Sample records for zone electrophoresis evolution

  1. Techniques For Focusing In Zone Electrophoresis

    Sharnez, Rizwan; Twitty, Garland E.; Sammons, David W.


    In two techniques for focusing in zone electrophoresis, force of applied electrical field in each charged particle balanced by restoring force of electro-osmosis. Two techniques: velocity-gradient focusing (VGF), suitable for rectangular electrophoresis chambers; and field-gradient focusing (FGF), suitable for step-shaped electrophoresis chambers.

  2. Microchip analysis of lithium in blood using moving boundary electrophoresis and zone electrophoresis

    Vrouwe, E.X.; Lüttge, Regina; Olthuis, Wouter; van den Berg, Albert

    The determination of inorganic cations in blood plasma is demonstrated using a combination of moving boundary electrophoresis (MBE) and zone electrophoresis. The sample loading performed under MBE conditions is studied with the focus on the quantitative analysis of lithium. A concentration

  3. Device for Horizontal Zone Electrophoresis in Free Electrolyte

    Priemyshev, A N; Bozhikov, G A; Alikov, B A; Salamatin, A V; Furyaev, T A; Maslov, O D; Milanov, M V; Dmitriev, S N


    With expansion of area of application of an electromigration method the necessity of modernization of installation for horizontal zone electrophoresis in free electrolyte has appeared. A number of the basic modules was essentially advanced, that has allowed considerably increase reliability and accuracy of received results. The device is completely automated.

  4. Free zone electrophoresis simulation of static column electrophoresis in microgravity on shuttle flight STS-3

    Todd, P. W.; Hjerten, S.


    Experiments were designed to replicate, as closely as possible in 1-G, the conditions of the STS-3 red blood cell (RBC) experiments. Free zone electrophoresis was the method of choice, since it minimizes the role of gravity in cell migration. The physical conditions of the STS-3 experiments were used, and human and rabbit RBC's fixed by the same method were the test particles. The effects of cell concentration, electroosmotic mobility, and sample composition were tested in order to seek explanations for the STS-3 results and to provide data on cell concentration effects for future zero-G separation on the continuous-flow zero-G electrophoretics separator.

  5. Capillaries modified by noncovalent anionic polymer adsorption for capillary zone electrophoresis, micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography and capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry

    Bendahl, L; Hansen, S H; Gammelgaard, Bente


    A simple coating procedure for generation of a high and pH-independent electroosmotic flow in capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) and micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MEKC) is described. The bilayer coating was formed by noncovalent adsorption of the ionic polymers Polybrene...

  6. Quantification of Carbohydrates in Grape Tissues Using Capillary Zone Electrophoresis.

    Zhao, Lu; Chanon, Ann M; Chattopadhyay, Nabanita; Dami, Imed E; Blakeslee, Joshua J


    Soluble sugars play an important role in freezing tolerance in both herbaceous and woody plants, functioning in both the reduction of freezing-induced dehydration and the cryoprotection of cellular constituents. The quantification of soluble sugars in plant tissues is, therefore, essential in understanding freezing tolerance. While a number of analytical techniques and methods have been used to quantify sugars, most of these are expensive and time-consuming due to complex sample preparation procedures which require the derivatization of the carbohydrates being analyzed. Analysis of soluble sugars using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) under alkaline conditions with direct UV detection has previously been used to quantify simple sugars in fruit juices. However, it was unclear whether CZE-based methods could be successfully used to quantify the broader range of sugars present in complex plant extracts. Here, we present the development of an optimized CZE method capable of separating and quantifying mono-, di-, and tri-saccharides isolated from plant tissues. This optimized CZE method employs a column electrolyte buffer containing 130 mM NaOH, pH 13.0, creating a current of 185 μA when a separation voltage of 10 kV is employed. The optimized CZE method provides limits-of-detection (an average of 1.5 ng/μL) for individual carbohydrates comparable or superior to those obtained using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and allows resolution of non-structural sugars and cell wall components (structural sugars). The optimized CZE method was successfully used to quantify sugars from grape leaves and buds, and is a robust tool for the quantification of plant sugars found in vegetative and woody tissues. The increased analytical efficiency of this CZE method makes it ideal for use in high-throughput metabolomics studies designed to quantify plant sugars.

  7. Zone electrophoresis in an inner-cooling wide-bore electrophoresis system with UV detection.

    Guo, Yugao; Liu, Danning; Wang, Huaifeng; Yuan, Ruijuan; Bao, James Jianmin


    A novel, high-performance wide-bore electrophoresis (WE) system with inner-cooling has been developed. By introducing the mode of a shell and tube heat exchanger into this system to remove Joule heat generated during electrophoresis, it is feasible to extend electrophoresis from the conventional capillary (i.d. tube (i.d. >1000 microm). The wide tube allows the loading of over 1.0 microL of the sample with an LOD of 3.0 x 10(-4) mg/mL (signal-to-noise ratio, 3:1). Satisfactory separations of model compounds have been achieved on the WE system.

  8. Zone Broadening and Simulation of Migration Process of Peptides in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    林炳承; 许旭; 罗国安


    The contributions of injection,detection,molecular diffusion and Joule heating to the zonebroadening in capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) were evaluated theoretically.Approximate equations havebeen derived to calculate the total zone width in CZE.The theoretically calculated values from model formulaagree well with experimental ones.Based on the formula of the total variance,a mathematical expression tocalculate the column efficiency (the plate height) has been derived.The relationship between the column ef-ficiency and experimental conditions has been discussed.Combined in the method to estimate the migrationtime of peptides in CZE,the migration process of the peptides in the column of CZE has been simulated by the computer.

  9. Determination of Size Distribution of Nano-particles by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    Yan XUE; Hai Ying YANG; Yong Tan YANG


    A new method was developed for the determination of the size distribution of nano-particles by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Scattering effect of nanoparticles was studied. This method for the determination of size distribution was statistical.


    anodically with generally better resolution than is evident for the cathodically-migrating components. Salivary amylase , a troublesome factor in the starch -gel electrophoresis of saliva proteins, does not attack acrylamide gel.

  11. Continuous fractionation of a two-component mixture by zone electrophoresis.

    Zalewski, Dawid R; Gardeniers, Han J G E


    Synchronized continuous-flow zone electrophoresis is a recently demonstrated tool for performing electrophoretic fractionation of a complex sample. The method resembles free flow electrophoresis, but unlike in that technique, no mechanical fluid pumping is required. Instead, fast electrokinetic flow switching is used to produce complex stream patterns, which results in lateral separation of components in a separation chamber. Here a solution is presented which allows for simultaneous collection of two fractions in synchronized continuous-flow zone electrophoresis. The method is demonstrated on a model mixture, with subsequent evaluation of the collected fractions purity by MCE. The necessary theoretical background is provided including both steering schemes and calculations of optimum operating points.

  12. Evolution of a Subduction Zone

    Noack, Lena; Van Hoolst, Tim; Dehant, Veronique


    The purpose of this study is to understand how Earth's surface might have evolved with time and to examine in a more general way the initiation and continuance of subduction zones and the possible formation of continents on an Earth-like planet. Plate tectonics and continents seem to influence the likelihood of a planet to harbour life, and both are strongly influenced by the planetary interior (e.g. mantle temperature and rheology) and surface conditions (e.g. stabilizing effect of continents, atmospheric temperature), but may also depend on the biosphere. Employing the Fortran convection code CHIC (developed at the Royal Observatory of Belgium), we simulate a subduction zone with a pre-defined weak zone (between oceanic and continental crust) and a fixed plate velocity for the subducting oceanic plate (Quinquis et al. in preparation). In our study we first investigate the main factors that influence the subduction process. We simulate the subduction of an oceanic plate beneath a continental plate (Noack et al., 2013). The crust is separated into an upper crust and a lower crust. We apply mixed Newtonian/non-Newtonian rheology and vary the parameters that are most likely to influence the subduction of the ocanic plate, as for example density of the crust/mantle, surface temperature, plate velocity and subduction angle. The second part of our study concentrates on the long-term evolution of a subduction zone. Even though we model only the upper mantle (until a depth of 670km), the subducted crust is allowed to flow into the lower mantle, where it is no longer subject to our investigation. This way we can model the subduction zone over long time spans, for which we assume a continuous inflow of the oceanic plate into the investigated domain. We include variations in mantle temperatures (via secular cooling and decay of radioactive heat sources) and dehydration of silicates (leading to stiffening of the material). We investigate how the mantle environment influences

  13. Chiral Separation by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis Used Cyclodextrins and Their Derivatives as Chiral Selector


    @@ Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) is a very pronising analytical technique for the optical isomer resolution of the compounds studied. The drawbacks of the techniques such as HPLC [1] were sophisticated stationary phases and/or the relatively high quantity of the chiral agent in the mobile phase, which do not exist in CZE. The capillary electrophoresis (CE) method can offer advantages on lower consumption of analyte and background electrolyte (BGE), shorter analysis time, and higher efficiencies [2-3

  14. Chiral separation of metalaxyl by capillary zone electrophoresis using cyclodextrins.

    Santilio, Angela; D'Amato, Marilena; Cataldi, Lucilla; Sorbo, Angela; Dommarco, Roberto


    A simple and reliable analytical procedure using capillary electrophoresis with UV absorbance detection for the direct enantiomeric resolution and quantitation of chiral fungicide metalaxyl is described. Several native cyclodextrins and modified beta-cyclodextrins were investigated as chiral additives to 50 mM sodium tetraborate buffer pH 9.3. The effect of their concentration on the resolution of metalaxyl enantiomeric forms was studied. The best results were achieved when 55 mM succynyl-beta-cyclodextrin in 50 mM sodium tetraborate buffer pH 9.3 was used. The optimized method showed satisfactory intraday repeatability as far as relative migration times and relative peak areas are concerned, with a detection limit of 0.1 mM for both enantiomers, and has been successfully applied to the analysis of a real plant protection product containing metalaxyl-M (metalaxyl R-form) as active ingredient.

  15. Characterization of the Interaction between Bovine Serum Albumin and Lomefloxacin by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    Ming GUO; Qing Sen YU; Jian Wei YAN; Fei TAN; Guo Zheng MA


    Three capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) methods of the frontal analysis (FA), vacancy peak (VP) and simplified Hummel-Dreyer (SHD) were applied to investigate interaction between bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lomefloxacin, the experimental condition was established after a large number of tests. Based on the site-binding model, the binding parameters were measured according to the site model by Scatchard.


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) is a very convenient technique for the determination of ionization constants. The technique is rapid, precise, uses small quantities of solute, and the exact concentration of the compound is not needed. This work represents the first report on...

  17. Analysis of roller pen inks by capillary zone electrophoresis

    ZHAO Pengcheng; WANG Yanji; XU Yuanyuan; YAO Lijuan


    The analysis of roller pen inks has become more and more important in fraudulent document examination because of the extensive use of roller pens in financial documents.Capillary electrophoresis with powerful resolution was applied for the analysis of roller pen inks.The experiment focused on the optimization of the separation of the extract from commercially available roller pen entries.A better separation electropherogram was obtained when a 20 mM borate buffer at pH 8.5 and a fused silica capillary with an inner diameter of 100 μm with a total length of 47 (40 cm to the detector window)were used.Five inks from roller pens of different manufacturers and countries were analyzed,and their electropherograms showed that most patterns are distinctly different from each other.Capillary with inner diameter of 100 μm increased the intensity of determination;therefore,color dyes were identified in the visible range and were able to provide more information for comparing types of roller pen inks.

  18. Free-zone electrophoresis of animal cells. 1: Experiments on cell-cell interactions

    Todd, P. W.; Hjerten, S.


    The electrophoretically migrating zones wasa monitored. The absence of fluid flows in the direction of migration permits direct measurement of electrophoretic velocities of any material. Sedimentation is orthogonal to electrokinetic motion and the effects of particle-particle interaction on electrophoretic mobility is studied by free zone electrophoresis. Fixed erythrocytes at high concentrations, mixtures of fixed erythrocytes from different animal species, and mixtures of cultured human cells were studied in low ionic strength buffers. The electrophoretic velocity of fixed erythrocytes was not altered by increasing cell concentration or by the mixing of erythrocytes from different species. When zones containing cultured human glial cells and neuroblastoma cells are permitted to interact during electrophoresis, altered migration patterns occur. It is found that cell-cell interactions depends upon cell type.

  19. Free-zone electrophoresis of animal cells. 1: Experiments on cell-cell interactions

    Todd, P. W.; Hjerten, S.


    The electrophoretically migrating zones wasa monitored. The absence of fluid flows in the direction of migration permits direct measurement of electrophoretic velocities of any material. Sedimentation is orthogonal to electrokinetic motion and the effects of particle-particle interaction on electrophoretic mobility is studied by free zone electrophoresis. Fixed erythrocytes at high concentrations, mixtures of fixed erythrocytes from different animal species, and mixtures of cultured human cells were studied in low ionic strength buffers. The electrophoretic velocity of fixed erythrocytes was not altered by increasing cell concentration or by the mixing of erythrocytes from different species. When zones containing cultured human glial cells and neuroblastoma cells are permitted to interact during electrophoresis, altered migration patterns occur. It is found that cell-cell interactions depends upon cell type.

  20. Analysis of neuropeptides using capillary zone electrophoresis with multichannel fluorescence detection

    Sweedler, Jonathan V.; Shear, Jason B.; Fishman, Harvey A.; Zare, Richard N.; Scheller, Richard H.


    Capillary zone electrophoresis is fast becoming one of the most sensitive separation schemes for sampling complex microenvironments. A unique detection scheme is developed in which a charge-coupled device (CCD) detects laser induced fluorescence from an axially illuminated electrophoresis capillary. The fluorescence from an analyte band is measured over a several centimeter section of the capillary, greatly increasing the observation time of the fluorescently tagged band. The sensitivity of the system is in the 1-8 X 10-20 mol range for derivatized amino acids and peptides. Subattomole quantities of bag cell neuropeptides collected from the giant marine mollusk Aplysia californica can be measured.

  1. Chiral Separation by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis Used Cyclodextrins and Their Derivatives as Chiral Selector

    HOU; JingGuo


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) is a very pronising analytical technique for the optical isomer resolution of the compounds studied. The drawbacks of the techniques such as HPLC [1] were sophisticated stationary phases and/or the relatively high quantity of the chiral agent in the mobile phase, which do not exist in CZE. The capillary electrophoresis (CE) method can offer advantages on lower consumption of analyte and background electrolyte (BGE), shorter analysis time, and higher efficiencies [2-3]  ……

  2. The study of polyoxometalates formation using capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Zdanov, Artem A; Shuvaeva, Olga V


    The formation process of polyoxometalates [PMo12 O40 ](3-) and [PMo12 - x Vx O40 ](-3-x) has been studied in aqueous solutions of 0.1 M malonate buffer at pH 2.8-3.0 using CZE. Two different approaches, pre-capillary and in-capillary, were examined and compared. In precapillary mode, the reaction mixture of the reactants and reaction products was injected into the capillary followed by the separation procedure. In in-capillary mode, the sequential input of the reagents and running electrolyte into the capillary and the species separation occurs simultaneously. The optimal parameters of in-capillary separation were established as functions of applied voltage and the length of the intermediate buffer zone between the reagents in the capillary. As a result the best-compromise conditions for the separation of the mixtures containing the reactants, intermediates, and reaction products, in order to achieve the best efficiency, symmetry, and peak areas, were achieved at -18 kV and the input parameter of 900 mbar·s. It was also shown that in-capillary mode is more informative than pre-capillary mode for studying the complex compound formation process.

  3. Assay of Histamine in Single Mast Cells by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Electrochemical Detection


    Capillary zone electrophoresis was employed for the analysis of histamine in single rat peritoneal mast cells using an amperometric detector. In this method, individual mast cells and then 0.02 mol/L NaOH as a lysing solution are injected into the front end of the separation capillary. A cell injector was constructed for easy injection of single cells. Histamine in single mast cells has been identified and quantified.

  4. Determination of Dissociation Constants of Complicated Compounds by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    YANG, Geng-Liang; WANG, De-Xian; SUN, Su-Fang; LIU, Hai-Xing; MA, Jian-Jun


    In this work,the whole theoretical metods forthe determinaion ofpKa1 and pKa2 of complicated complicated compounds are proposed by capillary zone electrophoresis.The pka values areachieved by non-linear regression analysis by takiny into consideration the effect of activity coefficient.This is the first report on determining the dissociation constants of gastrodin,magnolol,honkiol,puercetin,curcumin,diethylstilbestrol,diehylstilbestrol,4acetamidophenol,eugenol and paeonol.

  5. Interaction between p-dihydroxyborylphenylalanine and adrenaline studied by a zone electrophoresis

    Kitaoka, Y.; Kobayashi, M. [Kyoto Univ., Kumatori, Osaka (Japan). Research Reactor Inst


    In order to develop a new boron carrier, we studied the interaction between p-dihydroxyborylphenylalanine (p-BPA) and adrenaline (Adre.) by a zone electrophoresis, paper chromatography, and infrared-spectroscopy. It was found that the complex of p-BPA with Adre. was stable near neutral solutions and decomposed under acidic solutions. The chemical nature of the complex was compared with those of the complexes of p-BPA with organic acids. (author)

  6. Evaluation of The Interaction between Netropsin and Double Stranded DNA by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) was applied to study the interaction between netropsin and a 14mer double stranded DNA (dsDNA). The binding constant of this interaction calculated from Scatchard plot was (1.07±0.10)×105 (mol/L)-1. The binding stoichiometry was 1:1. The use of polyacrylamide coated capillary showed better effect in the analysis of DNA than noncoated capillary.

  7. Analysis of free zone electrophoresis of fixed erythrocytes performed in microgravity

    Snyder, Robert S.; Rhodes, Percy H.; Herren, Blair J.; Miller, Teresa Y.; Seaman, Geoffrey V. F.


    A free fluid zone electrophoresis experiment was performed in the microgravity environment of Space Shuttle flight STS-3 (March 1983). The experiment was designed to confirm observations made on the Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975 and to test the effect of high red blood cell (RBC) concentration on free fluid electrophoresis. Photographic documentation of cell zone progression in one-hour separations of mixtures of formaldehyde-fixed human and rabbit erythrocytes, which were subjected to a field of approximately 13 V/cm in low ionic strength buffer, was analyzed. One of two columns contained 2 x 10 to the 8th RBC/ml; (low concentration), and the other contained 1 x 10 to the 9th RBC/ml (high concentration). The observed and calculated leading edge displacements of the RBC in the two columns were in agreement, indicating the absence of unexpected effects of the reduced gravity environment. Post-flight analyses of the contents of the columns was not possible, and additional microgravity experiments are needed to evaluate the role of particle-particle interactions in concentrated suspensions undergoing electrophoresis.

  8. Studies of Active Ingredients in Cough Syrup by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Amperometric Detection

    ZHOU Tian-shu; WANG Ai-fang; WU Fang; SHI Guo-yue; FANG Yu-zhi


    The present paper covers a simple, reliable and reproducible method, based on capillary zone electrophoresis(CZE) with amperometric detection(AD), for the separation and the determination of ephedrine hydrochloride, promethazine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate. Under the optimal conditions, the three analytes were base-line separated completely within 16 min. Good linear relationships between the peak heights and the concentrations of the three analytes were obtained with the correlation coefficients better than 0.9993. The method was directly applied to the determination of the active ingredients in pharmaceutical preparations and the assay results were satisfactory.

  9. [Determination of chondroitin sulfate in food supplements by capillary zone electrophoresis].

    Arianova, E A; Bogachuk, M N; Perederiaev, O I


    Chondroitin sulfate is widely used as an ingredient in food supplements. A method of capillary zone electrophoresis for qualitative and quantitative analysis of chondroitin sulfate in food supplements has been developed. The system of capillary electrophoresis Agilent 3D CE (USA) with diode array detector (spectral range 190-400 nm, 192 nm was used to quantity), quartz capillary Agilent with effective length 56 cm (USA) (internal diameter 50 microm, temperature 25 degrees C, 30 kV, negative polarity) and 50 mM phosphate buffer (pH 3.5) has been used. Quantity limit of this method was 0.5 g/kg. It was used for determination of content of chondroitin sulfate in 14 food supplements. The chondroitin sulfate was detected in all test samples with deviation from the declared content (25-600 mg per capsule or tablet) at the level of 1 to 9%. The applicability of the elaborated method for assessing of food supplements quality has been shown.

  10. Simultaneous determination of phenylethanoid glycosides and aglycones by capillary zone electrophoresis with running buffer modifier.

    Dong, Shuqing; Gao, Ruibin; Yang, Yan; Guo, Mei; Ni, Jingman; Zhao, Liang


    Although the separation efficiency of capillary electrophoresis (CE) is much higher than that of other chromatographic methods, it is sometimes difficult to adequately separate the complex ingredients in biological samples. This article describes how one effective and simple way to develop the separation efficiency in CE is to add some modifiers to the running buffer. The suitable running buffer modifier β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was explored to fast and completely separate four phenylethanoid glycosides and aglycones (homovanillyl alcohol, hydroxytyrosol, 3,4-dimethoxycinnamic acid, and caffeic acid) in Lamiophlomis rotata (Lr) and Cistanche by capillary zone electrophoresis with ultraviolet (UV) detection. It was found that when β-CD was used as running buffer modifier, a baseline separation of the four analytes could be accomplished in less than 20 min and the detection limits were as low as 10(-3) mg L(-1). Other factors affecting the CE separation, such as working potential, pH value and ionic strength of running buffer, separation voltage, and sample injection time, were investigated extensively. Under the optimal conditions, a successful practical application on the determination of Lr and Cistanche samples confirmed the validity and practicability of this method. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Capillary zone electrophoresis analysis and detection of mid-spectrum biological warfare agents

    Boulet, C.A.; Townsley, C.


    DRE Suffield has initiated a research program to develop methods and equipment for field detection and laboratory identification of mid-spectrum agents, molecules of biological origin such as proteins, peptides and toxins. In this study, a highly efficient and reproducible capillary zone electrophoresis method was developed to separate and identify a series of nine peptides of defence interest: bradykinin, bradykinin fragment 1-5, substance P,ARG8-vasopressin, luteinizing hormone releasing hormone, bombesin, leucine enkephalin, methionine enkephalin, and oxytocin. Using a 50 micrometer x 47 cm capillary column, 22.5 kV separation voltage and a 100 mM pH 2.5 phosphate buffer, all nine peptide could separated in under 10 minutes. Three strategies, which could be used in a fully automated field detection and identification system, were demonstrated for the identification of unknown peptides: comparison of migration times, comparison of electrophoretic mobilities, and co-injection of multiple reference standards. These experiments demonstrate that a separation based analytical method such as capillary electrophoresis could form the basis of a generic detection system for mid-spectrum protein and peptide toxins.

  12. Effective electrophoretic mobilities and charges of anti-VEGF proteins determined by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Li, S Kevin; Liddell, Mark R; Wen, He


    Macromolecules such as therapeutic proteins currently serve an important role in the treatment of eye diseases such as wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Particularly, bevacizumab and ranibizumab have been shown to be effective in the treatment of these diseases. Iontophoresis can be employed to enhance ocular delivery of these macromolecules, but the lack of information on the properties of these macromolecules has hindered its development. The objectives of the present study were to determine the effective electrophoretic mobilities and charges of bevacizumab, ranibizumab, and model compound polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) using capillary zone electrophoresis. Salicylate, lidocaine, and bovine serum albumin (BSA), which have known electrophoretic mobilities in the literature, were also studied to validate the present technique. The hydrodynamic radii and diffusion coefficients of BSA, bevacizumab, ranibizumab, and PSS were measured by dynamic light scattering. The effective charges were calculated using the Einstein relation between diffusion coefficient and electrophoretic mobility and the Henry equation. The results show that bevacizumab and ranibizumab have low electrophoretic mobilities and are net negatively charged in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) of pH 7.4 and 0.16M ionic strength. PSS has high negative charge but the electrophoretic mobility in PBS is lower than that expected from the polymer structure. The present study demonstrated that capillary electrophoresis could be used to characterize the mobility and charge properties of drug candidates in the development of iontophoretic drug delivery.

  13. Simultaneous determination of cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, and ranitidine in tablets by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Wu, S M; Ho, Y H; Wu, H L; Chen, S H; Ko, H S


    A simple capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method is described for the simultaneous determination of cimetidine (CIM), famotidine (FAM), nizatidine (NIZ), and ranitidine (RAN). The analysis of these drugs was performed in a 100 mM phosphate buffer, pH 3.5. Several parameters were studied, including wavelength for detection, concentration and pH of phosphate buffer, and separation voltage. The quantitative ranges were 100-1,000 microM for each analyte. The intra- and interday relative standard deviations (n = 5) were all less than 4%. The detection limits were found to be about 10 microM for CIM, 20 microM for RAN, 20 microM for NIZ, and 10 microM for FAM (S/N = 3, injection 1 s) at 214 nm. All recoveries were greater than 92%. Applications of the method to the assay of these drugs in tablets proved to be feasible.

  14. Chiral separation of benzothiazole derivatives of amino acids using capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Nováková, Zuzana; Pejchal, Vladimír; Fischer, Jan; Česla, Petr


    A method for the separation of enantiomers of leucine and phenylalanine benzothiazole derivatives as potential antimicrobial agents was developed using capillary zone electrophoresis with a dual cyclodextrin (CD) system. The best resolution of enantiomers was achieved in 100 mmol/L phosphate background electrolyte (pH 3.5) with the dual CD system consisting of 10 mmol/L of β-CD with 10 mmol/L of 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin for leucine derivative and 10 mmol/L of 2-hydroxypropyl-γ-cyclodextrin for phenylalanine derivative, respectively. Under the optimal conditions, the highest enantioresolution of 1.25 was achieved in a noncoated-fused silica capillary at 17°C and 24 kV applied voltage.

  15. Evaluation of capillary zone electrophoresis for the determination of protein composition in therapeutic immunoglobulins and human albumins.

    Christians, Stefan; van Treel, Nadine Denise; Bieniara, Gabriele; Eulig-Wien, Annika; Hanschmann, Kay-Martin; Giess, Siegfried


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) provides an alternative means of separating native proteins on the basis of their inherent electrophoretic mobilities. The major advantage of CZE is the quantification by UV detection, circumventing the drawbacks of staining and densitometry in the case of gel electrophoresis methods. The data of this validation study showed that CZE is a reliable assay for the determination of protein composition in therapeutic preparations of human albumin and human polyclonal immunoglobulins. Data obtained by CZE are in line with "historical" data obtained by the compendial method, provided that peak integration is performed without time correction. The focus here was to establish a rapid and reliable test to substitute the current gel based zone electrophoresis techniques for the control of protein composition of human immunoglobulins or albumins in the European Pharmacopoeia. We believe that the more advanced and modern CZE method described here is a very good alternative to the procedures currently described in the relevant monographs.

  16. A Theoretical Analysis of the Influence of Electroosmosis on the Effective Ionic Mobility in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    Hijnen, Hens


    A theoretical description of the influence of electroosmosis on the effective mobility of simple ions in capillary zone electrophoresis is presented. The mathematical equations derived from the space-charge model contain the pK[subscript a] value and the density of the weak acid surface groups as parameters characterizing the capillary. It is…

  17. Determination of Amino Acids in Single Human Lymphocytes after On-capillary Derivatization by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Electrochemical Detection


    Amino acids in individual human lymphocytes were determined by capillary zone electrophoresis with electrochemical detection after on-capillary derivatization. In order to inject cells easily, a cell injector was designed. Four amino acids (serine, alanine, taurine, and glycine) in single human lymphocytes have been identified. Quantitation has been accomplished through the use of calibration curves.

  18. Screening of chemokine receptor CCR4 antagonists by capillary zone electrophoresis

    Zhe Sun; Lin-Jie Tian; Qian Lin; Xiao-Mei Ling; Jun-Hai Xiao; Ying Wang


    Abstract CC chemokine receptor 4 (CCR4) is a kind of G-protein-coupled receptor, which plays a pivotal role in allergic inflammation. The interaction between 2-(2-(4-chloro-phenyl)-5-{[(naphthalen-1- ylmethyl)-carbamlyl]-methyl-4-oxo-thiazolidin-3-yl)-N-(3-morpholin-4-yl-propyi)-acetamide (S009) and the N-terminal extracellular tail (ML40) of CCR4 has been validated to be high affinity by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE).The S009 is a known CCR4 antagonist. Now, a series of new thiourea derivatives have been synthesized. Compared with positive control S009, they were screened using ML40 as target by CZE to find some new drugs for allergic inflammation diseases. The synthesized compounds XJH-5, XJH-4, XJH-17 and XJH-1 displayed the interaction with ML40, but XJH-9, XJH-10, XJH-I 1, XJH-12, XJH-13, XJH-14, XJH-3, XJH-8, XJH-6, XJH-7, XJH-15, XJH-16 and XJH-2 did not bind to ML40. Both qualification and quantification characterizations of the binding were determined. The affinity of the four compounds was valued by the binding constant, which was similar with the results of chemotactic experiments. The established CEZ method is capable of sensitive and fast screening for a series of lactam analogs in the drug discovery for allergic inflammation diseases.

  19. [Determination of loureirin A and loureirin B in dragon's blood by capillary zone electrophoresis].

    Yang, Xueying; Hu, Xufang; Li, Fei; Wang, Xinghong; Cao, Qiue


    A capillary zone electrophoresis method (CZE) for the simultaneous determination of loureirin A and loureirin B was developed based on the optimized conditions of the pH, composition and concentration of the running buffer solution. Loureirin A and loureirin B were separated and determined effectively within 15 min in a running buffer solution of 20 mmol/L Na2B4O7 (pH 9.98 adjusted with NaOH solution) containing 10.0% (v/v) acetonitrile, 5.0% (v/v) ethylene glycol and 1.0% (v/v) butanol, with the applied voltage of 20 kV, capillary temperature of 25 degrees C, detection wavelength of 211 nm, and injection of 5 s at 3447 Pa. The linear ranges for the determination of loureirin A and loureirin B were 1.00-100 mg/L and 0.50-100 mg/L, respectively. The determination of loureirin A and loureirin B in dragon's blood from natural and artificial inoculation was performed by the proposed method. The relative standard deviations for the determination of the two constituents in samples were from 0.6% to 3.8%, and the recoveries ranged between 95.1% and 105.8%. The method is simple, rapid and possesses higher reproducibility and efficiency. It can be used for the determination of loureirin A and loureirin B in dragon's blood.

  20. [Improvement of carbohydrate deficient transferrin measurement by capillary zone electrophoresis using immunosubtraction of immunoglobulins and transferrin].

    Baraud, J; Schellenberg, F; Pagès, J-C


    CDT (Carbohydrate Deficient Transferrin) is considered as the most efficient biomarker of alcohol abuse available for routine use. Among the various methods developed for its measurement, capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) on the multicapillary analyzer Capillarys2 provides high quality results at high throughput. However, the non CDT specific measurement of protein absorbance at 200 nm may bring abnormal profiles in samples from patients with high polyclonal immunoglobulin level or monoclonal component. We evaluated the automated immunosubtraction procedure developed by the manufacturer in 48 samples with abnormal electrophoretic profiles that potentially could interfere with CZE measurement of CDT. Elimination of the serum immunoglobulins raised the number of interpretable profiles from 19 (40%) to 37 (77%). The immunosubtraction procedure failed in samples with a monoclonal component present at a concentration > 60 g/L and in some samples harbouring a partially degraded C3 fraction. Six samples identified as genetic BC transferrin variants were also included in the study and submitted to an automated transferrin subtraction procedure to ascertain whether the additional peak were actually transferrin glycoforms. After treatment, two samples were classified as homozygote C for transferrin due to the persistence of one of the supposed transferrin peak. In conclusion, immunoglobulin and transferrin subtraction allow a better CDT measurement in most samples with interfering monoclonal components and avoid misclassification of suspected transferrin BC or CD variants.

  1. [Simultaneous separation and determination of vanillin and o-vanillin by capillary zone electrophoresis].

    Chen, Xing; Guan, Jin; Wang, Huize; Li, Yun; Shi, Zhe


    A method for the simultaneous separation and determination of vanillin and o-vanillin by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) was developed. The influences of type, concentration and pH of running buffer, and applied voltage on separation were investigated. Under the conditions of 50 mmol/L borax-150 mmol/L disodium hydrogen phosphate (pH 7.5) and applied voltage of 15 kV, the vanillin and o-vanillin were separated in 6 min. The method was proved to be robust through verification of accuracy, precision and linearity. The calibration curves of vanillin and o-vanillin showed good linearity in the range of 10-240 mg/L, and the correlation coefficients were 0.999 9 and 0.999 7, respectively. The limits of detection for vanillin and o-vanillin were 1.0 mg/L (S/N = 3). The average recoveries at three spiked levels were 99.4%-101.2% with acceptable relative standard deviations of 0.19%-0.73%. The method has been successfully used for the determination of vanillin and o-vanillin in real samples, and the assay results are satisfactory.

  2. Determination of Four Active Ingredients in Vc Yinqiao Tablets by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Amperometric Detection

    L(U),Jin; WANG,Qing-Jiang; CHENG,Xi; LIU,Hai-Yan; HE,Pin-Gang; FANG,Yu-Zhi


    A simple, reliable and reproducible method, based on capillary zone electrophoresis with amperometric detection (CZE-AD), has been developed for simultaneous determination of four active ingredients in Vc Yinqiao tablets including paracetamol, vitamin C, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid. A carbon-disk electrode was used as working electrode and 0.95 V (versus SCE) was selected as detection potential. The optimal conditions of CZE experiment were 30 mmol·L-1 borate solution (pH 9.5) as running buffer, 14 kV as separation voltage and 8 s (14 kV) as electro-kinetic sampling time. Under the selected optimum conditions, paracetamol, vitamin C, caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid could be perfectly separated within 22 min, and their detection limits (S/N=3) ranged from 5 × 10-7 to 1×10-6 mol·L-1. This proposed method demonstrated good reproducibility with relative standard deviations of less than 3% for both migration time and peak current (n=7). The utility of this method was demonstrated by monitoring a kind of compound medicine named Vc Yinqiao tablets and the assay results were satisfactory.

  3. Separation of linear synthetic polymers in non-aqueous capillary zone electrophoresis using cationic surfactant.

    Yamamura, Tomoyuki; Kitagawa, Shinya; Ohtani, Hajime


    A method for separating water-insoluble and neutral synthetic polymers using non-aqueous capillary zone electrophoresis (NACZE) was developed. The non-aqueous solvent system comprising a mixture of tetrahydrofuran, acetonitrile, and ethanol containing cetyltrimethylammonium chloride was used for solubilizing and conferring positive charges to the polymers. A mixture of polystyrene (PS, Mn=6500) and polybutadiene (PBD, Mn=5900) was successfully separated by the NACZE method using cationic surfactants. Evaluation of the effect of the molecular weight of the polymers on the electrophoretic behavior demonstrated that PSs with different molecular weights (Mn=6500, 10,200, 19,600, 200,000) were co-eluted as a single peak. That is, the apparent electrophoretic mobility of the PSs was independent of the molecular weight. In contrast, evaluation of PBD and polycarbonate (PC) demonstrated that the solubility of polymers in the medium affected the apparent electrophoretic mobility of the polymers, where low solubility resulted in reduced apparent electrophoretic mobility. Using the proposed method, poly(styrene-co-methylmethacrylate)s with different compositions were successfully separated. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. A rapid and simultaneous determination of several analgesic antiinflammatory agents by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Makino, Kazutaka; Yano, Takahisa; Maiguma, Takayoshi; Teshima, Daisuke; Sendo, Toshiaki; Itoh, Yoshinori; Oishi, Ryozo


    A rapid and simultaneous determination of several analgesic antiinflammatory agents--ibuprofen, acetaminophen, indomethacin, and salicylic acid--in human serum was developed by using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) coupled with diode-array ultraviolet detection. After precipitation of serum protein with acetonitrile containing 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine as the internal standard, an aliquot of deproteinized samples was applied directly to the CZE system. It enabled us to measure all of these four agents within 6 min, and there were no peaks interfering with the assay of these agents or 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine. Both the separation and quantification of these agents in human serum were reproducible after repeated analysis within a day or day-to-day analysis. In addition, there was a good correlation for each drug (r = 0.997-0.999) between the values in serum determined by CZE analysis and those measured either by high-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection (ibuprofen and indomethacin) or by fluorescence polarization immunoassay (acetaminophen and salicylic acid). Therefore, the present CZE analysis could provide a simple, rapid, and efficient method for the identification as well as monitoring of analgesic antiinflammatory agents, particularly in serum of patients suffering from intoxication by overdosage of these agents.

  5. Determination of L-ascorbic acid in Lycopersicon fruits by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Galiana-Balaguer, L; Roselló, S; Herrero-Martínez, J M; Maquieira, A; Nuez, F


    This study shows an improved method for the determination of L-ascorbic acid (l-AA) in fruits of Lycopersicon by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Two backgrounds electrolytes (BGEs) have been tested: (i) 400 mM borate at pH 8.0 and 1 x 10(-2)% hexadimethrine bromide, for the separation of Eulycopersicon subgenus species; and (ii) as in BGE(i) but supplemented with 20% (v/v) acetonitrile, for the separation of species of the Eriopersicon subgenus. The present procedures were compared with two routine methods-enzymatic assay and potentiometric titration with 2,6-dichlorophenol-indophenol. While these routine methods presented some difficulties in quantifying l-AA in several Lycopersicon fruits, CZE was successfully applied in all the analyzed samples. The proposed CZE protocols give lower detection limits (<0.4 microg ml(-1)); are cheaper, quicker, and highly reproducible; and can be applied to analyze large series of samples (ca. 50 samples per day) which is utmost importance, not only in screening trials for internal quality and tomato breeding programs, but also in systematic and routine characterization of Lycopersicon fruits.

  6. Determination of ibuprofen and flurbiprofen in pharmaceuticals by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Hamoudová, Rafifa; Pospísilová, Marie


    Capillary zone electrophoresis with spectrophotometric detection was used for the determination of ibuprofen (IB) and flurbiprofen (FL) in pharmaceuticals. The separation was carried out in a fused silica capillary (60 cm x 100 microm i.d. effective length 45 cm) at 30 kV with UV detection at 232 nm. The optimized background electrolyte was 20mM N-(2-acetamido)-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid (ACES) with 20mM imidazole and 10mM alpha-cyclodextrin of pH 7.3. 2-Naphthoxyacetic acid was used as internal standard. A single analysis took less than 5 min. Rectilinear calibration ranges were 2-500 mg l(-1) for IB and 1-60 mg l(-1) for FL. The relative standard deviations (R.S.D.) values (n=6) were 1.53% for IB and 1.29% for FL (for 200 mg l(-1) IB and 10 mg l(-1) FL). This validated method has been successfully applied for the routine analysis of 10 commercially available pharmaceutical preparations (syrup, tablets, cream and gel).

  7. [Selection of back-ground electrolyte in capillary zone electrophoresis by triangle and tetrahedron optimization methods].

    Sun, Guoxiang; Song, Wenjing; Lin, Ting


    The triangle and tetrahedron optimization methods were developed for the selection of back-ground electrolyte (BGE) in capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Chromatographic fingerprint index F and chromatographic fingerprint relative index F(r) were used as the objective functions for the evaluation, and the extract of Saussurea involucrate by water was used as the sample. The BGE was composed of borax, boric acid, dibasic sodium phosphate and sodium dihydrogen phosphate solution with different concentrations using triangle and tetrahedron optimization methods. Re-optimization was carried out by adding organic modifier to the BGE and adjusting the pH value. In triangle method, when 50 mmol/L borax-150 mmol/L sodium dihydrogen phosphate (containing 3% acetonitrile) (1 : 1, v/v) was used as BGE, the isolation was considered to be satisfactory. In tetrahedron method, the best BGE was 50 mmol/L borax-150 mmol/L sodium dihydrogen phosphate-200 mmol/L boric acid (1 : 1 : 2, v/v/v; adjusting the pH value to 8.55 by 0.1 mol/L sodium hydroxide). There were 28 peaks and 25 peaks under the different conditions respectively. The results showed that the methods could be applied to the selection of BGE in CZE of the extract of traditional Chinese medicine by water or ethanol.

  8. Separation and determination of cefotaxime enantiomers in injections by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Wang, Rong; Jia, Zheng-Ping; Fan, Jun-Jie; Ma, Jun; Hua, Xie; Zhang, Qiang; Wang, Juan


    Cefotaxime enantiomers have specific effects on Gram-negative bacteria. For quality control of cefotaxime it was necessary to establish a method for enantioseparation by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) using cyclodextrin (CD) as a chiral selector. The effects of various parameters on enantioseparation were studied. A fused silica capillary (40 cm effective length x 75 microm ID) was used. The cefotaxime enantiomers were separated on the baseline under conditions of 0.5 mmol/L CM-beta-CD, 75 mmol/L NaH2PO4 buffer at pH 7.0 using UV detection at 280 nm. Applied voltage and capillary temperature were 20 kV and 25 degrees C, respectively. Under these conditions for enantioseparation, linear calibration curves were obtained in the range 2 approximately 160 microg/mL. The limit of detection for both isomers was less than 0.5 microg/mL. The method was used for analysis of pharmaceutical preparations (dosage forms) of cefotaxime from various factories. A simple and specific CZE method was successfully demonstrated for the separation of cefotaxime enantiomers. The enantioseparation method should be established and this method should be used to control the quality of cefotaxime.

  9. A capillary zone electrophoresis method to detect conformers and dimers of antithrombin in therapeutic preparations.

    Marie, Anne-Lise; Tran, Nguyet Thuy; Saller, François; Abdou, Youmna Mohamed; Zeau, Pascal; Plantier, Jean-Luc; Urbain, Rémi; Borgel, Delphine; Taverna, Myriam


    Antithrombin (AT) is a human plasma glycoprotein that possesses anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the native (active) form of AT is unstable and undergoes conformational changes, leading to latent, cleaved, and heterodimeric forms. The presence of these alternative forms mostly inactive can highly impact the quality and therapeutic activity of pharmaceutical AT preparations. We developed a capillary zone electrophoresis method, based on a neutral polyethylene oxide-coated capillary and a buffer close to physiological conditions, enabling the separation of more than eight forms of AT. Several peaks were identified as native, latent, and heterodimeric forms. The CZE method was reproducible with intraday relative standard deviations less than 0.5 and 2% for migration times and peak areas, respectively. The method was applied to the comparison of AT preparations produced by five competitive pharmaceutical companies, and statistical tests were performed. Important differences in the proportion of each form were highlighted. In particular, one AT preparation was shown to contain a high quantity of heterodimer, and two preparations contained high quantities of latent form. In addition, one AT preparation exhibited additional forms, not yet identified. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Microfluidic free-flow zone electrophoresis and isotachophoresis using carbon black nano-composite PDMS sidewall membranes.

    Fu, Xiaotong; Mavrogiannis, Nicholas; Ibo, Markela; Crivellari, Francesca; Gagnon, Zachary R


    We present a new type of free-flow electrophoresis (FFE) device for performing on-chip microfluidic isotachophoresis and zone electrophoresis. FFE is performed using metal gallium electrodes, which are isolated from a main microfluidic flow channel using thin micron-scale polydimethylsiloxane/carbon black (PDMS/CB) composite membranes integrated directly into the sidewalls of the microfluidic channel. The thin membrane allows for field penetration and effective electrophoresis, but serves to prevent bubble generation at the electrodes from electrolysis. We experimentally demonstrate the ability to use this platform to perform on-chip free-flow electrophoretic separation and isotachophoretic concentration. Due to the small size and simple fabrication procedure, this PDMS/CB platform could be used as a part of an on-chip upstream sample preparation toolkit for portable microfluidic diagnostic applications.

  11. Capillary Zone Electrophoresis Investigation of Interactions between Granulocyte-colony Stimulating Factor and Dextran Sulfate / Carrageenan Oligosaccharide

    Ai Ye LIANG; Yu Guang DU; Ke Yi WANG; Bing Cheng LIN


    The interactions between granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and dextran sulfate / κ-carrageenan oligosa1ccharide were studied by capillary zone electrophoresis. Dextran sulfate could strongly interact with G-CSF and the complex was detected. The binding constant and stoichiometry were determined to be 1.2x106 (mol/L)-1 and 3:1, respectively. However, the interaction between κ-carrageenan oligosaccharide and G-CSF was not found.

  12. Direct determination of phosphate esters in concentrated nitrate media by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Rivasseau, C; Lando, L; Rey-Gaurez, F; Bisel, I; Sans, D; Faucon, M; Adnet, J M


    The potential of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) for the determination of dibutyl phosphate (DBP) and monobutyl phosphate (MBP), two degradation products of the tributyl phosphate extractant used in the nuclear fuel reprocessing industry, was evaluated. Analysis conditions were optimised, taking particularly into account that many determinations had to be performed in concentrated aqueous nitrate or nitric acid solutions. Separations were therefore carried out using the counter-electroosmotic mode with cathodic detection in a pH 8.3 electrolyte containing a suitably selected chromophore, salicylate, to ensure the indirect UV detection of the analytes. Various aspects of the method, including its sensitivity, working range, repeatability, and rapidity, were examined. Quantification of both phosphate esters was achieved in less than 3 min at concentrations ranging from 2 x 10(-6) to 10(-3) mol l(-1) in samples containing no macro-component. The lower end of this range increased to 5 x 10(-6) mol l(-1) for MBP and 1.5 x 10(-5) mol l(-1) for DBP in samples containing 5 x 10(-2) mol l(-1) of sodium nitrate, thus enabling their determination in solutions containing nitrate or nitric acid at concentrations up to, respectively, 10,000 and 3000 times higher than the target analyte concentration. This simple, fast and reliable method is routinely applicable to aqueous samples with no other preliminary treatment than a proper dilution; analysis was also performed in organic matrices after a prior extraction. The method was validated by an excellent correlation with the standard DBP analysis technique, gas chromatography (GC). In order to develop appropriate chemical treatments to destroy these compounds, the method was applied to the monitoring of DBP and MBP degradation by hydrogen peroxide in 1 mol l(-1) nitric acid solutions.

  13. Capillary zone electrophoresis for enumeration of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus in yogurt.

    Lim, Orathai; Suntornsuk, Worapot; Suntornsuk, Leena


    Enumeration of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus is a priority due to their importance in yogurt production. Capillary electrophoresis (CE) of both bacteria could be achieved in 7.2 min with a resolution of 3.2 in the background electrolyte (BGE) containing 4.5mM Tris(hydroxymethyl) amminomethane (TRIS)-4.5 mM boric acid-0.1 mM ethylenediamine tetraacetate (EDTA) (TBE) buffer (pH 8.4) and 0.05% (v/v) polyethylene oxide (PEO), using a capillary of 47.5 cm (effective length) x 100 microm i.d., injection of 50 mbar x 3s followed by -5kV x 120s, a voltage and temperature of 20 kV and 25 degrees C, respectively. Appropriate amounts of PEO in the BGE, sample preparation (i.e. vortex) and introduction were key factors for their separation. A short hydrodynamic injection followed by applying reversed polarity voltage could compress the bacteria into narrow zones, which were detected as separated single peaks. Method linearity (r(2)>0.99), precision (%RSDsyogurt were not statistically different from those of the plate count method (P>0.05). The CE method can be used as an alternative for quantitation of L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus in yogurt since it was reliable, simple, cost and labor effective and rapid, allowing the analysis of 3 samples/h (comparing to 2d/sample by plate count method).

  14. Determination of lipoic acid in human urine by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Kubalczyk, Paweł; Głowacki, Rafał


    Fast, simple, and accurate CE method enabling determination of lipoic acid (LA) in human urine has been developed and validated. LA is a disulfide-containing natural compound absorbed from the organism's diet. Due to powerful antioxidant activity, LA has been used for prevention and treatment of various diseases and disorders, e.g. cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer. The proposed analytical procedure consists of liquid-liquid sample extraction, reduction of LA with tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine, derivatization with 1-benzyl-2-chloropyridinium bromide (BCPB) followed by field amplified sample injection stacking, capillary zone electrophoresis separation, and ultraviolet-absorbance detection of LA-BCPB derivative at 322 nm. Effective baseline electrophoretic separation was achieved within 6 min under the separation voltage of 20 kV (∼80 μA) using a standard fused-silica capillary (effective length 51.5 cm, 75 μm id) and BGE consisted of 0.05 mol/L borate buffer adjusted to pH 9. The experimentally determined limit of detection for LA in urine was 1.2 μmol/L. The calibration curve obtained for LA in urine showed linearity in the range 2.5-80 μmol/L, with R(2) 0.9998. The relative standard deviation of the points of the calibration curve was lower than 10%. The analytical procedure was successfully applied to analysis of real urine samples from seven healthy volunteers who received single 100 mg dose of LA. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Analysis of Proteins, Protein Complexes, and Organellar Proteomes Using Sheathless Capillary Zone Electrophoresis - Native Mass Spectrometry

    Belov, Arseniy M.; Viner, Rosa; Santos, Marcia R.; Horn, David M.; Bern, Marshall; Karger, Barry L.; Ivanov, Alexander R.


    Native mass spectrometry (MS) is a rapidly advancing field in the analysis of proteins, protein complexes, and macromolecular species of various types. The majority of native MS experiments reported to-date has been conducted using direct infusion of purified analytes into a mass spectrometer. In this study, capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) was coupled online to Orbitrap mass spectrometers using a commercial sheathless interface to enable high-performance separation, identification, and structural characterization of limited amounts of purified proteins and protein complexes, the latter with preserved non-covalent associations under native conditions. The performance of both bare-fused silica and polyacrylamide-coated capillaries was assessed using mixtures of protein standards known to form non-covalent protein-protein and protein-ligand complexes. High-efficiency separation of native complexes is demonstrated using both capillary types, while the polyacrylamide neutral-coated capillary showed better reproducibility and higher efficiency for more complex samples. The platform was then evaluated for the determination of monoclonal antibody aggregation and for analysis of proteomes of limited complexity using a ribosomal isolate from E. coli. Native CZE-MS, using accurate single stage and tandem-MS measurements, enabled identification of proteoforms and non-covalent complexes at femtomole levels. This study demonstrates that native CZE-MS can serve as an orthogonal and complementary technique to conventional native MS methodologies with the advantages of low sample consumption, minimal sample processing and losses, and high throughput and sensitivity. This study presents a novel platform for analysis of ribosomes and other macromolecular complexes and organelles, with the potential for discovery of novel structural features defining cellular phenotypes (e.g., specialized ribosomes). [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  16. Detection of hereditary bisalbuminemia in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus, Montagu 1821): comparison between capillary zone and agarose gel electrophoresis.

    Gili, Claudia; Bonsembiante, Federico; Bonanni, Renzo; Giordano, Alessia; Ledda, Sabina; Beffagna, Giorgia; Paltrinieri, Saverio; Sommer, Matteo; Gelain, Maria Elena


    Hereditary bisalbuminemia is a relatively rare anomaly characterized by the occurrence of two albumin fractions on serum protein separation by electrophoresis. In human medicine, it is usually revealed by chance, is not been clearly associated with a specific disease and the causative genetic alteration is a point mutation of human serum albumin gene inherited in an autosomal codominant pattern. This type of alteration is well recognizable by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE), whilst agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE) not always produces a clear separation of albumin fractions. The aims of this study is to report the presence of this abnormality in two separate groups of related bottlenose dolphins and to compare the results obtained with capillary zone and agarose gel electrophoresis. Serum samples from 40 bottlenose dolphins kept under human care were analyzed. In 9 samples a double albumin peak was evident in CZE electrophoresis while no double peak was noted in AGE profile. Since only an apparently wider albumin peaks were noted in some AGE electrophoretic profiles, the ratio between base and height (b/h) of the albumin peak was calculated and each point-value recorded in the whole set of data was used to calculate a receiver operating characteristic curve: when the b/h ratio of albumin peak was equal or higher than 0.25, the sensitivity and specificity of AGE to detect bisalbuminemic samples were 87 and 63 %, respectively. The bisalbuminemic dolphins belong to two distinct families: in the first family, all the siblings derived from the same normal sire were bisalbuminemic, whereas in the second family bisalbuminemia was present in a sire and in two out of three siblings. We report for the first time the presence of hereditary bisalbuminemia in two groups of related bottlenose dolphins identified by means of CZE and we confirm that AGE could fail in the identification of this alteration.

  17. p-Hydrazinobenzenesulfonic Acid Derivatives of Carbohydrates and Their Capillary Zone Electrophoresis


    p-Hydrazinobenzenesulfonic acid is explored as a novel ultraviolet labeling reagent for capillary electrophoresis (CE) of mono- and disaccharides. The labeling reaction takes less than 10 minutes and introduces both of absorption and charge groups into the sugars.

  18. [Analysis of tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake in foods by capillary zone electrophoresis].

    Zhang, Yiding; Chang, Cuilan; Guo, Qilei; Cao, Hong; Bai, Yu; Liu, Huwei


    A novel analytical method for tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) was studied. The pigments contained in the color lakes were successfully separated from the aluminum matrix in the pre-treatment process, which included the following steps: dissolve the color lakes in 0.1 mol/L H2SO4, adjust the pH of the solution to 5.0, then mix it with the solution of EDTA x 2Na and heat it in a water bath, then use polyamide powder as the stationary phase of solid phase extraction to separate the pigments from the solution, and finally elute the pigments with 0.1 mol/L NaOH. The CZE conditions systematically optimized for tartrazine aluminum lake were: 48.50 cm of a fused silica capillary with 40.00 cm effective length and 50 microm i. d., the temperature controlled at 20.0 degrees C, 29.0 kV applied, HPO4(2-)-PO4(3-) (0.015 mol/L, pH 11.45) solution as running buffer, detection at 263 nm. The conditions for sunset yellow aluminum lake were: the same capillary and temperature, 25.0 kV applied, HPO4(2-)-PO4(3-) (0.025 mol/L, pH 11.45) solution as running buffer, detection at 240 nm. The limits of detection were 0.26 mg/L and 0.27 mg/L, and the linear ranges were 0.53-1.3 x 10(2) mg/L and 0.54-1.4 x 10(2) mg/L for tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake, respectively. The RSDs were 4.3% and 5.7% (run to run, n = 6), 5.6% and 6.0% (day to day, n = 6) for tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake, respectively. Further developments for this method could make it a routinely used method analyzing color lakes in foods.

  19. Capillary zone electrophoresis analysis and detection of mid-spectrum biological warfare agents. Suffield memorandum No. 1463

    Boulet, C.A.


    Mid-spectrum biological warfare agents such as proteins, peptides, and toxins are often difficult to analyze and often require individually developed assay methods for detection and identification. In this regard, capillary electrophoresis is an important, emerging technique for separation and quantitation of peptides and proteins, providing separation efficiencies up to two orders of magnitude greater than high performance liquid chromatography. The technique can also analyze a broad range of compounds, has a simple instrument design which can be automated, and has low sample volume requirements. In this study, a highly efficient and reproducible capillary zone electrophoresis method was developed to separate and identify a series of nine peptides of defense interest including bradykinin, leucine enkephalin, and oxytocin. The paper demonstrates three strategies which could be used in a fully automated field detection and identification system for unknown peptides.

  20. Characterization and stability of gold nanoparticles depending on their surface chemistry: Contribution of capillary zone electrophoresis to a quality control.

    Pallotta, Arnaud; Boudier, Ariane; Leroy, Pierre; Clarot, Igor


    Four kinds of gold nanoparticles (AuNP) quite similar in terms of gold core size (ca. 5nm) and shape (spherical) but differing by their surface chemistry (either negatively, or positively charged, or neutral) were synthesized. They were analyzed using both the classical physicochemical approach (spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering coupled or not to electrophoresis and transmission electron microscopy) and capillary zone electrophoresis equipped with photodiode array detection. The results obtained by both methodologies (related to Surface Plasmon Band-maximal absorbance wavelength-, and zeta potential and electrophoretic mobilities) were well correlated. Moreover, taking advantage of the separation method, the sample heterogeneity was evaluated and an impurity profile was extracted. This allowed setting some specifications which were then applied on the one hand to a batch-to-batch survey to declare NP as conform or not after production and on the other hand to a stability study.

  1. Diagnosis of a rare double heterozygous Hb D Punjab/Hb Q India hemoglobinopathy using Sebia capillary zone electrophoresis

    Sushama Parab


    Full Text Available In India, hemoglobinopathies constitute a major genetic disorder and hemoglobin variants such as Hb S, Hb D Punjab, and Hb E are the most common ones. Other variants include Hb Q India, Hb Lepore, Hb J Meerut, Hb D Iran, etc. These variants show heterozygous state along with beta thalassemia. However, compound heterozygosities among these variants are very rare. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid whole blood sample received for routine thalassemia screening was subjected to alkaline electrophoresis using automated capillary zone electrophoresis. Suspecting the presence of rare variants, further analysis was carried out using Bio-Rad D10 and Tosoh G8 high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC systems. Capillary zone electrophoretograms showed the presence of peaks in zone Hb A, Hb D, a fused peak in Hb A2, and a small peak in Z1 zone. Bio-Rad and Tosoh chromatograms also indicated the presence of four peaks which are identified as Hb A, Hb D Punjab, Hb Q India, and hybrid of Hb D Punjab/Hb Q India. A peak in Hb D zone of capillary was due to co-migration of Hb D Punjab and Hb Q India variants. Small peak in Z1 zone indicated the presence of alpha chain variant Hb Q India. The findings were further confirmed by HPLC results and molecular genetic studies. The present study reports for the 1 st time a rare hemoglobinopathy of double heterozygosity for Hb D Punjab, Hb Q India on Capillarys 2 Flex Piercing analyzer and is forth reported case for this rare hemoglobinopathy.

  2. A comparative study of capillary zone electrophoresis and pH-potentiometry for determination of dissociation constants.

    Andrasi, Melinda; Buglyo, Peter; Zekany, Laszlo; Gaspar, Attila


    Acidity constants of six cephalosporin antibiotics, cefalexin, cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefotaxim, cefoperazon and cefoxitin are determined using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) and pH-potentiometric titrations. Since CZE is a separation method, it is not necessary for the samples to be of high purity and known concentration because only mobilities are measured. The effect on determination of dissociation constants of different matrices (serum, 0.9% NaCl, fermentation matrix) was examined. The advantages of CZE can be utilized in those fields where potentiometry has limitations (sample quantity, solubility, purity, simultaneous determinations), although pK(a) values that are close to each other can be determined by potentiometry with more accuracy.

  3. On-Line Multichannel Raman Spectroscopic Detection System For Capillary Zone Electrophoresis


    An on-line multichannel Raman spectroscopic detection system for capillary electrophoresis was established by using an Ar+ laser and a cryogenically cooled ICCD. Resonant excitation Raman spectra of methyl red and methyl orange were employed to test the system. The result shows that it could yield on-line electrophoretogram and time series of Raman spectra.

  4. Tectonic evolution of the Palmyra zone, Syria

    O' Keefe, F.X.; Sengor, A.M.C. (Amoco production Co., Houston, TX (USA))


    The Palmyra foldbelt extends approximately 350 km northeast from its intersection with the Dead Sea transform near Damascus. The surface expression of this feature is a southeast-verging fold-and-thrust belt that brings rocks as old as Triassic to the surface in fault contact with Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary rocks. The palmyra region is first recognized as a subsiding trough from at least Triassic and possibly Permian time through middle Tertiary. This subsidence increases south-westward, reaching a reported maximum of 6 km of sediment north of Damascus, and is related to right-lateral motion along the eastern margin of the opening southern branch of the Neotethys sea as the Cimmerian continent moved northward away from northeast AFrica during Permian-Triassic time. Extension and subsidence continued through the Jurassic and Cretaceous, interrupted by uplift and erosion from Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous in the northeastern part of the zone. Compression and inversion of the Palmyra zone begin during Miocene time with the initiation of left-lateral displacement on the Dead Sea transform system related to the continued opening of the Red Sea and the failure of the Gulf of Suez rift system. Approximately 105 km of offset are reported for the Dead Sea transform along the Jordan-Israel border segment, while 60 km are reported in Syria north of Lebanon. The Palmyra foldbelt accommodates this discrepancy through oblique shortening, possibly utilizing pre-existing extensional fault systems.

  5. New electrolyte systems for capillary zone electrophoresis of metal cations and non-ionic organic compounds

    Shi, Y.


    Excellent separations of metal ions can be obtained very quickly by capillary electrophoresis provided a weak complexing reagent is incorporated into the electrolyte to alter the effective mobilities of the sample ions. Indirect photometric detection is possible by also adding a UV-sensitive ion to the electrolyte. Separations are described using phthalate, tartrate, lactate or hydroxyisobutyrate as the complexing reagent. A separation of twenty-seven metal ions was achieved in only 6 min using a lactate system. A mechanism for the separation of lanthanides is proposed for the hydroxyisobutyrate system.

  6. Determination of amitrole and urazole in water samples by capillary zone electrophoresis using simultaneous UV and amperometrical detection.

    Chicharro, M; Moreno, M; Bermejo, E; Ongay, S; Zapardiel, A


    In this paper, capillary zone electrophoresis with amperometric detection (CZE-AD) was first applied to the simultaneous separation and determination of amitrole and urazole in water samples. A simple end-column electrochemical detector was used in combination with a commercially available capillary electrophoresis instrument with UV detection. The effects of several important factors were investigated to find optimum conditions. A carbon disk electrode was used as working electrode. Separation and determination of these compounds in water samples were performed in 0.030 mol l(-1) acetate buffers at pH 4.5, 25 kV as separation voltage and the samples were introduced by hydrodynamic mode for 1.5 s. Most of the studies realized showed that the direct electrochemical detection is more sensitive and selective than UV detection. Under the optimum conditions, excellent linearity was observed between peak amperometric signal and analyte concentrations in the range of 0.19-1.35 mg l(-1) for amitrole and 0.20-1.62 mg l(-1) for urazole. The detection limits were 63 and 68 microg l(-1) for amitrole and urazole, respectively. The utility of this method was demonstrated by monitoring water samples, and the assay results were satisfactory. The detection limits using a previous preconcentration step for amitrole and urazole in spiked mineral water samples were 0.6 and 1.0 microg l(-1) for amitrole and urazole, respectively.

  7. Study of Interaction between Red-tide Toxin, Domoic Acid and Double -stranded DNA by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    Da Zhi LI; Xin Ya HE; Hui WANG; Li SUN; Bing Cheng LIN


    The interactions between amnesic red-tide toxin, domoic acid (DA) and 14mer double-stranded DNA (dsDNA with three kinds of sequences) were studied by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). For the dsDNA with a sequence of 5'-CCCCCTATACCCGC-3', the amount of free dsDNA decreases with the increase of added DA; and the signal of DA-dsDNA complex was observed. Meanwhile, the other two dsDNAs, 5'-(C)12GC-3' and 5'-(AT)7-3', the existence of DA could not lead to the change of dsDNA signal and indicated that there is no interaction between DA and these two dsDNAs.

  8. Rapid differentiation of commercial juices and blends by using sugar profiles obtained by capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect UV detection.

    Navarro-Pascual-Ahuir, María; Lerma-García, María Jesús; Simó-Alfonso, Ernesto F; Herrero-Martínez, José Manuel


    A method for the determination of sugars in several fruit juices and nectars by capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect UV-vis detection has been developed. Under optimal conditions, commercial fruit juices and nectars from several fruits were analyzed, and the sugar and cyclamate contents were quantified in less than 6 min. A study for the detection of blends of high-value juices (orange and pineapple) with cheaper alternatives was also developed. For this purpose, different chemometric techniques, based on sugar content ratios, were applied. Linear discriminant analysis showed that fruit juices can be distinguished according to the fruit type, juice blends also being differentiated. Multiple linear regression models were also constructed to predict the adulteration of orange and pineapple juices with grape juice. This simple and reliable methodology provides a rapid analysis of fruit juices of economic importance, which is relevant for quality control purposes in food industries and regulatory agencies.

  9. Determination of the Acid-Base Dissociation Constant of Acid-Degradable Hexamethylenetetramine by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis.

    Takayanagi, Toshio; Shimakami, Natsumi; Kurashina, Masashi; Mizuguchi, Hitoshi; Yabutani, Tomoki


    The acid-base equilibrium of hexamethylenetetramine (hexamine) was analyzed with its effective electrophoretic mobility by capillary zone electrophoresis. Although hexamine is degradable in a weakly acidic aqueous solution, and the degraded products of ammonia and formaldehyde can be formed, the effective electrophoretic mobility of hexamine was measured in the pH range between 2.8 and 6.9. An acid-base dissociation equilibrium of the protonated hexamine was analyzed based on the mobility change, and an acid dissociation constant of pKa = 4.93 ± 0.01 (mean ± standard error, ionic strength: 0.020 mol dm(-3)) was determined. The monoprotic acid-base equilibrium of hexamine was confirmed through comparisons of its electrophoretic mobility with the N-ethylquinolinium ion and with the monocationic N-ethyl derivative of hexamine, as well as a slope analysis of the dissociation equilibrium.

  10. Simultaneous analysis of acidulants and preservatives in food samples by using capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect UV detection.

    Yoshikawa, Kenji; Saito, Shintaro; Sakuragawa, Akio


    Capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect UV detection was developed for the simultaneous analysis of acidulants and preservatives in food samples. When a solution of tris (hydroxymethyl) aminomethane, trimellitic acid and poly (vinyl alcohol) was used as the background electrolyte, the nine acidulants and four preservatives listed in the Japanese Food Sanitation Law were detected within 8min. The calibration curves plotted from the peak height of each analyte were linear with a correlation coefficient of 0.99. The relative standard deviations (n=10) of the peak height ranged from 1.2% to 4.7%. The detection limits for these species ranged from 0.6 to 5.3mg/L at a signal-to-noise ratio of three. The method developed method was applied to the simultaneous analysis of acidulants and preservatives in a wide variety of food samples.

  11. Analysis of Phenolic Compounds in Coke Plant Wastewater by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Inhibited Chemiluminescence Detection

    Xiang Dong XU; Yong Gang HU; Ze Yu YANG


    A capillary electrophoresis(CE) with on-line inhibited chemiluminescence (CL) detection was firstly used for the simultaneous analysis of benzenediol isomers and phenol. It is based on the quenching effect of benzenediol isomers and phenol on the chemiluminescence reaction of luminol with potassium ferricyanide in sodium hydroxide medium. Under the optimum conditions, the four phenols were baseline separated and detected in less than 10 min.The detection limits (S/N=3) for hydroquinone, resorcinol, catechol and phenol were 2.9×10-8mol/L, 3.7×10-7 mol/L, 8.4×10-8 mol/L and 4.4×10-6 mol/L, respectively. Finally, the presented method has been successfully applied to real sample.

  12. Separation of arginase isoforms by capillary zone electrophoresis and isoelectric focusing in density gradient column.

    Pedrosa, M M; Legaz, M E


    Four major arginase isoforms, I, II, III and IV, have been detected in Evernia prunastri thallus. They differ in terms of both physical and biochemical properties. The isoelectric point (pI) of these proteins has been determined by both isoelectric focusing in density gradient column and high-performance capillary electrophoresis (HPCE). Isoelectric focusing revealed charge microheterogeneity for isoforms II and IV whereas arginases I and II had the same pI value of 5.8. HPCE separation confirmed this charge microheterogeneity for isoform IV but not for isoform III, and provided evidence of microheterogeneity for isoforms I and II. The effect of various electrolyte buffers and running conditions on the HPCE separation of arginase isoform were investigated. Addition of 0.5 mM spermidine (SPD) to the running buffer reduced the electroosmotic flow (EOF) and permitted discriminating between the native proteins and protein fragments.

  13. Analysis of Amino Acids in a Single Human Red Blood Cell by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Intracellular NDA—derivatization and Electrochemical Detection

    QianDONG; XiaoLeiWANG; 等


    A novel method for determination of amino acids in individual red blood cells has been developed. In this method, the derivatization reagents (NDA and CN-) are introduced into living cells by electroporation. After completion of derivatization,the amino acids in a single cell is determined by capillary zone electrophoresis with end-column amperometric detection.

  14. Analysis of Amino Acids in a Single Human Red Blood Cell by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Intracellular NDA derivatization and Electrochemical Detection


    A novel method for detcrmination of amino acids in individual human red blood cells has been dcveloped. In this method, the derivatization reagents (NDA and CN-) are introduced into living cells by clcctroporation. After completion of derivatization, the amino acids in a single cell is determined by capillary zone electrophoresis with end-column ampcrometric detection.

  15. Enantioselective analysis of fluoxetine in pharmaceutical formulations by capillary zone electrophoresis

    Melania Cârcu-Dobrin


    Full Text Available Fluoxetine is an antidepressant, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI used primarily in the treatment of major depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Chiral separation of racemic fluoxetine is necessary due to its enantioselective metabolism. In order to develop a suitable method for chiral separation of fluoxetine, cyclodextrin (CD modified capillary electrophoresis (CE was employed. A large number of native and derivatized, neutral and ionized CD derivatives were screened to find the optimal chiral selector. As a result of this process, heptakis(2,3,6-tri-O-methyl-β-CD (TRIMEB was selected for enantiomeric discrimination. A factorial analysis study was performed by orthogonal experimental design in which several factors are varied at the same time to optimize the separation method. The optimized method (50 mM phosphate buffer, pH = 5.0, 10 mM TRIMEB, 15 °C, + 20 kV, 50 mbar/1 s, detection at 230 nm was successful for baseline separation of fluoxetine enantiomers within 5 min. Our method was validated according to ICH guidelines and proved to be sensitive, linear, accurate and precise for the chiral separation of fluoxetine.

  16. Determination of bromate in drinking water by zone electrophoresis-isotachophoresis on a column-coupling chip with conductivity detection.

    Bodor, Róbert; Kaniansky, Dusan; Masár, Marián; Silleová, Katarína; Stanislawski, Bernd


    The use of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) on-line coupled with isotachophoresis (ITP) sample pretreatment (ITP-CZE) on a poly(methylmethacrylate) chip, provided with two separation channels in the column-coupling (CC) arrangement and on-column conductivity detection sensors, to the determination of bromate in drinking water was investigated. Hydrodynamic and electroosmotic flows of the solution in the separation compartment of the chip were suppressed and electrophoresis was a dominant transport process in the ITP-CZE separations. A high sample load capacity, linked with the use of ITP in this combination, made possible loading of the samples by a 9.2 microL sample injection channel of the chip. In addition, bromate was concentrated by a factor of 10(3) or more in the ITP stage of the separation and, therefore, its transfer to the CZE stage characterized negligible injection dispersion. This, along with a favorable electric conductivity of the carrier electrolyte solution, contributed to a 20 nmol/L (2.5 ppb) limit of detection for bromate in the CZE stage. Sample cleanup, integrated into the ITP stage, effectively complemented such a detection sensitivity and bromate could be quantified in drinking water matrices when its concentration was 80 nmol/L (10 ppb) or slightly less while the concentrations of anionic macroconstituent (chloride, sulfate, nitrate) in the loaded sample corresponding to a 2 mmol/L (70 ppm) concentration of chloride were still tolerable. The samples containing macroconstituents at higher concentrations required appropriate dilutions and, consequently, bromate in these samples could be directly determined only at proportionally higher concentrations.

  17. Self-Adaptive Differential Evolution Algorithm With Zoning Evolution of Control Parameters and Adaptive Mutation Strategies.

    Fan, Qinqin; Yan, Xuefeng


    The performance of the differential evolution (DE) algorithm is significantly affected by the choice of mutation strategies and control parameters. Maintaining the search capability of various control parameter combinations throughout the entire evolution process is also a key issue. A self-adaptive DE algorithm with zoning evolution of control parameters and adaptive mutation strategies is proposed in this paper. In the proposed algorithm, the mutation strategies are automatically adjusted with population evolution, and the control parameters evolve in their own zoning to self-adapt and discover near optimal values autonomously. The proposed algorithm is compared with five state-of-the-art DE algorithm variants according to a set of benchmark test functions. Furthermore, seven nonparametric statistical tests are implemented to analyze the experimental results. The results indicate that the overall performance of the proposed algorithm is better than those of the five existing improved algorithms.

  18. Determination of Five Organic Acids in Radix Isatidis by Column Partition Chromatography and Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    CHAIYi-fen; JISong-gang; ZHANGGuo-qing; LIUChang-hai


    Aim To determine five organic acids in Radix lsatidis. Method The extraction method and the column partition chromatographic conditiom were studied. Then a capillary zone dectrophorefic method was set up for the determina-tion. Results The linear ranges of quinazolinone acid, n-anthranilic acid, benzoic acid, salicylic acid, and syringic acid were 5.52 - 92.0μg·mL-1 , 5.12 - 102μg·mL-1 , 2.28 - 84.4μg·mL-1, 4.78 - 159 μg·mL-1, and 1.74- 87.0μg·mL-1 respectively. Conclusion The established method is accurate and simple.

  19. Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Amperometric Detection for Composition Analysis of Laminarin

    王清江; 丁飞; 李辉; 何品刚; 方禹之


    The composition of laminartn was firstly determined by analyz-ing its hydrolysis monosaccharides with capillary zone elec.lected opamum conditions, fucose, galactose, glucose, man-nose and xylose, which are hydrolysis products of iaminarin,could be perfectly separated within 20 min and showed signifi-cant current responses at copper electrodes. The linear ranges of fucose, galactose and glucose were from 1.0 × 10-6 to 2.0 ×10-4 mol·L-1, those of mannose and xylose were from 1.0×10-6 to 2.0× 10-4 mol·L-1, and their detect/on limits were at 10-7mol·L-1 level (S/N =3). The molar ratio of fucose,galactose,glucose,mannose and xylose in laminartn was 10.5:2.8:1.0:7.3:3.4 and the purity of this polysaccharide leached by the introduced leaching method was 95.7%. Compared to usual UV-vis and other spectrometric methods, analyzing polysaccharide by this method has some merit sof quickness,low-volume sampling,simple instrumentation,high sensitivity and high reproducibility.

  20. Validated Method for the Determination of Piroxicam by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis and Its Application to Tablets

    Arın Gül Dal


    piroxicam in tablets. The separation of piroxicam was conducted in a fused-silica capillary by using 10 mM borate buffer (pH 9.0 containing 10% (v/v methanol as background electrolyte. The optimum conditions determined were 25 kV for separation voltage and 1 s for injection time. Analysis was carried out with UV detection at 204 nm. Naproxen sodium was used as an internal standard. The method was linear over the range of 0.23–28.79 µg/mL. The accuracy and precision were found to be satisfied within the acceptable limits (<2%. The LOD and LOQ were found to be 0.07 and 0.19 µg/mL, respectively. The method described here was applied to tablet dosage forms and the content of a tablet was found in the limits of USP-24 suggestions. To compare the results of capillary electrophoretic method, UV spectrophotometric method was developed and the difference between two methods was found to be insignificant. The capillary zone electrophoretic method developed in this study is rapid, simple, and suitable for routine analysis of piroxicam in pharmaceutical tablets.

  1. Capillary zone electrophoresis for determination of vildagliptin (a DPP-4 inhibitor) in pharmaceutical formulation and comparative study with HPLC.

    Barden, A T; Piccoli, B L; Volpato, N M; Schapoval, E E S; Steppe, M


    A stability-indicating capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method was validated for the determination of vildagliptin (VLG) in pharmaceutical dosage forms using ranitidine hydrochloride (RH) as internal standard. The CZE method was carried out in a fused silica capillary (64.5 cm total length and 56.0 cm effective length, 50 microm i.d.) by applying a potential of 25 kV (positive polarity), hydrodynamic injection by 50 mbar for 5 s and the temperature of the capillary cartridge was 25 degreesC. The selected background electrolyte (BGE) consisted of 25 mM potassium phosphate (pH 8.0) with UV/PDA detection at 207 nm. The electrophoretic separation was obtained within 6 min and was linear in the range of 50-200 microg/mL (r= 0.9994). The specificity and the stability-indicating capability were demonstrated through degradation studies, which also showed that there was no interference of the formulation excipients. The method was validated in accordance to ICH guidelines acceptance criteria for specificity, linearity, precision, accuracy, robustness and system suitability. The proposed method was compared with HPLC method previously validated for this drug, and statistical analysis showed no significant difference between the methods.

  2. Determination of synthetic dyes in food products by capillary zone electrophoresis in a hydrodynamically closed separation compartment.

    Masár, M; Kaniansky, D


    The application of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) in a hydrodynamically closed separation system to determine synthetic food colorants added to food products was investigated. The CZE separations were carried out in a 300-micron-i.d. capillary tube made of fluorinated ethylene-propylene copolymer. The inner diameter of the capillary tube made it possible to enhance sample loads (100-nL injection volumes) so that 10-300 ppb limits of detection (LOD) values could be achieved for the studied dyes by a photometric absorbance detector operating at a 254-nm detection wave-length. With the exception of erythrosine (which exhibited a residual adsorption), very good reproducibilities of the determination were typical for 4- and 32-ppm concentrations of the dyes. This rapid CZE procedure (migration times of the resolved analytes were between 2.5 and 10.5 min) provided good selectivities in the determination of the dyes in various food matrices (soft drink concentrates, liqueurs, and chewing gums). Simple sample preparation steps were effective for the sample matrices used in the investigation.

  3. [Rapid determination of lactose, sucrose, glucose and fructose in foods by capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect ultraviolet detection].

    Zhang, Huanhuan; Li, Jiang; Zhao, Shan; Ding, Xiaojing; Wang, Zhi


    A new and rapid method for the simultaneous determination of lactose, sucrose, glucose and fructose by capillary zone electrophoresis ( CZE) with indirect ultraviolet detection was developed. The separation was completed with an uncoated fused-silica capillary with 30.2 cm of total length (effective length of 20 cm) x 50 µm. The separation buffer consisted of 4 mmol/L potassium sorbate, 10 mmol/L sodium phosphate, 30 mmol/L NaOH (pH 12. 56) and 0. 5 mmol/L hexadecytrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). The separation was performed at a voltage of -8 kV with the ultraviolet detection at 254 nm. The analysis of the four carbohydrates was completed within 10 min. The limits of detection (S/N= 3) for lactose, sucrose, glucose and fructose were 50, 75, 25 and 25 mg/L, and the limits of quantification (S/N = 10) were 150, 225, 75 and 75 mg/L, respectively. The average recoveries for the four carbohydrates were in the range of 87.0%-107.0% with the relative standard deviations of 1.2%-4.7%. No organic solvent was consumed throughout the whole process of the analysis. The method was used for the analysis of nine food samples and a quality control sample. The results demonstrated that the method is simple, rapid, accurate, and suitable for the routine analysis of the four carbohydrates in food samples.

  4. Determination of eight illegal drugs in human urine by combination of magnetic solid-phase extraction with capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Chen, Ming-Luan; Suo, Li-Li; Gao, Qiang; Feng, Yu-Qi


    Using magnetite/silica/poly(methacrylic acid-co-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) (Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)/poly(MAA-co-EDMA)) magnetic microspheres, a rapid and high-throughput magnetic solid-phase extraction coupled with capillary zone electrophoresis (MSPE-CZE) method was developed for the determination of illegal drugs (ketamine, amphetamines, opiates, and metabolites). The MSPE of target analytes could be completed within 2 min, and the eight target analytes could be baseline separated within 15 min by CZE with 30 mM phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH 2.0) containing 15% v/v ACN as background electrolyte. Furthermore, hydrodynamic injection with field-amplified sample stacking (FASS) was employed to enhance the sensitivity of this MSPE-CZE method. Under such optimal conditions, the limits of detection for the eight target analytes ranged from 0.015 to 0.105 μg/mL. The application feasibility of MSPE-CZE in illegal drugs monitoring was demonstrated by analyzing urine samples, and the recoveries of target drugs for the spiked sample ranging from 85.4 to 110.1%. The method reproducibility was tested by evaluating the intra- and interday precisions, and relative standard deviations of <10.3 and 12.4%, respectively, were obtained. To increase throughput of the analysis, a home-made MSPE array that has potential application to the treatment of 96 samples simultaneously was used.

  5. On-line two-step stacking in capillary zone electrophoresis for the preconcentration of strychnine and brucine.

    Yang, Xiumin; Zhang, Shuaihua; Wang, Juntao; Wang, Chun; Wang, Zhi


    An on-line sample preconcentration method by two-step stacking i.e., sweeping and micelle to solvent stacking, in capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) has been developed for the determination of strychnine and brucine in traditional Chinese herbal medicines. After experimental optimizations, the best separation was achieved by using 75 mM phosphate buffer (pH 2.5) with 30% methanol (v/v). Compared with normal CZE injection, 51- and 38-fold improvement in concentration sensitivity was achieved for strychnine and brucine, respectively. The calibration curve was linear in the range of 0.1-5.0 μg mL(-1) for both strychnine and brucine, with the correlation coefficients of 0.9998 and 0.9997, respectively. The limits of detection (S/N=3) for both alkaloids were 0.01 μg mL(-1). The inter-day (n=8) and intra-day (n=5) reproducibilities expressed as the relative standard deviations for corrected peak area were less than 9.5%. The method was applied to determine strychnine and brucine in two Chinese herbal medicines, with recoveries ranging from 94.2% to 105.4%. The results indicated that the method is simple, rapid, reliable, and can be applied to determine strychnos alkaloids in traditional Chinese herbal medicines. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Clinical application of a rapid microbiological test based on capillary zone electrophoresis to assess local skin infection

    Szeliga Jacek


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The basic clinical problem associated with infection treatment is the fact that classic, commonly and routinely used isolation and identification methods are based on long-term processes of a phenotypic analysis of microorganisms. Consequently sometimes, especially in small centres, rapid implementation of antibacterial treatment becomes delayed. The work presents the initial results of rapid microbiological identification based on an original method of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE. The study involved the analysis of 78 biological samples from post-operative wounds and trophic ulcers. Results The attempt was made to identify individual bacterial species based on characteristic features of electropherograms achieved. Finally, G(+ cocci type bacteria and different G(- rods were identified with sensitivity of 88.1% and specificity of 100%. Conclusions Based on the clinical trials using an electrophoretic technique in the field of microbiological diagnostics of infected exudate from a post-operative wound it can be concluded that it is a rapid and relatively sensitive method for initial identification of infectious pathogens.

  7. Comparison of chiral recognition capabilities of cyclodextrins for the separation of basic drugs in capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Jin, L J; Li, S F


    The enantiomeric separation of some racemic anti-histamines and anti-malarials, namely (+/-)-pheniramine, (+/-)-brompheniramine, (+/-)-chlorpheniramine, (+/-)-doxylamine, and (+/-)-chloroquine, was investigated by capillary zone electrophoresis. The enantiomeric separation of five compounds was obtained by addition of approximately 7 mM (1%, w/v) sulfated-beta-cyclodextrin into the buffer as a chiral selector. The effects of sulfated-beta-cyclodextrin concentration and buffer pH on migration and resolution are discussed. Two other cyclodextrins, carboxyethylated-beta-cyclodextrin and hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin were also investigated. Four of the racemic compounds were resolved using 14 mM (2%, w/v) carboxyethylated-beta-cyclodextrin while 28 mM (4%, w/v) hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin resolved only two of them. It was found that the type of substituent and the degree of substitution on the rim of the CD structure played an important role in enhancing the chiral recognition. Cyclodextrins with negatively charged substituents and higher degree of substitution on the rim of the structure proved to give better resolution to the cationic racemic compounds compared with cyclodextrin with neutral substituents. This is due to the countercurrent mobility of the negatively charged cyclodextrin relative to the cationic analytes thus allowing for a smaller difference in interaction constants to achieve a successful resolution of enantiomers. Furthermore, lower concentrations of negatively charged cyclodextrins were necessary to achieve the equivalent resolutions as compared with the neutral ones.

  8. Simultaneous determination of a pyridine-triphenylborane anti-fouling agent and its estimated degradation products using capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Fukushi, Keiichi; Yakushiji, Yuki; Okamura, Hideo; Hashimoto, Youichi; Saito, Keiitsu


    A commercial organoborane compound, pyridine-triphenylborane (PTPB), is often applied to ship hulls as an anti-fouling agent. We developed capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with direct UV detection for the simultaneous determination of PTPB and its estimated degradation products: diphenylborinic acid (DPB), phenylboronic acid (MPB), and phenol. The limits of detection (LODs) for PTPB, DPB, MPB, and phenol were, respectively, 25, 30, 50, and 29 microg/l at a signal-to-noise ratio of three. At concentrations of 0.5mg/l, values of the relative standard deviation (RSD, n=6, intra-day) of peak area were obtained, respectively, for PTPB, DPB, MPB, and phenol, as 4.1, 4.1, 4.7, and 3.4% for peak heights 3.6, 3.2, 1.7, and 1.4%, and for migration times 1.1, 1.1, 1.0, and 0.73%. The analytes were detected within 14 min. Simple photodegradation experiments were conducted to verify the usefulness of the proposed method for additional PTPB degradation investigations.

  9. Tris(2,2'-bipyridyl) ruthenium(II)-bisoprolol-based electrochemiluminescence coupled with capillary zone electrophoresis

    Wang Jingwu [Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China)], E-mail:; Zhang Xiaojun; Pi Fangfang [Department of Chemistry, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Wang Xiaoxia [Graduate School of Engineering, University of Fukui, Fukui 910-8507 (Japan); Yang Nianjun [Diamond Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 2-13, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)], E-mail:


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) coupled with tris(2,2'-bipyridyl) ruthenium(II)-based end-column electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) has been utilized to detect bisoprolol in drugs and tablets after its separation from metoprolol. Tetrahydrofuran was used as an additive in the running buffer to obtain the absolute ECL peak of bisoprolol. Bisoprolol reacts as a co-reactant in tris(2,2'-bipyridyl) ruthenium(II) ECL system. Under the optimized experimental conditions, bisoprolol was separated successfully and efficiently from metoprolol and other co-existed materials in tablets and urine samples. The ECL intensity of tris(2,2'-bipyridyl) ruthenium(II)-bisoprolol-based system is linear with the concentration of bisoprolol from 1.5 {mu}M to 0.3 mM with a detection limit of 0.3 {mu}M. Relative standard derivations of the ECL intensity are 2.58% for the detection of 15 {mu}M bisoprolol. This method is a simple, rapid, selective, and sensitive. It was applied successfully for the monitoring of bisoprolol in market available tablets and human urine samples.

  10. Capillary zone electrophoresis for analysis of phytochelatins and other thiol peptides in complex biological samples derivatized with monobromobimane.

    Perez-Rama, Mónica; Torres Vaamonde, Enrique; Abalde Alonso, Julio


    A new method to improve the analysis of phytochelatins and their precursors (cysteine, gamma-Glu-Cys, and glutathione) derivatized with monobromobimane (mBrB) in complex biological samples by capillary zone electrophoresis is described. The effects of the background electrolyte pH, concentration, and different organic additives (acetonitrile, methanol, and trifluoroethanol) on the separation were studied to achieve optimum resolution and number of theoretical plates of the analyzed compounds in the electropherograms. Optimum separation of the thiol peptides was obtained with 150 mM phosphate buffer at pH 1.60. Separation efficiency was improved when 2.5% v/v methanol was added to the background electrolyte. The electrophoretic conditions were 13 kV and capillary dimensions with 30 cm length from the inlet to the detector (38 cm total length) and 50 microm inner diameter. The injection was by pressure at 50 mbar for 17 s. Under these conditions, the separation between desglycyl-peptides and phytochelatins was also achieved. We also describe the optimum conditions for the derivatization of biological samples with mBrB to increase electrophoretic sensitivity and number of theoretical plates. The improved method was shown to be simple, reproducible, selective, and accurate in measuring thiol peptides in complex biological samples, the detection limit being 2.5 microM glutathione at a wavelength of 390 nm.

  11. Capillary zone electrophoresis for fatty acids with chemometrics for the determination of milk adulteration by whey addition.

    de Oliveira Mendes, Thiago; Porto, Brenda Lee Simas; Bell, Maria José Valenzuela; Perrone, Ítalo Tuler; de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto Leal


    Adulteration of milk with whey is difficult to detect because these two have similar physical and chemical characteristics. The traditional methodologies to monitor this fraud are based on the analysis of caseinomacropeptide. The present study proposes a new approach to detect and quantify this fraud using the fatty acid profiles of milk and whey. Fatty acids C14:0, C16:0, C18:0, C18:1, C18:2 and C18:3 were selected by gas chromatography associated with discriminant analysis to differentiate milk and whey, as they are present in quite different amounts. These six fatty acids were quantified within a short time by capillary zone electrophoresis in a set of adulterated milk samples. The correlation coefficient between the true values of whey addition and the experimental values obtained by this technique was 0.973. The technique is thus useful for the evaluation of milk adulteration with whey, contributing to the quality control of milk in the dairy industry.

  12. Development and validation of a simple determination of urine metabolites (oxalate, citrate, uric acid and creatinine) by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Muñoz, Jose A; López-Mesas, Montserrat; Valiente, Manuel


    Oxalate, citrate, uric acid and creatinine are important urine markers for the evaluation and treatment of urolithiasic patients. They have been traditionally analysed by enzymatic and chromatographic techniques which present practical drawbacks, mainly in the sample pre-treatment step. The purpose of this study was to evaluate those markers in urine samples, by an easy multi-analyte assay using capillary zone electrophoresis. The four urine metabolites were determined, at 25 degrees C, by using a 50 cm x 75 microm capillary in 50 mmol l(-1) phosphate buffer (pH 6.5), at constant voltage of -30 kV and UV detection at 195 nm (for oxalate and citrate) or 30 kV and 234 nm (for creatinine and uric acid). The sample pre-treatment was minimum, 5- and 20-fold dilution of the urine sample and acidification to pH 3-4. Validation parameters (linear range, sensitivity, accuracy, precision and detection limits) were statistically comparable to those obtained with the official methods normally used in the clinical practice. The effect of freezing as a conservation method of urine samples is also discussed in terms of recoveries of the analytes. The analytical method developed is highly useful as a diagnostic tool for detecting metabolic renal disorders due to its simplicity, time consuming, easy automation, cost efficiency and analytical effectiveness, accomplishing with the clinical requirements.

  13. Recent advances in preparative electrophoresis

    Mosher, Richard A.; Thormann, Wolfgang; Egen, Ned B.; Couasnon, Pascal; Sammons, David W.


    Various approaches for preparative electrophoresis, and three new instruments for preparative electrophoresis are discussed. Consideration is given to isoelectric focusing, isotachophoresis, and zone electrophoresis, three gel-based electrophoresis methods. The design, functions, and performance of the Elphor VaP 21 device of Hannig (1982), the shear-stabilized BIOSTREAM separator of Thompson (1983), and the recycling isoelectric focusing device are described.

  14. Comparison of hydrodynamically closed isotachophoresis-capillary zone electrophoresis with hydrodynamically open capillary zone electrophoresis hyphenated with tandem mass spectrometry in drug analysis: pheniramine, its metabolite and phenylephrine in human urine.

    Piešťanský, Juraj; Maráková, Katarína; Kovaľ, Marián; Mikuš, Peter


    The advanced two dimensional isotachophoresis (ITP)-capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) hyphenated with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS, here triple quadrupole, QqQ) was developed in this work to demonstrate analytical potentialities of this approach in the analysis of drugs in multicomponent ionic matrices. Pheniramine (PHM), phenylephrine (PHE), paracetamol (PCM) and their potential metabolic products were taken for the analysis by the ITP-CZE-ESI-QqQ technique working in hydrodynamically closed CE separation system and then a comparison with the conventional (hydrodynamically open) CZE-ESI-QqQ technique was made. The ITP-CZE-ESI-QqQ method was favorable in terms of obtainable selectivity (due to highly effective heart-cut analysis), concentration limits of detection (LOD at pgmL(-1) levels due to enhanced sample load capacity and ITP preconcentration), sample handling (on-line sample pretreatment, i.e. clean-up, preconcentration, preseparation), and, by that, possibilities for future automation and miniaturization. On the other hand, this experimental arrangement, in contrast to the CZE-ESI-QqQ arrangement supported by an electroosmotic flow, is principally limited to the analysis of uniformly (i.e. positively or negatively) charged analytes in one run without any possibilities to analyze neutral compounds (here, PCM and neutral or acidic metabolites of the drugs had to be excluded from the analysis). Hence, these general characteristics should be considered when choosing a proper analytical CE-MS approach for a given biomedical application. Here, the analytical potential of the ITP-CZE-ESI-QqQ method was demonstrated showing the real time profiles of excreted targeted drugs and metabolite (PHM, PHE, M-PHM) in human urine after the administration of one dose of Theraflu(®) to the volunteers.

  15. Lipid Characterization of White, Dark, and Milk Chocolates by FT-Raman Spectroscopy and Capillary Zone Electrophoresis.

    de Oliveira, Leandra Natália; de Jesus Coelho Castro, Renata; de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto Leal; de Oliveira, Luiz Fernando C


    There are few studies about different types of chocolate and their chemical characterization by Fourier transform (FT)-Raman spectroscopy and capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). The aim of this study was to evaluate the lipid profile of different types of Brazilian chocolate through characterization by FT-Raman spectroscopy and identification and quantification of major fatty acids (FAs) by CZE to confirm FT-Raman spectrometry results. It was found that the main spectroscopic profile difference of the chocolate samples analyzed was related to the presence of saturated or unsaturated FAs. Well defined bands at approximately 1660, 1267, and 1274 cm(-1) corresponding to vibrational modes of unsaturated FAs (UnFAs) were found only in the spectra of samples with cocoa butter in their composition according to label specifications, mainly in dark chocolate samples. The FA identification and quantification by CZE found the presence of stearic (18:0) and palmitic (16:0) acids as the major saturated FAs in all chocolate samples. Dark chocolate samples showed the highest levels of oleic (cis-9 18:1) and linoleic (cis, cis -9,12 18:2) UnFAs monitored and the lowest levels of 14:0 in their chemical composition. Samples coded as 02 (with not only cocoa butter in their composition according to label) had the highest levels of 14:0 (FA not present in cocoa butter composition) corresponding to label information and inferring the presence of other fat sources, called cocoa butter substitutes, mainly for milk and white chocolate samples. This study suggests FT-Raman spectroscopy is a powerful technique that can be used to chemically characterize the chocolate lipid fraction, and CZE is a tool able to confirm Raman spectroscopy results and identify and quantify the major FAs in chocolate samples.

  16. Protein Electrophoresis/Immunofixation Electrophoresis

    ... be limited. Home Visit Global Sites Search Help? Protein Electrophoresis Immunofixation Electrophoresis Share this page: Was this page helpful? Also known as: Serum Protein Electrophoresis; Protein ELP; SPE; SPEP; Urine Protein Electrophoresis; ...

  17. The Galactic Habitable Zone I. Galactic Chemical Evolution

    González, G; Ward, P; Gonzalez, Guillermo; Brownlee, Donald; Ward, Peter


    We propose the concept of a "Galactic Habitable Zone" (GHZ). Analogous to the Circumstellar Habitable Zone (CHZ), the GHZ is that region in the Milky Way where an Earth-like planet can retain liquid water on its surface and provide a long-term habitat for animal-like aerobic life. In this paper we examine the dependence of the GHZ on Galactic chemical evolution. The single most important factor is likely the dependence of terrestrial planet mass on the metallicity of its birth cloud. We estimate, very approximately, that a metallicity at least half that of the Sun is required to build a habitable terrestrial planet. The mass of a terrestrial planet has important consequences for interior heat loss, volatile inventory, and loss of atmosphere. A key issue is the production of planets that sustain plate tectonics, a critical recycling process that provides feedback to stabilize atmospheric temperatures on planets with oceans and atmospheres. Due to the more recent decline from the early intense star formation ac...

  18. Medium effect (transfer activity coefficient) of methanol and acetonitrile on beta-cyclodextrin/benzoate complexation in capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Porras, Simo P; Sarmini, Karim; Fanali, Salvatore; Kenndler, Ernst


    Association constants, Kc, were derived from the electrophoretic mobilities of the anionic solutes (seven benzoates with hydroxy or chloro substituents) by capillary zone electrophoresis in different solvent systems, consisting of binary mixtures of water with up to 20% (v/v) methanol or acetonitrile, respectively. The association constants expectedly are found to decrease with increasing organic solvent concentration. The effect of organic solvents on the Kc of the benzoates with beta-cyclodextrin was analyzed applying the concept of the transfer activity coefficient (or the medium effect). This concept enables the evaluation of the significance of the contributions of the individual species involved in the complexation equilibrium in the different solvents: the benzoate ion, beta-cyclodextrin, and the anionic benzoate-beta-cyclodextrin complex. The medium effect on benzoate was calculated from the change in acidity constant of benzoic acid in the different mixed solvents and the corresponding transfer activity coefficients of the proton and the molecular acid. The transfer activity coefficients for beta-cyclodextrin results from its solubility at saturation in the different solvents. In this way, an estimation of the standard free energy of transfer, deltaG(t)0, of each species involved in the complexation equilibrium was possible for the transfer from water into the respective mixed solvent. It was found that the organic solvents do not significantly affect deltaG(t)0 for the benzoate anion. However, the organic solvents play a different role concerning the stabilization of beta-cyclodextrin and the complex anion: whereas the addition of acetonitrile has nearly no influence on deltaG(t)0 of the anionic complex, the reduction in Kc is caused by the enhanced stabilization of beta-cyclodextrin (reflected by its better solubility). Addition of methanol, on the other hand, lowers the solubility of beta-cyclodextrin, thus giving positive values for deltaG(t)0. Thus

  19. Affinity in electrophoresis.

    Heegaard, Niels H H


    The journal Electrophoresis has greatly influenced my approaches to biomolecular affinity studies. The methods that I have chosen as my main tools to study interacting biomolecules--native gel and later capillary zone electrophoresis--have been the topic of numerous articles in Electrophoresis. Below, the role of the journal in the development and dissemination of these techniques and applications reviewed. Many exhaustive reviews on affinity electrophoresis and affinity CE have been published in the last few years and are not in any way replaced by the present deliberations that are focused on papers published by the journal.

  20. Determination of Amino Acids in Panax notoginseng by Microwave Hydrolysis and Derivatization Coupled with Capillary Zone Electrophoresis Detection

    LI Xiao-tian; ZHAO Ya-jing; JIANG Cheng-fei; ZHANG Han-qi; YU Ai-min


    The microwave hydrolysis and derivatization coupled with capillary electrophoresis detection were developed for the separation and determination of the amino acids in Panax notoginseng.The experimental conditions for the microwave hydrolysis and derivatization were examined and optimized.Several parameters of capillary electrophoresis,such as pH value of background electrolyte,borate concentration and applied voltage were optimized.Under the selected conditions,11 amino acids were completely separated.The real sample was analyzed and the results were satisfactory.Compared with that of conventional heat hydrolysis and derivatization,the analytical time of this method was significantly shortened.

  1. Implementation of Transfer Evolution Formalism (TEF) to the modelization of strongly coupled thermodynamic systems: thermocapillar pumping fluid loop, Peltier effect thermoelements, electrophoresis cell

    Butto, C.; Fudym, O.; Joly, J.L.; Platel, V.; Zely, D. [Toulouse-3 Univ., 31 (France); Franchisseur, R.; Grandpeix, J.Y.; Lahellec, A. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 91 - Orsay (France)


    This text presents the interest of TEF (Transfer Evolution Formalism) method in three cases: thermocapillar pumping, Peltier effect thermoelements and electrophoresis cell , that illustrate on the one hand, the easiness of modelizing coupled phenomena thanks to TEF, and on the other hand, the use of coupling analysis in order to understand the running of a device. (TEC). figs., refs.


    Leticia Carigi


    Full Text Available We have computed the Galactic Habitable Zones (GHZs of the Andromeda galaxy (M31 based on the probability of terrestrial planet formation, which depends on the metallicity (Z of the interstellar medium, and the number of stars formed per unit surface area. The GHZ was obtained from a chemical evolution model built to reproduce a metallicity gradient in the galactic disk, [O/H](r=−0.015 dex kpc−1 × r(kpc + 0.44 dex. If we assume that Earth-like planets form with a probability law that follows the Z distribution shown by stars with detected planets, the most probable GHZ per pc2 is located between 3 and 7 kpc for planets with ages between 6 and 7 Gyr. However, the highest number of stars with habitable planets is located in a ring between 12 and 14 kpc with a mean age of 7 Gyr. 11% and 6.5% of the all formed stars in M31 may have planets capable of hosting basic and complex life, respectively.

  3. Principles, Practice, and Evolution of Capillary Electrophoresis as a Tool for Forensic DNA Analysis.

    Shewale, J G; Qi, L; Calandro, L M


    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is a versatile and widely used analysis platform with application in diverse areas such as analytical chemistry, chiral separations, clinical, forensics, molecular biology, natural products, organic chemistry, and the pharmaceutical industry. Forensic applications of CE include fragment analysis, DNA sequencing, SNP typing, and analysis of gunshot residues, explosive residues, and drugs. Fragment analysis is a widely used method for short tandem repeat (STR) profiling for human identification (HID) due to the single-base resolution capability of CE. This approach circumvents the tedious and expensive approach of DNA sequencing for STR typing. The high sizing precision, ability to detect fluorescence emitted from multiple dyes, automated electrophoretic runs, and data collection software are key factors in the worldwide adoption of CE as the preferred platform for forensic DNA analysis. The most common CE systems used in forensic DNA analysis include the ABI PRISM® 310, 3100, 3100 Avant, 3130, 3130xl, 3500, and 3500xL Genetic Analyzers (GAs). The 3500 series GAs are developed with features useful for forensic scientists, including a normalization feature for analysis of the data designed to reduce the variation in peak height from instrument to instrument and injection to injection. Other hardware and software features include improved temperature control, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for monitoring instrument consumables, HID-focused software features, and security and maintenance.

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  5. Determination of dasatinib in the tablet dosage form by ultra high performance liquid chromatography, capillary zone electrophoresis, and sequential injection analysis.

    Gonzalez, Aroa Garcia; Taraba, Lukáš; Hraníček, Jakub; Kozlík, Petr; Coufal, Pavel


    Dasatinib is a novel oral prescription drug proposed for treating adult patients with chronic myeloid leukemia. Three analytical methods, namely ultra high performance liquid chromatography, capillary zone electrophoresis, and sequential injection analysis, were developed, validated, and compared for determination of the drug in the tablet dosage form. The total analysis time of optimized ultra high performance liquid chromatography and capillary zone electrophoresis methods was 2.0 and 2.2 min, respectively. Direct ultraviolet detection with detection wavelength of 322 nm was employed in both cases. The optimized sequential injection analysis method was based on spectrophotometric detection of dasatinib after a simple colorimetric reaction with folin ciocalteau reagent forming a blue-colored complex with an absorbance maximum at 745 nm. The total analysis time was 2.5 min. The ultra high performance liquid chromatography method provided the lowest detection and quantitation limits and the most precise and accurate results. All three newly developed methods were demonstrated to be specific, linear, sensitive, precise, and accurate, providing results satisfactorily meeting the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry, and can be employed for the routine determination of the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the tablet dosage form. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Development of separation systems for polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon environmental contaminants using micellar electrokinetic chromatography with molecular micelles and free zone electrophoresis.

    Moy, T W; Ferguson, P L; Grange, A H; Matchett, W H; Kelliher, V A; Brumley, W C; Glassman, J; Farley, J W


    Of four systems available from the literature, based on cyclodextrins, dioctylsulfosuccinate, bile salts, and molecular micelles consisting of oligomers of undecylenic acid, the most successful separation system in our hands is based on the molecular micelles, oligomers of sodium undecylenic acid (OSUA). We have employed organic additives of acetonitrile, acetone, and tetrahydrofuran in achieving separations of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs) using molecular micelles. Generally, successful separations are achieved with 20-40% composition as the organic additive in an 8 mM borate buffer. We separated 16 PNAs with 20% tetrahydrofuran in a system of 8 mM borate and 0.125 g/10 mL (ca. 6.25 mM) of OSUA. Typical extracts of environmental samples contain additional analytes besides the typical 16 target compounds. Among these are the nitrogen-containing aromatics that can act as cations under conditions of low pH and additional compounds that can act as anions under basic conditions in free-zone electrophoresis. These additional classes of analytes are separated by capillary zone electrophoresis/laser-induced fluorescence detection using a frequency-doubled laser operated at 257 nm.

  7. Simultaneous determination of six toxic alkaloids in human plasma and urine using capillary zone electrophoresis coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

    Yu, Zhuhong; Wu, Zhongping; Gong, Feijun; Wong, Rong; Liang, Chen; Zhang, Yurong; Yu, Yunqiu


    A novel capillary zone electrophoresis separation coupled to electro spray ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of six toxic alkaloids: brucine, strychnine, atropine sulfate, anisodamine hydrobromide, scopolamine hydrobromide and anisodine hydrobromide in human plasma and urine. To obtain optimal sensitivity, a solid-phase extraction method using Oasis MCX cartridges (1 mL, 30 mg; Waters, USA) for the pretreatment of samples was used. All compounds were separated by capillary zone electrophoresis at 25 kV within 12 min in an uncoated fused-silica capillary of 75 μm id × 100 cm and were detected by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. This method was validated with regard to precision, accuracy, sensitivity, linear range, limit of detection (LOD), and limit of quantification (LOQ). In the plasma and urine samples, the linear calibration curves were obtained over the range of 0.50-100 ng/mL. The LOD and LOQ were 0.2-0.5 ng/mL and 0.5-1.0 ng/mL, respectively. The intra- and interday precision was better than 12% and 13%, respectively. Electrophoretic peaks could be identified by mass analysis.

  8. Clonal evolution multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis

    P Mohajeri


    Full Text Available Background: Acinetobacter baumannii is usually multi-drug resistant (MDR, including third generation cephalosporins, amino glycosides and fluoroquinolone. Resistance to these antibiotics is mediated by multiple factors such as: lactamases, efflux pumps and other mechanisms of resistance. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE was then used to investigate the genetic relationships among the MDR isolates. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine MDR isolates and the existence of OXAs genes among MDR isolates of A. baumannii collected from Kermanshah hospitals in west of Iran. Materials and Methods: Forty-two MDR A. baumannii were collected from patients at Kermanshah hospitals. The isolates were identified by biochemical tests and API 20NE kit. The susceptibility to different antibiotics by disk diffusion method was determined. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR was performed for detection of blaOXA-23-like , blaOXA-24-like , blaOXA-51-like and blaOXA-58-like betalactamase genes in isolates and clonal relatedness was done by PFGE (with the restriction enzyme ApaI and patterns analyzed by Bionumeric software. Results: This study showed high resistant to ciprofloxacin, piperacillin, ceftazidime and also resistant to other anti-microbial agents and more spread blaOXA-23-like gene (93% in MDR isolate. The PFGE method obtained six clones: A (10, B (9, C (5, D (4, E (11 and F (3 that clone E was outbreak and dominant in different wards of hospitals studied. Conclusion: An isolate from the emergency ward of these hospitals had indistinguishable isolates PFGE profile and similar resistance profile to isolates from intensive care unit (ICU, suggesting likely transmission from ICU to emergency via patient or hospital staff contact.

  9. Spatiotemporal evolution of dehydration reactions in subduction zones (Invited)

    Padron-Navarta, J.


    Large-scale deep water cycling takes place through subduction zones in the Earth, making our planet unique in the solar system. This idiosyncrasy is the result of a precise but unknown balance between in-gassing and out-gassing fluxes of volatiles. Water is incorporated into hydrous minerals during seafloor alteration of the oceanic lithosphere. The cycling of volatiles is triggered by dehydration of these minerals that release fluids from the subducting slab to the mantle wedge and eventually to the crust or to the deep mantle. Whereas the loci of such reactions are reasonably well established, the mechanisms of fluid migration during dehydration reactions are still barely known. One of the challenges is that dehydration reactions are dynamic features evolving in time and space. Experimental data on low-temperature dehydration reactions (i.e. gypsum) and numerical models applied to middle-crust conditions point to a complex spatiotemporal evolution of the dehydration process. The extrapolation of these inferences to subduction settings has not yet been explored but it is essential to understand the dynamism of these settings. Here I propose an alternative approach to tackle this problem through the textural study of high-pressure terrains that experienced dehydration reactions. Spatiotemporal evolution of dehydration reactions should be recorded during mineral nucleation and growth through variations in time and space of the reaction rate. Insights on the fluid migration mechanism could be inferred therefore by noting changes in the texture of prograde assemblages. The dehydration of antigorite in serpentinite is a perfect candidate to test this approach as it releases a significant amount of fluid and produces a concomitant porosity. Unusual alternation of equilibrium and disequilibrium textures observed in Cerro del Almirez (Betic Cordillera, S Spain)[1, 2] attest for a complex fluid migration pattern for one of the most relevant reactions in subduction zones

  10. A High Voltage Power Supply That Mitigates Current Reversals in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis-Electrospray Mass Spectrometry

    Flaherty, Ryan J.; Sarver, Scott A.; Sun, Liangliang; Brownell, Greg A.; Go, David B.; Dovichi, Norman J.


    Capillary electrophoresis coupled with electrospray ionization typically employs two power supplies, one at each end of the capillary. One power supply is located at the proximal (injection) end of the capillary. The power supply located at the distal (detector) end of the capillary drives the electrospray. Electrophoresis is driven by the difference in potential between these power supplies. Separations that employ large capillary inner diameter, high conductivity background electrolyte, and high separation potentials generate higher current than that produced by the electrospray. Excess current flows through the electrospray power supply. Most power supplies are not designed to sink current, and the excess current will cause the electrospray voltage to deviate from its set point. We report a simple circuit to handle this excess current, allowing separations under a wide range of electrophoretic conditions.

  11. Theory of gel electrophoresis in high fields: Evolution of a population of hernias

    Long, Didier; Viovy, Jean-Louis


    We consider long polyelectrolytes that are initially at rest in a gel and suddenly submitted to a strong electric field. The evolution of the conformation regime is described up to the final disengagement from the initial tube. Just after the field has been applied, the chain adopts a comb-like conformation with several “hernias”, which evolve in competition with each other. As long as the conformation has many hernias, the distribution of their size follows a self-similar law, first described by Deutsch. The number of hernias decreases, and ultimately the chain disengages from its initial tube. Various predictions for the conformation of the chain in this last stage and for time constants are proposed. In particular, the disengagement times are found to follow a self-similar law in the size of the chains.

  12. Simultaneous determination of histamine and polyamines by capillary zone electrophoresis with 4-fluor-7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole derivatization and fluorescence detection.

    Zhang, Li-Yao; Tang, Xing-Chun; Sun, Meng-Xiang


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with fluorescence detection was applied to the simultaneous determination of histamine and polyamines including spermine, spermidine, diaminopropane, putrescine, cadaverine, diaminohexane with 4-fluor-7-nitro-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (NBD-F) as the fluorescent derivatization reagent. The seven NBD-F labeled amines was separated within 200 s using 85 mM phosphate running buffer at pH 3.0. The concentration limits of these amines ranged from 5.1 x 10(-8) M for spermine to 2.1 x 10(-8) M for histamine. The relative standard deviations for migration time and peak height were less than 1.5% and 6.0%, respectively. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of biogenic amines in the lysate of tobacco mesophyll protoplasts, and spermidine and putrescine were detected in the lysate with satisfying recovery.

  13. Characterization of fruit products by capillary zone electrophoresis and liquid chromatography using the compositional profiles of polyphenols: application to authentication of natural extracts.

    Navarro, Meritxell; Núñez, Oscar; Saurina, Javier; Hernández-Cassou, Santiago; Puignou, Lluis


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) were applied to the authentication of fruit products based on the compositional profiles of polyphenols. Various sample treatments were used to maximize the overall recovery of polyphenols or specific fractions, such as phenolic acids or anthocyanins. The resulting CZE and HPLC data were treated with Principal Component Analysis (PCA) showing that samples were mainly clustered according to the fruit of origin, with cranberry- and grape-based products clearly separated in groups. A possible adulterated cranberry extract was analyzed more deeply by high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) in order to identify the presence of A-type proanthocyanidins, which are characteristic and more abundant in cranberry-based products. In accordance with PCA interpretation, HRMS results indicated that the suspicious sample was not a cranberry-based product, allowing us to validate and demonstrate the suitability of both CZE- and HPLC-proposed methods for the characterization of fruit-based products.

  14. Effect of surfactant species and electrophoretic medium composition on the electrophoretic behavior of neutral and water-insoluble linear synthetic polymers in nonaqueous capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Fukai, Nao; Kitagawa, Shinya; Ohtani, Hajime


    We have recently demonstrated the separation of neutral and water-insoluble linear synthetic polymers in nonaqueous capillary zone electrophoresis (NACZE) using a cationic surfactant of cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC). In this study, eight ionic surfactants were investigated for the separation of four synthetic polymers (polystyrene, polymethylmethacrylates, polybutadiene, and polycarbonate); only three surfactants (CTAC, dimethyldioctadecylammonium bromide, and sodium dodecylsulfate) caused their separation. The order of the interaction between the polymers and the surfactants depended on both the surfactant species and the composition of the electrophoretic medium. Their investigation revealed that the separation is majorly affected by the hydrophobic interactions between the polymers and the ionic surfactants. In addition, the electrophoretic behavior of polycarbonate suggested that electrostatic interaction also affects the selectivity of the polymers. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Two-dimensional capillary zone electrophoresis-mass spectrometry for the characterization of intact monoclonal antibody charge variants, including deamidation products.

    Jooß, Kevin; Hühner, Jens; Kiessig, Steffen; Moritz, Bernd; Neusüß, Christian


    Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) is a powerful tool that is progressively being applied for the separation of monoclonal antibody (mAb) charge variants. Mass spectrometry (MS) is the desired detection method concerning identification of mAb variants. In biopharmaceutical applications, there exist optimized and validated electrolyte systems for mAb variant quantification. However, these electrolytes interfere greatly with the electrospray ionization (ESI) process. Here, a heart-cut CZE-CZE-MS setup with an implemented mechanical four-port valve interface was developed that used a generic ε-aminocaproic acid based background electrolyte in the first dimension and acetic acid in the second dimension. Interference-free, highly precise mass data (deviation less than 1 Da) of charge variants of trastuzumab, acting as model mAb system, were achieved. The mass accuracy obtained (low parts per million range) is discussed regarding both measured and calculated masses. Deamidation was detected for the intact model antibody, and related mass differences were significantly confirmed on the deglycosylated level. The CZE-CZE-MS setup is expected to be applicable to a variety of antibodies and electrolyte systems. Thus, it has the potential to become a compelling tool for MS characterization of antibody variants separated in ESI-interfering electrolytes. Graphical Abstract Two-dimensional capillary zone electrophoresis mass spectrometry for the characterization of intact monoclonal antibody (mAb) charge variants. A generic, but highly electrospray-interfering electrolyte system was used as first dimension for mAb charge variant separation and coupled to a volatile electrolyte system as second dimension via a four-port nanoliter valve. In this way, interference-free and precise mass spectrometric data of separated mAb charge variants, including deamidation products, were obtained.

  16. Comparison of methanol and acetonitrile as solvents for the separation of sertindole and its major metabolites by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Subirats, Xavier; Reinstadler, Sigrun; Porras, Simo P; Raggi, Maria Augusta; Kenndler, Ernst


    Sertindole (1-[2-[4-[5-chloro-1-(4-fluorophenyl)-1H-indol-3-yl]-1-piperidinyl]ethyl]-2-imidazolidinone), an atypical antipsychotic drug, was separated by capillary electrophoresis from its two main metabolites norsertindole and dehydrosertindole. The low solubility of the analytes in water (octanol-water partition coefficient is about 10(5)) is overcome by the use of methanol (MeOH) and acetonitrile (ACN) as solvents for the background electrolyte (BGE). Mobilities were measured in BGEs with defined pH in a broad range. It was found that in MeOH the mobility of the analytes is mainly governed by acid-base equilibria, whereas in ACN other reactions like ion pairing and homo-conjugation play a pronounced role and lead to a complex pattern of the mobility as function of the pH. However, separation can be obtained in less than 10 min in both solvent systems.

  17. αS1-casein in goat milk: identification of genetic variants by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis compared to Isoelectric Focusing

    G. Enne


    Full Text Available AlphaS1 casein fraction in caprine milk is characterized by an important polymorphism due to substitution, deletion of amino acids and post trascriptional modifications (Grosclaude et al., 1994; Ferranti et al., 1997. This structural polymorphism is associated to a quantitative variability in protein expression related to different milk quality and dairy properties (Pierre et al., 1998; Remeuf, 1993; Vassal et al., 1994. Classical electrophoretic methods were applied to characterize the phenotypic variants at αS1-casein fraction (Addeo et al., 1988; Russo et al., 1986. During the last ten years capillary electrophoresis became an analytical technique for rapid and automated analysis requiring small sample volume and small solvent waste. These characteristics, together with the high resolution and the chance to give quantitative results, made this technique a useful tool........

  18. Design of experiments for amino acid extraction from tobacco leaves and their subsequent determination by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Hodek, Ondřej; Křížek, Tomáš; Coufal, Pavel; Ryšlavá, Helena


    In this study, we optimized a method for the determination of free amino acids in Nicotiana tabacum leaves. Capillary electrophoresis with contactless conductivity detector was used for the separation of 20 proteinogenic amino acids in acidic background electrolyte. Subsequently, the conditions of extraction with HCl were optimized for the highest extraction yield of the amino acids because sample treatment of plant materials brings some specific challenges. Central composite face-centered design with fractional factorial design was used in order to evaluate the significance of selected factors (HCl volume, HCl concentration, sonication, shaking) on the extraction process. In addition, the composite design helped us to find the optimal values for each factor using the response surface method. The limits of detection and limits of quantification for the 20 proteinogenic amino acids were found to be in the order of 10(-5) and 10(-4) mol l(-1), respectively. Addition of acetonitrile to the sample was tested as a method commonly used to decrease limits of detection. Ambiguous results of this experiment pointed out some features of plant extract samples, which often required specific approaches. Suitability of the method for metabolomic studies was tested by analysis of a real sample, in which all amino acids, except for L-methionine and L-cysteine, were successfully detected. The optimized extraction process together with the capillary electrophoresis method can be used for the determination of proteinogenic amino acids in plant materials. The resulting inexpensive, simple, and robust method is well suited for various metabolomic studies in plants. As such, the method represents a valuable tool for research and practical application in the fields of biology, biochemistry, and agriculture.

  19. A new conceptual model for damage zone evolution with fault growth

    de Joussineau, G.; Aydin, A.


    Faults may either impede or enhance fluid flow in the subsurface, which is relevant to a number of economic issues (hydrocarbon migration and entrapment, formation and distribution of mineral deposits) and environmental problems (movement of contaminants). Fault zones typically comprise a low-permeability core made up of intensely deformed fault rock and a high-permeability damage zone defined by fault-related fractures. The geometry, petrophysical properties and continuity of both the fault core and the damage zone have an important influence on the mechanical properties of the fault systems and on subsurface fluid flow. Information about fault components from remote seismic methods is limited and is available only for large faults (slip larger than 20-100m). It is therefore essential to characterize faults and associated damage zones in field analogues, and to develop conceptual models of how faults and related structures form and evolve. Here we present such an attempt to better understand the evolution of fault damage zones in the Jurassic Aztec Sandstone of the Valley of Fire State Park (SE Nevada). We document the formation and evolution of the damage zone associated with strike-slip faults through detailed field studies of faults of increasing slip magnitudes. The faults initiate as sheared joints with discontinuous pockets of damage zone located at fault tips and fault surface irregularities. With increasing slip (slip >5m), the damage zone becomes longer and wider by progressive fracture infilling, and is organized into two distinct components with different geometrical and statistical characteristics. The first component of the damage zone is the inner damage zone, directly flanking the fault core, with a relatively high fracture frequency and a thickness that scales with the amount of fault slip. Parts of this inner zone are integrated into the fault core by the development of the fault rock, contributing to the core's progressive widening. The second

  20. Fault zone evolution in a Cenozoic inversion tectonic setting, SE Korea

    Kim, Young-Seog; Lee, Minjoo; Han, Seung-Rok


    The Korean peninsula has been considered as a tectonically safe region from earthquakes, because it is located in a stable margin of the Eurasian plate. However, more than 30 Quaternary faults have recently been reported from the southeastern part of the Korean peninsula. The studied fault zone is an N-S trending fault located in the northern extent of the Quaternary Eupcheon Fault, which composed of several fault gouges indicating multiple deformations. The fault zone (fault core) is exposed over 1 km long and the thickness is up to 2m. The fault gouge zone is composed of several different colored gouge bands. Well-exposed vertical and horizontal sections are analyzed so as to understand the characteristics of the fault and fault zone evolution. The analyzed kinematic indicators such as cleavages, lineations and slickenlines suggest that the fault underwent early normal slip under SE extension and was later reactivated under NNW compression resulting in inversion tectonics. Major fault zones do not cross-cut each other; instead, the fault gouges within the fault zone split and merge into other fault zones. Fault rocks developed in this fault zone show asymmetrical features including lens-shaped breccias blocks in gouge zones, and asymmetric distributions of grain size and fracture density, indicating mature fault system and asymmetric fault zone evolution. The hanging wall block of the fault shows relatively highly damaged fracture patterns indicating that the hanging wall is weaker than footwall. Therefore, detailed analysis of fault and fracture patterns, and characteristics of fault zones must be very useful in evaluation of fault zone evolution and characteristics of foundation.

  1. Chemical Evolution and the Galactic Habitable Zone of M31

    Carigi, Leticia; Garcia-Rojas, Jorge; Meneses-Goytia, Sofia


    We have computed the Galactic Habitable Zones (GHZs) of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) based on the probability of terrestrial planet formation, which depends on the metallicity (Z) of the interstellar medium, and the number of stars formed per unit surface area. The GHZ was obtained from a chemical evo

  2. Chemical Evolution and the Galactic Habitable Zone of M31

    Carigi, Leticia; Garcia-Rojas, Jorge; Meneses-Goytia, Sofia


    We have computed the Galactic Habitable Zones (GHZs) of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) based on the probability of terrestrial planet formation, which depends on the metallicity (Z) of the interstellar medium, and the number of stars formed per unit surface area. The GHZ was obtained from a chemical evo

  3. Chemical Evolution and the Galactic Habitable Zone of M31

    Carigi, Leticia; Garcia-Rojas, Jorge; Meneses-Goytia, Sofia


    We have computed the Galactic Habitable Zones (GHZs) of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) based on the probability of terrestrial planet formation, which depends on the metallicity (Z) of the interstellar medium, and the number of stars formed per unit surface area. The GHZ was obtained from a chemical

  4. Paleogene evolution of the External Betic Zone and geodynamic implications

    Guerrera, F.; Mancheño, M. A.; Martín-Martín, M.; Raffaelli, G.; Rodríguez-Estrella, T.; Serrano, F.


    Interdisciplinary studies combining field data (geological and tectonic mapping, lithostratigraphic reconstructions, lithofacies characterization, correlations and sampling) and laboratory analyses (biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, clay mineralogy and sandstone petrography) of eight Senonian-Paleogene successions from the Sierra de La Pila and Sierra de El Carche areas (Murcia province, SE Spain) belonging to the External Betic Zone are presented. Field evidence of tectonic activity (slum...

  5. Polymerized phospholipid bilayers as permanent coatings for small amine separations using mixed aqueous/organic capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Pei, Lei; Lucy, Charles A


    Phospholipid bilayer (SPB) coatings have been used in capillary electrophoresis to reduce the nonspecific adsorption between the capillary wall and cationic analytes. This paper describes the use of the polymerizable lipid 1,2-bis(10,12-tricosadiynoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (Diyne PC) as a permanent capillary coating. A supported phospholipid bilayer was formed on the capillary walls and polymerization was performed in situ using ultraviolet irradiation. The polymerization reaction was monitored by UV-visible absorbance spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The EOF of the polymerized Diyne PC coating was moderately suppressed (2.0×10(-4)cm(2)/Vs) compared to a non-polymerized Diyne PC bilayer (0.3×10(-4)cm(2)/Vs), but the stability was improved significantly. Separations of benzylamine, veratrylamine, phenylethylamine and tolyethylamine using a poly Diyne PC coated capillary yielded efficiency of 220,000-370,000 plates/m and peak asymmetry factor 0.48-1.18. Specifically, the poly(Diyne PC) coating provided improved separation resolution in NACE due to the reduced surface adsorption.

  6. Evolution of the unsaturated zone testing at Yucca Mountain

    Wang, J.S.Y.; Bodvarsson, G.S.


    The evaluation of the Yucca Mountain site has evolved from intensive surface based investigations in the early 1980s to current focus on testing in underground drifts. Different periods of site-characterization activities and prominent issues concerning the unsaturated zone are summarized. Data-collection activities have evolved from mapping of faults and fractures, to estimation of percolation through tuff layers, and to quantification of seepage into drifts. Evaluation of discrete flow paths in drifts has led to fracture-matrix interaction and matrix diffusion tests over different scales. The effects of tuff interfaces and local faults are evaluated in fractured-welded and porous-nonwelded units. Mobilization of matrix water and redistribution of moisture are measured in thermal tests. Lessons learned from underground tests are used to focus on processes needed for additional quantification. Migration through the drift shadow zone and liquid flow through faults are two important issues that have evolved from current knowledge.

  7. Evolution of passive continental margins and initiation of subduction zones

    Cloetingh, S.A.P.L.


    The initiation of subduction is a key element in plate tectonic schemes for the evolution of the Earth's lithosphere. Nevertheless, up to present, the underlying mechanism has not been very well understood (e.g. Dickinson and Seely, 1979; Hager, 1980; Kanamori, 1980). The insight into the

  8. Evolution of passive continental margins and initiation of subduction zones

    Cloetingh, Sierd


    The initiation of subduction is a key element in plate tectonic schemes for the evolution of the Earth's lithosphere. Nevertheless, up to present, the underlying mechanism has not been very well understood (e.g. Dickinson and Seely, 1979; Hager, 1980; Kanamori, 1980). The insight into the initiation

  9. Evolution of passive continental margins and initiation of subduction zones

    Cloetingh, S.A.P.L.


    The initiation of subduction is a key element in plate tectonic schemes for the evolution of the Earth's lithosphere. Nevertheless, up to present, the underlying mechanism has not been very well understood (e.g. Dickinson and Seely, 1979; Hager, 1980; Kanamori, 1980). The insight into the initiation

  10. Capillary Zone Electrophoresis for the Analysis of Peptides: Fostering Students' Problem-Solving and Discovery Learning in an Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment

    Albright, Jessica C.; Beussman, Douglas J.


    Capillary electrophoresis is an important analytical separation method used to study a wide variety of samples, including those of biological origin. Capillary electrophoresis may be covered in the classroom, especially in advanced analytical courses, and while many students are exposed to gel electrophoresis in biology or biochemistry…

  11. Method development and validation for the simultaneous determination of four coumarins in Saussurea superba by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Chen, Juan; Chen, Li; Zhang, Hong-Li; Shi, Yan-Ping


    A capillary zone electrophoretic method has been developed for the determination of four coumarins--skimmin, scopolin, scopoletin, and umbelliferone-in Saussurea superba with UV detection at 254 nm. The capillary temperature was kept constant at 25 degrees C. Effects of buffer pH, electrolyte concentration, organic modifier, and applied voltage on migration behavior were studied systematically. The optimum conditions for separation were achieved by using 30 mM borate buffer at pH 9.02 containing 15% (v/v) methanol as the electrolyte and 25 kV as the applied voltage. For all analytes a good linear regression relationship (r > 0.999) was obtained between peak area and concentration over a relatively wide range. The method was validated for repeatability, precision, and accuracy. The validated method was successfully applied to the simultaneous determination of the four analytes in S. superba.

  12. The Evolution and Natural State of Large-Scale Vapor-Dominated Zones

    Ingebritsen, S.E.


    Numerical simulation is used to define the rather special conditions under which large-scale vapor-dominated zones can evolve. Given an adequate supply of heat, a vapor-dominated zone can evolve within low-permeability barriers without changes in rock properties or boundary conditions. However, the evolution of the system is accelerated in cases involving an initially high fluid throughflow rate that decreases with time. Near-steady-state pressures within the vapor-dominated zone are shown to vary with depth to the caprock.

  13. Temperature Evolution of Molecular Clouds in the Central Molecular Zone

    Krieger, Nico; Walter, Fabian; Kruijssen, J M Diederik; Beuther, Henrik


    We infer the absolute time dependence of kinematic gas temperature along a proposed orbit of molecular clouds in the Central Molecular Zone (CMZ) of the Galactic Center (GC). Ammonia gas temperature maps are one of the results of the "Survey of Water and Ammonia in the Galactic Center" (SWAG, PI: J. Ott); the dynamical model of molecular clouds in the CMZ was taken from Kruijssen et al. (2015). We find that gas temperatures increase as a function of time in both regimes before and after the cloud passes pericenter on its orbit in the GC potential. This is consistent with the recent proposal that pericenter passage triggers gravitational collapse. Other investigated quantities (line width, column density, opacity) show no strong sign of time dependence but are likely dominated by cloud-to-cloud variations.

  14. Classification of Spanish white wines using their electrophoretic profiles obtained by capillary zone electrophoresis with amperometric detection.

    Arribas, Alberto Sánchez; Martínez-Fernández, Marta; Moreno, Mónica; Bermejo, Esperanza; Zapardiel, Antonio; Chicharro, Manuel


    A method was developed for the simultaneous detection of eight polyphenols (t-resveratrol, (+)-catechin, quercetin and p-coumaric, caffeic, sinapic, ferulic, and gallic acids) by CZE with electrochemical detection. Separation of these polyphenols was achieved within 25 min using a 200 mM borate buffer (pH 9.4) containing 10% methanol as separation electrolyte. Amperometric detection of polyphenols was carried out with a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with a multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) layer obtained from a dispersion of CNT in polyethylenimine. The excellent electrochemical properties of this modified electrode allowed the detection and quantification of the selected polyphenols in white wines without any pretreatment step, showing remarkable signal stability despite the presence of potential fouling substances in wine. The electrophoretic profiles of white wines, obtained using this methodology, have proven to be useful for the classification of these wines by means of chemometric multivariate techniques. Principal component analysis and discriminant analysis allowed accurate classification of wine samples on the basis of their grape varietal (verdejo and airén) using the information contained in selected zones of the electropherogram. The utility of the proposed CZE methodology based on the electrochemical response of CNT-modified electrodes appears to be promising in the field of wine industry and it is expected to be successfully extended to classification of a wider range of wines made of other grape varietals. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Determination of alternative and conventional chelating agents as copper(II) complexes by capillary zone electrophoresis--the first use of didecyldimethylammonium bromide as a flow reversal reagent.

    Laamanen, Pirkko-Leena; Matilainen, Rose


    A capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method for analyzing 11 chelating agents [beta-alaninediacetic acid (beta-ADA), trans-1,2-diaminocyclohexane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (CDTA), diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine-N,N',N'-triacetic acid (HEDTA), N-(2-hydroxyethyl)iminodiacetic acid (HEIDA), iminodiacetic acid (IDA), methylglycinediacetic acid (MGDA), nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA), 1,3-diaminopropane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (PDTA) and triethylenetetraaminehexaacetic acid (TTHA)] as negatively charged copper(II) complexes has been established. Both conventional and alternative chelating agents were included in this study, because they are used side by side in industrial applications. In this study, didecyldimethylammonium bromide (DMDDAB) was successfully used as a flow reversal reagent for the first time in an aqueous CZE method based on phosphate BGE with UV spectrophotometric detection. In addition this new flow modifier was compared to common TTAB. Method development was done using a fused silica capillary (61 cm x 50 microm i.d.). The optimized BGE was a 105 mmol L(-1) phosphate buffer with TTAB or DMDDAB in the concentration 0.5 mmol L(-1) at pH 7.1. The measurements were done with -20 kV voltage using direct UV detection at 254 nm. In both CZE methods all 11 analyte zones were properly separated (resolutions > or =2.4), and the calibrations gave excellent correlation coefficients (> or =0.998; linear range tested 0.5-2.0 mmol L(-1)). The limits of detection were < or =34 and < or =49 micromol L(-1) with the method of DMDDAB and TTAB, respectively. A clear benefit of both methods was the short analysis time; all 11 complexes were detected in less than 6 and 5.5 min with the methods of TTAB and DMDDAB, respectively. The two methods were tested with dishwashing detergents and paper mill wastewater samples and proved to be suitable for practical use.

  16. Simultaneous determination of the beta-blocker atenolol and several complementary antihypertensive agents in pharmaceutical formulations and urine by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Maguregui, M I; Jiménez, R M; Alonso, R M


    A simple capillary zone electrophoresis method is developed for the quantitation of the beta-blocker atenolol and the complementary antihypertensive agents bendroflumethiazide, amiloride, and hydrochlorothiazide in human urine samples. The electrophoretic separation is performed using a 78-cm x 75-micron-i.d. (70-cm effective length) fused-silica capillary. A borate buffer (pH 9) is used as running electrolyte. The sample is hydrostatically introduced for 20 s, and the running voltage is 25 kV at the injector end of the capillary. The analysis of urine samples requires the optimization of solid-phase extraction methods, achieving recoveries > or = 61% for all the drugs and good separation from the urine matrix. The method is successfully applied to the determination of these compounds in pharmaceutical formulations and in urine samples collected after the intake of Neatenol Diu (100 mg atenolol-5 mg bendroflumethiazide) and Kalten (50 mg atenolol-25 mg hydrochlorothiazide-2.5 mg amiloride). The method is validated in terms of reproducibility, linearity, and accuracy.

  17. Development and validation of a sub-minute capillary zone electrophoresis method for determination of nitrate and nitrite in baby foods.

    Della Betta, Fabiana; Vitali, Luciano; Fett, Roseane; Costa, Ana Carolina Oliveira


    This paper proposes an innovative sub-minute capillary zone electrophoresis method and a simple sample preparation procedure for simultaneous nitrate and nitrite determination. The novelty of the method is the simplicity of execution and the capacity to separate the analytes in less than 0.5 min. The BGE is composed of 10 mmol L(-1) perchloric acid and 40 mmol L(-1) β-alanine at pH 3.96. Thiocyanate was used as an internal standard. The method was validated following the Eurachem guidelines and applied to the analysis of 14 baby food samples. Of these samples, one had nitrate levels above that permitted by Brazilian legislation (250 mg kg(-1)) and for all samples the nitrite concentrations were under the limit of quantification. The good analytical performance verified for this method indicates that it is suitable for implementation in food laboratories for the routine determination of nitrate and nitrite as an alternative to the official method provided by the AOAC.

  18. Comparative binding of antitumor indazolium [trans-tetrachlorobis(1H-indazole)ruthenate(III)] to serum transport proteins assayed by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Timerbaev, Andrei R; Rudnev, Alexander V; Semenova, Olga; Hartinger, Christian G; Keppler, Bernhard K


    The indazolium [trans-tetrachlorobis(1H-indazole)ruthenate(III)] coordination compound shows notable antiproliferative activity in different tumor models and has recently ended phase I clinical trials as a lead anticancer metallodrug candidate. Its approval could be greatly facilitated if more precise information was available on the rate and degree of the drug's transformation occurring upon interaction with serum transport proteins and on the stability of the adducts formed. With this objective, a new method has been developed for the determination of the protein-binding rate and association constants under simulated physiological conditions by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). These binding parameters were assessed by monitoring the time- and concentration-dependent changes in peak area responses of reaction components, constructing the corresponding binding curves, and conducting a mathematical analysis. Comparison of the apparent rate constants determined by CZE revealed that indazolium [trans-tetrachlorobis(1H-indazole)ruthenate(III)] binds to transferrin much faster than to albumin: k=39.5 x 10(-4) and 3.3 x 10(-4)s(-1), respectively. The corresponding association constants are indicative of moderate metal-protein coordination, with a somewhat higher affinity of the Ru complex toward albumin (9910 and 6460 M(-1), respectively). The results of our study confirm in a quantitative manner that, in real bloodstream circumstances, plasma albumin may serve as a reservoir and a natural carrier of the administered ruthenium drug and hence mediate its accumulation in tumors.

  19. On-line capillary isotachophoresis-capillary zone electrophoresis analysis of bromate in drinking waters in an automated analyzer with coupled columns and photometric detection.

    Marák, Jozef; Staňová, Andrea; Vaváková, Veronika; Hrenáková, Martina; Kaniansky, Dušan


    A new, sensitive, and robust analytical method based on capillary zone electrophoresis with on-line capillary isotachophoresis sample pretreatment (ITP-CZE) using a column-coupling (CC) arrangement of automated capillary electrophoretic analyzer was developed for determination of bromate in different type of drinking water samples. Both columns were provided with contact-less conductivity detectors and in CZE step UV detection at 200 nm wavelength was used. Electroosmotic flow of the buffer solutions was suppressed with the addition of 0.1% or 0.05% (m/v) methylhydroxyethylcellulose into the leading and terminating electrolyte, respectively. Hydrodynamic and electroosmotic flows of the buffer solutions were successfully suppressed and therefore, only the electrophoretic transport of ions was significant. Limit of detection for bromate approaching 0.6 μg/L was achieved. Good repeatabilities of migration time (RSD less than 0.3%) and peak area (RSD less than 4.0%) at concentration level 1 μg/L were obtained. Robustness of proposed ITP-CZE method and validation parameters were evaluated. Developed automated ITP-CZE method was applied to the determination of bromate in drinking water samples with different content of inorganic macroconstituents without the need of further sample preparation.

  20. Sub-minute method for simultaneous determination of aspartame, cyclamate, acesulfame-K and saccharin in food and pharmaceutical samples by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Vistuba, Jacqueline Pereira; Dolzan, Maressa Danielli; Vitali, Luciano; de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto Leal; Micke, Gustavo Amadeu


    This paper reports the development of a sub-minute separation method by capillary zone electrophoresis for the determination of aspartame, cyclamate, acesulfame-K and saccharin in food products and pharmaceutical samples. Separations were performed in a fused uncoated silica capillary with UV detection at 220nm. Samples and standards were injected hydrodynamically using the short-end injection procedure. The electrophoretic system was operated under constant voltage of -30kV. The background electrolyte was composed of 45mmolL(-1) 2-amino-2-(hydroxymethyl)-1,3-propanediol and 15mmolL(-1) benzoic acid at pH 8.4. The separation time for all analytes was less than 1min. Evaluation of analytical parameters of the method showed good linearity (r(2)>0.9972), limit of detection of 3.3-6.4mgL(-1), intermediate precision better than 9.75% (peak area of sample) and recovery in the range of 91-117%.

  1. Optimisation for the separation of the oligosaccharide, sodium Pentosan Polysulfate by reverse polarity capillary zone electrophoresis using a central composite design.

    Prochazka, S; Mulholland, M; Lloyd-Jones, A


    The separation by reverse polarity capillary zone electrophoresis of the therapeutically developed sodium salt of Pentosan Polysulfate was optimised through the analysis of response surface methodologies, modeled using a central composite design. The optimisation investigated injection pressure, injection time and voltage and the effect of the conditions on retention times, peak areas, separation efficiency and the method sensitivity. The overall goal was to develop the most sensitive results with no decrease in separation efficiency. The following results were obtained: (1) retention times generally decreased as injection pressure, injection time and voltage increased, injection time having the least effect; (2) as expected peak areas increased as injection pressure and injection time increased but decreased as voltage increased; (3) separation efficiencies generally increased as injection pressure and injection time decreased, with voltage having almost no effect. For the optimum condition, the sample was introduced at the inlet vial at the cathode hydrodynamically, at optimal setting of 44 s at 35 mbar. The optimal voltage was -20 kV. In comparison with other methods, the optimum showed increased sensitivity, resolution and separation efficiency. Repeatability studies were performed on the optimum parameter conditions. Relative standard deviation values obtained were between 0.9 and 5.4%.

  2. Development and optimization of a capillary zone electrophoresis technique for simultaneous determination of miconazole nitrate and hydrocortisone acetate in a cream pharmaceutical formulation.

    Korany, Mohamed A; Maher, Hadir M; Galal, Shereen M; Ragab, Marwa A A


    A simple, fast, inexpensive, and reliable capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method for the determination of a mixture of miconazole nitrate (MCZ) and hydrocortisone acetate (HCZ) in a cream formulation has been developed and validated. Optimum conditions were sodium dihydrogen phosphate buffer (50 mM, pH 4) and 30 kV applied voltage in a 85 cm x 75 pm id capillary. Direct UV detection at 230 nm led to adequate sensitivity without interference from the sample excipients. MCZ and HCZ migrated in approximately 165 and 415 s, respectively. The analytical curves had a coefficient of correlation, r, of 0.9999 and 0.9996 for MCZ and HCZ, respectively. The LOD and LOQ were 0.28 and 0.93 microg/mL for MCZ and 0.38 and 1.27 microg/mL for HCZ, respectively. Thus, excellent accuracy and precision were obtained. Recoveries varied from 98 to 102%, and intraday and interday precision, calculated as the RSD, were less than 2.0% for each drug. The proposed CZE method displayed advantageous performance characteristics and can be considered suitable for QC of the MCZ and HCZ cream formulation.

  3. On-Line Organic Solvent Field Enhanced Sample Injection in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis for Analysis of Quetiapine in Beagle Dog Plasma.

    Cao, Yuqing; Wen, Jun; Zhou, Tingting; Fan, Guorong


    A rapid and sensitive capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method with field enhanced sample injection (FESI) was developed and validated for the determination of quetiapine fumarate in beagle dog plasma, with a sample pretreatment by LLE in 96-well deep format plate. The optimum separation was carried out in an uncoated 31.2 cm × 75 μm fused-silica capillary with an applied voltage of 13 kV. The electrophoretic analysis was performed by 50 mM phosphate at pH 2.5. The detection wavelength was 210 nm. Under these optimized conditions, FESI with acetonitrile enhanced the sensitivity of quetiapine about 40-50 folds in total. The method was suitably validated with respect to stability, specificity, linearity, lower limit of quantitation, accuracy, precision and extraction recovery. Using mirtazapine as an internal standard (100 ng/mL), the response of quetiapine was linear over the range of 1-1000 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification was 1 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions for the assay were within 4.8% and 12.7%, respectively. The method represents the first application of FESI-CZE to the analysis of quetiapine fumarate in beagle dog plasma after oral administration.

  4. Water-miscible cooling lubricants - determination of anorganic anions and carboxylic acids using capillary zone electrophoresis; Wassermischbare Kuehlschmierstoffe - Bestimmung von anorganischen Anionen und Carbonsaeuren mittels der Kapillarzonenelektrophorese

    Schubert, B.A. [Fachbereich 8, Analytische Chemie II, Universitaet-GH Siegen (Germany); Dengel, H.S. [Fachbereich 8, Analytische Chemie II, Universitaet-GH Siegen (Germany); Hohaus, E. [Fachbereich 8, Analytische Chemie II, Universitaet-GH Siegen (Germany); Maurer, W. [Fachbereich 8, Analytische Chemie II, Universitaet-GH Siegen (Germany); Riepe, W. [Fachbereich 13, Analytische Chemie, Universitaet-GH Paderborn (Germany)


    A procedure is presented which allows the quantitative determination for most of the essentiell inorganic anions besides several carbonic acids (oxalic-, citric-, malonic-, tartaric-, formic-, succinic- and adipinic acid) in concentrates and industrial application emulsions of watermiscible cooling lubricants either free of mineral oil or oleiferous. The method used is based on capillary zones electrophoresis (CZE) using indirect UV-detection. The quantification of these substances regarding a qualiy surveillance of lubricants for manufacturers and a control of possible toxicological infleunces in working places is easily performed in spite of the complex matrix of the lubricants. Only a simple dilution is necessary. Analytical chemcial parameters such as accuracy, precision and recovery rate for concentrates and emulsions in industrial use for 1995/96 reveal sufficient universal application of the presented method for general purpose analyzing cooling lubricants. (orig.) [Deutsch] Es wird ein Verfahren vorgestellt, mit dem in Konzentraten und Emulsionen von wassermischbaren mineraloelfreien und mineraloelhaltigen Kuehlschmierstoffen (KSS) neben den wesentlichen anorganischen Anionen (Thiosulfat, Bromid, Chlorid, Sulfat, Nitrit, Nitrat, Perchlorat, Chlorat, Phosphonat, Fluorid, Phosphat) Carbonsaeuren (Oxal-, Citronen-, Malon-, Wein-, Ameisen-, Bernstein- und Adipinsaeure) mit Hilfe der Kapillarzonenelektrophorese (CZE) und indirekter UV-Detektion quantitativ bestimmt werden koennen. Die Quantifizierung dieser Substanzen im Rahmen von Qualitaetssicherungs- und Arbeitsschutzmassnahmen in KSS ist trotz der komplexen Matrix der KSS ohne eine aufwendige Probenvorbereitung moeglich. Ein einfacher Verduennungsschritt der Proben genuegt. Die analytischen Verfahrenskenngroessen Richtigkeit, Praezision, Wiederfindung sowie die Untersuchungsergebnisse fuer KSS-Konzentrate einiger Hersteller aus den Produktionsjahren 1995/96 werden vorgestellt. (orig.)

  5. Determination of marbofloxacin by high performance capillary zone electrophoresis%高效毛细管电泳法用于麻保沙星的测定

    李志伟; 崔哲; 刘波; 赵云超


    建立了一种高效毛细管电泳法测定麻保沙星原料药含量的方法.采用未涂层石英毛细管柱,以15 mmol/L硼酸钠缓冲液(pH值为9.2)为电泳介质,分离电压为20 kV,采用高度差进样10s,检测波长为295 nm,麻保沙星在10~100μg/mL范围内线性良好,平均回收率为100.2%,RSD值为0.97%.%A high performance capillary zone electrophoresis method was established for the determination of marbofloxacin drug substance. An untreated fused-silica capillary was used with 15 mmol/L sodium borate buffer (pH 9.2) as running buffer at the detection wavelength of 295 nm, separation voltage of 20 kV and the injection volume of sample for 10 s. The calibration curve for marbofloxacin is linear in the concentration range of 10 ~ 100 μg/mL. The average recovery is 100. 2% with RSD of 0.97%.

  6. Determination of volatile and non-volatile products of milk fermentation processes using capillary zone electrophoresis and solid phase microextraction coupled to gas chromatography.

    Ligor, Magdalena; Jarmalaviciene, Reda; Szumski, Michal; Maruska, Audrius; Buszewski, Boguslaw


    The aim of the investigations was to develop analytical methods for the determination of selected volatile and non-volatile organic compounds numbering among the final products of milk fermentation. The analyzed compounds were as follows: biacetyl and carboxylic acids (formic, acetic, citric, and lactic). The model yogurt was prepared under controlled conditions in our laboratory by addition of the selected bacteria (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus) to the milk sample. The temperature, time, and stirring were controlled during the fermentation process. Factors considered in SPMPE-GC-FID method development included fiber exposure time, salt addition, temperature of extraction, and temperature of desorption. Various SPME fibers, for example with PDMS, CAR/PDMS, PA, and PDMS/DVB coatings, were tested to obtain the highest recovery of the investigated compounds extracted from yogurt samples. Based on these preliminary experiments, qualitative and quantitative analyses for the determination of biacetyl were performed by SPME-GC-FID. Moreover, a capillary zone electrophoresis method was developed for the determination of carboxylic acids in the yogurt samples. The buffer composition as well as deproteinization by acetonitrile were found to have a crucial effect on the analysis.

  7. On-Line Organic Solvent Field Enhanced Sample Injection in Capillary Zone Electrophoresis for Analysis of Quetiapine in Beagle Dog Plasma

    Yuqing Cao


    Full Text Available A rapid and sensitive capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE method with field enhanced sample injection (FESI was developed and validated for the determination of quetiapine fumarate in beagle dog plasma, with a sample pretreatment by LLE in 96-well deep format plate. The optimum separation was carried out in an uncoated 31.2 cm × 75 μm fused-silica capillary with an applied voltage of 13 kV. The electrophoretic analysis was performed by 50 mM phosphate at pH 2.5. The detection wavelength was 210 nm. Under these optimized conditions, FESI with acetonitrile enhanced the sensitivity of quetiapine about 40–50 folds in total. The method was suitably validated with respect to stability, specificity, linearity, lower limit of quantitation, accuracy, precision and extraction recovery. Using mirtazapine as an internal standard (100 ng/mL, the response of quetiapine was linear over the range of 1–1000 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification was 1 ng/mL. The intra- and inter-day precisions for the assay were within 4.8% and 12.7%, respectively. The method represents the first application of FESI-CZE to the analysis of quetiapine fumarate in beagle dog plasma after oral administration.

  8. Transverse zones controlling the structural evolution of the Zipaquira Anticline (Eastern Cordillera, Colombia): Regional implications

    García, Helbert; Jiménez, Giovanny


    We report paleomagnetic, magnetic fabric and structural results from 21 sites collected in Cretaceous marine mudstones and Paleogene continental sandstones from the limbs, hinge and transverse zones of the Zipaquira Anticline (ZA). The ZA is an asymmetrical fold with one limb completely overturned by processes like gravity and salt tectonics, and marked by several axis curvatures. The ZA is controlled by at least two (2) transverse zones known as the Neusa and Zipaquira Transverse Zones (NTZ and ZTZ, respectively). Magnetic mineralogy methods were applied at different sites and the main carriers of the magnetic properties are paramagnetic components with some sites being controlled by hematite and magnetite. Magnetic fabric analysis shows rigid-body rotation for the back-limb in the ZA, while the forelimb is subjected to internal deformation. Structural and paleomagnetic data shows the influence of the NTZ and ZTZ in the evolution of the different structures like the ZA and the Zipaquira, Carupa, Rio Guandoque, Las Margaritas and Neusa faults, controlling several factors as vergence, extension, fold axis curvature and stratigraphic detatchment. Clockwise rotations unraveled a block segmentation following a discontinuos model caused by transverse zones and one site reported a counter clockwise rotation associated with a left-lateral strike slip component for transverse faults (e.g. the Neusa Fault). We propose that diverse transverse zones have been active since Paleogene times, playing an important role in the tectonic evolution of the Cundinamarca sub-basin and controlling the structural evolution of folds and faults with block segmentation and rotations.

  9. Laboratory and computational investigation of dynamics and permeability evolution in clay-smear type fault zones

    Heege, J.H. ter; Wassing, B.B.T.; Orlic, B.; Colenell, M.B.; Giger, S.B.; Ciftici, N.B.; Ricchetti, M.; Clark, P.; Harbers, C.


    Practical application of fault seal analysis for reducing risk in hydrocarbon exploration and CO2 storage, and for predicting the dynamics of reservoirs under stress, requires that both small and large scale processes within and around fault zones are understood and that structural evolution is rela

  10. Stress spatial evolution law and rockburst danger induced by coal mining in fault zone

    Li Teng; Mu Zonglong; Liu Guangjian; Du Junliu; Lu Hao


    In order to explore the influence of coal mining disturbance on the rockburst occurring in fault zone, this research constructed a mechanical model for the evolution of fault stress, and analyzed the influence of the ratio of horizontal stress to vertical stress on the stability of fault, and the spatial distribution of the stress in fault zone as well as its evolution rule. Furthermore, the rockburst danger at different spatial areas of fault zone was predicated. Results show that: when both sides of the working face are mined out, the fault zone in the working face presents greater horizontal and vertical stresses at its boundaries but exhibits smaller stresses in its middle section;however, the ratio of horizontal stress to vertical stress is found to be greater at middle section and smaller at boundaries. As the working face advances towards the fault, the horizontal and vertical stresses of the fault firstly increases and then decreases;conversely, the ratio of horizontal stress to vertical stress keeps decreasing all the time. Therefore, if the fault zones are closer to the goaf and the coal wall, the stress ratio will be smaller, and the fault slip will be more prone to occur, therefore rockburst danger will be greater. This research results provide guidance for the rockburst prevention and hazard control of the coal mining in fault zone.

  11. Tectonothermal evolution of the northeastern Cantabrian zone (Spain)

    Blanco-Ferrera, Silvia; Sanz-López, Javier; García-López, Susana; Bastida, Fernando


    A tectonothermal study of the northeastern sector of the Cantabrian zone (Ponga-Cuera and Picos de Europa units) using the conodont color alteration index (CAI) and Kübler index (KI) methods shows a variation from diagenetic to anchizonal conditions. The latter are illustrated in geological maps and cross sections. The greater part of the studied area has CAI values lower than 2, caused by two long periods of burial separated by a compressive interval (corresponding to the Variscan deformation), in which thrusts were the dominant structures. Tectonic superimposition was balanced by intense and fast erosion and had little effect on the CAI values. In contrast, a high thermal gradient was produced in the southern outcrops that led to recognize the transition between diagenetic and anchizonal conditions through CAI values near the basal thrust of the Picos de Europa unit. The diagenesis/anchizone boundary appears a little further south through the determination of the Kübler index in phyllosilicate minerals (KI = 0.42). CAI isograds cut the Variscan structures as a consequence of a thermal episode that occurred near the Carboniferous-Permian boundary at the beginning of an extensional regime. The thermal source was located further south, in the adjacent Pisuerga-Carrión unit. Alterations in the CAI values, as well as dolomitization and ore deposits, locally resulted from Permian-Mesozoic hydrothermal activity. Microtextural analysis of the conodonts allowed us to relate several types of apatite overgrowth to diagenetic conditions and recrystallization to anchizonal ones, whereas dissolution was common during hydrothermalism. Alpine deformation hardly produced any changes in the previous thermal pattern, but was responsible of the northwards tilting of the structure and CAI isograds.

  12. Subsurface geometry and evolution of the Seattle fault zone and the Seattle Basin, Washington

    ten Brink, U.S.; Molzer, P.C.; Fisher, M.A.; Blakely, R.J.; Bucknam, R.C.; Parsons, T.; Crosson, R.S.; Creager, K.C.


    The Seattle fault, a large, seismically active, east-west-striking fault zone under Seattle, is the best-studied fault within the tectonically active Puget Lowland in western Washington, yet its subsurface geometry and evolution are not well constrained. We combine several analysis and modeling approaches to study the fault geometry and evolution, including depth-converted, deep-seismic-reflection images, P-wave-velocity field, gravity data, elastic modeling of shoreline uplift from a late Holocene earthquake, and kinematic fault restoration. We propose that the Seattle thrust or reverse fault is accompanied by a shallow, antithetic reverse fault that emerges south of the main fault. The wedge enclosed by the two faults is subject to an enhanced uplift, as indicated by the boxcar shape of the shoreline uplift from the last major earthquake on the fault zone. The Seattle Basin is interpreted as a flexural basin at the footwall of the Seattle fault zone. Basin stratigraphy and the regional tectonic history lead us to suggest that the Seattle fault zone initiated as a reverse fault during the middle Miocene, concurrently with changes in the regional stress field, to absorb some of the north-south shortening of the Cascadia forearc. Kingston Arch, 30 km north of the Seattle fault zone, is interpreted as a more recent disruption arising within the basin, probably due to the development of a blind reverse fault.

  13. Galactic evolution. I - Single-zone models. [encompassing stellar evolution and gas-star dynamic theories

    Thuan, T. X.; Hart, M. H.; Ostriker, J. P.


    The two basic approaches of physical theory required to calculate the evolution of a galactic system are considered, taking into account stellar evolution theory and the dynamics of a gas-star system. Attention is given to intrinsic (stellar) physics, extrinsic (dynamical) physics, and computations concerning the fractionation of an initial mass of gas into stars. The characteristics of a 'standard' model and its variants are discussed along with the results obtained with the aid of these models.

  14. Postcrystallization thermal evolution history of Gangdese batholithic zone and its tectonic implication

    陈文寄; 李齐; 郝杰; 周新华; 万京林; 孙敏


    Using cooling curves of K-feldspars obtained by using specific 40Ar/39Ar stepe heating procedure and multiple diffusion domain modeling (MDD model), together with results of dating hornblends, biotite, and apatite, further work has been done to examine the characteristics of the postcrystallization thermal evolution history of Gangdese batholithic zone, to compare the starting times of rapid cooling events with the variation regularities of apatite fission track (FT) ages in the eastern and western parts of Gangdese batholithic zone, and to provide the evidence for mass transport and energy transfers in the lithosphere after the collision between Indian and Eurasian plates.

  15. Separation of proteins by zone electrophoresis on-line coupled with isotachophoresis on a column-coupling chip with conductivity detection.

    Olvecká, Eva; Kaniansky, Dusan; Pollák, Branislav; Stanislawski, Bernd


    This feasibility study deals with the separations of proteins by an on-line combination of zone electrophoresis (ZE) with isotachophoresis (ITP) on a poly(methylmethacrylate) column-coupling (CC) chip with integrated conductivity detection. ITP and ZE provided specific analytical functions while performing the cationic mode of the separation. ITP served, mainly, for concentrations of proteins and its concentrating power was beneficial in reaching a low dispersion transfer (injection) of the proteinous constituents, loaded on the CC chip in a 960 nL volume, into the ZE separation stage. This was complemented by an electrophoretically driven removal of the sample constituents migrating in front of the focused proteins from the separation system before the ZE separation. On the other hand, ZE served as a final separation (destacking) method and it was used under the separating conditions providing the resolutions and sensitive conductivity detections of the test proteins. In this way, ITP and ZE cooperatively contributed to low- or sub-microg/mL concentration detectabilities of proteins and their quantitations at 1-5 microg/mL concentrations. However, a full benefit in concentration detectabilities of proteins, expected from the use of the ITP-ZE combination, was not reached in this work. Small adsorption losses of proteins and detection disturbances in the ZE stage of separation, very likely due to trace constituents concentrated by ITP, appear to set limits in the detection of proteins in our experiments. The ITP-ZE separations were carried out in a hydrodynamically closed separation compartment of the chip with suppressed hydrodynamic and electroosmotic flows of the electrolyte solutions. Such transport conditions, minimizing fluctuations of the migration velocities of the separated constituents, undoubtedly contributed to highly reproducible migrations of the separated proteins (fluctuations of the migration time of a particular protein were typically 0.5% RSD in

  16. Rapid quantitative analysis of phenazine-1-carboxylic acid and 2-hydroxyphenazine from fermentation culture of Pseudomonas chlororaphis GP72 by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Liu, Hai-Ming; Zhang, Xue-Hong; Huang, Xian-Qing; Cao, Cheng-Xi; Xu, Yu-Quan


    Natural phenazines in secondary metabolites of bacteria have been receiving increasing attention in recent years due to their potential usage as antibiotics. In the present study, a rapid and reliable capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method was developed and validated for monitoring for the first time dynamic phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA) and the 2-hydroxyphenazine (2-OH-PHZ) production of Pseudomonas chlororaphis GP72 during the entire fermentation cycle. The paper begins with the optimization of separate conditions for 2-OH-PHZ and PCA together with phenazine (PHZ), which is used as internal standard. The optimized conditions are: 10mM, pH 7.3 phosphate buffer, a fused-silica capillary with a total length of 49 cm x 75 microm ID, 375 microm OD with an effective length of 40 cm, 25 kV, 13 mbar 10s pressure sample injection and 25 degrees C air-cooling. The three compounds could be separated within 2 min under optimized conditions. The validation of the newly developed study shows the linear response of 2-OH-PHZ and PCA ranging from 10 to 250 microg mL(-1) with high correlation coefficient (r=0.9997 and 0.9993, n=7), low limits of detection (0.47 and 0.38 microg mL(-1)) and quantification (1.56 and 1.28 microg mL(-1)), respectively. Good precision values for intra- and inter-day detection and acceptable individual recovery ranges for 2-OH-PHZ and PCA are indicated. The newly developed method was also validated through monitoring dynamic PCA and 2-OH-PHZ production of P. chlororaphis GP72 during an 84 h growth cycle.

  17. Stability-indicating capillary zone electrophoresis method for the assessment of recombinant human interleukin-11 and its correlation with reversed-phase liquid chromatography and biossay.

    Souto, Ricardo Bizogne; Stamm, Fernanda Pavani; Schumacher, Jéssica Barbieri; Cardoso, Clovis Dervil Appratto; de Freitas, Guilherme Weber; Perobelli, Rafaela Ferreira; Dalmora, Sérgio Luiz


    A stability-indicating capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method was validated for the analysis of recombinant human interleukin-11(rhIL-11) using rupatadine fumarate, as internal standard (IS). A fused-silica capillary, (50 µm i.d.; effective length, 40 cm) was used at 25°C; the applied voltage was 20 kV. The background electrolyte solution consisted of 50 mmol L(-1) sodium dihydrogen phosphate solution at pH 3.0. Injections were performed using a pressure mode at 50 mbar for 45 s, with detection by photodiode array detector set at 196 nm. Specificity and stability-indicating capability were established in degradation studies, which also showed that there was no interference of the excipients. The method was linear over the concentration range of 1.0-300 µg mL(-1) (r(2)=0.9992) and the limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantitation (LOQ) were 0.2 µg mL(-1) and 1.0 µg mL(-1), respectively. The accuracy was 100.4% with bias lower than 1.1%. Moreover, the in vitro cytotoxicity test of the degraded products showed significant differences (pmethod was applied for the content/potency assessment of rhIL-11 in biopharmaceutical formulations, and the results were correlated to those of a validated reversed-phase LC method (RP-LC) and an TF-1 cell culture assay, showing non-significant differences (p>0.05). In addition the CZE and RP-LC methods were applied for the analysis of rhIL-11 in human plasma. Therefore, the proposed alternative method can be applied to monitor stability, to assure the batch-to-batch consistency and quality of the bulk and finished biotechnology-derived medicine.

  18. Selective enrichment and ultrasensitive identification of trace peptides in proteome analysis using transient capillary isotachophoresis/zone electrophoresis coupled with nano-ESI-MS.

    An, Yanming; Cooper, Jonathan W; Balgley, Brian M; Lee, Cheng S


    Besides the complexity in protein samples of biological origin, probably the greatest challenge presently facing comprehensive proteome analysis is related to the large variation of protein relative abundances (>6 orders of magnitude), having potential biological significance in mammalian systems. As demonstrated in this work, transient capillary ITP/zone electrophoresis (CITP/CZE) provides selective analyte enrichment through electrokinetic stacking and extremely high resolving power toward protein and peptide mixtures. The result of the CITP process is that major components may be diluted, but trace compounds are concentrated. The on-column transition of CITP to CZE minimizes additional band broadening while providing superior analyte resolution. Online coupling of transient CITP/CZE with nano-ESI-MS allows ultrasensitive detection of trace peptides at levels of subnanomolar concentration or subfemtomole mass in complex peptide mixtures. More importantly, selective enrichment of trace peptides enables the identification and sequence analysis of low-abundance peptides co-migrated with highly abundant species at a concentration ratio of 1:500,000. The combined CITP/CZE-nano-ESI-MS system is demonstrated to be at least one to two orders of magnitude more sensitive than that attained in conventional electrophoretic and chromatographic-based proteome technologies over a wide dynamic concentration range, potentially allowing comprehensive analysis of protein profiles within a small cell population and limited tissue samples using conventional mass spectrometers. Furthermore, the speed of CITP/CZE separation and the lack of column equilibration in CITP/CZE not only improve the throughput of proteome analysis, but also facilitate its seamless integration with other separation technologies in a multidimensional protein identification platform.

  19. In-line coupling of microextractions across polymer inclusion membranes to capillary zone electrophoresis for rapid determination of formate in blood samples.

    Pantůčková, Pavla; Kubáň, Pavel; Boček, Petr


    Polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs) have several important features, i.e., PIMs are dry and non-porous membranes, which can be prepared ahead of use and stored without noticeable deterioration in extraction performance. In this contribution, in-line coupling of microextractions across PIMs to a separation method for clinical purposes was demonstrated for the first time. Formate (the major metabolite in methanol poisoning) was determined in undiluted human serum and whole blood by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with simultaneous capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection (C(4)D) and UV-Vis detection. A purpose-made microextraction device with PIM was coupled to a commercial CZE instrument in order to ensure complete automation of the entire analytical procedure, i.e., of formate extraction, injection, CZE separation and quantification. PIMs for formate extractions consisted of 60% (w/w) cellulose triacetate as base polymer and 40% (w/w) Aliquat™ 336 as anion carrier. The method was characterized by good repeatability of peak areas (≤7.0%) and migration times (≤0.8%) and by good linearity of calibration curves (r(2) = 0.993-0.999). Limits of detection in various matrices ranged from 15 to 54 μM for C(4)D and from 200 to 635 μM for UV-Vis detection and were sufficiently low to clearly distinguish between endogenous and toxic levels of formate in healthy and methanol intoxicated individuals. In addition, PIMs proved that they may act as phase interfaces with excellent long-term stability since once prepared, they retained their extractions properties for, at least, two months of storage.

  20. On-column liquid-liquid-liquid microextraction coupled with base stacking as a dual preconcentration method for capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Xie, Hai-Yang; He, You-Zhao; Gan, Wu-Er; Fu, Guo-Ni; Li, Lian; Han, Fang; Gao, Yong


    A simple and efficient dual preconcentration method of on-column liquid-liquid-liquid microextraction (LLLME) coupled with base stacking was developed for capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) in this paper. Four N-methyl carbamates were used as target compounds to evaluate the enrichment means. The carbamates in sample solutions (donor phase) were extracted into a dodecanol phase immobilized on a porous hollow fiber, hydrolyzed and back extracted into 0.20 microL running buffer (acceptor phase) of 30 mmol/L methylamine hydrochloride (pH 11.6) containing 0.5 mmol/L tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide inside the hollow fiber, stacked further with 0.5 mol/L NaOH injected at -10 kV for 60s, and separated by CZE. Analytical parameters affecting the LLLME, base stacking and CZE were investigated, including sample solution volume, pH and temperature, extraction time, stirring rate, buffer component, buffer pH, NaOH concentration, stacking time, etc. The enrichment factors of the carbamates were higher than 1100. The relative standard deviation (RSD) of peak height and limits of detection (LODs) were 4.5-5.5% (n=6) and 2-4 ng/mL (S/N=3) for standard solutions, respectively. The proposed method was applied to the analysis of vegetable and fruit samples with the RSD less than 6.0% (n=3) and LODs of 6-10 ng/g (S/N=3). The calibration solutions were prepared by diluting the stock solutions with blank sample solutions, and the calibration concentrations ranged from 0.012 to 1.0 microg/mL (r>0.9951). The analytical results demonstrated that the LLLME coupled with base stacking was a simple, convenient and reliable on-column sample pretreatment method for the analysis of anionic analytes in CZE.

  1. Solid-phase extraction and field-amplified sample injection-capillary zone electrophoresis for the analysis of benzophenone UV filters in environmental water samples.

    Purrà, Miquel; Cinca, Roser; Legaz, Jessica; Núñez, Oscar


    A field-amplified sample injection-capillary zone electrophoresis (FASI-CZE) method for the analysis of benzophenone (BP) UV filters in environmental water samples was developed, allowing the separation of all compounds in less than 8 min. A 9- to 25-fold sensitivity enhancement was obtained with FASI-CZE, achieving limits of detection down to 21-59 μg/L for most of the analyzed BPs, with acceptable run-to-run and day-to-day precisions (relative standard deviations lower than 17%). In order to remove water sample salinity and to enhance FASI sensitivity, an off-line solid-phase extraction (SPE) procedure using a Strata X polymeric reversed-phase sorbent was used and afforded recoveries up to 72-90% for most BPs. With the combination of off-line SPE and FASI-CZE, limits of detection in the range 0.06-0.6 μg/L in a river water matrix, representing a 2,400- to 6,500-fold enhancement, were obtained. Method performance was evaluated by quantifying a blank river water sample spiked at 1 μg/L. For a 95% confidence level, no statistical differences were observed between found concentrations and spiked concentrations (probability at the confidence level, p value, of 0.60), showing that the proposed off-line SPE-FASI-CZE method is suitable for the analysis of BP UV filters in environmental water samples at low microgram per liter levels. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of BPs in river water samples collected up- and downstream of industrialized and urban areas, and in some drinking water samples.

  2. 20 Years of Fatty Acid Analysis by Capillary Electrophoresis

    Marcone Augusto Leal de Oliveira


    Full Text Available A review taking into account the literature reports covering 20 years of fatty acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis is presented. This paper describes the evolution of fatty acid analysis using different CE modes such as capillary zone electrophoresis, non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis, micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography employing different detection systems, such as ultraviolet-visible, capacitively coupled contactless conductivity, laser-induced fluorescence and mass spectrometry. In summary, the present review signals that CE seems to be an interesting analytical separation technique that is very useful for screening analysis or quantification of the usual fatty acids present in different matrices, offering short analysis times and a simple sample preparation step as inherent advantages in comparison with the classical methodology, making it a separation technique that is very attractive for quality control in industry and government agencies.

  3. Land use pattern evolution and optimization in the Farming-Pastoral Zone of Northern China

    CHEN; Yunhao; SU; Wei; WU; Yongfeng; YU; Xiaomin; ZHANG; Jinshui


    Using information about the land cover of the Farming-Pastoral Zone of Northern China retrieved from multi-temporal NOAA/AVHRR and SPOT VEGETAN images obtained in 1989, 1994 and 1999, the authors analyzed land-use pattern evolution over this 10-year period and built a land-use pattern simulation model, based on which land-use pattern evolution and optimization modeling in this region were studied. Results showed that the proposed model can effectively simulate regional land-use patterns and help improve regional ecological environments.

  4. Staggered Chromosomal Hybrid Zones in the House Mouse: Relevance to Reticulate Evolution and Speciation

    İslam Gündüz


    Full Text Available In the house mouse there are numerous chromosomal races distinguished by different combinations of metacentric chromosomes. These may come into contact with each other and with the ancestral all-acrocentric race, and form hybrid zones. The chromosomal clines that make up these hybrid zones may be coincident or separated from each other (staggered. Such staggered hybrid zones are interesting because they may include populations of individuals homozygous for a mix of features of the hybridising races. We review the characteristics of four staggered hybrid zones in the house mouse and discuss whether they are examples of primary or secondary contact and whether they represent reticulate evolution or not. However, the most important aspect of staggered hybrid zones is that the homozygous populations within the zones have the potential to expand their distributions and become new races (a process termed ‘zonal raciation’. In this way they can add to the total ‘stock’ of chromosomal races in the species concerned. Speciation is an infrequent phenomenon that may involve an unusual set of circumstances. Each one of the products of zonal raciation has the potential to become a new species and by having more races increases the chance of a speciation event.

  5. The evolution of faults formed by shearing across joint zones in sandstone

    Myers, Rodrick; Aydin, Atilla


    The evolution of strike-slip and normal faults formed by slip along joint zones is documented by detailed field studies in the Jurassic Aztec Sandstone in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA. Zones of closely spaced planar sub-parallel joints arranged en échelon are sheared, forming faults. Fracturing occurs as a result of shearing, forming new joints. Later shearing along these joints leads to successively formed small faults and newer joints. This process is repeated through many generations of fracturing with increasing fault slip producing a hierarchical array of structures. Strain localization produced by shearing of joint zones at irregularities in joint traces, fracture intersections, and in the span between adjacent sheared joints results in progressive fragmentation of the weakened sandstone, which leads to the formation of gouge along the fault zone. The length and continuity of the gouge and associated slip surfaces is related to the slip magnitude and fault geometry with slip ranging from several millimeters to about 150 m. Distributed damage in a zone surrounding the gouge core is related to the original joint zone configuration (step sense, individual sheared joint overlaps and separation), shear sense, and slip magnitude. Our evolutionary model of fault development helps to explain some outstanding issues concerning complexities in faulting such as, the variability in development of fault rock and fault related fractures, and the failure processes in faults.

  6. Smoothing and re-roughening processes: The geometric evolution of a single fault zone

    Shervais, Katherine A. H.; Kirkpatrick, James D.


    The geometry of a fault zone exerts a major control on earthquake rupture processes and source parameters. Observations previously compiled from multiple faults suggest that fault surface shape evolves with displacement, but the specific processes driving the evolution of fault geometry within a single fault zone are not well understood. Here, we characterize the deformation history and geometry of an extraordinarily well-exposed fault using maps of cross-sectional exposures constructed with the Structure from Motion photogrammetric method. The La Quinta Fault, located in southern California, experienced at least three phases of deformation. Multiple layers of ultracataclasite formed during the most recent phase. Crosscutting relations between the layers define the evolution of the structures and demonstrate that new layers formed successively during the deformation history. Wear processes such as grain plucking from one layer into a younger layer and truncation of asperities at layer edges indicate that the layers were slip zones and the contacts between them slip surfaces. Slip surfaces that were not reactivated or modified after they were abandoned exhibit self-affine geometry, preserving the fault roughness from different stages of faulting. Roughness varies little between surfaces, except the last slip zone to form in the fault, which is the smoothest. This layer contains a distinct mineral assemblage, indicating that the composition of the fault rock exerts a control on roughness. In contrast, the similar roughness of the older slip zones, which have comparable mineralogy but clearly crosscut one another, suggests that as the fault matured the roughness of the active slip surface stayed approximately constant. Wear processes affected these layers, so for roughness to stay constant the roughening and smoothing effects of fault slip must have been approximately balanced. These observations suggest fault surface evolution occurs by nucleation of new surfaces and

  7. Galactic habitable zone around M and FGK stars with chemical evolution models that include dust

    Spitoni, E.; Gioannini, L.; Matteucci, F.


    Context. The Galactic habitable zone is defined as the region with a metallicity that is high enough to form planetary systems in which Earth-like planets could be born and might be capable of sustaining life. Life in this zone needs to survive the destructive effects of nearby supernova explosion events. Aims: Galactic chemical evolution models can be useful tools for studying the galactic habitable zones in different systems. Our aim here is to find the Galactic habitable zone using chemical evolution models for the Milky Way disk, adopting the most recent prescriptions for the evolution of dust and for the probability of finding planetary systems around M and FGK stars. Moreover, for the first time, we express these probabilities in terms of the dust-to-gas ratio of the interstellar medium in the solar neighborhood as computed by detailed chemical evolution models. Methods: At a fixed Galactic time and Galactocentric distance, we determined the number of M and FGK stars that host earths (but no gas giant planets) that survived supernova explosions, using the formalism of our Paper I. Results: The probabilities of finding terrestrial planets but not gas giant planets around M stars deviate substantially from the probabilities around FGK stars for supersolar values of [Fe/H]. For both FGK and M stars, the maximum number of stars hosting habitable planets is at 8 kpc from the Galactic Center when destructive effects by supernova explosions are taken into account. Currently, M stars with habitable planets are ≃10 times more frequent than FGK stars. Moreover, we provide a sixth-order polynomial fit (and a linear fit, but that is more approximated) for the relation found with chemical evolution models in the solar neighborhood between the [Fe/H] abundances and the dust-to-gas ratio. Conclusions: The most likely Galactic zone in which to find terrestrial habitable planets around M and FGK stars is the annular 2 kpc wide region that is centered at 8 kpc from the

  8. The influence of water and LPO on the initiation and evolution of mantle shear zones

    Skemer, Philip; Warren, Jessica M.; Hansen, Lars N.; Hirth, Greg; Kelemen, Peter B.


    We present data from the Josephine Peridotite (SW Oregon, USA) that constrain the underlying physical processes responsible for the initiation of shear localization and the evolution of ductile shear zones in Earth's mantle. Field measurements of narrow (2-60 m wide) ductile shear zones in harzburgite were used to construct strain profiles, which have maximum shear strains ranging from γ=5.25 to γ>20. Measurements of pyroxene water concentrations from harzburgite samples within and immediately adjacent to the shear zones indicate that gradients in water concentration exist on a 10-100 m scale, even after exhumation. Water concentration measurements are correlated with olivine lattice-preferred orientation (LPO), corroborating experimental results on the influence of water on slip system activity. Using empirical olivine flow laws and the diffusivity of water in olivine, we model initiation of a ductile shear zone through localized water weakening. We demonstrate that this mechanism can readily generate spatial perturbations in both effective viscosity and strain. However this model is not able to reproduce both the observed shear strain gradients and water concentration data from the Josephine shear zones. We evaluate other plausible localization mechanisms, which may amplify this initial strain perturbation. The most relevant at these conditions is the development of viscous anisotropy associated with the evolution of olivine LPO. Using recent experimental results, we demonstrate that progressive rotation of olivine LPO into the shear plane enhances deformation within a shear zone. We conclude that feedback between at least two microphysical processes is needed to account for observed outcrop-scale shear localization.

  9. Electrophoresis technology

    Snyder, R. S.


    A new high resolution apparatus designed for space was built as a laboratory prototype. Using a moving wall with a low zeta potential coating, the major sources of flow distortion for an electrophoretic sample stream are removed. Highly resolved fractions, however, will only be produced in space because of the sensitivity of this chamber to buoyancy-induced convection in the laboratory. The second and third flights of the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Corporation continuous flow electrophoresis system carried samples developed at MSFC intended to evaluate the broad capabilities of free flow electrophoresis in a reduced gravity environment. Biological model materials, hemoglobin and polystyrene latex microspheres, were selected because of their past use as electrophoresis standards and as visible markers for fluid flow due to electroosmosis, spacecraft acceleration or other factors. The dependence of the separation resolution on the properties of the sample and its suspension solution was assessed.

  10. Large-scale multi-zone optimal power dispatch using hybrid hierarchical evolution technique

    Manjaree Pandit


    Full Text Available A new hybrid technique based on hierarchical evolution is proposed for large, non-convex, multi-zone economic dispatch (MZED problems considering all practical constraints. Evolutionary/swarm intelligence-based optimisation techniques are reported to be effective only for small/medium-sized power systems. The proposed hybrid hierarchical evolution (HHE algorithm is specifically developed for solving large systems. The HHE integrates the exploration and exploitation capabilities of particle swarm optimisation and differential evolution in a novel manner such that the search efficiency is improved substantially. Most hybrid techniques export or exchange features or operations from one algorithm to the other, but in HHE their entire individual features are retained. The effectiveness of the proposed algorithm has been verified on six-test systems having different sizes and complexity levels. Non-convex MZED solution for such large and complex systems has not yet been reported.

  11. Contact and hybrid zone hotspots and evolution of birds in the Middle East


    The Middle East is an important contact zone for a considerable number of bird taxa from the western and eastern Palearctic and from the great Saharo-Sindian jesert belt. Using WORLDMAP software, we analyzed the geographical distribution of secondary contact zones for parapatric species pairs of birds in the Middle East. We identified 56 species (29 species pairs) that make contact in the Middle East. The species pairs belong to three orders, i.e. Falconiformes, Piciformes, and Passeriformes. Almost half (46%) of these species pairs hybridize in their contact zones. Although contact zones occur over a large part of northern Middle East, spatially they were not evenly distributed. Contact zone richness was highest in the mountain ranges south of the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus. The hottest hotspots, where up to nine bird species pairs occur sympatrically, are situated in north-eastern Iran and Azerbaijan. We discuss the relevance of these hotspots for improving our understanding of the biogeography and evolution of the avifauna in the Middle East.

  12. The Evolution of Root Zone Storage Capacity after Land Use Change

    Nijzink, Remko C.; Hutton, Christopher; Pechlivanidis, Ilias; Capell, René; Arheimer, Berit; Wagener, Thorsten; Savenije, Hubert H. G.; Hrachowitz, Markus


    Root zone storage capacity forms a crucial parameter in ecosystem functioning as it is the key parameter that determines the partitioning between runoff and transpiration. There is increasing evidence from several case studies for specific plants that vegetation adapts to the critical situation of droughts. For example, trees will, on the long term, try to improve their internal hydraulic conductivity after droughts, for example by allocating more biomass for roots. In spite of this understanding, the water storage capacity in the root zone is often treated as constant in hydrological models. In this study, it was hypothesized that root zone storage capacities are altered by deforestation and the regrowth of the ecosystem. Three deforested sub catchments as well as not affected, nearby control catchments of the experimental forests of HJ Andrews and Hubbard Brook were selected for this purpose. Root zone storage capacities were on the one hand estimated by a climate-based approach similar to Gao et al. (2014), making use of simple water balance considerations to determine the evaporative demand of the system. In this way, the maximum deficit between evaporative demand and precipitation allows a robust estimation of the root zone storage capacity. On the other hand, three conceptual hydrological models (FLEX, HYPE, HYMOD) were calibrated in a moving window approach for all catchments. The obtained model parameter values representing the root zone storage capacities of the individual catchments for each moving window period were then compared to the estimates derived from climate data for the same periods. Model- and climate-derived estimates of root zone storage capacities both showed a similar evolution. In the deforested catchments, considerable reductions of the root zone storage capacities, compared to the pre-treatment situation and control catchments, were observed. In addition, the years after forest clearing were characterized by a gradual recovery of the

  13. Morphometric analysis of El Salvador Fault Zone. Implications to the tectonic evolution. Central America.

    Alonso-Henar, Jorge; Jesús Martínez-Díaz, José; Álvarez-Gómez, José Antonio


    It is considered that the study of the recent topography development, and the use of geomorphological indexes are good tools for the quantification of the active tectonics. We have used quantitative geomorphology in order to improve our understanding of the recent activity and tectonic evolution of the El Salvador Fault Zone (ESFZ); an E-W oriented strike-slip fault zone that extends 150 km through El Salvador (Martínez-Díaz et al. 2004). Previous studies propose a transtensive tectonic regime at the Central America Volcanic Arc in El Salvador, which induces relative vertical motions on the faults within El Salvador Fault Zone (i.e. Álvarez-Gómez et al., 2008, Cáceres et al. 2005,). This relative vertical displacement can be quantified with the use of hypsometry as a geomorphological character. The morphometric analysis done contributes to a better understanding of the ESFZ. We have defined km scale tectonic block relative displacements that may be useful to constrain the strain distribution along the ESFZ, length of segments with homogeneous vertical movements and lateral relay of active structures. This study supports the hypothesis of a recent migration in the maximum shortening direction, and the accomodation of the current deformation through the reactivation of pre-existing structures inherited from a previous tectonic frame. A similar tectonic evolution as described Weinberg (1992) in Nicaragua, is interpreted from the results of this study.

  14. Tectonic evolution of the El Salvador Fault Zone. Insights from analogue experiments.

    Alonso-Henar, Jorge; Schreurs, Guido; Jesús Martínez-Díaz, José; Álvarez-Gómez, José Antonio


    The El Salvador Fault Zone (ESFZ) is an active, c. 150 km long and 20 km wide segmented, dextral strike-slip fault zone within the El Salvador Volcanic Arc striking N90°-100°E. Although several studies have investigated the surface expression of the ESFZ, little is known about its structure at depth and its kinematic evolution. Our analysis of structural field data, remote sensing images and morphometric indices reveals a trenchward migration of the volcanic arc and furthermore suggests that not all structures within the ESFZ can be explained within the current tectonic context, but require a phase of extension or an extensional component of deformation at some stage in the evolution of the ESFZ. Such an extension and trenchward migration of the volcanic arc could be related to subduction roll-back of the Cocos Plate beneath the Chortis Block in Mio-Pliocene times. Such a possible evolution leads to open questions that we address in our research: Is the ESFZ a neo-formed fault zone, i.e. did it form during one phase of strike-slip or transtensional deformation, or do the structures in the ESFZ reflect a two-phase evolution, i.e. an early phase of extension overprinted by a later phase of strike-slip or transtension? Did subduction roll-back occur beneath El Salvador? We carried out analogue model experiments to test whether or not an early phase of extension is required to form the present-day fault pattern in the ESFZ. Analogue modeling is an effective tool in testing various hypotheses, as it allows the experimenter to control specific parameters and to test their influence on the resulting structures. Our experiments suggest that a two-phase tectonic evolution best explains the ESFZ: an early pure extensional phase linked to a segmented volcanic arc is necessary to form the main structures of the ESFZ and can explain the shallow geometry of the fault zone. This extensional phase is followed by a strike-slip dominated regime, which results in inter

  15. Composition Dependent Evolution in Mass Flux from Binary Trichloroethene/Tetrachloroethene-DNAPL Source Zones

    Walker, D. I.; Cápiro, N. L.; Granbery, E. K.; Pennell, K. D.


    In order to accurately predict the efficacy of subsurface remediation for sites contaminated with multicomponent dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), it is necessary to link changes in aqueous phase contaminant discharge with source composition and distribution. Dissolution from a binary 1:1 (molar) mixture of trichloroethene- (TCE) and tetrachloroethene- (PCE) DNAPL was measured in three separate 2-dimensional aquifer cells (100 x 48 x 1.4 cm) that were packed with different background media (1:1 mixture 20:30 and 40:50 mesh; 20:30 mesh and 40:50 mesh Accusand) and low permeability zones. Initial DNAPL source zone architectures were varied to yield ganglia to pool (GTP) ratios of 0.44, 1.56, and 1.72. Down-gradient plume evolution and DNAPL spatial distribution were measured every 5 pore volumes (PV) from side port samples and a light transmission system that allowed non-invasive measurement of volumetric DNAPL saturation and source descriptive metrics at a resolution of 0.03 to 0.08 mm2. Flux-averaged PCE and TCE effluent concentrations were measured every 0.7 PVs from a fully screened effluent chamber. To accelerate changes in source zone architecture and overall mass removal, two surfactant floods (4% w/w Tween 80) were completed after mass discharge from the source zone reached a steady state. Mass flux reductions for a given amount of DNAPL mass removed were found to correspond strongly to the molar composition of DNAPL in the source zone and the initial DNAPL saturation distribution metric (e.g., GTP). Percent reductions in mass flux from the aquifer cells with ganglia dominated architectures were 98 and 72% for TCE and PCE respectively, with a final overall NAPL source zone molar ratio of 0.49:0.51 TCE: PCE ; and 97 and 79% for TCE and PCE with molar ratios of 0.19:0.81 TCE:PCE. Reductions in mass flux from the pool dominated source zone were 90 and 53% for TCE and PCE with a final overall DNAPL source zone mole fraction of 0.26:0.74 TCE:PCE. These

  16. Thermal-mechanical Numerical Models of Evolution For Different Precambrian Collisional Zones

    Parphenuk, O.

    Precambrian continental shields such as the Anabar, Baltic and Canadian, are the structurally stable areas for at least the last 1.6 Ga. Deeply eroded structures of the shields formed in the process of multistage tectonic evolution including horizontal shortening and collision by overthrusting expose at the surface middle to the lower crustal rocks uplifted along the faults from the depths 20-40 km. Thermal-mechanical model of horizontal shortening and continental crust formation in collisional zones is developed and applied to the modelling of thermal and dynamic evolution of different Archean and Proterozoic structures. The thermal structure of the lithosphere subjected to compression and shortening resulted in crustal thickening determines in large scale the further tectonic and thermal evolution of collisional zones. The lithospheric exten- sion in orogenic structures can be the possible reaction to the increase of vertical stress due to the uplift and crustal roots formation. But the number of examples exist of the areas which did not experience post-orogenic extension: the collisional structures of the Anabar Shield, the Kapuskasing structural zone of the Canadian Shield etc. The numerical modelling of the process of brittle overthrusting in the upper crust and the lower crustal viscous flow demonstrated the possibility of different structural forma- tions with thickened upper crust, uplift at the surface and progressively increasing erosion level of the rocks exumated from different depths. The thermal and rheolog- ical conditions are discussed for the formation and preservation of crustal roots. The topography of the uplift and crustal roots strongly depends on the number of param- eters, the most important of which are the viscosity values and contrast for the lower crust and lithospheric upper mantle, the initial dip angle of fault, the rate of shortening and erosion, the thermal regime of the region.

  17. The brittle-viscous-plastic evolution of shear bands in the South Armorican Shear Zone

    Bukovská, Zita; Jeřábek, Petr; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Lexa, Ondrej; Milke, Ralf


    Shear bands are microscale shear zones that obliquely crosscut an existing anisotropy such as a foliation. The resulting S-C fabrics are characterized by angles lower than 45° and the C plane parallel to shear zone boundaries. The S-C fabrics typically occur in granitoids deformed at greenschist facies conditions in the vicinity of major shear zones. Despite their long recognition, mechanical reasons for localization of deformation into shear bands and their evolution is still poorly understood. In this work we focus on microscale characterization of the shear bands in the South Armorican Shear Zone, where the S-C fabrics were first recognized by Berthé et al. (1979). The initiation of shear bands in the right-lateral South Armorican Shear Zone is associated with the occurrence of microcracks crosscutting the recrystallized quartz aggregates that define the S fabric. In more advanced stages of shear band evolution, newly formed dominant K-feldspar, together with plagioclase, muscovite and chlorite occur in the microcracks, and the shear bands start to widen. K-feldspar replaces quartz by progressively bulging into the grain boundaries of recrystallized quartz grains, leading to disintegration of quartz aggregates and formation of fine-grained multiphase matrix mixture. The late stages of shear band development are marked by interconnection of fine-grained white mica into a band that crosscuts the original shear band matrix. In its extremity, the shear band widening may lead to the formation of ultramylonites. With the increasing proportion of shear band matrix from ~1% to ~12%, the angular relationship between S and C fabrics increases from ~30° to ~40°. The matrix phases within shear bands show differences in chemical composition related to distinct evolutionary stages of shear band formation. The chemical evolution is well documented in K-feldspar, where the albite component is highest in porphyroclasts within S fabric, lower in the newly formed grains within

  18. The role of bedding in the evolution of meso- and microstructural fabrics in fault zones

    Ishii, Eiichi


    To investigate the role of bedding in the evolution of meso- and microstructural fabrics in fault zones, detailed microscopic, mineralogical, and geochemical analyses were conducted on bedding-oblique and bedding-parallel faults that cut a folded Neogene siliceous mudstone that contains opal-CT, smectite, and illite. An analysis of asymmetric structures in the fault gouges indicates that the secondary fractures associated with each fault exhibit contrasting characteristics: those of the bedding-oblique fault are R1 shears, whereas those of the bedding-parallel fault are reactivated S foliation. The bedding-oblique fault shows the pervasive development of S foliation, lacks opal-CT, and has low SiO2/TiO2 ratios only in gouge, whereas the bedding-parallel fault exhibits these characteristics in both gouge and wall rocks. The development of S foliation and the lack of silica can result from local ductile deformation involving the sliding of phyllosilicates, coupled with pressure solution of opal-CT. Although such deformation can occur in gouge, the above results indicate that it may occur preferentially along bedding planes, preceding the formation of a gouge/slip surface. Thus, in sedimentary rocks that contain phyllosilicates and soluble minerals, bedding can influence the rheological evolution of meso- and microstructural fabrics in fault zones.

  19. Radial drift of dust in protoplanetary discs: the evolution of ice lines and dead zones

    Cridland, A. J.; Pudritz, Ralph E.; Birnstiel, T.


    We have developed a new model for the astrochemical structure of a viscously evolving protoplanetary disc that couples an analytic description of the disc's temperature and density profile, chemical evolution and an evolving dust distribution. We compute evolving radial distributions for a range of dust grain sizes, which depend on coagulation, fragmentation and radial drift processes. In particular, we find that the water ice line plays an important role in shaping the radial distribution of the maximum grain size because ice-coated grains are significantly less susceptible to fragmentation than their dry counterparts. This in turn has important effects on disc ionization and therefore on the location of dead zones. In comparison to a simple constant gas-to-dust ratio model for the dust as an example, we find that the new model predicts an outer dead zone edge that moves in by a factor of about 3 at 1 Myr (to 5 au) and by a factor of about 14 by 3 Myr (to 0.5 au). We show that the changing position of the dead zone and heat transition traps have important implications for the formation and trapping of planets in protoplanetary discs. Finally, we consider our results in light of recent Atacama Large Millimeter Array observations of HL Tau and TW Hya.

  20. Shear zone evolution and timing of deformation in the Neoproterozoic transpressional Dom Feliciano Belt, Uruguay

    Oriolo, Sebastián; Oyhantçabal, Pedro; Wemmer, Klaus; Heidelbach, Florian; Pfänder, Jörg; Basei, Miguel A. S.; Hueck, Mathias; Hannich, Felix; Sperner, Blanka; Siegesmund, Siegfried


    New structural, microstructural and geochronological (U-Pb LA-ICP-MS, Ar/Ar, K-Ar, Rb-Sr) data were obtained for the Dom Feliciano Belt in Uruguay. The main phase of crustal shortening, metamorphism and associated exhumation is recorded between 630 and 600 Ma. This stage is related to the collision of the Río de la Plata and Congo cratons at ca. 630 Ma, which also involved crustal reworking of minor crustal blocks such as the Nico Pérez Terrane and voluminous post-collisional magmatism. Subsequent orogen-parallel sinistral shearing gave rise to further deformation up to ca. 584 Ma and resulted from the onset of the convergence of the Kalahari Craton and the Río de la Plata-Congo cratons. Sinistral shear zones underwent progressive strain localization and retrograde conditions of deformation during crustal exhumation. Dextral ENE-striking shear zones were subsequently active at ca. 550 Ma, coeval with further sinistral shearing along N- to NNE-striking shear zones. The tectonothermal evolution of the Dom Feliciano Belt thus recorded the collision of the Río de la Plata and Congo cratons, which comprised one of the first amalgamated nuclei of Gondwana, and the subsequent incorporation of the Kalahari Craton into Western Gondwana.

  1. Multi-stage kimberlite evolution tracked in zoned olivine from the Benfontein sill, South Africa

    Howarth, Geoffrey H.; Taylor, Lawrence A.


    Olivine is the dominant mineral present in kimberlite magmas; however, due to the volatile-rich nature of most kimberlites, they rarely survive late-stage serpentinisation. Here we present major and trace element data for a rare example of ultra-fresh olivine in a macrocrystic calcite kimberlite from the Benfontein kimberlite sill complex. Olivines are characterised by xenocrystic cores surrounded by multiple growth zones representing melt crystallisation and late-stage equilibration. Two distinct core populations are distinguished: Type 1) low Fo (88-89), Ni-rich, Ca- and Na-rich cores, interpreted here to be the result of carbonate-silicate metasomatism potentially as part of the earliest stages of kimberlite magmatism, and Type 2) high Fo (91-93), Ni-rich, low-Ca cores derived from a typical garnet peridotite mantle source. In both cases, the cores have transitional margins (Fo89-90) representing equilibration with a proto-kimberlite melt. Trace element concentrations, in particular Cr, of these transition zones suggest formation of the proto-kimberlite melt through assimilation of orthopyroxene from the surrounding garnet peridotite lithology. Trace element trends in the surrounding melt-zone olivine (Fo87-90) suggest evolution of the kimberlite through progressive olivine crystallisation. The final stages of olivine growth are represented by Fe-rich (Fo85) and P-rich olivine indicating kimberlite evolution to mafic compositions. Fine (evolution back to Fe-poor carbonatitic melts. We present a step-by-step model for kimberlite magma genesis and evolution from mantle to crust tracked by the chemistry of olivines in the Benfontein kimberlite. These steps include early stages of metasomatism and mantle assimilation followed by direct crystallisation of the kimberlite melt and late-stage equilibration with the evolved carbonatitic residual liquids. The Ca contents of the Type 1 xenocrystic olivines are the highest yet measured for mantle olivines, and do not

  2. Impacts of stellar evolution and dynamics on the habitable zone: The role of rotation and magnetic activity

    Gallet, F.; Charbonnel, C.; Amard, L.; Brun, S.; Palacios, A.; Mathis, S.


    Context. With the ever growing number of detected and confirmed exoplanets, the probability of finding a planet that looks like the Earth increases continuously. While it is clear that the presence of a planet in the habitable zone does not imply the planet is habitable, a systematic study of the evolution of the habitable zone is required to account for its dependence on stellar parameters. Aims: In this article, we aim to provide the community with the dependence of the habitable zone upon the stellar mass, metallicity, rotation, and for various prescriptions of the limits of the habitable zone. Methods: We use stellar evolution models computed with the code STAREVOL, which includes the most current physical mechanisms of internal transport of angular momentum and external wind braking, to study the evolution of the habitable zone and the continuously habitable zone limits. Results: The stellar parameters mass and metallicity affect the habitable zone limits most dramatically. Conversely, for a given stellar mass and metallicity, stellar rotation has only a marginal effect on these limits and does not modify the width of the habitable zone. Moreover, and as expected in the main-sequence phase and for a given stellar mass and metallicity, the habitable zone limits remain almost constant, and this confirms the usual assumptions of a relative constancy of these limits during that phase. The evolution of the habitable zone limits is also correlated to the evolution of the stellar activity (through the Rossby number), which depends on the stellar mass considered. While the magnetic activity has negligible consequence in the case of more massive stars, these effects may have a strong impact on the habitability of a planet around M-dwarf stars. Thus, stellar activity cannot be neglected and may have a strong impact on the development of life during the early stage of the continuously habitable zone phase of low-mass stars. Using observed trends of stellar magnetic field

  3. Impacts of stellar evolution and dynamics on the habitable zone: The role of rotation and magnetic activity

    Florian, Gallet; Louis, Amard; Sacha, Brun; Ana, Palacios; Stephane, Mathis


    In this article, we aim to provide the community with the dependence of the habitable zone upon the stellar mass, metallicity, rotation, and for various prescriptions of the limits of the habitable zone. We use the STAREVOL code to study the evolution of the habitable zone and of the continuously habitable zone limits. Mass and metallicity are the stellar parameters that have the most dramatic effects on the habitable zone limits. Conversely, for a given stellar mass and metallicity, stellar rotation has only a marginal effect on these limits and does not modify the width of the habitable zone. The evolution of the habitable zone limits is also correlated to the evolution of the stellar activity (through the Rossby number) that depends on the stellar mass considered. While the magnetic activity has negligible consequence in the case of more massive stars, these effects may have a strong impact on the habitability of a planet around M dwarf stars. Thus, stellar activity cannot be neglected and may have strong ...

  4. The galactic habitable zone of the Milky Way and M31 from chemical evolution models with gas radial flows

    Spitoni, E; Sozzetti, A


    The galactic habitable zone is defined as the region with sufficient abundance of heavy elements to form planetary systems in which Earth-like planets could be born and might be capable of sustaining life, after surviving to close supernova explosion events. Galactic chemical evolution models can be useful for studying the galactic habitable zones in different systems. We apply detailed chemical evolution models including radial gas flows to study the galactic habitable zones in our Galaxy and M31. We compare the results to the relative galactic habitable zones found with "classical" (independent ring) models, where no gas inflows were included. For both the Milky Way and Andromeda, the main effect of the gas radial inflows is to enhance the number of stars hosting a habitable planet with respect to the "classical" model results, in the region of maximum probability for this occurrence, relative to the classical model results. These results are obtained by taking into account the supernova destruction process...

  5. Upper Ocean Evolution Across the Beaufort Sea Marginal Ice Zone from Autonomous Gliders

    Lee, Craig; Rainville, Luc; Perry, Mary Jane


    The observed reduction of Arctic summertime sea ice extent and expansion of the marginal ice zone (MIZ) have profound impacts on the balance of processes controlling sea ice evolution, including the introduction of several positive feedback mechanisms that may act to accelerate melting. Examples of such feedbacks include increased upper ocean warming though absorption of solar radiation, elevated internal wave energy and mixing that may entrain heat stored in subsurface watermasses (e.g., the relatively warm Pacific Summer (PSW) and Atlantic (AW) waters), and elevated surface wave energy that acts to deform and fracture sea ice. Spatial and temporal variability in ice properties and open water fraction impact these processes. To investigate how upper ocean structure varies with changing ice cover, and how the balance of processes shift as a function of ice fraction and distance from open water, four long-endurance autonomous Seagliders occupied sections that extended from open water, through the marginal ice zone, deep into the pack during summer 2014 in the Beaufort Sea. Sections reveal strong fronts where cold, ice-covered waters meet waters that have been exposed to solar warming, and O(10 km) scale eddies near the ice edge. In the pack, Pacific Summer Water and a deep chlorophyll maximum form distinct layers at roughly 60 m and 80 m, respectively, which become increasingly diffuse as they progress through the MIZ and into open water. The isopynal layer between 1023 and 1024 kgm-3, just above the PSW, consistently thickens near the ice edge, likely due to mixing or energetic vertical exchange associated with strong lateral gradients in this region. This presentation will discuss the upper ocean variability, its relationship to sea ice extent, and evolution over the summer to the start of freeze up.

  6. Radial Drift of Dust in Protoplanetary Disks: The Evolution of Ice lines and Dead zones

    Cridland, Alex J; Birnstiel, Tilman


    We have developed a new model for the astrochemical structure of a viscously evolving protoplanetary disk that couples an analytic description of the disk's temperature and density profile, chemical evolution, and an evolving dust distribution. We compute evolving radial distributions for a range of dust grain sizes, which depend on coagulation, fragmentation and radial drift processes. In particular we find that the water ice line plays an important role in shaping the radial distribution of the maximum grain size because ice coated grains are significantly less susceptible to fragmentation than their dry counterparts. This in turn has important effects on disk ionization and therefore on the location of dead zones. In comparison to a simple constant gas-to-dust ratio model for the dust as an example, we find that the new model predicts an outer dead zone edge that moves in by a factor of about 3 at 1 Myr (to 5 AU) and by a factor of about 14 by 3 Myr (to 0.5 AU). We show that the changing position of the de...

  7. Chemical evolution and the galactic habitable zone of M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy)

    Carigi, L; Garcia-Rojas, J


    We have computed the Galactic Habitable Zones (GHZs) of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) based mainly, but not exclusively, on the probability of terrestrial planet formation, which depends on the metallicity (Z) of the interstellar medium. The GHZ was therefore obtained from a chemical evolution model built to reproduce a precise metallicity gradient in the galactic disk, [O/H](r) $ = -0.015 \\pm 0.003 dex kpc^{-1} x r(kpc) + 0.44 \\pm 0.04 dex $. This gradient is the most probable when intrinsic scatter is present in the observational data. The chemical evolution model predicted a higher star formation history in both the halo and disk components of M31 and a less efficient inside-out galactic formation, compared to those of the Milky Way. If we assumed that Earth-like planets form with a probability law that follows the Z distribution shown by stars with detected planets, the most probable GHZ with basic life is located between 6 and 17 kpc on planets with ages between 4.5 and 1 Gy, and the most probable GHZ with ...

  8. In situ experiments on width and evolution characteristics of excavation damaged zone in deeply buried tunnels


    The seven long tunnels of Jinping II hydropower station are deeply buried.The width and evolution characteristics of excavation damaged zone(EDZ) are the key problem to the design of tunnels excavation and supports.In order to study this problem,several specific experimental tunnels with different overburden and geometric sizes were excavated at this site.Digital borehole camera,sliding micrometer,cross-hole acoustic wave equipment and acoustic emission apparatus were adopted.This paper introduced the comprehensive in situ experimental methods through pre-installed facilities and pre-drilled boreholes.Typical properties of the surrounding rock mass,including cracks,deformation,elastic wave and micro fractures,were measured during the whole process of the tunnel excavation.The width and characteristics of formation and evolution of tunnels EDZ were analyzed under different construction methods involving of TBM and drilling and blasting,the test tunnels were excavated by full-face or two benches.The relationships between EDZ and tunnel geometry sizes,overburden and excavation method were described as well.The results will not only contribute a great deal to the analysis of rock mass behavior in deeply buried rock mass,but also provide direct data for support design and rockburst prediction.

  9. Geochemical evolution of a fractured zone in the cap rock of an underground carbon storage site

    Vialle, S.; Druhan, J. L.; Maher, K.


    Assessment and management of environmental risks associated with underground storage of CO2 in geological systems is essential for the commercial deployment of this technology. A major risk is leakage of the CO2 from its storage reservoir, through wellbores, and along faults and fractures in the cap rock. The geochemical reactions likely to take place as CO2 leaks through a damage zone and their impact on cap rock integrity still need to be better understood and quantified. Should CO2 leakage occur, geochemical reactions would govern the environmental impact on shallow groundwater aquifers and could provide an indication of the leak prior to surface-based monitoring techniques. We used the reactive transport code TOUGH2/TOUGHREACT to model a leakage scenario through a fractured cap rock. Since geochemical reactions will strongly depend upon the local hydrodynamics of the CO2 leak, the first step of the study is to provide an appropriate physical representation of fluid flow through the system. Typically, for a low porosity rock formation, a fault/damaged zone system is composed of a core of low permeability and a damage zone with second-order fractures whose density decreases with distance from the fault core. Permeability is thus increased along the fault plane and laterally decreases down to the permeability value of the undamaged cap rock. Appropriate scaling relationships (e.g., and analytical expression of for permeability as a function of fracture aperture and fracture density), effective physical parameters as well as constitutive relationships are carefully chosen to model the fractured system, treated as an equivalent porous medium. The cap rock is initially saturated with brine (salinity of 0.15 in mass fraction) and due to overpressure in the lower storage reservoir, CO2 migrates through the damage zone. Geochemical reactions involve both salt precipitation due to the partitioning of H2O and CO2 between liquid and gas phases as well as well reactions

  10. Spatial evolution of Zagros collision zone in Kurdistan - NW Iran, constraints for Arabia-Eurasia oblique convergence

    Sadeghi, S.; Yassaghi, A.


    Stratigraphy, detailed structural mapping and crustal scale cross section of the NW Zagros collision zone evolved during convergence of the Arabian and Eurasian plates were conducted to constrain the spatial evolution of the belt oblique convergence since Late Cretaceous. Zagros orogeny in NW Iran consists of the Sanandaj-Sirjan, Gaveh Rud and ophiolite zones as internal, and Bisotoun, Radiolarite and High Zagros zones as external parts. The Main Zagros Thrust is known as major structures of the Zagros suture zone. Two stages of deformation are recognized in the external parts of Zagros. In the early stage, presence of dextrally deformed domains beside the reversely deformed domains in the Radiolarite zone as well as dextral-reverse faults in both Bisotoun and Radiolarite zones demonstrates partitioning of the dextral transpression. In the late stage, southeastward propagation of the Zagros orogeny towards its foreland resulted in synchronous development of orogen-parallel strike-slip and pure thrust faults. It is proposed that the first stage related to the late Cretaceous oblique obduction, and the second stage is resulted from Cenozoic collision. Cenozoic orogen-parallel strike-slip component of Zagros oblique faulting is not confined to the Zagros suture zone (Main Recent) but also occurred in the more external part (Marekhil-Ravansar fault system). Thus, it is proposed that oblique convergence of Arabia-Eurasia plates occurred in Zagros collision zone since the Late Cretaceous.

  11. Fish Ecology and Evolution in the World's Oxygen Minimum Zones and Implications of Ocean Deoxygenation.

    Gallo, N D; Levin, L A

    Oxygen minimum zones (OMZs) and oxygen limited zones (OLZs) are important oceanographic features in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean, and are characterized by hypoxic conditions that are physiologically challenging for demersal fish. Thickness, depth of the upper boundary, minimum oxygen levels, local temperatures, and diurnal, seasonal, and interannual oxycline variability differ regionally, with the thickest and shallowest OMZs occurring in the subtropics and tropics. Although most fish are not hypoxia-tolerant, at least 77 demersal fish species from 16 orders have evolved physiological, behavioural, and morphological adaptations that allow them to live under the severely hypoxic, hypercapnic, and at times sulphidic conditions found in OMZs. Tolerance to OMZ conditions has evolved multiple times in multiple groups with no single fish family or genus exploiting all OMZs globally. Severely hypoxic conditions in OMZs lead to decreased demersal fish diversity, but fish density trends are variable and dependent on region-specific thresholds. Some OMZ-adapted fish species are more hypoxia-tolerant than most megafaunal invertebrates and are present even when most invertebrates are excluded. Expansions and contractions of OMZs in the past have affected fish evolution and diversity. Current patterns of ocean warming are leading to ocean deoxygenation, causing the expansion and shoaling of OMZs, which is expected to decrease demersal fish diversity and alter trophic pathways on affected margins. Habitat compression is expected for hypoxia-intolerant species, causing increased susceptibility to overfishing for fisheries species. Demersal fisheries are likely to be negatively impacted overall by the expansion of OMZs in a warming world.

  12. Dynamical evolution of space debris on high-elliptical orbits near high-order resonance zones

    Kuznetsov, Eduard; Zakharova, Polina

    Orbital evolution of objects on Molniya-type orbits is considered near high-order resonance zones. Initial conditions correspond to high-elliptical orbits with the critical inclination 63.4 degrees. High-order resonances are analyzed. Resonance orders are more than 5 and less than 50. Frequencies of perturbations caused by the effect of sectorial and tesseral harmonics of the Earth's gravitational potential are linear combinations of the mean motion of a satellite, angular velocities of motion of the pericenter and node of its orbit, and the angular velocity of the Earth. Frequencies of perturbations were calculated by taking into account secular perturbations from the Earth oblateness, the Moon, the Sun, and a solar radiation pressure. Resonance splitting effect leads to three sub-resonances. The study of dynamical evolution on long time intervals was performed on the basis of the results of numerical simulation. We used "A Numerical Model of the Motion of Artificial Earth's Satellites", developed by the Research Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics of the Tomsk State University. The model of disturbing forces taken into account the main perturbing factors: the gravitational field of the Earth, the attraction of the Moon and the Sun, the tides in the Earth’s body, the solar radiation pressure, taking into account the shadow of the Earth, the Poynting-Robertson effect, and the atmospheric drag. Area-to-mass ratio varied from small values corresponding to satellites to big ones corresponding to space debris. The locations and sizes of resonance zones were refined from numerical simulation. The Poynting-Robertson effect results in a secular decrease in the semi-major axis of a spherically symmetrical satellite. In resonance regions the effect weakens slightly. Reliable estimates of secular perturbations of the semi-major axis were obtained from the numerical simulation. Under the Poynting-Robertson effect objects pass through the regions of high

  13. Numerical reconstruction of Late-Cenosoic evolution of normal-fault scarps in Baikal Rift Zone

    Byzov, Leonid; San'kov, Vladimir


    Numerical landscape development modeling has recently become a popular tool in geo-logic and geomorphic investigations. We employed this technique to reconstruct Late-Cenosoic evolution of Baikal Rift Zone mountains. The objects of research were Barguzin Range and Svyatoy Nos Upland. These structures are formed under conditions of crustal extension and bounded by active normal faults. In our experiments we used instruments, engineered by Greg Tucker (University of Colo-rado) - CHILD (Channel-Hillslope Integrated Landscape Development) and 'Bedrock Fault Scarp'. First program allowed constructing the complex landscape model considering tectonic uplift, fluvial and hillslope processes; second program is used for more accurate simulating of triangular facet evolution. In general, our experiments consisted in testing of tectonic parameters, and climatic char-acteristic, erosion and diffusion properties, hydraulic geometry were practically constant except for some special runs. Numerous experiments, with various scenarios of development, showed that Barguzin range and Svyatoy Nos Upland has many common features. These structures characterized by internal differentiation, which appear in height and shape of slopes. At the same time, individual segments of these objects are very similar - this conclusion refers to most developing parts, with pronounced facets and V-shaped valleys. Accordingly modelling, these landscapes are in a steady state and are undergoing a uplift with rate 0,4 mm/yr since Early Pliocene (this solution accords with AFT-dating). Lower segments of Barguzin Range and Svyatoy Nos Upland also have some general fea-tures, but the reasons of such similarity probably are different. In particular, southern segment of Svyatoy Nos Upland, which characterized by relative high slope with very weak incision, may be formed as result very rapid fault movement or catastrophic landslide. On the other hand, a lower segment of Barguzin Range (Ulun segment, for example

  14. Structural evolution of fault zones in sandstone by multiple deformation mechanisms: Moab fault, southeast Utah

    Davatzes, N.C.; Eichhubl, P.; Aydin, A.


    Faults in sandstone are frequently composed of two classes of structures: (1) deformation bands and (2) joints and sheared joints. Whereas the former structures are associated with cataclastic deformation, the latter ones represent brittle fracturing, fragmentation, and brecciation. We investigated the distribution of these structures, their formation, and the underlying mechanical controls for their occurrence along the Moab normal fault in southeastern Utah through the use of structural mapping and numerical elastic boundary element modeling. We found that deformation bands occur everywhere along the fault, but with increased density in contractional relays. Joints and sheared joints only occur at intersections and extensional relays. In all locations , joints consistently overprint deformation bands. Localization of joints and sheared joints in extensional relays suggests that their distribution is controlled by local variations in stress state that are due to mechanical interaction between the fault segments. This interpretation is consistent with elastic boundary element models that predict a local reduction in mean stress and least compressive principal stress at intersections and extensional relays. The transition from deformation band to joint formation along these sections of the fault system likely resulted from the combined effects of changes in remote tectonic loading, burial depth, fluid pressure, and rock properties. In the case of the Moab fault, we conclude that the structural heterogeneity in the fault zone is systematically related to the geometric evolution of the fault, the local state of stress associated with fault slip , and the remote loading history. Because the type and distribution of structures affect fault permeability and strength, our results predict systematic variations in these parameters with fault evolution. ?? 2004 Geological Society of America.

  15. Evolution of Diurnal Asymmetry of Surface Temperature over Different Climatic Zones

    Rajendran, V.; C T, D.; Chakravorty, A.; AghaKouchak, A.


    The increase in drought, flood, diseases, crop failure etc. in the recent past has created an alarm amongst the researchers. One of the main reasons behind the intensification of these environmental hazards is the recent revelation of climate change, which is generally attributed to the human induced global warming, represented by an increase in global mean temperature. However, in order to formulate policies to mitigate and prevent the threats due to global warming, its key driving factors should be analysed at high spatial and temporal resolution. Diurnal Temperature Range (DTR) is one of the indicators of global warming. The study of the evolution of the DTR is crucial, since it affects agriculture, health, ecosystems, transport, etc. Recent studies reveal that diurnal asymmetry has decreased globally, whereas a few regional studies report a contradictory pattern and attributed them to localized feedback processes. However, an evident conclusion cannot be made using the linear trend approaches employed in the past studies and the evolution of diurnal asymmetry should be investigated using non-linear trend approach for better perception. Hence, the regional evolution of DTR trend has been analysed using the spatially-temporally Multidimensional Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition (MEEMD) method over India and observed a positive trend in over-all mean of DTR, while its rate of increase has declined in the recent decades. Further, the grids showing negative trend in DTR is observed in arid deserts and warm-temperate grasslands and positive trend over the west coast and sub-tropical forest in the North-East. This transition predominantly began from the west coast and is stretched with an increase in magnitude. These changes are more pronounced during winter and post-monsoon seasons, especially in the arid desert and warm-temperate grasslands, where the rate of increase in minimum temperature is higher than that of the maximum temperature. These analyses suggest

  16. Microclimate Controls on the Evolution of Critical Zone Architecture in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory

    West, N.; Kirby, E.; Nyblade, A.; Brantley, S. L.


    The functioning and structure of the critical zone is largely controlled by the formation of regolith - the physically and chemically altered material formed from in situ parent bedrock. Therefore, understanding how regolith production and transport respond to perturbations in climate and/or tectonic forcing remains a first-order question in critical zone science. At the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (SSHO), high resolution LiDAR-derived topographic data and depths to hand auger refusal reveal a systematic asymmetry in hillslope gradient and mobile regolith thicknesses; both are greater on north-facing hillslopes. Hydrologic and geochemical studies of at the SSHO also suggest asymmetric sediment transport, fluid flow, and mineral weathering with respect to hillslope aspect. Here, we combine shallow seismic surveys completed along 4 hillslope transects (2 north-facing and 2-south facing), 2 ridgetops transects, and subsurface observations in boreholes to investigate the role of climate in inducing fracturing and priming the development of the observed asymmetry. Comparisons of shallow p-wave velocities with borehole and pit observations suggest the presence of three distinct layers at SSHO: 1) a deep, high velocity layer that is consistent with largely unweathered shale bedrock immediately overlain by 2) an intermediate velocity layer that is consistent with fractured and chemically altered bedrock, and 3) a shallow, slow velocity layer that is consistent with mobile material or shallow soil. Shallow p-wave velocity profiles suggest differences in thickness for both the mobile and immobile regolith material with respect to aspect. Patterns of p-wave velocities with depth are consistent with patterns of fracture densities observed in boreholes and with predictive cracking intensity models related to frost action. Similarly, p-wave velocity profiles correspond with chemical depletion profiles measured in the SSHO subsurface. These data suggest that

  17. Evolution of a magnetic field in a differentially rotating radiative zone

    Gaurat, Mathieu; Lignières, François; Gastine, Thomas


    Recent spectropolarimetric surveys of main-sequence intermediate-mass stars have exhibited a dichotomy in the distribution of the observed magnetic field between the kG dipoles of Ap/Bp stars and the sub-Gauss magnetism of Vega and Sirius. We would like to test whether this dichotomy is linked to the stability versus instability of large-scale magnetic configurations in differentially rotating radiative zones. We computed the axisymmetric magnetic field obtained from the evolution of a dipolar field threading a differentially rotating shell. A full parameter study including various density profiles and initial and boundary conditions was performed with a 2D numerical code. We then focused on the ratio between the toroidal and poloidal components of the magnetic field and discuss the stability of the configurations dominated by the toroidal component using local stability criteria and insights from recent 3D numerical simulations. The numerical results and a simple model show that the ratio between the toroida...

  18. Rossby Wave Instability and Long-Term Evolution of Dead Zones in Protoplanetary Discs

    Miranda, Ryan; Meheut, Heloise


    The physical mechanism of angular momentum transport in poorly ionized regions of protoplanetary discs, the dead zones (DZs), is not understood. The presence of a DZ naturally leads to conditions susceptible to the Rossby wave instability (RWI), which produces vortices and spiral density waves that may revive the DZ and be responsible for observed large-scale disc structures. We present a series of two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations to investigate the role of the RWI in DZs, including its impact on the long-term evolution of the disc and its morphology. The nonlinear RWI can generate Reynolds stresses (effective $\\alpha$ parameter) as large as $0.01 - 0.05$ in the DZ, helping to sustain quasi-steady accretion throughout the disc. It also produces novel disc morphologies, including azimuthal asymmetries with $m = 1, 2$, and atypical vortex shapes. The angular momentum transport strength and morphology are most sensitive to two parameters: the radial extent of the DZ and the disc viscosity. The largest Re...

  19. Structural evolution of the Sarandí del Yí Shear Zone, Uruguay: kinematics, deformation conditions and tectonic significance

    Oriolo, S.; Oyhantçabal, P.; Heidelbach, F.; Wemmer, K.; Siegesmund, S.


    The Sarandí del Yí Shear Zone is a crustal-scale shear zone that separates the Piedra Alta Terrane from the Nico Pérez Terrane and the Dom Feliciano Belt in southern Uruguay. It represents the eastern margin of the Río de la Plata Craton and, consequently, one of the main structural features of the Precambrian basement of Western Gondwana. This shear zone first underwent dextral shearing under upper to middle amphibolite facies conditions, giving rise to the reactivation of pre-existing crustal fabrics in the easternmost Piedra Alta Terrane. Afterwards, pure-shear-dominated sinistral shearing with contemporaneous magmatism took place under lower amphibolite to upper greenschist facies conditions. The mylonites resulting from this event were then locally reactivated by a cataclastic deformation. This evolution points to strain localization under progressively retrograde conditions with time, indicating that the Sarandí del Yí Shear Zone represents an example of a thinning shear zone related to the collisional to post-collisional evolution of the Dom Feliciano Belt that occurred between the Meso- to Neoproterozoic (>600 Ma) and late Ediacaran-lower Cambrian times.

  20. An eastern Mediterranean analogue for the Late Palaeozoic evolution of the Pangaean suture zone in SW Iberia

    Brendan Murphy, J.; Braid, James A.; Quesada, Cecilio; Dahn, Dustin; Gladney, Evan; Dupuis, Nicolle


    It has long been recognized that the Late Paleozoic evolution of SW Iberia preserves a record of collision and suturing between Laurussia (South Portuguese Zone) and Gondwana (Ossa Morena Zone), which is one of the key events in the development of the Variscan orogen and the amalgamation of Pangea. The suture zone (Pulo do Lobo Zone) is classically considered to be an accretionary complex and is characterized by an assemblage of greenschist facies, polydeformed and imbricated meta-sedimentary rocks, mélanges, and mafic complexes. However recent work has shown some of the metasedimentary rocks and mélange were likely derived from neither the upper or lower plates. Mafic complexes in the mélange have NMORB compositions, highly depleted Sm-Nd isotopic signatures and geochronological data imply that their protoliths probably formed between ca. 350 and 340 Ma. Geochronological data also imply that components of the mafic mélange contain a paucity of ancient continental detritus. The Pulo do Lobo Zone was also intruded by ca. 360-310 Ma composite plutons and related dykes ranging from gabbro to granite in composition. The oldest phases of these intrusions are syn- to late-tectonic with respect to the deformation. Taken together these recent observations suggest that much of the tectonic evolution of the Pulo do Lobo suture zone post-dates the onset of collisional tectonics elsewhere in the Variscan orogen, and is broadly analogous to the complex Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the eastern Mediterranean oceanic tracts relative to the ongoing collision between the African, Eurasian and Arabian plates.

  1. Spatial evolution of Zagros collision zone in Kurdistan, NW Iran: constraints on Arabia-Eurasia oblique convergence

    Sadeghi, Shahriar; Yassaghi, Ali


    Stratigraphy, detailed structural mapping and a crustal-scale cross section across the NW Zagros collision zone provide constraints on the spatial evolution of oblique convergence of the Arabian and Eurasian plates since the Late Cretaceous. The Zagros collision zone in NW Iran consists of the internal Sanandaj-Sirjan, Gaveh Rud and Ophiolite zones and the external Bisotoun, Radiolarite and High Zagros zones. The Main Zagros Thrust is the major structure of the Zagros suture zone. Two stages of oblique deformation are recognized in the external part of the NW Zagros in Iran. In the early stage, coexisting dextral strike-slip and reverse dominated domains in the Radiolarite zone developed in response to deformation partitioning due to oblique convergence. Dextral-reverse faults in the Bisotoun zone are also compatible with oblique convergence. In the late stage, deformation partitioning occurred during southeastward propagation of the Zagros orogeny towards its foreland resulting in synchronous development of orogen-parallel strike-slip and thrust faults. It is proposed that the first stage was related to Late Cretaceous oblique obduction, while the second stage resulted from Cenozoic collision. The Cenozoic orogen-parallel strike-slip component of Zagros oblique convergence is not confined to the Zagros suture zone (Main Recent Fault) but also occurred in the external part (Marekhil-Ravansar fault system). Thus, it is proposed that oblique convergence of Arabian and Eurasian plates in Zagros collision zone initiated with oblique obduction in the Late Cretaceous followed by oblique collision in the late Tertiary, consistent with global plate reconstructions.

  2. One step physically adsorbed coating of silica capillary with excellent stability for the separation of basic proteins by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Guo, Xiao-Feng; Guo, Xiao-Mei; Wang, Hong; Zhang, Hua-Shan


    The coating of capillary inner surface is considered to be an effective approach to suppress the adsorption of proteins on capillary inner surface in CE. However, most of coating materials reported are water-soluble, which may dissolve in BGE during the procedure of electrophoresis. In this study, a novel strategy for selection of physically coating materials has been illustrated to get coating layer with excellent stability using materials having poor solubility in commonly used solvents. Taking natural chitin as example (not hydrolyzed water soluble chitosan), a simple one step coating method using chitin solution in hexafluoroisopropanol was adopted within only 21 min with good coating reproducibility (RSDs of EOF for within-batch coated capillaries of 1.55% and between-batch coated capillaries of 2.31%), and a separation of four basic proteins on a chitin coated capillary was performed to evaluate the coating efficacy. Using chitin coating, the adsorption of proteins on capillary inner surface was successfully suppressed with reversed and stable EOF, and four basic proteins including lysozyme, cytochrome c, ribonuclease A and α-chymotrypsinogen A were baseline separated within 16 min with satisfied separation efficiency using 20 mM pH 2.0 H3PO4-Na2HPO4 as back ground electrolyte and 20 kV as separation voltage. What is more important, the chitin coating layer could be stable for more than two months during this study, which demonstrates that chitin is an ideal material for preparing semi-permanent coating on bare fused silica capillary inner wall and has hopeful potential in routine separation of proteins with CE.

  3. Evolution of the Median Tectonic Line fault zone, SW Japan, during exhumation

    Shigematsu, Norio; Kametaka, Masao; Inada, Noriyuki; Miyawaki, Masahiro; Miyakawa, Ayumu; Kameda, Jun; Togo, Tetsuhiro; Fujimoto, Koichiro


    Like many crustal-scale fault zones, the Median Tectonic Line (MTL) fault zone in Japan preserves fault rocks that formed across a broad range of physical conditions. We examined the architecture of the MTL at a large new outcrop in order to understand fault behaviours under different crustal levels. The MTL here strikes almost E-W, dips to the north, and juxtaposes the Sanbagawa metamorphic rocks to the south against the Izumi Group sediments to the north. The fault core consists mainly of Sanbagawa-derived fault gouges. The fault zone can be divided into several structural units, including two slip zones (upper and lower slip zones), where the lower slip zone is more conspicuous. Crosscutting relationships among structures and kinematics indicate that the fault zone records four stages of deformation. Microstructures and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses indicate that the four stages of deformation occurred under different temperature conditions. The oldest deformation (stage 1) was widely distributed, and had a top-to-the-east (dextral) sense of slip at deep levels of the seismogenic zone. Deformation with the same sense of slip, then became localised in the lower slip zone (stage 2). Subsequently, the slip direction in the lower slip zone changed to top-to-the-west (sinistral-normal) (stage 3). The final stage of deformation (stage 4) involved top-to-the-north normal faulting along the two slip zones within the shallow crust (near the surface). The widely distributed stage 1 damage zone characterises the deeper part of the seismogenic zone, while the sets of localised principal slip zones and branching faults of stage 4 characterise shallow depths. The fault zone architecture described in this paper leads us to suggest that fault zones display different behaviours at different crustal levels.

  4. A simple evolutional model of Habitable Zone around host stars with various mass and low metallicity

    Oishi, Midori; Kamaya, Hideyuki


    Habitable Zone (HZ) is defined as a life existence area, where water at the surface of the terrestrial planet is in liquid phase. This is caused by the balance of flux from the host star and effective radiative cooling with greenhouse effect of the planet. However, the flux varies according to evolutional phase of the host star. So, a simple but newest HZ model considering stellar mass range from 0.08 to 4.00 M⊙ has been proposed. It studies both at zero-age main sequence (ZAMS) and terminal-age main sequence (TMS) phases to examine persistence of HZ. By the way, it discusses the case of the metallicity like the Sun. Actually, it is interesting to study a HZ model considering host stars with low metallicity. So, we examine the effect of metallicity, following the precedent simple model. In our analysis, metallicity affects little for HZ orbital range at ZAMS, while it affects clearly in case of TMS. Since the inner and outer HZ boundaries at TMS are shifted outward especially in the mass range from 1.5 to 2.0 M⊙, we find persistent HZ is allowed above about 1.8 M⊙. The age of the universe is 13.8 Gyr, which is comparable to main sequence life time of about 0.8 M⊙ for the low metallicity case. Then, the effect of metallicity to estimate HZ of low metallicity host stars is important for the mass range from 0.8 to 1.8 M⊙.

  5. Tectonic evolution of the Perth Abyssal Plain's Quiet Zone, Southeast Indian Ocean

    Ehrlich, Zohar Louis; Granot, Roi; Williams, Simon E.


    During the Late Jurassic period, the Greater-Indian plate was torn away from Australia, dissociating East Gondwanaland. The Perth Abyssal Plain (PAP) is the southernmost rift segment along the western Australian margin, and has an onset age of ~136 Ma. New marine magnetic and swath bathymetry data, crossing the entire PAP, were acquired recently on geophysical cruise ss2011v06 aboard the R/V Southern Surveyor. These have lead to the outline of conjugate Indian and Australian M-series isochrons in the east and west PAP, respectively [1]. Yet, most of the PAP was created during the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (CNS, 121-83 Ma), a period of no geomagnetic field reversals, hence no comprehensive tectonic model for the PAP exists . Here we present preliminary findings of an analytic bathymetric and magnetic investigation aimed at elucidating the PAP's quiet zone. Recent discoveries regarding the evolution of the geomagnetic field during the CNS [2] provide new time markers that can be utilized to date the oceanic crust. The magnetic anomaly data exhibit the Q2 anomaly marker (~108 Ma), further constraining the spreading history of the PAP. Together with the ridgelet transform method [3] for automated abyssal hill delineation, we present new constraints on the development of crustal construction processes (spreading location, direction and rates) that took place along the PAP spreading center. References: [1] S.E. Williams, J.M. Whittaker, R. Granot, R.D. Muller (in preparation), New constraints on the seafloor spreading history in the Perth Abyssal Plain. [2] Granot, R., J. Dyment, and Y. Gallet (2012), Geomagnetic field variability during the Cretaceous Normal Superchron, Nature Geoscience, 5(3), 220-223. [3] Downey, N. J. and R. W. Clayton (2007), A ridgelet transform method for constraining tectonic models via abyssal-hill morphology, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 8, Q03004, doi: 10.1029/2006GC001440.

  6. Thermochronology and tectonics of the Leeward Antilles: Evolution of the southern Caribbean Plate boundary zone

    van der Lelij, Roelant; Spikings, Richard A.; Kerr, Andrew C.; Kounov, Alexandre; Cosca, Michael; Chew, David; Villagomez, Diego


    Tectonic reconstructions of the Caribbean Plate are severely hampered by a paucity of geochronologic and exhumation constraints from anastomosed basement blocks along its southern margin. New U/Pb, 40Ar/39Ar, apatite fission track, and apatite (U-Th)/He data constrain quantitative thermal and exhumation histories, which have been used to propose a model for the tectonic evolution of the emergent parts of the Bonaire Block and the southern Caribbean Plate boundary zone. An east facing arc system intruded through an oceanic plateau during ~90 to ~87 Ma and crops out on Aruba. Subsequent structural displacements resulted in >80°C of cooling on Aruba during 70–60 Ma. In contrast, exhumation of the island arc sequence exposed on Bonaire occurred at 85–80 Ma and 55–45 Ma. Santonian exhumation on Bonaire occurred immediately subsequent to burial metamorphism and may have been driven by the collision of a west facing island arc with the Caribbean Plate. Island arc rocks intruded oceanic plateau rocks on Gran Roque at ~65 Ma and exhumed rapidly at 55–45 Ma. We attribute Maastrichtian-Danian exhumation on Aruba and early Eocene exhumation on Bonaire and Gran Roque to sequential diachronous accretion of their basement units to the South American Plate. Widespread unconformities indicate late Eocene subaerial exposure. Late Oligocene–early Miocene dextral transtension within the Bonaire Block drove subsidence and burial of crystalline basement rocks of the Leeward Antilles to ≤1 km. Late Miocene–recent transpression caused inversion and ≤1 km of exhumation, possibly as a result of the northward escape of the Maracaibo Block.

  7. The evolution of root-zone moisture capacities after deforestation: a step towards hydrological predictions under change?

    Nijzink, Remko; Hutton, Christopher; Pechlivanidis, Ilias; Capell, René; Arheimer, Berit; Freer, Jim; Han, Dawei; Wagener, Thorsten; McGuire, Kevin; Savenije, Hubert; Hrachowitz, Markus


    The core component of many hydrological systems, the moisture storage capacity available to vegetation, is impossible to observe directly at the catchment scale and is typically treated as a calibration parameter or obtained from a priori available soil characteristics combined with estimates of rooting depth. Often this parameter is considered to remain constant in time. Using long-term data (30-40 years) from three experimental catchments that underwent significant land cover change, we tested the hypotheses that: (1) the root-zone storage capacity significantly changes after deforestation, (2) changes in the root-zone storage capacity can to a large extent explain post-treatment changes to the hydrological regimes and that (3) a time-dynamic formulation of the root-zone storage can improve the performance of a hydrological model.A recently introduced method to estimate catchment-scale root-zone storage capacities based on climate data (i.e. observed rainfall and an estimate of transpiration) was used to reproduce the temporal evolution of root-zone storage capacity under change. Briefly, the maximum deficit that arises from the difference between cumulative daily precipitation and transpiration can be considered as a proxy for root-zone storage capacity. This value was compared to the value obtained from four different conceptual hydrological models that were calibrated for consecutive 2-year windows.It was found that water-balance-derived root-zone storage capacities were similar to the values obtained from calibration of the hydrological models. A sharp decline in root-zone storage capacity was observed after deforestation, followed by a gradual recovery, for two of the three catchments. Trend analysis suggested hydrological recovery periods between 5 and 13 years after deforestation. In a proof-of-concept analysis, one of the hydrological models was adapted to allow dynamically changing root-zone storage capacities, following the observed changes due to

  8. Wind patterns as a potential driver in the evolution and maintenance of a North American migratory suture zone.

    McCabe, Jennifer D; Olsen, Brian J; Hiebeler, David


    Suture zones are areas where range contact zones and hybrid zones of multiple taxa are clustered. Migratory divides, contact zones between divergent populations that breed adjacent to one another but use different migratory routes, are a particular case of suture zones. Although multiple hypotheses for both the formation and maintenance of migratory divides have been suggested, quantitative tests are scarce. Here, we tested whether a novel factor, prevailing winds, was sufficient to explain both the evolution and maintenance of the Cordilleran migratory divide using individual-based models. Empirical observations of eastern birds suggest a circuitous migratory route across Canada before heading south. Western breeders, however, travel south along the Pacific coast to their wintering grounds. We modeled the effect of wind on bird migratory flights by allowing them to float at elevation using spatially explicit modeled wind data. Modeled eastern birds had easterly mean trajectories, whereas western breeders showed significantly more southern trajectories. We also determined that a mean airspeed of 18.5 m s(-1) would be necessary to eliminate this difference in trajectory, a speed that is achieved by waterfowl and shorebirds, but is faster than songbird flight speeds. These results lend support for the potential importance of wind in shaping the phylogeographic history of North American songbirds.

  9. Surface Melt and Firn Density Evolution in the Western Greenland Percolation Zone Over the Past 50 Years

    Graeter, K.; Osterberg, E. C.; Hawley, R. L.; Thundercloud, Z. R.; Marshall, H. P.; Ferris, D. G.; Lewis, G.


    Predictions of the Greenland Ice Sheet's (GIS) contribution to sea-level rise in a warming climate depend on our ability to model the surface mass balance (SMB) processes occurring across the ice sheet. These processes are poorly constrained in the percolation zone, the region of the ice sheet where surface melt refreezes in the firn, thus preventing that melt from directly contributing to GIS mass loss. In this way, the percolation zone serves as a buffer to higher temperatures increasing mass loss. However, it is unknown how the percolation zone is evolving in a changing climate and to what extent the region will continue to serve as a buffer to future runoff. We collected seven shallow ( 22-30 m) firn cores from the Western Greenland percolation zone in May-June 2016 as part of the Greenland Traverse for Accumulation and Climate Studies (GreenTrACS) project. Here we present data on melt layer stratigraphy, density, and annual accumulation for each core to determine: (1) the temporal and spatial accumulation and melt refreeze patterns in the percolation zone of W. Greenland over the past 40 - 55 years, and (2) the impacts of changing melt and refreeze patterns on the near-surface density profile of the percolation zone. Three of the GreenTrACS firn cores re-occupy firn core sites collected in the 1970's-1990's, allowing us to more accurately quantify the evolution of the percolation zone surface melt and firn density during the most recent decades of summertime warming. This work is the basis for broader investigations into how changes in W. Greenland summertime climate are impacting the SMB of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

  10. Stability-indicating capillary zone electrophoresis method for the assessment of recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor and its correlation with reversed-phase liquid chromatography method and bioassay.

    Dalmora, Sergio Luiz; Butzge, Cairo dos Santos; Machado, Francine Trevisan; Walter, Maurício Elesbão; Dalmora, Maria Elisabeth de Ávila; Souto, Ricardo Bizogne


    A stability-indicating capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) method was validated for the analysis of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (rhGM-CSF) using leuprorelin acetate (LA), as internal standard (IS). A fused-silica capillary (75 μm i.d.; effective length, 72 cm) was used at 25 °C; the applied voltage was 12 kV. The background electrolyte solution consisted of 50mM di-sodium hydrogen phosphate solution at pH 8.8. Injections were performed using a pressure mode at 50 mbar for 9s, with detection by photodiode array detector set at 200 nm. Specificity and stability-indicating capability were established in degradation studies, which also showed that there was no interference of the excipients. The method was linear over the concentration range of 2.5-200 μg mL(-1) (r(2)=0.9995) and the limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantitation (LOQ) were 0.79 μg mL(-1) and 2.5 μg mL(-1), respectively. The accuracy was 99.14% with bias lower than 1.40%. The method was applied to the quantitative analysis of biopharmaceutical formulations, and the results were correlated to those of a validated reversed-phase LC method (RP-LC), and an in vitro bioassay, showing non-significant differences (p>0.05).

  11. Simultaneous determination of pyridine-triphenylborane anti-fouling agent and its degradation products in paint-waste samples using capillary zone electrophoresis with field-amplified sample injection.

    Kaewchuay, Netnapit; Fukushi, Keiichi; Tsuboi, Ai; Okamura, Hideo; Saito, Keiitsu; Hirokawa, Takeshi


    We proposed a capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) procedure using field-amplified sample injection (FASI) for the simultaneous determination of pyridine-triphenylborane (PTPB) and its degradation products: diphenylborinic acid (DPB), phenylboronic acid (MPB), and phenol. The LODs for PTPB, DPB, MPB, and phenol were, respectively, 0.85, 0.88, 44, and 28 μg L(-1). The RSDs (n = 4) for the analytes listed above were in respective ranges of 6.2 - 14, 5.9 - 10, and 0.49 - 0.62% for the peak area, peak height, and migration time. The compounds were extracted from paint-waste samples collected from shipyards using a siliga-gel column. The extract was dissolved with acetonitrile containing 1% (v/v) pyridine. The samples were then analyzed using CZE, revealing respective concentrations of 0.076 - 0.53, 0.015 - 0.36, 1.7 - 22, and 1.2 - 13 μg g(-1). The proposed FASI-CZE method is a simple and promising procedure that is expected to be useful for the determination of PTPB and its degradation products in paint wastes.

  12. Analysis of polyphenols in wines: correlation between total polyphenolic content and antioxidant potential from photometric measurements. Prediction of cultivars and vintage from capillary zone electrophoresis fingerprints using artificial neural network.

    Pazourek, J; Gajdosová, D; Spanilá, M; Farková, M; Novotná, K; Havel, J


    The polyphenols (some of them are also called phytoalexins, flavonols, flavanons, flavanonols, flavons, flavanols, and anthocyanines) are usually marked as potent antioxidants or radical scavengers which assist the body cells against oxidation. Polyphenols in wine are also considered to explain so called French paradox (long life aging and low number of coronary diseases despite of high alcohol and fat consumption). The total polyphenolic content (TPC) and total antioxidant potential (TAP) were determined by photometry and found strongly correlated. This finding suggests that the determination of TAP can be replaced by a more simple procedure of TPC determination. Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) with preconcentration by solid phase extraction (SPE) was applied for some polyphenols determination and for obtaining electropherograms of the SPE extracts (fingerprints). From mathematical evaluation of the fingerprints, prediction of cultivars and vintage using artificial neural networks (ANN) was done with more than 90% correct prediction. The study was performed on a set of 47 samples of young wines (vintage 1999-2002) from south Moravia (Czech Republic) and New South Wales (Australia).

  13. Magmatic evolution of the Early Pliocene Etrüsk stratovolcano, Eastern Anatolian Collision Zone, Turkey

    Oyan, Vural; Keskin, Mehmet; Lebedev, Vladimir A.; Chugaev, Andrey V.; Sharkov, Evgenii V.


    The Pliocene Etrüsk stratovolcano, located in the northeast of Lake Van (Eastern Anatolia; Turkey), is one of the important volcanic centres in the Eastern Anatolian collision zone. Mt. Etrüsk overlies a widespread volcanic plateau, consisting of basaltic and hawaiitic lavas formed by fissure eruptions between 4.9-4.5 Ma. These basic lavas contain a phenocryst phase consisting of olivine, plagioclase and clinopyroxene. Trace element ratio diagrams imply that these basic magmas were generated from a mantle that contained a clear subduction component that is related to the subducted sediments rather than fluids or altered oceanic crust. Results of the melting models on the basaltic plateau lavas indicate that there was a marked variation both in the mantle source mineralogy (i.e. the ratio of garnet peridotite to spinel peridotite in the source varies between 60/40% and 40/60%) and the degree of melting (i.e. F between 0.8-4%). This can be explained by a model in which magmas were generated by partial melting of both metasomatised lithospheric and deeper asthenospheric mantle sources in an extensional setting in response to the partial delamination of the lithospheric mantle of Eastern Anatolia and then mixed with each other during Pliocene times. Central eruptions that formed the Etrüsk volcano lasted ~ 600 kyr between 4.3-3.7 Ma during Zanclean times. The estimated depth of the Etrüsk magma chamber is ~ 9-12 km. The volcano erupted lavas with a rather narrow compositional range from latite to rhyolite, which are either transitional or mildly alkaline in character. The Etrüsk lavas contain plagioclase, clino- and orthopyroxene, biotite, K-feldspar and rarely, minor amounts of olivine and amphibole in the phenocryst phase. A composite chemo-stratigraphic section of the volcano and petrological models indicate that the evolved lavas of the Etrüsk volcano differentiated from a parental magma composition, which is similar to that of the most primitive plateau

  14. Supported Molecular Matrix Electrophoresis.

    Matsuno, Yu-Ki; Kameyama, Akihiko


    Mucins are difficult to separate using conventional gel electrophoresis methods such as SDS-PAGE and agarose gel electrophoresis, owing to their large size and heterogeneity. On the other hand, cellulose acetate membrane electrophoresis can separate these molecules, but is not compatible with glycan analysis. Here, we describe a novel membrane electrophoresis technique, termed "supported molecular matrix electrophoresis" (SMME), in which a porous polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane filter is used to achieve separation. This description includes the separation, visualization, and glycan analysis of mucins with the SMME technique.

  15. Compositional evolution of the emplaced fuel source in the vadose zone field experiment at airbase Vaerlose, Denmark

    Broholm, Mette Martina; Christophersen, Mette; Maier, U.;


    A field experiment was performed in a sandy vadose zone, studying the fate of an emplaced fuel-NAPL source, composed of 13 hydrocarbons and a tracer. The UNIFAC model was used to test the nonideal behavior of the source, and the numerical model MIN3P was used for assessing the effect of biodegrad......A field experiment was performed in a sandy vadose zone, studying the fate of an emplaced fuel-NAPL source, composed of 13 hydrocarbons and a tracer. The UNIFAC model was used to test the nonideal behavior of the source, and the numerical model MIN3P was used for assessing the effect...... of biodegradation on source evolution. The diffusive loss to the surrounding vadose zone and the atmosphere created temporary gradients in mole fractions of the individual compounds within the source NAPL. The evolution of the source composition corresponded in general with expectations based on Raoult's Law....... Positive deviations were calculated for the aromatic compounds. The effect of biodegradation on source depletion, evaluated by numerical modeling, was greater for the aromatic as compared to the aliphatic compounds. Hence, the faster depletion of the aromatic relative to aliphatic compounds of similar...

  16. Experimental determination of the long-term strength and stability of laterally bounding fault zones in CO2 storage reservoirs based on kinetic modeling of fault zone evolution

    Samuelson, J. E.; Koenen, M.; Tambach, T.


    Long-term sequestration of CO2, harvested from point sources such as coal burning power plants and cement manufactories, in depleted oil and gas reservoirs is considered to be one of the most attractive options for short- to medium-term mitigation of anthropogenic forcing of climate change. Many such reservoirs are laterally bounded by low-permeability fault zones which could potentially be reactivated either by changes in stress state during and after the injection process, and also by alterations in the frictional strength of fault gouge material. Of additional concern is how the stability of the fault zones will change as a result of the influence of supercritical CO2, specifically whether the rate and state frictional constitutive parameters (a, b, DC) of the fault zone will change in such a way as to enhance the likelihood of seismic activity on the fault zone. The short-term influence of CO2 on frictional strength and stability of simulated fault gouges prepared from mixtures of cap rock and reservoir rock has been analyzed recently [Samuelson et al., In Prep.], concluding that CO2 has little influence on frictional constitutive behavior on the timescale of a typical experiment (CO2 is intended to be sequestered, we have chosen to model the long-term mineralogical alteration of a fault zone with a simple starting mineralogy of 33% quartz, 33% illite, and 33% dolomite by weight using the geochemical modeling program PHREEQC and the THERMODDEM database, assuming instantaneous mixing of the CO2 with the fault gouge. The geochemical modeling predicts that equilibrium will be reached between fault gouge, reservoir brine, and CO2 in approximately 440 years, assuming an average grain-size (davg) of 20 μm, and ~90 years assuming davg =4 μm, a reasonable range of grain-sizes for natural fault gouges. The main change to gouge mineralogy comes from the complete dissolution of illite, and the precipitation of muscovite. The final equilibrium mineralogy of the fault

  17. Mantle constraints on the plate tectonic evolution of the Tonga-Kermadec-Hikurangi subduction zone and the South Fiji Basin region

    Schellart, W.P.; Spakman, W.


    The Tonga–Kermadec–Hikurangi subduction zone is a major plate boundary in the Southwest Pacific region, where the Pacific plate subducts westward underneath the Australian plate. Considerable controversy exists regarding the Cenozoic evolution of this subduction zone, its connection with

  18. The Evolution of Stellar Rotation and the hydrogen atmospheres of habitable-zone Terrestrial Planets

    Johnstone, C P; Stökl, A; Lammer, H; Tu, L; Kislyakova, K G; Lüftinger, T; Odert, P; Erkaev, N V; Dorfi, E A


    Terrestrial planets formed within gaseous protoplanetary disks can accumulate significant hydrogen envelopes. The evolution of such an atmosphere due to XUV driven evaporation depends on the activity evolution of the host star, which itself depends sensitively on its rotational evolution, and therefore on its initial rotation rate. In this letter, we derive an easily applicable method for calculating planetary atmosphere evaporation that combines models for a hydrostatic lower atmosphere and a hydrodynamic upper atmosphere. We show that the initial rotation rate of the central star is of critical importance for the evolution of planetary atmospheres and can determine if a planet keeps or loses its primordial hydrogen envelope. Our results highlight the need for a detailed treatment of stellar activity evolution when studying the evolution of planetary atmospheres.

  19. Structural evolution of the La Trocha fault zone: Oblique collision and strike-slip basins in the Cuban Orogen

    Cruz-Orosa, Israel; Sã Bat, Francesc; Ramos, Emilio; Rivero, LluíS.; VáZquez-Taset, Yaniel M.


    The La Trocha fault zone acted as a major left-lateral transfer zone and is bounded by the La Trocha (LTF), Zaza-Tuinicú (ZTF), Cristales (CTF) and Taguasco (TGF) faults. These faults were consistent with the clockwise rotation of convergence and shortening in central Cuba. From the Paleocene to the Early Eocene (65-48 Ma), a SSW-NNE shortening produced transtension in the LTF and transpression in the ZTF. Subsequently, during the Middle Eocene (48-37 Ma), shortening shifted to a SW-NE direction, resulting in the normal component of the LTF and transpression in the ZTF and CTF. Since the Late Eocene (37 Ma), central Cuba has been welded to the North American Plate. The post-welding deformation gave rise to transtension of the LTF and TGF. This deformation is consistent with a WSW-ENE shortening and reflects activity in the transform boundary of the Cayman Trough. Both the normal and thrust displacements of these previous faults are corroborated by structural data whereas left-lateral displacement is deduced from the concordance between oblique collision and structural features. Plate-kinematics and the structural evolution of the La Trocha fault zone indicate that the related Central Basin is a strike-slip polygenetic basin and that the formation of this system (i.e., fault zone - strike-slip basin) was a consequence of the Paleogene oblique collision between the Caribbean Volcanic Arc and the Bahamas Borderland (North American plate).

  20. Spatiotemporal evolution of a fault shear stress patch due to viscoelastic interseismic fault zone rheology

    Sone, Hiroki; Uchide, Takahiko


    We conducted numerical studies to explore how shear stress anomalies on fault planes (shear stress patches) evolve spatiotemporally during the interseismic period under the influence of viscoelastic rheology assigned to fault zones of finite thickness. 2-D viscoelastic models consisting of a fault zone and host rock were sheared to simulate shear stress accumulation along fault zones due to tectonic loading. No fault slip along a distinct fault planes is implied in the model, thus all fault shear motion is accommodated by distributed deformation in the viscoelastic fault zone. Results show that magnitudes of shear stress patches evolve not only temporally, but also spatially, especially when the stress anomaly is created by a geometrical irregularity (asperity) along the interface of an elastic host rock and viscoelastic fault zone. Such shear stress anomalies diffuse spatially so that the spatial dimension of the shear stress patch appears to grow over time. Models with varying fault zone viscoelastic properties and varying fault zone viscosity both show that such spatial diffusion of shear stress is enhanced by increasing the contribution of the viscous behavior. The absolute rate at which shear stress patches grow spatially is generally not influenced by the size of the shear stress patch. Therefore shear stress patches with smaller dimensions will appear to grow quicker, in the relative sense, compared to larger stress patches. These results suggest that the minimum dimensions of shear stress patches that can exist along a fault could be governed by the effective viscosity of the fault zone. Therefore patterns of accumulated shear stress could vary along faults when viscous properties are heterogeneous, for instance due to depth or material heterogeneity, which has implications on how earthquake rupture behavior could vary along faults.

  1. Thermo-tectonic evolution of the Purros Shear Zone and its implications in Walvis Basin, NW Namibia

    Fernandes, Fernanda M. [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)]|[Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Programa de Recursos Humanos]. E-mail:; Chemale Junior, Farid; Lelarge, Maria Lidia M.V. [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Lab. de Geologia Isotopica e Tracos de Fissao]. E-mail:; Luft Junior, Joao Luiz [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-graduacao em Geociencias]. E-mail:


    The Namibian marginal basins record a long history of tectonic activity since the Proterozoic. The collision between the Congo and Rio de La Plata craton generated NNW-trend crustal weakness zones in the Kaoko mobile belt which became the preferential site to the Phanerozoic tectonic activity. The pre-existing structures reactivated in mobile belts are intimately related with the evolution of adjacent marginal basins. The Pre-Cambrian Purros Shear Zone is an important crustal discontinuity located in Kaoko mobile belt that put side by side basement rocks with basaltic lavas related to the South Atlantic opening. Apatite fission track thermo chronology could provide a better understanding about reactivation phases, denudation rates and paleotemperature data. Through all these information will be possible to make the correlation with the main unconformities in the stratigraphic record of the Walvis marginal basin. (author)

  2. Sediment Distribution in the Nearshore Zone: Grain Size Evolution in Response to Shoreface Nourishment (Island of Terschelling, The Netherlands)

    Guillén, J.; Hoekstra, P.


    The natural sediment distribution in the littoral zone of Terschelling, The Netherlands was disturbed by a shoreface nourishment carried out off the central part of the island. The sedimentological impact of this shoreface nourishment, i.e. the grain size evolution and the sediment dynamics, is studied in order to increase understanding of coastal processes. The variability of the sediment during the study period is due to both natural processes and the nourishment. Immediately after implementation of the nourishment, the sediment distribution was measurably affected. The sediment supplied caused a coarsening (20-40 μm) of the sediment in the zone directly affected by the nourishment. Six months after the nourishment, the grain size distribution across the profile was nearly the same as the original, and no significant effects of the nourishment could be recognized in the median grain size. Individual grain size fractions displayed a temporal evolution more complex than the median size, and significant changes, unrelated to the sand supplied, were observed. Results of the sediment analysis from the coastal zone of Terschelling indicate that the shoreface nourishment only had a short-term and very local impact on the sediment distribution. Some months after the nourishment, the former grain size distribution was re-established. This implies that the nourished sediment was quickly dispersed and mixed with the original deposits, and that it only represents a small part of the volume of sediment involved in the dynamics of the littoral zone. On a yearly perspective, the natural variability of the sediment was higher than the changes caused by the nourishment.

  3. Solutions to Buoyancy-Drag Equation for Dynamical Evolution of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov Mixing Zone

    Y.G. Cao; W.K. Chow; N.K. Fong


    With a self-similar parameter b(At) = Hi/λi, where At is the Atwood number, Hi and λi are the a.mplluae and wavelength of bubble (i = 1) and spike (i = 2) respectively, we derive analytically the solutions to the buoyancy-drag equation recently proposed for dynamical evolution of Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov mixing zone. Numerical solutions are obtained with a simple form ofb(At)--- 1/(1 + At) and comparisons with recent LEM (linear electric motor) experiments are made, and an agreement is found with properly chosen initial conditions.

  4. Potential of capillary electrophoresis for the profiling of propolis

    Hilhorst, M.J; Somsen, G.W; de Jong, G.J.


    The usefulness of capillary electrophoresis (CE) with diode array detection for the profiling of Propolis, a hive product, is investigated. Water extracts of Propolis were analyzed with both capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) at pH 7.0 and 9.3, and micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) wit

  5. Potential of capillary electrophoresis for the profiling of propolis

    Hilhorst, M.J; Somsen, G.W; de Jong, G.J.


    The usefulness of capillary electrophoresis (CE) with diode array detection for the profiling of Propolis, a hive product, is investigated. Water extracts of Propolis were analyzed with both capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) at pH 7.0 and 9.3, and micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC)

  6. Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Selenga Delta Accommodation Zone, Lake Baikal Rift, Siberia

    Scholz, C.A.; Hutchinson, D.R.


    Seismic reflection profiles from the Lake Baikal Rift reveal extensive details about the sediment thickness, structural geometry and history of extensional deformation and syn-rift sedimentation in this classic continental rift. The Selenga River is the largest single source of terrigenous input into Lake Baikal, and its large delta sits astride the major accommodation zone between the Central and South basins of the lake. Incorporating one of the world's largest lacustrine deltas, this depositional system is a classic example of the influence of rift basin structural segmentation on a major continental drainage. More than 3700 km of deep basin-scale multi-channel seismic reflection (MCS) data were acquired during the 1989 Russian and the 1992 Russian–American field programs. The seismic data image most of the sedimentary section, including pre-rift basement in several localities. The MCS data reveal that the broad bathymetric saddle between these two major half-graben basins is underlain by a complex of severely deformed basement blocks, and is not simply a consequence of long-term deltaic deposition. Maximum sediment thickness is estimated to be more than 9 km in some areas around the Selenga Delta. Detailed stratigraphic analyses of the Selenga area MCS data suggest that modes of deposition have shifted markedly during the history of the delta. The present mode of gravity- and mass-flow sedimentation that dominates the northern and southern parts of the modern delta, as well as the pronounced bathymetric relief in the area, are relatively recent developments in the history of the Lake Baikal Rift. Several episodes of major delta progradation, each extending far across the modern rift, can be documented in the MCS data. The stratigraphic framework defined by these prograding deltaic sequences can be used to constrain the structural as well as depositional evolution of this part of the Baikal Rift. An age model has been established for this stratigraphy, by

  7. 全自动多通道毛细管区带电泳技术在血红蛋白分析中的临床应用%Clinical application of fully automated multicapillary zone electrophoresis in hemoglobin analysis

    卢业成; 郑师陵; 肖艳华; 陈星; 初德强


    目的 探讨全自动多通道毛细管区带电泳技术在血红蛋白分析中的临床应用价值.方法 采用法国Sebia Capillarys 2电泳系统(Version 5.50)及配套试剂,全血样品经系统自动处理后,在9.8 kV电压、34℃、pH9.4的缓冲液条件下,在8条并联的毛细管(17.5 cm×25μm)内进行血红蛋白电泳,415 nm下直接检测各组分的百分比浓度.结果 分析183例健康成人血红蛋白电泳结果 ,确定本实验室参考范围HbA2:2.1%~3.2%.应用Hb AFSC质控进行精密度试验,各组分的CV值在(批内:0.21%~1.07%;批间:0.60%~3.10%)之间.检测6 045例临床需要进行溶血性黄疸诊断和鉴别诊断的患者标本,检出HbA2增高379例;HbF增高203例;HbH带27例;HbE带8例;HbS带4例;Hb J-K带3例;Hb Bart's 2例;HbD 1例.结论 Sebia Capillarys 2电泳系统能够清晰分辨HbA2、HbF增高及其他异常区带;可准确地将HbC和HbE与HbA2区分;还可完美区分和聚焦HbA与HbS之间的HbF;并可以轻易区分移动速度相近的HbS和HbD.具有自动化程度高、操作简便、快速准确的特点,适合医疗机构临床实验室在血红蛋白分析中常规应用.%Objective To explore the applicable value of automated capillary zone electrophoresis in hemoglobin analysis. Methods By using French Sebia Capillarys 2 electrophoresis system (Version 5.50) and related reagents, the whole blood samples were treated by the system automatically,and under the condition of 9.8 kV, 34 ℃, pH9.4 of buffer solution, hemoglobin electrophoresis was carried out within eight parallel capillaries (17.5 cm× 25 μm) and the percentage concentration of each component were directly detected at 415 nm. Results By analyzing the results of hemoglobin electrophoresis of 183 healthy adults, HbA2 reference range of our laboratory was established: 2.1%-3.2%.Precision test was performed by quality control of Hb AFSC, and CVs about each component ranged from (intra-assay: 0. 21% to 1.07%; inter-assay: 0

  8. Analysis of the Content of Stevia Sweeteners by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis%利用毛细管电泳法分析甜菊糖苷的含量

    邵寒娟; 胡涌刚; 丁亮; 沈明山; 陈睦传; 张向红


    This paper introduced an effect capillary zone electrophoresis method for screening of stevia mutation. According to the experimental results, the optimum separation conditions were selected as: 60 mmol/L Tris-tetraborate buffer of pH 8.0, 30 ℃ and 25 KV. Under optimum conditions, the R.S.D. of stevioside migration time for 15 runs was 0.45%. The detector response for stevioside was linear over the range of 7.45×10-5~1.74×10-2 mol/L (r=0.9994). Stevia main sweeteners cound be separated effectively in less than five minutes. This method was applied for determining the variation of stevia main sweeteners after low-energy ions implantation.%本文介绍了一种用毛细管区带电泳法筛选甜菊糖苷突变体的有效方法。根据实验结果,优化的电泳条件为:60 mmol/L Tris-硼酸缓冲液(pH 8.0),柱温30 ℃,工作电压25 kV。优化条件下,甜菊苷(Stevioside)迁移时间的R.S.D为0.45%(15次),且在7.45×10-5~1.74×10-2 mol/L的浓度范围内存在良好的线性关系(r=0.9994),甜菊主要糖苷在5 min内均可实现分离。在优化条件下,本实验研究了低能离子注入后甜菊主要糖苷含量变化,结果令人满意。

  9. Detachable strong cation exchange monolith, integrated with capillary zone electrophoresis and coupled with pH gradient elution, produces improved sensitivity and numbers of peptide identifications during bottom-up analysis of complex proteomes.

    Zhang, Zhenbin; Yan, Xiaojing; Sun, Liangliang; Zhu, Guijie; Dovichi, Norman J


    A detachable sulfonate-silica hybrid strong cation-exchange monolith was synthesized in a fused silica capillary, and used for solid phase extraction with online pH gradient elution during capillary zone electrophoresis-tandem mass spectrometry (CZE-MS/MS) proteomic analysis. Tryptic digests were prepared in 50 mM formic acid and loaded onto the strong cation-exchange monolith. Fractions were eluted using a series of buffers with lower concentration but higher pH values than the 50 mM formic acid background electrolyte. This combination of elution and background electrolytes results in both sample stacking and formation of a dynamic pH junction and allows use of relatively large elution buffer volumes while maintaining reasonable peak efficiency and resolution. A series of five pH bumps were applied to elute E. coli tryptic peptides from the monolith, followed by analysis using CZE coupled to an LTQ-Orbitrap Velos mass spectrometer; 799 protein groups and 3381 peptides were identified from 50 ng of the digest in a 2.5 h analysis, which approaches the identification rate for this organism that was obtained with an Orbitrap Fusion. We attribute the improved numbers of peptide and protein identifications to the efficient fractionation by the online pH gradient elution, which decreased the complexity of the sample in each elution step and improved the signal intensity of low abundance peptides. We also performed a comparative analysis using a nanoACQUITY UltraPerformance LCH system. Similar numbers of protein and peptide identifications were produced by the two methods. Protein identifications showed significant overlap between the two methods, whereas peptide identifications were complementary.

  10. Kidney Cell Electrophoresis

    Todd, P.


    Materials and procedures for microgravity electrophoresis of living human embryonic kidney cells were evaluated, ground support in the form of analytical cell electrophoresis and flow cytometry was provided and cells returned from space flight were analyzed. Preflight culture media, electrophoresis buffer, fraction collection media, temperature profiles, and urokinase assay procedures were tested prior to flight. Electrophoretic mobility distributions of aliquots of the cell population to be fractionated in flight were obtained. The protocol established and utilized is given.

  11. Characteristics and Causes of the Spatial Evolution of Urban Villages:A Case Study of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone


    Studies on the renovation and governance of urban villages have become the interest of human geography since the 1990s.However up to now,there is little literature focusing on the development patterns and dynamic mechanism of the spatial evolution of urban villages based on the theoretical system of urban spatial structure,and there are few scholars doing analyses on the relationship between urban villages and general urban areas in terms of spatial development.In this paper,Shenzhen,the most representative city of China in terms of urban village development,is taken as a case for exploring the characteristics and modes of the spatial evolution of urban villages.With census data of urban village construction in 1999 and 2004 in terms of built-up area,floor area,and construction intensity,the spatial and temporal evolution of the 91 administrative urban villages in the original Shenzhen Special Economic Zone have been analyzed in comparison with that of Shenzhen’s general urban areas.It is indicated that the spatial evolution of urban villages matches with the general rules of the spatial development of general urban areas in three aspects.First,land expansion is the most remarkable mode of spatial evolution in the early stage of development;second,in the period of rapid development,there is the obvious tendency of "distance-decay" in terms of construction intensity accompanied by some anomalous fluctuations at certain points;third,renewal and redevelopment are carried out gradually in the mature stage of development.However,because of historical and institutional restrictions,the spatial evolution of urban villages shows its unique characteristics in the aspects of original spatial distribution and spatial expansion mode in the period of rapid development,etc.The outcomes of this study would help not only enrich the theoretical study on the evolution mode of urban spatial structure,but also strengthen the administration over urban villages,in particular with the

  12. Gradients in physical parameters in zoned felsic magma bodies: Implications for evolution and eruptive withdrawal

    Wolff, J. A.; Wörner, G.; Blake, S.


    Five diverse, well documented, chemically zoned magmas have been chosen from the literature to demonstrate the extent and patterns of density and viscosity gradients in zoned magma chambers. The patterns are used to assess implications for development of zonation, and withdrawal dynamics and preservation of systematic chemical variations in the final pyroclastic deposit. These examples are: Bishop Tuff, California (high-silica rhyolite); Los Humeros, Mexico (calc-alkaline rhyolite to andesite); Fogo A, Azores (trachyte); Laacher See, Eifel (phonolite) and Tenerife, Canary Islands (phonolite). It was necessary to make several simplifying assumptions in order to calculate viscosity and density profiles through each system; results are particularly sensitive to magmatic water and crystal contents. Nevertheless, the following conclusions can be drawn: (1) Small, strongly zoned, alkaline magma systems which evolved through fractional crystallisation of a basaltic parent (Fogo A, Laacher See) have suffered a partial time-integrated volatile depletion prior to eruption. The most likely mechanism of volatile loss is degassing of the uppermost, highly differentiated, "cupola" magma layer. (2) Eruption withdrawal dynamics are critically dependent on density gradients (and therefore on volatile content and phenocryst abundance), while viscosity variations play a subordinate rôle in the chosen examples. (3) Formation of a chemically zoned tephra sequence by eruption of chemically zoned felsic magma requires a pre-eruptive volatile gradient in the magma chamber. (4) Withdrawal-layer thicknesses during eruptions from naturally zoned magma chambers are of the order of 100 m. (5) The quantitative treatment of gravitational liquid segregation processes by Nilson et al. (1985) successfully predicts times required for zonation of magma bodies: typically 10 3-10 4 years for small alkaline systems, and > 10 5 years for large silicic systems.

  13. Study on Evolution of Spatial Structure of Pan-Linxia Economic Zone

    Jing Xu


    This paper applies spatial correlation method in spatial statistics and GIS technology to analyze special structural form and evolution process of regional economy of Pan-Linxia region. Morphological analysis of spatial structure shows the correlation between economic development level of Linxia City and regional economic development in the minority area of south Gansu has strong complementarities. The evolution of spatial structure shows spatial correlation between the economy in Linxia City...

  14. Thermal evolution of the syn-tectonic Ainsa-Jaca basin (South Pyrenean Zone). New constraints from a multiproxy approach.

    Lahfid, A.; Lacroix, B.; Hoareau, G.; Meresse, F.; Michel, K.; Buatier, M.


    Constraining the Thermal history of tectonically active basins is of special importance for the petroleum industry. Indeed, the estimation of geothermal gradients and their evolution are basic parameters to understand the tectono-sedimentary evolution of fold-and-thrust belts and associated foreland basins. In this work, we focus on the turbiditic deposits of the Ainsa-Jaca basin (western part of the South Pyrenean Zone) which consist of an accreted foreland basin composed of Eocene syn-tectonic sediments. The aim is to quantify peak temperatures of the basin that underwent late diagenesis and low-grade metamorphism conditions during the Pyrenean activity. For this, turbiditic rocks and calcite veins (extensional and shear veins) were systematically sampled along a section over a thickness of 4 km through the Monte Perdido unit. In order to constrain the structures observed, sampling was accompanied with a detailed structural analysis. We have combined three thermometric indicators to evaluate peak temperature of rocks: Raman thermometry on carbonaceous material, fluid inclusion microthermometry on calcite/quartz shear and extensional veins and compositional chlorite thermometry on Fe-chlorite observed in shear veins. The Raman temperatures obtained show variations ranging from Jaca basin do not seem so obvious and need to be carefully used. In order to better constrain the thermal history of South Pyrenean Zone, we are currently working on the acquisition of more data.

  15. Geologic framework, evolution, and sediment resources for restoration of the Louisiana Coastal Zone

    Kulp, Mark; Penland, Shea; Williams, S. Jeffress; Jenkins, Chris; Flocks, Jim; Kindinger, Jack


    The Louisiana Coastal Zone along the north-central Gulf of Mexico represents one of America's most important coastal ecosystems in terms of natural resources, human infrastructure, and cultural heritage. This zone also has the highest rates of coastal erosion and wetland loss in the nation because of a complex combination of natural processes and anthropogenic activities during the past century. In response to the dramatic land loss, regional-scale restoration plans are being developed through a partnership of federal and state agencies. One objective is to maintain the barrier island and tidal inlet systems, thereby reducing the impact of storm surge and interior wetland loss. Proposed shore line restoration work relies primarily upon the use of large volumes of sand-rich sediment for shoreline stabilization and the implementation of the shoreline projects. Although sand-rich sediment is required for the Louisiana restoration projects, it is of limited availability within the generally clay to silt-rich, shallow strata of the Louisiana Coastal Zone. Locating volumetrically significant quantities of sand-rich sediment presents a challenge and requires detailed field investigations using direct sampling and geophysical sensing methods. Consequently, there is a fundamental need to thoroughly understand and map the distribution and textural character {e.g., sandiness) of sediment resources within the Coastal Zone for the most cost-effective design and completion of restoration projects.

  16. Geological Features of the Eastern Sector of the Bangong Co-Nujiang River Suture Zone: Tethyan Evolution


    According to an analysis of the geological features in the eastern sector of the Bangong Co-Nujiang River suture zone, the Tethyan evolution can be divided into three stages. (1) The Embryo-Tethyan stage (Pz1): An immature volcanic arc developed in Taniantaweng (Tanen Taunggyi) Range, indicating the existence of an Embryo-Tethyan ocean. (2) The Palaeo-Tethyan stage (C-T2): During the Carboniferous the northern side of the Taniantaweng Range was the main domain of the Palaeo-Tethyan ocean, in which developed flysch sediments intercalated with bimodal volcanic rocks and oceanic tholeiite, and Pemian-Early Triassic arc granites were superimposed on the Taniantaweng magmatic arc; on the southern side the Dêngqên-Nujiang zone started secondary extension during the Carboniferous, in which the Nujiang ophiolite developed, and the Palaeo-Tethyan ocean closed before the Middle Triassic. (3) The Neo-Tethyan stage (T3-E): During the Late Triassic the Dêngqên zone developed into a relatively matural ocean basin, in which the Dêngqên ophiolite was formed. By the end of the Triassic intraocean subduction occurred, and the ocean domain was reduced gradually, and collided and closed by the end of the Early Jurassic, forming the Yazong mélange; then the Tethyan ocean was completely closed.

  17. Detrital Thermochronology of the Indus-Yarlung suture zone and implications for the tectonic and surface evolution of southern Tibet

    Carrapa, B.; Hassim, F.; Kapp, P. A.


    Detrital thermochronology has the unique potential to resolve the timing of source cooling associated with magmatic, tectonic and surface processes. Correct interpretation of the detrital signature requires a multi-dating approach involving chronometers sensitive to different temperatures and processes. A multi-dating study of modern river sands from southern Tibet reveals distinct cooling signals that provide significant information about tectonic and erosional evolution of the Indus-Yarlung suture (IYS) after the India-Asia collision with implications for the Cenozoic topographic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Modern sands from tributaries of the Yarlung River provide an opportunity to broadly sample source rocks exposed within the suture zone, including the Gangdese batholith, Xigaze forearc, Cenozoic basins, and Tethyan Himalayan rocks, and to investigate their regional geochemical signatures. Samples from rivers along the IYS in southern Tibet, between Xigaze and Mt. Kailas, were analyzed for detrital geochronology and low-temperature thermochronology. Comparison between ages recorded in the source and the detrital signature indicates that both the ages and their proportions directly reflect the ages and relative areas of source rocks in the catchment basins. Apatite fission track ages show two main cooling signals at 22-18 Ma and 12 Ma, which are consistent with accelerated exhumation of the Gangdese batholith and Oligo-Miocene Kailas basin and indicate significant regional exhumation of the IYS during the Miocene. Regional exhumation recorded throughout the IYS is likely the combined product of active Miocene tectonics and erosion of a paleo-Yarlung River. Efficient incision and evacuation of material from the IYS zone by a paleo-Yarlung River during the Miocene suggests a significantly different paleoenvironment than that which exists today. Miocene capture of the Yarlung River by the Brahmaputra River may have enhanced erosion in the IYS zone.

  18. Electromigration dispersion in Capillary Electrophoresis

    Chen, Zhen; 10.1007/s11538-011-9708-7


    In a previous paper (S. Ghosal and Z. Chen Bull. Math. Biol. 2010, vol. 72, pg. 2047) it was shown that the evolution of the solute concentration in capillary electrophoresis is described by a nonlinear wave equation that reduced to Burger's equation if the nonlinearity was weak. It was assumed that only strong electrolytes (fully dissociated) were present. In the present paper it is shown that the same governing equation also describes the situation where the electrolytic buffer consists of a single weak acid (or base). A simple approximate formula is derived for the dimensionless peak variance which is shown to agree well with published experimental data.

  19. Thermal evolution of a main detachment zone during late orogenic collapse: the pilat unit case (Variscan chain).

    Gardien, V.; Allemand, P.


    The high temperature uplift of deep seated nappes in different tectonic settings is a major question in orogenic domains. Detailed petrological and structural study were performed in the Pilat Unit (Eastern french Massif Central: Variscan chain) in order to discuss the thermal evolution of a main shear zone during late orogenic extension. The Pilat Unit is a 20 km long x 5 km large metamorphic unit and as a strain gradient within it perpandicular to the long axe of the unit. The mylonitic fabrics, in the strained zone are notherly directed. Geometrical and geochronological data indicate that these fabrics are associated with extesional regime that was a post-thickening event. Thermobarometrical determination supported by microstructural analyses indicate the develpoment of contrasting P-T-time evolution in the Pilat Unit. In the strongly mylonitized southern domain in which foliation and streching lineation show a top to the north normal slip, the calculated P-T conditions indicate an increase in temperature during decompression illustrated by the following mineral assemblages:1) Grt + Stau + Kya + Rut, 2) Bio + Sill + Cord, 3) And + Musco + K-feld and dated at 322 Ma. In the northern and less deformed domain, the calculated P-T conditions correspond to a cooling event during decompression illustrated by the following assemblages: 1) Grt + Stau + Kya + Rut, 2) Bio + Musco + Ilm, 3) And + Chlo + Pyro + Tour, dated at 313 Ma. The difference in T° between the southern and the northern domain is 200-250°C and Δ t is 10Ma. Based on these data, we have elaborated 1D numerical model simulating the thermal evolution of the continental crust during thinning associated or not with magma underplating.

  20. Electrophoresis for biological production

    Mccreight, L. R.


    Preparative electrophoresis may provide a unique method for meeting ever more stringent purity requirements. Prolonged near zero gravity in space may permit the operation of preparative electrophoresis equipment with 100 times greater throughput than is currently available. Some experiments with influenza Virus Antigen, Erythropoietin and Antihemophaliac Factor, along with process and economic projections, are briefly reviewed.

  1. Improved Electrophoresis Cell

    Rhodes, P. H.; Snyder, R. S.


    Several proposed modifications are expected to improve performance of a continous-flow electrophoresis cell. Changes would allow better control of buffer flow and would increase resolution by suppressing thermal gradients. Improved electrophoresis device would have high resolution and be easy to operate. Improvements would allow better flow control and heat dissipation.

  2. A process model for the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steel weldments: Part I. the model

    Hemmer, H.; Grong, Ø.


    The present investigation is concerned with modeling of the microstructure evolution in duplex stainless steels under thermal conditions applicable to welding. The important reactions that have been modeled are the dissolution of austenite during heating, subsequent grain growth in the delta ferrite regime, and finally, the decomposition of the delta ferrite to austenite during cooling. As a starting point, a differential formulation of the underlying diffusion problem is presented, based on the internal-state variable approach. These solutions are later manipulated and expressed in terms of the Scheil integral in the cases where the evolution equation is separable or can be made separable by a simple change of variables. The models have then been applied to describe the heat-affected zone microstructure evolution during both thick-plate and thin-plate welding of three commercial duplex stainless steel grades: 2205, 2304, and 2507. The results may conveniently be presented in the form of novel process diagrams, which display contours of constant delta ferrite grain size along with information about dissolution and reprecipitation of austenite for different combinations of weld input energy and peak temperature. These diagrams are well suited for quantitative readings and illustrate, in a condensed manner, the competition between the different variables that lead to structural changes during welding of duplex stainless steels.

  3. Crustal architecture and tectonic evolution of the Cauvery Suture Zone, southern India

    Chetty, T. R. K.; Yellappa, T.; Santosh, M.


    The Cauvery suture zone (CSZ) in southern India has witnessed multiple deformations associated with multiple subduction-collision history, with incorporation of the related accretionary belts sequentially into the southern continental margin of the Archaean Dharwar craton since Neoarchean to Neoproterozoic. The accreted tectonic elements include suprasubduction complexes of arc magmatic sequences, high-grade supracrustals, thrust duplexes, ophiolites, and younger intrusions that are dispersed along the suture. The intra-oceanic Neoarchean-Neoproterozoic arc assemblages are well exposed in the form of tectonic mélanges dominantly towards the eastern sector of the CSZ and are typically subjected to complex and multiple deformation events. Multi-scale analysis of structural elements with detailed geological mapping of the sub-regions and their structural cross sections, geochemical and geochronological data and integrated geophysical observations suggest that the CSZ is an important zone that preserves the imprints of multiple cycles of Precambrian plate tectonic regimes.

  4. Evolution of the Marginal Ice Zone: Adaptive Sampling with Autonomous Gliders


    Gobat Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington 1013 NE 40th St. Seattle, WA 98105-6698 phone: (206) 685-7656 fax: (206) 543-6785 email...navigation signals be unavailable) and incorporate enhanced autonomy to perform functions such as sensing overhead ice, determining when to attempt...Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) Program: Science and Experiment Plan, Technical Report APL-UW 1201. Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington

  5. Ordering Interfluves: a Simple Proposal for Understanding Critical Zone Evolution and Function

    Brecheisen, Z. S.; Richter, D., Jr.; Moon, S.; Halpin, P. N.


    A geomorphic interfluve ordering system, a reciprocal to the Hortonian-Strahler stream network order, is envisioned at the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory (CCZO) in the South Carolina Piedmont. In this system the narrowest and most highly dissected interfluves (gentle ridges and hilltops) are 1st order and increase in rank dendritically through interfluve branching and broadening. Interfluve order attends to the structure, function, and management of residual porous-solid systems in the transport of water, solutes, and eroded solids in our deeply weathered (>30m soil/saprolite) critical zone. Recently generated geospatial data regarding the interactions of geomorphology, human land use, and forest ecology further strengthen the utility of this system. These upland networks and corresponding "land-sheds" have potential in linking recent work in the fields of geophysics and geomorphology regarding bedrock weathering front dynamics. Patterns of bedrock weathering depth, landcover & land-use change, and soil erosion are considered as they correspond to interfluve order. With LiDAR mapping and the burgeoning development and utilization of geophysical techniques and models enabling new quantitative research of critical zone landscape structure and function, many physiographic regions could benefit from a system that delineates and orders interfluve networks.

  6. Strain-dependent Damage Evolution and Velocity Reduction in Fault Zones Induced by Earthquake Rupture

    Zhong, J.; Duan, B.


    Low-velocity fault zones (LVFZs) with reduced seismic velocities relative to the surrounding wall rocks are widely observed around active faults. The presence of such a zone will affect rupture propagation, near-field ground motion, and off-fault damage in subsequent earth-quakes. In this study, we quantify the reduction of seismic velocities caused by dynamic rup-ture on a 2D planar fault surrounded by a low-velocity fault zone. First, we implement the damage rheology (Lyakhovsky et al. 1997) in EQdyna (Duan and Oglesby 2006), an explicit dynamic finite element code. We further extend this damage rheology model to include the dependence of strains on crack density. Then, we quantify off-fault continuum damage distribution and velocity reduction induced by earthquake rupture with the presence of a preexisting LVFZ. We find that the presence of a LVFZ affects the tempo-spatial distribu-tions of off-fault damage. Because lack of constraint in some damage parameters, we further investigate the relationship between velocity reduction and these damage prameters by a large suite of numerical simulations. Slip velocity, slip, and near-field ground motions computed from damage rheology are also compared with those from off-fault elastic or elastoplastic responses. We find that the reduction in elastic moduli during dynamic rupture has profound impact on these quantities.

  7. Dynamic computer simulations of electrophoresis: a versatile research and teaching tool.

    Thormann, Wolfgang; Breadmore, Michael C; Caslavska, Jitka; Mosher, Richard A


    Software is available, which simulates all basic electrophoretic systems, including moving boundary electrophoresis, zone electrophoresis, ITP, IEF and EKC, and their combinations under almost exactly the same conditions used in the laboratory. These dynamic models are based upon equations derived from the transport concepts such as electromigration, diffusion, electroosmosis and imposed hydrodynamic buffer flow that are applied to user-specified initial distributions of analytes and electrolytes. They are able to predict the evolution of electrolyte systems together with associated properties such as pH and conductivity profiles and are as such the most versatile tool to explore the fundamentals of electrokinetic separations and analyses. In addition to revealing the detailed mechanisms of fundamental phenomena that occur in electrophoretic separations, dynamic simulations are useful for educational purposes. This review includes a list of current high-resolution simulators, information on how a simulation is performed, simulation examples for zone electrophoresis, ITP, IEF and EKC and a comprehensive discussion of the applications and achievements.

  8. Fault roughness evolution with slip (Gole Larghe Fault Zone, Italian Alps)

    Bistacchi, A.; Spagnuolo, E.; Di Toro, G.; Nielsen, S. B.; Griffith, W. A.


    Fault surface roughness is a principal factor influencing fault and earthquake mechanics. However, little is known on roughness of fault surfaces at seismogenic depths, and particularly on how it evolves with accumulating slip. We have studied seismogenic fault surfaces of the Gole Larghe Fault Zone, which exploit precursor cooling joints of the Adamello tonalitic pluton (Italian Alps). These faults developed at 9-11 km and 250-300°C. Seismic slip along these surfaces, which individually accommodated from 1 to 20 m of net slip, resulted in the production of cm-thick cataclasites and pseudotachylytes (solidified melts produced during seismic slip). The roughness of fault surfaces was determined with a multi-resolution aerial and terrestrial LIDAR and photogrammetric dataset (Bistacchi et al., 2011, Pageoph, doi: 10.1007/s00024-011-0301-7). Fault surface roughness is self-affine, with Hurst exponent H consumed faster with slip than larger ones. However, in faults, production of cataclasites and pseudotachylytes changes the contact area of sliding surfaces by interposing a layer of wear products. This layer may preserve from wearing asperities that are smaller in amplitude than the layer thickness, thus providing a mechanism that is likely to preserve small amplitude/wavelength roughness. These processes have been considered in a new spectral model of wear, which allows to model wear for self-affine surfaces and includes the accumulation of wear products within the fault zone. This model can be used to generalize our results and contribute to reconstruct a realistic model of a seismogenic fault zone (

  9. Environmental screening of acidic compounds based on capillary zone electrophoresis/laser-induced fluorescence detection with identification by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry.

    Brumley, W C; Grange, A H; Kelliher, V; Patterson, D B; Montcalm, A; Glassman, J; Farley, J W


    This paper describes the application of capillary zone electrophoresis/laser-induced fluorescence detection (CZE/LIF) to the discovery of acidic compounds in environmental matrixes or the screening of extracts for acidic components. Published studies indicate that coal-derived materials contain a significant fraction of acidic compounds relative to materials derived from petroleum and shales. Such compounds may be useful as marker compounds for site assessment and source apportionment issues, and their identification may be important in toxicological and other health issues. We used deep-UV light from the frequency-doubled Ar ion laser at 244 and 257 nm to study extracts of samples. The CZE/LIF technique possesses good sensitivity and therefore overcomes one of the limitations of CZE with UV detection. The present work depends on high pressure/temperature solvent extraction of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PNA)-contaminated soil, followed by separation using CZE. The anionic analytes were separated by using borate or phosphate buffer (pH 9.2-12.3) after a chemical class separation. Samples were also characterized by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) using full scans at low resolution, and elemental compositions were determined unequivocally by GC/high-resolution MS (GC/HRMS) using mass peak profiling (MPP). The similarity of low-resolution electron ionization mass spectra for a standard, 1-hydroxypyrene, and for a series of compounds in a contaminated-soil extract suggested that several types of phenolic and hydroxy-PNAs were present, including hydroxylated derivatives of fluorenes, fluoranthenes, and pyrenes. GC/HRMS using MPP confirmed the elemental compositions of the hydroxyfluorenes and hydroxypyrenes (and presumably hydroxyfluoranthenes) as [C13H10O] and [C16H10O], respectively. A new version of the MPP software was written for the Finnigan-MAT 900S-Trap and was similar to that developed previously for the VG 250SE. Inclusion of a calibration

  10. 毛细管电泳法检测随机尿中香草扁桃酸和肌酐含量%Determination of Vanillylmandelic and Creatinine in Random Urine Using Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    吴惠毅; 杨晋; 孙召东; 李伟; 赵绍林


    Determination of vanillylmandelic(VMA) and Creatinine(CR) in random urine was performed by capillary zone electrophoresis. The effets of some important factors including the running buffer, the separation voltage and the inner diameter of capillary on the separation were investigated. Under the optimum conditions, vanillylmandelic and Creatinine was separated and detected in 13 min. The linear ranges of VMA and CR were 0~500 and 0~4 000 μmol/L, and the detection limits were 1.0 μmol/L for VMA and 50.0 μmol/L for CR. The relative standard deviations(n=10) of migration time and peak atea of VMA and CR were 0. 57%、0. 45% and 3.78% 、2.78%, respectively. No obvious interference caused by other compounds in human urine such as catecholamines, 5-hydroxytryptamine and albumen was observed. The method was applied to the determination of VMA and CR in random urine with satisfactory results.%采用毛细管区带电泳(CZE)对随机尿中香草扁桃酸(Vanillylmandelic Acid,VMA)、肌酐(Creatinine,CR)进行测定.实验优化了缓冲介质、分离电压、毛细管内径等参数.结果表明:在优化条件下,VMA和CR在13 min内可以实现分离检测,VMA和CR分别在0~500 μmol/L和0~4 000 μmol/L范围内与峰面积呈良好的线性关系,检出限(S/N=3)分别为1.0 μmol/L和50.0 μmol/L.VMA和CR迁移时间和峰面积的相对标准偏差(RSD)分别为0.57%、0.45%和3.78%、2.78%,回收率分别为98.36%和98.85%.高香草酸(HVA)、儿茶酚胺、5-羟色胺和清蛋白等对测定结果无干扰.该法用于尿液中VMA和CR检测,取得了满意的结果.

  11. Simulating the evolution of an ethanol and gasoline source zone within the capillary fringe.

    Yu, Soonyoung; Freitas, Juliana G; Unger, Andre J A; Barker, James F; Chatzis, John


    Blending of ethanol into gasoline as a fuel oxygenate has created the scenario where inadvertent releases of E95 into soil previously contaminated by gasoline may remobilize these pre-existing NAPLs and lead to higher dissolved hydrocarbon (BTEX) concentrations in groundwater. We contribute to the development of a risk-based corrective action framework addressing this issue by conducting two laboratory experiments involving the release of ethanol into a gasoline source zone established in the capillary fringe. We then develop and apply the numerical model CompFlow Bio to replicate three specific experimental observations: (1) depression of the capillary fringe by the addition of the gasoline fuel mixture due to a reduction in the surface tension between the gas and liquid phases, (2) further depression of the capillary fringe by the addition of ethanol, and (3) remobilization of the gasoline fuel mixture LNAPL source zone due to the cosolvent behaviour of ethanol in the presence of an aqueous phase, as well as a reduction in the interfacial tension between the aqueous/non-aqueous phases due to ethanol. While the simulated collapse of the capillary fringe was not as extensive as that which was observed, the simulated and observed remobilized non-aqueous phase distributions were in agreement following ethanol injection. Specifically, injection of ethanol caused the non-aqueous phase to advect downwards toward the water table as the capillary fringe continued to collapse, finally collecting on top of the water table in a significantly reduced area exhibiting higher saturations than observed prior to ethanol injection. Surprisingly, the simulated ethanol and gasoline aqueous phase plumes were uniform despite the redistribution of the source zone. Dissolution of gasoline into the aqueous phase was dramatically increased due to the cosolvency effect of ethanol on the non-aqueous phase source zone. We advocate further experimental studies focusing on eliminating data gaps

  12. Fabric evolution of polydeformed orthogneisses and quartzites along the Curitiba Shear Zone, Curitiba Domain, Southern Brazil

    Cabrita, Dina; Salamuni, Eduardo; Lagoeiro, Leonardo


    In Southern Brazil there is a series of strike-slip shear zones that represent the late-collisional event of Western Gondwana in the Neoproterozoic-Eopaleozoic transition. The Curitiba Shear Zone (CSZ) is a part of this strike-slip regime separating two different domains: the supracrustal metasedimentary rocks and the basement composed of orthogneiss, migmatite and quartzite. The absence of detailed structural data for this discontinuity has motivated us to study this important part of the geology of southern of Brazil. The main purpose of this work is the characterization of meso and microstructures and determination of crystallographic fabric of quartz in orthogneisses and quartzites along the CSZ southern block. Structural data suggest that the CSZ consists of one ductile-brittle strike-slip deformation phase leading to the deformation of orthogneiss and quartzites of the Atuba Complex. The ductile regime was responsible for the formation of low-grade mylonite in greenschist facies. Crystallographic texture indicate a restricted recrystallization of quartz mainy via dislocation creep through activation ob basal slip system. The brittle regime led to the formation of cataclasites, faults and joints, with a mean orientation of N50E/75SE and N33E/80SE, respectively. Extensive dissolution-precipitation creep affected the rocks and infilled veins with carbonate and quartz.

  13. Microstructural evolution of the Yugu peridotites in the Gyeonggi Massif, Korea: Implications for olivine fabric transition in mantle shear zones

    Park, Munjae; Jung, Haemyeong


    Large-scale emplaced peridotite bodies may provide insights into plastic deformation process and tectonic evolution in the mantle shear zone. Due to the complexity of deformation microstructures and processes in natural mantle rocks, the evolution of pre-existing olivine fabrics is still not well understood. In this study, we examine well-preserved transitional characteristics of microstructures and olivine fabrics developed in a mantle shear zone from the Yugu peridotite body, the Gyeonggi Massif, Korean Peninsula. The Yugu peridotite body predominantly comprises spinel harzburgite together with minor lherzolite, dunite, and clinopyroxenite. We classified highly deformed peridotites into four textural types based on their microstructural characteristics: proto-mylonite; proto-mylonite to mylonite transition; mylonite; and ultra-mylonite. Olivine fabrics changed from A-type (proto-mylonite) via D-type (mylonite) to E-type (ultra-mylonite). Olivine fabric transition is interpreted as occurring under hydrous conditions at low temperature and high strain, because of characteristics such as Ti-clinohumite defects (and serpentine) and fluid inclusion trails in olivine, and a hydrous mineral (pargasite) in the matrix, especially in the ultra-mylonitic peridotites. Even though the ultra-mylonitic peridotites contained extremely small (24-30 μm) olivine neoblasts, the olivine fabrics showed a distinct (E-type) pattern rather than a random one. Analysis of the lattice preferred orientation strength, dislocation microstructures, recrystallized grain-size, and deformation mechanism maps of olivine suggest that the proto-mylonitic, mylonitic, and ultra-mylonitic peridotites were deformed by dislocation creep (A-type), dislocation-accommodated grain-boundary sliding (D-type), and combination of dislocation and diffusion creep (E-type), respectively.

  14. Conical expansion of the outer subventricular zone and the role of neocortical folding in evolution and development

    Eric eLewitus


    Full Text Available There is a basic rule to mammalian neocortical expansion: as it expands, so does it fold. The degree to which it folds, however, cannot strictly be attributed to its expansion. Across species, cortical volume does not keep pace with cortical surface area, but rather folds appear more rapidly than expected. As a result, larger brains quickly become disproportionately more convoluted than smaller brains. Both the absence (lissencephaly and presence (gyrencephaly of cortical folds is observed in all mammalian orders and, while there is likely some phylogenetic signature to the evolutionary appearance of gyri and sulci, there are undoubtedly universal trends to the acquisition of folds in an expanding neocortex. Whether these trends are governed by conical expansion of neocortical germinal zones, the distribution of cortical connectivity, or a combination of growth- and connectivity-driven forces remains an open question. But the importance of cortical folding for evolution of the uniquely mammalian neocortex, as well as for the incidence of neuropathologies in humans, is undisputed. In this hypothesis and theory article, we will summarize the development of cortical folds in the neocortex, consider the relative influence of growth- versus connectivity-driven forces for the acquisition of cortical folds between and within species, assess the genetic, cell-biological, and mechanistic implications for neocortical expansion, and discuss the significance of these implications for human evolution, development, and disease. We will argue that evolutionary increases in the density of neuron production, achieved via maintenance of a basal proliferative niche in the neocortical germinal zones, drive the conical migration of neurons towards the cortical surface and ultimately lead to the establishment of cortical folds in large-brained mammal species.

  15. Evolution of a Mediterranean coastal zone: human impacts on the marine environment of Cape Creus.

    Lloret, Josep; Riera, Victòria


    This study presents an integrated analysis of the evolution of the marine environment and the human uses in Cape Creus, a Mediterranean coastal area where intense commercial fisheries and recreational uses have coexisted over the last fifty years. The investigation synthesizes the documented impacts of human activities on the marine environment of Cap de Creus and integrates them with new data. In particular, the evolution of vulnerable, exploited species is used to evaluate the fishing impacts. The effects of area protection through the establishment of a marine reserve in the late 1990s and the potential climate change impacts are also considered. The evolution of the human uses is marked by the increasing socioeconomic importance of recreational activities (which affect species and habitats) in detriment to artisanal and red coral fisheries (which principally affect at a species level). Overall, populations of sedentary, vulnerable exploited species, hard sessile benthic invertebrates, and ecologically fragile habitats, such as seagrass meadows, the coralligenous and infralittoral algal assemblages have been the most negatively impacted by anthropogenic activities. Albeit human uses currently constitute the largest negative impact on the marine environment of Cap de Creus, climate change is emerging as a key factor that could have considerable implications for the marine environment and tourism activities. The establishment of the marine reserve appears to have had little socioeconomic impact, but there is some evidence that it had some positive biological effects on sedentary, littoral fishes. Results demonstrate that the declaration of a marine reserve alone does not guarantee the sustainability of marine resources and habitats but should be accompanied with an integrated coastal management plan.

  16. Protein electrophoresis - serum

    ... this page: // Protein electrophoresis - serum To use the sharing features on ... JavaScript. This lab test measures the types of protein in the fluid (serum) part of a blood ...

  17. Urine protein electrophoresis test

    Urine protein electrophoresis; UPEP; Multiple myeloma - UPEP; Waldenström macroglobulinemia - UPEP; Amyloidosis - UPEP ... special paper and apply an electric current. The proteins move and form visible bands. These reveal the ...

  18. Shaping Crystals using Electrophoresis

    Palacci, Jeremie; Mackiewicz, Kristian


    Electrophoresis is size and shape independent as stressed by Morrison in his seminal paper. Here we present an original approach to reshape colloidal crystals using an electric field as a carving tool.

  19. Electrophoresis operations in space

    Richman, D. W.


    Application of electrophoresis in space processing is described. Spaceborne experiments in areas such as biological products and FDA approved drugs are discussed. These experiments will be carried on shuttle payloads.

  20. Texture Evolution within the Thermomechanically Affected Zone of an Al-Li Alloy 2195 Friction Stir Weld

    Tayon, Wesley A.; Domack, Marcia S.; Hoffman, Eric K.; Hales, Stephen J.


    Friction stir welding (FSW) of Al -Li alloy 2195 plate produces strong texture gradients. The microstructural characteristics evolve from the base plate, through the thermomechanically affected zone (TMAZ), to the weld nugget interface. In the current study, electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) analyses were employed to quantify the spatial distribution of texture gradients associated with the evolution of texture within the TMAZ. The strong texture of the base plate enabled the texture evolution to be characterized as a function of location. Systematic partitioning of EBSD data relative to the degree of lattice rotation at each point accurately captured the crystallographic transitions across the advancing side TMAZ. Over a large section of this region, the texture evolves as a result of continuous rigid body rotations. The rigid body rotations were correlated with the complex material flow patterns commonly associated with the FSW process and prior observations of shear-related textures. Finally, a correlation between texture and fracture in a subscale tensile specimen is observed, where failure occurs within a visible band of low-Taylor factor grains.

  1. Living in the danger zone: Exposure to predators and the evolution of spines and body armor in mammals.

    Stankowich, Theodore; Campbell, Lisa A


    Mammals have independently evolved a wide variety of morphological adaptations for use in avoiding death by predation, including spines, quills, dermal plates, and noxious sprays. Although these traits appear to protect their bearer from predatory attack, it is less obvious why some species evolved them and others have not. We investigated the ecological correlates favoring the evolution of specialized defenses in mammals, focusing on conspicuousness to predators due to body size and openness of habitat. We scored species for the degree to which they are protected by spines, quills, dermal plating, and sprays and used phylogenetic comparative analyses to study the morphological and ecological factors that may favor their evolution. We show that medium-sized insectivorous mammals (∼800 g to 9 kg) that live in open habitats are more likely to possess one of these defensive traits to reduce predation. Smaller species (10 kg) are less susceptible to predation by most small- to medium-sized predators. We discuss how diet, metabolic rate, and defensive strategy evolve in concert to allow species to exploit this ecomorphological "danger zone" niche. © 2016 The Author(s).

  2. Reconstruction of the metamorphic evolution of the Hamadan high-grade metapelites, Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone, western Iran

    Monfaredi, Behzad; Hauzenberger, Christoph; Neubauer, Franz; Schulz, Bernhard; Shakerardakani, Farzaneh; Genser, Johann; Halama, Ralf


    The high-grade metamorphic Hamadan complex occurs to the southwest of the Alvand pluton, Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone, western Iran. The spatial relationship of high grade metamorphic rocks adjacent to the pluton favours a contact metamorphic setting. However, no systematic decrease in PT with distance to the pluton is observed. Based on new P-T determinations and geochronological data we present a new model of the metamorphic evolution of the Hamadan complex. Gabbros and granites of the Alvand pluton were dated by U-Pb zircon geochronology with an age between 166.5 ± 1.8 and 153.3 ± 2.7 Ma (Shahbazi et al., 2010; Mahmoodi et al., 2011). The observed contact aureole is about ~600 km2 in extent and can be texturally divided into two main zones: (i) approximately a 4 to 5 km wide hornfels zone, extending from the contact with the pluton where large spots of cordierite can be observed to the last occurrence of large andalusite grains, and (ii) a schistose zone, developed up to 12 km distance from the contact, comprising staurolite-bearing rocks. This zone is followed by rocks with abundant porphyroblasts of andalusite. At some places fibrolite and rare fine-grained sillimanite within large andalusite crystals occur indicating slightly higher temperatures. Classical thermobarometry shows a uniform pressure of 3.5 to 5.5 kbar and temperatures varying between 550 to 700 °C. P-T conditions for different zones determined by quantitative phase equilibria modelling in the system MnNCKFMASH also exhibit low- to medium-pressure at elevated temperatures, which is compatible with the "Buchan" style marked by the widespread growth of andalusite and occasionally staurolite and cordierite at higher grade. A P-T path calculated from garnet zoning pattern (Moynihan and Pattison 2013) for andalusite-bearing rocks in the schistose zone documents two prograde stages of distinct temperature, one roughly constrained at 570 to 600 °C and another at higher temperatures of 700 to 740

  3. Mantle convection, tectonics and the evolution of the Tethyan subduction zone

    Jolivet, Laurent; Sternai, Pietro; Menant, Armel; Faccenna, Claudio; Becker, Thorsten; Burov, Evguenii


    Mantle convection drives plate tectonics and the size, number and thermotectonic age of plates codetermines the convection pattern. However, the degree of coupling of surface deformation and mantle flow is unclear. Most numerical models of lithospheric deformation are designed such that strain is a consequence of kinematic boundary conditions, and rarely account for basal stresses due to mantle flow. On the other hand, convection models often treat the lithosphere as a single-layer stagnant lid with vertically undeformable surface. There is thus a gap between convection models and lithospheric-scale geodynamic models. The transmission of stresses from the flowing mantle to the crust is a complex process. The presence of a ductile lower crust inhibits the upward transmission of stresses but a highly extended crust in a hot environment such as a backarc domain, with no lithospheric mantle and a ductile lower crust in direct contact with asthenosphere, will be more prone to follow the mantle flow than a thick and stratified lithosphere. We review geological observations and present reconstructions of the Aegean and Middle East and discuss the possible role played by basal drag in governing lithospheric deformation. In Mediterranean backarc regions, lithosphere-mantle coupling is effective on geological time scale as shown by the consistency of SKS fast orientations in the mantle with stretching directions in the crust. The long-term geological history of the Tethyan convergent zone suggests that asthenospheric flow has been an important player. The case of Himalaya and Tibet strongly supports a major contribution of a northward asthenospheric push, with no persistent slab that could drive India after collision, large thrust planes being then decoupling zones between deep convection and surface tectonics. The African plate repeatedly fragmented during its northward migration with the separation of Apulia and Arabia. Indeed, extension has been active on the northern

  4. Relation between structural evolution of the Longmenshan orogenic zone and sedimentation of its foreland basin

    LIAO Tai-ping; HU Jing-jing; ZHANG Fu-rong; CHEN Hong-kai; SUN Hong-quan


    In order to determine the area for oil and gas exploration in China's north Sichuan basin, we have divided the time during which the Longmenshan foreland basin was formed into five periods, based on the sedimentary response relationship of the fore-land basin to structural evolution: 1) a late Triassic Noric period; 2) an early-Middle Jurassic period; 3) a late Jurassic to early Cre-taceous period; 4) a late Cretaceous to Paleogene-Neogene period and 5) the Quaternary period. As well, we analyzed the sedimen-tary environment and lithologic features of every basin-forming period. The results show that there are several favorable source-reservoir-cap assemblages in our study area, making it a major region for future oil and gas exploration in China's northern Sichuan basin.

  5. Evolution of the fracture process zone in high-strength concrete under different loading rates

    Cámara M.


    Full Text Available For cementitious materials, the inelastic zone around a crack tip is termed as fracture process zone (FPZ and dominated by complicated mechanism, such as microcracking, crack deflection, bridging, crack face friction, crack tip blunting by voids, crack branching, and so on. Due to the length of the FPZ is related with the characteristic length of the cementitious materials, the size, extent and location of the FPZ has been the object of countless research efforts for several decades. For instance, Cedolin et al. [1] have used an optical method based on the moiré interferometry to determine FPZ in concrete. Castro-Montero et al. [2] have applied the method of holographic interferometry to mortar to study the extension of the FPZ. The advantage of the interferometry method is that the complete FPZ can be directly observed on the surface of the sample. Swartz et al. [3] has adopted the dye penetration technique to illustrate the changing patterns observed as the crack progress from the tensile side to the compression side of the beam. Moreover, acoustic emission (AE is also an experimental technique well suited for monitoring fracture process. Haidar et al. [4] and Maji et al. [5] have studied the relation between acoustic emission characteristics and the properties of the FPZ. Compared with the extensive research on properties of the FPZ under quasi-static loading conditions, much less information is available on its dynamic characterization, especially for high-strength concrete (HSC. This paper presents the very recent results of an experimental program aimed at disclosing the loading rate effect on the size and velocity of the (FPZ in HSC. Eighteen three-point bending specimens were conducted under a wide range of loading rates from from 10-4 mm/s to 103 mm/s using either a servo-hydraulic machine or a self-designed drop-weight impact device. The beam dimensions were 100 mm 100 mm in cross section, and 420 mm in length. The initial notch

  6. Tectono-stratigraphy of the Çankiri Basin: Late Cretaceous to early Miocene evolution of the Neotethyan Suture Zone in Turkey

    Kaymakçi, N.; Özçelik, Y.; White, S.H.; Dijk, P.M. van


    The Çankırı Basin straddles the İzmir–Ankara–Erzincan Suture Zone which demarcates the former position of the northern branch of the Neotethys. It includes more than 3 km of pre-Middle Miocene in-fill related to late Cretaceous to pre-Middle Miocene evolution of the region. The basin has developed

  7. Geodynamic and Magmatic Evolution of the Eastern Anatolian-Arabian Collision Zone, Turkey

    Keskin, Mehmet


    The Eastern Anatolian-Arabian Collision Zone represents a crucial site within the Tethyan domain where a subduction system involving a volcanic arc (i.e. Cretaceous to Oligocene Pontide volcanic arc in the north) associated with a large subduction-accretion complex (i.e. Cretaceous to Oligocene Eastern Anatolian Accretionary Complex i.e. "EAAC" in the south) turned later into a major continental collision zone that experienced a series of geodynamic events including lithospheric delamination, slab-steepening & breakoff, regional domal uplift, widespread volcanism and tectonic escape via strike slip fault systems. The region includes some of the largest volcanic centers (e.g. Karacadaǧ, Aǧırkaya caldera, Ararat, Nemrut, Tendürek and Süphan volcanoes) and plateaus (e.g. The Erzurum-Kars Plateau) as well as the largest transform fault zones in the Mediterranean region. A recent geodynamic modeling study (Faccenna et al., 2013) has suggested that both the closure of the Tethys Ocean and the resultant collision were driven by a large scale and northerly directed asthenospheric mantle flow named the "Tethyan convection cell". This convection cell initiated around 25 Ma by combined effects of mantle upwelling of the Afar super plume located in the south, around 3,000 km away from the collision zone and the slab-pull of the Tethyan oceanic lithosphere beneath Anatolia in the north. The aforementioned mantle flow dragged Arabia to the north towards Eastern Anatolia with an average velocity of 2 cm/y for the last 20 My, twice as fast as the convergence of the African continent (i.e. 1 cm/y) with western and Central Turkey. This 1 cm/y difference resulted in the formation of the left lateral Dead Sea Strike Slip Fault between the African and Arabian plates. Not only did this mantle flow result in the formation of a positive dynamic topography in the west of Arabian block, but also created a dynamic tilting toward the Persian Gulf (Faccenna et al., 2013). Another

  8. Evolution of spiral and scroll waves of excitation in a mathematical model of ischaemic border zone.

    Vadim N Biktashev

    Full Text Available Abnormal electrical activity from the boundaries of ischemic cardiac tissue is recognized as one of the major causes in generation of ischemia-reperfusion arrhythmias. Here we present theoretical analysis of the waves of electrical activity that can rise on the boundary of cardiac cell network upon its recovery from ischaemia-like conditions. The main factors included in our analysis are macroscopic gradients of the cell-to-cell coupling and cell excitability and microscopic heterogeneity of individual cells. The interplay between these factors allows one to explain how spirals form, drift together with the moving boundary, get transiently pinned to local inhomogeneities, and finally penetrate into the bulk of the well-coupled tissue where they reach macroscopic scale. The asymptotic theory of the drift of spiral and scroll waves based on response functions provides explanation of the drifts involved in this mechanism, with the exception of effects due to the discreteness of cardiac tissue. In particular, this asymptotic theory allows an extrapolation of 2D events into 3D, which has shown that cells within the border zone can give rise to 3D analogues of spirals, the scroll waves. When and if such scroll waves escape into a better coupled tissue, they are likely to collapse due to the positive filament tension. However, our simulations have shown that such collapse of newly generated scrolls is not inevitable and that under certain conditions filament tension becomes negative, leading to scroll filaments to expand and multiply leading to a fibrillation-like state within small areas of cardiac tissue.

  9. Genome dynamics and evolution of Salmonella Typhi strains from the typhoid-endemic zones.

    Baddam, Ramani; Kumar, Narender; Shaik, Sabiha; Lankapalli, Aditya Kumar; Ahmed, Niyaz


    Typhoid fever poses significant burden on healthcare systems in Southeast Asia and other endemic countries. Several epidemiological and genomic studies have attributed pseudogenisation to be the major driving force for the evolution of Salmonella Typhi although its real potential remains elusive. In the present study, we analyzed genomes of S. Typhi from different parts of Southeast Asia and Oceania, comprising of isolates from outbreak, sporadic and carrier cases. The genomes showed high genetic relatedness with limited opportunity for gene acquisition as evident from pan-genome structure. Given that pseudogenisation is an active process in S. Typhi, we further investigated core and pan-genome profiles of functional and pseudogenes separately. We observed a decline in core functional gene content and a significant increase in accessory pseudogene content. Upon functional classification, genes encoding metabolic functions formed a major constituent of pseudogenes as well as core functional gene clusters with SNPs. Further, an in-depth analysis of accessory pseudogene content revealed the existence of heterogeneous complements of functional and pseudogenes among the strains. In addition, these polymorphic genes were also enriched in metabolism related functions. Thus, the study highlights the existence of heterogeneous strains in a population with varying metabolic potential and that S. Typhi possibly resorts to metabolic fine tuning for its adaptation.

  10. 毛细管区带电泳法分析不同来源血竭中龙血素A和龙血素B%Determination of loureirin A and loureirin B in dragon's blood by capillary zone electrophoresis

    杨雪滢; 胡旭芳; 李菲; 王兴红; 曹秋娥


    A capillary zone electrophoresis method (CZE) for the simultaneous determination of loureirin A and loureirin B was developed based on the optimized conditions of the pH, composition and concentration of the running buffer solution. Loureirin A and loureirin B were separated and determined effectively within 15 min in a running buffer solution of 20 mmol/L Na2B4O7(pH 9. 98 adjusted with NaOH solution) containing 10.0% (v/v) acetonitrile, 5.0% (v/v) ethylene glycol and 1.0% (v/v) butanol, with the applied voltage of 20 kV, capillary temperature of 25℃, detection wavelength of 211 nm, and injection of 5 s at 3 447 Pa. The linear ranges for the determination of loureirin A and loureirin B were 1. 00 - 100 mg/L and 0. 50-100 mg/L, respectively. The determination of loureirin A and loureirin B in dragon' s blood from natural and artificial inoculation was performed by the proposed method. The relative standard deviations for the determination of the two constituents in samples were from 0. 6% to 3. 8%, and the recoveries ranged between 95. 1% and 105. 8%. The method is simple, rapid and possesses higher reproducibility and efficiency. It can be used for the determination of loureirin A and loureirin B in dragon' s blood.%在系统优化了电解质溶液的pH、组成、浓度及仪器条件的基础上,建立了一种测定不同来源血竭中龙血素A和龙血素B的毛细管区带电泳(CZE)方法.采用20 kV的分离电压,25℃的毛细管柱温,211 nm的检测波长以及5s的压力(3447 Pa)进样时间,在20 mmol/L的Na2B4O7缓冲溶液(用NaOH调节pH到9.98,含有10%(v/v,下同)乙腈、5.0%乙二醇和1.0%正丁醇)中,龙血素A和龙血素B在15 min内得到了有效分离与检测.方法的线性范围对于龙血素A和龙血素B分别为1.0~100.0mg/L和0.5~100.0 mg/L.将该方法用于天然血竭及人工诱导血竭中龙血素A和龙血素B的测定,相对标准偏差在0.6% ~ 3.8%之间,加标回收率在95.1%~105.8%之间.

  11. 生物碱样品中有效成分的CZE法分离与测定%Separation and Determination of Effective Compounds in Alkaloidal Samples by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    高苏亚; 王黎; 王树春; 李华


    建立了一种简单的同时分离测定生物碱样品中咖啡因、可可碱和茶碱3种有效成分的区带毛细管电泳法.采用未涂层石英毛细管(75 μm i.d.×60 cm,有效长度50 cm),以20 mmol·L-1硼砂-4 mmol·L-1β-CD (pH 9.0)为运行缓冲液,压力(0.5 psi)进样5 s,运行电压16 kV,检测波长273 nm,温度25℃.在优化的实验条件下,3种生物碱的电泳谱图峰面积与其质量浓度在0.036~0.288 g·L-1呈良好线性关系(r≥0.9984);方法的精密度、重复性和稳定性良好,其峰面积的RSD均不大于3.2%,其检出限均不大于2.7mg·L-1;加标回收率为97%~ 104%.该方法简单、快速、试剂消耗少,可用于生物碱样品中咖啡因、可可碱和茶碱的分离与测定.%A capillary zone electrophoresis(CZE) method was established for the separation and determination of three effective compounds such as caffeine, theobromine and theophylline in alkaloidal samples. The sample was separated on an uncoated silica capillary (75 μm i. d.×60 cm, effective length; 50 cm) using pH 9. 0 20 mmol . L-1 borate containing 4 mmol . L-1 beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD) as running buffer. The pressure of injection was set at 0. 5 psi and the time was set 5 s. The detection wavelength was 273 run. A voltage of 16 kV was applied at 25 ℃. Under the optimal conditions, good linear relationships were observed between peak areas and alkaloidal concentrations in the range of 0. 036 -0. 288 g . L-1, with correlation coefficients not less than 0. 998 4. The RSDs of the peak area were not more than 3. 2% . The limits of detection ( LODs) were not more than 2. 7 mg . L-1. The average recoveries were in the range of 97% - 104% . This method is simple, quick and less reagent-consuming, and is suitable for the separation and determination of the three alkaloids in real samples.

  12. The Effects of Plasticity and the Evolution of Damage Zones in Earthquake Cycle Simulations

    Erickson, B. A.; Dunham, E. M.


    How does plastic response during the earthquake cycle affect nucleation and propagation during individual events and the recurrence intervals between events? How do damage zones evolve with increasing cumulative slip and how do they affect subsequent rupture? To explore these questions we are developing a robust, physics-based earthquake cycle model accounting for off-fault yielding over multiple event sequences. The method is developed for the anti-plane framework where interseismic loading is imposed at the remote boundary. Spontaneous, quasi-dynamic events nucleate at the fault governed by rate-and-state friction. The off-fault volume is discretized with finite difference methods and time-dependent boundary conditions impose the free surface, remote loading and friction law at the fault. Stresses in the domain are limited by a Drucker-Prager yield condition, with depth-dependent normal stresses that remain constant in time during antiplane shear deformation. The constitutive theory furnishes a nonlinear equilibrium equation that makes use of an elastoplastic tangent stiffness tensor. One of the difficulties arising in our application problems is that plasticity reduces the effective shear modulus to values approaching zero and the equilibrium equations undergo a loss of solvability. One possible solution to this is through the incorporation of hardening which can provide a lower bound (away from zero) of the shear modulus. We assume zero initial plastic strain prior to the first event which nucleates down dip near a locking depth of 12 km. Plastic flow ensues when stresses exceed the yield condition. The event ruptures up dip with reduced rupture speed and slip velocity compared to its elastic counterpart, generating a flowerlike plastic strain distribution corresponding to greater damage near Earth's free surface. Our preliminary exploration of parameter space show that once the first event terminates, an interseismic loading period follows during which no

  13. Separation and analysis of triazine herbcide residues by capillary electrophoresis.

    Elbashir, Abdalla A; Aboul-Enein, Hassan Y


    Triazines are widely used in agriculture around the world as selective pre- and post-emergence herbicides for the control of broad leaf and grassy weeds. With high toxicity and persistence, triazines can contaminate the environment and crops, so the development of rapid and sensitive methods for the determination of different triazines is necessary. Capillary electrophoresis comprises a group of techniques used to separate chemical mixtures. Analytical separation is based on different electrophoretic mobilities. This review focuses on the analysis of triazine herbicides with different modes of capillary electrophoresis, including capillary zone electrophoresis, micellar electrokinetic capillary electrophoresis, capillary electrochromatography and nonaqueous capillary electrophoresis. Determinations of triazines in various matrices such as surface water, groundwater, vegetables, soil and grains are emphasized.

  14. Structural and microstructural evolution of fault zones in Cretaceous poorly lithified sandstones of the Rio do Peixe basin, Paraiba, NE Brazil

    Balsamo, Fabrizio; Nogueira, Francisco; Storti, Fabrizio; Bezerra, Francisco H. R.; De Carvalho, Bruno R.; André De Souza, Jorge


    fault zones, strike-slip fault zones have narrow fault cores (few cm thick) and up to 2-3 m-thick damage zones. Microstructural observations indicate that cataclasis with pervasive grain size reduction is the dominant deformation mechanisms within the fault core, thus suggesting that late-stage strike-slip faulting occurred when sandstones were partially lithified by diagenetic processes. Alternatively, the change in deformation mechanisms may indicate faulting at greater depth. Structural and microstructural data suggest that fault zones in the Rio do Peixe basin developed in a progression from "ductile" (sensu Rutter, 1986) to more "brittle" deformation during changes from extensional to strike-slip kinematic fields. Such rheological and stress configuration evolution is expected to impact the petrophysical and permeability structure of fault zones in the study area.

  15. Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis.

    Sharma-Kuinkel, Batu K; Rude, Thomas H; Fowler, Vance G


    Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE) is a powerful genotyping technique used for the separation of large DNA molecules (entire genomic DNA) after digesting it with unique restriction enzymes and applying to a gel matrix under the electric field that periodically changes direction. PFGE is a variation of agarose gel electrophoresis that permits analysis of bacterial DNA fragments over an order of magnitude larger than that with conventional restriction enzyme analysis. It provides a good representation of the entire bacterial chromosome in a single gel with a highly reproducible restriction profile, providing clearly distinct and well-resolved DNA fragments.




    During this year we performed two major projects: I. We developed a detailed theoretical model which complements our experiments on surface DNA electrophoresis. We found that it was possible to enhance the separation of DNA chains by imposing a chemical nanoscale pattern on the surface. This approach utilized the surface interaction effect of the DNA chains with the substrate and is a refinement to our previous method in which DNA chains were separated on homogeneous flat surfaces. By introducing the nano-patterns on the surface, the conformational changes of DNA chains of different lengths can be amplified, which results in the different friction strengths with the substrate surface. Our results also show that, when compared to the DNA electrophoresis performed on homogeneous flat surfaces, nanopatterned surfaces offer a larger window in choosing different surface interactions to achieve separation. II. In collaboration with a large international manufacturer of skin care products we also embarked on a project involving photo toxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, which are a key ingredient in sunscreen and cosmetic lotions. The results clearly implicated the nanoparticles in catalyzing damage to chromosomal DNA. We then used this knowledge to develop a polymer/anti-oxidant coating which prevented the photocatalytic reaction on DNA while still retaining the UV absorptive properties of the nanoparticles. The standard gel electrophoresis was not sufficient in determining the extent of the DNA damage. The conclusions of this study were based predominantly on analysis obtained with the surface electrophoresis method.

  17. Experimental Measurements of Permeability Evolution During Brittle Deformation of Crystalline Rocks and Implications for Fluid Flow in Fault Zones

    Mitchell, T.; Faulkner, D.


    Detailed experimental studies of the development of permeability of crustal rock during deformation are essential in helping to understand fault mechanics and constrain larger scale models that predict bulk fluid flow within the crust. The strength, permeability and pore fluid volume evolution of initially intact crystalline rock (Westerly granite and Cerro Cristales granodiorite) under increasing differential load leading to macroscopic failure has been measured in a triaxial deformation apparatus. Experiments were run under pore water pressures of 50 MPa and varying effective pressures from 10 to 50 MPa. Permeability is seen to increase by up to and over two orders of magnitude prior to macroscopic failure, from 3.5 x 10-21 to 9 x 10-19 m2 with the greatest increase seen at lowest effective pressures. Post-failure permeability is shown to be over 3 orders of magnitude higher than initial intact permeabilities, as high as 4 x 10-18 m2, and approaches lower the limit of measurements of in situ bulk crustal permeabilities. Increasing amplitude cyclic loading tests show permeability-stress hysteresis, with high permeabilities maintained as differential stress is reduced. The largest permeability increases are seen between 90-99% of the failure stress. Under hydrothermal conditions without further loading, it is suggested that much of this permeability can be recovered, and pre-macroscopic failure fracture damage may heal relatively faster than post-failure macroscopic fractures. Pre-failure permeabilities are nearly seven to nine orders of magnitude lower than that predicted by some high pressure diffusive models suggesting that microfracture matrix flow cannot dominate, and agrees with inferences that bulk fluid flow and dilatancy must be dominated by larger scale structures, such as macrofractures. It is suggested that the permeability of a highly stressed fault tip process zone in low-permeability crystalline rocks could increase by more than 2 orders of magnitude

  18. Rapid determination of cyclamate in foods by capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect ultraviolet detection%毛细管区带电泳-间接紫外法快速测定食品中的甜蜜素

    陈桐; 丁晓静; 李一正; 赵旭东; 赵珊


    建立了毛细管区带电泳-间接紫外法快速测定食品中甜蜜素的新方法。液体样品用超纯水稀释后直接进样;固体样品经粉碎或剪碎后用超纯水超声提取后离心,上清液直接进样或用水稀释后进样。以未涂敷石英毛细管(80 cm×75μm,有效长度:70 cm)为分离柱,以2 mmol / L 苯甲酸钠+10 mmol / L 碳酸钠+0.5 mmol / L 十六烷基三甲基溴化铵为分离缓冲液;于200 nm 波长处检测。检出限为8.9 mg / kg(S / N =3),定量限为26.7 mg / kg(S / N =9)。低、中、高添加水平的加标回收率分别为93.4%、100.3%及101.9%,相应的 RSD 分别为6.7%、2.0%及2.2%(n =5)。日内及日间精密度分别为2.6%和4.5%。整个分析过程无需有机溶剂。在能力验证样品的分析结果与国家标准方法的结果相吻合的基础上,分析了7件食品样品,获满意结果。%A new method for the rapid determination of cyclamate in foods by capillary zone electrophoresis( CZE)with indirect ultraviolet detection was developed. The separation was carried out with an uncoated fused-silica capillary(75 μm i. d.,total length 80 cm,effective length 70 cm). The separation buffer consisted of 2 mmol / L sodium benzoate,10 mmol / L sodi-um carbonate and 0. 5 mmol / L hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide. The separation voltage was -30 kV and the detection wavelength was 200 nm. The liquid samples could be directly injected after dilution with ultrapure water. The solid samples were first grounded or cut into pieces,and then extracted with ultrapure water. Then,the mixed solution was centrifuged. The supernatant was directly injected or injected after dilution with ultrapure water. The analytes were determined by external calibration. The limits of detection( S / N = 3)and the limits of quantification( S / N = 9 ) were 8. 9 mg / kg and 26. 7 mg / kg,respectively. The linear range between the corrected peak area and the

  19. Failure Mechanisms and Evolution Assessment of the Excavation Damaged Zones in a Large-Scale and Deeply Buried Underground Powerhouse

    Li, Hai-bo; Liu, Ming-chang; Xing, Wan-bo; Shao, Shuai; Zhou, Jia-wen


    The Jinping I underground powerhouse is deeply buried and is one of the largest underground powerhouses in China. As a result of high levels of in situ stress, complex geological conditions and the effects of excavation in adjacent caverns, the surrounding rock mass has been severely deformed and broken, and excavation damaged zones (EDZs) have become major obstacles to the design of cavern excavation and support. Field investigations and monitoring data indicated that there are two main modes of failure: high tangential stress induced failure and progressive failure, which have occurred on the mountain side and the river valley side of the Jinping I underground powerhouse. These two main modes of failure were due to strong secondary principal stress forces in the sub-parallel directions and sub-vertical directions, acting on the axes of the main powerhouse on the mountain side and on the river valley side, respectively. Deformations and EDZs on the river valley side were generally larger than those found along the mountain side, and the distribution of deformations was consistent with the distribution of EDZs. The evolution of the EDZ on the river valley side has clearly been time dependent, especially along the downstream arch abutment, and the EDZ was considerably enlarged with further excavation. Additionally, the deformation of the surrounding rock mass was first initiated from the edge of the excavation area and gradually extended to deeper areas away from the opening. However, the EDZ on the mountain side was enlarged only during the first two phases of excavation. The extension of pre-existing cracks and the creation of new fractures has mainly occurred in the oldest EDZ section, and the HDZ has been visibly enlarged, whereas the EDZ has shown little change in other excavation phases.

  20. Extreme environments in the critical zone: Linking acidification hazard of acid sulfate soils in mound spring discharge zones to groundwater evolution and mantle degassing.

    Shand, Paul; Gotch, Travis; Love, Andrew; Raven, Mark; Priestley, Stacey; Grocke, Sonia


    A decrease in flow from the iconic travertine mound springs of the Great Artesian Basin in South Australia has led to the oxidation of hypersulfidic soils and extreme soil acidification, impacting their unique groundwater dependent ecosystems. The build-up of pyrite in these systems occurred over millennia by the discharge of deep artesian sulfate-containing groundwaters through organic-rich subaqueous soils. Rare iron and aluminium hydroxysulfate minerals form thick efflorescences due to high evaporation rates in this arid zone environment, and the oxidised soils pose a significant risk to local aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The distribution of extreme acidification hazard is controlled by regional variations in the hydrochemistry of groundwater. Geochemical processes fractionate acidity and alkalinity into separate parts of the discharge zone allowing potentially extreme environments to form locally. Differences in groundwater chemistry in the aquifer along flow pathways towards the spring discharge zone are related to a range of processes including mineral dissolution and redox reactions, which in turn are strongly influenced by degassing of the mantle along deep crustal fractures. There is thus a connection between shallow critical zone ecosystems and deep crustal/mantle processes which ultimately control the formation of hypersulfidic soils and the potential for extreme geochemical environments.

  1. Ediacaran Palaeozoic tectonic evolution of the Ossa Morena and Central Iberian zones (SW Iberia) as revealed by Sm Nd isotope systematics

    López-Guijarro, Rafael; Armendáriz, Maider; Quesada, Cecilio; Fernández-Suárez, Javier; Murphy, J. Brendan; Pin, Christian; Bellido, Felix


    Sm-Nd isotopic analyses of Palaeozoic sedimentary and igneous rocks in the southwest Iberian Massif (western end of the European Variscan Belt) are presented in order to unravel its complex poly-orogenic evolution during the closure of the Rheic Ocean and the amalgamation of Pangea. The Gondwanan margin in southwest Iberia SW Iberia is subdivided into the Ossa Morena and Central Iberian zones, separated by the Badajoz-Córdoba Shear Zone which represents a cryptic suture zone between these terranes. The relationships between these terranes, and between units preserved within the suture zone (e.g. the Sierra Albarrana Group) during the Palaeozoic and Neoproterozoic are controversial. Sm-Nd isotopic studies of representative sedimentary sequences covering the entire pre-Variscan record of the Ossa Morena and Central Iberian zones show very similar characteristics from the uppermost Ediacaran onwards. These data indicate that their accretion to one another must have been completed by the Late Neoproterozoic-Ediacarin that time (an event assigned to Cadomian orogeny) and that they never separated substantially from each other since that time. The Sm-Nd isotopic composition of the Sierra Albarrana Group metasedimentary rocks is similar to that of the pre-Cadomian sequences of the Ossa Morena Zone (Serie Negra), suggesting derivation from a common source. The common provenance of the Palaeozoic sequences in the two zones is identical to that of the pre-Cadomian Serie Negra of the Ossa Morena Zone, which in accordance with the data presented herein and published U-Pb zircon data indicates a West African affinity.

  2. Practical capillary electrophoresis

    Weinberger, Robert


    In the 1980s, capillary electrophoresis (CE) joined high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) as the most powerful separation technique available to analytical chemists and biochemists. Published research using CE grew from 48 papers in the year of commercial introduction (1988) to 1200 in 1997. While only a dozen major pharmaceutical and biotech companies have reduced CE to routine practice, the applications market is showing real or potential growth in key areas, particularly in the DNA marketplace for genomic mapping and forensic identification. For drug development involving small molecules (including chiral separations), one CE instrument can replace 10 liquid chromatographs in terms of speed of analysis. CE also uses aqueous rather than organic solvents and is thus environmentally friendlier than HPLC. The second edition of Practical Capillary Electrophoresis has been extensively reorganized and rewritten to reflect modern usage in the field, with an emphasis on commercially available apparatus and ...

  3. Ketoprofen analysis in serum by capillary electrophoresis.

    Friedberg, M; Shihabi, Z K


    A method for the quantification of ketoprofen, a new non-prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, in serum, by capillary zone electrophoresis for therapeutic monitoring and emergency toxicology is described. Serum is deproteinized with acetonitrile in the presence of an internal standard, to remove serum proteins and to induce sample stacking. The migration time was about 10 min. The assay was linear between 1-10 mg/l without any interferences. The method compared well to an HPLC assay. The HPLC afforded a better detection limit, but the CE was less expensive to operate. This method demonstrates that capillary electrophoresis is a simple and effective method for determination of ketoprofen as well as other drugs in human serum at levels close to 1 mg/l.

  4. Electrophoresis experiments in microgravity

    Snyder, Robert S.; Rhodes, Percy H.


    The use of the microgravity environment to separate and purify biological cells and proteins has been a major activity since the beginning of the NASA Microgravity Science and Applications program. Purified populations of cells are needed for research, transplantation and analysis of specific cell constituents. Protein purification is a necessary step in research areas such as genetic engineering where the new protein has to be separated from the variety of other proteins synthesized from the microorganism. Sufficient data are available from the results of past electrophoresis experiments in space to show that these experiments were designed with incomplete knowledge of the fluid dynamics of the process including electrohydrodynamics. However, electrophoresis is still an important separation tool in the laboratory and thermal convection does limit its performance. Thus, there is a justification for electrophoresis but the emphasis of future space experiments must be directed toward basic research with model experiments to understand the microgravity environment and fluid analysis to test the basic principles of the process.

  5. Preparative electrophoresis for space

    Rhodes, Percy H.; Snyder, Robert S.


    A premise of continuous flow electrophoresis is that removal of buoyance-induced thermal convection caused by axial and lateral temperature gradients results in ideal performance of these instruments in space. Although these gravity dependent phenomena disturb the rectilinear flow in the separation chamber when high voltage gradients or thick chamber are used, distortion of the injected sample stream due to electrodynamic effects cause major broadening of the separated bands. The electrophoresis separation process is simple, however flow local to the sample filament produced by the applied electric field were not considered. These electrohydrodynamic flows distort the sample stream and limit the separation. Also, electroosmosis and viscous flow combine to further distort the process. A moving wall concept is being proposed for space which will eliminate and control the disturbances. The moving wall entrains the fluid to move as a rigid body and produces a constant residence time for all samples distributed across the chamber thickness. The moving wall electrophoresis chamber can only be operated in space because there is no viscous flow in the chamber to stabilize against thermal convection.

  6. Monitoring compliance to therapy during addiction treatments by means of hair analysis for drugs and drug metabolites using capillary zone electrophoresis coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

    Gottardo, Rossella; Fanigliulo, Ameriga; Sorio, Daniela; Liotta, Eloisa; Bortolotti, Federica; Tagliaro, Franco


    Capillary electrophoresis coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry was used in the present work for the determination of therapeutic and abused drugs and their metabolites in the hair of subjects undergoing addiction treatments, in order to monitor their compliance to therapy. For this purpose a rapid, qualitative drug screening method was adopted based on capillary electrophoresis hyphenated with time-of-flight mass spectrometry, which had earlier been developed and validated for the forensic-toxicological analysis of hair, limitedly to illicit/abused drugs [1]. Sampling of hair was carried out in order to refer to a time window of about two months from the date of sampling (i.e. 2cm ca. from cortex). A single extraction procedure was applied, allowing the determination in the hair matrix of "drugs of abuse" referred to the past abuses, and therapeutic drugs prescribed in the detoxification program as well as their metabolites. Analyte identification was based on accurate mass measurements and comparison of isotope patterns, providing the most likely matching between accurate mass value and elemental formula. Small molecules (forensic and toxicological interest could be identified unambiguously using mass spectrometric conditions tailored to meet a mass accuracy ≤5ppm. In the present study, the proposed approach proved suitable for the rapid broad spectrum screening of hair samples, although needing further confirmation of results by using fragmentation mass spectrometry.

  7. Rheologic evolution of low-grade metasedimentary rocks and granite across a large strike-slip fault zone: A case study of the Kellyland fault zone, Maine, USA

    Sullivan, W. A.; Monz, M. E.


    We examine a large strike-slip fault zone that juxtaposes low-grade clastic metasedimentary rocks with coarse-grained granite near the brittle-ductile transition. The load-bearing matrixes in granite-derived ultramylonites and pelite and wacke metasedimentary intervals are texturally similar, and all deformed by diffusion-assisted granular flow. Granite underwent rapid strengthening as the pluton cooled followed by rapid weakening driven by brittle grain-size reduction and mixing that catalyzed ultramylonite formation. The textural and mineralogical similarity of pelitic intervals across the zone indicates they experienced little textural and reaction weakening. Wacke intervals record progressive textural and reaction weakening in an open system. Quartz recrystallized grain sizes in granite-derived ultramylonites record ∼2-times more differential stress than those in metasedimentary rocks in the interior of the zone. The relative weakness of metasedimentary rocks is correlated with fluid influx that likely enhanced diffusion and grain-boundary sliding in pelitic and wacke intervals and catalyzed textural and reaction weakening in wacke intervals. The lack of evidence for fluid and ionic communication with granitic rocks indicates that fluid movement was restricted to foliation-parallel pathways within single rock units. This localized fluid influx is the best explanation for the strength contrasts between texturally similar fault rocks deformed by similar mechanisms.

  8. The Impact of DNAPL Source-Zone Architecture on Contaminant Mass Flux and Plume Evolution in Heterogeneous Porous Media


    K zone. Qualitative elemental analyse of the mineral- surface chemistry collected at locations indicated (red circle ) on the SEM Qualitative elemental analyses of the mineral- surface chemistry collected at location indicated (red circle ) on the SEM photomicrograph was...spatial variability (or heterogeneity) of physical and biogeochemical properties of the subsurface greatly impacts the effectiveness of site

  9. Evolution of a Neoproterozoic suture in the Iberian Massif, Central Portugal: New U-Pb ages of igneous and metamorphic events at the contact between the Ossa Morena Zone and Central Iberian Zone

    Henriques, S. B. A.; Neiva, A. M. R.; Ribeiro, M. L.; Dunning, G. R.; Tajčmanová, L.


    A Neoproterozoic suture is exposed at the contact between the Ossa Morena Zone and the Central Iberian Zone, in the Iberian Massif (Central Portugal), the westernmost segment of the European Variscides. Although, the Cadomian magmatic and tectonometamorphic events have been previously documented, their timing is still poorly constrained, particularly in the inner zones of the suture. We used geochronological (ID-TIMS U-Pb) data to establish the sequence of events, isotopic (Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd) data to characterize the magmatic sources and thermodynamic modelling to determine the maximum P-T conditions attained during the Cadomian metamorphism. The first event, in the future Ossa Morena Zone, is the onset of island arc magmatism represented mainly by tholeiites with a MORB signature. Their igneous crystallization age is unknown, but they are older than ca. 539 Ma. This magmatic activity was accompanied by deposition of fine-grained sediments in a Neoproterozoic basin. The second event is the evolution of the Cadomian magmatic arc in different stages. The earliest magmatic stage occurs at ca. 692 Ma, which is the oldest igneous age known in the Ossa Morena Zone. It is followed by the generation of subalkaline and peraluminous protoliths at ca. 569 Ma, with the isotopic signature of old crustal sources. The final phase of the arc magmatism (ca. 548-544 Ma) involved mainly partial melting of continental crust. The range of the main magmatic activity must have been between ca. 569 Ma and ca. 544 Ma as mentioned for other areas in the Ossa Morena Zone. A major metamorphic event, recorded in metamorphic monazite, zircon and titanite at ca. 540 Ma, attained upper amphibolite facies conditions close to the transition to granulite facies (7-8 kbar and 640-660 °C). It represents the continental arc accretion of the Ossa Morena Zone with the Iberian Autochthon passive margin (future Central Iberian Zone). The Early Ordovician rocks (ca. 483-477 Ma) were generated from depleted and

  10. Sedimentary and tectonic evolution of the arc zone of Southwestern Ecuador during Late Cretaceous and early Tertiary times

    Jaillard, Etienne; Ordoñez, Martha; Berrones, Gerardo; Bengtson, Peter; Bonhomme, Michel; Jimenez, Nelson; Zambrano, Italo


    The eastern part of the "Celica basin" of southwesternmost Ecuador exhibits Late Cretaceous to Tertiary sediments which belong to the magmatic arc paleogeographic zone. Important N-S to NE-trending faults separate a western, mainly Late Cretaceous series (Río Playas) from an eastern succession (Catamayo-Gonzanamá) of (?) Late Cretaceous to early Tertiary age. The analysis of these sediments indicates a complex geologic history, which recorded the main stages of the early tectonic evolution of the Andes. In the Río Playas area, a submarine andesitic volcanic pile (Celica Fm) represents the products of a volcanic arc of probably Albian age. It is apparently overlain by a thick, early Late Cretaceous series of volcanic flows and coarse-grained volcaniclastic high-density turbiditic beds (Alamor Fm), the deposition of which might result from the Mochica phase (late Albian-early Cenomanian) Deformation, uplift and erosion (early Peruvian phase) are followed by the sedimentation of unconformable marls and greywackes of marine open shelf to deltaic environment. These comprise Santonian and/or Campanian fine- to mediumgrained deposits (Naranjo Fm), abruptly overlain (late Peruvian phase ?) by fan-delta coarse-grained marine deposits of latest Cretaceous age (Casanga Fm) They are locally capped by undated, partly volcaniclastic red beds, indicating an important regression/uplift of latest Cretaceous-early Tertiary age. In the Catamayo-Gonzanamá area, thick subaerial andesitic volcanic rocks (Sacapalca Fm) are intruded by Paleocene to early Eocene plutons and are overlain by undated fluvial red beds. They express uplift movements of latest Cretaceous-early Tertiary age. To the South, these are capped by slumped lacustrine black shales and greywackes of possible Maastrichtian-Paleocene age (Gonzanamá Fm) Farther north, the Sacapalca volcanics and red beds are overlain by variegated shales, sandstones and conglomerates, dated as latest Oligocene-early Miocene (Catamayo Fm

  11. Evolution of an Interbasin Mountain-Block Extensional Accommodation Zone Within the Central Colorado Rio Grande Rift, USA

    Minor, S. A.; Caine, J. S.; Fridrich, C.; Hudson, M. R.


    Our understanding of extensional strain transfer and accommodation in continental rifts has grown considerably, but few studied transfer zones exhibit high internal topographic and structural relief. In the Rio Grande rift of Colorado the WNW-trending northern tip of the Sangre de Cristo Range separates the opposite-tilted Upper Arkansas River (UAR) and San Luis half grabens. We have investigated the development and role of faults flanking this "Poncha" intrarift mountain block in transferring extension between rift basins, mountain block surface uplift, and landscape evolution. The topographically rugged Poncha block consists of Proterozoic metamorphic and plutonic rocks overlain on its west and southwest flanks by 34.5-33-Ma volcanic rocks and alluvial deposits of the Mio-Pliocene Dry Union Formation. Similar Dry Union sediments underlie a moderately elevated, strongly dissected older piedmont along the northern front of the mountain block. All of these units are tilted 10-35º to the W and SW. A WNW-trending, right-stepping fault system > 25 km in length separates the piedmont and UAR basin from the steep northern Poncha mountain front. Slip measurements along this fault system, cutting deposits as young as ~200 ka, indicate dextral-normal oblique movement. The NNW-striking, down-to-E southern Sawatch range-front fault system forms the western terminus of the Poncha block where it juxtaposes Dry Union deposits against Sawatch Proterozoic basement rocks. Gently tilted proximal diamicton and alluvial deposits on the downthrown blocks of both range-front faults likely mark Plio-Pleistocene(?) mountain block uplift. Arrays of NNW- to WNW-striking faults cutting volcanic and Dry Union units on the flanks of the Poncha block commonly have normal-oblique slip, with greater tendency for dextral strike-slip components on WNW-striking faults. Preliminary paleomagnetic data from the volcanic rocks detect no significant vertical-axis rotation that accompanied oblique

  12. Strain-dependent evolution of garnets in a high pressure ductile shear zone using Synchroton x-ray microtomography

    Macente, Alice; Fusseis, Florian; Menegon, Luca; John, Timm


    Synkinematic reaction microfabrics carry important information on the kinetics, timing and rheology of tectonometamorphic processes. Despite being routinely interpreted in metamorphic and structural studies, reaction and deformation microfabrics are usually described in two dimensions. We applied Synchrotron-based x-ray microtomography to document the evolution of a pristine olivine gabbro into a deformed omphacite-garnet eclogite in 3D. In the investigated samples, which cover a strain gradient into a shear zone from the Western Gneiss Region (Norway) previously described by John et al., (2009), we focused on the spatial transformation of garnet coronas into elongated clusters of garnets. Our microtomographic data allowed us to quantify changes to the garnet volume, their shapes and their spatial arrangement. We combined microtomographic observations with light microscope- and backscatter electron images as well as electron microprobe- (EMPA) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses to correlate mineral composition and orientation data with the x-ray absorption signal of the same mineral grains. This allowed us to extrapolate our interpretation of the metamorphic microfabric evolution to the third dimension, effectively yielding a 4-dimensional dataset. We found that: - The x-ray absorption contrast between individual mineral phases in our microtomographic data is sufficient to allow the same petrographic observations than in light- and electron microscopy, but extended to 3D. - Amongst the major constituents of the synkinematic reactions, garnet is the only phase that can be segmented confidently from the microtomographic data. - With increasing deformation, the garnet volume increases from about 9% to 25%. - Garnet coronas in the gabbros never completely encapsulate olivine grains. This may indicate that the reaction progressed preferentially in some directions, but also leaves pathways for element transport to and from the olivines that are

  13. Geometry and thermal structure of the Menderes Massif Core Complex (Western Turkey), implications for thermal evolution of Hellenic subduction zone

    Roche, Vincent; Jolivet, Laurent; Guillou-Frottier, Laurent; Tuduri, Johann; Bouchot, Vincent; Beccaletto, Laurent; Lahfid, Abdeltif


    The eastern Mediterranean region is one of the most promising geothermal areas, with more than 250 geothermal fields discovered in Turkey (Parlaktuna, 2013), in a region of active tectonics and volcanism. Although the potential of these deep geothermal resources has not been systematically investigated yet, the geothermal activity of the western Turkey area is the most recent signature of the high heat flow (120-140 mW/m²; Aydin, 2005, from Teczan, 1995). Based on Turkish data, 2084 MWt are being utilized for direct applications and most of the energy originates from the Menderes Massif (Baba et al., 2015). This large-scale thermal anomaly at the surface is correlated to a long wavelength east-west increase of surface heat flow that could reflect the thermal state of Aegean subduction zone at depth. In order to better understand and characterize the possible connections between large-scale mantle dynamics and surface processes in space and time, we study the structure and thermal evolution of the Menderes Massif. Both the acceleration of the Aegean extension in the Middle Miocene and the recent escape of Anatolia have been proposed to result from several slab tearing events, the first one being located below western Turkey and the Eastern Aegean Sea. These events have triggered the formation of metamorphic complexes with contrasted exhumation P-T paths. While the extension in the Aegean domain is well-characterized with high-temperature domes in the center and east, the succession of several metamorphic events in the Menderes Massif and their significance in terms of geodynamics is still debated. Hence, the exhumation history is key to understanding the temporal and spatial distribution of the thermal signature of the Hellenic slab and its tearing/detachment. The Menderes Massif displays a large variety of metamorphic facies, from the Barrovian type metamorphism in the Eocene (the Main Menderes Metamorphism) to the coeval (?) HP-LT metamorphism on the southernmost

  14. Instrumental development of novel detection and separation methods for capillary electrophoresis

    Garner, T.


    After a general introduction, this thesis is divided into 3 parts: indirect fluorescence detection of sugars separated by capillary zone electrophoresis with visible laser excitation, absorption detection in capillary electrophoresis by fluorescence energy transfer, and increased selectivity for electrochromatography by dynamic ion exchange.

  15. Evolution of the habitable zone of low-mass stars. Detailed stellar models and analytical relationships for different masses and chemical compositions

    Valle, G; Moroni, P G Prada; Degl'Innocenti, S


    We study the temporal evolution of the habitable zone (HZ) of low-mass stars - only due to stellar evolution - and evaluate the related uncertainties. These uncertainties are then compared with those due to the adoption of different climate models. We computed stellar evolutionary tracks from the pre-main sequence phase to the helium flash at the red-giant branch tip for stars with masses in the range [0.70 - 1.10] Msun, metallicity Z in the range [0.005 - 0.04], and various initial helium contents. We evaluated several characteristics of the HZ, such as the distance from the host star at which the habitability is longest, the duration of this habitability, the width of the zone for which the habitability lasts one half of the maximum, and the boundaries of the continuously habitable zone (CHZ) for which the habitability lasts at least 4 Gyr. We developed analytical models, accurate to the percent level or lower, which allowed to obtain these characteristics in dependence on the mass and the chemical composit...

  16. Monitoring Homovanillic Acid and Vanillylmandelic Acid in Human Urine by Capillary Electrophoresis with Electrochemical Detection


    A simple, rapid and low-cost method of separation and determination of homovanillic acid and vanillylmandelic acid in human urine was developed based on capillary zone electrophoresis / amperometric detection with high sensitivity and good resolution.

  17. Role of the Western Anatolia Shear Zone (WASZ) in Neotectonics Evolution of the Western Anatolia Extended Terrain, Turkey

    Cemen, I.; Gogus, O. H.; Hancer, M.


    The Neotectonics period in western Anatolia Extended Terrain, Turkey (WAET) may have initiated in late Oligocene following the Eocene Alpine collision which produced the Izmir-Ankara suture zone. The Western Anatolia Shear Zone (WASZ) bounds the WAET to the east. The shear zone contains mostly normal faults in the vicinity of the Gulf of Gokova. However, its movement is mostly oblique slip from the vicinity of Tavas towards the Lake of Acigol where it makes a northward bend and possibly joins the Eskisehir fault zone to the north of the town of Afyon. The shear zone forms the southern and eastern margins of the Kale-Tavas, Denizli and Acigol basins. The shear zone is similar in its structural/tectonics setting to the Eastern California Shear zone (ECSZ) of the Basins and Ranges of North America Extended terrain which is also composed of many normal to oblique-slip faults and separates two extended terrains with different rates of extension. Western Anatolia experienced many devastating earthquakes within the last 2000 years. Many of the ancient Greek/Roman city states, including Ephesus, Troy, and Hierapolis were destroyed by large historical earthquakes. During the second half of the 20th century, the region experienced two major large earthquake giving normal fault focal mechanism solutions. They are the 1969, M=6.9 Alasehir and the 1970, M=7.1 Gediz earthquakes. These earthquakes had caused substantial damage and loss of life in the region. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the kinematics of the Cenozoic extensional tectonics and earthquake potential of the WASZ in the region, is very important, especially since the fault zone is very close to the major towns in eastern part of western Turkey, such as Mugla, Denizli, Sandikli, Dinar and Afyon.

  18. Evolution of a Western Arctic Ice Ocean Boundary Layer and Mixed Layer Across a Developing Thermodynamically Forced Marginal Ice Zone


    sufficient buoyancy to the summer halocline to prevent subsequent wind events from mixing out the NSTM. Ice Camp observations captured the development of a... ice zone (MIZ), thermal heterogeneities in the upper ocean led to large ocean-to- ice heat fluxes (100–200 Wm-2) and enhanced basal ice melt (3–6 cm... Ice Zone, turbulent heat flux, heat partitioning; melt pond drainage, through- ice radiative transmission, near- surface temperature maximum, summer

  19. Reconstruction of Landscape Evolution Zones (LEZ) from laminated Eifel maar sediments of the last 60 000 years

    Sirocko, Frank


    Tephra, eolian dust, organic carbon, pollen and botanical macroremains from the dry maar lake structures auf Auel and Dehner are used to synthesize and define Landscape Evolution Zones (LEZ) for the Eifel during the last 60 000 years. LEZ 1-3 reiterate the established succession of vegetation during the Holocene and late glacial. The maximum of the last glaciation (LEZ 4: 14 700 - 23 000 b2k) was characterized by extremely sparse vegetation of some moss and characeae, however, characterized by annual activity of eolian dust. These sediments are generally devoid of clay and sand and reveal no indication of snow-meltwater events; accordingly, the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) must have been extremely arid in central Europe. The sediments of the subsequent LEZ 5 from 23 000 ‒ 28 500 b2k preserve however distinct layers of clay and coarse sand, which indicates running water with clay in suspension and ephemeral coarse grained fluvial sediment discharge; abundant Ranunculaceae macroremains (used for 14C dating), insects, moss and fungi sclerotia reflect a tundra environment during a time of frequent strong snow melt events. Total carbon content and Betula-Pinus pollen reach increased concentrations during all MIS 3 interstadials that occurred between 28 500 - 36 500 b2k (LEZ 6). Grass pollen and heliophytes indicate a steppe environment with scattered/patchy trees during the interstadials. The stadial phases of LEZ 6 reveal first activity of eolian dust deflation. The opening of the early MIS 3 forested landscape to a steppe occurred with the LEZ 7 - LEZ 6 transition at 36 500 b2k. This is the time when modern man arrived in central Europe; possibly because the vegetation change must have favoured the spread of horse, which was the favoured hunting prey of the modern humans. Accordingly, we postulate that the migration of the modern humans into central Europe could have been mainly driven by climate and vegetation change. The LEZ 7 encompassing the time interval from 36

  20. Derivatization in Capillary Electrophoresis.

    Marina, M Luisa; Castro-Puyana, María


    Capillary electrophoresis is a well-established separation technique in analytical research laboratories worldwide. Its interesting advantages make CE an efficient and potent alternative to other chromatographic techniques. However, it is also recognized that its main drawback is the relatively poor sensitivity when using optical detection. One way to overcome this limitation is to perform a derivatization reaction which is intended to provide the analyte more suitable analytical characteristics enabling a high sensitive detection. Based on the analytical step where the CE derivatization takes place, it can be classified as precapillary (before separation), in-capillary (during separation), or postcapillary (after separation). This chapter describes the application of four different derivatization protocols (in-capillary and precapillary modes) to carry out the achiral and chiral analysis of different compounds in food and biological samples with three different detection modes (UV, LIF, and MS).

  1. Evolution of a calcite marble shear zone complex on Thassos Island, Greece: microstructural and textural fabrics and their kinematic significance

    Bestmann, Michel; Kunze, Karsten; Matthews, Alan


    The deformation history of a monophase calcite marble shear zone complex on Thassos Island, Northern Greece, is reconstructed by detailed geometric studies of the textural and microstructural patterns relative to a fixed reference system (shear zone boundary, SZB). Strain localization within the massive marble complex is linked to decreasing P- T conditions during the exhumation process of the metamorphic core complex. Solvus thermometry indicates that temperatures of 300-350°C prevailed during part of the shear zone deformation history. The coarse-grained marble protolith outside the shear zone is characterized by symmetrically oriented twin sets due to early coaxial deformation. A component of heterogeneous non-coaxial deformation is first recorded within the adjacent protomylonite. Enhanced strain weakening by dynamic recrystallization promoted strong localization of plastic deformation in the ultramylonite of the calcite shear zone, where high strain was accommodated by non-coaxial flow. This study demonstrates that both a pure shear and a simple shear strain path can result in similar crystallographic preferred orientations (single c-axis maximum perpendicular to the SZB) by different dominant deformation mechanisms. Separated a-axis pole figures (+ a- and - a-axis) show different density distributions with orthorhombic texture symmetry in the protolith marble and monoclinic symmetry in the ultramylonite marble consistently with the observed grain fabric symmetry.

  2. Tectonic controls on the geomorphic evolution of alluvial fans in the Piedmont Zone of Ganga Plain, Uttarakhand, India

    Pradeep K Goswami; Charu C Pant; Shefali Pandey


    The Piedmont Zone is the least studied part of the Ganga Plain.The northern limit of the Piedmont Zone is defined by the Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT)along which the Himalaya is being thrust over the alluvium of the Ganga Plain.Interpretation of satellite imagery,Digital Terrain Models (DTMs)and field data has helped in the identification and mapping of various morpho-tectonic features in the densely forested and cultivated Piedmont Zone in the Kumaun region of the Uttarakhand state of India.The Piedmont Zone has formed as a result of coalescing alluvial fans,alluvial aprons and talus deposits.The fans have differential morphologies and aggradation processes within a common climatic zone and similar litho-tectonic setting of the catchment area. Morphotectonic analysis reveals that the fan morphologies and aggradation processes in the area are mainly controlled by the ongoing tectonic activities.Such activities along the HFT and transverse faults have controlled the accommodation space by causing differential subsidence of the basin,and aggradation processes by causing channel migration,channel incision and shifting of depocentres.The active tectonic movements have further modified the landscape of the area in the form of tilted alluvial fan,gravel ridges,terraces and uplifted gravels.

  3. The Rhyacian El Cortijo suture zone:Aeromagnetic signature and insights for the geodynamic evolution of the southwestern Rio de la Plata craton, Argentina

    Carlos J. Chernicoff; Eduardo O. Zappettini; Javier Peroni


    The amalgamation of the southern Río de la Plata craton involves two possibly coeval Rhyacian sutures associated with the Transamazonian orogeny, rather than a single one as previously envisaged, i.e. the El Cortijo suture zone and the Salado suture. We circumscribe the Tandilia terrane to the region between these two sutures. The El Cortijo suture zone runs along a roughly WNW oriented magnetic low aligned along the southern boundary of the Tandilia terrane, i.e. boundary between the Tandilia and Balcarce terranes. This extensive magnetic low, ca. 300 km long, and ca. 90 km wide, would be caused by demagnetization associated with shearing. At a more local scale, the trend of the El Cortijo suture zone often turns toward the EeW. At this scale, WNW trending tholeiitic dykes of Statherian age are seen to cut the Rhyacian El Cortijo suture zone. Spatially associated with the El Cortijo suture zone, there are small magnetic highs interpreted to be related to unexposed basic bodies of ophiolitic nature related to those forming part of the El Cortijo Formation. We envisage the pre-Neoproterozoic evolution of the Tandilia belt to have been initiated by the extension of Neoarchean (w2650 Ma) crust occurred during Siderian times (2500e2300 Ma), causing the separation between the Balcarce, Tandilia and Buenos Aires terranes, and the development of narrow oceans at both north and south sides of the Tandilia terrane, accompanied by w2300e2200 Ma sedi-mentation over transitional econtinental to oceanice crust, and arc magmatism developed in the Tan-dilia terrane. The island arc represented by the El Cortijo Formation was also developed at this time. At late Rhyacian times, it occurred in both the closure of the narrow oceans developed previously, the entrapment of the El Cortijo island arc, as well as anatectic magmatism in the Balcarce terrane.

  4. Microstructural evolution at the overlap zones of 12Cr martensitic stainless steel laser alloyed with TiC

    Adebiyi, DI


    Full Text Available Multiple track laser alloying is characterised by additional heat treatment and differences in the amount of powder deposited at the overlap regions. These result in different microstructural and phase evolution at these regions, which...

  5. Capillary Electrophoresis in the Analysis of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

    Gabriel Hancu


    Full Text Available The aim of this study to inventory the main electrophoretic methods for identification and quantitative determination of fatty acids from different biological matrices. Critical analysis of electrophoretic methods reported in the literature show that the determination of polyunsaturated fatty acids can be made by: capillary zone electrophoresis, micellar electrokinetic chromatography and microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography using different detection systems such as ultraviolet diode array detection, laser induced fluorescence or mass – spectrometry. Capillary electrophoresis is a fast, low-cost technique used for polyunsaturated fatty acids analysis although their determination is mostly based on gas chromatography.

  6. Structure and evolution of the Sura-Kama strike-slip zone in the Cenozoic (the Volga-Ural anteclise of the East European Platform)

    Kolodyazhnyi, S. Yu.


    The Sura-Kama zone (SKZ) complicates the central area of the Volga-Ural anteclise and extends sublaterally from the Sura River basin towards the Kama River at a distance of 700-750 km. Based on the analysis of geological-geophysical data and structural studies, a model for the tectonic structure and the evolution of the SKZ is developed. This is a deep tectonic fault that shows the features of long-term polystage development. During the latest Cimmerian-Alpine period of tectonic reactivation, the SKZ represented a zone of strike-slip and consecutive manifestation of early transpressional right-lateral strike-slip dislocations that changed to left-lateral strike-slip displacements under transtension settings as a result of kinematic inversion. Features of the heterogeneous structure of the SKZ are revealed. The segments formed by the system of strike-slip duplexes are alternated along the strike by the principle of rotation-fold and "domino" structures. The particular models of evolution of these segments are proposed by the examples of the widely known Karlin, Tetyushin, and Lower Kama dislocations. It is assumed that kinematic inversion and compression-decompression phenomena on the flanks of the SKZ, as well as the tectonic environments in the area of its dynamic influence were highly important for the development of the processes of migration and redistribution of hydrocarbon components.

  7. Molecular Evolution in Historical Perspective.

    Suárez-Díaz, Edna


    In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms. These developments sparked important debates between defendants of the molecular and organismic approaches. The most vocal confrontations focused on the relation between primates and humans, and the neutral theory of molecular evolution. By the 1980s and 1990s, the construction of large protein and DNA sequences databases, and the development of computer-based statistical tools, facilitated the coming together of molecular and evolutionary biology. Although in its contemporary form the field of molecular evolution can be traced back to the last five decades, the field has deep roots in twentieth century experimental life sciences. For historians of science, the origins and consolidation of molecular evolution provide a privileged field for the study of scientific debates, the relation between technological advances and scientific knowledge, and the connection between science and broader social concerns.

  8. Evolution of chemical and isotopic composition of inorganic carbon in a complex semi-arid zone environment: Consequences for groundwater dating using radiocarbon

    Meredith, K. T.; Han, L. F.; Hollins, S. E.; Cendón, D. I.; Jacobsen, G. E.; Baker, A.


    Estimating groundwater age is important for any groundwater resource assessment and radiocarbon (14C) dating of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) can provide this information. In semi-arid zone (i.e. water-limited environments), there are a multitude of reasons why 14C dating of groundwater and traditional correction models may not be directly transferable. Some include; (1) the complex hydrological responses of these systems that lead to a mixture of different ages in the aquifer(s), (2) the varied sources, origins and ages of organic matter in the unsaturated zone and (3) high evaporation rates. These all influence the evolution of DIC and are not easily accounted for in traditional correction models. In this study, we determined carbon isotope data for; DIC in water, carbonate minerals in the sediments, sediment organic matter, soil gas CO2 from the unsaturated zone, and vegetation samples. The samples were collected after an extended drought, and again after a flood event, to capture the evolution of DIC after varying hydrological regimes. A graphical method (Han et al., 2012) was applied for interpretation of the carbon geochemical and isotopic data. Simple forward mass-balance modelling was carried out on key geochemical processes involving carbon and agreed well with observed data. High values of DIC and δ13CDIC, and low 14CDIC could not be explained by a simple carbonate mineral-CO2 gas dissolution process. Instead it is suggested that during extended drought, water-sediment interaction leads to ion exchange processes within the top ∼10-20 m of the aquifer which promotes greater calcite dissolution in saline groundwater. This process was found to contribute more than half of the DIC, which is from a mostly 'dead' carbon source. DIC is also influenced by carbon exchange between DIC in water and carbonate minerals found in the top 2 m of the unsaturated zone. This process occurs because of repeated dissolution/precipitation of carbonate that is dependent on

  9. Insights into magmatic evolution and recharge history in Capraia Volcano (Italy) from chemical and isotopic zoning in plagioclase phenocrysts

    Gagnevin, D.; Waight, Tod Earle; Daly, J.S.


    Plagioclase phenocrysts in dacites from the high-K calc-alkaline CapraiaVolcano were investigated for major, trace element and Sr isotope variations in order to gain better insight into the proposed open-system behaviour of the volcano. Repeated dissolution zone in plagioclases from the early-eru...

  10. Binary Oscillatory Crossflow Electrophoresis

    Molloy, Richard F.; Gallagher, Christopher T.; Leighton, David T., Jr.


    Electrophoresis has long been recognized as an effective analytic technique for the separation of proteins and other charged species, however attempts at scaling up to accommodate commercial volumes have met with limited success. In this report we describe a novel electrophoretic separation technique - Binary Oscillatory Crossflow Electrophoresis (BOCE). Numerical simulations indicate that the technique has the potential for preparative scale throughputs with high resolution, while simultaneously avoiding many problems common to conventional electrophoresis. The technique utilizes the interaction of an oscillatory electric field and a transverse oscillatory shear flow to create an active binary filter for the separation of charged protein species. An oscillatory electric field is applied across the narrow gap of a rectangular channel inducing a periodic motion of charged protein species. The amplitude of this motion depends on the dimensionless electrophoretic mobility, alpha = E(sub o)mu/(omega)d, where E(sub o) is the amplitude of the electric field oscillations, mu is the dimensional mobility, omega is the angular frequency of oscillation and d is the channel gap width. An oscillatory shear flow is induced along the length of the channel resulting in the separation of species with different mobilities. We present a model that predicts the oscillatory behavior of charged species and allows estimation of both the magnitude of the induced convective velocity and the effective diffusivity as a function of a in infinitely long channels. Numerical results indicate that in addition to the mobility dependence, the steady state behavior of solute species may be strongly affected by oscillating fluid into and out of the active electric field region at the ends of the cell. The effect is most pronounced using time dependent shear flows of the same frequency (cos((omega)t)) flow mode) as the electric field oscillations. Under such conditions, experiments indicate that

  11. Geodynamic evolution of the SW Variscides: Orogenic collapse shown by new tectonometamorphic and isotopic data from western Ossa-Morena Zone, SW Iberia

    Rosas, F. M.; Marques, F. O.; BallèVre, M.; Tassinari, C.


    The pre-Mesozoic geodynamic evolution of SW Iberia has been investigated on the basis of detailed structural analysis, isotope dating, and petrologic study of high-pressure (HP) rocks, revealing the superposition of several tectonometamorphic events: (1) An HP event older than circa 358 Ma is recorded in basic rocks preserved inside marbles, which suggests subduction of a continental margin. The deformation associated with this stage is recorded by a refractory graphite fabric and noncoaxial mesoscopic structures found within the host metasediments. The sense of shear is top to south, revealing thrusting synthetic with subduction (underthrusting) to the north. (2) Recrystallization before circa 358 Ma is due to a regional-scale thermal episode and magmatism. (3) Noncoaxial deformation with top to north sense of shear in northward dipping large-scale shear zones is associated with pervasive hydration and metamorphic retrogression under mostly greenschist facies. This indicates exhumation by normal faulting in a detachment zone confined to the top to north and north dipping shear zones during postorogenic collapse soon after 358 Ma ago (inversion of earlier top to south thrusts). (4) Static recrystallization at circa 318 Ma is due to regional-scale granitic intrusions.

  12. Multi-Stage origin of the ophiolites along the Bangong-Nujiang suture zone: Implications for the evolution of central Tibet

    Wang, W.; Aitchison, J. C.


    The history of the BNS ophiolite is important for models of the tectonic evolution of Central Tibet during the Mesozoic. Current petrologic, geochemical, and stratigraphic data all favor the interpretation of the ophiolite as having formed in a transitional MORB-IAT setting above a supra-subduction zone. Detailed studies of field relationships at several localities indicate that two distinct ophiolitic suites are present, especially in the western and middle sectors of the suture zone. One suite includes all elements of an entire ophiolite sequence albeit dismembered or disrupted through faulting. These rocks are mainly scattered along the northern part of the BNS, e.g. at Bangong Tso, Dong Tso and Dongqiao-Amdo. Radiometric ages for this ophiolitic suites are limited to the Early to Middle Jurassic. The other zone of ophiolitic rocks is located in the southern part of the BNS, such as Shiquanhe, Guchang, Lagkor Tso, Baila-Jueweng and Xainza, and is associated with a remnant basin allowed the deposition of Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous cherts along the south part of the suture, and shallow marine deposition continued on the structural highs elsewhere along the suture.

  13. Determinación cuantitativa por electroforesis capilar de zona de mangiferina en tabletas VIMANG® 300 mg Quantitative determination through capillary zone electrophoresis of mangiferin in 300 mg VIMANG® tablets

    Harold Curiel Hernández


    Full Text Available La mangiferina se seleccionó como marcador en el control de calidad del ingrediente farmacéutico activo VIMANG® y sus formulaciones, que se han empleado como suplemento nutricional, cosmético y fitomedicamento. El trabajo tuvo como objetivo la validación del método electroforesis capilar para la determinación cuantitativa de mangiferina en la formulación farmacéutica tabletas VIMANG® 300 mg. Se evaluaron la especificidad, linealidad, exactitud y precisión. Los resultados obtenidos demostraron que el método fue específico, al no existir interferencias de los excipientes o sus productos de degradación. La linealidad mostró un coeficiente de correlación de 0,9979 en el intervalo de concentraciones estudiado. Los coeficientes de variación para la repetibilidad y la precisión intermedia fueron menores de 2 %. La exactitud mostró un recobrado del 100,20 % que no difiere significativamente de 100 %. En conclusión, el método validado es específico, lineal, preciso y exacto, y constituye una alternativa ventajosa al método cromatografía líquida de alta resolución establecido con anterioridad en el laboratorio.Mangiferin was selected as marker in the quality control of active principle VIMANG® and its formulations, which have been used as nutritional supplement, cosmetic, and phytomedication. This paper was aimed at validating the capillary electrophoresis method for the quantitative analysis of mangiferin in the pharmaceutical formulation 300 mg VIMANG® tablets. The specificity, linearity, accuracy and precision were assessed. The results showed the method specificity owing to lack of interference by the excipients or their degradation products. Linearity showed a correlation coefficient of 0.9979 in the studied concentration range. The variation coefficients for repeatability and intermediate precision were less than 2 %. Accuracy reached a recovery rate of 100.20 % that is not statistically different from 100 %. It may be


    Cevdet BOZKUŞ


    Full Text Available The rock units formed in Late Cretaceous to recent, outcrop in the investigated area. The oldest rock unit of the suture zone is a flysch (Alıcık formatıon of Upper Cretaceous (Santonıan-Maastrichtıan age containing volcanic intercalations. Ophiolitic melange tectonically set on the flysch. The initial emplacement of the ophioli- tic melange sheets in this area occur between Late Cretaceous and pre early Eocene. Lower-Midlle Eocene aged, fine grained continental to shallow marine sediments (Dağdibi formatıon cover all the units with an angular unconformity. On these sediments, Upper Eocene basic (basalt, basaltic andesite, tuff volcanics (Karataş formatıon are observed. Oligocene aged continental molasse sediments (Narman group which lie on the older units with an angular unconformity are; continental clastics, volcanic products and gypsum at the top displaying a thinning and fining upward motif of sequence. Pliocene-Pleistocene aged conglomerates represent river environments, cover all the units with an angular unconformity. Recent deposits are slope debris and alluvium. All the rocks exposed in the investigated area which take place Pontid /Anatolid suture zone and developed under the control of collisional tectonic processes of these two continents. In Upper Cretaceous age, the flysch is formed in a trench developed along a nortward dipping subductıon zone.. Ophiolitic melange which limits the suture zone at the south, is formed by slicing of oceanic crust and mixing of these slices with trench sediments by means of a tectono-sedimentary system.The collosion of Pontid/Anatolid continents (happened after Late Cretaceous and before Early Eocene. Lower-Mıddle Eocene (Ipresian-Lutetian aged continental, to shallow marine deposits were formed in an asimetric forearc molassic basin which developed along the suture zone. Oligocene aged continental deposits were developed together with volcanics in continental intermountain molassic

  15. Miocene to Quaternary tectonostratigraphic evolution of the middle section of the Burdur-Fethiye Shear Zone, south-western Turkey: Implications for the wide inter-plate shear zones

    Elitez, İrem; Yaltırak, Cenk


    The Burdur-Fethiye Shear Zone (BFSZ) is a 75- to 90- km wide and 300-km-long transtensional left-lateral shear zone which is located in one of the most tectonically active regions in south-western Turkey. A considerable number of studies suggested contradictory models of the evolution and Neogene stratigraphy of the BFSZ and in most cases, the local river and alluvial fan deposits were mapped together with the lacustrine sediments and assigned a Pliocene age. We present new field data, fault kinematic analyses, and DEM and earthquake data to characterize the tectonic controls and extent of the middle section of the BFSZ including Acıpayam, Çameli and Gölhisar basins. Our field observations revealed two distinct sedimentary sequences that unconformably overlie the pre-Neogene basement. The first sequence begins with middle-upper Miocene meandering- and braided-river sediments of the Gölhisar Formation, which transition upward into lacustrine sediments of the upper Miocene-lower Pliocene İbecik Formation. This sequence is overlain by upper Pliocene-lower Quaternary alluvial fan conglomerates, mudstones and claystones of the Dirmil Formation. The basin deposits located in the middle section of the BFSZ consist of lacustrine sediments of a late Miocene lake that likely evaporated due to the Messinian salinity crisis. Fault kinematic analysis and DEM and earthquake data indicate that the middle BFSZ can be characterized as a heterogeneous left-lateral transtensional shear zone rather than a major fault system. Our findings suggest that the middle section of the BFSZ developed under the influence of progressive counter clockwise rotation of south-western Turkey, the Aegean graben system and the Cyprus and Hellenic arcs since the middle Miocene.

  16. Experimental measurements of permeability evolution during triaxial compression of initially intact crystalline rocks and implications for fluid flow in fault zones

    Mitchell, T. M.; Faulkner, D. R.


    Detailed experimental studies of the development of permeability of crustal rock during deformation are essential in helping to understand fault mechanics and constrain larger-scale models that predict bulk fluid flow within the crust. Permeability is particularly enhanced in the damage zone of faults, where microfracture damage accumulates under stress less than that required for macroscopic failure. Experiments performed in the prefailure region can provide data directly applicable to these zones of microfracture damage surrounding faults. The strength, permeability, and pore fluid volume evolution of initially intact crystalline rocks (Cerro Cristales granodiorite and Westerly granite) under increasing differential load leading to macroscopic failure has been determined at water pore pressures of 50 MPa and varying effective pressures from 10 to 50 MPa. Permeability is seen to increase by up to, and over, 2 orders of magnitude prior to macroscopic failure, with the greatest increase seen at lowest effective pressures. Postfailure permeability is shown to be over 3 orders of magnitude higher than initial intact permeabilities and approaches the lower limit of predicted in situ bulk crustal permeabilities. Increasing amplitude cyclic loading tests show permeability-stress hysteresis, with high permeabilities maintained as differential stress is reduced and the greatest permeability increases are seen between 90 and 99% of the failure stress. Prefailure permeabilities are nearly 7 to 9 orders of magnitude lower than that predicted by some high-pressure diffusive models suggesting that if these models are correct, microfracture matrix flow cannot dominate, and that bulk fluid flow must be dominated by larger-scale structures such as macrofractures. We present a model, based on our data, in which the permeability of a highly stressed fault tip process zone in low-permeability crystalline rocks increases by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Stress reduction related to

  17. Structure and evolution of the volcanic rift zone at Ponta de São Lourenço, eastern Madeira

    Klügel, Andreas; Schwarz, Stefanie; van den Bogaard, Paul; Hoernle, Kaj A.; Wohlgemuth-Ueberwasser, Cora C.; Köster, Jana J.


    Ponta de São Lourenço is the deeply eroded eastern end of Madeira’s east-west trending rift zone, located near the geometric intersection of the Madeira rift axis with that of the Desertas Islands to the southeast. It dominantly consists of basaltic pyroclastic deposits from Strombolian and phreatomagmatic eruptions, lava flows, and a dike swarm. Main differences compared to highly productive rift zones such as in Hawai’i are a lower dike intensity (50-60 dikes/km) and the lack of a shallow magma reservoir or summit caldera. 40Ar/39Ar age determinations show that volcanic activity at Ponta de São Lourenço lasted from >5.2 to 4 Ma (early Madeira rift phase) and from 2.4 to 0.9 Ma (late Madeira rift phase), with a hiatus dividing the stratigraphy into lower and upper units. Toward the east, the distribution of eruptive centers becomes diffuse, and the rift axis bends to parallel the Desertas ridge. The bending may have resulted from mutual gravitational influence of the Madeira and Desertas volcanic edifices. We propose that Ponta de São Lourenço represents a type example for the interior of a fading rift arm on oceanic volcanoes, with modern analogues being the terminations of the rift zones at La Palma and El Hierro (Canary Islands). There is no evidence for Ponta de São Lourenço representing a former central volcano that interconnected and fed the Madeira and Desertas rifts. Our results suggest a subdivision of volcanic rift zones into (1) a highly productive endmember characterized by a central volcano with a shallow magma chamber feeding one or more rift arms, and (2) a less productive endmember characterized by rifts fed from deep-seated magma reservoirs rather than from a central volcano, as is the case for Ponta de São Lourenço.

  18. Magnetic fabrics in characterization of magma emplacement and tectonic evolution of the Moyar Shear Zone, South India

    P. Pratheesh


    Full Text Available The Moyar Shear Zone (MSZ of the South Indian granulite terrain hosts a prominent syenite pluton (∼560 Ma and associated NW-SE to NE-SW trending mafic dyke swarm (∼65 Ma and 95 Ma. Preliminary magnetic fabric studies in the mafic dykes, using Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibly (AMS studies at low-field, indicate successive emplacement and variable magma flow direction. Magnetic lineation and foliation in these dykes are identical to the mesoscopic fabrics in MSZ mylonites, indicating shear zone guided emplacement. Spatial distribution of magnetic lineation in the dykes suggests a common conduit from which the source magma has been migrated. The magnetic foliation trajectories have a sigmoidal shape to the north of the pluton and curve into the MSZ suggesting dextral sense of shear. Identical fabric conditions for magnetic fabrics in the syenite pluton and measured field fabrics in mylonite indicate syntectonic emplacement along the Proterozoic crustal scale dextral shear zone with repeated reactivation history.

  19. DNA typing by capillary electrophoresis

    Zhang, N.


    Capillary electrophoresis is becoming more and more important in nucleic acid analysis including DNA sequencing, typing and disease gene measurements. This work summarized the background of DNA typing. The recent development of capillary electrophoresis was also discussed. The second part of the thesis showed the principle of DNA typing based on using the allelic ladder as the absolute standard ladder in capillary electrophoresis system. Future work will be focused on demonstrating DNA typing on multiplex loci and examples of disease diagnosis in the on-line format of PCR-CE. Also capillary array electrophoresis system should allow high throughput, fast speed DNA typing. Only the introduction and conclusions for this report are available here. A reprint was removed for separate processing.

  20. Copolymers For Capillary Gel Electrophoresis

    Liu, Changsheng; Li, Qingbo


    This invention relates to an electrophoresis separation medium having a gel matrix of at least one random, linear copolymer comprising a primary comonomer and at least one secondary comonomer, wherein the comonomers are randomly distributed along the copolymer chain. The primary comonomer is an acrylamide or an acrylamide derivative that provides the primary physical, chemical, and sieving properties of the gel matrix. The at least one secondary comonomer imparts an inherent physical, chemical, or sieving property to the copolymer chain. The primary and secondary comonomers are present in a ratio sufficient to induce desired properties that optimize electrophoresis performance. The invention also relates to a method of separating a mixture of biological molecules using this gel matrix, a method of preparing the novel electrophoresis separation medium, and a capillary tube filled with the electrophoresis separation medium.

  1. Biomedical applications of capillary electrophoresis

    Kartsova, L. A.; Bessonova, E. A.


    The review deals with modern analytical approaches used in capillary electrophoresis for solving medical and biological problems: search for biomarkers of various diseases and rapid diagnosis based on characteristic profiles of biologically active compounds by capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometric detection; monitoring of the residual drugs in biological fluids for evaluating the efficiency of drug therapy; testing of the enantiomeric purity of pharmaceutical products; the use of novel materials as components of stationary and pseudo-stationary phases in capillary electrophoresis and capillary electrochromatography to increase the selectivity of separation of components of complex matrices; and identification of various on-line preconcentration techniques to reduce the detection limits of biologically active analytes. A topical trend in capillary electrophoresis required in clinical practice, viz., the design of microfluidic systems, is discussed. The bibliography includes 173 references.

  2. Electrophoresis: the march of pennies, the march of dimes.

    Righetti, Pier Giorgio


    The present review encompasses ca. 65 years of history of developments in electrokinetic separations, taking as a starting point the year 1937, i.e. the official launching of Tiselius' moving boundary electrophoresis (MBE). The 1950s have been particularly rich in introducing novel methodologies in zone electrophoresis (ZE), thus bringing about the decline of MBE. Among them of extraordinary importance was the development of electrophoresis on agar gels coupled to immuno-diffusion at right angles, which brought a big revolution not only in biochemistry but also in clinical chemistry. Also the by now forgotten paper electrophoresis was a landmark in separation science, in that it implemented, in its "fingerprinting" version, the first genuine two-dimensional (2D) map, coupling orthogonally a charge to a hydrophobic scale separation, while permitting for the first time the detection of spot mutations, i.e. single amino acid replacements in a polypeptide chain, that paved the way to modern genetic analysis. Equally important was the introduction of starch-block electrophoresis, that brought about the notion of sieving and the first discontinuous buffers, refined, in the 1960s, by Ornstein and Davies with their classical papers combining multiphasic buffer systems to polyacrylamide gels, that went down to history as disc-electrophoresis. The 1960s also contributed with two fundamental techniques, isoelectric focusing (IEF) and sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) that permitted to discriminate proteins solely on the basis of surface charge and molecular mass, respectively. The 1970s gave other fundamental contributions, such as isotachophoresis, the first example of a fully instrumental approach to electrophoresis, both in its analytical and preparative version (Tachophor and Tachofrac), 2D maps combining IEF to SDS-PAGE at right angles and silver staining techniques, that incremented sensitivity by 3 orders of magnitude. The 1980s

  3. Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs): Integrating measurements and models of Earth surface processes to improve prediction of landscape structure, function and evolution

    Chorover, J.; Anderson, S. P.; Bales, R. C.; Duffy, C.; Scatena, F. N.; Sparks, D. L.; White, T.


    The "Critical Zone" - that portion of Earth's land surface that extends from the outer periphery of the vegetation canopy to the lower limit of circulating groundwater - has evolved in response to climatic and tectonic forcing throughout Earth's history, but human activities have recently emerged as a major agent of change as well. With funding from NSF, a network of currently six CZOs is being developed in the U.S. to provide infrastructure, data and models that facilitate understanding the evolution, structure, and function of this zone at watershed to grain scales. Each CZO is motivated by a unique set of hypotheses proposed by a specific investigator team, but coordination of cross-site activities is also leading to integration of a common set of multi-disciplinary tools and approaches for cross-site syntheses. The resulting harmonized four-dimensional datasets are intended to facilitate community-wide exploration of process couplings among hydrology, ecology, soil science, geochemistry and geomorphology across the larger (network-scale) parameter space. Such an approach enables testing of the generalizability of findings at a given site, and also of emergent hypotheses conceived independently of an original CZO investigator team. This two-pronged method for developing a network of individual CZOs across a range of watershed systems is now yielding novel observations and models that resolve mechanisms for Critical Zone change occurring on geological to hydrologic time-scales. For example, recent advances include improved understanding of (i) how mass and energy flux as modulated by ecosystem exchange transforms bedrock to structured, soil-mantled and/or erosive landscapes; (ii) how long-term evolution of landscape structure affects event-based hydrologic and biogeochemical response at pore to catchment scales; (iii) how complementary isotopic measurements can be used to resolve pathways and time scales of water and solute transport from canopy to stream, and

  4. Rapid, Simple and Ultrasensitive Analysis of Paraquat in Drinking Water by Field-Amplified Sample Injection Combined with Pressure-Assisted Capillary Zone Electrophoresis%场放大样品进样-压力辅助毛细管区带电泳测定饮用水中的百草枯

    王明明; 沈菁; 宋婷; 李胜清; 陈浩


    Field-amplified sample injection (FASI) combined with pressure-assisted capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) was developed for the determination of paraquat in drinking water. High reproducibility in FASI-CZE process could be attained with constant pressure applied at both ends of capillary. Compared with conventional hydrodynamic injection, the enrichment factor of 1174 was achieved for paraquat by FASI. Several parameters including length of water plug, injection time and composition of sample solution were systematically optimized. Linearity, sensitivity, precision and accuracy were investigated to validate the proposed method. The result showed that the calibration curve was linear at the concentration of 1.0 100 (ig/L with a correlation coefficient of 0. 9975. The limit of detection was 0. 039 ng/L (S/N=3). Mean recovery of paraquat was ranged from 78. 4% to 94. 5% with relative standard deviation ranging from 3. 0% to 10. 4%. Finally, the method proposed was applied for the determination of paraquat in real drinking water.

  5. Dynamic computer simulations of electrophoresis: three decades of active research.

    Thormann, Wolfgang; Caslavska, Jitka; Breadmore, Michael C; Mosher, Richard A


    Dynamic models for electrophoresis are based upon model equations derived from the transport concepts in solution together with user-inputted conditions. They are able to predict theoretically the movement of ions and are as such the most versatile tool to explore the fundamentals of electrokinetic separations. Since its inception three decades ago, the state of dynamic computer simulation software and its use has progressed significantly and Electrophoresis played a pivotal role in that endeavor as a large proportion of the fundamental and application papers were published in this periodical. Software is available that simulates all basic electrophoretic systems, including moving boundary electrophoresis, zone electrophoresis, ITP, IEF and EKC, and their combinations under almost exactly the same conditions used in the laboratory. This has been employed to show the detailed mechanisms of many of the fundamental phenomena that occur in electrophoretic separations. Dynamic electrophoretic simulations are relevant for separations on any scale and instrumental format, including free-fluid preparative, gel, capillary and chip electrophoresis. This review includes a historical overview, a survey of current simulators, simulation examples and a discussion of the applications and achievements of dynamic simulation.

  6. 杜仲炮制前后绿原酸含量的毛细管区带电泳研究%Chlorogenic Acid Content in Crude and Processed Eucommia Ulmoides Oliv. by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis

    张英; 王淑敏


    Objective To study the content of chlorogenic acid in crude and processed Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. Methods The content was measured by the capillary zone electrophoretic ( CIE ) method. The detection wavelength was set at 327 nm with the separation volt-age of 25 kV,30 mmol/L sodium borate solution(pH=9. 0) was used as the background electrolyte. Results Chlorogenic acid was separated within 12 min. The sample size of chlorogenic acid in the range of 0. 06-0. 30 g/L showed the good linear relation with the peak area. The average recovery rate was 99. 90%,RSD=2. 25%. The content of chlorogenic acid was significantly increased after pro-cessing of Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. Conclusion The processing of Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. has important significance.%目的:对杜仲炮制前后绿原酸成分含量变化进行研究。方法采用高效毛细管电泳法,紫外检测波长327 nm,分离电压25 kV,背景电解质为30 mmol/L硼砂缓冲溶液(pH=9.0)。结果在12 min内绿原酸得到了良好分离,质量浓度在0.06~0.30 g/L范围内与峰面积线性关系良好,平均回收率为99.90%,RSD为2.25%。杜仲炮制后,绿原酸的含量显著增加。结论杜仲炮制具有重要意义。

  7. Evolution of seismic signals and slip patterns along subduction zones: insights from a friction lab scale experiment

    Voisin, Christophe; Larose, Eric; Renard, François


    Continuous GPS and broadband seismic monitoring have revealed a variety of disparate slip patterns especially in shallow dipping subduction zones, among which regular earthquakes, slow slip events and silent quakes1,2. Slow slip events are sometimes accompanied by Non Volcanic Tremors (NVT), which origin remains unclear3, either related to fluid migration or to friction. The present understanding of the whole menagerie of slip patterns is based upon numerical simulations imposing ad hoc values of the rate and state parameters a and b4-6 derived from the temperature dependence of a and b of a wet granite gouge7. Here we investigate the influence of the cumulative slip on the frictional and acoustic patterns of a lab scale subduction zone. Shallow loud earthquakes (stick-slip events), medium depth slow, deeper silent quakes (smooth sliding oscillations) and deepest steady-state creep (continuous sliding) are reproduced by the ageing of contact interface with cumulative displacement8. The Acoustic Emission evolv...

  8. From rock to magma and back again: The evolution of temperature and deformation mechanism in conduit margin zones

    Heap, Michael J.; Violay, Marie; Wadsworth, Fabian B.; Vasseur, Jérémie


    Explosive silicic volcanism is driven by gas overpressure in systems that are inefficient at outgassing. The zone at the margin of a volcanic conduit-thought to play an important role in the outgassing of magma and therefore pore pressure changes and explosivity-is the boundary through which heat is exchanged from the hot magma to the colder country rock. Using a simple heat transfer model, we first show that the isotherm for the glass transition temperature (whereat the glass within the groundmass transitions from a glass to an undercooled liquid) moves into the country rock when the magma within the conduit can stay hot, or into the conduit when the magma is quasi-stagnant and cools (on the centimetric scale over days to months). We then explore the influence of a migrating viscous boundary on compactive deformation micromechanisms in the conduit margin zone using high-pressure (effective pressure of 40 MPa), high-temperature (up to 800 °C) triaxial deformation experiments on porous andesite. Our experiments show that the micromechanism facilitating compaction in andesite is localised cataclastic pore collapse at all temperatures below the glass transition of the amorphous groundmass glass Tg (i.e., rock). In this regime, porosity is only reduced within the bands of crushed pores; the porosity outside the bands remains unchanged. Further, the strength of andesite is a positive function of temperature below the threshold Tg due to thermal expansion driven microcrack closure. The micromechanism driving compaction above Tg (i.e., magma) is the distributed viscous flow of the melt phase. In this regime, porosity loss is distributed and is accommodated by the widespread flattening and closure of pores. We find that viscous flow is much more efficient at reducing porosity than cataclastic pore collapse, and that it requires stresses much lower than those required to form bands of crushed pores. Our study therefore highlights that temperature excursions can result in a

  9. Diversification rates and chromosome evolution in the most diverse angiosperm genus of the temperate zone (Carex, Cyperaceae).

    Escudero, Marcial; Hipp, Andrew L; Waterway, Marcia J; Valente, Luis M


    The sedge family (Cyperaceae: Poales; ca. 5600 spp.) is a hyperdiverse cosmopolitan group with centres of species diversity in Africa, Australia, eastern Asia, North America, and the Neotropics. Carex, with ca. 40% of the species in the family, is one of the most species-rich angiosperm genera and the most diverse in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, making it atypical among plants in that it inverts the latitudinal gradient of species richness. Moreover, Carex exhibits high rates of chromosome rearrangement via fission, fusion, and translocation, which distinguishes it from the rest of the Cyperaceae. Here, we use a phylogenetic framework to examine how the onset of contemporary temperate climates and the processes of chromosome evolution have influenced the diversification dynamics of Carex. We provide estimates of diversification rates and map chromosome transitions across the evolutionary history of the main four clades of Carex. We demonstrate that Carex underwent a shift in diversification rates sometime between the Late Eocene and the Oligocene, during a global cooling period, which fits with a transition in diploid chromosome number. We suggest that adaptive radiation to novel temperate climates, aided by a shift in the mode of chromosome evolution, may explain the large-scale radiation of Carex and its latitudinal pattern of species richness.

  10. Late Cretaceous to recent tectonic evolution of the North German Basin and the transition zone to the Baltic Shield/southwest Baltic Sea

    Al Hseinat, M.; Hübscher, C.


    In this study we investigate the Late Cretaceous to recent tectonic evolution of the southwestern Baltic Sea based on a dense grid of seismic reflection profiles. This area covers the Baltic Sea sector of the salt influenced North German Basin and its transition to the salt free Baltic Shield across the Tornquist Zone. The Upper Cretaceous to recent structural evolution is discussed by means of individual seismic sections and derived high-resolution time-structure maps of the main horizons, i.e., the Upper Cretaceous, Tertiary and Pleistocene. The Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary layers reveal numerous significant faults throughout the study area. Several of these faults propagate upwards across the unconsolidated Pleistocene sediments and occasionally penetrate the surface. The salt influenced North German Basin reveals three major fault trends: NW-SE, N-S and NNE-SSW. Several of these faults are located directly above basement (sub-salt) faults and salt pillows. The majority of these faults are trending N-S to NNE-SSW and parallel the direction of the Glückstadt Graben faults. In the salt free Tornquist Zone, we identify two major shallow fault trends, which are NW-SE and NE-SW. The majority of these faults are located above basement faults, following the direction of the Tornquist Zone. We conclude that generally basement tectonics controls activation and trends of shallow faults. If salt is present, the ductile salt layer causes a lateral shift between the sub- and supra-salt faults. Major plate reorganisation related to the Africa-Iberia-Europe convergence and the subsequent Alpine Orogeny caused reactivation of pre-existing faults and vertical salt movement in the Late Cretaceous. The change of stress orientation from NE-SW to a NW-SE during Neogene caused another phase of fault and salt tectonic reactivation. We explain that the ice-sheet loading and/or present-day stress field may have acted in combination, causing the recent tectonics and upward extension of

  11. Thermal Evolution of Juvenile Subduction Zones ' New Constraints from Lu-Hf Geochronology on HP oceanic rocks (Halilbaǧi, Central Anatolia)

    Pourteau, Amaury; Scherer, Erik; Schmidt, Alexander; Bast, Rebecca


    The thermal structure of subduction zones plays a key role on mechanical and chemical processes taking place along the slab-mantle interface. Until now, changes through time of this thermal structure have been explored mostly by the means of numerical simulations. However, both "warm" (i.e., epidote-bearing), and "cold" (i.e., lawsonite-bearing) HP oceanic rocks have been reported in some fossil subduction complexes exposed at the Earth's surface (e.g., Franciscan Complex, California; Rio San Juan Complex, Hispañola; Halilbağı Unit, Central Anatolia). These a-priori "incompatible" rocks witness different thermal stages of ancient subduction zones and their study might provide complementary constraints to numerical models. To decipher the meaning of these contrasting metamorphic rocks in the Halilbağı Unit, we are carrying out Lu-Hf geochronology on garnet (grt) and lws from a variety of HP oceanic rocks, as well as the metamorphic sole of the overlying ophiolite. We selected five samples that are representative of the variety of metamorphic evolutions (i.e. peak conditions and P-T paths) encountered in this area. Preliminary analyses yielded 110 Ma (grt-hbl isochron) for a sub-ophiolitic grt amphibolite; 92 Ma (grt-omp) for an eclogite with prograde and retrograde ep; 90 Ma (grt-omp) for an eclogitic metabasite with prograde ep and retrograde ep+lws; 87 Ma (grt-gln) for a lws eclogite with prograde ep; and 86 Ma (grt-gln) for a blueschist with prograde and retrograde lws. These ages are mainly two-point isochrons. Further-refined data will be presented at the EGU General Assembly 2015, in Vienna. The consistent younging trend from "warm" to "cold" metamorphic rocks revealed by these first-order results points to metamorphic-sole formation during the initiation of intra-oceanic subduction at ~110 Ma, and subsequent cooling of the slab-mantle interface between 92 and 86 Ma. Therefore, the contrasting metamorphic evolutions encountered in the Halilbağı Unit

  12. 毛细管区带电泳法同时测定饮料中16种食品添加剂%Determination of sixteen food additives in beverage by capillary zone electrophoresis

    龙巍然; 岑怡红; 王兴益; 白玉; 刘虎威


    建立了毛细管区带电泳法测定饮料中酸性红92、专利蓝V、荧光素二钠、酸性红1、靛蓝胭脂红、亮黑、丽春红6R、日落黄、苋菜红、柠檬黄等10种人工合成色素和苯甲酸、山梨酸、对羟基苯甲酸甲酯、对羟基苯甲酸乙酯、对羟基苯甲酸丙酯、对羟基苯甲酸丁酯等6种防腐剂的分析方法.考察了缓冲溶液种类、浓度、pH值及运行电压、温度等对分离的影响,确定最佳电泳条件为:未涂层弹性石英毛细管柱(46 cm×50 μm),缓冲溶液为70 mmol/L硼酸(pH=9.5)(含体积分数为4%的乙腈),检测波长220 nm,电泳电压30 kV,进样时间5s,电泳温度25℃.该法用于测定市售饮料样品得到满意结果:在1 ~ 250 mg/L范围内线性关系良好,相关系数不小于0.993 8,回收率在95.8%与108.7%之间.该法简便、准确,能够满足食品添加剂的常规检测要求.%A capillary zone electrophoretic (CZE) method for the separation of ten synthetic colorants such as acid red 92, patent blue V, uranine, acid red 1, indigo carmine, black BN, ponceau 6R, quinoline, amaranth, lemon yellow, and six preservatives including benzoic acid, sorbic acid, methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben in beverages was developed. The effects of separation voltage, capillary temperature, pH and concentration of running buffer on the separation were investigated. A 46 cm x 50μm uncoated fused silica capillary was used with 70 mmol/L boric acid (pH 9. 5) containing 4% (v/v) acetonitrile as background electrolyte solution. The detection wavelength was set at 220 nm, and the run voltage was 30 kV. The injection time was 5 s at 500 mPa and the temperature was 25℃. The linear relationship between the mass concentration and peak area for each of these analytes was obtained in the concentration range of 1 -250 mg/L, with a correlation coefficient not less than 0. 993 8. The recoveries were between 95. 8% and 108. 7%. The method has

  13. Development of discrete aggregates of recrystallization along micro-shear zones in quartz ribbons during multistage ductile evolution of a quartz vein

    Ceccato, Alberto; Pennacchioni, Giorgio; Bestmann, Michel


    The post-magmatic ductile deformation of the Rieserferner pluton (Eastern Alps) includes localized ductile shear zones exploiting a set of joint-filling quartz veins. These deformed veins show different stages of evolution, from coarse grained vein quartz to the fine grained recrystallized aggregates of ultramylonites, locally recorded in different domains of heterogeneously sheared veins. The microstructural evolution includes, with increasing strain: (i) Development of ribbon mylonites consisting of elongated grains, oblique to the shear zone boundary, derived from different quartz veins crystals. The individual ribbons have different crystallographic orientations and aspect ratios. (ii) Dismantling of ribbons along a fracture-like network of fine grained recrystallized quartz aggregates, that commonly represent micro-shear zones (μSZ). These discrete recrystallization zones are preferentially developed in ribbons whose crystallographic axis is oriented either parallel or normal to ribbon elongation. (iii) Extensive dynamic recrystallization to fine-grained (10-20 μm) aggregates leading to quartz ultramylonites. Typically ultramylonites show a layered texture with bands having different crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) that probably reflect the original heterogeneity in crystallographic orientations of the vein. Electron backscattered diffraction analysis indicates that the μSZ within quartz ribbons are mainly parallel to {r} or {z} planes of the host grain, and the new grain inside μSZ show a weak CPO with their basal plane parallel to the μSZ boundary. There is no systematic relationships between the Dauphiné twinning and the μSZ. Misorientation analysis suggests that in the host grain dislocation creep is dominant on {m} slip system, whereas it is probably a minor mechanism within μSZ. Subgrains and low-angle boundaries (LAB) are heterogeneously developed at the border of the μSZ, and more commonly occur around the tips of μSZ. LABs are

  14. Paleo-temperature Evolution and Water Soluble Gas in Sinian Reservoir,Anpingdian-Gaoshiti Structural Zone,Central Sichuan Basin

    Yuan Haifeng; Xu Guosheng; Liu Shugen; Wang Guozhi


    The paleo-temperature evolution of Sinian reservoir of Anping (安平) 1 well was rebuilt by taking the method of apatite fission track and Easy%Ro model.The result of apatite fission track determines the accurate burial history and overcomes the flaw that the vitrinite reflectance is taken as paleo-temperature indicator simply.The authors used the laser Raman technique to analyze the methane present in the calcite and quartz fluid inclusions of Sinian reservoir,finding that the methane is water soluble gas.The authors also simulated the paleo-pressure of fluid inclusion by using PVTsim software and finally worked out the methane solubility in water.

  15. Formation, Evolution and Geological Significance of the Heilongjiang Complex Zone%黑龙江杂岩带的形成演化及地质意义

    孔凡梅; 李旭平; 李守军; 金爱文


    黑龙江杂岩带呈南北向带状展布于佳木斯地块西缘,出露于嘉荫—牡丹江缝合带以东.研究证明其主体形成时代为晚海西期到印支期,地球化学特征显示其极可能形成于佳木斯与松嫩地块(松花江—嫩江地块)间板块俯冲碰撞或陆间洋盆消失闭合的环境.综合佳木斯地块同位素研究成果,结合该区古生物的研究和地质特点,推演出依兰地区黑龙江杂岩的形成演化模式,绘制出晚石炭世—早二叠世东北地区的岩相古地理简图.认为从晚石炭世末期开始,佳木斯地块西缘的洋壳北东向俯冲,佳木斯地块与松嫩地块沿嘉荫—牡丹江缝合带碰撞拼合,可能是在古亚洲洋南支向西伯利亚板块俯冲的大地构造背景下发生的.%The Heilongjiang complex zone like a belt from south to north, which is on the western margin of the Jiamusi massif, exposed to the east of Jiayin-Mudanjiang suture zone. Studies indicate that the Heilongjiang complex zone is mainly formed from the Late Hercynian to Indosinian. Geochemical characteristics suggest a geological background of the oceanic crust subduction and collision of the Jiamusi Massif and the Songnen Block (Songhua River-Nenjiang River Block). Combined with isotope study, paleontological research and geological background of the Jiamusi Massif, this study sums up a formation and evolution model of the Heilongjiang complex, and develops a lithofacies palaeogeography diagram of Late Carboniferous to Early Permian in the Northeast China. This study also concludes that oceanic crust on western margin of the Jiamusi massif subducted NE direction from the Late Carboniferous, while the Jiamusi and Songnen blocks collided along the Jiayin-Mudanjiang suture zone, probably occurred during subduction of the south branch of the Paleo-Asian Ocean into the Siberian plate.

  16. Coulomb Stress evolution and seismic hazard along the Xianshuihe-Xiaojiang Fault Zone of Western Sichuan, China

    Shan, B.; Xiong, X.; Zheng, Y.


    The Xianshuihe-Xiaojiang fault system (XXFS) in southwestern China is a curved left-lateral strike-slip structure extending at least 1400 km in the eastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Fieldworks confirm that the XXFS, whose slip motion releases strain that is related to the convergence between the Indian and Eurasian plates, is one of the largest and most seismically active faults in China. The entire fault has experienced at least 35 earthquakes of M>6 since 1700, and almost all segments of the system have been the locus of major earthquakes within the historic record. Since the XXFS region is heavily populated (over 50 million people), understanding the distribution of large earthquakes in space and time in this region is crucial for improving forecasting and reducing catastrophic life and monetary losses. We investigated a sequence of twenty-five earthquakes (M≥6.5) that occurred along the XXFS since 1713, and the interaction between the historical earthquakes and the Mw7.9 Wenchuan earthquake occurred on the Longmenshan Fault last year. The layered model used in the study and relevant parameters were constrained by seismic studies. Fault rupture locations and geometries, as well as slip distributions of earthquakes were taken from field observations and seismic studies. Numerical results showed a good correlation between stress transfer, accumulation and earthquakes. Fourteen of the twenty-four earthquakes occurred after the 1713 Xundian were encouraged by the preceding earthquakes with positive stress loading. Three events occurred in the stress shadow induced by preceding events. And others occurred in the probable area with Coulomb stress increment. The triggering process on the fault zone may exist. According to our results, there are three visible earthquake gaps along the fault zone, which are consistent with the results of historical earthquake study. The seismic activity and tectonic motion on XXFS reduced the shear stress on the epicenter of M8

  17. Evolution of a Directional Wave Spectrum in a 3D Marginal Ice Zone with Random Floe Size Distribution

    Montiel, F.; Squire, V. A.


    A new ocean wave/sea-ice interaction model is proposed that simulates how a directional wave spectrum evolves as it travels through a realistic marginal ice zone (MIZ), where wave/ice dynamics are entirely governed by coherent conservative wave scattering effects. Field experiments conducted by Wadhams et al. (1986) in the Greenland Sea generated important data on wave attenuation in the MIZ and, particularly, on whether the wave spectrum spreads directionally or collimates with distance from the ice edge. The data suggest that angular isotropy, arising from multiple scattering by ice floes, occurs close to the edge and thenceforth dominates wave propagation throughout the MIZ. Although several attempts have been made to replicate this finding theoretically, including by the use of numerical models, none have confronted this problem in a 3D MIZ with fully randomised floe distribution properties. We construct such a model by subdividing the discontinuous ice cover into adjacent infinite slabs of finite width parallel to the ice edge. Each slab contains an arbitrary (but finite) number of circular ice floes with randomly distributed properties. Ice floes are modeled as thin elastic plates with uniform thickness and finite draught. We consider a directional wave spectrum with harmonic time dependence incident on the MIZ from the open ocean, defined as a continuous superposition of plane waves traveling at different angles. The scattering problem within each slab is then solved using Graf's interaction theory for an arbitrary incident directional plane wave spectrum. Using an appropriate integral representation of the Hankel function of the first kind (see Cincotti et al., 1993), we map the outgoing circular wave field from each floe on the slab boundaries into a directional spectrum of plane waves, which characterizes the slab reflected and transmitted fields. Discretizing the angular spectrum, we can obtain a scattering matrix for each slab. Standard recursive

  18. Electrophoresis as a management tool

    Morgan, R.P.; Chapman, J.A.; Noe, L.A.; Henny, C.J.


    The theme of this 1974 Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference is 'A New Era'. Indeed, it is a new era for improved techniques to assist in management of our fish and wildlife resources for the maximum benefit of all. In some cases, the new techniques are primarily used in research.on fish and wildlife, and the results from the research are used to aid management and enforcement agencies in the decision-making process. One of the newer techniques that is being applied to problems in fisheries and wildlife is electrophoresis. In this paper, we review briefly the techniques of electrophoresis and illustrate research problems in wildlife and fisheries where the use of electrophoresis is now assisting or may potentially aid in management decisions.

  19. Mecanismos de Separação em Eletroforese Capilar Separation Mechanisms in Capillary Electrophoresis

    Marina F. M. Tavares


    Full Text Available Since its inception in the 80's, capillary electrophoresis has matured into a well established technique for the separation and analysis of complex samples. One of its strongest aspects is the ability to handle materials from a diversity of chemical classes, ranging from few to millions of Daltons. This is only possible because several modes of electrophoresis can be performed in a single capillary format. In this work, relevant aspects of capillary zone electrophoresis in its three modes (free solution, micellar and gel, capillary isoelectric focusing and capillary isotachophoresis are discussed and many representative applications are presented.

  20. Constraining the age of Liuqu Conglomerate, southern Tibet: Implications for tectonic evolution of the Indus-Yarlung Suture Zone

    Li, G.; Sandiford, M.; Kohn, B.


    The depositional age and provenance of the Liuqu Conglomerate (LC), distributed along the Indus-Yarlung suture zone (IYSZ) in South Tibet, remain controversial, leading to different interpretations, such as a Paleogene basin deposited during India-Asia collision (Wang et al., 2010) or the result of the collision between India and an intra-oceanic arc (Aitchison et al., 2007). Here, we report low-temperature thermochronometry data (apatite fission track, apatite and zircon U-Th/He) for the LC in the Xigaze area, to constrain its depositional age, provenance and burial-exhumation history. Five samples from Liuqu yielded consistent AFT ages of ~6-8Ma, and dispersed single-grain AFT ages of six samples range from ~ 140 to 5 Ma, and single grain AFT ages for grains with >0.4 Cl (wt%) content was calculated three age-peaks of ~16.4 ±3.0, 37.3 ± 6.4 and 89.5 ± 22.2 Ma. Four groups of detrital ZHe ages, including 18 scattered single grain ages in the range of ~20 - 107.9 Ma, yielded four age peaks of ~20, 37, 66 and 104 Ma. We interpret the AHe ages of the LC as having been completely thermally reset, while AFT ages have been partially annealed and ZHe ages have not been thermally reset, suggesting that the post-depositional maximum temperature of the LC was > 80 °C and Wang, J.G., Hu, X.M., Wu, F.Y., and Jansa, L., 2010, Provenance of the Liuqu Conglomerate in southern Tibet: A Paleogene erosional record of the Himalayan-Tibetan orogen: Sedimentary Geology, v. 231, p. 74-84, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.09.004.

  1. Monzonitic series from the Variscan Tormes Dome (Central Iberian Zone): petrogenetic evolution from monzogabbro to granite magmas

    López-Moro, Francisco-Javier; López-Plaza, Miguel


    In the Iberian Massif, rocks of the K-rich plutonic series are not abundant, but towards internal parts of the belt represented by the Central Iberian Zone there are some sectors where shoshonitic plutonism occurs over broad areas. One of these areas is the anatectic Tormes Dome, encompassing two similar studied plutons (Pereruela and Vitigudino). A monzonitic association has been defined, ranging from monzogabbros to quartz monzonites or scarce monzogranites. Enrichment in LREE, P, Sr and Ba, a high water content (up to 5.5%) and a high degree of oxidation (Ni-NiO buffer) are the main features of magmas parental to these monzonitic rocks. These petrographic and geochemical features allow these granitoids to be ascribed to the shoshonitic type ("SH-type"), rather than to the I-type. The minimum emplacement pressure range is 410-230 MPa, whereas the estimated solidus temperature range is 940-765 °C; i.e., above water-saturated solidus. O, Sr, and Nd isotopes point to open-system processes. Apatite cathodoluminescence suggests that magma mixing was unlikely to have occurred for the most enriched rocks. Assimilation/fractional crystallisation (AFC) modelling was performed for both plutons, permitting assimilation/crystallization rates to be estimated between 0.16 and 0.25. Different contaminants have been inferred: a metapelite at upper crustal level for the Vitigudino Pluton and a granulitic orthogneiss for the Pereruela Pluton. A liquid line of descent, linking monzogabbroic members to quartz monzonites/monzogranites, can be reconstructed. Some loss of water and oxygen can be inferred, although water remained in the system below the solidus, giving rise to auto-metamorphism at ca. 500 °C. On the other hand, AFC processes are unlikely to have been the main factor in controlling the characteristic enrichment of the monzonitic series, since the least contaminated samples are the most LILE- and LREE-enriched for both plutons. Thus, a source-controlled chemical

  2. Using Mixed Morphometrics and Near-Surface Geophysics to Characterize Geomorphic Evolution of the South Texas Coastal Zone

    Weymer, B. A.; Barrineau, C. P.; Bishop, M. P.; Everett, M. E.; Tchakerian, V. P.; Houser, C.


    different depositional environments, while surface parameters reveal zones of instability and stability. It is believed that these are related and different surface characteristics signify divergent process-morphological histories within the landscape. As a result, we aim to classify the landscape by landform / process regime as well as geomorphic history using non-invasive geophysical methods and aerial LiDAR.

  3. Implications for the tectonic transition zone of active orogeny in Hoping drainage basin, by landscape evolution at the multi-temporal timescale

    Chang, Q.; Chen, R. F.; Lin, W.; Hsieh, P. S.


    In an actively orogeny the landscape are transient state of disequilibrium in response to climatic and tectonic inputs. At the catchment scale, sensitivity of river systems plays an important role in landscape evolution. Hoping drainage basin is located at the tectonic transition zone in the north-eastern Taiwan, where the behavior of Philippine Sea plate switches from overriding above the east-dipping Eurasian Continental plate to northward subducting under the Ryukyu arc. However, extensive deep-seated landslides, debris flow, and numerous large alluvial terraces can be observed, suggesting strong surface processes in this watershed. This effect on regional climate fundamentally changed the landscape by reconfiguring drainage patterns and creating a vast influx of sediments into the basin. In this study we review the morphological evidence from multi-temporal timescale, including in-situ cosmogenic nuclides denudation rate and suspension load data, coupled with the analysis of the longitudinal profiles. The main goal of this study is to compare Holocene erosion rates with thermochronology and radiometric dating of river terraces to investigate the erosion history of Hoping area. The result shows that short-term erosion rate is around twice as large as the long-term denudation rate, which might due to the climate-driven erosion events such as typhoon-induced landslide. We've also mapped detail morphological features by using the high-resolution LiDAR image, which help us to identify not only the landslide but also tectonic features such as lineation, fault scarps, and fracture zones. The tectonic surface features and field investigation results show that the drainage basin is highly fractured, suggesting that even though the vertical tectonic activity rate is small, the horizontal shortening influenced by both southward opening of the back-arc Okinawa trough and the north-western collision in this area is significant. This might cause the reducing in rock strength

  4. Tectonothermal evolution in the core of an arcuate fold and thrust belt: the south-eastern sector of the Cantabrian Zone (Variscan belt, north-western Spain)

    Valín, María Luz; García-López, Susana; Brime, Covadonga; Bastida, Fernando; Aller, Jesús


    The tectonothermal evolution of an area located in the core of the Ibero-Armorican Arc (Variscan belt) has been determined by using the conodont colour alteration index (CAI), Kübler index of illite (KI), the Árkai index of chlorite (AI) and the analysis of clay minerals and rock cleavage. The area is part of the Cantabrian Zone (CZ), which represents the foreland fold and thrust belt of the orogen. It has been thrust by several large units of the CZ, what resulted in the generation of a large number of synorogenic Carboniferous sediments. CAI, KI and AI values show an irregular distribution of metamorphic grade, independent of stratigraphic position. Two tectonothermal events have been distinguished in the area. The first one, poorly defined, is mainly located in the northern part. It gave rise to very-low-grade metamorphism in some areas and it was associated with a deformation event that resulted in the emplacement of the last large thrust unit and development of upright folds and associated cleavage (S1). The second tectonothermal event gave rise to low-grade metamorphism and cleavage (S2) crosscutting earlier upright folds in the central, western and southern parts of the study area. The event continued with the intrusion of small igneous rock bodies, which gave rise to contact metamorphism and hydrothermal alteration. This event was linked to an extensional episode due to a gravitational instability at the end of the Variscan deformation. This tectonothermal evolution occurred during the Gzhelian-Sakmarian. Subsequently, several hydrothermal episodes took place and local crenulation cleavage developed during the Alpine deformation.

  5. Usage of Capillary Electrophoresis for screening common Hemoglobinopathies


    Full Text Available Hemoglobinopathies are most common inherited disorders in the world approximately 7 percent of the worldwide population and 5-6 percent of population of Iran are carriers. For control of this inherited hemoglobin disorders need to accurate screening by more advanced and more accurate methods. This study explains features of current Iran hemoglobin disorders, nominates the accessible methods for screening them and introduces the capillary zone electrophoresis as a rapid & more accurate method. The required data were extracted of various articles and then for good explanation, current Iran hemoglobinopathies properties were showed in the tables and electropherograms of important hemoglobin disorders in Iran population were provided for help to interpretation results of blood tests by capillary zone electrophoresis method. Hemoglobin disorders are including thalassemias & hemoglobin variants Disruption in the production and malfunction of globin chains cause types of hemoglobin disorders. We cannot introduce one of clinical laboratory tests as critical and basic method for screening and distinguishing types of inherited hemoglobin disorders as alone. For distinguishing the types of them must be prepared enough information and data of the hemoglobin disorders and for more accurate analysis must be used simultaneously different methods as Gel electrophoresis, High performance liquid chromatography, Isoelectric focusing, Capillary zone electrophoresis or molecular tests. The capillary electrophoresis is an accurate and rapid method for screening types of the hemoglobin disorders. Other side this method cannot analyze all of them, so must be used biochemical, biophysical and molecular methods for confirmation the results. This review showed we can use the capillary electrophoresis and HPLC as two complementary methods for hemoglobinopathies screening. We can analyze by the methods more hemoglobin disorders and decrease more laboratory errors. Moreover

  6. Cadomian vs. Variscan evolution of the Ossa-Morena zone (SW Iberia): field and 40Ar/ 39Ar mineral age constraints

    Dallmeyer, R. D.; Quesada, C.


    . 390-400 Ma) rejuvenation of intracrystalline argon systems which had initially recorded ages > c. 500 Ma. Muscovite was concentrated from several lithologie elements in this area, including: (1) mylonitic Monesterio Granodiorite; (2) metasedimentary rocks of the Montemolin succession (displaying high-grade, sillimanite-potassium feldspar-bearing assemblages); and (3) migmatitic schist of the Siere Negra Group. These muscovite concentrates display similarly discordant 40Ar/ 39Ar age spectra which suggest significant but incomplete Variscan rejuvenation occurred at c. 400 Ma. This appears to have affected intracrystalline argon systems which had initially cooled through appropriate closure temperatures sometime prior to c. 450 Ma following an initial high-grade (Cadomian?) metamorphism. The 40Ar/ 39Ar results clearly reflect a variable, complex, and polymetamorphic evolution for the Ossa-Morena zone. Internal consistency of data within each regional tectonic unit compared with marked contrast between the units provides evidence of the extremely heterogeneous Variscan tectonothermal overprint. The results demonstrate that the present tectonic architecture of the Ossa-Morena Zone was not solely the result of late Variscan wrench tectonics, but, instead, a consequence of processes active since at least the Lower-Middle Devonian. Juxtaposition of regional structural units with contrasting tectonothermal histories, and recording variable rates and extents of uplift are consistent with maintainence of an overall transpressional Variscan tectonic regime.

  7. Separation and characterisation of detonation nanodiamond by capillary zone electrophoresis.

    Duffy, Emer; Mitev, Dimitar P; Nesterenko, Pavel N; Kazarian, Artaches A; Paull, Brett


    A new method for the characterisation of purified detonation nanodiamond (DND) using CZE has been developed. The influence of BGE conditions on electrophoretic mobility, peak shape and particle aggregation was investigated, with resultant observations supported by zeta potential approximations and particle size measurements. Sodium tetraborate (pH 9.3), Tris (pH 9.3) and sodium phosphate (pH 7) were used in studying the BGE concentration effect on a commercial source of chemically stabilised DND. The BGE concentration had a strong effect on the stability of DND in suspension. The formation of aggregates of various sizes was observed as BGE concentration increased. The effect of pH on the electromigration of DND was examined using sodium phosphate (pH 8 and 10). The CZE method was subsequently applied to four different DND samples, which had undergone different routes of purification following detonation synthesis. Each sample produced a unique electrophoretic peak or profile in sodium tetraborate buffer (pH 9.3), such that the actual separation of DND samples from different sources could be achieved.

  8. Two-dimensional capillary electrophoresis using tangentially connected capillaries.

    Sahlin, Eskil


    A novel type of fused silica capillary system is described where channels with circular cross-sections are tangentially in contact with each other and connected through a small opening at the contact area. Since the channels are not crossing each other in the same plane, the capillaries can easily be filled with different solutions, i.e. different solutions will be in contact with each other at the contact point. The system has been used to perform different types of two-dimensional separations and the complete system is fully automated where a high voltage switch is used to control the location of the high voltage in the system. Using two model compounds it is demonstrated that a type of two-dimensional separation can be performed using capillary zone electrophoresis at two different pH values. It is also shown that a compound with acid/base properties can be concentrated using a dynamic pH junction mechanism when transferred from the first separation to the second separation. In addition, the system has been used to perform a comprehensive two-dimensional capillary electrophoresis separation of tryptic digest of bovine serum albumin using capillary zone electrophoresis followed by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

  9. Evolution of the air/SF6 turbulent mixing zone for different lengths of SF6: shock tube visualizations and 3D simulations

    Haas, Jean-Francois; Griffond, Jerome; Souffland, Denis; Bouzgarrou, Ghazi; Bury, Yannick; Jamme, Stephane


    A turbulent mixing zone (TMZ) is created in a vertical shock tube (based in ISAE DAEP) when a Mach 1.2 shock wave in air accelerates impulsively to 70 m/s an air/SF6 interface. The gases are initially separated by a thin nitrocellulose membrane maintained flat and parallel to the shock by two wire grids. The upper grid (SF6 side) of square mesh spacing hu 1.8 or 12.1 mm is expected to seed perturbation for the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability (RMI) while the lower grid with hl 1 mm is needed to prevent the membrane from bulging prior to the shot. The experiments were carried out for different lengths L of SF6 between the initial interface and the shock tube's end plate: 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 cm. The time resolved Schlieren image processing based on space and frequency filtering yields similar evolution for the TMZ thickness. Before reshock, the thickness grows initially fast then slows down and reaches different values (10 to 14 mm) according to L. Soon after reshock, the TMZ thickness growths rate is 21 mm/ms independently of L and hu. Numerical Schlieren images generated from 3D numerical simulations (performed at CEA DAM IDF) are analyzed as the experimental ones for L 15 and 25 cm and for hu 1.8 and 12.1 mm. The very weak experimental dependence on hu is not obtained by simulation as expected from dimensional reasoning. This discrepancy remains paradoxical.

  10. Ratcheted electrophoresis of Brownian particles

    Kowalik, Mikołaj; Bishop, Kyle J. M.


    The realization of nanoscale machines requires efficient methods by which to rectify unbiased perturbations to perform useful functions in the presence of significant thermal noise. The performance of such Brownian motors often depends sensitively on their operating conditions—in particular, on the relative rates of diffusive and deterministic motions. In this letter, we present a type of Brownian motor that uses contact charge electrophoresis of a colloidal particle within a ratcheted channel to achieve directed transport or perform useful work against an applied load. We analyze the stochastic dynamics of this model ratchet to show that it functions under any operating condition—even in the limit of strong thermal noise and in contrast to existing ratchets. The theoretical results presented here suggest that ratcheted electrophoresis could provide a basis for electrochemically powered, nanoscale machines capable of transport and actuation of nanoscale components.

  11. Electrophoresis in strong electric fields.

    Barany, Sandor


    Two kinds of non-linear electrophoresis (ef) that can be detected in strong electric fields (several hundred V/cm) are considered. The first ("classical" non-linear ef) is due to the interaction of the outer field with field-induced ionic charges in the electric double layer (EDL) under conditions, when field-induced variations of electrolyte concentration remain to be small comparatively to its equilibrium value. According to the Shilov theory, the non-linear component of the electrophoretic velocity for dielectric particles is proportional to the cubic power of the applied field strength (cubic electrophoresis) and to the second power of the particles radius; it is independent of the zeta-potential but is determined by the surface conductivity of particles. The second one, the so-called "superfast electrophoresis" is connected with the interaction of a strong outer field with a secondary diffuse layer of counterions (space charge) that is induced outside the primary (classical) diffuse EDL by the external field itself because of concentration polarization. The Dukhin-Mishchuk theory of "superfast electrophoresis" predicts quadratic dependence of the electrophoretic velocity of unipolar (ionically or electronically) conducting particles on the external field gradient and linear dependence on the particle's size in strong electric fields. These are in sharp contrast to the laws of classical electrophoresis (no dependence of V(ef) on the particle's size and linear dependence on the electric field gradient). A new method to measure the ef velocity of particles in strong electric fields is developed that is based on separation of the effects of sedimentation and electrophoresis using videoimaging and a new flowcell and use of short electric pulses. To test the "classical" non-linear electrophoresis, we have measured the ef velocity of non-conducting polystyrene, aluminium-oxide and (semiconductor) graphite particles as well as Saccharomice cerevisiae yeast cells as a

  12. A shifting rift—Geophysical insights into the evolution of Rio Grande rift margins and the Embudo transfer zone near Taos, New Mexico

    Grauch, V.J.S.; Bauer, Paul W.; Drenth, Benjamin J.; Kelson, Keith I.


    We present a detailed example of how a subbasin develops adjacent to a transfer zone in the Rio Grande rift. The Embudo transfer zone in the Rio Grande rift is considered one of the classic examples and has been used as the inspiration for several theoretical models. Despite this attention, the history of its development into a major rift structure is poorly known along its northern extent near Taos, New Mexico. Geologic evidence for all but its young rift history is concealed under Quaternary cover. We focus on understanding the pre-Quaternary evidence that is in the subsurface by integrating diverse pieces of geologic and geophysical information. As a result, we present a substantively new understanding of the tectonic configuration and evolution of the northern extent of the Embudo fault and its adjacent subbasin.We integrate geophysical, borehole, and geologic information to interpret the subsurface configuration of the rift margins formed by the Embudo and Sangre de Cristo faults and the geometry of the subbasin within the Taos embayment. Key features interpreted include (1) an imperfect D-shaped subbasin that slopes to the east and southeast, with the deepest point ∼2 km below the valley floor located northwest of Taos at ∼36° 26′N latitude and 105° 37′W longitude; (2) a concealed Embudo fault system that extends as much as 7 km wider than is mapped at the surface, wherein fault strands disrupt or truncate flows of Pliocene Servilleta Basalt and step down into the subbasin with a minimum of 1.8 km of vertical displacement; and (3) a similar, wider than expected (5–7 km) zone of stepped, west-down normal faults associated with the Sangre de Cristo range front fault.From the geophysical interpretations and subsurface models, we infer relations between faulting and flows of Pliocene Servilleta Basalt and older, buried basaltic rocks that, combined with geologic mapping, suggest a revised rift history involving shifts in the locus of fault activity as

  13. Capillary electrophoresis in food authenticity.

    Kvasnicka, Frantisek


    Food authenticity is a term which simply refers to whether the food purchased by the consumer matches its description. False description can occur in many forms, from the undeclared addition of water or other cheaper materials, or the wrong declaration of the amount of a particular ingredient in the product, to making false statements about the source of ingredients i.e., their geographic, plant, or animal origin. The aim of this review is to summarize applications of capillary electrophoresis in food authentication.

  14. Capillary electrophoresis systems and methods

    Dorairaj, Rathissh; Keynton, Robert S.; Roussel, Thomas J.; Crain, Mark M.; Jackson, Douglas J.; Walsh, Kevin M.; Naber, John F.; Baldwin, Richard P.; Franco, Danielle B.


    An embodiment of the invention is directed to a capillary electrophoresis apparatus comprising a plurality of separation micro-channels. A sample loading channel communicates with each of the plurality of separation channels. A driver circuit comprising a plurality of electrodes is configured to induce an electric field across each of the plurality of separation channels sufficient to cause analytes in the samples to migrate along each of the channels. The system further comprises a plurality of detectors configured to detect the analytes.

  15. Capillary Electrophoresis - Optical Detection Systems

    Sepaniak, M. J.


    Molecular recognition systems are developed via molecular modeling and synthesis to enhance separation performance in capillary electrophoresis and optical detection methods for capillary electrophoresis. The underpinning theme of our work is the rational design and development of molecular recognition systems in chemical separations and analysis. There have been, however, some subtle and exciting shifts in our research paradigm during this period. Specifically, we have moved from mostly separations research to a good balance between separations and spectroscopic detection for separations. This shift is based on our perception that the pressing research challenges and needs in capillary electrophoresis and electrokinetic chromatography relate to the persistent detection and flow rate reproducibility limitations of these techniques (see page 1 of the accompanying Renewal Application for further discussion). In most of our work molecular recognition reagents are employed to provide selectivity and enhance performance. Also, an emerging trend is the use of these reagents with specially-prepared nano-scale materials. Although not part of our DOE BES-supported work, the modeling and synthesis of new receptors has indirectly supported the development of novel microcantilevers-based MEMS for the sensing of vapor and liquid phase analytes. This fortuitous overlap is briefly covered in this report. Several of the more significant publications that have resulted from our work are appended. To facilitate brevity we refer to these publications liberally in this progress report. Reference is also made to very recent work in the Background and Preliminary Studies Section of the Renewal Application.

  16. Geochemistry and metamorphic evolution of a Ti-metagabbro in the Asnawa Group of the Shalair terrain (Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone), Kurdistan region, Iraq.

    Yara, Irfan; Schulz, Bernhard; Tichomirowa, Marion; Mohammad, Yousif; Matschullat, Jörg


    Geochemistry and metamorphic evolution of a Ti-metagabbro in the Asnawa Group of the Shalair terrain (Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone), Kurdistan region, Iraq. We present geochemical data, mineral chemistry, petrography, and theP-T conditions of a Ti-metagabbro from the Asnawa Group in the Shalair Terrain (Sanandaj-Sirjan Zone).Geochemical data indicate that this Ti-metagabbro has tholeiitic characteristics with low-K contents. Factor analyses of the elements indicate fractionation of common mineral phases such as clinopyroxene, hornblende, plagioclase, Ti-bearing phases (rutile, ilmenite, titanite), and apatite. The normal mid-oceanic ridge basalt (N-MORB)-normalized incompatible trace element diagram shows close similarity with typical N-MORB pattern. Tectonomagmatic discrimination diagrams suggest a dominating MORB environment. The rock/chondrite-normalized REE diagram of the amphibolites also shows their N-MORB-type signature, with relative enrichment in LREE. The rock derived from mixed primitive and depleted mantel. The formation and preservation of the various metamorphic mineral assemblages and their mineral chemical characteristicsare strongly affected by the original magmatic whole-rock composition. This can be demonstrated by different microdomains, which contain different amphiboles and plagioclases. The metamorphic history can be subdivided into the stages M1-M2-M3. The first stage of metamorphism was recorded by crystallisation of actinolite replacing clinopyroxene and igneous amphibole (M1 stage, 410< T < 490°C; 1.8 < P <2.2 kbar). Increase of temperature resulted in the formation of hornblende pseudomorphism and hornblende and sphene coronae growing on previous amphibole or clinopyroxene and ilmenite, respectively (M2 stage, 540 < T <580°C; 4.5 < P < 5.5 kbar). The third stage (M3 stage, 730 < T °C < 780°C; 6.5 < P < 7.5 kbar) led to the formation of a ferro-tschermakite corona, around the M2 amphibole, and rutile that developed on the sphene and ilmenite

  17. Time scales of pattern evolution from cross-spectrum analysis of advanced very high resolution radiometer and coastal zone color scanner imagery

    Denman, Kenneth L.; Abbott, Mark R.


    We have selected square subareas (110 km on a side) from coastal zone color scanner (CZCS) and advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) images for 1981 in the California Current region off northern California for which we could identify sequences of cloud-free data over periods of days to weeks. We applied a two-dimensional fast Fourier transformation to images after median filtering, (x, y) plane removal, and cosine tapering. We formed autospectra and coherence spectra as functions of a scalar wavenumber. Coherence estimates between pairs of images were plotted against time separation between images for several wide wavenumber bands to provide a temporal lagged coherence function. The temporal rate of loss of correlation (decorrelation time scale) in surface patterns provides a measure of the rate of pattern change or evolution as a function of spatial dimension. We found that patterns evolved (or lost correlation) approximately twice as rapidly in upwelling jets as in the 'quieter' regions between jets. The rapid evolution of pigment patterns (lifetime of about 1 week or less for scales of 50-100 km) ought to hinder biomass transfer to zooplankton predators compared with phytoplankton patches that persist for longer times. We found no significant differences between the statistics of CZCS and AVHRR images (spectral shape or rate of decorrelation). In addition, in two of the three areas studied, the peak correlation between AVHRR and CZCS images from the same area occurred at zero lag, indicating that the patterns evolved simutaneously. In the third area, maximum coherence between thermal and pigment patterns occurred when pigment images lagged thermal images by 1-2 days, mirroring the expected lag of high pigment behind low temperatures (and high nutrients) in recently upwelled water. We conclude that in dynamic areas such as coastal upwelling systems, the phytoplankton cells (identified by pigment color patterns) behave largely as passive scalars at the

  18. Electrophoresis tests on STS-3 and ground control experiments - A basis for future biological sample selections

    Morrison, D. R.; Lewis, M. L.


    Static zone electrophoresis is an electrokinetic method of separating macromolecules and small particles. However, its application for the isolation of biological cells and concentrated protein solutions is limited by sedimentation and convection. Microgravity eliminates or reduces sedimentation, floatation, and density-driven convection arising from either Joule heating or concentration differences. The advantages of such an environment were first demonstrated in space during the Apollo 14 and 16 missions. In 1975 the Electrophoresis Technology Experiment (MA-011) was conducted during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight. In 1979 a project was initiated to repeat the separations of human kidney cells. One of the major objectives of the Electrophoresis Equipment Verification Tests (EEVT) on STS-3 was to repeat and thereby validate the first successful electrophoretic separation of human kidney cells. Attention is given to the EEVT apparatus, the preflight electrophoresis, and inflight operational results.

  19. Capillary electrophoresis theory and practice

    Grossman, Paul D


    This book is designed to be a practical guide, used by wide audience, including those new to CE, those more experienced, routine users, those interested in technology development, and those involved with applications research. References have been emphasized to allow the reader to explore the detailed specifics and theoretical foundations.This book draws together the rapidly evolving, diverse, and multidisciplinary subject of capillary electrophoresis (CE). It is designed as a practical guide to be used by a wide audience, including those new to CE as well as more experienced users. T

  20. Capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence: environmental applications.

    Riddick, Lee; Brumley, William C


    Capillary electrophoresis (CE), especially free-zone CE, offers a relatively simple separation with moderate selectivity based on the mobility of ions in solution. Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection, an extremely sensitive technique, can be coupled with a variety of separation conditions to achieve sensitive and quantitative results. When these techniques are combined, CE/LIF provides the sensitivity and increased selectivity that makes trace level environmental analysis of fluorescent compounds possible at or below levels typical for gas chromatography (GC)/mass spectrometry (MS). We offer a panoramic review of the role of these tools in solving environmental and related analytical problems before providing a detailed experimental protocol.

  1. Separation of hydrolytically active components of cellulase from Myrothecium verrucaria by starch gel electrophoresis

    Ritter, F.J.; Prins-van der Meulen, P.Y.F.; Marel, T. van der


    Using starch gel electrophoresis according to Smithies, desalted crude cellulase from Myrothecium verrucqria was separated into at least 12 protein zones. These were tested on their activity towards p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucoside, sodium carboxymethylcellulose and α-cellulose. They were all hydrolytica

  2. DNA Sequencing Using capillary Electrophoresis

    Dr. Barry Karger


    The overall goal of this program was to develop capillary electrophoresis as the tool to be used to sequence for the first time the Human Genome. Our program was part of the Human Genome Project. In this work, we were highly successful and the replaceable polymer we developed, linear polyacrylamide, was used by the DOE sequencing lab in California to sequence a significant portion of the human genome using the MegaBase multiple capillary array electrophoresis instrument. In this final report, we summarize our efforts and success. We began our work by separating by capillary electrophoresis double strand oligonucleotides using cross-linked polyacrylamide gels in fused silica capillaries. This work showed the potential of the methodology. However, preparation of such cross-linked gel capillaries was difficult with poor reproducibility, and even more important, the columns were not very stable. We improved stability by using non-cross linked linear polyacrylamide. Here, the entangled linear chains could move when osmotic pressure (e.g. sample injection) was imposed on the polymer matrix. This relaxation of the polymer dissipated the stress in the column. Our next advance was to use significantly lower concentrations of the linear polyacrylamide that the polymer could be automatically blown out after each run and replaced with fresh linear polymer solution. In this way, a new column was available for each analytical run. Finally, while testing many linear polymers, we selected linear polyacrylamide as the best matrix as it was the most hydrophilic polymer available. Under our DOE program, we demonstrated initially the success of the linear polyacrylamide to separate double strand DNA. We note that the method is used even today to assay purity of double stranded DNA fragments. Our focus, of course, was on the separation of single stranded DNA for sequencing purposes. In one paper, we demonstrated the success of our approach in sequencing up to 500 bases. Other

  3. Conducting polymer electrodes for gel electrophoresis.

    Bengtsson, Katarina; Nilsson, Sara; Robinson, Nathaniel D


    In nearly all cases, electrophoresis in gels is driven via the electrolysis of water at the electrodes, where the process consumes water and produces electrochemical by-products. We have previously demonstrated that π-conjugated polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) can be placed between traditional metal electrodes and an electrolyte to mitigate electrolysis in liquid (capillary electroosmosis/electrophoresis) systems. In this report, we extend our previous result to gel electrophoresis, and show that electrodes containing PEDOT can be used with a commercial polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system with minimal impact to the resulting gel image or the ionic transport measured during a separation.

  4. Conducting polymer electrodes for gel electrophoresis.

    Katarina Bengtsson

    Full Text Available In nearly all cases, electrophoresis in gels is driven via the electrolysis of water at the electrodes, where the process consumes water and produces electrochemical by-products. We have previously demonstrated that π-conjugated polymers such as poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT can be placed between traditional metal electrodes and an electrolyte to mitigate electrolysis in liquid (capillary electroosmosis/electrophoresis systems. In this report, we extend our previous result to gel electrophoresis, and show that electrodes containing PEDOT can be used with a commercial polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis system with minimal impact to the resulting gel image or the ionic transport measured during a separation.

  5. Preparative displacement electrophoresis (isotachophoresis) of proteins on cellulose columns.

    Johansson, G; Ofverstedt, L G; Hjertén, S


    This paper describes the separation of proteins by displacement electrophoresis on columns packed with cellulose powder as a stabilizing medium. Cellulose has virtually no molecular sieving properties and thus differs from dextran, polyacrylamide, and agarose in this respect. Therefore, without the risk of unstacking, columns packed with cellulose permit conventional elution of the protein zones and the use of a counter flow (to increase the effective length of the bed). For the same reason, electroosmotic flow is less disturbing. A continuous elution-migration technique adapted to suit the special requirements of displacement electrophoresis gave better separation than was obtainable by conventional elution. Normal human serum and a fresh hemolysate from human erythrocytes were used as samples. An expression for the volume velocity of the boundaries is derived. This parameter can be used to determine the maximum duration of a run and a suitable pump speed when continuous elution or a counter flow is employed. The special advantages of displacement electrophoresis in cellulose beds are discussed as well as general disadvantages of the displacement technique, including the risk that proteins precipitate during a run.

  6. Cenozoic evolution of the Yakutat-North American collision zone and structural accommodation of St. Elias syntaxis exhumation, Alaska/Yukon

    Falkowski, Sarah; Enkelmann, Eva; Ehlers, Todd


    Active convergent margins potentially pose multiple natural hazards to human life and infrastructure. Tectonic strain may be further focused where convergent margins are warped into broad syntaxes. However, the processes responsible for upper plate deformation in these settings are not well understood. The St. Elias syntaxis in southeast Alaska and southwest Yukon is located at the eastern corner of the Yakutat microplate, which indents into the North American Plate and subducts at a flat angle beneath Alaska. High rates of long-term glacial erosion and exhumation (>2 mm/yr) are found on the southern, coastal flanks of the St. Elias orogen, but the deepest and most rapid exhumation is focused at the St. Elias syntaxis. In this location, transform motion transitions into subduction of the wedge-shaped, oceanic plateau of the Yakutat microplate. In order to map the spatio-temporal pattern of exhumation in the Yakutat-North American collision zone, we conducted zircon and apatite fission-track analyses of predominantly detrital, sand-sized material and five bedrock samples from 47 different glacio-fluvial catchments covering an area of ~45,000 km2 around the St. Elias syntaxis. Integration of the new thermochronologic data with prior work and other geologic and geophysical observations yielded information on past terrane accretion events at the North American margin since the late Mesozoic and the evolution of exhumation at the St. Elias syntaxis in the context of the ongoing Yakutat-North American plate collision. Our results indicate a migrating focus of the most rapid exhumation from north to south and from the upper (North American Plate) to the lower (Yakutat microplate) plate in the syntaxis area over the past ~10 Myr. This migration occurred in response to a change in plate motions, increasingly thicker crust of the subducting Yakutat microplate, and changes in surface processes after glaciation began that resulted in modification of the rheology. We propose a

  7. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Simulated Heat-Affected Zones in Cast Precipitation-Hardened Stainless Steels 17-4 and 13-8+Mo

    Hamlin, Robert J.; DuPont, John N.


    Cast precipitation-hardened (PH) stainless steels 17-4 and 13-8+Mo are used in applications that require a combination of high strength and moderate corrosion resistance. Many such applications require fabrication and/or casting repair by fusion welding. The purpose of this work is to develop an understanding of microstructural evolution and resultant mechanical properties of these materials when subjected to weld thermal cycles. Samples of each material were subjected to heat-affected zone (HAZ) thermal cycles in the solution-treated and aged condition (S-A-W condition) and solution-treated condition with a postweld thermal cycle age (S-W-A condition). Dilatometry was used to establish the onset of various phase transformation temperatures. Light optical microscopy (LOM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) were used to characterize the microstructures, and comparisons were made to gas metal arc welds that were heat treated in the same conditions. Tensile testing was also performed. MatCalc thermodynamic and kinetic modeling software was used to predict the evolution of copper (Cu)-rich body center cubic precipitates in 17-4 and β-NiAl precipitates in 13-8+Mo. The yield strength was lower in the simulated HAZ samples of both materials prepared in the S-A-W condition when compared to their respective base metals. Samples prepared in the S-W-A condition had higher and more uniform yield strengths for both materials. Significant changes were observed in the matrix microstructure of various HAZ regions depending on the peak temperature, and these microstructural changes were interpreted with the aid of dilatometry results, LOM, SEM, and EDS. Despite these significant changes to the matrix microstructure, the changes in mechanical properties appear to be governed primarily by the precipitation behavior. The decrease in strength in the HAZ samples prepared in the S-A-W condition was attributed to the dissolution of precipitates

  8. Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Simulated Heat-Affected Zones in Cast Precipitation-Hardened Stainless Steels 17-4 and 13-8+Mo

    Hamlin, Robert J.; DuPont, John N.


    Cast precipitation-hardened (PH) stainless steels 17-4 and 13-8+Mo are used in applications that require a combination of high strength and moderate corrosion resistance. Many such applications require fabrication and/or casting repair by fusion welding. The purpose of this work is to develop an understanding of microstructural evolution and resultant mechanical properties of these materials when subjected to weld thermal cycles. Samples of each material were subjected to heat-affected zone (HAZ) thermal cycles in the solution-treated and aged condition (S-A-W condition) and solution-treated condition with a postweld thermal cycle age (S-W-A condition). Dilatometry was used to establish the onset of various phase transformation temperatures. Light optical microscopy (LOM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) were used to characterize the microstructures, and comparisons were made to gas metal arc welds that were heat treated in the same conditions. Tensile testing was also performed. MatCalc thermodynamic and kinetic modeling software was used to predict the evolution of copper (Cu)-rich body center cubic precipitates in 17-4 and β-NiAl precipitates in 13-8+Mo. The yield strength was lower in the simulated HAZ samples of both materials prepared in the S-A-W condition when compared to their respective base metals. Samples prepared in the S-W-A condition had higher and more uniform yield strengths for both materials. Significant changes were observed in the matrix microstructure of various HAZ regions depending on the peak temperature, and these microstructural changes were interpreted with the aid of dilatometry results, LOM, SEM, and EDS. Despite these significant changes to the matrix microstructure, the changes in mechanical properties appear to be governed primarily by the precipitation behavior. The decrease in strength in the HAZ samples prepared in the S-A-W condition was attributed to the dissolution of precipitates

  9. Non-Aqueous Capillary Electrophoresis

    Szumski, Michał; Buszewski, Bogusław

    Non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis and capillary electrochromatography are special variants of these techniques. Here, organic solvents or their mixtures with or without dissolved electrolytes are used as separation buffer or mobile phase, respectively. The most important features of non-aqueous systems are: better solubility of more hydrophobic ionic substances (many natural products) than in water, much less current and Joule heating allows for using highly concentrated buffers and/or larger capillary internal diameters, polar interactions are enhanced in organic solvents which is often highly advantageous in chiral separation systems. This chapter presents most frequently used solvents, their properties, as well as shows pH* scale which is often used in non-aqueous systems.

  10. Electrophoresis-mass spectrometry probe

    Andresen, Brian D.; Fought, Eric R.


    The invention involves a new technique for the separation of complex mixtures of chemicals, which utilizes a unique interface probe for conventional mass spectrometers which allows the electrophoretically separated compounds to be analyzed in real-time by a mass spectrometer. This new chemical analysis interface, which couples electrophoresis with mass spectrometry, allows complex mixtures to be analyzed very rapidly, with much greater specificity, and with greater sensitivity. The interface or probe provides a means whereby large and/or polar molecules in complex mixtures to be completely characterized. The preferred embodiment of the probe utilizes a double capillary tip which allows the probe tip to be continually wetted by the buffer, which provides for increased heat dissipation, and results in a continually operating interface which is more durable and electronically stable than the illustrated single capillary tip probe interface.

  11. Determination of Drugs of Abuse in Saliva by Dispersive Liquid-Liquid Microextraction Coupled with Capillary Zone Electrophoresis%分散液相微萃取-毛细管电泳法同时检测唾液中的8种毒品

    孟梁; 王燕燕; 孟品佳; 王彦吉; 张强


    A novel method was developed for the pre-concentration and determination of eight drugs in saliva by dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) coupled with capillary zone electrophoresis with photo diode array detection (CE-PDA). Parameters affecting extraction efficiency were investigated and optimized. In the method, 0. 5 mL isopropyl alcohol containing 41. 0 μL chloroform was rapidly injected into a 5. 0-mL saliva sample. After centrifugation at 4000 r/min for 5 min, the sedimented phase was transferred into a small volume CE auto-sampler vial and evaporated to dryness.The residue was reconstituted in lidocaine hydrochloride (internal standard) aqueous solution and introduced by electrokinetic injection into CE. Under the optimum conditions, linearity of the method was observed for all target analytes in the range from 0. 15 to 6000 μg/L with the correlation coefficient (r) ranging from 0. 9986 to 0. 9994. The LODs (S/N=3) were estimated to be in the range from 0. 055 to 0. 135 μg/L. Excellent repeatability of the extraction (RSD≤4.0%, n=5) was achieved. As high as 555 to 631 fold enrichment factors were achieved. The feasibility of this method was demonstrated by determination of drugs in saliva samples with spiked recoveries in the range of 85. 6~ 99. 4 % (RSD≤5. 1% , n=5). The method was proven to be simple and environmental benign with high enrichment factor and low cost.%建立了分散液相微萃取与毛细管电泳光电二极管阵列检测法检测唾液中的阿片类、苯丙胺类及氯胺酮等8种毒品的新方法.对影响萃取富集效率的因素进行优化:将0.5 mL含有41 μL三氯甲烷的异丙醇混合溶液快速注入到5.0 mL样品溶液中,分散混匀后,以4000 r/min离心 5 min,移取萃取溶剂并以氮气吹干;再用含有内标物的水溶液溶解后供毛细管电泳分析.在优化条件下,富集倍数达555~631倍;各药物在0.15~6000 μg/L浓度范围内存在良好的线性关系,r为0

  12. 毛细管区带电泳-间接紫外检测法快速测定食品中乳糖、蔗糖、葡萄糖和果糖%Rapid determination of lactose,sucrose,glucose and fructose in foods by capillary zone electrophoresis with indirect ultraviolet detection

    张欢欢; 李疆; 赵珊; 丁晓静; 王志


    A new and rapid method for the simultaneous determination of lactose,sucrose, glucose and fructose by capillary zone electrophoresis( CZE)with indirect ultraviolet detection was developed. The separation was completed with an uncoated fused-silica capillary with 30.2 cm of total length( effective length of 20 cm)× 50 μm. The separation buffer consisted of 4 mmol/L potassium sorbate,10 mmol/L sodium phosphate,30 mmol/L NaOH( pH 12. 56)and 0. 5 mmol/L hexadecytrimethylammonium bromide( CTAB). The separation was performed at a voltage of -8 kV with the ultraviolet detection at 254 nm. The analysis of the four carbohydrates was completed within 10 min. The limits of detection( S/N=3)for lactose,sucrose,glucose and fructose were 50,75,25 and 25 mg/L,and the limits of quantification( S/N=10)were 150,225,75 and 75 mg/L,respectively. The average recoveries for the four carbohydrates were in the range of 87. 0%-107. 0% with the relative standard deviations of 1. 2%-4. 7%. No organic solvent was consumed throughout the whole process of the analysis. The method was used for the analysis of nine food samples and a quality control sample. The results demonstrated that the method is simple,rapid,accurate,and suitable for the routine analysis of the four carbohy-drates in food samples.%建立了毛细管区带电泳-间接紫外检测快速测定食品中乳糖、蔗糖、葡萄糖和果糖的方法。以水或5 mmol/L醋酸为样品提取液,未涂层熔融石英毛细管(30.2 cm(有效长度20 cm)×50μm)为分离柱,4 mmol/L 山梨酸钾+10 mmol/L磷酸钠+30 mmol/L NaOH(pH 12.56)+0.5 mmol/L 十六烷基三甲基溴化铵(CTAB)为分离缓冲液,在-8 kV下分离,于254 nm波长下检测,10 min内实现了食品中上述4种糖的同时分离与测定。乳糖、蔗糖、葡萄糖和果糖的检出限( S/N=3)分别为50、75、25和25 mg/L,定量限( S/N=10)分别为150、225、75和75 mg/L,回收率在87.0%~107.0

  13. Determination of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in Herba Ephedrae and Maxing Shigan Tang by capillary zone electrophoresis%毛细管区带电泳法测定麻黄及麻杏石甘汤中麻黄碱和伪麻黄碱的含量

    景浩然; 郭怀忠; 王子君; 王敏; 张斌


    目的:采用毛细管区带电泳法测定麻黄及麻杏石甘汤中麻黄碱和伪麻黄碱.方法:电泳缓冲液为50 mmol·L~(-1)硼砂/20 mmol·L~(-1)苏氨酸缓冲溶液(1 mol·L~(-1) NaOH溶液调pH至9.27);紫外检测波长210 nm,分离电压15 kV;以苯巴比妥为内标物,采用压力进样(10 cm×20 s),柱温室温.结果:麻黄碱与伪麻黄碱的线性范围分别为21.3~213,8.4~84 mg·L~(-1),相关系数分别为0.999 6,0.999 5,检测限分别为1.45,1.48 mg·L~(-1),定量限分别为4.81,4.93 mg·L~(-1).将该法用于麻黄中麻黄碱与伪麻黄碱的含量测定,平均回收率分别为97.5,98.6%.结论:本法操作简便、快速、经济、灵敏度高,麻黄及麻杏石甘汤中麻黄碱及伪麻黄碱可获得满意的分离,可作为麻黄和麻杏石甘汤中麻黄碱和伪麻黄碱的含量测定方法.%Objective: To establish a method for the determination of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in Herba Ephedrae and Maxing Shigan Tang by capillary zone electrophoresis. Method: The conditions of the experiment were optimized with a fused-silica capillary of 60 cm ×50 μm (50 cm effective length) in a running buffer of 50 mmol·L~(-1) borax-20 mmol·L~(-1) threonine (pH 9.27) and an applied voltage of 15 kV (room temperature). Samples were introduced by hydrodynamic injections (10 cm ×20 s)and determined with on-column UV monitoring at 210 nm. Phenobarbital was chosen as the internal standard. Result: Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are separated successfully within 8 min. The linear responses covered the ranges from 21.3 to 213 mg·L~(-1) (r = 0.999 6) for ephedrine and from 8. 4 to 84 mg·L~(-1) ( r = 0. 999 5 ) for pseudoephedrine. The detection limits ( S/N = 3 ) of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine were shown to be 1.45 and 1.48 μg·mL~(-1) , respectively, The quantitation limits (S/N = 10) of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine were shown to be 4.81 and 4.93 mg·L~(-1) , respectively. The average recoveries for ephedrine and

  14. Analysis of tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake in foods by capillary zone electrophoresis%食品中柠檬黄铝色淀和日落黄铝色淀的毛细管区带电泳分析

    张一丁; 常翠兰; 郭启雷; 曹红; 白玉; 刘虎威


    A novel analytical method for tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake using capillary zone electrophoresis(CZE)was studied. The pigments contained in the col-or lakes were successfully separated from the aluminum matrix in the pre-treatment process, which included the following steps:dissolve the color lakes in 0. 1 mol / LH2 SO4 ,adjust the pH of the solution to 5. 0,then mix it with the solution of EDTA·2Na and heat it in a water bath, then use polyamide powder as the stationary phase of solid phase extraction to separate the pig-ments from the solution,and finally elute the pigments with 0. 1 mol / L NaOH. The CZE condi-tions systematically optimized for tartrazine aluminum lake were:48. 50cm of a fused silica capillary with 40. 00cm effective length and 50 μm i. d.,the temperature controlled at 20. 0 ℃ , 29. 0kV applied,HPO 2-4 -PO 3-4(0. 015 mol / L,pH 11. 45)solution as running buffer,detection at 263 nm. The conditions for sunset yellow aluminum lake were:the same capillary and tempera-ture,25. 0kV applied,HPO 2-4 -PO 3-4(0. 025mol / L,pH 11. 45)solution as running buffer,detec-tion at 240 nm. The limits of detection were 0. 26 mg / L and 0. 27mg / L,and the linear ranges were 0. 53 - 1. 3 × 102 mg / L and 0. 54 - 1. 4 × 102mg / L for tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake,respectively. The RSDs were 4. 3% and 5. 7%(run to run,n = 6),5. 6%and 6. 0%(day to day,n = 6)for tartrazine aluminum lake and sunset yellow aluminum lake, respectively. Further developments for this method could make it a routinely used method ana-lyzing color lakes in foods.%发展了一种新的采用毛细管区带电泳分析柠檬黄铝色淀和日落黄铝色淀的方法。通过前处理步骤成功实现了铝色淀中铝基质与色素的分离。利用石英毛细管柱(48.50 cm(有效长度40.00 cm)×50μm),分别针对柠檬黄铝色淀和日落黄铝色淀进行了电泳条件的优化,并得到最优分离结果。所建

  15. Supramolecular gel electrophoresis of large DNA fragments.

    Tazawa, Shohei; Kobayashi, Kazuhiro; Oyoshi, Takanori; Yamanaka, Masamichi


    Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is a frequent technique used to separate exceptionally large DNA fragments. In a typical continuous field electrophoresis, it is challenging to separate DNA fragments larger than 20 kbp because they migrate at a comparable rate. To overcome this challenge, it is necessary to develop a novel matrix for the electrophoresis. Here, we describe the electrophoresis of large DNA fragments up to 166 kbp using a supramolecular gel matrix and a typical continuous field electrophoresis system. C3 -symmetric tris-urea self-assembled into a supramolecular hydrogel in tris-boric acid-EDTA buffer, a typical buffer for DNA electrophoresis, and the supramolecular hydrogel was used as a matrix for electrophoresis to separate large DNA fragments. Three types of DNA marker, the λ-Hind III digest (2 to 23 kbp), Lambda DNA-Mono Cut Mix (10 to 49 kbp), and Marker 7 GT (10 to 165 kbp), were analyzed in this study. Large DNA fragments of greater than 100 kbp showed distinct mobility using a typical continuous field electrophoresis system. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. The Cutting Edge of Affinity Electrophoresis Technology

    Eiji Kinoshita


    Full Text Available Affinity electrophoresis is an important technique that is widely used to separate and analyze biomolecules in the fields of biology and medicine. Both quantitative and qualitative information can be gained through affinity electrophoresis. Affinity electrophoresis can be applied through a variety of strategies, such as mobility shift electrophoresis, charge shift electrophoresis or capillary affinity electrophoresis. These strategies are based on changes in the electrophoretic patterns of biological macromolecules that result from interactions or complex-formation processes that induce changes in the size or total charge of the molecules. Nucleic acid fragments can be characterized through their affinity to other molecules, for example transcriptional factor proteins. Hydrophobic membrane proteins can be identified by means of a shift in the mobility induced by a charged detergent. The various strategies have also been used in the estimation of association/disassociation constants. Some of these strategies have similarities to affinity chromatography, in that they use a probe or ligand immobilized on a supported matrix for electrophoresis. Such methods have recently contributed to profiling of major posttranslational modifications of proteins, such as glycosylation or phosphorylation. Here, we describe advances in analytical techniques involving affinity electrophoresis that have appeared during the last five years.

  17. The Cutting Edge of Affinity Electrophoresis Technology

    Kinoshita, Eiji; Kinoshita-Kikuta, Emiko; Koike, Tohru


    Affinity electrophoresis is an important technique that is widely used to separate and analyze biomolecules in the fields of biology and medicine. Both quantitative and qualitative information can be gained through affinity electrophoresis. Affinity electrophoresis can be applied through a variety of strategies, such as mobility shift electrophoresis, charge shift electrophoresis or capillary affinity electrophoresis. These strategies are based on changes in the electrophoretic patterns of biological macromolecules that result from interactions or complex-formation processes that induce changes in the size or total charge of the molecules. Nucleic acid fragments can be characterized through their affinity to other molecules, for example transcriptional factor proteins. Hydrophobic membrane proteins can be identified by means of a shift in the mobility induced by a charged detergent. The various strategies have also been used in the estimation of association/disassociation constants. Some of these strategies have similarities to affinity chromatography, in that they use a probe or ligand immobilized on a supported matrix for electrophoresis. Such methods have recently contributed to profiling of major posttranslational modifications of proteins, such as glycosylation or phosphorylation. Here, we describe advances in analytical techniques involving affinity electrophoresis that have appeared during the last five years.

  18. Compensating for Electro-Osmosis in Electrophoresis

    Rhodes, Percy H.; Snyder, Robert S.


    Simple mechanical adjustment eliminates transverse velocity component. New apparatus for moving-wall electrophoresis increases degree of collimation of chemical species in sample stream. Electrophoresis chamber set at slight angle in horizontal plane to adjust angle between solution flow and wall motion. Component of velocity created cancels electro-osmotic effect.

  19. The Tectonic Evolution of Lateral Transitional Zone in Southern Jiyang Depression and Its Hydrocarbon Accumulation%济阳坳陷南部横向变换带构造演化及其油气聚集规律

    劳海港; 陈清华


    利用高精度三维地震资料解释成果,分析了济阳坳陷南部中、新生代不同构造运动期与多位态主断裂(系)相伴生的横向变换带特征.研究表明,印支运动期横向变换带为NNE向展布,由侧向挤压褶皱和侧断坡组成;燕山运动期横向变换带走向为NEE向,由传递断层和横向凸起构成;而喜马拉雅运动期横向变换带则表现为NW向,由走向斜坡和传递断层组成.横向变换带构造演化使其不同构造部位具有叠加与迁移演化的差异性变化,从而形成不同的构造背景,造成了油气的差异聚集,其中变换带叠加可形成复式油气聚集带,变换带迁移则造成“满洼含油”的油气分布格局.%Using interpretation results of high-precision three-dimensional seismic data, the lateral transitional zone associated with faults of different occurrence are analyzed, which are from different tectonic movements since the Mesozoic in southern Jiyang Depression, Bohai Bay Basin, Research shows that the lateral transitional zone in NNE direction is composed of lateral compressive fold and lateral fault ramp in Indosinian movement. In Yanshanian movement, the lateral transitional zone is in NEE direction, which is assembled by the transfer fault and lateral uplift. The lateral transitional zone is NW, which is made up of the relay ramps and transfer zone in Himalayan movement. The different tectonic parts of lateral transitional zone possess unequal changes in evolution of superposition and migration respectively, creating different tectonic settings, which causes different migration and accumulation of hydrocarbon, Superimposed transitional zone can form composite zones of hydrocarbon accumulations. Migrated transitional zone can result in "sag-wide oil-bearing" hydrocarbon distribution.

  20. New insight on the paleoproterozoic evolution of the São Francisco Craton: Reinterpretation of the geology, the suture zones and the thicknesses of the crustal blocks using geophysical and geological data

    Sampaio, Edson E. S.; Barbosa, Johildo S. F.; Correa-Gomes, Luiz C.


    The Archean-Paleoproterozoic Jequié (JB) and Itabuna-Salvador-Curaçá (ISCB) blocks and their tectonic transition zone in the Valença region, Bahia, Brazil are potentially important for ore deposits, but the geological knowledge of the area is still meager. The paucity of geological information restricts the knowledge of the position and of the field characteristics of the tectonic suture zone between these two crustal segments JB and ISCB. Therefore, interpretation of geophysical data is necessary to supplement the regional structural and petrological knowledge of the area as well as to assist mining exploration programs. The analysis of the airborne radiometric and magnetic data of the region has established, respectively, five radiometric domains and five magnetic zones. Modeling of a gravity profile has defined the major density contrasts of the deep structures. The integrated interpretation of the geophysical data fitted to the known geological information substantially improved the suture zone (lower plate JB versus upper plate ISCB) delimitation, the geological map of the area and allowed to estimate the thicknesses of these two blocks, and raised key questions about the São Francisco Craton tectonic evolution.

  1. Fluid mechanics of electroosmotic flow and its effect on band broadening in capillary electrophoresis.

    Ghosal, Sandip


    Electroosmotic flow (EOF) usually accompanies electrophoretic migration of charged species in capillary electrophoresis unless special precautions are taken to suppress it. The presence of the EOF provides certain advantages in separations. It is an alternative to mechanical pumps, which are inefficient and difficult to build at small scales, for transporting reagents and analytes on microfluidic chips. The downside is that any imperfection that distorts the EOF profile reduces the separation efficiency. In this paper, the basic facts about EOF are reviewed from the perspective of fluid mechanics and its effect on separations in free solution capillary zone electrophoresis is discussed in the light of recent advances.

  2. DNA Sequencing Using capillary Electrophoresis

    Dr. Barry Karger


    The overall goal of this program was to develop capillary electrophoresis as the tool to be used to sequence for the first time the Human Genome. Our program was part of the Human Genome Project. In this work, we were highly successful and the replaceable polymer we developed, linear polyacrylamide, was used by the DOE sequencing lab in California to sequence a significant portion of the human genome using the MegaBase multiple capillary array electrophoresis instrument. In this final report, we summarize our efforts and success. We began our work by separating by capillary electrophoresis double strand oligonucleotides using cross-linked polyacrylamide gels in fused silica capillaries. This work showed the potential of the methodology. However, preparation of such cross-linked gel capillaries was difficult with poor reproducibility, and even more important, the columns were not very stable. We improved stability by using non-cross linked linear polyacrylamide. Here, the entangled linear chains could move when osmotic pressure (e.g. sample injection) was imposed on the polymer matrix. This relaxation of the polymer dissipated the stress in the column. Our next advance was to use significantly lower concentrations of the linear polyacrylamide that the polymer could be automatically blown out after each run and replaced with fresh linear polymer solution. In this way, a new column was available for each analytical run. Finally, while testing many linear polymers, we selected linear polyacrylamide as the best matrix as it was the most hydrophilic polymer available. Under our DOE program, we demonstrated initially the success of the linear polyacrylamide to separate double strand DNA. We note that the method is used even today to assay purity of double stranded DNA fragments. Our focus, of course, was on the separation of single stranded DNA for sequencing purposes. In one paper, we demonstrated the success of our approach in sequencing up to 500 bases. Other

  3. The ELSA-Vegetation-Stack: Reconstruction of Landscape Evolution Zones (LEZ) from laminated Eifel maar sediments of the last 60,000 years

    Sirocko, F.; Knapp, H.; Dreher, F.; Förster, M. W.; Albert, J.; Brunck, H.; Veres, D.; Dietrich, S.; Zech, M.; Hambach, U.; Röhner, M.; Rudert, S.; Schwibus, K.; Adams, C.; Sigl, P.


    Laminated sediment records from several maar lakes and dry maar lakes of the Eifel (Germany) reveal the history of climate, weather, environment, vegetation, and land use in central Europe during the last 60,000 years. The time series of the last 30,000 years is based on a continuous varve counted chronology, the MIS3 section is tuned to the Greenland ice - both with independent age control from 14C dates. Total carbon, pollen and plant macrofossils are used to synthesize a vegetation-stack, which is used together with the stacks from seasonal varve formation, flood layers, eolian dust content and volcanic tephra layers to define Landscape Evolution Zones (LEZ). LEZ 1 encompasses the landscape dynamics of the last 6000 years with widespread human influence. The natural oak and hazel forests of the early Holocene back to 10,500 b2k define LEZ 2. LEZ 3, the late glacial between 10,500 and 14,700 b2k, shows the development of a boreal forest with abundant grass and shallow water biomass in the lakes. The maximum of the last glaciation (LEZ 4: 14,700-23,000 b2k) was characterized by sparse vegetation of moss and characeae. These sediments are generally devoid of clay and sand and reveal no indication of snow-meltwater events. Accordingly, the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) must have been extremely arid in central Europe. The sediments of the subsequent LEZ 5 from 23,000-28,500 b2k preserve distinct layers of clay and coarse sand, which indicates running water with clay in suspension and ephemeral coarse-grained fluvial sediment discharge. Abundant Ranunculaceae macroremains (used for 14C dating), insects, moss and fungi sclerotia reflect a tundra environment during a time of frequent strong snowmelt events. Total carbon content, Betula-Pinus pollen and diatoms reach increased concentrations during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3 interstadials that occurred between 28,500 and 36,500 b2k (LEZ 6). The entire MIS3 interstadials are well documented in the organic carbon record

  4. The CO2 consumption potential during gray shale weathering: Insights from the evolution of carbon isotopes in the Susquehanna Shale Hills critical zone observatory

    Jin, Lixin; Ogrinc, Nives; Yesavage, Tiffany; Hasenmueller, Elizabeth A.; Ma, Lin; Sullivan, Pamela L.; Kaye, Jason; Duffy, Christopher; Brantley, Susan L.


    Shale covers about 25% of the land surface, and is therefore an important rock type that consumes CO2 during weathering. We evaluated the potential of gray shale to take up CO2 from the atmosphere by investigating the evolution of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentrations and its carbon isotopic ratio (δ13CDIC) along water flow paths in a well-characterized critical zone observatory (Susquehanna Shale Hills catchment). In this catchment, chemical weathering in shallow soils is dominated by clay transformation as no carbonates are present, and soil pore waters are characterized by low DIC and pH. In shallow soil porewaters, the DIC, dominated by dissolved CO2, is in chemical and isotopic equilibrium with CO2 in the soil atmosphere where pCO2 varies seasonally to as high as 40 times that of the atmosphere. The degradation of ancient organic matter is negligible in contributing to soil CO2. The chemistry of groundwater varies along different flowpaths as soil pore water recharges to the water table and then dissolves ankerite or secondary calcite under the valley floor. Weathering of carbonate leads to much higher concentrations of DIC (∼2500 μmol/L) and divalent cations (Ca2+ and Mg2+) in groundwaters than soil waters. The depth to the ankerite weathering front is hypothesized to be roughly coincident with the water table but it varies due to heterogeneities in the protolith composition. Groundwater chemistry therefore shows different saturation indices with respect to ankerite depending upon location along the valley. The δ13CDIC values of these groundwaters document mixing between the ankerite and soil CO2. The major element concentrations, DIC, and δ13CDIC in the first-order stream incising the valley of the catchment are derived from groundwater and soil waters in proportions that vary both spatially and temporally. The CO2 degassed slightly in the stream but little evidence of C isotopic equilibration with the atmosphere is observed, due to the short

  5. Complex ridge-transform evolution and mantle exhumation at the St. Paul fracture zone system, Equatorial Alantic. Preliminary results from the COLMEIA cruise

    Maia, M.; Sichel, S. E.; Santos, R.; Birot, D.; Brachet, C.; Brehme, I.; Briais, A.; Brunelli, D.; Campos, T.; Colosio, A.; de Moraes, E.; Donval, J.; Fontes, F.; Gaspar, F.; Guyader, V.; Hemond, C.; Konn, C.; Marcondes, M.; Motoki, A.; berengere, M.; Moura, D.; Pessanha, I.; Scalabrin, C.; Vale, E.


    The COLMEIA cruise, held in the Equatorial Atlantic, in the area of the St. Paul transform system, is part of a joint effort between France and Brazil for the study of the Mid-Atlantic ridge near the St. Peter & St. Paul's Rocks. The scientific objective of the cruise was to study in detail the temporal evolution of the complex transform plate boundary, and the origin of the St. Peter-St. Paul mylonitic massif. This area of the Mid-Atlantic ridge was considered to be a mantle 'cold spot', thus a magma-starved region with large occurrences of mantle-derived units outcropping at the seafloor. During the cruise we acquired multibeam echosounder bathymetry, backscattering, water column acoustic data, gravity, magnetics and seismics. 31 dredges successfully returned a wide variety of rocks, including basalts, gabbros and peridotites. The 15 CTD stations with nephelometric profiles casted in the transform region returned a single hydrothermal plume signal, probably sourced in the MAR segment south of the St. Paul system, while no hydrothermal activity was directly detected inside the transform system. 5 autonomous hydrophones were moored in the SOFAR channel around the study area in order to monitor the seismic activity and whale presence; they will be recovered mid-2014. Both bathymetry data and recovered rocks show that the image of a regional amagmatic MAR cannot be applied to the whole of the St. Paul system. The ridge segments are short and narrow, with deep axial valleys. Axial depths are below 4000 m on average, and reach 5400 m in some nodal basins. There is no evidence for a clearly defined neo-volcanic ridge on the axial valley floors, but a few volcanoes were observed in the axial valley of the central segment. The pattern of off-axis abyssal hills is highly variable from one segment to another. The northern segment displays a long sequence of magmatic abyssal hills. The central segment shows both hummocky ridges probably of magmatic origin, alternated to

  6. Kinematic characterization of a NNE-trending transcurrent shear zone, marked in the evolution of its syntectonic granitic magmatism in the region of Camboriu, SC

    Amós Martini


    Full Text Available The Corre-mar Granite (GCM is located in the region of Itapema-Camboriu, Santa Catarina, Brazil, in the northeastern part of Dom Feliciano Belt. A subvertical NNE-trending shear zone controls its emplacement, and a subvertical S-C fabric is generated with sinistral shear sense. The S-planes (magmatic strike NE-SW and are marked mainly by the orientation of feldspar crystals and xenoliths, while the C-planes (shearing, strike NNE-SSW, marked by mineral stretching, tails of asymmetric recrystallization in feldspars, and inflection of the structures previously oriented along S. Low-temperature deformation zones parallel to the GCM local C-foliation, best developed near the contacts with the host rocks, do not extend more than a few meters into the country rocks. The GCM bodies have a systematic variation in thickness, where wider zones show the least developed foliations. Microstructures indicative of progressive deformation under decreasing temperature are represented by chessboard-pattern subgrains in quartz, and granoblastic K-feldspar grains. These are overprinted by lower temperature microstructures, such as fine-grained recrystallized quartz, frequently by bulging, sealing of fractures in larger K-feldspar grains by the finely recrystallized matrix, and neoformation of fine grains around the feldspar crystals. The integration of structural and petrological data indicate that the GCM was positioned when the NNE-trending shear zone was active, and its geometry indicates an opening component along the NE direction, typical of transtensional regimes. The transtensional structure is compatible with its positioning in a low-strain zone of the Southern Brazilian Shear Belt, situated between the higher strain zones represented by the Major Gercino and Itajai shear zones, both active in the post-collisional stages of Brasiliano Cycle in southern Brazil.

  7. Comparison of non-electrophoresis grade with electrophoresis grade BIS in NIPAM polymer gel preparation.

    Khodadadi, Roghayeh; Khajeali, Azim; Farajollahi, Ali Reza; Hajalioghli, Parisa; Raeisi, Noorallah


    The main objective of this study was to investigate the possibility of replacing electrophoresis cross-linker with non-electrophoresis N, N'-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) in N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAM) polymer gel and its possible effect on dose response. NIPAM polymer gel was prepared from non-electrophoresis grade BIS and the relaxation rate (R2) was measured by MR imaging after exposing the gel to gamma radiation from Co-60 source. To compare the response of this gel with the one that contains electrophoresis grade BIS, two sets of NIPAM gel were prepared using electrophoresis and non-electrophoresis BIS and irradiated to different gamma doses. It was found that the dose-response of NIPAM gel made from the non-electrophoresis grade BIS is coincident with that of electrophoresis grade BIS. Taken all, it can be concluded that the non-electrophoresis grade BIS not only is a suitable alternative for the electrophoresis grade BIS but also reduces the cost of gel due to its lower price.

  8. Influence of Strain-Hardened Zones and Intermetallic Layers of Explosion Welded and Heat Treated Al/Cu Laminated Metal Composites on the Evolution of Thermal Conductivity Coefficient

    Yuriy TRYKOV


    Full Text Available In this study laminated Al/Cu composite was obtained by explosion welding. The effect of strain-hardened zones and the intermetallic layer on thermal conductivity coefficient was investigated. For this purpose the specimens after explosion welding and after subsequent annealing to obtain the intermetallic layer were studied by X-ray methods and means of optical microscopy to determine the phase composition and the width of intermetallic layer. The microhardness tests were carried out to identify the width of the strain-hardened zones and the intermetallic layer. The thermal conductivity coefficient of the composite was experimentally measured to calculate the thermal properties of the strain-hardened zones and intermetallic layer. The width of the strain-hardened zone and the intermetallic layer was 80 μm and 160 μm respectively. The heat conductivity coefficients of the strain-hardened zones and intermetallic layer were 108 W/(m×K and less than 35 W/(m×K respectively. DOI:

  9. Electrophoresis of diffuse soft particles.

    Duval, Jérôme F L; Ohshima, Hiroyuki


    A theory is presented for the electrophoresis of diffuse soft particles in a steady dc electric field. The particles investigated consist of an uncharged impenetrable core and a charged diffuse polyelectrolytic shell, which is to some extent permeable to ions and solvent molecules. The diffuse character of the shell is defined by a gradual distribution of the density of polymer segments in the interspatial region separating the core from the bulk electrolyte solution. The hydrodynamic impact of the polymer chains on the electrophoretic motion of the particle is accounted for by a distribution of Stokes resistance centers. The numerical treatment of the electrostatics includes the possibility of partial dissociation of the hydrodynamically immobile ionogenic groups distributed throughout the shell as well as specific interaction between those sites with ions from the background electrolyte other than charge-determining ions. Electrophoretic mobilities are computed on the basis of an original numerical scheme allowing rigorous evaluation of the governing transport and electrostatic equations derived following the strategy reported by Ohshima, albeit within the restricted context of a discontinuous chain distribution. Attention is particularly paid to the influence of the type of distribution adopted on the electrophoretic mobility of the particle as a function of its size, charge, degree of permeability, and solution composition. The results are systematically compared with those obtained with a discontinuous representation of the interface. The theory constitutes a basis for interpreting electrophoretic mobilities of heterogeneous systems such as environmental or biological colloids or swollen/deswollen microgel particles.

  10. Atomic Force Controlled Capillary Electrophoresis

    Lewis, Aaron; Yeshua, Talia; Palchan, Mila; Lovsky, Yulia; Taha, Hesham


    Lithography based on scanning probe microscopic techniques has considerable potential for accurate & localized deposition of material on the nanometer scale. Controlled deposition of metallic features with high purity and spatial accuracy is of great interest for circuit edit applications in the semiconductor industry, for plasmonics & nanophotonics and for basic research in surface enhanced Raman scattering & nanobiophysics. Within the context of metal deposition we will review the development of fountain pen nanochemistry and its most recent emulation Atomic Force Controlled Capillary Electrophoresis (ACCE). Using this latter development we will demonstrate achievement of unprecedented control of nanoparticle deposition using a three-electrode geometry. Three electrodes are attached: one on the outside of a metal coated glass probe, one on the inside of a hollow probe in a solution containing Au nanoparticles in the capillary, and a third on the surface where the writing takes place. The three electrodes provide electrical pulses for accurate control of deposition and retraction of the liquid from the surface overcoming the lack of control seen in both dip pen lithography & fountain pen nanochemistry when the tip contacts the surface. With this development, we demonstrate depositing a single 1.3 nm Au nanoparticle onto surfaces such as semiconductors.

  11. Evolution of the Sibişel Shear Zone (South Carpathians): A study of its type locality near Răşinari (Romania) and tectonic implications

    Ducea, Mihai N.; Negulescu, Elena; Profeta, Lucia; Sǎbǎu, Gavril; Jianu, Denisa; Petrescu, Lucian; Hoffman, Derek


    The Sibişel Shear Zone is a 1-3 km wide, ductile shear zone located in the South Carpathian Mountains, Romania. In the Rășinari area, the ductile shear zone juxtaposes amphibolite facies rocks of the Lotru Metamorphic Suite against greenschist facies rocks of the Râuşorul Cisnădioarei Formation. The first represents the eroded remnants of Peri-Gondwanan arcs formed between the Neoproterozoic-Silurian (650-430 Ma), regionally metamorphosed to amphibolite facies during the Variscan orogeny (350-320 Ma). The second is composed of metasedimentary and metavolcanic Neoproterozoic-Ordovician (700-497 Ma) assemblages of mafic to intermediate bulk composition also resembling an island arc metamorphosed during the Ordovician (prior to 463 Ma). Between these lie the epidote amphibolite facies mylonitic and ultramylonitic rocks of the Sibișel Formation, a tectonic mélange dominated by mafic actinolite schists attenuated into a high strain ductile shear zone. Mineral Rb-Sr isochrons document the time of juxtaposition of the three domains during the Permian to Early Triassic ( 290-240 Ma). Ductile shear sense indicators suggest a right lateral transpressive mechanism of juxtaposition; the Sibişel shear zone is a remnant Permo-Triassic suture between two Early Paleozoic Gondwanan terranes. A zircon and apatite U-Th/He age transect across the shear zone yields Alpine ages (54-90 Ma apatite and 98-122 Ma zircon); these data demonstrate that the exposed rocks were not subjected to Alpine ductile deformation. Our results have significant implications for the assembly of Gondwanan terranes and their docking to Baltica during Pangea's formation. Arc terranes free of Variscan metamorphism existed until the Early Triassic, emphasizing the complex tectonics of terrane amalgamation during the closure of Paleotethys.

  12. Structural evolution and U-Pb SHRIMP zircon ages of the Neoproterozoic Maria da Fé shear zone, central Ribeira Belt - SE Brazil

    Zuquim, M. P. S.; Trouw, R. A. J.; Trouw, C. C.; Tohver, E.


    The Maria da Fé Shear Zone (MFSZ) is a sinistral strike-slip kilometric-scale structure developed in the late Neoproterozoic during the assembly of Gondwana. The MFSZ development is related to the NW-SE collision between the São Francisco Paleocontinent and the Rio Negro Magmatic Arc, which formed the Ribeira Belt. This paper describes the shear zone in detail, concluding that the orientation and age are consistent with NW-SE shortening during the afore mentioned collision. A U-Pb SHRIMP Concordia age of 586.9 ± 8.7 Ma is reported from zircon grains of a granitic dyke that crystallised synkinematically to the main tectonic activity of the shear zone. Another group of zircon grains from the same sample generated an upper intercept age of 2083 ± 43 Ma anchored in the younger Concordia age. These zircon grains are interpreted as relict grains of the basement from which the granite dyke was generated by partial melting. The temperature during mylonitization in the MFSZ was estimated in the range from 450 to 600 °C, based on microstructures in quartz and feldspar. An earlier collision in the same region, between 640 and 610 Ma, led to an extensive nappe-stack with tectonic transport to ENE, integrating the southern Brasilia Belt. One of the thrust zones between these nappes in the studied area is the Cristina Shear Zone with mylonites that were generated under upper amphibolite to granulite facies conditions. Brittle-ductile E-W metric-scale shear zones are superimposed on the MFSZ, which were active in similar, but probably slightly cooler, metamorphic conditions (≈500 °C).

  13. Detrital Geochemical Fingerprints Of Rivers Along The Yalu Suture Zone In Tibet: Implications For Drainage Evolution, Timing Of Arc Development And Erosion

    Hassim, M. B.; Carrapa, B.; Gehrels, G. E.; Cosca, M. A.; Kapp, P. A.


    The Yalu suture zone between India and Asia comprises today a central depression occupied by the Yulu River, flanked to the north and to the south by high-elevation ranges. Rivers along the suture zone are derived from such ranges and drain into the Yulu River, which in turns drains eastward. Modern sands from these rivers provide an opportunity to broadly sample rocks present within the suture zone and study their regional geochemical fingerprints and tectono-erosional implications. Seven sand samples from rivers along the suture zone in Tibet between Xigatze to the east and Mt. Kailas to the west were collected for detrital zircon U-Pb geochronological analyses, white mica 40Ar/39Ar and apatite fission track thermochronology. Zircon U-Pb ages for all rivers range between 15 and 3568 Ma. Rivers draining the northern side of the suture zone mainly yield ages between 40 and 60 Ma, similar to the age of the Gangdese arc. Samples draining the southern side of the suture zone record a Tethyan signal characterized by age clusters at 500 Ma and 1050 Ma. Samples collected from the western rivers yield zircon ages that are younger compared to those from the east; with ages predominantly <100 Ma. U-Pb zircon ages indicate that ~85% of the zircon are younger than 100 Ma in the farthest west side of the river samples (near Mt. Kailas) whereas only ~5% of zircons are younger than 100 Ma in the farthest east side of the river samples (near Xigatze). A more detailed analysis of the youngest zircon U-Pb age components reveal strong signals between 30 Ma and 100 Ma with significant peaks at 47 - 50 Ma and at 37 - 40 Ma, 57 - 63 Ma and 94 - 97 Ma, recording the activity of the magmatic arc along strike. Further analysis of the young age components (below 100 Ma) suggest a trend in age along the suture zone, with younging direction towards the west - and probably younging northward. However, the variation in ages is small. Our U-Pb detrital zircon ages are overall in agreement with

  14. Capillary electrophoresis for the analysis of tropane alkaloids: pharmaceutical and phytochemical applications.

    Mateus, L; Cherkaoui, S; Christen, P; Veuthey, J L


    Three capillary electrophoresis methods, using UV detection, were developed for the simultaneous determination of several tropane alkaloids, including atropine, scopolamine and synthetic derivatives. After optimization, the validated capillary zone electrophoresis methods were applied to the determination of these compounds in various pharmaceutical forms, such as ophthalmic and injection solutions, tablets, suppositories and aerosols. Capillary electrophoresis in the micellar mode was found to be more appropriate for the analysis of hyoscyamine and scopolamine in plant material. These two compounds are generally found together with other tropane alkaloids which present similar structures and charge to mass ratio. Furthermore, the separation of positional isomers, such as hyoscyamine and littorine generally encountered in plant extracts, was also considered. The developed method was applied to the analysis of hairy root extracts of Datura candida x Datura aurea, Datura quercifolia and Hyoscyamus albus.

  15. Age, tectonic evolution and origin of the Aswa Shear Zone in Uganda: Activation of an oblique ramp during convergence in the East African Orogen

    Saalmann, K.; Mänttäri, I.; Nyakecho, C.; Isabirye, E.


    The Aswa Shear Zone (ASZ) is a major NW-SE trending structure of over 1000 km length in East Africa. In Uganda, the ASZ is a steeply NE-dipping, up to 11 km wide mylonitic shear zone that shows multiple stage brittle reactivation. On outcrop-scale, the fabric in the ASZ is characterized by a well-developed NW-SE striking and subvertical or steeply NE or SW dipping mylonitic foliation and a subhorizontal to moderately NW- or SE-plunging stretching lineation. Sinistral kinematics and fabric are very consistent along strike. The strain is heterogeneously distributed and partitioned into lens-shaped lower strain zones dominated by folding and characterized by pure shear, which are surrounded by high strain zones, some of them thick ultramylonites, with intense simple shear combined with flattening and strong transposition of pre-existing fabrics. Ductile shearing occurred during bulk E-W shortening, commenced at amphibolite facies conditions and continued with similar kinematics at greenschist and even lower grade conditions. A number of (sub-)parallel shear zones occur to the NE and SW of the main zone at a distance of up to 20-45 km. They show similar fabrics and kinematics and are thus related to activity along ASZ reflecting strain partitioning into simple shear and pure shear domains on a regional scale. Samples of mylonitic gneisses from the shear zone have been analyzed with U-Pb LA-MC-ICPMS and show Neoarchaean crystallisation ages between 2.66 and 2.61 Ga. Timing of ductile sinistral shearing is poorly constrained by lower intercept ages of 686 ± 62 and 640 ± 44 Ma. The fabric and structural relationship of the ca. 660 Ma Adjumani Granite exposed in the northern segment of ASZ suggest that the age of shear activity can be further limited to ca. 685 and 655 Ma. The Aswa Shear Zone is interpreted as an intra-cratonic, crustal-scale structure close to the northeastern margin of the Congo Craton, possibly inherited from previous continental extension. Early Aswa

  16. [Disc electrophoresis of collagen protein (author's transl)].

    Reitmayr, P; Verzár, F


    The composition of proteins extracted from tendon collagen is investigated by disc electrophoresis. No qualitative differences can be demonstrated between young and old collagen. The action of formaldehyde and methionine on the tendons has no effect on the electrophoretic picture.

  17. Free-Flow Open-Chamber Electrophoresis

    Sharnez, Rizwan; Sammons, David W.


    Free-flow open-chamber electrophoresis variant of free-flow electrophoresis performed in chamber with open ends and in which velocity of electro-osmotic flow adjusted equal to and opposite mean electrophoretic velocity of sample. Particles having electrophoretic mobilities greater than mean mobility of sample particles move toward cathode, those with mobilities less move toward anode. Technique applied to separation of components of mixtures of biologically important substances. Sensitivity enhanced by use of tapered chamber.

  18. Thermal evolution of the Sisters shear zone, southern New Zealand; Formation of the Great South Basin and onset of Pacific-Antarctic spreading

    Kula, Joseph; Tulloch, Andy J.; Spell, Terry L.; Wells, Michael L.; Zanetti, Kathleen A.


    The separation of Zealandia from West Antarctica was the final stage in the Cretaceous breakup of the Gondwana Pacific margin. Continental extension resulting in formation of the Great South Basin and thinning of the Campbell Plateau leading to development of the Pacific-Antarctic spreading ridge was partially accommodated along the Sisters shear zone. This east-northeast striking brittle-ductile structure exposed along the southeast coast of Stewart Island, New Zealand, is a greenschist facies extensional shear zone that separates a hanging wall of chloritic, brecciated granites, and undeformed conglomerate from a footwall of mylonitic Carboniferous and Early Cretaceous granites. This complex structure exhibits bivergent kinematics and can be subdivided into a northern and southern segment. The 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology indicates that cooling of the shear zone footwall began at ˜94 Ma with accelerated cooling over the interval ˜89-82 Ma. Structural and thermochronological data indicate a spatial and temporal link between the Sisters shear zone, initial sedimentation within the offshore Great South Basin, extension of the Campbell Plateau, and initiation of the Pacific-Antarctic spreading ridge.

  19. Shyok Suture Zone, N Pakistan: late Mesozoic Tertiary evolution of a critical suture separating the oceanic Ladakh Arc from the Asian continental margin

    Robertson, Alastair H. F.; Collins, Alan S.


    The Shyok Suture Zone (Northern Suture) of North Pakistan is an important Cretaceous-Tertiary suture separating the Asian continent (Karakoram) from the Cretaceous Kohistan-Ladakh oceanic arc to the south. In previously published interpretations, the Shyok Suture Zone marks either the site of subduction of a wide Tethyan ocean, or represents an Early Cretaceous intra-continental marginal basin along the southern margin of Asia. To shed light on alternative hypotheses, a sedimentological, structural and igneous geochemical study was made of a well-exposed traverse in North Pakistan, in the Skardu area (Baltistan). To the south of the Shyok Suture Zone in this area is the Ladakh Arc and its Late Cretaceous, mainly volcanogenic, sedimentary cover (Burje-La Formation). The Shyok Suture Zone extends northwards (ca. 30 km) to the late Tertiary Main Karakoram Thrust that transported Asian, mainly high-grade metamorphic rocks southwards over the suture zone. The Shyok Suture Zone is dominated by four contrasting units separated by thrusts, as follows: (1). The lowermost, Askore amphibolite, is mainly amphibolite facies meta-basites and turbiditic meta-sediments interpreted as early marginal basin rift products, or trapped Tethyan oceanic crust, metamorphosed during later arc rifting. (2). The overlying Pakora Formation is a very thick (ca. 7 km in outcrop) succession of greenschist facies volcaniclastic sandstones, redeposited limestones and subordinate basaltic-andesitic extrusives and flow breccias of at least partly Early Cretaceous age. The Pakora Formation lacks terrigenous continental detritus and is interpreted as a proximal base-of-slope apron related to rifting of the oceanic Ladakh Arc; (3). The Tectonic Melange (Nanga Parbat syntaxis (Hunza River) reveals notable differences, including the presence of terrigenous quartz-rich conglomerates, serpentinite debris-flow deposits and a contrasting structural history. The Shyok Suture Zone in the Skardu area is

  20. Computer-supported detection of M-components and evaluation of immunoglobulins after capillary electrophoresis.

    Jonsson, M; Carlson, J; Jeppsson, J O; Simonsson, P


    Electrophoresis of serum samples allows detection of monoclonal gammopathies indicative of multiple myeloma, Waldenström macroglobulinemia, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, and amyloidosis. Present methods of high-resolution agarose gel electrophoresis (HRAGE) and immunofixation electrophoresis (IFE) are manual and labor-intensive. Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) allows rapid automated protein separation and produces digital absorbance data, appropriate as input for a computerized decision support system. Using the Beckman Paragon CZE 2000 instrument, we analyzed 711 routine clinical samples, including 95 monoclonal components (MCs) and 9 cases of Bence Jones myeloma, in both the CZE and HRAGE systems. Mathematical algorithms developed for the detection of monoclonal immunoglobulins (MCs) in the gamma- and ss-regions of the electropherogram were tested on the entire material. Additional algorithms evaluating oligoclonality and polyclonal concentrations of immunoglobulins were also tested. CZE electropherograms corresponded well with HRAGE. Only one IgG MC of 1 g/L, visible on HRAGE, was not visible after CZE. Algorithms detected 94 of 95 MCs (98.9%) and 100% of those visible after CZE. Of 607 samples lacking an MC on HRAGE, only 3 were identified by the algorithms (specificity, 99%). Algorithms evaluating total gammaglobulinemia and oligoclonality also identified several cases of Bence Jones myeloma. The use of capillary electrophoresis provides a modern, rapid, and cost-effective method of analyzing serum proteins. The additional option of computerized decision support, which provides rapid and standardized interpretations, should increase the clinical availability and usefulness of protein analyses in the future.


    Alexander V. Cheremnykh


    Full Text Available The Priolkhonie is a tectonic block located in the central part of the Baikalsky Ridge; it was shifted in the Cenozoic, yet remains above the water level of Lake Baikal. In view of its unique positioning and abundant rock outcropped sites, especially at shorelines, we conducted studies of internal structures of the main fault zones and reconstructed the states of stresses associated with formation of such zones.The studies were conducted along the profile which goes across the Priolkhonie, from the Primorsky Ridge near the Sarma River to the Tutai Bay in the Olkhonskie Vorota Strait (Fig. 1. Detailed cross-sections are constructed to characterize the internal structures of the fault zones striking of the NE-strike, that are located in highly outcropped sites at the shorelines of the Mukhor, Kurkut and other bays.The state of stresses in the fault zones and their vicinities are studied (Fig. 2, 3 by the structural paragenesis analysis of the second-rank ruptures and fracturing nearby the fault planes [Seminsky, Burzunova, 2007]. As possible, the obtained results are checked by the kinematic method which provides for reconstruction of the main axes of normal stresses [Parfenov, 1984].Most of the fault zones are complicated in structure (Fig. 4–7: the fault is typically represented by alternating areas, wherein tectonites of the main fault are developed, and areas of high fracturing at the periphery of the fault zone. With this approach, the fault zone’s boundaries are defined by quantitative indicators of tectonic fracturing, being abundantly manifested in the rocks.Our solutions give evidence that extension (Fig. 8 and shear fractures are abundant in the area under study, while fractures caused by compression are revealed quite rarely. The faults of the above mentioned morpho-genetic types have been revealed in the studied outcrops in the following ratio: 55 %, 27 %, 10 %, and 8 %. Our study gives grounds to conclude that the state of

  2. Late Panafrican Geodynamical Evolution of the Tuareg Shield: An AMS Study of Neoproterozoic Granitoids Intrusions around the Raghane Mega Shear-Zone

    Henry, B.; Nouar, O.; Derder, M. E.; Bayou, B.; Ouabadi, A.; Amenna, M.; Hemmi, A.; Ayache, M.


    Magnetic fabric studies have been carried out in three plutons emplaced during Late Panafrican times (600 - 540 Ma) around the Raghane N-S mega-shear zone in southeastern Algeria. This shear zone, which can be observed across all the Aïr and Hoggar shield, is one of the most important in Africa. It separates two metacratons (LATEA and eastern Saharan), which present very different degree of deformation and of metamorphism. The studied plutons are apparently undeformed, except close to NNE-SSW and WNW-ESE faults. No clearly oriented magmatic structures have been observed in all these intrusions, except in only few sites with green lengthened enclaves. This study represents the last part (southern area) of an extensive work made along the Raghane shear zone in Algeria. In most previously studied plutons, the magnetic fabric has the same dominant characteristics, with a sub-horizontal magnetic lineation. This lineation is mainly N-S to NNE-SSW, underlying the dominant role of the Raghane shear zone and of its associated NNE-SSW structures during and after the emplacement of the plutons. The new study of three plutons (Abdou, Hanane and Yvonne) points that they are all with a composite character, only part of each of them showing sub-horizontal lineation related to stresses around the shear zones during the late-magmatic period. Their other part has a clearly different magnetic fabric. In fact, the southern part of the Hanane pluton presents fabric clearly due to post-magmatic deformation along a reactivated NNE-SSW fault. For the Abdou and Yvonne plutons, this other part represents other intrusive episodes having occurred in different geological contexts. The granodioritic part of the Yvonne pluton has a deformational magnetic fabric very similar to that of the relatively old (594 Ma) neighboring granodioritic Ohergehem pluton and could belong to this generation of plutons emplaced during the main northward movement of the Assodé-Issalane terrane along the western

  3. Late Cretaceous-Cenozoic Evolution of the Central Andean Foreland Basin System in the Eastern Cordillera to Subandean Zone, Southern Bolivia

    Calle, A.; Horton, B. K.; Anderson, R. B.; Long, S. P.


    Evaluation of foreland basin deposystems and provenance across southern Bolivia reveals punctuated growth of the central Andean orogenic wedge. New and published sedimentology, provenance data, stratigraphy, subcrop mapping, and apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronometry along two transects (19.5, 21°S) from the easternmost Eastern Cordillera (EC) to the western Subandean Zone (SAZ) shed light on Late Cretaceous-Miocene thrust belt and foreland basin dynamics. Sediment dispersal patterns are constrained by paleocurrents, detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, sandstone petrography, and conglomerate clast compositions. Spatial and temporal changes in the Andean thrust belt are recorded in asymmetric foreland basin thicknesses, facies distributions, and provenance within the EC (Incapampa and Camargo synclines) and SAZ (El Rosal and Entre Rios synclines). The >4 km uppermost Cretaceous-lower Miocene EC succession and ~2.5 km upper Oligocene-Miocene SAZ clastic successions record a shift from fluvial backbulge to pedogenic forebulge deposition. Braided, meandering, and lacustrine foredeep deposition records the most-rapid subsidence, with a later shift to progradational braided and alluvial fan deposition in the wedge-top zone. Growth strata preserved in EC and SAZ wedge-top deposits suggest unsteady eastward advance of the deformation front. Distal foreland deposits show west-directed paleocurrents with >1 Ga detrital zircon populations. Emerging Andean sources are indicated by east-directed paleocurrents, 36-25 Ma), Interandean Zone (IAZ, ~22-7 Ma) and SAZ (<6 Ma) can be linked to eastward passage of a flexural forebulge, recorded as a 50-200 m thick condensed zone in EC and SAZ basin fill. Integrated assessment of basin architecture, provenance, and exhumation highlights the potential influence of pre-Cenozoic IAZ heterogeneities on orogenic wedge growth.

  4. The evolution of the englacial temperature distribution in the superimposed ice zone of a polar ice cap during a summer season

    Greuell, W.; Oerlemans, J.


    The aim of the present investigation was to provide more insight into the processes affecting the evolution of the englacial temperature distribution at a non-temperate location on a glacier. Measurements were made in the top 10 m of the ice at the summit of Laika Ice Cap (Canadian Arctic) during th

  5. [Determination of glutamic acid in biological material by capillary electrophoresis].

    Narezhnaya, E; Krukier, I; Avrutskaya, V; Degtyareva, A; Igumnova, E A


    The conditions for the identification and determination of Glutamic acid by capillary zone electrophoresis without their preliminary derivatization have been optimized. The effect of concentration of buffer electrolyte and pH on determination of Glutamic acid has been investigated. It is shown that the 5 Mm borate buffer concentration and a pH 9.15 are optimal. Quantitative determination of glutamic acid has been carried out using a linear dependence between the concentration of the analyte and the area of the peak. The accuracy and reproducibility of the determination are confirmed by the method "introduced - found". Glutamic acid has been determined in the placenta homogenate. The duration of analysis doesn't exceed 30 minutes. The results showed a decrease in the level of glutamic acid in cases of pregnancy complicated by placental insufficiency compared with the physiological, and this fact allows to consider the level of glutamic acid as a possible marker of complicated pregnancy.

  6. Separation of cold medicine ingredients by capillary electrophoresis.

    Suntornsuk, L


    This study demonstrates the separation of cold medicine ingredients (e.g., phenylpropanolamine, dextromethorphan, chlorpheniramine maleate, and paracetamol) by capillary zone electrophoresis and micellar electrokinetic chromatography. Factors affecting their separations were the buffer pH and the concentrations of buffer, surfactant and organic modifiers. Optimum results were obtained with a 10 mM sodium dihydrogen-phosphate-sodium tetraborate buffer containing 50 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and 5% methanol (MeOH), pH 9.0. The carrier electrolyte gave a baseline separation of phenylpropanolamine, dextromethorphan, chlorpheniramine maleate, and paracetamol with a resolution of 1.2, and the total migration time was 11.38 min.

  7. The Relationships of Upper Plate Ridge-Trench-Trench and Ridge-Trench-Transform Triple Junction Evolution to Arc Lengthening, Subduction Zone initiation and Ophiolitic Forearc Obduction

    Casey, J.; Dewey, J. F.


    The principal enigma of large obducted ophiolite slabs is that they clearly must have been generated by some form of organized sea-floor spreading/plate-accretion, such as may be envisioned for the oceanic ridges, yet the volcanics commonly have arc affinity (Miyashiro) with boninites (high-temperature/low-pressure, high Mg and Si andesites), which are suggestive of a forearc origin. PT conditions under which boninites and metamorphic soles form and observations of modern forearc systems lead us to the conclusion that ophiolite formation is associated with overriding plate spreading centers that intersect the trench to form ridge-trench-trench of ridge-trench-tranform triple junctions. The spreading centers extend and lengthen the forearc parallel to the trench and by definition are in supra-subduction zone (SSZ) settings. Many ophiolites likewise have complexly-deformed associated mafic-ultramafic assemblages that suggest fracture zone/transform along their frontal edges, which in turn has led to models involving the nucleation of subduction zones on fracture zones or transpressional transforms. Hitherto, arc-related sea-floor-spreading has been considered to be either pre-arc (fore-arc boninites) or post-arc (classic Karig-style back arc basins that trench-parallel split arcs). Syn-arc boninites and forearc oceanic spreading centers that involve a stable ridge/trench/trench triple or a ridge-trench-transform triple junction, the ridge being between the two upper plates, are consistent with large slab ophiolite formation in an obduction-ready settting. The direction of subduction must be oblique with a different sense in the two subduction zones and the oblique subduction cannot be partitioned into trench orthogonal and parallel strike-slip components. As the ridge spreads, new oceanic lithosphere is created within the forearc, the arc and fore-arc lengthen significantly, and a syn-arc ophiolite forearc complex is generated by this mechanism. The ophiolite ages

  8. Determination of Cordycepin in Cordyceps kyushuensis by Capillary Electrophoresis and its Antitumour Activity


    A simple, rapid and low-cost method of determination for cordycepin in Cordyceps kyushuensis by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) was developed. Based on the finding that there is a high concentration of cordycepin in both natural and cultured Cordyceps kyushuensis, the in vitro antitumor activity of cordycepin and the water extracts of Cordyceps kyushuensis has been investigated. This is the first report about the antitumor effect of Cordyceps kyushuensis.

  9. Compression-extension transition of continental crust in a subduction zone: A parametric numerical modeling study with implications on Mesozoic-Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Cathaysia Block

    Chan, Lung Sang; Gao, Jian-Feng


    The Cathaysia Block is located in southeastern part of South China, which situates in the west Pacific subduction zone. It is thought to have undergone a compression-extension transition of the continental crust during Mesozoic-Cenozoic during the subduction of Pacific Plate beneath Eurasia-Pacific Plate, resulting in extensive magmatism, extensional basins and reactivation of fault systems. Although some mechanisms such as the trench roll-back have been generally proposed for the compression-extension transition, the timing and progress of the transition under a convergence setting remain ambiguous due to lack of suitable geological records and overprinting by later tectonic events. In this study, a numerical thermo-dynamical program was employed to evaluate how variable slab angles, thermal gradients of the lithospheres and convergence velocities would give rise to the change of crustal stress in a convergent subduction zone. Model results show that higher slab dip angle, lower convergence velocity and higher lithospheric thermal gradient facilitate the subduction process. The modeling results reveal the continental crust stress is dominated by horizontal compression during the early stage of the subduction, which could revert to a horizontal extension in the back-arc region, combing with the roll-back of the subducting slab and development of mantle upwelling. The parameters facilitating the subduction process also favor the compression-extension transition in the upper plate of the subduction zone. Such results corroborate the geology of the Cathaysia Block: the initiation of the extensional regime in the Cathaysia Block occurring was probably triggered by roll-back of the slowly subducting slab. PMID:28182640

  10. Sedimentary geology as a key to understanding the tectonic evolution of the Mesozoic-Early Tertiary Paikon Massif, Vardar suture zone, N Greece

    Brown, Sally A. M.; Robertson, Alastair H. F.


    This paper demonstrates how sedimentary evidence can provide a key to elucidating the regional tectonic and palaeoceanographic significance of a complex partly metamorphic terrane, in this case the Paikon Massif. The Paikon Massif is located centrally within the Vardar-Axios zone of N Greece and is critical to the reconstruction of Neotethys in the E Mediterranean region. The massif is here restored as a single tectono-stratigraphic unit of Jurassic to Early Tertiary age that originated along the margin of a continental unit known as the Serbo-Macedonian Zone. In this area, a Mesozoic oceanic basin, the Almopias Ocean, opened in the Triassic between the Serbo-Macedonian continent to the NE and another continental unit, the Pelagonian Zone, to the SW. Initial deep-water deposition along the northwesterly passive margin of the Almopias Ocean is represented within the Paikon Massif by metamorphosed redeposited carbonates and hemipelagic sediments (Gandatch Formation). Above, this the Jurassic Paikon Volcanic Group comprises two volcanogenic units of island arc-type (Livadia and Kastaneri Formations). The arc developed along the SW margin of the Serbo-Macedonian continent in response to NE subduction of the Almopias Ocean. The subduction also resulted in the opening of a related back-arc basin in Mid-Late Jurassic, represented by the Guevgueli ophiolite, now to the NE of the Paikon Massif. The massif underwent ductile deformation and inferred HP/LT metamorphism during Late Jurassic time, related to subduction beneath the Serbo-Macedonian active margin. Exhumation took place rapidly by Kimmeridgian time, followed by a shallow-water transgression (Khromni Limestones). Subsequent emergence and fluvial deposition (Ghrammos Formation) reflect a regional extensional or transtensional event. Following a marine transgression, influenced by eustatic sea-level rise and tectonic subsidence (Aptian-Albian), a carbonate platform developed throughout the Paikon Massif (Cretaceous

  11. Laves-phase evolution during aging in fine grained heat-affected zone of a tungsten-strengthened 9% Cr steel weldment

    Wang, Xue; XU, Qiang; Yu, Shu-min; Liu, Hong; Hu, Lei; Ren, Yao-yao


    The precipitation and coarsening of Laves-phase in the fine grained heat-affected zone (FGHAZ) of a 9% Cr steel P92 welded joint during thermal aging at 923 K were investigated and compared to the base metal (BM), in order to clarify their effects on the Type IV fracture. Laves-phase precipitated mostly on the prior austenite grain boundaries of the FGHAZ. In comparison with BM, FGHAZ contained more grain boundary areas and can provide more nucleation sites for Laves-phase, resulting in an ac...

  12. Role of the offshore Pedro Banks left-lateral strike-slip fault zone in the plate tectonic evolution of the northern Caribbean

    Ott, B.; Mann, P.; Saunders, M.


    Previous workers, mainly mapping onland active faults on Caribbean islands, defined the northern Caribbean plate boundary zone as a 200-km-wide bounded by two active and parallel strike-slip faults: the Oriente fault along the northern edge of the Cayman trough with a GPS rate of 14 mm/yr, and and the Enriquillo-Plaintain Garden fault zone (EPGFZ) with a rate of 5-7 mm/yr. In this study we use 5,000 km of industry and academic data from the Nicaraguan Rise south and southwest of the EPGFZ in the maritime areas of Jamaica, Honduras, and Colombia to define an offshore, 700-km-long, active, left-lateral strike-slip fault in what has previously been considered the stable interior of the Caribbean plate as determined from plate-wide GPS studies. The fault was named by previous workers as the Pedro Banks fault zone because a 100-km-long segment of the fault forms an escarpment along the Pedro carbonate bank of the Nicaraguan Rise. Two fault segments of the PBFZ are defined: the 400-km-long eastern segment that exhibits large negative flower structures 10-50 km in width, with faults segments rupturing the sea floor as defined by high resolution 2D seismic data, and a 300-km-long western segment that is defined by a narrow zone of anomalous seismicity first observed by previous workers. The western end of the PBFZ terminates on a Quaternary rift structure, the San Andres rift, associated with Plio-Pleistocene volcanism and thickening trends indicating initial rifting in the Late Miocene. The southern end of the San Andreas rift terminates on the western Hess fault which also exhibits active strands consistent with left-lateral, strike-slip faults. The total length of the PBFZ-San Andres rift-Southern Hess escarpment fault is 1,200 km and traverses the entire western end of the Caribbean plate. Our interpretation is similar to previous models that have proposed the "stable" western Caribbean plate is broken by this fault whose rate of displacement is less than the threshold

  13. Hybrid zone origins, species boundaries, and the evolution of wing-pattern diversity in a polytypic species complex of North American admiral butterflies (Nymphalidae: Limenitis).

    Mullen, Sean P; Dopman, Erik B; Harrison, Richard G


    Hybrid zones present opportunities to study the effects of gene flow, selection, and recombination in natural populations and, thus, provide insights into the genetic and phenotypic changes that occur early in speciation. Here we investigate a hybrid zone between mimetic (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) and nonmimetic (Limenitis arthemis arthemis) populations of admiral butterflies using DNA sequence variation from mtDNA and seven nuclear gene loci. We find three distinct mitochondrial clades within this complex, and observe a strong overall concordance between wing-pattern phenotypes and mitochondrial variation. Nuclear gene genealogies, in contrast, revealed no evidence of exclusivity for either wing-pattern phenotype, suggesting incomplete barriers to gene exchange and/or insufficient time for lineage sorting. Coalescent simulations indicate that gene flow between these two subspecies is highly asymmetric, with the majority of migration occurring from mimetic into nonmimetic populations. Selective sweeps of alleles responsible for mimetic phenotypes may have occurred more than once when mimetic and nonmimetic Limenitis occurred together in the presence of the model (Battus philenor).

  14. Late Cretaceous evolution of the northern Sistan suture zone, eastern Iran: Implications of magnetic fabrics and microstructures in the Bibi Maryam granitoid

    Etemadkhah, Zeinab; Khatib, Mohammad Mahdi; Zarrinkoub, Mohammad Hossein


    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) survey supported by field and microstructural studies have been applied on the Late Cretaceous Bibi Maryam granitoid (BMG) in the northern Sistan suture zone (SSZ), east of Iran. The BMG is composed of quartzdiorite-tonalite with late granodiorite dykes and stocks that are surrounded by steeply SW-dipping Neh shear zone (NSZ). The magmatic fabrics are characterized by transpressional environment dominated by steep dipping foliations (mean strike: N13°W) and sub-horizontal stretching lineations (mean trend: 167°). Based on microstructural studies, it is inferred that these fabrics are related to emplacement and cooling of the pluton and the internal fabrics revealed are evidence of a deformation continuum in the granitoid from magmatic to solid state. Deformation in the region continued even after the BMG had fully crystallized, which led to development of the NW-SE foliations and lineation trend that these fabrics are subparallel with the NSZ. The BMG has emplaced in a transpressional setting that was controlled by a NW-SE stretching direction and supported the model that has proposed the relationship between granitoid emplacement and oblique intra-oceanic subduction of the Neotethys during the Late Cretaceous already recognized in this part of the SSZ.

  15. Late Cretaceous evolution of the northern Sistan suture zone, eastern Iran: Implications of magnetic fabrics and microstructures in the Bibi Maryam granitoid

    Zeinab Etemadkhah; Mohammad Mahdi Khatib; Mohammad Hossein Zarrinkoub


    Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) survey supported by field and microstructural studies have been applied on the Late Cretaceous Bibi Maryam granitoid (BMG) in the northern Sistan suture zone (SSZ), east of Iran. The BMG is composed of quartzdiorite-tonalite with late granodiorite dykes and stocks that are surrounded by steeply SW-dipping Neh shear zone (NSZ). The magmatic fabrics are characterized by transpressional environment dominated by steep dipping foliations (mean strike: N13°W) and sub-horizontal stretching lineations (mean trend: 167°). Based on microstructural studies, it is inferred that these fabrics are related to emplacement and cooling of the pluton and the internal fabrics revealed are evidence of a deformation continuum in the granitoid from magmatic to solid state. Deformation in the region continued even after the BMG had fully crystallized, which led to development of the NW–SE foliations and lineation trend that these fabrics are subparallel with the NSZ. The BMG has emplaced in a transpressional setting that was controlled by a NW–SE stretching direction and supported the model that has proposed the relationship between granitoid emplacement and oblique intra-oceanic subduction of the Neotethys during the Late Cretaceous already recognized in this part of the SSZ.

  16. Tectono-thermal evolution of the India-Asia collision zone based on 40Ar-39Ar thermochronology in Ladakh, India

    Rajneesh Bhutani; Kanchan Pande; T R Venkatesan


    New 40Ar-39Ar thermochronological results from the Ladakh region in the India-Asia collision zone provide a tectono-thermal evolutionary scenario. The characteristic granodiorite of the Ladakh batholith near Leh yielded a plateau age of 46.3 ± 0.6Ma (2 ). Biotite from the same rock yielded a plateau age of 44.6 ± 0.3Ma (2 ). The youngest phase of the Ladakh batholith, the leucogranite near Himya, yielded a cooling pattern with a plateau-like age of ∼36 Ma. The plateau age of muscovite from the same rock is 29.8 ± 0.2Ma (2 ). These ages indicate post-collision tectonothermal activity, which may have been responsible for partial melting within the Ladakh batholith. Two basalt samples from Sumdo Nala have also recorded the post-collision tectono-thermal event, which lasted at least for 8MY in the suture zone since the collision, whereas in the western part of the Indus Suture, pillow lava of Chiktan showed no effect of this event and yielded an age of emplacement of 128.2 ± 2.6Ma (2 ). The available data indicate that post-collision deformation led to the crustal thickening causing an increase in temperature, which may have caused partial melting at the base of the thickened crust. The high thermal regime propagated away from the suture with time.

  17. Matching Two-dimensional Gel Electrophoresis' Spots

    Dos Anjos, António; AL-Tam, Faroq; Shahbazkia, Hamid Reza


    This paper describes an approach for matching Two-Dimensional Electrophoresis (2-DE) gels' spots, involving the use of image registration. The number of false positive matches produced by the proposed approach is small, when compared to academic and commercial state-of-the-art approaches. This ar......This paper describes an approach for matching Two-Dimensional Electrophoresis (2-DE) gels' spots, involving the use of image registration. The number of false positive matches produced by the proposed approach is small, when compared to academic and commercial state-of-the-art approaches...

  18. Application of Microchip Electrophoresis for Clinical Tests

    Yatsushiro, Shouki; Kataoka, Masatoshi

    Microchip electrophoresis has recently attracted much attention in the field of nuclear acid analysis due to its high efficiency, ease of operation, low consumption of samples and reagents, and relatively low costs. In addition, the analysis has expanded to an analytical field like not only the analysis of DNA but also the analysis of RNA, the protein, the sugar chain, and the cellular function, etc. In this report, we showed that high-performance monitoring systems for human blood glucose levels and α-amylase activity in human plasma using microchip electrophoresis.

  19. Microfluidic chip-capillary electrophoresis devices

    Fung, Ying Sing; Du, Fuying; Guo, Wenpeng; Ma, Tongmei; Nie, Zhou; Sun, Hui; Wu, Ruige; Zhao, Wenfeng


    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) and microfluidic chip (MC) devices are relatively mature technologies, but this book demonstrates how they can be integrated into a single, revolutionary device that can provide on-site analysis of samples when laboratory services are unavailable. By introducing the combination of CE and MC technology, Microfluidic Chip-Capillary Electrophoresis Devices broadens the scope of chemical analysis, particularly in the biomedical, food, and environmental sciences.The book gives an overview of the development of MC and CE technology as well as technology that now allows

  20. Paleomagnetic constraints on the tectonic evolution of the Costa Rican subduction zone: New results from sedimentary successions of IODP drill sites from the Cocos Ridge

    Li, Yong-Xiang; Zhao, Xixi; Jovane, Luigi; Petronotis, Katerina E.; Gong, Zheng; Xie, Siyi


    The near-flat subduction of the Cocos Ridge (CR) along the Middle American Trench (MAT) plays a pivotal role in governing the geodynamic evolution of the central American convergent margin. Elucidating the onset of its subduction is essential to understand the tectonic evolution and seismogenesis of the Costa Rican convergent margin, a typical erosive convergent margin and modern example of a flat-slab subduction. Initial subduction of the CR has been previously investigated by examining upper plate deformation that was inferred to have resulted from the initial CR subduction. However, little attention has been paid to the extensive sedimentary archives on the CR that could hold important clues to the initial CR subduction. Drilling on the CR during IODP Expedition 344 discovered a pronounced sedimentary hiatus at Site U1381. Here we present paleomagnetic and rock magnetic results of the Cenozoic sedimentary sequences at this site that bracket the hiatus between ca. 9.61 and 1.52 Ma. We also examine the areal extent, timing, and geologic significance of the hiatus by analyzing sedimentary records from five other ODP/IODP sites on CR and Cocos plate. The analyses show that the hiatus appears to be regional and the presence/absence of the sedimentary hiatus at different locations on CR implies a link to the onset of CR shallow subduction, as a result of either bottom current erosion or CR buckling upon its initial collision at the MAT. Records directly from CR thus provide a new window to unraveling the geodynamic evolution of the central American margin.

  1. Development in electrophoresis: instrumentation for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis of protein separation and application of capillary electrophoresis in micro-bioanalysis

    Xu, Aoshuang [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    This dissertation begins with a general introduction of topics related to this work. The following chapters contain three scientific manuscripts, each presented in a separate chapter with accompanying tables, figures, and literature citations. The final chapter summarizes the work and provides some prospective on this work. This introduction starts with a brief treatment of the basic principles of electrophoresis separation, followed by a discussion of gel electrophoresis and particularly polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis for protein separation, a summary of common capillary electrophoresis separation modes, and a brief treatment of micro-bioanalysis application of capillary electrophoresis, and ends with an overview of protein conformation and dynamics.

  2. Petrochemistry of Khunrang intrusive complex, southeast of Kerman, Iran: Implications for magmatic evolution of Sanandaj-Sirjan zone in the Mesozoic time

    Sedighian, Soudeh; Dargahi, Sara; Arvin, Mohsen


    A noticeable characteristic of the Sanandaj-Sirjan zone (SSZ) of Iran is the presence of extensive mafic to felsic intrusive igneous rocks in the host metamorphic rocks of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras. A similar composition is evident in batholithic size Khunrang Instrusive Complex (KIC) of southern SSZ. The rocks that make the KIC complex are mostly leucocratic microdiorite, quartz diorite, tonalite, granodiorite, granite and subordinate mesocratic to melanocratic pyroxene hornblende-gabbro and microgabbro. Field evidence and geochemical data suggest that the felsic rocks are not the products of fractional crystallization from a mafic phase. Using various discrimination and normalized multi-element diagrams suggest that mafic rocks, of tholeiitic to calc-alkaline affinities, were formed in an island arc or continental arc setting, from a metasomatized lithospheric mantle, above the stability field of garnet in a subduction zone environment. The felsic rocks, calc-alkaline and metaluminous in nature, have I-type granite characteristics. Their relative enrichment in large ion lithophile elements (LILEs) such as Ba, Cs and K and depletion in high field strength elements (HFSEs) such as Nb, Ta and Ti, is a signature of their development in an arc related environment in an active continental margin, similar to KIC mafic rocks. Geochemical characteristics suggest that the KIC felsic rocks were formed by partial melting of metabasic rocks of lower crust in response to underplating of mantle-derived basaltic magmas in an active continental margin as a result of Neo-Tethys oceanic crust subduction beneath the Central Iranian microcontinent in Mesozoic time.

  3. The intra-oceanic Cretaceous (~ 108 Ma) Kata-Rash arc fragment in the Kurdistan segment of Iraqi Zagros suture zone: Implications for Neotethys evolution and closure

    Ali, Sarmad A.; Ismail, Sabah A.; Nutman, Allen P.; Bennett, Vickie C.; Jones, Brian G.; Buckman, Solomon


    The Kata-Rash arc fragment is an allochthonous thrust-bound body situated near Penjween, 100 km northeast of Sulymannia city, Kurdistan Region, within the Iraqi portion of the Zagros suture zone. It forms part of the suprasubduction zone 'Upper Allochthon' terranes (designated as the Gimo-Qandil Group), which is dominated by calc-alkaline andesite and basaltic-andesite, rhyodacite to rhyolite, crosscut by granitic, granodioritic, and dioritic dykes. Previously, rocks of the Kata-Rash arc fragment were interpreted as a part of the Eocene Walash volcanic group. However, SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dates on them of 108.1 ± 2.9 Ma (Harbar volcanic rocks) and 107.7 ± 1.9 Ma (Aulan intrusion) indicate an Albian-Cenomanian age, which is interpreted as the time of igneous crystallisation. The Aulan intrusion zircons have initial εHf values of + 8.6 ± 0.2. On a Nb/Yb-Th/Yb diagram, all Kata-Rash samples fall within the compositional field of arc-related rocks, i.e. above the mid-ocean-ridge basalt (MORB)-ocean island basalt (OIB) mantle array. Primitive-mantle-normalised trace-element patterns for the Kata-Rash samples show enrichment in the large ion lithophile elements and depletion in the high-field-strength elements supporting their subduction-related character. Low Ba/La coupled with low La/Yb and Hf/Hf* 3000 km continuity of Cretaceous arc activity (Oman to Cyprus), that consumed Neotethyian oceanic crust between Eurasia and the Gondwanan fragment Arabia.

  4. A Simple Evolutional Model of the UV Habitable Zone and the Possibility of the Persistent Life Existence: The Effects of Mass and Metallicity

    Oishi, Midori; Kamaya, Hideyuki


    In addition to the habitable zone (HZ), the UV habitable zone (UV-HZ) is important when considering the existence of persistent life in the universe. The UV-HZ is defined as the area where the UV radiation field from a host star is moderate for persistent life existence. This is because UV is necessary for the synthesis of biochemical compounds. The UV-HZ must overlap the HZ when life appears and evolves. In this paper, following our previous study of the HZ, we examine the UV-HZ in cases with a stellar mass range from 0.08 to 4.00 M ⊙ with various metallicities during the main sequence phase. This mass range was chosen because we are interested in an environment similar to that of Earth. The effect of metallicity is reflected in the spectrum of the host stars, and we reexamine it in the context of the UV-HZ. The present work shows the effect of metallicity when that in the UV-HZ is less than that in the HZ. Furthermore, we find that the chance of persistent life existence declines as the metallicity decreases, as long as the UV radiation is not protected and/or boosted by any mechanisms. This is because the overlapped region of a persistent HZ and UV-HZ decreases. We find that the most appropriate stellar mass for the persistence of life existence is from 1.0 to 1.5 M ⊙ with metallicity Z = 0.02, and only about 1.2 M ⊙ with Z = 0.002. When Z = 0.0002, the chance of persistent life existence is very low, assuming that the ocean does not protect the life from UV radiation.

  5. Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the internal zone of the Pan-African Lufilian orogenic belt (Zambia): Implications for crustal reworking and syn-orogenic uranium mineralizations

    Eglinger, Aurélien; Vanderhaeghe, Olivier; André-Mayer, Anne-Sylvie; Goncalves, Philippe; Zeh, Armin; Durand, Cyril; Deloule, Etienne


    The internal zone of the Pan-African Lufilian orogenic belt (Zambia) hosts a dozen uranium occurrences mostly located within kyanite micaschists in a shear zone marking the contact between metasedimentary rocks attributed to the Katanga Neoproterozoic sedimentary sequence and migmatites coring domes developed dominantly at the expense of the pre-Neoproterozoic basement. The P-T-t-d paths reconstructed for these rocks combining field observations, microstructural analysis, metamorphic petrology and thermobarometry and geochronology indicate that they have recorded burial and exhumation during the Pan-African orogeny. Both units of the Katanga metasedimentary sequence and pre-Katanga migmatitic basement have underwent minimum peak P-T conditions of ~ 9-11 kbar and ~ 640-660 °C, dated at ca. 530 Ma by garnet-whole rock Lu-Hf isochrons. This suggests that this entire continental segment has been buried up to a depth of 40-50 km with geothermal gradients of 15-20 ° 1 during the Pan-African orogeny and the formation of the West Gondwana supercontinent. Syn-orogenic exhumation of the partially molten root of the Lufilian belt is attested by isothermal decompression under P-T conditions of ~ 6-8 kbar at ca. 530-500 Ma, witnessing an increase of the geothermal gradients to 25-30 °C·km- 1. Uranium mineralizations that consist of uraninite and brannerite took place at temperatures ranging from ~ 600 to 700 °C, and have been dated at ca. 540-530 Ma by U-Pb ages on uraninite. The main uranium deposition thus occurred at the transition from the syn-orogenic burial to the syn-orogenic exhumation stages and has been then partially transposed and locally remobilized during the post-orogenic exhumation accommodated by activation of low-angle extensional detachment.




    Physical and chemical agents in the environment, those used in clinical applications, or encountered during recreational exposures to sunlight, induce damages in DNA. Understanding the biological impact of these agents requires quantitation of the levels of such damages in laboratory test systems as well as in field or clinical samples. Alkaline gel electrophoresis provides a sensitive (down to {approx} a few lesions/5Mb), rapid method of direct quantitation of a wide variety of DNA damages in nanogram quantities of non-radioactive DNAs from laboratory, field, or clinical specimens, including higher plants and animals. This method stems from velocity sedimentation studies of DNA populations, and from the simple methods of agarose gel electrophoresis. Our laboratories have developed quantitative agarose gel methods, analytical descriptions of DNA migration during electrophoresis on agarose gels (1-6), and electronic imaging for accurate determinations of DNA mass (7-9). Although all these components improve sensitivity and throughput of large numbers of samples (7,8,10), a simple version using only standard molecular biology equipment allows routine analysis of DNA damages at moderate frequencies. We present here a description of the methods, as well as a brief description of the underlying principles, required for a simplified approach to quantitation of DNA damages by alkaline gel electrophoresis.

  7. Concentration polarization in nanochannel DNA electrophoresis

    Dubsky, Pavel; Das, Siddhartha; Berg, van den Albert; Eijkel, Jan C.T.


    We demonstrate that the large field electrophoresis of a single DNA molecule in nanofluidic systems is accompanied by concentration polarization. We illustrate this phenomena by utilizing our electrophoretic simulation tool SIMUL. First we in-vestigate a simple system with univalent strong electroly

  8. Capillary Electrophoresis Analysis of Conventional Splicing Assays

    de Garibay, Gorka Ruiz; Acedo, Alberto; García-Casado, Zaida;


    of these assays is often challenging. Here, we explore this issue by conducting splicing assays in 31 BRCA2 genetic variants. All variants were assessed by RT-PCR followed by capillary electrophoresis and direct sequencing. If assays did not produce clear-cut outputs (Class-2 or Class-5 according to analytical...

  9. Magmatic evolution in the N-Gondwana margin related to the opening of the Rheic Ocean—evidence from the Upper Parautochthon of the Galicia-Trás-os-Montes Zone and from the Central Iberian Zone (NW Iberian Massif)

    Dias da Silva, Ícaro; Díez Fernández, Rubén; Díez-Montes, Alejandro; González Clavijo, Emilio; Foster, David A.


    LA-MC-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon ages and whole-rock geochemical data obtained from volcanic rocks erupted in the northern margin of Gondwana provide new insights on the polyphase magmatic evolution of the NW Iberian domain during the establishment of passive margin conditions in Lower Paleozoic times. The U-Pb data show crystallization ages of ca. 455 Ma for two calc-alkaline rhyolites sampled in the Upper Parautochthon of the eastern Galicia—Trás-os-Montes Zone (GTMZ) and for an intraplate basalt intruded into Middle Ordovician slates of the autochthonous series of the Central Iberian Zone (CIZ). Together with previous data, the ages obtained reveal a periodic magmatic activity across the northern Gondwana margin during the Lower Paleozoic, which is comparable to that observed in NE Iberia and in other massifs of the Mediterranean realm. Both geochronological and geochemical data reinforce paleontological and stratigraphic evidences for paleogeographic proximity between these domains and contribute to the recognition of extensional-related magmatism along the northern margin of Central Gondwana associated with the opening of the Rheic Ocean.

  10. The Rhyacian El Cortijo suture zone: Aeromagnetic signature and insights for the geodynamic evolution of the southwestern Rio de la Plata craton, Argentina

    Carlos J. Chernicoff


    We envisage the pre-Neoproterozoic evolution of the Tandilia belt to have been initiated by the extension of Neoarchean (∼2650 Ma crust occurred during Siderian times (2500–2300 Ma, causing the separation between the Balcarce, Tandilia and Buenos Aires terranes, and the development of narrow oceans at both north and south sides of the Tandilia terrane, accompanied by ∼2300–2200 Ma sedimentation over transitional –continental to oceanic– crust, and arc magmatism developed in the Tandilia terrane. The island arc represented by the El Cortijo Formation was also developed at this time. At late Rhyacian times, it occurred in both the closure of the narrow oceans developed previously, the entrapment of the El Cortijo island arc, as well as anatectic magmatism in the Balcarce terrane.

  11. Multi-system geochronological and isotopic constraints on age and evolution of the Gaoligongshan metamorphic belt and shear zone system in western Yunnan, China

    Eroğlu, Sümeyya; Siebel, Wolfgang; Danišík, Martin; Pfänder, Jörg A.; Chen, Fukun


    The Gaoligongshan metamorphic belt, located east of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis (EHS) in the Yunnan province, southwestern China, is a compelling region in which to determine temporal constrains on crustal dynamic processes related to the Himalayan orogeny. We applied multi-system geo- and thermochronology (900 °C to extrusion of Tibet and crustal movement around the EHS. The final stage of exhumation of the Gaoligongshan occurred between 8 and 5 Ma at an average exhumation rate of ∼3 km/Ma as documented by apatite fission-track and apatite (U-Th-Sm)/He data. This rapid exhumation was triggered by crustal root delamination and opening of the Andaman sea. Our results clearly show that the complex tectonothermal evolution of the Gaoligongshan was influenced by Tibetan extrusion and escape tectonics associated with lower crustal flow around the EHS and the southeastward movement of Indochina and back-arc extension in response to Andaman seafloor spreading.

  12. Using Gel Electrophoresis To Illustrate Protein Diversity and Isoelectric Point.

    Browning, Mark; Vanable, Joseph


    Demonstrates the differences in protein structures by focusing on isoelectric point with an experiment that is observable under certain pH levels in gel electrophoresis. Explains the electrophoresis procedure and reports results of the experiments. (YDS)

  13. Rapid (ten-minute) pore-gradient electrophoresis of proteins and peptides in Micrograd gels.

    Wrigley, C W; Margolis, J


    Precast gradient gels of short migration length (25 mm) have been developed to provide rapid electrophoretic separation without loss of resolution. These Micrograd gels have been prepared in gel ranges (conventional and unique) to match pore-gradient electrophoresis conditions to proteins/peptides ranging in size from several hundreds to millions. The Hylinx Micrograd gel combines an extreme gel range (6 to 48% polyacrylamide) with a novel crosslinker to provide sieving of polypeptides, and pore-limit electrophoresis of the smallest proteins (e.g. insulin monomer). All gel ranges (such as 3 to 30%) provide zone sharpening in routine analysis of conventional protein mixtures (e.g. serum) within 10 min electrophoresis at 200 to 300 volts. The gels are thin (1 mm) and thus stain quickly, but the gel cassette is of conventional overall width (83 mm), thus fitting many apparatus designs and accommodating 12 samples. The gels are finding valuable use in screening applications, requiring the electrophoretic analysis of many samples, and in cases where a rapid answer is needed, such as monitoring protein purification. The gels have proved particularly useful, in-house, for the latter application in developing Gradipore's new large-scale preparative electrophoresis system, the Gradiflow.

  14. U-Pb dating of zircon from the Central Zone of the East Kunlun Orogen and its implications for tectonic evolution


    LA-ICP-MS and SHRIMP U-Pb dating of zircons from orthogneisses and amphibolite from the Central Zone of the Kunlun Orogen is reported in this paper. One orthogneiss sample has metamorphic zircons yielding weighted average 206Pb/238U age of 517.0 +5.0/-6.0 Ma, and the other orthogneiss sample con- tains zircons with inherited magmatic cores giving three population 207Pb/206Pb ages of 955 Ma, 895 Ma and 657 Ma for the magmatic protolith, and metamorphic recrystallized rims with peak 206Pb/238U ages of 559 +12/?17 Ma and 516 ± 13 Ma. The amphibolite yielded three populations of weighted average 206Pb/238U age of 482.0 +10/?8.0 Ma, 516.2 ± 5.8 Ma and 549 ± 10 Ma for the metamorphic zircons. These dating results recorded the tectonothermal events that occurred in the early Paleozoic and the Pre- cambrian time. The records of the Cambrian magmatic-metamorphic event in the Qinling Orogen, the Altyn Tagh belt, north margin of the Qaidam Block and the Kunlun Orogen suggest that continental assembly probably occurred in the early evolutionary history of the Proto-Tethys.

  15. Effect of Magnesium on Inclusion Formation in Ti-Killed Steels and Microstructurai Evolution in Welding Induced Coarse-Grained Heat Affected Zone

    CHAI Feng; YANG Cai-fu; SU Hang; ZHANG Yong-quan; XU Zhou


    Effects of Mg on the chemical component and size distribution of Ti-bearing inclusions favored grain refinement of the welding induced coarse-grained heat affected zone (CGHAZ),with enhanced impact toughness in Ti-killed steels,which were examined based on experimental observations and thermodynamic calculations.The results indicated that the chemical constituents of the inclusions gradually varied from the Ti-O+Ti-Mg-O compound oxide to the Ti-Mg-O+ MgO compound oxide and the single-phase MgO,as the Mg content increased from 0.002 3% to 0.006%.A trace addition of Mg (approximately 0.002 %) led to the refinement of Ti-bearing inclusions by creating the Ti-Mg-O compound oxide and provided favorable size distribution of the inclusions for acicular ferrite transformation with a high nucleation rate in the CGHAZ,and a high volume fraction of acicular ferrite was obtained in the CGHAZ with enhanced impact toughness.Otherwise,a high content of Mg (approximately 0.006%) produced a single-phase MgO,which was impotent to nucleate an acicular ferrite,and a microstructure comprised of a ferrite side plate and a grain boundary ferrite developed in the CGHAZ.The experimental results were confirmed by thermodynamic calculations.

  16. U-Pb dating of zircon from the Central Zone of the East Kunlun Orogen and its implications for tectonic evolution

    CHEN NengSong; SUN Min; WANG QinYan; ZHANG KeXin; WAN YuSheng; CHEN HaiHong


    LA-ICP-MS and SHRIMP U-Pb dating of zircons from orthogneisses and amphibolite from the Central Zone of the Kunlun Orogen is reported in this paper. One orthogneiss sample has metamorphic zircons yielding weighted average 206Pb/238U age of 517.0 +5.0/-6.0 Ma,and the other orthogneiss sample contains zircons with inherited magmatic cores giving three population 207Pb/206Pb ages of 955 Ma,895 Ma and 657 Ma for the magmatic protolith,and metamorphic recrystallized rims with peak 206pb/238U ages of 559 +12/-17 Ma and 516 + 13 Ma. The amphibolite yielded three populations of weighted average 206Pb/238U age of 482.0 +10/-8.0 Ma,516.2 ± 5.8 Ma and 549 ± 10 Ma for the metamorphic zircons. These dating results recorded the tectonothermal events that occurred in the early Paleozoic and the Precambrian time. The records of the Cambrian magmatic-metamorphic event in the Qinling Orogen,the Altyn Tagh belt,north margin of the Qaidam Block and the Kunlun Orogen suggest that continental assembly probably occurred in the early evolutionary history of the Proto-Tethys.

  17. Evolution of Crack-Tip Transformation Zones in Superelastic Nitinol Subjected to in Situ Fatigue. a Fracture Mechanics And Synchrotron X-Ray Microdiffraction Analysis

    Robertson, S.W.; Mehta, A.; Pelton, A.R.; Ritchie, R.O.; /UC, Berkeley /SLAC, SSRL


    The ultrahigh spatial resolution ({approx}1 {micro}m{sup 2}) of synchrotron X-ray microdiffraction is combined with fracture mechanics techniques to directly measure in situ three-dimensional strains, phases and crystallographic alignment ahead of a growing fatigue crack (100 cycles in situ) in superelastic Nitinol. The results provide some surprising insights into the growth of cracks in phase-transforming material at the microscale. Specifically, despite a macroscopic superelastic strain recovery of 6-8% associated with the phase transformation, individual austenite grains experience local strains of less than 1.5%. This observation indicates that it is the localized process of the accommodation of the transformation and subsequent loading of the martensite that provide the main source of the large recoverable strains. Furthermore, the plastic region ahead of the crack is composed of deformed martensite. This micromechanical transformation process is dependent upon the material texture, and directly influences the transformation zone size/shape as well as the crack path.

  18. Two-dimensional capillary electrophoresis: capillary isoelectric focusing and capillary zone electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection.

    Dickerson, Jane A; Ramsay, Lauren M; Dada, Oluwatosin O; Cermak, Nathan; Dovichi, Norman J


    CIEF and CZE are coupled with LIF detection to create an ultrasensitive 2-D separation method for proteins. In this method, two capillaries are joined through a buffer-filled interface. Separate power supplies control the potential at the injection end of the first capillary and at the interface; the detector is held at ground potential. Proteins are labeled with the fluorogenic reagent Chromeo P503, which preserves the isoelectric point of the labeled protein. The labeled proteins were mixed with ampholytes and injected into the first-dimension capillary. A focusing step was performed with the injection end of the capillary at high pH and the interface at low pH. To mobilize components, the interface was filled with a high pH buffer, which was compatible with the second-dimension separation. A fraction was transferred to the second-dimension capillary for separation. The process of fraction transfer and second dimension separation was repeated two dozen times. The separation produced a spot capacity of 125.

  19. A universal concept for stacking neutral analytes in micellar capillary electrophoresis.

    Palmer, J; Munro, N J; Landers, J P


    Unlike recent studies that have depended on manipulation of separation buffer parameters to facilitate stacking of neutral analytes in micellar capillary electrophoresis (MCE) mode, we have developed a method of stacking based simply on manipulation of the sample matrix. Many solutions for sample stacking in MCE are based on strict control of pH, micelle type, electroosmotic flow (EOF) rate, and separation-mode polarity. However, a universal solution to sample stacking in MCE should allow for free manipulation of separation buffer parameters without substantially affecting separation of analytes. Analogous to sample stacking in capillary zone electrophoresis by invoking field amplification of charged analytes in a low-conductivity sample matrix, the proposed method utilizes a high-conductivity sample matrix to transfer field amplification from the sample zone to the separation buffer. This causes the micellar carrier in the separation buffer to stack before it enters the sample zone. Neutral analytes moving out of the sample zone with EOF are efficiently concentrated at the micelle front. Micelle stacking is induced by simply adding salt to the sample matrix to increase the conductivity 2-3-fold higher than the separation buffer. This solution allows free optimization of separation buffer parameters such as micelle concentration, organic modifiers, and pH, providing a method that may complement virtually any existing MCE protocol without restricting the separation method.

  20. Rural settlements spatial pattern evolution and zoning district based on spatial autocorrelation%基于空间自相关的农村居民点空间格局演变及其分区

    姜广辉; 何新; 马雯秋; 王明珠; 张瑞娟


    Research on rural settlements spatial pattern and their evolution helps to reveal the interaction between human and land in different development stages and different areas. It provides theoretical basis for rational land use planning and rural settlement classification management. Rural settlements’ morphology reflects both the natural geographical and social economic development condition. According to our research, rural settlements’ morphology characteristic has significant correlation with topography, population and living condition of people, etc. Therefore, attributes of rural settlements themselves, namely their displayed morphology, can be used to replace the commonly-used index for the zoning of rural settlements. Meanwhile, spatial autocorrelation method can measure the morphological characteristics of spatial agglomeration pattern which provides the foundation for concentrated continuous rural settlements zoning. Taking Pinggu District, Beijing City as an example, the paper conducted a study on the spatial pattern and zoning of rural settlements. The paper extracted rural settlements in 1993, 2003 and 2011 in Pinggu District. Spatial autocorrelation was applied to depict the spatial pattern of rural settlements morphology characteristics, including the size, shape and distribution. And then the relationship was analyzed between size, shape and distribution characteristics of overlapped regions. On the basis of the spatial autocorrelation result and the overlap region analysis, we put forward the comprehensive management zoning of rural settlements. The main results of the study were as follows: Firstly, size, shape and distribution showed significant spatial autocorrelation. Positive autocorrelation types took the form of the group, whereas negative ones scattered. Secondly, obvious differences existed in agglomeration characters between the plain and the hilly mountainous areas. Rural settlements demonstrated large size, regular shape and

  1. On-line cation-exchange preconcentration and capillary electrophoresis coupled by tee joint interface.

    Zhang, Zhao-Xiang; He, You-Zhao


    An on-line preconcentration method based on ion exchange solid phase extraction was developed for the determination of cationic analytes in capillary electrophoresis (CE). The preconcentration-separation system consisted of a preconcentration capillary bonded with carboxyl cation-exchange stationary phase, a separation capillary for zone electrophoresis and a tee joint interface of the capillaries. Two capillaries were connected closely inside a 0.3 mm i.d. polytetrafluoroethylene tube with a side opening and fixed together by the interface. The preparations of the preconcentration capillaries and interface were described in detail in this paper. The on-line preconcentration and separation procedure of the analysis system included washing and conditioning the capillaries, loading analytes, filling with buffer solution, eluting analytes and separating by capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Several analysis parameters, including sample loading flow rate and time, eluting solution and volume, inner diameter and length of preconcentration capillary etc., were investigated. The proposed method enhanced the detection sensitivity of CE-UV about 5000 times for propranolol and metoprolol compared with normally electrokinetic injection. The detection limits of propranolol and metoprolol were 0.02 and 0.1 microg/L with the proposed method respectively, whereas those were 0.1 and 0.5 mg/L with conventional electrokinetic injection. The experiment results demonstrate that the proposed technique can increase the preconcentration factor evidently.

  2. Evolution of a Permian intraoceanic arc-trench system in the Solonker suture zone, Central Asian Orogenic Belt, China and Mongolia

    Jian, Ping; Liu, Dunyi; Kröner, Alfred; Windley, Brian F.; Shi, Yuruo; Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Fuqin; Miao, Laicheng; Zhang, Liqao; Tomurhuu, Dondov


    The identification of a fossil arc-trench system from the ophiolite-decorated Solonker suture zone in the southernmost Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) enables us to constrain the timing of pre-subduction extension (ca. 299-290 Ma), subduction initiation (ca. 294-280 Ma), ridge-trench collision (ca. 281-273 Ma) and slab break-off (ca. 255-248 Ma) in the Permian. A fraction of proto-arc crust (ca. 45 km long, up to 8 km wide) is preserved as a volcanic-plutonic sequence and is juxtaposed against a wide (ca. 30-80 km) forearc mélange. This proto-arc crust comprises two distinct magma series, island arc tholeiite (IAT) and mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB), both of which have strong supra-subduction zone (SSZ) geochemical signatures. Zircons from a gabbro and a plagiogranite yielded weighted mean 206Pb/ 238U ages of 284.0 ± 4.0 and 288.0 ± 6.0 Ma. The forearc mélange consists of numerous ophiolite fragments and continental margin-derived olistoliths/blocks that predate the ophiolite. The olistoliths are best represented by a gabbroic block (291.8 ± 2.3 Ma) that contains granite xenoliths (312.6 ± 1.8 and 313.6 ± 3.1 Ma). Other dated blocks include a trondhjemite (323.9 ± 2.7 Ma), a gabbro (296.6 ± 1.7 Ma) and a tonalite (294.9 ± 2.4 Ma). Small bodies of diabase, andesite and diorite in the forearc mélange exhibit a wide variety of geochemical signatures. We dated zircons from an N-MORB-like diabase (274.4 ± 2.5 Ma), an E-MORB-like diabase (252.5 ± 2.3 Ma), a transitional sanukitoid/adakite (andesite, 250.2 ± 2.4 Ma), a sanukitoid (high-Mg diorite; 251.8 ± 1.1 Ma) and an anorthosite (252.2 ± 1.7 Ma). The N-MORB-like diabase contains ca. 301-394 Ma zircon xenocrysts suggesting assimilation of trench sediments when a spreading ridge intersected a trench. The other dated rocks simultaneously formed near the Permian/Triassic boundary and captured abundant zircon xenocrysts (ca. 269-295 Ma; ca. 301-495 Ma; and ca. 923-2501 Ma). Our new formation ages constrain

  3. The role of heat transfer time scale in the evolution of the subsea permafrost and associated methane hydrates stability zone during glacial cycles

    Malakhova, Valentina V.; Eliseev, Alexey V.


    Climate warming may lead to degradation of the subsea permafrost developed during Pleistocene glaciations and release methane from the hydrates, which are stored in this permafrost. It is important to quantify time scales at which this release is plausible. While, in principle, such time scale might be inferred from paleoarchives, this is hampered by considerable uncertainty associated with paleodata. In the present paper, to reduce such uncertainty, one-dimensional simulations with a model for thermal state of subsea sediments forced by the data obtained from the ice core reconstructions are performed. It is shown that heat propagates in the sediments with a time scale of ∼ 10-20 kyr. This time scale is longer than the present interglacial and is determined by the time needed for heat penetration in the unfrozen part of thick sediments. We highlight also that timings of shelf exposure during oceanic regressions and flooding during transgressions are important for simulating thermal state of the sediments and methane hydrates stability zone (HSZ). These timings should be resolved with respect to the contemporary shelf depth (SD). During glacial cycles, the temperature at the top of the sediments is a major driver for moving the HSZ vertical boundaries irrespective of SD. In turn, pressure due to oceanic water is additionally important for SD ≥ 50 m. Thus, oceanic transgressions and regressions do not instantly determine onsets of HSZ and/or its disappearance. Finally, impact of initial conditions in the subsea sediments is lost after ∼ 100 kyr. Our results are moderately sensitive to intensity of geothermal heat flux.

  4. Mixing and mingling in the evolution of andesite dacite magmas; evidence from co-magmatic plutonic enclaves, Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

    Cole, J. W.; Gamble, J. A.; Burt, R. M.; Carroll, L. D.; Shelley, D.


    The southeastern side of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand is marked by a line of andesite/dacite/low-silica rhyolite complexes. Co-magmatic plutonic enclaves occur within the lavas of the four youngest complexes: White Island, Motuhora (Whale Island), Edgecumbe and Tauhara. The enclaves range from coarse-grained gabbros, diorites, granodiorites and a syenite to finer-grained dolerites and microdiorites. The more mafic types are generally porphyritic with large phenocrysts of plagioclase, usually with extensive sieve textures in the cores and corroded margins. Most of these enclaves, including the coarser-grained plutonic examples, contain glass and many are miarolitic. Diorites and microdiorites/dolerites predominate at White Island, Motuhora and Edgecumbe; many are porphyritic. Enclaves at Tauhara are more variable; those collected from Hipaua Dome include a range from microdiorites to quartz microdiorites and those from Rubbish Tip Dome include microdiorites, a granodiorite, and a syenite. Most enclaves show textural evidence for disequilibrium with multiple populations of plagioclase and pyroxene. They also show considerable textural variation, even within a thin section, with coarse-grained gabbros/diorites intimately mixed with finer-grained dolerites/microdiorites. Geochemically and isotopically, most enclaves have a similar composition with their host lavas, although some have lower silica contents. Enclaves at Motuhora and Tauhara are isotopically more variable, indicating multiple sources and a more complex petrogenesis. Most diorite/microdiorite enclaves are interpreted to represent parts of a crystal mush formed during fractionation of andesite/dacite magma, and entrained during later rise of magma to the surface. The granodiorite from Rubbish Tip Dome, Tauhara, probably represents part of a silicic magma chamber within the crust that fed the host low-silica rhyolite lava dome. Variability within the enclaves indicates the complexity likely to occur

  5. Electrokinetics of nanoparticle gel-electrophoresis.

    Hill, Reghan J


    Gel-electrophoresis has been demonstrated in recent decades to successfully sort a great variety of nanoparticles according to their size, charge, surface chemistry, and corona architecture. However, quantitative theoretical interpetations have been limited by the number and complexity of factors that influence particle migration. Theoretical models have been fragmented and incomplete with respect to their counterparts for free-solution electrophoresis. This paper unifies electrokinetic models that address complex nanoparticle corona architectures, corona and gel charge regulation (e.g., by the local pH), multi-component electrolytes, and non-linear electrostatics and relaxation effects. By comprehensively addressing the electrokinetic aspects of the more general gel-electrophoresis problem, in which short-ranged steric interactions are significant, a stage is set to better focus on the physicochemical and steric factors. In this manner, it is envisioned that noparticle gel-electrophoresis may eventually be advanced from a nanoparticle-characterization tool to one that explicitly probes the short-ranged interactions of nanoparticles with soft networks, such as synthetic gels and biological tissues. In this paper, calculations are undertaken that identify a generalized Hückel limit for nanoparticles in low-conductivity gels, and a new Smoluchowski limit for polyelectrolyte-coated particles in high-conductivity gels that is independent of the gel permeability. Also of fundamental interest is a finite, albeit small, electrophoretic mobility for uncharged particles in charged gels. Electrophoretic mobilities and drag coefficients (with electroviscous effects) for nanoparticles bearing non-uniform coronas show that relaxation effects are typically weak for the small nanoparticles (radius ≈3-10 nm) to which gel-electrophoresis has customarily been applied, but are profound for the larger nanoparticles (radius ≳ 40 nm in low conductivity gels) to which passivated gel-electrophoresis

  6. Projected shifts in Köppen climate zones over China and their temporal evolution in CMIP5 multi-model simulations

    Chan, Duo; Wu, Qigang; Jiang, Guixiang; Dai, Xianglin


    Previous studies have examined the projected climate types in China by 2100. This study identified the emergence time of climate shifts at a 1◦ scale over China from 1990 to 2100 and investigated the temporal evolution of Köppen-Geiger climate classifications computed from CMIP5 multi-model outputs. Climate shifts were detected in transition regions (7%-8% of China's land area) by 2010, including rapid replacement of mixed forest (Dwb) by deciduous forest (Dwa) over Northeast China, strong shrinkage of alpine climate type (ET) on the Tibetan Plateau, weak northward expansion of subtropical winterdry climate (Cwa) over Southeast China, and contraction of oceanic climate (Cwb) in Southwest China. Under all future RCP (Representative Concentration Pathway) scenarios, the reduction of Dwb in Northeast China and ET on the Tibetan Plateau was projected to accelerate substantially during 2010-30, and half of the total area occupied by ET in 1990 was projected to be redistributed by 2040. Under the most severe scenario (RCP8.5), sub-polar continental winter dry climate over Northeast China would disappear by 2040-50, ET on the Tibetan Plateau would disappear by 2070, and the climate types in 35.9% and 50.8% of China's land area would change by 2050 and 2100, respectively. The results presented in this paper indicate imperative impacts of anthropogenic climate change on China's ecoregions in future decades.

  7. Evolution of a highly dilatant fault zone in the grabens of Canyonlands National Park, Utah/USA – integrating field work, ground penetrating radar and airborne imagery analysis

    M. Kettermann


    Full Text Available The grabens of the Canyonlands National Park are a young and active system of sub-parallel, arcuate grabens, whose evolution is the result of salt movement in the subsurface and a slight regional tilt of the faulted strata. We present results of ground penetrating radar surveys in combination with field observations and analysis of high resolution airborne imagery. GPR data show intense faulting of the Quaternary sediments at the flat graben floors, implying a more complex fault structure than visible at the surface. Direct measurements of heave and throw at several locations to infer fault dips at depth, combined with observations of primary joint surfaces in the upper 100 m suggest a model of the highly dilatant fault geometry in profile. Sinkholes observed in the field as well as in airborne imagery give insights in local massive dilatancy and show where water and sediments are transported underground. Based on correlations of paleosols observed in outcrops and GPR profiles, we argue that the grabens in Canyonlands National Park are either older than previously assumed, or that sedimentation rates were much higher in the Pleistocene.

  8. Evolution of a highly dilatant fault zone in the grabens of Canyonlands National Park, Utah/USA - integrating field work, ground penetrating radar and airborne imagery analysis

    Kettermann, M.; Grützner, C.; van Gent, H. W.; Urai, J. L.; Reicherter, K.; Mertens, J.


    The grabens of the Canyonlands National Park are a young and active system of sub-parallel, arcuate grabens, whose evolution is the result of salt movement in the subsurface and a slight regional tilt of the faulted strata. We present results of ground penetrating radar surveys in combination with field observations and analysis of high resolution airborne imagery. GPR data show intense faulting of the Quaternary sediments at the flat graben floors, implying a more complex fault structure than visible at the surface. Direct measurements of heave and throw at several locations to infer fault dips at depth, combined with observations of primary joint surfaces in the upper 100 m suggest a model of the highly dilatant fault geometry in profile. Sinkholes observed in the field as well as in airborne imagery give insights in local massive dilatancy and show where water and sediments are transported underground. Based on correlations of paleosols observed in outcrops and GPR profiles, we argue that the grabens in Canyonlands National Park are either older than previously assumed, or that sedimentation rates were much higher in the Pleistocene.

  9. Spatial and Temporal Variability in the Circulation and Thermal Evolution of the Mantle in Subduction Zones: Insights From 3-D Laboratory Experiments.

    Kincaid, C.; Griffiths, R. W.


    The subduction of oceanic lithosphere plays a key role in plate tectonics, the thermal evolution of the mantle and recycling processes between Earth's interior and surface. The majority of subduction models are two-dimensional (2-D), assuming limited variability in the direction parallel to the trench. Observationally based models increasingly appeal to three-dimensional (3-D) flow associated with trench migration and the sinking of oceanic plates with a translational component of motion (rollback). We report results from laboratory experiments that reveal fundamental differences in 3-D mantle circulation and temperature structure in response to subduction with and without a rollback component. In our experiments the upper mantle is simulated with glucose syrup and the subducting plate is represented with a Phenolic sheet that is forced to sink into the glucose along prescribed trajectories. An array of 40 thermisters embedded within the plate is used to monitor slab surface temperatures (SSTs). We vary the relative magnitude of downdip and translational components of slab motion and also consider cases where the plate steepens with time. Another parameter is the initial thickness of the thermal boundary layer (TBL) beneath the overriding plate. Without rollback motion, flow in the mantle wedge is sluggish, there is no mass flux around the plate, and plate edges heat up faster than plate centers. Rollback subduction drives flow around and beneath the sinking plate, velocities increase within the mantle wedge and are focussed towards the center of the plate and the surface of the plate heats more along the centerline. In addition to lateral variability in flow and mantle temperatures, results highlight temporal variability in SSTs and 3-D mantle flow trajectories associated with the initiation of subduction and variations between periods of predominantly downdip versus rollback sinking.

  10. Sampling techniques for single-cell electrophoresis.

    Cecala, Christine; Sweedler, Jonathan V


    Cells are extraordinarily complex, containing thousands of different analytes with concentrations spanning at least nine orders of magnitude. Analyzing single cells instead of tissue homogenates provides unique insights into cell-to-cell heterogeneity and aids in distinguishing normal cells from pathological ones. The high sensitivity and low sample consumption of capillary and on-chip electrophoresis, when integrated with fluorescence, electrochemical, and mass spectrometric detection methods, offer an ideal toolset for examining single cells and even subcellular organelles; however, the isolation and loading of such small samples into these devices is challenging. Recent advances have addressed this issue by interfacing a variety of enhanced mechanical, microfluidic, and optical sampling techniques to capillary and on-chip electrophoresis instruments for single-cell analyses.

  11. Fish Muscle Proteins: Extraction, Quantitation, and Electrophoresis

    Smith, Denise

    Electrophoresis can be used to separate and visualize proteins. In sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE), proteins are separated based on size. When protein samples are applied to such gels, it is usually necessary to know the protein content of the sample. This makes it possible to apply a volume of sample to the gel such that samples have a comparable amount of total protein. While it is possible to use an official method of protein analysis (e.g., Kjeldahl, N combustion) for such an application, it often is convenient to use a rapid spectroscopic protein analysis that requires only a small amount of sample. The bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assay method will be used for this purpose.

  12. Petrogenesis of the Dalongkai ultramafic-mafic intrusion and its tectonic implication for the Paleotethyan evolution along the Ailaoshan tectonic zone (SW China)

    Liu, Huichuan; Wang, Yuejun; Zi, Jian-Wei


    Layered ultramafic-mafic intrusions are usually formed in an arc/back-arc or intra-plate tectonic environment, or genetically related to a mantle plume. In this paper, we report on an ultramafic-mafic intrusion, the Dalongkai intrusion in the Ailaoshan tectonic zone (SW China), whose occurrence is closely associated with arc/back-arc magmatic rocks. The Dalongkai intrusion is composed of plagioclase-lherzolite, hornblende-peridotite, lherzolite and wehrlite at the bottom, cumulate plagioclase-pyroxenite at the middle part, changing to fine-grained gabbro towards the upper part of the intrusion, forming layering structure. Zircons from the plagioclase-pyroxenites and gabbros yielded U-Pb ages of 272.1 ± 1.7 Ma and 266.4 ± 5.8 Ma, respectively. The plagioclase-pyroxenites show cumulate textures, and are characterized by high MgO (25.0-28.0 wt.%; mg# = 80.6-82.3), Cr (1606-2089 ppm) and Ni (893-1203 ppm) contents, interpreted as early cumulate phases. By contrast, the gabbros have relatively lower mg# values (56.3-62.7), and Cr (157-218 ppm) and Ni (73-114 ppm) concentrations, and may represent frozen liquids. The plagioclase-pyroxenites and gabbros share similar chondrite-normalized REE patterns and primitive mantle-normalized trace element profiles which are analogous to those of typical back-arc basin basalts. The εNd(t) values for both rock types range from +2.20 to +4.22. These geochemical and isotopic signatures suggest that the Dalongkai ultramafic-mafic rocks originated from a MORB-like mantle source metasomatized by subduction-related, sediment-derived fluids. Our data, together with other geological evidence, indicate that the emplacement of the Dalongkai ultramafic-mafic intrusion most likely occurred in a back-arc extensional setting associated with subduction of the Ailaoshan Paleotethyan branch ocean during the Middle Permian, thus ruling out the previously speculated linkage to the Emeishan mantle plume, or to an intra-continental rift.

  13. Gravity and magnetic expression of the San Leandro gabbro with implications for the geometry and evolution of the Hayward Fault zone, northern California

    Ponce, D.A.; Hildenbrand, T.G.; Jachens, R.C.


    The Hayward Fault, one of the most hazardous faults in northern California, trends north-northwest and extends for about 90 km along the eastern San Francisco Bay region. At numerous locations along its length, distinct and elongate gravity and magnetic anomalies correlate with mapped mafic and ultramafic rocks. The most prominent of these anomalies reflects the 16-km-long San Leandro gabbroic block. Inversion of magnetic and gravity data constrained with physical property measurements is used to define the subsurface extent of the San Leandro gabbro body and to speculate on its origin and relationship to the Hayward Fault Zone. Modeling indicates that the San Leandro gabbro body is about 3 km wide, dips about 75??-80?? northeast, and extends to a depth of at least 6 km. One of the most striking results of the modeling, which was performed independently of seismicity data, is that accurately relocated seismicity is concentrated along the western edge or stratigraphically lower bounding surface of the San Leandro gabbro. The western boundary of the San Leandro gabbro block is the base of an incomplete ophiolite sequence and represented at one time, a low-angle roof thrust related to the tectonic wedging of the Franciscan Complex. After repeated episodes of extension and attenuation, the roof thrust of this tectonic wedge was rotated to near vertical, and in places, the strike-slip Hayward Fault probably reactivated or preferentially followed this pre-existing feature. Because earthquakes concentrate near the edge of the San Leandro gabbro but tend to avoid its interior, we qualitatively explore mechanical models to explain how this massive igneous block may influence the distribution of stress. The microseismicity cluster along the western flank of the San Leandro gabbro leads us to suggest that this stressed volume may be the site of future moderate to large earthquakes. Improved understanding of the three-dimensional geometry and physical properties along the

  14. A New Conductivity Detector for Capillary Electrophoresis


    A new conductivity detector for capillary electrophoresis consisting of an electrochemical cell and a conductive meter was developed. In the cell, the microelectrode and capillary were inserted through the cell wall and fixed by screws and sealing ring, the ends of microelectrode and capillary were located by a guide with two cross holes. LOD for K+ was 1.5×10-5 mol/L.

  15. Method and apparatus for continuous electrophoresis

    Watson, Jack S.


    A method and apparatus for conducting continuous separation of substances by electrophoresis are disclosed. The process involves electrophoretic separation combined with couette flow in a thin volume defined by opposing surfaces. By alternating the polarity of the applied potential and producing reciprocating short rotations of at least one of the surfaces relative to the other, small increments of separation accumulate to cause substantial, useful segregation of electrophoretically separable components in a continuous flow system.

  16. Capillary Electrophoresis in the Presence of Fosfomycin


    Fosfomyein, a sodim salt of cis-(3-methyloxiranyl) phosphonic acid, was used as electrolyte in binary methanol-water media for capillary electrophoresis. The variety of electroosmotic flow with pH*,methanol concentration and ionic strength was investigated. The migration behavior of nine bases was examined under various conditions, and the separation of thymine, cytosine, 5-flurouracil, 4,6-diamino-pyrimidine, purine was accomplished.

  17. Recent advances in combination of capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry: methodology and theory.

    Klepárník, Karel


    This review focuses on the latest development of microseparation electromigration methods in capillaries and microfluidic devices with MS detection and identification. A wide selection of 183 relevant articles covers the literature published from June 2012 till May 2014 as a continuation of the review article on the same topic by Kleparnik [Electrophoresis 2013, 34, 70-86]. Special attention is paid to the new improvements in the theory of instrumentation and methodology of MS interfacing with capillary versions of zone electrophoresis, ITP, and IEF. Ionization methods in MS include ESI, MALDI, and ICP. Although the main attention is paid to the development of instrumentation and methodology, representative examples illustrate also applications in the proteomics, glycomics, metabolomics, biomarker research, forensics, pharmacology, food analysis, and single-cell analysis. The combinations of MS with capillary versions of electrochromatography and micellar electrokinetic chromatography are not included.

  18. Acrylamide gel electrophoresis of proteins, acid phosphatases and RN-ases from three potato varieties

    A. Kubicz


    Full Text Available Studies on variety differences in the protein and acid phosphatase patterns as well as ribunuclease activity distribution were carried out by disc electrophoresis on saline extracts of three varieties of the potato Solanum tuberosum (L.. The protein bands varied in number, position and relative abundance. One main zone of the acid phosphatase activity was detected consisting of 2-3 electrophoretically different bands. Variety differences were concerned with the number and relative abundance of these bands. RNase activity was detected in 4 main zones, in some of them additional subbands were visible. Differences between the three examined varieties were reflected in the occurence of the particular activity zones or their subbands.

  19. Influence of Artificial Development on Beach Evolution in the Huanghua Coastal Zone%黄骅岸段人工开发对岸滩演变的影响研究

    徐栋; 杨敏; 胡斌; 王晓丹


    The oil and gas resources are abundant in the Huanghua coastal zone and the human activities are also increasingly frequent.Artificial development has changed the hydrodynamic environment of the study area,and then impacted the scouring and silting evolution of the coastal beach.In this paper,the results from section measurement, particle size measurement and radiometric dating carried out in the study area are ana-lyzed and the reasons and rules of the scouring and silting evolution of the beach under the influence of seaward road construction are discussed.It could be considered that the beach in the study area is,as a whole,in a dynamic equilibrium state or a slightly scou-ring state,and that the constructions of artificial facilities on the shore,such as coastal reclamation,building dams and so on,are the main forces and reasons for the coastline changes.The results of the study not only provide basic data and references for the fur-ther researches on the sediment scouring and silting and the beach evolution in the study area,but also have certain enlightenment and reference for the studies of beach evolu-tion in the western coastal zone of the Bohai Sea and even in the whole coastal areas of China.%研究区域黄骅岸段内油气资源丰富,其人类活动也日益频繁。人工开发改变了该岸段的水动力环境,进而对岸滩的冲淤演变造成一定的影响。本文先后对该区域的断面测量、粒度测试以及放射性测年等结果进行分析,讨论了黄骅岸段在进海路修建的影响下产生的岸滩冲淤演变的原因和规律,认为其岸滩整体处于动态平衡状态或略冲刷状态,沿海围垦、筑堤造坝等岸边人工设施的修建是改变岸线的主要营力与原因。本文取得的成果为进一步研究该区域泥沙冲淤与岸滩演变问题提供了基础数据和分析参考,对研究渤海西海岸乃至整个中国海岸的岸滩演变都有一定的启示和借鉴作用。

  20. Stability of Blood Samples for Hemoglobin Electrophoresis

    Yadira Valdés Fraser


    Full Text Available Background: the National Medical Genetics Center has conducted the prenatal screening for hemoglobinopathies in the province of Artemisa and the quality control of this program nationwide; reliability of the results is determined by the quality of the samples used. Objective: to describe the stability of whole blood samples using EDTAK2 and heparin as anticoagulants. Methods: a descriptive study of 100 samples of whole blood from pregnant women and their husbands was conducted at the National Medical Genetics Center. Hemoglobin electrophoresis with Hydrasis technology was performed using 10 % EDTAK2, 2.2 % and 5 % heparin, temperature at 4-8 0C and shelf-life of 7.15 and 30 days. Results: samples with EDTAK2 showed stability for a month with accuracy and repeatability in the electrophoresis runs. By using 5 % and 2.2 % heparin, problems were found in all periods analyzed. Conclusions: 10 % EDTAK2 anticoagulant is appropriate to ensure the reliability of the results in the screening for hemoglobinopathies. The results obtained in this study can be applied in all clinical, hematological and hemoglobin electrophoresis laboratories.

  1. Comparative Two-Dimensional Fluorescence Gel Electrophoresis.

    Ackermann, Doreen; König, Simone


    Two-dimensional comparative fluorescence gel electrophoresis (CoFGE) uses an internal standard to increase the reproducibility of coordinate assignment for protein spots visualized on 2D polyacrylamide gels. This is particularly important for samples, which need to be compared without the availability of replicates and thus cannot be studied using differential gel electrophoresis (DIGE). CoFGE corrects for gel-to-gel variability by co-running with the sample proteome a standardized marker grid of 80-100 nodes, which is formed by a set of purified proteins. Differentiation of reference and analyte is possible by the use of two fluorescent dyes. Variations in the y-dimension (molecular weight) are corrected by the marker grid. For the optional control of the x-dimension (pI), azo dyes can be used. Experiments are possible in both vertical and horizontal (h) electrophoresis devices, but hCoFGE is much easier to perform. For data analysis, commercial software capable of warping can be adapted.

  2. Special Economic Zones Blaze New Trails

    徐现祥; 陈小飞


    Special economic zones(SEZ) are starting points of incremental reform and opening-up in China. On the 30th anniversay of reform and opening-up,this article attempts to present a systematic review of the evolution,mechanism and performance of special economic zones as well as a pespective on SEZs’ furture development.

  3. Electrophoresis: The Basics (by D. M. Hawcroft)

    Voige, William H.


    D. M. Hawcroft. Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997. 142 + xii pp. Index. ISBN 0-19-963563-3. $100.00. This concise monograph is one of a series on techniques in widespread use in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. It seeks to present, in compact and readable form, the fundamentals of electrophoresis and does so very well. Both theory and practice are included, but emphasis is on the latter. Although the preface makes it clear that this book is intended for biologists, it also deserves a place in a truly complete chemistry library. The book is logically organized. Each of the nine chapters corresponds to either a step in an electrophoresis experiment (e.g., Chapter 7: Visualization of Separated Materials) or a major application (Chapter 4: The Electrophoresis of Native and Denatured Proteins). It is written as though the reader is getting ready to begin doing electrophoresis for the first time and needs a survey of the technique and its applications. A question that occurred to me repeatedly as I read through the book is: Exactly how did the author intend it to be used? One can view the book as either a text or a laboratory manual. As a resource that might be used as a supplementary text in a graduate or upper-division undergraduate course, it does an admirable job of presenting a thorough overview of modern electrophoresis. The figures and diagrams are exceptionally clear and present useful comparisons of results that can be obtained under a variety of conditions (e.g., the resolution of DNA fragments obtained with otherwise identical wedge and normal gels). Not all its explanations, however, are as cogent. It defines how the two portions of a discontinuous gel differ but fails to explain clearly how the porosity and pH differences result in the stacking effect, which is such a gel's primary advantage. Having it on hand as a laboratory manual would be much like having colleagues who are experts in all phases of electrophoresis to consult or to go to

  4. The multi-concentration and two-dimensional capillary electrophoresis method for the analysis of drugs in urine samples


    A novel method has been developed by integration of multi-concentration and two-dimensional(2D) capillary electrophoresis(CE) for simultaneous enhancement of detection sensitivity and separation power in complex samples.Capillary zone electrophoresis(CZE) was used as the first dimension separation according to mobilities,from which the effluent fractions were further analyzed by micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography(MEKC) acting as the second dimension.Cation-selective exhaustive injection(CSEI) preconcentration method was used to introduce more analytes into the capillary.Furthermore,pH junction and sweeping dual concentration strategies were employed to avoid sample zone diffusion at the interface.The resulting electrophoregram was quite different from that of either CZE or MEKC separation.Up to(0.5-1.2) ×104 fold improvements in sensitivity were obtained relative to the conventional electrokinetic injection method.The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of drugs in human urine.

  5. The fluid mechanics of continuous flow electrophoresis

    Saville, D. A.


    The overall objective is to establish theoretically and confirm experimentally the ultimate capabilities of continuous flow electrophoresis chambers operating in an environment essentially free of particle sedimentation and buoyancy. The efforts are devoted to: (1) studying the effects of particle concentration on sample conductivity and dielectric constant. The dielectric constant and conductivity were identified as playing crucial roles in the behavior of the sample and on the resolving power and throughput of continuous flow devices; and (2) improving the extant mathematical models to predict flow fields and particle trajectories in continuous flow electrophoresis. A dielectric spectrometer was designed and built to measure the complex dielectric constant of a colloidal dispersion as a function of frequency between 500 Hz and 200 kHz. The real part of the signal can be related to the sample's conductivity and the imaginary part to its dielectric constant. Measurements of the dielectric constants of several different dispersions disclosed that the dielectric constants of dilute systems of the sort encountered in particle electrophoresis are much larger than would be expected based on the extant theory. Experiments were carried out to show that, in many cases, this behavior is due to the presence of a filamentary structure of small hairs on the particle surface. A technique for producing electrokinetically ideal synthetic latex particles by heat treating was developed. Given the ubiquitous nature of hairy surfaces with both cells and synthetic particles, it was deemed necessary to develop a theory to explain their behavior. A theory for electrophoretic mobility of hairy particles was developed. Finally, the extant computer programs for predicting the structure of electro-osmotically driven flows were extended to encompass flow channels with variable wall mobilities.

  6. Capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry of carbohydrates.

    Zaia, Joseph


    The development of methods for capillary electrophoresis (CE) with on-line mass spectrometric detection (CE/MS) is driven by the need for accurate, robust, and sensitive glycomics analysis for basic biomedicine, biomarker discovery, and analysis of recombinant protein therapeutics. One important capability is to profile glycan mixtures with respect to the patterns of substituents including sialic acids, acetate, sulfate, phosphate, and other groups. There is additional need for an MS-compatible separation system capable of resolving carbohydrate isomers. This chapter summarizes applications of CS/MS to analysis of carbohydrates, glycoproteins, and glycopeptides that have appeared since 2008. Readers are referred to recent comprehensive reviews covering earlier publications.

  7. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis a practical guide

    Birren, Bruce


    Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis: A Practical Guide is the first laboratory manual to describe the theory and practice of this technique. Based on the authors' experience developing pulsed field gel instruments and teaching procedures, this book provides everything a researcher or student needs to know in order to understand and carry out pulsed field gel experiments. Clear, well-tested protocols assume only that users have a basic familiarity with molecular biology. Thorough coverage of useful data, theory, and applications ensures that this book is also a lasting resource for more adv

  8. Hybrid slab-microchannel gel electrophoresis system

    Balch, Joseph W.; Carrano, Anthony V.; Davidson, James C.; Koo, Jackson C.


    A hybrid slab-microchannel gel electrophoresis system. The hybrid system permits the fabrication of isolated microchannels for biomolecule separations without imposing the constraint of a totally sealed system. The hybrid system is reusable and ultimately much simpler and less costly to manufacture than a closed channel plate system. The hybrid system incorporates a microslab portion of the separation medium above the microchannels, thus at least substantially reducing the possibility of non-uniform field distribution and breakdown due to uncontrollable leakage. A microslab of the sieving matrix is built into the system by using plastic spacer materials and is used to uniformly couple the top plate with the bottom microchannel plate.

  9. Multicapillary electrophoresis disposable cartridge for bioseparations

    Amirkhanian, Varoujan D.; Liu, Ming-Sun


    We have successfully demonstrated the development of a compact and cost-effective parallel multi-channel capillary electrophoresis system for bio-molecules analysis. The automated process includes a buffer/gel replenishment mechanism, high voltage control of fluidics and an automated sample tray transport capability. The bio-separation/analysis occurs in a disposable cartridge containing multi-column capillaries with integrated excitation optical fibers, detection micro-optics and a buffer reservoir common to all separation channels. Tests of this fully integrated system indicate, that large quantities of biological samples can be analyzed automatically in a short period with highly sensitive fluorescence detection.

  10. Use of Capillary Electrophoresis in the Study of Interaction between dsDNA and Drug Molecules


    Two 17-mer dsDNA with different sequence characteristics were designed to investigate the binding characteristics of berberine, an anticancer drug with uncertain binding mode, and Hoechst 33258, a model DNA minor groove binder, with dsDNA, respectively by the capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE). Kenndler model analysis revealed that Hoechst 33258 exhibited intermediate affinity with dsDNA, while there was only low affinity and some weak binding preference for AATT-containing to GGCC-containing dsDNA for berberine.

  11. Effects of analyte velocity modulation on the electroosmotic flow in capillary electrophoresis.

    Demana, T; Guhathakurta, U; Morris, M D


    Modulation of the electroosmotic flow in capillary zone electrophoresis by modulation of the driving voltage gives rise to a flow profile that changes between laminar and flat profiles. The changing flow profile induces a radial movement of sample species to and from the capillary surface. The induced sample concentration gradient can be monitored by carefully probing the capillary surface. The resulting signal is a derivative of the normal-shaped peak. Derivative-shaped peaks can be observed with cations, but not with anions. Anions are unable to approach the double-layer region and therefore are unaffected by the modulation process.

  12. A technique for detecting antifungal activity of proteins separated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

    De Bolle, M F; Goderis, I J; Terras, F R; Cammue, B P; Broekaert, W F


    A technique was developed for the detection of antifungal activity of proteins after discontinuous polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under native conditions. The antifungal activity is detected as growth inhibition zones in a homogeneous fungal lawn, grown in an agar layer spread on top of the polyacrylamide gel. The position of proteins with antifungal activity can be determined on a diffusion blot prepared from the same gel. The technique is illustrated for three antifungal plant proteins, i.e. alpha-purothionin, Urtica dioica agglutinin, and tobacco chitinase.

  13. Recent developments in capillary and chip electrophoresis of bioparticles: Viruses, organelles, and cells.

    Subirats, Xavier; Blaas, Dieter; Kenndler, Ernst


    In appropriate aqueous buffer solutions, biological particles usually exhibit a particular electric surface charge due to exposed charged or chargeable functional groups (amino acid residues, acidic carbohydrate moieties, etc.). Consequently, these bioparticles can migrate in solution under the influence of an electric field allowing separation according to their electrophoretic mobilities or their pI values. Based on these properties, electromigration methods are of eminent interest for the characterization, separation, and detection of such particles. The present review discusses the research papers published between 2008 and 2010 dealing with isoelectric focusing and zone electrophoresis of viruses, organelles and microorganisms (bacteria and yeast cells) in the capillary and the chip format.

  14. Recent advances in amino acid analysis by capillary electrophoresis.

    Poinsot, Véréna; Carpéné, Marie-Anne; Bouajila, Jalloul; Gavard, Pierre; Feurer, Bernard; Couderc, François


    This paper describes the most important articles that have been published on amino acid analysis using CE during the period from June 2009 to May 2011 and follows the format of the previous articles of Smith (Electrophoresis 1999, 20, 3078-3083), Prata et al. (Electrophoresis 2001, 22, 4129-4138) and Poinsot et al. (Electrophoresis 2003, 24, 4047-4062; Electrophoresis 2006, 27, 176-194; Electrophoresis 2008, 29, 207-223; Electrophoresis 2010, 31, 105-121). We present new developments in amino acid analysis with CE, which are reported describing the use of lasers or light emitting diodes for fluorescence detection, conductimetry electrochemiluminescence detectors, mass spectrometry applications, and lab-on-a-chip applications using CE. In addition, we describe articles concerning clinical studies and neurochemical applications of these techniques.

  15. Micro-injector for capillary electrophoresis.

    Sáiz, Jorge; Koenka, Israel Joel; García-Ruiz, Carmen; Müller, Beat; Chwalek, Thomas; Hauser, Peter C


    A novel micro-injector for capillary electrophoresis for the handling of samples with volumes down to as little as 300 nL was designed and built in our laboratory for analyses in which the available volume is a limitation. The sample is placed into a small cavity located directly in front of the separation capillary, and the injection is then carried out automatically by controlled pressurization of the chamber with compressed air. The system also allows automated flushing of the injection chamber as well as of the capillary. In a trial with a capillary electrophoresis system with contactless conductivity detector, employing a capillary of 25 μm diameter, the results showed good stability of migration times and peak areas. To illustrate the technique, the fast separation of five inorganic cations (Na(+) , K(+) , NH4 (+) , Ca(2+) , and Mg(2+) ) was set up. This could be achieved in less than 3 min, with good limits of detection (10 μM) and linear ranges (between about 10 and 1000 μM). The system was demonstrated for the determination of the inorganic cations in porewater samples of a lake sediment core.

  16. Fractionation of mineral species by electrophoresis

    Dunning, J. D.; Herren, B. J.; Tipps, R. W.; Snyder, R. S.


    The fractionation of fine-grained aggregates into their major components is a problem in many scientific areas including earth and planetary science. Electrophoresis, the transport of electrically charged particles, immersed in a suspension medium, by a direct current field (Bier, 1959), was employed in this study as a means of separating simulated lunar soil into its constituent minerals. In these tests, conducted in a static analytical cylindrical microelectrophoresis apparatus, samples of simulated lunar soil and samples of pure mineral constituents were placed in the chamber; the electrophoretic mobilities of the lunar soil and the individual mineral constituents were measured. In most of the suspension buffers employed separability was indicated, on the basis of differences in mobility, for all the constituent mineral species except ilmenite and pyroxene, which were not efficiently separable in any of the buffers. Although only a few suspension media were employed, the success of this initial study suggests that electrophoresis may be an important mineral fractionation option in fine-grained aggregate processing.

  17. Gel Electrophoresis of Gold-DNA Nanoconjugates

    T. Pellegrino


    Full Text Available Gold-DNA conjugates were investigated in detail by a comprehensive gel electrophoresis study based on 1200 gels. A controlled number of single-stranded DNA of different length was attached specifically via thiol-Au bonds to phosphine-stabilized colloidal gold nanoparticles. Alternatively, the surface of the gold particles was saturated with single stranded DNA of different length either specifically via thiol-Au bonds or by nonspecific adsorption. From the experimentally determined electrophoretic mobilities, estimates for the effective diameters of the gold-DNA conjugates were derived by applying two different data treatment approaches. The first method is based on making a calibration curve for the relation between effective diameters and mobilities with gold nanoparticles of known diameter. The second method is based on Ferguson analysis which uses gold nanoparticles of known diameter as reference database. Our study shows that effective diameters derived from gel electrophoresis measurements are affected with a high error bar as the determined values strongly depend on the method of evaluation, though relative changes in size upon binding of molecules can be detected with high precision. Furthermore, in this study, the specific attachment of DNA via gold-thiol bonds to Au nanoparticles is compared to nonspecific adsorption of DNA. Also, the maximum number of DNA molecules that can be bound per particle was determined.

  18. Characterization and Study of Transgenic Cultivars by Capillary and Microchip Electrophoresis

    Elena Domínguez Vega


    Full Text Available Advances in biotechnology have increased the demand for suitable analytical techniques for the analysis of genetically modified organisms. Study of the substantial equivalence, discrimination between transgenic and non-transgenic cultivars, study of the unintended effects caused by a genetic modification or their response to diverse situations or stress conditions (e.g., environmental, climatic, infections are some of the concerns that need to be addressed. Capillary electrophoresis (CE is emerging as an alternative to conventional techniques for the study and characterization of genetically modified organisms. This article reviews the most recent applications of CE for the analysis and characterization of transgenic cultivars in the last five years. Different strategies have been described depending on the level analyzed (DNA, proteins or metabolites. Capillary gel electrophoresis (CGE has shown to be particularly useful for the analysis of DNA fragments amplified by PCR. Metabolites and proteins have been mainly separated using capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE using UV and MS detection. Electrophoretic chips have also proven their ability in the analysis of transgenic cultivars and a section describing the new applications is also included.

  19. Chip electrophoresis of gelatin-based nanoparticles.

    Weiss, Victor U; Lehner, Angela; Grombe, Ringo; Marchetti-Deschmann, Martina; Allmaier, Günter


    Recently, biodegradable nanoparticles received increasing attention for pharmaceutical applications as well as applications in the food industry. With the current investigation we demonstrate chip electrophoresis of fluorescently (FL) labeled gelatin nanoparticles (gelatin NPs) on a commercially available instrument. FL labeling included a step for the removal of low molecular mass material (especially excess dye molecules). Nevertheless, for the investigated gelatin NP preparation two analyte peaks, one very homogeneous with an electrophoretic net mobility of μ = -24.6 ± 0.3 × 10(-9) m(2) /Vs at the peak apex (n = 17) and another more heterogeneous peak with μ between approximately -27.2 ± 0.2 × 10(-9) m(2) /Vs and -36.6 ± 0.2 × 10(-9) m(2) /Vs at the peak beginning and end point (n = 11, respectively) were recorded. Filtration allowed enrichment of particles in the size range of approximately 35 nm (pore size employed for concentration of gelatin NPs) to 200 nm (pore size employed during FL labeling). This corresponded to the very homogeneous peak linking it to gelatin NPs, whereas the more heterogeneous peak probably corresponds to gelatin not cross-linked to such a high degree (NP building blocks). Several further gelatin NP preparations were analyzed according to the same protocol yielding peaks with electrophoretic net mobilities between -23.3 ± 0.3 × 10(-9) m(2) /Vs and -28.9 ± 0.2 × 10(-9) m(2) /Vs at peak apexes (n = 15 and 6). Chip electrophoresis allows analyte separation in less than two minutes (including electrophoretic sample injection). Together with the high sensitivity of the FL detection - the LOD as derived for the first main peak of the applied dye from the threefold standard deviation of the background noise values 80 pM for determined separation conditions - this leads to a very promising high throughput separation technique especially for the analysis of bionanoparticles. For gelatin NP preparations, chip electrophoresis

  20. Cycloaliphatic epoxy resin coating for capillary electrophoresis.

    Shah, Roopa S; Wang, Qinggang; Lee, Milton L


    Coating the interior surface of a fused-silica capillary with a polymeric material has long been used in capillary electrophoresis (CE) to reduce or eliminate electroosmotic flow and suppress adsorption. A cycloaliphatic epoxide-based resin was bonded to silane treated capillaries and crosslinked with a curing agent. The epoxy resin coating significantly reduced electroosmotic flow over a pH range of 3-10. This coating was sufficiently hydrophilic to suppress protein adsorption. The epoxy resin coated capillary was used to separate several acidic and basic proteins and peptides. Separation efficiencies greater than 400,000 theoretical plates were achieved. The relative standard deviations in migration times for proteins were methods.

  1. Novel absorption detection techniques for capillary electrophoresis

    Xue, Yongjun [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) has emerged as one of the most versatile separation methods. However, efficient separation is not sufficient unless coupled to adequate detection. The narrow inner diameter (I.D.) of the capillary column raises a big challenge to detection methods. For UV-vis absorption detection, the concentration sensitivity is only at the μM level. Most commercial CE instruments are equipped with incoherent UV-vis lamps. Low-brightness, instability and inefficient coupling of the light source with the capillary limit the further improvement of UV-vis absorption detection in CE. The goals of this research have been to show the utility of laser-based absorption detection. The approaches involve: on-column double-beam laser absorption detection and its application to the detection of small ions and proteins, and absorption detection with the bubble-shaped flow cell.

  2. Antibody enhancement of free-flow electrophoresis

    Cohly, H. H. P.; Morrison, Dennis R.; Atassi, M. Zouhair


    Specific T cell clones and antibodies (ABs) were developed to study the efficiency of purifying closely associated T cells using Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System. Enhanced separation is accomplished by tagging cells first with ABs directed against the antigenic determinants on the cell surface and then with ABs against the Fc portion of the first AB. This second AB protrudes sufficiently beyond the cell membrane and glycocalyx to become the major overall cell surface potential determinant and thus causes a reduction of electrophoretic mobility. This project was divided into three phases. Phase one included development of specific T cell clones and separation of these specific clones. Phase two extends these principles to the separation of T cells from spleen cells and immunized lymph node cells. Phase three applies this double antibody technique to the separation of T cytotoxic cells from bone marrow.

  3. Application of capillary electrophoresis to the development and evaluation of aptamer affinity probes

    Sooter, Letha J.; McMasters, Sun; Stratis-Cullum, Dimitra N.


    Nucleic acid aptamers can exhibit high binding affinities for a wide variety of targets and have received much attention as molecular recognition elements for enhanced biosensor performance. These aptamers recognize target molecules through a combination of conformational dependent non-covalent interactions in aqueous media which can be investigated using capillary electrophoresis-based methods. In this paper we report on the results of our studies of the relative binding affinity of Campylobacter jejuni aptamers using a capillary electrophoretic immunoassay. Our results show preferential binding to C. jejuni over other common food pathogen bacteria. Capillary electrophoresis can also be used to develop new aptamer recognition elements using an in vitro selection process known as systematic evolution of ligand by exponential enrichment (SELEX). Recently, this process has been adapted to use capillary electrophoresis in an attempt to shorten the overall selection process. This smart selection of nucleic acid aptamers from a large diversity of a combinatorial DNA library is under optimization for the development of aptamers which bind to Army-relevant targets. This paper will include a discussion of the establishment of CE-SELEX methods for the future development of smart aptamer probes.

  4. Gel Electrophoresis on a Budget to Dye for

    Yu, Julie H.


    Gel electrophoresis is one of the most important tools used in molecular biology and has facilitated the entire field of genetic engineering by enabling the separation of nucleic acids and proteins. However, commercial electrophoresis kits can cost up to $800 for each setup, which is cost prohibitive for most classroom budgets. This article…

  5. Gel Electrophoresis on a Budget to Dye for

    Yu, Julie H.


    Gel electrophoresis is one of the most important tools used in molecular biology and has facilitated the entire field of genetic engineering by enabling the separation of nucleic acids and proteins. However, commercial electrophoresis kits can cost up to $800 for each setup, which is cost prohibitive for most classroom budgets. This article…

  6. Inexpensive and Safe DNA Gel Electrophoresis Using Household Materials

    Ens, S.; Olson, A. B.; Dudley, C.; Ross, N. D., III; Siddiqi, A. A.; Umoh, K. M.; Schneegurt, M. A.


    Gel electrophoresis is the single most important molecular biology technique and it is central to life sciences research, but it is often too expensive for the secondary science classroom or homeschoolers. A simple safe low-cost procedure is described here that uses household materials to construct and run DNA gel electrophoresis. Plastic…

  7. Inexpensive and Safe DNA Gel Electrophoresis Using Household Materials

    Ens, S.; Olson, A. B.; Dudley, C.; Ross, N. D., III; Siddiqi, A. A.; Umoh, K. M.; Schneegurt, M. A.


    Gel electrophoresis is the single most important molecular biology technique and it is central to life sciences research, but it is often too expensive for the secondary science classroom or homeschoolers. A simple safe low-cost procedure is described here that uses household materials to construct and run DNA gel electrophoresis. Plastic…

  8. 21 CFR 862.2485 - Electrophoresis apparatus for clinical use.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Electrophoresis apparatus for clinical use. 862.2485 Section 862.2485 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN... Instruments § 862.2485 Electrophoresis apparatus for clinical use. (a) Identification. An...

  9. DNA gel electrophoresis: the reptation model(s).

    Slater, Gary W


    DNA gel electrophoresis has been the most important experimental tool to separate DNA fragments for several decades. The introduction of PFGE in the 1980s and capillary gel electrophoresis in the 1990s made it possible to study, map and sequence entire genomes. Explaining how very large DNA molecules move in a gel and why PFGE is needed to separate them has been an active field of research ever since the launch of the journal Electrophoresis. This article presents a personal and historical overview of the development of the theory of gel electrophoresis, focusing on the reptation model, the band broadening mechanisms, and finally the factors that limit the read length and the resolution of electrophoresis-based sequencing systems. I conclude with a short discussion of some of the questions that remain unanswered.

  10. Agarose gel electrophoresis and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis for visualization of simple sequence repeats.

    Anderson, James; Wright, Drew; Meksem, Khalid


    In the modern age of genetic research there is a constant search for ways to improve the efficiency of plant selection. The most recent technology that can result in a highly efficient means of selection and still be done at a low cost is through plant selection directed by simple sequence repeats (SSRs or microsatellites). The molecular markers are used to select for certain desirable plant traits without relying on ambiguous phenotypic data. The best way to detect these is the use of gel electrophoresis. Gel electrophoresis is a common technique in laboratory settings which is used to separate deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) by size. Loading DNA and RNA onto gels allows for visualization of the size of fragments through the separation of DNA and RNA fragments. This is achieved through the use of the charge in the particles. As the fragments separate, they form into distinct bands at set sizes. We describe the ability to visualize SSRs on slab gels of agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

  11. Higher sensitivity of capillary electrophoresis in detecting hemoglobin A2'compared to traditional gel electrophoresis.

    Oleske, Deanna Alicia; Huang, Richard Sheng Poe; Dasgupta, Amitava; Nguyen, Andy; Wahed, Amer


    HbA2' (also called Hb B2) is the most common delta-globin chain defect and is reported to occur in 1-2% of the African American population. The major clinical significance of HbA2' is that the failure to detect it might lead to an underestimation of the total HbA2, leading to failure to diagnose β-thalassemia minor. In order to diagnose β-thalassemia minor, both HbA2 and HbA2' levels must be combined.Hb A2' accounts for a small percentage (1-2%) of the total hemoglobin in heterozygotes. It is difficult to detect this small amount by traditional gel electrophoresis. Using HPLC Hb A2' is easily detected as it produces a minor peak in the S window. Other conditions which might interfere with detection of HbA2' by HPLC include Hb S trait or Hb SS disease (Hb A2' hidden in the S peak), transfused Hb SS (Hb S peak may be very small), Hb C trait or Hb CC disease (glycosylated Hb C elutes in the S window), and Hb G (Hb G2 elutes in the S window). All of the above conditions, including Hb A2', occur most commonly in the same ethnic group (African American). We reviewed 654 consecutive cases over a period of three months for the presence of Hb A2' in our laboratory where capillary electrophoresis is used as the primary diagnostic tool. We detected seven cases (1.07 %) of HbA2'. In contrast, we did not detect any HbA2' using conventional gel electrophoresis in the last one year (2,580 cases). Although in none of the seven cases the sum of Hb A2 and Hb A2' exceeded 3.5%, we believe that capillary electrophoresis allows for a better detection of Hb A2' than gel electrophoresis and HPLC. © 2014 by the Association of Clinical Scientists, Inc.

  12. Application of capillary electrophoresis to the simultaneous determination and stability study of four extensively used penicillin derivatives

    Brigitta Simon


    Full Text Available The applicability of capillary electrophoresis for the analysis of four extensively used penicillin derivatives (benzylpenicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin, oxacilllin has been studied. Because of structural similarities, the electrophoretic behavior of these derivatives is very similar; consequently an efficient separation using the conventional capillary zone electrophoresis is hard to be achieved. Their simultaneous separation was solved by using micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography, the separation being based on the differential partition of the analytes between the micellar and aqueous phase. Using a buffer solution containing 25 mM sodium tetraborate and 100 mM sodium dodecyl sulfate as surfactant, at a pH of 9.3, applying a voltage of + 25 kV at a temperature of 25 °C, we achieved the simultaneous separation of the studied penicillin derivatives in less then 5 minutes. The separation conditions were optimized and the analytical performance of the method was evaluated in terms of precision, linearity, limit of detection, and quantification. Also, a simple capillary zone electrophoresis method was applied to study the stability of the studied penicillin derivatives in water at different temperatures, using ciprofloxacin hydrochloride as internal standard. It was observed that the extent of the hydrolysis of penicillins in water is highly dependent on the time and also temperature.

  13. Zoning Districts, Zoning, Published in 2002, Freelance.

    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Zoning Districts dataset, was produced all or in part from Hardcopy Maps information as of 2002. It is described as 'Zoning'. Data by this publisher are often...

  14. Contemporary sample stacking in analytical electrophoresis.

    Šlampová, Andrea; Malá, Zdena; Pantůčková, Pavla; Gebauer, Petr; Boček, Petr


    Sample stacking is a term denoting a multifarious class of methods and their names that are used daily in CE for online concentration of diluted samples to enhance separation efficiency and sensitivity of analyses. The essence of these methods is that analytes present at low concentrations in a large injected sample zone are concentrated into a short and sharp zone (stack) in the separation capillary. Then the stacked analytes are separated and detected. Regardless of the diversity of the stacking electromigration methods, one can distinguish four main principles that form the bases of nearly all of them: (i) Kohlrausch adjustment of concentrations, (ii) pH step, (iii) micellar methods, and (iv) transient ITP. This contribution is a continuation of our previous reviews on the topic and brings an overview of papers published during 2010-2012 and relevant to the mentioned principles (except the last one which is covered by another review in this issue).

  15. Sample collection system for gel electrophoresis

    Olivares, Jose A.; Stark, Peter C.; Dunbar, John M.; Hill, Karen K.; Kuske, Cheryl R.; Roybal, Gustavo


    An automatic sample collection system for use with an electrophoretic slab gel system is presented. The collection system can be used with a slab gel have one or more lanes. A detector is used to detect particle bands on the slab gel within a detection zone. Such detectors may use a laser to excite fluorescently labeled particles. The fluorescent light emitted from the excited particles is transmitted to low-level light detection electronics. Upon the detection of a particle of interest within the detection zone, a syringe pump is activated, sending a stream of buffer solution across the lane of the slab gel. The buffer solution collects the sample of interest and carries it through a collection port into a sample collection vial.

  16. Improving the sensitivity in chiral capillary electrophoresis.

    Sánchez-López, Elena; Marina, María Luisa; Crego, Antonio L


    CE is known for being one of the most powerful analytical techniques when performing enantioseparations due to its numerous advantages such as excellent separation efficiency and extremely low solvents and reagents consumption, all of them derived from the capillary small dimensions. Moreover, it is worth highlighting that unlike in chromatographic techniques, in CE the chiral selector is generally within the separation medium instead of being attached to the separation column which makes the method optimization a more versatile task. Despite its numerous advantages, when using UV-Vis detection, CE lacks of sensitivity detection due to its short optical path length derived from the narrow separation capillary. This issue can be overcome by means of different approaches, either by sample treatment procedures or by in-capillary preconcentration techniques or even by employing detection systems more sensitive than UV-Vis, such as LIF or MS. The present review assembles the latest contributions regarding improvements of sensitivity in chiral CE published from June 2013 until May 2015, which follows the works included in a previous review reported by Sánchez-Hernández et al. [Electrophoresis 2014, 35, 12-27].

  17. Capillary electrophoresis and the clinical laboratory.

    Jabeen, Rukhsana; Payne, Deborah; Wiktorowicz, John; Mohammad, Amin; Petersen, John


    Over the past 15 years, CE as an analytical tool has shown great promise in replacing many conventional clinical laboratory methods, such as electrophoresis and HPLC. CE's appeal was that it was fast, used very small amounts of sample and reagents, was extremely versatile, and was able to separate large and small analytes, whether neutral or charged. Because of this versatility, numerous methods have been developed for analytes that are of clinical interest. Other than molecular diagnostic and forensic laboratories CE has not been able to make a major impact in the United States. In contrast, in Europe and Japan an increasing number of clinical laboratories are using CE. Now that automated multicapillary instruments are commercially available along with cost-effective test kits, CE may yet be accepted as an instrument that will be routinely used in the clinical laboratories. This review will focus on areas where CE has the potential to have the greatest impact on the clinical laboratory. These include analyses of proteins found in serum and urine, hemoglobin (A1c and variants), carbohydrate-deficient transferrin, forensic and therapeutic drug screening, and molecular diagnostics.

  18. Nitromethane as solvent in capillary electrophoresis.

    Subirats, Xavier; Porras, Simo P; Rosés, Martí; Kenndler, Ernst


    Nitromethane has several properties that make it an interesting solvent for capillary electrophoresis especially for lipophilic analytes that are not sufficiently soluble in water: freezing and boiling points are suitable for laboratory conditions, low viscosity leads to favourable electrophoretic mobilities, or an intermediate dielectric constant enables dissolution of electrolytes. In the present work we investigate the change of electrophoretically relevant analyte properties - mobilities and pKa values - in nitromethane in dependence on the most important experimental conditions determined by the background electrolyte: the ionic strength, I, and the pH. It was found that the mobility decreases with increasing ionic strength (by, e.g. up to 30% from I = 0 to 50 mmol/L) according to theory. An appropriate pH scale is established by the aid of applying different concentration ratios of a buffer acid with known pKa and its conjugate base. The mobility of the anionic analytes (from weak neutral acids) depends on the pH with the typical sigmoidal curve in accordance with theory. The pKa of neutral acids derived from these curves is shifted by as much as 14 pK units in nitromethane compared to water. Both findings confirm the agreement of the electrophoretic behaviour of the analytes with theories of electrolyte solutions. Separation of several neutral analytes was demonstrated upon formation of charged complexes due to heteroconjugation with chloride as ionic constituent of the background electrolyte.

  19. Fabricating PFPE Membranes for Capillary Electrophoresis

    Lee, Michael C.; Willis, Peter A.; Greer, Frank; Rolland, Jason


    A process has been developed for fabricating perfluoropolyether (PFPE) membranes that contain microscopic holes of precise sizes at precise locations. The membranes are to be incorporated into laboratory-on-a-chip microfluidic devices to be used in performing capillary electrophoresis. The present process is a modified version of part of the process, described in the immediately preceding article, that includes a step in which a liquid PFPE layer is cured into solid (membrane) form by use of ultraviolet light. In the present process, one exploits the fact that by masking some locations to prevent exposure to ultraviolet light, one can prevent curing of the PFPE in those locations. The uncured PFPE can be washed away from those locations in the subsequent release and cleaning steps. Thus, holes are formed in the membrane in those locations. The most straightforward way to implement the modification is to use, during the ultraviolet-curing step, an ultraviolet photomask similar to the photomasks used in fabricating microelectronic devices. In lieu of such a photomask, one could use a mask made of any patternable ultraviolet-absorbing material (for example, an ink or a photoresist).

  20. Electrophoresis of particles with Navier velocity slip.

    Park, Hung Mok


    In the present investigation, it is found that the electrophoretic mobility of hydrophobic particles is affected not only by the zeta potential but also by the velocity slip at the particle surface. From a physicochemical viewpoint, zeta potential represents the surface charge properties and the slip coefficient indicates the hydrophobicity of the particle surface. Thus, it is necessary to separate the contribution of zeta potential from that of slip coefficient to the particle mobility, since zeta potential can be changed by varying the bulk ionic concentration while the slip coefficient can be modified by adjusting surfactant concentration. In the present investigation, a method is devised that allows a simultaneous estimation of zeta potential and slip coefficient of micro and nanoparticles using measurements of electrophoretic mobility at various bulk ionic concentrations. Employing a nonlinear curve-fitting technique and an analytic solution of electrophoresis for a particle with velocity slip, the present technique predicts both zeta potential and slip coefficient simultaneously with reasonable accuracy using the measured values of electrophoretic mobility at various bulk ionic concentrations.