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  1. WNK kinases and essential hypertension.

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    Huang, Chou-Long; Kuo, Elizabeth; Toto, Robert D

    2008-03-01

    The present review summarizes recent literature and discusses the potential roles of WNKs in the pathogenesis of essential hypertension. WNKs (with-no-lysine [K]) are a recently discovered family of serine-threonine protein kinases with unusual protein kinase domains. The role of WNK kinases in the control of blood pressure was first revealed by the findings that mutations of two members, WNK1 and WNK4, cause Gordon's syndrome. Laboratory studies have revealed that WNK kinases play important roles in the regulation of sodium and potassium transport. Animal models have been created to unravel the pathophysiology of sodium transport disorders caused by mutations of the WNK4 gene. Potassium deficiency causes sodium retention and increases hypertension prevalence. The expression of WNK1 is upregulated by potassium deficiency, raising the possibility that WNK1 may contribute to salt-sensitive essential hypertension associated with potassium deficiency. Associations of polymorphisms of WNK genes with essential hypertension in the general population have been reported. Mutations of WNK1 and WNK4 cause hypertension at least partly by increasing renal sodium retention. The role of WNK kinases in salt-sensitive hypertension within general hypertension is suggested, but future work is required to firmly establish the connection.

  2. WNK-SPAK-NCC cascade revisited: WNK1 stimulates the activity of the Na-Cl cotransporter via SPAK, an effect antagonized by WNK4.

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    Chávez-Canales, María; Zhang, Chong; Soukaseum, Christelle; Moreno, Erika; Pacheco-Alvarez, Diana; Vidal-Petiot, Emmanuelle; Castañeda-Bueno, María; Vázquez, Norma; Rojas-Vega, Lorena; Meermeier, Nicholas P; Rogers, Shaunessy; Jeunemaitre, Xavier; Yang, Chao-Ling; Ellison, David H; Gamba, Gerardo; Hadchouel, Juliette

    2014-11-01

    The with-no-lysine (K) kinases, WNK1 and WNK4, are key regulators of blood pressure. Their mutations lead to familial hyperkalemic hypertension (FHHt), associated with an activation of the Na-Cl cotransporter (NCC). Although it is clear that WNK4 mutants activate NCC via Ste20 proline-alanine-rich kinase, the mechanisms responsible for WNK1-related FHHt and alterations in NCC activity are not as clear. We tested whether WNK1 modulates NCC through WNK4, as predicted by some models, by crossing our recently developed WNK1-FHHt mice (WNK1(+/FHHt)) with WNK4(-/-) mice. Surprisingly, the activated NCC, hypertension, and hyperkalemia of WNK1(+/FHHt) mice remain in the absence of WNK4. We demonstrate that WNK1 powerfully stimulates NCC in a WNK4-independent and Ste20 proline-alanine-rich kinase-dependent manner. Moreover, WNK4 decreases the WNK1 and WNK3-mediated activation of NCC. Finally, the formation of oligomers of WNK kinases through their C-terminal coiled-coil domain is essential for their activity toward NCC. In conclusion, WNK kinases form a network in which WNK4 associates with WNK1 and WNK3 to regulate NCC. © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.

  3. WNK4 is the major WNK positively regulating NCC in the mouse kidney.

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    Takahashi, Daiei; Mori, Takayasu; Nomura, Naohiro; Khan, Muhammad Zakir Hossain; Araki, Yuya; Zeniya, Moko; Sohara, Eisei; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2014-05-09

    By analysing the pathogenesis of a hereditary hypertensive disease, PHAII (pseudohypoaldosteronism type II), we previously discovered that WNK (with-no-lysine kinase)-OSR1/SPAK (oxidative stress-responsive 1/Ste20-like proline/alanine-rich kinase) cascade regulates NCC (Na-Cl co-transporter) in the DCT (distal convoluted tubules) of the kidney. However, the role of WNK4 in the regulation of NCC remains controversial. To address this, we generated and analysed WNK4-/- mice. Although a moderate decrease in SPAK phosphorylation and a marked increase in WNK1 expression were evident in the kidneys of WNK4-/- mice, the amount of phosphorylated and total NCC decreased to almost undetectable levels, indicating that WNK4 is the major WNK positively regulating NCC, and that WNK1 cannot compensate for WNK4 deficiency in the DCT. Insulin- and low-potassium diet-induced NCC phosphorylation were abolished in WNK4-/- mice, establishing that both signals to NCC were mediated by WNK4. As shown previously, a high-salt diet decreases phosphorylated and total NCC in WNK4+/+ mice via AngII (angiotensin II) and aldosterone suppression. This was not ameliorated by WNK4 knock out, excluding the negative regulation of WNK4 on NCC postulated to be active in the absence of AngII stimulation. Thus, WNK4 is the major positive regulator of NCC in the kidneys.

  4. WNK kinases regulate thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransport.

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    Yang, Chao-Ling; Angell, Jordan; Mitchell, Rose; Ellison, David H

    2003-04-01

    Pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII) is an autosomal dominant disorder of hyperkalemia and hypertension. Mutations in two members of the WNK kinase family, WNK1 and WNK4, cause the disease. WNK1 mutations are believed to increase WNK1 expression; the effect of WNK4 mutations remains unknown. The clinical phenotype of PHAII is opposite to Gitelman syndrome, a disease caused by dysfunction of the thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter. We tested the hypothesis that WNK kinases regulate the mammalian thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter (NCC). Mouse WNK4 was cloned and expressed in Xenopus oocytes with or without NCC. Coexpression with WNK4 suppressed NCC activity by more than 85%. This effect did not result from defects in NCC synthesis or processing, but was associated with an 85% reduction in NCC abundance at the plasma membrane. Unlike WNK4, WNK1 did not affect NCC activity directly. WNK1, however, completely prevented WNK4 inhibition of NCC. Some WNK4 mutations that cause PHAII retained NCC-inhibiting activity, but the Q562E WNK4 demonstrated diminished activity, suggesting that some PHAII mutations lead to loss of NCC inhibition. Gain-of-function WNK1 mutations would be expected to inhibit WNK4 activity, thereby activating NCC, contributing to the PHAII phenotype. Together, these results identify WNK kinases as a previously unrecognized sodium regulatory pathway of the distal nephron. This pathway likely contributes to normal and pathological blood pressure homeostasis.

  5. Catalytic activity of in situ synthesized MoWNi sulfides in hydrogenation of aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Topolyuk, Yu. A.; Maksimov, A. L.; Kolyagin, Yu. G.

    2017-02-01

    MoWNi-sulfide catalysts were obtained in situ by thermal decomposition of metal-polymer precursors based on the copolymers of polymaleic anhydride in a hydrocarbon raw material. The activity of the synthesized catalysts in hydrogenation of bicyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was studied, and the composition and structure of active phase nanoparticles were determined.

  6. Effect of heterozygous deletion of WNK1 on the WNK-OSR1/ SPAK-NCC/NKCC1/NKCC2 signal cascade in the kidney and blood vessels.

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    Susa, Koichiro; Kita, Satomi; Iwamoto, Takahiro; Yang, Sung-Sen; Lin, Shih-Hua; Ohta, Akihito; Sohara, Eisei; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sasaki, Sei; Alessi, Dario R; Uchida, Shinichi

    2012-08-01

    We found that a mechanism of hypertension in pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII) caused by a WNK4 missense mutation (D561A) was activation of the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC signal cascade. However, the pathogenic effect of intronic deletions in WNK1 genes also observed in PHAII patients remains unclear. To understand the pathophysiological roles of WNK1 in vivo, WNK1(+/-)mice have been analyzed, because homozygous WNK1 knockout is embryonic lethal. Although WNK1(+/-) mice have been reported to have hypotension, detailed analyses of the WNK signal cascade in the kidney and other organs of WNK1(+/-) mice have not been performed. We assess the effect of heterozygous deletion of WNK1 on the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC/NKCC1/NKCC2 signal cascade in the kidney and blood vessels. Contrary to the previous report, the blood pressure of WNK1(+/-) mice was not decreased, even under a low-salt diet. Under a WNK4(D561A/+) background, the heterozygous deletion of the WNK1 gene did not reduce the high blood pressure either. We then evaluated the phosphorylation status of OSR1, SPAK, NCC, NKCC1, and NKCC2 in the kidney, but no significant decrease in the phosphorylation was observed in WNK1(+/-) mice or WNK1(+/-)WNK4(D561A/+) mice. In contrast, a significant decrease in NKCC1 phosphorylation in the aorta and a decreased pressure-induced myogenic response in the mesenteric arteries were observed in WNK1(+/-) mice. The contribution of WNK1 to total WNK kinase activity in the kidney may be small, but that WNK1 may play a substantial role in the regulation of blood pressure in the arteries.

  7. Prevalence of Plasmodium vivax VK210 and VK247 subtype in Myanmar

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    Kang Yoon-Joong

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Plasmodium vivax is divided into two subtypes, a dominant form, VK210 and a variant form, VK247. This division is dependent on the amino acid composition of the circumsporozoite (CS protein. In this study, the prevalence of the VK247 variant form of P. vivax was investigated in Myanmar. Methods The existence of malaria parasites in blood samples was determined by microscopic examination, polymerase chain reaction (PCR and DNA hybridization assays. To test for antibodies against P. vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in blood samples, an indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT was performed using asexual blood antigens. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with synthetic VK210 and VK247 antigens was carried out to discriminate between the P. vivax subtypes. Results By thick smear examination, 73 (n = 100 patients were single infected with P. vivax, one with P. falciparum and 13 with both species. By thin smear, 53 patients were single infected with P. vivax, eight with only P. falciparum and 16 with both. Most of the collected blood samples were shown to be P. vivax positive (n = 95 by PCR. All cases that were positive for P. falciparum by PCR (n = 43 were also positive for P. vivax. However, 52 cases were single infected with P. vivax. IFAT showed antibody titres from 1:32 to 1:4,096. Additionally, using specific antibodies for VK210 and VK247, ELISA showed that 12 patients had antibodies for only the VK210 subtype, 4 patients had only VK247 subtype antibodies and 21 patients had antibodies for both subtypes. Using a DNA hybridization test, 47 patients were infected with the VK210 type, one patient was infected with VK247 and 23 patients were infected with both subtypes. Conclusions The proportion of the VK247 subtype in Myanmar was 43.1% (n = 25 among 58 positive cases by serodiagnosis and 25.6% (n = 24 among 94 positive cases by genetic diagnosis. In both diagnostic methods, the infection status of malaria patients is

  8. SPAK deficiency corrects pseudohypoaldosteronism II caused by WNK4 mutation.

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    Chu, Pei-Yi; Cheng, Chih-Jen; Wu, Yi-Chang; Fang, Yu-Wei; Chau, Tom; Uchida, Shinichi; Sasaki, Sei; Yang, Sung-Sen; Lin, Shih-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Stimulation of the OSR1 (Oxidative stress-responsive kinase-1)/SPAK [STE20 (sterile 20)/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase]-NCC (Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter) signaling cascade plays an important role in the WNK [With-No-Lysine (K)] kinase 4 D561A knock-in mouse model of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHA II) characterized by salt-sensitive hypertension and hyperkalemia. The aim of this study was to investigate the respective roles of Osr1 and Spak in the pathogenesis of PHA II in vivo. Wnk4 (D561A/+) mice were crossed with kidney tubule-specific (KSP) Osr1 knockout (KSP-Osr1 (-/-)) and Spak knockout (Spak (-/-)) mice. Blood pressure, plasma and urine biochemistries, and the relevant protein expression in the kidneys were examined. Wnk4 (D561A/+), KSP-Osr1 (-/-), and Spak (-/-) mice recapitulated the phenotypes of PHA II, Bartter-like syndrome, and Gitelman syndrome, respectively. Wnk4 (D561A/+).KSP-Osr1 (-/-) remained phenotypically PHA II while Wnk4 (D561A/+).Spak (-/-) mice became normotensive and lacked the PHA II phenotype. Phosphorylated Spak and Ncc were similarly increased in both Wnk4 (D561A/+) and Wnk4 (D561A/+).KSP-Osr1 (-/-) mice while phosphorylated Ncc normalized in Wnk4 (D561A/+).Spak (-/-) mice. Furthermore, Wnk4 (D561A/+).KSP-Osr1 (-/-) mice exhibited exaggerated salt excretion in response to thiazide diuretics while Wnk4 (D561A/+).Spak (-/-) mice exhibited normal responses. Wnk4(D561A/+).Spak (-/-).KSP-Osr1 (-/-) triple mutant mice had low blood pressure and diminished phosphorylated Ncc. Both SPAK and OSR1 are important in the maintenance of blood pressure but activation of SPAK-NCC plays the dominant role in PHA II. SPAK may be a therapeutic target for disorders with salt-sensitive hypertension related to WNK4 activation.

  9. SPAK deficiency corrects pseudohypoaldosteronism II caused by WNK4 mutation.

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    Pei-Yi Chu

    Full Text Available Stimulation of the OSR1 (Oxidative stress-responsive kinase-1/SPAK [STE20 (sterile 20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase]-NCC (Na(+-Cl(- cotransporter signaling cascade plays an important role in the WNK [With-No-Lysine (K] kinase 4 D561A knock-in mouse model of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHA II characterized by salt-sensitive hypertension and hyperkalemia. The aim of this study was to investigate the respective roles of Osr1 and Spak in the pathogenesis of PHA II in vivo. Wnk4 (D561A/+ mice were crossed with kidney tubule-specific (KSP Osr1 knockout (KSP-Osr1 (-/- and Spak knockout (Spak (-/- mice. Blood pressure, plasma and urine biochemistries, and the relevant protein expression in the kidneys were examined. Wnk4 (D561A/+, KSP-Osr1 (-/-, and Spak (-/- mice recapitulated the phenotypes of PHA II, Bartter-like syndrome, and Gitelman syndrome, respectively. Wnk4 (D561A/+.KSP-Osr1 (-/- remained phenotypically PHA II while Wnk4 (D561A/+.Spak (-/- mice became normotensive and lacked the PHA II phenotype. Phosphorylated Spak and Ncc were similarly increased in both Wnk4 (D561A/+ and Wnk4 (D561A/+.KSP-Osr1 (-/- mice while phosphorylated Ncc normalized in Wnk4 (D561A/+.Spak (-/- mice. Furthermore, Wnk4 (D561A/+.KSP-Osr1 (-/- mice exhibited exaggerated salt excretion in response to thiazide diuretics while Wnk4 (D561A/+.Spak (-/- mice exhibited normal responses. Wnk4(D561A/+.Spak (-/-.KSP-Osr1 (-/- triple mutant mice had low blood pressure and diminished phosphorylated Ncc. Both SPAK and OSR1 are important in the maintenance of blood pressure but activation of SPAK-NCC plays the dominant role in PHA II. SPAK may be a therapeutic target for disorders with salt-sensitive hypertension related to WNK4 activation.

  10. Main: 1VK5 [RPSD[Archive

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    Full Text Available VK5; X-ray; A=-. X-Ray Diffraction, Resolution: 1.60 Angstrom, R-Factor: 0.160, R-Free: 0.184 Length: 163 AA...ctural Genomics, Cesg GB:NP_188907,30686741|EMBL; AB022223; BAB01243.1; -.|PDB; 1

  11. A minor role of WNK3 in regulating phosphorylation of renal NKCC2 and NCC co-transporters in vivo.

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    Oi, Katsuyuki; Sohara, Eisei; Rai, Tatemitsu; Misawa, Moko; Chiga, Motoko; Alessi, Dario R; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2012-02-15

    Mutations in WNK1 and WNK4 kinase genes have been shown to cause a human hereditary hypertensive disease, pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII). We previously discovered that WNK kinases phosphorylate and activate OSR1/SPAK kinases that regulate renal SLC12A family transporters such as NKCC2 and NCC, and clarified that the constitutive activation of this cascade causes PHAII. WNK3, another member of the WNK kinase family, was reported to be a strong activator of NCC/NKCC2 when assayed in Xenopus oocytes, suggesting that WNK3 also plays a major role in regulating blood pressure and sodium reabsorption in the kidney. However, it remains to be determined whether WNK3 is in fact involved in the regulation of these transporters in vivo. To clarify this issue, we generated and analyzed WNK3 knockout mice. Surprisingly, phosphorylation and expression of OSR1, SPAK, NKCC2 and NCC did not decrease in knockout mouse kidney under normal and low-salt diets. Similarly, expression of epithelial Na channel and Na/H exchanger 3 were not affected in knockout mice. Na(+) and K(+) excretion in urine in WNK3 knockout mice was not affected under different salt diets. Blood pressure in WNK3 knockout mice was not lower under normal diet. However, lower blood pressure was observed in WNK3 knockout mice fed low-salt diet. WNK4 and WNK1 expression was slightly elevated in the knockout mice under low-salt diet, suggesting compensation for WNK3 knockout by these WNKs. Thus, WNK3 may have some role in the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC/NKCC2 signal cascade in the kidney, but its contribution to total WNK kinase activity may be minimal.

  12. A minor role of WNK3 in regulating phosphorylation of renal NKCC2 and NCC co-transporters in vivo

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    Katsuyuki Oi

    2012-02-01

    Mutations in WNK1 and WNK4 kinase genes have been shown to cause a human hereditary hypertensive disease, pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII. We previously discovered that WNK kinases phosphorylate and activate OSR1/SPAK kinases that regulate renal SLC12A family transporters such as NKCC2 and NCC, and clarified that the constitutive activation of this cascade causes PHAII. WNK3, another member of the WNK kinase family, was reported to be a strong activator of NCC/NKCC2 when assayed in Xenopus oocytes, suggesting that WNK3 also plays a major role in regulating blood pressure and sodium reabsorption in the kidney. However, it remains to be determined whether WNK3 is in fact involved in the regulation of these transporters in vivo. To clarify this issue, we generated and analyzed WNK3 knockout mice. Surprisingly, phosphorylation and expression of OSR1, SPAK, NKCC2 and NCC did not decrease in knockout mouse kidney under normal and low-salt diets. Similarly, expression of epithelial Na channel and Na/H exchanger 3 were not affected in knockout mice. Na+ and K+ excretion in urine in WNK3 knockout mice was not affected under different salt diets. Blood pressure in WNK3 knockout mice was not lower under normal diet. However, lower blood pressure was observed in WNK3 knockout mice fed low-salt diet. WNK4 and WNK1 expression was slightly elevated in the knockout mice under low-salt diet, suggesting compensation for WNK3 knockout by these WNKs. Thus, WNK3 may have some role in the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC/NKCC2 signal cascade in the kidney, but its contribution to total WNK kinase activity may be minimal.

  13. WNK4 inhibits NCC protein expression through MAPK ERK1/2 signaling pathway.

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    Zhou, Bo; Wang, Dexuan; Feng, Xiuyan; Zhang, Yiqian; Wang, Yanhui; Zhuang, Jieqiu; Zhang, Xuemei; Chen, Guangping; Delpire, Eric; Gu, Dingying; Cai, Hui

    2012-03-01

    WNK [with no lysine (K)] kinase is a subfamily of serine/threonine kinases. Mutations in two members of this family (WNK1 and WNK4) cause pseudohypoaldosteronism type II featuring hypertension, hyperkalemia, and metabolic acidosis. WNK1 and WNK4 were shown to regulate sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) activity through phosphorylating SPAK and OSR1. Previous studies including ours have also shown that WNK4 inhibits NCC function and its protein expression. A recent study reported that a phorbol ester inhibits NCC function via activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 kinase. In the current study, we investigated whether WNK4 affects NCC via the MAPK ERK1/2 signaling pathway. We found that WNK4 increased ERK1/2 phosphorylation in a dose-dependent manner in mouse distal convoluted tubule (mDCT) cells, whereas WNK4 mutants with the PHA II mutations (E562K and R1185C) lost the ability to increase the ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Hypertonicity significantly increased ERK1/2 phosphorylation in mDCT cells. Knock-down of WNK4 expression by siRNA resulted in a decrease of ERK1/2 phosphorylation. We further showed that WNK4 knock-down significantly increases the cell surface and total NCC protein expressions and ERK1/2 knock-down also significantly increases cell surface and total NCC expression. These data suggest that WNK4 inhibits NCC through activating the MAPK ERK1/2 signaling pathway.

  14. Aldosterone does not require angiotensin II to activate NCC through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway

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    N. van der Lubbe (Nils); C.H. Lim (Christina); M.E. Meima (Marcel); R. van Veghel (Richard); L.L. Rosenbaek (Lena Lindtoft); K. Mutig (Kerim); A.H.J. Danser (Jan); R.A. Fenton (Robert); R. Zietse (Robert); E.J. Hoorn (Ewout)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractWe and others have recently shown that angiotensin II can activate the sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway. Because WNK4 was previously shown to be a negative regulator of NCC, it has been postulated that angiotensin II converts WNK4 to a positive re

  15. Aldosterone does not require angiotensin II to activate NCC through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway

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    N. van der Lubbe (Nils); C.H. Lim (Christina); M.E. Meima (Marcel); R. van Veghel (Richard); L.L. Rosenbaek (Lena Lindtoft); K. Mutig (Kerim); A.H.J. Danser (Jan); R.A. Fenton (Robert); R. Zietse (Bob); E.J. Hoorn (Ewout)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractWe and others have recently shown that angiotensin II can activate the sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway. Because WNK4 was previously shown to be a negative regulator of NCC, it has been postulated that angiotensin II converts WNK4 to a positive

  16. WNK4 is an Adipogenic Factor and Its Deletion Reduces Diet-Induced Obesity in Mice

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    Daiei Takahashi

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The with-no-lysine kinase (WNK 4 gene is a causative gene in pseudohypoaldosteronism type II. Although WNKs are widely expressed in the body, neither their metabolic functions nor their extrarenal role is clear. In this study, we found that WNK4 was expressed in mouse adipose tissue and 3T3-L1 adipocytes. In mouse primary preadipocytes and in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, WNK4 was markedly induced in the early phase of adipocyte differentiation. WNK4 expression preceded the expression of key transcriptional factors PPARγ and C/EBPα. WNK4-siRNA-transfected 3T3-L1 cells and human mesenchymal stem cells showed reduced expression of PPARγ and C/EBPα and lipid accumulation. WNK4 protein affected the DNA-binding ability of C/EBPβ and thereby reduced PPARγ expression. In the WNK4−/− mice, PPARγ and C/EBPα expression were decreased in adipose tissues, and the mice exhibited partial resistance to high-fat diet-induced adiposity. These data suggest that WNK4 may be a proadipogenic factor, and offer insights into the relationship between WNKs and energy metabolism.

  17. WNK4 inhibits plasma membrane targeting of NCC through regulation of syntaxin13 SNARE formation.

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    Chung, Woo Young; Park, Hyun Woo; Han, Jung Woo; Lee, Min Goo; Kim, Joo Young

    2013-12-01

    WNK4, a serine/threonine kinase, plays a critical role in the expression of membrane proteins in the cell surface; however, the underlying mechanism of WNK4 is not clear. Here, we demonstrate that WNK4 inhibits the fusion of plasma membrane delivering vesicle with sorting/recycling endosome through disrupting SNARE formation of syntaxin13, an endosomal t-SNARE and VAMP2, the v-SNARE in plasma membrane delivering vesicle. Their interaction and co-localization were enhanced by hyperosmotic stimulation which is known for WNK4 activation. The kinase domain of WNK4 interacts with the transmembrane domain (TM) of syntaxin13 and this interaction was abolished when the TM was replaced with that of syntaxin16. Interestingly, cell fractionation using sucrose gradients revealed that WNK4 inhibited the formation of the syntaxin13/VAMP2 SNARE complex in the endosomal compartment, but not syntaxin16/VAMP2 or syntaxin13/VAMP7. Syntaxin13 was not phosphorylated by WNK4 and WNK4KI also showed the same binding strength and similar inhibitory regulation on SNARE formation of syntaxin13. Physiological relevance of this mechanism was proved with the expression of NCC (Na(+) C1(-) co-transporter) in the cell surface. The inhibiting activity of WNK4 on surface expression of NCC was abolished by syntaxin13 siRNA transfection. These results suggest that WNK4 attenuates PM targeting of NCC proteins through regulation of syntaxin13 SNARE complex formation with VAMP2 in recycling and sorting endosome. © 2013.

  18. Lack of family-based association between common variations in WNK1 and blood pressure level.

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    Liu, Fuqiang; Lian, Qiufang; Ren, Jie; Ren, Keyu; Wang, Yang; Wang, Dan; Chu, Chao; Wang, Lan; Guo, Tongshuai; Liu, Enqi; Mu, Jianjun; Yuan, Zuyi

    2014-10-16

    WNK1 (With No-lysine Kinase 1) modulates numerous sodium transport-related ion channels involved in regulation of blood pressure. Several studies have indicated associations between the common variants of the WNK1 gene and hypertension or blood pressure levels. However, little data exists on Asian populations and normotensive or pre-hypertensive subjects. Our aim was to detect whether the common variations in the WNK1 gene are potential contributors to individual variations in blood pressure in a family-based sample. 525 individuals from 116 families were selected from a rural community of Northern China. Five single-nucleotide polymorphisms were selected from the WNK1 gene. Single-marker and haplotype analyses were conducted using the Family-Based Association Test program. Regretful, no associations for the 5 WNK1 SNPs and the constructed haplotype blocks of WNK1 with blood pressure level reached nominal statistical significance. We conclude that although multiple candidate genes are involved in development of hypertension, the genetic polymorphism in WNK1 is not a major contributor to the observed variability in blood pressure and familial clustering risk of hypertension.

  19. WNK4 enhances the degradation of NCC through a sortilin-mediated lysosomal pathway.

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    Zhou, Bo; Zhuang, Jieqiu; Gu, Dingying; Wang, Hua; Cebotaru, Liudmila; Guggino, William B; Cai, Hui

    2010-01-01

    WNK kinase is a serine/threonine kinase that plays an important role in electrolyte homeostasis. WNK4 significantly inhibits the surface expression of the sodium chloride co-transporter (NCC) by enhancing the degradation of NCC through a lysosomal pathway, but the mechanisms underlying this trafficking are unknown. Here, we investigated the effect of the lysosomal targeting receptor sortilin on NCC expression and degradation. In Cos-7 cells, we observed that the presence of WNK4 reduced the steady-state amount of NCC by approximately half. Co-transfection with truncated sortilin (a dominant negative mutant) prevented this WNK4-induced reduction in NCC. NCC immunoprecipitated with both wild-type sortilin and, to a lesser extent, truncated sortilin. Immunostaining revealed that WNK4 increased the co-localization of NCC with the lysosomal marker cathepsin D, and NCC co-localized with wild-type sortilin, truncated sortilin, and WNK4 in the perinuclear region. These findings suggest that WNK4 promotes NCC targeting to the lysosome for degradation via a mechanism involving sortilin.

  20. With no lysine L-WNK1 isoforms are negative regulators of the K+-Cl- cotransporters.

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    Mercado, Adriana; de Los Heros, Paola; Melo, Zesergio; Chávez-Canales, María; Murillo-de-Ozores, Adrián R; Moreno, Erika; Bazúa-Valenti, Silvana; Vázquez, Norma; Hadchouel, Juliette; Gamba, Gerardo

    2016-07-01

    The K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporters (KCC1-KCC4) encompass a branch of the SLC12 family of electroneutral cation-coupled chloride cotransporters that translocate ions out of the cell to regulate various factors, including cell volume and intracellular chloride concentration, among others. L-WNK1 is an ubiquitously expressed kinase that is activated in response to osmotic stress and intracellular chloride depletion, and it is implicated in two distinct hereditary syndromes: the renal disease pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII) and the neurological disease hereditary sensory neuropathy 2 (HSN2). The effect of L-WNK1 on KCC activity is unknown. Using Xenopus laevis oocytes and HEK-293 cells, we show that the activation of KCCs by cell swelling was prevented by L-WNK1 coexpression. In contrast, the activity of the Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter NKCC1 was remarkably increased with L-WNK1 coexpression. The negative effect of L-WNK1 on the KCCs is kinase dependent. Elimination of the STE20 proline-alanine rich kinase (SPAK)/oxidative stress-responsive kinase (OSR1) binding site or the HQ motif required for the WNK-WNK interaction prevented the effect of L-WNK1 on KCCs, suggesting a required interaction between L-WNK1 molecules and SPAK. Together, our data support that NKCC1 and KCCs are coordinately regulated by L-WNK1 isoforms.

  1. WNK1: analysis of protein kinase structure, downstream targets, and potential roles in hypertension

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    Bing-e XU; Byung-Hoon LEE; Xiaoshan MIN; Lisa LENERTZ; Charles J HEISE; Steve STIPPEC; Elizabeth J GOLDSMITH; Melanie H. COBB

    2005-01-01

    The WNK kinases are a recently discovered family of serine-threonine kinases that have been shown to play an essential role in the regulation of electrolyte homeostasis. Intronic deletions in the WNK1 gene result in its overexpression and lead to pseudohypoaldosteronism type Ⅱ, a disease with salt-sensitive hypertension and hyperkalemia. This review focuses on the recent evidence elucidating the structure of the kinase domain of WNK1 and functions of these kinases in normal and disease physiology. Their functions have implications for understanding the biochemical mechanism that could lead to the retention or insertion of proteins in the plasma membrane. The WNK kinases may be able to influence ion homeostasis through its effects on synaptotagmin function.

  2. LINGO-1 receptor promotes neuronal apoptosis by inhibiting WNK3 kinase activity.

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    Zhang, Zhaohuan; Xu, Xiaohui; Xiang, Zhenghua; Yu, Zhongwang; Feng, Jifeng; He, Cheng

    2013-04-26

    LINGO-1 is a functional component of the Nogo receptor 1 · p75(NTR) · LINGO-1 and Nogo receptor 1 · TAJ (TNFRSF19/TROY)·LINGO-1 signaling complexes. It has recently been shown that LINGO-1 antagonists significantly improve neuronal survival after neural injury. However, the mechanism by which LINGO-1 signaling influences susceptibility to apoptosis remains unknown. In an effort to better understand how LINGO-1 regulates these signaling pathways, we used an established model of serum deprivation (SD) to induce neuronal apoptosis. We demonstrate that treatment either with a construct containing the intracellular domain of LINGO-1 or with Nogo66, a LINGO-1 receptor complex agonist, resulted in an enhanced rate of apoptosis in primary cultured cortical neurons under SD. Reducing the expression levels of the serine/threonine kinase WNK3 using shRNA or inhibiting its kinase activity had similar effects on the survival of serum-deprived neurons. Consistent with these observations, we found that LINGO-1 and WNK3 co-localized and co-precipitated in cultured cortical neurons and brain tissue. Significantly, this co-association was enhanced by Nogo66 treatment. Binding of WNK3 to the intracellular domain of LINGO-1 led to a reduction in WNK3 kinase activity, as did Nogo66 stimulation. Moreover, in vitro and in vivo evidence indicates that endogenous WNK3 suppresses SD-induced neuronal apoptosis in a kinase-dependent manner, as the expression of either a WNK3 RNAi construct or a kinase-dead N-terminal fragment of WNK3 led to increased apoptosis. Taken together, our results show that LINGO-1 potentiates neuronal apoptosis, likely by inhibiting WNK3 kinase activity.

  3. Silencing of WNK2 is associated with upregulation of MMP2 and JNK in gliomas

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    Costa, Angela Margarida; Pinto, Filipe; Martinho, Olga; Oliveira, Maria José; Jordan, Peter; Reis,R.M.

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    Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are proteolytic enzymes that degrade extracellular matrix (ECM), thus assisting invasion. Upregulation of MMPs, frequently reported in gliomas, is associated with aggressive behavior. WNK2 is a tumor suppressor gene expressed in normal brain, and silenced by promoter methylation in gliomas. Patients without WNK2 exhibited poor prognosis, and its downregulation was associated with increased glioma cell invasion. Here we showed that MMP2 expression and activity ...

  4. WNK3-SPAK interaction is required for the modulation of NCC and other members of the SLC12 family.

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    Pacheco-Alvarez, Diana; Vázquez, Norma; Castañeda-Bueno, María; de-Los-Heros, Paola; Cortes-González, César; Moreno, Erika; Meade, Patricia; Bobadilla, Norma A; Gamba, Gerardo

    2012-01-01

    The serine/threonine with no lysine kinase 3 (WNK3) modulates the activity of the electroneutral cation-coupled chloride cotransporters (CCC) to promote Cl(-) influx and prevent Cl(-) efflux, thus fitting the profile for a putative "Cl(-)-sensing kinase". The Ste20-type kinases, SPAK/OSR1, become phosphorylated in response to reduction in intracellular chloride concentration and regulate the activity of NKCC1. Several studies have now shown that WNKs function upstream of SPAK/OSR1. This study was designed to analyze the role of WNK3-SPAK interaction in the regulation of CCCs with particular emphasis on NCC. In this study we used the functional expression system of Xenopus laevis oocytes to show that different SPAK binding sites in WNK3 ((241, 872, 1336)RFxV) are required for the kinase to have effects on CCCs. WNK3-F1337A no longer activated NKCC2, but the effects on NCC, NKCC1, and KCC4 were preserved. In contrast, the effects of WNK3 on these cotransporters were prevented in WNK3-F242A. The elimination of F873 had no consequence on WNK3 effects. WNK3 promoted NCC phosphorylation at threonine 58, even in the absence of the unique SPAK binding site of NCC, but this effect was abolished in the mutant WNK3-F242A. Thus, our data support the hypothesis that the effects of WNK3 upon NCC and other CCCs require the interaction and activation of the SPAK kinase. The effect is dependent on one of the three binding sites for SPAK that are present in WNK3, but not on the SPAK binding sites on the CCCs, which suggests that WNK3 is capable of binding both SPAK and CCCs to promote their phosphorylation. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  5. LINGO-1 interacts with WNK1 to regulate nogo-induced inhibition of neurite extension.

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    Zhang, Zhaohuan; Xu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Yong; Zhou, Jianfeng; Yu, Zhongwang; He, Cheng

    2009-06-05

    LINGO-1 is a component of the tripartite receptor complexes, which act as a convergent mediator of the intracellular signaling in response to myelin-associated inhibitors and lead to collapse of growth cone and inhibition of neurite extension. Although the function of LINGO-1 has been intensively studied, its downstream signaling remains elusive. In the present study, a novel interaction between LINGO-1 and a serine-threonine kinase WNK1 was identified by yeast two-hybrid screen. The interaction was further validated by fluorescence resonance energy transfer and co-immunoprecipitation, and this interaction was intensified by Nogo66 treatment. Morphological evidences showed that WNK1 and LINGO-1 were co-localized in cortical neurons. Furthermore, either suppressing WNK1 expression by RNA interference or overexpression of WNK1-(123-510) attenuated Nogo66-induced inhibition of neurite extension and inhibited the activation of RhoA. Moreover, WNK1 was identified to interact with Rho-GDI1, and this interaction was attenuated by Nogo66 treatment, further indicating its regulatory effect on RhoA activation. Taken together, our results suggest that WNK1 is a novel signaling molecule involved in regulation of LINGO-1 mediated inhibition of neurite extension.

  6. Temperature Effects on the Ultimate Strength and Fracture Surfaces of Tungsten Alloy%温度对93WNiFe合金抗拉强度及断口形貌的影响

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    徐英鸽; 康进兴; 朱金华; 陈文涛

    2006-01-01

    研究了真空退火态93WNiFe合金的高温动态拉伸性能,结果表明,随着温度的升高,93WNiFe合金抗拉强度逐渐下降, 断口形貌由钨颗粒解理断裂逐渐向钨颗粒与粘结相界面脱开型转变,钨合金的抗拉强度主要受断口断裂模式的影响.

  7. WNK1 Activates Large-Conductance Ca2+-Activated K+ Channels through Modulation of ERK1/2 Signaling

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    Liu, Yingli; Song, Xiang; Shi, Yanling; Shi, Zhen; Niu, Weihui; Feng, Xiuyan; Gu, Dingying; Bao, Hui-Fang; Ma, He-Ping; Eaton, Douglas C.; Zhuang, Jieqiu; Cai, Hui

    2014-01-01

    With no lysine (WNK) kinases are members of the serine/threonine kinase family. We previously showed that WNK4 inhibits renal large-conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BK) channel activity by enhancing its degradation through a lysosomal pathway. In this study, we investigated the effect of WNK1 on BK channel activity. In HEK293 cells stably expressing the α subunit of BK (HEK-BKα cells), siRNA-mediated knockdown of WNK1 expression significantly inhibited both BKα channel activity and open probabi...

  8. Comparative analysis of the expression profile of Wnk1 and Wnk1/Hsn2 splice variants in developing and adult mouse tissues.

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    Masoud Shekarabi

    Full Text Available The With No lysine (K family of serine/threonine kinase (WNK defines a small family of kinases with significant roles in ion homeostasis. WNK1 has been shown to have different isoforms due to what seems to be largely tissue specific splicing. Here, we used two distinct in situ hybridization riboprobes on developing and adult mouse tissues to make a comparative analysis of Wnk1 and its sensory associated splice isoform, Wnk1/Hsn2. The hybridization signals in developing mouse tissues, which were prepared at embryonic day e10.5 and e12.5, revealed a homogenous expression profile with both probes. At e15.5 and in the newborn mouse, the two probes revealed different expression profiles with prominent signals in nervous system tissues and also other tissues such as kidney, thymus and testis. In adult mouse tissues, the two expression profiles appeared even more restricted to the nervous tissues, kidney, thymus and testis, with no detectable signal in the other tissues. Throughout the nervous system, sensory tissues, as well as in Cornu Ammonis 1 (CA1, CA2 and CA3 areas of the hippocampus, were strongly labeled with both probes. Hybridization signals were also strongly detected in Schwann and supporting satellite cells. Our results show that the expression profiles of Wnk1 isoforms change during the development, and that the expression of the Wnk1 splice variant containing the Hsn2 exon is prominent during developing and in adult mouse tissues, suggesting its important role in the development and maintenance of the nervous system.

  9. Angiotensin II signaling increases activity of the renal Na-Cl cotransporter through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway.

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    San-Cristobal, P.; Pacheco-Alvarez, D.; Richardson, C.; Ring, A.M.; Vazquez, N.; Rafiqi, F.H.; Chari, D.; Kahle, K.T.; Leng, Q.; Bobadilla, N.A.; Hebert, S.C.; Alessi, D.R.; Lifton, R.P.; Gamba, G.

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    Mutations in the kinase WNK4 cause pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII), a syndrome featuring hypertension and high serum K(+) levels (hyperkalemia). WNK4 has distinct functional states that regulate the balance between renal salt reabsorption and K(+) secretion by modulating the activities of

  10. Angiotensin II signaling increases activity of the renal Na-Cl cotransporter through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway.

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    San-Cristobal, P.; Pacheco-Alvarez, D.; Richardson, C.; Ring, A.M.; Vazquez, N.; Rafiqi, F.H.; Chari, D.; Kahle, K.T.; Leng, Q.; Bobadilla, N.A.; Hebert, S.C.; Alessi, D.R.; Lifton, R.P.; Gamba, G.

    2009-01-01

    Mutations in the kinase WNK4 cause pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII), a syndrome featuring hypertension and high serum K(+) levels (hyperkalemia). WNK4 has distinct functional states that regulate the balance between renal salt reabsorption and K(+) secretion by modulating the activities of re

  11. Polyamide-6 Polymerization in the VK Tube Reactor with Baffle Structure

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    WANG Xia-qin; TANG Zhi-lian

    2002-01-01

    The melt flow mechanism of polyamide-6 (PA6) was simulated with the mathematical flow model and tested by Particle Image Velotrimitry (PIV). The complete mathematical model for PA6 polymerization while flowing through the VK tube reactor was established according to PA6 hydrolytic polymerization kinetics. The characteristic data such as residence time, caprolactam conversion and the degree of polymerization (D. P.), at every stage of polymerization reaction and at every point of the VK tube were presented for the melt flowing through ten alternate conical baffles in VK tube.

  12. The V-K colours of the nuclei of bright galaxies

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    Penston, M. V.

    1973-01-01

    Photometric observations of the nuclei of the galaxies M32, M33, M51, NGC5195 and M101 are reported. These give U-B, B-V, H-K and V-K colours for each object and the K-L colour for M32. No short-wavelength infra-red excesses are found. For M32, published population models (Spinrad & Taylor) predict a V-K colour too red to be compatible with the observations.

  13. Snit af målinger: VK afhængig af DF og NA

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    Thomsen, Søren Risbjerg

    2007-01-01

    ANALYSE: Ekstra Risbjerg-snit af meningsmålinger grundet fortsat valgrummel - VK-regeringen vil blive afhængig af både DF og NA. Udgivelsesdato: 21. august 2007......ANALYSE: Ekstra Risbjerg-snit af meningsmålinger grundet fortsat valgrummel - VK-regeringen vil blive afhængig af både DF og NA. Udgivelsesdato: 21. august 2007...

  14. Dietary salt modulates the sodium chloride cotransporter expression likely through an aldosterone-mediated WNK4-ERK1/2 signaling pathway.

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    Lai, Lingyun; Feng, Xiuyan; Liu, Defeng; Chen, Jing; Zhang, Yiqian; Niu, Bowen; Gu, Yong; Cai, Hui

    2012-03-01

    WNK is a serine/threonine kinase. Mutation in WNK1 or WNK4 kinase results in pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHA II) featuring hypertension, hyperkalemia and metabolic acidosis. Sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) is known to be regulated by phosphorylation and trafficking. Dietary salt and hormonal stimulation, such as aldosterone, also affect the regulation of NCC. We have previously reported that WNK4 inhibits NCC protein expression. To determine whether dietary salt affects NCC abundance through WNK4-mediated mechanism, we investigated the effects of dietary salt change with or without aldosterone infusion (1 mg/kg/day) on NCC and WNK4 expression in rats. We found that high-salt (HS, 4% NaCl) diet significantly inhibits NCC mRNA expression and protein abundance while enhancing WNK4 mRNA and protein expression, whereas low-salt (LS, 0.07% NaCl) diet increases NCC mRNA expression and protein abundance while reducing WNK4 expression. We also found that aldosterone infusion in HS-fed rats increases NCC mRNA expression and protein abundance, but decreases WNK4 expression. Administration with spironolactone (0.1 g/kg/day) in LS-fed rats decreases NCC mRNA expression and protein abundance while increasing WNK4 expression. We further showed that ERK1/2 phosphorylation was increased in HS-fed rats, but decreased in LS-fed rats. In HEK293 cells, over-expressed WNK4 increases ERK1/2 phosphorylation, whereas knockdown of WNK4 expression decreases ERK1/2 phosphorylation. Aldosterone treatment for 3 h decreases ERK1/2 phosphorylation. These data suggest that dietary salt change affects NCC protein abundance in an aldosterone-dependent mechanism likely via the WNK4-ERK1/2-mediated pathway.

  15. Decreased ENaC expression compensates the increased NCC activity following inactivation of the kidney-specific isoform of WNK1 and prevents hypertension.

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    Hadchouel, Juliette; Soukaseum, Christelle; Büsst, Cara; Zhou, Xiao-ou; Baudrie, Véronique; Zürrer, Tany; Cambillau, Michelle; Elghozi, Jean-Luc; Lifton, Richard P; Loffing, Johannes; Jeunemaitre, Xavier

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    Mutations in WNK1 and WNK4 lead to familial hyperkalemic hypertension (FHHt). Because FHHt associates net positive Na(+) balance together with K(+) and H(+) renal retention, the identification of WNK1 and WNK4 led to a new paradigm to explain how aldosterone can promote either Na(+) reabsorption or K(+) secretion in a hypovolemic or hyperkalemic state, respectively. WNK1 gives rise to L-WNK1, an ubiquitous kinase, and KS-WNK1, a kinase-defective isoform expressed in the distal convoluted tubule. By inactivating KS-WNK1 in mice, we show here that this isoform is an important regulator of sodium transport. KS-WNK1(-/-) mice display an increased activity of the Na-Cl cotransporter NCC, expressed specifically in the distal convoluted tubule, where it participates in the fine tuning of sodium reabsorption. Moreover, the expression of the ROMK and BKCa potassium channels was modified in KS-WNK1(-/-) mice, indicating that KS-WNK1 is also a regulator of potassium transport in the distal nephron. Finally, we provide an alternative model for FHHt. Previous studies suggested that the activation of NCC plays a central role in the development of hypertension and hyperkalemia. Even though the increase in NCC activity in KS-WNK1(-/-) mice was less pronounced than in mice overexpressing a mutant form of WNK4, our study suggests that the activation of Na-Cl cotransporter is not sufficient by itself to induce a hyperkalemic hypertension and that the deregulation of other channels, such as the Epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC), is probably required.

  16. Chemical library screening for WNK signalling inhibitors using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

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    Mori, Takayasu; Kikuchi, Eriko; Watanabe, Yuko; Fujii, Shinya; Ishigami-Yuasa, Mari; Kagechika, Hiroyuki; Sohara, Eisei; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

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    WNKs (with-no-lysine kinases) are the causative genes of a hereditary hypertensive disease, PHAII (pseudohypoaldosteronism type II), and form a signal cascade with OSR1 (oxidative stress-responsive 1)/SPAK (STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich protein kinase) and Slc12a (solute carrier family 12) transporters. We have shown that this signal cascade regulates blood pressure by controlling vascular tone as well as renal NaCl excretion. Therefore agents that inhibit this signal cascade could be a new class of antihypertensive drugs. Since the binding of WNK to OSR1/SPAK kinases was postulated to be important for signal transduction, we sought to discover inhibitors of WNK/SPAK binding by screening chemical compounds that disrupt the binding. For this purpose, we developed a high-throughput screening method using fluorescent correlation spectroscopy. As a result of screening 17000 compounds, we discovered two novel compounds that reproducibly disrupted the binding of WNK to SPAK. Both compounds mediated dose-dependent inhibition of hypotonicity-induced activation of WNK, namely the phosphorylation of SPAK and its downstream transporters NKCC1 (Na/K/Cl cotransporter 1) and NCC (NaCl cotransporter) in cultured cell lines. The two compounds could be the promising seeds of new types of antihypertensive drugs, and the method that we developed could be applied as a general screening method to identify compounds that disrupt the binding of two molecules.

  17. Polymorphisms in the WNK1 gene are associated with blood pressure variation and urinary potassium excretion.

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    Stephen Newhouse

    Full Text Available WNK1--a serine/threonine kinase involved in electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure (BP control--is an excellent candidate gene for essential hypertension (EH. We and others have previously reported association between WNK1 and BP variation. Using tag SNPs (tSNPs that capture 100% of common WNK1 variation in HapMap, we aimed to replicate our findings with BP and to test for association with phenotypes relating to WNK1 function in the British Genetics of Hypertension (BRIGHT study case-control resource (1700 hypertensive cases and 1700 normotensive controls. We found multiple variants to be associated with systolic blood pressure, SBP (7/28 tSNPs min-p = 0.0005, diastolic blood pressure, DBP (7/28 tSNPs min-p = 0.002 and 24 hour urinary potassium excretion (10/28 tSNPs min-p = 0.0004. Associations with SBP and urine potassium remained significant after correction for multiple testing (p = 0.02 and p = 0.01 respectively. The major allele (A of rs765250, located in intron 1, demonstrated the strongest evidence for association with SBP, effect size 3.14 mmHg (95%CI:1.23-4.9, DBP 1.9 mmHg (95%CI:0.7-3.2 and hypertension, odds ratio (OR: 1.3 [95%CI: 1.0-1.7].We genotyped this variant in six independent populations (n = 14,451 and replicated the association between rs765250 and SBP in a meta-analysis (p = 7 x 10(-3, combined with BRIGHT data-set p = 2 x 10(-4, n = 17,851. The associations of WNK1 with DBP and EH were not confirmed. Haplotype analysis revealed striking associations with hypertension and BP variation (global permutation p10 mmHg reduction and risk for hypertension (OR<0.60. Our data indicates that multiple rare and common WNK1 variants contribute to BP variation and hypertension, and provide compelling evidence to initiate further genetic and functional studies to explore the role of WNK1 in BP regulation and EH.

  18. Development and Evaluation of an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay for Plasmodium vivax-VK247 Sporozoites

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    1992-01-01

    0.05% Nonidet P40 (Sigma Chemical Co., St. search, Washington. DC 20307-5100. Louis, MO). The blocking buffer was prepared 3 Tropical Health Program...MAbs were conjugated to peptide or Nonidet P-40 treated sporozoites. horseradish peroxidase, aliquoted, and lyophyl- When testing sporozoite... Nonidet P-40-treated sporozoites, synthetic VK247, and recombinant VK210 circumsporo- zoite proteins (Monoclonal antibody concentrations: VK247

  19. A new apparently functional IGVK gene (VkLa) present in some individuals only

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    Juul, L; Hougs, L; Barington, T

    1998-01-01

    We describe a hitherto unknown functional IGKV gene, VkLa, belonging to the IGKV1 subgroup with exon 2 having only 94% similarity to the closest known IGKV gene, 1-13/1D-13 (L4/L18a). Genomic DNA sequences spanning from 5' of the decanucleotide box to 3' of the heptamer (649 bp) were cloned and s...

  20. Spark alloying of VK8 and T15K6 hard alloys

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    Kuptsov, S. G.; Fominykh, M. V.; Mukhinov, D. V.; Magomedova, R. S.; Nikonenko, E. A.; Pleshchev, V. P.

    2015-08-01

    A method is developed to restore the service properties of VK hard alloy plates using preliminary carburizing followed by spark alloying with a VT1-0 alloy. The phase composition is studied as a function of the spark treatment time.

  1. Exome sequencing identifies a novel gene, WNK1, for susceptibility to pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

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    Rao, Shuquan; Lang, Jinghe; Zhu, Lan; Chen, Juan

    2015-01-01

    Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common gynecological disorder; however, the genetic components remain largely unidentified. Exome sequencing has been widely used to identify pathogenic gene mutations of several diseases because of its high chromosomal coverage and accuracy. In this study, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES), for the first time, on 8 peripheral blood DNA samples from representative POP cases. After filtering the sequencing data from the dbSNP database (build 138) and the 1000 Genomes Project, 2 missense variants in WNK1, c.2668G > A (p.G890R) and c.6761C> T (p.P2254L), were identified and further validated via Sanger sequencing. In validation stage, the c.2668G > A (p.G890R) variant and 8 additional variants were detected in 11 out of 161 POP patients. All these variants were absent in 231 healthy controls. Functional experiments showed that fibroblasts from the utero-sacral ligaments of POP with WNK1 mutations exhibited loose and irregular alignment compared with fibroblasts from healthy controls. In sum, our study identified a novel gene, WNK1, for POP susceptibility, expanded the causal mutation spectrums of POP, and provided evidence for the genetic diagnosis and medical management of POP in the future.

  2. WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC signal cascade has circadian rhythm dependent on aldosterone.

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    Susa, Koichiro; Sohara, Eisei; Isobe, Kiyoshi; Chiga, Motoko; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2012-11-02

    Blood pressure and renal salt excretion show circadian rhythms. Recently, it has been clarified that clock genes regulate circadian rhythms of renal transporter expression in the kidney. Since we discovered the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NaCl cotransporter (NCC) signal cascade, which is important for regulating salt balance and blood pressure, we have sought to determine whether NCC protein expression or phosphorylation shows diurnal rhythms in the mouse kidneys. Male C57BL/6J mice were sacrificed every 4h (at 20:00, 0:00, 4:00, 8:00, 12:00, and 16:00), and the expression and phosphorylation of WNK4, OSR1, SPAK, and NCC were determined by immunoblot. (Lights were turned on at 8:00, which was the start of the rest period, and turned off at 20:00, which was the start of the active period, since mice are nocturnal.) Although expression levels of each protein did not show diurnal rhythm, the phosphorylation levels of OSR1, SPAK, and NCC were increased around the start of the active period and decreased around the start of the rest period. Oral administration of eplerenone (10mg/day) attenuated the phosphorylation levels of these proteins and also diminished the diurnal rhythm of NCC phosphorylation. Thus, the activity of the WNK4-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade was shown to have a diurnal rhythm in the kidney that may be governed by aldosterone. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. WNK4 kinase-mediated inhibitory effect on expression of BK channel via lysosomal pathway%WNK4激酶通过溶酶体途径抑制BK通道表达

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    庄捷秋; 王德选; 张益前; 牛伟辉; 陈方旋; 施珍; 潘殊方; 谷定英

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the mechanism underlying the WNK4 kinasemediated inhibitory effect on BK channel. Methods Cos-7 cells were cotransfected with BK in combination with either CD4 (control group) or wild type WNK4 (WNK4-WT).Immunostaining and confocal microscopy,chemiluminescence,Western blotting analysis were then employed to determine the BK localization in cells,BK surface expression and total protein level,respectively.To further investigate whether the reduction of BK protein expression is due to an increase in degradation through a lysosomal pathway,BK protein level was determined after treated with bafilomycin A1(Baf A1),a proton pump inhibitor affecting lysosomal degradation. Results Immunostaining and confocal microscopic study showed that BK was localized both in plasma membrane and cytosol in the control group.After cells transfected with WNK4-WT,BK expression was markedly reduced.Chemiluminescent assay found that BK surface expression level was 299.9±18.6 in the control group,whereas it was significantly reduced (148.4±13.7,P<0.01) in the WNK4-WT group.Western blotting analysis showed that total BK protein level was markedly reduced in the presence of WNK4-WT compared to the control group.WNK4-WT was shown to significantly reduce the BK total protein level (42.3%±15.2%) compared to the control group (100%) (P<0.01).When the cells was treated with Bafilomycin A1 (Baf A1,0.5 μmol/L),WNK4-mediated reduction in BK protein was reversed (82.2%±12.1%,P<0.05). Conclusions WNK4 inhibits total and surface protein expression of BK in Cos-7 cells whick is likely due to an increase in BK degradation through a lysosomal pathway.%目的 研究WNK4激酶对BK通道的调节作用及机制.方法 将BK和WNK4野生型(WNK4-WT)或CD4(对照)质粒DNA共同转染进Cos-7细胞中,采用免疫染色-共聚焦激光显微镜、化学发光法、Western印迹法检测BK在细胞上的分布、细胞膜表面蛋白和总蛋

  4. Downregulation of NCC and NKCC2 cotransporters by kidney-specific WNK1 revealed by gene disruption and transgenic mouse models.

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    Liu, Zhen; Xie, Jian; Wu, Tao; Truong, Thao; Auchus, Richard J; Huang, Chou-Long

    2011-03-01

    WNK1 (with-no-lysine[K]-1) is a protein kinase of which mutations cause a familial hypertension and hyperkalemia syndrome known as pseudohypoaldosteronism type 2 (PHA2). Kidney-specific (KS) WNK1 is an alternatively spliced form of WNK1 kinase missing most of the kinase domain. KS-WNK1 downregulates the Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter NCC by antagonizing the effect of full-length WNK1 when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The physiological role of KS-WNK1 in the regulation of NCC and potentially other Na(+) transporters in vivo is unknown. Here, we report that mice overexpressing KS-WNK1 in the kidney exhibited renal Na(+) wasting, elevated plasma levels of angiotensin II and aldosterone yet lower blood pressure relative to wild-type littermates. Immunofluorescent staining revealed reduced surface expression of total and phosphorylated NCC and the Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter NKCC2 in the distal convoluted tubule and the thick ascending limb of Henle's loop, respectively. Conversely, mice with targeted deletion of exon 4A (the first exon for KS-WNK1) exhibited Na(+) retention, elevated blood pressure on a high-Na(+) diet and increased surface expression of total and phosphorylated NCC and NKCC2 in respective nephron segments. Thus, KS-WNK1 is a negative regulator of NCC and NKCC2 in vivo and plays an important role in the control of Na(+) homeostasis and blood pressure. These results have important implications to the pathogenesis of PHA2 with WNK1 mutations.

  5. Polyneuropathy in a young Belgian patient: A novel heterozygous mutation in the WNK1/HSN2 gene.

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    de Filette, Jeroen; Hasaerts, Danielle; Seneca, Sara; Gheldof, Alexander; Stouffs, Katrien; Keymolen, Kathelijn; Velkeniers, Brigitte

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    Hereditary sensory autonomic neuropathy (HSAN) is a rare condition, predominantly affecting the peripheral sensory nervous system, although variable motor and dysautonomic symptoms can be present. At least 7 clinical types of HSAN have been described, and different genetic mutations have been identified for each of these. HSAN IIA (OMIM #201300) is characterized by loss of pain and loss of temperature and touch sensation, with onset usually before the first decade. The mode of inheritance is autosomal recessive.(1) The causative gene, WNK1/HSN2, is located on locus 12p13.33 and is an isoform of the WNK1 (lysine deficient protein kinase 1) gene, which contains the HSN2 exon.(2,3) We describe 2 new heterozygous mutations in the WNK1/HSN2 gene in a Belgian patient with early-onset sensory polyneuropathy.

  6. Aldosterone does not require angiotensin II to activate NCC through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway.

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    van der Lubbe, Nils; Lim, Christina H; Meima, Marcel E; van Veghel, Richard; Rosenbaek, Lena Lindtoft; Mutig, Kerim; Danser, Alexander H J; Fenton, Robert A; Zietse, Robert; Hoorn, Ewout J

    2012-06-01

    We and others have recently shown that angiotensin II can activate the sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) through a WNK4-SPAK-dependent pathway. Because WNK4 was previously shown to be a negative regulator of NCC, it has been postulated that angiotensin II converts WNK4 to a positive regulator. Here, we ask whether aldosterone requires angiotensin II to activate NCC and if their effects are additive. To do so, we infused vehicle or aldosterone in adrenalectomized rats that also received the angiotensin receptor blocker losartan. In the presence of losartan, aldosterone was still capable of increasing total and phosphorylated NCC twofold to threefold. The kinases WNK4 and SPAK also increased with aldosterone and losartan. A dose-dependent relationship between aldosterone and NCC, SPAK, and WNK4 was identified, suggesting that these are aldosterone-sensitive proteins. As more functional evidence of increased NCC activity, we showed that rats receiving aldosterone and losartan had a significantly greater natriuretic response to hydrochlorothiazide than rats receiving losartan only. To study whether angiotensin II could have an additive effect, rats receiving aldosterone with losartan were compared with rats receiving aldosterone only. Rats receiving aldosterone only retained more sodium and had twofold to fourfold increase in phosphorylated NCC. Together, our results demonstrate that aldosterone does not require angiotensin II to activate NCC and that WNK4 appears to act as a positive regulator in this pathway. The additive effect of angiotensin II may favor electroneutral sodium reabsorption during hypovolemia and may contribute to hypertension in diseases with an activated renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.

  7. Disruption of AtWNK8 Enhances Tolerance of Arabidopsis to Salt and Osmotic Stresses via Modulating Proline Content and Activities of Catalase and Peroxidase

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    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available With no lysine kinases (WNKs play important roles in plant growth and development. However, its role in salt and osmotic stress tolerance is unclear. Here, we report that AtWNK8 is mainly expressed in primary root, hypocotyl, stamen and pistil and is induced by NaCl and sorbitol treatment. Compared to the wild-type, the T-DNA knock-out wnk8 mutant was more tolerant to severe salinity and osmotic stresses, as indicated by 27% and 198% more fresh weight in the NaCl and sorbitol treatment, respectively. The wnk8 mutant also accumulated 1.43-fold more proline than the wild-type in the sorbitol treatment. Under NaCl and sorbitol stresses, catalase (CAT activity in wnk8 mutant was 1.92- and 3.7-times of that in Col-0, respectively. Similarly, under salt and osmotic stress conditions, peroxidase (POD activities in wnk8 mutant were 1.81- and 1.58-times of that in Col-0, respectively. Taken together, we revealed that maintaining higher CAT and POD activities might be one of the reasons that the disruption of AtWNK8 enhances the tolerance to salt stress, and accumulating more proline and higher activities of CAT and POD might result in the higher tolerance of WNK8 to osmotic stress.

  8. First WNK4-hypokalemia animal model identified by genome-wide association in Burmese cats.

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    Full Text Available Burmese is an old and popular cat breed, however, several health concerns, such as hypokalemia and a craniofacial defect, are prevalent, endangering the general health of the breed. Hypokalemia, a subnormal serum potassium ion concentration ([K(+], most often occurs as a secondary problem but can occur as a primary problem, such as hypokalaemic periodic paralysis in humans, and as feline hypokalaemic periodic polymyopathy primarily in Burmese. The most characteristic clinical sign of hypokalemia in Burmese is a skeletal muscle weakness that is frequently episodic in nature, either generalized, or sometimes localized to the cervical and thoracic limb girdle muscles. Burmese hypokalemia is suspected to be a single locus autosomal recessive trait. A genome wide case-control study using the illumina Infinium Feline 63K iSelect DNA array was performed using 35 cases and 25 controls from the Burmese breed that identified a locus on chromosome E1 associated with hypokalemia. Within approximately 1.2 Mb of the highest associated SNP, two candidate genes were identified, KCNH4 and WNK4. Direct sequencing of the genes revealed a nonsense mutation, producing a premature stop codon within WNK4 (c.2899C>T, leading to a truncated protein that lacks the C-terminal coiled-coil domain and the highly conserved Akt1/SGK phosphorylation site. All cases were homozygous for the mutation. Although the exact mechanism causing hypokalemia has not been determined, extrapolation from the homologous human and mouse genes suggests the mechanism may involve a potassium-losing nephropathy. A genetic test to screen for the genetic defect within the active breeding population has been developed, which should lead to eradication of the mutation and improved general health within the breed. Moreover, the identified mutation may help clarify the role of the protein in K⁺ regulation and the cat represents the first animal model for WNK4-associated hypokalemia.

  9. First WNK4-hypokalemia animal model identified by genome-wide association in Burmese cats.

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    Gandolfi, Barbara; Gruffydd-Jones, Timothy J; Malik, Richard; Cortes, Alejandro; Jones, Boyd R; Helps, Chris R; Prinzenberg, Eva M; Erhardt, George; Lyons, Leslie A

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    Burmese is an old and popular cat breed, however, several health concerns, such as hypokalemia and a craniofacial defect, are prevalent, endangering the general health of the breed. Hypokalemia, a subnormal serum potassium ion concentration ([K(+)]), most often occurs as a secondary problem but can occur as a primary problem, such as hypokalaemic periodic paralysis in humans, and as feline hypokalaemic periodic polymyopathy primarily in Burmese. The most characteristic clinical sign of hypokalemia in Burmese is a skeletal muscle weakness that is frequently episodic in nature, either generalized, or sometimes localized to the cervical and thoracic limb girdle muscles. Burmese hypokalemia is suspected to be a single locus autosomal recessive trait. A genome wide case-control study using the illumina Infinium Feline 63K iSelect DNA array was performed using 35 cases and 25 controls from the Burmese breed that identified a locus on chromosome E1 associated with hypokalemia. Within approximately 1.2 Mb of the highest associated SNP, two candidate genes were identified, KCNH4 and WNK4. Direct sequencing of the genes revealed a nonsense mutation, producing a premature stop codon within WNK4 (c.2899C>T), leading to a truncated protein that lacks the C-terminal coiled-coil domain and the highly conserved Akt1/SGK phosphorylation site. All cases were homozygous for the mutation. Although the exact mechanism causing hypokalemia has not been determined, extrapolation from the homologous human and mouse genes suggests the mechanism may involve a potassium-losing nephropathy. A genetic test to screen for the genetic defect within the active breeding population has been developed, which should lead to eradication of the mutation and improved general health within the breed. Moreover, the identified mutation may help clarify the role of the protein in K⁺ regulation and the cat represents the first animal model for WNK4-associated hypokalemia.

  10. WNK1/HSN2 mutation in human peripheral neuropathy deregulates KCC2 expression and posterior lateral line development in zebrafish (Danio rerio.

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    Valérie Bercier

    Full Text Available Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 2 (HSNAII is a rare pathology characterized by an early onset of severe sensory loss (all modalities in the distal limbs. It is due to autosomal recessive mutations confined to exon "HSN2" of the WNK1 (with-no-lysine protein kinase 1 serine-threonine kinase. While this kinase is well studied in the kidneys, little is known about its role in the nervous system. We hypothesized that the truncating mutations present in the neural-specific HSN2 exon lead to a loss-of-function of the WNK1 kinase, impairing development of the peripheral sensory system. To investigate the mechanisms by which the loss of WNK1/HSN2 isoform function causes HSANII, we used the embryonic zebrafish model and observed strong expression of WNK1/HSN2 in neuromasts of the peripheral lateral line (PLL system by immunohistochemistry. Knocking down wnk1/hsn2 in embryos using antisense morpholino oligonucleotides led to improper PLL development. We then investigated the reported interaction between the WNK1 kinase and neuronal potassium chloride cotransporter KCC2, as this transporter is a target of WNK1 phosphorylation. In situ hybridization revealed kcc2 expression in mature neuromasts of the PLL and semi-quantitative RT-PCR of wnk1/hsn2 knockdown embryos showed an increased expression of kcc2 mRNA. Furthermore, overexpression of human KCC2 mRNA in embryos replicated the wnk1/hsn2 knockdown phenotype. We validated these results by obtaining double knockdown embryos, both for wnk1/hsn2 and kcc2, which alleviated the PLL defects. Interestingly, overexpression of inactive mutant KCC2-C568A, which does not extrude ions, allowed a phenocopy of the PLL defects. These results suggest a pathway in which WNK1/HSN2 interacts with KCC2, producing a novel regulation of its transcription independent of KCC2's activation, where a loss-of-function mutation in WNK1 induces an overexpression of KCC2 and hinders proper peripheral sensory nerve

  11. WNK1 kinase polymorphism and blood pressure response to a thiazide diuretic.

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    Turner, Stephen T; Schwartz, Gary L; Chapman, Arlene B; Boerwinkle, Eric

    2005-10-01

    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding or influencing renal sodium transport systems were investigated as potential predictors of blood pressure (BP) response to a thiazide diuretic. A sample of 585 adults with essential hypertension (30 to 59.9 years of age; 50% blacks; 47% women) were treated with hydrochlorothiazide for 4 weeks (25 mg daily, orally) to determine office BP responses. Ambulatory BP responses were measured in a subset of 228 subjects. After adjustment for ethnicity, sex, age, and waist-to-hip ratio, 3 SNPs in WNK1 (rs2107614, rs2277869, and rs1159744), encoding a lysine-deficient protein kinase that regulates thiazide-sensitive sodium-potassium cotransport, made statistically significant contributions to predicting ambulatory BP responses, accounting for 2% to 4% of variation in systolic and diastolic responses (P<0.05). SNPs in the beta2-adrenoceptor (rs2400707) and the epithelial sodium channel gamma-subunit (rs5723 and rs5729) were associated with similar magnitude of variation in ambulatory systolic BP response (P=0.028) or office diastolic BP response (P<0.05), respectively. However, SNPs evaluated in the furosemide-sensitive sodium-potassium chloride cotransporter, potassium inwardly rectifying channel, chloride channel, thiazide-sensitive sodium chloride cotransporter, epithelial sodium channel beta-subunit, and the mineralocorticoid receptor were not associated with significant variation in ambulatory or office BP responses. Polymorphisms in genes regulating renal sodium transport, in particular WNK1, predict interindividual differences in antihypertensive responses to hydrochlorothiazide.

  12. Common variation in the WNK1 gene and blood pressure in childhood: the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

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    Tobin, Martin D; Timpson, Nicholas J; Wain, Louise V; Ring, Susan; Jones, Louise R; Emmett, Pauline M; Palmer, Thomas M; Ness, Andrew R; Samani, Nilesh J; Smith, George Davey; Burton, Paul R

    2008-11-01

    WNK1 gene variants have been associated with adult blood pressure. We aimed to investigate relationships between WNK1 variants and blood pressure, as well as blood pressure change with age, in a longitudinal childhood study. Associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms in WNK1 and blood pressure and the rate of blood pressure change between 7 and 11 years were examined in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parent and Children Study (n=5326 for systolic blood pressure at 11 years). We observed associations (P<0.05) with diastolic blood pressure gradient with age for 33 of 82 typed and imputed polymorphisms, including polymorphisms in exons 4, 10, and 11 (rs10774466, rs1012729, and rs9804992). The minor allele (G) of rs1012729 (frequency: 25.6%) was associated with a gender-adjusted change in a diastolic blood pressure gradient of -0.11 mm Hg/y (95% CI: -0.20 to -0.03 mm Hg/y; P=0.0054). No associations were shown with the systolic blood pressure gradient. At age 11 years, 30 polymorphisms showed association (P<0.05) with systolic blood pressure, including variants in exons 4 and 10 (rs10774466 and rs1012729). Only 3 polymorphisms were associated with diastolic blood pressure at 11 years. In exploration of polymorphism-dietary cation interactions on systolic blood pressure at 11 years, 59 reached significance (P<0.05; 12.3 expected by chance), mostly (n=33) related to dietary calcium. The findings show that common intronic and exonic WNK1 variants are associated with diastolic blood pressure gradient from 7 to 11 years and with systolic blood pressure at 11 years. Our study suggests that previously reported effects of WNK1 variants on blood pressure are mediated via effects on the gradient of blood pressure change with age.

  13. The evolution of the V-K colours of single stellar populations

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    Girardi, L; Girardi, Leo; Bertelli, Gianpaolo

    1998-01-01

    We discuss how the integrated V-K colours of single stellar populations evolve with age and metallicity. Some of the uncertainties associated to the properties of the underlying stellar models are throughfully discussed. First, we present the effects that different formulations for the mass-loss rates produce on the initial-final mass relation, and hence on the integrated colours. Second, we describe the colour changes occurring at the onset of the AGB and RGB stars. The onset of the AGB is marked by a colour jump to the red, whose amplitude is highly dependent on the metallicity and mass-loss rates adopted in the models. The overluminosity with respect to the standard Mc-L relation, that occurs in the most massive AGB stars, causes a smoothing of this colour jump. On the other hand, we find that a transient red phase takes place ~1.5x10^8 yr after the RGB develops. We then discuss the possible reasons for the transition of V-K colours (from ~1.5 to 3) that takes place in LMC clusters of SWB type IV. A revisi...

  14. Common variation in with no-lysine kinase 1 (WNK1) and blood pressure responses to dietary sodium or potassium interventions- family-based association study.

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    Liu, Fuqiang; Zheng, Shuhui; Mu, Jianjun; Chu, Chao; Wang, Lan; Wang, Yang; Xiao, Hongyu; Wang, Dan; Cao, Yu; Ren, Keyu; Liu, Enqi; Yuan, Zuyi

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    Common variations in the gene with no-lysine kinase 1 (WNK1) are associated with hypertension, but because of gene-environment interaction, it is difficult to fully identify the genetic contribution of WNK1 gene polymorphism to blood pressure (BP) variability. The aim of this study was to identify the effect of common WNK1 variants on the shift of BP during strict dietary interventions of salt or potassium intake. A total of 342 subjects from 126 families were selected and sequentially maintained on normal diet for 3 days at baseline, a low-salt diet for 7 days (3g/day, NaCl), then a high-salt diet for 7 days (18 g/day), and high-salt diet with potassium supplementation for another 7 days (4.5 g/day, KCl). Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were selected from the WNK1 gene. rs880054 and rs12828016 were associated with diastolic BP (DBP) response during the low-or high-sodium intervention, and rs2301880 was significantly associated with systolic BP, DBP and mean arterial pressure responses to the high-sodium intervention (all P<0.05). Unfortunately, no associations for WNK1 SNPs and the constructed haplotype blocks of WNK1 with BP responses to high-salt-and-potassium supplement intervention reached nominal statistical significance. The WNK1 gene might be mechanistically involved in the variation in BP response to dietary sodium and potassium intake among individuals, and might contribute to the variation of this complex phenotype.

  15. GCN-2 dependent inhibition of protein synthesis activates osmosensitive gene transcription via WNK and Ste20 kinase signaling.

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    Lee, Elaine Choung-Hee; Strange, Kevin

    2012-12-15

    Increased gpdh-1 transcription is required for accumulation of the organic osmolyte glycerol and survival of Caenorhabditis elegans during hypertonic stress. Our previous work has shown that regulators of gpdh-1 (rgpd) gene knockdown constitutively activates gpdh-1 expression. Fifty-five rgpd genes play essential roles in translation suggesting that inhibition of protein synthesis is an important signal for regulating osmoprotective gene transcription. We demonstrate here that translation is reduced dramatically by hypertonic stress or knockdown of rgpd genes encoding aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and eukaryotic translation initiation factors (eIFs). Toxin-induced inhibition of translation also activates gpdh-1 expression. Hypertonicity-induced translation inhibition is mediated by general control nonderepressible (GCN)-2 kinase signaling and eIF-2α phosphoryation. Loss of gcn-1 or gcn-2 function prevents eIF-2α phosphorylation, completely blocks reductions in translation, and inhibits gpdh-1 transcription. gpdh-1 expression is regulated by the highly conserved with-no-lysine kinase (WNK) and Ste20 kinases WNK-1 and GCK-3, which function in the GCN-2 signaling pathway downstream from eIF-2α phosphorylation. Our previous work has shown that hypertonic stress causes rapid and dramatic protein damage in C. elegans and that inhibition of translation reduces this damage. The current studies demonstrate that reduced translation also serves as an essential signal for activation of WNK-1/GCK-3 kinase signaling and subsequent transcription of gpdh-1 and possibly other osmoprotective genes.

  16. Vitamin K脉冲辐解与激光光解的研究(Ⅱ)——VK3水溶液氧化反应时间分辨的研究%Studies of Vitamin K by Pulse Radiolysis and Laser Photolysis(Ⅱ)——Time-resolved Studies of Oxidation Reactions of VK3 in Aqueous Solution

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    陈家富; 储高升; 葛学武; 张志成; 姚思德

    1998-01-01

    @@ Vitamin K3(VK3)是很好的电子载体,文献[1,2]利用微秒级脉冲辐解研究了VK3水溶液体系,测定了一些自由基与VK3进行的单电子氧化还原反应及相关动力学参数.

  17. Herbal Extracts Combination (WNK Prevents Decline in Spatial Learning and Memory in APP/PS1 Mice through Improvement of Hippocampal Aβ Plaque Formation, Histopathology, and Ultrastructure

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    Wei-hong Cong

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    Full Text Available To investigate the cognitive enhancement effect of WNK, an extracts combination of P. ginseng,  G. biloba, and C. sativus L. and possible mechanisms, 5-month-old APP/PS1 transgenic mice were used in this study. After 3 months of administration, all mice received Morris water maze (MWM training and a probe test. Mouse brain sections were detected by immunohistochemistry, HE staining, and transmission electron microscopy. MWM results showed significant difference between transgenic mice and nontransgenic littermates (P<0.05, P<0.01. WNK-treated mice exhibited enhanced maze performance over the training progression, especially better spatial memory retention in probe test compared to transgenic mice (P<0.05, P<0.01 and better spatial learning and memory at the fourth day of MWM test compared to EGB761- (G. biloba extract- treated ones (P<0.05. Hippocampal Aβ plaque burden significantly differed between APP/PS1 and littermate mice (P<0.001, while decreased Aβ plaque appeared in WNK- or EGB761-treated transgenic brains (P<0.05. Neurodegenerative changes were evident from light microscopic and ultrastructural observations in transgenic brains, which were improved by WNK or EGB761 treatment. These data indicate WNK can reduce the decline in spatial cognition, which might be due to its effects on reducing Aβ plaque formation and ameliorating histopathology and ultrastructure in hippocampus of APP/PS1 mouse brain.

  18. Comments to a series of works by V.K. Mukhomorov on the theory of a continuum polaron and two-center bipolaron (axially symmetrical quasimolecular dimer)

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    Some critical remarks are made regarding a series of works by V.K. Mukhomorov dealing with polarons and oscillatory and rotational spectrum of a large-radius bipolaron near a subsidiary minimum corresponding to its two-center configuration. It is shown that V.K. Mukhomorov's conclusion that by varying the bipolaron functional one should look for a constrained rather than absolute minimum is erroneous. Consideration of interelectronic correlations corresponding to a direct dependence of the wa...

  19. A role for the circadian clock protein Per1 in the regulation of the NaCl co-transporter (NCC) and the with-no-lysine kinase (WNK) cascade in mouse distal convoluted tubule cells.

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    Richards, Jacob; Ko, Benjamin; All, Sean; Cheng, Kit-Yan; Hoover, Robert S; Gumz, Michelle L

    2014-04-25

    It has been well established that blood pressure and renal function undergo circadian fluctuations. We have demonstrated that the circadian protein Per1 regulates multiple genes involved in sodium transport in the collecting duct of the kidney. However, the role of Per1 in other parts of the nephron has not been investigated. The distal convoluted tubule (DCT) plays a critical role in renal sodium reabsorption. Sodium is reabsorbed in this segment through the actions of the NaCl co-transporter (NCC), which is regulated by the with-no-lysine kinases (WNKs). The goal of this study was to test if Per1 regulates sodium transport in the DCT through modulation of NCC and the WNK kinases, WNK1 and WNK4. Pharmacological blockade of nuclear Per1 entry resulted in decreased mRNA expression of NCC and WNK1 but increased expression of WNK4 in the renal cortex of mice. These findings were confirmed by using Per1 siRNA and pharmacological blockade of Per1 nuclear entry in mDCT15 cells, a model of the mouse distal convoluted tubule. Transcriptional regulation was demonstrated by changes in short lived heterogeneous nuclear RNA. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments demonstrated interaction of Per1 and CLOCK with the promoters of NCC, WNK1, and WNK4. This interaction was modulated by blockade of Per1 nuclear entry. Importantly, NCC protein expression and NCC activity, as measured by thiazide-sensitive, chloride-dependent (22)Na uptake, were decreased upon pharmacological inhibition of Per1 nuclear entry. Taken together, these data demonstrate a role for Per1 in the transcriptional regulation of NCC, WNK1, and WNK4.

  20. A Role for the Circadian Clock Protein Per1 in the Regulation of the NaCl Co-transporter (NCC) and the with-no-lysine Kinase (WNK) Cascade in Mouse Distal Convoluted Tubule Cells*

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    Richards, Jacob; Ko, Benjamin; All, Sean; Cheng, Kit-Yan; Hoover, Robert S.; Gumz, Michelle L.

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    It has been well established that blood pressure and renal function undergo circadian fluctuations. We have demonstrated that the circadian protein Per1 regulates multiple genes involved in sodium transport in the collecting duct of the kidney. However, the role of Per1 in other parts of the nephron has not been investigated. The distal convoluted tubule (DCT) plays a critical role in renal sodium reabsorption. Sodium is reabsorbed in this segment through the actions of the NaCl co-transporter (NCC), which is regulated by the with-no-lysine kinases (WNKs). The goal of this study was to test if Per1 regulates sodium transport in the DCT through modulation of NCC and the WNK kinases, WNK1 and WNK4. Pharmacological blockade of nuclear Per1 entry resulted in decreased mRNA expression of NCC and WNK1 but increased expression of WNK4 in the renal cortex of mice. These findings were confirmed by using Per1 siRNA and pharmacological blockade of Per1 nuclear entry in mDCT15 cells, a model of the mouse distal convoluted tubule. Transcriptional regulation was demonstrated by changes in short lived heterogeneous nuclear RNA. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments demonstrated interaction of Per1 and CLOCK with the promoters of NCC, WNK1, and WNK4. This interaction was modulated by blockade of Per1 nuclear entry. Importantly, NCC protein expression and NCC activity, as measured by thiazide-sensitive, chloride-dependent 22Na uptake, were decreased upon pharmacological inhibition of Per1 nuclear entry. Taken together, these data demonstrate a role for Per1 in the transcriptional regulation of NCC, WNK1, and WNK4. PMID:24610784

  1. Taurine Inhibits K+-Cl− Cotransporter KCC2 to Regulate Embryonic Cl− Homeostasis via With-no-lysine (WNK) Protein Kinase Signaling Pathway*

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    Inoue, Koichi; Furukawa, Tomonori; Kumada, Tatsuro; Yamada, Junko; Wang, Tianying; Inoue, Rieko; Fukuda, Atsuo

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    GABA inhibits mature neurons and conversely excites immature neurons due to lower K+-Cl− cotransporter 2 (KCC2) expression. We observed that ectopically expressed KCC2 in embryonic cerebral cortices was not active; however, KCC2 functioned in newborns. In vitro studies revealed that taurine increased KCC2 inactivation in a phosphorylation-dependent manner. When Thr-906 and Thr-1007 residues in KCC2 were substituted with Ala (KCC2T906A/T1007A), KCC2 activity was facilitated, and the inhibitory effect of taurine was not observed. Exogenous taurine activated the with-no-lysine protein kinase 1 (WNK1) and downstream STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK)/oxidative stress response 1 (OSR1), and overexpression of active WNK1 resulted in KCC2 inhibition in the absence of taurine. Phosphorylation of SPAK was consistently higher in embryonic brains compared with that of neonatal brains and down-regulated by a taurine transporter inhibitor in vivo. Furthermore, cerebral radial migration was perturbed by a taurine-insensitive form of KCC2, KCC2T906A/T1007A, which may be regulated by WNK-SPAK/OSR1 signaling. Thus, taurine and WNK-SPAK/OSR1 signaling may contribute to embryonic neuronal Cl− homeostasis, which is required for normal brain development. PMID:22544747

  2. Effect of angiotensin II on the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC phosphorylation cascade in cultured mpkDCT cells and in vivo mouse kidney.

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    Talati, Gulibaha; Ohta, Akihito; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sohara, Eisei; Naito, Shotaro; Vandewalle, Alain; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2010-03-19

    In our recent study using Wnk4(D561A/+) knockin mice, we determined that the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NaCl cotransporter (NCC) phosphorylation cascade is important for regulating NCC function in vivo. Phosphorylation of NCC was necessary for its plasma membrane localization. Previously, angiotensin II infusion was shown to increase apical membrane expression of NCC in rats. Therefore, we investigated whether angiotensin II was an upstream regulator for the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade in cultured cells and in vivo kidney. In mpkDCT cells, the phosphorylation of OSR1 and NCC was increased 30 min after the addition of angiotensin II (10(-9)-10(-7)M) but returned to baseline after 18 h. In mice, a 5-min infusion of angiotensin II (5 ng/g/min) increased NCC phosphorylation in the kidney at 30 min and 2h after the injection but returned to baseline 24h later. This increase was inhibited by angiotensin II receptor blocker (valsartan) but not by aldosterone receptor blocker (eplerenone). Ten-day infusions of angiotensin II (720 ng/day) also increased phosphorylation of OSR1 and NCC in the mouse kidney, and both valsartan and eplerenone inhibited the increased phosphorylation. Although angiotensin II is identified as an upstream regulator for the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade in vivo, aldosterone appears to be the major regulator of this signal cascade in the long-term regulation by angiotensin II. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Molecular mechanism of Notch during Vk3 - induced human cervical carcinoma He-la cell injury%Notch表达在Vk3诱导的人宫颈癌Hela细胞损伤中的作用及其机制的研究

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    刘玉和; 于春艳; 马志明; 孙连坤

    2008-01-01

    目的:通过Vk3诱导人宫颈癌Hela细胞损伤,观察Heh细胞Notch-1、Notch-2及其配体Jagged-1、Jagged-2,细胞周期素D1(Cychn D1)mRNA表达的变化及N-乙酰半胱氨酸(NAC)对其的影响,探讨Notch在人宫颈癌发生发展过程中的作用.方法:实验分组为对照组、Vk3处理(Vk3)组、Vk3与NAC联合作用(Vk3+NAC)组及NAC单独应用(NAC)组,用RT-PCR方法检测Hela细胞中Notch-1、Notch-2、Jagged-1、Jagged-2及CychnD1 mRNA表达的变化.结果:与对照组相比,Vk3组Notch-1、Notch-2、Jagged-1、Jagged-2及CyclinDl mRNA表达明显下降,而Vk3+NAC组明显高于Vk3组(P<0.05).结论:Vk3诱导人宫颈癌Hela细胞损伤,降低了Notch-1、Notch-2、Jagged-1、Jagged-2及CyclinD1 mRNA的表达,NAC增加了Hela细胞Notch-1、Notch-2、Jagged-1、Jagged-2及Cychn D1 mRNA的表达而减轻了Hela细胞损伤,表明Notch信号通路参与了人宫颈癌的发生.

  4. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt signaling pathway activates the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC phosphorylation cascade in hyperinsulinemic db/db mice.

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    Nishida, Hidenori; Sohara, Eisei; Nomura, Naohiro; Chiga, Motoko; Alessi, Dario R; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2012-10-01

    Metabolic syndrome patients have insulin resistance, which causes hyperinsulinemia, which in turn causes aberrant increased renal sodium reabsorption. The precise mechanisms underlying this greater salt sensitivity of hyperinsulinemic patients remain unclear. Abnormal activation of the recently identified with-no-lysine kinase (WNK)-oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1 (OSR1)/STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK)-NaCl cotransporter (NCC) phosphorylation cascade results in the salt-sensitive hypertension of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II. Here, we report a study of renal WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade activation in the db/db mouse model of hyperinsulinemic metabolic syndrome. Thiazide sensitivity was increased, suggesting greater activity of NCC in db/db mice. In fact, increased phosphorylation of OSR1/SPAK and NCC was observed. In both SpakT243A/+ and Osr1T185A/+ knock-in db/db mice, which carry mutations that disrupt the signal from WNK kinases, increased phosphorylation of NCC and elevated blood pressure were completely corrected, indicating that phosphorylation of SPAK and OSR1 by WNK kinases is required for the increased activation and phosphorylation of NCC in this model. Renal phosphorylated Akt was increased in db/db mice, suggesting that increased NCC phosphorylation is regulated by the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt signaling cascade in the kidney in response to hyperinsulinemia. A phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor (NVP-BEZ235) corrected the increased OSR1/SPAK-NCC phosphorylation. Another more specific phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor (GDC-0941) and an Akt inhibitor (MK-2206) also inhibited increased NCC phosphorylation. These results indicate that the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt signaling pathway activates the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC phosphorylation cascade in db/db mice. This mechanism may play a role in the pathogenesis of salt-sensitive hypertension in human hyperinsulinemic conditions, such as the metabolic syndrome.

  5. PI3K/Akt Signaling Pathway Activates the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC Phosphorylation Cascade in Hyperinsulinemic db/db Mice

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    Nishida, Hidenori; Sohara, Eisei; Nomura, Naohiro; Chiga, Motoko; Alessi, Dario R; Rai, Tatemitsu; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2013-01-01

    Metabolic syndrome patients have insulin resistance, which causes hyperinsulinemia, which in turn causes aberrant increased renal sodium reabsorption. The precise mechanisms underlying this greater salt-sensitivity of hyperinsulinemic patients remain unclear. Abnormal activation of the recently-identified WNK kinase-OSR1/SPAK kinases-NCC transporter phosphorylation cascade results in the salt-sensitive hypertension of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II. Here, we report a study of renal WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade activation in the db/db mouse model of hyperinsulinemic metabolic syndrome. Thiazide sensitivity was increased, suggesting greater activity of NCC in db/db mice. In fact, increased phosphorylation of OSR1/SPAK and NCC was observed. In both SpakT243A/+ and Osr1T185A/+ knock-in db/db mice, which carry mutations that disrupt the signal from WNK kinases, increased phosphorylation of NCC and elevated blood pressure were completely corrected, indicating that phosphorylation of SPAK and OSR1 by WNK kinases is required for the increased activation and phosphorylation of NCC in this model. Renal phosphorylated Akt was increased in db/db mice, suggesting that increased NCC phosphorylation is regulated by the PI3K/Akt signaling cascade in the kidney in response to hyperinsulinemia. A PI3K inhibitor (NVP-BEZ235) corrected the increased OSR1/SPAK-NCC phosphorylation. Another more specific PI3K inhibitor (GDC-0941) and an Akt inhibitor (MK-2206) also inhibited increased NCC phosphorylation. These results indicate that the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway activates the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC phosphorylation cascade in db/db mice. This mechanism may play a role in the pathogenesis of salt-sensitive hypertension in human hyperinsulinemic conditions such as the metabolic syndrome. PMID:22949526

  6. Dynamic characteristics of a VK-50 reactor operating under conditions of the loss of a normal feedwater flow

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    Semidotskiy, I. I.; Kurskiy, A. S.

    2013-12-01

    The paper describes the conditions of the ATWS type with virtually complete cessation of the feed-water flow at the operating power level of a reactor of the VK-50 type. Under these conditions, the role of spatial kinetics in the system of feedback between thermohydraulic and nuclear processes with bulk boiling of the coolant in the reactor core is clearly seen. This feature determines the specific character of experimental data obtained and the suitability of their use for verification of the associated codes used for calculating water-water reactors.

  7. Experimental studies into the thermal-hydraulic performance of the VK-300 reactor based on a draft tube model

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    Full Text Available The paper presents an experimental study into the thermal-hydraulic performance of the VK-300 reactor based on a model of a single draft tube at a pressure of 3.4MPa, various flow rates and the model inlet relative enthalpies of –0.05 to 0.2. The experimental procedures include generation of a steam-water mixture circulation with a preset flow rate and a relative enthalpy through the test section at a pressure of 3.3 to 3.4MPa, and measurement of thermal-hydraulic parameters within the circuit's representative upflow and downflow lengths of practical interest. There have been confirmed the designs used to support the reactor facility serviceability and the assumptions concerning the thermal-hydraulic performance of a natural circulation circuit used in the analysis thereof. It has been shown that, across the analyzed range of the relative enthalpy values, the draft tube has an annular-dispersed or an annular flow of the steam-water mixture, both providing for the significant separation of the steam-water mixture (Ksep=0.4 at the draft tube edges and in the mixing chamber. The perforation in the upper part of the draft tubes allows the separation coefficient to be increased at the first stage and creates more favorable conditions for the second-stage separation. The measured values of the void fraction in the mixing chamber and in the draft tube are in a satisfactory agreement with calculations based on Z.L. Miropolskiy's method and the RELAP code and may be used to verify the VK-300 thermal-hydraulic codes. It has been shown that steam may enter the ring slit that simulates the annular space and reach the reactor core inlet. Further investigations need to be conducted to study this effect for its guaranteed exclusion and for the development of emergency response procedures.

  8. Spectrofluorimetric study on the inclusion interaction between vitamin K 3 with p-( p-sulfonated benzeneazo)calix[6]arene and determination of VK 3

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    Zhou, Yunyou; Xu, Hongwei; Wu, Lian; Liu, Chun; Lu, Qin; Wang, Lun

    2008-11-01

    The characteristics of host-guest complexation between p-( p-sulfonated benzeneazo) calix[6]arene (SBC6A) and vitamin K 3 (VK 3) were investigated by fluorescence spectrometry. A 1:1 stoichiometry for the complexation was established and was verified by Job's plot. An association constant of 4.95 × 10 3 L mol -1 at 20 °C was calculated by applying a deduced equation. The interaction mechanism of the inclusion complex was discussed. It was found that the fluorescence of SBC6A could be remarkably quenched by an appropriate amount of VK 3 especially when non-ionic surfactant Triton X-100 existed. According to the obtained results, a novel sensitive spectrofluorimetric method for the determination of VK 3 based on supramolecular complex was developed with a linear range of 5.0 × 10 -7-3.0 × 10 -5 mol L -1 and a detection limit of 2.0 × 10 -7 mol L -1. The proposed method was used to determine VK 3 in commercial preparations with satisfactory results.

  9. Meeting future SO_2 emission challenges with Topsφe's new VK-701 LEAP5~(TM) sulphuric acid catalyst%以VK-701 LEAP5~(TM)催化剂应对未来硫酸工业SO_2排放挑战

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    2011-01-01

    介绍了托普索公司基于LEAP5~(TM)技术而开发的一种新型催化剂VK-701。该催化剂通过改进气体在催化熔融物中的传递效率和提高V~(5+)含量,在低温下对高浓度转化气具有极高的活性。在典型的4段一转一吸硫酸装置的最后一段装填VK-701,SO_2排放量较之装填含铯催化剂可减少20%~30%,较之装填含钾催化剂可减少30%~40%。在最有效的"3+1"二转二吸装置第三段装填VK-701,SO_2排放量可减少40%,尾气ρ(SO_2)可降低至175 mg/m~3。VK-701的高活性已在一转一吸硫磺制酸装置的工业运行中得到证实。%A new catalyst designated VK-701 develpped by Topsφe on the basis of its novel LEAP5~(TM) technology is introduced.The new catalyst offers exceptionally high activity at low temperature in converted strong gases because of improved gas transport deficiencies through the catalytic melt and higher V~(5+) content.SO_2 emissions from a typical 4-bed single-absorption sulphuric acid plant can be reduced by 20%-30%by loading VK-701 in the final bed compared to a caesium-promoted catalyst or by 30%- 40%compared to a standard potassium-promoted catalyst.SO_2 emissions from the most efficient double-absorption plants can typically be reduced by 40% when loading VK-701 in the third pass of a 3 + 1 plant and achieve down to 175 mg/m~3.Operating experience from a sulphur-burning single-absorption plant confirms the high activity of VK-701.

  10. VF- and V+K Aggregate Colour Centres:Origin of the Room-Temperature 350 nm Absorption Band in PbWO4

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    ZHANG Qi-Ren; LIU Ting-Yu; YAN Fei-Nan

    2004-01-01

    @@ A PbWO4 (PWO) single crystal has been grown by the advanced Bridgman method. The as-grown PWO crystal exhibits a weak band at 350nm. This band was fitted into two overlapping bands peaking at 330nm and 360nm respectively. The absorption spectra of the as-grown crystal sample on un-polarized light and polarized light are measured respectively. The formation mechanism of colour centres in the as-grown PWO crystal is discussed and the 330nm and 360nm bands are ascribed to V-F- and V+F centres respectively. The structure models of VF- and VK+ centres are illustrated. The configuration terms, absorption transitions between the energy terms,the absorption spectral features on polarized light and the distributions of VF-- and VK+ centres in PWO are systematically studied.

  11. Renal tubular SGK1 deficiency causes impaired K+ excretion via loss of regulation of NEDD4-2/WNK1 and ENaC.

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    Al-Qusairi, Lama; Basquin, Denis; Roy, Ankita; Stifanelli, Matteo; Rajaram, Renuga Devi; Debonneville, Anne; Nita, Izabela; Maillard, Marc; Loffing, Johannes; Subramanya, Arohan R; Staub, Olivier

    2016-08-01

    The stimulation of postprandial K(+) clearance involves aldosterone-independent and -dependent mechanisms. In this context, serum- and glucocorticoid-induced kinase (SGK)1, a ubiquitously expressed kinase, is one of the primary aldosterone-induced proteins in the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron. Germline inactivation of SGK1 suggests that this kinase is fundamental for K(+) excretion under conditions of K(+) load, but the specific role of renal SGK1 remains elusive. To avoid compensatory mechanisms that may occur during nephrogenesis, we used inducible, nephron-specific Sgk1(Pax8/LC1) mice to assess the role of renal tubular SGK1 in K(+) regulation. Under a standard diet, these animals exhibited normal K(+) handling. When challenged by a high-K(+) diet, they developed severe hyperkalemia accompanied by a defect in K(+) excretion. Molecular analysis revealed reduced neural precursor cell expressed developmentally downregulated protein (NEDD)4-2 phosphorylation and total expression. γ-Epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC) expression and α/γENaC proteolytic processing were also decreased in mutant mice. Moreover, with no lysine kinase (WNK)1, which displayed in control mice punctuate staining in the distal convoluted tubule and diffuse distribution in the connecting tubule/cortical colleting duct, was diffused in the distal convoluted tubule and less expressed in the connecting tubule/collecting duct of Sgk(Pax8/LC1) mice. Moreover, Ste20-related proline/alanine-rich kinase phosphorylation, and Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter phosphorylation/apical localization were reduced in mutant mice. Consistent with the altered WNK1 expression, increased renal outer medullary K(+) channel apical localization was observed. In conclusion, our data suggest that renal tubular SGK1 is important in the regulation of K(+) excretion via the control of NEDD4-2, WNK1, and ENaC.

  12. Preclinical screening of histone deacetylase inhibitors combined with ABT-737, rhTRAIL/MD5-1 or 5-azacytidine using syngeneic Vk*MYC multiple myeloma.

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    Matthews, G M; Lefebure, M; Doyle, M A; Shortt, J; Ellul, J; Chesi, M; Banks, K M; Vidacs, E; Faulkner, D; Atadja, P; Bergsagel, P L; Johnstone, R W

    2013-09-12

    Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable malignancy with an unmet need for innovative treatment options. Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) are a new class of anticancer agent that have demonstrated activity in hematological malignancies. Here, we investigated the efficacy and safety of HDACi (vorinostat, panobinostat, romidepsin) and novel combination therapies using in vitro human MM cell lines and in vivo preclinical screening utilizing syngeneic transplanted Vk*MYC MM. HDACi were combined with ABT-737, which targets the intrinsic apoptosis pathway, recombinant human tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (rhTRAIL/MD5-1), that activates the extrinsic apoptosis pathway or the DNA methyl transferase inhibitor 5-azacytidine. We demonstrate that in vitro cell line-based studies provide some insight into drug activity and combination therapies that synergistically kill MM cells; however, they do not always predict in vivo preclinical efficacy or toxicity. Importantly, utilizing transplanted Vk*MYC MM, we report that panobinostat and 5-azacytidine synergize to prolong the survival of tumor-bearing mice. In contrast, combined HDACi/rhTRAIL-based strategies, while efficacious, demonstrated on-target dose-limiting toxicities that precluded prolonged treatment. Taken together, our studies provide evidence that the transplanted Vk*MYC model of MM is a useful screening tool for anti-MM drugs and should aid in the prioritization of novel drug testing in the clinic.

  13. The rare BRAF VK600-601E mutation as a possible indicator of poor prognosis in rectal carcinoma – a report of a case.

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    Mori, Yoshiko; Nagasaka, Takeshi; Mishima, Hideyuki; Umeda, Yuzo; Inada, Ryo; Kishimoto, Hiroyuki; Goel, Ajay; Fujiwara, Toshiyoshi

    2015-01-31

    The BRAF V600E mutation is reportedly associated with inferior survival among colon cancer patients. Here we report a patient with rectal cancer who carried the novel BRAF mutation VK600-601E, which has analogous molecular functions to those of the conventional BRAF mutation V600E, and may have potential as a prognostic marker for colorectal cancer (CRC). The present 65-year-old male patient was diagnosed with recurrent rectal adenocarcinoma (stage II by AJCC TNM staging 7th edition) 14 months after surgery and was treated with modified FOLFOX6 (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin), radiation, and FOLFIRI (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan). The tumor progressed before further treatment could be initiated, resulting in death after 15 months. This survival period was similar to the median overall survival among patients with metastatic CRC and BRAF mutations who were treated with the FOLFIRI regimen with or without cetuximab. Thus, the BRAF VK600-601E mutation may lead to an aggressive clinical course in CRC patients suffering from rapid progression and potential resistance to multiple therapeutic modalities.

  14. Molecular insights from dysregulation of the thiazide-sensitive WNK/SPAK/NCC pathway in the kidney: Gordon syndrome and thiazide-induced hyponatraemia.

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    Glover, Mark; O'Shaughnessy, Kevin M

    2013-12-01

    Human blood pressure is dependent on balancing dietary salt intake with its excretion by the kidney. Mendelian syndromes of altered blood pressure demonstrate the importance of the distal nephron in this process and of the thiazide-sensitive pathway in particular. Gordon syndrome (GS), the phenotypic inverse of the salt-wasting Gitelman syndrome, is a condition of hyperkalaemic hypertension that is reversed by low-dose thiazide diuretics or a low-salt diet. Variants within at least four genes [i.e. with-no-lysine(K) kinase 1 (WNK1), WNK4, kelch-like family member 3 (KLHL3) and cullin 3 (CUL3)] can cause the phenotype of GS. Details are still emerging for some of these genes, but it is likely that they all cause a gain-of-function in the thiazide-sensitive Na(+) -Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) and hence salt retention. Herein, we discuss the key role of STE20/sporulation-specific protein 1 (SPS1)-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK), which functions as an intermediary between the WNKs and NCC and for which a loss-of-function mutation produces a Gitelman-type phenotype in a mouse model. In addition to Mendelian blood pressure syndromes, the study of patients who develop thiazide-induced-hyponatraemia (TIH) may give further molecular insights into the role of the thiazide-sensitive pathway for salt reabsorption. In the present paper we discuss the key features of TIH, including its high degree of reproducibility on rechallenge, possible genetic predisposition and mechanisms involving excessive saliuresis and water retention. Together, studies of Gordon syndrome and TIH may increase our understanding of the molecular regulation of sodium trafficking via the thiazide-sensitive pathway and have important implications for hypertensive patients, both in the identification of new antihypertensive drug targets and avoidance of hyponatraemic side-effects. © 2013 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

  15. Az elidegeníthető birtoklás és a főnévképző -j- képző esete a -(Vtt főnévképzővel és más főnévképzőkkel

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    Alberti, Gábor

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Az elidegeníthető birtoklás -j- képzőjéről (den Dikken 2015 kimutattuk, hogy abban a formában létezik, hogy a magyar főnevek legtöbbjének a fonotaktikai felépítése megengedi egy potenciális reguláris birtokszóváltozat létrehozását, ami az említett -j- komponenst valóban tartalmazza. Mivel azonban a -j- komponenst sok esetben a lexikalizálódott birtokszó-alternatívák is tartalmazzák (vö. ajtója~ajtaja, az elidegeníthető birtoklásra vonatkozóan úgy mondhatunk ki hatékony szabályt, ha az a potenciális reguláris birtokszóváltozat fogalmára épül. A főnévképzéshez mindez a következő módon kötődik. Az Amerika felfedezte(kor és a Péter felfedezettje birtokos szerkezetek között a döntő formai különbség éppen a fent említett, elidegeníthetőségért felelős -j- komponensben rejlik, ami éppen akkor jelenik meg, amikor a birtokos a birtokszó igei tövének Ágense. Általánosítva: az igéből képzett főnevekre maradéktalanul teljesül a szabály, amelyre fentebb utaltunk, ha az „elidegeníthetőséget" a deverbális főnevekkel alkotott birtokos szerkezetek körében az igei tő és a birtokos ágentív vagy „még lazább" kapcsolatában határozzuk meg (ahol a „szoros" kapcsolatot az ige és a hozzá téma szerepben társuló vonzat viszonya jelenti. The derivational suffix -j- of alienable possession (den Dikken 2015 exists in Hungarian in the form that the phonotactic structure of most nouns permits the formation of a potential regular phonetic form of possessee (PRPFP, which inevitably contains the aforementioned component -j-. Since this -j-, however, is often contained by lexicalized possessee alternatives, an efficient rule concerning alienable possession must be based on the concept of PRPFP. What is the relationship between this rule and nominalization? Well, the crucial formal difference between the possessive constructions Amerika felfedeztekor 'at the discovering of

  16. Banana peel: a potential substrate for laccase production by Aspergillus fumigatus VkJ2.4.5 in solid-state fermentation.

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    Vivekanand, V; Dwivedi, Pallavi; Pareek, Nidhi; Singh, Rajesh P

    2011-09-01

    In solid-state fermentation, among various solid supports evaluated, banana peel was found to be an ideal support and resulted into higher levels of laccase (6281.4 ± 63.60 U l(-1)) along with notable levels of manganese peroxidase production (1339.0 ± 131.23 U l(-1)) by Aspergillus fumigatus VkJ2.4.5. Maximum levels of laccase was achieved under derived conditions consisting of 80% of moisture level, 6 days of incubation period, 6% inoculum level, and an aeration level of 2.5 l min(-1). A column-tray bioreactor was designed to scale up and economize the enzyme production in three successive cycles of fermentation using the same fungal biomass. Thermal and pH stability profiles revealed that enzyme was stable up to 50°C and at varying pH range from 5-9 for up to 2 h. The apparent molecular weight of laccase was found to be 34 ± 1 kDa. MALDI-TOF/TOF analysis of the protein showed significant homology with maximum identity of 67% to other laccases reported in database.

  17. Phylloquinone and Menaquinone-4 Tissue Distribution at Different Life Stages in Male and Female Sprague–Dawley Rats Fed Different VK Levels Since Weaning or Subjected to a 40% Calorie Restriction since Adulthood

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    Full Text Available Whether through the vitamin K-dependent proteins or the individual K vitamers, vitamin K (VK is associated with a number of age-related conditions (e.g., osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, insulin resistance, cognitive decline. In light of this, we investigated the influence of lifetime dietary VK exposure on the tissue distribution of phylloquinone (K1 and menaquinone-4 (MK-4 vitamers in 3-, 12- and 22-month-old male and female rats fed different K1 diets since weaning or subjected to a 40% calorie restricted diet (CR since adulthood. Dietary K1 intakes around the minimal amount required for normal blood coagulation had no significant influence on body weights of both male and female rats at different life stages. Tissue contents of the K vitamers differed according to organs, were generally higher in females than in males, and increased with K1 intake. The MK-4/total VK ratios tended to be increased in old age possibly reflecting an increased physiological demand for MK-4 during aging. Our study also confirmed the greater susceptibility of male rats to low VK containing diet, notably at a younger age. Despite lifelong higher K1 intakes per unit body weight, tissue K1 and MK-4 contents at 20 months were generally lower in CR rats compared to their ad libitum (AL counterparts. Whether the lower tissue MK-4 content is the result of lower synthesis from K1 or greater tissue utilization remains to be determined. However, the more youthful coagulation profile observed in old CR rats (vs. AL rats tends to support the notion that CR is associated with greater utilization of the K vitamers to sustain physiological functions.

  18. Development of Light Cycle Oil (LCO) Hydrocracking Technology over a Commercial W-Ni Based Catalyst

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    Peng Chong; Yang Xuejing; Fang Xiangchen; Huang Xinlu; Cheng Zhenmin; Zeng Ronghui; Guo Rong

    2015-01-01

    Because of its high density and low cetane number, the light cycle oil (LCO) containing heavy aromatics (60%—80%) can hardly be transformed through the conventional hydro-upgrading technology. In this report, a novel LCO hydrocracking technology (FD2G) was proposed for the utilization of LCO to manufacture high value-added products. Through the ingenious combination of hydroprocessing catalyst and the hydrocracking process, the high octane gasoline and the ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) blendstocks were produced simultaneously. The inlfuence of catalyst type, reaction temperature, pressure, respectively, on the research octane number (RON) of produced gasoline was studied in a ifxed bed hydrogenation reactor. It indicated that high reaction temperature and medium pressurewould favor the production of high-octane gasoline through the conversion of bi-aromatic and tri-aromatic hydrocarbons. The typical results of FD2G tech-nology on commercial units showed that it could produce clean diesel with a sulfur content of less than 10 μg/g and clean gasoline with a research octane number (RON) of up to 92. It would be contributed to the achievement of the maximum proift of a reifnery, the FD2G technology could provide a higher economic efifciency than the other diesel quality upgrading technology under the current gasoline and diesel price system.

  19. APPLICATION OF NYLON6 CHIPS PRODUCED ON 15 kt/a DOMESTIC VK TUBE TO HIGH-SPEED SPINNING%15 kt/a国产锦纶6连续聚合装置切片高速纺丝工艺探讨

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    廖扬; 张学平; 徐姝

    2001-01-01

    介绍了国产15 kt/a聚合装置生产的YH500C锦纶6有光切片在高速纺装置上的 生产情况 ,调整纺丝温度,控制侧吹风温度20℃,速度0.4~0.5 m/s,RH为65%~75%,上油率为 0.5%~0.8%,调整冷却集束点位置,选择合理的聚氨酯摩擦盘和热箱温度,则可生产出 质量稳定的155 dtex/48 f锦纶有光DTY产品。%The production situation of YH500C bright chips produced o n 15 kt/a domestic VK tube applied to high -speed spinning was introduced. The produced chips had consistent quality and a bsolutely suited to high-speed spinning when the process parameters, such as sp inning temperature, spinpack filter medium, collection position and hot box temp erature etc., were well controlled. The consistent-quality 155 dtex/48 f bright nylon6 DTY can be obtained if the fore and after spinning process was optimized as followed: cross air blow temperature 20℃, air speed 0.4~0.5 m/s, RH 6 5%~75%, oil pick-up 0.5%~0.7% and rational choice of polyurethane friction di sc and hot box temperature.

  20. SPAK deficiency corrects pseudohypoaldosteronism II caused by WNK4 mutation

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    Chu, Pei-Yi; Cheng, Chih-Jen; Wu, Yi-Chang; Fang, Yu-Wei; Chau, Tom; Uchida, Shinichi; Sasaki, Sei; Yang, Sung-Sen; Lin, Shih-Hua

    2013-01-01

    .../+) mice were crossed with kidney tubule-specific (KSP) Osr1 knockout (KSP-Osr1 (-/-)) and Spak knockout (Spak (-/-)) mice. Blood pressure, plasma and urine biochemistries, and the relevant protein expression in the kidneys were examined...

  1. Data of evolutionary structure change: 1BUDA-1WNIA [Confc[Archive

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  2. Discovery of Novel SPAK Inhibitors That Block WNK Kinase Signaling to Cation Chloride Transporters.

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    Kikuchi, Eriko; Mori, Takayasu; Zeniya, Moko; Isobe, Kiyoshi; Ishigami-Yuasa, Mari; Fujii, Shinya; Kagechika, Hiroyuki; Ishihara, Tomoaki; Mizushima, Tohru; Sasaki, Sei; Sohara, Eisei; Rai, Tatemitsu; Uchida, Shinichi

    2015-07-01

    Upon activation by with-no-lysine kinases, STE20/SPS1-related proline-alanine-rich protein kinase (SPAK) phosphorylates and activates SLC12A transporters such as the Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) and Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter type 1 (NKCC1) and type 2 (NKCC2); these transporters have important roles in regulating BP through NaCl reabsorption and vasoconstriction. SPAK knockout mice are viable and display hypotension with decreased activity (phosphorylation) of NCC and NKCC1 in the kidneys and aorta, respectively. Therefore, agents that inhibit SPAK activity could be a new class of antihypertensive drugs with dual actions (i.e., NaCl diuresis and vasodilation). In this study, we developed a new ELISA-based screening system to find novel SPAK inhibitors and screened >20,000 small-molecule compounds. Furthermore, we used a drug repositioning strategy to identify existing drugs that inhibit SPAK activity. As a result, we discovered one small-molecule compound (Stock 1S-14279) and an antiparasitic agent (Closantel) that inhibited SPAK-regulated phosphorylation and activation of NCC and NKCC1 in vitro and in mice. Notably, these compounds had structural similarity and inhibited SPAK in an ATP-insensitive manner. We propose that the two compounds found in this study may have great potential as novel antihypertensive drugs. Copyright © 2015 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  3. "India's Rasputin"?: V.K. Krishna Menon and Anglo–American misperceptions of Indian foreign policymaking, 1947–1964

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    From 1947 until his political demise in late 1962, Vengalil Krishanan Krishna Menon stood at the forefront of India's international relations. One of Indian Premier Jawaharlal Nehru's closest political confidantes, Menon served variously as India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, leader of its delegation to the United Nations, self-styled mediator in the Korea, Indo–China, and Suez crises of the 1950s and, from 1957, his country's Defence Minister. Vilified in the West as “India's Ra...

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  5. GCN-2 dependent inhibition of protein synthesis activates osmosensitive gene transcription via WNK and Ste20 kinase signaling

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    Increased gpdh-1 transcription is required for accumulation of the organic osmolyte glycerol and survival of Caenorhabditis elegans during hypertonic stress. Our previous work has shown that regulators of gpdh-1 (rgpd) gene knockdown constitutively activates gpdh-1 expression. Fifty-five rgpd genes play essential roles in translation suggesting that inhibition of protein synthesis is an important signal for regulating osmoprotective gene transcription. We demonstrate here that translation is ...

  6. EpiCollect+: linking smartphones to web applications for complex data collection projects [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/3vk

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    Full Text Available Previously, we have described the development of the generic mobile phone data gathering tool, EpiCollect, and an associated web application, providing two-way communication between multiple data gatherers and a project database. This software only allows data collection on the phone using a single questionnaire form that is tailored to the needs of the user (including a single GPS point and photo per entry, whereas many applications require a more complex structure, allowing users to link a series of forms in a linear or branching hierarchy, along with the addition of any number of media types accessible from smartphones and/or tablet devices (e.g., GPS, photos, videos, sound clips and barcode scanning. A much enhanced version of EpiCollect has been developed (EpiCollect+. The individual data collection forms in EpiCollect+ provide more design complexity than the single form used in EpiCollect, and the software allows the generation of complex data collection projects through the ability to link many forms together in a linear (or branching hierarchy. Furthermore, EpiCollect+ allows the collection of multiple media types as well as standard text fields, increased data validation and form logic. The entire process of setting up a complex mobile phone data collection project to the specification of a user (project and form definitions can be undertaken at the EpiCollect+ website using a simple ‘drag and drop’ procedure, with visualisation of the data gathered using Google Maps and charts at the project website. EpiCollect+ is suitable for situations where multiple users transmit complex data by mobile phone (or other Android devices to a single project web database and is already being used for a range of field projects, particularly public health projects in sub-Saharan Africa. However, many uses can be envisaged from education, ecology and epidemiology to citizen science.

  7. Characterization and properties of an advanced composite substrate for YBCO-coated conductors

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    Gao, M.; Suo, H.; Zhao, Y.

    2010-01-01

    Thin, biaxially textured Ni5W/Ni12W/Ni5W composite substrates for coated conductor applications have been fabricated. The particularity of this three-layer composite configuration resides in the elemental diffusion between the outer layer and the core layer. Due to the migration of elemental W, t...

  8. Constraints, synergies and avenues for scaling up breastfeeding, antibiotics for pneumonia and IMCI interventions in the Cusco region, Peru [v1; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/Vk0ueY

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    Full Text Available Objective: The purpose of this qualitative case study was to assess the feasibility of scaling up exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, antibiotics for pneumonia and integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI child interventions in three districts of the Cusco region, Peru. Methods: During field visits, constraints, synergies and solutions to the implementation of the selected interventions were collected through observational recording and interviews of mothers, health workers, and health managers/decision makers. Results are presented for each intervention according to the health system level where they occurred: mother/community, health worker, health centre, and political/managerial levels. Findings: This case study demonstrates that it is feasible to scale up exclusive breastfeeding, antibiotics for pneumonia and IMCI interventions in poverty-stricken rural areas of a low-income country. Factors that helped and hindered the implementation were identified for each intervention. Conclusions: The need for a coherent multi-sector approach that includes regulation, implementation and monitoring of health policies and education of all involved stakeholders was apparent. This study also demonstrates that global health interventions need to undergo local adaptation. Identifying local constraints and facilitating factors in a systematic way as proposed in this study is a useful step to increase their effectiveness and reach at the local level and to identify areas for improvement in the original intervention policies.

  9. Vitamin K Dependent Protection of Renal Function in Multi-ethnic Population Studies

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    Fang-Fei Wei

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    Interpretation: In the general population, eGFR decreases and CKD risk increases with higher dp-ucMGP, a marker of VK deficiency. These findings highlight the possibility that VK supplementation might promote renal health.

  10. 热等静压法制备高立方织构的镍基合金复合基带%Fabrication of Ni-based alloy composite substrate with high cube texture using hot isostatic presses method

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    邱火勤; 索红莉; 寇生中; 马麟; 田辉; 刘敏; 袁冬梅; 王营霞

    2011-01-01

    采用热等静压(HIP)法制备芯层为Ni-12%W(Ni12W,摩尔分数)合金、外层为Ni-5%W(Ni5W,摩尔分数)合金的Ni5W/Ni12W/Ni5W 3层复合初始坯锭:采用压延辅助双轴织构技术(RABiTSTM)通过直接冷轧及再结晶退火获得Ni5W/Ni12W/NiSW复合基带;采用X射线四环衍射技术(XRD)及背散射电子衍射技术(EBSD)对复合基带表面冷轧及再结晶织构进行分析.结果表明:冷轧复合基带表面形成较强的铜型形变织构,再结晶退火后复合基带表面形成锐利的立方织构,其立方织构含量达到99.1%(≤10°),与商业用Ni5W合金基带水平相当.%A tri-layer composite alloy ingot was fabricated by hot isostatic presses (HIP) method, in which the outer layer is Ni-5%W(Ni5W, mole fraction) alloy and the inner layer is Ni-12%W(Ni12W, mole fraction) alloy. The composite ingot was cold-rolled using the process of rolling assisted biaxially textured substrate (RABiTS?) technology and annealed to obtain the Ni5W/Ni12W/Ni5W composite substrate with high cube texture. The cold rolling and the recrystallization textures on the surface of the as-obtained composite substrate were studied systematically by X-ray and EBSD measurements. The results show that a strong deformation copper-type texture is obtained in the cold rolled composite substrate, and a sharp cube texture is formed on the surface of Ni5W/Ni12W/Ni5W composite substrate after a recrystallization annealing process. The percentage of the cube orientated grain within a misorientation angle of 10° is as high as 99.1%, which is in the same level as that of the commercial Ni5W tape.

  11. Vitamin K2, a Naturally Occurring Menaquinone, Exerts Therapeutic Effects on Both Hormone-Dependent and Hormone-Independent Prostate Cancer Cells

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    Full Text Available In recent years, several studies have shown that vitamin k2 (VK2 has anticancer activity in a variety of cancer cells. The antitumor effects of VK2 in prostate cancer are currently not known. In the present study, we sought to characterize the anticancer potential of VK2 in both androgen-dependent and -independent prostate cancer cells. Our investigations show that VK2 is able to suppress viability of androgen-dependent and androgen-independent prostate cancer cells via caspase-3 and -8 dependent apoptosis. We also show that VK2 treatment reduces androgen receptor expression and PSA secretion in androgen-dependent prostate cancer cells. Our results also implicate VK2 as a potential anti-inflammatory agent, as several inflammatory genes are downregulated in prostate cancer cells following treatment with VK2. Additionally, AKT and NF-kB levels in prostate cancer cells are reduced significantly when treated with VK2. These findings correlated with the results of the Boyden chamber and angiogenesis assay, as VK2 treatment reduced cell migration and angiogenesis potential of prostate cancer cells. Finally, in a nude mice model, VK2 administration resulted in significant inhibition of both androgen-dependent and androgen-independent tumor growth. Overall, our results suggest that VK2 may be a potential therapeutic agent in the treatment of prostate cancer.

  12. Modulation of NCC activity by low and high K+ intake: insights into the signaling pathways involved

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    Castañeda-Bueno, María; Cervantes-Perez, Luz Graciela; Rojas-Vega, Lorena; Arroyo-Garza, Isidora; Vázquez, Norma; Moreno, Erika

    2014-01-01

    Modulation of Na+-Cl− cotransporter (NCC) activity is essential to adjust K+ excretion in the face of changes in dietary K+ intake. We used previously characterized genetic mouse models to assess the role of Ste20-related proline-alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) and with-no-lysine kinase (WNK)4 in the modulation of NCC by K+ diets. SPAK knockin and WNK4 knockout mice were placed on normal-, low-, or high-K+-citrate diets for 4 days. The low-K+ diet decreased and high-K+ diet increased plasma aldosterone levels, but both diets were associated with increased phosphorylation of NCC (phospho-NCC, Thr44/Thr48/Thr53) and phosphorylation of SPAK/oxidative stress responsive kinase 1 (phospho-SPAK/OSR1, Ser383/Ser325). The effect of the low-K+ diet on SPAK phosphorylation persisted in WNK4 knockout and SPAK knockin mice, whereas the effects of ANG II on NCC and SPAK were lost in both mouse colonies. This suggests that for NCC activation by ANG II, integrity of the WNK4/SPAK pathway is required, whereas for the low-K+ diet, SPAK phosphorylation occurred despite the absence of WNK4, suggesting the involvement of another WNK (WNK1 or WNK3). Additionally, because NCC activation also occurred in SPAK knockin mice, it is possible that loss of SPAK was compensated by OSR1. The positive effect of the high-K+ diet was observed when the accompanying anion was citrate, whereas the high-KCl diet reduced NCC phosphorylation. However, the effect of the high-K+-citrate diet was aldosterone dependent, and neither metabolic alkalosis induced by bicarbonate, nor citrate administration in the absence of K+ increased NCC phosphorylation, suggesting that it was not due to citrate-induced metabolic alkalosis. Thus, the accompanying anion might modulate the NCC response to the high-K+ diet. PMID:24761002

  13. Modulation of NCC activity by low and high K(+) intake: insights into the signaling pathways involved.

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    Castañeda-Bueno, María; Cervantes-Perez, Luz Graciela; Rojas-Vega, Lorena; Arroyo-Garza, Isidora; Vázquez, Norma; Moreno, Erika; Gamba, Gerardo

    2014-06-15

    Modulation of Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) activity is essential to adjust K(+) excretion in the face of changes in dietary K(+) intake. We used previously characterized genetic mouse models to assess the role of Ste20-related proline-alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) and with-no-lysine kinase (WNK)4 in the modulation of NCC by K(+) diets. SPAK knockin and WNK4 knockout mice were placed on normal-, low-, or high-K(+)-citrate diets for 4 days. The low-K(+) diet decreased and high-K(+) diet increased plasma aldosterone levels, but both diets were associated with increased phosphorylation of NCC (phospho-NCC, Thr(44)/Thr(48)/Thr(53)) and phosphorylation of SPAK/oxidative stress responsive kinase 1 (phospho-SPAK/OSR1, Ser(383)/Ser(325)). The effect of the low-K(+) diet on SPAK phosphorylation persisted in WNK4 knockout and SPAK knockin mice, whereas the effects of ANG II on NCC and SPAK were lost in both mouse colonies. This suggests that for NCC activation by ANG II, integrity of the WNK4/SPAK pathway is required, whereas for the low-K(+) diet, SPAK phosphorylation occurred despite the absence of WNK4, suggesting the involvement of another WNK (WNK1 or WNK3). Additionally, because NCC activation also occurred in SPAK knockin mice, it is possible that loss of SPAK was compensated by OSR1. The positive effect of the high-K(+) diet was observed when the accompanying anion was citrate, whereas the high-KCl diet reduced NCC phosphorylation. However, the effect of the high-K(+)-citrate diet was aldosterone dependent, and neither metabolic alkalosis induced by bicarbonate, nor citrate administration in the absence of K(+) increased NCC phosphorylation, suggesting that it was not due to citrate-induced metabolic alkalosis. Thus, the accompanying anion might modulate the NCC response to the high-K(+) diet. Copyright © 2014 the American Physiological Society.

  14. [The different functions of glnB and glnZ from Azospirillum brasilense YU62 in the control of nitrogen fixation].

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    Chen, S; Guan, Y; Ying, J; Li, Z; Wang, J; Li, J

    2001-10-01

    The glnB and glnZ genes of A. brasilense have 70% homology at nucleotide sequence. glnB is located in a 3.7 kb Eco RI+ PstI fragment and glnZ is located in a 3.7 kb SalI fragment. Both glnB and glnZ genes were mutagenized by Kmr cassette insertions and glnB- and glnZ- mutants were obtained. glnB- mutant did not have any nitrogenase activity, while glnZ- mutant still has nitrogenase activity. The coding regions of glnB and glnZ were cloned into pVK100 vectors and recombinant plasmids pVK-II and pVK-Z were obtained, respectively. The recombinant plasmids pVK-II and pVK-Z were introduced into glnB- and glnZ- to produce C-glnB and C-glnZ, respectively. C-glnB can restore nitrogenase activity and C-glnZ does not have effect on nitrogenase activity. When pVK-II and pVK-Z were introduced into A. brasilense Yu62 and draT-, respectively, the Yu62-II (containing pVK-II) and draT-II (containing pVK-II) have higher nitrogenase activity than that of wild type Yu62. In contrast, Yu62-Z (containing pVK-Z) and draT-Z (containing pVK-Z) has no effect on nitrogenase activity. The nifA(-)-II (containg pVK-II) and nifA(-)-Z (containing pVK-Z) still have no nitrogenase activity.

  15. Reply to the comment on 'Monsoon related changes in sea surface productivity and water column denitrification in the Eastern Arabian Sea during the last glacial cycle' by V.K. Banakar, T. Oba, A.R. Chodankar, T. Kuramoto, M. Yamamoto, M. Minagawa

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    proxies utilized in our study have not been greatly affected by preservation problems. 3 RT proposes diagenesis as an alternative explanation for C/N ratio variation recorded by our study. Although diagenesis cannot be ruled out, we think it is very... productivity and water column denitrification in the Eastern Arabian Sea during the last glacial cycle. Mar. Geol., 219: 99-108. Bassinot, F. C., Labeyrie, L. D., Vincent, E., Quidelleur, X., Shackleton, N. J. and Lancelot, Y., 1994. The astronomical theory...

  16. Výzva k zasílání příspěvků pro tematické číslo Envigogiky o Environmentálním vzdělávání a (EV a Vzdělávání pro udržitelný rozvoj

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    • Wiek, A., Withycombe, L., & Redman, C. L. (2011. Key competencies in sustainability: a reference framework for academic program development. Sustain Sci, 6(2, 203-218. Retrieved from http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s11625-011-0132-6  http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-011-0132-6

  17. Reduction of a Ni/Spinel Catalyst for Methane Reforming

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    Kehres, Jan; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Fløystad, Jostein Bø

    2015-01-01

    A nickel/spinel (Ni/MgAl2O4) catalyst, w(Ni) = 22 wt%, was investigated in situ during reduction with wide angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) in a laboratory setup and with anomalous small angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS) at a synchrotron source. Complementary high resolution transmission electron micro...

  18. 天马渡VK系列精选计时石英机心

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    VK系列精选计时石英机心,以别具高级感的机械表式指针动作,成为手表业界创新亮点。VK63、VK67、VK83三款型号自推出以来,一直深受欢迎。今年天马渡(香港)有限公司SII产品营业部乘胜追击,加推三款VK新成员——VK61、VK64、VK73,为手表设计带来更多选择。

  19. Abyssal sediment erosion from the Central Indian Basin: Evidence from radiochemical and radiolarian studies

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    ) 167-173 167 Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., Amsterdam Letter Section Abyssal sediment erosion in the Central Indian Basin: Evidence from radiochemical and radiolarian studies V.K. Banakar, S.M. Gupta and V.K. Padmavathi National Institute... of Oceanography, Dona-Paula, Goa-403 004, India (Revision accepted September 17, 1990) ABSTRACT Banakar, V.K., Gupta, S.M. and Padmavathi, V.K., 1991. Abyssal sediment erosion from the Central Indian Basin: Evi- dence from radiochemical and radiolarian studies...

  20. A Unified Approach to Optimization

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    finite-domain variables xi that indicate the color that is assigned to vertex i of a graph. For any clique Vk of the graph, the variables xi for i ∈ Vk...model is min ∑ j wj ∑ j yij = 1, all i ∑ i∈Vk yij ≤ wj , all j, k where 0-1 variable wj = 1 when color j is used, and k indexes all cliques Vk of some... clique cover. A cut in the xi-space is mapped to a cut in 0-1 space simply by replacing each xi by ∑ j jyij . We studied cuts based on cycles, webs, and

  1. Regression of warfarin-induced medial elastocalcinosis by high intake of vitamin K in rats.

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    Schurgers, Leon J; Spronk, Henri M H; Soute, Berry A M; Schiffers, Paul M; DeMey, Jo G R; Vermeer, Cees

    2007-04-01

    Arterial calcification (AC) is generally regarded as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is a potent inhibitor of AC, and its activity depends on vitamin K (VK). In rats, inactivation of MGP by treatment with the vitamin K antagonist warfarin leads to rapid calcification of the arteries. Here, we investigated whether preformed AC can be regressed by a VK-rich diet. Rats received a calcification-inducing diet containing both VK and warfarin (W&K). During a second 6-week period, animals were randomly assigned to receive either W&K (3.0 mg/g and 1.5 mg/g, subsequently), a diet containing a normal (5 microg/g) or high (100 microg/g) amount of VK (either K1 or K2). Increased aortic calcium concentration was observed in the group that continued to receive W&K and also in the group changed to the normal dose of VK and AC progressed. Both the VK-rich diets decreased the arterial calcium content by some 50%. In addition, arterial distensibility was restored by the VK-rich diet. Using MGP antibodies, local VK deficiency was demonstrated at sites of calcification. This is the first study in rats demonstrating that AC and the resulting decreased arterial distensibility are reversible by high-VK intake.

  2. Biological Systems of Vitamin K: A Plasma Nutriproteomics Study of Subclinical Vitamin K Deficiency in 500 Nepalese Children

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    Schulze, Kerry J.; Cole, Robert N.; Wu, Lee S. F.; Yager, James D.; Groopman, John; Christian, Parul; West, Keith P.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Vitamin K (VK) is a fat-soluble vitamin whose deficiency disrupts coagulation and may disturb bone and cardiovascular health. However, the scale and systems affected by VK deficiency in pediatric populations remains unclear. We conducted a study of the plasma proteome of 500 Nepalese children 6–8 years of age (male/female ratio = 0.99) to identify proteins associated with VK status. We measured the concentrations of plasma lipids and protein induced by VK absence-II (PIVKA-II) and correlated relative abundance of proteins quantified by mass spectrometry with PIVKA-II. VK deficiency (PIVKA-II >2 μg/L) was associated with a higher abundance of low-density lipoproteins, total cholesterol, and triglyceride concentrations (p 10% of the children, five proteins were associated with PIVKA-II and seven proteins were differentially abundant between VK deficient versus sufficient children, including coagulation factor-II, hemoglobin, and vascular endothelial cadherin, passing a false discovery rate (FDR) threshold of 10% (q PIVKA-II or VK deficiency at a less stringent FDR (q  0.7). Untargeted proteomics offers a novel systems approach to elucidating biological processes of coagulation, vascularization, and erythrocyte oxidative stress related to VK status. The results may help elucidate subclinical metabolic disturbances related to VK deficiency in populations. PMID:26913649

  3. Biological Systems of Vitamin K: A Plasma Nutriproteomics Study of Subclinical Vitamin K Deficiency in 500 Nepalese Children.

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    Lee, Sun Eun; Schulze, Kerry J; Cole, Robert N; Wu, Lee S F; Yager, James D; Groopman, John; Christian, Parul; West, Keith P

    2016-04-01

    Vitamin K (VK) is a fat-soluble vitamin whose deficiency disrupts coagulation and may disturb bone and cardiovascular health. However, the scale and systems affected by VK deficiency in pediatric populations remains unclear. We conducted a study of the plasma proteome of 500 Nepalese children 6-8 years of age (male/female ratio = 0.99) to identify proteins associated with VK status. We measured the concentrations of plasma lipids and protein induced by VK absence-II (PIVKA-II) and correlated relative abundance of proteins quantified by mass spectrometry with PIVKA-II. VK deficiency (PIVKA-II>2 μg/L) was associated with a higher abundance of low-density lipoproteins, total cholesterol, and triglyceride concentrations (p10% of the children, five proteins were associated with PIVKA-II and seven proteins were differentially abundant between VK deficient versus sufficient children, including coagulation factor-II, hemoglobin, and vascular endothelial cadherin, passing a false discovery rate (FDR) threshold of 10% (qPIVKA-II or VK deficiency at a less stringent FDR (q0.7). Untargeted proteomics offers a novel systems approach to elucidating biological processes of coagulation, vascularization, and erythrocyte oxidative stress related to VK status. The results may help elucidate subclinical metabolic disturbances related to VK deficiency in populations.

  4. Dicty_cDB: CHA306 [Dicty_cDB

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  5. Dietary salt regulates the phosphorylation of OSR1/SPAK kinases and the sodium chloride cotransporter through aldosterone.

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    Chiga, Motoko; Rai, Tatemitsu; Yang, Sung-Sen; Ohta, Akihito; Takizawa, Toichiro; Sasaki, Sei; Uchida, Shinichi

    2008-12-01

    Pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII) is caused by mutations in the WNK1 and WNK4 genes (WNK with-no-lysine kinase). In a mouse model of this disease where a mutant of Wnk4 D561A was knocked in, increased phosphorylation of the sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) was found and the transporter was concentrated on the apical membrane of the distal tubules. In addition, we recently found that other kinases, such as the oxidative stress response kinase-1/STE20/SPS1-related proline alanine-rich kinase (OSR1/SPAK), also showed increased phosphorylation in these mice. Here we determined whether this kinase cascade is regulated by dietary salt intake. We found that the phosphorylation states of NCC and OSR1/SPAK were increased by low-salt diets and decreased by high-salt diets; a regulation completely lost in the knock-in mice. Increased phosphorylation was reversed by spironolactone and this decreased phosphorylation was reversed by administration of exogenous aldosterone. These studies suggest that that the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade may be a novel effector system of aldosterone action in the kidney.

  6. NPC1L1 is a key regulator of intestinal vitamin K absorption and a modulator of warfarin therapy.

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    Takada, Tappei; Yamanashi, Yoshihide; Konishi, Kentaro; Yamamoto, Takehito; Toyoda, Yu; Masuo, Yusuke; Yamamoto, Hideaki; Suzuki, Hiroshi

    2015-02-18

    Vitamin K (VK) is a micronutrient that facilitates blood coagulation. VK antagonists, such as warfarin, are used in the clinic to prevent thromboembolism. Because VK is not synthesized in the body, its intestinal absorption is crucial for maintaining whole-body VK levels. However, the molecular mechanism of this absorption is unclear. We demonstrate that Niemann-Pick C1-like 1 (NPC1L1) protein, a cholesterol transporter, plays a central role in intestinal VK uptake and modulates the anticoagulant effect of warfarin. In vitro studies using NPC1L1-overexpressing intestinal cells and in vivo studies with Npc1l1-knockout mice revealed that intestinal VK absorption is NPC1L1-dependent and inhibited by ezetimibe, an NPC1L1-selective inhibitor clinically used for dyslipidemia. In addition, in vivo pharmacological studies demonstrated that the coadministration of ezetimibe and warfarin caused a reduction in hepatic VK levels and enhanced the pharmacological effect of warfarin. Adverse events caused by the coadministration of ezetimibe and warfarin were rescued by oral VK supplementation, suggesting that the drug-drug interaction effects observed were the consequence of ezetimibe-mediated VK malabsorption. This mechanism was supported by a retrospective evaluation of clinical data showing that, in more than 85% of warfarin-treated patients, the anticoagulant activity was enhanced by cotreatment with ezetimibe. Our findings provide insight into the molecular mechanism of VK absorption. This new drug-drug interaction mechanism between ezetimibe (a cholesterol transport inhibitor) and warfarin (a VK antagonist and anticoagulant) could inform clinical care of patients on these medications, such as by altering the kinetics of essential, fat-soluble vitamins.

  7. Effect of the militarily-relevant heavy metals, depleted uranium and heavy metal tungsten-alloy on gene expression in human liver carcinoma cells (HepG2).

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    Miller, Alexandra C; Brooks, Kia; Smith, Jan; Page, Natalie

    2004-01-01

    Depleted uranium (DU) and heavy-metal tungsten alloys (HMTAs) are dense heavy-metals used primarily in military applications. Chemically similar to natural uranium, but depleted of the higher activity 235U and 234U isotopes, DU is a low specific activity, high-density heavy metal. In contrast, the non-radioactive HMTAs are composed of a mixture of tungsten (91-93%), nickel (3-5%), and cobalt (2-4%) particles. The use of DU and HMTAs in military munitions could result in their internalization in humans. Limited data exist however, regarding the long-term health effects of internalized DU and HMTAs in humans. Both DU and HMTAs possess a tumorigenic transforming potential and are genotoxic and mutagenic in vitro. Using insoluble DU-UO2 and a reconstituted mixture of tungsten, nickel, cobalt (rWNiCo), we tested their ability to induce stress genes in thirteen different recombinant cell lines generated from human liver carcinoma cells (HepG2). The commercially available CAT-Tox (L) cellular assay consists of a panel of cell lines stably transfected with reporter genes consisting of a coding sequence for chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) under transcriptional control by mammalian stress gene regulatory sequences. DU, (5-50 microg/ml) produced a complex profile of activity demonstrating significant dose-dependent induction of the hMTIIA FOS, p53RE, Gadd153, Gadd45, NFkappaBRE, CRE, HSP70, RARE, and GRP78 promoters. The rWNiCo mixture (5-50 microg/ml) showed dose-related induction of the GSTYA, hMTIIA, p53RE, FOS, NFkappaBRE, HSP70, and CRE promoters. An examination of the pure metals, tungsten (W), nickel (Ni), and cobalt (Co), comprising the rWNiCo mixture, demonstrated that each metal exhibited a similar pattern of gene induction, but at a significantly decreased magnitude than that of the rWNiCo mixture. These data showed a synergistic activation of gene expression by the metals in the rWNiCo mixture. Our data show for the first time that DU and rWNiCo can

  8. Sup(10)Be variation in surficial sediments of the Central Indian Basin

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    Nath, B.N.; Aldahan, A.; Possnert, G.; Selvaraj, K.; Mascarenhas-Pereira, M.B.L.; Chen, C.T.A.

    , Geochim. Cosmo- chim. Acta 60 (1996) 213. [8] V.K. Banakar, S.M. Gupta, V.K. Padmavathi, Mar. Geol. 96 (1991) 167. [9] D.V. Borole, Deep-Sea Res. 40 (1993) 761. [10] B.L.K. Somayajulu, P. Sharma, J. Beer, G. Bonani, H.J. Hofmann, E. Morenzoni, M. Nessi, M...

  9. Dietary Supplementation with Vitamin K Affects Transcriptome and Proteome of Senegalese Sole, Improving Larval Performance and Quality

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    Richard, Nadege; Fernandez, Ignacio; Wulff, Tune

    2014-01-01

    -supplemented groups. Comparative proteome analysis revealed a number of differentially expressed proteins between Control and Diet 250 associated with key biological processes including skin, muscle, and bone development. Expression analysis showed that genes encoding proteins related to the VK cycle (ggcx, vkor), VK...

  10. Verification of a Class of Deadlock-Free, Self-Timed, Computational Arrays.

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    1984-08-01

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  11. Acquired absolute vitamin K deficiency in a patient undergoing warfarin therapy.

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    Takada, Hiroaki; Toru, Hifumi; Bunya, Naofumi; Kiriu, Nobuaki; Kato, Hiroshi; Koido, Yuichi; Yasuhiro, Kuroda

    2014-06-01

    We report a case of absolute vitamin K deficiency (VKD) diagnosed by measuring serum VK levels in an elderly woman undergoing warfarin therapy. A 78-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of dyspnea and sore throat diagnosed as pharyngitis 1 week before admission. On admission, the sore throat had exacerbated and dyspnea developed. She had history of atrial fibrillation, for which warfarin 1.5 mg/d was started approximately 10 years prior and her international normalized ratio (INR) had been maintained at an acceptable therapeutic level. Blood results revealed unmeasurable INR and abnormally prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT). She was diagnosed with adenoiditis and warfarin-related coagulopathy and administered intravenous VK (20 mg) and fresh frozen plasma (FFP; 4 U), which improved INR and APTT. Since the coagulopathy responded to intravenous VK administration, the patient was clinically diagnosed with warfarin-related relative VKD. Approximately 1 month later, she returned with complaints of sore throat. Blood results indicated abnormal INR (7.22) and APTT (N80.0 s). She was diagnosed with recurrent adenoiditis and VK deficient coagulopathy. The patient’s serum VK levels were low (VK1 level, 0.13 ng/mL; VK2 levels, 0.85 ng/mL). Initial treatment of VK (20 mg) and FFP followed by intravenous VK (20 mg/d) for 6 days, her symptoms dissipated. Warfarin was suspected to have caused absolute VKD. Severe coagulopathy in patients undergoing warfarin therapy is primarily caused by, relative VKD. However, the possibility of warfarin-related absolute VKD should be suspected when INRis not sufficiently improved by intravenous VK administration.

  12. Pulmonary toxicity after exposure to military-relevant heavy metal tungsten alloy particles

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    Roedel, Erik Q., E-mail: Erik.Roedel@amedd.army.mil [Department of General Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96859 (United States); Cafasso, Danielle E., E-mail: Danielle.Cafasso@amedd.army.mil [Department of General Surgery, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96859 (United States); Lee, Karen W.M., E-mail: Karen.W.Lee@amedd.army.mil [Department of Clinical Investigation, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96859 (United States); Pierce, Lisa M., E-mail: Lisa.Pierce@amedd.army.mil [Department of Clinical Investigation, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96859 (United States)

    2012-02-15

    Significant controversy over the environmental and public health impact of depleted uranium use in the Gulf War and the war in the Balkans has prompted the investigation and use of other materials including heavy metal tungsten alloys (HMTAs) as nontoxic alternatives. Interest in the health effects of HMTAs has peaked since the recent discovery that rats intramuscularly implanted with pellets containing 91.1% tungsten/6% nickel/2.9% cobalt rapidly developed aggressive metastatic tumors at the implantation site. Very little is known, however, regarding the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with the effects of inhalation exposure to HMTAs despite the recognized risk of this route of exposure to military personnel. In the current study military-relevant metal powder mixtures consisting of 92% tungsten/5% nickel/3% cobalt (WNiCo) and 92% tungsten/5% nickel/3% iron (WNiFe), pure metals, or vehicle (saline) were instilled intratracheally in rats. Pulmonary toxicity was assessed by cytologic analysis, lactate dehydrogenase activity, albumin content, and inflammatory cytokine levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid 24 h after instillation. The expression of 84 stress and toxicity-related genes was profiled in lung tissue and bronchoalveolar lavage cells using real-time quantitative PCR arrays, and in vitro assays were performed to measure the oxidative burst response and phagocytosis by lung macrophages. Results from this study determined that exposure to WNiCo and WNiFe induces pulmonary inflammation and altered expression of genes associated with oxidative and metabolic stress and toxicity. Inhalation exposure to both HMTAs likely causes lung injury by inducing macrophage activation, neutrophilia, and the generation of toxic oxygen radicals. -- Highlights: ► Intratracheal instillation of W–Ni–Co and W–Ni–Fe induces lung inflammation in rats. ► W–Ni–Co and W–Ni–Fe alter expression of oxidative stress and toxicity genes. ► W

  13. The State of the Art Assessment in Basic Skills Education Program 2

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  14. Pulmonary toxicity after exposure to military-relevant heavy metal tungsten alloy particles.

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    Roedel, Erik Q; Cafasso, Danielle E; Lee, Karen W M; Pierce, Lisa M

    2012-02-15

    Significant controversy over the environmental and public health impact of depleted uranium use in the Gulf War and the war in the Balkans has prompted the investigation and use of other materials including heavy metal tungsten alloys (HMTAs) as nontoxic alternatives. Interest in the health effects of HMTAs has peaked since the recent discovery that rats intramuscularly implanted with pellets containing 91.1% tungsten/6% nickel/2.9% cobalt rapidly developed aggressive metastatic tumors at the implantation site. Very little is known, however, regarding the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with the effects of inhalation exposure to HMTAs despite the recognized risk of this route of exposure to military personnel. In the current study military-relevant metal powder mixtures consisting of 92% tungsten/5% nickel/3% cobalt (WNiCo) and 92% tungsten/5% nickel/3% iron (WNiFe), pure metals, or vehicle (saline) were instilled intratracheally in rats. Pulmonary toxicity was assessed by cytologic analysis, lactate dehydrogenase activity, albumin content, and inflammatory cytokine levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid 24h after instillation. The expression of 84 stress and toxicity-related genes was profiled in lung tissue and bronchoalveolar lavage cells using real-time quantitative PCR arrays, and in vitro assays were performed to measure the oxidative burst response and phagocytosis by lung macrophages. Results from this study determined that exposure to WNiCo and WNiFe induces pulmonary inflammation and altered expression of genes associated with oxidative and metabolic stress and toxicity. Inhalation exposure to both HMTAs likely causes lung injury by inducing macrophage activation, neutrophilia, and the generation of toxic oxygen radicals.

  15. Gene : CBRC-TNIG-22-0335 [SEVENS

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    Full Text Available CBRC-TNIG-22-0335 Novel UN D UNKNOWN WNK2_HUMAN 0.002 29% ref|XP_001670109.1| Hypot...hetical protein CBG21638 [Caenorhabditis briggsae] emb|CAE74002.1| Hypothetical protein CBG21638 [Caenorhabditis brig

  16. OSR1-sensitive small intestinal Na+ transport

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    Pasham, V.; Pathare, G.T.; Fajol, A.; Rexhepaj, R.; Michael, D.; Pakladok, T.; Alesutan, I.; Rotte, A.; Foller, M.; Lang, F.

    2012-01-01

    The oxidative stress responsive kinase 1 (OSR1) contributes to WNK (with no K)-dependent regulation of renal tubular salt transport, renal salt excretion, and blood pressure. Little is known, however, about a role of OSR1 in the regulation of intestinal salt transport. The present study thus explore

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  18. Developing a communitywide electronic health record disease registry in primary care practices: lessons learned from the Western new york beacon community.

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    Heider, Arvela R; Maloney, Nancy A; Satchidanand, Nikhil; Allen, Geoffrey M; Mueller, Raymond; Gangloff, Steven; Singh, Ranjit

    2014-01-01

    Disease registries, as part of electronic health records (EHRs), have shown promise in improving care and outcomes. However, little is known about how best to implement them across communities, especially in communities that are not highly integrated. The Western New York (WNY) primary care community consists largely of independent practices using at least 20 different EHR products. This paper discusses the processes undertaken to develop a communitywide EHR disease registry in WNY, improvements it engendered, barriers overcome, and the lessons learned. HEALTHeLINK, under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Beacon Community Initiative, reached out to 98 primary care practices in the WNY region to establish EHR-based diabetes registries. Working with practices, community partners, and vendors, registry specifications were created. The registry was piloted with practices using one local vendor's EHR product and then rolled out to other practices, including five other EHR products. Using identified and de-identified registry datasets, quality benchmarking within and between practices and population health management were undertaken. From 2011 to 2013, the WNY Beacon Community assisted 98 practices (344 providers) serving over 50,000 adult diabetic patients. A major focus was on EHR registry development across diverse systems, and overcoming the challenges this presented. The Beacon diabetes registry was implemented at 85 of the 98 targeted practices. Of these registries, 65 met the criteria described in a later section for quality benchmarking and population health management purposes. Practices received quarterly benchmark reports summarizing their performance on key diabetes quality metrics and were compared to community practice averages. Practices used their registries for population health management by identifying and targeting patients in need of follow-up or specific diabetes-related care. The creation of the registry

  19. Prevalence and Predictors of Functional Vitamin K Insufficiency in Mothers and Newborns in Uganda

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB in infancy is a serious but preventable cause of mortality or permanent disability. Lack of epidemiologic data for VKDB in sub-Saharan Africa hinders development and implementation of effective prevention strategies. We used convenience sampling to consecutively enroll mothers delivering in a southwestern Uganda Hospital. We collected socio-demographic and dietary information, and paired samples of maternal venous and neonatal cord blood for the immunoassay of undercarboxylated prothrombin (PIVKA-II, a sensitive marker of functional vitamin K (VK insufficiency. We used univariable and multivariable logistic regression models to identify predictors of VK insufficiency. We detected PIVKA-II of ≥0.2 AU (Arbitrary Units per mL/mL (indicative of VK insufficiency in 33.3% (47/141 of mothers and 66% (93/141 of newborns. Importantly, 22% of babies had PIVKA-II concentrations ≥5.0 AU/mL, likely to be associated with abnormal coagulation indices. We found no significant predictors of newborn VK insufficiency, including infant weight (AOR (adjusted odds ratio 1.85, 95% CI (confidence interval 0.15–22.49, gender (AOR 0.54, 95% CI 0.26–1.11, term birth (AOR 0.72, 95% CI 0.20–2.62, maternal VK-rich diet (AOR 1.13, 95% CI 0.55–2.35 or maternal VK insufficiency (AOR 0.99, 95% CI 0.47–2.10. VK insufficiency is common among mothers and newborn babies in southwestern Uganda, which in one fifth of babies nears overt deficiency. Lack of identifiable predictors of newborn VK insufficiency support strategies for universal VK prophylaxis to newborns to prevent VKDB.

  20. Prevalence and Predictors of Functional Vitamin K Insufficiency in Mothers and Newborns in Uganda.

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    Santorino, Data; Siedner, Mark J; Mwanga-Amumpaire, Juliet; Shearer, Martin J; Harrington, Dominic J; Wariyar, Unni

    2015-10-16

    Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) in infancy is a serious but preventable cause of mortality or permanent disability. Lack of epidemiologic data for VKDB in sub-Saharan Africa hinders development and implementation of effective prevention strategies. We used convenience sampling to consecutively enroll mothers delivering in a southwestern Uganda Hospital. We collected socio-demographic and dietary information, and paired samples of maternal venous and neonatal cord blood for the immunoassay of undercarboxylated prothrombin (PIVKA-II), a sensitive marker of functional vitamin K (VK) insufficiency. We used univariable and multivariable logistic regression models to identify predictors of VK insufficiency. We detected PIVKA-II of ≥0.2 AU (Arbitrary Units per mL)/mL (indicative of VK insufficiency) in 33.3% (47/141) of mothers and 66% (93/141) of newborns. Importantly, 22% of babies had PIVKA-II concentrations ≥5.0 AU/mL, likely to be associated with abnormal coagulation indices. We found no significant predictors of newborn VK insufficiency, including infant weight (AOR (adjusted odds ratio) 1.85, 95% CI (confidence interval) 0.15-22.49), gender (AOR 0.54, 95% CI 0.26-1.11), term birth (AOR 0.72, 95% CI 0.20-2.62), maternal VK-rich diet (AOR 1.13, 95% CI 0.55-2.35) or maternal VK insufficiency (AOR 0.99, 95% CI 0.47-2.10). VK insufficiency is common among mothers and newborn babies in southwestern Uganda, which in one fifth of babies nears overt deficiency. Lack of identifiable predictors of newborn VK insufficiency support strategies for universal VK prophylaxis to newborns to prevent VKDB.

  1. Population genetics structure of Plasmodium vivax circumsporozoite protein during the elimination process in low and unstable malaria transmission areas, southeast of Iran.

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    Shabani, Samaneh Hemati; Zakeri, Sedigheh; Mehrizi, Akram Abouie; Mortazavi, Yousef; Djadid, Navid Dinparast

    2016-08-01

    In Iran, the prevalence of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax has dropped after a national malaria elimination program was launched. To estimate the likelihood of success and to measure the outcome of malaria intervention tools during elimination programs (2008-2012), the population genetic surveys of Iranian P. vivax isolates (n=60) were carried out using the CSP genetic marker. The results were compared with a similar work that was carried out during a control phase (2000-2003) in the same study areas. Based on PCR-RFLP analysis, 49 (81.67%) of 60 studied samples were VK210 and 11 (18.33%) were VK247 with no mixed genotypes. However, 10.97% of P. vivax isolates of control phase harbored the mixed genotypes. Sequencing analysis of 50 pvcsp gene showed 14 distinct haplotypes, of which 11 and 3 were VK210 and VK247 types, respectively. However, during the control phase, 19 distinct subtypes (11 VK210 and 8 VK247) were reported. Also, 7 of 11 VK210 and the VK247F subtypes were new, and 3 out of 7 new VK210 and VK247F were isolated from the patients with Pakistani nationality. The lower nucleotide diversity per site (π=0.02017±0.00436 and π=0.04525±0.00255) and haplotype diversity (Hd=0.513±0.093 and Hd=0.691±0.128) as well as lower In/Del haplotype [Hd(i)=0.243 and 0] and nucleotide diversity [π(i)=0.00078 and 0] were recorded for VK210 and VK247of the elimination samples, respectively. In conclusion, the comparison of PRMs and RATs in CRR along with the polymorphism analysis of the sequence lengths, SNPs, and In/Del polymorphisms in all analyzed samples showed lower genetic diversity for PvCSP in the elimination samples. Also, although there is a turnover of P. vivax parasite genotypes in the study areas, reduction in genetic diversity and transmission was detected due to scaling-up of the intervention tools during an elimination program in Iran. This notable challenge of the elimination program must be taken into account and controlled by active

  2. Mechanisms of angiotensin II stimulation of NCC are time-dependent in mDCT15 cells.

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    Ko, Benjamin; Mistry, Abinash; Hanson, Lauren; Mallick, Rickta; Hoover, Robert S

    2015-04-01

    Angiotensin II (ANG II) increases thiazide-sensitive sodium-chloride cotransporter (NCC) activity both acutely and chronically. ANG II has been implicated as a switch that turns WNK4 from an inhibitor of NCC into an activator of NCC, and ANG II's effect on NCC appears to require WNK4. Chronically, ANG II stimulation of NCC results in an increase in total and phosphorylated NCC, but the role of NCC phosphorylation in acute ANG II actions is unclear. Here, using a mammalian cell model with robust native NCC activity, we corroborate the role that ANG II plays in WNK4 regulation and clarify the role of Ste20-related proline alanine-rich kinase (SPAK)-induced NCC phosphorylation in ANG II action. ANG II was noted to have a biphasic effect on NCC, with a peak increase in NCC activity in the physiologic range of 10(-11) M ANG II. This effect was apparent as early as 15 min and remained sustained through 120 min. These changes correlated with significant increases in NCC surface protein expression. Knockdown of WNK4 expression sharply attenuated the effect of ANG II. SPAK knockdown did not affect ANG II action at early time points (15 and 30 min), but it did attenuate the response at 60 min. Correspondingly, NCC phosphorylation did not increase at 15 or 30 min, but increased significantly at 60 min. We therefore conclude that within minutes of an increase in ANG II, NCC is rapidly trafficked to the cell surface in a phosphorylation-independent but WNK4-dependent manner. Then, after 60 min, ANG II induces SPAK-dependent phosphorylation of NCC.

  3. Klassika kauplemine / Ede Schank

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    Schank, Ede

    2003-01-01

    Kultuuriministeerium toetab väärtfilmiklassika jõudmist Eesti videolevisse, tehes peamiselt koostööd firmaga V&K Holding. Ka OÜ Sonatiin püüab tegutseda samas suunas. Firmadevahelistest vastuoludest

  4. Joonisfilmid / Aare Ermel

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    Ermel, Aare, 1957-2013

    2005-01-01

    Eesti Joonisfilm ja Nukufilm üllitasid firma V&K Holding kaudu kaks videokassetti "Armastuskolmnurgad" ja "Rebasenaine läheb taevasse" eesti noorte animaatorite Kaspar Jancise, Ülo Pikkovi ja Priit Tenderi loominguga

  5. DVD-plaatide hind langeb / Ivar Sild

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    2003-01-01

    DVD (Digital Versatile Disk = digitaalne mitmekülgne plaat) kui ka juba Eestis videolindiga edukalt konkureeriv audiovisuaalse info kandja. Ivar Vendelin firmast V&K Holding loodab jõuda DVDga massidesse

  6. Traffic monitoring using handheld GSM phones. Part B: Simulation study

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    Catalano, S.; Van der Zijpp, N.J.

    2002-01-01

    Revised version of LVV rapport, VK 2001.004. This report contains the description of a novel map-matching algorithm, and the results of a simulation study into the feasibility of traffic monitoring using handheld mobile phones.

  7. Dicty_cDB: CHN886 [Dicty_cDB

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  8. Cooling Acoustic Transducer with Heat Pipes

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  9. Effects of Intermediates between Vitamins K2 and K3 on Mammalian DNA Polymerase Inhibition and Anti-Inflammatory Activity

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    Takeshi Azuma

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Previously, we reported that vitamin K3 (VK3, but not VK1 or VK2 (=MK-4, inhibits the activity of human DNA polymerase γ (pol γ. In this study, we chemically synthesized three intermediate compounds between VK2 and VK3, namely MK-3, MK-2 and MK-1, and investigated the inhibitory effects of all five compounds on the activity of mammalian pols. Among these compounds, MK-2 was the strongest inhibitor of mammalian pols α, κ and λ, which belong to the B, Y and X families of pols, respectively; whereas VK3 was the strongest inhibitor of human pol γ, an A-family pol. MK-2 potently inhibited the activity of all animal species of pol tested, and its inhibitory effect on pol λ activity was the strongest with an IC50 value of 24.6 μM. However, MK-2 did not affect the activity of plant or prokaryotic pols, or that of other DNA metabolic enzymes such as primase of pol α, RNA polymerase, polynucleotide kinase or deoxyribonuclease I. Because we previously found a positive relationship between pol λ inhibition and anti-inflammatory action, we examined whether these compounds could inhibit inflammatory responses. Among the five compounds tested, MK-2 caused the greatest reduction in 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA-induced acute inflammation in mouse ear. In addition, in a cell culture system using mouse macrophages, MK-2 displayed the strongest suppression of the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS. Moreover, MK-2 was found to inhibit the action of nuclear factor (NF-κB. In an in vivo mouse model of LPS-evoked acute inflammation, intraperitoneal injection of MK-2 in mice led to suppression of TNF-α production in serum. In conclusion, this study has identified VK2 and VK3 intermediates, such as MK-2, that are promising anti-inflammatory candidates.

  10. Mild Hydrothermal Synthesis and Optical Properties of the Complex Fluoride KMgF3 Doped with Eu

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    2001-01-01

    KMgF3 doped with Eu was synthesized by mild hydrothermal method at 240℃ for the first time. The excitation and emission spectra of the KMgF3: Eu2+ phosphor were measured. Comparing with the sample synthesized through solid state reaction, the variation in the excitation spectra at 360 nm resulted from the existences of VK color centers; the low emission intensity was due to Eu2+ having transferred part energy to VK color centers.

  11. Transonic Cascade Measurements to Support Analytical Modeling

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    2007-11-02

    RECEIVED JUL 0 12005 FINAL REPORT FOR: AFOSR GRANT F49260-02-1-0284 TRANSONIC CASCADE MEASUREMENTS TO SUPPORT ANALYTICAL MODELING Paul A. Durbin ...PAD); 650-723-1971 (JKE) durbin @vk.stanford.edu; eaton@vk.stanford.edu submitted to: Attn: Dr. John Schmisseur Air Force Office of Scientific Research...both spline and control points for subsequent wall shape definitions. An algebraic grid generator was used to generate the grid for the blade-wall

  12. On subclasses of close-to-convex functions of higher order

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    Khalida Inayat Noor

    1992-01-01

    Full Text Available The classes Tk(ρ, 0≤ρ<1, k≥2, of analytic functions, using the class Vk(ρ of functions of bounded boundary rotation, are defined and it is shown that the functions in these classes are close-to-convex of higher order. Covering theorem, arc-length result and some radii problems are solved. We also discuss some properties of the class Vk(ρ including distortion and coefficient results.

  13. Microscopic Aspects of Autoschizic Cell Death in Human Ovarian Carcinoma (2774) Cells Following Vitamin C, Vitamin K3 or Vitamin C:K3 Treatment

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    Gilloteaux, Jacques; Jamison, James M.; Arnold, David; Taper, Henryk S.; von Gruenigen, Vivian E.; Summers, Jack L.

    2003-08-01

    Human ovarian carcinoma cells (MDAH 2774) were treated with sodium ascorbate (VC), menadione (VK3), or with a VC:VK3 combination for 1 h and then studied using light microscopy (LM) and scanning (SEM) and transmission electron (TEM) microscopy. Plasma membrane damage (blisters and blebs, hairy aspect) results from vitamin C (VC) treatment, while cytoskeletal damage and self-morsellation are caused by vitamin K3 (VK3) treatment. VC:VK3-treated cells exhibit exacerbated injuries characteristic of both VC and VK3 treatment as well as a significant decrease in cell diameters from 20 35 [mu]m for control cells to 7 12 [mu]m for VC:VK3 treatment. Moreover, after a 1-h exposure to the vitamin combination, autoschizis (43%), apoptosis (3%), and oncosis (1.9%) are observed at the percentages indicated. All cellular changes associated with autoschizis observed with SEM were confirmed by LM and TEM observations and are consistent with cell death by autoschizis: decrease in cell size, cytoplasmic self-excisions, degradation of the nucleus and nucleolus without formation of apoptotic bodies and, ultimately, karyorrhexis and karyolysis. These results also suggest that the vitamin combination may find clinical use in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

  14. Renal NCC is unchanged in the midpregnant rat and decreased in the late pregnant rat despite avid renal Na+ retention.

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    West, Crystal A; McDonough, Alicia A; Masilamani, Shyama M E; Verlander, Jill W; Baylis, Chris

    2015-07-01

    Pregnancy is characterized by plasma volume expansion due to Na(+) retention, driven by aldosterone. The aldosterone-responsive epithelial Na(+) channel is activated in the kidney in pregnancy. In the present study, we investigated the aldosterone-responsive Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) in mid- and late pregnant rats compared with virgin rats. We determined the abundance of total NCC, phosphorylated NCC (pNCC; pT53, pS71 and pS89), phosphorylated STE20/SPS-1-related proline-alanine-rich protein kinase (pSPAK; pS373), and phosphorylated oxidative stress-related kinase (pOSR1; pS325) in the kidney cortex. We also measured mRNA expression of NCC and members of the SPAK/NCC regulatory kinase network, serum and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase (SGK)1, total with no lysine kinase (WNK)1, WNK3, and WNK4. Additionally, we performed immunohistochemistry for NCC kidneys from virgin and pregnant rats. Total NCC, pNCC, and pSPAK/OSR1 abundance were unchanged in midpregnant versus virgin rats. In late pregnant versus virgin rats, total NCC and pNCC were decreased; however, pSPAK/OSR1 was unchanged. We detected no differences in mRNA expression of NCC, SGK1, total WNK1, WNK3, and WNK4. By immunohistochemistry, NCC was mainly localized to the apical region in virgin rats, and density in the apical region was reduced in late pregnancy. Therefore, despite high circulating aldosterone levels in pregnancy, the aldosterone-responsive transporter NCC is not increased in total or activated (phosphorylated) abundance or in apical localization in midpregnant rats, and all are reduced in late pregnancy. This contrasts to the mineralocorticoid-mediated activation of the epithelial Na(+) channel, which we have previously reported. Why and how NCC escapes aldosterone activation in pregnancy is not clear but may relate to regional differences in aldosterone sensitivity the increased K(+) intake or other undefined mechanisms. Copyright © 2015 the American Physiological Society.

  15. Creating a connected community: lessons learned from the Western new york beacon community.

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    Maloney, Nancy; Heider, Arvela R; Rockwood, Amy; Singh, Ranjit

    2014-01-01

    Secure exchange of clinical data among providers has the potential to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce duplication. Many communities are experiencing challenges in building effective health information exchanges (HIEs). Previous studies have focused on financial and technical issues regarding HIE development. This paper describes the Western New York (WNY) HIE growth and lessons learned about accelerating progress to become a highly connected community. HEALTHeLINK, with funding from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) under the Beacon Community Program, expanded HIE usage in eight counties. The communitywide transformation process used three main drivers: (1) a communitywide Electronic Health Record (EHR) adoption program; (2) clinical transformation partners; and (3) HIE outreach and infrastructure development. ONC Beacon Community funding allowed WNY to achieve a new level in the use of interoperable HIE. Electronic delivery of results into the EHR expanded from 23 practices in 2010 to 222 practices in 2013, a tenfold increase. There were more than 12.5 million results delivered electronically (HL7 messages) to 222 practices' EHRs via the HIE in 2013. Use of a secure portal and Virtual Health Record (VHR) to access reports (those not delivered directly to the EHR) also increased significantly, from 13,344 report views in 2010 to over 600,000 in 2013. The WNY Beacon successfully expanded the sharing of clinical information among different sources of data and providers, creating a highly connected community to improve the quality and continuity of care. Technical, organizational, and community lessons described in this paper should prove beneficial to others as they pursue efforts to create connected communities.

  16. Lactobacillus crispatus Modulates Vaginal Epithelial Cell Innate Response to Candida albicans

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    Niu, Xiao-Xi; Li, Ting; Zhang, Xu; Wang, Su-Xia; Liu, Zhao-Hui

    2017-01-01

    Background: Vulvovaginal candidiasis is caused by Candida albicans. The vaginal epithelium, as the first site of the initial stage of infection by pathogens, plays an important role in resisting genital tract infections. Moreover, lactobacilli are predominant members of the vaginal microbiota that help to maintain a normal vaginal microenvironment. Therefore, Lactobacillus crispatus was explored for its capacity to intervene in the immune response of vaginal epithelial cells VK2/E6E7 to C. albicans. Methods: We examined the interleukin-2 (IL-2), 4, 6, 8, and 17 produced by VK2/E6E7 cells infected with C. albicans and treated with L. crispatus in vitro. The capacity of L. crispatus to adhere to VK2/E6E7 and inhibit C. albicans growth was also tested by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and adhesion experiments. Results: Compared with group VK2/E6E7 with C. albicans, when treated with L. crispatus, the adhesion of C. albicans to VK2/E6E7 cells decreased significantly by 52.87 ± 1.22%, 47.03 ± 1.35%, and 42.20 ± 1.55% under competition, exclusion, and displacement conditions, respectively. SEM revealed that the invasion of C. albicans into VK2/E6E7 cells was caused by induced endocytosis and active penetration. L. crispatus could effectively protect the cells from the virulence of hyphae and spores of C. albicans and enhance the local immune function of the VK2/E6E7 cells. The concentrations of IL-2, 6, and 17 were upregulated significantly (P < 0.01) and that of IL-8 were downregulated significantly (P < 0.01) in infected VK2/E6E7 cells treated with L. crispatus. The concentration of IL-4 was similar to that of the group VK2/E6E7 with C. albicans (24.10 ± 0.97 vs. 23.12 ± 0.76 pg/ml, P = 0.221). Conclusions: L. crispatus can attenuate the virulence of C. albicans, modulate the secretion of cytokines and chemokines, and enhance the immune response of VK2/E6E7 cells in vitro. The vaginal mucosa has a potential function in the local immune responses against

  17. Liquid phase sintering, II: Computer study of skeletal settling and solid phase extrication in a microgravity environment

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A two-dimensional numerical method based on the Brownian motion model and on the Densification model for simulation of liquid phase sintering in microgravity environment will be developed. Both models will be based on domain topology (two-dimensional particle representation and control volume methodology and on three submodels for domain translation, solid skeleton formation and domain extrication. This method will be tested in order to conduct a study of diffusion phenomena and microgravitational effects on microstructural evolution influenced by skeletal settling combined with solid-phase extrication during liquid phase sintering of porous W-Ni system.

  18. Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Revised Uniform Summary of Surface Weather Observations (RUSSWO)

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    FROM HOURLY OBSERVATIONS - RAIN FR1eZING SNOW x OF FOG SMOKE IDUST % OF ORS TOTAL I MON’ti HOURS THNDR AD/Olt IRAIN &6/OR IAND/ORt HAIL *O"S WIT AN/O...2 0 via 2000 OF DlAYS 1 ICHS -20 0.0 j.2 26,.50 510 101-250 . 2..1.5 _______ wni0001= -00! No. -- WIT SNOW ALI NONE TE~ 10 5412 5434 54614155 S...8217 i -, (.TL 1-.,949.925.7 7.Q 1.8 *4 41- ; |73 743S - ’ II ! _ _ _ ___ __-__ __ I -’ b17 ’ i 1 _____________i________ I i

  19. DYNAMIC STRENGTH AND STRAIN RATE EFFECTS ON FRACTURE BEHAVIOR OF TUNGSTEN AND TUNGSTEN ALLOYS

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    Zurek, A; G. Gray

    1991-01-01

    An investigation of the stress-strain response as a function of strain rate, spall strength, and dynamic fracture behavior of pure W, W-26Re, W-Ni- Fe and W-Ni-Fe-Co has been performed. Spall strength measurements, obtained in symmetric-impact tests, showed an increase in spall strength from 0.4 GPa for pure tungsten to 3.8 GPa for 90W-7Ni-3Fe. Concurrent with the increase in spall strength was a change in fracture mode from cleavage (for pure W) to a mixture of transgranular and intergranula...

  20. Channel polarization: A method for constructing capacity-achieving codes for symmetric binary-input memoryless channels

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    Arikan, Erdal

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    A method is proposed, called channel polarization, to construct code sequences that achieve the symmetric capacity $I(W)$ of any given binary-input discrete memoryless channel (B-DMC) $W$. The symmetric capacity is the highest rate achievable subject to using the input letters of the channel with equal probability. Channel polarization refers to the fact that it is possible to synthesize, out of $N$ independent copies of a given B-DMC $W$, a second set of $N$ binary-input channels $\\{W_N^{(i)...

  1. AcEST: DK952771 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available 2 OS=Streptococcus pneumoniae Align length 70 Score (bit) 37.0 E-value 0.087 Report BLASTX 2.2.19 [Nov-02-20...t.fasta 412,525 sequences; 148,809,765 total letters Searching..................................................done Score...oniae GN=infB PE=3 SV=1 Length = 958 Score = 37.0 bits (84), Expect = 0.087 Identities = 21/70 (30%), Positi...N=Wnk1 PE=1 SV=1 Length = 2377 Score = 36.2 bits (82), Expect = 0.15 Identities = 23/60 (38%), Positives = 3...attus norvegicus GN=Wnk1 PE=1 SV=1 Length = 2126 Score = 35.8 bits (81), Expect = 0.19 Identities = 26/71 (3

  2. Detection of mutations in KLHL3 and CUL3 in families with FHHt (familial hyperkalaemic hypertension or Gordon's syndrome).

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    Glover, Mark; Ware, James S; Henry, Amanda; Wolley, Martin; Walsh, Roddy; Wain, Louise V; Xu, Shengxin; Van't Hoff, William G; Tobin, Martin D; Hall, Ian P; Cook, Stuart; Gordon, Richard D; Stowasser, Michael; O'Shaughnessy, Kevin M

    2014-05-01

    The study of families with rare inherited forms of hypo- and hyper-tension has been one of the most successful strategies to probe the molecular pathophysiology of blood pressure control and has revealed dysregulation of distal nephron Na+ reabsorption to be a common mechanism. FHHt (familial hyperkalaemic hypertension; also known as Gordon's syndrome) is a salt-dependent form of hypertension caused by mutations in the regulators of the thiazide-sensitive Na+-Cl- co-transporter NCC [also known as SLC12A3 (solute carrier family 12 member 3)] and is effectively treated by thiazide diuretics and/or dietary salt restriction. Variation in at least four genes can cause FHHt, including WNK1 [With No lysine (=K) 1] and WNK4, KLHL3 (kelch-like family member 3), and CUL3 (cullin 3). In the present study we have identified novel disease-causing variants in CUL3 and KLHL3 segregating in 63% of the pedigrees with previously unexplained FHHt, confirming the importance of these recently described FHHt genes. We have demonstrated conclusively, in two unrelated affected individuals, that rare intronic variants in CUL3 cause the skipping of exon 9 as has been proposed previously. KLHL3 variants all occur in kelch-repeat domains and so probably disrupt WNK complex binding. We have found no evidence of any plausible disease-causing variants within SLC4A8 (an alternative thiazide-sensitive sodium transporter) in this population. The results of the present study support the existing evidence that the CUL3 and KLHL3 gene products are physiologically important regulators of thiazide-sensitive distal nephron NaCl reabsorption, and hence potentially interesting novel anti-hypertensive drug targets. As a third of our non-WNK FHHt families do not have plausible CUL3 or KLHL3 variants, there are probably additional, as yet undiscovered, regulators of the thiazide-sensitive pathways.

  3. AcEST: BP915571 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available e-protein kinase WNK1 OS=Hom... 33 0.57 sp|Q80TZ9|RERE_MOUSE Arginine-glutamic acid dipeptide repeats pr... 33 0.57 sp|A6ZVS...NQ---TQSTVAPAA 796 >sp|A6ZVS5|PAN1_YEAS7 Actin cytoskeleton-regulatory complex protein PAN1 OS=Saccharomyces

  4. AcEST: DK960504 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available ssical arabinogalactan protein 5 OS=Arab... 33 0.93 sp|Q3UH66|WNK2_MOUSE Serine/thr...5 2e-31 sp|Q9HC84|MUC5B_HUMAN Mucin-5B OS=Homo sapiens GN=MUC5B PE=1 SV=2 36 0.19 sp|Q8LCE4|AGP5_ARATH Cla

  5. Exploring the intricate regulatory network controlling the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC).

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    Dimke, Henrik

    2011-12-01

    The thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) plays key roles in renal electrolyte transport and blood pressure maintenance. Regulation of this cotransporter has received increased attention recently, prompted by the discovery that mutations in the with-no-lysine (WNK) kinases are the molecular explanation for pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII). Studies suggest that WNK4 regulates NCC via two distinct pathways, depending on its state of activation. Furthermore, an intact STE20-related proline-alanine-rich kinase (SPAK)/oxidative stress response 1 kinase (OSR1) pathway was found to be necessary for a WNK4 PHAII mutation to increase NCC phosphorylation and blood pressure in mice. The mouse protein 25α is a novel regulator of the SPAK/OSR1 kinase family, which greatly increases their activity. The phosphorylation status of NCC and the WNK is regulated by the serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase 1, suggesting novel mechanisms whereby aldosterone modulates NCC activity. Dephosphorylation of NCC by protein phosphatase 4 strongly influences the activity of the cotransporter, confirming an important role for NCC phosphorylation. Finally, γ-adducin increases NCC activity. This stimulatory effect is dependent on the phosphorylation status of the cotransporter. γ-Adducin only binds the dephosphorylated cotransporter, suggesting that phosphorylation of NCC causes the dissociation of γ-adducin. Since γ-adducin is not a kinase, it is tempting to speculate that the protein exerts its function by acting as a scaffold between the dephosphorylated cotransporter and the regulatory kinase. As more molecular regulators of NCC are identified, the system-controlling NCC activity is becoming increasingly complex. This intricacy confers an ability to integrate a variety of stimuli, thereby regulating NCC transport activity and ultimately blood pressure.

  6. Fatigue Characterization of Fabricated Ship Details for Design.

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    Welded Connections," SRS No. 366, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, August 1970. 2.13 Derecho , A. T. and...Performing Organization Name and Addess 10. Wnk UnvfNo. (TRAIS) Department of Civil Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign II...on Structural Fatigue," Journal of the Structural Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 44, No. ST12, December 1968, pp. 2663-2797. 2.6

  7. Perspective of future drugs targeting sterile 20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase for blood pressure control

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    Lin, Gen-Min; Liu, Pang-Yen; Wu, Ching-Fen; Wang, Wen-Been; Han, Chih-Lu

    2015-01-01

    According to a genome-wide association study, intronic SNPs within the human sterile 20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) gene was linked to 20% of the general population and may be associated with elevated blood pressure. As cell volume changes, mammalian SPAK kinases respond to phosphorylate and regulate cation-coupled chloride co-transporter activity. To our knowledge, phosphorylation of upstream with-no-lysine (K) (WNK) kinases would activate SPAK kinases. The activation of WNK-OSR1/SPAK cascade on the kidneys and aortic tissue is related to the development of hypertension. Several regulators of the WNK pathway such as the Kelch kinase protein 3 - Cullin 3 E3 ligase, hyperinsulinemia, and low potassium intake to mediate hypertension have been identified. In addition, the SPAK kinases may affect the action of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system on blood pressure as well. In 2010, two SPAK knock-in and knock-out mouse models have clarified the pathogenesis of lowering blood pressure by influencing the receptors on the kidneys and aortic smooth muscle. More recently, two novel SPAK inhibitors for mice, Stock 1S-14279 and Closantel were discovered in 2014. Targeting of SPAK seems to be promising for future antihypertensive therapy. Therefore we raised some viewpoints for the issue for the antihypertensive therapy on the SPAK (gene or kinase). PMID:26131334

  8. Perspective of future drugs targeting sterile 20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase for blood pressure control

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    Gen-Min; Lin; Pang-Yen; Liu; Ching-Fen; Wu; Wen-Been; Wang; Chih-Lu; Han

    2015-01-01

    According to a genome-wide association study,intronic SNPs within the human sterile 20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase(SPAK) gene was linked to 20% of the general population and may be associated with elevated blood pressure. As cell volume changes,mammalian SPAK kinases respond to phosphorylate and regulate cation-coupled chloride co-transporter activity. To our knowledge,phosphorylation of upstream with-no-lysine(K)(WNK) kinases would activate SPAK kinases. The activation of WNK-OSR1/SPAK cascade on the kidneys and aortic tissue is related to the development of hypertension. Several regulators of the WNK pathway such as the Kelch kinase protein 3-Cullin 3 E3 ligase,hyperinsulinemia,and low potassium intake to mediate hypertension have been identified. In addition,the SPAK kinases may affect the action of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system on blood pressure as well. In 2010,two SPAK knock-in and knock-out mouse models have clarified the pathogenesis of lowering blood pressure by influencing the receptors on the kidneys and aortic smooth muscle. More recently,two novel SPAK inhibitors for mice,Stock 1S-14279 and Closantel were discovered in 2014. Targeting of SPAK seems to be promising for future antihypertensive therapy. Therefore we raised some viewpoints for the issue for the antihypertensive therapy on the SPAK(gene or kinase).

  9. SPAK Sensitive Regulation of the Epithelial Na+ Channel ENaC

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    Musaab Ahmed

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The WNK-dependent STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase SPAK participates in the regulation of NaCl and Na+,K+,2Cl- cotransport and thus renal salt excretion. The present study explored whether SPAK has similarly the potential to regulate the epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC. Methods: ENaC was expressed in Xenopus oocytes with or without additional expression of wild type SPAK, constitutively active T233ESPAK, WNK insensitive T233ASPAK or catalytically inactive D212ASPAK, and ENaC activity estimated from amiloride (50 µM sensitive current (Iamil in dual electrode voltage clamp experiments. Moreover, Ussing chamber was employed to determine Iamil in colonic tissue from wild type mice (spakwt/wt and from gene targeted mice carrying WNK insensitive SPAK (spaktg/tg. Results: Iamil was observed in ENaC-expressing oocytes, but not in water-injected oocytes. In ENaC expressing oocytes Iamil was significantly increased following coexpression of wild-type SPAK and T233ESPAK, but not following coexpression of T233ASPAK or D212ASPAK. Colonic Iamil was significantly higher in spakwt/wt than in spaktg/tg mice. Conclusion: SPAK has the potential to up-regulate ENaC.

  10. SPAK Sensitive Regulation of the Epithelial Na Channel ENaC.

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    Ahmed, Musaab; Salker, Madhuri S; Elvira, Bernat; Umbach, Anja T; Fakhri, Hajar; Saeed, Amal M; Shumilina, Ekaterina; Hosseinzadeh, Zohreh; Lang, Florian

    2015-01-01

    The WNK-dependent STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase SPAK participates in the regulation of NaCl and Na(+),K(+),2Cl(-) cotransport and thus renal salt excretion. The present study explored whether SPAK has similarly the potential to regulate the epithelial Na(+) channel (ENaC). ENaC was expressed in Xenopus oocytes with or without additional expression of wild type SPAK, constitutively active (T233E)SPAK, WNK insensitive (T233A)SPAK or catalytically inactive (D212A)SPAK, and ENaC activity estimated from amiloride (50 µM) sensitive current (Iamil) in dual electrode voltage clamp experiments. Moreover, Ussing chamber was employed to determine Iamil in colonic tissue from wild type mice (spak(wt/wt)) and from gene targeted mice carrying WNK insensitive SPAK (spak(tg/tg)). Iamil was observed in ENaC-expressing oocytes, but not in water-injected oocytes. In ENaC expressing oocytes Iamil was significantly increased following coexpression of wild-type SPAK and (T233E)SPAK, but not following coexpression of (T233A)SPAK or (D212A)SPAK. Colonic Iamil was significantly higher in spak(wt/wt) than in spak(tg/tg) mice. SPAK has the potential to up-regulate ENaC. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  11. Evaluation of Vickers hardness and depth of cure of six composite resins photo-activated with different polymerization modes

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    C Poggio

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The current in vitro study evaluated Vickers hardness (VK and depth of cure (hardness ratio of six resin composites, polymerized with a light-emitting diode (LED curing unit by different polymerization modes: Standard 20 s, Standard 40 s, Soft-start 40 s. Materials and Methods: Six resin composites were selected for the present study: three microhybrid (Esthet.X HD, Amaris, Filtek Silorane, two nanohybrid (Grandio, Ceram.X mono and one nanofilled (Filtek Supreme XT. The VK of the surface was determined with a microhardness tester using a Vickers diamond indenter and a 200 g load applied for 15 seconds. The mean VK and hardness ratio of the specimens were calculated using the formula: hardness ratio = VK of bottom surface / VK of top surface. Results: For all the materials tested and with all the polymerization modes, hardness ratio was higher than the minimum value indicated in literature in order to consider the bottom surface as adequately cured (0.80. Curing time did not affect hardness ratio values for Filtek Silorane, Grandio and Filtek Supreme XT. Conclusion: The effectiveness of cure at the top and bottom surface was not affected by Soft-start polymerization mode.

  12. Improving the surface-brightness color relation for early-type stars using optical interferometry

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    Challouf, M; Mourard, D; Graczyk, D; Aroui, H; Chesneau, O; Delaa, O; Pietrzyński, G; Gieren, W; Ligi, R; Meilland, A; Perraut, K; Tallon-Bosc, I; McAlister, H; Brummelaar, T ten; Sturmann, J; Sturmann, L; Turner, N; Farrington, C; Vargas, N; Scott, N

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    The aim of this work is to improve the SBC relation for early-type stars in the $-1 \\leq V-K \\leq 0$ color domain, using optical interferometry. Observations of eight B- and A-type stars were secured with the VEGA/CHARA instrument in the visible. The derived uniform disc angular diameters were converted into limb darkened angular diameters and included in a larger sample of twenty four stars, already observed by interferometry, in order to derive a revised empirical relation for O, B, A spectral type stars with a V-K color index ranging from -1 to 0. We also take the opportunity to check the consistency of the SBC relation up to $V-K \\simeq 4$ using 100 additional measurements. We determined the uniform disc angular diameter for the eight following stars: $\\gamma$ Ori, $\\zeta$ Per, $8$ Cyg, $\\iota$ Her, $\\lambda$ Aql, $\\zeta$ Peg, $\\gamma$ Lyr and $\\delta$ Cyg with V-K color ranging from -0.70 to 0.02 and typical precision of about $1.5\\%$. Using our total sample of 132 stars with $V-K$ colors index ranging f...

  13. The effect of oral vitamin K1 on protein induced by vitamin K absence Ⅱ in newborn infants%口服维生素K1对新生儿维生素K缺乏诱导蛋白的影响

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    梁友玲; 林超琼; 鲁杰

    2002-01-01

    目的探讨口服维生素K1(VK1)对新生儿VK缺乏症诱导蛋白Ⅱ(PIVKA-Ⅱ)的影响及口服VK1的最佳剂量.方法随机将101例足月新生儿分为口服VK1 2.5 mg组、5 mg组及对照组三组,出生时均采集脐血,用酶联免疫吸附法测定PIVKA-Ⅱ含量,3 d后复查三组新生儿血PIVKA-Ⅱ含量.结果PIVKA-Ⅱ≥2 mg/ml人数2.5 mg组由8例降至4例,5 mg组由11例降至2例,对照组由11例降至8例.经统计学处理,2.5 mg组与5 mg组比较P>0.05;口服VK1组与对照组比较P<0.05.结论PIVKA-Ⅱ的变化与口服VK1剂量的差异无显著性.

  14. Vitamin K2 Prevents Glucocorticoid-induced Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head in Rats.

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    Zhang, Yue-Lei; Yin, Jun-Hui; Ding, Hao; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Chang-Qing; Gao, You-Shui

    2016-01-01

    Glucocorticoid medication is one of the most common causes of atraumatic osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH), and vitamin K2 (VK2) has been shown to play an important and beneficial role in bone metabolism. In this study, we hypothesized that VK2 could decrease the incidence of glucocorticoid-induced ONFH in a rat model. Using in vitro studies, we investigated how bone marrow-derived stem cells in the presence of methylprednisolone proliferate and differentiate, specifically examining osteogenic-related proteins, including Runx2, alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin. Using in vivo studies, we established glucocorticoid-induced ONFH in rats and investigated the preventive effect of VK2. We employed micro-CT scanning, angiography of the femoral head, and histological and immunohistochemical analyses, which demonstrated that VK2 yielded beneficial effects for subchondral bone trabecula. In conclusion, VK2 is an effective antagonist for glucocorticoid on osteogenic progenitors. The underlying mechanisms include acceleration of BMSC propagation and promotion of bone formation-associated protein expression, which combine and contribute to the prevention of glucocorticoid-induced ONFH in rats.

  15. Nano-Crystallization of High-Entropy Amorphous NbTiAlSiWxNy Films Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering

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    Full Text Available High-entropy amorphous NbTiAlSiWxNy films (x = 0 or 1, i.e., NbTiAlSiNy and NbTiAlSiWNy were prepared by magnetron sputtering method in the atmosphere of a mixture of N2 + Ar (N2 + Ar = 24 standard cubic centimeter per minute (sccm, where N2 = 0, 4, and 8 sccm. All the as-deposited films present amorphous structures, which remain stable at 700 °C for over 24 h. After heat treatment at 1000 °C the films began to crystalize, and while the NbTiAlSiNy films (N2 = 4, 8 sccm exhibit a face-centered cubic (FCC structure, the NbTiAlSiW metallic films show a body-centered cubic (BCC structure and then transit into a FCC structure composed of nanoscaled particles with increasing nitrogen flow rate. The hardness and modulus of the as-deposited NbTiAlSiNy films reach maximum values of 20.5 GPa and 206.8 GPa, respectively. For the as-deposited NbTiAlSiWNy films, both modulus and hardness increased to maximum values of 13.6 GPa and 154.4 GPa, respectively, and then decrease as the N2 flow rate is increased. Both films could be potential candidates for protective coatings at high temperature.

  16. Study on the inclusion interaction of p-sulfonated calix[ n]arenes with Vitamin K 3 using methylene blue as a spectral probe

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    Lu, Qin; Gu, Jiashan; Yu, Huapeng; Liu, Chun; Wang, Lun; Zhou, Yunyou

    2007-09-01

    The characteristics of host-guest complexation between p-sulfonated calix[ n]arene ( SCnA, n = 4, 6) and Vitamin K 3 ( VK3) were investigated by fluorescence spectrometry and absorption spectrometry using methylene blue ( MB) as a probe. Interaction with MB and SCnA led to an obvious decrease in fluorescence intensity of MB, accompanying with shifts of emission peaks. Absorption peaks also showed interesting changes; however, when VK3 was added, fluorescence intensity and absorbance recovered and a slight and slow red shift was observed. The obtained results showed that the inclusion ability of p-sulphonated calix[ n]arenes towards VK3 was the order: p-sulphonated calix[6]arene ( SC6A) > p-sulphonated calix[4]arene ( SC4A). Relative mechanism was proposed to explain the inclusion process.

  17. [EMERGENCY TREATMENT OF BLEEDING IN PATIENTS TAKING WARFARIN].

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    Prasolov, N V; Shulutko, E M; Bulanov, A Yu; Yatskov, K V; Shcherbakov, O V

    2015-01-01

    Anticoagulant therapy with vitamin K antagonists (AVK) is an effective treatment and prevention of thrombosis. One of the major disadvantages of the AVK is a risk for serious bleeding. Prothrombin complex concentrates (PCC), fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and vitamin K1 are available for control of these situations. The experience of special team ofthe Scientific Center for Hematology was the basis for presented retrospective study. Three regimens of warfarin-related bleeding were compared: PCC+ VK for several bleeding, FFP+ VK for different clinical situations and VKfor light bleeding. PCC showed himself as effective and safe hemostatic agent. Transfusions of FFP were sometimes not effective, sometimes led to TACO. Supplementation of vitamin K1 for patients of I and II groups provided more stable control of hemostasis. In III group VK vas effective to stop bleeding. Two impotent sings for conclusion: necessary of laboratory monitoring, TEG first of all; individual balance of hemostasis base of bleeding or thrombotic risks.

  18. A Compact Optical Associative Memory Using Dynamic Holographic Storage Media and Photorefractive Gain and Attenuation Elements

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    1990-12-01

    following expression for the steady state output: Vi = f(ZVk[ Vk ,]) jk54ko .i f(vkoZ ko ko+ VkVkfrk = k(V f7 o+ E i f7~,~’’ (8) kiko / where j’ko is a...just past the crystal is given by E’ t = T. Ein M = Vkoe-j 2 rof j E AkVk e+27r t(k+ o )f. k=l = I vko 12 Ae+j2r,3ko +j > AVk*Vkoe+27rfkf, (45) kiko The...following expression for the steady state output of each node in the Hopfield architecture V,= f (V koVoko) + , k(V ) (64) kiko / where (.ko is a

  19. Kaonic atoms and in-medium K-N amplitudes II: Interplay between theory and phenomenology

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    Friedman, E.; Gal, A.

    2013-02-01

    A microscopic kaonic-atom optical potential VK-(1) is constructed, using the Ikeda-Hyodo-Weise NLO chiral K-N subthreshold scattering amplitudes constrained by the kaonic hydrogen SIDDHARTA measurement, and incorporating Pauli correlations within the Waas-Rho-Weise generalization of the Ericson-Ericson multiple-scattering approach. Good fits to kaonic atom data over the entire periodic table require additionally sizable K-NN-motivated absorptive and dispersive phenomenological terms, in agreement with our former analysis based on a post-SIDDHARTA in-medium chirally-inspired NLO separable model by Cieplý and Smejkal. Such terms are included by introducing a phenomenological potential VK-(2) and coupling it self-consistently to VK-(1). Properties of resulting kaonic atom potentials are discussed with special attention paid to the role of K--nuclear absorption and to the extraction of density-dependent amplitudes representing K- multi-nucleon processes.

  20. K- nuclear potentials based on chiral meson-baryon amplitudes

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    Mareš, J.; Cieplý, A.; Gazda, D.; Friedman, E.; Gal, A.

    2012-09-01

    K- nuclear optical potentials are constructed from in-medium subthreshold K¯N scattering amplitudes within a chirally motivated coupled-channel model. We demonstrate how the strong energy and density dependence of the scattering amplitudes at and below threshold leads to a deep K- nuclear potential VK- for kaonic atoms and K- nuclear quasibound states. Selfconsistent evaluations yield K- potential depths -ReVK- (ρ0) of order 100 MeV. Allowing for K- NN absorption, better agreement with K- atoms data is achieved, leading to increased potential depths, -ReVK- (ρ0) ˜ 175 MeV, in accord with density dependent potentials obtained in purely phenomenological fits. Self consistent dynamical calculations of K- nuclear quasibound states are reported and discussed, as well.

  1. Chirally motivated K - nuclear potentials

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    Cieplý, A.; Friedman, E.; Gal, A.; Gazda, D.; Mareš, J.

    2011-08-01

    In-medium subthreshold Kbar N scattering amplitudes calculated within a chirally motivated meson-baryon coupled-channel model are used self consistently to confront K- atom data across the periodic table. Substantially deeper K- nuclear potentials are obtained compared to the shallow potentials derived in some approaches from threshold Kbar N amplitudes, with Re VK-chiral = - (85 ± 5) MeV at nuclear matter density. When Kbar NN contributions are incorporated phenomenologically, a very deep K- nuclear potential results, Re VK-chiral + phen . = - (180 ± 5) MeV, in agreement with density dependent potentials obtained in purely phenomenological fits to the data. Self consistent dynamical calculations of K--nuclear quasibound states generated by VK-chiral are reported and discussed.

  2. 维生素K参与骨代谢研究进展%Advances in studies of vitamin K in bone metabolism

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    张月雷; 丁浩; 高悠水; 张长青

    2015-01-01

    Vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 are two structures of vitamin K (VK) in nature, besides the action in the coagulation factors synthesis in the liver , they also play an important role in bone metabolism .In vitro and animal experi-ments indicted VK can promote bone formation and inhibit bone resorption .VK has achieved great success for treatment of osteoporosis and prevention for osteoporotic fracture clinically .The mechanism of these actions include the participation of gamma carboxylation of the VK-dependent proteins such as osteocalcin and the induction of gene expression through the activation of steroid xenobiotic receptor .Otherwise , microRNA-133 a may be an important pathway of these actions .%维生素K1( vitamin K1, VK1)和维生素K2( vitamin K2, VK2)是自然存在的维生素K ( vita-min K, VK)的两种主要结构,除参与肝脏凝血因子的合成,还在骨组织代谢中发挥着重要作用。细胞及动物实验均发现VK能过促进成骨过程,抑制骨吸收,并在临床应用于骨质疏松症的治疗。其作用机制除VK促进骨钙素等成骨相关蛋白的γ-羧化外,还可激活类固醇异生物受体,诱导成骨相关基因的表达。另外, mi-croRNA-133 a同时参与了VK的代谢过程及骨代谢过程,可能是VK调节骨代谢的一个重要途径。

  3. Antiproliferative effects on colon adenocarcinoma cells induced by co-administration of vitamin K1 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG.

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    Orlando, Antonella; Linsalata, Michele; Russo, Francesco

    2016-06-01

    Vitamin K (VK), an essential nutrient associated with the clotting cascade, has also been demonstrated to have anticancer properties in various cancer cells including colon cancer cells. Also probiotics have gained interest as potential anticancer agents. Among them, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (L.GG) has been shown to inhibit cell proliferation and polyamine biosynthesis as well as to induce apoptosis in different human gastrointestinal cancer cells. Nevertheless, the exact mechanisms involved in these actions are not completely elucidated. Therefore, the aims of the present study were to evaluate in three differently graded human colon cancer cells (namely Caco-2, HT-29 and SW480) the effects of increasing VK1 concentrations, administered alone or in combination with viable L.GG, on the cell proliferation evaluated by MTT test, apoptosis investigated by Bax/Bcl-2 ratio and the percentage of the apoptotic cells, and the cell cycle evaluated by MUSE cell analyzer. Both VK1 and L.GG administered alone up to 72 h, caused inhibition of proliferation, induction of apoptosis and the cell cycle arrest in all the tested colon cancer cells. When VK1 and L.GG were co-administered, the addition of increasing VK1 concentrations potentiated the probiotic antiproliferative effect in a dose-dependent manner, being also related to the individual features of each cell line. The effect was more evident in Caco-2 and HT-29 cells compared to the less differentiated SW480. The enhanced antiproliferative efficacy due to co-administration of L.GG and VK1 could represent a suitable option in a functional food strategy for cancer growth inhibition and chemoprevention.

  4. Polymorphisms in Plasmodium vivax Circumsporozoite Protein (CSP Influence Parasite Burden and Cytokine Balance in a Pre-Amazon Endemic Area from Brazil.

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mechanisms involved in severe P. vivax malaria remain unclear. Parasite polymorphisms, parasite load and host cytokine profile may influence the course of infection. In this study, we investigated the influence of circumsporozoite protein (CSP polymorphisms on parasite load and cytokine profile in patients with vivax malaria. A cross-sectional study was carried out in three cities: São Luís, Cedral and Buriticupu, Maranhão state, Brazil, areas of high prevalence of P. vivax. Interleukin (IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, IL-6, IL-17, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α, interferon gamma (IFN-γ and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β were quantified in blood plasma of patients and in supernatants from peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC cultures. Furthermore, the levels of cytokines and parasite load were correlated with VK210, VK247 and P. vivax-like CSP variants. Patients infected with P. vivax showed increased IL-10 and IL-6 levels, which correlated with the parasite load, however, in multiple comparisons, only IL-10 kept this association. A regulatory cytokine profile prevailed in plasma, while an inflammatory profile prevailed in PBMC culture supernatants and these patterns were related to CSP polymorphisms. VK247 infected patients showed higher parasitaemia and IL-6 concentrations, which were not associated to IL-10 anti-inflammatory effect. By contrast, in VK210 patients, these two cytokines showed a strong positive correlation and the parasite load was lower. Patients with the VK210 variant showed a regulatory cytokine profile in plasma, while those infected with the VK247 variant have a predominantly inflammatory cytokine profile and higher parasite loads, which altogether may result in more complications in infection. In conclusion, we propose that CSP polymorphisms is associated to the increase of non-regulated inflammatory immune responses, which in turn may be associated with the outcome of infection.

  5. Polymorphisms in Plasmodium vivax Circumsporozoite Protein (CSP) Influence Parasite Burden and Cytokine Balance in a Pre-Amazon Endemic Area from Brazil.

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    Ribeiro, Bruno de Paulo; Cassiano, Gustavo Capatti; de Souza, Rodrigo Medeiros; Cysne, Dalila Nunes; Grisotto, Marcos Augusto Grigolin; de Azevedo dos Santos, Ana Paula Silva; Marinho, Cláudio Romero Farias; Machado, Ricardo Luiz Dantas; Nascimento, Flávia Raquel Fernandes

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    Mechanisms involved in severe P. vivax malaria remain unclear. Parasite polymorphisms, parasite load and host cytokine profile may influence the course of infection. In this study, we investigated the influence of circumsporozoite protein (CSP) polymorphisms on parasite load and cytokine profile in patients with vivax malaria. A cross-sectional study was carried out in three cities: São Luís, Cedral and Buriticupu, Maranhão state, Brazil, areas of high prevalence of P. vivax. Interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-10, IL-6, IL-17, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α, interferon gamma (IFN-γ and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β were quantified in blood plasma of patients and in supernatants from peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) cultures. Furthermore, the levels of cytokines and parasite load were correlated with VK210, VK247 and P. vivax-like CSP variants. Patients infected with P. vivax showed increased IL-10 and IL-6 levels, which correlated with the parasite load, however, in multiple comparisons, only IL-10 kept this association. A regulatory cytokine profile prevailed in plasma, while an inflammatory profile prevailed in PBMC culture supernatants and these patterns were related to CSP polymorphisms. VK247 infected patients showed higher parasitaemia and IL-6 concentrations, which were not associated to IL-10 anti-inflammatory effect. By contrast, in VK210 patients, these two cytokines showed a strong positive correlation and the parasite load was lower. Patients with the VK210 variant showed a regulatory cytokine profile in plasma, while those infected with the VK247 variant have a predominantly inflammatory cytokine profile and higher parasite loads, which altogether may result in more complications in infection. In conclusion, we propose that CSP polymorphisms is associated to the increase of non-regulated inflammatory immune responses, which in turn may be associated with the outcome of infection.

  6. From Ignition to Photoelectron Spectroscopy Conical Intersection Impact the Study of Energetic Materials

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    for photoionization. In the first step the Nstate coupled adiabatic electronic states of the neutral are described using a coupled quasi- diabatic ...Ei a (Q0 )δi, j + Vk (1),i, jQk + k ∑ 1/2 Vk,m(2),i, jQkQm k ,m ∑ (1) where 1 ≤ i ≤ j ≤ Nstate, € Ψi e,d is a quasi- diabatic electronic state...quasi- diabatic in a least squares sense.13 In the second step, the total vibronic Schrödinger equation € (HT − EJ T )ΨJ T = 0 (2a) where HT

  7. A Design Study of a C-Band Crestatron

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    and b is the normalized velocity parameter, b = v0 − vph vphC (3) where v0 is the electron velocity, v0 = (2eVk/me)1/2; Vk is the cathode voltage; e/me...is the electron charge-to-mass ratio; and vph is the circuit phase velocity. From Eqn. 1, the device length is chosen such that the three waves add...Crestatron 5 Table 2: C-band Crestatron parameters Parameter Value Cathode voltage 5850 volts Beam current 0.1964 A Perveance 0.44× 10−6 Beam fill factor

  8. 维生素C联合维生素K3抗肿瘤作用的研究进展%Research progress of anti-tumor effect of vitamin C combined with vitamin K3

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    2014-01-01

    Vitamin C (VC) and vitamin K3 (VK3) are widely used in the fields of antioxidant,immunity improvement and hemostasis,etc.In the 1 940 s,the antitumor effect of these two vitamins was found.Research shows that the combination regimen of VC and VK3 with a ratio of 100:1 produces a maximum of synergistic anti-tumor effect.Such combination reduces the overall dose of drugs,thus avoiding the increase in their adverse effects.The combination of VC and VK3 effectively kills a variety of tumor cells,such as breast cancer,ovarian cancer,prostate cancer,bladder cancer and leukemia,etc.This combined therapy has been patent and is in phase Ⅰ and Ⅱ clinical trials.The clinical studies show that it prolongs the survival time of patients with terminal cancer,while its adverse reactions is mild.Therefore,VC in combination of VK3 is of broad application prospect.This paper reviews the synergistic anti-tumor effects of VC combined with VK3.%维生素C(vC)和维生素K3(VK3)在抗氧化、提高机体免疫力和止血等方面被广泛应用.20世纪40年代,人们发现它们也具有抗肿瘤作用.研究表明,VC与VK3联合给药比例为100:1时,具有最佳的协同抗肿瘤作用,并能大幅降低剂量,不会增加机体的不良反应.能够对乳腺癌、卵巢癌、前列腺癌、膀胱癌、白血病等多种肿瘤细胞产生杀伤作用.这种组合已被申请了专利并进行了Ⅰ/ⅡA期临床试验,试验结果表明其能延长晚期癌症患者的生存时间,不良反应轻,具有广阔的应用前景.文章就VC联合VK3的协同抗肿瘤作用进行综述.

  9. Mass concentrations and indoor-outdoor relationships of PM in selected educational buildings in Niš, Serbia

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Mass concentrations of particulate matter (PM fractions were measured in educational buildings in the city of Niš, Republic of Serbia. Two sampling campaigns were conducted in winter periods. The first campaign was in the period from 21 February to 15 April 2010 at the Faculty of Occupational Safety (FOS and the second campaign was from 20 March to 4 April 2013 at the primary school Vožd Karađorđe (VK. PM measurements were carried out with low volume samplers Sven/Leckel LVS3. The average daily PM10 concentration inside the FOS (47.0 ±21.8 μg/m3 was lower than PM10 concentration in outdoor air (50.7 ±28.1 μg/m3. The average daily PM10 concentration inside the VK (54.6 ± 17.6 μg/m3 was higher than in outdoor air (47.9 ± 22.8 μg/m3. The 24 hours average PM10 concentrations at FOS exceeded the EU limit value (50 mg/m3 during 34 % of days outdoors, and 39 % of days indoors. The 24 hours average PM10 concentrations at VK exceeded the limit value during 35 % of days outdoors, and 53 % of days indoors. The 24 hours average PM2.5 concentrations at VK exceeded the WHO daily mean guideline value (25 mg/m3 during 71 % of days outdoors, and 88 % of days indoors. The average PM10 I/O ratio at VK was 1.57 during teaching hours, and 1.00 during no teaching hours. Similarly, average PM2.5 I/O ratio at VK was 1.11 during teaching hours and 0.90 during no teaching hours. Average daily PM2.5/PM10 ratio in the ambient air at VK was 0.87, and 0.82 at FOS. Very strong correlations between the indoor and outdoor PM concentrations were observed at VK during no teaching hours (r>0.8. Moderate to strong negative correlations were found between the wind speed and PM at both schools. High outdoor PM concentrations and resuspension of particles are probably the most possible reasons for the elevated indoor PM concentrations found in the study. [Projekat Ministartsva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III42008: Evaluation of Energy Performances and Indoor Environment

  10. Product of Uniform Distribution and Stirling Numbers of the First Kind

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    2005-01-01

    Let Vk = u1u2 …uk, ui's be i.i.d ~ U(0, 1), the p.d.f of 1 -Vk+1 be the GF of the unsigned Stirling numbers of the first kind s(n, k). This paper discusses the applications of uniform distribution to combinatorial analysis and Riemann zeta function; several identities of Stirling series are established,and the Euler's result for ∑ Hn/nk-1, k ≥ 3 is given a new probabilistic proof.

  11. Microstructural, phase evolution and corrosion properties of silicon carbide reinforced pulse electrodeposited nickel–tungsten composite coatings

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    Singh, Swarnima; Sribalaji, M. [Materials Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Navin Government Polytechnic Campus, Patliputra Colony, Patna, Bihar 800013 (India); Wasekar, Nitin P.; Joshi, Srikant; Sundararajan, G. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI) Hyderabad, Balapur P.O., Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500005 (India); Singh, Raghuvir [CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand 831007 (India); Keshri, Anup Kumar, E-mail: anup@iitp.ac.in [Materials Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Navin Government Polytechnic Campus, Patliputra Colony, Patna, Bihar 800013 (India)

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pulse electrodeposited Ni–W–SiC coating has been synthesized successfully. • Dome to turtle like structure has been observed on addition of SiC in Ni–W coating. • Formation of W(Ni) solid solution was observed on adding 5 g/l SiC in Ni–W coating. • Corrosion resistance improved for Ni–W–5 g/l SiC coating. • Texture formation and continuous barrier layer enhanced the corrosion resistance. - Abstract: Silicon carbide (SiC) reinforced nickel–tungsten (Ni–W) coatings were successfully fabricated on steel substrate by pulse electrodeposition method (PED) and the amount of SiC was varied as 0 g/l, 2 g/l, and 5 g/l in Ni–W coating. Effect of subsequent addition of SiC on microstructures, phases and on corrosion property of the coating was investigated. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) image of the surface morphology of the coating showed the transformation from the dome like structure to turtle shell like structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of Ni–W–5 g/l SiC showed the disappearance of (220) plane of Ni(W), peak splitting in major peak of Ni(W) and formation of distinct peak of W(Ni) solid solution. Absence of (220) plane, peak splitting and presence of W(Ni) solid solution was explained by the high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images. Tafel polarization plot was used to study the corrosion property of the coatings in 0.5 M NaCl solution. Ni–W–5 g/l SiC coating was showed higher corrosion resistance (i.e. ∼21% increase in corrosion potential, E{sub corr}) compared to Ni–W coating. Two simultaneous phenomena have been identified for the enhanced corrosion resistance of Ni–W–5 g/l SiC coating. (a) Presence of crystallographic texture (b) formation of continuous double barrier layer of NiWO{sub 4} and SiO{sub 2}.

  12. DVD. Piret Tamm soovitab : "Mootorrattapäevikud" / Piret Tamm

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    2006-01-01

    Mängufilm Che Guevarast "Mootorratta päevikud" ("Diarios de motocicleta") : režissöör Walter Salles : Ameerika Ühendriigid - Saksamaa - Suurbritannia - Argentiina - Tšiili - Peruu 2004. Kriitikat ka firma V&K Holding DVD kvaliteedi kohta

  13. An attempt to evaluate the effect of vitamin K3 using as an enhancer of anticancer agents.

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    Matzno, Sumio; Yamaguchi, Yuka; Akiyoshi, Takeshi; Nakabayashi, Toshikatsu; Matsuyama, Kenji

    2008-06-01

    The possibility of vitamin K3 (VK3) as an anticancer agent was assessed. VK3 dose-dependently diminished the cell viability (measured as esterase activity) with IC50 of 13.7 microM and Hill coefficient of 3.1 in Hep G2 cells. It also decreased the population of S phase and arrested cell cycle in the G2/M phase in a dose-dependent manner. G2/M arrest was regulated by the increment of cyclin A/cdk1 and cyclin A/cdk2 complex, and contrasting cyclin B/cdk1 complex decrease. Finally, combined application demonstrated that VK3 significantly enhanced the cytotoxicity of etoposide, a G2 phase-dependent anticancer agent, whereas it reduced the cytotoxic activity of irinotecan, a S phase-dependent agent. These findings suggest that VK3 induces G2/M arrest by inhibition of cyclin B/cdk1 complex formation, and is thus useful as an enhancer of G2 phase-dependent drugs in hepatic cancer chemotherapy.

  14. Application of ground penetrating radar in placer mineral exploration for mapping subsurface sand layers: A case study

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    Loveson, V.J.; Barnwal, R.P.; Singh; Gujar, A.R.; Rajamanickam, G.V.

    Penetrating Radar in Placer Mineral Exploration for Mapping Subsurface Sand Layers: A Case Study V.J. LOVESON # , R.P. BARNWAL # , V.K. SINGH # , A.R.GUJAR* AND G.V.RAJAMANICKAM** # Central Mining Research Institute, Dhanbad *National Institute...

  15. DVD. Piret Tamm soovitab : "Mootorrattapäevikud" / Piret Tamm

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    2006-01-01

    Mängufilm Che Guevarast "Mootorratta päevikud" ("Diarios de motocicleta") : režissöör Walter Salles : Ameerika Ühendriigid - Saksamaa - Suurbritannia - Argentiina - Tšiili - Peruu 2004. Kriitikat ka firma V&K Holding DVD kvaliteedi kohta

  16. Induction of Apoptosis in Protoplasts and Suspension Cultures of Plant Cells

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    2000-01-01

    Many studies have showed that apoptosis exists in plants. Our study shows that (1) menadione(VK3) induces apoptosis in suspension cultures of carrot cells; (2) heat shock induces apoptosis in suspension cultures of tobacco cells; and (3) ethrel induces apoptosis in carrot protoplasts. Some important indications of apoptosis were observed, including DNA laddering, TUNEL-positive reaction, condensation and degradation of nuclei.

  17. What does it mean to say that a hegemonic project is neo-liberal?

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    Hansen, Allan Dreyer

    Udgangspunktet for dette papir er VK-O regeringerne under Anders Fogh Rasmussen i nullerne i Danmark for at rejse spørgsmålet om hvilke teoretiske resurser Laclau og Mouffes hegemoni teori tilbyder, men også hvor yderlig udvikling og nye teoretiske artikulationer er nødvendig. Papiret giver ikke ...

  18. 不同减害材料对烟草薄片的减害效果研究%Various Materials for Reducing Harmful Components of Reconstituted Tobacco Smoke

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    姚元军; 何文; 王凤兰; 吴结缘; 刘志昌; 邹国林

    2012-01-01

    烟草薄片是一种新型的烟草制品,将之回用于卷烟生产过程,既实现了废烟料的综合利用,又提高了卷烟的内在品质.通过采用不同种类的减害材料处理薄片,经过检测分析主流烟气中有害成分含量的变化,筛选出柠檬酸钠、酒石酸钾钠、纳米TiO2-VK-TG01、纳米TiO2 -VK-TG02、沸石分子筛这5种合适的材料,作为今后薄片减害的有效添加物.%As a new type of tobacco product, reconstituted tobacco can be widely used in the process of cigarette production. This not only realizes the comprehensive utilization of tobacco residues, but improves the interior quality of cigarette. Various materials were used to treat the reconstituted tobacco and the harmful components in the mainstream smoke were detected. Several suitable materials, such as sodium citrate, potassium sodium tartrate, nano TiO2-VK-TG01, nano TiO2-VK-TG02 and zeolite molecular sieve were chosen as effective additives for reducing harmful components of the tobacco smoke.

  19. Investigation of the Phase Composition of Samples Sintered from Tungsten-containing Composite Micro - and Nanopowders

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    Full Text Available Presents the results of research of phase composition of samples sintered from tungsten-containing composite micro- and nano-powders obtained by mixing a powder VK8 (70 % and PRS powder (30 % obtained in kerosene lighting. It is established that the main phase of the sintered sample are the WC and Fe3С.

  20. Sporadic groups and flag-transitive triplanes

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    Let D be a triplane, i.e., a 2-(v,k,3) symmetric design, and G be a subgroup of the full automorphism group of D. In this paper we prove that if G is flag-transitive point-primitive, then the socle of G cannot be a sporadic simple group.

  1. Encapsulated Multifunction Corrosion Inhibitive Primer.

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    1983-11-01

    Tec #19 (alkaline detergent), scrubbed vigorously with cheese cloth, then perform R.I.A. drop test for cleanliness (ASTM 7.1.6.22) (Turco Air Tec...Systems, DOE/NASA TM-78180 (1978). 39. Gouda , V.K. and Shater, M.A., Corrosion Sci. 15 199 (1975). 40. Controlled release, Pesticide Symposium 41

  2. Quorum Colorings of Graphs

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    S.M. Heditniemi (Sandra); R.C. Laskar (R.C.); H.M. Mulder (Martyn)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractLet $G = (V,E)$ be a graph. A partition $\\pi = \\{V_1, V_2, \\ldots, V_k \\}$ of the vertices $V$ of $G$ into $k$ {\\it color classes} $V_i$, with $1 \\leq i \\leq k$, is called a {\\it quorum coloring} if for every vertex $v \\in V$, at least half of the vertices in the closed neighborhood

  3. Testability/Diagnostics Design Encyclopedia

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    1990-09-01

    decision logic o Environmental effets filtering and Identification. Fractlon of Erroneous Fault Isolation Results (IPQI) FEFI Is the fraction of BIT or...CONCURRENHT SIMULATION OPflMC TIlT WIT4 LAN ACCELERATION VECTOR Serr VAT" OPTION STATGRAD6, THEN Use TISTORADE THESEUS VL8VK9 AFTIER EACH TEST

  4. 31 strategiske forskningstemaer

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    Pedersen, Bente Klarlund; christensen, claus hviid; Højberg Christensen, Jesper

    Bedre grundlag for at prioritere den strategiske forskningInitiativet FORSK2015 Strategiske satsninger skal bidrage til at skabe bedre grundlag for at identificere og prioritere indsatsområderne for den strategiske forskning. FORSK2015 er et af de initiativer, VK-regeringen sammen med Dansk Folke...

  5. Disease: H01307 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available ) PMID:17041604 Blaydon DC, Ishii Y, O'Toole EA, Unsworth HC, Teh MT, Ruschendorf F, Sinclair C, Hopsu-Havu VK, Tidman N, Moss C, Wat...son R, de Berker D, Wajid M, Christiano AM, Kelsell DP T

  6. Overlapping submicroscopic deletions in Xq28 in two unrelated boys with developmental disorders: Identification of a gene near FRAXE

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    Gedeon, A.K.; Sutherland, G.R. [Women`s and Children`s Hospital, North Adelaide (Australia)]|[Univ. of Adelaide (Australia); Ades, L.C.; Gecz, J.; Baker, E.; Mulley, J.C. [Women`s and Children`s Hospital, North Adelaide (Australia); Keinaenen, M. [Clinical Laboratory Medix, Espoo (Finland); Kaeaeriaeinen, H. [Univ. of Helsinki (Finland)

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    Two unrelated boys are described with delay in development and submicroscopic deletions in Xq28, near FRAXE. Molecular diagnosis to exclude the fragile X (FRAXA) syndrome used the direct probe pfxa3, together with a control probe pS8 (DXS296), against PstI restriction digests of DNA. Deletions were detected initially by the control probe pS8, which is an anonymous fragment subcloned from YAC 539, within 1 Mb distal to FRAXA. Further molecular analyses determined that the maximum size of the deletion is <100 kb in one boy (MK) and is wholly overlapped by the deletion of up to {approximately}200 kb in the other (CB). These deletions lie between the sequences detected by the probe VK21C (DXS296) and a dinucleotide repeat VK18AC (DXS295). The patient MK had only speech delay with otherwise normal development, while patient CB had global developmental delay that included speech delay. Detection of overlapping deletions in these two cases led to speculation that coding sequences of a gene(s) important in language development may be affected. Hybridization of the pS8 and VK21A probes to zooblots revealed cross-species homology. This conservation during evolution suggested that this region contains sequences with functional significance in normal development. The VK21A probe detected a 9.5-kb transcript in placenta and brain and a smaller, 2.5-kb, transcript in other tissues analyzed. 26 refs., 6 figs.

  7. Cardiovascular drug use and differences in the incidence of cardiovascular mortality in elderly Seriban men

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    Hommerson, P.; Nedeljkovic, S.I.; Klungel, O.H.; Boer, de A.; Ostojic, M.C.; Grujic, M.Z.; Vojvodic, N.M.; Bloemberg, B.P.M.; Kromhout, D.

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    Objective:To assess whether the difference in risk of cardiovascular mortality between urban and rural areas of Serbia could be explained by differences in the use of cardiovascular medication. Methods: The Serbian cohorts of the Seven Countries Study, Velika Krsna (VK), Zrenjanin (ZR) and Belgrade

  8. Kinetic speciation of mercury–humate complexes in aqueous solutions by using competing ligand exchange method

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    river emptying into Cochin backwaters, Indian J. Mar. Sci. 15 (1986) 253–259. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=8219806 (accessed September 4, 2015). [25] P.K. Krishnakumar, V.K. Pillai, Mercury Near a Caustic Soda plant at karwar,India, Mar...

  9. Towards cyber safety education in primary schools in Africa

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    Full Text Available http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGKmlTtZnSk Lesson 4d Online postings can haunt you in the future http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3DlVkOAPVQ Lesson 4e Be careful of online friends http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4nyluaXoFY Lesson 5 Sexting http...

  10. Tongue Palate Contact Patterns of Velar Stops in Normal Adult English Speakers

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    Liker, Marko; Gibbon, Fiona E.

    2008-01-01

    This paper provides a more detailed description of normal tongue palate contact patterns for the occlusion phase of velar stops than currently exists. The study used electropalatography (EPG) to record seven normally speaking adults' contact patterns of voiceless velar stops in nine VkV contexts. A variety of EPG indices measured: per cent…

  11. Dicty_cDB: AFH712 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available . 218 4e-55 AM270071_15( AM270071 |pid:none) Aspergillus niger contig An04c010... 217 5e-55 AJ715862_1( AJ71...5862 |pid:none) Lepismachilis sp. VK-2004 mRNA for... 216 1e-54 AJ715857_1( AJ715857 |pid:none) Lithobius fo

  12. Selective Gene Regulation by Androgen Receptor in Prostate Cancer

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    assays and in chromatin precipitation assays, and in the expression of select AR target genes associated with proliferation and differentiation. Cell...2013;3(11):1254-1271. 26. Polkinghorn WR, Parker JS, Lee MX , Kass EM, Spratt DE, Iaquinta PJ, Arora VK, Yen WF, Cai L, Zheng D, Carver BS, Chen Y

  13. Novel implications of Lingo-1 and its signaling partners in schizophrenia.

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    Fernandez-Enright, F; Andrews, J L; Newell, K A; Pantelis, C; Huang, X F

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    Myelination and neurite outgrowth both occur during brain development, and their disturbance has been previously been implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Leucine-rich repeat and immunoglobulin domain-containing protein (Lingo-1) is a potent negative regulator of axonal myelination and neurite extension. As co-factors of Lingo-1 signaling (Nogo receptor (NgR), With No Lysine (K) (WNK1) and Myelin transcription factor 1 (Myt1)) have been implicated in the genetics of schizophrenia, we explored for the first time the role of Lingo-1 signaling pathways in this disorder. Lingo-1 protein, together with its co-receptor and co-factor proteins NgR, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor orphan Y (TROY), p75, WNK1 and Myt1, have never been explored in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. We examined protein levels of Lingo-1, NgR, TROY, p75, WNK1, Myt1 and myelin basic protein (MBP) (as a marker of myelination) within the post-mortem dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) (37 schizophrenia patients versus 37 matched controls) and hippocampus (Cornu Ammonis, CA1 and CA3) (20 schizophrenia patients versus 20 matched controls from the same cohort). Both of these brain regions are highly disrupted in the schizophrenia pathophysiology. There were significant increases in Lingo-1 (P0.05) between the schizophrenia and control groups in the three tested regions. This is the first time that a study has shown altered Lingo-1 signaling in the schizophrenia brain. Our novel findings may present a direct application for the use of a Lingo-1 antagonist to complement current and future schizophrenia therapies.

  14. Effect of age and affection status on blood pressure, serum potassium and stature in familial hyperkalaemia and hypertension.

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    Farfel, Alon; Mayan, Haim; Melnikov, Semyon; Holtzman, Eliezer J; Pinhas-Hamiel, Orit; Farfel, Zvi

    2011-05-01

    The rare autosomal dominant genetic disorder familial hyperkalemia and hypertension which is caused by mutations in WNK4 kinase, is characterized by childhood hyperkalemia and hypercalciuria, and appearance of hypertension in the third to fourth decade. Accompanying short stature is often described. We determined height, blood pressure and blood and urinary biochemical parameters in members of a very large family of FHHt with the WNK4 Q565E mutation. The family has 57 members, 30 of whom (including 14 children) are affected. Prehypertension occurred in 7/11 affected and 1/10 unaffected children (P = 0.024). Serum potassium (SK) was ~0.5 mmol/L higher in affected children vs adults [5.98 ± 0.42 vs 5.46 ± 0.40 mmol/L, respectively (P < 0.0001)] (33 samples from 11 children and 36 samples from eight adults). SK of ≥ 6.0 mmol/L occurred in 16/33 children's samples and in 3/36 adults' samples (P = 0.0003). Hyperkalaemia in children is currently untreated. Children also had more severe hyperchloraemia and hypercalciuria. The family contains four large subfamilies, and each includes 8-10 siblings. In one subfamily, height Z-score was lower in affected vs unaffected subjects [- 2.69 ± 0.36 vs -1.05 ± 0.16, respectively (P < 0.0001)]. In the other three subfamilies, no such difference was found. Short stature is not part of FHHt with the WNK4 Q565E mutation. Children affected with FHHt have a high prevalence of prehypertension, and their hyperkalaemia is more severe than that of affected adults. Children may have a more severe defect in the basic mechanism that produces hyperkalaemia. We suggest that, in affected adults, the attenuation of hyperkalaemia and appearance of hypertension may be the result of a late rise in the activity of renal transporters or channels such as the epithelial sodium channel.

  15. SPAK and OSR1 Sensitive Cell Membrane Protein Abundance and Activity of KCNQ1/E1 K+ Channels

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    Bernat Elvira

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: KCNQ1/E1 channels are expressed in diverse tissues and serve a variety of functions including endolymph secretion in the inner ear, cardiac repolarization, epithelial transport and cell volume regulation. Kinases involved in regulation of epithelial transport and cell volume include SPAK (SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase and OSR1 (oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1, which are under control of WNK (with-no-K[Lys] kinases. The present study explored whether KCNQ1/E1 channels are regulated by SPAK and/or OSR1. Methods: cRNA encoding KCNQ1/E1 was injected into Xenopus oocytes with or without additional injection of cRNA encoding wild-type SPAK, constitutively active T233ESPAK, WNK insensitive T233ASPAK, catalytically inactive D212ASPAK, wild-type OSR1, constitutively active T185EOSR1, WNK insensitive T185AOSR1 and catalytically inactive D164AOSR1. Voltage gated K+ channel activity was quantified utilizing dual electrode voltage clamp and KCNQ1/E1 channel protein abundance in the cell membrane utilizing chemiluminescence of KCNQ1/E1 containing an extracellular Flag tag epitope (KCNQ1-Flag/E1. Results: KCNQ1/E1 activity and KCNQ1-Flag/E1 protein abundance were significantly enhanced by wild-type SPAK and T233ESPAK, but not by T233ASPAK and D212ASPAK. Similarly, KCNQ1/E1 activity and KCNQ1-Flag/E1 protein abundance were significantly increased by wild-type OSR1 and T185EOSR1, but not by T185AOSR1 and D164AOSR1. Conclusions: SPAK and OSR1 participate in the regulation of KCNQ1/E1 protein abundance and activity.

  16. SPAK and OSR1 Dependent Down-Regulation of Murine Renal Outer Medullary K+ Channel ROMK1

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    Bernat Elvira

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The kinases SPAK (SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase and OSR1 (oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1 participate in the regulation of the NaCl cotransporter NCC and the Na+,K+,2Cl- cotransporter NKCC2. The kinases are regulated by WNK (with-no-K[Lys] kinases. Mutations of genes encoding WNK kinases underly Gordon's syndrome, a monogenic disease leading to hypertension and hyperkalemia. WNK kinases further regulate the renal outer medullary K+ channel ROMK1. The present study explored, whether SPAK and/or OSR1 have similarly the potential to modify the activity of ROMK1. Methods: ROMK1 was expressed in Xenopus oocytes with or without additional expression of wild-type SPAK, constitutively active T233ESPAK, catalytically inactive D212ASPAK, wild-type OSR1, constitutively active T185EOSR1 and catalytically inactive D164AOSR1. Channel activity was determined utilizing dual electrode voltage clamp and ROMK1 protein abundance in the cell membrane utilizing chemiluminescence of ROMK1 containing an extracellular hemagglutinin epitope (ROMK1-HA. Results: ROMK1 activity and ROMK1-HA protein abundance were significantly down-regulated by wild-type SPAK and T233ESPAK, but not by D212ASPAK. Similarly, ROMK1 activity and ROMK1-HA protein abundance were significantly down-regulated by wild-type OSR1 and T185EOSR1, but not by D164AOSR1. Conclusion: ROMK1 protein abundance and activity are down-regulated by SPAK and OSR1.

  17. 2-Bromo-1,4-naphthoquinone: a potentially improved substitute of menadione in Apatone™ therapy

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    Graciani, F.S.; Ximenes, V.F. [Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru SP (Brazil); Departamento de Análises Clínicas, Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara SP (Brazil)

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    Apatone™, a combination of menadione (2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone, VK{sub 3}) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C, VC) is a new strategy for cancer treatment. Part of its effect on tumor cells is related to the cellular pro-oxidative imbalance provoked by the generation of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) through naphthoquinone redox cycling. In this study, we attempted to find new naphthoquinone derivatives that would increase the efficiency of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} production, thereby potentially increasing its efficacy for cancer treatment. The presence of an electron-withdrawing group in the naphthoquinone moiety had a direct effect on the efficiency of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} production. The compound 2-bromo-1,4-naphthoquinone (BrQ), in which the bromine atom substituted the methyl group in VK{sub 3}, was approximately 10- and 19-fold more efficient than VK{sub 3} in terms of oxygen consumption and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} production, respectively. The ratio [H{sub 2}O{sub 2}]{sub produced} / [naphthoquinone]{sub consumed} was 68 ± 11 and 5.8 ± 0.2 (µM/µM) for BrQ and VK{sub 3}, respectively, indicating a higher efficacy of BrQ as a catalyst for the autoxidation of ascorbic acid. Both VK{sub 3} and BrQ reacted with glutathione (GSH), but BrQ was the more effective substrate. Part of GSH was incorporated into the naphthoquinone, producing a nucleophilic substitution product (Q-SG). The depletion of BrQ by GSH did not prevent its redox capacity since Q-SG was also able to catalyze the production of reactive oxygen species. VK{sub 3}/VC has already been submitted to clinical trials for the treatment of prostate cancer and has demonstrated promising results. However, replacement of VK{sub 3} with BrQ will open new lines of investigation regarding this approach to cancer treatment.

  18. 巴西固氮螺菌中PⅡ和Pz在固氮调节中的不同作用%THE DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS OF glnB AND glnZ FROM AZOSPIRILLUM BRASILENSE YU62 IN THE CONTROL OF NITROGEN FIXATION

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    陈三凤; 管乐; 应娇妍; 李周华; 王娟; 李季伦

    2001-01-01

    在巴西固氮螺菌(Azospirillum brasilense)中,glnB和glnZ是两个高度同源基因,分别位于3.7kb/EcoRI+PstI和3.7kb/SalI的两个不同的染色体片段上.用卡那霉素盒(Kmr-cas-sette)插入法,对glnB和glnZ分别进行定位诱变,并获得相应的突变株,即glnB-和glnZ-.研究表明,glnB-突变株丧失固氮酶活性,表现为Nif-,而glnZ-象野生型菌株一样具有固氮酶活性.为了进一步研究这两个基因的功能,将glnB和glnZ分别构建在pVK100载体上形成重组质粒pVK-Ⅱ和pVK-Z,对glnB-和glnZ突变株进行互补实验,进一步证明了glnB与固氮酶活有直接相关性,而glnZ无此作用.同时,通过三亲接合法将pVK-Ⅱ和pVK-Z分别转移到巴西固氮螺菌野生型Yu62和具有一定抗铵能力的draT-突变株中,使glnB和glnZ的拷贝数增加,进一步比较它们的固氮酶活性.结果表明多拷贝的glnB基因,能显著提高固氮酶活性,而多拷贝的glnZ对固氮酶活性无影响.同时,将pVK-Ⅱ和pVK-Z分别转移到nifA-突变株中,结果表明glnB和glnZ均不能恢复nifA-的固氮酶活性.

  19. Exploring the intricate regulatory network controlling the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC)

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    Dimke, Henrik Anthony

    2011-01-01

    The thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) plays key roles in renal electrolyte transport and blood pressure maintenance. Regulation of this cotransporter has received increased attention recently, prompted by the discovery that mutations in the with-no-lysine (WNK) kinases are the molecular...... by acting as a scaffold between the dephosphorylated cotransporter and the regulatory kinase. As more molecular regulators of NCC are identified, the system-controlling NCC activity is becoming increasingly complex. This intricacy confers an ability to integrate a variety of stimuli, thereby regulating NCC...

  20. Mechanisms of CFTR functional variants that impair regulated bicarbonate permeation and increase risk for pancreatitis but not for cystic fibrosis.

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    Jessica LaRusch

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available CFTR is a dynamically regulated anion channel. Intracellular WNK1-SPAK activation causes CFTR to change permeability and conductance characteristics from a chloride-preferring to bicarbonate-preferring channel through unknown mechanisms. Two severe CFTR mutations (CFTRsev cause complete loss of CFTR function and result in cystic fibrosis (CF, a severe genetic disorder affecting sweat glands, nasal sinuses, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, and male reproductive system. We hypothesize that those CFTR mutations that disrupt the WNK1-SPAK activation mechanisms cause a selective, bicarbonate defect in channel function (CFTRBD affecting organs that utilize CFTR for bicarbonate secretion (e.g. the pancreas, nasal sinus, vas deferens but do not cause typical CF. To understand the structural and functional requirements of the CFTR bicarbonate-preferring channel, we (a screened 984 well-phenotyped pancreatitis cases for candidate CFTRBD mutations from among 81 previously described CFTR variants; (b conducted electrophysiology studies on clones of variants found in pancreatitis but not CF; (c computationally constructed a new, complete structural model of CFTR for molecular dynamics simulation of wild-type and mutant variants; and (d tested the newly defined CFTRBD variants for disease in non-pancreas organs utilizing CFTR for bicarbonate secretion. Nine variants (CFTR R74Q, R75Q, R117H, R170H, L967S, L997F, D1152H, S1235R, and D1270N not associated with typical CF were associated with pancreatitis (OR 1.5, p = 0.002. Clones expressed in HEK 293T cells had normal chloride but not bicarbonate permeability and conductance with WNK1-SPAK activation. Molecular dynamics simulations suggest physical restriction of the CFTR channel and altered dynamic channel regulation. Comparing pancreatitis patients and controls, CFTRBD increased risk for rhinosinusitis (OR 2.3, p<0.005 and male infertility (OR 395, p<<0.0001. WNK1-SPAK pathway-activated increases in

  1. FGF23 regulates renal sodium handling and blood pressure

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    Andrukhova, Olena; Slavic, Svetlana; Smorodchenko, Alina; Zeitz, Ute; Shalhoub, Victoria; Lanske, Beate; Pohl, Elena E.; Erben, Reinhold G.

    2014-01-01

    Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) is a bone-derived hormone regulating renal phosphate reabsorption and vitamin D synthesis in renal proximal tubules. Here, we show that FGF23 directly regulates the membrane abundance of the Na+:Cl− co-transporter NCC in distal renal tubules by a signaling mechanism involving the FGF receptor/αKlotho complex, extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), serum/glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1), and with-no lysine kinase-4 (WNK4). Renal sodium (...

  2. The thiazide-sensitive Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter gene, C1784T, and adrenergic receptor-beta3 gene, T727C, may be gene polymorphisms susceptible to the antihypertensive effect of thiazide diuretics.

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    Matayoshi, Tetsutaro; Kamide, Kei; Takiuchi, Shin; Yoshii, Masayoshi; Miwa, Yoshikazu; Takami, Yoichi; Tanaka, Chihiro; Banno, Mariko; Horio, Takeshi; Nakamura, Satoko; Nakahama, Hajime; Yoshihara, Fumiki; Inenaga, Takashi; Miyata, Toshiyuki; Kawano, Yuhei

    2004-11-01

    The response of blood pressure to thiazide diuretics (TZDs) differs among individuals. The prediction of the antihypertensive effect of TZDs is important for realizing individualized therapy in the management of hypertension. The aim of this study was to identify the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) susceptible to the antihypertensive effect of TZDs, particularly focusing on genes related to water-electrolyte absorption in the kidney. Seventy-six outpatients (mean age, 65.4+/-9.0 years) with essential hypertension (EHT) taking TZDs were retrospectively assessed. We defined as responders (R) those whose mean blood pressure was lowered by more than 5 mmHg after the use of TZDs. Forty-eight SNPs in 17 genes (ADD1, GNB3, TSC [SLC12A3], MLR [NR3C2], NCX1 [SLC8A1], WNK1, WNK4, AGT, ACE, AT1 [AGTR1], CYP11B2, ADRB1, ADRB2, ADRB3, ADRA1A, ADRA1B, ADRA2A) were genotyped in the 76 patients. The SNPs in TSC, MLR, NCX1, WNK1, and WNK4 were identified by direct sequencing and those with minor frequencies of greater than 5% were genotyped in this study. The comparison of polymorphism prevalence between R and non-responders (NR) showed significant differences in TSC C1784T (C allele vs. T allele, odds ratio (OR)=3.81, p =0.016, confidence interval (CI): 1.25-11.63) and ADRB3 T727C (Trp64Arg) (T allele vs. C allele, OR=4.59, p =0.005, CI: 1.54-13.68). The blood pressure (BP) in patients homozygous for the major alleles of both TSC C1784T and ADRB3 T727C were significantly reduced by TZD treatment; however, the BP in those homozygous for the minor allele and heterozygous (TSC C1784T: TT+CT; ADRB3 T727C: CC+CT) for both SNPs were not significantly changed after TZD treatment. Both newly detected TSC C1784T and ADRB3 T727C are gene polymorphisms susceptible to the antihypertensive effect of TZDs in patients with EHT. Thus, the prediction of BP reduction by TZDs may be possible by evaluating these two SNPs.

  3. ROMK expression remains unaltered in a mouse model of familial hyperkalemic hypertension caused by the CUL3Δ403-459 mutation.

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    Murthy, Meena; Kurz, Thimo; O'Shaughnessy, Kevin M

    2016-07-01

    Familial hyperkalemic hypertension (FHHt) is a rare inherited form of salt-dependent hypertension caused by mutations in proteins that regulate the renal Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter NCC Mutations in four genes have been reported to cause FHHt including CUL3 (Cullin3) that encodes a component of a RING E3 ligase. Cullin-3 binds to WNK kinase-bound KLHL3 (the substrate recognition subunit of the ubiquitin ligase complex) to promote ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of WNK kinases. Deletion of exon 9 from CUL3 (affecting residues 403-459, CUL3(Δ403-459)) causes a severe form of FHHt (PHA2E) that is recapitulated closely in a knock-in mouse model. The loss of functionality of CUL3(Δ403-459) and secondary accumulation of WNK kinases causes substantial NCC activation. This accounts for the hypertension in FHHt but the origin of the hyperkalemia is less clear. Hence, we explored the impact of CUL3(Δ403-459) on expression of the distal secretory K channel, ROMK, both in vitro and in vivo. We found that expressing wild-type but not the CUL3(Δ403-459) mutant form of CUL3 prevented the suppression of ROMK currents by WNK4 expressed in Xenopus oocytes. The mutant CUL3 protein was also unable to affect ROMK-EGFP protein expression at the surface of mouse M-1 cortical collecting duct (CCD) cells. The effects of CUL3 on ROMK expression in both oocytes and M-1 CCD cells was reduced by addition of the neddylation inhibitor, MLN4924. This confirms that neddylation is important for CUL3 activity. Nevertheless, in our knock-in mouse model expressing CUL3(Δ403-459) we could not show any alteration in ROMK expression by either western blotting whole kidney lysates or confocal microscopy of kidney sections. This suggests that the hyperkalemia in our knock-in mouse and human PHA2E subjects with the CUL3(Δ403-459) mutation is not caused by reduced ROMK expression in the distal nephron.

  4. The structure of Ni–enriched Al–Ni molten alloy before solidification

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    Kazimirov V.P.

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The structure of Ni–based molten alloy, containing 88,02w.%Ni and dopped both with Zr (0,46w.% and B (0,02w.% has been studied bymeans of X–ray diffraction method at temperature 1500 K. Structure factor and pair correlation function were obtained from diffractiondata and analyzed. Principal peak position in structure factor for doped molten alloy is compared with one for liquid Ni3Al intermetallics. Another structural parameters–most probable interatomic distance and number of neighbours have been also determined from pair correlation function and compared with parameters of crystalline structure for Ni3Al chemical compound. The structure data are interpreted with using of cluster models of metallic melts.

  5. Soesterberg, Netherlands. Revised Uniform Summary of Surface Weather Observations (RUSSWO)

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    3 6.3 WSW CA1LM02 1. 1.6 A TOA NUBE O3 O1ERATON 213 .65’ I WN(I18 0 3s e. - -N - SFEA DO 08. (O.A PS 1OJ 1DTOSO*TI7OMMEODLT NNW~ a -? 3 � s VARIL...9051 + +j’+, 34 4 40 7 t1 .2 22+*821 82,61+-+ + a!+ of + TOTAL NUBE OF OBEVAIN 683 + 64:P: .. :++: .5:. .(O. A).. . +++.+.,+s f ms o n 1001 USAF...ON 9 981&1S Oi AM oWo - -- - -- -- ’ -ൈ 2 -- TOTAL NUBE OF~d OSRAIN 25 pp f, k- DATA PRUC SSINGBRANCHCCEILING VERSUS VISIBILITY AIR WEATHER SERVICE

  6. Understanding hydrodenitrogenation on novel unsupported sulfide Mo-W-Ni catalysis

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    Hein, J.; Hrabar, A.; Gutierrez, O.Y.; Lercher, J.A. [Technische Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Catalysis Research Center

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    WNi, NiMo and Mo-W-Ni unsupported catalysts were synthesized, characterized and tested with respect to their hydrodenitrogenation properties using o-propylaniline as test reactant. The bimetallic oxide precursors are crystalline metallates, whereas the trimetallic materials are amorphous. In the sulfide form, the catalysts are mixtures of agglomerated Mo(W)S{sub 2} and Ni sulfides. The performance of all catalysts is similar, suggesting the same nature of active sites regardless the composition. Due to the lack of correlation between activity and density of coordinatively unsaturated sites of the catalysts, two kinds of active sites are proposed, i.e. coordinatively unsaturated sites and electron rich sites at the edges of the sulfides. (orig.)

  7. PYROLYSIS OF BROWN COAL USING A CATALYST BASED ON W–Ni

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    Lenka Jílková

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    Full Text Available Tars from pyrolysis of brown coal can be refined to obtain compounds suitable for fuel production. However, it is problematic to refine the liquids from brown coal pyrolysis, because high molecular compounds are produced, and the sample solidifies. Therefore we decided to investigate the possibility of treating the product in the gas phase during pyrolysis, using a catalyst. A two-step process was investigated: thermal-catalytic refining. In the first step, alumina was used as the filling material, and in the second step a catalyst based on W-Ni was used. These materials were placed in two separate layers above the coal, so the volatile products passed through the alumina and catalyst layers. Pyrolysis tests showed that using the catalyst has no significant effect on the mass balance, but it improves the properties of the gas and the properties of the organic part of the liquid pyrolysis products, which will then be processed further.

  8. Multiscale Modeling of Grain Boundary Segregation and Embrittlement in Tungsten for Mechanistic Design of Alloys for Coal Fired Plants

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    Luo, Jian; Tomar, Vikas; Zhou, Naixie; Lee, Hongsuk

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    Based on a recent discovery of premelting-like grain boundary segregation in refractory metals occurring at high temperatures and/or high alloying levels, this project investigated grain boundary segregation and embrittlement in tungsten (W) based alloys. Specifically, new interfacial thermodynamic models have been developed and quantified to predict high-temperature grain boundary segregation in the W-Ni binary alloy and W-Ni-Fe, W-Ni-Ti, W-Ni-Co, W-Ni-Cr, W-Ni-Zr and W-Ni-Nb ternary alloys. The thermodynamic modeling results have been experimentally validated for selected systems. Furthermore, multiscale modeling has been conducted at continuum, atomistic and quantum-mechanical levels to link grain boundary segregation with embrittlement. In summary, this 3-year project has successfully developed a theoretical framework in combination with a multiscale modeling strategy for predicting grain boundary segregation and embrittlement in W based alloys.

  9. High-energy, high-rate consolidation of tungsten and tungsten-based composite powders

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    Raghunathan, S.K.; Persad, C.; Bourell, D.L.; Marcus, H.L. (Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Univ. of Texas, Austin (USA))

    1991-01-20

    Tungsten and tungsten-based heavy alloys are well known for their superior mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. However, unalloyed tungsten is difficult to consolidate owing to its very high melting temperature (3683 K). The additions of small amounts of low-melting elements such as iron, nickel, cobalt and copper, facilitate the powder processing of dense heavy alloys at moderate temperatures. Energetic high-current pulses have been used recently for powder consolidation. In this paper, the use of a homopolar generator as a power source to consolidate selected tungsten and tungsten-based alloys is examined. Various materials were consolidated including unalloyed tungsten, W-Nb, W-Ni, and tungsten heavy alloy with boron carbide. The effect of process parameters such as pressure and specific energy input on the consolidation of different alloy systems is described in terms of microstructure and property relationships. (orig.).

  10. Synthesis and characteristics of W-Ni-Fe nano-composite powders prepared by mechanical alloying

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    The mixture of 90W-7Ni-3Fe(mass fraction, %) powders was milled in a planetary ball mill. Its structurechanged during milling, the surface characteristics and thermal stability of the milled powders were studied with X-raydiffraction(XRD), Brunaure-Emmett-Teller (BET) nitrogen adsorption technique and differential thermal analysis(DTA). The results show that high-energy ball milling leads to the formation of composite powders with amorphousbinder phase and supersaturated W(Ni, Fe) nano-crystalline grains in which great lattice distortion exists. The crystallization temperature of the amorphous binder phase during heating decreases with milling time. The specific surface area andthe pore size of the powder mixtures decreases with milling time due to agglomeration and welding hetween particles

  11. 钨合金力学性能及断口形貌的温度效应%Temperature Effects on the Mechanical Properties and Fracture Surfaces of Tungsten Alloy

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    徐英鸽; 朱金华

    2001-01-01

    研究了真空退火态93WNiFe合金在10~900 ℃的拉伸性能、断口形貌及显微组织.研究结果表明:随着温度的升高钨合金抗拉强度逐渐下降,延伸率先上升后下降,在400 ℃出现峰值,断口形貌由钨颗粒解理型断裂逐渐向钨颗粒与粘结相脱开型断裂转变,钨合金抗拉强度主要受断口断裂模式的影响,而延伸率却受钨颗粒和粘结相变形的共同影响.

  12. Vaccination of pigs reduces Torque teno sus virus viremia during natural infection.

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    Jiménez-Melsió, Alexandra; Rodriguez, Fernando; Darji, Ayub; Segalés, Joaquim; Cornelissen-Keijsers, Vivian; van den Born, Erwin; Kekarainen, Tuija

    2015-07-09

    Anelloviruses are a group of single-stranded circular DNA viruses infecting several vertebrate species. Four species have been found to infect swine, namely Torque teno sus virus (TTSuV) 1a and 1b (TTSuV1a, TTSuV1b; genus Iotatorquevirus), TTSuVk2a and TTSuVk2b (genus Kappatorquevirus). TTSuV infection in pigs is distributed worldwide, and is characterized by a persistent viremia. However, the real impact, if any, on the pig health is still under debate. In the present study, the impact of pig immunization on TTSuVk2a loads was evaluated. For this, three-week old conventional pigs were primed with DNA vaccines encoding the ORF2 gene and the ORF1-A, ORF1-B, and ORF1-C splicing variants and boosted with purified ORF1-A and ORF2 Escherichia coli proteins, while another group served as unvaccinated control animals, and the viral load dynamics during natural infection was observed. Immunization led to delayed onset of TTSuVk2a infection and at the end of the study when the animals were 15 weeks of age, a number of animals in the immunized group had cleared the TTSuVk2a viremia, which was not the case in the control group. This study demonstrated for the first time that TTSuV viremia can be controlled by a combined DNA and protein immunization, especially apparent two weeks after the first DNA immunization before seroconversion was observed. Further studies are needed to understand the mechanisms behind this and its impact for pig producers.

  13. Structures and structure-activity relationships of three mitogenic and complement fixing pectic arabinogalactans from the malian antiulcer plants Cochlospermum tinctorium A. Rich and Vernonia kotschyana Sch. Bip. ex Walp.

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    Nergard, Cecilie Sogn; Kiyohara, Hiroaki; Reynolds, James C; Thomas-Oates, Jane E; Matsumoto, Tsukasa; Yamada, Haruki; Patel, Trushar; Petersen, Dirk; Michaelsen, Terje E; Diallo, Drissa; Paulsen, Berit Smestad

    2006-01-01

    Structures of three pectic arabinogalactans, one from Vernonia kotschyana (Vk2a) and two from Cochlospermum tinctorium (Ct50A1 and Ct50A2), and their complement fixation and induction of B cell proliferation in vitro were compared. The polysaccharide Vk2a expressed potent biological activity in both assays compared with Ct50A1 and Ct50A2. Vk2a possessed a very high molecular weight (1150 +/- 20 kDa) compared with Ct50A1 and Ct50A2 which both showed a polydisperse nature with the highest molecular weight polymers in each fraction estimated at approximately 105 kDa (Ct1a) and 640 +/- 100 kDa (Ct2a), respectively. The HMW polymers showed complement fixation in the same range as the native fractions. The arabinogalactan II content was low in Vk2a (2%) compared with that in Ct50A1 (23%) and Ct50A2 (12%). The high molecular weight polymers were subjected to digestion with a beta-d-(1, 3)-galactanase-rich fraction from Driselase, oligomers were isolated by HPAEC, and their finer structures were determined by MALDI- and ES-qoToF-MS, linkage, and monosaccharide composition analyses. Vk2a consists of both a galacturonan core and a rhamnogalacturonan core rich in neutral side chains. The backbones of both Ct-polysaccharides consist mainly of RG-I regions with numerous neutral side chains dominated by galactosyl residues, whereas the homogalacturonan regions seem to be small. Differences in the chain lengths of the 6-linked galacto-oligosaccharides attached to the 3-linked galactan core could not be related to the differences in the potencies of the biological activities observed.

  14. Antifungal Susceptibility of 205 Candida spp. Isolated Primarily during Invasive Candidiasis and Comparison of the Vitek 2 System with the CLSI Broth Microdilution and Etest Methods▿

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    Bourgeois, N.; Dehandschoewercker, L.; Bertout, S.; Bousquet, P.-J.; Rispail, P.; Lachaud, L.

    2010-01-01

    Infections due to Candida spp. are frequent, particularly in immunocompromised and intensive care unit patients. Antifungal susceptibility tests are now required to optimize antifungal treatment given the emergence of acquired antifungal resistance in some Candida species. An antifungal susceptibility automated method, the Vitek 2 system (VK2), was evaluated. VK2 was compared to the CLSI broth microdilution reference method and the Etest procedure. For this purpose, 205 clinical isolates of Candida spp., including 11 different species, were tested for fluconazole, voriconazole, and amphotericin B susceptibility. For azoles, essential agreement ranged from 25% to 100%, depending on the method used and the Candida species tested. Categorical agreements for all of the species averaged 92.2% and ranged from 14.3 to 100%, depending on the 24-h or 48-h MIC reading by the Etest and CLSI methods and on the Candida species. Results obtained for Candida albicans showed excellent categorical and essential agreements with the two comparative methods. For Candida glabrata, the essential agreement was high with the CLSI method but low with the Etest method, and several very major errors in interpretation were observed between VK2 and the Etest method for both azoles. Low MICs of fluconazole were obtained for all of the Candida krusei isolates, but the VK2 expert software corrected all of the results obtained to resistant. Amphotericin B results showed MICs of ≤1 mg/liter for 201 (VK2), 190 (CLSI), and 202 (Etest) isolates. The AST-YS01 Vitek 2 card system (bioMérieux) is a reliable and practical standardized automated antifungal susceptibility test. Nevertheless, more assays are needed to better evaluate C. glabrata fluconazole sensitivity. PMID:19889902

  15. Alpha-tocopheryl succinate inhibits autophagic survival of prostate cancer cells induced by vitamin K3 and ascorbate to trigger cell death.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The redox-silent vitamin E analog α-tocopheryl succinate (α-TOS was found to synergistically cooperate with vitamin K3 (VK3 plus ascorbic acid (AA in the induction of cancer cell-selective apoptosis via a caspase-independent pathway. Here we investigated the molecular mechanism(s underlying cell death induced in prostate cancer cells by α-TOS, VK3 and AA, and the potential use of targeted drug combination in the treatment of prostate cancer. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The generation of ROS, cellular response to oxidative stress, and autophagy were investigated in PC3 prostate cancer cells by using drugs at sub-toxic doses. We evaluated whether PARP1-mediated apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF release plays a role in apoptosis induced by the combination of the agents. Next, the effect of the combination of α-TOS, VK3 and AA on tumor growth was examined in nude mice. VK3 plus AA induced early ROS formation associated with induction of autophagy in response to oxidative stress, which was reduced by α-TOS, preventing the formation of autophagosomes. α-TOS induced mitochondrial destabilization leading to the release of AIF. Translocation of AIF from mitochondria to the nucleus, a result of the combinatorial treatment, was mediated by PARP1 activation. The inhibition of AIF as well as of PARP1 efficiently attenuated apoptosis triggered by the drug combination. Using a mouse model of prostate cancer, the combination of α-TOS, VK3 and AA was more efficient in tumor suppression than when the drugs were given separately, without deleterious side effects. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: α-TOS, a mitochondria-targeting apoptotic agent, switches at sub-apoptotic doses from autophagy-dependent survival of cancer cells to their demise by promoting the induction of apoptosis. Given the grim prognosis for cancer patients, this finding is of potential clinical relevance.

  16. Microstructural, phase evolution and corrosion properties of silicon carbide reinforced pulse electrodeposited nickel-tungsten composite coatings

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    Singh, Swarnima; Sribalaji, M.; Wasekar, Nitin P.; Joshi, Srikant; Sundararajan, G.; Singh, Raghuvir; Keshri, Anup Kumar

    2016-02-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) reinforced nickel-tungsten (Ni-W) coatings were successfully fabricated on steel substrate by pulse electrodeposition method (PED) and the amount of SiC was varied as 0 g/l, 2 g/l, and 5 g/l in Ni-W coating. Effect of subsequent addition of SiC on microstructures, phases and on corrosion property of the coating was investigated. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) image of the surface morphology of the coating showed the transformation from the dome like structure to turtle shell like structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of Ni-W-5 g/l SiC showed the disappearance of (220) plane of Ni(W), peak splitting in major peak of Ni(W) and formation of distinct peak of W(Ni) solid solution. Absence of (220) plane, peak splitting and presence of W(Ni) solid solution was explained by the high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images. Tafel polarization plot was used to study the corrosion property of the coatings in 0.5 M NaCl solution. Ni-W-5 g/l SiC coating was showed higher corrosion resistance (i.e. ∼21% increase in corrosion potential, Ecorr) compared to Ni-W coating. Two simultaneous phenomena have been identified for the enhanced corrosion resistance of Ni-W-5 g/l SiC coating. (a) Presence of crystallographic texture (b) formation of continuous double barrier layer of NiWO4 and SiO2.

  17. 肝细胞癌根治性治疗后口服维生素K2类似物的Meta分析%Oral vitamin K2 analogs for hepatocellular carcinoma after surgery: A meta-analysis

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    钟鉴宏; 黎乐群; 游雪梅; 向邦德; 马良; 龚文锋

    2012-01-01

    目的:评价肝细胞癌(hepatocellular carcinoma,HCC)根治性治疗后口服维生素K2(vitamin K2,VK2)类似物预防肿瘤复发及提高总生存率的疗效.方法:计算机检索中国知网、Medline、Embase和Cochrane图书馆数据库中的相关文献.检索所有关于HCC根治性术后VK2类似物治疗的研究.对纳入文献进行资料提取及质量评价.采用相对危险度(risk ratio,RR)及其95%可信区间(confidence interval,CI)表示统计效应量.结果:共纳入6个随机对照试验和1个队列研究,合计930例患者.Meta分析结果显示:(1)HCC根治性术后口服VK2类似物不能降低术后1年复发率(RR=0.67,95%CI:0.39-1.13,P=0.13),但术后2年及3年复发率显著降低(RR=0.65,95%CI:0.51-0.83,P<0.001; RR=0.70,95%CI:0.58-0.85,P<0.001); (2)1、2、3年总生存率:口服VK2类似物治疗组与单纯手术治疗组比较,2组差异有统计学意义(RR=1.03,95%CI:1.01-1.05,P=0.02; RR=1.11,95%CI:1.03-1.19,P=0.005; RR=1.14,95%CI:1.02-1.28,P=0.02);(3)口服VK2类似物安全,无不良反应报道.结论:目前证据显示辅助VK2类似物治疗对降低HCC患者根治性术后复发率及提高总生存率有一定的疗效.由于纳入研究的随访时间较短和存在的局限性,有必要开展多中心大样本的随机对照试验长期随访观察进一步证实其疗效.%AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of oral vitamin K2 (VK2) analogs for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after surgery. METHODS: Sources such as Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure, Medline, Embase and Cochrane library were systematically searched. All clinical trials comparing curative treatments alone with curative treatments plus VK2 analogs for HCC patients were identified. Meta-analysis was performed to estimate the effects of VK2 analogs on tumor recurrence and overall survival (OS). Risk ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were calculated. RESULTS: Six randomized clinical trials and

  18. A patient with pseudohypoaldosteronism type II complicated by congenital hypopituitarism carrying a KLHL3 mutation

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    Mitani, Marie; Furuichi, Munehiro; Narumi, Satoshi; Hasegawa, Tomonobu; Chiga, Motoko; Uchida, Shinichi; Sato, Seiji

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    Abstract. Pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHA II) is a renal tubular disease that causes hyperkalemia, hypertension, and metabolic acidosis. Mutations in four genes (WNK4, WNK1, KLHL3, and CUL3) are known to cause PHA II. We report a patient with PHA II carrying a KLHL3 mutation, who also had congenital hypopituitarism. The patient, a 3-yr-old boy, experienced loss of consciousness at age 10 mo. He exhibited growth failure, hypertension, hyperkalemia, and metabolic acidosis. We diagnosed him as having PHA II because he had low plasma renin activity with normal plasma aldosterone level and a low transtubular potassium gradient. Further investigations revealed defective secretion of GH and gonadotropins and anterior pituitary gland hypoplasia. Genetic analyses revealed a previously known heterozygous KLHL3 mutation (p.Leu387Pro), but no mutation was detected in 27 genes associated with congenital hypopituitarism. He was treated with sodium restriction and recombinant human GH, which normalized growth velocity. This is the first report of a molecularly confirmed patient with PHA II complicated by congenital hypopituitarism. We speculate that both GH deficiency and metabolic acidosis contributed to growth failure. Endocrinological investigations will help to individualize the treatment of patients with PHA II presenting with growth failure. PMID:27780982

  19. Frequency of mutations in the genes associated with hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy in a UK cohort.

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    Davidson, G L

    2012-08-01

    The hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies (HSAN, also known as the hereditary sensory neuropathies) are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders, characterised by a progressive sensory neuropathy often complicated by ulcers and amputations, with variable motor and autonomic involvement. To date, mutations in twelve genes have been identified as causing HSAN. To study the frequency of mutations in these genes and the associated phenotypes, we screened 140 index patients in our inherited neuropathy cohort with a clinical diagnosis of HSAN for mutations in the coding regions of SPTLC1, RAB7, WNK1\\/HSN2, FAM134B, NTRK1 (TRKA) and NGFB. We identified 25 index patients with mutations in six genes associated with HSAN (SPTLC1, RAB7, WNK1\\/HSN2, FAM134B, NTRK1 and NGFB); 20 of which appear to be pathogenic giving an overall mutation frequency of 14.3%. Mutations in the known genes for HSAN are rare suggesting that further HSAN genes are yet to be identified. The p.Cys133Trp mutation in SPTLC1 is the most common cause of HSAN in the UK population and should be screened first in all patients with sporadic or autosomal dominant HSAN.

  20. Formation of TiO{sub 2} domains in Poly (9-vinylcarbazole) thin film by hydrolysis-condensation of a metal alkoxide

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    Barlier, V. [Laboratoire Materiaux polymeres et Biomateriaux, ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 15 bd Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Bounor-Legare, V. [Laboratoire Materiaux polymeres et Biomateriaux, ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 15 bd Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Alcouffe, P. [Laboratoire Materiaux polymeres et Biomateriaux, ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 15 bd Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Boiteux, G. [Laboratoire Materiaux polymeres et Biomateriaux, ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 15 bd Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France); Davenas, J. [Laboratoire Materiaux polymeres et Biomateriaux, ingenierie des Materiaux Polymeres, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 15 bd Latarjet, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex (France)]. E-mail: joel.davenas@univ-lyon1.fr

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    New organic-inorganic hybrid thin films based on Poly (9-vinylcarbazole) (P9VK) and Dioxide titanium (TiO{sub 2}) bulk-heterojunction were obtained by a hydrolysis-condensation (H-C) process of titanium (IV) isopropoxide in thin film. The TiO{sub 2} distribution in the film was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that homogeneous TiO{sub 2} particles around 100 nm were formed on the surface of the polymer thin film. Photoluminescence spectroscopy has been used to study the charge transfer efficiency in the photoactive layer and results were compared with a simplest elaboration route, the dispersion of TiO{sub 2} anatase in a P9VK solution before spin coating. Results showed that TiO{sub 2} elaborated by H-C exhibits a competitive quenching effect with TiO{sub 2} anatase.

  1. Learning-based Nonlinear Model Predictive Control to Improve Vision-based Mobile Robot Path Tracking

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    corresponding cost function to be J(u) = ( xd − x)TQx ( xd − x) + uTRu, (20) where Qx ∈ RKnx×Knx is positive semi-definite, R and u are as in (3), xd is a...sequence of desired states, xd = ( xd ,k+1, . . . , xd ,k+K), x is a sequence of predicted states, x = (xk+1, . . . ,xk+K), and K is the given prediction...vact,k−1+b, ωact,k−1+b), based ωk θk vk xd ,i−1 xd ,i xd ,i+1 xk yk Figure 5: Definition of the robot velocities, vk and ωk, and three pose variables

  2. Ecological and Control Techniques for Sand Flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) Associated with Rodent Reservoirs of Leishmaniasis

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    Nutrition International, Brentwood, MO). Samples of the diets and the feces of rabbits and hamsters were collected, air-dried at room temperature ...leishman- iasis in Iranian soldiers. J Clin Pharm Ther 28: 175–178. 4. Feliciangeli MD (2004) Natural breeding places of phlebotomine sandflies . Med...Psychodidae). Bull Soc Pathol Exot 106:54– 58. 16. Singh R, Lal S, Saxena VK, Breeding ecology of visceral leishmaniasis vector sandfly in Bihar state of

  3. A model of the ball lightning

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    Comment: 10 pages, 2 figure. 06.09.11 I improved it V.K.Ignatovich "Neutron stars without gravity" in: Neutron Spectroscopy, Nuclear Structure, Related Topics; ISINN-12 Dubna May26-29, JINR 2004, pp. 117-132; V.K. Ignatovich Neutron stars without gravity. Proceedings of the XXXVII-VIII winter school in PINPI on Physics of atomic nuclei and elementary particles, St.Petersburg, 2004, pp. 446-466

  4. Prostate Cancer Evaluation: Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Novel Enzyme-Activated Proton MRI Contrast Agents

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    Partin AW, Carter HB , Piantadosi S., Marshall FF, Nelson WG, 1999, Induction of immunity to prostate cancer antigens: Results of a clinical trial of...Takayasu S, Maeda M, Tsuji A, Chemilumiscent enzyme immunoassay using β-D-galactosidase as the label and the bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)oxalate...derivatives as substrate and its applications to enzyme immunoassay and DNA probe assay, Anal. Biochem., 1991, 199, 238- 242. 56. Jain VK, Magrath IT, A

  5. The Characterization of the Phlebotomus papatasi Transcriptome

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    Noriega , Wells 1999, Pitaluga et al. 2009, Telleria et al. 2010, Vizioli et al. 2001). Serine proteases are also involved in many other key processes...M, Vlaskova M, Noriega FG, Walker VK, Jacobs- Lorena M. Characterization of a carboxypeptidase A gene from the mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Insect...Aedes aegypti, a major arbovirus vector. Science. 2007; 316, no. 5832:1718. [PubMed: 17510324] Noriega FG, Wells MA. A molecular view of trypsin

  6. On-Chip Maxwell's Demon as an Information-Powered Refrigerator

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    Koski, Jonne; Kutvonen, A.; Khaymovich, Ivan; Ala-Nissila, T.; Pekola, Jukka

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    VK: Low Temperature Laboratory We present an experimental realization of an autonomous Maxwell’s demon, which extracts microscopic information from a system and reduces its entropy by applying feedback. It is based on two capacitively coupled single-electron devices, both integrated on the same electronic circuit. This setup allows a detailed analysis of the thermodynamics of both the demon and the system as well as their mutual information exchange. The operation of the demon is directly ...

  7. Molecular Biomarkers: Their significance and application in marine pollution monitoring

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    is usually located in the membranes (e.g. of erythrocytes) of vertebrates and non-vertebrates; the enzyme controls ionic currents in excitable membranes and plays an essential role in nerve conduction processes at the neuromuscular junction. The inhibition..., Everaarts JM (2001) Bioaccumulation and biomarkers in the sea star Asterias rubens (Echinodermata: Asteroidea): a North Sea field study. Mar Environ Res 51(4):365–387 Domouthsidou GP, Dailianis S, Kaloyianni M, Dimitriadis VK (2004) Lysosomal membrane...

  8. Culture-independent characterization of bacterial communities associated with the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

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    Kellogg, Christina A; Lisle, John T; Galkiewicz, Julia P

    2009-04-01

    Bacteria are recognized as an important part of the total biology of shallow-water corals. Studies of shallow-water corals suggest that associated bacteria may benefit the corals by cycling carbon, fixing nitrogen, chelating iron, and producing antibiotics that protect the coral from other microbes. Cold-water or deep-sea corals have a fundamentally different ecology due to their adaptation to cold, dark, high-pressure environments and as such have novel microbiota. The goal of this study was to characterize the microbial associates of Lophelia pertusa in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This is the first study to collect the coral samples in individual insulated containers and to preserve coral samples at depth in an effort to minimize thermal shock and evaluate the effects of environmental gradients on the microbial diversity of samples. Molecular analysis of bacterial diversity showed a marked difference between the two study sites, Viosca Knoll 906/862 (VK906/862) and Viosca Knoll 826 (VK826). The bacterial communities from VK826 were dominated by a variety of unknown mycoplasmal members of the Tenericutes and Bacteroidetes, whereas the libraries from VK906/862 were dominated by members of the Proteobacteria. In addition to novel sequences, the 16S rRNA gene clone libraries revealed many bacterial sequences in common between Gulf of Mexico Lophelia corals and Norwegian fjord Lophelia corals, as well as shallow-water corals. Two Lophelia-specific bacterial groups were identified: a cluster of gammaproteobacteria related to sulfide-oxidizing gill symbionts of seep clams and a group of Mycoplasma spp. The presence of these groups in both Gulf and Norwegian Lophelia corals indicates that in spite of the geographic heterogeneity observed in Lophelia-associated bacterial communities, there are Lophelia-specific microbes.

  9. JPRS Report Science & Technology USSR: Life Sciences.

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    Traumatology, Orthopedy and Field Surgery (head—professor M. F. Durov) and Chair of VK and LFK (head— docent P. G. Koynosov) of Tyumen Medical...Yu. D., Los, I. P and Popovich, V. M., "Fiziko-matematicheskaya problema deystviya elektro- magnitnykh poley i ionizatsii vozdukha" [The Physico...Article by S. I. Leonovich, docent , and Yu. M. Gain, candidate of medical science, Minsk] [Abstract] An international symposium on lasers in surgery

  10. Molecular Effects of 13C/DIM in Prostate Cancer

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    2004). 74. Banerjee M, Tripathi LM, Srivastava VM, Puri A, Shukla R. Immunophar- macol. Immunotoxicol. 213 (2003). 75. Ramirez-Tortosa MC, Mesa MD...Singhal SS, Chaubey M, Awasthi YC. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 761 (1996). 80. Shukla PK, Khanna VK, Khan MY, Srimal RC. Hum. Exp. Toxicol. 653 (2003). 81. Chuang...Varilek GW. Mol. Pharmacol. 528 (2001). 94. Hastak K, Gupta S, Ahmad N, Agarwal MK , Agarwal ML, Mukhtar H. Oncogene 4851 (2003). 95. Kim HS, Kim MH

  11. Miocene deep water agglutinated foraminifera from Viosca Knoll, offshore Louisiana (Gulf of Mexico)

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    Green, R C; Kaminski, M.A.; Sikora, P. J.

    2004-01-01

    An exploration well from the Gulf of Mexico, Amoco Viosca Knoll-915, has been studied in order to document the Neogene foraminiferal assemblages. Ditch cuttings samples from the Amoco V.K. 915 well yielded diverse assemblages of agglutinated and calcareous benthic foraminifera over a stratigraphic interval of 2940 m. Three species associations can be identified in the studied interval; the stratigraphical location of these associations is evident when total agglutinated species...

  12. Non-invasive MR-guided HIFU Therapy of TSC-Associated Renal Angiomyolipomas

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    associated renal angiomyolipomas. TSC is a genetic tumor predisposition syndrome characterized by the growth of lesions in multiple organ systems...shows the experimental system we developed for thermal ablation in phantoms and animals during the first year of this project. This setup allows the...make a reasonable argument that J1(kR) ∼ 1/k for k large (I’m getting abit on a limb with this one . . .) and thus have |A| ∼ vk. From the picture

  13. Bibliography of Soviet Laser Developments, Number 50, November-December 1980.

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    1981-11-30

    Pak, V.V. Popovichev, and S.N. Sokolov (1). Mesa-structure injection heterolaser with a substrate heat sink. KE, no. 11, 1980, 2504-2506. 7...of partially coherent x-ray radiation in crystals. VMU, no. 6, 1980, 38-44. 232. Kamenov, P.S., and B.V. Tsvetan (NS). Method for developing a gamma...Gurevich and V.K. Sokolov (0). Fiziko-tekhnicheskiy institut AN SSSR. Leningrad, 1980, 442 p. 678. Rasprostraneniye elektromagnitnykh voln

  14. C7L family of poxvirus host range genes inhibits antiviral activities induced by type I interferons and interferon regulatory factor 1.

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    Meng, Xiangzhi; Schoggins, John; Rose, Lloyd; Cao, Jingxin; Ploss, Alexander; Rice, Charles M; Xiang, Yan

    2012-04-01

    Vaccinia virus (VACV) K1L and C7L function equivalently in many mammalian cells to support VACV replication and antagonize antiviral activities induced by type I interferons (IFNs). While K1L is limited to orthopoxviruses, genes that are homologous to C7L are found in diverse mammalian poxviruses. In this study, we showed that the C7L homologues from sheeppox virus and swinepox virus could rescue the replication defect of a VACV mutant deleted of both K1L and C7L (vK1L(-)C7L(-)). Interestingly, the sheeppox virus C7L homologue could rescue the replication of vK1L(-)C7L(-) in human HeLa cells but not in murine 3T3 and LA-4 cells, in contrast to all other C7L homologues. Replacing amino acids 134 and 135 of the sheeppox virus C7L homologue, however, made it functional in the two murine cell lines, suggesting that these two residues are critical for antagonizing a putative host restriction factor which has some subtle sequence variation in human and murine cells. Furthermore, the C7L family of host range genes from diverse mammalian poxviruses were all capable of antagonizing type I IFN-induced antiviral activities against VACV. Screening of a library of more than 350 IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) identified interferon-regulated factor 1 (IRF1) as an inhibitor of vK1L(-)C7L(-) but not wild-type VACV. Expression of either K1L or C7L, however, rendered vK1L(-)C7L(-) resistant to IRF1-induced antiviral activities. Altogether, our data show that K1L and C7L antagonize IRF1-induced antiviral activities and that the host modulation function of C7L is evolutionally conserved in all poxviruses that can readily replicate in tissue-cultured mammalian cells.

  15. Antifungal susceptibility of 205 Candida spp. isolated primarily during invasive Candidiasis and comparison of the Vitek 2 system with the CLSI broth microdilution and Etest methods.

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    Bourgeois, N; Dehandschoewercker, L; Bertout, S; Bousquet, P-J; Rispail, P; Lachaud, L

    2010-01-01

    Infections due to Candida spp. are frequent, particularly in immunocompromised and intensive care unit patients. Antifungal susceptibility tests are now required to optimize antifungal treatment given the emergence of acquired antifungal resistance in some Candida species. An antifungal susceptibility automated method, the Vitek 2 system (VK2), was evaluated. VK2 was compared to the CLSI broth microdilution reference method and the Etest procedure. For this purpose, 205 clinical isolates of Candida spp., including 11 different species, were tested for fluconazole, voriconazole, and amphotericin B susceptibility. For azoles, essential agreement ranged from 25% to 100%, depending on the method used and the Candida species tested. Categorical agreements for all of the species averaged 92.2% and ranged from 14.3 to 100%, depending on the 24-h or 48-h MIC reading by the Etest and CLSI methods and on the Candida species. Results obtained for Candida albicans showed excellent categorical and essential agreements with the two comparative methods. For Candida glabrata, the essential agreement was high with the CLSI method but low with the Etest method, and several very major errors in interpretation were observed between VK2 and the Etest method for both azoles. Low MICs of fluconazole were obtained for all of the Candida krusei isolates, but the VK2 expert software corrected all of the results obtained to resistant. Amphotericin B results showed MICs of CLSI), and 202 (Etest) isolates. The AST-YS01 Vitek 2 card system (bioMérieux) is a reliable and practical standardized automated antifungal susceptibility test. Nevertheless, more assays are needed to better evaluate C. glabrata fluconazole sensitivity.

  16. Asymmetric Threat to U.S National Security to the Year 2010

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    Director, Graduate Degree Programs Philip J. Brookes, Ph.D. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of the...11Ashton Carter, John Deutch, and Philip Zelikow, “Catastrophic Terrorism: Tackling the New Danger,” Foreign Affairs 77,no. 6 (November-December 1998... Kotler , “Guerrillas to Study Curbing the Use of Terrifying Homemade Missiles,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (13 February 2001), A3. 20V.K. Nair, War in the

  17. Culture-independent characterization of bacterial communities associated with the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico

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    Kellogg, C.A.; Lisle, J.T.; Galkiewicz, J.P.

    2009-01-01

    Bacteria are recognized as an important part of the total biology of shallow-water corals. Studies of shallow-water corals suggest that associated bacteria may benefit the corals by cycling carbon, fixing nitrogen, chelating iron, and producing antibiotics that protect the coral from other microbes. Cold-water or deep-sea corals have a fundamentally different ecology due to their adaptation to cold, dark, high-pressure environments and as such have novel microbiota. The goal of this study was to characterize the microbial associates of Lophelia pertusa in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico. This is the first study to collect the coral samples in individual insulated containers and to preserve coral samples at depth in an effort to minimize thermal shock and evaluate the effects of environmental gradients on the microbial diversity of samples. Molecular analysis of bacterial diversity showed a marked difference between the two study sites, Viosca Knoll 906/862 (VK906/862) and Viosca Knoll 826 (VK826). The bacterial communities from VK826 were dominated by a variety of unknown mycoplasmal members of the Tenericutes and Bacteroidetes, whereas the libraries from VK906/862 were dominated by members of the Proteobacteria. In addition to novel sequences, the 16S rRNA gene clone libraries revealed many bacterial sequences in common between Gulf of Mexico Lophelia corals and Norwegian fjord Lophelia corals, as well as shallow-water corals. Two Lophelia-specific bacterial groups were identified: a cluster of gammaproteobacteria related to sulfide-oxidizing gill symbionts of seep clams and a group of Mycoplasma spp. The presence of these groups in both Gulf and Norwegian Lophelia corals indicates that in spite of the geographic heterogeneity observed in Lophelia-associated bacterial communities, there are Lophelia-specific microbes. Copyright ?? 2009, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.

  18. A Mathematical Theory of Command and Control Structures.

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    1984-08-30

    Systemw by David A. Castaffon APPENDIX C: PTRCCNET: A Software Teatbed for Use in C3 System Researob’ by Elizabeth R.* Duoot vi VK ~ ~ -Pi VjR -. -17717 T...assessments, receiving command inputs, and produoing outputs that are either inputs or omands to other DM’s. The detailed specification of the...of EECS, MIT (draft available; final draft in preparation). 34 ...- , ." . . ,ENVI X 2 DECENTRALIZED ESTIMATION OF LINEAR GAUSSIAN SYSTEMS* by David A

  19. Oligomeric structure of a cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide in dodecylphosphocholine micelle determined by NMR spectroscopy.

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    Saravanan, Rathi; Bhattacharjya, Surajit

    2011-01-01

    The broad spectrum of antibacterial activities of host defense cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) arises from their ability to perturb membrane integrity of the microbes. The mechanisms are often thought to require assembly of AMPs on the membrane surface to form pores. However, three dimensional structures in the oligomeric form of AMPs in the context of lipid membranes are largely limited. Here, we demonstrate that a 22-residue antimicrobial peptide, termed VK22, derived from fowlicidin-1, a cathelicidin family of AMP from chicken oligomerizes into a predominantly tetrameric state in zwitterionic dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles. An ensemble of NMR structures of VK22 determined in 200mM perdeuterated DPC, from 755 NOE constrains including 19 inter-helical NOEs, had revealed an assembly of four helices arranged in anti-parallel fashion. Hydrogen bonds, C(α)H-O=C types, and van der Waals interactions among the helical sub-units appear to be involved in the stabilization of the quaternary structures. The central region of the barrel shaped tetrameric bundle is non-polar with clusters of aromatic residues, whereas all the cationic residues are positioned at the termini. Paramagnetic spin labeled NMR experiments indicated that the tetrameric structure is embedded into micelles such that the non-polar region located inside the lipid acyl chains. Structure and micelle localization of a monomeric version, obtained from substitution of two Tyr residues with Ala, of the peptide is also compared. The mutated peptide VK22AA has been found be localized at the surface of the micelles. The tetrameric structure of VK22 delineates a small water pore that can be larger in the higher order oligomers. As these results provide structural insights, at atomic resolution, into the oligomeric states of a helical AMP in lipid environment, the structural details may be further utilized for the design of novel self-assembled membrane protein mimics.

  20. AcEST: BP911500 [AcEST

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  1. StCDPK5 confers resistance to late blight pathogen but increases susceptibility to early blight pathogen in potato via reactive oxygen species burst.

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    Kobayashi, Michie; Yoshioka, Miki; Asai, Shuta; Nomura, Hironari; Kuchimura, Kazuo; Mori, Hitoshi; Doke, Noriyuki; Yoshioka, Hirofumi

    2012-10-01

    • Potato (Solanum tuberosum) calcium-dependent protein kinase (StCDPK5) has been shown to phosphorylate the N-terminal region of plasma membrane RBOH (respiratory burst oxidase homolog) proteins, and participate in StRBOHB-mediated reactive oxygen species (ROS) burst. The constitutively active form, StCDPK5VK, provides a useful tool for gain-of-function analysis of RBOH in defense responses. • StCDPK5- and StCDPK5VK-green fluorescent protein fusion proteins were predominantly targeted to the plasma membrane, and conditional expression of StCDPK5VK activated StRBOHA-D. The interaction was confirmed by bimolecular fluorescence complementation assay. We generated transgenic potato plants containing StCDPK5VK under the control of a pathogen-inducible promoter to investigate the role of ROS burst on defense responses to blight pathogens. • Virulent isolates of the late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans and the early blight pathogen Alternaria solani induced hypersensitive response-like cell death accompanied by ROS production at the infection sites of transgenic plants. Transgenic plants showed resistance to the near-obligate hemibiotrophic pathogen P. infestans and, by contrast, increased susceptibility to the necrotrophic pathogen A. solani. • These results indicate that RBOH-dependent ROS contribute to basal defense against near-obligate pathogens, but have a negative role in resistance or have a positive role in expansion of disease lesions caused by necrotrophic pathogens. © 2012 The Authors. New Phytologist © 2012 New Phytologist Trust.

  2. Cultural Resources Investigations for Libby Reservoir, Lincoln County, Northwest, Montana. Volume 1. Environment, Archaeology, and Land Use Patterns in the Middle Kootenai River Valley.

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    1984-12-01

    Clerk and Recorder’s Office, Lincoln County Courthouse, Libby, Montana) indicated that Benjamin H. Graham patented a claim to this and other acreage...460N 4291 SOPHIE CREEfK 4 CULVERT CLUSTER ,rsIE DATUM IrJE ROUt/ DARr 0 5 vP2 EXCAVAION UIIIIT j’VK. At IXCAVArION 3O [lP OPAOP TORT OBES DOG00 LEASH

  3. The Yaa locus and IFN-α fine-tune germinal center B cell selection in murine systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Moisini, Ioana; Huang, Weiqing; Bethunaickan, Ramalingam; Sahu, Ranjit; Ricketts, Peta-Gay; Akerman, Meredith; Marion, Tony; Lesser, Martin; Davidson, Anne

    2012-11-01

    Male NZW/BXSB.Yaa (W/B) mice express two copies of TLR7 and develop pathogenic autoantibodies, whereas females with only one copy of TLR7 have attenuated disease. Our goal was to analyze the regulation of the autoantibody response in male and female W/B mice bearing the autoreactive site-directed H chain transgene 3H9. Serum anti-dsDNA Abs appeared in males at 12 wk, and most had high-titer IgG anti-dsDNA and anti-cardiolipin Abs and developed >300 mg/dl proteinuria by 8 mo. Females had only low-titer IgG anti-cardiolipin Abs, and none developed proteinuria by 1 y. Males had a smaller marginal zone than females with a repertoire that was distinct from the follicular repertoire, indicating that the loss of marginal zone B cells was not due to diversion to the follicular compartment. Vk5-43 and Vk5-48, which were rare in the naive repertoire, were markedly overrepresented in the germinal center repertoire of both males and females, but the VJ junctions differed between males and females with higher-affinity autoreactive B cells being selected into the germinal centers of males. Administration of IFN-α to females induced anti-cardiolipin and anti-DNA autoantibodies and proteinuria and was associated with a male pattern of junctional diversity in Vk5-43 and Vk5-48. Our studies are consistent with the hypothesis that presence of the Yaa locus, which includes an extra copy of Tlr7, or administration of exogenous IFN-α relaxes the stringency for selection in the germinal centers resulting in increased autoreactivity of the Ag-driven B cell repertoire.

  4. Selective AR Modulators that Distinguish Proliferative from Differentiative Gene Promoters

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    dependent compound screen, aided by the University of Michigan Center for Chemical Genomics . Differential AR activation in transfected cells was assessed...WR, Parker JS, Lee MX, Kass EM, Spratt DE, Iaquinta PJ, Arora VK, Yen WF, Cai L, Zheng D, Carver BS, Chen Y, Watson PA, Shah NP, Fujisawa S, Goglia...for known genes and genome -wide by ChIP-seq. Results will strengthen our overall hypothesis that genes with similar function (i.e

  5. The major and trace element chemistry of fish and lake water within ...

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    Jan 1, 2016 ... DORM-3 (Fish Protein) (National Research Council Canada,. 2007, 2008) were ..... 29 229±5 229. 163±11. 41.5±2.5. 944±53. 1 718±87. 16±1. 135±17. 631±44. VK ...... LIMBURG KE (1995) Otolith strontium trace environmental history of ... SECOR DH, HENDERSON-ARZAPALO A and PICCOLI PM (1995).

  6. The Effect of Varying Biting Position on Relative Jaw Muscle EMG activity

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    1988-09-01

    modalities for some temporomandibular disorders . Several models have been proposed, but very little experimental work has been accomplished to...tenderness seen in temporomandibular disorder patients. Correlation of wear facet patterns and specific mandibular positions during bruxing with...life to her children . ]V II ~ % V ~ VK ’~y~’.*.# " ~ F~. * -v ’ ’ 6 LIST OF TABLES TABLE PAGE 1. EMG DATA, Subject 1

  7. On stability of exponential cosmological solutions with non-static volume factor in the Einstein-Gauss-Bonnet model

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    Ivashchuk, V D

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    A (n+1)-dimensional gravitational model with Gauss-Bonnet term and cosmological constant term is considered. When ansatz with diagonal cosmological metrics is adopted, the solutions with exponential dependence of scale factors: a_i \\sim \\exp{ ( v^i t) }, i =1, ..., n, are analysed for n > 3. We study the stability of the solutions with non-static volume factor, i.e. if K(v) = \\sum_{k = 1}^{n} v^k \

  8. Microwave Emission from Relativistic Electron Beams.

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    1984-11-27

    Davis, Phys. Fluids 25, 2337 (1982). 6. G.J. Caporaso. W.A. Barletta, D.L. Birx, R.J. Briggs, Y.P. Chong, A.G. Cole, T.J. Fessenden . R.E. Hester, E.J...Lauer, V.K. Neil, A.C. Paul, D.S. Prono, and K.W. Struve. Proc. of the Fifth Int. Conf. on High-Power Particle Beams, p.427 (1983); T.J. Fessenden

  9. Domain Modeling: NP_066951.1 [SAHG[Archive

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  10. Vitamin K3 and vitamin C alone or in combination induced apoptosis in leukemia cells by a similar oxidative stress signalling mechanism

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Secondary therapy-related acute lymphoblastic leukemia might emerge following chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for primary malignancies. Therefore, other alternatives should be pursued to treat leukemia. Results It is shown that vitamin K3- or vitamin C- induced apoptosis in leukemia cells by oxidative stress mechanism involving superoxide anion radical and hydrogen peroxide generation, activation of NF-κB, p53, c-Jun, protease caspase-3 activation and mitochondria depolarization leading to nuclei fragmentation. Cell death was more prominent when Jurkat and K562 cells are exposed to VC and VK3 in a ratio 1000:1 (10 mM: 10 μM or 100:1 (300 μM: 3 μM, respectively. Conclusion We provide for the first time in vitro evidence supporting a causative role for oxidative stress in VK3- and VC-induced apoptosis in Jurkat and K562 cells in a domino-like mechanism. Altogether these data suggest that VK3 and VC should be useful in the treatment of leukemia.

  11. Genetic diversity of Plasmodium Vivax in South of Iran: A cross-sectional study

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    Sharifi-Sarasiabi, K; Hosseiniteshnizi, S; Dehghan, F; Madani, A

    2015-01-01

    Despite declining the number of malaria cases in Iran, increased prevalence of malaria is supposed to be due to migration from eastern neighboring countries of Iran, which are abundant in Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax). The circumsporozoite protein (CSP) of the P. vivax, is one of the candidate antigens for antimalaria vaccine. The diversity of P. vivax populations circulating in Iran has been investigated by using circumsporozoite protein (CSP) in this study. A hundred and eighteen blood samples were collected from patients diagnosed with P. vivax malaria from south of Iran during 2007-2008. All samples were analyzed by using nested PCR/ RFLP and 18 were sequenced. Genotyping of Pvcsp gene showed that VK210 type was predominant (95%) in south of Iran. Sequence analysis of Pvcsp gene revealed 6 distinct allelic variants in VK210 type. The present data indicate that there is some degree of genetic diversity among P. vivax populations in Hormozgan province of Iran. It seems that in neighbors of Iran, VK210 type is predominant, probably due to similar vector of malaria in these regions.

  12. Serum pharmacokinetics and coagulation aberration induced by sodium dehydroacetate in male and female Wistar rats

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    Zhang, Yumei; Ying, Donglai; Liu, Hao; Yu, Zengrong; Han, Lingling; Xie, Jiayu; Xie, Yang

    2017-01-01

    Sodium dehydroacetate (Na-DHA) is used as a preservative in food, animal feeds and cosmetics. Severe haemorrhage in organs and prolongation of coagulation factors in Sprague–Dawley rats has been reported upon oral administration of Na-DHA. We investigated alterations in coagulation parameters and serum pharmacokinetics upon Na-DHA administration. Wistar rats were administered Na-DHA (50–200 mg/kg, p.o.). Weight gain, food consumption, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), serum levels of Vitamin k (Vk)1, and serum levels of Na-DHA were measured, and histopathology undertaken. Significant reductions in body weight, food consumption and serum levels of Vk1, as well as prolonged PT and APTT, were observed. Females were significantly different from males in terms of serum Na-DHA concentration. Congestion in hepatic sinusoids, renal tubules and spleen, as well as haemorrhage in lung alveoli, gastric mucosa, intestinal mucosa and cardiac muscle cells, were observed by histopathological analyses. Correlation of serum Na-DHA via PT and APTT, as well as serum Vk1 via PT and APTT, in females was better than that in males. Female rats are more sensitive than males to Na-DHA. Hence, Na-DHA can induce coagulation aberration in Wistar rats, with higher sensitivity seen in females than males. PMID:28387309

  13. The effects of vitamin K on the generation of des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (PIVKA-II) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

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    Sakon, M; Monden, M; Gotoh, M; Kobayashi, K; Kanai, T; Umeshita, K; Endoh, W; Mori, T

    1991-03-01

    The clinical significance of des-gamma-carboxy prothrombin (PIVKA-II) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was investigated in 112 patients with and without vitamin K administration. The positivity rate of PIVKA-II was significantly decreased in patients receiving vitamin K (28.5%), compared with those without vitamin K administration (54.5%, p less than 0.05). The plasma levels of vitamin K derivatives [phylloquinone (VK1), menaquinone-4 (MK4), and menaquinone-7 (MK7)] measured were not decreased in patients with HCC, but were significantly increased in MK4 and VK1 + MK4 + MK7. The amount of PIVKA-II in plasma did not correlate with the plasma levels of vitamin K derivatives. However, PIVKA-II was decreased by the administration of vitamin K, and all of the six patients with more than 5.0 ng/ml of VK1 + MK4 + MK7 were within normal limits, whereas half of 32 patients with less than that had abnormal levels of PIVKA-II. Thus, it was suggested that PIVKA-II was not elevated due to vitamin K deficiency, but might result from the impaired metabolism or availability of vitamin K in the tumor. Therefore, PIVKA-II should be measured without vitamin K administration.

  14. Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Light Variable Region Gene of Anti-human Retinoblastoma Monoclonal Antibody

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    Xiufeng Zhong; Yongping Li; Shuqi Huang; Bo Ning; Chunyan Zhang; Jianliang Zheng; Guanguang Feng

    2002-01-01

    Purpose: To clone the variable region gene of light chain of monoclonal antibody against human retinoblastoma and to analyze the characterization of its nucleotide sequence as well as amino acid sequence.Methods: Total RNA was extracted from 3C6 hybridoma cells secreting specific monoclonal antibody(McAb)against human retinoblastoma(RB), then transcripted reversely into cDNA with olig-dT primers.The variable region of the light chain (VL) gene fragments was amplified using polymeerase chain reaction(PCR) and further cloned into pGEM(R) -T Easy vector. Then, 3C6 VL cDNA was sequenced by Sanger's method.Homologous analysis was done by NCBI BLAST.Results: The complete nucleotide sequence of 3C6 VL cDNA consisted of 321 bp encoding 107 amino acid residues, containing four workframe regions(FRs)and three complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) as well as the typical structure of two cys residues. The sequence is most homological to a member of the Vk9 gene family, and its chain utilizes the Jkl gene segment.Conclusion: The light chain variable region gene of the McAb against human RB was amplified successfully , which belongs to the Vk9 gene family and utilizes Vk-Jk1 gene rearrangement. This study lays a good basis for constructing a recombinant antibody and for making a new targeted therapeutic agents against retinoblastoma.

  15. ज्वार-भाटा: एक समुद्री प्रक्रिया

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  16. [Cloning and functional analysis of glnB from Azospirillum brasilense Yu62].

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    Li, Z H; Chen, S F; Li, J L

    2001-01-01

    The glnB gene of A. brasilense Yu62 was determined in a 3.7 kb EcoRI + PstI fragment. The glnA is located downstream of glnB and an ORF for hypothetical protein is on upstream of glnB. The deduced amino acid sequence of PII encoded by glnB is 71%, 77%, 79% and 69% identical to that of K. pneumoniae, Bradyrhizobium japonicum, Rhizobium leguninosarum and E. coli, respectively. A Km-casette was inserted into BglII site of glnB coding region and GlnB- mutant was obtained by homologous recombination. The GlnB- mutant has lost the nitrogenase activity, i.e.: Nif-. For the functional confirmation of glnB gene, a complementary test was carried out and it was shown that C-glnB(glnB::Km/glnB) can restore the nitrogenase activity. When the recombinant plasmid pVK-II which containined the coding region of glnB was introduced into A. brasilense Yu62 and A. brasilense Yu62 DraT-, respectively, the Yu62-II (containing pVK-II) and draT-II(containing pVK-II) showed higher nitrogenase activity than wild type. These results confirmed that glnB plays an important role in the regulation of nitrogen in A. brasilense.

  17. Cu/W-Ni/Ni多中间层的钨/钢扩散连接%Tungsten/steel diffusion bonding using Cu/W-Ni/Ni multi-interlayer

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    杨宗辉; 沈以赴; 王志阳; 成家林

    2014-01-01

    采用铜箔/90W-10Ni(质量分数)混合粉末/镍箔多中间层,在加压5 MPa、连接温度1150°C、保温60 min的工艺条件下,对纯钨(W)和0Cr13Al铁素体不锈钢进行真空扩散连接。利用SEM、EDS、电子万能试验机及水淬热震实验等手段研究接头的微观组织、成分分布、断口特征、力学性能及抗热震性能。结果表明,连接接头由钨母材/Cu-Ni合金层/W-Ni复合材料层/镍层/钢母材五部分组成。接头中的W-Ni复合材料层由90W-10Ni混合粉末固相烧结而生成,其组织均匀、致密。W-Ni复合材料层与钨母材以瞬间液相扩散连接机制来实现良好结合。接头剪切强度达到256 MPa,断裂均发生在W-Ni复合材料层与镍层的结合区域,断口形貌呈现为韧性断裂。经过60次700°C至室温的水淬热震测试,接头无裂纹出现。%Diffusion bonding between tungsten and 0Cr13Al stainless steel using a Cu/90W-10Ni powder mixtures/Ni multi-interlayer was carried out in vacuum at 1150 °C with a pressure of 5 MPa for 60 min. The microstructures, composition distribution and fracture characteristics of the joint were studied by SEM and EDS. Joint properties were evaluated by shear experiments and thermal shock tests. The results showed that the joints comprised tungsten/Cu-Ni sub-layer/W-Ni composites sub-layer/Ni sub-layer/0Cr13Al stainless steel. The W-Ni composites sub-layer with a homogeneous and dense microstructure was formed by solid phase sintering of 90W-10Ni powder mixtures. Sound bonding between tungsten base material and W-Ni composites sub-layer was realized based on transient liquid phase (TLP) diffusion bonding mechanism. Joints fractured at bonding zone of W-Ni composites sub-layer and Ni sub-layer during shear testing, and the average strength was 256 MPa. Thermal shock tests showed that joints could withstood 60 thermal cycles quenching from 700 °C to room temperature.

  18. The slow calcium-dependent potassium current in a myenteric neurone of the guinea-pig ileum.

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    Hirst, G D; Johnson, S M; van Helden, D F

    1985-04-01

    Experiments were performed in current-clamped and voltage-clamped after-hyperpolarizing (AH) neurones of the guinea-pig myenteric plexus to examine the properties of the potassium conductance (gK, Ca) underlying the slow calcium-activated after-hyperpolarization (VK, Ca). The action potential plateau lengthened by the addition of tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA) to the bathing medium was compared to VK, Ca. Results were consistent with enhanced calcium entry causing an increase of VK, Ca. 4-Aminopyridine (4-AP) directly reduced VK, Ca. Voltage-clamp data of gK, Ca were well fitted by a process with a delay (approximately equal to 60 ms) followed by exponential activation (time constant approximately equal to 300 ms) and inactivation (time constant approximately equal to 2 s). The presence of a small, much slower inactivating process was noted. Values for time constants were similar to those reported by Morita, North & Tokimasa (1982) and North & Tokimasa (1983) where gK, Ca was measured during VK, Ca subsequent to action potential stimulation. The relation between gK, Ca (or the calcium-activated potassium current IK, Ca) and estimated calcium influx resulting from short-duration calcium currents elicited at various voltages was compared. Both the integral of the calcium current and gK, Ca showed a similar dependence on the depolarizations used to elicit IK, Ca except there was a positive shift of about 4 mV for the gK, Ca curve. This shift was attributed to a requirement for calcium ions to prime the gK, Ca mechanism. An inward ion charge movement of about 8 pC was required before significant activation of gK, Ca occurred. After the 'priming' condition had been established, the sensitivity of gK, Ca to inward calcium current measured at the resting potential was about 500 pS/pC of inward charge. Large calcium entry obtained by prolonged calcium currents caused saturation of the peak amplitude of IK, Ca and initiated currents with slower time to peak amplitude and

  19. Room temperature synthesis of Ni-based alloy nanoparticles by radiolysis.

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    Nenoff, Tina Maria; Berry, Donald T.; Lu, Ping; Leung, Kevin; Provencio, Paula Polyak; Stumpf, Roland Rudolph; Huang, Jian Yu; Zhang, Zhenyuan

    2009-09-01

    Room temperature radiolysis, density functional theory, and various nanoscale characterization methods were used to synthesize and fully describe Ni-based alloy nanoparticles (NPs) that were synthesized at room temperature. These complementary methods provide a strong basis in understanding and describing metastable phase regimes of alloy NPs whose reaction formation is determined by kinetic rather than thermodynamic reaction processes. Four series of NPs, (Ag-Ni, Pd-Ni, Co-Ni, and W-Ni) were analyzed and characterized by a variety of methods, including UV-vis, TEM/HRTEM, HAADF-STEM and EFTEM mapping. In the first focus of research, AgNi and PdNi were studied. Different ratios of Ag{sub x}- Ni{sub 1-x} alloy NPs and Pd{sub 0.5}- Ni{sub 0.5} alloy NP were prepared using a high dose rate from gamma irradiation. Images from high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) show that the Ag-Ni NPs are not core-shell structure but are homogeneous alloys in composition. Energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) maps show the homogeneity of the metals in each alloy NP. Of particular interest are the normally immiscible Ag-Ni NPs. All evidence confirmed that homogeneous Ag-Ni and Pd-Ni alloy NPs presented here were successfully synthesized by high dose rate radiolytic methodology. A mechanism is provided to explain the homogeneous formation of the alloy NPs. Furthermore, studies of Pd-Ni NPs by in situ TEM (with heated stage) shows the ability to sinter these NPs at temperatures below 800 C. In the second set of work, CoNi and WNi superalloy NPs were attempted at 50/50 concentration ratios using high dose rates from gamma irradiation. Preliminary results on synthesis and characterization have been completed and are presented. As with the earlier alloy NPs, no evidence of core-shell NP formation occurs. Microscopy results seem to indicate alloying occurred with the CoNi alloys. However, there appears to be incomplete reduction of the Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4} to form the W

  20. [Study on the production of IgG derived from vaginal epithelial cells and the effect of anti-Candida albicans].

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    Niu, X X; Li, T; Liu, Z H

    2016-10-25

    Objective: To investigate the function of IgG secreted by vaginal epithelial cells in natural resistance to vulvovaginal candidiasis. Methods: (1)Immunohistochemical method was used to determine the expression of IgG secreted by normal vaginal epithelial cells VK2/E6E7.(2)Samples were divided into three groups by different proportions of VK2/E6E7 cells to Candida albicans ,including Candida albicans: VK2/E6E7 cells were 1∶10, 1∶1[yeast+ cells(1∶10)group and yeast+ cells(1∶1)group]and VK2/E6E7 cells as blank control group. The growth status of 3 groups were observed under inverted microscope after 24 hours. ELISA method was used to detect the production of IgG in 3 groups after 0, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48 hours. Results: (1)Immunohistochemical method showed normal vaginal epithelial cells were polygonal with pale blue nucleus and cytoplasm were distributed by brown granules, which indicated that IgG were strongly positive. While negative control group just had light blue nuclei.(2)Inverted microscope observation represented that control group had a clear outline, strong refraction and large nuclei with cobblestone-like appearance. After yeast+cells(1∶10)group co-cultured for 24 hours, Candida albicans begin to sprout and transformed to hyphae. VK2/E6E7 cells and Candida albicans were close to each other with vacuoles and small black granules in the cytoplasm. The morphology of cells were complete. Yeast+ cells(1∶1)group showed obvious invasion effect of Candida albicans to VK2/E6E7 cells with vigorous growth of hyphae, the decreased number and incomplete morphology of cells. Moreover, the connection of cells were loose. ELISA assay showed that there were statistically significant difference of IgG secretions between the 3 groups after 0, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48 hours(P<0.05). After stimulation of Candida albicans, secretion of IgG was significantly lower than that in the control group. The statistical difference of IgG secretions between yeast+ cells(1∶10)group and

  1. Genetic polymorphism of adult reindeer coat colour in a herding cooperative in Finnish Lapland

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    Jean J. Lauvergne

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In a random sample of 188 adult reindeer belonging to a reindeer herding cooperative in Finnish Lapland, the following coat colour mutants were identified: Abf at the locus Agouti (A, kalppinokka (WNk at the locus White Nose (WN and white at the locus W (White. Coefficients of coat colour phenotypic polymorphism K were estimated, in order to quantify this genetic polymorphism. Estimations of K were 12.8% for the locus A (Agouti, 5.1% for the locus WN (White Nose, and 7.5% for the locus W (White. This polymorphism results probably from a change in fitness coefficient of genotypes carrying colour mutants following domestication in a random mating context which has not yet been proved.

  2. Rafoxanide and Closantel Inhibit SPAK and OSR1 Kinases by Binding to a Highly Conserved Allosteric Site on Their C-terminal Domains.

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    AlAmri, Mubarak A; Kadri, Hachemi; Alderwick, Luke J; Simpkins, Nigel S; Mehellou, Youcef

    2017-05-09

    SPAK and OSR1 are two protein kinases that have emerged as attractive targets in the discovery of novel antihypertensive agents due to their role in regulating electrolyte balance in vivo. Herein we report the identification of an allosteric pocket on the highly conserved C-terminal domains of these two kinases, which influences their activity. We also show that some known WNK signaling inhibitors bind to this allosteric site. Using in silico screening, we identified the antiparasitic agent rafoxanide as a novel allosteric inhibitor of SPAK and OSR1. Collectively, this work will facilitate the rational design of novel SPAK and OSR1 kinase inhibitors that could be useful antihypertensive agents. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Ste20-related proline/alanine-rich kinase: A novel regulator of intestinal inflammation

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    Yutao Yan; Didier Merlin

    2008-01-01

    Recently, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been the subject of considerable research, with increasing attention being paid to the loss of intestinal epithelial cell barrier function as a mechanism of pathogenesis. Ste20-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (SPAK) is involved in regulating barrier function. SPAK is known to interact with inflammation-related kinases (such as p38, JNK, NKCC1, PKCθ, WNK and MLCK), and with transcription factor AP-1, resulting in diverse biological phenomena, including cell differentiation, cell transformation and proliferation, cytoskeleton rearrangement, and regulation of chloride transport. This review examines the involvement of Ste20-like kinases and downstream mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) pathways in the pathogenesis and control of intestinal inflammation. The primary focus will be on the molecular features of intestinal inflammation, with an emphasis on the interaction between SPAK and other molecules, and the effect of these interactions on homeostatic maintenance, cell volume regulation and increased cell permeability in intestinal inflammation.

  4. γ-Adducin stimulates the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter

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    Dimke, Henrik Anthony; San-Cristobal, Pedro; de Graaf, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC) plays a key role in renal salt reabsorption and the determination of systemic BP, but the molecular mechanisms governing the regulation of NCC are not completely understood. Here, through pull-down experiments coupled to mass spectrometry, we found...... that γ-adducin interacts with the NCC transporter. γ-Adducin colocalized with NCC to the distal convoluted tubule. (22)Na(+) uptake experiments in the Xenopus laevis oocyte showed that γ-adducin stimulated NCC activity in a dose-dependent manner, an effect that occurred upstream from With No Lysine (WNK......) 4 kinase. The binding site of γ-adducin mapped to the N terminus of NCC and encompassed three previously reported phosphorylation sites. Supporting this site of interaction, competition with the N-terminal domain of NCC abolished the stimulatory effect of γ-adducin on the transporter. γ...

  5. [Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type II A: early neurological and skeletal findings].

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    Esmer, C; Díaz Zambrano, S; Santos Díaz, M A; González Huerta, L M; Cuevas Covarrubias, S A; Bravo Oro, A

    2014-04-01

    The hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies are genetic disorders characterized by the loss of sensation including pain, tactile and temperature. Its clinical and molecular features vary widely; the symptoms may begin from birth or be noticed in the first or second decade, with different types of complications of trauma to the extremities such as ulcers, mutilations and acral amputations. They are classified into six groups from I to VI, determined by the abnormality in eleven genes leading to phenotypic variations in the age of onset and the presence or absence of dysautonomia signs. With the exception of type I, all are autosomal recessive. The type II of these neuropathies is characterized by insensitivity to pain, heat and proprioception. We describe three members of a Mexican family with WNK1 gene mutation that caused hereditary neuropathy IIA.

  6. Effects of potassium on expression of renal sodium transporters in salt-sensitive hypertensive rats induced by uninephrectomy.

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    Jung, Ji Yong; Kim, Sejoong; Lee, Jay Wook; Jung, Eun Sook; Heo, Nam Ju; Son, Min-Jeong; Oh, Yun Kyu; Na, Ki Young; Han, Jin Suk; Joo, Kwon Wook

    2011-06-01

    Dietary potassium is an important modulator of systemic blood pressure (BP). The purpose of this study was to determine whether dietary potassium is associated with an altered abundance of major renal sodium transporters that may contribute to the modulation of systemic BP. A unilateral nephrectomy (uNx) was performed in male Sprague-Dawley rats, and the rats were fed a normal-salt diet (0.3% NaCl) for 4 wk. Thereafter, the rats were fed a high-salt (HS) diet (3% NaCl) for the entire experimental period. The potassium-repleted (HS+KCl) group was given a mixed solution of 1% KCl as a substitute for drinking water. We examined the changes in the abundance of major renal sodium transporters and the expression of mRNA of With-No-Lysine (WNK) kinases sequentially at 1 and 3 wk. The systolic BP of the HS+KCl group was decreased compared with the HS group (140.3 ± 2.97 vs. 150.9 ± 4.04 mmHg at 1 wk; 180.3 ± 1.76 vs. 207.7 ± 6.21 mmHg at 3 wk). The protein abundances of type 3 Na(+)/H(+) exchanger (NHE3) and Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) in the HS+KCl group were significantly decreased (53 and 45% of the HS group at 1 wk, respectively; 19 and 8% of HS group at 3 wk). WNK4 mRNA expression was significantly increased in the HS+KCl group (1.4-fold of control at 1 wk and 1.9-fold of control at 3 wk). The downregulation of NHE3 and NCC may contribute to the BP-attenuating effect of dietary potassium associated with increased urinary sodium excretion.

  7. Regulation of brain tumor dispersal by NKCC1 through a novel role in focal adhesion regulation.

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    Tomas Garzon-Muvdi

    Full Text Available Glioblastoma (GB is a highly invasive and lethal brain tumor due to its universal recurrence. Although it has been suggested that the electroneutral Na(+-K(+-Cl(- cotransporter 1 (NKCC1 can play a role in glioma cell migration, the precise mechanism by which this ion transporter contributes to GB aggressiveness remains poorly understood. Here, we focused on the role of NKCC1 in the invasion of human primary glioma cells in vitro and in vivo. NKCC1 expression levels were significantly higher in GB and anaplastic astrocytoma tissues than in grade II glioma and normal cortex. Pharmacological inhibition and shRNA-mediated knockdown of NKCC1 expression led to decreased cell migration and invasion in vitro and in vivo. Surprisingly, knockdown of NKCC1 in glioma cells resulted in the formation of significantly larger focal adhesions and cell traction forces that were approximately 40% lower than control cells. Epidermal growth factor (EGF, which promotes migration of glioma cells, increased the phosphorylation of NKCC1 through a PI3K-dependant mechanism. This finding is potentially related to WNK kinases. Taken together, our findings suggest that NKCC1 modulates migration of glioma cells by two distinct mechanisms: (1 through the regulation of focal adhesion dynamics and cell contractility and (2 through regulation of cell volume through ion transport. Due to the ubiquitous expression of NKCC1 in mammalian tissues, its regulation by WNK kinases may serve as new therapeutic targets for GB aggressiveness and can be exploited by other highly invasive neoplasms.

  8. Constitutively Active SPAK Causes Hyperkalemia by Activating NCC and Remodeling Distal Tubules.

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    Grimm, P Richard; Coleman, Richard; Delpire, Eric; Welling, Paul A

    2017-09-01

    Aberrant activation of with no lysine (WNK) kinases causes familial hyperkalemic hypertension (FHHt). Thiazide diuretics treat the disease, fostering the view that hyperactivation of the thiazide-sensitive sodium-chloride cotransporter (NCC) in the distal convoluted tubule (DCT) is solely responsible. However, aberrant signaling in the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron (ASDN) and inhibition of the potassium-excretory renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel have also been implicated. To test these ideas, we introduced kinase-activating mutations after Lox-P sites in the mouse Stk39 gene, which encodes the terminal kinase in the WNK signaling pathway, Ste20-related proline-alanine-rich kinase (SPAK). Renal expression of the constitutively active (CA)-SPAK mutant was specifically targeted to the early DCT using a DCT-driven Cre recombinase. CA-SPAK mice displayed thiazide-treatable hypertension and hyperkalemia, concurrent with NCC hyperphosphorylation. However, thiazide-mediated inhibition of NCC and consequent restoration of sodium excretion did not immediately restore urinary potassium excretion in CA-SPAK mice. Notably, CA-SPAK mice exhibited ASDN remodeling, involving a reduction in connecting tubule mass and attenuation of epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) and ROMK expression and apical localization. Blocking hyperactive NCC in the DCT gradually restored ASDN structure and ENaC and ROMK expression, concurrent with the restoration of urinary potassium excretion. These findings verify that NCC hyperactivity underlies FHHt but also reveal that NCC-dependent changes in the driving force for potassium secretion are not sufficient to explain hyperkalemia. Instead, a DCT-ASDN coupling process controls potassium balance in health and becomes aberrantly activated in FHHt. Copyright © 2017 by the American Society of Nephrology.

  9. Regulation of ClC-2 Activity by SPAK and OSR1

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    Jamshed Warsi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: SPAK (SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase and OSR1 (oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1 are powerful regulators of diverse transport processes. Both kinases are activated by cell shrinkage and participate in stimulation of regulatory cell volume increase (RVI. Execution of RVI involves inhibition of Cl- channels. The present study explored whether SPAK and/or OSR1 regulate the activity of the Cl- channel ClC-2. Methods: To this end, ClC-2 was expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes with or without additional expression of wild type SPAK, constitutively active SPAKT233E, WNK1 insensitive inactive SPAKT233A, catalytically inactive SPAKD212A, wild type OSR1, constitutively active OSR1T185E, WNK1 insensitive inactive OSR1T185A, and catalytically inactive OSR1D164A. Cl- channel activity was determined by dual electrode voltage clamp. Results: Expression of ClC-2 was followed by the appearance of a conductance (GCl, which was significantly decreased following coexpression of wild-type SPAK, SPAKT233E, wild type OSR1 or OSR1T185E, but not by coexpression of SPAKT233A, SPAKD212A, OSR1T185A, or OSR1D164A. Inhibition of ClC-2 insertion by brefeldin A (5 μM resulted in a decline of GCl which was similar in the absence and presence of SPAK or OSR1, suggesting that SPAK and OSR1 did not accelerate the retrieval of ClC-2 protein from the cell membrane. Conclusion: SPAK and OSR1 are powerful negative regulators of the cell volume regulatory Cl- channel ClC-2.

  10. Synthesis of Ni-Mo-W sulfide nanorods as catalyst for hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene.

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    Paraguay-Delgado, F; García-Alamilla, R; Lumbreras, J A; Cizniega, E; Alonso-Núñez, G

    2008-12-01

    Two trimetallic sulfurs, MoWNiS and MoWSNi, were synthesized to be used as a catalyst in hydrodesulfurization reactions. The mixed oxide mesoporous nanostructured MoO3 -WO3 with an Mo:W atomic ratio of 1:1 was used as the precursor. The first catalyst was prepared by impregnating nickel in the oxide precursor and then subsequent sulfiding with an H2S/H2 mix at 400 degrees C for 2 hours. The second catalyst was prepared by sulfiding the precursor and then impregnating the nickel, and finally reducing the material with a H2/N2 at 350 degrees C. In both catalysts the Mo:W:Ni atomic ratio was maintained at 1:1:0.5. The materials obtained were characterized by physical adsorption of nitrogen, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, the materials obtained were evaluated by a dibenzothiophene hydrodesulfuration reaction. The diffraction patterns show that both materials are polycrystalline and mainly of MoS2 and WS2 phases.

  11. AGRICULTURAL TAX SYSTEM IN POLAND AND DIRECTIONS OF THE CHANGES

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    Marzena Malewska

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available A research problem taken in the article is a question, whether legal solutions applied in the Polish system of the taxation of agriculture have an appropriate shape and whether this system is optimal? If not, what are possible options of changes and whether the in-come tax is good for agricultural activities. A method of analysis of secondary sources was used in order to solve the research problem. Required data was taken from the base of the Główny Urząd Statystyczny and scientific publications of the publishing universi-ty. In the article were formulated the following hypotheses: 1.\tThe system of the taxation of agriculture is different than other existing Polish law and it is regarded as unfair in relation to other social groups. 2.\tChanging the tax system in agriculture is necessary and would lead to positive chang-es in the structure of agriculture. 3.\tThe reform of the taxation system of agricultural production is in many aspects neces-sary and beneficial, but it should nevertheless take into account the specificities of the agricultural activity. 4.\tThe introduction of the income tax has its bad side and carries the disadvantages for both farmers and municipalities.

  12. Tobacco sales in pharmacies: a survey of attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of pharmacists employed in student experiential and other worksites in Western New York

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    Smith Danielle M

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Pharmacies are venues in which patients seek out products and professional advice in order to improve overall health. However, many pharmacies in the United States continue to sell tobacco products, which are widely known to cause detrimental health effects. This conflict presents a challenge to pharmacists, who are becoming increasingly more involved in patient health promotion activities. This study sought to assess Western New York (WNY area pharmacists’ opinions about the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, and pharmacists’ opinions on their role in patient smoking cessation. Methods Participants responded to two parallel surveys; a web-based survey was completed by 148 university-affiliated pharmacist preceptors via a list based sample, and a mail-based survey was completed by the supervising pharmacist in 120 area pharmacies via a list-based sample. The combined response rate for both surveys was 31%. Univariate and bivariate analyses were performed to determine any significant differences between the preceptor and supervising pharmacist survey groups. Results Over 75% of respondents support legislation banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. Over 86% of respondents would prefer to work in a pharmacy that does not sell tobacco products. Differences between preceptor and supervising pharmacist groups were observed. Action regarding counseling patients was uncommon among both groups. Conclusions Pharmacists support initiatives that increase their role in cessation counseling and initiatives that restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. These data could have important implications for communities and pharmacy practice.

  13. TANDA KARDINAL PEMERIKSAAN EKSTERNAL JENASAH DIDUGA TENGGELAM DARI DATA BAGIAN ILMU KEDOKTERAN FORENSIK RSUP SANGLAH BALI TAHUN 2012 -2014

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    Indah Dewi Astreani

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    Full Text Available Kematian dengan tenggelam sulit untuk didiagnosis karena membutuhkan pemeriksaan eksternal dan internal. Jenasah yang diduga tenggelam memerlukan tanda kardinal agar mengarahkan untuk pemeriksaan forensik selanjutnya. Bali sebagai  potensi pariwisata air memiliki risiko ditemukannya jenasah kasus diduga tenggelam. Tujuan penelitian untuk mengetahui gambaran tanda kardinal pada jenasah diduga tenggelam dari data bagian Ilmu Kedokteran Forensik RSUP Sanglah Bali tahun 2012-2014. Desain penelitian deskriptif retrospektif. Sampel 91 kasus. Berdasarkan karakteristik laki-laki 77 kasus, perempuan 14 kasus, WNI 50 kasus, WNA 41 kasus, anak-anak 12,1%, dewasa 87,9%. Jenasah diduga tenggelam di pantai 52 kasus, kolam renang 8 kasus, sungai 10 kasus, sisanya di rawa dan kamar mandi hanya dengan pemeriksaan eksternal. Tanda kardinal busa putih pada hidung (26,4%, mulut (31,9%, telinga (3,3%, bintik perdarahan mata (4,4%, pelebaran pembuluh darah mata (33% dan ada keduanya (28,6%, cadaveric spasm (1,1%, cutis anserine (4,4%, hands & feet of a washer woman (53,8%, tanda sianosis (56,0% & benda asing di tubuh korban (12,1%. Pemeriksaan internal getah paru 17 kasus, Ganggang Hijau (15,29%, Diatom (5,88%, Kristal Charcot Leyden (5,88%, Ganggang Merah (1,17% tidak ditemukan (3,52%. Tanda kardinal  patognomonis dari pemeriksaan eksternal hanya berperan untuk menguatkan pemeriksaan selanjutnya dari jenasah diduga tenggelam. Harapannya dapat menjadi informasi jenasah diduga korban tenggelam di Bali.  

  14. The Electronic Historical Latvian Dictionary Based on the Corpus of Early Written Latvian Texts

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    Everita Andronova

    2016-12-01

    Główny nacisk położono na opis haseł słownikowych, zawierający istotne uwagi praktyczne i teoretyczne. Omówiono poszczególne części hasła słownikowego, po czym umieszczono komentarz odnoszący się do różnych kwestii związanych z daną częścią (np. wybór hasła wyrazowego i przedstawienia wersji pisowni i do przyję­tych rozwiązań. Szczególną uwagę poświęcono główce hasła, objaśnieniu znaczenia wynikającego z przykładów występujacych w korpusie, różnym rodzajom kolokacji i ich przedstawieniu w słowniku, jak też informacjom etymologicznym. Na końcu zamieszczono zwięzły przegląd oprogramowania słownikowego TLex 2013, oparty na doświadczeniu autorów, zdobytym podczas pracy z tym narzędziem.

  15. Null alleles of the aldolase B gene in patients with hereditary fructose intolerance.

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    Ali, M; Tunçman, G; Cross, N C; Vidailhet, M; Bökesoy, I; Gitzelmann, R; Cox, T M

    1994-06-01

    We report three new mutations in the gene for aldolase B that are associated with hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI). Two nonsense mutations create opal termination codons: R3op (C-->T, Arg3-->ter, exon 2) was found in homozygous form in four affected members of a large consanguineous Turkish pedigree and R59op (C-->T, Arg59-->ter, exon 3) was found on one allele in a woman of Austrian origin known to harbour one copy of the east European mutation, N334K (Asn334-->Lys). The third mutation occurred in a French HFI patient known to be heterozygous for the widespread mutation, A174D (Ala174-->Asp): a single mutation, G-->A, in the consensus acceptor site 3' of intron 6 was found on the remaining allele. These mutations are predicted to abrogate synthesis of functional protein and thus represent null alleles of aldolase B. The mutant alleles can be readily detected in the amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS) or (for R59op and 3' intron 6) by digestion of amplified genomic fragments with DdeI or A1wNI, respectively, to facilitate direct diagnosis of HFI by molecular analysis of aldolase B genes.

  16. Tobacco sales in pharmacies: a survey of attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of pharmacists employed in student experiential and other worksites in Western New York.

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    Smith, Danielle M; Hyland, Andrew J; Rivard, Cheryl; Bednarczyk, Edward M; Brody, Peter M; Marshall, James R

    2012-08-06

    Pharmacies are venues in which patients seek out products and professional advice in order to improve overall health. However, many pharmacies in the United States continue to sell tobacco products, which are widely known to cause detrimental health effects. This conflict presents a challenge to pharmacists, who are becoming increasingly more involved in patient health promotion activities. This study sought to assess Western New York (WNY) area pharmacists' opinions about the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, and pharmacists' opinions on their role in patient smoking cessation. Participants responded to two parallel surveys; a web-based survey was completed by 148 university-affiliated pharmacist preceptors via a list based sample, and a mail-based survey was completed by the supervising pharmacist in 120 area pharmacies via a list-based sample. The combined response rate for both surveys was 31%. Univariate and bivariate analyses were performed to determine any significant differences between the preceptor and supervising pharmacist survey groups. Over 75% of respondents support legislation banning the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. Over 86% of respondents would prefer to work in a pharmacy that does not sell tobacco products. Differences between preceptor and supervising pharmacist groups were observed. Action regarding counseling patients was uncommon among both groups. Pharmacists support initiatives that increase their role in cessation counseling and initiatives that restrict the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies. These data could have important implications for communities and pharmacy practice.

  17. THE IMPACT OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS TOURISM IN POLAND AND IN SELECTED COUNTRIES

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    Full Text Available  The article aims to present the infl uence of the 2008/2009 world economic crisis on tourism in Poland, the European Union and worldwide. It started from the collapse of the real estate market, which was preceded by several years of irrational increase in its prices. The consequences were also of great importance for business operations in the tourism sector, both on the supply and the demand plane. The study used data of World Tourism Organization and World Travel & Tourism Council, as well as statistical data of the Główny Urząd Statystyczny and reports from the Institute of Tourism. The spatial range of the analysed phenomena includes Poland in comparison with other European Union countries and the world. The article uses a descriptive method. In Poland, the economic crisis was mainly connected with the problems with Polish zloty and their consequences. There was an evident decrease in the number of foreign tourists’ visits to Poland in 2008/2009. Evident falling tendencies in the 1st quarter of 2009 were also recorded in the area of accommodation for organised groups of tourists. It is also worth noting that the effects of the crisis of 2008-2009 in 2010 was stopped and e.g. In Poland recorded growth of tourist arrivals by 5%. In comparison with the same period of 2008, the total number of foreigners using that base declined by 13.2%.

  18. Determination of 11 Fat_soluble Vitamins (A, D, E, K) and Their Derivatives in Vitamin Tablets by Ultra Performance Convergence Chromatography%超高效合相色谱法同时测定复合维生素片中11种脂溶性维生素及其衍生物

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    周围; 王波; 刘倩倩; 杨盛鑫; 王丽婷

    2015-01-01

    建立了超高效合相色谱法( Ultra performance convergence chromatography,UPC2)分离和测定复合维生素片中11种脂溶性维生素( A, D, E, K)及其衍生物的方法。超高效合相色谱( UPC2)技术集合超临界流体色谱( Supercritical fluid chromatography, SFC )和超高效液相色谱( Ultra performance liquid chromatography, UPLCTM )的技术优点,流动相以CO2为主体,乙腈为助溶剂梯度洗脱。选用Waters Acquity UPC2 HSS C18 SB色谱柱(100 mm ×3.0 mm 1.8μm),流速1 mL/min,检测波长为284 nm。方法检出限在1.5~2.0 mg/L之间;VK1, VK2, VK3和VD3的线性范围分别为3~300 mg/L;VA、VA棕榈酸酯、VA甲酸、VE、VE醋酸酯、VE琥珀酸酯和VD2的线性范围分别为5~300 mg/L;加标回收率范围为97.31%~98.76%;相对标准偏差为0.41%~0.96%,可以满足复合维生素片中11种脂溶性维生素(A, D, E, K)及其衍生物的方法要求。%A new method was developed for the determination of 11 fat_soluble vitamins ( A, D, E and K) and its derivatives in vitamin tablets by ultra performance convergence chromatography ( UPC2 ) . The mobile phase was the mixture of supercritical CO2 and acetonitrile at a flow rate of 1 mL/min. The separation was carried out on the Waters Acquity UPC2 HSS C18 SB 100 mm × 3. 0 mm i. d. , 1. 8 μm column. The UV detector was set at a wavelength of 284 nm. The limits of detection ( LOD) were 1. 5-2. 0 mg/L, and the calibration linear for VK1 , VK2 , VK3 and VB3 was 3-300 mg/L, linear for VA, VA palmitate, VA formic acid, VE, VE acetate, VD2 and VD3 was 5-300 mg/L, respectively. Its spiked recoveries were 97. 31%-98. 76%, and the relative standard deviations ( RSDs) were 0. 41%-0. 96%. The method is applicable for the determination of fat_soluble vitamins ( A, D, E and K) and Their derivatives in vitamin tablets.

  19. Towards time-dependent current-density-functional theory in the non-linear regime.

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    Escartín, J M; Vincendon, M; Romaniello, P; Dinh, P M; Reinhard, P-G; Suraud, E

    2015-02-28

    Time-Dependent Density-Functional Theory (TDDFT) is a well-established theoretical approach to describe and understand irradiation processes in clusters and molecules. However, within the so-called adiabatic local density approximation (ALDA) to the exchange-correlation (xc) potential, TDDFT can show insufficiencies, particularly in violently dynamical processes. This is because within ALDA the xc potential is instantaneous and is a local functional of the density, which means that this approximation neglects memory effects and long-range effects. A way to go beyond ALDA is to use Time-Dependent Current-Density-Functional Theory (TDCDFT), in which the basic quantity is the current density rather than the density as in TDDFT. This has been shown to offer an adequate account of dissipation in the linear domain when the Vignale-Kohn (VK) functional is used. Here, we go beyond the linear regime and we explore this formulation in the time domain. In this case, the equations become very involved making the computation out of reach; we hence propose an approximation to the VK functional which allows us to calculate the dynamics in real time and at the same time to keep most of the physics described by the VK functional. We apply this formulation to the calculation of the time-dependent dipole moment of Ca, Mg and Na2. Our results show trends similar to what was previously observed in model systems or within linear response. In the non-linear domain, our results show that relaxation times do not decrease with increasing deposited excitation energy, which sets some limitations to the practical use of TDCDFT in such a domain of excitations.

  20. Effects of Female Sex Hormones on Susceptibility to HSV-2 in Vaginal Cells Grown in Air-Liquid Interface.

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    Lee, Yung; Dizzell, Sara E; Leung, Vivian; Nazli, Aisha; Zahoor, Muhammad A; Fichorova, Raina N; Kaushic, Charu

    2016-08-30

    The lower female reproductive tract (FRT) is comprised of the cervix and vagina, surfaces that are continuously exposed to a variety of commensal and pathogenic organisms. Sexually transmitted viruses, such as herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), have to traverse the mucosal epithelial lining of the FRT to establish infection. The majority of current culture systems that model the host-pathogen interactions in the mucosal epithelium have limitations in simulating physiological conditions as they employ a liquid-liquid interface (LLI), in which both apical and basolateral surfaces are submerged in growth medium. We designed the current study to simulate in vivo conditions by growing an immortalized vaginal epithelial cell line (Vk2/E6E7) in culture with an air-liquid interface (ALI) and examined the effects of female sex hormones on their growth, differentiation, and susceptibility to HSV-2 under these conditions, in comparison to LLI cultures. ALI conditions induced Vk2/E6E7 cells to grow into multi-layered cultures compared to the monolayers present in LLI conditions. Vk2 cells in ALI showed higher production of cytokeratin in the presence of estradiol (E2), compared to cells grown in progesterone (P4). Cells grown under ALI conditions were exposed to HSV-2-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and the highest infection and replication was observed in the presence of P4. Altogether, this study suggests that ALI cultures more closely simulate the in vivo conditions of the FRT compared to the conventional LLI cultures. Furthermore, under these conditions P4 was found to confer higher susceptibility to HSV-2 infection in vaginal cells. The vaginal ALI culture system offers a better alternative to study host-pathogen interactions.

  1. Cyclic hexapeptide-conjugated nanoparticles enhance curcumin delivery to glioma tumor cells and tissue.

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    Zhang, Xuemei; Li, Xuejuan; Hua, Hongchen; Wang, Aiping; Liu, Wanhui; Li, Youxin; Fu, Fenghua; Shi, Yanan; Sun, Kaoxiang

    2017-01-01

    Glioma has one of the highest mortality rates among primary brain tumors. The clinical treatment for glioma is very difficult due to its infiltration and specific growth locations. To achieve improved drug delivery to a brain tumor, we report the preparation and in vitro and in vivo evaluation of curcumin nanoparticles (Cur-NPs). The cyclic hexapeptide c(RGDf(N-me) VK)-C (cHP) has increased affinity for cells that overexpress integrins and was designed to target Cur-NPs to tumors. Functional polyethyleneglycol-modified poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PEG-PLGA) conjugated to cHP was synthesized, and targeted Cur-NPs were prepared using a self-assembly nanoprecipitation process. The physicochemical properties and the in vitro cytotoxicity, accuracy, and penetration capabilities of Cur-NPs targeting cells with high levels of integrin expression were investigated. The in vivo targeting and penetration capabilities of the NPs were also evaluated against glioma in rats using in vivo imaging equipment. The results showed that the in vitro cytotoxicity of the targeted cHP-modified curcumin nanoparticles (cHP/Cur-NPs) was higher than that of either free curcumin or non-targeted Cur-NPs due to the superior ability of the cHP/Cur-NPs to target tumor cells. The targeted cHP/Cur-NPs, c(RGDf(N-me)VK)-C-modified Cur-NPs, exhibited improved binding, uptake, and penetration abilities than non-targeting NPs for glioma cells, cell spheres, and glioma tissue. In conclusion, c(RGDf(N-me)VK)-C can serve as an effective targeting ligand, and cHP/Cur-NPs can be exploited as a potential drug delivery system for targeting gliomas.

  2. A facile method to prepare superparamagnetic iron oxide and hydrophobic drug-encapsulated biodegradable polyurethane nanoparticles.

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    Cheng, Kuo-Wei; Hsu, Shan-Hui

    2017-01-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIO NPs) have a wide range of biomedical applications such as in magnetic resonance imaging, targeting, and hyperthermia therapy. Aggregation of SPIO NPs can occur because of the hydrophobic surface and high surface energy of SPIO NPs. Here, we developed a facile method to encapsulate SPIO NPs in amphiphilic biodegradable polymer. Anionic biodegradable polyurethane nanoparticles (PU NPs) with ~35 nm size and different chemistry were prepared by waterborne processes. SPIO NPs were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation. SPIO NPs were then added to the aqueous dispersion of PU NPs, followed by application of high-frequency (~20 kHz) ultrasonic vibration for 3 min. This method rendered SPIO-PU hybrid NPs (size ~110 nm) suspended in water. SPIO-PU hybrid NPs contained ~50-60 wt% SPIO and retained the superparamagnetic property (evaluated by a magnetometer) as well as high contrast in magnetic resonance imaging. SPIO-PU NPs also showed the ability to provide cell hyperthermic treatment. Using the same ultrasonic method, hydrophobic drug (Vitamin K3 [VK3]) or (9-(methylaminomethyl) anthracene [MAMA]) could also be encapsulated in PU NPs. The VK3-PU or MAMA-PU hybrid NPs had ~35 nm size and different release profiles for PUs with different chemistry. The encapsulation efficiency for VK3 and MAMA was high (~95%) without burst release. The encapsulation mechanism may be attributed to the low glass transition temperature (Tg) and good mechanical compliance of PU NPs. The new encapsulation method involving waterborne biodegradable PU NPs is simple, rapid, and effective to produce multimodular NP carriers.

  3. A facile method to prepare superparamagnetic iron oxide and hydrophobic drug-encapsulated biodegradable polyurethane nanoparticles

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    Cheng K

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Kuo-Wei Cheng, Shan-hui Hsu Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China Abstract: Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIO NPs have a wide range of biomedical applications such as in magnetic resonance imaging, targeting, and hyperthermia therapy. Aggregation of SPIO NPs can occur because of the hydrophobic surface and high surface energy of SPIO NPs. Here, we developed a facile method to encapsulate SPIO NPs in amphiphilic biodegradable polymer. Anionic biodegradable polyurethane nanoparticles (PU NPs with ~35 nm size and different chemistry were prepared by waterborne processes. SPIO NPs were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation. SPIO NPs were then added to the aqueous dispersion of PU NPs, followed by application of high-frequency (~20 kHz ultrasonic vibration for 3 min. This method rendered SPIO-PU hybrid NPs (size ~110 nm suspended in water. SPIO-PU hybrid NPs contained ~50–60 wt% SPIO and retained the superparamagnetic property (evaluated by a magnetometer as well as high contrast in magnetic resonance imaging. SPIO-PU NPs also showed the ability to provide cell hyperthermic treatment. Using the same ultrasonic method, hydrophobic drug (Vitamin K3 [VK3] or (9-(methylaminomethylanthracene [MAMA] could also be encapsulated in PU NPs. The VK3-PU or MAMA-PU hybrid NPs had ~35 nm size and different release profiles for PUs with different chemistry. The encapsulation efficiency for VK3 and MAMA was high (~95% without burst release. The encapsulation mechanism may be attributed to the low glass transition temperature (Tg and good mechanical compliance of PU NPs. The new encapsulation method involving waterborne biodegradable PU NPs is simple, rapid, and effective to produce multimodular NP carriers. Keywords: superparamagnetic iron oxide, polyurethane, drug release, hybrid nanoparticles

  4. Molecular mechanisms linking high dose medroxyprogesterone with HIV-1 risk.

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    Full Text Available Epidemiological studies suggest that medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA may increase the risk of HIV-1. The current studies were designed to identify potential underlying biological mechanisms.Human vaginal epithelial (VK2/E6E7, peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC, and polarized endometrial (HEC-1-A cells were treated with a range of concentrations of MPA (0.015-150 μg/ml and the impact on gene expression, protein secretion, and HIV infection was evaluated.Treatment of VK2/E6E7 cells with high doses (>15 μg/ml] of MPA significantly upregulated proinflammatory cytokines, which resulted in a significant increase in HIV p24 levels secreted by latently infected U1 cells following exposure to culture supernatants harvested from MPA compared to mock-treated cells. MPA also increased syndecan expression by VK2/E6E7 cells and cells treated with 15 μg/ml of MPA bound and transferred more HIV-1 to T cells compared to mock-treated cells. Moreover, MPA treatment of epithelial cells and PBMC significantly decreased cell proliferation resulting in disruption of the epithelial barrier and decreased cytokine responses to phytohaemagglutinin, respectively.We identified several molecular mechanisms that could contribute to an association between DMPA and HIV including proinflammatory cytokine and chemokine responses that could activate the HIV promoter and recruit immune targets, increased expression of syndecans to facilitate the transfer of virus from epithelial to immune cells and decreased cell proliferation. The latter could impede the ability to maintain an effective epithelial barrier and adversely impact immune cell function. However, these responses were observed primarily following exposure to high (15-150 μg/ml MPA concentrations. Clinical correlation is needed to determine whether the prolonged MPA exposure associated with contraception activates these mechanisms in vivo.

  5. Molecular mechanisms linking high dose medroxyprogesterone with HIV-1 risk.

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    Irvin, Susan C; Herold, Betsy C

    2015-01-01

    Epidemiological studies suggest that medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) may increase the risk of HIV-1. The current studies were designed to identify potential underlying biological mechanisms. Human vaginal epithelial (VK2/E6E7), peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC), and polarized endometrial (HEC-1-A) cells were treated with a range of concentrations of MPA (0.015-150 μg/ml) and the impact on gene expression, protein secretion, and HIV infection was evaluated. Treatment of VK2/E6E7 cells with high doses (>15 μg/ml] of MPA significantly upregulated proinflammatory cytokines, which resulted in a significant increase in HIV p24 levels secreted by latently infected U1 cells following exposure to culture supernatants harvested from MPA compared to mock-treated cells. MPA also increased syndecan expression by VK2/E6E7 cells and cells treated with 15 μg/ml of MPA bound and transferred more HIV-1 to T cells compared to mock-treated cells. Moreover, MPA treatment of epithelial cells and PBMC significantly decreased cell proliferation resulting in disruption of the epithelial barrier and decreased cytokine responses to phytohaemagglutinin, respectively. We identified several molecular mechanisms that could contribute to an association between DMPA and HIV including proinflammatory cytokine and chemokine responses that could activate the HIV promoter and recruit immune targets, increased expression of syndecans to facilitate the transfer of virus from epithelial to immune cells and decreased cell proliferation. The latter could impede the ability to maintain an effective epithelial barrier and adversely impact immune cell function. However, these responses were observed primarily following exposure to high (15-150 μg/ml) MPA concentrations. Clinical correlation is needed to determine whether the prolonged MPA exposure associated with contraception activates these mechanisms in vivo.

  6. Phenobarbital (PB)-induced changes in blood coagulationrelated parameters in pregnant rats, lactating rats and pups.

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    Mochizuki, Masahiro; Shimizu, Satomi; Kidokoro, Yuri; Kamata, Takashi; Kitazawa, Takahiro; Kishi, Daisuke; Okazaki, Emi; Nishihata, Yoshito; Ohishi, Takumi

    2009-12-01

    Effects of repeated administration of phenobarbital (PB) on blood coagulation-related parameters were examined in non-pregnant, pregnant and lactating rats, and also in pups born to PB-treated lactating dams. PB was orally administered at a dose level of 80 mg/kg/day to pregnant (from gestation day (GD) 13), postpartum (from postpartum day (PPD) 7) and non-pregnant rats (from 13 weeks of age) for 7 days. Blood was collected on GD20 or PPD14 to perform blood coagulation examination. Concurrently, the blood coagulation parameters were examined in the pups. Increases in liver weight and/or hepatic cytochrome P450 content were observed in the PB-treated non-pregnant, pregnant and lactating rats. Activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) was prolonged and anti-thrombin III (ATIII) concentration was increased in the lactating rats, while there were no changes in prothrombin time (PT) or APTT in the non-pregnant and pregnant rats. Moreover, prolongation of PT and APTT and decreases in factors VII and IX activities were observed in their pups. Thus, prolongation of blood coagulation time was confirmed in both dams and their pups following PB-administration to lactating dams. Effects of vitamin K(2) (VK(2)) on PB-induced changes in blood coagulation-related parameters of both dams and their pups were examined by co-administration with PB and VK(2) to lactating dams. PT and APTT were comparable to the control and PB-induced prolongation of blood coagulation time was improved in the pups while APTT was prolonged in dams, suggesting that VK(2) was beneficial to pups but not to dams.

  7. Identification from diverse mammalian poxviruses of host-range regulatory genes functioning equivalently to vaccinia virus C7L.

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    Meng, Xiangzhi; Chao, Jie; Xiang, Yan

    2008-03-15

    Vaccinia virus (VACV) C7L is a host-range gene that regulates cellular tropism of VACV. Distantly related C7L homologues are encoded by nearly all mammalian poxviruses, but whether they are host-range genes functioning similar to VACV C7L has not been determined. Here, we used VACV as a model system to analyze five different C7L homologues from diverse mammalian poxviruses for their abilities to regulate poxvirus cellular tropism. Three C7L homologues (myxoma virus M63R, M64R and cowpox virus 020), when expressed with an epitope tag and from a VACV mutant lacking the host-range genes K1L and C7L (vK1L-C7L-), failed to support productive viral replication in human and murine cells. In nonpermissive cells, these viruses did not synthesize viral late proteins, expressed a reduced level of the early protein E3L, and were defective at suppressing cellular PKR activation. In contrast, two other C7L homologues, myxoma virus (MYXV) M62R and yaba-like disease virus (YLDV) 67R, when expressed with an epitope tag and from vK1L(-)C7L(-), supported normal viral replication in human and murine cells and restored the ability of the virus to suppress PKR activation. Furthermore, M62R rescued the defect of vK1L(-)C7L(-) at replicating and disseminating in mice following intranasal inoculation. These results show that MYXV M62R and YLDV 67R function equivalently to C7L at supporting VACV replication in mammalian hosts and suggest that a C7L-like host-range gene is essential for the replication of many mammalian poxviruses in mammalian hosts.

  8. Natural phytoplasma infection of four phloem-feeding Auchenorrhyncha across vineyard agroecosystems in central-eastern Italy.

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    Landi, L; Isidoro, N; Rioloi, P

    2013-04-01

    The seasonal variations of grapevine yellow phytoplasma were investigated in four phloem-feeding planthopper and leafhopper species that are vectors of plant disease agents. In total, 1,148 wild specimens were collected from three vineyard agroecosystems in the Marche region (central-eastern Italy), from May to September 2008, and analyzed using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment-length polymorphism methods. Of 525 Euscelis lineolatus Brullé, 25.1% were positive for aster yellow phytoplasma (16SrI-C, 16SrI-B subgroups) and stolbur phytoplasma (16SrXII-A subgroup; Vergilbungskrankheit type I [VK-I]). Of 368 Hyalesthes obsoletus Signoret, 19.3% were positive for the 16SrXII-A subgroup (VK-I, VK-II; mainly according to their host plant). Of 146 Neoaliturus fenestratus (Herrich-Schäffer), 15.1% were positive for the 16SrI-C and 16SrI-B subgroups, and 7.3% of 109 Psammotettix alienus (Dahlbom) were positive for the 16SrI-B subgroup. The total inoculation efficiency in the feeding medium assays was 57.1% for P. alienus, 44.7% for E. lineolatus, 44.4% for N. fenestratus and 33.9% for H. obsoletus. All of the phytoplasma subgroups identified in the insect bodies were also detected in their feeding media. Detection of stolbur phytoplasma in E. lineolatus feeding media strengthens the hypothesis that it is a candidate vector of Bois noir disease causal agent. The phytoplasma subgroups detected in the Auchenorrhyncha species showed variations according to season and/or vineyard agroecosystem. This study highlights the different specificities of these phytoplasma-Auchenorrhyncha species relationships, and suggests a primary role of the entire vineyard agroecosystem in the epidemiology of grapevine yellow phytoplasma diseases.

  9. A facile method to prepare superparamagnetic iron oxide and hydrophobic drug-encapsulated biodegradable polyurethane nanoparticles

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    Cheng, Kuo-Wei; Hsu, Shan-hui

    2017-01-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIO NPs) have a wide range of biomedical applications such as in magnetic resonance imaging, targeting, and hyperthermia therapy. Aggregation of SPIO NPs can occur because of the hydrophobic surface and high surface energy of SPIO NPs. Here, we developed a facile method to encapsulate SPIO NPs in amphiphilic biodegradable polymer. Anionic biodegradable polyurethane nanoparticles (PU NPs) with ~35 nm size and different chemistry were prepared by waterborne processes. SPIO NPs were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation. SPIO NPs were then added to the aqueous dispersion of PU NPs, followed by application of high-frequency (~20 kHz) ultrasonic vibration for 3 min. This method rendered SPIO-PU hybrid NPs (size ~110 nm) suspended in water. SPIO-PU hybrid NPs contained ~50–60 wt% SPIO and retained the superparamagnetic property (evaluated by a magnetometer) as well as high contrast in magnetic resonance imaging. SPIO-PU NPs also showed the ability to provide cell hyperthermic treatment. Using the same ultrasonic method, hydrophobic drug (Vitamin K3 [VK3]) or (9-(methylaminomethyl) anthracene [MAMA]) could also be encapsulated in PU NPs. The VK3-PU or MAMA-PU hybrid NPs had ~35 nm size and different release profiles for PUs with different chemistry. The encapsulation efficiency for VK3 and MAMA was high (~95%) without burst release. The encapsulation mechanism may be attributed to the low glass transition temperature (Tg) and good mechanical compliance of PU NPs. The new encapsulation method involving waterborne biodegradable PU NPs is simple, rapid, and effective to produce multimodular NP carriers. PMID:28280341

  10. Duffy negative antigen is no longer a barrier to Plasmodium vivax--molecular evidences from the African West Coast (Angola and Equatorial Guinea.

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    Cristina Mendes

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax shows a small prevalence in West and Central Africa due to the high prevalence of Duffy negative people. However, Duffy negative individuals infected with P. vivax have been reported in areas of high prevalence of Duffy positive people who may serve as supply of P. vivax strains able to invade Duffy negative erythrocytes. We investigated the presence of P. vivax in two West African countries, using blood samples and mosquitoes collected during two on-going studies. METHODOLOGY/FINDINGS: Blood samples from a total of 995 individuals were collected in seven villages in Angola and Equatorial Guinea, and 820 Anopheles mosquitoes were collected in Equatorial Guinea. Identification of the Plasmodium species was achieved by nested PCR amplification of the small-subunit rRNA genes; P. vivax was further characterized by csp gene analysis. Positive P. vivax-human isolates were genotyped for the Duffy blood group through the analysis of the DARC gene. Fifteen Duffy-negative individuals, 8 from Equatorial Guinea (out of 97 and 7 from Angola (out of 898, were infected with two different strains of P. vivax (VK210 and VK247. CONCLUSIONS: In this study we demonstrated that P. vivax infections were found both in humans and mosquitoes, which means that active transmission is occurring. Given the high prevalence of infection in mosquitoes, we may speculate that this hypnozoite-forming species at liver may not be detected by the peripheral blood samples analysis. Also, this is the first report of Duffy negative individuals infected with two different strains of P. vivax (VK247 and classic strains in Angola and Equatorial Guinea. This finding reinforces the idea that this parasite is able to use receptors other than Duffy to invade erythrocytes, which may have an enormous impact in P. vivax current distribution.

  11. Transmission of Signals via Land Line for Magnetic Tape Copying and Other Applications.

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    1978-08-01

    f o r C l . C7 1K Capacitor , fixed , ceramic , Vitramon type VK33BWI O2 Ql Transistor , silicon , NPN , type AY I 103. Q2 Transistor , silicon. PNP ...dual-in-line package. Q6 Transistor , silicon , PNP , type 2N425O. Q7 As for Q6. SI Switch , sing le pole , 8-position (but 6 positions only used...type 0A2O2. CR2 As for CR1. QI Transistor , silicon , NPN , type AY6 IOI . Q2 Transistor , silicon , PNP , type AY6 102. Q3 As for Q2. Q4 As f o r Q

  12. Piezoelectric and Electrostrictive Materials for Transducers Applications. Volume 3

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    1992-01-31

    Cross, R. E. Nevuhan, A. S. Bhalla, J. P. Dougherty, J. H. Adair, V.K. Varadan, V.V.Vari 114.. ITE of PVAt 01111 rime COVI ERIED 14. GATIE Of, APORT ...H202 Upon Coprecipitated PbTIO3 Powders." J. Mater. Sci. 26. 1187-1191 (199 1). 34. G. A. Rossetti, Jr.. D. J. Watson . R. E. Newnhaxn and J. H. Adair...crystallization of the perovskite lead titanate G.A. Rossetti, Jr., D.J. Watson ’, R.E. Newnham and J.H. Adair 2 Materials Research Laboratory, The

  13. THE ESSENCE, THE NATURE AND TYPES OF ERRORS IN INVESTIGATIONS ARISING ON THE BASIS OF INVESTIGATION OF THE SITUATION AT A PRE-TRIAL PROCESS

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    Meretukov G. M.

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this scientific article, the authors examine the problematic questions of the essence and nature, as well as the types of errors in investigations made at the pre-trial criminal proceedings. They analyze the most significant scientific works devoted to the criminalist situations written by such authors as A.N. Kolesnichenko, V.K. Gavlo, E.G. Yablokova, I.E. Volchetskaya, R.S. Belkina, I.F. Gerasimov, V.A. Obraztsov and others. On the basis of different scientific views and forensic practices the authors determine the classification of errors in investigations, conduct typing errors in investigations, and give the typing of investigatory situations

  14. Chemical evolution of the Magellanic Clouds

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    Barbuy, B.; de Freitas Pacheco, J. A.; Idiart, T.

    We have obtained integrated spectra for 14 clusters in the Magellanic Clouds, on which the spectral indices Hβ, Mg2, Fe5270, Fe5335 were measured. Selecting indices whose behaviour depends essentially on age and metallicity (Hβ and ), together with (B-V) and (V-K) colours, we were able to determine age and metallicities for these clusters, using calibrations based on single stellar population models (Borges et al. 1995). A chemical evolution model which follows a star formation history as indicated by the field population is checked with the age and metallicity data for our sample star clusters.

  15. Caracterização de genótipos de Plasmodium vivax na Ilha de São Luís, Estado do Maranhão Characterization of Plasmodium vivax genotypes on the Island of São Luís, State of Maranhão

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    Eloísa da Graça do Rosario Gonçalves

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O estudo foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de caracterizar os genótipos da proteína circunsporozoíta de Plasmodium vivax, circulantes em área periférica da Ilha de São Luís, Maranhão. Foram obtidas amostras de sangue para exame parasitológico direto (gota espessa de 126 indivíduos, dentre os quais, foram coletadas também 109 amostras para diagnóstico molecular, por reação em cadeia da polimerase. O exame parasitológico demonstrou a presença de Plasmodium vivax em 2 indivíduos, sintomáticos, enquanto o estudo molecular foi positivo para o Plasmodium vivax em 7 indivíduos (2 sintomáticos e positivos na gota espessa e 5 assintomáticos e negativos na gota espessa. Em dois havia associação com Plasmodium falciparum. A genotipagem das amostras de Plasmodium vivax revelou a variante VK 210, havendo associação com a variante VK 247 em duas delas.This study was developed with the aim of characterizing Plasmodium vivax circumsporozoite protein genotypes on the Island of São Luís, Maranhão. Blood samples were taken for direct parasitological examination (thick blood film from 126 individuals. Among these individuals, 109 samples were also taken for molecular diagnosis by means of the polymerase chain reaction. The parasitological examination showed the presence of Plasmodium vivax in two symptomatic individuals, while the molecular study was positive for Plasmodium vivax in seven individuals (two symptomatic and positive from the thick blood film and five asymptomatic and negative from the thick blood film. Two samples showed an association with Plasmodium falciparum. Genotyping of the Plasmodium vivax samples showed that the VK 210 variant was present. This was associated with the VK 247 variant in two samples.

  16. Bibliography of Soviet Laser Developments, Number 46, March - April 1980.

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    1981-02-05

    LiNbO 3 crystals. KE, no. 3, 1980, 577-582. 354. Goncharenko, A.M., and V.P. Red’ko (3). Production and study of thin- film optical waveguides. Sb 2...atmospheric humidity. Sb 14, 64-75. i5. (;l azov , G.N., V.K. Oshlakov, O.D. Tokarev, A.I. Pankov, N.F. Artsimovich, and T.(G. Tevshchekova (263). Apparatus...Photoinduced oxidation of thin As Se films . ZhTF, no. 4, 19)80, 872-875. 491. Beterov, I.M., V.A. Golubev, and N.I. Yurshina (0). Interaction of laser

  17. Wave transformation at select locations along the Indian coast through measurements, modelling and remote sensing

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    Aboobacker, V.M.

    global spectral wave model, IEEE Trans Geosci. Rem. Sens., 43, 110-117. Bhowmick, S.A., R. Kumar, S. Basu, A. Sarkar and V.K. Agarwal, 2009: Improvement in wave forecast using data assimilative coastal wave model, Indian J. Mar. Sci., 38(2), 142..., 1993: The impact of the ERS-1 altimeter on the wave analysis and forecast, Report No. GKSS 93/E/44, GKSS, Germany, 56p. Hanson, J. L., and O. M. Phillips, 2001: Automated analysis of ocean surface directional wave spectra, J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol...

  18. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Pseudomagnitude distances applied to the Pleiades (Chelli+, 2016)

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    Chelli, A.; Duvert, G.

    2016-09-01

    Name, distance in pc and its error (pc) for 360 Pleiades members. The names are those returned by CDS when searching for "M45". The 360 stars are those for which an estimate of distance using the pseudomagnitude method was possible. For each star, the reported PseudoMagnitude Distance (PMD) is the mean of the 3 distances obtained from the pseudomagnitude pairs (V,J), (V,H) and (V,K). The error is the dispersion of those distances. (1 data file).

  19. The Three-Dimensional Ray Trajectories of the WKB Optical Fiber Modes

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    1993-03-01

    source-free, homogeneous media , we have [Vt+k 2(r)]E=0, (2-1) where k(r) is the wave number and E is the electric field. It is noted that this equation...homogeneous media , we have optical fibers, the approximate Eikonal ray approach [21, which in turn is based on Fermat’s [V+k2()=E-l) extremum...that (r, 0, z) locate the ray , For purposes of analysis the geometrica relationships are more carefully defined in the nex’ Figure 31: Geometry of the

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    Full Text Available CH (Link to library) CHR333 (Link to dictyBase) - - - Contig-U15792-1 - (Link to Original site) CHR...333F 382 - - - - - - Show CHR333 Library CH (Link to library) Clone ID CHR333 (Link to dicty...iol.tsukuba.ac.jp/CSM/CH/CHR3-B/CHR333Q.Seq.d/ Representative seq. ID - (Link to ...Original site) Representative DNA sequence >CHR333 (CHR333Q) /CSM/CH/CHR3-B/CHR333Q.Seq.d/ ATTTTCCACTTTCCCAT...tpsapxglts*gisnxyxxpslxxvkvsftx tdl--- Frame B: fstfpffhfffxisflffkq*rpkfxypqrfx*hykxxiqlyhrxxnx*yvpfsllp*vk

  1. Data for chitin binding activity of Moringa seed resistant protein (MSRP).

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    Sandanamudi, Anudeep; Bharadwaj, Kishan R; Cheruppanpullil, Radha

    2016-12-01

    Chitin binding activity of moringa seed resistant protein (MSRP) isolated from defatted moringa seed flour was investigated in the present study "Characterization of soluble dietary fiber from Moringa oleifera seeds and its immunomodulatory effects" (S. Anudeep, V.K. Prasanna, S.M. Adya, C. Radha, 2016) [1]. The assay reaction mixture contained 0.4 mg/ml of MSRP and different amounts (20-100 mg) of chitin. MSRP exhibited binding activity over wide range of chitin concentration. Maximum binding activity was observed at 80 mg of chitin. The property of MSRP to bind chitin can be exploited for its purification.

  2. DVD-filmid tõrjuvad VHSid poodidest välja / Erki Freiberg

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    Freiberg, Erki

    2005-01-01

    DVD- ja VHS-filmide müüjad ennustavad VHS-kassettide müügilt kadumist juba kahe aasta jooksul. Eesti ühe suurema filmide müüja AS-i V&K Holding müügijuhi Andrus Aigro sõnul suureneb DVD-de osakaal aastas ligi 30%, samal ajal kui videofilmide osakaal langeb 10%. Diagramm: DVD-filmide laenutajate arv on kasvanud üle kahe korra. Vt. samas: DVD-filmide pealetung on käimas ka Soomes

  3. Addition of Epidermal Growth Factor Improves the Rate of Sulfur Mustard Wound Healing in an In Vitro Model

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    2008-03-26

    diabetic foot ulcers .41 A phase IV, postmarketing surveillance study of REGEN-D 150 confirmed faster healing of diabetic foot ulcers and an increase in...untreated control corneas . However, lower doses of KGF had no effect, nor did the 100 ng/mL of KGF dose, after the day 2 time point. This study also...recombinant human epidermal growth factor (REGEN-DTM 150) in healing diabetic foot ulcers . Wounds. 2006;18(7):186–96. 42. Mohan VK. Recombinant human

  4. 30th international Vienna motor symposium. Vol. 2. Second day; 30. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 2. Zweiter Tag

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    Lenz, Hans Peter (comp.)

    2009-07-01

    This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 30{sup th} International Vienna Motor Symposium (May 7-8, 2009) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest. Among others, the work examines the above mentioned topics. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form and in English translation. Edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H.P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna). (orig.)

  5. 33{sup rd} international Vienna motor symposium. Vol. 1. First day; 33. internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 1. Erster Tag

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    Lenz, Hans Peter (comp.)

    2012-11-01

    This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 33{sup rd} International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 26-27, 2012) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest. Among others, the work examines the above mentioned topics. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form and in English translation. Edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H.P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna).

  6. 30th international Vienna motor symposium. Vol. 1. First day; 30. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 1. Erster Tag

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    Lenz, Hans Peter (comp.)

    2009-07-01

    This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 30{sup th} International Vienna Motor Symposium (May 7-8, 2009) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest. Among others, the work examines the above mentioned topics. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form and in English translation. Edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H.P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna). (orig.)

  7. 34{sup th} international Vienna motor symposium. Vol. 2. Second day; 34. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 2. Zweiter Tag

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    Lenz, Hans Peter (comp.)

    2013-08-01

    This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 25-26, 2013) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest. Among others, the work examines the above mentioned topics. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form and in English translation. Edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H. P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna).

  8. 34{sup th} international Vienna motor symposium. Vol. 1. First day; 34. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 1. Erster Tag

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    Lenz, Hans Peter (comp.)

    2013-08-01

    This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 25-26, 2013) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest. Among others, the work examines the above mentioned topics. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form and in English translation. Edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H. P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna).

  9. 33{sup rd} international Vienna motor symposium. Vol. 2. Second day; 33. internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 2. Zweiter Tag

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    Lenz, Hans Peter (comp.)

    2012-11-01

    This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 33{sup rd} International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 26-27, 2012) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest. Among others, the work examines the above mentioned topics. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form and in English translation. Edited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H.P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna).

  10. Electromagnetic Machines Which Utilize Microgeometry Field Structures

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    1990-04-01

    34Polarization Reversal in Electrets and Hydrogen Bonding". J. Electrostatics. 1:209-216. PIllai , P.K.C., Jain, K. and Jain, V.K. (1972...34Theroelectrets and their Applications". Phys. Star. Sol.. 13(a)3,1 1. Pillai , P.K.C. and Shriver, E.L. (1975): "Electrets and their applications in...Amterdamn:41-61. * Lee, K.Y., Frost, J., Stanley, C., Patrick , W., Mackie, W.S., Beaumont, S.P., and Wilkinson, C.D.W. (1986): "Fabrication of Ultrasmall

  11. Remarks on the sea level records of the north Indian ocean

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    Unnikrishnan, A

    . 106, 6895-6916. Han, W., Webster, P.J., 2002. Forcing mechanisms of sea level interannual variability in the Bay of Bengal. J. Phys. Oceanogr. 32, 216-239. Jade, S., Mukul, M., Parvez, I.A., Ananda, M.B., Kumar, P.D., Gaur, V.K., Bendick, R...., Bilham, R., Blume, F., Wallace, K., Abbasi, I.A., Khan, M.A., Ulhadi, S., 2003. Pre- seismic, co-seismic and post-seismic displacements associated with the Bhuj 2001 earthquake derived from recent and historic geodetic data. Proc. Ind. Acad. Sci. (Earth...

  12. East Europe Report

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    1986-01-23

    Mezögazdasäg, erdögazdäl- kodäs, vizgazdälkodäs 2,5% LfKözlekedes, tävközles 0,9% Lakossag 8,1% LEgyeb 9,6% -Ipar78,9% (2)VILLAM0S- ENERGIA ...1970’s centered around renovation of the completely used up infrastructure and the obsolete, dangerous buildings. It turned out, however, that the... renovation . [Question] But reconstruction began in 1976.... [Answer] Right. But this did not prove successful. The reason partly was that it began

  13. Data for chitin binding activity of Moringa seed resistant protein (MSRP

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    Anudeep Sandanamudi

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Chitin binding activity of moringa seed resistant protein (MSRP isolated from defatted moringa seed flour was investigated in the present study “Characterization of soluble dietary fiber from Moringa oleifera seeds and its immunomodulatory effects” (S. Anudeep, V.K. Prasanna, S.M. Adya, C. Radha, 2016 [1]. The assay reaction mixture contained 0.4 mg/ml of MSRP and different amounts (20–100 mg of chitin. MSRP exhibited binding activity over wide range of chitin concentration. Maximum binding activity was observed at 80 mg of chitin. The property of MSRP to bind chitin can be exploited for its purification.

  14. Some results on the Induced Matching Partition Number of Product Graphs

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    2007-01-01

    The induced matching partition number of graph G is the minimum integer k such that there exists a k-partition (V1,V2,…Vk) of V(G) such that,for each i(1≤i≤k),G[Vi]is 1-regular.In this paper,we study the induced matching partition number of product graphs. We provide a lower bound and an upper bound for the induced matching partition number of product graphs, and exact results are given for some special product graphs.

  15. Downhill Domination in Graphs

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    Haynes Teresa W.; Hedetniemi Stephen T.; Jamieson Jessie D.; Jamieson William B.

    2014-01-01

    A path π = (v1, v2, . . . , vk+1) in a graph G = (V,E) is a downhill path if for every i, 1 ≤ i ≤ k, deg(vi) ≥ deg(vi+1), where deg(vi) denotes the degree of vertex vi ∈ V. The downhill domination number equals the minimum cardinality of a set S ⊆ V having the property that every vertex v ∈ V lies on a downhill path originating from some vertex in S. We investigate downhill domination numbers of graphs and give upper bounds. In particular, we show that the downhill domination number of a grap...

  16. Bibliography of Soviet Laser Developments, Number 81, January-February 1986

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    1987-04-24

    186-188. 215. Krasnikov, V.V.; Pshenichnikov, M.S.; Solomatin, V.S. (MGU). Parametric coating of a medium under resonance four-wave interaction...Kashin, V.V.; Perminova, V.N.; Rusanov, S.Ya.; Sysoyev, V.K. (IOF). Thermophysical analysis of the rate of polymerization of a silicone coating of a...holograms in highly selective photochromic media. KRSFA, no. 1, 1986, 35-37. 451. Obukhovskiy, V.V.; Stoyanov, A.V. (KGU). The photoinduced scattering of

  17. IMPURITY CENTRES.Ni+ and Ni3+ centers in X-irradiated CaF2

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    Casas, J.; Den Hartog, H.; Alcalá, R

    1980-01-01

    Optical and EPR measurements of CaF2 : Ni before and after X-irradiation are reported. An absorption band at 255 nm grows during X-irradiation. The thermal evolution of this band and some bleaching experiments in 15 K X-irradiated samples containing Vk centers indicate that the 255 nm band is due to Ni+ centers. Some EPR signals associated with the Ni+ centers are also observed. Low temperature measurements show that there are two slightly different kinds of centers one of them having tetrago...

  18. Workshop on Waves and Particles in Light and Matter

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    Van der Merwe, Alwyn; Waves and Particles in Light and Matter

    1994-01-01

    The Great Veil, Reality, and Louis de Broglie (O. Costa de Beauregard). The Fallacy of the Arguments Against Local Realism in Quantum Phenomena (A.O. Barut). Restoring Locality with FasterThanLight Velocities (P.H. Eberhard). The WaveParticle Duality and the AharonovBohm Effect (M. Ferrero, E. Santos). De Broglie's Waves in Space and Time (A. Garuccio). Interferometry with De Broglie Waves (F. Hasselbach). Quantum Mechanics of Ultracold Neutrons (V.K. Ignatovich). The Physical Interpretation of Special Relativity (S.J. Prokhovnik). Quantum Neutron Optics (H. Rauch). Some Comments on th

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  20. Journal of the National Classification Management Society. Volume 20. Proceedings of the Annual Seminar Held at Las Vegas, Nevada on 22-25 May 1984

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    34■ •"* • ."•.•. .-•’.-. .•’-•• ••’.•’ 86 TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER—A BRITISH PERSPECTIVE John S. McMichael Thorn EMI Electronics Ltd England Before starting my contribution...p»clhV2imnt NtVlflON NO. % IN ( KIP H (ulluwM.n . t.trtriN.1 » I v ( ¥••• M VK*. • "irnitH. Ihr lr.li.*w.fl»! . A. > MUIIIMIIIIIIV (»r

  1. Seasonal and spatial variations in settling manganese fluxes in the northern Arabian Sea

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    Nair, T.M.B.; Ramaswamy, V.; Shankar, R.; Ittekkot, V.

    ., 1992; Abe Kazue and Watanabe Yasunori, 1995). We argue that increased input of dissolved Mn (as discussed earlier), coupled with the more oxic and dynamic conditions of the western Arabian Sea, lead to in situ oxidation of dissolved Mn in the west, thus... No. 2647. References Abe Kazuo, Watanabe Yasunori, 1995. A preliminary study on manganese distributions in the East China Sea. Bulletin Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute 73, 13}19. Banakar, V.K., Parthiban, G., Pattan, J.N., Jauhari, P...

  2. 巴西固氮螺菌Yu62在玉米根的定植%Colonization Pattern of Azospirillum brasilense Yu62 on Maize Roots

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    刘元; 陈三凤; 李季伦

    2003-01-01

    Plasmid pVK1001 which carried the gfp gene of GFPmut2, a mutant of GFP, was introduced into Azospirillum brasilense Yu62 by electroporation. Maize seedlings were inoculated with the GFP-labelled bacteria and grown gnotobiotically in flask with semi-solid agar medium. Observations were performed with confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and electron microscopy, respectively, at 8 d and 12 d after inoculation. Confocal laser scanning microscopy showed that A. brasilense Yu62 could penetrate into the cortex tissue, colonizing in the intercellular spaces of the parenchyma cells of the cortex tissue. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the majority of the bacteria colonized on the root surface and only a minority of them resided in the root interior.%将GFPmut2质粒中的gfp基因 (编码绿色荧光蛋白)克隆到载体pVK100中,构建成重组质粒pVK1001.将pVK1001通过电转化方法导入到联合固氮菌巴西固氮螺菌Yu62中,获得GFP标记的巴西固氮螺菌Yu62菌株.用标记菌株接种限菌培养条件下生长的玉米(农大3318)幼苗,在接种后8 d、12 d,用激光共聚焦扫描显微镜进行观测,结果表明巴西固氮螺菌Yu62菌株能定植于玉米根部皮层的薄壁细胞间隙.用扫描电镜和超薄切片电镜观察表明,大多数细菌主要定植于根表,少数菌可进入玉米根组织内.

  3. Measurement of Peltier Heat at the Solid/Liquid Interface and Its Application to Crystal Growth II : Measurement and Application

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    Kim, I.H. [Chungju National University, Chungju (Korea); Jang, K.W. [Hanseo University, Seosan (Korea); Lee, D.H. [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea)

    1999-11-01

    Thermoelectric effects on the temperature changes at the solid- and liquid-phase and its interface were studied by using the unidirectional solidification of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. Cooling or heating effects measured with current density, polarity and current passing time were quite different. By separating sole Peltier, Thomson and Joule heat theoretically and experimentally, the Peltier coefficient at the solid/liquid interface of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} was -1.10 X 10{sup -1} V, and the Thomson coefficients of solid- and liquid-phase were 7.31 X 10{sup -4} V/K, 5.77 X 10{sup -5}V/K, respectively. When D.C. passed from solid-phase to liquid-phase during the crystal growth of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3}, the crystal with more directionality was obtained owing to increase of the temperature gradient in liquid by the Peltier cooling. But in reverse current direction, the crystallinity was not changed significantly. (author). 10 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Apigenin induces ROS-dependent apoptosis and ER stress in human endometriosis cells.

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    Park, Sunwoo; Lim, Whasun; Bazer, Fuller W; Song, Gwonhwa

    2017-06-15

    Apigenin is a plant-derived flavonoid having antiproliferative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-angiogenic properties in chronic and metabolic diseases, and cancers. However, the functional role of apigenin remains to be identified in human endometriosis that is a benign inflammatory disease causing infertility, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and chronic abdominal or pelvic pain. In the present study, we determined the effects of apigenin on two well-established human endometriosis cell lines (VK2/E6E7 and End1/E6E7). Apigenin reduced proliferation and induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in the both endometriosis cell lines. In addition, it disrupted mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) which was accompanied by an increase in concentration of calcium ions in the cytosol and in pro-apoptotic proteins including Bax and cytochrome c in the VK2/E6E7 and End1/E6E7 cells. Moreover, apigenin treated cells accumulated excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS), and experienced lipid peroxidation and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress with activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) regulatory proteins. Furthermore, the apigenin-induced apoptosis in endometriosis cells was regulated via the ERK1/2, JNK, and AKT cell signaling pathways. Taken together, apigenin is a potential novel therapeutic agent to overcome current limitations in the treatment to endometriosis. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. 3D hydrodynamical simulations of stellar photospheres with the CO5BOLD code: photometric colors of a late-type giant

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    Kucinskas, A; Caffau, E; Steffen, M

    2009-01-01

    We present synthetic broad-band photometric colors of a late-type giant located close to the RGB tip (T_eff = 3640 K, log g = 1.0 and [M/H] = 0.0). Johnson-Cousins-Glass BVRIJHK colors were obtained from the spectral energy distributions calculated using 3D hydrodynamical and 1D classical stellar atmosphere models. The differences between photometric magnitudes and colors predicted by the two types of models are significant, especially at optical wavelengths where they may reach, e.g., \\Delta V~0.16, \\Delta R~0.13 and \\Delta (V-I)~0.14, \\Delta (V-K)~0.20. Differences in the near-infrared are smaller but still non-negligible (e.g., \\Delta K~0.04). Such discrepancies may lead to noticeably different photometric parameters when these are inferred from photometry (e.g., effective temperature will change by \\Delta T_eff~60 K due to difference of \\Delta (V-K)~0.20).

  6. Improved Color-Temperature Relations and Bolometric Corrections for Cool Stars

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    Houdashelt, M L; Sweigart, A V; Houdashelt, Mark L.; Bell, Roger A.; Sweigart, Allen V.

    1999-01-01

    We present new grids of colors and bolometric corrections for F-K stars having 4000 K < Teff < 6500 K, 0.0 < log g < 4.5 and -3.0 < [Fe/H] < 0.0. A companion paper extends these calculations into the M giant regime. Colors are tabulated for Johnson U-V and B-V; Cousins V-R and V-I; Johnson-Glass V-K, J-K and H-K; and CIT/CTIO V-K, J-K, H-K and CO. We have developed these color-temperature (CT) relations by convolving synthetic spectra with photometric filter-transmission-profiles. The synthetic spectra have been computed with the SSG spectral synthesis code using MARCS stellar atmosphere models as input. Both of these codes have been improved substantially, especially at low temperatures, through the incorporation of new opacity data. The resulting synthetic colors have been put onto the observational systems by applying color calibrations derived from models and photometry of field stars which have Teffs determined by the infrared-flux method. The color calibrations have zero points and slo...

  7. Subcutaneous connective tissue reactions to iRoot SP, mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) Fillapex, DiaRoot BioAggregate and MTA.

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    Bósio, C C; Felippe, G S; Bortoluzzi, E A; Felippe, M C S; Felippe, W T; Rivero, E R C

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate connective tissue reactions to iRoot SP (Innovative Bioceramics, Vancouver, BC, Canada), mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) Fillapex (FLPX) (Angelus Soluções Odontológicas, Londrina, Brazil), DiaRoot Bioaggregate (DiaDent Group International, Burnaby, BC, Canada) and white MTA (Angelus, Londrina, Brazil) in Wistar rats. A total of 128 dentine tubes filled with the materials and 32 empty tubes (control) were implanted into 32 rats. After 7, 15, 30 and 90 days (n = 8 per period), the animals were euthanized, and the tissues were processed for histological evaluation using haematoxylin-eosin (H&E) and Von Kossa (VK) staining. Observations were made for cellular inflammatory components and the presence of multinucleated giant cells (MNGC), macrophages and tissue necrosis. Data were analysed by Fisher's exact and Kruskal–Wallis tests (P MTA FLPX and iRoot SP scored higher than the other groups for the variable macrophages (P MTA FLPX scored higher than the other groups for the variable MNGC (P MTA FLPX. VK positivity was observed in areas of necrosis in all groups, except in the control group. The materials were considered biologically acceptable except MTA FLPX, which remained toxic to subcutaneous tissue even after 90 days.

  8. Elastoplasty: First Experience in 12 Patients

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    Urlings, Thijs A. J., E-mail: t_urlings@hotmail.com; Linden, Edwin van der [Medical Center Westeinde, Department of Radiology (Netherlands)

    2013-04-15

    Percutaneous vertebroplasty with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is used increasingly for pain relief in symptomatic neoplastic or osteoporotic compression fractures. However, restoration of the stiffness of the treated vertebrae might propagate secondary fracture of adjacent vertebrae. Elastoplasty might prevent these secondary fractures. We assessed retrospectively our experience with elastoplasty in 12 patients, focusing on silicone migration. During the period from July 2011 to January 2012, all patients with an indication for vertebroplasty were treated with elastoplasty. The exclusion criterion was the presence of posterior wall defects. Chest computed tomography (CT) scans were performed to evaluate the presence of perivertebral leakage and pulmonary embolism. The prevalence of leakage was compared with the results obtained for vertebroplasty with PMMA reported in the literature. Other complications during the postprocedural period were recorded. Twenty-one vertebral bodies in 12 patients were treated with elastoplasty. Silicone pulmonary emboli were detected on the postprocedural chest CT in 60 % (6/10) of the patients. Leakage to the perivertebral venous plexus was seen in 67 % (14/21) of the treated vertebrae. One major complication occurred: severe, medication-resistant dyspnea developed in one patient with multiple peripheral silicone emboli. This preliminary evidence suggests that VK100 silicone cement should not be used in elastoplasty because of the increased risk of silicone pulmonary embolism, when compared with the use of PMMA, which occurs worldwide. The major technical disadvantage is that the time taken for the VK100 silicone material to achieve its final strength is too long for practical application.

  9. Stabilization of solitons under competing nonlinearities by external potentials

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    Zegadlo, Krzysztof B., E-mail: zegadlo@if.pw.edu.pl; Karpierz, Miroslaw A. [Faculty of Physics, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, ul. Koszykowa 75, PL-00-662 Warszawa (Poland); Wasak, Tomasz; Trippenbach, Marek [Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, ul. Hoza 69, PL-00-681 Warszawa (Poland); Malomed, Boris A. [Department of Physical Electronics, School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978 (Israel)

    2014-12-15

    We report results of the analysis for families of one-dimensional (1D) trapped solitons, created by competing self-focusing (SF) quintic and self-defocusing (SDF) cubic nonlinear terms. Two trapping potentials are considered, the harmonic-oscillator (HO) and delta-functional ones. The models apply to optical solitons in colloidal waveguides and other photonic media, and to matter-wave solitons in Bose-Einstein condensates loaded into a quasi-1D trap. For the HO potential, the results are obtained in an approximate form, using the variational and Thomas-Fermi approximations, and in a full numerical form, including the ground state and the first antisymmetric excited one. For the delta-functional attractive potential, the results are produced in a fully analytical form, and verified by means of numerical methods. Both exponentially localized solitons and weakly localized trapped modes are found for the delta-functional potential. The most essential conclusions concern the applicability of competing Vakhitov-Kolokolov (VK) and anti-VK criteria to the identification of the stability of solitons created under the action of the competing SF and SDF terms.

  10. TLR5-dependent immunogenicity of a recombinant fusion protein containing an immunodominant epitope of malarial circumsporozoite protein and the FliC flagellin of Salmonella Typhimurium

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    Ariane Guglielmi Ariza Camacho

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Recently, we described the improved immunogenicity of new malaria vaccine candidates based on the expression of fusion proteins containing immunodominant epitopes of merozoites and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium flagellin (FliC protein as an innate immune agonist. Here, we tested whether a similar strategy, based on an immunodominant B-cell epitope from malaria sporozoites, could also generate immunogenic fusion polypeptides. A recombinant His6-tagged FliC protein containing the C-terminal repeat regions of the VK210 variant of Plasmodium vivax circumsporozoite (CS protein was constructed. This recombinant protein was successfully expressed in Escherichia coli as soluble protein and was purified by affinity to Ni-agarose beads followed by ion exchange chromatography. A monoclonal antibody specific for the CS protein of P. vivax sporozoites (VK210 was able to recognise the purified protein. C57BL/6 mice subcutaneously immunised with the recombinant fusion protein in the absence of any conventional adjuvant developed protein-specific systemic antibody responses. However, in mice genetically deficient in expression of TLR5, this immune response was extremely low. These results extend our previous observations concerning the immunogenicity of these recombinant fusion proteins and provide evidence that the main mechanism responsible for this immune activation involves interactions with TLR5, which has not previously been demonstrated for any recombinant FliC fusion protein.

  11. EVALUATION OF CIRCUMSPOROZOITE PROTEIN OF Plasmodium vivax TO ESTIMATE ITS PREVALENCE IN OIAPOQUE , AMAPÁ STATE, BRAZIL, BORDERING FRENCH GUIANA

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    Margarete do Socorro Mendonça GOMES

    Full Text Available SUMMARY Malaria is a major health problem for people who live on the border between Brazil and French Guiana. Here we discuss Plasmodium vivax distribution pattern in the town of Oiapoque, Amapá State using the circumsporozoite (CS gene as a marker. Ninety-one peripheral blood samples from P. vivax patients have been studied. Of these, 64 individuals were from the municipality of Oiapoque (Amapá State, Brazil and 27 patients from French Guiana (August to December 2011. DNA extraction was performed, and a fragment of the P. vivax CS gene was subsequently analyzed using PCR/RFLP. The VK210 genotype was the most common in both countries (48.36% in Brazil and 14.28% in French Guiana, followed by the P. vivax-like (1.10% in both Brazil and French Guiana and VK247 (1.10% only in Brazil in single infections. We were able to detect all three CS genotypes simultaneously in mixed infections. There were no statistically significant differences either regarding infection site or parasitaemia among individuals with different genotypes. These results suggest that the same genotypes circulating in French Guiana are found in the municipality of Oiapoque in Brazil. These findings suggest that there may be a dispersion of parasitic populations occurring between the two countries. Most likely, this distribution is associated with prolonged and/or more complex transmission patterns of these genotypes in Brazil, bordering French Guiana.

  12. Heat Transfer on a Film-Cooled Blade - Effect of Hole Physics

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    Garg, Vijay K.; Rigby, David L.

    1998-01-01

    A multi-block, three-dimensional Navier-Stokes code has been used to study the within-hole and near-hole physics in relation to heat transfer on a film-cooled blade. The flow domain consists of the coolant flow through the plenum and hole-pipes for the three staggered rows of shower-head holes on the VK1 rotor, and the main flow over the blade. A multi-block grid is generated that is nearly orthogonal to the various surfaces. It may be noted that for the VK1 rotor the shower-head holes are inclined at 30 deg. to the spanwise direction, and are normal to the streamwise direction on the blade. Wilcox's k-omega turbulence model is used. The present study provides a much better comparison for the heat transfer coefficient at the blade mid-span with the experimental data than an earlier analysis wherein coolant velocity and temperature distributions were specified at the hole exits rather than extending the computational domain into the hole-pipe and plenum. Details of the distributions of coolant velocity, temperature, k and omega at the hole exits are also presented.

  13. The matricial relaxation of a linear matrix inequality

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    Helton, J William; McCullough, Scott

    2010-01-01

    Given linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) L_1 and L_2, it is natural to ask: (Q1) when does one dominate the other, that is, does L_1(X) PsD imply L_2(X) PsD? (Q2) when do they have the same solution set? Such questions can be NP-hard. This paper describes a natural relaxation of an LMI, based on substituting matrices for the variables x_j. With this relaxation, the domination questions (Q1) and (Q2) have elegant answers, indeed reduce to constructible semidefinite programs. Assume there is an X such that L_1(X) and L_2(X) are both PD, and suppose the positivity domain of L_1 is bounded. For our "matrix variable" relaxation a positive answer to (Q1) is equivalent to the existence of matrices V_j such that L_2(x)=V_1^* L_1(x) V_1 + ... + V_k^* L_1(x) V_k. As for (Q2) we show that, up to redundancy, L_1 and L_2 are unitarily equivalent. Such algebraic certificates are typically called Positivstellensaetze and the above are examples of such for linear polynomials. The paper goes on to derive a cleaner and more pow...

  14. On the Content Bound for Real Quadratic Field Extensions

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    Robert G. Underwood

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Let K be a finite extension of Q and let S = {ν} denote the collection of K normalized absolute values on K. Let V+K denote the additive group of adeles over K and let K ≥0   c : V + → R denote the content map defined as c({aν } = Q K   ν ∈S ν (aν for {aν } ∈ V+K A classical result of J. W. S. Cassels states that there is a constant c > 0 depending only on the field K  with the following property: if {aν } ∈ V+K with c({aν }  > c, then there exists a non-zero element b  ∈ K for which ν (b ≤ ν (aν , ∀ν  ∈ S. Let cK be the greatest lower bound of the set of all c that satisfy this property. In the case that K is a real quadratic extension there is a known upper bound for cK due to S. Lang. The purpose of this paper is to construct a new upper bound for cK in the case that K has class number one. We compare our new bound with Lang’s bound for various real quadratic extensions and find that our new bound is better than Lang’s in many instances.

  15. EVALUATION OF CIRCUMSPOROZOITE PROTEIN OF Plasmodium vivax TO ESTIMATE ITS PREVALENCE IN OIAPOQUE , AMAPÁ STATE, BRAZIL, BORDERING FRENCH GUIANA

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    GOMES, Margarete do Socorro Mendonça; VIEIRA, José Luiz Fernandes; CASSIANO, Gustavo Capatti; MUSSET, Lise; LEGRAND, Eric; NACHER, Mathieu; COUTO, Vanja Suely Calvosa D'Almeida; MACHADO, Ricardo Luiz Dantas; COUTO, Álvaro Augusto Ribeiro D'Almeida

    2016-01-01

    SUMMARY Malaria is a major health problem for people who live on the border between Brazil and French Guiana. Here we discuss Plasmodium vivax distribution pattern in the town of Oiapoque, Amapá State using the circumsporozoite (CS) gene as a marker. Ninety-one peripheral blood samples from P. vivax patients have been studied. Of these, 64 individuals were from the municipality of Oiapoque (Amapá State, Brazil) and 27 patients from French Guiana (August to December 2011). DNA extraction was performed, and a fragment of the P. vivax CS gene was subsequently analyzed using PCR/RFLP. The VK210 genotype was the most common in both countries (48.36% in Brazil and 14.28% in French Guiana), followed by the P. vivax-like (1.10% in both Brazil and French Guiana) and VK247 (1.10% only in Brazil) in single infections. We were able to detect all three CS genotypes simultaneously in mixed infections. There were no statistically significant differences either regarding infection site or parasitaemia among individuals with different genotypes. These results suggest that the same genotypes circulating in French Guiana are found in the municipality of Oiapoque in Brazil. These findings suggest that there may be a dispersion of parasitic populations occurring between the two countries. Most likely, this distribution is associated with prolonged and/or more complex transmission patterns of these genotypes in Brazil, bordering French Guiana. PMID:27680177

  16. A DWARF DETERMINATE PLANT TYPE FOR ACHIEVING HIGHER AND STABLE YIELD IN BLACKGRAM (VIGNA MUNGO L. HEPPER

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    Full Text Available In the present study a dwarf determinate type of urdbean was used along with two traditional varieties and two elite lines to test their performance at higher plant density and nitrogen fertilizer levels. Genotype differ significantly for all the traits studied, spacing showed significant difference for total number of pods per plant, harvest index and plot yield while nitrogen levels showed significant difference for total number of pods per plant, 100 seed weight, dry weight of stem, husk, biological yield and harvest index. Closer spacing enhanced seed yield by 36.5 percent, harvest index by 29.9 percent and plot yield by 47.9 percent while higher nitrogen level enhanced dry weight of stem, husk and biological yield by 26.7, 34.1 and 17.5 percent respectively but reduced harvest index by 18.1 percent. The dwarf determinate line (V.K.6 recorded lower values of pods per plant, dry weight of stem, leaves, husk and biological yield but higher number of seeds per pod, 100 seed weight, seed yield per plant and seed yield per plot. Mean performance and stability parameter for grain yield and its component traits revealed that the genotype V.K.6 exhibited the highest seed yield per plant (2.87 g and plot yield (60.53 g - over six environments. The dwarf determinate type showed wider adaptability and higher stable yield over environments and therefore can be recommended for cultivation by the farmers

  17. 25. International Vienna engine symposium. Vol. 1; 25. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Band 1

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    These two volumes contain the proceedings of the 25th Vienna Engine Symposium of 29/30 April 2004. Traditionally, international attendants are invited to this symposium to identify and discuss new trends in internal combustion engines. The following subjects were discussed this year: New gasoline and diesel engines; Special marine and motorcycle engines; Diesel engines of the future; Acoustic effects of mixing and combustion; Introduction to synthetic fuels; New findings in charge cycles, charging, design, calculation, simulation, gears, components, and exhaust purification; Future perspectives. The proceedings volumes were published by Professor Dr. H.P. Lenz, managing director of Oesterreichischer Verein fuer Kraftfahrzeugtechnik (OeVK).(orig.) [German] In diesem zweibaendingen Werk werden die Vortraege des 25. Internationalen Wiener Motorensymposiums vom 29./30 April 2004 wiedergegeben und damit einer breiten Oeffentlichkeit zugaenglich gemacht. Aufgabe der Wiener Motorensymposien ist es, Entwicklungsrichtungen im Bereich der Verbrennungsmotoren unter internationaler Beteiligung aufzuzeigen und zu diskutieren. Dieses Werk befasst sich unter anderem mit folgenden neuen Entwicklungen: Motoren: Neue Otto- und Diesel-Motoren; Sondermotoren fuer Boot und Motorrad; Dieselmotor in der Zukunft? Kraftstoffe: Einfluss von Gemischbildung und Verbrennung auf die Akustik; Einstieg in synthetische Kunststoffe; neue Erkenntnisse auf den Gebieten: Ladungswechsel, Aufladung; Konstruktion; Berechnung; Simulation; Getriebe; Komponenten; Abgasreinigung; Zukunftsperspektiven. Herausgeber: Univ.-Prof. Dr. H.P. Lenz; Vorsitzender der Oesterreichischen Vereins fuer Kraftfahrzeugtechnik (OeVK). (orig.)

  18. 25. International Vienna engine symposium. Vol. 2; 25. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Band 2

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    These two volumes contain the proceedings of the 25th Vienna Engine Symposium of 29/30 April 2004. Traditionally, international attendants are invited to this symposium to identify and discuss new trends in internal combustion engines. The following subjects were discussed this year: New gasoline and diesel engines; Special marine and motorcycle engines; Diesel engines of the future; Acoustic effects of mixing and combustion; Introduction to synthetic fuels; New findings in charge cycles, charging, design, calculation, simulation, gears, components, and exhaust purification; Future perspectives. The proceedings volumes were published by Professor Dr. H.P. Lenz, managing director of Oesterreichischer Verein fuer Kraftfahrzeugtechnik (OeVK). (orig.) [German] In diesem zweibaendingen Werk werden die Vortraege des 25. Internationalen Wiener Motorensymposiums vom 29./30 April 2004 wiedergegeben und damit einer breiten Oeffentlichkeit zugaenglich gemacht. Aufgabe der Wiener Motorensymposien ist es, Entwicklungsrichtungen im Bereich der Verbrennungsmotoren unter internationaler Beteiligung aufzuzeigen und zu diskutieren. Dieses Werk befasst sich unter anderem mit folgenden neuen Entwicklungen: Motoren: Neue Otto- und Diesel-Motoren; Sondermotoren fuer Boot und Motorrad; Dieselmotor in der Zukunft? Kraftstoffe: Einfluss von Gemischbildung und Verbrennung auf die Akustik; Einstieg in synthetische Kunststoffe; neue Erkenntnisse auf den Gebieten: Ladungswechsel, Aufladung; Konstruktion; Berechnung; Simulation; Getriebe; Komponenten; Abgasreinigung; Zukunftsperspektiven. Herausgeber: Univ.-Prof. Dr. H.P. Lenz; Vorsitzender der Oesterreichischen Vereins fuer Kraftfahrzeugtechnik (OeVK). (orig.)

  19. 30例正常新生儿血浆PivkA-Ⅱ及Ⅱ、Ⅶ、Ⅸ因子测定

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    刘培嫦; 徐力; 唐莲元; 卢华; 史之册; 石磊

    1988-01-01

    @@ 新生儿自然出血症,又称新生儿低凝血酶原症,是由于维生素k(简称vk)依赖因子显著缺乏所引起的一种自限性疾病.目前国外利用检测(Proteins induced by vitamin k absence orantagoni st PivkA-Ⅱ、Ⅷ、Ⅸ、Ⅹ以及直接测定血中的VK浓度(1)以观察VK 其依赖因子的缺乏情况.本文就PivkA-Ⅱ乳胶凝集过筛试验,凝血酶原时间(PT)Ⅷ.因子活动度和Ⅸ因子含量,对30例2~4天的正常新生儿进行了检测,其结果分析报告如下.

  20. Herpes simplex virus type 2 virion host shutoff protein suppresses innate dsRNA antiviral pathways in human vaginal epithelial cells.

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    Yao, Xiao-Dan; Rosenthal, Kenneth Lee

    2011-09-01

    Viruses that establish persistent infections have evolved numerous strategies to evade host innate antiviral responses. We functionally assessed the role of herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) virion host shutoff (vhs) protein on innate immune sensing pathways in human vaginal epithelial cells (VK2 ECs). Infection of cells with wild-type (WT) HSV-2 significantly decreased expression of innate immune sensors of viral infection, Toll-like receptor (TLR)2, TLR3, retinoic acid inducible gene I (RIG-I) and melanoma differentiation-associated gene 5 (Mda-5), relative to cells infected with a mutant that lacks vhs (vhsB) or mock-infected cells. Transfection with HSV-2 vhs similarly decreased expression of TLR2, TLR3, RIG-I and Mda-5, which was also confirmed in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells. vhsB infection of VK2 cells caused robust increases in the active form of interferon regulatory factor (IRF)3 and its translocation to the nucleus compared with the WT. Additionally, IRF3 activation by Sendai virus and polyinosinic : polycytidylic acid-induced stimulation of beta interferon (IFN-β) was significantly inhibited in vhs-transfected cells. Overall, our findings provide the first evidence that HSV-2 vhs plays roles in selectively inhibiting TLR3 and RIG-I/Mda-5, as well as TLR2-mediated antiviral pathways for sensing dsRNA and effectively suppresses IFN-β antiviral responses in human vaginal ECs.

  1. Discrimination, crypticity, and incipient taxa in entamoeba.

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    Espinosa, Avelina; Paz-Y-Miño-C, Guillermo

    2012-01-01

    Persistent difficulties in resolving clear lineages in diverging populations of prokaryotes or unicellular eukaryotes (protistan polyphyletic groups) are challenging the classical species concept. Although multiple integrated approaches would render holistic taxonomies, most phylogenetic studies are still based on single-gene or morphological traits. Such methodologies conceal natural lineages, which are considered "cryptic." The concept of species is considered artificial and inadequate to define natural populations. Social organisms display differential behaviors toward kin than to nonrelated individuals. In "social" microbes, kin discrimination has been used to help resolve crypticity. Aggregative behavior could be explored in a nonsocial protist to define phylogenetic varieties that are considered "cryptic." Two Entamoeba invadens strains, IP-1 and VK-1:NS are considered close populations of the same "species." This study demonstrates that IP-1 and VK-1:NS trophozoites aggregate only with alike members and discriminate members of different strains based on behavioral and chemical signals. Combined morphological, behavioral/chemical, and ecological studies could improve Archamoebae phylogenies and define cryptic varieties. Evolutionary processes in which selection acted continuously and cumulatively on ancestors of Entamoeba populations gave rise to chemical and behavioral signals that allowed individuals to discriminate nonpopulation members and, gradually, to the emergence of new lineages; alternative views that claim a "Designer" or "Creator" as responsible for protistan diversity are unfounded.

  2. Malaria vectors in ecologically heterogeneous localities of the Colombian Pacific region.

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    Nelson Naranjo-Díaz

    Full Text Available The Colombian Pacific region is second nationally in number of malaria cases reported. This zone presents great ecological heterogeneity and Anopheles species diversity. However, little is known about the current spatial and temporal distribution of vector species. This study, conducted in three ecologically different localities of the Pacific region, aimed to evaluate the composition and distribution of Anopheles species and characterize transmission intensity. A total of 4,016 Anopheles mosquitoes were collected representing seven species. The composition and dominant species differed in each locality. Three species were infected with malaria parasites: Anopheles darlingi and An. calderoni were infected with Plasmodium falciparum and An. nuneztovari with Plasmodium vivax VK210 and VK247. Annual EIRs varied from 3.5-7.2 infective bites per year. These results confirm the importance of the primary vector An. nuneztovari in areas disturbed by human interventions, of An. darlingi in deforested margins of humid tropical rainforest and An. albimanus and the suspected vector An. calderoni in areas impacted by urbanization and large-scale palm oil agriculture close to the coast. This constitutes the first report in the Colombia Pacific region of naturally infected An. darlingi, and in Colombia of naturally infected An. calderoni. Further studies should evaluate the epidemiological importance of An. calderoni in the Pacific region.

  3. Cosmological Structure Formation in Decaying Dark Matter Models

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    Cheng, Dalong; Tang, Jiayu

    2015-01-01

    The standard cold dark matter (CDM) model predicts too many and too dense small structures. We consider an alternative model that the dark matter undergoes two-body decays with cosmological lifetime $\\tau$ into only one type of massive daughters with non-relativistic recoil velocity $V_k$. This decaying dark matter model (DDM) can suppress the structure formation below its free-streaming scale at time scale comparable to $\\tau$. Comparing with warm dark matter (WDM), DDM can better reduce the small structures while being consistent with high redshfit observations. We study the cosmological structure formation in DDM by performing self-consistent N-body simulations and point out that cosmological simulations are necessary to understand the DDM structures especially on non-linear scales. We propose empirical fitting functions for the DDM suppression of the mass function and the mass-concentration relation, which depend on the decay parameters lifetime $\\tau$ and recoil velocity $V_k$, and redshift. The fitting ...

  4. Enhancement of the activity of enzyme immobilized on polydopamine-coated iron oxide nanoparticles by rational orientation of formate dehydrogenase.

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    Gao, Xin; Ni, Kefeng; Zhao, Chengcheng; Ren, Yuhong; Wei, Dongzhi

    2014-10-20

    Immobilization of enzymes onto nanoparticles and retention of their structure and activity, which may be related to the orientation of enzymes on nanoparticles, remain a challenge. Here, we developed a novel enzyme-orientation strategy to enhance the activity of formate dehydrogenase immobilized on polydopamine-coated iron oxide nanoparticles via site-directed mutation. Seven mutants were constructed based on homology modeling of formate dehydrogenase and immobilized on polydopamine-coated iron oxide nanoparticles to investigate the influence of these mutations on immobilization. The immobilized mutant C242A/C275V/C363V/K389C demonstrated the highest immobilization yield and retained 90% of its initial activity, which was about 3-fold higher than that of wild-type formate dehydrogenase. Moreover, co-immobilization of formate dehydrogenase and leucine dehydrogenase was performed for the synthesis of l-tert-leucine. The catalytic efficiency of the co-immobilized mutant C242A/C275V/C363V/K389C and leucine dehydrogenase increased by more than 4-fold compared to that of co-immobilized wild-type formate dehydrogenase and leucine dehydrogenase. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. EVALUATION OF CIRCUMSPOROZOITE PROTEIN OF Plasmodium vivax TO ESTIMATE ITS PREVALENCE IN OIAPOQUE , AMAPÁ STATE, BRAZIL, BORDERING FRENCH GUIANA.

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    Gomes, Margarete do Socorro Mendonça; Vieira, José Luiz Fernandes; Cassiano, Gustavo Capatti; Musset, Lise; Legrand, Eric; Nacher, Mathieu; Couto, Vanja Suely Calvosa D'Almeida; Machado, Ricardo Luiz Dantas; Couto, Álvaro Augusto Ribeiro D'Almeida

    2016-09-22

    Malaria is a major health problem for people who live on the border between Brazil and French Guiana. Here we discuss Plasmodium vivax distribution pattern in the town of Oiapoque, Amapá State using the circumsporozoite (CS) gene as a marker. Ninety-one peripheral blood samples from P. vivax patients have been studied. Of these, 64 individuals were from the municipality of Oiapoque (Amapá State, Brazil) and 27 patients from French Guiana (August to December 2011). DNA extraction was performed, and a fragment of the P. vivax CS gene was subsequently analyzed using PCR/RFLP. The VK210 genotype was the most common in both countries (48.36% in Brazil and 14.28% in French Guiana), followed by the P. vivax-like (1.10% in both Brazil and French Guiana) and VK247 (1.10% only in Brazil) in single infections. We were able to detect all three CS genotypes simultaneously in mixed infections. There were no statistically significant differences either regarding infection site or parasitaemia among individuals with different genotypes. These results suggest that the same genotypes circulating in French Guiana are found in the municipality of Oiapoque in Brazil. These findings suggest that there may be a dispersion of parasitic populations occurring between the two countries. Most likely, this distribution is associated with prolonged and/or more complex transmission patterns of these genotypes in Brazil, bordering French Guiana.

  6. Dynamics of the supermarket model

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    MacPhee, I M; Vachkovskaia, M

    2010-01-01

    We consider the long term behaviour of a Markov chain \\xi(t) on \\Z^N based on the N station supermarket model. Different routing policies for the supermarket model give different Markov chains. We show that for a general class of local routing policies, "join the least weighted queue" (JLW), the N one-dimensional components \\xi_i(t) can be partitioned into disjoint clusters C_k. Within each cluster C_k the "speed" of each component \\xi_j converges to a constant V_k and under certain conditions \\xi is recurrent in shape on each cluster. To establish these results we have assembled methods from two distinct areas of mathematics, semi-martingale techniques used for showing stability of Markov chains together with the theory of optimal flows in networks. As corollaries to our main result we obtain the stability classification of the supermarket model under any JLW policy and can explicitly compute the C_k and V_k for any instance of the model and specific JLW policy.

  7. Constraints on the threshold K- nuclear potential from FINUDA AZ (Kstop-,π-)ΛAZ spectra

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    Cieplý, A.; Friedman, E.; Gal, A.; Krejčiřík, V.

    2011-04-01

    1sΛ hypernuclear formation rates in stopped K- reactions on several p-shell targets are derived from hypernuclear formation spectra measured recently by the FINUDA Collaboration and are compared with calculated 1sΛ formation rates based on a chirally motivated coupled channel model. The calculated rates are about 15% of the derived rates, and in contrast with previous calculations depend weakly on the depth of the threshold K- nuclear potential. The A dependence of the calculated 1sΛ rates is in fair agreement with that of the derived 1sΛ rates, showing a slight preference for a deep density dependent potential, ReVK- (ρ0) ∼ - (150- 200) MeV, over a shallow potential, ReVK- (ρ0) ∼ - 50 MeV. These new features originate from a substantial energy and density dependence found for the in-medium subthreshold K- n →π- Λ branching ratio that enters the hypernuclear formation rate calculations.

  8. Gravitational Wave Recoil and Kick Processes in the Merger of Two Colliding Black Holes: The Non Head-on Case

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    Aranha, R F; Tonini, E V

    2012-01-01

    We examine numerically the process of gravitational wave recoil in the merger of two black holes in non head-on collision, in the realm of Robinson-Trautman spacetimes. Characteristic initial data for the system are constructed, and the evolution covers the post-merger phase up to the final configuration of the remnant black hole. The net momentum flux carried out by gravitational waves and the associated impulses are evaluated. Our analysis is based on the Bondi-Sachs conservation laws for the energy momentum of the system. The net kick velocity $V_{k}$ imparted to the merged system by the total gravitational wave impulse is also evaluated. Typically for a non head-on collision the net momentum flux carried out by gravitational waves is nonzero for equal-mass colliding black holes. The distribution of $V_{k}$ as a function of the symmetric mass ratio $\\eta$ is well fitted by a modified Fitchett $\\eta$-scaling law, the additional parameter modifying the law being a measure of the nonzero gravitational wave mo...

  9. Glutamate 190 is a general acid catalyst in the 6-phosphogluconate-dehydrogenase-catalyzed reaction.

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    Karsten, W E; Chooback, L; Cook, P F

    1998-11-10

    Site-directed mutagenesis was used to change E190 of sheep liver 6-phosphogluconate dehydrogenase to A, D, H, K, Q, and R to probe its possible role as a general acid catalyst. Each of the mutant proteins was characterized with respect to the pH dependence of kinetic parameters. Mutations that eliminate a titrable group at position 190, result in pH-rate profiles with no observable pK on the basic side of the V/K6PG profile. Mutations that change the pK of the group at position 190 result in the expected pK perturbations in the V/K6PG profile. Kinetic parameters obtained at the pH optimum in the pH-rate profiles are consistent with a rate-limiting tautomerization of the 1,2-enediol of ribulose 5-phosphate consistent with the proposed role of E190. Data are also consistent with some participation of E190 in an isomerization required to form the active Michaelis complex.

  10. Model calculation of N2 Vegard-Kaplan band emissions in Martian dayglow

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    Jain, Sonal Kumar

    2011-01-01

    A model for N2 Vegard-Kaplan (VK) band (A^3Sigma_u^+ - X^1Sigma_g^+) emissions in Martian dayglow has been developed to explain the recent observations made by the Spectroscopy for Investigation of Characteristics of the Atmosphere of Mars (SPICAM) ultraviolet spectrograph aboard Mars Express. Steady state photoelectron fluxes and volume excitation rates have been calculated using the analytical yield spectra technique. Since interstate cascading is important for triplet states of N2, the population of any given level of N2 triplet states is calculated under statistical equilibrium considering direct excitation, cascading, and quenching effects. Relative population of all vibrational levels of each triplet state is calculated in the model. Line of sight intensities and height-integrated overhead intensities have been calculated for VK, first positive (B^3Pi_g - A^3Sigma_u^+), second positive (C^3Pi_u - B^3Pi_g), and Wu-Benesch (W^3Delta_u - B^3Pi_g) bands of N2. A reduction in the N2 density by a factor of 3 ...

  11. A grid of MARCS model atmospheres for late-type stars. II. S stars and their properties

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    Van Eck, Sophie; Neyskens, Pieter; Jorissen, Alain; Plez, Bertrand; Edvardsson, Bengt; Eriksson, Kjell; Gustafsson, Bengt; Jørgensen, Uffe Gråe; Nordlund, Åke

    2017-05-01

    S-type stars are late-type giants whose atmospheres are enriched in carbon and s-process elements because of either extrinsic pollution by a binary companion or intrinsic nucleosynthesis and dredge-up on the thermally-pulsing asymptotic giant branch. A grid of MARCS model atmospheres has been computed for S stars, covering the range 2700 ≤ Teff(K) ≤ 4000, 0.50 ≤ C/O ≤ 0.99, 0 ≤ log g ≤ 5, [Fe/H] = 0., -0.5 dex, and [s/Fe] = 0, 1, and 2 dex (where the latter quantity refers to the global overabundance of s-process elements). The MARCS models make use of a new ZrO line list. Synthetic spectra computed from these models are used to derive photometric indices in the Johnson and Geneva systems, as well as TiO and ZrO band strengths. A method is proposed to select the model best matching any given S star, a non-trivial operation since the grid contains more than 3500 models covering a five-dimensional parameter space. The method is based on the comparison between observed and synthetic photometric indices and spectral band strengths, and has been applied on a vast subsample of the Henize sample of S stars. Our results confirm the old claim by Piccirillo (1980, MNRAS, 190, 441) that ZrO bands in warm S stars (Teff>3200 K) are not caused by the C/O ratio being close to unity, as traditionally believed, but rather by some Zr overabundance. The TiO and ZrO band strengths, combined with V-K and J-K photometric indices, are used to select Teff, C/O, [Fe/H] and [s/Fe]. The Geneva U-B1 and B2-V1 indices (or any equivalent) are good at selecting the gravity. The defining spectral features of dwarf S stars are outlined, but none is found among the Henize S stars. More generally, it is found that, at Teff = 3200 K, a change of C/O from 0.5 to 0.99 has a strong impact on V-K (2 mag). Conversely, a range of 2 mag in V-K corresponds to a 200 K shift along the (Teff, V-K) relationship (for a fixed C/O value). Hence, the use of a (Teff, V-K) calibration established for M

  12. CLINIC ANALYSIS OF ACQUIRED COAGULATION DISORDERS IN 29 CASES%获得性凝血功能障碍29例临床分析

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    青胜兰; 周婕; 王艳

    2011-01-01

    [Objective]To discuss the clinic features and treatment of the acquired coagulation disease.[Methods]Retrospective analysis was taken to review the clinic features and treatment of 29 patients with acquired coagulation disease.[Results]2 patients with miss eat of rodenticides, 2 with over dosage of warfarin, and 23 without any incentives.All the patients had the symptoms of skin, mucosal and organ spontaneous bleeding, the most common symptom was hematuria, and 19 patients had hemorrhagic anemia.6 patients were misdiagnosed at first, 3 relapsed after stopping VK1 treatment when coagulation indicators come normal.The plantlet count of all the patients were normal, PT and APTT were long.All the 29 patients were treated with VK1 30mg qd and ivgtt.Those with severe bleeding were injected with fresh freed plasma, who with Hemorrhagic anemia were injected with RBC.After the coagulation indicators became normal, all the patients didn't relapse after treated with VK1 30mg biw for 3-6months except 2 patient with over dosage of warfarin and 3 cases were not insist on VK1 injection.[Conclusion]Most acquired coagulation disease of adult cannot find a inducement, and the most common symptom is hematuria.Except over dosage of warfarin, all the patient required a long turn treatment of VK1 injection, and have a good prognosis.%[目的]探讨成人获得性凝血功能障碍的临床特征和治疗方法.[方法]回顾分析我院获得性凝血功能障碍29例患者的病因,临床表现,治疗情况.[结果] 2例鼠药中毒,2例华法令过量,25例原因不明.所有病例均有皮肤,黏膜,脏器自发性出血,最常见出血症状为血尿,19例合并失血性贫血.6例初诊时误诊,所有病例血小板正常,PT,APTT延长,29例给予VitK1 30 mg/日静脉补充,严重出血者同时补充新鲜冰冻血浆.失血性贫血伴缺氧症状补充红细胞悬液,待凝血指标恢复正常后,除2例华法令过量和3例原因不明患者立即停

  13. Microglia Transcriptome Changes in a Model of Depressive Behavior after Immune Challenge.

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    Gonzalez-Pena, Dianelys; Nixon, Scott E; O'Connor, Jason C; Southey, Bruce R; Lawson, Marcus A; McCusker, Robert H; Borras, Tania; Machuca, Debbie; Hernandez, Alvaro G; Dantzer, Robert; Kelley, Keith W; Rodriguez-Zas, Sandra L

    2016-01-01

    Depression symptoms following immune response to a challenge have been reported after the recovery from sickness. A RNA-Seq study of the dysregulation of the microglia transcriptome in a model of inflammation-associated depressive behavior was undertaken. The transcriptome of microglia from mice at day 7 after Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) challenge was compared to that from unchallenged Control mice and to the transcriptome from peripheral macrophages from the same mice. Among the 562 and 3,851 genes differentially expressed between BCG-challenged and Control mice in microglia and macrophages respectively, 353 genes overlapped between these cells types. Among the most differentially expressed genes in the microglia, serum amyloid A3 (Saa3) and cell adhesion molecule 3 (Cadm3) were over-expressed and coiled-coil domain containing 162 (Ccdc162) and titin-cap (Tcap) were under-expressed in BCG-challenged relative to Control. Many of the differentially expressed genes between BCG-challenged and Control mice were associated with neurological disorders encompassing depression symptoms. Across cell types, S100 calcium binding protein A9 (S100A9), interleukin 1 beta (Il1b) and kynurenine 3-monooxygenase (Kmo) were differentially expressed between challenged and control mice. Immune response, chemotaxis, and chemokine activity were among the functional categories enriched by the differentially expressed genes. Functional categories enriched among the 9,117 genes differentially expressed between cell types included leukocyte regulation and activation, chemokine and cytokine activities, MAP kinase activity, and apoptosis. More than 200 genes exhibited alternative splicing events between cell types including WNK lysine deficient protein kinase 1 (Wnk1) and microtubule-actin crosslinking factor 1(Macf1). Network visualization revealed the capability of microglia to exhibit transcriptome dysregulation in response to immune challenge still after resolution of sickness symptoms

  14. Microglia Transcriptome Changes in a Model of Depressive Behavior after Immune Challenge.

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    Full Text Available Depression symptoms following immune response to a challenge have been reported after the recovery from sickness. A RNA-Seq study of the dysregulation of the microglia transcriptome in a model of inflammation-associated depressive behavior was undertaken. The transcriptome of microglia from mice at day 7 after Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG challenge was compared to that from unchallenged Control mice and to the transcriptome from peripheral macrophages from the same mice. Among the 562 and 3,851 genes differentially expressed between BCG-challenged and Control mice in microglia and macrophages respectively, 353 genes overlapped between these cells types. Among the most differentially expressed genes in the microglia, serum amyloid A3 (Saa3 and cell adhesion molecule 3 (Cadm3 were over-expressed and coiled-coil domain containing 162 (Ccdc162 and titin-cap (Tcap were under-expressed in BCG-challenged relative to Control. Many of the differentially expressed genes between BCG-challenged and Control mice were associated with neurological disorders encompassing depression symptoms. Across cell types, S100 calcium binding protein A9 (S100A9, interleukin 1 beta (Il1b and kynurenine 3-monooxygenase (Kmo were differentially expressed between challenged and control mice. Immune response, chemotaxis, and chemokine activity were among the functional categories enriched by the differentially expressed genes. Functional categories enriched among the 9,117 genes differentially expressed between cell types included leukocyte regulation and activation, chemokine and cytokine activities, MAP kinase activity, and apoptosis. More than 200 genes exhibited alternative splicing events between cell types including WNK lysine deficient protein kinase 1 (Wnk1 and microtubule-actin crosslinking factor 1(Macf1. Network visualization revealed the capability of microglia to exhibit transcriptome dysregulation in response to immune challenge still after resolution of sickness

  15. Hydrotraitement de gazoles craqués Hydrotreatment of Cracked Gas Oils

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    Galiasso R.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available L'hydrotraitement de divers gazoles craqués a fait l'objet d'une étude au moyen de catalyseurs du type NiMo/AI2O3, CoMo/AI2O3 et WNi/AI2O3 pour diverses conditions expérimentales. Des recherches ont été effectuées pour déterminer l'effet de la pression, de la température et du type de charge. Avec une pression opératoire supérieure à50,6 bar, les catalyseurs NiMo ont été plus actifs que les autres dans l'élimination d'azote, dans la saturation d'aromatiques, ainsi que dans l'amélioration de l'indice de cétane. A basses pressions, tous les catalyseurs présentent la même activité. De fortes conditions d'hydrogénation et des catalyseurs du type NiMo sont nécessaires afin d'améliorer la couleur, la stabilité et l'indice de cétane (de plus de 2 unités des charges à haute teneur en aromatiques. Afin d'obtenir une couleur stable et la modification profonde de l'indice de cétane (de plus de 2 unités pour des charges à haute teneur en aromatiques, de fortes conditions d'hydrogénation et des catalyseurs du type NiMo sont indispensables. Il semble que la stabilité à la couleur dépende de la teneur en poly-aromatiques et en azote. La durée de vie du catalyseur dépend de la pression opératoire pour une charge particulière. Il n'existe aucune corrélation entre la teneur en coke et la vie du catalyseur, bien que la teneur en carbone du catalyseur usé dépende de la pression totale. The hydrotreatment of various cracked gas oils was the subject of a study using NiMo/AI2O3, CoMo/AI2O3 and WNi/AI2O3 type catalysts for different experimental conditions. Research was done to determine the effect of pressure, temperature and type of feedstock. With an operating pressure higher than 50. 6 bar, NiMo catalysts were more active than the others for eliminating nitrogen, for aromatics saturation and for improving the cetane number. At low pressures, all the catalysts had the same activity. Strong hydrogenation conditions and Ni

  16. Calculations of Neutron and y Transport through Rare-earth Doped Polymer%中子、γ射线在稀土-高分子材料中的输运

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    呼延雪莹; 胡碧涛

    2011-01-01

    A series of shielding analyses have been performed to estimate the material composition and optimum thickness required for a new radiation shield with various rare-earth doped polymer and heavy metal mixtures.The neutron and y photon fluxes have been calculated by Monte Carlo N-Particle(MCNP) transport code.The results indicate that the relative fluxes of y photon and neutron in both traditional and new composite materials follow an exponential decay rule with the distance of penetration.It can be seen that the composite material consisting of rare-earth doped polymer and heavy metal has stronger neutron shielding performance than lead-boron polyethylene,but weaker y shielding effectiveness than W-Ni alloy.It isalso found that materials with more components of rare earth elements don't always provide better neutron shielding performance.%为研究新型复合屏蔽材料的最佳厚度与各种成分最佳配比,用MCNP计算了中子、γ射线在稀土-高分子与重金属复合材料中的通量.对中子、γ射线在屏蔽体中变化规律进行了深入探索,同传统复合屏蔽材料的屏蔽性能进行了对比.结果表明,中子和γ射线通过屏蔽体时,其强度遵循指数衰减规律.新型屏蔽材料对中子的屏蔽效果均优于铅硼聚乙烯,对γ射线的屏蔽效果均劣于W-Ni合金,且并非稀土含量越高,材料对中子辐射屏蔽能力越强.

  17. Czy jesteśmy „ludzkim zoo”?

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    Katarzyna Wrzesińska

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Are we "human zoo"? Review: The Invention of Race. Scientific and Popular Representation, N. Bancel, T. David, D. Thomas (ed., Routlege: New York-Abington, 2014, ss. 320. The book under review is a collection of articles presenting the functioning of the idea of the human race in the scientific, social and cultural backgrounds. The main purpose is to demonstrate how the concept of race have circulated from the late 18th century in scholarship as well as in popular reception. Thus the authors focus their attention on the so-called ethnological expositions (such as Negro or Eskimo Villages organized on the occasion of world‘s fairs, today known as “human zoo.” On the social level, this helped support the conviction of the supremacy of the white race.     Czy jesteśmy  „ludzkim zoo”? Recenzja: The Invention of Race. Scientific and Popular Representation, N. Bancel, T. David, D. Thomas (ed., Routlege: New York-Abington, 2014, ss. 320. Recenzowana praca zawiera zbiór artykułów poświęconych przedstawieniu funkcjonowania koncepcji podziału ludzkości na rasy na szerokim tle: naukowym, społecznym i kulturowym. Główny cel stanowi zobrazowanie procesu cyrkulacji idei rasy – od ujęć naukowych począwszy od końca XVIII w. aż do ukazania problemu na płaszczyźnie odbioru masowego. Tu obiektem zainteresowań badawczych stały się tzw. ekspozycje etnologiczne (np. wioski murzyńskie, eskimoskie organizowane przy okazji wystaw światowych, określane dzisiaj mianem „ludzkich zoo”. Płaszczyzna ta przyczyniła się do utrwalenia w świadomości społecznej poczucia supremacji białej rasy.

  18. Duffy blood group antigens: structure, serological properties and function

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    Ewa Łukasik

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Duffy (Fy blood group antigens are located on seven-transmembrane glycoprotein expressed on erythrocytes and endothelial cells, which acts as atypical chemokine receptor (ACKR1 and malarial receptor. The biological role of the Duffy glycoprotein has not been explained yet. It is suggested that Duffy protein modulate the intensity of the inflammatory response. The Duffy blood group system consists of two major antigens, Fya and Fyb, encoded by two codominant alleles designated FY*A and FY*B which differ by a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP at position 125G>A of the FY gene that results in Gly42Asp amino acid change in the Fya and Fyb antigens, respectively. The presence of antigen Fya and/or Fyb on the erythrocytes determine three Duffy-positive phenotypes: Fy(a+b-, Fy(a-b+ and Fy(a+b+, identified in Caucasian population. The Duffy-negative phenotype Fy(a-b-, frequent in Africans, but very rare in Caucasians, is defined by the homozygous state of FY*B-33 alleles. The FY*B-33 allele is associated with a SNP -33T>C in the promoter region of the FY gene, which suppresses erythroid expression of this gene without affecting its expression in other tissues. The FY*X allele, found in Caucasians, is correlated with weak expression of Fyb antigen. Fyx antigen differs from the native Fyb by the Arg89Cys and Ala100Thr amino acid substitutions due to SNPs: 265C>T and 298G>A in FY*B allele. The frequency of the FY alleles shows marked geographic disparities, the FY*B-33 allele is predominant in Africans, the FY*B in Caucasians, while the FY*A allele is dominant in Asians and it is the most prevalent allele globally. Tytuł główny Tak

  19. Integration of the response to a dietary potassium load: a paleolithic perspective.

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    Kamel, Kamel S; Schreiber, Martin; Halperin, Mitchell L

    2014-05-01

    Our purpose is to integrate new insights in potassium (K(+)) physiology to understand K(+) homeostasis and illustrate some of their clinical implications. Since control mechanisms that are essential for survival were likely developed in Paleolithic times, we think the physiology of K(+) homeostasis can be better revealed when viewed from what was required to avoid threats and achieve balance in Paleolithic times. Three issues will be highlighted. First, we shall consider the integrative physiology of the gastrointestinal tract and the role of lactic acid released from enterocytes following absorption of sugars (fruit and berries) to cause a shift of this K(+) load into the liver. Second, we shall discuss the integrative physiology of WNK kinases and modulation of delivery of bicarbonate to the distal nephron to switch the aldosterone response from sodium chloride retention to K(+) secretion when faced with a K(+) load. Third, we shall emphasize the role of intra-renal recycling of urea in achieving K(+) homeostasis when the diet contains protein and K(+).

  20. Border control--a membrane-linked interactome of Arabidopsis.

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    Jones, Alexander M; Xuan, Yuanhu; Xu, Meng; Wang, Rui-Sheng; Ho, Cheng-Hsun; Lalonde, Sylvie; You, Chang Hun; Sardi, Maria I; Parsa, Saman A; Smith-Valle, Erika; Su, Tianying; Frazer, Keith A; Pilot, Guillaume; Pratelli, Réjane; Grossmann, Guido; Acharya, Biswa R; Hu, Heng-Cheng; Engineer, Cawas; Villiers, Florent; Ju, Chuanli; Takeda, Kouji; Su, Zhao; Dong, Qunfeng; Assmann, Sarah M; Chen, Jin; Kwak, June M; Schroeder, Julian I; Albert, Reka; Rhee, Seung Y; Frommer, Wolf B

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    Cellular membranes act as signaling platforms and control solute transport. Membrane receptors, transporters, and enzymes communicate with intracellular processes through protein-protein interactions. Using a split-ubiquitin yeast two-hybrid screen that covers a test-space of 6.4 × 10(6) pairs, we identified 12,102 membrane/signaling protein interactions from Arabidopsis. Besides confirmation of expected interactions such as heterotrimeric G protein subunit interactions and aquaporin oligomerization, >99% of the interactions were previously unknown. Interactions were confirmed at a rate of 32% in orthogonal in planta split-green flourescent protein interaction assays, which was statistically indistinguishable from the confirmation rate for known interactions collected from literature (38%). Regulatory associations in membrane protein trafficking, turnover, and phosphorylation include regulation of potassium channel activity through abscisic acid signaling, transporter activity by a WNK kinase, and a brassinolide receptor kinase by trafficking-related proteins. These examples underscore the utility of the membrane/signaling protein interaction network for gene discovery and hypothesis generation in plants and other organisms. Copyright © 2014, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  1. Pathophysiology of salt sensitivity hypertension.

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    Ando, Katsuyuki; Fujita, Toshiro

    2012-06-01

    Dietary salt intake is the most important factor contributing to hypertension, but the salt susceptibility of blood pressure (BP) is different in individual subjects. Although the pathogenesis of salt-sensitive hypertension is heterogeneous, it is mainly attributable to an impaired renal capacity to excrete sodium (Na(+) ). We recently identified two novel mechanisms that impair renal Na(+) -excreting function and result in an increase in BP. First, mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) activation in the kidney, which facilitates distal Na(+) reabsorption through epithelial Na(+) channel activation, causes salt-sensitive hypertension. This mechanism exists not only in models of high-aldosterone hypertension as seen in conditions of obesity or metabolic syndrome, but also in normal- or low-aldosterone type of salt-sensitive hypertension. In the latter, Rac1 activation by salt excess causes MR stimulation. Second, renospecific sympathoactivation may cause an increase in BP under conditions of salt excess. Renal beta2 adrenoceptor stimulation in the kidney leads to decreased transcription of the gene encoding WNK4, a negative regulator of Na(+) reabsorption through Na(+) -Cl (-) cotransporter in the distal convoluted tubules, resulting in salt-dependent hypertension. Abnormalities identified in these two pathways of Na(+) reabsorption in the distal nephron may present therapeutic targets for the treatment of salt-sensitive hypertension.

  2. Sites of regulated phosphorylation that control K-Cl cotransporter activity.

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    Rinehart, Jesse; Maksimova, Yelena D; Tanis, Jessica E; Stone, Kathryn L; Hodson, Caleb A; Zhang, Junhui; Risinger, Mary; Pan, Weijun; Wu, Dianqing; Colangelo, Christopher M; Forbush, Biff; Joiner, Clinton H; Gulcicek, Erol E; Gallagher, Patrick G; Lifton, Richard P

    2009-08-07

    Modulation of intracellular chloride concentration ([Cl(-)](i)) plays a fundamental role in cell volume regulation and neuronal response to GABA. Cl(-) exit via K-Cl cotransporters (KCCs) is a major determinant of [Cl(-)](I); however, mechanisms governing KCC activities are poorly understood. We identified two sites in KCC3 that are rapidly dephosphorylated in hypotonic conditions in cultured cells and human red blood cells in parallel with increased transport activity. Alanine substitutions at these sites result in constitutively active cotransport. These sites are highly phosphorylated in plasma membrane KCC3 in isotonic conditions, suggesting that dephosphorylation increases KCC3's intrinsic transport activity. Reduction of WNK1 expression via RNA interference reduces phosphorylation at these sites. Homologous sites are phosphorylated in all human KCCs. KCC2 is partially phosphorylated in neonatal mouse brain and dephosphorylated in parallel with KCC2 activation. These findings provide insight into regulation of [Cl(-)](i) and have implications for control of cell volume and neuronal function.

  3. PTH modulation of NCC activity regulates TRPV5 Ca2+ reabsorption.

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    Hoover, Robert S; Tomilin, Viktor; Hanson, Lauren; Pochynyuk, Oleh; Ko, Benjamin

    2016-01-15

    Since parathyroid hormone (PTH) is known to increase transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV)5 activity and decrease Na(+)-Cl(-) cotransporter (NCC) activity, we hypothesized that decreased NCC-mediated Na(+) reabsorption contributes to the enhanced TRPV5 Ca(2+) reabsorption seen with PTH. To test this, we used mDCT15 cells expressing functional TRPV5 and ruthenium red-sensitive (45)Ca(2+) uptake. PTH increased (45)Ca(2+) uptake to 8.8 ± 0.7 nmol·mg(-1)·min(-1) (n = 4, P NCC activity from 75.4 ± 2.7 to 20.3 ± 1.3 nmol·mg(-1)·min(-1) (n = 4, P NCC is required for RasGRP1 knockdown to impact the PTH effect on TRPV5 activity. Knockdown of with no lysine kinase (WNK)4 resulted in an attenuation of the increase in PTH-mediated TRPV5 activity. TRPV5 activity increased by 36% compared with 45% in control (n = 4, P NCC activity contributes to the response to PTH, implying a role for hormonal modulation of NCC activity in distal Ca(2+) handling.

  4. Negative News: Cl- and HCO3- in the Vascular Wall.

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    Boedtkjer, Ebbe; Matchkov, Vladimir V; Boedtkjer, Donna M B; Aalkjaer, Christian

    2016-09-01

    Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) are the most prevalent membrane-permeable anions in the intra- and extracellular spaces of the vascular wall. Outwardly directed electrochemical gradients for Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) permit anion channel opening to depolarize vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells. Transporters and channels for Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) also modify vascular contractility and structure independently of membrane potential. Transport of HCO3 (-) regulates intracellular pH and thereby modifies the activity of enzymes, ion channels, and receptors. There is also evidence that Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) transport proteins affect gene expression and protein trafficking. Considering the extensive implications of Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) in the vascular wall, it is critical to understand how these ions are transported under physiological conditions and how disturbances in their transport can contribute to disease development. Recently, sensing mechanisms for Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) have been identified in the vascular wall where they modify ion transport and vasomotor function, for instance, during metabolic disturbances. This review discusses current evidence that transport (e.g., via NKCC1, NBCn1, Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channels, volume-regulated anion channels, and CFTR) and sensing (e.g., via WNK and RPTPγ) of Cl(-) and HCO3 (-) influence cardiovascular health and disease.

  5. Circumsporozoite protein rates, blood-feeding pattern and frequency of knockdown resistance mutations in Anopheles spp. in two ecological zones of Mauritania.

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    Lekweiry, Khadijetou Mint; Salem, Mohamed Salem Ould Ahmedou; Cotteaux-Lautard, Christelle; Jarjaval, Fanny; Marin-Jauffre, Adeline; Bogreau, Hervé; Basco, Leonardo; Briolant, Sébastien; Boukhary, Ali Ould Mohamed Salem; Brahim, Khyarhoum Ould; Pagès, Frédéric

    2016-05-05

    Mosquitoes belonging to Anopheles gambiae species complex are the main malaria vector in Mauritania but data on their vector capacities, feeding habits and insecticide susceptibility are still scanty. The objectives of this study were to fill this gap. Adult Anopheles spp. mosquitoes were collected using pyrethrum spray catch method from two ecological zones of Mauritania: Nouakchott (Saharan zone) and Hodh Elgharbi region (Sahelian zone). Circumsporozoite proteins (CSP) for P. falciparum, P. vivax VK210 and P. vivax VK247 were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) from the female anopheline mosquitoes. To confirm CSP-ELISA results, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was also performed. Blood meal identification was performed in all engorged females by partial sequencing of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Molecular assessments of pyrethroid knockdown resistance (kdr) and insensitive acetylcholinesterase resistance (ace-1) were conducted. In Nouakchott, the only species of Anopheles identified during the survey was Anopheles arabiensis (356 specimens). In Hodh Elgharbi, 1016 specimens of Anopheles were collected, including 578 (56.9%) Anopheles rufipes, 410 (40.35%) An. arabiensis, 20 (1.96%) An. gambiae, 5 (0.5%) An. pharoensis and 3 (0.3 %) An. funestus. Three of 186 female An. arabiensis collected in Nouakchott and tested by ELISA were found positive for Plasmodium vivax VK210, corresponding to a sporozoite rate of 1.6%; however PCR confirmed infection by P. vivax sporozoite in only one of these. In Hodh Elgharbi, no mosquito was found positive for Plasmodium spp. infection. There was a statistically significant difference in the percentage of human blood-fed Anopheles spp. between Nouakchott (58.7%, 47 of 80 blood-engorged An. arabiensis females) and Hodh Elgharbi (11.1%, 2 of 18 blood-engorged mosquitoes). Analysis of the kdr polymorphisms showed 48.2% (70/145) of East African kdr mutation (L1014S) in Nouakchott compared to 10% (4/40) in Hodh

  6. Short-term environmental variability in cold-water coral habitat at Viosca Knoll, Gulf of Mexico

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    Davies, Andrew J.; Duineveld, Gerard C. A.; van Weering, Tjeerd C. E.; Mienis, Furu; Quattrini, Andrea M.; Seim, Harvey E.; Bane, John M.; Ross, Steve W.

    2010-02-01

    The Lophelia pertusa community at Viosca Knoll (VK826) is the most extensive found to date in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of a multi-disciplinary study, the physical setting of this area was described using benthic landers, CTD transects and remotely operated vehicle observations. The site was broadly characterised into three main habitats: (1) dense coral cover that resembles biogenic reef complexes, (2) areas of sediment, and (3) authigenic carbonate blocks with sparse coral and chemosynthetic communities. The coral communities were dominated by L. pertusa but also contained numerous solitary coral species. Over areas that contained L. pertusa, the environmental conditions recorded were similar to those associated with communities in the north-eastern Atlantic, with temperature (8.5-10.6 °C) and salinity (˜35) falling within the known species niche for L. pertusa. However, dissolved oxygen concentrations (2.7-2.8 ml l -1) and density ( σ Θ, 27.1-27.2 kg m -3) were lower and mass fluxes from sediment trap data appeared much higher (4002-4192 mg m -2 d -1). Yet, this species still appears to thrive in this region, suggesting that L. pertusa may not be as limited by lower dissolved oxygen concentrations as previously thought. The VK826 site experienced sustained eastward water flow of 10-30 cm s -1 over the 5-day measurement period but was also subjected to significant short-term variability in current velocity and direction. In addition, two processes were observed that caused variability in salinity and temperature; the first was consistent with internal waves that caused temperature variations of 0.8 °C over 5-11 h periods. The second was high-frequency variability (20-30 min periods) in temperature recorded only at the ALBEX site. A further pattern observed over the coral habitat was the presence of a 24 h diel vertical migration of zooplankton that may form part of a food chain that eventually reaches the corals. The majority of detailed studies concerning

  7. Comparison of the antibody responses to Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum antigens in residents of Mandalay, Myanmar

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    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to investigate the profile of antibodies against several antigens of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in Mandalay, Myanmar. Methods Malaria parasites were identified by microscopic examination. To test the antibodies against P. vivax and P. falciparum in sera, an indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT was performed using asexual blood parasite antigens. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA was performed with circumsporozoite protein (CSP, Pvs25 and Pvs28 recombinant proteins of transmission-blocking vaccine candidates for P. vivax, and liver stage specific antigen-1 and -3 (PfLSA-1, PfLSA-3 for P. falciparum. Results Fourteen patients among 112 were found to be infected with P. vivax and 26 with P. falciparum by thick smear examination. Twenty-three patients were found to be infected with P. vivax, 19 with P. falciparum and five with both by thin smear examination. Blood samples were divided into two groups: Group I consisted of patients who were positive for infection by microscopic examination, and Group II consisted of those who showed symptoms, but were negative in microscopic examination. In P. falciparum, IgG against the blood stage antigen in Group I (80.8% was higher than in Group II (70.0%. In P. vivax, IgG against the blood stage antigen in Group I (53.8% was higher than in Group II (41.7%. However, the positivity rate of the PvCSP VK210 subtype in Group II (40.0% was higher than in Group I (23.1%. Similarly for the PvCSP VK247 subtype, Group II (21.7% was higher than that for Group I (9.6%. A similar pattern was observed in the ELISA using Pvs25 and Pvs28: positive rates of Group II were higher than those for Group I. However, those differences were not shown significant in statistics. Conclusions The positive rates for blood stage antigens of P. falciparum were higher in Group I than in Group II, but the positive rates for antigens of other stages (PfLSA-1 and -3

  8. Slow crack growth modeling of a technical ferrite ceramics; Modelisation de la fissuration lente d'une ceramique technique de type ferrite

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    Romero de la Osa, M.

    2009-04-15

    Iron oxide ferrite ceramics are subjected to slow crack growth (SCG) and also environmentally assisted failure, similarly to what is observed for amorphous silica and alumina polycrystals The kinetics of fracture are known to be dependent on the load level with a crack velocity V that increase with K{sub I}, but also with temperature and with the Relative Humidity (RH). In addition, SCG represented by V-K diagrams is noticeably sensitive to microstructural effects as variations of the grain size, and also influenced by the presence of some porosity at the triple junctions. The ferrites under consideration exhibit a heterogeneous microstructure with a distribution on the grain size, with some regions in which pores are present at the triple junctions. Such a microstructure results in noticeable scattering in the measurements of the V-K characteristics from sample to sample, so that predictions based on these experiments for the estimate of the material's lifetime are not reliable. Thus, additional analyses based on numerical simulations of SCG are necessary to gain insight on the material's durability. We have developed a local description of SCG, at the length scale of the microstructure which is explicitly accounted for. Within a cohesive zone methodology and based on available physics and on recent atomistic results, we propose a viscoplastic cohesive model that mimics the reaction-rupture mechanism underlying the time dependent failure. The description is shown able to capture variations in the V-K predictions in agreement with the observations. From the simulations of intergranular failure under static fatigue, we observe a discontinuous crack advance in time, with different crack velocities depending on the local crack path. The crossing of the triple junction slows down crack propagation, and ultimately governs the average crack velocity. We evidence that account for the initial stresses originating from the process's cooling from the

  9. Comparison of the antibody responses to Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum antigens in residents of Mandalay, Myanmar.

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    Kim, Tong-Soo; Kim, Hyung-Hwan; Kim, Jung-Yeon; Kong, Yoon; Na, Byoung-Kuk; Lin, Khin; Moon, Sung-Ung; Kim, Yeon-Joo; Kwon, Myoung-Hee; Sohn, Youngjoo; Kim, Hyuck; Lee, Hyeong-Woo

    2011-08-06

    The aim of this study was to investigate the profile of antibodies against several antigens of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in Mandalay, Myanmar. Malaria parasites were identified by microscopic examination. To test the antibodies against P. vivax and P. falciparum in sera, an indirect immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT) was performed using asexual blood parasite antigens. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was performed with circumsporozoite protein (CSP), Pvs25 and Pvs28 recombinant proteins of transmission-blocking vaccine candidates for P. vivax, and liver stage specific antigen-1 and -3 (PfLSA-1, PfLSA-3) for P. falciparum. Fourteen patients among 112 were found to be infected with P. vivax and 26 with P. falciparum by thick smear examination. Twenty-three patients were found to be infected with P. vivax, 19 with P. falciparum and five with both by thin smear examination. Blood samples were divided into two groups: Group I consisted of patients who were positive for infection by microscopic examination, and Group II consisted of those who showed symptoms, but were negative in microscopic examination. In P. falciparum, IgG against the blood stage antigen in Group I (80.8%) was higher than in Group II (70.0%). In P. vivax, IgG against the blood stage antigen in Group I (53.8%) was higher than in Group II (41.7%). However, the positivity rate of the PvCSP VK210 subtype in Group II (40.0%) was higher than in Group I (23.1%). Similarly for the PvCSP VK247 subtype, Group II (21.7%) was higher than that for Group I (9.6%). A similar pattern was observed in the ELISA using Pvs25 and Pvs28: positive rates of Group II were higher than those for Group I. However, those differences were not shown significant in statistics. The positive rates for blood stage antigens of P. falciparum were higher in Group I than in Group II, but the positive rates for antigens of other stages (PfLSA-1 and -3) showed opposite results. Similar to P. falciparum, the

  10. Dicty_cDB: SSH770 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available SS (Link to library) SSH770 (Link to dictyBase) - G21033 DDB0217014 Contig-U09425-1 SSH...770P (Link to Original site) SSH770F 255 SSH770Z 378 SSH770P 633 - - Show SSH770 Library SS (Link to library) Clone ID SSH...ontig-U09425-1 Original site URL http://dictycdb.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/CSM/SS/SSH7-C/SSH...770Q.Seq.d/ Representative seq. ID SSH770P (Link to Original site) Representative DNA sequence >SSH770 (SSH770Q) /CSM/SS/SSH...vk Homology vs CSM-cDNA Score E Sequences producing significant alignments: (bits) Value SSH770 (SSH770Q) /CSM/SS/SSH7-C/SSH

  11. New insights into rare-earth intermetallic alloys for cryogenic Peltier cooling

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    Boona, Stephen; Morelli, Donald

    2013-03-01

    Strongly correlated materials such as intermediate valence CePd3 have long been considered attractive candidates for cryogenic Peltier cooling due to the combination of metallic electrical resistivity concurrent with Seebeck coefficient values on the order of 100 μ V/K at low temperatures. This behavior is a direct result of the strong hybridization of localized 4f states with delocalized conduction electrons, which gives rise to several unusual structural, electronic, thermal, and magnetic properties. Our recent work on this compound has helped to unravel some of the complex ways in which these properties are correlated, and we have successfully utilized this improved understanding to enhance ZT up to 0.3. We present a broad overview of these new insights and provide suggestions for how they may be exploited to achieve enhanced thermoelectric performance in other strongly correlated materials. Work supported by AFOSR-MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  12. Derivation of the Optical Constants of Anisotropic Materials

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    2011-06-30

    1,2,3 (69) aPk Qk -1 Dk I +ip, k - P3k( 170) aPIk D aL L k Lk -i V (71) a P2k Dk ak --1. (72) aP 3 k Dk *1 " aavk avT " But (vkvTL) = vT + v. Lk...8217 = 4.5 (73) aPk aP2 k aP~k/ Y .i-. 17 AXArthur D. Little, Inc. aVk (Cos P4k COS P5k COS P4k s P5k 4- P k) (74) aP 4 k k - (-sin P4k sin P5k sin P4k O P5k...0C) (75) Obviously avk T aVT \\T- V I = k (76) apk 2k. A Fortran program embodying these methods was written and used to fit the observed spectra

  13. Kinetic parameters of the thermal degradation of the PP and nondegraded and degraded HDPE blends

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    Albano, C.; Freitas, E. [Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela)

    1996-12-31

    We study the thermodegradative behavior of PP, of non-degraded and degraded HDPE and their blends, in order to analyze the thermal stability of such materials. Van-Krevelen (V-K), Coats-Redfern (C-R) and Horowitz-Metzger (H-M) integral methods as well as the Freeman-Carroll (F-C) differential one, were used to determine the kinetic parameters. The activation energy (E{sub a}) obtained for the PP mixed with non-degraded HDPE (5 to 50%) is lower than the E{sub a} correspondent to pure polymers and does not depend on the HDPE concentration. Blends of degraded materials, show an approximate value of E{sub a} of 200 kJ/mol for mixtures with concentrations by weight of HDPE up to 20%, but its value decreases drastically with higher concentrations. 11 refs., 2 tabs.

  14. Elastic Impurity Scattering in Double-Barrier Resonant Tunneling Structures

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    1989-09-01

    integral over a single primitive cell of volume v: (a’,k’,q’UIa, k,q) =j d’rVk,k,,q,(r + R)u*(r + R)U(r + R)O,’,k.q(r + R)u,(r + R). (B - 1) R The...envelope functions vary slowly over a primitive cell , so they can be expanded about an arbitrary lattice vector, 1’cyk,q(R+r) = VPc,k,q(R) + V’ b,k,q(R) • r...exp(iq- r) = v + O(qjRI). where we are assuming that the Bloch functions are normalized to v over the primitive cell . Using these approximations in

  15. Subcritical Crack-Growth and Lifetime Behavior of Glass and SiC under Static Load

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    Crack initiation and subcritical crack growth in glass sheet and SiC bar specimen under static loading were investigated to study the failure process. It has been demonstrated that the lifetime process of brittle materials involves three possible forms of crack growth: subcritical crack growth,partly subcritical crack growth and instantaneous fracture without subcritical crack growth.Curves of v-K obtained in step-by-step static fatigue tests and in constant loading rate tests showed different trends for borosilicate glass sheet. α-SiC that is generally considered immune to mechanical fatigue effect and environmental attack was also tested under static loading and the lifetime was measured. The results showed that the threshold load to damage effect was over 80% of the initial strength for the SiC.

  16. Thermoelectric Properties in the TiO2/SnO2 System

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    Dynys, F.; Sayir, A.; Sehirlioglu, A.; Berger, M.

    2009-01-01

    Nanotechnology has provided a new interest in thermoelectric technology. A thermodynamically driven process is one approach in achieving nanostructures in bulk materials. TiO2/SnO2 system exhibits a large spinodal region with exceptional stable phase separated microstructures up to 1400 C. Fabricated TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites exhibit n-type behavior with Seebeck coefficients greater than -300 .V/K. Composites exhibit good thermal conductance in the range of 7 to 1 W/mK. Dopant additions have not achieved high electrical conductivity (<1000 S/m). Formation of oxygen deficient composites, TixSn1-xO2-y, can change the electrical conductivity by four orders of magnitude. Achieving higher thermoelectric ZT by oxygen deficiency is being explored. Seebeck coeffcient, thermal conductivity, electrical conductance and microstructure will be discussed in relation to composition and doping.

  17. Dominance of Antinodal Quasiparticles on the Transport Properties of Heavily Overdoped High-To Cuprates: Infrared-Reflectance Spectra

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    MA Yong-Chang; ZHAO Jie; AN Yu-Kai; LIU Ji-Wen

    2009-01-01

    The infrared reflectance spectrum up to 2500 cm-1 for heavily overdoped TI-2201 at 300 K has been analysed under the semiclassical approximation. In this approach, we use two independent sets of parameters to fit the reflectance: the momentum-dependent Fermi velocity vk and the momentum-dependent scattering rate τ-1 (εk). Unlike the case at optimal doping in which the transport properties are dominated by the nodal quasi-particles (QPs), both the lifetime and the Fermi velocity of the QPs in the antinodal region near the Fermi surface increase remarkably for the heavily overdoped samples. Our fitting results indicate that the antinodal QPs tend to dominate the transport properties in heavily overdoped bigb-Tc cuprates.

  18. Algorithms for Reconstruction of Partially Known, Band Limited Fourier Transform Pairs from Noisy Data

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    1984-04-01

    CIR (3.2) *. where B(v) is a finite or infinite product of Blaschke factors, i.e. V-v* B(v) = TI B (v) where B lV ) = ( 3.3) i=l k Zk v~vk Furthermore...language, it is: f-t Given the sets {Ti1 with associated projections Pi =P1 i=l 1 T.iM4 1 find G such that GE n T.i=l I_ Gubin, Polyak and Raik 137] have...36. J.R. Fienup, "Phase retrieval algorithms: a comparison." Appl. Opt., 21, 2758-2769 (1982). 37. L. Gubin, B. Polyak , and E. Raik, "The method of

  19. EXPRESSION OF EPIDERMAL GROWTH FACTOR, TRANSFORMING GROWTH FACTOR-a AND THEIR RECEPTOR IN HUMAN PITUITARY TUMORS

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    ZHANG; Long

    2001-01-01

    [1]LIU Xu-wen, FU Pei-yu, GAO Zhi-xian. Expression of epidermal growth factor receptors in human glioma [J]. Chin J Neurosurgery 1998; 14:71.[2]Wong AJ, Ruppert JM, Bigner SH, et al. Structural alterations of the epidermal growth factor receptor gene in human gliomas [J]. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1992; 89:4309.[3]Webster J, Ham J, Bevan JS. Preliminary characterization of growth factors secreted by human pituitary tumors [J]. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1991; 72:687.[4]Klibanski A. Nonsecreting pituitary tumors [J]. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 1987; 16:793.[5]LeRiche VK, Asa SL, Ezzat S. Epidermal growth factor and its receptor (EGF-R) in human pituitary adenomas: EGF-R correlates with tumor aggressiveness [J]. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1996; 81:656.

  20. 27th international Vienna engine symposium. Vol. 1. First day; 27. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 1. Erster Tag

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    Lenz, H.P. (comp.)

    2006-07-01

    Abstract: This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 27{sup th} International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 27-28, 2006) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest in a concise manner. Among others, the work examines the following new developments: Effects of engine emissions on climate, new gasoline and diesel engines, diesel sound engineering, emissions reduction, hybrids, fuel injection, fuels, components, control systems, future perspectives. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form, with colour illustrations and English text. - Edited by Prof. Dr. H.P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna). (orig.)

  1. 27. international Vienna engine symposium. Vol. 2. Second day; 27. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 2. Zweiter Tag

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    2006-07-01

    Abstract: This two-volume report makes the presentations of the 27{sup th} International Vienna Motor Symposium (April 27-28, 2006) available to a wider audience. The objective of the Vienna Motor Symposia is to examine current topics of particular interest in a concise manner. Among others, the work examines the following new developments: Effects of engine emissions on climate, new gasoline and diesel engines, diesel sound engineering, emissions reduction, hybrids, fuel injection, fuels, components, control systems, future perspectives. Included is a CD-ROM containing the presentations in their original form, with colour illustrations and English text. - Edited by Prof. Dr. H.P. Lenz, VDI, Chairman of the OeVK (Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers, Vienna). (orig.)

  2. Proceedings of the International Conference on Electrorheological Fluids (4th) Held in Feldkirch (Austria) on 20-23 July 1993

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    IPtroti. Kollm.d-Z. 124 (1951) 8:3; 125 (1952) 51, 109. I12. i’.NI LiIsI iitz aid itL .P . I’i t.aivs k i IPhyij’cal Kind ht’. (I Nrgto iso Press, New...I3 ’( Ilylsilil 11 11 fim. . i t il 1131 )( 13333 Il II w,1 I3 33 ’If IV lit, 1133’ I ll’v.’𔃽 l’If p-333 (fr G3 I, V I ;itT3 lt, ,33( ill ;9I(’ 11...kins.prunt: lfl4hoC%. as tollot s z (mVm.,Vk ~461 str~iregy Bi lTh: slAaatng iso .:ill. ten 1’ isC stito tile isti .,Ia c! ihe , otit delitid pres

  3. EVOLUTION OF THE CIRCULAR FLOW THEORY WITHIN XX CENTURY AND ITS PRESENT-DAY PERSPECTIVES

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    P. Klyukin

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In this article new retrospective of elaborating of the circular-flow theory from F. Quesnay (1758 up to P. Sraffa (1960 is proposed. This retrospective is based on organic integration Russian-Ukrainian pre-Revolutionary economic heritage, which has been realized in works written by M.I. Tugan-Baranovsky, V.K. Dmitriev, N.N. Shaposhnikoff, L. von Bortkiewicz, G. von Charasoff, E.E. Slutsky, A.D. Bilimoviĉ. Such an representation of the circular-flow theory interpreted as non-stop evolving thematic tradition (in spirit of post-positivist methodologist Gerald Holton makes it possi-ble to construct a new circular-flow scheme of economy.

  4. 环Fp+uFp+vFp+uvFp上的线性码%Linear Codes Over Fp+uFp+vFp+uvFp

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    许小芳

    2013-01-01

    The linear codes over the ring R=Fp+uFp+vFp+uυFp are discussed,where the ring R is not a finite chain ring.The structure of the ring R is analyzed and linear codes over this ring are defined,and the linear code of type (p4)k1 (p3)k2 (u)k3 (v)k4 (u+υ)k5 (p)k6 is characterized.%讨论了有限非链环R=Fp+uFp+υFp+uυFp上的线性码,分析了环R的结构,给出了此环上线性码的定义,并讨论了环R上(p4)k1 (p3)k2 (u)b(u)k4(u+υ)k5(p)k6型的线性码.

  5. The 3-way intersection problem for S(2, 4, v) designs

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    Rashidi, Saeedeh; Soltankhah, Nasrin

    2013-01-01

    In this paper the 3-way intersection problem for $S(2,4,v)$ designs is investigated. Let $b_{v}=\\frac {v(v-1)}{12}$ and $I_{3}[v]=\\{0,1,...,b_{v}\\}\\setminus\\{b_{v}-7,b_{v}-6,b_{v}-5,b_{v}-4,b_{v}-3,b_{v}-2,b_{v}-1\\}$. Let $J_{3}[v]=\\{k|$ there exist three $S(2,4,v)$ designs with $k$ same common blocks$\\}$. We show that $J_{3}[v]\\subseteq I_{3}[v]$ for any positive integer $v\\equiv1, 4\\ (\\rm mod \\ 12)$ and $J_{3}[v]=I_{3}[v]$, for $ v\\geq49$ and $v=13 $. We find $J_{3}[16]$ completely. Also we...

  6. Realization of allowable qeneralized quantum gates

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    2010-01-01

    The most general duality gates were introduced by Long,Liu and Wang and named allowable generalized quantum gates (AGQGs,for short).By definition,an allowable generalized quantum gate has the form of U=YfkjsckUK,where Uk’s are unitary operators on a Hilbert space H and the coefficients ck’s are complex numbers with |Yfijo ck\\ ∧ 1 an d 1ck| <1 for all k=0,1,...,d-1.In this paper,we prove that an AGQG U=YfkZo ck∧k is realizable,i.e.there are two d by d unitary matrices W and V such that ck=W0kVk0 (0

  7. Effect of on-site Coulomb interaction on electronic and transport properties of 100% spin polarized CoMnVAs

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    Bhat, Tahir Mohiuddin; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2017-08-01

    The structural, electronic, magnetic and transport properties of a new quaternary Heusler alloy CoMnVAs have been investigated by employing generalized gradient approximation (GGA), modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) and GGA with Hubbard U correction (GGA + U). The alloy is energetically more stable in ferromagnetic Y1 type structure. Elastic parameters reveal high anisotropy and ductile nature of the material. CoMnVAs shows half-metallic ferromagnet character with 100% spin polarization at Fermi level with band gap of 0.55 eV in the minority spin state. The alloy also possesses high electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficients with 15 μVK-1 at room temperature, achieving a figure of merit of 0.65 at high temperatures. The high degree of ductility, 100% spin polarization and large Seebeck coefficient, makes it an attractive candidate to be used in spin voltage generators and thermoelectric materials.

  8. The erosion resistance of tool alloys in foundry melt the Zamak 4 - 1

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    Muhametzyanova, GF; Kolesnikov, M. S.; Muhametzyanov, I. R.

    2016-06-01

    The paper considers the resistance against erosion dissolution in the melt of foundry Zamak 4 - 1 die steels used for press machine parts manufacturing for injection molding, and hard alloys system WC - Co. It is established that the solubility in the melt Zamak - 4 - 1 steel of 4H5MFS and DI - 22 are promising for the parts fabrication of metal-wire casting machines of CLT and IDRA types. A significant reserve to increase the resistance of metal wires is the use of cast steel, as well as in electroslag and electro-beam remelting options. Metal-ceramic alloy doped with chromium VK25H may be recommended for reinforcement of heavily loaded parts of the press-nodes of hot casting machines under pressure.

  9. Electron-microscopic study of the structure of the surface layer in high-nitrogen 05Kh22AG15N8M2F steel after face turning

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    Blinov, E. V.

    2016-01-01

    The structure of the surface layer in high-nitrogen 05Kh22AG15N8M2F steel workpieces subjected to face turning is studied by electron microscopy. It is found that improved machinability by VK8 alloy cutting tools is achieved at a cutting depth of 0.25 mm and that the cutting-tool life decreases sharply when the cutting depth increases to 1 mm. A nanocrystalline structure with nanocrystal sizes from several to several tens of nanometers forms in the surface layer upon face turning in the as-cast, hot-rolled, and thermally deformed states. The structure of the surface layer is characterized by a high dislocation density and large austenite fragments with broad subgrains and deformation twins.

  10. A Design for the Accounting Education Model Based on Internet with Virtual Reality Technology%基于Internet和VR技术的会计虚拟教学模式研究

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    范俊铭

    2005-01-01

    本文提出利用虚拟现实(VK)技术,构建一个基于Intemet和VR技术的"虚拟会计教学模式".解决会计学教学上理论和实践脱节的问题,并进而创建一个网络化(实时、便利)、个性化(实现因材施教)和交互式的会计教育平台.本文较详细地介绍了在互联网上建立基于虚拟现实技术的"虚拟会计教学模式"的设计方法和实现方法,并对"虚拟会计教学模式"的交互做了探索.

  11. Thermopower and thermal conductivity in the Weyl semimetal NbP

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    Stockert, U.; dos Reis, R. D.; Ajeesh, M. O.; Watzman, S. J.; Schmidt, M.; Shekhar, C.; Heremans, J. P.; Felser, C.; Baenitz, M.; Nicklas, M.

    2017-08-01

    The Weyl semimetal NbP exhibits an extremely large magnetoresistance and an ultra-high mobility. The large magnetoresistance originates from a combination of the nearly perfect compensation between electron- and hole-type charge carriers and the high mobility, which is relevant to the topological band structure. In this work we report on temperature- and field-dependent thermopower and thermal conductivity experiments on NbP. Additionally, we carried out complementary heat capacity, magnetization, and electrical resistivity measurements. We found a giant adiabatic magnetothermopower with a maximum of 800~μ V~K-1 at 50 K in a field of 9 T. Such large effects have been observed rarely in bulk materials. We further observe pronounced quantum oscillations in both thermal conductivity and thermopower. The obtained frequencies compare well with our heat capacity and magnetization data.

  12. Downhill Domination in Graphs

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    Haynes Teresa W.

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A path π = (v1, v2, . . . , vk+1 in a graph G = (V,E is a downhill path if for every i, 1 ≤ i ≤ k, deg(vi ≥ deg(vi+1, where deg(vi denotes the degree of vertex vi ∈ V. The downhill domination number equals the minimum cardinality of a set S ⊆ V having the property that every vertex v ∈ V lies on a downhill path originating from some vertex in S. We investigate downhill domination numbers of graphs and give upper bounds. In particular, we show that the downhill domination number of a graph is at most half its order, and that the downhill domination number of a tree is at most one third its order. We characterize the graphs obtaining each of these bounds

  13. Collider phenomenology of Higgs bosons in Left-Right symmetric Randall-Sundrum models

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    Lillie, Benjamin Huntington

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the collider phenomenology of a left-right symmetric Randall-Sundrum model with fermions and gauge bosons in the bulk. We find that the model is allowed by precision electroweak data as long as the ratio of the (unwarped) Higgs vev to the curvature scale is $v/k \\le 1/4$. In that region there can be substantial modifications to the Higgs properties. In particular, the couplings to $WW$ and $ZZ$ are reduced, the coupling to gluons is enhanced, and the coupling to $\\gamma\\gamma$ can receive shifts in either direction. The Higgs mass bound from LEP II data can potentially be relaxed to $m_H \\gtrsim 80$ GeV.

  14. Bubble Dynamics and Shock Waves

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    2013-01-01

    This volume of the Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library is concerned with the interplay between bubble dynamics and shock waves. It is divided into four parts containing twelve chapters written by eminent scientists. Topics discussed include shock wave emission by laser generated bubbles (W Lauterborn, A Vogel), pulsating bubbles near boundaries (DM Leppinen, QX Wang, JR Blake), interaction of shock waves with bubble clouds (CD Ohl, SW Ohl), shock propagation in polydispersed bubbly liquids by model equations (K Ando, T Colonius, CE Brennen. T Yano, T Kanagawa,  M Watanabe, S Fujikawa) and by DNS (G Tryggvason, S Dabiri), shocks in cavitating flows (NA Adams, SJ Schmidt, CF Delale, GH Schnerr, S Pasinlioglu) together with applications involving encapsulated bubble dynamics in imaging (AA Doinikov, A Novell, JM Escoffre, A Bouakaz),  shock wave lithotripsy (P Zhong), sterilization of ships’ ballast water (A Abe, H Mimura) and bubbly flow model of volcano eruptions ((VK Kedrinskii, K Takayama...

  15. Effect of oxygen intercalation on properties of sputtered CuYO2 for potential use as -type transparent conducting films

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    R Manoj; M Nisha; K A Vanaja; M K Jayaraj

    2008-02-01

    Transparent films of copper yttrium oxide doped with 2% calcium have been prepared by rf magnetron sputtering. The films show a conductivity of 8 Scm-1 on intercalation of oxygen at high pressure, which reduced the transparency in the visible region. The Ca-doped CuYO2 films before oxygen intercalation show an average transmission of about 60% which reduces to about 45% upon oxygen intercalation. The temperature dependence of the conductivity indicates semiconductor behaviour with low activation energy of 0.59 eV at room temperature. The positive sign of Seebeck coefficient (+274 VK-1) confirms the -type conductivity of the films. The optical bandgap of CuYO2 was found to be 3.15 eV.

  16. Distance Dependent Offsets between Parallaxes for Nearby Stars and Gaia DR1 Parallaxes

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    Jao, Wei-Chun; Riedel, Adric R; Winters, Jennifer G; Slatten, Kenneth J; Gies, Douglas R

    2016-01-01

    We use 612 single stars with previously published trigonometric parallaxes placing them within 25 pc to evaluate parallaxes released in Gaia's first data release (DR1). We find that the Gaia parallaxes are, on average, $0.24 \\pm 0.02$ mas smaller than the weighted mean trigonometric parallax values for these stars in the solar neighborhood. We also find that the offset changes with distance out to 100 pc, in the sense that the closer the star, the larger the offset. We find no systematic trends in the parallax offsets with stellar $V$ magnitude, $V-K$ color, or proper motion. We do find that the offset is roughly twice as large for stars south of the ecliptic compared to those that are north.

  17. Protecting Location Privacy with Voronoi Diagram over Road Networks%路网环境下基于Voronoi图的位置隐私保护方法

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    赵平; 马春光; 高训兵; 朱蔚

    2013-01-01

    位置隐私泄露已经成为限制LBS应用普及的主要因素,而现有的位置隐私保护方法大都没有考虑移动用户所处的环境背景——道路网络.针对此问题,提出了一种基于路网环境的位置隐私保护方法,该方法主要包含3个部分:(1)利用Voronoi图原理构造路网V图,以满足用户路段多样性要求;(2)提出一种新的隐私模型——Vk-隐私模型,其兼顾匿名集内所有用户的隐私需求,并有效保证服务质量;(3)基于Vk-隐私模型提出一种新的位置匿名算法,它对同一V区内的多个用户进行共同匿名处理,以提高匿名效率和安全性.方法充分考虑了道路网络的结构特点,兼顾了用户的隐私需求与服务质量.通过理论分析论证了方法的抗推断攻击特性,并通过实验验证了方法的可行性.%Location privacy disclosure has become main constraint of LBS applications,while most existing location privacyprotection methods do not consider the background of mobile users--the road network.A location privacy protection method over road networks was presented.This method consists of three phases.First,in order to meet the requirement of segmentl-diversity,the road-network Voronoi diagram is constructed based on the structure of the road network.Second,VK-privacy model is put forward.It satisfies all the users' privacy requirement in the cloaking set and effectively insures the QoS of LBS.Finally,a clocking algorithm based on VK-privacy model is presented,which improves processing efficiency and safety by cloaking multiple users in the same V-region together.The method takes full account of the structure characteristics of road networks and leverages users' privacy requirement and QoS of LBS.The robustness against inference attacksof the method was proved through theoretical analysis,and the feasibility of the method was proved by the experimental data.

  18. Two-Level Genetic Algorithm for Clustered Traveling Salesman Problem with Application in Large-Scale TSPs

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    2007-01-01

    Let G = (V, E) be a complete undirected graph with vertex set V, edge set E, and edge weights I(e)satisfying the triangle inequality. The vertex set V is partitioned into clusters V1, V2 Vk. The clustered traveling salesman problem (CTSP) seeks to compute the shortest Hamiltonian tour that visits all the vertices, in which the vertices of each cluster are visited consecutively. A two-level genetic algorithm (TLGA) was developed for the problem, which favors neither intra-cluster paths nor inter-cluster paths, thus realized integrated evolutionary optimization for both levels of the CTSP. Results show that the algorithm is more effective than known algorithms. A large-scale traveling salesman problem (TSP) can be converted into a CTSP by clustering so that it can then be solved by the algorithm. Test results demonstrate that the clustering TLGA for large TSPs is more effective and efficient than the classical genetic algorithm.

  19. Unstaggered-staggered solitons in two-component discrete nonlinear Schr\\"{o}dinger lattices

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    Malomed, Boris A; Van Gorder, Robert A

    2012-01-01

    We present stable bright solitons built of coupled unstaggered and staggered components in a symmetric system of two discrete nonlinear Schr\\"{o}dinger (DNLS) equations with the attractive self-phase-modulation (SPM) nonlinearity, coupled by the repulsive cross-phase-modulation (XPM) interaction. These mixed modes are of a "symbiotic" type, as each component in isolation may only carry ordinary unstaggered solitons. The results are obtained in an analytical form, using the variational and Thomas-Fermi approximations (VA and TFA), and the generalized Vakhitov-Kolokolov (VK) criterion for the evaluation of the stability. The analytical predictions are verified against numerical results. Almost all the symbiotic solitons are predicted by the VA quite accurately, and are stable. Close to a boundary of the existence region of the solitons (which may feature several connected branches), there are broad solitons which are not well approximated by the VA, and are unstable.

  20. Special Office Report for Warm Springs Dam and Lake Sonoma. Sonoma County, California. Section 7. Consultation on Endangered Species.

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    1983-05-01

    Additional diseases known only from captive peregrines, but possibly affecting wild ones as well are: aspergillosis, coccidiosis , capillariasis and...024 afl a)4)( - E -w a) C 8) F E C 4 ’D Mo 4 ~ L . E~ -0 4)u(V ,~ 0n 04 f (D0 2C 0> > W~f0-~> ~ 0 -r- O (D N tInOOC E4 (V V>n U- 0u ’n~~ aV C 6O...PRANAB CUAKRAWARTI PlaningDirector GTdor GO:vk c-20 2559 Mendocino Ave , Room 105A U Santa Rosa (alifornia 95401 U (707) 527-2412 7-.-| may be

  1. Cloning and Functional Analysis of glnB from Azospirilum brasilense Yu62%巴西固氮螺菌Yu62 glnB基因的克隆及其功能分析

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    李周华; 陈三凤; 李季伦

    2001-01-01

    通过原位杂交从巴西固氮螺菌Yu62的基因文库中,筛选到glnB基因的阳性克隆,将3.7kb/EcoRI+PstI的阳性克隆亚克隆到pUC19中,进行了全序列分析,其在GenBank中的登记号是AF323960。DNA序列分析表明该阳性克隆含有完整的glnB基因,glnB基因下游是编码谷氨酰胺合成酶(GS)的glnA基因,glnB基因上游是一个编码未知蛋白的ORF。glnB基因编码区长336bp,编码112个氨基酸,与肺炎克氏杆菌、大豆慢生根瘤菌、豌豆根瘤菌及大肠杆菌在氨基酸顺序的同源性分别高达71%、77%、79%和69%。将卡那霉素抗性片段(Km-cas-sette)插入glnB基因的BglⅡ位点,通过三亲杂交法将其引入到巴西固氮螺菌Yu62中,通过同源重组,获得GlnB-突变株(glnB::Km)。为了进一步分析glnB基因的功能,将glnB基因的编码区(339bp)构建在pVK100中,置于Km启动子下组成型表达,形成重组质粒pVK-Ⅱ。将重组质粒pVK-Ⅱ转入到GlnB-突变株,构建成互补株C-glnB(glnB::Km/glnB)。对GlnB-突变株和互补株的固氮酶活性和生长性能的测定表明,GlnB-突变体无固氮酶活性,即表型 为Nif-;而互补株像野生型菌株一样具有固氮酶活性。突变株、互补株及野生型在菌落生长速度上基本相同。将含有glnB基因的重组质粒pVK-Ⅱ分别转移到野生型Yu62菌株和具有一定抗铵能力的DraT-突变株中,使glnB基因的拷贝数增加,并进一步比较它们的固氮酶活性,结果表明多拷贝的glnB基因能显著提高固氮酶活性。

  2. Bursting and spiking due to additional direct and stochastic currents in neuron models

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    Yang Zhuo-Qin; Lu Qi-Shao

    2006-01-01

    Neurons at rest can exhibit diverse firing activities patterns in response to various external deterministic and random stimuli, especially additional currents. In this paper, neuronal firing patterns from bursting to spiking, induced by additional direct and stochastic currents, are explored in rest states Corresponding to two values of the parameter VK in the Chay neuron system. Three cases are considered by numerical simulation and fast/slow dynamic analysis, in which only the direct current or the stochastic current exists, or the direct and stochastic currents coexist. Meanwhile, several important bursting patterns in neuronal experiments, such as the period-1 "circle/homoclinic" bursting and the integer multiple "fold/homoclinic" bursting with one spike per burst, as well as the transition from integer multiple bursting to period-1 "circle/homoclinic" bursting and that from stochastic "Hopf/homoclinic" bursting to "Hopf/homoclinic" bursting, are investigated in detail.

  3. Equation of State and Thermodynamic Functions of the Ising-like Magnet at $T>T_c$

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    Kozlovskii, Miroslaw P

    2006-01-01

    The 3D Ising-like system in the external field is described using the non-perturbative collective variables method. The universal as well as nonuniversal system characteristics are obtained within the framework of this approach. The calculations are carried out on the microscopic level starting from the Hamiltonian. They are valid in the whole $h-T$ plane of the critical region. It is established, that the contributions related with wave vector values $\\vk\\to0$ exhibit the properties of the total system near the critical point. The behaviour of the susceptibility as function of the temperature in the presence of the field is investigated. The locations of the maximums susceptibility on the temperature scale for different values of the field are established.

  4. The Methodology of Calculation of Cutting Forces When Machining Composite Materials

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    Rychkov, D. A.; Yanyushkin, A. S.

    2016-08-01

    Cutting of composite materials has specific features and is different from the processing of metals. When this characteristic intense wear of the cutting tool. An important criterion in the selection process parameters composite processing is the value of the cutting forces, which depends on many factors and is determined experimentally, it is not always appropriate. The study developed a method of determining the cutting forces when machining composite materials and the comparative evaluation of the calculated and actual values of cutting forces. The methodology for calculating cutting forces into account specific features of the cutting tool and the extent of wear, the strength properties of the processed material and cutting conditions. Experimental studies conducted with fiberglass milling cutter equipped with elements of hard metal VK3M. The discrepancy between the estimated and the actual values of the cutting force is not more than 10%.

  5. Decentralized scheduling algorithm to improve the rate of production without increasing the stocks of intermediates; Zaiko wo fuyasu kotonaku seisan sokudo wo kojo saseru jiritsu bunsangata sukejuringu arugorizumu

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    Takeda, Kazuhiro; Shiigi, Daisuke; Tsuge, Yoshifumi; Matsuyama, Hisayoshi [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Department of Chemical Engineering

    1999-03-10

    In a factory with a multi-stage production system, push-type scheduling methods can hardly improve the production rate without increasing the stocks of intermediates. For products whose specifications are known before their orders, a pull-type scheduling method named Kanban system has been developed, and has succeeded to improve the production rate without increasing the stocks of intermediates. The Kanban system, however, is not applicable to custom-made products whose specifications are not known before their orders. In this paper, a 'Virtual Kanban (VK) system' is presented as a pull-type scheduling method which is applicable to custom-made products, and its usefulness is demonstrated by simulation of an application specific integrated circuit manufacturing facility. (author)

  6. Growth and thermoelectric properties of FeSb2 films produced by pulsed laser deposition

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    Canulescu, Stela; SUN, Ye; Schou, Jørgen

    FeSb2, a strongly correlated semiconductor, has promising application potential for thermoelectric cooling at cryogenic temperatures [1,2]. Single crystals of FeSb2 were found to exhibit colossal thermopower (S) values up to ~ −45000 μVK-1 and record high power factors up to 2300 μWK−2 cm−1 at 12 K...... enhanced thermoelectric performance. Herein, FeSb2 films were produced on silica substrates in a low-pressure Ar environment by a pulsed Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm. The effect of growth parameters, such as substrate temperature, Ar pressure, incident fluence and growth time, on the PLD growth of FeSb2...

  7. Origin of the colour-magnitude relation of elliptical galaxies

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    Kodama, T; Kodama, Tadayuki; Arimoto, Nobuo

    1996-01-01

    Evolutionary models of elliptical galaxies are constructed by using a new population synthesis code. Model parameters are calibrated to reproduce the observed colour-magnitude (CM) relation of Coma ellipticals in $V-K$ vs. $M_{V}$ diagram. The SEDs are degenerated in stellar age and metallicity. An attempt is performed to break this degeneracy, by simulating evolution of the CM relation of elliptical galaxies, based on the two alternative interpretations; i.e., the CM relation reflects different mean stellar age or various stellar metallicity. A confrontation with the CM diagrams of E/S0 galaxies in the two distant clusters Abell 2390 ($z=0.228$) and Abell 851 ($z=0.407$) reinsures previous contentions that the CM relation is primarily a metallicity effect. This conclusion does not depend either on the model parameters, or on the cosmological parameters adopted.

  8. Transactions of the Conference of Army Mathematicians (26th) Held at Hanover, New Hampshire on 10 - 12 June 1980.

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  9. Stratus Ocean Reference Station (20 deg. S, 85 deg. W) : Mooring Recovery and Deployment Cruise, R/V Ronald H. Brown Cruise 05-05, September 26, 2005-October 21, 2005

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  10. Stability of exact solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation in an external potential having supersymmetry and parity-time symmetry

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    Cooper, Fred; Khare, Avinash; Comech, Andrew; Mihaila, Bogdan; Dawson, John F.; Saxena, Avadh

    2017-01-01

    We discuss the stability properties of the solutions of the general nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) in 1+1 dimensions in an external potential derivable from a parity-time ({ P }{ T }) symmetric superpotential W(x) that we considered earlier, Kevrekidis et al (2015 Phys. Rev. E 92 042901). In particular we consider the nonlinear partial differential equation \\{{{i}} {\\partial }t+{\\partial }x2-{V}-(x)+| \\psi (x,t){| }2κ \\} \\psi (x,t)=0, for arbitrary nonlinearity parameter κ. We study the bound state solutions when {V}-(x) =(1/4-{b}2){\\text{sech}}2(x), which can be derived from two different superpotentials W(x), one of which is complex and { P }{ T } symmetric. Using Derrick's theorem, as well as a time dependent variational approximation, we derive exact analytic results for the domain of stability of the trapped solution as a function of the depth b 2 of the external potential. We compare the regime of stability found from these analytic approaches with a numerical linear stability analysis using a variant of the Vakhitov-Kolokolov (V-K) stability criterion. The numerical results of applying the V-K condition give the same answer for the domain of stability as the analytic result obtained from applying Derrick's theorem. Our main result is that for κ \\gt 2 a new regime of stability for the exact solutions appears as long as b\\gt {b}{{crit}}, where {b}{{crit}} is a function of the nonlinearity parameter κ. In the absence of the potential the related solitary wave solutions of the NLSE are unstable for κ \\gt 2.

  11. Vitamin K-antagonists accelerate atherosclerotic calcification and induce a vulnerable plaque phenotype.

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    Leon J Schurgers

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Vitamin K-antagonists (VKA are treatment of choice and standard care for patients with venous thrombosis and thromboembolic risk. In experimental animal models as well as humans, VKA have been shown to promote medial elastocalcinosis. As vascular calcification is considered an independent risk factor for plaque instability, we here investigated the effect of VKA on coronary calcification in patients and on calcification of atherosclerotic plaques in the ApoE(-/- model of atherosclerosis. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A total of 266 patients (133 VKA users and 133 gender and Framingham Risk Score matched non-VKA users underwent 64-slice MDCT to assess the degree of coronary artery disease (CAD. VKA-users developed significantly more calcified coronary plaques as compared to non-VKA users. ApoE(-/- mice (10 weeks received a Western type diet (WTD for 12 weeks, after which mice were fed a WTD supplemented with vitamin K(1 (VK(1, 1.5 mg/g or vitamin K(1 and warfarin (VK(1&W; 1.5 mg/g & 3.0 mg/g for 1 or 4 weeks, after which mice were sacrificed. Warfarin significantly increased frequency and extent of vascular calcification. Also, plaque calcification comprised microcalcification of the intimal layer. Furthermore, warfarin treatment decreased plaque expression of calcification regulatory protein carboxylated matrix Gla-protein, increased apoptosis and, surprisingly outward plaque remodeling, without affecting overall plaque burden. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: VKA use is associated with coronary artery plaque calcification in patients with suspected CAD and causes changes in plaque morphology with features of plaque vulnerability in ApoE(-/- mice. Our findings underscore the need for alternative anticoagulants that do not interfere with the vitamin K cycle.

  12. Velar activity in individuals with velopharyngeal insufficiency assessed by acoustic rhinometry

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    Inge Elly Kiemle TRINDADE

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Acoustic rhinometry is routinely used for the evaluation of nasal patency. Objective: To investigate whether the technique is able to identify the impairment of velopharyngeal (VP activity in individuals with clinical diagnosis of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI. Methods: Twenty subjects with repaired cleft palate and inadequate velopharyngeal function (IVF and 18 non-cleft controls with adequate velopharyngeal function (AVF, adults, of both genders, were evaluated. Area-distance curves were obtained during VP rest and speech activity, using an Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometry system. Volume was determined by integrating the area under the curve at the segment corresponding to the nasopharynx. VP activity (ΔV was estimated by the absolute and relative differences between nasopharyngeal volume at rest (Vr and during an unreleased /k/ production (Vk. The efficiency of the technique to discriminate IVF and AVF was assessed by a ROC curve. Results: Mean Vk and Vr values (±SD obtained were: 23.2±3.6 cm3 and 15.9±3.8 cm3 (AVF group, and 22.7±7.9 cm3 and 20.7±7.4 cm3 (IVF group, corresponding to a mean ΔV decay of 7.3 cm3 (31% for the AVF group and a significantly smaller ΔV decay of 2.0 cm3 (9% for the IVF group (p<0.05. Seventy percent of the IVF individuals showed a ΔV suggesting impaired VP function (below the cutoff score of 3.0 cm3 which maximized both sensitivity and specificity of the test, confirming clinical diagnosis. Conclusion: Acoustic rhinometry was able to identify, with a good discriminatory power, the impairment of VP activity which characterizes VPI.

  13. Nanostructured complex cobalt oxides as potential materials for solar thermoelectric power generators

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    Robert, R.; Romer, S.; Weidenkaff, A. [Laboratory of Solid State Chemistry and Analyses, Empa Materials Science and Technology, Ueberlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dubendorf (Switzerland); Reller, A. [Solid State Chemistry, University of Augsburg, Universitaetsstrasse 1, D-86150 Augsburg (Germany)

    2005-05-01

    Thermoelectrically active and stable perovskite-type materials e.g. La{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (0VK{sup -1}, and a resistivity of {rho} {proportional_to} 1.9 m{omega} cm at room temperature, which is comparable to the reported value for single crystals. Ca- and Ti-substituted LaCoO{sub 3} reveal thermopower values in the range from S{sub 300K} {proportional_to} + 70 to + 180 {mu}VK{sup -1}. The electrical conductivity of the nanostructured compounds is high in spite of the fact that the grain boundary influence is increasing. The Seebeck coefficient values of the products are positive in the whole temperature range indicating p-type conduction. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  14. Entamoeba Clone-Recognition Experiments: Morphometrics, Aggregative Behavior, and Cell-Signaling Characterization.

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    Espinosa, Avelina; Paz-Y-Miño-C, Guillermo; Hackey, Meagan; Rutherford, Scott

    2016-05-01

    Studies on clone- and kin-discrimination in protists have proliferated during the past decade. We report clone-recognition experiments in seven Entamoeba lineages (E. invadens IP-1, E. invadens VK-1:NS, E. terrapinae, E. moshkovskii Laredo, E. moshkovskii Snake, E. histolytica HM-1:IMSS and E. dispar). First, we characterized morphometrically each clone (length, width, and cell-surface area) and documented how they differed statistically from one another (as per single-variable or canonical-discriminant analyses). Second, we demonstrated that amebas themselves could discriminate self (clone) from different (themselves vs. other clones). In mix-cell-line cultures between closely-related (E. invadens IP-1 vs. E. invadens VK-1:NS) or distant-phylogenetic clones (E. terrapinae vs. E. moshkovskii Laredo), amebas consistently aggregated with same-clone members. Third, we identified six putative cell-signals secreted by the amebas (RasGap/Ankyrin, coronin-WD40, actin, protein kinases, heat shock 70, and ubiquitin) and which known functions in Entamoeba spp. included: cell proliferation, cell adhesion, cell movement, and stress-induced encystation. To our knowledge, this is the first multi-clone characterization of Entamoeba spp. morphometrics, aggregative behavior, and cell-signaling secretion in the context of clone-recognition. Protists allow us to study cell-cell recognition from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. Modern protistan lineages can be central to studies about the origins and evolution of multicellularity.

  15. Colonization of Azospirillum brasilense Yu62 in Wheat Via EGFP%巴西固氮螺菌Yu62的EGFP标记及其在小麦体内的定殖研究

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    刘华伟; 王庆贺; 张宏; 王蕊; 肖红利; 郭蔼光

    2009-01-01

    以质粒pEGFP-C1为模板,采用PCR方法特异性扩增增强型绿色荧光蛋白(EGFP)基因全长序列,将其与原核表达载体pVK-100连接,构建成重组载体pVK-EGFP.利用电转化法将重组载体导入巴西固氮螺菌Yu62中,得到EGFP标记菌株.用EGFP标记菌接种小麦'小偃107'种子,室内限菌条件下培养10 d后,用荧光显微镜观测标记菌在小麦体内的定殖规律并观察接菌植株的田间生长状况.结果显示,巴西固氮螺菌Yu62能定殖于小麦根毛区、茎组织的细胞间隙等部位,而且接菌小麦'小偃107'植株在根系发育、株高、分蘖数等方面比对照有较明显的优势.研究表明,巴西固氮螺菌Yu62能够定殖于小麦根茎内,并具有促进植物生长的作用.

  16. Velar activity in individuals with velopharyngeal insufficiency assessed by acoustic rhinometry

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    TRINDADE, Inge Elly Kiemle; ARAÚJO, Bruna Mara Adorno Marmontel; TEIXEIRA, Ana Claudia Martins Sampaio; da SILVA, Andressa Sharllene Carneiro; TRINDADE-SUEDAM, Ivy Kiemle

    2014-01-01

    Acoustic rhinometry is routinely used for the evaluation of nasal patency. Objective To investigate whether the technique is able to identify the impairment of velopharyngeal (VP) activity in individuals with clinical diagnosis of velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI). Methods Twenty subjects with repaired cleft palate and inadequate velopharyngeal function (IVF) and 18 non-cleft controls with adequate velopharyngeal function (AVF), adults, of both genders, were evaluated. Area-distance curves were obtained during VP rest and speech activity, using an Eccovision Acoustic Rhinometry system. Volume was determined by integrating the area under the curve at the segment corresponding to the nasopharynx. VP activity (∆V) was estimated by the absolute and relative differences between nasopharyngeal volume at rest (Vr) and during an unreleased /k/ production (Vk). The efficiency of the technique to discriminate IVF and AVF was assessed by a ROC curve. Results Mean Vk and Vr values (±SD) obtained were: 23.2±3.6 cm3 and 15.9±3.8 cm3 (AVF group), and 22.7±7.9 cm3 and 20.7±7.4 cm3 (IVF group), corresponding to a mean ∆V decay of 7.3 cm3 (31%) for the AVF group and a significantly smaller ∆V decay of 2.0 cm3 (9%) for the IVF group (p<0.05). Seventy percent of the IVF individuals showed a ∆V suggesting impaired VP function (below the cutoff score of 3.0 cm3 which maximized both sensitivity and specificity of the test), confirming clinical diagnosis. Conclusion Acoustic rhinometry was able to identify, with a good discriminatory power, the impairment of VP activity which characterizes VPI. PMID:25141205

  17. 维生素K2对老年去卵巢大鼠血管钙化的影响%Effect of Vitamin K2 on the Vascular Calcification of Old Ovariectomized Rats

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    陈雪英; 杨雅; 游志刚; 丁颖; 吴韦; 姜醒华

    2012-01-01

    Aim To explore the effect of Vitamin K2 on vascular calcifiction in old ovariectomized rats model. Methods Thirty-six ten months female SD rats were allocated into three groups randomly; sham operation group, ovariec-tomized (OVX) group and OVX + Vitamin K2 (OVX + VK2) group. Rats in OVX + VK2 group were administered orally with Vitamin K2 (30 mg( kg ? d) , 5 times a week) after three weeks of ovariectomy for 12 weeks. The urine and serum of all rats were kept every three weeks. All rats were sacrificed after 18 weeks, uterus and arteries were observed by his-tochemical method. The contents of MGP in serum and urine were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELJSA). Relative quantification of MGP mRNA expression in arterial was detected by Fluorescent real-time quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction. Expression of ucMGP was detected by immunochistochemistry. Aterial calcification was evaluated by Von Kossa staining. The content of arterial calcium was measured. Results After 18 weeks of ovariectomized, the pathological section of uterus and aortic had differernt variation in different groups. The con-tent of estrogen in serum had no difference before ovariectomized. Before sacrifice, the content of estrogen of sham group had no change, the other groups reduced (P < 0. 05). The content of MGP in serum and urine had no difference before ovariectomized, the content of MGP in serum and urine decreased in OVX group, the content of MGP in serum and urine decreased and then increased in OVX + VK2 group. Relative quantification of MGP mRNA expression of aterial in OVX + VK2 group was significantly lower than sham group ( P < 0.01) , and was higher than that in OVX group (P < 0.01).The size of ucMGP localized in OVX + VK2 group was less than that in OVX group. The contents of arterial calcium in OVX + VK2 group were higher than that in sham group ( P < 0. 05) and lower than that in OVX group (P < 0. 01). Conclusions Vitamin K2 can improve

  18. Molecules based on M(v) (M=Mo, W) and Ni(II) ions: a new class of trigonal bipyramidal cluster and confirmation of SMM behavior for the pentadecanuclear molecule {NiII[NiII(tmphen)(MeOH)]6[Ni(H2O)3]2[micro-CN]30[WV(CN)3]6}.

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    Hilfiger, Matthew G; Zhao, Hanhua; Prosvirin, Andrey; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Dunbar, Kim R

    2009-07-14

    The preparation, single crystal X-ray crystallography, and magnetic properties are reported for four new clusters based on [M'V(CN)8]3- octacyanometallates (M'=Mo, W). Reactions of [M'V(CN)8]3- with mononuclear NiII ions in the presence of the tmphen blocking ligand (tmphen=3,4,7,8-tetramethyl-1,10-phenanthroline) in a 2:3:6 ratio, respectively, lead to the formation of the trigonal bipyramidal clusters [NiII(tmphen)2]3[M'V(CN)8]2. Analogous reactions with the same starting materials performed in a 2:3:2 ratio, respectively, produce pentadecanuclear clusters of the type {NiII[NiII(tmphen)(MeOH)]6[Ni(H2O)3]2[micro-CN]30[WV(CN)3]6}. The W2Ni3 (1) and Mo2Ni3(2) pentanuclear clusters and the W6Ni9 (3) and Mo6Ni9 (4) pentadecanuclear molecules are isostructural to each other and crystallize in the space groups P2(1)/c and R3 respectively. Magnetic measurements indicate that the ground states for the trigonal bipyamidal clusters are S=4 as a consequence of ferromagnetic coupling with JW-Ni=9.5 cm(-1), JMo-Ni=10 cm(-1). The pentadecanuclear clusters exhibit ferromagnetic coupling as well, which leads to S=12 ground states (JW-Ni=12 cm(-1), JMo-Ni=12.2 cm(-1)). Reduced magnetization studies on the W-Ni analogues support the conclusion that they exhibit a negative axial anisotropy term; the fits give D values of -0.24 cm(-1) for the W2Ni3 cluster and D=-0.04 cm(-1)for the W6Ni9 cluster. AC susceptibility measurements indicate the beginning of an out-of-phase signal for the W2Ni3 and the W6Ni9 compounds, but detailed low temperature studies on small crystals by the microSQUID technique indicate that only the pentadecanuclear cluster exhibits hysteresis in accord with SMM behavior. Neither Mo cluster reveals any evidence for slow paramagnetic relaxation at low temperatures.

  19. Utilizing Hilbert-Huang transform in detection some of mechanical properties of the refractory metals

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    Mohammed, Arshed Abdulhamed; Haris, Sallehuddin Mohamed; Nuawi, Mohd Zaki

    2016-02-01

    This study is one of the first to report on the use of Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) to determine the modulus of elasticity of a material, which is one of the most important properties of metals. In addition, this study involves an analytical study of the process of transfer of energy, which was represented in the form of intrinsic mode functions (IMFs). Moreover, the distribution of IMFs within the time-frequency-plain was determined by testing eight test specimens. Five test specimens were refractory materials, namely, Ti, Ti6AL4V, Zr, Nb, and Ta, and the other three were non-refractory materials, namely, Al, Brass, and ST4340. The new setup was composed of Mg and involves the use of two piezoelectric transducers, which were used as the emitter and receiver. The setup was designed and implemented in this research based on Mg usage to test the metals. First, a new relationship was derived between the pressure transmission coefficient (PTC) of the transmitted wave (through the emitter-water-test specimen-Mg to the receiver) and the corresponding values of the product of the density (ρ) and the modulus of elasticity (E) for the same test specimen. Another relationship was established between the PTCs and the total energy transmitted at high frequencies. This energy indicates the summation of IMFs that have high frequencies (THIMFs), higher than 10 kHz, can determine E better than TOF for most test specimens. To verify this results, with regard to the second conclusion, a new simulation for this setup was carried out using Simulink in MATLAB. Twelve theoretical tests were done, for high acoustic impedance metals, like Hf, Mo, WNiFe and W in addition to test the same group which was tested experimentally. The results of theoretical tests supported the experimental results except for Nb. Most of the conclusions were obtained through practical results and analytical studies. The results proved that THIMFs can determine the change in the microstructure of the alloys

  20. Changes in flood risk impacted by river training – case study of piedmont section of the Vistula river

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    Full Text Available Zmiany w zagrożeniu powodziowych powodowane przez regulację rzeki na przykładzie przedgórskiego odcinka Wisły. W pracy zanalizowano główne problemy związane z zagrożeniem powodziowym w dolinie przedgórskiego odcinka Wisły (południowa Polska. Ten odcinek rzeki podlega pracom regulacyjnym od połowy XIX wieku. Omówiono wiele problemów wpisujących się w główny nurt dyskusji na temat efektywności stosowanych metod regulacji rzek. Główną uwagę zwrócono na: (1 aktualny stan zagrożenia powodziowego, (2 wielkość odpływu rzeki, (3 zmiany w zagrożeniu powodziowym od początku prac regulacyjnych z uwzględnieniem zmian w geometrii koryta i zmian w wielkości odpływu rzeki odzwierciedlających efekty prac regulacyjnych. Za główną cechę hydrologiczną badanego odcinka Wisły należy uznać znaczny od zapoczątkowania prac regulacyjnych wzrost wielkości przepływu pełnokorytowego, który trwa nadal. Oznacza to, że zmniejsza się ilość wody w rzece, która podczas stanów wyższych od stanu pełnokorytowego może zatapiać strefę międzywala. Tą uwagę uznano za podstawę analizy zmian w zagrożeniu powodziowym w przedgórskim odcinku Wisły. Ocenę tych zmian w badanym odcinku rzeki nie można jednak uznać za jednoznaczną, gdyż niektóre zmiany w warunkach odpływu przyczyniają się do zmniejszenia ryzyka powodzi, podczas gdy inne są odpowiedzialne za jego zwiększenie. W pracy wykorzystano dane z ponad 100-letniego okresu udostępnione przez Państwową Służbę Hydrologiczną, uwzględniono również mapy opublikowane w dużej skali w ostatnich 230 latach, a także wyniki badań terenowych autora.

  1. Sodium-glucose cotransport

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    Poulsen, Søren Brandt; Fenton, Robert A.; Rieg, Timo

    2017-01-01

    Purpose of review Sodium-glucose cotransporters (SGLTs) are important mediators of glucose uptake across apical cell membranes. SGLT1 mediates almost all sodium-dependent glucose uptake in the small intestine, while in the kidney SGLT2, and to a lesser extent SGLT1, account for more than 90% and nearly 3%, respectively, of glucose reabsorption from the glomerular ultrafiltrate. Although the recent availability of SGLT2 inhibitors for the treatment of diabetes mellitus has increased the number of clinical studies, this review has a focus on mechanisms contributing to the cellular regulation of SGLTs. Recent findings Studies have focused on the regulation of SGLT expression under different physiological/pathophysiological conditions, for example diet, age or diabetes mellitus. Several studies provide evidence of SGLT regulation via cyclic adenosine monophosphate/protein kinase A, protein kinase C, glucagon-like peptide 2, insulin, leptin, signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3), phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K)/Akt, mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB), with-no-K[Lys] kinases/STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase (Wnk/SPAK) and regulatory solute carrier protein 1 (RS1) pathways. Summary SGLT inhibitors are important drugs for glycemic control in diabetes mellitus. Although the contribution of SGLT1 for absorption of glucose from the intestine as well as SGLT2/SGLT1 for renal glucose reabsorption has been comprehensively defined, this review provides an up-to-date outline for the mechanistic regulation of SGLT1/SGLT2. PMID:26125647

  2. A comprehensive characterization of genome-wide copy number aberrations in colorectal cancer reveals novel oncogenes and patterns of alterations.

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    Tao Xie

    Full Text Available To develop a comprehensive overview of copy number aberrations (CNAs in stage-II/III colorectal cancer (CRC, we characterized 302 tumors from the PETACC-3 clinical trial. Microsatellite-stable (MSS samples (n = 269 had 66 minimal common CNA regions, with frequent gains on 20 q (72.5%, 7 (41.8%, 8 q (33.1% and 13 q (51.0% and losses on 18 (58.6%, 4 q (26% and 21 q (21.6%. MSS tumors have significantly more CNAs than microsatellite-instable (MSI tumors: within the MSI tumors a novel deletion of the tumor suppressor WWOX at 16 q23.1 was identified (p<0.01. Focal aberrations identified by the GISTIC method confirmed amplifications of oncogenes including EGFR, ERBB2, CCND1, MET, and MYC, and deletions of tumor suppressors including TP53, APC, and SMAD4, and gene expression was highly concordant with copy number aberration for these genes. Novel amplicons included putative oncogenes such as WNK1 and HNF4A, which also showed high concordance between copy number and expression. Survival analysis associated a specific patient segment featured by chromosome 20 q gains to an improved overall survival, which might be due to higher expression of genes such as EEF1B2 and PTK6. The CNA clustering also grouped tumors characterized by a poor prognosis BRAF-mutant-like signature derived from mRNA data from this cohort. We further revealed non-random correlation between CNAs among unlinked loci, including positive correlation between 20 q gain and 8 q gain, and 20 q gain and chromosome 18 loss, consistent with co-selection of these CNAs. These results reinforce the non-random nature of somatic CNAs in stage-II/III CRC and highlight loci and genes that may play an important role in driving the development and outcome of this disease.

  3. Generation and functional characterization of epithelial cells with stable expression of SLC26A9 Cl- channels.

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    Salomon, Johanna J; Spahn, Stephan; Wang, Xiaohui; Füllekrug, Joachim; Bertrand, Carol A; Mall, Marcus A

    2016-04-01

    Recent studies identified the SLC26A9 Cl(-) channel as a modifier and potential therapeutic target in cystic fibrosis (CF). However, understanding of the regulation of SLC26A9 in epithelia remains limited and cellular models with stable expression for biochemical and functional studies are missing. We, therefore, generated Fisher rat thyroid (FRT) epithelial cells with stable expression of HA-tagged SLC26A9 via retroviral transfection and characterized SLC26A9 expression and function using Western blotting, immunolocalization, whole cell patch-clamp, and transepithelial bioelectric studies in Ussing chambers. We demonstrate stable expression of SLC26A9 in transfected FRT (SLC26A9-FRT) cells on the mRNA and protein level. Immunolocalization and Western blotting detected SLC26A9 in different intracellular compartments and to a lesser extent at the cell surface. Whole cell patch-clamp recordings demonstrated significantly increased constitutive Cl(-) currents in SLC26A9-FRT compared with control-transduced FRT (Control-FRT) cells (P < 0.01). Similar, transepithelial measurements showed that the basal short circuit current was significantly increased in SLC26A9-FRT vs. Control-FRT cell monolayers (P < 0.01). SLC26A9-mediated Cl(-) currents were increased by cAMP-dependent stimulation (IBMX and forskolin) and inhibited by GlyH-101, niflumic acid, DIDS, and 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino) benzoic acid (NPPB), as well as RNAi knockdown of WNK1 implicated in epithelial osmoregulation. Our results support that these novel epithelial cells with stable expression of SLC26A9 will be a useful model for studies of pharmacological regulation including the identification of activators of SLC26A9 Cl(-) channels that may compensate deficient cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR)-mediated Cl(-) secretion and serve as an alternative therapeutic target in patients with CF and potentially other muco-obstructive lung diseases.

  4. Interacting influence of diuretics and diet on BK channel-regulated K homeostasis

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    Wen, Donghai; Cornelius, Ryan J.; Sansom, Steven C.

    2014-01-01

    Large conductance, Ca-activated K channels are abundantly located in cells of vasculature, glomerulus and distal nephron, where they are involved in maintaining blood volume, blood pressure and K homeostasis. In mesangial cells and smooth muscle cells of vessels, the BK-α pore associates with BK-β1 subunits and regulates contraction in a Ca-mediated feedback manner. The BK-β1 also resides in connecting tubule cells of the nephron. BK-β1 knockout mice (β1KO) exhibit fluid retention, hypertension, and compromised K handling. The BK-α/β4resides in acid/base transporting intercalated cells (IC) of the distal nephron, where they mediate K secretion in mammals on a high K, alkaline diet. BK-α expression in IC is increased by a high K diet via aldosterone. The BK-β4 subunit and alkaline urine are necessary for the luminal expression and function of BK-α in mouse IC. In distal nephron cells, membrane BK-α expression is inhibited by WNK4 in in vitro expression systems, indicating a role in the hyperkalemic phenotype in patients with familial hyperkalemic hypertension type 2 (FHHt2). β1KO and BK-β4 knockout mice (β4KO) are hypertensive because of exaggerated ENaC-mediated Na retention in an effort to secrete K via only ROMK. BK hypertension is resistant to thiazides and furosemide, and would be more amenable to ENaC and aldosterone inhibiting drugs. Activators of BK-α/β1 or BK-α/β4 might be effective blood pressure lowering agents for a subset of hypertensive patients. Inhibitors of renal BK would effectively spare K in patients with Bartter Syndrome, a renal K wasting disease. PMID:24721651

  5. Phosphorylation regulates NCC stability and transporter activity in vivo.

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    Yang, Sung-Sen; Fang, Yu-Wei; Tseng, Min-Hua; Chu, Pei-Yi; Yu, I-Shing; Wu, Han-Chung; Lin, Shu-Wha; Chau, Tom; Uchida, Shinichi; Sasaki, Sei; Lin, Yuh-Feng; Sytwu, Huey-Kang; Lin, Shih-Hua

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    A T60M mutation in the thiazide-sensitive sodium chloride cotransporter (NCC) is common in patients with Gitelman's syndrome (GS). This mutation prevents Ste20-related proline and alanine-rich kinase (SPAK)/oxidative stress responsive kinase-1 (OSR1)-mediated phosphorylation of NCC and alters NCC transporter activity in vitro. Here, we examined the physiologic effects of NCC phosphorylation in vivo using a novel Ncc T58M (human T60M) knock-in mouse model. Ncc(T58M/T58M) mice exhibited typical features of GS with a blunted response to thiazide diuretics. Despite expressing normal levels of Ncc mRNA, these mice had lower levels of total Ncc and p-Ncc protein that did not change with a low-salt diet that increased p-Spak. In contrast to wild-type Ncc, which localized to the apical membrane of distal convoluted tubule cells, T58M Ncc localized primarily to the cytosolic region and caused an increase in late distal convoluted tubule volume. In MDCK cells, exogenous expression of phosphorylation-defective NCC mutants reduced total protein expression levels and membrane stability. Furthermore, our analysis found diminished total urine NCC excretion in a cohort of GS patients with homozygous NCC T60M mutations. When Wnk4(D561A/+) mice, a model of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II expressing an activated Spak/Osr1-Ncc, were crossed with Ncc(T58M/T58M) mice, total Ncc and p-Ncc protein levels decreased and the GS phenotype persisted over the hypertensive phenotype. Overall, these data suggest that SPAK-mediated phosphorylation of NCC at T60 regulates NCC stability and function, and defective phosphorylation at this residue corrects the phenotype of pseudohypoaldosteronism type II.

  6. OSR1 and SPAK Sensitivity of Large-Conductance Ca2+ Activated K+ Channel

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    Bernat Elvira

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aims: The oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1 (OSR1 and the serine/threonine kinases SPAK (SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase are under the control of WNK (with-no-K [Lys] kinases. OSR1 and SPAK participate in diverse functions including cell volume regulation and neuronal excitability. Cell volume and neuronal excitation are further modified by the large conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (maxi K+ channel or BK channels. An influence of OSR1 and/or SPAK on BK channel activity has, however, never been shown. The present study thus explored whether OSR1 and/or SPAK modify the activity of BK channels. Methods: cRNA encoding the Ca2+ insensitive BK channel mutant BKM513I+Δ899-903 was injected into Xenopus laevis oocytes without or with additional injection of cRNA encoding wild-type OSR1 or wild-type SPAK, constitutively active T185EOSR1, catalytically inactive D164AOSR1, constitutively active T233ESPAK or catalytically inactive D212ASPAK. K+ channel activity was measured utilizing dual electrode voltage clamp. Results: BK channel activity in BKM513I+Δ899-903 expressing oocytes was significantly decreased by co-expression of OSR1 or SPAK. The effect of wild-type OSR1/SPAK was mimicked by T185EOSR1 and T233ESPAK, but not by D164AOSR1 or D212ASPAK. Conclusions: OSR1 and SPAK suppress BK channels, an effect possibly contributing to cell volume regulation and neuroexcitability.

  7. Expression of hemoglobin-α and β subunits in human vaginal epithelial cells and their functional significance

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    Saha, Debarchana; Koli, Swanand; Patgaonkar, Mandar; Reddy, Kudumula Venkata Rami

    2017-01-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb) is a major protein involved in transport of oxygen (O2). It consists of Hb-α and Hb-β subunits, which are normally expressed by cells of erythroid lineage. However, till recently, it was not known whether non-erythroid cells like vaginal cells synthesize Hb and whether it has any functional significance. Therefore, we designed the following objectives: (1) to establish in-vitro culture system of human primary vaginal epithelial cells (hPVECs), (2) to determine whether Hb-α and Hb-β proteins are truly synthesized by hPVECs, (3) to evaluate the effect of LPS (lipopolysaccharide) on the expression of Hb-α and Hb-β proteins (4) to decipher the significance of the Hb-α and Hb-β expression in hPVECs and (5) to determine the molecular mechanism regulating the expression of Hb-α in hPVECs. To accomplish these studies, we applied a battery of assays such as RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, Flow cytometry, western blot, and immunofluorescence, Electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP). The results revealed the expression of Hb-α and Hb-β at both mRNA and protein level in hPVECs. The expression was significantly upregulated following LPS treatment (10μg/ml for 6 hrs) and these results are comparable with the expression induced by LPS in human vaginal epithelial cell line (VK2/E6E7). These cells constitutively produced low levels of pro-inflammatory (IL-6) and anti-inflammatory (IL-10) cytokines. Also, the response of phosphorylated (p65)-NF-κB to LPS was upregulated with increased expression of IL-6, Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4) and human beta defensin-1 (hBD-1) in hPVECs and VK2/E6E7 cells. However, Bay 11–7082 treatment (5μM for 24 hrs) could neutralize the effect of LPS-induced p65-NF-κB activity and represses the production`of Hb-α and Hb-β. The results of EMSA revealed the presence of putative binding sites of NF-κB in the human Hb-α promoter region (nt-115 to -106). ChIP analysis confirmed the binding of NF

  8. Vetores de malária em duas reservas indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira Vectores de malaria en dos reservas indígenas del Amazonas Brasilero Malaria vectors in two indigenous reserves of the Brazilian Amazon

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    Roseli La Corte dos Santos

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever a composição, características ecológicas e comportamentais e infectividade das espécies de anofelinos em reservas indígenas da região Amazônica. MÉTODOS: O estudo foi conduzido no ano de 2002 em aldeias das reservas indígenas Nhamundá-Mapuera e Cuminapanema no estado do Pará. Foram realizadas três coletas de duas semanas em cada reserva, com capturas de adultos e de imaturos. Anofelinos adultos foram capturados com capturador de Castro por atração humana nos ambientes intra e peridomiciliares, no período das 18h às 21h e das 18 às 06h e avaliados para verificação da paridade e infectividade para plasmódios por dissecção e ELISA. As coleções hídricas próximas às aldeias foram pesquisadas utilizando conchas de 500 ml, sendo 20 conchadas a cada 10 m, cobrindo-se a extensão máxima de 200 m de perímetro do criadouro. RESULTADOS: Foram capturadas 8.668 fêmeas somando-se as coletas das duas reservas. Anopheles darlingi foi a espécie predominante, com maior freqüência no peridomicílio. Na reserva Mapuera, a atividade hematofágica concentrou-se entre as 20h e 24h e, em Cuminapanema, manteve-se elevada até as 24h, diminuindo após esse horário e voltando a elevar-se no início da manhã. Das 6.350 fêmeas de An. darlingi examinadas, 18 estavam infectadas por Plasmodium vivax VK 247, VK 210, P. falciparum e P. malariae. Outras 1.450 fêmeas de outras espécies foram examinadas, mas nenhuma foi encontrada infectada. An. nuneztovari e Chagasia bonnae foram as espécies mais freqüentes nos criadouros das aldeias Mapuera e Cuminapanema, respectivamente. Imaturos de An. darlingi não foram localizados em Mapuera e foram capturados em apenas uma das coletas da reserva Cuminapanema. CONCLUSÕES: As populações de An. darlingi das duas reservas apresentaram comportamento exofílico e intensa atividade noturna. A ocorrência de imaturos foi pouco freqüente e a densidade larvária foi baixa. As caracter

  9. Phase 1/2a Trial of Plasmodium vivax Malaria Vaccine Candidate VMP001/AS01B in Malaria-Naive Adults: Safety, Immunogenicity, and Efficacy.

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    Jason W Bennett

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A vaccine to prevent infection and disease caused by Plasmodium vivax is needed both to reduce the morbidity caused by this parasite and as a key component in efforts to eradicate malaria worldwide. Vivax malaria protein 1 (VMP001, a novel chimeric protein that incorporates the amino- and carboxy- terminal regions of the circumsporozoite protein (CSP and a truncated repeat region that contains repeat sequences from both the VK210 (type 1 and the VK247 (type 2 parasites, was developed as a vaccine candidate for global use.We conducted a first-in-human Phase 1 dose escalation vaccine study with controlled human malaria infection (CHMI of VMP001 formulated in the GSK Adjuvant System AS01B. A total of 30 volunteers divided into 3 groups (10 per group were given 3 intramuscular injections of 15 μg, 30 μg, or 60 μg respectively of VMP001, all formulated in 500 μL of AS01B at each immunization. All vaccinated volunteers participated in a P. vivax CHMI 14 days following the third immunization. Six non-vaccinated subjects served as infectivity controls.The vaccine was shown to be well tolerated and immunogenic. All volunteers generated robust humoral and cellular immune responses to the vaccine antigen. Vaccination did not induce sterile protection; however, a small but significant delay in time to parasitemia was seen in 59% of vaccinated subjects compared to the control group. An association was identified between levels of anti-type 1 repeat antibodies and prepatent period.This trial was the first to assess the efficacy of a P. vivax CSP vaccine candidate by CHMI. The association of type 1 repeat-specific antibody responses with delay in the prepatency period suggests that augmenting the immune responses to this domain may improve strain-specific vaccine efficacy. The availability of a P. vivax CHMI model will accelerate the process of P. vivax vaccine development, allowing better selection of candidate vaccines for advancement to field trials.

  10. A standard numbering scheme for thiamine diphosphate-dependent decarboxylases

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    Vogel Constantin

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Standard numbering schemes for families of homologous proteins allow for the unambiguous identification of functionally and structurally relevant residues, to communicate results on mutations, and to systematically analyse sequence-function relationships in protein families. Standard numbering schemes have been successfully implemented for several protein families, including lactamases and antibodies, whereas a numbering scheme for the structural family of thiamine-diphosphate (ThDP -dependent decarboxylases, a large subfamily of the class of ThDP-dependent enzymes encompassing pyruvate-, benzoylformate-, 2-oxo acid-, indolpyruvate- and phenylpyruvate decarboxylases, benzaldehyde lyase, acetohydroxyacid synthases and 2-succinyl-5-enolpyruvyl-6-hydroxy-3-cyclohexadiene-1-carboxylate synthase (MenD is still missing. Despite a high structural similarity between the members of the ThDP-dependent decarboxylases, their sequences are diverse and make a pairwise sequence comparison of protein family members difficult. Results We developed and validated a standard numbering scheme for the family of ThDP-dependent decarboxylases. A profile hidden Markov model (HMM was created using a set of representative sequences from the family of ThDP-dependent decarboxylases. The pyruvate decarboxylase from S. cerevisiae (PDB: 2VK8 was chosen as a reference because it is a well characterized enzyme. The crystal structure with the PDB identifier 2VK8 encompasses the structure of the ScPDC mutant E477Q, the cofactors ThDP and Mg2+ as well as the substrate analogue (2S-2-hydroxypropanoic acid. The absolute numbering of this reference sequence was transferred to all members of the ThDP-dependent decarboxylase protein family. Subsequently, the numbering scheme was integrated into the already established Thiamine-diphosphate dependent Enzyme Engineering Database (TEED and was used to systematically analyze functionally and structurally relevant

  11. Stimuli-sensitive nanoparticles for multiple anti-HIV microbicides

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    Giri, Namita; Oh, Byeongtaek; Lee, Chi H.

    2016-05-01

    This study is aimed to develop and evaluate an advanced intravaginal formulation for the delivery of multiple anti-HIV microbicides. Novel stimuli-sensitive nanoparticles (NPs) which protected the encapsulated drugs from being degraded in acidic pH conditions were made of Eudragit S-100® (ES100®), a pH-sensitive polymer. ES100® NPs were prepared using the quasi-emulsion solvent diffusion technique and loaded with two microbicides namely Tenofovir (TNF) and Etravirine (ETV). The effects of various fabrication parameters on the formulation properties were evaluated for the optimization of ES100® NPs. The morphology of the ES100® NPs was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The cytotoxicity of NPs containing microbicides individually or in a combination was assessed using cell viability and trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurements. The cellular uptake rates of the model microbicides by human vaginal epithelial cells, VK2 E6/E7 cells, were evaluated using confocal microscopy and florescence-assisted cell sorting technique. ES100® NPs had a spherical shape, smooth surface, and uniform texture with a little aggregation. The average particle size for NPs loaded with TNF ranged from 125 to 230 nm, whereas those for ETV-loaded NPs ranged from 160 to 280 nm. ES100® NPs had zeta potential in the range of -5 to -10 mV. In-vitro release studies displayed the potential benefits of ES100® NPs in retaining and protecting the loaded microbicides at vaginal pH (acidic), but immediately releasing them as the pH changes to neutral or 7.4 (physiological pH). Cell viability studies demonstrated that ES100® NPs did not exert any cytotoxicity individually or in a combination of both microbicides. TEER measurements confirmed that ES100® NPs loaded with TNF and ETV did not cause any changes in the barrier integrity of VK2 E6/E7 cell monolayer. The cellular uptake study revealed that ES100® NPs were taken by vaginal epithelial cells through the endocytosis

  12. Dinámica poblacional y aislamiento de bacterias ácido lácticas en lactosuero fermentado

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    Valeria Martínez-López

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El consumo de queso producido con leche cruda puede causar daños a la salud debido a la carga microbiana presente en la leche bronca, que puede incluir microorganismos patógenos. Los cultivos iniciadores endémicos de los quesos artesanales podrían mejorar el sabor de quesos fabricados con leche pasteurizada. El objetivo de este trabajo fue estudiar la dinámica poblacional de bacterias ácido lácticas (BAL del suero fermentado de queso de hebra (SFQH y su aislamiento. Método: El suero de queso fue obtenido del proceso artesanal para la elaboración de queso de hebra usando leche cruda (Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, México. Durante 120 h, muestras de SFQH, que fueron obtenidas en diferentes tiempos, se utilizaron para determinar el pH del medio e inocular cajas con medios selectivos MRS, M17, APT y Elliker. Los aislados obtenidos se caracterizaron morfológica y molecularmente. Resultados: La población de BAL se modificó en función del tiempo de fermentación y del pH (4.05 a 3.4 del suero. Se aislaron 22 cepas catalasa negativas y Gram-positivo. El análisis filogenético (ADNr 16S indicó la presencia de cuatro cepas del género Enterococcus (VD, VH, VL, VB y una de Lactobacillus (VK. La cepa VH predominó sobre el resto de los aislados y junto con la cepa VK permanecieron durante todo el bioproceso. Discusión o Conclusión: El cambio en el pH del SFQH permitió aislar cepas de BAL, que podrían utilizarse como cultivos iniciadores para obtener queso de acuerdo a las especificaciones de la NOM-243-SSA1-2010, sin comprometer su calidad sensorial.

  13. Gene Expression Profiling of Human Vaginal Cells In Vitro Discriminates Compounds with Pro-Inflammatory and Mucosa-Altering Properties: Novel Biomarkers for Preclinical Testing of HIV Microbicide Candidates.

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    Irina A Zalenskaya

    Full Text Available Inflammation and immune activation of the cervicovaginal mucosa are considered factors that increase susceptibility to HIV infection. Therefore, it is essential to screen candidate anti-HIV microbicides for potential mucosal immunomodulatory/inflammatory effects prior to further clinical development. The goal of this study was to develop an in vitro method for preclinical evaluation of the inflammatory potential of new candidate microbicides using a microarray gene expression profiling strategy.To this end, we compared transcriptomes of human vaginal cells (Vk2/E6E7 treated with well-characterized pro-inflammatory (PIC and non-inflammatory (NIC compounds. PICs included compounds with different mechanisms of action. Gene expression was analyzed using Affymetrix U133 Plus 2 arrays. Data processing was performed using GeneSpring 11.5 (Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, CA.Microarraray comparative analysis allowed us to generate a panel of 20 genes that were consistently deregulated by PICs compared to NICs, thus distinguishing between these two groups. Functional analysis mapped 14 of these genes to immune and inflammatory responses. This was confirmed by the fact that PICs induced NFkB pathway activation in Vk2 cells. By testing microbicide candidates previously characterized in clinical trials we demonstrated that the selected PIC-associated genes properly identified compounds with mucosa-altering effects. The discriminatory power of these genes was further demonstrated after culturing vaginal cells with vaginal bacteria. Prevotella bivia, prevalent bacteria in the disturbed microbiota of bacterial vaginosis, induced strong upregulation of seven selected PIC-associated genes, while a commensal Lactobacillus gasseri associated to vaginal health did not cause any changes.In vitro evaluation of the immunoinflammatory potential of microbicides using the PIC-associated genes defined in this study could help in the initial screening of candidates prior

  14. Relative Abundance and Plasmodium Infection Rates of Malaria Vectors in and around Jabalpur, a Malaria Endemic Region in Madhya Pradesh State, Central India.

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    Neeru Singh

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken in two Primary Health Centers (PHCs of malaria endemic district Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh (Central India.In this study we had investigated the relative frequencies of the different anopheline species collected within the study areas by using indoor resting catches, CDC light trap and human landing methods. Sibling species of malaria vectors were identified by cytogenetic and molecular techniques. The role of each vector and its sibling species in the transmission of the different Plasmodium species was ascertained by using sporozoite ELISA.A total of 52,857 specimens comprising of 17 anopheline species were collected by three different methods (39,964 by indoor resting collections, 1059 by human landing and 11,834 by CDC light trap. Anopheles culicifacies was most predominant species in all collections (55, 71 and 32% in indoor resting, human landing and light trap collections respectively followed by An. subpictus and An. annularis. All five sibling species of An. culicifacies viz. species A, B, C, D and E were found while only species T and S of An. fluviatilis were collected. The overall sporozoite rate in An. culicifacies and An. fluviatilis were 0.42% (0.25% for P. falciparum and 0.17% for P. vivax and 0.90% (0.45% for P. falciparum and 0.45% for P. vivax respectively. An. culicifacies and An. fluviatilis were found harbouring both P. vivax variants VK-210 and VK-247, and P. falciparum. An. culicifacies sibling species C and D were incriminated as vectors during most part of the year while sibling species T of An. fluviatilis was identified as potential vector in monsoon and post monsoon season.An. culicifacies species C (59% was the most abundant species followed by An. culicifacies D (24%, B (8.7%, E (6.7% and A (1.5%. Among An. fluviatilis sibling species, species T was common (99% and only few specimens of S were found. Our study provides crucial information on the prevalence of An. culicifacies and An

  15. HIV gp120 binds to mannose receptor on vaginal epithelial cells and induces production of matrix metalloproteinases.

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    Sashaina E Fanibunda

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: During sexual transmission of HIV in women, the virus breaches the multi-layered CD4 negative stratified squamous epithelial barrier of the vagina, to infect the sub-epithelial CD4 positive immune cells. However the mechanisms by which HIV gains entry into the sub-epithelial zone is hitherto unknown. We have previously reported human mannose receptor (hMR as a CD4 independent receptor playing a role in HIV transmission on human spermatozoa. The current study was undertaken to investigate the expression of hMR in vaginal epithelial cells, its HIV gp120 binding potential, affinity constants and the induction of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs downstream of HIV gp120 binding to hMR. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Human vaginal epithelial cells and the immortalized vaginal epithelial cell line Vk2/E6E7 were used in this study. hMR mRNA and protein were expressed in vaginal epithelial cells and cell line, with a molecular weight of 155 kDa. HIV gp120 bound to vaginal proteins with high affinity, (Kd = 1.2±0.2 nM for vaginal cells, 1.4±0.2 nM for cell line and the hMR antagonist mannan dose dependently inhibited this binding. Both HIV gp120 binding and hMR exhibited identical patterns of localization in the epithelial cells by immunofluorescence. HIV gp120 bound to immunopurified hMR and affinity constants were 2.9±0.4 nM and 3.2±0.6 nM for vaginal cells and Vk2/E6E7 cell line respectively. HIV gp120 induced an increase in MMP-9 mRNA expression and activity by zymography, which could be inhibited by an anti-hMR antibody. CONCLUSION: hMR expressed by vaginal epithelial cells has high affinity for HIV gp120 and this binding induces production of MMPs. We propose that the induction of MMPs in response to HIV gp120 may lead to degradation of tight junction proteins and the extracellular matrix proteins in the vaginal epithelium and basement membrane, leading to weakening of the epithelial barrier; thereby facilitating transport of HIV across the

  16. Anopheline species and their Plasmodium infection status in Aligarh, India

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    Muheet Alam Saifi

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Malaria is a global issue and India contributes substantially to global malaria incidence. Information related to malaria vectors is very limited in Aligarh. The environmental and climatological situations permit the continual breeding of vectors in permanent breeding sites. This study was designed with the aim to screen all the anophelines species and possible malaria vectors in three different localities of Aligarh. Anopheles mosquitoes were collected from three different localities (Fort, Jalali and Tappal during peak malaria transmission season (July to November by using mouth aspirator and CDC light traps. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA was done to detect Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax-210 and P. vivax-247 circumsporozoite proteins (CSP from the collected female species. A total of 794 female anopheline mosquitoes belonging to 7 species were collected by different methods. Circumsporozoite protein–enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed with 780 anopheline mosquitoes out of which 13 mosquitoes were positive in CSP–ELISA. Thus, the overall infection rate was 1.66% (13/780. Four (0.51% mosquitoes belonging to three species were positive for P. falciparum, 7 (0.89% mosquitoes belonging to three species were positive for VK 210 and 2 (0.25% mosquitoes belonging to Anopheles culicifacies and Anopheles stephensi species were positive for VK 247. No mixed infection was found in this study. According to species, the highest infection rate was observed in An. culicifacies (7/288, 2.43% followed by An. stephensi (2.40% and Anopheles annularis (1.98%. An. culicifacies and An. stephensi were previously incriminated as malaria vectors in Aligarh. There was, however, no previous report in favor of infections in An. annularis in Aligarh. The on-going Malaria Control Program in India needs up to date information on malaria vectors. A major challenge is the lack of knowledge about vectors and their role in malaria transmission

  17. Lyman-α forest constraints on decaying dark matter

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    Wang, Mei-Yu; Croft, Rupert A. C.; Peter, Annika H. G.; Zentner, Andrew R.; Purcell, Chris W.

    2013-12-01

    We present an analysis of high-resolution N-body simulations of decaying dark matter cosmologies focusing on the statistical properties of the transmitted Lyman-α (Lyα) forest flux in the high-redshift intergalactic medium (IGM). In this type of model a dark matter particle decays into a slightly less massive stable dark matter daughter particle and a comparably light particle. The small mass splitting provides a nonrelativistic kick velocity Vk=cΔM/M to the daughter particle resulting in free-streaming and subsequent damping of small-scale density fluctuations. Current Lyα forest power spectrum measurements probe comoving scales up to ˜2-3h-1Mpc at redshifts z˜2-4, providing one of the most robust ways to probe cosmological density fluctuations on relatively small scales. The suppression of structure growth due to the free-streaming of dark matter daughter particles also has a significant impact on the neutral hydrogen cloud distribution, which traces the underlying dark matter distribution well at high redshift. We exploit Lyα forest power spectrum measurements to constrain the amount of free-streaming of dark matter in such models and thereby place limits on decaying dark matter based only on the dynamics of cosmological perturbations without any assumptions about the interactions of the decay products. We use a suite of dark-matter-only simulations together with the fluctuating Gunn-Peterson approximation to derive the Lyα flux distribution. We argue that this approach should be sufficient for our main purpose, which is to demonstrate the power of the Lyα forest to constrain decaying dark matter models. We find that Sloan Digital Sky Survey 1D Lyα forest power spectrum data place a lifetime-dependent upper limit Vk≲30-70km/s for decay lifetimes ≲10Gyr. This is the most stringent model-independent bound on invisible dark matter decays with small mass splittings. For larger mass splittings (large Vk), Lyα forest data restrict the dark matter

  18. Epidemiologic aspects of the malaria transmission cycle in an area of very low incidence in Brazil

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    2007-03-01

    samples tested for "classical" P. vivax (VK210, VK247, P. vivax-like and P. malariae, respectively. Anopheline captures in the transmission area revealed only zoophilic and exophilic species. Conclusion The low incidence of malaria cases, the finding of asymptomatic inhabitants and the geographic separation of patients allied to serological and molecular results raise the possibility of the existence of a simian reservoir in these areas.

  19. Beryllium abundances in stars hosting giant planets

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    Santos, N C; Israelian, G; Mayor, M; Rebolo, R; García-Gíl, A; Pérez de Taoro, M R; Randich, S

    2002-01-01

    We have derived beryllium abundances in a wide sample of stars hosting planets, with spectral types in the range F7V-K0V, aimed at studying in detail the effects of the presence of planets on the structure and evolution of the associated stars. Predictions from current models are compared with the derived abundances and suggestions are provided to explain the observed inconsistencies. We show that while still not clear, the results suggest that theoretical models may have to be revised for stars with Teff<5500K. On the other hand, a comparison between planet host and non-planet host stars shows no clear difference between both populations. Although preliminary, this result favors a ``primordial'' origin for the metallicity ``excess'' observed for the planetary host stars. Under this assumption, i.e. that there would be no differences between stars with and without giant planets, the light element depletion pattern of our sample of stars may also be used to further investigate and constraint Li and Be deple...

  20. A New Dynamical Model for the Black Hole Binary LMC X-1

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    Orosz, Jerome A; McClintock, Jeffrey E; Torres, Manuel A P; Bochkov, Ivan; Gou, Lijun; Narayan, Ramesh; Blaschak, Michael; Levine, Alan M; Remillard, Ronald A; Bailyn, Charles D; Dwyer, Morgan M; Buxton, Michelle

    2008-01-01

    We present a dynamical model of the high mass X-ray binary LMC X-1 based on high-resolution optical spectroscopy and extensive optical and near-infrared photometry. From our new optical data we find an orbital period of P=3.90917 +/- 0.00005 days. We present a refined analysis of the All Sky Monitor data from RXTE and find a period of P=3.9093 +/- 0.0008 days, which is consistent with the optical period. A simple model of Thomson scattering in the stellar wind accounts for the modulation seen in the X-ray light curves. The V-K color of the star (1.17 +/- 0.05) implies A_V=2.28 +/- 0.06, which is much larger than previously assumed. For the secondary star we measure a radius of R_2=17.0 +/- 0.8 solar radii and a projected rotational velocity of V_{rot}*sin(i)= 129.9 +/- 2.22 km/sec. Using these measured properties to constrain the dynamical model, we find an orbital eccentricity of e=0.0256 +/- 0.0066, an inclination of i=37.00 +/- 1.87 deg, a secondary star mass of M_2=30.62 +/- 3.22 solar masses, and a black...

  1. Incorporation of ZnO and their composite nanostructured material into a cotton fabric platform for wearable device applications.

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    Veluswamy, Pandiyarasan; Sathiyamoorthy, Suhasini; Khan, Faizan; Ghosh, Aranya; Abhijit, Majumdar; Hayakawa, Yasuhiro; Ikeda, Hiroya

    2017-02-10

    The central idea of this paper is to innovate a new approach for the development of wearable device materials through the coating of cotton fabric with ZnO and Sb-/Ag-/ZnO composites. The study was designed in order to have a clear understanding of the role of ZnO as well as the modified composite thereof under investigation. Cotton fabric with uniform ZnO/ZnO-composite layers on the surface was successfully synthesized via a solvothermal method. The growth behaviors were investigated by comparing ZnO and ZnO-composites. The structural, morphological, chemical states, optical, electrical and thermopower properties of these fabrics were studied. Nanostructured ZnO-composite fabric had enhanced UV shielding with a value of 83.96. It is found that the ZnO-composite fabrics have increased electrical conductivity. The thermopower value of the ZnO-composite fabric could reach 471.9μVK(-1). Such materials are anticipated to be worthwhile as wearable electronic devices and as protective textiles.

  2. Creation of trapped electrons and holes in alkaline-earth fluoride crystals doped by rare-earth ions

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    Radzhabov, E.

    2002-06-01

    Defects in Ce 3+- and Eu 2+-doped alkaline-earth fluorides, created by vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photons with energy lower than that of the band gap, were investigated by various methods: thermostimulated luminescence, photostimulated luminescence and optical absorption. The CaF 2:Eu 2+ thermoluminescence curves in the range of 60-330 K due to various types of trapped holes were the same after VUV illumination as after X-ray irradiation. Thermoluminescence curves of Ce 3+-doped alkaline-earth fluorides created by VUV illumination or X-ray irradiation were generally similar. However, Vk thermoluminescence peaks were absent in VUV-illuminated CaF 2:Ce 3+ and SrF 2:Ce 3+ crystals. Creation of Ce 2+ characteristic bands was observed in photostimulated luminescence spectra as well as in optical absorption spectra of vacuum ultraviolet-illuminated or X-ray-irradiated Ce 3+-doped crystals. The proposed mechanism of creation of trapped hole and trapped electron defects by vacuum ultraviolet illumination involves charge transfer-type transitions, in which the electron transfers from valence band to an impurity level, lying in the band gap. Comparison of all involved energies of transitions in the crystals investigated shows that the sum of all transition energies is less than that of the band gap by 1-3 eV. This energy difference can be considered as the energy of lattice relaxation around created Ce 2+ or Eu + ions.

  3. Rotation in the Pleiades with K2: I. Data and First Results

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    Rebull, L M; Bouvier, J; Cody, A M; Hillenbrand, L A; Soderblom, D; Valenti, J; Barrado, D; Bouy, H; Ciardi, D; Pinsonneault, M; Stassun, K; Micela, G; Aigrain, S; Vrba, F; Somers, G; Christiansen, J; Gillen, E; Cameron, A Collier

    2016-01-01

    Young (125 Myr), populous ($>$1000 members), and relatively nearby, the Pleiades has provided an anchor for stellar angular momentum models for both younger and older stars. We used K2 to explore the distribution of rotation periods in the Pleiades. With more than 500 new periods for Pleiades members, we are vastly expanding the number of Pleiads with periods, particularly at the low mass end. About 92\\% of the members in our sample have at least one measured spot-modulated rotation period. For the $\\sim$8\\% of the members without periods, non-astrophysical effects often dominate (saturation, etc.), such that periodic signals might have been detectable, all other things being equal. We now have an unusually complete view of the rotation distribution in the Pleiades. The relationship between $P$ and $(V-K_{\\rm s})_0$ follows the overall trends found in other Pleiades studies. There is a slowly rotating sequence for $1.1\\lesssim(V-K_{\\rm s})_0\\lesssim 3.7$, and a primarily rapidly rotating population for $(V-K_...

  4. Diamond-like a-C:H coatings deposited in a non-self-sustained discharge with plasma cathode

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    Gavrilov, N. V.; Mamaev, A. S.; Kaĭigorodov, A. S.

    2009-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) coatings have been obtained by means of acetylene decomposition in a non-self-sustained periodic pulse discharge (2A, 50 kHz, 10 μs) with hollow cathode. The discharge operation was maintained by plasma cathode emission with grid stabilization based on dc glow discharge. Using the proposed method, it is possible to control the deposition conditions (total pressure of the Ar + C2H2 mixture, partial pressure of C2H2, ion current density, carbon ion energy) within broad limits, to apply a-C:H coatings onto large-area articles, and to perform deposition in one technological cycle with ion etching and ion implantation treatments aimed at improving the adhesion of coatings to substrates (Ti, Al, stainless steel, VK8 hard alloy) at temperatures below 150°C. Results of determining the deposition rate (1-8 μm), the nanohardness of coatings (up to 70 GPa), and the fraction of sp 3 bonds (25-70%) in the diamond-like coating material are presented.

  5. Magnesium and Manganese Silicides For Efficient And Low Cost Thermo-Electric Power Generation

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    Trivedi, Sudhir B. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Kutcher, Susan W. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Rosemeier, Cory A. [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Mayers, David [Brimrose Technology Corporation; Singh, Jogender [Pennsylvania State University

    2013-12-02

    Thermoelectric Power Generation (TEPG) is the most efficient and commercially deployable power generation technology for harvesting wasted heat from such things as automobile exhausts, industrial furnaces, and incinerators, and converting it into usable electrical power. We investigated the materials magnesium silicide (Mg2Si) and manganese silicide (MnSi) for TEG. MgSi2 and MnSi are environmentally friendly, have constituent elements that are abundant in the earth's crust, non-toxic, lighter and cheaper. In Phase I, we successfully produced Mg2Si and MnSi material with good TE properties. We developed a novel technique to synthesize Mg2Si with good crystalline quality, which is normally very difficult due to high Mg vapor pressure and its corrosive nature. We produced n-type Mg2Si and p-type MnSi nanocomposite pellets using FAST. Measurements of resistivity and voltage under a temperature gradient indicated a Seebeck coefficient of roughly 120 V/K on average per leg, which is quite respectable. Results indicated however, that issues related to bonding resulted in high resistivity contacts. Determining a bonding process and bonding material that can provide ohmic contact from room temperature to the operating temperature is an essential part of successful device fabrication. Work continues in the development of a process for reproducibly obtaining low resistance electrical contacts.

  6. Official Guard and Reserve Manpower Strengths and Statistics, FY 1987.

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  7. Weak convergence of Jacobian determinants under asymmetric assumptions

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    Teresa Alberico

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Let $\\Om$ be a bounded open set in $\\R^2$ sufficiently smooth and $f_k=(u_k,v_k$ and $f=(u,v$ mappings belong to the Sobolev space $W^{1,2}(\\Om,\\R^2$. We prove that if the sequence of Jacobians $J_{f_k}$ converges to a measure $\\mu$ in sense of measures andif one allows different assumptions on the two components of $f_k$ and $f$, e.g.$$u_k \\rightharpoonup u \\;\\;\\mbox{weakly in} \\;\\; W^{1,2}(\\Om \\qquad \\, v_k \\rightharpoonup v \\;\\;\\mbox{weakly in} \\;\\; W^{1,q}(\\Om$$for some $q\\in(1,2$, then\\begin{equation}\\label{0}d\\mu=J_f\\,dz.\\end{equation}Moreover, we show that this result is optimal in the sense that conclusion fails for $q=1$.On the other hand, we prove that \\eqref{0} remains valid also if one considers the case $q=1$, but it is necessary to require that $u_k$ weakly converges to $u$ in a Zygmund-Sobolev space with a slightly higher degree of regularity than $W^{1,2}(\\Om$ and precisely$$ u_k \\rightharpoonup u \\;\\;\\mbox{weakly in} \\;\\; W^{1,L^2 \\log^\\alpha L}(\\Om$$for some $\\alpha >1$.    

  8. The radii of the nearby K5V and K7V stars 61 Cyg A & B - CHARA/FLUOR interferometry and CESAM2k modeling

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    Kervella, Pierre; Pichon, Bernard; Thévenin, Frédéric; Heiter, Ulrike; Bigot, Lionel; Brummelaar, Theo A Ten; Mcalister, Harold A; Ridgway, Stephen T; Turner, Nils; Sturmann, Judit; Sturmann, Laszlo; Goldfinger, P J; Farrington, Christopher

    2008-01-01

    Context: The main sequence binary star 61 Cyg (K5V+K7V) is our nearest stellar neighbour in the northern hemisphere. This proximity makes it a particularly well suited system for very high accuracy interferometric radius measurements. Aims: Our goal is to constrain the poorly known evolutionary status and age of this bright binary star. Methods: We obtained high accuracy interferometric observations in the infrared K' band, using the CHARA/FLUOR instrument. We then computed evolutionary models of 61 Cyg A & B with the CESAM2k code. As model constraints, we used a combination of observational parameters from classical observation methods (photometry, spectroscopy) as well as our new interferometric radii. Results: The measured limb darkened disk angular diameters are theta_LD(A) = 1.775 +/- 0.013 mas and theta_LD(B) = 1.581 +/- 0.022 mas, respectively for 61 Cyg A and B. Considering the high accuracy parallaxes available, these values translate into photospheric radii of R(A) = 0.665 +/- 0.005 Rsun and R(B...

  9. Fuzzy Modeling to Evaluate the Effect of Temperature on Batch Transesterification of Jatropha Curcas for Biodiesel Production

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    Vipan Kumar Sohpal

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Biodiesel is an alternative source of fuel that can be synthesized from edible, non-edible and waste oils through transesterification. Firstly Transesterification reaction of Jatropha Curcas oil with butanol in the ratio of 1:25 investigated by using of sodium hydroxide catalyst with mixing intensity of 250 rpm in isothermal batch reactor. Secondly the fuzzy model of the temperature is developed. Performance was evaluated by comparing fuzzy model with the batch kinetic data. Fuzzy models were developed using adaptive neurofuzzy inference system (ANFIS. © 2011 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved(Received: 27th January 2011, Revised: 13rd February 2011; Accepted: 16th February 2011[How to Cite: V.K. Sohpal, A. Singh, A. Dey. (2011. Fuzzy Modeling to Evaluate the Effect of Temperature on Batch Transesterification of Jatropha Curcas for Biodiesel Production. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 6(1: 31-38. doi:10.9767/bcrec.6.1.816.31-38][How to Link / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.6.1.816.31-38 || or local:  http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/816 ] | View in 

  10. Infrared spectral properties of M giants

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    Sloan, G C; Ramirez, R M; Kraemer, K E; Engelke, C W

    2015-01-01

    We observed a sample of 20 M giants with the Infrared Spectrograph on the Spitzer Space Telescope. Most show absorption structure at 6.6-6.8 um which we identify as water vapor, and in some cases, the absorption extends from 6.4 um into the SiO band at 7.5 um. Variable stars show stronger H2O absorption. While the strength of the SiO fundamental at 8 um increases monotonically from spectral class K0 to K5, the dependence on spectral class weakens in the M giants. As with previously studied samples, the M giants show considerable scatter in SiO band strength within a given spectral class. All of the stars in our sample also show OH band absorption, most noticeably in the 14-17 um region. The OH bands behave much like the SiO bands, increasing in strength in the K giants but showing weaker dependence on spectral class in the M giants, and with considerable scatter. An examination of the photometric properties reveals that the V-K color may be a better indicator of molecular band strength than the spectral class...

  11. THE WELL-ALIGNED ORBIT OF WASP-84b: EVIDENCE FOR DISK MIGRATION OF A HOT JUPITER

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    Anderson, D. R.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Turner, O. D.; Brown, D. J. A.; Clark, B. J. M.; Smalley, B.; Cameron, A. Collier; Doyle, A. P.; Gillon, M.; Hellier, C.; Lovis, C.; Maxted, P. F. L.; Pollacco, D.; Queloz, D.; Smith, A. M. S., E-mail: d.r.anderson@keele.ac.uk [N. Copernicus Astronomical Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Bartycka 18, 00-716, Warsaw (Poland)

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    We report the sky-projected orbital obliquity (spin–orbit angle) of WASP-84 b, a 0.69M{sub Jup} planet in an 8.52 day orbit around a G9V/K0V star, to be λ = −0.3 ± 1.7°. We obtain a true obliquity of ψ = 17.3 ± 7.7° from a measurement of the inclination of the stellar spin axis with respect to the sky plane. Due to the young age and the weak tidal forcing of the system, we suggest that the orbit of WASP-84b is unlikely to have both realigned and circularized from the misaligned and/or eccentric orbit likely to have arisen from high-eccentricity migration. Therefore we conclude that the planet probably migrated via interaction with the protoplanetary disk. This would make it the first “hot Jupiter” (P<10 d) to have been shown to have migrated via this pathway. Further, we argue that the distribution of obliquities for planets orbiting cool stars (T{sub eff} < 6250 K) suggests that high-eccentricity migration is an important pathway for the formation of short-orbit, giant planets.

  12. More bounds on the diameters of convex polytopes

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    Bremner, David; Hua, William; Schewe, Lars

    2009-01-01

    Finding a good bound on the maximal edge diameter $\\Delta(d,n)$ of a polytope in terms of its dimension $d$ and the number of its facets $n$ is one of the basic open questions in polytope theory \\cite{BG}. Although some bounds are known, the behaviour of the function $\\Delta(d,n)$ is largely unknown. The Hirsch conjecture, formulated in 1957 and reported in \\cite{GD}, states that $\\Delta(d,n)$ is linear in $n$ and $d$: $\\Delta(d,n) \\leq n-d$. The conjecture is known to hold in small dimensions, i.e., for $d \\leq 3$ \\cite{VK}, along with other specific pairs of $d$ and $n$ (Table \\ref{before}). However, the asymptotic behaviour of $\\Delta(d,n)$ is not well understood: the best upper bound -- due to Kalai and Kleitman -- is quasi-polynomial \\cite{GKDK}. In this article we will show that $\\Delta(4,12)=7$ and present strong evidence for $\\Delta(5,12)=\\Delta(6,13)=7$. The first of these new values is of particular interest since it indicates that the Hirsch bound is not sharp in dimension 4.

  13. Scanning thermal microscopy of Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Yb{sub 0.19}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} thermoelectric films

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    Zeipl, Radek; Remsa, Jan; Kocourek, Tomas [Institute of Physics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Jelinek, Miroslav [Institute of Physics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Kladno (Czech Republic); Vanis, Jan [Institute of Physics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Institute of Photonics and Electronics ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic); Navratil, Jiri [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry ASCR v.v.i., Prague (Czech Republic)

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    Thermal conductivity of thermoelectric Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} and Yb{sub 0.19}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} thin nanolayers of different thicknesses prepared by pulsed laser deposition on Si (100) substrates was studied by a scanning thermal microscope working in AC current pulse mode. A sensitivity of the approach is demonstrated on the steep Si substrate-layer boundary made by a Ga+ focused ion beam technique. Transport and thermoelectric properties such as in-plane electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient were studied in temperature range from room temperature up to 200 C. The room temperature thermal conductivity of the layers was estimated from thermoelectric figure of merit that was measured by the Harman technique, in which parameters related to electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity are measured at the same place and at the same time with electrical current flowing through the layer. For Yb{sub 0.19}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} layers, we observed room temperature electrical resistivity of about 7 and 1 mΩcm, the Seebeck coefficient of -112 and -61μVK{sup -1}, thermoelectric figure of merit about 0.04 and 0.13 and we estimated thermal conductivity of about 1.3 and 0.9 WK{sup -1}m{sup -1}, respectively. (orig.)

  14. On spatial stabilization of dielectric barrier discharge microfilaments by residual heat build-up in air

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    Ráhel, Jozef; Szalay, Zsolt; Čech, Jan; Morávek, Tomás

    2016-04-01

    Microfilaments of dielectric barrier discharge are known for their multiple re-appearance at the same spot on dielectrics. This effect of localized re-appearance is driven by residual excited species and ions, surface charge deposited on the dielectric and the local temperature build-up resulting in the local increase of reduced electric field E/ΔN. To assess the magnitude of the latter, the breakdown voltage vs. temperature up to 180 °C was carefully measured at coplanar DBD and used as an input into the numerical simulation of heat build-up by the train of discharge pulses. An average reduction of breakdown voltage was found to be 20 V/K. The model predicted a quasi-stable microfilament temperature into which the thermal build-up rapidly converges. Its magnitude agreed well with the reported rotational temperature of similar electrode configuration. The impact of quasi-stable temperature on microfilament formation dynamics is further discussed. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Recent Breakthroughs in Microplasma Science and Technology", edited by Kurt Becker, Jose Lopez, David Staack, Klaus-Dieter Weltmann and Wei Dong Zhu.

  15. Channel-resolved photo- and Auger-electron spectroscopy of halogenated hydrocarbons

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    Ablikim, Utuq; Kaderiya, B.; Kumarapan, V.; Kushawaha, R.; Rudenko, A.; Rolles, D.; Xiong, H.; Berrah, N.; Bomme, C.; Savelyev, E.; Kilcoyne, D.

    2016-05-01

    Inner-shell photoelectron and Auger electron spectra of polyatomic molecules such as halogenated hydrocarbons are typically hard to interpret and assign due to many overlapping states that form broad bands even in high-resolution measurements. With the help of electron-ion-ion coincidence measurements performed using the velocity map imaging technique, we are able to detect high-energy (ionic fragmentation channels. Such channel-resolved measurements allow disentangling the overlapping electronic structures and help assigning individual components of the electron spectra to specific potential surfaces and final states. In this work, we present measurements on CH3 I, CH2 IBr, and CH2 ICl molecules in the gas-phase using soft x-ray light provided by the Advanced Light Source at LBNL. This project is supported by the DOE, Office of Science, BES, Division of Chemical, Geological and Biological Sciences under Award Number DE-FG02-86ER13491 (U.A., B.K., V.K., A.R., D.R.) and Award Number DE-SC0012376 (H.X., N.B.).

  16. Effects of Unstable Dark Matter on Large-Scale Structure and Constraints from Future Surveys

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    Wang, Mei-Yu

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we explore the effect of decaying dark matter (DDM) on large-scale structure and possible constraints from galaxy imaging surveys. DDM models have been studied, in part, as a way to address apparent discrepancies between the predictions of standard cold dark matter models and observations of galactic structure. Our study is aimed at developing independent constraints on these models. In such models, DDM decays into a less massive, stable dark matter (SDM) particle and a significantly lighter particle. The small mass splitting between the parent DDM and the daughter SDM provides the SDM with a recoil or "kick" velocity vk, inducing a free-streaming suppression of matter fluctuations. This suppression may be probed via weak lensing power spectra measured by a number of forthcoming imaging surveys that aim primarily to constrain dark energy. Using scales on which linear perturbation theory alone is valid (multipoles 90 km/s for lifetimes ~ 1-5 Gyr. To estimate more aggressive constraints, we model...

  17. The Solar Neighborhood XXXVIII. Results from the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9m: Trigonometric Parallaxes for 151 Nearby M Dwarf Systems

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    Winters, Jennifer G.; Sevrinsky, R. Andrew; Jao, Wei-Chun; Henry, Todd J.; Riedel, Adric R.; Subasavage, John P.; Lurie, John C.; Ianna, Philip A.; Finch, Charlie T.

    2017-01-01

    We present 160 new trigonometric parallaxes for 151 M dwarf systems from the REsearch Consortium On Nearby Stars (RECONS) group’s long-term astrometry/photometry program at the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9 m telescope. Most systems (124 or 82%) are found to lie within 25 pc. The stars have 119 mas yr{}-1 ≤slant μ ≤slant 828 mas yr‑1 and 3.85 ≤slant (V-K) ≤slant 8.47. Among these are 58 systems from the SuperCOSMOS-RECONS search, discovered via our proper motion trawls of the SuperCOSMOS digitized archival photographic plates, while the remaining stars were suspected via photometric distance estimates to lie nearby. Sixteen systems were newly discovered via astrometric perturbations to be binaries, many of which are ideal for accurate mass determinations due to their proximity and orbital periods on the order of a decade. A variability analysis of the stars presented, two-thirds of which are new results, shows six of the stars to vary by more than 20 mmag. This effort brings the total number of parallaxes for M dwarf systems measured by RECONS to nearly 500 and increases by 26% the number of southern M dwarf systems with accurate trigonometric parallaxes placing them within 25 pc.

  18. Energy density fluctuations in inflationary cosmology

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    Müller, H F; Muller, Harald F; Schmid, Christoph

    1994-01-01

    We analyze the energy density fluctuations contributed by scalar fields \\Phi with vanishing expectation values, \\langle\\Phi\\rangle=0, which are present in addition to the inflaton field. For simplicity we take \\Phi to be non--interacting and minimally coupled to gravity. We use normal ordering to define the renormalized energy density operator \\rho, and we show that any normal ordering gives the same result for correlation functions of \\rho. We first consider massless fields and derive the energy fluctuations in a single mode \\vk, the two--point correlation function of the energy density, the power spectrum, and the variance of the smeared energy density, \\ddR. Mass effects are investigated for energy fluctuations in single modes. All quantities considered are scale invariant at the second horizon crossing (Harrison--Zel'dovich type) for massless and for unstable massive fields. The magnitude of the relative fluctuations \\de\\rho/\\rt is of order (\\Hi/\\Mp)^2 in the massless case, where \\Hi is the Hubble constan...

  19. The Solar Neighborhood XXIX: The Habitable Real Estate of our Nearest Stellar Neighbors

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    Cantrell, Justin R; White, Russel J

    2013-01-01

    We use the sample of known stars and brown dwarfs within 5 pc of the Sun, supplemented with AFGK stars within 10 pc, to determine which stellar spectral types provide the most habitable real estate --- defined to be locations where liquid water could be present on Earth-like planets. Stellar temperatures and radii are determined by fitting model spectra to spatially resolved broad-band photometric energy distributions for stars in the sample. The locations of the HZ's are calculated using an empirical formula for planetary surface temperature and assuming the condition of liquid water, called here the empirical habitable zone, or EHZ. Systems that have dynamically disruptive companions, assuming a 5:1 separation ratios for primary/secondary pairs and either object and a planet, are considered not habitable. We then derive a simple formula to predict the location of the EHZ for main sequence stars based on V-K color. We consider EHZ widths as more useful measures of the habitable real estate around stars than ...

  20. Pozvánka na konferenci "Vzdělávání v ochraně přírody a krajiny"

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    Jiří Dlouhý

    2010-12-01

    Podmínkou účasti na konferenci je registrace na webových stránkách projektu ENVIRUPwww.envirup.upol.cz od 1.12.2010. Na tomto webu budou uveřejněny podrobnější informace a upřesněný program konference na základě výběru konferenčních příspěvků.   Bližší informace: Doc. Ing. Ivo Machar, Ph.D., předseda organizačního výboru ( ivo.machar@upol.cz; tel. +420 585 635 188   V rámci projektu: „Environmentální vzdělávání rozvíjející uplatnění v praxi“ reg. číslo: CZ.1.07/2.2.00/07.0086

  1. K'-band observations of the evil eye galaxy: Are the optical and near-infrared dust albedos identical?

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    Witt, Adolf N.; Lindell, Rebecca S.; Block, David L.; Evans, Rhodri

    1994-05-01

    New measurements of the reduction of the V-band surface brightness across the prominent dust feature in the galaxy NGC 4826 are compared with corresponding increases in the V-K' color within the context of radiative transfer models invoking both absorption and scattering. The K'-band surface brightness is found to be higher than expected from standard dust models. We interpret the difference as resulting from a high effective dust albedo at K', with a likely value in excess of 0.8, provided the near-IR extinction curve in NGC 4826 is identical to the Galactic one. The high effective albedo may result from scattering by dust with a maximum grain size at least twice as large as assumed by standard models, a conclusion already indirectly hinted at by recent studies of dust star-forming regions and reflection nebulae. At least part of the high effective albedo at K' may result from near-IR nonequilibrium continuum emission attributable to very small grains.

  2. Analysis of sodium metal by X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (I). Determination of Hf, Mo, Nb, Ta, Ti, V and Zr; Analisis de sodio metal por espectrometria de fluorescencia de rayos X. Determinacion de Hf, Mo, Nb, Ta, Ti, V y Zr

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    Diaz-Guerra, J. P.

    1981-07-01

    A method allowing the determination of trace quantities of Hf, Mo, Nb, Ta, Ti, Vi and Zr in sodium metal previous transformation into Na{sub 2}S0{sub 4} is described. The enrichment of the impurities is performed through a coprecipitation technique in sulfuric medium by using Fe{sup 3}+ as a collector and cupferron or phenyfluorone as the precipitating reagent. The matrix influence and the best concentration of the collector (10/{mu}/ml), adequate pH (1,3 or 4, respectively) and optimum filter type (Millipore BSWP02500 or BDWP04700, respectively) have been studied, as well as the precipitation recoveries corresponding to the reagent above. It has been demonstrated the batter efficiency of the cupferron for determining all the Impurities. Detection limits range from 0.01 to 0.2 ppm., depending on the element, for samples 4 g in weight. An automatic spectrometer attached to a 16 K minicomputer and X-ray tube with a gold anode (2250-2700 W) are used. The Interferences between the lines ZrK{alpha} (2{sup n}d order) - HfL{alpha} and TiK{beta} - VK {alpha} have been studied and the respective correction coefficients have been deduced. (Author) 8 refs.

  3. Iron-chelating backbone coupled with monoamine oxidase inhibitory moiety as novel pluripotential therapeutic agents for Alzheimer's disease: a tribute to Moussa Youdim.

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    Weinreb, Orly; Mandel, Silvia; Bar-Am, Orit; Amit, Tamar

    2011-03-01

    It is for these authors a great privilege to dedicate this review article to Moussa Youdim, who is one of the most imperative pharmacologists and pioneer investigators in the search and development of novel therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. 40 years ago, Moussa Youdim has started studying brain iron, catecholamine receptor and monoamine oxidase (MAO)-A and -B functions. Although Moussa Youdim succeeded in exploring the novel anti-Parkinsonian, selective MAO-B inhibitor drug, rasagiline (Azilect, Teva Pharmaceutical Co.), he did not stop searching for superior therapeutic approaches for neurodegenerative disorders. To date, Moussa Youdim and his research group are designing and synthesizing pluripotential drug candidates possessing diverse pharmacological properties that can act on multiple targets and pathological features ascribed to Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. One such example is the multimodal non-toxic, brain-permeable iron-chelating compound, M30 (5-[N-methyl-N-propargylaminomethyl]-8-hydroxyquinoline), which amalgamates the propargyl moiety of rasagiline with the backbone of the potent iron chelator, VK28. This review discusses the multiple effects of several leading compounds of this series, concerning their neuroprotective/neurorestorative molecular mechanisms in vivo and in vitro, with a special focus on the pathological features ascribed to AD, including antioxidant and iron chelating activities, regulation of amyloid precursor protein and amyloid β peptide expression processing, activation of pro-survival signaling pathways and regulation of cell cycle and neurite outgrowth.

  4. To Study the Prevalence of Premalignancies in Teenagers having Betel, Gutkha, Khaini, Tobacco Chewing, Beedi and Ganja Smoking Habit and Their Association with Social Class and Education Status.

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    Kumar Srivastava, Vinay

    2014-05-01

    Premalignant oral lesions are usually associated with noxious oral addiction habits. These habits are common in both, high as well as low socioeconomic status but education status of parent and patients significantly affects the development of noxious oral addictions. A total of 872 patients (cases and controls) were included in the study. Social class was determined as per modified Prasad's classification (1970) with price index correction of 2004. Prevalence of lichen planus, to be only 0.4 and 2.6% present in groups III and IV of cases, and submucous fibrosis (SMF) - stromal one lanocytic foci - was 2.4% in male (group III) whereas it was not found in female cases (group IV). Teenagers having higher frequency and longer duration of noxious habits were more prone for development of premalignant lesions. 0.6% of leukoplakia, 0.3% erythroplakia, 0.7% lichen planus and 0.7% submucous fibrosis were present in 872 observed patients of control and cases. How to cite this article: Srivastava VK. To Study the Prevalence of Premalignancies in Teenagers having Betel, Gutkha, Khaini, Tobacco Chewing, Beedi and Ganja Smoking Habit and Their Association with Social Class and Education Status. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2014;7(2):86-92.

  5. High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Extremely Metal-Poor Stars from SDSS/SEGUE: I. Atmospheric Parameters and Chemical Compositions

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    Aoki, Wako; Lee, Young Sun; Honda, Satoshi; Ito, Hiroko; Takada-Hidai, Masahide; Frebel, Anna; Suda, Takuma; Fujimoto, Masatuki Y; Carollo, Daniela; Sivarani, Thirupathi

    2012-01-01

    Chemical compositions are determined based on high-resolution spectroscopy for 137 candidate extremely metal-poor (EMP) stars selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and its first stellar extension, the Sloan Extension for Galactic Understanding and Exploration (SEGUE). High-resolution spectra with moderate signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios were obtained with the High Dispersion Spectrograph of the Subaru Telescope. Most of the sample (approximately 80%) are main-sequence turn-off stars, including dwarfs and subgiants. Four cool main-sequence stars, the most metal-deficient such stars known, are included in the remaining sample. Good agreement is found between effective temperatures estimated by the SEGUE stellar parameter pipeline, based on the SDSS/SEGUE medium-resolution spectra, and those estimated from the broadband $(V-K)_0$ and $(g-r)_0$ colors. Our abundance measurements reveal that 70 stars in our sample have [Fe/H] $ +0.7$) among the 25 giants in our sample is as high as 36%, while only a lowe...

  6. Genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax isolates from Azerbaijan

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    Majori Giancarlo

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Plasmodium vivax, although causing a less serious disease than Plasmodium falciparum, is the most widespread of the four human malarial species. Further to the recent recrudescence of P. vivax cases in the Newly Independent States (NIS of central Asia, a survey on the genetic diversity and dissemination in Azerbaijan was undertaken. Azerbaijan is at the crossroads of Asia and, as such, could see a rise in the number of cases, although an effective malaria control programme has been established in the country. Methods Thirty-six P. vivax isolates from Central Azerbaijan were characterized by analysing the genetic polymorphism of the circumsporozoite protein (CSP and the merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP-1 genes, using PCR amplifications and amplicons sequencing. Results Analysis of CSP sequences showed that all the processed isolates belong to the VK 210 type, with variations in the alternation of alanine residue (A or aspartic acid residue (D in the repeat motif GDRA(A/DGQPA along the sequence. As far as MSP-1 genotyping is concerned, it was found that the majority of isolates analysed belong to Belem and Sal I types. Five recombinant isolates were also identified. Combined analysis with the two genetic markers allowed the identification of 19 plasmodial sub-types. Conclusion The results obtained in the present study indicate that there are several P. vivax clones circulating in Azerbaijan and, consequently, a careful malaria surveillance could be of paramount importance to identify, at early stage, the occurrence of possible P. vivax malaria outbreaks.

  7. Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature

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    Massey, P; Plez, B; Levesque, Emily M.; Massey, Philip; Plez, Bertrand

    2006-01-01

    The star VY CMa is a late-type M supergiant with many peculiarities, mostly related to the intense circumstellar environment due to the star's high mass-loss rate. Claims have been made that would suggest this star is considerably more luminous (L = 5 x 10^5 Lo) and larger (R=2800 Ro) than other Galactic red supergiants (RSGs). Indeed, such a location in the H-R diagram would be well in the "Hayashi forbidden zone" where stars cannot be in hydrostatic equilibrium. These extraordinary properties, however, rest upon an assumed effective temperature of 2800-3000 K, far cooler than recent work have shown RSGs to be. To obtain a better estimate, we fit newly obtained spectrophotometry in the optical and NIR with the same MARCS models used for our recent determination of the physical properties of other RSGs; we also use $V-K$ and $V-J$ from the literature to derive an effective temperatures. We find that the star likely has a temperature of 3650 K, a luminosity L = 6 x 10^4 Lo, and a radius of 600Ro. These values ...

  8. 24. international Vienna engine symposium. Vol. 1. First day; 24. Internationales Wiener Motorensymposium. Bd. 1. Erster Tag

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    Lenz, H.P. (comp.)

    2003-07-01

    This two-volume publication contains the papers of the 24th International Vienna Engine Symposium of 15/16 May 2003. Among the subjects discussed are: New gasoline engines, DI gasoline engines and diesel engines, new high-performance engines, future engines and transmission systems; Diesel soot, structure and health hazards, diesel exhaust treatment, gasoline DI ignition, hydrogen, fuel injection and variable valve control; future co-operations, creativity and trademarks. [German] In diesem zweibaendigen Werk werden die Vortraege des 24. Internationalen Wiener Motorensymposiums vom 15./16. Mai 2003 wiedergegeben und damit einer breiten Oeffentlichkeit zugaenglich gemacht. Aufgabe der Wiener Motorensymposien ist es, kurzfristig und komprimiert Themen von besonderer Aktualitaet auf dem Gebiet des Verbrennungsmotors zu behandeln. Dieses Werk befasst sich u.a. mit folgenden neuen Entwicklungen: Motoren und Getriebe: neue Otto-, Otto-Direkteinspritzungs- und Diesel-Motoren; neue Hoechstleistungsmotoren; zukuenftige Motoren und Getriebe; neue Erkenntnisse auf den Gebieten: Dieselruss: Struktur und Gesundheitsgefaehrdung, Diesel-Abgasnachbehandlung, Otto-Direkteinspritzungs-Zuendung, Wasserstoff, Einspritzung und variable Ventilsteuerung; Zukunftsperspektiven: Allianzen, Kreativitaet und Marken. - Herausgeber: Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. H.P. Lenz, Vorsitzender des Oesterreichischen Vereins fuer Kraftfahrzeugtechnik (OeVK), Wien. (orig.)

  9. Resistivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements of a bismuth microwire array

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    Ishikawa, Y. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 338-8570 (Japan)]. E-mail: ishikawa@kan.env.gse.saitama-u.ac.jp; Hasegawa, Y. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, 338-8570 (Japan); Morita, H. [Saitama Industrial Technology Center, Saitama Prefecture, 333-0844 (Japan); Kurokouchi, A. [Saitama Industrial Technology Center, Saitama Prefecture, 333-0844 (Japan); Wada, K. [Saitama Industrial Technology Center, Saitama Prefecture, 333-0844 (Japan); Komine, T. [Department of Media and Telecommunications Engineering, Ibaraki University, 316-8511 (Japan); Nakamura, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki, Gifu 509-5252 (Japan)

    2005-11-01

    The resistivity and Seebeck coefficient of a bismuth microwire array (wire diameter: 25 {mu}m) were successfully measured from 25 to 300 K. To eliminate the influence of the contact resistance between the wire edges of the microwire array and copper electrodes, the titanium (100 nm)/copper (500 nm) film layers were deposited as interlayer on the wire edge by ion plating method. Copper electrodes were glued by using Pb-Sn solder. The resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient at 300 K were approximately 1.8x10{sup -6} {omega}m and -54x10{sup -6} V/K, respectively. The value of the resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient were in good agreement with those of bulk polycrystalline bismuth reported previously. Thus, the effects of the contact resistance for the microwire array were almost resolved, and the chemical reaction of the Pb-Sn solder and bismuth was prevented by using the thin-film layer. The technique is expected to be applicable to nanowire arrays as well.

  10. An X-ray fluorescence method for the determination of small quantities el elements collected on filters; Determinacion de pequenas concentraciones de elementos en filtros por espectrometria de fluorescencia de rayos X

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    Diaz-Guerra, J. P.; Bayon, A.

    1981-07-01

    An X-ray fluorescence method for the determination of As, Ba, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se, U, V and Zn collected on P.V.C. filters in concentration ranges from 0,6 to 1000{mu}g, depending on the element, is described. A sequential automatic spectrometer with a chromium tube is used for tho Ba determination, while As, Hg, Pb, Se and U are bottler determined with a molybdenum one. For the rest of the elements a tungsten target is preferred. The interferences between AsK{sup {alpha}}{sub 1},2- PbL{sup {alpha}}{sub 1},2 and CrK{sup {alpha}}{sub 1},2-Vk{beta}{sub 1},3 lines are corrected by applying specific coefficients. The radial variation of the primary X-ray beam intensity on the irradiated surface has been specially studied with chromium, gold, molybdenum and tungsten tubes. For that purpose different x-ray wavelengths in the range 9,89 A to 0,56 A have been selected. The curves obtained show a rather high heterogeneity for the excitation source. This conclusion implies the need for an homogeneous distribution of elements on the filter. (Author) 7 refs.

  11. Angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitor derived from cross-linked oyster protein.

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    Xie, Cheng-Liang; Kim, Jin-Soo; Ha, Jong-Myung; Choung, Se-Young; Choi, Yeung-Joon

    2014-01-01

    Following cross-linking by microbial transglutaminase, modified oyster proteins were hydrolyzed to improve inhibitory activity against angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory activity with the use of a single protease, or a combination of six proteases. The oyster hydrolysate with the lowest 50% ACE inhibitory concentration (IC50) of 0.40 mg/mL was obtained by two-step hydrolysis of the cross-linked oyster protein using Protamex and Neutrase. Five ACE inhibitory peptides were purified from the oyster hydrolysate using a multistep chromatographic procedure comprised of ion-exchange, size exclusion, and reversed-phase liquid chromatography. Their sequences were identified as TAY, VK, KY, FYN, and YA, using automated Edman degradation and mass spectrometry. These peptides were synthesized, and their IC50 values were measured to be 16.7, 29.0, 51.5, 68.2, and 93.9 μM, respectively. Toxicity of the peptides on the HepG2 cell line was not detected. The oyster hydrolysate also significantly decreased the systolic blood pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). The antihypertensive effect of the oyster hydrolysate on SHR was rapid and long-lasting, compared to commercially obtained sardine hydrolysate. These results suggest that the oyster hydrolysate could be a source of effective nutraceuticals against hypertension.

  12. Influence of Cr deficiency on sintering, thermal expansion and electrical properties of La0.75Sr0.25Cr1-xO3-δ as a SOFC interconnect material

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    Ren, Yi; Ma, Wen; Li, Xiaoying; Wang, Jun; Bai, Yu; Dong, Hongying

    2016-04-01

    The SOFC interconnect materials La0.75Sr0.25Cr1-xO3-δ (x = 0-0.04) were prepared using an auto-ignition process. The influences of Cr deficiency on their sintering, thermal expansion and electrical properties were investigated. All the samples were pure perovskite phase after sintering at 1400∘C for 4 h. The cell volume of La0.75Sr0.25Cr1-xO3-δ decreased with increasing Cr deficient content. The relative density of the sintered bulk samples increased from 93.2% (x = 0) to a maximum value of 94.7% (x = 0.02) and then decreased to 87.7% (x = 0.04). The thermal expansion coefficients of the sintered bulk samples were in the range of 10.60-10.98 × 10-6K-1 (30-1000∘C), which are compatible with that of YSZ. Among the investigated samples, the sample with 0.02 Cr deficiency had a maximum conductivity of 40.4 Scm-1 and the lowest Seebeck coefficient of 154.8 μVK-1 at 850∘C in pure He. The experimental results indicate that La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.98O3-δ has the best properties and is much suitable for SOFC interconnect material application.

  13. Hypothermia due to limbic system involvement and longitudinal myelitis in a case of Japanese encephalitis: a case report from India

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    Full Text Available Santhosh Narayanan,1 NK Thulaseedharan,1 Gomathy Subramaniam,2 Geetha Panarkandy,1 VK Shameer,1 Arathi Narayanan1 1Department of General Medicine, 2Department of Radiodiagnosis, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India Abstract: Japanese encephalitis (JE is an infectious encephalitis prevalent in Asia. It usually presents with fever, headache, convulsions and extrapyramidal symptoms. Limbic system involvement and hypothermia though common in autoimmune encephalitis have never been reported in JE. We report a case of an 18-year-old girl with no previous comorbidities who presented to us with a history of fever and headache for 1 week duration. She developed bilateral lateral rectus palsy and asymmetric flaccid weakness of all four limbs, after 2 days of admission, which was followed by altered sensorium and intermittent hypothermia. Neuroimaging revealed longitudinal myelitis extending from pons till the L1 level along with bilateral thalamic hemorrhage in brain. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF was positive for IgM antibody to JE virus. She was treated with supportive measures, but she developed intractable hypothermia and seizures and succumbed to illness after 2 weeks of admission. Keywords: Japanese encephalitis, hypothermia, limbic system

  14. The Solar Neighborhood XXXVI: The Long-Term Photometric Variability of Nearby Red Dwarfs in the VRI Optical Bands

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    Hosey, Altonio D; Jao, Wei-Chun; Dieterich, Sergio B; Winters, Jennifer G; Lurie, John C; Riedel, Adric R; Subasavage, John P

    2015-01-01

    We present an analysis of long-term photometric variability for nearby red dwarfs at optical wavelengths. The sample consists of 264 M dwarfs south of DEC = +30 with V-K = 3.96-9.16 and Mv~10-20 (spectral types M2V-M8V), most of which are within 25 pc. The stars have been observed in the VRI filters for ~4-14 years at the CTIO/SMARTS 0.9m telescope. Of the 238 red dwarfs within 25 pc, we find that only ~8% are photometrically variable by at least 20 mmag (~2%) in the VRI bands. We find that high variability at optical wavelengths over the long-term can be used to identify young stars. Overall, however, the fluxes of most red dwarfs at optical wavelengths are steady to a few percent over the long term. The low overall rate of photometric variability for red dwarfs is consistent with results found in previous work on similar stars on shorter timescales, with the body of work indicating that most red dwarfs are only mildly variable. We highlight 17 stars that show long-term changes in brightness, sometimes becau...

  15. The Incidence of Debris Disks at 24 {\\mu}m and 670 Myr

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    Urban, Laurie; Su, Kate; Trilling, David E

    2012-01-01

    We use Spitzer Space Telescope 24 {\\mu}m data to search for debris disks among 122 AFGKM stars from the \\sim 670 Myr clusters Hyades, Coma Ber, and Praesepe, utilizing a number of advances in data reduction and determining the intrinsic colors of main sequence stars. For our sample, the 1{\\sigma} dispersion about the main sequence V-K, K-[24] locus is approximately 3.1%. We identify seven debris disks at 10% or more (\\geq 3{\\sigma} confidence level) above the expected K-[24] for purely photospheric emission. The incidence of excesses of 10% or greater in our sample at this age is 5.7 +3.1/-1.7%. Combining with results from the literature, the rate is 7.8 +4.2/-2.1% for early- type (B9 - F4) stars and 2.7 +3.3/-1.7% for solar-like (F5 - K9) stars. Our primary sample has strict criteria for inclusion to allow comparison with other work; when we relax these criteria, three additional debris disks are detected. They are all around stars of solar-like type and hence reinforce our conclusion that disks around such ...

  16. The k-point Exponent Set of Primitive Digraphs with Girth 2

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    She-xi Chen; Wei-jun Liu; Jin-wang Liu

    2008-01-01

    Let D=(V, E) be a primitive digraph. The vertex exponent of D at a vertex v ∈V, denoted by expD(v), is the least integer p such that there is a v→u walk of length p for each u ∈ V. Following Brualdi and Liu, we order the vertices of D so that exPD(V1)≤exPD(V2)≤...≤expD(vn). Then expD(vk) is called the kpoint exponent of D and is denoted by exPD(k), 1≤k≤n. In this paper we define e(n,k):=max{exPD(k)|D ∈ PD(n,2)} and E(n,k):={expD(k)|D ∈ PD(n,2)}, where PD(n,2) is the set of all primitive digraphs of order n with girth 2. We completely determine e(n,k) and E(n,k) for all n,k with n≥3 and 1≤k≤n.

  17. On Exact Algorithms for Permutation CSP

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    Kim, Eun Jung

    2012-01-01

    In the Permutation Constraint Satisfaction Problem (Permutation CSP) we are given a set of variables $V$ and a set of constraints C, in which constraints are tuples of elements of V. The goal is to find a total ordering of the variables, $\\pi\\ : V \\rightarrow [1,...,|V|]$, which satisfies as many constraints as possible. A constraint $(v_1,v_2,...,v_k)$ is satisfied by an ordering $\\pi$ when $\\pi(v_1)<\\pi(v_2)<...<\\pi(v_k)$. An instance has arity $k$ if all the constraints involve at most $k$ elements. This problem expresses a variety of permutation problems including {\\sc Feedback Arc Set} and {\\sc Betweenness} problems. A naive algorithm, listing all the $n!$ permutations, requires $2^{O(n\\log{n})}$ time. Interestingly, {\\sc Permutation CSP} for arity 2 or 3 can be solved by Held-Karp type algorithms in time $O^*(2^n)$, but no algorithm is known for arity at least 4 with running time significantly better than $2^{O(n\\log{n})}$. In this paper we resolve the gap by showing that {\\sc Arity 4 Permutati...

  18. Structural studies of enzyme-based microfluidic biofuel cells

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    Togo, Makoto; Takamura, Akimasa; Asai, Tatsuya; Kaji, Hirokazu; Nishizawa, Matsuhiko

    An enzyme-based glucose/O 2 biofuel cell was constructed within a microfluidic channel to study the influence of electrode configuration and fluidic channel height on cell performance. The cell was composed of a bilirubin oxidase (BOD)-adsorbed O 2 cathode and a glucose anode prepared by co-immobilization of glucose dehydrogenase (GDH), diaphorase (Dp) and VK 3-pendant poly- L-lysine. The consumption of O 2 at the upstream cathode protected the downstream anode from interfering O 2 molecules, and consequently improved the cell performance (maximum cell current) ca. 10% for the present cell. The cell performance was also affected by the channel height. The output current and power of a 0.1 mm-height cell was significantly less than those of a 1 mm-height cell because of the depletion of O 2, as determined by the shape of the E- I curve at the cathode. On the other hand, the volume density of current and power was several times higher for the narrower cell.

  19. Severe Periodontal Disease Manifested in Chronic Disseminated Type of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in a 3-Year Old Child

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    Srivastava, Vinay Kumar; Bansal, Rajesh; Gupta, Vineeta; Bansal, Manish; Patne, Shashikant

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT% Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), previously known as histio-cytosis X, is a rare idiopathic disorder of reticulo-endothelial system with abnormal proliferation of bone marrow derived Langerhans cells along with a variable number of leukocytes, such as eosinophils, neutrophils, lymphocytes and plasma cells. Three years old male child presented with multifocal osteolytic lesions and papulosquamous skin lesions. Clinical and radio-graphic features, such as severe alveolar bone loss, mobility of teeth, precocious eruption of teeth, foating appearance of teeth in orthopantomogram (OPG), osteolytic lesion in skull and cutaneous lesions were highly suggestive of LCH disease. Skin biopsy confirmed a diagnosis of LCH. Induction chemotherapy with oral prednisolone and intravenous vinblastine was started. Child responded well to chemotherapy. The clinical significance of the presented case is to diagnose the case of LCH on the basis of the manifestation of severe periodontal disease as this can be first or only manifestation of LCH. A dentist plays a major role in the multidisciplinary treatment of LCH through routine examination and periodic follow-up. How to cite this article: Bansal M, Srivastava VK, Bansal R, Gupta V, Bansal M, Patne S. Severe Periodontal Disease Manifested in Chronic Disseminated Type of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis in a 3-Year Old Child. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2014;7(3):217-219. PMID:25709306

  20. Directed mutagenesis of deoxyguanosine site at arginine 79 up-regulates turnover on deoxyadenosine kinase subunit of heterodimeric enzyme from Lactobacillus acidophilus R26.

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    Hong, Y S; Ma, G T; Ives, D H

    1995-03-24

    Examination of conserved motifs on the cloned subunits of the deoxyguanosine kinase/deoxyadenosine kinase (dGK/dAK) of Lactobacillus acidophilus R-26 has begun with the Asp-Arg-Ser (DRS) motif. Replacement of Asp-78 of both subunits with Glu, Ala, or Asn reduced dGK and dAK activities to less than 0.2%, whereas replacement of Arg-79 with Lys, either on both subunits in tandem (R79K), or on the dGK subunit only (R79K:dGK), yielded active but kinetically modified enzymes. These were partially purified, and their kinetic and regulatory properties were analyzed. For dAK activity, the Vmax of the R79K:dGK enzyme was increased 28-fold, with no change in the limiting Km for dAdo, but with a slightly reduced Km for MgATP. The V/K efficiency ratio of dAK was also increased 29-fold, but that of dGK was decreased to 5-10% due to a 10-fold increase in Km for dGuo and a reduced Vmax. Therefore, the R79K substitution seems to have a greater effect on dGuo binding than on that of dAdo, but dGK modification appears to produce a stimulatory conformational effect on the opposite subunit, resembling the known unidirectional activation of dAK by either dGuo or dGTP.

  1. Inflating with Large Effective Fields

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    Burgess, C P; Quevedo, F; Williams, M

    2014-01-01

    We re-examine large scalar fields within effective field theory, in particular focussing on the issues raised by their use in inflationary models (as suggested by BICEP2 to obtain primordial tensor modes). We argue that when the large-field and low-energy regimes coincide the scalar dynamics is most effectively described in terms of an asymptotic large-field expansion whose form can be dictated by approximate symmetries, which also help control the size of quantum corrections. We discuss several possible symmetries that can achieve this, including pseudo-Goldstone inflatons characterized by a coset $G/H$ (based on abelian and non-abelian, compact and non-compact symmetries), as well as symmetries that are intrinsically higher dimensional. Besides the usual trigonometric potentials of Natural Inflation we also find in this way simple {\\em large-field} power laws (like $V \\propto \\phi^2$) and exponential potentials, $V(\\phi) = \\sum_{k} V_k \\; e^{-k \\phi/M}$. Both of these can describe the data well and give slo...

  2. Development of Communication in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the United States and Russia

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    Esterbrook R.L.,

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents an analysis of theoretical principles and methodological approaches within the framework of research schools both in the United States and Russia; these schools provide the basis for the development of effective learning and communication skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD. The authors consider the indicators for communication disorders in children with ASD, as well as the main strategies for overcoming them in the context of utilizing verbal behavior analysis (B.F. Skinner, M.L. Sundberg, J.W. Partington, and M.L. Barbera - USA, the tradition of cultural-historical psychology (L.S. Vygotsky, D.B. Elkonin, B.D. Elkonin - Russia, reflective-activity approach (A.N. Leontiev, V.K. Zaretsky – Russia, the theory of systemic dynamic localization of higher mental functions(A.R. Luria – Russia, and method of ”replacing ontogenesis” (B.A. Arkhipov, A.V. Semenovich Russia. Despite the differences in methodologies used by American and Russian scholars, the most important idea is that the researchers and practitioners of both schools have common goal: to concentrate their efforts on developing social interaction skills in children with ASD, which helps them to better adjust in their lives and function in the social environment

  3. Desempenho de pontas de pulverização em Brachiaria brizantha cv. MG-4 para controle de ninfas de cigarrinhas das pastagens Spray nozzles performance in Brachiaria brizantha cv. MG-4 for pastures spittlebugs nymphs control

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    Cleber D. de G. Maciel

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    Full Text Available O trabalho teve como objetivo estudar o desempenho de pontas de pulverização na deposição da calda inseticida para o controle de ninfas de cigarrinhas das pastagens em Brachiaria brizantha cv. MG-4. Doze tratamentos foram estudados em esquema fatorial 6x2, constituídos pelo contraste de seis pontas de pulverização e pressões de 196 e 392 kPa: TF-VP2 (336 L ha-1 e 467 L ha-1; AI11002-VS (184 L ha-1 e 200 L ha-1; XR11002-VS (200 L ha-1 e 280 L ha-1; TT11002-VP (200 L ha-1 e 280 L ha-1; TJ60-11002VS (208 L ha-1 e 280 L ha-1 e TX-VK4 (72 L ha-1 e 97 L ha-1. Para monitorar a deposição das caldas de pulverização, utilizaram-se os traçadores Azul Brilhante FD&C-1 (0,3% p/v e Amarelo de Tartrasina FD&C-5 (0,6% p/v. Alvos artificiais, constituídos de lâminas de vidro, foram posicionados na base das plantas, próximos à superfície do solo, e os depósitos por unidade de área das soluções pulverizadas foram quantificados por espectrofotometria. As pontas TF-VP2, XR11002-VS e AI11002-VS, nas pressões de 196 e 392 kPa, proporcionam as maiores deposições da calda de pulverização na região das espumas das cigarrinhas das pastagens, apesar de apresentarem menor uniformidade na distribuição dos depósitos em relação a TX-VK4, XR110.02-VS e TJ110.02-VS. O aumento da pressão de 196 para 392 kPa promoveu aumento na deposição da calda de pulverização sobre a Brachiaria brizantha e na região onde se encontram as espumas das cigarrinhas para todos os tipos de pontas estudadas.The work aimed to study spray nozzles performance in pesticide sprayer deposition for controlling pastures spittlebugs nymphs in Brachiaria brizantha cv. MG-4 pasture. Twelve treatments were studied in factorial scheme 6x2, constituted by the contrast of six spray nozzles and 196 and 392 kPa work pressures: TF-VP2 (336 L ha-1 and 467 L ha-1; AI11002-VS (184 L ha-1 and 200 L ha-1; XR11002-VS (200 L ha-1 and 280 L ha-1; TT11002-VP (200 L ha-1 and 280 L ha¹; TJ60

  4. The relation between gas density and velocity power spectra in galaxy clusters: qualitative treatment and cosmological simulations

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    Zhuravleva, I; Schekochihin, A A; Lau, E T; Nagai, D; Gaspari, M; Allen, S W; Nelson, K; Parrish, I J

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    We address the problem of evaluating the power spectrum of the velocity field of the ICM using only information on the plasma density fluctuations, which can be measured today by Chandra and XMM-Newton observatories. We argue that for relaxed clusters there is a linear relation between the rms density and velocity fluctuations across a range of scales, from the largest ones, where motions are dominated by buoyancy, down to small, turbulent scales: $(\\delta\\rho_k/\\rho)^2 = \\eta_1^2 (V_{1,k}/c_s)^2$, where $\\delta\\rho_k/\\rho$ is the spectral amplitude of the density perturbations at wave number $k$, $V_{1,k}^2=V_k^2/3$ is the mean square component of the velocity field, $c_s$ is the sound speed, and $\\eta_1$ is a dimensionless constant of order unity. Using cosmological simulations of relaxed galaxy clusters, we calibrate this relation and find $\\eta_1\\approx 1 \\pm 0.3$. We argue that this value is set at large scales by buoyancy physics, while at small scales the density and velocity power spectra are proporti...

  5. Novel Spray Dried Glycerol 2-Phosphate Cross-Linked Chitosan Microparticulate Vaginal Delivery System—Development, Characterization and Cytotoxicity Studies

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    Szymańska, Emilia; Szekalska, Marta; Czarnomysy, Robert; Lavrič, Zoran; Srčič, Stane; Miltyk, Wojciech; Winnicka, Katarzyna

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    Chitosan microparticulate delivery systems containing clotrimazole were prepared by a spray drying technique using glycerol 2-phosphate as an ion cross-linker. The impact of a cross-linking ratio on microparticle characteristics was evaluated. Drug-free and drug-loaded unmodified or ion cross-linked chitosan microparticles were examined for the in vitro cytotoxicity in VK2/E6E7 human vaginal epithelial cells. The presence of glycerol 2-phosphate influenced drug loading and encapsulation efficacy in chitosan microparticles. By increasing the cross-linking ratio, the microparticles with lower diameter, moisture content and smoother surface were observed. Mucoadhesive studies displayed that all formulations possessed mucoadhesive properties. The in vitro release profile of clotrimazole was found to alter considerably by changing the glycerol 2-phosphate/chitosan ratio. Results from cytotoxicity studies showed occurrence of apoptotic cells in the presence of chitosan and ion cross-linked chitosan microparticles, followed by a loss of membrane potential suggesting that cell death might go through the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. PMID:27690062

  6. [Development and application of electroanalytical methods in biomedical fields].

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    Kusu, Fumiyo

    2015-01-01

    To summarize our electroanalytical research in the biomedical field over the past 43 years, this review describes studies on specular reflection measurement, redox potential determination, amperometric acid sensing, HPLC with electrochemical detection, and potential oscillation across a liquid membrane. The specular reflection method was used for clarifying the adsorption of neurotransmitters and their related drugs onto a gold electrode and the interaction between dental alloys and compound iodine glycerin. A voltammetric screening test using a redox potential for the antioxidative effect of flavonoids was proposed. Amperometric acid sensing based on the measurement of the reduction prepeak current of 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (VK3) or 3,5-di-tert-buty1-1,2-benzoquinone (DBBQ) was applied to determine acid values of fats and oils, titrable acidity of coffee, and enzyme activity of lipase, free fatty acids (FFAs) in serum, short-chain fatty acids in feces, etc. The electrode reactions of phenothiazines, catechins, and cholesterol were applied to biomedical analysis using HPLC with electrochemical detection. A three-channel electrochemical detection system was utilized for the sensitive determination of redox compounds in Chinese herbal medicines. The behavior of barbituric acid derivatives was examined based on potential oscillation measurements.

  7. Structural characteristics of the variable regions of immunoglobulin genes encoding a pathogenic autoantibody in murine lupus.

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    Tsao, B P; Ebling, F M; Roman, C; Panosian-Sahakian, N; Calame, K; Hahn, B H

    1990-02-01

    We have studied several monoclonal anti-double-stranded (ds) DNA antibodies for their ability to accelerate lupus nephritis in young NZB X NZW F1 female mice and to induce it in BALB/c mice. Two identified as pathogens in both strains have characteristics previously associated with nephritogenicity: expression of IgG2a isotype and IdGN2 idiotype. Both pathogenic antibodies used the combination of genes from the VHJ558 and VK9 subfamilies. Two weak pathogens failed to accelerate nephritis in young BW mice, but induced lupus nephritis in BALB/c mice. They both express IdGN2; one is cationic and an IgG3, the other is an IgG2a. Additional MAbs (some IgG2a, one IdGN2-positive) did not accelerate or induce nephritis. We have cloned and sequenced the variable regions of the immunoglobulin genes of one pathogenic autoantibody. No unique V, D, or J gene segments and no evidence of unusual mechanisms in generating diversity were used to construct this antibody. These data argue against use of unique abnormal Ig genes by systemic lupus erythematosus individuals to construct pathogenic autoantibody subsets. Instead, the major abnormality may be immunoregulatory.

  8. A new IR-Array photometric survey of Galactic Globular Clusters A detailed study of the RGB sequence as a step towards the global testing of stellar models

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    Ferraro, F R; Origlia, L; Pecci, F F; Ferraro, Francesco R.; Montegriffo, Paolo; Origlia, Livia; Pecci, Flavio Fusi

    1999-01-01

    We present high quality near infrared Color Magnitude Diagrams of 10 Galactic Globular Clusters (GCs) spanning a wide metallicity range (-2.15<[Fe/H]<-0.2). This homogeneous data-base has been used to perform a detailed analysis of the Red Giant Branch (RGB), adopting a variety of observables to describe its physical and chemical properties. First, a set of metallicity indicators have been measured, namely: (i) the RGB (J-K) and (V-K) colors at different magnitude levels; (ii) the RGB K magnitude at different colors; (iii) the RGB slope. For these parameters we present new calibrations in terms of both spectroscopic iron abundance and global metallicity, including the alpha-element enhancement. These relations can be used to derive a photometric estimate of the GC metal content from the RGB morphology and location. Second, the location in luminosity of the main RGB features (namely, the Bump and the Tip) and their dependence on metallicity have been studied, yielding quantitative observational relations...

  9. Yunnan-III models for Evolutionary population synthesis

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    Zhang, F; Han, Z; Zhuang, Y; Kang, X

    2012-01-01

    We build the Yunnan-III evolutionary population synthesis (EPS) models by using the MESA stellar evolution code, BaSeL stellar spectra library and the initial mass functions (IMFs) of Kroupa and Salpeter, and present colours and integrated spectral energy distributions (ISEDs) of solar-metallicity stellar populations (SPs) in the range of 1Myr-15 Gyr. The main characteristic of the Yunnan-III EPS models is the usage of a set of self-consistent solar-metallicity stellar evolutionary tracks (the masses of stars are from 0.1 to 100Msun). This set of tracks is obtained by using the state-of-the-art MESA code. MESA code can evolve stellar models through thermally pulsing asymptotic giant branch (TP-AGB) phase for low- and intermediate-mass stars. By comparisons, we confirm that the inclusion of TP-AGB stars make the V-K, V-J and V-R colours of SPs redder and the infrared flux larger at ages log(t/yr)>7.6 (the differences reach the maximum at log(t/yr)~8.6, ~0.5-0.2mag for colours, ~2 times for K-band flux). The st...

  10. On the Analysis of a Label Propagation Algorithm for Community Detection

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    Kothapalli, Kishore; Sardeshmukh, Vivek

    2012-01-01

    This paper initiates formal analysis of a simple, distributed algorithm for community detection on networks. We analyze an algorithm that we call \\textsc{Max-LPA}, both in terms of its convergence time and in terms of the "quality" of the communities detected. \\textsc{Max-LPA} is an instance of a class of community detection algorithms called \\textit{label propagation} algorithms. As far as we know, most analysis of label propagation algorithms thus far has been empirical in nature and in this paper we seek a theoretical understanding of label propagation algorithms. In our main result, we define a clustered version of \\er random graphs with clusters $V_1, V_2,..., V_k$ where the probability $p$, of an edge connecting nodes within a cluster $V_i$ is higher than $p'$, the probability of an edge connecting nodes in distinct clusters. We show that even with fairly general restrictions on $p$ and $p'$ ($p = \\Omega(\\frac{1}{n^{1/4-\\epsilon}})$ for any $\\epsilon > 0$, $p' = O(p^2)$, where $n$ is the number of nodes...

  11. Preliminary biological studies on larvae and adult Anopheles mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in Miraflores, a malaria endemic locality in Guaviare department, Amazonian Colombia.

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    Jiménez, Irene P; Jiménez, Irene P; Conn, Jan E; Brochero, Helena

    2014-09-01

    In the malaria endemic municipality of Miraflores in southeastern Amazonian Colombia, several aspects of the biology of local Anopheles species were investigated to supplement the limited entomological surveillance information available and to provide baseline data for malaria prevention and vector control. Anopheles darlingi Root, 1926 was the most abundant species (95.6%), followed by Anopheles braziliensis (Chagas) (3.6%) and Anopheles oswaldoi s.l. (Peryassu) (0.7%). During the dry season, exophagic activity was prevalent only between 1800-2100 hours; after this (2100-0600 hours) only endophagy was encountered. In contrast, during the rainy season, both endophagy and exophagy occurred throughout the collection period. The human biting rate for An. darlingi was 8.6. This species was positive for Plasmodium vivax VK210 with a sporozoite rate = 0.13 (1/788). Breeding sites corresponded to stream (n = 7), flooded excavations (n = 4), flooded forest (n = 1), wetlands (n = 2), and an abandoned water reservoir (n = 1). An. darlingi predominated in these sites in both seasons. Based on these data, An. darlingi is the main local malaria vector, and we recommend that local prevention and control efforts focus on strengthening entomological surveillance to determine potential changes of species biting behavior and time to reduce human-vector interactions.

  12. Lyman-alpha Forest Constraints on Decaying Dark Matter

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    Wang, Mei-Yu; Peter, Annika H G; Zentner, Andrew R; Purcell, Chris W

    2013-01-01

    We present an analysis of high-resolution N-body simulations of decaying dark matter cosmologies focusing on the statistical properties of the transmitted Lyman-alpha forest flux in the high-redshift intergalactic medium. In this type of model a dark matter particle decays into a slightly less massive stable dark matter daughter particle and a comparably light particle. The small mass splitting provides a non-relativistic kick velocity V_k to the daughter particle resulting in free-streaming and subsequent damping of small-scale density fluctuations. Current Lyman-alpha forest power spectrum measurements probe comoving scales up to ~ 2-3 h^-1 Mpc at redshifts z ~ 2-4, providing one of the most robust ways to probe cosmological density fluctuations on relatively small scales. The suppression of structure growth due to the free-streaming of dark matter daughter particles also has a significant impact on the neutral hydrogen cloud distribution, which traces the underlying dark matter distribution well at high re...

  13. Passive scalars: mixing, diffusion and intermittency in helical and non-helical rotating turbulence

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    Imazio, P Rodriguez

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    We use direct numerical simulations to compute structure functions, scaling exponents, probability density functions and turbulent transport coefficients of passive scalars in turbulent rotating helical and non-helical flows. We show that helicity affects the inertial range scaling of the velocity and of the passive scalar when rotation is present, with a spectral law consistent with $\\sim k_{\\perp}^{-1.4}$ for the passive scalar variance spectrum. This scaling law is consistent with the phenomenological argument presented in \\cite{imazio2011} for rotating non-helical flows, wich states that if energy follows a $E(k)\\sim k^{-n}$ law, then the passive scalar variance follows a law $V(k) \\sim k^{-n_{\\theta}}$ with $n_{\\theta}=(5-n)/2$. With the second order scaling exponent obtained from this law, and using the Kraichnan model, we obtain anomalous scaling exponents for the passive scalar that are in good agreement with the numerical results. Intermittency of the passive scalar is found to be stronger than in th...

  14. The structure of Leibniz superalgebras admitting a multiplicative basis

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    Albuquerque, Helena; Barreiro, Elisabete; Calderón Martín, Antonio J.; Sánchez Delgado, José M.

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    In the literature, most of the descriptions of different classes of Leibniz superalgebras (L =L0bar ⊕L1bar , [ ṡ , ṡ ]) have been made by giving the multiplication table on the elements of a graded basis B ={vk } k ∈ K of L, in such a way that for any i , j ∈ K we have [vi ,vj ] =λi,j [vj ,vi ] ∈ Fvk for some k ∈ K, where F denotes the base field and λi,j ∈ F. In order to give a unifying viewpoint of all these classes of algebras we introduce the category of Leibniz superalgebras admitting a multiplicative basis and study its structure. We show that if a Leibniz superalgebra L =L0bar ⊕L1bar admits a multiplicative basis then it is the direct sum L =⨁αIα with any Iα =I α , 0 bar ⊕I α , 1 bar being a well described ideal of L admitting a multiplicative basis inherited from B. Also the B-simplicity of L is characterized in terms of J-connections.

  15. 4-苯乙烯磺酸马来酸酐共聚物抑制HIV-1的初步研究%The preliminary research of PSM on the inhibition of HIV-1

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    张龙锋; 邱敏; 蒋丽军; 刘强; 焦志军; 吴稚伟

    2015-01-01

    目的:研究4‐苯乙烯磺酸马来酸酐共聚物(PSM)对HIV‐1的抑制作用。方法通过Luciferase检测不同浓度的PSM对易感细胞GHOST(3)X4/Hi5中HIV‐1的抑制作用,观察PSM对北美HIV‐1毒株JR‐FL、HXB2和中国临床分离株CNE6、CNE30、CNE50和CNE55的抑制作用;利用CCK8试剂盒测定PSM对VK2/E6E7生长的抑制率来观察PSM的体外细胞毒性。通过逆转录荧光实时定量PCR(qRT‐PCR)检测生殖道上皮细胞HEC‐1‐A的紧密连接蛋白ZO‐1、E‐cadherin和Occludin的表达,观察PSM对生殖道上皮细胞HEC‐1‐A表达的紧密连接蛋白的影响从而间接评价其对局部黏膜完整性的影响。结果PSM对北美HIV‐1毒株JR‐FL、HXB2以及中国常见临床分离株CNE6、CNE30、CNE50和CNE55的抑制EC50分别为5.78、0.77、1.85、3.15、1.70和2.27μg/mL,具有抗HIV‐1感染的活性;PSM对VK2/E6E7细胞具有低毒性;PSM不明显抑制ZO‐1的表达且增加了E‐cadherin和Occludin的转录水平。结论PSM可以抑制HIV‐1感染,具有作为杀微生物剂的潜能。%Objective To investigate the inhibiton effect of 4‐styrenesulfonic acid‐co‐maleic acid(PSM ) in HIV‐1 .Methods The inhibition effect of different doses of PSM on HIV‐1 in susceptible cells GHOST (3) X4/Hi5 was observed by Luciferase ,and so did the inhibitory effect of PSM on JR‐FL、HXB2、CNE6 ,CNE30 ,CNE50 ,CNE55 .The cellular toxicity of PSM on the VK2/E6E7 was also evaluated by CCK8 kit .The transcript level of tight junction proteins (ZO‐1 ,E‐cadherin and Occludin) of HEC‐1‐A were analyzed by qRT‐PCR .And then observed the effect of PSM on expression of genitourinary epithelial cells HEC‐1‐A ,so we could e‐valuated the effect of integrity of local mucosal indirectly .Results The results showed that PSM exhibited potent antiviral activity against a broad spectrum of HIV‐1 major isolates with different genotypes and biotypes

  16. Chemical Doping Effect on the Thermoelectric Properties of T Ga 3 (T = Fe, Ru, Os)

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    Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Karki, Amar; Phelan, Adam; Xiong, Yimin; Jin, Rongying; Chan, Julia; Stadler, Shane; Young, David

    2011-03-01

    Thermoelectric properties of chemically-doped intermetallic narrow-band semiconductors: T Ga 3 (T = Fe, Ru, Os) are reported. The parent compounds show semiconductor-like behavior (Eg ~ 0.2 eV, n290 K ~ 1018 cm3) with large n - type Seebeck coefficients at room temperature (S290 K ~ -300 μ V/K). The semiconductor-like FeGa 3 becomes metallic upon chemical doping (adding electron carriers), but RuGa 3 and OsGa 3 remain semiconducting. While the electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficients of all the compounds decrease with electron doping, the Seebeck coefficients remain fairly large and n - type, which leads to larger power factors than those of the pure samples. The thermal conductivity (κ 290K = 1.6 W/m K) of electron-doped FeGa 3 decreases, which increases the room temperature power factor by a large percentage (S2 / ρ 290K = 60 μ W/m K2) over that of pure FeGa 3 . This improvement in the power factor leads to a corresponding enhancement in the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) -- a factor of 5 increases above undoped polycrystalline FeGa 3 and two orders of magnitude improvement over that of pure single crystalline FeGa 3 .

  17. Enhanced 1,3-propanediol production by a newly isolated Citrobacter freundii strain cultivated on biodiesel-derived waste glycerol through sterile and non-sterile bioprocesses.

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    Metsoviti, Maria; Zeng, An-Ping; Koutinas, Apostolis A; Papanikolaou, Seraphim

    2013-02-20

    The production of 1,3-propanediol (PD) by a newly isolated Citrobacter freundii strain [FMCC-B 294 (VK-19)] was investigated. Different grades of biodiesel-derived glycerol were employed. Slightly lower PD biosynthesis was observed in batch experiments only when crude glycerol from waste-cooking oil trans-esterification was utilized and only at elevated initial substrate concentrations employed. Batch bioreactor cultures revealed the capability of the strain to tolerate elevated amounts of substrate (glycerol up to 170 g/L) and produce quantities of PD in such high substrate concentrations. Nevertheless, maximum PD quantities (45.9 g/L) were achieved at lower initial glycerol concentrations (∼100 g/L) employed, suggesting some inhibition exerted due to the increased initial substrate concentrations. In order to improve PD production, a fed-batch fermentation was carried out and 68.1g/L of PD were produced (the highest PD quantity achieved by C. freundii strains so far) with yield per glycerol consumed ∼0.40 g/g and volumetric productivity 0.79 g/L/h. Aiming to perform a more economical and eco-friendlier procedure, batch and fed-batch fermentations under completely non-sterile conditions were carried out. During non-sterilized fed-batch process, 176 g/L of raw glycerol were converted to 66.3g/L of PD, suggesting the potentiality of the non-sterile fermentation by C. freundii FMCC-B 294.

  18. Magnetic and thermoelectric properties of a heterogeneous mixed-valence system, Yb sub 2 Pt sub 3 Sn sub 5

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    Muro, Y; Kim, M S; Takabatake, T; Godart, C; Rogl, P

    2003-01-01

    We have studied the valence states and thermoelectric properties of Yb sub 2 T sub 3 Sn sub 5 (T=Pt and Pd) with two inequivalent Yb sites. For Yb sub 2 Pt sub 3 Sn sub 5 , the 4 f-hole occupation number n sub f is estimated to be 0.4 at 300 K from the magnetic susceptibility and L sub I sub I sub I -edge absorption spectrum. Intermediate-valence behaviors manifest themselves in a largely negative value of the paramagnetic Curie temperature, -216 K, a broad peak at 300 K in the magnetic part of the resistivity, and a large minimum in the thermopower, -38 mu V/K at 60 K. The specific heat shows no transition down to 0.6 K. These results are explained by a model in which Yb ions in one site are divalent and those in the other site are in a valence fluctuating state with a Kondo temperature of 200 K. Thus, Yb sub 2 Pt sub 3 Sn sub 5 is a rare example of the heterogeneous mixed-valence system. An isostructural compound Yb sub 2 Pd sub 3 Sn sub 5 has a larger unit-cell volume by 2.4%, which allows the Yb ions in b...

  19. Electronic transport of Au/(Ca1.9Pr0.1Co4Ox)/n-Si structures analysed over a wide temperature range

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    Alialy, S.; Kaya, A.; Marıl, E.; Altındal, Ş.; Uslu, İ.

    2015-05-01

    The barrier height (BH) of the Au/(Ca1.9Pr0.1Co4Ox)/n-Si structure was evaluated in the temperature range of 120-360 K using current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The zero-bias BH (ΦBo) and ideality factor (n) values deduced from standard thermionic emission theory were found to be 0.35 eV and 6.30 at 120 K and 0.83 eV and 5.1 at 360 K, respectively. Because such changes in ΦBo were not in agreement with the negative temperature coefficient (α) of the Si band gap, effects of tunnelling and BH inhomogeneity were added to the analysis of junction current. With this modification, the value of ΦBef. was found to decrease with temperature at a rate of -2.4 × 10-4 eVK-1 in approximate agreement with the known α of the Si band gap. Attempts to model the inhomogeneous BH with a single Gaussian distribution were also successful, rendering a mean value of BH (?) of 0.997 eV and a standard deviation (σo) of 0.12 eV. Similar conclusions were drawn from additional analyses, employing the modified Richardson plots. Our results suggest that the analysis of electronic transport at this and possibly other MIS junctions should include both the effect of tunnelling and that of BH inhomogeneity.

  20. Pretreatment with alternation of light/dark periods improves the tolerance of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) to clomazone herbicide.

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    Darwish, Majd; Lopez-Lauri, Félicie; El Maataoui, Mohamed; Urban, Laurent; Sallanon, Huguette

    2014-05-01

    This work analyses the effects of alternation of light/dark periods pretreatment (AL) in tobacco plantlets (Nicotiana tabacum L. cv.Virginie vk51) growing in solution with low concentration of the clomazone herbicide. The experimentation has been carried out by exposing the plantlets to successive and regulated periods of light (16min light/8min dark cycles, PAR 50μmolm(-2)s(-1)) for three days. The photosynthesis efficiency was determined by mean of the chlorophyll fluorescence and JIP-test. The AL pretreatment improved the clomazone tolerance; this has been observed by the increase in the leaf area of the plant, the maximal photochemical quantum efficiency of PSII (Fv/Fm), the actual PSII efficiency (ФPSII), the performance index (PIabs), the electron flux beyond Quinone A (1-VJ), and also by the diminution of the energy dissipating into heat (DI0/RC). Furthermore, AL pretreatment led to low accumulation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) which proves that the scavenging enzymatic system have been activated before clomazone treatment. In the plantlets pretreated with AL, with regard to the ascorbate content, some of antioxidant enzyme whose function is associated with it have continued to scavenge reactive oxygen species (ROS) induced by clomazone, such as ascorbate peroxidase (APX), dehydroascorbate reductase (DHAR), monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDHAR) and glutathione reductase (GR). So, the observed photooxidative damages induced by clomazone herbicide were noticeably reduced.