned range of temperature and an extrapolated maximum solubility of 0.093 at the eutectic temperature of 924 K is found. For samples with spheroidized Ge-particles before the equilibrium heat treatments at low temperature for 24 or 48 h, thermodynamic equilibrium was supposedly not achieved at temperatures below 723 K. Much longer heat treatments (tens of days) on the significantly finer as-cast microstructure allowed to reach equilibrium probably down to 600 K. Independently of whether thermodynamic equilibrium was reached or not the electrical conductivity and the density measurements yielded good agreement typically within a few tenth of percent of atomic Ge-concentration in solid solution in {alpha}-Ag for a given temperature. The results are close to, yet consistently slightly lower than, the values given by Owen and Rowland on which the current assessment of the solvus in the Ag-Ge binary is based. More recent results by Filipponi and co-workers are clearly not in agreement with the data presented here.


    Amita Verm


    Full Text Available Solid dispersions have been employed to enhance the dissolution rates of poorly water-soluble drugs. Many approaches have been investigated for the preparation of solid dispersions. This paper reports the various solubility enhancement strategies in solid dispersion. The approaches described are fusion (melting, solvent evaporation, lyophilization (freeze drying, melt agglomeration process, extruding method, spray drying technology, use of surfactant, electro static spinning method and super critical fluid technology. This paper also highlights the potential applications and limitations of theseapproaches in solid dispersions.

  5. Development of a salt drug with improved solubility: Ethionamide nitrate

    Diniz, Luan F.; Carvalho, Paulo S.; de Melo, Cristiane C.; Ellena, Javier


    To avoid drug resistance, an adequate tuberculosis treatment should include not only a first-line drug but also at least one second-line drug such as, for example, Ethionamide (ETH). However, the dissolution rate and oral absorption of ETH is highly limited by its low aqueous solubility. Considering that a salt is in general more soluble than its parent compound, herein we depicted a new supramolecular modification of ETH, an Ethionamide nitrate salt (ETHNO3). This salt is the first ETH structure that has been crystallized with four independent ionic pairs (ETH+NO3-) in the asymmetric unit. In addition to the structural study, the salt formation was also identified on the FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The thermal behavior of ETHNO3 was also investigated here together with its solubility profile in three dissolution media (purified water, pH 4.0 and 7.0).

  6. Aqueous solubility, dispersibility and toxicity of biodiesels

    Hollebone, B.P.; Fieldhouse, B.; Lumley, T.C.; Landriault, M. [Environment Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada). ; Doe, K.; Jackman, P. [Environment Canada, Moncton, NB (Canada). Toxicology Laboratory, Environmental Science Centre


    The renewed interest in the use of biological fuels can be attributed to that fact that feedstocks for fatty-acid ester biodiesels are renewable and can be reclaimed from waste. Although there are significant benefits to using biodiesels, their increased use leaves potential for accidental release to the environment. Therefore, their environmental behaviours and impacts must be evaluated along with the risk associated with their use. Biodiesel fuels may be made from soy oil, canola oil, reclaimed restaurant grease, fish oil and animal fat. The toxicological fate of biofuel depends on the variability of its chemical composition. This study provided an initial assessment of the aqueous fate and effects of biodiesel from a broad range of commonly available feedstocks and their blends with petroleum diesels. The study focused primarily on the fate and impact of these fuels in fresh-water. The use of chemical dispersion as a countermeasure for saltwater was also investigated. The exposure of aquatic ecosystems to biodiesels and petroleum diesel occurs via the transfer of material from the non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) into the aqueous phase, as both soluble and dispersed components. The aqueous solubilities of the fuels were determined from the equilibrium water-accommodated fraction concentrations. The acute toxicities of many biodiesels were reported for 3 test species used by Environment Canada for toxicological evaluation, namely rainbow trout, the water flea and a luminescent bacterium. This study also evaluated the natural potential for dispersion of the fuels in the water column in both low and high-energy wave conditions. Chemical dispersion as a potential countermeasure for biodiesel spills was also evaluated using solubility testing, acute toxicity testing, and dispersibility testing. It was shown that biodiesels have much different fates and impacts from petroleum diesels. The compounds partitioning into the water column are also very different for each

  7. Actinide (III) solubility in WIPP Brine: data summary and recommendations

    Borkowski, Marian; Lucchini, Jean-Francois; Richmann, Michael K.; Reed, Donald T.


    The solubility of actinides in the +3 oxidation state is an important input into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) performance assessment (PA) models that calculate potential actinide release from the WIPP repository. In this context, the solubility of neodymium(III) was determined as a function of pH, carbonate concentration, and WIPP brine composition. Additionally, we conducted a literature review on the solubility of +3 actinides under WIPP-related conditions. Neodymium(III) was used as a redox-invariant analog for the +3 oxidation state of americium and plutonium, which is the oxidation state that accounts for over 90% of the potential release from the WIPP through the dissolved brine release (DBR) mechanism, based on current WIPP performance assessment assumptions. These solubility data extend past studies to brine compositions that are more WIPP-relevant and cover a broader range of experimental conditions than past studies.

  8. 非布索坦平衡溶解度、表观油水分配系数及解离常数的测定%Determination of equilibrium solubility, apparent oil/water partition coefficient and dissociation constant of febuxostat

    张琪; 龚耘; 劳嘉泳; 张怡; 刘中秋; 蔡铮


    Objective: To determine equilibrium solubility ( Cs) , apparent oil/water partition coefficients (Papp) and dissociation constant (pKa) of febuxostat. Methods: Ultra performance liquid chromatography method was established to measure equilibrium solubility and logPapp of febuxostat at 37 ℃ in buffer solutions with various pH values. The pKa was determined by equilibrium solubility method and UV spectrophotometry, respectively. Results : With the rise of pH value, the Cs of febuxostat increased correspondingly, and apparent oil/water partition coefficients decreased inversely. When the pH value was 7.0, Cs was 246.4 mg·L and logPapp was 1. 19. The pKa values measured by equilibrium solubility method and UV spectrophotometry were 4. 08 and 4.07, respectively. Conclusion: Febuxostat is insoluble in acidic condition, very slight soluble in neutral condition, and slight soluble in alkaline condition; thus, it is unsuitable for intravenous injection because of the poor water solubility. However, oral administration is recommended due to, its proper lipophilicity and high permeability.%目的:测定非布索坦的平衡溶解度、表观油水分配系数及解离常数.方法:采用超高效液相色谱法测定非布索坦在37℃下不同pH值缓冲液中的平衡溶解度及表观油水分配系数,并分别通过平衡溶解度法及紫外吸光度法测定其解离常数.结果:非布索坦的平衡溶解度随缓冲液的pH值升高而增大,而表观油水分配系数则相应减小,当pH为7.0时,平衡溶解度为246.4 mg·L-1,表观油水分配系数为15.49;平衡溶解度法与紫外吸光度法测得的非布索坦的解离常数十分接近,分别为4.08与4.07.结论:非布索坦的溶解度较小,在酸性条件下几乎不溶,中性条件下极微溶解,碱性条件下微溶,不适合制备静注制剂,但由于其油水分配系数较高,具有较强的跨膜能力,可采用口服途径给药.

  9. Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Low-Solubility Radionuclides: A Field, Experimental, and Modeling Investigation

    Kersting, A B; Reimus, P W; Abdel-Fattah, A; Allen, P G; Anghel, I; Benedict, F C; Esser, B K; Lu, N; Kung, K S; Nelson, J; Neu, M P; Reilly, S D; Smith, D K; Sylwester, E R; Wang, L; Ware, S D; Warren, RG; Williams, R W; Zavarin, M; Zhao, P


    For the last several years, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) program has funded a series of studies carried out by scientists to investigate the role of colloids in facilitating the transport of low-solubility radionuclides in groundwater, specifically plutonium (Pu). Although the studies were carried out independently, the overarching goals of these studies has been to determine if colloids in groundwater at the NTS can and will transport low-solubility radionuclides such as Pu, define the geochemical mechanisms under which this may or may not occur, determine the hydrologic parameters that may or may not enhance transport through fractures and provide recommendations for incorporating this information into future modeling efforts. The initial motivation for this work came from the observation in 1997 and 1998 by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that low levels of Pu originally from the Benham underground nuclear test were detected in groundwater from two different aquifers collected from wells 1.3 km downgradient (Kersting et al., 1999). Greater than 90% of the Pu and other radionuclides were associated with the naturally occurring colloidal fraction (< 1 micron particles) in the groundwater. The colloids consisted mainly of zeolite (mordenite, clinoptilolite/heulandite), clays (illite, smectite) and cristobalite (SiO{sub 2}). These minerals were also identified as alteration mineral components in the host rock aquifer, a rhyolitic tuff. The observation that Pu can and has migrated in the subsurface at the NTS has forced a rethinking of our basic assumptions regarding the mechanical and geochemical transport pathways of low-solubility radionuclides. If colloid-facilitated transport is the primary mechanism for transporting low-solubility radionuclides in the subsurface, then current transport models based solely on solubility arguments and retardation estimates may underestimate the flux and

  10. The Solubility Rules: Why Are All Acetates Soluble?

    van der Sluys, William G.


    According to the solubility rules presented in many introductory chemistry texts, all (or most) acetate salts are soluble in aqueous solution. The thermodynamic factors that contribute to the solubility of acetates are compared with those of other slightly basic anions. In particular, the hydration enthalpy of acetate is calculated using the Born-Haber approach, from lattice energies, heats of solution, and the hydration energies of several cations. The hydration enthalpy of acetate (-375 kJ/mol) is similar to that of chloride ({355 kJ/mol), nitrite ({383 kJ/mol), and nitrate ({370 kJ/mol), which are all considerably less exothermic than fluoride ({497 kJ/mol). This was somewhat unexpected, since hydration enthalpies generally correlate well with the acid-base properties of an ion, and acetate is more basic than fluoride. Factors influencing the solubility and acid-base properties of acetates, such as the electron donating and hydrophobic nature of the methyl group, are discussed in light of the thermodynamic data.

  11. Solubility database for TILA-99

    Vuorinen, U.; Carlsson, T. [VTT Chemical Technology, Espoo (Finland); Kulmala, S.; Hakanen, M. [Helsinki Univ. (Finland). Lab. of Radiochemistry; Ahonen, L. [Geological Survey of Finland, Espoo (Finland)


    The safety assessment of spent fuel disposal requires solubility values for several elements estimated in Finnish disposal conditions. In Finland four sites (Haestholmen, Kivetty, Olkiluoto and Romuvaara) are investigated for the disposal of spent fuel. Haestholmen and OLkiluoto are onshore sites, while Kivetty and Romuvaara are inland sites. Based on groundwater analysis and classification according to salinity at the planned disposal depth mainly fresh groundwater is encountered at Kivetty and Romuvaara, while brackish and saline water-types are met at Haestholmen and Olkiluoto. Very saline, almost brine-type water ({approx}70 g/l) has been found in the deepest parts of the investigated bedrock at one of the sites (Olkiluoto). The reference waters and conditions were chosen according to the water-types. The considered reference conditions incorporated both the near- and far-field, and both oxidizing and reducing conditions were considered. In the reference conditions, the changes in solubilities were also estimated as caused by possible variations in the pH, carbonate content and redox conditions. Uranium, which is the main component of spent fuel is dealt with in a separate report presenting the solubility of uranium and spent fuel dissolution. In this work the solubilities of all the other elements of concern (Am, Cu, Nb, Np, Pa, Pd, Pu, Ra, Se, Sn, Tc, Zr, Cm, Ni, Sr, Th, C, Cl, Cs, Fe, Ho, I, and Sm) in the safety assessment are considered. Some discussion on the corrosion of the spent fuel canister is also presented. For the estimation of solubilities of the elements in question, literature data was collected that mainly comprised experimentally measured concentrations. The sources used were spent fuel experiments, concentrations measured in solubility measurements, natural concentrations and concentrations from natural analogue sites (especially Palmottu and Hyrkkoelae in Finland) as well as the concentrations measured at the Finnish investigation sites

  12. Preliminary considerations concerning actinide solubilities

    Newton, T.W.; Bayhurst, B.P.; Daniels, W.R.; Erdal, B.R.; Ogard, A.E.


    Work at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory on the fundamental solution chemistry of the actinides has thus far been confined to preliminary considerations of the problems involved in developing an understanding of the precipitation and dissolution behavior of actinide compounds under environmental conditions. Attempts have been made to calculate solubility as a function of Eh and pH using the appropriate thermodynamic data; results have been presented in terms of contour maps showing lines of constant solubility as a function of Eh and pH. Possible methods of control of the redox potential of rock-groundwater systems by the use of Eh buffers (redox couples) is presented.

  13. 鼻咽癌患者血浆可溶性P-选择素的测定及其意义%Determination and significance of plasma soluble P-selectin in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma

    章诗富; 成丽兰; 徐军发; 陈向阳


    目的:探讨鼻咽癌患者血浆可溶性P-选择素(soluble P-selectin,sP-selectin)的意义.方法:采用ELISA 法对78例不同期别的鼻咽癌患者和30位正常对照者血浆sP-selectin水平进行了测定.结果:各期鼻咽癌患者血浆sP-selectin水平(97.76±56.57)ng/mL均显著高于正常对照组(25.63±8.86)ng/mL,P<0.01;颈淋巴结转移组(137.54士62.48)ng/mL高于非转移组(72.31±39.86)ng/mL,P<0.01.Ⅲ期(159.76±79.58)ng/mL与Ⅱ期(122.69±51.76)ng/mL患者sP-selec tin的含量均高于I期(67.54±34.47)ng/mL,P<0.01,且Ⅲ期高于Ⅱ期,P<0.05.结论:sP-selectin水平与鼻咽癌的发生及发展有关.

  14. The solubility of hydrogen and deuterium in alloyed, unalloyed and impure plutonium metal

    Richmond, Scott [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bridgewater, Jon S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ward, John W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Allen, Thomas A [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    Pressure-Composition-Temperature (PCT) data are presented for the plutonium-hydrogen (Pu-H) and plutonium-deuterium (Pu-D) systems in the solubility region up to terminal solubility (precipitation of PuH{sub 2}). The heats of solution for PuH{sub s} and PuD{sub s} are determined from PCT data in the ranges 350-625 C for gallium alloyed Pu and 400-575 C for unalloyed Pu. The solubility of high purity plutonium alloyed with 2 at.% gallium is compared to high purity unalloyed plutonium. Significant differences are found in hydrogen solubility for unalloyed Pu versus gallium alloyed Pu. Differences in hydrogen solubility due to an apparent phase change are observable in the alloyed and unalloyed solubilities. The effect of iron impurities on Pu-Ga alloyed Pu is shown via hydrogen solubility data as preventing complete homogenization.

  15. Solubility limits on radionuclide dissolution

    Kerrisk, J.F.


    This paper examines the effects of solubility in limiting dissolution rates of a number of important radionuclides from spent fuel and high-level waste. Two simple dissolution models were used for calculations that would be characteristics of a Yucca Mountain repository. A saturation-limited dissolution model, in which the water flowing through the repository is assumed to be saturated with each waste element, is very conservative in that it overestimates dissolution rates. A diffusion-limited dissolution model, in which element-dissolution rates are limited by diffusion of waste elements into water flowing past the waste, is more realistic, but it is subject to some uncertainty at this time. Dissolution rates of some elements (Pu, Am, Sn, Th, Zr, Sm) are always limited by solubility. Dissolution rates of other elements (Cs, Tc, Np, Sr, C, I) are never solubility limited; their release would be limited by dissolution of the bulk waste form. Still other elements (U, Cm, Ni, Ra) show solubility-limited dissolution under some conditions. 9 references, 3 tables.

  16. Study of pH-dependent drugs solubility in water

    Pobudkowska A.


    Full Text Available The solubilities of five sparingly soluble drug-compounds in water have been measured at constant temperatures (298.1K and 310.1K by the classical saturation shake-flask method. All substances presented in this work are derivatives of anthranilic acid: flufenamic acid, (FLU, mefenamic acid, (MEF, niflumic acid, (NIF, diclofenac sodium, (DIC, and meclofenamic sodium, (MEC. All of them have anti-inflammatory action. Since the aqueous solubility of the ionized drug is significantly higher than the unionized, the experimental conditions that affect equilibrium solubility values such as composition of aqueous buffer have been examined. The Henderson-Hasselbalch (HH relationship has been used to predict the pH-dependent solubility profiles of chosen drugs at two temperatures. For this purpose the pKa values of the investigated drugs have been determined with Bates-Schwarzenbach spectrophotometric method at temperature 310.1 K. At temperature 298.1K these values were reported earlier. Similar values of pKa were obtained from the solubility measurements.

  17. Phytotoxicity of soluble graphitic nanofibers to model plant species.

    Gorka, Danielle E; Jeger, Jonathan Litvak; Zhang, Hongbo; Ma, Yanwen; Colman, Benjamin P; Bernhardt, Emily S; Liu, Jie


    Carbon nanomaterials are considered promising for applications in energy storage, catalysis, and electronics. This has motivated study of their potential environmental toxicity. Recently, a novel nanomaterial consisting of graphene oxide wrapped around a carbon nanotube (CNT) core was synthesized. The resulting soluble graphitic nanofibers were found to have superior catalytic properties, which could result in their use in fuel cells. Before this material undergoes widespread use, its environmental toxicity must be determined because of its aqueous solubility. The authors used the plant species Lolium multiflorum, Solanum lycopersicum, and Lactuca sativa to study the toxicity of the soluble graphitic nanofibers, as well as multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene oxide, all synthesized in-house. Soluble graphitic nanofiber-exposed plant roots and shoots showed decreased growth, with roots showing more toxicity than shoots. Decreased pH of nanomaterial solutions corresponded to insignificantly decreased root growth, suggesting that another mechanism of toxicity must exist. Agglomeration and adsorption of soluble graphitic nanofibers onto the roots likely caused the remaining toxicity because a gray layer could be seen around the surface of the root. Multiwalled carbon nanotubes showed little toxicity over the concentration range tested, whereas graphene oxide showed a unique pattern of high toxicity at both the lowest and highest concentrations tested. Overall, soluble graphitic nanofibers showed moderate toxicity between that of the more toxic graphene oxide and the relatively nontoxic MWCNTs. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:2941-2947. © 2016 SETAC.

  18. Total and soluble fluoride content in commercial dentifrices in Chile.

    Carrera, Carola A; Giacaman, Rodrigo A; Muñoz-Sandoval, Cecilia; Cury, Jaime A


    Regardless of the total amount of fluoride (F) in a dentifrice, only the soluble fraction presents anti-caries activity and its concentration must be above 1000 ppm. No information regarding the quality of F in Chilean toothpastes is available. The aim of this study, therefore, was to determine the F concentration present in commercially-available toothpastes in Chile. Eighteen toothpastes of five different brands were tested, each purchased from three different chain drugstores in Chile. For each toothpaste, total, total soluble and ionic F concentrations were assessed and expressed as ppm of F (μg F/g). Among the dentifrices evaluated, 77.8% contained NaF (sodium fluoride), 16.7% MFP (monofluorphosphate) and 5.6% both types of F salts; 77.2% of the dentifrices showed similar total F content to that declared by the manufacturer in the labeling with only five with lower concentration than expected, beyond a 5% disagreement tolerance range. Total soluble F ranged from 958.8-1496.3 ppm (mean ± SD: 1270.5 ± 183.7). Five toothpastes showed lower total soluble F than total F. Only one toothpaste showed soluble salt levels below the recommended dose for this type of dentifrice. Most Chilean dentifrices evaluated contained soluble F within the range of 1000-1500 ppm and, therefore, may have anti-caries activity.

  19. Characterization of Soluble Organics in Produced Water

    Bostick, D.T.


    Soluble organics in produced water and refinery effluents represent treatment problems for the petroleum industry. Neither the chemistry involved in the production of soluble organics nor the impact of these chemicals on total effluent toxicity is well understood. The U.S. Department of Energy provides funding for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to support a collaborative project with Shell, Chevron, Phillips, and Statoil entitled ''Petroleum and Environmental Research Forum project (PERF 9844: Manage Water-Soluble Organics in Produced Water''). The goal of this project, which involves characterization and evaluation of these water-soluble compounds, is aimed at reducing the future production of such contaminants. To determine the effect that various drilling conditions might have on water-soluble organics (WSO) content in produced water, a simulated brine water containing the principal inorganic components normally found in Gulf of Mexico (GOM) brine sources was prepared. The GOM simulant was then contacted with as-received crude oil from a deep well site to study the effects of water cut, produced-water pH, salinity, pressure, temperature, and crude oil sources on the type and content of the WSO in produced water. The identities of individual semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) were determined in all as-received crude and actual produced water samples using standard USEPA Method (8270C) protocol. These analyses were supplemented with the more general measurements of total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) content in the gas (C{sub 6}-C{sub 10}), diesel (C{sub 10}-C{sub 20}), and oil (C{sub 20}-C{sub 28}) carbon ranges as determined by both gas chromatographic (GC) and infrared (IR) analyses. An open liquid chromatographic procedure was also used to differentiate the saturated hydrocarbon, aromatic hydrocarbon, and polar components within the extractable TPH. Inorganic constituents in the produced water were analyzed by ion

  20. Increased expression of cytokines, soluble cytokine receptors, soluble apoptosis ligand and apoptosis in dengue.

    Arias, Julia; Valero, Nereida; Mosquera, Jesús; Montiel, Milagros; Reyes, Eduardo; Larreal, Yraima; Alvarez-Mon, Melchor


    Several studies have been performed to determine biomarkers that define the risk factors to developing severe forms of dengue. In this study, the levels of TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1, IL-17, soluble interleukin-1 receptor like 1 protein (sST2), soluble TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (sTRAIL), IL-12 and soluble receptors for TNF (sTNF-RI and sTNF-RII) were determined by ELISA in dengue patients and monocyte/macrophage cultures. Dengue was classified as dengue without warning symptoms (DNWS), with warning symptoms (DWWS) and severe dengue (SD). High values of IL-6, sTNFRI, sTNFRII and sST2 were observed in DWWS and/or SD and IL-12 and sTRAIL in DNWS. TNF-α and IL-17 were increased not associated to the disease severity. High production of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-12, IL-17, sST2 and sTRAIL and apoptosis expression were observed in dengue monocyte/macrophage cultures. This study shows that beneficial or deleterious biomarkers can be present in dengue regardless the disease severity and that monocytes may be in part the source of studied molecules.

  1. Solubility of sparingly soluble drug derivatives of anthranilic acid.

    Domańska, Urszula; Pobudkowska, Aneta; Pelczarska, Aleksandra


    This work is a continuation of our systematic study of the solubility of pharmaceuticals (Pharms). All substances here are derivatives of anthranilic acid, and have an anti-inflammatory direction of action (niflumic acid, flufenamic acid, and diclofenac sodium). The basic thermal properties of pure Pharms, i.e., melting and glass-transition temperatures as well as the enthalpy of melting, have been measured with the differential scanning microcalorimetry technique (DSC). Molar volumes have been calculated with the Barton group contribution method. The equilibrium mole fraction solubilities of three pharmaceuticals were measured in a range of temperatures from 285 to 355 K in three important solvents for Pharm investigations: water, ethanol, and 1-octanol using a dynamic method and spectroscopic UV-vis method. The experimental solubility data have been correlated by means of the commonly known G(E) equation: the NRTL, with the assumption that the systems studied here have revealed simple eutectic mixtures. pK(a) precise measurement values have been investigated with the Bates-Schwarzenbach spectrophotometric method.

  2. [Good laboratory practice of equilibrium solubility measurement II. Study of pH-dependent solubility of ionizable compounds].

    Völgyi, Gergely; Baka, Edit; Kovács, Márta; Takácsné, Novák Krisztina


    In this paper the pH-equilibrium solubility profiles of ionizable drugs are presented. The aim of the present work was to study the validity of the Henderson-Hasselbalch (HH) relationship in the case of structurally diverse weak bases. In the case of monoprotic bases, namely papaverine, promethazine and propafenone the experimental equilibrium solubility data precisely follow the theoretical HH curve until the limit of salt solubility. The common ion effect on salt solubility was found to be significant at low pHs. Deviation from the HH equation in the case of dibasic quetiapine hydrogen fumarate can be easily interpreted with the formation of different salt compositions. The significance of pH control and the effect of the salt form (e.g., fumarate) was also investigated. It is critical that the pKa value and the intrinsic solubility are accurately determined when the HH relationship is used to predict the pH-dependent aqueous solubility of drugs.

  3. Partial-solubility parameters of naproxen and sodium diclofenac.

    Bustamante, P; Peña, M A; Barra, J


    The expanded Hansen method was tested for determination of the solubility parameters of two non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, naproxen and sodium diclofenac. This work describes for the first time the application of the method to the sodium salt of a drug. The original dependent variable of the expanded Hansen method, involving the activity coefficient of the drug, was compared with the direct use of the logarithm of the mole fraction solubility 1nX2 in the solubility models. The solubility of both drugs was measured in pure solvents of several chemical classes and the activity coefficient was obtained from the molar heat and the temperature of fusion. Differential scanning calorimetry was performed on the original powder and on the solid phase after equilibration with the pure solvents, enabling detection of possible changes of the thermal properties of the solid phase that might change the value of the activity coefficient. The molar heat and temperature of fusion of sodium diclofenac could not be determined because this drug decomposed near the fusion temperature. The best results for both drugs were obtained with the dependent variable 1nX2 in association with the four-parameter model which includes the acidic and basic partial-solubility parameters delta(a) and delta(b) instead of the Hansen hydrogen bonding parameter delta(h). Because the dispersion parameter does not vary greatly from one drug to another, the variation of solubility among solvents is largely a result of the dipolar and hydrogen-bonding parameters, a fact that is being consistently found for other drugs of small molecular weight. These results support earlier findings with citric acid and paracetamol that the expanded Hansen approach is suitable for determining partial-solubility parameters. The modification introduced in the expanded Hansen method, i.e. the use of 1nX2 as the dependent variable, provides better results than the activity coefficient used in the original method. This is

  4. Dependence of the solubility of atmospheric oxygen in weakly alkaline aqueous solutions on surfactant concentration

    Chistyakova, G. V.; Koksharov, S. A.; Vladimirova, T. V.


    The solubility of atmospheric oxygen in solutions of surfactants of different natures at 293 K and pH 8 is determined by gas chromatography. It is found that additives of nonionic surfactants decrease the oxygen content in the solution in the premicellar region and increase its solubility in the micellar region. It is shown that, for anionic surfactants, a decrease in the solubility of O2 is observed over the entire concentration range.

  5. Soluble-oil cutting fluid

    Rawlinson, A.P.; Whitby, R.D.; White, J.


    A composition for the preparation of a soluble oil for use in a cutting fluid comprises a mineral oil and, as an emuslifier, an effective amount of a sulfonate of a branched polymer of a C/sub 3/ to C/sub 5/ olefin. Preferably the polyolefin chain of the sulphonate has an average molecular weight in the range 275 to 560 and the polyolefin is polyisobutene. A soluble oil can be prepared from the above composition by the addition of a conventional corrosion inhibitor and diluted with water to make a cutting fluid. Advantages of the novel emulsifier are that it is resistant to breakdown by micro-organisms and does not require the addition of a coupling agent.

  6. Soluble Precursor Route to Polyanilines


    condensation were not successful, but further work produced polymer under the following conditions: Synthesis Diketone I (2.40 g, 10.0 mmol) in 10 mL...goal of producing a processible form of the conducting polymer polyaniline (PANI), the Phase I program concentrated on development of the synthesis of...extension of the original research to a Phase II effort. Diketone - Diamine Polycondensation Towards a Soluble PAni Precursor To achieve the

  7. Deep ultraviolet photoluminescence of water-soluble self-passivated graphene quantum dots.

    Tang, Libin; Ji, Rongbin; Cao, Xiangke; Lin, Jingyu; Jiang, Hongxing; Li, Xueming; Teng, Kar Seng; Luk, Chi Man; Zeng, Songjun; Hao, Jianhua; Lau, Shu Ping


    Glucose-derived water-soluble crystalline graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with an average diameter as small as 1.65 nm (∼5 layers) were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The GQDs exhibits deep ultraviolet (DUV) emission of 4.1 eV, which is the shortest emission wavelength among all the solution-based QDs. The GQDs exhibit typical excitation wavelength-dependent properties as expected in carbon-based quantum dots. However, the emission wavelength is independent of the size of the GQDs. The unique optical properties of the GQDs are attributed to the self-passivated layer on the surface of the GQDs as revealed by electron energy loss spectroscopy. The photoluminescence quantum yields of the GQDs were determined to be 7-11%. The GQDs are capable of converting blue light into white light when the GQDs are coated onto a blue light emitting diode.

  8. The Solubility Parameters of Ionic Liquids

    Andrzej Marciniak


    Full Text Available The Hildebrand’s solubility parameters have been calculated for 18 ionic liquids from the inverse gas chromatography measurements of the activity coefficients at infinite dilution. Retention data were used for the calculation. The solubility parameters are helpful for the prediction of the solubility in the binary solvent mixtures. From the solubility parameters, the standard enthalpies of vaporization of ionic liquids were estimated.

  9. Antioxidant Defense by Thioredoxin Can Occur Independently of Canonical Thiol-Disulfide Oxidoreductase Enzymatic Activity

    Miryoung Song


    Full Text Available The thiol-disulfide oxidoreductase CXXC catalytic domain of thioredoxin contributes to antioxidant defense in phylogenetically diverse organisms. We find that although the oxidoreductase activity of thioredoxin-1 protects Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium from hydrogen peroxide in vitro, it does not appear to contribute to Salmonella’s antioxidant defenses in vivo. Nonetheless, thioredoxin-1 defends Salmonella from oxidative stress resulting from NADPH phagocyte oxidase macrophage expression during the innate immune response in mice. Thioredoxin-1 binds to the flexible linker, which connects the receiver and effector domains of SsrB, thereby keeping this response regulator in the soluble fraction. Thioredoxin-1, independently of thiol-disulfide exchange, activates intracellular SPI2 gene transcription required for Salmonella resistance to both reactive species generated by NADPH phagocyte oxidase and oxygen-independent lysosomal host defenses. These findings suggest that the horizontally acquired virulence determinant SsrB is regulated post-translationally by ancestrally present thioredoxin.

  10. Nonlinear water waves with soluble surfactant

    Lapham, Gary; Dowling, David; Schultz, William


    The hydrodynamic effects of surfactants have fascinated scientists for generations. This presentation describes an experimental investigation into the influence of a soluble surfactant on nonlinear capillary-gravity waves in the frequency range from 12 to 20 Hz. Waves were generated in a plexiglass wave tank (254 cm long, 30.5 cm wide, and 18 cm deep) with a triangular plunger wave maker. The tank was filled with carbon- and particulate-filtered water into which the soluble surfactant Triton-X-100® was added in known amounts. Wave slope was measured nonintrusively with a digital camera running at 225 fps by monitoring the position of light beams which passed up through the bottom of the tank, out through the wavy surface, and onto a white screen. Wave slope data were reduced to determine wave damping and the frequency content of the wave train. Both were influenced by the presence of the surfactant. Interestingly, a subharmonic wave occurring at one-sixth the paddle-driving frequency was found only when surfactant was present and the paddle was driven at amplitudes high enough to produce nonlinear waves in clean water. Although the origins of this subharmonic wave remain unclear, it appears to be a genuine manifestation of the combined effects of the surfactant and nonlinearity.

  11. Can antibodies with specificity for soluble antigens mimic the therapeutic effects of intravenous IgG in the treatment of autoimmune disease?

    Siragam, Vinayakumar; Brinc, Davor; Crow, Andrew R; Song, Seng; Freedman, John; Lazarus, Alan H


    Intravenous Ig (IVIg) mediates protection from the effects of immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) as well as numerous other autoimmune states; however, the active antibodies within IVIg are unknown. There is some evidence that antibodies specific for a cell-associated antigen on erythrocytes are responsible, at least in part, for the therapeutic effect of IVIg in ITP. Yet whether an IVIg directed to a soluble antigen can likewise be beneficial in ITP or other autoimmune diseases is also unknown. A murine model of ITP was used to determine the effectiveness of IgG specific to soluble antigens in treating immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Mice experimentally treated with soluble OVA + anti-OVA versus mice treated with OVA conjugated to rbcs (OVA-rbcs) + anti-OVA were compared. In both situations, mice were protected from ITP. Both these experimental therapeutic regimes acted in a complement-independent fashion and both also blocked reticuloendothelial function. In contrast to OVA-rbcs + anti-OVA, soluble OVA + anti-OVA (as well as IVIg) did not have any effect on thrombocytopenia in mice lacking the inhibitory receptor FcgammaRIIB (FcgammaRIIB(-/-) mice). Similarly, antibodies reactive with the endogenous soluble antigens albumin and transferrin also ameliorated ITP in an FcgammaRIIB-dependent manner. Finally, broadening the significance of these experiments was the finding that anti-albumin was protective in a K/BxN serum-induced arthritis model. We conclude that IgG antibodies directed to soluble antigens ameliorated 2 disparate IVIg-treatable autoimmune diseases.

  12. Solubilities of ferrocene and acetylferrocene in supercritical carbon dioxide

    Kazemi, Somayeh; Belandria, Veronica; Janssen, Nico


    In this work, the solubilities of ferrocene and acetylferrocene in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) were measured using an analytical method in a quasi-flow apparatus. High-performance liquid chromatography was applied through an online sampling procedure to determine the concentration...

  13. Enhancing the Solubility and Oral Bioavailability of Poorly Water-Soluble Drugs Using Monoolein Cubosomes.

    Ali, Md Ashraf; Kataoka, Noriko; Ranneh, Abdul-Hackam; Iwao, Yasunori; Noguchi, Shuji; Oka, Toshihiko; Itai, Shigeru


    Monoolein cubosomes containing either spironolactone (SPI) or nifedipine (NI) were prepared using a high-pressure homogenization technique and characterized in terms of their solubility and oral bioavailability. The mean particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), zeta potential, solubility and encapsulation efficiency (EE) values of the SPI- and NI-loaded cubosomes were determined to be 90.4 nm, 0.187, -13.4 mV, 163 µg/mL and 90.2%, and 91.3 nm, 0.168, -12.8 mV, 189 µg/mL and 93.0%, respectively, which were almost identical to those of the blank cubosome. Small-angle X-ray scattering analyses confirmed that the SPI-loaded, NI-loaded and blank cubosomes existed in the cubic space group Im3̄m. The lattice parameters of the SPI- and NI-loaded cubosomes were 147.6 and 151.6 Å, respectively, making them almost identical to that of blank cubosome (151.0 Å). The in vitro release profiles of the SPI- and NI-loaded cubosomes showed that they released less than 5% of the drugs into various media over 12-48 h, indicating that most of the drug remained encapsulated within the cubic phase of their lipid bilayer. Furthermore, the in vivo pharmacokinetic results suggested that these cubosomes led to a considerable increase in the systemic oral bioavailability of the drugs compared with pure dispersions of the same materials. Notably, the stability results indicated that the mean particle size and PDI values of these cubosomes were stable for at least 4 weeks. Taken together, these results demonstrate that monoolein cubosomes represent promising drug carriers for enhancing the solubility and oral bioavailability of poorly water-soluble drugs.

  14. Independent candidates in Mexico

    Campos, Gonzalo Santiago


    In this paper we discuss the issue of independent candidates in Mexico, because through the so-called political reform of 2012 was incorporated in the Political Constitution of the Mexican United States the right of citizens to be registered as independent candidates. Also, in September 2013 was carried out a reform of Article 116 of the Political Constitution of the Mexican United States in order to allow independent candidates in each state of the Republic. However, prior to the constitutio...

  15. Central bank Financial Independence

    J.Ramon Martinez-Resano


    Central bank independence is a multifaceted institutional design. The financial component has been seldom analysed. This paper intends to set a comprehensive conceptual background for central bank financial independence. Quite often central banks are modelled as robot like maximizers of some goal. This perspective neglects the fact that central bank functions are inevitably deployed on its balance sheet and have effects on its income statement. A financially independent central bank exhibits ...

  16. Determination of Trichinella spiralis in pig muscles using Mid-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (MID-FTIR) with Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) and Soft Independent Modeling of Class Analogy (SIMCA).

    Gómez-De-Anda, Fabián; Dorantes-Álvarez, Lidia; Gallardo-Velázquez, Tzayhri; Osorio-Revilla, Guillermo; Calderón-Domínguez, Georgina; Martínez Labat, Pablo; de-la-Rosa-Arana, Jorge-Luis


    The aim of this work was to study the feasibility of detection of Trichinella spiralis in swine meat using Middle Infrared Spectroscopy Fourier Transform with Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) and Soft Independent Modeling of Class Analogy (MID-FTIR-ATR-SIMCA). Five male Pigs were orally infected at different larvae concentrations (13,000, 6500, 3500, 1625, 812 larvae/pig) and after 24 weeks the animals were euthanized. Five types of muscles were studied (leg, loin, rib, masseter, and diaphragm). Results showed that MID-FTIR-ATR-SIMCA was useful to determine the presence of T. spiralis in the samples, as the interclass distance between infected and non infected muscles varied from 13.5 to 36.8. This technique was also useful to discriminate among pig muscles, where masseter showed the largest interclass distance, while rib presented the smallest one. In all cases the recognition and rejection rates were 100%, which means that the methodology is capable of accurately separating T. spiralis infected from non infected swine meat.

  17. Gravity Independent Compressor Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop and demonstrate a small, gravity independent, vapor compression refrigeration system using a linear motor compressor which effectively...

  18. Concentrations of Water-Soluble Vitamins in Blood and Urinary Excretion in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

    Iwakawa, Hiromi; Nakamura, Yasuyuki; Fukui, Tomiho; Fukuwatari, Tsutomu; Ugi, Satoshi; Maegawa, Hiroshi; Doi, Yukio; Shibata, Katsumi


    We examined the concentrations of water-soluble vitamins in blood and urinary excretion of 22 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (type 2DM) and 20 healthy control participants. Macronutrient and vitamin intakes of type 2DM subjects were measured using a weighed food record method. Control participants consumed a semipurified diet for eight days. Multiple linear regression models were used to determine whether significant differences existed in vitamin concentrations in blood independent of age, sex, and other confounding factors. Concentrations of vitamins B2, B6, C, niacin, and folate in blood were significantly lower in type 2DM subjects than in controls, independent of confounding factors. Renal clearances of vitamins B6, C, niacin, and folate were significantly higher in type 2DM subjects than in controls. In conclusion, concentrations of vitamins B2, B6, C, niacin, and folate in blood were significantly lower in type 2DM subjects than in controls, independent of confounding factors; based on the evidence of increased urinary clearance of these vitamins, the lower levels were likely due to impaired reabsorption processes. PMID:27812289

  19. Simultaneous Determination of Seven Fat-soluble Vitamins in Infant Formula Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography%高效液相色谱法同时测定配方乳粉中7种脂溶性维生素

    陈万勤; 王瑾; 黄丽英; 张水锋; 李红艳; 刘柱; 邵亮亮; 张东雷


    A method based on high performance liquid chromatography ( HPLC) for the simultaneous determination of fat-soluble vitamin A, D2, D3, E, K, , Lutein and β -Carotene in infant formula was developed. HPLC analysis was performed on Poroshelll20 SB-C18 column(4. 6×150 mm,2. 7 μm)using photo diode array(PDA) detection and gradient elution by methanol-acetonitrile-chloroform at 0. 6 mL/ min in 25 minutes. The calibration curves of the seven fat-soluble vitamins were linear in respective concentration range with the correlation coefficients over 0. 999. Recoveries were from 83. 0% to 98. 5% and the RSDs were in the range of 0. 84% - 3. 30%. This method was simple, sensitive, accurate and precise for batch determination of fat-soluble vitamins in infant formula.%建立了高效液相色谱法(HPLC)同时测定配方乳粉中7种脂溶性维生素A、D2、D3、E、K1、叶黄素和β胡萝卜素的方法.方法采用Poroshell120 SB-C18柱(150×4.6 mm,2.7μm),以甲醇、乙腈、氯仿为流动相进行梯度洗脱,流速0.6 mL/min,25 min内可对上述7种组分进行基线分离.结果表明,7种维生素在各自相应浓度范围内线性关系良好,线性相关系数均大于0.999,平均加标回收率在83.0%~98.5%之间,相对标准偏差为0.84%~3.30%.该方法快速、准确、灵敏度高,适用于配方乳粉中脂溶性维生素含量的同时测定.

  20. Ground-water flow simulation and chemical and isotopic mixing equation analysis to determine source contributions to the Missouri River alluvial aquifer in the vicinity of the Independence, Missouri, well field

    Kelly, Brian P.


    The city of Independence, Missouri, operates a well field in the Missouri River alluvial aquifer. Steady-state ground-water flow simulation, particle tracking, and the use of chemical and isotopic composition of river water, ground water, and well-field pumpage in a two-component mixing equation were used to determine the source contributions of induced inflow from the Missouri River and recharge to ground water from precipitation in well-field pumpage. Steady-state flow-budget analysis for the simulation-defined zone of contribution to the Independence well field indicates that 86.7 percent of well-field pumpage is from induced inflow from the river, and 6.7 percent is from ground-water recharge from precipitation. The 6.6 percent of flow from outside the simulation-defined zone of contribution is a measure of the uncertainty of the estimation, and occurs because model cells are too large to uniquely define the actual zone of contribution. Flow-budget calculations indicate that the largest source of water to most wells is the Missouri River. Particle-tracking techniques indicate that the Missouri River supplies 82.3 percent of the water to the Independence well field, ground-water recharge from precipitation supplies 9.7 percent, and flow from outside defined zones of contribution supplies 8.0 percent. Particle tracking was used to determine the relative amounts of source water to total well-field pumpage as a function of traveltime from the source. Well-field pumpage that traveled 1 year or less from the source was 8.8 percent, with 0.6 percent from the Missouri River, none from precipitation, and 8.2 percent between starting cells. Well-field pumpage that traveled 2 years or less from the source was 10.3 percent, with 1.8 percent from the Missouri River, 0.2 percent from precipitation, and 8.3 percent between starting cells. Well-field pumpage that traveled 5 years or less from the source was 36.5 percent, with 27.1 percent from the Missouri River, 1.1 percent

  1. Fire Resistance of Wood Impregnated with Soluble Alkaline Silicates

    Carlos Alberto Giudice


    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to determine the fire performance of wood panels (Araucaria angustifolia impregnated with soluble alkaline silicates. Commercial silicates based on sodium and potassium with 2.5/1.0 and 3.0/1.0 silica/alkali molar ratios were selected; solutions and glasses were previously characterized. Experimental panels were tested in a limiting oxygen chamber and in a two-foot tunnel. Results displayed a high fire-retardant efficiency using some soluble silicates.




    Full Text Available During the manufacture of soybean meal a quick control is essential, so that simple and rapid methods, to enable an immediate decision to be made, are of value A simple and rapid method for estimating soybean protein solubility on the basis of changes in the refractive index of dilute potassium hydroxide solution extracts was tested and we found to be highly correlated with the usual protein solubility test in KOH (r = 0.9382. Determination of biophysical parameters instead of chemical indices has two great advantages: the methods are nonpolluting since they don’t use chemical substances, and the methods are very rapid.

  3. Water-soluble BODIPY-based fluorescent probe for mitochondrial imaging (Conference Presentation)

    Sui, Binglin; Tang, Simon; Woodward, Adam W.; Kim, Bosung; Belfield, Kevin D.


    A new mitochondrial targeting fluorescent probe is designed, synthesized, characterized, and investigated. The probe is composed of three moieties, a BODIPY platform working as the fluorophore, two triphenylphosphonium (TPP) groups serving as mitochondrial targeting moiety, and two long highly hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) chains to increase its water solubility and reduce its cytotoxicity. As a mitochondria-selective fluorescent probe, the probe exhibits a series of desirable advantages compared with other reported fluorescent mitochondrial probes. It is readily soluble in aqueous media and emits very strong fluorescence. Photophysical determination experiments show that the photophysical properties of the probe are independent of solvent polarity and it has high quantum yield in various solvents examined. The probe also has good photostability and pH insensitivity over a broad pH range. Results obtained from cell viability tests indicate that the cytotoxicity of the probe is very low. Confocal fluorescence microscopy colocalization experiments reveal that this probe possesses excellent mitochondrial targeting ability and it is suitable for imaging mitochondria in living cells.

  4. Dynamic soluble changes in sVEGFR1, HGF, and VEGF promote chemotherapy and bevacizumab resistance: A prospective translational study in the BECOX (GEMCAD 09-01) trial.

    Pineda, Estela; Salud, A; Vila-Navarro, E; Safont, M J; Llorente, Beatriz; Aparicio, J; Vera, R; Escudero, P; Casado, E; Bosch, C; Bohn, U; Pérez-Carrión, R; Carmona, A; Ayuso, J R; Ripollés, T; Bouzas, R; Gironella, M; García-Albéniz, X; Feliu, J; Maurel, J


    soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1/vascular endothelial growth factor-A by independent radiologist from previous determination were associated with responses compared with 1.38-fold increase by investigator assessment and 1.59 by independent radiologist in non-responders (p = 0.0009 and p = 0.03, respectively). Responders had a 3.36-fold increase in hepatocyte growth factor/vascular endothelial growth factor-A from previous determination by investigator assessment and 3.66-fold increase in hepatocyte growth factor/vascular endothelial growth factor-A by independent radiologist compared with 1.43-fold increase by investigator assessment and 1.53 by independent radiologist for non-responders (p = 0.002 and 0.003, respectively). In conclusion, a decrease in vascular endothelial growth factor-A and an increase in soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 during chemotherapy and bevacizumab exposure can contribute to both chemotherapy (due to c-MET/b-catenin activation) and bevacizumab (due to low vascular endothelial growth factor requirements) resistance. Because hepatocyte growth factor levels decrease also during acquired resistance, alternative strategies to hepatocyte growth factor-ligand inhibition should be investigated.

  5. Predicting the Solubility of 1,1-Difluoroethane in Polystyrene Using the Perturbed Soft Chain Theory

    Pretel, Eduardo; Hong, Seong-Uk


    In this study, the solubility of 1,1-difluoroethane in polystyrene was correlated and predicted using the Perturbed Soft Chain Theory (PSCT) and compared with experimental data from the literature. For correlation, a binary interaction parameter was determined by using experimental solubility data...

  6. Complex formation and solubility of Pu(IV) with malonic and succinic acids

    Sasaki, T.; Kobayashi, T.; Takagi, I.; Moriyama, H. [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering; Fujiwara, A. [Radioactive Waste Management Funding and Research Center, Tokyo (Japan); Kulyako, Y.M.; Perevalov, S.A.; Myasoedov, B.F. [Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Moscow (RU). V.I. Vernadsky Inst. of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry (GEOKHI)


    The complex formation constants of tetravalent plutonium ion with malonic and succinic acids in aqueous solution were determined by the solvent-extraction method. Also, by taking the known values of the solubility products, the hydrolysis constants and the formation constants, the experimental solubility data of plutonium in the presence of carboxylates were analyzed. (orig.)

  7. Predicting the Solubility of 1,1-Difluoroethane in Polystyrene Using the Perturbed Soft Chain Theory

    Pretel, Eduardo; Hong, Seong-Uk


    In this study, the solubility of 1,1-difluoroethane in polystyrene was correlated and predicted using the Perturbed Soft Chain Theory (PSCT) and compared with experimental data from the literature. For correlation, a binary interaction parameter was determined by using experimental solubility dat...

  8. Thermodynamic Solubility Profile of Carbamazepine-Cinnamic Acid Cocrystal at Different pH.

    Keramatnia, Fatemeh; Shayanfar, Ali; Jouyban, Abolghasem


    Pharmaceutical cocrystal formation is a direct way to dramatically influence physicochemical properties of drug substances, especially their solubility and dissolution rate. Because of their instability in the solution, thermodynamic solubility of cocrystals could not be determined in the common way like other compounds; therefore, the thermodynamic solubility is calculated through concentration of their components in the eutectic point. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of an ionizable coformer in cocrystal with a nonionizable drug at different pH. Carbamazepine (CBZ), a nonionizable drug with cinnamic acid (CIN), which is an acidic coformer, was selected to prepare CBZ-CIN cocrystal and its thermodynamic solubility was studied in pH range 2-7. Instead of HPLC that is a costly and time-consuming method, a chemometric-based approach, net analyte signal standard addition method, was selected for simultaneous determination of CBZ and CIN in solution. The result showed that, as pH increases, CIN ionization leads to change in CBZ-CIN cocrystal solubility and stability in solution. In addition, the results of this study indicated that there is no significant difference between intrinsic solubility of CBZ and cocrystal despite the higher ideal solubility of cocrystal. This verifies that ideal solubility is not good parameter to predict cocrystal solubility.

  9. Uranium(VI) solubility in carbonate-free WIPP brine

    Lucchini, J.F.; Borkowski, M.; Richmann, M.K.; Reed, D.T. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Carlsbad, NM (United States). Earth and Environmental Sciences Div.


    The solubility of uranium(VI) was determined in WIPP-relevant brines as a function of pC{sub H+} and ionic strength, in the absence of carbonate. Carbonate concentration was below 2 x 10{sup -5} M, measured using the gas chromatography method. In the absence of carbonate, the uranium(VI) solubilities were about x 10{sup -6} M in GWB at pC{sub H+} {>=} 7 and about 10{sup -8}-10{sup -7} M in ERDA-6 brine at pC{sub H+} {>=} 8. Solubility of uranium(VI) was also measured in NaCl media at the same levels as in ERDA-6 brine. The data established a uranium solubility that was 10-100 times lower than published results from Diaz-Arocas and Grambow, and they are in good agreement with modeling results and other literature data. In the absence of carbonate, hydrolysis was the main complexation and precipitation mechanisms for uranium(VI) solubility at high ionic strength and pC{sub H+} {>=} 7. However, the effect of borate complexation was noticeable at pC{sub H+} {proportional_to} 8-9. (orig.)

  10. Distribution of soluble amino acids in maize endosperm mutants

    Toro Alejandro Alberto


    Full Text Available For human nutrition the main source of vegetable proteins are cereal and legume seeds. The content of total soluble amino acids in mature endosperm of wild-type, opaque and floury maize (Zea mays L. mutants were determined by HPLC. The total absolute concentration of soluble amino acids among the mutants varied depending on the mutant. The o11 and o13 mutants exhibited the highest average content, whereas o10, fl3 and fl1 exhibited the lowest average content. In general, the mutants exhibited similar concentrations of total soluble amino acids when compared to the wild-type lines, with the clear exception of mutants o11 and fl1, with the o11 mutant exhibiting a higher concentration of total soluble amino acids when compared to its wild-type counterpart W22 and the fl1 mutant a lower concentration when compared to its wild-type counterpart Oh43. For methionine, the mutants o2 and o11 and wild-type Oh43 exhibited the highest concentrations of this amino acid. Significant differences were not observed between mutants for other amino acids such as lysine and threonine. The high lysine concentrations obtained originally for these mutants may be due to the amino acids incorporated into storage proteins, but not those present in the soluble form.

  11. Accounting for Independent Schools.

    Sonenstein, Burton

    The diversity of independent schools in size, function, and mode of operation has resulted in a considerable variety of accounting principles and practices. This lack of uniformity has tended to make understanding, evaluation, and comparison of independent schools' financial statements a difficult and sometimes impossible task. This manual has…

  12. Independence of Internal Auditors.

    Montondon, Lucille; Meixner, Wilda F.


    A survey of 288 college and university auditors investigated patterns in their appointment, reporting, and supervisory practices as indicators of independence and objectivity. Results indicate a weakness in the positioning of internal auditing within institutions, possibly compromising auditor independence. Because the auditing function is…

  13. Fostering Musical Independence

    Shieh, Eric; Allsup, Randall Everett


    Musical independence has always been an essential aim of musical instruction. But this objective can refer to everything from high levels of musical expertise to more student choice in the classroom. While most conceptualizations of musical independence emphasize the demonstration of knowledge and skills within particular music traditions, this…

  14. Determination of Major Soluble Sugars in Tobacco and Tobacco Products by High Performance Liquid Chromatography%高效液相色谱法测定烟草及烟草制品中的三种水溶性糖

    黄菲; 黄翼飞


    建立了高效液相色谱( HPLC)/示差折光检测器(RID)测定烟草和烟草制品中葡萄耱、果糖和蔗糖的方法.样品用0.01mol/L氢氧化钠溶液振荡提取60 min,以高度交联的铅型磺化苯乙烯-二乙烯苯(SDVB)树脂为填料的阳离子交换色谱柱为分离柱,用纯水作流动相进行等梯度洗脱,外标法定量.方法线性良好,相关系数均大于0.999.方法回收率98.9%~101.8%,精密度0.44%~0.90%.方法测定值与离子色谱法的检定结果一致.方法适用于各种烟草和烟草制品中葡萄耱、果糖和蔗糖的分析测定.%The method of determination of glucose, fructose and sucrose in tobacco and tobacco products was developed by high performance liquid chromatography with a refractive index detector. Tobacco samples were extracted for 60 min by shaking with 0.01 mol/L sodium hydroxide solution. The chromatographic separation was conducted on a cation-exchange column packed with highly cross-linked sulfbnated styrenedivinylbenzene resin in the Pb2+ ionic form. The eluent was pure water in isocratic gradient. The external standard method was applied in quantitation. The linearity of the method was good with correlation coefficients above 0.999 in all cases. The recoveries were between 98.9 %-101.8 % and the precision was between 0.44 %-0.90 %. The results determined by the developed method were consistent with those determined by the ion chromatography method. The method is applicable to the determination of fructose, glucose and sucrose in various tobacco and tobacco product samples.

  15. On Background Independence

    Anderson, Edward


    This paper concerns what Background Independence itself is (as opposed to some particular physical theory that is background independent). The notions presented mostly arose from a layer-by-layer analysis of the facets of the Problem of Time in Quantum Gravity. Part of this coincides with two relational postulates which are thus identified as classical precursors of two of the facets of the Problem of Time. These are furthemore tied to the forms of each of the GR Hamiltonian and momentum constraints. Other aspects of Background Independence include the algebraic closure of these constraints, expressing physics in terms of beables, foliation independence as implemented by refoliation invariance, the reconstruction of spacetime from space. The final picture is that Background Independence - a philosophically desirable and physically implementable feature for a theory to have - has the facets of the Problem of Time among its consequences. Thus these arise naturally and are problems to be resolved, as opposed to ...

  16. Cloud processing of soluble gases

    Laj, P.; Fuzzi, S.; Facchini, M. C.; Lind, J. A.; Orsi, G.; Preiss, M.; Maser, R.; Jaeschke, W.; Seyffer, E.; Helas, G.; Acker, K.; Wieprecht, W.; Möller, D.; Arends, B. G.; Mols, J. J.; Colvile, R. N.; Gallagher, M. W.; Beswick, K. M.; Hargreaves, K. J.; Storeton-West, R. L.; Sutton, M. A.

    Experimental data from the Great Dun Fell Cloud Experiment 1993 were used to investigate interactions between soluble gases and cloud droplets. Concentrations of H 2O 2, SO 2, CH 3COOOH, HCOOH, and HCHO were monitored at different sites within and downwind of a hill cap cloud and their temporal and spatial evolution during several cloud events was investigated. Significant differences were found between in-cloud and out-of-cloud concentrations, most of which could not be explained by simple dissolution into cloud droplets. Concentration patterns were analysed in relation to the chemistry of cloud droplets and the gas/liquid equilibrium. Soluble gases do not undergo similar behaviour: CH 3COOH simply dissolves in the aqueous phase and is outgassed upon cloud dissipation; instead, SO 2 is consumed by its reaction with H 2O 2. The behaviour of HCOOH is more complex because there is evidence for in-cloud chemical production. The formation of HCOOH interferes with the odd hydrogen cycle by enhancing the liquid-phase production of H 2O 2. The H 2O 2 concentration in cloud therefore results from the balance of consumption by oxidation of SO 2 in-cloud production, and the rate by which it is supplied to the system by entrainment of new air into the clouds.

  17. The immunoregulator soluble TACI is released by ADAM10 and reflects B-cell activation in autoimmunity

    Hoffmann, Franziska S.; Kuhn, Peer-Hendrik; Laurent, Sarah A.; Hauck, Stefanie M.; Berer, Kerstin; Wendlinger, Simone A.; Krumbholz, Markus; Khademi, Mohsen; Olsson, Tomas; Dreyling, Martin; Pfister, Hans-Walter; Alexander, Tobias; Hiepe, Falk; Kümpfel, Tania; Crawford, Howard C.; Wekerle, Hartmut; Hohlfeld, Reinhard; Lichtenthaler, Stefan F.; Meinl, Edgar


    BAFF and APRIL, which control B-cell homeostasis, are therapeutic targets in autoimmune diseases. TACI-Fc (atacicept), a soluble fusion protein containing the extracellular domain of the BAFF-APRIL-receptor TACI, was applied in clinical trials. However disease activity in multiple sclerosis (MS) unexpectedly increased, whereas in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) atacicept was beneficial. Here, we show that an endogenous soluble form of TACI exists in vivo. TACI proteolysis involved shedding by ADAM10 releasing sTACI from activated B cells. The membrane-bound stub was subsequently cleaved by γ-secretase reducing ligand-independent signaling of the remaining C-terminal fragment. The shed ectodomain assembled ligand-independently in a homotypic way. It functioned as a decoy receptor inhibiting BAFF- and APRIL-mediated B-cell survival and NFκB-activation. We determined sTACI levels in autoimmune diseases with established hyper-activation of the BAFF-APRIL system. sTACI levels were elevated both in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of the brain-restricted autoimmune disease MS correlating with intrathecal IgG production, as well as in the serum of the systemic autoimmune disease SLE correlating with disease activity. Together, we show that TACI is sequentially processed by ADAM10 and γ-secretase. The released sTACI is an immunoregulator that shares decoy functions with atacicept. Itreflectssystemic and compartmentalized B-cell accumulation and activation. PMID:25505277

  18. Bicarbonate-Regulated Soluble Adenylyl Cyclase

    Wuttke MS


    Full Text Available Soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC represents a novel form of mammalian adenylyl cyclase structurally, molecularly, and biochemically distinct from the G protein-regulated, transmembrane adenylyl cyclases (tmACs. sAC possesses no transmembrane domains and is insensitive to classic modulators of tmACs, such as heterotrimeric G proteins and P site ligands. Thus, sAC defines an independently regulated cAMP signaling system within mammalian cells. sAC is directly stimulated by bicarbonate ion both in vivo in heterologously expressing cells and in vitro using purified protein. sAC appears to be the predominant form of adenylyl cyclase (AC in mammalian sperm, and its direct activation by bicarbonate provides a mechanism for generating the cAMP required to complete the bicarbonate-induced processes necessary for fertilization, including hyperactivated motility, capacitation, and the acrosome reaction. Immunolocalization studies reveal sAC is also abundantly expressed in other tissues which respond to bicarbonate or carbon dioxide levels suggesting it may function as a general bicarbonate/CO(2 sensor throughout the body.

  19. 茶树可溶性糖含量的HPLC-ELSD检测及其与茶树抗寒性的相关分析%Determination of soluble sugar in tea plant by HPLC-ELSD and its relationship with freezing resistance

    葛菁; 庞磊; 李叶云; 江昌俊


    建立了茶树叶片中可溶性糖的高效液相色谱一蒸发光散射检测(HPLC-ELSD)的测定方法.以AgilentZorbax carbohydrate柱为分离柱,流动相为乙腈-水(75∶25,v/v),流速1.0 mL·min-1,柱温30℃,上样量10μL.蒸发光散射检测器漂移管温度85℃,雾化器温度36℃.通过该方法测定越冬期间皖茶91、乌牛早、平阳特早和龙井43叶片中果糖、葡萄糖和蔗糖的含量变化.结果表明,越冬期间3种可溶性糖含量的变化幅度一致:皖茶91>龙井43>平阳特早>乌牛早.在茶树叶片中的含量均随着气温的降低呈现增长趋势,且具有较好的规律性.蔗糖作为茶树叶片中可溶性糖的主要成分,用HPLC-ELSD法可以方便、快速、准确的检测出来.因此低温胁迫下通过HPLC-ELSD法测定茶树叶片中蔗糖含量的变化,可作为鉴定茶树品种抗寒性的一种新方法.%A HPLC-ELSD method for quantification analysis of the soluble sugar in the leaves of tea plant(Camellia sinensis) was developed under the following chromatographic condition:column,Agilent Zorbax carbohydrate,4.6×250 mm,10 μm ; mobile phase,acetonitrile-water (75∶25,V/V); flow rate,1.0 mL/min; column temperature,30℃; sampling volume,10 μL.The temperature of drift tube was 85 ℃,and the nebulizer temperature was 36℃.The contents of fructose,glucose and sucrose in the leaves of four tea tree species during overwintering periods were determined with this method.The results show that the change ranges of three soluble sugars are all in the order of Wancha91> Longjing43> Pingyangtezao > Wuniuzao.The soluble sugar content in the tea leaves has a regular increasing trend with decline of temperature.As the main ingredient of the soluble sugar,sucrose could be detected rapidly,simply and accurately by HPLC-ELSD.It's a new way to determine the freezing resistance of tea plant.

  20. Probabilistic conditional independence structures

    Studeny, Milan


    Probabilistic Conditional Independence Structures provides the mathematical description of probabilistic conditional independence structures; the author uses non-graphical methods of their description, and takes an algebraic approach.The monograph presents the methods of structural imsets and supermodular functions, and deals with independence implication and equivalence of structural imsets.Motivation, mathematical foundations and areas of application are included, and a rough overview of graphical methods is also given.In particular, the author has been careful to use suitable terminology, and presents the work so that it will be understood by both statisticians, and by researchers in artificial intelligence.The necessary elementary mathematical notions are recalled in an appendix.

  1. Determination of Xylene Soluble in Polypropylene Powder by FT Near-infrared Spectroscopy%近红外漫反射分析技术在测定聚丙烯粉料中二甲苯可溶物方面的应用



    文章探讨了利用近红外分析技术快速判断聚丙烯粉料中的二甲苯可溶物含量的应用。用近红外漫反射法收集了样品的近红外光谱图。参照化学计量学分析方法测定聚丙烯样品的二甲苯可溶物含量。利用偏最小二乘法线性回归法建立了聚丙烯二甲苯可溶物的近红外光谱预测模型。将近红外法测定结果与化学分析方法测定结果进行了比较,对光谱测量的重复性进行了考察。结果表明,利用近红外光谱法与化学分析法的测定结果无显著差异。%The objective of the study is to investigate the application of using near infrared spectroscopy(NIR) to rapidly predict the content of xylene soluble in polypropylene powder.The sample spectrum collected by near infrared reflectance spectroscopy.The method determinates the content of xylene soluble in polypropylene sample combined with chemometrics analysis.By using a partial least squares(PLS) established the NIR model.Compared the results from NIR and chemometrics method and checked the repeatability,and a good correlation between the measured and predicted values was obtained.

  2. Single-laboratory validation of a high-performance liquid chromatographic-diode array detector-fluorescence detector/mass spectrometric method for simultaneous determination of water-soluble vitamins in multivitamin dietary tablets.

    Chen, Pei; Atkinson, Renata; Wolf, Wayne R


    The purpose of this study was to develop a single-laboratory validated (SLV) method using high-performance liquid chromatography with different detectors [diode array detector (DAD); fluorescence detector (FLD); and mass spectrometry (MS)] for determination of 7 B-complex vitamins (B1-thiamin, B2-riboflavin, B3-nicotinamide, B6-pyridoxine, B9-folic acid, pantothenic acid, and biotin) and vitamin C in multivitamin/multimineral dietary supplements. The method involves the use of a reversed-phase octadecylsilyl column (4 microm, 250 x 2.0 mm id) and a gradient mobile phase profile. Gradient elution was performed at a flow rate of 0.25 mL/min. After a 5 min isocratic elution at 100% A (0.1% formic acid in water), a linear gradient to 50% A and 50% B (0.1% formic acid in acetonitrile) at 15 min was employed. Detection was performed with a DAD as well as either an FLD or a triple-quadrupole MS detector in the multiple reaction monitoring mode. SLV was performed using Standard Reference Material (SRM) 3280 Multivitamin/Multimineral Tablets, being developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, with support by the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health. Phosphate buffer (10 mM, pH 2.0) extracts of the NIST SRM 3280 were analyzed by the liquid chromatographic (LC)-DAD-FLDIMS method. Following extraction, the method does not require any sample cleanup/preconcentration steps except centrifugation and filtration.

  3. Aqueous Solubility and Degradation Kinetics of the Phytochemical Anticancer Thymoquinone; Probing the Effects of Solvents, pH and Light

    Jumah Masoud M. Salmani


    Full Text Available Thymoquinone (TQ is a potent anticancer phytochemical with confirmed in vitro efficacy. Its clinical use has not yet established, and very few reports have documented its formulation. There also are no reports about the aqueous solubility and stability of this valuable drug, despite their direct correlation with the in vivo efficacy. In the current research, we have established and validated a stability-indicating HPLC method for the detection of TQ and its degradation products under different conditions. We then investigated the solubility and stability profiles of TQ in aqueous solutions. The stability study was aimed to determine the effect of pH, solvent type and light on the degradation process of TQ, along with the investigation of the kinetics of this degradation. The solubility of TQ varied in different aqueous solvents, and might be compromised due to stability issues. However, these findings confirm that the aqueous solubility is not the major obstacle for the drug formulations mainly due to the considerable water solubility (>500 μg/mL that may be enough to exert pharmacologic effects if administered via parenteral route. Stability study results showed a very low stability profile of TQ in all the aqueous solutions with rapid degradation that varied with solvent type. The study of the degradation kinetics showed a significant effect of pH on the degradation process. The process followed first order kinetics at more acidic and alkaline pH values, and second order kinetics at pH 5–7.4, regardless of the solvent type. The results also expressed that light has a greater impact on the stability of TQ as a shorter period of exposure led to severe degradation, independent of the solution pH and solvent type. Our results also addressed some discrepancies in previously published researches regarding the formulation and quantification of TQ with suggested solutions. Overall, the current study concludes that TQ is unstable in aqueous

  4. Soluble vascular endothelial growth factor in various blood transfusion components

    Nielsen, Hans Jørgen; Werther, K; Mynster, T;


    BACKGROUND: Blood transfusion may reduce survival after curative surgery for solid tumors. This may be related to extracellular content of cancer growth factors present in transfusion components. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent stimulator of angiogenesis in solid tumors....... The potential content of VEGF in various blood components for transfusion was evaluated. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Soluble VEGF (sVEGF, isotype 165) was determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (EIA) in serum and plasma samples and in lysed cells from healthy volunteers. Subsequently, total content...... of platelet-derived soluble plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (sPAI-1) was determined by an EIA in the same samples. Finally, the extracellular accumulation of sVEGF was determined in nonfiltered WB and SAGM blood during storage for 35 days and in BCP pools during storage for 7 days. RESULTS...

  5. Determination of Soluble Sugar in Dairy Product by HPLC-ELSD%HPLC-ELSD法同时测定乳制品中5种水溶性糖的含量

    闫正; 张玉; 李盈辰; 李小亭; 赵志磊


    A quantitative assay for the determination of sugar, such as fructose, galactose, sucrose, maltose and lactose was established by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Sugars were extracted from samples with water by ultrasonic oscillation and isolated by solid phase extraction with cartridge after protein precipitation by using K4 Fe(CN)6 and Zn( CH3 CO0)2. The separation was performed in the carbohydrate column(4.6 mm× 250 mm), acetonitrile: water (80: 20) (V/V) as mobile phase, Evaporative Light Scattering detector was adopted. The results showed that the linear relation of fructose galactose sucrose maltose and lactose was well in the range of 1~10 mg/mL, the average recoveries in the 93.0%-108.9% ,RSD in the range of 0.85~2.7%. The method was accuracy, sensitivity and feasibility to analyze the residues of fructose, galactose, sucrose, maltose and lactose in dairy products.%建立了HPLC-ELSD同时检测乳制品中5种水溶性糖的分析方法.将奶粉样品用60~70℃水溶解后超声波提取,亚铁氰化钾溶液和乙酸锌溶液沉淀蛋白,C18固相萃取小柱净化,碳水化合物色谱柱分离,y(乙腈)∶y(水)=80∶20流动相洗脱,蒸发光散射检测器检测.结果表明:果糖、半乳糖、蔗糖、麦芽糖和乳糖在1~10 mg/mL内呈现良好的线性关系,加标平均回收率为93.0%~108.9%,RSD为0.85%~2.7%.该方法简便快速,灵敏度高,且重复性好,可为奶粉及其他乳制品中水溶性糖的检测提供技术支持.

  6. Impact of earthworms on trace element solubility in contaminated mine soils amended with green waste compost

    Sizmur, Tom, E-mail: [Soil Research Centre, Dept. Geography and Environmental Science, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6DW (United Kingdom); Palumbo-Roe, Barbara [British Geological Survey, Kingsley Dunham Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG (United Kingdom); Hodson, Mark E. [Soil Research Centre, Dept. Geography and Environmental Science, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6DW (United Kingdom)


    The common practice of remediating metal contaminated mine soils with compost can reduce metal mobility and promote revegetation, but the effect of introduced or colonising earthworms on metal solubility is largely unknown. We amended soils from an As/Cu (1150 mgAs kg{sup -1} and 362 mgCu kg{sup -1}) and Pb/Zn mine (4550 mgPb kg{sup -1} and 908 mgZn kg{sup -1}) with 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20% compost and then introduced Lumbricus terrestris. Porewater was sampled and soil extracted with water to determine trace element solubility, pH and soluble organic carbon. Compost reduced Cu, Pb and Zn, but increased As solubility. Earthworms decreased water soluble Cu and As but increased Pb and Zn in porewater. The effect of the earthworms decreased with increasing compost amendment. The impact of the compost and the earthworms on metal solubility is explained by their effect on pH and soluble organic carbon and the environmental chemistry of each element. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: > Compost reduced the mobility of Cu, Pb and Zn. > Compost increased the mobility of As. > Earthworms decreased water soluble As and Cu but increased Pb and Zn in porewater. > These effects are explained by the impact of the earthworms and compost on pH and DOC. - The effect of earthworms on metal solubility was due to changes in dissolved organic carbon and pH but was reduced with increasing compost amendments.

  7. Predicting the Solubility Advantage of Amorphous Pharmaceuticals: A Novel Thermodynamic Approach.

    Paus, Raphael; Ji, Yuanhui; Vahle, Lisa; Sadowski, Gabriele


    For the solubility and bioavailability of poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to be improved, the transformation of crystalline APIs to the amorphous state has often been shown to be advantageous. As it is often difficult to measure the solubility of amorphous APIs, the application of thermodynamic models is the method of choice for determining the solubility advantage. In this work, the temperature-dependent solubility advantage of an amorphous API versus its crystalline form was predicted for five poorly soluble APIs in water (glibenclamide, griseofulvin, hydrochlorothiazide, indomethacin, and itraconazole) based on modeling the API/solvent phase diagrams using the perturbed-chain statistical associating fluid theory (PC-SAFT). Evaluation of the performance of this approach was performed by comparing the predicted solubility advantage to experimental data and to the solubility advantage calculated by the commonly applied Gibbs-energy-difference method. For all of the systems considered, PC-SAFT predictions of the solubility advantage are significantly more accurate than the results obtained from the Gibbs-energy-difference method.

  8. Dye solubility in supercritical carbon dioxide fluid

    Yan Jun


    Full Text Available Supercritical carbon dioxide fluid is an alternative solvent for the water of the traditional dyeing. The solubility of dyestuff affects greatly the dyeing process. A theoretical model for predicting the dye solubility is proposed and verified experimentally. The paper concludes that the pressure has a greater impact on the dyestuff solubility than temperature, and an optimal dyeing condition is suggested for the highest distribution coefficient of dyestuff.

  9. Extraction and Determination of Water-soluble Polysacclarides from Distiller's Grains-based Spent Mushroom Substrate%酒糟菌糠水溶性多糖的提取与含量测定

    贾睿琳; 张雅雪; 殷中琼; 王涛; 周瑞平; 唐代云


    [ Objective] The extraction technology of distiller's pains-based spent mushroom substrate (SMS) and the content of polysaccharide of four kinds of distiller's grains-based on SMS were studied so as to provide the basis for the further exploration of distiller's grains-based SMS. [ Method ] Taking Agrocybe aeger/ta substrate ( not produced mushroom) as the material, the method of water extracting-alcohol precipitating was optimized through orthogonal test. According to the optimal extracting technological conditions, the yield of crude polysaccharide of Agrocybe aegerita substrate ( produced mushroom), Agrocybe aegerita substrate ( not produced mushroom), Coprinus comatus substrate ( producod mushroom) and Coprinus comatus substrate( not produced mushroom) were determined. Phenol-Sulphate acid method was used to detect the content of total sugar in crude polysaccharide. DNS method was used to detect the content of reducing sugar in crude polysaccharide. [ Result ] The optimal extracting technological conditions were as follows:the liquid ratio was 1:30, the extraction temperature was 90℃ and the extraction time was 4 hours. The content of polysaccharide of these four kinds of distiller's pains-based SMS respectively was 0.39%, 0.70%,0. 47% and 0.99%. [ Conclusion] The yield of polysaccharide of distiller's grains-based SMS ( not produced mushroom) was higher than distiller's grains-based SMS (produced mushroom). The content of polysaccharide of Coprinus comatus substrate was higher than that of Agrocybe aegerita substrate.%[目的]探讨了酒糟菌糠多糖提取的最佳工艺条件及测定4种酒糟菌糠多糖的含量,为酒糟菌糠的进一步开发提供依据.[方法]以茶树菇菌糠(未出菇)为材料,采用正交试验,进行水提醇沉法优选.根据优选出的最佳工艺条件,对茶树菇菌糠(出菇)、茶树菇菌糠(未出菇)、鸡腿菇菌糠(出菇)和鸡腿菇菌糖(未出菇)这4种酒糟菌糠进行粗多糖的提取,并

  10. Vasoconstriction Potency Induced by Aminoamide Local Anesthetics Correlates with Lipid Solubility

    Hui-Jin Sung


    Full Text Available Aminoamide local anesthetics induce vasoconstriction in vivo and in vitro. The goals of this in vitro study were to investigate the potency of local anesthetic-induced vasoconstriction and to identify the physicochemical property (octanol/buffer partition coefficient, pKa, molecular weight, or potency of local anesthetics that determines their potency in inducing isolated rat aortic ring contraction. Cumulative concentration-response curves to local anesthetics (levobupivacaine, ropivacaine, lidocaine, and mepivacaine were obtained from isolated rat aorta. Regression analyses were performed to determine the relationship between the reported physicochemical properties of local anesthetics and the local anesthetic concentration that produced 50% (ED50 of the local anesthetic-induced maximum vasoconstriction. We determined the order of potency (ED50 of vasoconstriction among local anesthetics to be levobupivacaine > ropivacaine > lidocaine > mepivacaine. The relative importance of the independent variables that affect the vasoconstriction potency is octanol/buffer partition coefficient > potency > pKa > molecular weight. The ED50 in endothelium-denuded aorta negatively correlated with the octanol/buffer partition coefficient of local anesthetics (r2=0.9563; P<0.001. The potency of the vasoconstriction in the endothelium-denuded aorta induced by local anesthetics is determined primarily by lipid solubility and, in part, by other physicochemical properties including potency and pKa.

  11. A Path to Soluble Molecularly Imprinted Polymers

    Abhilasha Verma


    Full Text Available Molecular imprinting is a technique for making a selective binding site for a specific chemical. The technique involves building a polymeric scaffold of molecular complements containing the target molecule. Subsequent removal of the target leaves a cavity with a structural “memory” of the target. Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs can be employed as selective adsorbents of specific molecules or molecular functional groups. In addition, sensors for specific molecules can be made using optical transduction through lumiphores residing in the imprinted site. We have found that the use of metal ions as chromophores can improve selectivity due to selective complex formation. The combination of molecular imprinting and spectroscopic selectivity can result in sensors that are highly sensitive and nearly immune to interferences. A weakness of conventional MIPs with regard to processing is the insolubility of crosslinked polymers. Traditional MIPs are prepared either as monoliths and ground into powders or are prepared in situ on a support. This limits the applicability of MIPs by imposing tedious or difficult processes for their inclusion in devices. The size of the particles hinders diffusion and slows response. These weaknesses could be avoided if a means were found to prepare individual macromolecules with crosslinked binding sites with soluble linear polymeric arms. This process has been made possible by controlled free radical polymerization techniques that can form pseudo-living polymers. Modern techniques of controlled free radical polymerization allow the preparation of block copolymers with potentially crosslinkable substituents in specific locations. The inclusion of crosslinkable mers proximate to the binding complex in the core of a star polymer allows the formation of molecularly imprinted macromolecules that are soluble and processable. Due to the much shorter distance for diffusion, the polymers exhibit rapid responses. This paper

  12. Study on Determination of Polyphenols in Water-soluble Extract of Cornus Officinalis Kernels by Folin-Ciocalteu Method%Folin-Ciocalteu法测定山茱萸果核水溶性提取物多酚含量的研究

    杨晖; 和素娜; 杜景霞; 李艳; 路西明; 王建刚; 吕茂平


    Objective The optimum conditions of Folin-Ciocalteu method for the determination of polyphenols content in the water-soluble extract of cornus officinalis kernels was studied by using gallic acid as the standard substance. Methods Absorbency was adopted as evaluation index,factors that influenced the detection performance,such as the detection wavelength,the amount of Folin-Ciocalteu reagent,the amount of sodium carbonate,reaction time and reaction temperature were investigated. Results The optimum conditions for polyphenols determination by Folin-Ciocalteu method were as follows:1 .0 mL of Folin-Ciocalteu reagent was added in 1 .0 mL of sample,and then 3.2 mL of 1 0% sodium carbonate solution was added.After the coloration reaction was for 1 .0 h at 35℃,the absorbance was measured at 760 nm. Under the optimum conditions,the absorbance increased linearly with the concentration of gallic acid in the range of 0 to 250 μg/mL (y =0.0053x +0.0389,R2 =0.9993 ).The average spiked recoveries were 98.5%~103.0% with the relative standard deviations of 1 .9% ~2.3% (n =6).The average value of polyphenols content in the water-soluble extract of cornus officinalis kernels from three batches was 39 .24%. Conclusion Folin-Ciocalteu method established in this study is simple,fast,highly sensitive and very stable.It is suitable to be applied to determine polyphenols content in the water-soluble extract of cornus officinalis kernels.%目的:以没食子酸为标准物质,研究Folin-Ciocalteu法测定山茱萸果核水溶性提取物多酚含量的优化条件。方法以吸光度为评价指标,分别研究了检测波长、Folin-Ciocalteu 试剂用量、Na2 CO3用量、反应温度及反应时间对测定结果的影响。结果优化测定条件:检测波长760 nm,0.4 mL样品加入Folin-Ciocalteu试剂1.0 mL、10%Na2 CO3溶液3.2 mL,反应温度35℃,显色反应时间1.0 h,吸光度与多酚含量在0~250μg/mL范围内


    The report gives results of miscibility, solubility, and viscosity measurements of refrigerant R-236ea with three potential lubricants. (NOTE: The data were needed to determine the suitability of refrigerant/lubricant combinations for use in refrigeration systems.) The lubricants...

  14. Serum soluble Klotho level is associated with abdominal aortic calcification in patients on maintenance hemodialysis



    Objective To determine the relationship between serum soluble Klotho(sKL) level and abdominal aortic calcification in maintenance hemodialysis(MHD) patients.Methods One hundred and twenty nine cases of MHD patients were

  15. The solubility behaviour and thermodynamic relations of the three forms of Venlafaxine free base.

    van Eupen, J Th H; Westheim, R; Deij, M A; Meekes, H; Bennema, P; Vlieg, E


    The polymorphic and solubility behaviour of the active pharmaceutical ingredient Venlafaxine free base, which is used as an antidepressant, is studied. Using differential scanning calorimetry and slurry experiments, an enantiotropic relation between the three forms was found. Transition temperatures were determined using solubility data and compared with calculated transition temperatures based on the melting enthalpies and temperatures of the different forms. The solubility of Venlafaxine in heptane, toluene and methanol shows a large deviation from ideal behaviour. The deviations are to a large extent determined by the temperature dependence of the difference in fusion enthalpy of the undercooled melt and the solid.

  16. Synthesis gas solubility in Fischer-Tropsch slurry: Final report

    Chao, K.C.; Lin, H.M.


    The objective is to investigate the phase equilibrium behavior of synthesis gases and products in a Fischer-Tropsch slurry reactor. A semi-flow apparatus has been designed and constructed for this purpose. Measurements have been made for hydrogen, cabon monoxide, methane, ethane, ethylene, and carbon dioxide in a heavy n-paraffin at temperatures from 100 to 300)degree)C and pressures 10 to 50 atm. Three n-paraffin waxes: n-eicosane (n-C/sub 20/), n-octacosane )n-C/sub 28/), and n-hexatriacontane (n-C/sub 36/), were studied to model the industrial wax. Solubility of synthesis gas mixtures of H/sub 2/ and CO in n-C/sub 28/ was also determined at two temperatures (200 and 300)degree)C) for each of three gas compositions (40.01, 50.01, and 66.64 mol%) of hydrogen). Measurements were extended to investigate the gas solubility in two industrial Fischer-Tropsch waxes: Mobilwax and SASOL wax. Observed solubility increases in the order: H/sub 2/, CO, CH/sub 4/, CO/sub 2/, C/sub 2/H/sub 4/, C/sub 2/H/sub 6/, at a given temperature pressure, and in the same solvent. Solubility increases with increasing pressure for all the gases. Lighter gases H/sub 2/ and CO show increased solubility with increasing temperature, while the heavier gases CO/sub 2/, ethane, and ethylene show decreased solubility with increasing temperature. The solubility of methane, the intermediate gas, changes little with temperature, and shows a shallow minimum at about 200)degrees)C or somewhat above. Henry's constant and partial molal volume of the gas solute at infinite dilution are determinedfrom the gas solubility data. A correlation is developed from the experimental data in the form on an equation of state. A computer program has been prepared to implement the correlation. 19 refs., 66 figs., 39 tabs.

  17. Soluble Moringa oleifera leaf extract reduces intracellular cadmium accumulation and oxidative stress in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

    Kerdsomboon, Kittikhun; Tatip, Supinda; Kosasih, Sattawat; Auesukaree, Choowong


    Moringa oleifera leaves are a well-known source of antioxidants and traditionally used for medicinal applications. In the present study, the protective action of soluble M. oleifera leaf extract (MOLE) against cadmium toxicity was investigated in the model eukaryote Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The results showed that this extract exhibited a protective effect against oxidative stress induced by cadmium and H2O2 through the reduction of intracellular reactive oxygen species. Interestingly, not only the co-exposure of soluble MOLE with cadmium but also pretreatment of this extract prior to cadmium exposure significantly reduced the cadmium uptake through an inhibition of Fet4p, a low-affinity iron(II) transporter. In addition, the supplementation of soluble MOLE significantly reduced intracellular iron accumulation in a Fet4p-independent manner. Our findings suggest the potential use of soluble extract from M. oleifera leaves as a dietary supplement for protection against cadmium accumulation and oxidative stress.

  18. Independent technical review, handbook


    Purpose Provide an independent engineering review of the major projects being funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management. The independent engineering review will address questions of whether the engineering practice is sufficiently developed to a point where a major project can be executed without significant technical problems. The independent review will focus on questions related to: (1) Adequacy of development of the technical base of understanding; (2) Status of development and availability of technology among the various alternatives; (3) Status and availability of the industrial infrastructure to support project design, equipment fabrication, facility construction, and process and program/project operation; (4) Adequacy of the design effort to provide a sound foundation to support execution of project; (5) Ability of the organization to fully integrate the system, and direct, manage, and control the execution of a complex major project.

  19. Distro’: Independent Creativity for Independent Industr

    Wiwik Sri Wulandari


    Full Text Available To shortened this introduction, ‘Distro’ is one of cultural phenomenon in theyoung generation nowadays. The word of ‘Distro’ is the shortened of DistributionOutlet. The phenomenon of ‘Distro’ has been some kind of new trends inproducing and distributing creative design products of goods amongst theyoungsters independently, in an independence industry that open for challengingand competitiveness for everyone. This field research has been done in the city ofYogyakarta, reknown as the second city in creative design products after the cityof Bandung. Yogyakarta is welknown as the students’ city as well as the capital cityof culture of Indonesia. As a students’ city it is normal that Yogyakarta is growingin numbers of young people who pursued to study here and enriched the cultureof the city to become more multicultural and the varieties of pluralism as well.This sociocultural phenomenon not only brought some dynamic changing tosociety, economy and cultural life of the city, but also social problems that needsto be overcome. My first research question then is about how the existence of‘Distro’ in Yogyakarta can be a positive answer for social problems that may arisesfrom the hegemony of globalization markets domestically? My second questionis how the creative product designs are being made and distributed creatively inindependent industry? Lastly, my third question is dealling with the genres ofthe design products and how it can be a new trend in art expression? ‘Distro’ is aproduct of culture and it is also creating cultural change in some aspects of the lifeof the youngsters who are ‘Distro’ enthusiasts. ‘Distro’ phenomenon basically is anoffensive to the hegemony of internationally branded product design which turnsto become more over-dominated to the domestic markets and industry and thus,‘Distro’ has the spirit of survival whilts at the same time producing opportunity ofenterpreneurship

  20. 复方氨酚烷胺胶囊中对乙酰氨基酚的溶出度测定方法探讨%Investigation on Determination Method of Acetaminophen Solubility in Compound Paraceta-mol and Amantadine Hydrochloride Capsules

    周泉; 卢小兰; 李全良; 黄富宏


    目的:建立复方氨酚烷胺胶囊中对乙酰氨基酚的溶出度测定方法。方法采用转篮法,以0.1 mol/L盐酸溶液为溶出介质,转速为100 r/min,30 min时取样,在257 nm波长处测定紫外吸光度。结果对乙酰氨基酚质量浓度在0.5002~50.02μg/mL范围内与吸光度值线性关系良好,线性回归方程为 A=71.486 C+0.6992( r=1.0000),平均回收率为101.31%,RSD为0.72%( n=6)。结论该方法操作简单,结果准确,可作为该制剂的溶出度测定方法。%Objective To establish the solubility determination method of acetaminophen in Compound Paracetamol and Amantadine Hy-drochloride Capsules. Methods The rotating basket method was adopted with 0. 1 mol/L hydrochloric acid solution as the dissolution medium. The sample was extracted at a rotating speed of 100 r/min and the ultraviolet absorbance was detected at the wavelength of 257 nm. Results The mass concentration range of acetaminophen in the range of 0. 500 2-50. 02 μg/mL showed good linear relationship with the peak area,the linear equation was A=71. 486 C+0. 699 2( r=1. 000 0). The average recovery rate was 101. 31%,RSD 0. 72%( n=6 ) . Conclusion This method is simple to operate and accurate in results,which can be used as the solu-bility determination method of this preparation.

  1. Prediction of water solubilities for selected PCDDs/PCCDFs with COSMO-RS model

    Oleszek-Kudlak, S.; Grabda, M.; Shibata, E.; Nakamura, T. [Inst. of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan); Rosik-Dulewska, C. [Inst. of Environmental Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Zabrze (Poland)


    Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) are well identified contaminants ubiquitous in the environment. Of the various parameters that affect the fate and behavior of environmental organic compounds, water solubility is one of the most important. However, when we are studying the aqueous behavior of organic chemicals, we should also take into consideration and evaluate several parameters (temperature, salinity, dissolved organic matter) influencing their solubility. Among the 210 congeners (mono- to octa-chlorinated) of PCDDs and PCDFs, water solubility values are available for a few congeners only. The reported aqueous solubilities of PCDDs and PCDFs are often scattered, despite most of them having been measured by the generator column method, recognized as the most accurate for the determination of the water solubility of hydrophobic organic chemicals. These discrepancies reflect an important problem associated with difficulties in the preparation of the saturated solution and in the analytical measurements, particularly of compounds with a solubility below 1 ppb. In practice, the high cost of the experimental determinations also limits the field of research. In recent years, investigators have developed a number of calculational methods to predict the water solubility of organic chemicals. One of them is the Conductor-like Screening Model for Real Solvents (COSMO-RS) introduced by Klamt et al. This model was successfully used for finding the solubilities of chlorobenzenes (ClBZs) at a wider range of temperatures (from 5 to 60 C) and in a salty environment. In this study, we have applied COSMO-RS to determine the aqueous solubilities of 19 PCDDs/ PCDFs at 25 C. Additionally, we measured the solubilities of 7 PCDDs/PCDFs using the generator column method at 25 C. We used these data and those available from the literature to estimate the accuracy of the COSMO-RS calculations.

  2. Solubility Enhancement of a Poorly Water Soluble Drug by Forming Solid Dispersions using Mechanochemical Activation

    Rojas-Oviedo, I.; Retchkiman-Corona, B.; Quirino-Barreda, C. T.; Cárdenas, J.; Schabes-Retchkiman, P. S.


    Mechanochemical activation is a practical cogrinding operation used to obtain a solid dispersion of a poorly water soluble drug through changes in the solid state molecular aggregation of drug-carrier mixtures and the formation of noncovalent interactions (hydrogen bonds) between two crystalline solids such as a soluble carrier, lactose, and a poorly soluble drug, indomethacin, in order to improve its solubility and dissolution rate. Samples of indomethacin and a physical mixture with a weigh...

  3. Symmetry implies independence

    Renner, R


    Given a quantum system consisting of many parts, we show that symmetry of the system's state, i.e., invariance under swappings of the subsystems, implies that almost all of its parts are virtually identical and independent of each other. This result generalises de Finetti's classical representation theorem for infinitely exchangeable sequences of random variables as well as its quantum-mechanical analogue. It has applications in various areas of physics as well as information theory and cryptography. For example, in experimental physics, one typically collects data by running a certain experiment many times, assuming that the individual runs are mutually independent. Our result can be used to justify this assumption.

  4. Expression of human soluble TRAIL in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplast

    YANG Zongqi; LI yinü; CHEN Feng; LI Dong; ZHANG Zhifang; LIU Yanxin; ZHENG Dexian; WANG Yong; SHEN Guifang


    Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) induces selectively apoptosis in various tumor cells and virus-infected cells, but rarely in normal cells. A chloroplast expression vector, p64TRAIL, containing the cDNA coding for the soluble TRAIL (sTRAIL), was constructed with clpP-trnL-petB-chlL-rpl23-rpl2 as Chlamydomonas reinhardtii plastid homologous recombinant fragments and spectinomycin-resistant aadA gene as a select marker. The plasmid p64TRAIL was transferred into the chloroplast genome of C. reinhardtii by the biolistic method. Three independently transformed lines were obtained by 100 mg/L spectinomycin selection. PCR amplification, Southern blot analysis of the sTRAIL coding region DNA and cultivation cells in the dark all showed that the exogenous DNA had been integrated into chloroplast genome of C. reinhardtii. Western blot analysis showed that human soluble TRAIL was expressed in C. reinhardtii chloroplast. The densitometric analysis of Western blot indicated that the expressed human sTRAIL protein in the chloroplasts of C. reinhardtii accounted for about 0.43%-0.67% of the total soluble proteins.These experimental results demonstrated the possibility of using transgenic chloroplasts of green alga as bioreactors for production of biopharmaceuticals.

  5. The Critical Independence Number and an Independence Decomposition

    Larson, Craig Eric


    An independent set $I_c$ is a \\textit{critical independent set} if $|I_c| - |N(I_c)| \\geq |J| - |N(J)|$, for any independent set $J$. The \\textit{critical independence number} of a graph is the cardinality of a maximum critical independent set. This number is a lower bound for the independence number and can be computed in polynomial-time. Any graph can be decomposed into two subgraphs where the independence number of one subgraph equals its critical independence number, where the critical independence number of the other subgraph is zero, and where the sum of the independence numbers of the subgraphs is the independence number of the graph. A proof of a conjecture of Graffiti.pc yields a new characterization of K\\"{o}nig-Egervary graphs: these are exactly the graphs whose independence and critical independence numbers are equal.

  6. Determination of Hansen solubility parameters of fatty ethyl esters

    Matheus Maciel Batista


    Resumo: Os parâmetros de solubilidade tridimensional definidos por Hansen são baseados em forças de dispersão entre as unidades estruturais, interações entre os grupos polares e de ligação de hidrogênio. Para compostos, tais como ésteres graxos que apresentam longas cadeias carbônicas, essa abordagem foi utilizada para obter as três coordenadas de parâmetros de solubilidade em termos de: uma parte de dispersão, uma parte polar e uma parte de ligação de hidrogênio. Está presente neste trabalho...

  7. Simultaneous Determination of 12 Water- and Fat-Soluble Vitamins in Foods and Drinks by High Performance Liquid Chromatography%食品、多维片和饮料中12种维生素的高效液相色谱法同时测定

    王希希; 胡燕; 孙成均


    目的 建立食品、多维片和饮料中水溶性维生素C、B1,B2,B6,B12,烟酸、烟酰胺、叶酸和脂溶性维生素A、D3、E、Kt的反相高效液相色谱同时测定方法.方法 样品中水溶性维生素经0.01 mol/L HCl超声提取,脂溶性维生素经皂化法提取.饮品直接过滤后测定.色谱条件:色谱柱为C18柱,流动相为0.05 mol/L KH2P04溶液(pH 6.0) -甲醇,梯度洗脱流速1.1~1.5 ml/min;柱温40℃.结果 12种维生素标准曲线的线性范围:VC为0~5 μg,烟酸为0~0.5μg,其余均为0~1 μg;相关系数均大干0.996;相对标准偏差均小于5.0%;方法检出限为0.073~0.193 μg/ml;加标回收率为75.5%~118.0%.结论 所建立的方法快速、简便、灵敏、准确,应用于复合维生素片、米粉、饮料中12种维生素的同时分析,取得了较好结果.%OBJECTIVE To establish a high performance liquid chromatographic method for the simultaneous determination of water- and fat-soluble vitamins including vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B12, nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, folic acid, vitamin A, D3, E, and K, in foods and drinks. METHODS Sample was extracted with 0.01mol/L HC1 ultrasonically for water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins was extracted by Saponification. Drink samples could be analyzed directly after filtration. The chromatographic conditions were as follows: the separation was performed on a Phenomenex C18 Gemini column (250×4.6mm, 5μm) with methanol- KH2PO4 buffer (0.05 mol/L, pH6.0) as mobile phase in a gradient at the flow rate 1.10 ml min-1 to 1.50ml min-1, with column temperature of 40t. RESULTS The correlation coefficients for all the standard curves were greater than 0.996 in the range from 0-1.0μg (VC: 0-5.00μg; Niacin; 0-0.5μg) and the detection limits ranged (S/N=2) from 0.073 to 0.19μg/ml. The recoveries were from 75.5% to 118.0% with the relative standard deviations of 5.0%. CONCLUSION The method was applied to determine vitamins in multi

  8. 矿物药朱砂加工流程中可溶性重金属含量的仿生提取-ICP-OES测定方法%Determination method of soluble heavy metals in mineral medicine cinnabaris in process of production and processing by ICP-OES with bionic extraction and microwave digestion technology

    蒋秋桃; 曾丽; 马杰; 李文莉; 丁野; 李洁


    收集朱砂生产加工工艺流程中不同工艺点的样品,采用仿生提取−电感耦合等离子体发射原子光谱法(仿生提取-ICP-OES法)对朱砂样品中可溶性重金属含量进行测定。研究结果表明:仿生提取-ICP-OES法能满足13种重金属同时检测要求,13种重金属线性范围均在0.1~1000.0μg/L之间,线性相关系数为0.9901~1.0000,检出限为0.0893~16.0414μg/L;该方法重复性相对标准偏差DRS均小于10.0%,精密度的DRS均小于7.1%,加样回收率为83.0%~117.5%,满足检测要求;在工艺流程中,朱砂的可溶性重金属含量呈逐步降低趋势,参照《药用植物及制剂进出口绿色行业标准》的限量标准,仅有H-5的Cd超出标准及H-3,H-4和H-5样品的Pb超出标准;仿生提取-ICP-OES法简单、快速,准确性及精度高,能够通过同时检测朱砂加工工艺过程中13种可溶性重金属含量检测,为实时监控朱砂加工工艺质量提供参考依据,有助于完善并确定最佳的朱砂生产加工流程。%Cinnabar samples with different processes in production and processing process were collected. Soluble heavy metals in cinnabaris were determined in the process of production and processing by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry(ICP-OES) with bionic extraction and microwave digestion technology. The results show that 13 kinds of elements have excellent linearity over the range of 0.1−1 000.0 μg/L with a correlation coefficient of 0.990 1−1.000 0. Limits of detection are in the range of 0.089 3−16.041 4μg/L. Relative standard deviation DRS of the repeatability is less than 10.0%. DRS of precision is lower than 7.1%. Spike recoveries in the range of 83.0%−117.5%are obtained. In the process, the content of soluble heavy metals’ gradually reduces. With reference to green trade standards of importing&exporting medicinal plants&preparations, none of the samples surpass the legal limit for

  9. Applications of soluble dietary fibers in beverages

    C. I. Beristain; M. E. Rodríguez-Huezo; C. Lobato-Calleros; F. Cruz-Sosa; R. Pedroza-Islas; J. R. Verde-Calvo


    In this work the importance of soluble dietary fibers in the human diet is discussed. Traditional and new sources of soluble dietary fiber are mentioned, and a description of how to apply them in different types of beverages such as energy drinks, sport drinks, carbonated beverages and protein-based beverages in order to achieve enhanced functional properties is given.

  10. A Colorful Solubility Exercise for Organic Chemistry

    Shugrue, Christopher R.; Mentzen, Hans H., II; Linton, Brian R.


    A discovery chemistry laboratory has been developed for the introductory organic chemistry student to investigate the concepts of polarity, miscibility, solubility, and density. The simple procedure takes advantage of the solubility of two colored dyes in a series of solvents or solvent mixtures, and the diffusion of colors can be easily…

  11. A Colorful Solubility Exercise for Organic Chemistry

    Shugrue, Christopher R.; Mentzen, Hans H., II; Linton, Brian R.


    A discovery chemistry laboratory has been developed for the introductory organic chemistry student to investigate the concepts of polarity, miscibility, solubility, and density. The simple procedure takes advantage of the solubility of two colored dyes in a series of solvents or solvent mixtures, and the diffusion of colors can be easily…

  12. Solubility Characteristics of PCBM and C60.

    Boucher, David; Howell, Jason


    Empirical data indicate that several good solvents for C60 and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) have substantial polar and hydrogen-bonding components, which are not intrinsic to the structure of the C60 and PCBM molecules themselves. Functional solubility parameter (FSP) and convex solubility parameter (CSP) computations are performed on C60 and PCBM using solubility data available in the literature. The CSP and FSP results are compared to previously reported Hansen solubility parameters (HSPs) and to the parameters calculated using additive functional group contribution methods. The CSP and FSP methods confirm the anomalously large polar and hydrogen-bonding parameters, δP and δH, obtained experimentally for C60 and PCBM. This behavior, which is quite irregular given the structure of the molecules, is due to the fact that several good solvents have high δP and δH values. Thus, these irregularities are highlighted by the CSP and FSP calculations. Additional contradictory solubility characteristics are disclosed by comparing the experimental solubility parameters to a linear solvation energy relationship (LSER) model, additive functional group calculations, and COSMO-RS computations. The FSP solubility function strongly suggests that the solubility parameters do not accurately represent the cohesive energy density properties of C60 and PCBM, as intended, but rather they manifest the properties of the solvents, e.g., high δP and δH values, that are necessary to accommodate these molecules in the liquid phase.

  13. A framework for API solubility modelling

    Conte, Elisa; Gani, Rafiqul; Crafts, Peter

    The solubility of solid organic compounds in water and organic solvents is a fundamental thermodynamic property for many purposes such as product-process design and optimization, for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Experimental literature solubility data are usually scarce and temperature...

  14. Solubility of nonelectrolytes: a first-principles computational approach.

    Jackson, Nicholas E; Chen, Lin X; Ratner, Mark A


    Using a combination of classical molecular dynamics and symmetry adapted intermolecular perturbation theory, we develop a high-accuracy computational method for examining the solubility energetics of nonelectrolytes. This approach is used to accurately compute the cohesive energy density and Hildebrand solubility parameters of 26 molecular liquids. The energy decomposition of symmetry adapted perturbation theory is then utilized to develop multicomponent Hansen-like solubility parameters. These parameters are shown to reproduce the solvent categorizations (nonpolar, polar aprotic, or polar protic) of all molecular liquids studied while lending quantitative rigor to these qualitative categorizations via the introduction of simple, easily computable parameters. Notably, we find that by monitoring the first-order exchange energy contribution to the total interaction energy, one can rigorously determine the hydrogen bonding character of a molecular liquid. Finally, this method is applied to compute explicitly the Flory interaction parameter and the free energy of mixing for two different small molecule mixtures, reproducing the known miscibilities. This methodology represents an important step toward the prediction of molecular solubility from first principles.

  15. Independent School Administration.

    Springer, E. Laurence

    This book deals with the management of privately supported schools and offers guidelines on how these schools might be operated more effectively and economically. The discussions and conclusions are based on observations and data from case studies of independent school operations. The subjects discussed include the role and organization of…

  16. Independence in appearance

    Warming-Rasmussen, Bent; Quick, Reiner; Liempd, Dennis van


    article presents research contributions to the question whether the auditor is to continue to provide both audit and non-audit services (NAS) to an audit client. Research results show that this double function for the same audit client is a problem for stakeholders' confidence in auditor independence...

  17. Determining the group velocity dispersion by field analysis for the LP0X, LP1X, and LP2X mode groups independently of the fiber length: applications to step-index fibers

    Israelsen, Stine Møller; Usuga Castaneda, Mario A.; Rottwitt, Karsten


    By knowing the electric field distribution of a guided mode in an optical fiber, we are able to evaluate the group velocity dispersion in a weakly guiding step-index fiber for a pure mode in the LP0X, LP1X, and LP2X mode groups independently of the fiber length. We demonstrate the method...

  18. The cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of soluble and particulate cobalt in human lung epithelial cells.

    Xie, Hong; Smith, Leah J; Holmes, Amie L; Zheng, Tongzhang; Pierce Wise, John


    Cobalt is a toxic metal used in various industrial applications leading to adverse lung effects by inhalation. Cobalt is considered a possible human carcinogen with the lung being a primary target. However, few studies have considered cobalt-induced toxicity in human lung cells, especially normal lung epithelial cells. Therefore, in this study, we sought to determine the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of particulate and soluble cobalt in normal primary human lung epithelial cells. Cobalt oxide and cobalt chloride were used as representative particulate and soluble cobalt compounds, respectively. Exposure to both particulate and soluble cobalt induced a concentration-dependent increase in cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, and intracellular cobalt ion levels. Based on intracellular cobalt ion levels, we found that soluble and particulate cobalt induced similar cytotoxicity while soluble cobalt was more genotoxic than particulate cobalt. These data indicate that cobalt compounds are cytotoxic and genotoxic to human lung epithelial cells.

  19. Cell Model of In-cloud Scavenging of Highly Soluble Gases

    Baklanov, Alexander; Fominykh, Andrew; Krasovitov, Boris


    We investigate mass transfer during absorption of highly soluble gases such as HNO_{3}, H_{2}O_{2} by stagnant cloud droplets in the presence of inert admixtures. Thermophysical properties of the gases and liquids are assumed to be constant. Diffusion interactions between droplets, caused by the overlap of depleted of soluble gas regions around the neighboring droplets, are taken into account in the approximation of a cellular model of a gas-droplet suspension whereby a suspension is viewed as a periodic structure consisting of the identical spherical cells with periodic boundary conditions at the cell boundary. Using this model we determined temporal and spatial dependencies of the concentration of the soluble trace gas in a gaseous phase and in a droplet and calculated the dependence of the scavenging coefficient on time. It is shown that scavenging of highly soluble gases by cloud droplets leads to essential decrease of soluble trace gas concentration in the interstitial air. We found that scavenging coeff...

  20. Equilibrium solubility versus intrinsic dissolution: characterization of lamivudine, stavudine and zidovudine for BCS classification

    André Bersani Dezani


    Full Text Available Solubility and dissolution rate of drugs are of major importance in pre-formulation studies of pharmaceutical dosage forms. The solubility improvement allows the drugs to be potential biowaiver candidates and may be a good way to develop more dose-efficient formulations. Solubility behaviour of lamivudine, stavudine and zidovudine in individual solvents (under pH range of 1.2 to 7.5 was studied by equilibrium solubility and intrinsic dissolution methods. In solubility study by equilibrium method (shake-flask technique, known amounts of drug were added in each media until to reach saturation and the mixture was subjected to agitation of 150 rpm for 72 hours at 37 ºC. In intrinsic dissolution test, known amount of each drug was compressed in the matrix of Wood's apparatus and subjected to dissolution in each media with agitation of 50 rpm at 37 ºC. In solubility by equilibrium method, lamivudine and zidovudine can be considered as highly soluble drugs. Although stavudine present high solubility in pH 4.5, 6.8, 7.5 and water, the solubility determination in pH 1.2 was not possible due stability problems. Regarding to intrinsic dissolution, lamivudine and stavudine present high speed of dissolution. Considering a boundary value presented by Yu and colleagues (2004, all drugs studied present high solubility characteristics in intrinsic dissolution method. Based on the obtained results, intrinsic dissolution seems to be superior for solubility studies as an alternative method for biopharmaceutical classification purposes.

  1. Reproducibility over time and effect of low-dose aspirin on soluble P-selectin and soluble CD40 ligand.

    Valdes, Vanessa; Nardi, Michael A; Elbaum, Lindsay; Berger, Jeffrey S


    Platelet markers [soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) and soluble p selectin (sPselectin)] are associated with platelet activation and cardiovascular events. We sought to investigate the reproducibility of these markers over time and the effect of low-dose aspirin on sCD40L and sPselectin in plasma and serum. Following an overnight fast, 40 healthy volunteers had weekly phlebotomy and were administered aspirin 81 mg/day between weeks 3 and 4. Reproducibility over time was assessed by coefficient of variation (CV) and inter-class correlation coefficient. Correlation between markers was assessed using Pearson r statistic. Difference between levels pre- and post-aspirin was measured with Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Data are presented as median (interquartile range). sCD40L and sPselectin measurements were reproducible over time in plasma and serum (CV < 10 %). Measurement of sCD40L and sPselectin in plasma correlated with levels in serum before aspirin and after aspirin. There was no significant correlation between sCD40L and sPselectin. After 1-week of aspirin 81 mg/day, there was a reduction in sCD40L and sPselectin in serum and plasma, respectively. Soluble CD40L and sPselectin are independent markers that are reproducible over time in both plasma and sera and are reduced by 1-week of low-dose aspirin.

  2. Indomethacin solubility estimation in 1,4-dioxane + water mixtures by the extended hildebrand solubility approach

    Miller A Ruidiaz


    Full Text Available Extended Hildebrand Solubility Approach (EHSA was successfully applied to evaluate the solubility of Indomethacin in 1,4-dioxane + water mixtures at 298.15 K. An acceptable correlation-performance of EHSA was found by using a regular polynomial model in order four of the W interaction parameter vs. solubility parameter of the mixtures (overall deviation was 8.9%. Although the mean deviation obtained was similar to that obtained directly by means of an empiric regression of the experimental solubility vs. mixtures solubility parameters, the advantages of EHSA are evident because it requires physicochemical properties easily available for drugs.

  3. Solubility of {beta}-carotene in ethanol- and triolein-modified CO{sub 2}

    Araus, Karina A. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Bioprocesos, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Avda. Vicuna Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago (Chile); Canales, Roberto I. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Ambiental, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Avda. Espana 1680, Valparaiso (Chile); Valle, Jose M. del [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Bioprocesos, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Avda. Vicuna Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago (Chile); Fuente, Juan C. de la, E-mail: [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica y Ambiental, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Avda. Espana 1680, Valparaiso (Chile); Centro Regional de Estudios en Alimentos Saludables, Blanco 1623, Valparaiso (Chile)


    Highlights: > We measure solubility of {beta}-carotene in pure CO{sub 2}, and with ethanol and triolein as co-solvents. > We model the solubility of {beta}-carotene in pure CO{sub 2}, and with co-solvents. > The co-solvent effect of triolein over solubility of {beta}-carotene in CO{sub 2} was higher than ethanol. - Abstract: Modification of an experimental device and methodology improved speed and reproducibility of measurement of solubility of {beta}-carotene in pure and modified SuperCritical (SC) CO{sub 2} at (313 to 333) K. Solubilities of {beta}-carotene in pure CO{sub 2} at (17 to 34) MPa ranged (0.17 to 1.06) {mu}mol/mol and agreed with values reported in literature. The solubility of {beta}-carotene in CO{sub 2} modified with (1.2 to 1.6) % mol ethanol increased by a factor of 1.7 to 3.0 as compared to its solubility in pure CO{sub 2} under equivalent conditions. The concentration of triolein in equilibrated ternary (CO{sub 2} + {beta}-carotene + triolein) mixtures having excess triolein reached values (0.01 to 0.39) mmol/mol corresponding to its solubility in pure SC CO{sub 2} under equivalent conditions. Under these conditions, the solubility of {beta}-carotene in triolein-modified CO{sub 2} increased by a factor of up to 4.0 in relation with its solubility in pure CO{sub 2} at comparable system temperature and pressure, reaching an uppermost value of 3.3 {mu}mol/mol at 333 K and 32 MPa. Unlike in the case of ethanol, where enhancements in solubility where relatively independent on system conditions, solubility enhancements using triolein as co-solvent increased markedly with system pressure, being larger than using (1.2 to 1.6) % mol ethanol at about (24 to 28) MPa, depending on system temperature. The increase in the solubility {beta}-carotene in SC CO{sub 2} as a result of using ethanol or triolein as co-solvent apparently does not depend on the increase in density associated with the dissolution of the co-solvent in CO{sub 2}. Enhancements may be due

  4. Comparison of preparative method during determination of tartrazine and sunset yellow water-solubility colour by HPLC in drinks%HPLC法测定饮料中色素柠檬黄、日落黄前处理方法的比较

    蔡增轩; 黄百芬; 王天娇; 冯靓; 任一平


    Objective: Comparison of two preparative method during determination of tartrazine and sunset yellow water - solubility colour by HPLC in drinks. Methods: Preparation samples with two method respectively, and test the result with F - test and t - test after separation with HPLC. Rsesults: F - test were performed on the results of two methods, Fc < Ft. t - test were performed on the result after adjustment with recovery, tc < tt. Conclusion: There were no significant difference between two preparative methods.%目的:对HPLC法测定饮料中人工合成色素柠檬黄、日落黄时两种前处理方法进行比较.方法:分别以稀释和聚酰胺吸附处理样品,经色谱分离后对计算结果进行统计处理,对结果进行F检验和t检验.结果:经对两种前处理方法的结果进行F检验,F.经对回收率校正后的结果进行t检验,t.结论:两种前处理方法的精密度和平均值无显著性差异.

  5. Solubility effects in waste-glass/demineralized-water systems

    Fullam, H.T.


    Aqueous systems involving demineralized water and four glass compositions (including standins for actinides and fission products) at temperatures of up to 150/sup 0/C were studied. Two methods were used to measure the solubility of glass components in demineralized water. One method involved approaching equilibrium from subsaturation, while the second method involved approaching equilibrium from supersaturation. The aqueous solutions were analyzed by induction-coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP). Uranium was determined using a Scintrex U-A3 uranium analyzer and zinc and cesium were determined by atomic absorption. The system that results when a waste glass is contacted with demineralized water is a complex one. The two methods used to determine the solubility limits gave very different results, with the supersaturation method yielding much higher solution concentrations than the subsaturation method for most of the elements present in the waste glasses. The results show that it is impossible to assign solubility limits to the various glass components without thoroughly describing the glass-water systems. This includes not only defining the glass type and solution temperature, but also the glass surface area-to-water volume ratio (S/V) of the system and the complete thermal history of the system. 21 figures, 22 tables. (DLC)

  6. Solubility of drugs in aqueous polymeric solution: effect of ovalbumin on microencapsulation process.

    Aziz, Hesham Abdul; Tan, Yvonne Tze Fung; Peh, Kok Khiang


    Microencapsulation of water-soluble drugs using coacervation-phase separation method is very challenging, as these drugs partitioned into the aqueous polymeric solution, resulting in poor drug entrapment. For evaluating the effect of ovalbumin on the microencapsulation of drugs with different solubility, pseudoephedrine HCl, verapamil HCl, propranolol HCl, paracetamol, and curcuminoid were used. In addition, drug mixtures comprising of paracetamol and pseudoephedrine HCl were also studied. The morphology, encapsulation efficiency, particle size, and in vitro release profile were investigated. The results showed that the solubility of the drug determined the ratio of ovalbumin to be used for successful microencapsulation. The optimum ratios of drug, ovalbumin, and gelatin for water-soluble (pseudoephedrine HCl, verapamil HCl, and propranolol HCl), sparingly water-soluble (paracetamol), and water-insoluble (curcuminoid) drugs were found to be 1:1:2, 2:3:5, and 1:3:4. As for the drug mixture, the optimum ratio of drug, ovalbumin, and gelatin was 2:3:5. Encapsulated particles prepared at the optimum ratios showed high yield, drug loading, entrapment efficiency, and sustained release profiles. The solubility of drug affected the particle size of the encapsulated particle. Highly soluble drugs resulted in smaller particle size. In conclusion, addition of ovalbumin circumvented the partitioning effect, leading to the successful microencapsulation of water-soluble drugs.

  7. Identification, solubility enhancement and in vivo testing of a cyanide antidote candidate.

    Kovacs, Kristof; Ancha, Madhuri; Jane, Mario; Lee, Stephen; Angalakurthi, Siva; Negrito, Maelani; Rasheed, Senan; Nwaneri, Assumpta; Petrikovics, Ilona


    Present studies focused on the in vitro testing, the solubility enhancement and the in vivo testing of methyl propyl trisulfide (MPTS), a newly identified sulfur donor to treat cyanide (CN) intoxication. To enhance the solubility of the lipophilic MPTS, various FDA approved co-solvents, surfactants and their combinations were applied. The order of MPTS solubility in the given co-solvents was found to be the following: ethanol > PEG 200 ≈ PEG400 ≈ PEG300 > PG. The maximum solubility of MPTS was found at 90% ethanol of 177.11 ± 12.17 mg/ml. The order of MPTS solubility in different surfactants is Cremophor EL>Cremophor RH40>polysorbate 80>sodium deoxycholate>sodium cholate. The maximum solubility of 40.99 mg/ml was achieved with 20% Cremophor EL. A synergistic solubilizing effect encountered with the combination of 20% Cremophor EL+75% ethanol lead to a 2900-fold increase (compared to water solubility) in solubility. The in vivo efficacy using intramuscular administration was determined on a therapeutic mice model and expressed as a ratio of CN LD50 with and without the test antidote(s) (APR). Intramuscular administration was shown to be effective and the therapeutic antidotal protection by MPTS alone and MPTS+thiosulfate (TS) was significantly higher than the present therapy of TS.


    V.B. Chaudhary * 1 and J. K. Patel 2


    Full Text Available Low solubility compounds show dissolution rate limited absorption and hence poor absorption, distribution and target organ delivery. Improvement of aqueous solubility in such a case is valuable goal to improve therapeutic efficacy. Complexation with CDs by different methods like physical mixing, melting, kneding, spray drying, freeze drying, co-evaporation has been reported to enhance the solubility, dissolution rate and bioavability of poorly water soluble drugs. The formation of inclusion complex can be confirmed by DSC, FTIR, XRD and SEM study. This review aims to assess the use of cyclodextrines as complexing agents to enhance the solubility of poorly soluble drugs and hence to resolve the many issues associated with developing and commercializing poorly water soluble drugs.

  9. Modificações do método gravimétrico não enzimático para determinar fibra alimentar solúvel e insolúvel em frutos Modifications in the gravimetric non enzymatic method for determination of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber in fruits

    Nonete Barbosa Guerra


    , revealing good method reproducibility and no significant differences among the treatments applied to guava and other fruits. Differently from what was found in the determination of the insoluble dietary fiber, which had a variation of 99.6% for cashew and 54.0% for acerola, the data generated for soluble dietary fiber were disregarded, due to the dispersiveness found. CONCLUSION: Those results show that the samples do not depend on lyophilization and that the quantification of soluble dietary fiber needs further adjustments of the precipitation stage.

  10. Simultaneous Determination of Fat-soluble Vitamins A, E and K3 in Dried Okra by High Performance Liquid Chromatography%高效液相色谱法同时测定秋葵干蔬中的脂溶性维生素A、E、K3

    董爱军; 崔艳华; 杨鑫


    建立了同时测定秋葵干蔬中脂溶性维生素A、E、K3的反相高效液相色谱法.样品皂化后,采用C18色谱柱(150 mm×4.6 mm,5μm i.d.)进行分离,以甲醇为流动相,流速1.0 mL/min,二极管阵列检测器(DAD)在325、290、244 nm波长下同时检测,外标法定量.结果表明,脂溶性维生素A、E、K3在0.1~20.0 mg/L范围内呈良好线性,相关系数均大于0.99;3种脂溶性维生素的回收率为88%~95%,相对标准偏差(RSD)为0.8%~3.9%;检出限(LODS,S/N =3)分别为0.3、0.6、0.1 mg/kg,定量下限(LOQs,S/N= 10)分别为1.0、2.0、0.3 mg/kg.该方法具有较高的准确度和精密度,能够满足实际检测的需要.%A method was developed for the simultaneous determination of fat-soluble vitamin A, E and K3 in dried okra by reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode ar ray detection. The sample was first extracted with ethanol and followed by saponification with 50% KOH solution, then extracted with petroleum ether. The extract was separated on an Agilent Eclipse XDB C18 column(150 mm× 4. 6 mm, 5 μm I. D. ) at 30 ℃ , using methanol as mobile phase at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The target compounds were simultaneously detected at 325, 290, 244 nm, respectively, and quantified by the external standard method. The results showed that the linear ranges for fat-soluble vitamins A, E, K3 were in the range of 0. 1 - 20. 0 mg/L with correlation coef ficients more than 0. 99. The spiked recoveries of three fat-soluble vitamins from dry okra sample were in the range of 88% - 95% with RSDs of 0. 8% - 3.9% . The limits of detection (LODs, S/N = 3) of VA, VE and VK3 were 0. 3, 0. 6, 0. 1 mg/kg, respectively, and the limits of quantitation( LOQs, S/N = 10) were 1.0, 2.0, 0.3 mg/kg, respectively. The developed method was simple and accurate, and could meet the demands for actual detection.

  11. Quantum independent increment processes

    Franz, Uwe


    This volume is the first of two volumes containing the revised and completed notes lectures given at the school "Quantum Independent Increment Processes: Structure and Applications to Physics". This school was held at the Alfried-Krupp-Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald during the period March 9 – 22, 2003, and supported by the Volkswagen Foundation. The school gave an introduction to current research on quantum independent increment processes aimed at graduate students and non-specialists working in classical and quantum probability, operator algebras, and mathematical physics. The present first volume contains the following lectures: "Lévy Processes in Euclidean Spaces and Groups" by David Applebaum, "Locally Compact Quantum Groups" by Johan Kustermans, "Quantum Stochastic Analysis" by J. Martin Lindsay, and "Dilations, Cocycles and Product Systems" by B.V. Rajarama Bhat.

  12. Field Independent Cosmic Evolution

    Nayem Sk


    Full Text Available It has been shown earlier that Noether symmetry does not admit a form of corresponding to an action in which is coupled to scalar-tensor theory of gravity or even for pure theory of gravity taking anisotropic model into account. Here, we prove that theory of gravity does not admit Noether symmetry even if it is coupled to tachyonic field and considering a gauge in addition. To handle such a theory, a general conserved current has been constructed under a condition which decouples higher-order curvature part from the field part. This condition, in principle, solves for the scale-factor independently. Thus, cosmological evolution remains independent of the form of the chosen field, whether it is a scalar or a tachyon.




    @@ Ⅰ. Introduction At present, in the college, English extensive reading class, most students are not used to being independent. They always ask the teacher to explain the passages sentence by sentence and they need a lot of time to use the dictionary. Yet, we should take the responsibility for the students by making clear the difference between intensive and extensive reading. The traditional teaching approaches pays more attention to the teacher-centered way;the teacher always plays a monodrama, and the teacher dominates the class. The students are lack initiative. Some students do not know where they could start from, and the others are short of fast-reading skills, always fixing their eyes on one word or one sentence. Under the new situation and new thinking, students should learn to be more independent.

  14. Solubility of NaCl and KCl in aqueous HCl from 20 to 85°C

    Potter, Robert W.; Clynne, Michael A.


    The solubilities of NaCl and KCl in aqueous HCl solutions were determined from 20 to 85°C at concentrations ranging from 0 to 20 g of HCl/100 g of solution. Equations are given that describe the solubilities over the range of conditions studied. For NaCl and KCl respectively measured solubilities show an average deviation from these equations of ??0.10 and ??0.08 g/100 g of saturated solution.

  15. Bayesian Independent Component Analysis

    Winther, Ole; Petersen, Kaare Brandt


    In this paper we present an empirical Bayesian framework for independent component analysis. The framework provides estimates of the sources, the mixing matrix and the noise parameters, and is flexible with respect to choice of source prior and the number of sources and sensors. Inside the engine...... in a Matlab toolbox, is demonstrated for non-negative decompositions and compared with non-negative matrix factorization....

  16. Random Independence Systems


    Whitney provided a set of axioms for a structure commonly called i a matroid. Matroid theory (see ( Tutte , 19711, [Lawler, 19761) has applications to a wide...applicable in this case. On the other hand, there is no known efficient ( polynomial time) algorithm for constructing cliques of size 2 log n with...intersection. The problem of constructing a maximal independent set in the intersection of k matroids has a polynomial time (in tEl) algorithm [Lawler, 197

  17. Solubilities of crystalline drugs in polymers: an improved analytical method and comparison of solubilities of indomethacin and nifedipine in PVP, PVP/VA, and PVAc.

    Sun, Ye; Tao, Jing; Zhang, Geoff G Z; Yu, Lian


    A previous method for measuring solubilities of crystalline drugs in polymers has been improved to enable longer equilibration and used to survey the solubilities of indomethacin (IMC) and nifedipine (NIF) in two homo-polymers [polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and polyvinyl acetate (PVAc)] and their co-polymer (PVP/VA). These data are important for understanding the stability of amorphous drug-polymer dispersions, a strategy actively explored for delivering poorly soluble drugs. Measuring solubilities in polymers is difficult because their high viscosities impede the attainment of solubility equilibrium. In this method, a drug-polymer mixture prepared by cryo-milling is annealed at different temperatures and analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry to determine whether undissolved crystals remain and thus the upper and lower bounds of the equilibrium solution temperature. The new annealing method yielded results consistent with those obtained with the previous scanning method at relatively high temperatures, but revised slightly the previous results at lower temperatures. It also lowered the temperature of measurement closer to the glass transition temperature. For D-mannitol and IMC dissolving in PVP, the polymer's molecular weight has little effect on the weight-based solubility. For IMC and NIF, the dissolving powers of the polymers follow the order PVP > PVP/VA > PVAc. In each polymer studied, NIF is less soluble than IMC. The activities of IMC and NIF dissolved in various polymers are reasonably well fitted to the Flory-Huggins model, yielding the relevant drug-polymer interaction parameters. The new annealing method yields more accurate data than the previous scanning method when solubility equilibrium is slow to achieve. In practice, these two methods can be combined for efficiency. The measured solubilities are not readily anticipated, which underscores the importance of accurate experimental data for developing predictive models.

  18. Soluble endoglin, transforming growth factor-Beta 1 and soluble tumor necrosis factor alpha receptors in different clinical manifestations of preeclampsia.

    Luiza O Perucci

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Despite intensive research, the etiopathogenesis of preeclampsia (PE remains uncertain. Inflammatory and angiogenic factors are thought to play considerable roles in this disease. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between soluble endoglin (sEng, transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1 and tumor necrosis factor alpha soluble receptors (sTNF-Rs and the clinical manifestations of PE. METHODS: Plasma levels of sEng, TGF-β1 and sTNF-Rs were determined by ELISA in 23 non-pregnant, 21 normotensive pregnant and 43 PE women. PE women were stratified into subgroups according to the severity [mild (n = 12 and severe (n = 31] and onset-time of the disease [early (n = 19 and late (n = 24]. RESULTS: Pregnancy was associated with higher levels of sEng, sTNF-R1 and sTNF-R2 than the non-pregnant state. Moreover, PE women had higher levels of sEng and sTNF-R1 than normotensive pregnant women. No difference was found in TGF-β1 levels, comparing the three study groups. Late PE had higher levels of sTNF-R1 and sTNF-R2 than early PE. No significant differences were found in sEng and TGF-β1 comparing early and late PE. sEng levels were higher in severe PE than in mild PE and no difference was found for TGF-β1, sTNF-R1 and sTNF-R2 levels. There was a positive correlation among sEng, TNF-R1 and sTNF-2 levels. Logistic regression analysis revealed that primiparity and sEng levels are independently associated with the development of PE. Furthermore, sEng levels are independently associated with the disease severity. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that pregnancy is a condition associated with higher levels of anti-angiogenic and pro-inflammatory factors than the non-pregnant state and that PE is associated with an imbalance of these factors in the maternal circulation.

  19. Molecular Thermodynamic Modeling of Mixed Solvent Solubility

    Ellegaard, Martin Dela; Abildskov, Jens; O’Connell, John P.


    A method based on statistical mechanical fluctuation solution theory for composition derivatives of activity coefficients is employed for estimating dilute solubilities of 11 solid pharmaceutical solutes in nearly 70 mixed aqueous and nonaqueous solvent systems. The solvent mixtures range from...... nearly ideal to strongly nonideal. The database covers a temperature range from 293 to 323 K. Comparisons with available data and other existing solubility methods show that the method successfully describes a variety of observed mixed solvent solubility behaviors using solute−solvent parameters from...

  20. Water Soluble Polymers for Pharmaceutical Applications

    Veeran Gowda Kadajji


    Full Text Available Advances in polymer science have led to the development of novel drug delivery systems. Some polymers are obtained from natural resources and then chemically modified for various applications, while others are chemically synthesized and used. A large number of natural and synthetic polymers are available. In the present paper, only water soluble polymers are described. They have been explained in two categories (1 synthetic and (2 natural. Drug polymer conjugates, block copolymers, hydrogels and other water soluble drug polymer complexes have also been explained. The general properties and applications of different water soluble polymers in the formulation of different dosage forms, novel delivery systems and biomedical applications will be discussed.

  1. How to design a good photoresist solvent package using solubility parameters and high-throughput research

    Tate, Michael P.; Cutler, Charlotte; Sakillaris, Mike; Kaufman, Michael; Estelle, Thomas; Mohler, Carol; Tucker, Chris; Thackeray, Jim


    Understanding fundamental properties of photoresists and how interactions between photoresist components affect performance targets are crucial to the continued success of photoresists. More specifically, polymer solubility is critical to the overall performance capability of the photoresist formulation. While several theories describe polymer solvent solubility, the most common industrially applied method is Hansen's solubility parameters. Hansen's method, based on regular solution theory, describes a solute's ability to dissolve in a solvent or solvent blend using four physical properties determined experimentally through regression of solubility data in many known solvents. The four physical parameters are dispersion, polarity, hydrogen bonding, and radius of interaction. Using these parameters a relative cohesive energy difference (RED), which describes a polymer's likelihood to dissolve in a given solvent blend, may be calculated. Leveraging a high throughput workflow to prepare and analyze the thousands of samples necessary to calculate the Hansen's solubility parameters from many different methacrylate-based polymers, we compare the physical descriptors to reveal a large range of polarities and hydrogen bonding. Further, we find that Hansen's model correctly predicts the soluble/insoluble state of 3-component solvent blends where the dispersion, polar, hydrogen-bonding, and radius of interaction values were determined through regression of experimental values. These modeling capabilities have allowed for optimization of the photoresist solubility from initial blending through application providing valuable insights into the nature of photoresist.

  2. Microbial respiration activities correlated to sequentially separated, particulate and water-soluble organic matter fractions from arable and forest topsoils

    Kaiser, M.; Wirth, S.; Ellerbrock, R.; Sommer, M.


    Michael Kaiser1, Stephan Wirth2, Ruth H. Ellerbrock3, Michael Sommer3,4 1University of California Merced, Natural Science, 4225 N. Hospital Rd., Atwater, CA 95301 2,3 Leibniz-Center for Agricultural Research (ZALF) e. V. 2 Institute of Landscape Matter Dynamics 3 Institute of Soil Landscape Research Eberswalder Str. 84, D-15374 Muencheberg, Germany 4University of Potsdam, Institute of Geoecology, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, 14476 Potsdam, Germany Microbial respiration activities correlated to sequentially separated, particulate and water-soluble organic matter fractions from arable and forest topsoils Microbial decomposition of soil organic matter (SOM) accounts for roughly half of CO2 evolution from vegetated soil surfaces and plays a crucial role in the ability of soil to mitigate the greenhouse effect. The separation and identification of labile (i.e., easily decomposable) organic matter (OM) fractions from bulk SOM is of particular importance for a mechanistic understanding of microbial decomposition processes and for predicting the response of SOM to changes in land use, management, and climate. This work aimed to reveal differences in the relevance of particulate as well as water-soluble organic matter (OM) fractions from topsoils to the easily biodegradable soil organic matter (SOM). We selected eight paired sites with quite different soil types (Udorthent, Paleudalf, Glossudalf, Aquept, Hapludalf, Aquert, Udert, Haplorthod) and soil properties (e.g., clay content: 28 to 564 g kg-1). For each of these sites, we took samples from adjacent arable and forest topsoils. Physically uncomplexed, macro-, and micro-aggregate-occluded organic particle, as well as water-soluble OM fractions were sequentially separated by a combination of electrostatic attraction, ultrasonic treatment, density separation, sieving, and water extraction. The easily biodegradable SOM of the topsoil samples was determined by measuring microbial respiration during a short-term incubation

  3. Selection of excipients for melt extrusion with two poorly water-soluble drugs by solubility parameter calculation and thermal analysis.

    Forster, A; Hempenstall, J; Tucker, I; Rades, T


    The aim of this study was to determine the miscibility of drug and excipient to predict if glass solutions are likely to form when drug and excipient are melt extruded. Two poorly water-soluble drugs, indomethacin and lacidipine, were selected along with 11 excipients (polymeric and non-polymeric). Estimation of drug/excipient miscibility was performed using a combination of the Hoy and Hoftzyer/Van Krevelen methods for Hansen solubility parameter calculation. Miscibility was experimentally investigated with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and hot stage microscopy (HSM). Studies were performed at drug/excipient ratios, 1:4, 1:1 and 4:1. Analysis of the glass transition temperature (T(g)) was performed by quench cooling drug/excipient melts in the DSC. Differences in the drug/excipient solubility parameters of 10 MPa(1/2) were expected to indicate a lack of miscibility and not form glass solutions when melt extruded. Experimentally, miscibility was shown by changes in drug/excipient melting endotherms and confirmed by HSM investigations. Experimental results were in agreement with solubility parameter predictions. In addition, drug/excipient combinations predicted to be largely immiscible often exhibited more than one T(g) upon reheating in the DSC. Melt extrusion of miscible components resulted in amorphous solid solution formation, whereas extrusion of an "immiscible" component led to amorphous drug dispersed in crystalline excipient. In conclusion, combining calculation of Hansen solubility parameters with thermal analysis of drug/excipient miscibility can be successfully applied to predict formation of glass solutions with melt extrusion.

  4. Production of soluble Neprilysin by endothelial cells

    Kuruppu, Sanjaya, E-mail: [Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Building 77, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Vic 3800 (Australia); Rajapakse, Niwanthi W. [Department of Physiology, Building 13F, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Vic 3800 (Australia); Minond, Dmitriy [Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, 11350 SW Village Parkway, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34987 (United States); Smith, A. Ian [Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Building 77, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Vic 3800 (Australia)


    Highlights: • A soluble full-length form of Neprilysin exists in media of endothelial cells. • Exosomal release is the key mechanism for the production of soluble Neprilysin. • Inhibition of ADAM-17 by specific inhibitors reduce Neprilysin release. • Exosome mediated release of Neprilysin is dependent on ADAM-17 activity. - Abstract: A non-membrane bound form of Neprilysin (NEP) with catalytic activity has the potential to cleave substrates throughout the circulation, thus leading to systemic effects of NEP. We used the endothelial cell line Ea.hy926 to identify the possible role of exosomes and A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease 17 (ADAM-17) in the production of non-membrane bound NEP. Using a bradykinin based quenched fluorescent substrate (40 μM) assay, we determined the activity of recombinant human NEP (rhNEP; 12 ng), and NEP in the media of endothelial cells (10% v/v; after 24 h incubation with cells) to be 9.35 ± 0.70 and 6.54 ± 0.41 μmols of substrate cleaved over 3 h, respectively. The presence of NEP in the media was also confirmed by Western blotting. At present there are no commercially available inhibitors specific for ADAM-17. We therefore synthesised two inhibitors TPI2155-14 and TPI2155-17, specific for ADAM-17 with IC{sub 50} values of 5.36 and 4.32 μM, respectively. Treatment of cells with TPI2155-14 (15 μM) and TPI2155-17 (4.3 μM) resulted in a significant decrease in NEP activity in media (62.37 ± 1.43 and 38.30 ± 4.70, respectively as a % of control; P < 0.0001), implicating a possible role for ADAM-17 in NEP release. However, centrifuging media (100,000g for 1 h at 4 °C) removed all NEP activity from the supernatant indicating the likely role of exosomes in the release of NEP. Our data therefore indicated for the first time that NEP is released from endothelial cells via exosomes, and that this process is dependent on ADAM-17.

  5. The role of CD4 in antigen-independent activation of isolated single T lymphocytes

    Kelso, A; Owens, T


    The membrane molecule CD4 (L3T4) is thought to facilitate activation of Class II H-2-restricted T cells by binding to Ia determinants on antigen-presenting cells. Recent reports suggest that CD4 can also contribute to antigen-independent activation by anti-T cell receptor (TCR) antibodies. An assay......+F23.1+ clone were micromanipulated into wells to which F23.1 had been immobilized, and their lymphokine secretion was measured 24 hr later. The frequency of lymphokine-secreting cells was consistently reduced up to 10-fold in the presence of soluble anti-CD4 antibody (GK1.5) but only up to 2.5-fold...

  6. Independence among People with Disabilities: II. Personal Independence Profile.

    Nosek, Margaret A.; And Others


    Developed Personal Independence Profile (PIP) as an instrument to measure aspects of independence beyond physical and cognitive functioning in people with diverse disabilities. PIP was tested for reliability and validity with 185 subjects from 10 independent living centers. Findings suggest that the Personal Independence Profile measures the…

  7. 反气相色谱法表征离子液体1-丁基-3-甲基咪唑四氟硼酸盐的溶解度参数%Determination of the solubility parameter of ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate by inverse gas chromatography

    马晓红; 王强; 李晓萍; 唐军; 张正方


    Thermodynamic properties of ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate([ BMIM ] BF4 )were determined via inverse gas chromatography( IGC). Two groups of solvents with different chemical natures and polarities were used to obtain information about[ BMIM]BF4-solvent interactions. The specific retention volume,molar heat of sorption,weight fraction activity coefficient,Flory-Huggins interaction param-eter as well as solubility parameter were also determined in a temperature range of 333-373 K. The results showed that the selected solvents n-C10 to n-C12,carbon tetrachloride,cyclohexane and toluene were poor sol-vents for[BMIM]BF4,while dichloromethane,acetone,chloroform,methyl acetate,ethanol and methanol were favorite solvents for[BMIM]BF4. In addition,the solubility parameter of[BMIM]BF4 was determined as 23. 39( J/cm3 )0. 5 by the extrapolation at 298 K. The experiment proved that IGC was a simple and accurate method to obtain the thermodynamic properties of ionic liquids. This study could be used as a reference to the application and research of the ionic liquids.%采用反气相色谱法(IGC)表征了离子液体1-丁基-3-甲基咪唑四氟硼酸盐([BMIM]BF4)在333~373 K 温度范围内的热力学参数。使用两组不同化学结构和性质的探针分子测定了[ BMIM]BF4与溶剂之间的相互作用力。根据探针分子的保留时间计算得到探针分子与[ BMIM]BF4之间的摩尔吸附焓、质量分数活度系数、Flory-Huggins相互作用参数和[ BMIM]BF4的溶解度参数。结果表明,所选溶剂中 n-C10、n-C11、n-C12、四氯化碳,环己烷和甲苯为[BMIM]BF4的不良溶剂;二氯甲烷、丙酮、氯仿、乙酸甲酯、乙醇、甲醇为[BMIM]BF4的良溶剂。运用外推法得到了[HMIM]BF4在室温(298.15K)时的溶解度参数为23.39(J/cm3)0.5。实验结果证明 IGC 法是一种简便准确的获得离子液体热力学参数的方法。本研究为离子液体的应用及相


    HU Xiaodong; WANG Fosong; ZHAO Xiaojiang; YAN Deyue


    Soluble polyacetylene (PA) with well-defined nature has been synthesized with catalyst system Nd(i-Opr)3/AlR3 (R = C2H5-, i-C4H9-) and characterized by IR, Raman and ESR Spectra etc. Number average molecular weight of the soluble specimen were determined by VPO to be about 500g/mol. Or lower.The IR and NMR spectra and end group analysis of the soluble polyacetylene fully demonstrate that polymerization of acetylene with rare-earth catalyst is realized through monomer insertion between the transition metal-carbon bond.

  9. A peptide against soluble guanylyl cyclase α1: a new approach to treating prostate cancer.

    Shuai Gao

    Full Text Available Among the many identified androgen-regulated genes, sGCα1 (soluble guanylyl cyclase α1 appears to play a pivotal role in mediating the pro-cancer effects of androgens and androgen receptor. The classical role for sGCα1 is to heterodimerize with the sGCβ1 subunit, forming sGC, the enzyme that mediates nitric oxide signaling by catalyzing the synthesis of cyclic guanosine monophosphate. Our published data show that sGCα1 can drive prostate cancer cell proliferation independent of hormone and provide cancer cells a pro-survival function, via a novel mechanism for p53 inhibition, both of which are independent of sGCβ1, NO, and cGMP. All of these properties make sGCα1 an important novel target for prostate cancer therapy. Thus, peptides were designed targeting sGCα1 with the aim of disrupting this protein's pro-cancer activities. One peptide (A-8R was determined to be strongly cytotoxic to prostate cancer cells, rapidly inducing apoptosis. Cytotoxicity was observed in both hormone-dependent and, significantly, hormone-refractory prostate cancer cells, opening the possibility that this peptide can be used to treat the usually lethal castration-resistant prostate cancer. In mouse xenograft studies, Peptide A-8R was able to stop tumor growth of not only hormone-dependent cells, but most importantly from hormone-independent cells. In addition, the mechanism of Peptide A cytotoxicity is generation of reactive oxygen species, which recently have been recognized as a major mode of action of important cancer drugs. Thus, this paper provides strong evidence that targeting an important AR-regulated gene is a new paradigm for effective prostate cancer therapy.

  10. Preparation of water soluble chitosan by hydrolysis using hydrogen peroxide.

    Xia, Zhenqiang; Wu, Shengjun; Chen, Jinhua


    Chitosan is not soluble in water, which limits its wide application particularly in the medicine and food industry. In the present study, water soluble chitosan (WSC) was prepared by hydrolyzing chitosan using hydrogen peroxide under the catalysis of phosphotungstic acid in homogeneous phase. Factors affecting hydrolysis were investigated and the optimal hydrolysis conditions were determined. The WSC structure was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The resulting products were composed of chitooligosaccharides of DP 2-9. The WSC content of the product and the yield were 94.7% and 92.3% (w/w), respectively. The results indicate that WSC can be effectively prepared by hydrolysis of chitosan using hydrogen peroxide under the catalysis of phosphotungstic acid.

  11. Role of Hansen solubility parameters in solid phase extraction.

    Bielicka-Daszkiewicz, K; Voelkel, A; Pietrzyńska, M; Héberger, K


    The sorbent-eluent systems combined from eight polymeric sorbents and seven solvents as eluents were used for the extraction of phenol and its oxidation products from water samples. The individual interactions between sorbents, eluents and analytes were characterized by Hansen solubility parameters. Principal components analysis (PCA) was used for revealing the dominant interactions (dispersive, polar, and hydrogen bonding type) in sorbent-analyte-eluent systems. The importance of solubility parameters was also determined by a novel procedure based on sum of ranking differences (SRD). Although PCA and ranking by SRD are based on different principles and calculations, they have provided very similar results. The recovery in a given system has been predicted from the magnitudes of mutual interactions (sorbent-analyte, sorbent-eluent, analyte-eluent) by multiple linear regression.

  12. Protocol for using protein solubility as an indicator of full-fat soybean heat treatment

    Palić Dragan V.


    Full Text Available When the degree of full-fat soybean (FFSB processing is determined using protein solubility as an indicator of heat treatment extent, a problem represents the lack of a standard with known value of protein solubility, against which the protein solubility of heat treated FFSB would be determined. Also, a special practical problem imposes the fact that universal ranges of units for describing the degree of FFSB processing are used globally, without taking into consideration specific regional differences. In this paper, a protocol was proposed for establishing unit ranges for defining under-, adequately- and over-processed FFSB when protein solubility is used as an indicator of the extent of heat treatment.

  13. The cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of soluble and particulate cobalt in human lung fibroblast cells

    Smith, Leah J.; Holmes, Amie L. [Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04101-9300 (United States); Maine Center for Environmental Toxicology and Health, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04101-9300 (United States); Department of Applied Medical Science, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04101-9300 (United States); Kandpal, Sanjeev Kumar; Mason, Michael D. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Maine, Orono, ME (United States); Zheng, Tongzhang [Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT (United States); Wise, John Pierce, E-mail: [Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04101-9300 (United States); Maine Center for Environmental Toxicology and Health, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04101-9300 (United States); Department of Applied Medical Science, University of Southern Maine, 96 Falmouth St., P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04101-9300 (United States)


    Cobalt exposure is increasing as cobalt demand rises worldwide due to its use in enhancing rechargeable battery efficiency, super-alloys, and magnetic products. Cobalt is considered a possible human carcinogen with the lung being a primary target. However, few studies have considered cobalt-induced toxicity in human lung cells. Therefore, in this study, we sought to determine the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of particulate and soluble cobalt in human lung cells. Cobalt oxide and cobalt chloride were used as representative particulate and soluble cobalt compounds, respectively. Exposure to both particulate and soluble cobalt induced a concentration-dependent increase in cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, and intracellular cobalt ion levels. Based on intracellular cobalt ion levels, we found that soluble cobalt was more cytotoxic than particulate cobalt while particulate and soluble cobalt induced similar levels of genotoxicity. However, soluble cobalt induced cell cycle arrest indicated by the lack of metaphases at much lower intracellular cobalt concentrations compared to cobalt oxide. Accordingly, we investigated the role of particle internalization in cobalt oxide-induced toxicity and found that particle-cell contact was necessary to induce cytotoxicity and genotoxicity after cobalt exposure. These data indicate that cobalt compounds are cytotoxic and genotoxic to human lung fibroblasts, and solubility plays a key role in cobalt-induced lung toxicity. - Highlights: • Particulate and soluble cobalt are cytotoxic and genotoxic to human lung cells. • Soluble cobalt induces more cytotoxicity compared to particulate cobalt. • Soluble and particulate cobalt induce similar levels of genotoxicity. • Particle-cell contact is required for particulate cobalt-induced toxicity.

  14. Hansen Solubility Parameters for Octahedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes


    and thermal and electrical insulation enhancers. The inorganic core is both mechanically robust, resistant to oxidation, and thermally stable, and...Choi, P.; Kavassalis, T. A.; Rudin, A. Estimation of Hansen Solubility Parameters for (Hydroxyethyl)- Cellulose and (Hydroxypropyl) Cellulose through

  15. Changes in protein solubility, fermentative capacity, viscoelasticity ...



    May 14, 2014 ... solubility, fermentative capacity and viscoelasticity of frozen dough. In addition to examining ... A dynamic ... ten protein fractions of higher molecular weight and are .... An SE-HPLC system (Varian ProStar equipment, Model.

  16. Organogel formation rationalized by Hansen solubility parameters.

    Raynal, Matthieu; Bouteiller, Laurent


    Some organic compounds gelate particular solvents by forming a network of anisotropic fibres. We show that Hansen solubility parameters can be used to predict the range of solvents that are likely to be gelled by any given gelator.

  17. Enhanced dopant solubility in strained silicon

    Adey, J [School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Jones, R [School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Briddon, P R [Physics Centre, School of Natural Science, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)


    The effect of biaxial strain on the solubility of the common donor arsenic and acceptor boron is calculated using spin-polarized local density functional theory. The change in solubility with strain is considered in terms of contributions from the change in total energy and Fermi energy with strain. The solubility of boron is found to be enhanced by compressive biaxial strain due to a reduction in the total energy of the small substitutional impurity and an increase in the Fermi energy for compressive strain. The solubility of arsenic is shown to be enhanced by tensile strain and this is due entirely to the change in Fermi energy. For boron as well as arsenic the change in Fermi energy with strain is shown to make the dominant contribution.

  18. Antimicrobial and Antifungal Effects of Acid and Water-Soluble Chitosan Extracted from Indian Shrimp (Fenneropenaeus indicus Shell

    Ali Taheri


    Full Text Available Background & Objective : Currently, efforts are underway to seek new and effective antimicrobial agents, and marine resources are potent candidates for this aim. The following study was conducted to investigate the efficacy of water-soluble and acid-soluble chitosan against some pathogenic organisms.   Materials & Method s: Inhibition zone of different concentrations (5, 7.5, and 10 mg/ml of acid- soluble and water-soluble chitosan were examined for in vitro antibacterial activity against 4 kinds of hospital bacteria and penicillium sp. Results were compared with 4 standard antibiotics: streptomycin, gentamicin, tetracycline, and erythromycin. Furthermore, minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum lethal concentration were determined.   Results: Inhibition activity of acid-soluble chitosan (10% showed the best result (p value < 0.05, whereas water-soluble chitosan exhibited the least antibacterial effects (p value < 0.05. Chitosan demonstrated maximum effect on V. cholera cerotype ogava , and the least effect was seen on E. coli (p value < 0.05. Acid-soluble chitosan had a more potent effect than the standard antibiotics. Also, acid-soluble chitosan (10% and water-soluble chitosan showed maximum inhibitory effects on penicillium sp.   Conclusion: Chitosan showed maximum antibacterial effect against S. aureus, V. cholerae cerotype ogava, and water-soluble chitosan demonstrated good antifungal effects, revealing a statistically significant difference with common antibacterial and antifungal medicines.

  19. Solubility Products of M(II) - Carbonates

    Grauer, Rolf; Berner, Urs [ed.


    Many solubility data for M(II) carbonates commonly compiled in tables are contradictory and sometimes obviously wrong. The quality of such data has been evaluated based on the original publications and reliable solubility constants have been selected for the carbonates of Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb with the help of cross-comparisons. (author) translated from a PSI internal report written in German in 1994 (TM-44-94-05). 5 figs., 1 tab., 68 refs.

  20. Correlation of Helium Solubility in Liquid Nitrogen

    VanDresar, Neil T.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.


    A correlation has been developed for the equilibrium mole fraction of soluble gaseous helium in liquid nitrogen as a function of temperature and pressure. Experimental solubility data was compiled and provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Data from six sources was used to develop a correlation within the range of 0.5 to 9.9 MPa and 72.0 to 119.6 K. The relative standard deviation of the correlation is 6.9 percent.