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  1. Characterization of hexacationic imidazolium ionic liquids as effective and highly stable gas chromatography stationary phases.

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    González-Álvarez, Jaime; Blanco-Gomis, Domingo; Arias-Abrodo, Pilar; Díaz-Llorente, Daniel; Ríos-Lombardía, Nicolás; Busto, Eduardo; Gotor-Fernández, Vicente; Gutiérrez-Álvarez, María D

    2012-01-01

    Polycationic ionic liquids (ILs) are an attractive class of ILs with great potential applicability as gas chromatography stationary phases. A family of hexacationic imidazolium ILs derived from the cycloalkanol family was chemically first prepared in a straightforward manner and then applied for analytical separation purposes. Four tuneable engineering vectors, namely cation ring size structure, anion nature, spatial disposition of cycloalkanol substituents and O-substitution, were considered as experimental parameters for the design of the desired ionic liquids. A total number of five new phases based on a common benzene core respectively exhibited column efficiencies around to 2500 plates/m, broad operating temperature ranges and also, even more importantly, good thermal stabilities (bleeding temperature between 260 and 365°C), finding variations in the selectivity and analytes elution orders depending on the IL structures. Their solvation characteristics were evaluated using the Abraham solvation parameter model, establishing clear correlations between their cation structure and retention capability with respect to certain analytes. The study of relationships between the ILs structure and solvation parameters gives us an idea of the IL stationary phase to be used for specific separations. Copyright © 2012 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Bacterial Stationary-Phase Evolution

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    Ana Butorac

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Metagenomics and advances in molecular biology methods have enhanced knowledge of microbial evolution, metabolism, functions, their interactions with other organisms and their environment. The ability to persist and adapt to changes in their environment is a common lifestyle of 1 % of the known culturable bacteria. Studies in the variety of species have identified an incredible diversity of bacterial lifespan. The holy grail of molecular biology is to understand the integrated genetic and metabolic patterns of prokaryotic organisms like the enteric bacterium Escherichia coli. The usual description of E. coli life cycle comprises four phases: lag, logarithmic, stationary, and death phase, omitting their persistence and evolution during prolonged stationary phase. During prolonged stationary/starvation period, in batch bacterial culture, selected mutants with increased fitness express growth advantage in stationary phase (GASP, which enables them to grow and displace the parent cells as the majority population. The analyses of growth competition of Gram-negative and/or Gram-positive mixed bacterial cultures showed that GASP phenomenon can result in four GASP phenotypes: strong, moderate, weak or abortive. Bacterial stress responses to starvation include functions that can increase genetic variability and produce transient mutator state, which is important for adaptive evolution.

  3. STABLE STATIONARY STATES OF NON-LOCAL INTERACTION EQUATIONS

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    FELLNER, KLEMENS

    2010-12-01

    In this paper, we are interested in the large-time behaviour of a solution to a non-local interaction equation, where a density of particles/individuals evolves subject to an interaction potential and an external potential. It is known that for regular interaction potentials, stable stationary states of these equations are generically finite sums of Dirac masses. For a finite sum of Dirac masses, we give (i) a condition to be a stationary state, (ii) two necessary conditions of linear stability w.r.t. shifts and reallocations of individual Dirac masses, and (iii) show that these linear stability conditions imply local non-linear stability. Finally, we show that for regular repulsive interaction potential Wε converging to a singular repulsive interaction potential W, the Dirac-type stationary states ρ̄ ε approximate weakly a unique stationary state ρ̄ ∈ L∞. We illustrate our results with numerical examples. © 2010 World Scientific Publishing Company.

  4. Stationary max-stable fields associated to negative definite functions

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    Kabluchko, Zakhar; Schlather, Martin; de Haan, Laurens

    2009-01-01

    Let Wi, i∈ℕ, be independent copies of a zero-mean Gaussian process {W(t), t∈ℝd} with stationary increments and variance σ2(t). Independently of Wi, let ∑i=1∞δUi be a Poisson point process on the real line with intensity e−y dy. We show that the law of the random family of functions {Vi(⋅), i∈ℕ}, where Vi(t)=Ui+Wi(t)−σ2(t)/2, is translation invariant. In particular, the process η(t)=⋁i=1∞Vi(t) is a stationary max-stable process with standard Gumbel margins. The process η arises as a limit of a...

  5. Stationary phases for superheated water chromatography

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    Saha, S

    2002-01-01

    This project focused on the comparison of conventional liquid chromatography and superheated water chromatography. It examined the differences in efficiency and retention of a range of different stationary phases. Alkyl aryl ketones and eight aromatic compounds were separated on PBD-zirconia, Xterra RP 18, Luna C sub 1 sub 8 (2) and Oasis HLB columns using conventional LC and superheated water chromatography system. The retention indices were determined in the different eluents. On changing the organic component of the eluent from methanol to acetonitrile to superheated water considerable improvements were found in the peak shapes and column efficiencies on the PBD-zirconia and Oasis HLB columns. PS-DVB, PBD-zirconia and Xterra RP 18 columns have been used in efficiency studies. It was found that simply elevating the column temperature did not increase the efficiency of a separation in superheated water chromatography. The efficiency depended on flow rate, injection volume and also mobile phase preheating sys...

  6. Thermodynamically Stable Blue Phases

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    Castles, F.; Morris, S. M.; Terentjev, E. M.; Coles, H. J.

    2010-04-01

    We show theoretically that flexoelectricity stabilizes blue phases in chiral liquid crystals. Induced internal polarization reduces the elastic energy cost of splay and bend deformations surrounding singular lines in the director field. The energy of regions of double twist is unchanged. This in turn reduces the free energy of the blue phase with respect to that of the chiral nematic phase, leading to stability over a wider temperature range. The theory explains the discovery of large temperature range blue phases in highly flexoelectric “bimesogenic” and “bent-core” materials, and predicts how this range may be increased further.

  7. Molecular Basis of Stationary Phase Survival and Applications

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    Jananee Jaishankar

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Stationary phase is the stage when growth ceases but cells remain metabolically active. Several physical and molecular changes take place during this stage that makes them interesting to explore. The characteristic proteins synthesized in the stationary phase are indispensable as they confer viability to the bacteria. Detailed knowledge of these proteins and the genes synthesizing them is required to understand the survival in such nutrient deprived conditions. The promoters, which drive the expression of these genes, are called stationary phase promoters. These promoters exhibit increased activity in the stationary phase and less or no activity in the exponential phase. The vectors constructed based on these promoters are ideal for large-scale protein production due to the absence of any external inducers. A number of recombinant protein production systems have been developed using these promoters. This review describes the stationary phase survival of bacteria, the promoters involved, their importance, regulation, and applications.

  8. Stationary max-stable fields associated to negative definite functions

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    Z. Kabluchko (Zakhar); M. Schlather (Martin); L.F.M. de Haan (Laurens)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractLet Wi, i ∈ N{double struck}, be independent copies of a zero-mean Gaussian process {W(t), t ∈ R{double struck}d} with stationary increments and variance σ2(t). Independently of Wi, let ∑∞ i=1 δUi be a Poisson point process on the real line with intensity e-y dy. We show that the law of

  9. Modeling of non-stationary autoregressive alpha-stable processe

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — In the literature, impulsive signals are mostly modeled by symmetric alpha-stable processes. To represent their temporal dependencies, usually autoregressive models...

  10. Recent development of ionic liquid stationary phases for liquid chromatography.

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    Shi, Xianzhe; Qiao, Lizhen; Xu, Guowang

    2015-11-13

    Based on their particular physicochemical characteristics, ionic liquids have been widely applied in many fields of analytical chemistry. Many types of ionic liquids were immobilized on a support like silica or monolith as stationary phases for liquid chromatography. Moreover, different approaches were developed to bond covalently ionic liquids onto the supporting materials. The obtained ionic liquid stationary phases show multi-mode mechanism including hydrophobic, hydrophilic, hydrogen bond, anion exchange, π-π, and dipole-dipole interactions. Therefore, they could be used in different chromatographic modes including ion-exchange, RPLC, NPLC and HILIC to separate various classes of compounds. This review mainly summarizes the immobilized patterns and types of ionic liquid stationary phases, their retention mechanisms and applications in the recent five years. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Accumulation of hns mutations specifically in stationary phase in an ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Genetics; Volume 85; Issue 3. Accumulation of hns mutations specifically in stationary phase in an E. coli strain carrying an impaired rpoS locus. Stuti K. Desai S. Mahadevan. Research Note Volume 85 Issue 3 December 2006 pp 221-224 ...

  12. Accumulation of hns mutations specifically in stationary phase in an ...

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    ditions for growth such as nutrient deprivation experienced during stationary ... taneous mutants that preexisted in the exponential-phase cul- ture used for plating. The same plates on further incubation. (96 h) gave rise to additional Bgl. + mutants that ... Landini 2004) we made use of an additional rpoS. + con- trol strain that ...

  13. Ruin probability with claims modeled by a stationary ergodic stable process

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    Mikosch, T; Samorodnitsky, G

    2000-01-01

    For a random walk with negative drift we study the exceedance probability (ruin probability) of a high threshold. The steps of this walk (claim sizes) constitute a stationary ergodic stable process. We study how ruin occurs in this situation and evaluate the asymptotic behavior of the ruin

  14. [Using barium fluoride fine particles as stationary phase for TLC/FTIR analysis].

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    Liu, Xi; Pan, Qing-hua; Ding, Jie; Zhu, Qing; He, An-qi; Yue, Shi-juan; Li, Xiao-pei; Hu, Li-ping; Xia, Jin-ming; Liu, Cui-ge; Wei, Yong-ju; Yu, Jiang; Yang, Zhan-lan; Zhu, Xi; Xu, Yi-zhuang; Wu, Jin-guang

    2011-07-01

    In situ TLC/FTIR technique has tremendous potential in the analysis of complex mixtures. However, the progress in this technique was quite slow. The reason is that conventional stationary phase such as silica gel etc. has strong absorption in FTIR spectrum and thus brings about severe interference in the detection of samples. To solve the problem, the authors propose to use barium fluoride fine particles as stationary phase of TLC plate. The reasons are as follows: Barium fluoride wafer has been extensively used as infrared window in FTIR experiments and it has no absorbance in an IR region between 4 000 and 800 cm'. As a matter of fact, the atomic mass of barium and fluoride is quite large, thus the normal vibration of BaF2 lattice is limited in far-IR region and low frequency part of mid-IR region. Therefore, the interference caused by IR absorption of stationary phase can be resolved if BaF2 is used as stationary phase of TLC plate. Moreover, BaF2 is quite stable and insolvable in water and most organic solvents and it will not be dissolved by mobile phase or react with samples in TLC separation. Additionally, decreasing the particle size of BaF2 is very important in TLC/FTIR analysis technique. The reason is two-fold: First, decreasing the particle size of stationary phase is helpful to improving the efficiency of separation by TLC plate; second, decreasing the size of BaFz particle can improve the quality of FTIR spectra by alleviating the problem of light scattering. By optimizing the synthetic conditions, fine particles of barium fluoride were obtained. SEM results indicate that the size of the BaF2 particles is around 500 nm. FTIR spectrum of the BaF2 particles shows that no absorption of impurity was observed. Moreover, the elevation of baseline caused by light scattering is insignificant. The authors have developed a new technique named "settlement volatilization method" to prepare TLC plate without polymeric adhesive that may bring about significant

  15. Highly stabilized, polymer-lipid membranes prepared on silica microparticles as stationary phases for capillary chromatography.

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    Gallagher, Elyssia S; Adem, Seid M; Baker, Christopher A; Ratnayaka, Saliya N; Jones, Ian W; Hall, Henry K; Saavedra, S Scott; Aspinwall, Craig A

    2015-03-13

    The ability to rapidly screen complex libraries of pharmacological modulators is paramount to modern drug discovery efforts. This task is particularly challenging for agents that interact with lipid bilayers or membrane proteins due to the limited chemical, physical, and temporal stability of conventional lipid-based chromatographic stationary phases. Here, we describe the preparation and characterization of a novel stationary phase material composed of highly stable, polymeric-phospholipid bilayers self-assembled onto silica microparticles. Polymer-lipid membranes were prepared by photochemical or redox initiated polymerization of 1,2-bis[10-(2',4'-hexadieoyloxy)decanoyl]-sn-glycero-2-phosphocholine (bis-SorbPC), a synthetic, polymerizable lipid. The resulting polymerized bis-SorbPC (poly(bis-SorbPC)) stationary phases exhibited enhanced stability compared to particles coated with 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-phosphocholine (unpolymerized) phospholipid bilayers when exposed to chemical (50 mM triton X-100 or 50% acetonitrile) and physical (15 min sonication) insults after 30 days of storage. Further, poly(bis-SorbPC)-coated particles survived slurry packing into fused silica capillaries, compared to unpolymerized lipid membranes, where the lipid bilayer was destroyed during packing. Frontal chromatographic analyses of the lipophilic small molecules acetylsalicylic acid, benzoic acid, and salicylic acid showed >44% increase in retention times (Psilica microspheres, suggesting a lipophilic retention mechanism. Phospholipid membrane-functionalized stationary phases that withstand the chemical and physical rigors of capillary LC conditions can substantially increase the efficacy of lipid membrane affinity chromatography, and represents a key advance toward the development of robust membrane protein-functionalized chromatographic stationary phases. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Transcriptional regulation in yeast during diauxic shift and stationary phase.

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    Galdieri, Luciano; Mehrotra, Swati; Yu, Sean; Vancura, Ales

    2010-12-01

    The preferred source of carbon and energy for yeast cells is glucose. When yeast cells are grown in liquid cultures, they metabolize glucose predominantly by glycolysis, releasing ethanol in the medium. When glucose becomes limiting, the cells enter diauxic shift characterized by decreased growth rate and by switching metabolism from glycolysis to aerobic utilization of ethanol. When ethanol is depleted from the medium, cells enter quiescent or stationary phase G(0). Cells in diauxic shift and stationary phase are stressed by the lack of nutrients and by accumulation of toxic metabolites, primarily from the oxidative metabolism, and are differentiated in ways that allow them to maintain viability for extended periods of time. The transition of yeast cells from exponential phase to quiescence is regulated by protein kinase A, TOR, Snf1p, and Rim15p pathways that signal changes in availability of nutrients, converge on transcriptional factors Msn2p, Msn4p, and Gis1p, and elicit extensive reprogramming of the transcription machinery. However, the events in transcriptional regulation during diauxic shift and quiescence are incompletely understood. Because cells from multicellular eukaryotic organisms spend most of their life in G(0) phase, understanding transcriptional regulation in quiescence will inform other fields, such as cancer, development, and aging.

  17. Preparation of pyrenebutyric acid bonded silica stationary phases for the application to the separation of fullerenes.

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    Yu, Qiong-Wei; Lin, Bo; He, Hai-Bo; Shi, Zhi-Guo; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2005-08-12

    A novel immobilization method was proposed for the preparation of pyrenebutyric acid-bonded silica (PYB-silica) stationary phases. The pyrene moiety was grafted to silica gel through spacers of aminoalkyl silanes. The HPLC separation of C60, C70 and higher fullerenes on the new pyrenebutyric acid-bonded silica stationary phases was also studied. Based on the temperature effect, the intermolecular interaction between stationary phases and solutes and the retention mechanism were discussed. The results of column loading capacity test demonstrated the potential for the separation of fullerenes in large amounts on the PYB-silica stationary phases.

  18. Study of Stationary Phase Metabolism Via Isotopomer Analysis of Amino Acids from an Isolated Protein

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    Shaikh, AfshanS.; Tang, YinjieJ.; Mukhopadhyay, Aindrila; Martin, Hector Garcia; Gin, Jennifer; Benke, Peter; Keasling, Jay D.

    2009-09-14

    Microbial production of many commercially important secondary metabolites occurs during stationary phase, and methods to measure metabolic flux during this growth phase would be valuable. Metabolic flux analysis is often based on isotopomer information from proteinogenic amino acids. As such, flux analysis primarily reflects the metabolism pertinent to the growth phase during which most proteins are synthesized. To investigate central metabolism and amino acids synthesis activity during stationary phase, addition of fully 13C-labeled glucose followed by induction of green fluorescent protein (GFP) expression during stationary phase was used. Our results indicate that Escherichia coli was able to produce new proteins (i.e., GFP) in the stationary phase, and the amino acids in GFP were mostly from degraded proteins synthesized during the exponential growth phase. Among amino acid biosynthetic pathways, only those for serine, alanine, glutamate/glutamine, and aspartate/asparagine had significant activity during the stationary phase.

  19. Amino acids, peptides, and proteins as chemically bonded stationary phases--A review.

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    Bocian, Szymon; Skoczylas, Magdalena; Buszewski, Bogusław

    2016-01-01

    The selectivity of chromatographic separation depends mostly on the stationary phase and mobile phase composition. Despite being a material with bonded simple organic molecule, a wide group of stationary phases contain immobilized compound that possesses biological activity. Stationary phases that contain amino acids and peptides as well as enzymes and proteins are alternative materials that may be used for liquid chromatographic separations and are reviewed in this work. In the case of peptide-bonded stationary phases, most of these types of materials were elaborated in the 1970s and 1980s; however, over the last few years a growing interest has been observed which is connected with hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography. The most important application of amino acid and peptide-bonded stationary phases is connected with separation of amino acids, their derivatives, and peptides. The main advantage of such materials is the ability for chiral separations. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Properties of water as a novel stationary phase in capillary gas chromatography.

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    Gallant, Jonathan A; Thurbide, Kevin B

    2014-09-12

    A novel method of separation that uses water as a stationary phase in capillary gas chromatography (GC) is presented. Through applying a water phase to the interior walls of a stainless steel capillary, good separations were obtained for a large variety of analytes in this format. It was found that carrier gas humidification and backpressure were key factors in promoting stable operation over time at various temperatures. For example, with these measures in place, the retention time of an acetone test analyte was found to reduce by only 44s after 100min of operation at a column temperature of 100°C. In terms of efficiency, under optimum conditions the method produced about 20,000 plates for an acetone test analyte on a 250μm i.d.×30m column. Overall, retention on the stationary phase generally increased with analyte water solubility and polarity, but was relatively little correlated with analyte volatility. Conversely, non-polar analytes were essentially unretained in the system. These features were applied to the direct analysis of different polar analytes in both aqueous and organic samples. Results suggest that this approach could provide an interesting alternative tool in capillary GC separations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Polar stationary phases based on poly(oligo ethylene glycol)diacrylates for capillary gas chromatography

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    Shiryaeva, V. E.; Popova, T. P.; Korolev, A. A.; Kanat'eva, A. Yu.; Kurganov, A. A.

    2017-08-01

    New stationary phases for capillary columns in GC are synthesized and studied. The phases are prepared by depositing oligo(ethylene glycol)diacrylates on the column walls and subsequent polymerization (crosslinking) in the presence of peroxide initiators. It is shown that stationary phases based on monomers with molecular weights of 10 kDa or higher exhibit separation properties similar to those of conventional stationary phases based on polyethylene glycol (PEG); however, their thermal stability is higher because they have a higher degree of crosslinking and a more ordered structure of the crosslinked polymers than the respective parameters of phases based on native PEG.

  2. pi-Selective stationary phases: (II) Adsorption behavior of substituted aromatic compounds on n-alkyl-phenyl stationary phases

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    Gritti, Fabrice [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Guiochon, Georges A [ORNL; Mayfield, Kirsty [University of Western Sydney, Australia; Dennis, Gary [University of Western Sydney, Australia; Shalliker, R. Andrew [University of Western Sydney, Australia

    2010-01-01

    The frontal analysis method was used to measure the adsorption isotherms of phenol, 4-chlorophenol, p-cresol, 4-methoxyphenol and caffeine on a series of columns packed with home-made alkyl-phenyl bonded silica particles. These ligands consist of a phenyl ring tethered to the silica support via a carbon chain of length ranging from 0 to 4 atoms. The adsorption isotherm models that fit best to the data account for solute-solute interactions that are likely caused by p-p interactions occurring between aromatic compounds and the phenyl group of the ligand. These interactions are the dominant factor responsible for the separation of low molecular weight aromatic compounds on these phenyl-type stationary phases. The saturation capacities depend on whether the spacer of the ligands have an even or an odd number of carbon atoms, with the even alkyl chain lengths having a greater saturation capacity than the odd alkyl chain lengths. The trends in the adsorption equilibrium constant are also significantly different for the even and the odd chain length ligands.

  3. Defects in the Error Prevention Oxidized Guanine System Potentiate Stationary-Phase Mutagenesis in Bacillus subtilis▿

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    Vidales, Luz E.; Cárdenas, Lluvia C.; Robleto, Eduardo; Yasbin, Ronald E.; Pedraza-Reyes, Mario

    2009-01-01

    Previous studies showed that a Bacillus subtilis strain deficient in mismatch repair (MMR; encoded by the mutSL operon) promoted the production of stationary-phase-induced mutations. However, overexpression of the mutSL operon did not completely suppress this process, suggesting that additional DNA repair mechanisms are involved in the generation of stationary-phase-associated mutants in this bacterium. In agreement with this hypothesis, the results presented in this work revealed that starved B. subtilis cells lacking a functional error prevention GO (8-oxo-G) system (composed of YtkD, MutM, and YfhQ) had a dramatic propensity to increase the number of stationary-phase-induced revertants. These results strongly suggest that the occurrence of mutations is exacerbated by reactive oxygen species in nondividing cells of B. subtilis having an inactive GO system. Interestingly, overexpression of the MMR system significantly diminished the accumulation of mutations in cells deficient in the GO repair system during stationary phase. These results suggest that the MMR system plays a general role in correcting base mispairing induced by oxidative stress during stationary phase. Thus, the absence or depression of both the MMR and GO systems contributes to the production of stationary-phase mutants in B. subtilis. In conclusion, our results support the idea that oxidative stress is a mechanism that generates genetic diversity in starved cells of B. subtilis, promoting stationary-phase-induced mutagenesis in this soil microorganism. PMID:19011023

  4. Solution-phase synthesis and evaluation of tetraproline chiral stationary phases.

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    Dai, Zhi; Ye, Guozhong; Pittman, Charles U; Li, Tingyu

    2012-04-01

    A protocol was developed for the solution-phase synthesis of multigram amounts of two 9-fluorenylmethoxycarbonyl (Fmoc)-protected tetraproline peptides. These tetraproline peptides were then attached to amino derivatized silica gel. The replacement of the Fmoc group with the trimethylacetyl group lead to two tetraproline chiral stationary phases (CSPs). A comparison of the chromatographic behavior of these two solution-phase-synthesized tetraproline CSPs with that prepared by stepwise solid-phase synthesis revealed that all three had similar chromatographic performance for resolving 53 model analytes. This suggests that the solution-phase synthesis of oligoprolines, which allows for the specific benefits of good batch reproducibility, selector homogeneity, and possibly low cost, is a feasible alternative to the solid-phase synthesis of oligoproline CSPs. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Effect of phase noise on the generation of stationary entanglement in cavity optomechanics

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    Abdi, M. [School of Science and Technology, Physics Division, University of Camerino, Camerino (Italy); Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Barzanjeh, Sh. [School of Science and Technology, Physics Division, University of Camerino, Camerino (Italy); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Isfahan, Hezar Jerib, 81746-73441 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tombesi, P.; Vitali, D. [School of Science and Technology, Physics Division, University of Camerino, Camerino (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Perugia, Perugia (Italy)

    2011-09-15

    We study the effect of laser phase noise on the generation of stationary entanglement between an intracavity optical mode and a mechanical resonator in a generic cavity optomechanical system. We show that one can realize robust stationary optomechanical entanglement even in the presence of non-negligible laser phase noise. We also show that the explicit form of the laser phase noise spectrum is relevant, and discuss its effect on both optomechanical entanglement and ground-state cooling of the mechanical resonator.

  6. Preparation and evaluation of pillararene bonded silica gel stationary phases for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhao, Wenjie; Chu, Jianxiang; Xie, Fuwei; Duan, Qunpeng; He, Lijun; Zhang, Shusheng

    2017-02-17

    Pillararene bonded stationary phases for high performance liquid chromatography were prepared using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as coupling reagent. The structure of the new materials was characterized by infrared spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermogravimetric analysis. The chromatographic performance and retention mechanism of the new stationary phases were evaluated in reversed-phase mode compared with C18 using different solute probes including Tanaka test solutes, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phenols and aromatic positional isomers. The new stationary phases could provide various interactions for different solutes, such as hydrophobic, hydrogen bonding, π-π and inclusion interactions. The synergistic effects resulting from aromatic rings, oxygen atoms, alkyl linkers and cavities in the new host molecules improved the separation selectivity by multiple retention mechanisms. Such hybrid stationary phases can provide more versatility and have great potential for the analysis of complex samples. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Ceramic stationary gas turbine development. Final report, Phase 1

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    1994-09-01

    This report summarizes work performed by Solar Turbines Inc. and its subcontractors during the period September 25, 1992 through April 30, 1993. The objective of the work is to improve the performance of stationary gas turbines in cogeneration through implementation of selected ceramic components.

  8. Evaluation of new mixed-mode UHPLC stationary phases and the importance of stationary phase choice when using low ionic-strength mobile phase additives.

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    Nováková, Lucie; Vlčková, Hana; Petr, Solich

    2012-05-15

    In this study, the selectivity, retention properties, peak shape and loading capacity for bases were practically evaluated using two UHPLC mixed-mode hybrid CSH stationary phases modified by C18 or Phenyl group. The data were compared with the data obtained on other UHPLC hybrid stationary phases (BEH C18, BEH C8, BEH Phenyl and BEH Shield RP18) at both basic and acidic conditions using conventional HPLC buffers (50mM ammonium formate/acetate) as well as low ionic-strength additives such as, e.g. 0.1-0.01% formic/acetic acid and 1mM solution of ammonium formate/acetate, which are widely used in LC-MS applications. Ten pharmaceutically important compounds encompassing acids, bases and neutral were included into the study. Due to properties of CSH sorbent (which possess positively charged surface besides RP group), much improved peak shapes and weaker retention was obtained for bases even at very low concentration of acidic additives. Such conditions are ideally suited for LC-MS analysis of bases, where typical RP chromatographic separation (retention and good selectivity at basic pH) and LS-MS conditions (efficient ionization at acidic pH) are not in agreement. On the other hand, acids were more strongly retained and for some compounds the peak shape was influenced negatively due to ion-exchange mechanism. Further, the behavior of acidic, basic and neutral solutes is discussed using various additives at both basic and acidic pH for all above stated columns. The robustness of retention times after pH change from basic to acidic was also evaluated. The new CSH stationary phases represent an interesting selectivity tool preferably for separation of basic compounds. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Genetic analysis of the stationary phase-induced mcb operon promoter in Escherichia coli.

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    Mao, W; Siegele, D A

    1998-01-01

    A combination of deletion analysis and random mutagenesis was used to identify regulatory elements in Pmcb, the stationary phase-induced promoter of the mcb operon. Our results indicate that Pmcb is controlled by at least three different factors, two previously identified and at least one unknown factor, which act at four different sites in the promoter. Sequences between -344 and -164 upstream of the transcriptional start site were required for wild-type levels of mcb transcription in stationary phase. More dramatic reductions in both exponential and stationary phase expression were observed when sequences from -164 to -54 were deleted. Point mutations located between -105 and -138 decreased both exponential and stationary phase expression. All but one of these mutations decreased OmpR-dependent activation of Pmcb transcription. EmrR, also known as MprA, acts directly or indirectly at sequences downstream of -54 to repress Pmcb. A minimal promoter containing sequences from -34 to +79 was still induced > or = 10-fold in stationary phase. Point mutations within this region identified sequences at -8, -11, -30, -31 and -32 as important for Pmcb activity. These bases are in the gearbox sequence, present in Pmcb and several other stationary phase-induced Escherichia coli promoters.

  10. Shewanella oneidensis Hfq promotes exponential phase growth, stationary phase culture density, and cell survival

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    Brennan Christopher M

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hfq is an RNA chaperone protein that has been broadly implicated in sRNA function in bacteria. Here we describe the construction and characterization of a null allele of the gene that encodes the RNA chaperone Hfq in Shewanella oneidensis strain MR-1, a dissimilatory metal reducing bacterium. Results Loss of hfq in S. oneidensis results in a variety of mutant phenotypes, all of which are fully complemented by addition of a plasmid-borne copy of the wild type hfq gene. Aerobic cultures of the hfq∆ mutant grow more slowly through exponential phase than wild type cultures, and hfq∆ cultures reach a terminal cell density in stationary phase that is ~2/3 of that observed in wild type cultures. We have observed a similar growth phenotype when the hfq∆ mutant is cultured under anaerobic conditions with fumarate as the terminal electron acceptor, and we have found that the hfq∆ mutant is defective in Cr(VI reduction. Finally, the hfq∆ mutant exhibits a striking loss of colony forming units in extended stationary phase and is highly sensitive to oxidative stress induced by H2O2 or methyl viologen (paraquat. Conclusions The hfq mutant in S. oneidensis exhibits pleiotropic phenotypes, including a defect in metal reduction. Our results also suggest that hfq mutant phenotypes in S. oneidensis may be at least partially due to increased sensitivity to oxidative stress.

  11. Evaluating the robustness of the enantioselective stationary phases on the Rosetta mission against space vacuum vaporization

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    Meierhenrich, Uwe J.; Cason, Julie R. L.; Szopa, Cyril; Sternberg, Robert; Raulin, François; Thiemann, Wolfram H.-P.; Goesmann, Fred

    2013-12-01

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission was launched in March 2004 in order to reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by August 2014. The Cometary Sampling and Composition experiment (COSAC) onboard the Rosetta mission's lander "Philae" has been designed for the cometary in situ detection and quantification of organic molecules using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The GC unit of COSAC is equipped with eight capillary columns that will each provide a specific stationary phase for molecular separation. Three of these stationary phases will be used to chromatographically resolve enantiomers, as they are composed of liquid polymers of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to which chiral valine or cyclodextrin units are attached. Throughout the ten years of Rosetta's journey through space to reach comet 67P, these liquid stationary phases have been exposed to space vacuum, as the capillary columns within the COSAC unit were not sealed or filled with carrier gas. Long term exposures to space vacuum can cause damage to such liquid stationary phases as key monomers, volatiles, and chiral selectors can be vaporized and lost in transit. We have therefore exposed identical spare units of COSAC's chiral stationary phases over eight years to vacuum conditions mimicking those experienced in space and we have now investigated their resolution capabilities towards different enantiomers both before and after exposure to space vacuum environments. We have observed that enantiomeric resolution capabilities of these chiral liquid enantioselective stationary phases has not been affected by exposure to space vacuum conditions. Thus we conclude that the three chiral stationary phases of the COSAC experiment onboard the Rosetta mission lander "Philae" can be considered to have maintained their resolution capacities throughout their journey prior to cometary landing in November 2014.

  12. Regulation of Indole Signalling during the Transition of E. coli from Exponential to Stationary Phase.

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    Hannah Gaimster

    Full Text Available During the transition from exponential to stationary phase E. coli produces a substantial quantity of the small, aromatic signalling molecule indole. In LB medium the supernatant indole concentration reaches a maximum of 0.5-1 mM. At this concentration indole has been implicated in many processes inducing acid resistance and the modulation of virulence. It has recently been shown that cell-associated indole transiently reaches a very high concentration (approx. 60 mM during stationary phase entry, presumably because indole is being produced more rapidly than it can leave the cell. It is proposed that this indole pulse inhibits growth and cell division, causing the culture to enter stationary phase before nutrients are completely exhausted, with benefits for survival in long-term stationary phase. This study asks how E. coli cells rapidly upregulate indole production during stationary phase entry and why the indole pulse has a duration of only 10-15 min. We find that at the start of the pulse tryptophanase synthesis is triggered by glucose depletion and that this is correlates with the up-regulation of indole synthesis. The magnitude and duration of the resulting indole pulse are dependent upon the availability of exogenous tryptophan. Indole production stops when all the available tryptophan is depleted and the cell-associated indole equilibrates with the supernatant.

  13. Chiral separation of new designer drugs (Cathinones) on chiral ion-exchange type stationary phases.

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    Wolrab, Denise; Frühauf, Peter; Moulisová, Alena; Kuchař, Martin; Gerner, Christopher; Lindner, Wolfgang; Kohout, Michal

    2016-02-20

    We present the enantioseparation of new designer drugs from the cathinone family on structurally different chiral ion-exchange type stationary phases. A novel strong cation-exchange type chiral stationary phase was synthesized and its performance compared with previously reported ion-exchange type chiral stationary phases. The influence of structural elements of the chiral selectors on their chromatographic performance was studied and the possibilities of tuning chromatographic parameters by varying the polarity of the employed mobile phases were determined. Evidence is provided that a change in mobile phase composition strongly influences the solvation shell of the polarized and polarizable units of the selectors and analytes, as well as ionizable mobile phase additives. Furthermore, the structural features of the selectors (e.g. the size of aromatic units and their substitution pattern) are shown to play a key role in the effective formation of diastereomeric complexes with analytes. Thus, we have achieved the enantioseparation of all test analytes with a mass spectrometry-compatible mobile phase with a chiral strong cation-exchange type stationary phase. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Generation of metabolically diverse strains of Streptococcus pyogenes during survival in stationary phase.

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    Wood, Daniel N; Weinstein, Kathryn E; Podbielski, Andreas; Kreikemeyer, Berndt; Gaughan, John P; Valentine, Samara; Buttaro, Bettina A

    2009-10-01

    Streptococcus pyogenes, in addition to causing fulminant disease, can be carried asymptomatically and may survive in the host without causing disease. Long-term stationary-phase cultures were used to characterize the metabolism of cultures surviving after glucose depletion. Survival of stationary-phase cultures in glucose-depleted rich medium was truncated by switching the cells to phosphate-buffered saline or by the addition of antibiotics, suggesting that survival depended on the presence of nutrients and metabolic activity. The metabolites of the pyruvate-to-acetate (PA) pathway (acetate and formate) and amino acid catabolic pathways (ammonia) accumulated throughout long-term stationary phase (12 weeks). Acid and ammonia production was balanced so that the culture pH was maintained above pH 5.6. Strains isolated from long-term stationary-phase cultures accumulated mutations that resulted in unique exponential-phase metabolisms, with some strains expressing the PA pathway, some strains producing ammonia, and some strains expressing both in the presence of glucose. Strains expressing high levels of PA pathway activity during exponential growth were unable to survive when regrown in pure culture due to the production of excess acid. These data suggest that S. pyogenes diversifies during survival in stationary phase into distinct strains with different metabolisms and that complementary metabolism is required to control the pH in stationary-phase cultures. One of three survivor strains isolated from tonsillar discard material from patients expressed high levels of the PA pathway during exponential growth. Sequencing of multiple group A streptococcus regulators revealed two different mutations in two different strains, suggesting that random mutation occurs during survival.

  15. Adsorption of water from aqueous acetonitrile on silica-based stationary phases in aqueous normal-phase liquid chromatography.

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    Soukup, Jan; Jandera, Pavel

    2014-12-29

    Excess adsorption of water from aqueous acetonitrile mobile phases was investigated on 16 stationary phases using the frontal analysis method and coulometric Karl-Fischer titration. The stationary phases include silica gel and silica-bonded phases with different polarities, octadecyl and cholesterol, phenyl, nitrile, pentafluorophenylpropyl, diol and zwitterionic sulfobetaine and phosphorylcholine ligands bonded on silica, hybrid organic-silica and hydrosilated matrices. Both fully porous and core-shell column types were included. Preferential uptake of water by the columns can be described by Langmuir isotherms. Even though a diffuse rather than a compact adsorbed discrete layer of water on the adsorbent surface can be formed because of the unlimited miscibility of water with acetonitrile, for convenience, the preferentially adsorbed water was expressed in terms of a hypothetical monomolecular water layer equivalent in the inner pores. The uptake of water strongly depends on the polarity and type of the column. Less than one monomolecular water layer equivalent was adsorbed on moderate polar silica hydride-based stationary phases, Ascentis Express F5 and Ascentis Express CN column at the saturation capacity, while on more polar stationary phases, several water layer equivalents were up-taken from the mobile phase. The strongest affinity to water was observed on the ZIC cHILIC stationary phases, where more than nine water layer equivalents were adsorbed onto its surface at its saturation capacity. Columns with bonded hydroxyl and diol ligands show stronger water adsorption in comparison to bare silica. Columns based on hydrosilated silica generally show significantly decreased water uptake in comparison to stationary phases bonded on ordinary silica. Significant correlations were found between the water uptake and the separation selectivity for compounds with strong polarity differences. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Metal-Organic Framework Thin Films as Stationary Phases in Microfabricated Gas-Chromatography Columns.

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    Read, Douglas [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Sillerud, Colin Halliday [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2016-01-01

    The overarching goal of this project is to integrate Sandia's microfabricated gas-chromatography ( GC) columns with a stationary phase material that is capable of retaining high-volatility chemicals and permanent gases. The successful integration of such a material with GCs would dramatically expand the repertoire of detectable compounds for Sandia's various microanalysis systems. One such promising class of candidate materials is metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). In this report we detail our methods for controlled deposition of HKUST-1 MOF stationary phases within GC columns. We demonstrate: the chromatographic separation of natural gas; a method for determining MOF film thickness from chromatography alone; and the first-reported GC x GC separation of natural gas -- in general -- let alone for two disparate MOF stationary phases. In addition we determine the fundamental thermodynamic constant for mass sorption, the partition coefficient, for HKUST-1 and several light hydrocarbons and select toxic industrial chemicals.

  17. High performance liquid chromatographic separation of eight drugs collected in Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010 on amylose ramification chiral stationary phase

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    Yan Wang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The enantiomers separation of eight pharmaceutical racemates collected in Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010 (Ch.P2010, including nitrendipine, felodipine, omeprazole, praziquantel, sulpiride, clenbuterol hydrochloride, verapamil hydrochloride and chlorphenamine maleate, was performed on chiral stationary phase of amylose ramification by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC on Chiralpak AD-H column and Chiralpak AS-H column with the mobile phase consisted of isopropanol and n-hexane. The detection wavelength and the flow rate were set at 254 nm and 0.7 mL/min, respectively. The effects of proportion of organic additives, alcohol displacer and temperature on the separation were investigated. The results indicated that eight chiral drugs were separated on chiral stationary phase of amylase ramification in normal phase chromatographic system. The chromatographic retention and resolution of enantiomers were adjusted by factors, including the changes of the concentration of alcohol displacer in mobile phase, organic alkaline modifier and column temperature. It was shown that the resolution was improved with reducing concentration of alcohol displacer. When the concentration of organic alkaline modifier was 0.2%, the resolution and the peak shape were fairly good. Most racemates mentioned above had the best resolution at column temperature of 25 °C. The best temperature should be kept unchanged in the process of separation so as to obtain stable separation results.

  18. Activity of Sulfa Drugs and Their Combinations against Stationary Phase B. burgdorferi In Vitro.

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    Feng, Jie; Zhang, Shuo; Shi, Wanliang; Zhang, Ying

    2017-03-22

    Lyme disease is a most common vector-borne disease in the US. Although the majority of Lyme patients can be cured with the standard two- to four-week antibiotic treatment, at least 10%-20% of patients continue to suffer from prolonged post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). While the cause for this is unclear, one possibility is that persisting organisms are not killed by current Lyme antibiotics. In our previous studies, we screened an FDA drug library and an NCI compound library on B. burgdorferi and found some drug hits including sulfa drugs as having good activity against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells. In this study, we evaluated the relative activity of three commonly used sulfa drugs, sulfamethoxazole (Smx), dapsone (Dps), sulfachlorpyridazine (Scp), and also trimethoprim (Tmp), and assessed their combinations with the commonly prescribed Lyme antibiotics for activities against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells. Using the same molarity concentration, dapsone, sulfachlorpyridazine and trimethoprim showed very similar activity against stationary phase B. burgdorferi enriched in persisters; however, sulfamethoxazole was the least active drug among the three sulfa drugs tested. Interestingly, contrary to other bacterial systems, Tmp did not show synergy in drug combinations with the three sulfa drugs at their clinically relevant serum concentrations against B. burgdorferi. We found that sulfa drugs combined with other antibiotics were more active than their respective single drugs and that four-drug combinations were more active than three-drug combinations. Four-drug combinations dapsone + minocycline + cefuroxime + azithromycin and dapsone + minocycline + cefuroxime + rifampin showed the best activity against stationary phase B. burgdorferi in these sulfa drug combinations. However, these four-sulfa-drug-containing combinations still had considerably less activity against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells than the Daptomycin + cefuroxime

  19. Activity of Sulfa Drugs and Their Combinations against Stationary Phase B. burgdorferi In Vitro

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    Jie Feng

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Lyme disease is a most common vector-borne disease in the US. Although the majority of Lyme patients can be cured with the standard two- to four-week antibiotic treatment, at least 10%–20% of patients continue to suffer from prolonged post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS. While the cause for this is unclear, one possibility is that persisting organisms are not killed by current Lyme antibiotics. In our previous studies, we screened an FDA drug library and an NCI compound library on B. burgdorferi and found some drug hits including sulfa drugs as having good activity against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells. In this study, we evaluated the relative activity of three commonly used sulfa drugs, sulfamethoxazole (Smx, dapsone (Dps, sulfachlorpyridazine (Scp, and also trimethoprim (Tmp, and assessed their combinations with the commonly prescribed Lyme antibiotics for activities against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells. Using the same molarity concentration, dapsone, sulfachlorpyridazine and trimethoprim showed very similar activity against stationary phase B. burgdorferi enriched in persisters; however, sulfamethoxazole was the least active drug among the three sulfa drugs tested. Interestingly, contrary to other bacterial systems, Tmp did not show synergy in drug combinations with the three sulfa drugs at their clinically relevant serum concentrations against B. burgdorferi. We found that sulfa drugs combined with other antibiotics were more active than their respective single drugs and that four-drug combinations were more active than three-drug combinations. Four-drug combinations dapsone + minocycline + cefuroxime + azithromycin and dapsone + minocycline + cefuroxime + rifampin showed the best activity against stationary phase B. burgdorferi in these sulfa drug combinations. However, these four-sulfa-drug–containing combinations still had considerably less activity against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells than the

  20. Photochemically Immobilized 4-Methylbenzoyl Cellulose as a Powerful Chiral Stationary Phase for Enantioselective Chromatography

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    Eric Francotte

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available A process to immobilize para-methylbenzoyl cellulose (PMBC on silica gel has been developed and applied to prepare chiral stationary phases (CSPs for enantioselective chromatography. The immobilization was achieved by simple irradiation of the polysaccharide derivative with ultraviolet light after coating on a silica gel support. The influence of parameters such as irradiation time and solvent on immobilization effectiveness were investigated. The performance of the prepared immobilized phases were evaluated by injection of a series of racemic compounds onto the packed columns and determination of their chiral recognition ability. By contrast to the classical coated phase, the immobilized CSP can be used under various chromatographic conditions without limitation of organic solvent types as the mobile phase. This extended applicability permits to improve selectivity and to resolve chiral compounds which are not or only poorly soluble in the mobile phases which are compatible with the non-immobilized PMBC stationary phase.

  1. Photochemically Immobilized 4-Methylbenzoyl Cellulose as a Powerful Chiral Stationary Phase for Enantioselective Chromatography.

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    Francotte, Eric; Huynh, Dan; Zhang, Tong

    2016-12-17

    A process to immobilize para-methylbenzoyl cellulose (PMBC) on silica gel has been developed and applied to prepare chiral stationary phases (CSPs) for enantioselective chromatography. The immobilization was achieved by simple irradiation of the polysaccharide derivative with ultraviolet light after coating on a silica gel support. The influence of parameters such as irradiation time and solvent on immobilization effectiveness were investigated. The performance of the prepared immobilized phases were evaluated by injection of a series of racemic compounds onto the packed columns and determination of their chiral recognition ability. By contrast to the classical coated phase, the immobilized CSP can be used under various chromatographic conditions without limitation of organic solvent types as the mobile phase. This extended applicability permits to improve selectivity and to resolve chiral compounds which are not or only poorly soluble in the mobile phases which are compatible with the non-immobilized PMBC stationary phase.

  2. Ionic liquids as stationary phases in gas chromatography--an LSER investigation of six commercial phases and some applications.

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    Weber, Waldemar; Andersson, Jan T

    2014-09-01

    The separation properties of six novel stationary phases for gas chromatography, commercially available from Sigma-Aldrich (Supelco) and based on ionic liquids (ILs), were investigated. The linear solvation energy relationship model (LSER) was used to describe the molecular interactions between these stationary phases and 30 solutes. The solutes belong to different groups of compounds, like haloalkanes, alcohols, ketones, aromatics, aliphatics, and others. A good description of different interactions, as described by the LSER model, could be achieved. The calculated values of system constants for the ionic liquid phases were compared with constants of commonly used standard phases like a 5 % phenyl/95 % dimethyl siloxane and a polyethylene glycol phase. The solute descriptors are in good agreement with those found by previous authors who have used the LSER model for 44 different ionic liquids as stationary phase. The experiments were carried out at two temperatures to evaluate the influence on the phase parameters and separation characteristics. The interactions of different functional groups with the IL phases are discussed. These novel IL phases are a promising replacement of or an addition to common polar phases. Based on the evaluated phase properties, several possibilities for applications of these novel phases are shown.

  3. Comparison of liquid and supercritical fluid chromatography mobile phases for enantioselective separations on polysaccharide stationary phases.

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    Khater, Syame; Lozac'h, Marie-Anne; Adam, Isabelle; Francotte, Eric; West, Caroline

    2016-10-07

    Analysis and production of enantiomerically pure compounds is a major topic of interest when active pharmaceutical ingredients are concerned. Enantioselective chromatography has become a favourite both at the analytical and preparative scales. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) are dominating the scene and are often seen as complementary techniques. Nowadays, for economic and ecologic reasons, SFC may be preferred over normal-phase HPLC (NPLC) as it allows significant reductions in solvent consumption. However, the transfer of NPLC methods to SFC is not always straightforward. In this study, we compare the retention of achiral molecules and separation of enantiomers under supercritical fluid (carbon dioxide with ethanol or isopropanol) and liquid normal-phase (heptane with ethanol or isopropanol) elution modes with polysaccharide stationary phases in order to explore the differences between the retention and enantioseparation properties between the two modes. Chemometric methods (namely quantitative structure-retention relationships and discriminant analysis) are employed to compare the results obtained on a large set of analytes (171 achiral probes and 97 racemates) and gain some understanding on the retention and separation mechanisms. The results indicate that, contrary to popular belief, carbon dioxide - solvent SFC mobile phases are often weaker eluents than liquid mobile phases. It appears that SFC and NPLC elution modes provide different retention mechanisms. While some enantioseparations are unaffected, facilitating the transfer between the two elution modes, other enantioseparations may be drastically different due to different types and strength of interactions contributing to enantioselectivity. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Coating properties of a novel water stationary phase in capillary supercritical fluid chromatography.

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    Murakami, Jillian N; Thurbide, Kevin B

    2015-05-01

    The coating properties of a novel water stationary phase used in capillary supercritical fluid chromatography were investigated. The findings confirm that increasing the length or internal diameter of the type 316 stainless-steel column used provides a linear increase in the volume of stationary phase present. Under normal operating conditions, results indicate that about 4.9 ± 0.5 μL/m of water phase is deposited uniformly inside of a typical 250 μm internal diameter 316 stainless-steel column, which translates to an area coverage of about 6.3 ± 0.5 nL/mm(2) regardless of dimension. Efforts to increase the stationary phase volume present showed that etching the stainless-steel capillary wall using hydrofluoric acid was very effective for this. For instance, after five etching cycles, this volume doubled inside of both the type 304 and the type 316 stainless-steel columns examined. This in turn doubled analyte retention, while maintaining good peak shape and column efficiency. Overall, 316 stainless-steel columns were more resistant to etching than 304 stainless-steel columns. Results indicate that this approach could be useful to employ as a means of controlling the volume of water stationary phase that can be established inside of the stainless-steel columns used with this supercritical fluid chromatography technique. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Determination of diffusion coefficients of proteins in stationary phases by frontal chromatography.

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    Kempe, Henrik; Persson, Patrik; Axelsson, Anders; Nilsson, Bernt; Zacchi, Guido

    2006-03-05

    A strategy to determine effective diffusion coefficients of proteins in chromatographic gels is presented in this article. An experimental methodology based on frontal liquid chromatography was combined with a numerical methodology based on a mathematical model describing the chromatographic process including the extra-column dispersion, the dispersion due to the packed bed, the external mass transfer from the bulk phase to the stationary phase, and the diffusive transport within the stationary phase. The methodology has several advantages compared to previously reported methods to determine diffusion coefficients in that no other equipment than an HPLC is required, any class of stationary phases can be investigated as long as the experiments are performed under non-binding conditions, and no modification, e.g., moulding of slabs or membranes, to the stationary phase is required. To show the applicability of the methodology, the effective diffusion coefficients of lysozyme, bovine serum albumin, and immunoglobulin gamma in Sepharose CL-4B were determined and shown to be comparable with those determined with other methods.

  6. Preparation and chromatographic evaluation of a cysteine-bonded zwitterionic hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography stationary phase.

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    Shen, Aijin; Guo, Zhimou; Cai, Xiaoming; Xue, Xingya; Liang, Xinmiao

    2012-03-09

    A cysteine-bonded zwitterionic hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) stationary phase (Click TE-Cys) was prepared based on the "thiol-ene" click chemistry. The Click TE-Cys material was characterized by solid state ¹³C cross polarization/magic-angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR and elemental analysis. The dynamic evaluation for cytosine, cytidine and orotic acid was performed using Van Deemter plots. The plate height values were no more than 24 μm for the flow rate between 0.5 and 5.4 mm s⁻¹ (0.3-3.5 mL min⁻¹), which proved the excellent separation efficiency of Click TE-Cys stationary phase. The influences of the content of water, concentration of salt and pH of the buffer solution on the retention of model compounds were investigated. The results demonstrated that the separation of polar analytes was dominated by the partitioning mechanism, while the contribution of electrostatic interaction was minor. The thermodynamic characteristic of Click TE-Cys stationary phase was also studied according to van't Hoff plot. An exothermic process for transferring analytes from the mobile phase to the stationary phase was observed and a linear relationship for ln k and 1/T was achieved, indicating no change of retention mechanism within the measured temperature range. Besides, the zwitterionic stationary phase exhibited good stability. Considering the high hydrophilicity of Click TE-Cys stationary phase, the application in the separation of protein tryptic digests was carried out using hydrophilic interaction chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HILIC-ESI-MS). More peaks were adequately resolved on the Click TE-Cys column comparing with that on the TSK Amide-80 column. In addition, the orthogonality between HILIC and RPLC system was investigated utilizing geometric approach. The XTerra MS C₁₈ and Click TE-Cys column displayed great difference in separation selectivity, with the orthogonality reaching 88.0%. On the other hand, the

  7. Profiling of Campylobacter jejuni Proteome in Exponential and Stationary Phase of Growth

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    Hana Turonova

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Campylobacter jejuni has been reported as a major cause of bacterial food-borne enteritides in developed countries during the last decade. Despite its fastidious growth requirements, including low level of oxygen and high level of CO2, this pathogen is able to persist in the environment without permanent loss of its viability and virulence. As C. jejuni is not able to multiply outside a host, the cells spend significant amount of time in stationary phase of growth. The entry into the stationary phase is often correlated to resistance to various stresses in bacteria. The switching between exponential and stationary phases is frequently mediated by the regulator sigma S (RpoS. However, this factor is absent in C. jejuni and molecular mechanisms responsible for transition of cells to the stationary phase remain elusive. In this work, proteomic profiles of cells from exponential and stationary phases were compared using 2-D electrophoresis (2DE fingerprinting combined with mass spectrometry analysis and qRT-PCR. The identified proteins, whose expression differed between the two phases, are mostly involved in protein biosynthesis, carbon metabolism, stress response and motility. Altered expression was observed also in the pleiotropic regulator CosR that was over-expressed during stationary phase. A shift between transcript and protein level evolution of CosR throughout the growth of C. jejuni was observed using qRT-PCR and (2DE. From these data, we hypothesized that CosR could undergo a negative autoregulation in stationary phase. A consensus sequence resulting from promoter sequence alignment of genes potentially regulated by CosR, including its own upstream region, among C. jejuni strains is proposed. To verify experimentally the potential autoregulation of CosR at the DNA level, electrophoretic mobility shift assay was performed with DNA fragments of CosR promoter region and rCosR. Different migration pattern of the promoter fragments indicates

  8. Shotgun proteomic monitoring of Clostridium acetobutylicum during stationary phase of butanol fermentation using xylose and comparison with the exponential phase

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    Sivagnanam, Kumaran [McGill University, Montreal, Quebec; Raghavan, Vijaya G. S. [McGill University, Montreal, Quebec; Shah, Manesh B [ORNL; Hettich, Robert {Bob} L [ORNL; Verberkmoes, Nathan C [ORNL; Lefsrud, Mark G [McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

    2012-01-01

    Economically viable production of solvents through acetone butanol ethanol (ABE) fermentation requires a detailed understanding of Clostridium acetobutylicum. This study focuses on the proteomic profiling of C. acetobutylicum ATCC 824 from the stationary phase of ABE fermentation using xylose and compares with the exponential growth by shotgun proteomics approach. Comparative proteomic analysis revealed 22.9% of the C. acetobutylicum genome and 18.6% was found to be common in both exponential and stationary phases. The proteomic profile of C. acetobutylicum changed during the ABE fermentation such that 17 proteins were significantly differentially expressed between the two phases. Specifically, the expression of five proteins namely, CAC2873, CAP0164, CAP0165, CAC3298, and CAC1742 involved in the solvent production pathway were found to be significantly lower in the stationary phase compared to the exponential growth. Similarly, the expression of fucose isomerase (CAC2610), xylulose kinase (CAC2612), and a putative uncharacterized protein (CAC2611) involved in the xylose utilization pathway were also significantly lower in the stationary phase. These findings provide an insight into the metabolic behavior of C. acetobutylicum between different phases of ABE fermentation using xylose.

  9. Comparison of a polymeric pseudostationary phase in EKC with ODS stationary phase in RP-HPLC.

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    Ni, Xinjiong; Zhang, Min; Xing, Xiaoping; Cao, Yuhua; Cao, Guangqun

    2017-09-25

    Poly(stearyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid) (P(SMA-co-MAA)) was induced as pseudostationary phase (PSP) in electrokinetic chromatography (EKC). The n-octadecyl groups in SMA were the same as that in octadecylsilane (ODS) C18 column. Thus, the present work focused on the comparison of selectivity between polymeric PSP and ODS stationary phase (SP), and the effect of organic modifiers on the selectivity of polymeric PSP and ODS SP. 1-butanol could directly interacted with PSP as a Class I modifier, and improved both of the methylene selectivity and polar group selectivity. When the analysis times were similar, the polymeric PSP exhibited better methylene selectivity and polar group selectivity. Although the hydrophobic groups were similar, the substituted benzenes elution order was different between polymeric PSP and ODS SP. Linear solvation energy relationships (LSER) model analysis found that polymeric PSP and ODS SP exhibited two same key factors in selectivity: hydrophobic interaction and hydrogen bonding acidity. But polymeric PSP exhibited relatively strong n- and π-electrons interaction to the analytes. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Planar gas chromatography column on aluminum plate with multi-walled carbon nanotubes as stationary phase

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    Platonov, I. A.; Platonov, V. I.; Pavelyev, V. S.

    2016-04-01

    The high selectivity of the adsorption layer for low-boiling alkanes is shown, the separation factor (α) couple iso-butane / butane is 1.9 at a column temperature of 50 °C.The paper presents sorption and selective properties of planar gas chromatography column on aluminum plate with multi-walled carbon nanotubes as the stationary phase.

  11. Gamma radiation effects on polydimethylsilane stationary phases for use in packed-column gas chromatographic analyses

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    Adaime M.B.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Gamma radiation induced immobilization of several polydimethylsilane liquid stationary phases for use in packed-column gas chromatographic separations has been studied. Extraction tests show that moderate doses of gamma radiation (80-140 kGy are sufficient to produce significant (90% immobilization of most polydimethylsilanes onto Chromosorb supports, although a molecular mass effect is seen. Thermal stability also increases significantly with radiation dose, suggesting higher temperature use with smaller volatility losses. Infrared spectra confirm the continued presence of the stationary phase on the support after thermal stability tests and after exhaustive in-column washing. The column chromatographic behavior of the immobilized phases is equal to or better than that of the unirradiated phases, except for higher doses (300 kGy of gamma-radiation. Columns prepared from gamma-immobilized polydimethylsilane have been used successfully in analyses where column contamination from high boiling materials requires frequent column recuperation.

  12. Carbon nanotube based stationary phases for microchip chromatography

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    Mogensen, Klaus Bo; Kutter, Jörg Peter

    2012-01-01

    The objective of this article is to provide an overview and critical evaluation of the use of carbon nanotubes and related carbon-based nanomaterials for microchip chromatography. The unique properties of carbon nanotubes, such as a very high surface area and intriguing adsorptive behaviour, have...... already been demonstrated in more classical formats, for improved separation performance in gas and liquid chromatography, and for unique applications in solid phase extraction. Carbon nanotubes are now also entering the field of microfluidics, where there is a large potential to be able to provide...... integrated, tailor-made nanotube columns by means of catalytic growth of the nanotubes inside the fluidic channels. An evaluation of the different implementations of carbon nanotubes and related carbon-based nanomaterials for microfluidic chromatography devices is given in terms of separation performance...

  13. Exploitation of a microporous organic polymer as a stationary phase for capillary gas chromatography

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    Lu, Cuiming; Liu, Shuqin; Xu, Jianqiao; Ding, Yajuan; Ouyang, Gangfeng, E-mail: cesoygf@mail.sysu.edu.cn

    2016-01-01

    Microporous organic polymers (MOPs) have emerged as a new class of functional porous materials with unique characteristics and potential uses in diverse areas. However, the field of MOPs for gas chromatographic (GC) separations has not been well explored. Herein, a MOP namely KAPs-1 was dynamic coated onto a capillary column for the first time. The fabricated column exhibited a nonpolar nature and the column efficiency for n-dodecane was up to 7769 plates m{sup −1}. The KAPs-1 coated column showed high GC separation performance for a series of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including the challenging ethylbenzene and xylene isomers, which could not be resolved at baseline on the commercial 5% phenyl polysiloxane stationary phase. Moreover, the relative standard deviations for five replicate determinations of the studied analytes were 0.0–0.6%, 0.9–3.2%, 1.1–5.9%, 0.8–3.7% for retention time, peak area, peak height and peak width, respectively. To investigate the interaction between some analytes and the stationary phase, thermodynamic and kinetic parameters were also evaluated. The results of this study show it is very promising to utilize MOPs as stationary phases for capillary GC. - Highlights: • A microporous organic polymer was explored as a novel stationary phase for capillary GC. • The column showed high separation performance for VOCs including the challenging ethylbenzene and xylene isomers. • Thermodynamic and kinetic parameters for BTEXs were determined to study the analyte-stationary phase interaction.

  14. HPLC Enantioseparation of Phenylcarbamic Acid Derivatives by Using Macrocyclic Chiral Stationary Phases

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The HPLC by using chiral stationary phases based on macrocyclic antibiotics, dimethylphenyl carbamate cyklofructan 7 and β-cyclodextrin in terms of polar-organic separation mode (mobile phase methanol/acetonitrile/acetic acid/triethylamine were used for enantioseparation of alkoxy derivatives of phenylcarbamic acid. The effect of the analyte structures on the efficiency of enantioseparation was investigated. The most suitable stationary phase was teicoplanin aglycone, where the separations of the enantiomers were obtained (the resolution value from 0.65 to 2.90, depending on the structure of the analyte. Significant effect on the resolution of the enantiomers has position of alkoxy substituent in the hydrophobic part of the molecule. The enantiorecognition was achieved for 3-alkoxysubstituted derivatives.

  15. Optimization of the surface modification process of cross-linked polythiol-coated chiral stationary phases synthesized by a two-step thiol-ene click reaction.

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    Schmitt, Kristina; Lämmerhofer, Michael

    2018-01-11

    A new platform technology for the preparation of stable chiral stationary phases was successfully optimized. The chiral selector tert-butylcarbamoylquinine was firstly covalently connected to the polymer poly(3-mercaptopropyl)methylsiloxane by thiol-ene click reaction. Secondly, the quinine carbamate functionalized polysiloxane conjugate was coated onto the surface of vinyl modified silica particles and cross-linked via thiol-ene click reaction. The amount of polysiloxane, chiral selector, radical initiator, reaction solvent (chloroform and methanol), reaction time, and pore size of the supporting silica particles were varied and systematically optimized in terms of achievable plate numbers while maintaining simultaneously enantioselectivity. The optimization was based on elemental analysis data, chromatographic results, and H/u-curves (Van Deemter) of the resultant chiral stationary phases. The results suggest that better chromatographic efficiency (higher plate numbers) at equal enantioselectivity can be achieved with methanol (a poor solvent for the polysiloxane that is dispersed rather than dissolved) and a lower film thickness of quinine carbamate functionalized polysiloxane. In this study, chiral stationary phases based on 100 Å silica slightly outperformed 200 Å silica particles (each 5 μm). The optimized two step material exhibited significantly reduced mass transfer resistance compared to the one step material and equal performance as a brush-type chiral stationary phase. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. The extracellular proteome of Rhizobium etli CE3 in exponential and stationary growth phase

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The extracellular proteome or secretome of symbiotic bacteria like Rhizobium etli is presumed to be a key element of their infection strategy and survival. Rhizobia infect the roots of leguminous plants and establish a mutually beneficial symbiosis. To find out the possible role of secreted proteins we analyzed the extracellular proteome of R. etli CE3 in the exponential and stationary growth phases in minimal medium, supplemented with succinate-ammonium. Results The extracellular proteins were obtained by phenol extraction and identified by LC-ESI MS/MS. We identified 192 and 191 proteins for the exponential and stationary phases respectively. Using the software Signal P, we predicted signal peptides for 12.95% and 35.60% of the proteins identified in the exponential and stationary phases, respectively, which could therefore be secreted by the Sec pathway. For the exponential growth phase, we found in abundance proteins like the ribosomal proteins, toxins and proteins belonging to the group "defence mechanisms". For the stationary growth phase, we found that the most abundant proteins were those with unknown function, and in many of these we identified characteristic domains of proteases and peptidases. Conclusions Our study provided the first dataset of the secretome of R. etli and its modifications, which may lead to novel insights into the adaptive response of different stages of growth. In addition, we found a high number of proteins with unknown function; these proteins could be analyzed in future research to elucidate their role in the extracellular proteome of R. etli.

  17. Selectivity differences of water-soluble vitamins separated on hydrophilic interaction stationary phases.

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    Yang, Yuanzhong; Boysen, Reinhard I; Hearn, Milton T W

    2013-06-01

    In this study, the retention behavior and selectivity differences of water-soluble vitamins were evaluated with three types of polar stationary phases (i.e. an underivatized silica phase, an amide phase, and an amino phase) operated in the hydrophilic interaction chromatographic mode with ESI mass spectrometric detection. The effects of mobile phase composition, including buffer pH and concentration, on the retention and selectivity of the vitamins were investigated. In all stationary phases, the neutral or weakly charged vitamins exhibited very weak retention under each of the pH conditions, while the acidic and more basic vitamins showed diverse retention behaviors. With the underivatized silica phase, increasing the salt concentration of the mobile phase resulted in enhanced retention of the acidic vitamins, but decreased retention of the basic vitamins. These observations thus signify the involvement of secondary mechanisms, such as electrostatic interaction in the retention of these analytes. Under optimized conditions, a baseline separation of all vitamins was achieved with excellent peak efficiency. In addition, the effects of water content in the sample on retention and peak efficiency were examined, with sample stacking effects observed when the injected sample contained a high amount of water. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. A novel urea-functionalized surface-confined octadecylimidazolium ionic liquid silica stationary phase for reversed-phase liquid chromatography.

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    Zhang, Mingliang; Tan, Ting; Li, Zhan; Gu, Tongnian; Chen, Jia; Qiu, Hongdeng

    2014-10-24

    One-pot synthesis of surface-confined ionic liquid functionalized silica spheres was proposed using N-(3-aminopropyl)imidazole, γ-isopropyltriethoxysilane and 1-bromooctadecane as starting materials. The surface modification of the silica spheres was successful with a high surface density of octadecylimidazolium, enabling the utilization of this new urea-functionalized ionic liquid-grafted silica material as stationary phase for high-performance liquid chromatography in reversed-phase mode. The long aliphatic chain combined with the multiple polar group embedded in the ligands imparted the new stationary phase fine selectivity towards PAH isomers and polar aromatics and higher affinity for phenolic compounds. The unique features of the new material, especially the effect of the urea group on the retention were elucidated by mathematic modeling. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Experimental comparison of chiral metal-organic framework used as stationary phase in chromatography.

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    Xie, Sheng-Ming; Zhang, Mei; Fei, Zhi-Xin; Yuan, Li-Ming

    2014-10-10

    Chiral metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a new class of multifunctional material, which possess diverse structures and unusual properties such as high surface area, uniform and permanent cavities, as well as good chemical and thermal stability. Their chiral functionality makes them attractive as novel enantioselective adsorbents and stationary phases in separation science. In this paper, the experimental comparison of a chiral MOF [In₃O(obb)₃(HCO₂)(H₂O)] solvent used as a stationary phase was investigated in gas chromatography (GC), high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and capillary electrochromatography (CEC). The potential relationship between the structure and components of chiral MOFs with their chiral recognition ability and selectivity are presented. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Temporal transcriptomic analysis of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough transition into stationary phase growth during electrondonor depletion

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    Clark, M.E.; He, Q.; He, Z.; Huang, K.H.; Alm, E.J.; Wan, X.-F.; Hazen, T.C.; Arkin, A.P.; Wall, J.D.; Zhou, J.-Z.; Fields, M.W.

    2006-08-01

    Desulfovibrio vulgaris was cultivated in a defined medium, and biomass was sampled for approximately 70 h to characterize the shifts in gene expression as cells transitioned from the exponential to the stationary phase during electron donor depletion. In addition to temporal transcriptomics, total protein, carbohydrate, lactate, acetate, and sulfate levels were measured. The microarray data were examined for statistically significant expression changes, hierarchical cluster analysis, and promoter element prediction and were validated by quantitative PCR. As the cells transitioned from the exponential phase to the stationary phase, a majority of the down-expressed genes were involved in translation and transcription, and this trend continued at the remaining times. There were general increases in relative expression for intracellular trafficking and secretion, ion transport, and coenzyme metabolism as the cells entered the stationary phase. As expected, the DNA replication machinery was down-expressed, and the expression of genes involved in DNA repair increased during the stationary phase. Genes involved in amino acid acquisition, carbohydrate metabolism, energy production, and cell envelope biogenesis did not exhibit uniform transcriptional responses. Interestingly, most phage-related genes were up-expressed at the onset of the stationary phase. This result suggested that nutrient depletion may affect community dynamics and DNA transfer mechanisms of sulfate-reducing bacteria via the phage cycle. The putative feoAB system (in addition to other presumptive iron metabolism genes) was significantly up-expressed, and this suggested the possible importance of Fe{sup 2+} acquisition under metal-reducing conditions. The expression of a large subset of carbohydrate-related genes was altered, and the total cellular carbohydrate levels declined during the growth phase transition. Interestingly, the D. vulgaris genome does not contain a putative rpoS gene, a common attribute

  1. Escherichia coli adhesive coating as a chiral stationary phase for open tubular capillary electrochromatography enantioseparation

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    Fu, Qifeng, E-mail: fuqifeng1990@163.com [Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Southwest Medical University, Luzhou 646000 (China); Zhang, Kailian; Gao, Die; Wang, Lujun [Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Southwest Medical University, Luzhou 646000 (China); Yang, Fengqing; Liu, Yao [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030 (China); Xia, Zhining, E-mail: tcm_anal_cqu@163.com [Innovative Drug Research Centre and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030 (China)

    2017-05-29

    Bacteria, the microorganism with intrinsic chirality, have numerous fascinating chiral phenomena such as various chirality-triggered biological processes and behaviors. Herein, bacteria were firstly explored as novel chiral stationary phases in open-tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC) for enantioseparation of fluoroquinolone enantiomers and simultaneous separation of six fluoroquinolone antibiotics. The model strain, i.e. non-pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) DH5α, was adhered onto the inner surface of positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI) modified capillaries based on the bacterial adhesion characteristics and strong electrostatic interaction. The morphology and thickness of the bacteria adhesive coatings in the capillary were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Baseline separation of ofloxacin and partial separation of lomefloxacin enantiomers could be achieved by the E. coli coated columns. The preparation parameters including the coating time and concentration of bacteria that affecting the chiral resolution were intensively investigated. The electrophoretic parameters, including pH, buffer concentration and applied voltage, were also optimized. The developed method was validated (linearity, LOD, LOQ, intra-day, inter-day and column-to-column repeatability and recovery) and successfully utilized for the quantitative analysis of ofloxacin enantiomers in the ofloxacin tablets. Moreover, only a slight decrease in the separation efficiency was observed after 90 consecutive runs on the E. coli@capillary. These results demonstrated that bacteria are promising stationary phases for chiral separation in CEC. - Highlights: • Bacteria were firstly introduced in OT-CEC as a chiral stationary phase for chiral separation. • Enantioseparation of ofloxacin enantiomers was achieved on E. coli coated open tubular capillary column. • Bacterial stationary phases may be used to

  2. Copolymerization preparation of cationic cyclodextrin chiral stationary phases for drug enantioseparation in chromatography

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    Authors: Ren-Qi Wang, Teng-Teng Ong, Ke Huang, Weihua Tang & Siu-Choon Ng ### Abstract We described a facile and effective protocol wherein radical copolymerization is employed to covalently bond cationic β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) onto silica particles with extended linkage, resulting in a chiral stationary phase (IMPCSP) that can be used for the enantioseparation of racemic drugs in both high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC). Start...

  3. Eukaryotic initiation factor 5A dephosphorylation is required for translational arrest in stationary phase cells.

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    Chung, Janete; Rocha, Antonio A; Tonelli, Renata R; Castilho, Beatriz A; Schenkman, Sergio

    2013-04-15

    The protein known as eIF5A (eukaryotic initiation factor 5A) has an elusive role in translation. It has a unique and essential hypusine modification at a conserved lysine residue in most eukaryotes. In addition, this protein is modified by phosphorylation with unknown functions. In the present study we show that a phosphorylated state of eIF5A predominates in exponentially growing Trypanosoma cruzi cells, and extensive dephosphorylation occurs in cells in stationary phase. Phosphorylation occurs mainly at Ser(2), as shown in yeast eIF5A. In addition, a novel phosphorylation site was identified at Tyr(21). In exponential cells, T. cruzi eIF5A is partially associated with polysomes, compatible with a proposed function as an elongation factor, and becomes relatively enriched in polysomal fractions in stationary phase. Overexpression of the wild-type eIF5A, or eIF5A with Ser(2) replaced by an aspartate residue, but not by alanine, increases the rate of cell proliferation and protein synthesis. However, the presence of an aspartate residue instead of Ser(2) is toxic for cells reaching the stationary phase, which show a less-pronounced protein synthesis arrest and a decreased amount of eIF5A in dense fractions of sucrose gradients. We conclude that eIF5A phosphorylation and dephosphorylation cycles regulate translation according to the growth conditions.

  4. Hierarchical CaCO3 chromatography: a stationary phase based on biominerals.

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    Sato, Kosuke; Oaki, Yuya; Takahashi, Daisuke; Toshima, Kazunobu; Imai, Hiroaki

    2015-03-23

    In biomineralization, acidic macromolecules play important roles for the growth control of crystals through a specific interaction. Inspired by this interaction, we report on an application of the hierarchical structures in CaCO3 biominerals to a stationary phase of chromatography. The separation and purification of acidic small organic molecules are achieved by thin-layer chromatography and flash chromatography using the powder of biominerals as the stationary phase. The unit nanocrystals and their oriented assembly, the hierarchical structure, are suitable for the adsorption site of the target organic molecules and the flow path of the elution solvents, respectively. The separation mode is ascribed to the specific adsorption of the acidic molecules on the crystal face and the coordination of the functional groups to the calcium ions. The results imply that a new family of stationary phase of chromatography can be developed by the fine tuning of hierarchical structures in CaCO3 materials. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Enhanced dipicolinic acid production during the stationary phase in Bacillus subtilis by blocking acetoin synthesis.

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    Toya, Yoshihiro; Hirasawa, Takashi; Ishikawa, Shu; Chumsakul, Onuma; Morimoto, Takuya; Liu, Shenghao; Masuda, Kenta; Kageyama, Yasushi; Ozaki, Katsuya; Ogasawara, Naotake; Shimizu, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial bio-production during the stationary phase is expected to lead to a high target yield because the cells do not consume the substrate for growth. Bacillus subtilis is widely used for bio-production, but little is known about the metabolism during the stationary phase. In this study, we focused on the dipicolinic acid (DPA) production by B. subtilis and investigated the metabolism. We found that DPA production competes with acetoin synthesis and that acetoin synthesis genes (alsSD) deletion increases DPA productivity by 1.4-fold. The mutant showed interesting features where the glucose uptake was inhibited, whereas the cell density increased by approximately 50%, resulting in similar volumetric glucose consumption to that of the parental strain. The metabolic profiles revealed accumulation of pyruvate, acetyl-CoA, and the TCA cycle intermediates in the alsSD mutant. Our results indicate that alsSD-deleted B. subtilis has potential as an effective host for stationary-phase production of compounds synthesized from these intermediates.

  6. Liquid-based stationary phase for deterministic lateral displacement separation in microfluidics.

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    Du, Siqi; Shojaei-Zadeh, Shahab; Drazer, German

    2017-10-25

    Deterministic lateral displacement (DLD) is a promising separation scheme in microfluidic systems. In traditional DLD, a periodic array of solid posts induces the separative migration of suspended particles moving through the system. Here, we present a radical departure from traditional DLD systems and use an array of anchored liquid-bridges as the stationary phase in the DLD device. The liquid-bridges are created between two parallel plates and anchored to the bottom one by cylindrical wells. We show that the non-linear particle dynamics observed in traditional DLD systems is also present in the anchored-liquid case, enabling analogous size-based separation of suspended particles. The use of liquid-bridges as the stationary phase presents additional possibilities in separation technologies, potentially eliminating or significantly reducing clogging, enabling renewable and/or reconfigurable systems, allowing a different set of fabrication methods and providing alternative ways to separate particles based on their interaction with liquid-liquid interfaces. Some of these advantages could also extend to filtration methods based on similar liquid-based stationary phases.

  7. Nuclear and cell division in Bacillus subtilis: dormant nucleoids in stationary-phase cells and their activation

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    van Iterson, W.; Michels, P. A.; Vyth-Dreese, F.; Aten, J. A.

    1975-01-01

    The morphology of nucleoids and mesosomes of Bacillus subtilis in stationary-and lag-phase cultures was studied by making three-dimensional cell reconstructions in plastic of electron micrographs of serial sections. In cells from stationary cultures, the dormant nucleoids are frequently, but not

  8. Stable liquid crystalline phases of colloidally dispersed exfoliated layered niobates.

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    Nakato, Teruyuki; Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi; Harada, Akiko

    2004-01-07

    Colloidally dispersed niobium oxide nanosheets obtained by exfoliation of layered niobates HNb(3)O(8) and HTiNbO(5) formed stable liquid crystalline phases; their liquid crystallinity was dependent on the niobate species exfoliated.

  9. Stable non-Gaussian self-similar processes with stationary increments

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    2017-01-01

    This book provides a self-contained presentation on the structure of a large class of stable processes, known as self-similar mixed moving averages. The authors present a way to describe and classify these processes by relating them to so-called deterministic flows. The first sections in the book review random variables, stochastic processes, and integrals, moving on to rigidity and flows, and finally ending with mixed moving averages and self-similarity. In-depth appendices are also included. This book is aimed at graduate students and researchers working in probability theory and statistics.

  10. Enantioseparation of Six Antihistamines with Immobilized Cellulose Chiral Stationary Phase by HPLC.

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    Zhou, Jie; Luo, Pei; Chen, Shanshan; Meng, Lingchang; Sun, Chong; Du, Qiuzheng; Sun, Fang

    2016-04-01

    A stereoselective high performance liquid chromatography method has been developed for the chiral separation of the enantiomers of six antihistamines, doxylamine, carbinoxamine, dioxopromethazine, oxomemazine, cetirizine and hydroxyzine. The effects of mobile phase additive, column temperature and flow rate on the retention time and resolution were studied. Enantiomeric separation of cetirizine, doxylamine and hydroxyzine were achieved on cellulose tris-(3,5-dichlorophenylcarbamate) immobilized on silica gel chiral stationary phase known as Chiralpak IC (RS = 3.74, RS = 1.85 and RS = 1.74, respectively). © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  11. Theory for transitions between log and stationary phases: universal laws for lag time

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    Himeoka, Yusuke

    2016-01-01

    Quantitative characterization of bacterial growth has gathered substantial attention since Monod's pioneering study. Theoretical and experimental work has uncovered several laws for describing the log growth phase, in which the number of cells grows exponentially. However, microorganism growth also exhibits lag, stationary, and death phases under starvation conditions, in which cell growth is highly suppressed, while quantitative laws or theories for such phases are underdeveloped. In fact, models commonly adopted for the log phase that consist of autocatalytic chemical components, including ribosomes, can only show exponential growth or decay in a population, and phases that halt growth are not realized. Here, we propose a simple, coarse-grained cell model that includes inhibitor molecule species in addition to the autocatalytic active protein. The inhibitor forms a complex with active proteins to suppress the catalytic process. Depending on the nutrient condition, the model exhibits the typical transition a...

  12. Band-phase-randomized Surrogates to assess nonlinearity in non-stationary time series

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    Guarin, Diego; Orozco, Alvaro

    2011-01-01

    Testing for nonlinearity is one of the most important preprocessing steps in nonlinear time series analysis. Typically, this is done by means of the linear surrogate data methods. But it is a known fact that the validity of the results heavily depends on the stationarity of the time series. Since most physiological signals are non-stationary, it is easy to falsely detect nonlinearity using the linear surrogate data methods. In this document, we propose a methodology to extend the procedure for generating constrained surrogate time series in order to assess nonlinearity in non-stationary data. The method is based on the band-phase-randomized surrogates, which consists (contrary to the linear surrogate data methods) in randomizing only a portion of the Fourier phases in the high frequency band. Analysis of simulated time series showed that in comparison to the linear surrogate data method, our method is able to discriminate between linear stationarity, linear non-stationary and nonlinear time series. When apply...

  13. Radiation stimulation during the early stationary growth phase in Synechococcus lividus and its correlation with photooxidative stress occurring before the stationary phase

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    Conter, A.; Dupouy, D.; Vincent, C.; Planel, H.

    1987-09-01

    The effects of chronic gamma radiation at dose rates ranging from 0.058 mGy d-1 on growth rate calculated during the early stationary phase were studied. A stimulatory effect occurred for all doses and for all phases of the cells selected for use in the inoculation of the medium. During the same period, the rate of nucleic acid synthesis was increased in irradiated cultures compared to control cultures. The stimulating effect always occurred in cultures irradiated from the inoculation to the eighteenth day only. This result led us to conclude that the stimulation mechanism depended upon the events occurring at the end of the exponential phase in the deceleration period. Studies on cell metabolism showed that cells presented features of photooxidative stress in this period. Increases in superoxide dismutase, glutathione reductase and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase were observed in irradiated cultures. It was assumed that irradiation at very low doses could help cells to better defend against photooxidative stress by increasing oxidants that activate the glucose metabolism and C5-sugars production and nucleic acid synthesis.

  14. Theoretical electroencephalogram stationary spectrum for a white-noise-driven cortex: evidence for a general anesthetic-induced phase transition.

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    Steyn-Ross, M L; Steyn-Ross, D A; Sleigh, J W; Liley, D T

    1999-12-01

    We present a model for the dynamics of a cerebral cortex in which inputs to neuronal assemblies are treated as random Gaussian fluctuations about a mean value. We incorporate the effect of general anesthetic agents on the cortex as a modulation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter rate constant. Stochastic differential equations are derived for the state variable h(e), the average excitatory soma potential, coherent fluctuations of which are believed to be the source of scalp-measured electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. Using this stochastic approach we derive a stationary (long-time limit) fluctuation spectrum for h(e). The model predicts that there will be three distinct stationary (equilibrium) regimes for cortical activity. In region I ("coma"), corresponding to a strong inhibitory anesthetic effect, h(e) is single valued, large, and negative, so that neuronal firing rates are suppressed. In region II for a zero or small anesthetic effect, h(e) can take on three values, two of which are stable; we label the stable solutions as "active" (enhanced firing) and "quiescent" (suppressed firing). For region III, corresponding to negative anesthetic (i.e., analeptic) effect, h(e) again becomes single valued, but is now small and negative, resulting in strongly elevated firing rates ("seizure"). If we identify region II as associated with the conscious state of the cortex, then the model predicts that there will be a rapid transit between the active-conscious and comatose unconscious states at a critical value of anesthetic concentration, suggesting the existence of phase transitions in the cortex. The low-frequency spectral power in the h(e) signal should increase strongly during the initial stage of anesthesia induction, before collapsing to much lower values after the transition into comatose-unconsciousness. These qualitative predictions are consistent with clinical measurements by Bührer et al. [Anaesthesiology 77, 226 (1992)], MacIver et al. [ibid. 84, 1411 (1996

  15. Characterization of surface confined ionic liquid stationary phases: impact of cation revisited.

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    VanMiddlesworth, Bradley J; Stalcup, Apryll M

    2014-10-17

    Modification of the Linear Solvation Energy Relationship (LSER) equation to account for ionic interactions in the retention of ionizable compounds has enabled the elucidation in the effect of the imidazolium cation identity on retention. Three Surface Confined Ionic Liquid stationary phases were synthesized from an octylbromide phase on silica: 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (MIM), 1-octyl-3-butylimidazolium bromide (BIM), and 1-octyl-3-benzylimidazolium bromide (BzIM). These phases were probed via a 35 analyte probe set, including 6 phenolic acids, 5 anilinic bases, and 2 pyridinic bases, and the resulting column parameters compared with previously reported interactions of ionic liquids or Surface Confined Ionic Liquids. The correlation between experimental and calculated retention for the conventional, 6-parameter LSER equation was very poor: r(2)=0.64 (MIM), 0.60 (BIM), and 0.62 (BzIM). By accounting for the ionic interactions between stationary phase and analytes, linearity for the modified, 8 parameter LSER equation was significantly improved to r(2)=0.997 (MIM), 0.996 (BIM), and 0.997 (BzIM). The primary difference between cation identities is within the retention of acids where BIM>BzIM>MIM. We conjecture that the accessibility of bulky, acidic analytes to the on-top interaction of the imidazolium ring is the major contributor to increased anion retention. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Comparison of the mass transfer in totally porous and superficially porous stationary phases in liquid chromatography.

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    Kiss, Ibolya; Bacskay, Ivett; Kilár, Ferenc; Felinger, Attila

    2010-06-01

    The characterization of mass-transfer processes in a chromatographic column during a separation process is essential, since the influence of the mass-transfer kinetics on the shape of the chromatographic band profiles and on the efficiency of the separation is crucial. Several sources of mass transfer in a chromatographic bed have been identified and studied: the axial dispersion in the stream of mobile phase, the external mass-transfer resistance, intraparticle diffusion, and the kinetics of adsorption-desorption. We measured and compared the characteristics and performance of a new brand of shell particles and those of a conventional brand of totally porous silica particles. The shell stationary phase was made of 2.7-microm superficially porous particles (a 1.7-microm solid core is covered with a 0.5-microm-thick shell of porous silica). The other material consisted of totally porous particles of conventional 3.5-microm commercial silica. We measured the first and second central moments of the peaks of human insulin over a wide range of mobile phase velocities (from 0.02 to 1.3 mL/min) at 20 degrees C. The plate height equations were constructed and the axial dispersion, external mass transfer, as well as the intraparticle diffusion coefficients were calculated for the two stationary phases.

  17. Enantioseparation of racecadotril using polysaccharide-type chiral stationary phases in polar organic mode.

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    Szabó, Zoltán-István; Foroughbakhshfasaei, Mohammadhassan; Noszál, Béla; Tóth, Gergő

    2017-10-11

    Enantioseparation of the antidiarrheal drug, racecadotril, was investigated by liquid chromatography using polysaccharide-type chiral stationary phases in polar organic mode. The enantiodiscrimininating properties of 4 different chiral columns (Chiralpak AD, Chiralcel OD, Chiralpak AS, Chiralcel OJ) with 5 different solvents (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, and acetonitrile) at 5 different temperatures (5-40 °C) were investigated. Apart from Chiralpak AS column the other 3 columns showed significant enantioseparation capabilities. Among the tested mobile phases, alcohol type solvents were superior over acetonitrile, and significant differences in enantioselective performance of the selector were observed depending on the type of alcohol employed. Van't Hoff analysis was used for calculation of thermodynamic parameters which revealed that enantioseparation is mainly enthalpy controlled; however, enthropic control was also observed. Enantiopure standard was used to determine the enantiomer elution order, revealing chiral selector-and mobile-phase dependent reversal of enantiomer elution order. Using the optimized method (Chiralcel OJ stationary phase, thermostated at 10 °C, 100% methanol, flow rate: 0.6 mL/min) baseline separation of racecadotril enantiomers (resolution = 3.00 ± 0.02) was achieved, with the R-enantiomer eluting first. The method was validated according to the ICH guidelines, and its application was tested on capsule and granules containing the racemic mixture of the drug. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. Rapid Single-step Formation of Liposomes by Flow Assisted Stationary Phase Interdiffusion.

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    Has, Chandra; Phapal, Sopan M; Sunthar, P

    2018-01-17

    Laboratory preparation of unilamellar liposomes often involves multiple steps carried out over several hours to achieve a monodisperse size distribution. Here we present a methodology, based on a recently introduced lipid self-assembly principle-stationary phase interdiffusion (SPI)-to prepare large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs) of a monodisperse population in a short period of about 10min. The stationary interface between a lipid-ethanol phase and an aqueous phase is created by a density difference induced convective flow in a horizontal capillary. The average size of the liposomes, as expected from the SPI principle, is modulated only by the temperature and the type of lipids. Lipid concentration, ethanol content, pH of the aqueous phase, and the time duration of the experiment have little influence on the mean diameter of the vesicles. This simple methodology can be easily carried out with a capillary and a micro-needled syringe, and provides a rapid production tool for researchers requiring reproducible liposome suspensions. Refined natural lipids, based on soy and egg lecithin mixtures, yield LUVs in the range 100-200 nm, suitable for drug delivery applications. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Theory for Transitions Between Exponential and Stationary Phases: Universal Laws for Lag Time

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    Himeoka, Yusuke; Kaneko, Kunihiko

    2017-04-01

    The quantitative characterization of bacterial growth has attracted substantial attention since Monod's pioneering study. Theoretical and experimental works have uncovered several laws for describing the exponential growth phase, in which the number of cells grows exponentially. However, microorganism growth also exhibits lag, stationary, and death phases under starvation conditions, in which cell growth is highly suppressed, for which quantitative laws or theories are markedly underdeveloped. In fact, the models commonly adopted for the exponential phase that consist of autocatalytic chemical components, including ribosomes, can only show exponential growth or decay in a population; thus, phases that halt growth are not realized. Here, we propose a simple, coarse-grained cell model that includes an extra class of macromolecular components in addition to the autocatalytic active components that facilitate cellular growth. These extra components form a complex with the active components to inhibit the catalytic process. Depending on the nutrient condition, the model exhibits typical transitions among the lag, exponential, stationary, and death phases. Furthermore, the lag time needed for growth recovery after starvation follows the square root of the starvation time and is inversely related to the maximal growth rate. This is in agreement with experimental observations, in which the length of time of cell starvation is memorized in the slow accumulation of molecules. Moreover, the lag time distributed among cells is skewed with a long time tail. If the starvation time is longer, an exponential tail appears, which is also consistent with experimental data. Our theory further predicts a strong dependence of lag time on the speed of substrate depletion, which can be tested experimentally. The present model and theoretical analysis provide universal growth laws beyond the exponential phase, offering insight into how cells halt growth without entering the death phase.

  20. Bacteriophage T4 Infection of Stationary Phase E. coli: Life after Log from a Phage Perspective

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    Elizabeth Martin Kutter

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Virtually all studies of phage infections investigate bacteria growing exponentially in rich media. In nature, however, phages largely encounter non-growing cells. Bacteria entering stationary phase often activate well-studied stress defense mechanisms that drastically alter the cell, facilitating its long-term survival. An understanding of phage-host interactions in such conditions is of major importance from both an ecological and therapeutic standpoint. Here, we show that bacteriophage T4 can efficiently bind to, infect and kill E. coli in stationary phase, both in the presence and absence of a functional stationary-phase sigma factor, and explore the response of T4-infected stationary phase cells to the addition of fresh nutrients 5 or 24 hours after that infection. An unexpected new mode of response has been identified. Hibernation mode is a persistent but reversible dormant state in which the infected cells make at least some phage enzymes, but halt phage development until appropriate nutrients become available before producing phage particles. Our evidence indicates that the block in hibernation mode occurs after the middle-mode stage of phage development; host DNA breakdown and the incorporation of the released nucleotides into phage DNA indicate that the enzymes of the nucleotide synthesizing complex, under middle-mode control, have been made and assembled into a functional state. Once fresh glucose and amino acids become available, the standard lytic infection process rapidly resumes and concentrations of up to 1011 progeny phage (an average of about 40 phage per initially-present cell are produced. All evidence is consistent with the hibernation-mode control point lying between middle mode and late mode T4 gene expression. We have also observed a scavenger response, where the infecting phage takes advantage of whatever few nutrients are available to produce small quantities of progeny within 2 to 5 hours after infection. The scavenger

  1. Carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes as immobilized stationary phase in capillary electrochromatography.

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    Sombra, Lorena; Moliner-Martínez, Yolanda; Cárdenas, Soledad; Valcárcel, Miguel

    2008-09-01

    Carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes (c-MWNT) have been immobilized into a fused-silica capillary for capillary electrochromatography. The c-MWNT were successfully incorporated after the silanization and coupling with glutaraldehyde on the inner surface of the capillary. The electrochromatographic features of the c-MWNT immobilized stationary phase have been evaluated for the analysis of different compounds of pharmaceutical interest. The results indicated high electrochromatographic resolution, good capillary efficiency and retention factors. In addition, highly reproducible results between runs, days and capillaries were obtained.

  2. A versatile polydopamine platform for facile preparation of protein stationary phase for chip-based open tubular capillary electrochromatography enantioseparation.

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    Liu, Chun-Ming; Liang, Ru-Ping; Wang, Xiao-Ni; Wang, Jing-Wu; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2013-06-14

    A novel, simple, and economical method for the preparation of chiral stationary phases for chip-based enantioselective open tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC) using polydopamine (PDA) coating as an adhesive layer was reported for the first time. After the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic chip was filled with dopamine (DA) solution, PDA film was gradually formed and deposited on the inner wall of microchannel as permanent coating via the oxidation of DA by the oxygen dissolved in the solution. Due to possessing plentiful catechol and amine functional groups, PDA coating can serve as a versatile multifunctional platform for further secondary reactions, leading to tailoring of the coatings for protein bioconjugation by the thiols and amines via Michael addition or Schiff base reactions. Bovine serum albumin (BSA), acting as a target protein, was then stably and homogeneously immobilized in the PDA-coated PDMS microchannel to fabricate a novel protein stationary phase. Compared with the native PDMS microchannels, the modified surfaces exhibited much better wettability, more stable and enhanced electroosmotic mobility, and less nonspecific adsorption. The water contact angle and electroosmotic flow of PDA/BSA-coated PDMS substrate were measured to be 44° and 2.83×10(-4)cm(2)V(-1)s(-1), compared to those of 112° and 2.10×10(-4)cm(2)V(-1)s(-1) from the untreated one, respectively. Under a mild condition, d- and l-tryptophan were efficiently separated with a resolution of 1.68 within 130s utilizing a separation length of 37mm coupled with in-column amperometric detection on the PDA/BSA-coated PDMS microchips. This present versatile platform, facile conjugation of biomolecules onto microchip surfaces via mussel adhesive protein inspired coatings, may offer new processing strategies to prepare a biomimetic surface design on microfluidic chips, which is promising in high-throughput and complex biological analysis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B

  3. Development and thermodynamic evaluation of novel lipid raft stationary phase chromatography for screening potential antitumor agents.

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    Tong, Shanshan; Sun, Chaonan; Cao, Xia; Zheng, Qianfeng; Zhang, Huiyun; Firempong, Caleb Kesse; Feng, Yingshu; Yang, Yan; Yu, Jiangnan; Xu, Ximing

    2014-12-01

    Novel lipid raft stationary phase chromatography (LRSC), with lipid rafts that contain abundant tropomyosin-related tyrosine kinase A receptors immobilized on the stationary phase, was developed for a high-throughput screening of potentially active antitumor agents. Lestaurtinib was used as a model compound to determine the operational parameters of the LRSC. Of all the factors considered, the particle size of column packing, the column temperature and the flow rate were of immense importance in determining the performance of the established LRSC system. In order to profoundly comprehend the binding interaction between the model drug and the receptors on the column, thermodynamic studies were employed. The results revealed that the interaction was spontaneous and exothermic, a typical enthalpy-driven process. Additionally, the primary forces were hydrogen bonding and van der Waals forces. In evaluating the applicability of the method, active extracts from Albizziae Cortex were screened out using the LRSC system under the optimized conditions. The bioactive components were successfully confirmed by the MTT assay. In conclusion, it could be said that the LRSC is a good model for screening potential antitumor agents because of its viability, rapid response and scalable features. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  4. Battle of the Bacteria: Characterizing the Evolutionary Advantage of Stationary Phase Growth

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    Karin E. Kram

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Providing students with authentic research opportunities has been shown to enhance learning and increase retention in STEM majors. Accordingly, we have developed a novel microbiology lab module, which focuses on the molecular mechanisms of evolution in E. coli, by examining the growth advantage in stationary phase (GASP phenotype. The GASP phenotype is demonstrated by growing cells into long-term stationary phase (LTSP and then competing them against un-aged cells in a fresh culture. This module includes learning goals related to strengthening practical laboratory skills and improving student understanding of evolution. In addition, the students generate novel data regarding the effects of different environmental stresses on GASP and the relationship between evolution, genotypic change, mutation frequency, and cell stress. Pairs of students are provided with the experimental background, select a specific aspect of the growth medium to modify, and generate a hypothesis regarding how this alteration will impact the GASP phenotype. From this module, we have demonstrated that students are able to achieve the established learning goals and have produced data that has furthered our understanding of the GASP phenotype.

  5. Vibrio fischeri exhibit the growth advantage in stationary-phase phenotype.

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    Petrun, Branden; Lostroh, C Phoebe

    2013-02-01

    Vibrio fischeri are bioluminescent marine bacteria that can be isolated from their symbiotic animal partners or from ocean water. A V. fischeri population increases exponentially inside the light organ of the Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) while the host is quiescent during the day. This bacterial light organ population reaches stationary phase and then remains high during the night, when the squid use bacterial bioluminescence as a counter-predation strategy. At dawn, host squid release 90%-95% of the light organ contents into the ocean water prior to burying in the sand for the day. As the squid sleeps, the cycle of bacterial population growth in the light organ begins again. These V. fischeri cells that are vented into the ocean must persist under typical marine low nutrient conditions until they encounter another opportunity to colonize a host. We hypothesized that because V. fischeri regularly encounter cycles of feast and famine in nature, they would exhibit the growth advantage in stationary phase (GASP) phenotype. We found that older V. fischeri cells exhibit a Class 2 GASP response in which old cells increase dramatically in frequency while the population of young V. fischeri cells remains almost constant during co-incubation.

  6. Evaluation of Dalbavancin as chiral selector for HPLC and comparison with Teicoplanin based chiral stationary phases

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    ZHANG, XIAOTONG; BAO, YE; HUANG, KE; BARNETT-RUNDLETT, KIMBER L.; ARMSTRONG, DANIEL W.

    2015-01-01

    Dalbavancin is a new compound of the macrocyclic glycopeptide family. It was covalently linked to 5μm silica particles by using two different binding chemsitries. Approximately two hundred and fifty racemates including (A) heterocyclic compounds; (B) chiral acids; (C) chiral amines; (D) chiral alcohols; (E) chiral sulfoxides and sulfilimines; (F) amino acids and amino acid derivatives; and (G) other chiral compounds were tested on the two new chiral stationary phases (CSP) using three different mobile phases. As dalbavancin is structurally related to teicoplanin, the same set of chiral compounds was screened on two commercially available teicoplanin CSPs for comparison. The dalbavancin CSPs were able to separate some enantiomers that were not separated by the teicoplanin CSPs and also showed improved separations for many racemates. However, there were other compounds only separated or better separated on teicoplanin CSPS. Therefore, the dalbavancin CSPs are complementary to the teicoplanin CSPs. PMID:19676111

  7. Rapid purification of diastereoisomers from Piper kadsura using supercritical fluid chromatography with chiral stationary phases.

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    Xin, Huaxia; Dai, Zhuoshun; Cai, Jianfeng; Ke, Yanxiong; Shi, Hui; Fu, Qing; Jin, Yu; Liang, Xinmiao

    2017-08-04

    Supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) with chiral stationary phases (CSPs) is an advanced solution for the separation of achiral compounds in Piper kadsura. Analogues and stereoisomers are abundant in natural products, but there are obstacles in separation using conventional method. In this paper, four lignan diastereoisomers, (-)-Galbelgin, (-)-Ganschisandrin, Galgravin and (-)-Veraguensin, from Piper kadsura were separated and purified by chiral SFC. Purification strategy was designed, considering of the compound enrichment, sample purity and purification throughput. Two-step achiral purification method on chiral preparative columns with stacked automated injections was developed. Unconventional mobile phase modifier dichloromethane (DCM) was applied to improve the sample solubility. Four diastereoisomers was prepared at the respective weight of 103.1mg, 10.0mg, 152.3mg and 178.6mg from 710mg extract with the purity of greater than 98%. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Regulation of Bacterial DNA Packaging in Early Stationary Phase by Competitive DNA Binding of Dps and IHF.

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    Lee, Sin Yi; Lim, Ci Ji; Dröge, Peter; Yan, Jie

    2015-12-14

    The bacterial nucleoid, a bacterial genome packed by nucleoid binding proteins, forms the physical basis for cellular processes such as gene transcription and DNA replication. Bacteria need to dynamically modulate their nucleoid structures at different growth phases and in response to environmental changes. At the nutrients deficient stationary phase, DNA-binding proteins from starved cells (Dps) and Integration host factors (IHF) are the two most abundant nucleoid associated proteins in E. coli. Yet, it remains unclear how the nucleoid architecture is controlled by the interplay between these two proteins, as well as the nucleoid's response to environmental changes. This question is addressed here using single DNA manipulation approach. Our results reveal that the two proteins are differentially selected for DNA binding, which can be tuned by changing environmental factors over physiological ranges including KCl (50-300 mM), MgCl2 (0-10 mM), pH (6.5-8.5) and temperature (23-37 °C). Increasing pH and MgCl2 concentrations switch from Dps-binding to IHF-binding. Stable Dps-DNA and IHF-DNA complexes are insensitive to temperature changes for the range tested. The environment dependent selection between IHF and Dps results in different physical organizations of DNA. Overall, our findings provide important insights into E. coli nucleoid architecture.

  9. System map for the ionic liquid stationary phase tri(tripropylphosphoniumhexanamido)triethylamine bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide for gas chromatography.

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    Lenca, Nicole; Poole, Colin F

    2017-11-17

    The solvation parameter model is used to construct a system map for the retention of volatile organic compounds on the ionic liquid stationary phase tri(tripropypphosphoniumhexanamido)triethylamine bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (SLB-IL76) over the temperature range 80-240°C. The SLB-IL76 stationary phase is moderately cohesive and strongly dipolar/polarizable and hydrogen-bond basic but only a weak hydrogen-bond acid. Electron lone pair interactions are weak and make only a minor contribution to the retention mechanism. The separation properties of SLB-IL76 highlight the difficulty of designing new stationary phases from ion structures as the presence of amide groups in the cation don't seem to contribute significantly to the hydrogen-bond acidity of SLB-IL76. The separation properties of SLB-IL76 are closest to the bis(polycyanopropyl)siloxane stationary phases with a high percentage of bis(cyanopropyl)siloxane monomer and could be used in method development when a stationary phase with similar gross retention characteristics but different selectivity is required. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Integrated Time and Phase Synchronization Strategy for a Multichannel Spaceborne-Stationary Bistatic SAR System

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    Feng Hong

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The spatial separation of the transmitter and receiver in Bistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar (BiSAR makes it a promising and useful supplement to a classical Monostatic SAR system (MonoSAR. This paper proposes a novel integrated time and phase synchronization strategy for a multichannel spaceborne-stationary BiSAR system. Firstly, the time synchronization strategy is proposed, which includes Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF generation under noisy conditions, multichannel calibration and the alignment of the recorded data with the orbital data. Furthermore, the phase synchronization strategy, which fully considers the deteriorative factors in the BiSAR configuration, is well studied. The contribution of the phase synchronization strategy includes two aspects: it not only compensates the phase error, but also improves the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR of the obtained signals. Specifically, all direct signals on different PRF time can be reconstructed with the shift and phase compensation operation using a reference signal. Besides, since the parameters of the reference signal can be estimated only once using the selected practical direct signal and a priori information, the processing complexity is well reduced. Final imaging results with and without compensation for real data are presented to validate the proposed synchronization strategy.

  11. Phosphopeptidomimetic substance libraries from multicomponent reaction: enantioseparation on quinidine carbamate stationary phase.

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    Gargano, Andrea F G; Lindner, Wolfgang; Lämmerhofer, Michael

    2013-10-04

    In the present contribution we report a HPLC enantioseparation method for a library of amido-aminophosphonate structures generated by a novel Ugi-multicomponent reaction. The enantioseparation of these novel potentially bioactive molecules was achieved by means of HPLC on cinchona-carbamate based chiral anion-exchangers under polar organic elution conditions. The compounds were synthesized with the aim of offering a wide degree of heterogeneity in terms of structural elements to evaluate the influence of various structural motifs on enantioselectivity. The resultant compound library allows to derive structure-enantioselectivity relationships useful for understanding the chiral recognition process. As part of the study mobile phase characteristics such as concentration and type of counterion, mobile phase composition, apparent pH and temperature were investigated with regards to their effect on the separation performances. Employing a single mass spectrometry-compatible mobile phase, 23 compounds out of a pool of 42 racemic amido-aminophosphonate structures reached full baseline separation (Rs>1.5) and 5 were almost baseline separated (1stationary phases for this class of analytes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. High performance liquid chromatographic separation of thirteen drugs collected in Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2010(Ch.P2010 on cellulose ramification chiral stationary phase

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    Ying Zhou

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The enantiomers separation of thirteen drugs collected in Ch.P2010 was performed on chiral stationary phase of cellulose ramification (chiralpak OD and chiralpak OJ by high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC methods, which included ibuprofen (C1, ketoprofen (C2, nitrendipine (C3, nimodipine (C4, felodipine (C5, omeprazole (C6, praziquantel (C7, propranolol hydrochloride (C8, atenolol (C9, sulpiride (C10, clenbuterol hydrochloride (C11, verapamil hydrochloride (C12, and chlorphenamine maleate (C13. The mobile phase consisted of isopropanol and n-hexane. The detection wavelength was set at 254 nm and the flow rate was 0.7 mL/min. The enantiomers separation of these thirteen racemates on chiralpak OD column and chiralpak OJ column was studied, while the effects of proportion of organic additives, alcohol displacer and temperature on the separation were studied. And the mechanism of some of racemates was discussed. The results indicated that thirteen chiral drugs could be separated on chiral stationary phase of cellulose ramification in normal phase chromatographic system. The chromatographic retention and resolution of enantiomers could be adjusted by factors including column temperature and the concentration of alcohol displacer and organic alkaline modifier in mobile phase. It was shown that the resolution was improved with reducing concentration of alcohol displacer. When concentration of organic alkaline modifier was 0.2% (v/v, the resolution and the peak shape were fairly good. Most racemates mentioned above had better resolution at column temperature of 25 °C. When racemates were separated, the temperature should be kept so as to obtain stable separation results. Keywords: HPLC, Chiral stationary phase, Optical enantiomers, Cellulose ramification

  13. Growth potential of exponential- and stationary-phase Salmonella Typhimurium during sausage fermentation

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    Birk, Tina; Henriksen, Sidsel; Müller, K.

    2016-01-01

    Raw meat for sausage production can be contaminated with Salmonella. For technical reasons, meat is often frozen prior to mincing but it is unknown how growth of Salmonella in meat prior to freezing affects its growth potential during sausage fermentation. We investigated survival of exponential......- and stationary-phase Salmonella Typhimurium (DT12 and DTU292) during freezing at − 18 °C and their subsequent growth potential during 72 h sausage fermentation at 25 °C. After 0, 7 and > 35 d of frozen storage, sausage batters were prepared with NaCl (3%) and NaNO2 (0, 100 ppm) and fermented with and without...

  14. Fundamental and practical studies on high-performance liquid affinity chromatography of biopolymers with novel stationary phases

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    Bacolod, M.D.

    1992-01-01

    Rigid microparticulate stationary phases having surface-bound metal chelating functions were developed and evaluated in high performance metal chelate affinity chromatography of proteins. Silica- and polystyrene-divinylbenzene-based metal chelate sorbents were produced in wide pore and in non-porous type of column packings. A major effort has been placed on development of non-porous highly crosslinked polystyrene-divinylbenzene (PSDVB). These PSDVB microparticles were produced by a two-step swelling polymerization, and exhibited excellent mechanical strength over a wide range of flow-rates and composition used in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Simple and reproducible hydrophilic coatings were developed for the surface modification of hydrophobic PSDVB supports. A tetradentate metal chelating ligand, ethylenediamine-N, N[prime]-diacetic acid (EDDA), was covalently bound to the surface of the various supports. Sorbents having iminodiacetic acid (IDA) metal chelating functions were also evaluated. The hydrophilic character and surface coverage of various stationary phases were assessed chromatographically. Studies concerning the effects of eluent pH as well as the nature and concentration of salts on retention and selectivity with different metal chelate stationary phases having various immobilized metal ions were carried out. Elution schemes were developed for rapid separation of proteins in metal chelate affinity chromatography. EDDA stationary phases in metal forms can be viewed as complementary to IDA stationary phases since they afforded different selectivity and retentivity toward proteins. Hydrophilic PSDVB could be functionalized with IDA or EDDA metal chelating ligands or lectins. The non-porous metal chelate stationary phases afforded rapid separation of proteins by the development of multiple gradient systems, which permitted higher column peak capacity, enabling the separation of a greater number of proteins in a single chromatographic run.

  15. Retention behavior on aminoethyl-modified poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) fiber stationary phases in gas chromatography.

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    Shirai, Shingoro; Saito, Yoshihiro; Sakurai, Yasuhiro; Ueta, Ikuo; Jinno, Kiyokatsu

    2010-01-01

    Surface derivatization of Kevlar, poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide), fiber has been studied along with the evaluation of the surface characteristics of the chemically-modified fiber as the stationary phase in packed-capillary gas chromatography (GC). Several experimental parameters in the derivatization reaction have been optimized, and the retention behavior of the surface-derivatized fibrous stationary phase has been investigated using various standard solutes, such as alkanes, alcohols and alkylbenzenes. By introducing aminoethyl functional groups onto the surface of the fibrous material, a specific selectivity for polar solutes has been observed.

  16. Water uptake on polar stationary phases under conditions for hydrophilic interaction chromatography and its relation to solute retention.

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    Dinh, Ngoc Phuoc; Jonsson, Tobias; Irgum, Knut

    2013-12-13

    Since water associated with the stationary phase surface appears to be the essence of the retention mechanism in hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC), we developed a method to characterize the water-absorbing capabilities of twelve different HILIC stationary phases. Adsorption isotherms for non-modified and monomerically functionalized silica phases adhered to a pattern of monolayer formation followed by multilayer adsorption, whereas water uptake on polymerically functionalized silica stationary phases showed the characteristics of formation and swelling of hydrogels. Water accumulation was affected by adding ammonium acetate as buffer electrolyte and by replacing 5% of the acetonitrile with tertiary solvents capable of hydrogen bonding such as methanol or tetrahydrofuran. The relationship between water uptake and retention mechanism was investigated by studying the correlations between retention factors of neutral analytes and the phase ratios of HILIC columns, calculated either from the surface area (adsorption) or the volume of the water layer enriched from the acetonitrile/water eluent (partitioning). These studies made it evident that adsorption and partitioning actually coexist as retention promoters for neutral solutes in the water concentration regime normally encountered in HILIC. Which factors that dominates is dependent on the nature of the solute, the stationary phase, and the eluting conditions. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  17. Procedure 5 Quality Assurance Requirements For Vapor Phase Mercury Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems And Sorbent Trap Monitoring Systems Used For Compliance Determination At Stationary Sources

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    Promulgated quality assurance Procedure 5 Quality Assurance Requirements For Vapor Phase Mercury Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems And Sorbent Trap Monitoring Systems Used For Compliance Determination At Stationary Sources

  18. Nanocellulose Derivative/Silica Hybrid Core-Shell Chiral Stationary Phase: Preparation and Enantioseparation Performance

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    Xiaoli Zhang

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Core-shell silica microspheres with a nanocellulose derivative in the hybrid shell were successfully prepared as a chiral stationary phase by a layer-by-layer self-assembly method. The hybrid shell assembled on the silica core was formed using a surfactant as template by the copolymerization reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate and the nanocellulose derivative bearing triethoxysilyl and 3,5-dimethylphenyl groups. The resulting nanocellulose hybrid core-shell chiral packing materials (CPMs were characterized and packed into columns, and their enantioseparation performance was evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography. The results showed that CPMs exhibited uniform surface morphology and core-shell structures. Various types of chiral compounds were efficiently separated under normal and reversed phase mode. Moreover, chloroform and tetrahydrofuran as mobile phase additives could obviously improve the resolution during the chiral separation processes. CPMs still have good chiral separation property when eluted with solvent systems with a high content of tetrahydrofuran and chloroform, which proved the high solvent resistance of this new material.

  19. Peptidoglycan Recycling in Gram-Positive Bacteria Is Crucial for Survival in Stationary Phase

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    Marina Borisova

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Peptidoglycan recycling is a metabolic process by which Gram-negative bacteria reutilize up to half of their cell wall within one generation during vegetative growth. Whether peptidoglycan recycling also occurs in Gram-positive bacteria has so far remained unclear. We show here that three Gram-positive model organisms, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Streptomyces coelicolor, all recycle the sugar N-acetylmuramic acid (MurNAc of their peptidoglycan during growth in rich medium. They possess MurNAc-6-phosphate (MurNAc-6P etherase (MurQ in E. coli enzymes, which are responsible for the intracellular conversion of MurNAc-6P to N-acetylglucosamine-6-phosphate and d-lactate. By applying mass spectrometry, we observed accumulation of MurNAc-6P in MurNAc-6P etherase deletion mutants but not in either the isogenic parental strains or complemented strains, suggesting that MurQ orthologs are required for the recycling of cell wall-derived MurNAc in these bacteria. Quantification of MurNAc-6P in ΔmurQ cells of S. aureus and B. subtilis revealed small amounts during exponential growth phase (0.19 nmol and 0.03 nmol, respectively, per ml of cells at an optical density at 600 nm [OD600] of 1 but large amounts during transition (0.56 nmol and 0.52 nmol and stationary (0.53 nmol and 1.36 nmol phases. The addition of MurNAc to ΔmurQ cultures greatly increased the levels of intracellular MurNAc-6P in all growth phases. The ΔmurQ mutants of S. aureus and B. subtilis showed no growth deficiency in rich medium compared to the growth of the respective parental strains, but intriguingly, they had a severe survival disadvantage in late stationary phase. Thus, although peptidoglycan recycling is apparently not essential for the growth of Gram-positive bacteria, it provides a benefit for long-term survival.

  20. Peptidoglycan Recycling in Gram-Positive Bacteria Is Crucial for Survival in Stationary Phase

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    Borisova, Marina; Gaupp, Rosmarie; Duckworth, Amanda; Schneider, Alexander; Dalügge, Désirée; Mühleck, Maraike; Deubel, Denise; Unsleber, Sandra; Yu, Wenqi; Muth, Günther; Bischoff, Markus; Götz, Friedrich

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Peptidoglycan recycling is a metabolic process by which Gram-negative bacteria reutilize up to half of their cell wall within one generation during vegetative growth. Whether peptidoglycan recycling also occurs in Gram-positive bacteria has so far remained unclear. We show here that three Gram-positive model organisms, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, and Streptomyces coelicolor, all recycle the sugar N-acetylmuramic acid (MurNAc) of their peptidoglycan during growth in rich medium. They possess MurNAc-6-phosphate (MurNAc-6P) etherase (MurQ in E. coli) enzymes, which are responsible for the intracellular conversion of MurNAc-6P to N-acetylglucosamine-6-phosphate and d-lactate. By applying mass spectrometry, we observed accumulation of MurNAc-6P in MurNAc-6P etherase deletion mutants but not in either the isogenic parental strains or complemented strains, suggesting that MurQ orthologs are required for the recycling of cell wall-derived MurNAc in these bacteria. Quantification of MurNAc-6P in ΔmurQ cells of S. aureus and B. subtilis revealed small amounts during exponential growth phase (0.19 nmol and 0.03 nmol, respectively, per ml of cells at an optical density at 600 nm [OD600] of 1) but large amounts during transition (0.56 nmol and 0.52 nmol) and stationary (0.53 nmol and 1.36 nmol) phases. The addition of MurNAc to ΔmurQ cultures greatly increased the levels of intracellular MurNAc-6P in all growth phases. The ΔmurQ mutants of S. aureus and B. subtilis showed no growth deficiency in rich medium compared to the growth of the respective parental strains, but intriguingly, they had a severe survival disadvantage in late stationary phase. Thus, although peptidoglycan recycling is apparently not essential for the growth of Gram-positive bacteria, it provides a benefit for long-term survival. PMID:27729505

  1. Investigation of the temperature dependence of water adsorption on silica-based stationary phases in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Bartó, Endre; Felinger, Attila; Jandera, Pavel

    2017-03-17

    In the present work, the adsorption of water was investigated in aqueous normal-phase liquid chromatography on Cogent Silica C and Cogent Phenyl hydride stationary phases at different temperatures by frontal analysis - using coulometric Karl Fischer titration - to compare the temperature dependence of adsorption of water from aqueous acetonitrile. The Cogent Silica-C and Cogent Phenyl Hydride columns have a silicon hydride surface (silica hydride) with less than 2% free silanol group; therefore, they do not have a strong association with water. The adsorption behavior of water on the mentioned stationary phases was modeled by Langmuir isotherm. The preferentially adsorbed water was expressed in terms of a hypothetical monomolecular water layer equivalent in the inner pores. The uptake of water slightly depends on the temperature. The adsorbed water may fill four to eight percent of the pore volume over the studied temperature range, which approximately corresponds to the equivalent of 0.24-0.68 water layer coverage of the adsorbent surface. The phenyl hydride stationary phase shows decreased water uptake in comparison to the Silica C stationary phase. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. A study of the methylene/perfluormethylene selectivity of porous polymer monolithic stationary phases exhibiting different fluorous/hydrophobic content.

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    Xu, Zhenpo; Oleschuk, Richard D

    2014-02-14

    Porous polymer monolithic columns are prepared from a variety of monomers and cross-linkers and can be customized to exhibit different selectivities for separate analyte classes. The composition of the monolith can be precisely controlled by selecting different monomers and or cross-linker ratios. In this work monoliths exhibiting both fluorous and hydrophobic character were prepared using butyl methacrylate and its fluorous analogue (monomer) and 1,3-butanediol diacrylate and its fluorous analogue (cross-linker) in different ratios. The selectivity of the monoliths was probed using capillary electrochromatography with several fluorous and alkyl benzene analytes. Hydrophobic stationary phases exhibited greater methylene selectivity ( [Formula: see text] ) while those with increasing fluorous character show enhanced pefluoromethylene selectivity ( [Formula: see text] ). The Gibbs free energy change associated with the sorption of the analytes on each stationary phase composition can be calculated from migration times (i.e. capacity factor) for the addition of an individual -CF2- or -CH2- moiety. Furthermore, the Gibbs free energy change associated with a single -CF2- or -CH2- moiety (analyte) interacting with an individual -CF2- or -CH2- (stationary phase) can also be estimated by plotting fluorous column composition against [Formula: see text] . Furthermore [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] can be plotted versus H2O percentage in mobile phase, and a new concept, hypothetical water percentage (HWP) is proposed to evaluate the hydrophobicity/fluorophilicity of a stationary phase. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Phosphatidylcholine covalently linked to a methacrylate-based monolith as a biomimetic stationary phase for capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Moravcová, Dana; Carrasco-Correa, Enrique Javier; Planeta, Josef; Lämmerhofer, Michael; Wiedmer, Susanne K

    2015-07-10

    In this study a strategy to immobilize phospholipids onto a polymer-based stationary phase is described. Methacrylate-based monoliths in capillary format (150×0.1mm) were modified by soybean phosphatidylcholine through 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide coupling to obtain stationary phases suitable to mimic cell surface membranes. The covalent coupling reaction involves the phosphate group in phospholipids; therefore, the described methodology is suitable for all types of phospholipids. Immobilization of soy bean phosphatidylcholine on the monolith was confirmed by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of the fatty alcohol profile, generated upon reductive cleavage of the fatty acyl side chains of the phospholipid on the monolith surface with lithium aluminium hydride. The prepared stationary phases were evaluated through studies on the retention of low-molar mass model analytes including neutral, acidic, and basic compounds. Liquid chromatographic studies confirmed predominant hydrophobic interactions between the analytes and the synthesized stationary phase; however, electrostatic interactions contributed to the retention as well. The synthesized columns showed high stability even with fully aqueous mobile phases such as Dulbecco's phosphate-buffered saline solution. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. A new imidazolium-embedded C{sub 18} stationary phase with enhanced performance in reversed-phase liquid chromatography

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    Qiu Hongdeng [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Mallik, Abul K. [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Takafuji, Makoto [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Kumamoto Institute for Photo-Electro Organics (Phoenics), Kumamoto 862-0901 (Japan); Liu Xia; Jiang Shengxiang [Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Ihara, Hirotaka, E-mail: ihara@kumamoto-u.ac.jp [Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Kumamoto Institute for Photo-Electro Organics (Phoenics), Kumamoto 862-0901 (Japan)

    2012-08-13

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Imidazolium-embedded C{sub 18} stationary phase was prepared and characterized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhanced chromatographic selectivity was observed in SiImC{sub 18} column. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Seven nucleosides and bases were separated using only water as eluent within 8 min. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multiple-interactions induced by embedded polar imidazolium was investigated. - Abstract: In this paper, a new imidazolium-embedded C{sub 18} stationary phase (SiImC{sub 18}) for reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography is described. 1-Allyl-3-octadecylimidazolium bromide ionic liquid compound having a long alkyl chain and reactive groups was newly prepared and grafted onto 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane-modified silica via a surface-initiated radical-chain transfer addition reaction. The SiImC{sub 18} obtained was characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform, and solid-state {sup 13}C and {sup 29}Si cross-polarization/magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The selectivity toward polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons relative to that toward alkylbenzenes exhibited by SiImC{sub 18} was higher than the corresponding selectivity exhibited by a conventional octadecyl silica (ODS) column, which could be explained by electrostatic {pi}-{pi} interaction cationic imidazolium and electron-rich aromatic rings. On the other hand, SiImC{sub 18} also showed high selectivity for polar compounds, which was based on the multiple interaction and retention mechanisms of this phase with different analytes. 1,6-Dinitropyrene and 1,8-dinitropyrene, which form a positional isomer pair of dipolar compounds, were separated successfully with the SiImC{sub 18} phase. Seven nucleosides and bases (i.e. cytidine, uracil, uridine, thymine, guanosine, xanthosine, and adenosine) were separated using only water as

  5. Preparation of a novel carboxyl stationary phase by "thiol-ene" click chemistry for hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Peng, Xi-Tian; Liu, Tao; Ji, Shu-Xian; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2013-08-01

    A novel carboxyl-bonded silica stationary phase was prepared by "thiol-ene" click chemistry. The resultant Thiol-Click-COOH phase was evaluated under hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) mobile phase conditions. A comparison of the chromatographic performance of Thiol-Click-COOH and pure silica columns was performed according to the retention behaviors of analytes and the charged state of the stationary phases. The results indicated that the newly developed Thiol-Click-COOH column has a higher surface charge and stronger hydrophilicity than the pure silica column. Furthermore, the chromatographic behaviors of five nucleosides on the Thiol-Click-COOH phase were investigated in detail. Finally, a good separation of 13 nucleosides and bases, and four water-soluble vitamins was achieved. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. POLY(GLYCIDYL METHACRYLATE-DIVINYLBENZENE MONOLITHIC CAPILLARY AS A STATIONARY PHASE FOR THE REVERSED-PHASE CHROMATOGRAPHIC SEPARATION OF PROTEINS

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    Nurul Hidayat Aprilita

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Capillary column with monolithic stationary phase was prepared from silanized fused-silica capillary of 200 µm I.D. by in situ free radical polymerization of divinylbenzene with glycidy methacrylate in the presence of decanol and tetrahydrofuran as porogens.  The hydrodynamic and chromatographic properties of this monolith, such as backpressure at different flow-rate, pore size distribution, van Deemter plot and the effect of varying gradient-rate were investigated.  Poly(glycidyl methacrylate-divinylbenzene monolithic capillary has been used successfully for the reversed-phase chromatographic separation of proteins.   Keywords: monolithic stationary phase, poly(glycidyl methacrylate-divinylbenzene, proteins

  7. Separation and determination of clenbuterol by HPLC using a vancomycin chiral stationary phase.

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    Mostafa, Gamal A E; Hefnawy, Mohammed M; El-Majed, Abdulrahman

    2009-01-01

    Enantiomers of clenbuterol were separated by a new HPLC method on a chiral column. Enantiomeric resolution was achieved on a vancomycyin macrocyclic antibiotic chiral stationary phase known as chirobiotic V with UV detection at 247 nm. The polar ionic mobile phase consisting of methanol-triethylamine-glacial acetic acid (100 + 0.05 + 0.025, v/v/v), was used at a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. The method was validated for linearity, accuracy, precision, and robustness. Standard linear calibration curves were established for the R-(-) and S-(+) enantiomers over the range of 0.2-20 microg/mL, and an average recovery of 98.0% and a mean relative standard deviation of 1.5% were obtained at 5.0 microg/mL. The lower limit of detection was 0.05 microg/mL for each enantiomer. The mean recovery for R-(-) and S-(+)-clenbuterol enantiomers from plasma was 91.0-97.0% at 0.20-20 microg/mL. The method was successfully used to identify and quantify the clenbuterol enantiomers in human plasma.

  8. Comparative proteomics reveals signature metabolisms of exponentially growing and stationary phase marine bacteria.

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    Muthusamy, Saraladevi; Lundin, Daniel; Mamede Branca, Rui Miguel; Baltar, Federico; González, José M; Lehtiö, Janne; Pinhassi, Jarone

    2017-06-01

    Much of the phenotype of a microorganism consists of its repertoire of metabolisms and how and when its proteins are deployed under different growth conditions. Hence, analyses of protein expression could provide important understanding of how bacteria adapt to different environmental settings. To characterize the flexibility of proteomes of marine bacteria, we investigated protein profiles of three important marine bacterial lineages - Oceanospirillaceae (Neptuniibacter caesariensis strain MED92), Roseobacter (Phaeobacter sp. MED193) and Flavobacteria (Dokdonia sp. MED134) - during transition from exponential to stationary phase. As much as 59-80% of each species' total proteome was expressed. Moreover, all three bacteria profoundly altered their expressed proteomes during growth phase transition, from a dominance of proteins involved in translation to more diverse proteomes, with a striking appearance of enzymes involved in different nutrient-scavenging metabolisms. Whereas the three bacteria shared several overarching metabolic strategies, they differed in important details, including distinct expression patterns of membrane transporters and proteins in carbon and phosphorous metabolism and storage compounds. These differences can be seen as signature metabolisms - metabolisms specific for lineages. These findings suggest that quantitative proteomics can inform about the divergent ecological strategies of marine bacteria in adapting to changes in environmental conditions. © 2017 The Authors. Environmental Microbiology published by Society for Applied Microbiology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Non-Stationary Signals: Phase-Energy APPROACH—THEORY and Simulations

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    Klein, R.; Ingman, D.; Braun, S.

    2001-11-01

    Modern time-frequency methods are intended to deal with a variety of non-stationary signals. One specific class, prevalent in the area of rotating machines, is that of harmonic signals of varying frequencies and amplitude. This paper presents a new adaptive phase-energy (APE) approach for time-frequency representation of varying harmonic signals. It is based on the concept of phase (frequency) paths and the instantaneous power spectral density (PSD). It is this path which represents the dynamic behaviour of the system generating the observed signal. The proposed method utilises dynamic filters based on an extended Nyquist theorem, enabling to extract signal components with optimal signal-to-noise ratio. The APE detects the most energetic harmonic components (frequency paths) in the analysed signal. Tests on simulated signals show the superiority of the APE in resolution and resolving power as compared to STFT and wavelets wave-packet decomposition. The dynamic filters also enable the reconstruction of the signal components (paths) from the noisy signal. A quantitative comparison was performed both for the detected path in the time-frequency plane as well as for the reconstructed signal, demonstrating the performance of the APE.

  10. Stationary-phase production of the antibiotic actinorhodin in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) is transcriptionally regulated

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    Gramajo, Hugo C.; Takano, Eriko; Bibb, Mervyn J.

    1993-01-01

    Production of actinorhodin, a polyketide antibiotic made by Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2), normally occurs only in stationary-phase cultures. S1 nuclease protection experiments showed that transcription of actII-ORF4, the activator gene required for expression of the biosynthetic structural genes,

  11. Preparation of a boronate affinity silica stationary phase with enhanced binding properties towards cis-diol compounds.

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    Li, Hengye; Zhang, Xuemeng; Zhang, Lin; Wang, Xiaojin; Kong, Fenying; Fan, Dahe; Li, Lei; Wang, Wei

    2016-11-18

    In this study, a boronate affinity silica stationary phase with enhanced binding properties towards cis-diol compounds was prepared through the combination of surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) with a Wulff-type boronate as affinity ligand. The stationary phase showed good hydrophilicity and improved binding strength toward adenosine, with binding constant to be as low as 2.38×10-4M. The column exhibited excellent binding specificity, low binding pH (≥5.5) and high binding capacities (80.1μmol adenosine g-1 at pH 7.0 and 45.2μmol adenosine g-1 at pH 5.5, respectively). The stationary phase was applied as adsorbent for the selective extraction of nucleosides in human urine with excellent specificity and high enrichment efficiency. These results demonstrated that this stationary phase could be favorably applied for selective capture and enrichment of cis-diol compounds in complex samples. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Recombinant Staphylococcal protein A with cysteine residue for preparation of affinity chromatography stationary phase and immunosensor applications

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    Gorbatiuk O. B.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Engineering of recombinant Staphylococcal protein A with cysteine residue (SPA-Cys for preparation of affinity chromatography stationary phase and formation of bioselective element of immunosensor. Methods. DNA sequences encoding IgG-binding region of SPA, His-tag and cysteine were genetically fused and expressed in E. coli. SPA-Cys was immobilized on maleimide-functionalized silica beads for affinity chromatography stationary phase preparation and on a gold sensor surface as a bioselective element of immunosensor. Results. SPA-Cys was expressed at a high-level in a soluble form. The target protein was purified and showed a high IgG-binding activity. The capacity of the obtained SPA-Cys-based affinity chromatography stationary phase was 10–12 mg of IgG /ml. The purity of eluted IgG was more than 95 % in one-step purification procedure. The developed SPA-Cys-based bioselective element of immunosensor selectively interacted with human IgG and did not interact with the control proteins. Conclusions. The recombinant Staphylococcal protein A with cysteine residue was successfully used for the preparation of affinity chromatography stationary phase and formation of the bioselective element of immunosensor.

  13. A polyacrylamide-based silica stationary phase for the separation of carbohydrates using alcohols as the weak eluent in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography.

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    Cai, Jianfeng; Cheng, Lingping; Zhao, Jianchao; Fu, Qing; Jin, Yu; Ke, Yanxiong; Liang, Xinmiao

    2017-11-17

    A hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) stationary phase was prepared by a two-step synthesis method, immobilizing polyacrylamide on silica sphere particles. The stationary phase (named PA, 5μm dia) was evaluated using a mixture of carbohydrates in HILIC mode and the column efficiency reached 121,000Nm -1 . The retention behavior of carbohydrates on PA stationary phase was investigated with three different organic solvents (acetonitrile, ethanol and methanol) employed as the weak eluent. The strongest hydrophilicity of PA stationary phase was observed in both acetonitrile and methanol as the weak eluent, when compared with another two amide stationary phases. Attributing to its high hydrophilicity, three oligosaccharides (xylooligosaccharide, fructooligosaccharide and chitooligosaccharides) presented good retention on PA stationary phase using alcohols/water as mobile phase. Finally, PA stationary phase was successfully applied for the purification of galactooligosaccharides and saponins of Paris polyphylla. It is feasible to use safer and cheaper alcohols to replace acetonitrile as the weak eluent for green analysis and purification of polar compounds on PA stationary phase. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. Gradient elution in aqueous normal-phase liquid chromatography on hydrosilated silica-based stationary phases.

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    Soukup, Jan; Janás, Petr; Jandera, Pavel

    2013-04-19

    The possibility of applying a theoretical model in the prediction of the retention of phenolic acids on hydrosilated silica, in aqueous normal phase mode was studied. The actual gradient of the aqueous component in acetonitrile may fluctuate from the pre-set program, as even the gradient-grade acetonitrile contains some water. Hence, the actual concentration of water during the gradient run is higher than pre-set by the gradient program, which leads to lower than expected sample retention. Furthermore, the actual gradient profile may be affected by an increase in water uptake on a polar column during the gradient run. These effects were investigated using the using frontal analysis method and Karl-Fischer titration, for the determination of water in the initial mobile phase, and in the column effluent. Preferential adsorption of water on the Silica hydride, Diamond hydride, UDC Cholesterol, Bidentate C18, and Phenyl hydride columns can be described by Langmuir isotherms. At the column saturation capacity, less than one monomolecular water layer is adsorbed, with a further decrease in coverage density for modified materials. Parameters of semi-logarithmic and logarithmic model equations, describing the dependence of retention factor on the concentration of water, were determined under isocratic conditions. These parameters and linear gradient profiles corrected for the actual water concentrations were used in calculation of gradient retention data. The corrections for the actual water concentration greatly improved the agreement between the experiment and the predicted gradient elution volumes. Generally, the semi-logarithmic model provides slightly better prediction of the gradient data, with respect to the logarithmic retention model. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Screening Approach for Chiral Separation of β-Aminoketones by HPLC on Various Polysaccharide-Based Chiral Stationary Phases.

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    Addadi, Khadidja; Sekkoum, Khaled; Belboukhari, Nasser; Cheriti, Abdelkrim; Aboul-Enein, Hassan Y

    2015-05-01

    Nine β-aminoketones were synthesized via Mannich reaction when benzaldehyde was condensed with some primary amines and acetophenone. The purified compounds were identified by using spectroscopic methods. The enantiomeric separation of these derivatives was carried out by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) using several coated and immobilized polysaccharide stationary phases, namely, Chiralcel(®) OD-H, Chiralcel(®) OD, Chiralcel(®) OJ, Chiralpak(®) AD, Chiralpak(®) IA, and Chiralpak(®) IB using different mobile phases composed of n-hexane and alcohol mixed in various ratios or pure ethanol or isopropanol. The retention behavior and selectivity of these chiral stationary phases were examined in isocratic normal phase mode. The results indicate that cellulose derivatives have higher enantioselectivity than amylose derivatives for the separation of racemic β-amino ketones. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Dicationic imidazolium ionic liquid modified silica as a novel reversed-phase/anion-exchange mixed-mode stationary phase for high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Sun, Min; Feng, Juanjuan; Wang, Xiaojiao; Duan, Huimin; Li, Leilei; Luo, Chuannan

    2014-08-01

    A dicationic imidazolium ionic liquid modified silica stationary phase was prepared and evaluated by reversed-phase/anion-exchange mixed-mode chromatography. Model compounds (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and anilines) were separated well on the column by reversed-phase chromatography; inorganic anions (bromate, bromide, nitrate, iodide, and thiocyanate), and organic anions (p-aminobenzoic acid, p-anilinesulfonic acid, sodium benzoate, pathalic acid, and salicylic acid) were also separated individually by anion-exchange chromatography. Based on the multiple sites of the stationary phase, the column could separate 14 solutes containing the above series of analytes in one run. The dicationic imidazolium ionic liquid modified silica can interact with hydrophobic analytes by the hydrophobic C6 chain; it can enhance selectivity to aromatic compounds by imidazolium groups; and it also provided anion-exchange and electrostatic interactions with ionic solutes. Compared with a monocationic ionic liquid functionalized stationary phase, the new stationary phase represented enhanced selectivity owing to more interaction sites. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Improved preparation of chiral stationary phases via immobilization of polysaccharide derivative-based selectors using diisocyanates.

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    Tang, Shouwan; Liu, Guihua; Li, Xiaofang; Jin, Zhaolei; Wang, Fang; Pan, Fuyou; Okamoto, Yoshio

    2011-08-01

    The classical method for the preparation of immobilized polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases (CSPs) with a diisocyanate was improved. Cellulose or amylose was directly coated onto 3-aminopropyl silica gel after it was dissolved in a mixture of N,N-dimethylacetamide, LiCl, and pyridine, then immobilized onto silica gel with a diisocyanate, and finally allowed to react with an excess of corresponding isocyanate. Four polysaccharide derivatives, 3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate and 3,5-dichlorophenylcarbamate of cellulose, and 3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate and 5-chloro-2-methylphenylcarbamate of amylose, were immobilized onto silica gel utilizing this method. Compared with the classical diisocyanate method, the improved procedure avoided the derivatization and regeneration of 6-hydroxyl groups of cellulose and amylose, and thus showed an advantage for simple and economical preparation. The relationships among the amount of diisocyanate used, immobilization efficiency, and enantioseparation on the cellulose-based CSPs were investigated. Also, the solvent durability of the obtained CSPs was examined with eluents containing chloroform or THF. By utilizing these eluents, the chiral recognition abilities of the obtained CSPs for some of the tested racemates were improved. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Performance and selectivity of cationic nanoparticle pseudo-stationary phases in electrokinetic chromatography.

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    McGettrick, Julie R; Williamson, Nathan H; Sutton, Adam T; Palmer, Christopher P

    2017-03-01

    Electrokinetic chromatography (EKC) is a powerful analytical technique that uses an ionic pseudo-stationary phase (PSP) to separate neutral compounds. Although anionic surfactants are the most common choice for PSP, cationic latex nanoparticles are an attractive alternative. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization was used to synthesize several types of diblock copolymers that self-assemble into latex nanoparticles, which were characterized by a variety of techniques including diffusion NMR. The performance of each nanoparticle as a PSP was studied by using a homologous series of ketones and linear solvation energy relationships (LSER) analysis. A cationic homopolymer coating was found to be necessary to prevent band broadening caused by analyte interactions with nanoparticles adsorbed to the capillary surface. No significant difference in methylene selectivity or LSER parameters was observed between nanoparticles with different cationic shells, but differences were observed between nanoparticles with different hydrophobic cores. Cationic latex nanoparticles behaved more like anionic latex nanoparticles than like cationic surfactants, suggesting that selectivity is primarily driven by the hydrophobic portion of a PSP. Cationic latex nanoparticles in combination with a homopolymer cationic capillary coating are an excellent choice for EKC analyses where an anodic electroosmotic flow is required. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Site-Specific Ser/Thr/Tyr Phosphoproteome of Sinorhizobium meliloti at Stationary Phase.

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    Liu, Tao; Tian, Chang Fu; Chen, Wen Xin

    2015-01-01

    Sinorhizobium meliloti, a facultative microsymbiont of alfalfa, should fine-tune its cellular processes to live saprophytically in soils characterized with limited nutrients and diverse stresses. In this study, TiO2 enrichment and LC-MS/MS were used to uncover the site-specific Ser/Thr/Tyr phosphoproteome of S. meliloti in minimum medium at stationary phase. There are a total of 96 unique phosphorylated sites, with a Ser/Thr/Tyr distribution of 63:28:5, in 77 proteins. Phosphoproteins identified in S. meliloti showed a wide distribution pattern regarding to functional categories, such as replication, transcription, translation, posttranslational modification, transport and metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrate, inorganic ion, succinoglycan etc. Ser/Thr/Tyr phosphosites identified within the conserved motif in proteins of key cellular function indicate a crucial role of phosphorylation in modulating cellular physiology. Moreover, phosphorylation in proteins involved in processes related to rhizobial adaptation was also discussed, such as those identified in SMa0114 and PhaP2 (polyhydroxybutyrate synthesis), ActR (pH stress and microaerobic adaption), SupA (potassium stress), chaperonin GroEL2 (viability and potentially symbiosis), and ExoP (succinoglycan synthesis and secretion). These Ser/Thr/Tyr phosphosites identified herein would be helpful for our further investigation and understanding of the role of phosphorylation in rhizobial physiology.

  20. Preparation and evaluation of monolithic molecularly imprinted stationary phase for S-naproxen

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    De-Miao Chen

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available An S-naproxen (S-NAP molecularly imprinted monolithic stationary phase (MIMSP with specific recognition for S-NAP and naproxen (NAP was prepared by in situ technique, utilizing 4-vinylpridine (4-VP as a function monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA as a cross-linking agent, and low-polar solvents (toluene and dodecanol as porogenic solvents. The selectivity of the polymers for S-NAP and NAP was evaluated by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. The binding characteristics were tested by Scatchard analysis. Racemic NAP could be specifically separated to some extent. At the same time, NAP could be separated from ibuprofen under optimized conditions. Scatchard analysis showed that two classes of binding sites existed in the S-NAP-imprinted polymers, with their dissociation constants estimated to be 1.045 and 5.496 μM, respectively. The results demonstrate that S-NAP and NAP can be recognized specifically on the obtained MIMSP. Keywords: molecularly imprinted polymer, naproxen, in situ technique

  1. Stationary phase-specific virulence factor overproduction by a lasR mutant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Matthew T Cabeen

    Full Text Available Secreted virulence factors of the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa are often under quorum sensing control. Cells lacking the quorum-sensing regulator LasR show reduced virulence factor production under typical laboratory conditions and are hypo-virulent in short-term animal infection models, yet lasR mutants are frequently associated with long-term infection in cystic fibrosis patients. Here, I show that in stationary-phase or slow-growth conditions, lasR cells continuously and strongly produce the important virulence factor pyocyanin while wild-type cells do not. Pyocyanin overproduction by lasR cells is permitted by loss of repression by RsaL, a LasR-dependent negative regulator. lasR cells also contribute pyocyanin in mixed cultures, even under "cheating" conditions where they depend on their wild-type neighbors for nutrients. Finally, some clinical P. aeruginosa isolates with lasR mutations can overproduce pyocyanin in the laboratory. These results imply that slow-growing clinical populations of lasR cells in chronic infections may contribute to virulence by producing pyocyanin under conditions where lasR⁺ cells do not.

  2. Stationary Phase-Specific Virulence Factor Overproduction by a lasR Mutant of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Cabeen, Matthew T.

    2014-01-01

    Secreted virulence factors of the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa are often under quorum sensing control. Cells lacking the quorum-sensing regulator LasR show reduced virulence factor production under typical laboratory conditions and are hypo-virulent in short-term animal infection models, yet lasR mutants are frequently associated with long-term infection in cystic fibrosis patients. Here, I show that in stationary-phase or slow-growth conditions, lasR cells continuously and strongly produce the important virulence factor pyocyanin while wild-type cells do not. Pyocyanin overproduction by lasR cells is permitted by loss of repression by RsaL, a LasR-dependent negative regulator. lasR cells also contribute pyocyanin in mixed cultures, even under “cheating” conditions where they depend on their wild-type neighbors for nutrients. Finally, some clinical P. aeruginosa isolates with lasR mutations can overproduce pyocyanin in the laboratory. These results imply that slow-growing clinical populations of lasR cells in chronic infections may contribute to virulence by producing pyocyanin under conditions where lasR+ cells do not. PMID:24533146

  3. Evaluation of the separation performance of polyvinylpyrrolidone as a virtual stationary phase for chromatographic NMR.

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    Huang, Shaohua; Wu, Rui; Bai, Zhengwu; Yang, Ying; Li, Suying; Dou, Xiaowei

    2014-09-01

    Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was used as a virtual stationary phase to separate p-xylene, benzyl alcohol, and p-methylphenol by the chromatographic NMR technique. The effects of concentration and weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of PVP, solvent viscosity, solvent polarity, and sample temperature on the resolution of these components were investigated. It was found that both higher PVP concentration and higher PVP Mw caused the increase of diffusion resolution for the three components. Moreover, the diffusion resolution did not change at viscosity-higher solvents. Moreover, the three components showed different resolution at different solvents. As temperature increased, the diffusion resolution between p-xylene and benzyl alcohol gradually increased, and the one between p-xylene and p-methylphenol slightly increased from 278 to 298 K and then decreased above 298 K. It was also found that the polarity of the analytes played an important role for the separation by affecting the diffusion coefficient. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  4. A comparison of protein A chromatographic stationary phases: performance characteristics for monoclonal antibody purification.

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    Liu, Zhuo; Mostafa, Sigma S; Shukla, Abhinav A

    2015-01-01

    Protein A chromatography remains the dominant capture step used during the downstream purification of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). With the recent expiry of the Repligen patent on recombinant Protein A, a variety of new Protein A resins have been introduced in the market. Given productivity limitations during downstream processing that have come into sharper focus with the recent increase in cell culture titers for mAbs, the selection of an appropriate Protein A resin has direct implications on the overall process economics of mAb production. The performance of seven different Protein A chromatographic resins was compared with respect to static binding capacity and dynamic binding capacity as a function of flow rate. This data was translated into a comparison of productivity (g mAb purified per unit resin volume per unit time) for the seven stationary phases. In addition, elution pH and host cell protein impurity levels after product capture on each of these resins were determined. The current article provides an effective methodology and dataset for the selection of the optimal Protein A chromatographic resin. © 2014 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  5. Simultaneous determination of clobutinol hydrochloride and doxylamine succinate from syrups by RP HPLC using a new stationary phase containing embedded urea polar groups

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    Rosa, Paulo Cesar Pires; Jardim, Isabel Cristina Sales Fontes

    2012-01-01

    A new, simple, fast, reproducible and sensitive reversed phase HPLC method, using a new stationary phase containing embedded urea polar groups, has been developed and validated for the simultaneous...

  6. Comparison of the peak resolution and the stationary phase retention between the satellite and the planetary motions using the coil satellite centrifuge with counter-current chromatographic separation of 4-methylumbelliferyl sugar derivatives.

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    Shinomiya, Kazufusa; Zaima, Kazumasa; Harada, Yukina; Yasue, Miho; Harikai, Naoki; Tokura, Koji; Ito, Yoichiro

    2017-01-20

    -hexane/ethyl acetate/1-butanol/methanol/water system at different volume ratios. In the satellite motion at (ω1, ω2, ω3)=(300, 150, 150rpm), almost constant stationary phase retention was obtained with the lower mobile phase regardless of the hydrophobicity of the solvent system whereas the stationary phase retention varied according to the volume ratio of the two-phase solvent system for the upper mobile phase. However, stable stationary phase retention was observed with either phase used as the mobile phase. In order to analyze the acceleration acting on the coiled column, an acceleration sensor was set on the column holder by displacing the multilayer column. The combination of the rotation speeds at (300, 100, 200rpm) showed double loops in the acceleration track, whereas (300, 150, 150rpm) showed a single loop, and all other combinations showed, complex tracks. The overall results indicate that the satellite motion is seriously affected by the combination of rotation speeds and the hydrophobicity of the two-phase solvent system when the upper phase was used as the mobile phase for separation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Crosslinked structurally-tuned polymeric ionic liquids as stationary phases for the analysis of hydrocarbons in kerosene and diesel fuels by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Park, Rodney A; Anderson, Jared L

    2016-04-01

    Structurally-tuned ionic liquids (ILs) have been previously applied as the second dimension column in comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) and have demonstrated high selectivity in the separation of individual aliphatic hydrocarbons from other aliphatic hydrocarbons. However, the maximum operating temperatures of these stationary phases limit the separation of analytes with high boiling points. In order to address this issue, a series of polymeric ionic liquid (PIL)-based stationary phases were prepared in this study using imidazolium-based IL monomers via in-column free radical polymerization. The IL monomers were functionalized with long alkyl chain substituents to provide the needed selectivity for the separation of aliphatic hydrocarbons. Columns were prepared with different film thicknesses to identify the best performing stationary phase for the separation of kerosene. The bis[(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]imide ([NTf2](-))-based PIL stationary phase with larger film thickness (0.28μm) exhibited higher selectivity for aliphatic hydrocarbons and showed a maximum allowable operating temperature of 300°C. PIL-based stationary phases containing varied amount of IL-based crosslinker were prepared to study the effect of the crosslinker on the selectivity and thermal stability of the resulting stationary phase. The optimal resolution of aliphatic hydrocarbons was achieved when 50% (w/w) of crosslinker was incorporated into the PIL-based stationary phase. The resulting stationary phase exhibited good selectivity for different groups of aliphatic hydrocarbons even after being conditioned at 325°C. Finally, the crosslinked PIL-based stationary phase was compared with SUPELCOWAX 10 and DB-17 columns for the separation of aliphatic hydrocarbons in diesel fuel. Better resolution of aliphatic hydrocarbons was obtained when employing the crosslinked PIL-based stationary phase as the second dimension column. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights

  8. Chiral separation of helical chromenes with chloromethyl phenylcarbamate polysaccharide-based stationary phases.

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    Ianni, Federica; Scorzoni, Stefania; Gentili, Pier Luigi; Di Michele, Alessandro; Frigoli, Michel; Camaioni, Emidio; Ortica, Fausto; Sardella, Roccaldo

    2017-12-12

    Two chloromethyl phenylcarbamate-based chiral stationary phases, one containing an amylose-type chiral selector (Lux Amylose 2, from Phenomenex) and the other a cellulose-type one (Lux Cellulose-4, from Phenomenex), were successfully used for the chiral resolution of three helical chromenes featuring a helicene-like structure. The compound bearing a phenyl substituent on the helicene-like structure was enantioresolved at 25°C with Lux Cellulose-4 and a n-hexane/1-propanol 99:1 v/v eluent. With a n-hexane/2-propanol 99.8:0.2 v/v mobile phase, the same column (operated at 35°C) provided the separation of the four isomers of the compound having a hexyl residue on the helicene-like motif and an additional asymmetric carbon. Lux Amylose-2 was necessary for the enantioseparation of the compound having the sole hexyl residue on the helical scaffold. For the last compound a n-hexane/2-propanol 99.8:0.2 v/v eluent was used, and the column temperature was fixed at 5°C. The enantiomer elution order was appraised by using electronic circular dichroism and theoretical calculations. Notably, different thermodynamics of retention and enantioseparation were observed for molecules with pronounced structural similarity, that is, the enantiomer pairs of the compound containing the additional asymmetric carbon atom. Indeed, both entropically and enthalpically controlled adsorption and separation processes were observed. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Enantioselective determination of arotinolol in human plasma by HPLC using teicoplanin chiral stationary phase.

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    Aboul-Enein, Hassan Y; Hefnawy, Mohamed M

    2003-10-01

    A sensitive enantioselective high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed and validated to determine S-(+)- and R-(-)-arotinolol in human plasma. Baseline resolution was achieved by using teicoplanin macrocyclic antibiotic chiral stationary phase (CSP) known as Chirobiotic T with a polar organic mobile phase consisting of methanol:glacial acetic acid:triethylamine, 100:0.1:0.1, (v/v/v) at a fl ow rate of 0.8 mL/min and UV detection set at 317 nm. Human plasma was spiked with stock solution of arotinolol enantiomers and labetalol as the internal standard. The assay involved the use of liquid-liquid extraction procedure with ethyl ether under alkaline condition for human plasma sample prior to HPLC analysis. Recoveries for S-(+)- and R-(-)-arotinolol enantiomers were in the range 93-103% at 200-1400 ng/mL level. Intra-day and inter-day precision calculated as %RSD was in the ranges 1.3-3.4 and 1.9-4.5% for both enantiomers, respectively. Intra-day and inter-day accuracies calculated as percentage error were in the ranges 1.2-3.5 and 1.5-6.2% for both enantiomers, respectively. Linear calibration curves in the concentration range 100-1500 ng/mL for each enantiomer showed a correlation coefficient (r) of 0.9998. The limit of quantitation (LOQ) and limit of detection (LOD) for each enantiomer in human plasma were 100 and 50 ng/mL (S/N = 3), respectively. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  10. A mechanistic model of ion-exchange chromatography on polymer fiber stationary phases.

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    Winderl, Johannes; Hahn, Tobias; Hubbuch, Jürgen

    2016-12-02

    Fibers are prominent among novel stationary phase supports for preparative chromatography. Several recent studies have highlighted the potential of fiber-based adsorbents for high productivity downstream processing in both batch and continuous mode, but so far the development of these materials and of processes employing these materials has solely been based on experimental data. In this study we assessed whether mechanistic modeling can be performed on fiber-based adsorbents. With a column randomly filled with short cut hydrogel grafted anion exchange fibers, we tested whether tracer, linear gradient elution, and breakthrough data could be reproduced by mechanistic models. Successful modeling was achieved for all of the considered experiments, for both non-retained and retained molecules. For the fibers used in this study the best results were obtained with a transport-dispersive model in combination with a steric mass action isotherm. This approach accurately accounted for the convection and dispersion of non-retained tracers, and the breakthrough and elution behaviors of three different proteins with sizes ranging from 6 to 160kDa were accurately modeled, with simulation results closely resembling the experimental data. The estimated model parameters were plausible both from their physical meaning, and from an analysis of the underlying model assumptions. Parameters were determined within good confidence levels; the average confidence estimate was below 7% for confidence levels of 95%. This shows that fiber-based adsorbents can be modeled mechanistically, which will be valuable for the future design and evaluation of these novel materials and for the development of processes employing such materials. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Regenerated silica gel as stationary phase on vacuum column chromatography to purify temulawak’s extracts

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    Cahyono, Bambang; Maduwu, Ratna Dewi; Widayat,; Suzery, Meiny [Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Departement of Chemistry, Diponegoro University Jln Prof. Soedharto SH, Tembalang, Semarang 50275, Indonesia Tel / Fax: (024) 7460058 (Indonesia)

    2015-12-29

    Commercial silica gel only used once by many researchers and affected high cost for purification process, also less support the green chemistry program. This research focused in regeneration silica gel that used purification of temulawak’s extracts (Curcuma xanthorrhiza Roxb) by vacuum column chromatography. Sample extracts (contains 10.1195±0.5971% of curcuminoids) was purified by vacuum column chromatography (pressure: 45 kPa, column: 100mm on length and 16mm on diameter). Ethanol 96% and acetone were compared as eluent. The amount of solvent and yield of curcuminoids used as indicator purification. The silica gel was regenerated with heating in 600°C for 8 hours The silica gels were analyzed by IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore, regenerated silica gel was used as the stationary phase in vacuum column chromatography under the same conditions with the previous purification. All the purification experiments were performed in three repetitions. Based on regression equation, y=0.132x+0.0011 (r{sup 2}=0.9997) the yield of curcuminoids on purified products using ethanol as the eluent was improved 4.26% (to 14.3724±0.5749%) and by acetone was improved 3,03% (to 13.1450 ±0.6318%). The IR spectrum of both silica gel showed the same vibration profile and also there were three crystallinity peaks missing on its X-ray diffraction. Regenerated silica gel has the same performance with new silica gel in purification of temulawak’s extract: by ethanol has increased 4.08% (14.1947±0.7415%) and 2.93% (13.0447±0.4822) by acetone. In addition, all purification products showed similar TLC profiles. Purification using regenerated silica gel as the adsorbent on vacuum column chromatography has exactly same potential with the new silica gel.

  12. Enantiomeric separation of iridium (III) complexes using HPLC chiral stationary phases based on amylose derivatives

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    Kim, Hee Eun; Seo, Na Hyeon; Hyun, Myung Ho [Dept. of Chemistry and Chemistry Institute for Functional Materials, Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-12-15

    Cyclometalated iridium (III) complexes formed with three identical cyclometalating (C-N) ligands (homoleptic) or formed with two cyclometalating (C-N) ligands and one ancillary (LX) ligand (heteroleptic) have been known as highly phosphorescent materials and, thus, they have been utilized as efficient phosphorescent dopants in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) 1–3 or as effective phosphorescent chemosensors. 4–7 Cylometalated iridium (III) complexes are chiral compounds consisting of lambda (Λ, left-handed) and delta (Δ, right-handed) isomers. Racemic cyclometa- lated iridium (III) complexes emit light with no net polarization, but optically active cyclometalated iridium (III) complexes emit circularly polarized light. 8,9 Circularly polarized light can be used in various fields including highly efficient three dimensional electronic devices, photo nic devices for optical data storage, biological assays, and others. 8,9 In order to obtain optically active cylometalated iridium (III) complexes and to determine the enantiomeric composition of optically active cylometalated iridium (III) complexes, liquid chromatogr aphic enantiomer separation method on chiral stationary phases (CSPs) has been used. For example, Okamoto and coworkers first reported the high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) direct enantiomeric separation of two homoleptic cylometalated iridium (III) complexes on immobilized amylose tris(3,5- dimethylphenylcarbamate) (Chiralpak IA), coated cellulose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) (Chiralc el OD), and coated cellulose tris(4-methylbenzoate) (Chiralce l OJ). 10 Supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) was also used by Bernhard and coworkers for the enantiomeric separation of cylometalated iridium (III) complexes on coated amylose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) (Chiralpak AD-H). 8 However, the general use of the HPLC method for the direct enantiomeric separation of homoleptic.

  13. [Preparation and performance characterization of gold nanoparticles modified chiral capillary electrochromatography stationary phase].

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    Xiong, Lele; Li, Ruijun; Ji, Yibing

    2017-07-08

    Gold nanoparticles (GNPs, 15 nm) were prepared and introduced to amino groups derived silica monolithic column. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) was immobilized via covalent modification method onto the carboxylic functionalized GNPs to afford chiral stationary phase (CSP) for enantioseparation. GNPs were well dispersed and successfully incorporated onto the columns with the contents as high as 17.18% by characterization method such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ultraviolet (UV)-visible absorption spectra and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The preparation conditions of the BSA modified CSP were optimized and 10% (v/v) 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) and 15 g/L BSA were selected as appropriate reaction conditions. The enantioseparation performance of the BSA modified CSP has been investigated by capillary electrochromatography (CEC). Enantiomers of tryptophan, ephedrine and atenolol were resolved, and the baseline separation of tryptophan was achieved. Meanwhile, the influences of pH value, buffer concentrations and applied voltages used on the chiral separation were studied, and the optimal separation conditions were 10 mmol/L phosphate buffer at pH 7.4 and 15 kV applied voltages. In comparison with the BSA modified CSP prepared by physical adsorption, the CSP prepared by covalent modification method had better separation results, and the analytes could be separated directly without pre-column derivatization. In addition, the prepared BSA modified CSP exhibited good run to run repeatability with relative standard deviations (RSDs) of the migration times and selectivity factors not more than 2.3% and 0.96%, respectively. This work offers a good thinking for modification with other proteins or other types of chiral selectors.

  14. Analytical application of carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and nanodiamonds in nanomaterials-based chromatographic stationary phases: a review.

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    Speltini, Andrea; Merli, Daniele; Profumo, Antonella

    2013-06-14

    An overview of the most significative results so far attained in the application of carbon nanotubes, fullerenes and nanodiamonds as chromatographic separation media is presented. In particular, the authors focus on their use in capillary and packed-column gas chromatography, in high performance liquid chromatography and capillary electrochromatography, paying also attention to recently developed stationary phases for fast chromatography and nanochromatography. The performance of the nanomaterials is compared to that of planar and amorphous carbon sorbents and critically discussed in regard to retentive capability and selectivity. A wide part of this review is devoted to the most recent improvements achieved in terms of selectivity by use of functionalized nanotubes and by combination of carbon nanotubes with ionic liquids. Practical aspects of synthetic procedures in preparing novel stationary phases in relationship with their chromatographic behaviour are also commented. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Facile preparation of polyvinyl alcohol coated SiO2 stationary phases for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Ji, Shunli; Zhang, Feifang; Wu, Shengjie; Yang, Bingcheng; Liang, Xinmiao

    2014-11-07

    A facile method to prepare a polar stationary phase for hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) was proposed by coating polyvinyl alcohol onto silica particles (PVA-Sil). A water or organic solvent-insoluble permanent PVA coating on the silica particle surface can be formed simply by dipping silica particles into a hot PVA solution and then settled from this solution, leaving a thin layer of PVA coating and frozen in a freezer. The PVA-Sil shields the silica core from solution erosion to some degree and the pH tolerance range was extended to 9.5 from 8.0 for bare silica. PVA-Sil demonstrated a good hydrophilic property for several kinds of polar compounds and ∼57000 m(-1) of plate count was achieved. This method can also be extended as a universal method to prepare various stationary phases with exchangeable functionalities by doping the desired ingredient in a PVA solution.

  16. Improved production of L-lysine by disruption of stationary phase-specific rmf gene in Escherichia coli.

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    Imaizumi, Akira; Takikawa, Rie; Koseki, Chie; Usuda, Yoshihiro; Yasueda, Hisashi; Kojima, Hiroyuki; Matsui, Kazuhiko; Sugimoto, Shin-Ichi

    2005-04-20

    Growth and rate, at which fermentation products are formed in cells, generally decreases during the stationary phase as a result of changes in gene expression. We focused on the rmf gene, which encodes the ribosome modulation factor protein, as a target for strain modification in order to improve the rate of L-lysine production in Escherichia coli. Increased expression of the rmf gene during the stationary phase was confirmed under various cultivation conditions using DNA macroarray analysis. Mutants with disrupted rmf were then generated from an L-lysine-producing E. coli strain. The rates of L-lysine accumulation and production were significantly increased in disruptants that were cultivated with excess phosphate. By contrast, a higher biomass was generated in disruptants that were grown under limited phosphate conditions. These results demonstrate that disruption of the rmf gene significantly affects L-lysine production and growth in E. coli.

  17. Schizosaccharomyces pombe Homologs of Human DJ-1 Are Stationary Phase-Associated Proteins That Are Involved in Autophagy and Oxidative Stress Resistance

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    Yan, Jianhua; Huang, Ying

    2015-01-01

    The Parkinson′s disease protein DJ-1 is involved in various cellular functions including detoxification of dicarbonyl compounds, autophagy and oxidative stress response. DJ-1 homologs are widely found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, constituting a superfamily of proteins that appear to be involved in stress response. Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains six DJ-1 homologs, designated Hsp3101-Hsp3105 and Sdj1 (previously named SpDJ-1). Here we show that deletion of any one of these six genes somehow affects autophagy during prolonged stationary phase. Furthermore, deletions of each of these DJ-1 homologs result in reduced stationary phase survival. Deletion of sdj1 also increases the sensitivity of stationary-phase cells to oxidative stress induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) whereas overexpression of sdj1 has the opposite effect. Consistent with their role in stationary phase, expression of hsp3101, hsp3102, hsp3105 and sdj1, and to a lesser extent hsp3103 and hsp3104, is increased in stationary phase. The induction of hsp3101, hsp3102, hsp3105 and sdj1 involves the Sty1-regulated transcription factor Atf1 but not the transcription factor Pap1. Our results firmly establish that S. pombe homologs of DJ-1 are stationary-phase associated proteins and are likely involved in autophagy and antioxidant defense in stationary phase of S. pombe cells. PMID:26624998

  18. Schizosaccharomyces pombe Homologs of Human DJ-1 Are Stationary Phase-Associated Proteins That Are Involved in Autophagy and Oxidative Stress Resistance.

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    Full Text Available The Parkinson's disease protein DJ-1 is involved in various cellular functions including detoxification of dicarbonyl compounds, autophagy and oxidative stress response. DJ-1 homologs are widely found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, constituting a superfamily of proteins that appear to be involved in stress response. Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains six DJ-1 homologs, designated Hsp3101-Hsp3105 and Sdj1 (previously named SpDJ-1. Here we show that deletion of any one of these six genes somehow affects autophagy during prolonged stationary phase. Furthermore, deletions of each of these DJ-1 homologs result in reduced stationary phase survival. Deletion of sdj1 also increases the sensitivity of stationary-phase cells to oxidative stress induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 whereas overexpression of sdj1 has the opposite effect. Consistent with their role in stationary phase, expression of hsp3101, hsp3102, hsp3105 and sdj1, and to a lesser extent hsp3103 and hsp3104, is increased in stationary phase. The induction of hsp3101, hsp3102, hsp3105 and sdj1 involves the Sty1-regulated transcription factor Atf1 but not the transcription factor Pap1. Our results firmly establish that S. pombe homologs of DJ-1 are stationary-phase associated proteins and are likely involved in autophagy and antioxidant defense in stationary phase of S. pombe cells.

  19. Schizosaccharomyces pombe Homologs of Human DJ-1 Are Stationary Phase-Associated Proteins That Are Involved in Autophagy and Oxidative Stress Resistance.

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    Su, Yang; Chen, Caiping; Huang, Linting; Yan, Jianhua; Huang, Ying

    2015-01-01

    The Parkinson's disease protein DJ-1 is involved in various cellular functions including detoxification of dicarbonyl compounds, autophagy and oxidative stress response. DJ-1 homologs are widely found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, constituting a superfamily of proteins that appear to be involved in stress response. Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains six DJ-1 homologs, designated Hsp3101-Hsp3105 and Sdj1 (previously named SpDJ-1). Here we show that deletion of any one of these six genes somehow affects autophagy during prolonged stationary phase. Furthermore, deletions of each of these DJ-1 homologs result in reduced stationary phase survival. Deletion of sdj1 also increases the sensitivity of stationary-phase cells to oxidative stress induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) whereas overexpression of sdj1 has the opposite effect. Consistent with their role in stationary phase, expression of hsp3101, hsp3102, hsp3105 and sdj1, and to a lesser extent hsp3103 and hsp3104, is increased in stationary phase. The induction of hsp3101, hsp3102, hsp3105 and sdj1 involves the Sty1-regulated transcription factor Atf1 but not the transcription factor Pap1. Our results firmly establish that S. pombe homologs of DJ-1 are stationary-phase associated proteins and are likely involved in autophagy and antioxidant defense in stationary phase of S. pombe cells.

  20. Stationary-phase-inducible "gearbox" promoters: differential effects of katF mutations and role of sigma 70.

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    Bohannon, D E; Connell, N; Keener, J; Tormo, A; Espinosa-Urgel, M; Zambrano, M M; Kolter, R

    1991-07-01

    Many of the changes in gene expression observed when Escherichia coli cells enter stationary phase are regulated at the level of transcription initiation. A group of stationary-phase-inducible promoters, known as "gearbox" promoter, display a characteristic sequence in the -10 region which differs greatly from the consensus sequence for sigma 70-dependent promoters. Here we describe our studies on the gearbox promoters bolAp1 and mcbAp, responsible for the temporally regulated transcription of bolA and the genes involved in the synthesis of the peptide antibiotic microcin B17, respectively. Deletion analysis of mcbAp demonstrated that the stationary-phase-inducible properties of this promoter are found in a DNA fragment extending from -54 to +11 bp, surrounding the transcriptional start site, and are separable from DNA sequences responsible for the OmpR-dependent stimulation of transcription of mcbAp. In vitro transcription studies indicate that the RNA polymerase holoenzyme involved in the transcription of mcbAp contains sigma 70. In this and an accompanying paper (R. Lange and R. Hengge-Aronis, J. Bacteriol. 173: 4474-4481, 1991), experiments are described which show that the product of katF, a global regulator of stationary-phase gene expression and a putative sigma factor, is required for the expression of bolAp1 fused to the reporter gene lacZ. In contrast, mcbAp appears to be negatively regulated by katF. We discuss the implications of these results for postexponential gene expression and the role of gearbox sequences in the regulation of promoter activity.

  1. A novel method for the preparation of a chiral stationary phase containing an enantiopure acridino-18-crown-6 ether selector.

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    Németh, Tamás; Lévai, Sándor; Fődi, Tamás; Kupai, József; Túrós, György; Tóth, Tünde; Huszthy, Péter; Balogh, György Tibor

    2015-03-01

    This paper reports a novel method for the preparation of chiral stationary phases (CSPs) using an acridino-18-crown-6 ether selector as a model compound. Chiral stationary phase (R,R)-CSP- 2A: was obtained by in situ continuously recirculating the solution of carboxyl-substituted acridino-18-crown-6 ether (R,R)- 4: , dicyclohexylcarbodiimide and 3-(triethoxysilyl)propylamine through a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) column containing blank silica gel in elevated pressure and temperature. The enantiomer separating ability of chiral stationary phase (R,R)-CSP- 2A: was investigated by HPLC using mixtures of enantiomers of 1-(1-naphthyl)ethylamine hydrogen perchlorate, 1-(2-naphthyl)ethylamine, 1-(4-bromophenyl)ethylamine and 1-(4-nitrophenyl)ethylamine hydrogen chloride. The best results were found for the separation of the mixtures of enantiomers of Br-PEA. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  2. Multi-mode application of graphene quantum dots bonded silica stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Wu, Qi; Sun, Yaming; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zhang, Xia; Dong, Shuqing; Qiu, Hongdeng; Wang, Litao; Zhao, Liang

    2017-04-07

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs), which possess hydrophobic, hydrophilic, π-π stacking and hydrogen bonding properties, have great prospect in HPLC. In this study, a novel GQDs bonded silica stationary phase was prepared and applied in multiple separation modes including normal phase, reversed phase and hydrophilic chromatography mode. Alkaloids, nucleosides and nucleobases were chosen as test compounds to evaluate the separation performance of this column in hydrophilic chromatographic mode. The tested polar compounds achieved baseline separation and the resolutions reached 2.32, 4.62, 7.79, 1.68 for thymidine, uridine, adenosine, cytidine and guanosine. This new column showed satisfactory chromatographic performance for anilines, phenols and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in normal and reversed phase mode. Five anilines were completely separated within 10min under the condition of mobile phase containing only 10% methanol. The effect of water content, buffer concentration and pH on chromatographic separation was further investigated, founding that this new stationary phase showed a complex retention mechanism of partitioning, adsorption and electrostatic interaction in hydrophilic chromatography mode, and the multiple retention interactions such as π-π stacking and π-π electron-donor-acceptor interaction played an important role during the separation process. This GQDs bonded column, which allows us to adjust appropriate chromatography mode according to the properties of analytes, has possibility in actual application after further research. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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

    2007-03-01

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

  4. Automatically stable discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin methods for stationary transport problems: Quasi-optimal test space norm

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    Niemi, Antti H.

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the application of the discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin (DPG) finite element framework to stationary convection-diffusion problems. In particular, we demonstrate how the quasi-optimal test space norm improves the robustness of the DPG method with respect to vanishing diffusion. We numerically compare coarse-mesh accuracy of the approximation when using the quasi-optimal norm, the standard norm, and the weighted norm. Our results show that the quasi-optimal norm leads to more accurate results on three benchmark problems in two spatial dimensions. We address the problems associated to the resolution of the optimal test functions with respect to the quasi-optimal norm by studying their convergence numerically. In order to facilitate understanding of the method, we also include a detailed explanation of the methodology from the algorithmic point of view. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Preparation and characterization of a p-tert-butyl-calix[6]-1,4-benzocrown-4-bonded silica gel stationary phase for liquid chromatography.

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    Li, Lai-Sheng; Da, Shi-Lu; Feng, Yu-Qi; Liu, Min

    2004-06-18

    A p-tert-butyl-calix[6]-1,4-benzocrown-4-bonded silica gel stationary phase (CR6BS) was first prepared via 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane as coupling reagent for high performance liquid chromatography. The structure of the new stationary phase was characterized by diffuse reflectance infrared fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFT), elemental analysis and thermal analysis. The chromatographic performance of the bonded-stationary phase was evaluated by using neutral, acidic and basic solutes as probes. Meanwhile, comparative study of the new stationary phase with a p-tert-butyl-calix[6]arene-bonded silica gel stationary phase (C6BS, the parent) and ODS was done under the same chromatographic conditions. The results show that the new stationary phase has an excellent reversed-phase property, which is similar to C6BS and ODS. However, the selectivities for some aromatic compounds are different from the parent phase (C6BS) and ODS, especially the latter. In one hand, as hybrid of calixarene and crown ether, CR6BS with the oxygen atoms of ether-bridge can provide the complexation sites for the solutes, lacking of C6BS. On the other hand, the rigid conformation of CR6BS may be responsible to the different performance partially. CR6BS exhibits high selectivity in the separation of alkylated aromatics from their parents as compared with C6BS.

  6. Calnexin is essential for survival under nitrogen starvation and stationary phase in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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    Núñez, Andrés; Dulude, Dominic; Jbel, Mehdi; Rokeach, Luis A

    2015-01-01

    Cell fate is determined by the balance of conserved molecular mechanisms regulating death (apoptosis) and survival (autophagy). Autophagy is a process by which cells recycle their organelles and macromolecules through degradation within the vacuole in yeast and plants, and lysosome in metazoa. In the yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, autophagy is strongly induced under nitrogen starvation and in aging cells. Previously, we demonstrated that calnexin (Cnx1p), a highly conserved transmembrane chaperone of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), regulates apoptosis under ER stress or inositol starvation. Moreover, we showed that in stationary phase, Cnx1p is cleaved into two moieties, L_Cnx1p and S_Cnx1p. Here, we show that the processing of Cnx1p is regulated by autophagy, induced by nitrogen starvation or cell aging. The cleavage of Cnx1p involves two vacuolar proteases: Isp6, which is essential for autophagy, and its paralogue Psp3. Blocking autophagy through the knockout of autophagy-related genes (atg) results in inhibition of both, the cleavage and the trafficking of Cnx1p from the ER to the vacuole. We demonstrate that Cnx1p is required for cell survival under nitrogen-starvation and in chronological aging cultures. The death of the mini_cnx1 mutant (overlapping S_cnx1p) cells is accompanied by accumulation of high levels of reactive-oxygen species (ROS), a slowdown in endocytosis and severe cell-wall defects. Moreover, mutant cells expressing only S_Cnx1p showed cell wall defects. Co-expressing mutant overlapping the L_Cnx1p and S_Cnx1p cleavage products reverses the death, ROS phenotype and cell wall defect to wild-type levels. As it is involved in both apoptosis and autophagy, Cnx1p could be a nexus for the crosstalk between these pro-death and pro-survival mechanisms. Ours, and observations in mammalian systems, suggest that the multiple roles of calnexin depend on its sub-cellular localization and on its cleavage. The use of S. pombe should assist in further

  7. Stationary-Phase Persisters to Ofloxacin Sustain DNA Damage and Require Repair Systems Only during Recovery.

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    Völzing, Katherine G; Brynildsen, Mark P

    2015-09-01

    Chronic infections are a serious health care problem, and bacterial persisters have been implicated in infection reoccurrence. Progress toward finding antipersister therapies has been slow, in part because of knowledge gaps regarding the physiology of these rare phenotypic variants. Evidence shows that growth status is important for survival, as nongrowing cultures can have 100-fold more persisters than growing populations. However, additional factors are clearly important, as persisters remain rare even in nongrowing populations. What features, beyond growth inhibition, allow persisters to survive antibiotic stress while the majority of their kin succumb to it remains an open question. To investigate this, we used stationary phase as a model nongrowing environment to study Escherichia coli persistence to ofloxacin. Given that the prevailing model of persistence attributes survival to transient dormancy and antibiotic target inactivity, we anticipated that persisters would suffer less damage than their dying kin. However, using genetic mutants, flow cytometry, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and persistence assays, we discovered that nongrowing ofloxacin persisters experience antibiotic-induced damage that is indistinguishable from that of nonpersisters. Consistent with this, we found that these persisters required DNA repair for survival and that repair machinery was unnecessary until the posttreatment recovery period (after ofloxacin removal). These findings suggest that persistence to ofloxacin is not engendered solely by reduced antibiotic target corruption, demonstrate that what happens following antibiotic stress can be critical to the persistence phenotype, and support the notion that inhibition of DNA damage repair systems could be an effective strategy to eliminate fluoroquinolone persisters. In the absence of resistant mutants, infection reoccurrences can still occur because of persisters, rare bacterial cells that survive antibiotic treatments to

  8. A phase angle based diagnostic scheme to planetary gear faults diagnostics under non-stationary operational conditions

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    Feng, Ke; Wang, Kesheng; Ni, Qing; Zuo, Ming J.; Wei, Dongdong

    2017-11-01

    Planetary gearbox is a critical component for rotating machinery. It is widely used in wind turbines, aerospace and transmission systems in heavy industry. Thus, it is important to monitor planetary gearboxes, especially for fault diagnostics, during its operational conditions. However, in practice, operational conditions of planetary gearbox are often characterized by variations of rotational speeds and loads, which may bring difficulties for fault diagnosis through the measured vibrations. In this paper, phase angle data extracted from measured planetary gearbox vibrations is used for fault detection under non-stationary operational conditions. Together with sample entropy, fault diagnosis on planetary gearbox is implemented. The proposed scheme is explained and demonstrated in both simulation and experimental studies. The scheme proves to be effective and features advantages on fault diagnosis of planetary gearboxes under non-stationary operational conditions.

  9. Determination of 7 Kinds of Sulfa Drugs in a Pork Sample by HPLC Using a Biphenyl Core-shell Stationary-phase Column

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    Yoshimi ISHIHARA; Hirotaka SUGITA; Jiro TAKANO; Hideaki KITAMI

    2016-01-01

    ...) with an ultraviolet detector (UV) on a biphenyl core-shell stationary phase column was developed. This analytical method provides high linearity of the calibration curve as well as repeatability...

  10. Exploring the enantiorecognition mechanism of Cinchona alkaloid-based zwitterionic chiral stationary phases and the basic trans-paroxetine enantiomers.

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    Sardella, Roccaldo; Macchiarulo, Antonio; Urbinati, Fabrizio; Ianni, Federica; Carotti, Andrea; Kohout, Michal; Lindner, Wolfgang; Péter, Antal; Ilisz, István

    2017-11-21

    The enantiomers of trans-paroxetine (the selectand) were separated on four chiral stationary phases incorporating either quinine [ZWIX(+), ZWIX(+A)] or quinidine [ZWIX(-), ZWIX(-A)] and (R,R)-aminocyclohexanesulfonic acid [in ZWIX(-), and ZWIX(+A)] or (S,S)-aminocyclohexanesulfonic acid [in ZWIX(+), and ZWIX(-A)] chiral selectors. The zwitterion nature of the phases is due to the presence of either (R,R)- or (S,S)-aminocyclohexanesulfonic acid in the selector structure bearing the quinuclidine moiety. ZWIX(+) and ZWIX(-) phases are available on the market with the commercial names CHIRALPAK ZWIX(+) and CHIRALPAK ZWIX(-), respectively. With the aim of rationalizing the enantiomer elution order with the above chiral stationary phases, a molecular dynamic protocol was applied and two energetic parameters were initially measured: selectand conformational energy and selectand interaction energy. In the search for other descriptors allowing a better fitting with the experimental evidences, in the present work we consider an energetic parameter, defined as the selector conformational energy, which resulted to be relevant in the explanation of the experimental elution order in most of the cases. Very importantly, the computational data produced by the present study strongly support the outstanding role of the conformational energy of the chiral selector as it interacts with the analytes. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Evaluation of innovative stationary phase ligand chemistries and analytical conditions for the analysis of basic drugs by supercritical fluid chromatography.

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    Desfontaine, Vincent; Veuthey, Jean-Luc; Guillarme, Davy

    2016-03-18

    Similar to reversed phase liquid chromatography, basic compounds can be highly challenging to analyze by supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), as they tend to exhibit poor peak shape, especially those with high pKa values. In this study, three new stationary phase ligand chemistries available in sub -2 μm particle sizes, namely 2-picolylamine (2-PIC), 1-aminoanthracene (1-AA) and diethylamine (DEA), were tested in SFC conditions for the analysis of basic drugs. Due to the basic properties of these ligands, it is expected that the repulsive forces may improve peak shape of basic substances, similarly to the widely used 2-ethypyridine (2-EP) phase. However, among the 38 tested basic drugs, less of 10% displayed Gaussian peaks (asymmetry between 0.8 and 1.4) using pure CO2/methanol on these phases. The addition of 10mM ammonium formate as mobile phase additive, drastically improved peak shapes and increased this proportion to 67% on 2-PIC. Introducing the additive in the injection solvent rather than in the organic modifier, gave acceptable results for 2-PIC only, with 31% of Gaussian peaks with an average asymmetry of 1.89 for the 38 selected basic drugs. These columns were also compared to hybrid silica (BEH), DIOL and 2-EP stationary phases, commonly employed in SFC. These phases commonly exhibit alternative retention and selectivity. In the end, the two most interesting ligands used as complementary columns were 2-PIC and BEH, as they provided suitable peak shapes for the basic drugs and almost orthogonal selectivities. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Selective Essential Oils from Spice or Culinary Herbs Have High Activity against Stationary Phase and BiofilmBorrelia burgdorferi.

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    Feng, Jie; Zhang, Shuo; Shi, Wanliang; Zubcevik, Nevena; Miklossy, Judith; Zhang, Ying

    2017-01-01

    Although the majority of patients with acute Lyme disease can be cured with the standard 2-4 week antibiotic treatment, about 10-20% of patients continue suffering from chronic symptoms described as posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome. While the cause for this is debated, one possibility is that persister bacteria are not killed by the current Lyme antibiotics and remain active in the system. It has been reported that essential oils have antimicrobial activities and some have been used by patients with persisting Lyme disease symptoms. However, the activity of essential oils against the causative agent Borrelia burgdorferi ( B. burgdorferi ) has not been well studied. Here, we evaluated the activity of 34 essential oils against B. burgdorferi stationary phase culture as a model for persister bacteria. We found that not all essential oils had activity against the B. burgdorferi stationary phase culture, with top five essential oils (oregano, cinnamon bark, clove bud, citronella, and wintergreen) at a low concentration of 0.25% showing high anti-persister activity that is more active than the known persister drug daptomycin. Interestingly, some highly active essential oils were found to have excellent anti-biofilm ability as shown by their ability to dissolve the aggregated biofilm-like structures. The top three hits, oregano, cinnamon bark, and clove bud completely eradicated all viable cells without any regrowth in subculture in fresh medium, whereas but not citronella and wintergreen did not have this effect. Carvacrol was found to be the most active ingredient of oregano oil showing excellent activity against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells, while other ingredients of oregano oil p-cymene and α-terpinene had no apparent activity. Future studies are needed to characterize and optimize the active essential oils in drug combination studies in vitro and in vivo and to address their safety and pharmacokinetic properties before they can be considered as a

  13. Selective Essential Oils from Spice or Culinary Herbs Have High Activity against Stationary Phase and Biofilm Borrelia burgdorferi

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    Jie Feng

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Although the majority of patients with acute Lyme disease can be cured with the standard 2–4 week antibiotic treatment, about 10–20% of patients continue suffering from chronic symptoms described as posttreatment Lyme disease syndrome. While the cause for this is debated, one possibility is that persister bacteria are not killed by the current Lyme antibiotics and remain active in the system. It has been reported that essential oils have antimicrobial activities and some have been used by patients with persisting Lyme disease symptoms. However, the activity of essential oils against the causative agent Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi has not been well studied. Here, we evaluated the activity of 34 essential oils against B. burgdorferi stationary phase culture as a model for persister bacteria. We found that not all essential oils had activity against the B. burgdorferi stationary phase culture, with top five essential oils (oregano, cinnamon bark, clove bud, citronella, and wintergreen at a low concentration of 0.25% showing high anti-persister activity that is more active than the known persister drug daptomycin. Interestingly, some highly active essential oils were found to have excellent anti-biofilm ability as shown by their ability to dissolve the aggregated biofilm-like structures. The top three hits, oregano, cinnamon bark, and clove bud completely eradicated all viable cells without any regrowth in subculture in fresh medium, whereas but not citronella and wintergreen did not have this effect. Carvacrol was found to be the most active ingredient of oregano oil showing excellent activity against B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells, while other ingredients of oregano oil p-cymene and α-terpinene had no apparent activity. Future studies are needed to characterize and optimize the active essential oils in drug combination studies in vitro and in vivo and to address their safety and pharmacokinetic properties before they can be

  14. Polar silica-based stationary phases. Part III- Neutral silica stationary phase with surface bound maltose for affinity chromatography at reduced non-specific interactions.

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    Rathnasekara, Renuka; El Rassi, Ziad

    2017-07-28

    This research article reports the coating of large pore silica microparticles with a maltose layer to which bioaffinity ligands were attached via reductive amination reaction between the aldehyde activated maltose and the amino groups of the bioaffinity ligands. This was achieved first by the periodate oxidation of the maltose-silica (MALT-silica) yielding pairs of aldehyde groups at each monosaccharide ring. These di-aldehyde functionalities were then reacted with the primary amino groups of protein bio-affinity ligands and eventually formed Schiff bases (i.e., aldimines) which were reduced using the mild reducing agent sodium cyanoborohydride to form stable amine linkages between the immobilized protein ligands and the maltose layer. Anti-human serum albumin antibody (aHSA), anti-human serum transferrin antibody (aTf) and concanavalin A (Con A) were the bio-affinity ligands immobilized onto the MALT-silica and were evaluated in high performance affinity chromatography (HPAC), namely immunoaffinity chromatography (IAC) and lectin affinity chromatography (LAC). Our initial studies reported here revealed zero or reduced nonspecific interactions with the two immunoaffinity sorbents (i.e., aHSA-MALT-silica and aTf-MALT-silica) and the lectin affinity sorbent (i.e., Con A-MALT-silica). The absence of nonspecific interactions is attributed to the hydrophilicity of the maltose layer and its shielding effect of the residual silanols (i.e., unreacted silanols) on the silica surface. Conversely, the IAC and LAC sorbents exhibited specific interactions with the target biomolecules, namely human serum albumin (HSA) and transferrin (Tf) in the case of aHSA-MALT-silica and aTf-MALT-silica columns, respectively, and glycoproteins known for their affinity to Con A in the case of Con A-MALT-silica column. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Resolution and determination of enantiomeric purity of new chiral derivatives of xanthones using polysaccharide-based stationary phases.

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    Fernandes, Carla; Brandão, Pedro; Santos, Alexandre; Tiritan, Maria Elizabeth; Afonso, Carlos; Cass, Quezia B; Pinto, Madalena M

    2012-12-21

    The enantioresolution and determination of the enantiomeric purity of 24 new chiral derivatives of xanthones (CDXs) were investigated on polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases (CSPs). The tris-3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamates of cellulose and amylose and tris-3,5-dimethoxyphenylcarbamate of amylose were selected as CSPs for this work. The separation of enantiomeric mixtures of CDXs was explored under multimodal elution conditions. All the enantiomeric mixtures of CDXs were enantioseparated with very high enantioselectivity and resolution with α and R(S) ranging from 1.43 to 12.41 and from 1.48 to 10.29, respectively. The best performances were achieved on amylose tris-3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate stationary phase under polar organic elution conditions. Furthermore the enantiomeric purity for all the CDXs was measured, achieving values higher than 99%. Based on the obtained results, the influence of the mobile phases and structural features of the CSPs and CDXs on chiral discrimination are also discussed. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Liquid Chromatography with mass spectrometry analysis of mycotoxins in food samples using silica hydride based stationary phases.

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    Pesek, Joseph J; Matyska, Maria T; Hoffmann, Jessica F; Madruga, Nathalia A; Crizel, Rosane L; Elias, Moacir C; Vanier, Nathan L; Chaves, Fabio C

    2017-05-01

    Liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry analysis of selected food samples using silica hydride stationary phases allowed for the identification and quantification of common mycotoxins including aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, ochratoxin A, and fumosinin B1. Phenyl and C18 columns showed relatively similar selectivity based on hydrophobicity but the phenyl phase provides an additional mechanism, π-π interaction. The most hydrophobic of the analyzed compounds was more strongly retained on the C18 column and also has fewer unsaturated sites, which limited the interaction with the phenyl phase. Bean, maize, rice, and wheat samples were harvested and stored under conditions conducive to fungal development, and all samples presented toxin contamination exceeding the maximum tolerable limits. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Synthesis of a reactive polymethacrylate capillary monolith and its use as a starting material for the preparation of a stationary phase for hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Kip, Çiğdem; Erkakan, Damla; Gökaltun, Aslıhan; Çelebi, Bekir; Tuncel, Ali

    2015-05-29

    Poly(3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate), poly(HPMA-Cl-co-EDMA) capillary monolith was proposed as a reactive starting material with tailoring flexibility for the preparation of monolithic stationary phases. The reactive capillary monolith was synthesized by free radical copolymerization of 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA-Cl) and ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA). The mean pore size, the specific surface area and the permeability of poly(HPMA-Cl-co-EDMA) monoliths were controlled by adjusting porogen/monomer volume ratio, porogen composition and polymerization temperature. The porogen/monomer volume ratio was found as the most effective factor controlling the porous properties of poly(HPMA-Cl-co-EDMA) monolith. Triethanolamine (TEA-OH) functionalized polymethacrylate monoliths were prepared by using the reactive chloropropyl group of poly(HPMA-Cl-co-EDMA) monolith via one-pot and simple post-functionalization process. Poly(HPMA-Cl-co-EDMA) monolith reacted with TEA-OH was evaluated as a stationary phase in nano-hydrophilic interaction chromatography (nano-HILIC). Nucleotides, nucleosides and benzoic acid derivatives were satisfactorily separated with the plate heights up to 20μm. TEA-OH attached-poly(HPMA-Cl-co-EDMA) monolith showed a reproducible and stable retention behaviour in nano-HILIC runs. However, a decrease in the column performance (i.e. an increase in the plate height) was observed with the increasing retention factor. Hence "retention-dependent column efficiency" behaviour was shown for HILIC mode using the chromatographic data collected with the polymer based monolith synthesized. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Facile preparation of protein stationary phase based on polydopamine/graphene oxide platform for chip-based open tubular capillary electrochromatography enantioseparation.

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    Liang, Ru-Ping; Wang, Xiao-Ni; Liu, Chun-Ming; Meng, Xiang-Ying; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2014-01-03

    A novel chip-based enantioselective open-tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC) was developed employing bovine serum albumin (BSA) conjugated polydopamine-graphene oxide (PDA/GO) nanocomposites (PDA/GO/BSA) as stationary phase. After the poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic chip was filled with a freshly prepared solution containing dopamine and graphene oxide, PDA/GO nanocomposites were formed and deposited on the inner wall of microchannel as permanent coating via the oxidation of dopamine by the oxygen dissolved in the solution. The PDA/GO-coated PDMS microchips not only have the adhesion of PDA that make them easily immobilized in the microchannel, but also have the larger surface and excellent biocompatibility of graphene which can incorporate much more biomolecules and well maintain their biological activity. In addition, incorporation of GO in PDA film can make surface morphology more rough, which is beneficial for enhancing the loading capacity of proteins in the microchannels and increasing sample capacity of OT-CEC columns. BSA was stably immobilized in the PDMS microchannel to fabricate a protein-stationary phase. Compared with the native PDMS microchannels, the modified surfaces exhibited much better wettability, more stable electroosmotic mobility, and less nonspecific adsorption. The efficient separation of chiral amino acids (tryptophan and threonine) and chiral dipeptide demonstrate that the constructed OT-CEC columns own ideal enantioselectivity. The presented strategy using PDA/GO coating as a versatile platform for facile conjugation of proteins may offer new processing strategies to prepare a functional surface designed on microfluidic chips. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Green chromatography separation of analytes of greatly differing properties using a polyethylene glycol stationary phase and a low-toxic water-based mobile phase.

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    Šatínský, Dalibor; Brabcová, Ivana; Maroušková, Alena; Chocholouš, Petr; Solich, Petr

    2013-07-01

    A simple, rapid, and environmentally friendly HPLC method was developed and validated for the separation of four compounds (4-aminophenol, caffeine, paracetamol, and propyphenazone) with different chemical properties. A "green" mobile phase, employing water as the major eluent, was proposed and applied to the separation of analytes with different polarity on polyethylene glycol (PEG) stationary phase. The chromatography separation of all compounds and internal standard benzoic acid was performed using isocratic elution with a low-toxicity mobile phase consisting of 0.04% (v/v) triethylamine and water. HPLC separation was carried out using a PEG reversed-phase stationary phase Supelco Discovery HS PEG column (15 × 4 mm; particle size 3 μm) at a temperature of 30 °C and flow rate at 1.0 mL min(-1). The UV detector was set at 210 nm. In this study, a PEG stationary phase was shown to be suitable for the efficient isocratic separation of compounds that differ widely in hydrophobicity and acid-base properties, particularly 4-aminophenol (log P, 0.30), caffeine (log P, -0.25), and propyphenazone (log P, 2.27). A polar PEG stationary phase provided specific selectivity which allowed traditional chromatographic problems related to the separation of analytes with different polarities to be solved. The retention properties of the group of structurally similar substances (aromatic amines, phenolic compounds, and xanthine derivatives) were tested with different mobile phases. The proposed green chromatography method was successfully applied to the analysis of active substances and one degradation impurity (4-aminophenol) in commercial preparation. Under the optimum chromatographic conditions, standard calibration was carried out with good linearity correlation coefficients for all compounds in the range (0.99914-0.99997, n = 6) between the peak areas and concentration of compounds. Recovery of the sample preparation was in the range 100 ± 5% for all compounds

  20. The VrrA sRNA controls a stationary phase survival factor Vrp of Vibrio cholerae.

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    Sabharwal, Dharmesh; Song, Tianyan; Papenfort, Kai; Wai, Sun Nyunt

    2015-01-01

    Small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) are emerging regulatory elements in bacteria. The Vibrio cholerae sRNA VrrA has previously been shown to down-regulate outer membrane proteins (OmpA and OmpT) and biofilm matrix protein (RbmC) by base-pairing with the 5' region of the corresponding mRNAs. In this study, we present an additional target of VrrA in V. cholerae, the mRNA coding for the ribosome binding protein Vrp. Vrp is homologous to ribosome-associated inhibitor A (RaiA) of Escherichia coli which facilitates stationary phase survival through ribosome hibernation. We show that VrrA down-regulates Vrp protein synthesis by base-pairing to the 5' region of vrp mRNA and that the regulation requires the RNA chaperone protein, Hfq. We further demonstrate that Vrp is highly expressed during stationary phase growth and associates with the ribosome of V. cholerae. The effect of the Vrp protein in starvation survival is synergistic with that of the VC2530 protein, a homolog of the E. coli hibernation promoting factor HPF, suggesting a combined role for these proteins in ribosome hibernation in V. cholerae. Vrp and VC2530 are important for V. cholerae starvation survival under nutrient deficient conditions. While VC2530 is down-regulated in cells lacking vrrA, mutation of vrp results in VC2530 activation. This is the first report indicating a regulatory role for an sRNA, modulating stationary factors involved in bacterial ribosome hibernation.

  1. Quinine-Based Zwitterionic Chiral Stationary Phase as a Complementary Tool for Peptide Analysis: Mobile Phase Effects on Enantio- and Stereoselectivity of Underivatized Oligopeptides.

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    Ianni, Federica; Sardella, Roccaldo; Carotti, Andrea; Natalini, Benedetto; Lindner, Wolfgang; Lämmerhofer, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Peptide stereoisomer analysis is of importance for quality control of therapeutic peptides, the analysis of stereochemical integrity of bioactive peptides in food, and the elucidation of the stereochemistry of peptides from a natural chiral pool which often contains one or more D-amino acid residues. In this work, a series of model peptide stereoisomers (enantiomers and diastereomers) were analyzed on a zwitterionic ion-exchanger chiral stationary phase (Chiralpak ZWIX(+) 5 µm), in order to investigate the retention and separation performance for such compounds on this chiral stationary phase and elucidate its utility for this purpose. The goal of the study focused on 1) investigations of the effects of the sample matrix used to dissolve the peptide samples; 2) optimization of the mobile phase (enabling deriving information on factors of relevance for retention and separation); and 3) derivation of structure-selectivity relationships. It turned out that small di- and tripeptides can be well resolved under optimized conditions, typically with resolutions larger than 1.5. The optimized mobile phase often consisted of methanol-tetrahydrofuran-water (49:49:2; v/v/v) with 25 mM formic acid and 12.5 mM diethylamine. This work proposes some guidance on which mobile phases can be most efficiently used for peptide stereoisomer separations on Chiralpak ZWIX. Chirality 28:5-16, 2016. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Gas chromatographic retention behavior of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and alkyl-substituted PAHs on two stationary phases of different selectivity.

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    Nalin, Federica; Sander, Lane C; Wilson, Walter B; Wise, Stephen A

    2018-01-01

    Retention indices (I) for 45 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and 63 methyl-substituted PAHs were determined by gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) using two different stationary phases: a Rxi-PAH phase (a "higher phenyl-content stationary phase") and a 50% (mole fraction) liquid crystalline dimethylpolysiloxane phase. Retention data were obtained for parent PAHs from molecular mass (MM) 128 g/mol (naphthalene) to 328 g/mol (benzo[c]picene) and for 12 sets of methyl-PAHs (methylfluorenes, methylanthracenes, methylphenanthrenes, methylfluoranthenes, methylpyrenes, methylbenz[a]anthracenes, methylbenzo[c]phenanthrenes, methylchrysenes, methyltriphenylenes, methylbenzo[a]pyrenes, methylperylenes, and methylpicenes). Molecular shape descriptors such as length-to-breath ratio (L/B) and thickness (T) were determined for all the PAHs studied. Correlation between I and L/B ratio was evaluated for both stationary phases with a better correlation observed for the 50% liquid crystalline phase (correlation coefficients ranging from 0.22 to 1.00). Graphical Abstract GC separation of six methylchrysene isomers (m/z 242) on two different stationary phases: 50 % phenyl-like methylpolysiloxane phase and 50 % liquid crystalline phase. Retention indices (I) are plotted as a function of L/B for both phases. The data marker numbers identify each isomer based on methyl-substitution position.

  3. Stationary-phase genes upregulated by polyamines are responsible for the formation of Escherichia coli persister cells tolerant to netilmicin.

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    Tkachenko, Alexander G; Kashevarova, Natalya M; Tyuleneva, Elena A; Shumkov, Mikhail S

    2017-05-01

    Persisters are rare phenotypic variants of regular bacterial cells that survive lethal antibiotics or stresses owing to slowing down of their metabolism. Recently, we have shown that polyamine putrescine can upregulate persister cell formation in Escherichia coli via the stimulation of rpoS expression, encoding a master regulator of general stress response. We hypothesized that rmf and yqjD, the stationary-phase genes responsible for ribosome inactivation, might be good candidates for the similar role owing to their involvement in translational arrest and the ability to be affected by polyamines. Using reporter gene fusions or single and multiple knockout mutations in rpoS, rmf and yqjD genes, we show in this work that (i) E. coli polyamines spermidine and cadaverine can upregulate persistence, like putrescine; (ii) polyamine effects on persister cell formation are mediated through stimulation of expression of rpoS, rmf and yqjD genes; (iii) these genes are involved in persister cell formation sequentially in a dynamic fashion as cells enter the stationary phase. The data obtained in this work can be used to develop novel tools relying on a suppression of polyamine metabolism in bacteria to combat persister cells as an important cause of infections refractory to antibiotics. © FEMS 2017. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  4. High-resolution profiling of stationary-phase survival reveals yeast longevity factors and their genetic interactions.

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    Erika Garay

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Lifespan is influenced by a large number of conserved proteins and gene-regulatory pathways. Here, we introduce a strategy for systematically finding such longevity factors in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and scoring the genetic interactions (epistasis among these factors. Specifically, we developed an automated competition-based assay for chronological lifespan, defined as stationary-phase survival of yeast populations, and used it to phenotype over 5,600 single- or double-gene knockouts at unprecedented quantitative resolution. We found that 14% of the viable yeast mutant strains were affected in their stationary-phase survival; the extent of true-positive chronological lifespan factors was estimated by accounting for the effects of culture aeration and adaptive regrowth. We show that lifespan extension by dietary restriction depends on the Swr1 histone-exchange complex and that a functional link between autophagy and the lipid-homeostasis factor Arv1 has an impact on cellular lifespan. Importantly, we describe the first genetic interaction network based on aging phenotypes, which successfully recapitulated the core-autophagy machinery and confirmed a role of the human tumor suppressor PTEN homologue in yeast lifespan and phosphatidylinositol phosphate metabolism. Our quantitative analysis of longevity factors and their genetic interactions provides insights into the gene-network interactions of aging cells.

  5. Development of an immobilized GPR17 receptor stationary phase for binding determination using frontal affinity chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry.

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    Temporini, Caterina; Ceruti, Stefania; Calleri, Enrica; Ferrario, Silvia; Moaddel, Ruin; Abbracchio, Maria P; Massolini, Gabriella

    2009-01-01

    A liquid chromatographic stationary phase containing immobilized membranes from cells expressing the P2Y-like receptor GPR17 is described. Cellular membranes from 1321N1 cells transiently transfected with GPR17 vector [GPR17+] and from the same cell line transfected with the corresponding empty vector [GPR17(-)] were entrapped on immobilized artificial membrane (IAM) support and packed into 6.6-mm-i.d. glass columns to create GPR17(+)-IAM and GPR17(-)-IAM stationary phases. Frontal chromatography experiments on both GPR17(+)-IAM and GPR17(-)-IAM demonstrated the presence of a specific interaction with GPR17 only in the former that was maximized by increasing the membrane/IAM ratio. GPR17(+)-IAM was used in frontal affinity chromatography experiments to calculate the dissociation constants (K(d)) of three ligands-the antagonist cangrelor (formerly AR-C69931MX, a P2Y(12)/P2Y(13) antagonist), MRS2179 (a P2Y(1) receptor antagonist), and the agonist UDP-all of which have been reported to also interact with GPR17. Immobilized GPR17 retained its ability to specifically bind the three analytes, as demonstrated by the agreement of the calculated K(d) values with previously reported data. Preliminary ranking experiments suggest the application of GPR17(+)-IAM in ranking affinity studies for the selection of new potential candidates.

  6. Purification of Monoclonal Antibodies Using a Fiber Based Cation-Exchange Stationary Phase: Parameter Determination and Modeling

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    Jan Schwellenbach

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Monoclonal antibodies (mAb currently dominate the market for protein therapeutics. Because chromatography unit operations are critical for the purification of therapeutic proteins, the process integration of novel chromatographic stationary phases, driven by the demand for more economic process schemes, is a field of ongoing research. Within this study it was demonstrated that the description and prediction of mAb purification on a novel fiber based cation-exchange stationary phase can be achieved using a physico-chemical model. All relevant mass-transport phenomena during a bind and elute chromatographic cycle, namely convection, axial dispersion, boundary layer mass-transfer, and the salt dependent binding behavior in the fiber bed were described. This work highlights the combination of model adaption, simulation, and experimental parameter determination through separate measurements, correlations, or geometric considerations, independent from the chromatographic cycle. The salt dependent binding behavior of a purified mAb was determined by the measurement of adsorption isotherms using batch adsorption experiments. Utilizing a combination of size exclusion and protein A chromatography as analytic techniques, this approach can be extended to a cell culture broth, describing the salt dependent binding behavior of multiple components. Model testing and validation was performed with experimental bind and elute cycles using purified mAb as well as a clarified cell culture broth. A comparison between model calculations and experimental data showed a good agreement. The influence of the model parameters is discussed in detail.

  7. HOT ELUENT CAPILLARY LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY USING ZIRCONIA AND TITANIA BASED STATIONARY PHASES. (R825344)

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    AbstractHigh speed capillary liquid chromatographic separations using a simple home made system constructed from readily available inexpensive components have been studied. Using thermally stable zirconia and titania based packing, the separation of eight alkylbenzene...

  8. Preparation of hydrophilic interaction/ion-exchange mixed-mode chromatographic stationary phase with adjustable selectivity by controlling different ratios of the co-monomers.

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    Bo, Chunmiao; Wang, Xiaomeng; Wang, Chaozhan; Wei, Yinmao

    2017-03-03

    Development of mixed-mode chromatography (MMC) stationary phase with adjustable selectivity is beneficial to meet the needs of complex samples. In this work, surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) using the mixture of two functional monomers was proposed as a new preparation strategy for MMC stationary phase with adjustable selectivity. The mixture of sodium 4-styrenesulfonate (NASS) and dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) underwent SI-ATRP to bond poly(NASS-co-DMAEMA) on the surface of silica to prepare hydrophilic interaction/ion-exchange mixed-mode stationary phase. Various analytes (neutral, acidic, basic analytes and strong polar nucleosides) were employed to investigate the retention behaviors. The influences of water content and pH of the mobile phase on the retention validated the mixed-mode retention mechanisms of HILIC and ion-exchange. The charge and polarity of stationary phase as well as the separation selectivity were conveniently manipulated by the ratio of NASS to DMAEMA monomer, and the use of DMAEMA in the mixture additionally endowed the column with the temperature-responsive characteristics. Moreover, the application of the developed column was demonstrated by the successful separation of nucleosides, β-agonists and safflower injection. In a word, the proposed strategy can be potentially applied in the controllable preparation of MMC stationary phase with adjustable selectivity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Aqueous chromatographic system for the quantification of propofol in biological fluids using a temperature-responsive polymer modified stationary phase.

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    Nishio, Tadashi; Suzuki, Rie; Tsukada, Yuko; Kanazawa, Hideko; Okano, Teruo; Miyabe-Nishiwaki, Takako

    2009-10-30

    A new method for the quantitative analysis of monkey serum propofol, which is widely used as an anaesthetic agent, was developed by utilizing a temperature-responsive polymer of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) and butyl methacrylate (BMA) as the stationary phase of HPLC-fluorescence detection. This poly(NIPAAm-co-BMA) copolymer undergoes a reversible phase transition from a hydrophilic to a hydrophobic microstructure when triggered by change in the temperature. Also this chromatographic system is possible to separate the analytes by using only water as a mobile phase. A pretreatment of the serum (80 microL) was only solid-phase extraction, and the recovery rate of propofol and internal standard was more than 77%, respectively. This method covered the calibration range from 0.5 microg/mL to 10 microg/mL and allowed a reproducible quantification of the serum propofol in administrated monkey serum. The intra- and inter-assay relative standard deviations were less than 14.1%. In addition, there was good relationship of the quantification values between the developed method and the widely used reversed-phase HPLC method. Our developed method has proven to be useful for a simple analysis of propofol in clinical practice, because the avoidance of complicated mobile phase preparation was possible, and only temperature changing could regulate the retention time of the analyte. In addition, by using water instead of fossil fuel, it is the ideal analytical method according to green chemistry.

  10. Use of contactless conductivity detection for non-invasive characterisation of monolithic stationary-phase coatings for application in capillary ion chromatography.

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    Gillespie, Eoin; Connolly, Damian; Macka, Miroslav; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Paull, Brett

    2007-12-01

    A capacitively-coupled contactless conductivity detector (C4D) has been utilised as an on-capillary detector within a capillary ion chromatograph, incorporating a reversed-phase monolithic silica capillary column semi-permanently modified with a suitable ionic surfactant. The monolithic capillary column (150 x 0.1 mm i.d.) was modified using sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate (DOSS), an anionic surfactant, for the separation of small inorganic and organic cations. With the use of the on-capillary conductivity detector, the longitudinal homogeneity and temporal stability of the coating were investigated. The approach allowed a detailed non-invasive observation of the nature of the ion-exchange coating over time, and an example of an application of the technique to produce a longitudinal stationary-phase charge gradient is shown. An investigation of the basis of the measured on-capillary conductivity was carried out with a counter ion study, clearly showing the on-capillary detection technique could also distinguish between chemical forms of the immobilised ion exchanger. The above method was used to produce a stable and homogeneously-modified monolithic ion-exchange capillary column, for application to the separation of inorganic alkaline earth cations and amino acids.

  11. Features of the adsoprtion of naproxen on the chiral stationary phase (S,S)-Whelk-O1 under reversed-phase conditions

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    Asnin, Leonid [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Gritti, Fabrice [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Kaczmarski, Krzysztof [University of Tennessee and Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland; Guiochon, Georges A [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    Using elution chromatography, we studied the adsorption mechanism of the Naproxen enantiomers on the chiral stationary phase (S,S)-Whelk-O1, from buffered methanol-water solutions. We propose an adsorption mechanism that assumes monolayer adsorption of the more retained enantiomer and the associative adsorption of the less retained one. The effects of the mobile phase composition on the adsorption of Naproxen are discussed. The combination of an elevated column temperature and of the use of an acidic mobile phase led to the degradation of the column and caused a major loss of its separation ability. The use of a moderately acidic mobile phase at temperature slightly above ambient did not produce rapid severe damages but, nevertheless, hampered the experiments and caused a slow gradual deterioration of the column.

  12. A system map for the ionic liquid stationary phase 1,12-di(tripropylphosphonium)dodecane bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide for gas chromatography.

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    Lenca, Nicole; Poole, Colin F

    2017-10-07

    The solvation parameter model is used to prepare a system map for the retention of volatile organic compounds on the ionic liquid stationary phase 1,12-di(tripropylphosphonium)dodecane bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (SLB-IL60) by gas chromatography over the temperature range 80-280°C. Retention is governed by dispersion, dipole-type and hydrogen-bonding interactions with a different temperature dependence. The hydrogen-bond acidity of the SLB-IL60 column is unexpected since the stationary phase contains no hydrogen-bond acid groups and is not obviously connected to contributions from the deactivated column wall. The polarity number is shown to be a poor indicator of column retention properties. Principal component analysis with the system constants of the solvation parameter model as variables indicates that the properties of SLB-IL60 are not duplicated by any of the common poly(siloxane) and poly(ethylene glycol) stationary phase chemistries in common use for column preparation. The SLB-IL60 column has similar selectivity to a poly(cyanopropylphenyldimethylsiloxane) stationary phase containing 50% cyanopropylphenyl siloxane monomer but the two columns are not selectivity equivalent. Poly(ethylene glycol) stationary phases indicated as most similar to SLB-IL60 based on their polarity numbers are shown to have quite different selectivity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Comparison of analytical protein separation characteristics for three amine-based capillary-channeled polymer (C-CP) stationary phases.

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    Jiang, Liuwei; Marcus, R Kenneth

    2016-02-01

    Capillary-channeled polymer (C-CP) fiber stationary phases are finding utility in the realms of protein analytics as well as downstream processing. We have recently described the modification of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) C-CP fibers to affect amine-rich phases for the weak anion-exchange (WAX) separation of proteins. Polyethylenimine (PEI) is covalently coupled to the PET surface, with subsequent cross-linking imparted by treatment with 1,4-butanediol diglycidyl ether (BUDGE). These modifications yield vastly improved dynamic binding capacities over the unmodified fibers. We have also previously employed native (unmodified) nylon 6 C-CP fibers as weak anion/cation-exchange (mixed-mode) and hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) phases for protein separations. Polyamide, nylon 6, consists of amide groups along the polymer backbone, with primary amines and carboxylic acid end groups. The analytical separation characteristics of these three amine-based C-CP fiber phases are compared here. Each of the C-CP fiber columns in this study was shown to be able to separate a bovine serum albumin/hemoglobin/lysozyme mixture at high mobile phase linear velocity (∼70 mm s(-1)) but with different elution characteristics. These differences reflect the types of protein-surface interactions that are occurring, based on the active group composition of the fiber surfaces. This study provides important fundamental understanding for the development of surface-modified C-CP fiber columns for protein separation.

  14. Direct enantioseparation of underivatized aliphatic 3-hydroxyalkanoic acids with a quinine-based zwitterionic chiral stationary phase.

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    Ianni, Federica; Pataj, Zoltán; Gross, Harald; Sardella, Roccaldo; Natalini, Benedetto; Lindner, Wolfgang; Lämmerhofer, Michael

    2014-10-10

    While aliphatic 2-hydroxyalkanoic acids have been more or less successfully enantioseparated with various chiral stationary phases by HPLC and GC, analogous applications on underivatized aliphatic 3-hydroxyalkanoic acids are completely absent in the scientific literature. With the aim of closing this gap, the enantioseparation of 3-hydroxybutyric acid, 3-hydroxydecanoic acid and 3-hydroxymyristic acid has been performed with two ion-exchange type chiral stationary phases (CSPs): one containing the anion-exchange type tert-butyl carbamoyl quinine chiral selector motif (Chiralpak QN-AX), and the other carrying the new zwitterionic variant based on trans-(S,S)-2-aminocyclohexanesulfonic acid-derivatized quinine carbamate (Chiralpak ZWIX(+)) as the chiral selector and enantiodiscriminating element, respectively. The zwitterionic enantiorecognition material provided better results in terms of enantioselectivity and resolution compared to the anion-exchanger CSP at reduced retention times due to the intramolecular counterion effect imposed by the sulfonic acid moiety and its competition with the 3-hydroxyalkanoic acid analyte for ionic interaction at the quininium-anion exchanger site. It is thus recommended as the CSP of first choice for enantioseparations of the class of aliphatic 3-hydroxyalkanoic acids. With use of polar organic eluent composed of ACN/MeOH/AcOH - 95/5/0.05 (v/v/v), a good compromise in terms of analysis time and enantioresolution quality was accomplished. The major experimental variables have been investigated for optimization of the resolution and allowed to derive information on the enantiorecognition mechanism. Corresponding Chiralpak ZWIX(-), based on pseudo-enantiomeric selector derived from quinidine and trans-(R,R)-2-aminocyclohexanesulfonic acid with opposite configurations provided reversed enantiomer elution orders. It has further to be stressed that these separations can be obtained with mass spectrometry compatible mobile phases

  15. Activities of Escherichia coli ribosomes in IF3 and RMF change to prepare 100S ribosome formation on entering the stationary growth phase.

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    Yoshida, Hideji; Ueta, Masami; Maki, Yasushi; Sakai, Akiko; Wada, Akira

    2009-02-01

    The canonical ribosome cycle in bacteria consists of initiation, elongation, termination, and recycling stages. After the recycling stage, initiation factor 3 (IF3) stabilizes ribosomal dissociation by binding to 30S subunits for the next round of translation. On the other hand, during the stationary growth phase, it has been elucidated that Escherichia coli ribosomes are dimerized (100S ribosome formation) by binding ribosome modulation factor (RMF) and hibernation promoting factor (HPF), leading to a hibernation stage. This indicates that 100S ribosomes are formed after these factors are scrambled for ribosomes concomitantly with transition from the log phase to the stationary phase. In this study, to elucidate the ribosomal events before 100S ribosome formation, the relationships between protein factors (RMF and HPF) involved in 100S ribosome formation and IF3 involved in initiation complex formation were examined. As a result of in vitro assays, it was found that ribosomal dissociation activity by IF3 fell, and that ribosomal dimerization activity by RMF and HPF was elevated more when using stationary-phase ribosomes than when using log-phase ribosomes. This suggests that ribosomes change into forms which are hard to bind with IF3 and easy to form 100S ribosomes by RMF and HPF concomitantly with transition from the log phase to the stationary phase.

  16. An attempt to estimate ionic interactions with phenyl and pentafluorophenyl stationary phases in supercritical fluid chromatography.

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    West, Caroline; Lemasson, Elise; Khater, Syame; Lesellier, Eric

    2015-09-18

    Pentafluorophenyl-bonded silica (PFP) phases employed in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) often provide very different results depending on the column manufacturer. PFP phases also provide significantly different selectivity from non-fluorinated aromatic phases. As all HPLC columns can also be employed with carbon dioxide-based mobile phases, PFP phases can also be useful to supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC). However, whether they provide adequate retention and selectivity in SFC conditions is necessary for them to find applicability with this technique. In our laboratory, a column classification for packed column SFC was designed, based on the solvation parameter model, which currently comprises data for about eighty different columns. In this paper, we present the characterization of eleven PFP phases provided by different manufacturers used with carbon dioxide-methanol mobile phases. The columns are compared to fifteen other non-fluorinated phenyl and diphenyl phases in terms of their retention and separation characteristics assessed by the solvation parameter model with five Abraham descriptors. The latter is insufficient for an accurate description of retention mechanisms on the PFP phases, thus two extra terms accounting for ionic interactions with anions and cations (D(-) and D(+)), previously developed for HPLC in hydrophilic interaction mode (HILIC), are introduced. While some approximations are necessary regarding the true pH and pKa values in CO2-based mobile phases, the retention models are significantly improved by this addition, allowing to integrate ionizable analytes in the test set for evaluation of ionic interactions in the chromatographic systems. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Split degenerate states and stable p+ip phases from holography

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    Nie, Zhang-Yu; Zeng, Hui [Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming (China); Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Pan, Qiyuan [Hunan Normal Univ., Key Lab. of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, and Synergetic Innovation Center for Quantum Effects and Applications, Dept. of Physics, Changsha (China); Zeng, Hua-Bi [Yangzhou University, College of Physics Science and Technology, Yangzhou, Jiangsu (China); National Central University, Department of Physics, Chungli (China)

    2017-02-15

    In this paper, we investigate the p+ip superfluid phases in the complex vector field holographic p-wave model. We find that in the probe limit, the p+ip phase and the p-wave phase are equally stable, hence the p and ip orders can be mixed with an arbitrary ratio to form more general p+λip phases, which are also equally stable with the p-wave and p+ip phases. As a result, the system possesses a degenerate thermal state in the superfluid region. We further study the case on considering the back-reaction on the metric, and we find that the degenerate ground states will be separated into p-wave and p+ip phases, and the p-wave phase is more stable. Finally, due to the different critical temperature of the zeroth order phase transitions from p-wave and p+ip phases to the normal phase, there is a temperature region where the p+ip phase exists but the p-wave phase does not. In this region we find the stable holographic p+ip phase for the first time. (orig.)

  18. Clean synthesis of molecular recognition polymeric materials with chiral sensing capability using supercritical fluid technology. Application as HPLC stationary phases.

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    da Silva, Mara Soares; Vão, Eva R; Temtem, Márcio; Mafra, Luís; Caldeira, Jorge; Aguiar-Ricardo, Ana; Casimiro, Teresa

    2010-03-15

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) of poly(ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) and poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) were synthesized for the first time in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO(2)), using Boc-L-tryptophan as template. Supercritical fluid technology provides a clean and one-step synthetic route for the preparation of affinity polymeric materials with sensing capability for specific molecules. The polymeric materials were tested as stationary HPLC phases for the enantiomeric separation of L- and D-tryptophan. HPLC results prove that the synthesized MIPs are able to recognize the template molecule towards its enantiomer which opens up potential applications in chromatographic chiral separation. (c) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Competitive growth advantage of nontoxigenic mutants in the stationary phase in archival cultures of pathogenic Vibrio cholerae strains.

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    Paul, Kalidas; Ghosh, Amalendu; Sengupta, Nilanjan; Chowdhury, Rukhsana

    2004-09-01

    Spontaneous nontoxigenic mutants of highly pathogenic Vibrio cholerae O1 strains accumulate in large numbers during long-term storage of the cultures in agar stabs. In these mutants, production of the transcriptional regulator ToxR was reduced due to the presence of a mutation in the ribosome-binding site immediately upstream of the toxR open reading frame. Consequently, the ToxR-dependent virulence regulon was turned off, with concomitant reduction in the expression of cholera toxin and toxin-coregulated pilus. An intriguing feature of these mutants is that they have a competitive fitness advantage when grown in competition with the parent strains in stationary-phase cocultures which is independent of RpoS, the only locus known to be primarily associated with acquisition of a growth advantage phenotype in bacteria.

  20. On the parallelism between the mechanisms behind chromatography and drug delivery: the role of interactions with a stationary phase.

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    Rossi, Filippo; Castiglione, Franca; Salvalaglio, Matteo; Ferro, Monica; Moioli, Marta; Mauri, Emanuele; Masi, Maurizio; Mele, Andrea

    2017-05-10

    A huge number of studies and work in the drug delivery literature are focused on understanding and modeling transport phenomena, the pivotal point for a good device design. The rationalization of all phenomena involved is fundamental, but several concerns arise leaving many issues unsolved. In order to change the point of view we decided to focus our attention on the parallelisms between two fields that seem to be very far from each other: chromatography and drug release. Taking advantages of the studies conducted by many researchers using chromatographic columns we decided to explain all the phenomena involved in drug delivery considering sodium ibuprofen (IP) molecules as analytes and hydrogel as a stationary phase. In particular, we considered not only diffusion, but also drug-polymer interactions as adsorption on the stationary phase and drug-drug interactions as aggregation of analytes. The hydrogel investigated is a promising formulation made of agarose and carbomer 974p (AC) loaded with IP, a non-steroidal common anti-inflammatory drug. The self-diffusion coefficient of IP in AC formulations was measured by using an innovative method based on a magic angle spinning NMR spectroscopic technique to produce high resolution (liquid-like) spectra. This method (HR-MAS NMR) is used in combination with pulsed field gradient spin echo (PGSE) liquid-state techniques. The model predictions satisfactorily match with the experimental data obtained in water and the gel environment, indicating that the model presented here, despite its simplicity, is able to describe the key phenomena governing the device behavior and could be used to rationalize the experimental activity.

  1. Polydopamine-supported immobilization of covalent-organic framework-5 in capillary as stationary phase for electrochromatographic separation.

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    Bao, Tao; Tang, Pingxiu; Kong, Deying; Mao, Zhenkun; Chen, Zilin

    2016-05-06

    Covalent-organic frameworks (COFs) are attractive materials for their fascinating properties, such as rigid structures, exceptional thermal stabilities, low densities, and permanent porosity with specific surface areas, which indicate potential for application in chromatography similar to related metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). However, the utilization of COFs in analytical chemistry is far behind as compared to that of the MOFs due to the challenging work of their immobilization. Here, we have successfully demonstrated the growth of the boron COF-5 on the inner wall of the fused silica capillary by a developed polydopamine-supported method. Combined with the layer-by-layer strategy, multilayer COF-5-coated capillary was obtained. The formation of COF-5 on polydopamine-coated substrate has been confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction. A novel stationary phase of COF-5 was developed on the basis of successful growth of COF-5 on polydopamine for open-tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC). Baseline separation of neutral, acidic and basic analytes was achieved on multilayer COF-5-coated capillary column. The fabricated capillary columns showed high column efficiency (154,060 plates/m for methylbenzene), excellent stability and repeatability. The precision (relative standard deviation (RSD), n=3) of retention time, peak height, and peak area for tested neutral compounds were in the range of 1.2-1.3%, 1.8-4.2%, and 0.9-2.4%, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, it was the first demonstration that COF-5 was developed as a novel stationary phase. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Proline accumulation protects Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells in stationary phase from ethanol stress by reducing reactive oxygen species levels.

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    Takagi, Hiroshi; Taguchi, Junpei; Kaino, Tomohiro

    2016-08-01

    During fermentation processes, Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells are exposed to multiple stresses, including a high concentration of ethanol that represents toxicity through intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. We previously reported that proline protected yeast cells from damage caused by various stresses, such as freezing and ethanol. As an anti-oxidant, proline is suggested to scavenge intracellular ROS. In this study, we examined the role of intracellular proline during ethanol treatment in S. cerevisiae strains that accumulate different concentrations of proline. When cultured in YPD medium, there was a significant accumulation of proline in the put1 mutant strain, which is deficient in proline oxidase, in the stationary phase. Expression of the mutant PRO1 gene, which encodes the γ-glutamyl kinase variant (Asp154Asn or Ile150Thr) with desensitization to feedback inhibition by proline in the put1 mutant strain, showed a prominent increase in proline content as compared with that of the wild-type strain. The oxidation level was clearly increased in wild-type cells after exposure to ethanol, indicating that the generation of ROS occurred. Interestingly, proline accumulation significantly reduces the ROS level and increases the survival rate of yeast cells in the stationary phase under ethanol stress conditions. However, there was not a clear correlation between proline content and survival rate in yeast cells. An appropriate level of intracellular proline in yeast might be important for its stress-protective effect. Hence, the engineering of proline metabolism could be promising for breeding stress-tolerant industrial yeast strains. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  3. Membrane chromatography: protein purification from E. coli lysate using newly designed and commercial anion-exchange stationary phases.

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    Bhut, Bharat V; Christensen, Kenneth A; Husson, Scott M

    2010-07-23

    This contribution describes the purification of anthrax protective antigen (PA) protein from Escherichia coli lysate using bind-and-elute chromatography with newly designed weak anion-exchange membranes. Protein separation performance of the new AEX membrane adsorber was compared with the commercial Sartobind D membrane adsorber and HiTrap DEAE FF resin column under preparative scale conditions. Dynamic protein binding capacities of all three stationary phases were determined using breakthrough curve analysis. The AEX membrane showed higher binding capacities than the Sartobind D membrane at equivalent volumetric throughput and higher capacities than the HiTrap DEAE FF resin column at 15 times higher volumetric throughput. Anion-exchange chromatography was performed using all three stationary phases to purify PA protein. Quantitative SDS-PAGE analysis of effluent fractions showed that the purity of PA protein was higher for membrane adsorbers than the HiTrap DEAE FF resin column and was the same for the new AEX membrane and Sartobind D membrane adsorbers. The effects of E. coli lysate load volume and volumetric flow rate on PA protein separation resolution using the membrane adsorbers were minor, and the peak elution profile remained un-changed even under conditions where >75% of the total protein dynamic binding capacity of the membranes had been utilized. PA protein peak resolution was higher using pH-gradient elution than with ionic strength gradient elution. Overall, the results clearly demonstrate that membrane chromatography is a high-capacity, high-throughput, high-resolution separation technique, and that resolution in membrane chromatography can be higher than resin column chromatography under preparative conditions and at much higher volumetric throughput. Copyright (c) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHIC SEPARATION OF THE ENANTIOMERS OF ORGANOPHOSPHORUS PESTICIDES ON POLYSACCHARIDE CHIRAL STATIONARY PHASES

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    High-performance liquid chromatographic separation of the individual enantiomers of 12 organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) was obtained on polysaccharide enantioselective HPLC columns using alkane-alcohol mobile phase. The OP pesticides were crotoxyphos, dialifor, fonofos, fenamiph...

  5. HPLC SEPARATION OF CHIRAL ORGANOPHOSPHORUS PESTICIDES ON POLYSACCHARIDE CHIRAL STATIONARY PHASES

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    High-performance liquid chromatographic separation of the individual enantiomers of 12 organophosphorus pesticides (OPs) were obtained on polysaccharide chiral HPLC columns using an alkane-alcohol mobile phase. The OP pesticides were crotoxyphos, dialifor, dyfonate, fenamiphos, ...

  6. Thermal inactivation of stationary-phase and acid-adapted Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria monocytogenes in fruit juices.

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    Mazzotta, A S

    2001-03-01

    The heat resistance of stationary-phase and acid-adapted Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica (serotypes Typhimurium, Enteritidis, Gaminara, Rubislaw, and Hartford), and Listeria monocytogenes was evaluated in single-strength apple. orange, and white grape juices adjusted to pH 3.9. The heat resistance increased significantly (P juices at the temperatures tested, with lower z-values than Salmonella and L. monocytogenes. The heat resistance (D(60 degrees C)-values) of all three pathogens, assessed in tryptic soy broth adjusted to different pH values, increased above pH 4.0. From the results obtained in this study, one example of a treatment that will inactivate 5 logs of vegetative pathogens was calculated as 3 s at 71.1 degrees C (z-value of 5.3 degrees C). Normal processing conditions calculated for hot-filled, shelf-stable juices achieve a lethality in excess of 50,000 D for all three pathogens.

  7. Antimicrobial efficacy of chlorine dioxide against Candida albicans in stationary and starvation phases in human root canal: An in-vitro study

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    Shirur Krishnaraj Somayaji

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Candida albicans (C. albicans is the most commonly isolated fungal pathogen from dental root canal. C. albicans forms biofilm and develops resistance against root canal irrigants . This study determines the fungicidal efficacy of 13.8% chlorine dioxide in extracted human teeth at stationary and starvation phases of C. albicans. Materials and Methods: Teeth were decoronated and coronal portion of the roots were prepared into blocks, which were incubated at 37°C with C. albicans for five days. The samples were treated with chlorine dioxide for 12 and 20 minutes. Total of fifty blocks were taken in the study. Colony-forming units were counted in Sabourauds dextrose agar and scanning electron microscopic observation was done. Data were analyzed by one-way ANOVA and Bonferoni′s post hoc test. Results: Teeth at stationary phase (12 min showed mean colony count of 28,000 ± 1814 which is significantly (P < 0.001 less than control group. Teeth at starvation phase (12 min showed colony count of 65,600 ± 1912 which is also significantly (P < 0.001 less than control group. Teeth irrigated at stationary phase (20 min showed mean colony count of 23,400 ± 1776 (P < 0.001. Teeth irrigated at starvation phase (20 min showed mean colony count of 48,100 ± 1663 which is also significantly (P < 0.001 less than that of control group. Conclusion: Treatment of chlorine dioxide reduces the C. albicans count in root canals of extracted human teeth at stationary and starvation phases. Efficacy of chlorine dioxide against C. albicans is relatively higher in stationary phase than that of starvation phase.

  8. Polystyrene bound stationary phase of excellent separation efficiency based on partially sub-2μm silica monolith particles.

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    Ali, Faiz; Cheong, Won Jo; A L Othman, Zeid A; A L Majid, Abdullah M

    2013-08-16

    Partially sub-2μm porous silica monolith particles have been synthesized by a renovated procedure and modified to polystyrene coated silica particles with excellent separation efficiency when used as chromatographic media. In the procedure of preparing silica monolith particles in this study, subtle control of formulation of the reaction mixture and multi-step heating followed by calcination, without any washing and sieving process, enabled formation of silica particles characterized by proper particle and pore size distribution for high separation efficiency. 3-Chloropropyl trimethoxysilane was used as the halogen terminal spacer to combine the initiator to silica particles. Uniform and thin coating of polystyrene layer on initiator attached silica particles was formed via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Micro-columns (1.0mm ID and 300mm length) were packed with the resultant phase and their chromatographic performance was elucidated by HPLC. A mobile phase of 60/40 (v/v) acetonitrile/water containing 0.1% TFA and a flow rate of 15μL/min were found to be the optimized conditions leading to number of theoretical plates close to 50,000 (165,000m(-1)). This is the very first study to get such highly efficient HPLC columns using a silica monolith particulate stationary phase. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Liquid Chromatographic Separation of Novel 4-Amino-Flavanes Series Diastereomers on a Polysaccharide-Type Chiral Stationary Phase.

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    Rahou, Ismahane; Sekkoum, Khaled; Belboukhari, Nasser; Cheriti, Abdelkrim; Aboul-Enein, Hassan Y

    2016-11-01

    Two broad approaches for the syntheses of a series of 4-aminoflavanes are used in this study, and they have been prepared in 30-99% overall yields using the reductive condensation of flavanone with primary amine, as a key step. By this methodology, the formyl derivatives of several secondary amines were obtained in good to excellent yields. The structures of all new products have been confirmed by spectral experiences (IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR). However, the present non-stereoselective synthesis results in a mixture of 2-7: diastereomers, which differ from the configuration of the flavanone atom asymmetric center. Since each diastereomer may have different biological activity and pharmacokinetic profile, analytical methods have to be developed for their separation. The 4-aminoflavanes diastereomers were separated using polysaccharide chiral stationary phases columns consisting of cellulose (Chiralcel® OD-H and Chiralcel®OJ) by high-performance liquid chromatography; the separation was affected by the nature and concentration of the alcohol modifiers in the mobile phase. Separations were carried out under normal phase mode on the Chiralcel®OJ column. This method can properly separate the two diastereoisomers (Rs > 2) within an analysis time of <50 min. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  10. Chromatographic analysis of some drugs employed in erectile dysfunction therapy: qualitative and quantitative studies using calixarene stationary phase.

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    Hashem, Hisham; Ibrahim, Adel Ehab; Elhenawee, Magda

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the effect of change in chromatographic process variables on the retention behavior of four drugs employed in erectile dysfunction therapy on a calixarene stationary phase is described. Three of these drugs are known to treat erectile dysfunction, namely, sildenafil citrate, tadalafil, and apomorphine hydrochloride, and one drug that is used as opioid analgesic, tramadol hydrochloride, which is quiet widely misused to treat premature ejaculation. The results indicate the importance of considering the structure and pKa values of drugs to be separated along with mobile phase composition. A new optimized, rapid, and accurate liquid chromatography method is also established for simultaneous determination of sildenafil citrate, tadalafil, and apomorphine hydrochloride in pharmaceutical preparations and bulk powders. The chromatographic separation of the three pharmaceuticals was achieved on a calixarene column in less than 10 min using a binary mobile phase of 35% acetonitrile and 65% 50 mM sodium perchlorate pH2.5 at 1 mL/min flow rate. The method was validated for system efficiency, linearity, accuracy, precision, limits of detection and quantitation, specificity, stability, and robustness. Statistical analysis proved that the method enabled reproducible and selective quantification of all three analytes in bulk drugs and in pharmaceutical preparations. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Laboratory-Scale Preparative Enantioseparations of Pharmaceutically Relevant Compounds on Commercially Available Chiral Stationary Phases for HPLC.

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    Sardella, Roccaldo; Ianni, Federica; Marinozzi, Maura; Macchiarulo, Antonio; Natalini, Benedetto

    2017-01-01

    In response to the outburst of research in the field of synthetic medicinal chemistry, enantioselective chromatography methods based on the use of chiral stationary phases (CSPs) found immediate acceptance as the elective choice for the analytical determinations of the enantiomeric purity of synthetic compounds. In contrast to an initial scepticism, also the preparative-scale applications are gaining increasing recognition as a powerful alternative to enantioselective synthesis for the supply of pure enantiomers of bioactive compounds. The increasing success of liquid chromatography methods has been made possible thanks to the development of highly efficient CSPs allowing the enantioresolution of practically all the chemical classes of chiral compounds. However, only few CSPs are really suitable for preparative- scale applications, being the loading capacity is the major concern for preparativescale enantioseparations. The cellulose- and amylose-based CSPs present the highest loading capacity and enantiodiscrimination power, which makes these CSPs the most versatile and applicable for preparative-scale applications in all the applicable elution modes (reversedphase, normal-phase, and with polar-organic or polar-ionic eluents). However, also other types of CSPs have been successfully employed at this regard (brush-type phases, polyacrylamide and cross-linked di-allyltartardiamide phases as well as cyclodextrin, and glycopeptide containing phases). Several instrumental methods exist for the determination of the absolute configuration of organic compounds in absence of known enantiopure reference standards. The most widely known are X-ray crystallography, followed by chirooptical methods [e.g., electronic and vibrational circular dichroism (ECD and VCD, respectively)] and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. All these aspects will be treated in the review. Copyright© Bentham Science Publishers; For any queries, please email at epub@benthamscience.org.

  12. Stable, metastable, and kinetically trapped amyloid aggregate phases.

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    Miti, Tatiana; Mulaj, Mentor; Schmit, Jeremy D; Muschol, Martin

    2015-01-12

    Self-assembly of proteins into amyloid fibrils plays a key role in a multitude of human disorders that range from Alzheimer's disease to type II diabetes. Compact oligomeric species, observed early during amyloid formation, are reported as the molecular entities responsible for the toxic effects of amyloid self-assembly. However, the relation between early-stage oligomeric aggregates and late-stage rigid fibrils, which are the hallmark structure of amyloid plaques, has remained unclear. We show that these different structures occupy well-defined regions in a peculiar phase diagram. Lysozyme amyloid oligomers and their curvilinear fibrils only form after they cross a salt and protein concentration-dependent threshold. We also determine a boundary for the onset of amyloid oligomer precipitation. The oligomeric aggregates are structurally distinct from rigid fibrils and are metastable against nucleation and growth of rigid fibrils. These experimentally determined boundaries match well with colloidal model predictions that account for salt-modulated charge repulsion. The model also incorporates the metastable and kinetic character of oligomer phases. Similarities and differences of amyloid oligomer assembly to metastable liquid-liquid phase separation of proteins and to surfactant aggregation are discussed.

  13. Phenyl Functionalized Sol-gel Silica Sorbent for Capillary Microextraction and Chromia-Based Sol-gel Ucon Stationary Phase for Capillary Gas Chromatography

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    McLean, Michael M.

    The first chapter of this thesis presents an introduction to sol-gel methodology whose usefulness as a synthetic route will be demonstrated with two applications in chromatography. The first application involves the fabrication of a capillary micro-extraction (CME) device by coating a phenyl functionalized extracting phase on the inner surface of a fused silica capillary for analyte pre-concentration. The device was coupled on-line to a RP-HPLC system and practicality was demonstrated using allergens as target analytes. The allergens chosen as model analytes are typically found in fragrance products and food. Most of the 26 fragrance allergens that are monitored by various government authorities have a phenyl organic moiety (a strong chromophore), thus making them appropriate probes for exploring the extraction efficiency of the coating using a UV detector. The CME device showed ppt level limit of detection which makes it suitable for trace analyses of allergens and similar compounds in a variety of matrices. The second application explores the feasibility of using sol-gel derived chromia-based stationary phase in gas chromatographic columns. The organic moiety of the stationary phase was derived from Ucon 75-H-90,000 while the inorganic backbone was prepared using chromium(III) dichloride hydroxide - methacrylic acid - aqua complex, 40% in isopropanol/acetone . Usefulness of prepared chromia-based GC stationary phase was examined for petrochemical application. Promising results were obtained using aliphatic-aromatics, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, BTEX test mixture, cycloalkanes, branched alkanes and akylbenzenes. The column was able to perform without degradation despite being rinsed multiples times sequentially with the following solvents: dichloromethane, methanol, water and finally methanol again. Maximum theoretical plate number calculated is around 2,400 plates/m. The plate number clearly needs improvement but is a promising result for the newly explored

  14. The chiral separation of triazole pesticides enantiomers by amylose-tris (3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) chiral stationary phase.

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    Wang, Peng; Liu, Donghui; Jiang, Shuren; Xu, Yangguang; Zhou, Zhiqiang

    2008-10-01

    The amylose-tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) chiral stationary phase was synthesized and used to separate the enantiomers of triazole pesticides by high-performance liquid chromatography. The mobile phase was n-hexane-isopropanol applying a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min. Six triazole pesticides were enantioselectively separated. Myclobutanil, paclobutrazol, tebuconazole, and uniconazole obtained complete separation with the resolution factors of 5.73, 2.99, 1.72, and 2.07, respectively, and imazalil and diniconazole obtained partial separation with the resolution factors of 0.79 and 0.77 under the optimized conditions. The effect of the content of isopropanol as well as column temperature on the separation was investigated. A circular dichroism detector was used to identify the enantiomers and determine the elution orders. The results showed the low temperature was good for the chiral separation except for diniconazole. The thermodynamic parameters calculated based on linear Van't Hoff plots showed the chiral separations were controlled by enthalpy.

  15. Thermodynamic and kinetic study of chiral separations of coumarin-based anticoagulants on derivatized amylose stationary phase.

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    Gebreyohannes, Kahsay G; McGuffin, Victoria L

    2010-09-17

    Thermodynamic and kinetic studies are performed on amylose derivatized with tris-(3,5-dimethylphenyl carbamate) stationary phase for the chiral separation of coumarin-based anticoagulants. Polar-organic eluents that contain acetonitrile as bulk solvent with modifiers such as methanol, i-butanol, t-butanol, and tetrahydrofuran are used in the study. Temperature is varied from 5 to 45 degrees C at constant pressure of 1500psi. In general, both retention and enantioselectivity decrease as the temperature increases and as hydrogen bond donating ability of the modifiers increases. The van't Hoff plots are found to show both linear and non-linear behavior. The non-linear plots are believed to be the result of conformational changes in the derivatized amylose phase and are observed around room temperature. The retention behavior in acetonitrile mobile phase provides a linear enthalpy-entropy compensation plot, indicating that all coumarins may have a similar retention mechanism. In contrast, enthalpy-entropy compensation is not observed for warfarin and coumatetralyl enantiomers when separated with different organic modifiers in the mobile phase. The kinetic data indicate that the rate of sorption is always greater than the rate of desorption. An increase in the concentration of alcohol modifiers causes an increase in the desorption rate constant. In contrast, an increase in the concentration of tetrahydrofuran causes a decrease in the desorption rate constant. This effect is most significant for the second eluted enantiomer of coumatetralyl, for which the desorption rate is 36 times slower than the first eluted enantiomer. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography with stationary-phase-assisted modulation coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry applied to proteome analysis of saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Vonk, Rudy J.; Gargano, Andrea F.G.; Davydova, Ekaterina; Dekker, Henk L.; Eeltink, Sebastiaan; De Koning, Leo J.; Schoenmakers, Peter J.

    2015-01-01

    Stationary-phase-assisted modulation is used to overcome one of the limitations of contemporary comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography, which arises from the combination of a first-dimension column that is typically narrow and long and a second-dimension column that is wide and short.

  17. The El Tor biotype of Vibrio cholerae exhibits a growth advantage in the stationary phase in mixed cultures with the classical biotype.

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    Pradhan, Subhra; Baidya, Amit K; Ghosh, Amalendu; Paul, Kalidas; Chowdhury, Rukhsana

    2010-02-01

    Vibrio cholerae strains of the O1 serogroup that typically cause epidemic cholera can be classified into two biotypes, classical and El Tor. The El Tor biotype emerged in 1961 and subsequently displaced the classical biotype as a cause of cholera throughout the world. In this study we demonstrate that when strains of the El Tor and classical biotypes were cocultured in standard LB medium, the El Tor strains clearly had a competitive growth advantage over the classical biotype starting from the late stationary phase and could eventually take over the population. The classical biotype produces extracellular protease(s) in the stationary phase, and the amounts of amino acids and small peptides in the late stationary and death phase culture filtrates of the classical biotype were higher than those in the corresponding culture filtrates of the El Tor biotype. The El Tor biotype cells could utilize the amino acids more efficiently than the classical biotype under the alkaline pH of the stationary phase cultures but not in medium buffered to neutral pH. The growth advantage of the El Tor biotype was also observed in vivo using the ligated rabbit ileal loop and infant mouse animal models.

  18. Increments to chiral recognition facilitating enantiomer separations of chiral acids, bases, and ampholytes using Cinchona-based zwitterion exchanger chiral stationary phases.

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    Wernisch, Stefanie; Pell, Reinhard; Lindner, Wolfgang

    2012-07-01

    The intramolecular distances of anion and cation exchanger sites of zwitterionic chiral stationary phases represent potential tuning sites for enantiomer selectivity. In this contribution, we investigate the influence of alkanesulfonic acid chain length and flexibility on enantiomer separations of chiral acids, bases, and amphoteric molecules for six Cinchona alkaloid-based chiral stationary phases in comparison with structurally related anion and cation exchangers. Employing polar-organic elution conditions, we observed an intramolecular counterion effect for acidic analytes which led to reduced retention times but did not impair enantiomer selectivities. Retention of amphoteric analytes is based on simultaneous double ion pairing of their charged functional groups with the acidic and basic sites of the zwitterionic selectors. A chiral center in the vicinity of the strong cation exchanger site is vital for chiral separations of bases. Sterically demanding side chains are beneficial for separations of free amino acids. Enantioseparations of free (un-derivatized) peptides were particularly successful in stationary phases with straight-chain alkanesulfonic acid sites, pointing to a beneficial influence of more flexible moieties. In addition, we observed pseudo-enantiomeric behavior of quinine and quinidine-derived chiral stationary phases facilitating reversal of elution orders for all analytes. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. DNA base excision repair and nucleotide excision repair synergistically contribute to survival of stationary-phase cells of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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    Senoo, Takanori; Kawano, Shinji; Ikeda, Shogo

    2017-03-01

    Defects of genome maintenance may causally contribute to aging. In general, base excision repair (BER) is involved in the repair of subtle base lesions and AP sites, and bulky helix-distorting lesions are restored by nucleotide excision repair (NER). Here, we measured the chronological lifespan (CLS) of BER- and NER-deficient mutants of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, and observed the aging process of cells. The CLS of the nth1 (gene for DNA glycosylase/AP lyase) mutant and the rad16 (a homolog of human XPF) mutant were slightly shorter than that of the wild-type (WT) strain. However, survival of the nth1Δ rad16Δ double mutant was significantly reduced after entry into the stationary phase. Deletion of rad16 in an AP endonuclease mutant apn2Δ also accelerated chronological aging. These results indicate that BER and NER synergistically contribute to genome maintenance in non-dividing cells. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulated in cells during the stationary phase, and nth1Δ rad16Δ cells produced more ROS than WT cells. High mutation frequencies and nuclear DNA fragmentation were observed in nth1Δ rad16Δ stationary-phase cells concurrent with apoptotic-like cell death. Calorie restriction significantly reduced the level of ROS in the stationary phase and extended the CLS of nth1Δ rad16Δ cells. Therefore, ROS production critically affects the survival of the DNA repair mutant during chronological aging. © 2017 International Federation for Cell Biology.

  20. Identifying important structural features of ionic liquid stationary phases for the selective separation of nonpolar analytes by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Ingram, Isaiah C; Hantao, Leandro W; Anderson, Jared L

    2015-03-20

    A series of dicationic ionic liquid (IL)-based stationary phases were evaluated as secondary columns in comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) for the separation of aliphatic hydrocarbons from kerosene. In order to understand the role that structural features of ILs play on the selectivity of nonpolar analytes, the solvation parameter model was used to probe the solvation properties of the IL-based stationary phases. It was observed that room temperature ILs containing long free alkyl side chain substituents and long linker chains between the two cations possess less cohesive forces and exhibited the highest resolution of aliphatic hydrocarbons. The anion component of the IL did not contribute significantly to the overall separation, as similar selectivities toward aliphatic hydrocarbons were observed when examining ILs with identical cations and different anions. In an attempt to further examine the separation capabilities of the IL-based GC stationary phases, columns of the best performing stationary phases were prepared with higher film thickness and resulted in enhanced selectivity of aliphatic hydrocarbons. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Suitability of teicoplanin-aglycone bonded stationary phase for simulated moving bed enantio separation of racemic amino acids employing composition-constrained eluents

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    Bechtold, M; Heinemann, M; Panke, S

    2006-01-01

    The suitability of a teicoplanin-aglycone based chiral stationary phase for the simulated moving bed (SMB) enantioseparation of amino acids under enzyme-compatible conditions was shown following a procedure that is based solely on model-based simulations and HPLC experiments. A set of eight amino

  2. Mass-transfer properties of insulin on core-shell and fully porous stationary phases.

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    Lambert, Nándor; Kiss, Ibolya; Felinger, Attila

    2014-10-31

    The mass-transfer properties of three superficially-porous packing materials, with 2.6 and 3.6μm particle and 1.9, 2.6, and 3.2μm inner core diameter, respectively, were investigated and compared with those of fully porous packings with similar particle properties. Several sources of band spreading in the chromatographic bed have been identified and studied according to the general rate model of chromatography. Besides the axial dispersion in the stream of the mobile phase, and the external mass transfer resistance, the intraparticle diffusion was studied in depth. The first absolute and the second central moments of the peaks of human insulin, over a wide range of mobile phase velocities were measured and used for the calculation of the mass-transfer coefficients. The experimental data were also analyzed using the stochastic or molecular dynamic model of Giddings and Eyring. The dissimilarities of the mass-transfer observed in the different columns were identified and evaluated. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Non-stationary filtration mode during chemical reactions with the gas phase

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    Zavialov, Ivan; Konyukhov, Andrey; Negodyaev, Sergey

    2015-04-01

    An experimental and numerical study of filtration accompanied by chemical reactions between displacing fluid and solid skeleton is considered. Glass balls (400-500 μm in diameter) were placed in 1 cm gap between two glass sheets and were used as model porous medium. The baking soda was added to the glass balls. The 70% solution of acetic acid was used as the displacer. The modeling porous medium was saturated with a mineral oil, and then 70% solution of colored acetic acid was pumped through the medium. The glass balls and a mineral oil have a similar refractive index, so the model porous medium was optically transparent. During the filtration, the gas phase was generated by the chemical reactions between the baking soda and acetic acid, and time-dependent displacement of the chemical reaction front was observed. The front of the chemical reaction was associated with the most intensive gas separation. The front moved, stopped, and then moved again to the area where it had been already. We called this process a secondary oxidation wave. To describe this effect, we added to the balance equations a term associated with the formation and disappearance of phases due to chemical reactions. The equations were supplemented by Darcy's law for multiphase filtration. Nonstationarity front propagation of the chemical reaction in the numerical experiment was observed at Damköhler numbers greater than 100. The mathematical modelling was agreed well with the experimental results.

  4. Isolation of two cell populations from yeast during high-level alcoholic fermentation that resemble quiescent and nonquiescent cells from the stationary phase on glucose.

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    Benbadis, Laurent; Cot, Marlène; Rigoulet, Michel; Francois, Jean

    2009-12-01

    High-level production of bioethanol (140 g L(-1) in 45 h) in aerated fed-batch cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was shown to be linked to the length of a production phase uncoupled to the growth. The induction of this phase was characterized by metabolic and morphologic changes reminiscent of those occurring in the stationary phase of growth on glucose. Global transcriptomic analysis of ethanol-stressed yeast cells in the uncoupling phase harboured features similar to those from stationary-phase cells on glucose. Two distinct cellular populations were isolated by Percoll density-gradient centrifugation in this uncoupling phase. The lower fraction was enriched by yeast cells that were mostly uniform in size and opalescent, containing a large amount of glycogen and trehalose, and exhibiting high respiratory activity. In contrast, the upper fraction was characterized by cells heterogeneous in size, with one to several small buds, which did not contain storage carbohydrates and which exhibited a poor respiratory competence while retaining a high relative glycolytic activity. These results are discussed in terms of a possible induction of a state similar to the quiescence state previously observed from yeast stationary-phase cultures, in response to ethanol toxicity, whose acquisition may be critical for performing high-level alcoholic fermentation.

  5. High-performance liquid chromatography separation and purification of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) procyanidins according to degree of polymerization using a diol stationary phase.

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    Kelm, Mark A; Johnson, J Chris; Robbins, Rebecca J; Hammerstone, John F; Schmitz, Harold H

    2006-03-08

    A new chromatographic approach for separating cacao procyanidins according to their degree of polymerization has been developed. It utilizes diol stationary phase columns operating in normal phase mode with a binary gradient of acidified acetonitrile and methanol-water. Performance of the diol stationary phase was evaluated on an analytical scale utilizing classical chromatographic conditions for the normal phase separation of procyanidins according to their degree of polymerization. The new separation approach was developed on an analytical scale but further extended to the preparative scale. These newly developed analytical and preparative high-performance liquid chromatography procedures were successfully applied to the separation, as well as isolation, of cacao procyanidins from unfermented cacao seeds. The degree of polymerization associated with each molecular weight fraction was determined by mass spectrometry.

  6. Ribosomal protein S1 specifically binds to the 5' untranslated region of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa stationary-phase sigma factor rpoS mRNA in the logarithmic phase of growth.

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    Sevo, Milica; Buratti, Emanuele; Venturi, Vittorio

    2004-08-01

    The rpoS gene encodes the stationary-phase sigma factor (RpoS or sigma(s)), which was identified in several gram-negative bacteria as a central regulator controlling the expression of genes involved in cell survival in response to cessation of growth (stationary phase) and providing cross-protection against various stresses. In Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the levels of sigma(s) increase dramatically at the onset of the stationary phase and are regulated at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. The P. aeruginosa rpoS gene is transcribed as a monocistronic rpoS mRNA transcript comprised of an unusually long 373-bp 5' untranslated region (5' UTR). In this study, the 5' UTR and total protein extracts from P. aeruginosa logarithmic and stationary phases of growth were used in order to investigate the protein-RNA interactions that may modulate the translational process. It was observed that a 69-kDa protein, which corresponded to ribosomal protein S1, preferentially binds the 5' UTR of the rpoS mRNA in the logarithmic phase and not in the stationary phase. This is the first report of a protein-rpoS mRNA 5' UTR interaction in P. aeruginosa, and the possible involvement of protein S1 in translation regulation of rpoS is discussed.

  7. Expression of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm antibiotic resistance gene ndvB requires the RpoS stationary phase sigma factor.

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    Hall, Clayton W; Hinz, Aaron J; Gagnon, Luke B-P; Zhang, Li; Nadeau, Jean-Paul; Copeland, Sarah; Saha, Bratati; Mah, Thien-Fah

    2018-01-19

    Chronic, biofilm-based bacterial infections are exceptionally difficult to eradicate due to the high degree of antibiotic recalcitrance exhibited by cells in biofilm communities. In the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, biofilm recalcitrance is multifactorial and arises in part from the preferential expression of resistance genes in biofilms compared to exponential phase planktonic cells. One such mechanism involves ndvB, which we have previously shown to be expressed specifically in biofilms. In this study, we investigated the regulatory basis of this lifestyle-specific expression by developing an unstable GFP transcriptional reporter to observe the expression pattern of ndvB We found that, in addition to its expression in biofilms, ndvB was also upregulated in planktonic cells as they enter stationary phase. The transcription of ndvB in both growth phases was shown to be dependent on the stationary phase sigma factor RpoS, and mutation of a putative RpoS binding site in the ndvB promoter abolished the activity of the promoter in stationary phase cells. Overall, we have expanded our understanding of the temporal expression of ndvB in P. aeruginosa and have uncovered a regulatory basis for its growth phase-dependent expression.Importance Bacterial biofilms are more resistant to antibiotics than free-living planktonic cells, and understanding the mechanistic basis of this resistance can inform treatments of biofilm-based infections. In addition to chemical and structural barriers that can inhibit antibiotic entry, the upregulation of specific genes in biofilms contributes to the resistance. We investigated this biofilm-specific gene induction by examining expression patterns of ndvB, a gene involved in biofilm resistance of the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa We characterized ndvB expression in planktonic and biofilm growth conditions with an unstable green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter and found that the expression of ndvB in

  8. Normal-phase liquid chromatography retention behavior of polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles and alkyl-substituted polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycle isomers on an aminopropyl stationary phase.

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    Wilson, Walter B; Hayes, Hugh V; Sander, Lane C; Campiglia, Andres D; Wise, Stephen A

    2018-02-01

    Retention indices for 67 polycyclic aromatic sulfur heterocycles (PASHs) and 80 alkyl-substituted PASHs were determined using normal-phase liquid chromatography (NPLC) on an aminopropyl (NH 2 ) stationary phase. The retention behavior of PASH on the NH 2 phase is correlated with the number of aromatic carbon atoms and two structural characteristics have a significant influence on their retention: non-planarity (thickness, T) and the position of the sulfur atom in the bay-region of the structure. Correlations between solute retention on the NH 2 phase and T of PASHs were investigated for three cata-condensed (cata-) PASH isomer groups: (a) 13 four-ring molecular mass (MM) 234 Da cata-PASHs, (b) 20 five-ring MM 284 Da cata-PASHs, and (c) 12 six-ring MM 334 Da cata-PASHs. Correlation coefficients ranged from r = -0.49 (MM 234 Da) to r = -0.65 (MM 334 Da), which were significantly lower than structurally similar PAH isomer groups (r = -0.70 to r = -0.99). The NPLC retention behavior of the PASHs are compared to similar results for PAHs.

  9. Chocolate HILIC phases: development and characterization of novel saccharide-based stationary phases by applying non-enzymatic browning (Maillard reaction) on amino-modified silica surfaces.

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    Schuster, Georg; Lindner, Wolfgang

    2011-06-01

    Novel saccharide-based stationary phases were developed by applying non-enzymatic browning (Maillard Reaction) on aminopropyl silica material. During this process, the reducing sugars glucose, lactose, maltose, and cellobiose served as "ligand primers". The reaction cascade using cellobiose resulted in an efficient chromatographic material which further served as our model Chocolate HILIC column. (Chocolate refers to the fact that these phases are brownish.) In this way, an amine backbone was introduced to facilitate convenient manipulation of selectivity by additional attractive or repulsive ionic solute-ligand interactions in addition to the typical HILIC retention mechanism. In total, six different test sets and five different mobile phase compositions were investigated, allowing a comprehensive evaluation of the new polar column. It became evident that, besides the so-called HILIC retention mechanism based on partition phenomena, additional adsorption mechanisms, including ionic interactions, take place. Thus, the new column is another example of a HILIC-type column characterized by mixed-modal retention increments. The glucose-modified materials exhibited the relative highest overall hydrophobicity of all grafted Chocolate HILIC columns which enabled retention of lipophilic analytes with high water content mobile phases.

  10. Thermodynamic Study of Racemic Ibuprofen Separation by Liquid Chromatography Using Cellulose-Based Stationary Phase

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    Wilson M. Ferrari

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID, also known for its significant antipyretic and analgesic properties. This chiral drug is commercialized in racemic form; however, only S-(+-ibuprofen has clinical activities. In this paper the effect of temperature change (from 288.15 to 308.15 K on the ibuprofen resolution was studied. A column (250×4.6 mm packed with tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate was used to obtain the thermodynamic parameters, such as enthalpy change (ΔH, entropy change (ΔS, variation enthalpy change (ΔΔH, variation entropy change (ΔΔS, and isoenantioselective temperature (Tiso. The mobile phase was a combination of hexane (99%, isopropyl alcohol (1%, and TFA (0.1%, as an additive. The conditions led to a selectivity of 1.20 and resolution of 4.55. The first peak, R-(−-ibuprofen, presented an enthalpy change of 7.21 kJ/mol and entropy change of 42.88 kJ/K·mol; the last peak, S-(+-ibuprofen, has an enthalpy change of 8.76 kJ/mol and 49.40 kJ/K·mol of entropy change.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nanometric zinc oxide for a stationary phase in liquid chromatography

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    Gordillo-Delgado, F.; Soto-Barrera, C. C.; Plazas-Saldaña, J.

    2017-01-01

    The increasing demand for equipment to remove organic compounds in industry and research activity has led to evaluate nanometric zinc oxide (ZnO). In this work, we present the ZnO nanoparticles synthesis for reusing of discarded columns, as a low-cost alternative. The compound was obtained by sol-gel technique using zinc chloride and sodium hydroxide as precursors and a drying temperature of 169°C. An X-ray diffractometer was used to estimate the average particle size at 20.3±0.2nm the adsorption capacity was 0.0144L/g and the chemical resistance was tested with HCl and NaOH. The ZnO nanopowder was packed with 100psi pressure in an empty C-18 column cavity. The column packing resolution was evaluated using a high performance liquid chromatographer (HPLC-Thermo Scientific Dionex UltiMate 3000); using a caffeine standard, the following parameters were established: solvent flow: 1.2mL/min, average column temperature: 40°C, running time: 10 minutes, mobile phase acetonitrile-water composition (9:1). These results validate the potential of ZnO nanopowder as a column packing material in HPLC technique.

  12. Polymer-coated fibrous materials as the stationary phase in packed capillary gas chromatography.

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    Saito, Yoshihiro; Tahara, Ai; Imaizumi, Motohiro; Takeichi, Tsutomu; Wada, Hiroo; Jinno, Kiyokatsu

    2003-10-15

    Synthetic polymer filaments have been introduced as the support material in packed capillary gas chromatography (GC). The filaments of the heat-resistant polymers, Zylon, Kevlar, Nomex, and Technora, were longitudinally packed into a short fused-silica capillary, followed by the conventional coating process for open-tubular GC columns. The separation of several test mixtures such as n-alkylbenzenes and n-alkanes was carried out with these polymer-coated fiber-packed capillary columns. With the coating by various polymeric materials on the surface of these filaments, the retentivity was significantly improved over the parent fiber-packed column (without polymer coating) as well as a conventional open-tubular capillary of the same length. The results demonstrated a good combination of Zylon as the support and poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based materials as the coating liquid-phase for the successful GC separation of n-alkanes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), while successful applications for other separations such as poly(ethylene glycol) coating for the separation of alcohols were also obtained. From the results it has been suggested that the selectivity of the fiber-packed column could be tuned by selecting different coating materials, indicating the promising possibility for a novel usage of fine fibrous polymers as the support material that can be combined with newly synthesized coating materials specially designed for particular separations. Taking advantage of good thermal stability of the fibers, the column temperature could be elevated to higher than 350 degrees C with the combination of a short metallic capillary.

  13. Single-walled carbon nanotubes as stationary phase in gas chromatographic separation and determination of argon, carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

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    Safavi, Afsaneh; Maleki, Norooz; Doroodmand, Mohammad Mahdi

    2010-08-24

    A chromatographic technique is introduced based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as stationary phase for separation of Ar, CO(2) and H(2) at parts per million (ppm) levels. The efficiency of SWCNTs was compared with solid materials such as molecular sieve, charcoal, multi-walled carbon nanotubes and carbon nanofibers. The morphology of SWCNTs was optimized for maximum adsorption of H(2), CO(2) and Ar and minimum adsorption of gases such as N(2), O(2), CO and H(2)O vapour. To control temperature of the gas chromatography column, peltier cooler was used. Mixtures of Ar, CO(2) and H(2) were separated according to column temperature program. Relative standard deviation for nine replicate analyses of 0.2 mL H(2) containing 10 microL of each Ar or CO(2) was 2.5% for Ar, 2.8% for CO(2) and 3.6% for H(2). The interfering effects of CO, and O(2) were investigated. Working ranges were evaluated as 40-600 ppm for Ar, 30-850 ppm for CO(2) and 10-1200 ppm for H(2). Significant sensitivity, small relative standard deviation (RSD) and acceptable limit of detection (LOD) were obtained for each analyte, showing capability of SWCNTs for gas separation and determination processes. Finally, the method was used to evaluate the contents of CO(2) in air sample. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. X-Ray Solution Scattering Study of Four Escherichia coli Enzymes Involved in Stationary-Phase Metabolism.

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    Liubov A Dadinova

    Full Text Available The structural analyses of four metabolic enzymes that maintain and regulate the stationary growth phase of Escherichia coli have been performed primarily drawing on the results obtained from solution small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and other structural techniques. The proteins are (i class I fructose-1,6-bisphosphate aldolase (FbaB; (ii inorganic pyrophosphatase (PPase; (iii 5-keto-4-deoxyuronate isomerase (KduI; and (iv glutamate decarboxylase (GadA. The enzyme FbaB, that until now had an unknown structure, is predicted to fold into a TIM-barrel motif that form globular protomers which SAXS experiments show associate into decameric assemblies. In agreement with previously reported crystal structures, PPase forms hexamers in solution that are similar to the previously reported X-ray crystal structure. Both KduI and GadA that are responsible for carbohydrate (pectin metabolism and acid stress responses, respectively, form polydisperse mixtures consisting of different oligomeric states. Overall the SAXS experiments yield additional insights into shape and organization of these metabolic enzymes and further demonstrate the utility of hybrid methods, i.e., solution SAXS combined with X-ray crystallography, bioinformatics and predictive 3D-structural modeling, as tools to enrich structural studies. The results highlight the structural complexity that the protein components of metabolic networks may adopt which cannot be fully captured using individual structural biology techniques.

  15. Enantiomeric Separation of 1-(Benzofuran-2-yl)alkylamines on Chiral Stationary Phases Based on Chiral Crown Ethers

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    Park, Soohyun; Kim, Sang Jun; Hyun, Myung Ho [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    Optically active chiral amines are important as building blocks for pharmaceuticals and as scaffolds for chiral ligands and, consequently, many efforts have been devoted to the development of efficient methods for their preparation. For example, reduction of amine precursors with chiral catalysts, enzymatic kinetic resolution or dynamic kinetic resolution of racemic amines and the direct amination of ketones with transaminases have been developed as the efficient methods for the preparation of optically active chiral amines. During the process of developing or utilizing optically active chiral amines, the methods for the determination of their enantiomeric composition are essential. Among various methods, liquid chromatographic resolution of enantiomers on chiral stationary phases (CSPs) have been known to be one of the most accurate and economic means for the determination of the enantiomeric composition of optically active chiral compounds. Especially, CSPs based on chiral crown ethers have been successfully used for the resolution of racemic primary amines. For example, CSPs based on (+)-(18-crown-6)-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic acid (CSP 1, Figure 1) or (3,3'-diphenyl-1,1'-binaphthyl)-20-crown-6 (CSP 2 and CSP 3, Figure 1) have been known to be quite effective for the resolution of cyclic and non-cyclic amines, various fluoroquinolone antibacterials containing a primary amino group, tocainide (antiarrhythmic agent) and its analogues, aryl-a-amino ketones and 3-amino-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-ones.

  16. Synergistic effects on enantioselectivity of zwitterionic chiral stationary phases for separations of chiral acids, bases, and amino acids by HPLC.

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    Hoffmann, Christian V; Pell, Reinhard; Lämmerhofer, Michael; Lindner, Wolfgang

    2008-11-15

    In an attempt to overcome the limited applicability scope of earlier proposed Cinchona alkaloid-based chiral weak anion exchangers (WAX) and recently reported aminosulfonic acid-based chiral strong cation exchangers (SCX), which are conceptionally restricted to oppositely charged solutes, their individual chiral selector (SO) subunits have been fused in a combinatorial synthesis approach into single, now zwitterionic, chiral SO motifs. The corresponding zwitterionic ion-exchange-type chiral stationary phases (CSPs) in fact combined the applicability spectra of the parent chiral ion exchangers allowing for enantioseparations of chiral acids and amine-type solutes in liquid chromatography using polar organic mode with largely rivaling separation factors as compared to the parent WAX and SCX CSPs. Furthermore, the application spectrum could be remarkably expanded to various zwitterionic analytes such as alpha- and beta-amino acids and peptides. A set of structurally related yet different CSPs consisting of either a quinine or quinidine alkaloid moiety as anion-exchange subunit and various chiral or achiral amino acids as cation-exchange subunits enabled us to derive structure-enantioselectivity relationships, which clearly provided strong unequivocal evidence for synergistic effects of the two oppositely charged ion-exchange subunits being involved in molecular recognition of zwitterionic analytes by zwitterionic SOs driven by double ionic coordination.

  17. Anomalous temperature dependence of gas chromatographic retention indices of polar compounds on non-polar stationary phases.

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    Pavlovskii, Alexander A; Héberger, Károly; Zenkevich, Igor G

    2016-05-06

    Increasing the reliability of both GC and GC-MS identification requires appropriate interlaboratory reproducibility of gas chromatographic retention indices (I). Known temperature dependence, I(T), is the main source of non-reproducibility of these parameters. It can be approximated with a simple linear function I(T). However, since mid-1990s-beginning of 2000s some examples of anomalous temperature dependence, I(T), preferably for polar analytes on non-polar stationary phases were revealed independently by different authors. The effect implies the variations in the sign of the temperature coefficients β=dI/dT for selected compounds and, hence, the appearance of the I-extrema (usually, minima). The current work provides evidence that the character of the anomalous I(Т) dependences (ascending, descending, or with extrema) is strongly influenced by the amounts of analytes injected into the chromatographic column, but these anomalies appeared not to be connected directly with the mass overloading of separation systems. The physicochemical model is proposed to describe the observed anomalies of I(T) dependence. This model is based on three previously known principles of chromatography, namely: The superposition of these objectives allows understanding both the unusual temperature dependence of retention indices, and the influence of the amounts of polar analytes injected into GC column on the parameters of this dependence. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide as novel stationary phases via electrostatic assembly for open-tubular capillary electrochromatography.

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    Liu, Xiaoling; Liu, Xi; Liu, Xin; Guo, Liping; Yang, Li; Wang, Shengtian

    2013-07-01

    We present here the application of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (GOOH) sheet as novel stationary phases for open-tubular CEC (OTCEC) separation based on electrostatic assembly. The inner walls of a bare capillary column was first modified by ionic assembly of poly (diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA), and then negatively charged GO or GOOH was easily assembled on a positively charged interior walls of the capillary by electrostatic force. Scanning Electron Microscope images showed that GO and GOOH can still maintain sheet-layer-like structure when coated onto the capillary via electrostatic assembly. The chromatographic properties of the GO and GOOH coated columns were evaluated via OTCEC separations of various kinds of analytes, including three acid nitrophenol isomers, three basic nitroaniline isomers, and four neutral PAHs. Efficient separations of all the analytes were achieved with optimized buffer pH and organic additive. The reproducibility and stability of the GO or GOOH coated columns were investigated. Our results indicate the capability of application GO or GOOH sheet in OTCEC separation, which can be coated on the inner wall of fused-silica capillary via electrostatic assembly.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of a novel stationary phase, Si-Zr/Ti(PMTDS), based upon ternary oxide support for high performance liquid chromatography

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    Amparo, Maura R.; Marques, Fabiana A.; Faria, Anizio M., E-mail: anizio@pontal.ufu.br [Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (FACIP/UFU), Ituiutaba, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias Integradas do Pontal

    2013-09-15

    A new stationary phase based on the thermal immobilization of poly(methyltetradecylsiloxane) (PMTDS) on silica particles coated with a mixture of zirconia and titania was prepared and evaluated for the chromatographic separation of test mixtures. The spherical particles were characterized by elemental analysis, SEM, FTIR and {sup 29}Si NMR. The physicochemical properties of PMTDS phase supported on Si-Zr/Ti were intermediate between PMTDS phases supported on titanized silica and zirconized silica. The chromatographic performance of Si-Zr/Ti(PMTDS) phase was similar to PMTDS phases based on metal oxide coated silica having only one metal oxide and the preparation of a Si-Zr/Ti(PMTDS) phase allowed evaluation of the effect of each oxide, zirconia and titania, on the separation process and on the stability of the immobilized polymer phase. The hydrolytic stability of Si-Zr/Ti(PMTDS) stationary phase was similar to the Si-Ti(PMTDS) phase, improving the chemical stability of the silica-based PMTDS phase by about 100%. (author)

  20. Chromatographic performance of synthetic polycrystalline diamond as a stationary phase in normal phase high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Peristyy, Anton; Paull, Brett; Nesterenko, Pavel N

    2015-04-24

    The chromatographic properties of high pressure high temperature synthesised diamond (HPHT) are investigated in normal phase mode of high performance liquid chromatography. Purified nonporous irregular shape particles of average particles size 1.2 μm and specific surface area 5.1 m(2) g(-1) were used for packing 100×4.6 mm ID or 50×4.6 mm ID stainless steel columns. The retention behaviour of several classes of compounds including alkyl benzenes, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), alkylphenylketones, phenols, aromatic acids and bases were studied using n-hexane-2-propanol mixtures as mobile phase. The results are compared with those observed for microdispersed sintered detonation nanodiamond (MSDN) and porous graphitic carbon (PGC). HPHT diamond revealed distinctive separation selectivity, which is orthogonal to that observed for porous graphitic carbon; while selectivities of HPHT diamond and microdispersed sintered detonation nanodiamonds are similar. Owing to non-porous particle nature, columns packed with high pressure high temperature diamond exhibited excellent mass transfer and produce separations with maximum column efficiency of 128,200 theoretical plates per meter. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Preparation of a weak anion exchange/hydrophobic interaction dual-function mixed-mode chromatography stationary phase for protein separation using click chemistry.

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    Zhao, Kailou; Yang, Fan; Xia, Hongjun; Wang, Fei; Song, Qingguo; Bai, Quan

    2015-03-01

    In this study, 3-diethylamino-1-propyne was covalently bonded to the azide-silica by a click reaction to obtain a novel dual-function mixed-mode chromatography stationary phase for protein separation with a ligand containing tertiary amine and two ethyl groups capable of electrostatic and hydrophobic interaction functionalities, which can display hydrophobic interaction chromatography character in a high-salt-concentration mobile phase and weak anion exchange character in a low-salt-concentration mobile phase employed for protein separation. As a result, it can be employed to separate proteins with weak anion exchange and hydrophobic interaction modes, respectively. The resolution and selectivity of the stationary phase were evaluated in both hydrophobic interaction and ion exchange modes with standard proteins, respectively, which can be comparable to that of conventional weak anion exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatography columns. Therefore, the synthesized weak anion exchange/hydrophobic interaction dual-function mixed-mode chromatography column can be used to replace two corresponding conventional weak anion exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatography columns to separate proteins. Based on this mixed-mode chromatography stationary phase, a new off-line two-dimensional liquid chromatography technology using only a single dual-function mixed-mode chromatography column was developed. Nine kinds of tested proteins can be separated completely using the developed method within 2.0 h. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Silica based click-dibenzo-18-crown-6-ether high performance liquid chromatography stationary phase and its application in separation of fullerenes.

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    Li, Yanzhe; Sheng, Zhe; Zhu, Chuanlei; Yin, Wei; Chu, Changhu

    2018-02-01

    Crown ether is a type of typical macrocyclic polyether compounds, which can produce strong interactions with cationic species, such as metal ions and protonated amines due to its cavity structure and the strong electronegative effect of heteroatoms on the crown ether ring. In this paper, a type of silica based crown ether stationary phase was prepared by covalently bonding dibenzo-18-crown 6-ether (DBCE) on silica gel via copper (I) catalyzed azide-alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition (CuAAC). The tetraazido DBCE was rapidly prepared by bromomethylation and subsequent azido substitution of DBCE. Finally, this key intermediate was covalently bonded to silica beads by click chemistry to get click-DBCE. Its structure was confirmed by FT-IR and elemental analysis, and the structures of all related intermediates were confirmed by NMR, IR and MS spectra. The crown ether based stationary phase showed good chromatography characteristics and column efficiency (up to 43,553 plates m -1 theoretical plate number is obtained in the case of fluoranthene) under reverse phase liquid chromatographic (RPLC) model. The primary chromatographic evaluation showed that click-DBCE displayed better chromatography efficiency than commercial C18 stationary phase (THERMO BDS HYPERSIL), when they were applied in the separation of regio-isomers of benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and macrolide pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, this stationary phase could also be used to separate fullerenes under normal phase mode, and in this case, 1-chloronaphthalene was suitable additive for improving chromatographic separation ability. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Designing stable finite state machine behaviors using phase plane analysis and variable structure control

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    Feddema, J.T.; Robinett, R.D.; Driessen, B.J.

    1998-03-10

    This paper discusses how phase plane analysis can be used to describe the overall behavior of single and multiple autonomous robotic vehicles with finite state machine rules. The importance of this result is that one can begin to design provably asymptotically stable group behaviors from a set of simple control laws and appropriate switching points with decentralized variable structure control. The ability to prove asymptotically stable group behavior is especially important for applications such as locating military targets or land mines.

  4. Comparison of three development approaches for Stationary Phase Optimised Selectivity Liquid Chromatography based screening methods Part II: A group of structural analogues (PDE-5 inhibitors in food supplements).

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    Deconinck, E; Ghijs, L; Kamugisha, A; Courselle, P

    2016-02-01

    Three approaches for the development of a screening method to detect adulterated dietary supplements, based on Stationary Phase Optimised Selectivity Liquid Chromatography were compared for their easiness/speed of development and the performance of the optimal method obtained. This comparison was performed for a heterogeneous group of molecules, i.e. slimming agents (Part I) and a group of structural analogues, i.e. PDE-5 inhibitors (Part II). The first approach makes use of primary runs at one isocratic level, the second of primary runs in gradient mode and the third of primary runs at three isocratic levels to calculate the optimal combination of segments of stationary phases. In each approach the selection of the stationary phase was followed by a gradient optimisation. For the PDE-5 inhibitors, the group of structural analogues, only the method obtained with the third approach was able to differentiate between all the molecules in the development set. Although not all molecules are baseline separated, the method allows the identification of the selected adulterants in dietary supplements using only diode array detection. Though, due to the mobile phases used, the method could also be coupled to mass spectrometry. The method was validated for its selectivity following the guidelines as described for the screening of pesticide residues and residues of veterinary medicines in food. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Preparation of a novel weak cation exchange/hydrophobic interaction chromatography dual-function polymer-based stationary phase for protein separation using "thiol-ene click chemistry".

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    Yang, Fan; Bai, Quan; Zhao, Kailou; Gao, Dong; Tian, Lei

    2015-02-01

    A novel dual-function mixed-mode stationary phase based on poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) microspheres was synthesized by thiol-ene click chemistry and characterized by infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The new system displays both hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) character in a high salt concentration mobile phase, and weak cation exchange (WCX) chromatography character in a low salt concentration mobile phase. It can be used to separate proteins in both ion-exchange chromatography (IEC) mode and HIC mode. The resolution and selectivity of the stationary phase were evaluated in both HIC mode and IEC mode using protein standards. In comparison with the conventional WCX and HIC columns, the results were satisfactory and acceptable. Protein mass and bioactivity recoveries of more than 96% can be achieved in both HIC mode and IEC mode using this column. The results indicate that the novel dual-function mixed-mode column in many cases can replace the use of two individual WCX and HIC columns. In addition, the effects on protein separation of different ligand structures in the dual-function stationary phase and the pH of the mobile phase used were also investigated in detail. The results show that electrostatic interaction of the ligand with proteins must match the hydrophobicity of the ligand, which is an important factor to prepare the dual-function stationary phase. On the basis of this dual-function mixed-mode chromatography column, a new two-dimensional liquid chromatography technology with a single column system was also developed in this study, and was used to renature and purify recombinant human interferon-γ from inclusion bodies. The mass recovery, purity, and specific bioactivity obtained for the purified recombinant human interferon-γ were 87.2%, 92.4%, and 2.8 × 10(7) IU/mg, respectively, in IEC mode, and 83.4%, 95.2%, and 4.3 × 10(7) IU/mg, respectively, in HIC mode. The results indicate that the

  6. Phosphate and oxygen limitation induce respiratory nitrate reductase 3 synthesis in stationary-phase mycelium of Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2).

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    Falke, Dörte; Fischer, Marco; Sawers, R Gary

    2016-09-01

    The saprophytic actinobacterium Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) requires oxygen for filamentous growth. Surprisingly, the bacterium also synthesizes three active respiratory nitrate reductases (Nar), which are believed to contribute to survival, or general fitness, of the bacterium in soil when oxygen becomes limiting. In this study, we analysed Nar3 and showed that activity of the enzyme is restricted to stationary-phase mycelium of S. coelicolor. Phosphate limitation was shown to be necessary for induction of enzyme synthesis. Nar3 synthesis was inhibited by inclusion of 20 mM phosphate in a defined 'switch assay' in which highly dispersed mycelium from exponentially growing cultures was shifted to neutral MOPS-glucose buffer to induce Nar3 synthesis and activity. Quantitative assessment of nar3 transcripts revealed a 30-fold induction of gene expression in stationary-phase mycelium. Transcript levels in stationary-phase mycelium incubated with phosphate were reduced by a little more than twofold, suggesting that the negative influence of phosphate on Nar3 synthesis was mainly at the post-transcriptional level. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that oxygen limitation was necessary to induce high levels of Nar3 activity. However, an abrupt shift from aerobic to anaerobic conditions prevented appearance of Nar3 activity. This suggests that the bacterium regulates Nar3 synthesis in response to the energy status of the mycelium. Nitrate had little impact on regulation of the Nar3 level. Together, these data identify Nar3 as a stationary-phase nitrate reductase in S. coelicolor and demonstrate that enzyme synthesis is induced in response to both phosphate limitation and hypoxia.

  7. The mucoid switch in Pseudomonas aeruginosa represses quorum sensing systems and leads to complex changes to stationary phase virulence factor regulation.

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    Full Text Available The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa chronically infects the airways of Cystic Fibrosis (CF patients during which it adapts and undergoes clonal expansion within the lung. It commonly acquires inactivating mutations of the anti-sigma factor MucA leading to a mucoid phenotype, caused by excessive production of the extracellular polysaccharide alginate that is associated with a decline in lung function. Alginate production is believed to be the key benefit of mucA mutations to the bacterium in the CF lung. A phenotypic and gene expression characterisation of the stationary phase physiology of mucA22 mutants demonstrated complex and subtle changes in virulence factor production, including cyanide and pyocyanin, that results in their down-regulation upon entry into stationary phase but, (and in contrast to wildtype strains continued production in prolonged stationary phase. These findings may have consequences for chronic infection if mucoid P. aeruginosa were to continue to make virulence factors under non-growing conditions during infection. These changes resulted in part from a severe down-regulation of both AHL-and AQ (PQS-dependent quorum sensing systems. In trans expression of the cAMP-dependent transcription factor Vfr restored both quorum sensing defects and virulence factor production in early stationary phase. Our findings have implications for understanding the evolution of P. aeruginosa during CF lung infection and it demonstrates that mucA22 mutation provides a second mechanism, in addition to the commonly occurring lasR mutations, of down-regulating quorum sensing during chronic infection this may provide a selection pressure for the mucoid switch in the CF lung.

  8. A new anion-exchange/hydrophobic monolith as stationary phase for nano liquid chromatography of small organic molecules and inorganic anions.

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    Aydoğan, Cemil

    2015-05-01

    In this study, an anion-exchange/hydrophobic polymethacrylate-based stationary phase was prepared for nano-liquid chromatography of small organic molecules and inorganic anions. The stationary phase was synthesized by in situ polymerization of 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropylmethacrylate and ethylene dimethacrylate inside silanized 100 μm i.d. fused silica capillary. The porogen mixture consisted of toluene and dodecanol. The pore size distrubution profiles of the resulting monolith were determined by mercury intrusion porosimetry and the morphology of the prepared monolith was investigated by scanning electron microscope. Good permeability, stability and column efficiency were observed on the monolithic column with nano flow. The produced monolithic column, which contains reactive chloro groups, was then modified by reaction with N,N-dimethyl-N-dodecylamine to obtain an anion-exchange/hydrophobic monolithic stationary phase. The functionalized monolith contained ionizable amine groups and hydrophobic groups that are useful of anion-exchange/hydrophobic mixed-mode chromatography. The final monolithic column performance with respect to anion-exchange and hydrophobic interactions was assesed by the separation of alkylbenzene derivatives, phenolic compounds and inorganic anions, respectively. Theoretical plate numbers up to 23,000 plates/m were successfully achieved in the separation of inorganic anions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Comparison of three development approaches for Stationary Phase Optimised Selectivity Liquid Chromatography based screening methods Part I: A heterogeneous group of molecules (slimming agents in food supplements).

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    Deconinck, E; Ghijs, L; Kamugisha, A; Courselle, P

    2016-02-01

    Three approaches for the development of a screening method to detect adulterated dietary supplement, based on Stationary Phase Optimised Selectivity Liquid Chromatography were compared for their easiness/speed of development and the performance of the optimal method obtained. This comparison was performed for a heterogeneous group of molecules, i.e. slimming agents (Part I) and a group of structural analogues, i.e. PDE-5 inhibitors (Part II). The first approach makes use of primary runs at one isocratic level, the second of primary runs in gradient mode and the third of primary runs at three isocratic levels to calculate the optimal combination of segments of stationary phases. In each approach the selection of the stationary phase was followed by a gradient optimisation. For the slimming agents, the heterogeneous group of molecules, the method obtained with the first approach was selected as optimal, based on the speed of development and the performance of the method. The method shows a good separation of the compounds, allowing the screening to be performed with diode array detection, and is fully compatible with mass spectrometry. The method was validated for its selectivity following the guidelines as described for the screening of pesticide residues and residues of veterinary medicines in food. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Stable Remission and Recovery after Acute Phase Cognitive Therapy for Recurrent Major Depressive Disorder

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    Vittengl, Jeffrey R.; Clark, Lee Anna; Thase, Michael E.; Jarrett, Robin B.

    2014-01-01

    Objective Continuation phase cognitive therapy (C-CT) or fluoxetine (FLX) reduces relapse in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD; Jarrett, Minhajuddin, Gershenfeld, Friedman, & Thase, 2013). Among patients at higher risk for relapse, we hypothesized that continuation phase treatment reduces residual symptoms and facilitates stable remission and recovery. Method Outpatients (N=241) with recurrent MDD who responded to acute-phase CT with higher risk for relapse (i.e., had unstable remission defined by any of the last 7 acute-phase Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression [Hamilton, 1960] scores ≥7) were randomized to 8 months of C-CT, FLX, or pill placebo and followed 24 additional months. Psychiatric Status Ratings (Keller et al., 1987) of 1 or 2 (absent or minimal depressive symptoms) for 6 and 35 continuous weeks post-randomization defined stable remission and recovery, respectively. Results Actuarial estimates of stable remission (97%) and recovery (94%) by the end of follow-up were high and did not differ among groups. Observed (unadjusted) proportions of patients remitting (70%) and recovering (47%) before relapse or attrition were lower. During the continuation phase, C-CT (d = 0.21) and FLX (d = 0.25) patients had significantly lower mean depressive symptoms than controls, but C-CT and FLX patients did not differ from each other, nor did the three experimental groups differ during follow-up. Conclusion Many patients who responded to CT with higher relapse risk subsequently remitted and recovered after discontinuation of acute-phase treatment. After discontinuation, C-CT and FLX decreased levels of residual depressive symptoms, but neither significantly increased the likelihood of stable remission or recovery, beyond the moderate to high levels observed among patients who did not relapse. PMID:25045908

  11. Stable remission and recovery after acute-phase cognitive therapy for recurrent major depressive disorder.

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    Vittengl, Jeffrey R; Clark, Lee Anna; Thase, Michael E; Jarrett, Robin B

    2014-12-01

    Continuation-phase cognitive therapy (C-CT) or fluoxetine (FLX) reduces relapse in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD; Jarrett, Minhajuddin, Gershenfeld, Friedman, & Thase, 2013). Among patients at higher risk for relapse, we hypothesized that continuation-phase treatment reduces residual symptoms and facilitates stable remission and recovery. Outpatients (N = 241) with recurrent MDD who responded to acute-phase CT with higher risk for relapse (i.e., had unstable remission defined by any of the last 7 acute-phase scores ≥ 7 using the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression; Hamilton, 1960) were randomized to 8 months of C-CT, FLX, or pill placebo and followed for 24 additional months. Psychiatric status ratings (Keller et al., 1987) of 1 or 2 (absent or minimal depressive symptoms) for 6 and 35 continuous weeks post-randomization defined stable remission and recovery, respectively. Actuarial estimates of stable remission (97%) and recovery (94%) by the end of follow-up were high and did not differ among groups. Observed (unadjusted) proportions of patients remitting (70%) and recovering (47%) before relapse or attrition were lower. During the continuation phase, C-CT (d = 0.21) and FLX (d = 0.25) patients had significantly lower mean depressive symptoms than did controls, but C-CT and FLX patients did not differ from each other, nor did the 3 experimental groups differ during follow-up. Many patients who responded to CT with higher relapse risk subsequently remitted and recovered after discontinuation of acute-phase treatment. After discontinuation, C-CT and FLX decreased levels of residual depressive symptoms, but neither significantly increased the likelihood of stable remission or recovery, beyond the moderate to high levels observed among patients who did not relapse.

  12. 2-DE based proteomic analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae wild and K+ transport-affected mutant (trk1,2) strains at the growth exponential and stationary phases.

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    Curto, Miguel; Valledor, Luis; Navarrete, Clara; Gutiérrez, Dolores; Sychrova, Hana; Ramos, José; Jorrin, Jesús

    2010-11-10

    By using a 2-DE based workflow, the proteome of wild and potassium transport mutant trk1,2 under optimal growth potassium concentration (50mM) has been analyzed. At the exponential and stationary phases, both strains showed similar growth, morphology potassium content, and Vmax of rubidium transport, the only difference found being the Km values for this potassium analogue transport, higher for the mutant (20mM) than for the wild (3-6mM) cells. Proteins were buffer-extracted, precipitated, solubilized, quantified, and subjected to 2-DE analysis in the 5-8 pH range. More differences in protein content (37-64mgg(-1) cell dry weight) and number of resolved spots (178-307) were found between growth phases than between strains. In all, 164 spots showed no differences between samples and a total of 105 were considered to be differential after ANOVA test. 171 proteins, corresponding to 71 unique gene products have been identified, this set being dominated by cytosolic species and glycolitic enzymes. The ranking of the more abundant spots revealed no differences between samples and indicated fermentative metabolism, and active cell wall biosynthesis, redox homeostasis, biosynthesis of amino acids, coenzymes, nucleotides, and RNA, and protein turnover, apart from cell division and growth. PCA analysis allowed the separation of growth phases (PC1 and 2) and strains at the stationary phase (PC3 and 4), but not at the exponential one. These results are also supported by clustering analysis. As a general tendency, a number of spots newly appeared at the stationary phase in wild type, and to a lesser extent, in the mutant. These up-accumulated spots corresponded to glycolitic enzymes, indicating a more active glucose catabolism, accompanied by an accumulation of methylglyoxal detoxification, and redox-homeostasis enzymes. Also, more extensive proteolysis was observed at the stationary phase with this resulting in an accumulation of low Mr protein species. Copyright © 2010

  13. Multiturn extraction and injection by means of adiabatic capture in stable islands of phase space

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    Cappi, R

    2004-01-01

    Recently a novel approach has been proposed for performing multiturn extraction from a circular machine. Such a technique consists of splitting the beam by means of stable islands created in transverse phase space by magnetic elements creating nonlinear fields, such as sextupoles and octupoles. Provided a slow time variation of the linear tune is applied, adiabatic with respect to the betatron motion, the islands can be moved in phase space and eventually charged particles may be trapped inside the stable structures. This generates a certain number of well-separated beamlets. Originally, this principle was successfully tested using a fourth-order resonance. In this paper the approach is generalized by considering other types of resonances as well as the possibility of performing multiple multiturn extractions. The results of numerical simulations are presented and described in detail. Of course, by time reversal, the proposed approach could be used also for multiturn injection.

  14. Experimental evidence of adiabatic splitting of charged particle beams using stable islands of transverse phase space

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    Gilardoni, S S; Martini, M; Métral, E; Steerenberg, R; Müller, A-S

    2006-01-01

    Recently, a novel technique to perform multi-turn extraction from a circular particle accelerator was proposed. It is based on beam splitting and trapping, induced by a slow crossing of a nonlinear resonance, inside stable islands of transverse phase space. Experiments at the CERN Proton Synchrotron started in 2002 and evidence of beam splitting was obtained by summer 2004. In this paper the measurement results achieved with both a low- and a high-intensity, single-bunch proton beam are presented.

  15. Carrier-envelope-phase stable, high-contrast, double chirped-pulse-amplification laser system.

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    Jullien, Aurélie; Ricci, Aurélien; Böhle, Frederik; Rousseau, Jean-Philippe; Grabielle, Stéphanie; Forget, Nicolas; Jacqmin, Hermance; Mercier, Brigitte; Lopez-Martens, Rodrigo

    2014-07-01

    We present the first carrier-envelope-phase stable chirped-pulse amplifier (CPA) featuring high temporal contrast for relativistic intensity laser-plasma interactions at 1 kHz repetition rate. The laser is based on a double-CPA architecture including cross-polarized wave (XPW) filtering technique and a high-energy grism-based compressor. The 8 mJ, 22 fs pulses feature 10⁻¹¹ temporal contrast at -20  ps and a carrier-envelope-phase drift of 240 mrad root mean square.

  16. Antisocial luxO Mutants Provide a Stationary-Phase Survival Advantage in Vibrio fischeri ES114.

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    Kimbrough, John H; Stabb, Eric V

    2015-12-07

    The squid light organ symbiont Vibrio fischeri controls bioluminescence using two acyl-homoserine lactone pheromone-signaling (PS) systems. The first of these systems to be activated during host colonization, AinS/AinR, produces and responds to N-octanoyl homoserine lactone (C(8)-AHL). We screened activity of a P(ainS)-lacZ transcriptional reporter in a transposon mutant library and found three mutants with decreased reporter activity, low C(8)-AHL output, and other traits consistent with low ainS expression. However, the transposon insertions were unrelated to these phenotypes, and genome resequencing revealed that each mutant had a distinct point mutation in luxO. In the wild type, LuxO is phosphorylated by LuxU and then activates transcription of the small RNA (sRNA) Qrr, which represses ainS indirectly by repressing its activator LitR. The luxO mutants identified here encode LuxU-independent, constitutively active LuxO* proteins. The repeated appearance of these luxO mutants suggested that they had some fitness advantage during construction and/or storage of the transposon mutant library, and we found that luxO* mutants survived better and outcompeted the wild type in prolonged stationary-phase cultures. From such cultures we isolated additional luxO* mutants. In all, we isolated LuxO* allelic variants with the mutations P41L, A91D, F94C, P98L, P98Q, V106A, V106G, T107R, V108G, R114P, L205F, H319R, H324R, and T335I. Based on the current model of the V. fischeri PS circuit, litR knockout mutants should resemble luxO* mutants; however, luxO* mutants outcompeted litR mutants in prolonged culture and had much poorer host colonization competitiveness than is reported for litR mutants, illustrating additional complexities in this regulatory circuit. Our results provide novel insight into the function of LuxO, which is a key component of pheromone signaling (PS) cascades in several members of the Vibrionaceae. Our results also contribute to an increasingly appreciated

  17. Solvation molar enthalpies and heat capacities of n-alkanes and n-alkylbenzenes on stationary phases of wide-ranging polarity.

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    Lebrón-Aguilar, Rosa; Quintanilla-López, Jesús Eduardo; Santiuste, José María

    2010-12-03

    A comparison of the most usual gas chromatographic methods for the calculation of partial molar enthalpies of solvation (Δ(sol)H(o)) has been carried out. Those methods based on the fitting of lnV(g) or ln(k/T) vs. 1/T and ln(k/T) vs. (1/T and the temperature arrangement, T(a)) are the most adequate ones for obtaining Δ(sol)H(o) values. However, the latter is the only reliable option for Δ(sol)H(o) estimation when commercial WCOT capillary columns are used, since in this case the estimation of some variables involved in the V(g) determination is less accurate or even impossible. Consequently, in this paper, Δ(sol)H(o) obtained from ln(k/T) vs. (1/T+T(a)) fitting at 373.15 and 298.15K for n-alkanes and n-alkylbenzenes on 12 commercial capillary columns coated with stationary phases covering the 203-3608 McReynolds polarity range are reported. Moreover, molar heat capacities of solvation at constant pressure (Δ(sol)C(p)(o)) have also been calculated using this method. A clear influence on Δ(sol)H(o) of the type and content of the substitution group in the stationary phase was observed. In addition, a linear relationship of Δ(sol)C(p)(o) with the van der Waals volume of the n-alkanes and the temperature gradient of density of the stationary phase was found. The effect of the size of the hydrocarbon on both thermodynamic variables was also investigated. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Highly stable phase change material emulsions fabricated by interfacial assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers during phase inversion.

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    Park, Hanhee; Han, Dong Wan; Kim, Jin Woong

    2015-03-10

    This study introduced a robust and promising approach to fabricate highly stable phase change material (PCM) emulsions consisting of n-tetradecane as a dispersed phase and a mixture of meso-2,3-butanediol (m-BDO) and water as a continuous phase. We showed that amphiphilic poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(ε-caprolactone) block copolymers assembled to form a flexible but tough polymer membrane at the interface during phase inversion from water-in-oil emulsion to oil-in-water emulsion, thus remarkably improving the emulsion stability. Although the incorporation of m-BDO into the emulsion lowered the phase changing enthalpy, it provided a useful means to elevate the melting temperature of the emulsions near to 15 °C. Interestingly, supercooling was commonly observed in our PCM emulsions. We attributed this to the fact that the PCM molecules confined in submicron-scale droplets could not effectively nucleate to grow molecular crystals. Moreover, the presence of m-BDO in the continuous phase rather dominated the heat emission of the emulsion system during freezing, which made the supercooling more favorable.

  19. One-Pot Click Access to a Cyclodextrin Dimer-Based Novel Aggregation Induced Emission Sensor and Monomer-Based Chiral Stationary Phase.

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    Li, Xiaoli; Zhao, Rui; Tang, Xiaoying; Shi, Yanyan; Li, Chunyi; Wang, Yong

    2016-11-24

    A 'two birds, one stone' strategy was developed via a one-pot click reaction to simultaneously prepare a novel cyclodextrin (CD) dimer based aggregation induced emission (AIE) sensor (AIE-DCD) and a monomer based chiral stationary phase (CSP-MCD) for chiral high performance liquid chromatography (CHPLC). AIE-DCD was found to afford satisfactory AIE response for specific detection of Zn2+ with a detection limit of 50 nM. CSP-MCD exhibits excellent enantioseparation ability toward dansyl amino acids, where the resolution of dansyl amino leucine reaches 5.43.

  20. New validated HPLC methodology for the determination of (-)-trans-paroxetine and its enantiomer in pharmaceutical formulations with use of ovomucoid chiral stationary phase.

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    Lisowska-Kuźmicz, Małgorzata; Kantor-Boruta, Małgorzata; Jończyk, Anna; Jarończyk, Małgorzata; Ocios-Bębenek, Agnieszka; Mazurek, Aleksander P; Chilmonczyk, Zdzisław; Jarosz, Maciej

    2014-06-01

    A new chromatographic method for the enantioseparation and the determination of (-)-trans-paroxetine and (+)-trans-paroxetine has been developed with the aid of amylose ovomucoid-based chiral stationary phase. The method is faster and five times more sensitive than procedures recommended previously: limit of detection and limit of quantification are 5 and 16 ng/mL, respectively [modified (Ferretti et al. in J Chromatogr B 710:157-164, 1998): 20 and 60 ng/mL]. It was carefully validated and applied for the determination of (-)-trans-paroxetine and (+)-trans-paroxetine in Parogen (Mc Dermott Laboratories Ltd.) and Xetanor (Actavis) coated tablets.

  1. Comparison of the Separation Performances of Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Zwitterionic Stationary Phases in the Enantioseparation of β2- and β3-Amino Acids

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    István Ilisz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The enantiomers of twelve unusual β2- and β3-homoamino acids containing the same side-chains were separated on chiral stationary phases containing a quinine- or quinidine-based zwitterionic ion-exchanger as chiral selector. The effects of the mobile phase composition, the nature and concentration of the acid and base additives and temperature on the separations were investigated. The changes in standard enthalpy, ∆(∆H°, entropy, ∆(∆S°, and free energy, ∆(∆G°, were calculated from the linear van’t Hoff plots derived from the ln α vs. 1/T curves in the studied temperature range (10–50 °C. The values of the thermodynamic parameters depended on the nature of the selectors, the structures of the analytes, and the positions of the substituents on the analytes. A comparison of the zwitterionic stationary phases revealed that the quinidine-based ZWIX(−™ column exhibited much better selectivity for both β2- and β3-amino acids than the quinine-based ZWIX(+™ column, and the separation performances of both the ZWIX(+™ and ZWIX(−™ columns were better for β2-amino acids. The elution sequence was determined in some cases and was observed to be R < S and S < R on the ZWIX(+™ and ZWIX(−™ columns, respectively.

  2. Core shell stationary phases for a novel separation of triglycerides in plant oils by high performance liquid chromatography with electrospray-quadrupole-time of flight mass spectrometer.

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    La Nasa, Jacopo; Ghelardi, Elisa; Degano, Ilaria; Modugno, Francesca; Colombini, Maria Perla

    2013-09-20

    A new method for the analysis of triglycerides (TAGs) in vegetable oils was developed using a Poroshell 120 EC-C18 column (3.0 mm×50 mm, 2.7 μm) with a high resolution ESI-Q-ToF tandem mass spectrometer as detection system. We used an Agilent Poroshell column, which is characterized by a recently developed stationary phase based on non-porous core particles. The results highlighted the advantages of this column in terms of the dramatic improvement in the number of theoretical plates and in low column backpressure. The developed method enabled us to analyze complex mixtures of more than 40 TAGs within less than 25 min and with a low backpressure (lower than 100 bar), and represents the first application of a core-shell stationary phase in reverse phase HPLC using an ESI-Q-ToF as detection system. The method was optimized on standards of TAGs, validated and applied to several plant oils. By a quantitative point of view, the method showed a very good linearity (r(2)>0.999) in the range 0.1-2.4 μg/g; high intra- and inter-day precision both in terms of retention times (RSD%<0.04%) and peak areas (RSD%<0.3%). Limits of detection and quantitation were lower than 0.03 μg/g and 0.10 μg/g, respectively. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Simultaneous determination of clobutinol hydrochloride and doxylamine succinate from syrups by RP HPLC using a new stationary phase containing embedded urea polar groups

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    Paulo Cesar Pires Rosa

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A new, simple, fast, reproducible and sensitive reversed phase HPLC method, using a new stationary phase containing embedded urea polar groups, has been developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of clobutinol hydrochloride (CLO and doxylamine succinate (DOX in syrups. The determination was carried out on a C8 urea column (125 mm x 3.9 mm i.d., 5 µm particle size synthetized at the Liquid Chomatography Laboratory (LabCrom of the Chemistry Institute of Unicamp. The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of acetonitrile:methanol:phosphate buffer (pH 2.5 in the gradient mode. The diode array detector (DAD was operated at 230 nm for CLO and 262 nm for DOX. The method showed adequate precision, with relative standard deviations (RSD less than 1%. The presence of the excipients did not interfere in the results of the analysis. Accuracy was determined by adding standards of the drugs to a placebo and good recovery values were obtained. The analytical curves were linear (r² 0.9999 for CLO and 0.9998 for DOX over a wide concentration range (2.4-336 µg mL-1 for CLO and 2.3-63 µg mL-1 for DOX. The solutions were stable for at least 72 hours at room temperature. The criteria for validation using the ICH guidelines were fulfilled.Um novo método simples, fácil e reprodutível, de fase reversa para CLAE, usando uma fase estacionária contendo um grupo polar, uréia, embutido, foi desenvolvido e validado para determinação simultânea de cloridrato de clobutinol (CLO e succinato de doxilamina (DOX em xarope. A determinação foi realizada em uma coluna C8 uréia (125 mm x 3,9 mm d.i., 5 µm tamanho de partícula sintetizada em nosso laboratório (LabCrom. A fase móvel consistiu de mistura de acetonitrila:metanol:tampão fosfato pH 2,5, em eluição por gradiente. O detector por arranjos de diodo (DAD foi utilizado a 230 nm para CLO e a 262 nm para DOX. O método apresentou precisão adequada, com desvio padrão relativo menor que 1%. A

  4. Graphene/phase change material nanocomposites: light-driven, reversible electrical resistivity regulation via form-stable phase transitions.

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    Wang, Yunming; Mi, Hongyi; Zheng, Qifeng; Ma, Zhenqiang; Gong, Shaoqin

    2015-02-04

    Innovative photoresponsive materials are needed to address the complexity of optical control systems. Here, we report a new type of photoresponsive nanomaterial composed of graphene and a form-stable phase change material (PCM) that exhibited a 3 orders of magnitude change in electrical resistivity upon light illumination while retaining its overall original solid form at the macroscopic level. This dramatic change in electrical resistivity also occurred reversibly through the on/off control of light illumination. This was attributed to the reversible phase transition (i.e., melting/recrystallization) behavior of the microscopic crystalline domains present in the form-stable PCM. The reversible phase transition observed in the graphene/PCM nanocomposite was induced by a reversible temperature change through the on/off control of light illumination because graphene can effectively absorb light energy and convert it to thermal energy. In addition, this graphene/PCM nanocomposite also possessed excellent mechanical properties. Such photoresponsive materials have many potential applications, including flexible electronics.

  5. Fluid balance and hydration assessment during the weight-stable preparation phase in elite youth boxers.

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    Zubac, Damir; Antelj, Tomislav; Olujic, Dragana; Ivancev, Vladimir; Morrison, Shawnda A

    2017-04-01

    This study investigated (i) the prevalence of hypohydration and (ii) association between urinary indices of hydration status and confounding factors (e.g., urine protein content, water intake) in elite youth boxers during their weight-stable phase before competition. Sixteen national champion boxers (all male, 17 ± 1 y) were measured on 3 occasions (baseline, day 3, day 10), 30-day prior to competition. Body mass, total body water, urine specific gravity (USG), osmolality (UOSM) and total protein content (TPC) were evaluated to determine hydration status and fluid balance. Overall macronutrient and water intake were assessed using dietary records. Both UOSM and USG increased from day 3 to day 10 by 16% and 0.4% (P hydration status in competition exhibit large variability, even during weight-stable periods.

  6. Synthesis of a new cyclosporine-based stationary phase and separation behaviors toward aromatic positional isomers by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Liu, Wen-na; Fan, Jun; Lin, Chun; Zheng, Sheng-run; Zhang, Wei-guang

    2015-04-01

    A new cyclosporine-bonded stationary phase has been synthesized through the Staudinger reaction between azido cyclosporine A (CsA) and aminopropyl silica gel and applied in separations of six disubstituted aromatic analytes by high-performance liquid chromatography. For dimethyl phthalate, nitroaniline and chloronitrobenzene, their positional isomers were well-separated on this CsA stationary phase, in which the separation factor for m-/o-dimethyl phthalates was the biggest. For nitrotoluene, dichlorobenzene and benzenediol, the m-/o-isomers were co-eluted. Then, effects of chromatographic conditions (such as types and content of alcoholic modifiers) on separation of nitroaniline positional isomers have been investigated. Retention behaviors of nitroaniline isomers on the column exhibited the strengthening trend along with increasing carbon number of alcohols, from ethanol to 1-propanol, and to 1-butanol. A similar phenomenon was observed by lowering the content of alcohol. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  7. Determination of volatile compounds in cider apple juices using a covalently bonded ionic liquid coating as the stationary phase in gas chromatography.

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    Pello-Palma, Jairo; González-Álvarez, Jaime; Gutiérrez-Álvarez, María Dolores; Dapena de la Fuente, Enrique; Mangas-Alonso, Juan José; Méndez-Sánchez, Daniel; Gotor-Fernández, Vicente; Arias-Abrodo, Pilar

    2017-04-01

    A chromatographic method for the separation of volatile compounds in Asturian cider apple juices has been developed. For this separation purpose, a monocationic imidazolium-based ionic liquid bearing a reactive terminal iodine atom was synthesized by a quaternization-anion exchange chemical sequence. Next, the gas chromatography (GC) stationary phase was prepared by covalently linking the imidazolium monolith to the reactive silanol groups of the inner capillary wall at 70 °C. This coated GC column exhibited good thermal stability (290 °C), as well as good efficiency (2000 plates/m) in the separation of volatile compounds from Asturian apple cider juices, and was characterized using the Abraham solvation parameter model. The intra-day and inter-day precision of the chromatographic method was evaluated, obtaining relative standard deviations from 3.7 to 12.9% and from 7.4 to 18.0%, respectively. Furthermore, recoveries from 82.5 to 122% were achieved. Graphical Abstract Covalent bonding of an ionic liquid to inner column wall led to a great improvement of the separation efficiencies of stationary phases in gas chromatography.

  8. One-step synthesis of mussel-inspired molecularly imprinted magnetic polymer as stationary phase for chip-based open tubular capillary electrochromatography enantioseparation.

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    Wang, Xiao-Ni; Liang, Ru-Ping; Meng, Xiang-Ying; Qiu, Jian-Ding

    2014-10-03

    A facile approach for preparation of molecularly imprinted polymers was developed and successfully used as chiral stationary phase for rapid enantioseparation by open tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC). In this work, molecularly imprinted polymers were one-step prepared employing Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) as the supporting substrate and dopamine as the functional monomer. By simply mixing Fe3O4 NPs with template molecules in a weak alkaline solution of dopamine, a thin adherent polydopamine (PDA) film imprinted with template molecules was formed by the self-polymerization of dopamine on the surface of Fe3O4 NPs. After extracting the embedded template molecules, the produced imprinted Fe3O4@PDA NPs are of three dimensional shape of template molecules favoring high binding capacity and magnetism property for easy manipulation. The imprinted Fe3O4@PDA NPs prepared with l-tryptophan, l-tyrosine, Gly-l-Phe or s-ofloxacin as template molecules were packed in the PDMS microchannel via magnetic field as novel stationary phase for the successful enantioseparation of corresponding target analysts. In addition, the imprinted Fe3O4@PDA NPs-based OT-CEC system exhibited excellent reproducibility, stability and repeatability, which provides a powerful protocol for separation enantiomers within a short analytical time and opens up a promising avenue for high-throughput screening of chiral compounds. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. The use of Stationary Phase Optimized Selectivity Liquid Chromatography for the development of herbal fingerprints to detect targeted plants in plant food supplements.

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    Deconinck, E; Djiogo, C A Sokeng; Kamugisha, A; Courselle, P

    2017-08-01

    The consumption of plant food supplements is increasing steadily and more and more, these products are bought through internet. Often the products sold through internet are not registered or declared with a national authority, meaning that no or minimal quality control is performed and that they could contain herbs or plants that are regulated. Stationary Phase Optimized Selectivity Liquid Chromatography (SOS-LC) was evaluated for the development of specific fingerprints, to be used for the detection of targeted plants in plant food supplements. Three commonly used plants in plant food supplements and two regulated plants were used to develop fingerprints with SOS-LC. It was shown that for all plants specific fingerprints could be obtained, allowing the detection of these targeted plants in triturations with different herbal matrices as well as in real samples of suspicious supplements seized by the authorities. For three of the five plants a more specific fingerprint was obtained, compared to the ones developed on traditional columns described in literature. It could therefore be concluded that the combination of segments of different types of stationary phases, as used in SOS-LC, has the potential of becoming a valuable tool in the quality control and the identification of crude herbal or plant material and in the detection of regulated plants in plant food supplements or other herbal preparations. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Fragment-based approach to calculate hydrophobicity of anionic and nonionic surfactants derived from chromatographic retention on a C18 stationary phase.

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    Hammer, Jort; Haftka, Joris J-H; Scherpenisse, Peter; Hermens, Joop L M; de Voogt, Pim W P

    2017-02-01

    To predict the fate and potential effects of organic contaminants, information about their hydrophobicity is required. However, common parameters to describe the hydrophobicity of organic compounds (e.g., octanol-water partition constant [KOW ]) proved to be inadequate for ionic and nonionic surfactants because of their surface-active properties. As an alternative approach to determine their hydrophobicity, the aim of the present study was therefore to measure the retention of a wide range of surfactants on a C18 stationary phase. Capacity factors in pure water (k'0 ) increased linearly with increasing number of carbon atoms in the surfactant structure. Fragment contribution values were determined for each structural unit with multilinear regression, and the results were consistent with the expected influence of these fragments on the hydrophobicity of surfactants. Capacity factors of reference compounds and log KOW values from the literature were used to estimate log KOW values for surfactants (log KOWHPLC). These log KOWHPLC values were also compared to log KOW values calculated with 4 computational programs: KOWWIN, Marvin calculator, SPARC, and COSMOThermX. In conclusion, capacity factors from a C18 stationary phase are found to better reflect hydrophobicity of surfactants than their KOW values. Environ Toxicol Chem 2017;36:329-336. © 2016 The Authors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of SETAC. © 2016 The Authors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of SETAC.

  11. An energy-stable phase-field method for moving contact line problems

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    Yue, Pengtao

    2017-11-01

    The phase-field method has become a popular numerical tool for moving contact-line problems because it can easily regularize the contact-line singularity by diffusion. Another advantage of the phase-field method is its energy law, which guarantees that the whole system is dissipative. This energy law, however, may not be satisfied if the equations are not discretized appropriately. In this talk, we will present an energy-stable scheme for the fully coupled phase-field and Navier-Stokes equations. A finite-element method and a modified Crank-Nicolson method are used for spatial and temporal discretizations, respectively. For two fluids with matched densities, the fully discretized system satisfies the exact physical energy law and is unconditionally stable. As a result, the numerical solution is dissipative and free of parasitic currents. For non-matched densities, the scheme only satisfies the energy law approximately; but it is sufficient to keep the parasitic currents well under control. A C++ code is developed based on the open source finite element library deal.ii and is made parallel by multi-threading. To demonstrate the efficiency and accuracy of the proposed method, we will present some 2D and 3D simulations including capillary rise and sliding drop. NSF-DMS 1522604.

  12. Liquid chromatography on an amide stationary phase with post-column derivatization and fluorimetric detection for the determination of streptomycin and dihydrostreptomycin in foods.

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    Viñas, Pilar; Balsalobre, Nuria; Hernández-Córdoba, Manuel

    2007-04-30

    The separation of streptomycin and its derivative dihydrostreptomycin using ion-pair liquid chromatography is proposed. The method is based on the use of a new stationary phase based on a ligand with amide groups and the endcapping of trimethylsilyl which avoids the appearance of tailed peaks. The isocratic mobile phase consisted of a 6:94 (v/v) acetonitrile/10mM pentanesulfonic acid (pH 3.3) mixture at a flow-rate of 1mLmin(-1) and fluorescence detection involved a post-column derivatization reaction using beta-naphthoquinone-4-sulfonate. Linearity, precision, recovery and sensitivity were satisfactory. The procedure was applied to the analysis of the aminoglycoside antibiotics in different types of foods, as honey, milk, egg and liver. Extraction was carried out by acidic hydrolysis to release protein-bound antibiotics. Detection limits in the food samples are 7.5 and 15mugkg(-1) for streptomycin and dihydrostreptomycin, respectively.

  13. Experimental Study of Stable Surfaces for Anti-Slug Control in Multi-phase Flow

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Stampe, Kasper

    2016-01-01

    Severe slugging flow is always challenging in oil & gas production, especially for the current offshore based production. The slugging flow can cause a lot of problems, such as those relevant to production safety, fatigue as well as capability. As one typical phenomenon in multi-phase flow dynamics...... with severe slugging flows. These correlations are reflected through an obtained stable surface in the parameter space, which is a natural extension of the bifurcation plot. The maximal production opportunity without compromising the stability is also studied. Relevant studies have already showed...

  14. Experimental evidence of adiabatic splitting of charged particle beams using stable islands of transverse phase space

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    S. Gilardoni

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Recently, a novel technique to perform multiturn extraction from a circular particle accelerator was proposed. It is based on beam splitting and trapping, induced by a slow crossing of a nonlinear resonance, inside stable islands of transverse phase space. Experiments at the CERN Proton Synchrotron started in 2002 and evidence of beam splitting was obtained by summer 2004. In this paper, the measurement results achieved with both a low- and a high-intensity, single-bunch proton beam are presented.

  15. Flexible Infrared Responsive Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube/Form-Stable Phase Change Material Nanocomposites.

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    Wang, Yunming; Mi, Hongyi; Zheng, Qifeng; Ma, Zhenqiang; Gong, Shaoqin

    2015-09-30

    Flexible infrared (IR)-responsive materials, such as polymer nanocomposites, that exhibit high levels of IR responses and short response times are highly desirable for various IR sensing applications. However, the IR-induced photoresponses of carbon nanotube (CNT)/polymer nanocomposites are typically limited to 25%. Herein, we report on a family of unique nanocomposite films consisting of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) uniformly distributed in a form-stable phase change material (PCM) that exhibited rapid, dramatic, reversible, and cyclic IR-regulated responses in air. The 3 wt % MWCNT/PCM nanocomposite films demonstrated cyclic, IR-regulated on/off electrical conductivity ratios of 11.6 ± 0.6 and 570.0 ± 70.5 times at IR powers of 7.3 and 23.6 mW/mm(2), respectively. The excellent performances exhibited by the MWCNT/PCM nanocomposite films were largely attributed to the IR-regulated cyclic and reversible form-stable phase transitions occurring in the PCM matrix due to MWCNT's excellent photoabsorption and thermal conversion capabilities, which subsequently affected the thickness of the interfacial PCM between adjacent conductive MWCNTs and thus the electron tunneling efficiency between the MWCNTs. Our findings suggest that these unique MWCNT/PCM nanocomposites offer promising new options for high-performance and flexible optoelectronic devices, including thermal imaging, IR sensing, and optical communication.

  16. Brain connectivity analysis from EEG signals using stable phase-synchronized states during face perception tasks

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    Jamal, Wasifa; Das, Saptarshi; Maharatna, Koushik; Pan, Indranil; Kuyucu, Doga

    2015-09-01

    Degree of phase synchronization between different Electroencephalogram (EEG) channels is known to be the manifestation of the underlying mechanism of information coupling between different brain regions. In this paper, we apply a continuous wavelet transform (CWT) based analysis technique on EEG data, captured during face perception tasks, to explore the temporal evolution of phase synchronization, from the onset of a stimulus. Our explorations show that there exists a small set (typically 3-5) of unique synchronized patterns or synchrostates, each of which are stable of the order of milliseconds. Particularly, in the beta (β) band, which has been reported to be associated with visual processing task, the number of such stable states has been found to be three consistently. During processing of the stimulus, the switching between these states occurs abruptly but the switching characteristic follows a well-behaved and repeatable sequence. This is observed in a single subject analysis as well as a multiple-subject group-analysis in adults during face perception. We also show that although these patterns remain topographically similar for the general category of face perception task, the sequence of their occurrence and their temporal stability varies markedly between different face perception scenarios (stimuli) indicating toward different dynamical characteristics for information processing, which is stimulus-specific in nature. Subsequently, we translated these stable states into brain complex networks and derived informative network measures for characterizing the degree of segregated processing and information integration in those synchrostates, leading to a new methodology for characterizing information processing in human brain. The proposed methodology of modeling the functional brain connectivity through the synchrostates may be viewed as a new way of quantitative characterization of the cognitive ability of the subject, stimuli and information integration

  17. Design and development of Stirling engines for stationary-power-generation applications in the 500- to 3000-hp range. Phase I final report

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    1980-10-01

    The first phase of the design and development of Stirling engines for stationary power generation applications in the 373 kW (500 hp) to 2237 kW (3000 hp) range was completed. The tasks in Phase I include conceptual designs of large Stirling cycle stationary engines and program plan for implementing Phases II through V. Four different heater head designs and five different machine designs were prepared in sufficient detail to select a design recommended for development in the near future. A second order analysis was developed for examining the various loss mechanisms in the Stirling engine and for predicting the thermodynamic performance of these engines. The predicted engine thermal brake efficiency excluding combustion efficiency is approximately 42% which exceeds the design objective of 40%. The combustion system designs were prepared for both a clean fuel combustion system and a two-stage atmospheric fluidized bed combustion system. The calculated combustion efficiency of the former is 90% and of the latter is 80%. Heat transport systems, i.e., a heat exchanger for the clean fuel combustion system and a sodium heat pipe system for coal and other nonclean fuel combustion systems were selected. The cost analysis showed that for clean fuels combustion the proposed 2237 kW (3000 hp) system production cost is $478,242 or $214/kW ($159/hp) which is approximately 1.86 times the cost of a comparable size diesel engine. For solid coal combustion the proposed 2237 kW (3000 hp) system production cost is approximately $2,246,242 which corresponds to a cost to power capacity ratio of $1004/kW ($749/hp). The two-stage atmospheric fluidized bed combustion system represents 81% of the total cost; the engine represents 14% depending on the future price differential between coal and conventional clean fuels, a short payback period of the proposed Stirling cycle engine/FBC system may justify the initial cost. (LCL)

  18. Separation of alkanes and aromatic compounds by packed column gas chromatography using functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes as stationary phases.

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    Speltini, Andrea; Merli, Daniele; Quartarone, Eliana; Profumo, Antonella

    2010-04-23

    In the present work, we show a novel application of pristine and functionalized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) as stationary phase in low-cost packed columns for the gas chromatographic separation of alkanes and aromatic hydrocarbons. The MWCNTs were deeply investigated by means of physical and chemical methods, like thermal analysis, IR and atomic force microscopy, and Inverse Gas Chromatography (IGC) in order to correlate the adsorption process and surface properties with the material purity level and functionalization degree. The derivatization process of the pristine nanotubes was a key factor to achieve a successful separation of both the light n-alkanes (C3-C5) and the related isomers (C4-C5 branched alkanes). Satisfactory results were similarly obtained in the case of separation of aromatic hydrocarbons (BTX). Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Determination of melatonin in wine and plant extracts by capillary electrochromatography with immobilized carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes as stationary phase.

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    Stege, Patricia W; Sombra, Lorena L; Messina, Germán; Martinez, Luis D; Silva, María F

    2010-07-01

    The finding of melatonin, the often called "hormone of darkness" in plants opens an interesting perspective associated to the plethora of health benefits related to the moderate consumption of red wine. In this study, the implementation of a new method for the determination of melatonin in complex food matrices by CEC with immobilized carboxylic multi-walled carbon nanotubes as stationary phase is demonstrated. The results indicated high electrochromatographic resolution, good capillary efficiencies and improved sensitivity respect to those obtained with conventional capillaries. In addition, it was demonstrated highly reproducible results between runs, days and columns. The LOD for melatonin was 0.01 ng/mL. The method was successfully applied to the determination of melatonin in red and white wine, grape skin and plant extracts of Salvia officinalis L.

  20. Evaluation of Gas Chromatography Stationary Phases Based on Morpholinium Ionic Liquids by McReynolds Constants and Activity Coefficients at Infinite Dilution.

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    Yavir, Kateryna; Marcinkowski, Łukasz; Kloskowski, Adam; Namieśnik, Jacek

    2017-07-13

    In this work, four ionic liquids (ILs) based on the N-alkyl-N-methylmorpholinium cation ([Mor1,R], in which R = 2, 4, 8, or 10) and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide anion were synthesized. Using GLC, a number of parameters describing the sorption properties of the investigated ILs were determined. The values of Kovats indices, McReynolds constants, and activity coefficients at infinite dilution were the basis for the evaluation of intermolecular interactions. The effect of the chain length of the alkyl substituent in the cation, which was used to modify their polarity, has been discussed. Comparison of the characteristics of the investigated IL-based stationary phases with commercially available ones allowed for the statement that the investigated ILs were more polar. The tested ILs had a relatively high polarity. Increasing the length of the alkyl chain in the morpholinium ring reduced polarity. ILs based on the morpholinium cation were tunable in a wide range of their polarity.

  1. A quantum method for thermal rate constant calculations from stationary phase approximation of the thermal flux-flux correlation function integral.

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    Aieta, Chiara; Ceotto, Michele

    2017-06-07

    This paper presents a quantum mechanical approximation to the calculation of thermal rate constants. The rate is derived from a suitable stationary phase approximation to the time integral of the thermal flux-flux correlation function. The goal is to obtain an expression that barely depends on the position of the flux operators, i.e., of the dividing surfaces, so that it can be applied also to complex systems by arbitrarily locating the dividing surfaces. The approach is tested on one and two dimensional systems where quantum effects are predominant over a wide range of temperatures. The results are quite accurate, i.e., within a few percent of the exact values for a reasonable range of dividing surface positions.

  2. Preparation of poly(glycidylmethacrylate-divinylbenzene) weak acid cation exchange stationary phases with succinic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, and maleic anhydride for ion chromatography.

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    Liu, Junwei; Wang, Yong; Wu, Shuchao; Zhang, Peimin; Zhu, Yan

    2016-08-01

    In this work, poly(glycidylmethacrylate-divinylbenzene) microspheres were prepared and applied for the preparation of weak acid cation exchange stationary phases. Succinic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, and maleic anhydride were selected as carboxylation reagents to prepare three weak acid cation exchangers by direct chemical derivatization reaction without solvent or catalyst. The diameters and dispersity of the microspheres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy; the amount of accessible epoxy groups and mechanical stability were also measured. The weak acid cation exchangers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; the content of carboxyl groups was measured by traditional acid base titration method. The chromatographic properties were characterized and compared by separating alkali, alkaline earth metal ions and ammonium and polar amines. The separation properties enhanced in the order of succinic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, and maleic anhydride modified poly(glycidylmethacrylate-divinylbenzene) cation exchangers. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric characterization of all acyclic C5-C7 alkenes from fluid catalytic cracked gasoline using polydimethylsiloxane and squalane stationary phases.

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    Soják, Ladislav; Addová, Gabriela; Kubinec, Róbert; Kraus, Angelika; Hu, Gengyuan

    2002-02-15

    Published retention indices of acyclic alkenes C5-C7 on squalane and polydimethylsiloxane as stationary phases were investigated, and reliable retention indices of alkenes from various sources were converted to separation systems used in a laboratory. Retention indices measured on available authentic commercial alkenes and on alkenic fraction of gasoline, published retention indices as well as means of GC-MS were used for verification of calculated retention indices. Retention of some gas chromatographic unseparated isomer pairs was obtained by mass spectrometric deconvolution using a specific single-ion monitoring. On the basis of these retention data, C5-C7 alkenes were identified and analyzed in the gasoline from fluid catalytic cracking. In the gasoline all 59 acyclic C5-C7 isomeric alkenes were determined at significantly different concentration levels.

  4. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronically colonized with Haemophilus influenzae during stable disease phase have increased airway inflammation.

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    Tufvesson, Ellen; Bjermer, Leif; Ekberg, Marie

    2015-01-01

    Some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) show increased airway inflammation and bacterial colonization during stable phase. The aim of this study was to follow COPD patients and investigate chronic colonization with pathogenic bacteria during stable disease phase, and relate these findings to clinical parameters, inflammatory pattern, lung function, and exacerbations. Forty-three patients with COPD were included while in a stable state and followed up monthly until exacerbation or for a maximum of 6 months. The patients completed the Clinical COPD Questionnaire and Medical Research Council dyspnea scale questionnaires, and exhaled breath condensate was collected, followed by spirometry, impulse oscillometry, and sputum induction. Ten patients were chronically colonized (ie, colonized at all visits) with Haemophilus influenzae during stable phase. These patients had higher sputum levels of leukotriene B4 (Pchronically colonized patients. The difference in airway inflammation seen during stable phase in patients chronically colonized with H. influenzae was not observed during exacerbations. Some COPD patients who were chronically colonized with H. influenzae during stable phase showed increased airway inflammation and reduced lung volumes when compared with non-chronically colonized patients.

  5. In situ synthesis of metal-organic frameworks in a porous polymer monolith as the stationary phase for capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Yang, Shengchao; Ye, Fanggui; Zhang, Cong; Shen, Shufen; Zhao, Shulin

    2015-04-21

    In this study, HKUST-1 was synthesized in situ on the porous polymer monolith as the stationary phase for capillary liquid chromatography (cLC). The unique carboxyl functionalized poly(methacrylic acid-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) (poly(MAA-co-EDMA)) monolith was used as a support to directly grow HKUST-1 by a controlled layer-by-layer self-assembly strategy. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of the resulting HKUST-1-poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monoliths indicated that HKUST-1 was successfully grafted onto the pore surface of the poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monolith. The column performance of HKUST-1-poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monoliths for the separation of various small molecules, such as benzenediols, xylenes, ethylbenzenes, and styrenes, was evaluated. The chromatographic performance was found to improve with increasing HKUST-1 density, and the column efficiencies and resolutions of HKUST-1-poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monoliths were 18 320-19 890 plates m(-1) and 1.62-6.42, respectively, for benzenediols. The HKUST-1-poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monolith displayed enhanced resolution for the separation of positional isomers when compared to the traditional C18 and HKUST-1 incorporated polymer monoliths. Hydrophobic, π-π, and hydrogen bonding interactions within the HKUST-1-poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monolith were observed in the separation of small molecules. The results showed that the HKUST-1-poly(MAA-co-EDMA) monoliths are promising stationary phases for cLC.

  6. Dynamic high performance liquid chromatography on chiral stationary phases. Low temperature separation of the interconverting enantiomers of diazepam, flunitrazepam, prazepam and tetrazepam.

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    Sabia, Rocchina; Ciogli, Alessia; Pierini, Marco; Gasparrini, Francesco; Villani, Claudio

    2014-10-10

    Diazepam and the structurally related 1,4-benzodiazepin-2-ones tetrazepam, prazepam and flunitrazepam are chiral molecules because they adopt a ground state conformation featuring a non-planar seven membered ring devoid of any reflection-symmetry element. The two conformational enantiomers of this class of benzodiazepines interconvert rapidly at room temperature by a simple ring flipping process. Low temperature HPLC on the Whelk-O1 chiral stationary phase allowed us to separate the conformational enantiomers of diazepam and of the related 1,4-benzodiazepin-2-ones, under conditions where the interconversion rate is sufficiently low, compared to the chromatographic separation rate. Diazepam, tetrazepam and prazepam showed temperature dependent dynamic HPLC profiles with interconversion plateaus indicative of on-column enantiomer interconversion (enantiomerization) in the temperature range between -10 °C and -35 °C, whereas for flunitrazepam on-column interconversion was observed at temperatures between -40 °C and -66 °C. Simulation of exchange-deformed HPLC profiles using a computer program based on the stochastic model yielded the apparent rate constants for the on-column enantiomerization and the corresponding free energy activation barriers. At -20 °C the enantiomerization barriers, ΔG(≠), for diazepam, prazepam and tetrazepam were determined to be in the range 17.6-18.7 kcal/mol. At -55 °C ΔG(≠) for flunitrazepam was determined to be in the 15.6-15.7 kcal/mol range. The experimental dynamic chromatograms and the corresponding interconversion barriers reported in this paper call for a reinterpretation of previously published results on the HPLC behavior of diazepam on chiral stationary phases. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Diastereo- and enantioseparation of a N(α)-Boc amino acid with a zwitterionic quinine-based stationary phase: focus on the stereorecognition mechanism.

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    Ianni, Federica; Carotti, Andrea; Marinozzi, Maura; Marcelli, Gloria; Di Michele, Alessandro; Sardella, Roccaldo; Lindner, Wolfgang; Natalini, Benedetto

    2015-07-23

    A chiral chromatography method enabling the simultaneous diastereo- and enantioseparation of N(α)-Boc-N(4)-(hydroorotyl)-4-aminophenylalanine [Boc-Aph(Hor)-OH, 1] was optimized with a quinine-based zwitterionic stationary phase. The polar-ionic eluent system consisting of ACN:MeOH:water-49.7:49.7:0.6 (v/v/v) with formic acid (4.0mM) and diethylamine (2.5mM), allowed the successful separation of the four acid stereoisomers: αd,d-/d,l-1=1.08; αd,l-/l,d-1=1.08; αl,d-/l,l-1=1.40. According to the in-house developed synthetic procedure and the recorded electronic circular dichroism spectra, the following stereoisomeric elution order was readily established in the optimal chromatographic conditions: d,d-1stationary phase and eluent components in the overall stereorecognition mechanism. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Response surface methodology for the determination of the design space of enantiomeric separations on cinchona-based zwitterionic chiral stationary phases by high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Hanafi, Rasha Sayed; Lämmerhofer, Michael

    2018-01-26

    Quality-by-Design approach for enantioselective HPLC method development surpasses Quality-by-Testing in offering the optimal separation conditions with the least number of experiments and in its ability to describe the method's Design Space visually which helps to determine enantiorecognition to a significant extent. Although some schemes exist for enantiomeric separations on Cinchona-based zwitterionic stationary phases, the exact design space and the weights by which each of the chromatographic parameters influences the separation have not yet been statistically studied. In the current work, a screening design followed by a Response Surface Methodology optimization design were adopted for enantioseparation optimization of 3 model drugs namely the acidic Fmoc leucine, the amphoteric tryptophan and the basic salbutamol. The screening design proved that the acid/base additives are of utmost importance for the 3 chiral drugs, and that among 3 different pairs of acids and bases, acetic acid and diethylamine is the couple able to provide acceptable resolution at variable conditions. Visualization of the response surface of the retention factor, separation factor and resolution helped describe accurately the magnitude by which each chromatographic factor (% MeOH, concentration and ratio of acid base modifiers) affects the separation while interacting with other parameters. The global optima compromising highest enantioresolution with the least run time for the 3 chiral model drugs varied extremely, where it was best to set low % methanol with equal ratio of acid-base modifiers for the acidic drug, very high % methanol and 10-fold higher concentration of the acid for the amphoteric drug while 20 folds of the base modifier with moderate %methanol were needed for the basic drug. Considering the selected drugs as models for many series of structurally related compounds, the design space defined and the optimum conditions computed are the key for method development on

  9. Characterization of a chiral stationary phase by HR/MAS NMR spectroscopy and investigation of enantioselective interaction with chiral ligates by transferred NOE.

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    Hellriegel, Christine; Skogsberg, Urban; Albert, Klaus; Lämmerhofer, Michael; Maier, Norbert M; Lindner, Wolfgang

    2004-03-31

    The surface chemistry of a chiral stationary phase (CSP) with a (tert-butyl carbamoyl) quinine selector immobilized on thiol-modified silica has been characterized by (1)H HR/MAS NMR and (29)Si CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy. The mostly well-resolved (1)H signals could be assigned to stem from the surface-bound selector and the latter suggested a bi- and trifunctional silane linkage. Suspended-state NMR spectroscopy thus proved a well-characterized surface chemistry as proposed. To study chiral recognition phenomena in the presence of the CSP, (1)H HR/MAS 2D transfer NOESY investigations in methanol-d(4) have been undertaken with various solutes including N-3,5-dinitrobenzoyl derivatives of leucine (DNB-Leu) and N-acetyl phenylalanine (Ac-Phe). Both (R)- and (S)-enantiomers of DNB-Leu and Ac-Phe interacted with the tBuCQN-CSP as indicated by negative cross-peaks in the trNOESY spectra, while the 2D NOESY of the dissolved solutes in absence of the chiral stationary phase showed positive cross-peaks. The intensities of the trNOE cross-peaks were much stronger for the (S)-enantiomers. This stereoselectivity paralleled the experimental chromatographic behavior, where the (S)-enantiomers revealed stronger binding and retention on the tBuCQN-CSP as well. Hence, we were able to correlate the retention behavior to the trNOE NMR spectroscopic data in a qualitative manner.

  10. A novel surface-confined glucaminium-based ionic liquid stationary phase for hydrophilic interaction/anion-exchange mixed-mode chromatography.

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    Qiao, Lizhen; Wang, Shuangyuan; Li, Hua; Shan, Yuanhong; Dou, Abo; Shi, Xianzhe; Xu, Guowang

    2014-09-19

    Glucaminium-based ionic liquids are a new class of recently developed ionic liquids and prepared by functionalizing the amine group of N-methyl-d-glucamine, which renders them good hydrophilicity due to the presence of the glucose structure and charged quaternary ammonium group. In the present study, a glucaminium-based ionic liquid N,N-diallyl-N-methyl-d-glucaminium bromide was synthesized and subsequently bonded to the surface of 3-mercaptopropyl modified silica materials through "thiol-ene" click chemistry. The obtained stationary phase was characterized by elemental analysis and infrared spectroscopy, and then packed as a HPLC column. A mixture of five nucleosides was used to characterize the separation performance of the obtained column under HILIC mode and the column efficiency was determined with cytidine as the test solute, reaching 80,000plates/m. Then, the retention behavior was evaluated by investigating the effect of various chromatographic factors on retention of different types of solutes, and the results revealed that the developed surface-confined glucaminium-based ionic liquid stationary phase exhibited a hydrophilic interaction/anion-exchange mixed-mode retention mechanism. Finally, two mixtures of nucleotides and flavonoids were separated on the glucaminium-based ionic liquid column, respectively under hydrophilic interaction and hydrophilic interaction/anion-exchange mixed-mode chromatography. In conclusion, the multimodal retention capabilities of the glucaminium-based ionic liquid column could offer a wider range of retention behavior and flexible selectivity toward polar and hydrophilic compounds. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. The alternative sigma factor SigB of Corynebacterium glutamicum modulates global gene expression during transition from exponential growth to stationary phase

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    Tauch Andreas

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Corynebacterium glutamicum is a gram-positive soil bacterium widely used for the industrial production of amino acids. There is great interest in the examination of the molecular mechanism of transcription control. One of these control mechanisms are sigma factors. C. glutamicum ATCC 13032 has seven putative sigma factor-encoding genes, including sigA and sigB. The sigA gene encodes the essential primary sigma factor of C. glutamicum and is responsible for promoter recognition of house-keeping genes. The sigB gene codes for the non-essential sigma factor SigB that has a proposed role in stress reponse. Results The sigB gene expression was highest at transition between exponential growth and stationary phase, when the amount of sigA mRNA was already decreasing. Genome-wide transcription profiles of the wild-type and the sigB mutant were recorded by comparative DNA microarray hybridizations. The data indicated that the mRNA levels of 111 genes are significantly changed in the sigB-proficient strain during the transition phase, whereas the expression profile of the sigB-deficient strain showed only minor changes (26 genes. The genes that are higher expressed during transition phase only in the sigB-proficient strain mainly belong to the functional categories amino acid metabolism, carbon metabolism, stress defense, membrane processes, and phosphorus metabolism. The transcription start points of six of these genes were determined and the deduced promoter sequences turned out to be indistinguishable from that of the consensus promoter recognized by SigA. Real-time reverse transcription PCR assays revealed that the expression profiles of these genes during growth were similar to that of the sigB gene itself. In the sigB mutant, however, the transcription profiles resembled that of the sigA gene encoding the house-keeping sigma factor. Conclusion During transition phase, the sigB gene showed an enhanced expression, while

  12. Solid-phase Microextraction (SPME) with Stable Isotope Calibration for Measuring Bioavailability of Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants

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    Cui, Xinyi; Bao, Lianjun; Gan, Jay

    2014-01-01

    Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) is a biomimetic tool ideally suited for measuring bioavailability of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) in sediment and soil matrices. However, conventional SPME sampling requires the attainment of equilibrium between the fiber and sample matrix, which may take weeks or months, greatly limiting its applicability. In this study, we explored the preloading of polydimethylsiloxane fiber with stable isotope labeled analogs (SI-SPME) to circumvent the need for long sampling time, and evaluated the performance of SI-SPME against the conventional equilibrium SPME (Eq-SPME) using a range of sediments and conditions. Desorption of stable isotope-labeled analogs and absorption of PCB-52, PCB-153, bifenthrin and cis-permethrin were isotropic, validating the assumption for SI-SPME. Highly reproducible preloading was achieved using acetone-water (1:4, v/v) as the carrier. Compared to Eq-SPME that required weeks or even months, the fiber concentrations (Cf) under equilibrium could be reliably estimated by SI-SPME in 1 d under agitated conditions or 20 d under static conditions in spiked sediments. The Cf values predicted by SI-SPME were statistically identical to those determined by Eq-SPME. The SI-SPME method was further applied successfully to field sediments contaminated with PCB 52, PCB 153, and bifenthrin. The increasing availability of stable isotope labeled standards and mass spectrometry nowadays makes SI-SPME highly feasible, allowing the use of SPME under non-equilibrium conditions with much shorter or flexible sampling time. PMID:23930601

  13. Experimental Study of Stable Surfaces for Anti-Slug Control in Multi-phase Flow

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    Pedersen, Simon; Løhndorf, Petar Durdevic; Yang, Zhenyu

    2014-01-01

    The severe slugging flow is always challenging in oil & gas production, especially for the current offshore based production. The slugging flow can cause a lot of potential problems, such as those relevant to production safety, fatigue as well as capability. As one typical phenomenon in multi-phase...... flow dynamics, the slug can be avoided or eliminated by proper facility design and control of operational conditions. Based on a testing facility which can emulate a pipeline-riser or a gas-lifted production well in a scaled-down manner, this paper experimentally studies the correlations of key...... operational parameters with severe slugging flows. These correlations are reflected through an obtained stable surface in the parameter space, which is a natural extension of the bifurcation plot. The maximal production opportunity without compromising the stability is also studied. Relevant studies have...

  14. Linearly decoupled energy-stable numerical methods for multi-component two-phase compressible flow

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    Kou, Jisheng

    2017-12-06

    In this paper, for the first time we propose two linear, decoupled, energy-stable numerical schemes for multi-component two-phase compressible flow with a realistic equation of state (e.g. Peng-Robinson equation of state). The methods are constructed based on the scalar auxiliary variable (SAV) approaches for Helmholtz free energy and the intermediate velocities that are designed to decouple the tight relationship between velocity and molar densities. The intermediate velocities are also involved in the discrete momentum equation to ensure a consistency relationship with the mass balance equations. Moreover, we propose a component-wise SAV approach for a multi-component fluid, which requires solving a sequence of linear, separate mass balance equations. We prove that the methods have the unconditional energy-dissipation feature. Numerical results are presented to verify the effectiveness of the proposed methods.

  15. Pure and stable metallic phase molybdenum disulfide nanosheets for hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Geng, Xiumei; Sun, Weiwei; Wu, Wei; Chen, Benjamin; Al-Hilo, Alaa; Benamara, Mourad; Zhu, Hongli; Watanabe, Fumiya; Cui, Jingbiao; Chen, Tar-Pin

    2016-02-10

    Metallic-phase MoS2 (M-MoS2) is metastable and does not exist in nature. Pure and stable M-MoS2 has not been previously prepared by chemical synthesis, to the best of our knowledge. Here we report a hydrothermal process for synthesizing stable two-dimensional M-MoS2 nanosheets in water. The metal-metal Raman stretching mode at 146 cm(-1) in the M-MoS2 structure, as predicted by theoretical calculations, is experimentally observed. The stability of the M-MoS2 is associated with the adsorption of a monolayer of water molecules on both sides of the nanosheets, which reduce restacking and prevent aggregation in water. The obtained M-MoS2 exhibits excellent stability in water and superior activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction, with a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) at a low potential of -175 mV and a Tafel slope of 41 mV per decade.

  16. Extraction of 10–30-Day Stable Components from a Boreal Atmosphere during ENSO Phases

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    Kuo Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Distinguishing the predictable 10–30-day stable components (STs in the actual atmosphere has been important in atmospheric science research. In this study, a new method for extracting 10–30-day STs was developed with the use of historical observations. We extracted and analyzed 10–30-day STs via statistical extrapolation tests. The results show that the STs are maintained uniformly at the intraseasonal time scale; the overall trends in the atmospheric motion are revealed. Comparisons between pentad-by-pentad changes in the explained variances of the 10–30-day STs under ENSO phases show that the explained variance transmission attenuation trends for El Niño and La Niña years are weaker and more continuous than those of neutral years. Data for 10–30-day STs can remain continuous and stable from one month to the next. The proposed method and results present a new means of extracting predictable STs from the atmosphere using historical data.

  17. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Mahalakshmi Selvaraj

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Two low-cost chemical methods of sol–gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO3 nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C employing barium dichloride (BaCl2 and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4 as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO3 nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO3 powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 – 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula. SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO3 nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric phases of undoped BaTiO3 nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  18. Preparation of meta-stable phases of barium titanate by Sol-hydrothermal method

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    Selvaraj, Mahalakshmi; Venkatachalapathy, V.; Mayandi, J.; Karazhanov, S.; Pearce, J. M.

    2015-11-01

    Two low-cost chemical methods of sol-gel and the hydrothermal process have been strategically combined to fabricate barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanopowders. This method was tested for various synthesis temperatures (100 °C to 250 °C) employing barium dichloride (BaCl2) and titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) as precursors and sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as mineralizer for synthesis of BaTiO3 nanopowders. The as-prepared BaTiO3 powders were investigated for structural characteristics using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The overall analysis indicates that the hydrothermal conditions create a gentle environment to promote the formation of crystalline phase directly from amorphous phase at the very low processing temperatures investigated. XRD analysis showed phase transitions from cubic - tetragonal - orthorhombic - rhombohedral with increasing synthesis temperature and calculated grain sizes were 34 - 38 nm (using the Scherrer formula). SEM and TEM analysis verified that the BaTiO3 nanopowders synthesized by this method were spherical in shape and about 114 - 170 nm in size. The particle distribution in both SEM and TEM shows that as the reaction temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C, the particles agglomerate. Selective area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the particles are crystalline in nature. The study shows that choosing suitable precursor and optimizing pressure and temperature; different meta-stable (ferroelectric) phases of undoped BaTiO3 nanopowders can be stabilized by the sol-hydrothermal method.

  19. A Stationary Reference Frame Grid Synchronization System for Three-Phase Grid-Connected Power Converters Under Adverse Grid Conditions

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    Rodríguez, P.; Luna, A.; Muñoz-Aguilar, R. S.

    2012-01-01

    Grid synchronization algorithms are of great importance in the control of grid-connected power converters, as fast and accurate detection of the grid voltage parameters is crucial in order to implement stable control strategies under generic grid conditions. This paper presents a new grid...... of the instantaneous symmetrical components of the grid voltage under unbalanced and distorted grid conditions. This paper analyzes the performance of the proposed synchronization method including different design issues. Moreover, the behavior of the method for synchronizing with highly unbalanced grid is proven...

  20. Mechanistic considerations of enantiorecognition on novel Cinchona alkaloid-based zwitterionic chiral stationary phases from the aspect of the separation of trans-paroxetine enantiomers as model compounds.

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    Grecsó, Nóra; Kohout, Michal; Carotti, Andrea; Sardella, Roccaldo; Natalini, Benedetto; Fülöp, Ferenc; Lindner, Wolfgang; Péter, Antal; Ilisz, István

    2016-05-30

    The enantiomers of trans-paroxetine were separated on four chiral stationary phases (CSPs) based on chiral zwitterionic Cinchona alkaloids fused with (R,R)- or (S,S)-trans-2-aminocyclohexanesulfonic acid. The enantioseparations were carried out in polar-ionic or in hydro-organic mobile phases with MeOH/THF, MeCN/THF, MeCN/THF/H2O and MeOH/MeCN/THF containing organic acid and base additives, in the temperature range 0-50°C. The effects of the mobile phase composition, the natures and concentrations of the additives and temperature on the separations were investigated. Thermodynamic parameters were calculated from plots of ln α vs 1/T. Δ(ΔH°) ranged between -3.0 and +1.5 kJ mol(-1), and Δ(ΔS°) between -8.8 and +5.9 J mol(-1)K(-1). The enantioseparation was generally enthalpically controlled, the retention factor and separation factor decreasing with increasing temperature, but entropically controlled separation was also observed. The elution sequences of the paroxetine enantiomers on the two pairs of pseudo-enantiomeric CSPs were investigated, and an attempt was made to explain the observed anomalies in silico in order to gain an insight into the underlying molecular recognition events between the four chiral selectors and the analyte enantiomers. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Novas fases estacionárias à base de sílica para cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência New stationary phases based on silica for high performance liquid chromatography

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    César R. Silva

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available The present work reviews recent advances in the preparation of new reversed phase packing materials such as sterically protected, bidentate, hybrid organic-inorganic and monolithic phases and phases containing embedded polar groups. The bonding chemistry involved in the preparation of these phases as well as their advantages over conventional C8 and C18 reversed phases are discussed. Understanding the reasons behind the development of these newer column packings helps analysts select the best stationary phase for a given application.

  2. Modeling, analysis, and design of stationary reference frame droop controlled parallel three-phase voltage source inverters

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    Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Guerrero, Josep M.; Savaghebi, Mehdi

    2011-01-01

    Power electronics based microgrids consist of a number of voltage source inverters (VSIs) operating in parallel. In this paper, the modeling, control design, and stability analysis of three-phase VSIs are derived. The proposed voltage and current inner control loops and the mathematical models...

  3. Modeling, analysis, and design of stationary reference frame droop controlled parallel three-phase voltage source inverters

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    Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Guerrero, Josep M.; Savaghebi, Mehdi

    2013-01-01

    Power electronics based MicroGrids consist of a number of voltage source inverters (VSIs) operating in parallel. In this paper, the modeling, control design, and stability analysis of parallel connected three-phase VSIs are derived. The proposed voltage and current inner control loops...

  4. Prediction of composition for stable half-Heusler phases from electronic-band-structure analyses

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    Offernes, L. [Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1033, Blindern, N-0315 Oslo (Norway)], E-mail: Laila.offernes@kjemi.uio.no; Ravindran, P.; Seim, C.W.; Kjekshus, A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1033, Blindern, N-0315 Oslo (Norway)

    2008-06-30

    This report describes a procedure to predict the frequently occurring non-stoichiometry of the half-Heusler XYZ alloys (viz. deviations from the equiatomic 1:1:1 composition and the usually accompanied narrow homogeneity regions) from ab initio calculated electronic-band-structure characteristics. The essential feature of this approach is to utilize the valence electron content (VEC) and the calculated electronic band structure to expose factors that according to rigid-band considerations should determine the possible deviations from 1:1:1 stoichiometry and direction of the stable solid-solution regions. These means have been used to predict the direction of equilibrium solid-solution regions for a number of ternary phase diagrams that comprise half-Heusler phases and the predictions have been tested with experimental data from literature and presently synthesized and microprobe analysed samples of NiTiSn, PtTiSn, CoTiSb, PtMnSb, NiMnSb, and CoMnSb. The predictions are made based on maximum band filling of bonding states identified through the crystal-orbital-Hamilton population (COHP) analysis and density-of-states (DOS) integration.

  5. Generation of Phase-Stable Sub-Cycle Mid-Infrared Pulses from Filamentation in Nitrogen

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    Takao Fuji

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Sub-single-cycle pulses in the mid-infrared (MIR region were generated through a laser-induced filament. The fundamental (ω1 and second harmonic (ω2 output of a 30-fs Ti:sapphire amplifier were focused into nitrogen gas and produce phase-stable broadband MIR pulses (ω0 by using a four-wave mixing process (ω1 + ω1 - ω2 → ω0 through filamentation. The spectrum spread from 400 cm-1 to 5500 cm-1, which completely covered the MIR region. The low frequency components were detected by using an electro-optic sampling technique with a gaseous medium. The efficiency of the MIR pulse generation was very sensitive to the delay between the fundamental and second harmonic pulses. It was revealed that the delay dependence of the efficiency came from the interference between two opposite parametric processes, ω1 + ω1 - ω2 → ω0 and ω2 - ω1 - ω1 → ω0. The pulse duration was measured as 6.9 fs with cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating by using four-wave mixing in nitrogen. The carrier-envelope phase of the MIR pulse was passively stabilized. The instability was estimated as 154 mrad rms in 2.5 h.

  6. A 2H nuclear magnetic resonance study of the state of water in neat silica and zwitterionic stationary phases and its influence on the chromatographic retention characteristics in hydrophilic interaction high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Wikberg, Erika; Sparrman, Tobias; Viklund, Camilla; Jonsson, Tobias; Irgum, Knut

    2011-09-23

    2H NMR has been used as a tool for probing the state of water in hydrophilic stationary phases for liquid chromatography at temperatures between -80 and +4 °C. The fraction of water that remained unfrozen in four different neat silicas with nominal pore sizes between 60 and 300 Å, and in silicas with polymeric sulfobetaine zwitterionic functionalities prepared in different ways, could be determined by measurements of the line widths and temperature-corrected integrals of the 2H signals. The phase transitions detected during thawing made it possible to estimate the amount of non-freezable water in each phase. A distinct difference was seen between the neat and modified silicas tested. For the neat silicas, the relationship between the freezing point depression and their pore size followed the expected Gibbs-Thomson relationship. The polymeric stationary phases were found to contain considerably higher amounts of non-freezable water compared to the neat silica, which is attributed to the structural effect that the sulfobetaine polymers have on the water layer close to the stationary phase surface. The sulfobetaine stationary phases were used alongside the 100 Å silica to separate a number of polar compounds in hydrophilic interaction (HILIC) mode, and the retention characteristics could be explained in terms of the surface water structure, as well as by the porous properties of the stationary phases. This provides solid evidence supporting a partitioning mechanism, or at least of the existence of an immobilized layer of water into which partitioning could be occurring. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Efficient methods for phase space analysis in spaceflight machanics: Application to the optimization of stable transfers

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    Nakhjiri, Navid

    This research presents algorithms for the numerical phase space analysis of large sets of trajectories. These involve propagating sections of phase space and studying the evolution of orbital characteristics which can be viewed as mapping dynamical properties of the system. Generating these maps is tedious and computationally expensive. This research proposes using an efficient numerical integration method based on a modified Picard integration for generating these maps. This numerical integration method is selected based on its potential use for developing parallel integration algorithms for massively parallel hardware such as Graphic Processing Units (GPUs). A requirement for the modified Picard integration is a method to transform vector fields to polynomial form in astrodynamics problems. This thesis demonstrates the transformation to polynomial form for simple and complex vector fields encountered in astrodynamics. This research also discusses the improvements of using this method for both parallel and sequential integrations. The integration method additionally provides the possibility to study nonlinear uncertainty propagations for a system by offering an efficient method to calculate high order state transition tensors. In the case of uncertainty propagation for large sets of trajectories, unscented transformation can be used to enhance the grid generation for maps. Besides the difficulties involved in generating maps, they are not immediately usable in practice. This research proposes the use of image processing and clustering analysis algorithms to autonomously detect and extract dynamical features from these maps. To do so, image segmentation algorithms such as k-mean clustering, contrast segmentation, and texture segmentation have been used. Additionally, this thesis discuses representing these sections of phase space using sets of B-spline and Gaussian mixtures. Based on data clustering, an enhanced map generation method is also introduced, which

  8. High-performance liquid chromatographic enantioseparation of cyclic β-aminohydroxamic acids on zwitterionic chiral stationary phases based on Cinchona alkaloids

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    Lajkó, Gyula [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7 (Hungary); Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Eötvös u. 6 (Hungary); Orosz, Tímea [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7 (Hungary); Grecsó, Nóra [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7 (Hungary); Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Eötvös u. 6 (Hungary); Fekete, Beáta; Palkó, Márta; Fülöp, Ferenc [Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Eötvös u. 6 (Hungary); Lindner, Wolfgang [Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währingerstrasse 38, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Péter, Antal [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7 (Hungary); Ilisz, István, E-mail: ilisz@chem.u-szeged.hu [Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, H-6720 Szeged, Dóm tér 7 (Hungary)

    2016-05-19

    Cyclic β-aminohydroxamic acid enantiomer pairs were stereoselectively separated by high-performance liquid chromatography on the recently developed Cinchona alkaloid-based zwitterionic chiral stationary phases Chiralpak ZWIX(+)™, ZWIX(−)™, ZWIX(+A) and ZWIX(−A). The results of variation of the applied chromatographic conditions, such as the bulk solvent composition, the concentrations and ratio of the acid and base additives, the presence of water as mobile phase additive and the counter-ion concentration furnished a better understanding of the retention mechanism. A thermodynamic study in the temperature range 5–50 °C revealed enthalpy-controlled enantiodiscrimination in all cases. The structure–selectivity relationships clearly indicated the importance of the strereochemistry of the functional groups. From an enantiorecognition aspect, the diexo position of the functional groups always proved more favorable than the diendo position. The elution sequence was determined in all cases and was found to reversed when ZWIX(+)™ was changed to ZWIX(−)™ or ZWIX(+A) to ZWIX(−A). - Highlights: • Zwitterionic columns were applied for the enantioseparation of cyclic β-aminohydroxamic acids. • Enthalpy controlled enantiodiscriminations were observed. • Enantiorecognition depended on the stereochemistry of the functional group.

  9. Design, preparation and application of a Pirkle-type chiral stationary phase for enantioseparation of some racemic organic acids and molecular dynamics studies

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    Reşit Çakmak

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available This study consists of two parts. In the first part of the study; a Pirkle-type chiral stationary phase was prepared by synthesizing an aromatic amine derivative of (R-2-amino-1-butanol as a chiral selectorand binding to L- tyrosine -modified cyanogen bromide (CNBr-activated Sepharose 4B and then, packed into the separation column. T he chromatographic performance of the separation column was evaluated w ith racemic mandelic acid and 2-phenylpropionic acid by using phosphate buffers at three different pHs as mobile phase. In the resolution processes, t he prepared solutions were loaded onto the separation column at two different concentrations and at three different pHs for each racemic organic acid, separately. Enantiomeric excess (ee % of the eluates was determined on CHIRALPAK AD-H chiral analytical column by HPLC. The maximum ee% for mandelic acid and 2-phenylpropionic acid was determined to be 60.84 and 27.4, respectively. Separation factors (k 1 ’, k 2 ’, α, and Rs were calculated for each acid. The structures of the obtained compounds were characterized using the spectroscopic methods (NMR, and elemental analysis. In the second part of the study; enantioselective interactions between the prepared CSP and the analytes have been widely studied by docking, molecular dynamics simulation and quantum mechanical computation methods. The reason of column eluation of rac-2-phenylpropionic acid with lower enantiomeric yield was explained by these techniques.

  10. Glycerol Overproduction by Engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae Wine Yeast Strains Leads to Substantial Changes in By-Product Formation and to a Stimulation of Fermentation Rate in Stationary Phase

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    Remize, F.; Roustan, J. L.; Sablayrolles, J. M.; Barre, P.; Dequin, S.

    1999-01-01

    Six commercial wine yeast strains and three nonindustrial strains (two laboratory strains and one haploid strain derived from a wine yeast strain) were engineered to produce large amounts of glycerol with a lower ethanol yield. Overexpression of the GPD1 gene, encoding a glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, resulted in a 1.5- to 2.5-fold increase in glycerol production and a slight decrease in ethanol formation under conditions simulating wine fermentation. All the strains overexpressing GPD1 produced a larger amount of succinate and acetate, with marked differences in the level of these compounds between industrial and nonindustrial engineered strains. Acetoin and 2,3-butanediol formation was enhanced with significant variation between strains and in relation to the level of glycerol produced. Wine strains overproducing glycerol at moderate levels (12 to 18 g/liter) reduced acetoin almost completely to 2,3-butanediol. A lower biomass concentration was attained by GPD1-overexpressing strains, probably due to high acetaldehyde production during the growth phase. Despite the reduction in cell numbers, complete sugar exhaustion was achieved during fermentation in a sugar-rich medium. Surprisingly, the engineered wine yeast strains exhibited a significant increase in the fermentation rate in the stationary phase, which reduced the time of fermentation. PMID:9872772

  11. Discovery of a meta-stable Al-Sm phase with unknown stoichiometry using a genetic algorithm

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    Zhang, Feng; McBrearty, Ian; Ott, R. T.; Park, E.; Mendelev, Mikhail I.; Kramer, M. J.; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming [Iowa State

    2014-07-10

    Unknown crystalline phases observed during the devitrification process of glassy metal alloys significantly limit our ability to understand and control phase selection in these systems driven far from equilibrium. Here, we report a new meta-stable Al5Sm phase identified by simultaneously searching Al-rich compositions of the Al–Sm system, using an efficient genetic algorithm. The excellent match between calculated and experimental X-ray diffraction patterns confirms that this new phase appeared in the crystallization of melt-spun Al90Sm10 alloys.

  12. Discovery of a meta-stable Al–Sm phase with unknown stoichiometry using a genetic algorithm

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    Zhang, Feng; McBrearty, Ian; Ott, R T; Park, E; Mendelev, Mikhail I; Kramer, M J; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming

    2014-06-01

    Unknown crystalline phases observed during the devitrification process of glassy metal alloys significantly limit our ability to understand and control phase selection in these systems driven far from equilibrium. Here, we report a new meta-stable Al5Sm phase identified by simultaneously searching Al-rich compositions of the Al-Sm system, using an efficient genetic algorithm. The excellent match between calculated and experimental X-ray diffraction patterns confirms that this new phase appeared in the crystallization of melt-spun Al90Sm10 alloys. Published by Elsevier Ltd. on behalf of Acta Materialia Inc.

  13. Diastereo- and enantioseparation of a N{sup α}-Boc amino acid with a zwitterionic quinine-based stationary phase: Focus on the stereorecognition mechanism

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    Ianni, Federica; Carotti, Andrea; Marinozzi, Maura; Marcelli, Gloria [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Via Fabretti 48, 06123 Perugia (Italy); Di Michele, Alessandro [Department of Physics and Geology, University of Perugia, Via Pascoli 1, 06123 Perugia (Italy); Sardella, Roccaldo, E-mail: roccaldo.sardella@unipg.it [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Via Fabretti 48, 06123 Perugia (Italy); Lindner, Wolfgang [Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währinger Strasse 38, 1090 Vienna (Austria); Natalini, Benedetto [Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Via Fabretti 48, 06123 Perugia (Italy)

    2015-07-23

    Highlights: • The ZWIX(+) column allowed getting the Boc-Aph(Hor)-OH (1) isomeric peaks resolved. • ECD studies and molecular dynamic simulations allowed to assign the elution order. • Molecular descriptors revealed the active role of achiral elements of the CSP. - Abstract: A chiral chromatography method enabling the simultaneous diastereo- and enantioseparation of N{sup α}-Boc-N{sup 4}-(hydroorotyl)-4-aminophenylalanine [Boc-Aph(Hor)-OH, 1] was optimized with a quinine-based zwitterionic stationary phase. The polar-ionic eluent system consisting of ACN:MeOH:water—49.7:49.7:0.6 (v/v/v) with formic acid (4.0 mM) and diethylamine (2.5 mM), allowed the successful separation of the four acid stereoisomers: α{sub D,D-/D,L-1} = 1.08; α{sub D,L-/L,D-1} = 1.08; α{sub L,D-/L,L-1} = 1.40. According to the in-house developed synthetic procedure and the recorded electronic circular dichroism spectra, the following stereoisomeric elution order was readily established in the optimal chromatographic conditions: D,D-1 < D,L-1 < L,D-1 < L,L-1. With the aim of better understanding the molecular basis of the retention behaviour of the four stereoisomers in the employed chromatographic system and conditions, a computational protocol consisting in molecular dynamics simulations was applied. The use of the three descriptors INTER (in kcal mol{sup −1}, encoding for the interaction energy between the selector SO unit and the whole system), INTER-SA (in kcal mol{sup −1}, encoding for the interaction energy between SO and the sole selectand SA), and SELF (in kcal mol{sup −1}, encoding for the conformational energy of SA relative to its minimum energy registered by the collected snapshots) revealed the active role of achiral sub-structural elements of the chiral stationary phase and eluent components in the overall stereorecognition mechanism.

  14. Power outputs in the concentric phase of resistance exercises performed in the interval mode on stable and unstable surfaces.

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    Zemková, Erika; Jeleň, Michal; Kováčiková, Zuzana; Ollé, Gábor; Vilman, Tomáš; Hamar, Dušan

    2012-12-01

    The study compares power outputs in the concentric phase of chest presses and squats performed in the interval mode on stable and unstable surface, respectively. A group of 16 physical education students performed randomly on different days 6 sets of 8 repetitions of (a) chest presses on the bench and Swiss ball, respectively, and (b) squats on stable support base and Bosu ball, respectively, with 2 minutes of rest period between sets. The exercises were performed with previously established 70% of 1 repetition maximum under stable conditions. A PC-based system FiTRO Dyne Premium was used to monitor force and velocity and to calculate power. The results showed significantly lower power outputs when resistance exercises were performed on an unstable than a stable support base. In the initial set, mean power in concentric phase of lifting decreased more profoundly under unstable than under stable conditions during both chest presses (13.2 and 7.7%, respectively) and squats (10.3 and 7.2%, respectively). In the final set, the reduction rates of mean power in the concentric phase of chest presses were significantly (p Swiss ball than on the bench (19.9 and 11.8%, respectively). On the other hand, there were no significant differences in decline of mean power in the concentric phase of squats on the Bosu ball and on stable support base (11.4 and 9.6%, respectively). It may be concluded that power outputs during resistance exercises is more profoundly compromised under unstable than under stable conditions, and this effect is more evident for barbell chest presses on the Swiss ball than for barbell squats on the Bosu ball. These findings have to be taken into account when instability resistance exercises are implemented into the training program, namely, for sports that require production of maximal force in short time.

  15. A gradient stable scheme for a phase field model for the moving contact line problem

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    Gao, Min

    2012-02-01

    In this paper, an efficient numerical scheme is designed for a phase field model for the moving contact line problem, which consists of a coupled system of the Cahn-Hilliard and Navier-Stokes equations with the generalized Navier boundary condition [1,2,4]. The nonlinear version of the scheme is semi-implicit in time and is based on a convex splitting of the Cahn-Hilliard free energy (including the boundary energy) together with a projection method for the Navier-Stokes equations. We show, under certain conditions, the scheme has the total energy decaying property and is unconditionally stable. The linearized scheme is easy to implement and introduces only mild CFL time constraint. Numerical tests are carried out to verify the accuracy and stability of the scheme. The behavior of the solution near the contact line is examined. It is verified that, when the interface intersects with the boundary, the consistent splitting scheme [21,22] for the Navier Stokes equations has the better accuracy for pressure. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

  16. An energy-stable time-integrator for phase-field models

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    Vignal, Philippe

    2016-12-27

    We introduce a provably energy-stable time-integration method for general classes of phase-field models with polynomial potentials. We demonstrate how Taylor series expansions of the nonlinear terms present in the partial differential equations of these models can lead to expressions that guarantee energy-stability implicitly, which are second-order accurate in time. The spatial discretization relies on a mixed finite element formulation and isogeometric analysis. We also propose an adaptive time-stepping discretization that relies on a first-order backward approximation to give an error-estimator. This error estimator is accurate, robust, and does not require the computation of extra solutions to estimate the error. This methodology can be applied to any second-order accurate time-integration scheme. We present numerical examples in two and three spatial dimensions, which confirm the stability and robustness of the method. The implementation of the numerical schemes is done in PetIGA, a high-performance isogeometric analysis framework.

  17. Continuous affinity-gradient nano-stationary phase served as a column for reversed-phase electrochromatography and matrix carrier in time-of-flight mass spectrometry for protein analysis.

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    Wu, Jen-Kuei; Yang, Chung-Shi; Wu, Yi-Shiuan; Wang, Pen-Cheng; Tseng, Fan-Gang

    2015-08-19

    This study developed an affinity-gradient nano-stationary phase (AG-NSP) for protein analysis using nanofluidic capillary electrochromatography (nano-CEC) conjugated with matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry (MS). The AG-NSP can be used for protein pre-separation in nano-CEC and as a matrix carrier for protein analysis in MALDI-TOF-MS. A hydrophobicity gradient in AG-NSP was photochemically formed by grafting 4-azidoaniline hydrochloride on vertically arrayed multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) through gray-level exposure to UV light. The reversed-phase gradient stationary phase in AG-NSP was tailored according to the properties of the mobile phase gradient in capillary electrochromatography. As a result, the operation of the system is easily automated using a single buffer solution without the need for multiple solvents for elution. The use of nano-CEC with AG-NSP demonstrated excellent separation efficiency and high resolution for various types of DNA/protein/peptide. MALDI-TOF-MS analysis was then performed directly on the separated proteins and peptides on the chip. The proposed system was then used for the detection of three types of proteins with different molecular weights and PI values, including Cytochrome c (12,360, pI = 10), Lysozyme (14,300, pI = 11), and BSA (86,000, pI = 5)), and digested IgG fragments. The proposed system provided resolution of 1000 Da for the proteins in this study and the separation of digested IgG fragments at a low concentration of 1.2 pmol μL(-1). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Fast determination of underivatized gentamicin C components and impurities by LC-MS using a porous graphitic carbon stationary phase.

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    Rodriquez, Manuela; Cretoso, Daniel S; Euterpio, Maria Anna; Russo, Paola; Crescenzi, Carlo; Aquino, Rita P

    2015-10-01

    Gentamicin C antibiotics are important because they are active against many multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. Unfortunately, their clinical usefulness is limited by their toxicity. Because of the difficulty involved in separating its different components, the US and European pharmacopeias both specify that the composition of gentamicin C should be determined by liquid chromatography with pulsed electrochemical detection. Here, we assess the usefulness of a porous graphitic carbon (PGC) HPLC column for separating the components of gentamicin C, and report chromatographic conditions that enable its direct characterization by PGC chromatography directly coupled to electrospray mass spectrometry. Native major components of gentamicin and impurities in commercial formulations were retained and separated on the PGC column without any need for derivatization, using mobile phases basified with ammonium hydroxide. When coupled with detection by conventional electrospray ion trap mass spectrometry (ESI-IT-MS), several previously reported impurities were detected easily, including the most polar gentamicin impurity, garamine. When operating in full-scan mode, it was possible to identify and quantitate gentamicin-related compounds using injected samples of only a few picograms. Under the described conditions, all analytes were eluted in less than 10 min and the LC-MS analyses exhibited excellent stability and linearity. The method's effectiveness was evaluated by analyzing commercial gentamicin batches and in-house formulations. When the PGC chromatographic system was coupled to an evaporative light-scattering detector, detection limits of 40-70 ng were achieved for various major gentamicin components. The chromatographic method was applied on a semi-preparative scale to purify the five major components.

  19. A mixed stationary phase containing two versatile cyclodextrin-based selectors for the simultaneous gas chromatographic enantioseparation of racemic alkanes and racemic alpha-amino acid derivatives.

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    Kreidler, D; Czesla, H; Schurig, V

    2008-11-01

    In an effort to simultaneously enantioseparate racemic unfunctionalized alkanes and racemic alpha-amino acid derivatives by gas chromatography (GC) in forthcoming experiments related to the search for extraterrestrial homochirality, the two versatile modified cyclodextrin (CD) selectors octakis(6-O-methyl-2,3-di-O-pentyl)-gamma-cyclodextrin (Lipodex G) and heptakis(2,3-di-O-methyl-6-O-tert-butyldimethylsilyl)-beta-cyclodextrin were dissolved in a polysiloxane and the mixed binary chiral selector system was coated onto a 50m x 0.25 mm i.d. fused silica capillary column. Whereas the former CD selector enantioseparates racemic unfunctionalized alkanes the latter CD selector preferentially resolves N-(O,S)-trifluoroacetyl-alpha-amino acid alkyl esters. With both CD selectors employed as mixed binary chiral selector system present in one chiral stationary phase (CSP), the simultaneous gas chromatographic enantioseparation of racemic alkanes and of racemic derivatized alpha-amino acids is achieved in a single temperature-programmed run. Also for other classes of racemic compounds, the scope of enantioseparation could be extended as compared to the conventional use of the single CD selectors in GC.

  20. Monolithic poly (SPE-co-BVPE) capillary columns as a novel hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography stationary phase for the separation of polar analytes.

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    Foo, Hsiao Ching; Heaton, James; Smith, Norman W; Stanley, Shawn

    2012-10-15

    A novel hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) stationary phase was prepared by the co-polymerisation of zwitterionic N,N'-dimethyl-N-methacryloxyethyl-N-(3-sulfopropyl) ammonium betaine (SPE) and the crosslinker 1,2-bis(p-vinylphenyl) ethane (BVPE) in the presence of the porogens, toluene and methanol. Monolithic columns were produced by carrying out the α,α'-azoisobutyronitrile (AIBN) initiated reaction for 1, 2, 4, 8 and 12 h inside a 200 μm i.d. fused silica capillary at 75°C (water bath). The optimum polymerisation time was shown to be 2 h, as this resulted in good porosity, due to enlarged flow-channels and the presence of a higher proportion of mesopores provided a relatively larger surface area than the other columns. The chromatographic properties of the optimised poly (SPE-co-BVPE) monolithic column were evaluated with test mixtures containing both basic and neutral compounds in the HILIC gradient separation mode. This produced relatively sharp peaks (average peak width at half height=0.1 min) with average asymmetry factors of 1.4 and baseline resolution was obtained for all the compounds. Using the isocratic separation of the test mixture, the number of theoretical plates (N) per metre calculated was between 26,888 and 35,930 by using average values obtained for triplicate injections of the compounds thiourea, toluene and acrylamide. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Sensitive immunoassay-based detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus using capture and labeling particles in a stationary liquid phase lab-on-a-chip.

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    Park, Byunghee; Choi, Suk-Jung

    2017-04-15

    In the present study, a method was developed for detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus based on a stationary liquid phase lab-on-a-chip (SLP LOC). The present SLP LOC comprises a sample chamber, washing chamber, and detection chamber connected by two channels. The method utilizes two types of particles: capture particles (CPs), which are magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with antibody; and labeling particles (LPs), which are silica nanoparticles functionalized with horseradish peroxidase and antibody. Samples were added to the sample chamber with CPs and LPs, forming a CP-bacteria-LP complex, and the complex was transported to the detection chamber containing chromogenic substrate solution. The method allowed the detection of V. parahaemolyticus in the range of 10 1 -10 5 cfu within 45min. Additionally, contamination of oyster samples with V. parahaemolyticus was detected within 2.5h, including 2h of culturing. The present method has the advantage of being highly rapid and facile, and enabling the detection of bacteria with high sensitivity. Moreover, the LOC and LOC processing device used in this method possess simple structures, making the detection process economical and allowing miniaturization. Therefore, the present SLP LOC detection method is potentially useful for in situ determination of food safety. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Layer-by-layer self-assembled graphene oxide/silica microsphere composites as stationary phase for high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Liang, Xiaojing; Liu, Shujuan; Song, Xinwang; Zhu, Yangwen; Jiang, Shengxiang

    2012-11-21

    Graphene oxide (GO) has been layer-by-layer assembled onto silica microspheres to form a GO/SiO(2) composite stationary phase. All the characterizations of GO/SiO(2) by elemental analysis, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectrometry confirmed that with the increase of the assembled layer, GO gradually increases on the silica surface. The chromatographic properties of bare SiO(2) and GO/SiO(2) with different GO assembled layers show that the amount of GO plays an important role in the separation of analytes. Only the appropriate amount of GO on SiO(2) can perform a good chromatographic separation. The comparison between chromatographic performances of bare SiO(2) column, GO/SiO(2)-2 column and C18 commercial column clearly show that GO/SiO(2)-2 and C18 columns obtained a better separation; GO/SiO(2)-2 exhibits a large π-electron system and C18 exhibits hydrophobicity. The eluting order, peak width and resolution of analyte on GO/SiO(2)-2 column was highly dependent on the size of its π-electron system, while on the C18 column the decisive factor is its hydrophobic property.

  3. Enantiomeric separation of volatile organics by gas chromatography for the in situ analysis of extraterrestrial materials: kinetics and thermodynamics investigation of various chiral stationary phases.

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    Freissinet, C; Buch, A; Szopa, C; Sternberg, R

    2013-09-06

    The performances of several commercial chiral capillary columns have been evaluated with the aim of determining the one most suitable for enantiomeric separation in a gas chromatograph onboard a space probe. We compared the GC-MS response of three capillary columns coated with different chiral stationary phases (CSP) using volatile chiral organic molecules which are potential markers of a prebiotic organic chemistry. The three different chiral capillary columns are Chirasil-Val, with an amino acid derivative CSP, ChiralDex-β-PM, with a CSP composed of dissolved permethylated β-cyclodextrins in polysiloxane, and Chirasil-Dex, with a CSP made of modified cyclodextrins chemically bonded to the polysiloxane backbone. Both kinetics and thermodynamics studies have been carried out to evaluate the chiral recognition potential in these different types of columns. The thermodynamic parameters also allow a better understanding of the driving forces affecting the retention and separation of the enantiomers. The Chirasil-Dex-CSP displays the best characteristics for an optimal resolution of the chiral compounds, without preliminary derivatization. This CSP had been chosen to be the only chiral column in the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) experiment onboard the current Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, and is also part of the Mars Organic Molecules Analyzer (MOMA) gas chromatograph onboard the next Martian mission ExoMars. The use of this column could also be extended to all space missions aimed at studying chirality in space. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Development of a Stationary Phase Optimised Selectivity Liquid Chromatography based screening method for adulterations of food supplements for the treatment of pain.

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    Deconinck, E; Kamugisha, A; Van Campenhout, P; Courselle, P; De Beer, J O

    2015-06-01

    Illegally adulterated dietary supplements are an increasing problem worldwide. One of the important groups of often adulterated products are the dietary supplements, sold for the treatment of pain. These often contain analgesics, a heterogeneous group of molecules, containing both hydrophilic and hydrophobic compounds. The development of a screening method for these components, especially when mass spectrometric detection is not available, necessitates chromatographic separation, difficult to achieve with traditional chromatographic columns. In this paper Stationary Phase Optimised Selectivity Liquid Chromatography was used for the development of a screening method for nine analgesics, codeine and caffeine, often present in this type of dietary supplements. The method shows a good separation of all the compounds, allowing the screening to be performed with diode array detection and is fully compatible with mass spectrometry. The method was validated for its selectivity following the guidelines as described for the screening of pesticide residues and residues of veterinary medicines in food. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. A stable algorithm for calculating phase equilibria with capillarity at specified moles, volume and temperature using a dynamic model

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    Kou, Jisheng

    2017-09-30

    Capillary pressure can significantly affect the phase properties and flow of liquid-gas fluids in porous media, and thus, the phase equilibrium calculation incorporating capillary pressure is crucial to simulate such problems accurately. Recently, the phase equilibrium calculation at specified moles, volume and temperature (NVT-flash) becomes an attractive issue. In this paper, capillarity is incorporated into the phase equilibrium calculation at specified moles, volume and temperature. A dynamical model for such problem is developed for the first time by using the laws of thermodynamics and Onsager\\'s reciprocal principle. This model consists of the evolutionary equations for moles and volume, and it can characterize the evolutionary process from a non-equilibrium state to an equilibrium state in the presence of capillarity effect at specified moles, volume and temperature. The phase equilibrium equations are naturally derived. To simulate the proposed dynamical model efficiently, we adopt the convex-concave splitting of the total Helmholtz energy, and propose a thermodynamically stable numerical algorithm, which is proved to preserve the second law of thermodynamics at the discrete level. Using the thermodynamical relations, we derive a phase stability condition with capillarity effect at specified moles, volume and temperature. Moreover, we propose a stable numerical algorithm for the phase stability testing, which can provide the feasible initial conditions. The performance of the proposed methods in predicting phase properties under capillarity effect is demonstrated on various cases of pure substance and mixture systems.

  6. Synthesis and evaluation of a maltose-bonded silica gel stationary phase for hydrophilic interaction chromatography and its application in Ginkgo Biloba extract separation in two-dimensional systems.

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    Sheng, Qianying; Yang, Kaiya; Ke, Yanxiong; Liang, Xinmiao; Lan, Minbo

    2016-09-01

    Maltose covalently bonded to silica was prepared by using carbonyl diimidazole as a cross-linker and employed as a stationary phase for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography. The column efficiency and the effect of water content, buffer concentration, and pH value influenced on retention were investigated. The separation or enrichment selectivity was also studied with nucleosides, saccharides, amino acids, peptides, and glycopeptides. The results indicated that the stationary phase processed good separation efficiency and separation selectivity in hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography mode. Moreover, a two-dimensional hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography× reversed-phase liquid chromatography method with high orthogonality was developed to analyze the Ginkgo Biloba extract fractions. The development of this two-dimensional chromatographic system would be an effective tool for the separation of complex samples of different polarities and contents. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. C₁₈-bound porous silica monolith particles as a low-cost high-performance liquid chromatography stationary phase with an excellent chromatographic performance.

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    Ali, Faiz; Cheong, Won Jo

    2014-12-01

    Ground porous silica monolith particles with an average particle size of 2.34 μm and large pores (363 Å) exhibiting excellent chromatographic performance have been synthesized on a relatively large scale by a sophisticated sol-gel procedure. The particle size distribution was rather broad, and the d(0.1)/d(0.9) ratio was 0.14. The resultant silica monolith particles were chemically modified with chlorodimethyloctadecylsilane and end-capped with a mixture of hexamethyldisilazane and chlorotrimethylsilane. Very good separation efficiency (185,000/m) and chromatographic resolution were achieved when the C18 -bound phase was evaluated for a test mixture of five benzene derivatives after packing in a stainless-steel column (1.0 mm × 150 mm). The optimized elution conditions were found to be 70:30 v/v acetonitrile/water with 0.1% trifluoroacetic acid at a flow rate of 25 μL/min. The column was also evaluated for fast analysis at a flow rate of 100 μL/min, and all the five analytes were eluted within 3.5 min with reasonable efficiency (ca. 60,000/m) and resolution. The strategy of using particles with reduced particle size and large pores (363 Å) combined with C18 modification in addition to partial-monolithic architecture has resulted in a useful stationary phase (C18 -bound silica monolith particles) of low production cost showing excellent chromatographic performance. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Comparison between core-shell and totally porous particle stationary phases for fast and green LC determination of five hepatitis-C antiviral drugs.

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    Ibrahim, Adel Ehab; Hashem, Hisham; Elhenawee, Magda; Saleh, Hanaa

    2018-01-03

    The performances of core-shell 2.7 μm and fully porous sub-2 μm particles packed in narrow diameter columns were compared under the same chromatographic conditions. The stationary phases were compared for fast separation and determination of five new antiviral drugs; daclatasvir, sofosbuvir, velpatasvir, simeprevir and ledipasvir. The gradient elution was done using ethanol as green organic modifier which is more environmentally friendly. Although both columns provided very good resolution of the five drugs, core-shell particles had proven to be of better efficiency. Under gradient elution conditions, core-shell particles exhibited faster elution, better peak shape and enhanced resolution adding to lower system backpressure. The column backpressure on sub-2 μm particles was greater than twice that on core-shell particles. This gives a chance to use conventional high-performance liquid chromatography conditions without needing special instrumentation as that required for ultra high performance liquid chromatography. The method was validated for determination of the five drugs by gradient elution using mobile phase composed the organic modifier ethanol and aqueous part containing 0.75 g sodium octane sufonate and 3.0 g sodium dihydrogen phosphate per liter at pH of 6.15. Detection was done using UV-detector set at 210 nm. The linearity, accuracy and precision were found very good within the concentration range of 2-200 μg/mL. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  9. A molecular model of the enantioselective liquid chromatographic separation of (R,S)-ifosfamide and its N-dechloroethylated metabolites on a teicoplanin aglycon chiral stationary phase.

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    Ravichandran, Sarangan; Collins, Jack R; Singh, Nagendra; W Wainer, Irving

    2012-12-21

    The enantioselective separations of the chiral oxazaphosphorines (R,S)-ifosfamide (IF), (R,S)-2-N-dechloroethyl-IF (2-DCE-IF) and (R,S)-3-N-dechloroethyl-IF (3-DCE-IF) were achieved on teicoplanin-based chiral stationary phase using isopropanol:methanol (60:40, v/v) as the mobile phase. Computational models of the teicoplanin and teicoplanin aglycon (TAG) chiral selectors were constructed and used in docking experiments to examine the chiral recognition mechanism associated with the observed resolutions. Initial data showed no significant differences between the simulated selector-selectand complexes using teicoplanin and TAG, and the full study was conducted using TAG. The data from the study indicate that hydrophobic interactions arise between the chlorine atom present in the cholorethyl moieties of the oxazaphosphorine molecules and hydrophobic pockets within the TAG basket and that these interactions anchored and positioned the selectands within the selector-selectand complexes. The complexes were stabilized through the formation of a network of hydrogen bond and cation-π interactions, in which the latter involved the phosphorous atom of the phosphoramide moiety and aromatic components of the TAG aglycon basket. The chirality of the oxazaphosphorine molecule determined the number and strength of the stabilizing interactions which resulted in significant differences in the relative mean binding energies between the complexes formed by the (R) and (S) enantiomers of the selectands. These differences were consistent with the observed chromatographic enantioselectivity and suggest a multi-step chrial recognition mechanism involving the tethering of the selectand to the selector followed by conformational adjustments and stabilization of the selectand-selector complex. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  10. Enantiomeric separation of new cathinone derivatives designer drugs by capillary electrochromatography using a chiral stationary phase, based on amylose tris(5-chloro-2-methylphenylcarbamate).

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    Aturki, Zeineb; Schmid, Martin G; Chankvetadze, Bezhan; Fanali, Salvatore

    2014-11-01

    In this study, a chiral CEC method for the enantiomeric separation of ten cathinone derivatives, by means of a polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phase, has been developed. Capillary columns of 100 μm id packed with amylose tris(5-chloro-2-methylphenylcarbamate) coated on silica, also called Sepapak 3 or Lux Amylose-2, were used to achieve the enantioseparation of the studied designer drugs. Enantioresolution, chromatographic retention, and separation efficiency were evaluated in dependence of mobile-phase composition in terms of the content of the organic modifier, nature, and pH buffer. To obtain a sensitivity improvement, a field-amplified sample injection was evaluated optimizing the sample solvent composition and injection time. The LODs and LOQs values were in the range 25-100 and 50-150 ng/mL, respectively, for all the racemic compounds. Good results in terms of resolution (Rs ), separation efficiency (N/m), and short analysis times were obtained using a mixture of ACN/methanol/sodium acetate pH 9 (89/10/1, v/v/v). Applying a voltage of 10 kV and a temperature of 20°C, the analyzed cathinone derivatives were separated in their enantiomers in less than 10 min. A study, concerning the method precision, in terms of intra- and interday repeatability and column-to-column reproducibility was carried out in accordance with the analytical procedures for method validation. Intra- and interday repeatability provided RSD values in the ranges 1.1-1.7, 1.3-2.3% for retention time and 1.3-2.6, 2.1-3.4% for peak area, respectively. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Characteristics of retention and enthalpies of sorption from the gas phase of esters of trimethylolpropane and C2-C5 acids on DB-1 stationary phase

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    Krasnykh, E. L.; Aleksandrov, A. Yu.; Sokolova, A. A.; Levanova, S. V.

    2017-02-01

    Characteristics of retention and their temperature dependences, along with the thermodynamic characteristics of sorption on DB-1 nonpolar phase, are determined in the temperature range of 220-280°C for 21 mono-, di-, and trisubstituted esters of trimethylolpropane and monobasic acids with a variety of structures containing from 2 to 6 carbon atoms.

  12. [[Chiral separation of five arylpropionic acid drugs and determination of their enantiomers in pharmaceutical preparations by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography with cellulose-tris-(4-methylbenzoate) stationary phase

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    Luo, An; Wan, Qiang; Fan, Huajun; Chen, Zhi; Wu, Xuehao; Huang, Xiaowen; Zang, Linquan

    2014-09-01

    Chromatographic behaviors for enantiomeric separation of arylpropionic acid drugs were systematically developed by reversed phase-high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) using cellulose-tris-(4-methylbenzoate) (CTMB) as chiral stationary phase (CSP). The effects of the composition of the mobile phase, additives and temperature on chiral separation of flurbiprofen, pranoprofen, naproxen, ibuprofen and loxoprofen were further investigated. The enantiomers had been successfully separated on CSP of CTMB by the mobile phase of methanol-0.1% (v/v) formic acid except naproxen by acetonitrile-0.1% (v/v) formic acid at 25 °C. The mechanisms of the racemic resolution for the above mentioned five drugs are discussed thermodynamically and structurally. The resolutions between respective enantiomers for arylpropionic acid drugs on CTMB had significant differences due to their chromatographic behaviors. The order of resolutions ranked pranoprofen, loxoprofen, flurbiprofen, ibuprofen and naproxen. The method established has been successfully applied to the determination of the enantiomers of the five drugs in commercial preparations under the optimized conditions. It proved that the method is simple, reliable and accurate.

  13. Ceramic stationary gas turbine

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    Roode, M. van [Solar Turbines Inc., San Diego, CA (United States)

    1995-10-01

    The performance of current industrial gas turbines is limited by the temperature and strength capabilities of the metallic structural materials in the engine hot section. Because of their superior high-temperature strength and durability, ceramics can be used as structural materials for hot section components (blades, nozzles, combustor liners) in innovative designs at increased turbine firing temperatures. The benefits include the ability to increase the turbine inlet temperature (TIT) to about 1200{degrees}C ({approx}2200{degrees}F) or more with uncooled ceramics. It has been projected that fully optimized stationary gas turbines would have a {approx}20 percent gain in thermal efficiency and {approx}40 percent gain in output power in simple cycle compared to all metal-engines with air-cooled components. Annual fuel savings in cogeneration in the U.S. would be on the order of 0.2 Quad by 2010. Emissions reductions to under 10 ppmv NO{sub x} are also forecast. This paper describes the progress on a three-phase, 6-year program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Industrial Technologies, to achieve significant performance improvements and emissions reductions in stationary gas turbines by replacing metallic hot section components with ceramic parts. Progress is being reported for the period September 1, 1994, through September 30, 1995.

  14. Wide-range high-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals morphological and distributional changes of endomembrane compartments during log to stationary transition of growth phase in tobacco BY-2 cells.

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    Toyooka, Kiminori; Sato, Mayuko; Kutsuna, Natsumaro; Higaki, Takumi; Sawaki, Fumie; Wakazaki, Mayumi; Goto, Yumi; Hasezawa, Seiichiro; Nagata, Noriko; Matsuoka, Ken

    2014-09-01

    Rapid growth of plant cells by cell division and expansion requires an endomembrane trafficking system. The endomembrane compartments, such as the Golgi stacks, endosome and vesicles, are important in the synthesis and trafficking of cell wall materials during cell elongation. However, changes in the morphology, distribution and number of these compartments during the different stages of cell proliferation and differentiation have not yet been clarified. In this study, we examined these changes at the ultrastructural level in tobacco Bright yellow 2 (BY-2) cells during the log and stationary phases of growth. We analyzed images of the BY-2 cells prepared by the high-pressure freezing/freeze substitution technique with the aid of an auto-acquisition transmission electron microscope system. We quantified the distribution of secretory and endosomal compartments in longitudinal sections of whole cells by using wide-range gigapixel-class images obtained by merging thousands of transmission electron micrographs. During the log phase, all Golgi stacks were composed of several thick cisternae. Approximately 20 vesicle clusters (VCs), including the trans-Golgi network and secretory vesicle cluster, were observed throughout the cell. In the stationary-phase cells, Golgi stacks were thin with small cisternae, and only a few VCs were observed. Nearly the same number of multivesicular body and small high-density vesicles were observed in both the stationary and log phases. Results from electron microscopy and live fluorescence imaging indicate that the morphology and distribution of secretory-related compartments dramatically change when cells transition from log to stationary phases of growth. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. Comparison of reversed-phase/cation-exchange/anion-exchange trimodal stationary phases and their use in active pharmaceutical ingredient and counterion determinations.

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    Liu, Xiaodong; Pohl, Christopher A

    2012-04-06

    This study involved three commercial reversed-phase (RP)/anion-exchange (AEX)/cation-exchange (CEX) trimodal columns, namely Acclaim Trinity P1 (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Obelisc R (SIELC Technologies) and Scherzo SM-C18 (Imtakt). Their chromatographic properties were compared in details with respect to hydrophobicity, anion-exchange capacity, cation-exchange capacity, and selectivity, by studying retention behavior dependency on organic solvent, buffer concentration and pH. It was found that their remarkably different column chemistries resulted in distinctive chromatography properties. Trinity P1 exhibited strong anion-exchange and cation-exchange interactions but low RP retention while Scherzo SM-C18 showed strong reversed-phase retention with little cation-exchange and anion-exchange capacities. For Obelisc R, its reversed-phase capacity was weaker than Scherzo SM-C18 but slightly higher than Trinity P1, and its ion-exchange retentions were between Trinity P1 and Scherzo SM-C18. In addition, their difference in selectivity was demonstrated by examples of determining the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and counterion of drug products. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. TLC-MS versus TLC-LC-MS fingerprints of herbal extracts. Part III. Application of the reversed-phase liquid chromatography systems with C18 stationary phase.

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    Sajewicz, Mieczysław; Staszek, Dorota; Natic, Maja; Waksmundzka-Hajnos, Monika; Kowalska, Teresa

    2011-08-01

    In the previous paper from this series, we proposed mass spectrometric fingerprinting of complex botanical samples upon the examples of the pharmacologically important phenolic acids and flavonoids selectively extracted from Salvia lavandulifolia. In this study, we explore fingerprinting efficiency with a novel two-dimensional analytical system composed of the reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography and the reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (2D RP-TLC-RP-LC-MS). We also compare its efficiency with that of the one-dimensional analytical system (the reversed-phase thin-layer chromatography with mass spectrometric detection; 1D RP-TLC-MS). As our present study is basically focused on the method development, we considered it as justified to carry out our comparison with the phenolic acid extracts selectively derived from the Salvia lavandulifolia species, similar as it was done in Part II from this series. Upon the results obtained, it was established that the 1D RP-TLC-MS mode and the 2D RP-TLC-RP-LC-MS mode can be applied to fingerprinting of herbal extracts, and that the 2D RP-TLC-RP-LC mode can provide a more abundant information than that originating from the 1D RP-TLC mode.

  17. Synthesis of Optically Active Poly(diphenylacetylenes Using Polymer Reactions and an Evaluation of Their Chiral Recognition Abilities as Chiral Stationary Phases for HPLC

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    Katsuhiro Maeda

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available A series of optically active poly(diphenylacetylene derivatives bearing a chiral substituent (poly-2S or chiral and achiral substituents (poly-(2Sx-co-31−x on all of their pendant phenyl rings were synthesized by the reaction of poly(bis(4-carboxyphenylacetylene with (S-1-phenylethylamine ((S-2 or benzylamine (3 in the presence of a condensing reagent. Their chiroptical properties and chiral recognition abilities as chiral stationary phases (CSPs for high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC were investigated. Poly-2S and poly-(2Sx-co-31−x (0.06 < x < 0.71 formed a preferred-handed helical conformation with opposite helical senses after thermal annealing despite possessing the same chiral pendant (h-poly-2S and h-poly-(2Sx-co-31−x. Furthermore, h-poly-2S and h-poly-(2S0.36-co-30.64 emitted circularly polarized luminescence with opposite signs. h-Poly-2S showed higher chiral recognition abilities toward a larger number of racemates than poly-2S without a preferred-handed helicity and the previously reported preferred-handed poly(diphenylacetylene derivative bearing the same chiral substituent on half of its pendant phenyl rings. h-Poly-(2S0.36-co-30.64 also exhibited good chiral recognition abilities toward several racemates, though the elution order of some enantiomers was reversed compared with h-poly-2S.

  18. Acyl homoserine lactone changes the abundance of proteins and the levels of organic acids associated with stationary phase in Salmonella Enteritidis.

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    de Almeida, Felipe Alves; Pimentel-Filho, Natan de Jesus; Carrijo, Lanna Clícia; Bento, Cláudia Braga Pereira; Baracat-Pereira, Maria Cristina; Pinto, Uelinton Manoel; de Oliveira, Leandro Licursi; Vanetti, Maria Cristina Dantas

    2017-01-01

    Quorum sensing (QS) is cell-cell communication mechanism mediated by signaling molecules known as autoinducers (AIs) that lead to differential gene expression. Salmonella is unable to synthesize the AI-1 acyl homoserine lactone (AHL), but is able to recognize AHLs produced by other microorganisms through SdiA protein. Our study aimed to evaluate the influence of AI-1 on the abundance of proteins and the levels of organic acids of Salmonella Enteritidis. The presence of N-dodecyl-homoserine lactone (C12-HSL) did not interfere on the growth or the total amount of extracted proteins of Salmonella. However, the abundance of the proteins PheT, HtpG, PtsI, Adi, TalB, PmgI (or GpmI), Eno, and PykF enhanced while the abundance of the proteins RplB, RplE, RpsB, Tsf, OmpA, OmpC, OmpD, and GapA decreased when Salmonella Enteritidis was anaerobically cultivated in the presence of C12-HSL. Additionally, the bacterium produced less succinic, lactic, and acetic acids in the presence of C12-HSL. However, the concentration of extracellular formic acid reached 20.46 mM after 24 h and was not detected when the growth was in the absence of AI-1. Considering the cultivation period for protein extraction, their abundance, process and function, as well as the levels of organic acids, we observed in cells cultivated in presence of C12-HSL a correlation with what is described in the literature as entry into the stationary phase of growth, mainly related to nitrogen and amino acid starvation and acid stress. Further studies are needed in order to determine the specific role of the differentially abundant proteins and extracellular organic acids secreted by Salmonella in the presence of quorum sensing signaling molecules. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Characterization of an unusual adsorption behavior of racemic methyl-mandelate on a tris-(3,5-dimethylphenyl) carbamoyl cellulose chiral stationary phase.

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    Enmark, Martin; Samuelsson, Jörgen; Undin, Torgny; Fornstedt, Torgny

    2011-09-23

    An interesting adsorption behavior of racemic methyl mandelate on a tris-(3,5-dimethylphenyl)carbamoyl cellulose chiral stationary phase was theoretically and experimentally investigated. The overloaded band of the more retained enantiomer had a peculiar shape indicating a type V adsorption isotherm whereas the overloaded band of the less retained enantiomer had a normal shape indicating a type I adsorption behavior. For a closer characterization of this separation, adsorption isotherms were determined and analyzed using an approach were Scatchard plots and adsorption energy distribution (AED) calculations are combined for a deeper analysis. It was found that the less retained enantiomer was best described by a Tóth adsorption isotherm while the second one was best described with a bi-Moreau adsorption isotherm. The latter model comprises non-ideal adsorbate-adsorbate interactions, providing an explanation to the non-ideal adsorption of the more retained enantiomer. Furthermore, the possibility of using the Moreau model as a local model for adsorption in AED calculations was evaluated using synthetically generated raw adsorption slope data. It was found that the AED accurately could predict the number of adsorption sites for the generated data. The adsorption behavior of both enantiomers was also studied at several different temperatures and found to be exothermic; i.e. the adsorbate-adsorbate interaction strength decreases with increasing temperature. Stochastic analysis of the adsorption process revealed that the average amount of adsorption/desorption events increases and the sojourn time decreases with increasing temperature. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. A chemometric approach to determine the phenolic compounds in different barley samples by two different stationary phases: a comparison between C18 and pentafluorophenyl core shell columns.

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    Gómez-Caravaca, Ana María; Verardo, Vito; Berardinelli, Annachiara; Marconi, Emanuele; Caboni, Maria Fiorenza

    2014-08-15

    Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is a cereal crop that has been cultivated since ancient times. However, its interest as nutritional food and as food ingredient is relatively new. Thus, in this study, the phenolic compounds of eighteen different varieties of barley (4 waxy and 14 non-waxy) grown under the same agronomic conditions in the same experimental field have been determined by HPLC-DAD-MS. Two new methodologies were developed using new generation superficially porous HPLC columns with different stationary phases: C18 and pentafluorophenyl (PFP). Twelve free phenolic compounds and eight bound phenolic compounds could be identified in barley samples in less than 22min. The study of different method parameters showed that C18 column was more suitable for the analysis of phenolic compounds of barley. Hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) was conducted in order to assess the different ability of the two different core shell HPLC columns in the discrimination between "waxy" and "non-waxy" varieties, and only HCA of C18 column could separate waxy and non-waxy genotypes. Significant differences in the content of phenolic compounds between waxy and non-waxy samples were found, being waxy barley samples the ones which presented higher content of free and bound phenolic compounds. Once the best discriminant HPLC column was established, principal component analysis (PCA) was applied and it was able to discriminate between "waxy" and "non-waxy" varieties; however it discriminated the barley samples based only in free phenolic compounds. Because of that, partial least squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) and Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) were carried out. PLS-DA and ANN permitted the classification of waxy and non-waxy genotypes from both free and bound phenolic compounds. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Initial evaluation of protein throughput and yield characteristics on nylon 6 capillary-channeled polymer (C-CP) fiber stationary phases by frontal analysis.

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    Randunu, K Manoj; Marcus, R Kenneth

    2013-01-01

    Nylon 6 capillary-channeled polymer (C-CP) fibers are investigated as an alternative support/stationary phase for downstream processing of macromolecules. Ionizable amine and carboxylic acid end groups on the native fiber surface allow for ion exchange chromatography (IEC). The low cost and ability to operate at high linear velocities and low back pressures are practical advantages of C-CP fibers for preparative-scale macromolecule separations. The lack of fiber porosity ensures facile adsorption/desorption that is conducive to high throughput and recoveries/yields. Described here is a preliminary investigation of the processing characteristics of lysozyme on nylon 6 fibers with an eye toward downstream processing applications. Fibers were packed into microbore (0.8 mm i.d.) and analytical-size (2.1 mm i.d.) columns for the evaluation of the role of linear velocity on pressure drop, frontal throughput, and yield. Protein isolation by frontal development involved three steps: loading of the column to breakthrough, an aqueous wash, and a salt wash to recover the protein. Frontal throughput was evaluated with different salt concentrations (0-1000 mM NaCl) and different linear velocities (6-24 mm s(-1)). The observed throughput values are in the range of 0.12-0.20 mg min(-1) when 0.25 mg mL(-1) lysozyme (in 20 mM Tris-HCl) is loaded onto 78 mg of C-CP fiber in 0.52 mL volume analytical columns. Increased throughput and yield were found when protein was loaded and eluted at high linear velocity. Results of this study lend credence to the further development of C-CP fibers for biomacromolecule processing on larger scales. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

  2. On-column deracemization of an atropisomeric biphenyl by quinine-based stationary phase and determination of rotational energy barrier by enantioselective stopped-flow HPLC and CEC.

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    Tobler, E; Lämmerhofer, M; Mancini, G; Lindner, W

    2001-01-01

    The reversible enantiomerization of axially chiral 2'-dodecyloxy-6-nitrobiphenyl-2-carboxylic acid was studied in the presence of a brush type chiral stationary phase based on O-(tert-butylcarbamoyl) quinine as chiral selector unit by stopped-flow high-performance liquid chromatography (sfHPLC) and capillary electrochromatography (sfCEC). After initial separation of the enantiomers in the first section of the column, the flow was stopped and the resolved species allowed to enantiomerize on-column. From this conversion, which could be determined from the enantiomeric ratios at different enantiomerization times, kinetic rate constants were calculated. By sfHPLC at a constant temperature of 15 degrees C, kinetic rate constants in the presence of the CSP were found to be 4.1 x 10(-5) s(-1) and 2.2 x 10(-5) s(-1) for the (-) and (+)-enantiomers, respectively, corresponding to half-lives of 279 and 530 min. Thus, apparent activation energies of enantiomerization were calculated to be 93.0 and 94.6 kJ mol(-1) for the (-) and (+)-enantiomers. On the macroscopic level, the apparent difference of rotational energy barriers and kinetic rate constants for both enantiomers is reflected as deracemization. For example, starting from a racemic mixture, an enantiomeric excess (ee) of 14% was seen in the stopped-flow HPLC experiment described after an enantiomerization time of 220 min at 15 degrees C, and a maximal ee of 17% can be approximated after infinite enantiomerization time. There is good agreement between HPLC and CEC results as well as their experimental errors, confirming that the new sfCEC technique may be a valuable and convenient tool to study interconversion processes. Copyright 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  3. Determination of pore size distributions in capillary-channeled polymer fiber stationary phases by inverse size-exclusion chromatography and implications for fast protein separations.

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    Wang, Zhengxin; Marcus, R Kenneth

    2014-07-18

    Capillary-channeled polymer (C-CP) fibers have been utilized as liquid chromatography stationary phases, primarily for biomacromolecule separations on the analytical and preparative scales. The collinear packing of the eight-channeled C-CP fibers provides for very efficient flow, allowing operation at high linear velocity (u>100mm s(-1)) and low backpressure (chromatography (iSEC) has been employed to determine the pore size distribution (PSD) within C-CP fibers. A diversity of test species (from metal ions to large proteins) was used as probes under non-retaining conditions to obtain a response curve reflecting the apparent partition coefficient (Kd) versus hydrodynamic radii (rm). A mean pore radius (rp) of 4.2nm with standard deviation (sp) of ±1.1nm was calculated by fitting the Kd versus rm data to model equations with a Gaussian pore size distribution, and a pore radius of 4.0±0.1nm was calculated based on a log-normal distribution. The derived mean pore radius is much smaller than traditional support materials, with the standard deviation showing a relatively uniform pore distribution. van Deemter plots were analyzed to provide practical confirmation of the structural implications. Large molecules (e.g., proteins) that are fully excluded from pores have no significant C-terms in the van Deemter plots whereas small molecules that can access the pore volumes display appreciable C-terms, as expected. Fitting of retention data to the Knox equation suggests that the columns operate with a characteristic particle diameter (dp) of ∼53μm. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Preparation of polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases on SiO2@Ag core-shell particles by means of coating and intermolecular polycondensation and comparative liquid chromatography enantioseparations.

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    Li, Yuanyuan; Zhu, Nan; Ma, Yulong; Li, Qiang; Li, Peng

    2018-01-01

    Material with a core-shell structure based on a porous silica core and Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) as shell (SiO2@Ag) was prepared with the seed growth method. Cellulose derivatives as chiral selectors were coated on the surfaces of SiO2@Ag particles by means of coating and intermolecular polycondensation as chiral stationary phases (CSPs), respectively. Fifteen racemates were used to evaluate their chiral recognition ability by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The results implied that the CSPs based on SiO2@Ag particles obtained stronger interaction with the analytes leading to better enantioseparation due to the existence of AgNPs on the surfaces of silica gel, compared with a cellulose derivative-modified silica column. In addition, the new CSPs showed special selectivity for ketone enantiomers, and AgNPs played a synergistic effect with cellulose derivatives on enantioseparation. Graphical abstract Schematic of SiO2@Ag stationary phase.

  5. Insights into chiral recognition mechanisms in supercritical fluid chromatography V. Effect of the nature and proportion of alcohol mobile phase modifier with amylose and cellulose tris-(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) stationary phases.

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    Khater, Syame; West, Caroline

    2014-12-19

    In enantioselective supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) with chiral stationary phases (CSP), the elution strength of carbon dioxide is usually modulated by the use of polar organic solvents, also called modifiers. Alcohols like methanol, ethanol and isopropanol are the most commonly used co-solvents. While most applications of chiral SFC are optimized through a process of varying the co-solvent nature and proportion, only a limited number of thorough investigations have been carried out to unravel the effects of the co-solvent on the enantioseparation process. In an attempt to clarify the effect of the mobile phase co-solvent on enantioselective SFC separations, a wide range of compounds (achiral and chiral) were analyzed on an amylosic (Chiralpak AD-H) and a cellulosic (Lux cellulose-1) CSP. The influence of the modifier polarity and steric hindrance must be considered thus several different alcoholic solvents were evaluated: methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol and 1-butanol, with a proportion of 10% in carbon dioxide. A selected group of racemates was further analyzed with varying proportions of each alcohol ranging from 5 to 25%. Besides, because mixtures of solvents were sometimes reported to produce unexpected results, a 50:50 mixture of methanol and ethanol was also evaluated. Chemometric methods provide some insight into the enantio-separation process and help identifying the differences between the mobile phase conditions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Multi-turn extraction and injection by means of adiabatic capture in stable islands of phase space

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    Cappi, R

    2003-01-01

    Recently a novel approach has been proposed aimed at performing multi-turn extraction from a circular machine. Such a technique consists of splitting the beam by means of stable islands created in transverse phase space by magnetic elements creating nonlinear fields, such as sextupoles and octupoles. Provided a slow time-variation of the linear tune is applied, adiabatic with respect to the betatron motion, the islands can be moved in phase space and eventually charged particles may be trapped inside the stable structures. This generates a certain number of well-separated beamlets. Originally, this principle was successfully tested using a fourth-order resonance. In this paper the approach is generalised by considering other type of resonances as well as the possibility of performing multiple multi-turn extractions. The results of numerical simulations are presented and described in detail. Of course, by time-reversal, the proposed approach could be used also for multi-turn injection.

  7. Differences in stationary-phase cells of a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine yeast grown in aerobic and microaerophilic batch cultures assessed by electric particle analysis, light diffraction and flow cytometry.

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    Portell, X; Ginovart, M; Carbó, R; Vives-Rego, J

    2011-01-01

    We applied electric particle analysis, light diffraction and flow cytometry to obtain information on the morphological changes during the stationary phase of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The reported analyses of S. cerevisiae populations were obtained under two different conditions, aerobic and microaerophilic, at 27°C. The samples analysed were taken at between 20 and 50 h from the beginning of culture. To assist in the interpretation of the observed distributions a complexity index was used. The aerobically grown culture reached significantly greater cell density. Under these conditions, the cell density experienced a much lower reduction (3%) compared with the microaerophilic conditions (30%). Under aerobic conditions, the mean cell size determined by both electric particle analysis and light diffraction was lower and remained similar throughout the experiment. Under microaerophilic conditions, the mean cell size determined by electric particle analysis decreased slightly as the culture progressed through the stationary phase. Forward and side scatter distributions revealed two cell subpopulations under both growth conditions. However, in the aerobic growing culture the two subpopulations were more separated and hence easier to distinguish. The distributions obtained with the three experimental techniques were analysed using the complexity index. This analysis suggested that a complexity index is a good descriptor of the changes that take place in a yeast population in the stationary phase, and that it aids in the discussion and understanding of the implications of these distributions obtained by these experimental techniques.

  8. Grism compressor for carrier-envelope phase-stable millijoule-energy chirped pulse amplifier lasers featuring bulk material stretcher.

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    Ricci, A; Jullien, A; Forget, N; Crozatier, V; Tournois, P; Lopez-Martens, R

    2012-04-01

    We demonstrate compression of amplified carrier-envelope phase (CEP)-stable laser pulses using paired transmission gratings and high-index prisms, or grisms, with chromatic dispersion matching that of a bulk material pulse stretcher. Grisms enable the use of larger bulk stretching factors and thereby higher energy pulses with lower B-integral in a compact amplifier design suitable for long-term CEP control.

  9. Unconditionally energy stable numerical schemes for phase-field vesicle membrane model

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    Guillén-González, F.; Tierra, G.

    2018-02-01

    Numerical schemes to simulate the deformation of vesicles membranes via minimizing the bending energy have been widely studied in recent times due to its connection with many biological motivated problems. In this work we propose a new unconditionally energy stable numerical scheme for a vesicle membrane model that satisfies exactly the conservation of volume constraint and penalizes the surface area constraint. Moreover, we extend these ideas to present an unconditionally energy stable splitting scheme decoupling the interaction of the vesicle with a surrounding fluid. Finally, the well behavior of the proposed schemes are illustrated through several computational experiments.

  10. Role of GacA, LasI, RhlI, Ppk, PsrA, Vfr and ClpXP in the regulation of the stationary-phase sigma factor rpoS/RpoS in Pseudomonas.

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    Bertani, Iris; Sevo, Milica; Kojic, Milan; Venturi, Vittorio

    2003-10-01

    RpoS is the stationary phase sigma factor responsible for increased transcription of a set of genes when bacterial cells enter stationary phase and under stress conditions. In Escherichia coli, RpoS expression is modulated at the level of transcription, translation, and post-translational stability whereas in Pseudomonas, previous studies have implicated four genetic loci ( psrA, gacA, lasI and rhlI) involved in rpoS transcription. In this report, the transcription, translation and proteins profiles of rpoS/RpoS were analyzed in response to growth phase of knockout genomic mutants in the P. aeruginosa transcriptional regulatory loci psrA, gacA, vfr, and in the las and rhl quorum-sensing systems. Gene expression and protein profiles were also analyzed in the ppk genomic mutant. This gene is responsible for the biosynthesis of polyphosphate, an alarmone involved in the regulation of RpoS accumulation in E. coli. Finally, the role of the ClpXP protease in RpoS regulation was also studied; in E. coli, this protease has been shown to rapidly degrade RpoS during exponential growth. These studies confirm the significant role of PsrA in rpoS transcription during the late-exponential and stationary growth phases, the probable role of Vfr in transcriptional repression during exponential phase, and the function of the ClpXP protease in RpoS degradation during exponential phase. GacA/GacS, the quorum-sensing systems, and the polyphosphate alarmone molecule were not significant in rpoS/RpoS regulation. These results demonstrate important similarities and differences with the regulation of this sigma factor in E. coli and in Pseudomonas.

  11. Molecular Aggregates in Stable Aqueous Three-Phase Surfactant Systems and Their use in Producing CdS Nanowires

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    Dong, Renhao; Zhou, Liang; Wang, Dong; Hao, Jingcheng

    2013-04-01

    Aqueous three-phase surfactant systems (A3PS) are important, multicomponent, stable three-phase equilibria with coexisting forms in a common colloid solution, but have been largely ignored regarding further characterization and application. Mixing simple, commercially available, single-tailed anionic/nonionic or anionic/cationic surfactants in water can spontaneously produce stable A3PS with coexisting multiscale self-assembled structures including discs, lamellas, micelles and vesicles. As with conventional aqueous two-phase systems (A2PS), A3PS can be applied in partition and extraction processes. Here, the A3PS was also used as a mild media for one-step synthesis of multiscale CdS nanowires. Particularly, the A3PS does not change and simultaneously separates the CdS nanowires with the comparable size in one phase, which provides a facile strategy for collection of monodisperse nanomaterials. We expect that this present work can expand recognition of A3PS for use in theoretical and applied studies.

  12. Carbon nanotube-based benzyl polymethacrylate composite monolith as a solid phase extraction adsorbent and a stationary phase material for simultaneous extraction and analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon in water.

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    Al-Rifai, Asma'a; Aqel, Ahmad; Wahibi, Lamya Al; ALOthman, Zeid A; Badjah-Hadj-Ahmed, Ahmed-Yacine

    2018-02-02

    A composite of multi-walled carbon nanotubes incorporated into a benzyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate porous monolith was prepared, characterized and used as solid phase adsorbent and as stationary phase for simultaneous extraction and separation of ten polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, followed by nano-liquid chromatography analysis. The extraction and chromatographic parameters were optimized with regard to the extraction efficiency and the quality of chromatographic analytes separation. Under the optimized conditions, all PAHs were separated in 13 min with suitable resolution values (Rs = 1.74-3.98). Addition of a small amount of carbon nanotubes (0.1% with respect to monomers) to the polymerization mixture increased the efficiency for the separation column to over 41,700 plates m-1 for chrysene at flow rate of 0.5 μL min-1. The method showed a wide linear range (1-500 μg L-1 with R2 more than 0.9938), acceptable extraction repeatability (RSDs extraction cartridges) and satisfactory detection limits (0.02-0.22 μg L-1). Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to the detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in environmental water samples. After a simple extraction procedure with preconcentration factor equal to 100, the average recovery values in ultra-pure, tap and sea water samples were found to be in the range 81.3-95.4% with %RSD less than 6.4. Again, the presence of carbon nanotubes (0.3% relatively to monomers) in native polymer enhanced the extraction performance for the solid phase adsorbent up to 78.4%. The application of the monoliths modified with CNTs in extraction and nano-scale liquid chromatography for analysis of environmental samples offered several advantages; it demonstrated an acceptable precision, low detection limits, good reproducibility, satisfying recoveries and wide dynamic linear ranges. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  13. Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography-based vibrometry using a highly phase-stable akinetic swept laser source

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    Applegate, Brian E.; Park, Jesung; Carbajal, Esteban [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas (United States); Oghalai, John S. [Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California (United States)

    2015-12-31

    Phase-sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography (PhOCT) is an emerging tool for in vivo investigation of the vibratory function of the intact middle and inner ear. PhOCT is able to resolve micron scale tissue morphology in three dimensions as well as measure picometer scale motion at each spatial position. Most PhOCT systems to date have relied upon the phase stability offered by spectrometer detection. On the other hand swept laser source based PhOCT offers a number of advantages including balanced detection, long imaging depths, and high imaging speeds. Unfortunately the inherent phase instability of traditional swept laser sources has necessitated complex user developed hardware/software solutions to restore phase sensitivity. Here we present recent results using a prototype swept laser that overcomes these issues. The akinetic swept laser is electronically tuned and precisely controls sweeps without any mechanical movement, which results in high phase stability. We have developed an optical fiber based PhOCT system around the akinetic laser source that had a 1550 nm center wavelength and a sweep rate of 140 kHz. The stability of the system was measured to be 4.4 pm with a calibrated reflector, thus demonstrating near shot noise limited performance. Using this PhOCT system, we have acquired structural and vibratory measurements of the middle ear in a mouse model, post mortem. The quality of the results suggest that the akinetic laser source is a superior laser source for PhOCT with many advantages that greatly reduces the required complexity of the imaging system.

  14. Existence of Millisecond-order Stable States in Time-Varying Phase Synchronization Measure in EEG Signals

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    Jamal, Wasifa; Maharatna, Koushik

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we have developed a new measure of understanding the temporal evolution of phase synchronization for EEG signals using cross-electrode information. From this measure it is found that there exists a small number of well-defined phase-synchronized states, each of which is stable for few milliseconds during the execution of a face perception task. We termed these quasi-stable states as synchrostates. We used k-means clustering algorithms to estimate the optimal number of synchrostates from 100 trials of EEG signals over 128 channels. Our results show that these synchrostates exist consistently in all the different trials. It is also found that from the onset of the stimulus, switching between these synchrostates results in well-behaved temporal sequence with repeatability which may be indicative of the dynamics of the cognitive process underlying that task. Therefore these synchrostates and their temporal switching sequences may be used as a new measure of the stability of phase synchrony and info...

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of stable metallic 1T phase WS2 nanosheets for thermoelectric application

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    Piao, Mingxing; Chu, Jin; Wang, Xiao; Chi, Yao; Zhang, Heng; Li, Chaolong; Shi, Haofei; Joo, Min-Kyu

    2018-01-01

    Two-dimensional materials have gained great attention as a promising thermoelectric (TE) material due to their unique density of state with confined electrons and holes. Here, we synthesized 1T phase tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanosheets with high TE performance via the hydrothermal method. Flexible WS2 nanosheets restacked thin films were fabricated by employing the vacuum filtration technique. The measured electrical conductivity was 45 S cm‑1 with a Seebeck coefficient of +30 μV K–1 at room temperature, indicating a p-type characteristic. Furthermore, the TE performance could be further improved by thermal annealing treatment. It was found the electrical conductivity could be enhanced 2.7 times without sacrificing the Seebeck coefficient, resulting in the power factor of 9.40 μW m‑1 K‑2. Moreover, such 1T phase WS2 nanosheets possess high phase stability since the TE properties maintained constant at least half one year in the air atmosphere. Notably, other kinds of 1T phase transitional metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) with excellent TE performance also could be imitated by using the procedure in this work. Finally, we believe a variety of materials based on 1T phase TMDCs nanosheets have great potential as candidate for future TE applications.

  16. Stationary solutions and Neumann boundary conditions in the Sivashinsky equation.

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    Denet, Bruno

    2006-09-01

    New stationary solutions of the (Michelson) Sivashinsky equation of premixed flames are obtained numerically in this paper. Some of these solutions, of the bicoalescent type recently described by Guidi and Marchetti, are stable with Neumann boundary conditions. With these boundary conditions, the time evolution of the Sivashinsky equation in the presence of a moderate white noise is controlled by jumps between stationary solutions.

  17. Variety of alternative stable phase-locking in networks of electrically coupled relaxation oscillators.

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    Full Text Available We studied the dynamics of a large-scale model network comprised of oscillating electrically coupled neurons. Cells are modeled as relaxation oscillators with short duty cycle, so they can be considered either as models of pacemaker cells, spiking cells with fast regenerative and slow recovery variables or firing rate models of excitatory cells with synaptic depression or cellular adaptation. It was already shown that electrically coupled relaxation oscillators exhibit not only synchrony but also anti-phase behavior if electrical coupling is weak. We show that a much wider spectrum of spatiotemporal patterns of activity can emerge in a network of electrically coupled cells as a result of switching from synchrony, produced by short external signals of different spatial profiles. The variety of patterns increases with decreasing rate of neuronal firing (or duty cycle and with decreasing strength of electrical coupling. We study also the effect of network topology--from all-to-all--to pure ring connectivity, where only the closest neighbors are coupled. We show that the ring topology promotes anti-phase behavior as compared to all-to-all coupling. It also gives rise to a hierarchical organization of activity: during each of the main phases of a given pattern cells fire in a particular sequence determined by the local connectivity. We have analyzed the behavior of the network using geometric phase plane methods and we give heuristic explanations of our findings. Our results show that complex spatiotemporal activity patterns can emerge due to the action of stochastic or sensory stimuli in neural networks without chemical synapses, where each cell is equally coupled to others via gap junctions. This suggests that in developing nervous systems where only electrical coupling is present such a mechanism can lead to the establishment of proto-networks generating premature multiphase oscillations whereas the subsequent emergence of chemical synapses would

  18. New potential humic acid stationary phase toward drug components: Development of a chemometric-assisted RP-HPLC method for the determination of paracetamol and caffeine in tablet formulations.

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    Topkafa, Mustafa; Ayyildiz, Hamide Filiz; Memon, Fakhar N; Kara, Huseyin

    2016-07-01

    A new humic acid based stationary phase has been used, for the first time, to achieve the separation and quantification of paracetamol and caffeine in pharmaceutical preparations under reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography conditions. Central composite design was applied as a powerful tool to optimize the most dominant parameters that influence the resolution of reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, that is, mobile phase composition (acetonitrile percentage in water), flow rate, and column temperature. The optimum conditions were obtained as 21.69%, 1.5 mL/min, and 15°C, respectively, with the aid of a second-order quadratic model and desirability function. Under the optimum conditions, the peaks could be baseline separated within 10 min. For the developed reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography method, the linearity was investigated in the concentration ranges of 2-160 mg/mL (R(2) = 0.999) for paracetamol and 2-9.9 mg/mL (R(2) = 0.991) for caffeine. Mean recoveries for paracetamol and caffeine were 95.90 and 95.68%, respectively. The limits of detection and quantification were 4.1 × 10(-4) and 1.3 × 10(-3) mg/mL for paracetamol and 1.6 × 10(-4) and 5.0 × 10(-4) mg/mL for caffeine. The results showed that the new humic acid based stationary phase is very suitable for the separation of paracetamol and caffeine in pharmaceutical preparations and, thus it can be used effectively in the pharmaceutical industry. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Liquid-Vapor Phase Transition: Thermomechanical Theory, Entropy Stable Numerical Formulation, and Boiling Simulations

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    2015-05-01

    Ψ ∂ (∇ρ) . (46) Cauchy stress From the relations (33), (42), (43), and the microforce balance equation (10), we have the constitutive relation for...C0600, Austin, TX 78712, USA c Departamento de Métodos Matemáticos, Universidade da Coruña, Campus de A Coruña, 15071, A Coruña, Spain...The reinitialization procedure is rather ad hoc and does not maintain the conservation structure of the governing equations . 2 1.2 Phase-field

  20. An energy-stable convex splitting for the phase-field crystal equation

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    Vignal, P.

    2015-10-01

    Abstract The phase-field crystal equation, a parabolic, sixth-order and nonlinear partial differential equation, has generated considerable interest as a possible solution to problems arising in molecular dynamics. Nonetheless, solving this equation is not a trivial task, as energy dissipation and mass conservation need to be verified for the numerical solution to be valid. This work addresses these issues, and proposes a novel algorithm that guarantees mass conservation, unconditional energy stability and second-order accuracy in time. Numerical results validating our proofs are presented, and two and three dimensional simulations involving crystal growth are shown, highlighting the robustness of the method. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

  1. Electro-optical properties of photochemically stable polymer-stabilized blue-phase material

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    Chojnowska, O., E-mail: ochojnowska@wat.edu.pl; Dąbrowski, R. [Institute of Chemistry, Military University of Technology, Warsaw 00-908 (Poland); Yan, J.; Chen, Y.; Wu, S. T. [College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida 32816 (United States)

    2014-12-07

    Polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal (BPLC) comprising fluorinated compounds with high resistivity and photochemical stability is demonstrated. The Kerr constant, driving voltage, and response time of this BPLC are measured using an in-plane switching liquid crystal cell. At 20 °C, the measured total response time is faster than 0.7 ms and Kerr constant is 2 nm/V{sup 2}. This fluorinated BPLC material is a promising candidate for next-generation photonic and display devices, because it can be used in active matrix addressed devices.

  2. Electro-optical properties of photochemically stable polymer-stabilized blue-phase material

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    Chojnowska, O.; Dąbrowski, R.; Yan, J.; Chen, Y.; Wu, S. T.

    2014-12-01

    Polymer-stabilized blue-phase liquid crystal (BPLC) comprising fluorinated compounds with high resistivity and photochemical stability is demonstrated. The Kerr constant, driving voltage, and response time of this BPLC are measured using an in-plane switching liquid crystal cell. At 20 °C, the measured total response time is faster than 0.7 ms and Kerr constant is 2 nm/V2. This fluorinated BPLC material is a promising candidate for next-generation photonic and display devices, because it can be used in active matrix addressed devices.

  3. Single-step gas phase synthesis of stable iron aluminide nanoparticles with soft magnetic properties

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    Vernieres, Jerome, E-mail: Jerome.vernieres@oist.jp; Benelmekki, Maria; Kim, Jeong-Hwan; Grammatikopoulos, Panagiotis; Diaz, Rosa E. [Nanoparticles by Design Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, 1919-1 Tancha, Onna Son, Okinawa 904-0495 (Japan); Bobo, Jean-François [Centre d’Elaboration de Materiaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES), 29 rue Jeanne Marvig, 31055 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Sowwan, Mukhles, E-mail: Mukhles@oist.jp [Nanoparticles by Design Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University, 1919-1 Tancha, Onna Son, Okinawa 904-0495 (Japan); Nanotechnology Research Laboratory, Al-Quds University, P.O. Box 51000, East Jerusalem, Palestine (Country Unknown)

    2014-11-01

    Soft magnetic alloys at the nanoscale level have long generated a vivid interest as candidate materials for technological and biomedical purposes. Consequently, controlling the structure of bimetallic nanoparticles in order to optimize their magnetic properties, such as high magnetization and low coercivity, can significantly boost their potential for related applications. However, traditional synthesis methods stumble upon the long standing challenge of developing true nanoalloys with effective control over morphology and stability against oxidation. Herein, we report on a single-step approach to the gas phase synthesis of soft magnetic bimetallic iron aluminide nanoparticles, using a versatile co-sputter inert gas condensation technique. This method allowed for precise morphological control of the particles; they consisted of an alloy iron aluminide crystalline core (DO{sub 3} phase) and an alumina shell, which reduced inter-particle interactions and also prevented further oxidation and segregation of the bimetallic core. Remarkably, the as-deposited alloy nanoparticles show interesting soft magnetic properties, in that they combine a high saturation magnetization (170 emu/g) and low coercivity (less than 20 Oe) at room temperature. Additional functionality is tenable by modifying the surface of the particles with a polymer, to ensure their good colloidal dispersion in aqueous environments.

  4. Phase Noise Characteristics of Fiber Lasers as Potential Ultra-Stable Master Oscillators

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    Winter, Axel; Ilday, Fatih O; Kaertner, Franz X; Kim, Jung-Won; Schlarb, Holger; Schmüser, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Fourth-generation light sources, such as the European X-Ray free electron laser facility (XFEL) require timing signals distributed over distances of the order of kilometers with a timing jitter in the order of femtoseconds. The master clock for the proposed optical distribution system must operate with exceptionally low timing jitter. A promising approach is the use of a mode-locked laser that generates ultrastable pulses which are distributed via timing stabilized fiber links. Candidates for the pulse source are mode-locked Erbium doped fiber lasers, featuring very low high frequency noise. In this paper, we present a study of the phase noise of various fiber lasers in view of their applicability as laser-based master oscillators for femtosecond timing distributions.

  5. Stable tetragonal phase and magnetic properties of Fe-doped HfO2 nanoparticles

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    T. S. N. Sales

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effect in structural and magnetic properties of iron doping with concentration of 20% in hafnium dioxide (HfO2 nanoparticles is investigated. HfO2 is a wide band gap oxide with great potential to be used as high-permittivity gate dielectrics, which can be improved by doping. Nanoparticle samples were prepared by sol-gel chemical method and had their structure, morphology, and magnetic properties, respectively, investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM with electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD, and magnetization measurements. TEM and SEM results show size distribution of particles in the range from 30 nm to 40 nm with small dispersion. Magnetization measurements show the blocking temperature at around 90 K with a strong paramagnetic contribution. XRD results show a major tetragonal phase (94%.

  6. Enhancement of optical nonlinearities with stationary light

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    Iakoupov, Ivan

    Stationary light arises in atomic ensembles with certain energy level configurations, when two counter-propagating classical drives (lasers) are applied. Probe light coupled to a different energy level transition than the classical drives can be completely stopped, while still retaining its light...... character. We will be interested in the regime of stationary light, where the probe light still propagates through the atomic ensemble, but extremely slowly. In other words, probe field has a very low group velocity, which increases its interaction time with any optical nonlinearity. The enhancement...... of the effective nonlinear strength by stationary light is then used to propose a two-qubit (controlled-phase) quantum gate for the optical photons, which can in principle work deterministically. Before discussing stationary light and its application, we also analyse the different fidelity measures that could...

  7. Incorporating Electrode Modification Layer with Vertical Phase Separated Photoactive Layer for Efficient and Stable Inverted Nonfullerene Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Shi, Zhenzhen; Liu, Hao; Wang, Yaping; Li, Jinyan; Bai, Yiming; Wang, Fuzhi; Bian, Xingming; Hayat, Tasawar; Alsaedi, Ahmed; Tan, Zhan'ao

    2017-11-22

    For bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs), the donors and acceptors featuring specific phase separation and concentration distribution within the electron donor:acceptor blends crucially affect the exciton dissociation and charge transportation. Herein, efficient and stable nonfullerene inverted PSCs incorporating phase separated photoactive layer and titanium chelate electrode modification layer are demonstrated. Water contact angle (WCA), scanning kelvin probe microscopy (SKPM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques are implemented to characterize the morphology of photoactive layers. Compared with the control conventional device, the short-circuit current density (Jsc) is enhanced from 14.74 to 17.45 mAcm-2. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) for the inverted PSCs with TIPD layer increases from 9.67% to 11.69% benifiting from the declined exciton recombination and fairly enhanced charge transportation. Furthermore, the non-encapsulated inverted device with TIPD layer demonstrates the best long-term stability, remaining 85% of initial PCE and almost undecayed open-circuit voltage (Voc ) after 1440 h. Our results reveal that the titanium chelate is an excellent electrode modification layer to incorporate with vertical phase separated photoactive layer for producing high-efficiency and high-stability inverted nonfullerene PSCs.

  8. Perturbing effects of chiral stationary phase on enantiomerization second-order rate constants determined by enantioselective dynamic high-performance liquid chromatography: a practical tool to quantify the accessible acid and basic catalytic sites bonded on chromatographic supports.

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    Cirilli, Roberto; Costi, Roberta; Di Santo, Roberto; La Torre, Francesco; Pierini, Marco; Siani, Gabriella

    2009-05-01

    Second-order rate constants of the diethylamine-promoted enantiomerization of 2-[2-(1-methyl-1H-pyrrol-2-yl)-2-oxo-1-phenylethyl]-isoindole-1,3-dione, a chiral alpha-substituted ketone endowed with high anti-MAO activity type-A, were measured by dynamic high-performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC), stopped-flow high-performance liquid chromatography (sf-HPLC), and a classical method based on enantioselective HPLC as the monitoring tool. The chiral column used in all determinations was the commercial Chiralpak AD. By comparison of the obtained data, perturbing effects of the stationary phase on the DHPLC and sf-HPLC determinations were highlighted and distinguished in indirect (SP(IPC)) and direct (SP(DPC)) type. It was evidenced that SP(DPC) noise effects may be completely erased by simple mathematical treatment of data obtained at different concentrations of the basic catalyst. Perturbations of type SP(IPC) may instead only be partially kept down by modulating the concentration of the basic catalyst. An estimation of the density distribution of catalytic sites covalently bonded to the stationary phase (SP) of the Chiralpak AD was performed exploiting the quantified SP(DPC) effects. Such an approach might be of general application, supplying a useful way to characterize the attitude of SPs to speed acid- or base-catalyzed equilibria possibly active during chromatographic separations.

  9. Studies of a pyridino-crown ether-based chiral stationary phase on the enantioseparation of biogenic chiral aralkylamines and α-amino acid esters by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Lévai, Sándor; Németh, Tamás; Fődi, Tamás; Kupai, József; Tóth, Tünde; Huszthy, Péter; Balogh, György Tibor

    2015-11-10

    This paper reports the enantioseparation ability of a pyridino-18-crown-6 ether-based chiral stationary phase [(S,S)-CSP-1]. The enantiomeric discrimination of chiral stationary phase (S,S)-CSP-1 was evaluated by HPLC using the mixtures of enantiomers of various protonated primary aralkylamines [1-phenylethylamine hydrogen perchlorate (PEA), 2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-amine (1-aminoindan), 2,2'-(1,2-diaminoethane-1,2-diyl) diphenol (HPEN)] and perchlorate salts of α-amino acid esters [alanine benzyl ester (Ala-OBn), phenylalanine benzyl ester (Phe-OBn), phenylalanine methyl ester (Phe-OMe), phenylglycine methyl ester (PhGly-OMe), glutamic acid dibenzyl ester (Glu-diOBn), and valine benzyl ester (Val-OBn)]. The best enantioseparation was achieved in the case of PEA. The high enantioselectivity was rationalized by the strong π-π interaction of the extended π system of the aryl-substituted pyridine unit. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Monodisperse microporous carbon nanospheres: An efficient and stable solid phase microextraction coating material.

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    Zheng, Juan; Wang, Kun; Luo, Erlun; Wu, Dingcai; Zhu, Fang; Jiang, Ruifen; Su, Chengyong; Wei, Chaohai; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2015-07-16

    The monodisperse microporous carbon nanospheres (MMCNSs) were applied in solid phase microextraction for the first time. The MMCNSs-fiber was prepared by sol-gel technique and good repeatability and reproducibility were obtained, due to the excellent monodispersity of the MMCNSs. The sol-gel-MMCNSs fiber exhibited superior extraction ability for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), compared with the commercial polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene (PDMS/DVB) fiber and the fiber prepared with its precursor, the monodisperse microporous polystyrene nanospheres (MMPNSs). Moreover, the fiber has good thermostability and strong acid/base durability. The sol-gel-MMCNSs fiber was then employed to detect PAHs and OCPs in aqueous samples by combining with gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS). Under the optimized conditions, the detection limits of the proposed method ranged from 0.10 to 5.5 ng L(-1). Furthermore, the method was successfully utilized for the analysis of PAHs and OCPs in real samples, with satisfactory recoveries in the range of 81.0-120% for the Pearl River water samples and 72.8-118% for the coking wastewater samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Synthesis of stable C-linked ferrocenyl amino acids and their use in solution-phase peptide synthesis.

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    Philip, Anijamol T; Chacko, Shibin; Ramapanicker, Ramesh

    2015-12-01

    Incorporation of ferrocenyl group to peptides is an efficient method to alter their hydrophobicity. Ferrocenyl group can also act as an electrochemical probe when incorporated onto functional peptides. Most often, ferrocene is incorporated onto peptides post-synthesis via amide, ester or triazole linkages. Stable amino acids containing ferrocene as a C-linked side chain are potentially useful building units for the synthesis of ferrocene-containing peptides. We report here an efficient route to synthesize ferrocene-containing amino acids that are stable and can be used in peptide synthesis. Coupling of 2-ferrocenyl-1,3-dithiane and iodides derived from aspartic acid or glutamic acid using n-butyllithium leads to the incorporation of a ferrocenyl unit to the δ-position or ε-position of an α-amino acid. The reduction or hydrolysis of the dithiane group yields an alkyl or an oxo derivative. The usability of the synthesized amino acids is demonstrated by incorporating one of the amino acids in both C-terminus and N-terminus of tripeptides in solution phase. Copyright © 2015 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  12. Preparation and properties of lauric acid/silicon dioxide composites as form-stable phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Fang Guiyin, E-mail: gyfang@nju.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Hankou Road 22, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093 (China); Li Hui [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Liu Xu [Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Hankou Road 22, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093 (China)

    2010-08-01

    Form-stable lauric acid (LA)/silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) composite phase change materials were prepared using sol-gel methods. The LA was used as the phase change material for thermal energy storage, with the SiO{sub 2} acting as the supporting material. The structural analysis of these form-stable LA/SiO{sub 2} composite phase change materials was carried out using Fourier transformation infrared spectroscope (FT-IR). The microstructure of the form-stable composite phase change materials was observed by a scanning electronic microscope (SEM). The thermal properties and thermal stability were investigated by a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and a thermogravimetric analysis apparatus (TGA), respectively. The SEM results showed that the LA was well dispersed in the porous network of SiO{sub 2}. The DSC results indicated that the melting latent heat of the form-stable composite phase change material is 117.21 kJ kg{sup -1} when the mass percentage of the LA in the SiO{sub 2} is 64.8%. The results of the TGA showed that these materials have good thermal stability. The form-stable composite phase change materials can be used for thermal energy storage in waste heat recovery and solar heating systems.

  13. Further proof to the utility of polysaccharide-based chiral selectors in combination with superficially porous silica particles as effective chiral stationary phases for separation of enantiomers in high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Kharaishvili, Qetevan; Jibuti, George; Farkas, Tivadar; Chankvetadze, Bezhan

    2016-10-07

    The first ever report on the preparation of chiral stationary phases (CSP) based on superficially porous silica (SPS) particles for the separation of enantiomers in HPLC demonstrated clear advantages of such materials. Higher enantioselectivity at the comparable content of a chiral selector, limited dependence of plate height on the mobile phase flow rate and higher plate numbers and resolution calculated per unit time (i.e. higher speed of separation) were observed with columns made with superficially porous CSP in comparison to columns made with fully-porous silica-based CSP. However, later studies reported diverging conclusions. In this report further evidences are described supporting the findings of our first study about the superior performance of polysaccharide-based chiral selectors in combination with SPS when compared to traditional CSPs based on fully porous silica (FPS) particles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Epoxy-Based Organogels for Thermally Reversible Light Scattering Films and Form-Stable Phase Change Materials.

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    Puig, Julieta; Dell' Erba, Ignacio E; Schroeder, Walter F; Hoppe, Cristina E; Williams, Roberto J J

    2017-03-29

    Alkyl chains of β-hydroxyesters synthesized by the capping of terminal epoxy groups of diglycidylether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) with palmitic (C16), stearic (C18), or behenic (C22) fatty acids self-assemble forming a crystalline phase. Above a particular concentration solutions of these esters in a variety of solvents led to supramolecular (physical) gels below the crystallization temperature of alkyl chains. A form-stable phase change material (FS-PCM) was obtained by blending the ester derived from behenic acid with eicosane. A blend containing 20 wt % ester was stable as a gel up to 53 °C and exhibited a heat storage capacity of 161 J/g, absorbed during the melting of eicosane at 37 °C. Thermally reversible light scattering (TRLS) films were obtained by visible-light photopolymerization of poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate-ester blends (50 wt %) in the gel state at room temperature. The reaction was very fast and not inhibited by oxygen. TRLS films consisted of a cross-linked methacrylic network interpenetrated by the supramolecular network formed by the esters. Above the melting temperature of crystallites formed by alkyl chains, the film was transparent due to the matching between refractive indices of the methacrylic network and the amorphous ester. Below the crystallization temperature, the film was opaque because of light dispersion produced by the organic crystallites uniformly dispersed in the material. Of high significance for application was the fact that the contrast ratio did not depend on heating and cooling rates.

  15. Stationary Frame Current Control Evaluations for Three-Phase Grid-Connected Inverters with PVR-based Active Damped LCL Filters

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    Han, Yang; Shen, Pan; Guerrero, Josep M.

    2016-01-01

    under highly distorted grid conditions. In this paper, a synchronous reference frame equivalent proportional-integral (SRF-EPI) controller in αβ stationary frame using the parallel virtual resistance-based active damping (PVR -AD) strategy for grid-interfaced distributed generation (DG) systems......Grid-connected inverters (GCIs) with LCL output filter have the ability of attenuating high-frequency (HF) switching ripples. However, by using only grid-current control, the system is prone to resonances if it is not properly damped, and the current distortion would be amplified significantly...... method is adopted. Furthermore, the grid voltage feed-forward and multiple PR controllers are integrated in the current loop to mitigate the current distortion introduced by the grid background distortion. Besides, the parameters design guidelines are presented to show the feasibility and effectiveness...

  16. Determinação da espessura da camada polimérica de fases estacionárias imobilizadas para cromatografia líquida de alta eficiência por termogravimetria Determination of polymeric layer thickness on immobilized stationary phases for high-performance liquid chromatography using thermogravimetric analyses

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    Anizio M. Faria

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a simple and practical thermogravimetric method for determining the layer thickness of immobilized polymer stationary phases used in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. In this method, the weight loss of different polysiloxanes immobilized onto chromatographic supports, determined over the temperature range 150-650 ºC, demonstrated excellent agreement with the sum of carbon and hydrogen content obtained by elemental analysis. The results presented here suggest that the thermogravimetric procedure is an accurate and precise method to determine the polymeric material content on polymer-coated stationary phases.

  17. Study on thermal property of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid/vermiculite composite as form-stable phase change material for energy storage

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    Nan Zhang; Yanping Yuan; Tianyu Li; Xiaoling Cao; Xiaojiao Yang

    2015-01-01

    The form-stable composite phase change material of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture/vermiculite was prepared by vacuum impregnation method for thermal energy storage. The maximum mass fraction of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture retained in vermiculite was determined as 50 wt% without melted phase change material seepage from the composite phase change material. Fourier transformation infrared spectroscope and scanning electron microscope were used to...

  18. Facile Preparation of Octadecyl Monoliths with Incorporated Carbon Nanotubes and Neutral Monoliths with Coated Carbon Nanotubes Stationary Phases for HPLC of Small and Large Molecules by Hydrophobic and π-π Interactions

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    Mayadunne, Erandi; Rassi, Ziad El

    2014-01-01

    Two approaches for incorporating carbon nanotubes into monolithic columns for HPLC are described in this report. They pertain to the investigation of carbon nanotubes either (i) as entities to modulate solute retention on monolithic columns bearing well defined retentive ligands or (ii) as entities that constitute the stationary phase responsible for solute retention and separation. Approach (i) involved the incorporation of carbon nanotubes into octadecyl monolithic columns while approach (ii) concerns the preparation and evaluation of an ideal monolithic support and coating it with carbon nanotubes to yield a real “carbon nanotube stationary phase” for the HPLC separation of a wide range of solutes. First, an octadecyl monolithic column based on the in situ polymerization of octadecyl acrylate and trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate was optimized for use in HPLC separations of small and large solutes (e.g., proteins). To further modulate the retention and separation of proteins, small amounts of carbon nanotubes were incorporated into the octadecyl monolith column. In approach (ii), an inert, relatively polar monolith based on the in situ polymerization of glyceryl monomethacrylate (GMM) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) proved to be the most suitable support for the preparation of “carbon nanotube stationary phase”. This carbon nanotube “coated” monolith proved useful in the HPLC separation of a wide range of small solutes including enantiomers. In approach (ii), a more homogeneous incorporation of carbon nanotubes into the diol monolithic columns (i.e., GMM/EDMA) was achieved when hydroxyl functionalized carbon nanotubes were incorporated into the GMM/EDMA monolithic support. In addition, high power sonication for a short time enhanced further the homogeneity of the monolith incorporated with nanotubes. In all cases, nonpolar and π interactions were responsible for solute retention on the monolith incorporated carbon nanotubes. PMID:25127634

  19. Stable isotope labeling-solid phase extraction-mass spectrometry analysis for profiling of thiols and aldehydes in beer.

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    Zheng, Shu-Jian; Wang, Ya-Lan; Liu, Ping; Zhang, Zheng; Yu, Lei; Yuan, Bi-Feng; Feng, Yu-Qi

    2017-12-15

    In this study, we developed a strategy for profiling of thiols and aldehydes in beer samples by stable isotope labeling-solid phase extraction-liquid chromatography-double precursor ion scan/double neutral loss scan-mass spectrometry analysis (SIL-SPE-LC-DPIS/DNLS-MS). A pair of isotope reagents (ω-bromoacetonylquinolinium bromide, BQB; ω-bromoacetonylquinolinium-d7 bromide, BQB-d7) were used to label thiols; while for the aldehydes, a pair of isotope reagents (4-(2-(trimethylammonio) ethoxy) benzenaminium halide, 4-APC; 4-(2-(trimethylammonio) ethoxy) benzenaminium halide-d4, 4-APC-d4) were used. The labeled thiols and aldehydes were extracted and purified with solid-phase extraction, respectively, followed by LC-MS analysis. Using the proposed SIL-SPE-LC-DPIS/DNLS-MS methods, 76 thiol and 25 aldehyde candidates were found in beer. Furthermore, we established SIL-SPE-LC-MRM-MS methods for the relative quantitation of thiols and aldehydes in different beer samples. The results showed that the contents of thiols and aldehydes are closely related to the brands and origins of beers. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. [Characterization and spectral analysis of the stable mineral phases alpha, beta-FeOOH included in iron oxyhydroxides].

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    Xu, Yi-Qun; Yang, Ming; He, Cheng-Da; Xiong, Hui-Xin

    2013-12-01

    In the present work, based on the stable phase of alpha-FeOOH and beta-FeOOH easily formed in ferric solutions of Fe (NO3)3 and FeCl3 at the appropriate pH values, respectively, the phase and crystallizability, morphologies and sizes for the particles of FeOOH minerals prepared under the conditions of heating at 40 and 70 degreeC, and magnetic stirring at 25 degreeC were identified and examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission/scanning electron microscopy (TEM/SEM) and laser scattering particle analyzer. Meanwhile the surface chemistry properties were also detected and analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR). Investigation results showed that the prepared minerals Gth-T70 (alpha-FeOOH), Aka-T40 and Aka-T70 (beta-FeOOH) have good properties of nanocrystallity, homogeneous particles and higher specific surface areas, which induced that the above alpha, beta-FeOOH are potentially excellent adsorbent materials for removal of some contaminants in circumstances.

  1. Biogenic fish-gut calcium carbonate is a stable amorphous phase in the gilt-head seabream, Sparus aurata.

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    Foran, Elizabeth; Weiner, Steve; Fine, Maoz

    2013-01-01

    The main source of calcium carbonate (CaCO₃) in the ocean comes from the shells of calcifying planktonic organisms, but substantial amounts of CaCO₃ are also produced in fish intestines. The precipitation of CaCO₃ assists fish in intestinal water absorption and aids in whole body Ca²⁺ homeostasis. Here we report that the product formed in the intestinal lumen of the gilt-head seabream, Sparus aurata, is an amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) phase. With FTIR spectroscopy and SEM imaging, our study shows that the fish-derived carbonates from S. aurata are maintained as a stable amorphous phase throughout the intestinal tract. Moreover, intestinal deposits contained up to 54 mol% Mg²⁺, the highest concentration yet reported in biogenic ACC. Mg is most likely responsible for stabilizing this inherently unstable mineral. The fish carbonates also displayed initial rapid dissolution when exposed to seawater, exhibiting a significant increase in carbonate concentration.

  2. Fatty acid eutectic/polymethyl methacrylate composite as form-stable phase change material for thermal energy storage

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    Wang, Lijiu; Meng, Duo [School of Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2010-08-15

    This work is focused on the preparation and characterization of fatty acid eutectic/polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) form-stable phase change material (PCM). Capric acid (CA), lauric acid (LA), myristic acid (MA) and stearic acid (SA) were selected to prepare binary fatty acid eutectic for the sake of decreasing the phase change temperature. Using the method of self-polymerization, CA-LA, CA-MA, CA-SA and LA-MA eutectics acting as the heat-absorbing materials and PMMA serving as the supporting material were compounded in the ratio of 50/50 wt.%. The relations between mass fraction of LA-MA eutectic and latent heat and compressive strength of LA-MA/PMMA composite were discussed, and the feasible maximum mass fraction of LA-MA eutectic was determined to be 70%. CA-LA/PMMA, CA-MA/PMMA, CA-SA/PMMA and LA-MA/PMMA composites were examined to investigate their potential application in building energy conservation. Scanning electron microscope and polarizing optical microscope observations showed that fatty acid eutectic was coated by PMMA thus the composite remained solid when the sample was heated above the melted point of the fatty acid. Fourier-transform infrared results indicated that fatty acid and PMMA had no chemical reaction and exhibited good compatibility with each other. According to the differential scanning calorimetry results, phase change temperatures of CA-LA/PMMA, CA-MA/PMMA, CA-SA/PMMA and LA-MA/PMMA composites were 21.11 C, 25.16 C, 26.38 C and 34.81 C and their latent heat values were determined to be 76.3 kJ/kg, 69.32 kJ/kg, 59.29 kJ/kg and 80.75 kJ/kg, respectively. Moreover, thermal stability and expansibility of the form-stable PCMs were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis and volume expansion coefficient respectively, and the results indicated that the composites were available for building energy conservation. (author)

  3. High efficiency stationary hydrogen storage

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    Hynek, S.; Fuller, W.; Truslow, S. [Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, MA (United States)

    1995-09-01

    Stationary storage of hydrogen permits one to make hydrogen now and use it later. With stationary hydrogen storage, one can use excess electrical generation capacity to power an electrolyzer, and store the resultant hydrogen for later use or transshipment. One can also use stationary hydrogen as a buffer at fueling stations to accommodate non-steady fueling demand, thus permitting the hydrogen supply system (e.g., methane reformer or electrolyzer) to be sized to meet the average, rather than the peak, demand. We at ADL designed, built, and tested a stationary hydrogen storage device that thermally couples a high-temperature metal hydride to a phase change material (PCM). The PCM captures and stores the heat of the hydriding reaction as its own heat of fusion (that is, it melts), and subsequently returns that heat of fusion (by freezing) to facilitate the dehydriding reaction. A key component of this stationary hydrogen storage device is the metal hydride itself. We used nickel-coated magnesium powder (NCMP) - magnesium particles coated with a thin layer of nickel by means of chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Magnesium hydride can store a higher weight fraction of hydrogen than any other practical metal hydride, and it is less expensive than any other metal hydride. We designed and constructed an experimental NCM/PCM reactor out of 310 stainless steel in the form of a shell-and-tube heat exchanger, with the tube side packed with NCMP and the shell side filled with a eutectic mixture of NaCL, KCl, and MgCl{sub 2}. Our experimental results indicate that with proper attention to limiting thermal losses, our overall efficiency will exceed 90% (DOE goal: >75%) and our overall system cost will be only 33% (DOE goal: <50%) of the value of the delivered hydrogen. It appears that NCMP can be used to purify hydrogen streams and store hydrogen at the same time. These prospects make the NCMP/PCM reactor an attractive component in a reformer-based hydrogen fueling station.

  4. Study on thermal property of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid/vermiculite composite as form-stable phase change material for energy storage

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    Nan Zhang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The form-stable composite phase change material of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture/vermiculite was prepared by vacuum impregnation method for thermal energy storage. The maximum mass fraction of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture retained in vermiculite was determined as 50 wt% without melted phase change material seepage from the composite phase change material. Fourier transformation infrared spectroscope and scanning electron microscope were used to characterize the structure and morphology of the prepared lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture/vermiculite form-stable composite phase change material, and the results indicate that lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture was well confined into the layer porous structure of vermiculite by physical reaction. The melting and freezing temperatures and latent heats were measured by differential scanning calorimeter as 31.4°C and 30.3°C, and 75.8 and 73.2 J/g, respectively. Thermal cycling test showed that there was no significant change in the thermal properties of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture/vermiculite form-stable composite phase change material after 1000 thermal cycles. Moreover, 2 wt% expanded graphite was added to improve the thermal conductivity of lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture/vermiculite form-stable composite phase change material. All results indicated that the prepared lauric–palmitic–stearic acid ternary eutectic mixture/vermiculite form-stable composite phase change material had suitable thermal properties and good thermal reliability for the application of thermal energy storage in building energy efficiency.

  5. Conformational variability of the stationary phase survival protein E from Xylella fastidiosa revealed by X-ray crystallography, small-angle X-ray scattering studies, and normal mode analysis.

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    Machado, Agnes Thiane Pereira; Fonseca, Emanuella Maria Barreto; Reis, Marcelo Augusto Dos; Saraiva, Antonio Marcos; Santos, Clelton Aparecido Dos; de Toledo, Marcelo Augusto Szymanski; Polikarpov, Igor; de Souza, Anete Pereira; Aparicio, Ricardo; Iulek, Jorge

    2017-10-01

    Xylella fastidiosa is a xylem-limited bacterium that infects a wide variety of plants. Stationary phase survival protein E is classified as a nucleotidase, which is expressed when bacterial cells are in the stationary growth phase and subjected to environmental stresses. Here, we report four refined X-ray structures of this protein from X. fastidiosa in four different crystal forms in the presence and/or absence of the substrate 3'-AMP. In all chains, the conserved loop verified in family members assumes a closed conformation in either condition. Therefore, the enzymatic mechanism for the target protein might be different of its homologs. Two crystal forms exhibit two monomers whereas the other two show four monomers in the asymmetric unit. While the biological unit has been characterized as a tetramer, differences of their sizes and symmetry are remarkable. Four conformers identified by Small-Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) in a ligand-free solution are related to the low frequency normal modes of the crystallographic structures associated with rigid body-like protomer arrangements responsible for the longitudinal and symmetric adjustments between tetramers. When the substrate is present in solution, only two conformers are selected. The most prominent conformer for each case is associated to a normal mode able to elongate the protein by moving apart two dimers. To our knowledge, this work was the first investigation based on the normal modes that analyzed the quaternary structure variability for an enzyme of the SurE family followed by crystallography and SAXS validation. The combined results raise new directions to study allosteric features of XfSurE protein. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Isolation of two cell populations from yeast during high-level alcoholic fermentation that resemble quiescent and nonquiescent cells from the stationary phase on glucose

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    Benbadis, Laurent; Cot, Marlène; Rigoulet, Michel; Francois, Jean

    2009-01-01

    High-level production of bioethanol (140 g L(-1) in 45 h) in aerated fed-batch cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was shown to be linked to the length of a production phase uncoupled to the growth...

  7. Quantitative analysis of menthol in human urine using solid phase microextraction and stable isotope dilution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Huang, Wenlin; Blount, Benjamin C; Watson, Clifford H; Watson, Christina; Chambers, David M

    2017-02-15

    To accurately measure menthol levels in human urine, we developed a method using gas chromatography/electron ionization mass spectrometry with menthol-d 4 stable isotope internal standardization. We used solid phase microextraction (SPME) headspace sampling for collection, preconcentration and automation. Conjugated forms of menthol were released using β-glucuronidase/sulfatase to allow for measuring total menthol. Additionally, we processed the specimens without using β-glucuronidase/sulfatase to quantify the levels of unconjugated (free) menthol in urine. This method was developed to verify mentholated cigarette smoking status to study the influence of menthol on smoking behaviour and exposure. This objective was accomplished with this method, which has no carryover or memory from the SPME fiber assembly, a method detection limit of 0.0017μg/mL, a broad linear range of 0.002-0.5μg/mL for free menthol and 0.01-10μg/mL for total menthol, a 7.6% precision and 88.5% accuracy, and an analysis runtime of 17min. We applied this method in analysis of urine specimens collected from cigarette smokers who smoke either mentholated or non-mentholated cigarettes. Among these smokers, the average total urinary menthol levels was three-fold higher (pmentholated cigarette smokers compared with non-mentholated cigarette smokers. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. Phase diagrams and switching of voltage and magnetic field in dilute magnetic semiconductor nanostructures

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    Escobedo, R. [Departamento de Matematica Aplicada y Ciencias de la Computacion, Universidad de Cantabria, 39005 Santander (Spain); Carretero, M.; Bonilla, L.L. [G. Millan Institute, Fluid Dynamics, Nanoscience and Industrial Maths., Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganes (Spain); Unidad Asociada al Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, CSIC, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); Platero, G. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, CSIC, 28049 Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain)

    2010-04-15

    The response of an n-doped dc voltage biased II-VI multi-quantum well dilute magnetic semiconductor nanostructure having its first well doped with magnetic (Mn) impurities is analyzed by sweeping wide ranges of both the voltage and the Zeeman level splitting induced by an external magnetic field. The level splitting versus voltage phase diagram shows regions of stable self-sustained current oscillations immersed in a region of stable stationary states. Transitions between stationary states and self-sustained current oscillations are systematically analyzed by both voltage and level splitting abrupt switching. Sudden voltage or/and magnetic field changes may switch on current oscillations from an initial stationary state, and reciprocally, current oscillations may disappear after sudden changes of voltage or/and magnetic field changes into the stable stationary states region. The results show how to design such a device to operate as a spin injector and a spin oscillator by tuning the Zeeman splitting (through the applied external magnetic field), the applied voltage and the sample configuration parameters (doping density, barrier and well widths, etc.) to select the desired stationary or oscillatory behavior. Phase diagram of Zeeman level splitting {delta} vs. dimensionless applied voltage {phi} for N = 10 QWs. White region: stable stationary states; black: stable self-sustained current oscillations. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. The staphylococcal accessory regulator, SarA, is an RNA-binding protein that modulates the mRNA turnover properties of late-exponential and stationary phase Staphylococcus aureus cells

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    John M Morrison

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The modulation of mRNA turnover is gaining recognition as a mechanism by which Staphylococcus aureus regulates gene expression, but the factors that orchestrate alterations in transcript degradation are poorly understood. In that regard, we previously found that 138 mRNA species, including the virulence factors protein A (spa and collagen binding protein (cna, are stabilized in a sarA-dependent manner during exponential phase growth, suggesting that SarA protein may directly or indirectly effect the RNA turnover properties of these transcripts. Herein, we expanded our characterization of the effects of sarA on mRNA turnover during late exponential and stationary phases of growth. Results revealed that the locus affects the RNA degradation properties of cells during both growth phases. Further, using gel mobility shift assays and RIP-ChIP, it was found that SarA protein is capable of binding mRNA species that it stabilizes both in vitro and within bacterial cells. Taken together, these results suggest that SarA post-transcriptionally regulates S. aureus gene expression in a manner that involves binding to and consequently altering the mRNA turnover properties of target transcripts.

  10. Structural and temperature effects on enantiomer separations of bicyclo[2.2.2]octane-based 3-amino-2-carboxylic acids on cinchona alkaloid-based zwitterionic chiral stationary phases.

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    Ilisz, István; Grecsó, Nóra; Palkó, Márta; Fülöp, Ferenc; Lindner, Wolfgang; Péter, Antal

    2014-09-01

    Procedures for the direct high-performance liquid chromatographic enantiomer separation of four bicyclo[2.2.2]octane-based 3-amino-2-carboxylic acids were developed in polar-ionic mode on zwitterionic chiral stationary phases (CSPs) based on cinchonane alkaloide quinine, quinidine and chiral sulfonic acid motifs. The effects of the mobile phase composition including the type of acid and base additives, the structures of the analytes and temperature were investigated. Experiments were performed at constant mobile phase compositions in the temperature range 10-50°C in order to study the effects of temperature, and thermodynamic parameters were calculated from plots of ln k or ln α vs. 1/T. Some mechanistic aspects of the chiral recognition process are discussed with respect to the structures of the analytes. It was found that the enantiomeric separations were in most cases enthalpically driven, but entropically driven separation was also observed. The sequence of elution of the enantiomers on the pseudo-enantiomerically behaving CSPs was determined in all cases. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Ultrabroadband supercontinuum and third-harmonic generation in bulk solids with two optical-cycle carrier-envelope phase-stable pulses at 2 μm.

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    Darginavičius, Julius; Majus, Donatas; Jukna, Vytautas; Garejev, Nail; Valiulis, Gintaras; Couairon, Arnaud; Dubietis, Audrius

    2013-10-21

    We report on the generation of ultrabroadband supercontinuum (SC) by filamentation of two optical-cycle, carrier-envelope phase-stable pulses at 2 μm in fused silica, sapphire, CaF₂ and YAG. The SC spectra extend from 450 nm to more than 2500 nm, and their particular shapes depend on dispersive properties of the materials. Prior to spectral super-broadening, we observe third-harmonic generation, which occurs in the condition of large phase and group velocity mismatch and consists of free and driven components. A double-peaked third-harmonic structure coexists with the SC pulse as demonstrated by the numerical simulations and verified experimentally. The SC pulses have stable carrier envelope phase with short-term rms fluctuations of ∼ 300 mrad, as simultaneously measured in YAG crystal by f-2f and f-3f interferometry, where the latter makes use of intrinsic third-harmonic generation.

  12. A Comparative Study of Enantioseparations of Nα-Fmoc Proteinogenic Amino Acids on Quinine-Based Zwitterionic and Anion Exchanger-Type Chiral Stationary Phases under Hydro-Organic Liquid and Subcritical Fluid Chromatographic Conditions

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    Gyula Lajkó

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The focus of this contribution is a comparative investigation of enantioseparations of 19 Nα-Fmoc proteinogenic amino acids on Quinine-based zwitterionic and anion-exchanger type chiral stationary phases employing hydro-organic and polar-ionic liquid and subcritical fluid chromatographic conditions. Effects of mobile phase composition (including additives, e.g., water, basis and acids and nature of chiral selectors on the chromatographic performances were studied at different chromatographic modes. Thermodynamic parameters of the temperature dependent enantioseparation results were calculated in the temperature range 5–50 °C applying plots of lnα versus 1/T. The differences in standard enthalpy and standard entropy for a given pair of enantiomers were calculated and served as a basis for comparisons. Elution sequence in all cases was determined, where a general rule could be observed, both in liquid and subcritical fluid chromatographic mode the d-enantiomers eluted before the L ones. In both modes, the principles of ion exchange chromatography apply.

  13. A Comparative Study of Enantioseparations of Nα-Fmoc Proteinogenic Amino Acids on Quinine-Based Zwitterionic and Anion Exchanger-Type Chiral Stationary Phases under Hydro-Organic Liquid and Subcritical Fluid Chromatographic Conditions.

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    Lajkó, Gyula; Grecsó, Nóra; Tóth, Gábor; Fülöp, Ferenc; Lindner, Wolfgang; Péter, Antal; Ilisz, István

    2016-11-22

    The focus of this contribution is a comparative investigation of enantioseparations of 19 Nα-Fmoc proteinogenic amino acids on Quinine-based zwitterionic and anion-exchanger type chiral stationary phases employing hydro-organic and polar-ionic liquid and subcritical fluid chromatographic conditions. Effects of mobile phase composition (including additives, e.g., water, basis and acids) and nature of chiral selectors on the chromatographic performances were studied at different chromatographic modes. Thermodynamic parameters of the temperature dependent enantioseparation results were calculated in the temperature range 5-50 °C applying plots of lnα versus 1/T. The differences in standard enthalpy and standard entropy for a given pair of enantiomers were calculated and served as a basis for comparisons. Elution sequence in all cases was determined, where a general rule could be observed, both in liquid and subcritical fluid chromatographic mode the d-enantiomers eluted before the L ones. In both modes, the principles of ion exchange chromatography apply.

  14. Effect of pore-size optimization on the performance of polysaccharide-based superficially porous chiral stationary phases for the separation of enantiomers in high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Bezhitashvili, Lia; Bardavelidze, Anna; Ordjonikidze, Teona; Chankvetadze, Lali; Chity, Mike; Farkas, Tivadar; Chankvetadze, Bezhan

    2017-01-27

    Our earlier studies on the preparation of chiral stationary phases (CSP) based on superficially porous (or core-shell) silica (SPS) particles for the separation of enantiomers in HPLC have provided proof to the advantages of such sorbents. In particular, higher enantioselectivity was observed with the columns packed with superficially porous CSP compared to the columns packed with fully-porous (FP) silica-based CSPs at comparable content of chiral selector (polysaccharide derivative) in CSP. Also, less dependence of plate height on mobile phase flow rate and higher plate numbers and resolution calculated per unit time (i.e. speed of separation) were observed with SPS-based CSPs. Thirty years of CSP development have demonstrated that wide-pore silica has to be used as a support for large molecular weight chiral selectors such as the ones based on polysaccharides. In this study the effect of pore size of the core-shell silica support and of other experimental factors on column performance is demonstrated. Reduced plate heights in the range 1.4-1.5 were obtained, as well as highly effective baseline separations of enantiomers were observed with analysis times of less than 15s. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. A new method for separation and determination of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in water samples by high-performance liquid chromatography based on anion exchange stationary phase of ionic liquid modified silica.

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    Sadeghi, Susan; Moghaddam, Ali Zeraatkar

    2015-12-01

    In this work, N-methylimidazolium-chloride ionic liquid functionalized silica was prepared and used as an anion-exchange stationary phase for separation of chromium species by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV detection at 200 nm. The Cr(VI) as HCr2O7(-) and chelated Cr(III) with potassium hydrogen phthalate (PHP) as Cr(PHP)2 (-) was retained on the prepared column and separated using a mobile phase composed of 5% methanol in 25 mM phosphate buffer at pH 6.5. Several variables affecting the chelation/separation steps were modeled by response surface methodology (RSM) using Box-Behnken (BBD) design. The significance of the independent variables and their interactions were tested by the analysis of variances (ANOVA) with 95% confidence limit. Under the optimized conditions, the Cr(III) and Cr(VI) anionic species were well separated with a single peak for each Cr species at retention times of 2.3 and 4.3 min, respectively. The relationship between the peak area and concentration was linear in the range of 0.025-30 for Cr(III) and 0.5-20 mg L(-1) for Cr(VI) with detection limits of 0.010 and 0.210 mg L(-1) for Cr(III) and Cr(VI), respectively. The proposed method was validated by simultaneous separation and determination of the Cr species in tap and underground water samples without impose to any pretreatment.

  16. Preparation of Two New Diasteromeric Chiral Stationary Phases Based on (+-(18-Crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic Acid and (R- or (S-1-(1-Naphthylethylamine and Chiral Tethering Group Effect on the Chiral Recognition

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    Rajalingam Agneeswari

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Two new diastereomeric chiral stationary phases (CSPs based on (+-(18-crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic acid as a chiral tethering group and a Π-basic chiral unit such as (R-1-(1-naphthylethylamine (CSP 1 or (S-1-(1-naphthylethylamine (CSP 2 were prepared. The two CSPs were applied to the enantiomeric separation of N-(3,5-dinitrobenzoyl-1-phenylalkylamines and N-(3,5-dinitrobenzoyl-α-amino acid derivatives using 20% isopropyl alcohol in hexane as a normal mobile phase. To elucidate the effect of the two chiral units on the chiral recognition, the chiral recognition abilities of the two CSPs were compared with each other and with that of a CSP (CSP 3 based on (R-1-(1-naphthylethylamine. From the chromatographic chiral recognition results, (R-1-(1-naphthylethylamine and (+−(18-crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic acid constituting CSP 1 were concluded to show a cooperative (“matched” effect on the chiral recognition while (S-1-(1-naphthylethylamine and (+-(18-crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic acid constituting CSP 2 were concluded to show an uncooperative (“mismatched” effect on the chiral recognition. From these results, it was concluded that (+-(18-crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic acid can be successfully used as a chiral tethering group for the preparation of new CSPs.

  17. High efficiency, narrow particle size distribution, sub-2 μm based macrocyclic glycopeptide chiral stationary phases in HPLC and SFC.

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    Barhate, Chandan L; Wahab, M Farooq; Breitbach, Zachary S; Bell, David S; Armstrong, Daniel W

    2015-10-22

    State of the art chiral chromatography still employs 3-5 μm bonded or immobilized chiral selectors in 10-25 cm columns. With the availability of 1.9 μm narrow particle size distribution (NPSD) silica, it is now possible to make ever shorter, high efficiency columns practical for sub-minute chiral separations. Three macrocyclic glycopeptides (teicoplanin, teicoplanin aglycone, and vancomycin) were bonded onto 1.9 μm NPSD particles. Such packed columns had ∼80% lower backpressure as compared to polydisperse (PD) 1.7 μm silica materials when using the same mobile phase. The decreased backpressure allowed for diminution of frictional heating and allowed for the use of the 1.9 μm NPSD particle based columns at high flow rates. The 1.9 μm NPSD particle based columns showed up to 190,000 plates m(-1) for chiral molecules and 210,000 plates m(-1) for achiral probes. Representative enantiomeric separations are shown for wide classes of compounds, including different types of amino acids, β-blockers, and pharmaceutically important heterocyclic compounds such as oxazolidinones. Applications in three liquid chromatography modes, namely, reversed phase, polar organic mode and normal phase chiral separations were shown with resolution values ranging from 1.5 to 5.7. Additionally, the same columns were used with supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) for ultrafast separations. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Non-Stationary Dependence Structures for Spatial Extremes

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    2016-03-03

    Max-stable processes are natural models for spatial extremes because they provide suitable asymptotic approximations to the distribution of maxima of random fields. In the recent past, several parametric families of stationary max-stable models have been developed, and fitted to various types of data. However, a recurrent problem is the modeling of non-stationarity. In this paper, we develop non-stationary max-stable dependence structures in which covariates can be easily incorporated. Inference is performed using pairwise likelihoods, and its performance is assessed by an extensive simulation study based on a non-stationary locally isotropic extremal t model. Evidence that unknown parameters are well estimated is provided, and estimation of spatial return level curves is discussed. The methodology is demonstrated with temperature maxima recorded over a complex topography. Models are shown to satisfactorily capture extremal dependence.

  19. Virtual histology study of atherosclerotic plaque composition in patients with stable angina and acute phase of acute coronary syndromes without ST segment elevation

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    Ivanović Miloš

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques is the cause of most acute coronary syndromes (ACS. Postmortem studies which compared stable coronary lesions and atherosclerotic plaques in patients who have died because of ACS indicated high lipid-core content as one of the major determinants of plaque vulnerability. Objective. Our primary goal was to assess the potential relations of plaque composition determined by IVUS-VH (Intravascular Ultrasound - Virtual Histology in patients with stable angina and subjects in acute phase of ACS without ST segment elevation. Methods. The study comprised of 40 patients who underwent preintervention IVUS examination. Tissue maps were reconstructed from radio frequency data using IVUS-VH software. Results. We analyzed 53 lesions in 40 patients. Stable angina was diagnosed in 24 patients (29 lesions, while acute phase of ACS without ST elevation was diagnosed in 16 patients (24 lesions. In the patients in acute phase of ACS without ST segment elevation IVUS-VH examination showed a significantly larger area of the necrotic core at the site of minimal lumen area and a larger mean of the necrotic core volume in the entire lesion comparing to stable angina subjects (1.84±0.90 mm2 vs. 0.96±0.69 mm2; p<0.001 and 20.94±15.79 mm3 vs. 11.54±14.15 mm3; p<0.05 respectively. Conclusion. IVUS-VH detected that the necrotic core was significantly larger in atherosclerotic lesions in patients in acute phase of ACS without ST elevation comparing to the stable angina subjects and that it could be considered as a marker of plaque vulnerability.

  20. Liquid Chromatographic Resolution of Fendiline and Its Analogues on a Chiral Stationary Phase Based on (+-(18-Crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic Acid

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    Ga Ram Lee

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Fendiline, an effective anti-anginal drug for the treatment of coronary heart diseases, and its sixteen analogues were resolved on a CSP based on (+-(18-crown-6-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic acid. Fendiline was resolved quite well with the separation factor (α of 1.25 and resolution (RS of 1.55 when a mobile phase consisting of methanol–acetonitrile–trifluoroacetic acid–triethylamine at a ratio of 80/20/0.1/0.5 (v/v/v/v was used. The comparison of the chromatographic behaviors for the resolution of fendiline and its analogues indicated that the 3,3-diphenylpropyl group bonded to the secondary amino group of fendiline is important in the chiral recognition and the difference in the steric bulkiness between the phenyl group and the methyl group at the chiral center of fendiline is also important in the chiral recognition.

  1. Stationary flow near fronts

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    Reinhold Steinacker

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In 1906, the Austrian scientist Max Margules published a paper on temperature stratification in resting and non-accelerated moving air. The paper derives conditions for stationary slopes of air mass boundaries and was an important forerunner of frontal theories. Its formulation of relations between changes in density and geostrophic wind across the front is basically a discrete version of the thermal wind balance equation. The paper was highly influential and is still being cited to the present day. This paper accompanies an English translation of Margules’ seminal paper. We conclude here our “Classic Papers” series of the Meteorologische Zeitschrift.

  2. Noncommutative stationary processes

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    Gohm, Rolf

    2004-01-01

    Quantum probability and the theory of operator algebras are both concerned with the study of noncommutative dynamics. Focusing on stationary processes with discrete-time parameter, this book presents (without many prerequisites) some basic problems of interest to both fields, on topics including extensions and dilations of completely positive maps, Markov property and adaptedness, endomorphisms of operator algebras and the applications arising from the interplay of these themes. Much of the material is new, but many interesting questions are accessible even to the reader equipped only with basic knowledge of quantum probability and operator algebras.

  3. High Pressure Size Exclusion Chromatography (HPSEC) Determination of Dissolved Organic Matter Molecular Weight Revisited: Accounting for Changes in Stationary Phases, Analytical Standards, and Isolation Methods.

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    McAdams, Brandon C; Aiken, George R; McKnight, Diane M; Arnold, William A; Chin, Yu-Ping

    2018-01-16

    We reassessed the molecular weight of dissolved organic matter (DOM) determined by high pressure size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) using measurements made with different columns and various generations of polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) molecular weight standards. Molecular weight measurements made with a newer generation HPSEC column and PSS standards from more recent lots are roughly 200 to 400 Da lower than initial measurements made in the early 1990s. These updated numbers match DOM molecular weights measured by colligative methods and fall within a range of values calculated from hydroxyl radical kinetics. These changes suggest improved accuracy of HPSEC molecular weight measurements that we attribute to improved accuracy of PSS standards and changes in the column packing. We also isolated DOM from wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) using XAD-8, a cation exchange resin, and PPL, a styrene-divinylbenzene media, and observed little difference in molecular weight and specific UV absorbance at 280 nm (SUVA 280 ) between the two solid phase extraction resins, suggesting they capture similar DOM moieties. PPR DOM also showed lower SUVA 280 at similar weights compared to DOM isolates from a global range of environments, which we attribute to oxidized sulfur in PPR DOM that would increase molecular weight without affecting SUVA 280 .

  4. Form-Stable Phase Change Materials Based on Eutectic Mixture of Tetradecanol and Fatty Acids for Building Energy Storage: Preparation and Performance Analysis

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    Yiran li

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on preparation and performance analysis of a series of form-stable phase change materials (FSPCMs, based on eutectic mixtures as phase change materials (PCMs for thermal energy storage and high-density polyethylene (HDPE-ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA polymer as supporting materials. The PCMs were eutectic mixtures of tetradecanol (TD–capric acid (CA, TD–lauric acid (LA, and TD–myristic acid (MA, which were rarely explored before. Thermal properties of eutectic mixtures and FSPCMs were measured by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC. The onset melting/solidification temperatures of form-stable PCMs were 19.13 °C/13.32 °C (FS TD–CA PCM, 24.53 °C/24.92 °C (FS TD–LA PCM, and 33.15 °C/30.72 °C (FS TD–MA PCM, respectively, and latent heats were almost greater than 90 J/g. The surface morphologies and chemical stability of form-stable PCM were surveyed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy, respectively. The thermal cycling test revealed that the thermal reliability of these three form-stable PCMs was good. Thermal storage/release experiment indicated melting/solidification time was shortened by introducing 10 wt % aluminum powder (AP. It is concluded that these FSPCMs can act as potential building thermal storage materials in terms of their satisfactory thermal properties.

  5. Preparation, chromatographic evaluation and application of adenosine 5'-monophosphate modified ZrO2/SiO2 stationary phase in hydrophilic interaction chromatography.

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    Wang, Qing; Luo, Zhi-Yuan; Ye, Mao; Wang, Yu-Zhuo; Xu, Li; Shi, Zhi-Guo; Xu, Lanying

    2015-02-27

    The zirconia-coated silica (ZrO2/SiO2) material was obtained by coupling layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly method and sol-gel technology, to take dual advantages of the suitable porous structure of SiO2 and basic resistance of ZrO2. Adenosine 5'-monophosphate (5'-AMP) was then self-assembled onto ZrO2/SiO2 via Lewis acid-base interaction, generating 5'-AMP-ZrO2/SiO2. The chromatographic properties of 5'-AMP-ZrO2/SiO2 were systemically studied by evaluating the effect of acetonitrile content, pH and buffer concentration in the mobile phase. The results demonstrated that the 5'-AMP-ZrO2/SiO2 possessed hydrophilic interaction chromatographic (HILIC) property comprising hydrophilic, hydrogen-bonding, electrostatic and ion-exchange interactions. For basic analytes, the column efficiency of ZrO2/SiO2 and 5'-AMP-ZrO2/SiO2 was superior to the bare ZrO2, and different selectivity was obtained after the introduction of 5'-AMP. For acidic analytes, good resolution was obtained on 5'-AMP-ZrO2/SiO2 while the analysis failed on the bare ZrO2 column owing to strong adsorption. Hence, the proposed 5'-AMP-ZrO2/SiO2 had great potential in analyzing acidic compounds in HILIC mode. It was an extended application of ZrO2 based SP. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Preparation, characterization and thermal properties of styrene maleic anhydride copolymer (SMA)/fatty acid composites as form stable phase change materials

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    Sari, Ahmet; Alkan, Cemil; Karaipekli, Ali; Oenal, Adem [Department of Chemistry, Gaziosmanpasa University, 60240, Tokat (Turkey)

    2008-02-15

    Fatty acids such as stearic acid (SA), palmitic acid (PA), myristic acid (MA) and lauric acid (LA) are promising phase change materials (PCMs) for latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) applications, but high cost is the major drawback of them, limiting their utility area in thermal energy storage. The use of fatty acids as form stable PCMs will increase their feasibilities in practical applications due to the reduced cost of the LHTES system. In this regard, a series of styrene maleic anhydride copolymer (SMA)/fatty acid composites, SMA/SA, SMA/PA, SMA/MA, and SMA/LA, were prepared as form stable PCMs by encapsulation of fatty acids into the SMA, which acts as a supporting material. The encapsulation ratio of fatty acids was as much as 85 wt.% and no leakage of fatty acid was observed even when the temperature of the form stable PCM was over the melting point of the fatty acid in the composite. The prepared form stable composite PCMs were characterized using optic microscopy (OM), viscosimetry and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy methods, and the results showed that the SMA was physically and chemically compatible with the fatty acids. In addition, the thermal characteristics such as melting and freezing temperatures and latent heats of the form stable composite PCMs were measured by using the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique, which indicated they had good thermal properties. On the basis of all the results, it was concluded that form stable SMA/fatty acid composite PCMs had important potential for practical LHTES applications such as under floor space heating of buildings and passive solar space heating of buildings by using wallboard, plasterboard or floors impregnated with a form stable PCM due to their satisfying thermal properties, easy preparation in desired dimensions, direct usability without needing additional encapsulation thereby eliminating the thermal resistance caused by the shell and, thus, reducing the cost of

  7. A combination of single-drop microextraction and open tubular capillary electrochromatography with carbon nanotubes as stationary phase for the determination of low concentration of illicit drugs in horse urine.

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    Stege, Patricia W; Lapierre, Alicia V; Martinez, Luis D; Messina, Germán A; Sombra, Lorena L

    2011-10-30

    In this study we developed an interesting alternative to HPLC-mass spectrometry for the quantification of seven important drugs of abuse in racehorses. The procedure proposed in this work is a combination of single-drop microextraction (SDME) and an open tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC) using multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCTs) immobilized into a fused-silica capillary as a stationary phase. The SDME showed to be a powerful tool for extraction/preconcentration of the seven drugs analyzed in the study, showing an enrichment factor between 38- and 102-fold depending on the drug. We have investigated the electrophoretic features of MWCTs immobilized fused-silica capillary by covalent modification of the inner surface of the capillary. The results show a good run-to-run, day-to-day and capillary-to-capillary reproducibility of the method. Compared with the capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), the coating of the capillary allowed the separation of the analytes with high resolution, with less band-broadening and without distortion of the baseline. The interactions between the analytes and the MWCTs resulted in an increased migration time and probably this was the reason of the front tailing effect. The results showed a good capillary efficiencies and an improved of the electrophoretic separation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. A Novel Two-Step Liquid-Liquid Extraction Procedure Combined with Stationary Phase Immobilized Human Serum Albumin for the Chiral Separation of Cetirizine Enantiomers along with M and P Parabens.

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    Chmielewska, Aleksandra; Konieczna, Lucyna; Bączek, Tomasz

    2016-12-07

    The research into the separation of drug enantiomers is closely related to the safety and efficiency of the drugs. The aim of this study was to develop a simple and validated HPLC method to analyze cetirizine enantiomers. In the case of liquid dosage forms, besides the active substance in large amounts there are usually also inactive ingredients such as methyl- and propylparaben. Unfortunately, these compounds can interfere with the analyte, inter alia during chiral separation of the analyte enantiomers. The proposed innovative two-step liquid-liquid extraction procedure allowed for the determination of cetirizine enantiomers (along with M and P parabens) also in liquid dosage forms. The main focus of this study was the chromatographic activity of cetirizine dihydrochloride on the proteinate-based chiral stationary phase. The chromatographic separation of cetirizine enantiomers was performed on an immobilized human serum albumin (HSA) column for the first time. Measurements were performed at a wavelength of 227 nm. Under optimal conditions, baseline separation of two enantiomers was obtained with 1.43 enantioseparation factor (α) and 1.82 resolution (Rs). Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to the selected pharmaceutical formulations.

  9. A Novel Two-Step Liquid-Liquid Extraction Procedure Combined with Stationary Phase Immobilized Human Serum Albumin for the Chiral Separation of Cetirizine Enantiomers along with M and P Parabens

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    Aleksandra Chmielewska

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The research into the separation of drug enantiomers is closely related to the safety and efficiency of the drugs. The aim of this study was to develop a simple and validated HPLC method to analyze cetirizine enantiomers. In the case of liquid dosage forms, besides the active substance in large amounts there are usually also inactive ingredients such as methyl- and propylparaben. Unfortunately, these compounds can interfere with the analyte, inter alia during chiral separation of the analyte enantiomers. The proposed innovative two-step liquid-liquid extraction procedure allowed for the determination of cetirizine enantiomers (along with M and P parabens also in liquid dosage forms. The main focus of this study was the chromatographic activity of cetirizine dihydrochloride on the proteinate-based chiral stationary phase. The chromatographic separation of cetirizine enantiomers was performed on an immobilized human serum albumin (HSA column for the first time. Measurements were performed at a wavelength of 227 nm. Under optimal conditions, baseline separation of two enantiomers was obtained with 1.43 enantioseparation factor (α and 1.82 resolution (Rs. Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to the selected pharmaceutical formulations.

  10. Expanding the potential of chiral chromatography for high-throughput screening of large compound libraries by means of sub-2μm Whelk-O 1 stationary phase in supercritical fluid conditions.

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    Sciascera, Luca; Ismail, Omar; Ciogli, Alessia; Kotoni, Dorina; Cavazzini, Alberto; Botta, Lorenzo; Szczerba, Ted; Kocergin, Jelena; Villani, Claudio; Gasparrini, Francesco

    2015-02-27

    With the aim of exploring the potential of ultra-fast chiral chromatography for high-throughput analysis, the new sub-2 micron Whelk-O 1 chiral stationary phase (CSP) has been employed in supercritical fluid conditions to screen 129 racemates, mainly of pharmaceutical interest. By using a 5-cm long column (0.46cm internal diameter), a single co-solvent (MeOH) and a 7-min gradient elution, 85% of acidic and neutral analytes considered in this work have been successfully resolved, with resolution (Rs) larger than 2 in more than 65% of cases. Moreover, almost a half of basic samples that, for their own characteristics, are known to be difficult to separate on Whelk-O 1 CSP, have shown Rs greater than 0.3. The screening of the entire library could be accomplished in less than 24h (single run) with 63% of positive score. For well-resolved enantiomers (Rs roughly included between 1 and 3), we show that method transfer from gradient to isocratic conditions is straightforward. In many cases, isocratic ultra-fast separations (with analysis time smaller than 60s) have been achieved by simply employing, as isocratic mobile phase, the eluent composition at which the second enantiomer was eluted in gradient mode. By considering the extension and variety of the library in terms of chemico-physical and structural properties of compounds and numerousness, we believe that this work demonstrates the real potential of the technique for high-throughput enantioselective screening. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Construction of a stable and homogeneous magnetic field at 10 milligauss for neutron electric dipole moment measurements: preparatory phase

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    Gravador, E.; Yoshiki, Hajime; Feizeng, H. [Ibaraki Univ., Mito (Japan)

    1996-08-01

    A superthermal UCN edm measuring machine is currently under construction at KEK. It utilizes a magnetically shielded superconducting solenoid at liquid helium temperature to generate a stable and homogeneous magnetic field at 10 milligauss. The design of the magnetic shield and solenoid and preliminary evaluation of shielding effectiveness is presented. (author)

  12. Preparation and properties studies of halogen-free flame retardant form-stable phase change materials based on paraffin/high density polyethylene composites

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    Cai, Yibing; Wei, Qufu; Huang, Fenglin; Gao, Weidong [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, 214122, Jiangsu (China)

    2008-08-15

    The halogen-free flame retardant form-stable phase change materials (PCM) based on paraffin/high density polyethylene (HDPE) composites were prepared by using twin-screw extruder technique. The structures and properties of the form-stable PCM composites based on intumescent flame retardant system with expandable graphite (EG) and different synergistic additives, such as ammonium polyphosphate (APP) and zinc borate (ZB) were characterized by scanning electronic microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), dynamic Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and Cone calorimeter test. The TGA results showed that the halogen-free flame retardant form-stable PCM composites produced a larger amount of charred residue at 700{sup o}C, although the onset of weight loss of the halogen-free flame retardant form-stable PCM composites occurred at a lower temperature due to the thermal decomposition of flame retardant. The DSC measurements indicated that the additives of flame retardant had little effect on the thermal energy storage property, and the temperatures of phase change peaks and the latent heat of the paraffin showed better occurrence during the freezing process. The dynamic FTIR monitoring results revealed that the breakdowns of main chains (HDPE and paraffin) and formations of various residues increased with increasing thermo-oxidation temperature. It was also found from the Cone calorimeter tests that the peak of heat release rate (PHRR) decreased significantly. Both the decrease of the PHRR and the structure of charred residue after combustion indicated that there was a synergistic effect between the EG and APP, contributing to the improved flammability of the halogen-free flame retardant form-stable PCM composites. (author)

  13. Preparation and properties studies of halogen-free flame retardant form-stable phase change materials based on paraffin/high density polyethylene composites

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    Cai Yibing [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, 214122, Jiangsu (China)], E-mail: yibingcai@jiangnan.edu.cn; Wei Qufu; Huang Fenglin; Gao Weidong [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, 214122, Jiangsu (China)

    2008-08-15

    The halogen-free flame retardant form-stable phase change materials (PCM) based on paraffin/high density polyethylene (HDPE) composites were prepared by using twin-screw extruder technique. The structures and properties of the form-stable PCM composites based on intumescent flame retardant system with expandable graphite (EG) and different synergistic additives, such as ammonium polyphosphate (APP) and zinc borate (ZB) were characterized by scanning electronic microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), dynamic Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and Cone calorimeter test. The TGA results showed that the halogen-free flame retardant form-stable PCM composites produced a larger amount of charred residue at 700 deg. C, although the onset of weight loss of the halogen-free flame retardant form-stable PCM composites occurred at a lower temperature due to the thermal decomposition of flame retardant. The DSC measurements indicated that the additives of flame retardant had little effect on the thermal energy storage property, and the temperatures of phase change peaks and the latent heat of the paraffin showed better occurrence during the freezing process. The dynamic FTIR monitoring results revealed that the breakdowns of main chains (HDPE and paraffin) and formations of various residues increased with increasing thermo-oxidation temperature. It was also found from the Cone calorimeter tests that the peak of heat release rate (PHRR) decreased significantly. Both the decrease of the PHRR and the structure of charred residue after combustion indicated that there was a synergistic effect between the EG and APP, contributing to the improved flammability of the halogen-free flame retardant form-stable PCM composites.

  14. Evaluation of Thermodynamic Stable Phase and Microstructure of SA508 Gr.4N Model Alloys for Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel with Variation of Alloying Elements

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    Kim, Mim Chul; Lee, B. S

    2009-12-15

    In order to increase the strength and the fracture toughness of RPV(reactor pressure vessel) steels, an effective way is the change of material specification from Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel(SA508 Gr.3) into Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel(SA508 Gr.4N). In this study, we evaluate the effects of alloying elements on microstructural characteristics in Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel. The changes in stable phase of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with alloying elements were evaluated using a thermodynamic calculation by ThermoCalc software, and then compared with its microstructural observation results. From the calculation of Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steels, ferrite formation temperature were decreased with increasing Ni and Mn contents due to austenite stabilization effect. Consequently, in the microscopic observation, the microstructure became finer with increasing Ni and Mn contents. However, they does not affects the carbide phase such as M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 7}C{sub 3}. When the content of Cr is decreased, carbide phases became unstable and carbide coarsening is observed. With increase of Mo content, M{sub 2}C phase become stable instead of M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and it also observed in the TEM.

  15. Toward stable nickel catalysts for aqueous phase reforming of biomass-derived feedstock under reducing and alkaline conditions

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    Van Haasterecht, T.; Ludding, C. C I; De Jong, K. P.; Bitter, J. H.

    2014-01-01

    Nickel nanoparticles supported on carbon nanofibers (CNF) can be stabilized in aqueous phase processes at elevated temperatures and pressures by tuning the reaction conditions to control Ni oxidation and leaching. As a showcase, Ni/CNF was used for the production of hydrogen via aqueous phase

  16. Stability of Stationary Solutions of the Multifrequency Radiation Diffusion Equations

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    Hald, O H; Shestakov, A I

    2004-01-20

    A nondimensional model of the multifrequency radiation diffusion equation is derived. A single material, ideal gas, equation of state is assumed. Opacities are proportional to the inverse of the cube of the frequency. Inclusion of stimulated emission implies a Wien spectrum for the radiation source function. It is shown that the solutions are uniformly bounded in time and that stationary solutions are stable. The spatially independent solutions are asymptotically stable, while the spatially dependent solutions of the linearized equations approach zero.

  17. An energy stable evolution method for simulating two-phase equilibria of multi-component fluids at constant moles, volume and temperature

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    Kou, Jisheng

    2016-02-25

    In this paper, we propose an energy-stable evolution method for the calculation of the phase equilibria under given volume, temperature, and moles (VT-flash). An evolution model for describing the dynamics of two-phase fluid system is based on Fick’s law of diffusion for multi-component fluids and the Peng-Robinson equation of state. The mobility is obtained from diffusion coefficients by relating the gradient of chemical potential to the gradient of molar density. The evolution equation for moles of each component is derived using the discretization of diffusion equations, while the volume evolution equation is constructed based on the mechanical mechanism and the Peng-Robinson equation of state. It is proven that the proposed evolution system can well model the VT-flash problem, and moreover, it possesses the property of total energy decay. By using the Euler time scheme to discretize this evolution system, we develop an energy stable algorithm with an adaptive choice strategy of time steps, which allows us to calculate the suitable time step size to guarantee the physical properties of moles and volumes, including positivity, maximum limits, and correct definition of the Helmhotz free energy function. The proposed evolution method is also proven to be energy-stable under the proposed time step choice. Numerical examples are tested to demonstrate efficiency and robustness of the proposed method.

  18. Adiponectin as a biomarker of systemic inflammatory response in smoker patients with stable and exacerbation phases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Kirdar, Sevin; Serter, Mukadder; Ceylan, Emel; Sener, Asli Gamze; Kavak, Tülay; Karadağ, Fisun

    2009-01-01

    Adiponectin is an adipose tissue-derived specific protein that has a role in energy homeostasis, that has a protective role against the development of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis and that exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. We investigated serum adiponectin as a biomarker of systemic inflammatory response and its relation with leptin, C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and nitric oxide (NO) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. We studied 36 male patients with COPD (15 stable and 21 exacerbated) and 17 age and sex-matched healthy subjects. The adiponectin and leptin levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Serum CRP levels were measured using the nephelometric method. ESR was determined using the Westergren method and NO by the cadmium reduction method. Adiponectin levels in COPD patients were significantly higher than those in control subjects (pleptin or NO levels. Serum levels of CRP, ESR and adiponectin were significantly higher in the exacerbated COPD patients compared to the stable group (pleptin and NO levels were not significant. Serum levels of adiponectin were not correlated with FEV(1), FEV(1)/FVC, dyspnoea score, BMI or other inflammatory parameters in the stable COPD group. CRP and ESR correlated negatively with FEV(1) in the stable COPD group. Adiponectin may be a marker of low-grade systemic inflammatory response in COPD. A further rise in serum adiponectin in the exacerbation period denotes that this may also be a biomarker of the exacerbation phase as well as CRP and ESR.

  19. Stability of stationary and time-varying nongyrotropic particle distributions

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    A. L. Brinca

    Full Text Available The ubiquity of nongyrotropic particle populations in space plasmas warrants the study of their characteristics, in particular their stability. The unperturbed nongyrotropic distribution functions in homogeneous media without sources and sinks (closed phase space must be rotating and time-varying (TNG, whereas consideration of open phase spaces allows for the occurrence of homogeneous and stationary distributions (SNG. The free energy brought about by the introduction of gyrophase organization in a particle population can destabilize otherwise thoroughly stable magnetoplasmas (or, a fortiori, enhance pre-existing gyrotropic instabilities and feed intense wave growth both in TNG and SNG environments: The nongyrotropic (electron or ion species can originate unstable coupling among the gyrotropic characteristic waves. The stability properties of these two types of homogeneous nongyrotropy shall be contrasted for parallel (with respect to the ambient magnetic field and perpendicular propagation, and their potential role as wave activity sources shall be illustrated resorting to solutions of the appropriate dispersion equations and numerical simulations.

    Key words. Space plasma physics (waves and instabilities · Magnetospheric physics (plasma waves and instabilities · Interplanetary physics (plasma waves and turbulence

  20. Carbon nanotube stationary phases for microchip electrochromatography

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    Mogensen, Klaus Bo; Bøggild, Peter; Kutter, Jörg Peter

    The use of nanomaterials in separation science has increased rapidly in the last decade. The reason for this is to take advantage of the unique properties of these materials, such as a very high surface-to-volume ratio and favourable sorbent behaviour. Carbon nanostructures, such as carbon......, microfluidic devices with microfabricated carbon nanotube columns for electrochromatographic separations will be presented. The electrically conductive carbon nanotube layer has been patterned into hexoganol micropillars in order to support electroosmotic flow without forming gas bubbles from electrolysis...

  1. Capillary electrochromatography using fibers as stationary phases.

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    Jinno, K; Watanabe, H; Saito, Y; Takeichi, T

    2001-10-01

    Fiber-packed capillary columns have been evaluated in chromatographic performance in capillary electrochromatography (CEC). The change of electroosmotic flow (EOF) velocity and selectivity using different kinds of fiber materials was examined. Although the EOF velocity among the different fiber packed columns was almost the same, retention of parabens was larger on the Kevlar-packed column than on the Zylon-packed one, and was larger on the as-span-type fiber-packed column than on the high-modulus-type packed one. Using 200 microm ID x 5 cm Kevlar packed column combined with a 100 microm ID x 20 cm precolumn capillary and a 530 microm ID x 45 cm postcolumn capillary, the separation of three parabens within 30 s was achieved. Other compounds were also separated in a few minutes by the fiber-packed CEC method.

  2. Learning Markov models for stationary system behaviors

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    Chen, Yingke; Mao, Hua; Jaeger, Manfred

    2012-01-01

    to a single long observation sequence, and in these situations existing automatic learning methods cannot be applied. In this paper, we adapt algorithms for learning variable order Markov chains from a single observation sequence of a target system, so that stationary system properties can be verified using......Establishing an accurate model for formal verification of an existing hardware or software system is often a manual process that is both time consuming and resource demanding. In order to ease the model construction phase, methods have recently been proposed for automatically learning accurate...... the learned model. Experiments demonstrate that system properties (formulated as stationary probabilities of LTL formulas) can be reliably identified using the learned model....

  3. Three-Dimensional Multiscale Modeling of Stable Intermediate State Formation Mechanism in a Single Active Layer- Phase Change Memory Cell

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    Dincer, Onur; Cinar, Ibrahim; Karakas, Vedat; Aslan, Ozgur Burak; Gokce, Aisha; Stipe, Barry; Katine, Jordan A.; Aktas, Gulen; Ozatay, Ozhan

    2014-03-01

    Phase change memory (PCM) appears as a potential memory technology with its superior scalability which could be enhanced by a boost in storage density via multiple-bit per cell functionality. Given the large contrast between set and reset states of a PCM cell it is yet unclear whether it is possible to create intermediate logic states reproducibly and controllably in a device with a single active phase change layer. Here we report the results of a 3D finite element model that pinpoints the direct effect of current distribution and the indirect effect of device top contact fabrication induced defects through modification of phase change kinetics (crystallite nucleation and growth rates) on stabilization of intermediate states. A comprehensive picture of the electrical, thermal and phase change dynamics is obtained using a multiphysics approach. Our study shows that homogeneous and heterogeneous phase transition can be induced in the active region such that nonuniform temperature distribution and modification of switching dynamics with various contact shapes and sizes play a major role in the stabilization of a mixed phase state. This work has been supported by the European Commission FP7 Marie Curie IRG grant: PCM-256281 and TUBITAK grant: 113F385.

  4. Development of novel CO{sub 2}-stable oxygen permeable dual phase membranes for CO{sub 2} capture in an oxy-fuel process

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    Luo, Huixia

    2012-07-19

    The combustion of fossil fuels in power stations with pure oxygen following the oxy-fuel process allows the Sequestration of CO{sub 2}. The pure oxygen needed can be separated from air by oxygen transporting ceramics like single phase perovskites. However, most of the so far developed single phase perovskites have stability problems in a CO{sub 2} containing atmosphere. Dual phase membranes are micro-scale mixtures of an electron conducting phase and an oxygen ion conducting phase and their compositions can be tailored according to practical requirements, which are considered to be promising substitutes for the single phase perovskite materials. In my thesis the issues of phase stability for perovskite-type material with the common composition Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 3-{delta}} (BSCF) as weil as the development of a series of novel CO{sub 2}-stable dual phase membranes were studied. In Chapter 2, the phase stability and permeation behavior of a dead-end BSCF tube membrane in high-purity oxygen at temperatures below 750 C, were elucidated using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS), high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). lt was found that parts of the cubic perovskite BSCF transformed into a hexagonal perovskite Ba{sub 0.5{+-}x}Sr{sub 0.5{+-}x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} (x {approx} 0.1) and a trigonal mixed oxide Ba{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CO{sub 2-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 5{+-}{delta}} (x {approx} 0.15, y {approx} 0.25) in high-purity oxygen at 750 C. On the other hand, it was found that the partial degradation of cubic BSCF perovskite at 750 C was more pronounced under the strongly oxidizing conditions on the oxygen supply (feed) side than on the oxygen release (permeate) side of the membrane. The structural instability of BSCF is attributed to an oxidation of cobalt from Co{sup 2+} to Co{sup 3+} and Co{sup 4+}, which exhibits an ionic radius that is too small to be tolerated by

  5. Identification of IbeR as a Stationary-Phase Regulator in Meningitic Escherichia coli K1 that Carries a Loss-of-Function Mutation in rpoS

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    Feng Chi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available IbeR is a regulator present in meningitic Escherichia coli strain E44 that carries a loss-of-function mutation in the stationary-phase (SP regulatory gene rpoS. In order to determine whether IbeR is an SP regulator in E44, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and LC-MS were used to compare the proteomes of a noninvasive ibeR deletion mutant BR2 and its parent strain E44 in the SP. Four up-regulated (TufB, GapA, OmpA, AhpC and three down-regulated (LpdA, TnaA, OpmC proteins in BR2 were identified when compared to E44. All these proteins contribute to energy metabolism or stress resistance, which is related to SP regulation. One of the down-regulated proteins, tryptophanase (TnaA, which is regulated by RpoS in other E. coli strains, is associated with SP regulation via production of a signal molecule indole. Our studies demonstrated that TnaA was required for E44 invasion, and that indole was able to restore the noninvasive phenotype of the tnaA mutant. The production of indole was significantly reduced in BR2, indicating that ibeR is required for the indole production via tnaA. Survival studies under different stress conditions indicated that IbeR contributed to bacteria stress resistance in the SP. Taken together, IbeR is a novel regulator contributing to the SP regulation.

  6. Complex-based OCT angiography algorithm recovers microvascular information better than amplitude- or phase-based algorithms in phase-stable systems.

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    Xu, Jingjiang; Song, Shaozhen; Li, Yuandong; Wang, Ruikang K

    2017-12-19

    Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is increasingly becoming a popular inspection tool for biomedical imaging applications. By exploring the amplitude, phase and complex information available in OCT signals, numerous algorithms have been proposed that contrast functional vessel networks within microcirculatory tissue beds. However, it is not clear which algorithm delivers optimal imaging performance. Here, we investigate systematically how amplitude and phase information have an impact on the OCTA imaging performance, to establish the relationship of amplitude and phase stability with OCT signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), time interval and particle dynamics. With either repeated A-scan or repeated B-scan imaging protocols, the amplitude noise increases with the increase of OCT SNR; however, the phase noise does the opposite, i.e. it increases with the decrease of OCT SNR. Coupled with experimental measurements, we utilize a simple Monte Carlo (MC) model to simulate the performance of amplitude-, phase- and complex-based algorithms for OCTA imaging, the results of which suggest that complex-based algorithms deliver the best performance when the phase noise is  algorithm delivers better performance than either the amplitude- or phase-based algorithms for both the repeated A-scan and the B-scan imaging protocols, which agrees well with the conclusion drawn from the MC simulations.

  7. Compact, Programmable, and Stable Biofunctionalized Upconversion Nanoparticles Prepared through Peptide-Mediated Phase Transfer for High-Sensitive Protease Sensing and in Vivo Apoptosis Imaging.

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    Zeng, Tao; Zhang, Tao; Wei, Wei; Li, Zhi; Wu, Dan; Wang, Li; Guo, Jun; He, Xuewen; Ma, Nan

    2015-06-10

    Protease represents an important class of biomarkers for disease diagnostics and drug screening. Conventional fluorescence-based probes for in vivo protease imaging suffer from short excitation wavelengths and poor photostability. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) hold great promise for biosensing and bioimaging because of their deep-tissue excitability, robust photostability, and minimal imaging background. However, producing highly stable and compact biofunctionalized UCNP probes with optimal bioresponsivity for in vivo imaging of protease activities still remains challenging and has not been previously demonstrated. Herein, we report facile preparation of highly compact and stable biofunctionalized UCNPs through peptide-mediated phase transfer for high-sensitive detection of protease in vitro and in vivo. We demonstrate that the polyhistidine-containing chimeric peptides could displace oleic acid molecules capped on UCNPs synthesized in organic solvents and, thereby, directly transfer UCNPs from the chloroform phase to the water phase. The resulting UCNPs possess high stability, programmable surface properties, and a compact coating layer with minimized thickness for efficient luminescence resonance energy transfer (LRET). On the basis of this strategy, we prepared LRET-based UCNP probes with optimal bioresponsivity for in vitro high-sensitive detection of trypsin and in vivo imaging of apoptosis for chemotherapy efficacy evaluation. The reported strategy could be extended to construct a variety of peptide-functionalized UCNPs for various biomedical applications.

  8. Comparisons in the behavior of stable copper(II), silver(II), and gold(II) complexes in the gas phase: are there implications for condensed-phase chemistry?

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    Walker, N R; Wright, R R; Barran, P E; Murrell, J N; Stace, A J

    2001-05-09

    Experiments conducted in the gas phase have led to the formation of a series of stable gold(II) complexes with nitrogen- and oxygen-containing ligands. Such complexes are very rare in condensed-phase chemistry. However, there is also a significant group of potential ligands, for example, H2O and NH3, for which stable complexes could not be formed. There are strong similarities between these observations and earlier results presented for silver(II), but both metal ions behave markedly different from copper(II). As a group the majority of successful gold(II) ligands are characterized by being good sigma donor-pi acceptor molecules; however, it is also possible to understand the ability of individual ligands to stabilize the metal ion in terms of a simple electrostatic model. Application of the latter reveals a semiquantitative trend between the physical properties of a ligand, e.g. ionization energy, dipole moment, and polarizability, and the ligand's ability to stabilize either Cu(II), Ag(II), or Au(II). The model successfully accounts for the preference of Cu(II) for aqueous chemistry, in comparison to the complete absence of such behavior on the part of Ag(II) and Au(II). Ligands from recent examples of stable condensed-phase gold(II) complexes appear to meet at least one of the criteria identified from the model.

  9. A stable human progesterone receptor expressing HeLa reporter cell line as a tool in chemical evaluation at the different cell-cycle phases.

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    Mori, Tetsushi; Murata, Mai; Yoshino, Tomoko; Nakasono, Satoshi; Saito, Fumiyo; Takeyama, Haruko; Matsunaga, Tadashi

    2009-04-25

    Specific molecular events, characteristic of each cell-cycle phase may have direct effect to the functionality of nuclear receptors. Based on this understanding, the evaluation of lipophilic chemicals at the different cell-cycle phases is significant and should be considered. In order to achieve the aim of performing large-scale dose-response analysis on the effects of lipophilic chemicals at the different cell-cycle phases, a stable, sensitive and highly selective human progesterone receptor (hPR) expressing HeLa reporter cell line, hPRLuc-20, was established. Upon the establishment of the hPRLuc-20 cells, they were synchronized to the G(1), S and G(2) phases and treated with progesterone (PROG) and promegestone (R5020). The cells successfully showed that at the different cell-cycle phase, both agonists resulted in different cellular responses. The differences in response supports that hPR expressed within the hPRLuc-20 cells do respond in a cell-cycle dependent manner, thus showing the cells' compatibility in large-scale dose-response analyses of chemicals. It is hopeful that the advanced application of the hPRLuc-20 cells could contribute to provide fundamental hints to further understand the function of hPR, and provide key observations to elucidate the nature of these chemicals with hPR, its corresponding co-regulators and transcription factors.

  10. Fatty acid/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends as form-stable phase change materials for latent heat thermal energy storage

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    Alkan, Cemil; Sari, Ahmet [Gaziosmanpasa University, Department of Chemistry, Tasliciftlik, 60240 Tokat (Turkey)

    2008-02-15

    Fatty acids such as stearic acid (SA), palmitic acid (PA), myristic acid (MA), and lauric acid (LA) are promising phase change materials (PCMs) for latent heat thermal energy storage (LHTES) applications, but high cost is the most drawback which limits the utility area of them in thermal energy storage. The use of fatty acids as form-stable PCM will increase their feasibilities in practical LHTES applications due to reduced cost of the energy storage system. In this regard, a series of fatty acid/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends, SA/PMMA, PA/PMMA, MA/PMMA, and LA/PMMA were prepared as new kinds of form-stable PCMs by encapsulation of fatty acids into PMMA which acts as supporting material. The blends were prepared at different mass fractions of fatty acids (50, 60, 70, 80, and 90% w/w) to reach maximum encapsulation ratio. All blends were subjected to leakage test by heating the blends over the melting temperature of the PCM. The blends that do not allow leakage of melted PCM were identified as form-stable PCMs. The form-stable fatty acid/PMMA (80/20 wt.%) blends were characterized using optic microscopy (OM), viscosimetry, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy methods, and the results showed that the PMMA was compatible with the fatty acids. In addition, thermal characteristics such as melting and freezing temperatures and latent heats of the form-stable PCMs were measured by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) technique and indicated that they had good thermal properties. On the basis of all results, it was concluded that form-stable fatty acid/PMMA blends had important potential for some practical LHTES applications such as under floor space heating of buildings and passive solar space heating of buildings by using wallboard, plasterboard or floor impregnated with a form-stable PCM due to their satisfying thermal properties, easily preparing in desired dimensions, direct usability without needing an add encapsulation and

  11. Space-time-dynamic model of passively-phased ring-geometry fiber laser array

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    Bochove, Erik J. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM; Aceves, Alejandro B. [Southern Methodist University, Dallas; Deiterding, Ralf [ORNL; Crabtree, Lily I [ORNL; Braiman, Yehuda [ORNL; Jacobo, Adrian [University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Colet, Pere R. [University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

    2010-01-01

    We performed a linearized stability analysis and preliminary simulations of passive phasing in a CW operating ring geometry fiber laser array coupled in an external cavity with a single-mode feedback fiber that functions as spatial filter. A two-element array with path length error is predicted to have a dynamically stable stationary operating state at the calculated operating wavelength.

  12. Stable phase-shift despite quasi-rhythmic movements: a CPG-driven dynamic model of active tactile exploration in an insect

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    Nalin eHarischandra

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available An essential component of autonomous and flexible behaviour in animals is active exploration of the environment, allowing for perception-guided planning and control of actions. An important sensory system involved is active touch. Here, we introduce a general modelling framework of Central Pattern Generators (CPGs for movement generation in active tactile exploration behaviour. The CPG consists of two network levels: (i phase-coupled Hopf oscillators for rhythm generation, and (ii pattern formation networks for capturing the frequency and phase characteristics of individual joint oscillations. The model captured the natural, quasi-rhythmic joint kinematics as observed in coordinated antennal movements of walking stick insects. Moreover, it successfully produced tactile exploration behaviour on a three-dimensional skeletal model of the insect antennal system with physically realistic parameters. The effect of proprioceptor ablations could be simulated by changing the amplitude and offset parameters of the joint oscillators, only. As in the animal, the movement of both antennal joints was coupled with a stable phase difference, despite the quasi-rhythmicity of the joint angle time courses. We found that the phase-lead of the distal scape-pedicel joint relative to the proximal head-scape joint was essential for producing the natural tactile exploration behaviour and, thus, for tactile efficiency. For realistic movement patterns, the phase-lead could vary within a limited range of 10 to 30 degrees only. Tests with artificial movement patterns strongly suggest that this phase sensitivity is not a matter of the frequency composition of the natural movement pattern. Based on our modelling results, we propose that a constant phase difference is coded into the CPG of the antennal motor system and that proprioceptors are acting locally to regulate the joint movement amplitude.

  13. Complex-based OCT angiography algorithm recovers microvascular information better than amplitude- or phase-based algorithms in phase-stable systems

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    Xu, Jingjiang; Song, Shaozhen; Li, Yuandong; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2018-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is increasingly becoming a popular inspection tool for biomedical imaging applications. By exploring the amplitude, phase and complex information available in OCT signals, numerous algorithms have been proposed that contrast functional vessel networks within microcirculatory tissue beds. However, it is not clear which algorithm delivers optimal imaging performance. Here, we investigate systematically how amplitude and phase information have an impact on the OCTA imaging performance, to establish the relationship of amplitude and phase stability with OCT signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), time interval and particle dynamics. With either repeated A-scan or repeated B-scan imaging protocols, the amplitude noise increases with the increase of OCT SNR; however, the phase noise does the opposite, i.e. it increases with the decrease of OCT SNR. Coupled with experimental measurements, we utilize a simple Monte Carlo (MC) model to simulate the performance of amplitude-, phase- and complex-based algorithms for OCTA imaging, the results of which suggest that complex-based algorithms deliver the best performance when the phase noise is  <  ~40 mrad. We also conduct a series of in vivo vascular imaging in animal models and human retina to verify the findings from the MC model through assessing the OCTA performance metrics of vessel connectivity, image SNR and contrast–to–noise ratio. We show that for all the metrics assessed, the complex-based algorithm delivers better performance than either the amplitude- or phase–based algorithms for both the repeated A-scan and the B-scan imaging protocols, which agrees well with the conclusion drawn from the MC simulations.

  14. The quasilinear theory in the approach of long-range systems to quasi-stationary states

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    Campa, Alessandro; Chavanis, Pierre-Henri

    2017-05-01

    We develop a quasilinear theory of the Vlasov equation in order to describe the approach of systems with long-range interactions to quasi-stationary states. The quasilinear theory is based on the assumption that, although the initial distribution is not Vlasov stable, nevertheless its evolution towards a Vlasov stable stationary state is such that it is always only slightly inhomogeneous. We derive a diffusion equation governing the evolution of the velocity distribution of the system towards a steady state. This steady state is expected to correspond to the space-averaged quasi-stationary distribution function reached by the Vlasov equation as a result of a collisionless relaxation. We compare the prediction of the quasilinear theory to direct numerical simulations of the Hamiltonian mean field model, starting from an unstable spatially homogeneous distribution, either Gaussian or semi-elliptical. In the Gaussian case, we find that the quasilinear theory works reasonably well for weakly unstable initial conditions (i.e. close to the critical energy ε_c=3/4=0.75 ) and that it is able to predict the energy ε_t≃ 0.735 marking the effective out-of-equilibrium phase transition between unmagnetized and magnetized quasi-stationary states found in the numerical simulations. Similarly, the quasilinear theory works well for energies close to the instability threshold of the semi-elliptical case ε^*c =5/8=0.625 , and it predicts an effective out-of-equilibrium transition at εt≃ 0.619 . In both situations, the quasilinear theory works less well at energies lower than the out-of-equilibrium transition, the disagreement with the numerical simulations increasing with decreasing energy. In that case, we observe, in agreement with our previous numerical study (Campa and Chavanis 2013 Eur. Phys. J. B 86 170), that the quasi-stationary states are remarkably well fitted by polytropic distributions (Tsallis distributions) with index n  =  2 (Gaussian case) or n

  15. Phase-stable single-pass cryogenic amplifier for high repetition rate few-cycle laser pulses

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    Ozawa, Akira; Schneider, Waldemar; Haensch, Theodor W; Udem, Thomas; Hommelhoff, Peter [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik, Hans-Kopfermann-Strasse 1, D 85748 Garching (Germany)], E-mail: akira.ozawa@mpq.mpg.de, E-mail: peter.hommelhoff@mpq.mpg.de

    2009-08-15

    We demonstrate cryogenic Ti:sapphire single-pass amplification of sub-7 fs laser pulses with 80 MHz repetition rate. We amplify the output of a broadband Ti:sapphire oscillator by more than a factor of two, re-compress the pulses down to sub-7 fs, and show that the rms carrier-envelope phase jitter stays below 70 as after amplification. The amplified output exceeds 2 MW of peak power and 1 W of average power. In addition, we demonstrate amplification of {approx}200 fs, 75 MHz oscillator pulses up to 1.6 W with a gain of four. This work opens a new way to explore phase sensitive and highly nonlinear phenomena at the full oscillator repetition rate. As a first example, we demonstrate white light generation in a bulk crystal at the full oscillator repetition rate.

  16. Preparation and characterization of form-stable paraffin/polycaprolactone composites as phase change materials for thermal energy storage

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    Aludin M.S.

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Paraffin is Phase Change Materials (PCM that possesses desirable properties such as high thermal energy storage and thermal stability to make it suitable for thermal energy storage applications. However, paraffin has been reported to leak out during the melting process. In this study, composites were prepared by dissolving paraffin and polycaprolactone (PCL at varied mass percent compositions in chloroform and then purified through precipitation techniques. The leakage test was conducted by placing the composite samples on a set of four-layer filter papers and left in a furnace at 90°C for 1 hour. By incorporating PCL into paraffin phase, the leakage mass percentage was drastically reduced. The PCL polymer matrix in the composites may have trapped the paraffin molecules during melting process thus prevent it from leaking.

  17. Walnut-like Porous Core/Shell TiO2 with Hybridized Phases Enabling Fast and Stable Lithium Storage.

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    Cai, Yi; Wang, Hong-En; Zhao, Xu; Huang, Fei; Wang, Chao; Deng, Zhao; Li, Yu; Cao, Guozhong; Su, Bao-Lian

    2017-03-29

    TiO2 is a promising and safe anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). However, its practical application has been plagued by its poor rate capability and cycling properties. Herein, we successfully demonstrate a novel structured TiO2 anode with excellent rate capability and ultralong cycle life. The TiO2 material reported here shows a walnut-like porous core/shell structure with hybridized anatase/amorphous phases. The effective synergy of the unique walnut-like porous core/shell structure, the phase hybridization with nanoscale coherent heterointerfaces, and the presence of minor carbon species endows the TiO2 material with superior lithium storage properties in terms of high capacity (∼177 mA h g(-1) at 1 C, 1 C = 170 mA g(-1)), good rate capability (62 mA h g(-1) at 100 C), and excellent cycling stability (∼83 mA h g(-1) was retained over 10 000 cycles at 10 C with a capacity decay of 0.002% per cycle).

  18. Facile synthesis of high-temperature (1000 °C) phase-stable rice-like anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals

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    Lv, Lizhen [Capital Normal University, Beijing Key Laboratory for Optical Materials and Photonic Devices, Department of Chemistry (China); Chen, Qirong [Beijing Center for Physical and Chemical Analysis (BCPCA) (China); Liu, Xiuyun; Wang, Miaomiao; Meng, Xiangfu, E-mail: xfmeng@cnu.edu.cn [Capital Normal University, Beijing Key Laboratory for Optical Materials and Photonic Devices, Department of Chemistry (China)

    2015-05-15

    High-temperature phase-stable rice-like anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals were synthesized by one-pot solvothermal method using soluble titania xerogel and isopropyl alcohol (IPA) as the precursor and the solvent, respectively. Sample characterization was carried out by powder X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms. The results showed that TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals had rice-like shapes with an average size of 5 nm in width and 35 nm in length. The BET surface area was 153 m{sup 2}/g. Unexpectedly, the rice-like TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals exhibited high-temperature phase stability, which could remain as pure anatase phase after calcinations at 1000 °C. Growth mechanism investigation revealed that the IPA solvent played a key role in nucleation and growth of rice-like anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals. The photodegradation of rhodamine B demonstrated that rice-like anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation.

  19. Facile synthesis of high-temperature (1000 °C) phase-stable rice-like anatase TiO2 nanocrystals

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    Lv, Lizhen; Chen, Qirong; Liu, Xiuyun; Wang, Miaomiao; Meng, Xiangfu

    2015-05-01

    High-temperature phase-stable rice-like anatase TiO2 nanocrystals were synthesized by one-pot solvothermal method using soluble titania xerogel and isopropyl alcohol (IPA) as the precursor and the solvent, respectively. Sample characterization was carried out by powder X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. The results showed that TiO2 nanocrystals had rice-like shapes with an average size of 5 nm in width and 35 nm in length. The BET surface area was 153 m2/g. Unexpectedly, the rice-like TiO2 nanocrystals exhibited high-temperature phase stability, which could remain as pure anatase phase after calcinations at 1000 °C. Growth mechanism investigation revealed that the IPA solvent played a key role in nucleation and growth of rice-like anatase TiO2 nanocrystals. The photodegradation of rhodamine B demonstrated that rice-like anatase TiO2 nanocrystals exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation.

  20. Morphology and thermal properties of electrospun fatty acids/polyethylene terephthalate composite fibers as novel form-stable phase change materials

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    Chen, Changzhong [Key Laboratory of Cellulose and Lignocellulosics Chemistry, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Wang, Linge [Key Laboratory of Cellulose and Lignocellulosics Chemistry, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650 (China); Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7HF (United Kingdom); Huang, Yong [Key Laboratory of Cellulose and Lignocellulosics Chemistry, Guangzhou Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650 (China); State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)

    2008-11-15

    The ultrafine fibers based on the composites of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and a series of fatty acids, lauric acid (LA), myristic acid (MA), palmitic acid (PA), and stearic acid (SA), were prepared successfully via electrospinning as form-stable phase change materials (PCMs). The morphology and thermal properties of the composite fibers were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. It was found that the average fiber diameter increased generally with the content of fatty acid (LA) in the LA/PET composite fibers. The fibers with the low mass ratio maintained cylindrical shape with smooth surface while the quality became worse when the mass ratio is too high (more than 100/100). Moreover, the latent heat of the composite fibers increased with the increase of LA content and the phase transition temperature of the fibers have no obvious variations compared with LA. In contrast, both the latent heat and phase transition temperature of the fatty acid/PET composite fibers varied with the type of the fatty acids, and could be well maintained after 100 heating-cooling thermal cycles, which demonstrated that the composite fibers had good thermal stability and reliability. (author)

  1. High stable, high efficient ultraviolet laser with angle-phase-mismatching compensation by adjusting temperature of the nonlinear crystals

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    Yang, Houwen; Wang, Bo; Wang, Junhua; Li, Xiaofang; Liu, Zhaojun; Cheng, Wenyong

    2017-03-01

    We demonstrated an ultraviolet laser at 355 nm using a type-I and a type-II phase-matching nonlinear optical crystal of LiB3O5 (LBO). A method of adjusting temperature for compensation is presented. The crystal temperature is controlled by proportional integral derivative (PID) thermal controllers with a  ±0.01 °C resolution. The value of wave vector mismatch, distance of light propagation in nonlinear crystals, effective nonlinear coefficient, theoretical analysis and calculation of conversion efficiency versus temperature are discussed. The experimental results show that the average output power of the 355 nm laser is 1.24 W with the pump power of 13.33 W, when the repetition frequency is 15 kHz. The pulse duration is 9.8 ns, and the beam quality factors are of Mx2   =  1.8, My2   =  1.7. The conversion efficiency from 808 nm to 355 nm laser is 9.3%, which nearly reaches the optimum value reported so far and is limited by the wavelength mismatch between the pumping and absorbing lasers. The 355 nm output power instability of the laser device is 0.45% in 2 h. A compact no-water-cooling ultraviolet laser with high stability and high efficiency is obtained.

  2. Active Control of Stationary Vortices

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    Nino, Giovanni; Breidenthal, Robert; Bhide, Aditi; Sridhar, Aditya

    2016-11-01

    A system for active stationary vortex control is presented. The system uses a combination of plasma actuators, pressure sensors and electrical circuits deposited on aerodynamic surfaces using printing electronics methods. Once the pressure sensors sense a change on the intensity or on the position of the stationary vortices, its associated controller activates a set of plasma actuator to return the vortices to their original or intended positions. The forces produced by the actuators act on the secondary flow in the transverse plane, where velocities are much less than in the streamwise direction. As a demonstration case, the active vortex control system is mounted on a flat plate under low speed wind tunnel testing. Here, a set of vortex generators are used to generate the stationary vortices and the plasma actuators are used to move them. Preliminary results from the experiments are presented and compared with theoretical values. Thanks to the USAF AFOSR STTR support under contract # FA9550-15-C-0007.

  3. [Efficacy of integrative respiratory rehabilitation training in exercise ability and quality of life of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in stable phase: a randomized controlled trial].

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    Xu, Yuan-hong; Wang, Jun-hua; Li, Hai-feng; Zhu, Xiao-hu; Wang, Gang

    2010-05-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important clinical disease, and its global prevalence and mortality rates are high. It is meaningful to investigate the efficacy of integrative respiratory rehabilitation training in quality of life and respiratory physiology of COPD patients in stable phase. To observe the efficacy of integrative respiratory rehabilitation training in exercise ability and quality of life of COPD patients in stable phase. Eighty outpatients and inpatients with COPD from Department of Respiratory Medicine, Taihe Hospital, Yunyang Medical College were randomly divided into 4 groups, with 20 patients in each group. The patients in group A only received drug therapy, the patients in group B received traditional qigong training, the patients in group C received modern rehabilitation training, and the patients in group D received integrative respiratory rehabilitation training. Chronic respiratory questionnaire (CRQ), 6-minute walking distance and Borg score in each group were examined before and after one-, three-, and six-month and one-year treatment. The 6-minute walking distance, Borg score and CRQ score in group A had no significant changes after treatment (P>0.05). After one-month treatment, there were no significant differences in 6-minute walking distance and Borg score in groups B, C and D as compared with those before treatment (Prehabilitation training, traditional qigong training and integrative respiratory rehabilitation training programs all can improve the quality of life and exercise ability of COPD patients, and integrative respiratory rehabilitation training program is better than modern rehabilitation training and traditional qigong training programs. The efficacy of respiratory rehabilitation training is time-dependent, and need long-time adherence to the therapy.

  4. Thermally stable microemulsions comprising imidazolium based surface active ionic liquids, non-polar ionic liquid and ethylene glycol as polar phase.

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    Kaur, Manvir; Singh, Gurbir; Kumar, Sandeep; Navnidhi; Kang, Tejwant Singh

    2018-02-01

    Ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, [C2mim] [Tf2N], as a non-polar phase in conjunction with polar ethylene glycol (EG) forms microemulsions stabilized by surface active ionic liquids (SAILs), N-methyl-N-alkylimidazolium chlorides, [Cnmim] [Cl], where n = 8, 12 and 16 in conjunction with decanol as co-surfactant. The phase behaviour of the ternary systems has been investigated and three regions of microemulsions - polar-in-ionic liquid, bicontinuous and ionic liquid-in-polar, have been identified using electrical conductivity measurements. The effect of alkyl chain length on the phase behavior has been discussed in detail. The one-phase microemulsion region is found to decrease with the increase in the alkyl chain length of the SAILs. The microstructural characteristics have been investigated by using FTIR and NMR spectroscopy. The micropolarity of reverse micelles present in the microemulsions has been investigated using UV-Vis spectroscopy employing methyl orange as a polarity probe. The dynamics of solvent relaxation in microemulsions have been investigated by steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy using coumarin 153 (C-153) as fluorescence probe at different compositions of microemulsions. The dynamic light scattering measurements (DLS) reveals the expansion of reverse micelles formed by [Cnmim][Cl] in non polar [C2mim] [Tf2N] upon the addition of polar component. Interestingly, the microemulsions have been found to be thermally stable in a wide temperature range as revealed from temperature dependence UV-Vis, fluorescence and DLS measurements. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Filling the gap in Ca input-output budgets in base-poor forest ecosystems: The contribution of non-crystalline phases evidenced by stable isotopic dilution

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    van der Heijden, Gregory; Legout, Arnaud; Mareschal, Louis; Ranger, Jacques; Dambrine, Etienne

    2017-07-01

    In terrestrial ecosystems, plant-available pools of magnesium and calcium are assumed to be stored in the soil as exchangeable cations adsorbed on the surface of mineral and/or organic particles. The pools of exchangeable magnesium and calcium are measured by ion-exchange soil extractions. These pools are sustained in the long term by the weathering of primary minerals in the soil and atmospheric inputs. This conceptual model is the base of input-output budgets from which soil acidification and the sustainability of soil chemical fertility is inferred. However, this model has been questioned by data from long-term forest ecosystem monitoring sites, particularly for calcium. Quantifying the contribution of atmospheric inputs, ion exchange and weathering of both primary, secondary and non-crystalline phases to tree nutrition in the short term is challenging. In this study, we developed and applied a novel isotopic dilution technique using the stable isotopes of magnesium and calcium to study the contribution of the different soil phases to soil solution chemistry in a very acidic soil. The labile pools of Mg and Ca in the soil (pools in equilibrium with the soil solution) were isotopically labeled by spraying a solution enriched in 26Mg and 44Ca on the soil. Labeled soil columns were then percolated with a dilute acid solution during a 3-month period and the isotopic dilution of the tracers was monitored in the leaching solution, in the exchangeable (2 sequential 1 mol L-1 ammonium acetate extractions) and non-crystalline (2 sequential soil digestions: oxalic acid followed by nitric acid) phases. Significant amounts of Mg and Ca isotope tracer were recovered in the non-crystalline soil phases. These phases represented from 5% to 25% and from 24% to 50%, respectively, of the Mg and Ca labile pools during the experiment. Our results show that non-crystalline phases act as both a source and a sink of calcium and magnesium in the soil, and contribute directly to soil

  6. STATIONARY CHARACTERISTICS OF UNRELIABLE QUEUEING SYSTEM WITH BATCH MARKOVIAN ARRIVAL PROCESS AND RESERVE SERVER

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    V. I. Klimenok

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, a queueing system with unreliable server and so called «cold» redundancy is analyzed. The system consists of an infinite buffer, the main unreliable server and the reliable reserve server. The term «cold reserve» means that the reserve server is off until the main server is in good order and is activated when the main server is under repair. The input flow to the system is a BMAP (Batch Markovian Arrival Process. Breakdowns arrive to the main server according to a MAP (Markovian Arrival Process. Service times as well as repair time have PH (Phase type distribution. A condition for the stable operation of the system is shown, its stationary distribution and the main characteristics are calculated and the expression for the Laplace – Stieltjes transform of the sojourn time distribution is derrived.

  7. Stationary wave patterns in deep water | Doyle | Quaestiones ...

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    ship" or an obstacle in a stream, is revisited. The wave patterns are calculated using the results of the method of stationary phase. This allows for an elegant geometrical construction in which the reciprocal polar of the wave normal diagram ...

  8. Stationary-state mutagenesis in Escherichia coli: a model

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    Stationary-phase mutagenesis in nondividing E. coli cells exposed to a nonlethal stress was, a few years ago, claimed to be a likely case of a Lamarckian mechanism capable of producing exclusively useful mutations in a directed manner. After a heated debate over the last decade it now appears to involve a Darwinian ...

  9. Ceramic Stationary Gas Turbine Development. Technical progress report, April 1, 1993--October 31, 1994

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    This report summarizes work performed by Solar Technologies Inc. and its subcontractors, during the period April 1, 1993 through October 31, 1994 under Phase II of the DOE Ceramic Stationary Gas Turbine Development program. The objective of the program is to improve the performance of stationary gas turbines in cogeneration through the implementation of selected ceramic components.

  10. Construção de câmara de luz ultravioleta para fotopolimerização de fases estacionárias monolíticas Coinstruction of ultraviolet-light chamber for monolithic stationary phases photo-polymerization

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    Fernando Antonio Simas Vaz

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The assembly of a photochemical reactor with six fluorescent lamps, used for photopolymerizations is described. This chamber presents a mobile support, allowing the placement of samples at different heights and a safety lock that interrupts the radiation, if it is opened during operation. The mirrored internal walls avoid the dispersion and non-uniform distribution of light. There is no high heating because the own character of the used lamps. All parts could be purchased in commerce with less than U$ 150,00. This reactor was successfully used for monolithic stationary phase photopolymerization.

  11. Simulation of dust streaming in toroidal traps: Stationary flows

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    Reichstein, Torben; Piel, Alexander [IEAP, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, D-24098 Kiel (Germany)

    2011-08-15

    Molecular-dynamic simulations were performed to study dust motion in a toroidal trap under the influence of the ion drag force driven by a Hall motion of the ions in E x B direction, gravity, inter-particle forces, and friction with the neutral gas. This article is focused on the inhomogeneous stationary streaming motion. Depending on the strength of friction, the spontaneous formation of a stationary shock or a spatial bifurcation into a fast flow and a slow vortex flow is observed. In the quiescent streaming region, the particle flow features a shell structure which undergoes a structural phase transition along the flow direction.

  12. Geometry aware Stationary Subspace Analysis

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    2016-11-22

    JMLR: Workshop and Conference Proceedings 63:430–444, 2016 ACML 2016 Geometry -aware Stationary Subspace Analysis Inbal Horev inbal@ms.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp... geometry of the SPD matrix manifold and the invariance properties of its metrics. Most notably we show that these invariances alleviate the need to...Horev, F. Yger & M. Sugiyama. Geometry -aware SSA many theoretical and practical aspects have been addressed (see Sugiyama and Kawanabe (2012) for an in

  13. An energy stable algorithm for a quasi-incompressible hydrodynamic phase-field model of viscous fluid mixtures with variable densities and viscosities

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    Gong, Yuezheng; Zhao, Jia; Wang, Qi

    2017-10-01

    A quasi-incompressible hydrodynamic phase field model for flows of fluid mixtures of two incompressible viscous fluids of distinct densities and viscosities is derived by using the generalized Onsager principle, which warrants the variational structure, the mass conservation and energy dissipation law. We recast the model in an equivalent form and discretize the equivalent system in space firstly to arrive at a time-dependent ordinary differential and algebraic equation (DAE) system, which preserves the mass conservation and energy dissipation law at the semi-discrete level. Then, we develop a temporal discretization scheme for the DAE system, where the mass conservation and the energy dissipation law are once again preserved at the fully discretized level. We prove that the fully discretized algorithm is unconditionally energy stable. Several numerical examples, including drop dynamics of viscous fluid drops immersed in another viscous fluid matrix and mixing dynamics of binary polymeric solutions, are presented to show the convergence property as well as the accuracy and efficiency of the new scheme.

  14. Quantification of 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline in rice by stable isotope dilution assay through headspace solid-phase microextraction coupled to gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry

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    Maraval, Isabelle [UMR Qualisud, CIRAD, 73 Rue J. F. Breton, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); UMR Qualisud, Universite Montpellier 2, place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Sen, Kemal [Department of Food Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Cukurova, 01330 Adana (Turkey); Agrebi, Abdelhamid; Menut, Chantal; Morere, Alain [UMR 5247, Institut des Biomolecules Max Mousseron (IBMM), CNRS, Universites Montpellier 2 et 1, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier, 8 Rue de l' Ecole Normale, 34296 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Boulanger, Renaud [UMR Qualisud, CIRAD, 73 Rue J. F. Breton, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Gay, Frederic [CIRAD, DORAS Centre, Research and Development Building, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand); Mestres, Christian [UMR Qualisud, CIRAD, 73 Rue J. F. Breton, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Gunata, Ziya, E-mail: zgunata@univ-montp2.fr [UMR Qualisud, Universite Montpellier 2, place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France)

    2010-08-24

    A new and convenient synthesis of 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (2AP), a potent flavor compound in rice, and its ring-deuterated analog, 2-acetyl-1-d{sub 2}-pyrroline (2AP-d{sub 2}), was reported. A stable isotope dilution assay (SIDA), involving headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) combined with gas chromatography-positive chemical ionization-ion trap-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-PCI-IT-MS-MS), was developed for 2AP quantification. A divinylbenzene/carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane (DVB/CAR/PDMS) fiber was used for HS-SPME procedure and parameters affecting analytes recovery, such as extraction time and temperature, pH and salt, were studied. The repeatability of the method (n = 10) expressed as relative standard deviation (RSD) was 11.6%. A good linearity was observed from 5.9 to 779 ng of 2AP (r{sup 2} = 0.9989). Limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for 2AP were 0.1 and 0.4 ng g{sup -1} of rice, respectively. The recovery of spiked 2AP from rice matrix was almost complete. The developed method was applied to the quantification of 2AP in aerial parts and grains of scented and non-scented rice cultivars.

  15. pH-Stable Eu- and Tb-organic-frameworks mediated by an ionic liquid for the aqueous-phase detection of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP).

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    Qin, Jian-Hua; Wang, Hua-Rui; Han, Min-Le; Chang, Xin-Hong; Ma, Lu-Fang

    2017-11-14

    Two pH-stable luminescent metal-organic frameworks (LMOFs), {[Ln 2 (L) 2 (OH)(HCOO)]·[H 2 O]} n (Ln = Eu 1, Tb 2), based on a new π-conjugated organic building block involving both carboxylate and terpyridine groups were rationally synthesized under a combination of hydro/solvothermal and ionothermal conditions (H 2 L = 4'-(4-(3,5-dicarboxylphenoxy)phenyl)-4,2':6',4''-terpyridine). 1 and 2 are isostructural and feature noninterpenetrated open 3D condensed frameworks constructed by rod-shaped lanthanide-carboxylate building units. Their excellent water-stability and pH-stability allow them to be used in aquatic systems. 1 and 2 both exhibit selective and sensitive aqueous phase detection of the well-known nitroaromatic explosive environmental pollutant 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (TNP), which is highly desirable for practical applications. The presence of a free pyridine group on the LMOF particle surface was strategically utilized for the purpose of exclusive TNP-sensing.

  16. Unconditionally stable methods for simulating multi-component two-phase interface models with Peng-Robinson equation of state and various boundary conditions

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    Kou, Jisheng

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we consider multi-component dynamic two-phase interface models, which are formulated by the Cahn-Hilliard system with Peng-Robinson equation of state and various boundary conditions. These models can be derived from the minimum problems of Helmholtz free energy or grand potential in the realistic thermodynamic systems. The resulted Cahn-Hilliard systems with various boundary conditions are fully coupled and strongly nonlinear. A linear transformation is introduced to decouple the relations between different components, and as a result, the models are simplified. From this, we further propose a semi-implicit unconditionally stable time discretization scheme, which allows us to solve the Cahn-Hilliard system by a decoupled way, and thus, our method can significantly reduce the computational cost and memory requirements. The mixed finite element methods are employed for the spatial discretization, and the approximate errors are also analyzed for both space and time. Numerical examples are tested to demonstrate the efficiency of our proposed methods. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

  17. Stable α/δ phase junction of formamidinium lead iodide perovskites for enhanced near-infrared emission† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6sc03542f Click here for additional data file.

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    Ma, Fusheng; Li, Jiangwei; Li, Wenzhe; Lin, Na; Wang, Liduo

    2017-01-01

    Although formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3) perovskite has shown great promise in the field of perovskite-based optoelectronic devices, it suffers the complications of a structural phase transition from a black perovskite phase (α-FAPbI3) to a yellow non-perovskite phase (δ-FAPbI3). Generally, it is pivotal to avoid δ-FAPbI3 since only α-FAPbI3 is desirable for photoelectric conversion and near-infrared (NIR) emission. However, herein, we firstly exploited the undesirable δ-FAPbI3 to enable structurally stable, pure FAPbI3 films with a controllable α/δ phase junction at low annealing temperature (60 °C) through stoichiometrically modified precursors (FAI/PbI2 = 1.1–1.5). The α/δ phase junction contributes to a striking stabilization of the perovskite phase of FAPbI3 at low temperature and significantly enhanced NIR emission at 780 nm, which is markedly different from pure α-FAPbI3 (815 nm). In particular, the optimal α/δ phase junction with FAI/PbI2 = 1.2 exhibited preferable long-term stability against humidity and high PLQY of 6.9%, nearly 10-fold higher than that of pure α-FAPbI3 (0.7%). The present study opens a new approach to realize highly stable and efficient emitting perovskite materials by utilizing the phase junctions. PMID:28451230

  18. Unpredictably Stable

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    Failla, Virgilio; Melillo, Francesca; Reichstein, Toke

    2014-01-01

    Is entrepreneurship a more stable career choice for high employment turnover individuals? We find that a transition to entrepreneurship induces a shift towards stayer behavior and identify job matching, job satisfaction and lock-in effects as main drivers. These findings have major implications...

  19. Stable isotope

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    Results of the study suggest that there are two main carbon pathways for plankton and nekton in the Kariega estuary, carbon derived from the eelgrass and its associated epiphytes and carbon which has its origins in the salt marsh riparian vegetation and zooplankton. Keywords: stable isotope analysis; temperate estuary; ...

  20. A weak energy stationary action principle for quantum state evolution

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    Parks, A. D.

    2003-06-01

    It is shown that the actual paths in Hilbert space followed by a finite set of n geq 2 quantum states evolving between initial and final end point configurations are such that an associated weak energy functional defined by Pancharatnam phases and state separation distances in projective Hilbert space determined by the generalized Fubini-Study metric is stationary for all variations of these phases, separations and time which vanish at the end points. Noether's theorem is used to identify two weak energy conservation laws which are shown to be the analogues of the momentum and energy conservation laws of Langrangian mechanics.

  1. A weak energy stationary action principle for quantum state evolution

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    Parks, A D [Quantum Processing Group, Systems Research and Technology Department, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA 22448 (United States)

    2003-06-27

    It is shown that the actual paths in Hilbert space followed by a finite set of n {>=} 2 quantum states evolving between initial and final end point configurations are such that an associated weak energy functional defined by Pancharatnam phases and state separation distances in projective Hilbert space determined by the generalized Fubini-Study metric is stationary for all variations of these phases, separations and time which vanish at the end points. Noether's theorem is used to identify two weak energy conservation laws which are shown to be the analogues of the momentum and energy conservation laws of Langrangian mechanics.

  2. Stable beams

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    2015-01-01

    Stable beams: two simple words that carry so much meaning at CERN. When LHC page one switched from "squeeze" to "stable beams" at 10.40 a.m. on Wednesday, 3 June, it triggered scenes of jubilation in control rooms around the CERN sites, as the LHC experiments started to record physics data for the first time in 27 months. This is what CERN is here for, and it’s great to be back in business after such a long period of preparation for the next stage in the LHC adventure.   I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. This was a great achievement, and testimony to the hard and dedicated work of so many people in the global CERN community. I could start to list the teams that have contributed, but that would be a mistake. Instead, I’d simply like to say that an achievement as impressive as running the LHC – a machine of superlatives in every respect – takes the combined effort and enthusiasm of everyone ...

  3. A high-temperature liquid chromatographic reactor approach for investigating the solvolytic stability of a pharmaceutical compound and an investigation of its retention behavior on a C18-modified zirconia stationary phase.

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    Skrdla, Peter J; Bopra, Angela; Chasse, Tyson; Wang, Tao

    2008-06-09

    The solvolysis kinetics of a developmental active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) were investigated using a high temperature (HT)-HPLC reactor approach to determine whether it might be possible to use the technique to efficiently screen the relative stabilities of typical APIs (particularly those that are stable at the column temperatures achievable on most HPLC systems and over durations of less than 60 min-a reasonable upper limit for typical method run time). It was discovered that the on-column API degradation kinetics better obeyed a second-order model than a first-order one. Employing a newly developed mathematical treatment, the apparent activation energy for the process was determined to be 85.7+/-1.6 kJ/mol; the apparent frequency factor was found to be (3.9+/-0.4)x10(4) s(-1). The retention mechanism of the API on the C18-modified zirconia column (ZirChrom) Diamondbond-C18) was investigated using a van't Hoff analysis. It was discovered that the logarithm of the retention factor (following correction for the gradient elution of the assay method) exhibited a quadratic dependence on the reciprocal of the absolute temperature. While the retention was found to be predominantly enthalpically driven over the majority of temperatures investigated in this study (ranging from 40 to 200 degrees C), a regression fit of the curve predicted a maximum at approximately 20 degrees C, indicative of a transition from predominantly enthalpically controlled retention to a mainly entropically driven mechanism. A table summarizing the thermodynamic retention parameters at each experimental column temperature is provided. Finally, the preliminary application of the HT-HPLC reactor approach to the study of degradation kinetics of other APIs is discussed in terms of some unexpected findings obtained using the zirconia column.

  4. Pattern formation of stationary transcellular ionic currents in Fucus

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    Léonetti, M.; Dubois-Violette, E.; Homblé, F.

    2004-01-01

    Stationary and nonstationary spatiotemporal pattern formations emerging from the cellular electric activity are a common feature of biological cells and tissues. The nonstationary ones are well explained in the framework of the cable model. Inversely, the formation of the widespread self-organized stationary patterns of transcellular ionic currents remains elusive, despite their importance in cell polarization, apical growth, and morphogenesis. For example, the nature of the breaking symmetry in the Fucus zygote, a model organism for the experimental investigation of embryonic pattern formation, is still an open question. Using an electrodiffusive model, we report here an unexpected property of the cellular electric activity: a phase-space domain that gives rise to stationary patterns of transcellular ionic currents at finite wavelength. The cable model cannot predict this instability. In agreement with experiments, the characteristic time is an ionic diffusive one (<2 min). The critical radius is of the same order of magnitude as the cell radius (30 μm). The generic salient features are a global positive differential conductance, a negative differential conductance for one ion, and a difference between the diffusive coefficients. Although different, this mechanism is reminiscent of Turing instability. PMID:15232004

  5. On the Gross–Pitaevskii Equation with Pumping and Decay: Stationary States and Their Stability

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    Sierra Nunez, Jesus Alfredo

    2015-02-11

    We investigate the behavior of solutions of the complex Gross–Pitaevskii equation, a model that describes the dynamics of pumped decaying Bose–Einstein condensates. The stationary radially symmetric solutions of the equation are studied, and their linear stability with respect to two-dimensional perturbations is analyzed. Using numerical continuation, we calculate not only the ground state of the system, but also a number of excited states. Accurate numerical integration is employed to study the general nonlinear evolution of the system from the unstable stationary solutions to the formation of stable vortex patterns.

  6. Stable limits for sums of dependent infinite variance random variables

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    Bartkiewicz, Katarzyna; Jakubowski, Adam; Mikosch, Thomas

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to provide conditions which ensure that the affinely transformed partial sums of a strictly stationary process converge in distribution to an infinite variance stable distribution. Conditions for this convergence to hold are known in the literature. However, most of these......The aim of this paper is to provide conditions which ensure that the affinely transformed partial sums of a strictly stationary process converge in distribution to an infinite variance stable distribution. Conditions for this convergence to hold are known in the literature. However, most...

  7. Dampers for Stationary Labyrinth Seals

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    El-Aini, Yehia; Mitchell, William; Roberts, Lawrence; Montgomery, Stuart; Davis, Gary

    2011-01-01

    Vibration dampers have been invented that are incorporated as components within the stationary labyrinth seal assembly. These dampers are intended to supplement other vibration-suppressing features of labyrinth seals in order to reduce the incidence of high-cycle-fatigue failures, which have been known to occur in the severe vibratory environments of jet engines and turbopumps in which labyrinth seals are typically used. A vibration damper of this type includes several leaf springs and/or a number of metallic particles (shot) all held in an annular seal cavity by a retaining ring. The leaf springs are made of a spring steel alloy chosen, in conjunction with design parameters, to maintain sufficient preload to ensure effectiveness of damping at desired operating temperatures. The cavity is vented via a small radial gap between the retaining ring and seal housing. The damping mechanism is complex. In the case of leaf springs, the mechanism is mainly friction in the slippage between the seal housing and individual dampers. In the case of a damper that contains shot, the damping mechanism includes contributions from friction between individual particles, friction between particles and cavity walls, and dissipation of kinetic energy of impact. The basic concept of particle/shot vibration dampers has been published previously; what is new here is the use of such dampers to suppress traveling-wave vibrations in labyrinth seals. Damping effectiveness depends on many parameters, including, but not limited to, coefficient of friction, mode shape, and frequency and amplitude of vibrational modes. In tests, preloads of the order of 6 to 15 lb (2.72 to 6.8 kilograms) per spring damper were demonstrated to provide adequate damping levels. Effectiveness of shot damping of vibrations having amplitudes from 20 to 200 times normal terrestrial gravitational acceleration (196 to 1,960 meters per square second) and frequencies up to 12 kHz was demonstrated for shot sizes from 0.032 to

  8. Stationary Liquid Fuel Fast Reactor

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    Yang, Won Sik [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States); Grandy, Andrew [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Boroski, Andrew [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Krajtl, Lubomir [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Johnson, Terry [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2015-09-30

    For effective burning of hazardous transuranic (TRU) elements of used nuclear fuel, a transformational advanced reactor concept named SLFFR (Stationary Liquid Fuel Fast Reactor) was proposed based on stationary molten metallic fuel. The fuel enters the reactor vessel in a solid form, and then it is heated to molten temperature in a small melting heater. The fuel is contained within a closed, thick container with penetrating coolant channels, and thus it is not mixed with coolant nor flow through the primary heat transfer circuit. The makeup fuel is semi- continuously added to the system, and thus a very small excess reactivity is required. Gaseous fission products are also removed continuously, and a fraction of the fuel is periodically drawn off from the fuel container to a processing facility where non-gaseous mixed fission products and other impurities are removed and then the cleaned fuel is recycled into the fuel container. A reference core design and a preliminary plant system design of a 1000 MWt TRU- burning SLFFR concept were developed using TRU-Ce-Co fuel, Ta-10W fuel container, and sodium coolant. Conservative design approaches were adopted to stay within the current material performance database. Detailed neutronics and thermal-fluidic analyses were performed to develop a reference core design. Region-dependent 33-group cross sections were generated based on the ENDF/B-VII.0 data using the MC2-3 code. Core and fuel cycle analyses were performed in theta-r-z geometries using the DIF3D and REBUS-3 codes. Reactivity coefficients and kinetics parameters were calculated using the VARI3D perturbation theory code. Thermo-fluidic analyses were performed using the ANSYS FLUENT computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. Figure 0.1 shows a schematic radial layout of the reference 1000 MWt SLFFR core, and Table 0.1 summarizes the main design parameters of SLFFR-1000 loop plant. The fuel container is a 2.5 cm thick cylinder with an inner radius of 87.5 cm. The fuel

  9. Influence of stationary and non-stationary conditions on drying time and mechanical properties of a porcelain slab

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    Hammouda, Imen; Mihoubi, Daoued

    2017-12-01

    This work deals with a numerical study of the response of a porcelain slab when subjected to convective drying in stationary and non-stationary conditions. The used model describes heat, mass, and momentum transfers is applied to an unsaturated viscoelastic medium described by a Maxwell model. The numerical code allows us to determine the effect of the surrounding air temperature on drying kinetics and on mechanical stress intensities. Von Mises stresses are analysed in order to foresee an eventual damage that may occur during drying. Simulation results for several temperatures in the range of [30 °C, 90 °C] shows that for the temperature from 30 °C to 60 °C, Von Mises stresses are always lower than the yield strength. But above 70 °C, Von Mises stresses are higher than the ultimate strength, and consequently there is a risk of crack at the end of the constant drying rate period. The idea proposed in this work is to integrate a reducing temperature phase when the predicted Von Mises stress intensity exceeds the admissible stress. Simulation results shows that a non-stationary convective drying (90-60 °C) allows us to optimize costs and quality by reducing the drying time and maintaining Von Mises stress values under the admissible stress.

  10. Correlations Between retention indices and molecular structure of aliphatic alcohols and of their benzoyl derivatives on phenyl substituted polysiloxane stationary phases; Cromatografia en fase gaseosa sobre metilfenilpolisiloxanos. Estructura molecular y parametros de retencion para alcoholes y sus derivados benzoilados

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    Pias, J. B.; Gasco, L.

    1976-07-01

    The retention indices of aliphatic alcohols of carbon number up to C{sub g}, and of their benzoyl derivatives up to C{sub 7}, were determined in columns packed with Chromo sorb G (AW-DMCS-HP) coated previously with 5% methyl, and methyl phenyl polysiloxanes with increasing polarity (SE-30, 0V-3, 0V-7, 0V-11, 0V-17 and OV-25). Correlations between retention indices and chain length for 1-alcohols, 2-alcohols, 3-alcohols, 1 , on -3-alcohols, 2-methyl-1-alcohols and for their corresponding benzoyl derivatives were calculated at 100, 120 and 140 degree centigree. In alcohols, a -CH{sub 2}- group increases I approximately 100 units, and in their benzoyl derivatives from 80 to 100 units. Dispersion indices {delta}l , and positional and structural increments {delta}I, were evaluated for -OH and benzoyl groups in terms of phase polarity and chain length. Effects of chain length, chain branching and double bond location on retention parameters were also studied. (Author) 23 refs.

  11. Blind estimation of statistical properties of non-stationary random variables

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    Mansour, Ali; Mesleh, Raed; Aggoune, el-Hadi M.

    2014-12-01

    To identify or equalize wireless transmission channels, or alternatively to evaluate the performance of many wireless communication algorithms, coefficients or statistical properties of the used transmission channels are often assumed to be known or can be estimated at the receiver end. For most of the proposed algorithms, the knowledge of transmission channel statistical properties is essential to detect signals and retrieve data. To the best of our knowledge, most proposed approaches assume that transmission channels are static and can be modeled by stationary random variables (uniform, Gaussian, exponential, Weilbul, Rayleigh, etc.). In the majority of sensor networks or cellular systems applications, transmitters and/or receivers are in motion. Therefore, the validity of static transmission channels and the underlying assumptions may not be valid. In this case, coefficients and statistical properties change and therefore the stationary model falls short of making an accurate representation. In order to estimate the statistical properties (represented by the high-order statistics and probability density function, PDF) of dynamic channels, we firstly assume that the dynamic channels can be modeled by short-term stationary but long-term non-stationary random variable (RV), i.e., the RVs are stationary within unknown successive periods but they may suddenly change their statistical properties between two successive periods. Therefore, this manuscript proposes an algorithm to detect the transition phases of non-stationary random variables and introduces an indicator based on high-order statistics for non-stationary transmission which can be used to alter channel properties and initiate the estimation process. Additionally, PDF estimators based on kernel functions are also developed. The first part of the manuscript provides a brief introduction for unbiased estimators of the second and fourth-order cumulants. Then, the non-stationary indicators are formulated

  12. Thermo-kinetic prediction of metastable and stable phase precipitation in Al–Zn–Mg series aluminium alloys during non-isothermal DSC analysis

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    Lang, Peter, E-mail: pl404@cam.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Charles Babbage Road 27, Cambridge CB3 0FS (United Kingdom); Wojcik, Tomasz [Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Favoritenstraße 9-11, Vienna 1040 (Austria); Povoden-Karadeniz, Erwin [Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Favoritenstraße 9-11, Vienna 1040 (Austria); Christian Doppler Laboratory “Early Stages of Precipitation”, Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Favoritenstraße 9-11, Vienna 1040 (Austria); Falahati, Ahmad [Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Favoritenstraße 9-11, Vienna 1040 (Austria); Kozeschnik, Ernst [Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Favoritenstraße 9-11, Vienna 1040 (Austria); Christian Doppler Laboratory “Early Stages of Precipitation”, Institute of Materials Science and Technology, Vienna University of Technology, Favoritenstraße 9-11, Vienna 1040 (Austria)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • Comparison of laboratory Al–Zn–Mg alloy to industrial Al 7xxx series. • Heat flow evolution during non-isothermal DSC analysis is calculated. • TEM investigations of laboratory Al–Zn–Mg alloy at three pronounced temperatures. • Simulation and modelling of precipitation sequence. • Calculation and prediction of heat flow curves of Al 7xxx series. - Abstract: The technological properties of heat treatable Al–Zn–Mg alloys originate in the morphology and distribution of metastable particles. Starting from the solution-annealed condition, this paper describes the precipitate evolution during non-isothermal temperature changes, namely continuous heating differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis. The distribution and the morphology of the metastable and stable precipitates and the heat flow accompanying the precipitation process is investigated experimentally and calculated by numerical thermo-kinetic simulations. The computer simulation results of the sizes and distributions are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The theoretical background and the results of the investigations are discussed.

  13. 1D and 2D NMR Spectroscopy of Bonding Interactions within Stable and Phase-Separating Organic Electrolyte-Cellulose Solutions.

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    Clough, Matthew T; Farès, Christophe; Rinaldi, Roberto

    2017-09-11

    Organic electrolyte solutions (i.e. mixtures containing an ionic liquid and a polar, molecular co-solvent) are highly versatile solvents for cellulose. However, the underlying solvent-solvent and solvent-solute interactions are not yet fully understood. Herein, mixtures of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate, the co-solvent 1,3-dimethyl-2-imidazolidinone, and cellulose are investigated using 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy. The use of a triply-13 C-labelled ionic liquid enhances the signal-to-noise ratio for 13 C NMR spectroscopy, enabling changes in bonding interactions to be accurately pinpointed. Current observations reveal an additional degree of complexity regarding the distinct roles of cation, anion, and co-solvent toward maintaining cellulose solubility and phase stability. Unexpectedly, the interactions between the dialkylimidazolium ring C2 -H substituent and cellulose become more pronounced at high temperatures, counteracted by a net weakening of acetate-cellulose interactions. Moreover, for mixtures that exhibit critical solution behavior, phase separation is accompanied by the apparent recombination of cation-anion pairs. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. 4. Workshop - Measurement techniques of stationary and transient multiphase flow

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    Prasser, H.M. (ed.)

    2001-05-01

    In November 2000, the 4th Workshop on Measurement Techniques for Stationary and Transient Multiphase Flows took place in Rossendorf. Three previous workshops of this series were national meetings; this time participants from different countries took part. The programme comprised 14 oral presentations, 9 of which are included in these proceedings in full length. A special highlight of the meeting was the main lecture ''Ultrasonic doppler method for bubbly flow measurement'' of Professor Masanori Aritomi, Dr. Hiroshige Kikura and Dr. Yumiko Suzuki. The workshop again dealt with high-resolution phase distribution and phase velocity measurement techniques based on electrical conductivity, ultrasound, laser light and high-speed cinematography. A number of presentations were dedicated to the application of wire-mesh sensors developed by FZR for different applications used by the Technical Universities of Delft and Munich and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. (orig.)

  15. Investigation of the statistical distance to reach stationary distributions

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    Nicholson, S. B.; Kim, Eun-jin

    2015-01-01

    The thermodynamic length gives a Riemannian metric to a system's phase space. Here we extend the traditional thermodynamic length to the information length (L) out of equilibrium and examine its properties. We utilise L as a useful methodology of analysing non-equilibrium systems without evoking conventional assumptions such as Gaussian statistics, detailed balance, priori-known constraints, or ergodicity and numerically examine how L evolves in time for the logistic map in the chaotic regime depending on initial conditions. To this end, we propose a discrete version of L which is mathematically well defined by taking a set theoretic approach. We identify the areas of phase space where the loss of information of the system takes place most rapidly. In particular, we present an interesting result that the unstable fixed points turn out to most efficiently drive the logistic map towards a stationary distribution through L.

  16. Stationary Cycling and Children with Cerebral Palsy: Case Reports for Two Participants

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    Siebert, Kara L.; DeMuth, Sharon K.; Knutson, Loretta M.; Fowler, Eileen G.

    2010-01-01

    These case reports describe a stationary cycling intervention and outcomes for two child participants (P1 and P2) with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Each child completed a 12-week, 30-session cycling intervention consisting of strengthening and cardiorespiratory fitness phases. P1 exhibited higher training intensities, particularly during the…

  17. Stationary definition of persistence for finite-temperature phase ordering

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    Drouffe, J.-M.; Godrèche, C.

    1998-12-01

    For the two-dimensional kinetic Ising model at finite temperature, the local mean magnetization 0305-4470/31/49/004/img5, simply related to the fraction of time spent by a given spin in the positive direction, has a limiting distribution, singular at 0305-4470/31/49/004/img6, the Onsager spontaneous magnetization. The exponent of this singularity defines the persistence exponent 0305-4470/31/49/004/img7. We also study first passage exponents associated to persistent large deviations of 0305-4470/31/49/004/img8, and their temperature dependence.

  18. An experimental stationary quadrotor with variable DOF

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    It would be wise to extend control studies of air vehicles on a stationary unit or in simula- tion environment because of the ... to decouple different motion axis of the vehicle so that control algorithm effects can be observed. While mechatronic design ..... Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, J. Electric. Eng., 57(1):20–27.

  19. Damping device for a stationary labyrinth seal

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    El-Aini, Yehia M. (Inventor); Mitchell, William S. (Inventor); Roberts, Lawrence P. (Inventor); Montgomery, Stuart K. (Inventor); Davis, Gary A. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A stationary labyrinth seal system includes a seal housing having an annular cavity, a plurality of damping devices, and a retaining ring. The damping devices are positioned within the annular cavity and are maintained within the annular cavity by the retaining ring.

  20. New interval forecast for stationary autoregressive models ...

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    In this paper, we proposed a new forecasting interval for stationary Autoregressive, AR(p) models using the Akaike information criterion (AIC) function. Ordinarily, the AIC function is used to determine the order of an AR(p) process. In this study however, AIC forecast interval compared favorably with the theoretical forecast ...

  1. Taylor series expansions for stationary Markov chains

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    Heidergott, B.F.; Hordijk, A.

    2003-01-01

    We study Taylor series expansions of stationary characteristics of general-state-space Markov chains. The elements of the Taylor series are explicitly calculated and a lower bound for the radius of convergence of the Taylor series is established. The analysis provided in this paper applies to the

  2. Calendar Year 2016 Stationary Source Emissions Inventory

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    Evelo, Stacie [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2017-01-01

    The City of Albuquerque (COA) Environmental Health Department Air Quality Program has issued stationary source permits and registrations the Department of Energy/Sandia Field Office for operations at the Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico. This emission inventory report meets the annual reporting compliance requirements for calendar year (CY) 2016 as required by the COA.

  3. On some topological properties of stable measures

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    Nielsen, Carsten Krabbe

    1996-01-01

    Summary The paper shows that the set of stable probability measures and the set of Rational Beliefs relative to a given stationary measure are closed in the strong topology, but not closed in the topology of weak convergence. However, subsets of the set of stable probability measures which...... are characterized by uniformity of convergence of the empirical distribution are closed in the topology of weak convergence. It is demonstrated that such subsets exist. In particular, there is an increasing sequence of sets of SIDS measures who's union is the set of all SIDS measures generated by a particular...... system and such that each subset consists of stable measures. The uniformity requirement has a natural interpretation in terms of plausibility of Rational Beliefs...

  4. Product study of the gas-phase BrO-initiated oxidation of Hg0: evidence for stable Hg1+ compounds.

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    Raofie, Farhad; Ariya, Parisa A

    2004-08-15

    Mercury is a key toxic environmental pollutant, and its speciation affects its bioavailability. BrO radicals have been identified as key oxidants during mercury depletion events observed in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions. We report the first experimental product study of BrO-initiated oxidation of elemental mercury at atmospheric pressure of ca. 0.987 bar and T= 296+/-2 K. We used chemical ionization and electron impact mass spectrometry, gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer, a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer, a cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometer, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy coupled to energy dispersive spectrometry. BrO radicals were formed using visible and UV photolysis of Br2 and CH2Br2 in the presence of ozone. We have analyzed the products in the gas phase, on suspended aerosols and on wall deposits, and identified HgBr, HgBrO/HgOBr, and HgO as reaction products. Mercury aerosols with a characteristic width of ca. 0.2 microm were observed as products. We herein discuss the implications of our results to the chemistry of atmospheric mercury and its potential implications in the biogeochemical cycling of mercury.

  5. New construction of the magnetohydrodynamic spectrum of stationary plasma flows. II. Rayleigh-Taylor and Kelvin-Helmholtz instability

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    Goedbloed, J. P.

    2009-01-01

    In a preceding paper [J. P. Goedbloed, Phys. Plasmas 16, 122110 (2009)] a new method was developed to compute the magnetohydrodynamic spectrum of waves and instabilities of stationary plasma flows by means of the construction of the solution paths, P-s and P-u, of stable waves and instabilities in

  6. Stationary discrete solitons in a driven dissipative Bose-Hubbard chain

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    Naether, Uta; Quijandría, Fernando; García-Ripoll, Juan José; Zueco, David

    2015-03-01

    We demonstrate that stationary localized solutions (discrete solitons) exist in one-dimensional Bose-Hubbard lattices with gain and loss in a semiclassical regime. Stationary solutions, by definition, are robust and do not demand state preparation. Losses, unavoidable in experiments, are not a drawback, but a necessary ingredient for these modes to exist. The semiclassical calculations are complemented with their classical limit and dynamics based on a Gutzwiller ansatz. We argue that circuit quantum electrodynamic architectures are ideal platforms for realizing the physics developed here. Finally, within the input-output formalism, we explain how to experimentally access the different phases, including the solitons, of the chain.

  7. Stable Isotope Data

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Tissue samples (skin, bone, blood, muscle) are analyzed for stable carbon, stable nitrogen, and stable sulfur analysis. Many samples are used in their entirety for...

  8. Three-phase succession of autochthonous lactic acid bacteria to reach a stable ecosystem within 7 days of natural bamboo shoot fermentation as revealed by different molecular approaches.

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    Romi, Wahengbam; Ahmed, Giasuddin; Jeyaram, Kumaraswamy

    2015-07-01

    Microbial community structure and population dynamics during spontaneous bamboo shoot fermentation for production of 'soidon' (indigenous fermented food) in North-east India were studied using cultivation-dependent and cultivation-independent molecular approaches. Cultivation-dependent analyses (PCR-amplified ribosomal DNA restriction analysis and rRNA gene sequencing) and cultivation-independent analyses (PCR-DGGE, qPCR and Illumina amplicon sequencing) were conducted on the time series samples collected from three independent indigenous soidon fermentation batches. The current findings revealed three-phase succession of autochthonous lactic acid bacteria to attain a stable ecosystem within 7 days natural fermentation of bamboo shoots. Weissella spp. (Weissella cibaria, uncultured Weissella ghanensis) and Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris predominated the early phase (1-2 days) which was joined by Leuconostoc citreum during the mid-phase (3 days), while Lactobacillus brevis and Lactobacillus plantarum emerged and became dominant in the late phase (5-7 days) with concurrent disappearance of W. cibaria and L. lactis subsp. cremoris. Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis and uncultured Lactobacillus acetotolerans were predominantly present throughout the fermentation with no visible dynamics. The above identified dominant bacterial species along with their dynamics can be effectively utilized for designing a starter culture for industrialization of soidon production. Our results showed that a more realistic view on the microbial ecology of soidon fermentation could be obtained by cultivation-dependent studies complemented with cultivation-independent molecular approaches. Moreover, the critical issues to be considered for reducing methodological biases while studying the microbial ecology of traditional food fermentation were also highlighted with this soidon fermentation model. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Optimal estimation of free energies and stationary densities from multiple biased simulations

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    Wu, Hao

    2013-01-01

    When studying high-dimensional dynamical systems such as macromolecules, quantum systems and polymers, a prime concern is the identification of the most probable states and their stationary probabilities or free energies. Often, these systems have metastable regions or phases, prohibiting to estimate the stationary probabilities by direct simulation. Efficient sampling methods such as umbrella sampling, metadynamics and conformational flooding have developed that perform a number of simulations where the system's potential is biased such as to accelerate the rare barrier crossing events. A joint free energy profile or stationary density can then be obtained from these biased simulations with weighted histogram analysis method (WHAM). This approach (a) requires a few essential order parameters to be defined in which the histogram is set up, and (b) assumes that each simulation is in global equilibrium. Both assumptions make the investigation of high-dimensional systems with previously unknown energy landscape ...

  10. Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources

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    This revision of the 2011 report, Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources, evaluates biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources, including a detailed study of the scientific and technical issues associated with assessing biogenic carbon dioxide...

  11. Avalanche consumption and the stationary regions of the density profile around the droplets in the theory of condensation

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    Kurasov, V.

    1998-01-01

    The contradiction between the stationary aproach to the density profile and the avalanche character of the metastable phase consumption is investigated. The exact solution for the metastable phase profile is obtained. The reconsidered value for the special parameter responsible for the hierarchy in the structure of the density profile around the droplet is presented.

  12. The mass dependent and independent equilibrium fractionation of stable mercury isotopes during laboratory synthesis of metacinnabar and other mercury-bearing phases

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    Smith, R. S.; Wiederhold, J. G.; Bourdon, B.; Kretzschmar, R.

    2010-12-01

    that precipitates created from the Hg-nitrate had a Hg:S stoichiometry greater than 1:1 suggesting the formation of mixed Hg-S-nitrate phases. In contrast, the stoichiometry of the precipitates from the Hg-acetate experiments was close to 1:1. XRD analysis of the precipitates from the Hg-acetate system confirmed that metacinnabar was formed. The similarity of the concentration and isotope results obtained from the two time steps suggests that reactant and product were in equilibrium for both Hg systems. In all experimental samples, the precipitates were isotopically lighter than the corresponding supernatants. Small negative MIF anomalies for the odd mass Hg isotopes were found in the supernatants of the Hg-acetate. The observed MDF and MIF signatures can be explained by the change from Hg-O to Hg-S coordination during precipitation and are consistent in direction and magnitude with the predictions for equilibrium isotope effects caused by a combination of MDF and nuclear volume fractionation (Wiederhold et al., ES&T, 2010, 44:4191-4197). Additional experiments will be performed to confirm these findings.

  13. EDITORIAL: CAMOP: Quantum Non-Stationary Systems CAMOP: Quantum Non-Stationary Systems

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    Dodonov, Victor V.; Man'ko, Margarita A.

    2010-09-01

    Although time-dependent quantum systems have been studied since the very beginning of quantum mechanics, they continue to attract the attention of many researchers, and almost every decade new important discoveries or new fields of application are made. Among the impressive results or by-products of these studies, one should note the discovery of the path integral method in the 1940s, coherent and squeezed states in the 1960-70s, quantum tunneling in Josephson contacts and SQUIDs in the 1960s, the theory of time-dependent quantum invariants in the 1960-70s, different forms of quantum master equations in the 1960-70s, the Zeno effect in the 1970s, the concept of geometric phase in the 1980s, decoherence of macroscopic superpositions in the 1980s, quantum non-demolition measurements in the 1980s, dynamics of particles in quantum traps and cavity QED in the 1980-90s, and time-dependent processes in mesoscopic quantum devices in the 1990s. All these topics continue to be the subject of many publications. Now we are witnessing a new wave of interest in quantum non-stationary systems in different areas, from cosmology (the very first moments of the Universe) and quantum field theory (particle pair creation in ultra-strong fields) to elementary particle physics (neutrino oscillations). A rapid increase in the number of theoretical and experimental works on time-dependent phenomena is also observed in quantum optics, quantum information theory and condensed matter physics. Time-dependent tunneling and time-dependent transport in nano-structures are examples of such phenomena. Another emerging direction of study, stimulated by impressive progress in experimental techniques, is related to attempts to observe the quantum behavior of macroscopic objects, such as mirrors interacting with quantum fields in nano-resonators. Quantum effects manifest themselves in the dynamics of nano-electromechanical systems; they are dominant in the quite new and very promising field of circuit

  14. Danish emission inventories for stationary combustion plants

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    Nielsen, M.; Illerup, J. B.

    Emission inventories for stationary combustion plants are presented and the methodologies and assumptions used for the inventories are described. The pollutants considered are: SO2, NOx, NMVOC, CH4, CO, CO2, N2O, particulate matter, heavy metals, dioxins and PAH. Since 1990 the fuel consumption...... in stationary combustion has increased by 12% - the fossil fuel consumption however only by 6%. Despite the increased fuel consumption the emission of several pollutants have decreased due to the improved flue gas cleaning technology, improved burner technology and the change of fuel type used. A considerable...... plants. The emission of PAH increased as a result of the increased combustion of wood in residential boilers and stoves. Uncertainties for the emissions and trends have been estimated....

  15. Danish emission inventories for stationary combustion plants

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