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  1. RAPID AND ACCURATE METHOD FOR ESTIMATING MOLECULAR WEIGHTS OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM LOW RESOLUTION MASS SPECTRA

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    An improved method of estimating molecular weights of volatile organic compounds from their mass spectra has been developed and evaluated for accuracy. his technique can be implemented with a user friendly expert system on a personal computer. he method is based on a pattern reco...

  2. Molecular Weight and Molecular Weight Distributions in Synthetic Polymers.

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    Ward, Thomas Carl

    1981-01-01

    Focuses on molecular weight and molecular weight distributions (MWD) and models for predicting MWD in a pedagogical way. In addition, instrumental methods used to characterize MWD are reviewed with emphasis on physical chemistry of each, including end-group determination, osmometry, light scattering, solution viscosity, fractionation, and

  3. Molecular Weight and Molecular Weight Distributions in Synthetic Polymers.

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    Ward, Thomas Carl

    1981-01-01

    Focuses on molecular weight and molecular weight distributions (MWD) and models for predicting MWD in a pedagogical way. In addition, instrumental methods used to characterize MWD are reviewed with emphasis on physical chemistry of each, including end-group determination, osmometry, light scattering, solution viscosity, fractionation, and…

  4. Apparatus for molecular weight separation

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    Smith, Richard D.; Liu, Chuanliang

    2001-01-01

    The present invention relates generally to an apparatus and method for separating high molecular weight molecules from low molecular weight molecules. More specifically, the invention relates to the use of microdialysis for removal of the salt (low molecular weight molecules) from a nucleotide sample (high molecular weight molecules) for ESI-MS analysis. The dialysis or separation performance of the present invention is improved by (1) increasing dialysis temperature thereby increasing desalting efficiency and improving spectrum quality; (2) adding piperidine and imidazole to the dialysis buffer solution and reducing charge states and further increasing detection sensitivity for DNA; (3) using low concentrations (0-2.5 mM NH4OAc) of dialysis buffer and shifting the DNA negative ions to higher charge states, producing a nearly 10-fold increase in detection sensitivity and a slightly decreased desalting efficiency, (4) conducting a two-stage separation or (5) any combination of (1), (2), (3) and (4).

  5. How accurately do we estimate patients' weight in emergency departments?

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    Fernandes, C. M.; Clark, S.; Price, A.; Innes, G.

    1999-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of estimates of patients' weight made by physicians, nurses, and patients themselves in emergency departments. DESIGN: Observational prospective study. SETTING: Tertiary referral centre in Vancouver, BC. PARTICIPANTS: Eleven attending physicians, 26 nurses, and a convenience sample of 117 patients. INTERVENTIONS: Patients themselves, attending physicians, and nurses independently estimated the weight of 117 patients. An investigator weighed each patient. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Mean error was determined by subtracting actual weight from estimated weight and dividing by actual weight; 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. RESULTS: Mean error in estimates was 3.1% (95% CI 2.7 to 3.5) for patients, 8.4% for nurses (CI 7.6 to 9.2), and 8.1% (CI 7.1 to 9.1) for physicians. Weight was estimated within 5% of actual weight by 32% of nurses, 39% of physicians, and 82% of patients. Weight was estimated within 10% of actual weight by 66% of nurses, 66% of physicians, and 97% of patients. Estimates out by more than 15% were made by 11% of nurses, 16% of physicians, and 1% of patients. CONCLUSIONS: Patient estimates were most accurate. Physician and nurse estimates were unreliable. PMID:10540697

  6. The Molecular Weight Distribution of Polymer Samples

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    Horta, Arturo; Pastoriza, M. Alejandra

    2007-01-01

    Various methods for the determination of the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of different polymer samples are presented. The study shows that the molecular weight averages and distribution of a polymerization completely depend on the characteristics of the reaction itself.

  7. Ultrahigh molecular weight aromatic siloxane polymers

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    Ludwick, L. M.

    1982-01-01

    The condensation of a diol with a silane in toluene yields a silphenylene-siloxane polymer. The reaction of stiochiometric amounts of the diol and silane produced products with molecular weights in the range 2.0 - 6.0 x 10 to the 5th power. The molecular weight of the product was greatly increased by a multistep technique. The methodology for synthesis of high molecular weight polymers using a two step procedure was refined. Polymers with weight average molecular weights in excess of 1.0 x 10 to the 6th power produced by this method. Two more reactive silanes, bis(pyrrolidinyl)dimethylsilane and bis(gamma butyrolactam)dimethylsilane, are compared with the dimethyleminodimethylsilane in ability to advance the molecular weight of the prepolymer. The polymers produced are characterized by intrinsic viscosity in tetrahydrofuran. Weight and number average molecular weights and polydispersity are determined by gel permeation chromatography.

  8. Effect of molecular weight on polyphenylquinoxaline properties

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    Jensen, Brian J.

    1991-01-01

    A series of polyphenyl quinoxalines with different molecular weight and end-groups were prepared by varying monomer stoichiometry. Thus, 4,4'-oxydibenzil and 3,3'-diaminobenzidine were reacted in a 50/50 mixture of m-cresol and xylenes. Reaction concentration, temperature, and stir rate were studied and found to have an effect on polymer properties. Number and weight average molecular weights were determined and correlated well with viscosity data. Glass transition temperatures were determined and found to vary with molecular weight and end-groups. Mechanical properties of films from polymers with different molecular weights were essentially identical at room temperature but showed significant differences at 232 C. Diamine terminated polymers were found to be much less thermooxidatively stable than benzil terminated polymers when aged at 316 C even though dynamic thermogravimetric analysis revealed only slight differences. Lower molecular weight polymers exhibited better processability than higher molecular weight polymers.

  9. IRIS: Towards an Accurate and Fast Stage Weight Prediction Method

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    Taponier, V.; Balu, A.

    2002-01-01

    The knowledge of the structural mass fraction (or the mass ratio) of a given stage, which affects the performance of a rocket, is essential for the analysis of new or upgraded launchers or stages, whose need is increased by the quick evolution of the space programs and by the necessity of their adaptation to the market needs. The availability of this highly scattered variable, ranging between 0.05 and 0.15, is of primary importance at the early steps of the preliminary design studies. At the start of the staging and performance studies, the lack of frozen weight data (to be obtained later on from propulsion, trajectory and sizing studies) leads to rely on rough estimates, generally derived from printed sources and adapted. When needed, a consolidation can be acquired trough a specific analysis activity involving several techniques and implying additional effort and time. The present empirical approach allows thus to get approximated values (i.e. not necessarily accurate or consistent), inducing some result inaccuracy as well as, consequently, difficulties of performance ranking for a multiple option analysis, and an increase of the processing duration. This forms a classical harsh fact of the preliminary design system studies, insufficiently discussed to date. It appears therefore highly desirable to have, for all the evaluation activities, a reliable, fast and easy-to-use weight or mass fraction prediction method. Additionally, the latter should allow for a pre selection of the alternative preliminary configurations, making possible a global system approach. For that purpose, an attempt at modeling has been undertaken, whose objective was the determination of a parametric formulation of the mass fraction, to be expressed from a limited number of parameters available at the early steps of the project. It is based on the innovative use of a statistical method applicable to a variable as a function of several independent parameters. A specific polynomial generator, validated on several technical and econometrical cases, has been used for this purpose. A database of several conventional stages, operated with either solid or liquid propellants, has been made up, in conjunction with an evolutionary set of geometrical, physical and functional parameters likely to contribute to the description of the mass fraction and presumably known at the early steps of the preliminary design. After several iterations aiming at selecting the most influential parameters, polynomial expressions of the mass fraction have been made up, associated to a confidence level. The outcome highlights the real possibility of a parametric formulation of the mass fraction for conventional stages on the basis of a limited number of descriptive parameters and with a high degree of accuracy, lower than 10%. The formulas have been later on tested on existing or preliminary stages not included in the initial database, for validation purposes. Their mass faction is assessed with a comparable accuracy. The polynomial generation method in use allows also for a search of the influence of each parameter. The devised method, suitable for the preliminary design phase, represents, compared to the classical empirical approach, a significant way of improvement of the mass fraction prediction. It enables a rapid dissemination of more accurate and consistent weight data estimates to support system studies. It makes also possible the upstream processing of the preliminary design tasks through a global system approach. This method, currently in the experimental phase, is already in use as a complementary means at the technical underdirectorate of CNES-DLA. * IRIS :Instrument de Recherche des Indices Structuraux

  10. Soluble high molecular weight polyimide resins

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    Jones, R. J.; Lubowitz, H. R.

    1970-01-01

    High molecular weight polyimide resins have greater than 20 percent /by weight/ solubility in polar organic solvents. They permit fabrication into films, fibers, coatings, reinforced composite, and adhesive product forms. Characterization properties for one typical polyimide resin are given.

  11. Production of high molecular weight polylactic acid

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    Bonsignore, Patrick V. (Joilet, IL)

    1995-01-01

    A degradable high molecular weight poly(lactic acid). A poly(lactic acid) has a terminal end group of one of carboxyl or hydroxyl groups with low molecular weight poly(lactic acid) units coupled with linking agents of di-isocyanates, bis-epoxides, bis-oxazolines and bis-ortho esters. The resulting high molecular weight poly(lactic acid) can be used for applications taking advantage of the improved physical properties.

  12. Production of high molecular weight polylactic acid

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    Bonsignore, P.V.

    1995-11-28

    A degradable high molecular weight poly(lactic acid) is described. The poly(lactic acid) has a terminal end group of one of carboxyl or hydroxyl groups with low molecular weight poly(lactic acid) units coupled with linking agents of di-isocyanates, bis-epoxides, bis-oxazolines and bis-ortho esters. The resulting high molecular weight poly(lactic acid) can be used for applications taking advantage of the improved physical properties.

  13. Molecular weight characterization of advanced thermoplastic resins

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    Young, Philip R.; Davis, Judith R.; Chang, Alice C.

    1989-01-01

    Analytical techniques including low angle laser light scattering photometry (LALLS), differential viscometry (DV), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), GPC-LALLS and GPC-DV, were used to characterize the molecular weight and molecular weight distribution of several advanced thermoplastics. A discussion is presented of various molecular-weight-related parameters obtained by these techniques on an experimental polyimide and poly(arylene ether ketone) and a commercially available polysulfone. Where possible, these parameters are correlated with processability and selected mechanical properties. The molecular weight was found to vary during the thermal conversion of poly(amic acid) to polyimide. However, no change in composition of the polysulfone was noted in response to various processing procedures.

  14. Microdialysis unit for molecular weight separation

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    Smith, Richard D.; Liu, Chuanliang

    1999-01-01

    The present invention relates generally to an apparatus and method for separating high molecular weight molecules from low molecular weight molecules. More specifically, the invention relates to the use of microdialysis for removal of the salt (low molecular weight molecules) from a nucleotide sample (high molecular weight molecules) for ESI-MS analysis. The dialysis or separation performance of the present invention is improved by (1) increasing dialysis temperature thereby increasing desalting efficiency and improving spectrum quality; (2) adding piperidine and imidazole to the dialysis buffer solution and reducing charge states and further increasing detection sensitivity for DNA; (3) using low concentrations (0-2.5 mM NH4OAc) of dialysis buffer and shifting the DNA negative ions to higher charge states, producing a nearly 10-fold increase in detection sensitivity and a slightly decreased desalting efficiency, or (4) any combination of (1), (2), and (3).

  15. Microdialysis unit for molecular weight separation

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    Smith, R.D.; Liu, C.

    1999-09-21

    The present invention relates generally to an apparatus and method for separating high molecular weight molecules from low molecular weight molecules. More specifically, the invention relates to the use of microdialysis for removal of the salt (low molecular weight molecules) from a nucleotide sample (high molecular weight molecules) for ESI-MS analysis. The dialysis or separation performance of the present invention is improved by (1) increasing dialysis temperature thereby increasing desalting efficiency and improving spectrum quality; (2) adding piperidine and imidazole to the dialysis buffer solution and reducing charge states and further increasing detection sensitivity for DNA; (3) using low concentrations of dialysis buffer and shifting the DNA negative ions to higher charge states, producing a nearly 10-fold increase in detection sensitivity and a slightly decreased desalting efficiency, or (4) any combination of (1), (2), and (3).

  16. Accurate measure by weight of liquids in industry

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    Muller, M.R.

    1992-12-12

    This research's focus was to build a prototype of a computerized liquid dispensing system. This liquid metering system is based on the concept of altering the representative volume to account for temperature changes in the liquid to be dispensed. This is actualized by using a measuring tank and a temperature compensating displacement plunger. By constantly monitoring the temperature of the liquid, the plunger can be used to increase or decrease the specified volume to more accurately dispense liquid with a specified mass. In order to put the device being developed into proper engineering perspective, an extensive literature review was undertaken on all areas of industrial metering of liquids with an emphasis on gravimetric methods.

  17. Accurate measure by weight of liquids in industry. Final report

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    Muller, M.R.

    1992-12-12

    This research`s focus was to build a prototype of a computerized liquid dispensing system. This liquid metering system is based on the concept of altering the representative volume to account for temperature changes in the liquid to be dispensed. This is actualized by using a measuring tank and a temperature compensating displacement plunger. By constantly monitoring the temperature of the liquid, the plunger can be used to increase or decrease the specified volume to more accurately dispense liquid with a specified mass. In order to put the device being developed into proper engineering perspective, an extensive literature review was undertaken on all areas of industrial metering of liquids with an emphasis on gravimetric methods.

  18. Biodegradation of high molecular weight polylactic acid

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    Stloukal, Petr; Koutny, Marek; Sedlarik, Vladimir; Kucharczyk, Pavel

    2012-07-01

    Polylactid acid seems to be an appropriate replacement of conventional non-biodegradable synthetic polymer primarily due to comparable mechanical, thermal and processing properties in its high molecular weight form. Biodegradation of high molecular PLA was studied in compost for various forms differing in their specific surface area. The material proved its good biodegradability under composting conditions and all investigated forms showed to be acceptable for industrial composting. Despite expectations, no significant differences in resulting mineralizations were observed for fiber, film and powder sample forms with different specific surface areas. The clearly faster biodegradation was detected only for the thin coating on porous material with high specific surface area.

  19. A general, accurate procedure for calculating molecular interaction force.

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    Yang, Pinghai; Qian, Xiaoping

    2009-09-15

    The determination of molecular interaction forces, e.g., van der Waals force, between macroscopic bodies is of fundamental importance for understanding sintering, adhesion and fracture processes. In this paper, we develop an accurate, general procedure for van der Waals force calculation. This approach extends a surface formulation that converts a six-dimensional (6D) volume integral into a 4D surface integral for the force calculation. It uses non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) surfaces to represent object surfaces. Surface integrals are then done on the parametric domain of the NURBS surfaces. It has combined advantages of NURBS surface representation and surface formulation, including (1) molecular interactions between arbitrary-shaped objects can be represented and evaluated by the NURBS model further common geometries such as spheres, cones, planes can be represented exactly and interaction forces are thus calculated accurately; (2) calculation efficiency is improved by converting the volume integral to the surface integral. This approach is implemented and validated via its comparison with analytical solutions for simple geometries. Calculation of van der Waals force between complex geometries with surface roughness is also demonstrated. A tutorial on the NURBS approach is given in Appendix A. PMID:19596335

  20. Accurate Evaluation Method of Molecular Binding Affinity from Fluctuation Frequency

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    Hoshino, Tyuji; Iwamoto, Koji; Ode, Hirotaka; Ohdomari, Iwao

    2008-05-01

    Exact estimation of the molecular binding affinity is significantly important for drug discovery. The energy calculation is a direct method to compute the strength of the interaction between two molecules. This energetic approach is, however, not accurate enough to evaluate a slight difference in binding affinity when distinguishing a prospective substance from dozens of candidates for medicine. Hence more accurate estimation of drug efficacy in a computer is currently demanded. Previously we proposed a concept of estimating molecular binding affinity, focusing on the fluctuation at an interface between two molecules. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the compatibility between the proposed computational technique and experimental measurements, through several examples for computer simulations of an association of human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) protease and its inhibitor (an example for a drug-enzyme binding), a complexation of an antigen and its antibody (an example for a protein-protein binding), and a combination of estrogen receptor and its ligand chemicals (an example for a ligand-receptor binding). The proposed affinity estimation has proven to be a promising technique in the advanced stage of the discovery and the design of drugs.

  1. LOCATION OF BODY FAT AMONG WOMEN WHO ACCURATELY OR INACCURATELY PERCEIVE THEIR WEIGHT STATUS.

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    Rote, Aubrianne E; Klos, Lori A; Swartz, Ann M

    2015-10-01

    This cross-sectional study investigated location of body fat, with specific focus on abdominal fat, among normal weight and overweight women who accurately or inaccurately perceived their weight status. Young, adult women (N = 120; M age = 19.5 yr., SD = 1.2) were asked to classify their weight status using the Self-Classified Weight subscale from the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire. Actual weight status was operationalized via dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. Overweight women who thought they were normal weight had an average of 19 pounds more fat than normal weight women with 1.5 pounds of excess abdominal fat. Interventions to raise awareness among overweight women unaware of their fat level are warranted. However, these interventions should balance consideration of potential detriments to body image among these women. PMID:26474442

  2. Biocompatible composites of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene

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    Panin, S. V.; Kornienko, L. A.; Suan, T. Nguen; Ivanova, L. P.; Korchagin, M. A.; Chaikina, M. V.; Shilko, S. V.; Pleskachevskiy, Yu. M.

    2015-10-01

    Mechanical and tribotechnical characteristics of biocompatible, antifriction and extrudable composites based on ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) as well as hybrid matrix "UHMWPE + PTFE" with biocompatible hydroxyapatite filler under the dry friction and boundary lubrication were investigated. A comparative analysis of effectiveness of adding the hydroxyapatite to improve the wear resistance of composites based on these two matrices was performed. It is shown that the wear intensity of nanocomposites based on the hybrid matrix is lower than that for the composites based on pure UHMWPE. Possibilities of using the composites of the polymer "UHMWPE-PTFE" mixture as a material for artificial joints implants are discussed.

  3. Accurate Energies for Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Molecules and Liquids

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    Grossman, Jeffrey C.

    2005-03-01

    A method is presented to treat electrons within the many-body quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) approach ``on-the-fly'' throughout a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Our approach leverages the large (10--100) ratio of QMC electron to MD ion motion to couple the stochastic, imaginary-time electronic and real-time ionic trajectories. This continuous evolution of the QMC electrons results in highly accurate total energies for the full dynamical trajectory at a fraction of the cost of conventional, discrete sampling. We show that this can be achieved efficiently for both ground and excited states with only a modest overhead to an ab initio MD method. The accuracy of this dynamical QMC approach will be demonstrated for a variety of systems, phases, and properties, including optical gaps of hot silicon quantum dots, dissociation energy of a single water-molecule, and heat of vaporization of liquid water. We also evaluate forces on ions along the MD trajectories in QMC and compare these with forces computed by other methods. Finally, we carry out a molecular dynamics simulation completely within the QMC framework for both forces and energies. This work was performed under the auspices of the US Department of Energy by the University of California at the LLNL under contract no W-7405-Eng-48.

  4. Towards Accurate Molecular Modeling of Plastic Bonded Explosives

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    Chantawansri, T. L.; Andzelm, J.; Taylor, D.; Byrd, E.; Rice, B.

    2010-03-01

    There is substantial interest in identifying the controlling factors that influence the susceptibility of polymer bonded explosives (PBXs) to accidental initiation. Numerous Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations of PBXs using the COMPASS force field have been reported in recent years, where the validity of the force field in modeling the solid EM fill has been judged solely on its ability to reproduce lattice parameters, which is an insufficient metric. Performance of the COMPASS force field in modeling EMs and the polymeric binder has been assessed by calculating structural, thermal, and mechanical properties, where only fair agreement with experimental data is obtained. We performed MD simulations using the COMPASS force field for the polymer binder hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene and five EMs: cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine, 1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetra-azacyclo-octane, 2,4,6,8,10,12-hexantirohexaazazisowurzitane, 2,4,6-trinitro-1,3,5-benzenetriamine, and pentaerythritol tetranitate. Predicted EM crystallographic and molecular structural parameters, as well as calculated properties for the binder will be compared with experimental results for different simulation conditions. We also present novel simulation protocols, which improve agreement between experimental and computation results thus leading to the accurate modeling of PBXs.

  5. Polymer Molecular Weight Analysis by [Superscript 1]H NMR Spectroscopy

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    Izunobi, Josephat U.; Higginbotham, Clement L.

    2011-01-01

    The measurement and analysis of molecular weight and molecular weight distribution remain matters of fundamental importance for the characterization and physical properties of polymers. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) is the most routinely used method for the molecular weight determination of polymers whereas matrix-assisted laser

  6. Polymer Molecular Weight Analysis by [Superscript 1]H NMR Spectroscopy

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    Izunobi, Josephat U.; Higginbotham, Clement L.

    2011-01-01

    The measurement and analysis of molecular weight and molecular weight distribution remain matters of fundamental importance for the characterization and physical properties of polymers. Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) is the most routinely used method for the molecular weight determination of polymers whereas matrix-assisted laser…

  7. Molecular adsorption at Pt(111). How accurate are DFT functionals?

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    Gautier, Sarah; Steinmann, Stephan N; Michel, Carine; Fleurat-Lessard, Paul; Sautet, Philippe

    2015-11-21

    Molecular chemisorption at a metal surface is a key step for many processes, such as catalysis, electrochemistry, surface treatment, tribology and friction. Modeling with density functional theory is largely used on these systems. From a detailed comparison with accurate micro-calorimetric data on ten systems (involving ethylene, cyclohexene, benzene, naphthalene, CO, O2, H2, methane, ethane), we study the accuracy, for chemisorption on Pt(111), of five exchange-correlation functionals including one generalized gradient approximation functional (PBE) and four functionals that take into account van der Waals interactions (optPBE-vdW, optB86b-vdW, BEEF-vdW, PBE-dDsC). If the functionals used provide very similar geometries and electronic structures, as shown by projected density of states, they give strikingly different results for the adsorption energy of molecules on Pt(111). Among the set of chemisorption data, the lowest mean absolute deviations (MAD) are obtained with the optPBE-vdW and PBE-dDsC functionals (?0.2 eV) while PBE and optB86b-vdW give twice larger MAD (?0.45 eV). BEEF-vdW is intermediate with a MAD of 0.33 eV. For laterally ?-bound unsaturated hydrocarbons (cyclohexene, benzene, naphthalene) the PBE and the BEEF-vdW functionals are severally under-bound, while optPBE-vdW and PBE-dDsC provide a good match with experiments. Hence both the incorporation of van der Waals dispersive forces and the choice of the exchange functional have a key influence on the chemisorption energy. Vertically bound ethylidyne and CO are in contrast over-bound with all functionals, the best agreement being obtained with BEEF-vdW. None of the selected functionals hence provides a universally accurate treatment of chemisorption energies. PMID:26455444

  8. Determinations of molecular weight and molecular weight distribution of high polymers by the rheological properties

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    Huang, J. Y.; Hou, T. H.; Tiwari, S. N.

    1989-01-01

    Several methods are reviewed by which the molecular weight (MW) and the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of polymeric material were determined from the rheological properties. A poly(arylene ether) polymer with six different molecular weights was used in this investigation. Experimentally measured MW and MWD were conducted by GPC/LALLS (gel permeation chromatography/low angle laser light scattering), and the rheological properties of the melts were measured by a Rheometric System Four rheometer. It was found that qualitative information of the MW and MWD of these polymers could be derived from the viscoelastic properties, with the methods proposed by Zeichner and Patel, and by Dormier et al., by shifting the master curves of the dynamic storage modulus, G', and the loss modulus, G'', along the frequency axis. Efforts were also made to calculate quantitative profiles of MW and MWD for these polymers from their rheological properties. The technique recently proposed by Wu was evaluated. It was found that satisfactory results could only be obtained for polymers with single modal distribution in the molecular weight.

  9. Unexpected Molecular Weight Effect in Polymer Nanocomposites.

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    Cheng, Shiwang; Holt, Adam P; Wang, Huiqun; Fan, Fei; Bocharova, Vera; Martin, Halie; Etampawala, Thusitha; White, B Tyler; Saito, Tomonori; Kang, Nam-Goo; Dadmun, Mark D; Mays, Jimmy W; Sokolov, Alexei P

    2016-01-22

    The properties of the interfacial layer between the polymer matrix and nanoparticles largely determine the macroscopic properties of polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). Although the static thickness of the interfacial layer was found to increase with the molecular weight (MW), the influence of MW on segmental relaxation and the glass transition in this layer remains to be explored. In this Letter, we show an unexpected MW dependence of the interfacial properties in PNC with attractive polymer-nanoparticle interactions: the thickness of the interfacial layer with hindered segmental relaxation decreases as MW increases, in sharp contrast to theoretical predictions. Further analyses reveal a reduction in mass density of the interfacial layer with increasing MW, which can elucidate these unexpected dynamic effects. Our observations call for a significant revision of the current understandings of PNCs and suggest interesting ways to tailor their properties. PMID:26849618

  10. Unexpected Molecular Weight Effect in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Cheng, Shiwang; Holt, Adam P.; Wang, Huiqun; Fan, Fei; Bocharova, Vera; Martin, Halie; Etampawala, Thusitha; White, B. Tyler; Saito, Tomonori; Kang, Nam-Goo; Dadmun, Mark D.; Mays, Jimmy W.; Sokolov, Alexei P.

    2016-01-01

    The properties of the interfacial layer between the polymer matrix and nanoparticles largely determine the macroscopic properties of polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). Although the static thickness of the interfacial layer was found to increase with the molecular weight (MW), the influence of MW on segmental relaxation and the glass transition in this layer remains to be explored. In this Letter, we show an unexpected MW dependence of the interfacial properties in PNC with attractive polymer-nanoparticle interactions: the thickness of the interfacial layer with hindered segmental relaxation decreases as MW increases, in sharp contrast to theoretical predictions. Further analyses reveal a reduction in mass density of the interfacial layer with increasing MW, which can elucidate these unexpected dynamic effects. Our observations call for a significant revision of the current understandings of PNCs and suggest interesting ways to tailor their properties.

  11. Fatigue characteristics of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene with different molecular weight for implant material.

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    Niinomi, M; Wang, L; Enjitsu, T; Fukunaga, K

    2001-03-01

    In order to investigate the effect of molecular weight on fatigue characteristics in the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), tension-tension fatigue tests of notched specimens were carried out in the present study. The effects of frequency and stress ratio on the fatigue characteristics were also investigated and fractography was discussed. The fatigue strength does not increase with increasing molecular weight. The fatigue strength might be influenced by the high degree of crystallinity in spite of the decreased tie molecule density in this study. Almost no effect of frequency on the number of cycles to failure can be observed. However, the higher the frequency, the higher the crack tip temperature. The effects of heat and strain rate on the fatigue strength must be considered in polymer materials. At a high stress ratio, the stress-number of cycles to failure (S-N) curves shift to high number cycles to failure side. Both stress amplitude and mean stress influence the fatigue life of UHMWPE. PMID:15348311

  12. Recovery of petroleum with chemically treated high molecular weight polymers

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    Gibb, C.L.; Rhudy, J.S.

    1980-11-18

    Plugging of reservoirs with high molecular weight polymers, e.g. Partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide, is overcome by chemically treating a polymer having an excessively high average molecular weight prior to injection into a reservoir with an oxidizing chemical, e.g. sodium hypochlorite, and thereafter incorporating a reducing chemical, e.g., sodium sulfite, to stop degradation of the polymer when a desired lower average molecular weight and flooding characteristics are attained.

  13. Ultrasound Fetal Weight Estimation: How Accurate Are We Now Under Emergency Conditions?

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    Dimassi, Kaouther; Douik, Fatma; Ajroudi, Mariem; Triki, Amel; Gara, Mohamed Faouzi

    2015-10-01

    The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of sonographic estimation of fetal weight when performed at due date by first-line sonographers. This was a prospective study including 500 singleton pregnancies. Ultrasound examinations were performed by residents on delivery day. Estimated fetal weights (EFWs) were calculated and compared with the corresponding birth weights. The median absolute difference between EFW and birth weight was 200 g (100-330). This difference was within ±10% in 75.2% of the cases. The median absolute percentage error was 5.53% (2.70%-10.03%). Linear regression analysis revealed a good correlation between EFW and birth weight (r = 0.79, p < 0.0001). According to Bland-Altman analysis, bias was -85.06 g (95% limits of agreement: -663.33 to 494.21). In conclusion, EFWs calculated by residents were as accurate as those calculated by experienced sonographers. Nevertheless, predictive performance remains limited, with a low sensitivity in the diagnosis of macrosomia. PMID:26164286

  14. Monitoring of low-molecular-weight heparins in cardiovascular disease.

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    Abbate, R; Gori, A M; Farsi, A; Attanasio, M; Pepe, G

    1998-09-10

    Thrombin generation is a key event in the pathophysiology of coronary syndromes and provides the rationale for treatment with anticoagulants. Unlike standard heparin, low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) has little effect on activated partial thromboplastin time. LMWH treatment has been monitored by measurement of anti-Factor Xa activity, but this may not accurately reflect the anticoagulant action because LMWHs also inhibit Factor II. The Heptest is a clotting assay that is sensitive to both anti-Xa and anti-IIa activity, as well as inhibition of the extrinsic pathway by LMWH-stimulated release of tissue factor pathway inhibitor. The plasma thrombin neutralization assay has also been used to measure LMWH and to detect low concentrations to which chromogenic assays are insensitive. In the clinical setting, monitoring the anti-Xa activity in patients treated with LMWH after acute deep vein thrombosis offered no advantages over a standard weight-adjusted dose. Moreover, in acute coronary syndromes there is no increase in major hemorrhage rates with weight-adjusted LMWH. Monitoring of LMWH concentrations may be advisable in the presence of comorbid conditions carrying an increased risk of hemorrhage, such as renal disease, advanced age, severe over- or underweight, or a history of previous bleeding episodes. PMID:9737479

  15. Pharmacokinetics of low molecular weight heparins.

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    Bara, L; Samama, M

    1988-01-01

    Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) fragments have recently been proposed as antithrombotic drugs. Several fractions and fragments have been studied in human healthy volunteers: Enoxaparin (Lovenox) from Pharmuka, Fraxiparin from Choay, Fragmin from Kabi, LHN1 from Novo laboratories. The pharmacokinetics of LMWH are clearly different from those of unfractionated heparin as demonstrated by a small group of studies. In our laboratory, we undertook one study with enoxaparin. After intravenous and sub-cutaneous injection the clearance half-life of the different LMW heparins is about 3 to 4 hours. It is significantly longer for LMW heparin than for unfractionated heparin. The half-life of anti-IIa activity is similar for LMW heparins and for unfractionated heparin. However, contrary to unfractionated heparin, there is, for Enoxaparin, a difference between the two activity half-life. The anti-IIa activity half-life is smaller than that of anti-Xa activity. After intravenous and sub-cutaneous injection of 30 to 40 mg of the different fragments and fractions the biodisponibility of LMWH S.C.(A.U.C.) I.V.(A.U.C.) was about 4 times higher when compared to unfractionated heparin injected at a dose of 29 mg. In a recent study with 12 volunteers, using S.C. administration of 20, 40, 60, and 80 mg of Enoxaparin, we were able to demonstrate a good linearity between the area under the curves and the injected doses. Standard heparin is mainly cleared by a cellular mechanism while LMWH is essentially cleared by a renal mechanism. Anti-Xa activities obtained by the chromogenic technique are higher than those obtained in human plasmas with a competitive binding assay and with labelled Enoxaparin in the dog and in the rat. The persistent anti-Xa activity may be mediated by some compounds released by Enoxaparin.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:2847460

  16. Molecular Weight Effects on the Viscoelastic Response of a Polyimide

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    Nicholson, Lee M.; Whitley, Karen S.; Gates, Thomas S.

    2000-01-01

    The effect of molecular weight on the viscoelastic performance of an advanced polymer (LaRC -SI) was investigated through the use of creep compliance tests. Testing consisted of short-term isothermal creep and recovery with the creep segments performed under constant load. The tests were conducted at three temperatures below the glass transition temperature of each material with different molecular weight. Through the use of time-aging-time superposition procedures, the material constants, material master curves and aging-related parameters were evaluated at each temperature for a given molecular weight. The time-temperature superposition technique helped to describe the effect of temperature on the timescale of the viscoelastic response of each molecular weight. It was shown that the low molecular weight materials have increased creep compliance and creep compliance rate, and are more sensitive to temperature than the high molecular weight materials. Furthermore, a critical molecular weight transition was observed to occur at a weight-average molecular weight of approximately 25000 g/mol below which, the temperature sensitivity of the time-temperature superposition shift factor increases rapidly.

  17. [Isocyanates and formaldehyde--low molecular weight xenobiotics].

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    Obtułowicz, Krystyna; Kuciel, Michał; Targosz, Dorota; Hydzik, Piotr; Obtułowicz, Piotr

    2011-01-01

    Isocyanates and formaldehyde are a low molecular weight environmental xenobiotics. Acute poisonings are relatively rare, chronic exposure not enough recognized. A source, mechanism of toxicity and ability of those low molecular weight compounds to stimulation of different types of immune response are presented in the study. PMID:22010440

  18. Molecular weight of aquatic fulvic acids by vapor pressure osmometry

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    Aiken, G.R.; Malcolm, R.L.

    1987-01-01

    The molecular weights of aquatic fulvic acids extracted from five rivers were determined by vapor pressure osmometry with water and tetrahydrofuran as solvents. The values obtained ranged from 500 to 950 dallons, indicating that the molecular weights of aquatic fulvic acids are not as great as has been suggested in some other molecular weight studies. The samples were shown to be relatively monodisperse from radii of gyration measurements determined by small angle x-ray scattering. THF affords greater precision and accuracy than H2O in VPO measurements, and was found to be a suitable solvent for the determination of molecular weight of aquatic fulvic acid because it obviates the dissociation problem. An inverse correlation was observed with these samples between the concentration of Ca++ and Mg++ in the river water and the radii of gyration and molecular weights of the corresponding fulvic acid samples. ?? 1987.

  19. Evaluation of ultrafiltration for determining molecular weight of fulvic acid

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    Aiken, G.R.

    1984-01-01

    Two commonly used ultrafiltration membranes are evaluated for the determination of molecular weights of humic substances. Polyacrylic acids of Mr 2000 and 5000 and two well-characterized fulvic acids are used as standards. Molecular size characteristics of standards, as determined by small-angle X-ray scattering, are presented. Great care in evaluating molecular weight data obtained by ultrafiltration is needed because of broad nominal cutoffs and membrane-solute interactions.

  20. Size-exclusion chromatography of ultrahigh molecular weight methylcellulose ethers and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose ethers for reliable molecular weight distribution characterization.

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    Li, Yongfu; Shen, Hongwei; Lyons, John W; Sammler, Robert L; Brackhagen, Meinolf; Meunier, David M

    2016-03-15

    Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) coupled with multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS) and differential refractive index (DRI) detectors was employed for determination of the molecular weight distributions (MWD) of methylcellulose ethers (MC) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose ethers (HPMC) having weight-average molecular weights (Mw) ranging from 20 to more than 1,000kg/mol. In comparison to previous work involving right-angle light scattering (RALS) and a viscometer for MWD characterization of MC and HPMC, MALLS yields more reliable molecular weight for materials having weight-average molecular weights (Mw) exceeding about 300kg/mol. A non-ideal SEC separation was observed for cellulose ethers with Mw>800kg/mol, and was manifested by upward divergence of logM vs. elution volume (EV) at larger elution volume at typical SEC flow rate such as 1.0mL/min. As such, the number-average molecular weight (Mn) determined for the sample was erroneously large and polydispersity (Mw/Mn) was erroneously small. This non-ideality resulting in the late elution of high molecular weight chains could be due to the elongation of polymer chains when experimental conditions yield Deborah numbers (De) exceeding 0.5. Non-idealities were eliminated when sufficiently low flow rates were used. Thus, using carefully selected experimental conditions, SEC coupled with MALLS and DRI can provide reliable MWD characterization of MC and HPMC covering the entire ranges of compositions and molecular weights of commercial interest. PMID:26794765

  1. Wear characteristics of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

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    El-Domiaty, A.; El-Fadaly, M.; Nassef, A. Es.

    2002-10-01

    The wear of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) bearing against 316 stainless steel or cobalt chromium (Co-Cr) alloy was measured using a 12-channel wear tester especially developed for the evaluation of candidate materials for prosthetic joints. The coefficient of friction and wear rate were determined as a function of lubricant, contact stress, and metallic surface roughness in tests lasting 2 3 million cycles, the equivalent of several years use of a prosthesis. Wear was determined by the weight loss of the polyethylene (PE) specimens corrected for the effect of fluid absorption. The friction and wear processes in blood serum differed markedly from those in saline solution or distilled water. Only serum lubrication produced wear surfaces resembling those observed on removed prostheses. The experimental methods provided accurate reproducible measurement of PE wear. The long-term wear rates were proportional to load and sliding distance. Although the PE wear rate increased with increasing surface roughness, wear was not severe except with very coarse metal surfaces. The data obtained in these studies formed a comparison basis for the subsequent evaluation of potentially superior materials for prosthetic joints.

  2. Accurate molecular classification of cancer using simple rules

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    Wang, Xiaosheng; Gotoh, Osamu

    2009-01-01

    Background One intractable problem with using microarray data analysis for cancer classification is how to reduce the extremely high-dimensionality gene feature data to remove the effects of noise. Feature selection is often used to address this problem by selecting informative genes from among thousands or tens of thousands of genes. However, most of the existing methods of microarray-based cancer classification utilize too many genes to achieve accurate classification, which often hampers the interpretability of the models. For a better understanding of the classification results, it is desirable to develop simpler rule-based models with as few marker genes as possible. Methods We screened a small number of informative single genes and gene pairs on the basis of their depended degrees proposed in rough sets. Applying the decision rules induced by the selected genes or gene pairs, we constructed cancer classifiers. We tested the efficacy of the classifiers by leave-one-out cross-validation (LOOCV) of training sets and classification of independent test sets. Results We applied our methods to five cancerous gene expression datasets: leukemia (acute lymphoblastic leukemia [ALL] vs. acute myeloid leukemia [AML]), lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia (ALL vs. mixed-lineage leukemia [MLL] vs. AML). Accurate classification outcomes were obtained by utilizing just one or two genes. Some genes that correlated closely with the pathogenesis of relevant cancers were identified. In terms of both classification performance and algorithm simplicity, our approach outperformed or at least matched existing methods. Conclusion In cancerous gene expression datasets, a small number of genes, even one or two if selected correctly, is capable of achieving an ideal cancer classification effect. This finding also means that very simple rules may perform well for cancerous class prediction. PMID:19874631

  3. Accurate and predictive antibody repertoire profiling by molecular amplification fingerprinting

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    Khan, Tarik A.; Friedensohn, Simon; de Vries, Arthur R. Gorter; Straszewski, Jakub; Ruscheweyh, Hans-Joachim; Reddy, Sai T.

    2016-01-01

    High-throughput antibody repertoire sequencing (Ig-seq) provides quantitative molecular information on humoral immunity. However, Ig-seq is compromised by biases and errors introduced during library preparation and sequencing. By using synthetic antibody spike-in genes, we determined that primer bias from multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) library preparation resulted in antibody frequencies with only 42 to 62% accuracy. Additionally, Ig-seq errors resulted in antibody diversity measurements being overestimated by up to 5000-fold. To rectify this, we developed molecular amplification fingerprinting (MAF), which uses unique molecular identifier (UID) tagging before and during multiplex PCR amplification, which enabled tagging of transcripts while accounting for PCR efficiency. Combined with a bioinformatic pipeline, MAF bias correction led to measurements of antibody frequencies with up to 99% accuracy. We also used MAF to correct PCR and sequencing errors, resulting in enhanced accuracy of full-length antibody diversity measurements, achieving 98 to 100% error correction. Using murine MAF-corrected data, we established a quantitative metric of recent clonal expansion—the intraclonal diversity index—which measures the number of unique transcripts associated with an antibody clone. We used this intraclonal diversity index along with antibody frequencies and somatic hypermutation to build a logistic regression model for prediction of the immunological status of clones. The model was able to predict clonal status with high confidence but only when using MAF error and bias corrected Ig-seq data. Improved accuracy by MAF provides the potential to greatly advance Ig-seq and its utility in immunology and biotechnology. PMID:26998518

  4. Accurate and predictive antibody repertoire profiling by molecular amplification fingerprinting.

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    Khan, Tarik A; Friedensohn, Simon; de Vries, Arthur R Gorter; Straszewski, Jakub; Ruscheweyh, Hans-Joachim; Reddy, Sai T

    2016-03-01

    High-throughput antibody repertoire sequencing (Ig-seq) provides quantitative molecular information on humoral immunity. However, Ig-seq is compromised by biases and errors introduced during library preparation and sequencing. By using synthetic antibody spike-in genes, we determined that primer bias from multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) library preparation resulted in antibody frequencies with only 42 to 62% accuracy. Additionally, Ig-seq errors resulted in antibody diversity measurements being overestimated by up to 5000-fold. To rectify this, we developed molecular amplification fingerprinting (MAF), which uses unique molecular identifier (UID) tagging before and during multiplex PCR amplification, which enabled tagging of transcripts while accounting for PCR efficiency. Combined with a bioinformatic pipeline, MAF bias correction led to measurements of antibody frequencies with up to 99% accuracy. We also used MAF to correct PCR and sequencing errors, resulting in enhanced accuracy of full-length antibody diversity measurements, achieving 98 to 100% error correction. Using murine MAF-corrected data, we established a quantitative metric of recent clonal expansion-the intraclonal diversity index-which measures the number of unique transcripts associated with an antibody clone. We used this intraclonal diversity index along with antibody frequencies and somatic hypermutation to build a logistic regression model for prediction of the immunological status of clones. The model was able to predict clonal status with high confidence but only when using MAF error and bias corrected Ig-seq data. Improved accuracy by MAF provides the potential to greatly advance Ig-seq and its utility in immunology and biotechnology. PMID:26998518

  5. Molecular weights of aggregation states of Busycon hemocyanin.

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    Quitter, S; Watts, L A; Crosby, C; Roxby, R

    1978-01-25

    Molecular weights of all hemocyanin aggregates which can be homogeneously isolated have been measured by sedimentation equilibrium. The larger aggregates, which are the ones present under physiological conditions, are, to a very close approximation, integral multiples of a 4.4 x 10(6)-dalton, 60 S species. Dissociation of the 60 S species at high pH gives heterogeneous samples in which the smallest species has a molecular weight of 300,000. The smallest subunit which can be produced in denaturing solvents also has a molecular weight of 300,000. PMID:22550

  6. Free volume model for molecular weights of polymers

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    Singh, J. J.; Eftekhari, A.

    1992-01-01

    A free volume model has been developed for determining molecular weights of linear polymers. It is based on the size of free volume cells in two geometries of poly(arylene ether ketone)s. Free volume cell sizes in test samples were measured using positron lifetime spectroscopy. The molecular weights computed from free volume cell sizes are in good agreement with the values measured by gel permeation chromatography, with a low angle laser light scattering photometer as the detector. The model has been further tested on two atactic polystyrene samples, where it predicted the ratio of their molecular weights with reasonable accuracy.

  7. Free volume variation with molecular weight of polymers

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    Singh, Jag J.; Eftekhari, Abe; Hinkley, Jeffrey A.; St.clair, Terry L.; Jensen, Brian J.

    1992-01-01

    Free volume measurements were made in several molecular weight fractions of two different geometries of poly(arylene ether ketone)s. Free volumes were measured using positron lifetime spectroscopy. It has been observed that the free volume cell size V(sub f) varies with the molecular weight M of the test samples according to an equation of the form V(sub f) = AM(B), where A and B are constants. The molecular weights computed from the free volume cell sizes are in good agreement with the values measured by gel permeation chromatography.

  8. Low molecular weight species in humic and fulvic fractions

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    Wilson, M.A.; Collin, P.J.; Malcolm, R.L.; Perdue, E.M.; Cresswell, P.

    1988-01-01

    Fourier transform solution 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry with homogated water peak irradiation is a useful method for detecting low molecular weight substances in humic extracts. Succinate, acetate, methanol, formate, lactate and some aryl methoxyl compounds have been detected in extracts from a wide range of sources. In view of the controversy over whether low molecular weight substances are contaminants in humic extracts introduced by the concentration procedure, we report that some of these materials are not contaminants since 1H-NMR can be used to follow their formation from higher molecular weight species. ?? 1988.

  9. Generalized weighted ratio method for accurate turbidity measurement over a wide range.

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    Liu, Hongbo; Yang, Ping; Song, Hong; Guo, Yilu; Zhan, Shuyue; Huang, Hui; Wang, Hangzhou; Tao, Bangyi; Mu, Quanquan; Xu, Jing; Li, Dejun; Chen, Ying

    2015-12-14

    Turbidity measurement is important for water quality assessment, food safety, medicine, ocean monitoring, etc. In this paper, a method that accurately estimates the turbidity over a wide range is proposed, where the turbidity of the sample is represented as a weighted ratio of the scattered light intensities at a series of angles. An improvement in the accuracy is achieved by expanding the structure of the ratio function, thus adding more flexibility to the turbidity-intensity fitting. Experiments have been carried out with an 850 nm laser and a power meter fixed on a turntable to measure the light intensity at different angles. The results show that the relative estimation error of the proposed method is 0.58% on average for a four-angle intensity combination for all test samples with a turbidity ranging from 160 NTU to 4000 NTU. PMID:26699060

  10. A Weight-Averaged Interpolation Method for Coupling Time-Accurate Rarefied and Continuum Flows

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    Diaz, Steven William

    A novel approach to coupling rarefied and continuum flow regimes as a single, hybrid model is introduced. The method borrows from techniques used in the simulation of spray flows to interpolate Lagrangian point-particles onto an Eulerian grid in a weight-averaged sense. A brief overview of traditional methods for modeling both rarefied and continuum domains is given, and a review of the literature regarding rarefied/continuum flow coupling is presented. Details of the theoretical development of the method of weighted interpolation are then described. The method evaluates macroscopic properties at the nodes of a CFD grid via the weighted interpolation of all simulated molecules in a set surrounding the node. The weight factor applied to each simulated molecule is the inverse of the linear distance between it and the given node. During development, the method was applied to several preliminary cases, including supersonic flow over an airfoil, subsonic flow over tandem airfoils, and supersonic flow over a backward facing step; all at low Knudsen numbers. The main thrust of the research centered on the time-accurate expansion of a rocket plume into a near-vacuum. The method proves flexible enough to be used with various flow solvers, demonstrated by the use of Fluent as the continuum solver for the preliminary cases and a NASA-developed Large Eddy Simulation research code, WRLES, for the full lunar model. The method is applicable to a wide range of Mach numbers and is completely grid independent, allowing the rarefied and continuum solvers to be optimized for their respective domains without consideration of the other. The work presented demonstrates the validity, and flexibility of the method of weighted interpolation as a novel concept in the field of hybrid flow coupling. The method marks a significant divergence from current practices in the coupling of rarefied and continuum flow domains and offers a kernel on which to base an ongoing field of research. It has the potential to significantly increase the flexibility of hybrid rarefied/continuum flow analyses.

  11. Evaluation of a Viscosity-Molecular Weight Relationship.

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    Mathias, Lon J.

    1983-01-01

    Background information, procedures, and results are provided for a series of graduate/undergraduate polymer experiments. These include synthesis of poly(methylmethacrylate), viscosity experiment (indicating large effect even small amounts of a polymer may have on solution properties), and measurement of weight-average molecular weight by light

  12. Evaluation of a Viscosity-Molecular Weight Relationship.

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    Mathias, Lon J.

    1983-01-01

    Background information, procedures, and results are provided for a series of graduate/undergraduate polymer experiments. These include synthesis of poly(methylmethacrylate), viscosity experiment (indicating large effect even small amounts of a polymer may have on solution properties), and measurement of weight-average molecular weight by light…

  13. Determination of size, molecular weight, and presence of subunits.

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    Rhodes, David G; Bossio, Robert E; Laue, Thomas M

    2009-01-01

    The size or apparent molecular weight of a given protein may be the most cited distinguishing characteristic of the molecule. In addition to being the basis of many separation methods, the molecular weight, or simply molecular size, immediately provides the investigator with an idea of the complexity of the molecule, whether it is likely to be difficult to produce in quantity, and whether certain analytical methods are likely to be productive. Knowing whether the polypeptide of interest can self assemble or exists in a heterogeneous complex with other polypeptides may provide valuable information regarding biosynthesis or mechanism. This chapter outlines key methods used to determine the size of proteins, their molecular weight, and whether subunits are present, with a focus on the basis of the determinations, their strengths, and their limitations. PMID:19892199

  14. Low molecular weight heparin in prevention of perioperative thrombosis.

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    Leizorovicz, A.; Haugh, M. C.; Chapuis, F. R.; Samama, M. M.; Boissel, J. P.

    1992-01-01

    OBJECTIVE--To determine whether prophylactic treatment with low molecular weight heparin reduces the incidence of thrombosis in patients who have had general or orthopaedic surgery. DESIGN--Meta-analysis of results from 52 randomised, controlled clinical studies (29 in general surgery and 23 in orthopaedic surgery) in which low molecular weight heparin was compared with placebo, dextran, or unfractionated heparin. SUBJECTS--Patients who had had general or orthopaedic surgery. INTERVENTION--Once daily injection of a low molecular weight heparin compared with placebo, dextran, or unfractionated heparin. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES--Incidence of deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, major haemorrhages, and death. RESULTS--The results confirm that low molecular weight heparins are more efficacious for the prophylactic treatment of deep venous thrombosis than placebo (common odds ratio 0.31, 95% confidence interval 0.22 to 0.43; p < 0.001) and dextran (0.44, 0.30 to 0.65; p < 0.001). The results suggest that low molecular weight heparins are also more efficacious than unfractionated heparin (0.85, 0.74 to 0.97; p = 0.02), with no significant difference in the incidence of major haemorrhages (1.06, 0.93 to 1.20; p = 0.62). CONCLUSIONS--Low molecular weight heparins seem to have a higher benefit to risk ratio than unfractionated heparin in preventing perioperative thrombosis. However, it remains to be shown in a suitably powered clinical trial whether low molecular weight heparin reduces the risk of fatal pulmonary embolism compared with heparin. PMID:1281030

  15. Microbial detection with low molecular weight RNA

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    Kourentzi, K. D.; Fox, G. E.; Willson, R. C.

    2001-01-01

    The need to monitor microorganisms in the environment has increased interest in assays based on hybridization probes that target nucleic acids (e.g., rRNA). We report the development of liquid-phase assays for specific bacterial 5S rRNA sequences or similarly sized artificial RNAs (aRNAs) using molecular beacon technology. These beacons fluoresce only in the presence of specific target sequences, rendering as much as a 27-fold fluorescence enhancement. The assays can be used with both crude cell lysates and purified total RNA preparations. Minimal sample preparation (e.g., heating to promote leakage from cells) is sufficient to detect many Gram-negative bacteria. Using this approach it was possible to detect an aRNA-labeled Escherichia coli strain in the presence of a large background of an otherwise identical E. coli strain. Finally, by using a longer wavelength carboxytetramethylrhodamine beacon it was possible to reduce the fraction of the signal due to cellular autofluorescence to below 0.5%.

  16. SEDFIT-MSTAR: molecular weight and molecular weight distribution analysis of polymers by sedimentation equilibrium in the ultracentrifuge.

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    Schuck, Peter; Gillis, Richard B; Besong, Tabot M D; Almutairi, Fahad; Adams, Gary G; Rowe, Arthur J; Harding, Stephen E

    2014-01-01

    Sedimentation equilibrium (analytical ultracentrifugation) is one of the most inherently suitable methods for the determination of average molecular weights and molecular weight distributions of polymers, because of its absolute basis (no conformation assumptions) and inherent fractionation ability (without the need for columns or membranes and associated assumptions over inertness). With modern instrumentation it is also possible to run up to 21 samples simultaneously in a single run. Its application has been severely hampered because of difficulties in terms of baseline determination (incorporating estimation of the concentration at the air/solution meniscus) and complexity of the analysis procedures. We describe a new method for baseline determination based on a smart-smoothing principle and built into the highly popular platform SEDFIT for the analysis of the sedimentation behavior of natural and synthetic polymer materials. The SEDFIT-MSTAR procedure - which takes only a few minutes to perform - is tested with four synthetic data sets (including a significantly non-ideal system), a naturally occurring protein (human IgG1) and two naturally occurring carbohydrate polymers (pullulan and ?-carrageenan) in terms of (i) weight average molecular weight for the whole distribution of species in the sample (ii) the variation in "point" average molecular weight with local concentration in the ultracentrifuge cell and (iii) molecular weight distribution. PMID:24244936

  17. SEDFIT-MSTAR: Molecular weight and molecular weight distribution analysis of polymers by sedimentation equilibrium in the ultracentrifuge

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    Schuck, Peter; Gillis, Richard B.; Besong, Tabot M.D.; Almutairi, Fahad; Adams, Gary G.; Rowe, Arthur J.; Harding, Stephen E.

    2014-01-01

    Sedimentation equilibrium (analytical ultracentrifugation) is one of the most inherently suitable methods for the determination of average molecular weights and molecular weight distributions of polymers, because of its absolute basis (no conformation assumptions) and inherent fractionation ability (without the need for columns or membranes and associated assumptions over inertness). With modern instrumentation it is also possible to run up to 21 samples simultaneously in a single run. Its application has been severely hampered because of difficulties in terms of baseline determination (incorporating estimation of the concentration at the air/solution meniscus) and complexity of the analysis procedures. We describe a new method for baseline determination based on a smart-smoothing principle and built into the highly popular platform SEDFIT for the analysis of the sedimentation behavior of natural and synthetic polymer materials. The SEDFIT-MSTAR procedure which takes only a few minutes to perform - is tested with four synthetic data sets (including a significantly non-ideal system) a naturally occurring protein (human IgG1) and two naturally occurring carbohydrate polymers (pullulan and ?carrageenan) in terms of (i) weight average molecular weight for the whole distribution of species in the sample (ii) the variation in point average molecular weight with local concentration in the ultracentrifuge cell and (iii) molecular weight distribution. PMID:24244936

  18. Molecular weight, polydispersity, and spectroscopic properties of aquatic humic substances

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    Chin, Y.-P.; Aiken, G.; O'Loughlin, E.

    1994-01-01

    The number- and weight-averaged molecular weights of a number of aquatic fulvic acids, a commercial humic acid, and unfractionated organic matter from four natural water samples were measured by high-pressure size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC). Molecular weights determined in this manner compared favorably with those values reported in the literature. Both recent literature values and our data indicate that these substances are smaller and less polydisperse than previously believed. Moreover, the molecular weights of the organic matter from three of the four natural water samples compared favorably to the fulvic acid samples extracted from similar environments. Bulk spectroscopic properties of the fulvic substances such as molar absorptivity at 280 nm and the E4/E6 ratio were also measured. A strong correlation was observed between molar absorptivity, total aromaticity, and the weight average molecular weights of all the humic substances. This observation suggests that bulk spectroscopic properties can be used to quickly estimate the size of humic substances and their aromatic contents. Both parameters are important with respect to understanding humic substance mobility and their propensity to react with both organic and inorganic pollutants. ?? 1994 American Chemical Society.

  19. Inhibition of phagocytosis by high molecular weight hyaluronate.

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    Forrester, J V; Balazs, E A

    1980-01-01

    The effect of sodium hyaluronate on phagocytosis was studied using a sensitive polystyrene latex sphere assay in mouse peritoneal macrophage monolayers. Viscous solutions of high molecular weight hyaluronate (4.6 X 10(5)--2.8 X 10(6)) caused a dose-dependent inhibition of phagocytosis, but low molecular weight hyaluronate (9.0 X 10(4)) was not inhibitory at equivalent viscosity. The inhibitory effect of high molecular weight hyaluronate did not appear to be mediated by the polyanionic charge of the molecule since sulphated glycosaminoglycans with greater charge density (heparin and chondroitin sulphate) were ineffective. In addition, competitive inhibition studies indicated that a direct effect on possible cell surface membrane receptors was unlikely. Instead, physical factors such as steric hindrance by the continuous polymeric network, were considered of more importance. Alternatively, the hydrophilic polysaccharide may have inhibited phagocytosis by providing an unsuitable surface for adhesive contact between the latex beads and the cell surface. PMID:7429537

  20. Rheological investigation of highly filled polymers: Effect of molecular weight

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    Hnatkova, Eva; Hausnerova, Berenika; Hales, Andrew; Jiranek, Lukas; Vera, Juan Miguel Alcon

    2015-04-01

    The paper deals with rheological properties of highly filled polymers used in powder injection molding. Within the experimental framework seven PIM feedstocks based on superalloy Inconel 718 powder were prepared. Each feedstock contains the fixed amount of powder loading and the same composition of binder system consisting of three components: polyethylene glycol (PEG) differing in molecular weight, poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and stearic acid (SA). The aim is to investigate the influence of PEG's molecular weight on the flow properties of feedstocks. Non-Newtonian indices, representing the shear rate sensitivity of the feedstocks, are obtained from a polynomial fit, and found to vary within measured shear rates range from 0.2 to 0.8. Temperature effect is considered via activation energies, showing decreasing trend with increasing of molecular weight of PEG (except of feedstock containing 1,500 g.mol-1 PEG).

  1. Influence of Molecular Weight and Degree of Deacetylation of Low Molecular Weight Chitosan on the Bioactivity of Oral Insulin Preparations

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    Qinna, Nidal A.; Karwi, Qutuba G.; Al-Jbour, Nawzat; Al-Remawi, Mayyas A.; Alhussainy, Tawfiq M.; Al-Soud, Khaldoun A.; Al Omari, Mahmoud M. H.; Badwan, Adnan A.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the present study was to prepare and characterize low molecular weight chitosan (LMWC) with different molecular weight and degrees of deacetylation (DDA) and to optimize their use in oral insulin nano delivery systems. Water in oil nanosized systems containing LMWC-insulin polyelectrolyte complexes were constructed and their ability to reduce blood glucose was assessed in vivo on diabetic rats. Upon acid depolymerization and testing by viscosity method, three molecular weights of LMWC namely, 1.3, 13 and 18 kDa were obtained. As for the DDA, three LMWCs of 55%, 80% and 100% DDA were prepared and characterized by spectroscopic methods for each molecular weight. The obtained LMWCs showed different morphological and in silico patterns. Following complexation of LMWCs with insulin, different aggregation sizes were obtained. Moreover, the in vivo tested formulations showed different activities of blood glucose reduction. The highest glucose reduction was achieved with 1.3 kDa LMWC of 55% DDA. The current study emphasizes the importance of optimizing the molecular weight along with the DDA of the incorporated LMWC in oral insulin delivery preparations in order to ensure the highest performance of such delivery systems. PMID:25826718

  2. Influence of molecular weight and degree of deacetylation of low molecular weight chitosan on the bioactivity of oral insulin preparations.

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    Qinna, Nidal A; Karwi, Qutuba G; Al-Jbour, Nawzat; Al-Remawi, Mayyas A; Alhussainy, Tawfiq M; Al-So'ud, Khaldoun A; Al Omari, Mahmoud M H; Badwan, Adnan A

    2015-04-01

    The objective of the present study was to prepare and characterize low molecular weight chitosan (LMWC) with different molecular weight and degrees of deacetylation (DDA) and to optimize their use in oral insulin nano delivery systems. Water in oil nanosized systems containing LMWC-insulin polyelectrolyte complexes were constructed and their ability to reduce blood glucose was assessed in vivo on diabetic rats. Upon acid depolymerization and testing by viscosity method, three molecular weights of LMWC namely, 1.3, 13 and 18 kDa were obtained. As for the DDA, three LMWCs of 55%, 80% and 100% DDA were prepared and characterized by spectroscopic methods for each molecular weight. The obtained LMWCs showed different morphological and in silico patterns. Following complexation of LMWCs with insulin, different aggregation sizes were obtained. Moreover, the in vivo tested formulations showed different activities of blood glucose reduction. The highest glucose reduction was achieved with 1.3 kDa LMWC of 55% DDA. The current study emphasizes the importance of optimizing the molecular weight along with the DDA of the incorporated LMWC in oral insulin delivery preparations in order to ensure the highest performance of such delivery systems. PMID:25826718

  3. RHEOLOGICAL PROPERTIES & MOLECULAR WEIGHT DISTRIBUTIONS OF FOUR PERFLUORINATED THERMOPLASTIC POLYMERS

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    Hoffman, D M; Shields, A L

    2009-02-24

    Dynamic viscosity measurements and molecular weight estimates have been made on four commercial, amorphous fluoropolymers with glass transitions (Tg) above 100 C: Teflon AF 1600, Hyflon AD 60, Cytop A and Cytop M. These polymers are of interest as binders for the insensitive high explosive 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) because of their high density and Tg above ambient, but within a suitable processing range of TATB. As part of this effort, the rheological properties and molecular weight distributions of these polymers were evaluated.

  4. Mean molecular weight and hydrogen abundance of Titan's atmosphere

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    Samuelson, R. E.; Hanel, R. A.; Kunde, V. G.; Maguire, W. C.

    1981-01-01

    The 200-600/cm continuum opacity in the troposphere and lower stratosphere of Titan is inferred from thermal emission spectra from the Voyager 1 IR spectrometer (IRIS). The surface temperature and mean molecular weight are between 94 and 97 K and between 28.3 and 29.2 AMU, respectively. The mole fraction of molecular hydrogen is 0.002 + or - 0.001, which is equivalent to an abundance of approximately 0.2 + or - 0.1 km amagat.

  5. Preparation of soybean oil polymers with high molecular weight

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    The cationic polymerization of soybean oils was initiated by boron trifluoride diethyl etherate BF3.O(C2H5)2 in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) medium. The resulting polymers had molecular weight ranging from 21,842 to 118,300 g/mol. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and gel perme...

  6. Polyacrylamide molecular weight effects on soil infiltration and erosion

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    Seal formation at the surface of smectitic soils during rainstorms reduces soil infiltration rate (IR) and causes runoff and erosion. Surface application of dry anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) with high molecular weight (MW) has been found to be effective in stabilizing soil aggregates, and decreasing ...

  7. Molecular weight dependence of domain structure in silica-siloxane molecular composites

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    Ulibarri, T.A.; Beaucage, G.; Schaefer, D.W.; Olivier, B.J.; Assink, R.A.

    1992-07-01

    A detailed investigation of the molecular weight dependence of silica growth in in situ filled polydimethylsiloxane/tetraethylorthosilicate (PDMS/TEOS) materials was conducted using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Composite materials were produced by using TEOS to simultaneously produce the glassy filler phase and to crosslink linear, hydroxyl terminated PDMS of variable molecular weight, M. Correlated domains of glassy filler were produced. The morphology of the in situ filled material showed a definite dependence on the molecular weight of the precursor polymer. The scale, R, of the glassy domains follows de Gennes` description of phase separation in a crosslinked system (R {alpha} M{sup 1/2}).

  8. Molecular weight dependence of domain structure in silica-siloxane molecular composites

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    Ulibarri, T.A.; Beaucage, G.; Schaefer, D.W.; Olivier, B.J.; Assink, R.A.

    1992-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the molecular weight dependence of silica growth in in situ filled polydimethylsiloxane/tetraethylorthosilicate (PDMS/TEOS) materials was conducted using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). Composite materials were produced by using TEOS to simultaneously produce the glassy filler phase and to crosslink linear, hydroxyl terminated PDMS of variable molecular weight, M. Correlated domains of glassy filler were produced. The morphology of the in situ filled material showed a definite dependence on the molecular weight of the precursor polymer. The scale, R, of the glassy domains follows de Gennes' description of phase separation in a crosslinked system (R {alpha} M{sup 1/2}).

  9. Molecular weight characterization of single globular proteins using optical nanotweezers.

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    Wheaton, Skyler; Gordon, Reuven

    2015-07-21

    We trap a set of molecular weight standard globular proteins using a double nanohole optical trap. The root mean squared variation of the trapping laser transmission intensity gives a linear dependence with the molecular weight, showing the potential for analysis of globular proteins. The characteristic time of the autocorrelation of the trapping laser intensity variations scales with a -2/3 power dependence with the volume of the particle. A hydrodynamic laser tweezer model is used to explain these dependencies. Since this is a single particle technique that operates in solution and can be used to isolate an individual particle, we believe that it provides an interesting alternative to existing analysis methods and shows promise to expand the capabilities of protein related studies to the single particle level. PMID:25739349

  10. Molecular physiology of weight regulation in mice and humans

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    Leibel, RL

    2009-01-01

    Evolutionary considerations relating to efficiency in reproduction, and survival in hostile environments, suggest that body energy stores are sensed and actively regulated, with stronger physiological and behavioral responses to loss than gain of stored energy. Many physiological studies support this inference, and suggest that a critical axis runs between body fat and the hypothalamus. The molecular cloning of leptin and its receptorprojects based explicitly on the search for elements in this axisconfirmed the existence of this axis and provided important tools with which to understand its molecular physiology. Demonstration of the importance of this soma-brain reciprocal connection in body weight regulation in humans has been pursued using both classical genetic approaches and studies of physiological responses to experimental weight perturbation. This paper reviews the history of the rationale and methodology of the cloning of leptin (Lep) and the leptin receptor (Lepr), and describes some of the clinical investigation characterizing this axis. PMID:19136999

  11. Cancer resistance, high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, and longevity.

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    Fisher, Gary J

    2015-03-01

    Longevity varies greatly among mammals. The naked mole rat is among the longest-lived rodents, having an average lifespan of 32years, compared to the similarly-sized house mouse with lifespan of 4years. The rate of cancer also varies widely among mammals and interestingly, the naked mole rat is essentially cancer-free (Gorbunova et al., Nat Rev Genet 15(531):540, 2014). A series of elegant studies (Tian et al. Nature 499:346-349, 2013) has revealed that this cancer resistance derives from the abundant production of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Remarkably, high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which accumulates within the extracellular matrix, stimulates an intracellular pathway that induces expression of p16(ink4a) and suppresses oncogenic transformation. PMID:25740467

  12. Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Silphenylene/Siloxane Elastomers

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    Hundley, N. H.; Patterson, W. J.

    1989-01-01

    Elastomers enhance thermal and mechancial properties. Capable of performing in extreme thermal/oxidative environments and having molecular weights above 10 to the sixth power prepared and analyzed in laboratory experiments. Made of methylvinylsilphenylene-siloxane terpolymers, new materials amenable to conventional silicone-processing technology. Similarly formulated commercial methyl-vinyl silicones, vulcanized elastomers exhibit enhance thermal/oxidative stability and equivalent or superior mechanical properties.

  13. Homogeneous low-molecular-weight heparins with reversible anticoagulant activity

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    Xu, Yongmei; Cai, Chao; Chandarajoti, Kasemsiri; Hsieh, Po-Hung; Li, Lingyun; Pham, Truong Q; Sparkenbaugh, Erica M; Sheng, Juzheng; Key, Nigel S; Pawlinski, Rafal; Harris, Edward N; Linhardt, Robert J; Liu, Jian

    2015-01-01

    Low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) are carbohydrate-based anticoagulants clinically used to treat thrombotic disorders, but impurities, structural heterogeneity or functional irreversibility can limit treatment options. We report a series of synthetic LMWHs prepared by cost-effective chemoenzymatic methods. The high activity of one defined synthetic LMWH against human factor Xa (FXa) was reversible in vitro and in vivo using protamine, demonstrating that synthetically accessible constructs can have a critical role in the next generation of LMWHs. PMID:24561662

  14. High molecular weight polysaccharide that binds and inhibits virus

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    Konowalchuk, Thomas W

    2014-01-14

    This invention provides a high molecular weight polysaccharide capable of binding to and inhibiting virus and related pharmaceutical formulations and methods on inhibiting viral infectivity and/or pathogenicity, as well as immunogenic compositions. The invention further methods of inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and of ameliorating a symptom of aging. Additionally, the invention provides methods of detecting and/or quantifying and/or isolating viruses.

  15. Mothers' and Fathers' Perceptions of Their Adolescent Daughters' Shape, Weight, and Body Esteem: Are They Accurate?

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    Geller, Josie; Srikameswaran, Suja; Zaitsoff, Shannon L.; Cockell, Sarah J.; Poole, Gary D.

    2003-01-01

    Examined parents' awareness of their daughters' attitudes, beliefs, and feelings about their bodies. Sixty-six adolescent daughters completed an eating disorder scale, a body figure rating scale, and made ratings of their shape and weight. Greater discrepancies between parents' estimates of daughters' body esteem and daughters' self-reported body…

  16. Buckling in polymer monolayers: Molecular-weight dependence

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    Srivastava, S.; Basu, J. K.

    2009-04-01

    We present systematic investigations of buckling in Langmuir monolayers of polyvinyl acetate formed at the air-water interface. On compression the polymer monolayers are converted to a continuous membrane with a thickness of 2-3nm of well-defined periodicity, ?b . Above a certain surface concentration the membrane undergoes a morphological transition buckling, leading to the formation of striped patterns. The periodicity seems to depend on molecular weight as per the predictions of the gravity-bending buckling formalism of Milner for fluidlike films on water. However anomalously low values of bending rigidity and Youngs modulus are obtained using this formalism. Hence we have considered an alternative model of buckling-based solidlike films on viscoelastic substrates. The values of bending rigidity and Youngs modulus obtained by this method, although lower than expected, are closer to the bulk values. Remarkably, no buckling is found to occur above a certain molecular weight. We have tried to explain the observed molecular-weight dependence in terms of the variation in isothermal compressive modulus of the monolayers with surface concentration as well as provided possible explanations for the obtained low values of mechanical properties similar to that observed for ultrathin polymer films.

  17. Buckling in polymer monolayers: Molecular-weight dependence

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    Srivastava, S.; Basu, J.K.

    2010-11-12

    We present systematic investigations of buckling in Langmuir monolayers of polyvinyl acetate formed at the air-water interface. On compression the polymer monolayers are converted to a continuous membrane with a thickness of {approx}2-3 nm of well-defined periodicity, {lambda}{sub b}. Above a certain surface concentration the membrane undergoes a morphological transition buckling, leading to the formation of striped patterns. The periodicity seems to depend on molecular weight as per the predictions of the gravity-bending buckling formalism of Milner et al. for fluidlike films on water. However anomalously low values of bending rigidity and Young's modulus are obtained using this formalism. Hence we have considered an alternative model of buckling-based solidlike films on viscoelastic substrates. The values of bending rigidity and Young's modulus obtained by this method, although lower than expected, are closer to the bulk values. Remarkably, no buckling is found to occur above a certain molecular weight. We have tried to explain the observed molecular-weight dependence in terms of the variation in isothermal compressive modulus of the monolayers with surface concentration as well as provided possible explanations for the obtained low values of mechanical properties similar to that observed for ultrathin polymer films.

  18. Influence of Molecular Weight on the Mechanical Performance of a Thermoplastic Glassy Polyimide

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    Nicholson, Lee M.; Whitley, Karen S.; Gates, Thomas S.; Hinkley, Jeffrey A.

    1999-01-01

    Mechanical Testing of an advanced thermoplastic polyimide (LaRC-TM-SI) with known variations in molecular weight was performed over a range of temperatures below the glass transition temperature. The physical characterization, elastic properties and notched tensile strength were all determined as a function of molecular weight and test temperature. It was shown that notched tensile strength is a strong function of both temperature and molecular weight, whereas stiffness is only a strong function of temperature. A critical molecular weight (Mc) was observed to occur at a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of approx. 22000 g/mol below which, the notched tensile strength decreases rapidly. This critical molecular weight transition is temperature-independent. Furthermore, inelastic analysis showed that low molecular weight materials tended to fail in a brittle manner, whereas high molecular weight materials exhibited ductile failure. The microstructural images supported these findings.

  19. Genotoxicity testing of low molecular weight fucoidan from brown seaweeds.

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    Song, Moon Yong; Ku, Sae Kwang; Han, Jin Soo

    2012-03-01

    Fucoidan extracts from brown seaweed have anticoagulant, antithrombotic, and antiviral activities. Low molecular weight fucoidan (LMF) obtained by acid hydrolysis of high molecular weight fucoidan showed more favorable bioactivity. Despite extensive work on LMF bioactivities, detailed studies on the genotoxicity of LMF have not been conducted. As part of a safety evaluation, the potential genotoxicity of LMF was evaluated using a standard battery of tests (bacterial reverse mutation assay, chromosomal aberrations assay, and mouse micronucleus assay). The LMF was determined not to be genotoxic under the conditions of the reverse mutation assay, chromosomal aberrations assay, or mouse micronucleus assay. In a reverse mutation assay using four Salmonella typhimurium strains and Escherichia coli, LMF did not increase the number of revertant colonies in any tester strain regardless of metabolic activation by S9 mix, and did not cause chromosomal aberration in short tests with the S9 mix or in the continuous (24 h) test. A bone marrow micronucleus test in ICR mice dosed by oral gavage at doses up to 2000 mg/kg body weight/day showed no significant or dose-dependent increases in the frequency of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes. Use of LMF is presently expected to be safe, as anticipated intake is small compared to doses administered in the genotoxicity assays and may prove to be a useful bioactive agent after further toxicity research. PMID:22107991

  20. [The effect of low molecular weight substances on the human skin. Molecular mechanisms and their consequences].

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    Merk, H F; Baron, J M

    2004-12-01

    Interactions between low molecular weight compounds with cells of the skin result in reactions with different proteins which enable the uptake, metabolism and efflux of these compounds. It is unlikely, that small molecular weight compounds can achieve pharmacological concentrations within cells by diffusion alone. The pattern of influx proteins of keratinocytes is different from that of hepatocytes. If the balance between these systems is disturbed, the skin may become unable to function as a protective organ which can result in diseases including cancer or-more frequently-allergic contact dermatitis. Recent investigations of the sensitization to fragrances and p-phenylenediamine are discussed. An improved understanding of the metabolism of low molecular weight compounds can lead to new therapeutic strategies. One example is the introduction of photodynamic therapy with topical applied porphyrin precursors. PMID:15568131

  1. Polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form electrochromic polymers.

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    Kubiak, Peter S; Awhida, Salmah; Hotchen, Christopher; Deng, Wentao; Alston, Ben; McDonald, Tom O; Adams, Dave J; Cameron, Petra J

    2015-07-01

    We present a method for the polymerization of low molecular weight hydrogelators to form polymers with unique structures. Carbazole-protected amino acids are shown to form hydrogels by self-assembly into fibrous structures. We show that is possible to directly electropolymerize the hydrogels. This results in the formation of microporous electrochromic polymers with distinctive structure. Polymers formed from the same gelator without the pregelation step show more compact structures. This method opens the possibility of creating polymers templated from pre-assembled gels that have the potential to be used in a wide range of applications. PMID:26027654

  2. Conformations of Low-Molecular-Weight Lignin Polymers in Water.

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    Petridis, Loukas; Smith, Jeremy C

    2016-02-01

    Low-molecular-weight lignin binds to cellulose during the thermochemical pretreatment of biomass for biofuel production, which prevents the efficient hydrolysis of the cellulose to sugars. The binding properties of lignin are influenced strongly by the conformations it adopts. Here, we use molecular dynamics simulations in aqueous solution to investigate the dependence of the shape of lignin polymers on chain length and temperature. Lignin is found to adopt collapsed conformations in water at 300 and 500 K. However, at 300 K, a discontinuous transition is found in the shape of the polymer as a function of the chain length. Below a critical degree of polymerization, Nc =15, the polymer adopts less spherical conformations than above Nc . The transition disappears at high temperatures (500 K) at which only spherical shapes are adopted. An implication relevant to cellulosic biofuel production is that lignin will self-aggregate even at high pretreatment temperatures. PMID:26763657

  3. Effect of weight loss on high-molecular weight adiponectin in obese children.

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    Martos-Moreno, Gabriel Á; Barrios, Vicente; Martínez, Guillermo; Hawkins, Federico; Argente, Jesús

    2010-12-01

    Our aim was to determine the influence of weight reduction on total (T-) and high-molecular weight (HMW-) adiponectin in obese (OB) prepubertal children. Seventy OB prepubertal white patients were followed for 18 months and studied after reducing their BMI by 1 (n = 51) and 2 standard deviation scores (SDS) (n = 21) under conservative treatment, and 6 months after achieving weight loss (n = 44). Body composition dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and serum levels of T- and HMW-adiponectin, resistin, leptin, leptin soluble receptor (sOB-R), tumoral necrosis factor-α and interleukin-6 were determined. The control group consisted of 61 healthy prepubertal children. At diagnosis T-adiponectin was higher (P < 0.01; confidence interval (+0.04) - (+0.15)) and HMW-adiponectin lower (P < 0.001; confidence interval (-0.45) - (-0.21)) in OB children than in controls. A reduction in body fat increased T- and HMW-adiponectin and sOB-R (all P < 0.001) and decreased leptin (P < 0.001) and interleukin-6 levels (P < 0.05). After 6 months of sustained weight reduction a decrease in tumoral necrosis factor-α (P < 0.01) occurred, whereas weight recovery increased leptin (P < 0.001) and decreased T-adiponectin (P < 0.05). HMW-adiponectin levels negatively correlated with homeostasis model assessment (HOMA) index and BMI in the whole cohort (both P < 0.001), as did T-adiponectin levels and HOMA index in OB patients (P < 0.01), but neither T- nor HMW-adiponectin correlated with body fat content (BFC) in OB children. We conclude that the impairment of T- and HMW-adiponectin levels in childhood obesity is different to that in elder OB patients, showing closer relationship with carbohydrate metabolism parameters than with BFC, but increasing their levels after weight loss and in association with metabolic improvement. PMID:20339359

  4. Synthesis of high molecular weight PEO using non-metal initiators

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    Yang, Jin; Sivanandan, Kulandaivelu; Pistorino, Jonathan; Eitouni, Hany Basam

    2015-05-19

    A new synthetic method to prepare high molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide) with a very narrow molecular weight distribution (PDI<1.5) is described. The method involves a metal free initiator system, thus avoiding dangerous, flammable organometallic compounds.

  5. LARC-TPI 1500 series controlled molecular weight polyimide

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    Progar, Donald; St. Clair, Terry; Burks, Harold; Gautreaux, Carol; Yamaguchi, Akihiro

    1990-01-01

    LARC-TPI, a linear high temperature thermoplastic polyimide, was developed several years ago at NASA Langley Research Center. This material has been commercialized by Mitsui Toatsu Chemicals, Inc., Tokyo, Japan, as a varnish and powder. More recently, a melt-extruded film of a controlled molecular weight of this same polymer has been supplied to NASA Langley Research Center for evaluation. This new form, called LARC-TPI 1500 series, has been prepared in three molecular weights - high, medium and low flow polymers. The subject of this investigation deals with the rheological properties of the high and medium flow powders and the adhesive properties of the medium flow melt-extruded film. Rheological studies indicate that the high and medium flow forms of the polymer fall in the flow range of injection moldable materials. Adhesive data generated on the medium flow extruded film shows this form to be well suited for structural adhesive bonding. The data are as good or better than that for LARC-TPI data of previous studies.

  6. Controlling silk fibroin microspheres via molecular weight distribution.

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    Zeng, Dong-Mei; Pan, Jue-Jing; Wang, Qun; Liu, Xin-Fang; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Ke-Qin

    2015-05-01

    Silk fibroin (SF) microspheres were produced by salting out SF solution via the addition of potassium phosphate buffer solution (K2HPO4-KH2PO4). The morphology, size and polydispersity of SF microspheres were adjusted by changing the molecular weight (MW) distribution and concentration of SF, as well as the ionic strength and pH of the buffer solution. Changing the conditions under which the SF fiber dissolved in the Lithium Boride (LiBr) solution resulted in altering the MW distribution of SF solution. Under optimal salting-out conditions (ionic strength>0.7 M and pH>7) and using a smaller and narrower SF MW distribution, SF microspheres with smoother shapes and more uniform sizes were produced. Meanwhile, the size and polydispersity of the microspheres increased when the SF concentration was increased from 0.25 mg/mL to 20 mg/mL. The improved SF microspheres, obtained by altering the distribution of molecular weight, have potential in drug and gene delivery applications. PMID:25746265

  7. Determination of molecular weight distributions in native and pretreated wood.

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    Leskinen, Timo; Kelley, Stephen S; Argyropoulos, Dimitris S

    2015-03-30

    The analysis of native wood components by size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) is challenging. Isolation, derivatization and solubilization of wood polymers is required prior to the analysis. The present approach allowed the determination of molecular weight distributions of the carbohydrates and of lignin in native and processed woods, without preparative component isolation steps. For the first time a component selective SEC analysis of sawdust preparations was made possible by the combination of two selective derivatization methods, namely; ionic liquid assisted benzoylation of the carbohydrate fraction and acetobromination of the lignin in acetic acid media. These were optimized for wood samples. The developed method was thus used to examine changes in softwood samples after degradative mechanical and/or chemical treatments, such as ball milling, steam explosion, green liquor pulping, and chemical oxidation with 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone (DDQ). The methodology can also be applied to examine changes in molecular weight and lignin-carbohydrate linkages that occur during wood-based biorefinery operations, such as pretreatments, and enzymatic saccharification. PMID:25563943

  8. Machine Learning Predictions of Molecular Properties: Accurate Many-Body Potentials and Nonlocality in Chemical Space.

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    Hansen, Katja; Biegler, Franziska; Ramakrishnan, Raghunathan; Pronobis, Wiktor; von Lilienfeld, O Anatole; Mller, Klaus-Robert; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2015-06-18

    Simultaneously accurate and efficient prediction of molecular properties throughout chemical compound space is a critical ingredient toward rational compound design in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Aiming toward this goal, we develop and apply a systematic hierarchy of efficient empirical methods to estimate atomization and total energies of molecules. These methods range from a simple sum over atoms, to addition of bond energies, to pairwise interatomic force fields, reaching to the more sophisticated machine learning approaches that are capable of describing collective interactions between many atoms or bonds. In the case of equilibrium molecular geometries, even simple pairwise force fields demonstrate prediction accuracy comparable to benchmark energies calculated using density functional theory with hybrid exchange-correlation functionals; however, accounting for the collective many-body interactions proves to be essential for approaching the holy grail of chemical accuracy of 1 kcal/mol for both equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium geometries. This remarkable accuracy is achieved by a vectorized representation of molecules (so-called Bag of Bonds model) that exhibits strong nonlocality in chemical space. In addition, the same representation allows us to predict accurate electronic properties of molecules, such as their polarizability and molecular frontier orbital energies. PMID:26113956

  9. Machine Learning Predictions of Molecular Properties: Accurate Many-Body Potentials and Nonlocality in Chemical Space

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    2015-01-01

    Simultaneously accurate and efficient prediction of molecular properties throughout chemical compound space is a critical ingredient toward rational compound design in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Aiming toward this goal, we develop and apply a systematic hierarchy of efficient empirical methods to estimate atomization and total energies of molecules. These methods range from a simple sum over atoms, to addition of bond energies, to pairwise interatomic force fields, reaching to the more sophisticated machine learning approaches that are capable of describing collective interactions between many atoms or bonds. In the case of equilibrium molecular geometries, even simple pairwise force fields demonstrate prediction accuracy comparable to benchmark energies calculated using density functional theory with hybrid exchange-correlation functionals; however, accounting for the collective many-body interactions proves to be essential for approaching the holy grail of chemical accuracy of 1 kcal/mol for both equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium geometries. This remarkable accuracy is achieved by a vectorized representation of molecules (so-called Bag of Bonds model) that exhibits strong nonlocality in chemical space. In addition, the same representation allows us to predict accurate electronic properties of molecules, such as their polarizability and molecular frontier orbital energies. PMID:26113956

  10. Accurate quadrupolar NMR relaxation rates of aqueous cations from classical molecular dynamics.

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    Carof, Antoine; Salanne, Mathieu; Charpentier, Thibault; Rotenberg, Benjamin

    2014-11-20

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation rates encode information about the collective and local dynamics around nuclei. Provided a suitable microscopic model is available, this allows investigating, e.g., the solvation shell dynamics around aqueous ions. Previous attempts with molecular dynamics simulations faced the double challenge of calculating accurately the microscopic properties governing the relaxation process, such as the electric field gradient (EFG) at the nucleus, and of sampling the trajectories over sufficiently long times. Here we show how to compute the NMR relaxation rate from classical molecular dynamics simulations. We use a recently derived force field parametrized on ab initio calculations and show that the EFG predicted by this force field can be used to accurately estimate the one computed by DFT using the PAW method where the electronic structure is described explicitly. The predicted relaxation rates for aqueous alkaline and alkaline Earth cations are in good agreement with experimental data. Our approach opens the way to the quantitative interpretation of these rates with molecular simulation. PMID:25340813

  11. Machine learning predictions of molecular properties: Accurate many-body potentials and nonlocality in chemical space

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    Hansen, Katja; Biegler, Franziska; Ramakrishnan, Raghunathan; Pronobis, Wiktor; von Lilienfeld, O. Anatole; Müller, Klaus -Robert; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2015-06-04

    Simultaneously accurate and efficient prediction of molecular properties throughout chemical compound space is a critical ingredient toward rational compound design in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Aiming toward this goal, we develop and apply a systematic hierarchy of efficient empirical methods to estimate atomization and total energies of molecules. These methods range from a simple sum over atoms, to addition of bond energies, to pairwise interatomic force fields, reaching to the more sophisticated machine learning approaches that are capable of describing collective interactions between many atoms or bonds. In the case of equilibrium molecular geometries, even simple pairwise force fields demonstrate prediction accuracy comparable to benchmark energies calculated using density functional theory with hybrid exchange-correlation functionals; however, accounting for the collective many-body interactions proves to be essential for approaching the “holy grail” of chemical accuracy of 1 kcal/mol for both equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium geometries. This remarkable accuracy is achieved by a vectorized representation of molecules (so-called Bag of Bonds model) that exhibits strong nonlocality in chemical space. The same representation allows us to predict accurate electronic properties of molecules, such as their polarizability and molecular frontier orbital energies.

  12. Machine learning predictions of molecular properties: Accurate many-body potentials and nonlocality in chemical space

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    Hansen, Katja; Biegler, Franziska; Ramakrishnan, Raghunathan; Pronobis, Wiktor; von Lilienfeld, O. Anatole; Müller, Klaus -Robert; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2015-06-04

    Simultaneously accurate and efficient prediction of molecular properties throughout chemical compound space is a critical ingredient toward rational compound design in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Aiming toward this goal, we develop and apply a systematic hierarchy of efficient empirical methods to estimate atomization and total energies of molecules. These methods range from a simple sum over atoms, to addition of bond energies, to pairwise interatomic force fields, reaching to the more sophisticated machine learning approaches that are capable of describing collective interactions between many atoms or bonds. In the case of equilibrium molecular geometries, even simple pairwise force fields demonstratemore » prediction accuracy comparable to benchmark energies calculated using density functional theory with hybrid exchange-correlation functionals; however, accounting for the collective many-body interactions proves to be essential for approaching the “holy grail” of chemical accuracy of 1 kcal/mol for both equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium geometries. This remarkable accuracy is achieved by a vectorized representation of molecules (so-called Bag of Bonds model) that exhibits strong nonlocality in chemical space. The same representation allows us to predict accurate electronic properties of molecules, such as their polarizability and molecular frontier orbital energies.« less

  13. Low molecular weight silicones particularly facilitate human serum albumin denaturation.

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    Nayef, Lamees M; Khan, Madiha F; Brook, Michael A

    2015-04-01

    There is a market trend towards the administration of therapeutic proteins using sterilized, pre-filled glass syringes lubricated with silicone oil. It has been widely reported that initially clear solutions of proteins can become turbid during transport and storage, with unclear outcomes with respect to bioefficacy. While the basic processes of interactions of proteins with hydrophobic entities, leading to denaturation and aggregation, are increasingly well understood, the apparently random occurrence of such processes in syringes is not. To better understand the parameters that may be responsible for this change, we report the systematic examination of a series of factors that can affect the behavior of the protein human serum albumin (HSA) when in contact with silicone oil in water. Fluorescence spectroscopy showed that greater mixing times and greater concentrations of silicones (polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)), especially lower molecular weight hydrophobic silicones like octamethyltetracyclosiloxane (D4), were associated with increased protein denaturation. The turbidity of HSA solutions, due to the formation both of silicone oil-in-water (O/W) emulsions and protein aggregates, was also facilitated by the presence of D4. A series of mixtures of silicone oils, all of which exhibited a viscosity of 1000 cSt but which were comprised of different silicone constituents, clearly showed a correlation between the presence of lower molecular silicones and enhanced solution turbidity. While the addition of a non-ionic silicone-polyether surfactant led to greater turbidity by increasing the number of stabilized oil droplets, it was not accompanied by protein denaturation. These results are consistent with HSA denaturation and subsequent aggregation as a consequence of contact particularly with low molecular weight, hydrophobic silicones that are more mobile, leading to more efficient protein/silicone contact. PMID:25800359

  14. CAST: a new program package for the accurate characterization of large and flexible molecular systems.

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    Grebner, Christoph; Becker, Johannes; Weber, Daniel; Bellinger, Daniel; Tafipolski, Maxim; Brckner, Charlotte; Engels, Bernd

    2014-09-15

    The presented program package, Conformational Analysis and Search Tool (CAST) allows the accurate treatment of large and flexible (macro) molecular systems. For the determination of thermally accessible minima CAST offers the newly developed TabuSearch algorithm, but algorithms such as Monte Carlo (MC), MC with minimization, and molecular dynamics are implemented as well. For the determination of reaction paths, CAST provides the PathOpt, the Nudge Elastic band, and the umbrella sampling approach. Access to free energies is possible through the free energy perturbation approach. Along with a number of standard force fields, a newly developed symmetry-adapted perturbation theory-based force field is included. Semiempirical computations are possible through DFTB+ and MOPAC interfaces. For calculations based on density functional theory, a Message Passing Interface (MPI) interface to the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)-accelerated TeraChem program is available. The program is available on request. PMID:25056524

  15. Application of the G-JF discrete-time thermostat for fast and accurate molecular simulations

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    Grønbech-Jensen, Niels; Hayre, Natha Robert; Farago, Oded

    2014-02-01

    A new Langevin-Verlet thermostat that preserves the fluctuation-dissipation relationship for discrete time steps is applied to molecular modeling and tested against several popular suites (AMBER, GROMACS, LAMMPS) using a small molecule as an example that can be easily simulated by all three packages. Contrary to existing methods, the new thermostat exhibits no detectable changes in the sampling statistics as the time step is varied in the entire numerical stability range. The simple form of the method, which we express in the three common forms (Velocity-Explicit, Störmer-Verlet, and Leap-Frog), allows for easy implementation within existing molecular simulation packages to achieve faster and more accurate results with no cost in either computing time or programming complexity.

  16. Mechanical Properties of LaRC(tm) SI Polymer for a Range of Molecular Weights

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    Whitley, Karen S.; Gates, Thomas S.; Hinkley, Jeffrey A.; Nicholson, Lee M.

    2000-01-01

    Mechanical testing of an advanced polyimide resin (LaRC(tm)-SI) with known variations in molecular weight was performed over a range of temperatures below the glass transition temperature. Elastic and inelastic properties were characterized as a function of molecular weight and test temperature. It was shown that notched tensile strength is a strong function of both temperature and molecular weight, whereas stiffness is only a strong function of temperature. The combined analysis of calculated yield stress and notched tensile strength indicated that low molecular weight materials tended to fail in a brittle manner, whereas high molecular weight materials exhibited ductile failure. The microphotographs of the failure surfaces also supported these findings.

  17. Molecular Simulation of Carbon Dioxide Capture by Montmorillonite Using an Accurate and Flexible Force Field

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    Romanov, V N; Cygan, R T; Myshakin, E M

    2012-06-21

    Naturally occurring clay minerals provide a distinctive material for carbon capture and carbon dioxide sequestration. Swelling clay minerals, such as the smectite variety, possess an aluminosilicate structure that is controlled by low-charge layers that readily expand to accommodate water molecules and, potentially, CO2. Recent experimental studies have demonstrated the efficacy of intercalating CO2 in the interlayer of layered clays, but little is known about the molecular mechanisms of the process and the extent of carbon capture as a function of clay charge and structure. A series of molecular dynamics simulations and vibrational analyses have been completed to assess the molecular interactions associated with incorporation of CO2 and H2O in the interlayer of montmorillonite clay and to help validate the models with experimental observation. An accurate and fully flexible set of interatomic potentials for CO2 is developed and combined with Clayff potentials to help evaluate the intercalation mechanism and examine the effect of molecular flexibility onthe diffusion rate of CO2 in water.

  18. Soluble, High Molecular Weight Polysilsesquioxanes with Carboxylate Functionalities

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    RAHIMIAN,KAMYAR; LOY,DOUGLAS A.; WHEELER,DAVID R.

    2000-07-14

    Trialkoxysilyl-containing monomers of the type (RO){sub 3}Si(CH{sub 2}){sub 3}C(O)OtBu (R = Me, Et) were prepared by hydrosilation of the corresponding vinylic tert-butyl esters CH{sub 3}CHCH{sub 2}C(O)OtBu. Acid- or base-catalyzed polymerization of the monomers leads to very high molecular weight polymers with relatively narrow polydispersities. The polymerization results in complete condensation of the alkoxy groups while the tert-butyl ester functionality remains fully intact. Partial or full deprotection of the tert-butyl group can easily be achieved to yield the corresponding carboxylic acid polymers. The ester and carboxylic acid functionalities of these new materials allow for their potential use in a variety of applications such as scavenging of heavy metals.

  19. Hydrophobic composition based on mixed-molecular weight polyethylene

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    Gorlenko, Nikolay; Debelova, Natalya; Sarkisov, Yuriy; Volokitin, Gennadiy; Zavyalova, Elena; Lapova, Tatyana

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents investigations of compositions based on low and high molecular weight polyethylene so as to synthesize a hydrophobic composition for moisture protection of timber. X-ray phase analysis and measurements of the tear-off force of hydrophobic coating needed to apply to the timber surface and the limiting wetting angle are carried out to detect the hydrophobic, adhesive, electrophysical, and physicochemical properties of compositions. Kinetic dependencies are given for moisture absorption of timber specimens. It is shown that the preliminary formation of the texture by the surface patterning or its treatment with low-temperature plasma with the following protective coating results in the improvement of hydrophobic properties of the suggested compositions. These compositions can be used in the capacity of water repellents to protect building materials from moisture including restoration works.

  20. Ultra-high molecular weight silphenylene-siloxane polymers

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    Patterson, W. J.; Hundley, N. H.; Ludwick, L. M.

    1984-01-01

    Silphenylene-siloxane copolymers with molecular weights above one million were prepared using a two stage polymerization technique. The technique was successfully scaled up to produce 50 grams of this high polymer in a single run. The reactive monomer approach was also investigated using the following aminosilanes: bis(dimethylamino)dimethylsilane, N,N-bis(pyrrolidinyl)dimethylsilane and N,N-bis(gamma-butyrolactam)dimethylsilane). Thermal analyses were performed in both air and nitrogen. The experimental polymers decomposed at 540 to 562 C, as opposed to 408 to 426 C for commercial silicones. Differential scanning calorimetry showed a glass transition (Tg) at -50 to -55 C for the silphenylene-siloxane copolymer while the commercial silicones had Tg's at -96 to -112 C.

  1. Lipid solubility and molecular weight: whose idea was that.

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    Kasting, G B

    2013-01-01

    Gene Cooper was a bright theoretician, a skilled product developer, and a motivational leader who applied his talents to the skin science area early in his career. His work led to the development of finite dose skin absorption models, chemical penetration enhancer technologies and quantitative structure-penetration relationships for chemicals contacting human skin. His ideas regarding the impact of molecular weight and lipid solubility on skin transport catalyzed the later development by Potts and Guy of the first successful skin permeability model. But Gene's most important contribution to the field was as a scientific role model and an inspirational leader who launched the careers of several young scientists, including the author of this article. PMID:23921116

  2. Apparatus and method of determining molecular weight of large molecules

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    Fuerstenau, Stephen; Benner, W. Henry; Madden, Norman; Searles, William

    1998-01-01

    A mass spectrometer determines the mass of multiply charged high molecular weight molecules. This spectrometer utilizes an ion detector which is capable of simultaneously measuring the charge z and transit time of a single ion as it passes through the detector. From this transit time, the velocity of the single ion may then be derived, thus providing the mass-to-charge ratio m/z for a single ion which has been accelerated through a known potential. Given z and m/z, the mass m of the single ion can then be calculated. Electrospray ions with masses in excess of 1 MDa and charge numbers greater than 425 e.sup.- are readily detected. The on-axis single ion detection configuration enables a duty cycle of nearly 100% and extends the practical application of electrospray mass spectrometry to the analysis of very large molecules with relatively inexpensive instrumentation.

  3. Apparatus and method of determining molecular weight of large molecules

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    Fuerstenau, S.; Benner, W.H.; Madden, N.M.; Searles, W.

    1998-06-23

    A mass spectrometer determines the mass of multiply charged high molecular weight molecules. This spectrometer utilizes an ion detector which is capable of simultaneously measuring the charge z and transit time of a single ion as it passes through the detector. From this transit time, the velocity of the single ion may then be derived, thus providing the mass-to-charge ratio m/z for a single ion which has been accelerated through a known potential. Given z and m/z, the mass m of the single ion can then be calculated. Electrospray ions with masses in excess of 1 MDa and charge numbers greater than 425 e{sup {minus}} are readily detected. The on-axis single ion detection configuration enables a duty cycle of nearly 100% and extends the practical application of electrospray mass spectrometry to the analysis of very large molecules with relatively inexpensive instrumentation. 14 figs.

  4. Dairy Wastewater Treatment Using Low Molecular Weight Crab Shell Chitosan

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    Geetha Devi, M.; Dumaran, Joefel Jessica; Feroz, S.

    2012-08-01

    The investigation of possible use of low molecular weight crab shell chitosan (MW 20 kDa) in the treatment of dairy waste water was studied. Various experiments have been carried out using batch adsorption technique to study the effects of the process variables, which include contact time, stirring speed, pH and adsorbent dosage. Treated effluent characteristics at optimum condition showed that chitosan can be effectively used as adsorbent in the treatment of dairy wastewater. The optimum conditions for this study were at 150 mg/l of chitosan, pH 5 and 50 min of mixing time with 50 rpm of mixing speed. Chitosan showed the highest performance under these conditions with 79 % COD, 93 % turbidity and 73 % TSS reduction. The result showed that chitosan is an effective coagulant, which can reduce the level of COD, TSS and turbidity in dairy industry wastewater.

  5. Gels and foams from ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene

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    Hair, L.M.; Letts, S.A.; Tillotson, T.

    1988-07-01

    Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW PE) foams with densities from 0.04 to 0.2 g/cm{sup 3} have routinely been made in our laboratory. First, an entangled solution of UHMW PE is made. Then, the solution is geled by cooling to crystallize the PE. The gel is later dried to a foam by critical point drying. Viscometry and cloud point measurements were used to determine the gelatin point and the critical gelatin concentrations. Polarized light microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were used to investigate the effects of cooling rate on the gel, while the effects of cooling rate on the foam were investigated via x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. We found that rapid cooling of 5 wt % UHMW PE/tetralin solutions to {minus}10{degree}c yielded small, uniform structure at the expense of crystallinity and strength; cooling over three days yielded spherulitic structure with strength. 5 refs., 3 figs.

  6. The versatile low-molecular-weight thiols: Beyond cell protection.

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    Wang, Min; Zhao, Qunfei; Liu, Wen

    2015-12-01

    Low-molecular-weight (LMW) thiols are extensively involved in the maintenance of cellular redox potentials and the protection of cells from a variety of reactive chemical and electrophilic species. However, we recently found that the metabolic coupling of two LMW thiols - mycothiol (MSH) and ergothioneine (EGT) - programs the biosynthesis of the anti-infective agent lincomycin A. Remarkably, such a constructive role of the thiols in the biosynthesis of natural products has so far received relatively little attention. We speculate that the unusual thiol EGT might function as a chiral thiolation carrier (for modification) and a novel activator (for glycosylation) of sugar. Additionally, we examine recent evidence for LMW thiols (MSH and others) as sulfur donors of sulfur-containing natural products. Clearly, the LMW thiols have more diverse activities beyond cell protection, and more attention should be paid to the correlation of their functions with thiol-dependent enzymes. PMID:26515639

  7. [Anaphylactic reactions to low-molecular weight chemicals].

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    Nowak, Daria; Panaszek, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    Low-molecular weight chemicals (haptens) include a large group of chemical compounds occurring in work environment, items of everyday use (cleaning products, clothing, footwear, gloves, furniture), jewelry (earrings, bracelets), drugs, especially in cosmetics. They cause type IV hypersensitive reactions. During the induction phase of delayed-type hypersensitivity, haptens form complexes with skin proteins. After internalization through antigen presenting cells, they are bound to MHC class II molecules. Next, they are exposed against specific T-lymphocytes, what triggers activation of Th1 cells mainly. After repeating exposition to that hapten, during effector phase, Th1 induce production of cytokines affecting non-specific inflammatory cells. Usually, it causes contact dermatitis. However, occasionally incidence of immediate generalized reactions after contact with some kinds of haptens is noticed. A question arises, how the hapten does induce symptoms which are typical for anaphylaxis, and what contributes to amplification of this mechanism. It seems that this phenomenon arises from pathomechanism occurring in contact urticaria syndrome in which an anaphylactic reaction may be caused either by contact of sensitized skin with protein antigens, high-molecular weight allergens, or haptens. One of the hypotheses indicates the leading role of basophiles in this process. Their contact with haptens, may cause to release mediators of immediate allergic reaction (histamine, eicosanoids) and to produce cytokines corresponding to Th2 cells profile. Furthermore, Th17 lymphocytes secreting pro-inflammatory interleukin-17 might be engaged into amplifying hypersensitivity into immediate reactions and regulatory T-cells may play role in the process, due to insufficient control of the activity of effector cells. PMID:25661919

  8. Accurate phosphoregulation of kinetochoremicrotubule affinity requires unconstrained molecular interactions

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    Zaytsev, Anatoly V.; Sundin, Lynsie J.R.; DeLuca, Keith F.

    2014-01-01

    Accurate chromosome segregation relies on dynamic interactions between microtubules (MTs) and the NDC80 complex, a major kinetochore MT-binding component. Phosphorylation at multiple residues of its Hec1 subunit may tune kinetochoreMT binding affinity for diverse mitotic functions, but molecular details of such phosphoregulation remain elusive. Using quantitative analyses of mitotic progression in mammalian cells, we show that Hec1 phosphorylation provides graded control of kinetochoreMT affinity. In contrast, modeling the kinetochore interface with repetitive MT binding sites predicts a switchlike response. To reconcile these findings, we hypothesize that interactions between NDC80 complexes and MTs are not constrained, i.e., the NDC80 complexes can alternate their binding between adjacent kinetochore MTs. Experiments using cells with phosphomimetic Hec1 mutants corroborate predictions of such a model but not of the repetitive sites model. We propose that accurate regulation of kinetochoreMT affinity is driven by incremental phosphorylation of an NDC80 molecular lawn, in which the NDC80MT bonds reorganize dynamically in response to the number and stability of MT attachments. PMID:24982430

  9. Molecular Simulation of the Free Energy for the Accurate Determination of Phase Transition Properties of Molecular Solids

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    Sellers, Michael; Lisal, Martin; Brennan, John

    2015-06-01

    Investigating the ability of a molecular model to accurately represent a real material is crucial to model development and use. When the model simulates materials in extreme conditions, one such property worth evaluating is the phase transition point. However, phase transitions are often overlooked or approximated because of difficulty or inaccuracy when simulating them. Techniques such as super-heating or super-squeezing a material to induce a phase change suffer from inherent timescale limitations leading to ``over-driving,'' and dual-phase simulations require many long-time runs to seek out what frequently results in an inexact location of phase-coexistence. We present a compilation of methods for the determination of solid-solid and solid-liquid phase transition points through the accurate calculation of the chemical potential. The methods are applied to the Smith-Bharadwaj atomistic potential's representation of cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) to accurately determine its melting point (Tm) and the alpha to gamma solid phase transition pressure. We also determine Tm for a coarse-grain model of RDX, and compare its value to experiment and atomistic counterpart. All methods are employed via the LAMMPS simulator, resulting in 60-70 simulations that total 30-50 ns. Approved for public release. Distribution is unlimited.

  10. High molecular weight coffee melanoidins are inhibitors for matrix metalloproteases.

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    De Marco, Leticia Missagia; Fischer, Sarah; Henle, Thomas

    2011-11-01

    High molecular (above 10 kDa) melanoidins isolated from coffee beans of varying roasting degree were found to be efficient inhibitors for the zinc-containing matrix metalloproteases MMP-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9 with IC(50) values ranging between 0.2 and 1.1 mg/mL in vitro. The inhibitory potential increased with roasting degree. No or only slight inhibition of other zinc-containing peptidases closely related to MMPs, namely, Clostridium histolyticum collagenase and angiotensin converting enzyme, was found, indicating specific structural features of melanoidins to be responsible for the interaction with MMPs. A continuous increase on the apparent molecular weight of melanoidins as well as incorporation of phenolic substances into the melanoidin structure with progress of roasting was observed, concomitant with a significant increase in the carbon/nitrogen of the melanoidins. This suggests that the melanoidins are mainly formed by incorporation of carbohydrates and phenolic compounds onto a proteinaceous backbone. As MMP-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9 play a pivotal role in pathogenesis of colorectal cancer, studies on possible physiological effects of melanoidins are mandatory. PMID:21961901

  11. Low-molecular-weight heparin in pediatric patients.

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    Sutor, Anton Heinz; Chan, Anthony K C; Massicotte, Patricia

    2004-02-01

    The incidence of thromboembolic events (TEs) in childhood is greatly underestimated. Two age groups account for approximately 70% of TEs in childhood: infants and teenagers. There are several predisposing risk factors for newborns such as small vessels, high hematocrit, and a unique neonatal hemostatic system. Central venous lines contribute to 80% of deep vein thrombosis in newborns. Other risk factors for all children are shock syndromes, trauma, surgery, heart and kidney disease, and acquired or hereditary thrombophilias. The best prophylaxis is to recognize, avoid, and remove risk factors if possible. This is particularly relevant in childhood, where risk factors can be found in the majority of TEs. The serious sequelae of TEs (mortality, and short- and long-term morbidity) require therapeutic intervention. Unfractionated heparin (UFH) has the following disadvantages: age-dependent unpredictable pharmacokinetics, the need for intravenous access for therapy and monitoring, delays in achieving therapeutic ranges, bleeding risk, the risk of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and osteoporosis with long-term use. Oral anticoagulants, in addition to some of these disadvantages, show considerable variation by diet (especially if there is a change from breast to bottle feeding), medication, and intercurrent illness. Review of case reports and cohort studies on 728 children treated with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) indicate the following advantages over UFH: minimal monitoring, ease of administration (subcutaneous), and possibly equivalent efficacy and safety. Dose recommendations for pediatric patients cannot be directly extrapolated from those for adult patients. If dosages are calculated according to body weight, infants < 3 months (or < 5 kg) need approximately 50% more LMWH than older children or adults to reach prophylactic or therapeutic anti-factor Xa levels. Further studies are necessary to address the following: the importance of risk factors, the necessity of screening for hereditary thrombophilia, the efficacy and safety of treatment, and side effects and duration of treatment. Thromboembolic events (TEs) are considered to be rare in children. However, recent surveys reveal that TEs in children occur more often than suspected. The incidence is greatly underestimated because TEs are usually overlooked. Retrospective surveys in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia with corticosteroids and asparaginase revealed clinically symptomatic TE in only 2 to 12% of patients. However, in prospective studies with routine imaging, the incidence was more than 20%. The objectives of this article are to update the present knowledge on TEs in children, including incidence, predominant age groups, risk factors, diagnosis, and indications for prophylaxis and therapy; and to discuss the use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) in children. PMID:15085464

  12. In situ reinforced polymers using low molecular weight compounds

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    Yordem, Onur Sinan

    2011-12-01

    The primary objective of this research is to generate reinforcing domains in situ during the processing of polymers by using phase separation techniques. Low molecular weight compounds were mixed with polymers where the process viscosity is reduced at process temperatures and mechanical properties are improved once the material system is cooled or reacted. Thermally induced phase separation and thermotropic phase transformation of low molar mass compounds were used in isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) resins. Reaction induced phase separation was utilized in thermosets to generate anisotropic reinforcements. A new strategy to increase fracture toughness of materials was introduced. Simultaneously, enhancement in stiffness and reduction in process viscosity were also attained. Materials with improved rheological and mechanical properties were prepared by using thermotropic phase transformations of metal soaps in polymers (calcium stearate/iPP). Morphology and thermal properties were studied using WAXS, DSC and SEM. Mechanical and rheological investigation showed significant reduction in process viscosity and substantial improvement in fracture toughness were attained. Effects of molecular architecture of metal soaps were investigated in PEEK (calcium stearate/PEEK and sodium stearate/PEEK). The selected compounds reduced the process viscosity due to the high temperature co-continuous morphology of metal soaps. Unlike the iPP system that incorporates spherical particles, interaction between PEEK and metal soaps resulted in two discrete and co-continuous phases of PEEK and the metal stearates. DMA and melt rheology exhibited that sodium stearate/PEEK composites are stiffer. Effective moduli of secondary metal stearate phase were calculated using different composite theories, which suggested bicontinuous morphology to the metal soaps in PEEK. Use of low molecular weight crystallizable solvents was investigated in reactive systems. Formation of anisotropic reinforcements was evaluated using dimethyl sulfone (DMS) as the crystallizable diluent and diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A (DGEBA)/m-phenylene diamine (mPDA) material system as the epoxy thermoset. Miscible blends of DMS and DGEBA/mPDA form homogenous mixtures that undergo polymerization induced phase separation, once the DGEBA oligomers react with mPDA. The effect of the competition between the crystallization and phase separation of DMS resulted in nano-wires to micro-scale fiber-like crystals that were generated by adjusting the reaction temperature and DMS concentration.

  13. A large catalog of accurate distances to molecular clouds from PS1 photometry

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    Schlafly, E. F.; Rix, H.-W.; Martin, N. F.; Green, G.; Finkbeiner, D. P.; Bell, E. F.; Burgett, W. S.; Chambers, K. C.; Hodapp, K. W.; Kaiser, N.; Magnier, E. A.; Tonry, J. L.; Draper, P. W.; Metcalfe, N.; Price, P. A.

    2014-05-01

    Distance measurements to molecular clouds are important but are often made separately for each cloud of interest, employing very different data and techniques. We present a large, homogeneous catalog of distances to molecular clouds, most of which are of unprecedented accuracy. We determine distances using optical photometry of stars along lines of sight toward these clouds, obtained from PanSTARRS-1. We simultaneously infer the reddenings and distances to these stars, tracking the full probability distribution function using a technique presented in Green et al. We fit these star-by-star measurements using a simple dust screen model to find the distance to each cloud. We thus estimate the distances to almost all of the clouds in the Magnani et al. catalog, as well as many other well-studied clouds, including Orion, Perseus, Taurus, Cepheus, Polaris, California, and Monoceros R2, avoiding only the inner Galaxy. Typical statistical uncertainties in the distances are 5%, though the systematic uncertainty stemming from the quality of our stellar models is about 10%. The resulting catalog is the largest catalog of accurate, directly measured distances to molecular clouds. Our distance estimates are generally consistent with available distance estimates from the literature, though in some cases the literature estimates are off by a factor of more than two.

  14. Kinetics of Formation of Molecular Weight Distribution of Epoxy Composite

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    Komar, Lyudmila A.; Kondyurin, Alexey; Svistkov, Alexander L.

    Curing of epoxy matrix prepreg in free space environment is a complex problem. A simulation of the chemical reaction, evaporation and radiation effects in the matrix is a way to understand and predict the curing process. We have developed a mathematical apparatus of the epoxy resin kinetics in term of molecular weight distribution (MWD), which includes the polymerization mechanism of bifunctional epoxy and sixfunctional triethylenetetraamine (TETA) molecules. The mathematical model for a number of molecules with the mass m at time t is based on the following equation $ beta(t,m)=m_{am} / m sum(6}_{i=0) alpha(am) _i (t,m)+ m_{ep} / m sum(2}_{i=0) alpha(ep) _i (t,m), where m_{am} and m_{ep} are the masses of one amine block and one epoxy block, respectively; alpha^{am}_i (t,m) is the MWD near the TETA blocks with the chemical bonds i at time t for the mass values m>0; alpha_i^{ep}(t,m) is the MWD parameters of the epoxy blocks with chemical bonds i at time t for the mass values m>0. For the distribution densities alpha^{am}_i (t,m) and alpha_i^{ep}(t,m), we propose the differential system of equations, which has been solved by applying boundary conditions which are based on the results of chromatography and infrared spectroscopy measurements of the epoxy matrix having different concentration of the hardener. For the initial MWD we accept a Gaussian distribution with parameters alpha^{am}_0 (t,m_1) =146 amu, alpha_0^{ep}(t,m_1) =340 amu and alpha_1^{ep}(t,m_1) =624 amu. Dispersion of the molecular weight for the initial distribution equals to 25 amu. A portion of TETA molecules in the fraction was 25%, and the portion of epoxy molecules with i=0 and i=1 was 67.5% and 7.5%$, respectively. Solutions were obtained at mass step equals to 5 amu and at time step equals to 0.25 min over the interval from 0 to 500 min. The model gives a full kinetic of MWD during the curing reaction. The study is supported by the RFBR (grants N 12-08-00970-a and N 14-08-96011-r-ural-a).

  15. Simple, rapid and accurate molecular diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia by loop mediated amplification technology.

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    Spinelli, Orietta; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Rigo, Francesca; Zangh, Pamela; D'Agostini, Elena; Amicarelli, Giulia; Colotta, Francesco; Divona, Mariadomenica; Ciardi, Claudia; Coco, Francesco Lo; Minnucci, Giulia

    2015-01-01

    The diagnostic work-up of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) includes the cytogenetic demonstration of the t(15;17) translocation and/or the PML-RARA chimeric transcript by RQ-PCR or RT-PCR. This latter assays provide suitable results in 3-6 hours. We describe here two new, rapid and specific assays that detect PML-RARA transcripts, based on the RT-QLAMP (Reverse Transcription-Quenching Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology in which RNA retrotranscription and cDNA amplification are carried out in a single tube with one enzyme at one temperature, in fluorescence and real time format. A single tube triplex assay detects bcr1 and bcr3 PML-RARA transcripts along with GUS housekeeping gene. A single tube duplex assay detects bcr2 and GUSB. In 73 APL cases, these assays detected in 16 minutes bcr1, bcr2 and bcr3 transcripts. All 81 non-APL samples were negative by RT-QLAMP for chimeric transcripts whereas GUSB was detectable. In 11 APL patients in which RT-PCR yielded equivocal breakpoint type results, RT-QLAMP assays unequivocally and accurately defined the breakpoint type (as confirmed by sequencing). Furthermore, RT-QLAMP could amplify two bcr2 transcripts with particularly extended PML exon 6 deletions not amplified by RQ-PCR. RT-QLAMP reproducible sensitivity is 10(-3) for bcr1 and bcr3 and 10(-)2 for bcr2 thus making this assay particularly attractive at diagnosis and leaving RQ-PCR for the molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease during the follow up. In conclusion, PML-RARA RT-QLAMP compared to RT-PCR or RQ-PCR is a valid improvement to perform rapid, simple and accurate molecular diagnosis of APL. PMID:25815362

  16. Simple, rapid and accurate molecular diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia by loop mediated amplification technology

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    Spinelli, Orietta; Rambaldi, Alessandro; Rigo, Francesca; Zangh, Pamela; D'Agostini, Elena; Amicarelli, Giulia; Colotta, Francesco; Divona, Mariadomenica; Ciardi, Claudia; Coco, Francesco Lo; Minnucci, Giulia

    2015-01-01

    The diagnostic work-up of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) includes the cytogenetic demonstration of the t(15;17) translocation and/or the PML-RARA chimeric transcript by RQ-PCR or RT-PCR. This latter assays provide suitable results in 3-6 hours. We describe here two new, rapid and specific assays that detect PML-RARA transcripts, based on the RT-QLAMP (Reverse Transcription-Quenching Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology in which RNA retrotranscription and cDNA amplification are carried out in a single tube with one enzyme at one temperature, in fluorescence and real time format. A single tube triplex assay detects bcr1 and bcr3 PML-RARA transcripts along with GUS housekeeping gene. A single tube duplex assay detects bcr2 and GUSB. In 73 APL cases, these assays detected in 16 minutes bcr1, bcr2 and bcr3 transcripts. All 81 non-APL samples were negative by RT-QLAMP for chimeric transcripts whereas GUSB was detectable. In 11 APL patients in which RT-PCR yielded equivocal breakpoint type results, RT-QLAMP assays unequivocally and accurately defined the breakpoint type (as confirmed by sequencing). Furthermore, RT-QLAMP could amplify two bcr2 transcripts with particularly extended PML exon 6 deletions not amplified by RQ-PCR. RT-QLAMP reproducible sensitivity is 10?3 for bcr1 and bcr3 and 10?2 for bcr2 thus making this assay particularly attractive at diagnosis and leaving RQ-PCR for the molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease during the follow up. In conclusion, PML-RARA RT-QLAMP compared to RT-PCR or RQ-PCR is a valid improvement to perform rapid, simple and accurate molecular diagnosis of APL. PMID:25815362

  17. Distribution of molecular weight in glyceride polymerizates or aggregates of them after contact with lunar grains

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    Asunmaa, S. K.; Haack, R.

    1977-01-01

    An attempt is made to report on experiments in which a molecular-weight increase was determined in thin layers of triglyceride-containing glycerides after thin-layer contact for two years with lunar topsoil grains at 25 C without any thermal activation. It is noted that solidification was observed on both dielectric grains and metal-rich areas and that changes in viscosity and molecular weights were first detected by solidification of surface layers. Gel permeation chromatography is described which detected a general shift of the Gaussian distribution of the molecular-weight data toward generally higher molecular weights as well as an increase in mean molecular weight. Reaction mechanisms are considered, and results of spectrographic analysis are cited which support the interpretations of the molecular-weight data.

  18. Preparation and hemostatic property of low molecular weight silk fibroin.

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    Lei, Caihong; Zhu, Hailin; Li, Jingjing; Feng, Xinxing; Chen, Jianyong

    2016-04-01

    Effective hemorrhage control becomes increasingly significant in today's military and civilian trauma, while the topical hemostats currently available in market still have various disadvantages. In this study, three low molecular weight silk fibroins (LMSF) were prepared through hydrolysis of silk fibroin in a ternary solvent system of CaCl2/H2O/EtOH solution at different hydrolysis temperatures. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis showed that the content of β sheet structure in the LMSF decreased with the increase in hydrolysis temperature. The results of thromboelastographic and activated partial thromboplastin time methods showed that the LMSF hydrolyzed at 50 °C can significantly strengthen the coagulation in blood and activate the intrinsic pathway of coagulation cascade. In the murine hepatic injury model, the LMSF hydrolyzed at 50 °C can promote the blood clotting and decrease the blood loss and bleeding time. Based on these results, it can be suggested that the developed LMSF has the excellent hemostatic effect and may be a promising material in clinical hemostatic application. PMID:26732018

  19. Reactions of allylic radicals that impact molecular weight growth kinetics.

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    Wang, Kun; Villano, Stephanie M; Dean, Anthony M

    2015-03-01

    The reactions of allylic radicals have the potential to play a critical role in molecular weight growth (MWG) kinetics during hydrocarbon oxidation and/or pyrolysis. Due to their stability (when compared to alkyl radicals), they can accumulate to relatively high concentrations. Thus, even though the rate coefficients for their various reactions are small, the rates of these reactions may be significant. In this work, we use electronic structure calculations to examine the recombination, addition, and abstraction reactions of allylic radicals. For the recombination reaction of allyl radicals, we assign a high pressure rate rule that is based on experimental data. Once formed, the recombination product can potentially undergo an H-atom abstraction reaction followed by unimolecular cyclization and ?-scission reactions. Depending upon the conditions (e.g., higher pressures) these pathways can lead to the formation of stable MWG species. The addition of allylic radicals to olefins can also lead to MWG species formation. Once again, cyclization of the adduct followed by ?-scission is an important energy accessible route. Since the recombination and addition reactions produce chemically-activated adducts, we have explored the pressure- and temperature-dependence of the overall rate constants as well as that for the multiple product channels. We describe a strategy for estimating these pressure-dependencies for systems where detailed electronic structure information is not available. We also derive generic rate rules for hydrogen abstraction reactions from olefins and diolefins by methyl and allyl radicals. PMID:25648200

  20. Delamination toughness of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) composites

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    Porras, A.; Tellez, J.; Casas-Rodriguez, J. P.

    2012-08-01

    Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre reinforced composites are an important group of material for armours solutions, where their unique combination of properties could be utilized. A commonly observed failure mode in this kind of unidirectional laminated composites under impact ballistic is delamination between the composite layers. In the present study, an investigation on the delamination toughness behaviour exhibited by UHMWPE composites laminated was made. The interlaminar Mode II critical strain energy release rates of (UHMWPE) fibre reinforced composites were characterized using the End Notch Flexural (ENF) test. Critical strain energy release rate was obtained from the load - deflection test data using the beam theory expression. It was found that the energy release rate of the composite exhibited a very low value of around 60J/m2 using a moulding pressure of approximately 1200 psi. In order to analyse the delamination resistance of composite, the effects of changing the manufacture process variables and the use of a thermoplastic adhesive film in the composites were investigated. The composite laminates were produced by hot compressing moulding using a film-stacking procedure. It was found that the damage resistance of the UHMWPE composite was influenced by the manufacture method, which affects the Mode II interlaminar fracture toughness and the ballistic response of composites.

  1. Method for determination of polyethylene glycol molecular weight.

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    Pihlasalo, Sari; Hnninen, Pekka; Hrm, Harri

    2015-04-01

    A method utilizing competitive adsorption between polyethylene glycols (PEGs) and labeled protein to nanoparticles was developed for the determination of PEG molecular weight (MW) in a microtiter plate format. Two mix-and-measure systems, time-resolved luminescence resonance energy transfer (TR-LRET) with donor europium(III) polystyrene nanoparticles and acceptor-labeled protein and quenching with quencher gold nanoparticles and fluorescently labeled protein were compared for their performance. MW is estimated from the PEG MW dependent changes in the competitive adsorption properties, which are presented as the luminescence signal vs PEG mass concentration. The curves obtained with the TR-LRET system overlapped for PEGs larger than 400 g/mol providing no information on MW. Distinctly different curves were obtained with the quenching system enabling the assessment of PEG MW within a broad dynamic range. The data was processed with and without prior knowledge of the PEG concentration to measure PEGs over a MW range from 62 to 35,000 g/mol. The demonstration of the measurement independent of the PEG concentration suggests that the estimation of MW is possible with quenching nanoparticle system for neutrally charged and relatively hydrophilic polymeric molecules widening the applicability of the simple and cost-effective nanoparticle-based methods. PMID:25783500

  2. Surface modification of ion implanted ultra high molecular weight polyethylene

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    Chen, Jingsheng; Zhu, Fuying; Pan, Haochang; Cao, Jianqing; Zhu, Dezhang; Xu, Hongjie; Cai, Qing; Shen, Jingen; Chen, Lihua; He, Zhengrui

    2000-06-01

    The surface modification has been studied for the ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) implanted by 80 keV N 2+, C 3H 8+ (40 keV N +, 22 keV C +) with fluences ranging from 1 10 14 to 5 10 15 ions/cm 2. Elastic recoil detection (ERD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been employed to characterize the modified surface of the samples. ERD results show that the high energy edge of ERD spectra shifts in the lower energy direction with the increase of implantation fluency, indicating that a hydrogen deficient surface layer is formed after implantation. XPS result shows that injected nitrogen atoms assist in crosslinking by forming chemical bonds with the polymer chains. KyowA's DF-PM reciprocating tester has been used to measure the wear property before and after implantation. The results show that the wear-resistance of samples after N 2+, C 3H 8+ implantation has been improved by 68 and 47.5 times, respectively. Some interpretations are given to explain the observed phenomena.

  3. Evaluation of sequentially crosslinked ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene.

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    Morrison, M L; Jani, S

    2009-07-01

    This study was undertaken to investigate the effect of crosslinking ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) in a sequential manner to the final desired dose and to compare the results to single-dose crosslinking. To verify these results, an explanted, commercially available, sequentially crosslinked component was characterized. Finally, additional tensile testing was conducted to determine if tensile-sample thickness has a significant effect on the mechanical properties of UHMWPE. Based upon this well-controlled study with the same starting material, there is no apparent benefit of sequential crosslinking over crosslinking by single dose in any of the mechanical, thermophysical, physical, or oxidative properties evaluated in this study. In contrast, the soak temperature of the postirradiation heat treatment was more influential and exhibited statistically significant effects on the stability, structure, and properties of the resultant material. Compared to virgin material, crosslinking always resulted in decreases in tensile strength, elongation, and impact strength. These results were confirmed by characterization of a retrieved, sequentially crosslinked (X3) cup. All of the metrics derived for the retrieved cup were virtually identical to the sequential- and single-dose-crosslinked materials produced in this study. Examination of the effect of tensile-sample thickness demonstrated that there are significant effects on the resultant properties. In particular, the ultimate tensile strength of UHMWPE can be elevated by conducting tensile tests with thin specimens. PMID:18988279

  4. Adsorption of low molecular weight halocarbons by montmorillonite

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    Estes, T.J.; Shah, R.V.; Vilker, V.L. )

    1988-04-01

    Montmorillonite clay from Clay Spur, WY, was found to adsorb several low molecular weight, hydrophobic halocarbons from aqueous solution at sub-parts-per-million levels. The halocarbons studied were trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, hexachloroethane, and dibromochloropropane. When the montmorillonite was treated with sodium citrate-bicarbonate-dithionite (CBD), it adsorbed higher levels of halocarbons than the untreated clay. In addition, the CBD-treated clay exhibited a maximum in halocarbon adsorption around pH 4, while untreated clay showed little variation in adsorption over the pH range 2-10. Adsorption of trichloroethylene was inhibited by low concentrations of sodium chloride (0.01 M or greater) in solution. Aging the CBD-treated clay in water decreased its capacity to adsorb trichloroethylene. Desorption studies showed that the sorption of tetrachloroethylene to CBD-treated clay is an irreversible process when compared to sorption by fumed silica. The ability of montmorillonite to adsorb halocarbons and the instability of the clay in water are postulated to involve changes in the oxide surface coating on the clay.

  5. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene: Mechanics, Morphology, and Clinical Behavior

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    Sobieraj, MC; Rimnac, CM

    2013-01-01

    Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a semicrystalline polymer that has been used for over four decades as a bearing surface in total joint replacements. The mechanical properties and wear properties of UHMWPE are of interest with respect to the in vivo performance of UHMWPE joint replacement components. The mechanical properties of the polymer are dependent on both its crystalline and amorphous phases. Altering either phase (i.e., changing overall crystallinity, crystalline morphology, or crosslinking the amorphous phase) can affect the mechanical behavior of the material. There is also evidence that the morphology of UHMWPE, and, hence, its mechanical properties evolve with loading. UHMWPE has also been shown to be susceptible to oxidative degradation following gamma radiation sterilization with subsequent loss of mechanical properties. Contemporary UHMWPE sterilization methods have been developed to reduce or eliminate oxidative degradation. Also, crosslinking of UHMWPE has been pursued to improve the wear resistance of UHMWPE joint components. The 1st generation of highly crosslinked UHMWPEs have resulted in clinically reduced wear; however, the mechanical properties of these materials, such as ductility and fracture toughness, are reduced when compared to the virgin material. Therefore, a 2nd generation of highly crosslinked UHMWPEs are being introduced to preserve the wear resistance of the 1st generation while also seeking to provide oxidative stability and improved mechanical properties. PMID:19627849

  6. High molecular weight plant heteropolysaccharides stimulate fibroblasts but inhibit keratinocytes.

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    Shahbuddin, Munira; Shahbuddin, Dahlia; Bullock, Anthony J; Ibrahim, Halijah; Rimmer, Stephen; MacNeil, Sheila

    2013-06-28

    Konjac glucomannan (KGM) is a natural polysaccharide of β(1-4)-D-glucomannopyranosyl backbone of D-mannose and D-glucose derived from the tuber of Amorphophallus konjac C. Koch. KGM has been reported to have a wide range of activities including wound healing. In this study we examined KGM extracts prepared from five plant species, (Amorphophallus konjac Koch, Amorphophallus oncophyllus, Amorphophallus prainii, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius and Amorphophallus elegans) for their effects on cultured human keratinocytes and fibroblasts. Extracts from A. konjac Koch, A. oncophyllus and A. prainii (but not from A. paeoniifolius or A. elegans) stimulated fibroblast proliferation both in the absence and presence of serum. However, these materials inhibited keratinocyte proliferation. The fibroblast stimulatory activity was associated with high molecular weight fractions of KGM and was lost following ethanol extraction or enzyme digestion with β-mannanase. It was also reduced by the addition of concanavalin A but not mannose suggesting that these heteropolysaccharides are acting on lectins but not via receptors specific to mannose. The most dramatic effect of KGM was seen in its ability to support fibroblasts for 3weeks under conditions of deliberate media starvation. This effect did not extend to supporting keratinocytes under conditions of media starvation but KGM did significantly help support adipose derived stem cells under media starvation conditions. PMID:23694709

  7. Antiaging activity of low molecular weight peptide from Paphia undulate

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    Chen, Xin; Cai, Bingna; Chen, Hua; Pan, Jianyu; Chen, Deke; Sun, Huili

    2013-05-01

    Low molecular weight peptide (LMWP) was prepared from clam Paphia undulate and its antiaging effect on D-galactose-induced acute aging in rats, aged Kunming mice, ultraviolet-exposed rats, and thermally injured rats was investigated. P. undulate flesh was homogenized and digested using papain under optimal conditions, then subjected to Sephadex G-25 chromatography to isolate the LMWP. Administration of LMWP significantly reversed D-galactose-induced oxidative stress by increasing the activities of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and catalase (CAT), and by decreasing the level of malondialdehyde (MDA). This process was accompanied by increased collagen synthesis. The LMWP prevented photoaging and promoted dermis recovery and remission of elastic fiber hyperplasia. Furthermore, treatment with the LMWP helped to regenerate elastic fibers and the collagen network, increased superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the serum and significantly decreased MDA. Thermal scald-induced inflammation and edema were also relieved by the LWMP, while wound healing in skin was promoted. These results suggest that the LMWP from P. undulate could serve as a new antiaging substance in cosmetics.

  8. Photochemical Preparation of a Novel Low Molecular Weight Heparin

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    Higashi, Kyohei; Hosoyama, Saori; Ohno, Asami; Masuko, Sayaka; Yang, Bo; Sterner, Eric; Wang, Zhenyu; Linhardt, Robert J.; Toida, Toshihiko

    2011-01-01

    Commercial low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are prepared by several methods including peroxidative cleavage, nitrous acid cleavage, chemical ß-elimination, and enzymatic β-elimination. The disadvantages of these methods are that strong reaction conditions or harsh chemicals are used and these can result in decomposition or modification of saccharide units within the polysaccharide backbone. These side-reactions reduce product quality and yield. Here we show the partial photolysis of unfractionated heparin can be performed in distillated water using titanium dioxide (TiO2). TiO2 is a catalyst that can be easily removed by centrifugation or filtration after the photochemical reaction takes place, resulting in highly pure products. The anticoagulant activity of photodegraded LMWH (pLMWH) is comparable to the most common commercially available LMWHs (i.e., Enoxaparin and Dalteparin). 1H NMR spectra obtained show that pLMWH maintains the same core structure as unfractionated heparin. This photochemical reaction was investigated using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS) and unlike other processes commonly used to prepare LMWHs, photochemically preparation affords polysaccharide chains of reduced length having both odd and even of saccharide residues. PMID:22205826

  9. Effect of polymer molecular weight on chitosan-protein interaction.

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    Bekale, L; Agudelo, D; Tajmir-Riahi, H A

    2015-01-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the interactions between chitosan nanoparticles (15, 100 and 200 kDa with the same degree of deacetylation 90%) and two model proteins, i.e., bovine (BSA) and human serum albumins (HSA), with the aim of correlating chitosan molecular weight (Mw) and the binding affinity of these naturally occurring polymers to protein. The effect of chitosan on the protein secondary structure and the influence of protein complexation on the shape of chitosan nanoparticles are discussed. A combination of multiple spectroscopic methods, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermodynamic analysis were used to assess the polymer-protein complex formation. Results revealed that the three chitosan nanoparticles interact with BSA to form chitosan-BSA complexes, mainly through hydrophobic contacts with the affinity order: 200>100>15 kDa. However, HSA-chitosan complexation is mainly via electrostatic interactions with the stability order: 100>200>15 kDa. Furthermore, the association between polymer and protein causes a partial protein conformational change by a major reduction of α-helix from 63% (free BSA) to 57% (chitosan-BSA) and 57% (free HSA) to 51% (chitosan-HSA). Finally, TEM micrographs clearly revealed that the binding of serum albumins with chitosan nanoparticles induces a significant change in protein morphology and the shape of the polymer. PMID:25524222

  10. The Effect of Low Molecular Weight Heparins on Fracture Healing

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    Kapetanakis, Stylianos; Nastoulis, Evangelos; Demesticha, Theano; Demetriou, Thespis

    2015-01-01

    Venous Thromboembolism is a serious complication in the trauma patient. The most commonly studied and used anticoagulant treatment in prophylaxis of thrombosis is heparin. The prolonged use of unfractionated heparin has been connected with increased incidence of osteoporotic fractures. Low molecular-weight-heparins (LMWHs) have been the golden rule in antithrombotic therapy during the previous two decades as a way to overcome the major drawbacks of unfractioned heparin. However there are few studies reporting the effects of LMWHs on bone repair after fractures. This review presents the studies about the effects of LMWHs on bone biology (bone cells and bone metabolism) and underlying the mechanisms by which LMWHs may impair fracture healing process. The authors research based on literature concluded that there are no facts and statistics for the role of LMWHs on fracture healing process in humans and the main body of evidence of their role comes from in vitro and animal studies. Further large clinical studies designed to compare different types of LMWHs, in different dosages and in different patient or animal models are needed for exploring the effects of LMWHs on fracture healing process. PMID:26161162

  11. Accurate and molecular-size-tolerant NMR quantitation of diverse components in solution

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    Okamura, Hideyasu; Nishimura, Hiroshi; Nagata, Takashi; Kigawa, Takanori; Watanabe, Takashi; Katahira, Masato

    2016-01-01

    Determining the amount of each component of interest in a mixture is a fundamental first step in characterizing the nature of the solution and to develop possible means of utilization of its components. Similarly, determining the composition of units in complex polymers, or polymer mixtures, is crucial. Although NMR is recognized as one of the most powerful methods to achieve this and is widely used in many fields, variation in the molecular sizes or the relative mobilities of components skews quantitation due to the size-dependent decay of magnetization. Here, a method to accurately determine the amount of each component by NMR was developed. This method was validated using a solution that contains biomass-related components in which the molecular sizes greatly differ. The method is also tolerant of other factors that skew quantitation such as variation in the one-bond C–H coupling constant. The developed method is the first and only way to reliably overcome the skewed quantitation caused by several different factors to provide basic information on the correct amount of each component in a solution. PMID:26883279

  12. Accurate and molecular-size-tolerant NMR quantitation of diverse components in solution.

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    Okamura, Hideyasu; Nishimura, Hiroshi; Nagata, Takashi; Kigawa, Takanori; Watanabe, Takashi; Katahira, Masato

    2016-01-01

    Determining the amount of each component of interest in a mixture is a fundamental first step in characterizing the nature of the solution and to develop possible means of utilization of its components. Similarly, determining the composition of units in complex polymers, or polymer mixtures, is crucial. Although NMR is recognized as one of the most powerful methods to achieve this and is widely used in many fields, variation in the molecular sizes or the relative mobilities of components skews quantitation due to the size-dependent decay of magnetization. Here, a method to accurately determine the amount of each component by NMR was developed. This method was validated using a solution that contains biomass-related components in which the molecular sizes greatly differ. The method is also tolerant of other factors that skew quantitation such as variation in the one-bond C-H coupling constant. The developed method is the first and only way to reliably overcome the skewed quantitation caused by several different factors to provide basic information on the correct amount of each component in a solution. PMID:26883279

  13. A fast and accurate analytical method for the computation of solvent effects in molecular simulations

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    Zamanakos, Georgios

    2002-09-01

    The solvent environment of molecules plays a very important role in their structure and function. In biological systems it is well known that water has profound effects in the functions of proteins. Simulations assist us in microscopic studies of chemical and biological phenomena. It is important then to include solvation effects accurately and efficiently in molecular simulations. In this work we present a novel approximate analytical method for calculating the solvation energy for every atom of a molecular system and the forces that act on each atom because of the solvent. The solvation energy is partitioned into long-range and short-range contributions. The long-range contributions are due to polar interactions between the solvent and the solute and the short-range are due to van der Waals and entropic effects. We show how the calculation of these effects, under certain approximations, can be reduced to the calculation of the volume and exposed area of each atom, assuming a fused-sphere model for the solute. We demonstrate a fast method for the exact, analytical calculation of the volume and area of each atom in the fused-sphere model and their gradients with respect to the atom's position. We incorporate the fast geometric algorithms into the approximate formulas we derived for the calculation of the solvation energy, to get our solvation model, the Analytical Volume Generalized Born - Solvent Accessible Surface (AVGB-SAS) model. The predictions of the polar part of the method (AVGB) are very good as compared to numerical solutions of the underlying physical model, the Poisson-Boltzman equation, for small and large molecular systems. AVGB does not depend on any fitting parameters, which is common in the literature for such approximate methods. It is very fast compared to numerical solutions of the PB equation or other Generalized Born methods. Also, the method is parallelizable which allows us to study much larger systems. The AVGB-SAS method has been implemented in a parallel molecular dynamics software package and a molecular docking software package. We have demonstrated the quality of the results of the AVGB-SAS model in the dynamics of DNA and in rational drug design applications.

  14. The Importance of Accurate Atomic and Molecular Line-lists for Characterizing Exoplanetary Atmospheres

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    Madhusudhan, Nikku; Freedman, R.; Tennyson, J.

    2013-06-01

    Recent advancements in exoplanet observations are placing unprecedented constraints on the physical and chemical properties of exoplanetary atmospheres. Statistically significant constraints have been placed on the abundances of atomic and molecular species, elemental abundance ratios, temperature profiles, energy circulation, presence of hazes/clouds, and non-equilibrium chemistry, in several exoplanetary atmospheres, including gas giants, ice giants, as well as super-Earths, over a wide temperature range. The chemical constraints have also motivated new paradigms for classifying exoplanets and new efforts to constraint their formation conditions. Central to all interpretations of exoplanet spectra, however, is the accuracy of fundamental inputs in the models, primarily, the atomic and molecular opacities, which are derived from laboratory experiments and/or ab initio numerical calculations. In this talk, we will review the state-of-the-art in atomic and molecular line-lists as applied to studies of exoplanetary atmospheres. We will discuss examples where advances in laboratory astrophysics, experimental and computational, have addressed important problems in the area of exoplanetary atmospheres, as well as outstanding questions requiring new experiments and/or theoretical calculations. For example, recent studies are suggesting that high-temperature line-lists of hydrocarbons (CH4, C2H2, HCN, etc.), and several metal hydrides, in addition to refined line-lists of several well-studied molecules, are important to accurately interpret exoplanetary spectra. We will highlight several fundamental questions in the area that require new efforts in laboratory astrophysics. Besides their importance in interpreting observations with current instruments, the refined parameters are also critical in the assessment of future facilities for exoplanet characterization, such as JWST, GMT, etc.

  15. Characterization of high molecular weight dissolved organic compounds in natural waters by LC/ESI-MS

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    Ross, A.R.; Orians, K.J.; Ikonomou, M.G.

    1995-12-31

    High molecular weight dissolved organic compounds such as peptides, polysaccharides and humic substances (humic and fulvic acids) play a major role in modifying the distribution and bioavailability of both organic and inorganic pollutants (e.g. pesticides and heavy metals) in natural waters. To predict the rate and extent of such processes, knowledge of the structure and physico-chemical properties of these species is required. Humic substances and their anthropogenic derivatives (e.g. chlorolignosulphonic acids) have proved difficult to characterize using conventional analytical techniques such as UV, NMR and FAB-MS. However, a combination of LC fractionation and electrospray ionization mass spectrometric (ESI-MS) analysis has the potential to provide the type of structural information required, including identification and location of functional groups. ESI is a soft ionization technique, and ESI-MS provides accurate molecular weight determinations for large polar and ionic substances with MW exceeding 100,000 Da. The authors have developed LC/MS based methodology to characterize high molecular weight (> 1,000 Da) dissolved organic compounds in aqueous samples. Following initial filtration and mild cleanup, samples were fractionated by high performance size-exclusion and reverse-phase chromatography. Mass analysis of the resolved components was carried out using a tandem mass spectrometer fitted with an ESI interface. The aim of the current methodology is to maintain natural conditions during analysis, thus preserving the integrity of both the parent compounds and derivatives formed by association with other solution components (e.g. trace metal complexes). Data demonstrating the abilities and limitations of this technique, its applicability to real samples and how it compares with existing analytical methods will be presented.

  16. Effect of cross-linking ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene: Surface molecular orientation and wear characteristics

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    Sambasivan, Sharadha; Fischer, Daniel A.; Hsu, Stephen M.

    2007-07-15

    Molecular orientation at the surface layer of cross-linked ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been examined. Molecular orientation has been shown to affect the wear resistance and surface mechanical properties of UHMWPE under biomechanical loading conditions. This study utilizes a nondestructive synchrotron based soft x-ray technique; near edge x-ray absorption fine structure at the carbon K-edge to examine the degree of surface molecular orientation of UHMWPE subjected to various cross-linking/sterilization techniques as a function of stress and wear. UHMWPE samples prepared under gamma irradiation, ethylene-oxide (EtO) treatment, and electron beam irradiation were worn in a wear tester systematically. Results suggest that the cross-linking resists surface orientation when the samples were under tensile and biomechanical stresses. The molecular orientation in the C-C chains in the polymer showed a monotonic decrease with an increase in gamma irradiation dosage levels. EtO sterilized samples showed more C-C chain orientation than the electron beam irradiated samples, but lower than the 30 kGy gamma irradiated samples. Ordered C-C chains in UHMWPE samples have been associated with more crystallinity or large strain plastic deformation of the polymer. Higher levels of gamma irradiation appear to induce cross-linking of C-C chains and render a polymer with more amorphous phase which resists orientation after wear and imparts wear resistance to the polymer.

  17. Purification of a low molecular weight fucoidan for SPECT molecular imaging of myocardial infarction.

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    Saboural, Pierre; Chaubet, Frdric; Rouzet, Francois; Al-Shoukr, Faisal; Azzouna, Rana Ben; Bouchemal, Nadia; Picton, Luc; Louedec, Liliane; Maire, Murielle; Rolland, Lydia; Potier, Guy; Guludec, Dominique Le; Letourneur, Didier; Chauvierre, Cdric

    2014-09-01

    Fucoidans constitute a large family of sulfated polysaccharides with several biochemical properties. A commercial fucoidan from brown algae, containing low molecular weight polysaccharidic species constituted of l-fucose, uronic acids and sulfate groups, was simply treated here with calcium acetate solution. This treatment led to a purified fraction with a yield of 45%. The physicochemical characterizations of the purified fucoidan using colorimetric assay, MALLS, dRI, FT-IR, NMR, exhibited molecular weight distributions and chemical profiles similar for both fucoidans whereas the sulfate and l-fucose contents increased by 16% and 71%, respectively. The biodistribution study in rat of both compounds labeled with 99mTc evidenced a predominant renal elimination of the purified fucoidan, but the crude fucoidan was mainly retained in liver and spleen. In rat myocardial ischemia-reperfusion, we then demonstrated the better efficiency of the purified fucoidan. This purified sulfated polysaccharide appears promising for the development of molecular imaging in acute coronary syndrome. PMID:25251032

  18. Purification of a Low Molecular Weight Fucoidan for SPECT Molecular Imaging of Myocardial Infarction

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    Saboural, Pierre; Chaubet, Frédéric; Rouzet, Francois; Al-Shoukr, Faisal; Ben Azzouna, Rana; Bouchemal, Nadia; Picton, Luc; Louedec, Liliane; Maire, Murielle; Rolland, Lydia; Potier, Guy; Le Guludec, Dominique; Letourneur, Didier; Chauvierre, Cédric

    2014-01-01

    Fucoidans constitute a large family of sulfated polysaccharides with several biochemical properties. A commercial fucoidan from brown algae, containing low molecular weight polysaccharidic species constituted of l-fucose, uronic acids and sulfate groups, was simply treated here with calcium acetate solution. This treatment led to a purified fraction with a yield of 45%. The physicochemical characterizations of the purified fucoidan using colorimetric assay, MALLS, dRI, FT-IR, NMR, exhibited molecular weight distributions and chemical profiles similar for both fucoidans whereas the sulfate and l-fucose contents increased by 16% and 71%, respectively. The biodistribution study in rat of both compounds labeled with 99mTc evidenced a predominant renal elimination of the purified fucoidan, but the crude fucoidan was mainly retained in liver and spleen. In rat myocardial ischemia-reperfusion, we then demonstrated the better efficiency of the purified fucoidan. This purified sulfated polysaccharide appears promising for the development of molecular imaging in acute coronary syndrome. PMID:25251032

  19. Kinetics of enzymatic starch liquefaction: simulation of the high molecular weight product distribution

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    Rollings, J.E.; Thompson, R.W.

    1984-12-01

    Enzymatic corn starch liquefaction with alpha-amylase was carried out. Molecular weight distributions of the resulting hydrolysates are presented using aqueous size exclusion chromatographic techniques. It is demonstrated that despite the fact that the enzyme employed reacts in a random endoacting manner, the product distributions are nonrandom. The results are explained in part by a multimerization process whereby the polymeric substrate molecules preferentially associate, forming intermolecular aggregates. These aggregates are either a consequence of the manner in which the material is deposited into the native granular structure of starch or due to intrinsic physical chemical properties of the polysaccharide. In the latter case, the results are shown to correspond to known multimerized amylose, although complete characterization of the polysaccharide is currently not available. The results presented are used to develop a simplified kinetic model of starch liquefaction and shown to simulate the product distributions accurately. 44 references.

  20. Simple Learned Weighted Sums of Inferior Temporal Neuronal Firing Rates Accurately Predict Human Core Object Recognition Performance

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    Hong, Ha; Solomon, Ethan A.; DiCarlo, James J.

    2015-01-01

    To go beyond qualitative models of the biological substrate of object recognition, we ask: can a single ventral stream neuronal linking hypothesis quantitatively account for core object recognition performance over a broad range of tasks? We measured human performance in 64 object recognition tests using thousands of challenging images that explore shape similarity and identity preserving object variation. We then used multielectrode arrays to measure neuronal population responses to those same images in visual areas V4 and inferior temporal (IT) cortex of monkeys and simulated V1 population responses. We tested leading candidate linking hypotheses and control hypotheses, each postulating how ventral stream neuronal responses underlie object recognition behavior. Specifically, for each hypothesis, we computed the predicted performance on the 64 tests and compared it with the measured pattern of human performance. All tested hypotheses based on low- and mid-level visually evoked activity (pixels, V1, and V4) were very poor predictors of the human behavioral pattern. However, simple learned weighted sums of distributed average IT firing rates exactly predicted the behavioral pattern. More elaborate linking hypotheses relying on IT trial-by-trial correlational structure, finer IT temporal codes, or ones that strictly respect the known spatial substructures of IT (“face patches”) did not improve predictive power. Although these results do not reject those more elaborate hypotheses, they suggest a simple, sufficient quantitative model: each object recognition task is learned from the spatially distributed mean firing rates (100 ms) of ∼60,000 IT neurons and is executed as a simple weighted sum of those firing rates. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT We sought to go beyond qualitative models of visual object recognition and determine whether a single neuronal linking hypothesis can quantitatively account for core object recognition behavior. To achieve this, we designed a database of images for evaluating object recognition performance. We used multielectrode arrays to characterize hundreds of neurons in the visual ventral stream of nonhuman primates and measured the object recognition performance of >100 human observers. Remarkably, we found that simple learned weighted sums of firing rates of neurons in monkey inferior temporal (IT) cortex accurately predicted human performance. Although previous work led us to expect that IT would outperform V4, we were surprised by the quantitative precision with which simple IT-based linking hypotheses accounted for human behavior. PMID:26424887

  1. Simple Learned Weighted Sums of Inferior Temporal Neuronal Firing Rates Accurately Predict Human Core Object Recognition Performance.

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    Majaj, Najib J; Hong, Ha; Solomon, Ethan A; DiCarlo, James J

    2015-09-30

    To go beyond qualitative models of the biological substrate of object recognition, we ask: can a single ventral stream neuronal linking hypothesis quantitatively account for core object recognition performance over a broad range of tasks? We measured human performance in 64 object recognition tests using thousands of challenging images that explore shape similarity and identity preserving object variation. We then used multielectrode arrays to measure neuronal population responses to those same images in visual areas V4 and inferior temporal (IT) cortex of monkeys and simulated V1 population responses. We tested leading candidate linking hypotheses and control hypotheses, each postulating how ventral stream neuronal responses underlie object recognition behavior. Specifically, for each hypothesis, we computed the predicted performance on the 64 tests and compared it with the measured pattern of human performance. All tested hypotheses based on low- and mid-level visually evoked activity (pixels, V1, and V4) were very poor predictors of the human behavioral pattern. However, simple learned weighted sums of distributed average IT firing rates exactly predicted the behavioral pattern. More elaborate linking hypotheses relying on IT trial-by-trial correlational structure, finer IT temporal codes, or ones that strictly respect the known spatial substructures of IT ("face patches") did not improve predictive power. Although these results do not reject those more elaborate hypotheses, they suggest a simple, sufficient quantitative model: each object recognition task is learned from the spatially distributed mean firing rates (100 ms) of ∼60,000 IT neurons and is executed as a simple weighted sum of those firing rates. Significance statement: We sought to go beyond qualitative models of visual object recognition and determine whether a single neuronal linking hypothesis can quantitatively account for core object recognition behavior. To achieve this, we designed a database of images for evaluating object recognition performance. We used multielectrode arrays to characterize hundreds of neurons in the visual ventral stream of nonhuman primates and measured the object recognition performance of >100 human observers. Remarkably, we found that simple learned weighted sums of firing rates of neurons in monkey inferior temporal (IT) cortex accurately predicted human performance. Although previous work led us to expect that IT would outperform V4, we were surprised by the quantitative precision with which simple IT-based linking hypotheses accounted for human behavior. PMID:26424887

  2. Reductions with lithium in low molecular weight amines and ethylenediamine

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    Garst; Dolby; Esfandiari; Fedoruk; Chamberlain; Avey

    2000-10-20

    Reductions of several types of compounds with lithium and ethylenediamine using low molecular weight amines as solvent are described. In all cases 1 mol of ethylenediamine or N, N'-dimethylethylenediamine per gram-atom of lithium was used. In some cases it was beneficial to add an alcohol as a proton donor. These reaction conditions were applied to the debenzylation of N-benzylamide and lactams which are refractory to hydrogenolysis with hydrogen and a catalyst. N-Benzylpilolactam 2, synthesized from pilocarpine hydrochloride in refluxing benzylamine, was debenzylated in good yield using 10 gram-atoms of lithium per mole (10 Li/mol) of 2 in n-propylamine. The debenzylation of N-benzyl-N-methyldecanoic acid amide, 4 (6 Li/mol), in t-butylamine/N, N'-dimethylethylenediamine gave N-methyldecanoic acid amide 6 in 70% yield. Alternatively, reduction of 4 (7 Li/mol) in t-butanol/n-propylamine/ethylenediamine gave n-decanal 12 in 36% yield. Using the same conditions, thioanisole, 1-adamantane-p-toluenesulfonamide, and 1-adamantane methyl p-toluenesulfonate were reduced with 3, 7, and 7.2 Li/mol of compound to give thiophenol (74%), adamantamine (91%), and 1-adamantane methanol (75%), respectively. In this solvent system naphthalene and 3-methyl-2-cyclohexene-1-one were reduced to isotetralin (74%) and 3-methyl cyclohexanone (quantitative) with 5 and 2.2 Li/mol of starting compound, respectively. Oximes and O-methyloximes were reduced to their corresponding amines using 5 and 8 Li/mol of compound, respectively. Anisole was also reduced to 1-methoxy-1,4-cyclohexadiene with 2.5 Li/mol of anisole. Undecanenitrile was reduced to undecylamine with 8.6 Li/mol. Additionally, a base-catalyzed formation of imidazolines from a nitrile and ethylenediamine was also explored. PMID:11031034

  3. High Molecular Weight Dimer Esters in ?-Pinene Secondary Organic Aerosol

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    Kristensen, Kasper; Cui, Tianqu; Zhang, Haofei; Gold, Avram; Glasius, Marianne; Surratt, Jason D.

    2014-05-01

    Monoterpenes, such as ?-pinene, constitute an important group of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC). Once emitted into the atmosphere ?-pinene is removed by oxidization by the hydroxyl radical (OH), reactions with ozone (O3), and with nitrate radicals (NO3) resulting in the formation of first-generation oxidation products, such as semi-volatile carboxylic acids. In addition, higher molecular weight dimer esters originating from the oxidation of ?-pinene have been observed in both laboratory-generated and ambient secondary organic aerosols (SOA). While recent studies suggest that the dimers are formed through esterification between carboxylic acids in the particle phase, the formation mechanism of the dimer esters is still ambiguous. In this work, we present the results of a series of smog chamber experiments to assess the formation of dimer esters formed from the oxidation of ?-pinene. Experiments were conducted in the University of North Carolina (UNC) dual outdoor smog chamber facility to investigate the effect of oxidant species (OH versus O3), relative humidity (RH), and seed aerosol acidity in order to obtain a better understanding of the conditions leading to the formation of the dimer esters and how these parameters may affect the formation and chemical composition of SOA. The chemical composition of ?-pinene SOA was investigated by ultra-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-HR-Q-TOFMS), and a total of eight carboxylic acids and four dimer esters were identified, constituting between 8 and 12 % of the total ?-pinene SOA mass.

  4. High Molecular Weight Petrogenic and Pyrogenic Hydrocarbons in Aquatic Environments

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    Abrajano, T. A., Jr.; Yan, B.; O'Malley, V.

    2003-12-01

    Geochemistry is ultimately the study of sources, movement, and fate of chemicals in the geosphere at various spatial and temporal scales. Environmental organic geochemistry focuses such studies on organic compounds of toxicological and ecological concern (e.g., Schwarzenbach et al., 1993, 1998; Eganhouse, 1997). This field emphasizes not only those compounds with potential toxicological properties, but also the geological systems accessible to the biological receptors of those hazards. Hence, the examples presented in this chapter focus on hydrocarbons with known health and ecological concern in accessible shallow, primarily aquatic, environments.Modern society depends on oil for energy and a variety of other daily needs, with present mineral oil consumption throughout the 1990s exceeding 3×109 t yr-1 (NRC, 2002). In the USA, e.g., ˜40% of energy consumed and 97% of transportation fuels are derived from oil. In the process of extraction, refinement, transport, use, and waste production, a small but environmentally significant fraction of raw oil materials, processed products, and waste are released inadvertently or purposefully into the environment. Because their presence and concentration in the shallow environments are often the result of human activities, these organic materials are generally referred to as "environmental contaminants." Although such reference connotes some form of toxicological or ecological hazard, specific health or ecological effects of many organic "environmental contaminants" remain to be demonstrated. Some are, in fact, likely innocuous at the levels that they are found in many systems, and simply adds to the milieu of biogenic organic compounds that naturally cycle through the shallow environment. Indeed, virtually all compounds in crude oil and processed petroleum products have been introduced naturally to the shallow environments as oil and gas seepage for millions of years ( NRC, 2002). Even high molecular weight (HMW) polyaromatic compounds were introduced to shallow environments through forest fires and natural coking of crude oil ( Ballentine et al., 1996; O'Malley et al., 1997). The full development of natural microbial enzymatic systems that can utilize HMW hydrocarbons as carbon or energy source attests to the antiquity of hydrocarbon dispersal processes in the environment. The environmental concern is, therefore, primarily due to the rate and spatial scale by which petroleum products are released in modern times, particularly with respect to the environmental sensitivity of some ecosystems to these releases ( Schwarzenbach et al., 1993; Eganhouse, 1997; NRC, 2002).Crude oil is produced by diagenetic and thermal maturation of terrestrial and marine plant and animal materials in source rocks and petroleum reservoirs. Most of the petroleum in use today is produced by thermal and bacterial decomposition of phytoplankton material that once lived near the surface of the world's ocean, lake, and river waters (Tissot and Welte, 1984). Terrestrially derived organic matter can be regionally significant, and is the second major contributor to the worldwide oil inventory ( Tissot and Welte, 1984; Peters and Moldowan, 1993; Engel and Macko, 1993). The existing theories hold that the organic matter present in crude oil consists of unconverted original biopolymers and new compounds polymerized by reactions promoted by time and increasing temperature in deep geologic formations. The resulting oil can migrate from source to reservoir rocks where the new geochemical conditions may again lead to further transformation of the petrogenic compounds. Any subsequent changes in reservoir conditions brought about by uplift, interaction with aqueous fluids, or even direct human intervention (e.g., drilling, water washing) likewise could alter the geochemical makeup of the petrogenic compounds. Much of our understanding of environmental sources and fate of hydrocarbon compounds in shallow environments indeed borrowed from the extensive geochemical and analytical framework that was meticulously built by petroleum geochemists over the years (e.g., Tissot and Welte, 1984; Peters et al., 1992; Peters and Moldowan, 1993; Engel and Macko, 1993; Moldowan et al., 1995; Wang et al., 1999; Faksness et al., 2002).Hydrocarbon compounds present in petroleum or pyrolysis by-products can be classified based on their composition, molecular weight, organic structure, or some combination of these criteria. For example, a report of the Committee on Intrinsic Remediation of the US NRC classified organic contaminants into HMW hydrocarbons, low molecular weight (LMW) hydrocarbons, oxygenated hydrocarbons, halogenated aliphatics, halogenated aromatics, and nitroaromatics (NRC, 2000). Hydrocarbons are compounds comprised exclusively of carbon and hydrogen and they are by far the dominant components of crude oil, processed petroleum hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel, kerosene, fuel oil, and lubricating oil), coal tar, creosote, dyestuff, and pyrolysis waste products. These hydrocarbons often occur as mixtures of a diverse group of compounds whose behavior in near-surface environments is governed by their chemical structure and composition, the geochemical conditions and media of their release, and biological factors, primarily microbial metabolism, controlling their transformation and degradation.Hydrocarbons comprise from 50% to 99% of compounds present in refined and unrefined oil, and compounds containing other elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur are present in relatively smaller proportions. Hydrocarbon compounds have carbons joined together as single C - C bonds (i.e., alkanes), double or triple C=C bonds (i.e., alkenes or olefins), or via an aromatic ring system with resonating electronic structure (i.e., aromatics). Alkanes, also called paraffins, are the dominant component of crude oil, with the carbon chain forming either straight (n-alkanes), branched (iso-alkanes), or cyclic (naphthenes) arrangement of up to 60 carbons (Figure 1). Aromatic compounds are the second major component of crude oil, with asphalthenes, consisting of stacks of highly polymerized aromatic structures (average of 16 rings), completing the list of major oil hydrocarbon components. Also shown in Figure 1 are several important classes of compounds that are extensively used in "fingerprinting" crude oil or petroleum sources: sterols derived from steroid, hopanol derived from bacteriohopanetetrols, and pristane and phytane derived from phytol (from chlorophyll) during diagenesis.

  5. Characterization and analysis of the molecular weight of lignin for biorefining studies

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    Tolbert, Allison; Akinosho, Hannah; Khunsupat, Taya Ratayakorn; Naskar, Amit K; Ragauskas, Arthur

    2014-01-01

    The molecular weight of lignin is a fundamental property that infl uences the recalcitrance of biomass and the valorization of lignin. The determination of the molecular weight of lignin in native biomass is dependent on the bioresources used and the isolation and purifi cation procedures employed. The three most commonly employed isolation methods are milled wood lignin (MWL), cellulolytic enzyme lignin (CEL), and enzymatic mild acidolysis lignin (EMAL). Common characterization techniques for determining the molecular weight of lignin will be addressed, with an emphasis on gel permeation chromatography (GPC). This review also examines the mechanisms behind several biological, physical, and chemical pre-treatments and their impact on the molecular weight of lignin. The number average molecular weight (Mn), weight average molecular weight (Mw) and polydispersity index (D) all vary in magnitude depending on the biomass source, pre-treatment conditions, and isolation method. Additionally, there is a growing body of literature that supports changes in the molecular weight of lignin in response to genetic modifi cations in the lignin biosynthetic pathways. This review summarizes different procedures for obtaining the molecular weight of lignin that have been used in recent years and highlight future opportunities for applications of lignin.

  6. Hydration free energies of cyanide and hydroxide ions from molecular dynamics simulations with accurate force fields

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    Lee, M.W.; Meuwly, M.

    2013-01-01

    The evaluation of hydration free energies is a sensitive test to assess force fields used in atomistic simulations. We showed recently that the vibrational relaxation times, 1D- and 2D-infrared spectroscopies for CN(-) in water can be quantitatively described from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with multipolar force fields and slightly enlarged van der Waals radii for the C- and N-atoms. To validate such an approach, the present work investigates the solvation free energy of cyanide in water using MD simulations with accurate multipolar electrostatics. It is found that larger van der Waals radii are indeed necessary to obtain results close to the experimental values when a multipolar force field is used. For CN(-), the van der Waals ranges refined in our previous work yield hydration free energy between -72.0 and -77.2 kcal mol(-1), which is in excellent agreement with the experimental data. In addition to the cyanide ion, we also study the hydroxide ion to show that the method used here is readily applicable to similar systems. Hydration free energies are found to sensitively depend on the intermolecular interactions, while bonded interactions are less important, as expected. We also investigate in the present work the possibility of applying the multipolar force field in scoring trajectories generated using computationally inexpensive methods, which should be useful in broader parametrization studies with reduced computational resources, as scoring is much faster than the generation of the trajectories.

  7. Non-Born-Oppenheimer potential energy curve: Hydrogen molecular ion with highly accurate free complement method.

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    Nakashima, Hiroyuki; Nakatsuji, Hiroshi

    2013-08-21

    Although the concept of a potential energy curve (PEC) originates from the outgrowth of the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) approximation, we propose the application of analysis methods for the physical PEC with non-Born-Oppenheimer (non-BO) wave functions. A numerical examination was performed with the highly accurate non-BO vibronic wave functions of hydrogen molecular ion, which were obtained in our previous studies with the free complement method. The reduced density function integrated over the electron coordinates plays an important role in understanding nuclear motion dynamics, since it corresponds to the wave function density of the vibrational and rotational motions. The maximum positions of this density indicate the high existence probability of nuclei and can be considered as a discrete representation of the PEC. Whereas an ordinary PEC with the BO approximation is obtained as a numeric curve after multiple electronic state calculations at fixed nuclear coordinates, we propose a new analytical expression of the PEC from a non-BO wave function. PMID:23968070

  8. Synthesis and self-assembly of 1-deoxyglucose derivatives as low molecular weight organogelators

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    Low molecular weight gelators are an important class of molecules. The supramolecular gels formed by carbohydrate derived low molecular weight gelators, are interesting soft materials that show great potential for many applications. Previously, we synthesized a series of methyl 4,6-O-benzylidene-a-D...

  9. A Simple, Inexpensive Molecular Weight Measurement for Water-Soluble Polymers Using Microemulsions.

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    Mathias, Lon J.; Moore, D. Roger

    1985-01-01

    Describes an experiment involving use of a microemulsion and its characteristic thermal phase change to determine molecular weights of polyoxyethylene samples. The experiment provides students with background information on polymers and organized media and with experience in evaluating polymer molecular weight by using a unique property of a

  10. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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    2013-04-01

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  11. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  12. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  13. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  14. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  15. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  16. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  17. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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    2011-04-01

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  18. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

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  19. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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  20. Formation of high molecular weight products from benzene during boundary lubrication

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    Morales, W.

    1985-01-01

    High molecular weight products were detected on the wear track of an iron disk at the end of a sliding friction and wear test using benzene as a lubricant. Size exclusion chromagography in conjunction with UV analysis gave evidence that the high molecular weight products are polyphenyl ether type substances. Organic electrochemistry was used to elucidate the possible surface reaction mechanisms.

  1. An evaluation of field-flow fractionation for molecular weight characterization of polymeric materials

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    Fuller, E.N.

    1992-08-01

    An evaluation has been made of field-flow fractionation for potential polymer molecular weight characterization applications at Allied- Signal Inc., Kansas City Division. The data obtained show that the technique can provide useful information regarding polymer molecular weights which are analogous to those obtained by gel permeation chromatography. 13 refs., 21 figs., 4 tabs.

  2. An evaluation of field-flow fractionation for molecular weight characterization of polymeric materials. Final report

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    Fuller, E.N.

    1992-08-01

    An evaluation has been made of field-flow fractionation for potential polymer molecular weight characterization applications at Allied- Signal Inc., Kansas City Division. The data obtained show that the technique can provide useful information regarding polymer molecular weights which are analogous to those obtained by gel permeation chromatography. 13 refs., 21 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Molecular Weight Determination by an Improved Temperature-Monitored Vapor-Density Method.

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    Grider, Douglas J.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Recommends determining molecular weights of liquids by use of a thermocouple. Utilizing a mathematical gas equation, the molecular weight can be determined from the measurement of the vapor temperature upon complete evaporation. Lists benefits as reduced time and cost, and improved safety factors. (ML)

  4. Molecular chaperone properties of the high molecular weight aggregate from aged lens

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    Takemoto, L.; Boyle, D.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1994-01-01

    The high molecular weight aggregate (HMWA) fraction was isolated from the water soluble proteins of aged bovine lenses. Its composition and ability to inhibit heat-induced denaturation and aggregation were compared with the lower molecular weight, oligomeric fraction of alpha isolated from the same lens. Although the major components of both fractions were the alpha-A and alpha-B chains, the HMWA fraction possessed a decreased ability to protect other proteins against heat-induced denaturation and aggregation. Immunoelectron microscopy of both fractions demonstrated that alpha particles from the HMWA fraction contained increased amounts of beta and gamma crystallins, bound to a central region of the supramolecular complex. Together, these results demonstrate that alpha crystallins found in the HMWA fraction possess a decreased ability to protect against heat-induced denaturation and aggregation, and suggest that at least part of this decrease could be due to the increased presence of beta and gamma crystallins complexed to the putative chaperone receptor site of the alpha particles.

  5. Bioremediation of Mixtures of High Molecular Weight Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

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    Xu, H.; Wu, J.; Shi, X.; Sun, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Although bioremediation has been considered as one of the most promising means to remove polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from polluted environments, the efficacy of PAHs bioremediation still remains challenged, especially for high molecular weight PAHs (HMW PAHs) and their mixtures. This study was focused on (a) isolation and characterization of pure strain and mixed microbial communities able to degrade HMW PAHs and (b) further evaluation of the ability of the isolated microbes to degrade HMW PAHs mixtures in the absence and presence of indigenous flora. Fluoranthene, benzo[b]fluoranthene and pyrene were selected as the representative HMW PAHs in this study. A pure bacterial strain, identified as Herbaspirillum chlorophenolicum FA1, was isolated from activated sludge. A mixed bacterial community designated as consortium-4 was isolated from petroleum contaminated soils, containing Pseudomonas sp. FbP1、Enterobacter sp. FbP2、Hydrogenophaga sp. FbP3 and Luteolibacter pohnpeiensis. FbP4. To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate that bacterial strains of Herbaspirillum chlorophenolicum FA1 and Luteolibacter pohnpeiensis. FbP4 can also degrade fluoranthene, benzo[b]fluoranthene and pyrene. Experiment results showed that both strain FA1 and consortium-4 could degrade fluoranthene, benzo[b]fluoranthene and pyrene within a wide range of temperature, pH and initial PAHs concentration. Degradation of HMW PAHs mixtures (binary and ternary) demonstrated the interactive effects that can alter the rate and extent of biodegradation within a mixture. The presence of indigenous flora was found to either increase or decrease the degradation of HMW PAHs, suggesting possible synergistic or competition effects. Biodegradation kinetics of HMW PAHs for sole substrates, binary and ternary systems was evaluated, with the purpose to better characterize and compare the biodegradation process of individual HMW PAH and mixtures of HMW PAHs. Results of this study could advance our understanding of HMW PAHs biodegradation and help to develop successful bioremediation strategies. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41102148), and the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (20110091120063).

  6. Isolation of low-molecular-weight heparin/heparan sulfate from marine sources.

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    Saravanan, Ramachandran

    2014-01-01

    The glycosaminoglycan (heparin and heparan sulfate) are polyanionic sulfated polysaccharides mostly recognized for its anticoagulant activity. In many countries, low-molecular-weight heparins have replaced the unfractionated heparin, owing to its high bioavailability, half-life, and less adverse effect. The low-molecular-weight heparins differ in mode of preparation (chemical or enzymatic synthesis and chromatography fractionations) and as a consequence in molecular weight distribution, chemical structure, and pharmacological activities. Bovine and porcine body parts are at present used for manufacturing of commercial heparins, and the appearance of mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans has limited the use of bovine heparin. Consequently, marine organisms come across the new resource for the production of low-molecular-weight heparin and heparan sulfate. The importance of this chapter suggests that the low-molecular-weight heparin and heparan sulfate from marine species could be alternative sources for commercial heparin. PMID:25081076

  7. Large Molecular Weight Polymer Solar Cells with Strong Chain Alignment Created by Nanoimprint Lithography.

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    Yang, Yi; Mielczarek, Kamil; Zakhidov, Anvar; Hu, Walter

    2016-03-23

    In this work, strong chain alignment in large molecular weight polymer solar cells is for the first time demonstrated by nanoimprint lithography (NIL). The polymer crystallizations in nonimprinted thin films and imprinted nanogratings with different molecular weight poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) are compared. We first observe that the chain alignment is favored by medium molecular weight (Mn = 25 kDa) P3HT for nonimprinted thin films. However, NIL allows large molecular weight P3HT (>40 kDa) to organize more strongly, which has been desired for efficient charge transport but is difficult to achieve through any other technique. Consequently P3HT/[6,6]-penyl-C61-butyric-acid-methyl-ester (PCBM) solar cells with large molecular weight P3HT nanogratings show a high power conversion efficiency of 4.4%, which is among the best reported P3HT/PCBM photovoltaics devices. PMID:26950015

  8. A more accurate approach to molecular genetics analysis in vascular disease.

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    Villadóniga, Jose Ignacio Lao

    2008-09-01

    Vascular disease (VD) and its complications are the leading cause of morbility and death in modern civilisations. Primary VD is a very complex and multifactorial process which is still not well understood. Recent studies provide clear and convincing evidences that genetic risk factors (gene polymorphisms) contribute significantly to the pathogenesis and expression of VD. Thus, we have to analyse the interaction of multiple polymorphisms in multiple genes coding for several proteins involved in the molecular etiopathogenesis of VD. All these polymorphisms are interacting among them, enhancing or antagonizing their pathogenic effects, and at the same time, their final phenotypic expression is constantly modulated by other non-genetic factors (environmental and behavioural). Thus, gene-environment interaction analysis would be crucial for the correct etiopathogenic evaluation. According to a particular assortment of positive and negative gene variants (alleles) present in their genetic pool some individuals develop VD without manifesting very extreme levels of any of the classical risk factors while other individuals remain free of disease despite exposure to several risk factors. Taking into account that this heterogeneity is due to their different genetic susceptibility it is necessary to make an analyse in deep including all genetic polymorphisms which have been involved in the vascular etiopathogenesis in order to design the most appropriate intervention strategy. Using a more accurate genetic polymorphism analysis it would be possible to predict complications in order to make prevention designing an individualized drug therapy on the basis of a person's genetic makeup. However, an accurate genetic testing is not being used as often as it is expected because there are so many polymorphisms to consider and DNA tests available to analyse them are usually dispersed throughout different laboratories because they are not included in an unified protocol. In this sense, DNA-Chip technology used as susceptibility (predisposition) testing has evolved into a powerful tool providing informative data from multiple loci in complex diseases like VD (where multiple genetic alterations contribute, but each on a small scale). This technology could greatly reduce health care costs by reducing the number of useless diagnostic tests making possible the genetic dissection of complex human diseases. The proposed paper will discuss these topics with special emphasis on how genetic polymorphisms influence in the individual susceptibility to develop vascular disease and its complications as well as the way that may affect individual responses to several drugs used in the VD management. PMID:18781934

  9. Accurate molecular structure and spectroscopic properties for nucleobases: A combined computational - microwave investigation of 2-thiouracil as a case study

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    Puzzarini, Cristina; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Barone, Vincenzo; Pea, Isabel; Cabezas, Carlos; Alonso, Jos L.

    2015-01-01

    The computational composite scheme purposely set up for accurately describing the electronic structure and spectroscopic properties of small biomolecules has been applied to the first study of the rotational spectrum of 2-thiouracil. The experimental investigation was made possible thanks to the combination of the laser ablation technique with Fourier Transform Microwave spectrometers. The joint experimental computational study allowed us to determine accurate molecular structure and spectroscopic properties for the title molecule, but more important, it demonstrates a reliable approach for the accurate investigation of isolated small biomolecules. PMID:24002739

  10. Influence of molecular-weight polydispersity on the glass transition of polymers

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    Li, Shu-Jia; Xie, Shi-Jie; Li, Yan-Chun; Qian, Hu-Jun; Lu, Zhong-Yuan

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that the polymer glass transition temperature Tg is dependent on molecular weight, but the role of molecular-weight polydispersity on Tg is unclear. Using molecular-dynamics simulations, we clarify that for polymers with the same number-average molecular weight, the molecular-weight distribution profile (either in Schulz-Zimm form or in bimodal form) has very little influence on the glass transition temperature Tg, the average segment dynamics (monomer motion, bond orientation relaxation, and torsion transition), and the relaxation-time spectrum, which are related to the local nature of the glass transition. By analyzing monomer motions in different chains, we find that the motion distribution of monomers is altered by molecular-weight polydispersity. Molecular-weight polydispersity dramatically enhances the dynamic heterogeneity of monomer diffusive motions after breaking out of the "cage," but it has a weak influence on the dynamic heterogeneity of the short time scales and the transient spatial correlation between temporarily localized monomers. The stringlike cooperative motion is also not influenced by molecular-weight polydispersity, supporting the idea that stringlike collective motion is not strongly correlated with chain connectivity.

  11. Thermomechanical analysis of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene-metal hip prostheses.

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    Rocchi, M; Affatato, S; Falasca, G; Viceconti, M

    2007-08-01

    In order to predict the frictional heating and the contact stresses between the polyethylene cup and the metallic ball-head forming the articulation of a hip prosthesis a three-dimensional finite element model was developed and calculated. The non-linear model includes a fully coupled thermomechanical formulation of the mechanical properties of the ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, and a large-sliding Coulomb frictional contact between the two components. The model predicts the temperature of the polyethylene with an accuracy that was tested by comparing the model predictions with the temperature measurements. The temperature measurements were taken by thermocouples placed on the cup surface, the head surface and the inside of the thermostatic bath, during a complete test within a hip joint wear simulator. The model was found to be very accurate, predicting the measured temperatures with an accuracy better than 2 per cent. The temperature peak (51 degrees C) was predicted at the contact surface. The model results indicate that frictional heat is mostly dissipated through the metallic ball-head. The full coupling between the thermal and the mechanical conditions used in this study appears to be necessary if accurate predictions of the polyethylene deformation are required. PMID:17937196

  12. Calculation of molecular weights of humic substances from colligative data: Application to aquatic humus and its molecular size fractions

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    Reuter, J. H.; Perdue, E. M.

    1981-11-01

    A rigorous mathematical expression for the dependence of colligative properties on acid dissociation of water soluble humic substances is presented. New data for number average molecular weights of a river derived humic material and its gel permeation Chromatographic fractions are compared with Mn values obtained by a reevaluation of previously published experimental observations on soil and water fulvic acids. The results reveal a remarkable similarity of fulvic acids from widely different sources with respect to number-average molecular weight.

  13. A tunable pH-sensing system based on Ag nanoclusters capped by hyperbranched polyethyleneimine with different molecular weights.

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    Qu, Fei; Zou, Xuan; Kong, Rongmei; You, Jinmao

    2016-01-01

    In this assay, a tunable pH sensing system was developed based on Ag nanoclusters (Ag NCs) capped by hyperbranched polyethyleneimine (PEI) with different molecular weights (abbreviated as Ag NC-PEIs). For instance, when the molecular weight of PEI was 600 or 1800, the fluorescence intensities of Ag NCs exhibited a linear fashion over the pH range 4.10-7.96; when the molecular weight of PEI was 25,000, the pH linear range was from 4.78 to 7.96; when the molecular weight of PEI was 70,000, the pH linear range was 6.09-8.95. According to the molecular weight of PEI 600/1800, 25,000, and 70,000, the color change point was pH 4.10-4.78, 5.33-6.09, and 6.09-6.80, respectively. Therefore, Ag NC-PEI 600 and 1800 were proper to acid conditions; Ag NC-PEI 25,000 was sensitive to weak acid media; while Ag NC-PEI 70,000 was adapted to neutral solution. The tunable and selective color change points brought an excellent feature of Ag NC-PEIs as visual pH indicators, which was flexible and applicable to a variety of environments. Besides, the ratios of absorbance at 415nm and 268nm of Ag NCs also showed linear relationships with pH variations. Therefore, there were three ways of this system for sensing pH values, including fluorescence assay, ultraviolet-visible measurement, and visual detection, suggesting that this tunable pH-sensing platform was more feasible, reliable, and accurate. PMID:26695303

  14. Perchlorate-induced combustion of organic matter with variable molecular weights: Implications for Mars missions

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    Sephton, Mark A.; Lewis, James M. T.; Watson, Jonathan S.; Montgomery, Wren; Garnier, Carole

    2014-11-01

    Instruments on the Viking landers and Curiosity rover analyzed samples of Mars and detected carbon dioxide and organic compounds of uncertain origin. Mineral-assisted reactions are leading to uncertainty, particularly those involving perchlorate minerals which thermally decompose to produce chlorine and oxygen which can then react with organic matter to generate organochlorine compounds and carbon dioxide. Although generally considered a problem for interpretation, the release profiles of generated gases can indicate the type of organic matter present. We have performed a set of experiments with perchlorate and organic matter of variable molecular weights. Results indicate that organic susceptibility to thermal degradation and mineral-assisted reactions is related to molecular weight. Low molecular weight organic matter reacts at lower temperatures than its high molecular weight counterparts. The natural occurrence and association of organic matter with differing molecular weights helps to discriminate between contamination (usually low molecular weight organic matter only) and indigenous carbon (commonly low and high molecular weight organic matter together). Our results can be used to provide insights into data returning from Mars.

  15. Immunostimulative Activity of Low Molecular Weight Chitosans in RAW264.7 Macrophages

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    Wu, Ning; Wen, Zheng-Shun; Xiang, Xing-Wei; Huang, Yan-Na; Gao, Yang; Qu, You-Le

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan and its derivatives such as low molecular weight chitosans (LMWCs) have been reported to exert many biological activities, such as antioxidant and antitumor effects. However, complex and molecular weight dependent effects of chitosan remain controversial and the mechanisms that mediate these complex effects are still poorly defined. This study was carried out to investigate the immunostimulative effect of different molecular weight chitosan in RAW264.7 macrophages. Our data suggested that two LMWCs (molecular weight of 3 kDa and 50 kDa) both possessed immunostimulative activity, which was dependent on dose and, at the higher doses, also on the molecular weight. LMWCs could significantly enhance the the pinocytic activity, and induce the production of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), interferon-γ (IFN-γ), nitric oxide (NO) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in a molecular weight and concentration-dependent manner. LMWCs were further showed to promote the expression of the genes including iNOS, TNF-α. Taken together, our findings suggested that LMWCs elicited significantly immunomodulatory response through up-regulating mRNA expression of proinflammatory cytokines and activated RAW264.7 macrophage in a molecular weight- and concentration-dependent manner. PMID:26437419

  16. Determination of Molecular Weights in Polyelectrolyte Mixtures Using Polymer Translocation through a Protein Nanopore

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    2015-01-01

    We introduce a single molecular analysis technique for the evaluation of molecular weight distributions of polyelectrolyte solutions by measuring translocation times of sodium polystyrenesulfonate (NaPSS) chains in a mixture passing through an ?-hemolysin protein nanopore. The ionic current through an ?-hemolysin nanopore is partially blocked transiently when the pore is occupied by a polymer chain with an average residence time proportional to the molecular weight of the polymer chain. We have measured the translocation times for an equimolar mixture of four different molecular weight NaPSS standards and observed distinct translocation time distribution peaks, each of which corresponding to the different components in the mixture. Size exclusion chromatography analyses were performed on the equimolar and equiweight NaPSS mixtures of the same components and compared with the translocation time measurements. The experimental results demonstrate that measuring translocation times can be a competitive technique for estimating the broad molecular weight distributions of polyelectrolytes. PMID:25243100

  17. Isolation and Characterization of a Toxic Moiety of Low Molecular Weight from Clostridium botulinum Type A

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    Gerwing, Julia; Dolman, Claude E.; Bains, Hardial S.

    1965-01-01

    Gerwing, Julia (The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Claude E. Dolman, and Hardial S. Bains. Isolation and characterization of a toxic moiety of low molecular weight from Clostridium botulinum type A. J. Bacteriol. 89:13831386. 1965.A toxic moiety of low molecular weight has been isolated from a type A strain of Clostridium botulinum, by a method involving ammonium sulfate precipitation and elution through diethylaminoethyl cellulose at pH 5.6. By means of electrophoresis and ultracentrifugation, the toxic substance was shown to be homogeneous; a molecular weight of 12,200 was calculated. Images PMID:14293025

  18. High molecular weight first generation PMR polyimides for 343 C applications

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    Malarik, D. C.; Vannucci, R. D.

    1992-01-01

    The effect of molecular weight on 343 C thermo-oxidative stability (TOS), mechanical properties, and processability, of the first generation PMR polyimides was studied. Graphite fiber reinforced PMR-15, PMR-30, PMR-50, and PMR-75 composites (corresponding to formulated molecular weights of 1500, 3000, 5000, and 7500, respectively) were fabricated using a simulated autoclave process. The data reveal that while alternate autoclave cure schedules are required for the high molecular weight resins, low void laminates can be fabricated which have significantly improved TDS over PMR-15, with only a small sacrifice in mechanical properties.

  19. Effect of sterilization irradiation on friction and wear of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene

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    Jones, W. R., Jr.; Hady, W. F.; Crugnola, A.

    1979-01-01

    The effect of sterilization gamma irradiation on the friction and wear properties of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) sliding against 316L stainless steel in dry air at 23 C was determined. A pin-on-disk apparatus was used. Experimental conditions included a 1-kilogram load, a 0.061- to 0.27-meter-per-second sliding velocity, and a 32000- to 578000-meter sliding distance. Although sterilization doses of 2.5 and 5.0 megarads greatly altered the average molecular weight and the molecular weight distribution, the friction and wear properties of the polymer were not significantly changed.

  20. Relationship between molecular weights of pectin and hypocholesterolemic effects in rats.

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    Yamaguchi, F; Uchida, S; Watabe, S; Kojima, H; Shimizu, N; Hatanaka, C

    1995-11-01

    Hypocholesterolemic activities and other properties of three different molecular weight pectin were examined. The low-molecular-weight pectin (M(r) not equal to 66,000) obtained by decomposition of original pectin (M(r) not equal to 750,000) had the properties of low viscosity and high solubility, but it lost hypocholesterolemic activities in rats. On the other hand, the medium-molecular-weight pectin (M(r) not equal to 185,000) had characteristics of both low viscosity and hypocholesterolemic activities. PMID:8541653

  1. High molecular weight first generation PMR polyimides for 343 C applications

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    Malarik, Diane C.; Vannucci, Raymond D.

    1991-01-01

    The effect of molecular weight on 343 C thermo-oxidative stability (TOS), mechanical properties, and processability, of the first generation PMR polyimides was studied. Graphite fiber reinforced PMR-15, PMR-30, PMR-50, and PMR-75 composites (corresponding to formulated molecular weights of 1500, 3000, 5000, and 7500, respectively) were fabricated using a simulated autoclave process. The data reveals that while alternate autoclave cure schedules are required for the high molecular weight resins, low void laminates can be fabricated which have significantly improved TOS over PMR-15, with only a small sacrifice in mechanical properties.

  2. Improved low-volatile bituminous coal representation: incorporating the molecular-weight distribution

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    Marielle R. Narkiewicz; Jonathan P. Mathews

    2008-09-15

    A large ({gt}22 000 atoms) molecular representation of Pocahontas No. 3 low-volatile bituminous coal was generated that contains 215 separate molecular entities, ranging between 78 and 3286 amu, creating a molecular-weight distribution. Data used in this construction were based on (1) the average molecular properties and the carboxylation-oxidation molecular-weight distribution, (2) aromatic 'raft' size evaluation via image analysis of lattice fringe high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images, (3) molecular-weight distribution through laser desorption mass spectrometry, and (4) physical characteristics (molecular orientation and helium density). The large-scale coal representation enabled the incorporation of molecular-weight diversity, which is an improvement to the structural modeling of coal. The large-scale model is necessary to conform to an appropriate molecular-weight distribution. A preferred orientation that is expected for a coal of this rank was imposed. The inclusion of these improvements will better enable the model to be used in application studies. 39 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Determination of molecular weight distributions of polymerized petroleum pitch by gel permeation chromatography with quinoline eluent

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    Greinke, R.A.; O'Connor, L.H.

    1980-10-01

    The technique of gel permeation chromatography (GPC) using quinoline eluent has been applied to measure molecular weight distributions in thermally polymerized petroleum pitches. The molecules present in the toluene-soluble fraction of polymeric pitch eluted ideally in quinoline. A study of low molecular weight model pericondensed polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, which elute nonideally in most GPC eluents, revealed that the elution volume in quinoline was closely related to the maximum length of the molecule. The molecules present in the toluene-insoluble-quinoline-soluble fraction of polymerized pitch eluded nonideally, and the elution volume was a function of the concentration of these molecules after reductive hydrogenation. A linear GPC polymerized pitch calibration curve was obtained for the 450 to 2000 molecular weight range. The technique is applicable for obtaining molecular weight distributions of petroleum pitch mesophases and semicokes which have quinoline-insoluble contents approaching 100%.

  4. Effect of protein molecular weight on the mass transfer in protein mixing

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    Asad, Ahmed; Chai, Chuan; Wu, JiangTao

    2012-03-01

    The mixing of protein solutions with that of precipitating agents is very important in protein crystallization experiments. In this work, the interferometry images were recorded during the mixing of two proteins with different molecular weights: lysozyme of ˜14.6 kDa, trypsin of ˜23.3 kDa and pepsin of ˜34.8 kDa were placed in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The protein molecular weight dependence on the competition of the transport process and kinetics at the interface was studied. The concentration profiles of protein solutions were calculated to analyze the mass transfer during the mixing process. It was observed that the mass transfer process is more efficient during the mixing of proteins with higher molecular weights. In addition, the more rapid concentration changes above the interface suggest that convection may dominate the diffusion. The phenomenon of convection is higher in the protein solutions with higher molecular weight.

  5. Effect of homopolymer molecular weight on order-order transition in block copolymer and homopolymer blends.

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    Lee, Sang-In; Zin, Wang-Cheol; Ahn, Jong-Hyun

    2009-12-01

    The order-order transition temperature (T(OOT)) in blends of poly(styrene-b-isoprene-b-styrene) (S-I-S) triblock copolymer and polyisoprene (PI) homopolymer was investigated by using synchrotron small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Pure triblock copolymer undergoes an order-order transition (OOT) from hexagonally ordered cylinder (HEX) to body centered cubic (BCC) phases. In order to investigate the effect of the molecular weight of the added homopolymer on T(OOT) of the triblock copolymer, various low-molecular-weight PI homopolymers were studied. The results revealed that T(OOT) was affected by the PI molecular weight. T(OOT) was reduced for blends having low-molecular-weight PI. PMID:19908817

  6. The chemical functionalized platinum nanodendrites: The effect of chemical molecular weight on electrocatalytic property

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    Xu, Guang-Rui; Han, Shu-He; Liu, Zong-Huai; Chen, Yu

    2016-02-01

    The surface chemical functionalization of noble metal nanocrystals is a promising strategy for improving the catalytic/electrocatalytic activity and selectivity of noble metal nanocrystals. In this work, we successfully synthesize the polyallylamine (PAA) with different molecular weight functionalized Pt nanodendrites (Pt-NDs) using a facile hydrothermal reduction method. The morphology and surface composition are investigated by transmission electron microscopy, element map, and thermogravimetric analysis. Furthermore, we detailedly investigate the effect of the molecular weight of PAA on the electrochemical property of the functionalized Pt-NDs. Electrochemical measurements show only low molecular weight PAA functionalized Pt-NDs allow electrolytes to access freely the Pt sites. Meanwhile, the low molecular weight PAA functionalized Pt-NDs show the excellent selectivity and activity for the oxygen reduction reaction in the presence of methanol.

  7. EPDM polymers with intermolecular asymmetrical molecular weight, crystallinity and diene distribution

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    Datta, S.; Cheremishinoff, N.P.; Kresge, E.N.

    1993-12-31

    Rapid extrusion of EPDM elastomers require low viscosity and thus low molecular weights for the polymer. Efficient vulcanization of these elastomers requires network perfection and thus high molecular weights for the polymer. The benefits of these apparently mutually exclusive goals is important in uses of EPDM elastomers which require extrusion of profiles which are later cured. This paper shows that by introducing simultaneously asymmetry in the distribution of molecular weights, crystallinity and vulcanizable sites these apparently contradictory goals can be resolved. While these polymers cannot be made from a single Ziegler polymerization catalyst, the authors show the synthesis of these model EPDM polymers by blending polymers with very different molecular weights, ethylene and ENB contents. These blends can be rapidly extruded without melt fracture and can be cured to vulcanizates which have excellent tensile properties.

  8. Antioxidant activity of low molecular weight alginate produced by thermal treatment.

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    Kelishomi, Zahra Habibi; Goliaei, Bahram; Mahdavi, Hossein; Nikoofar, Alireza; Rahimi, Mahmood; Moosavi-Movahedi, Ali Akbar; Mamashli, Fatemeh; Bigdeli, Bahareh

    2016-04-01

    By definition, antioxidants are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Therefore, such compounds have very important clinical roles. In this study alginate polymer was depolymerized by heat treatment. The resulting low molecular weight alginates were investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy, Viscometry, Dynamic light scattering and FT-IR spectroscopy techniques. Antioxidant properties of these heat products were studied by ABTS and superoxide radical scavenging assays. Results showed that heating caused breaks in the polymer chain and so generation of low molecular weight alginates. Antioxidant measurements confirmed antioxidant activity of alginate increased upon a decrease in molecular weight. Therefore, low molecular weight alginate produced by heating could be considered as a stronger antioxidant than alginate polymer. These products could be useful for industrial and biomedical applications. PMID:26593570

  9. Enhancement of molecular weight build up in polyimides using ether solvents

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    Egli, Annemarie H.; St. Clair, Terry L.

    1985-01-01

    Two linear polyimides were prepared in various ether and amide solvents. The inherent viscosity was then monitored as a function of time. The polymers made in the ether solvents consistently gave higher inherent viscosities, and thus molecular weights, than the same polymers made in the amide solvents. This molecular weight buildup is attributed to the unique solvation mechanism of the ether solvents which enhances the basicity of the amines via hydrogen bonding.

  10. Corner rounding in EUV photoresist: tuning through molecular weight, PAG size, and development time

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    Anderson, Christopher; Daggett, Joe; Naulleau, Patrick

    2009-12-31

    In this paper, the corner rounding bias of a commercially available extreme ultraviolet photoresist is monitored as molecular weight, photoacid generator (PAG) size, and development time are varied. These experiments show that PAG size influences corner biasing while molecular weight and development time do not. Large PAGs are shown to exhibit less corner biasing, and in some cases, lower corner rounding, than small PAGs. In addition, heavier resist polymers are shown to exhibit less corner rounding than lighter ones.

  11. [The low-molecular weight antioxidants of microorganisms].

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    Skorokhod, I O; Kurdysh, I K

    2014-01-01

    Support of optimum redox-homeostasis in the cells of microorganisms plays a substantial role in the processes of DNA synthesis, respiration, providing of immune and protective reactions, activity of enzymes, etc. The changes of the redox-status can be accompanied by the increase of the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which predetermine the damage of biologically active molecules. Adjusting of ROS concentrations is a very important process in development of microorganisms. Low-molecular antioxidants are effective inhibitors of free-radical processes. The authors of the review present the description of oxidants and consider the ways of origin and consequences of their influence on the living cells. An accent is done on phenomenological description of low-molecular antioxidants. The basic mechanisms of their action are considered. Special attention is given to the question of synergism between these protectors. The detailed study of mechanisms of functioning of low-molecular antioxidants in the cells of microorganisms will allow using these living objects in different spheres of human activity. PMID:25007444

  12. Western blotting of high and low molecular weight proteins using heat.

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    Kurien, Biji T; Scofield, R Hal

    2015-01-01

    A method for the electrophoretic transfer of high and low molecular weight proteins to nitrocellulose membranes following sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) polyacrylamide gel is described here. The transfer was performed with heated (70-75 C) normal transfer buffer from which methanol had been omitted. Complete transfer of high and low molecular weight antigens (molecular weight protein standards, a purified protein, and proteins from a human tissue extract) could be carried out in 10 min for a 7 % (0.75 mm) SDS polyacrylamide gel. For 10 and 12.5 % gels (0.75 mm) the corresponding time was 15 min. A complete transfer could be carried out in 20 min for 7, 10, and 12.5 % gels (1.5 mm gels). The permeability of the gel is increased by heat, such that the proteins trapped in the polyacrylamide gel matrix can be easily transferred to the membrane. The heat mediated transfer method was compared with a conventional transfer protocol, under similar conditions. The conventional method transferred minimal low molecular weight proteins while retaining most of the high molecular weight proteins in the gel. In summary, this procedure is particularly useful for the transfer of high molecular weight proteins, very rapid, and avoids the use of methanol. PMID:26044007

  13. Molecular weight dependent vertical composition profiles of PCDTBT:PC71BM blends for organic photovoltaics

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    Kingsley, James W.; Marchisio, Pier Paolo; Yi, Hunan; Iraqi, Ahmed; Kinane, Christy J.; Langridge, Sean; Thompson, Richard L.; Cadby, Ashley J.; Pearson, Andrew J.; Lidzey, David G.; Jones, Richard A. L.; Parnell, Andrew J.

    2014-01-01

    We have used Soxhlet solvent purification to fractionate a broad molecular weight distribution of the polycarbazole polymer PCDTBT into three lower polydispersity molecular weight fractions. Organic photovoltaic devices were made using a blend of the fullerene acceptor PC71BM with the molecular weight fractions. An average power conversion efficiency of 5.89% (peak efficiency of 6.15%) was measured for PCDTBT blend devices with a number average molecular weight of Mn = 25.5 kDa. There was significant variation between the molecular weight fractions with low (Mn = 15.0 kDa) and high (Mn = 34.9 kDa) fractions producing devices with average efficiencies of 5.02% and 3.70% respectively. Neutron reflectivity measurements on these polymer:PC71BM blend layers showed that larger molecular weights leads to an increase in the polymer enrichment layer thickness at the anode interface, this improves efficiency up to a limiting point where the polymer solubility causes a reduction of the PCDTBT concentration in the active layer. PMID:24924096

  14. In vitro studies of PEG thin films with different molecular weights deposited by MAPLE

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    Paun, Irina Alexandra; Ion, Valentin; Luculescu, Catalin-Romeo; Dinescu, Maria; Canulescu, Stela; Schou, Jrgen

    2012-10-01

    In this work, polyethylene glycol (PEG) films were produced by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE). The possibility to tailor the properties of the films by means of polymer molecular weight was explored. The films of PEG of average molecular weights 400 Da, 1450 Da, and 10000 Da (PEG400, PEG1450, and PEG10000) were investigated in vitro, in media similar with those inside the body (phosphate buffer saline PBS with pH 7.4 and blood). The mass of the polymer did not change during this treatment, but the polymer molecular weight was found to strongly influence the films properties and their behavior in vitro. Thus, immersion in PBS induced swelling of the PEG films, which was more pronounced for PEG polymers of higher molecular weight. Prior to immersion in PBS, the PEG films of higher molecular weight were more hydrophilic, the water contact angles decreasing from 66 grd for PEG400 to 41 grd for PEG1450 and to 15 grd for PEG10000. The same trend was observed during immersion of the PEG films in PBS. Before immersion in PBS, the refractive index of the films increased from 1.43 for PEG400 to 1.48 for PEG1450 and to 1.68 for PEG10000. During immersion in PBS the refractive index decreased gradually, but remained higher for the PEG molecules of higher mass. Finally, blood compatibility tests showed that the PEG films of higher molecular weight were most compatible with blood.

  15. Occurrence of a multimeric high-molecular-weight glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase in human serum.

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    Kunjithapatham, Rani; Geschwind, Jean-Francois; Devine, Lauren; Boronina, Tatiana N; O'Meally, Robert N; Cole, Robert N; Torbenson, Michael S; Ganapathy-Kanniappan, Shanmugasundaram

    2015-04-01

    Cellular glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) is a phylogenetically conserved, ubiquitous enzyme that plays an indispensable role in energy metabolism. Although a wealth of information is available on cellular GAPDH, there is a clear paucity of data on its extracellular counterpart (i.e., the secreted or extracellular GAPDH). Here, we show that the extracellular GAPDH in human serum is a multimeric, high-molecular-weight, yet glycolytically active enzyme. The high-molecular-weight multimers of serum GAPDH were identified by immunodetection on one- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis using multiple antibodies specific for various epitopes of GAPDH. Partial purification of serum GAPDH by DEAE Affigel affinity/ion exchange chromatography further established the multimeric composition of serum GAPDH. In vitro data demonstrated that human cell lines secrete a multimeric, high-molecular-weight enzyme similar to that of serum GAPDH. Furthermore, LC-MS/MS analysis of extracellular GAPDH from human cell lines confirmed the presence of unique peptides of GAPDH in the high-molecular-weight subunits. Furthermore, data from pulse-chase experiments established the presence of high-molecular-weight subunits in the secreted, extracellular GAPDH. Taken together, our findings demonstrate the presence of a high-molecular-weight, enzymatically active secretory GAPDH in human serum that may have a hitherto unknown function in humans. PMID:25734908

  16. Do the length-based (Broselow) Tape, APLS, Argall and Nelson's formulae accurately estimate weight of Indian children?

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    Varghese, A; Vasudevan, V K; Lewin, S; Indumathi, C K; Dinakar, C; Rao, S D Subha

    2006-10-01

    This study was aimed at validating the usefulness of a length based pediatric emergency tape (Broselow) in an Indian population. The secondary objective was to validate age based weight estimation formulae (Nelson, Argalls, APLS) for emergency needs (doses, sizes). This cross sectional study was done at a tertiary teaching hospital on a sample of 500 children attending outpatient clinic. Inclusion criteria was age between 1 month to 12 years. Children who were unstable, uncooperative or critically ill requiring emergency care and those measuring more than 145 cm in length or weighing more than 35 kg weight were excluded from the study. Measurement of actual weights, calculation of weight, adrenaline dose, fluid bolus and endotracheal tube size was done by all four methods. Results indicated good positive correlation between actual measured weights and weights estimated using Broselow Tape (r = 0.974), APLS (r = 0.902), Argalls modification (r = 0.902), and combined Nelson formulae (0.935). However, specific Nelson formulas for 7-12 yr and 3-12 mo were especially poor in correlation. Bland-Altman Plots comparing actual weight showed least mean bias for Broselow Tape estimations in < 15 kg group (0.080 +/- 0.96 kg) and maximum bias with Nelsons formula for 7 to12 yr (5.204 +/- 4.272 kg). For adrenaline doses and fluid bolus calculations, Broselow estimations were valid estimates. Broselow tape did underestimate endotracheal tube size (mean bias -0.53 +/- 0.18). To conclude, length based pediatric emergency tape (Broselow) correlates well with overall emergency decision making process in our setting. This is especially validated in the age group 0.1 to 6.7 yr weighing less than 15 kg. PMID:17079832

  17. RICE STARCH AMYLOPECTIN, AND AMYLOSE: MOLECULAR WEIGHT AND SOLUBILITY IN DIMETHYL SULFOXIDE-BASED SOLVENTS

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    Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), with either 50 mM LiBr, 10% water or both, was used as solvent for multi-angle laser-light scattering (MALLS) batch mode analysis of rice starch, and amylopectin and amylose weight-average molecular weight (Mw). DMSO/50 mM LiBr was a better solvent for these measurements ...

  18. The influence of gamma radiation on the molecular weight and glass transition of PLLA and HAp/PLLA nanocomposite

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    Milicevic, D.; Trifunovic, S.; Dojcilovic, J.; Ignjatovic, N.; Suljovrujic, E.

    2010-09-01

    The influence of gamma radiation on the molecular weight and glass transition behaviour of poly- L-lactide (PLLA) and hydroxyapatite/poly- L-lactide (HAp/PLLA) nanocomposite has been studied. Since PLLA exposed to high-energy radiation in the presence of air is prone to chain scission reactions and large degradation, changes in molecular weight were obtained by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Alterations in the glass transition behaviour were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The apparent activation energy (Δ H∗) for glass transition was determined on the basis of the heating rate dependence of the glass transition temperature ( T g). Our findings support the fact that chain scission is the main reason for the decrease of T g and Δ H∗ with the absorbed dose. Furthermore, more intensive chain scission degradation of PLLA was observed in HAp/PLLA and can only be ascribed to the presence of HAp nanoparticles. Consequently, initial differences in the glass transition temperature and/or apparent activation energy of PLLA and HAp/PLLA became more pronounced with absorbed dose. This study reveals that radiation-induced changes in molecular weight and glass transition temperature occur in a predictable and fairly accurate manner. Therefore, gamma radiation can be used not only for sterilization but also for tailoring desirable end-use properties of these biomaterials.

  19. Use of Kinematic Viscosity Data for the Evaluation of the Molecular Weight of Petroleum Oils

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    Maroto, J. A.; Quesada-Perez, M.; Ortiz-Hernandez, A. J.

    2010-01-01

    A new laboratory procedure for the evaluation of the mean molecular weight (mean relative molecular mass) of petroleum oils with high accuracy is described. The density and dynamic viscosity of three commercial petroleum oils are measured at different temperatures. These experimental data are used to calculate the kinematic viscosity as a function…

  20. Use of Kinematic Viscosity Data for the Evaluation of the Molecular Weight of Petroleum Oils

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    Maroto, J. A.; Quesada-Perez, M.; Ortiz-Hernandez, A. J.

    2010-01-01

    A new laboratory procedure for the evaluation of the mean molecular weight (mean relative molecular mass) of petroleum oils with high accuracy is described. The density and dynamic viscosity of three commercial petroleum oils are measured at different temperatures. These experimental data are used to calculate the kinematic viscosity as a function

  1. Accurate physical laws can permit new standard units: The two laws F→=ma→ and the proportionality of weight to mass

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    Saslow, Wayne M.

    2014-04-01

    Three common approaches to F→=ma→ are: (1) as an exactly true definition of force F→ in terms of measured inertial mass m and measured acceleration a→; (2) as an exactly true axiom relating measured values of a→, F→ and m; and (3) as an imperfect but accurately true physical law relating measured a→ to measured F→, with m an experimentally determined, matter-dependent constant, in the spirit of the resistance R in Ohm's law. In the third case, the natural units are those of a→ and F→, where a→ is normally specified using distance and time as standard units, and F→ from a spring scale as a standard unit; thus mass units are derived from force, distance, and time units such as newtons, meters, and seconds. The present work develops the third approach when one includes a second physical law (again, imperfect but accurate)—that balance-scale weight W is proportional to m—and the fact that balance-scale measurements of relative weight are more accurate than those of absolute force. When distance and time also are more accurately measurable than absolute force, this second physical law permits a shift to standards of mass, distance, and time units, such as kilograms, meters, and seconds, with the unit of force—the newton—a derived unit. However, were force and distance more accurately measurable than time (e.g., time measured with an hourglass), this second physical law would permit a shift to standards of force, mass, and distance units such as newtons, kilograms, and meters, with the unit of time—the second—a derived unit. Therefore, the choice of the most accurate standard units depends both on what is most accurately measurable and on the accuracy of physical law.

  2. Tailoring a low-molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphatase into an efficient reporting protein

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    Liu, Xiao-Yan; Li, Lan-Fen; Su, Xiao-Dong; Shenzhen Graduate School of Peking University, Shenzhen 518055

    2009-05-15

    Fusion reporter methods are important tools for biology and biotechnology. An ideal reporter protein in a fusion system should have little effects on its fusion partner and provide an easy and accurate readout. Therefore, a small monomeric protein with high activity for detection assays often has advantages as a reporter protein. For this purpose, we have tailored the human B-form low-molecular-weight phosphotyrosyl phosphatase (HPTP-B) to increase its general applicability as a potent reporter protein. With the aim to eliminate interference from cysteine residues in the native HPTP-B, combined with a systematic survey of N- and C-terminal truncated variants, a series of cysteine to serine mutations were introduced, which allowed isolation of an engineered soluble protein with suitable biophysical properties. When we deleted both the first six residues and the last two residues, we still obtained a soluble mutant protein with correct folding and similar activity with wild-type protein. This mutant with two cysteine to serine mutations, HPTP-B{sup N{sub {Delta}}6-C{sub {Delta}}2-C90S-C109S}, has good potential as an optimal reporter.

  3. Effect of high-speed jet on flow behavior, retrogradation, and molecular weight of rice starch.

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    Fu, Zhen; Luo, Shun-Jing; BeMiller, James N; Liu, Wei; Liu, Cheng-Mei

    2015-11-20

    Effects of high-speed jet (HSJ) treatment on flow behavior, retrogradation, and degradation of the molecular structure of indica rice starch were investigated. Decreasing with the number of HSJ treatment passes were the turbidity of pastes (degree of retrogradation), the enthalpy of melting of retrograded rice starch, weight-average molecular weights and weight-average root-mean square radii of gyration of the starch polysaccharides, and the amylopectin peak areas of SEC profiles. The areas of lower-molecular-weight polymers increased. The chain-length distribution was not significantly changed. Pastes of all starch samples exhibited pseudoplastic, shear-thinning behavior. HSJ treatment increased the flow behavior index and decreased the consistency coefficient and viscosity. The data suggested that degradation of amylopectin was mainly involved and that breakdown preferentially occurred in chains between clusters. PMID:26344255

  4. Slip of polydisperse polymers: Molecular weight distribution above and below the plane of slip

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    Sabzevari, Seyed Mostafa; Strandman, Satu; Wood-Adams, Paula Marie

    2015-04-01

    When strong slip occurs during the drag flow of highly entangled polybutadienes (PBD) in a sliding plate rheometer equipped with stainless steel parallel plates, a thin film of polymer debris remains on the substrate after the slip. This debris is assumed to be formed by the disentanglement process that occurs in strong slip at a distance of about one molecular size from the plate. In order to evaluate the composition of the debris we collected it with tetrahydrofuran and subjected it to gel permeation chromatography. It was found that the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of the debris is significantly different from that of the bulk. Moreover, in mixtures prepared from long and short PBDs with distinctly different molecular weight distributions, the MWD of the debris was found to be richer in low molecular weight components and leaner in the high molecular weight components compared to the bulk. This information is important since it reveals the compositional difference between the bulk and interfacial layer above and below the plane of slip. The difference in MWD is likely a consequence of the strong slip in which some of long chains are pulled away from the surface-adsorbed chains by the flow leaving a debris lean in the high molecular weight component.

  5. Profiling of the molecular weight and structural isomer abundance of macroalgae-derived phlorotannins.

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    Heffernan, Natalie; Brunton, Nigel P; FitzGerald, Richard J; Smyth, Thomas J

    2015-01-01

    Phlorotannins are a group of complex polymers of phloroglucinol (1,3,5-trihydroxybenzene) unique to macroalgae. These phenolic compounds are integral structural components of the cell wall in brown algae, but also play many secondary ecological roles such as protection from UV radiation and defense against grazing. This study employed Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) with tandem mass spectrometry to investigate isomeric complexity and observed differences in phlorotannins derived from macroalgae harvested off the Irish coast (Fucus serratus, Fucus vesiculosus, Himanthalia elongata and Cystoseira nodicaulis). Antioxidant activity and total phenolic content assays were used as an index for producing phlorotannin fractions, enriched using molecular weight cut-off dialysis with subsequent flash chromatography to profile phlorotannin isomers in these macroalgae. These fractions were profiled using UPLC-MS with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) and the level of isomerization for specific molecular weight phlorotannins between 3 and 16 monomers were determined. The majority of the low molecular weight (LMW) phlorotannins were found to have a molecular weight range equivalent to 4-12 monomers of phloroglucinol. The level of isomerization within the individual macroalgal species differed, resulting in substantially different numbers of phlorotannin isomers for particular molecular weights. F. vesiculosus had the highest number of isomers of 61 at one specific molecular mass, corresponding to 12 phloroglucinol units (PGUs). These results highlight the complex nature of these extracts and emphasize the challenges involved in structural elucidation of these compounds. PMID:25603345

  6. Profiling of the Molecular Weight and Structural Isomer Abundance of Macroalgae-Derived Phlorotannins

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    Heffernan, Natalie; Brunton, Nigel P.; FitzGerald, Richard J.; Smyth, Thomas J.

    2015-01-01

    Phlorotannins are a group of complex polymers of phloroglucinol (1,3,5-trihydroxybenzene) unique to macroalgae. These phenolic compounds are integral structural components of the cell wall in brown algae, but also play many secondary ecological roles such as protection from UV radiation and defense against grazing. This study employed Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) with tandem mass spectrometry to investigate isomeric complexity and observed differences in phlorotannins derived from macroalgae harvested off the Irish coast (Fucus serratus, Fucus vesiculosus, Himanthalia elongata and Cystoseira nodicaulis). Antioxidant activity and total phenolic content assays were used as an index for producing phlorotannin fractions, enriched using molecular weight cut-off dialysis with subsequent flash chromatography to profile phlorotannin isomers in these macroalgae. These fractions were profiled using UPLC-MS with multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) and the level of isomerization for specific molecular weight phlorotannins between 3 and 16 monomers were determined. The majority of the low molecular weight (LMW) phlorotannins were found to have a molecular weight range equivalent to 4–12 monomers of phloroglucinol. The level of isomerization within the individual macroalgal species differed, resulting in substantially different numbers of phlorotannin isomers for particular molecular weights. F. vesiculosus had the highest number of isomers of 61 at one specific molecular mass, corresponding to 12 phloroglucinol units (PGUs). These results highlight the complex nature of these extracts and emphasize the challenges involved in structural elucidation of these compounds. PMID:25603345

  7. Molecular markers associated with seed weight in two soybean populations.

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    Mian, M A; Bailey, M A; Tamulonis, J P; Shipe, E R; Carter, T E; Parrott, W A; Ashley, D A; Hussey, R S; Boerma, H R

    1996-11-01

    Seed weight (SW) is a component of soybean, Glycine max (L.) Merr., seed yield, as well as an important trait for food-type soybeans. Two soybean populations, 120 F4-derived lines of 'Young'xPI416937 (Pop1) and 111 F2-derived lines of PI97100x'Coker 237' (Pop2), were mapped with RFLP makers to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) conditioning SW across environments and populations. The genetic map of Pop1 consisted of 155 loci covering 973 cM, whereas Pop2 involved 153 loci and covered 1600 cM of map distance. For Pop1, the phenotypic data were collected from Plains, GA., Windblow, N.C., and Plymouth, N.C., in 1994. For Pop2, data were collected from Athens, GA., in 1994 and 1995, and Blackville, S.C., in 1995. Based on single-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA), seven and nine independent loci were associated with SW in Pop1 and Pop2, respectively. Together the loci explained 73% of the variability in SW in Pop1 and 74% in Pop2. Transgressive segregation occurred among the progeny in both populations. The marker loci associated with SW were highly consistent across environments and years. Two QTLs on linkage group (LG) F and K were located at similar genomic regions in both populations. The high consistency of QTLs across environments indicates that effective marker-assisted selection is feasible for soybean SW. PMID:24162474

  8. Adsorption of dissolved organics in lake water by aluminum oxide. Effect of molecular weight

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    Davis, J.A.; Gloor, R.

    1981-01-01

    Dissolved organic compounds in a Swiss lake were fractionated into three molecular size classes by gel exclusion chromatography, and adsorption of each fraction on colloidal alumina was studied as a function of pH. Organic compounds with molecular weight (Mr) greater than 1000 formed strong complexes with the alumina surface, but low molecular weight compounds were weakly adsorbed. Electrophoretic mobility measurements indicated that alumina particles suspended in the original lake water were highly negatively charged because of adsorbed organic matter. Most of the adsorbed organic compounds were in the Mr range 1000 < Mr < 3000. Adsorption of these compounds during the treatment of drinking water by alum coagulation may be responsible for the preferential removal of trihalomethane precursors. Adsorption may also influence the molecular-weight distribution of dissolved organic material in lakes. surface, the present work will focus on the influence of molecular size and pH on the adsorption behavior of dissolved organic material of a Swiss lake. From a geochemical point of view, it is important to know the molecular-weight distribution of adsorbed organic matter so that we may better assess its reactivity with trace elements. The study also serves as a first step in quantifying the role of adsorption in the geochemical cycle of organic carbon in lacustrine environments. For water-treatment practice, we need to determine whether molecular weight fractionation occurs during adsorption by aluminum oxide. Such a fractionation could be significant in the light of recent reports that chloroform and other organochlorine compounds are preferentially produced by particular molecular-weight fractions (25-27). ?? 1981 American Chemical Society.

  9. A digitally controlled AGC loop circuitry for GNSS receiver chip with a binary weighted accurate dB-linear PGA

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    Gang, Jin; Yiqi, Zhuang; Yue, Yin; Miao, Cui

    2015-03-01

    A novel digitally controlled automatic gain control (AGC) loop circuitry for the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver chip is presented. The entire AGC loop contains a programmable gain amplifier (PGA), an AGC circuit and an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), which is implemented in a 0.18 ?m complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process and measured. A binary-weighted approach is proposed in the PGA to achieve wide dB-linear gain control with small gain error. With binary-weighted cascaded amplifiers for coarse gain control, and parallel binary-weighted trans-conductance amplifier array for fine gain control, the PGA can provide a 64 dB dynamic range from -4 to 60 dB in 1.14 dB gain steps with a less than 0.15 dB gain error. Based on the Gaussian noise statistic characteristic of the GNSS signal, a digital AGC circuit is also proposed with low area and fast settling. The feed-backward AGC loop occupies an area of 0.27 mm2 and settles within less than 165 ?s while consuming an average current of 1.92 mA at 1.8 V.

  10. Progress Towards Accurate Molecular Modeling of Metal Complexes Using Polarizable Force Fields

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    Chaudret, R.; Ulmer, S.; van Severen, M.-C.; Gresh, N.; Parisel, O.; Cisneros, G. A.; Darden, T. A.; Piquemal, J.-P.

    2009-03-01

    We present refinements of the SIBFA (Sum of Interaction Between Fragments ab initio) and GEM (Gaussian electrostatic Model) polarizable molecular mechanics procedure to represent the intermolecular interaction energies of metal cations. Improved forces fields for closed-shell, open-shell and heavy metals are discussed. Some perspectives towards a multiscale SIBFA-GEM approach using density fitting techniques are presented.

  11. The effect of molecular weight on the material properties of biosynthesized poly(4-hydroxybutyrate).

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    Boesel, Luciano F; Le Meur, Sylvaine; Thny-Meyer, Linda; Ren, Qun

    2014-11-01

    Poly(4-hydroxybutyrate) (P4HB) is a bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoate with interesting biological and physico-chemical properties for the use in biomedical applications. The synthesis of P4HB through a fermentation process often leads to a polymer with a too high molecular weight, making it difficult to process it further by solvent- or melt-processing. In this work P4HB was degraded to obtain polymers with a molecular weight ranging from 1.510(3)g/mol to 1.010(6)g/mol by using a method established in our laboratory. We studied the effect of the change in molecular weight on thermal and mechanical properties. The decrease of the molecular weight led to an increase in the degree of crystallinity of the polymer. Regarding the tensile mechanical properties, the molecular weight played a more prominent role than the degree of crystallinity in the evolution of the properties for the different polymer fractions. The method presented herein allows the preparation of polymer fractions with easier processability and still adequate thermal and mechanical properties for biomedical applications. PMID:24751504

  12. Antihyperlipidemic effects of different molecular weight sulfated polysaccharides from Ulva pertusa (Chlorophyta).

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    Pengzhan, Yu; Ning, Li; Xiguang, Liu; Gefei, Zhou; Quanbin, Zhang; Pengcheng, Li

    2003-12-01

    Ulvan, a sulfated polysaccharide from Ulva pertusa, was degraded to yield two low molecular weight fractions U1 and U2. The molecular weights of ulvan and its fractions were determined and varied from 151.6 to 28.2 kDa. They were fed to rats on a hypercholesterolemic diet for 21 days to evaluate and compare the antihyperlipidemic actions. Ulvan-based diet significantly lowered the levels of serum total cholesterol (-45.2%, P<0.05) and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol, -54.1%, P<0.05). While U1- and U2-based diets significantly elevated the levels of serum high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol, +22.0% for U1, not significant; +61.0% for U2; P<0.05) and reduced triglyceride (TG, -82.4% for U1, -77.7% for U2; P<0.05) in rats as compared to control diet. In addition, consumptions of various ulvans significantly increased fecal bile acid excrement. The results indicated that ulvans with different molecular weights exhibited diverse effects on lipid metabolism. The high molecular weight ulvan was effective in serum total and LDL-cholesterol, whereas low molecular weight fractions were in TG and HDL-cholesterol. The fractions were considered to be more beneficial to hyperlipidemia associated with diabetes over ulvan. PMID:14527817

  13. High-molecular-weight polymers for protein crystallization: poly-?-glutamic acid-based precipitants

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    Hu, Ting-Chou; Korczy?ska, Justyna; Smith, David K.; Brzozowski, Andrzej Marek

    2008-09-01

    High-molecular-weight poly-?-glutamic acid-based polymers have been synthesized, tested and adopted for protein crystallization. Protein crystallization has been revolutionized by the introduction of high-throughput technologies, which have led to a speeding up of the process while simultaneously reducing the amount of protein sample necessary. Nonetheless, the chemistry dimension of protein crystallization has remained relatively undeveloped. Most crystallization screens are based on the same set of precipitants. To address this shortcoming, the development of new protein precipitants based on poly-?-glutamic acid (PGA) polymers with different molecular-weight ranges is reported here: PGA-LM (low molecular weight) of ?400 kDa and PGA-HM (high molecular weight) of >1000 kDa. It is also demonstrated that protein precipitants can be expanded further to polymers with much higher molecular weight than those that are currently in use. Furthermore, the modification of PGA-like polymers by covalent attachments of glucosamine substantially improved their solubility without affecting their crystallization properties. Some preliminary PGA-based screens are presented here.

  14. Influence of polymer molecular weight in osteoinductive composites for bone tissue regeneration.

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    Barbieri, Davide; Yuan, Huipin; Luo, Xiaoman; Far, Silvia; Grijpma, Dirk W; de Bruijn, Joost D

    2013-12-01

    In bone tissue regeneration, certain polymer and calcium-phosphate-based composites have been reported to enhance some biological surface phenomena, facilitating osteoinduction. Although the crucial role of inorganic fillers in heterotopic bone formation by such materials has been shown, no reports have been published on the potential effects the polymer phase may have. The present work starts from the assumption that the polymer molecular weight regulates the fluid uptake, which determines the hydrolysis rate and the occurrence of biological surface processes. Here, two composites were prepared by extruding two different molecular weight L/D,L-lactide copolymers with calcium phosphate apatite. The lower molecular weight copolymer allowed larger fluid uptake in the composite thereof, which was correlated with a higher capacity to adsorb proteins in vitro. Further, the large fluid absorption led to a quicker composite degradation that generated rougher surfaces and enhanced ion release. Following intramuscular implantation in sheep, only the composite with the lower molecular weight polymer could induce heterotopic bone formation. Besides influencing the biological potential of composites, the molecular weight also regulated their viscoelastic behaviour under cyclic stresses. The results lead to the conclusion that designing biomaterials with appropriate physico-chemical characteristics is crucial for bone tissue regeneration in mechanical load-bearing sites. PMID:23917043

  15. Identification of multiple low molecular weight placental prolactin-like proteins produced by rat trophoblast cells.

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    Soares, M J; De, S K; Foster, B A; Julian, J A; Glasser, S R

    1988-01-01

    Rat trophoblast tissue was found to synthesize a number of low molecular weight proteins possessing prolactin-like characteristics. There appear to be at least three proteins that cross-react with antisera to pituitary prolactin. Two of the proteins had a molecular weight of 25,000, similar to ovine pituitary prolactin, and isoelectric points of 6.8 and 7.0. The third immunoreactive protein had a lower molecular weight (23,500), similar in size to human placental lactogen, and a slightly more acidic isoelectric point of 6.75. The molecular weight variants cross-reacted with an antipeptide serum that was generated to a synthetic peptide representing amino acids 150 to 164 of rat placental lactogen-2 (PL-2). Based on this analysis, we consider these proteins to be related to PL-2. Analysis of trophoblast proteins by gel-filtration chromatography resulted in the identification of another trophoblast prolactin. This material eluted earlier than PL-2-related proteins on a gel-filtration column, possessed prolactin-like activity (determined by competition with ovine pituitary prolactin for rabbit mammary gland or rat liver prolactin receptors) but showed limited cross-reactivity with either the antiserum to pituitary prolactin or the antiserum to the PL-2 peptide. We have thus identified multiple low molecular weight trophoblast prolactins, possessing different biochemical and immunological characteristics. PMID:3339287

  16. Utilizing fast multipole expansions for efficient and accurate quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulations

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    Schwrer, Magnus; Lorenzen, Konstantin; Mathias, Gerald; Tavan, Paul

    2015-03-01

    Recently, a novel approach to hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations has been suggested [Schwrer et al., J. Chem. Phys. 138, 244103 (2013)]. Here, the forces acting on the atoms are calculated by grid-based density functional theory (DFT) for a solute molecule and by a polarizable molecular mechanics (PMM) force field for a large solvent environment composed of several 103-105 molecules as negative gradients of a DFT/PMM hybrid Hamiltonian. The electrostatic interactions are efficiently described by a hierarchical fast multipole method (FMM). Adopting recent progress of this FMM technique [Lorenzen et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 10, 3244 (2014)], which particularly entails a strictly linear scaling of the computational effort with the system size, and adapting this revised FMM approach to the computation of the interactions between the DFT and PMM fragments of a simulation system, here, we show how one can further enhance the efficiency and accuracy of such DFT/PMM-MD simulations. The resulting gain of total performance, as measured for alanine dipeptide (DFT) embedded in water (PMM) by the product of the gains in efficiency and accuracy, amounts to about one order of magnitude. We also demonstrate that the jointly parallelized implementation of the DFT and PMM-MD parts of the computation enables the efficient use of high-performance computing systems. The associated software is available online.

  17. Utilizing fast multipole expansions for efficient and accurate quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulations

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    Schwrer, Magnus; Lorenzen, Konstantin; Mathias, Gerald; Tavan, Paul

    2015-03-14

    Recently, a novel approach to hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations has been suggested [Schwrer et al., J. Chem. Phys. 138, 244103 (2013)]. Here, the forces acting on the atoms are calculated by grid-based density functional theory (DFT) for a solute molecule and by a polarizable molecular mechanics (PMM) force field for a large solvent environment composed of several 10{sup 3}-10{sup 5} molecules as negative gradients of a DFT/PMM hybrid Hamiltonian. The electrostatic interactions are efficiently described by a hierarchical fast multipole method (FMM). Adopting recent progress of this FMM technique [Lorenzen et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 10, 3244 (2014)], which particularly entails a strictly linear scaling of the computational effort with the system size, and adapting this revised FMM approach to the computation of the interactions between the DFT and PMM fragments of a simulation system, here, we show how one can further enhance the efficiency and accuracy of such DFT/PMM-MD simulations. The resulting gain of total performance, as measured for alanine dipeptide (DFT) embedded in water (PMM) by the product of the gains in efficiency and accuracy, amounts to about one order of magnitude. We also demonstrate that the jointly parallelized implementation of the DFT and PMM-MD parts of the computation enables the efficient use of high-performance computing systems. The associated software is available online.

  18. Utilizing fast multipole expansions for efficient and accurate quantum-classical molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Schwrer, Magnus; Lorenzen, Konstantin; Mathias, Gerald; Tavan, Paul

    2015-03-14

    Recently, a novel approach to hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations has been suggested [Schwrer et al., J. Chem. Phys. 138, 244103 (2013)]. Here, the forces acting on the atoms are calculated by grid-based density functional theory (DFT) for a solute molecule and by a polarizable molecular mechanics (PMM) force field for a large solvent environment composed of several 10(3)-10(5) molecules as negative gradients of a DFT/PMM hybrid Hamiltonian. The electrostatic interactions are efficiently described by a hierarchical fast multipole method (FMM). Adopting recent progress of this FMM technique [Lorenzen et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 10, 3244 (2014)], which particularly entails a strictly linear scaling of the computational effort with the system size, and adapting this revised FMM approach to the computation of the interactions between the DFT and PMM fragments of a simulation system, here, we show how one can further enhance the efficiency and accuracy of such DFT/PMM-MD simulations. The resulting gain of total performance, as measured for alanine dipeptide (DFT) embedded in water (PMM) by the product of the gains in efficiency and accuracy, amounts to about one order of magnitude. We also demonstrate that the jointly parallelized implementation of the DFT and PMM-MD parts of the computation enables the efficient use of high-performance computing systems. The associated software is available online. PMID:25770527

  19. Extension of the wave packet molecular dynamics method towards the accurate quantum simulations of electron dynamics

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    Valuev, I. A.; Morozov, I. V.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we review a multiple-wavepacket version of the Antisymmetrized Wave Packet Molecular Dynamics (AWPMD), that may be utilized to increase the accuracy and the performance of this quantum simulation method. The original WPMD method is based on parameterization of the electron wave function by a single Gaussian wave packet. It gives qualitatively better results than the classical Molecular Dynamics but the quantitative description of essentially quantum systems is rather poor. In this work, we describe a new technique based on multiple Gaussian expansion of the single-electron wave function, which is called Split Wave Packet Molecular Dynamics (SWPMD). The related theoretical formalism is given, followed by the analysis of static and dynamical properties of a quantum system of several particles, where the simulation results may be compared to the theoretical predictions. The tests are based on ionization of hydrogen atom under a strong laser pulse. We demonstrate that the SWPMD method may significantly improve the accuracy of the model wave function and enables one to simulate the quantum branching processes, including the tunneling, which was impossible in the single-wavepacket version of the method.

  20. The Role of Molecular Weight and Temperature on the Elastic and Viscoelastic Properties of a Glassy Thermoplastic Polyimide

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    Nicholson, Lee M.; Whitley, Karen S.; Gates, Thomas S.

    2001-01-01

    Mechanical testing of the elastic and viscoelastic response of an advanced thermoplastic polyimide (LaRC-SI) with known variations in molecular weight was performed over a range of temperatures below the glass transition temperature. The notched tensile strength was shown to be a strong function of both molecular weight and temperature, whereas stiffness was only a strong function of temperature. A critical molecular weight was observed to occur at a weight average molecular weight of M, approx. 22,000 g/mol below which, the notched tensile strength decreases rapidly. This critical molecular weight transition is temperature-independent. Low, molecular weight materials tended to fail in a brittle manner, whereas high molecular weight materials exhibited ductile failure. Furthermore, low molecular weight materials have increased creep compliance and creep compliance rate, and are more sensitive to temperature than the high molecular weight materials. At long timescales (less than 1100 hours) physical aging serves to significantly decrease the creep compliance and creep rate of all the materials tested. Low molecular weight materials are less influenced by the effects of physical aging.

  1. Application of computer-assisted molecular modeling (CAMM) for immunoassay of low molecular weight food contaminants: A review

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    Immunoassay for low molecular weight food contaminants, such as pesticides, veterinary drugs, and mycotoxins is now a well-established technique which meets the demands for a rapid, reliable, and cost-effective analytical method. However, due to limited understanding of the fundamental aspects of i...

  2. The development of low-molecular weight hydrogels for applications in cancer therapy

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    Tian, Ran; Chen, Jin; Niu, Runfang

    2014-03-01

    To improve the anti-cancer efficacy and to counteract the side effects of chemotherapy, a variety of drug delivery systems have been invented in past decades, but few of these systems have succeeded in clinical trials due to their respective inherent shortcomings. Recently, low-molecular weight hydrogels of peptides that self-assemble via non-covalent interactions have attracted considerable attention due to their good biocompatibility, low toxicity, inherent biodegradability as well as their convenience of design. Low-molecular weight hydrogels have already shown promise in biomedical applications as diverse as 3D-cell culture, enzyme immobilization, controllable MSC differentiation, wound healing, drug delivery etc. Here we review the recent development in the use of low-molecular weight hydrogels for cancer therapy, which may be helpful in the design of soft materials for drug delivery.

  3. Synthesis, characterization, and controlled release of selenium nanoparticles stabilized by chitosan of different molecular weights.

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    Zhang, Chunyue; Zhai, Xiaona; Zhao, Guanghua; Ren, Fazheng; Leng, Xiaojing

    2015-12-10

    Chitosan-stabilized selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) have been reported, but there is no information on the effect of the chitosan molecular weight on the structure, stability, and selenium release properties of the SeNPs. Herein, we compared the uniform Se(0) spherical nanoparticles prepared through the reduction of seleninic acid with ascorbic acid in the presence of chitosan with different molecular weights (Mws). We found that both low and high molecular weight chitosan-stabilized selenium nanoparticles exhibited core-shell microstructures with a size of about 103 nm after 30 days growing through the "bottom-up approach" and "top-down approach," respectively. Moreover, both chitosan SeNPs processed excellent stability towards pH and enzyme treatment. In contrast, selenium was easily released to different extents from these two chitosan SeNPs upon treatment with different free radicals. This makes these materials potentially useful as oral antioxidant supplements. PMID:26428112

  4. Low molecular weight chitosan-insulin polyelectrolyte complex: characterization and stability studies.

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    Al-Kurdi, Zakieh I; Chowdhry, Babur Z; Leharne, Stephen A; Al Omari, Mahmoud M H; Badwan, Adnan A

    2015-04-01

    The aim of the work reported herein was to investigate the effect of various low molecular weight chitosans (LMWCs) on the stability of insulin using USP HPLC methods. Insulin was found to be stable in a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) consisting of insulin and LMWC in the presence of a Tris-buffer at pH 6.5. In the presence of LMWC, the stability of insulin increased with decreasing molecular weight of LMWC; 13 kDa LMWC was the most efficient molecular weight for enhancing the physical and chemical stability of insulin. Solubilization of insulin-LMWC polyelectrolyte complex (I-LMWC PEC) in a reverse micelle (RM) system, administered to diabetic rats, results in an oral delivery system for insulin with acceptable bioactivity. PMID:25830681

  5. Effect of molecular weight on ion diffusion and transference number in poly(ethylene oxide)

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    Timachova, Ksenia; Balsara, Nitash

    2015-03-01

    Solid polymer electrolytes are of great interest for their potential use in high specific energy, solid-state batteries, however, salt transport properties in polymer electrolytes have not been comprehensively addressed over a wide range of molecular weights. Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) has been the most widely studied polymer electrolyte due to its high solvation of lithium salts and low glass transition temperature. This study presents measurements of the transport properties of lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfone)imide (LiTFSI) in PEO at both the high concentration present in functional electrolytes and in the dilute limit for a large range of PEO molecular weights. Individual diffusion coefficients of the Li + and TFSI- ions were measured using pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance and the cation transference number was calculated. The diffusion coefficients, transference number, and conductivity as a function of molecular weight and salt concentration provide a complete set of transport properties for PEO.

  6. Thermal characterization of Ag and Ag + N ion implanted ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

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    Sokullu Urkac, E.; Oztarhan, A.; Tihminlioglu, F.; Kaya, N.; Ila, D.; Muntele, C.; Budak, S.; Oks, E.; Nikolaev, A.; Ezdesir, A.; Tek, Z.

    2007-08-01

    Most of total hip joints are composed of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). However, as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is too stable in a body, wear debris may accumulate and cause biological response such as bone absorption and loosening of prosthesis. In this study, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene samples were Ag and Ag + N hybrid ion implanted by using MEVVA ion implantation technique to improve its surface properties. Samples were implanted with a fluence of 1017 ion/cm2 and extraction voltage of 30 kV. Implanted and unimplanted samples were investigated by thermo-gravimetry analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical microscopy (OM) and contact Angle measurement. Thermal characterization results showed that the ion bombardment induced an increase in the % crystallinity, onset and termination degradation temperatures of UHMWPE.

  7. Preparation of different molecular weight polysaccharides from Porphyridium cruentum and their antioxidant activities.

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    Sun, Liqin; Wang, Changhai; Shi, Quanjian; Ma, Cuihua

    2009-07-01

    Hermetical microwave was used to degrade Porphyridium cruentum polysaccharides from 2918 to 256.2, 60.66 and 6.55kDa. The antioxidant properties of different molecular weight polysaccharides were evaluated by determining the scavenging ability of free radicals, inhibitory effects on lipid peroxidation in liver homogenates and hemolysis of mouse erythrocytes. Analysis of physicochemical properties confirmed that microwave degradation might not markedly change the chemical components of the polysaccharides. High-molecular-weight polysaccharides from P. cruentum had no obvious antioxidant activity, but low-molecular-weight fragments after degradation exerted an inhibitory effect on oxidative damage. The 6.55-kDa fragment had stronger antioxidant activity than the 60.66 and 256-kDa fragments. PMID:19447258

  8. Synthetic polycations with controlled charge density and molecular weight as building blocks for biomaterials.

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    Kleinberger, Rachelle M; Burke, Nicholas A D; Zhou, Christal; Stver, Harald D H

    2016-03-01

    A series of polycations prepared by RAFT copolymerization of N-(3-aminopropyl)methacrylamide hydrochloride (APM) and N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide, with molecular weights of 15 and 40kDa, and APM content of 10-75mol%, were tested as building blocks for electrostatically assembled hydrogels such as those used for cell encapsulation. Complexation and distribution of these copolymers within anionic calcium alginate gels, as well as cytotoxicity, cell attachment, and cell proliferation on surfaces grafted with the copolymers were found to depend on composition and molecular weight. Copolymers with lower cationic charge density and lower molecular weight showed less cytotoxicity and cell adhesion, and were more mobile within alginate gels. These findings aid in designing improved polyelectrolyte complexes for use as biomaterials. PMID:26754568

  9. Properties of different molecular weight sodium lignosulfonate fractions as dispersant of coal-water slurry

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    Zhou, M.S.; Qiu, X.Q.; Yang, D.J.; Lou, H.M.

    2006-07-01

    Four purified sodium lignosulfonate (SL) samples with different molecular weights were prepared by fractionation using ultrafiltration. The effect of the molecular weights of SL on the apparent viscosity of coal-water slurry (CWS) was investigated by studying the adsorption amounts and the zeta potentials in the coal-water interface. The results show that the adsorption behavior of the dispersants in the coal-water interface is the key factor to affect the dispersing effect, that the higher adsorption amount and compact adsorption film help reduce the viscosity reduction of CWS, and that the zeta potential is also an important factor influenced by the sulfonic group and carboxy contents of the lignosulfonate molecule. Furthermore, SL with a molecular weight ranging from 10000 to 50000 has both a higher adsorbed amount and zeta potential on the coal surface and the best effect on reducing the viscosity of the coal-water slurry.

  10. Low Molecular Weight Chitosan–Insulin Polyelectrolyte Complex: Characterization and Stability Studies

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    Al-Kurdi, Zakieh I.; Chowdhry, Babur Z.; Leharne, Stephen A.; Al Omari, Mahmoud M. H.; Badwan, Adnan A.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the work reported herein was to investigate the effect of various low molecular weight chitosans (LMWCs) on the stability of insulin using USP HPLC methods. Insulin was found to be stable in a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) consisting of insulin and LMWC in the presence of a Tris-buffer at pH 6.5. In the presence of LMWC, the stability of insulin increased with decreasing molecular weight of LMWC; 13 kDa LMWC was the most efficient molecular weight for enhancing the physical and chemical stability of insulin. Solubilization of insulin-LMWC polyelectrolyte complex (I-LMWC PEC) in a reverse micelle (RM) system, administered to diabetic rats, results in an oral delivery system for insulin with acceptable bioactivity. PMID:25830681

  11. Development of Layered Multiscale Porous Thin Films by Tuning Deposition Time and Molecular Weight of Polyelectrolytes.

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    Yu, Jing; Sanyal, Oishi; Izbicki, Andrew P; Lee, Ilsoon

    2015-09-01

    This work focuses on the design of porous polymeric films with nano- and micro-sized pores existing in distinct zones. The porous thin films are fabricated by the post-treatment of layer-by-layer assembled poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) multilayers. In order to improve the processing efficiency, the deposition time is shortened to ≈ 10 s. It is found that fine porous structures can be created even by significantly reducing the processing time. The effect of using polyelectrolytes with widely different molecular weights is also studied. The pore size is increased by using high molecular weight PAH, while high molecular weight PAA minimizes the pore size to nanometer scale. Having gained a precise control over the pore size, layered multiscale porous thin films are further built up with either a microsized porous zone on top of a nanosized porous zone or vice versa. PMID:26178810

  12. Isolation and function of a low molecular weight protein of mung bean embryonic axes.

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    Manickam, A; Carlier, A R

    1980-08-01

    A low molecular weight protein from dry mung bean (Vigna radiata) embryonic axes has been purified to near homogeneity by chromatography on DEAE-cellulose and hydroxylapatite. It shows a molecular weight of about 12,000 in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels and a sedimentation coefficient of about 2 S in sucrose gradients. This protein occurs in greater amounts in dry axes than in dry cotyledons, and it dramatically disappears during early germination of the seed. Affinity chromatography tests do not indicate it as a trypsin inhibitor or as a glycoprotein. It is a water-soluble cytoplasmic protein exhibiting an amino acid composition characteristic of storage proteins with a high content of glutamic acid/glutamine. We suggest that it is a low molecular weight storage albumin. PMID:24306292

  13. Determination of the presence of hyaluronic acid in preparations containing amino acids: the molecular weight characterization.

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    Bellomaria, A; Nepravishta, R; Mazzanti, U; Marchetti, M; Piccioli, P; Paci, M

    2014-10-15

    Several pharmaceutical preparations contain hyaluronic acid in the presence of a large variety of low molecular weight charged molecules like amino acids. In these mixtures, it is particularly difficult to determine the concentration and the molecular weight of the hyaluronic acid fragments. In fact zwitterionic compounds in high concentration behave by masking the hyaluronic acid due to the electrostatic interactions between amino acids and hyaluronic acid. In such conditions the common colorimetric test of the hyaluronic acid determination appears ineffective and in the (1)H NMR spectra the peaks of the polymer disappear completely. By a simple separation procedure the presence of hyaluronic acid was revealed by the DMAB test and (1)H NMR while its average molecular weight in the final product was determined by DOSY NMR spectroscopy alone. The latter determination is very important due to the healthy effects of some sizes of this polymer's fragments. PMID:25078662

  14. Molecular characterization of cDNAs encoding low-molecular-weight heat shock proteins of soybean.

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    LaFayette, P R; Nagao, R T; O'Grady, K; Vierling, E; Key, J L

    1996-01-01

    Three cDNA clones (GmHSP23.9, GmHSP22.3, and GmHSP22.5) representing three different members of the low-molecular-weight (LMW) heat shock protein (HSP) gene superfamily were isolated and characterized. A fourth cDNA clone, pFS2033, was partially characterized previously as a full-length genomic clone GmHSP22.0. The deduced amino acid sequences of all four cDNA clones have the conserved carboxyl-terminal LMW HSP domain. Sequence and hydropathy analyses of GmHSP22, GmHSP22.3, and GmHSP22.5, representing HSPs in the 20 to 24 kDa range, indicate they contain amino-terminal signal peptides. The mRNAs from GmHSP22, GmHSP22.3, and GmHSP22.5 were preferentially associated in vivo with endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-bound polysomes. GmHSP22 and GmHSP22.5 encode strikingly similar proteins; they are 78% identical and 90% conserved at the amino acid sequence level, and both possess the C-terminal tetrapeptide KDEL which is similar to the consensus ER retention motif KDEL; the encoded polypeptides can be clearly resolved from each other by two-dimensional gel analysis of their hybrid-arrest translation products. GmHSP22.3 is less closely related to GmHSP22 (48% identical and 70% conserved) and GmHSP22.5 (47% identical and 65% conserved). The fourth cDNA clone, GmHSP23.9, encodes a HSP of ca. 24 kDa with an amino terminus that has characteristics of some mitochondrial transit sequences, and in contrast to GmHSP22, GmHSP22.3, and GmHSP22.5, the corresponding mRNA is preferentially associated in vivo with free polysomes. It is proposed that the LMW HSP gene superfamily be expanded to at least six classes to include a mitochondrial class and an additional endomembrane class of LMW HSPs. PMID:8616233

  15. A log-normal distribution model for the molecular weight of aquatic fulvic acids

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    Cabaniss, S.E.; Zhou, Q.; Maurice, P.A.; Chin, Y.-P.; Aiken, G.R.

    2000-01-01

    The molecular weight of humic substances influences their proton and metal binding, organic pollutant partitioning, adsorption onto minerals and activated carbon, and behavior during water treatment. We propose a lognormal model for the molecular weight distribution in aquatic fulvic acids to provide a conceptual framework for studying these size effects. The normal curve mean and standard deviation are readily calculated from measured M(n) and M(w) and vary from 2.7 to 3 for the means and from 0.28 to 0.37 for the standard deviations for typical aquatic fulvic acids. The model is consistent with several types of molecular weight data, including the shapes of high- pressure size-exclusion chromatography (HP-SEC) peaks. Applications of the model to electrostatic interactions, pollutant solubilization, and adsorption are explored in illustrative calculations.The molecular weight of humic substances influences their proton and metal binding, organic pollutant partitioning, adsorption onto minerals and activated carbon, and behavior during water treatment. We propose a log-normal model for the molecular weight distribution in aquatic fulvic acids to provide a conceptual framework for studying these size effects. The normal curve mean and standard deviation are readily calculated from measured Mn and Mw and vary from 2.7 to 3 for the means and from 0.28 to 0.37 for the standard deviations for typical aquatic fulvic acids. The model is consistent with several type's of molecular weight data, including the shapes of high-pressure size-exclusion chromatography (HP-SEC) peaks. Applications of the model to electrostatic interactions, pollutant solubilization, and adsorption are explored in illustrative calculations.

  16. Increasing the wear resistance of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene by adding solid lubricating fillers

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    Panin, S. V.; Kornienko, L. A.; Poltaranin, M. A.; Ivanova, L. R.; Suan, T. Nguen

    2014-11-14

    In order to compare effectiveness of adding solid lubricating fillers for polymeric composites based on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) with graphite, molybdenum disulfide and polytetrafluoroethylene, their tribotechnical characteristics under dry friction, boundary lubrication and abrasive wearing were investigated. The optimal weight fractions of fillers in terms of improving wear resistance have been determined. The supramolecular structure and topography of wear track surfaces of UHMWPE-based composites with different content of fillers have been studied.

  17. Formulation/cure technology for ultrahigh molecular weight silphenylene-siloxane polymers

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    Hundley, N. H.; Patterson, W. J.

    1985-01-01

    Molecular weights above one million were achieved for methylvinylsilphenylene-siloxane terpolymers using a two-stage polymerization technique which was successfully scaled up to 200 grams. The resulting polymer was vulcanized by two different formulations and compared to an identically formulated commercial methylvinyl silicone on the basis of ultimate strength, Young's modulus, percent elongation at failure, and tear strength. Relative thermal/oxidative stabilities of the elastomers were assessed by gradient and isothermal thermogravimetric analyses performed in both air and nitrogen. The experimental elastomer exhibited enhanced thermal/oxidative stability and possed equivalent or superior mechanical properties. The effect of variations in prepolymer molecular weight on mechanical properties was also investigated.

  18. Low molecular weight thermostable {beta}-D-glucosidase from Acidothermus cellulolyticus

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    Himmel, M.E.; Tucker, M.P.; Adney, W.S.; Nieves, R.A.

    1995-07-11

    A purified low molecular weight {beta}-D-glucosidase is produced from Acidothermus cellulolyticus ATCC 43068. The enzyme is water soluble, possesses activity against pNP-{beta}-D-glucopyranoside, has a high of degree of stability toward heat, exhibits optimal temperature activity at about 65 C at a pH range of from about 2 to about 7, has an inactivation temperature of about 80 C at a pH range of from about 2 to about 7 and has a molecular weight of about 50.5--54.5 kD as determined by SDS-PAGE. 6 figs.

  19. Low molecular weight thermostable .beta.-D-glucosidase from acidothermus cellulolyticus

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    Himmel, Michael E. (Littleton, CO); Tucker, Melvin P. (Lakewood, CO); Adney, William S. (Golden, CO); Nieves, Rafael A. (Lakewood, CO)

    1995-01-01

    A purified low molecular weight .beta.-D-glucosidase is produced from Acidothermus cellulolyticus ATCC 43068. The enzyme is water soluble, possesses activity against pNP-.beta.-D-glucopyranoside, has a high of degree of stability toward heat, exhibits optimal temperature activity at about 65.degree. C. at a pH range of from about 2 to about 7, has an inactivation temperature of about 80.degree. C. at a pH range of from about 2 to about 7 and has a molecular weight of about 50.5-54.5 kD as determineded by SDS-PAGE.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of Low Molecular Weight Heparin by Liquid Phase Plasma Method.

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    Lee, Do-Jin; Kim, Hangun; Kim, Byung Hoon; Park, Young-Kwon; Lee, Heon; Park, Sung Hoon; Jung, Sang-Chul

    2015-08-01

    An liquid phase plasma process system was applied to the production of low molecular weight heparin. The molecular weight of produed heparin decreased with increasing liquid phase plasma treatment time. The abscission of the chemical bonds between the constituents of heparin by liquid phase plasma reaction did not alter the characteristics of heparin. Formation of any by-products due to side reaction was not observed. It is suggested that heparin was depolymerized by active oxygen radicals produced during the liquid phase plasma reaction. PMID:26369227

  1. The Vertex Version of Weighted Wiener Number for Bicyclic Molecular Structures

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    Gao, Wei; Wang, Weifan

    2015-01-01

    Graphs are used to model chemical compounds and drugs. In the graphs, each vertex represents an atom of molecule and edges between the corresponding vertices are used to represent covalent bounds between atoms. We call such a graph, which is derived from a chemical compound, a molecular graph. Evidence shows that the vertex-weighted Wiener number, which is defined over this molecular graph, is strongly correlated to both the melting point and boiling point of the compounds. In this paper, we report the extremal vertex-weighted Wiener number of bicyclic molecular graph in terms of molecular structural analysis and graph transformations. The promising prospects of the application for the chemical and pharmacy engineering are illustrated by theoretical results achieved in this paper. PMID:26640513

  2. The Vertex Version of Weighted Wiener Number for Bicyclic Molecular Structures.

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    Gao, Wei; Wang, Weifan

    2015-01-01

    Graphs are used to model chemical compounds and drugs. In the graphs, each vertex represents an atom of molecule and edges between the corresponding vertices are used to represent covalent bounds between atoms. We call such a graph, which is derived from a chemical compound, a molecular graph. Evidence shows that the vertex-weighted Wiener number, which is defined over this molecular graph, is strongly correlated to both the melting point and boiling point of the compounds. In this paper, we report the extremal vertex-weighted Wiener number of bicyclic molecular graph in terms of molecular structural analysis and graph transformations. The promising prospects of the application for the chemical and pharmacy engineering are illustrated by theoretical results achieved in this paper. PMID:26640513

  3. Synthesis of the low molecular weight heat shock proteins in plants

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    Mansfield, M.A.; Key, J.L. )

    1987-08-01

    Heat shock of living tissue induces the synthesis of a unique group of proteins, the heat shock proteins. In plants, the major group of heat shock proteins has a molecular mass of 15 to 25 kilodaltons. Accumulation to these proteins to stainable levels has been reported in only a few species. To examine accumulation of the low molecular weight heat shock proteins in a broader range of species, two-dimensional electrophoresis was used to resolve total protein from the following species: soybean (Glycine max L. Merr., var Wayne), pea (Pisum sativum L., var Early Alaska), sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.), wheat (Triticum asetivum L.), rice (Oryza sativa L., cv IR-36), maize (Zea mays L.), pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum L. Leeke, line 23DB), and Panicum miliaceum L. When identified by both silver staining and incorporation of radiolabel, a diverse array of low molecular weight heat shock proteins was synthesized in each of these species. These proteins accumulated to significant levels after three hours of heat shock but exhibited considerable heterogeneity in isoelectric point, molecular weight, stainability, and radiolabel incorporation. Although most appeared to be synthesized only during heat shock, some were detectable at low levels in control tissue. Compared to the monocots, a higher proportion of low molecular weight heat shock proteins was detectable in control tissues from dicots.

  4. A rapid and accurate method for calculation of stratospheric photolysis rates with molecular scattering

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    Boughner, Robert E.

    1986-01-01

    A method for calculating the photodissociation rates needed for photochemical modeling of the stratosphere, which includes the effects of molecular scattering, is described. The procedure is based on Sokolov's method of averaging functional correction. The radiation model and approximations used to calculate the radiation field are examined. The approximated diffuse fields and photolysis rates are compared with exact data. It is observed that the approximate solutions differ from the exact result by 10 percent or less at altitudes above 15 km; the photolysis rates differ from the exact rates by less than 5 percent for altitudes above 10 km and all zenith angles, and by less than 1 percent for altitudes above 15 km.

  5. A Method of Measuring the Critical Shear Stress of Molten High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and the Relationship between the Critical Shear Stress and Molecular Weight or Molecular Weight Distribution

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    Shimura, Takatoshi; Takatori, Eiichi; Yamamoto, Takeshi

    The flow curve of molten high-density polyethylene (HDPE) has the discontinuous point characterized by the critical shear stress. In this paper we propose a method for measuring the critical shear stress and discusse the relationship between the critical shear stress and molecular weight or molecular weight distribution of HDPE. During the experiment at a constant shear rate, the pressure increases with maximum peak in the early stage of the extrusion. This peak appeares at initial flow and the critical shear stress is calculated from the peak. The critical shear stress decreases when increasing the molecular weight and molecular weight distribution. It is clarified by GPC measurements that molecular weight of strand surface is smaller than that of the whole strand and this tendency becomes remarkable in accordance with decreasing the critical shear stress. Therefore it is concluded that the decrease of the critical shear stress is caused by the low molecular weight ingredient at the surface.

  6. Accurate molecular diagnosis of phenylketonuria and tetrahydrobiopterin-deficient hyperphenylalaninemias using high-throughput targeted sequencing.

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    Trujillano, Daniel; Perez, Beln; Gonzlez, Justo; Tornador, Cristian; Navarrete, Rosa; Escaramis, Georgia; Ossowski, Stephan; Armengol, Llus; Cornejo, Vernica; Desviat, Lourdes R; Ugarte, Magdalena; Estivill, Xavier

    2014-04-01

    Genetic diagnostics of phenylketonuria (PKU) and tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficient hyperphenylalaninemia (BH4DH) rely on methods that scan for known mutations or on laborious molecular tools that use Sanger sequencing. We have implemented a novel and much more efficient strategy based on high-throughput multiplex-targeted resequencing of four genes (PAH, GCH1, PTS, and QDPR) that, when affected by loss-of-function mutations, cause PKU and BH4DH. We have validated this approach in a cohort of 95 samples with the previously known PAH, GCH1, PTS, and QDPR mutations and one control sample. Pooled barcoded DNA libraries were enriched using a custom NimbleGen SeqCap EZ Choice array and sequenced using a HiSeq2000 sequencer. The combination of several robust bioinformatics tools allowed us to detect all known pathogenic mutations (point mutations, short insertions/deletions, and large genomic rearrangements) in the 95 samples, without detecting spurious calls in these genes in the control sample. We then used the same capture assay in a discovery cohort of 11 uncharacterized HPA patients using a MiSeq sequencer. In addition, we report the precise characterization of the breakpoints of four genomic rearrangements in PAH, including a novel deletion of 899?bp in intron 3. Our study is a proof-of-principle that high-throughput-targeted resequencing is ready to substitute classical molecular methods to perform differential genetic diagnosis of hyperphenylalaninemias, allowing the establishment of specifically tailored treatments a few days after birth. PMID:23942198

  7. Accurate description of phase diagram of clathrate hydrates at the molecular level

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    Belosludov, Rodion V.; Subbotin, Oleg S.; Mizuseki, Hiroshi; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Belosludov, Vladimir R.

    2009-12-01

    In order to accurately estimate the thermodynamic properties of hydrogen clathrate hydrates, we developed a method based on the solid solution theory of van der Waals and Platteeuw. This model allows one to take into account the influence of guest molecules on the host lattice and guest-guest interactions—especially when more than one guest molecule occupies a cage. The free energies, equations of state, and chemical potentials of hydrogen and mixed propane-hydrogen clathrate hydrates of cubic structure II with different cage fillings have been estimated using this approach. Moreover, the proposed theory has been used for construction p -T phase diagrams of hydrogen hydrate and mixed hydrogen-propane hydrates in a wide range of pressures and temperatures. For the systems with well defined interactions the calculated curves of "guest gas-hydrate-ice Ih" equilibrium agree with the available experimental data. We also believe that the present model allows one not only to calculate the hydrogen storage ability of known hydrogen hydrate but also predict this value for structures that have not yet been realized by experiment.

  8. Novel High-Molecular Weight Fucosylated Milk Oligosaccharides Identified in Dairy Streams

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    Mehra, Raj; Barile, Daniela; Marotta, Mariarosaria; Lebrilla, Carlito B.; Chu, Caroline; German, J. Bruce

    2014-01-01

    Oligosaccharides are the third largest component in human milk. This abundance is remarkable because oligosaccharides are not digestible by the newborn, and yet they have been conserved and amplified during evolution. In addition to encouraging the growth of a protective microbiota dominated by bifidobacteria, oligosaccharides have anti-infective activity, preventing pathogens from binding to intestinal cells. Although it would be advantageous adding these valuable molecules to infant milk formula, the technologies to reproduce the variety and complexity of human milk oligosaccharides by enzymatic/organic synthesis are not yet mature. Consequently, there is an enormous interest in alternative sources of these valuable oligosaccharides. Recent research has demonstrated that bovine milk and whey permeate also contain oligosaccharides. Thus, a thorough characterization of oligosaccharides in bovine dairy streams is an important step towards fully assessing their specific functionalities. In this study, bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMOs) were concentrated by membrane filtration from a readily available dairy stream called “mother liquor”, and analyzed by high accuracy MALDI FT-ICR mass spectrometry. The combination of HPLC and accurate mass spectrometry allowed the identification of ideal processing conditions leading to the production of Kg amount of BMO enriched powders. Among the BMOs identified, 18 have high-molecular weight and corresponded in size to the most abundant oligosaccharides present in human milk. Notably 6 oligosaccharides contained fucose, a sugar monomer that is highly abundant in human milk, but is rarely observed in bovine milk. This work shows that dairy streams represent a potential source of complex milk oligosaccharides for commercial development of unique dairy ingredients in functional foods that reproduce the benefits of human milk. PMID:24810963

  9. Novel high-molecular weight fucosylated milk oligosaccharides identified in dairy streams.

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    Mehra, Raj; Barile, Daniela; Marotta, Mariarosaria; Lebrilla, Carlito B; Chu, Caroline; German, J Bruce

    2014-01-01

    Oligosaccharides are the third largest component in human milk. This abundance is remarkable because oligosaccharides are not digestible by the newborn, and yet they have been conserved and amplified during evolution. In addition to encouraging the growth of a protective microbiota dominated by bifidobacteria, oligosaccharides have anti-infective activity, preventing pathogens from binding to intestinal cells. Although it would be advantageous adding these valuable molecules to infant milk formula, the technologies to reproduce the variety and complexity of human milk oligosaccharides by enzymatic/organic synthesis are not yet mature. Consequently, there is an enormous interest in alternative sources of these valuable oligosaccharides. Recent research has demonstrated that bovine milk and whey permeate also contain oligosaccharides. Thus, a thorough characterization of oligosaccharides in bovine dairy streams is an important step towards fully assessing their specific functionalities. In this study, bovine milk oligosaccharides (BMOs) were concentrated by membrane filtration from a readily available dairy stream called "mother liquor", and analyzed by high accuracy MALDI FT-ICR mass spectrometry. The combination of HPLC and accurate mass spectrometry allowed the identification of ideal processing conditions leading to the production of Kg amount of BMO enriched powders. Among the BMOs identified, 18 have high-molecular weight and corresponded in size to the most abundant oligosaccharides present in human milk. Notably 6 oligosaccharides contained fucose, a sugar monomer that is highly abundant in human milk, but is rarely observed in bovine milk. This work shows that dairy streams represent a potential source of complex milk oligosaccharides for commercial development of unique dairy ingredients in functional foods that reproduce the benefits of human milk. PMID:24810963

  10. Chemical characterization of high molecular weight dissolved organic matter in fresh and marine waters

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    Repeta, Daniel J.; Quan, Tracy M.; Aluwihare, Lihini I.; Accardi, AmyMarie

    2002-03-01

    The high molecular weight fraction of dissolved organic matter in a suite of lakes, rivers, seawater, and marine sediment interstitial water samples was collected by ultrafiltration and characterized by molecular level and spectroscopic techniques. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra of all samples show a high degree of similarity, with major contributions from carbohydrates, bound acetate, and lipids. Molecular level analyses of neutral sugars show seven monosaccharides, rhamnose, fucose, arabinose, xylose, mannose, glucose, and galactose, to be abundant, and to occur in comparable relative amounts in each sample. Previous studies have emphasized the distinctive composition of dissolved humic substances in fresh and marine waters, and have attributed these differences to sources and transformations of organic matter unique to each environment. In contrast we find a large fraction of freshwater high molecular weight dissolved organic matter (HMWDOM; > 1kD) to be indistinguishable from marine HMWDOM in bulk and molecular-level chemical properties. Aquatic HMWDOM is similar in chemical composition to biologically derived acylated heteropolysaccharides isolated from marine algal cultures, suggesting a biological source for some fraction of persistent HMWDOM. High molecular weight DOC contributes 51 ± 26% of the total DOC, and monosaccharides 18 ± 8% of the total HMWDOC in our freshwater samples. These contributions are on average higher and more variable, but not significantly different than for surface seawater (30% and 16% respectively). Biogeochemical processes that produce, accumulate, and recycle DOM may therefore share important similarities and be broadly comparable across a range of environmental settings.

  11. The Combined Influence of Molecular Weight and Temperature on the Aging and Viscoelastic Response of a Glassy Thermoplastic Polyimide

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    Nicholson, Lee M.; Whitley, Karen S.; Gates, Thomas S.

    2000-01-01

    The effect of molecular weight on the viscoelastic performance of an advanced polymer (LaRC-SI) was investigated through the use of creep compliance tests. Testing consisted of short-term isothermal creep and recovery with the creep segments performed under constant load. The tests were conducted at three temperatures below the glass transition temperature of five materials of different molecular weight. Through the use of time-aging-time superposition procedures, the material constants, material master curves and aging-related parameters were evaluated at each temperature for a given molecular weight. The time-temperature superposition technique helped to describe the effect of temperature on the timescale of the viscoelastic response of each molecular weight. It was shown that the low molecular weight materials have higher creep compliance and creep rate, and are more sensitive to temperature than the high molecular weight materials. Furthermore, a critical molecular weight transition was observed to occur at a weight-average molecular weight of M (bar) (sub w) 25000 g/mol below which, the temperature sensitivity of the time-temperature superposition shift factor increases rapidly. The short-term creep compliance data were used in association with Struik's effective time theory to predict the long-term creep compliance behavior for the different molecular weights. At long timescales, physical aging serves to significantly decrease the creep compliance and creep rate of all the materials tested.

  12. Accurate and efficient integration for molecular dynamics simulations at constant temperature and pressure

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    Lippert, Ross A.; Predescu, Cristian; Ierardi, Douglas J.; Mackenzie, Kenneth M.; Eastwood, Michael P.; Dror, Ron O.; Shaw, David E.

    2013-10-01

    In molecular dynamics simulations, control over temperature and pressure is typically achieved by augmenting the original system with additional dynamical variables to create a thermostat and a barostat, respectively. These variables generally evolve on timescales much longer than those of particle motion, but typical integrator implementations update the additional variables along with the particle positions and momenta at each time step. We present a framework that replaces the traditional integration procedure with separate barostat, thermostat, and Newtonian particle motion updates, allowing thermostat and barostat updates to be applied infrequently. Such infrequent updates provide a particularly substantial performance advantage for simulations parallelized across many computer processors, because thermostat and barostat updates typically require communication among all processors. Infrequent updates can also improve accuracy by alleviating certain sources of error associated with limited-precision arithmetic. In addition, separating the barostat, thermostat, and particle motion update steps reduces certain truncation errors, bringing the time-average pressure closer to its target value. Finally, this framework, which we have implemented on both general-purpose and special-purpose hardware, reduces software complexity and improves software modularity.

  13. Accurate Gaussian basis sets for atomic and molecular calculations obtained from the generator coordinate method with polynomial discretization.

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    Celeste, Ricardo; Maringolo, Milena P; Comar, Moacyr; Viana, Rommel B; Guimares, Amanda R; Haiduke, Roberto L A; da Silva, Albrico B F

    2015-10-01

    Accurate Gaussian basis sets for atoms from H to Ba were obtained by means of the generator coordinate Hartree-Fock (GCHF) method based on a polynomial expansion to discretize the Griffin-Wheeler-Hartree-Fock equations (GWHF). The discretization of the GWHF equations in this procedure is based on a mesh of points not equally distributed in contrast with the original GCHF method. The results of atomic Hartree-Fock energies demonstrate the capability of these polynomial expansions in designing compact and accurate basis sets to be used in molecular calculations and the maximum error found when compared to numerical values is only 0.788 mHartree for indium. Some test calculations with the B3LYP exchange-correlation functional for N2, F2, CO, NO, HF, and HCN show that total energies within 1.0 to 2.4 mHartree compared to the cc-pV5Z basis sets are attained with our contracted bases with a much smaller number of polarization functions (2p1d and 2d1f for hydrogen and heavier atoms, respectively). Other molecular calculations performed here are also in very good accordance with experimental and cc-pV5Z results. The most important point to be mentioned here is that our generator coordinate basis sets required only a tiny fraction of the computational time when compared to B3LYP/cc-pV5Z calculations. PMID:26419974

  14. Incorporation of high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits into doughs using 2 gram mixograph and extensigraphs

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    To study the contributions of high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) to the gluten macropolymer and dough properties, wheat HMW-GS (x- and y-types) are synthesized in a bacterial expression system. These subunits are then purified and used to supplement dough mixing and extensigraph experi...

  15. Effects of Polyacrylamide Molecular Weight, Soil Texture and Electrolyte Concentration on Drainable Porosity and Aggregate Stability

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    The literature reports on the intricate relations between soil type and molecular weight (MW) of polyacrylamide (PAM) with respect to PAM efficacy as a soil conditioner. This relation may depend on the ability of PAM to penetrate into aggregates and thus stabilize both outer and inner aggregate surf...

  16. Polyacrylamide Molecular Weight and Phosphogypsum Effects on Infiltration and Erosion in Semi-Arid Soils

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    Seal formation at the surface of semi-arid soils during rainstorms reduces soil infiltration rate (IR) and causes runoff and erosion. Surface application of dry anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) with high molecular weight (MW) has been found to be effective in stabilizing soil aggregates, and decreasing ...

  17. Polyacrylamide molecular weight and phosphogypsum effects on infiltration and erosion in semi-arid soils

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    Seal formation at the surface of semi-arid soils during rainstorms reduces soil infiltration rate (IR) and causes runoff and erosion. Surface application of dry anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) with high molecular weight (MW) has been found to be effective in stabilizing soil aggregates, and decreasing ...

  18. Incorporation of high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits into doughs using 2 gram mixograph and extensigraphs

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    To study the contributions of high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) to the gluten macropolymer and dough properties, wheat HMW-GS (x- and y-types) are synthesized in a bacterial expression system. These subunits are then purified and used to supplement dough mixing and extensigraph exper...

  19. Microfluidics Meets Dilute Solution Viscometry: An Undergraduate Laboratory to Determine Polymer Molecular Weight Using a Microviscometer

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    Pety, Stephen J.; Lu, Hang; Thio, Yonathan S.

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a student laboratory experiment to determine the molecular weight of a polymer sample by measuring the viscosity of dilute polymer solutions in a PDMS microfluidic viscometer. Sample data are given for aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). A demonstration of shear thinning behavior using the microviscometer is

  20. MAPLE deposition of PLGA:PEG films for controlled drug delivery: Influence of PEG molecular weight

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    Paun, Irina Alexandra; Moldovan, Antoniu; Luculescu, Catalin Romeo; Staicu, Angela; Dinescu, Maria

    2012-09-01

    Implantable devices consisting of indomethacin (INC) cores coated with poly(lactide-co-glycolide):polyethylene glycol films (i.e. PLGA:PEG films) deposited by Matrix Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) were produced. To predict their behavior after implantation inside the body, the implants were studied in vitro, in media similar with those encountered inside the body (phosphate buffered saline (PBS) pH 7.4 and blood). The influence of the molecular weight of PEG (i.e. low (1450 Da) versus high (10 kDa) molecular weights) on the characteristics of the implants was investigated, in terms of morphology, blood compatibility and kinetics of the drug release. The use of PEG of high molecular weight resulted in larger pores on the implants surfaces, enhanced blood compatibility of the implants and higher drug delivery rates. For both molecular weights PEGs, sustained release of INC was maintained over a three weeks interval. Theoretical fitting of the drug release data with Higuchi's model indicated that the INC was released mainly by diffusion, most probably through the pores formed in PLGA:PEG films during PBS immersion.

  1. Determination of low molecular weight thiols using monobromobimane fluorescent labeling and high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Fahey, Robert C.; Newton, Gerald L.

    1988-01-01

    Methods are described for the preparation and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of monobromobimane derivatives of low molecular weight thiols in extracts of biological samples. Typical problems encountered in the development and application of these methods are discussed. Analysis of mung bean extract is used as an example.

  2. SAMPLING FOR HIGH-MOLECULAR-WEIGHT ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN POWER PLANT STACK GASES

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    The results of laboratory and field investigations of experimental sampling systems intended to collect high-molecular-weight organic compounds from flue gases in coal-fired power plants are presented. The most promising sampling device was a solid sorbent cartridge inserted dire...

  3. Infiltration and Erosion in Soils Treated with Dry PAM of Two Molecular Weights and Phosphogypsum

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Soil surface application of dissolved linear polyacrylamide (PAM) of high molecular weight (MW) can mitigate seal formation, runoff and erosion, especially when added with a source of electrolytes (e.g., gypsum). Practical difficulties associated with PAM solution application prohibited commercial u...

  4. Microfluidics Meets Dilute Solution Viscometry: An Undergraduate Laboratory to Determine Polymer Molecular Weight Using a Microviscometer

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    Pety, Stephen J.; Lu, Hang; Thio, Yonathan S.

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a student laboratory experiment to determine the molecular weight of a polymer sample by measuring the viscosity of dilute polymer solutions in a PDMS microfluidic viscometer. Sample data are given for aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). A demonstration of shear thinning behavior using the microviscometer is…

  5. Molecular-weight distributions for heavy fossil fuels from gel-permeation chromatography and characterization data

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    Rodgers, P.A.; Creagh, A.L.; Prange, M.M.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1987-01-01

    A correlation is presented for calculating molecular-weight distributions for high-boiling hydrocarbon mixtures from measurements using gel-permeation chromatography (GPC). The correlation uses GPC elution volume, hydrogen-to-carbon ratio from elemental analysis, and hydrogen distribution from proton-NMR spectroscopy. The procedure is illustrated with results for an Alaskan North-Slope residue.

  6. Iron-catalyzed dehydropolymerization: a convenient route to poly(phosphinoboranes) with molecular-weight control.

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    Schfer, Andr; Jurca, Titel; Turner, Joshua; Vance, James R; Lee, Kajin; Du, Van An; Haddow, Mairi F; Whittell, George R; Manners, Ian

    2015-04-13

    The catalyst loading is the key to control the molecular weight of the polymer in the iron-catalyzed dehydropolymerization of phosphine-borane adducts. Studies showed that the reaction proceeds through a chain-growth coordination-insertion mechanism. PMID:25712707

  7. A global survey of low-molecular weight carbohydrates in lentils

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    Lentils contain a range of low-molecular weight carbohydrates (LMWC); however, those have not been well characterized. The objectives of this study were to (1) determine the concentrations of LMWC in lentils grown in six locations, and (2) identify any genetic and environmental effects on those LMWC...

  8. Aggregate stability as affected by polyacrylamide molecular weight, soil texture and water quality

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    The favorable effects of the environmentally friendly, non toxic, anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) as a soil conditioner have long been established. However, some uncertainties exist regarding the effects of PAM molecular weight (MW) on its performance as a soil amendment and the ability of PAM to penet...

  9. Splenic spontaneous rupture (SSR) and hemoperitoneum associated with low molecular weight heparin: a case report.

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    Taccone, Fabio Silvio; Starc, Jean-Marc; Sculier, Jean-Paul

    2003-05-01

    We describe the first case of spontaneous splenic rupture associated with tinzaparin in a cancer patient. This low-molecular-weight heparin was administrated for deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. No underlying splenic pathology predisposing to this condition was found. PMID:12690538

  10. Sedimentation Coefficient, Frictional Coefficient, and Molecular Weight: A Preparative Ultracentrifuge Experiment for the Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory.

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    Halsall, H. B.; Wermeling, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    Describes an experiment using a high-speed preparative centrifuge and calculator to demonstrate effects of the frictional coefficient of a macromolecule on its rate of transport in a force field and to estimate molecular weight of the macromolecule using an empirical relationship. Background information, procedures, and discussion of results are…

  11. Methanol-induced chain termination in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) biopolymers: molecular weight control

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    A systematic study was performed to demonstrate the impact of methanol (MeOH) on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) synthesis and molecular weight (MW) control. Glycerine (init. conc. = 1.0%; w/v), was used as the primary carbon source in batch-culture fermentations with varying concentrations (0 to 0.85...

  12. IR-MALDI OF LOW MOLECULAR WEIGHT COMPOUNDS USING A FREE ELECTRON LASER.

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    Initial experiments on infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (IR-MALDI) using a free electron laser in the analysis of low-molecular-weight compounds are reported. Mass spectra from samples of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), nitrilotriacet...

  13. TOXICOLOGICAL HIGHLIGHT (REDOX REDUX: A CLOSER LOOK AT CONCEPTAL LOW MOLECULAR WEIGHT THIOLS)

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    Glutathione (GSH) is present as the most abundant low molecular weight thiol (LMWT) in virtually all mitochondria-bearing eucaryotic cells, often at millimolar concentrations (Meister, 1988). Functions of GSH include roles in DNA and protein synthesis, maintenance of cell membra...

  14. Variant high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits arising from biolistic transformation of wheat

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    Genetic transformation via the biolistic method has been used to introduce genes encoding natural and novel high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) into wheat. The appearance of new seed proteins of sizes not predicted by the transgene coding sequences has been noted in some of these exper...

  15. Effect of high molecular weight glutenin subunit allelic composition on wheat flour tortilla quality

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    Wheat cultivars possessing quality attributes needed to produce optimum quality tortillas have not been identified. This study investigated the effect of variations in high molecular weight glutenin subunits encoded at the Glu-1 loci (Glu-A1, Glu-B1, Glu-D1) on dough properties and tortilla quality....

  16. Effect of chitosan molecular weight on rheological behavious of chitosan modified nanoclay at highly hydrated state

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    Effect of chitosan molecular weight (M(cs)) on the rheological properties of chitosan modified clay (CMCs) at highly hydrated state was investigated. With special emphasis on its effect on the thixotropy of CMCs, the structure recovery at rest after underwent a pre-shearing process was further perfo...

  17. Mental retardation in mucopolysaccharidoses correlates with high molecular weight urinary heparan sulphate derived glucosamine.

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    Coppa, G V; Gabrielli, O; Zampini, L; Maccari, F; Mantovani, V; Galeazzi, T; Santoro, L; Padella, L; Marchesiello, R L; Galeotti, F; Volpi, N

    2015-12-01

    Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are characterized by mental retardation constantly present in the severe forms of Hurler (MPS I), Hunter (MPS II) and Sanfilippo (MPS III) diseases. On the contrary, mental retardation is absent in Morquio (MPS IV) and Maroteaux-Lamy (MPS VI) diseases and absent or only minimal in the attenuated forms of MPS I, II and III. Considering that MPS patients affected by mental disease accumulate heparan sulfate (HS) due to specific enzymatic defects, we hypothesized a possible correlation between urinary HS-derived glucosamine (GlcN) accumulated in tissues and excreted in biological fluids and mental retardation. 83 healthy subjects were found to excrete HS in the form of fragments due to the activity of catabolic enzymes that are absent or impaired in MPS patients. On the contrary, urinary HS in 44 patients was observed to be composed of high molecular weight polymer and fragments of various lengths depending on MPS types. On this basis we correlated mental retardation with GlcN belonging to high and low molecular weight HS. We demonstrate a positive relationship between the accumulation of high molecular weight HS and mental retardation in MPS severe compared to attenuated forms. This is also supported by the consideration that accumulation of other GAGs different from HS, as in MPS IV and MPS VI, and low molecular weight HS fragments do not impact on central nervous system disease. PMID:26016623

  18. Effects of molecular weight on the diffusion coefficient of aquatic dissolved organic matter and humic substances.

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    Balch, J; Guguen, C

    2015-01-01

    In situ measurements of labile metal species using diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) passive samplers are based on the diffusion rates of individual species. Although most studies have dealt with chemically isolated humic substances, the diffusion of dissolved organic matter (DOM) across the hydrogel is not well understood. In this study, the diffusion coefficient (D) and molecular weight (MW) of 11 aquatic DOM and 4 humic substances (HS) were determined. Natural, unaltered aquatic DOM was capable of diffusing across the diffusive gel membrane with D values ranging from 2.4810(-6) to 5.3110(-6) cm(2) s(-1). Humic substances had diffusion coefficient values ranging from 3.4810(-6) to 6.0510(-6) cm(2) s(-1), congruent with previous studies. Molecular weight of aquatic DOM and HS samples (?500-1750 Da) measured using asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation (AF4) strongly influenced D, with larger molecular weight DOM having lower D values. No noticeable changes in DOM size properties were observed during the diffusion process, suggesting that DOM remains intact following diffusion across the diffusive gel. The influence of molecular weight on DOM mobility will assist in further understanding and development of the DGT technique and the uptake and mobility of contaminants associated with DOM in aquatic environments. PMID:25112575

  19. EXPERT SYSTEM FOR ESTIMATING MOLECULAR WEIGHTS OF VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS FROM LOW RESOLUTION MASS SPECTRA

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    MAXMASS, the highest mass with an intensity of 5% of the base peak in a low resolution mass spectrum, has been found to be linearly correlated with the true molecular weights of 400 randomly selected spectra, yielding a family of parallel lines. imple exert system using MAXMASS h...

  20. Holographic recording medium employing a photoconductive layer and a low molecular weight microcrystalline polymeric layer

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    Gange, Robert Allen (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A holographic recording medium comprising a conductive substrate, a photoconductive layer and an electrically alterable layer of a linear, low molecular weight hydrocarbon polymer has improved fatigue resistance. An acrylic barrier layer can be interposed between the photoconductive and electrically alterable layers.

  1. Sedimentation Coefficient, Frictional Coefficient, and Molecular Weight: A Preparative Ultracentrifuge Experiment for the Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Halsall, H. B.; Wermeling, J. R.

    1982-01-01

    Describes an experiment using a high-speed preparative centrifuge and calculator to demonstrate effects of the frictional coefficient of a macromolecule on its rate of transport in a force field and to estimate molecular weight of the macromolecule using an empirical relationship. Background information, procedures, and discussion of results are

  2. LARGE SCALE EVALUATION OF A PATTERN RECOGNITION/EXPERT SYSTEM FOR MASS SPECTRAL MOLECULAR WEIGHT ESTIMATION

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    A fast, personal-computer based method of estimating molecular weights of organic compounds from low resolution mass I spectra has been thoroughly evaluated. he method is based on a rule-based pattern,recognition/expert system approach which uses empirical linear corrections whic...

  3. Molecular genetic tools shape a roadmap towards a more accurate prognostic prediction and personalized management of cancer.

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    Roukos, Dimitrios H; Murray, Samuel; Briasoulis, Evangelos

    2007-03-01

    The continuous flow of molecular genetic information has cautiously started integrating into clinical practice changing the future landscape of the clinical management of cancer. Germline mutation analysis for individuals at familial risk and testing result-based surgical or nonsurgical preventive intervention can protect from hereditary breast-ovarian, colorectal and stomach cancer and reduce mortality. Research is focusing now on the development of effective chemoprevention to replace prophylactic surgery for improving quality of life and to provide novel targeted therapies for hereditary cancer patients. The TNM staging system and conventional clinicopathologic factors have led clinical decisions on adjuvant therapy for decades improving survival in patients with early-stage tumors. However, current staging methods and therapeutic decisions remain suboptimal. Patients with early-stage cancer who are at low risk of recurrence could be spared the toxicity of systemic treatment if clearly distinguished, while others at high risk of distant recurrence could get maximal benefit if therapy matched the molecular genetic profile of either the host or the tumor. With the establishment of validated molecular analysis techniques it is believed that clinical biomarkers will gradually overtake TNM by their capacity to form more accurate prognostic systems and delineate better predictors of response to specific therapies. Areas of cancer research such as germ-cell mutation analysis, tumor gene-signature identification, gene expression profile linked targeted therapy, cancer stem cells, circulating cancer cells and single-nucleotide polymorphism keep on producing promising data which is believed to refine future preventive and early intervention strategies on an individual basis. Today these gene-based strategies are in a transition phase prior to full implementation into clinical practice. At present they wait for the results of large-scale prospective validation studies which compare molecular against "classic" markers. It is anticipated that molecular genetic biomarkers when implemented in clinical practice will considerably improve both biologically guided therapeutic decisions and clinical outcomes. PMID:17387266

  4. Exposure characterizations of polymer type electron beam resists with various molecular weights for next-generation photomask

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    Takayama, Tomohiro; Asada, Hironori; Kishimura, Yukiko; Hoshino, Ryoichi; Kawata, Atsushi

    2015-10-01

    Higher resolution is eagerly requested to the electron beam resist for the next generation photomask production as well as higher sensitivity. The performance of a polymer resist is mainly characterized by its chemical structure and molecular weight. Positive tone polymer resists with various molecular weights ranging from 60 k to 500 k are synthesized and the molecular weight dependence on exposure characteristics is examined by fabricating line-and-space patterns. The molecular weight dependence of sensitivity for amyl acetate developer is small in the molecular weight range in this study. In a low molecular weight resist, the cross-section profile of the resist pattern becomes rounder and then the disconnections are observed in the 20-nm line-and-space pattern. Although the pattern width change by changing the exposure dose for each resist is quite similar, the exposure dose margin of pattern formation becomes wider with the higher molecular weight. The line width roughness is smaller in a high molecular weight resist than in a low molecular weight resist. The shift amount of the pattern width from the design value for various line-and-space patterns and the dry etching resistance to CF4 plasma are also presented.

  5. Surfactant-aided electrospraying of low molecular weight carbohydrate polymers from aqueous solutions.

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    Pérez-Masiá, Rocío; Lagaron, Jose M; López-Rubio, Amparo

    2014-01-30

    In this work it is demonstrated, for the first time, that it is feasible to develop, using the electrospraying technique, low molecular weight carbohydrate-based capsule morphologies from aqueous solutions through the rational use of surfactants. Two different low molecular weight carbohydrate polymers were used, a maltodextrin and a commercial resistant starch. The solution properties and subsequent high voltage sprayability was evaluated upon addition of non-ionic (Tween20, and Span20) and zwitterionic (lecithin) surfactants. The morphology and molecular organization of the structures obtained was characterized and related to the solution properties. Results showed that, while unstable jetting and dropping occurred from the pure carbohydrate solutions without surfactant, the addition of some surface active molecules above their critical micelle concentration facilitated capsule formation. Higher surfactant concentrations led to smaller and more homogeneous capsule morphologies, related to lower surface tension and higher conductivity of the solutions. PMID:24299771

  6. Accurate prediction of interference minima in linear molecular harmonic spectra by a modified two-center model

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    Xin, Cui; Di-Yu, Zhang; Gao, Chen; Ji-Gen, Chen; Si-Liang, Zeng; Fu-Ming, Guo; Yu-Jun, Yang

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate that the interference minima in the linear molecular harmonic spectra can be accurately predicted by a modified two-center model. Based on systematically investigating the interference minima in the linear molecular harmonic spectra by the strong-field approximation (SFA), it is found that the locations of the harmonic minima are related not only to the nuclear distance between the two main atoms contributing to the harmonic generation, but also to the symmetry of the molecular orbital. Therefore, we modify the initial phase difference between the double wave sources in the two-center model, and predict the harmonic minimum positions consistent with those simulated by SFA. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB922200) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11274001, 11274141, 11304116, 11247024, and 11034003), and the Jilin Provincial Research Foundation for Basic Research, China (Grant Nos. 20130101012JC and 20140101168JC).

  7. In situ analysis of melt-drawing behavior of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene films with different molecular weights: roles of entanglements on oriented crystallization.

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    Kato, Satomi; Tanaka, Hidekazu; Yamanobe, Takeshi; Uehara, Hiroki

    2015-04-16

    Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) films having different molecular weights (MWs) were melt-drawn at 150 C. The stress-strain curve for higher-MW film exhibits higher stress on the characteristic plateau region and a subsequent steeper increase of stress due to strain hardening. Structural changes during such melt-drawing were analyzed using in situ wide-angle X-ray diffraction measurements. Hexagonal crystallization occurs at the beginning of the plateau region, independent of the sample MW. Once this hexagonal reflection intensity is saturated, it remains constant even at the later stage of draw. In contrast, orthorhombic reflection intensities gradually increase with increasing draw strain. Both of these oriented crystallizations into plateau hexagonal and increasing orthorhombic forms are accelerated with increasing MW. Correspondingly, the higher amount of extended chain crystals (ECCs) was confirmed from morphological observation for the resultant melt-drawn films of the higher-MW sample. Deep entanglements can effectively transmit the applied stress; thus, the oriented amorphous melts induce rapid hexagonal crystallization with disentangling shallow entanglements, which subsequently transforms into orthorhombic form. Such hexagonal crystallization plays the role of a thermodynamic pathway for growing such ECCs, where the stable orthorhombic form gradually accumulates with increasing draw strain. PMID:25785561

  8. Low molecular weight oligomers of amyloid peptides display ?-barrel conformations: A replica exchange molecular dynamics study in explicit solvent

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    De Simone, Alfonso; Derreumaux, Philippe

    2010-04-01

    The self-assembly of proteins and peptides into amyloid fibrils is connected to over 40 pathological conditions including neurodegenerative diseases and systemic amyloidosis. Diffusible, low molecular weight protein and peptide oligomers that form in the early steps of aggregation appear to be the harmful cytotoxic species in the molecular etiology of these diseases. So far, the structural characterization of these oligomers has remained elusive owing to their transient and dynamic features. We here address, by means of full atomistic replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations, the energy landscape of heptamers of the amyloidogenic peptide NHVTLSQ from the beta-2 microglobulin protein. The simulations totaling 5 ?s show that low molecular weight oligomers in explicit solvent consist of ?-barrels in equilibrium with amorphous states and fibril-like assemblies. The results, also accounting for the influence of the pH on the conformational properties, provide a strong evidence of the formation of transient ?-barrel assemblies in the early aggregation steps of amyloid-forming systems. Our findings are discussed in terms of oligomers cytotoxicity.

  9. Synthesis of PCEC Copolymers with Controlled Molecular Weight Using Full Factorial Methodology

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    Barghi, Leila; Asgari, Davoud; Barar, Jaleh; Valizadeh, Hadi

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a biodegradable polyester and has attracted attention as a suitable carrier for development of controlled drug delivery due to its non-toxicity and biocompatibility. It has been reported that the biodegradability of PCL can be enhanced by copolymerization with PEG. Molecular weight (Mw) and CL block lengths optimization in a series of synthesized PCEC copolymers was the main purpose of this study. Methods: The composition of copolymers was designed using full factorial methodology. Molecular weight of used PEG (4 levels) and weight ratio of epsilon-caprolactone/PEG (3 levels) were selected as independent variables. The PCEC copolymers were synthesized by ring opening polymerization. Formation of copolymers was confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy as well as H-NMR. The Mn of PCEC copolymers was calculated from HNMR spectra. The thermal behavior of copolymers was characterized on differential scanning calorimeter. Results: Molecular weight of twelve synthesized copolymers was ranged from 1782 to 9264. In order to evaluate the effect of selected variables on the copolymers composition and Mw, a mathematical model for each response parameter with p-value less than 0.001were obtained. Average percent error for prediction of total Mn of copolymers and Mn of CL blocks were 13.81% and 14.88% respectively. Conclusion: In conclusion, the proposed model is significantly valid due to obtained low percent error in Mn prediction of test sets. PMID:25789219

  10. Effects of Molecular Weight on poly( -pentadecalactone) Mechanical and Thermal Properties

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    Cai, J.; Liu, C; Cai, M; Zhu, J; Zuo, F; Hsiao, B; Gross, R

    2010-01-01

    A series of poly({omega}-pentadecalactone) (PPDL) samples, synthesized by lipase catalysis, were prepared by systematic variation of reaction time and water content. These samples possessed weight-average molecular weights (M{sub w}), determined by multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS), from 2.5 x 10{sup 4} to 48.1 x 10{sup 4}. Cold-drawing tensile tests at room temperature of PPDL samples with M{sub W} between 4.5 x 10{sup 4} and 8.1 x 10{sup 4} showed a brittle-to-ductile transition. For PPDL with M{sub W} of 8.1 x 10{sup 4}, inter-fibrillar slippage dominates during deformation until fracture. Increasing M{sub W} above 18.9 x 10{sup 4} resulted in enhanced entanglement network strength and strain-hardening. The high M{sub W} samples also exhibited tough properties with elongation at break about 650% and tensile strength about 60.8 MPa, comparable to linear high density polyethylene (HDPE). Relationships among molecular weight, Young's modulus, stress, strain at yield, melting and crystallization enthalpy (by differential scanning calorimetry, DSC) and crystallinity (from wide-angle X-ray diffraction, WAXD) were correlated for PPDL samples. Similarities and differences of linear HDPE and PPDL molecular weight dependence on their mechanical and thermal properties were also compared.

  11. Molecular weight and thermal properties of polyhydroxyalkanoates produced from fermented sugar molasses by open mixed cultures.

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    Bengtsson, Simon; Pisco, Ana R; Johansson, Peter; Lemos, Paulo C; Reis, Maria A M

    2010-06-01

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) produced from fermented molasses and synthetic feeds containing single volatile fatty acids (VFAs) by an open mixed culture enriched in glycogen accumulating organisms (GAOs) were characterized with regards to molecular weight and thermal properties. The polymer contained five types of monomers, namely 3-hydroxybutyrate, 3-hydroxy-2-methylbutyrate, 3-hydroxyvalerate, 3-hydroxy-2-methylvalerate and 3-hydroxyhexanoate in different ratios depending on the VFA composition of the substrate. Polymers produced from fermented molasses had weight average molecular weights (M(w)) in the range (3.5-4.3)x10(5)g/mol and polydispersity indexes (PDI) of 1.8-2.1 while polymers produced from synthetic VFAs had M(w) of (4.5-9.0)x10(5)g/mol and PDI of 1.7-3.9. Thermal properties such as glass transition temperature (-14 degrees C to 4.8 degrees C), melting temperature (89-174 degrees C) and melting enthalpy (0-82.1J/g) were controlled in broad ranges by the monomer composition. The decomposition temperatures of the polymers produced were between 277.2 degrees C and 294.9 degrees C, and independent of monomer composition and molecular weight. PMID:20380854

  12. WeGET: predicting new genes for molecular systems by weighted co-expression.

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    Szklarczyk, Radek; Megchelenbrink, Wout; Cizek, Pavel; Ledent, Marie; Velemans, Gonny; Szklarczyk, Damian; Huynen, Martijn A

    2016-01-01

    We have developed the Weighted Gene Expression Tool and database (WeGET, http://weget.cmbi.umcn.nl) for the prediction of new genes of a molecular system by correlated gene expression. WeGET utilizes a compendium of 465 human and 560 murine gene expression datasets that have been collected from multiple tissues under a wide range of experimental conditions. It exploits this abundance of expression data by assigning a high weight to datasets in which the known genes of a molecular system are harmoniously up- and down-regulated. WeGET ranks new candidate genes by calculating their weighted co-expression with that system. A weighted rank is calculated for human genes and their mouse orthologs. Then, an integrated gene rank and p-value is computed using a rank-order statistic. We applied our method to predict novel genes that have a high degree of co-expression with Gene Ontology terms and pathways from KEGG and Reactome. For each query set we provide a list of predicted novel genes, computed weights for transcription datasets used and cell and tissue types that contributed to the final predictions. The performance for each query set is assessed by 10-fold cross-validation. Finally, users can use the WeGET to predict novel genes that co-express with a custom query set. PMID:26582928

  13. WeGET: predicting new genes for molecular systems by weighted co-expression

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    Szklarczyk, Radek; Megchelenbrink, Wout; Cizek, Pavel; Ledent, Marie; Velemans, Gonny; Szklarczyk, Damian; Huynen, Martijn A.

    2016-01-01

    We have developed the Weighted Gene Expression Tool and database (WeGET, http://weget.cmbi.umcn.nl) for the prediction of new genes of a molecular system by correlated gene expression. WeGET utilizes a compendium of 465 human and 560 murine gene expression datasets that have been collected from multiple tissues under a wide range of experimental conditions. It exploits this abundance of expression data by assigning a high weight to datasets in which the known genes of a molecular system are harmoniously up- and down-regulated. WeGET ranks new candidate genes by calculating their weighted co-expression with that system. A weighted rank is calculated for human genes and their mouse orthologs. Then, an integrated gene rank and p-value is computed using a rank-order statistic. We applied our method to predict novel genes that have a high degree of co-expression with Gene Ontology terms and pathways from KEGG and Reactome. For each query set we provide a list of predicted novel genes, computed weights for transcription datasets used and cell and tissue types that contributed to the final predictions. The performance for each query set is assessed by 10-fold cross-validation. Finally, users can use the WeGET to predict novel genes that co-express with a custom query set. PMID:26582928

  14. Bottom-up coarse-grained models that accurately describe the structure, pressure, and compressibility of molecular liquids.

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    Dunn, Nicholas J H; Noid, W G

    2015-12-28

    The present work investigates the capability of bottom-up coarse-graining (CG) methods for accurately modeling both structural and thermodynamic properties of all-atom (AA) models for molecular liquids. In particular, we consider 1, 2, and 3-site CG models for heptane, as well as 1 and 3-site CG models for toluene. For each model, we employ the multiscale coarse-graining method to determine interaction potentials that optimally approximate the configuration dependence of the many-body potential of mean force (PMF). We employ a previously developed "pressure-matching" variational principle to determine a volume-dependent contribution to the potential, UV(V), that approximates the volume-dependence of the PMF. We demonstrate that the resulting CG models describe AA density fluctuations with qualitative, but not quantitative, accuracy. Accordingly, we develop a self-consistent approach for further optimizing UV, such that the CG models accurately reproduce the equilibrium density, compressibility, and average pressure of the AA models, although the CG models still significantly underestimate the atomic pressure fluctuations. Additionally, by comparing this array of models that accurately describe the structure and thermodynamic pressure of heptane and toluene at a range of different resolutions, we investigate the impact of bottom-up coarse-graining upon thermodynamic properties. In particular, we demonstrate that UV accounts for the reduced cohesion in the CG models. Finally, we observe that bottom-up coarse-graining introduces subtle correlations between the resolution, the cohesive energy density, and the "simplicity" of the model. PMID:26723633

  15. Bottom-up coarse-grained models that accurately describe the structure, pressure, and compressibility of molecular liquids

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    Dunn, Nicholas J. H.; Noid, W. G.

    2015-12-01

    The present work investigates the capability of bottom-up coarse-graining (CG) methods for accurately modeling both structural and thermodynamic properties of all-atom (AA) models for molecular liquids. In particular, we consider 1, 2, and 3-site CG models for heptane, as well as 1 and 3-site CG models for toluene. For each model, we employ the multiscale coarse-graining method to determine interaction potentials that optimally approximate the configuration dependence of the many-body potential of mean force (PMF). We employ a previously developed "pressure-matching" variational principle to determine a volume-dependent contribution to the potential, UV(V), that approximates the volume-dependence of the PMF. We demonstrate that the resulting CG models describe AA density fluctuations with qualitative, but not quantitative, accuracy. Accordingly, we develop a self-consistent approach for further optimizing UV, such that the CG models accurately reproduce the equilibrium density, compressibility, and average pressure of the AA models, although the CG models still significantly underestimate the atomic pressure fluctuations. Additionally, by comparing this array of models that accurately describe the structure and thermodynamic pressure of heptane and toluene at a range of different resolutions, we investigate the impact of bottom-up coarse-graining upon thermodynamic properties. In particular, we demonstrate that UV accounts for the reduced cohesion in the CG models. Finally, we observe that bottom-up coarse-graining introduces subtle correlations between the resolution, the cohesive energy density, and the "simplicity" of the model.

  16. Demulsification of bitumen emulsions with a high molecular weight mixed alkylene oxide polyol

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    Gipson, R.M.; Mccoy, D.R.; Young, K.B.

    1982-03-23

    A process for recovering bitumen from oil-in-water (O/w) emulsions is disclosed wherein water soluble demulsifiers are used. These demulsifiers are polyols of 2 and greater functionality containing predominantly mixed ethylene oxide and propylene oxide wherein the ethylene oxide content of the polyol (by weight) is greater than about 70% but less than about 95%. The molecular weight of these polyols is greater than about 10, to resolve the bituminous petroleum emulsions, the process is carried out between 25 and 1200 c wherein the demulsifier of the invention is contacted with the bituminous emulsion.

  17. Accurate static and dynamic properties of liquid-electrolytes for Li-ion batteries from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Jiang, Deen; Kent, Paul R

    2011-01-01

    Lithium-ion batteries have the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry, as they did for wireless communication. A judicious choice of the liquid electrolytes used in these systems is required to achieve a good balance among high-energy storage, long cycle life and stability, and fast charging. Ethylene-carbonate (EC) and propylene-carbonate (PC) are popular electrolytes. However, to date, almost all molecular-dynamics simulations of these fluids rely on classical force fields, while a complete description of the functionality of Li-ion batteries will eventually require quantum mechanics. We perform accurate ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations of ethylene- and propylene-carbonate with LiPF6 at experimental concentrations to build solvation models which explain available neutron scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) results and to compute Li-ion solvation energies and diffusion constants. Our results suggest some similarities between the two liquids as well as some important differences. Simulations also provide useful insights into formation of solid-electrolyte interphases in the presence of electrodes in conventional Li-ion batteries.

  18. Accurate static and dynamic properties of liquid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries from ab initio molecular dynamics

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    Ganesh, P.; Jiang, D.; Kent, P.R.C.

    2011-03-31

    Lithium-ion batteries have the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry, as they did for wireless communication. A judicious choice of the liquid electrolytes used in these systems is required to achieve a good balance among high-energy storage, long cycle life and stability, and fast charging. Ethylene-carbonate (EC) and propylene-carbonate (PC) are popular electrolytes. However, to date, almost all molecular-dynamics simulations of these fluids rely on classical force fields, while a complete description of the functionality of Li-ion batteries will eventually require quantum mechanics. We perform accurate ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations of ethylene- and propylene-carbonate with LiPF6 at experimental concentrations to build solvation models which explain available neutron scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) results and to compute Li-ion solvation energies and diffusion constants. Our results suggest some similarities between the two liquids as well as some important differences. Simulations also provide useful insights into formation of solid-electrolyte interphases in the presence of electrodes in conventional Li-ion batteries.

  19. Accurate static and dynamic properties of liquid electrolytes for Li-ion batteries from ab initio molecular dynamics.

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    Ganesh, P; Jiang, De-en; Kent, P R C

    2011-03-31

    Lithium-ion batteries have the potential to revolutionize the transportation industry, as they did for wireless communication. A judicious choice of the liquid electrolytes used in these systems is required to achieve a good balance among high-energy storage, long cycle life and stability, and fast charging. Ethylene-carbonate (EC) and propylene-carbonate (PC) are popular electrolytes. However, to date, almost all molecular-dynamics simulations of these fluids rely on classical force fields, while a complete description of the functionality of Li-ion batteries will eventually require quantum mechanics. We perform accurate ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations of ethylene- and propylene-carbonate with LiPF(6) at experimental concentrations to build solvation models which explain available neutron scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) results and to compute Li-ion solvation energies and diffusion constants. Our results suggest some similarities between the two liquids as well as some important differences. Simulations also provide useful insights into formation of solid-electrolyte interphases in the presence of electrodes in conventional Li-ion batteries. PMID:21384941

  20. Increasingly accurate dynamic molecular models of G-protein coupled receptor oligomers: Panacea or Pandora's box for novel drug discovery?

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    Filizola, Marta

    2010-04-10

    For years, conventional drug design at G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) has mainly focused on the inhibition of a single receptor at a usually well-defined ligand-binding site. The recent discovery of more and more physiologically relevant GPCR dimers/oligomers suggests that selectively targeting these complexes or designing small molecules that inhibit receptor-receptor interactions might provide new opportunities for novel drug discovery. To uncover the fundamental mechanisms and dynamics governing GPCR dimerization/oligomerization, it is crucial to understand the dynamic process of receptor-receptor association, and to identify regions that are suitable for selective drug binding. This minireview highlights current progress in the development of increasingly accurate dynamic molecular models of GPCR oligomers based on structural, biochemical, and biophysical information that has recently appeared in the literature. In view of this new information, there has never been a more exciting time for computational research into GPCRs than at present. Information-driven modern molecular models of GPCR complexes are expected to efficiently guide the rational design of GPCR oligomer-specific drugs, possibly allowing researchers to reach for the high-hanging fruits in GPCR drug discovery, i.e. more potent and selective drugs for efficient therapeutic interventions. PMID:19465029

  1. Increasingly accurate dynamic molecular models of G-protein coupled receptor oligomers: Panacea or Pandora's box for novel drug discovery?

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    Filizola, Marta

    2009-01-01

    For years conventional drug design at G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) has mainly focused on the inhibition of a single receptor at a usually well-defined ligand-binding site. The recent discovery of more and more physiologically relevant GPCR dimers/oligomers suggests that selectively targeting these complexes or designing small molecules that inhibit receptor-receptor interactions might provide new opportunities for novel drug discovery. To uncover the fundamental mechanisms and dynamics governing GPCR dimerization/oligomerization, it is crucial to understand the dynamic process of receptor-receptor association, and to identify regions that are suitable for selective drug binding. This minireview highlights current progress in the development of increasingly accurate dynamic molecular models of GPCR oligomers based on structural, biochemical, and biophysical information that has recently appeared in the literature. In view of this new information, there has never been a more exciting time for computational research into GPCRs than at present. Information-driven modern molecular models of GPCR complexes are expected to efficiently guide the rational design of GPCR oligomer-specific drugs, possibly allowing researchers to reach for the high-hanging fruits in GPCR drug discovery, i.e. more potent and selective drugs for efficient therapeutic interventions. PMID:19465029

  2. A Convenient Low-Resolution NMR Method for the Determination of the Molecular Weight of Soybean Oil-Based Polymers

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    By studying a series of soybean oil based polymers, using low resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, an easy method to study molecular weight was developed. The relationship between a polymer’s molecular weight and the instrument’s response can be correlated in a linear relations...

  3. Energy-weighted sum rules and the analysis of vibrational structure in molecular spectra

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    Smith, W. L.

    2015-10-01

    The energy-weighted sum SV = Σn (E‧n - E″m)|<ψ″m|ψ‧n>|2 = <ψ″m|ΔV|ψ″m> for the vibrational potential functions V‧, V″ associated with transitions between two electronic states of diatomic molecular species is investigated and specific formulae are given using Morse functions for V‧ and V″. It is found that these formulae are useful approximations which provide a convenient way to analyse the vibrational structure of real spectra to give estimates of molecular parameters such as the change in internuclear distance accompanying a transition.

  4. Raman study of uniaxial deformation of single-crystal mats of ultrahigh molecular weight linear polyethylene

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    Zavgorodnev, Yu V.; Chvalun, S. N.; Nikolaeva, G. Yu; Sagitova, E. A.; Pashinin, P. P.; Gordeyev, S. A.; Prokhorov, K. A.

    2015-03-01

    We present for the first time a Raman spectroscopic study of the deformation process of solution-crystallized single-crystal mats of ultrahigh molecular weight linear polyethylene (UHMW PE). We study the deformed regions of the films, drawn only until the formation of the neck, and the films of much higher draw ratios, just before rupture starts. For comparison, we have also carried out Raman investigations of films produced by compression of UHMW PE powder. We have found that the uniaxial molecular orientation in the neck region of the single-crystal mat films develops more slowly as compared to the films, prepared by compression of the UHMW PE powder.

  5. Role of Laccase and Low Molecular Weight Metabolites from Trametes versicolor in Dye Decolorization

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    Moldes, Diego; Fernández-Fernández, María; Sanromán, M. Ángeles

    2012-01-01

    The studies regarding decolorization of dyes by laccase may not only inform about the possible application of this enzyme for environmental purposes, but also may provide important information about its reaction mechanism and the influence of several factors that could be involved. In this paper, decolorization of crystal violet and phenol red was carried out with different fractions of extracellular liquids from Trametes versicolor cultures, in order to describe the role of laccase in this reaction. Moreover, the possible role of the low molecular weight metabolites (LMWMs) also produced by the fungus was evaluated. The results confirm the existence of a nonenzymatic decolorization factor, since the nonprotein fraction of the extracellular liquids from cultures of T. versicolor has shown decolorization capability. Several experiments were performed in order to identify the main compounds related to this ability, which are probably low molecular weight peroxide compounds. PMID:22566767

  6. Evaluating nephrotoxicity of high-molecular-weight organic compounds in drinking water from lignite aquifers

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    Bunnell, J.E.; Tatu, C.A.; Lerch, H.E.; Orem, W.H.; Pavlovic, N.

    2007-01-01

    High-molecular-weight organic compounds such as humic acids and/or fulvic acids that are naturally mobilized from lignite beds into untreated drinking-water supplies were suggested as one possible cause of Balkan endemic nephropathy (BEN) and cancer of the renal pelvis. A lab investigation was undertaken in order to assess the nephrotoxic potential of such organic compounds using an in vitro tissue culture model. Because of the infeasibility of exposing kidney tissue to low concentrations of organics for years in the lab, tangential flow ultrafiltration was employed to hyperconcentrate samples suitable for discerning effects in the short time frames necessitated by tissue culture systems. Effects on HK-2 kidney cells were measured using two different cell proliferation assays (MTT and alamarBlue). Results demonstrated that exposure of kidney tissue to high-molecular-weight organics produced excess cell death or proliferation depending on concentration and duration of exposure. Copyright ?? Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

  7. Binding of pyrene to aquatic and commercial humic substances: The role of molecular weight and aromaticity

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    Chin, Y.-P.; Aiken, G.R.; Danielsen, K.M.

    1997-01-01

    The binding of pyrene to a number of humic substances isolated from various aquatic sources and a commercial humic acid was measured using the solubility enhancement method. The humic materials used in this study were characterized by various spectroscopic and liquid chromatography methods. A strong correlation was observed between the pyrene binding coefficient, K(doc), and the molecular weights, molar absorptivities at 280 nm, and aromaticity of the aquatic humic substances. Binding of pyrene to the commercial humic acid, however, was significantly stronger and did not obey the relationships observed between K(doc) and the chemical properties of the aquatic humic substrates. These results suggest that the molecular weight and the aromatic content of the humic substrates exert influences on the binding of nonpolar and planar aromatic molecules and that the physicochemical properties of both humic materials and organic solutes are important in controlling the speciation of nonpolar organic contaminants in natural waters.

  8. High molecular weight acidic polysaccharides from Malva sylvestris and Alcea rosea.

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    Classen, B; Blaschek, W

    1998-10-01

    Leaves and flowers of Malva sylvestris and Alcea rosea (Malvaceae) were compared by determination of the swelling index as well as the content and viscosity of their mucilages. The investigations showed mucilage from flowers of Alcea to be superior to mucilages from leaves or flowers from Malva. High molecular weight acidic polysaccharides (HMWAPs) were isolated from the mucilages of leaves and flowers of both species. The molecular weight of all HMWAPs was in a range of 1.3 to 1.6 x 10(6) D. HMWAP-content in mucilage from flowers of Alcea was highest compared to content in mucilages from leaves or flowers from Malva. HMWAPs were found to be composed mainly of glucuronic acid, galacturonic acid, rhamnose and galactose. Methylation analysis of the carboxyl-reduced and deuterium labeled sugar derivatives of HMWAPs from flowers of Malva sylvestris ssp. mauritiana and Alcea rosea enabled elucidation of the principal structural features of both polysaccharides. PMID:9810269

  9. Simulated dynamic response of a multi-stage compressor with variable molecular weight flow medium

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    Babcock, Dale A.

    1995-01-01

    A mathematical model of a multi-stage compressor with variable molecular weight flow medium is derived. The modeled system consists of a five stage, six cylinder, double acting, piston type compressor. Each stage is followed by a water cooled heat exchanger which serves to transfer the heat of compression from the gas. A high molecular weight gas (CFC-12) mixed with air in varying proportions is introduced to the suction of the compressor. Condensation of the heavy gas may occur in the upper stage heat exchangers. The state equations for the system are integrated using the Advanced Continuous Simulation Language (ACSL) for determining the system's dynamic and steady state characteristics under varying operating conditions.

  10. Characteristics of Precipitation-formed Polyethylene Glycol Microgels Are Controlled by Molecular Weight of Reactants

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    Thompson, Susan; Stukel, Jessica; AlNiemi, Abrar; Willits, Rebecca Kuntz

    2013-01-01

    This work describes the formation of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) microgels via a photopolymerized precipitation reaction. Precipitation reactions offer several advantages over traditional microsphere fabrication techniques. Contrary to emulsion, suspension, and dispersion techniques, microgels formed by precipitation are of uniform shape and size, i.e.low polydispersity index, without the use of organic solvents or stabilizers. The mild conditions of the precipitation reaction, customizable properties of the microgels, and low viscosity for injections make them applicable for in vivo purposes. Unlike other fabrication techniques, microgel characteristics can be modified by changing the starting polymer molecular weight. Increasing the starting PEG molecular weight increased microgel diameter and swelling ratio. Further modifications are suggested such as encapsulating molecules during microgel crosslinking. Simple adaptations to the PEG microgel building blocks are explored for future applications of microgels as drug delivery vehicles and tissue engineering scaffolds. PMID:24378988

  11. Characterization and Immunological Evaluation of Low-Molecular- Weight Alginate Derivatives.

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    Xu, Xu; Bi, Decheng; Wan, Min

    2016-01-01

    Alginate is a naturally occurring acidic linear polysaccharide obtained from marine brown seaweed. Low molecular weight structurally diverse derivatives and oligosaccharides derived from alginate have shown various tremendous biological and pharmacological activities. It has been demonstrated that immuno-inflammation is involved in many prevalent human diseases, such as cancer, severe infection and neurodegeneration. Given the activities of marine natural products in the regulation of immune responses, increasing efforts are being made toward the development of lowmolecular- weight natural compounds that aid in the prevention and treatment of immune- and inflammatory-related diseases. In this review, we describe the development of chemical modification and molecular depolymerization methods that modify the physicochemical and biological characteristics of alginate. Additionally, current progress in research on immuno-inflammatory, anti-neurodegenerative and anti-tumor activities of alginate derivatives is highlighted. PMID:26311423

  12. Friction and wear of polyethylene oxide polymer having a range of molecular weights

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1978-01-01

    Sliding friction and wear experiments were conducted at light loads (25 to 250 g) with various molecular weights of the polyethylene oxide polymer sliding on itself and iron. Results of the experimental investigation indicate that: (1) the coefficient of friction for the polymer decreases with increasing molecular weight; (2) friction coefficient is higher for the polymer sliding on itself than it is for the polymer sliding on iron; (3) at sufficiently high loads localized surface melting occurs and the friction coefficient is the same for the polymer sliding on itself and iron; (4) fracture cracks develop in the sliding wear track at higher but not lower sliding velocities, reflecting a strain rate sensitivity to crack initiation, and (5) the friction coefficient for the polymer sliding on iron increases with the formation of a polymer film on the iron surface.

  13. Isolation, purification and characterisation of low molecular weight xylanase from Bacillus pumilus SSP-34.

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    Subramaniyan, S

    2012-04-01

    Low molecular weight endo-xylanase from Bacillus pumilus SSP-34 was purified to homogeneity using ion exchange and size exclusion chromatographies. Xylanases were isolated by novel purification protocol which includes the use of anion exchange matrix such as DEAE Sepharose CL 6B with less affinity towards enzyme protein. The purified B. pumilus SSP-34 have a molecular weight of 20 kDa, with optimum pH and temperature at 6.0 and 50 C, respectively. The enzyme was stable at 50 C for 30 min. It showed remarkable stability at pH values ranging from 4.5 to 9 when the reaction was carried out at 50 C. K (m) and V (max) values, determined with oats spelts xylan were 6.5 mg ml? and 1,233 ?mol min? mg? protein, respectively, and the specific activity was 1,723 U mg?. PMID:22350873

  14. An Inexpensive Microscale Method for Measuring Vapor Pressure, Associated Thermodynamic Variables, and Molecular Weight

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    Demuro, Jason C.; Margarian, Hovanes; Mkhikian, Artavan; No, Kwang Hi; Peterson, Andrew R.

    1999-08-01

    Existing methods for measuring vapor pressure are too expensive or not quantitative enough for chemistry classes in secondary schools. Our method measures the vapor pressure inside a bubble trapped in a graduated microtube made from a disposable 1-mL glass pipet. Vapor pressures of water, methanol, and ethanol are measured over temperature ranges of 4-90 C. The enthalpy and entropy of vaporization and boiling points, calculated using the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, agree well with published values. The vapor pressures of aqueous solutions of ethanol and methanol plotted against mole fractions of water give positive deviations from Raoult's law, but concentrations were identified from which molecular weights of the alcohols could be calculated. These molecular weights are not significantly different from published values. Sources of error in the method are analyzed. A procedure for use in secondary schools is outlined.

  15. Cytotoxicity of chitosans with different acetylation degrees and molecular weights on bladder carcinoma cells.

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    Younes, Islem; Frachet, Vronique; Rinaudo, Marguerite; Jellouli, Kemel; Nasri, Moncef

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this research was to evaluate the cytotoxicity of chitosans with different degrees of acetylation (DA) and molecular weights (MW), as well as the effect of their positive ionic charges controlled by pH on bladder carcinoma cells (RT112 and RT112cp) using the tetrazolium salt colorimetric (MTT) assay. Our data showed that all chitosan samples were cytotoxic on RT112 and RT112cp cells with a higher cytotoxicity obtained at lower pH. Further, it was found that the toxicity increased with increasing DA. However, no significant difference in cytotoxicity between chitosans with different molecular weights was observed. Annexin V-FITC staining test was then used to study and quantify the induction of apoptosis. Data shows that chitosans induce apoptosis of RT112 and RT112cp cells with the same dependence with DA. PMID:26397996

  16. Role of laccase and low molecular weight metabolites from Trametes versicolor in dye decolorization.

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    Moldes, Diego; Fernández-Fernández, María; Sanromán, M Ángeles

    2012-01-01

    The studies regarding decolorization of dyes by laccase may not only inform about the possible application of this enzyme for environmental purposes, but also may provide important information about its reaction mechanism and the influence of several factors that could be involved. In this paper, decolorization of crystal violet and phenol red was carried out with different fractions of extracellular liquids from Trametes versicolor cultures, in order to describe the role of laccase in this reaction. Moreover, the possible role of the low molecular weight metabolites (LMWMs) also produced by the fungus was evaluated. The results confirm the existence of a nonenzymatic decolorization factor, since the nonprotein fraction of the extracellular liquids from cultures of T. versicolor has shown decolorization capability. Several experiments were performed in order to identify the main compounds related to this ability, which are probably low molecular weight peroxide compounds. PMID:22566767

  17. High molecular weight bioemulsifiers, main properties and potential environmental and biomedical applications.

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    Mnif, Ins; Ghribi, Dhouha

    2015-05-01

    High molecular weight bioemulsifiers are amphipathic polysaccharides, proteins, lipopolysaccharides, lipoproteins, or complex mixtures of these biopolymers, produced by a wide variety of microorganisms. They are characterized by highly structural diversity and have the ability to decrease the surface and interfacial tension at the surface and interface respectively and/or emulsify hydrophobic compounds. Emulsan, fatty acids, phospholipids, neutral lipids, exopolysaccharides, vesicles and fimbriae are among the most popular high molecular weight bioemulsifiers. They have great physic-chemical properties like tolerance to extreme conditions of pH, temperature and salinity, low toxicity and biodegradability. Owing their emulsion forming and breaking capacities, solubilization, mobilization and dispersion activities and their viscosity reduction activity; they possess great environmental application as enhancer of hydrocarbon biodegradation and for microbial enhanced oil recovery. Besides, they are applied in biomedical fields for their antimicrobial and anti-adhesive activities and involvement in immune responses. PMID:25739564

  18. Temperature, Molecular Weight, and Concentration Dependences of Thermal Diffusion for Ethylene Glycol Oligomers and Crown Ethers

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    Maeda, Kousaku; Kita, Rio; Shinyashiki, Naoki; Yagihara, Shin

    The Soret coefficient ST of ethylene glycol oligomers (EGOs) and crown ethers (CEs) in water were obtained by thermal diffusion forced Rayleigh scattering by changing the temperature, molecular weight, and concentration. The effect of a hydroxyl group on the EGOs and the effect of the cyclic structure of CEs on the thermal diffusion were determined systematically by changing the molecular weights of the EGOs and CEs. For dilute aqueous solutions, EGOs and CEs, except EG, show positive ST values that decrease with increasing temperature, which is similar to the results of previous studies on mixtures of water and organic solvents. The temperature dependence of ST changes its behavior from negative to positive with decreasing number of repeating units of EGOs. This behavior is related to the increase in the number density of the hydroxyl group. The ST values of EG show two different concentration regions, namely, the low concentration (0-2 wt %) and high concentration (2-100 wt %) regions.

  19. Effects of the matrix molecular weight on conductivity and dielectric relaxation in plasticized polyaniline/polymethylmethacrylathe blends

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    Fattoum, A.; Gmati, F.; Bohli, N.; Arous, M.; Belhadj Mohamed, A.

    2008-05-01

    We report the results of spectral, structural and electrical investigations on plasticized polyaniline/polymethylmethacrylate blend films (PAni/PMMA), obtained by the co-dissolution method using three different molecular weights of the PMMA matrix. The use of dibuthylphtalate as a plasticizer allowed us to obtain free standing thin films. The system showed percolation behaviour with an extremely low percolation threshold, independently of the PMMA molecular weight. The ac conductivity is well described by the universal Jonscher's law. By using the dielectric modulus, we have observed a dielectric relaxation assigned to the hopping of charge carriers (polarons and bipolarons) between localized states. The characteristic frequency of this relaxation follows an Arrhenius law and the activation energy depends on the PMMA molecular weight. This relaxation is well described by a simple Debye process for the lowest PMMA molecular weight and deviates from this model when the molecular weight of the PMMA increases.

  20. Characterization of Rhizobial Isolates of Phaseolus vulgaris by Staircase Electrophoresis of Low-Molecular-Weight RNA

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    Velzquez, Encarna; Martnez-Romero, Esperanza; Rodrguez-Navarro, Dulce Nombre; Trujillo, Martha E.; Daza, Antonio; Mateos, Pedro F.; Martnez-Molina, Eustoquio; van Berkum, Peter

    2001-01-01

    Low-molecular-weight (LMW) RNA molecules were analyzed to characterize rhizobial isolates that nodulate the common bean growing in Spain. Since LMW RNA profiles, determined by staircase electrophoresis, varied across the rhizobial species nodulating beans, we demonstrated that bean isolates recovered from Spanish soils presumptively could be characterized as Rhizobium etli, Rhizobium gallicum, Rhizobium giardinii, Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae and bv. trifolii, and Sinorhizobium fredii. PMID:11157280

  1. International collaborative study on the assay of commerically available high and low molecular weight urokinases.

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    Gaffney, P J; Tydeman, M S; Kirkwood, T B; Aronson, D; Murano, G

    1981-02-23

    Urokinases of different molecular weights are now commerically available. An international collaborative study (eight laboratories) has been conducted to investigate the effect of type and concentration of plasminogen on the assay of two different urokinase preparations against the International Reference Preparation (IRP). Considerable inter-laboratory variation in relative potency estimation was found, and a small effect of plasminogen concentration, independent of type, was apparent. PMID:7018003

  2. Low molecular weight Neutral Boron Dipyrromethene (Bodipy) dyads for fluorescence-based neural imaging

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    Bai, Dan; Benniston, Andrew C.; Clift, Sophie; Baisch, Ulrich; Steyn, Jannetta; Everitt, Nicola; Andras, Peter

    2014-05-01

    The neutral low molecular weight julolidine-based borondipyrromethene (Bodipy) dyads JULBD and MJULBD were used for fast voltage-sensitive dye imaging of neurons in the crab stomatogastric ganglion. The fluorescence modulation of the dyads mirrors alterations in the membrane potential of the imaged neurons. The toxicity of the dyes towards the neurons is related to their structure in that methyl groups at the 3,5 positions results in reduced toxic effects.

  3. Radiation cross-linking in ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene for orthopaedic applications

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    Oral, Ebru; Muratoglu, Orhun K.

    2007-12-01

    The motivation for radiation cross-linking of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is to increase its wear resistance to be used as bearing surfaces for total joint arthroplasty. However, radiation also leaves behind long-lived residual free radicals in this polymer, the reactions of which can detrimentally affect mechanical properties. In this review, we focus on the radiation cross-linking and oxidative stability of first and second generation highly cross-linked UHMWPEs developed in our laboratory.

  4. Development of an extremely wear-resistant ultra high molecular weight polyethylene for total hip replacements.

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    McKellop, H; Shen, F W; Lu, B; Campbell, P; Salovey, R

    1999-03-01

    Osteolysis induced by ultra high molecular weight polyethylene wear debris is one of the primary factors limiting the lifespan of total hip replacements. Crosslinking polyethylene is known to improve its wear resistance in certain industrial applications, and crosslinked polyethylene acetabular cups have shown improved wear resistance in two clinical studies. In the present study, crosslinked polyethylene cups were produced by two methods. Chemically crosslinked cups were produced by mixing a peroxide with ultra high molecular weight polyethylene powder and then molding the cups directly to shape. Radiation-crosslinked cups were produced by exposing conventional extruded ultra high molecular weight polyethylene bar stock to gamma radiation at various doses from 3.3 to 100 Mrad (1 Mrad = 10 kGy), remelting the bars to extinguish residual free radicals (i.e., to minimize long-term oxidation), and then machining the cups by conventional techniques. In hip-joint simulator tests lasting as long as 5 million cycles, both types of cross-linked cups exhibited dramatically improved resistance to wear. Artificial aging of the cups by heating for 30 days in air at 80 degrees C induced oxidation of the chemically crosslinked cups. However, a chemically crosslinked cup that was aged 2.7 years at room temperature had very little oxidation. Thus, whether substantial oxidation of chemically crosslinked polyethylene would occur at body temperature remains unclear. The radiation-crosslinked remelted cups exhibited excellent resistance to oxidation. Because crosslinking can reduce the ultimate tensile strength, fatigue strength, and elongation to failure of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, the optimal crosslinking dose provides a balance between these physical properties and the wear resistance of the implant and might substantially reduce the incidence of wear-induced osteolysis with total hip replacements. PMID:10221831

  5. High molecular weight hyaluronan decreases oxidative DNA damage induced by EDTA in human corneal epithelial cells

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    Ye, J; Wu, H; Wu, Y; Wang, C; Zhang, H; Shi, X; Yang, J

    2012-01-01

    Purpose To investigate the toxic effects of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt (EDTA), a corneal penetration enhancer in topical ophthalmic formulations, on DNA in human corneal epithelial cells (HCEs), and to investigate whether the effect induced by EDTA can be inhibited by high molecular weight hyaluronan (HA). Methods Cells were exposed to EDTA in concentrations ranging from 0.00001 to 0.01% for 60 min, or 30 min high molecular weight HA pretreatment followed by EDTA treatment. The cell viability was measured by the MTT test. Cell apoptosis was determined with annexin V staining by flow cytometry. The DNA single- and double-strand breaks of HCEs were examined by alkaline comet assay and by immunofluorescence microscope detection of the phosphorylated form of histone variant H2AX (γH2AX) foci, respectively. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production was assessed by the fluorescent probe, 2′, 7′-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate. Results EDTA exhibited no adverse effect on cell viability and did not induce cell apoptosis in human corneal epithelial cells at concentrations lower than 0.01%. However, a significant increase of DNA single- and double-strand breaks was observed in a dose-dependent manner with all the concentrations of EDTA tested in HCEs. In addition, EDTA treatment led to elevated ROS generation. Moreover, 30 min preincubation with high molecular weight HA significantly decreased EDTA-induced ROS generation and DNA damage. Conclusions EDTA could induce DNA damage in HCEs, probably through oxidative stress. Furthermore, high molecular weight HA was an effective protective agent that had antioxidant properties and decreased DNA damage induced by EDTA. PMID:22595911

  6. Mesoporous Silica Chips for Selective Enrichment and Stabilization of Low Molecular Weight Proteome

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    Bouamrani, Ali; Hu, Ye; Tasciotti, Ennio; Li, Li; Chiappini, Ciro; Liu, Xuewu; Ferrari, Mauro

    2010-01-01

    The advanced properties of mesoporous silica have been demonstrated in applications which include chemical sensing, filtration, catalysis, drug-delivery and selective biomolecular uptake. These properties depend on the architectural, physical and chemical properties of the material, which in turn are determined by the processing parameters in evaporation-induced self-assembly. In this study, we introduce a combinatorial approach for the removal of the high molecular weight proteins and for the specific isolation and enrichment of low molecular weight species. This approach is based on Mesoporous Silica Chips able to fractionate, selectively harvest and protect from enzymatic degradation, peptides and proteins present in complex human biological fluids. We present the characterization of the harvesting properties of a wide range of mesoporous chips using a library of peptides and proteins standard and their selectivity on the recovery of serum peptidome. Using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, we established the correlation between the harvesting specificity and the physico-chemical properties of mesoporous silica surfaces. The introduction of this mesoporous material with fine controlled properties will provide a powerful platform for proteomics application offering a rapid and efficient methodology for low molecular weight biomarker discovery. PMID:20013801

  7. Isolation and characterization of a high-molecular-weight polysaccharide from the slime of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Pier, G B; Sidberry, H F; Zolyomi, S; Sadoff, J C

    1978-01-01

    A procedure is described for isolating a high-molecular-weight polysaccharide (PS) from the slime of Pseudomonas aeruginosa immunotype 1. The resultant material, obtained from the void volume of a Sephadex G-100 column, was composed of carbohydrate and water. No lipopolysaccharide (LPS), 2-keto-3-deoxyoctonoate, heptose, phosphate, or protein was detectable, and nucleic acid contamination was generally below 1%. The carbohydrate composition of the PS was glucose, rhamnose, galactose, arabinose, and mannose. PS had a molecular weight of between 100,000 and 350,000 and did not disaggregate when chromatographed in the presence of sodium deoxycholate. An antigen immunologically indistinguishable from PS could be obtained from LPS by either acetic acid hydrolysis and column chromatography or by allowing solutions of LPS to stand at room temperature for 3 days. Some of this LPS-associated polysaccharide eluted as the void volume of a G-100 column but differed from PS by its lack of galactose and arabinose. LPS also contained an immunodeterminant not shared with PS that was detected by its stability to dilute alkali treatment (0.1 N NaOH, 37 degrees C, 2 h). PS was destroyed by alkali treatment. PS appeared to represent a form of LPS polysaccharide side chain that contains galactose and arabinose and is of a high molecular weight. Images PMID:103840

  8. Melt rheology and molecular weight degradation of amylopectin during multiple pass extrusion of starch

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    Willett, J.L.; Millard, M.M.; Jasberg, B.K.

    1996-12-31

    The degradation of starch during extrusion and the role of specific mechanical energy (SME) in this process have been widely studied for single pass extrusion, Multiple extrusion histories are not uncommon in the plastics industry, but little if any has been reported on their effects on starch. Native waxy maize starch (app. 98% amylopectin) was initially converted to a thermoplastic by twin screw extrusion. This extrudate was equilibrated to either 18% or 23% moisture content, and subsequently re-extruded in a single screw extruder (3:1 compression screw) at 110{degrees}C or 130{degrees}C. Melt viscosity data were calculated using the output-pressure data from the second pass. The melts exhibited shear thinning behavior; the power law index increased with temperature, and slightly with moisture content. Molecular weights of selected second-pass extrudates, as well as the native starch and the first-pass extrudate, were measured by light scattering in dimethyl sulfoxide/water. The initial extrusion pass reduced the molecular weight from 300 million to 50 million. Molecular weight reductions in the second pass increased with increasing SME. A first order expression was shown to fit the MW-SME data with a correlation coefficient of 0.91. Implications of the degradation on extrusion processing of starch and the use of single screw extruders for rheological characterization will be discussed.

  9. INFLUENCE OF POLYMER MOLECULAR WEIGHT, TEMPERATURE, AND STRAIN RATE ON THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF PBX 9501

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    D. J. IDAR; D. G. THOMPSON; ET AL

    2001-06-01

    Compression and tensile measurements were conducted on newly formulated (baseline) and lower molecular weight (virtually-aged) plastic-bonded explosive PBX 9501. The PBX 9501 binder system is composed of nitroplasticized Estane 5703, TM a polyester polyurethane copolymer. The molecular weight of polyester urethanes can degrade with time as a function of hydrolysis, affecting the mechanical behavior of the polymer or a polymer composite material of high explosives, i.e. PBXs. The molecular weight of Estane 5703{trademark} was degraded by exposure to high temperature and humidity for different periods of time, and then formulated to produce ''virtually-aged'' PBX 9501 specimens. Quasi-static and dynamic compression tests were conducted on the baseline and virtually-aged PBX 9501 as a function of temperature and strain rate. Quasi-static tensile tests were also conducted as a function of temperature and test rate. Rate and temperature dependence was exhibited during both compression and tensile loading. Results also show significant differences between the baseline and virtually-aged specimens for the dynamic compression tests at -15 C, and for the quasi-static compression tests at -15 C, 22 C, and 50 C.

  10. Molecular weight dependence of the physical properties of protonated polyaniline films and fibers

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    Adams, Phillip N.; Bowman, Danielle; Brown, Lori; Yang, Dali; Mattes, Benjamin R.

    2001-07-01

    Polyaniline, (PANI) in the form of emeraldine base, was synthesized by polymerizing aniline in acid solutions at different sub-zero temperatures to give a range of molecular weights between 100,000 and 300,000 gmol-1. Molecular weights were measured using gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The polymers were formed into solvent-cast films using an acid processing technique, involving 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid (AMPSA) as the solvating/protonating acid group and dichloroacetic acid (DCA) plus formic acid (FA) as the solvent. The dried, free-standing films were stretched by drawing over a hot pin to align the polymer chains. Fibers were prepared by spinning more concentrated solutions into a butanone coagulation bath. Conductivity measurements were then made on the drawn films and fibers, and tensile test measurements performed to determine the peak stress and modulus of the drawn films and fibers. The reaction conditions under which the different polyanilines were synthesized, and their molecular weight, were found to have a definite effect upon both the electrical and mechanical properties of the drawn films and fibers. The drawn films and fibers can be used as mechanical actuators.

  11. Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline and articles therefrom

    DOEpatents

    Mattes, Benjamin R. (Santa Fe, NM); Wang, Hsing-Lin (Los Alamos, NM)

    1999-11-09

    Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline. In order to process high quality fibers and other articles possessing good mechanical properties, it is known that solution concentrations of the chosen polymer should be in the range from 15-30% (w/w). Moreover, it is desirable to use the highest molecular weight consistent with the solubility properties of the polymer. However, such solutions are inherently unstable, forming gels before processing can be achieved. The present invention describes the addition gel inhibitors (GIs) to the polymer solution, thereby permitting high concentrations (between 15% and 30% (w/w)) of high molecular weight ((M.sub.w)>120,000, and (M.sub.n)>30,000) emeraldine base (EB) polyaniline to be dissolved. Secondary amines have been used for this purpose in concentrations which are small compared to those which might otherwise be used in a cosolvent role therefor. The resulting solutions are useful for generating excellent fibers, films, coatings and other objects, since the solutions are stable for significant time periods, and the GIs are present in too small concentrations to cause polymer deterioration. It is demonstrated that the GIs found to be useful do not act as cosolvents, and that gelation times of the solutions are directly proportional to the concentration of GI. In particular, there is a preferred concentration of GI, which if exceeded causes structural and electrical conductivity degradation of resulting articles. Heating of the solutions significantly improves solubility.

  12. Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline and articles therefrom

    DOEpatents

    Mattes, Benjamin R. (Sante Fe, NM); Wang, Hsing-Lin (Los Alamos, NM)

    2000-01-01

    Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline. In order to process high quality fibers and other articles possessing good mechanical properties, it is known that solution concentrations of the chosen polymer should be in the range from 15-30% (w/w). Moreover, it is desirable to use the highest molecular weight consistent with the solubility properties of the polymer. However, such solutions are inherently unstable, forming gels before processing can be achieved. The present invention describes the addition gel inhibitors (GIs) to the polymer solution, thereby permitting high concentrations (>15% (w/w)) of high molecular weight ((M.sub.w)>120,000, and (M.sub.n)>30,000) emeraldine base (EB) polyaniline to be dissolved. Secondary amines have been used for this purpose in concentrations which are small compared to those which might otherwise be used in a cosolvent role therefor. The resulting solutions are useful for generating excellent fibers, films, coatings and other objects, since the solutions are stable for significant time periods, and the GIs are present in too small concentrations to cause polymer deterioration. It is demonstrated that the GIs found to be useful do not act as cosolvents, and that gelation times of the solutions are directly proportional to the concentration of GI. In particular, there is a preferred concentration of GI, which if exceeded causes structural and electrical conductivity degradation of resulting articles. Heating of the solutions significantly improves solubility.

  13. Influence of molecular weight on in vitro immunostimulatory properties of instant coffee.

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    Passos, Cludia P; Cepeda, Mrcio R; Ferreira, Snia S; Nunes, Fernando M; Evtuguin, Dmitry V; Madureira, Pedro; Vilanova, Manuel; Coimbra, Manuel A

    2014-10-15

    Instant coffee was prepared and fractionated into higher (>100kDa), medium (5-10, 10-30, 30-100kDa) and lower (1-5, <1kDa) molecular weight fractions. Sugars and linkage composition characteristics of arabinogalactans and galactomannans were recovered in all fractions. Also, amino acid analysis performed after hydrolysis showed similar compositions in all fractions. On the contrary, free chlorogenic acids and caffeine were only detected in the lowest molecular weight fraction (<1kDa). A direct relationship between the melanoidins browning index and the molecular weight was observed. The fractions obtained were incubated in vitro with murine spleen lymphocytes in order to evaluate their possible immunostimulatory abilities. The surface expression of CD69 (early activation marker) on different lymphocyte sub-populations showed that the fraction with 1-5kDa was able to induce activation of B-lymphocytes. This was the only fraction to induce B-lymphocyte activation, since all the other fractions failed, even when higher concentrations were used. PMID:24837922

  14. High Sulfation and a High Molecular Weight Are Important for Anti-hepcidin Activity of Heparin

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    Asperti, Michela; Naggi, Annamaria; Esposito, Emiliano; Ruzzenenti, Paola; Di Somma, Margherita; Gryzik, Magdalena; Arosio, Paolo; Poli, Maura

    2016-01-01

    Heparins are efficient inhibitors of hepcidin expression even in vivo, where they induce an increase of systemic iron availability. Heparins seem to act by interfering with BMP6 signaling pathways that control the expression of liver hepcidin, causing the suppression of SMAD1/5/8 phosphorylation. The anti-hepcidin activity persists also when the heparin anticoagulant property is abolished or reduced by chemical reactions of oxidation/reduction (glycol-split, Gs-Heparins) or by high sulfation (SS-Heparins), but the structural characteristics needed to optimize this inhibitory activity have not been studied in detail. To this aim we analyzed three different heparins (Mucosal Heparin, the Glycol split RO-82, the partially desulfated glycol-split RO-68 and the oversulfated SSLMWH) and separated them in fractions of molecular weight in the range 4–16 kD. Since the distribution of the negative charges in heparins contributes to the activity, we produced 2-O- and 6-O-desulfated heparins. These derivatives were analyzed for the capacity to inhibit hepcidin expression in hepatic HepG2 cells and in mice. The two approaches produced consistent results and showed that the anti-hepcidin activity strongly decreases with molecular weight below 7 kD, with high N-acetylation and after 2-O and 6-O desulfation. The high sulfation and high molecular weight properties for efficient anti-hepcidin activity suggest that heparin is involved in multiple binding sites. PMID:26955355

  15. Systematic Analysis of Polymer Molecular Weight Influence on the Organic Photovoltaic Performance.

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    Katsouras, Athanasios; Gasparini, Nicola; Koulogiannis, Chrysanthos; Spanos, Michael; Ameri, Tayebeh; Brabec, Christoph J; Chochos, Christos L; Avgeropoulos, Apostolos

    2015-10-01

    The molecular weight of an electron donor-conjugated polymer is as essential as other well-known parameters in the chemical structure of the polymer, such as length and the nature of any side groups (alkyl chains) positioned on the polymeric backbone, as well as their placement, relative strength, the ratio of the donor and acceptor moieties in the backbone of donor-acceptor (D-A)-conjugated polymers, and the arrangement of their energy levels for organic photovoltaic performance. Finding the "optimal" molecular weight for a specific conjugated polymer is an important aspect for the development of novel photovoltaic polymers. Therefore, it is evident that the chemistry of functional conjugated polymers faces major challenges and materials have to adopt a broad range of specifications in order to be established for high photovoltaic performance. In this review, the approaches followed for enhancing the molecular weight of electron-donor polymers are presented in detail, as well as how this influences the optoelectronic properties, charge transport properties, structural conformation, morphology, and the photovoltaic performance of the active layer. PMID:26390143

  16. Megalin Knockout Mice as an Animal Model of Low Molecular Weight Proteinuria

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    Leheste, Jrg-Robert; Rolinski, Boris; Vorum, Henrik; Hilpert, Jan; Nykjaer, Anders; Jacobsen, Christian; Aucouturier, Pierre; Moskaug, Jan ivind; Otto, Albrecht; Christensen, Erik Ils; Willnow, Thomas E.

    1999-01-01

    Megalin is an endocytic receptor expressed on the luminal surface of the renal proximal tubules. The receptor is believed to play an important role in the tubular uptake of macromolecules filtered through the glomerulus. To elucidate the role of megalin in vivo and to identify its endogenous ligands, we analyzed the proximal tubular function in mice genetically deficient for the receptor. We demonstrate that megalin-deficient mice exhibit a tubular resorption deficiency and excrete low molecular weight plasma proteins in the urine (low molecular weight proteinuria). Proteins excreted include small plasma proteins that carry lipophilic compounds including vitamin D-binding protein, retinol-binding protein, ?1-microglobulin and odorant-binding protein. Megalin binds these proteins and mediates their cellular uptake. Urinary loss of carrier proteins in megalin-deficient mice results in concomitant loss of lipophilic vitamins bound to the carriers. Similar to megalin knockout mice, patients with low molecular weight proteinuria as in Fanconi syndrome are also shown to excrete vitamin/carrier complexes. Thus, these results identify a crucial role of the proximal tubule in retrieval of filtered vitamin/carrier complexes and the central role played by megalin in this process. PMID:10514418

  17. Molecular weight distribution of phosphorus fraction of aquatic dissolved organic matter.

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    Ged, Evan C; Boyer, Treavor H

    2013-05-01

    This study characterized dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) that is discharged from the Everglades Agricultural Area as part of the larger pool of aquatic dissolved organic matter (DOM). Whole water samples collected at the Everglades stormwater treat area 1 West (STA-1 W) were fractionated using a batch ultrafiltration method to separate organic compounds based on apparent molecular weight (AMW). Each AMW fraction of DOM was characterized for phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, UV absorbance, and fluorescence. The DOP content of the Everglades water matrix was characteristically variable constituting 4-56% of total phosphorus (TP) and demonstrated no correlation with dissolved organic carbon (DOC). Measured values for DOP exceeded 14μgL(-1) in four out of five sampling dates making phosphorus load reductions problematic for the stormwater treatment areas (STAs), which target inorganic phosphorus and have a goal of 10μgL(-1) as TP. The molecular weight distributions revealed 40% of DOP is high molecular weight, aromatic-rich DOM. The results of this research are expected to be of interest to environmental chemists, environmental engineers, and water resources managers because DOP presents a major obstacle to achieving TP levels <10μgL(-1). PMID:23466281

  18. The Effect of Molecular Weight on the Composite Properties of Cured Phenylethynyl Terminated Imide Oligomers

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    Smith, J. G., Jr.; Connell, J. W.; Hergenrother, P. M.

    1997-01-01

    As part of a program to develop high temperature/high performance structural resins for aeronautical applications, imide oligomers containing terminal phenylethynyl groups with calculated number average molecular weights of 1250, 2500 and 5000 g/mol were prepared, characterized, and evaluated as adhesives and composite matrix resins. The goal of this work was to develop resin systems that are processable using conventional processing equipment into void free composites that exhibit high mechanical properties with long term high temperature durability, and are not affected by exposure to common aircraft fluids. The imide oligomers containing terminal phenylethynyl groups were fabricated into titanium adhesive specimens and IM-7 carbon fiber laminates under 0.1 - 1.4 MPa for 1 hr at 350-371 C. The lower molecular weight oligomers exhibited higher cured Tg, better processability, and better retention of mechanical properties at elevated temperature without significantly sacrificing toughness or damage tolerance than the higher molecular weight oligomer. The neat resin, adhesive and composite properties of the cured polymers will be presented.

  19. Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline and articles therefrom

    SciTech Connect

    Mattes, B.R.; Wang, H.L.

    1999-11-09

    Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline are disclosed. In order to process high quality fibers and other articles possessing good mechanical properties, it is known that solution concentrations of the chosen polymer should be in the range from 15--30% (w/w). Moreover, it is desirable to use the highest molecular weight consistent with the solubility properties of the polymer. However, such solutions are inherently unstable, forming gels before processing can be achieved. The present invention describes the addition gel inhibitors (GIs) to the polymer solution, thereby permitting high concentrations (between 15% and 30% (w/w)) of high molecular weight ((M(w)){gt}120,000, and (M(n)){gt}30,000) emeraldine base (EB) polyaniline to be dissolved. Secondary amines have been used for this purpose in concentrations which are small compared to those which might otherwise be used in a cosolvent role therefore. The resulting solutions are useful for generating excellent fibers, films, coatings and other objects, since the solutions are stable for significant time periods, and the GIs are present in too small concentrations to cause polymer deterioration. It is demonstrated that the GIs found to be useful do not act as cosolvents, and that gelation times of the solutions are directly proportional to the concentration of GI. In particular, there is a preferred concentration of GI, which if exceeded causes structural and electrical conductivity degradation of resulting articles. Heating of the solutions significantly improves solubility.

  20. Developmental co-expression of small molecular weight apolipoprotein B synthesis and triacylglycerol secretion

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    Coleman, R.A.; Haynes, E.B.; Sand, T.M.; Davis, R.A.

    1987-05-01

    The development of the liver's ability to coordinately express the synthesis and secretion of the two major components of very low density lipoproteins (VLDL): triacylglycerol (TG) and apolipoprotein B (apo B) was examined in cultured hepatocytes obtained from fetal, suckling and adult rats. Hepatocytes from fetal and suckling rats synthesized and secreted TG at rates lower than that displayed by adult cells. When TG synthesis was equalized by adding oleic acid to the culture medium, fetal cells still secreted only 39% as much TG as did adult cells. To determine the basis for the apparent defect in VLDL assembly/secretion displayed by fetal cells, the synthesis and secretion of (TVS)methionine-labeled apo B was quantified by immunoprecipitation. Although adult and fetal cells synthesized and secreted large molecular weight apo B at similar rates, the synthesis and secretion of small molecular weight apo B was 2-fold greater in adult cells. These data suggest that the ability to assemble/secrete VLDL triacylglycerol varies in parallel with the developmental expression of small molecular weight apo B. Furthermore, these studies show the usefulness of the cultured rat hepatocyte model for examining the ontogeny and regulation of VLDL assembly/secretion.

  1. Study of Low Molecular Weight Impurities in Pluronic Triblock Copolymers using MALDI, Interaction Chromatography, and NMR

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    Helming, Z.; Zagorevski, D.; Ryu, C. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymers are a group of commercial macromolecular amphiphilic surfactants that have been widely studied for their applications in polymer-based nanotechnology and drug-delivery. It has been well-established that the synthesis of commercial Pluronic triblocks results in low molecular weight ``impurities,'' which are generally disregarded in the applications and study of these polymers. These species have been shown to have significant effects on the rheological properties of the material, as well as altering the supramolecular ``micellar'' structures for which the polymers are most often used. We have isolated the impurities from the bulk Pluronic triblock using Interaction Chromatography (IC) techniques, and subjected them to analysis by H1 NMR and MALDI (Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization) Mass Spectrometry to identify relative block composition and molecular weight information. We report significant evidence of at least two polymeric components: a low-molecular-weight homopolymer of poly(ethylene oxide) and a ``blocky'' copolymer of both poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(propylene oxide). This has significant implications, not only for the applied usage of Pluronic triblock copolymers, but for the general scientific acceptance of the impurities and their effects on Pluronic micelle and hydrogel formation.

  2. Interfacial microgels formed by oppositely charged polyelectrolytes and surfactants. 1. Influence of polyelectrolyte molecular weight.

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    Monteux, Ccile; Llauro, Marie-France; Baigl, Damien; Williams, Claudine E; Anthony, Olivier; Bergeron, Vance

    2004-06-22

    The synergistic adsorption and complexation of polystyrene sulfonate, PSS (a highly charged anionic polyelectrolyte), and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide, C12TAB (a cationic surfactant), at the air-water interface can lead to interfacial gels that strongly influence foam-film drainage and stability. The formation and characteristics of these gels have been studied as a function of PSS molecular weight by combining surface tension, ellipsometry, and foam-film drainage experiments. Simultaneously the solution electromotive force has been measured to track the polymer-surfactant interactions in the bulk solution. It has been found that there is a critical molecular weight for surface gelation as well as for bulk precipitation and aggregation. Furthermore, we show that for the lowest molecular weights, PSS adsorbs with C12TAB in compact layers at the air-water interface. In particular, for mixtures of C12TAB with the monomer compound of the PSS repeat unit (e.g. Mw = 208), interfacial complexation is found to be similar to that of catanionic mixtures (mixtures of surfactants of opposite charge). PMID:15986674

  3. Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight, Temperature, and Strain Rate on the Mechanical Properties of PBX 9501

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    Idar, D. J.; Thompson, D. G.; Gray, G. T., III; Blumenthal, W. R.; Cady, C. M.; Peterson, P. D.; Roemer, E. L.; Wright, W. J.; Jacquez, B. J.

    2002-07-01

    Compression and tensile measurements were conducted on newly formulated (baseline) and lower molecular weight (virtually-aged) plastic-bonded explosive PBX 9501. The PBX 9501 binder system is composed of nitroplasticized Estane 5703,trademark a polyester polyurethane copolymer. The molecular weight of polyester urethanes can degrade with time as a function of hydrolysis, affecting the mechanical behavior of the polymer or a polymer composite material of high explosives, i.e. PBXs. The molecular weight of Estane 5703trademark was degraded by exposure to high temperature and humidity for different periods of time, and then formulated to produce "virtually-aged" PBX 9501 specimens. Quasi-static and dynamic compression tests were conducted on the baseline and virtually-aged PBX 9501 as a function of temperature and strain rate. Quasi-static tensile tests were also conducted as a function of temperature and test rate. Rate and temperature dependence was exhibited during both compression and tensile loading. Results also show significant differences between the baseline and virtually-aged specimens for the dynamic compression tests at -15degC, and for the quasi-static compression tests at -15degC, 22degC, and 50degC.

  4. Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight, Temperature, and Strain Rate on the Mechanical Properties of PBX 9501

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    Idar, D. J.; Thompson, D. G.; Gray, G. T., III; Blumenthal, W. R.; Cady, C. D.; Peterson, P. D.; Jacquez, B. J.; Roemer, E. L.; Wright, W. J.

    2001-06-01

    Compression and tensile measurements were conducted on newly formulated (baseline) and lower molecular weight (virtually-aged) specimens of plastic-bonded explosive PBX 9501. The PBX 9501 binder system is composed of nitroplasticized Estane 5703, a polyester urethane copolymer. The molecular weight of polyester urethanes can degrade with time as a function of hydrolysis, affecting the mechanical behavior of the polymer or a polymer composite material, i.e. PBXs. The molecular weight of Estane 5703 was degraded using high temperature and humidity for different periods of time, and formulated to produce virtually-aged PBX 9501 specimens. Quasi-static and dynamic compression tests were conducted on the baseline and virtually-aged specimens as a function of temperature and strain rate. Quasi-static tensile tests were also conducted on these specimens as a function of temperature and strain rate. Strain rate and temperature dependence are evident in both the compression and tensile data. Results also show significant differences between the baseline and virtually-aged specimens for the dynamic compression tests at low temperatures, and at low, room, and hot temperatures for the quasi-static compression.

  5. Methanol-induced chain termination in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) biopolymers: molecular weight control.

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    Ashby, Richard D; Solaiman, Daniel K Y; Strahan, Gary D; Levine, Alex C; Nomura, Christopher T

    2015-03-01

    A systematic study was performed to demonstrate the impact of methanol (MeOH) on poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) synthesis and molecular weight (MW). Glycerine was used as the primary carbon source with varying concentrations of MeOH. Methanol retarded but did not completely inhibit growth and PHB production in Pseudomonas oleovorans. Proton NMR analysis revealed that the PHB polymers were end-capped with methoxy chemical groups causing MW reductions. The MW decreases were contingent upon the initial MeOH media concentration and the duration of the fermentations. The largest impact occurred at an initial MeOH concentration of 0.10% (w/v) where the number average molecular weights (Mn) decreased by 39%, 55%, and 72% in the 48, 72 and 96 h cultures, respectively. Diffusion ordered NMR spectroscopy revealed a diffusivity (D) increase in the smaller molecular weight polymers with the PHB synthesized in the presence of 0.85% MeOH (72 h post-inoculation) having a D value of 0.6610(-10) m2/s. Diffusivity increases indicate a reduction in hydrodynamic radii (Rhz) consistent with shorter chain-lengths. Crude glycerine from the biodiesel production process has been used as an inexpensive fermentation feedstock for polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) synthesis but its composition is facility-dependent. This information will be vital to tailor PHA properties to specific applications. PMID:25542165

  6. Determination of dextrose equivalent value and number average molecular weight of maltodextrin by osmometry.

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    Rong, Y; Sillick, M; Gregson, C M

    2009-01-01

    Dextrose equivalent (DE) value is the most common parameter used to characterize the molecular weight of maltodextrins. Its theoretical value is inversely proportional to number average molecular weight (M(n)), providing a theoretical basis for correlations with physical properties important to food manufacturing, such as: hygroscopicity, the glass transition temperature, and colligative properties. The use of freezing point osmometry to measure DE and M(n) was assessed. Measurements were made on a homologous series of malto-oligomers as well as a variety of commercially available maltodextrin products with DE values ranging from 5 to 18. Results on malto-oligomer samples confirmed that freezing point osmometry provided a linear response with number average molecular weight. However, noncarbohydrate species in some commercial maltodextrin products were found to be in high enough concentration to interfere appreciably with DE measurement. Energy dispersive spectroscopy showed that sodium and chloride were the major ions present in most commercial samples. Osmolality was successfully corrected using conductivity measurements to estimate ion concentrations. The conductivity correction factor appeared to be dependent on the concentration of maltodextrin. Equations were developed to calculate corrected values of DE and M(n) based on measurements of osmolality, conductivity, and maltodextrin concentration. This study builds upon previously reported results through the identification of the major interfering ions and provides an osmolality correction factor that successfully accounts for the influence of maltodextrin concentration on the conductivity measurement. The resulting technique was found to be rapid, robust, and required no reagents. PMID:19200083

  7. Zwitterionic polymerization to generate high molecular weight cyclic poly(carbosiloxane)s.

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    Brown, Hayley A; Chang, Young A; Waymouth, Robert M

    2013-12-18

    The zwitterionic ring-opening of 2,2,5,5-tetramethyl-2,5-disila-1-oxacyclopentane (TMOSC) with N-heterocyclic carbenes generates high molecular weight cyclic p(TMOSC). The NHC-mediated polymerization of TMOSC with 1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene (IMes, 1) generates the poly(carbosiloxane) p(TMOSC) with molecular weights from 27,000 < Mn < 80,000 Da (1.4 < Mw/Mn < 2.2) within 30 min at room temp. With the more nucleophilic carbene 1,3,4,5-tetramethyl-imidazol-2-ylidene (4), the ring-opening polymerization occurs within minutes at room temperature to generate cyclic p(TMOSC) with molecular weights up to Mn = 940,000 Da (Mw/Mn = 3.2). The resulting p(TMOSC)s are predominantly cyclic as evidenced by dilute solution viscosity studies and MALDI-TOF MS. DFT calculations provide support for both zwitterionic and neutral, cyclic intermediates. PMID:24308512

  8. Hypoglycemic effect of polysaccharides with different molecular weight of Pseudostellaria heterophylla

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    2013-01-01

    Abstracts Background The aims of this study were to evaluate the antidiabetic activity and to detect molecular size of Pseudostellaria heterophylla polysaccharide (PHP). Pseudostellaria heterophylla is a medicine extensively used in traditional Chinese medicine formulas to treat diabetes and its complications. Methods Molecular weight of PHP was determined by gel permeation chromatography combined with phenol-sulphuric acid method and the monosaccharides composition was determined by HPLC with a precolumn derivatization. Four polysaccharides with different molecular weight were compared for hypoglycemic active on two animal models both high does alloxan induced type1 diabetic mellitus (T1DM) and high-fat/lower does streptozotocin induced type2 diabetic mellitus (T2DM). Blood sugar, glucose tolerance, and insulin tolerance were detected. Rat serum IL-1β, IL-2, IL-10, Leptin, TNF-α, Acrp30 and CRP were also analyzed by sandwich-ELISA approaches to preliminary probe the hypoglycemic mechanism of PHP. Results The hypoglycemic effects related to molecular size of polysaccharide were more effective against T2DM than T1DM. PHP comprise four monosaccharides of galacturonic acid, glucose, galactose and arabinos. T2DM rats daily receiving oral dose of polysaccharide(100 ~ 400 mg/kg) with 50 ~ 210 kDa molecular weight (PF40) could not only significantly lower blood sugar but also reduce total triglyceride level in serum. PF40 improves in insulin tolerance inhibited the expression of some biomarkers including inflammatory cytokine TNF-α and elevated anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10, regulated adiponectin Acrp30 and leptin. Conclusions PF40 prevent the cascade of inflammatory events in the treatment of T2DM to block overweight progresses to obesity. PMID:24131482

  9. Structure-dependent reactivity of low molecular weight fulvic acid molecules during ozonation.

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    These, Anja; Reemtsma, Thorsten

    2005-11-01

    Size-exclusion chromatography coupled to quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SEC-Q-TOF-MS) was used to study changes in the molecular composition of a Suwannee River fulvic acid isolate by ozonation. The composition of all three SEC fractions showed strong changes and a relative increase of the low molecular weight anions. Further mass spectrometric investigations focused on the low molecular weight fulvic acid molecules, where a preferential removal of fulvic acid molecules with a low oxidation state (low O/C ratio) and a high degree of unsaturation (low H/C ratio) was observed. Besides their elemental composition, also the structure of the fulvic acid molecules influenced their reactivity toward ozone. The data suggestthat molecules with a more extended carbon skeleton and less carboxylate substituents showed higher reactivitywhereas some highly unsaturated molecules did not show measurable removal up to a specific ozone dose of 2.5 mg/mg of DOC due to sterical shielding of the reactive structures. Newly formed molecules were determined by SEC-Q-TOF-MS, which were characterized by a very high number of carboxylate groups (high O/C ratio) and a highly saturated carbon skeleton (high H/C ratio). These investigations explain on a molecular level many observations previously made with whole mixtures or fractions of natural organic matter. PMID:16294877

  10. High-molecular weight protein toxins of marine invertebrates and their elaborate modes of action.

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    Butzke, Daniel; Luch, Andreas

    2010-01-01

    High-molecular weight protein toxins significantly contribute to envenomations by certain marine invertebrates, e.g., jellyfish and fire corals. Toxic proteins frequently evolved from enzymes meant to be employed primarily for digestive purposes. The cellular intermediates produced by such enzymatic activity, e.g., reactive oxygen species or lysophospholipids, rapidly and effectively mediate cell death by disrupting cellular integrity. Membrane integrity may also be disrupted by pore-forming toxins that do not exert inherent enzymatic activity. When targeted to specific pharmacologically relevant sites in tissues or cells of the natural enemy or prey, toxic enzymes or pore-forming toxins even may provoke fast and severe systemic reactions. Since toxin-encoding genes constitute "hot spots" of molecular evolution, continuous variation and acquirement of new pharmacological properties are guaranteed. This also makes individual properties and specificities of complex proteinaceous venoms highly diverse and inconstant. In the present chapter we portray high-molecular weight constituents of venoms present in box jellyfish, sea anemones, sea hares, fire corals and the crown-of-thorns starfish. The focus lies on the latest achievements in the attempt to elucidate their molecular modes of action. PMID:20358685

  11. Molecular weight evaluation of poly(dimethylsiloxane) on solid surfaces using silver deposition/TOF-SIMS.

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    Inoue, Masae; Murase, Atsushi; Sugiura, Motoyasu

    2004-12-01

    Molecular ions include information about end groups, functional groups and molecular weight. A method for the direct detection of these in the high mass range (m/z > 1000) from poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) on a solid surface was investigated. It was found that a TOF-SIMS analysis of silver-deposited surfaces (silver deposition/TOF-SIMS) is useful for this purpose. Using the silver-deposition/TOF-SIMS method, silver-cationized quasi-molecular ions were clearly detected from PDMS on solid surfaces, and their structure and molecular weight were evaluated. In addition, their images were observed without the interference of deposited silver. By applying to the analysis of paint defects etc., it was confirmed that this technique is useful to analyze actual industrial materials. Silver-cationized ions were detected not only from PDMS, but also from other organic materials, such as lubricant additives and oils on solid surfaces. Therefore, the silver deposition/TOF-SIMS method was proved to be useful for the analysis of ultrathin substances on solid surfaces. PMID:15636505

  12. Theory of bi-molecular association dynamics in 2D for accurate model and experimental parameterization of binding rates.

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    Yogurtcu, Osman N; Johnson, Margaret E

    2015-08-28

    The dynamics of association between diffusing and reacting molecular species are routinely quantified using simple rate-equation kinetics that assume both well-mixed concentrations of species and a single rate constant for parameterizing the binding rate. In two-dimensions (2D), however, even when systems are well-mixed, the assumption of a single characteristic rate constant for describing association is not generally accurate, due to the properties of diffusional searching in dimensions d ? 2. Establishing rigorous bounds for discriminating between 2D reactive systems that will be accurately described by rate equations with a single rate constant, and those that will not, is critical for both modeling and experimentally parameterizing binding reactions restricted to surfaces such as cellular membranes. We show here that in regimes of intrinsic reaction rate (ka) and diffusion (D) parameters ka/D > 0.05, a single rate constant cannot be fit to the dynamics of concentrations of associating species independently of the initial conditions. Instead, a more sophisticated multi-parametric description than rate-equations is necessary to robustly characterize bimolecular reactions from experiment. Our quantitative bounds derive from our new analysis of 2D rate-behavior predicted from Smoluchowski theory. Using a recently developed single particle reaction-diffusion algorithm we extend here to 2D, we are able to test and validate the predictions of Smoluchowski theory and several other theories of reversible reaction dynamics in 2D for the first time. Finally, our results also mean that simulations of reactive systems in 2D using rate equations must be undertaken with caution when reactions have ka/D > 0.05, regardless of the simulation volume. We introduce here a simple formula for an adaptive concentration dependent rate constant for these chemical kinetics simulations which improves on existing formulas to better capture non-equilibrium reaction dynamics from dilute to dense systems. PMID:26328828

  13. Theory of bi-molecular association dynamics in 2D for accurate model and experimental parameterization of binding rates

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    Yogurtcu, Osman N.; Johnson, Margaret E.

    2015-08-01

    The dynamics of association between diffusing and reacting molecular species are routinely quantified using simple rate-equation kinetics that assume both well-mixed concentrations of species and a single rate constant for parameterizing the binding rate. In two-dimensions (2D), however, even when systems are well-mixed, the assumption of a single characteristic rate constant for describing association is not generally accurate, due to the properties of diffusional searching in dimensions d ? 2. Establishing rigorous bounds for discriminating between 2D reactive systems that will be accurately described by rate equations with a single rate constant, and those that will not, is critical for both modeling and experimentally parameterizing binding reactions restricted to surfaces such as cellular membranes. We show here that in regimes of intrinsic reaction rate (ka) and diffusion (D) parameters ka/D > 0.05, a single rate constant cannot be fit to the dynamics of concentrations of associating species independently of the initial conditions. Instead, a more sophisticated multi-parametric description than rate-equations is necessary to robustly characterize bimolecular reactions from experiment. Our quantitative bounds derive from our new analysis of 2D rate-behavior predicted from Smoluchowski theory. Using a recently developed single particle reaction-diffusion algorithm we extend here to 2D, we are able to test and validate the predictions of Smoluchowski theory and several other theories of reversible reaction dynamics in 2D for the first time. Finally, our results also mean that simulations of reactive systems in 2D using rate equations must be undertaken with caution when reactions have ka/D > 0.05, regardless of the simulation volume. We introduce here a simple formula for an adaptive concentration dependent rate constant for these chemical kinetics simulations which improves on existing formulas to better capture non-equilibrium reaction dynamics from dilute to dense systems.

  14. Effects of polymer molecular weight on relative oral bioavailability of curcumin

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    Tsai, Yin-Meng; Chang-Liao, Wan-Ling; Chien, Chao-Feng; Lin, Lie-Chwen; Tsai, Tung-Hu

    2012-01-01

    Background Polylactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nanoparticles have been used to increase the relative oral bioavailability of hydrophobic compounds and polyphenols in recent years, but the effects of the molecular weight of PLGA on bioavailability are still unknown. This study investigated the influence of polymer molecular weight on the relative oral bioavailability of curcumin, and explored the possible mechanism accounting for the outcome. Methods Curcumin encapsulated in low (500015,000) and high (40,00075,000) molecular weight PLGA (LMw-NPC and HMw-NPC, respectively) were prepared using an emulsification-solvent evaporation method. Curcumin alone and in the nanoformulations was administered orally to freely mobile rats, and blood samples were collected to evaluate the bioavailability of curcumin, LMw-NPC, and HMw-NPC. An ex vivo experimental gut absorption model was used to investigate the effects of different molecular weights of PLGA formulation on absorption of curcumin. High-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection was used for quantification of curcumin in biosamples. Results There were no significant differences in particle properties between LMw-NPC and HMw-NPC, but the relative bioavailability of HMw-NPC was 1.67-fold and 40-fold higher than that of LMw-NPC and conventional curcumin, respectively. In addition, the mean peak concentration (Cmax) of conventional curcumin, LMw-NPC, and HMw-NPC was 0.028, 0.042, and 0.057 ?g/mL, respectively. The gut absorption study further revealed that the HMw-PLGA formulation markedly increased the absorption rate of curcumin in the duodenum and resulted in excellent bioavailability compared with conventional curcumin and LMw-NPC. Conclusion Our findings demonstrate that different molecular weights of PLGA have varying bioavailability, contributing to changes in the absorption rate at the duodenum. The results of this study provide the rationale for design of a nanomedicine delivery system to enhance the bioavailability of water-insoluble pharmaceutical compounds and functional foods. PMID:22745556

  15. Characterization of currently marketed heparin products: analysis of molecular weight and heparinase-I digest patterns.

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    Sommers, Cynthia D; Ye, Hongping; Kolinski, Richard E; Nasr, Moheb; Buhse, Lucinda F; Al-Hakim, Ali; Keire, David A

    2011-11-01

    We evaluated polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and size exclusion chromatography coupled with multi-angle laser light scattering (SEC-MALLS) approaches to determine weight-average molecular weight (M(w)) and polydispersity (PD) of heparins. A set of unfractionated heparin sodium (UFH) and low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) samples obtained from nine manufacturers which supply the US market were assessed. For SEC-MALLS, we measured values for water content, refractive index increment (dn/dc), and the second virial coefficient (A(2)) for each sample prior to molecular weight assessment. For UFH, a mean standard deviation value for M(w) of 16,773 797 was observed with a range of 15,620 to 18,363 (n = 20, run in triplicate). For LMWHs by SEC-MALLS, we measured mean M(w) values for dalteparin, tinzaparin, and enoxaparin of 6,717 71 (n = 4), 6,670 417 (n = 3), and 3,959 145 (n = 3), respectively. PAGE analysis of the same UFH, dalteparin, tinzaparin, and enoxaparin samples showed values of 16,135 643 (n = 20), 5,845 45 (n = 4), 6,049 95 (n = 3), and 4,772 69 (n = 3), respectively. These orthogonal measurements are the first M(w) results obtained with a large heparin sample set on product being marketed after the heparin crisis of 2008 changed the level of scrutiny of this drug class. In this study, we compare our new data set to samples analyzed over 10 years earlier. In addition, we found that the PAGE analysis of heparinase digested UFH and neat LMWH samples yield characteristic patterns that provide a facile approach for identification and assessment of drug quality and uniformity. PMID:21901459

  16. Number and Molecular Weights of Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus Capsid Proteins and the Effects of Maleylation

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    Vande Woude, George F.; Bachrach, Howard L.

    1971-01-01

    Evidence was obtained by gel electrophoresis that foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) type A12 protein migrates mainly in a zone corresponding to polypeptide(s) approximately 25,000 daltons in molecular weight. Additional minor components were observed, four with molecular weights ranging from 10,000 to 22,500 daltons and one with a molecular weight of 37,500 daltons. The minor components comprised about 10% of the total protein and were present in variable amounts. The 75S empty capsids contained primarily 25,000-, 37,500- and 50,000-dalton zones. These molecular weights were estimated by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in sodium dodecyl sulfate versus proteins of known molecular weight, including poliovirus and vesicular stomatitis virus proteins. Maleylation of the amino residues of FMDV protein solubilized it to about 5 to 10 mg/ml in aqueous, nondenaturing solvents. This permitted molecular weights to be estimated also by gel filtration. Maleylation of 70% of the available amino groups of the FMDV protein produced heat and sodium dodecyl sulfate-stable polymeric aggregates of 10 to 20% of the 25,000-dalton zone. It also resulted in an increase in the molecular weight of this zone by an amount equivalent (ca. 1,000) to that expected from the added maleyl residues. PMID:4329399

  17. Nuclear Quantum Effects in Liquid Water: A Highly Accurate ab initio Path-Integral Molecular Dynamics Study

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    Distasio, Robert A., Jr.; Santra, Biswajit; Ko, Hsin-Yu; Car, Roberto

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we report highly accurate ab initio path-integral molecular dynamics (AI-PIMD) simulations on liquid water at ambient conditions utilizing the recently developed PBE0+vdW(SC) exchange-correlation functional, which accounts for exact exchange and a self-consistent pairwise treatment of van der Waals (vdW) or dispersion interactions, combined with nuclear quantum effects (via the colored-noise generalized Langevin equation). The importance of each of these effects in the theoretical prediction of the structure of liquid water will be demonstrated by a detailed comparative analysis of the predicted and experimental oxygen-oxygen (O-O), oxygen-hydrogen (O-H), and hydrogen-hydrogen (H-H) radial distribution functions as well as other structural properties. In addition, we will discuss the theoretically obtained proton momentum distribution, computed using the recently developed Feynman path formulation, in light of the experimental deep inelastic neutron scattering (DINS) measurements. DOE: DE-SC0008626, DOE: DE-SC0005180.

  18. Toward accurate molecular identification of species in complex environmental samples: testing the performance of sequence filtering and clustering methods

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    Flynn, Jullien M; Brown, Emily A; Chain, Frédéric J J; MacIsaac, Hugh J; Cristescu, Melania E

    2015-01-01

    Metabarcoding has the potential to become a rapid, sensitive, and effective approach for identifying species in complex environmental samples. Accurate molecular identification of species depends on the ability to generate operational taxonomic units (OTUs) that correspond to biological species. Due to the sometimes enormous estimates of biodiversity using this method, there is a great need to test the efficacy of data analysis methods used to derive OTUs. Here, we evaluate the performance of various methods for clustering length variable 18S amplicons from complex samples into OTUs using a mock community and a natural community of zooplankton species. We compare analytic procedures consisting of a combination of (1) stringent and relaxed data filtering, (2) singleton sequences included and removed, (3) three commonly used clustering algorithms (mothur, UCLUST, and UPARSE), and (4) three methods of treating alignment gaps when calculating sequence divergence. Depending on the combination of methods used, the number of OTUs varied by nearly two orders of magnitude for the mock community (60–5068 OTUs) and three orders of magnitude for the natural community (22–22191 OTUs). The use of relaxed filtering and the inclusion of singletons greatly inflated OTU numbers without increasing the ability to recover species. Our results also suggest that the method used to treat gaps when calculating sequence divergence can have a great impact on the number of OTUs. Our findings are particularly relevant to studies that cover taxonomically diverse species and employ markers such as rRNA genes in which length variation is extensive. PMID:26078860

  19. Accurate molecular structures and infrared spectra of trans-2,3-dideuterooxirane, methyloxirane and trans-2,3-dimethyloxirane

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    Barone, Vincenzo; Biczysko, Malgorzata; Bloino, Julien; Puzzarini, Cristina

    2015-01-01

    Oxirane derivatives are the most used benchmarks for chiroptical spectroscopies in view of their small size and relative rigidity. The molecular structure, vibrational harmonic and anharmonic frequencies, and infrared intensities of the ground electronic states are analyzed in this paper. Equilibrium structure and harmonic force fields have been evaluated by means of high-level quantum-chemical calculations at the coupled-cluster level including single and double excitations together with a perturbative treatment of triples (CCSD(T)). Extrapolation to the complete basis-set limit as well as core-correlation effects have also been taken into account. Anharmonic contributions have been computed at the CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ level for trans-2,3-dideuterooxirane. These data can serve as references to evaluate the accuracy of less expensive computational approaches rooted in the density functional theory (DFT). The latter have been used within hybrid CC/DFT approaches, which have been applied to simulate fully anharmonic infrared (IR) spectra. Finally, the best theoretical estimates of the equilibrium structures and vibrational wavenumbers are compared to the most accurate experimental data and show in all cases very good agreement, i.e., within 0.001 , 0.1 degrees and 10 cm?1 and 0.5 km mol?1, for bond lengths, angles, wavenumbers and IR intensities, respectively. PMID:25053301

  20. Characterization of low-molecular-weight antiyeast metabolites produced by a food-protective Lactobacillus-Propionibacterium coculture.

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    Schwenninger, Susanne Miescher; Lacroix, Christophe; Truttmann, Stefan; Jans, Christoph; Sprndli, Ccilia; Bigler, Laurent; Meile, Leo

    2008-12-01

    We developed a pH-controlled batch fermentation process with separately immobilized cells of the protective coculture of Lactobacillus paracasei subsp. paracasei SM20 and Propionibacterium jensenii SM11 in supplemented whey permeate medium yielding cell-free supernatants with high antiyeast activity against Candida pulcherrima and Rhodotorula mucilaginosa. The antiyeast compounds were resistant to proteinase K and pronase E treatments and showed high heat resistance (121 degrees C for 15 min). Diafiltration (1,000-Da cutoff) revealed that the inhibitory metabolites have low molecular weights. Partial purification of active compounds was achieved by a microplate bioassay controlled procedure with solid-phase extraction (C18) followed by (i) gel filtration chromatography or (ii) semipreparative reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (C18). In addition to propionic, acetic, and lactic acids, 2-pyrrolidone-5-carboxylic acid, 3-phenyllactic acid, hydroxyphenyllactic acid, and succinic acid were identified by chromatography and mass spectrometry. Accurate quantifications revealed only low concentrations (up to 7 mM) of 2-pyrrolidone-5-carboxylic acid, 3-phenyllactic acid, and hydroxyphenyllactic acid produced during fermentation in contrast to relatively high MICs (50 to more than 500 mM) determined at different pH values (4.0, 5.0, and 6.0). Succinic acid was present at higher concentrations (29 mM) in cell-free supernatants but with comparable high MICs (200 to more than 500 mM and pH 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0). Although none of these compounds was the main substance responsible per se for suppression of yeast growth, our study revealed a complex antiyeast mechanism with putative synergistic effects between several low-molecular-weight compounds. PMID:19244902

  1. Effect of gamma irradiation on the friction and wear of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene

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    Jones, W. R.; Hady, W. F.; Crugnola, A.

    1981-01-01

    The effect of sterilization gamma irradiation on the friction and wear properties of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) sliding against stainless steel 316L in dry air at 23 C is investigated, the results to be used in the development of artificial joints which are to surgically replace diseased human joints. A pin-on-disk sliding friction apparatus is used, a constant sliding speed in the range 0.061-0.27 m/s is maintained, a normal load of 1 kgf is applied with dead weight, and the irradiation dose levels are: 0, 2.5, and 5.0 Mrad. Wear and friction data and conditions for each of the ten tests are summarized, and include: (1) wear volume as a function of the sliding distance for the irradiation levels, (2) incremental wear rate, and (3) coefficient of friction as a function of the sliding distance. It is shown that (1) the friction and wear properties of UHMWPE are not significantly changed by the irradiation doses of 2.5 and 5.0 Mrad, (2) the irradiation increases the amount of insoluble gel as well as the amount of low molecular weight material, and (3) after run-in the wear rate is either steady or gradually decreases as a function of the sliding distance.

  2. Molecular weights of poly(butyl cyanoacrylate) nanoparticles determined by mass spectrometry and size exclusion chromatography.

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    Bootz, Alexander; Russ, Thomas; Gores, Friedhelm; Karas, Michael; Kreuter, Jrg

    2005-08-01

    Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and size exclusion chromatography (SEC) were employed to elucidate the chemical composition, mean number average molecular weight (M(n)), mean weight average molecular weight (M(w)), and polydispersity (PD) of poly(butyl cyanoacrylate) (PBCA) manufactured by emulsion polymerisation. Both methods gave similar results for M(n), but substantial differences were observed for M(w) and PD, with MALDI producing consistently lower values which could not be improved by off-line coupling of SEC and MALDI. MALDI gave a more detailed view on the chemical composition of the cyanoacrylate and revealed the presence of two additional polymer series with different end groups besides the expected PBCA series, which showed different retention in SEC. Their formation is explained by the secession/addition of formaldehyde from/to the regular polymer via (reverse) Knoevenagel reaction. In additional experiments, the influence of different pH on PBCA-NP during polymerisation was examined by comparison of polymerisation yield and particle diameter to their chemical composition as revealed by the MALDI spectra. The most uniform nanoparticles, with the highest polymerisation yield, narrowest particle size, and mass distribution were produced at pH 1. PMID:15996580

  3. MR diffusion-weighted imaging-based subcutaneous tumour volumetry in a xenografted nude mouse model using 3D Slicer: an accurate and repeatable method

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    Ma, Zelan; Chen, Xin; Huang, Yanqi; He, Lan; Liang, Cuishan; Liang, Changhong; Liu, Zaiyi

    2015-01-01

    Accurate and repeatable measurement of the gross tumour volume(GTV) of subcutaneous xenografts is crucial in the evaluation of anti-tumour therapy. Formula and image-based manual segmentation methods are commonly used for GTV measurement but are hindered by low accuracy and reproducibility. 3D Slicer is open-source software that provides semiautomatic segmentation for GTV measurements. In our study, subcutaneous GTVs from nude mouse xenografts were measured by semiautomatic segmentation with 3D Slicer based on morphological magnetic resonance imaging(mMRI) or diffusion-weighted imaging(DWI)(b?=?0,20,800?s/mm2) . These GTVs were then compared with those obtained via the formula and image-based manual segmentation methods with ITK software using the true tumour volume as the standard reference. The effects of tumour size and shape on GTVs measurements were also investigated. Our results showed that, when compared with the true tumour volume, segmentation for DWI(P?=?0.0600.671) resulted in better accuracy than that mMRI(P?accurate and reproducible and also provides biological information, is the optimal GTV measurement method in the assessment of anti-tumour treatments. PMID:26489359

  4. MR diffusion-weighted imaging-based subcutaneous tumour volumetry in a xenografted nude mouse model using 3D Slicer: an accurate and repeatable method.

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    Ma, Zelan; Chen, Xin; Huang, Yanqi; He, Lan; Liang, Cuishan; Liang, Changhong; Liu, Zaiyi

    2015-01-01

    Accurate and repeatable measurement of the gross tumour volume(GTV) of subcutaneous xenografts is crucial in the evaluation of anti-tumour therapy. Formula and image-based manual segmentation methods are commonly used for GTV measurement but are hindered by low accuracy and reproducibility. 3D Slicer is open-source software that provides semiautomatic segmentation for GTV measurements. In our study, subcutaneous GTVs from nude mouse xenografts were measured by semiautomatic segmentation with 3D Slicer based on morphological magnetic resonance imaging(mMRI) or diffusion-weighted imaging(DWI)(b?=?0,20,800?s/mm(2)) . These GTVs were then compared with those obtained via the formula and image-based manual segmentation methods with ITK software using the true tumour volume as the standard reference. The effects of tumour size and shape on GTVs measurements were also investigated. Our results showed that, when compared with the true tumour volume, segmentation for DWI(P?=?0.060-0.671) resulted in better accuracy than that mMRI(P?accurate and reproducible and also provides biological information, is the optimal GTV measurement method in the assessment of anti-tumour treatments. PMID:26489359

  5. Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles: Effect of Dextran Molecular Weight Used as Stabilizing-Reducing Agent.

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    Carré-Rangel, Luceldi; Alonso-Nuñez, Gabriel; Espinoza-Gómez, Heriberto; Flores-López, Lucía Z

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes an easy green chemistry method for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The AgNPs were obtained through the use of an aqueous silver nitrate solution (AgNO3), with dextrans aqueous solutions of different molecular weights acting as stabilizing and reducing agent, employing the chemical reduction method. We made a comparative study to determine which molecular weight dextran was the best stabilizing and reducing agent, and it was found that the molecular size of the stabilizing agent is inversely proportional to the size of the nanoparticle synthesized. The formation of the AgNPs was demonstrated by UV-Vis spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). SEM-EDS analysis shows the formation of particles with dendritic structure. TEM shows nanoparticles which are spherical in shape and 1-10 nm in size; also, the clear lattice fringes show highly crystalline AgNPs (FCC). PMID:26682423

  6. Sensor Based on Aptamer Folding to Detect Low-Molecular Weight Analytes.

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    Osypova, Alina; Thakar, Dhruv; Dejeu, Jérôme; Bonnet, Hugues; Van der Heyden, Angéline; Dubacheva, Galina V; Richter, Ralf P; Defrancq, Eric; Spinelli, Nicolas; Coche-Guérente, Liliane; Labbé, Pierre

    2015-08-01

    Aptamers have emerged as promising biorecognition elements in the development of biosensors. The present work focuses on the application of quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) for the enantioselective detection of a low molecular weight target molecule (less than 200 Da) by aptamer-based sensors. While QCM-D is a powerful technique for label-free, real-time characterization and quantification of molecular interactions at interfaces, the detection of small molecules interacting with immobilized receptors still remains a challenge. In the present study, we take advantage of the aptamer conformational changes upon the target binding that induces displacement of water acoustically coupled to the sensing layer. As a consequence, this phenomenon leads to a significant enhancement of the detection signal. The methodology is exemplified with the enantioselective recognition of a low molecular weight model compound, L-tyrosinamide (L-Tym). QCM-D monitoring of L-Tym interaction with the aptamer monolayer leads to an appreciable signal that can be further exploited for analytical purposes or thermodynamics studies. Furthermore, in situ combination of QCM-D with spectroscopic ellipsometry unambiguously demonstrates that the conformational change induces a nanometric decrease of the aptamer monolayer thickness. Since QCM-D is sensitive to the whole mass of the sensing layer including water that is acoustically coupled, a decrease in thickness of the highly hydrated aptamer layer induces a sizable release of water that can be easily detected by QCM-D. PMID:26122480

  7. Prenatal and developmental effect of high molecular weight chitosan (HMWCS) to mice.

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    Cheng, Qinyuan; Zhang, Jiali; Xia, Wenshui

    2013-04-01

    High molecular weight chitosan (HMWCS) is effective at hemostasis and wound healing, and will be potentially used on injured internal organs. To study its prenatal and developmental effect in vivo, forty-four ICR pregnant mice per group were singly injected intraperitoneally at 0, 125, 500 or 2000 mg/kg body weight, respectively, on gestation day 6 (GD6). Clinical signs, reproductive capacity, fetus and infant developments, and histopathological changes were then observed. The results showed that the treatment of HMWCS could decrease body weights and food consumptions, and induce diarrhea, vaginal bleeding, and some other adverse effects in F0 mice. For the emaciation and threatened abortion of pregnant mice, the numbers of live fetuses and early resorption were reduced significantly in HMWCS groups. However, the developments of F1 and F2 mice were not affected, except for lower weights of the body and some organs. In addition, the NOAEL of HMWCS in maternal toxicity was considered to be less than 125 mg/kg, and the NOAEL in developmental toxicity was 125 mg/kg. PMID:23321397

  8. High molecular weight hyaluronan mediates the cancer resistance of the naked mole-rat

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    Tian, Xiao; Azpurua, Jorge; Hine, Christopher; Vaidya, Amita; Myakishev-Rempel, Max; Ablaeva, Julia; Mao, Zhiyong; Nevo, Eviatar; Gorbunova, Vera; Seluanov, Andrei

    2013-01-01

    The naked mole-rat displays exceptional longevity, with a maximum lifespan exceeding 30 years13. This is the longest reported lifespan for a rodent species and is especially striking considering the small body mass of the naked mole-rat. In comparison, a similarly sized house mouse has a maximum lifespan of 4 years4,5. In addition to their longevity, naked mole-rats show an unusual resistance to cancer. Multi-year observations of large naked mole-rat colonies did not detect a single incidence of cancer2,6. Here we identify a mechanism responsible for the naked mole-rats cancer resistance. We found that naked mole-rat fibroblasts secrete extremely high molecular weight hyaluronan (HA), which is over five times larger than human or mouse HA. This high molecular weight HA accumulates abundantly in naked mole rat tissues due to the decreased activity of HA-degrading enzymes and a unique sequence of hyaluronan synthase 2 (HAS2). Furthermore, the naked mole-rat cells are more sensitive to HA signaling, as the naked mole rat cells have a higher affinity to HA than the mouse or human cells. Perturbation of the signaling pathways sufficient for malignant transformation of mouse fibroblasts fails to transform naked mole-rat cells. However, once high molecular weight HA is removed by either knocking down HAS2 or overexpressing the HA-degrading enzyme, Hyal2, naked mole-rat cells become susceptible to malignant transformation and readily form tumors in mice. We speculate that naked mole-rats have evolved a higher concentration of HA in the skin to provide skin elasticity needed for life in underground tunnels. This trait may have then been co-opted to provide cancer resistance and longevity to this species. PMID:23783513

  9. Isolation of a very high molecular weight polylactosamine from an ovarian cyst mucin of blood group

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    Wu, A.S.S.; Bush, C.A.

    1986-05-01

    Treatment of a blood group A active ovarian cyst mucin glycoprotein with alkaline borohydride under conditions expected to cleave-O-glycosidically linked carbohydrate chains releases a polysaccharide of average molecular weight 25,000 daltons. It contains no peptide or mannose at the 1% level and carbohydrate analysis gives fuc:galNAc:gal:glcNAc in the ratio of 1:1:2.5:2.5. The /sup 13/C and /sup 1/H NMR spectra show that the polysaccharide has non-reducing terminal side chains of the structure galNAc(..cap alpha..-1 ..-->.. 3)(fuc(..cap alpha..-1 ..-->.. 2)) gal(..beta..-1 ..-->.. 3) glcNAc (i.e. a type 1 chain). Periodate oxidation removes all the fucose and galNAc from the non-reducing terminal but leaves intact the backbone composed of ..beta..-linked gal and glcNAc as would be expected for a polylactosamine. They conclude that this is a high molecular weight polylactosamine which is related to the asparagine linked polylactosamine chains of cell surface glycoproteins which have been implicated in cell differentiation. However, the blood group A polysaccharide from the ovarian cyst mucin is unique in several respects. It has a much larger molecular weight than even the erythroglycan of the red cell membrane protein, band 3, and is linked to the protein by an -O-glycosidic bond rather than the -N-asparagine linkage of the previously known polylactosamines which have a trimannosyl core. Its blood group A side chains are on a type one core rather than type 2 which is found on other polylactosamines.

  10. Antithrombotic activity of orally administered low molecular weight heparin (Logiparin) in a rat model.

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    Hiebert, L M; Ping, T; Wice, S M

    2000-01-01

    Previous studies in rats demonstrated that orally administered, unfractionated bovine lung heparin is absorbed and has a dose-dependent antithrombotic effect. The objective of this study was to determine if an oral low molecular weight heparin had a similar antithrombotic effect in the same model. Thrombosis was induced in rats by application of 10% formalin in 65% methanol to the exposed jugular vein. Immediately following, saline, unfractionated heparin (3.3-60 mg/kg) or the low molecular weight heparin, Logiparin (0.025-15 mg/kg; 20-30 rats per group) was placed in the stomach and 4 h later the jugular vein was inspected for a thrombus. Compared to saline, oral Logiparin reduced the incidence of thrombosis at all doses with a dose-dependent effect suggested. A significant increase was observed in the activated partial thromboplastin time and in plasma heparin concentrations, determined by Accuclot Heptest and anti-factor Xa chromogenic assay for rats given oral Logiparin versus saline. A dose-dependent increase in plasma heparin concentration was observed when estimated by the anti-Xa chromogenic assay. Heparin was recovered in 9% of aortic endothelial samples when > or = 0.8 mg/kg Logiparin was administered. A 50% reduction in thrombosis was observed at 0.1 mg/kg for oral Logiparin versus 7.5 mg/kg for unfractionated bovine lung heparin indicating that oral Logiparin is an effective antithrombotic agent at doses lower than unfractionated heparin. Orally administered low molecular weight heparin may be useful for the prevention and treatment of thrombosis. PMID:11155038

  11. Possible hypoglycemic effect of Aloe vera L. high molecular weight fractions on type 2 diabetic patients

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    Yagi, Akira; Hegazy, Sahar; Kabbash, Amal; Wahab, Engy Abd-El

    2009-01-01

    Aloe vera L. high molecular weight fractions (AHM) containing less than 10ppm of barbaloin and polysaccharide (MW: 1000kDa) with glycoprotein, verectin (MW: 29kDa), were prepared by patented hyper-dry system in combination of freezedry technique with microwave and far infrared radiation. AHM produced significant decrease in blood glucose level sustained for 6 weeks of the start of the study. Significant decrease in triglycerides was only observed 4 weeks after treatment and continued thereafter. No deterious effects on kidney and liver functions were apparent. Treatment of diabetic patients with AHM may relief vascular complications probably via activation of immunosystem. PMID:23964163

  12. Effect of irradiation on crystallinity and mechanical properties of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene

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    Zhao, Yong; Luo, Yunxia; Jiang, Bingzheng . Changchun Inst. of Applied Chemistry)

    1993-12-10

    Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been irradiated (0--40 Mrad) with a Co[sup 60] source at room temperature under vacuum. The crystallinity has been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The mechanical properties have been determined at room temperature. A significant increase of heat of fusion can be seen at low irradiation doses, which is attributed to crystallization, caused by chain scission during the process of irradiation. It is also observed that the thickness of the lamellae changes with irradiation dose. The Young's modulus has been improved significantly after irradiation at low doses.

  13. Total internal reflection ellipsometry and SPR detection of low molecular weight environmental toxins

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    Nabok, A. V.; Tsargorodskaya, A.; Hassan, A. K.; Starodub, N. F.

    2005-06-01

    The environmental toxins, such as herbicides simazine and atrazine, and T2 mycotoxin were registered with the optical methods of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and recently developed total internal reflection ellipsometry (TIRE). The immune assay approach was exploited for in situ registration of the above low molecular weight toxins with specific antibodies immobilised onto the gold surface via (poly)allylamine hydrochloride layer using electrostatic self-assembly (ESA) technique. The comparison of two methods of SPR and TIRE shows a higher sensitivity of the latter.

  14. Influence of polymer molecular weight on the in vitro cytotoxicity of poly (N-isopropylacrylamide).

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    Mellati, Amir; Valizadeh Kiamahalleh, Meisam; Dai, Sheng; Bi, Jingxiu; Jin, Bo; Zhang, Hu

    2016-02-01

    Poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) is a thermosensitive polymer with various biomedical applications. We examined molecular weight (MW)-dependent cytotoxicity of PNIPAAm. Our results indicated that low-MW PNIPAAm (degree of polymerization (DP)=35) is inherently toxic to cells. Moderate-MW PNIPAAms with their DP between 100 and 200 are non-cytotoxic. When cells are seeded on top of a polymer-coated surface, PNIPAAm with a higher MW (DP=400) shows non/low cytotoxicity, while when monolayer cells are exposed to the polymer solution, cell viability drops drastically. This may be due to lack of nutrient and oxygen rather than intrinsic toxicity of the polymer. PMID:26652402

  15. Determination of low molecular weight carboxylic acids in water by HPLC with conductivity detection

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    Manning, D.L.; Maskarinec, M.P.

    1983-01-01

    Low molecular weight carboxylic acids (C/SUB/2-C/SUB/8) were measured in aqueous samples by reverse-phase HPLC and conductivity detection. Aqueous samples (sour waters from an operating coal liquefaction plant, a shale oil retort water, and municipal refuse leachates) were adjusted to pH 2 and extracted with diethyl ether. The acid concentrate was then analysed using a Zorbax-CDS column. The method was considered simple, rapid and relatively free from interference, with a mean precision of +/-13%.

  16. Molecular weight distributions for heavy fossil fuels from gel-permeation chromatography and characterization data

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    Rodgers, P.A.; Creagh, A.L.; Prange, M.M.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1988-11-01

    A correlation is presented for calculating molecular weight distributions for high-boiling hydrocarbon mixtures from measurements using gel-permeation chromatography (GPC). The correlation uses GPC elution volume, hydrogen-to-carbon ratio from elemental analysis, and hydrogen distribution from H NMR spectroscopy. Results for 45 pure hydrocarbons give an average deviation of less than 4%. For application to fractions, the procedure is illustrated with results for an Alaskan North-Slope residue. Characterization data are reported for 13 heavy fossil-fuel fractions, including coal-liquefaction products and crude oils.

  17. [A possible role of a low-molecular-weight peptide from Gloeophyllum trabeum in cellulose degradation].

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    Wang, Wei; Gao, Peiji

    2002-04-01

    A low-molecular-weight peptide(named Gt factor) was first isolated and purified from the extracellular culture of a brown-rot fungi Gloeophyllum trabeum. It could produce hydroxyl radical HO. in presence of O2 and Fe3+, might destroy hydrogen bonds of cellulose by HO.-involved oxidative mechanism, which was quite different from hydrolysis mechanism of cellulase in filamentous fungi. Gt factor might attack crystalline region of cellulose, bring about more reducing ends and non-reducing ends exposed, thus making cellulose accessible to further degradation. PMID:12557400

  18. High Molecular Weight Phosphorus Compound in Nucleic Acid Extracts of the Slime Mold Physarum polycephalum

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    Sauer, H. W.; Babcock, K. L.; Rusch, H. P.

    1969-01-01

    Orthophosphate labeled with 32P was added to the growth medium of the plasmodia of Physarum polycephalum. The nucleic acid extracts of such plasmodia contained 32P that was not removed by nuclease, protease, or amylase. This labeled material was shown to be separable from nucleic acids, could be eluted from a methylated albumin-kieselguhr column at 0.5 m NaCl, was of high molecular weight, and had several characteristics in common with polyphosphate. A fraction of this polyphosphate-like material was also found in extracts of isolated nuclei. PMID:5392534

  19. Radiation cross-linking in ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene for orthopaedic applications

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    Oral, Ebru; Muratoglu, Orhun K.

    2007-01-01

    The motivation for radiation cross-linking of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is to increase its wear resistance to be used as bearing surfaces for total joint arthroplasty. However, radiation also leaves behind long-lived residual free radicals in this polymer, the reactions of which can detrimentally affect mechanical properties. In this review, we focus on the radiation cross-linking and oxidative stability of first and second generation highly cross-linked UHMWPEs developed in our laboratory. PMID:19050735

  20. An investigation of the preparation of high molecular weight perfluorocarbon polyethers

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    Watts, R. O.; Tarrant, P.

    1972-01-01

    High molecular weight perfluorocarbon polyether gums were obtained by photolysis of perfluorodienes and discyl fluorides containing a perfluorocarbon polyether backbond. The materials obtained are represented by chemical formulas. A method was developed whereby reactive acyl fluoride and trifluorovinyl end groups are converted into inert structures. In order to investigate the possible preparation of difunctional molecules which may be useful in polymer synthesis, the reactions of hexafluoropropene oxide (HFPO) with Grignard and organolithium reagents have been studied. Reactions of various nucleophilic reagents with HFPO were also investigated.

  1. Study on Different Molecular Weights of Chitosan as an Immobilization Matrix for a Glucose Biosensor

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    Ang, Lee Fung; Por, Lip Yee; Yam, Mun Fei

    2013-01-01

    Two chitosan samples (medium molecular weight (MMCHI) and low molecular weight (LMCHI)) were investigated as an enzyme immobilization matrix for the fabrication of a glucose biosensor. Chitosan membranes prepared from acetic acid were flexible, transparent, smooth and quick-drying. The FTIR spectra showed the existence of intermolecular interactions between chitosan and glucose oxidase (GOD). Higher catalytic activities were observed on for GOD-MMCHI than GOD-LMCHI and for those crosslinked with glutaraldehyde than using the adsorption technique. Enzyme loading greater than 0.6 mg decreased the activity. Under optimum conditions (pH 6.0, 35C and applied potential of 0.6 V) response times of 85 s and 65 s were observed for medium molecular weight chitosan glucose biosensor (GOD-MMCHI/PT) and low molecular weight chitosan glucose biosensor (GOD-LMCHI/PT), respectively. The apparent Michaelis-Menten constant () was found to be 12.737 mM for GOD-MMCHI/PT and 17.692 mM for GOD-LMCHI/PT. This indicated that GOD-MMCHI/PT had greater affinity for the enzyme. Moreover, GOD-MMCHI/PT showed higher sensitivity (52.3666 nA/mM glucose) when compared with GOD-LMCHI/PT (9.8579 nA/mM glucose) at S/N>3. Better repeatability and reproducibility were achieved with GOD-MMCHI/PT than GOD-LMCHI/PT regarding glucose measurement. GOD-MMCHI/PT was found to give the highest enzymatic activity among the electrodes under investigation. The extent of interference encountered by GOD-MMCHI/PT and GOD-LMCHI/PT was not significantly different. Although the Nafion coated biosensor significantly reduced the signal due to the interferents under study, it also significantly reduced the response to glucose. The performance of the biosensors in the determination of glucose in rat serum was evaluated. Comparatively better accuracy and recovery results were obtained for GOD-MMCHI/PT. Hence, GOD-MMCHI/PT showed a better performance when compared with GOD-LMCHI/PT. In conclusion, chitosan membranes shave the potential to be a suitable matrix for the development of glucose biosensors. PMID:23940599

  2. Low Molecular Weight Heparin Induced Skin Necrosis without Platelet Fall Revealing Immunoallergic Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

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    Godet, Thomas; Perbet, Sbastien; Lebreton, Aurlien; Gayraud, Guillaume; Cayot, Sophie; Tremblay, Aymeric; Ravinet, Aurlie; Christophe, Sbastien; Gurin, Renaud; Pascal, Julien; Jabaudon, Matthieu; Hassan, Amr; Sapin, Anne-Franoise; Bazin, Jean-Etienne; Constantin, Jean-Michel

    2013-01-01

    Low molecular weight heparins (LMWH) are commonly used in the ICU setting for thromboprophylaxis as well as curative decoagulation as required during renal replacement therapy (RRT). A rare adverse event revealing immunoallergic LMWH induced thrombopenia (HIT) is skin necrosis at injection sites. We report the case of a patient presenting with skin necrosis witnessing an HIT after RRT, without thrombocytopenia. The mechanism remains unclear. Anti-PF4/heparin antibodies, functional tests (HIPA and/or SRA), and skin biopsy are of great help to evaluate differential diagnosis with a low pretest probability 4T's score. PMID:24307958

  3. Low Molecular Weight Heparin Induced Skin Necrosis without Platelet Fall Revealing Immunoallergic Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia.

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    Godet, Thomas; Perbet, Sbastien; Lebreton, Aurlien; Gayraud, Guillaume; Cayot, Sophie; Tremblay, Aymeric; Ravinet, Aurlie; Christophe, Sbastien; Gurin, Renaud; Pascal, Julien; Jabaudon, Matthieu; Hassan, Amr; Sapin, Anne-Franoise; Bazin, Jean-Etienne; Constantin, Jean-Michel

    2013-01-01

    Low molecular weight heparins (LMWH) are commonly used in the ICU setting for thromboprophylaxis as well as curative decoagulation as required during renal replacement therapy (RRT). A rare adverse event revealing immunoallergic LMWH induced thrombopenia (HIT) is skin necrosis at injection sites. We report the case of a patient presenting with skin necrosis witnessing an HIT after RRT, without thrombocytopenia. The mechanism remains unclear. Anti-PF4/heparin antibodies, functional tests (HIPA and/or SRA), and skin biopsy are of great help to evaluate differential diagnosis with a low pretest probability 4T's score. PMID:24307958

  4. Low-molecular-weight heparin biosimilars: potential implications for clinical practice. Australian Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin Biosimilar Working Group (ALBW).

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    Nandurkar, H; Chong, B; Salem, H; Gallus, A; Ferro, V; McKinnon, R

    2014-05-01

    A working group of clinicians and scientists was formed to review the clinical considerations for use of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) biosimilars. LMWH are biological molecules of significant complexity; the full complexity of chemical structure is still to be elucidated. LMWH biosimilars are products that are biologically similar to their reference product and rely on clinical data from a reference product to establish safety and efficacy. The complex nature of LMWH molecules means that it is uncertain whether a LMWH biosimilar is chemically identical to its reference product; this introduces the possibility of differences in activity and immunogenicity. The challenge for regulators and clinicians is to evaluate the level of evidence required to demonstrate that a LMWH is sufficiently similar to the reference product. The consensus opinion of the working group is that prior to clinical use a LMWH biosimilar should have proven efficacy and safety, similar to the reference product with prospective studies, which should be confirmed with a proactive post-marketing pharmacovigilance programme. PMID:24816308

  5. Weighted Distance Functions Improve Analysis of High-Dimensional Data: Application to Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Blchliger, Nicolas; Caflisch, Amedeo; Vitalis, Andreas

    2015-11-10

    Data mining techniques depend strongly on how the data are represented and how distance between samples is measured. High-dimensional data often contain a large number of irrelevant dimensions (features) for a given query. These features act as noise and obfuscate relevant information. Unsupervised approaches to mine such data require distance measures that can account for feature relevance. Molecular dynamics simulations produce high-dimensional data sets describing molecules observed in time. Here, we propose to globally or locally weight simulation features based on effective rates. This emphasizes, in a data-driven manner, slow degrees of freedom that often report on the metastable states sampled by the molecular system. We couple this idea to several unsupervised learning protocols. Our approach unmasks slow side chain dynamics within the native state of a miniprotein and reveals additional metastable conformations of a protein. The approach can be combined with most algorithms for clustering or dimensionality reduction. PMID:26574336

  6. Characterization of high molecular weight dextran produced by Weissella cibaria CMGDEX3.

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    Ahmed, Rifat Z; Siddiqui, Khaizran; Arman, Muhammad; Ahmed, Nuzhat

    2012-09-01

    Exopolysaccharide (EPS) producing Weissella cibaria CMGDEX3 was isolated from cabbage on sucrose containing De Man, Rogosa and Sharpe (MRS) agar. Dextransucrase activity and dextran yield was found to be 7.1 DSU ml(-1) and 2.4 g dl(-1), respectively. The structural characterization of purified EPS determined by FTIR, (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy demonstrated that W. cibaria CMGDEX3 synthesized a linear dextran that predominately had ? (1?6) glycosidic linkages with only a few (3.4%) ? (1?3) linked branches. Molecular mass determination showed that it was a high molecular weight dextran of an average >2,000,000 Da. According to our knowledge this is the first report on isolation of dextran synthesizing Weissella genus from Pakistan. PMID:24751063

  7. A simple and practical method that prepares high molecular weight DNA ladders.

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    Zhang, Jun-He; Yang, Rui; Wang, Tian-Yun; Dong, Wei-Hua; Wang, Fang; Wang, Li

    2012-11-01

    The purpose of the current study was to report a simple and practical method to prepare high molecular weight (mw) DNA ladders. The method involves 1,000-4,000-base pairs (bp) DNA fragments being amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), using λ DNA as a template. The constructed plasmids are digested by restriction endonucleases to produce 5-, 6-, 8- and 10-kb DNA fragments, followed by purification and precipitation with ethanol, and mixed proportionally. The 1,000-4,000-bp DNA fragments were successfully generated by PCR and 5-, 6-, 8- and 10-kb DNA fragments were obtained through the digestion of the plasmids. The bands of the prepared high mw DNA ladder were clear and may aid future molecular biology studies. PMID:22948498

  8. A new chronometric assay to determine plasma antifactor Xa activity which is insensitive to the antithrombin activity of low molecular weight heparins.

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    Dignac, M; Gabaig, A M; Cambus, J P; Boneu, B

    1994-01-01

    Some commercially available chronometric assays are influenced by the residual antithrombin activity of low molecular weight heparins (LMWH) and they underestimate the ex vivo anti Xa activity. We have evaluated a new kit (Staclot-Heparin) highly specific for the anti Xa activity of LMWH. A comparison with the results given by a reference chromogenic method (Stachrom-Heparin) indicates a very good correlation between the 2 assays (r = 0.95, n = 59). This new assay is not influenced by vitamin K antagonist treatments. Clinical biologists now have the possibility of determining the anti Xa activity generated by LMWH easily and accurately, using a chronometric assay. PMID:8152901

  9. Dragline silk: a fiber assembled with low-molecular-weight cysteine-rich proteins.

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    Pham, Thanh; Chuang, Tyler; Lin, Albert; Joo, Hyun; Tsai, Jerry; Crawford, Taylor; Zhao, Liang; Williams, Caroline; Hsia, Yang; Vierra, Craig

    2014-11-10

    Dragline silk has been proposed to contain two main protein constituents, MaSp1 and MaSp2. However, the mechanical properties of synthetic spider silks spun from recombinant MaSp1 and MaSp2 proteins have yet to approach natural fibers, implying the natural spinning dope is missing critical factors. Here we report the discovery of novel molecular constituents within the spinning dope that are extruded into dragline silk. Protein studies of the liquid spinning dope from the major ampullate gland, coupled with the analysis of dragline silk fibers using mass spectrometry, demonstrate the presence of a new family of low-molecular-weight cysteine-rich proteins (CRPs) that colocalize with the MA fibroins. Expression of the CRP family members is linked to dragline silk production, specifically MaSp1 and MaSp2 mRNA synthesis. Biochemical data support that CRP molecules are secreted into the spinning dope and assembled into macromolecular complexes via disulfide bond linkages. Sequence analysis supports that CRP molecules share similarities to members that belong to the cystine slipknot superfamily, suggesting that these factors may have evolved to increase fiber toughness by serving as molecular hubs that dissipate large amounts of energy under stress. Collectively, our findings provide molecular details about the components of dragline silk, providing new insight that will advance materials development of synthetic spider silk for industrial applications. PMID:25259849

  10. Screening for low molecular weight compounds in fish meal solubles by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry

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    A simple analytical method using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry was developed to screen for low molecular weight compounds in enzyme treated and untreated Alaskan pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) stickwater (SW) generated from processing fish meal with po...

  11. Effects of the Terminal Structure, Purity, and Molecular Weight of an Amorphous Conjugated Polymer on Its Photovoltaic Characteristics.

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    Kuwabara, Junpei; Yasuda, Takeshi; Takase, Naoto; Kanbara, Takaki

    2016-01-27

    The photovoltaic characteristics of an amorphous polymer containing EDOT and fluorene units were investigated. In particular, the effects of the terminal structure, residual amount of Pd, and molecular weight were systematically investigated. Direct arylation polycondensation of EDOT followed by an established purification method readily afforded polymers with different terminal structures, Pd contents, and molecular weights. Of these factors, the terminal structure of the polymer was a crucial factor affecting the photovoltaic characteristics. For example, the polymer with a Br terminal had a PCE of 2.9% in bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaics (BHJ OPVs) with a fullerene derivative, whereas the polymer without a Br terminal had a PCE of 4.6% in the same cell configuration. The decreased Pd residues and high molecular weights of the polymers increased the long-term stability of the devices. Moreover, BHJ OPVs containing the high-molecular-weight polymer could be fabricated with an environmentally friendly nonhalogenated solvent. PMID:26716726

  12. High Molecular Weight Typing with MALDI-TOF MS - A Novel Method for Rapid Typing of Clostridium difficile

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    Rizzardi, Kristina; kerlund, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Clostridium difficile strains were typed by a newly developed MALDI-TOF method, high molecular weight typing, and compared to PCR ribotyping. Among 500 isolates representing 59 PCR ribotypes a total of 35 high molecular weight types could be resolved. Although less discriminatory than PCR ribotyping, the method is extremely fast and simple, and supports for cost-effective screening of isolates during outbreak situations. PMID:25923527

  13. Examination of the change in returning molecular weight obtained during inhibitor squeeze treatments using polyacrylate based inhibitors

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    Graham, G.M.; Sorbie, K.S.

    1995-11-01

    Scale inhibitors based on small polyelectrolytes are often employed in oilfield scale prevention treatments. These materials are injected into the near-well formation of producers in a scale inhibitor squeeze treatment. When the well is brought back on production, the objective is for the return concentration level of the inhibitor in the produced brine to be at or above a certain threshold level, C{sub t}. This threshold level is the minimum inhibitor concentration required to prevent the formation of mineral carbonate or sulfate scales in that well. The squeeze lifetime depends strongly on the nature of the interaction between the inhibitor and the formation either through an adsorption or precipitation mechanism. Both adsorption and precipitation processes depend on the molecular weight of the scale inhibitor, as well as on a range of other factors. However, polymeric inhibitor species always display some degree of polydispersity (spread of molecular weight). In this paper, the authors examine the effects of molecular weight on adsorption/desorption phenomena for polyacrylate based inhibitor species. This work shows that, in the inhibitor effluent after a squeeze treatment, the molecular weight of the returning inhibitor may be different from that which was injected. For commercially available polymeric inhibitor species, they demonstrate using core floods that preferential retention of higher molecular weight components occurs and preferential desorption of lower molecular weight components is observed. This leads to a gradation in molecular weight in the return profile, which can lead to increased molecular weight components returning as the inhibitor concentration approaches the threshold level. The significance of this observation to field application of polymeric inhibitor species is discussed.

  14. Effects of Molecular Weight upon Irradiation-Cross-Linked Poly(vinyl alcohol)/Clay Aerogel Properties.

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    Chen, Hong-Bing; Zhao, Yan; Shen, Peng; Wang, Jun-Sheng; Huang, Wei; Schiraldi, David A

    2015-09-16

    Facile fabrication of mechanically strong poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH)/clay aerogel composites through a combination of increasing polymer molecular weights and gamma irradiation-cross-linking is reported herein. The aerogels produced from high polymer molecular weights exhibit significantly increased compressive moduli, similar to the effect of irradiation-induced cross-linking. The required irradiation dose for fabricating strong PVOH composite aerogels with dense microstructure decreased with increasing polymer molecular weight. Neither thermal stability nor flammability was significantly changed by altering the polymer molecular weight or by modest gamma irradiation, but they were highly dependent upon the polymer/clay ratio in the aerogel. Optimization of the mechanical, thermal, and flammability properties of these composite aerogels could therefore be obtained by using relatively low levels of polymer, with very high polymer molecular weight, or lower molecular weight coupled with moderate gamma irradiation. The facile preparation of strong, low flammability aerogels is an alternative to traditional polymer foams in applications where fire safety is important. PMID:26287451

  15. High molecular weight lipids from the trilaminar outer wall (TLS)-containing microalgae Chlorella emersonii, Scenedesmus conmmunis and Tetraedron minimum.

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    Allard, B; Templier, J

    2001-06-01

    High molecular weight lipids were isolated from Chlorella emersonii, Scenedesmus communis and Tetraedron minimum, thin trilaminar outer wall (TLS)-containing freshwater microalgae producing an insoluble non-hydrolysable biopolymer (i.e. algaenan). Molecular weight determination by gel permeation chromatography indicated that their molecular weights range from ca. 400 to 2000 Da. Flash pyrolysis with in situ methylation using tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) and alkaline hydrolysis showed that the high molecular weight lipids isolated from C. emersonii and S. communis are mainly composed of saturated n-C26 and n-C28 fatty acids and alcohols and of saturated n-C30 and n-C32 alpha,omega-diols and omega-hydroxy acids. In contrast the high molecular weight lipids isolated from T. minimum are predominantly composed of long-chain fatty acids and omega-hydroxy acids. Aromatic moieties were also identified in small amounts in the thermochemolysate and in the hydrolysate. Chemical structural models containing long-chain mono- and polyesters were proposed for the high molecular weight lipids isolated from the three microalgae in agreement with analytical and spectroscopic data. Structural similarity between the outer cell wall of these microalgae and the cuticular membrane of higher plants is suggested. PMID:11393527

  16. Neuroprotective effects of ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin in vitro and vivo models of ischemic injury.

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    Zhang, Zhi-guo; L, Tai-sheng; Yuan, Hong-ying

    2011-06-01

    This study was conducted to demonstrate ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin's neuroprotective effects on ischemic injury both in vivo and in vitro studies. In vitro, the effect of ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin was tested in cultured PC12 cells exposed to Earle's solution containing sodium dithionite, to identify its neuroprotection to PC12 cells damaged by oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD). The cell injury was detected by the tetrazolium salt 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5 diphenyl-2H tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. In vivo, male Wistar rats with middle cerebral artery occlusion were evaluated for infarct volume followed by the treatment with ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin. The results in vitro showed that ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin significantly inhibited PC12 cells damage induced by OGD. Results in vivo showed that vein injection of Ultra-Low-molecular-weight heparin at doses of 0.5 and 1.0 mg/kg exerted significant neuroprotective effects on rats with focal cerebral ischemic injury by significantly reducing the infarct volume compared with the injury group. All the findings suggest that ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin might act as a neuroprotective agent useful in the treatment of cerebral ischemia. PMID:20608997

  17. Structure of DPPC-hyaluronan interfacial layers - effects of molecular weight and ion composition.

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    Wieland, D C Florian; Degen, Patrick; Zander, Thomas; Gayer, Sren; Raj, Akanksha; An, Junxue; D?dinait?, Andra; Claesson, Per; Willumeit-Rmer, Regine

    2016-01-21

    Hyaluronan and phospholipids play an important role in lubrication in articular joints and provide in combination with glycoproteins exceptionally low friction coefficients. We have investigated the structural organization of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) Langmuir layers at the solution-air interface at different length scales with respect to the adsorption of hyaluronan (HA). This allows us to assemble a comprehensive picture of the adsorption and the resulting structures, and how they are affected by the molecular weight of HA and the presence of calcium ions. Brewster angle microscopy and grazing incident diffraction were used to determine the lateral structure at the micro- and macro scale. The data reveals an influence of HA on both the macro and micro structure of the DPPC Langmuir layer, and that the strength of this effect increases with decreasing molecular weight of HA and in presence of calcium ions. Furthermore, from X-ray reflectivity measurements we conclude that HA adsorbs to the hydrophilic part of DPPC, but data also suggest that two types of interfacial structures are formed at the interface. We argue that hydrophobic forces and electrostatic interactions play important rules for the association between DPPC and HA. Surface pressure area isotherms were used to determine the influence of HA on the phase behavior of DPPC while electrophoretic mobility measurements were used to gain insight into the binding of calcium ions to DPPC vesicles and hyaluronan. PMID:26508354

  18. What lies beyond the eye: the molecular mechanisms regulating tomato fruit weight and shape

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    van der Knaap, Esther; Chakrabarti, Manohar; Chu, Yi Hsuan; Clevenger, Josh P.; Illa-Berenguer, Eudald; Huang, Zejun; Keyhaninejad, Neda; Mu, Qi; Sun, Liang; Wang, Yanping; Wu, Shan

    2014-01-01

    Domestication of fruit and vegetables resulted in a huge diversity of shapes and sizes of the produce. Selections that took place over thousands of years of alleles that increased fruit weight and altered shape for specific culinary uses provide a wealth of resources to study the molecular bases of this diversity. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) evolved from a wild ancestor (S. pimpinellifolium) bearing small and round edible fruit. Molecular genetic studies led to the identification of two genes selected for fruit weight: FW2.2 encoding a member of the Cell Number Regulator family; and FW3.2 encoding a P450 enzyme and the ortholog of KLUH. Four genes were identified that were selected for fruit shape: SUN encoding a member of the IQD family of calmodulin-binding proteins leading to fruit elongation; OVATE encoding a member of the OVATE family proteins involved in transcriptional repression leading to fruit elongation; LC encoding most likely the ortholog of WUSCHEL controlling meristem size and locule number; FAS encoding a member in the YABBY family controlling locule number leading to flat or oxheart shape. For this article, we will provide an overview of the putative function of the known genes, when during floral and fruit development they are hypothesized to act and their potential importance in regulating morphological diversity in other fruit and vegetable crops. PMID:24904622

  19. Structure and activity of a new low-molecular-weight heparin produced by enzymatic ultrafiltration.

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    Fu, Li; Zhang, Fuming; Li, Guoyun; Onishi, Akihiro; Bhaskar, Ujjwal; Sun, Peilong; Linhardt, Robert J

    2014-05-01

    The standard process for preparing the low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) tinzaparin, through the partial enzymatic depolymerization of heparin, results in a reduced yield because of the formation of a high content of undesired disaccharides and tetrasaccharides. An enzymatic ultrafiltration reactor for LMWH preparation was developed to overcome this problem. The behavior, of the heparin oligosaccharides and polysaccharides using various membranes and conditions, was investigated to optimize this reactor. A novel product, LMWH-II, was produced from the controlled depolymerization of heparin using heparin lyase II in this optimized ultrafiltration reactor. Enzymatic ultrafiltration provides easy control and high yields (>80%) of LMWH-II. The molecular weight properties of LMWH-II were similar to other commercial LMWHs. The structure of LMWH-II closely matched heparin's core structural features. Most of the common process artifacts, present in many commercial LWMHs, were eliminated as demonstrated by 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The antithrombin III and platelet factor-4 binding affinity of LMWH-II were comparable to commercial LMWHs, as was its in vitro anticoagulant activity. PMID:24634007

  20. Capillary electrophoresis of RNA in hydroxyethylcellulose polymer with various molecular weights.

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    Li, Zhenqing; Liu, Chenchen; Zhang, Dawei; Luo, Shaopeng; Yamaguchi, Yoshinori

    2016-02-01

    Recent research demonstrates that large numbers of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in mammals exhibit indices of functionality, and thus analysis of longer RNAs is of great significance. In the present work, we investigated the effect of molecular weight on the separation performance of long RNA by capillary electrophoresis (CE). Results demonstrate that (1) low molecular weight of hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) (90k) favors the separation of short RNA (<1000 nt). The resolution for short RNA was improved and the migration time was linearly extended with the increase of polymer concentration. (2) In the longer chain HEC (250k, 720k and 1300k), the resolution for the small RNA fragment (<1000 nt) became better as the polymer concentration increased, whereas the resolution for the large ones (>3000 nt) deteriorated. (3) Based on logarithmic plot, there exist two migration regimes for RNA in short chain HEC (90k), three regimes in moderate chain HEC (250k and 720k), and four regimes in the long chain HEC (1300k). Such a systematic investigation of long RNAs may be useful for research on lncRNAs in the length range of 100-10,000 nt. PMID:26773889

  1. The association of low-molecular-weight hydrophobic compounds with native casein micelles in bovine milk.

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    Cheema, M; Mohan, M S; Campagna, S R; Jurat-Fuentes, J L; Harte, F M

    2015-08-01

    The agreed biological function of the casein micelles in milk is to carry minerals (calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus) from mother to young along with amino acids for growth and development. Recently, native and modified casein micelles were used as encapsulating and delivery agents for various hydrophobic low-molecular-weight probes. The ability of modified casein micelles to bind certain probes may derive from the binding affinity of native casein micelles. Hence, a study with milk from single cows was conducted to further elucidate the association of hydrophobic molecules into native casein micelles and further understand their biological function. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic extraction followed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry analysis were performed over protein fractions obtained from size exclusion fractionation of raw skim milk. Hydrophobic compounds, including phosphatidylcholine, lyso-phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and sphingomyelin, showed strong association exclusively to casein micelles as compared with whey proteins, whereas hydrophilic compounds did not display any preference for their association among milk proteins. Further analysis using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry detected 42 compounds associated solely with the casein-micelles fraction. Mass fragments in tandem mass spectrometry identified 4 of these compounds as phosphatidylcholine with fatty acid composition of 16:0/18:1, 14:0/16:0, 16:0/16:0, and 18:1/18:0. These results support that transporting low-molecular-weight hydrophobic molecules is also a biological function of the casein micelles in milk. PMID:26074238

  2. Efficient biodegradation of high-molecular-weight polyethylene glycols by pure cultures of Pseudomonas stutzeri

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    Obradors, N.; Aguilar, J. )

    1991-08-01

    Biodegradation of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) of up to 13,000 to 14,000 molecular weight has been shown to be performed by a river water bacterial isolate (strain JA1001) identified as Pseudomonas stutzeri. A pure culture of strain JA1001 grew on PEG 1000 or PEG 10000 at 0.2% (wt/vol) as a sole source of carbon and energy with a doubling time of 135 or 150 min, respectively. Cultures metabolized 2 g of polymer per liter in less than 24 h and 10 g/liter in less than 72 h. The limit of 13,500 molecular weight in the size of the PEG sustaining growth and the presence of a PEG-oxidative activity in the periplasmic space indicated that PEGs cross the outer membrane and are subsequently metabolized in the periplasm. PEG oxidation was found to be catalyzed by PEGT dehydrogenase, an enzyme that has been shown to be a single polypeptide. Characterization of PEG dehydrogenase revealed glyoxylic acid as the product of the PEG-oxidative cleavage. Glyoxylate supported growth by entering the cell and introducing its carbons in the general metabolism via the dicarboxylic acid cycle, as indicated by the ability of strain JA1001 to grow on this compound and the presence of malate synthase, the first enzyme in the pathway, in extracts of PEG-grown cells.

  3. Finding of the Low Molecular Weight Inhibitors of Resuscitation Promoting Factor Enzymatic and Resuscitation Activity

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    Demina, Galina R.; Makarov, Vadim A.; Nikitushkin, Vadim D.; Ryabova, Olga B.; Vostroknutova, Galina N.; Salina, Elena G.; Shleeva, Margarita O.; Goncharenko, Anna V.; Kaprelyants, Arseny S.

    2009-01-01

    Background Resuscitation promoting factors (RPF) are secreted proteins involved in reactivation of dormant actinobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. They have been considered as prospective targets for the development of new anti-tuberculosis drugs preventing reactivation of dormant tubercle bacilli, generally associated with latent tuberculosis. However, no inhibitors of Rpf activity have been reported so far. The goal of this study was to find low molecular weight compounds inhibiting the enzymatic and biological activities of Rpfs. Methodology/Principal Findings Here we describe a novel class of 2-nitrophenylthiocyanates (NPT) compounds that inhibit muralytic activity of Rpfs with IC50 1–7 µg/ml. Fluorescence studies revealed interaction of active NPTs with the internal regions of the Rpf molecule. Candidate inhibitors of Rpf enzymatic activity showed a bacteriostatic effect on growth of Micrococcus luteus (in which Rpf is essential for growth protein) at concentrations close to IC50. The candidate compounds suppressed resuscitation of dormant (“non-culturable”) cells of M. smegmatis at 1 µg/ml or delayed resuscitation of dormant M. tuberculosis obtained in laboratory conditions at 10 µg/ml. However, they did not inhibit growth of active mycobacteria under these concentrations. Conclusions/Significance NPT are the first example of low molecular weight compounds that inhibit the enzymatic and biological activities of Rpf proteins. PMID:20016836

  4. The association of low-molecular-weight hydrophobic compounds with native casein micelles in bovine milk

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    Cheema, M.; Mohan, M. S.; Campagna, S. R.; Jurat-Fuentes, J. L.; Harte, F. M.

    2015-01-01

    The agreed biological function of the casein micelles in milk is to carry minerals (calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus) from mother to young along with amino acids for growth and development. Recently, native and modified casein micelles were used as encapsulating and delivery agents for various hydrophobic low-molecular-weight probes. The ability of modified casein micelles to bind certain probes may derive from the binding affinity of native casein micelles. Hence, a study with milk from single cows was conducted to further elucidate the association of hydrophobic molecules into native casein micelles and further understand their biological function. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic extraction followed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry analysis were performed over protein fractions obtained from size exclusion fractionation of raw skim milk. Hydrophobic compounds, including phosphatidylcholine, lyso-phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and sphingomyelin, showed strong association exclusively to casein micelles as compared with whey proteins, whereas hydrophilic compounds did not display any preference for their association among milk proteins. Further analysis using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry detected 42 compounds associated solely with the casein-micelles fraction. Mass fragments in tandem mass spectrometry identified 4 of these compounds as phosphatidylcholine with fatty acid composition of 16:0/18:1, 14:0/16:0, 16:0/16:0, and 18:1/18:0. These results support that transporting low-molecular-weight hydrophobic molecules is also a biological function of the casein micelles in milk. PMID:26074238

  5. High molecular weight glycosylated protease in calf brain. Purification and partial characterization.

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    Malik, M N; Fenko, M D; Sheikh, A M

    1991-04-01

    A high molecular weight protease has been purified to homogeneity from calf brain cytosol. The purification procedure involves ammonium sulfate fractionation of the cytosol followed by chromatography on DEAE-Sephacel, hydroxylapatite, concanavalin A-Sepharose 4B and Sephacryl S-300. The molecular weight of the native protease was estimated to be Mr = 465,000 by high pressure liquid chromatography. It is composed of a closely moving doublet of Mr = 165,000 and 155,000, as determined on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. It degrades [methyl-14C] alpha-casein with a broad pH optimum of 6.8-8.5. [methyl-14C]bovine serum albumin and 125I-bovine serum albumin are hydrolyzed to the same extent as [methyl-14C]alpha-casein, whereas [methyl-14C]methemoglobin is hydrolyzed to half the extent of [methyl-14C] alpha-casein. Divalent cations, nucleotides, and known protease inhibitors (phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride, p-chloromercuribenzoate, iodoacetic acid, N-ethylmaleimide, leupeptin, antipain, pepstatin, and hemin) have no effect on the activity of the protease. The protease is glycosylated and appears to aggregate readily. Aggregation may be reversed by treating the protease with certain organic solvents. The protease seems to maintain full activity after heat treatment. Electron microscopic data reveals a spherical structure of 20-nm diameter. PMID:2007605

  6. Investigations on the high molecular weight foaming fractions of espresso coffee.

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    D'Agostina, Alessandra; Boschin, Giovanna; Bacchini, Francesca; Arnoldi, Anna

    2004-11-17

    The target of the present work was the chemical, technological, and sensorial characterization of the brown polymers (foaming fractions) of freshly prepared espresso coffee. The total foaming fraction (TFF) was precipitated with ammonium sulfate from the defatted freshly prepared beverage and then subfractionated by adding 2-propanol/water to give an insoluble fraction (foaming fraction A, FFA) and a soluble fraction (foaming fraction B, FFB). The former is almost colorless, has a higher molecular weight and a lower nitrogen content, and contains mostly polysaccharides, whereas the latter has a lower molecular weight and a higher protein/melanoidin content, which results in a darker color. FFB showed greater foaming capability, but FFA contributed to the stability of the foam. FFB was further fractionated with solid-phase extraction and characterized by different analytical methods (size exclusion chromatography, UV, HPLC-DAD, 1H NMR). All of the melanoidin-rich fractions showed antioxidant properties with the 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl hydrate method. PMID:15537326

  7. Determination of molecular weights and monosaccharide compositions in Abelmoschus manihot polysaccharides

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    Wang, Xuemei; Wang, Yingying; Wu, Mimi; Zhang, Xiuzhen

    2012-09-01

    Abelmoschus manihot polysaccharide, AMP-1, AMP-2, AMP-3, and AMP-4, were purified from four kinds of Abelmoschus manihot gum (AMG). The molecular weights and monosaccharide compositions of AMP-1, AMP-2, AMP-3 and AMP-4 were characterized by gel permeation chromatography, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and high performance anion-exchange chromatography with pulsed amperometric detection. Results indicated that the molecular weights of AMP-1, AMP-2, AMP-3, and AMP-4 were approximately 3.91 × 103, 5.36 × 105, 3.87 × 103, and 5.12 × 105 Da, respectively. The Abelmoschus manihot polysaccharide was mainly composed of galactose, glucose and mannose with the molar ratios at 0.29: 1.00: 0.41 (AMP-1), 0.56: 0.13: 1.00 (AMP-2), 0.10: 1.00: 0.11 (AMP-3) and 0.55: 0.17: 1.00 (AMP-4), respectively.

  8. Determination of molecular weight distribution of pitches by high performance GPC (gel permeation chromatography)

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    Changming, Z.; Aiying, L.; Furong, X.; Zengmin, S. )

    1989-04-01

    The determination of the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of pitches and resids is important for industry utilization of heavy hydrocarbons. In literature many methods were proposed for determining the MWD of various pitches by gel permeation chromatography (GPC), in which some authors take the number average molecular weights (Mn) from vapor pressure osmometry method (VPO) vs. elution volume (Ve) as the calibration curve of test samples, the error was about 30% (2,5). In addition, in most GPC chromatograms, there was only one diffused peak with tailing and there were few reports about high performance GPC. In this paper a method for determining MWD of resids, heavy oils and pitch, etc., is established by high performance GPC and VPO. The Mn(S) of test samples determined by GPC calibration curve established is in good agreement with Mn(V) from VPO. The average relative deviation is 3.16% and the largest relative deviation is 7.91%. In addition, present method has the advantages of rapid and high resolution.

  9. Characterization of different molecular weight fractions separated from Utah maltenes by gel permeation chromatography

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    Woods, J.R.; Kotlyar, L.S.; Montgomery, D.S.; Sparks, B.D.; Ripmeester, J.A. )

    1990-02-01

    Maltenes derived from Utah bitumens were separated by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) into fractions having number average molecular weights (MW) in the range from 300 to 11985. The fractions were examined by vapor pressure osmometry, absorption spectrometry in the visible region as well as proton and carbon-13 NMR. The results are reported in comparison with those for the corresponding fractions separated from Athabasc maltenes. Utah fractions appeared to be more aliphatic with longer average aliphatic chains lengths. Branched and alicyclic types were more abundant in Utah samples, especially those with low MW. There was an apparent difference in the hydrocarbon structure of both Utah and Athabasca maltenes GPC fractions at MW approximating 800. It is suggested that these rapid changes of hydrocarbon type with respect to MW provide a convenient means of dividing the maltenes into two classes which may be used to characterize the maltenes of heavy oils and bitumens derived from various sources. There was also an abrupt change in the correlation between the light absorbing parameter K{sub 530}/C and molecular weight for both Utah and Athabasca maltenes at MW approximating 800. This provides an alternative method of dividing the maltenes into two classes based on light absorption data that are sensitive to the presence of condensed aromatic systems and nitrogen containing functional groups.

  10. Effect of molecular weight reduction by gamma irradiation on chitosan film properties.

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    Garca, Mario A; Prez, Liliam; de la Paz, Nilia; Gonzlez, Juan; Rapado, Manuel; Casariego, Alicia

    2015-10-01

    The present work aimed the influence of molecular weight (MW) reduction by irradiation with (60)Co and polymer concentration on some physical properties of chitosan films. Irradiation of chitosan with a MW of 275.221 kDa and 74.74% of deacetylation degree was performed using a (60)Co source to provide doses of 5, 10, 20 and 50 kGy to obtain chitosans with molecular weights of 247.847, 221.563, 126.469 and 77.063 kDa, respectively. Films were prepared via the solution casting method. Film-forming solutions (FFS) of chitosan irradiated or not, were prepared at 1.5 and 2% (w/v) in a solution of lactic acid at 1% (v/v) and 0.1% (v/v) of Tween 80. The FFS were poured into glass plates of 400 cm(2) and dried at 60 C during 10h without airflow. The decrease of MW and increase of chitosan concentration increased the tensil strength and water vapor permeability while decreased the elongation at break of the films. The chitosan MW did not significantly influence (p>0.05) the water solubility of films within a same polymer concentration. There was a decrease in the films' brightness with the increase of concentration and a decrease of the MW of irradiated chitosan, while the b* values of films increased and there was an increasing tendency of their apparent opacity. PMID:26117752

  11. Molecular-weight-dependent changes in morphology of solution-grown polyethylene single crystals.

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    Zhang, Bin; Chen, Jingbo; Baier, Moritz C; Mecking, Stefan; Reiter, Renate; Mlhaupt, Rolf; Reiter, Gnter

    2015-01-01

    Polymer single crystals consisting of folded chains are always in a nonequilibrium state, even if they are faceted with a well-defined envelope reflecting the parameters of the crystal unit cell. Heterogeneities like small variations in the degree of chain folding within such crystals are responsible for a rather broad range in melting temperature. Consequently, upon annealing at a given temperature, some parts may be above and some below their respective melting temperatures, inducing a lamellar thickening process, which may vary locally. To emphasize such variations, controlled annealing experiments are performed at comparatively low temperatures and for long times. For single crystals of low-molecular-weight polyethylene, the formation of the well-known "Swiss-cheese"-like morphology with randomly distributed holes of varying sizes within the annealed single crystal is observed. However, for high-molecular-weight polyethylene, a regular pattern appeared upon annealing, characterized by branches of equal width that are oriented perpendicular to the crystal edge. All branches end at the nucleation site. Interestingly, the resulting pattern depends sensitively on both crystallization and annealing conditions. These thermally induced regular patterns within a single crystal are attributed to a stable crystalline framework formed within polyethylene single crystals in the course of growth. PMID:25303218

  12. Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Heparin Oligosaccharides and Low Molecular Weight Heparin.

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    Sun, Xiaojun; Lin, Lei; Liu, Xinyue; Zhang, Fuming; Chi, Lianli; Xia, Qiangwei; Linhardt, Robert J

    2016-02-01

    Heparins, highly sulfated, linear polysaccharides also known as glycosaminoglycans, are among the most challenging biopolymers to analyze. Hyphenated techniques in conjunction with mass spectrometry (MS) offer rapid analysis of complex glycosaminoglycan mixtures, providing detailed structural and quantitative data. Previous analytical approaches have often relied on liquid chromatography (LC)-MS, and some have limitations including long separation times, low resolution of oligosaccharide mixtures, incompatibility of eluents, and often require oligosaccharide derivatization. This study examines the analysis of glycosaminoglycan oligosaccharides using a novel electrokinetic pump-based capillary electrophoresis (CE)-MS interface. CE separation and electrospray were optimized using a volatile ammonium bicarbonate electrolyte and a methanol-formic acid sheath fluid. The online analyses of highly sulfated heparin oligosaccharides, ranging from disaccharides to low molecular weight heparins, were performed within a 10 min time frame, offering an opportunity for higher-throughput analysis. Disaccharide compositional analysis as well as top-down analysis of low molecular weight heparin was demonstrated. Using normal polarity CE separation and positive-ion electrospray ionization MS, excellent run-to-run reproducibility (relative standard deviation of 3.6-5.1% for peak area and 0.2-0.4% for peak migration time) and sensitivity (limit of quantification of 2.0-5.9 ng/mL and limit of detection of 0.6-1.8 ng/mL) could be achieved. PMID:26714061

  13. Low molecular weight heparin: current evidence for its application in orthopaedic surgery.

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    Kalyani, Bharati S; Roberts, Craig S

    2011-01-01

    Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is used in orthopaedic surgery largely for prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The purpose of this study was to review the available evidence to better define its role. The most recent American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Practice guidelines for the most current recommendations for the application of LMWH to orthopaedic surgery are reviewed. A systematic review of the literature was undertaken using MEDLINE database and manual searches, the terms low molecular weight heparin, orthopaedic procedures, venous thromboembolism, and thromboprophylaxis were used as keywords. A total of 34 studies were identified, including prospective, randomized controlled clinical studies comparing LMWH with other treatment methods in orthopaedic surgery patients, meta-analysis and health economic related studies. There is clear supporting evidence for the application of LMWH for DVT prophylaxis in orthopaedic surgery. Although newer agents such as oral thrombin inhibitors are being developed for DVT prophylaxis, it will take some time to adequately assess the clinical efficacy, safety, and cost-effectiveness of these newer agents. Whether these agents will ultimately supplant the widespread application of LMWH to orthopaedic surgery remains to be seen. PMID:21044028

  14. Assessment of molecular weight distribution of wheat gluten proteins for chapatti quality.

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    Chaudhary, Nisha; Dangi, Priya; Khatkar, Bhupendar Singh

    2016-05-15

    Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) was used to characterize molecular weight distribution pattern of gluten proteins of four Indian commercial wheat varieties in order to elucidate their influence on flour physicochemical, dough rheology and quality characteristics of chapatti. SEC profile of a wheat variety was segregated into five domains: peak I (130-30kDa; glutenins), peak II (55-20kDa; gliadins), peak III (28-10kDa; low molecular weight gliadins), peak IV and V (<10kDa; albumins and globulins). SEC results indicated that R/E ratio (r=0.745(∗∗) and r=-0.869(∗∗)), gluten index (r=0.959(∗∗) and r=-0.994(∗∗)), dough development time (r=0.830(∗∗) and r=-0.930(∗∗)) and dough stability (r=0.901(∗∗) and r=-0.979(∗∗)) were positively and negatively altered by peak I and II, respectively. Peak I (r=0.879(∗∗) and r=-0.981(∗∗)) and peak II (r=-0.744(∗∗) and r=0.995(∗∗)) substantially influenced the chapatti hardness and overall score, respectively. PMID:26775940

  15. Comprehensive Analysis of Low-Molecular-Weight Human Plasma Proteome Using Top-Down Mass Spectrometry.

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    Cheon, Dong Huey; Nam, Eun Ji; Park, Kyu Hyung; Woo, Se Joon; Lee, Hye Jin; Kim, Hee Cheol; Yang, Eun Gyeong; Lee, Cheolju; Lee, Ji Eun

    2016-01-01

    While human plasma serves as a great source for disease diagnosis, low-molecular-weight (LMW) proteome (<30 kDa) has been shown to contain a rich source of diagnostic biomarkers. Here we employ top-down mass spectrometry to analyze the LMW proteoforms present in four types of human plasma samples pooled from three healthy controls (HCs) without immunoaffinity depletion and with depletion of the top two, six, and seven high-abundance proteins. The LMW proteoforms were first fractionated based on molecular weight using gel-eluted liquid fraction entrapment electrophoresis (GELFrEE). Then, the GELFrEE fractions containing up to 30 kDa were subjected to nanocapillary-LC-MS/MS, and the high-resolution MS and MS/MS data were processed using ProSightPC 3.0. As a result, a total of 442 LMW proteins and cleaved products, including those with post-translational modifications and single amino acid variations, were identified. From additional comparative analysis of plasma samples without immunoaffinity depletion between HCs and colorectal cancer (CRC) patients via top-down approach, tens of LMW proteoforms, including platelet factor 4, were found to show >1.5-fold changes between the plasma samples of HCs and CRC patients, and six of the LMW proteins were verified by Western blot analysis. PMID:26576621

  16. Occupational Asthma: New Low-Molecular-Weight Causal Agents, 2000–2010

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    Pralong, J. A.; Cartier, A.; Vandenplas, O.; Labrecque, M.

    2012-01-01

    Background. More than 400 agents have been documented as causing occupational asthma (OA). The list of low-molecular-weight (LMW) agents that have been identified as potential causes of OA is constantly expanding, emphasizing the need to continually update our knowledge by reviewing the literature. Objective. The objective of this paper was to identify all new LMW agents causing occupational asthma reported during the period 2000–2010. Methods. A Medline search was performed using the keywords occupational asthma, new allergens, new causes, and low-molecular-weight agents. Results. We found 39 publications describing 41 new LMW causal agents, which belonged to the following categories: drugs (n = 12), wood dust (n = 11), chemicals (n = 8), metals (n = 4), biocides (n = 3), and miscellaneous (n = 3). The diagnosis of OA was confirmed through SIC for 35 of 41 agents, peak expiratory flow monitoring for three (3) agents, and the clinical history alone for three (3) agents. Immunological tests provided evidence supporting an IgE-mediated mechanism for eight (8) (20%) of the newly described agents. Conclusion. This paper highlights the importance of being alert to the occurrence of new LMW sensitizers, which can elicit OA. The immunological mechanism is explained by a type I hypersensitivity reaction in 20% of all newly described LMW agents. PMID:22548090

  17. Partial Hydrothermal Oxidation of High Molecular Weight Unsaturated Carboxylic Acids for Upgrading of Biodiesel Fuel

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    Kawasaki, K.; Jin, F.; Kishita, A.; Tohji, K.; Enomoto, H.

    2007-03-01

    With increasing environmental awareness and crude oil price, biodiesel fuel (BDF) is gaining recognition as a renewable fuel which may be used as an alternative diesel fuel without any modification to the engine. The cold flow and viscosity of BDF, however, is a major drawback that limited its use in cold area. In this study, therefore, we investigated that partial oxidation of high molecular weight unsaturated carboxylic acids in subcritical water, which major compositions in BDF, to upgrade biodiesel fuel. Oleic acid, (HOOC(CH2)7CH=CH(CH2)7CH3), was selected as a model compound of high molecular weight unsaturated carboxylic acids. All experiments were performed with a batch reactor made of SUS 316 with an internal volume of 5.7 cm3. Oleic acid was oxidized at 300 °C with oxygen supply varying from 1-10 %. Results showed that a large amount of carboxylic acids and aldehydes having 8-9 carbon atoms were formed. These experimental results suggest that the hydrothermal oxidative cleavage may mainly occur at double bonds and the cleavage of double bonds could improve the cold flow and viscosity of BDF.

  18. Seasonal Variations of Low Molecular Weight Dicarboxylic Acids in Atmospheric Aerosols at Okinawa Islands, Japan

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    Nakaema, F.; Handa, D.; Tanahara, A.; Arakaki, T.

    2009-04-01

    Low molecular weight dicarboxylic acids are major fraction of water soluble organic compounds in the atmospheric aerosols. Recently, economy of East Asia grows up remarkably, and atmospheric aerosols discharged from this area have been transported to Japan. In this study, we collected aerosol at Cape Hedo (CH) and University of the Ryukyus(UR), and studied the distribution and origin of low molecule dicarboxylic acid. Aerosols were collected on a quartz filter with a high volume air sampler. Low molecular weight dicarboxylic acids extracted by pure water were derivatized to dibutyl esters by reactions with BF3/butanol and were measured by GC-FID. In many samples, oxalic acid showed the highest concentration. Concentration of oxalic acid, malonic acid, succinic acid and malic acid were strongly correlated between the two sampling sites. Oxalic acid occupied on the average 83% and 76% of all the dicarboxylic acid measured for CH samples and UR samples. It is suggested that the aerosols in Okinawa were affected by secondary photochemical reactions, not by the primary emissions from local sources. The seasonal variation of the dicarboxylic acids concentrations in CH and UR showed higher in spring and fall, and a lower in summer. From the back trajectory analysis, dicarboxylic acids concentrations showed higher when an air mass came from East Asia area, and showed lower when it came from Pacific Ocean.

  19. Low molecular weight protamine (LMWP): a nontoxic protamine substitute and an effective cell-penetrating peptide.

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    He, Huining; Ye, Junxiao; Liu, Ergang; Liang, Qiuling; Liu, Quan; Yang, Victor C

    2014-11-10

    Low molecular weight protamine (LMWP) is a peptide fragment produced in our laboratory from enzymatic digestion of native protamine. More than 30 papers studying the properties and applications of LMWP have been published by our group in various journals since its initial discovery in 1999. Results have shown that LMWP could completely neutralize the anticoagulant functions of both heparin and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), with reduced antigenicity and cross-reactivity toward the mice-derived anti-protamine antibodies. Aside from its potential as a heparin/LMWH antagonist, LMWP also shows the ability to retard insulin adsorption by the formation of an insoluble complex, making it a less toxic long-lasting insulin product than the conventional neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin for diabetic control. Importantly, LMWP (Sequence: VSRRRRRRGGRRRR), with 10 arginine residues in its structure, could function as a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP), also termed protein transduction domain (PTD), to achieve effective intracellular protein or gene delivery in clinical practice. In this paper, we present a thorough review of our work related to LMWP, with the aim of providing readers an insight into its potential to be a clinical protamine substitute as well as a non-toxic cell penetrating peptide applicable to achieve intracellular protein and gene delivery. PMID:24943246

  20. The low molecular weight fraction of compounds released from immature wheat pistils supports barley pollen embryogenesis

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    Lippmann, Rico; Friedel, Swetlana; Mock, Hans-Peter; Kumlehn, Jochen

    2015-01-01

    Pollen embryogenesis provides a useful means of generating haploid plants for plant breeding and basic research. Although it is well-established that the efficacy of the process can be enhanced by the provision of immature pistils as a nurse tissue, the origin and compound class of the signal molecule(s) involved is still elusive. Here, a micro-culture system was established to enable the culturing of populations of barley pollen at a density too low to allow unaided embryogenesis to occur, and this was then exploited to assess the effect of using various parts of the pistil as nurse tissue. A five-fold increase in the number of embryogenic calli formed was obtained by simply cutting the pistils in half. The effectiveness of the pistil-conditioned medium was transitory, since it needed replacement at least every 4 days to measurably ensure embryogenic development. The differential effect of various size classes of compounds present in the pistil-conditioned medium showed that the relevant molecule(s) was of molecular weight below 3 kDa. This work narrows down possible feeder molecules to lower molecular weight compounds and showed that the cellular origin of the active compound(s) is not specific to any tested part of the pistil. Furthermore, the increased recovery of calli during treatment with cut pistils may provide a useful tool for plant breeders and researchers using haploid technology in barley and other plant species. PMID:26217352

  1. Predicting critical micelle concentration and micelle molecular weight of polysorbate 80 using compendial methods.

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    Braun, Alexandra C; Ilko, David; Merget, Benjamin; Gieseler, Henning; Germershaus, Oliver; Holzgrabe, Ulrike; Meinel, Lorenz

    2015-08-01

    This manuscript addresses the capability of compendial methods in controlling polysorbate 80 (PS80) functionality. Based on the analysis of sixteen batches, functionality related characteristics (FRC) including critical micelle concentration (CMC), cloud point, hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) value and micelle molecular weight were correlated to chemical composition including fatty acids before and after hydrolysis, content of non-esterified polyethylene glycols and sorbitan polyethoxylates, sorbitan- and isosorbide polyethoxylate fatty acid mono- and diesters, polyoxyethylene diesters, and peroxide values. Batches from some suppliers had a high variability in functionality related characteristic (FRC), questioning the ability of the current monograph in controlling these. Interestingly, the combined use of the input parameters oleic acid content and peroxide value - both of which being monographed methods - resulted in a model adequately predicting CMC. Confining the batches to those complying with specifications for peroxide value proved oleic acid content alone as being predictive for CMC. Similarly, a four parameter model based on chemical analyses alone was instrumental in predicting the molecular weight of PS80 micelles. Improved models based on analytical outcome from fingerprint analyses are also presented. A road map controlling PS80 batches with respect to FRC and based on chemical analyses alone is provided for the formulator. PMID:25513959

  2. Impact of Molecular Weight on Lymphatic Drainage of a Biopolymer-Based Imaging Agent

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    Bagby, Taryn R.; Cai, Shuang; Duan, Shaofeng; Thati, Sharadvi; Aires, Daniel J.; Forrest, Laird

    2012-01-01

    New lymphatic imaging technologies are needed to better assess immune function and cancer progression and treatment. Lymphatic uptake depends mainly on particle size (10–100 nm) and charge. The size of carriers for imaging and drug delivery can be optimized to maximize lymphatic uptake, localize chemotherapy to lymphatic metastases, and enable visualization of treatment deposition. Toward this end, female BALB/c mice were injected subcutaneously in the hind footpad or forearm with a series of six different molecular weight hyaluronan (HA) near-infrared dye (HA-IR820) conjugates (ca. 5–200 nm). Mice were imaged using whole body fluorescent imaging over two weeks. HA-IR820 fluorescence was clearly visualized in the draining lymphatic capillaries, and in the popliteal and iliac or axillary lymph nodes. The 74-kDa HA-IR820 had the largest lymph node area-under-the-curve. In contrast to prior reports, mice bearing limb tumors exhibited three-fold longer retention of 74-kDa HA-IR820 in the popliteal node compared to mice without tumors. HA conjugate kinetics and disposition can be specifically tailored by altering their molecular weight. The specific lymphatic uptake and increased nodal retention of HA conjugates indicate significant potential for development as a natural biopolymer for intralymphatic drug delivery and imaging. PMID:24300232

  3. The integrity of welded interfaces in ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene: Part 2--interface toughness.

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    Haughie, David W; Buckley, C Paul; Wu, Junjie

    2006-07-01

    In Part 2 of a study of welding of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), experiments were conducted to measure the interfacial fracture energy of butt welds, for various welding times and temperatures above the melting point. Their toughness was investigated at 37 degrees C in terms of their fracture energy, obtained by adapting the essential work of fracture (EWF) method. However, a proportion of the welded samples (generally decreasing with increasing welding time or temperature) failed in dual ductile/brittle mode, hence invalidating the EWF test. Even those failing in purely ductile mode showed a measurable interface work of fracture only for the highest weld temperature and time: 188 degrees C and 90 min. Results from the model presented in Part 1 show that this corresponds to the maximum reptated molecular weight reaching close to the peak in the molar mass distribution. Hence this work provides the first experimental evidence that the slow rate of self-diffusion in UHMWPE leads to welded interfaces acting as low-toughness crack paths. Since such interfaces exist around every powder particle in processed UHMWPE this problem cannot be avoided, and it must be accommodated in design of hip and knee bearing surfaces made from this polymer. PMID:16574221

  4. Influence of the Molecular Weight and Charge of Antibiotics on Their Release Kinetics From Gelatin Nanospheres.

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    Song, Jiankang; Odekerken, Jim C E; Lwik, Dennis W P M; Lpez-Prez, Paula M; Welting, Tim J M; Yang, Fang; Jansen, John A; Leeuwenburgh, Sander C G

    2015-07-01

    In this study, we investigated the fundamental relationship between the physicochemical characteristics of antibiotics and the kinetics of their release from gelatin nanospheres. We observed that antibiotics of high molecular weight (colistin and vancomycin) were released in a sustained manner from oppositely charged gelatin carriers for more than 14 d, as opposed to antibiotics of low molecular weight (gentamicin and moxifloxacin) which were released in a burst-like manner. The release kinetics of positively charged colistin strongly correlated with the rate of the enzymatic degradation of gelatin. To elucidate the differences among release kinetics of antibiotics, we explored the mechanism of interactions between antibiotics and gelatin nanospheres by monitoring the kinetics of release of antibiotics as a function of pH, ionic strength, and detergent concentrations. These studies revealed that the interactions between antibiotics and gelatin nanospheres were mainly dominated by (i) strong electrostatic forces for colistin; (ii) strong hydrophobic and electrostatic forces for vancomycin; (iii) weak electrostatic and hydrophobic forces for gentamicin; and (iv) weak hydrophobic forces for moxifloxacin. These results confirm that release of antibiotics from gelatin nanospheres strongly depends on the physicochemical characteristics of the antibiotics. PMID:25771899

  5. High molecular weight kininogen deficiency: a patient who underwent cardiac surgery.

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    Davidson, S J; Burman, J F; Rutherford, L C; Keogh, B F; Yacoub, M H

    2001-02-01

    A 66 year old male, referred for cardiac surgery, was found to have high molecular weight kininogen deficiency (activity <1%). Apart from activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) >300 s, tests of haemostasis were otherwise normal (factors VIII, IX, XI, XII and prekallikrein). No inhibitor of coagulation was found. The activated coagulation time (ACT) was 800 s pre-operatively and >1000 s after heparin. Heparin levels were measured directly by an anti-Xa chromogenic assay, with values of between 2.9 and 3.2 u/ml during cardiopulmonary bypass. Thrombin-antithrombin levels rose from 2.3*g/l before surgery to a peak of 83.5*g/l at the end of cardiopulmonary bypass. Cross linked fibrin d-dimers (XDP) levels rose from 100 ng/ml before operation to 600 ng/ml after protamine administration. The patient had no excess bleeding and no thrombotic complications from surgery. This patient shows that high molecular weight kininogen is not required for thrombin formation or fibrinolysis during cardiac surgery and illustrates the need to measure heparin directly in patients with such contact factor deficiencies. PMID:11246531

  6. Isoleucine epimerization in the high-molecular-weight fraction of pleistocene Arctica

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    Kaufman, Darrell S.; Sejrup, Hans-Petter

    The extent of amino acid racemization, as traditionally determined in the entire (total acid hydrolysate) pool of amino acids comprising the organic remains of fossils, is a function of the integrated effects of a complex diagenetic reaction network. We investigated the possibility that some of the complications involved in protein diagenesis might be circumvented by isolating one component of the reaction network and studying the extent of racemization in that fraction alone. We used gel-filtration to extract the high-molecular-weight (HMW) fraction of proteinaceous matter from fossil and modem molluscan shells. This fraction contains the largest (ca. > 15,000 MW), most-pristine macromolecules and has been less affected by diagenesis than the more-degraded, lower molecular-weight fractions. Variations in the extent of racemization (isoleucine epimerization; alle/Ile) measured in the HMW fraction of subsamples taken along cross sections of Arctica shells from two interglacial sites, B and Fjsanger, southwestern Norway, are within the range of analytical uncertainty [coefficient of variation (cv) = 5-8%], despite the strong gradient (cv = 20-24%) in alle/Ile of the total amino acid population. Because there is no age difference across a shell, this finding supports the idea that the HMW fraction contains more geochronologically reliable proteinaceous matter than the total amino acid pool. Weighted mean alle/Ile ratios in the HMW fraction of aliquots of powdered sample from the two shells overlap at 1?, despite significantly different alle/Ile ratios in the total amino acid population of some shells from the two sites. The difference in alle/Ile ratios in the total population is attributed to a greater proportion of low-molecular-weight (ca. 300 MW), and hence, extensively epimerized molecules measured in gel-filtered samples from the Fjsanger shell. Because the rate of epimerization in the HMW fraction is much lower than in the total population, the temporal resolution of the HMW technique is limited, particularly at these high-latitude sites. Therefore, we cannot use the aIle/Ile HMW data to exclude the possibility that the two sites are significantly different ages. Analyses of shells ranging in age from late Pliocene to Holocene indicate that reaction rate in the HMW fraction is about one-fifth the rate in the total amino acid population, although the difference is expected to decrease with increasing aIle/Ile.

  7. Antibacterial activity of chemically defined chitosans: influence of molecular weight, degree of acetylation and test organism.

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    Mellegård, H; Strand, S P; Christensen, B E; Granum, P E; Hardy, S P

    2011-07-15

    Chitosans, polysaccharides obtained from the exoskeleton of crustaceans, have been shown to exert antibacterial activity in vitro and their use as a food preservative is of growing interest. However, beyond a consensus that chitosan appears to disrupt the bacterial cell membrane, published data are inconsistent on the chemical characteristics that confer the antibacterial activity of chitosan. While most authors agree that the net charge density of the polymer (reflected in the fraction of positively charged amino groups at the C-2 position of the glucosamine unit) is an important factor in antibacterial activity, conflicting data have been reported on the effect of molecular weight and on the susceptibility among different bacterial species to chitosan. Therefore, we prepared batches of water-soluble hydrochloride salts of chitosans with weight average molecular weights (M(w)) of 2-224kDa and degree of acetylation of 0.16 and 0.48. Their antibacterial activity was evaluated using tube inhibition assays and membrane integrity assays (N-Phenyl-1-naphthylamine fluorescence and potassium release) against Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella Typhimurium and three lipopolysaccharide mutants of E. coli and S. Typhimurium. Chitosans with lower degree of acetylation (F(A)=0.16) were more active than the more acetylated chitosans (F(A)=0.48). No trends in antibacterial action related to increasing or decreasing M(w) were observed although one of the chitosans (M(w) 28.4kDa, F(A)=0.16) was more active than the other chitosans, inhibiting growth and permeabilizing the membrane of all the test strains included. The test strains varied in their susceptibility to the different chitosans with wild type S. Typhimurium more resistant than the wild type E. coli. Salmonellae lipopolysaccharide mutants were more susceptible than the matched wild type strain. Our results show that the chitosan preparation details are critically important in identifying the antibacterial features that target different test organisms. PMID:21605923

  8. Classical treatment of molecular collisions: striking improvement of the description of recoil energy distributions using Gaussian weighted trajectories.

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    Gonzlez-Martnez, M L; Bonnet, L; Larrgaray, P; Rayez, J-C

    2007-01-28

    The Gaussian weighting (GW) procedure, recently used in the classical treatment of molecular collisions, is a practical way of taking into account quantization of product vibrational actions. The goal of this brief communication is to show that the GW procedure may drastically improve the predictions of the recoil energy distribution between final fragments, an observable frequently measured in molecular beam experiments. PMID:17286453

  9. Preparation and application of low molecular weight poly(vinyl chloride). III mechanical properties of blended poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Yamamoto, Kikuo; Maehala, Takashi; Mitani, Katsuo; Mizutani, Yukio )

    1993-11-05

    The blending effect of poly(vinyl chloride) with relatively higher molecular weight (HMW-PVC) and relatively lower molecular weight (LMW-PVC) has been investigated by measuring various mechanical properties: melt properties, tensile strength, tensile modulus, and impact strength. The blended PVC has slightly improved melt properties in comparison with the HMW-PVC used. The tensile strength of the blended PVC is related to the weight-average polymerization degree (Pw) of LMW-PVC and the LMW-PVC content. At the LMW-PVC content of 20%, the tensile strength of blended PVC is a maximum: approximately 58 MPa.

  10. Thrombin generation assay identifies individual variability in responses to low molecular weight heparin in pregnancy: implications for anticoagulant monitoring.

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    Chowdary, Pratima; Adamidou, Despoina; Riddell, Anne; Aghighi, Saman; Griffioen, Anja; Priest, Paul; Moghadam, Lida; Kelaher, Nicholas; Huq, Farah Y; Kadir, Rezan A; Tuddenham, Edward G; Gatt, Alex

    2015-03-01

    Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) given to inhibit coagulation and reduce the risk of thrombosis, is typically monitored by anti-Xa assay. However, anti-Xa levels may not necessarily provide an accurate measure of coagulation inhibition. Moreover, pregnancy is associated with hypercoagulability, which may compromise the efficacy of LMWH. We looked at the association between anti-Xa levels and parameters of thrombin generation assay [TGA; area under the curve (AUC), peak height (PH) and time to peak (ttP)] using samples from 41 pregnant women receiving LMWH and 40 normal pregnant women controls. TGA results confirmed the physiological hypercoagulability of normal pregnancy (mean normalised values: AUC 119%; PH 157%; ttP 72%). Although anti-Xa measures correlated with all three TGA parameters, this group correlation masked significant inter-individual variability, demonstrated by the R(2) value or coefficient of determination. Anti-Xa levels contributed to 74% of variation in AUC values, 63% of variation in PH values and only 53% of variation in ttP values. The remainder reflects the contribution of patients' intrinsic coagulation status. Hence, some patients with 'safe' anti-Xa levels may potentially be under-anticoagulated, particularly in pregnancy. Measuring coagulability directly with TGA may lower the risk of adverse events due to under-anticoagulation in selected patients. PMID:25351814

  11. Size and shape of the repetitive domain of high molecular weight wheat gluten proteins. II. Hydrodynamic studies.

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    van Swieten, Eric; Friesen, Robert R; de Kruif, Cees G; Robillard, George T

    2003-07-01

    This study describes the hydrodynamic properties of the repetitive domain of high molecular weight (HMW) wheat proteins, which complement the small-angle scattering (SANS) experiments performed in the first paper of this series. The sedimentation coefficients, s(0), and diffusion coefficients, D(0), were obtained from the homologous HMW proteins dB1 and dB4 that were cloned from the gluten protein HMW Dx5, and expressed in Escherichia coli. Monodisperse conditions for accurate determination of s(0) and D(0), were obtained by screening a series of buffers using dynamic light scattering. For the first time, hydrodynamic parameters were obtained on monodisperse samples that enabled the determination of the monomeric size and shape. The hydrodynamic values determined on dB1 and dB4 were used to test the worm-like chain (WLC) model that was proposed in the SANS studies. The successful matching of two separately obtained hydrodynamic parameters of dB1 and dB4 using the WLC model provides further evidence for the WLC model. The small discrepancy between the hydrodynamic and scattering data, possibly coming from the excluded volume effect, was compensated by a solvation layer of 1-2 water molecules thick around the protein in the WLC model. The solvation of the central domain is much higher than those of the terminal domains of the HMW subunits. This difference emphasizes the dual role of HMW wheat gluten proteins in water-binding and aggregation. PMID:12833259

  12. Development of solvent-free offset ink using vegetable oil esters and high molecular-weight resin.

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    Park, Jung Min; Kim, Young Han; Kim, Sung Bin

    2013-01-01

    In the development of solvent-free offset ink, the roles of resin molecular weight and used solvent on the ink performance were evaluated by examining the relationship between the various properties of resin and solvent and print quality. To find the best performing resin, the soy-oil fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) was applied to the five modified-phenolic resins having different molecular weights. It is found from the experimental results that the ink made of higher molecular weight and better solubility resin gives better printability and print quality. It is because larger molecular weight resin with better solubility gives higher rate of ink transfer. From the ink application of different esters to high molecular weight resin, the best printing performance was yielded from the soy-oil fatty acid butyl ester (FABE). It is due to its high kinematic viscosity resulting in the smallest change of ink transfer weight upon multiple number of printing, which improves the stability of ink quality. PMID:23728325

  13. Synthesis and characterization of sugar based low molecular weight gelators and the preparation of chiral sulfinamides

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    Mangunuru, Hari Prasad Reddy

    Low molecular weight gelators (LMWGs) have received considerable attention in the field of chemistry from last few decades. These compounds form self-assembled fibrous networks like micelles, cylindrical, sheets, fibers, layers and so on. The fibrous network entraps the solvent and forms gel, because of the self-assembly phenomenon and their demonstrated potential uses in a variety of areas, ranging from environmental to medicinal applications. Sugars are good starting materials to synthesize the new class of LMWG's, because these are different from some expensive materials, these are natural products. We have synthesized and characterized the LMGS's based on D-glucose and D-glucosamine. D-glucosamine is the versatile starting material to make different peptoids and triazoles. Several series of compounds were synthesized using compounds 1-3 as starting material and studied the gelation behavior all the compounds. We have studied the self-assembling properties of a new class of tripeptoids, synthesized by one-pot Ugi reaction from simple starting materials. Among the focused library of tripeptoids synthesized, we found that several efficient low molecular weight organogelators were obtained for aqueous DMSO and ethanol mixtures. We have also synthesized and characterized a series of monosaccharide triazole derivatives. These compounds were synthesized from N-acetyl glucosamine and D-glucose via a Cu(I) catalyzed azide/alkyne cycloaddition reaction (CuAAc). The compounds have been screened for their gelation properties and several efficient low molecular weight organo/hydro gelators were obtained, among these compounds, five per-acetyl glucosamine derivatives and one peracetyl glucose derivative were able to form gels in water. These new molecules are expected to be useful in drug delivery and tissue engineering.*. Asymmetric synthesis of chiral amines is a challenging in synthetic organic chemistry. The development of new catalysts for asymmetric organic transformations is a very important research goal in modern synthetic organic chemistry. We have synthesized a new class of chiral oxathiozinone from chiral amino phenol. From this synthesized chiral sulfinamides, ketimines followed by reducing the ketimines synthesized the highly hindered chiral amines. *Please refer to dissertation for diagrams.

  14. Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin and Unfractionated Heparin Decrease Th-1, 2, and 17 Expressions

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    Huang, Jing-Ning; Tsai, Ming-Chin; Fang, Shun-Lung; Chang, Margaret Dah-Tsyr; Wu, Yu-Rou; Tsai, Jaw-Ji; Fu, Lin-Shien; Lin, Heng-Kuei; Chen, Yi-Jun; Li, Tsai-Wei

    2014-01-01

    Background We evaluated the effects of T helper cell differentiation in a mite-allergic animal model treated with inhaled heparins of different molecular weight. Method BALB/c mice were divided into four groups: 1. Control, 2. Mite intratracheal (mIT), 3. Inhaled heparin (hIN), 4. Inhaled low-molecular-weight heparin (lmwhIN). Groups 2, 3, and 4 were sensitized twice with Der p allergen subcutaneously on day 1 and day 8. Der p allergen was administered intratracheally on day 15. Groups 3 and 4 were treated with heparin or low-molecular-weight (lmw) heparin intranasally from day 1 to 22. Splenocytes from sacrificed mice stimulated with 16 g/ml of Der p were cultured for 72 hours. Supernatants of splenocyte were collected to analyze the effect of Interleukin (IL)17-A/F, Interferon(IFN)-?, IL-4, IL-13, and IL-10. Serum was also collected for Der P-specific IgE level on day 23. Total RNA was extracted from spleen tissue for mRNA expression. Gene expression of Foxp3, IL-10 IFN-?, GATA3, IL-5, and ROR?t were analyzed. Results Both hIN and lmwhIN groups had lower serum IgE level than that of the mIT group (both p<0.0001). Both hIN and lmwhIN groups showed significantly decreased transcripts of GATA-3, IFN-?, IL-5, and ROR?t mRNA in their spleen. Regarding the supernatant of splenocyte culture stimulated with Der p, compared with the mIT group, there were significant decreases in IL-17A/F, IFN-?, IL-4, IL-13, and IL-10 secretion in inhaled hIN and lmwhIN groups. Conclusions From this balb/c mice study, the analyses of mRNA and cytokines revealed that both intranasal heparin and lmw heparin treatment decreased the expression of Th1, Th2, and Th17 in spleen. The underlying mechanism(s) warrant further studies. PMID:25364825

  15. Vapor-pressure osmometric study of the molecular weight and aggregation tendency of a reference-soil fulvic acid

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    Marinsky, J.A.; Reddy, M.M.

    1990-01-01

    The molecular weight and aggregation tendency of a reference-soil fulvic acid in Armadale horizon Bh were determined by vapor-pressure osmometry using tetrahydrofuran and water as solvents. With tetrahydrofuran, number-average molecular weight values of 767 ?? 34 and 699 ?? 8 daltons were obtained from two separate sets of measurements. Two sets of measurements with water also yielded values within this range (754 ?? 70 daltons) provided that the fulvic acid concentration in water did not exceed 7 mg ml-1; at higher concentrations (9.1-13.7 mg ml-1) a number-average molecular weight of 956 ?? 25 daltons was resolved, providing evidence of molecular aggregation. Extension of these studies to 80% neutralized fulvic acid showed that a sizeable fraction of the sodium counter ion is not osmotically active.

  16. Molecular weight dependence of hybrid shish kebab structure in injection molded bar of polyethylene/inorganic whisker composites.

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    Ning, Nanying; Luo, Feng; Wang, Ke; Zhang, Qin; Chen, Feng; Du, Rongni; An, Chunyang; Pan, Baofeng; Fu, Qiang

    2008-11-13

    In our previous work, a hybrid shish kebab structure, with polyethylene (PE) crystal lamellae periodically decorated on the surface of an inorganic whisker (SMCW) and aligned approximately perpendicular to the long axis of the whisker, has been observed in the injection molded bar of PE/SMCW composites. To investigate the effect of the molecular weight of the PE matrix on the formation of the hybrid shish kebab structure and the corresponding physical properties of HDPE/SMCW composites, in this work, three types of PE with different molecular weights were used to prepare the composites. They were first melt blended and then subjected to dynamic packing injection molding (DPIM), in which the prolonged shear was exerted on the melt during the solidification stage. An obvious hybrid shish kebab (HSK) structure, with PE crystal lamellae closely packed on the surface of the SMCW, was found in the samples with a low molecular weight PE (LMW-PE) matrix and a medium molecular weight PE (MMW-PE) matrix. However, in samples with a high molecular weight PE (HMW-PE) matrix, an incomplete HSK structure with PE crystal lamellae loosely decorated on the surface of the SMCW was observed. Furthermore, DSC results indicated that SMCW served as a good nucleating agent only for the composite with a LMW-PE matrix and the nucleation efficiency decreased with increasing PE molecular weight. Correspondingly, the tensile strength of the PE/SMCW composites was significantly improved by adding SMCW for the samples with a LMW-PE or MMW-PE matrix. Especially for samples with a LMW-PE matrix, the tensile strength was remarkably enhanced by the presence of only 1 wt % SMCW. For the composites with a HMW-PE matrix, the addition of SMCW had almost no reinforcing effect on the composites. The molecular weight dependence of the formation of HSK and property enhancement was discussed on the basis of the chain mobility and crystallization capability of the PE matrix. PMID:18925778

  17. Surface engineering on mesoporous silica chips for enriching low molecular weight phosphorylated proteins

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    Hu, Ye; Peng, Yang; Lin, Kevin; Shen, Haifa; Brousseau, Louis C., III; Sakamoto, Jason; Sun, Tong; Ferrari, Mauro

    2011-02-01

    Phosphorylated peptides and proteins play an important role in normal cellular activities, e.g., gene expression, mitosis, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, as well as tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. However, technical hurdles hinder the use of common fractionation methods to capture phosphopeptides from complex biological fluids such as human sera. Herein, we present the development of a dual strategy material that offers enhanced capture of low molecular weight phosphoproteins: mesoporous silica thin films with precisely engineered pore sizes that sterically select for molecular size combined with chemically selective surface modifications (i.e. Ga3+, Ti4+ and Zr4+) that target phosphoroproteins. These materials provide high reproducibility (CV = 18%) and increase the stability of the captured proteins by excluding degrading enzymes, such as trypsin. The chemical and physical properties of the composite mesoporous thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and ellipsometry. Using mass spectroscopy and biostatistics analysis, the enrichment efficiency of different metal ions immobilized on mesoporous silica chips was investigated. The novel technology reported provides a platform capable of efficiently profiling the serum proteome for biomarker discovery, forensic sampling, and routine diagnostic applications.Phosphorylated peptides and proteins play an important role in normal cellular activities, e.g., gene expression, mitosis, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, as well as tumor initiation, progression and metastasis. However, technical hurdles hinder the use of common fractionation methods to capture phosphopeptides from complex biological fluids such as human sera. Herein, we present the development of a dual strategy material that offers enhanced capture of low molecular weight phosphoproteins: mesoporous silica thin films with precisely engineered pore sizes that sterically select for molecular size combined with chemically selective surface modifications (i.e. Ga3+, Ti4+ and Zr4+) that target phosphoroproteins. These materials provide high reproducibility (CV = 18%) and increase the stability of the captured proteins by excluding degrading enzymes, such as trypsin. The chemical and physical properties of the composite mesoporous thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and ellipsometry. Using mass spectroscopy and biostatistics analysis, the enrichment efficiency of different metal ions immobilized on mesoporous silica chips was investigated. The novel technology reported provides a platform capable of efficiently profiling the serum proteome for biomarker discovery, forensic sampling, and routine diagnostic applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00720j

  18. In vivo endothelial siRNA delivery using polymeric nanoparticles with low molecular weight

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    Dahlman, James E.; Barnes, Carmen; Khan, Omar F.; Thiriot, Aude; Jhunjunwala, Siddharth; Shaw, Taylor E.; Xing, Yiping; Sager, Hendrik B.; Sahay, Gaurav; Speciner, Lauren; Bader, Andrew; Bogorad, Roman L.; Yin, Hao; Racie, Tim; Dong, Yizhou; Jiang, Shan; Seedorf, Danielle; Dave, Apeksha; Singh Sandhu, Kamaljeet; Webber, Matthew J.; Novobrantseva, Tatiana; Ruda, Vera M.; Lytton-Jean, Abigail K. R.; Levins, Christopher G.; Kalish, Brian; Mudge, Dayna K.; Perez, Mario; Abezgauz, Ludmila; Dutta, Partha; Smith, Lynelle; Charisse, Klaus; Kieran, Mark W.; Fitzgerald, Kevin; Nahrendorf, Matthias; Danino, Dganit; Tuder, Rubin M.; von Andrian, Ulrich H.; Akinc, Akin; Panigrahy, Dipak; Schroeder, Avi; Koteliansky, Victor; Langer, Robert; Anderson, Daniel G.

    2014-08-01

    Dysfunctional endothelium contributes to more diseases than any other tissue in the body. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) can help in the study and treatment of endothelial cells in vivo by durably silencing multiple genes simultaneously, but efficient siRNA delivery has so far remained challenging. Here, we show that polymeric nanoparticles made of low-molecular-weight polyamines and lipids can deliver siRNA to endothelial cells with high efficiency, thereby facilitating the simultaneous silencing of multiple endothelial genes in vivo. Unlike lipid or lipid-like nanoparticles, this formulation does not significantly reduce gene expression in hepatocytes or immune cells even at the dosage necessary for endothelial gene silencing. These nanoparticles mediate the most durable non-liver silencing reported so far and facilitate the delivery of siRNAs that modify endothelial function in mouse models of vascular permeability, emphysema, primary tumour growth and metastasis.

  19. Production and characterization of low molecular weight sophorolipid under fed-batch culture.

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    Morya, V K; Park, Ji-ho; Kim, Tae Jung; Jeon, Sanggui; Kim, Eun-Ki

    2013-09-01

    The present study was designed for the production and optimization of the C12-C14 sophorolipid, using the yeast Candida bombicola ATCC-22214. The fermentation was carried under fed-batch culture conditions i.e., maintaining 15% coconut oil and 10% glucose as hydrophobic and hydrophilic carbon sources, respectively. A maximum yield 54.0 g/L (in 234 h) was achieved. A significant antimicrobial activity, surface activity, and emulsion ability were recorded. The native sophorolipid was found as enhancer of detergent efficacy of commercial detergent, tested on complex, smudge and oil contaminated clothes. Molecular weight of the C12 (605/623) and C14 (633/651) sophorolipids were determined by LC-MS which revealed it as diacetylated sophorolipid. This study is being important in terms of yield, which is better than the previously reported. PMID:23807367

  20. Characterization of low molecular weight organic acids from beech wood treated in supercritical water.

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    Yoshida, Kei; Kusaki, Junko; Ehara, Katsunobu; Saka, Shiro

    2005-01-01

    Japanese beech (Fagus crenata Blume), its cell wall components, and model compounds were treated by supercritical water (380 degrees C, 100 MPa) for 5 s using a batch-type reactor to investigate the production behavior of low molecular weight organic acids. It was found that cellulose and hemicellulose were decomposed to formic acid, pyruvic acid, glycolic acid, acetic acid, and lactic acid, whereas lignin was barely decomposed to such organic acids under the given conditions. However, after prolonged treatment (380 degrees C, 100 MPa, 4 min) of lignin, some organic acids were recovered owing perhaps to the decomposition of the propyl side chain of lignin. It was additionally revealed that the predominant organic acid recovered was acetic acid, which might be derived from the acetyl group of hemicellulose in Japanese beech. PMID:15930559

  1. Effects of low-molecular-weight aluminum complexes on brain tissue calcium homeostasis.

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    Anghileri, L J; Thouvenot, P; Bertrand, A

    1998-09-01

    The in vitro effects of low-molecular-weight aluminum complexes (citrate, lactate, and ATP complex) on the Ca2+ uptake and aluminum-induced lipid peroxidation of brain tissue show that the modification of the calcium homeostasis is determined by the nature of the ligand and that there is no correlation between the aluminum-induced lipid peroxidation and the Ca2+ uptake. The same characteristics have been shown by a similar study performed with Ehrlich carcinoma cells. The electrophoretic analyses of the aluminum lactate-albumin and aluminum lactate-ATP interactions indicate an aluminum transfer from the lactate to the albumin and ATP ligands. The increased Ca2+ uptake when ATP is present in the incubation medium with aluminum citrate and aluminum lactate corroborates the suggested mediator role of ATP in cellular calcium homeostasis modification induced by iron. PMID:9840816

  2. Production of a low molecular weight heparin production using recombinant glycuronidase.

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    Su, Guowei; Li, Linhong; Huang, Haichan; Zhong, Weihong; Yu, Ping; Zhang, Fuming; Linhardt, Robert J

    2015-12-10

    The ?4,5 unsaturated uronate (4-deoxy-?-l-threo-hex-4-eno-pyranosyluronic acid) residue is produced through the depolymerization of heparin, heparosan, and heparan sulfate with heparin lyases. The recovery of unsaturated uronate containing products is necessary to prepare low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) from heparin or heparosan. In this study, the gene of ?4,5 and ?4,5(?20) unsaturated glycuronidase (EC# 3.2.1.56) from Pedobacter heparinus (formerly Flavobacterium heparinum) was cloned into pMAL-c2x plasmid. Its fusion protein with MBP was expressed in Escherichia coli TB1. After purification, ?4,5 unsaturated glycuronidase was evaluated. The ?4,5(?20) glycuronidase showed excellent activity on the unsaturated bonds of the different depolymerized products from Hep I, Hep II, and Hep III on heparin, heparosan, and heparan sulfate. PMID:26428111

  3. Static fracture resistance of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene using the single specimen normalization method

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    Varadarajan, R.; Dapp, E.K.; Rimnac, C.M.

    2013-01-01

    Fracture of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) components used in total joint replacements is a clinical concern. UHMWPE materials exhibits stable crack growth under static loading, therefore, their fracture resistance is generally characterized using the J-R curve. The multiple specimen method recommended by ASTM for evaluation of the J-R curve for polymers is time and material intensive. In this study, the applicability of a single specimen method based on load normalization to predict J-R curves of UHMWPE materials is evaluated. The normalization method involves determination of a deformation function. In this study, the J-R curves obtained using a power law based deformation function and the LMN curve based deformation function were compared. The results support the use of the power law based deformation function when using the single specimen approach to predict J-R curves for UHMWPE materials. PMID:23390325

  4. Synthesis of a high molecular weight thyroglobulin dimer by two ovine thyroid cell lines: the OVNIS.

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    Hovsépian, S; Aouani, A; Fayet, G

    1986-05-01

    The OVNIS 6H and 5H thyroid cells, 2 permanent cell lines isolated 3 years ago from ovine tissue, synthesize a high molecular weight glycosylated protein, immunologically related to ovine thyroglobulin, which is similar to the prothyroid hormone dimer (17-19) S: thyroglobulin. Using sucrose gradient centrifugation and cell labelling with [14C]Leu or [3H]GlNH2, radioactivity was observed in proteins purified from cell layers and from cell culture media. Addition of thyrotropin to or removal from the media resulted respectively in an increase (+773%) or decrease (-1090%) of the total radioactivity detected in the (17-19)S thyroglobulin fraction. Estimation of thyroglobulin by RIA gave similar though less pronounced effects. These experiments prove (1) that thyroglobulin is still expressed in these OVNIS thyroid cell lines even after 3 years of permanent culture, (2) that TSH modulates the level of this protein through a TSH-receptor functional system. PMID:3709961

  5. Isotope labeling strategies for the study of high-molecular-weight proteins by solution NMR spectroscopy.

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    Tugarinov, Vitali; Kanelis, Voula; Kay, Lewis E

    2006-01-01

    The development of isotope labeling methodology has had a significant impact on NMR studies of high-molecular-weight proteins and macromolecular complexes. Here we review some of this methodology that has been developed and used in our laboratory. In particular, experimental protocols are described for the production of highly deuterated, uniformly 15N- and 13C-labeled samples of large proteins, with optional incorporation of selective isotope labels into methyl groups of isoleucine, leucine and valine residues. Various types of methyl labeling schemes are assessed, and the utility of different methyl labeling strategies is highlighted for studies ranging from protein structure determination to the investigation of side-chain dynamics. In the case of malate synthase G (MSG), the time frame of the whole preparation, including the protein refolding step, is about 70 h. PMID:17406304

  6. In vitro antioxidant activities of low-molecular-weight polysaccharides with various functional groups.

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    Chen, Szu Kai; Tsai, Min Lang; Huang, Jin Ru; Chen, Rong Huei

    2009-04-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of different functional groups of sulfate, amine, and hydroxyl and/or their ionized groups on in vitro antioxidant capacities of low-molecular-weight polysaccharides (LMPS) prepared from agar (LMAG), chitosan (LMCH), and starch (LMST), respectively, and to elucidate their structure-activity relationship. Ascorbic acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) were used as positive controls. The in vitro antioxidant capacities of LMAG and LMCH were higher than that of LMST in the DPPH radical, superoxide radical, hydrogen peroxide, and nitric oxide radical scavenging and ferrous metal-chelating capacities. The different scavenging capacities may be due to the combined effects of the different sizes of the electron-cloud density and the different accessibility between free radical and LMPS, which, in turn, depends upon the different hydrophobicities of the constituent sugars. PMID:19256513

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis of hydroxyapatite plates prepared using low molecular weight heparin (LMWH).

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    Rajeswari, A; Kumar, V Ganesh; Karthick, V; Dhas, T Stalin; Potluri, Sri Lakshmi

    2013-11-01

    Materials with enhanced physical and biological properties have been used for biomedical applications and can be developed by functionalizing them using various components. Hydroxyapatite (HAP), among other available synthetic material, serves as one of the best tools in orthopaedics and ceramic coatings. The porous structure of HAP helps in bone cell regeneration, chemical integration of bone and also favours the interaction between bone and tissues. Herein, we have demonstrated a simple procedure for the synthesis of HAP using low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), a structural analogue of bone heparan sulphate proteoglycan. The presence of small sized HAP plates with well-defined structures was revealed using electron microscopic analysis. The phase purity of the synthesized HAP was evaluated using X-ray diffraction pattern obtained before and after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF). PMID:23871522

  8. Thermal Behaviour of W+C Ion Implanted Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)

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    Urkac, E. Sokullu; Oztarhan, A.; Tihminlioglu, F.; Ila, D.; Chhay, B.; Muntele, C.; Budak, S.; Oks, E.; Nikolaev, A.

    2009-03-10

    The aim of this work was to examine thermal behavior of the surface modified Ultra High Molecular Weight Poly Ethylene (UHMWPE ) in order to understand the effect of ion implantation on the properties of this polymer which is widely used especially for biomedical applications. UHMWPE samples were Tungsten and Carbon (W+C) hybrid ion implanted by using Metal Vapour Vacuum Arc (MEVVA) ion implantation technique with a fluence of 10 17 ions/cm2 and extraction voltage of 30 kV. Untreated and surface-treated samples were investigated by Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) Analysis, Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) Spectrometry, Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). This study has shown that ion implantation represents a powerful tool on modifying thermal properties of UHMWPE surfaces. This combination of properties can make implanted UHMWPE a preferred material for biomedical applications.

  9. Tribological properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene at ultra-low temperature

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    Liu, Hongtao; Ji, Hongmin; Wang, Xuemei

    2013-12-01

    The hardness, compression properties, creep resistance and tribological properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene at ultra-low temperature were researched in this paper, and the feasibility of its use in low temperature components was explored. Studies had shown that the UHMWPE sample at ultra-low temperature had a brittle tendency, and its compression curve was similar to the brittle material, for which the brittle fracture occurred in the 20% compression. Besides, the creep resistance of the sample at low temperature got worse, and its hardness showed an increasing tendency. With the increased experimental load, the friction coefficient varied seriously, and during the same load, the friction coefficient at low temperature was higher than that at room temperature. According to the worn morphology, the sample at low temperature showed a typical feature of fatigue wear and abrasive wear, while at room temperature it mainly for abrasive wear.

  10. Tribological behavior of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene in a hip joint simulator

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    Mohamad Raffi, N.; Kanagarajan, D.; Srinivasan, V.

    2012-12-01

    In this paper effects of various injection molding parameters on tribological properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were investigated. The tribological properties like coefficient of friction and wear rate were obtained from the experimental results of hip simulator which was designed and fabricated in the laboratory. Bovine serum was used as a lubricant in this study. In addition, the hardness of the specimen was also investigated as well. The injection molding parameters that varied for this study are melt temperature, injection velocity and compaction time. The results show that contact loads and melt temperature were mostly influenced the tribological behavior of UHMWPE. A wear mechanism map was developed to study the dominant wear mechanism that influences the wear behavior of UHMWPE. SEM was employed to study the worn out morphologies of UHMWPE. The dominant wear mechanisms that are dominated through our study are ironing, scratching, ploughing, plastic deformation, and fatigue wear.

  11. In vitro and in vivo imaging of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene orbital implants.

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    Olszycki, Marek; Kozakiewicz, Marcin; Elgalal, Marcin; Majos, Agata; Stefanczyk, Ludomir

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to compare magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with computed tomography (CT) for visualization of an orbital alloplastic prosthesis made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) both in vitro and in vivo. A study of 15 test implants from UHMW-PE visualized in vitro in CT and MRI and an in vivo visualization in a patient who suffered from orbital injury and underwent reconstructive surgery is presented. The postsurgery MRI showed the UHMW-PE material clearly, with no significant artifacts. The surrounding tissues could be satisfactorily evaluated. The CT scans did not present the graft material. Both techniques were sufficient tools for in vitro evaluation of the shape and measurement of the prosthesis. PMID:25830408

  12. Friction, wear, transfer, and wear surface morphology of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene

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    Fusaro, R. L.

    1985-01-01

    Tribological studies at 25 C in a 50-percent-relative-humidity air atmosphere were conducted using hemispherically tipped 440 C HT (high temperature) stainless steel pins sliding against ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) disks. The results indicate that sliding speed, sliding distance, contact stress and specimen geometry can markedly affect friction, UHMWPE wear, UHMWPE transfer and the type of wear mechanisms that occur. Adhesion appears to be the predominant wear mechanism; but after long sliding distances at slow speeds, heavy ridges of transfer result which can induce fatigue-like wear on the UHMWPE disk wear track. In one instance, abrasive wear to the metallic pin was observed. This was caused by a hard particle embedded in the UHMWPE disk wear track.

  13. Friction, wear, transfer and wear surface morphology of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene

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    Fusaro, R. L.

    1983-01-01

    Tribological studies at 25 C in a 50-percent-relative-humidity air atmosphere were conducted using hemispherically tipped 440 C HT (high temperature) stainless steel pins sliding against ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) disks. The results indicate that sliding speed, sliding distance, contact stress and specimen geometry can markedly affect friction, UHMWPE wear, UHMWPE transfer and the type of wear mechanisms that occur. Adhesion appears to be the predominant wear mechanism; but after long sliding distances at slow speeds, heavy ridges of transfer result which can induce fatigue-like wear on the UHMWPE disk wear track. In one instance, abrasive wear to the metallic pin was observed. This was caused by a hard particle embedded in the UHMWPE disk wear track.

  14. Effects of average molecular weight and concentration of polymer additive on friction and wear

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    Yoshida, Kazuo )

    1990-04-01

    Tribological behavior with oils containing polymethacrylates (PMAs) differing in average molecular weight, Mw, is examined in sliding concentrated contacts. At low loads, low PMA Mw or higher concentrations of PMA have a beneficial effect on wear, but at high loads, PMAs are detrimental. The beneficial effect is attributed to elastohydrodynamic film formation. The most important parameter is the number of PMA molecules per unit oil volume. The prowear action can be explained by the fact that PMA molecules may accumulate in the inlet region of the contact. The polymer accumulation may block the base oil entering the contact leading to oil starvation which in turn leads to severe contacts and increases in wear. This anomalous behavior may result from the competition between the prowear action and oil film formation. 13 refs.

  15. Molecular weight: Property relationships of high performance polymers used for adhesives and composites

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    Kranbuehl, D.

    1975-01-01

    Degradation of high performance polyimide precursor resins was investigated by measuring the molecular weight of the polymers in solution, using a membrane osmometer. It was found that polyimide precursor resins composed of BTDA and ODPA combined with DABP and MDA were unstable in DMAC. The degradation rate was found to depend upon the chemical nature of the isomeric diamine and the geometric structure about the amide linkage. The polymers of DABP were less susceptible to degradation than those of MDA and p,p'-compounds were more stable than m,m'-compounds. These results suggest that degradation is correlated with the basicity of the diamine. That is, the rate of the degradation reaction increases with the basicity of the diamine group in the polyimide precursor resin. The presence of water and a higher temperature increased the degradation rate of the polymers.

  16. Flax (Linum usitatissimum) seed cake: a potential source of high molecular weight arabinoxylans?

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    Warrand, J; Michaud, P; Picton, L; Muller, G; Courtois, B; Ralainirina, R; Courtois, J

    2005-03-01

    Water-soluble polysaccharides were extracted from flaxseed cake and analyzed. Two groups were separated by anion-exchange chromatography. The first one (nonretained) was the major fraction (83%) and possessed a high molecular weight (HMW) arabinoxylan (56%) with an Ara/Xyl ratio of 0.32 and an M(w) of 846 000. This polymer was accompanied by a smaller galactoglucan (44%), with an M(w) of 6.5 x 10(4). The latter group (17%), retained by the gel, was further described as a HMW pectin heterogeneous group, with, respectively, 3.1 x 10(5) and 1.3 x 10(5). Despite the presence of HMW arabinoxylans, the investigation of rheological flow sweep at the concentration of 2% (w/v) has shown a slight shear thinning behavior with a small zero-rate viscosity at 9.6 Pa.s. PMID:15740022

  17. A novel hypotonic sports drink containing a high molecular weight polysaccharide.

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    Hao, Limin; Chen, Qiang; Lu, Jike; Li, Zhiyu; Guo, Changjiang; Qian, Ping; Yu, Jianyong; Xing, Xinhui

    2014-05-01

    Carbohydrate consumption during exercise can improve performance and delay the onset of fatigue. The purpose of this study was to develop a novel sports drink powder, Jxdrink, containing the high molecular weight polysaccharide Jxsac. Animal experiments including digestion and exhaustive swimming experiments were conducted to observe the physiological effects of this beverage. Human experiments involved the participation of 10 healthy male athletes completing a 180 km road cycling test. The osmolality of Jxdrink was 170-175 mosmol kg(-1), lower than that of human blood. Jxdrink was found to prolong the exhaustive swimming time in test animals. Moreover, Jxdrink had a relatively high glycemic index that maintained blood glucose levels during human cycling experiments. Thus, Jxdrink was found to effectively delay the onset of fatigue in both human and animal experiments. PMID:24599404

  18. Surface modification of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibers via the sequential photoinduced graft polymerization

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    Li, Zhi; Zhang, Wei; Wang, Xinwei; Mai, Yongyi; Zhang, Yumei

    2011-06-01

    In this study, a sequential photoinduced graft polymerization process was proposed to improve the poor interfacial bonding property of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibers. The polymerization was initiated by dormant semipinacol (SP) groups and carried out in a thin liquid layer. Methacrylic acid (MAA) and acryl amide (AM) were grafted stepwise onto the surface of UHMWPE fibers. Attenuated total reflectance infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) confirmed the grafting. The analysis result of pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) indicated the structure of grafted chains. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images revealed the apparent morphology changing, and the grafted layers were observed. Interfacial shear stress (IFSS) test of the modified fibers showed an extensively improved interfacial bonding property. The active groups grafted onto the fibers would supply enough anchor points for the chemical bonding with various resins or further reactions.

  19. Use of principal component analysis for differentiation of gelatine sources based on polypeptide molecular weights.

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    Nur Azira, T; Che Man, Y B; Raja Mohd Hafidz, R N; Aina, M A; Amin, I

    2014-05-15

    The study was aimed to differentiate between porcine and bovine gelatines in adulterated samples by utilising sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) combined with principal component analysis (PCA). The distinct polypeptide patterns of 6 porcine type A and 6 bovine type B gelatines at molecular weight ranged from 50 to 220 kDa were studied. Experimental samples of raw gelatine were prepared by adding porcine gelatine in a proportion ranging from 5% to 50% (v/v) to bovine gelatine and vice versa. The method used was able to detect 5% porcine gelatine added to the bovine gelatine. There were no differences in the electrophoretic profiles of the jelly samples when the proteins were extracted with an acetone precipitation method. The simple approach employing SDS-PAGE and PCA reported in this paper may provide a useful tool for food authenticity issues concerning gelatine. PMID:24423534

  20. Antioxidation activities of low-molecular-weight gelatin hydrolysate isolated from the sea cucumber Stichopus japonicus

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    Wang, Jingfeng; Wang, Yuming; Tang, Qingjuan; Wang, Yi; Chang, Yaoguang; Zhao, Qin; Xue, Changhu

    2010-03-01

    Gelatin extracted from the body wall of the sea cucumber ( Stichopus japonicus) was hydrolyzed with flavourzyme. Low-molecular-weight gelatin hydrolysate (LMW-GH) of 700-1700 Da was produced using an ultrafiltration membrane bioreactor system. Chemiluminescence analysis revealed that LMW-GH scavenges high free radicals in a concentration-dependent manner; IC50 value for superoxide and hydroxyl radicals was 442 and 285 μg mL-1, respectively. LMW-GH exhibited excellent inhibitory characteristics against melanin synthesis and tyrosinase activity in B16 cells. Furthermore, LMW-GH notably increased intracellular glutathione (GSH), which in turn suppressed melanogenesis. LMW-GH performs antioxidation activity, holding the potential of being used as a valuable ingredient in function foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals or nutriceuticals.

  1. Organic molecules in the atmosphere of Jupiter. [low molecular weight hydrocarbons

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    Ponnamperuma, C. A.

    1978-01-01

    Organic synthesis in the primitive solar system was simulated by Fischer Tropsch type experiments. Particular attention was given to the formation of lower molecular weight hydrocarbons. In a gas flow experiment, a gas mixture of H2 and CO was introduced into a heated reaction tube at a constant flow rate and passed through a catalyst (powdered Canyon Diablo). The products that emerged were directly analyzed by gas chromatography. The results of 21 runs under various gas mixing rations, reaction temperatures, and gas-catalyst contact times showed the predominance of the saturated hydrocarbon formation at C sub 4 and C sub 5 over the unsaturated ones. Saturate/unsaturate ratios were mostly less than 0.4 and none showed over 0.7.

  2. Determination of nanoparticle size distribution together with density or molecular weight by 2D analytical ultracentrifugation

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    Carney, Randy P.; Kim, Jin Young; Qian, Huifeng; Jin, Rongchao; Mehenni, Hakim; Stellacci, Francesco; Bakr, Osman M.

    2011-01-01

    Nanoparticles are finding many research and industrial applications, yet their characterization remains a challenge. Their cores are often polydisperse and coated by a stabilizing shell that varies in size and composition. No single technique can characterize both the size distribution and the nature of the shell. Advances in analytical ultracentrifugation allow for the extraction of the sedimentation (s) and diffusion coefficients (D). Here we report an approach to transform the s and D distributions of nanoparticles in solution into precise molecular weight (M), density (?P) and particle diameter (dp) distributions. M for mixtures of discrete nanocrystals is found within 4% of the known quantities. The accuracy and the density information we achieve on nanoparticles are unparalleled. A single experimental run is sufficient for full nanoparticle characterization, without the need for standards or other auxiliary measurements. We believe that our method is of general applicability and we discuss its limitations. PMID:21654635

  3. Structure and function of a 40,000-molecular-weight protein antigen of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Andersen, A B; Andersen, P; Ljungqvist, L

    1992-01-01

    A gene encoding a protein antigen from Mycobacterium tuberculosis with a molecular weight of 40,000 has been sequenced. On the basis of sequence homology and functional analyses, we demonstrated that the protein is an L-alanine dehydrogenase (EC 1.4.1.1). The enzyme was demonstrated in M. tuberculosis and Mycobacterium marinum but not in Mycobacterium bovis BCG. The enzyme may play a role in cell wall synthesis because L-alanine is an important constituent of the peptidoglycan layer. Although no consensus signal sequence was identified, we found evidence which suggests that the enzyme is secreted across the cell membrane. The enzyme was characterized and purified by chromatography, thus enabling further studies of its role in virulence and interaction with the immune system of M. tuberculosis-infected individuals. Images PMID:1587598

  4. Degradation diagnosis of ultrahigh-molecular weight polyethylene with terahertz-time-domain spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, Kohji; Yamaguchi, Mariko; Tani, Masahiko; Hangyo, Masanori; Teramura, Satoshi; Isu, Toshiro; Tomita, Naohide

    2004-11-29

    We investigated ultrahigh-molecular-weight-polyethylene (UHMWPE) samples prepared by various conditions with terahertz-time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Degradation of the virgin UHMWPE samples by {gamma} irradiation induced a drastic increase of the absorption ranging continuously over the THz region. The increase of the absorption continuum is interpreted to originate in the oxidation of the amorphous region within the sample. Only slight THz spectral changes induced by the {gamma} irradiation were, however, observed for the UHMWPE samples doped with 0.1 and 0.3 wt % vitamin E. This result agrees with the earlier indication that vitamin E has an antidegradation effect on UHMWPE. The present result shows that the THz-TDS can be used for the quality control of UHMWPE by monitoring the absorption continuum in the THz region.

  5. Low molecular weight heparin restores antithrombin III activity from hyperglycemia induced alterations.

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    Ceriello, A; Marchi, E; Palazzni, E; Quatraro, A; Giugliano, D

    1990-01-01

    Alteration of antithrombin III (ATIII) activity, glycemia level dependent, exists in diabetes mellitus. In this study the ability of a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) (Fluxum, Alfa-Wassermann S.p.A., Bologna, Italy), as well as unfractioned héparin, to preserve ATIII activity from glucose-induced alterations, both in vitro and in vivo, is reported. The subcutaneous and intravenous LMWH and heparin administration increases basal depressed ATIII activity in diabetic patients. Heparin shows an equivalent effect on both anti-IIa and anti-Xa activity of ATIII, while LMWH is more effective in preserving the anti-Xa activity. Similarity, heparin preserves ATIII activity from hyperglycemia-induced alterations, during hyperglycemic clamp, and LMWH infusion is able to preserve a significant amount of anti-Xa activity from glucose-induced alterations. Since diabetic patients show a high incidence of thrombotic accidents, LMWH appears to be a promising innovation for the prevention of diabetic thrombophylia. PMID:2196192

  6. Low-molecular-weight DNA replication intermediates in Escherichia coli: mechanism of formation and strand specificity.

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    Amado, Luciana; Kuzminov, Andrei

    2013-11-15

    Chromosomal DNA replication intermediates, revealed in ligase-deficient conditions in vivo, are of low molecular weight (LMW) independently of the organism, suggesting discontinuous replication of both the leading and the lagging DNA strands. Yet, in vitro experiments with purified enzymes replicating sigma-structured substrates show continuous synthesis of the leading DNA strand in complete absence of ligase, supporting the textbook model of semi-discontinuous DNA replication. The discrepancy between the in vivo and in vitro results is rationalized by proposing that various excision repair events nick continuously synthesized leading strands after synthesis, producing the observed LMW intermediates. Here, we show that, in an Escherichia coli ligase-deficient strain with all known excision repair pathways inactivated, new DNA is still synthesized discontinuously. Furthermore, hybridization to strand-specific targets demonstrates that the LMW replication intermediates come from both the lagging and the leading strands. These results support the model of discontinuous leading strand synthesis in E. coli. PMID:23876705

  7. Skin: Major target organ of allergic reactions to small molecular weight compounds

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    Merk, Hans F. Baron, Jens M.; Neis, Mark M.; Obrigkeit, Daniela Hoeller; Karlberg, Ann-Therese

    2007-11-01

    Skin is a major target organ for allergic reactions to small molecular weight compounds. Drug allergic reactions may be life-threatening such as in the case of anaphylactic reactions or bullous drug reactions and occur in about 5% of all hospitalized patients. Allergic contact dermatitis has an enormous influence on the social life of the patient because it is the most frequent reason for occupational skin diseases and the treatment and prevention of this disease cost approximately Euro 3 billion per year in Germany. The different proposed pathophysiological pathways leading to a drug eruption are discussed in this paper. All major enzymes which are involved in the metabolism of xenobiotica were shown to be present in skin. Evidence supporting the role of metabolism in the development of drug allergy and allergic contact dermatitis is demonstrated in the example of sulphonamides and fragrances.

  8. Properties of self-reinforced ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene composites.

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    Deng, M; Shalaby, S W

    1997-05-01

    The physical properties of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre/UHMWPE matrix composites have been characterized. It was found that the tensile strength and modulus, and creep resistance, were significantly increased after incorporating UHMWPE fibres into a UHMWPE matrix. The longitudinal tensile strength of the resulting self-reinforced composite increased with fibre content, according to the law of mixtures. The transverse strength did not change for fibre content of up to 7%. The double-notch impact strength of the composites was higher than plain UHMWPE. There was no difference in wear properties between the composites and plain UHMWPE. The cross-section and tensile fracture surfaces of the composites were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Overall results indicate that the self-reinforced UHMWPE composites may be good candidates for load-bearing biomedical applications. PMID:9151996

  9. Absorption and effectiveness of orally administered low molecular weight collagen hydrolysate in rats.

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    Watanabe-Kamiyama, Mari; Shimizu, Muneshige; Kamiyama, Shin; Taguchi, Yasuki; Sone, Hideyuki; Morimatsu, Fumiki; Shirakawa, Hitoshi; Furukawa, Yuji; Komai, Michio

    2010-01-27

    Collagen, a major extracellular matrix macromolecule, is widely used for biomedical purposes. We investigated the absorption mechanism of low molecular weight collagen hydrolysate (LMW-CH) and its effects on osteoporosis in rats. When administered to Wistar rats with either [(14)C]proline (Pro group) or glycyl-[(14)C]prolyl-hydroxyproline (CTp group), LMW-CH rapidly increased plasma radioactivity. LMW-CH was absorbed into the blood of Wistar rats in the peptide form. Glycyl-prolyl-hydroxyproline tripeptide remained in the plasma and accumulated in the kidney. In both groups, radioactivity was retained at a high level in the skin until 14 days after administration. Additionally, the administration of LMW-CH to ovariectomized stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats increased the organic substance content and decreased the water content of the left femur. Our findings show that LMW-CH exerts a beneficial effect on osteoporosis by increasing the organic substance content of bone. PMID:19957932

  10. Isolation and identification of low molecular weight antioxidant compounds from fermented "chorizo" sausages.

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    Broncano, J M; Otte, J; Petrón, M J; Parra, V; Timón, M L

    2012-02-01

    This work is focused on the determination of low molecular weight compounds extracted from samples of fermented sausages. The antioxidant activity of fractions isolated from chorizo extracts was tested by their ability to quench free radicals by the DPPH-radical scavenging assay. Natural dipeptides and metabolites characteristic of meat were abundant in the fractions isolated by RP-HPLC from chorizo extracts. Due to extensive degradation during the ripening of chorizo, the extracts did not contain many peptides in a concentration that allowed identification. However, many free amino acids were identified by LC-MS/MS and HILIC-MS/MS. The fractions with the most hydrophilic compounds showed the highest antioxidant activity. PMID:22000499

  11. Dispersion of titania nanoparticles in polydimethylsiloxane fluids using grafted low molecular weight polymers.

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    Piech, Martin; Bell, Nelson Simmons; Frischknecht, Amalie Lucile

    2008-06-01

    Nanoparticle interactions and their impact on particle dispersion and rheology are well known to be functions of the interfacial structure between the particle and the fluid phase. The dispersion and flow properties of a titania nanopowder were evaluated in polydimethylsiloxane fluid using ''grafted to'' surface modification of the titania with short molecular weight PDMS polymers. The interaction energy between particles was modeled using analytical expressions as well as dynamic functional theory for polymer surface chains. Particle dynamics as a function of volume fraction were characterized using light scattering, acoustic spectroscopy, and shear and oscillatory measurements. Autophobic dewetting is a novel short range interaction in this system that may be impacting the maximum packing fraction of particles in a suspension.

  12. Analysis and characterization of alumina particles reinforced ultra high molecular weight polyethylene composite for acetabular cup.

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    Saha, D; Bose, P K; Banthia, A K; Dhabal, S

    2007-02-01

    Composites of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) reinforced with 5, 10 and 15 percent of alumina were prepared by a technique of uniform mixing and moulding. Acetabular cups were produced by compression moulding methods. A new walk simulator was also developed in-house for testing the tribological performances of these cups. The results from walk simulator tests are encouraging. Using a human walk simulator machine we did in vitro wear testing. Characterizations were performed to analyse the microstructure, composition, phase purity and crystalline by using XRD, DSC/TGA. Biocompatibility test was done by cytotoxicity, hemocompatibility and MTT assay methods. Biocompatibility tests gave hemolysis counts with these polymer composites well within the acceptable range and the results indicate a significant improvement in biocompatibility of the polymer composites over the in parent polymers. PMID:17377909

  13. Effect of soil sieving on respiration induced by low-molecular-weight substrates

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    Datta, Rahul; Vranov, Valerie; Pavelka, Marian; Rejek, Klement; Formnek, Pavel

    2014-03-01

    The mesh size of sieves has a significant impact upon soil disturbance, affecting pore structure, fungal hyphae, proportion of fungi to bacteria, and organic matter fractions. The effects are dependent upon soil type and plant coverage. Sieving through a 2 mm mesh increases mineralization of exogenously supplied carbohydrates and phenolics compared to a 5 mm mesh and the effect is significant (p<0.05), especially in organic horizons, due to increased microbial metabolism and alteration of other soil properties. Finer mesh size particularly increases arabinose, mannose, galactose, ferulic and pthalic acid metabolism, whereas maltose mineralization is less affected. Sieving through a 5 mm mesh size is suggested for all type of experiments where enhanced mineralization of low-molecular-weight organic compounds needs to be minimalized.

  14. Low-molecular-weight heparin in the treatment of deep venous thrombosis.

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    Hauer, K E

    1998-01-01

    Traditionally, acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is treated with intravenous heparin followed by oral anticoagulants. With the advent of the low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs), this strategy is changing dramatically. LMWHs are compounds derived from standard unfractionated heparin that offer distinct clinical advantages over unfractionated heparin, including better bioavailability, longer half-life, and a more predictable anticoagulant response that obviates the need for laboratory monitoring. The common side effects of unfractionated heparin, including bleeding, thrombocytopenia, and osteoporosis, may be less common with LMWH. For the treatment of established venous thromboembolism, LMWH is at least as safe and effective as unfractionated heparin. Recent studies demonstrate that home therapy of DVT with LMWH, compared with inpatient therapy with unfractionated heparin, produces comparable clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, with dramatic cost savings. With careful patient selection, home therapy of venous thromboembolism is quickly becoming the new standard of care. PMID:9795594

  15. Control of molecular weight distribution of petroleum pitches via multistage supercritical extraction

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    Cervo, Eduardo; Thies, Mark C

    2010-01-01

    Packed-column supercritical extraction (SCE), followed by low-pressure gas stripping, was used to produce a dimer-rich pitch fraction from an oligomeric petroleum pitch, Marathon M-50, of broad molecular weight distribution (MWD). Both solvent-to-pitch ratios (S/P) >5 and a positive retrograde temperature gradient of 380 330 C at 70 bar were found to reduce significantly the amount of trimer+ oligomers in the overhead product from the SCE column. This monomer- and dimer-rich overhead was subsequently stripped of monomer with gaseous toluene in a second packed column at 380 C and 1.5 bar to obtain an 80+ mol% dimer product with an overall yield, based on the original feed, of 30%. To our knowledge, this is the first reported fractionation of a dimer-rich cut from a petroleum pitch with a demonstrably low level of both lower and higher mol wt impurities.

  16. Biomimetic apatite formation on Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) using modified biomimetic solution.

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    Aparecida, Anahi H; Fook, Marcus V L; Guastaldi, Antonio C

    2009-06-01

    Modifications were performed on a biomimetic solution (SBF), according to previous knowledge on the behavior of ions present in its composition, in order to obtain apatite coatings onto Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) without having to use polymer pre-treatments that could compromise its properties. UHMWPE substrates were immersed into a 30% H(2)O(2) solution for a 24-h period and then submitted to a biomimetic coating method using standard SBF and two other modified SBF solutions. Apatite coatings were only obtained onto UHMWPE when the modified SBF solutions were used. Based on these results, apatite coatings of biological importance (calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite-CDHA, amorphous calcium phosphate-ACP, octacalcium phosphate-OCP, and carbonated HA) can be obtained onto UHMWPE substrates, allowing an adequate conciliation between bonelike mechanical properties and bioactivity. PMID:19132504

  17. Processing of hydroxyapatite reinforced ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene for biomedical applications.

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    Fang, Liming; Leng, Yang; Gao, Ping

    2005-06-01

    A new method for processing hydroxyapatite/ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (HA/UHMWPE) composite has been developed by combining wet ball milling and swelling. Sintered HA particles were ground in ethanol to approximately 50 nm in diameter. The nano-sized HA particles were mechanically mixed with UHMWPE in the ball mill and then compression molded into solid slabs. The slabs were then swollen in a pharmaceutical grade paraffin oil to enhance the UHMWPE chain mobility and HA/UHMWPE interface adhesion before final hot press. The resultant composite exhibits a two-zone network structure formed by a homogeneous HA-rich phase and a UHMWPE-rich phase. This process resulted in a 90% increase in Young's modulus and a 50% increase in the yield strength of HA/UHMWPE composite, comparing with those of unfilled UHMWPE. PMID:15621236

  18. Mechanical characterization of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene-hydroxyapatite nanocomposites.

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    Crowley, J; Chalivendra, V B

    2008-01-01

    An experimental study of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) and hydroxyapatite (HAP) nanocomposites for the purpose of joint prosthesis is investigated under quasi-static and dynamic loading conditions. By employing compression mold process, five different volume fractions of hydroxyapatite nanoparticle reinforced nanocomposites are made. Quasi-static tension and compression tests are performed using ASTM test methods. Dynamic compression characterization is performed using split Hopkinson pressure bar technique. The nanocomposite performance as a function of volume fraction under a typical loading rate is investigated. The results of the fabricated nanocomposites are compared with currently employed UHMWPE in the joint implants. For comparison purposes, separate sets of tests are performed on currently employed UHMWPE. This comparison provides a valid measure to identify the optimum volume fraction of hydroxyapatite that can be used without compromising the integrity of the UHMPWPE in joint prosthesis. PMID:18725695

  19. A versatile electrophoresis system for the analysis of high- and low-molecular-weight proteins

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    Tastet, Christophe; Lescuyer, Pierre; Diemer, Hlne; Luche, Sylvie; van Dorsselaer, Alain; Rabilloud, Thierry

    2003-01-01

    A new, versatile, multiphasic buffer system for high resolution sodium dodecyl sulfatepolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of proteins in the relative molecular weight Mw range of 300,000-3000 Da is described. The system, based on the theory of multiphasic zone electrophoresis, allows complete stacking and destacking of proteins in the above Mw range. The buffer system uses taurine and chloride as trailing and leading ion, respectively, and Tris, at a pH close to its pKa, as the buffering counter ion. Coupled with limited variation in the acrylamide concentration, this electrophoresis system allows to tailor the resolution in the 6200 kDa Mw range, with minimal difficulties in the post electrophoretic identification processes. PMID:12783456

  20. The Anti-Factor Xa Range For Low Molecular Weight Heparin Thromboprophylaxis

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    Ward, Salena M.

    2015-01-01

    Low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are now the mainstay option in the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism. In some patients receiving therapeutic doses of LMWH, activity can be measured by quantifying the presence of Anti-factor Xa (AFXa) for dose adjustment. However, currently there are no guidelines for LMWH monitoring in patients on thromboprophylactic, doses, despite certain patient populations may be at risk of suboptimal dosing. This review found that while the AFXa ranges for therapeutic levels of LMWHs are relatively well defined in the literature, prophylactic ranges are much less clear, thus making it difficult to interpret current research data. From the studies published to date, we concluded that a reasonable AFXa target range for LMWH deep venous thromboses prophylaxis might be 0.2-0.5 IU/mL. PMID:26733269

  1. Extended Fujita Approach to the Molecular Weight Distribution of Polysaccharides and other Polymeric Systems

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    Harding, Stephen E.; Schuck, Peter; Abdelhameed, Ali Saber; Adams, Gary; Kk, M. Samil; Morris, Gordon A.

    2011-01-01

    In 1962 H. Fujita (Mathematical Theory of Sedimentation Analysis, Academic Press, New York, pp. 182192) examined the possibility of transforming a quasi-continuous distribution g(s) of sedimentation coefficient s into a distribution f(M) of molecular weight M for linear polymers using the relation f(M) = g(s).(ds/dM) and showed that this could be done if information about the relation between s and M is available from other sources. Fujita provided the transformation based on the scaling relation s = ?M0.5, where ? is taken as a constant for that particular polymer and the exponent 0.5 essentially corresponds to a randomly coiled polymer under ideal conditions. This method was successfully applied to mucus glycoproteins (S.E. Harding, Adv. Carbohyd. Chem. Biochem. 47 (1989), 345381). We now describe an extension of the method to general conformation types via the scaling relation s = ?Mb, where b = 0.40.5 for a coil, ~0.150.2 for a rod and ~0.67 for a sphere. We give examples of distributions f(M) vs M obtained for polysaccharides from SEDFIT derived least squares g(s) vs s profiles (P. Schuck, Biophys. J. 78 (2000) 16061619) and the analytical derivative for ds/dM performed with Microcal ORIGIN. We also describe a more direct route from a direct numerical solution of the integral equation describing the molecular weight distribution problem. Both routes give identical distributions although the latter offers the advantage of being incorporated completely within SEDFIT. The method currently assumes that solutions behave ideally: sedimentation velocity has the major advantage over sedimentation equilibrium in that concentrations less than 0.2 mg/ml can be employed, and for many systems non-ideality effects can be reasonably ignored. For large, non-globular polymer systems, diffusive contributions are also likely to be small. PMID:21276851

  2. Mass spectroscopic characteristics of low molecular weight proteins extracted from calcium oxalate stones: preliminary study.

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    Chen, Wen-Chi; Lai, Chien-Chen; Lai, Chein-Cheng; Tsai, Yuhsin; Tsai, Yu-Hsin; Lin, Wei-Yong; Tsai, Fuu-Jen

    2008-01-01

    It is believed that boundary compositions of matrix proteins might play a role in stone formation; however, few proteomic studies concerning matrix proteins in urinary stones have been conducted. In this study, we extracted low molecular weight proteins from calcium oxalate stones and measured their characteristic patterns by mass spectroscopy. A total of 10 stones were surgically removed from patients with urolithiasis. Proteins were extracted from the stones and identified by one-dimensional electrophoresis (sodium dodecyl sulfate buffer [SDS]-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis [SDS-PAGE]). After in-gel digest, samples were analyzed by the surface-enhanced laser desorption ionization-time of flight (SELDI-TOF) technique. The peptide sequences were analyzed from the data of mass spectroscopy. Proteins were identified from Database Search (SwissProt Protein Database; Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics; http://www.expasy.org/sprot) on a MASCOT server (Matrix Science Ltd.; http://www.matrixscience.com). A total of three bands of proteins (27, 18, and 14 kDa) were identified from SDS-PAGE in each stone sample. A database search (SwissProt) on a MASCOT server revealed that the most frequently seen proteins from band 1 (27 kDa) were leukocyte elastase precursor, cathepsin G precursor, azurocidin precursor, and myeloblastin precursor (EC 3.4.21.76) (leukocyte proteinase 3); band 2 (18 kDa) comprised calgranulin B, eosinophil cationic protein precursor, and lysozyme C precursor; band 3 (14 kDa) showed neutrophil defensin 3 precursor, calgranulin A, calgranulin C, and histone H4. The modifications and deamidations found from the mass pattern of these proteins may provide information for the study of matrix proteins. Various lower molecular weight proteins can be extracted from calcium oxalate stones. The characteristic patterns and their functions of those proteins should be further tested to investigate their roles in stone formation. PMID:18200570

  3. Isotopic evidence for the contemporary origin of high-molecular weight organic matter in oceanic environments

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    Santschi, Peter H.; Guo, Laodong; Baskaran, M.; Trumbore, Susan; Southon, John; Bianchi, Thomas S.; Honeyman, Bruce; Cifuentes, Luis

    1995-02-01

    Previous work has suggested that apparent old 14C ages for oceanic DOC are the result of mixing of different organic carbon fractions. This report provides direct evidence for a contemporary 14C age of a high-molecular-weight (HMW) fraction of colloidal organic carbon (≥10 kD). Colloidal organic matter, COM 10 (from 10 kDaltons (kD) to 0.2 μm), isolated from the upper water column of the Gulf of Mexico and the Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB) region, generally has a contemporary age (i.e., younger than a few decades), while COM 1 (from 1 kD to 0.2 μm), is apparently old: 380-4500 y BP. Thus, BMW COM 10 (3-5% of DOC) from the upper water column is derived from living particulate organic matter (POM) and cycles rapidly, while a significant fraction of low-molecular-weight (≤1 kD) DOM is likely more refractory, and cycles on much longer time scales. The presence of pigment biomarker compounds in COM 1 from the upper water column points to selected phytoplankton species as one of the sources of COM. Terrestrial carbon as another source of COM is suggested from the inverse correlation between Δ 14C and δ 13C values, as well as the increasing δ 13C values with increasing salinity. 234Th-derived turnover times of COM 10 and COM 1 from both the Gulf of Mexico and MAB are consistently short, 1-20 and 3-30 days, respectively. These short residence times support the hypothesis that 14C ages of colloidal fractions of DOC are the result of COM fractions being a mixture of several endmembers with fast and slow turnover rates.

  4. Extended Fujita approach to the molecular weight distribution of polysaccharides and other polymeric systems.

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    Harding, Stephen E; Schuck, Peter; Abdelhameed, Ali Saber; Adams, Gary; Kk, M Samil; Morris, Gordon A

    2011-05-01

    In 1962 H. Fujita (H. Fujita, Mathematical Theory of Sedimentation Analysis, Academic Press, New York, 1962) examined the possibility of transforming a quasi-continuous distribution g(s) of sedimentation coefficient s into a distribution f(M) of molecular weight M for linear polymers using the relation f(M)=g(s)(ds/dM) and showed that this could be done if information about the relation between s and M is available from other sources. Fujita provided the transformation based on the scaling relation s=?(s)M(0.5), where ?(s) is taken as a constant for that particular polymer and the exponent 0.5 essentially corresponds to a randomly coiled polymer under ideal conditions. This method has been successfully applied to mucus glycoproteins (S.E. Harding, Adv. Carbohyd. Chem. Biochem. 47 (1989) 345-381). We now describe an extension of the method to general conformation types via the scaling relation s=?M(b), where b=0.4-0.5 for a coil, ?0.15-0.2 for a rod and ?0.67 for a sphere. We give examples of distributions f(M) versus M obtained for polysaccharides from SEDFIT derived least squares g(s) versus s profiles (P. Schuck, Biophys. J. 78 (2000) 1606-1619) and the analytical derivative for ds/dM performed with Microcal ORIGIN. We also describe a more direct route from a direct numerical solution of the integral equation describing the molecular weight distribution problem. Both routes give identical distributions although the latter offers the advantage of being incorporated completely within SEDFIT. The method currently assumes that solutions behave ideally: sedimentation velocity has the major advantage over sedimentation equilibrium in that concentrations less than 0.2mg/ml can be employed, and for many systems non-ideality effects can be reasonably ignored. For large, non-globular polymer systems, diffusive contributions are also likely to be small. PMID:21276851

  5. Synthesis, Biophysical Properties and Pharmacokinetics of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Tense and Relaxed State Polymerized Bovine Hemoglobins

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    Buehler, Paul W.; Zhou, Yipin; Cabrales, Pedro; Jia, Yiping; Sun, Guoyong; Harris, David R.; Tsai, Amy; Intaglietta, Marcos; Palmer, Andre F.

    2010-01-01

    Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOC) are currently being developed as red blood cell (RBC) substitutes for use in transfusion medicine. Despite significant commercial development, late stage clinical results of polymerized hemoglobin (PolyHb) solutions hamper development. We synthesized two types of PolyHbs with ultrahigh molecular weights: tense (T) state PolyHb (MW = 16.59 MDa and P50 = 41 mm Hg) and relaxed (R) state PolyHb (MW = 26.33 MDa and P50 = 0.66 mm Hg). By maintaining Hb in either the T- or R-state during the polymerization reaction, we were able to synthesize ultrahigh molecular weight PolyHbs in distinct quaternary states with no tetrameric Hb, high viscosity, low colloid osmotic pressure and the ability to maintain O2 dissociation, CO association and NO dioxygenation reactions. The PolyHbs elicited some in vitro RBC aggregation that was less than 6% dextran (500 kDa) but more than 5% human serum albumin. In vitro, T-state PolybHb autoxidized faster than R-state PolybHb as expected from previously reported studies, conversely, when administered to guinea pigs as a 20% exchange transfusion, R-state PolybHb oxidized faster and to a greater extent than T-state PolybHb, suggesting a more complex oxidative processes in vivo. Our findings also demonstrate that T-state PolybHb exhibited a longer circulating half-life, slower clearance and longer systemic exposure time compared to R-state PolybHb. PMID:20149433

  6. Tumor-Specific Urinary MMP Fingerprinting: Identification of High Molecular Weight Urinary MMP Species

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    Roy, Roopali; Louis, Gwendolyn; Loughlin, Kevin R.; Wiederschain, Dmitri; Kilroy, Susan M.; Lamb, Carolyn C.; Zurakowski, David; Moses, Marsha A.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose We have previously reported that MMP-2, MMP-9 and the complex MMP-9/NGAL can be detected in urine of patients with a variety of cancers including prostate and bladder carcinoma. In addition, we also detected several unidentified urinary gelatinase activities with molecular weights >125kDa. The objective of the current study was to identify these high molecular weight (HMW) species, determine their potential as predictors of disease status and ask whether a tumor-specific pattern existed based on urinary MMP (uMMP) analysis. Experimental Design Chromatography, zymography and mass spectrometry was used to identify HMW gelatinase species of ?140, 190 and >220kDa in urine of cancer patients. To determine whether a tumor-specific pattern of appearance existed among the MMPs detected, we analyzed the urine of 189 patients with prostate or bladder cancer and controls. Results The ?140, >220kDa and ?190 HMW gelatinase species were identified as MMP-9/TIMP-1 complex, MMP-9 dimer and ADAMTS-7 respectively. The frequency of detection of any MMP species was significantly higher in urine from prostate and bladder cancer groups than controls. MMP-9 dimer and MMP-9 were independent predictors for distinguishing between patients with prostate or bladder cancer (P<0.001 for each) by multivariable analysis. Conclusions This study is the first to identify a tumor-specific uMMP fingerprint that may noninvasively facilitate identification of cancer presence and type. This information may be of diagnostic and prognostic value in the detection and/or clinical monitoring of disease progression and therapeutic efficacy in patients with bladder or prostate cancer. PMID:18927302

  7. Mechanical properties and biocompatibility of melt processed, self-reinforced ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene.

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    Huang, Yan-Fei; Xu, Jia-Zhuang; Li, Jian-Shu; He, Ben-Xiang; Xu, Ling; Li, Zhong-Ming

    2014-08-01

    The low efficiency of fabrication of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)-based artificial knee joint implants is a bottleneck problem because of its extremely high melt viscosity. We prepared melt processable UHMWPE (MP-UHMWPE) by addition of 9.8 wt% ultralow molecular weight polyethylene (ULMWPE) as a flow accelerator. More importantly, an intense shear flow was applied during injection molding of MP-UHMWPE, which on one hand, promoted the self-diffusion of UHMWPE chains, thus effectively reducing the structural defects; on the other hand, increased the overall crystallinity and induced the formation of self-reinforcing superstructure, i.e., interlocked shish-kebabs and oriented lamellae. Aside from the good biocompatibility, and the superior fatigue and wear resistance to the compression-molded UHMWPE, the injection-molded MP-UHMWPE exhibits a noteworthy enhancement in tensile properties and impact strength, where the yield strength increases to 46.3 4.4 MPa with an increment of 128.0%, the ultimate tensile strength and Young's modulus rise remarkably up to 65.5 5.0 MPa and 1248.7 45.3 MPa, respectively, and the impact strength reaches 90.6 kJ/m(2). These results suggested such melt processed and self-reinforced UHMWPE parts hold a great application promise for use of knee joint implants, particularly for younger and more active patients. Our work sets up a new method to fabricate high-performance UHMWPE implants by tailoring the superstructure during thermoplastic processing. PMID:24835044

  8. Effects of Microbubble Size on Ultrasound-Induced Transdermal Delivery of High-Molecular-Weight Drugs.

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    Liao, Ai-Ho; Ho, Hsin-Chiao; Lin, Yi-Chun; Chen, Hang-Kang; Wang, Chih-Hung

    2015-01-01

    The transdermal delivery of a wide range of high-molecular-weight drugs is limited by the stratum corneum layer of the epidermis representing a significant barrier to penetration across the skin. This study first determined the different effects of different-size ultrasound (US) contrast agents and microbubbles (MBs) for enhancing the transdermal delivery of high-molecular-weight drugs. The effects of US-mediated different-size (1.4, 2.1, and 3.5 ?m) MBs (as a contrast agent) and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (VC-IP) on enhancing skin transdermal delivery were demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo. The results indicated that at a power density of 3 W/cm2 the penetration depth in group US combined with 3.5-?m MBs and penetrating VC-IP (U+3.5) was 34% and 14% higher than those in groups US combined with 1.4-?m MBs and penetrating VC-IP (U+1.4) and US combined with 2.1-?m MBs and penetrating VC-IP (U+2.1), respectively, for the agarose phantoms, while the corresponding increases for pigskin were 37% and 19%.In terms of the skin permeation of VC-IP, the VC-IP concentration in group U+3.5 was 23% and 10% higher in than those in groups U+1.4 and U+2.1, respectively. The whitening effect (luminosity index) of mice skin in group U+3.5 had increased (significantly) by 28% after 1 week, by 34% after 2 weeks, and tended to stabilize after 3 weeks (45%) in C57BL/6J mice over a 4-week experimental period. The results obtained in this study indicate that combining US with MBs of different sizes can produce different degrees of skin permeability so as to enhance the delivery of VC-IP to inhibit melanogenesis, without damaging the skin in mice. PMID:26390051

  9. Ion implantation on ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for medical prosthesis

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    Torrisi, L.; Visco, A. M.; Valenza, A.

    2003-09-01

    In order to improve the wear resistance of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). a surface modification is induced by ion implantation of different ions at 300 keV energy with doses ranging between 10(14)-10(17) ions/cm(2). Wear measurements, in terms of weight loss, are performed with a "pin on disc" friction machine, these tests measure the wear property of the UHMWPE against a metallic probe before and after the ion implantation treatment, Results demonstrate that in the implanted samples the wear resistance increases by about 76% with respect to the non-irradiated samples. The irradiated polymeric layer was characterized with the mass quadrupole spectrometry. Raman spectroscopy, infrared absorption analysis, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and calorimetric analysis. The results suggest that wear decrease effect can be attributed to the ion bombardment inducing a high carbon surface concentration and cross-linking effects in the irradiated polymeric layer. The irradiated UHMWPE surfaces find special applications in the field of the mobile prosthesis such as hip joints.

  10. Macroscopic birefringence in liquid crystals from novel cyanobacterial polysaccharide with an extremely high molecular weight

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    Okajima-Kaneko, Maiko; Hayasaka-Kaneko, Daisaku; Miyazato, Shinji; Kaneko, Tatsuo

    2007-05-01

    We report an efficient method for extraction of anionic polysaccharides (PS) from cyanobacteria, Aphanothece sacrum; we used a hot alkaline solution (0.01 N NaOH) as an elution solvent in the first step of the extraction and isopropanol as a precipitation solvent in the last step. Thin fibers of PS were obtained at a high yield (50-80 % to the weight of the raw cyanobacterial sample). The spectroscopy and elemental analyses indicated the PS contains fucose, uronic acids (14.2 % by a carbazole-sulfuric acid method), a sugar unit containing amides. The solution of PS with a concentration of 1 wt% showed a very high viscosity (80 000cps) implying a high molecular weight, and a strong macroscopic birefringence with a texture typical of nematic liquid crystals was confirmed by crossed-polarizing microscopy (more than 0.5 wt%). The PS from A. sacrum may form a special structure rigid-rod enough to show LC phase and macroscopic birefringence.

  11. Epoxy resin synthesis using low molecular weight lignin separated from various lignocellulosic materials.

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    Asada, Chikako; Basnet, Sunita; Otsuka, Masaya; Sasaki, Chizuru; Nakamura, Yoshitoshi

    2015-03-01

    A low molecular weight lignin from various lignocellulosic materials was used for the synthesis of bio-based epoxy resins. The lignin extracted with methanol from steam-exploded samples (steaming time of 5 min at steam pressure of 3.5 MPa) from different biomasses (i.e., cedar, eucalyptus, and bamboo) were functionalized by the reaction with epichlorohydrin, catalyzed by a water-soluble phase transfer catalyst tetramethylammonium chloride, which was further reacted with 30 wt% aqueous NaOH for ring closure using methyl ethyl ketone as a solvent. The glycidylated products of the lignin with good yields were cured to epoxy polymer networks with bio-based curing agents i.e., lignin itself and a commercial curing agent TD2131. Relatively good thermal properties of the bio-based epoxy network was obtained and thermal decomposition temperature at 5% weight loss (Td5) of cedar-derived epoxy resin was higher than that derived from eucalyptus and bamboo. The bio-based resin satisfies the stability requirement of epoxy resin applicable for electric circuit boards. The methanol-insoluble residues were enzymatically hydrolyzed to produce glucose. This study indicated that the biomass-derived methanol-soluble lignin may be a promising candidate to be used as a substitute for petroleum-based epoxy resin derived from bisphenol A, while insoluble residues may be processed to give a bioethanol precursor i.e., glucose. PMID:25572718

  12. Ultradrawing novel ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers filled with bacterial cellulose nanofibers.

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    Yeh, Jen-Taut; Tsai, Chih-Chen; Wang, Chuen-Kai; Shao, Jhih-Wun; Xiao, Ming-Zheng; Chen, Su-Chen

    2014-01-30

    Novel ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)/bacterial cellulose (BC) (F100BCy) and UHMWPE/modified bacterial cellulose (MBC) (F100MBCx-y) as-prepared fibers were prepared and ultra-drawn. The achievable draw ratio (Dra) values of each F100MBCx-y as-prepared fiber series specimens approached a maximum value as their MBC contents reached the optimal value at 0.0625phr. In which, the maximum Dra value obtained for F100MBCx-0.0625 as-prepared fiber specimen prepared at the optimal MBC content reached another maximum value at 347 as the weight ratio of maleic anhydride grafted polyethylene to BC approach an optimal value at 10. In contrast, no significant improvement in Dra values was found for F100BCy as-prepared fiber specimens. To understand these interesting ultradrawing properties described above, Fourier transform infra-red, specific surface areas, and transmission electron microcopic analyses of original and modified BC nanofibers together with the thermal, orientation and tensile properties of F100BCy and F100MBCx-y fiber specimens were performed. PMID:24299742

  13. Evolutionary Design of Low Molecular Weight Organic Anolyte Materials for Applications in Nonaqueous Redox Flow Batteries.

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    Sevov, Christo S; Brooner, Rachel E M; Chénard, Etienne; Assary, Rajeev S; Moore, Jeffrey S; Rodríguez-López, Joaquín; Sanford, Melanie S

    2015-11-18

    The integration of renewable energy sources into the electric grid requires low-cost energy storage systems that mediate the variable and intermittent flux of energy associated with most renewables. Nonaqueous redox-flow batteries have emerged as a promising technology for grid-scale energy storage applications. Because the cost of the system scales with mass, the electroactive materials must have a low equivalent weight (ideally 150 g/(mol·e(-)) or less), and must function with low molecular weight supporting electrolytes such as LiBF4. However, soluble anolyte materials that undergo reversible redox processes in the presence of Li-ion supports are rare. We report the evolutionary design of a series of pyridine-based anolyte materials that exhibit up to two reversible redox couples at low potentials in the presence of Li-ion supporting electrolytes. A combination of cyclic voltammetry of anolyte candidates and independent synthesis of their corresponding charged-states was performed to rapidly screen for the most promising candidates. Results of this workflow provided evidence for possible decomposition pathways of first-generation materials and guided synthetic modifications to improve the stability of anolyte materials under the targeted conditions. This iterative process led to the identification of a promising anolyte material, N-methyl 4-acetylpyridinium tetrafluoroborate. This compound is soluble in nonaqueous solvents, is prepared in a single synthetic step, has a low equivalent weight of 111 g/(mol·e(-)), and undergoes two reversible 1e(-) reductions in the presence of LiBF4 to form reduced products that are stable over days in solution. PMID:26514666

  14. Factors that affect molecular weight distribution of Suwannee river fulvic acid as determined by electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry

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    Rostad, C.E.; Leenheer, J.A.

    2004-01-01

    Effects of methylation, molar response, multiple charging, solvents, and positive and negative ionization on molecular weight distributions of aquatic fulvic acid were investigated by electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry. After preliminary analysis by positive and negative modes, samples and mixtures of standards were derivatized by methylation to minimize ionization sites and reanalyzed.Positive ionization was less effective and produced more complex spectra than negative ionization. Ionization in methanol/water produced greater response than in acetonitrile/water. Molar response varied widely for the selected free acid standards when analyzed individually and in a mixture, but after methylation this range decreased. After methylation, the number average molecular weight of the Suwannee River fulvic acid remained the same while the weight average molecular weight decreased. These differences are probably indicative of disaggregation of large aggregated ions during methylation. Since the weight average molecular weight decreased, it is likely that aggregate formation in the fulvic acid was present prior to derivatization, rather than multiple charging in the mass spectra. ?? 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Microbial synthesis of polyhydroxybutyrate from glycerol: gluconeogenesis, molecular weight and material properties of biopolyester.

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    Tanadchangsaeng, Nuttapol; Yu, Jian

    2012-11-01

    Glycerol is considered as an ideal feedstock for producing bioplastics via bacterial fermentation due to its ubiquity, low price, and high degree of reduction substrate. In this work, we study the yield and cause of limitation in poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) production from glycerol. Compared to glucose-based PHB production, PHB produced by Cupriavidus necator grown on glycerol has a low productivity (0.92 g PHB/L/h) with a comparably low maximum specific growth rate of 0.11 h(-1) . We found that C. necator can synthesize glucose from glycerol and that the lithotrophical utilization of glycerol (non-fermentative substrate) or gluconeogenesis is an essential metabolic pathway for biosynthesis of cellular components. Here, we show that gluconeogenesis affects the reduction of cell mass, the productivity of biopolymer product, and the molecular chain size of intracellular PHB synthesized from glycerol by C. necator. We use NMR spectroscopy to show that the isolated PHB is capped by glycerol. We then characterized the physical properties of the isolated glycerol-based PHB with differential scanning calorimetry and tensile tests. We found that although the final molecular weight of the glycerol-based PHB is lower than those of glucose-based and commercial PHB, the thermal and mechanical properties of the biopolymers are similar. PMID:22566160

  16. Determination of the number of cysteine residues in high molecular weight subunits of wheat glutenin.

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    Morel, M H; Bonicel, J

    1996-03-01

    A simple method allowing the determination of the number of cysteine residues of the high molecular weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) is presented. The method was adapted from that of Creighton (T. E. Creighton, Nature 1980, 2840, 487-489) with modified reagents for alkylation of the cysteine residues and the electrophoretic system. The acid-urea-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) method, developed by Morel (M. H. Morel, Cereal Chem. 1994, 713, 238-242), was adopted and mixtures of iodoacetic acid and 4-vinylpyridine were used to alkylate the glutenin subunits. The accuracy of the method was checked with some HMW-GS whose number of cysteine residues was already known from molecular biology approaches. In subunits 5*, 2.2, 2.2* and 4.1 (of Dx types) from cultivars Ben and Fiorello, MG 7249, MG 315, and Kador, respectively, only 4 cysteine residues were demonstrated. Subunit 20 was found to exist as a regular Bx and By subunit pair, with the Bx subunit containing only 2 cysteine residues, which is unusual. PMID:8740165

  17. Claudin-2 Forms Homodimers and Is a Component of a High Molecular Weight Protein Complex*

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    Van Itallie, Christina M.; Mitic, Laura L.; Anderson, James M.

    2011-01-01

    Tight junctions are multiprotein complexes that form the fundamental physiologic and anatomic barrier between epithelial and endothelial cells, yet little information is available about their molecular organization. To begin to understand how the transmembrane proteins of the tight junction are organized into multiprotein complexes, we used blue native-PAGE (BN-PAGE) and cross-linking techniques to identify complexes extracted from MDCK II cells and mouse liver. In nonionic detergent extracts from MDCK II cells, the tight junction integral membrane protein claudin-2 was preferentially isolated as a homodimer, whereas claudin-4 was monomeric. Analysis of the interactions between chimeras of claudin-2 and -4 are consistent with the transmembrane domains of claudin-2 being responsible for dimerization, and mutational analysis followed by cross-linking indicated that the second transmembrane domains were arranged in close proximity in homodimers. BN-PAGE of mouse liver membrane identified a relatively discrete high molecular weight complex containing at least claudin-1, claudin-2, and occludin; the difference in the protein complex sizes between cultured cells and tissues may reflect differences in tight junction protein or lipid composition or post-translational modifications. Our results suggest that BN-PAGE may be a useful tool in understanding tight junction structure. PMID:21098027

  18. Weighted Random Mixing and Exact Finite Lattice Descriptions of Molecular Aggregation Equilibria

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    Ben-Amotz, Dor

    2014-03-01

    Entropic and energetic contributions to a broad class of molecular aggregation and self-assembly processes are described by performing a mean field Boltzmann average over aggregate size distributions pertaining to an idealized random mixture. Predictions obtained using the resulting weighted random mixing (WRM) model are compared with exact finite lattice and fluid molecular dynamics simulation results for systems in which each aggregate resembles a central molecule with multiple ligand binding sites. Good agreement between the exact and WRM results is found for systems with interaction energies of various magnitudes (and signs), both in the large and small cohesive interaction energy regimes (or at low and high temperature, respectively). The latter two regimes are separated by a critical point on either side of which qualitatively different aggregation behavior is predicted and observed. More specifically, both the WRM model and exact finite lattice aggregation results reveal that when half the ligand binding sites are filled, the corresponding aggregate size distributions are bimodal below and unimodal above the corresponding critical temperature, whose value depends on the ligand-ligand interaction energy, but is independent of the binding energy of each ligand to the central molecule. This work was carried out in collaboration with Blake M. Rankin and B. Widom (at Cornell University), and was supported by NSF Grant Number CHE-1213338.

  19. A low molecular weight artificial RNA of unique size with multiple probe target regions

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    Pitulle, C.; Dsouza, L.; Fox, G. E.

    1997-01-01

    Artificial RNAs (aRNAs) containing novel sequence segments embedded in a deletion mutant of Vibrio proteolyticus 5S rRNA have previously been shown to be expressed from a plasmid borne growth rate regulated promoter in E. coli. These aRNAs accumulate to high levels and their detection is a promising tool for studies in molecular microbial ecology and in environmental monitoring. Herein a new construct is described which illustrates the versatility of detection that is possible with aRNAs. This 3xPen aRNA construct carries a 72 nucleotide insert with three copies of a unique 17 base probe target sequence. This aRNA is 160 nucleotides in length and again accumulates to high levels in the E. coli cytoplasm without incorporating into ribosomes. The 3xPen aRNA illustrates two improvements in detection. First, by appropriate selection of insert size, we obtained an aRNA which provides a unique and hence, easily quantifiable peak, on a high resolution gel profile of low molecular weight RNAs. Second, the existence of multiple probe targets results in a nearly commensurate increase in signal when detection is by hybridization. These aRNAs are naturally amplified and carry sequence segments that are not found in known rRNA sequences. It thus may be possible to detect them directly. An experimental step involving RT-PCR or PCR amplification of the gene could therefore be avoided.

  20. Exopolysaccharides from lactic acid bacteria: structural analysis, molecular weight effect on immunomodulation.

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    Surayot, Utoomporn; Wang, Jianguo; Seesuriyachan, Phisit; Kuntiya, Ampin; Tabarsa, Mehdi; Lee, YongJin; Kim, Jin-Kyung; Park, WooJung; You, SangGuan

    2014-07-01

    Exopolysaccharides (EPS) obtained from the culture medium of Lactobacillus confusus TISTR 1498 were investigated to determine their molecular characteristics and the effect of molecular weight (Mw) on immunomodulatory activity. The EPS mainly consisted of carbohydrates (81.92.4%) with only one type of monosaccharide, D-glucose, which was mostly connected by ?-(1?6) glycosidic linkages. The EPS itself was unable to stimulate RAW264.7 cells to produce pro-inflammatory mediator nitric oxide (NO) and cytokines. However, considerable stimulation of RAW264.7 cells was observed by the low Mw of EPSs having Mw values?7010(3)g/mol. The partially hydrolyzed EPS stimulated RAW264.7 cells to induce considerable NO and various cytokine production such as TNF-?, IL-1?, IL-6 and IL-10 via up-regulation of their mRNA expression. In addition, the degradation I?-B and the phosphorylation of c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) were facilitated by BW-30 and MW-40, suggesting that the partially hydrolyzed EPS stimulated RAW264.7 cells through the activation of NF-?B and JNK pathways. PMID:24820155