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  1. Avia pursuit airplane B.H. 21

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    Serryer, J

    1926-01-01

    Built by the 'Czecho-Slovakian' aircraft factory, AVIA, the B.H. 21, has a top speed of 250 MPH, and carries 120 kg of gasoline and 20 kg of oil, giving it a radius of action of 600-650 km. It is equipped with a Hispano-Suiza engine capable of 300 HP.

  2. MD-2 as the target of a novel small molecule, L6H21, in the attenuation of LPS-induced inflammatory response and sepsis

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    Wang, Yi; Shan, Xiaoou; Chen, Gaozhi; Jiang, Lili; Wang, Zhe; Fang, Qilu; Liu, Xing; Wang, Jingying; Zhang, Yali; Wu, Wencan; Liang, Guang

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose Myeloid differentiation 2 (MD-2) recognizes LPS, which is required for TLR4 activation, and represents an attractive therapeutic target for severe inflammatory disorders. We previously found that a chalcone derivative, L6H21, could inhibit LPS-induced overexpression of TNF-α and IL-6 in macrophages. Here, we performed a series of biochemical experiments to investigate whether L6H21 specifically targets MD-2 and inhibits the interaction and signalling transduction of LPS-TLR4/MD-2. Experimental Approach The binding affinity of L6H21 to MD-2 protein was analysed using computer docking, surface plasmon resonance analysis, elisa, fluorescence measurements and flow cytometric analysis. The effects of L6H21 on MAPK and NF-κB signalling were determined using EMSA, fluorescence staining, Western blotting and immunoprecipitation. The anti-inflammatory effects of L6H21 were confirmed using elisa and RT-qPCR in vitro. The anti-inflammatory effects of L6H21 were also evaluated in septic C57BL/6 mice. Key Results Compound L6H21 inserted into the hydrophobic region of the MD-2 pocket, forming hydrogen bonds with Arg90 and Tyr102 in the MD-2 pocket. In vitro, L6H21 subsequently suppressed MAPK phosphorylation, NF-κB activation and cytokine expression in macrophages stimulated by LPS. In vivo, L6H21 pretreatment improved survival, prevented lung injury, decreased serum and hepatic cytokine levels in mice subjected to LPS. In addition, mice with MD-2 gene knockout were universally protected from the effects of LPS-induced septic shock. Conclusions and Implications Overall, this work demonstrated that the new chalcone derivative, L6H21, is a potential candidate for the treatment of sepsis. More importantly, the data confirmed that MD-2 is an important therapeutic target for inflammatory disorders. PMID:26076332

  3. Genetic Diversity and Virulence Potential of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O113:H21 Strains Isolated from Clinical, Environmental, and Food Sources

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    Delannoy, Sabine; Lacher, David W.; dos Santos, Luis Fernando; Beutin, Lothar; Fach, Patrick; Rivas, Marta; Hartland, Elizabeth L.; Paton, Adrienne W.; Guth, Beatriz E. C.

    2014-01-01

    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains of serotype O113:H21 have caused severe human diseases, but they are unusual in that they do not produce adherence factors coded by the locus of enterocyte effacement. Here, a PCR microarray was used to characterize 65 O113:H21 strains isolated from the environment, food, and clinical infections from various countries. In comparison to the pathogenic strains that were implicated in hemolytic-uremic syndrome in Australia, there were no clear differences between the pathogens and the environmental strains with respect to the 41 genetic markers tested. Furthermore, all of the strains carried only Shiga toxin subtypes associated with human infections, suggesting that the environmental strains have the potential to cause disease. Most of the O113:H21 strains were closely related and belonged in the same clonal group (ST-223), but CRISPR analysis showed a great degree of genetic diversity among the O113:H21 strains. PMID:24858089

  4. On the Reaction of FNO2 with CH3, t-butyl, and C13H21

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    Thuemmel, H. T.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    Theoretical studies are reported for the reaction of FN02 with the radicals CH3, t-butyl, and C13H21, which are templates for the radical site of a hydrogenated diamond surface. All structures axe fully optimized using density functional theory (DFT) based on the B3LYP functional. Calibration calculations axe performed for CH3 + FNO2 using the coupled cluster approach, the the internally contracted multireference configuration. interaction method, and second order perturbation theory based upon complete active space SCF (CASSCF) reference wave function. These calibration calculations support the B3LYP approach for the calculation of bond energies, but show the B3LYP barrier is too low. Combining the calibration calculations with the larger clusters yields our best estimate of a barrier of about 10 kcal/mol. for the reaction of FNO2 with a radical site on hydrogenated diamond.

  5. From Planar to Cage in 15 Easy Steps: Resolving the C60H21F9(-) → C60(-) Transformation by Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry.

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    Greisch, Jean-François; Amsharov, Konstantin Yu; Weippert, Jürgen; Weis, Patrick; Böttcher, Artur; Kappes, Manfred M

    2016-09-01

    A combination of mass spectrometry, collision-induced dissociation, ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS), and density functional theory (DFT) has been used to study the evolution of anionic species generated by laser-desorption of the near-planar, fluorinated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), C60H21F9 (s). The dominant decay process for isolated, thermally activated C60H21F9(-) species comprises a sequence of multiple regioselective cyclodehydrofluorination and cyclodehydrogenation reactions (eliminating HF and H2, respectively, while forming additional pentagons and/or hexagons). The DFT calculations allow us to set narrow bounds on the structures of the resulting fragment ions by fitting structural models to experimentally determined collision cross sections. These show that the transformation of the precursor anion proceeds via a series of intermediate structures characterized by increasing curvature, ultimately leading to the closed-shell fullerene cage C60(-) as preprogrammed by the precursor structure. PMID:27501376

  6. Characterization of a chromosomally integrated luxCDABE marker for investigation of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O91:H21 shedding in cattle

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    Hong, Yingying; Mathew, Alan G.

    2011-06-01

    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O91:H21 has been recognized as a potential life-threatening foodborne pathogen and is commonly involved in human infections in European countries. Fecal shedding of the organism by cattle is considered to be the ultimate source for contaminations. Studies examining STEC shedding patterns often include inoculation of strains carrying antibiotic resistance makers for identifiable recovery. However, indigenous intestinal microflora exhibiting similar antibiotic resistance patterns can confound such studies. Such was the case in a study by our group when attempting to characterize shedding patterns of O91:H21 in calves. A chromosomally integrated bioluminescence marker using a luxCDABE cassette from Photorhabdus luminescens was developed in O91:H21 to overcome such shortcomings of antibiotic resistance markers during animal challenge experiment. The marker was validated in various aspects and was shown to have no impact on metabolic reactions, isotype virulence gene patterns, cost to growth, and additionally demonstrated high in vitro stability. Together, the results indicated that a chromosomally integrated luxCDABE based marker may be a superior system for the study of STEC colonization and shedding in cattle.

  7. Radioimmunoscintigraphy of colorectal carcinoma using technetium-99m-labeled, totally human monoclonal antibody 88BV59H21-2.

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    Gulec, S A; Serafini, A N; Moffat, F L; Vargas-Cuba, R D; Sfakianakis, G N; Franceschi, D; Crichton, V Z; Subramanian, R; Klein, J L; De Jager, R L

    1995-12-01

    Radioimmunoscintigraphy (RIS) using human monoclonal antibodies offers the important clinical advantage of repeated imaging over murine monoclonal antibodies by eliminating the cross-species antibody response. This article reports a Phase I-II clinical trial with Tc-99m-labeled, totally human monoclonal antibody 88BV59H21-2 in patients with colorectal carcinoma. The study population consisted of 34 patients with colorectal cancer (20 men and 14 women; age range, 44-81 years). Patients were administered 5-10 mg antibody labeled with 21-41 mCi Tc-99m by the i.v. route and imaged at 3-10 and 16-24 h after infusion using planar and single-photon emission computed tomographic (CT) techniques. Pathological confirmation was obtained in 25 patients who underwent surgery. Human antihuman antibody (HAHA) titers were checked prior to and 1 and 3 months after the infusion. RIS with Tc-99m-labeled 88BV59H21-2 revealed a better detection rate in the abdomen-pelvis region compared with axial CT. The combined use of both modalities increased the sensitivity in both the liver and abdomen-pelvis regions. Ten patients developed mild adverse reactions (chills and fever). No HAHA response was detected in this series. Tc-99m-labeled human monoclonal antibody 88BV59H21-2 RIS shows promise as a useful diagnostic modality in patients with colorectal cancer. RIS alone or in combination with CT is more sensitive than CT in detecting tumor within the abdomen and pelvis. Repeated RIS studies may be possible, due to the lack of a HAHA response. PMID:7493345

  8. 17[alpha](H),21[beta](H)-Hopane as a conserved internal marker for estimating the biodegradation of crude oil

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    Prince, R.C.; Elmendorf, D.L.; Lute, J.R.; Hsu, C.S.; Haith, C.E.; Senius, J.D.; Dechert, G.J. ); Douglas, G.S.; Butler, E.L. )

    1994-01-01

    Hopanes are common constituents of crude oils, and they are very resistant to biodegradation. They can therefore serve as conserved internal standards for assessing the biodegradation of the more degradable compounds in the oil. Here we address two important questions that attend such use. The first is whether the [open quotes]internal standard[close quotes] is being created during the biodegradation process itself, for this could result in an overestimate of the extent of biodegradation. The second is whether the internal standard is indeed relatively resistant to biodegradation on time scales of relevance to the biodegradation process under study; for if it was not, this could result in an underestimate of the extent of biodegradation. We find that 17[alpha](H),21[beta](H)-hopane is neither generated nor biodegraded during the biodegradation of crude oil fractions on time scales relevant to estimating the cleansing of oil spills, and so it has the appropriate characteristics to serve as an internal standard for studying the biodegradation of crude oil in the environment. 20 refs., 4 figs.

  9. Solvothermal indium fluoride chemistry: Syntheses and crystal structures of K 5In 3F 14, β-(NH 4) 3InF 6 and [NH 4] 3[C 6H 21N 4] 2[In 4F 21

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    Jayasundera, Anil C. A.; Goff, Richard J.; Li, Yang; Finch, Adrian A.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2010-02-01

    The solvothermal syntheses and crystal structures of three indium fluorides are presented. K 5In 3F 14 ( 1) and β-(NH 4) 3InF 6 ( 2) are variants on known inorganic structure types chiolite and cryolite, respectively, with the latter exhibiting a complex and apparently novel structural distortion. [NH 4] 3[C 6H 21N 4] 2[In 4F 21] ( 3) represents a new hybrid composition displaying a unique trimeric metal fluoride building unit.

  10. Apoptotic effect of novel Schiff Based CdCl2(C14H21N3O2) complex is mediated via activation of the mitochondrial pathway in colon cancer cells

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    Hajrezaie, Maryam; Paydar, Mohammadjavad; Looi, Chung Yeng; Moghadamtousi, Soheil Zorofchian; Hassandarvish, Pouya; Salga, Muhammad Saleh; Karimian, Hamed; Shams, Keivan; Zahedifard, Maryam; Majid, Nazia Abdul; Ali, Hapipah Mohd; Abdulla, Mahmood Ameen

    2015-01-01

    The development of metal-based agents has had a tremendous role in the present progress in cancer chemotherapy. One well-known example of metal-based agents is Schiff based metal complexes, which hold great promise for cancer therapy. Based on the potential of Schiff based complexes for the induction of apoptosis, this study aimed to examine the cytotoxic and apoptotic activity of a CdCl2(C14H21N3O2) complex on HT-29 cells. The complex exerted a potent suppressive effect on HT-29 cells with an IC50 value of 2.57 ± 0.39 after 72 h of treatment. The collapse of the mitochondrial membrane potential and the elevated release of cytochrome c from the mitochondria to the cytosol indicate the involvement of the intrinsic pathway in the induction of apoptosis. The role of the mitochondria-dependent apoptotic pathway was further proved by the significant activation of the initiator caspase-9 and the executioner caspases-3 and -7. In addition, the activation of caspase-8, which is associated with the suppression of NF-κB translocation to the nucleus, also revealed the involvement of the extrinsic pathway in the induced apoptosis. The results suggest that the CdCl2(C14H21N3O2) complex is able to induce the apoptosis of colon cancer cells and is a potential candidate for future cancer studies. PMID:25764970

  11. Materials Data on Y10H21 (SG:2) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-11-02

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  12. Structure above the t1 / 2 = 6.85-h, 21/2+ isomer in 93Mo

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    Chiara, C. J.; Carroll, J. J.; Lane, G. J.; Hota, S. S.; Mitchell, A. J.; Palalani, N.; Reed, M. W.

    2016-03-01

    Excited states in 93Mo were populated in the 90Zr(7Li, p 3 n) reaction at the Heavy-Ion Accelerator Facility of the Australian National University. The CAESAR array of nine coaxial HPGe detectors and two low-energy photon spectrometers (LEPSs) was used to detect the emitted gamma rays. Relative yields for population of the 21/2+, 93mMo state and neighboring reaction channels were determined from gamma-singles data for beam energies of 5 to 8 MeV/ A. The level structure above the isomer has been expanded through gamma-gamma coincidence measurements. These results will be compared with high-spin structure of neighboring nuclei and with shell-model calculations. Supported in part by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory under Cooperative Agreement W911NF-12-2-0019.

  13. SPECIAL SESSION: (H21) on Global Precipitation Mission for Hydrology and Hydrometeorology. Sampling-Error Considerations for GPM-Era Rainfall Products

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    Bell, Thomas L.; Lau, William K. M. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The proposed Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) builds on the success of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), offering a constellation of microwave-sensor-equipped smaller satellites in addition to a larger, multiply-instrumented "mother" satellite that will include an improved precipitation radar system to which the precipitation estimates of the smaller satellites can be tuned. Coverage by the satellites will be nearly global rather than being confined as TRMM was to lower latitudes. It is hoped that the satellite constellation can provide observations at most places on the earth at least once every three hours, though practical considerations may force some compromises. The GPM system offers the possibility of providing precipitation maps with much better time resolution than the monthly averages around which TRMM was planned, and therefore opens up new possibilities for hydrology and data assimilation into models. In this talk, methods that were developed for estimating sampling error in the rainfall averages that TRMM is providing will be used to estimate sampling error levels for GPM-era configurations. Possible impacts on GPM products of compromises in the sampling frequency will be discussed.

  14. 76 FR 76169 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Notice of Meeting

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    2011-12-06

    ... HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development Notice of Meeting Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as... Health and Human Development Special Emphasis Panel; ZHD1 DSR-K 58. Date: December 14, 2011. Time: 1...

  15. Genetic diversity and virulence potential of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli strains of O113 serogroup isolated from ground beef in the U.S.

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    Introduction: An adherence factor such as intimin is often required for Shiga toxigenic E. coli (STEC) to cause severe diseases. O113:H21 strains do not produce intimin, but have caused HUS in Australia. Analysis of over 4000 ground beef samples in the U.S. found O113:H21 to be the serotype most ...

  16. Genome sequencing and comparative genomics provides insights on the evolutionary dynamics and pathogenic potential of different H-Types of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104

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    Various Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O104 H-types including H4, H7, H21, and H¯ have been associated with sporadic cases of illness and have caused outbreaks globally. In the U.S., STEC O104:H21 caused an outbreak associated with milk in 1994. The aim of this work was to conduct a...

  17. Mass spectrometric characterization of conformational preludes to [beta]2-microglobulin aggregation

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    Jørgensen, Thomas J. D.; Cheng, Lei; Heegaard, Niels H. H.

    2007-12-01

    Characterization of protein folding and unfolding is an important issue for basic biological science, for understanding the devastating amyloid diseases, and for the manufacture and use of biological therapeutics. Unlike nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the use of mass spectrometry to monitor amide hydrogen (1H/2H) exchange kinetics (HX-MS) allows characterization of structural dynamics even when only limited amounts of protein is available. As an adjunct technique, requiring even less material and very well suited for serial monitoring of folding phenomena in a single solution under native conditions capillary electrophoresis may also be very informative. These approaches are here used to examine the small (99 amino acid residues) protein [beta]2-microglobulin ([beta]2m) which is prone to amyloidogenic unfolding especially after cleavage at its lysine-58 residue. The propensity for unfolding of native, non-cleaved [beta]2m and lysine-58 cleaved [beta]2m variants as well as the effect of acetonitrile on the conformational equilibria could be addressed by these approaches. At physiological conditions, intact [beta]2m and the lysine-58 cleaved variants undergo a transient unfolding that exhibit an EX1 type hydrogen exchange behaviour. We have measured the unfolding rate constants for the cleaved variant where Lys-58 is removed ([Delta]K58-[beta]2m) and the cleaved variant where this residue is preserved (cK58-[beta]2m) at various temperatures. Below 37 °C, the variant devoid of Lys-58 ([Delta]K58-[beta]2m) has a higher unfolding rate than cK58-[beta]2m and this correlates with the observation that [Delta]K58-[beta]2m has a higher propensity to aggregate. The results of our studies provide valuable insight into the early conformational perturbations involved in rendering this protein insoluble and amyloidogenic. The approaches used in this study should be useful also for the characterization of other conformationally unstable proteins.

  18. A novel chalcone derivative attenuates the diabetes-induced renal injury via inhibition of high glucose-mediated inflammatory response and macrophage infiltration

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    Fang, Qilu; Zhao, Leping; Wang, Yi; Zhang, Yali; Li, Zhaoyu; Pan, Yong; Kanchana, Karvannan; Wang, Jingying; Tong, Chao; Li, Dan; Liang, Guang

    2015-01-15

    Inflammation plays a central role in the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Researches on novel anti-inflammatory agents may offer new opportunities for the treatment of DN. We previously found a chalcone derivative L6H21 could inhibit LPS-induced cytokine release from macrophages. The aim of this study was to investigate whether L6H21 could ameliorate the high glucose-mediated inflammation in NRK-52E cells and attenuate the inflammation-mediated renal injury. According to the results, L6H21 showed a great inhibitory effect on the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, cell adhesion molecules, chemokines, and macrophage adhesion via down-regulation of NF-κB/MAPKs activity in high glucose-stimulated renal NRK-52E cells. Further, in vivo oral administration with L6H21 at a dosage of 20 mg/kg/2 days showed a decreased expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, cell adhesion molecules, which subsequently contributed to the inhibition on renal macrophage infiltration, the reduction of serum creatinine and BUN levels, and the improvement on the fibrosis and pathological changes in the renal tissues of diabetic mice. These findings provided that chalcone derived L6H21 may be a promising anti-inflammatory agent and have the potential in the therapy of diabetic nephropathy, and importantly, MAPK/NF-κB signaling system may be a novel therapeutic target for human DN in the future. - Highlights: • Inflammation plays a central role in the development of diabetic nephropathy. • Compound L6H21 reduced the high glucose-mediated inflammation in NRK-52E cells. • Compound L6H21 attenuated the inflammation-mediated renal injury. • L6H21 exhibited anti-inflammatory effects via inactivation of NF-κB/MAPKs. • MAPKs/NF-κB may be a novel therapeutic target in diabetic nephropathy treatment.

  19. Increased Acid Stability of the Hemagglutinin Protein Enhances H5N1 Influenza Virus Growth in the Upper Respiratory Tract but Is Insufficient for Transmission in Ferrets

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    Zaraket, Hassan; Bridges, Olga A.; Duan, Susu; Baranovich, Tatiana; Yoon, Sun-Woo; Reed, Mark L.; Salomon, Rachelle; Webby, Richard J.; Webster, Robert G.

    2013-01-01

    Influenza virus entry is mediated by the acidic-pH-induced activation of hemagglutinin (HA) protein. Here, we investigated how a decrease in the HA activation pH (an increase in acid stability) influences the properties of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus in mammalian hosts. We generated isogenic A/Vietnam/1203/2004 (H5N1) (VN1203) viruses containing either wild-type HA protein (activation pH 6.0) or an HA2-K58I point mutation (K to I at position 58) (activation pH 5.5). The VN1203-HA2-K58I virus had replication kinetics similar to those of wild-type VN1203 in MDCK and normal human bronchial epithelial cells and yet had reduced growth in human alveolar A549 cells, which were found to have a higher endosomal pH than MDCK cells. Wild-type and HA2-K58I viruses promoted similar levels of morbidity and mortality in C57BL/6J mice and ferrets, and neither virus transmitted efficiently to naive contact cage-mate ferrets. The acid-stabilizing HA2-K58I mutation, which diminishes H5N1 replication and transmission in ducks, increased the virus load in the ferret nasal cavity early during infection while simultaneously reducing the virus load in the lungs. Overall, a single, acid-stabilizing mutation was found to enhance the growth of an H5N1 influenza virus in the mammalian upper respiratory tract, and yet it was insufficient to enable contact transmission in ferrets in the absence of additional mutations that confer α(2,6) receptor binding specificity and remove a critical N-linked glycosylation site. The information provided here on the contribution of HA acid stability to H5N1 influenza virus fitness and transmissibility in mammals in the background of a non-laboratory-adapted virus provides essential information for the surveillance and assessment of the pandemic potential of currently circulating H5N1 viruses. PMID:23824818

  20. Amino Acid Substitutions That Affect Receptor Binding and Stability of the Hemagglutinin of Influenza A/H7N9 Virus.

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    Schrauwen, Eefje J A; Richard, Mathilde; Burke, David F; Rimmelzwaan, Guus F; Herfst, Sander; Fouchier, Ron A M

    2016-01-01

    Receptor-binding preference and stability of hemagglutinin have been implicated as crucial determinants of airborne transmission of influenza viruses. Here, amino acid substitutions previously identified to affect these traits were tested in the context of an A/H7N9 virus. Some combinations of substitutions, most notably G219S and K58I, resulted in relatively high affinity for α2,6-linked sialic acid receptor and acid and temperature stability. Thus, the hemagglutinin of the A/H7N9 virus may adopt traits associated with airborne transmission. PMID:26792744

  1. Recurrent Hemolytic and Uremic Syndrome Induced by Escherichia Coli

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    Commereuc, Morgane; Weill, Francois-Xavier; Loukiadis, Estelle; Gouali, Malika; Gleizal, Audrey; Kormann, Raphaël; Ridel, Christophe; Frémeaux-Bacchi, Véronique; Rondeau, Eric; Hertig, Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    Abstract A widespread belief is that typical hemolytic and uremic syndrome (HUS) does not recur. We report the case of a patient infected twice with raw milk taken from his own cow and containing a Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli O174:H21 that induced recurrent HUS causing severe renal and cerebral disorders. A genomic comparison of the human and bovine Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli O174:H21 isolates revealed that they were identical. Typical HUS may recur. Since milk from this animal was occasionally distributed locally, thereby posing a serious threat for the whole village, this particular cow was destroyed. PMID:26735524

  2. Recurrent Hemolytic and Uremic Syndrome Induced by Escherichia Coli.

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    Commereuc, Morgane; Weill, Francois-Xavier; Loukiadis, Estelle; Gouali, Malika; Gleizal, Audrey; Kormann, Raphaël; Ridel, Christophe; Frémeaux-Bacchi, Véronique; Rondeau, Eric; Hertig, Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    A widespread belief is that typical hemolytic and uremic syndrome (HUS) does not recur. We report the case of a patient infected twice with raw milk taken from his own cow and containing a Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O174:H21 that induced recurrent HUS causing severe renal and cerebral disorders. A genomic comparison of the human and bovine Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O174:H21 isolates revealed that they were identical. Typical HUS may recur. Since milk from this animal was occasionally distributed locally, thereby posing a serious threat for the whole village, this particular cow was destroyed. PMID:26735524

  3. (R)-4-(4-Aminophenyl)-2,2,4-trimethylchroman and (S)-4-(4-aminophenyl)-2,2,4-trimethylthiachroman.

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    Frampton, Christopher S; MacNicol, David D; Wilson, Derek R

    2011-05-01

    The title compounds, C(18)H(21)NO and C(18)H(21)NS, in their enantiomerically pure forms are isostructural with the enantiomerically pure 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2,2,4-trimethylchroman and 4-(2,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-2,2,4-trimethylchroman analogues and form extended linear chains via N-H···O or N-H···S hydrogen bonding along the [100] direction. The absolute configuration for both compounds was determined by anomalous dispersion methods with reference to both the Flack parameter and, for the light-atom compound, Bayesian statistics on Bijvoet differences. PMID:21540546

  4. Influence of acid-soluble proteins from bivalve Siliqua radiata ligaments on calcium carbonate crystal growth

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    Huang, Zeng-Qiong; Zhang, Gang-Sheng

    2016-08-01

    In vitro biomimetic synthesis of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the presence of shell proteins is a heavily researched topic in biomineralization. However, little is known regarding the function of bivalve ligament proteins in the growth of CaCO3 crystals. In this study, using fibrous protein K58 from Siliqua radiata ligaments or coverslips as substrates, we report the results of our study of CaCO3 precipitation in the presence or absence of acid-soluble proteins (ASP) from inner ligament layers. ASP can disturb the controlling function of K58 or a coverslip on the crystalline phase, resulting in the formation of aragonite, calcite, and vaterite. In addition, we identified the following four primary components from ASP by mass spectroscopy: alkaline phosphatase (ALP), ABC transporter, keratin type II cytoskeletal 1 (KRT 1), and phosphate ABC transporter, phosphate-binding protein (PstS). Further analysis revealed that the first three proteins and especially ALP, which is important in bone mineralisation, could affect the polymorphism and morphology of CaCO3 crystals by trapping calcium ions in their domains. Our results indicate that ALP may play an important role in the formation of aragonite in S. radiata ligaments. This paper may facilitate our understanding of the biomineralization process.

  5. N,N-Bis(2-pyridylmeth­yl)-tert-butyl­amine

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    Mambanda, Allen; Jaganyi, Deogratius; Stewart, Kirsty

    2009-01-01

    In the title compound, C16H21N3, the dihedral angle between the two pyridine rings is 88.11 (9)°. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked through inter­molecular C—H⋯π inter­actions, forming a layer expanding parallel to the (10) plane. PMID:21581995

  6. Complete genome sequence and comparison of two Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104 isolates

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    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O104 strains have been associated with sporadic cases of illness and have caused outbreaks associated with milk and sprouts. E. coli O104:H21 caused an outbreak associated with milk in the U.S. in 1994. In this study, next generation sequencing techno...

  7. Light Emission at Electrodes: An Electrochemiluminescence Demonstration.

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    Bolton, Ed; Richter, Mark M.

    2001-01-01

    Electrochemiluminescence involves the production of light near an electrode surface by generating species that can undergo highly energetic electron transfer reactions. Presents a demonstration that uses Ru(bpy)32+ (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) as the light-emitting molecule and tri-n-propylamine (C9H21N) as a coreactant. (Contains 25 references.) (ASK)

  8. 1-Benzyl-2-(4-chloro­phen­yl)-4,5-di­phenyl-1H-imidazole

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    Ghoranneviss, Mahmood; Mohammadi Ziarani, Ghodsi; Abbasi, Alireza; Hantehzadeh, Mohammad Reza; Farahani, Zahra

    2008-01-01

    The mol­ecular conformation of the title compound, C28H21ClN2, is stabilized by an intra­molecular C—H⋯N hydrogen bond. It has many pharmacological properties, such as being an inhibitor of P38 MAP Kinase, and can play an important role in biochemical processes. PMID:21202870

  9. Identification of the methylhopanes in sediments and petroleum.

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    Summons, R E; Jahnke, L L

    1990-01-01

    Three C31 methylhopanes have been prepared by partial synthesis from appropriate diplopterol precursors. 2 alpha-Methyldiplopterol (prepared from 22-hydroxyhopan-3-one), 2 beta-methyldiplopterol (isolated from Methylobacterium organophilum), and a mixture of diplopterol and 3 beta-methyldiplopterol (isolated from Methylococcus capsulatus) were each converted to the corresponding 17 alpha(H), 21 beta(H)-hopane. Comparison of these standards, using gas chromatography--mass spectrometry with multiple reaction monitoring, with the hopanoids from a variety of bitumens showed that all three C31 hydrocarbons may occur in sediments and that they are members of C28 and C30-C36 pseudohomologous series. 2 alpha-Methyl-17 alpha(H), 21 beta(H)-hopane, and 3 beta-methyl-17 alpha(H), 21 beta(H)-hopane are most commonly encountered in mature bitumens. 2 beta-Methyl-17 alpha(H), 21 beta(H)-hopane occurs in some immature bitumens, is much less abundant in others of intermediate maturity, and appears to be absent from mature samples. This, and the similarity of the distribution patterns of homohopane and methylhomohopane isomers, indicates that the common sedimentary methylhopanes are probably derived from biogenic precursors via diagenetic processes analogous to those which give rise to hopanes. In the case of the 2 alpha-methyl series, common to petroleum and mature sediments, derivation from the 2 beta-methyl hopanoids found in certain bacteria implies a maturity-related change in the configuration at C-2. PMID:11537193

  10. 27 CFR 21.49 - Formula No. 23-H.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Formula No. 23-H. 21.49 Section 21.49 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT... and Authorized Uses § 21.49 Formula No. 23-H. (a) Formula. To every 100 gallons of alcohol add:...

  11. 27 CFR 21.49 - Formula No. 23-H.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 27 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms 1 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Formula No. 23-H. 21.49 Section 21.49 Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO TAX AND TRADE BUREAU, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY LIQUORS FORMULAS FOR DENATURED ALCOHOL AND RUM Specially Denatured Spirits Formulas and Authorized Uses § 21.49 Formula No....

  12. Identification of the methylhopanes in sediments and petroleum

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    Summons, Roger E.; Jahnke, Linda L.

    1990-01-01

    Three C 31 methylhopanes have been prepared by partial synthesis from appropriate diplopterol precursors. 2α-Methyldiplopterol (prepared from22-hydroxyhopan-3-one), 2β-methyldiplopterol (isolated from Methylobacterium organophilum and a mixture of diplopterol and 3β-methyldiplopterol (isolated from Methylococcus capsulatus were each converted to the corresponding 17α(H), 21β(H)-hopane. Comparison of these standards, using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with multiple reaction monitoring, with the hopanoids from a variety of bitumens showed that all three C 31 hydrocarbons may occur in sediments and that they are members of C 28 and C 30-C 36 pseudohomologous series. 2α-Methyl-17α(H), 21β(H)-hopane and 3β-methyl-17α(H), 21β(H)-hopane are most commonly encountered in mature bitumens. 2β-Methyl-17α(H), 21β(H)-hopane occurs in some immature bitumens, is much less abundant in others of intermediate maturity and appears to be absent from mature samples. This and the similarity of the distribution patterns of homohopane and methylhomohopane isomers, indicates that the common sedimentary methylhopanes are probably derived from biogenic precursors via diagenetic processes analogous to those which give rise to hopanes. In the case of the 2α-methyl series, common to petroleum and mature sediments, derivation from the 2β-methyl hopanoids found in certain bacteria implies a maturity-related change in the configuration at C-2.

  13. The 24-cell and Calabi-Yau threefolds with Hodge numbers (1,1)

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    Braun, Volker

    2012-05-01

    Calabi-Yau threefolds with h 11( X) = h 21( X) = 1 are constructed as free quotients of a hypersurface in the ambient toric variety defined by the 24-cell. Their fundamental groups are SL(2, 3), {{Z}_{{3}}} rtimes {{Z}_{{8}}} , and {Z}{3} × {{Q8}}.

  14. Extended hopane derivatives in sediments - Identification by H-1 NMR

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    Taylor, J.; Wardroper, A. M. K.; Maxwell, J. R.

    1980-01-01

    Sedimentary C32 hopanoic acid, one of the most abundant in nature and of probable bacterial origin, has been isolated for the first time as a single component and characterized by H-1 NMR. The 17 alpha H, 21 beta H configuration of the C31 alkane has been similarly confirmed.

  15. Physical Diversity of Near-Earth Asteroids from Arecibo Radar Observations

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    Taylor, Patrick A.; Howell, Ellen S.; Nolan, Michael C.; Richardson, James E.; Springmann, Alessondra

    2015-08-01

    Radar observations of near-Earth asteroids have revealed a heterogeneous population with diameters spanning meter to kilometer scales, diverse shapes ranging from simple spheroids to extremely irregular bodies, rotation periods stretching from minutes to weeks, and a spectrum of surface properties. Since 1998, the Arecibo Observatory S-band radar system has detected over 400 near-Earth asteroids. We find the radar-observed near-Earth asteroid population with absolute magnitude H < 21 is not dominated by a single category of basic shape: spheroids, multiple-asteroid systems, double-lobed contact binaries, elongated bodies, or irregularly shaped asteroids. A radar-observed binary fraction of 14% (N = 38; including two triple-asteroid systems) among near-Earth asteroids with H < 21 is in agreement with optical observations, while contact binaries account for a similar fraction (14%; N = 38). At smaller sizes, binaries and contact binaries are much rarer, with only three binaries and one contact binary with H < 21 detected thus far. The spin distribution of near-Earth asteroids estimated from radar matches very well with the spin distribution determined from optical lightcurves, including the well-known spin barrier for bodies with H < 21 and the curious lack of small, slowly rotating bodies with H > 21, despite different biases in these observing techniques. The shape and spin distributions of near-Earth asteroids observed with radar both show a distinct change in the population around H of 21 or 22 (100- to 200-m diameters), possibly indicating fundamental structural changes at this scale. Beyond constraining overall sizes and shapes, radar images as fine as 7.5-m resolution with Arecibo, akin to a low-cost flyby, reveal asteroid surfaces with ridges, concavities, crater-like depressions, angular facets, and boulders, details that constrain regolith properties and affect our understanding of geophysics in microgravity. Furthermore, the integrated surface properties

  16. Angular Momentum and Topological Dependence of Kepler's Third Law in the Broucke-Hadjidemetriou-Hénon Family of Periodic Three-Body Orbits.

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    Janković, Marija R; Dmitrašinović, V

    2016-02-12

    We use 57 recently found topological satellites of Broucke-Hadjidemetriou-Hénon's periodic orbits with values of the topological exponent k ranging from k=3 to k=58 to plot the angular momentum L as a function of the period T, with both L and T rescaled to energy E=-0.5. Upon plotting L(T/k) we find that all our solutions fall on a curve that is virtually indiscernible by the naked eye from the L(T) curve for nonsatellite solutions. The standard deviation of the satellite data from the sixth-order polynomial fit to the progenitor data is σ=0.13. This regularity supports Hénon's 1976 conjecture that the linearly stable Broucke-Hadjidemetriou-Hénon orbits are also perpetually, or Kol'mogorov-Arnol'd-Moser, stable. PMID:26918993

  17. Sumoylation Inhibits the Growth Suppressive Properties of Ikaros

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    Goepp, Marie; Kirstetter, Peggy; Marchal, Patricia; Ittel, Antoine; Mauvieux, Laurent; Chan, Susan; Kastner, Philippe

    2016-01-01

    The Ikaros transcription factor is a tumor suppressor that is also important for lymphocyte development. How post-translational modifications influence Ikaros function remains partially understood. We show that Ikaros undergoes sumoylation in developing T cells that correspond to mono-, bi- or poly-sumoylation by SUMO1 and/or SUMO2/3 on three lysine residues (K58, K240 and K425). Sumoylation occurs in the nucleus and requires DNA binding by Ikaros. Sumoylated Ikaros is less effective than unsumoylated forms at inhibiting the expansion of murine leukemic cells, and Ikaros sumoylation is abundant in human B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemic cells, but not in healthy peripheral blood leukocytes. Our results suggest that sumoylation may be important in modulating the tumor suppressor function of Ikaros. PMID:27315244

  18. Angular Momentum and Topological Dependence of Kepler's Third Law in the Broucke-Hadjidemetriou-Hénon Family of Periodic Three-Body Orbits

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    Janković, Marija R.; Dmitrašinović, V.

    2016-02-01

    We use 57 recently found topological satellites of Broucke-Hadjidemetriou-Hénon's periodic orbits with values of the topological exponent k ranging from k =3 to k =58 to plot the angular momentum L as a function of the period T , with both L and T rescaled to energy E =-0.5 . Upon plotting L (T /k ) we find that all our solutions fall on a curve that is virtually indiscernible by the naked eye from the L (T ) curve for nonsatellite solutions. The standard deviation of the satellite data from the sixth-order polynomial fit to the progenitor data is σ =0.13 . This regularity supports Hénon's 1976 conjecture that the linearly stable Broucke-Hadjidemetriou-Hénon orbits are also perpetually, or Kol'mogorov-Arnol'd-Moser, stable.

  19. Far infrared and submillimeter brightness temperatures of the giant planets

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    Hildebrand, R. H.; Loewenstein, R. F.; Harper, D. A.; Orton, G. S.; Keene, J.; Whitcomb, S. E.

    1985-01-01

    The brightness temperatures of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the range 35 to 1000 micron. The effective temperatures derived from the measurements, supplemented by shorter wavelength Voyager data for Jupiter and Saturn, are 126.8 + or - 4.5 K, 93.4 + or - 3.3 K, 58.3 + or - 2.0 K, and 60.3 + or - 2.0 K, respectively. The implications of the measurements for bolometric output and for atmospheric structure and composition are discussed. The temperature spectrum of Jupiter shows a strong peak at approx. 350 microns followed by a deep valley at approx. 450 to 500 microns. Spectra derived from model atmospheres qualitatively reproduced these features but do not fit the data closely.

  20. Far infrared and submillimeter brightness temperatures of the giant planets

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    Hildebrand, R.H.; Loewenstein, R.F.; Harper, D.A.; Orton, G.S.; Keene, J.; Whitcomb, S.E.

    1985-11-01

    The brightness temperatures of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune were measured in the range 35 to 1000 micron. The effective temperatures derived from the measurements, supplemented by shorter wavelength Voyager data for Jupiter and Saturn, are 126.8 + or - 4.5 K, 93.4 + or - 3.3 K, 58.3 + or - 2.0 K, and 60.3 + or - 2.0 K, respectively. The implications of the measurements for bolometric output and for atmospheric structure and composition are discussed. The temperature spectrum of Jupiter shows a strong peak at approx. 350 microns followed by a deep valley at approx. 450 to 500 microns. Spectra derived from model atmospheres qualitatively reproduced these features but do not fit the data closely.

  1. Steranes and triterpanes generated from kerogen pyrolysis in the absence and presence of minerals

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    Tannenbaum, E.; Ruth, E.; Kaplan, I. R.

    1986-01-01

    Changes in the degree of isomerization of steranes and triterpanes during kerogen pyrolysis in the absence or presence of minerals are described. Kerogen from a Monterey Formation diatomite core sample was pyrolyzed under reduced pressure at 300 C for 2-1000 hrs in the presence or absence of calcite, illite, and montmorillonite. It is observed that the extent of isomerization of biomakers in C-20 in 14 alpha(H), 17 alpha(H)-steranes, at C-22 in 17 alpha(H), 21 beta(H)-hopanes and of 17 beta(H), 21 beta(H)-hopanes correlates to early diagenetic stages in rock extracts from sedimentary basins, and faster isomerization for steranes and triterpanes in the bitumen then for those in the kerogen structure are detected. The effects of the minerals on the isomerization reactions are examined; calcite inhibits, and illite and montmorillonite catalyze the reactions.

  2. Pipe Nebula (B59, B65-7, B79)

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    Murdin, P.

    2000-11-01

    A large dark nebula in the constellation Scorpius, resembling a tobacco pipe. E E Barnard assigned five separate catalog numbers to sections of the nebula. B78 is the `bowl', about 3½° by 2½°, with approximate position RA 17 h 33 m, dec. -26°, while B59 and B65-7 comprise the `stem', 5° by 1°, with approximate position RA 17 h 21 m, dec. -27°....

  3. 1-Methyl-amino-3-(2,4,6-trimethyl-phen-yl)propan-2-ol.

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    Maharramov, Abel M; Khalilov, Ali N; Gurbanov, Atash V; Allahverdiyev, Mirze A; Ng, Seik Weng

    2011-04-01

    The methyl-amino-propyl chain in the title compound, C(13)H(21)NO, adopts an extended zigzag conformation and the N atom shows a trigonal coordination. The N atom acts as hydrogen-bond acceptor to the hy-droxy group of an adjacent mol-ecule, generating a helical chain running along the b axis. The amino H atom is not involved in hydrogen bonding. PMID:21754075

  4. 1-Methyl­amino-3-(2,4,6-trimethyl­phen­yl)propan-2-ol

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    Maharramov, Abel M.; Khalilov, Ali N.; Gurbanov, Atash V.; Allahverdiyev, Mirze A.; Ng, Seik Weng

    2011-01-01

    The methyl­amino­propyl chain in the title compound, C13H21NO, adopts an extended zigzag conformation and the N atom shows a trigonal coordination. The N atom acts as hydrogen-bond acceptor to the hy­droxy group of an adjacent mol­ecule, generating a helical chain running along the b axis. The amino H atom is not involved in hydrogen bonding. PMID:21754075

  5. Napropamide.

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    Cho, Seonghwa; Kim, Jineun; Jeon, Youngeun; Kim, Tae Ho

    2013-01-01

    THE TITLE COMPOUND [SYSTEMATIC NAME: N,N-diethyl-2-(naphthalen-1-yl-oxy)propanamide], C17H21NO2, crystallizes with two independent mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit in which the dihedral angles between the naphthalene ring systems and the amide groups are 88.1 (9) and 88.7 (3)°. Four C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds stabilize the crystal structure. PMID:24109304

  6. Napropamide

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    Cho, Seonghwa; Kim, Jineun; Jeon, Youngeun; Kim, Tae Ho

    2013-01-01

    The title compound [systematic name: N,N-diethyl-2-(naphthalen-1-yl­oxy)propanamide], C17H21NO2, crystallizes with two independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit in which the dihedral angles between the naphthalene ring systems and the amide groups are 88.1 (9) and 88.7 (3)°. Four C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds stabilize the crystal structure. PMID:24109304

  7. Early Attachment Sites for Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Experimentally Inoculated Weaned Calves

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    Weaned 3-to- 4-month-old calves were fasted 48 h, inoculated with 10**10 CFU of Shiga toxin-positive Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7 strain 86-24 (STEC O157) or STEC O91:H21 strain B2F1 (STEC O91), Shiga toxin-negative E. coli O157:H7 strain 87-23 (Stx**- O157), or non-pathogenic control E. coli, ne...

  8. tert-Butyl N-[(S)-3-isobutyl-2-oxooxetan-3-yl]carbamate

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    Sieroń, Lesław; Kudaj, Adam; Olma, Aleksandra; Karolak-Wojciechowska, Janina

    2008-01-01

    The structure of the title compound, C12H21NO4, contains two crystallographically independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit. Mol­ecules are linked into pseudosymmetric R 2 2(8) dimers through two N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The dimers are connected by weak C—H⋯O inter­actions, resulting in a three-dimensional network. PMID:21200772

  9. Comparative pathogenicity of Escherichia coli O157 and intimin-negative non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E coli strains in neonatal pigs.

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    Dean-Nystrom, Evelyn A; Melton-Celsa, Angela R; Pohlenz, Joachim F L; Moon, Harley W; O'Brien, Alison D

    2003-11-01

    We compared the pathogenicity of intimin-negative non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O91:H21 and O104:H21 strains with the pathogenicity of intimin-positive O157:H7 and O157:H(-) strains in neonatal pigs. We also examined the role of Stx2d-activatable genes and the large hemolysin-encoding plasmid of O91:H21 strain B2F1 in the pathogenesis of STEC disease in pigs. We found that all E. coli strains that made wild-type levels of Stx caused systemic illness and histological lesions in the brain and intestinal crypts, whereas none of the control Stx-negative E. coli strains evoked comparable central nervous system signs or intestinal lesions. By contrast, the absence of intimin, hemolysin, or motility had little impact on the overall pathogenesis of systemic disease during STEC infection. The most striking differences between pigs inoculated with non-O157 STEC strains and pigs inoculated with O157 STEC strains were the absence of attaching and effacing intestinal lesions in pigs inoculated with non-O157:H7 strains and the apparent association between the level of Stx2d-activatable toxin produced by an STEC strain and the severity of lesions. PMID:14573674

  10. Verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in Spain: prevalence, serotypes, and virulence genes of O157:H7 and non-O157 VTEC in ruminants, raw beef products, and humans.

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    Blanco, Jorge; Blanco, Miguel; Blanco, Jesus E; Mora, Azucena; González, Enrique A; Bernárdez, Maria I; Alonso, Maria P; Coira, Amparo; Rodriguez, Asuncion; Rey, Joaquin; Alonso, Juan M; Usera, Miguel A

    2003-04-01

    In Spain, as in many other countries, verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) strains have been frequently isolated from cattle, sheep, and foods. VTEC strains have caused seven outbreaks in Spain (six caused by E. coli O157:H7 and one by E. coli O111:H- [nonmotile]) in recent years. An analysis of the serotypes indicated serological diversity. Among the strains isolated from humans, serotypes O26:H11, O111:H-, and O157:H7 were found to be more prevalent. The most frequently detected serotypes in cattle were O20:H19, O22:H8, O26:H11, O77:H41, O105:H18, O113:H21, O157:H7, O171:H2, and OUT (O untypeable):H19. Different VTEC serotypes (e.g., O5:H-, O6:H10, O91:H-, O117:H-, O128:H-, O128:H2, O146:H8, O146:H21, O156:H-, and OUT:H21) were found more frequently in sheep. These observations suggest a host serotype specificity for some VTEC. Numerous bovine and ovine VTEC serotypes detected in Spain were associated with human illnesses, confirming that ruminants are important reservoirs of pathogenic VTEC. VTEC can produce one or two toxins (VT1 and VT2) that cause human illnesses. These toxins are different proteins encoded by different genes. Another virulence factor expressed by VTEC is the protein intimin that is responsible for intimate attachment of VTEC and effacing lesions in the intestinal mucosa. This virulence factor is encoded by the chromosomal gene eae. The eae gene was found at a much less frequency in bovine (17%) and ovine (5%) than in human (45%) non-O157 VTEC strains. This may support the evidence that the eae gene contributes significantly to the virulence of human VTEC strains and that many animal non-O157 VTEC strains are less pathogenic to humans. PMID:12671177

  11. Molecular principles behind pyrazinamide resistance due to mutations in panD gene in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Pandey, Bharati; Grover, Sonam; Tyagi, Chetna; Goyal, Sukriti; Jamal, Salma; Singh, Aditi; Kaur, Jagdeep; Grover, Abhinav

    2016-04-25

    The latest resurrection of drug resistance poses serious threat to the treatment and control of the disease. Mutations have been detected in panD gene in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains. Mutation of histidine to arginine at residue 21 (H21R) and isoleucine to valine at residue 29 (I49V) in the non-active site of panD gene has led to PZA resistance. This study will help in reconnoitering the mechanism of pyrazinamide (PZA) resistance caused due to double mutation identified in the panD gene of M. tuberculosis clinical isolates. It is known that panD gene encodes aspartate decarboxylase essential for β-alanine synthesis that makes it a potential therapeutic drug target for tuberculosis treatment. The knowledge about the molecular mechanism conferring drug resistance in M. tuberculosis is scarce, which is a significant challenge in designing successful therapeutic drug. In this study, structural and dynamic repercussions of H21R-I49V double mutation in panD complexed with PZA have been corroborated through docking and molecular dynamics based simulation. The double mutant (DM) shows low docking score and thus, low binding affinity for PZA as compared to the native protein. It was observed that the mutant protein exhibits more structural fluctuation at the ligand binding site in comparison to the native type. Furthermore, the flexibility and compactness analyses indicate that the double mutation influence interaction of PZA with the protein. The hydrogen-bond interaction patterns further supported our results. The covariance and PCA analysis elucidated that the double mutation affects the collective motion of residues in phase space. The results have been presented with an explanation for the induced drug resistance conferred by the H21R-I49V double mutation in panD gene and gain valuable insight to facilitate the advent of efficient therapeutics for combating resistance against PZA. PMID:26784657

  12. Methyl 3-[ferrocen­yl(hydr­oxy)meth­yl]-1-methyl-2′-oxospiro­[pyrrolidine-2,3′-indoline]-3-carboxyl­ate

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    Kamala, E. Theboral Sugi; Nirmala, S.; Sudha, L.; Kathiravan, S.; Raghunathan, R.

    2009-01-01

    In the title compound, [Fe(C5H5)(C20H21N2O4)], the pyrrolidine ring exhibits an envelope conformation with the spiro-C atom deviating from the plane of the remaining four atoms. The pyrrolidine ring is almost perpendicular to the indolinone ring [dihedral angle = 87.52 (7)°]. The structure is stabilized by an intra­molecular O—H⋯N hydrogen bond and by inter­molecular C—H⋯O and N—H⋯O inter­actions. PMID:21583772

  13. Assessment of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Isolates from Wildlife Meat as Potential Pathogens for Humans▿

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    Miko, Angelika; Pries, Karin; Haby, Sabine; Steege, Katja; Albrecht, Nadine; Krause, Gladys; Beutin, Lothar

    2009-01-01

    A total of 140 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains from wildlife meat (deer, wild boar, and hare) isolated in Germany between 1998 and 2006 were characterized with respect to their serotypes and virulence markers associated with human pathogenicity. The strains grouped into 38 serotypes, but eight O groups (21, 146, 128, 113, 22, 88, 6, and 91) and four H types (21, 28, 2, and 8) accounted for 71.4% and 75.7% of all STEC strains from game, respectively. Eighteen of the serotypes, including enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) O26:[H11] and O103:H2, were previously found to be associated with human illness. Genes linked to high-level virulence for humans (stx2, stx2d, and eae) were present in 46 (32.8%) STEC strains from game. Fifty-four STEC isolates from game belonged to serotypes which are frequently found in human patients (O103:H2, O26:H11, O113:H21, O91:H21, O128:H2, O146:H21, and O146:H28). These 54 STEC isolates were compared with 101 STEC isolates belonging to the same serotypes isolated from farm animals, from their food products, and from human patients. Within a given serotype, most STEC strains were similar with respect to their stx genotypes and other virulence attributes, regardless of origin. The 155 STEC strains were analyzed for genetic similarity by XbaI pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. O103:H2, O26:H11, O113:H21, O128:H2, and O146:H28 STEC isolates from game were 85 to 100% similar to STEC isolates of the same strains from human patients. By multilocus sequence typing, game EHEC O103:H2 strains were attributed to a clonal lineage associated with hemorrhagic diseases in humans. The results from our study indicate that game animals represent a reservoir for and a potential source of human pathogenic STEC and EHEC strains. PMID:19700552

  14. Phenyl bis­(m-tolyl­amido)­phosphinate

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    Pourayoubi, Mehrdad; Eshtiagh-Hosseini, Hossein; Negari, Monireh; Nečas, Marek

    2011-01-01

    The P atom of the title compound, C20H21N2O2P, has a distorted tetra­hedral configuration; the bond angles at P are in the range 96.11 (6)–117.32 (8)°. The N atom exhibits sp 2 character. In the crystal, mol­ecules are connected via N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds into bands along the a axis, consisting of R 2 2(8) rings. PMID:22090923

  15. 1-(4-{[(1,3,3-Tri­methyl­indolin-2-yl­idene)meth­yl]diazen­yl}phen­yl)ethanone

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    Gainsford, Graeme J.; Ashraf, Mohamed; Bhuiyan, M. Delower H.; Kay, Andrew J.

    2013-01-01

    The title compound, C20H21N3O, has crystallographic mirror symmetry with all non-H atoms apart from the methyl C atom of the CMe2 group lying on the mirror plane. Mol­ecules are linked into planar sheets parallel to (010) by phen­yl–azo C—H⋯N and phen­yl–ethanone C—H⋯O inter­actions. Methyl C—H⋯π inter­actions provide crosslinking between the planes. PMID:24098196

  16. Atpenins, new antifungal antibiotics produced by Penicillium sp. Production, isolation, physico-chemical and biological properties.

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    Omura, S; Tomoda, H; Kimura, K; Zhen, D Z; Kumagai, H; Igarashi, K; Imamura, N; Takahashi, Y; Tanaka, Y; Iwai, Y

    1988-12-01

    Penicillium sp. FO-125, a soil isolate, was found to produce a new antifungal antibiotic complex named atpenin. Three components A4, A5 and B were isolated from the fermentation broth of the producing strain by solvent extraction, silica gel column chromatography and HPLC. The molecular formula of atpenins A4, A5 and B were determined to be C15H22NO5Cl, C15H21NO5Cl2 and C15H23NO5, respectively, on the basis of high resolution electron impact mass spectrometry and elemental analysis. They are active against filamentous fungi, especially, Trichophyton sp. PMID:3209470

  17. Crystal structure of 1-{4-hy-droxy-3-[(pyrrolidin-1-yl)meth-yl]phen-yl}-3-phenyl-prop-2-en-1-one.

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    Aydın, Abdullah; Akkurt, Mehmet; Gul, Halise Inci; Yerdelen, Kadir Ozden; Celik, Raziye Catak

    2016-05-01

    In the title compound, C20H21NO2, the pyrrolidine ring adopts an envelope conformation with the N atom at the flap position. The central benzene ring makes dihedral angles of 21.39 (10) and 80.10 (15)° with the phenyl ring and the mean plane of the pyrrolidine ring, respectively. The mol-ecular conformation is stabilized by an intra-molecular O-H⋯N hydrogen bond, which closes an S(6) ring. A weak C-H⋯π inter-action is observed in the crystal. PMID:27308021

  18. (R)-[(R)-3-Benzyl-2-oxooxazolidin-4-yl][4-(methyl­sulfon­yl)phen­yl]methyl acetate

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    Li, Feng; Zhao, Ming-Zhong; Jin, Chun-Hua; Zou, Jian-Wei

    2014-01-01

    The structure of the title compound, C20H21NO6S, is of inter­est with respect to its anti­bacterial properties. The oxazolidine ring makes dihedral angles of 79.63 (14) and 56.16 (12)° with the phenyl and benzene rings, respectively, while the phenyl and benzene rings make a dihedral angle of 64.37 (13)°. In the crystal, non-classical C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds link adjacent mol­ecules along the c axis. PMID:24860399

  19. (2E)-3-(2-Chloro-8-methyl­quinolin-3-yl)-1-(2-methyl-4-phenyl­quinolin-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one

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    Prasath, R.; Sarveswari, S.; Ng, Seik Weng; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2013-01-01

    In the title compound, C29H21ClN2O, there is a twist in the bridging prop-2-en-1-one group [C=C—C=O torsion angle = 22.7 (2)°]. The quinolinyl residues form a dihedral angle of 86.92 (4)°, indicating an almost perpendicular relationship. In the crystal, supra­molecular layers in the bc plane are stabilized by C—H⋯π and π–π inter­actions [centroid–centroid distance = 3.4947 (7) Å]. PMID:24109392

  20. (5-Bromo-2-meth­oxy­phen­yl)(4-ethyl­cyclo­hex­yl)methanone

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    Wang, Ling; Chang, Ziqian; Ding, Chunlei; Shao, Hua; Sun, Jianzi

    2011-01-01

    In the title compound, C16H21BrO2, the cyclo­hexane ring is in a chair conformation and its least-squares plane is at an angle of 61.3 (9)° to the benzene ring. The crystal packing is stabilized by weak π–π stacking inter­actions [centroid–centroid distance = 3.697 (9) Å] between the bromo­meth­oxy­phenyl rings of neighbouring mol­ecules. PMID:21754478

  1. N′-[(E)-4-Meth­oxy­benzyl­idene]-2-(5-meth­oxy-2-methyl-1H-indol-3-yl)acetohydrazide

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    Akkurt, Mehmet; Mague, Joel T.; Mohamed, Shaaban K.; Abelhamid, Antar A.; Albayati, Mustafa R.

    2013-01-01

    The conformation adopted by the title compound, C20H21N3O3, in the crystal is ‘J’-shaped and appears to be at least partially directed by a weak intra­molecular C—H⋯N hydrogen bond. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked by N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming dimers with R 2 2(8) motifs. Furthermore, these dimers connect to each other via C—H⋯O and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds to form a three-dimensional network. PMID:24454097

  2. Dichlorido[2-diphenyl­phosphanyl-N-(pyridin-3-ylmeth­yl)benzyl­idenamine-κ2 P,N]platinum(II)

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    Chiririwa, Haleden; Meijboom, Reinout

    2011-01-01

    The title compound, [PtCl2(C25H21N2P)], is a PtII complex with an NPCl2 coordination sphere in which the metal is coordinated to the imino N and phosphane P atoms of the ligand and to two chloride ions. The PtII atom is in a distorted square-planar environment and is bound to the ligand via the P and amine N atoms in a cis fashion, with the chlorine atoms located at the two remaining sites. PMID:22219749

  3. Ceramics based on titanium nitride and silicon nitride sintered by SPS-method

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    Sivkov, A. A.; Gerasimov, D. Yu; Evdokimov, A. A.

    2015-10-01

    The dependences of the microstructure and physical and mechanical properties of ceramic mixtures Si3N4/TiN in the full range of mass ratios of the components. Was also investigated directly, and the process of sintering occurring during a physical or chemical processes, in particular, has been obtained and the hardness of the material density on the ratio of the conductive titanium nitride phase and a silicon nitride insulating phase with values above and below the percolation threshold. Also obtained was pure ceramics based on titanium nitride with high physical-mechanical characteristics (H = 21.5 GPa).

  4. Crystal structure of 1-{4-hy­droxy-3-[(pyrrolidin-1-yl)meth­yl]phen­yl}-3-phenyl­prop-2-en-1-one

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    Aydın, Abdullah; Akkurt, Mehmet; Gul, Halise Inci; Yerdelen, Kadir Ozden; Celik, Raziye Catak

    2016-01-01

    In the title compound, C20H21NO2, the pyrrolidine ring adopts an envelope conformation with the N atom at the flap position. The central benzene ring makes dihedral angles of 21.39 (10) and 80.10 (15)° with the phenyl ring and the mean plane of the pyrrolidine ring, respectively. The mol­ecular conformation is stabilized by an intra­molecular O—H⋯N hydrogen bond, which closes an S(6) ring. A weak C—H⋯π inter­action is observed in the crystal. PMID:27308021

  5. X-Ray structure of a truncated form of cytochrome f from chlamydomonas Reinhardtii

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    Chi, Young-In; Huang, Li-Shar; Zhang, Zhaolei; Fernando-Velasquez, Javier G.; Berry, E. A.

    2000-03-01

    A truncated form of cytochrome f from Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii (an important eukaryotic model organism for photosynthetic electron transfer studies) has been crystallized (space group P212121; 3 molecules/ asymmetric unit) and its structure determined to 2.0 Angstrom by molecular replacement using the coordinates of a truncated turnip cytochrome f as a model. The structure displays the same folding and detailed features as turnip cytochrome f including: (a) an unusual heme Fe ligation by alpha-amino group of tyrosine 1, (b) a cluster of lysine residues (proposed docking site of plastocyanin), and (c) the presence of a chain of 7 water molecules bound to conserved residues and extending between the heme pocket and K58 and K66 at the lysine cluster. For this array of waters we propose a structural role. Two cytochrome f molecules are related by a non-crystallographic symmetry operator which is a distorted proper 2-fold rotation. This may represent the dimeric relation of the monomers in situ, however the heme orientation suggested by this model is not consistent with previous epr measurements on oriented membranes.

  6. Expression of the standard scorpion alpha-toxin AaH II and AaH II mutants leading to the identification of some key bioactive elements.

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    Legros, Christian; Céard, Brigitte; Vacher, Hélène; Marchot, Pascale; Bougis, Pierre E; Martin-Eauclaire, Marie-France

    2005-05-25

    The AaH II toxin from the scorpion Androctonus australis Hector is considered to be the standard alpha-toxin because it selectively binds with the highest known affinity to site 3 of mammalian voltage-activated Na+ channels (Na(v)) on rat brain synaptosomes but does not bind to insect synaptosomes. We generated two different constructs in pMALp allowing us to produce AaH II fused with the maltose-binding protein (MBP) in E. coli. We obtained reasonable amounts of recombinant AaH II after cleavage by enterokinase at the site DDDDK. We show that the introduction of a net negative charge at the C-terminus by the suppression of H64 amidation and the addition of an extra residue to the C-terminus (G65) led to fully active AaH II mutants, exhibiting exactly the same affinity as the native toxin for its target on rat brain synaptosomes. In contrast, the mutation of residue K58 into V, I or E residues drastically reduced toxin activity. PMID:15725394

  7. The Roles of Four Conserved Basic Amino Acids in a Ferredoxin-Dependent Cyanobacterial Nitrate Reductase

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    Srivastava, Anurag P.; Hirasawa, Masakazu; Bhalla, Megha; Chung, Jung-Sung; Allen, James P.; Johnson, Michael K.; Tripathy, Jatindra N.; Rubio, Luis M.; Vaccaro, Brian; Subramanian, Sowmya; Flores, Enrique; Zabet-Moghaddam, Masoud; Stitle, Kyle; Knaff, David B.

    2013-01-01

    The roles of four conserved basic amino acids in the reaction catalyzed by the ferredoxin-dependent nitrate reductase from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 have been investigated using site-directed mutagenesis in combination with measurements of steady-state kinetics, substrate-binding affinities and spectroscopic properties of the enzyme’s two prosthetic groups. Replacement of either Lys58 or Arg70 by glutamine leads to a complete loss of activity, with both the physiological electron donor, reduced ferredoxin and with a non-physiological electron donor, reduced methyl viologen. More conservative, charge-maintaining K58R and R70K variants were also completely inactive. Replacement of Lys130 by glutamine produced a variant that retained 26% of the wild-type activity with methyl viologen as the electron donor and 22% of the wild-type activity with ferredoxin as the electron donor, while replacement by arginine produces a variant that retains a significantly higher percentage of the wild-type activity with both electron donors. In contrast, replacement of Arg146 by glutamine had minimal effect on the activity of the enzyme. These results, along with substrate-binding and spectroscopic measurements, are discussed in terms of an in silico structural model for the enzyme. PMID:23692082

  8. Development of The Viking Speech Scale to classify the speech of children with cerebral palsy.

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    Pennington, Lindsay; Virella, Daniel; Mjøen, Tone; da Graça Andrada, Maria; Murray, Janice; Colver, Allan; Himmelmann, Kate; Rackauskaite, Gija; Greitane, Andra; Prasauskiene, Audrone; Andersen, Guro; de la Cruz, Javier

    2013-10-01

    Surveillance registers monitor the prevalence of cerebral palsy and the severity of resulting impairments across time and place. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy can affect children's speech production and limit their intelligibility. We describe the development of a scale to classify children's speech performance for use in cerebral palsy surveillance registers, and its reliability across raters and across time. Speech and language therapists, other healthcare professionals and parents classified the speech of 139 children with cerebral palsy (85 boys, 54 girls; mean age 6.03 years, SD 1.09) from observation and previous knowledge of the children. Another group of health professionals rated children's speech from information in their medical notes. With the exception of parents, raters reclassified children's speech at least four weeks after their initial classification. Raters were asked to rate how easy the scale was to use and how well the scale described the child's speech production using Likert scales. Inter-rater reliability was moderate to substantial (k>.58 for all comparisons). Test-retest reliability was substantial to almost perfect for all groups (k>.68). Over 74% of raters found the scale easy or very easy to use; 66% of parents and over 70% of health care professionals judged the scale to describe children's speech well or very well. We conclude that the Viking Speech Scale is a reliable tool to describe the speech performance of children with cerebral palsy, which can be applied through direct observation of children or through case note review. PMID:23891732

  9. Ubiquitination of the Dishevelled DIX domain blocks its head-to-tail polymerization

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    Madrzak, Julia; Fiedler, Marc; Johnson, Christopher M.; Ewan, Richard; Knebel, Axel; Bienz, Mariann; Chin, Jason W.

    2015-01-01

    Dishevelled relays Wnt signals from the plasma membrane to different cytoplasmic effectors. Its signalling activity depends on its DIX domain, which undergoes head-to-tail polymerization to assemble signalosomes. The DIX domain is ubiquitinated in vivo at multiple lysines, which can be antagonized by various deubiquitinases (DUBs) including the CYLD tumour suppressor that attenuates Wnt signalling. Here, we generate milligram quantities of pure human Dvl2 DIX domain mono-ubiquitinated at two lysines (K54 and K58) by genetically encoded orthogonal protection with activated ligation (GOPAL), to investigate their effect on DIX polymerization. We show that the ubiquitination of DIX at K54 blocks its polymerization in solution, whereas DIX58-Ub remains oligomerization-competent. DUB profiling identified 28 DUBs that cleave DIX-ubiquitin conjugates, half of which prefer, or are specific for, DIX54-Ub, including Cezanne and CYLD. These DUBs thus have the potential to promote Dvl polymerization and signalosome formation, rather than antagonize it as previously thought for CYLD. PMID:25907794

  10. Comparison of eight different agars for the recovery of clinically relevant non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli from baby spinach, cilantro, alfalfa sprouts and raw milk.

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    Kase, Julie A; Maounounen-Laasri, Anna; Son, Insook; Lin, Andrew; Hammack, Thomas S

    2015-04-01

    The FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Chapter 4a recommends several agars for isolating non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC); not all have been thoroughly tested for recovering STECs from food. Using E. coli strains representing ten clinically relevant O serogroups (O26, O45, O91, O103, O104, O111, O113, O121, O128, O145) in artificially-contaminated fresh produce--bagged baby spinach, alfalfa sprouts, cilantro, and raw milk--we evaluated the performance of 8 different agars. Performance was highly dependent upon strain used and the presence of inhibitors, but not necessarily dependent on food matrix. Tellurite resistant-negative strains, O91:-, O103:H6, O104:H21, O113:H21, and O128, grew poorly on CHROMagar STEC, Rainbow agar O157, and a modified Rainbow O157 (mRB) agar. Although adding washed sheep's blood to CHROMagar STEC and mRB agars improved overall performance; however, this also reversed the inhibition of non-target bacteria provided by original formulations. Variable colony coloration made selecting colonies from Rainbow agar O157 and mRB agars difficult. Study results support a strategy using inclusive agars (e.g. L-EMB, SHIBAM) in combination with selective agars (R & F E. coli O157:H7, CHROMagar STEC) to allow for recovery of the most STECs while increasing the probability of recovering STEC in high bacterial count matrices. PMID:25475297

  11. Release of alkanes from sedimentary organic matter via sequential degradation involving catalytic hydropyrolysis

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    Love, G.D.; McAulay, A.; Snape, C.E.

    1996-12-31

    Fixed-bed pyrolysis of petroleum source rocks (type I and II kerogens) and high-volatile coals (type III ketogens) at high hydrogen pressures (> 10 MN, hydropyrolysis) in the presence of a dispersed sulphided molydenum catalyst gives rise to extremely high oil (dichloromethane-soluble) yields (>60%) with overall conversions of the organic matter being greater than 90%. The yields and conformations of the hopanes and steranes released from a selection of petroleum source rocks and coals by sequential dichloromethane and pyridine extraction, catalytic hydrogenation and hydropyrolysis will be presented, together with the influence of hydrogen pressure and heating rate on alkane yields and sterochemistry. The aim of the hydrogenation step (conducted at 300{degrees}C cf. 520{degrees}C for hydropyrolysis) in this sequential degradation scheme is to cleave only the weaker covalent bonds. The findings have demonstrated the unique ability of hydropyrolysis to mainline the yields of covalently-bound alkanes while maintaining the biologically-inherited 17{beta}(H), 21{beta}(H) stereochemistries of the hopanes, largely intact, even for coals. The total alkane yields from hydropyrolysis represented ca 30% w/w of the organic matter remaining in immature type I kerogens with yields of the C{sub 29}-C{sub 35} 17{beta}(H), 21{beta}(H) hopanes being much higher than from both normal pyrolysis and the hydrogenation step.

  12. The salts of 4-(2,4,6-triphenylpyridinium-1-yl)-phenolate with selected sulfonic acids

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    Wojtas, Łukasz; Pitak, Mateusz; Milart, Piotr; Stadnicka, Katarzyna

    2004-06-01

    The crystals of two new salts containing 1-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-2,4,6-triphenyl-pyridinium cations and biphenyl-4-sulfonic or 4-aminobenzenesulfonic acid counterions were determined by X-ray diffraction. 4-(2,4,6-triphenylpyridinium-1-yl)-phenolate itself is interesting because of its large negative solvatochromic effect. The salts were obtained from ethanol solution with the following chemical composition: 2C 29H 21NO·2C 12H 10O 3S·C 2H 6O ( 2) and 3C 29H 21NO·3C 6H 7NO 3S·3C 2H 6O·H 2O ( 3) as found by crystal structure analysis. Both salts crystallize in monoclinic centrosymmetric space groups ( P2 1/ c and P2 1/ n, respectively). The hydroxyl group of the cation serves in these structures as a donor for strong hydrogen bond. Symmetrically independent molecules form hydrogen bonds with different acceptors. In this work, some important aspects of the studied structures are discussed: an antiparralel arrangement of the molecules, relationships between various molecular geometrical parameters and acceptor/donor behaviour of the phenolate O -/OH substituent in different crystal (solvent) environments.

  13. Study on the biodegradation of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and PFOS alternatives

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    2016-01-01

    Objectives In this study, we investigated the biodegradation features of 4 perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) alternatives developed at Changwon National University compared to those of PFOS. Methods Biodegradation testing was performed with microorganisms cultured in the good laboratory practice laboratory of the Korea Environment Corporation for 28 days following the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development guidelines for the testing of chemicals (Test No. 301 C). Results While C8F17SO3Na, PFOS sodium salt was not degraded after 28 days, the 4 alternatives were biodegraded at the rates of 20.9% for C15F9H21S2O8Na2, 8.4% for C17F9H 25S2O8Na2, 22.6% for C23F18H28S2O8Na2, and 23.6% for C25F17H32O13S3Na3. Conclusions C25F17H32S3O13Na3, C23F18H28S2O8Na2, and C15F9H21S2O8Na2 were superior to PFOS in terms of biodegradation rates and surface tension, and thus they were considered highly applicable as PFOS alternatives. Environmental toxicity, human toxicity, and economic feasibility of these compounds should be investigated prior to their commercialization. PMID:26987483

  14. An experimental study of the mechanism of the replacement of magnetite by pyrite up to 300 °C

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    Qian, Gujie; Brugger, Joël; Skinner, William M.; Chen, Guorong; Pring, Allan

    2010-10-01

    We present the results of an experimental study into the sulfidation of magnetite to form pyrite/marcasite under hydrothermal conditions (90-300 °C, vapor saturated pressures), a process associated with gold deposition in a number of ore deposits. The formation of pyrite/marcasite was studied as a function of reaction time, temperature, pH, sulfide concentration, solid-weight-to-fluid-volume ratio, and geometric surface area of magnetite in polytetrafluoroethylene-lined autoclaves (PTFE) and a titanium and stainless steel flow-through cell. Marcasite was formed only at pH 21°C <4 and was the dominant Fe disulfide at pH 21°C 1.11, while pyrite predominated at pH 21°C >2 and formed even under basic conditions (up to pH 21°C 12-13). Marcasite formation was favored at higher temperatures. Fine-grained pyrrhotite formed in the initial stage of the reaction together with pyrite in some experiments with large surface area of magnetite (grain size <125 μm). This pyrrhotite eventually gave way to pyrite. The transformation rate of magnetite to Fe disulfide increased with decreasing pH (at 120 °C; pH 120°C 0.96-4.42), and that rate of the transformation increased from 120 to 190 °C. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) imaging revealed that micro-pores (0.1-5 μm scale) existed at the reaction front between the parent magnetite and the product pyrite, and that the pyrite and/or marcasite were euhedral at pH 21°C <4 and anhedral at higher pH. The newly formed pyrite was micro-porous (0.1-5 μm); this micro-porosity facilitates fluid transport to the reaction interface between magnetite and pyrite, thus promoting the replacement reaction. The pyrite precipitated onto the parent magnetite was polycrystalline and did not preserve the crystallographic orientation of the magnetite. The pyrite precipitation was also observed on the PTFE liner, which is consistent with pyrite crystallizing from solution. The mechanism of the reaction is that of a dissolution

  15. Identification of Human-Pathogenic Strains of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli from Food by a Combination of Serotyping and Molecular Typing of Shiga Toxin Genes▿

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    Beutin, Lothar; Miko, Angelika; Krause, Gladys; Pries, Karin; Haby, Sabine; Steege, Katja; Albrecht, Nadine

    2007-01-01

    We examined 219 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains from meat, milk, and cheese samples collected in Germany between 2005 and 2006. All strains were investigated for their serotypes and for genetic variants of Shiga toxins 1 and 2 (Stx1 and Stx2). stx1 or variant genes were detected in 88 (40.2%) strains and stx2 and variants in 177 (80.8%) strains. Typing of stx genes was performed by stx-specific PCRs and by analysis of restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP) of PCR products. Major genotypes of the Stx1 (stx1, stx1c, and stx1d) and the Stx2 (stx2, stx2d, stx2-O118, stx2e, and stx2g) families were detected, and multiple types of stx genes coexisted frequently in STEC strains. Only 1.8% of the STEC strains from food belonged to the classical enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) types O26:H11, O103:H2, and O157:H7, and only 5.0% of the STEC strains from food were positive for the eae gene, which is a virulence trait of classical EHEC. In contrast, 95 (43.4%) of the food-borne STEC strains carried stx2 and/or mucus-activatable stx2d genes, an indicator for potential high virulence of STEC for humans. Most of these strains belonged to serotypes associated with severe illness in humans, such as O22:H8, O91:H21, O113:H21, O174:H2, and O174:H21. stx2 and stx2d STEC strains were found frequently in milk and beef products. Other stx types were associated more frequently with pork (stx2e), lamb, and wildlife meat (stx1c). The combination of serotyping and stx genotyping was found useful for identification and for assignment of food-borne STEC to groups with potential lower and higher levels of virulence for humans. PMID:17557838

  16. Crystal structure of zwitterionic 2-[bis­(2-meth­oxy­phen­yl)phosphanium­yl]-4-methyl­benzene­sulfonate monohydrate di­chloro­methane monosolvate

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    Zhang, Hongyang; Feng, Ge; Filatov, Alexander S.; Jordan, Richard F.

    2016-01-01

    In the title compound, C21H21O5PS·H2O·CH2Cl2, the phospho­nium–sulfonate zwitterion has the acidic H atom located on the P atom rather than the sulfonate group. The S—O bond lengths [1.4453 (15)–1.4521 (14) Å] are essentially equal. In the crystal, the water mol­ecules bridge two zwitterions via Owater—H⋯Osulfonate hydrogen bonds into a centrosymmetric dimer. The dimers are further linked by weak CAr­yl—H⋯Osulfonate hydrogen bonds into chains extending along [100]. The PH+ group is not involved in inter­molecular inter­actions. PMID:26958395

  17. Crystal structure of 3-de­oxy-3-nitro­methyl-1,2;5,6-di-O-iso­propyl­idene-α-d-allo­furan­ose

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    Lugiņina, Jevgeņija; Rjabovs, Vitālijs; Stepanovs, Dmitrijs

    2016-01-01

    The title compound, C13H21NO7 {systematic name: (3aR,5S,6R,6aR)-5-[(R)-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl]-2,2-dimethyl-6-(nitro­meth­yl)tetra­hydro­furo[2,3-d][1,3]dioxole}, consists of a substituted 2,2-di­methyl­tetra­hydro­furo[2,3-d][1,3]dioxolane skeleton. The furan­ose ring A adopts a oT 4 conformation. The fused dioxolane ring B and the substituent dioxolane ring C also have twisted conformations. There are no strong hydrogen bonds in the crystal structure: only weak C—H⋯O contacts are present, which link the mol­ecules to form a three-dimensional structure. PMID:27006795

  18. Crystal structures of 1-(4-chloro­phen­yl)-2-(di­phenyl­phosphor­yl)ethan-1-one and 1-(di­phenyl­phosphor­yl)-3,3-di­methyl­butan-2-one

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    Leach, Erin G.; Kulesza, Alyssa A.; Staples, Richard J.; Biros, Shannon M.

    2015-01-01

    The title compounds, C20H16ClO2P, (I), and C18H21O2P, (II), were synthesized via an Arbuzov reaction between an α-bromo­ketone and isopropoxydi­phenyl­phosphane. In the crystals of both compounds, mol­ecules are linked via bifurcated C—H⋯(O,O) hydrogen bonds, forming chains propagating along [100] for (I) and along [010] for (II). The chains are linked via C—H⋯π inter­actions, leading to the formation of sheets lying parallel to (010) for (I) and (001) for (II). The absolute structure of compound (II) was determined by resonant scattering [Flack parameter = 0.088 (14)]. PMID:25995871

  19. Crystal structure of (2Z,5Z)-3-(4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)-2-[(4-meth­oxy­phenyl)­imino]-5-[(E)-3-(2-nitro­phen­yl)allyl­idene]-1,3-thia­zolidin-4-one

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    Rahmani, Rachida; Djafri, Ahmed; Daran, Jean-Claude; Djafri, Ayada; Chouaih, Abdelkader; Hamzaoui, Fodil

    2016-01-01

    In the title compound, C26H21N3O5S, the thia­zole ring is nearly planar with a maximum deviation of 0.017 (2) Å, and is twisted with respect to the three benzene rings, making dihedral angles of 25.52 (12), 85.77 (12) and 81.85 (13)°. In the crystal, weak C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds and C—H⋯π inter­actions link the mol­ecules into a three-dimensional supra­molecular architecture. Aromatic π–π stacking is also observed between the parallel nitro­benzene rings of neighbouring mol­ecules, the centroid-to-centroid distance being 3.5872 (15) Å. PMID:26958377

  20. Seed Germination of Gastrodia elata Using Symbiotic Fungi, Mycena osmundicola

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    Kim, Yong-Il; Chang, Kwang-Joon; Ka, Kang-Hyeon; Hur, Hyeon; Hong, In-Pyo; Shim, Jae-Ouk; Lee, Tae-Soo; Lee, Ji-Yul

    2006-01-01

    The germination rate and longevity of seeds of Gastrodia elata Blume have been observed for 48 weeks using Mycena osmundicola strain H-21, one of fungi stimulating seed germination. Storage condition of post-harvest seeds was observed in the different temperature ranges of -30℃, -5℃, 5℃ and 30℃ for 48 weeks. After storage period of 48 weeks, the germination rate of G. elata was 65.7% at 5℃ and 71.6% at -5℃, respectively. Although the germination rate of G. elata was 77.3% for 11 weeks at 25℃, the germination rate had been decreased gradually to 49.3% at 13 weeks, 0.3% at 23 weeks and then 0% at 25 weeks. The germination rate was reached to the level of 10% for 2 weeks at -30℃ and then decreased to 0%. PMID:24039475

  1. Crystal structure of ethyl 6-chloro­methyl-2-oxo-4-(2,3,4-tri­meth­oxy­phen­yl)-1,2,3,4-tetra­hydro­pyrimidine-5-carboxyl­ate

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    Suresh, M.; Padusha, M. Syed Ali; Novina, J. Josephine; Vasuki, G.; Viswanathan, Vijayan; Velmurugan, Devadasan

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C17H21ClN2O6, the di­hydro­pyrimidine ring adopts a flattened envelope conformation, with the sp 3-hybridized C atom forming the flap. The dihedral angle between the least-squares planes of the benzene and di­hydro­pyrimidine rings is 88.09 (6)°. An intra­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bond generates an S(6) ring. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked via pairs of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with an R 2 2(8) ring motif, and the dimers are linked via further pairs of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming R 2 2(14) rings and chains of mol­ecules along [111]. Pairs of inversion-related chains are linked via weak C—H⋯π inter­actions. PMID:26279876

  2. Structure-Triggered High Quantum Yield Luminescence and Switchable Dielectric Properties in Manganese(II) Based Hybrid Compounds.

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    Wang, Zhong-Xia; Li, Peng-Fei; Liao, Wei-Qiang; Tang, Yuanyuan; Ye, Heng-Yun; Zhang, Yi

    2016-04-01

    Two new manganese(II) based organic-inorganic hybrid compounds, C11 H21 Cl3 MnN2 (1) and C11 H22 Cl4 MnN2 (2), with prominent photoluminescence and dielectric properties were synthesized by solvent modulation. Compound 1 with novel trigonal bipyramidal geometry exhibits bright red luminescence with a lifetime of 2.47 ms and high quantum yield of 35.8 %. Compound 2 with tetrahedral geometry displays intense long-lived (1.54 ms) green light emission with higher quantum yield of 92.3 %, accompanied by reversible solid-state phase transition at 170 K and a distinct switchable dielectric property. The better performance of 2 results from the structure, including a discrete organic cation moiety and inorganic metal anion framework, which gives the cations large freedom of motion. PMID:26864910

  3. Synthesis, structural, and spectroscopic (FT-IR, NMR, and UV) Characterization of 1-(Cyclohexylmethyl)-2-(pyridin-2-yl)-1 H-benzo[ d]imidazole by experimental techniques and quantum chemical calculations

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    Özdemir, Namık; Dayan, Osman; Demirmen, Selin

    2016-05-01

    The title compound ( II), 1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-2-(pyridin-2-yl)-1 H-benzo[ d]imidazole (C19H21N3), was synthesized via N-alkylation of 2-(pyridin-2-yl)-1 H-benzo[ d]imidazole ( I). Both compounds I and II were characterized by IR, NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy. Solid-state structure of compound II was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction technique. Furthermore, quantum chemical calculations employing density functional theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with the 6-311++ G( d, p) basis set were performed for the theoretical characterization of the molecular and spectroscopic features of the compounds. Using the TD-DFT method, electronic absorption spectra of the compounds have been predicted at same level. When the obtained results were compared with the experimental findings, it is seen that theoretical results support the experimental data and a good agreement exists between them.

  4. Synthesis and structural study of 4-(2-chlorophenyl)-2-ethoxy-5,6,7,8,9,10-hexahydrocycloocta[B]pyridine-3-carbonitrile

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    Fathima, K. Saiadali; Vasumathi, M.; Anitha, K.

    2016-05-01

    The novel organic material C20H21ClN2O was synthesized by One-Pot synthesis method and the single crystals were grown by slow evaporation solution growth technique. The crystal structure was elucidated by subjecting the grown crystals to the single crystal x-ray diffraction analysis and was refined by full matrix least-squares method to R=0.039 for 2746 reflections. Crystal system of the grown crystal was found to be monoclinic with the space group P21/a and a=9.196(4) Å, b=13.449(4) Å, c=14.818(4) Å, β= 101.542(3)°, V=1795.6(11) Å3 and Z=4. In this crystal structure, cyclooctanone prefers to reside in a chair-boat conformation. The structure is stabilized by attractive molecular force such as CH/π interaction called hydrophobic interaction.

  5. Dichlorido(4-meth-oxy-2-{[2-(piperazin-4-ium-1-yl)eth-yl]imino-meth-yl}phenol-ate)cadmium.

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    Saleh Salga, Muhammad; Khaledi, Hamid; Mohd Ali, Hapipah

    2011-07-01

    In the title compound, [CdCl(2)(C(14)H(21)N(3)O(2))], the Schiff base ligand chelates the Cd(II) ion in an N,N,O-tridentate fashion. Two Cl atoms complete a distorted square-pyramidal coordination environment around the metal atom. In the crystal, adjacent mol-ecules are linked through C-H⋯π inter-actions into infinite chains along the a axis. The mol-ecules are further connected into a three-dimensional network via N-H⋯O, N-H⋯Cl and C-H⋯Cl inter-actions. The ethyl-ene group is disordered over two sets of sites in a 0.520 (10):0.480 (10) ratio. PMID:21836911

  6. Crystal structure of Brinzolamide: a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.

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    Zheng, Huirong; Lou, Benyong

    2016-05-01

    In crystal structure of the title compound, C12H21N3O5S3 [systematic name: (R)-4-ethyl-amino-2-(3-meth-oxy-prop-yl)-3,4-di-hydro-2H-thieno[3,2-e][1,2]thia-zine-6-sulfonamide 1,1-dioxide], there exist three kinds of hydrogen-bonding inter-actions. The sulfonamide group is involved in hydrogen bonding with the secondary amine and the meth-oxy O atom, resulting in the formation of layers parallel to the bc plane. The layers are linked by an N-H⋯O hydrogen bond involving a sulfonamide O atom as acceptor and the secondary amine H atom as donor, which gives rise to the formation of a unique bilayer structure. The absolute structure of the mol-ecule in the crystal was determined by resonant scattering [Flack parameter = 0.01 (4)]. PMID:27308020

  7. Crystal structure of zwitterionic 2-[bis-(2-meth-oxy-phen-yl)phosphanium-yl]-4-methyl-benzene-sulfonate monohydrate di-chloro-methane monosolvate.

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    Zhang, Hongyang; Feng, Ge; Filatov, Alexander S; Jordan, Richard F

    2016-02-01

    In the title compound, C21H21O5PS·H2O·CH2Cl2, the phospho-nium-sulfonate zwitterion has the acidic H atom located on the P atom rather than the sulfonate group. The S-O bond lengths [1.4453 (15)-1.4521 (14) Å] are essentially equal. In the crystal, the water mol-ecules bridge two zwitterions via Owater-H⋯Osulfonate hydrogen bonds into a centrosymmetric dimer. The dimers are further linked by weak CAr-yl-H⋯Osulfonate hydrogen bonds into chains extending along [100]. The PH(+) group is not involved in inter-molecular inter-actions. PMID:26958395

  8. Crystal structure of (2Z,5Z)-3-(4-meth-oxy-phen-yl)-2-[(4-meth-oxy-phenyl)-imino]-5-[(E)-3-(2-nitro-phen-yl)allyl-idene]-1,3-thia-zolidin-4-one.

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    Rahmani, Rachida; Djafri, Ahmed; Daran, Jean-Claude; Djafri, Ayada; Chouaih, Abdelkader; Hamzaoui, Fodil

    2016-02-01

    In the title compound, C26H21N3O5S, the thia-zole ring is nearly planar with a maximum deviation of 0.017 (2) Å, and is twisted with respect to the three benzene rings, making dihedral angles of 25.52 (12), 85.77 (12) and 81.85 (13)°. In the crystal, weak C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds and C-H⋯π inter-actions link the mol-ecules into a three-dimensional supra-molecular architecture. Aromatic π-π stacking is also observed between the parallel nitro-benzene rings of neighbouring mol-ecules, the centroid-to-centroid distance being 3.5872 (15) Å. PMID:26958377

  9. Crystal structure of 3-de-oxy-3-nitro-methyl-1,2;5,6-di-O-iso-propyl-idene-α-d-allo-furan-ose.

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    Lugiņina, Jevgeņija; Rjabovs, Vitālijs; Stepanovs, Dmitrijs

    2016-03-01

    The title compound, C13H21NO7 {systematic name: (3aR,5S,6R,6aR)-5-[(R)-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-yl]-2,2-dimethyl-6-(nitro-meth-yl)tetra-hydro-furo[2,3-d][1,3]dioxole}, consists of a substituted 2,2-di-methyl-tetra-hydro-furo[2,3-d][1,3]dioxolane skeleton. The furan-ose ring A adopts a (o)T 4 conformation. The fused dioxolane ring B and the substituent dioxolane ring C also have twisted conformations. There are no strong hydrogen bonds in the crystal structure: only weak C-H⋯O contacts are present, which link the mol-ecules to form a three-dimensional structure. PMID:27006795

  10. Crystal structure of 5-[4-(di­ethyl­amino)­benzyl­idene]-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxane-4,6-dione

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    Stepina, Egija; Stepanovs, Dmitrijs; Mierina, Inese; Jure, Mara

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, C17H21NO4, consists of substituted Meldrum’s acid with a [4-(di­ethyl­amino)­phen­yl]methyl­idene fragment attached to the fifth position. The heterocycle assumes a distorted boat conformation. The planar part of heterocycle is almost coplanar with the benzene ring due to the presence of a long conjugated system in the mol­ecule. This leads to the formation of C—H⋯O-type intra­molecular contacts. As a result of the absence of hydrogen-bond donors in the structure, the crystal packing is controlled by van der Waals forces and weak C—H⋯O inter­actions, which associate the mol­ecules into inversion dimers. PMID:26594416

  11. Crystal structure of 5-[4-(di-ethyl-amino)-benzyl-idene]-2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxane-4,6-dione.

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    Stepina, Egija; Stepanovs, Dmitrijs; Mierina, Inese; Jure, Mara

    2015-10-01

    The title compound, C17H21NO4, consists of substituted Meldrum's acid with a [4-(di-ethyl-amino)-phen-yl]methyl-idene fragment attached to the fifth position. The heterocycle assumes a distorted boat conformation. The planar part of heterocycle is almost coplanar with the benzene ring due to the presence of a long conjugated system in the mol-ecule. This leads to the formation of C-H⋯O-type intra-molecular contacts. As a result of the absence of hydrogen-bond donors in the structure, the crystal packing is controlled by van der Waals forces and weak C-H⋯O inter-actions, which associate the mol-ecules into inversion dimers. PMID:26594416

  12. (Z)-N-(2,6-Diiso­propyl­phen­yl)-4-nitro­benzimidoyl chloride

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    El-Hiti, Gamal A.; Smith, Keith; Jones, Dyfyr Heulyn; Masmali, Ali; Kariuki, Benson M.

    2013-01-01

    In the title compound, C19H21ClN2O2, the aromatic rings are approximately perpendicular to each other, subtending a dihedral angle of 87.7 (1)°. In the crystal, the 4-nitro­phenyl groups of pairs of neighbouring mol­ecules are parallel and oriented head-to-tail with a ring centroid–centroid distance of 3.9247 (12) Å, leading to a π–π inter­action between the pair. The faces of each phenyl ring of the 2,6-diiso­propyl­phenyl group inter­act with two different groups, viz. a chloro group of an adjacent mol­ecule on one side and the edge of the 4-nitro­phenyl ring of a second mol­ecule on the other side. PMID:24427026

  13. 1-Ethyl-4-{2-[1-(4-methyl­phen­yl)ethyl­idene]hydrazinyl­idene}-3,4-dihydro-1H-2λ6,1-benzothia­zine-2,2-dione

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    Shafiq, Muhammad; Tahir, M. Nawaz; Harrison, William T. A.; Bokhari, Tanveer Hussain; Safder, Muhammad

    2013-01-01

    In the title compound, C19H21N3O2S, the dihedral angle between the aromatic rings is 6.7 (2)° and the C=N—N=C torsion angle is 178.0 (2)°. The conformation of the thia­zine ring is an envelope, with the S atom displaced by 0.802 (2) Å from the mean plane of the other five atoms (r.m.s. deviation = 0.022 Å). In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked by C—H⋯O inter­actions, generating C(5) chains propagating in [010]. A weak C—H⋯π inter­action is also observed. PMID:23424484

  14. (2E)-3-{4-[(1H-1,3-Benzimidazol-2-yl)meth­oxy]-3-eth­oxy­phen­yl}-1-(4-bromo­phen­yl)prop-2-en-1-one monohydrate

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    Jasinski, Jerry P.; Miller, William M.; Samshuddin, S.; Narayana, B.; Yathirajan, H. S.

    2011-01-01

    In the title compound, C25H21BrN2O3·H2O, the benzimidazole fragment and the water mol­ecule of crystallization are each disordered over two sets of sites of equal occupancy. The dihedral angles between the least-squares planes of the benzimidazole and the 3-eth­oxy- and 4-bromo­benzene rings are 86.9 (6) and 85.1 (1)°, respectively in one disorder component. The crystal packing is stabilized by inter­molecular O—H⋯O, O—H⋯N and N—H⋯N hydrogen bonds, which link the mol­ecules into chains along the a axis. PMID:21754118

  15. Crystal structure of (E)-2-[(2S,5R)-2-isopropyl-5-methyl­cyclo­hexyl­idene]hydrazine-1-carbo­thio­amide

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    de Oliveira, Adriano Bof; Beck, Johannes; Daniels, Jörg; de Farias, Renan Lira; de Godoy Netto, Adelino Vieira

    2014-01-01

    The title compound, C11H21N3S, consists of a menthone moiety attached to an extended thio­semicarbazone group with the N—N—C—N torsion angle being 11.92 (16)°. The cyclo­hexane ring has a chair conformation and the conformation about the C=N bond is E. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked via pairs of N—H⋯S hydrogen bonds, forming chains along the a axis. The absolute structure could be assigned with reference to the starting material, i.e. enanti­opure (−)-menthone [Flack parameter = 0.05 (5)]. PMID:25309244

  16. 3-[2-(Triphenyl­phosphanyl­idene)acet­yl]-2H-chromen-2-one

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    Taha, Muhammad; Ismail, Nor Hadiani; Aziza, Ahmad Nazif; Shah, Syed Adnan Ali; Yousuf, Sammer

    2013-01-01

    In the title compound, C29H21O3P, a coumarin-substitued ylid, the P atom is linked to three benzene rings and a planar coumarin moiety via a methyl­enecarbonyl group. The bond lengths in the P=C–C=O fragment clearly indicate a delocalized system involving the olefinic and carbonyl bonds. The mol­ecular structure is stabilized by an intra­molecular C—H⋯O inter­action that results in an S7 graph-set ring motif. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked into a three-dimensional framework by C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds. PMID:23424524

  17. Bis[μ-N-(tert-butyl­dimethyl­silyl)-N-(pyridin-2-ylmeth­yl)amido]­bis­[methyl­cobalt(II)

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    Malassa, Astrid; Agthe, Christine; Görls, Helmar; Westerhausen, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    The green title complex, [Co2(CH3)2(C12H21N2Si)2], was obtained from bis­{[μ-N-tert-butyl­dimethyl­silyl-N-(pyridin-2-ylmeth­yl)amido]­chloridocobalt(II)} and methyl­lithium in diethyl ether at 195 K via a metathesis reaction. The dimeric cobalt(II) complex exhibits a crystallographic center of inversion in the middle of the Co2N2 ring (average Co—N = 2.050 Å). The CoII atom shows a distorted tetra­hedral coordination sphere. The exocyclic Co—N bond length to the pyridyl group shows a similar value of 2.045 (4) Å. The exocyclic methyl group has a rather long Co—C bond length of 2.019 (5) Å. PMID:22969464

  18. A novel high-performance high-frequency SOI MESFET by the damped electric field

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    Orouji, Ali A.; Khayatian, Ahmad; Keshavarzi, Parviz

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we introduce a novel silicon-on-insulator (SOI) metal-semiconductor field-effect-transistor (MESFET) using the damped electric field (DEF). The proposed structure is geometrically symmetric and compatible with common SOI CMOS fabrication processes. It has two additional oxide regions under the side gates in order to improve DC and RF characteristics of the DEF structure due to changes in the electrical potential, the electrical field distributions, and rearrangement of the charge carriers. Improvement of device performance is investigated by two-dimensional and two-carrier simulation of fundamental parameters such as breakdown voltage (VBR), drain current (ID), output power density (Pmax), transconductance (gm), gate-drain and gate-source capacitances, cut-off frequency (fT), unilateral power gain (U), current gain (h21), maximum available gain (MAG), and minimum noise figure (Fmin). The results show that proposed structure operates with higher performances in comparison with the similar conventional SOI structure.

  19. Crystal growth and characterization studies of novel luminescent 2D coordination polymer of lead-benzilate possessing edge sharing PbO6 polyhedra

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    Soumya Mol, U. S.; Drisya, R.; Satheesh Chandran, P. R.; Sudarsanakumar, M. R.; Suma, S.; Sudhadevi Antharjanam, P. K.

    2016-12-01

    Single crystals of a new coordination polymer of lead-benzilate, C28H21O6Pb·C2H5OH have been successfully grown by gel diffusion technique at room temperature. The colourless single crystals were obtained within a week. The crystal structure was elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The compound possesses a polymeric structure constructed from edge sharing PbO6 polyhedra. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the compound crystallizes in triclinic space group P-1. The grown crystals were further characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, UV-Visible and thermogravimetric analysis. The photoluminescent properties of the complex and the ligand were also investigated.

  20. Crystal structure of bis­{N-[(di­ethyl­amino)­dimethyl­sil­yl]anilido-κ2 N,N′}zinc

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    Chen, Juan

    2015-01-01

    The title zinc amide, [Zn(C12H21N2Si)2], was prepared by the metathetical reaction of [LiN(SiMe2NEt2)(C6H5)]2 with zinc dichloride. It is mononuclear and the mol­ecule is generated by twofold rotation symmetry. The central ZnII atom is N,N′-chelated by each of the two N-silylated anilide ligands in a highly distorted tetra­hedral environment. Two N—Si—N ligands are arranged in a cis fashion around the ZnII atom. The Zn—Namine bonds [2.2315 (12) Å] are much longer than the Zn—Nanilide bonds [1.9367 (11) Å]. PMID:26870447

  1. On the Hodge structure of elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau threefolds

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    Taylor, Washington

    2012-08-01

    The Hodge numbers of generic elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau threefolds over toric base surfaces fill out the "shield" structure previously identified by Kreuzer and Skarke. The connectivity structure of these spaces and bounds on the Hodge numbers are illuminated by considerations from F-theory and the minimal model program. In particular, there is a rigorous bound on the Hodge number h 21 ≤ 491 for any elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau threefold. The threefolds with the largest known Hodge numbers are associated with a sequence of blow-ups of toric bases beginning with the Hirzebruch surface {{F}_{{12}}} and ending with the toric base for the F-theory model with largest known gauge group.

  2. 2-(2-Naphthyloxy)acetate derivatives. I. A new class of antiamnesic agents.

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    Thamotharan, S; Parthasarathi, V; Malik, R; Jindal, D P; Piplani, P; Linden, Anthony

    2003-08-01

    The title compounds 1-(2-naphthyloxymethylcarbonyl)piperidine, C(17)H(19)NO(2), (I), and 3-methyl-1-(2-naphthyloxymethylcarbonyl)piperidine, C(18)H(21)NO(2), (II), are potential antiamnesics. In (II), the methyl-substituted piperidine ring is disordered over two conformations. The piperidine ring has a chair conformation in both compounds. In (I), the molecules are linked by weak intermolecular C-H.O interactions to give networks represented by C(4), C(6) and R(4)(4)(18) graph-set motifs, while in (II), weak intermolecular C-H.O interactions generate R(1)(2)(5), C(4) and C(7) graph-set motifs. The dihedral angle between the naphthalene moiety and the piperidine ring is 33.83 (7) degrees in (I), while it is 31.78 (11) and 19.38 (19) degrees for the major and minor conformations, respectively, in (II). PMID:12909766

  3. dc and microwave performance of a 0.1-micron gate InAs/In(0.52)Al(0.48)As MODFET

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    Yang, D.; Chen, Y. C.; Brock, T.; Bhattacharya, Pallab K.

    1992-01-01

    The performance characteristics of 0.1-micron gate InAs/In(0.52)Al(0.48)As MODFETs grown by molecular beam epitaxy are measured and analyzed. The transistors are characterized by measured g sub m (max) = 840 mS/mm, f sub T = 128 GHz, and a very high current carrying capability, e.g., I sub dss = 934 mA/mm at V sub gs = 0.4 V and V sub ds = 2.7 V. The value of f sub T is estimated from extrapolation of the current gain (H21) at a -6-dB/octave rolloff. This is the first report on the microwave characteristics of an InAs-channel MODFET and establishes the superiority of this heterostructure system.

  4. Studies on flower initiation of Super-Dwarf wheat under stress conditions simulating those on the Space Station, Mir

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    Jiang, L.; Salisbury, F. B.; Campbell, W. F.; Carman, J. G.; Nan, R.

    1998-01-01

    Super-Dwarf wheat plants were grown in growth chambers under 12 treatments with three photoperiods (18 h, 21 h, 24 h) and four carbon dioxide (CO2) levels (360, 1,200, 3,000 and 7,000 micromoles mol-1). Carbon dioxide concentrations affected flower initiation rates of Super-Dwarf wheat. The optimum CO2 level for flower initiation and development was 1,200 micromoles mol-1. Super-optimum CO2 levels delayed flower initiation, but did not decrease final flower bud number per head. Longer photoperiods not only accelerated flower initiation rates, but also decreased deleterious effects of super-optimum CO2. Flower bud size and head length at the same developmental stage were larger under longer photoperiods, but final flower bud number was not affected by photoperiod.

  5. Coupling of the non-amyloid-component (NAC) domain and the KTK(E/Q)GV repeats stabilize the α-synuclein fibrils.

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    Xu, Liang; Nussinov, Ruth; Ma, Buyong

    2016-10-01

    The aggregates of α-synuclein (αS) are a major pathological hallmark of Parkinson's disease (PD) making their structure-function relationship important for rational drug design. Yet, the atomic structure of the αS aggregates is unavailable, making it difficult to understand the underlying aggregation mechanism. In this work, based on available experimental data, we examined plausible molecular structures of αS(20/30-110) fibrils for the first time by employing computational approaches. The optimized structure was used to investigate possible interactions with aggregation inhibitors. Our structural models characterize the essential properties of the five-layered fold of the αS fibril. The distribution of the β-strands and the topology of the five β-strands in the relatively stable models are in good agreement with experimental values. In particular, we find that the KTK(E/Q)GV repeat motifs significantly stabilize the αS fibrils. The charged residues within each repeat prefer exposure to the solvent in order to further stabilize the inter-layered interactions by salt-bridges. The organization of the repeat K(58)T(59)K(60)E(61)Q(62)V(63) between the β2 and β3 layers significantly affects the stability of the non-amyloid-component (NAC) domain. The coupling between the NAC domain and the KTKEGV repeats indicates that both regions can be potential binding sites for inhibitor design. The distinct binding modes of chemical agents that alter αS aggregation highlight the potential of our models in inhibitor design. PMID:26873872

  6. Molecular and Genetic Characterization of HIV-1 Tat Exon-1 Gene from Cameroon Shows Conserved Tat HLA-Binding Epitopes: Functional Implications.

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    Teto, Georges; Fonsah, Julius Y; Tagny, Claude T; Mbanya, Dora; Nchindap, Emilienne; Kenmogne, Leopoldine; Fokam, Joseph; Njamnshi, Dora M; Kouanfack, Charles; Njamnshi, Alfred K; Kanmogne, Georgette D

    2016-01-01

    HIV-1 Tat plays a critical role in viral transactivation. Subtype-B Tat has potential use as a therapeutic vaccine. However, viral genetic diversity and population genetics would significantly impact the efficacy of such a vaccine. Over 70% of the 37-million HIV-infected individuals are in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and harbor non-subtype-B HIV-1. Using specimens from 100 HIV-infected Cameroonians, we analyzed the sequences of HIV-1 Tat exon-1, its functional domains, post-translational modifications (PTMs), and human leukocyte antigens (HLA)-binding epitopes. Molecular phylogeny revealed a high genetic diversity with nine subtypes, CRF22_01A1/CRF01_AE, and negative selection in all subtypes. Amino acid mutations in Tat functional domains included N24K (44%), N29K (58%), and N40K (30%) in CRF02_AG, and N24K in all G subtypes. Motifs and phosphorylation analyses showed conserved amidation, N-myristoylation, casein kinase-2 (CK2), serine and threonine phosphorylation sites. Analysis of HLA allelic frequencies showed that epitopes for HLAs A*0205, B*5301, Cw*0401, Cw*0602, and Cw*0702 were conserved in 58%-100% of samples, with B*5301 epitopes having binding affinity scores > 100 in all subtypes. This is the first report of N-myristoylation, amidation, and CK2 sites in Tat; these PTMs and mutations could affect Tat function. HLA epitopes identified could be useful for designing Tat-based vaccines for highly diverse HIV-1 populations, as in SSA. PMID:27438849

  7. First Palaeogene sedimentary rock palaeomagnetic pole from stable western Eurasia and tectonic implications

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    Ali, Jason R.; Ward, David J.; King, Chris; Abrajevitch, Alexandra

    2003-08-01

    A palaeomagnetic investigation of lower Eocene (ca. 52 Ma) London Clay Formation cemented mudstones from Sheppey (SE England) has yielded a mean direction of Dec. = 1.1°, Inc. = 43.2°, where N= 9, α95 = 6.8° and K= 58.5. This apparently high-quality direction (Q-factor = 5) has an associated palaeopole of 178.6°E, 63.7°N, where A95= 6.8°. The data represent the first pole from post Jurassic stable Eurasia rocks outside of the European North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP), of which most results have been obtained from NW Britain and the Faroe Islands. The data can in part be used to constrain the position of Palaeogene Eurasia, in particular the zero-offset declination implying negligible rotation of western Eurasia since the early Cenozoic. This is in contrast with data derived from the European NAIP, which imply small to moderate clockwise rotations for this part of the plate. The inclination angle may provide less useful information as it appears to be anomalously shallow when compared with that associated with the NAIP derived poles. In an attempt to understand the shallowing, we re-examined data from Palaeocene-Eocene sediments recovered in several boreholes (bathyal sediments in DSDP Hole 550, four cores through fluvio-delatic to middle shelf sequences in the London area, and one borehole sequence from East Anglia). In all cases, the sediments show systematic inclination shallowing similar in magnitude to that reported from Sheppey. Tectonic and geomagnetic explanations can be discounted; sediment compaction appears to be the likely cause. In light of the current controversy surrounding the `stable Asia shallow inclination problem', the result reinforces the suggestion that tectonic modelling needs to be done carefully when the supporting data are based exclusively on palaeomagnetic studies of sedimentary rocks.

  8. Molecular and Genetic Characterization of HIV-1 Tat Exon-1 Gene from Cameroon Shows Conserved Tat HLA-Binding Epitopes: Functional Implications

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    Teto, Georges; Fonsah, Julius Y.; Tagny, Claude T.; Mbanya, Dora; Nchindap, Emilienne; Kenmogne, Leopoldine; Fokam, Joseph; Njamnshi, Dora M.; Kouanfack, Charles; Njamnshi, Alfred K.; Kanmogne, Georgette D.

    2016-01-01

    HIV-1 Tat plays a critical role in viral transactivation. Subtype-B Tat has potential use as a therapeutic vaccine. However, viral genetic diversity and population genetics would significantly impact the efficacy of such a vaccine. Over 70% of the 37-million HIV-infected individuals are in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and harbor non-subtype-B HIV-1. Using specimens from 100 HIV-infected Cameroonians, we analyzed the sequences of HIV-1 Tat exon-1, its functional domains, post-translational modifications (PTMs), and human leukocyte antigens (HLA)-binding epitopes. Molecular phylogeny revealed a high genetic diversity with nine subtypes, CRF22_01A1/CRF01_AE, and negative selection in all subtypes. Amino acid mutations in Tat functional domains included N24K (44%), N29K (58%), and N40K (30%) in CRF02_AG, and N24K in all G subtypes. Motifs and phosphorylation analyses showed conserved amidation, N-myristoylation, casein kinase-2 (CK2), serine and threonine phosphorylation sites. Analysis of HLA allelic frequencies showed that epitopes for HLAs A*0205, B*5301, Cw*0401, Cw*0602, and Cw*0702 were conserved in 58%–100% of samples, with B*5301 epitopes having binding affinity scores > 100 in all subtypes. This is the first report of N-myristoylation, amidation, and CK2 sites in Tat; these PTMs and mutations could affect Tat function. HLA epitopes identified could be useful for designing Tat-based vaccines for highly diverse HIV-1 populations, as in SSA. PMID:27438849

  9. In situ-ATR-FTIR analysis on the uptake and release of streptomycin from polyelectrolyte complex layers

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    Torger, B.; Müller, M.

    2013-03-01

    In-situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and line shape analysis of the diagnostic spectral region was used to quantify the bound amount and release of the antibiotic streptomycin (STRP) at polyelectrolyte (PEL) multilayers (PEM) of poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) or PEI and sodium alginate (ALG). Unlike common concepts based on the drug enrichment of the release medium, this analytical concept allowed to measure quantitatively the drug depletion in the delivery matrix. The measured kinetic in situ ATR-FTIR data were analysed by a modified Korsmeyer-Peppas equation based on two characteristic release parameters k and n. As main experimental parameters the number of PEL layers (adsorption steps) z and the STRP/PEL ratio were varied. For z = 8 the STRP/PEL ratio showed the most significant influence on release kinetics, whereby for STRP/PEL = 1:25 slowest (n = 0.77) and lowest (k = 21.4%) and for STRP/PEL = 1:5 most rapid (n = 0.30) and highest (k = 58.6%) drug releases were found. PEM-PEI/ALG-8 (STRP/PEL = 1:5) revealed slower release rates (n = 0.58) and lower released STRP amounts (k = 17.1%) compared to PEI/PAA. UV-VIS data on time dependent STRP enrichment of the release medium showed a similar trend compared to respective ATR-FTIR data on STRP depletion in PEM. Released amounts of around 1-2 mg from the herein introduced PEM films could be determined. The introduced analytical concept will be used as screening tool for other drugs, drug eluting films and bone substituting materials.

  10. Negative exchange bias in single-phase D y1 -xN dxCr O3 induced by Nd doping

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    McDannald, A.; dela Cruz, C. R.; Seehra, M. S.; Jain, M.

    2016-05-01

    Observation of significant negative exchange bias (HE) is reported in solid solutions of single-phase samples of D y1 -xN dxCr O3 for x = 0.33 ,0.67 , and 1 with corresponding Néel temperatures at TNCr= 175 K ,200 K , and 225 K, respectively, and the spin-reorientation transitions TS R at 48 K, 58 K, and 38 K, respectively. In contrast, no HE was observed for the sample with x =0 (i.e., DyCr O3 ) shows no HE below its TNCr= 145 K , and no reorientation of spins at lower temperatures was observed. More importantly, the (negative) HE for the x = 0.33 ,0.67 , and 1 samples is observed only in the temperature range between TN and TS R with the corresponding observation of magnetic coercivity. These results show that the canted antiferromagnetic Γ7 ,Cr structure of the C r3 + moments present between TNCr and TS R is essential for the observed HE. By comparing this result to the literature, common features of single-phase materials with HE were identified. The present bulk powder samples were prepared by the citrate method and structurally characterized by x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques. Neutron diffraction measurements for the x = 0.33 ,0.67 , and 1 samples at select temperatures were done to verify the presence of the Γ7 ,Cr structure between TNCr and TS R and the Γ1 ,Cr structure (with no canting of C r3 + moments) below TS R.

  11. Budgeting of major nutrients and the mitigation options for nutrient mining in semi-arid tropical agro-ecosystem of Tamil Nadu, India using NUTMON model.

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    Surendran, U; Rama Subramoniam, S; Raja, P; Kumar, V; Murugappan, V

    2016-04-01

    Mining of nutrients from soil is a major problem in developing countries causing soil degradation and threaten long-term food production. The present study attempts to apply NUTrient MONitoring (NUTMON) model for carrying out nutrient budgeting to assess the stocks and flows of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) in defined geographical unit based on the inputs, viz., mineral fertilizers, manures, atmospheric deposition, and sedimentation, and outputs, viz., harvested crop produces, residues, leaching, denitrification, and erosion losses. The study area covers Coimbatore and Erode Districts, which are potential agricultural areas in western agro-ecological zone of Tamil Nadu, India. The calculated nutrient balances for both the districts at district scale, using NUTMON methodology, were negative for nitrogen (N -3.3 and -10.1 kg ha(-1)) and potassium (K -58.6 and -9.8 kg ha(-1)) and positive for phosphorus (P +14.5 and 20.5 kg ha(-1)). Soil nutrient pool has to adjust the negative balance of N and K; there will be an expected mining of nutrient from the soil reserve. A strategy was attempted for deriving the fertilizer recommendation using Decision Support System for Integrated Fertilizer Recommendation (DSSIFER) to offset the mining in selected farms. The results showed that when DSSIFER recommended fertilizers are applied to crops, the nutrient balance was positive. NUTMON-Toolbox with DSSIFER would serve the purpose on enhancing soil fertility, productivity, and sustainability. The management options to mitigate nutrient mining with an integrated system approach are also discussed. PMID:27021693

  12. Mechanism of 2-oxoglutarate signaling by the Synechococcus elongatus PII signal transduction protein

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    Fokina, Oleksandra; Chellamuthu, Vasuki-Ranjani; Forchhammer, Karl; Zeth, Kornelius

    2010-01-01

    PII proteins control key processes of nitrogen metabolism in bacteria, archaea, and plants in response to the central metabolites ATP, ADP, and 2-oxoglutarate (2-OG), signaling cellular energy and carbon and nitrogen abundance. This metabolic information is integrated by PII and transmitted to regulatory targets (key enzymes, transporters, and transcription factors), modulating their activity. In oxygenic phototrophs, the controlling enzyme of arginine synthesis, N-acetyl-glutamate kinase (NAGK), is a major PII target, whose activity responds to 2-OG via PII. Here we show structures of the Synechococcus elongatus PII protein in complex with ATP, Mg2+, and 2-OG, which clarify how 2-OG affects PII–NAGK interaction. PII trimers with all three sites fully occupied were obtained as well as structures with one or two 2-OG molecules per PII trimer. These structures identify the site of 2-OG located in the vicinity between the subunit clefts and the base of the T loop. The 2-OG is bound to a Mg2+ ion, which is coordinated by three phosphates of ATP, and by ionic interactions with the highly conserved residues K58 and Q39 together with B- and T-loop backbone interactions. These interactions impose a unique T-loop conformation that affects the interactions with the PII target. Structures of PII trimers with one or two bound 2-OG molecules reveal the basis for anticooperative 2-OG binding and shed light on the intersubunit signaling mechanism by which PII senses effectors in a wide range of concentrations. PMID:21041661

  13. Mechanism of 2-oxoglutarate signaling by the Synechococcus elongatus PII signal transduction protein.

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    Fokina, Oleksandra; Chellamuthu, Vasuki-Ranjani; Forchhammer, Karl; Zeth, Kornelius

    2010-11-16

    P(II) proteins control key processes of nitrogen metabolism in bacteria, archaea, and plants in response to the central metabolites ATP, ADP, and 2-oxoglutarate (2-OG), signaling cellular energy and carbon and nitrogen abundance. This metabolic information is integrated by P(II) and transmitted to regulatory targets (key enzymes, transporters, and transcription factors), modulating their activity. In oxygenic phototrophs, the controlling enzyme of arginine synthesis, N-acetyl-glutamate kinase (NAGK), is a major P(II) target, whose activity responds to 2-OG via P(II). Here we show structures of the Synechococcus elongatus P(II) protein in complex with ATP, Mg(2+), and 2-OG, which clarify how 2-OG affects P(II)-NAGK interaction. P(II) trimers with all three sites fully occupied were obtained as well as structures with one or two 2-OG molecules per P(II) trimer. These structures identify the site of 2-OG located in the vicinity between the subunit clefts and the base of the T loop. The 2-OG is bound to a Mg(2+) ion, which is coordinated by three phosphates of ATP, and by ionic interactions with the highly conserved residues K58 and Q39 together with B- and T-loop backbone interactions. These interactions impose a unique T-loop conformation that affects the interactions with the P(II) target. Structures of P(II) trimers with one or two bound 2-OG molecules reveal the basis for anticooperative 2-OG binding and shed light on the intersubunit signaling mechanism by which P(II) senses effectors in a wide range of concentrations. PMID:21041661

  14. Recognition of U-rich RNA by Hfq from the Gram-positive pathogen Listeria monocytogenes

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    Kovach, Alexander R.; Hoff, Kirsten E.; Canty, John T.; Orans, Jillian

    2014-01-01

    Hfq is a post-transcriptional regulator that binds U- and A-rich regions of sRNAs and their target mRNAs to stimulate their annealing in order to effect translation regulation and, often, to alter their stability. The functional importance of Hfq and its RNA-binding properties are relatively well understood in Gram-negative bacteria, whereas less is known about the RNA-binding properties of this riboregulator in Gram-positive species. Here, we describe the structure of Hfq from the Gram-positive pathogen Listeria monocytogenes in its RNA-free form and in complex with a U6 oligoribonucleotide. As expected, the protein takes the canonical hexameric toroidal shape of all other known Hfq structures. The U6 RNA binds on the “proximal face” in a pocket formed by conserved residues Q9, N42, F43, and K58. Additionally residues G5 and Q6 are involved in protein-nucleic and inter-subunit contacts that promote uracil specificity. Unlike Staphylococcus aureus (Sa) Hfq, Lm Hfq requires magnesium to bind U6 with high affinity. In contrast, the longer oligo-uridine, U16, binds Lm Hfq tightly in the presence or absence of magnesium, thereby suggesting the importance of additional residues on the proximal face and possibly the lateral rim in RNA interaction. Intrinsic tryptophan fluorescence quenching (TFQ) studies reveal, surprisingly, that Lm Hfq can bind (GU)3G and U6 on its proximal and distal faces, indicating a less stringent adenine-nucleotide specificity site on the distal face as compared to the Gram-positive Hfq proteins from Sa and Bacillus subtilis and suggesting as yet uncharacterized RNA-binding modes on both faces. PMID:25150227

  15. Human IgE binding capacity of tryptic peptides from bovine alpha-lactalbumin.

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    Maynard, F; Jost, R; Wal, J M

    1997-08-01

    The specific IgE binding capacity of native bovine alpha-lactalbumin (alpha-La), a globular whey protein, and tryptic peptides was investigated using 19 sera from patients with cow's milk protein allergy. The specific anti-bovine alpha-La IgE titers ranged from 0.6 to 125 IU/ml. Highly purified tryptic peptides from native and disulfide-bond-reduced alpha-La were obtained by reverse phase chromatography. By ELISA technique using immobilized native protein or peptides, 11 of the 19 sera reacted exclusively with intact protein while 8 of them also presented a specific IgE response to different tryptic peptides. Polyclonal IgE population specificity was not related to anti-bovine alpha-La IgE levels. Sequence (17G-K58) and larger peptides sharing this sequence were most strongly and frequently recognized. Competitive ELISA inhibition tests confirmed this IgE-specific response and gave also clear evidence for IgE binding to smaller peptides corresponding to sequences (6C-R10):S-S:(115L-L123) and (109A-L123). IgE binding to native alpha-La and large peptides confirmed the importance of conformational epitope(s). However, in some sera reduced and S-alkylated peptide (59I-K94) exhibited a similar or higher IgE binding capacity than the native corresponding fragment, suggesting the existence of sequential epitope(s) exposed through protein denaturation. Moreover, IgE binding sequences were also located within hydrophobic regions of alpha-La and/or within parts with high sequence homology to human alpha-La. PMID:9250594

  16. Position for site-specific attachment of a DOTA chelator to synthetic affibody molecules has a different influence on the targeting properties of 68Ga- compared to 111in-labeled conjugates.

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    Honarvar, Hadis; Strand, Joanna; Perols, Anna; Orlova, Anna; Selvaraju, Ram Kumar; Eriksson Karlström, Amelie; Tolmachev, Vladimir

    2014-01-01

    Affibody molecules, small (7 kDa) scaffold proteins, are a promising class of probes for radionuclide molecular imaging. Radiolabeling of Affibody molecules with the positron-emitting nuclide 68Ga would permit the use of positron emission tomography (PET), providing better resolution, sensitivity, and quantification accuracy than single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The synthetic anti-HER2 ZHER2:S1 Affibody molecule was conjugated with DOTA at the N-terminus, in the middle of helix 3, or at the C-terminus. The biodistribution of 68Ga- and 111In-labeled Affibody molecules was directly compared in NMRI nu/nu mice bearing SKOV3 xenografts. The position of the chelator strongly influenced the biodistribution of the tracers, and the influence was more pronounced for 68Ga-labeled Affibody molecules than for the 111In-labeled counterparts. The best 68Ga-labeled variant was 68Ga-[DOTA-A1]-ZHER2:S1, which provided a tumor uptake of 13 ± 1 %ID/g and a tumor to blood ratio of 39 ± 12 at 2 hours after injection. 111In-[DOTA-A1]-ZHER2:S1 and 111In-[DOTA-K58]-ZHER2:S1 were equally good at this time point, providing a tumor uptake of 15 to 16 %ID/g and a tumor to blood ratio in the range of 60 to 80. In conclusion, the selection of the best position for a chelator in Affibody molecules can be used for optimization of their imaging properties. This may be important for the development of Affibody-based and other protein-based imaging probes. PMID:25249017

  17. One severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus protein complex integrates processive RNA polymerase and exonuclease activities.

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    Subissi, Lorenzo; Posthuma, Clara C; Collet, Axelle; Zevenhoven-Dobbe, Jessika C; Gorbalenya, Alexander E; Decroly, Etienne; Snijder, Eric J; Canard, Bruno; Imbert, Isabelle

    2014-09-16

    In addition to members causing milder human infections, the Coronaviridae family includes potentially lethal zoonotic agents causing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the recently emerged Middle East respiratory syndrome. The ∼30-kb positive-stranded RNA genome of coronaviruses encodes a replication/transcription machinery that is unusually complex and composed of 16 nonstructural proteins (nsps). SARS-CoV nsp12, the canonical RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), exhibits poorly processive RNA synthesis in vitro, at odds with the efficient replication of a very large RNA genome in vivo. Here, we report that SARS-CoV nsp7 and nsp8 activate and confer processivity to the RNA-synthesizing activity of nsp12. Using biochemical assays and reverse genetics, the importance of conserved nsp7 and nsp8 residues was probed. Whereas several nsp7 mutations affected virus replication to a limited extent, the replacement of two nsp8 residues (P183 and R190) essential for interaction with nsp12 and a third (K58) critical for the interaction of the polymerase complex with RNA were all lethal to the virus. Without a loss of processivity, the nsp7/nsp8/nsp12 complex can associate with nsp14, a bifunctional enzyme bearing 3'-5' exoribonuclease and RNA cap N7-guanine methyltransferase activities involved in replication fidelity and 5'-RNA capping, respectively. The identification of this tripartite polymerase complex that in turn associates with the nsp14 proofreading enzyme sheds light on how coronaviruses assemble an RNA-synthesizing machinery to replicate the largest known RNA genomes. This protein complex is a fascinating example of the functional integration of RNA polymerase, capping, and proofreading activities. PMID:25197083

  18. One severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus protein complex integrates processive RNA polymerase and exonuclease activities

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    Subissi, Lorenzo; Posthuma, Clara C.; Collet, Axelle; Zevenhoven-Dobbe, Jessika C.; Gorbalenya, Alexander E.; Decroly, Etienne; Snijder, Eric J.; Canard, Bruno; Imbert, Isabelle

    2014-01-01

    In addition to members causing milder human infections, the Coronaviridae family includes potentially lethal zoonotic agents causing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the recently emerged Middle East respiratory syndrome. The ∼30-kb positive-stranded RNA genome of coronaviruses encodes a replication/transcription machinery that is unusually complex and composed of 16 nonstructural proteins (nsps). SARS-CoV nsp12, the canonical RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), exhibits poorly processive RNA synthesis in vitro, at odds with the efficient replication of a very large RNA genome in vivo. Here, we report that SARS-CoV nsp7 and nsp8 activate and confer processivity to the RNA-synthesizing activity of nsp12. Using biochemical assays and reverse genetics, the importance of conserved nsp7 and nsp8 residues was probed. Whereas several nsp7 mutations affected virus replication to a limited extent, the replacement of two nsp8 residues (P183 and R190) essential for interaction with nsp12 and a third (K58) critical for the interaction of the polymerase complex with RNA were all lethal to the virus. Without a loss of processivity, the nsp7/nsp8/nsp12 complex can associate with nsp14, a bifunctional enzyme bearing 3′-5′ exoribonuclease and RNA cap N7-guanine methyltransferase activities involved in replication fidelity and 5′-RNA capping, respectively. The identification of this tripartite polymerase complex that in turn associates with the nsp14 proofreading enzyme sheds light on how coronaviruses assemble an RNA-synthesizing machinery to replicate the largest known RNA genomes. This protein complex is a fascinating example of the functional integration of RNA polymerase, capping, and proofreading activities. PMID:25197083

  19. Interaction of KCNE subunits with the KCNQ1 K+ channel pore

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    Panaghie, Gianina; Tai, Kwok-Keung; Abbott, Geoffrey W

    2006-01-01

    KCNQ1 α subunits form functionally distinct potassium channels by coassembling with KCNE ancillary subunits MinK and MiRP2. MinK-KCNQ1 channels generate the slowly activating, voltage-dependent cardiac IKs current. MiRP2-KCNQ1 channels form a constitutively active current in the colon. The structural basis for these contrasting channel properties, and the mechanisms of α subunit modulation by KCNE subunits, are not fully understood. Here, scanning mutagenesis located a tryptophan-tolerant region at positions 338–340 within the KCNQ1 pore-lining S6 domain, suggesting an exposed region possibly amenable to interaction with transmembrane ancillary subunits. This hypothesis was tested using concomitant mutagenesis in KCNQ1 and in the membrane-localized ‘activation triplet’ regions of MinK and MiRP2 to identify pairs of residues that interact to control KCNQ1 activation. Three pairs of mutations exerted dramatic effects, ablating channel function or either removing or restoring control of KCNQ1 activation. The results place KCNE subunits close to the KCNQ1 pore, indicating interaction of MiRP2-72 with KCNQ1-338; and MinK-59,58 with KCNQ1-339, 340. These data are consistent either with perturbation of the S6 domain by MinK or MiRP2, dissimilar positioning of MinK and MiRP2 within the channel complex, or both. Further, the results suggest specifically that two of the interactions, MiRP2-72/KCNQ1-338 and MinK-58/KCNQ1-340, are required for the contrasting gating effects of MinK and MiRP2. PMID:16308347

  20. Molten salt CO2 capture and electro-transformation (MSCC-ET) into capacitive carbon at medium temperature: effect of the electrolyte composition.

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    Deng, Bowen; Chen, Zhigang; Gao, Muxing; Song, Yuqiao; Zheng, Kaiyuan; Tang, Juanjuan; Xiao, Wei; Mao, Xuhui; Wang, Dihua

    2016-08-15

    Electrochemical transformation of CO2 into functional materials or fuels (i.e., carbon, CO) in high temperature molten salts has been demonstrated as a promising way of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) in recent years. In a view of continuous operation, the electrolysis process should match very well with the CO2 absorption kinetics. At the same time, in consideration of the energy efficiency, a molten salt electrochemical cell running at lower temperature is more beneficial to a process powered by the fluctuating renewable electricity from solar/wind farms. Ternary carbonates (Li : Na : K = 43.5 : 31.5 : 25.0) and binary chlorides (Li : K = 58.5 : 41.5), two typical kinds of eutectic melt with low melting points and a wide electrochemical potential window, could be the ideal supporting electrolyte for the molten salt CO2 capture and electro-transformation (MSCC-ET) process. In this work, the CO2 absorption behaviour in Li2O/CaO containing carbonates and chlorides were investigated on a home-made gas absorption testing system. The electrode processes as well as the morphology and properties of carbon obtained in different salts are compared to each other. It was found that the composition of molten salts significantly affects the absorption of CO2, electrode processes and performance of the product. Furthermore, the relationship between the absorption and electro-transformation kinetics are discussed based on the findings. PMID:27193751

  1. Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in Fresh Produce--A Food Safety Dilemma.

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    Feng, Peter

    2014-08-01

    Produce contains high levels of mixed microflora, including coliforms and Escherichia coli, but occasionally pathogens may also be present. Enterotoxigenic E. coli and Shigatoxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have been isolated from various produce types, especially spinach. The presence of STEC in produce is easily detected by PCR for the Shiga toxin (Stx) gene, stx, but this is insufficient for risk analysis. STEC comprises hundreds of serotypes that include known pathogenic serotypes and strains that do not appear to cause severe illness. Moreover, Stx without a binding factor like intimin (encoded by eae) is deemed to be insufficient to cause severe disease. Hence, risk analyses require testing for other virulence or serotype-specific genes. Multiplex PCR enables simultaneous testing of many targets, but, in a mixed flora sample, not all targets detected may be coming from the same cell. The need to isolate and confirm STEC in produce is critical, but it is time- and labor-intensive due to the complexity of the group. Studies showed that only a handful of STEC strains in produce have eae, and most belonged to recognized pathogenic serotypes so are of definite health risks. Several eae-negative strains belonged to serotypes O113:H21 and O91:H21 that historically have caused severe illness and may also be of concern. Most of the other STEC strains in produce, however, are only partially serotyped or are unremarkable serotypes carrying putative virulence factors, whose role in pathogenesis is uncertain, thus making it difficult to assess the health risks of these STEC strains. PMID:26104197

  2. Molecular and serotyping characterization of shiga toxogenic Escherichia coli associated with food collected from Saudi Arabia.

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    Al-Zogibi, Onizan G; Mohamed, Moussa I; Hessain, Ashgan M; El-Jakee, Jakeen K; Kabli, Saleh A

    2015-07-01

    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains are considered as one of the major food-borne disease agents in humans worldwide. STEC strains, also called verotoxin-producing E. coli strains. The objectives of the present study were serotyping and molecular characterization of shiga toxigenic E. coli associated with raw meat and milk samples collected from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A total of 540 milk samples were collected from 5 dairy farms and 150 raw meat samples were collected from different abattoirs located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. E. coli were recovered from 86 milk samples (15.93%), serotyping of E. coli isolates revealed, 26 (4.81%) strains O157: H7, 23 (4.26%) strains O111, 20 (3.70%) strains O113: H21, 10 (1.85%) strains O22: H8 and 7 (1.3%) strains O172: H21. Meanwhile, 17 (11.33%) strains of E. coli were recovered from raw meat samples, serotyping of E. coli isolates revealed, 6 (4%) strains O157: H7, 5 (3.33%) strains O111 and 4 (2.67%) strains O174: H2 and only two (1.33%) strains were identified as O22: H8. Shiga toxin2 was detected in 58 (67.44%) serotypes of E. coli recovered from milk samples and 16 (94.12%) serotypes of E. coli recovered from meat samples, while intimin gene was detected in 38 (44.186%) serotypes of E. coli recovered from milk samples and in 10 (58.82%) serotypes of E. coli recovered from meat samples. The results of this study revealed the efficiency of combination between serotyping and molecular typing of E. coli isolates recovered from food of animal origin for rapid detection and characterization of STEC. PMID:26150750

  3. The 16S rRNA binding site of Thermus thermophilus ribosomal protein S15: comparison with Escherichia coli S15, minimum site and structure.

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    Serganov, A A; Masquida, B; Westhof, E; Cachia, C; Portier, C; Garber, M; Ehresmann, B; Ehresmann, C

    1996-11-01

    Binding of Escherichia coli and Thermus thermophilus ribosomal proteins S15 to a 16S ribosomal RNA fragment from T. thermophilus (nt 559-753) has been investigated in detail by extensive deletion analysis, filter-binding assays, gel mobility shift, structure probing, footprinting with chemical, enzymatic, and hydroxyl radical probes. Both S15 proteins recognize two distinct sites. The first one maps in the bottom of helix 638-655/717-734 (H22) and in the three-way junction between helix 560-570/737-747 (H20), helix 571-600/606-634 (H21), and H22. The second is located in a conserved purine-rich region in the center of H22. The first site provides a higher contribution to the free energy of binding than the second one, and both are required for efficient binding. A short RNA fragment of 56 nt containing these elements binds S15 with high affinity. The structure of the rRNA is constrained by the three-way junction and requires both magnesium and S15 to be stabilized. A 3D model, derived by computer modeling with the use of experimental data, suggests that the bound form adopts a Y-shaped conformation, with a quasi-coaxial stacking of H22 on H20, and H21 forming an acute angle with H22. In this model, S15 binds to the shallow groove of the RNA on the exterior side of the Y-shaped structure, making contact with the two sites, which are separated by one helix turn. PMID:8903343

  4. The structure and photophysics of di-iodo-zinc(II) complexes of long alkyl chain substituted imidazolyl motif of arylazoimidazoles and the DFT computation.

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    Sen, Chandana; Chowdhuri, Bharati; Patra, Chiranjit; Mallick, Debashis; Sinha, Chittaranjan

    2015-12-01

    Distorted tetrahedral structure of [Zn(Haai-C10H21)2I2] (Haai-C10H21, 1-decayl-2-(arylazo)imidazole) has been supported by single crystal X-ray diffraction study. The structures of other complexes, [Zn(Raai-CnH2n+1)2I2] (n=10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22) have been determined by spectroscopic data (FT-IR, UV-vis, (1)H NMR). The complexes show light induced photoisomerisation, E-to-Z (trans-to-cis) of coordinated, Raai-CnH2n+1. The Z-to-E (cis-to-trans) isomerisation is also carried out by thermal activation route. The quantum yields of the E→Z progression (ϕE→Z) of the complexes are less than that of free ligand, which could be due to increase in molar mass and molar volume of the complexes than that of free ligands. The activation energy (Ea) of Z→E isomerisation of the complexes is is less than that of free ligands. This observation is also consistent with femtosecond transient absorption results which suggests that the E(trans)→Z(cis) isomerization occurs through the motion of pendant NNAr of the molecule. The temporal profiles of free ligand shows three decay processes corresponds to 0.24ps (S2 state) and subsequent decay, 0.85ps of the S1 state and finally 5ps to the hot ground state at 500nm. The complexes also show three decay periods approximately at 0.25ps, 1.3ps and 13ps. The spectral property and photochromic efficiency have been explained by DFT computation of optimized geometry of the complexes. PMID:26151433

  5. Low-dose carbon ion irradiation effects on DNA damage and oxidative stress in the mouse testis

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    Liu, Yang; Long, Jing; Zhang, Luwei; Zhang, Hong; Liu, Bin; Zhao, Weiping; Wu, Zhehua

    2011-01-01

    To investigate the effects of low-dose carbon ion irradiation on reproductive system of mice, the testes of outbred Kunming strain mice were whole-body irradiated with 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.5 and 1 Gy, respectively. We measured DNA double-strand breaks (DNA DSBs) and oxidative stress parameters including malondialdehyde (MDA) content, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, and testis weight and sperm count at 12 h, 21 d and 35 d after irradiation in mouse testis. At 12 h postirradiation, a significant increase in DNA DSB level but no pronounced alterations in MDA content or SOD activity were observed in 0.5 and 1 Gy groups compared with the control group. At 21 d postirradiation, there was a significant reduction in sperm count and distinct enhancements of DSB level and MDA content in 0.5 and 1 Gy groups in comparison with control. At 35 d postirradiation, the levels of DNA DSBs and MDA, and SOD activity returned to the baseline except for the MDA content in 1 Gy (P < 0.05), while extreme falls of sperm count were still observed in 0.5 (P < 0.01) and 1 Gy (P < 0.01) groups. For the 0.05 or 0.1 Gy group, no differences were found in DNA DSB level and MDA content between control and at 12 h, 21 d and 35 d after irradiation, indicating that lower doses of carbon ion irradiation have no significant influence on spermatogenesis processes. In this study, male germ cells irradiated with over 0.5 Gy of carbon ions are difficult to repair completely marked by the sperm count. Furthermore, these data suggest that the deleterious effects may be chronic or delayed in reproductive system after whole-body exposure to acute high-dose carbon ions.

  6. Oxidative desulfurization of fuels catalyzed by Fenton-like ionic liquids at room temperature.

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    Jiang, Yunqing; Zhu, Wenshuai; Li, Huaming; Yin, Sheng; Liu, Hua; Xie, Qingjie

    2011-03-21

    Oxidation of the sulfur-containing compounds benzothiophene (BT), dibenzothiophene (DBT), and 4,6-dimethyldibenzothiophene (4,6-DMDBT) has been studied in a desulfurization system composed of model oil, hydrogen peroxide, and different types of ionic liquids [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/FeCl(3), [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/CuCl(2), [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/ZnCl(2), [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/SnCl(2), [(C(4)H(9))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/FeCl(3), [C(10)H(21)(CH(3))(3)N]Cl/FeCl(3), [(C(10)H(21))(2)(CH(3))(2)N]Cl/FeCl(3). Deep desulfurization is achieved in the Fenton-like ionic liquid [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/FeCl(3) at 25 °C for 1 h. The desulfurization of DBT reaches 97.9%, in consuming very low amount of [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/FeCl(3) (only 0.702 mmol). The reaction conditions, for example, the amount of [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl/FeCl(3) or H(2)O(2), the temperature, and the molar ratio of FeCl(3) to [(C(8)H(17))(3)CH(3)N]Cl, are investigated for this system. The oxidation reactivity of the different sulfur-containing compounds is found to decrease in the order of DBT>BT>4,6-DMDBT. The desulfurization system can be recycled six times without significant decrease in activity. The sulfur level of FCC gasoline could be reduced from 360 ppm to 110 ppm. PMID:21394927

  7. Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Finland from 1990 through 1997: Prevalence and Characteristics of Isolates

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    Keskimäki, Markku; Saari, Marjut; Heiskanen, Tarja; Siitonen, Anja

    1998-01-01

    During the past 10 years Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) has emerged as one of the most important causes of food-borne infections in industrialized countries. In Finland, with a population of 5.1 million, however, only four STEC O157:H7 infections were identified from 1990 through 1995; the occurrence of non-O157 STEC infections was unknown. In 1996, we established a national prospective study to determine the prevalence of STEC serotypes in feces of Finns with bloody diarrhea. During this enhanced 1-year study period eight sporadic cases of STEC infection were found; of them, only two were indigenously acquired O157:H7 infections. In 1997, O157 infections increased dramatically, with O157 strains causing 51 of all 61 STEC infections. Altogether 14 non-O157:H7 STEC strains were found in Finland in the 1990s: O26:H11 (four strains), O26:HNM (HNM indicates nonmotile), O2:H29, O91:H21, O91:H40, O101:HNM, O107:H27, O157:HNM, O165:H25, OX3:H21, and Rough:H49. All O157:H7 and O26:H11 isolates produced enterohemolysin, but seven of the other STEC strains did not. Most (n = 63) of the 71 STEC strains isolated carried the stx2 gene only, five carried the stx1 gene only, and three carried both genes. The eaeA gene was detected in all other isolates except five non-O157 strains. There were seven distinct pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) genotypes among 57 O157 strains and three distinct PFGE types among four O26:H11 strains. The main PFGE type was found among 65% of all O157 isolates. PMID:9817888

  8. Subtilase cytotoxin produced by locus of enterocyte effacement-negative Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli induces stress granule formation.

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    Tsutsuki, Hiroyasu; Yahiro, Kinnosuke; Ogura, Kohei; Ichimura, Kimitoshi; Iyoda, Sunao; Ohnishi, Makoto; Nagasawa, Sayaka; Seto, Kazuko; Moss, Joel; Noda, Masatoshi

    2016-07-01

    Subtilase cytotoxin (SubAB) is mainly produced by locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE)-negative strains of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC). SubAB cleaves an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) chaperone, BiP/Grp78, leading to induction of ER stress. This stress causes activation of ER stress sensor proteins and induction of caspase-dependent apoptosis. We found that SubAB induces stress granules (SG) in various cells. Aim of this study was to explore the mechanism by which SubAB induced SG formation. Here, we show that SubAB-induced SG formation is regulated by activation of double-stranded RNA-activated protein kinase (PKR)-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK). The culture supernatant of STEC O113:H21 dramatically induced SG in Caco2 cells, although subAB knockout STEC O113:H21 culture supernatant did not. Treatment with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA), a protein kinase C (PKC) activator, and lysosomal inhibitors, NH4 Cl and chloroquine, suppressed SubAB-induced SG formation, which was enhanced by PKC and PKD inhibitors. SubAB attenuated the level of PKD1 phosphorylation. Depletion of PKCδ and PKD1 by siRNA promoted SG formation in response to SubAB. Furthermore, death-associated protein 1 (DAP1) knockdown increased basal phospho-PKD1(S916) and suppressed SG formation by SubAB. However, SG formation by an ER stress inducer, Thapsigargin, was not inhibited in PMA-treated cells. Our findings show that SubAB-induced SG formation is regulated by the PERK/DAP1 signalling pathway, which may be modulated by PKCδ/PKD1, and different from the signal transduction pathway that results in Thapsigargin-induced SG formation. PMID:26749168

  9. On the Significance of Bacterial triterpenic Biomarkers in Sediments

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    Rohmer, M.

    2004-12-01

    Triterpenic biomarkers are ubiquitous in the organic matter of sediments. Bacterial contribution is essential for several series. Despite the numerous investigations performed over the last decades, little is known about the distribution of triterpenoids in Eubacteria. An updated survey of triterpene distribution in Eubacteria points out a much broader diversity of the structures than expected ten years ago. Hopanoids characterized by their C35 skeleton resulting from a carbon/carbon linkage between the triterpene hopane skeleton and a D-ribose derivative are the most frequent ones. Their distribution cannot be readily interpreted and may result from lateral gene transfer. Many groups, such as strict anaerobes, are underrepresented in the screenings, mainly because of the complex techniques required for their growth. Most of the bacterial hopanoids belong to the (17α H,21β H) series, corresponding to the stereochemistry of hopanoid biomarkers from non-mature sediments. (17β H,21α H)- and especially (17α ,21β H)-hopanoids are derived from the former series via diagenesis and maturation of the organic matter. Both series were, however, recently found in widespread soil bacteria (Frankia spp., Geodermatophilus spp.) questioning at least partially their significance as maturation indicators. Quasi-hopanoids with the gammacerane skeleton were first found in ciliate protozoa. They are also present in high concentrations in the phylogenetically related bacteria Rhodopseudomonas palustris and all Bradyrhizobium spp. In all closely investigated hopanoid producing bacteria, a complex mixture of triterpene hydrocarbons accompanied in small amounts hop-22(29)-ene. They include pentacyclic triterpenes (rearranged hopenes, fernenes) as well as tetracyclic triterpenes (dammaradienes, euphadienes) and result from a lack of strict control of the cyclization process by the squalene/hopene cyclase. Triterpenoids related to sterol biosynthesis (lanosterol, cycloartenol) have

  10. Phylogenetic and Molecular Analysis of Food-Borne Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli

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    Hauser, Elisabeth; Mellmann, Alexander; Semmler, Torsten; Stoeber, Helen; Wieler, Lothar H.; Karch, Helge; Kuebler, Nikole; Fruth, Angelika; Harmsen, Dag; Weniger, Thomas; Tietze, Erhard

    2013-01-01

    Seventy-five food-associated Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains were analyzed by molecular and phylogenetic methods to describe their pathogenic potential. The presence of the locus of proteolysis activity (LPA), the chromosomal pathogenicity island (PAI) PAI ICL3, and the autotransporter-encoding gene sabA was examined by PCR. Furthermore, the occupation of the chromosomal integration sites of the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE), selC, pheU, and pheV, as well as the Stx phage integration sites yehV, yecE, wrbA, z2577, and ssrA, was analyzed. Moreover, the antibiotic resistance phenotypes of all STEC strains were determined. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) was performed, and sequence types (STs) and sequence type complexes (STCs) were compared with those of 42 hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS)-associated enterohemorrhagic E. coli (HUSEC) strains. Besides 59 STs and 4 STCs, three larger clusters were defined in this strain collection. Clusters A and C consist mostly of highly pathogenic eae-positive HUSEC strains and some related food-borne STEC strains. A member of a new O26 HUS-associated clone and the 2011 outbreak strain E. coli O104:H4 were found in cluster A. Cluster B comprises only eae-negative food-borne STEC strains as well as mainly eae-negative HUSEC strains. Although food-borne strains of cluster B were not clearly associated with disease, serotypes of important pathogens, such as O91:H21 and O113:H21, were in this cluster and closely related to the food-borne strains. Clonal analysis demonstrated eight closely related genetic groups of food-borne STEC and HUSEC strains that shared the same ST and were similar in their virulence gene composition. These groups should be considered with respect to their potential for human infection. PMID:23417002

  11. Phylogenetic and molecular analysis of food-borne shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli.

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    Hauser, Elisabeth; Mellmann, Alexander; Semmler, Torsten; Stoeber, Helen; Wieler, Lothar H; Karch, Helge; Kuebler, Nikole; Fruth, Angelika; Harmsen, Dag; Weniger, Thomas; Tietze, Erhard; Schmidt, Herbert

    2013-04-01

    Seventy-five food-associated Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains were analyzed by molecular and phylogenetic methods to describe their pathogenic potential. The presence of the locus of proteolysis activity (LPA), the chromosomal pathogenicity island (PAI) PAI ICL3, and the autotransporter-encoding gene sabA was examined by PCR. Furthermore, the occupation of the chromosomal integration sites of the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE), selC, pheU, and pheV, as well as the Stx phage integration sites yehV, yecE, wrbA, z2577, and ssrA, was analyzed. Moreover, the antibiotic resistance phenotypes of all STEC strains were determined. Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) was performed, and sequence types (STs) and sequence type complexes (STCs) were compared with those of 42 hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS)-associated enterohemorrhagic E. coli (HUSEC) strains. Besides 59 STs and 4 STCs, three larger clusters were defined in this strain collection. Clusters A and C consist mostly of highly pathogenic eae-positive HUSEC strains and some related food-borne STEC strains. A member of a new O26 HUS-associated clone and the 2011 outbreak strain E. coli O104:H4 were found in cluster A. Cluster B comprises only eae-negative food-borne STEC strains as well as mainly eae-negative HUSEC strains. Although food-borne strains of cluster B were not clearly associated with disease, serotypes of important pathogens, such as O91:H21 and O113:H21, were in this cluster and closely related to the food-borne strains. Clonal analysis demonstrated eight closely related genetic groups of food-borne STEC and HUSEC strains that shared the same ST and were similar in their virulence gene composition. These groups should be considered with respect to their potential for human infection. PMID:23417002

  12. Geochemical application of sterane and triterpane biomarkers to a description of oils from the Taranaki Basin in New Zealand

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    Czochanska, Z.; Sheppard, C.M.; Weston, R.J.; Wood, T.A.; Woolhouse, A.D. ); Gilbert, T.D.; Philp, R.P. )

    1988-01-01

    The distributions of sterane and terpane biomarkers in a suite of 25 oils from onshore and offshore regions of the Taranaki Basin of New Zealand have been determined by gc-ms. Features of these distributions include the presence of relatively high concentrations of a number of C{sub 24} tetracyclic terpanes, the virtual absence of tricyclic terpanes, a predominance of C{sub 29} normal-, iso- and dia- steranes and the presence of a number of non-hopanoid triterpanes. In one member of the suite (Urenui) 18{alpha}(H)-oleanane is the most abundant component (m/z 191 ion chromatogram) of the terpane class of biomarkers. Based upon the distributions of 18{alpha}(H)oleanane, the McKee and Moturoa families of oils can be delineated. These terpane distributions are qualitatively similar to those encountered in crude oils from a number of Far-eastern Basins and from the Handil field of the Mahakam delta (Indonesia). The Taranaki oils are of approximately the same thermal maturity. Maturity parameters calculated from the distributions of C{sub 29} steranes and of 17{beta}(H),21{alpha}(H)- and 17{alpha}(H),21{beta}(H)- hopanes confirm recent findings of incomplete nuclear isomerization in oils derived from Tertiary sediments. An attempt has been made to correlate the McKee-1 and Maui-4 crude oils with potential source rocks from depths of 3,708 m and 3,825 m respectively. The rocks studied have attained insufficient maturity to have been the sources of these oils.

  13. Functional studies of the gene slr2049 from Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 and its site-directed mutation.

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    Liu, Bingjun; Chen, Sili; Zhang, Lei

    2015-06-01

    Phycobiliprotein is a homologous family of light-harvesting chromoproteins existing in cyanobacteria, red algae and cryptophytes. Phycobiliprotein is made up of phycobilin and its corresponding apophycobiliprotein, and they are covalently linked by the thioether bond with the bilin lyase. Using the software BLAST, we have found gene slr2049 in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 homologous to the biliprotein lyase gene cpeS. This paper investigates the protein expressed by gene slr2049 to find the enzymatic activity characteristics. We cloned slr2049 and its related genes cpcB, ho1, and pcyA which are linked with the synthesis of phycocyanin. Special amino acid mutagenesis was performed on slr2049 to construct eight mutants slr2049 (H21S), slr2049 (L23S), slr2049 (A24S), slr2049 (F25S), slr2049 (W72L), slr2049 (G84S), slr2049 (R107S) and slr2049 (Y124S). These mutants were ligated with vectors pEDFDuet-1 and pET-23a to construct pCDF-cpcB-slr2049 wild-type, pCDF-cpcB-slr2049 mutants and pET-ho1-pcyA, for the purpose of protein expression and analysis. The results showed that the wild-type and mutants slr2049 (H21S), slr2049 (L23S), slr2049 (F25S), slr2049 (W72L), slr2049 (G84S), and slr2049 (Y124S) can catalyze CpcB to couple on PCB correctly and the products have unique spectral characteristics. However mutants slr2049 (A24S) and slr2049 (R107S) have no spectral characteristics. Thus, it is suggested that alanine at position 24 and arginine at position 107 are the active sites. PMID:25791490

  14. Profile of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains isolated from dogs and cats and genetic relationships with isolates from cattle, meat and humans.

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    Bentancor, A; Rumi, M V; Carbonari, C; Gerhardt, E; Larzábal, M; Vilte, D A; Pistone-Creydt, V; Chinen, I; Ibarra, C; Cataldi, A; Mercado, E C

    2012-05-01

    Pets can be reservoirs of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains. The aim of this study was to examine nine strains belonging to several serotypes (O91:H21, O91:H16, O178:H19, O8:H19, O22:H8, O22:HNT, ONT:H8), previously recovered from cats or dogs. To this end, we assessed a set of additional virulence genes (stx(2) subtype, subAB, ehxA, eae and saa), cytotoxic activity, and genetic relationships with strains isolated from cattle, meat and humans using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Most of the isolates carried the stx(2) and/or stx(2vh-b) sequences, while only the O91:H21 isolate presented the mucus-activatable stx(2d) variant, as confirmed by sequencing the genes of subunits A and B. All the strains showed cytotoxic activity in cultured cells. One of the two O178:H19, selected for its high level of cytotoxicity in Vero cells, showed the ability to cause functional alterations in the human colon mucosa in vitro. None of the strains possessed the subAB, eae or saa genes and only the strains belonging to serotype O8:H19 carried the ehxA gene. The isolates shared 90-100% similarity by PFGE to epidemiologically unrelated strains of the corresponding serotypes recovered from cattle, meat or humans. Our results demonstrate that dogs and cats may have a role in the infection of humans by STEC, probably serving as a vehicle for bovine strains in the cycle of human infection, and thus emphasize the health risks for owners and their families. PMID:22119188

  15. Synthesis and molecular characterization of 5,5‧-((2,4-dichlorophenyl)methylene)bis(1,3-dimethylpyrimidine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione)

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    Barakat, Assem; Al-Najjar, Hany J.; Al-Majid, Abdullah Mohammed; Soliman, Saied M.; Mabkhot, Yahia Nasser; Ghabbour, Hazem A.; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2015-03-01

    A simple, economical, and green approach to the synthesis of 5,5‧-((2,4-dichlorophenyl)methylene)bis(1,3-dimethylpyrimidine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione) 4 using a tandem Aldol condensation-Michael addition process in aqueous diethylamine medium was described. The 3D structure of the latter was confirmed by single-crystal X-ray structure determination. The molecular structure of the titled compound was calculated using DFT B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) method. The calculated geometric parameters are in good agreement with the experimental data obtained from our reported X-ay structure. The two pyrimidinetrione rings have C16 and C20 atoms deviated significantly from the ring plane. The electronic spectra of the studied compound have been calculated using the TD-DFT method. The longest wavelength band (257.8 nm, f = 0.0276) occurs due to H → L (86%) transition. The 1H and 13C NMR calculated chemical shifts using GIAO method showed good correlation with the experimental data. The molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) showed that the most reactive sites for electrophilic and nucleophilic attacks are the carbonyl oxygen (O5) and the H21 atoms, respectively. The NBO calculations were performed to predict the natural atomic charges at the different atomic sites and to study the different intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) interactions occurring in the studied system. Interestingly, there is some delocalization of electron densities from the occupied σ-type NBO of the C20sbnd H21 to the unoccupied π∗-NBO of the two adjacent carbonyl groups.

  16. Diverse Virulence Gene Content of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli from Finishing Swine

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    Fratamico, Pina M.; Bagi, Lori; Delannoy, Sabine; Fach, Patrick; Manning, Shannon D.; Funk, Julie A.

    2014-01-01

    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections are a critical public health concern because they can cause severe clinical outcomes, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome, in humans. Determining the presence or absence of virulence genes is essential in assessing the potential pathogenicity of STEC strains. Currently, there is limited information about the virulence genes carried by swine STEC strains; therefore, this study was conducted to examine the presence and absence of 69 virulence genes in STEC strains recovered previously from finishing swine in a longitudinal study. A subset of STEC strains was analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to examine their genetic relatedness. Swine STEC strains (n = 150) were analyzed by the use of a high-throughput real-time PCR array system, which included 69 virulence gene targets. Three major pathotypes consisted of 16 different combinations of virulence gene profiles, and serotypes were determined in the swine STEC strains. The majority of the swine STEC strains (n = 120) belonged to serotype O59:H21 and carried the same virulence gene profile, which consisted of 9 virulence genes: stx2e, iha, ecs1763, lpfAO113, estIa (STa), ehaA, paa, terE, and ureD. The eae, nleF, and nleH1-2 genes were detected in one swine STEC strain (O49:H21). Other genes encoding adhesins, including iha, were identified (n = 149). The PFGE results demonstrated that swine STEC strains from pigs raised in the same finishing barn were closely related. Our results revealed diverse virulence gene contents among the members of the swine STEC population and enhance understanding of the dynamics of transmission of STEC strains among pigs housed in the same barn. PMID:25107960

  17. Transport of water, solutes and nutrients from a pasture hillslope, southwestern Brazilian Amazon

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    Biggs, Trent Wade; Dunne, Thomas; Muraoka, Takashi

    2006-08-01

    A conceptual model of water and solute transport pathways was developed and applied to a pasture hillslope in the southwestern Brazilian Amazon basin using select field measurements. Infiltration-excess or Horton overland flow (HOF), saturation overland flow (SOF), and groundwater in both the near-stream zone and upslope were sampled on a hillslope draining a 3.9 hectare pasture for a total of ten storms during the first half of the rainy season (October-November) in 2002. A Soil Conservation Service SCS curve number model of HOF and an annual water balance of both upslope and near-stream zones were used to calculate the contribution of each flowpath to solute export. HOF occurred in rainstorms greater than 5 mm and accounted for 8% of annual rainfall. Flow generated in the near-stream zone was 8% of annual rainfall. Sub-surface flow from upslope groundwater dominated annual runoff (19-30% of annual rainfall). Solutes fell into three categories according to flowpath. HOF from upslope positions dominated the export of total phosphorus (TP) and total dissolved phosphorus (TDP, 51-72% of total annual export). The near-stream zones controlled the export of K (58-65%), total dissolved nitrogen (TDN, 76-80%), and total nitrogen (TN, 75%) owing to relatively high solute concentrations and the large volume of water that flowed through the near-stream zone. Na and Si export was via groundwater from upslope (50-67% of annual export). The flux calculations were based on a small number of storms and are preliminary estimates designed to identify broad patterns in solute export via different hydrologic pathways. Additional processes, especially N removal at the groundwater-stream interface and in the stream channel, may affect actual export rates at the watershed scale. Whereas HOF production is negligible in Amazon forests, it represents a significant pathway for additional loss of elements, especially phosphorus, from mature pasture systems. The evidence presented here shows

  18. Minor activities and transition state properties of the human steroid hydroxylases cytochromes P450c17 and P450c21, from reactions observed with deuterium-labeled substrates

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    Yoshimoto, Francis K.; Zhou, Yishan; Peng, Hwei-Ming; Stidd, David; Yoshimoto, Jennifer A.; Sharma, Kamalesh K.; Matthew, Susan; Auchus, Richard J.

    2012-01-01

    The steroid hydroxylases CYP17A1 (P450c17, 17-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase) and CYP21A2 (P450c21, 21-hydroxylase) catalyze progesterone hydroxylation at one or more sites within a 2 Å radius. We probed their hydrogen atom abstraction mechanisms and regiochemical plasticity with deuterium-labeled substrates: 17-[2H]-pregnenolone; 17-[2H]-, 16α-[2H]-, 21,21,21-[2H3]-, and 21-[2H]-progesterone; and 21,21,21-[2H3]-17-hydroxyprogesterone. Product distribution and formation rates with recombinant human P450-oxidoreductase and wild-type human CYP17A1 or mutation A105L (reduced progesterone 16α-hydroxylation) and wild-type human CYP21A2 or mutation V359A (substantial progesterone 16α-hydroxylation) were used to calculate intramolecular and intermolecular kinetic isotope effects (KIEs). The intramolecular KIEs for CYP17A1 and mutation A105L were 4.1 and 3.8, respectively, at H-17 and 2.9 and 5.1, respectively, at H-16α. Mutation A105L 21-hydroxylates progesterone (5% of products), and wild-type CYP17A1 also catalyzes a trace of 21-hydroxylation, which increases with 16α-[2H]- and 17-[2H]-progesterone. The intramolecular KIEs with CYP21A2 mutation V359A and progesterone were 6.2 and 3.8 at H-21 and H-16α, respectively. Wild-type CYP21A2 also forms a trace of 16α-hydroxyprogesterone, which increased with 21,21,21-[2H3]-progesterone substrate. Competitive intermolecular KIEs paralleled the intramolecular KIE values, with DV values of 1.4–5.1 and DV/K values of 1.8–5.1 for these reactions. CYP17A1 and CYP21A2 mutation V359A both 16α-hydroxylate 16α-[2H]-progesterone with 33–44% deuterium retention, indicating stereochemical inversion. We conclude that human CYP17A1 has progesterone 21-hydroxylase activity and human CYP21A2 has progesterone 16α-hydroxylase activity, both of which are enhanced with deuterated substrates. The transition states for C-H bond cleavage in these hydroxylation reactions are either significantly non-linear and/or asymmetric, and C-H bond

  19. Subtilase contributes to the cytotoxicity of a Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strain encoding three different toxins.

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    Hauser, Elisabeth; Bruederle, Matthias; Reich, Carolin; Bruckbauer, Annette; Funk, Joschua; Schmidt, Herbert

    2016-01-18

    Food-borne Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O113:H21 strain TS18/08, that has previously been isolated from mixed minced meat, harbors the Shiga toxin (Stx) encoding allele stx2a, the plasmid-located subtilase cytotoxin encoding allele subAB1 and the cytolethal distending toxin type V encoding gene cdt-V. In the current study, it could be shown that each of these toxin genes was transcribed with different transcription levels at different time points by RT real time PCR under laboratory batch conditions in LB-broth. The transcription maximum for cdt-V and subAB1 was observed after 3h while stx2a transcription was highest after 6h of incubation. During this time the mean relationship of the amount of stx2a:subAB1:cdt-V transcripts was 1:26:100. Furthermore, isogenic stx2a and cdt-V chromosomal deletion mutants were constructed to measure the contribution of SubAB1 to the overall cytotoxicity of this strain. In this context, a further copy of stx2 was detected in this strain and was also deleted. Comparing the cytotoxicity of supernatants of the resulting mutant strains TS18/08-3 (Δstx2-1Δstx2-2Δcdt-V) and TS18/08-4 (Δstx2-1Δstx2-2Δcdt-VΔsubAB1) on Vero cells demonstrated a contribution of SubAB1 to the overall cytotoxic effect while the 4-fold isogenic deletion mutant did not show any cytotoxic effect and that was comparable to the non-toxic laboratory E. coli strain C600. The cytotoxic effect could be restored by complementation with the recombinant low copy plasmid pWSK29 harboring subAB1 under the control of its own promoter. In addition, the cytotoxicity of wild type strain TS18/08 to Vero cells was in the same range as the EHEC O157:H7 strain EDL933. Therefore, food-borne STEC O113:H21 strain TS18/08 can be considered as a putative human pathogen. PMID:26523884

  20. Serotypes, Virulence Genes, and Intimin Types of Shiga Toxin (Verotoxin)-Producing Escherichia coli Isolates from Healthy Sheep in Spain

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    Blanco, M.; Blanco, J. E.; Mora, A.; Rey, J.; Alonso, J. M.; Hermoso, M.; Hermoso, J.; Alonso, M. P.; Dahbi, G.; González, E. A.; Bernárdez, M. I.; Blanco, J.

    2003-01-01

    Fecal swabs obtained from 1,300 healthy lambs in 93 flocks in Spain in 1997 were examined for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). STEC O157:H7 strains were isolated from 5 (0.4%) animals in 4 flocks, and non-O157 STEC strains were isolated from 462 (36%) lambs in 63 flocks. A total of 384 ovine STEC strains were characterized in this study. PCR showed that 213 (55%) strains carried the stx1 gene, 10 (3%) possessed the stx2 gene, and 161 (42%) carried both the stx1 and the stx2 genes. Enterohemolysin (ehxA) and intimin (eae) virulence genes were detected in 106 (28%) and 23 (6%) of the STEC strains, respectively. The STEC strains belonged to 35 O serogroups and 64 O:H serotypes (including 18 new serotypes). However, 72% were of 1 of the following 12 serotypes: O5:H−, O6:H10, O91:H−, O117:H−, O128:H−, O128:H2, O136:H20, O146:H8, O146:H21, O156:H−, O166:H28, and ONT:H21 (where NT is nontypeable). Although the 384 STEC strains belonged to 95 different seropathotypes (associations between serotypes and virulence genes), 49% of strains belonged to only 11. O91:H− stx1 stx2 (54 strains) was the most common seropathotype, followed by O128:H− stx1 stx2 (33 strains) and O6:H10 stx1 (25 strains). Three strains of serotypes O26:H11, O156:H11, and OX177:H11 had intimin type β1; 5 strains of serotype O157:H7 possessed intimin type γ1; and 15 strains of serotypes O49:H−, O52:H12, O156:H− (12 strains), and O156:H25 had the new intimin, intimin type ζ. The majority (82%) of ovine STEC strains belonged to serotypes previously found to be associated with human STEC strains, and 51% belonged to serotypes associated with STEC strains isolated from patients with hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Thus, this study confirms that healthy sheep are a major reservoir of STEC strains pathogenic for humans. PMID:12682113

  1. Serotypes, Virulence Genes, and Intimin Types of Shiga Toxin (Verotoxin)-Producing Escherichia coli Isolates from Cattle in Spain and Identification of a New Intimin Variant Gene (eae-ξ)

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    Blanco, M.; Blanco, J. E.; Mora, A.; Dahbi, G.; Alonso, M. P.; González, E. A.; Bernárdez, M. I.; Blanco, J.

    2004-01-01

    A total of 514 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) isolates from diarrheic and healthy cattle in Spain were characterized in this study. PCR showed that 101 (20%) isolates carried stx1 genes, 278 (54%) possessed stx2 genes, and 135 (26%) possessed both stx1 and stx2. Enterohemolysin (ehxA) and intimin (eae) virulence genes were detected in 326 (63%) and in 151 (29%) of the isolates, respectively. STEC isolates belonged to 66 O serogroups and 113 O:H serotypes (including 23 new serotypes). However, 67% were of one of these 15 serogroups (O2, O4, O8, O20, O22, O26, O77, O91, O105, O113, O116, O157, O171, O174, and OX177) and 52% of the isolates belonged to only 10 serotypes (O4:H4, O20:H19, O22:H8, O26:H11, O77:H41, O105:H18, O113:H21, O157:H7, O171:H2, and ONT:H19). Although the 514 STEC isolates belonged to 164 different seropathotypes (associations between serotypes and virulence genes), only 12 accounted for 43% of isolates. Seropathotype O157:H7 stx2 eae-γ1 ehxA (46 isolates) was the most common, followed by O157:H7 stx1 stx2 eae-γ1 ehxA (34 isolates), O113:H21 stx2 (25 isolates), O22:H8 stx1 stx2 ehxA (15 isolates), O26:H11 stx1 eae-β1 ehxA (14 isolates), and O77:H41 stx2 ehxA (14 isolates). Forty-one (22 of serotype O26:H11) isolates had intimin β1, 82 O157:H7 isolates possessed intimin γ1, three O111:H- isolates had intimin type γ2, one O49:H- strain showed intimin type δ, 13 (six of serotype O103:H2) isolates had intimin type ɛ and eight (four of serotype O156:H-) isolates had intimin ζ. We have identified a new variant of the eae intimin gene designated ξ (xi) in two isolates of serotype O80:H-. The majority (85%) of bovine STEC isolates belonged to serotypes previously found for human STEC organisms and 54% to serotypes associated with STEC organisms isolated from patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome. Thus, this study confirms that cattle are a major reservoir of STEC strains pathogenic for humans. PMID:14766831

  2. Chemical composition of PM2.5 from two tunnels with different vehicular fleet characteristics.

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    Cui, Min; Chen, Yingjun; Tian, Chongguo; Zhang, Fan; Yan, Caiqing; Zheng, Mei

    2016-04-15

    The chemical compositions of PM2.5 including OC, EC, water soluble ions, elements, and organic components such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), hopanes, and steranes, emitted in Wuzushan (WZS) and Kuixinglou (KXL) tunnels were determined. WZS tunnel is a major route for diesel vehicles traveling, while KXL tunnel has limited to diesel vehicles. The results showed that the proportions of the different constituents of PM2.5 in the Wuzushan (WZS) tunnel were OC (27.7%), EC (32.1%), elements (13.9%), and water soluble ions (9.2%). Whereas the chemical profile of PM2.5 in the Kuixinglou (KXL) tunnel was OC (17.7%), EC (10.4%), elements (8.90%), and water soluble ions (8.87%). The emission factors (EFs) of PM2.5 and proportions of SO4(2-) and Pb were decreased by vehicle emission standards and fuel quality policy in China, and the higher molecular weight PAHs (4+5+6 rings) were more abundant than the lower molecular weight PAHs (2+3 rings) in the two tunnels. The proportions of 17A(H)-21B(H)-30-Norhopane and 17A(H)-21B(H)-Hopane in the hopane and sterane were not dependent on the vehicles types. In addition, specific composition profiles for PM2.5 from gasoline-fueled vehicles (GV) and diesel-fueled vehicles (DV) emissions were drafted, which indicated that OC (0.974mg·veh(-1)·km(-1)) was the most abundant component in PM2.5, followed by Fe, Cl(-), and Mg for GV. The relative proportions of the different constituents in the PM2.5 for DV were EC (35.9%), OC (27.2%), elements (12.8%), and water soluble ions (11.7%). Both the PM2.5 EFs and EC proportions in DV were higher than those in GV, and the HMW PAHs were the dominant PAHs for both GV and DV. The PM2.5 emissions from the vehicles in Yantai were 581±513tons to 1353±1197tons for GV, and 19,627±2477tons to 23,042±2887tons for DV, respectively. PMID:26808403

  3. Size matters: The rotation rates of small near-Earth asteroids

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    Statler, Thomas S.; Cotto-Figueroa, Desireé; Riethmiller, David A.; Sweeney, Kevin M.

    2013-07-01

    We present results from a program of optical light curve observations of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) with diameters under 1 km, designed to detect, and determine the distribution of, rotation periods shorter than a few hours. We obtain measurements or estimates of rotation period P for approximately one third of the 83 NEAs observed. Most of the measured periods are in the fast-rotating asteroid (FRA) regime (P < 2 h). We assess our detection sensitivity using simulated light curves and a new Monte Carlo algorithm (SALSA), which allows us to de-bias the counts of detected FRAs and determine the fraction of objects that are fast rotators as a function of H. We find that the FRA fraction F rises sharply from zero to a value statistically consistent with unity from H = 21.4 to H = 23.6, a span corresponding to a factor of only 2.8 in nominal diameter. Almost nothing larger than 170 m, and almost everything smaller than 60 m, is a fast rotator, assuming a mean S class albedo of 0.17. The formal 95% confidence limits are F < 13% for 18.5 < H < 21.4 and F > 56% for 23.6 < H < 26.3. Relative to a distribution with the same FRA fraction that is uniform in frequency (as implied by models of evolution following the YORP cycle) up to a size-dependent upper cutoff, the actual spin distribution extends to shorter periods. Approximately two thirds of our sample shows ambiguous light curves from which no period estimate can be obtained. Finite photometric errors account for some of these, but do not explain the steep increase in the ambiguous fraction toward larger objects, which suggests an increase in the actual fraction of very slow rotators, very fast rotators, or nearly axisymmetric objects. With a significantly larger data set, our fully general SALSA procedure will be able to extract the NEA spin rate distribution as a function of absolute magnitude H. Determining this distribution to the accuracy needed to constrain the physical properties of NEAs and their dynamical

  4. Phylogeny and phenotypes of clinical and environmental Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O174.

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    Zhang, Wenlan; Nadirk, Julia; Kossow, Annelene; Bielaszewska, Martina; Leopold, Shana R; Witten, Anika; Fruth, Angelika; Karch, Helge; Ammon, Andrea; Mellmann, Alexander

    2014-04-01

    Shiga toxin (Stx)-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) of serogroup O174 are human pathogenic intimin gene (eae)-negative STEC. To facilitate diagnosis and subtyping, we genotypically and phenotypically characterized 25 STEC O174 isolates from humans with different clinical outcomes and from animals and the environment. fliC genotyping resulted in four different genotypes (fliCH2 : n = 5; fliCH8 : n = 8; fliCH21 : n = 11; fliCH46 : n = 1). Twenty-three strains were motile expressing the corresponding H antigen; two non-motile isolates possessed fliCH8 . The stx genotypes and non-stx virulence loci, including toxins, serine-proteases and adhesins correlated well with serotypes but showed no differences with respect to the isolates' origins. Multilocus sequence typing identified seven sequence types that correlated with serotypes. Core gene typing further specified the four serotypes, including a previously unknown O174:H46 combination, and revealed distant relationships of the different serotypes within serogroup O174 and in relation to other haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)-associated STEC. Only serotype O174:H21 was associated with HUS. Differences in virulence factors and in the adherence capacity of STEC O174 corroborated this separation into four distinct groups. Our study provides a basis for O174 subtyping, unravels considerable genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity and sheds light to potential environmental and animal reservoirs. PMID:24034719

  5. Crystal structures of methyl 3-(4-iso-propyl-phen-yl)-1-methyl-1,2,3,3a,4,9b-hexa-hydro-thio-chromeno[4,3-b]pyrrole-3a-carboxyl-ate, methyl 1-methyl-3-(o-tol-yl)-1,2,3,3a,4,9b-hexa-hydro-thio-chromeno[4,3-b]pyrrole-3a-carboxyl-ate and methyl 1-methyl-3-(o-tol-yl)-3,3a,4,9b-tetra-hydro-1H-thio-chromeno[4,3-c]isoxazole-3a-carboxyl-ate.

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    Raja, R; Suresh, M; Raghunathan, R; SubbiahPandi, A

    2015-06-01

    In the title compounds, C23H27NO2S, (I), and C21H23NO2S, (II), the pyrrole rings have envelope conformations with the C atom substituted by the benzene ring as the flap. In the third title compound, C20H21NO3S, (III), the isoxazole ring has a twisted conformation on the C-C bond substituted by the benzene ring and the carboxyl-ate group. In all three compounds, the thio-pyran ring has a half-chair conformation. The mean plane of the pyrrole ring is inclined to the mean plane of the thio-pyran ring by 57.07 (9), 58.98 (9) and 60.34 (12)° in (I), (II) and (III), respectively. The benzene rings are inclined to one another by 73.26 (10)° in (I), 65.781)° in (II) and 63.37 (13)° in (III). In the crystals of all three compounds, there are no classical hydrogen bonds present. Only in the crystal of compound (I) are mol-ecules linked by a pair of C-H⋯π inter-actions, forming inversion dimers. The isopropyl group in compound (I) is disordered over two sets of sites and has a refined occupancy ratio of 0.586 (13):0.414 (13). PMID:26090125

  6. catena-Poly[2,2′,2′′-nitrilo­tris­(ethan­aminium) [tri-μ-oxido-tris­[dioxido­vanadate(V)

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    Chang, Kelvin B.; Smith, Matthew D.; Zeller, Matthias; Norquist, Alexander J.

    2013-01-01

    The title compound, {(C6H21N4)[V3O9]·H2O}n, crystallizes as a salt with [trenH3]3+ cations [tren is tris­(2-amino­eth­yl)amine], and one-dimensional anionic {[VVO3]−}n (metavanadate) chains along the c-axis direction. Three crystallographically distinct VV sites and one occluded water mol­ecule are present for every [trenH3]3+ cation in the unit cell. The {[VVO3]−}n chains are composed of vertex-sharing [VO4] tetra­hedra and have a repeat unit of six tetra­hedra. Each tetra­hedron in the chain contains two terminal and two μ2-bridging oxide ligands. The [trenH3]3+ cations, {[VVO3]−}n anions and occluded water mol­ecules participate in an extensive three-dimensonal hydrogen-bonding network. The three terminal ammonium sites of the [trenH3]3+ cations each form strong N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds to terminal oxide ligands on the {[VVO3]−}n chain. Each occluded water mol­ecule also donates two O—H⋯O hydrogen bonds to the terminal oxide ligands. PMID:24454016

  7. Escherichia coli Serogroups Isolated from Streams in Pennsylvania, 1965 to 19721

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    Glantz, Paul J.

    1973-01-01

    Of 3,200 cultures of Escherichia coli isolated from streams in Pennsylvania over a 7-year period, 82.46% or 2,639 were O serogrouped. The largest number of cultures (33.4%) belonged to O groups 1 to 26, and the second highest number (16.8%) belonged to O groups 60 to 88. The individual E. coli O groups most frequently isolated were ADO3, 18ac, 2a, 3, 7, 73, 139, and OX13. Practically every known standard E. coli O group was found in the streams. It was not possible to identify the K and H antigen of every E. coli isolate. Serotypes of E. coli O2a:K1:H6, O26:K60:H11, O55:K59:H27, O86:K62:H2, 112ab:K68:H2, 125ab:K70:H21, 128ab:K67:H2, and O138:K81:H14 known to be pathogenic for humans and animals were identified. Cultures having the same K antigen but a different H antigen for enteropathogenic E. coli O groups 6, 18ab, 18ac, 111ab, 126, 127a, 139, 141, and 147 were also isolated. PMID:4586930

  8. Crystal structure of di­chlorido­{2,6-bis­[(3-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)meth­yl]pyridine}cobalt(II)

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    Son, Kyung-sun; Woo, Jeong Oh; Kim, Daeyoung; Kang, Sung Kwon

    2015-01-01

    In the title complex, [CoCl2(C25H21N5)], the CoII atom is coordinated by two Cl atoms and two N atoms, provided by a tridentate pyrazolylpyridyl ligand, forming a slightly distorted tetra­hedral geometry [range of angles: 96.51 (10) (chelate ring) to 118.60 (9)°]. The dihedral angle between Cl/Co/Cl and N/Co/N planes is 86.83 (7)°. The chelate ring has the conformation of a distorted boat. The dihedral angle between pyridyl ring and the coordinated pyrazolyl ring is 56.16 (12)°. The uncoordinated pyrazolyl ring is almost perpendicular to the pyridyl ring with the dihedral angle of 87.49 (10)°. In the crystal packing, inter­molecular phenyl-C—H ⋯π(pyrid­yl) inter­actions generate dimeric aggregates. These are connected into a zigzag supra­molecular chain along the c-axis direction via π–π inter­actions [inter-centroid distance between pyridyl and phenyl rings = 3.664 (2) Å]. PMID:26029409

  9. Structure and packing of aminoxyl and piperidinyl acrylamide monomers.

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    Goswami, Shailesh K; Hanton, Lyall R; McAdam, C John; Moratti, Stephen C; Simpson, Jim

    2015-10-01

    The closely related title compounds, 4-acrylamido-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl, C12H21N2O2, (I), and N-(2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-4-yl)acrylamide monohydrate, C12H22N2O·H2O, (II), are important monomers in the preparation of redox-active polymers. They comprise an acrylamide group of the usual s-cis configuration appended to a 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-substituted piperidine-1-oxyl radical or a piperidinyl chair, respectively. The adjacent amide and piperidinyl H atoms are approximately trans across the C-N bond. The packing in (I) is dominated by N-H...O hydrogen bonds; these are supported by C-H...O contacts to form an R2(1)(6) ring repeat, a motif which has been observed in other acrylamide structures. In (II), hydrogen bonds are again key to the packing arrangements. In this case, the incorporated solvent water molecule acts as an acceptor through its O atom and as a donor through both H atoms, binding three adjacent piperidinylacrylamide molecules into layers. In both structures, weak C-H...O contacts involving the piperidinyl methyl H atoms and a proximal acrylamide carbonyl O atom extend the structure in the third dimension. PMID:26422212

  10. Molecular formula analysis of fragment ions by isotope-selective collision-induced dissociation tandem mass spectrometry of pharmacologically active compounds.

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    Bianco, Giuliana; Buchicchio, Alessandro; Lelario, Filomena; Cataldi, Tommaso R I

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of this work is to explore the mass fragment characterization of commonly used drugs through a novel approach, which involves isotope-selective tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Collision-induced dissociation (CID) was performed with a low-resolution linear ion trap mass spectrometer in positive electrospray ionization. Three pharmacologically active ingredients, i.e. omeprazole, meloxicam and brinzolamide, selected as model compounds in their own formulation, were investigated as a sodiated adduct [C17 H19 N3 O3 S + Na](+) (omeprazole) and as protonated adducts, [C14 H13 N3 O4 S2  + H](+) and [C12 H21 N3 O5 S3  + H](+) , meloxicam and brinzolamide, respectively. Selecting a narrow window of ±0.5 m/z units, precursor ion fragmentation by CID-MS/MS of isotopologues A + 0, A + 1 and A + 2 was found very useful to confirm the chemical formula of product ions, thus aiding the establishment of characteristic fragmentation pathways of all three examined compounds. The correctness of putative molecular formula of product ions was easily demonstrated by exploiting the isotope peak abundance ratios (i.e. IF+0 /IF+1 and IF+0 /IF+2 ) as simple constraints in low-resolution MS instrumentations. PMID:25476951

  11. Crystal structure of Brinzolamide: a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor

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    Zheng, Huirong; Lou, Benyong

    2016-01-01

    In crystal structure of the title compound, C12H21N3O5S3 [systematic name: (R)-4-ethyl­amino-2-(3-meth­oxy­prop­yl)-3,4-di­hydro-2H-thieno[3,2-e][1,2]thia­zine-6-sulfonamide 1,1-dioxide], there exist three kinds of hydrogen-bonding inter­actions. The sulfonamide group is involved in hydrogen bonding with the secondary amine and the meth­oxy O atom, resulting in the formation of layers parallel to the bc plane. The layers are linked by an N—H⋯O hydrogen bond involving a sulfonamide O atom as acceptor and the secondary amine H atom as donor, which gives rise to the formation of a unique bilayer structure. The absolute structure of the mol­ecule in the crystal was determined by resonant scattering [Flack parameter = 0.01 (4)]. PMID:27308020

  12. Virulence profiles of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli and other potentially diarrheagenic E.coli of bovine origin, in Mendoza, Argentina

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    Pizarro, M.A.; Orozco, J.H.; Degarbo, S.M.; Calderón, A.E.; Nardello, A.L.; Laciar, A.; Rüttler, M.E.

    2013-01-01

    This study described a group of strains obtained from a slaughter house in Mendoza, in terms of their pathogenic factors, serotype, antibiotype and molecular profile. Ninety one rectal swabs and one hundred eight plating samples taken from carcasses of healthy cattle intended for meat consumption were analyzed. Both the swab and the plate samples were processed to analyze the samples for the presence of virulence genes by PCR: stx1, stx2, eae and astA. The Stx positive strains were confirmed by citotoxicity assay in Vero cells. The isolates were subsequently investigated for their O:H serotype, antimicrobial susceptibility and molecular profile by Random Amplification of Polymorphic DNA (RAPD). Twelve E.coli strains were identified by their pathogenicity. Nine were from fecal origin and three from carcasses. Three strains carried the stx1 gene, three the stx2 gene, two carried eae and four the astA gene. The detected serotypes were: O172:H-; O150:H8; O91:H21; O178:H19 and O2:H5. The strains showed a similarity around 70% by RAPD. Some of the E.coli strains belonged to serogroups known for certain life-threatening diseases in humans. Their presence in carcasses indicates the high probability of bacterial spread during slaughter and processing. PMID:24688508

  13. Crystal structures of two (±)-exo-N-isobornyl­acetamides

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    Stepanovs, Dmitrijs; Posevins, Daniels; Turks, Maris

    2015-01-01

    The title compounds consist of a bornane skeleton with attached acetamide, C12H21NO (±)-(1) {systematic name: (±)-N-[(1RS,2RS,4RS)-1,7,7-tri­methylbi­cyclo­[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl]acetamide}, and chloro­acetamide, C12H20ClNO (±)-(2) {systematic name: (±)-2-chloro-N-[(1RS,2RS,4RS)-1,7,7-tri­methylbi­cyclo­[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl]­acetamide}, functionalities to the 2-exo-position. The crystal structure of the first monoclinic polymorph of (±)-(1) has been reported previously [Ung et al. (2014 ▸). Monatsh. Chem. 145, 983–992]. Compound (±)-(1) crystallizes in the space group P21/n with two independent mol­ecules in the asymmetric unit, in contrast to the above-mentioned polymorph which crystallized in the space group C2/c with one mol­ecule in the asymmetric unit. In the title compounds, the bicyclic bornane moieties have normal geometries. In the crystals of both compounds, mol­ecules are linked by N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, reinforced by C—H⋯O contacts, forming trans-amide chains propagating along the a-axis direction. In the case of compound (±)-(1), neighbouring chains are linked by further C—H⋯O contacts, forming double-chain ribbons along [100]. PMID:26594386

  14. Crystal structure of (4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)[(4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)phospho­nato]dioxidophosphate(1−) 2-amino-6-benzyl-3-eth­oxy­carbon­yl-4,5,6,7-tetra­hydro­thieno[2,3-c]pyridin-6-ium

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    Mague, Joel T.; Mohamed, Shaaban K.; Akkurt, Mehmet; Younes, Sabry H. H.; Ahmed, Essam K.; Albayati, Mustafa R.

    2015-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title mol­ecular salt, C17H21N2O2S+·C14H15O7P2 −, comprises two cations and two anions. Each cation features an intra­molecular N—H⋯O hydrogen bond, which closes an S(6) ring; in each case the hydro­pyridine ring adopts a half-chair conformation. In the anions, the dihedral angles between the aromatic rings are 64.1 (2) and 54.9 (2)°. In each case, the diphosphate groups are close to eclipsed [C—P⋯P—C pseudo-torsion angles = 11.6 (2) and −19.3 (2)°]. One of the meth­oxy groups in each anion is disordered over two orientations in a 0.539 (18):0.461 (18) ratio in one anion and 0.82 (2):0.18 (2) in the other. In the crystal, O—H⋯O and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the components into [100] chains. Numerous C—H⋯O inter­actions cross-link the chains into a three-dimensional network. PMID:26870570

  15. Crystal structures of four indole derivatives with a phenyl substituent at the 2-position and a carbonyl group at the 3-position: the C(6) N—H⋯O chain remains the same, but the weak reinforcing inter­actions are different

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    Kerr, Jamie R.; Trembleau, Laurent; Storey, John M. D.; Wardell, James L.; Harrison, William T. A.

    2016-01-01

    We describe the crystal structures of four indole derivatives with a phenyl ring at the 2-position and different carbonyl-linked substituents at the 3-position, namely 1-(2-phenyl-1H-indol-3-yl)ethanone, C16H13NO, (I), 2-cyclo­hexyl-1-(2-phenyl-1H-indol-3-yl)ethanone, C22H23NO, (II), 3,3-dimethyl-1-(2-phenyl-1H-indol-3-yl)butan-1-one, C20H21NO, (III), and 3-benzoyl-2-phenyl-1H-indole, C21H15NO, (IV). In each case, the carbonyl-group O atom lies close to the indole-ring plane and points towards the benzene ring. The dihedral angles between the indole ring system and 2-phenyl ring for these structures are clustered in a narrow range around 65°. The dominant inter­molecular inter­action in each case is an N—H⋯O hydrogen bond, which generates a C(6) chain, although each structure possesses a different crystal symmetry. The C(6) chains are consolidated by different (C—H⋯O, C—H⋯π and π–π stacking) weak inter­actions, with little consistency between the structures. PMID:27006809

  16. Crystal structure of [bis-(2-amino-ethyl-κN)(2-{[4-(tri-fluoro-meth-yl)benzyl-idene]amino}-eth-yl)amine-κN]di-chlorido-copper(II).

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    Bussey, Katherine A; Cavalier, Annie R; Mraz, Margaret E; Holderread, Ashley S; Oshin, Kayode D; Oliver, Allen G; Zeller, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    The Cu(II) atom in the title compound, [CuCl2(C14H21F3N4)], adopts a coordination geometry that is between distorted square-based pyramidal and very Jahn-Teller-elongated octa-hedral. It is coordinated by three N atoms from the bis-(2-amino-eth-yl)(2-{[4-(tri-fluoro-meth-yl)benzyl-idene]amino}-eth-yl)amine and two chloride ligands. The two crystallographically unique copper complexes present in the asymmetric unit exhibit noticeable differences in the coordination bond lengths. Considering the Cu(II) atoms as having square-pyramidal geometry, the basal Cu-Cl bond lengths are typical [2.2701 (12) and 2.2777 (12) Å], while the apical distances are considerably elongated [2.8505 (12) and 2.9415 (12) Å]. For each mol-ecule, a Cu(II) atom from inversion-related mol-ecules are in nearby proximity to the remaining axial Cu(II) sites, but the Cu⋯Cl distances are very long [3.4056 (12) and 3.1645 (12) Å], attributable to van der Waals contacts. Nonetheless, these contacts appear to have some structure-directing properties, leading to association into dimers. These dimers associate via stacking of the aromatic rings to form extended zigzag chains. PMID:26870592

  17. Crystal structure of (4-meth-oxy-phen-yl)[(4-meth-oxy-phen-yl)phospho-nato]dioxidophosphate(1-) 2-amino-6-benzyl-3-eth-oxy-carbon-yl-4,5,6,7-tetra-hydro-thieno[2,3-c]pyridin-6-ium.

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    Mague, Joel T; Mohamed, Shaaban K; Akkurt, Mehmet; Younes, Sabry H H; Ahmed, Essam K; Albayati, Mustafa R

    2015-12-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title mol-ecular salt, C17H21N2O2S(+)·C14H15O7P2 (-), comprises two cations and two anions. Each cation features an intra-molecular N-H⋯O hydrogen bond, which closes an S(6) ring; in each case the hydro-pyridine ring adopts a half-chair conformation. In the anions, the dihedral angles between the aromatic rings are 64.1 (2) and 54.9 (2)°. In each case, the diphosphate groups are close to eclipsed [C-P⋯P-C pseudo-torsion angles = 11.6 (2) and -19.3 (2)°]. One of the meth-oxy groups in each anion is disordered over two orientations in a 0.539 (18):0.461 (18) ratio in one anion and 0.82 (2):0.18 (2) in the other. In the crystal, O-H⋯O and N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the components into [100] chains. Numerous C-H⋯O inter-actions cross-link the chains into a three-dimensional network. PMID:26870570

  18. Ezetimibe anhydrate, determined from laboratory powder diffraction data.

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    Brüning, Jürgen; Alig, Edith; Schmidt, Martin U

    2010-07-01

    Ezetimibe {systematic name: (3R,4S)-1-(4-fluorophenyl)-3-[(3S)-3-(4-fluorophenyl)-3-hydroxypropyl]-4-(4-hydroxyphenyl)azetidin-2-one}, C(24)H(21)F(2)NO(3), is used to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting cholesterol resorption in the human intestine. The crystal structure of ezetimibe anhydrate was solved from laboratory powder diffraction data by means of real-space methods using the program DASH [David et al. (2006). J. Appl. Cryst. 39, 910-915]. Subsequent Rietveld refinement with TOPAS Academic [Coelho (2007). TOPAS Academic User Manual. Version 4.1. Coelho Software, Brisbane, Australia] led to a final R(wp) value of 8.19% at 1.75 A resolution. The compound crystallizes in the space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) with one molecule in the asymmetric unit. The molecules are closely packed and two intermolecular hydrogen bonds form an extended hydrogen-bond architecture. PMID:20603561

  19. [Survival of VTEC O157 and non-O157 in water troughs and bovine feces].

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    Polifroni, Rosana; Etcheverría, Analía I; Arroyo, Guillermo H; Padola, Nora L

    2014-01-01

    Verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) is the etiologic agent of hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which typically affects children ranging in age from six months to five years old. Transmission is produced by consumption of contaminated food, by direct contact with animals or the environment and from person to person. In previous studies we determined that the environment of a dairy farm is a non-animal reservoir; thus, we proposed to study the survival of 4 VTEC isolates (O20:H19; O91:H21; O157:H7 and O178:H19) in sterile water troughs and bovine feces by viable bacteria count and detection of virulence genes by PCR. It was demonstrated that the survival of different VTEC isolates (O157 and non-O157) varied in terms of their own characteristics as well as of the environmental conditions where they were found. The main differences between isolates were their survival time and the maximal counts reached. The competitive and adaptive characteristics of some isolates increase the infection risk for people that are visiting or working on a farm, as well as the risk for reinfection of the animals and food contamination. PMID:25011597

  20. Investigation of Mixed Surfactant Films at Water Surface Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Habartová, Alena; Roeselová, Martina; Cwiklik, Lukasz

    2015-10-27

    Multicomponent Langmuir monolayers are important models of organic coatings of naturally occurring water-vapor interfaces such as the surfaces of oceans or aerosol particles. We investigated mixed monolayers comprised of palmitic acid, C15H31COOH (PA) and 1-bromoalkanes of different chain length (C5, C10, and C16) at the air-water interface employing classical molecular dynamics simulations. Different composition ratios and lateral compression of the monolayers were considered. The structural parameters, such as density profiles, and deuterium order parameter, evaluated as functions of composition and the lateral film packing, provide microscopic information about organization and dynamics of the mixed monolayers. Simulations demonstrate that stable and well mixed monolayers are formed by the mixtures of PA and BrC16H33 (BrCl6), whereas the two considered shorter bromoalkanes, BrC5H11 (BrC5) and BrC10H21 (BrC10), do not form stable films. This is in accord with earlier experimental studies. Under high lateral pressures, in PA/BrC10 mixed systems molecules of the bromoalkane readily flip in the monolayer and subsequently leave the film, while the molecules of the longer BrC16 are expelled from the PA film but no flipping occurs. These results suggest that the film collapse under pressure is preceded by squeezing-out of bromoalkanes from the PA monolayer. PMID:26439598

  1. 1-[(4-Chloro­phen­yl)(phen­yl)meth­yl]piperazine-1,4-diium bis­(trichloro­acetate)–trichloro­acetic acid (1/1)

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    Song, Yanxi; Chidan Kumar, C. S.; Akkurt, Mehmet; Chandraju, S.; Li, Hongqi

    2012-01-01

    In the title salt adduct, C17H21ClN2 2+·2C2Cl3O2 −·C2HCl3O2, the Cl atom of the dication is disordered over two positions in a 0.915 (3):0.085 (3) ratio. The Cl atoms in the trichloroacetate anions and trichloroacetic acid molecule are also disordered, with refined site-occupation factors of 0.59 (3):0.41 (3), 0.503 (12):0.417 (12) and 0.653 (12):0.347 (12). The piperazine ring adopts a chair conformation, with puckering parameters Q T = 0.587 (3) Å, θ = 2.6 (2) and Φ 334 (6)°. In the crystal, neighbouring mol­ecules are linked by N—H⋯O, O—H⋯O, N—H⋯Cl, C—H⋯O and C—H⋯Cl hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional network. PMID:22969587

  2. Immunoproteomic Analysis To Identify Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Outer Membrane Proteins Expressed during Human Infection

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    Montero, David; Orellana, Paz; Gutiérrez, Daniela; Araya, Daniela; Salazar, Juan Carlos; Prado, Valeria; Oñate, Ángel; del Canto, Felipe

    2014-01-01

    Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) is the etiologic agent of acute diarrhea, dysentery, and hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS). There is no approved vaccine for STEC infection in humans, and antibiotic use is contraindicated, as it promotes Shiga toxin production. In order to identify STEC-associated antigens and immunogenic proteins, outer membrane proteins (OMPs) were extracted from STEC O26:H11, O103, O113:H21, and O157:H7 strains, and commensal E. coli strain HS was used as a control. SDS-PAGE, two-dimensional-PAGE analysis, Western blot assays using sera from pediatric HUS patients and controls, and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization–tandem time of flight analyses were used to identify 12 immunogenic OMPs, some of which were not reactive with control sera. Importantly, seven of these proteins have not been previously reported to be immunogenic in STEC strains. Among these seven proteins, OmpT and Cah displayed IgG and IgA reactivity with sera from HUS patients. Genes encoding these two proteins were present in a majority of STEC strains. Knowledge of the antigens produced during infection of the host and the immune response to those antigens will be important for future vaccine development. PMID:25156722

  3. Replantation surgery in Quebec: The bottlenecks to rapid care

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    Borsuk, Daniel E; Zadeh, Teanoosh; Lee, Chen; Moore, Karl; Tan, Grace

    2006-01-01

    INTRODUCTION Time delays resulting in prolonged ischemia have a significant impact on the successful reattachment of amputated body parts. No studies have addressed the issues surrounding delays from the time of the accident to the start of replantation surgery. The present paper identifies the bottlenecks that prolong the time before patients are able to gain access to a replant team. METHODS A total of 50 patients underwent microsurgical replantation, because of traumatic amputation, at a university-based hospital from 1996 to 2003. The charts were analyzed to ascertain individual time intervals from the onset of injury until the beginning of replant surgery. RESULTS The average length of time for patients who came directly to the replant centre was 3 h 40 min before surgery began. In contrast, for those referred from outlying hospitals, the elapsed time was 6 h 21 min. CONCLUSIONS Two major bottlenecks were found. First, for patients who were referred from other health centres, delays were due to a lack of information as to where patients could receive appropriate replant surgery. Second, delays at the replant centre were primarily due to insufficient physical and human resources in the operating room. PMID:19554107

  4. Crystal structure of 3-(3,4,5-tri­meth­oxy­phen­yl)-1,2,3,4-tetra­hydro­cyclo­penta[b]indole-2-carb­oxy­lic acid

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    Fernandes, Daniara; Simoni, Deborah de Alencar; Rodrigues, Manoel T.; Santos, Marilia S.; Coelho, Fernando

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C21H21NO5, obtained from a Morita–Baylis–Hillman adduct, the hydrogenated five-membered ring adopts a shallow envelope conformation, with the C atom bearing the carb­oxy­lic acid substituent deviating by 0.237 (1) Å from the mean plane of the other four atoms (r.m.s. deviation = 0.007 Å). The dihedral angle between the fused ring system (all atoms; r.m.s. deviation = 0.057 Å) and the pendant trimeth­oxy benzene ring is 66.65 (3)°. The C atoms of the meta-meth­oxy groups lie close to the plane of the benzene ring [deviations = 0.052 (1) and −0.083 (1) Å], whereas the C atom of the para-meth­oxy group is significantly displaced [deviation = −1.289 (1) Å]. In the crystal, carb­oxy­lic acid inversion dimers generate R 2 2(8) loops. The dimers are connected by N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming [011] chains. A C—H⋯O inter­action is also observed. PMID:26090185

  5. Volatilization of Arsenic from Polluted Soil by Pseudomonas putida Engineered for Expression of the arsM Arsenic(III) S-Adenosine Methyltransferase Gene

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    2015-01-01

    Even though arsenic is one of the most widespread environmental carcinogens, methods of remediation are still limited. In this report we demonstrate that a strain of Pseudomonas putida KT2440 endowed with chromosomal expression of the arsM gene encoding the As(III) S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) methyltransfase from Rhodopseudomonas palustris to remove arsenic from contaminated soil. We genetically engineered the P. putida KT2440 with stable expression of an arsM-gfp fusion gene (GE P. putida), which was inserted into the bacterial chromosome. GE P. putida showed high arsenic methylation and volatilization activity. When exposed to 25 μM arsenite or arsenate overnight, most inorganic arsenic was methylated to the less toxic methylated arsenicals methylarsenate (MAs(V)), dimethylarsenate (DMAs(V)) and trimethylarsine oxide (TMAs(V)O). Of total added arsenic, the species were about 62 ± 2.2% DMAs(V), 25 ± 1.4% MAs(V) and 10 ± 1.2% TMAs(V)O. Volatilized arsenicals were trapped, and the predominant species were dimethylarsine (Me2AsH) (21 ± 1.0%) and trimethylarsine (TMAs(III)) (10 ± 1.2%). At later times, more DMAs(V) and volatile species were produced. Volatilization of Me2AsH and TMAs(III) from contaminated soil is thus possible with this genetically engineered bacterium and could be instrumental as an agent for reducing the inorganic arsenic content of soil and agricultural products. PMID:25122054

  6. Volatilization of arsenic from polluted soil by Pseudomonas putida engineered for expression of the arsM Arsenic(III) S-adenosine methyltransferase gene.

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    Chen, Jian; Sun, Guo-Xin; Wang, Xiao-Xue; Lorenzo, Víctor de; Rosen, Barry P; Zhu, Yong-Guan

    2014-09-01

    Even though arsenic is one of the most widespread environmental carcinogens, methods of remediation are still limited. In this report we demonstrate that a strain of Pseudomonas putida KT2440 endowed with chromosomal expression of the arsM gene encoding the As(III) S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) methyltransfase from Rhodopseudomonas palustris to remove arsenic from contaminated soil. We genetically engineered the P. putida KT2440 with stable expression of an arsM-gfp fusion gene (GE P. putida), which was inserted into the bacterial chromosome. GE P. putida showed high arsenic methylation and volatilization activity. When exposed to 25 μM arsenite or arsenate overnight, most inorganic arsenic was methylated to the less toxic methylated arsenicals methylarsenate (MAs(V)), dimethylarsenate (DMAs(V)) and trimethylarsine oxide (TMAs(V)O). Of total added arsenic, the species were about 62 ± 2.2% DMAs(V), 25 ± 1.4% MAs(V) and 10 ± 1.2% TMAs(V)O. Volatilized arsenicals were trapped, and the predominant species were dimethylarsine (Me2AsH) (21 ± 1.0%) and trimethylarsine (TMAs(III)) (10 ± 1.2%). At later times, more DMAs(V) and volatile species were produced. Volatilization of Me2AsH and TMAs(III) from contaminated soil is thus possible with this genetically engineered bacterium and could be instrumental as an agent for reducing the inorganic arsenic content of soil and agricultural products. PMID:25122054

  7. Distribution and Sources of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Recent Sediments of the Imo River, SE Nigeria.

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    Oyo-Ita, Inyang O; Oyo-Ita, Orok E; Dosunmu, Miranda I; Domínguez, Carmen; Bayona, Josep M; Albaigés, Joan

    2016-02-01

    The distribution of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons in surface sediments of the lower course of the Imo River (Nigeria) was investigated to determine the sources and fate of these compounds. The aliphatic fraction is characterized by a widespread contribution of highly weathered/biodegraded hydrocarbon residues (reflected in the absence of prominent n-alkane peaks coupled with the presence of 17α(H),21β(H)-25-norhopane, an indicator of heavy hydrocarbon biodegradation) of Nigerian crude oils (confirmed by the occurrence of 18α(H)-oleanane, a compound characteristic of oils of deltaic origin). The concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) ranging from 48 to 117 ng/g dry weight (dw; ∑13PAHs) indicate a moderate pollution, possibly lowered by the sandy lithology and low organic carbon (OC) content of the sediments. Concentrations slightly decrease towards the estuary of the river, probably due to the fact that these stations are affected by tidal flushing of pollutants adsorbed on sediment particles and carried away by occasional storm to the Atlantic Ocean. A number of PAH ratios, including parent/alkylated and isomeric compounds, indicates a predominance of petrogenic sources, with a low contribution of pyrolytic inputs, particularly of fossil fuel combustion. On the basis of OC/ON (>10) and Per/ΣPAHpenta- (>10) values, a diagenetic terrigenous OC was proposed as a source of perylene to the river. PMID:26546420

  8. Crystal structure of 2-(2,3-di­methyl­anilino)-N′-[(1E)-2-hy­droxy­benzyl­idene]benzohydrazide

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    Mohamed, Shaaban K.; Mague, Joel T.; Akkurt, Mehmet; Mohamed, Alaa F.; Albayati, Mustafa R.

    2015-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C22H21N3O2, consists of two independent mol­ecules (A and B) having differing conformations. The differences mainly concern the dihedral angles which the hy­droxy­phenyl and di­methyl­phenyl rings subtend to the central phenyl­ene ring, these being 30.16 (6) and 58.60 (6)° in mol­ecule A and 13.42 (7) and 60.31 (7)° in B. With the exception of the dimethyphenyl substituent, the conformations of the rest of each mol­ecule are largely determined by intra­molecular O—H⋯N and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds. In the crystal, N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the mol­ecules into chains extending parallel to the a axis in which the types of mol­ecules alternate in an …A…B…A…B… fashion. PMID:26870549

  9. Tetracycline-controlled expression but not toxicity of an attenuated diphtheria toxin mutant.

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    Keyvani, K; Baur, I; Paulus, W

    1999-01-01

    Tight transcriptional regulation of transferred bacterial toxin genes represents a potential approach for gene therapy of cancer. We have previously shown that the gene for wild type diphtheria toxin A chain (DT-A) placed under transcriptional control of a tetracycline-responsive promoter cannot be silenced due to its extreme toxicity. We now have explored a tetracycline-regulated DT-A mutant involving the histidine-21 catalytic domain (H21A) which shows 120-fold reduced ADP-ribosylation activity. Cellular toxicity was determined in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts and C6 glioma cells after triple transfections with the DT-A construct, the Tet transactivator gene and a luciferase plasmid as the reporter. Marked toxicity, i.e. reduced luciferase expression by more than 98%, was observed both in the absence and in the presence of tetracycline, suggesting leakiness of the Tet system, and absence of regulation, possibly due to inhibition of DT-A synthesis by activated DT-A itself. In contrast, the lacZ gene which was driven by the same promoter could be regulated by up to 49-fold. We conclude that (1) expression but not toxicity of the DT-A mutant can be sufficiently controlled by a tetracycline-responsive promoter, and (2) tight regulation of transferred genes encoding toxins remains a challenge for gene therapy of cancer. PMID:10353625

  10. (1S)-1-Phenylethanaminium 4-{[(1S,2S)-1-hydroxy-2,3-dihydro-1H,1'H-[2,2'-biinden]-2-yl]methyl}benzoate.

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    Frampton, Christopher S; Zhang, Tao; Scalabrino, Gaia A; Frankish, Neil; Sheridan, Helen

    2012-08-01

    The title molecular salt, C(8)H(12)N(+)·C(26)H(21)O(3)(-), contains a dimeric indane pharmacophore that demonstrates potent anti-inflammatory activity. The indane group of the anion exhibits some disorder about the α-C atom, which appears common to many structures containing this group. A model to account for the slight disorder was attempted, but this was deemed unsuccessful because applying bond-length constraints to all the bonds about the α-C atom led to instability in the refinement. The absolute configuration was determined crystallographically as S,S,S by anomalous dispersion methods with reference to both the Flack parameter and Bayesian statistics on Bijvoet differences. The configuration was also determined by an a priori knowledge of the absolute configuration of the (1S)-1-phenylethanaminium counter-ion. The molecules pack in the crystal structure to form an infinite two-dimensional hydrogen-bond network in the (100) plane of the unit cell. PMID:22850861

  11. Four substituted pyrazolines.

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    Chopra, Deepak; Mohan, T P; Vishalakshi, B; Row, T N Guru

    2007-12-01

    In the title compounds 5-(3-fluoro-4-phenoxyphenyl)-1,3-biphenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole, C27H21FN2O, (I), 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-5-(3-fluoro-4-phenoxyphenyl)-1-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole, C27H20ClFN2O, (II), 5-(3-fluoro-4-phenoxyphenyl)-3-(4-methylphenyl)-1-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole, C28H23FN2O, (III), and 5-(3-fluoro-4-phenoxyphenyl)-3-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1-phenyl-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazole, C28H23FN2O2, (IV), the five-membered pyrazole ring exists in an envelope conformation. The crystal structure of (I) has three independent C-H...pi intermolecular interactions. In (II), an intermolecular C-Cl...pi contact is present, forming molecular chains. Replacement of this chloro group in (II) by a methyl group yields an isomorphic crystal structure, (III). PMID:18057630

  12. (2E)-3-(4-Methyl­phen­yl)-1-(2-methyl-4-phenyl­quinolin-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one monohydrate

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    Prasath, R.; Sarveswari, S.; Vijayakumar, V.; Ng, Seik Weng; Tiekink, Edward R. T.

    2010-01-01

    The title hydrate, C26H21NO·H2O, exhibits significant twists of the benzene ring [dihedral angle = 87.24 (6)°] and chalcone residue [C—C—C—C torsion angle = −94.46 (17)°] out of the plane through the quinoline ring system. The conformation about the C=C bond [1.341 (2) Å] is E. The solvent water mol­ecule forms hydrogen bonds to carbonyl O and quinoline N atoms derived from two mol­ecules and through the application of a centre of inversion, a 16-membered {⋯HOH⋯OC3N}2 synthon is formed to stabilize the resulting tetra­meric (two organic mol­ecules plus two water mol­ecules) aggregate. These are connected into a two-dimensional array via two C—H⋯O contacts, also involving the water mol­ecule. The layers stack along the c axis, being linked by C—H⋯π inter­actions. PMID:21588924

  13. Biological marker distribution in coexisting kerogen, bitumen and asphaltenes in Monterey Formation diatomite, California

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    Tannenbaum, E.; Ruth, E.; Huizinga, B. J.; Kaplan, I. R.

    1986-01-01

    Organic-rich (18.2%) Monterey Formation diatomite from California was studied. The organic matter consist of 94% bitumen and 6% kerogen. Biological markers from the bitumen and from pyrolysates of the coexisting asphaltenes and kerogen were analyzed in order to elucidate the relationship between the various fractions of the organic matter. While 17 alpha(H), 18 alpha(H), 21 alpha(H)-28,30-bisnorhopane was present in the bitumen and in the pryolysate of the asphaltenes, it was not detected in the pyrolysates of the kerogen. A C40-isoprenoid with "head to head" linkage, however, was present in pyrolysates of both kerogen and asphaltenes, but not in the bitumen from the diatomite. The maturation level of the bitumen, based on the extent of isomerization of steranes and hopanes, was that of a mature oil, whereas the pyrolysate from the kerogen showed a considerably lower maturation level. These relationships indicate that the bitumen may not be indigenous to the diatomite and that it is a mature oil that migrated into the rock. We consider the possibility, however, that some of the 28,30-bisnorhopane-rich Monterey Formation oils have not been generated through thermal degradation of kerogen, but have been expelled from the source rock at an early stage of diagenesis.

  14. N′-[(1E,2E)-3,7-Dimethyl­octa-2,6-dien-1-yl­idene]pyridine-4-carbohydrazide

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    Bhat, Mashooq A.; Abdel-Aziz, Hatem A.; Ghabbour, Hazem A.; Hemamalini, Madhukar; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2012-01-01

    In the title compound, C16H21N3O, the mol­ecule adopts an E conformation about the central C=N double bond. The 2-methyl­pent-2-ene group is disordered over two sets of sites, with a refined occupancy ratio of 0.785 (8):0.215 (8). The dihedral angle between the essentially planar [the r.m.s. value for the major component is 0.021 (7) and its maximum deviation is 0.025 (4) Å; the r.m.s. value for the minor component is 0.03 (4) and its maximum deviation is 0.05 (3) Å] major and minor components of the 2-methyl­but-2-ene group is 35.9 (13)°. In the crystal, C—H⋯O and N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the molecules, with the same O atom acting as the acceptor. This results in C 1 1(4) and C 1 1(5) [001] chains. PMID:22606092

  15. Methyl trans-(±)-1-oxo-2-phenethyl-3-(thio­phen-2-yl)-1,2,3,4-tetra­hydro­isoquinoline-4-carboxyl­ate

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    Akkurt, Mehmet; Karaca, Selvi; Bogdanov, Milen G.; Kandinska, Meglena I.; Büyükgüngör, Orhan

    2009-01-01

    In the title compound, C23H21NO3S, the piperidine ring of the tetra­hydro­isoquinolinone unit adopts a screw-boat conformation. The thio­phene ring is disordered in a 0.700 (3):0.300 (3) ratio by an approximate 180° rotation of the ring around the C—C bond linking the ring to the tetra­hydro­isoquinolinone unit. The benzene ring of the tetra­hydro­isoquinolinone unit makes dihedral angles of 83.1 (2) and 62.38 (11)° with the major occupancy thio­phene ring and the phenyl ring, respectively. The dihedral angle between the phenyl ring and the thio­phene ring is 71.0 (2)°. In the crystal structure, mol­ecules are linked together by inter­molecular C—H⋯O and C—H⋯π inter­actions. PMID:21583149

  16. 4-[(3-Benzamido­methyl-6-phenyl-6,7-dihydro-5H-1,2,4-triazolo[3,4-b][1,3,4]thia­diazin-7-yl)carbon­yl]-3-phenyl-1,2,3-oxadiazol-3-ium-5-olate 0.06-hydrate

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    Fun, Hoong-Kun; Hemamalini, Madhukar; Nithinchandra; Kalluraya, Balakrishna

    2011-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C27H21N7O4S·0.06H2O, contains four syndone mol­ecules and a water mol­ecule with a site occupancy of 0.25. In two of the syndone mol­ecules, three atoms in a terminal phenyl ring are disordered over two sets of sites, with occupancy ratios of 0.500 (18):0.500 (18) and 0.512 (17):0.488 (17). The dihedral angles between terminal phenyl rings for the syndone mol­ecules are 23.3 (4), 45.57 (16), 68.46 (16) and 56.5 (3)°. In the crystal, mol­ecules are connected via N—H⋯N, N—H⋯O, O—H⋯O, O—H⋯N and C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming a three-dimensional network. PMID:21522639

  17. Organic geochemistry of DSDP Site 467, offshore California, Middle Miocene to Lower Pliocene strata

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    Katz, Barry J.; Elrod, Louis W.

    1983-03-01

    Results of the analyses of twenty-three samples from the Middle Miocene to Lower Pliocene strata from DSDP Site 467, offshore California, are presented. The analyses were performed with the aim of determining the origin of the organic matter, the stratigraphic section's hydrocarbon generation potential and extent of organic diagenesis. Organic carbon contents are an order of magnitude greater than those typically found in deep sea sediments, suggesting an anoxic depositional environment and elevated levels of primary productivity. Hydrocarbon generation potentials are above average for most samples. The results of elemental analyses indicate that the kerogens are primarily composed of type II organic matter and are thermally immature. Analysis of the bitumen fractions confirms that the samples are immature. In cores from 541 to 614 meters, the gas chromatograms of the C 15+ non-aromatic hydrocarbon fractions are dominated by a single peak which was identified as 17α(H), 18α(H), 21β(H)-28, 30-bisnorhopane. This interval is the same area in which the highest degrees of anoxia are observed as reflected by the lowest pristane/phytane ratios. This correlation may have some implications with regard to the origin of the bisnorhopane and its possible use as an indicator of anoxic depositional conditions within thermally immature sediments.

  18. Bis(2-amino-5-benzyl-3-eth­oxy­carbonyl-4,5,6,7-tetra­hydro­thieno[3,2-c]pyridin-5-ium) bis­(4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)di­phos­phon­ate

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    Akkurt, Mehmet; Mague, Joel T.; Mohamed, Shaaban K.; Younes, Sabry H. H.; Albayati, Mustafa R.

    2014-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title salt, 2C17H21N2O2S+·C14H14O7P2 2−, contains half of a centrosymmetric bis­(4-meth­oxy­phen­yl)di­phospho­nate anion and one 2-amino-5-benzyl-3-eth­oxy­carbonyl-4,5,6,7-tetra­hydro­thieno[3,2-c]pyri­din-5-ium cation. In the anion, the O atoms of the di­phospho­nate group are disordered over two positions with equal occupancies. In the cation, the ethyl group is disordered over two orientations with a refined occupancy ratio of 0.753 (5):0.247 (5), and the tetra­hydro­pyridinium ring adopts a distorted half-chair conformation. In the crystal, the ions are linked by C—H⋯O, N—H⋯O and C—H⋯S hydrogen bonds into a three-dimensional network. PMID:24765038

  19. Mid Infrared Hydrogen Recombination Line Emission from the Maser Star MWC 349A

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    Smith, Howard A.; Strelnitski, V.; Miles, J. W.; Kelly, D. M.; Lacy, J. H.

    1997-01-01

    We have detected and spectrally resolved the mid-IR hydrogen recombination lines H6(alpha)(12.372 micrometers), H7(alpha)(19.062 micrometers), H7(beta)(l1.309 micrometers) and H8(gamma)(12.385 micrometers) from the star MWC349A. This object has strong hydrogen maser emission (reported in the millimeter and submillimeter hydrogen recombination lines from H36(alpha) to H21(alpha)) and laser emission (reported in the H15(alpha), H12(alpha) and H10(alpha) lines). The lasers/masers are thought to arise predominantly in a Keplerian disk around the star. The mid-IR lines do not show evident signs of lasing, and can be well modeled as arising from the strong stellar wind, with a component arising from a quasi-static atmosphere around the disk, similar to what is hypothesized for the near IR (less than or equal to 4 micrometers) recombination lines. Since populations inversions in the levels producing these mid-IR transitions are expected at densities up to approximately 10(exp 11)/cu cm, these results imply either that the disk does not contain high-density ionized gas over long enough path lengths to produce a gain approximately 1, and/or that any laser emission from such regions is small compared to the spontaneous background emission from the rest of the source as observed with a large beam. The results reinforce the interpretation of the far-IR lines as true lasers.

  20. Synthesis, structural, spectral, electrochemical and catalytic properties of VO (IV) complexes containing N, O donors

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    Kanmani Raja, K.; Lekha, L.; Hariharan, R.; Easwaramoorthy, D.; Rajagopal, G.

    2014-10-01

    Complexes of the general formula M (X-DPMP)2 [where, (M = VOIV), DPMP = 2-[(2,6-Diisopropyl-phenylimino)-methyl]-phenol and X = Br, BrCl, Ph] have been synthesized and characterized by IR, electronic, ESR spectral, magnetic and cyclic voltammetry measurements. The newly synthesized Schiff bases act as monobasic bidentate ligand in their complexes. The spectral data indicate that the ligand coordinates through the phenolic oxygen and azomethine nitrogen atoms. The observed parameters, hyperfine splitting constant (A) and Landé splitting energy (g) are found to be in good agreement with the values generally observed for the vanadyl complex with square pyramidal geometry. The cyclic voltammetric redox potentials of VO (IV) complexes suggest the existence of irreversible pairs in acetonitrile. The vanadium complexes were screened for sulfide oxidation studies and VO (C19H21BrON)2 or [VO (Br-DPMP)2] was found to be an efficient catalyst for the oxidation of various sulfides to sulfoxides with PhIO terminal oxidant. Both aryl and alkyl sulfides were selected and converted into sulfoxides in good to excellent yields.

  1. Molecular structure, spectroscopic and quantum chemical studies of 1‧,3‧,3‧-trimethylspiro[benzo[f]chromene-3,2‧-indoline

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    Asiri, Abdullah M.; Ersanlı, Cem Cüneyt; Şahin, Onur; Arshad, Muhammad Nadeem; Hameed, Salem A.

    2016-05-01

    In this work, synthesis, X-ray single crystal determination, nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR and 13C NMR), Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and quantum mechanical studies of the 1‧,3‧,3‧-trimethylspiro[benzo[f]chromene-3,2‧-indoline [(C23H21NO), TMSBCI] have been both experimentally and theoretically reported. The molecular structure obtained from X-ray single-crystal analysis of the investigated compound in the ground state has been compared using Hartree-Fock (HF) and density functional theory (DFT) with the functional B3LYP using the 6-31G(d,p) as basis set. In addition to the optimized geometrical structures, atomic charges, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) and natural bond orbital (NBO) have been investigated by using B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of the theoretical approximation for the title compound. The energetic behavior of TMSBCI has been examined in solvent media using polarizable continuum model (PCM). The total dipole moment (μ), the average linear polarizability (α), and the first-order hyperpolarisability (β) values of the investigated molecule have been computed using the same method. The experimental measurements (1H NMR, 13C NMR and UV-vis) have been compared with its corresponding the calculated values (using DFT). Besides, frontier molecular orbitals (FMOs) and thermodynamic properties have also been studied.

  2. Diploptene: an indicator of terrigenous organic carbon in Washington coastal sediments

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    Prahl, F. G.; Hayes, J. M.

    1992-01-01

    The pentacyclic triterpene 17 beta(H),21 beta(H)-hop-22(29)-ene (diploptene) occurs in sediments throughout the Columbia River drainage basin and off the southern coast of Washington state in concentrations comparable to long-chain plantwax n-alkanes. The same relationship is evident for diploptene and long-chain n-alkanes in soils from the Willamette Valley. Microorganisms indigenous to soils and soil erosion are indicated as the biological source and physical process, respectively, for diploptene in coastal sediments. Similarity between the stable carbon isotopic composition (delta 13CPDB) of diploptene isolated from soil in the Willamette Valley (-31.2 +/- 0.3%) and from sediments deposited throughout the Washington coastal environment (-31.2 +/- 0.5%) supports this argument. Values of delta for diploptene in river sediments are variable and 8-17% lighter, indicating that an additional biological source such as methane-oxidizing bacteria makes a significant contribution to the diploptene record in river sediments. Selective biodegradation resulting from a difference in the physicochemical association within eroded particles can explain the absence of the more-13C-depleted form of diploptene in Washington coastal sediments, but this mechanism remains unproven.

  3. Nizatidine, N-[2-[[[2-[(dimethylamino)methyl]-4-thiazolyl]methyl]thio]ethyl]-N‧-methyl-2-nitro-1,1-ethenediamine

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    Stephenson, Gregory A.; Wozniak, Timothy J.; Stowell, Joseph G.; Byrn, Stephen R.

    1996-06-01

    C 12H 21N 5S 2O 2, Mr = 331.46, triclinic, P1¯, a = 7.3645(5), b = 8.8785(9), c = 25.678(4) Å, α = 89.35(1)°, β = 82.49(1)°, γ = 87.46(1)°, V = 1662.9(5) Å 3, Z = 4, D x = 1.324 g cm -3, λ(Cu Kα) = 1.54184 Å, μ = 29.57 cm -1, F(000) = 704.0, T = 293 K, final R = 0.057 for 4830 observed reflections. Nizatidine, Axid®, is a selective H 2-receptor antagonist used in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. The pharmaceutical nizatidine crystallizes with two independent molecules in the asymmetric unit. The two molecules have similar conformations, with the exception of the dimethylamino group. The bisalkylamino-2-nitroethene moiety differs from the structurally related hydrogen oxalate salt form of ranitidine in that the nitro group of nizatidine is the cis geometrical isomer with respect to the ethylamino group.

  4. The adsorption and mass-transfer process of cationic red X-GRL dye on natural zeolite.

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    Tian, Jingjing; Guan, Junfang; Gao, Huimin; Wen, Yafei; Ren, Zijie

    2016-01-01

    The adsorption behavior of natural zeolite was studied in order to determine the adsorption capacity and mass-transfer process of cationic red X-GRL (C(18)H(21)BrN(6)) onto the adsorbent. The adsorption tests to determine both the uptake capacity and the mass-transfer process at equilibrium were performed under batch conditions, which showed rapid uptake in general for the initial 5 min, corresponding to 92% total removal. The equilibrium adsorption capacity value (q(e,cal)) in pseudo-second-order kinetics was 13.51 mg/g at 293 K and the whole adsorption process was governed by physical adsorption with an endothermic, endothermic spontaneous nature. Adsorption tests indicated that the zeolite has great potential as an alternative low-cost material in the treatment of X-GRL drainage. However, the mass-transfer process to determine the rate-controlling steps showed that both film diffusion and pore diffusion were important in controlling the adsorption rate. The adsorption process was governed by film diffusion while pore diffusion was poor because the X-GRL molecules could not penetrate into the zeolite easily. The X-GRL molecules were only adsorbed on the external surface of the zeolite. Hence, to improve the adsorption capacity of natural zeolite further, modification to expand its micropores is necessary. PMID:27148713

  5. Crystal structure of (Z)-1-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-3-methyl-4-[(naphthalen-1-yl-amino)(p-tolyl)methylidene]-1H-pyrazol-5(4H)-one.

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    Sharma, Naresh; Parihar, Sanjay; Jadeja, R N; Kant, Rajni; Gupta, Vivek K

    2014-09-01

    The title Schiff base compound, C28H21Cl2N3O, was synthesized by the condensation of 1-(3,4-di-chloro-phen-yl)-3-methyl-4-(4-methyl-benzo-yl)-1H-pyrazol-5(4H)-one with 1-aminona-phthalene. The p-tolyl ring is normal to the pyrazole ring, with a dihedral angle of 88.02 (14)°, and inclined to the naphthalene ring system by 78.60 (12)°. The pyrazole ring is inclined to the naphthalene ring system and the di-chloro-substituted benzene ring by 63.30 (12) and 11.03 (13)°, respectively. The amino group and carbonyl oxygen atom are involved in an intra-molecular N-H⋯O hydrogen bond enclosing an S(6) ring motif. There is also a short C-H⋯O contact involving the carbonyl O atom and the adjacent benzene ring. In the crystal, mol-ecules are linked by C-H⋯π inter-actions, forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:25309277

  6. (3aS,4S,6S,7aR)-Hexahydro-3a,5,5-trimethyl-2-phenyl-4,6-methano-1,3,2-benzodioxaborole

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    Lejon, Tore; Gozhina, Olga V.; Khrustalev, Victor N.

    2012-01-01

    The mol­ecule of the title compound, C16H21BO2, comprises a chiral fused tricyclic system containing five-membered (1,3,2-dioxaborolane), six-membered (cyclo­hexa­ne) and four-membered (cyclo­butane) rings. The 1,3,2-dioxaborolane ring is almost planar (r.m.s. deviation = 0.035 Å), and the syn H and Me substituents at this ring are in an eclipsed conformation. The cyclo­hexane and cyclo­butane rings adopt sofa and butterfly conformations, respectively. The B atom has a trigonal–planar configuration (sum of the bond angles = 360.0°). The phenyl ring is practically coplanar with the 1,3,2-dioxaborolane ring [dihedral angle between the ring planes = 1.96 (8)°]. The absolute structure was determined from the known configuration of (+)-pinanediol which was used in the synthesis. In the crystal, weak C—H⋯π(Ph) inter­actions occur. PMID:23284430

  7. Kinetic stabilization and reactivity of π single-bonded species: effect of the alkoxy group on the lifetime of singlet 2,2-dialkoxy-1,3-diphenyloctahydropentalene-1,3-diyls.

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    Nakagaki, Tomoyuki; Sakai, Tomoko; Mizuta, Tsutomu; Fujiwara, Yoshihisa; Abe, Manabu

    2013-07-29

    Kinetic stabilization and reactivity of π single-bonded species have been investigated in detail by generating a series of singlet 2,2-dialkoxy-1,3-diphenyloctahydropentalene-1,3-diyls (DRs). The lifetime at 293 K in benzene was found to increase when the carbon chain length of the alkoxy groups was increased; 292 ns (DRb; OR = OR' = OCH3) <880 ns (DRc; OR = OR' = OC2H5) <1899 ns (DRd; OR = OR' = OC3H7) ≈2292 ns (DRe; OR = OR' = OC6H13) ≈2146 ns (DRf; OR = OR' = OC10H21). DRh (OR = OC3H7, OR' = OCH3; 935 ns) with the mixed-acetal moiety is a longer-lived species than another diastereomer DRg (OR = OCH3, OR' = OC3H7; 516 ns). Activation parameters determined for the first-order decay process reveal that the enthalpy factor plays a crucial role in determining the energy barrier of the ring-closing reaction, that is, from the π-bonding to the σ-bonding compounds. Computational studies using density functional theory provided more insight into the structures of the singlet species with π single-bonded character and the transition states for the ring-closing reaction, thereby clarifying the role of the alkoxy group on the lifetime and the stereoselectivity of the ring-closing reaction. PMID:23787808

  8. High-resolution mapping of D16led-1, Gart, Gas-4, Cbr, Pcp-4, and Erg on distal mouse chromosome 16.

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    Mjaatvedt, A E; Citron, M P; Reeves, R H

    1993-08-01

    More than 500 backcross progeny from four intersubspecific backcrosses were typed for six markers on distal mouse chromosome 16. Five of these represented genes that mapped within the Sod-1 to Ets-2 interval, which was shown previously to contain the weaver (wv) gene. The map order, including previously mapped reference markers, is (cen)-D16H21S16-D16Led-1-App-Sod-1-Gart-Gas-4-Cbr++ +-wv-Pcp-4-Erg-Ets-2. This gene order recapitulates the order of the genes on human chromosome 21 where known. Two of these markers further define the region containing the weaver gene to a 3.9-cM segment between Cbr and Pcp-4. In addition, Pcp-4 was localized to human chromosome 21 by the presence of a human-specific restriction fragment in WAV-17, a mouse-human somatic cell hybrid with human chromosome 21 as the only human contribution. PMID:8406490

  9. Crystal structure of anagyrine perchlorate.

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    Turgunov, Kambarali K; Rakhimov, Shukhrat B; Vinogradova, Valentina I; Tashkhodjaev, Bakhodir

    2015-05-01

    The title mol-ecular salt, C15H21N2O(+)·ClO4 (-), crystallizes with four cations (A, B, C and D) and four anions in the chiral unit cell (space group P21). The alkaloid was isolated from the aerial parts of Genista Hispanica collected in the Samarkand region of Uzbekistan. Each cation is protonated at the N atom that bridges the alkaloid rings C and D. In each cation, ring A is almost planar and ring B adops a sofa conformation with the methyl-ene group bridging to the C ring as the flap. Rings C and D adopt chair conformations with a cis ring junction in all four cations. In the crystal, A+B and C+D dimeric pairs linked by pairs of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds are observed, which generate R 2 (2)(16) loops in each case. The dimers are consolidated by weak aromatic π-π stacking inter-actions between the A rings [centroid-centroid distances = 3.913 (3) and 3.915 (3) Å]. PMID:25995939

  10. THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE X-RAY COUNTERPART TO PSR J2021+4026

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    Weisskopf, Martin C.; Elsner, Ronald F.; O'Dell, Stephen L.; Tennant, Allyn F.; Romani, Roger W.; Razzano, Massimiliano; Belfiore, Andrea; Saz Parkinson, Pablo; Ziegler, Marcus; Dormody, Michael; Ray, Paul S.; Kerr, Matthew; Harding, Alice; Swartz, Douglas A.; Carraminana, Alberto; Becker, Werner; Kanbach, Gottfried; De Luca, Andrea; Thompson, David J.

    2011-12-10

    We report the probable identification of the X-ray counterpart to the {gamma}-ray pulsar PSR J2021+4026 using imaging with the Chandra X-ray Observatory Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer and timing analysis with the Fermi satellite. Given the statistical and systematic errors, the positions determined by both satellites are coincident. The X-ray source position is R.A. 20{sup h}21{sup m}30.{sup s}733, decl. +40 Degree-Sign 26'46.''04 (J2000) with an estimated uncertainty of 1.''3 combined statistical and systematic error. Moreover, both the X-ray to {gamma}-ray and the X-ray to optical flux ratios are sensible assuming a neutron star origin for the X-ray flux. The X-ray source has no cataloged infrared-to-visible counterpart and, through new observations, we set upper limits to its optical emission of i' > 23.0 mag and r' > 25.2 mag. The source exhibits an X-ray spectrum with most likely both a power law and a thermal component. We also report on the X-ray and visible light properties of the 43 other sources detected in our Chandra observation.

  11. Chemoprevention of Colonic Aberrant Crypt Foci by Novel Schiff Based Dichlorido(4-Methoxy-2-{[2-(Piperazin-4-Ium-1-Yl)Ethyl]Iminomethyl}Phenolate)Cd Complex in Azoxymethane-Induced Colorectal Cancer in Rats

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    Hajrezaie, Maryam; Shams, Keivan; Moghadamtousi, Soheil Zorofchian; Karimian, Hamed; Hassandarvish, Pouya; Emtyazjoo, Mozhgan; Zahedifard, Maryam; Majid, Nazia Abdul; Ali, Hapipah Mohd; Abdulla, Mahmood Ameen

    2015-01-01

    Schiff-based complexes as a source of cancer chemotherapeutic compounds have been subjected to the variety of anticancer studies. The in-vitro analysis confirmed the CdCl2(C14H21N3O2) complex possess cytotoxicity and apoptosis induction properties in colon cancer cells, so lead to investigate the inhibitory efficiency of the compound on colonic aberrant crypt foci (ACF). Five groups of adult male rats were used in this study: Vehicle, cancer control, positive control groups and the groups treated with 25 and 50 mg/kg of complex for 10 weeks. The rats in vehicle group were injected subcutaneously with 15 mg/kg of sterile normal saline once a week for 2 weeks and orally administered with 5% Tween-20 (5 ml/kg) for 10 weeks, other groups were injected subcutaneously with 15 mg/kg azoxymethane once a week for 2 weeks. The rats in positive groups were injected intra-peritoneally with 35 mg/kg 5-Flourouracil four times in a month. Administration of the complex suppressed total colonic ACF formation up to 73.4% (P < 0.05). The results also showed that treatment with the complex significantly reduced the level of malondialdehyde while increasing superoxide dismutase and catalase activities. Furthermore, the down-regulation of PCNA and Bcl2 and the up-regulation of Bax was confirmed by immunohistochemical staining. PMID:26201720

  12. Crystal structure of [bis­(2-amino­ethyl-κN)(2-{[4-(tri­fluoro­meth­yl)benzyl­idene]amino}­eth­yl)amine-κN]di­chlorido­copper(II)

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    Bussey, Katherine A.; Cavalier, Annie R.; Mraz, Margaret E.; Holderread, Ashley S.; Oshin, Kayode D.; Oliver, Allen G.; Zeller, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    The CuII atom in the title compound, [CuCl2(C14H21F3N4)], adopts a coordination geometry that is between distorted square-based pyramidal and very Jahn–Teller-elongated octa­hedral. It is coordinated by three N atoms from the bis­(2-amino­eth­yl)(2-{[4-(tri­fluoro­meth­yl)benzyl­idene]amino}­eth­yl)amine and two chloride ligands. The two crystallographically unique copper complexes present in the asymmetric unit exhibit noticeable differences in the coordination bond lengths. Considering the CuII atoms as having square-pyramidal geometry, the basal Cu—Cl bond lengths are typical [2.2701 (12) and 2.2777 (12) Å], while the apical distances are considerably elongated [2.8505 (12) and 2.9415 (12) Å]. For each mol­ecule, a CuII atom from inversion-related mol­ecules are in nearby proximity to the remaining axial CuII sites, but the Cu⋯Cl distances are very long [3.4056 (12) and 3.1645 (12) Å], attributable to van der Waals contacts. Nonetheless, these contacts appear to have some structure-directing properties, leading to association into dimers. These dimers associate via stacking of the aromatic rings to form extended zigzag chains. PMID:26870592

  13. Structural insights into HDAC6 tubulin deacetylation and its selective inhibition.

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    Miyake, Yasuyuki; Keusch, Jeremy J; Wang, Longlong; Saito, Makoto; Hess, Daniel; Wang, Xiaoning; Melancon, Bruce J; Helquist, Paul; Gut, Heinz; Matthias, Patrick

    2016-09-01

    We report crystal structures of zebrafish histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) catalytic domains in tandem or as single domains in complex with the (R) and (S) enantiomers of trichostatin A (TSA) or with the HDAC6-specific inhibitor nexturastat A. The tandem domains formed, together with the inter-domain linker, an ellipsoid-shaped complex with pseudo-twofold symmetry. We identified important active site differences between both catalytic domains and revealed the binding mode of HDAC6 selective inhibitors. HDAC inhibition assays with (R)- and (S)-TSA showed that (R)-TSA was a broad-range inhibitor, whereas (S)-TSA had moderate selectivity for HDAC6. We identified a uniquely positioned α-helix and a flexible tryptophan residue in the loop joining α-helices H20 to H21 as critical for deacetylation of the physiologic substrate tubulin. Using single-molecule measurements and biochemical assays we demonstrated that HDAC6 catalytic domain 2 deacetylated α-tubulin lysine 40 in the lumen of microtubules, but that its preferred substrate was unpolymerized tubulin. PMID:27454931

  14. Constraining neutrino mass using the large-scale H I distribution in the post-reionization epoch

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    Pal, Ashis Kumar; Guha Sarkar, Tapomoy

    2016-07-01

    The neutral intergalactic medium in the post-reionization epoch allows us to study cosmological structure formation through the observation of the redshifted 21 cm signal and the Lyman α forest. We investigate the possibility of measuring the total neutrino mass through the suppression of power in the matter power spectrum. We investigate the possibility of measuring the neutrino mass through its imprint on the cross-correlation power spectrum of the 21 cm signal and the Lyman α forest. We consider a radio-interferometric measurement of the 21 cm signal with a SKA1-mid-like radio telescope and a BOSS-like Lyman α forest survey. A Fisher matrix analysis shows that at the fiducial redshift z = 2.5, a 10 000 h 21 cm observation distributed equally over 25 radio pointings and a Lyman α forest survey with 30 quasars lines of sights in 1deg2, allows us to measure Ων at a 3.25 per cent level. A total of 25 000 h radio-interferometric observation distributed equally over 25 radio pointings and a Lyman α survey with bar{n} = 60 deg^{-2} will allow Ων to be measured at a 2.26 per cent level. This corresponds to an idealized measurement of ∑mν at the precision of (100 ± 2.26)meV and fν = Ων/Ωm at 2.49 per cent level.

  15. Biodegradation of Hopane Prevents Use As Conservative Biomarker During Bioremediation of PAHs in Petroleum Contaminated Soils

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    Huesemann, Michael H.; Hausmann, Tom S.; Fortman, Timothy J.

    2003-04-01

    The pentacyclic triterpane C30 17a (H), 21b (H)-hopane, a biomarker commonly used in hydrocarbon bioremediation laboratory experiments and field studies, was found to be completely removed without the formation of the demethylated intermediate nor-hopane in a crude oil contaminated soil undergoing slurry biotreatment while PAHs such as benzo(e)pyrene were recalcitrant. The partial or complete biodegradation of hopane has also been previously reported in a few bioremediation studies and has been explored by petroleum geochemists in an effort to characterize crude oil deposits. It is currently not clear what conditions induce hopane biodegradation or biotransformation, although the use of microbial enrichment cultures appears to speed up the process. Considering that hopane is not necessarily conserved during a bioremediation study, the uncritical normalization of hydrocarbon concentrations using this biomarker can lead to incorrect estimates of biodegradation rates and extents. If hopane is found to be unstable in a particular case, other potential biomarkers such as pentahopane, oleanane, or vanadium may be used instead.

  16. Stability of dioctyl sulfosuccinate (DOSS) towards hydrolysis and photodegradation under simulated solar conditions.

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    Batchu, Sudha Rani; Ramirez, Cesar E; Gardinali, Piero R

    2014-05-15

    Dioctyl sulfosuccinate (DOSS) is one of the main components of Corexit® EC9500A, a chemical dispersant formulation used at the surface and at depth during the response to the Deepwater Horizon incident. Despite being a high volume use chemical, data on its environmental stability are scarce. Hydrolysis and photodegradation of DOSS in both pure water and seawater were reported in the present study. DOSS photodegraded much faster under ultraviolet light source (254 nm, with half-life in hours) compared to relevant environmental light sources i.e., 350 nm and solar simulator (with half-lives in days). LC/MS-MS analysis of hydrolysis and photo-irradiated samples showed the presence of a common degradation product. MS/MS fragmentation of that product indicated a substitution of an octyl group by a hydroxyl group with a corresponding formula of C12H21O7S, which was confirmed by HRMS detection (Q-TOF, m/z 309.1017, +1.29 ppm). PMID:24602910

  17. Tamarugite in the Steam-Condensate Alteration Paragenesis in Diana Cave (SW Romania)

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    Puscas, C. M.; Onac, B. P.; Effenberger, H. S.; Povară, I.

    2012-12-01

    The double-salt hydrate tamarugite [NaAl(SO4)2 6H2O] is an uncommon mineral in the cave environment, forming as a result of chemical reactions between water and bedrock only under very specific conditions. The Diana Cave hosts a unique tamarugite occurrence, the first one to be reported from a typical karst environment. The cave is located within the limits of Băile Herculane township in the Cerna Mountains, SW Romania. It consists of a 14 m long, westward-oriented single passage, developed along the Diana Fault. In 1974 a concrete-clad mine gallery was created to channel the thermal water (Diana 1+2 Spring) flowing through the cave to a pumping station. The spring's chemical and physical parameters fluctuated through time, averaging 51.98° C, discharge of 0.96 Ls-1, pH of 7.46, 5768.66 ppm TDS, 9303 μScm-1 conductivity, 5.02 salinity. The major chemical components of the thermo-mineral water in Diana Cave are, Na+ (1392.57 ppm), K+ (58.55 ppm), Ca2+ (725.16 ppm), Mg2+ (10.78 ppm), Cl- (3376.83 ppm), and SO42- (92.27 ppm), and H2S (24.05 ppm), with traces of Si, Fe2+, Br+, I-, and Li+. The general air circulation pattern within the cave is fairly simple: cold air from the outside sweeps into the cave along the floor, heats up at the contact with the thermo-mineral water, ascends, and exists the cave along the ceiling. At the contact with the cold walls of the Diana Cave, the hot steam condenses and gives rise to a rich and exotic sulfate-mineral paragenesis (including halotrichite-series minerals, gypsum, bassanite, anhydrite, epsomite, alunite, halite, native sulfur, etc.). The most exotic minerals precipitate at or below the contact between the Tithonic - Neocomian limestone and the overlaying Cretaceous shaly limestone, as a result of steam-condensate alteration. Minerogenetic mechanisms responsible for the peculiar sulfate mineral assemblage in Diana Cave are evaporation, oxidation, hydrolysis, double exchange reactions, and deposition from vapours or

  18. Integrated Ultraviolet Spectra and Line Indices of M31 Globular Clusters and the Cores of Elliptical Galaxies

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    Ponder, Jerry M.; Burstein, David; O'Connell, Robert W.; Rose, James A.; Frogel, Jay A.; Wu, Chi-Chao; Crenshaw, D. Michael; Rieke, Marcia J.; Tripicco, Michael

    1998-11-01

    We present observations of the integrated light of four M31 globular clusters (MIV, MII, K280, and K58) and of the cores of six elliptical galaxies (NGC 3605, 3608, 5018, 5831, 6127, and 7619) made with the Faint Object Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. The spectra cover the range 2200-4800 Å at a resolution of 8 Å with signal-to-noise ratio of more than 20 and flux accuracy of ~5%. To these data we add from the literature IUE observations of the dwarf elliptical galaxy M32, Galactic globular clusters, and Galactic stars. The stellar populations in these systems are analyzed with the aid of mid-UV and near-UV colors and absorption line strengths. Included in the measured indices is the key NH feature at 3360 Å. We compare these line index measures with the 2600 - 3000 colors of these stars and stellar populations. We find that the M31 globular clusters, Galactic globular clusters/Galactic stars, and elliptical galaxies represent three distinct stellar populations, based on their behavior in color-line strength correlations involving Mg II, NH, CN, and several UV metallic blends. In particular, the M31 globular cluster MIV, as metal-poor as the Galactic globular M92, shows a strong NH 3360 Å feature. Other line indices, including the 3096 Å blend that is dominated by lines of Mg I and Al I, show intrinsic differences as well. We also find that the broadband line indices often employed to measure stellar population differences in faint objects, such as the 4000 Å and the Mg 2800 breaks, are disappointingly insensitive to these stellar population differences. We find that the hot (T > 20,000 K) stellar component responsible for the ``UV upturn'' at shorter wavelengths can have an important influence on the mid-UV spectral range (2400-3200 Å) as well. The hot component can contribute over 50% of the flux at 2600 Å in some cases and affects both continuum colors and line strengths. Mid-UV spectra of galaxies must be corrected for this effect before

  19. Northeastern Atlantic benthic foraminifera during the last 45,000 years: Changes in productivity seen from the bottom up

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    Thomas, E.; Booth, L.; Maslin, M.; Shackleton, N. J.

    1995-06-01

    We studied benthic foraminifera from the last 45 kyr in the >63 µm size fraction in Biogeochemical Ocean Flux Studies (BOFS) cores 5K (50°41.3'N, 21°51.9'W depth 3547 m) and 14K (58°37.2'N, 19°26.2'W, depth 1756 m), at a time resolution of several hundreds to a thousand years. The deepest site showed the largest fluctuations in faunal composition, species richness, and benthic foraminiferal accumulation rates; the fluctuations resulted from changes in abundance of Epistominella exigua and Alabaminella weddellensis. In the present oceans, these species bloom opportunistically when a spring plankton bloom results in seasonal deposition of phytodetritus on the seafloor. The "phytodetritus species" had very low relative abundances and accumulation rates during the last glacial maximum. A strong increase in absolute and relative abundance of E. exigua and A weddellensis during deglaciation paralleled the decrease in abundance of the polar planktonic foraminifer Neogloboquadrina pachyderma (s), and the increase in abundance of warmer water planktonic species such as Globigerina bulloides. This strong increase in relative abundance of the "phytodetritus species" and the coeval increase in benthic foraminiferal accumulation rate were thus probably caused by an increase in the deposition of phytodetritus to the seafloor (and thus probably of surface productivity) when the polar front retreated to higher latitudes. The abundance of "phytodetritus species" decreased during the Younger Dryas, but not to the low levels of fully glacial conditions. During Heinrich events (periods of excessive melt-water formation and ice rafting) benthic accumulation rates were very low, as were the absolute and relative abundances of the "phytodetritus species", supporting suggestions that surface productivity was very low during these events. In both cores Pullenia and Cassidulina species were common during isotope stages 2,3 and 4, as were bolivinid, buliminid and uvigerinid species

  20. Assessment of extreme quantitative precipitation forecasts and development of regional extreme event thresholds using data from HMT-2006 and COOP observers

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    Ralph, F.M.; Sukovich, E.; Reynolds, D.; Dettinger, M.; Weagle, S.; Clark, W.; Neiman, P.J.

    2010-01-01

    Extreme precipitation events, and the quantitative precipitation forecasts (QPFs) associated with them, are examined. The study uses data from the Hydrometeorology Testbed (HMT), which conducted its first field study in California during the 2005/06 cool season. National Weather Service River Forecast Center (NWS RFC) gridded QPFs for 24-h periods at 24-h (day 1), 48-h (day 2), and 72-h (day 3) forecast lead times plus 24-h quantitative precipitation estimates (QPEs) fromsites in California (CA) and Oregon-Washington (OR-WA) are used. During the 172-day period studied, some sites received more than 254 cm (100 in.) of precipitation. The winter season produced many extreme precipitation events, including 90 instances when a site received more than 7.6 cm (3.0 in.) of precipitation in 24 h (i.e., an "event") and 17 events that exceeded 12.7 cm (24 h)-1 [5.0 in. (24 h)-1]. For the 90 extreme events f.7.6 cm (24 h)-1 [3.0 in. (24 h)-1]g, almost 90% of all the 270 QPFs (days 1-3) were biased low, increasingly so with greater lead time. Of the 17 observed events exceeding 12.7 cm (24 h)-1 [5.0 in. (24 h)-1], only 1 of those events was predicted to be that extreme. Almost all of the extreme events correlated with the presence of atmospheric river conditions. Total seasonal QPF biases for all events fi.e., $0.025 cm (24 h)-1 [0.01 in. (24 h)-1]g were sensitive to local geography and were generally biased low in the California-Nevada River Forecast Center (CNRFC) region and high in the Northwest River Forecast Center(NWRFC) domain. The low bias in CA QPFs improved with shorter forecast lead time and worsened for extreme events. Differences were also noted between the CNRFC and NWRFC in terms of QPF and the frequency of extreme events. A key finding from this study is that there were more precipitation events .7.6 cm (24 h)-1 [3.0 in. (24 h)21] in CA than in OR-WA. Examination of 422 Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) sites in the NWRFC domain and 400 in the CNRFC domain

  1. Crystallographic investigations of select cathinones: emerging illicit street drugs known as `bath salts'.

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    Wood, Matthew R; Lalancette, Roger A; Bernal, Ivan

    2015-01-01

    The name `bath salts', for an emerging class of synthetic cathinones, is derived from an attempt to evade prosecution and law enforcement. These are truly illicit drugs that have psychoactive CNS (central nervous system) stimulant effects and they have seen a rise in abuse as recreational drugs in the last few years since first having been seen in Japan in 2006. The ease of synthesis and modification of specific functional groups of the parent cathinone make these drugs particularly difficult to regulate. MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone) is commonly encountered as its hydrochloride salt (C16H21NO3·HCl), in either the hydrated or the anhydrous forms. This `bath salt' has various names in the US, e.g. `Super Coke', `Cloud Nine', and `Ivory Wave', to name just a few. We report here the structures of two forms of the HCl salt, one as a mixed bromide/chloride salt, C16H22NO3(+)·0.343Br(-)·0.657Cl(-) [systematic name: 1-(benzo[d][1,3]dioxol-5-yl)-2-(pyrrolidin-1-ium-1-yl)pentan-1-one bromide/chloride (0.343/0.657)], and the other with the H7O3(+) cation, as well as the HCl counter-ion [systematic name: hydroxonium 1-(benzo[d][1,3]dioxol-5-yl)-2-(pyrrolidin-1-ium-1-yl)pentan-1-one dichloride, H7O3(+)·C16H22NO3(+)·2Cl(-)]. This is one of a very few structures (11 to be exact) in which we have a new example of a precisely determined hydroxonium cation. During the course of researching the clandestine manufacture of MDPV, we were surprised by the fact that a common precursor of this illicit stimulant is known to be the fragrant species piperonal, which is present in the fragrances of orchids, most particularly in the case of the vanilla orchid. We found that MDPV can be made by a Grignard reaction of this heliotropin. This may also explain the unexpected appearance of the bromide counter-ion in some of the salts we encountered (C16H21NO3·HBr), one of which is presented here [systematic name: 1-(benzo[d][1,3]dioxol-5-yl)-2-(pyrrolidin-1-ium-1-yl)pentan-1-one

  2. Protection against Shiga-Toxigenic Escherichia coli by Non-Genetically Modified Organism Receptor Mimic Bacterial Ghosts.

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    Paton, Adrienne W; Chen, Austen Y; Wang, Hui; McAllister, Lauren J; Höggerl, Florian; Mayr, Ulrike Beate; Shewell, Lucy K; Jennings, Michael P; Morona, Renato; Lubitz, Werner; Paton, James C

    2015-09-01

    Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) causes severe gastrointestinal infections in humans that may lead to life-threatening systemic sequelae, such as the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Rapid diagnosis of STEC infection early in the course of disease opens a window of opportunity for therapeutic intervention, for example, by administration of agents that neutralize Shiga toxin (Stx) in the gut lumen. We previously developed a recombinant bacterium that expresses a mimic of the Stx receptor globotriaosyl ceramide (Gb3) on its surface through modification of the lipopolysaccharide (A. W. Paton, R. Morona, and J. C. Paton, Nat Med 6:265-270, 2000, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/73111). This construct was highly efficacious in vivo, protecting mice from otherwise fatal STEC disease, but the fact that it is a genetically modified organism (GMO) has been a barrier to clinical development. In the present study, we have overcome this issue by development of Gb3 receptor mimic bacterial ghosts (BGs) that are not classified as GMOs. Gb3-BGs neutralized Stx1 and Stx2 in vitro with high efficiency, whereas alternative Gb3-expressing non-GMO subbacterial particles (minicells and outer membrane blebs) were ineffective. Gb3-BGs were highly efficacious in a murine model of STEC disease. All mice (10/10) treated with Gb3-BGs survived challenge with a highly virulent O113:H21 STEC strain and showed no pathological signs of renal injury. In contrast, 6/10 mice treated with control BGs succumbed to STEC challenge, and survivors exhibited significant weight loss, neutrophilia, and histopathological evidence of renal damage. Thus, Gb3-BGs offer a non-GMO approach to treatment of STEC infection in humans, particularly in an outbreak setting. PMID:26099582

  3. The Multiwavelength Survey by Yale-Chile (MUSYC): Deep Near-Infrared Imaging and the Selection of Distant Galaxies

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    Quadri, Ryan; Marchesini, Danilo; van Dokkum, Pieter; Gawiser, Eric; Franx, Marijn; Lira, Paulina; Rudnick, Gregory; Urry, C. Megan; Maza, José; Kriek, Mariska; Barrientos, L. Felipe; Blanc, Guillermo A.; Castander, Francisco J.; Christlein, Daniel; Coppi, Paolo S.; Hall, Patrick B.; Herrera, David; Infante, Leopoldo; Taylor, Edward N.; Treister, Ezequiel; Willis, Jon P.

    2007-09-01

    We present deep near-infrared JHK imaging of four 10' × 10' fields. The observations were carried out as part of the Multiwavelength Survey by Yale-Chile (MUSYC) with ISPI on the CTIO 4 m telescope. The typical point-source limiting depths are J ~ 22.5, H ~ 21.5, and K ~ 21 (5 σ Vega). The effective seeing in the final images is ~1.0″. We combine these data with MUSYC UBVRIz imaging to create K-selected catalogs that are unique for their uniform size, depth, filter coverage, and image quality. We investigate the rest-frame optical colors and photometric redshifts of galaxies that are selected using common color selection techniques, including distant red galaxies (DRGs), star-forming and passive BzKs, and the rest-frame UV-selected BM, BX, and Lyman break galaxies (LBGs). These techniques are effective at isolating large samples of high-redshift galaxies, but none provide complete or uniform samples across the targeted redshift ranges. The DRG and BM/BX/LBG criteria identify populations of red and blue galaxies, respectively, as they were designed to do. The star-forming BzKs have a very wide redshift distribution, extending down to z ~ 1, a wide range of colors, and may include galaxies with very low specific star formation rates. In comparison, the passive BzKs are fewer in number, have a different distribution of K magnitudes, and have a somewhat different redshift distribution. By combining either the DRG and BM/BX/LBG criteria, or the star-forming and passive BzK criteria, it appears possible to define a reasonably complete sample of galaxies to our flux limit over specific redshift ranges. However, the redshift dependence of both the completeness and sampled range of rest-frame colors poses an ultimate limit to the usefulness of these techniques.

  4. In-stream attenuation of neuro-active pharmaceuticals and their metabolites

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    Writer, Jeffrey; Antweiler, Ronald C.; Ferrar, Imma; Ryan, Joseph N.; Thurman, Michael

    2013-01-01

    In-stream attenuation was determined for 14 neuro-active pharmaceuticals and associated metabolites. Lagrangian sampling, which follows a parcel of water as it moves downstream, was used to link hydrological and chemical transformation processes. Wastewater loading of neuro-active compounds varied considerably over a span of several hours, and thus a sampling regime was used to verify that the Lagrangian parcel was being sampled and a mechanism was developed to correct measured concentrations if it was not. In-stream attenuation over the 5.4-km evaluated reach could be modeled as pseudo-first-order decay for 11 of the 14 evaluated neuro-active pharmaceutical compounds, illustrating the capacity of streams to reduce conveyance of neuro-active compounds downstream. Fluoxetine and N-desmethyl citalopram were the most rapidly attenuated compounds (t1/2 = 3.6 ± 0.3 h, 4.0 ± 0.2 h, respectively). Lamotrigine, 10,11,-dihydro-10,11,-dihydroxy-carbamazepine, and carbamazepine were the most persistent (t1/2 = 12 ± 2.0 h, 12 ± 2.6 h, 21 ± 4.5 h, respectively). Parent compounds (e.g., buproprion, carbamazepine, lamotrigine) generally were more persistent relative to their metabolites. Several compounds (citalopram, venlafaxine, O-desmethyl-venlafaxine) were not attenuated. It was postulated that the primary mechanism of removal for these compounds was interaction with bed sediments and stream biofilms, based on measured concentrations in stream biofilms and a column experiment using stream sediments.

  5. Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon

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    Valentine, David L.; Fisher, G. Burch; Bagby, Sarah C.; Nelson, Robert K.; Reddy, Christopher M.; Sylva, Sean P.; Woo, Mary A.

    2014-01-01

    The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico led to uncontrolled emission of oil to the ocean, with an official government estimate of ∼5.0 million barrels released. Among the pressing uncertainties surrounding this event is the fate of ∼2 million barrels of submerged oil thought to have been trapped in deep-ocean intrusion layers at depths of ∼1,000–1,300 m. Here we use chemical distributions of hydrocarbons in >3,000 sediment samples from 534 locations to describe a footprint of oil deposited on the deep-ocean floor. Using a recalcitrant biomarker of crude oil, 17α(H),21β(H)-hopane (hopane), we have identified a 3,200-km2 region around the Macondo Well contaminated by ∼1.8 ± 1.0 × 106 g of excess hopane. Based on spatial, chemical, oceanographic, and mass balance considerations, we calculate that this contamination represents 4–31% of the oil sequestered in the deep ocean. The pattern of contamination points to deep-ocean intrusion layers as the source and is most consistent with dual modes of deposition: a “bathtub ring” formed from an oil-rich layer of water impinging laterally upon the continental slope (at a depth of ∼900–1,300 m) and a higher-flux “fallout plume” where suspended oil particles sank to underlying sediment (at a depth of ∼1,300–1,700 m). We also suggest that a significant quantity of oil was deposited on the ocean floor outside this area but so far has evaded detection because of its heterogeneous spatial distribution. PMID:25349409

  6. Recalcitrance and degradation of petroleum biomarkers upon abiotic and biotic natural weathering of Deepwater Horizon oil.

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    Aeppli, Christoph; Nelson, Robert K; Radović, Jagoš R; Carmichael, Catherine A; Valentine, David L; Reddy, Christopher M

    2014-06-17

    Petroleum biomarkers such as hopanoids, steranes, and triaromatic steroids (TAS) are commonly used to investigate the source and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment based on the premise that these compounds are resistant to biotic and abiotic degradation. To test the validity of this premise in the context of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, we investigated changes to these biomarkers as induced by natural weathering of crude oil discharged from the Macondo Well (MW). For surface slicks collected from May to June in 2010, and other oiled samples collected on beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico from July 2010 until August 2012, hopanoids with up to 31 carbons as well as steranes and diasteranes were not systematically affected by weathering processes. In contrast, TAS and C32- to C35-homohopanes were depleted in all samples relative to 17α(H),21β(H)-hopane (C30-hopane). Compared to MW oil, C35-homohopanes and TAS were depleted by 18 ± 10% and 36 ± 20%, respectively, in surface slicks collected from May to June 2010, and by 37 ± 9% and 67 ± 10%, respectively, in samples collected along beaches from April 2011 through August 2012. Based on patterns of relative losses of individual compounds, we hypothesize biodegradation and photooxidation as main degradation processes for homohopanes and TAS, respectively. This study highlights that (i) TAS and homohopanes can be degraded within several years following an oil spill, (ii) the use of homohopanes and TAS for oil spill forensics must account for degradation, and (iii) these compounds provide a window to parse biodegradation and photooxidation during advanced stages of oil weathering. PMID:24831878

  7. η Carinae Baby Homunculus uncovered by ALMA

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    Abraham, Zulema; Beaklini, Pedro P. B.; Falceta-Gonçalves, Diego

    2014-08-20

    We report observations of η Carinae obtained with ALMA in the continuum of 100, 230, 280, and 660 GHz in 2012 November, with a resolution that varied from 2.''88 to 0.''45 for the lower and higher frequencies, respectively. The source is not resolved, even at the highest frequency; its spectrum is characteristic of thermal bremsstrahlung of a compact source, but different from the spectrum of optically thin wind. The recombination lines H42α, He42α, H40α, He40α, H50β, H28α, He28α, H21α, and He21α were also detected, and their intensities reveal non-local thermodynamic equilibrium effects. We found that the line profiles could only be fit by an expanding shell of dense and ionized gas, which produces a slow shock in the surroundings of η Carinae. Combined with fittings to the continuum, we were able to constrain the shell size, radius, density, temperature, and velocity. The detection of the He recombination lines is compatible with the high-temperature gas and requires a high-energy ionizing photon flux, which must be provided by the companion star. The mass-loss rate and wind velocity, necessary to explain the formation of the shell, are compatible with an luminous blue variable eruption. The position, velocity, and physical parameters of the shell coincide with those of the Weigelt blobs. The dynamics found for the expanding shell correspond to matter ejected by η Carinae in 1941 in an event similar to that which formed the Little Homunculus; for that reason, we called the new ejecta the 'Baby Homunculus'.

  8. In-stream attenuation of neuro-active pharmaceuticals and their metabolites.

    PubMed

    Writer, Jeffrey H; Antweiler, Ronald C; Ferrer, Imma; Ryan, Joseph N; Thurman, E Michael

    2013-09-01

    In-stream attenuation was determined for 14 neuro-active pharmaceuticals and associated metabolites. Lagrangian sampling, which follows a parcel of water as it moves downstream, was used to link hydrological and chemical transformation processes. Wastewater loading of neuro-active compounds varied considerably over a span of several hours, and thus a sampling regime was used to verify that the Lagrangian parcel was being sampled and a mechanism was developed to correct measured concentrations if it was not. In-stream attenuation over the 5.4-km evaluated reach could be modeled as pseudo-first-order decay for 11 of the 14 evaluated neuro-active pharmaceutical compounds, illustrating the capacity of streams to reduce conveyance of neuro-active compounds downstream. Fluoxetine and N-desmethyl citalopram were the most rapidly attenuated compounds (t1/2 = 3.6 ± 0.3 h, 4.0 ± 0.2 h, respectively). Lamotrigine, 10,11,-dihydro-10,11,-dihydroxy-carbamazepine, and carbamazepine were the most persistent (t1/2 = 12 ± 2.0 h, 12 ± 2.6 h, 21 ± 4.5 h, respectively). Parent compounds (e.g., buproprion, carbamazepine, lamotrigine) generally were more persistent relative to their metabolites. Several compounds (citalopram, venlafaxine, O-desmethyl-venlafaxine) were not attenuated. It was postulated that the primary mechanism of removal for these compounds was interaction with bed sediments and stream biofilms, based on measured concentrations in stream biofilms and a column experiment using stream sediments. PMID:23952127

  9. Product distributions, rate constants, and mechanisms of LiH +H reactions

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    Defazio, Paolo; Petrongolo, Carlo; Gamallo, Pablo; González, Miguel

    2005-06-01

    We present a quantum-mechanical investigation of the LiH depletion reaction LiH +H→Li+H2 and of the H exchange reaction LiH +H'→LiH'+H. We report product distributions, rate constant, and mechanism of the former, and rate constant and mechanism of the latter reaction. We use the potential-energy surface by Dunne et al. [Chem. Phys. Lett. 336, 1 (2001)], the real-wave-packet method by Gray and Balint-Kurti [J. Chem. Phys. 108, 950 (1998)], and the J-shifting approximation. The H21 nuclear-spin statistics and progressions of vib-rotational states (v',j') rule both initial-state-resolved and thermal product distributions, which have saw-toothed shapes with odd j' preferred with respect to even j'. At high collision energies and temperatures, we obtain a regular 3-to-1 intensity alternation of rotational states. At low collision energies and temperatures, the degeneracy and density of many H2 levels can, however, give more irregular distributions. During the collision, the energy flows from the reactant translational mode to the product vibration and recoil ones. The rate constants of both reactions are not Arrhenius type because the reactions are barrier-less. The low-temperature, LiH depletion rate constant is larger than the H exchange one, whereas the contrary holds at high temperature. The real-time mechanisms show the nuclear rearrangements of the nonreactive channel and of the reactive ones, and point out that the LiH depletion is preferred over the H exchange at short times. This confirms the rate-constant results.

  10. RED-SEQUENCE GALAXIES AT HIGH REDSHIFT BY THE COMBO-17+4 SURVEY

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    Nicol, Marie-Helene; Meisenheimer, Klaus; Wolf, Christian; Tapken, Christian E-mail: meise@mpia.de E-mail: ctapken@aip.de

    2011-01-20

    We investigate the evolution of the galaxy population since redshift 2 with a focus on the color bimodality and mass density of the red sequence. We obtain precise and reliable photometric redshifts up to z = 2 by supplementing the optical survey COMBO-17 with observations in four near-infrared bands on 0.2 deg{sup 2} of the COMBO-17 A901-field. Our results are based on an H-band-selected catalog of 10,692 galaxies complete to H = 21fm7. We measure the rest-frame color (U{sub 280}-V) of each galaxy, which across the redshift range of our interest requires no extrapolation and is robust against moderate redshift errors by staying clear of the 4000 A break. We measure the color-magnitude relation of the red sequence as a function of look-back time from the peak in a color-error-weighted histogram, and thus trace the galaxy bimodality out to z {approx_equal} 1.65. The (U{sub 280}-V) of the red sequence is found to evolve almost linearly with look-back time. At high redshift, we find massive galaxies in both the red and the blue population. Red-sequence galaxies with log M{sub *}/M{sub sun}>11 increase in mass density by a factor of {approx}4 from z {approx} 2 to 1 and remain nearly constant at z < 1. However, some galaxies as massive as log M{sub *}/M{sub sun} = 11.5 are already in place at z {approx} 2.

  11. Early attachment sites for Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 in experimentally inoculated weaned calves.

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    Dean-Nystrom, Evelyn A; Stoffregen, William C; Bosworth, Brad T; Moon, Harley W; Pohlenz, Joachim F

    2008-10-01

    Weaned 3- to 4-month-old calves were fasted for 48 h, inoculated with 10(10) CFU of Shiga toxin-positive Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7 strain 86-24 (STEC O157) or STEC O91:H21 strain B2F1 (STEC O91), Shiga toxin-negative E. coli O157:H7 strain 87-23 (Stx(-) O157), or a nonpathogenic control E. coli strain, necropsied 4 days postinoculation, and examined bacteriologically and histologically. Some calves were treated with dexamethasone (DEX) for 5 days (3 days before, on the day of, and 1 day after inoculation). STEC O157 bacteria were recovered from feces, intestines, or gall bladders of 74% (40/55) of calves 4 days after they were inoculated with STEC O157. Colon and cecum were sites from which inoculum-type bacteria were most often recovered. Histologic lesions of attaching-and-effacing (A/E) O157(+) bacteria were observed in 69% (38/55) of the STEC O157-inoculated calves. Rectum, ileocecal valve, and distal colon were sites most likely to contain A/E O157(+) bacteria. Fecal and intestinal levels of STEC O157 bacteria were significantly higher and A/E O157(+) bacteria were more common in DEX-treated calves than in nontreated calves inoculated with STEC O157. Fecal STEC O157 levels were significantly higher than Stx(-) O157, STEC O91, or control E. coli; only STEC O157 cells were recovered from tissues. Identifying the rectum, ileocecal valve, and distal colon as early STEC O157 colonization sites and finding that DEX treatment enhances the susceptibility of weaned calves to STEC O157 colonization will facilitate the identification and evaluation of interventions aimed at reducing STEC O157 infection in cattle. PMID:18723644

  12. Photometric redshifts and clustering of emission line galaxies selected jointly by DES and eBOSS

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    Jouvel, S.; et al.

    2015-09-23

    We present the results of the first test plates of the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey. This paper focuses on the emission line galaxies (ELG) population targetted from the Dark Energy Survey (DES) photometry. We analyse the success rate, efficiency, redshift distribution, and clustering properties of the targets. From the 9000 spectroscopic redshifts targetted, 4600 have been selected from the DES photometry. The total success rate for redshifts between 0.6 and 1.2 is 71\\% and 68\\% respectively for a bright and faint, on average more distant, samples including redshifts measured from a single strong emission line. We find a mean redshift of 0.8 and 0.87, with 15 and 13\\% of unknown redshifts respectively for the bright and faint samples. In the redshift range 0.6h < -21.0. We note that biasing is derived from the galaxy clustering relative to a model for the mass fluctuations. We investigate the quality of the DES photometric redshifts and find that the outlier fraction can be reduced using a comparison between template fitting and neural network, or using a random forest algorithm.

  13. An isotopic biogeochemical study of the Green River oil shale

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    Collister, J. W.; Summons, R. E.; Lichtfouse, E.; Hayes, J. M.

    1992-01-01

    Thirty-five different samples from three different sulfur cycles were examined in this stratigraphically oriented study of the Shell 22x-l well (U.S.G.S. C177 core) in the Piceance Basin, Colorado. Carbon isotopic compositions of constituents of Green River bitumens indicate mixing of three main components: products of primary photoautotrophs and their immediate consumers (delta approximately -30% vs PDB), products of methanotrophic bacteria (delta approximately -85%), and products of unknown bacteria (delta approximately -40%). For individual compounds synthesized by primary producers, delta-values ranged from -28 to -32%. 13C contents of individual primary products (beta-carotane, steranes, acyclic isoprenoids, tricyclic triterpenoids) were not closely correlated, suggesting diverse origins for these materials. 13C contents of numerous hopanoids were inversely related to sulfur abundance, indicating that they derived both from methanotrophs and from other bacteria, with abundances of methanotrophs depressed when sulfur was plentiful in the paleoenvironment. gamma-Cerane coeluted with 3 beta(CH3),17 alpha(H),21 beta(H)-hopane, but delta-values could be determined after deconvolution. gamma-Cerane (delta approximately -25%) probably derives from a eukaryotic heterotroph grazing on primary materials, the latter compound (delta approximately -90%) must derive from methanotrophic organisms. 13C contents of n-alkanes in bitumen differed markedly from those of paraffins generated pyrolytically. Isotopic and quantitative relationships suggest that alkanes released by pyrolysis derived from a resistant biopolymer of eukaryotic origin and that this was a dominant constituent of total organic carbon.

  14. Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon.

    PubMed

    Valentine, David L; Fisher, G Burch; Bagby, Sarah C; Nelson, Robert K; Reddy, Christopher M; Sylva, Sean P; Woo, Mary A

    2014-11-11

    The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico led to uncontrolled emission of oil to the ocean, with an official government estimate of ∼ 5.0 million barrels released. Among the pressing uncertainties surrounding this event is the fate of ∼ 2 million barrels of submerged oil thought to have been trapped in deep-ocean intrusion layers at depths of ∼ 1,000-1,300 m. Here we use chemical distributions of hydrocarbons in >3,000 sediment samples from 534 locations to describe a footprint of oil deposited on the deep-ocean floor. Using a recalcitrant biomarker of crude oil, 17α(H),21β(H)-hopane (hopane), we have identified a 3,200-km(2) region around the Macondo Well contaminated by ∼ 1.8 ± 1.0 × 10(6) g of excess hopane. Based on spatial, chemical, oceanographic, and mass balance considerations, we calculate that this contamination represents 4-31% of the oil sequestered in the deep ocean. The pattern of contamination points to deep-ocean intrusion layers as the source and is most consistent with dual modes of deposition: a "bathtub ring" formed from an oil-rich layer of water impinging laterally upon the continental slope (at a depth of ∼ 900-1,300 m) and a higher-flux "fallout plume" where suspended oil particles sank to underlying sediment (at a depth of ∼ 1,300-1,700 m). We also suggest that a significant quantity of oil was deposited on the ocean floor outside this area but so far has evaded detection because of its heterogeneous spatial distribution. PMID:25349409

  15. Elucidation of the mechanism of interaction of sheep spleen galectin-1 with splenocytes and its role in cell-matrix adhesion.

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    Ramkumar, R; Podder, S K

    2000-01-01

    The binding of a 14 kDa beta-galactoside animal lectin to splenocytes has been studied in detail. The binding data show that there are two classes of binding sites on the cells for the lectin: a high-affinity site with a K(a) ranging from 1.1 x 10(6) to 5.1 x 10(5) M (-1) and a low affinity binding site with a K(a) ranging from 7.7 x 10(4) to 3.4 x 10(4) M (-1). The number of receptors per cell for the high- and low-affinity sites is 9 +/- 3 x 10(6) and 2.5 +/- 0.5 x 10(6), respectively. The temperature dependence of the K value yielded the thermodynamic parameters. The energetics of this interaction shows that, although this interaction is essentially enthalpically driven (DeltaH - 21 kJ lambdamol(-1)) for the high-affinity sites, there is a very favorable entropy contribution to the free energy of this interaction (-TDeltaS - 17.5 Jmol(-1)), suggesting that hydrophobic interaction may also be playing a role in this interaction. Lactose brought about a 20% inhibition of this interaction, whereas the glycoprotein asialofetuin brought about a 75% inhibition, suggesting that complex carbohydrate structures are involved in the binding of galectin-1 to splenocytes. Galectin-1 also mediated the binding and adhesion of splenocytes to the extracellular matrix glycoprotein laminin, suggesting a role for it in cell-matrix interactions. PMID:10992292

  16. Bis{[μ-bis­(diphenyl­phosphino)methane-1:2κ2 P:P′]nona­carbonyl-1κ3 C,2κ3 C,3κ3 C-[tris­(4-methoxy­phen­yl)arsine-3κAs]-triangulo-triruthenium(0)} dichloro­methane solvate

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    Shawkataly, Omar bin; Khan, Imthyaz Ahmed; Yeap, Chin Sing; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2010-01-01

    The asymmetric unit of the title triangulo-triruthenium compound, 2[Ru3(C21H21AsO3)(C25H22P2)(CO)9]·CH2Cl2, contains one triangulo-triruthenium complex mol­ecule and one half-mol­ecule of the dichloro­methane solvent. The dichloro­methane solvent lies across a crystallographic inversion center leading to the mol­ecule being disordered over two positions of equal occupancy. The bis­(diphenyl­phosphino)methane ligand bridges an Ru—Ru bond and the monodentate arsine ligand bonds to the third Ru atom. Both the arsine and phosphine ligands are equatorial with respect to the Ru3 triangle. In addition, each Ru atom carries one equatorial and two axial terminal carbonyl ligands. The three arsine-substituted benzene rings make dihedral angles of 82.00 (6), 76.67 (7) and 66.09 (6)° with each other. The dihedral angles between the two benzene rings are 80.12 (8) and 78.34 (7)° for the two diphenyl­phosphino groups. In the crystal packing, the mol­ecules are linked together into chains down the b axis via inter­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds. An inter­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bond and weak inter­molecular C—H⋯π inter­actions further stabilize the crystal structure. PMID:21579930

  17. Prevalence, serotypes and virulence genes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli isolated from ovine and caprine milk and other dairy products in Spain.

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    Rey, J; Sánchez, S; Blanco, J E; Hermoso de Mendoza, J; Hermoso de Mendoza, M; García, A; Gil, C; Tejero, N; Rubio, R; Alonso, J M

    2006-03-15

    The aim of this study was to determinate the prevalence, serotypes and virulence genes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains isolated from different dairy products (DP) in Spain with the purpose of determining whether DP represent a potential source of STEC pathogenic for humans. A total of 502 DP were examined from 64 different ovine and caprine flocks and 6 dairy plants in Extremadura (Western Spain). Samples were collected monthly between March 2003 and June 2004 and included 360 unpasteurised milk obtained from the bulk tank, 103 fresh cheese curds and 39 cheeses. Samples obtained were examined for STEC using genotypic (PCR) methods. STEC strains were detected from 39 (10.8%) bulk tank, 4 (3.9%) fresh cheese curds and 2 (5%) cheese, whereas O157:H7 serotype were isolated from one (0.3%) bulk tank. A total of 9 STEC strains (O27:H18, O45:H38, O76:H19, O91:H28, O157:H7, ONT:H7, ONT:H9 and ONT:H21) were identified in this study. One of them, the serotype O27:H18, has not been reported previously as STEC. PCR showed that 3 strains carried stx1 genes, 5 possessed stx2 genes and 1 both stx1 and stx2. Whereas all STEC caprine isolates showed ehxA genes, only O157:H7 serotype showed eae virulence genes. The strain O157:H7 isolated possessed intimin type gamma1 and belonged to phage type 31. This study confirms that dairy product is an important reservoir of STEC pathogenic for humans. PMID:16260057

  18. Sedimentary lipid biogeochemistry of an hypereutrophic alkaline lagoon

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    Grimalt, J.O.; Albaiges, J. ); Yruela, I.; Saizjimenez, C. ); Toja, J. ); Leeuw, J.W. De. )

    1991-09-01

    A detailed study of the lipid composition of sedimentary and water particulate samples of a dilute alkaline lake (Santa Olalla Lagoon, Guadalquivir Delta, southwestern Spain) has allowed the identification and quantitation of about 300 compounds reflecting predominant inputs of organic matter and very early diagenetic processes. These lipids, dominated by fatty acids (80-86%), account for up to 0.25% wt. of dry sediment which is consistent with the high eutrophic conditions of the lagoon and suggests a good preservation of the originally produced organic matter. However, the primary lipid compounds, mainly from cyanobacterial origin, are strongly modified. The C{sub 30}-C{sub 32}, 1,13- and 1,15-diols constitute the only major group that can be attributed directly to these organisms. The predominant lipids, including the fatty acids, are indicative of intense microbial reworking, namely contributions from gram-positive and gram-negative eubacteria and methanogens. Conversely, the higher plant lipids are better preserved and dominate the aliphatic hydrocarbon fraction. Hydrogenation and dehydration are two major transformation processes in the sedimentary system being reflected in the transformation of sterols into 5{alpha}(H)- and 5{beta}(H)-stanols and sterenes, and 17{beta}(H), 21{beta}(H)-hopan-22-ol into diploptene. Oxidation in the water column seems to involve the partial transformation of sterols into steroid ketones, phytol into 5,9,13-trimethyltetradecanoic acid and two isomeric 3,7,11,15-tetramethyl-17-hexadecanolides, and, possibly, tetrahymanol into gammacer-3-one. Adiantone and bishomohopanoic acid probably result from the partial oxydation of extended polyhydroxyhopanes or the C{sub 30}-C{sub 33} hydroxyhopanes found in the lagoon waters.

  19. Sedimentary lipid biogeochemistry of an hypereutrophic alkaline lagoon

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    Grimalt, J. O.; Yruela, I.; Saiz-Jimenez, C.; Toja, J.; de Leeuw, J. W.; Albaigés, J.

    1991-09-01

    A detailed study of the lipid composition of sedimentary and water particulate samples of a dilute alkaline lake (Santa Olalla Lagoon, Guadalquivir Delta, southwestern Spain) has allowed the identification and quantitation of about 300 compounds reflecting predominant inputs of organic matter and very early diagenetic processes. These lipids, dominated by fatty acids (80-86%), account for up to 0.25% wt. of dry sediment which is consistent with the high eutrophic conditions of the lagoon and suggests a good preservation of the originally produced organic matter. However, the primary lipid compounds, mainly from cyanobacterial origin, are strongly modified. The C30-C32, 1,13- and 1,15-diols constitute the only major group that can be attributed directly to these organisms. The predominant lipids, including the fatty acids, are indicative of intense microbial reworking, namely contributions from gram-positive and gram-negative eubacteria and methanogens. Conversely, the higher plant lipids are better preserved and dominate the aliphatic hydrocarbon fraction. Hydrogenation and dehydration are two major transformation processes in the sedimentary system being reflected in the transformation of sterols into 5α(H)- and 5β(H)-stanols and sterenes, and 17β(H),21β(H)-hopan-22-ol into diploptene. Oxidation in the water column seems to involve the partial transformation of sterols into steroid ketones, phytol into 5,9,13-trimethyltetradecanoic acid and two isomeric 3,7,11,15-tetramethyl-17-hexadecanolides, and, possibly, tetrahymanol into gammacer-3-one. Adiantone and bishomohopanoic acid probably result from the partial oxydation of extended polyhydroxyhopanes or the C30-C33 hydroxyhopanes found in the lagoon waters.

  20. The Abundance of Deuterium in the Warm Neutral Medium of the Lower Galactic Halo

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    Savage, Blair D.; Lehner, Nicolas; Fox, Andrew; Wakker, Bart; Sembach, Kenneth

    2007-04-01

    We use high-resolution ultraviolet spectra to obtain Milky Way interstellar column densities of H I, D I, O I, S II, Fe II, and P II toward the QSO HE 0226-4110 in the Galactic direction l=253.4deg and b=-65.77deg. We obtain D/H=21+8-6 ppm from an analysis of the strong damped Lyα line of H I and the weak higher Lyman series absorption of D I. Correcting for a small amount of foreground contamination from D and H in the Local Bubble we obtain D/H=22+8-6 for the warm neutral medium of the lower Galactic halo. The medium sampled has [O/H]=0.12+0.41-0.20 and [Fe/H]=-1.01+0.10-0.09. This suggests the abundances in the gas in the halo toward HE 0226-4110 are not affected by the infall of low-metallicity gas and that the gas originates in the disk and is elevated into the halo by energetic processes that erode but do not totally destroy the dust grains. We compare our result to measured values of D/H in other astrophysical sites. The value we measure in the halo gas is consistent with the hypothesis that for many Galactic disk lines of sight D is incorporated into dust. The high average value of D/H=23.1+/-2.4(1 σ) ppm measured along five sight lines through disk gas in the solar neighborhood is similar to D/H in the lower Galactic halo. These disk and halo observations imply the abundance of deuterium in the Galaxy has only been reduced by a factor of 1.12+/-0.13 since its formation. In contrast, current galactic chemical evolution models predict the astration reduction factor should be in the range from 1.39 to 1.83.

  1. Near-Infrared Galaxy Counts and Evolution from the Wide-Field ALHAMBRA Survey

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    Cristóbal-Hornillos, D.; Aguerri, J. A. L.; Moles, M.; Perea, J.; Castander, F. J.; Broadhurst, T.; Alfaro, E. J.; Benítez, N.; Cabrera-Caño, J.; Cepa, J.; Cerviño, M.; Fernández-Soto, A.; González Delgado, R. M.; Husillos, C.; Infante, L.; Márquez, I.; Martínez, V. J.; Masegosa, J.; del Olmo, A.; Prada, F.; Quintana, J. M.; Sánchez, S. F.

    2009-05-01

    The ALHAMBRA survey aims to cover 4 deg2 using a system of 20 contiguous, equal width, medium-band filters spanning the range 3500 Å-9700 Å plus the standard JHKs filters. Here we analyze deep near-IR number counts of one of our fields (ALH08) for which we have a relatively large area (0.5 deg2) and faint photometry (J = 22.4, H = 21.3, and K = 20.0 at the 50% of recovery efficiency for point-like sources). We find that the logarithmic gradient of the galaxy counts undergoes a distinct change to a flatter slope in each band: from 0.44 at [17.0, 18.5] to 0.34 at [19.5, 22.0] for the J band; for the H band 0.46 at [15.5, 18.0] to 0.36 at [19.0, 21.0], and in Ks the change is from 0.53 in the range [15.0, 17.0] to 0.33 in the interval [18.0, 20.0]. These observations together with faint optical counts are used to constrain models that include density and luminosity evolution of the local type-dependent luminosity functions. Our models imply a decline in the space density of evolved early-type galaxies with increasing redshift, such that only 30%-50% of the bulk of the present day red ellipticals was already in place at z ~ 1. Based on observations collected at the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, jointly operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie Heidelberg and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC).

  2. [Chronopharmacokinetics of nadolol in patients with arterial hypertension].

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    Rumiantsev, D O; Duda, S G; Poteshnykh, A V; Piotrovskiĭ, V K; Metelitsa, V I; Belolipetskaia, V G

    1997-01-01

    The pharmacokinetics of nadolol in blood serum and its excretion in the urine were studied in 6 male patients (aged from 35 to 59 years) with arterial hypertension for 48 h and, respectively, 72 h after a single per os administration of nadolol in a dose of 80 mg in the morning (9.00 a.m.), in daytime (15.00 p.m.) and in the evening (20.00 p.m.). The concentration of nadolol in the blood serum and urine was determined by high performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection. Analysis of the obtained data showed maximum blood serum nadolol concentration and the area under the concentration--time curve to be lower (93 ng/ml and 1786 ng h/ml) in the case of evening medication, and the peroral clearance and kinetic distribution volume to be higher (44.8 l/h and 940 l) than after morning medication (188 ng/ml, 2816 ng h/ml, and 28.4 l/h and 650 l, respectively). The corresponding parameters after daytime medication had intermediate values. The half-life period, mean retention time, and time of achievement of maximum blood serum nadolol concentration did not depend on the time of medication and were in the range of 15.2-15.8 h, 21.1-22.0 h, and 2.9-4.0 h, respectively. The pharmacokinetic parameters characterizing nadolol excretion with the urine were independent of the time of its intake. On the basis of the character of the detected circadian changes in the parameters of nadolol pharmacokinetics it is suggested that these changes reflect the circadian variations in the absorption of the drug in the gastrointestinal tract. PMID:9483406

  3. Geochemical imprint of depositional conditions on organic matter in laminated-Bioturbated interbeds from fine-grained marine sequences

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    Pratt, L.M.; Claypool, G.E.; King, J.D.

    1986-01-01

    Laminated organic-rich shales are interbedded at a scale of centimeters to a few meters with bioturbated organic-poor mudstones or limestones in some fine-grained marine sequences. We have analyzed the organic matter in pairs of laminated/bioturbated interbeds from Cretaceous and Devonian rocks deposited in epicontinental and oceanic settings for the purpose of studying the influence of depositional and early diagenetic environment on the organic geochemical properties of marine shales. Results of these analyses indicate that for rocks that are still in a diagenetic stage of thermal alteration, the relative abundance of biomarker compounds and specific biomarker indices can be useful indicators of depositional and early diagenetic conditions. Pristane/phytane ratios are generally highest for laminated rocks from epicontinental basins and appear to reflect the input of isoprenoid precursors more than oxygenated versus anoxic depositional conditions. The thermally immature laminated rocks are characterized by relatively high contents of 17??(H), 21??(H)-hopanes, hopenes, sterenes and diasterenes, and by strong predominance of the 22R over 22S homohopane isomers. Thermally immature bioturbated samples are characterized by absence of the ??,??-hopanes, by low contents of both saturated and unsaturated polycyclic hydrocarbons, and by slight or no predominance of the 22R over 22S homohopane isomers. There are less obvious compositional differences between the saturated hydrocarbons in the laminated and bioturbated units from the thermally mature sequences. For both the thermally mature and immature laminated samples, the degree of isomerization at the 22C position for hopanes and at the 20C position for steranes is generally consistent with the degree of thermal maturity interpreted from other properties of the organic matter. The bioturbated samples, however, exhibit inconsistent and anomalously high degrees of isomerization for the homohopanes, resulting either from

  4. Crystal structures of (E)-3-(furan-2-yl)-2-phenyl-N-tosyl­acryl­amide and (E)-3-phenyl-2-(m-tol­yl)-N-tosyl­acryl­amide

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    Cheng, Dong; Meng, Xiangzhen; Sheng, Zeyuan; Wang, Shuangming; Duan, Yuanyuan; Li, Ziqian

    2016-01-01

    In the title N-tosyl­acryl­amide compounds, C20H17NO4S, (I), and C23H21NO3S, (II), the conformation about the C=C bond is E. The acryl­amide groups, [–NH—C(=O)—C=C–], are almost planar, with the N—C—C=C torsion angle being −170.18 (14)° in (I) and −168.01 (17)° in (II). In (I), the furan, phenyl and 4-methyl­benzene rings are inclined to the acryl­amide mean plane by 26.47 (11), 69.01 (8) and 82.49 (9)°, respectively. In (II), the phenyl, 3-methyl­benzene and 4-methyl­benzene rings are inclined to the acryl­amide mean plane by 11.61 (10), 78.44 (10) and 78.24 (10)°, respectively. There is an intra­molecular C—H⋯π inter­action present in compound (II). In the crystals of both compounds, mol­ecules are linked by pairs of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with an R 2 2(8) ring motif. In (I), the dimers are reinforced by C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds and linked by C—H⋯π inter­actions, forming chains along [011]. In the crystal of (II), the dimers are linked via C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming chains along [100]. The chains are further linked by C—H⋯π inter­actions, forming layers parallel to (010). PMID:27308045

  5. An isotopic biogeochemical study of the Green River oil shale.

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    Collister, J W; Summons, R E; Lichtfouse, E; Hayes, J M

    1992-12-01

    Thirty-five different samples from three different sulfur cycles were examined in this stratigraphically oriented study of the Shell 22x-l well (U.S.G.S. C177 core) in the Piceance Basin, Colorado. Carbon isotopic compositions of constituents of Green River bitumens indicate mixing of three main components: products of primary photoautotrophs and their immediate consumers (delta approximately -30% vs PDB), products of methanotrophic bacteria (delta approximately -85%), and products of unknown bacteria (delta approximately -40%). For individual compounds synthesized by primary producers, delta-values ranged from -28 to -32%. 13C contents of individual primary products (beta-carotane, steranes, acyclic isoprenoids, tricyclic triterpenoids) were not closely correlated, suggesting diverse origins for these materials. 13C contents of numerous hopanoids were inversely related to sulfur abundance, indicating that they derived both from methanotrophs and from other bacteria, with abundances of methanotrophs depressed when sulfur was plentiful in the paleoenvironment. gamma-Cerane coeluted with 3 beta(CH3),17 alpha(H),21 beta(H)-hopane, but delta-values could be determined after deconvolution. gamma-Cerane (delta approximately -25%) probably derives from a eukaryotic heterotroph grazing on primary materials, the latter compound (delta approximately -90%) must derive from methanotrophic organisms. 13C contents of n-alkanes in bitumen differed markedly from those of paraffins generated pyrolytically. Isotopic and quantitative relationships suggest that alkanes released by pyrolysis derived from a resistant biopolymer of eukaryotic origin and that this was a dominant constituent of total organic carbon. PMID:11540064

  6. η Carinae Baby Homunculus Uncovered by ALMA

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    Abraham, Zulema; Falceta-Gonçalves, Diego; Beaklini, Pedro P. B.

    2014-08-01

    We report observations of η Carinae obtained with ALMA in the continuum of 100, 230, 280, and 660 GHz in 2012 November, with a resolution that varied from 2.''88 to 0.''45 for the lower and higher frequencies, respectively. The source is not resolved, even at the highest frequency; its spectrum is characteristic of thermal bremsstrahlung of a compact source, but different from the spectrum of optically thin wind. The recombination lines H42α, He42α, H40α, He40α, H50β, H28α, He28α, H21α, and He21α were also detected, and their intensities reveal non-local thermodynamic equilibrium effects. We found that the line profiles could only be fit by an expanding shell of dense and ionized gas, which produces a slow shock in the surroundings of η Carinae. Combined with fittings to the continuum, we were able to constrain the shell size, radius, density, temperature, and velocity. The detection of the He recombination lines is compatible with the high-temperature gas and requires a high-energy ionizing photon flux, which must be provided by the companion star. The mass-loss rate and wind velocity, necessary to explain the formation of the shell, are compatible with an luminous blue variable eruption. The position, velocity, and physical parameters of the shell coincide with those of the Weigelt blobs. The dynamics found for the expanding shell correspond to matter ejected by η Carinae in 1941 in an event similar to that which formed the Little Homunculus; for that reason, we called the new ejecta the "Baby Homunculus."

  7. Oral contraceptives alter circadian rhythm parameters of cortisol, melatonin, blood pressure, heart rate, skin blood flow, transepidermal water loss, and skin amino acids of healthy young women.

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    Reinberg, A E; Touitou, Y; Soudant, E; Bernard, D; Bazin, R; Mechkouri, M

    1996-08-01

    Sixteen healthy women users and nonusers of oral contraceptives (OC) volunteered to document a set of circadian rhythms. Nine were taking OC providing ethynyl estradiol (0.03-0.05 mg/24h, 21 days/month) combined with DL- or L-norgestrel or norethisterone. There was no group difference (p > 0.05) in median age (22 years), weight (57 kg), and height (162) cm). Data were obtained at fixed hours, 5 times/24h, during a 48-h span, in November. (Day activity from approximately 08:00 to approximately 23:00 h and night rest). Environmental conditions were controlled, using air-conditioned rooms of constant temperature (26 degrees +/- 0.5) and relative humidity 45% +/- 1. Both cosinor and ANOVA were used for statistical analyses. All circadian rhythms were validated with one exception: that of salivary melatonin was not detected in OC users. The 24h mean (M) exhibited group differences for certain variables: M was greater in OC than non-OC users for systolic blood pressure (p < 0.0001), heart rate (p < 0.01), skin blood flow (p < 0.04), and transepidermal water loss (p < 0.02). M was lower in OC than non-OC users in salivary cortisol (p < 0.04) and skin amino acids (p < 0.003). No group difference was detected in any other documented rhythms: diastolic blood pressure, grip strength of both hands, oral temperature, self-rated fatigue, and the skin variables of urea, lactate, triglycerides, and acid phosphatase activity. PMID:8874983

  8. Topological data analysis of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 survival in soils

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    Ibekwe, Abasiofiok M.; Ma, Jincai; Crowley, David E.; Yang, Ching-Hong; Johnson, Alexis M.; Petrossian, Tanya C.; Lum, Pek Y.

    2014-01-01

    Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 have been implicated in many foodborne illnesses caused by the consumption of contaminated fresh produce. However, data on their persistence in soils are limited due to the complexity in datasets generated from different environmental variables and bacterial taxa. There is a continuing need to distinguish the various environmental variables and different bacterial groups to understand the relationships among these factors and the pathogen survival. Using an approach called Topological Data Analysis (TDA); we reconstructed the relationship structure of E. coli O157 and non-O157 survival in 32 soils (16 organic and 16 conventionally managed soils) from California (CA) and Arizona (AZ) with a multi-resolution output. In our study, we took a community approach based on total soil microbiome to study community level survival and examining the network of the community as a whole and the relationship between its topology and biological processes. TDA produces a geometric representation of complex data sets. Network analysis showed that Shiga toxin negative strain E. coli O157:H7 4554 survived significantly longer in comparison to E. coli O157:H7 EDL 933, while the survival time of E. coli O157:NM was comparable to that of E. coli O157:H7 EDL 933 in all of the tested soils. Two non-O157 strains, E. coli O26:H11 and E. coli O103:H2 survived much longer than E. coli O91:H21 and the three strains of E. coli O157. We show that there are complex interactions between E. coli strain survival, microbial community structures, and soil parameters. PMID:25250242

  9. Crystal structures of (E)-3-(furan-2-yl)-2-phenyl-N-tosyl-acryl-amide and (E)-3-phenyl-2-(m-tol-yl)-N-tosyl-acryl-amide.

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    Cheng, Dong; Meng, Xiangzhen; Sheng, Zeyuan; Wang, Shuangming; Duan, Yuanyuan; Li, Ziqian

    2016-06-01

    In the title N-tosyl-acryl-amide compounds, C20H17NO4S, (I), and C23H21NO3S, (II), the conformation about the C=C bond is E. The acryl-amide groups, [-NH-C(=O)-C=C-], are almost planar, with the N-C-C=C torsion angle being -170.18 (14)° in (I) and -168.01 (17)° in (II). In (I), the furan, phenyl and 4-methyl-benzene rings are inclined to the acryl-amide mean plane by 26.47 (11), 69.01 (8) and 82.49 (9)°, respectively. In (II), the phenyl, 3-methyl-benzene and 4-methyl-benzene rings are inclined to the acryl-amide mean plane by 11.61 (10), 78.44 (10) and 78.24 (10)°, respectively. There is an intra-molecular C-H⋯π inter-action present in compound (II). In the crystals of both compounds, mol-ecules are linked by pairs of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with an R 2 (2)(8) ring motif. In (I), the dimers are reinforced by C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds and linked by C-H⋯π inter-actions, forming chains along [011]. In the crystal of (II), the dimers are linked via C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming chains along [100]. The chains are further linked by C-H⋯π inter-actions, forming layers parallel to (010). PMID:27308045

  10. An Experimental Field Dataset with Buoyant, Neutral, and Dense Gas Atmospheric Releases and Model Comparisons in Low-Wind Speed (Diffusion) Conditions

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    Veronica E. Wannberg, Gustavious Williams, Patrick Sawyer, and Richard Venedam

    2010-09-01

    Aunique field dataset from a series of low–wind speed experiments, modeling efforts using three commonly used models to replicate these releases, and statistical analysis of how well these models were able to predict the plume concentrations is presented. The experiment was designed to generate a dataset to describe the behavior of gaseous plumes under low-wind conditions and the ability of current, commonly used models to predict these movements. The dataset documents the release and transport of three gases: ammonia (buoyant), ethylene (neutral), and propylene (dense) in low–wind speed (diffusion) conditions. Release rates ranged from 1 to 20 kg h21. Ammonia and ethylene had five 5-min releases each to represent puff releases and five 20-min releases each to represent plume releases. Propylene had five 5-min puffs, six 20-min plumes, and a single 30-min plume. Thirty-two separate releases ranging from 6 to 47 min were conducted, of which only 30 releases generated useful data. The data collected included release rates, atmospheric concentrations to 100 m from the release point, and local meteorological conditions. The diagnostics included nine meteorological stations on 100-m centers and 36 photoionization detectors in a radial pattern. Three current stateof- the-practice models, Aerial locations of Hazardous Atmospheres (ALOHA), Emergency Prediction Information code (EPIcode), and Second-Order Closure Integrated Puff (SCIPUFF), were used to try to duplicate the measured field results. Low wind speeds are difficult to model, and all of the models had difficulty replicating the field measurements. However, the work does show that these models, if used correctly, are conservative (overpredict concentrations) and can be used for safety and emergency planning.

  11. Sex differences in neurotensin and substance P following nicotine self-administration in rats.

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    Pittenger, Steven T; Swalve, Natashia; Chou, Shinnyi; Smith, Misty D; Hoonakker, Amanda J; Pudiak, Cindy M; Fleckenstein, Annette E; Hanson, Glen R; Bevins, Rick A

    2016-08-01

    Investigator-administered nicotine alters neurotensin and substance P levels in Sprague-Dawley rats. This finding suggested a role of the dopamine-related endogenous neuropeptides in nicotine addiction. We sought to extend this observation by determining the responses of neurotensin and substance P systems (assessed using radioimmunoassay) in male and female rats following nicotine self-administration (SA). Male and female Sprague-Dawley were trained to self-administer nicotine, or receive saline infusions yoked to a nicotine-administering rat during daily sessions (1-h; 21 days). Brains were extracted 3 h after the last SA session. Nicotine SA increased tissue levels of neurotensin in the males in the anterior and posterior caudate, globus pallidus, frontal cortex, nucleus accumbens core and shell, and ventral tegmental area. Nicotine SA also increased tissue levels of neurotensin in the females in the anterior caudate, globus pallidus, nucleus accumbens core and shell, but not in the posterior caudate, frontal cortex, or ventral tegmental area. There were fewer sex differences observed in the substance P systems. Nicotine SA increased tissue levels of substance P in both the males and females in the posterior caudate, globus pallidus, frontal cortex, nucleus accumbens shell, and ventral tegmental area. A sex difference was observed in the nucleus accumbens core, where nicotine SA increased tissue levels of substance P in the males, yet decreased levels in the females. The regulation of neuropeptides following nicotine SA may play a role in the susceptibility to nicotine dependence in females and males. Synapse 70:336-346, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27074301

  12. Myocardialization of the cardiac outflow tract

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    van den Hoff, M. J.; Moorman, A. F.; Ruijter, J. M.; Lamers, W. H.; Bennington, R. W.; Markwald, R. R.; Wessels, A.

    1999-01-01

    During development, the single-circuited cardiac tube transforms into a double-circuited four-chambered heart by a complex process of remodeling, differential growth, and septation. In this process the endocardial cushion tissues of the atrioventricular junction and outflow tract (OFT) play a crucial role as they contribute to the mesenchymal components of the developing septa and valves in the developing heart. After fusion, the endocardial ridges in the proximal portion of the OFT initially form a mesenchymal outlet septum. In the adult heart, however, this outlet septum is basically a muscular structure. Hence, the mesenchyme of the proximal outlet septum has to be replaced by cardiomyocytes. We have dubbed this process "myocardialization." Our immunohistochemical analysis of staged chicken hearts demonstrates that myocardialization takes place by ingrowth of existing myocardium into the mesenchymal outlet septum. Compared to other events in cardiac septation, it is a relatively late process, being initialized around stage H/H28 and being basically completed around stage H/H38. To unravel the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the induction and regulation of myocardialization, an in vitro culture system in which myocardialization could be mimicked and manipulated was developed. Using this in vitro myocardialization assay it was observed that under the standard culture conditions (i) whole OFT explants from stage H/H20 and younger did not spontaneously myocardialize the collagen matrix, (ii) explants from stage H/H21 and older spontaneously formed extensive myocardial networks, (iii) the myocardium of the OFT could be induced to myocardialize and was therefore "myocardialization-competent" at all stages tested (H/H16-30), (iv) myocardialization was induced by factors produced by, most likely, the nonmyocardial component of the outflow tract, (v) at none of the embryonic stages analyzed was ventricular myocardium myocardialization-competent, and finally

  13. Genotypic characterization of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in beef abattoirs of Argentina.

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    Masana, M O; D'Astek, B A; Palladino, P M; Galli, L; Del Castillo, L L; Carbonari, C; Leotta, G A; Vilacoba, E; Irino, K; Rivas, M

    2011-12-01

    The non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination in carcasses and feces of 811 bovines in nine beef abattoirs from Argentina was analyzed during a period of 17 months. The feces of 181 (22.3%) bovines were positive for non-O157 STEC, while 73 (9.0%) of the carcasses showed non-O157 STEC contamination. Non-O157 STEC strains isolated from feces (227) and carcasses (80) were characterized. The main serotypes identified were O178:H19, O8:H19, O130:H11, and O113:H21, all of which have produced sporadic cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome in Argentina and worldwide. Twenty-two (7.2%) strains carried a fully virulent stx/eae/ehxA genotype. Among them, strains of serotypes O103:[H2], O145:NM, and O111:NM represented 4.8% of the isolates. Xba I pulsed-field gel electrophoresis pattern analysis showed 234 different patterns, with 76 strains grouped in 30 clusters. Nine of the clusters grouped strains isolated from feces and from carcasses of the same or different bovines in a lot, while three clusters were comprised of strains distributed in more than one abattoir. Patterns AREXSX01.0157, AREXBX01.0015, and AREXPX01.0013 were identified as 100% compatible with the patterns of one strain isolated from a hemolytic-uremic syndrome case and two strains previously isolated from beef medallions, included in the Argentine PulseNet Database. In this survey, 4.8% (39 of 811) of the bovine carcasses appeared to be contaminated with nonO157 STEC strains potentially capable of producing sporadic human disease, and a lower proportion (0.25%) with strains able to produce outbreaks of severe disease. PMID:22186039

  14. Protective effects of Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria and Staphylococci on the infection of cultured HT29 cells with different enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli serotypes are strain-specific.

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    Stöber, Helen; Maier, Eva; Schmidt, Herbert

    2010-11-15

    In this study, we investigated the interaction of 19 benign strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB), bifidobacteria and staphylococci with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) strains of different serotypes and virulence gene spectrum in a HT29 cell culture infection model. As markers of infection, the secretion of interleukin 8 (IL-8) and the activation of the transcription factor NF-κB by the infected cells were determined. With 12 of 19 tested strains, a weak reduction <30% of IL-8 secretion of HT29 cells after co-infection with EHEC O157:H7 strain EDL933 was observed. Six strains reduced the IL-8 secretion up to 60% and the strain B. adolescentis DSMZ 20086 decreased the IL-8 production about 73%. In further co-infection assays with EHEC strains of the serotypes O103:H2, O26:H⁻, 0157:H⁻ and O113:H21, different abilities of the LAB strains to influence the infection with the different EHEC strains were noted. Therefore, the protective anti-inflammatory effect is strain specific for LAB and also depends on the application of EHEC strains with different sero- and virulence types. The differences in efficacy of protective bacteria against certain EHEC strains were unexpected and have not been shown so far. Furthermore, we could show that the inhibitory effects were not attributed to lower adhesion abilities of EHEC to the production of organic acids by the benign bacteria. In addition, viable bacteria are needed to inhibit the IL-8 secretion. Moreover, the NF-κB activation was reduced significantly by all tested LAB strains in co-infection trials, but was not strain-specific. The model described here is useful to screen for basic effects of protective bacteria that are able to counteract EHEC-mediated effects on human cells, and to study the molecular interaction between bacteria as well as between bacteria and human cultured cells. PMID:20920833

  15. Involvement of the nervous system following experimental infection with Pasteurella multocida B:2 in buffalo (Bubalus bubalis): A clinicopathological study.

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    Marza, Ali Dhiaa; Jesse, Faez Firdaus Abdullah; Ahmed, Ihsan Muneer; Teik Chung, Eric Lim; Ibrahim, Hayder Hamzah; Zamri-Saad, Mohd; Omar, Abdul Rahman; Abu Bakar, Md Zuki; Saharee, Abdul Aziz; Haron, Abdul Wahid; Alwan, Mohammed Jwaid; Mohd Lila, Mohd Azmi

    2016-04-01

    Haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) is an acute, fatal, septicaemic disease of cattle and buffaloes caused by one of two specific serotypes of Pasteurella multocida B:2 and E:2 in Asian and African, respectively. It is well known that HS affect mainly the respiratory and digestive tracts. However, involvement of the nervous system in pathogenesis of HS has been reported in previous studies without details. In this study, nine buffalo calves of 8 months old were distributed into three groups. Animals of Group 1 and 2 were inoculated orally and subcutaneously with 10 ml of 1 × 10(12) cfu/ml of P. multocida B:2, respectively, while animals of Group 3 were inoculated orally with 10 ml of phosphate buffer saline as a control. All calves in Group 1 and Group 3 were euthanised after 504 h (21 day) post-infection, while calves in Group 2 had to euthanise after 12 h post-infection as they develop sever clinical signs of HS. Significant differences were found in Group 2 in the mean scores of clinical signs, gross and histopathological changes which mainly affect different anatomic regions of the nervous system. In addition, successful bacterial isolation of P. multocida B:2 were obtained from different sites of the nervous system. On the other hand, less sever, clinical, gross and histopathological changes were found in Group 1. These results provide for the first time strong evidence of involving of the nervous system in pathogenesis of HS, especially in the peracute stage of the disease. PMID:26850845

  16. A longitudinal study of Vero cytotoxin producing Escherichia coli in cattle calves in Sri Lanka.

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    Tokhi, A. M.; Peiris, J. S.; Scotland, S. M.; Willshaw, G. A.; Smith, H. R.; Cheasty, T.

    1993-01-01

    Two cohorts of 10 and 16 calves were followed at weekly or fortnightly intervals from 4-28 and 1-9 weeks respectively to determine whether natural infection by Vero cytotoxin (VT) producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) occurred. Ninety-one of 171 (53%) faecal specimens were VTEC positive and 20-80% of animals at any given time excreted VTEC. Of 104 VTEC strains studied further, 6 different serogroups (O 22.H16; O 25.H5; O 49.H-; O 86.H26; O 88.H25; O 153.H12) and an untypable strain (O? .H21) were identified. All strains belonging to the same serotype had identical profiles of reactivity with DNA probes to toxins VT1 or 2, LTI or II and a probe (CVD419) derived from a plasmid carried by enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli O 157.H7. Four of these serotypes were found in the faecal flora of the calves, taken as a group, throughout the 4-month study period. Sixty percent of the strains hybridized with the probe for VT1, 4% with the probe for VT2, and 36% with both probes. Faecal VTEC were significantly associated with overt diarrhoeal illness in animals < 10 weeks of age, but no characteristic profile of markers (serotype or hybridization pattern) in E. coli isolates was associated with diarrhoea. A serological response to VT1 was detected in some animals, but faecal VT1 VTEC excretion persisted in spite of seroconversion. VT1 seroconversion was not associated with diarrhoea. A serological response to VT2 was not detected even in those animals excreting VT2 VTEC in the faeces. PMID:8472764

  17. The effect of transdermal scopolamine for the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting

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    Antor, María A.; Uribe, Alberto A.; Erminy-Falcon, Natali; Werner, Joseph G.; Candiotti, Keith A.; Pergolizzi, Joseph V.; Bergese, Sergio D.

    2014-01-01

    Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) is one of the most common and undesirable complaints recorded in as many as 70–80% of high-risk surgical patients. The current prophylactic therapy recommendations for PONV management stated in the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) guidelines should start with monotherapy and patients at moderate to high risk, a combination of antiemetic medication should be considered. Consequently, if rescue medication is required, the antiemetic drug chosen should be from a different therapeutic class and administration mode than the drug used for prophylaxis. The guidelines restrict the use of dexamethasone, transdermal scopolamine, aprepitant, and palonosetron as rescue medication 6 h after surgery. In an effort to find a safer and reliable therapy for PONV, new drugs with antiemetic properties and minimal side effects are needed, and scopolamine may be considered an effective alternative. Scopolamine is a belladonna alkaloid, α-(hydroxymethyl) benzene acetic acid 9-methyl-3-oxa-9-azatricyclo non-7-yl ester, acting as a non-selective muscarinic antagonist and producing both peripheral antimuscarinic and central sedative, antiemetic, and amnestic effects. The empirical formula is C17H21NO4 and its structural formula is a tertiary amine L-(2)-scopolamine (tropic acid ester with scopine; MW = 303.4). Scopolamine became the first drug commercially available as a transdermal therapeutic system used for extended continuous drug delivery during 72 h. Clinical trials with transdermal scopolamine have consistently demonstrated its safety and efficacy in PONV. Thus, scopolamine is a promising candidate for the management of PONV in adults as a first line monotherapy or in combination with other drugs. In addition, transdermal scopolamine might be helpful in preventing postoperative discharge nausea and vomiting owing to its long-lasting clinical effects. PMID:24782768

  18. Differential gene expression in Staphylococcus aureus exposed to Orange II and Sudan III azo dyes.

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    Pan, Hongmiao; Xu, Joshua; Kweon, Oh-Gew; Zou, Wen; Feng, Jinhui; He, Gui-Xin; Cerniglia, Carl E; Chen, Huizhong

    2015-05-01

    We previously demonstrated the effects of azo dyes and their reduction metabolites on bacterial cell growth and cell viability. In this report, the effects of Orange II and Sudan III on gene expression profiling in Staphylococcus aureus ATCC BAA 1556 were analyzed using microarray and quantitative RT-PCR technology. Upon exposure to 6 μg/ml Orange II for 18 h, 21 genes were found to be differently expressed. Among them, 8 and 13 genes were up- and down-regulated, respectively. Most proteins encoded by these differentially expressed genes involve stress response caused by drug metabolism, oxidation, and alkaline shock indicating that S. aureus could adapt to Orange II exposure through a balance between up and down regulated gene expression. Whereas, after exposure to 6 μg/ml Sudan III for 18 h, 57 genes were differentially expressed. In which, 51 genes were up-regulated and 6 were down-regulated. Most proteins encoded by these differentially expressed genes involve in cell wall/membrane biogenesis and biosynthesis, nutrient uptake, transport and metabolite, and stress response, suggesting that Sudan III damages the bacterial cell wall or/and membrane due to binding of the dye. Further analysis indicated that all differentially expressed genes encoded membrane proteins were up-regulated and most of them serve as transporters. The result suggested that these genes might contribute to survival, persistence and growth in the presence of Sudan III. Only one gene msrA, which plays an important role in oxidative stress resistance, was found to be down-regulated after exposure to both Orange II and Sudan III. The present results suggested that both these two azo dyes can cause stress in S. aureus and the response of the bacterium to the stress is mainly related to characteristics of the azo dyes. PMID:25720844

  19. Protection against Shiga-Toxigenic Escherichia coli by Non-Genetically Modified Organism Receptor Mimic Bacterial Ghosts

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    Paton, Adrienne W.; Chen, Austen Y.; Wang, Hui; McAllister, Lauren J.; Höggerl, Florian; Mayr, Ulrike Beate; Shewell, Lucy K.; Jennings, Michael P.; Morona, Renato; Lubitz, Werner

    2015-01-01

    Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) causes severe gastrointestinal infections in humans that may lead to life-threatening systemic sequelae, such as the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Rapid diagnosis of STEC infection early in the course of disease opens a window of opportunity for therapeutic intervention, for example, by administration of agents that neutralize Shiga toxin (Stx) in the gut lumen. We previously developed a recombinant bacterium that expresses a mimic of the Stx receptor globotriaosyl ceramide (Gb3) on its surface through modification of the lipopolysaccharide (A. W. Paton, R. Morona, and J. C. Paton, Nat Med 6:265–270, 2000, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/73111). This construct was highly efficacious in vivo, protecting mice from otherwise fatal STEC disease, but the fact that it is a genetically modified organism (GMO) has been a barrier to clinical development. In the present study, we have overcome this issue by development of Gb3 receptor mimic bacterial ghosts (BGs) that are not classified as GMOs. Gb3-BGs neutralized Stx1 and Stx2 in vitro with high efficiency, whereas alternative Gb3-expressing non-GMO subbacterial particles (minicells and outer membrane blebs) were ineffective. Gb3-BGs were highly efficacious in a murine model of STEC disease. All mice (10/10) treated with Gb3-BGs survived challenge with a highly virulent O113:H21 STEC strain and showed no pathological signs of renal injury. In contrast, 6/10 mice treated with control BGs succumbed to STEC challenge, and survivors exhibited significant weight loss, neutrophilia, and histopathological evidence of renal damage. Thus, Gb3-BGs offer a non-GMO approach to treatment of STEC infection in humans, particularly in an outbreak setting. PMID:26099582

  20. Phylogenetic Analysis of Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) Isolates from Japan Reveals Emergence of CTX-M-14-Producing EAEC O25:H4 Clones Related to Sequence Type 131.

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    Imuta, Naoko; Ooka, Tadasuke; Seto, Kazuko; Kawahara, Ryuji; Koriyama, Toyoyasu; Kojyo, Tsuyoshi; Iguchi, Atsushi; Tokuda, Koichi; Kawamura, Hideki; Yoshiie, Kiyotaka; Ogura, Yoshitoshi; Hayashi, Tetsuya; Nishi, Junichiro

    2016-08-01

    Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) causes acute or persistent diarrhea. The aggR gene is widely used as a marker for typical EAEC. The heterogeneity of EAEC is well known; however, there are few reports on the phylogenetic relationships of EAEC. Recently, CTX-M extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing EAEC strains have been reported worldwide. To characterize EAEC strains in Japan, we investigated the population structure of EAEC. A total of 167 aggR-positive strains isolated from stool specimens from diarrheal patients in Kagoshima (139 strains) and Osaka (28 strains), Japan, between 1992 and 2010 were examined for the prevalence of EAEC virulence markers, the blaCTX-M gene, and the capacity to form biofilms. Multilocus sequence typing was also conducted. EAEC strains were widely distributed across four major E. coli phylogroups. Strains of O111:H21/clonal group 40 (CG40) (30 strains), O126:H27/CG200 (13 strains), and O86a:H27/CG3570 (11 strains) in phylogroup B1 are the historical EAEC clones in Japan, and they exhibited strong biofilm formation. Twenty-nine strains of EAEC O25:H4/CG131 were identified in phylogroup B2, 79% of which produced CTX-M-14. This clone has emerged since 2003. The clone harbored plasmid-encoded EAEC virulence genes but not chromosomal virulence genes and had lower biofilm-forming capacity than historical EAEC strains. This clone most likely emerged from a pandemic uropathogenic O25:H4/sequence type 131 clone by acquiring an EAEC virulence plasmid from canonical EAEC. Surveillance of the horizontal transfer of both virulence and ESBL genes among E. coli strains is important for preventing a worldwide increase in antimicrobial drug resistance. PMID:27252465

  1. Clinical Isolates of Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli: Serotypes, Virulence Characteristics, and Molecular Profiles of Strains of the Same Serotype

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    Eklund, Marjut; Scheutz, Flemming; Siitonen, Anja

    2001-01-01

    All human Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) non-O157 strains (n = 56) isolated in Finland from 1990 to August 2000 were characterized for the O:H serotype, stx1 and stx2 genes, production of enterohemolysin, and sensitivity to 12 antimicrobial agents. Strains of the same serotype were genotyped by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) after XbaI restriction of total DNA. The 56 non-O157 isolates belonged to 29 serotypes. Two of the serotypes (O102:H7 and OX181:H49) have not previously been described as being associated with STEC infections in humans or isolated from animals. Thirty-four strains (61%) within seven serotypes (O103:H2 [14 isolates], O26:H11 [6 isolates], O145:H28 [4 isolates], O145:HNM [3 isolates], O15:HNM [3 isolates], OX174:H21 [2 isolates], and O Rough:HNM [2 isolates]) were represented by more than one isolate. Of these strains, O103:H2 isolates were divided into seven, O26:H11 isolates were divided into four, and the rest within a serotype were divided into two genotypes in PFGE. In PCR, 31 (55%) of the 56 strains were positive for the stx2 gene only and 24 strains (43%) were positive for stx1 only. One strain (O43:H2) carried both stx1 and stx2. Forty-two strains (75%) produced enterohemolysin, and 39 strains (70%) possessed the eae gene. Of the latter 39 strains, 36 (92%) were enterohemolytic, whereas only 6 (35%) of the 17 isolates lacking the eae gene were enterohemolytic (P < 0.001). The majority of the strains (44 strains, 79%) were sensitive to all 12 antimicrobials tested. Of the 56 strains, 20 (36%) were associated with small family outbreaks in nine families and 14 (25%) were associated with recent travel abroad. PMID:11473999

  2. Different molecular conformations co-exist in each of three 2-aryl-N-(1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)acetamides: hydrogen bonding in zero, one and two dimensions.

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    Narayana, Badiadka; Yathirajan, Hemmige S; Rathore, Ravindranath S; Glidewell, Christopher

    2016-09-01

    4-Antipyrine [4-amino-1,5-dimethyl-2-phenyl-1H-pyrazol-3(2H)-one] and its derivatives exhibit a range of biological activities, including analgesic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and new examples are always of potential interest and value. 2-(4-Chlorophenyl)-N-(1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)acetamide, C19H18ClN3O2, (I), crystallizes with Z' = 2 in the space group P\\overline{1}, whereas its positional isomer 2-(2-chlorophenyl)-N-(1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)acetamide, (II), crystallizes with Z' = 1 in the space group C2/c; the molecules of (II) are disordered over two sets of atomic sites having occupancies of 0.6020 (18) and 0.3980 (18). The two independent molecules of (I) adopt different molecular conformations, as do the two disorder components in (II), where the 2-chlorophenyl substituents adopt different orientations. The molecules of (I) are linked by a combination of N-H...O and C-H...O hydrogen bonds to form centrosymmetric four-molecule aggregates, while those of (II) are linked by the same types of hydrogen bonds forming sheets. The related compound N-(1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-2-(3-methoxyphenyl)acetamide, C20H21N3O3, (III), is isomorphous with (I) but not strictly isostructural; again the two independent molecules adopt different molecular conformations, and the molecules are linked by N-H...O and C-H...O hydrogen bonds to form ribbons. Comparisons are made with some related structures, indicating that a hydrogen-bonded R2(2)(10) ring is the common structural motif. PMID:27585929

  3. Pulsating Mantle Hypothesis "PMH" and its Applications on Apparent Solar Day Length Variations, Geodynamo and Plate Tectonics Theories, Tide, Earth's Axis Tilted and Earthquake Forecasting

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    Gholibeigian, H.; Amirshakarami, A.

    2012-12-01

    In this hypothesis, two phenomena; Inner Core Dislocation (ICD) and Outer Core Bulge (OCB) have appeared inside the Earth due to unbalanced gravitational attraction of the Sun and the Moon, and consequently the mantle is under diurnal cyclic pulsating load by it. In the other words, the inner core's center and axis (Earth's magnetic axis) do not crossed or overlapped on the Earth's center and axis (geographic axis) and distance between these two centers vary permanently in magnitude and direction. See Fig 1,2. ( C is geo-center, C' is inner core's center and always CC'>>0 ). These two phenomena which have diurnal, monthly and yearly cycles, have generated hydro-magneto-thermo-mechanical load including high kinetic energy which produces forced convection system in the outer core and pressurizes the mantle from its bottom. In this paper, we briefly discuss the six scientific results and applications of the hypothesis which are derived from ICD&OCB 1- Cause of apparent solar day length variations, and its overlapping with ICD&OCB variations spectrum, Fig 2, as the first observable factor for proving the PMH. In this section we use data for apparent solar day length variations in year 1998, and Figure's sheet is the same equatorial sheet, minimum of length day is in September 16 which is 24h-21.3 sec., as we can see the length of the ICD&OCB's vector which is result of the Sun and Moon's gravity forces, is minimum but in Dec. 22 which length day is 24h+29 sec, its vector is bigger 2- Generation and diurnal variation of the Earth's magnetic field and its overlapping with ICD&OCB variation as the second observable factor for proving the PMH. In this section we develop the Geodynamo Theory. 3- The ICD&OCB as the main engine of the tectonic plate's motion is discussed. In this section we develop the Plate Tectonics Theory. 4- How four Earth's systems; ICD&OCB, Sun's thermal energy, Sun and Moon's gravity forces interact and work together for generation of tide. 5- Eight

  4. Isolation and Characteristics of Shiga Toxin 2f-Producing Escherichia coli among Pigeons in Kyushu, Japan

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    Murakami, Koichi; Etoh, Yoshiki; Ichihara, Sachiko; Maeda, Eriko; Takenaka, Shigeyuki; Horikawa, Kazumi; Narimatsu, Hiroshi; Kawano, Kimiko; Kawamura, Yoshiaki; Ito, Kenitiro

    2014-01-01

    An increasing number of Shiga toxin 2f-producing Escherichia coli (STEC2f) infections in humans are being reported in Europe, and pigeons have been suggested as a reservoir for the pathogen. In Japan, there is very little information regarding carriage of STEC2f by pigeons, prompting the need for further investigation. We collected 549 samples of pigeon droppings from 14 locations in Kyushu, Japan, to isolate STEC2f and to investigate characteristics of the isolates. Shiga toxin stx2f gene fragments were detected by PCR in 16 (2.9%) of the 549 dropping samples across four of the 14 locations. We obtained 23 STEC2f-isolates from seven of the original samples and from three pigeon dropping samples collected in an additional sampling experiment (from a total of seven locations across both sampling periods). Genotypic and phenotypic characteristics were then examined for selected isolates from each of 10 samples with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis profiles. Eight of the stx2f gene fragments sequenced in this study were homologous to others that were identified in Europe. Some isolates also contained virulence-related genes, including lpfAO26, irp2, and fyuA, and all of the 10 selected isolates maintained the eae, astA, and cdt genes. Moreover, five of the 10 selected isolates contained sfpA, a gene that is restricted to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O165:H2 and sorbitol-fermenting Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:NM. We document serotypes O152:HNM, O128:HNM, and O145:H34 as STEC2f, which agrees with previous studies on pigeons and humans. Interestingly, O119:H21 was newly described as STEC2f. O145:H34, with sequence type 722, was described in a German study in humans and was also isolated in the current study. These results revealed that Japanese zoonotic STEC2f strains harboring several virulence-related factors may be of the same clonal complexes as some European strains. These findings provide useful information for public health-related disease management

  5. Crystal structures of five new substituted tetrahydro-1-benzazepines with potential antiparasitic activity.

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    Macías, Mario A; Acosta, Lina M; Sanabria, Carlos M; Palma, Alirio; Roussel, Pascal; Gauthier, Gilles H; Suescun, Leopoldo

    2016-05-01

    Tetrahydro-1-benzazepines have been described as potential antiparasitic drugs for the treatment of chagas disease and leishmaniasis, two of the most important so-called `forgotten tropical diseases' affecting South and Central America, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania chagasi parasites, respectively. Continuing our extensive work describing the structural characteristics of some related compounds with interesting biological properties, the crystallographic features of three epoxy-1-benzazepines, namely (2SR,4RS)-6,8-dimethyl-2-(naphthalen-1-yl)-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-1,4-epoxy-1-benzazepine, (1), (2SR,4RS)-6,9-dimethyl-2-(naphthalen-1-yl)-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-1,4-epoxy-1-benzazepine, (2), and (2SR,4RS)-8,9-dimethyl-2-(naphthalen-1-yl)-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-1,4-epoxy-1-benzazepine, (3), all C22H21NO, and two 1-benzazepin-4-ols, namely 7-fluoro-cis-2-[(E)-styryl]-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-1-benzazepin-4-ol, C18H18FNO, (4), and 7-fluoro-cis-2-[(E)-pent-1-enyl]-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-1-benzazepin-4-ol, C15H20FNO, (5), are described. Some peculiarities in the crystallization behaviour were found, involving significant variations in the crystalline structures as a result of modest changes in the peripheral substituents in (1)-(3) and the occurrence of discrete disorder due to the molecular overlay of enantiomers with more than one conformation in (5). In particular, an interesting phase change on cooling was observed for compound (5), accompanied by an approximate fourfold increase of the unit-cell volume and a change of the Z' value from 1 to 4. This transition is a consequence of the partial ordering of the pentenyl chains in half of the molecules breaking half of the -3 symmetry axes observed in the room-temperature structure of (5). The structural assembly in all the title compounds is characterized by not only (N,O)-H...(O,N) hydrogen bonds, but also by unconventional C-H...O contacts, resulting in a wide diversity of packing. PMID:27146563

  6. Characteristics of the Shiga-toxin-producing enteroaggregative Escherichia coli O104:H4 German outbreak strain and of STEC strains isolated in Spain.

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    Mora, Azucena; Herrrera, Alexandra; López, Cecilia; Dahbi, Ghizlane; Mamani, Rosalia; Pita, Julia M; Alonso, María P; Llovo, José; Bernárdez, María I; Blanco, Jesús E; Blanco, Miguel; Blanco, Jorge

    2011-09-01

    A Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strain belonging to serotype O104:H4, phylogenetic group B1 and sequence type ST678, with virulence features common to the enteroaggregative E. coli (EAEC) pathotype, was reported as the cause of the recent 2011 outbreak in Germany. The outbreak strain was determined to carry several virulence factors of extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) and to be resistant to a wide range of antibiotics. There are only a few reports of serotype O104:H4, which is very rare in humans and has never been detected in animals or food. Several research groups obtained the complete genome sequence of isolates of the German outbreak strain as well as the genome sequences of EAEC of serotype O104:H4 strains from Africa. Those findings suggested that horizontal genetic transfer allowed the emergence of the highly virulent Shiga-toxin-producing enteroaggregative E. coli (STEAEC) O104:H4 strain responsible for the outbreak in Germany. Epidemiologic investigations supported a linkage between the outbreaks in Germany and France and traced their origin to fenugreek seeds imported from Africa. However, there has been no isolation of the causative strain O104:H4 from any of the samples of fenugreek seeds analyzed. Following the German outbreak, we conducted a large sampling to analyze the presence of STEC, EAEC, and other types of diarrheagenic E. coli strains in Spanish vegetables. During June and July 2011, 200 vegetable samples from different origins were analyzed. All were negative for the virulent serotype O104:H4 and only one lettuce sample (0.6%) was positive for a STEC strain of serotype O146:H21 (stx1, stx2), considered of low virulence. Despite the single positive case, the hygienic and sanitary quality of Spanish vegetables proved to be quite good. In 195 of the 200 samples (98%), <10 colony-forming units (cfu) of E. coli per gram were detected, and the microbiological levels of all samples were satisfactory (<100 cfu/g). The

  7. Comparison between air and carbon dioxide insufflation in the endoscopic submucosal excavation of gastrointestinal stromal tumors

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    Shi, Wei-Bin; Wang, Zi-Hao; Qu, Chun-Ying; Zhang, Yi; Jiang, Han; Zhou, Min; Chen, Ying; Xu, Lei-Ming

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of CO2 insufflation compared with air insufflation in the endoscopic submucosal excavation (ESE) of gastrointestinal stromal tumors. METHODS: Sixty patients were randomized to undergo endoscopic submucosal excavation, with the CO2 group (n = 30) and the air group (n = 30) undergoing CO2 insufflation and air insufflation in the ESE, respectively. The end-tidal CO2 level (pETCO2) was observed at 4 time points: at the beginning of ESE, at total removal of the tumors, at completed wound management, and 10 min after ESE. Additionally, the patients’ experience of pain at 1, 3, 6 and 24 h after the examination was registered using a visual analog scale (VAS). RESULTS: Both the CO2 group and air group were similar in mean age, sex, body mass index (all P > 0.05). There were no significant differences in PetCO2 values before and after the procedure (P > 0.05). However, the pain scores after the ESE at different time points in the CO2 group decreased significantly compared with the air group (1 h: 21.2 ± 3.4 vs 61.5 ± 1.7; 3 h: 8.5 ± 0.7 vs 42.9 ± 1.3; 6 h: 4.4 ± 1.6 vs 27.6 ± 1.2; 24 h: 2.3 ± 0.4 vs 21.4 ± 0.7, P < 0.05). Meanwhile, the percentage of VAS scores of 0 in the CO2 group after 1, 3, 6 and 24 h was significantly higher than that in the air group (60.7 ± 1.4 vs 18.9 ± 1.5, 81.5 ± 2.3 vs 20.6 ± 1.2, 89.2 ± 0.7 vs 36.8 ± 0.9, 91.3 ± 0.8 vs 63.8 ± 1.3, respectively, P < 0.05). Moreover, the condition of the CO2 group was better than that of the air group with respect to anal exsufflation. CONCLUSION: Insufflation of CO2 in the ESE of gastrointestinal stromal tumors will not cause CO2 retention and it may significantly reduce the level of pain, thus it is safe and effective. PMID:23326136

  8. Extracting nuclear sizes of medium to heavy nuclei from total reaction cross sections

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    Horiuchi, W.; Hatakeyama, S.; Ebata, S.; Suzuki, Y.

    2016-04-01

    Background: Proton and neutron radii are fundamental quantities of atomic nuclei. To study the sizes of short-lived unstable nuclei, there is a need for an alternative to electron scattering. Purpose: The recent paper by Horiuchi et al. [Phys. Rev. C 89, 011601(R) (2014)], 10.1103/PhysRevC.89.011601 proposed a possible way of extracting the matter and neutron-skin thickness of light- to medium-mass nuclei using total reaction cross section, σR. The analysis is extended to medium to heavy nuclei up to lead isotopes with due attention to Coulomb breakup contributions as well as density distributions improved by paring correlation. Methods: We formulate a quantitative calculation of σR based on the Glauber model including the Coulomb breakup. To substantiate the treatment of the Coulomb breakup, we also evaluate the Coulomb breakup cross section due to the electric dipole field in a canonical-basis-time-dependent-Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov theory in the three-dimensional coordinate space. Results: We analyze σR's of 103 nuclei with Z =20 , 28, 40, 50, 70, and 82 incident on light targets, H,21, 4He, and 12C. Three kinds of Skyrme interactions are tested to generate those wave functions. To discuss possible uncertainty due to the Coulomb breakup, we examine its dependence on the target, the incident energy, and the Skyrme interaction. The proton is a most promising target for extracting the nuclear sizes as the Coulomb excitation can safely be neglected. We find that the so-called reaction radius, aR=√{σR/π } , for the proton target is very well approximated by a linear function of two variables, the matter radius and the skin thickness, in which three constants depend only on the incident energy. We quantify the accuracy of σR measurements needed to extract the nuclear sizes. Conclusions: The proton is the best target because, once the incident energy is set, its aR is very accurately determined by only the matter radius and neutron-skin thickness. If σR's at

  9. Population pharmacokinetics of docetaxel during phase I studies using nonlinear mixed-effect modeling and nonparametric maximum-likelihood estimation.

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    Launay-Iliadis, M C; Bruno, R; Cosson, V; Vergniol, J C; Oulid-Aissa, D; Marty, M; Clavel, M; Aapro, M; Le Bail, N; Iliadis, A

    1995-01-01

    Docetaxel, a novel anticancer agent, was given to 26 patients by short i.v. infusion (1-2 h) at various dose levels (70-115 mg/m2, the maximum tolerated dose) during 2 phase I studies. Two population analyses, one using NONMEM (nonlinear mixed-effect modeling) and the other using NPML (nonparametric maximum-likelihood), were performed sequentially to determine the structural model; estimate the mean population parameters, including clearance (Cl) and interindividual variability; and find influences of demographic covariates on them. Nine covariates were included in the analyses: age, height, weight, body surface area, sex, performance status, presence of liver metastasis, dose level, and type of formulation. A three-compartment model gave the best fit to the data, and the final NONMEM regression model for Cl was Cl = BSA(Theta1 + Theta02 x AGE), expressing Cl (in liters per hour) directly as a function of body surface area. Only these two covariates were considered in the NPML analysis to confirm the results found by NONMEM. Using NONMEM [for a patient with mean AGE (52.3 years) and mean BSA (1.68 m2)] and NPML, docetaxel Cl was estimated to be 35.6 l/h (21.2 lh-1 m-2) and 37.2 l/h with interpatient coefficients of variations (CVs) of 17.4% and 24.8%, respectively. The intraindividual CV was estimated at 23.8% by NONMEM; the corresponding variability was fixed in NPML in an additive Gaussian variance error model with a 20% CV. Discrepancies were found in the mean volume at steady state (Vss; 83.21 for NPML versus 1241 for NONMEM) and in terminal half-lives, notably the mean t1/2 gamma, which was shorter as determined by NPML (7.89 versus 12.2 h), although the interindividual CV was 89.1% and 62.7% for Vss and t1/2 gamma, respectively. However, the NPML-estimated probability density function (pdf) of t1/2 gamma was bimodal (5 and 11.4 h), probably due to the imbalance of the data. Both analyses suggest a similar magnitude of mean Cl decrease with small BSA and

  10. Electrochemical Properties of Organosilane Self Assembled Monolayers on Aluminum 2024

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    Hintze, Paul E.; Calle, Luz Marina

    2004-01-01

    Self assembled monolayers are commonly used to modify surfaces. Within the last 15 years, self assembled monolayers have been investigated as a way to protect from corrosion[1,2] or biofouling.[3] In this study, self assembled monolayers of decitriethoxysilane (C10H21Si(OC2H5)3) and octadecyltriethoxysilane (C18H37Si(OC2H5)3) were formed on aluminum 2024-T3. The modified surfaces and bare Al 2024 were characterized by dynamic water contact angle measurements, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XIPS) and infrared spectroscopy. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 0.5 M NaCl was used to characterize the monolayers and evaluate their corrosion protection properties. The advancing water contact angle and infrared measurements show that the mono layers form a surface where the hydrocarbon chains are packed and oriented away from the surface, consistent with what is found in similar systems. The contact angle hysteresis measured in these systems is relatively large, perhaps indicating that the hydrocarbon chains are not as well packed as monolayers formed on other substrates. The results of the EIS measurements were modeled using a Randle's circuit modified by changing the capacitor to a constant phase element. The constant phase element values were found to characterize the monolayer. The capacitance of the monolayer modified surface starts lower than the bare Al 2024, but approaches values similar to the bare Al 2024 within 24 hours as the monolayer is degraded. The n values found for bare Al 2024 quickly approach the value of a true capacitor and are greater than 0.9 within hours after the start of exposure. For the monolayer modified structure, n can stay lower than 0.9 for a longer period of time. In fact, n for the monolayer modified surfaces is different from the bare surface even after the capacitance values have converged. This indicates that the deviation from ideal capacitance is the most sensitive indicator of the presence of the monolayer.

  11. Effective interactions between nanoparticles: Creating temperature-independent solvation environments for self-assembly.

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    Yadav, Hari O S; Shrivastav, Gourav; Agarwal, Manish; Chakravarty, Charusita

    2016-06-28

    The extent to which solvent-mediated effective interactions between nanoparticles can be predicted based on structure and associated thermodynamic estimators for bulk solvents and for solvation of single and pairs of nanoparticles is studied here. As a test of the approach, we analyse the strategy for creating temperature-independent solvent environments using a series of homologous chain fluids as solvents, as suggested by an experimental paper [M. I. Bodnarchuk et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 11967 (2010)]. Our conclusions are based on molecular dynamics simulations of Au140(SC10H21)62 nanoparticles in n-alkane solvents, specifically hexane, octane, decane and dodecane, using the TraPPE-UA potential to model the alkanes and alkylthiols. The 140-atom gold core of the nanocrystal is held rigid in a truncated octahedral geometry and the gold-thiolate interaction is modeled using a Morse potential. The experimental observation was that the structural and rheological properties of n-alkane solvents are constant over a temperature range determined by equivalent solvent vapour pressures. We show that this is a consequence of the fact that long chain alkane liquids behave to a good approximation as simple liquids formed by packing of monomeric methyl/methylene units. Over the corresponding temperature range (233-361 K), the solvation environment is approximately constant at the single and pair nanoparticle levels under good solvent conditions. However, quantitative variations of the order of 10%-20% do exist in various quantities, such as molar volume of solute at infinite dilution, entropy of solvation, and onset distance for soft repulsions. In the opposite limit of a poor solvent, represented by vacuum in this study, the effective interactions between nanoparticles are no longer temperature-independent with attractive interactions increasing by up to 50% on decreasing the temperature from 361 K to 290 K, accompanied by an increase in emergent anisotropy due to

  12. Effective interactions between nanoparticles: Creating temperature-independent solvation environments for self-assembly

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    Yadav, Hari O. S.; Shrivastav, Gourav; Agarwal, Manish; Chakravarty, Charusita

    2016-06-01

    The extent to which solvent-mediated effective interactions between nanoparticles can be predicted based on structure and associated thermodynamic estimators for bulk solvents and for solvation of single and pairs of nanoparticles is studied here. As a test of the approach, we analyse the strategy for creating temperature-independent solvent environments using a series of homologous chain fluids as solvents, as suggested by an experimental paper [M. I. Bodnarchuk et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 11967 (2010)]. Our conclusions are based on molecular dynamics simulations of Au140(SC10H21)62 nanoparticles in n-alkane solvents, specifically hexane, octane, decane and dodecane, using the TraPPE-UA potential to model the alkanes and alkylthiols. The 140-atom gold core of the nanocrystal is held rigid in a truncated octahedral geometry and the gold-thiolate interaction is modeled using a Morse potential. The experimental observation was that the structural and rheological properties of n-alkane solvents are constant over a temperature range determined by equivalent solvent vapour pressures. We show that this is a consequence of the fact that long chain alkane liquids behave to a good approximation as simple liquids formed by packing of monomeric methyl/methylene units. Over the corresponding temperature range (233-361 K), the solvation environment is approximately constant at the single and pair nanoparticle levels under good solvent conditions. However, quantitative variations of the order of 10%-20% do exist in various quantities, such as molar volume of solute at infinite dilution, entropy of solvation, and onset distance for soft repulsions. In the opposite limit of a poor solvent, represented by vacuum in this study, the effective interactions between nanoparticles are no longer temperature-independent with attractive interactions increasing by up to 50% on decreasing the temperature from 361 K to 290 K, accompanied by an increase in emergent anisotropy due to

  13. Dormant Comets in the Near-Earth Asteroid Population

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    Mommert, Michael; Harris, Alan W.; Mueller, Michael; Hora, Joseph L.; Trilling, David E.; Knight, Matthew; Bottke, William F.; Thomas, Cristina; Delbo', Marco; Emery, Josh P.; Fazio, Giovanni; Smith, Howard A.

    2015-11-01

    The population of near-Earth objects comprises active comets and asteroids, covering a wide range of dynamical parameters and physical properties. Dormant (or extinct) comets, masquerading as asteroids, have long been suspected of supplementing the near-Earth asteroid (NEA) population. We present a search for asteroidal objects of cometary origin based on dynamical and physical considerations. Our study is based on albedos derived within the ExploreNEOs program and is extended by adding data from NEOWISE and the Akari asteroid catalog. We use a statistical approach to identify asteroids on orbits that resemble those of short-period near-Earth comets using the Tisserand parameter with respect to Jupiter, the aphelion distance, and the minimum orbital intersection distance with respect to Jupiter. We identify a total of 23 near-Earth asteroids from our sample that are likely to be dormant short-period near-Earth comets and, based on a de-biasing procedure applied to the cryogenic NEOWISE survey, estimate both magnitude-limited and size-limited fractions of the NEA population that are dormant short-period comets. We find that 0.3-3.3% of the NEA population with H <= 21, and 9(+2/-5)% of the population with diameters d >= 1 km, are dormant short-period near-Earth comets. We also present an observation program that utilizes the 1.8m Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) on Mt. Graham, AZ, to identify dormant comet candidates and search for activity in these objects. Our targets are NEAs on comet-like orbits, based on the dynamical criteria derived in the above study, that are accessible with the VATT (V <= 22). We identify dormant comets based on their optical spectral slope, represented by V-R color measurements, as albedo measurements for most of these objects are not available. For each target we measure and monitor its V magnitude in order to reveal activity outbreaks. We also search for extended emission around our targets using deep imaging and a point

  14. The Paleocene-Eocene "Greenhouse" Arctic Ocean paleoenvironment: Implications from biomarker results from IODP Expedition 302 (ACEX)

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    Weller, P.; Stein, R.

    2006-12-01

    In order to reconstruct the long-term Cenozoic climate history of the central Arctic Ocean and its role in earth's transition from Paleogene greenhouse to the Neogene icehouse conditions, IODP Expedition 302 (Arctic Ocean Coring Experiment ACEX) visited the Lomonosov Ridge in August 2004. Here, we present new data of organic-geochemical compounds determined in ACEX sediment samples to identify organic matter sources and biomarker proxies to decipher processes controlling organic-carbon accumulation and their paleo- environmental significance. Of special interest was the reconstruction of organic carbon composition, preservation and accumulation (i.e. high productivity vs. anoxia vs. terrigenous input) during periods of extreme global warmth and proposed increased freshwater discharge in the early Cenozoic. Specific source-related biomarkers (e.g. n-alkanes, fatty acids, isoprenoids, carotenoids, steranes/sterenes, hopanes/hopenes, hopanoic acids, aromatic terpenoids, benzohopanes, long-chain alkenones, organic sulfur compounds) and Rock-Eval parameters were determined in the ACEX sediment samples, ranging from the late Paleocene to the middle Miocene in age. The records show highly variable TOC-contents and a large variety and variability of compounds derived from marine, terrestrial and bacterial origin. The distribution of hopanoic acid isomers was dominated by compounds with the biological 17 beta (H), 21 beta (H) configuration indicating a low level of maturity, which was in good agreement with the data from Rock-Eval pyrolysis. Based on the biomarker data, the terrestrial organic matter supply was significantly enriched during the late Paleocene and part of the early Eocene, whereas n-alkanes and n-fatty acids in samples from the PETM and Elmo events as well as the middle Eocene indicate increased aquatic contributions. Furthermore samples from the middle Eocene were characterized by the occurrence of long-chain alkenones, high proportions of lycopane and high

  15. Paleogene biomarker records from the central Arctic Ocean (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 302): Organic carbon sources, anoxia, and sea surface temperature

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    Weller, Petra; Stein, Ruediger

    2008-03-01

    During Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 302 (Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX)) a more than 200 m thick sequence of Paleogene organic carbon (OC)-rich (black shale type) sediments was drilled. Here we present new biomarker data determined in ACEX sediment samples to decipher processes controlling OC accumulation and their paleoenvironmental significance during periods of Paleogene global warmth and proposed increased freshwater discharge in the early Cenozoic. Specific source-related biomarkers including n-alkanes, fatty acids, isoprenoids, carotenoids, hopanes/hopenes, hopanoic acids, aromatic terpenoids, and long-chain alkenones show a high variability of components, derived from marine and terrestrial origin. The distribution of hopanoic acid isomers is dominated by compounds with the biological 17β(H), 21β(H) configuration indicating a low level of maturity. On the basis of the biomarker data the terrestrial OC supply was significantly enriched during the late Paleocene and part of the earliest Eocene, whereas increased aquatic contributions and euxinic conditions of variable intensity were determined for the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum and Eocene thermal maximum 2 events as well as the middle Eocene time interval. Furthermore, samples from the middle Eocene are characterized by the occurrence of long-chain alkenones, high proportions of lycopane, and high ratios (>0.6) of (n-C35 + lycopane)/n-C31. The occurrence of C37-alkenenones, which were first determined toward the end of the Azolla freshwater event, indicates that the OC becomes more marine in origin during the middle Eocene. Preliminary U37K'-based sea surface temperature (SST) values display a long-term temperature decrease of about 15°C during the time interval 49-44.5 Ma (25° to 10°C), coinciding with the global benthic δ18O cooling trend after the early Eocene climatic optimum. At about 46 Ma, parallel with onset of ice-rafted debris, SST (interpreted as summer temperatures

  16. Crystal structures of two substituted thia­zolidine derivatives

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    Viswanathan, Vijayan; Rao, Naga Siva; Raghunathan, Raghavachary; Velmurugan, Devadasan

    2016-01-01

    In the first of the compounds reported herein, namely 6′-ferrocenyl-6a′-nitro-6′,6a′,6b′,7′,9′,11a′-hexa­hydro-2H-spiro­[ace­naphthyl­ene-1,11′-chromeno[3′,4′:3,4]pyrrolo­[1,2-c]thia­zol]-2-one, [Fe(C5H5)(C29H21N2O4S)], (I), the thia­zolidine ring adopts a twist conformation on the methine N—C atoms. In the second compound, viz. 6′-(4-methoxy­phen­yl)-6a′-nitro-6′,6a′,6b′,7′,9′,11a′-hexa­hydro-2H-spiro­[ace­naphthyl­ene-1,11′-chromeno[3′,4′:3,4]pyrrolo­[1,2-c]thia­zol]-2-one, [Fe(C5H5)(C26H19N2O5S)], (II), the thia­zolidine ring adopts an envelope conformation with a methine C atom as the flap. In both compounds, the pyrrolidine ring adopts a twist conformation on the thia­zolidine and tetra­hydro­pyran C atoms. The mean planes of the thia­zolidine and pyrrolidine rings subtend angles of 67.30 (1) and 62.95 (7)° in (I) and (II), respectively, while the mean plane of the pyrrolidine ring makes dihedral angles of 76.53 (1) and 87.74 (7)° with the ace­naphthyl­ene ring system in (I) and (II), respectively. In both compounds, an intra­molecular C—H⋯O hydrogen bond forms an S(7) ring motif. In the crystal of (I), mol­ecules are linked via two different C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming chains along [001] and [100]. In (II), they are linked through C—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, forming dimers with an R 2 2(10) ring motif while C—H⋯π inter­actions link the mol­ecules in a head-to-tail fashion, forming chains along the a-axis direction. PMID:27536396

  17. Outer Membrane Protein Heterogeneity within Pseudomonas fluorescens and P. putida and Use of an OprF Antibody as a Probe for rRNA Homology Group I Pseudomonads

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    Kragelund, L.; Leopold, K.; Nybroe, O.

    1996-01-01

    The electrophoretic patterns of outer membrane proteins of strains representing the biovars of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas putida were analyzed by gel electrophoresis. The outer membrane protein profiles were variable, and they were not useful for assigning strains to a specific biovar. However, three or four predominant outer membrane proteins migrating at 42 to 46 kDa, 33 to 38 kDa, and 20 to 22 kDa were conserved among the strains. They could be tentatively identified as OprE (44 kDa), OprF (38 kDa), OprH (21 kDa), and OprL (20.5 kDa), which are known proteins from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A 37-kDa OprF-like protein was purified from P. fluorescens DF57 and used to raise a polyclonal antibody. In Western blot (immunoblot) analysis, this antibody reacted with OprF proteins from members of Pseudomonas rRNA homology group I but not with proteins from nonpseudomonads. The heterogeneity in M(infr) of OprF was greater among P. fluorescens strains than among P. putida strains. Immunofluorescence microscopy of intact cells demonstrated that the antibody recognized epitopes that were accessible only after unmasking by EDTA treatment. The antibody was used in a colony blotting assay to determine the percentage of rRNA homology group I pseudomonads among bacteria from the rhizosphere of barley. The bacteria were isolated on 10% tryptic soy agar, King's B agar, and the pseudomonad-specific medium Gould S1 agar. The estimate of OprF-containing CFU in rhizosphere soil obtained by colony blotting on 10% tryptic soy agar was about 2 and 14 times higher than the values obtained from King's agar and Gould S1 agar, respectively, indicating that not all fluorescent pseudomonads are scored on more specific media. The colonies reacting with the OprF antibody were verified as being rRNA homology group I pseudomonads by using the API 20NE system. PMID:16535235

  18. Outer Membrane Protein Heterogeneity within Pseudomonas fluorescens and P. putida and Use of an OprF Antibody as a Probe for rRNA Homology Group I Pseudomonads.

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    Kragelund, L; Leopold, K; Nybroe, O

    1996-02-01

    The electrophoretic patterns of outer membrane proteins of strains representing the biovars of Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas putida were analyzed by gel electrophoresis. The outer membrane protein profiles were variable, and they were not useful for assigning strains to a specific biovar. However, three or four predominant outer membrane proteins migrating at 42 to 46 kDa, 33 to 38 kDa, and 20 to 22 kDa were conserved among the strains. They could be tentatively identified as OprE (44 kDa), OprF (38 kDa), OprH (21 kDa), and OprL (20.5 kDa), which are known proteins from Pseudomonas aeruginosa. A 37-kDa OprF-like protein was purified from P. fluorescens DF57 and used to raise a polyclonal antibody. In Western blot (immunoblot) analysis, this antibody reacted with OprF proteins from members of Pseudomonas rRNA homology group I but not with proteins from nonpseudomonads. The heterogeneity in M(infr) of OprF was greater among P. fluorescens strains than among P. putida strains. Immunofluorescence microscopy of intact cells demonstrated that the antibody recognized epitopes that were accessible only after unmasking by EDTA treatment. The antibody was used in a colony blotting assay to determine the percentage of rRNA homology group I pseudomonads among bacteria from the rhizosphere of barley. The bacteria were isolated on 10% tryptic soy agar, King's B agar, and the pseudomonad-specific medium Gould S1 agar. The estimate of OprF-containing CFU in rhizosphere soil obtained by colony blotting on 10% tryptic soy agar was about 2 and 14 times higher than the values obtained from King's agar and Gould S1 agar, respectively, indicating that not all fluorescent pseudomonads are scored on more specific media. The colonies reacting with the OprF antibody were verified as being rRNA homology group I pseudomonads by using the API 20NE system. PMID:16535235

  19. Exogenous insulin augments in healthy volunteers the cardiovascular reactivity to noradrenaline but not to angiotensin II.

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    Gans, R O; Bilo, H J; von Maarschalkerweerd, W W; Heine, R J; Nauta, J J; Donker, A J

    1991-01-01

    Hyperinsulinemia has been implicated in the pathogenesis of the blood pressure elevation in patients with noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, obesity, but also essential hypertension. In these conditions an increased cardiovascular reactivity to noradrenaline (NA) and angiotensin II (AII) can be observed. Using the euglycemic clamp technique, we determined the cardiovascular reactivity to graded infusions of NA and AII in nine healthy males before (Bas), and 1 and 6 h after infusion of insulin (50 mU/kg per h) was started. On separate days control experiments were carried out to control for any circadian variation. Insulin led to a decrease of the amount of circulating NA necessary to increase the diastolic blood pressure (DBP) 20 mmHg (actual experiment [mean +/- SEM]: Bas, 23.1 +/- 5.0; 1 h, 14.8 +/- 3.0; and 6 h, 12.3 +/- 3.1; and control experiment: Bas, 20.7 +/- 5.0; 1 h, 18.6 +/- 3.5; and 6 h, 17.3 +/- 3.3 nmol/liter; Bas vs. 1 and 6 h: P less than 0.05). Although the amount of NA infused to raise DBP 20 mmHg showed a similar decline after 1 h of insulin infusion, no such change from baseline could be observed at 6 h. This appeared to be due to an increase in NA clearance with more prolonged insulin infusion. Insulin exerted no effect on the amount of AII infused to increase DBP 20 mmHg (actual experiment: Bas, 27.6 +/- 6.4; 1 h, 28.8 +/- 10.0; and 6 h, 21.2 +/- 5.3; and control experiment: Bas, 33.6 +/- 5.7; 1 h, 34.2 +/- 6.1; and 6 h, 23.4 +/- 4.7 ng/kg/min; NS). We did observe a circadian variation in AII reactivity. Whether the increase in cardiovascular responsiveness to NA after administration of insulin contributes to the elevation in blood pressure frequently observed in patients with insulin resistance remains to be proven. PMID:1864961

  20. Steranes and triterpanes in the Beacon Supergroup samples from southern Victoria Land in Antarctica

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    Matsumoto, Genki I.; Machihara, Tsutomu; Suzuki, Noriyuki; Funaki, Minoru; Watanuki, Kunihiko

    1987-10-01

    Steranes and triterpanes in Beacon Supergroup samples (sedimentary rock and silicified wood) from Allan Hills and Carapace Nunatak of southern Victoria Land in Antarctica were studied to elucidate sources of organic materials, sedimentary paleoenvironment and thermal history after deposition. Relative abundances of C 27, C 28 and C 29 steranes and visual kerogen results of Beacon Supergroup samples from Allan Hills imply that organic materials in the sedimentary paleoenvironments are contributed mainly by vascular plants with some influence of microorganisms, while those of the Carapace Nunatak sample may be largely due to fern spores. The pristane/phytane and pristane/heptadecane ratios of the samples were generally close to unity and between 0.50 and 0.99, respectively, suggesting that the sedimentary paleoenvironment was shallow lacustrine with alternating oxic and anoxic conditions. The ( 22S/22R)-17α(H),21β(H)-C 31-C 33 triterpane ratios are approximately at thermal equilibrium values ( ca. 1.5) in most samples, while the ( 20S/20R)-5α(H), 14α(H), 17α(H)-C 29 sterane ratios and the (20R + 20S)-5α(H), 14β(H), 17β(H)/5α(H), 14α(H), 17α(H)-C 29 sterane ratios vary from 0.0 to 1.1 and from 0.0 to 1.4, respectively. Most of the ( 20S/20R)-5α(H), 14α(H), 17α(H)-C 29 sterane ratios did not reach thermal equilibrium values. The correlation coefficient between the ( 20S/20R)-5α(H), 14α(H), 17α(H)-C 29 sterane ratios and (20R + 20S)-5α(H), 14β(H), 17β(H)/5α(H), 14α(H), 17α(H)-C 29, sterane ratios is very high (0.96). These variable maturities probably reflect thermal effects of basaltic dikes on the Beacon Supergroup at Allan Hills and Carapace Nunatak during Jurassic time. Thermal stresses on the Beacon Supergroup prior to basaltic intrusion have been estimated to be quite low, so the paleotemperatures of this formation have been quite low.

  1. Genotypic analyses of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 and non-O157 recovered from feces of domestic animals on rural farms in Mexico.

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    Amézquita-López, Bianca A; Quiñones, Beatriz; Cooley, Michael B; León-Félix, Josefina; Castro-del Campo, Nohelia; Mandrell, Robert E; Jiménez, Maribel; Chaidez, Cristóbal

    2012-01-01

    Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are zoonotic enteric pathogens associated with human gastroenteritis worldwide. Cattle and small ruminants are important animal reservoirs of STEC. The present study investigated animal reservoirs for STEC in small rural farms in the Culiacan Valley, an important agricultural region located in Northwest Mexico. A total of 240 fecal samples from domestic animals were collected from five sampling sites in the Culiacan Valley and were subjected to an enrichment protocol followed by either direct plating or immunomagnetic separation before plating on selective media. Serotype O157:H7 isolates with the virulence genes stx2, eae, and ehxA were identified in 40% (26/65) of the recovered isolates from cattle, sheep and chicken feces. Pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis grouped most O157:H7 isolates into two clusters with 98.6% homology. The use of multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA) differentiated isolates that were indistinguishable by PFGE. Analysis of the allelic diversity of MLVA loci suggested that the O157:H7 isolates from this region were highly related. In contrast to O157:H7 isolates, a greater genotypic diversity was observed in the non-O157 isolates, resulting in 23 PFGE types and 14 MLVA types. The relevant non-O157 serotypes O8:H19, O75:H8, O111:H8 and O146:H21 represented 35.4% (23/65) of the recovered isolates. In particular, 18.5% (12/65) of all the isolates were serotype O75:H8, which was the most variable serotype by both PFGE and MLVA. The non-O157 isolates were predominantly recovered from sheep and were identified to harbor either one or two stx genes. Most non-O157 isolates were ehxA-positive (86.5%, 32/37) but only 10.8% (4/37) harbored eae. These findings indicate that zoonotic STEC with genotypes associated with human illness are present in animals on small farms within rural communities in the Culiacan Valley and emphasize the need for the development of control

  2. Gravity-driven membrane filtration as pretreatment for seawater reverse osmosis: linking biofouling layer morphology with flux stabilization.

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    Akhondi, Ebrahim; Wu, Bing; Sun, Shuyang; Marxer, Brigit; Lim, Weikang; Gu, Jun; Liu, Linbo; Burkhardt, Michael; McDougald, Diane; Pronk, Wouter; Fane, Anthony G

    2015-03-01

    In this study gravity-driven membrane (GDM) ultrafiltration is investigated for the pretreatment of seawater before reverse osmosis (RO). The impacts of temperature (21 ± 1 and 29 ± 1 °C) and hydrostatic pressure (40 and 100 mbar) on dynamic flux development and biofouling layer structure were studied. The data suggested pore constriction fouling was predominant at the early stage of filtration, during which the hydrostatic pressure and temperature had negligible effects on permeate flux. With extended filtration time, cake layer fouling played a major role, during which higher hydrostatic pressure and temperature improved permeate flux. The permeate flux stabilized in a range of 3.6 L/m(2) h (21 ± 1 °C, 40 mbar) to 7.3 L/m(2) h (29 ± 1 °C, 100 mbar) after slight fluctuations and remained constant for the duration of the experiments (almost 3 months). An increase in biofouling layer thickness and a variable biofouling layer structure were observed over time by optical coherence tomography and confocal laser scanning microscopy. The presence of eukaryotic organisms in the biofouling layer was observed by light microscopy and the microbial community structure of the biofouling layer was analyzed by sequences of 16S rRNA genes. The magnitude of permeate flux was associated with the combined effect of the biofouling layer thickness and structure. Changes in the biofouling layer structure were attributed to (1) the movement and predation behaviour of the eukaryotic organisms which increased the heterogeneous nature of the biofouling layer; (2) the bacterial debris generated by eukaryotic predation activity which reduced porosity; (3) significant shifts of the dominant bacterial species over time that may have influenced the biofouling layer structure. As expected, most of the particles and colloids in the feed seawater were removed by the GDM process, which led to a lower RO fouling potential. However, the dissolved organic carbon in the

  3. Fine Particulate Matter Components and Emergency Department Visits for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases in the St. Louis, Missouri–Illinois, Metropolitan Area

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    Winquist, Andrea; Schauer, James J.; Turner, Jay R.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Given that fine particulate matter (≤ 2.5 μm; PM2.5) is a mixture of multiple components, it has been of high interest to identify its specific health-relevant physical and/or chemical features. Objectives: We conducted a time-series study of PM2.5 and cardiorespiratory emergency department (ED) visits in the St. Louis, Missouri–Illinois metropolitan area, using 2 years of daily PM2.5 and PM2.5 component measurements (including ions, carbon, particle-phase organic compounds, and elements) made at the St. Louis-Midwest Supersite, a monitoring site of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Supersites ambient air monitoring research program. Methods: Using Poisson generalized linear models, we assessed short-term associations between daily cardiorespiratory ED visit counts and daily levels of 24 selected pollutants. Associations were estimated for interquartile range changes in each pollutant. To allow comparison of relationships among multiple pollutants and outcomes with potentially different lag structures, we used 3-day unconstrained distributed lag models controlling for time trends and meteorology. Results: Considering results of our primary models, as well as sensitivity analyses and models assessing co-pollutant confounding, we observed robust associations of cardiovascular disease visits with 17α(H),21β(H)-hopane and congestive heart failure visits with elemental carbon. We also observed a robust association of respiratory disease visits with ozone. For asthma/wheeze, associations were strongest with ozone and nitrogen dioxide; observed associations of asthma/wheeze with PM2.5 and its components were attenuated in two-pollutant models with these gases. Differential measurement error due to differential patterns of spatiotemporal variability may have influenced patterns of observed associations across pollutants. Conclusions: Our findings add to the growing field examining the health effects of PM2.5 components. Combustion

  4. A novel application of motion analysis for detecting stress responses in embryos at different stages of development

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    2013-01-01

    Background Motion analysis is one of the tools available to biologists to extract biologically relevant information from image datasets and has been applied to a diverse range of organisms. The application of motion analysis during early development presents a challenge, as embryos often exhibit complex, subtle and diverse movement patterns. A method of motion analysis able to holistically quantify complex embryonic movements could be a powerful tool for fields such as toxicology and developmental biology to investigate whole organism stress responses. Here we assessed whether motion analysis could be used to distinguish the effects of stressors on three early developmental stages of each of three species: (i) the zebrafish Danio rerio (stages 19 h, 21.5 h and 33 h exposed to 1.5% ethanol and a salinity of 5); (ii) the African clawed toad Xenopus laevis (stages 24, 32 and 34 exposed to a salinity of 20); and iii) the pond snail Radix balthica (stages E3, E4, E6, E9 and E11 exposed to salinities of 5, 10 and 15). Image sequences were analysed using Sparse Optic Flow and the resultant frame-to-frame motion parameters were analysed using Discrete Fourier Transform to quantify the distribution of energy at different frequencies. This spectral frequency dataset was then used to construct a Bray-Curtis similarity matrix and differences in movement patterns between embryos in this matrix were tested for using ANOSIM. Results Spectral frequency analysis of these motion parameters was able to distinguish stage-specific effects of environmental stressors in most cases, including Xenopus laevis at stages 24, 32 and 34 exposed to a salinity of 20, Danio rerio at 33 hpf exposed to 1.5% ethanol, and Radix balthica at stages E4, E9 and E11 exposed to salinities of 5, 10 and 15. This technique was better able to distinguish embryos exposed to stressors than analysis of manual quantification of movement and within species distinguished most of the developmental stages

  5. Time-dependent variations in milk fatty acid content of goats fed 3 different plant oils.

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    Martínez Marín, A L; Gómez-Cortés, P; Gómez Castro, G; Juárez, M; Pérez Alba, L; Pérez Hernández, M; de la Fuente, M A

    2013-05-01

    The effect of sampling time on milk fatty acid (FA) composition after separately adding 3 plant oils to an oil-free control diet (67% cereal-soybean-based concentrate and 33% alfalfa hay) was studied in 12 Malagueña goats. Individual animals were randomly allocated to 1 of the 4 treatments: control, 48 g/d of added high oleic (OSO) or regular (RSO) sunflower oil, or linseed oil (LO). Individual milk samples were taken at 0 (covariate), 1, 12, 24, 72, 120, 192, 312, and 504 h after the beginning of the experiment. Milk FA contents (g/100g of total FA methyl esters) were analyzed in a completely randomized design with repeated measures using PROC MIXED of SAS (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC). Comparing results of 15 chosen FA (for example, medium-chain saturated FA trans-11 C18:1, cis-9,trans-11 C18:2, trans-10 C18:1, and C18:3n-3) indicated that throughout the duration of the experiment, feeding the control diet had little influence on the concentrations of most FA in milk. Most changes in milk FA composition due to oil supplementation had occurred within 192 h since the beginning of the experiment. However, the concentrations of 2 FA (trans-10 C18:1 in RSO and C18:3n-3 in LO treatments) continued to change until 504 h. By comparing FA values in milk fat from oil treatments with those of the control at the same sampling times, typical value differences for the 3 supplementary oils found at 504 h (21 d) were also observed at 312 h from the beginning of the experiment (13 d) and even earlier in some FA, such as medium-chain saturated FA at 120 h in RSO and LO and at 72 h in OSO, cis-9,trans-11 C18:2 and trans-10 C18:1 at 24h in RSO, trans-11 C18:1 at 12h in RSO and LO, and C18:3n-3 at 1h in LO. In the conditions assayed in these experiments, reliable results of milk FA changes were obtained at sampling times shorter than 21 d. Monitoring early changes in milk FA after the addition of plant oils to diets could help in the study of rumen and mammary metabolism of dietary

  6. Effect of grapefruit juice and food on the pharmacokinetics of pirfenidone in healthy Chinese volunteers: a diet-drug interaction study.

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    Hu, Jinqing; Shang, Dewei; Xu, Xinwen; He, Xiuling; Ni, Xiaojia; Zhang, Ming; Wang, Zhanzhang; Qiu, Chang; Deng, Shuhua; Lu, Haoyang; Zhu, Xiuqing; Huang, Wencan; Wen, Yuguan

    2016-06-01

    1. Ingestion of grapefruit juice and food could be factors affecting the pharmacokinetics of pirfenidone, a promising drug for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 2. A randomized, open-label, three-period crossover study was carried out in 12 healthy Chinese male volunteers who were randomized to one of the three treatments: pirfenidone tablets (0.4 g) were orally administered to fasted or fed subjects, or with grapefruit juice. The washout period was 7 d. 3. Significantly reduced maximum plasma concentration (Cmax, 5.0 5 ± 1.39 versus 10.9 0 ± 2.94 mg·L(- 1)), modestly affected area-under-the-plasma concentration-time curve (AUC) from time zero to 12 h post dosing (AUC0-12 h, 21.8 9 ± 6.47 versus 26.1 6 ± 7.32 mg·h·L(- 1)) and delayed time to reach Cmax (Tmax) were observed in fed group compared with fasted group. Similar effects on Cmax (5.8 2 ± 1.23 versus 10.9 0 ± 2.94 mg·L(- 1)) and AUC0-12 h (modest but not statistically significant, 24.4 4 ± 7.40 versus 26.1 6 ± 7.32 mg·h·L(- 1)) were observed for grapefruit juice compared to fasted subjects. 4. Co-administration of pirfenidone with grapefruit juice resulted in modestly reduced overall oral absorption and significantly reduced peak concentrations compared to fasting, which was similar to effect of food ingestion. No adverse events were observed in the study, but relatively dramatic reduction of peak concentrations should raise concerns for clinical efficacy and safety. PMID:26407124

  7. Hydrothermal Petroleum in Active Continental Rift: Lake Chapala, Western Mexico, Initial Results.

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    Zarate-del Valle, P. F.; Simoneit, B. R.; Ramirez-Sanchez, H. U.

    2003-12-01

    Lake Chapala in western Mexico is located partially in the Citala Rift, which belongs to the well-known neotectonic Jalisco continental triple junction. The region is characterized by active volcanism (Ceboruco, Volcan de Fuego), tectonic (1995 earthquake, M=8, 40-50 mm to SW) and hydrothermal (San Juan Cosala & Villa Corona spas and La Calera sinter deposit) activities. Hydrothermal petroleum has been described in active continental rift (East African Rift) and marine spreading zones (Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California). In 1868 the Mexican local press reported that manifestations of bitumen were appearing in front of the Columba Cap on the mid south shore of Lake Chapala. This bitumen is linked to the lake bottom and when the water level decreases sufficiently it is possible to access these tar bodies as islands. Because of these manifestations the Mexican oil company (PEMEX) drilled an exploration well (2,348m) at Tizapan El Alto without success. Hydrothermal activity is evident in the tar island zone as three in-shore thermal springs (26.8 m depth, 48.5° C, pH 7.8 and oriented N-S). The preliminary analyses by GC-MS of the tar from these islands indicate hydrothermal petroleum derived from lake sedimentary organic matter, generated at low temperatures (150° -200° C). The tars contain no n-alkanes, no PAH or other aromatics, but a major UCM of branched and cyclic hydrocarbons and mature biomarkers derived from lacustrine biota. The biomarkers consist of mainly 17α (H),21β (H)-hopanes ranging from C27 to C34 (no C28), gammacerane, tricyclic terpanes (C20-C26), carotane and its cracking products, and drimanes (C14-C16). The biomarker composition indicates an organic matter source from bacteria and algae, typical of lacustrine ecosystems. 14C dating of samples from two tar islands yielded ages exceeding 40 kyrs, i.e., old carbon from hydrothermal/tectonic remobilization of bitumen from deeper horizons to the surface. The occurrence of hydrothermal petroleum in

  8. From Farm to Table: Follow-Up of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli Throughout the Pork Production Chain in Argentina

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    Colello, Rocío; Cáceres, María E.; Ruiz, María J.; Sanz, Marcelo; Etcheverría, Analía I.; Padola, Nora L.

    2016-01-01

    Pigs are important reservoirs of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). The entrance of these strains into the food chain implies a risk to consumers because of the severity of hemolytic uremic syndrome. This study reports the prevalence and characterization of STEC throughout the pork production chain. From 764 samples, 31 (4.05%) were stx positive by PCR screening. At farms, 2.86% of samples were stx positive; at slaughter, 4.08% of carcasses were stx positive and at boning rooms, 6% of samples were stx positive. These percentages decreased in pork meat ready for sale at sales markets (4.59%). From positive samples, 50 isolates could be characterized. At farms 37.5% of the isolates carried stx1/stx2 genes, 37.5% possessed stx2e and 25%, carried only stx2. At slaughter we detected 50% of isolates positive for stx2, 33% for stx2e, and 16% for stx1/stx2. At boning rooms 59% of the isolates carried stx1/stx2, 14% stx2e, and 5% stx1/stx2/stx2e. At retail markets 66% of isolates were positive for stx2, 17% stx2e, and 17% stx1/stx2. For the other virulence factors, ehxA and saa were not detected and eae gene was detected in 12% of the isolates. Concerning putative adhesins, agn43 was detected in 72%, ehaA in 26%, aida in 8%, and iha in 6% of isolates. The strains were typed into 14 E. coli O groups (O1, O2, O8, O15, O20, O35, O69, O78, O91, O121, O138, O142, O157, O180) and 10 H groups (H9, H10, H16, H21, H26, H29, H30, H32, H45, H46). This study reports the prevalence and characterization of STEC strains through the chain pork suggesting the vertical transmission. STEC contamination originates in the farms and is transferred from pigs to carcasses in the slaughter process and increase in meat pork at boning rooms and sales markets. These results highlight the need to implement an integrated STEC control system based on good management practices on the farm and critical control point systems in the food chain. PMID:26903972

  9. Gender and triptan efficacy: a pooled analysis of three double-blind, randomized, crossover, multicenter, Italian studies comparing frovatriptan vs. other triptans.

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    Franconi, Flavia; Finocchi, Cinzia; Allais, Gianni; Omboni, Stefano; Tullo, Vincenzo; Campesi, Ilaria; Reggiardo, Giorgio; Benedetto, Chiara; Bussone, Gennaro

    2014-05-01

    Migraine is three times as common in females as in males, and attacks may be more severe and difficult to treat in women. However, no study specifically addressed possible gender differences in response to antimigraine therapy. The objective of this study was to review the efficacy of frovatriptan vs. other triptans, in the acute treatment of migraine in subgroups of subjects classified according to gender (men vs. women) through a pooled analysis of three individual randomized Italian studies. 414 patients suffering from migraine with or without aura were randomized to frovatriptan 2.5 mg or rizatriptan 10 mg (study 1), frovatriptan 2.5 mg or zolmitriptan 2.5 mg (study 2), frovatriptan 2.5 mg or almotriptan 12.5 mg (study 3). All studies had a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, crossover design. After treating 1-3 episodes of migraine in no more than 3 months with the first treatment, patients switched to the other treatment for the next 3 months. In this analysis, traditional migraine endpoints were compared between the 66 men and 280 women of the intent-to-treat population. At baseline, long-term and debilitating migraine attacks were more frequently reported by women than men. During the observation period, the proportion of pain-free attacks at 2 h did not significantly differ between frovatriptan and the comparators in either men (32 vs. 38 %, p = NS) or women (30 vs. 33 %, p = NS). Pain relief was also similar between treatments for both genders (men: 56 % frovatriptan vs. 57 % comparators; women: 55 vs. 57 %; p = NS for both). The rate of relapse was significantly lower with frovatriptan than with the comparators in men (24 h: 10 vs. 30 %; 48 h: 21 vs. 39 %; p < 0.05) as well as in women (24 h: 14 vs. 23 %; 48 h: 28 vs. 40 %; p < 0.05). The rate of adverse drug reactions was significantly larger with comparators, irrespectively of gender. Although migraine presents in a more severe form in women, frovatriptan seems to retain its good efficacy and

  10. Influence of Relief on Vegetation Factors and Agrotechnical Differentiation Measures in Transylvania Plain

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    Ioana Moraru, Paula; Rusu, Teodor; Bogdan, Ileana; Ioan Pop, Adrian

    2016-04-01

    Transylvanian Plain (TP), with an area of 395.616 hectares, has a special importance for Romanian agriculture being characterized as a region orographically represented by hilly areas hills whereas climatically appears as a plain. Physical-geographical conditions from TP (low level of forestation; climate specific to plains) have resulted in numerous land degradation phenomena: land erosion, landslide, draining of gradient springs and groundwater level. These conditions create a favourable framework for the development of anthropic morphogenetic processes, as well as those triggered by natural mechanisms, thus intensifying the pace and their territorial expansion. Rainfall, through annual distribution and spring-summer pluvial aggressiveness, require the implementation of preservation measures on arable land, particularly for spring cultures. Along with rainfall, more factors are involved: relief, by the high degree of fragmentation and through tilting slopes; vegetation, by the dominance of cultivated plants and by the advanced state of degradation of vegetal grasslands (especially on southern slopes); lithology, by the predominance of loose rocks (sand, marl, sandstone etc.). In order to determine the influence of landscape morphology on the agro-technical characterization of land, 11 HOBO Micro Stations (H21-002) have been implemented from April to October in the locality Caianu, at various altitudes (311-441 m) at exposure coverage (N, NW, W, S, SE, E, NE). HOBO Smart Temp (S-TMB-M002) temperature sensors and Decagon EC-5 (S-SMC-M005) moisture sensors were connected to HOBO Micro Stations. Additionally, in 4 of the 11 sites, tipping bucket rain gauges (RG3-M) were deployed to measure precipitation. Each station stored electronic data regarding ground temperature at 3 depths (10, 20, 30 cm), humidity at a depth of 10 cm, air temperature (1 m) and precipitation. Data were downloaded from the Micro Stations via a laptop computer using HOBOware Pro Software Version

  11. A Literature Survey to Identify Potentially Volatile Iodine-Bearing Species Present in Off-Gas Streams

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    Bruffey, S. H.; Spencer, B. B.; Strachan, D. M.; Jubin, R. T.; Soelberg, N. R.; Riley, B. J.

    2015-06-30

    Four radionuclides have been identified as being sufficiently volatile in the reprocessing of nuclear fuel that their gaseous release needs to be controlled to meet regulatory requirements (Jubin et al. 2011, 2012). These radionuclides are 3H, 14C, 85Kr, and 129I. Of these, 129I has the longest half-life and potentially high biological impact. Accordingly, control of the release of 129I is most critical with respect to the regulations for the release of radioactive material in stack emissions. It is estimated that current EPA regulations (EPA 2010) would require any reprocessing plant in the United States to limit 129I release to less than 0.05 Ci/MTIHM for a typical fuel burnup of 55 gigawatt days per metric tonne (GWd/t) (Jubin 2011). The study of inorganic iodide in off-gas systems has been almost exclusively limited to I2 and the focus of organic iodide studies has been CH3I. In this document, we provide the results of an examination of publically available literature that is relevant to the presence and sources of both inorganic and organic iodine-bearing species in reprocessing plants. We especially focus on those that have the potential to be poorly sequestered with traditional capture methodologies. Based on the results of the literature survey and some limited thermodynamic modeling, the inorganic iodine species hypoiodous acid (HOI) and iodine monochloride (ICl) were identified as potentially low-sorbing iodine species that could present in off-gas systems. Organic species of interest included both short chain alkyl iodides such as methyl iodide (CH3I) and longer alkyl iodides up to iodododecane (C10H21I). It was found that fuel dissolution may provide conditions conducive to HOI formation and has been shown to result in volatile long-chain alkyl iodides, though these may not volatilize until later in the reprocessing sequence. Solvent extraction processes were found to be significant sources of various organic iodine-bearing species; formation of these

  12. Automation of Eastern Kentucky University Observatory and Preliminary Data

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    Ciocca, M.; Kilgore, E. E.; Williams, W. W.

    2012-06-01

    (Abstract only) Eastern Kentucky University is a regional comprehensive institution located in Richmond, Kentucky. Its service area includes much of the eastern part of Kentucky, commonly referred to as Appalachia. As such, Eastern has truly been a "school of opportunities" for the region. We offer three astronomy courses and one of them, AST 135, has an outdoor lab component, in which the students observe the moon and the brightest planets using 6-inch SCT. To expand our offerings by adding advanced classes in observational astronomy, and with support from the University and a small grant from the AAS (Small Research Grants), we constructed a small observatory for that purpose. We have a 14-inch telescope (C14 from Celestron), with a research grade mount (Paramount ME), housed permanently in a two-room facility. The telescope room has a retractable roof and the control room is insulated against the elements. The telescope is conveniently located near campus, in a location away from city lights and vehicular traffic, with access via a secure gate. The observatory is on a concrete pad poured directly onto the ground, to minimize vibrations. The instrument package consists of a SBIG STL-6303E CCD camera with filter wheel and full complement of photographic, narrow-band, and photometric filters (Ha and UBVRI). Courtesy of the AAS grant, we also have a temperature-compensated focuser (TCF-S3i), off-axis guider, and SBIG AO-L adaptive optics accessory. Our first step has been the measurement of our CCD transformation parameters, to assess the capabilities of our telescope-camera combination. We imaged a standard photometric field from Landolt (1992) (R.A. 09h 21m 32s, Dec. +02° 47' 00" (J2000, Plate 38 of Landolt). Data were obtained with a time integration of 90 seconds, binned 2 x 2 (~1 arcsec/pixel) at air mass X = 1.31. We determined the CCD transformation parameter as described by the AAVSO document "Computing and Using CCD transformation coefficients" (Cohen 2003

  13. Effects of variations in flow characteristics through W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam on downstream water quality in the Caloosahatchee River Estuary and in McIntyre Creek in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, southern Florida, 2010–13

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    Booth, Amanda C.; Soderqvist, Lars E.; Knight, Travis M.

    2016-01-01

    Franklin Lock increases. The highest FDOM recorded during a survey was at Billy’s Creek. Chlorophyll fluorescence was positively correlated with flow at Franklin Lock, with 23 percent of the variation explained by the flow rate at Franklin Lock. An increase in flow rate at Franklin Lock resulted in a decrease in pH (21 percent of variation explained by flow rates). Data from the pH surveys indicate an increase in pH with distance from Franklin Lock. Turbidity and dissolved oxygen near the surface in McIntyre Creek were not correlated with flow rate at Franklin Lock. Moving-boat surveys did not document a change in turbidity or dissolved oxygen with a change in distance from the Franklin Lock. Correlations between Franklin Lock flow rate and water quality in McIntyre Creek indicate that releases at Franklin Lock affect water quality in the Caloosahatchee River Estuary and Ding Darling Refuge.

  14. Incidence and Virulence Determinants of Verocytotoxin-Producing Escherichia coli Infections in the Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium, in 2008–2010

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    De Gheldre, Yves; Dediste, Anne; de Moreau, Anne-Isabelle; Mascart, Georges; Simon, Anne; Allemeersch, Daniël; Scheutz, Flemming; Lauwers, Sabine; Piérard, Denis

    2012-01-01

    The incidence of verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) was investigated by PCR in all human stools from Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel (UZB) and in selected stools from six other hospital laboratories in the Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium, collected between April 2008 and October 2010. The stools selected to be included in this study were those from patients with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), patients with a history of bloody diarrhea, patients linked to clusters of diarrhea, children up to the age of 6 years, and stools containing macroscopic blood. Verocytotoxin genes (vtx) were detected significantly more frequently in stools from patients with the selected conditions (2.04%) than in unselected stools from UZB (1.20%) (P = 0.001). VTEC was detected most frequently in patients with HUS (35.3%), a history of bloody diarrhea (5.15%), or stools containing macroscopic blood (1.85%). Stools from patients up to the age of 17 years were significantly more frequently vtx positive than those from adult patients between the ages of 18 and 65 years (P = 0.022). Although stools from patients older than 65 years were also more frequently positive for vtx than those from patients between 18 and 65 years, this trend was not significant. VTEC was isolated from 140 (67.9%) vtx-positive stools. One sample yielded two different serotypes; thus, 141 isolates could be characterized. Sixty different O:H serotypes harboring 85 different virulence profiles were identified. Serotypes O157:H7/H− (n = 34), O26:H11/H− (n = 21), O63:H6 (n = 8), O111:H8/H− (n = 7), and O146:H21/H− (n = 6) accounted for 53.9% of isolates. All O157 isolates carried vtx2, eae, and a complete O island 122 (COI-122); 15 also carried vtx1. Non-O157 isolates (n = 107), however, accounted for the bulk (75.9%) of isolates. Fifty-nine (55.1%) isolates were positive for vtx1, 36 (33.6%) were positive for vtx2, and 12 (11.2%) carried both vtx1 and vtx2. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis revealed

  15. Unexpected ring-closure products derived from 3-(2-allylanilino)-3-phenylacrylate esters: crystal and molecular structures of 3-acetyl-8-allyl-6-methyl-2-phenylquinolin-4-yl acetate and (2RS)-2,8-dimethyl-4-phenyl-1,2-dihydro-6H-pyrrolo[3,2,1-ij]quinolin-6-one.

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    Luque, Adriana L; Sanabria, Carlos M; Palma, Alirio; Cobo, Justo; Glidewell, Christopher

    2016-08-01

    The reactions of two 3-(2-allylanilino)-3-phenylacrylate esters with acetic anhydride and with strong acids has revealed a richly diverse reactivity providing a number of unexpected products. Thus, acetylation of ethyl 3-(2-allylanilino)-3-phenylacrylate, (Ia), or ethyl 3-(2-allyl-4-methylanilino)-3-phenylacrylate, (Ib), with acetic anhydride yields not only the expected acetylated esters, (II), as the major products but also the unexpected polysubstituted quinolines 3-acetyl-8-allyl-2-phenylquinolin-4-yl acetate, (IIIa), and 3-acetyl-8-allyl-6-methyl-2-phenylquinolin-4-yl acetate, (IIIb), as minor products. Subsequent reaction of the major product ethyl 2-[(2-allyl-4-methylanilino)(phenyl)methylidene]-3-oxobutanoate, (IIb), with concentrated sulfuric acid did not provide the expected 3-acetylquinoline derivative, but instead two unexpected products, namely ethyl 4-ethyl-2-phenyl-1,4-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylate, (IV), and ethyl 3-acetyl-4-ethyl-2-phenyl-3,4-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylate, (V), in yields of 39 and 22%, respectively. The reaction of (Ib) with Eaton's reagent gave both the quinoline (Z)-6-methyl-2-phenyl-8-(prop-1-en-1-yl)quinolin-4(1H)-one, (VI), and the unexpected tricyclic product (2RS)-2,8-dimethyl-4-phenyl-1,2-dihydro-6H-pyrrolo[3,2,1-ij]quinolin-6-one, (VII), in yields of 71 and 12%, respectively. The products (II)-(VII) have all been fully characterized spectroscopically and the crystal structures of two of the unexpected products, i.e. (IIIb) (C23H21NO3) and (VII) (C19H17NO), are reported here. The formation of compounds (IV), (V) and (VII) all require an isomerization of the initial allyl substituent, with migration of the C=C double bond from the terminal site to the internal site. In (IIIb), the two acetyl substituents are oriented such that the intramolecular distance between the two carbonyl O atoms is only 3.243 (2) Å, and in (VII), the five-membered ring adopts a twisted half-chair conformation. The molecules of compound (IIIb

  16. Physics, Technology and Modeling of SILICON(1 - Germanium(x) Quantum Well P-Mosfets

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    Bhaumik, Kaushik

    to prevent strain relaxation in the SiGe layer yet is compatible with conventional Si CMOS processing environments. A mixed optical/electron beam lithography scheme was employed to define junction-isolated transistors with minimum drawn gate lengths of 200 nm. A saturated transconductance comparison reveals that holes in strained Si_{1 -x}Ge_{x} quantum wells exhibit average high-field velocities 50% higher than those in Si. This enhanced saturation velocity manifests itself in the high-frequency performance of a deep submicron FET structure. Preliminary microwave characterization of these devices show an extrinsic unity power gain (G_ {max}) frequency (f_ {max}) of 35 GHz and a unity current gain (h_{21}) frequency (f_{T}) of 23 GHz. These results indicate that Si-based MOSFET technology can be operated up into the K-band frequency regime for applications such as satellite uplinks and phased array radar.

  17. Characterization of Lunar Crater Ejecta Deposits Using Radar Data from the Mini-RF Instrument on LRO

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    Patterson, G. W.; Raney, R. K.; Cahill, J. T.; Bussey, B.

    2012-12-01

    of up to ~1 m. As observed with visible image data, the increased roughness as-sociated with the ejecta of Byrgius A appears nearly continuous to a radial distance of ~70 km. An m-chi decomposition of Mini-RF S-band data for Byrgius A suggests that the portion of ejecta that extends radially from ~10 to 70 km appears far less continuous than is suggested in both optical data and CPR information (Fig. 1). The implication is that we are observing properties of the ejecta and lunar background terrain in the top meter of the surface. In other words the thickness of the ejecta in this distance range is on the order of meters or less. This result suggests that the thickness of ejecta at radial distances > a crater radius differ significantly from estimates of ejecta thickness derived from models of ejecta emplacement [6,7]. References: [1] Melosh, H. J. (1989), Oxford Univ. Press; [2] Ghent, R. R. et al. (2008), Geology, 36, 343-346; [3] Raney, R. K. et al. (2011), Proc. of the IEEE, 99, 808-823; [4] Raney, R.K. et al. (2012), JGR, 117, E00H21; [5] Robinson, M. S. et al. (2010), Space Sci. Rev., 150, 81-124; [6] McGetchin et al. (1973), EPSL, 20, 226-236; [7] Pike (1974), EPSL, 23, 265-274.

  18. Radar characterization of asteroids and comets

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    Howell, E.; Taylor, P.; Nolan, M.; Springmann, A.; Benner, L.; Brozovic, M.; Giorgini, J.; Busch, M.; Margot, J.; Naidu, S.; Magri, C.; Shepard, M.

    2014-07-01

    Radar observations are one of the few ground-based techniques that reveal shapes and surface details of asteroids and comets. Since 1998, over 400 asteroids and 15 comets have been detected by radar at either the Arecibo Observatory, the Goldstone Solar System Radar, or both. With resolution as fine as 7.5 m at Arecibo and 3.75 m at Goldstone for the highest signal-to-noise (SNR) observations, the images show a variety of shapes. Nearly 60 percent of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) detected are of high-enough SNR or have enough time coverage to at least categorize the shape. At least 35 percent of the NEAs are spheroidal, including the 15 percent that are binary or multiple systems. These NEAs, with diameters less than a few kilometers, must have little or no internal strength, in order to have a spheroidal shape. Contact binary, or two-lobed objects, where the lobes are nearly the same size, may also be strengthless. NEA contact binaries may have formed by being spun up, but then failing to form a stable binary system. Few cometary nuclei have been imaged using radar, but several of those also seem to have a contact binary, or two-lobed structure. 103P/Hartley~2, and 8P/Tuttle both have nearly equal lobes joined by a narrow waist [1,2]. The very slow rotation rates of comet nuclei compared to most asteroids suggests that they may not share a common formation mechanism. Radar measurements also give an instantaneous measure of the line-of-sight velocity of the asteroid limb, which is proportional to the rotation rate for an equatorial view. NEAs with H>21 (diameter smaller than 150--300 m) frequently have rotation rates well beyond the spin limit for a strengthless body. However, not all small asteroids are rotating at very rapid rates. Lightcurve measurements become difficult for very small asteroids, which are not observable for long periods of time and have rapidly changing viewing geometries. Radar measurements of the rotation rates, while affected by projection

  19. Effect of water and feed withdrawal and health status on blood and serum components, body weight loss, and meat and carcass characteristics of Holstein slaughter cows.

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    Vogel, K D; Claus, J R; Grandin, T; Oetzel, G R; Schaefer, D M

    2011-02-01

    During marketing, cattle may be exposed to periods of water deprivation. The impact of water and feed access and health status on the physiological well-being and carcass characteristics of Holstein slaughter cows during preslaughter marketing was studied through analysis of serum components, BW loss percentage, and fresh meat composition. Ninety-one multiparous Holstein cows (609 ± 89 kg mean BW, 2.9 ± 0.5 mean BCS, varying stage of lactation) were purchased over 3 wk in 3 groups (n = 31, 29, and 31) at a terminal market in central Wisconsin. Each cow was screened to determine health status (sick or not sick) and randomly assigned to 1 of 3 water and feed withdrawal treatment pens (AL, ad libitum access to water for 36 h; 18H, 18 h of ad libitum access to water followed by 18 h of water withdrawal; 36H, 36 h of water withdrawal; all 3 treatments included 36 h of feed withdrawal) in a randomized complete block arrangement with repeated measures for serum components. Blood samples were collected by tail venipuncture at 0, 9, 18, 27, and 36 h of each treatment. Ambient temperatures were 1.9 ± 6.2°C during the trial period, which occurred over a 3-wk period in March and April 2007 near Arlington, WI. No difference (P > 0.05) was observed in mean serum cortisol in AL (18.41 ± 2.17 ng/mL) or 36H (22.98 ± 2.17 ng/mL). Mean serum glucose was greater (P < 0.05) in 36H pens (78.15 ± 0.77 mg/dL) than AL (75.91 ± 0.77 mg/dL). Mean serum creatinine was greater (P < 0.05) in 36H pens (0.71 ± 0.03 mg/dL) than AL (0.60 ± 0.03 mg/dL). The 36H pens also displayed increased (P < 0.05) serum albumin, anion gap, Ca, Cl, Na, cholesterol, and aspartate aminotransferase over AL. Greater (P < 0.05) mean percentage BW loss was observed in 36H pens (5.2 ± 0.6%) than AL (3.1 ± 0.6%). Mean muscle protein (%) was greater (P < 0.05) in 36H (22.2 ± 0.4%) than 18H (21.3 ± 0.4%). Mean muscle moisture (%) was greater (P < 0.05) in AL and 18H (75.3 ± 0.4% and 75.2 ± 0.4%) than 36H

  20. The solvent-extractable organic compounds in the Indonesia biomass burning aerosols - characterization studies

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    Fang, M.; Zheng, M.; Wang, F.; To, K. L.; Jaafar, A. B.; Tong, S. L.

    for n-alkanols, and the presence of abundant moretane (17 β(H), 21 α(H)-hopanes). The biomarkers dehydroabietic acid and retene were not found in the samples suggesting there is a difference in the long-distance transport samples of an Asian forest fire and the controlled experiments reported in the literature. Similar to the biomass burning in Amazonia (Abas et al., 1995), the present study also showed an absence of conifer tracers in the smoke aerosols indicating tropical wood sources. Abundant friedelin, a specific biomarker for smoke from oak wood fires (Standley and Simoneit, 1990), was present in the late September samples when the fire was more intense. The results were compared to literature values from an earlier study of the haze episode on 29 September 1991 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Abas and Simoneit, 1996).

  1. Dicarbollylamine ligand as a tunable template for sigma,sigma- and pi,sigma-bonding modes: syntheses, structures, and theoretical studies of eta5:eta1-coordinated constrained-geometry group 13 metal complexes.

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    Lee, Jong-Dae; Kim, Sung-Kwan; Kim, Tae-Jin; Han, Won-Sik; Lee, Young-Joo; Yoo, Dae-Hwan; Cheong, Minserk; Ko, Jaejung; Kang, Sang Ook

    2008-07-30

    10] (R = H 21, Me 22), desired pi,sigma-CGCs, [{(eta (5)-RC 2B 9H 9)(CH 2) 2(eta (1)-NBz 2)}GaMe] (R = H 19, Me 20) or [{(eta (5)-RC 2B 9H 9)(CH 2) 2(eta (1)-NHBz)}AlMe] (R = H 23, Me 24), were generated, respectively. DFT calculation on 5 provides evidence of existence of pi,sigma-bonding of dicarbollylamine ligand to the aluminum atom: pi-bonding interaction of a dicarbollyl unit becomes intensified in the presence of a weak sigma-bonding amine-tethered group. Furthermore, preference for the formation of pi,sigma-bonding was predicted by optimizing a reaction profile including sigma,sigma- and pi,sigma-structures as well as transition state structures for each methylene- and ethylene-spaced ligand system, 3-5 and 14- 18, to reveal that pi,sigma-bonding interaction is more favorable in the case of a methylene-tethered ligand system. PMID:18597462

  2. XMM-NEWTON AND FUSE TENTATIVE EVIDENCE FOR A WHIM FILAMENT ALONG THE LINE OF SIGHT TO PKS 0558-504

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    Nicastro, F.; Krongold, Y.; Fields, D.; Conciatore, M. L.; Zappacosta, L.; Elvis, M.; Mathur, S.; Papadakis, I.

    2010-06-01

    We present a possible O VIII X-ray absorption line at z = 0.117 {+-} 0.001 which, if confirmed, will be the first one associated with a broad H I Ly{beta} (BLB: FWHM = 160{sup +50} {sub -30} km s{sup -1}) absorber. The absorber lies along the line of sight to the nearby (z = 0.1372) Seyfert 1 galaxy PKS 0558-504, consistent with being a WHIM filament. The X-ray absorber is marginally detected in two independent XMM-Newton spectra of PKS 0558-504, a long {approx}600 ks guest-observer observation and a shorter, {approx}300 ks total, calibration observation, with a combined single line statistical significance of 2.8{sigma} (2.7{sigma} and 1.2{sigma} in the two spectra, respectively). When fitted with our self-consistent hybrid-photoionization WHIM models, the combined XMM- Newton spectrum is consistent with the presence of O VIII K{alpha} at z = (0.117 {+-} 0.001). This model gives best-fitting temperature and equivalent H column density of the absorber of log T = 6.56{sup +0.19} {sub -0.17} K, and log N{sub H} = (21.5 {+-} 0.3)(Z/Z {sub 0.01sun}){sup -1} cm{sup -2}, and predicts the marginal contribution of only two more lines within the XMM- Newton Reflection Grating Spectrometer band pass, Ne IX K{alpha} ({lambda} = 13.45 A) and Fe XVII L ({lambda} = 15.02 A), both with equivalent widths well within the 1{sigma} sensitivity of the combined XMM-Newton spectrum of PKS 0558-504 (EW{sup 1}{sigma} < 3 mA). The lack of detection of associated O VI in the archival FUSE spectrum of PKS 0558-504 allows us to infer a tighter lower limit on the temperature, of log T>6.52 K (at 1{sigma}). The statistical significance of this single X-ray detection is increased by the detection of BLB and complex H I Ly{beta} absorption in archival FUSE spectra of PKS 0558-504, at redshifts z = 0.1183 {+-} 0.0001 consistent with the best-fitting redshift of the X-ray absorber. The FUSE spectrum shows a broad (FWHM = 160{sup +50} {sub -30} km s{sup -1}) absorption complex, which we identify as

  3. Global system for hydrological monitoring and forecasting in real time at high resolution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ortiz, Enrique; De Michele, Carlo; Todini, Ezio; Cifres, Enrique

    2016-04-01

    connection) and not need update (all upgrade are deployed on the remote server)and DSS is a classical client-server application. The client side will be an HTML 5-CSS 3 application, it runs in one of the most common browser. The server side consist in: A web server (Apache web server); a map server (Geoserver); a Geographical q3456Relational Database Management Sytem (Postgresql+Postgis); Tools based on GDAL Lybraries. A customized web page will be implemented to publish all hydrometeorological information and forecast runs (free) for all users in the world. In this first presentation of the project are invited to attend all those scientific / technical people, Universities, Research Centers (public or private) who want to collaborate in it, opening a brainstorming to improve the System. References: • Liu Z. and Todini E., (2002). Towards a comprehensive physically based rainfall-runoff model. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), 6(5):859-881, 2002. • Thielen, J., Bartholmes, J., Ramos, M.-H., and de Roo, A., (2009): The European Flood Alert System - Part 1: Concept and development, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 125-140, 2009. • Coccia C., Mazzetti C., Ortiz E., Todini E., (2010) - A different soil conceptualization for the TOPKAPI model application within the DMIP 2. American Geophysical Union. Fall Meeting, San Francisco H21H-07, 2010. • Pappenberger, F., Cloke, H. L., Balsamo, G., Ngo-Duc, T., and Oki,T., (2010) Global runoff routing with the hydrological component of the ECMWF NWP system, Int. J. Climatol., 30, 2155-2174, 2010. • Coccia, G. and Todini, E., (2011). Recent developments in predictive uncertainty assessment based on the Model Conditional Processor approach. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15, 3253-3274, 2011. • Wu, H., Adler, R. F., Hong, Y., Tian, Y., and Policelli, F.,(2012): Evaluation of Global Flood Detection Using Satellite-Based Rainfall and a Hydrologic Model, J. Hydrometeorol., 13, 1268-1284, 2012. • Simth M. et al., (2013

  4. Regio- and Stereoselective 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition of Cyclic Azomethine Imines to Platinum(IV)-Bound Nitriles Giving Δ(2)-1,2,4-Triazoline Species.

    PubMed

    Smirnov, Andrey S; Kritchenkov, Andreii S; Bokach, Nadezhda A; Kuznetsov, Maxim L; Selivanov, Stanislav I; Gurzhiy, Vladislav V; Roodt, Andreas; Kukushkin, Vadim Yu

    2015-11-16

    The complex trans-[PtCl4(EtCN)2] (14) reacts smoothly at 25 °C with the stable cyclic azomethine imines R(1)CH═N(a)NC(O)CH(NHC(O)C6H4R(3))C(b)H(C6H4R(2))((a-b)) [R(1)/R(2)/R(3) = p-Me/H/H (8); p-Me/p-Me/H (9); p-Me/p-MeO/H (10); p-Me/p-Cl/p-Cl (11); p-MeO/p-Me/H (12); p-MeO/p-Cl/m-Me (13)], and the reaction proceeds as stereoselective 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition to one of the EtCN ligands accomplishing the monocycloadducts trans-[PtCl4(EtCN){N(a)═C(Et)N(b)C(O)CH(NHC(O)C6H4R(3))CH(C6H4R(2))N(c)C(d)HR(1)}])((a-d;b-c)) [R(1)/R(2)/R(3) = p-Me/H/H (15); p-Me/p-Me/H (16); p-Me/p-MeO/H (17); p-Me/p-Cl/p-Cl (18); p-MeO/p-Me/H (19); p-MeO/p-Cl/m-Me (20)]. Inspection of the obtained and literature data indicate that the cycloaddition of the azomethine imines to the C≡N bonds of HCN and of Pt(IV)-bound EtCN has different regioselectivity leading to Δ(2)-1,2,3-triazolines and Δ(2)-1,2,4-triazolines, respectively. Platinum(II) species trans-[PtCl2(EtCN){N(a)═C(Et)N(b)C(O)CH(NHC(O)C6H4R(3))CH(C6H4R(2))N(c)C(d)HR(1)}]((a-d;b-c)) [R(1)/R(2)/R(3) = p-Me/H/H (21); p-Me/p-Me/H (22); p-Me/p-MeO/H (23); p-Me/p-Cl/p-Cl (24); p-MeO/p-Me/H (25); p-MeO/p-Cl/m-Me (26)] were obtained by a one-pot procedure from 14 and 8-13 followed by addition of the phosphorus ylide Ph3P═CHCO2Me. Δ(2)-1,2,4-Triazolines N(a)═C(Et)N(b)C(O)CH(NHC(O)C6H4R(3))CH(C6H4R(2))N(c)C(d)HR(1(a-d;b-c)) [R(1)/R(2)/R(3) = p-Me/H/H (27); p-Me/p-Me/H (28); p-Me/p-MeO/H (29); p-Me/p-Cl/p-Cl (30); p-MeO/p-Me/H (31); p-MeO/p-Cl/m-Me (32)] were liberated from 21-26 by the treatment with bis(diphenylphosphyno)ethane (dppe). Platinum(II) complexes 21-26 were characterized by elemental analyses (C, H, N), high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), and IR and (1)H and (13)C{(1)H} NMR spectroscopies and single crystal X-ray diffraction in the solid state for 25·CH3OH, 26·(CHCl3)0.84. The structure of 26 was also determined by COSY-90 and NOESY NMR methods in solution. Quantitative evaluation

  5. Global system for hydrological monitoring and forecasting in real time at high resolution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ortiz, Enrique; De Michele, Carlo; Todini, Ezio; Cifres, Enrique

    2016-04-01

    connection) and not need update (all upgrade are deployed on the remote server)and DSS is a classical client-server application. The client side will be an HTML 5-CSS 3 application, it runs in one of the most common browser. The server side consist in: A web server (Apache web server); a map server (Geoserver); a Geographical q3456Relational Database Management Sytem (Postgresql+Postgis); Tools based on GDAL Lybraries. A customized web page will be implemented to publish all hydrometeorological information and forecast runs (free) for all users in the world. In this first presentation of the project are invited to attend all those scientific / technical people, Universities, Research Centers (public or private) who want to collaborate in it, opening a brainstorming to improve the System. References: • Liu Z. and Todini E., (2002). Towards a comprehensive physically based rainfall-runoff model. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), 6(5):859-881, 2002. • Thielen, J., Bartholmes, J., Ramos, M.-H., and de Roo, A., (2009): The European Flood Alert System - Part 1: Concept and development, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 125-140, 2009. • Coccia C., Mazzetti C., Ortiz E., Todini E., (2010) - A different soil conceptualization for the TOPKAPI model application within the DMIP 2. American Geophysical Union. Fall Meeting, San Francisco H21H-07, 2010. • Pappenberger, F., Cloke, H. L., Balsamo, G., Ngo-Duc, T., and Oki,T., (2010) Global runoff routing with the hydrological component of the ECMWF NWP system, Int. J. Climatol., 30, 2155-2174, 2010. • Coccia, G. and Todini, E., (2011). Recent developments in predictive uncertainty assessment based on the Model Conditional Processor approach. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 15, 3253-3274, 2011. • Wu, H., Adler, R. F., Hong, Y., Tian, Y., and Policelli, F.,(2012): Evaluation of Global Flood Detection Using Satellite-Based Rainfall and a Hydrologic Model, J. Hydrometeorol., 13, 1268-1284, 2012. • Simth M. et al., (2013

  6. First look at a major transition period in the early Universe

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1997-08-01

    with the Hubble Space Telescope. Although none of them is distant enough to allow the detection of intergalactic He+ with HST, He+-absorption towards one of these objects, HS 1700+6416 was detected by the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope during NASA's Astro-2 mission in 1995. The first detection of intergalactic He+ was made in 1994 by a group of European astronomers in the quasar Q0302-002, cf. ESA Press Information Note 17-94 (7 July 1994). [4] An ion is an atom that has lost one or more of its electrons. [5] The ionization potential of hydrogen is 13.6 electron volt (eV), of neutral helium, 24.6 eV, and of singly ionized helium, 54.4 eV. In order to ionize the primordial hydrogen and helium atoms, photons of the indicated energies must be emitted by the first galaxies and stars. The corresponding photon wavelengths, all in the far-ultraviolet spectral region, are 912 A (91.2 nm), 504 A (50.4 nm) and 228 A (22.8 nm), respectively. The (Planck-)temperatures required are of the order of 32,000 K, 58,000 K and 127,000 K, respectively, which shows that the second ionization of helium cannot be done by the radiation from stars - they are not sufficiently hot. Thus He+-ions can only be ionized by the radiation from quasars. More information on ESA is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.esa.int ESO Press Information is available at http://www.eso.org/outreach/press-rel/. ESO Photos may be reproduced, if credit is given to the European Southern Observatory.