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  1. 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…

  2. Apparatus for molecular weight separation

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    Smith, Richard D. (Richland, WA); Liu, Chuanliang (Haverhill, MA)

    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).

  3. Application of [superscript 1]H DOSY for Facile Measurement of Polymer Molecular Weights

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    Li, Weibin

    To address the practical issues of polymer molecular weight determination, the first accurate polymer weight-average molecular weight determination method in diverse living/controlled polymerization via DOSY (diffusion-ordered ...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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).

  10. 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).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Application of 1H DOSY for Facile Measurement of Polymer Molecular Weights

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    Li, Weibin; Chung, Hoyong; Daeffler, Christopher; Johnson, Jeremiah A.; Grubbs, Robert H.

    2012-01-01

    To address the practical issues of polymer molecular weight determination, the first accurate polymer weight-average molecular weight determination method in diverse living/controlled polymerization via DOSY (diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy) is reported. Based on the linear correlation between the logarithm of diffusion coefficient (log D) and the molecular weights (log Mw), external calibration curves were created to give predictions of molecular weights of narrowly-dispersed polymers. This method was successfully applied to atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), reversible addition–fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), and ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), with weight-average molecular weights given by this method closely correlated to those obtained from GPC measurement. PMID:23335819

  14. Developing accurate molecular mechanics force fields for conjugated molecular systems.

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    Do, Hainam; Troisi, Alessandro

    2015-10-14

    A rapid method to parameterize the intramolecular component of classical force fields for complex conjugated molecules is proposed. The method is based on a procedure of force matching with a reference electronic structure calculation. It is particularly suitable for those applications where molecular dynamics simulations are used to generate structures that are therefore analysed by electronic structure methods, because it is possible to build force fields that are consistent with electronic structure calculations that follow classical simulations. Such applications are commonly encountered in organic electronics, spectroscopy of complex systems and photobiology (e.g. photosynthetic systems). We illustrate the method by parameterizing the force fields of a molecule used in molecular semiconductors (2,2-dicyanovinyl-capped S,N-heteropentacene or DCV-SN5), a polymeric semiconductor (thieno[3,2-b]thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole TT-DPP) and a chromophore embedded in a protein environment (15,16-dihydrobiliverdin or DBV) where several hundreds of parameters need to be optimized in parallel. PMID:26349916

  15. 9 CFR 201.71 - Scales; accurate weights, repairs, adjustments or replacements after inspection.

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    2011-01-01

    ... accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. These materials are incorporated as they exist on the date... 9 Animals and Animal Products 2 2011-01-01 2011-01-01 false Scales; accurate weights, repairs... AGRICULTURE REGULATIONS UNDER THE PACKERS AND STOCKYARDS ACT Services § 201.71 Scales; accurate...

  16. 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…

  17. Power laws and fractal behavior in nuclear stability, atomic weights and molecular weights

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    Pavin, Nenad

    Power laws and fractal behavior in nuclear stability, atomic weights and molecular weights V. Paar for the description of the line of stability of atomic nuclei, and for the description of atomic weights and molecular weights. The power law for the line of stability is compared with the semi-empirical formula of the liquid

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Molecular weight tailoring in methacrylate 193-nm photoresists

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    Wallow, Thomas I.; Brock, Phillip J.; Truong, Hoa D.; Allen, Robert D.; Opitz, Juliann; Hofer, Donald C.

    1999-06-01

    Understanding and control of molecular weight-dependent properties of 193 nm photoresist polymers has received only limited attention to date. Many physical and thermal properties of polymers in general and novolak- and poly(hydroxystyrene)-based systems in particular are molecular weight dependent. Since these properties markedly influence photoresist behavior, a more detailed understanding of molecular weight effects in 193 nm polymers would be valuable. In this communication, we present a survey of some of the interplays between molecular weight, thermal properties, dissolution behavior, and lithographic performance of methacrylate-based 193 nm polymers. More specifically, this presentation comprises a discussion of discontinuities in thermal properties surrounding the polymer critical entanglement molecular weight in methacrylate 193 nm polymers including the IBM Version 2 and Version 3 platforms. Tg vs. molecular weight curves for both platforms are in good agreement with predictions of the Gibbs-DiMarzio model and reveal that Mcrit is ca. 8,000 for these systems. Lithographic characterization at, below, and above this molecular weight reveals failure due to fraying and line collapse at low molecular weight, failure due to excessive bottom scumming at high molecular weight, and best performance at or near Mcrit.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    2015-10-28

    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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Accurate representations of general textures by a set of weighted grains

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    Kocks, U.F. ); Kallend, J.S.; Biondo, A.C. . Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering)

    1990-01-01

    The most compact way of describing general texture information is by way of a file of weighted discrete grains. When the textures are strong, this results in a great saving of necessary parameters. The most efficient way is a random file from which grains with low weights get discarded. This method is routine and independent of any preknowledge of the texture or even the symmetries. Typically, the order of 100 grains are sufficient for strong textures or fiber textures. Furthermore, these grains files are directly in the kind of format that is useful for computer simulation of current anisotropic properties or future texture development. For textures that are not very sharp, but nevertheless are not properly represented as random (which would imply isotropic properties), one may also use weighted-grains files, but here the number of grains needed may be large for an accurate representation. We have found that on the order of 1000 weighted grains are sufficient for most cases. When the symmetries are known, grains that are regularly (rather than randomly) arranged in orientation space are useful -- again better when they are weighted.

  10. Regularization Based Iterative Point Match Weighting for Accurate Rigid Transformation Estimation.

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    Liu, Yonghuai; De Dominicis, Luigi; Wei, Baogang; Chen, Liang; Martin, Ralph R

    2015-09-01

    Feature extraction and matching (FEM) for 3D shapes finds numerous applications in computer graphics and vision for object modeling, retrieval, morphing, and recognition. However, unavoidable incorrect matches lead to inaccurate estimation of the transformation relating different datasets. Inspired by AdaBoost, this paper proposes a novel iterative re-weighting method to tackle the challenging problem of evaluating point matches established by typical FEM methods. Weights are used to indicate the degree of belief that each point match is correct. Our method has three key steps: (i) estimation of the underlying transformation using weighted least squares, (ii) penalty parameter estimation via minimization of the weighted variance of the matching errors, and (iii) weight re-estimation taking into account both matching errors and information learnt in previous iterations. A comparative study, based on real shapes captured by two laser scanners, shows that the proposed method outperforms four other state-of-the-art methods in terms of evaluating point matches between overlapping shapes established by two typical FEM methods, resulting in more accurate estimates of the underlying transformation. This improved transformation can be used to better initialize the iterative closest point algorithm and its variants, making 3D shape registration more likely to succeed. PMID:26357287

  11. Trends and inferred emissions of atmospheric high molecular weight perfluorocarbons

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    Ivy, Diane Jean

    2012-01-01

    Atmospheric observations and atmospheric observation-based global emission estimates are presented for the five high molecular weight perfluorocarbons (PFCs): decafluorobutane (C 4 F 1 0 ), dodecafluoropentane (C5 F1 2 ), ...

  12. Optimization of parameters for coverage of low molecular weight proteins

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    Muller, Stephan A.

    Proteins with molecular weights of <25 kDa are involved in major biological processes such as ribosome formation, stress adaption (e.g., temperature reduction) and cell cycle control. Despite their importance, the coverage ...

  13. Molecular-Weight-Controlled, End-Capped Polybenzimidazoles

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    Connell, John W.; Hergenrother, Paul M.; Smith, Joseph G., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Novel molecular-weight-controlled end-capped poly(arylene ether benzimidazole)s (PAEBI's) prepared by nucleophilic displacement reaction of di(hydroxyl)benzimidazole monomers with activated aromatic dihalides. Polymers prepared at various molecular weights by upsetting stoichiometry of monomers and end-capped with monohydroxybenzimidazole. Exhibit favorable physical and mechanical properties, improved solubility in polar aprotic solvents and better compression moldability. Potential applications as adhesives, coatings, films, fibers, membranes, moldings, and composite matrix resins.

  14. 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…

  15. Biosynthesis of low molecular weight (7S) and high molecular weight (19S) immunoglobulin M

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    Solomon, Alan; McLaughlin, Carla L.

    1970-01-01

    The class of immunoglobulin M (IgM) characterized by high molecular weight proteins with a sedimentation coefficient of 19S, includes a smaller molecular form with an S20,[unk] of approximately 7. The synthetic origin of the 7S IgM was investigated by biosynthetic studies on bone marrow cells from three patients with macroglobulinemia whose sera contained 7S IgM and 19S IgM. Labeled 7S IgM and 19S IgM were identified in extracellular culture fluids by radioimmunochemical techniques. The separation of the two molecular forms of IgM by density-gradient ultracentrifugation of the culture fluids before radioimmunochemical analyses permitted the identification of both the labeled 7S IgM and 19S IgM. One patient's serum contained two separate and distinct 19S IgM proteins as well as 7S IgM. The use of specific isolated carrier IgM proteins permitted the radioimmunochemical detection of labeled 7S IgM and both 19S IgM proteins. The introduction of cycloheximide into a culture system effects the cessation of protein synthesis. The analyses of culture fluids harvested at timed intervals after the addition of cycloheximide revealed not only the stability of 19S IgM to intracellular proteolysis, but also provided evidence for a possible precursor-product relationship between the 7S IgM and the 19S IgM. The demonstration that the labeled 7S IgM is neither an in vitro breakdown product of 19S IgM nor a resultant of 19S IgM intracellular catabolism substantiated the synthetic origin of 7S IgM in human sera. Images PMID:4982899

  16. Laser-Based Mass Spectrometric Assessment of Asphaltene Molecular Weight, Molecular Architecture, and Nanoaggregate

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    Zare, Richard N.

    Laser-Based Mass Spectrometric Assessment of Asphaltene Molecular Weight, Molecular Architecture, and mass analysis-are performed reliably and with nearly equivalent efficiency for nearly all all components of asphaltenes are detected as disaggregated molecules with nearly equivalent

  17. Short communication Improved reproducibility in the determination of the molecular weight

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    Buschmann, Michael

    of this polymer vary signifi- cantly as a function of its molecular weight and molecular weight distribution (Beri-average molecular weight, Mn, and the weight-average molecular weight, Mw, and therefore the polydispersity index Mw-coated glass particles eluted with a 2% acetic acid solution. Refractive index, RI, and ultra-violet absorption

  18. 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

  19. 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).

  20. 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%.

  1. 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.

  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. 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...

  4. 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 receptor—projects based explicitly on the search for elements in this axis—confirmed 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Scale-invariant power law and fractality for molecular weights V. Paar a,*, N. Pavin a

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    Pavin, Nenad

    rights reserved. 1. Introduction Concepts of atomic and molecular weights are fundamental to chemistry. The atomic weight of a naturally occurring chemical element is the aver- age of isotopic weights, weighted for atomic weights [25]: Ar acZbc : 1 We ®nd that Eq. (1) provides a good ®t of the data on atomic weights

  13. Toward Accurate Potentials for Condensed-Phase Chemical Reactions: Electrostatically Embedded Multi-Configuration Molecular Mechanics

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    Truhlar, Donald G

    Toward Accurate Potentials for Condensed-Phase Chemical Reactions: Electrostatically Embedded Multi and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods have provided powerful means for studying chemical reactions be used in QM/MM methods. The result is a key step toward studying chemical reactions in condensed phases

  14. Effects of denaturants and osmolytes on proteins are accurately predicted by the molecular transfer model

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    Thirumalai, Devarajan

    Effects of denaturants and osmolytes on proteins are accurately predicted by the molecular transfer between denaturants and proteins are commonly used to probe the structures of the denatured state ensemble simulations in the absence of denaturants or osmolytes, and Tanford's transfer model to predict the dependence

  15. Determination of molecular weights by differential cryoscopy on small volumes of dilute solutions of oligopeptides.

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    Davenport, V G; Stimson, E R; Scheraga, H A

    1984-11-01

    A differential cryoscope of the equilibrium type is described. It requires only 1 ml of sample for a molecular-weight determination of a solute in a solvent that freezes below room temperature. The instrument is sensitive to +/- 0.0002 degrees C, which corresponds to +/- 0.0001 mol of solute per 1000 g of water. The apparatus was evaluated by measuring the freezing point depressions of 0.015 M urea and 0.01 M alanine in water, the measured molecular weights being accurate to within +/- 5%. The molecular weights of the following oligopeptides were then measured to determine their states of aggregation in the cited solvents: Ac-Asn-Pro-Tyr-NHMe in H2O and dimethyl sulfoxide and cyclo(L-alanyl-L-alanyl-epsilon-aminocaproyl), cyclo(L-alanyl-D-alanyl-epsilon-aminocaproyl), cyclo(L-alanyl-L-analyl-omega-capryl), cyclo(L-alanyl-D-alanyl-omega-capryl), and Ac-Tyr-Pro-Asn-NHMe in dimethyl sulfoxide. PMID:6528976

  16. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...than 0.2 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is 350 or higher and...than 0.5 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is below 350,...

  17. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...than 0.2 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is 350 or higher and...than 0.5 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is below 350,...

  18. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...than 0.2 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is 350 or higher and...than 0.5 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is below 350,...

  19. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...more than 0.2 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is 350 or higher...more than 0.5 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is below...

  20. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...more than 0.2 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is 350 or higher...more than 0.5 percent total by weight of ethylene and diethylene glycols if its mean molecular weight is below...

  1. Diffusion of low molecular weight siloxane from bulk to surface

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    Homma, H.; Kuroyagi, T.; Mirley, C.L.; Ronzello, J.; Boggs, S.A.

    1996-12-31

    Silicone-based materials for outdoor insulators have the advantage that low molecular weight (LMW) components migrate through the material and coat the surface, thereby restoring hydrophobicity over a period of hours. By measuring the infrared (IR) absorption of siloxane migrating to the silicone surface through a thin carbon coating, the aspect of the LMW siloxane migration was observed as a real time plot and the time constant of the migration was calculated. According to the time dependence of IR-absorbance, the migration mostly saturated within only 12 hours after the carbon coating was applied. Also, the time constant showed a dependence on the concentration of added filler in the silicone samples.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Electrophoretic High Molecular Weight DNA Purification Enables Optical Mapping

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    Maydan, Jason; Thomas, Matthew; Tabanfar, Leyla; Mai, Laura; Poon, Hau-Ling; Pe, Joel; Hahn, Kristen; Goji, Noriko; Amoako, Kingsley; Marziali, Andre; Hanson, Dan

    2013-01-01

    Optical mapping generates an ordered restriction map from single, long DNA molecules. By overlapping restriction maps from multiple molecules, a physical map of entire chromosomes and genomes is constructed, greatly facilitating genome assembly in next generation sequencing projects, comparative genomics and strain typing. However, optical mapping relies on a method of preparing high quality DNA >250 kb in length, which can be challenging from some organisms and sample types. Here we demonstrate the ability of Boreal Genomics' Aurora instrument to provide pure, high molecular weight (HMW) DNA 250-1,100 kb in length, ideally suited for optical mapping. The Aurora performs electrophoretic DNA purification within an agarose gel in reusable cartridges, protecting long DNA molecules from shearing forces associated with liquid handling steps common to other purification methods. DNA can be purified directly from intact cells embedded and lysed within an agarose gel, preserving the highest molecular weight DNA possible while achieving exceptional levels of purity. The Aurora delivers DNA in a buffer solution, where DNA can be condensed and protected from shearing during recovery with a pipette. DNA is then returned to its regular coiled state by simple dilution prior to optical mapping. Here we present images showing HMW DNA purification taking place in the Aurora and subsequent images of single DNA molecules on OpGen's Argus® Optical Mapping System. Future work will focus on further optimizing Aurora HMW DNA purification to bias DNA recovery in favor of only the longest molecules in a sample, maximizing the benefits of optical mapping.

  6. Ice Nucleation by High Molecular Weight Organic Compounds

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    Cantrell, W.

    2003-12-01

    Deep convection in the tropics is frequently associated with biomass burning. Recent work has suggested that the size of ice crystals in the anvils of tropical cumulonimbus clouds may be affected by biomass burning, though the mechanism for such an effect is uncertain (Sherwood, 2002). We will present results of an investigation of the role that high molecular weight organic compounds, known to be produced in biomass burning (Elias et al., 1999), may play in tropical cirrus anvils through heterogeneous nucleation of ice. In particular, we examine the mechanisms underlying heterogeneous nucleation of ice by films of long chain alcohols by studying the interaction of the alcohols and water/ice using temperature controlled, Attenuated Total Reflection - Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy. The mechanisms are interpreted in the context of recent criticisms of some aspects of classical nucleation theory (Seeley and Seidler, 2001; Oxtoby, 1998). References V. Elias, B. Simoneit, A. Pereira, J. Cabral, and J. Cardoso, Detection of high molecular weight organic tracers in vegetation smoke samples by high-temperature gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Environ. Sci. Tecnol., 33, 2369-2376, 1999. D. Oxtoby, Nucleation of first-order phase transitions. Acc. Chem. Res., 31, 91-97, 1998. L. Seeley and G. Seidler, Preactivation in the nucleation of ice by Langmuir films of aliphatic alcohols. J. Chem. Phys., 114, 10464-10470, 2001. S. Sherwood, Aerosols and ice particle size in tropical cumulonimbus. J. Climate, 15, 1051-1063, 2002.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... 2768 Sorbitol SX850, or equivalent) 12 percent in H2O by weight on 60-80 mesh nonacid washed... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9... Multipurpose Additives § 172.820 Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500). Polyethylene...

  10. Effect of Molecular Weight on Hydrated Morphologies of the Short-Side-Chain Perfluorosulfonic Acid Membrane

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    Elliott, James

    either the length of the side chain or equivalent weight (EW) of the ionomer is changed [Wu et al. EnergyEffect of Molecular Weight on Hydrated Morphologies of the Short-Side-Chain Perfluorosulfonic Acid) simulations in an attempt to better understand how molecular weight (MW) affects the hydrated morphology

  11. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9... weight 200-9,500). Polyethylene glycol identified in this section may be safely used in food in... ethylene oxide and water with a mean molecular weight of 200 to 9,500. (2) It contains no more than...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9... weight 200-9,500). Polyethylene glycol identified in this section may be safely used in food in... ethylene oxide and water with a mean molecular weight of 200 to 9,500. (2) It contains no more than...

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

    DOEpatents

    Fuerstenau, Stephen (Montrose, CA); Benner, W. Henry (Danville, CA); Madden, Norman (Livermore, CA); Searles, William (Fremont, CA)

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Molecular Weight and Charge Density Asymmetry in Polyelectrolyte Complexation

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    Audus, Debra; Fredrickson, Glenn; Duechs, Dominik

    2009-03-01

    We investigate the phase diagram of oppositely charged polymers in a good solvent using a field-theoretic model. Mean-field solutions fail to predict the experimentally observed macroscopic phase separation into a solvent-rich phase and a dense liquid aggregate of polymers - a ``complex coacervate.'' We therefore study the model within a one-loop approximation, which accounts for Gaussian fluctuations in electrostatic and chemical potentials. Our particular focus is the effect of molecular weight, ionic strength, and charge asymmetry on the phase envelope. A set of dimensionless parameters is identified that dictate the size and shape of the two-phase region. Our results should be helpful in guiding experimental studies of coacervation.

  16. Receptor mediated cellular uptake of low molecular weight dendritic polyglycerols.

    PubMed

    Calderón, Marcelo; Reichert, Stephanie; Welker, Pia; Licha, Kai; Kratz, Felix; Haag, Rainer

    2014-01-01

    The development of effective polymer-based nanocarriers which are able to target diseased tissues still remains a great challenge in current research. Dendritic polyglycerols have emerged as novel polymeric scaffolds that have demonstrated a great potential for diverse biomedical applications. These architectures have already proven their usefulness in therapeutic approaches related to multivalency, given by the synergy between the nanosized dimensions combined with the high density of functional groups. However, a continuous effort is necessary to modify and tailor polyglycerol architectures to fit the future demands of biomedical applications. The present work deals with the development of a general synthetic strategy that allows the linkage of low molecular weight dendritic polyglycerols to fluorescent dyes and cell targeting ligands. The receptor mediated cellular uptake of the polyglycerol conjugates highlight their potential to acts as new targeted nanocarriers that should be able to decrease non-specific cellular uptake. PMID:24724501

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  18. Low-molecular-weight xylanase from Trichoderma viride

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    Ujiie, M.; Roy, C.; Yaguchi, M. )

    1991-06-01

    An endo-1,4-{beta}-xylanase (1,4-{beta}-D-xylan xylanohydrolase, EC 3.2.1.8) has been isolated from a commercial proparation of Trichoderma viride. The molecular weight was 22,000 by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and the pI value was 9.3. The xylanase was a true xylanase without cellulase activity. When the N-terminal amino acid sequence of thew first 50 residues was compared with that of a xylanase from Schizophyllum commune, strong evidence for homology was found, with more than 50% amino acid identity. T. viride xylanase also possessed extensive identity with a proposed amino-terminal consensus sequence of xylanases from bacteria.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9... molecular weight 200-9,500). Polyethylene glycol identified in this section may be safely used as a... conditions: (a) The additive is an addition polymer of ethylene oxide and water with a mean molecular...

  2. 21 CFR 178.3750 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9... molecular weight 200-9,500). Polyethylene glycol identified in this section may be safely used as a... conditions: (a) The additive is an addition polymer of ethylene oxide and water with a mean molecular...

  3. Two-dimensional spatial coherence of excitons in semicrystalline polymeric semiconductors: The effect of molecular weight

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    Paquin, Francis; Hestand, Nicholas J; Sakowicz, Maciej; Bérubé, Nicolas; Côté, Michel; Reynolds, Luke X; Haque, Saif A; Stingelin, Natalie; Spano, Frank C; Silva, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    The electronic properties of macromolecular semiconductor thin films depend profoundly on their solid-state microstructure, which in turn is governed, among other things, by the processing conditions selected and the polymer chemical nature and molecular weight. Specifically, low-molecular-weight materials form crystalline domains of cofacially $\\pi$-stacked molecules, while the usually entangled nature of higher molecular-weight polymers leads to microstructures comprised of molecularly ordered crystallites interconnected by amorphous regions. Here, we examine the interplay between extended exciton states delocalized along the polymer backbones and across polymer chains within the $\\pi$-stack, depending on the structural development with molecular weight. We combine optical spectroscopies, thermal probes, and theoretical modeling, focusing on neat poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), one of the most extensively studied polymer semiconductors, of weight-average molecular weight of 3-450\\,kg/mol. The spatial coheren...

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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; Brückner, 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

  9. 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.

  10. Low molecular weight heparin use in unexplained recurrent miscarriage

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    Yuksel, Halide; Kayatas, Semra; Boza, Aysen Telce; Api, Murat; Ertekin, A. Aktug; Cam, Cetin

    2014-01-01

    Objective: The aim of the study was to investigate whether the use of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) improve live birth rates when compared with control group in patients with unexplained recurrent miscarriages (URM). Methods: In this prospective observational study 150 women with a history of two or more previous unexplained first trimester pregnancy loss who received LMWH; either enoxaparin (n=50), tinzaparin (n=50) or nothing (n=50) were followed for the pregnancy outcome measures. Only the patients who have used standardized dosage of LMWH (4000 IU/day enoxaparin or 3500 IU/day tinzaparin ) were included to the study. The primary end point was the live birth rate and secondary end points were the side effects, late pregnancy complications and neonatal outcome in the study cohorts. Results: Live birth was achieved 85% of the LMWH group and 66% of the control group (p=0.007). According to the subgroup analysis; live birth rates did not differ significantly between the enoxaparin and tinzaparin group (84% and 86%, respectively). Maternal and neonatal side effects were not statistically significant among the study participants. Conclusion: Thromboprophylaxis with LMWH resulted in a improved live-birth rate in patient with 2 or more consecutive unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss. Nevertheless these findings need to be confirmed in larger randomized trials. PMID:25674114

  11. 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

  12. 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 ?-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

  13. Molecular Weight Dependence of Polymersome Membrane Elasticity and Stability

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    Harry Bermudez; Aaron K. Brannan; Daniel A. Hammer; Frank S. Bates; Dennis E. Discher

    2002-02-22

    Vesicles prepared in water from a series of diblock copolymers and termed "polymersomes" are physically characterized. With increasing molecular weight $\\bar{M}_n$, the hydrophobic core thickness $d$ for the self-assembled bilayers of polyethyleneoxide - polybutadiene (PEO-PBD) increases up to 20 $nm$ - considerably greater than any previously studied lipid system. The mechanical responses of these membranes, specifically, the area elastic modulus $K_a$ and maximal areal strain $\\alpha_c$ are measured by micromanipulation. As expected for interface-dominated elasticity, $K_a$ ($\\simeq$ 100 $pN/nm$) is found to be independent of $\\bar{M}_n$. Related mean-field ideas also predict a limiting value for $\\alpha_c$ which is universal and about 10-fold above that typical of lipids. Experiments indeed show $\\alpha_c$ generally increases with $\\bar{M}_n$, coming close to the theoretical limit before stress relaxation is opposed by what might be chain entanglements at the highest $\\bar{M}_n$. The results highlight the interfacial limits of self-assemblies at the nano-scale.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Photoelectrical characterization of a new low molecular weight compound

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    Siderov, V.; Dobrikov, G. H.; Zhivkov, I.; Dobrikov, G. M.; Georgiev, Y.; Yordanov, R.; Honova, J.; Weiter, M.

    2014-12-01

    Photoelectrical characterization of a newly synthesized low molecular weight compound was carried out. 1,8-naphtalimide (chemical formula C32H34N4O5S) was originally synthesized and analyzed by NMR spectroscopy. Thin films were deposited in vacuum on commercially pre-patterned ITO covered glass substrates and the samples were prepared in clean room environment. The films deposited were characterized by SEM. Photoelectrical characteristics of the samples prepared were estimated by dark current-voltage measurement, spectral dependence of the photoconductivity and measurement under exposure with light, produced by solar simulator. Finally electroluminescence measurements were performed. It was found that the samples exhibit diode behaviour. The low values characterizing photovoltaic parameters obtained could be connected with the relative higher series resistance (Rseries). The predominant influence of Rseries is assumed as the relative high photoluminescence, measured from solution should be related to a relatively strong charge carrier photogeneration. This result is supported by electroluminescent measurement. Another reason for the low values of the photovoltaic parameters measured could be the non-optimized film thickness leading to a non-optimal light absorption and increased charge carrier recombination. The assumption for the predominant influence of Rseries is supported by the electroluminescent measurements.

  17. Association between cationic liposomes and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid.

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    Gasperini, Antonio A M; Puentes-Martinez, Ximena E; Balbino, Tiago Albertini; Rigoletto, Thais de Paula; Corrêa, Gabriela de Sá Cavalcanti; Cassago, Alexandre; Portugal, Rodrigo Villares; de La Torre, Lucimara Gaziola; Cavalcanti, Leide P

    2015-03-24

    This work presents a study of the association between low molecular weight hyaluronic acid (16 kDa HA) and cationic liposomes composed of egg phosphatidylcholine (EPC), 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE), and 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP). The cationic liposome/HA complexes were evaluated to determine their mesoscopic structure, average size, zeta potential, and morphology as a function of the amount of HA in the system. Small angle X-ray scattering results revealed that neighboring cationic liposomes either stick together after a partial coating of low concentration HA or disperse completely in excess of HA, but they never assemble as multilamellar vesicles. Cryo-transmission electron microscopy images confirm the existence of unilamellar vesicles and large aggregates of unilamellar vesicles for HA fractions up to 80% (w/w). High concentrations of HA (> 20% w/w) proved to be efficient for coating extruded liposomes, leading to particle complexes with sizes in the nanoscale range and a negative zeta potential. PMID:25730494

  18. 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.

  19. Molecular imprinted polymer-coated optical fiber sensor for the identification of low molecular weight molecules.

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    Lépinay, Sandrine; Ianoul, Anatoli; Albert, Jacques

    2014-10-01

    A biomimetic optical probe for detecting low molecular weight molecules (maltol, 3-hydroxy-2-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one, molecular weight of 126.11 g/mol), was designed, fabricated, and characterized. The sensor couples a molecular imprinted polymer (MIP) and the Bragg grating refractometry technology into an optical fiber. The probe is fabricated first by inscribing tilted grating planes in the core of the fiber, and then by photopolymerization to immobilize a maltol imprinted MIP on the fiber cladding surface over the Bragg grating. The sensor response to the presence of maltol in different media is obtained by spectral interrogation of the fiber transmission signal. The results showed that the limit of detection of the sensor reached 1 ng/mL in pure water with a sensitivity of 6.3 × 10(8)pm/M. The selectivity of the sensor against other compounds and its reusability were also studied experimentally. Finally, the unambiguous detection of concentrations as little as 10nM of maltol in complex media (real food samples) by the MIP-coated tilted fiber Bragg grating sensor was demonstrated. PMID:25059178

  20. 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; Azzouna, Rana Ben; Bouchemal, Nadia; Picton, Luc; Louedec, Liliane; Maire, Murielle; Rolland, Lydia; Potier, Guy; Guludec, Dominique Le; Letourneur, Didier; Chauvierre, Cédric

    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

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. 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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  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. Indirect Terahertz Spectroscopy of Molecular Ions Using Highly Accurate and Precise Mid-Ir Spectroscopy

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    Mills, Andrew A.; Ford, Kyle B.; Kreckel, Holger; Perera, Manori; Crabtree, Kyle N.; McCall, Benjamin J.

    2009-06-01

    With the advent of Herschel and SOFIA, laboratory methods capable of providing molecular rest frequencies in the terahertz and sub-millimeter regime are increasingly important. As of yet, it has been difficult to perform spectroscopy in this wavelength region due to the limited availability of radiation sources, optics, and detectors. Our goal is to provide accurate THz rest frequencies for molecular ions by combining previously recorded microwave transitions with combination differences obtained from high precision mid-IR spectroscopy. We are constructing a Sensitive Resolved Ion Beam Spectroscopy setup which will harness the benefits of kinematic compression in a molecular ion beam to enable very high resolution spectroscopy. This ion beam is interrogated by continuous-wave cavity ringdown spectroscopy using a home-made widely tunable difference frequency laser that utilizes two near-IR lasers and a periodically-poled lithium niobate crystal. Here, we report our efforts to optimize our ion beam spectrometer and to perform high-precision and high-accuracy frequency measurements using an optical frequency comb. footnote

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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; Zanghì, 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

  11. 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; Zanghì, 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

  12. 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).

  13. Low molecular weight carboxylic acids in oxidizing porphyry copper tailings.

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    Dold, Bernhard; Blowes, David W; Dickhout, Ralph; Spangenberg, Jorge E; Pfeifer, Hans-Rudolf

    2005-04-15

    The distribution of low molecular weight carboxylic acids (LMWCA) was investigated in pore water profiles from two porphyry copper tailings impoundments in Chile (Piuquenes at La Andina and Cauquenes at El Teniente mine). The objectives of this study were (1) to determine the distribution of LMWCA, which are interpreted to be the metabolic byproducts of the autotroph microbial community in this low organic carbon system, and (2) to infer the potential role of these acids in cycling of Fe and other elements in the tailings impoundments. The speciation and mobility of iron, and potential for the release of H+ via hydrolysis of the ferric iron, are key factors in the formation of acid mine drainage in sulfidic mine wastes. In the low-pH oxidation zone of the Piuquenes tailings, Fe(III) is the dominant iron species and shows high mobility. LMWCA, which occur mainly between the oxidation front down to 300 cm below the tailings surface at both locations (e.g., max concentrations of 0.12 mmol/L formate, 0.17 mmol/L acetate, and 0.01 mmol/L pyruvate at Piuquenes and 0.14 mmol/L formate, 0.14 mmol/L acetate, and 0.006 mmol/L pyruvate at Cauquenes), are observed at the same location as high Fe concentrations (up to 71.2 mmol/L Fe(II) and 16.1 mmol/L Fe(III), respectively). In this zone, secondary Fe(III) hydroxides are depleted. Our data suggest that LMWCA may influence the mobility of iron in two ways. First, complexation of Fe(III), through formation of bidentate Fe(III)-LMWCA complexes (e.g., pyruvate, oxalate), may enhance the dissolution of Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides or may prevent precipitation of Fe(III) (oxy)hydroxides. Soluble Fe(III) chelate complexes which may be mobilized downward and convert to Fe(II) by Fe(III) reducing bacteria. Second, monodentate LMWCA (e.g., acetate and formate) can be used by iron-reducing bacteria as electron donors (e.g., Acidophilum spp.), with ferric iron as the electron acceptor. These processes may, in part, explain the low abundances of secondary Fe(III) hydroxide precipitates below the oxidation front and the high concentrations of Fe(II) observed in the pore waters of some low-sulfide systems. The reduction of Fe(III) and the subsequent increase of iron mobility and potential acidity transfer (Fe(II) oxidation can result in the release of H+ in an oxic environment) should be taken in account in mine waste management strategies. PMID:15884343

  14. How Does the Preparation of Rye Porridge Affect Molecular Weight Distribution of Extractable Dietary Fibers?

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    Rakha, Allah; Åman, Per; Andersson, Roger

    2011-01-01

    Extractable dietary fiber (DF) plays an important role in nutrition. This study on porridge making with whole grain rye investigated the effect of rest time of flour slurries at room temperature before cooking and amount of flour and salt in the recipe on the content of DF components and molecular weight distribution of extractable fructan, mixed linkage (1?3)(1?4)-?-d-glucan (?-glucan) and arabinoxylan (AX) in the porridge. The content of total DF was increased (from about 20% to 23% of dry matter) during porridge making due to formation of insoluble resistant starch. A small but significant increase in the extractability of ?-glucan (P = 0.016) and AX (P = 0.002) due to rest time was also noted. The molecular weight of extractable fructan and AX remained stable during porridge making. However, incubation of the rye flour slurries at increased temperature resulted in a significant decrease in extractable AX molecular weight. The molecular weight of extractable ?-glucan decreased greatly during a rest time before cooking, most likely by the action of endogenous enzymes. The amount of salt and flour used in the recipe had small but significant effects on the molecular weight of ?-glucan. These results show that whole grain rye porridge made without a rest time before cooking contains extractable DF components maintaining high molecular weights. High molecular weight is most likely of nutritional importance. PMID:21686191

  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 ? (TNF-?), interleukin 6 (IL-6), interferon-? (IFN-?), 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-?. 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. Antioxidant activity of high molecular weight chitosan and N,O-quaternized chitosans.

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    Wan, Ajun; Xu, Qing; Sun, Yan; Li, Huili

    2013-07-17

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vitro antioxidant activity of high molecular weight chitosan based films. Three kinds of water-soluble quaternized chitosans with high molecular weight, namely N-(2-hydroxyl) propyl-3-trimethyl ammonium chitosan chloride (400-HTCC and 1240-HTCC), N-(2-hydroxyl) propyl-3-triethyl ammonium chitosan chloride (400-HTEC and 1240-HTEC), and O-(2-hydroxyl) propyl-3- trimethyl ammonium chitosan chloride (400-O-HTCC) were prepared from high molecular weight chitosans (400 and 1240 kDa). The in vitro antioxidant activity of a high molecular weight chitosan (1240-CS) and five quaternized chitosans was evaluated and compared as radical scavengers against 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radicals (DPPH•), hydroxyl radical (•OH), and superoxide radical (•O2(-)) using established methods, and the effect of the molecular weight, the concentration, the newly generated hydroxyl group, the extra introduced positive charge of quaternary ammonium salt group, etc., on the antioxidant activity of these high molecular weight chitosans is discussed. The data obtained in vitro models exhibited good antioxidant potency and suggested the possibility that high molecular weight chitosan based films could be effectively employed as natural antioxidant materials for application in the field of food and medicine. PMID:23706102

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Accurate measurement of the molecular thickness of thin organic shells on small inorganic cores using dynamic light scattering.

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    Shortell, Matthew P; Fernando, Joseph F S; Jaatinen, Esa A; Waclawik, Eric R

    2014-01-21

    Dynamic light scattering (DLS) has become a primary nanoparticle characterization technique with applications from material characterization to biological and environmental detection. With the expansion in DLS use from homogeneous spheres to more complicated nanostructures comes a decrease in accuracy. Much research has been performed to develop different diffusion models that account for the vastly different structures, but little attention has been given to the effect on the light scattering properties in relation to DLS. In this work, small (core size < 5 nm) core-shell nanoparticles were used as a case study to measure the capping thickness of a layer of dodecanethiol (DDT) on Au and ZnO nanoparticles by DLS. We find that the DDT shell has very little effect on the scattering properties of the inorganic core and, hence, can be ignored to a first approximation. However, this results in conventional DLS analysis overestimating the hydrodynamic size in the volume- and number-weighted distributions. With the introduction of a simple correction formula that more accurately yields hydrodynamic size distributions, a more precise determination of the molecular shell thickness is obtained. With this correction, the measured thickness of the DDT shell was found to be 7.3 ± 0.3 Å, much less than the extended chain length of 16 Å. This organic layer thickness suggests that, on small nanoparticles, the DDT monolayer adopts a compact disordered structure rather than an open ordered structure on both ZnO and Au nanoparticle surfaces. These observations are in agreement with published molecular dynamics results. PMID:24386968

  1. Effect of PEO molecular weight on the miscibility and dynamics in epoxy/PEO blends.

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    Lu, Shoudong; Zhang, Rongchun; Wang, Xiaoliang; Sun, Pingchuan; Lv, Weifeng; Liu, Qingjie; Jia, Ninghong

    2015-11-01

    In this work, the effect of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) molecular weight in blends of epoxy (ER) and PEO on the miscibility, inter-chain weak interactions and local dynamics were systematically investigated by multi-frequency temperature modulation DSC and solid-state NMR techniques. We found that the molecular weight (M w) of PEO was a crucial factor in controlling the miscibility, chain dynamics and hydrogen bonding interactions between PEO and ER. A critical PEO molecular weight (M crit) around 4.5k was found. PEO was well miscible with ER when the molecular weight was below M crit, where the chain motion of PEO was restricted due to strong inter-chain hydrogen bonding interactions. However, for the blends with high molecular weight PEO (M w > M crit), the miscibility between PEO and ER was poor, and most of PEO chains were considerably mobile. Finally, polarization inversion spin exchange at magic angle (PISEMA) solid-state NMR experiment further revealed the different mobility of the PEO in ER/PEO blends with different molecular weight of PEO at molecular level. Based on the DSC and NMR results, a tentative model was proposed to illustrate the miscibility in ER/PEO blends. PMID:26577817

  2. 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 meticulo

  3. Low molecular weight thiols in arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata upon exposure to arsenic and other trace elements

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    Ma, Lena

    Low molecular weight thiols in arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata upon exposure to arsenic; accepted 25 September 2003 ``Capsule'': Arsenic induces synthesis of low molecular weight thiols in the arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata. Abstract Low molecular weight thiol-containing compounds have

  4. 21 CFR 177.1440 - 4,4?-Isopropylidenediphenol-epichlorohydrin resins minimum molecular weight 10,000.

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    2010-04-01

    ... minimum molecular weight 10,000. 177.1440 Section 177.1440 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION... § 177.1440 4,4?-Isopropylidenediphenol-epichlorohydrin resins minimum molecular weight 10,000. 4,4?-Isopropylidenediphenol-epichlo-rohydrin resins having a minimum molecular weight of 10,000 may be safely used as...

  5. 21 CFR 177.1440 - 4,4?-Isopropylidenediphenol-epichlorohydrin resins minimum molecular weight 10,000.

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    2011-04-01

    ... resins minimum molecular weight 10,000. 177.1440 Section 177.1440 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG... Contact Surfaces § 177.1440 4,4?-Isopropylidenediphenol-epichlorohydrin resins minimum molecular weight 10,000. 4,4?-Isopropylidenediphenol-epichlo-rohydrin resins having a minimum molecular weight of...

  6. 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.

  7. Methods for increasing the thermal conductivity of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

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    Miler, Josef L

    2006-01-01

    A two-part study was conducted to determine methods for producing ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene with high thermal conductivity by way of polymer chain orientation. The first portion of this report surveys current ...

  8. Bacillus subtilis 168 levansucrase (SacB) activity affects average levan molecular weight.

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    Porras-Domínguez, Jaime R; Ávila-Fernández, Ángela; Miranda-Molina, Afonso; Rodríguez-Alegría, María Elena; Munguía, Agustín López

    2015-11-01

    Levan is a fructan polymer that offers a variety of applications in the chemical, health, cosmetic and food industries. Most of the levan applications depend on levan molecular weight, which in turn depends on the source of the synthesizing enzyme and/or on reaction conditions. Here we demonstrate that in the particular case of levansucrase from Bacillus subtilis 168, enzyme concentration is also a factor defining the molecular weight levan distribution. While a bimodal distribution has been reported at the usual enzyme concentrations (1 U/ml equivalent to 0.1 ?M levansucrase) we found that a low molecular weight normal distribution is solely obtained al high enzyme concentrations (>5 U/ml equivalent to 0.5 ?M levansucrase) while a high normal molecular weight distribution is synthesized at low enzyme doses (0.1 U/ml equivalent to 0.01 ?M of levansucrase). PMID:26256357

  9. 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

  10. High thermal conductivity ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) films

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    Ghasemi, Hadi

    Recently, high thermally conductive polymers have emerged as low cost and energy efficient alternatives to traditional use of metals in heat transfer applications. Here, we present development of ultra-high molecular weight ...

  11. 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.

  12. 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 (? 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 ? 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.

  13. Role of viscosity in the accurate prediction of source-terms for high molecular weight substances 

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    Shaikh, Irfan Yusuf

    1999-01-01

    and pressure, and mixing effects. The viscosity prediction uses an improvement on current predictions by combining b-parameter and Modified Chung-Lee-starling (MCLS) viscosity predictions for the employed pseudo-mixtures. The source-term model used is SPILLS...

  14. 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.

    2014-06-01

    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. Increasing molecular weight parameters of a helical polymer through polymerization in a chiral solvent.

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    Holder, Simon J; Achilleos, Mariliz; Jones, Richard G

    2006-09-27

    In this communication, we will demonstrate that polymerization in a chiral solvent can affect the molecular weight distribution of the product by perturbing the balance of the P and M helical screw senses of the growing chains. Specifically, for the Wurtz-type synthesis of polymethylphenylsilane (PMPS) in either (R) or (S)-limonene, the weight-average molecular weight of the products (average Mw = 80 000) was twice that of PMPS synthesized in (R/S)-limonene (average Mw = 39 200). Peturbation of the helical segmentation along the polymer chains leads to a reduction in the rate of occurrence of a key termination step. This the first time that a chiral solvent has been demonstrated to have such an effect on a polymerization process in affecting molecular weight parameters in contrast to affecting tacticity. PMID:16984183

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  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. Wet-spinnability and crosslinked fibre properties of two collagen polypeptides with varied molecular weight

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    Tronci, Giuseppe; Arafat, M Tarik; Yin, Jie; Wood, David J; Russell, Stephen J

    2015-01-01

    The formation of naturally-derived materials with wet stable fibrous architectures is paramount in order to mimic the features of tissues at the molecular and microscopic scale. Here, we investigated the formation of wet-spun fibres based on collagen-derived polypeptides with comparable chemical composition and varied molecular weight. Gelatin and hydrolysed fish collagen (HFC) were selected as widely-available linear amino-acidic chains of high and low molecular weight, respectively, and functionalised in the wet-spun fibre state in order to preserve the material geometry in physiological conditions. Wet-spun fibre diameter and morphology were dramatically affected depending on the polypeptide molecular weight, wet-spinning solvent (i.e. 2,2,2-Trifluoroethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide) and coagulating medium (i.e. acetone and ethanol), resulting in either bulky or porous internal geometry. Dry-state tensile moduli were significantly enhanced in gelatin and HFC samples following covalent crosslinking with activ...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Anticancer properties of low molecular weight oat beta-glucan - An in vitro study.

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    Choromanska, Anna; Kulbacka, Julita; Rembialkowska, Nina; Pilat, Justyna; Oledzki, Remigiusz; Harasym, Joanna; Saczko, Jolanta

    2015-09-01

    Anticancer properties of 1-3, 1-4 oat beta glucan are under intensive investigation now. Antitumor characteristic of fungi and yeast beta-glucans have been widely recognized, but those polysaccharides are mostly insoluble which creates several problems especially in topical formulation. Also high molecular weight oat beta-glucans reveal high viscosity which restricts its application. According to those problems in the current study the antitumor activities of low molecular weight beta-glucan derived from oats were investigated in cancer cells: Me45, A431 and normal HaCaT and murine macrophages P388/D1. The low molecular weight beta-glucan from oat significantly deceased cancer cells viability, while for the normal cells it was non-toxic. It was observed that with the increasing incubation time and the beta-glucan concentration the cancer cells viability significantly deceased. Furthermore for the normal cells the low molecular weight beta-glucan from oat was non-toxic. Immunocytochemical ABC analysis showed that beta-glucan induced strong expression of caspase-12 in both cancer cell lines, while in HaCaT cells ABC reaction was significantly lower and in P388/D1 cell line ABC reaction was negative. Our preliminary studies show strong anti-tumor properties of new low molecular weight beta-glucan from oat and at the same time no toxicity for normal cells. PMID:26092171

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

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    Barbieri, Davide; Yuan, Huipin; Luo, Xiaoman; Farè, 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

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

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    Boesel, Luciano F; Le Meur, Sylvaine; Thöny-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 1.5×10(3)g/mol to 1.0×10(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

  11. Determination of the molecular weight distribution of the PEGylated bovine hemoglobin (PEG-bHb).

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    Li, Xianzhong; Zhang, Xiaowei; Liu, Qian

    2005-01-01

    The method to determine the average molecular weight and distribution of molecular weight of the PEGylated hemoglobin (PEG-bHb) and their molecular weight of polypeptides in PEG-bHb with UV absorbance (UV), light scattering (LS) and refractive index (RI) detectors is described in this paper. The results indicate that when molar ratio of PEG to hemoglobin is 7:1, the average molecular weight of PEG-bHb (M(CP) is 95 kDa, the average molecular weigh of protein moiety in PEG-bHb (M(P)) is 68 kDa, and their distribution is from 48-157 kDa and 44-121 kDa, respectively; when the molar ratio is 10:1, the M(CP) is 106 kDa, the M(P) is 70kDa, and their distribution is from 56-216kDa, 49-135kDa, respectively; when the molar ratio is 13:1, the M(CP) is 73kDa, and their distribution is from 81-272 kDa and 41-144 kDa, respectively. It has been proved that this method is a simple and reliable way for the determination of average molecular weight and distribution of molecular weight of PEGlyted hemoglobin. This experiment also suggests that there exists not only aggregation in the frontal of elution peak of PEG-bHb, but dissociation of tetramer of hemoglobin into dimmer in the tail of elution peak, and the degree of aggregation is depended on the molar ratio of PEG to hemoglobin due to the present of diol PEG and the dissociation is dependant on the concentration of hemoglobin. PMID:15768562

  12. 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...

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Effect of molecular weights of fatty acid esters on cetane numbers as diesel fuels

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    Klopfenstein, W.E.

    1985-06-01

    Cetane numbers for various esters of the saturated fatty acids from C/sub 8/ to C/sub 18/ have been determined according to ASTM D-613. For the methyl esters the cetane numbers were found to increase in a non-linear relationship with the chain length of the fatty acid. Cetane numbers of esters in which the fatty acid is kept constant while the alcohol esterified is altered also increased with the molecular weight of the ester. However, increases in the molecular weight of the fatty acid portion of the ester produce greater increases in cetane number than the same change in molecular weight in the alcohol portion of the ester. Except for the esters of octanoic acid, all of the esters tested had cetane numbers above the value of 40, which is specified as the minimum cetane number for commercial diesel fuel.

  18. Low molecular-weight phenols in Tannat wines made by alternative winemaking procedures.

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    Favre, Guzmán; Peña-Neira, Álvaro; Baldi, Cecilia; Hernández, Natalia; Traverso, Sofía; Gil, Graciela; González-Neves, Gustavo

    2014-09-01

    Low molecular weight phenols of Tannat red wines produced by Traditional Maceration (TM), Prefermentative Cold Maceration (PCM), Maceration Enzyme (ENZ) and grape-Seed Tannins additions (ST), were performed and discussed. Alternatives to TM increased wine phenolic contents but unequally, ST increased mainly smaller flavans-3-ol, PCM anthocyanins and ENZ proanthocyanidins (up to 2250 mg/L). However low molecular weight flavan-3-ols remained below 9 mg/L in all wines, showing that there is not necessarily a correspondence between wine richness in total tannins and flavan-3-ols contents at low molecular weight. PCM wines had particularly high concentrations of tyrosol and tryptophol, yeast metabolism derived compounds. The use of grape-seed enological tannins did not increase grape seed derived phenolic compounds such as gallic acid. Caftaric acid was found in concentrations much higher than those reported in other grape varieties. Wine phenolic content and composition was considerably affected by the winemaking procedures tested. PMID:24731376

  19. 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.

  20. Biocompatibility of low molecular weight polymers for two-phase partitioning bioreactors.

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    Harris, Jesse; Daugulis, Andrew J

    2015-12-01

    Two phase partitioning bioreactors (TPPBs) improve the efficiency of fermentative processes by limiting the exposure of microorganisms to toxic solutes by sequestering them into a non-aqueous phase (NAP). A potential limitation of this technology, when using immiscible organic solvents as the NAP, is the cytoxicity that these materials may exert on the microbes. An improved TPPB configuration is one in which polymeric NAPs are used to replace organic solvents in order to take advantage of their low cost, improved handling qualities, and biocompatibility. A recent study has shown that low molecular weight polymers may confer improved solute uptake relative to high molecular weight polymers (i.e., have higher partition coefficients), but it is unknown whether sufficiently low molecular weight polymers may inhibit cell growth. This study has investigated the biocompatibility of a range of low molecular weight polymers, and compared trends in biocompatibility to the well-established "critical log P" concept. This was achieved by determining the biocompatibility of polypropylene glycol polymers over a molecular weight (MW) range of 425-4,000 to Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Pseudomonas putida, two organisms which have been previously used in TPPB systems. The lower MW polymers were shown to have lower average log P values, and showed more cytotoxicity than polymers of the same structure but with higher molecular weight. Since polymers are generally polydisperse (i.e., polymer samples contain a distribution of MWs), removal of the lower MW fractions via water washing was found to result in improved polymer biocompatibility. These results suggest that the critical log P concept remains useful for describing the toxicity of polymeric substances of different MWs, although it is complicated by the presence of the low MW fractions in the polymers arising from polydispersity. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 2015;112: 2450-2458. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26032439

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Disulfide-linked, gold nanoparticle based reagent for detecting small molecular weight thiols.

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    Durocher, Suzanne; Rezaee, Asad; Hamm, Caroline; Rangan, Chitra; Mittler, Silvia; Mutus, Bulent

    2009-02-25

    Disulfide-linked gold nanoparticles (AuNP) were synthesized by reacting dithiobis[succinimidylpropionate] (DSP) coated nanoparticles with glutathione disulfide. AuNP-cross-linking was monitored by the red shift and broadening of the AuNP's localized surface plasmon absorption resonance (LSPR) spectrum. The exposure of the disulfide-linked AuNPs to a variety of free thiols with systematically varying molecular weight revealed a AuNP-disulfide stability to reduction by thiols up to a critical molecular weight, M(c), of >300 Da thus making the disulfide-linked AuNP the first reagent that can discriminate thiols based on their size. PMID:19178279

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Effect of molecular weight on the electrophoretic deposition of carbon black nanoparticles in moderately viscous systems.

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    Modi, Satyam; Panwar, Artee; Mead, Joey L; Barry, Carol M F

    2013-08-01

    Electrophoretic deposition from viscous media has the potential to produce in-mold assembly of nanoparticles onto three-dimensional parts in high-rate, polymer melt-based processes like injection molding. The effects of the media's molecular weight on deposition behavior were investigated using a model system of carbon black and polystyrene in tetrahydrofuran. Increases in molecular weight reduced the electrophoretic deposition of the carbon black particles due to increases in suspension viscosity and preferential adsorption of the longer polystyrene chains on the carbon black particles. At low deposition times (?5 s), only carbon black deposited onto the electrodes, but the deposition decreased with increasing molecular weight and the resultant increases in suspension viscosity. For longer deposition times, polystyrene codeposited with the carbon black, with the amount of polystyrene increasing with molecular weight and decreasing with greater charge on the polystyrene molecules. This deposition behavior suggests that use of lower molecular polymers and control of electrical properties will permit electrophoretic deposition of nanoparticles from polymer melts for high-rate, one-step fabrication of nano-optical devices, biochemical sensors, and nanoelectronics. PMID:23848316

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. The Effects of Molecular Weight and Temperature on the Kinetic Friction of Silicone Rubbers

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    Chaudhury, Manoj K.

    The Effects of Molecular Weight and Temperature on the Kinetic Friction of Silicone Rubbers rubber products were performed for the sole purpose of tabulating properties for consumers with the purpose of understanding the physics of rubber sliding. Quantita- tive physical analysis began

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Glycol Prevents Lethal Sepsis Due to Intestinal Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    Lee, Ka Yee C.

    High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Glycol Prevents Lethal Sepsis Due to Intestinal Pseudomonas: During stress, erosion of protective intestinal mucus occurs in association with adherence to and disruption of the intestinal epithelial barrier by in- vading opportunistic microbial pathogens. The aims

  20. 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...

  1. Impact of Molecular Weight on Lymphatic Drainage of a Biopolymer-Based Imaging Agent

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    Bagby, Taryn Rochelle; Cai, Shuang; Duan, Shaofeng; Thati, Sharadvi; Aires, Daniel J.; Forrest, Laird

    2012-05-23

    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...

  2. Extraction of low molecular weight polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons from ashes of coal-operated power plants

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    Mangani, F.; Cappiello, A.; Crescentini, G.; Bruner, F.; Bonfanti, L.

    1987-09-01

    A new procedure based on liquid-solid chromatography for the extraction of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons has been implemented. This yields results analogous to those of Soxhlet extraction for low molecular weight compounds. A very important reduction in the time required for sample preparation prior to gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis is obtained.

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Solution processed multilayer polymer light-emitting diodes based on different molecular weight host

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    Al-Attar, Hameed A.; Monkman, Andrew P.

    2011-04-01

    Solution processed multilayer polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) based on different molecular weight host have been investigated. A PLED based on high molecular weight poly (vinyl carbazole) PVKH and low molecular weight poly (vinyl carbazole) PVKL, doped with iridium, tris(2-phenylpyidine) Ir(ppy)3 as a host-guest emitting layer (EML), shows a dramatic increase in device efficiency. When the PVKH was used as a hole transport electron blocking layer (HT-EBL), effective electron blocking was achieved, which leads to an increase exciton population in the phosphorescent zone. The use of low molecular weight PVKL as a host material in the top layer prevents barrier formation for hole transport from the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene) (PEDOT)-EBL to the EML. External quantum efficiency of 11%, current efficiencies of 38 cd/A, power efficiency of 13 lm/W and brightness of 7000 cd/m2, were obtained. The effect of the PVKH layer on the electrical and optical device characteristics was investigated. Simulation of the optical outcoupling using SETFOS 3.1 software is in agreed with the observed results and allowed us to predict the emissive dipole location and distribution in the EML layer. The effect of the PVKH on the exciton quenching by the electrodes was also investigated using time resolved fluorescence photon counting, which indicates weak exciton quenching by the PEDOT layer and the device enhancement predominantly achieved by exciton confinement in the emissive layer.

  6. 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...

  7. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500). 172.820 Section 172.820 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR...

  8. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500). 172.820 Section 172.820 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (CONTINUED) FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED FOR...

  9. Drop formation and breakup of low viscosity elastic fluids: Effects of molecular weight and concentration

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    Drop formation and breakup of low viscosity elastic fluids: Effects of molecular weight been investigated for a series of low viscosity elastic fluids possessing similar shear viscosities shear viscosity. For these low viscosity dilute polymer solutions, inertial and capillary forces form

  10. 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…

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

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

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

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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...

  13. 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 experi...

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

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    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....

  15. 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...

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

    PubMed

    Balch, J; Guéguen, 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 2.48×10(-6) to 5.31×10(-6) cm(2) s(-1). Humic substances had diffusion coefficient values ranging from 3.48×10(-6) to 6.05×10(-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

  17. Enhanced Miscibility of Low-Molecular-Weight Polystyrene/Polyisoprene Blends in Supercritical CO2

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    Raghavan, Srinivasa

    Enhanced Miscibility of Low-Molecular-Weight Polystyrene/Polyisoprene Blends in Supercritical CO2 solution temperature (UCST) polymer blend in the presence of supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2 been examined as a function of temperature in scCO2 by visual inspection, small-angle neutron

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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...

  20. Effect of low-molecular-weight chitosans on the adhesive properties of oral streptococci.

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    Tarsi, R; Corbin, B; Pruzzo, C; Muzzarelli, R A

    1998-08-01

    It was previously shown that a low-molecular-weight chitosan and its derivatives N-carboxymethyl chitosan and imidazolyl chitosan inhibit Streptococcus mutans adsorption to hydroxyapatite. The ability of the same molecules to interfere with adhesive properties of other oral streptococci (Streptococcus sanguis, Streptococcus gordonii, Streptococcus constellatus, Streptococcus anginosus, Streptococcus intermedius, Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus salivarius, Streptococcus vestibularis) was tested. When saliva-coated or -uncoated hydroxyapatite beads were treated with N-carboxymethyl chitosan, a reduction varying from 60% to 98% depending on strains was observed. Low-molecular-weight chitosans and imidazolyl chitosan did not have any effect. Growth in N-carboxymethyl chitosan-supplemented medium (final concentrations ranging from 20 to 500 micrograms.ml-1) caused a dose related reduction in the adsorption of all strains to hydroxyapatite and in their affinity towards xylene. No effect was observed with low-molecular-weight chitosans and imidazolyl chitosan. In contrast to what observed with S. mutans, the three polysaccharides did not affect detachment from hydroxyapatite beads and adherence to cheek epithelial cells of the other streptococci. These results suggest that low-molecular-weight chitosans and/or imidazolyl chitosan, selectively affecting S. mutans adsorption to hydroxyapatite, may be very interesting as potential anti-dental caries agents. PMID:10093536

  1. Isoleucine epimerization and amino acid composition in molecular-weight separations of Pleistocene Genyornis eggshell

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    Kaufman, Darrell S.; Miller, Gifford H.

    1995-07-01

    This study explores the geochronological utility and analytical reproducibility of separating the high-molecular-weight fraction (HMW) from eggshells of the extinct late Pleistocene ratite, Genyornis, using disposable, prepacked gel-filtration columns. The superior integrity of ratite eggshell for the retention of amino acids indicates that this biomineral is better suited for this type of investigation than previously studied molluscan shell. To evaluate the reproducibility of the gel-filtration technique, we analyzed triplicate subsamples of three eggshells of different ages. The reproducibility, based on the average intrashell variation (coefficient of variation; CV) in the extent of isoleucine epimerization (aIle/Ile) in the HMW (enriched in molecules ca. >10,000 MW) is 3%, well within the range appropriate for geochronological purposes. The average intrashell variation in the total amino acid concentration (?[aa]) of the HMW is 5%, somewhat better than for the total acid hydrolysate (TOTAL) of the same samples (7%). To evaluate the relation between molecular weight and the rate of isoleucine epimerization, three molecular-weight fractions were separated using gel filtration, plus the naturally hydrolyzed free fraction (FREE), for each of four fossil eggshells. AIle/Ile increases with decreasing molecular weight in all shells, with a ca. sixfold to ninefold difference in ratios between the HMW andFREE, and a ca. fivefold difference between the HMW andTOTAL. Although linear correlations between aIle/Ile measured in each molecular-weight fraction and in theTOTAL are all highly significant (r ? 0.951), the relation between the extent of epimerization in the HMW and in the TOTAL is best expressed as an exponential function (r = 0.951). This relation is consistent with the idea that, as the epimerization reaction approaches equilibrium in theTOTAL (ca. aIle/Ile > 1.1), its rate decreases beyond that of the HMW. The amino acid composition (relative percent of eight amino acids or combinations of amino acids) is more uniform in the HMW of the four samples compared to lower-molecular-weight fractions. The greater "compositional stability" of the HMW indicates that it contains a residuum of macromolecules that have not been affected by the diagenetically driven changes observed in lower-molecular-weight fractions.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. Capillary Electrophoretic Separation of DNA Restriction Fragments in Mixtures of Low-and High-Molecular-Weight

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    Barron, Annelise E.

    , relative to separation media containing solely low-molecular-weight or high-molecular-weight HEC polymers, the mixed polymer solutions provide superior separation over the DNA size range of interest, while providing by 25-fold in comparison to conventional slab-gel electrophoresis. In this work, we report the use

  5. Friction and Wear Behavior of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene as a Function of Crystallinity in the Presence of the

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    Lin, Zhiqun

    Friction and Wear Behavior of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene as a Function: In this study, the friction and wear behavior of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) were evaluated became more prone to wear. Atomic force microscopy topog- raphy images and contact angle measurements

  6. An Efficient and Accurate Car-Parrinello-like Approach to Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics

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    Thomas D. Kühne; Matthias Krack; Fawzi R. Mohamed; Michele Parrinello

    2006-12-20

    We present a new method which combines Car-Parrinello and Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics in order to accelerate density functional theory based ab-initio simulations. Depending on the system a gain in efficiency of one to two orders of magnitude has been observed, which allows ab-initio molecular dynamics of much larger time and length scales than previously thought feasible. It will be demonstrated that the dynamics is correctly reproduced and that high accuracy can be maintained throughout for systems ranging from insulators to semiconductors and even to metals in condensed phases. This development considerably extends the scope of ab-initio simulations.

  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. 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.

  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. Wet-spinnability and crosslinked fibre properties of two collagen polypeptides with varied molecular weight

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    Giuseppe Tronci; Ramya Sri Kanuparti; M. Tarik Arafat; Jie Yin; David J. Wood; Stephen J. Russell

    2015-07-26

    The formation of naturally-derived materials with wet stable fibrous architectures is paramount in order to mimic the features of tissues at the molecular and microscopic scale. Here, we investigated the formation of wet-spun fibres based on collagen-derived polypeptides with comparable chemical composition and varied molecular weight. Gelatin and hydrolysed fish collagen (HFC) were selected as widely-available linear amino-acidic chains of high and low molecular weight, respectively, and functionalised in the wet-spun fibre state in order to preserve the material geometry in physiological conditions. Wet-spun fibre diameter and morphology were dramatically affected depending on the polypeptide molecular weight, wet-spinning solvent (i.e. 2,2,2-Trifluoroethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide) and coagulating medium (i.e. acetone and ethanol), resulting in either bulky or porous internal geometry. Dry-state tensile moduli were significantly enhanced in gelatin and HFC samples following covalent crosslinking with activated 1,3 phenylenediacetic acid (Ph) (E: 726 +/- 43 - 844 +/- 85 MPa), compared to samples crosslinked via intramolecular carbodiimide-mediated condensation reaction (E: 588 +/- 38 MPa). Resulting fibres displayed a dry diameter in the range of 238 +/- 18 - 355 +/- 28 micron and proved to be mechanically-stable (E: 230 kPa) following equilibration with PBS, whilst a nearly-complete degradation was observed after 5-day incubation in physiological conditions.

  11. 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

  12. 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 = ?n (E?n - E?m)||2 = 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

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    Mnif, Inès; 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. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Molecular-weight Dependent Tg Depression of Silica-supported Poly(alpha-methyl styrene) Films

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    Tsui, Ophelia; Geng, Kun

    2015-03-01

    The glass transition temperature (Tg) of poly(?-methyl styrene) (P ?MS) films supported by silica is studied as a function of film thicknesses from 17 to 168 nm at three molecular weights of 1.3, 20 and 420 kg/mol. For the 20 and 420 kg/mol films, the glass transition temperature decreases with decreasing film thickness, consistent with previous results. But for the 1.3 kg/mol films, it becomes independent of the film thickness. We tentatively suggest the Tg depression to be caused by free volume excess at the polymer-air interface and that its influence diminishes at low enough molecular weights because of a chain stiffness effect. We acknowledge support of NSF through the Projects DMR-1004648 and DMR-1310536.

  1. Molecular-weight Dependent Tg Depression of Silica-supported Poly(?-methyl styrene) Films

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    Geng, Kun; Chen, Fei; Tsui, Ophelia K. C.

    2015-03-01

    The glass transition temperature (Tg) of poly(?-methyl styrene) (P ?MS) films supported by silica is studied as a function of film thicknesses from 17 to 168 nm at three molecular weights of 1.3, 20 and 420 kg/mol. For the 20 and 420 kg/mol films, the glass transition temperature decreases with decreasing film thickness, consistent with previous results. But for the 1.3 kg/mol films, it becomes independent of the film thickness. We tentatively suggest the Tg depression to be caused by free volume excess at the polymer-air interface and that its influence diminishes at low enough molecular weights because of a chain stiffness effect. Support from National Science Foundation (Award No. DMR-1310536) is gratefully acknowledged.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. A family of low molecular-weight, organic catalysts for reductive C-C bond formation.

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    Shaaban, Saad; Jolit, Anaïs; Petkova, Desislava; Maulide, Nuno

    2015-09-21

    Hydrazines form a new family of low molecular-weight reducing agents for diazonium salts. Using only small amounts of hydrazine catalyst, the coupling of diazonium salts to a variety of reactive partners has been achieved, without the requirement for either metal adjuvants or irradiation with visible or ultraviolet light. The generality of the concept proposed herein as well as its advantages in the preparative scale is outlined and discussed. PMID:26239300

  5. Isolation and characterization of contaminants in recalled unfractionated heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin.

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    Viskov, Christian; Bouley, E; Hubert, P; Martinez, Celine; Herman, F; Jeske, Walter; Hoppensteadt, Debra; Walenga, Jeanine M; Fareed, Jawed

    2009-01-01

    Recently, a contaminant was found in some clinically used unfractionated heparin (UFH) preparations. Administration of this UFH was associated with an increased risk of developing a wide range of adverse effects including death. To further investigate the chemical profile of the contaminant, contaminated batches of UFH were treated by exhaustive nitrous acid depolymerization followed by methanol precipitation to remove heparin oligosaccharides. Because contaminated heparins may have been used as starting material in the production of low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs), a similar procedure was carried out using an experimental batch of enoxaparin prepared from contaminated heparin. While high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of contaminated heparin did not distinguish the presence of the contaminant, it could readily be observed as a high-molecular weight shoulder in the elution profile of contaminated enoxaparin. Digesting contaminated heparin with heparinase-I prior to HPLC analysis showed the presence of a nondigestible component (15%-30% of the mixture). This contaminant was also resistant to degradation by chondroitinases A, B, and C. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) indicated that the contaminant was oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS). Size-exclusion chromatography indicated that the mean molecular weight of the OSCS was 16.8 kD, comparable to that of a synthetic porcine cartilage OSCS preparation that was used as a reference material (17.2 kD). While varying degrees of high-molecular weight dermatan sulfate and other minor impurities were detected, OSCS appeared to be the major contaminant in these preparations. The process involved in the production of enoxaparin does not significantly degrade OSCS. PMID:19617248

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

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    Velázquez, Encarna; Martínez-Romero, Esperanza; Rodríguez-Navarro, Dulce Nombre; Trujillo, Martha E.; Daza, Antonio; Mateos, Pedro F.; Martínez-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

  7. Chemistry and properties of controlled molecular weight end-capped LaRC-CPI

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    Hergenrother, Paul M.; Havens, Stephen J.

    1991-01-01

    As part of a program on structural resins for high temperature aerospace applications, a controlled molecular weight end-capped semi-crystalline polyimide, designated LaRC-CPI, was evaluated. Neat resin moldings, adhesive specimens and composites were fabricated at temperatures of 365-375 C under pressures of 200-500 psi. Adhesive and composite specimens provided good mechanical properties at temperatures as high as 232 C.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 0.66×10(-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

  10. Effects of molecular weight, solvent and substrate on the dewetting morphology of polystyrene films

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    Zhao, Junchai; Jiang, Shichun; Wang, Qiang; Liu, Xiaobo; Ji, Xiangling; Jiang, Bingzheng

    2004-09-01

    Surface morphology of polystyrene (PS) films on different substrates by spin-coating before and after annealing was observed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The effects of polymer molecular weight, substrates, solvents, and annealing conditions on the morphology of the films were investigated. Before annealing, the grain height decreases, and simultaneously the grain diameter increases with molecular weight ( Mw) within the measured molecular weight. After annealing, the situation is opposite, i.e., the grain height increases while the grain diameter decreases with Mw. Furthermore, after annealing the smaller surface roughness (Ra) was obtained. It was also found that film surface roughness (Ra) depends on the vapor pressure and dipole moment of different used solvents as well as the substrates. The experimental results show that when the used solvents have similar dipole moment but different vapor pressure, the Ra of PS film decreased with the decreasing vapor pressure of solvents whether on silicon or on mica. And when the used solvents have close vapor pressure but different dipole moment, the Ra decreased with the increasing of solvent dipole moments on both substrates.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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 14?gL(-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 10?gL(-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 <10?gL(-1). PMID:23466281

  14. Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline and articles therefrom

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    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.

  15. Stable, concentrated solutions of high molecular weight polyaniline and articles therefrom

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Low molecular weight EPS II of Rhizobium meliloti allows nodule invasion in Medicago sativa.

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    González, J E; Reuhs, B L; Walker, G C

    1996-01-01

    Effective invasion of alfalfa by Rhizobium meliloti Rm1021 normally requires the presence of succinoglycan, an exopolysaccharide (EPS) produced by the bacterium. However, Rm1021 has the ability to produce a second EPS (EPS II) that can suppress the symbiotic defects of succinoglycan-deficient strains. EPS II is a polymer of modified glucose-(beta-1,3)-galactose subunits and is produced by Rm1021 derivatives carrying either an expR101 or mucR mutation. If the ability to synthesize succinoglycan is blocked genetically, expR101 derivatives of Rm1021 are nodulation-proficient, whereas mucR derivatives of Rm1021 are not. The difference in nodulation proficiency between these two classes of EPS II-producing strains is due to the specific production of a low molecular weight form of EPS II by expR101 strains. A low molecular weight EPS II fraction consisting of 15-20 EPS II disaccharide subunits efficiently allows nodule invasion by noninfective strains when present in amounts as low as 7 pmol per plant, suggesting that low molecular weight EPS II may act as a symbiotic signal during infection. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 PMID:8710923

  1. 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

  2. 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-1?, IL-2, IL-10, Leptin, TNF-?, 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-? 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

  3. Ab initio molecular dynamics with noisy and cheap quantum Monte Carlo forces: accurate calculation of vibrational frequencies

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    Luo, Ye; Sorella, Sandro

    2014-03-01

    We introduce a general and efficient method for the calculation of vibrational frequencies of electronic systems, ranging from molecules to solids. By performing damped molecular dynamics with ab initio forces, we show that quantum vibrational frequencies can be evaluated by diagonalizing the time averaged position-position or force-force correlation matrices, although the ionic motion is treated on the classical level within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The novelty of our approach is to evaluate atomic forces with QMC by means of a highly accurate and correlated variational wave function which is optimized simultaneously during the dynamics. QMC is an accurate and promising many-body technique for electronic structure calculation thanks to massively parallel computers. However, since infinite statistics is not feasible, property evaluation may be affected by large noise that is difficult to harness. Our approach controls the QMC stochastic bias systematically and gives very accurate results with moderate computational effort, namely even with noisy forces. We prove the accuracy and efficiency of our method on the water monomer[A. Zen et al., JCTC 9 (2013) 4332] and dimer. We are currently working on the challenging problem of simulating liquid water at ambient conditions.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Affine-response model of molecular solvation of ions: Accurate predictions of asymmetric charging free energies

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    Bardhan, Jaydeep P.; Jungwirth, Pavel; Makowski, Lee

    2012-09-01

    Two mechanisms have been proposed to drive asymmetric solvent response to a solute charge: a static potential contribution similar to the liquid-vapor potential, and a steric contribution associated with a water molecule's structure and charge distribution. In this work, we use free-energy perturbation molecular-dynamics calculations in explicit water to show that these mechanisms act in complementary regimes; the large static potential (˜44 kJ/mol/e) dominates asymmetric response for deeply buried charges, and the steric contribution dominates for charges near the solute-solvent interface. Therefore, both mechanisms must be included in order to fully account for asymmetric solvation in general. Our calculations suggest that the steric contribution leads to a remarkable deviation from the popular "linear response" model in which the reaction potential changes linearly as a function of charge. In fact, the potential varies in a piecewise-linear fashion, i.e., with different proportionality constants depending on the sign of the charge. This discrepancy is significant even when the charge is completely buried, and holds for solutes larger than single atoms. Together, these mechanisms suggest that implicit-solvent models can be improved using a combination of affine response (an offset due to the static potential) and piecewise-linear response (due to the steric contribution).

  9. Culture Conditions Affect the Molecular Weight Properties of Hyaluronic Acid Produced by Streptococcus zooepidemicus

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    Armstrong, D. C.; Johns, M. R.

    1997-01-01

    The effect of five culture variables on the molecular weight properties of hyaluronic acid (HA) produced by Streptococcus zooepidemicus was studied in batch culture with a complex medium containing glucose and 10 g of yeast extract per liter. Neither the culture pH (pH 6.3 to 8.0) nor the agitation speed (300 to 1,000 rpm) affected the weight-average molecular weight (M(infw)) of HA under anaerobic conditions at 37(deg)C when 20 g of glucose per liter was used initially. M(infw) was in the narrow range of 1.5 x 10(sup6) to 2.3 x 10(sup6), and polydispersity (P) was between 1.8 and 2.5. When S. zooepidemicus was grown at lower temperatures or with aeration, higher-molecular-weight polymer and increased yields were observed. The polydispersity, however, remained unaffected. Anaerobically, the mean M(infw) (based on three samples taken within 4 h of glucose exhaustion) was (2.40 (plusmn) 0.10) x 10(sup6) and (1.90 (plusmn) 0.05) x 10(sup6) at 32 and 40(deg)C respectively. Aeration of the culture at 1 vol/vol/min produced HA with mean M(infw) of (2.65 (plusmn) 0.05) x 10(sup6) compared with (2.10 (plusmn) 0.10) x 10(sup6) under equivalent anaerobic conditions. The initial glucose concentration had the most pronounced effect on polymer characteristics. Increasing this concentration from 20 to 40 g/liter produced HA with mean M(infw) of (3.1 (plusmn) 0.1) x 10(sup6) at 1-vol/vol/min aeration. The molecular weight of HA also exhibited time dependency, with smaller chains (M(infw), ca. 2.5 x 10(sup6)) detected early in the culture time course, rising to a maximum (M(infw), 3.2 x 10(sup6)) in the late exponential phase of growth. The mean polydispersity was also greater (2.7 (plusmn) 0.1) under these conditions. Replicate experiments performed under conditions resulting in the lowest (40(deg)C, anaerobic) and highest (40 g of glucose per liter, 1-vol/vol/min aeration)-M(infw) polymer demonstrated excellent experimental reproducibility. PMID:16535649

  10. 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.

  11. Notes Bull. Korean Chem. Soc. 2005, Vol. 26, No. 12 2069 Synthesis of Poly(ethylene oxide sulfide) with Large Molecular Weight

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    Park, Jong-Sang

    having larger molecular weight (Mn, Mw) than the DMSO/water polymerization in the previ- ous paper. DMSO, as the molecular weights of the polymers increase, they become insoluble in the DMSO/water condi- tion temperature. PEOS-2 polymerized by PCC has small PD value, but small molecular weights (Mn, Mw) as in the case

  12. New and rapid procedure for the isolation of ultra-high molecular weight eukaryotic DNA

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    Longmire, J.L.; Lewis, A.; Meincke, L.J.; Hildebrand, C.E.

    1986-05-01

    The authors have developed a novel procedure that permits the rapid extraction and isolation of ultra-high molecular weight DNA from avian or mammalian cells using dialysis against a solution of polyethylene glycol (PEG). Cells harvested by centrifugation and washed twice in ice-cold Ca/sup + +/- and Mg/sup + +/-free phosphate buffered saline were resuspended in 5 ml 0.01 M Tris-Cl (pH 8.0); 0.001 M EDTA (TE); sodium dodecyl sulfate and proteinase K were added to final concentrations of 0.1% and 0.1 mg/ml, respectively. After incubation at 37/sup 0/C overnight, the viscous solution was transferred to a mini-collodian bag and concentrated by dialysis against 4-5 changes of 20% PEG in TE over a period of 5 hours at RT. Concentrated samples were desalted by dialysis against fresh TE for two 15 minute intervals. DNA obtained using this procedure gives A/sub 260//A/sub 280/ consistently >1.8. Analysis of DNA size using pulsed field gel electrophoresis revealed a distribution of fragments >500 Kb in length. Further measurements examined were (1) restriction enzyme digestibility, (2) ligation efficiency of restricted DNA, and (3) cloning efficiency using the lambda vector Ch21A. This novel methodology offers a valuable alternative protocol for rapid purification of ultrahigh molecular weight DNA for various applications in molecular biology.

  13. Purification and properties of molecular-weight variants of human placental alkaline phosphatase

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    Ghosh, Nimai K.; Fishman, William H.

    1968-01-01

    1. Alkaline phosphatase of human placenta was purified by a procedure involving homogenization with tris buffer, pH8·6, extraction with butanol, ammonium sulphate fractionation, exposure to heat, ethanol fractionation, gel filtration, triethylaminoethylcellulose anion-exchange chromatography, continuous curtain electrophoresis on paper and equilibrium dialysis. Methods for both laboratory-scale and large-scale preparation were devised. 2. Two major molecular-weight variants designated A and B were separated by molecular sieving with Sephadex G-200 and variant A was purified 4000-fold. 3. Variant B, which comes off the Sephadex G-200 column before variant A, is the electrophoretically slower-moving species on starch gel and is quite heterogeneous. 4. Purified variant A was fairly homogeneous on the basis of electrophoretic studies on starch gel and Sephadex gel, ultracentrifugation and immunodiffusion. 5. The respective molecular weights for variants A and B were 70000 and over 200000 on the basis of sucrose-density-gradient ultracentrifugation. Variant A exhibited a sedimentation coefficient of 4·2s. 6. Crystalline variant B could be converted into fast-moving variant A and vice versa. 7. Kinetic studies indicated no difference between the two variants. These include linear rates of hydrolysis, pH optimum, Michaelis constants and uncompetitive stereospecific l-phenylalanine inhibition. 8. The amino acid compositions of variants A and B and of placental albumin were determined. ImagesFig. 3.Fig. 5.Fig. 7.Fig. 8.Fig. 9. PMID:4970595

  14. 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

  15. 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...

  16. High Molecular Weight Typing with MALDI-TOF MS - A Novel Method for Rapid Typing of Clostridium difficile

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    Rizzardi, Kristina; Åkerlund, 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

  17. 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

  18. Immunization against ovine haemonchosis with three low molecular weight somatic antigens of adult Haemonchus contortus.

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    Alunda, J M; Angulo-Cubillán, F; Cuquerella, M

    2003-03-01

    Individual bands (15) from electroblotted soluble extracts of adult Haemonchus contortus were excised and three peptides of molecular weight ca. 56 (F4), 39 (F8) and 18.5 kDa (F14) used to vaccinate 4-4.5-months-old lambs against the nematode. Immunizing doses from each peptide were administered in 1 ml Freund complete adjuvant (first 50 microg injection) and 1 ml Freund incomplete adjuvant (second and third 50 microg injections) to six lambs. Two weeks after last immunization, animals were challenged with 300 L-3/kg live weight (LW). Lambs were slaughtered 34 days after challenge. Immunization induced a strong antibody response estimated by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, whereas no peripheral lymphoproliferative response was observed. Lambs in the F8-vaccinated group showed on average delayed pre-patent period, lower faecal egg counts and reduction of abomasal worm burdens, although the differences were not statistically significant. PMID:12675897

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Low Molecular Weight Heparin Induced Skin Necrosis without Platelet Fall Revealing Immunoallergic Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

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    Godet, Thomas; Perbet, Sébastien; Lebreton, Aurélien; Gayraud, Guillaume; Cayot, Sophie; Tremblay, Aymeric; Ravinet, Aurélie; Christophe, Sébastien; Guérin, Renaud; Pascal, Julien; Jabaudon, Matthieu; Hassan, Amr; Sapin, Anne-Françoise; 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 Induced Skin Necrosis without Platelet Fall Revealing Immunoallergic Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia.

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    Godet, Thomas; Perbet, Sébastien; Lebreton, Aurélien; Gayraud, Guillaume; Cayot, Sophie; Tremblay, Aymeric; Ravinet, Aurélie; Christophe, Sébastien; Guérin, Renaud; Pascal, Julien; Jabaudon, Matthieu; Hassan, Amr; Sapin, Anne-Françoise; 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

  5. 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

  6. Weighted Distance Functions Improve Analysis of High-Dimensional Data: Application to Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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    Blöchliger, 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

  7. Computational and experimental investigation of DNA repair protein photolyase interactions with low molecular weight drugs.

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    Azizo?lu, Selimcan; Kizilel, Riza; Maruši?, Maja; Kavakli, Ibrahim Halil; Erman, Burak; Kizilel, Seda

    2013-07-01

    This paper reports the previously unknown interactions between eight low molecular weight commercially available drugs (130-800 Da) and DNA repair protein photolyase using computational docking simulations and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) experiments. Theoretical dissociation constants, K(d), obtained from molecular docking simulations were compared with the values found from SPR experiments. Among the eight drugs analyzed, computational and experimental values showed similar binding affinities between selected drug and protein pairs. We found no significant differences in binding interactions between pure and commercial forms of the drug lornoxicam and DNA photolyase. Among the eight drugs studied, prednisone, desloratadine, and azelastine exhibited the highest binding affinity (K(d) = 1.65, 2.05, and 8.47 ?M, respectively) toward DNA photolyase. Results obtained in this study are promising for use in the prediction of unknown interactions of common drugs with specific proteins such as human clock protein cryptochrome. PMID:23657985

  8. 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

  9. Hyaluronic acid-coated chitosan nanoparticles: molecular weight-dependent effects on morphology and hyaluronic acid presentation.

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    Almalik, Abdulaziz; Donno, Roberto; Cadman, Christopher J; Cellesi, Francesco; Day, Philip J; Tirelli, Nicola

    2013-12-28

    Chitosan nanoparticles are popular carriers for the delivery of macromolecular payloads, e.g. nucleic acids. In this study, nanoparticles were prepared via complexation with triphosphate (TPP) anions and were successively coated with hyaluronic acid (HA). Key variables of the preparative process (e.g. chitosan and HA molecular weight) were optimised in view of the maximisation of loading with DNA, of the Zeta potential and of the dimensional stability, and the resulting particles showed excellent storage stability. We have focused on the influence of chitosan molecular weight on nanoparticle properties. Larger molecular weight increased their porosity (=decreased cross-link density), and this caused also larger dimensional changes in response to variations in osmotic pressure or upon drying. The dependency of nanoparticle porosity on chitosan molecular weight had a profound effect on the adsorption of HA on the nanoparticles; HA was apparently able to penetrate deeply into the more porous high molecular weight (684 kDa) chitosan nanoparticles, while it formed a corona around those composed of more densely cross-linked low molecular weight (25 kDa) chitosan. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) allowed not only to highlight the presence of this corona, but also to estimate its apparent thickness to about 20-30 nm (in a dry state). The different morphology has a significant effect on the way HA is presented to biomolecules, and this has specific relevance in relation to interactions with HA receptors (e.g. CD44) that influence kinetics and mechanism of nanoparticle uptake. Finally, it is worth to mention that chitosan molecular weight did not appear to greatly affect the efficiency of nanoparticle loading with DNA, but significantly influenced its chitosanase-triggered release, with high molecular chitosan nanoparticles seemingly more prone to degradation by this enzyme. PMID:24103813

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

    2014-01-01

    The standard process for preparing the low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) tinzaparin, through the partial enzymatic depolymerization of heparin, results in a reduced yield due to 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Low-molecular-weight hydroxyacids in marine atmospheric aerosol: evidence of a marine microbial origin

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    Miyazaki, Y.; Sawano, M.; Kawamura, K.

    2014-08-01

    Lactic acid (LA) and glycolic acid (GA), which are low-molecular-weight hydroxyacids, were identified in the particle and gas phases within the marine atmospheric boundary layer over the western subarctic North Pacific. A major portion of LA (81%) and GA (57%) was present in the particulate phase, which is consistent with the presence of a hydroxyl group in these molecules leading to the low volatility of the compounds. The average concentration (±SD) of LA in more biologically influenced marine aerosols (33 ± 58 ng m-3) was substantially higher than that in less biologically influenced aerosols (11 ± 12 ng m-3). Over the oceanic region of phytoplankton blooms, the concentration of aerosol LA was comparable to that of oxalic acid, which was the most abundant diacid during the study period. A positive correlation was found between the LA concentrations in more biologically influenced aerosols and chlorophyll a in seawater (r2 = 0.56), suggesting an important production of aerosol LA possibly associated with microbial (e.g., lactobacillus) activity in seawater and/or aerosols. Our finding provides a new insight into the poorly quantified microbial sources of marine organic aerosols (OAs) because such low-molecular-weight hydroxyacids are key intermediates for OA formation.

  16. Low-molecular-weight hydroxyacids in marine atmospheric aerosol: evidence of a marine microbial origin

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    Miyazaki, Y.; Sawano, M.; Kawamura, K.

    2014-04-01

    Lactic acid (LA) and glycolic acid (GA), which are low-molecular-weight hydroxyacids, were identified in the particle and gas phases within the marine atmospheric boundary layer over the western subarctic North Pacific. Major portion of LA (81%) and GA (57%) were present in the particulate phase, which is consistent with the presence of a hydroxyl group in these molecules leading to the low volatility of the compounds. The average concentration of LA in more biologically influenced marine aerosols (average 33 ± 58 ng m-3) was substantially higher than that in less biologically influenced aerosols (average 11 ± 12 ng m-3). Over the oceacnic region of phytoplankton blooms, the concentration of aerosol LA was comparable to that of oxalic acid, which was the most abundant diacid during the study period. A positive correlation was found between the LA concentrations in more biologically influenced aerosols and chlorophyll a in seawater (r2 = 0.56), suggesting an important production of aerosol LA possibly associated with microbial (e.g., lactobacillus) activity in seawater and/or aerosols. Our finding provides a new insight into the poorly quantified microbial sources of marine organic aerosols (OA) because such low-molecular-weight hydroxyacids are key intermediates for OA formation.

  17. 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; Mülhaupt, Rolf; Reiter, Günter

    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

  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. 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. Anti-heparanase activity of ultra-low-molecular-weight heparin produced by physicochemical depolymerization.

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    Achour, Oussama; Poupard, Nicolas; Bridiau, Nicolas; Bordenave Juchereau, Stephanie; Sannier, Fredéric; Piot, Jean-Marie; Fruitier Arnaudin, Ingrid; Maugard, Thierry

    2016-01-01

    Heparanase is an endo-?-D-glucuronidase that plays an important role in cancer progression, in particular during tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Inhibiting this enzyme is considered as one of the most promising approaches in cancer therapy. Heparin is a complex glycoaminoglycan known as a strong inhibitor of heparanase. It is primarily used in clinical practice for its anticoagulant activities, which may not be compatible with its use as anti-angiogenic agent. In this study, we described the production of ultra-low-molecular-weight heparins (ULMWH) by a physicochemical method that consists in a hydrogen peroxide-catalyzed radical hydrolysis assisted by ultrasonic waves. We assessed the structural characteristics, anticoagulant and anti-heparanase activities of the obtained heparin derivatives and compared them with three commercial low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWH), glycol-split non-anticoagulant heparins and heparins produced by enzymatic methods. ULMWH generated by the physicochemical method were characterized by high anti-heparanase and moderate anticoagulant activities. These heparin derivatives might be potential candidates for cancer therapy when a compromise is needed between anti-heparanase and anticoagulant activities. PMID:26453883

  1. 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

  2. Effect of molecular weight reduction by gamma irradiation on chitosan film properties.

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    García, Mario A; Pérez, Liliam; de la Paz, Nilia; González, 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 275.221kDa and 74.74% of deacetylation degree was performed using a (60)Co source to provide doses of 5, 10, 20 and 50kGy to obtain chitosans with molecular weights of 247.847, 221.563, 126.469 and 77.063kDa, 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 400cm(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

  3. 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

  4. 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, Bø and Fjøsanger, 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 Fjøsanger 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Purification, composition, charge, and molecular weight of the FeMo cofactor from Azotobacter vinelandii nitrogenase.

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    Huang, H Q; Kofford, M; Simpson, F B; Watt, G D

    1993-10-01

    A procedure has been developed for purifying NMF and NMF/DMF solutions of the FeMo cofactor (FeMoco) derived from the molybdenum iron protein of nitrogenase. This procedure consists of anaerobic chromatography of FeMoco solutions on two consecutive anaerobic molecular sizing columns followed by electrophoretic migration through a third sizing column. FeMoco prepared by this procedure is homogeneous as evidenced by chromatographic, electrophoretic, and compositional criteria. The minimal elemental composition was found to be MoFe6S6 using chemical colorimetric, inductively coupled plasma (ICP), and proton induced x-ray emission (PIXE) analytical procedures. Molecular weight measurements of NMF and DMF solutions of FeMoco using calibrated columns containing various molecular sizing matrices gave values of 1395 +/- 130 daltons for the molecular weight of FeMoco. The measured MW of FeMoco is about twice the value expected from the minimal stoichiometry, suggesting that FeMoco may exist as Mo2Fe12S12 in NMF and DMF solutions. The charge of FeMoco in its EPR silent state was determined to be 2- per Mo by passing NMF solutions of FeMoco containing excess salts of Na+, K+, Rb+, and Mg2+ through long columns equilibrated with pure NMF and then measuring the M/Mo ratio of the emerging FeMoco. Decomposition of purified FeMoco by acid or O2-exposure followed by exhaustive methylation or silanation of the resulting mixture failed to yield any methylated or silanated homocitric acid as measured by tandem gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. The GC-MS procedure applied to standard homocitric acid samples and various controls readily detects methylated homocitric acid at the sub-nanomole level. We conclude that the minimum molecular formula for active oxidized (EPR silent) FeMoco in NMF and in NMF-DMF mixtures is [Mo2Fe12S12]4-, but that other small organic anions such as NMF- may be present. PMID:8228979

  10. 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?=?0.060–0.671) 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. Aqueous geochemistry of low molecular weight hydrocarbons at elevated temperatures and pressures: constraints from mineral buffered laboratory experiments

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    Seewald, Jeffrey S.

    2001-05-01

    Organic matter, water, and minerals coexist at elevated temperatures and pressures in sedimentary basins and participate in a wide range of geochemical processes that includes the generation of oil and natural gas. A series of laboratory experiments were conducted at 300 to 350°C and 350 bars to examine chemical interactions involving low molecular weight aqueous hydrocarbons with water and Fe-bearing minerals under hydrothermal conditions. Mineral buffers composed of hematite-magnetite-pyrite, hematite-magnetite, and pyrite-pyrrhotite-magnetite were added to each experiment to fix the redox state of the fluid and the activity of reduced sulfur species. During each experiment the chemical system was externally modified by addition of ethene, ethane, propene, 1-butene, or n-heptane, and variations in the abundance of aqueous organic species were monitored as a function of time and temperature. Results of the experiments indicate that decomposition of aqueous n-alkanes proceeds through a series of oxidation and hydration reactions that sequentially produce alkenes, alcohols, ketones, and organic acids as reaction intermediaries. Organic acids subsequently undergo decarboxylation and/or oxidation reactions to form carbon dioxide and shorter chain saturated hydrocarbons. This alteration assemblage is compositionally distinct from that produced by thermal cracking under anhydrous conditions, indicating that the presence of water and minerals provide alternative reaction pathways for the decomposition of hydrocarbons. The rate of hydrocarbon oxidation decreases substantially under reducing conditions and in the absence of catalytically active aqueous sulfur species. These results represent compelling evidence that the stability of aqueous hydrocarbons at elevated temperatures in natural environments is not a simple function of time and temperature alone. Under the appropriate geochemical conditions, stepwise oxidation represents a mechanism for the decomposition of low molecular weight hydrocarbons and the production of methane-rich ("dry") natural gas. Evaluation of aqueous reaction products generated during the experiments within a thermodynamic framework indicates that alkane-alkene, alkene-ketone, and alkene-alcohol reactions attained metastable thermodynamic equilibrium states. This equilibrium included water and iron-bearing minerals, demonstrating the direct involvement of inorganic species as reactants during organic transformations. The high reactivity of water and iron-bearing minerals suggests that they represent abundant sources of hydrogen and oxygen available for the formation of hydrocarbons and oxygenated alteration products. Thus, variations in elemental kerogen composition may not accurately reflect the timing and extent of hydrocarbon, carbon dioxide, and organic acid generation in sedimentary basins. This study demonstrates that the stabilities of aqueous hydrocarbons are strongly influenced by inorganic sediment composition at elevated temperatures. Incorporation of such interactions into geochemical models will greatly improve prediction of the occurrence of hydrocarbons in natural environments over geologic time.

  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. Investigation of small molecular weight poly(acrylic acid) adsorption on ?-alumina

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    Liu, Lei; Luo, Shi-Zhong; Wang, Bin; Guo, ZhanHu

    2015-08-01

    The interactions between poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and alumina have been widely investigated. In this study, the pattern of small molecular weight PAA (MW 3000) interaction with ?-alumina has been dissected. The alumina/PAA hybrids were prepared at pH 4.0, 5.5, and 7.0, respectively. Nitrogen absorption-desorption analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and elemental analysis were conducted to illustrate the characteristics of the hybrids. At pH 4.0, the coiled PAA conformation yielded polymer adsorption primarily on alumina outer surface. At higher pH values, the more stretched PAA molecules were able to infiltrate inside the alumina pores. The phenomenon is explained by the polymer chain reptation motion model. Coiled polymer chains are not oriented enough to penetrate the oxide pore channels. In contrary, stretched polymer chains are more likely to move along the pore channels.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Immune-enhancing activities of low molecular weight ?-glucan depolymerized by gamma irradiation

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    Sung, Nak-Yun; Byun, Eui-Hong; Kwon, Sun-Kyu; Song, Beom-Seok; Choi, Jong-il; Kim, Jae-Hun; Byun, Myung-Woo; Yoo, Young-Choon; Kim, Mee-Ree; Lee, Ju-Woon

    2009-07-01

    ?-glucans are structural cell wall polymers of many microorganisms and cereals which possess immunomodulatory properties and have been used in the food, cosmetic and medical industry. In our previous study, ?-glucan was depolymerized by gamma irradiation and leads to improve the solubility and viscosity. This study was carried out to evaluate the functional properties, mainly immune-enhancing activities of low molecular weight ?-glucan fragmented by gamma irradiation. The results showed that RAW 264.7 macrophage cell stimulation activities of irradiated ?-glucan were higher than that of non-irradiated ?-glucan. In addition, the oral administration of gamma-irradiated ?-glucan significantly increased the proliferation and cytokine (IFN-? and IL-2) release of spleen and Peyer's patch cells compared with non-irradiated ?-glucan. In conclusion, gamma irradiation could be used as an effective method for the production of depolymerized ?-glucan improved functional property such as immunomodulatory activity.

  4. 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.

  5. Controlled molecular weight poly(arylene ether benzimidazole)s endcapped with benzimidazole and acetylene groups

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    Smith, J.G. Jr.; Connell, J.W.; Hergenrother, P.M.

    1993-12-31

    As a continuation of work on poly(arylene ether benzimidazole)s (PAEBIs), a series of controlled molecular weight polymers endcapped with benzimidazole, ethynyl, and phenylethynyl groups were prepared at stoichiometric imbalances of 7 and 10 mole percent and characterized. Earlier work with benzimidazole endcapped PAEBIs prepared at stoichiometric imbalances as high as 7 mole percent has shown very good retention of thin film properties up to 232{degrees}C. Ethynyl and phenylethynyl endcapped PAEBIs, air cured to 330{degrees}C, exhibited increases in Tgs of {approximately}20-30{degrees}C with respect to benzimidazole endcapped PAEBIs. Thin film properties for the ethynyl and phenylethynyl endcapped PAEBIs were similar to benzimidazole endcapped PAEBIs up to 232{degrees}C. Ethynyl and phenylethynyl endcapped PAEBI films tested at 250{degrees}C exhibited good retention of tensile properties.

  6. Detergent-dispersant additives based on high-molecular-weight alkylphenols

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    Kulieva, K.N.; Namazova, I.I.; Ismailova, N.D.; Dorokhina, I.V.

    1988-09-01

    This article describes the synthesis and investigation of Mannich bases produced for alkylphenols, obtained in turn from ethylene oligomers. These oligomers are the still bottoms from distillation products of high-temperature oligomerization of ethylene in the presence of triethylaluminum. Two narrow cuts obtained from the distillation of oligomer fraction were used to study the influence of ethylene oligomer molecular weight on the properties of the additives. The additives were blended in DS-11 oil to evaluate their detergency-dispersancy and other properties. Comparison blends were made with succinimide additives based on the same ethylene oligomers. The Mannich bases give improvements in the oxidation resistance, anticorrosion properties, and detergency-dispersancy of the DS-11 diesel oil.

  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. Fine microstructure of processed chitosan nanofibril networks preserving directional packing and high molecular weight.

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    Osorio-Madrazo, Anayancy; David, Laurent; Peniche-Covas, Carlos; Rochas, Cyrille; Putaux, Jean-Luc; Trombotto, Stéphane; Alcouffe, Pierre; Domard, Alain

    2015-10-20

    Crystalline chitosan nanofibril networks were prepared, preserving the native structural packing and the polymer high molecular weight. The fine microstructure of the nanomaterial, obtained by mild hydrolysis of chitosan (CHI), was characterized by using synchrotron small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS and WAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron diffraction. Hydrolysis of chitosan yielded a network of crystalline nanofibrils, containing both allomorphs of chitosan: hydrated and anhydrous. The comparison of WAXS data in transmission and reflection mode revealed the preferential orientation of the CHI crystals when subjected to mechanical compression constrains. The results are in agreement with the existence of a network nanostructure containing fiber-like crystals with the principal axis parallel to the polymer chain axis. The evolution of the CHI allomorphic composition with temperature was studied to further elucidate the mechanism of structural transitions occurring during CHI nanofibril network processing. PMID:26256153

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Reversible Masking Using Low-Molecular-Weight Neutral Lipids to Achieve Optimal-Targeted Delivery

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    Templeton, Nancy Smyth; Senzer, Neil

    2012-01-01

    Intravenous injection of therapeutics is required to effectively treat or cure metastatic cancer, certain cardiovascular diseases, and other acquired or inherited diseases. Using this route of delivery allows potential uptake in all disease targets that are accessed by the bloodstream. However, normal tissues and organs also have the potential for uptake of therapeutic agents. Therefore, investigators have used targeted delivery to attempt delivery solely to the target cells; however, use of ligands on the surface of delivery vehicles to target specific cell surface receptors is not sufficient to avoid nonspecific uptake. PEGylation has been used for decades to try to avoid nonspecific uptake but suffers from many problems known as “The PEGylation Dilemma.” We have solved this dilemma by replacing PEGylation with reversible masking using low-molecular-weight neutral lipids in order to achieve optimal-targeted delivery solely to target cells. Our paper will focus on this topic. PMID:22655199

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Effect of radiation sterilization and aging on ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene

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    Roe, R.J.; Grood, E.S.; Shastri, R.; Gosselin, C.A.; Noyes, F.R.

    1981-03-01

    The mechanical properties of polyethylene components used in prosthesis are altered after fabrication by the sterilization procedure and by the environmental and mechanical aging which occurs after implantation. To assess the importance and extent of these alterations, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylenes from two sources, Hercules 1900 and RCH 1000C, were subjected to gamma-ray irradiation and aging in serum and argon environments. Changes induced by these treatments in the structural and mechanical parameters have been determined by a variety of experimental techniques. The effect of irradiation is to introduce crosslinks and to increase the degree of crystallinity resulting in changes in the tensile properties in the direction of higher stiffness and reduced ductility. Aging for six months produced similar changes with subtle differences. The results suggest that the initially low degree of crystallinity which results from the sluggish mobility of the very long chain molecules offers the opportunity for significant changes in the properties during use in the long run.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Recording of Surface Relief in Azobenzene Containing Low Molecular Weight Organic Glasses

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    Klismeta, K.; Teteris, J.

    2015-03-01

    One of the used methods to induce mass motion on the surface of azopolymer films is holographic recording using laser wavelength corresponding to the absorption band of the azo compound. The sinusoidal light interference pattern on the surface of the sample leads to a sinusoidal surface patterning - a stable surface relief grating (SRG). As confirmed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), these gratings are found to be very large, with depth up to hundreds of nanometres and they diffract light very efficiently. In this work azobenzene containing low molecular weight organic glass K-RJ-8 was experimentally studied. The compound absorbs at the visible spectrum, holographic recording in this range using different polarization states of the recording beams was done. Diffraction efficiency was measured during the recording of the SRG. The relationship between formation of SRG and photoinduced birefringence is discussed.

  18. Preferential synthesis of low-molecular-weight RNA in uv-irradiated plasma of Physarum polycephalum

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    Kumari, P.A.V.; Nair, V.R.

    1981-10-01

    Mitotically synchronous surface plasmodia of Physarum polycephalum were irradiated during the G2 phase with a Philips 15-W germicidal lamp. At different intervals after irradiation, the plasmodia were pulse-labeled with (/sup 3/H)uridine, and RNA was extracted and analyzed on linear sucrose gradients. The radioactivity profiles of the RNA showed that irradiated plasmodia synthesize preferentially low-molecular-weight RNA types, including 4 SRNA, during the delay period prior to the first postirradiation mitosis and during the following short mitotic cycle. Double-labeling experiments, employing (/sup 14/C)uridine-prelabeled plasmodia which were pulse-labeled with (/sup 3/H)uridine after irradiation, confirmed this finding. It is also seen that there is an overall reduction in the rate of synthesis of rRNA in the irradiated plasmodia.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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 ?g 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.

  4. 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

  5. Liquid alkanes with targeted molecular weights from biomass-derived carbohydrates.

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    West, Ryan M; Liu, Zhen Y; Peter, Maximilian; Dumesic, James A

    2008-01-01

    Liquid transportation fuels must burn cleanly and have high energy densities, criteria that are currently fulfilled by petroleum, a non-renewable resource, the combustion of which leads to increasing levels of atmospheric CO(2). An attractive approach for the production of transportation fuels from renewable biomass resources is to convert carbohydrates into alkanes with targeted molecular weights, such as C(8)-C(15) for jet-fuel applications. Targeted n-alkanes can be produced directly from fructose by an integrated process involving first the dehydration of this C(6) sugar to form 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, followed by controlled formation of C-C bonds with acetone to form C(9) and C(15) compounds, and completed by hydrogenation and hydrodeoxygenation reactions to form the corresponding n-alkanes. Analogous reactions are demonstrated starting with 5-methylfurfural or 2-furaldehyde, with the latter leading to C(8) and C(13) n-alkanes. PMID:18702136

  6. Effect of soil sieving on respiration induced by low-molecular-weight substrates

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    Datta, Rahul; Vranová, Valerie; Pavelka, Marian; Rejšek, Klement; Formánek, 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Effects of low molecular weight organic acids on (137)Cs release from contaminated soils.

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    Chiang, Po Neng; Wang, Ming Kuang; Huang, Pan Ming; Wang, Jeng Jong

    2011-06-01

    Radio pollutant removal is one of several priority restoration strategies for the environment. This study assessed the effect of low molecular weight organic acid on the lability and mechanisms for release of (137)Cs from contaminated soils. The amount of (137)Cs radioactivity released from contaminated soils reacting with 0.02 M low molecular weight organic acids (LMWOAs) specifically acetic, succinic, oxalic, tartaric, and citric acid over 48 h were 265, 370, 760, 850, and 1002 Bq kg(-1), respectively. The kinetic results indicate that (137)Cs exhibits a two-step parabolic diffusion equation and a good linear relationship, indicating that the parabolic diffusion equation describes the data quite well, as shown by low p and high r(2) values. The fast stage, which was found to occur within a short period of time (0.083-3 h), corresponds to the interaction of LMWOAs with the surface of clay minerals; meanwhile, during the slow stage, which occurs over a much longer time period (3-24 h), desorption primarily is attributed to inter-particle or intra-particle diffusion. After a fifth renewal of the LMWOAs, the total levels of (137)Cs radioactivity released by acetic, succinic, oxalic, tartaric, and citric acid were equivalent to 390, 520, 3949, 2061, and 4422 Bq kg(-1) soil, respectively. H(+) can protonate the hydroxyl groups and oxygen atoms at the broken edges or surfaces of the minerals, thereby weakening Fe-O and Al-O bonds. After protonation of H(+), organic ligands can attack the OH and OH(2) groups in the minerals easily, to form complexes with surface structure cations, such as Al and Fe. The amounts of (137)Cs released from contaminated soil treated with LMWOAs were substantially increased, indicating that the LMWOAs excreted by the roots of plants play a critical role in (137)Cs release. PMID:21398133

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Applying a Weight-of-Evidence Approach to Evaluate Relevance of Molecular Landscapes in the Exposure-Disease Paradigm

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    Gross, Sherilyn A.; Fedak, Kristen M.

    2015-01-01

    Information on polymorphisms, mutations, and epigenetic events has become increasingly important in our understanding of molecular mechanisms associated with exposures-disease outcomes. Molecular landscapes can be developed to illustrate the molecular characteristics for environmental carcinogens as well as associated disease outcomes, although comparison of these molecular landscapes can often be difficult to navigate. We developed a method to organize these molecular data that uses a weight-of-evidence approach to rank overlapping molecular events by relative importance for susceptibility to an exposure-disease paradigm. To illustrate the usefulness of this approach, we discuss the example of benzene as an environmental carcinogen and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) as a causative disease endpoint. Using this weight-of-evidence method, we found overlapping polymorphisms in the genes for the metabolic enzymes GST and NQO1, both of which may infer risk of benzene-induced MDS. Polymorphisms in the tumor suppressor gene, TP53, and the inflammatory cytokine gene, TNF-?, were also noted, albeit inferring opposing outcomes. The alleles identified in the DNA repair gene RAD51 indicated an increased risk for MDS in MDS patients and low blood cell counts in benzene-exposed workers. We propose the weight-of-evidence approach as a tool to assist in organizing the sea of emerging molecular data in exposure-disease paradigms. PMID:26339619

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. The effects of molecular weight on the single lap shear creep and constant strain rate behavior of thermoplastic polyimidesulfone adhesive

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    Dembosky, Stanley K.; Sancaktar, Erol

    1985-01-01

    The bonded shear creep and constant strain rate behaviors of zero, one, and three percent endcapped thermoplastic polyimidesulfone adhesive were examined at room and elevated temperatures. Endcapping was accomplished by the addition of phthalic anhydrides. The primary objective was to determine the effects of molecular weight on the mechanical properties of the adhesive. Viscoelastic and nonlinear elastic constitutive equations were utilized to model the adhesive. Ludwik's and Crochet's relations were used to describe the experimental failure data. The effects of molecular weight changes on the above mentioned mechanical behavior were assessed. The viscoelastic Chase-Goldsmith and elastic nonlinear relations gave a good fit to the experimental stress strain behavior. Crochet's relations based on Maxwell and Chase-Goldsmith models were fit to delayed failure data. Ludwik's equations revealed negligible rate dependence. Ultimate stress levels and the safe levels for creep stresses were found to decrease as molecular weight was reduced.

  15. Effect of molecular weight of polystyrensulfonic acid sodium salt polymers on the precipitation kinetics of sodium bicarbonate

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    Martínez-Cruz, Nancy; Carrillo-Romo, Felipe; Jaramillo-Vigueras, David

    2004-10-01

    This paper analyzes the effect of polystyrensulfonic acid sodium salt (NaPSS), obtained by kinetic precipitation from solutions of polymers of molecular weight 245 000 and 38 000 g mol-1 in sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) itself precipitated from synthetic brine. Crystal size, shape and the additive adsorbed are reported. X shaped and hexagonal prisms crystals with different aspect ratios were obtained. The results show that with increasing polymer concentration the crystal size decreases, from 0.27 to 0.48 mm. Additionally, the higher molecular weight polymer shows both higher adsorption capacity and higher crystal habit modification. Crystal shape patterns were similar for both polymers; however, the higher molecular weight material induced changes at lower concentration. It was observed that the precipitation rate reached a minimum with increasing additive concentration.

  16. Effect of alkali lignins with different molecular weights from alkali pretreated rice straw hydrolyzate on enzymatic hydrolysis.

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    Li, Yun; Qi, Benkun; Luo, Jianquan; Wan, Yinhua

    2016-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of alkali lignins with different molecular weights on enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulose. Different alkali lignins fractions, which were obtained from cascade ultrafiltration, were added into the dilute acid pretreated (DAP) and alkali pretreated (AP) rice straws respectively during enzymatic hydrolysis. The results showed that the addition of alkali lignins enhanced the hydrolysis and the enhancement for hydrolysis increased with increasing molecular weights of alkali lignins, with maximum enhancement being 28.69% for DAP and 20.05% for AP, respectively. The enhancement was partly attributed to the improved cellulase activity, and filter paper activity increased by 18.03% when adding lignin with highest molecular weight. It was found that the enhancement of enzymatic hydrolysis was correlated with the adsorption affinity of cellulase on alkali lignins, and the difference in surface charge and hydrophobicity of alkali lignins were responsible for the difference in affinity between cellulase and lignins. PMID:26496216

  17. 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

  18. Low Molecular Weight Fucoidan Inhibits Tumor Angiogenesis through Downregulation of HIF-1/VEGF Signaling under Hypoxia

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    Chen, Meng-Chuan; Hsu, Wen-Lin; Hwang, Pai-An; Chou, Tz-Chong

    2015-01-01

    Activation of hypoxia-induced hypoxia-inducible factors-1 (HIF-1) plays a critical role in promoting tumor angiogenesis, growth and metastasis. Low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF) is prepared from brown algae, and exhibits anticancer activity. However, whether LMWF attenuates hypoxia-induced angiogenesis in bladder cancer cells and the molecular mechanisms involved remain unclear. This is the first study to demonstrate that LMWF can inhibit hypoxia-stimulated H2O2 formation, HIF-1 accumulation and transcriptional activity vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secretion, and the migration and invasion in hypoxic human bladder cancer cells (T24) cells. LMWF also downregulated hypoxia-activated phosphorylation of PI3K/AKT/mTOR/p70S6K/4EBP-1 signaling in T24 cells. Blocking PI3K/AKT or mTOR activity strongly diminished hypoxia-induced HIF-1? expression and VEGF secretion in T24 cells, supporting the involvement of PI3K/AKT/mTOR in the induction of HIF-1? and VEGF. Additionally, LMWF significantly attenuated angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo evidenced by reduction of tube formation of hypoxic human umbilical vascular endothelial cells and blood capillary generation in the tumor. Similarly, administration of LMWF also inhibited the HIF-1? and VEGF expression in vivo, accompanied by a reduction of tumor growth. In summary, under hypoxia conditions, the antiangiogenic activity of LMWF in bladder cancer may be associated with suppressing HIF-1/VEGF-regulated signaling pathway. PMID:26193287

  19. 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

  20. A novel role of low molecular weight hyaluronan in breast cancer metastasis.

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    Wu, Man; Cao, Manlin; He, Yiqing; Liu, Yiwen; Yang, Cuixia; Du, Yan; Wang, Wenjuan; Gao, Feng

    2015-04-01

    Low molecular weight hyaluronan (LMW-HA), a degradation fragment of the extracellular matrix component hyaluronan (HA), has been proven to play a crucial role in cancer progression. However, no systematic clinical study of breast cancer has been performed to correlate LMW-HA levels with metastasis. In the present study, we analyzed 176 serum specimens and found for the first time that the serum LMW-HA (but not total HA) level significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis, suggesting that serum LMW-HA represents a better prognostic indicator of breast cancer progression than HA. Similarly, we found that breast cancer cell lines displaying higher invasive potential had a higher LMW-HA concentration than less-invasive cell lines. This higher LMW-HA level was accompanied by the overexpression of hyaluronan synthase (HAS2) and hyaluronidase (both HYAL1 and HYAL2). Of great importance, decreasing LMW-HA production significantly inhibited breast cancer cell migration and invasion. Overall, our results suggest that during cancer progression, cancer cells may actively remodel their microenvironment via an autocrine/paracrine-like process, resulting in elevated LMW-HA levels, which in turn may facilitate cancer progression by promoting the migration and invasion of cancer cells. Therefore, cancer-associated LMW-HA may be a more promising molecular biomarker than total HA for detecting metastasis and may have further applications in breast cancer treatment. PMID:25550464

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Exposure to low molecular weight isocyanates and formaldehyde in foundries using hot box core binders.

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    Westberg, Håkan; Löfstedt, Håkan; Seldén, Anders; Lilja, Bengt-Gunnar; Nayström, Peter

    2005-11-01

    Emissions from a chemical core binder system (Hot Box) based on a formaldehyde-carbamide resin have been investigated. The binder is used in some Swedish die-casting foundries. During core-making and casting, low molecular monoisocyanates, in particular methyl isocyanate (MIC) and isocyanic acid (ICA), were identified. Exposure to air concentrations of MIC, ICA and formaldehyde were subsequently determined in all Swedish foundries using the Hot Box binder, and involved three brass and one grey iron foundry. The survey was carried out in the winter period of 2001, and involved core-makers, casters and fettlers in the brass foundries, whereas only core-makers were included in the grey iron foundry. For each worker, four to five short-term samples of isocyanates (n = 298) and one 8 h sample of formaldehyde (n = 64) were collected during one shift for 15 die-casters, 39 core-makers and 10 other workers in the foundry. The air concentrations of the MIC short-term samples varied between <4 and 68 microg m(-3), with corresponding ICA levels between <4 and 280 microg m(-3). Calculated 8 h time weighted average air concentrations of MIC, based on short-term samples for each individual, varied between <4 and 31 microg m(-3); for ICA the corresponding levels varied from <4 to 190 microg m(-3). The formaldehyde time weighted average concentration levels ranged from 14 to 1600 microg m(-3), and the Swedish occupational exposure limit (600 microg m(-3)) was exceeded only in 3% of the samples. In general, the core-makers were exposed to higher average formaldehyde levels compared to the casters, the latter being more exposed to monoisocyanates. During core-making and die-casting, low molecular monoisocyanates, in particular MIC and ICA, were identified. Compared to the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) threshold limit value-time weighted average (TLV-TWA) for MIC, the exposures were low. The lack of toxicological and human data for ICA and the relatively high air concentrations call for medical examination and preventive measures in production, ventilation and the use of personal safety equipment in the investigated foundries. PMID:16126762

  4. Antiedematogenic and antioxidant properties of high molecular weight protein sub-fraction of Calotropis procera latex in rat

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    Chaudhary, Priyanka; de Araújo Viana, Carolina; Ramos, Marcio V.; Kumar, Vijay L.

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: The aim was to evaluate the effect of high molecular weight protein fraction of Calotropis procera latex on edema formation and oxidative stress in carrageenan-induced paw inflammation. Methods: A sub-plantar injection of carrageenan was given to induce edema in the hind paw of the rat. The inhibitory effect of high molecular weight protein fraction of C. procera latex was evaluated following intravenous administration (5 and 25 mg/kg body weight) and was compared with that of diclofenac given orally (5 mg/kg). The levels of reduced glutathione (GSH), thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) were measured in the inflamed paw tissue at the end of the study. Results: The high molecular weight protein fraction obtained from the latex of C. procera produced a dose-dependent inhibition of edema formation that was accompanied by normalization of levels of oxidative stress markers (GSH and TBARS) and MPO, a marker for neutrophils in the paw tissue. Conclusions: The high molecular weight protein fraction of C. procera latex ameliorates acute inflammation in the paw through its antioxidant effect. PMID:25767367

  5. Lower molecular weight hydrocarbon formation in an open flow system by Fischer Tropsch reaction. [in primitive solar system

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    Hobo, T.; Ponnamperuma, C.; Hook, A. G.; Donn, B.

    1978-01-01

    A Fischer Tropsch type mechanism has been proposed for the synthesis of organic compounds in the primitive solar system. The evidence for hydrocarbon formation, especially those of higher molecular weight, under simulated conditions of the early solar nebula has been presented (Studier et al., 1968, 1972; Gelpi et al., 1970). In this paper, we report studies on the formation of specifically the lower molecular weight hydrocarbons. By using an open flow reaction system and two closed systems, several factors which may affect the production of these compounds have been examined.

  6. Silver nanoparticles on zeolite surface for laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry of low molecular weight compounds

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    Yang, Mengrui; Fujino, Tatsuya

    2013-06-01

    Silver nanoparticles loaded on NH4+-type zeolite, AgNPs-NH4ZSM5, was developed as an inorganic matrix for laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry of low molecular weight compounds. It was found that AgNPs-NH4ZSM5 could work as an efficient Ag+ donor to ionize analytes and that zeolite worked as a heat bath to prevent the destruction of AgNPs after the photoexcitation. The AgNPs-NH4ZSM5 was applied to laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry of biologically active substances with low molecular weights including acetylsalicylic acid, L-histidine, glucose, urea, cholesterol, and those in human serum.

  7. Polymyxin B-Induced Release of Low-Molecular-Weight, Heat-Labile Enterotoxin from Escherichia coli

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    Evans, Doyle J.; Evans, Dolores G.; Gorbach, Sherwood L.

    1974-01-01

    Polymyxin B-induced release of enterotoxin from Escherichia coli strain H-10407 was demonstrated. Incubation of E. coli cells derived from 6-h cultures with polymyxin caused the rapid release of enterotoxin with a molecular weight of approximately 20,000, as estimated by the gel filtration technique. The rapidity of the release of enterotoxin indicates that it probably resides in the periplasmic space of the cell. The low-molecular-weight enterotoxin possessed vascular permeability factor and diarrheagenic activities, both of which were found to be heat-labile. The permeability factor activity of this enterotoxin was neutralized by antisera prepared against crude E. coli enterotoxin, Vibrio cholerae enterotoxin (choleragen), and V. cholerae toxoid (choleragenoid), respectively. Supernatant fluids of 6-h E. coli cultures did not contain this molecular form of enterotoxin but did contain very high-molecular-weight, heat-labile enterotoxin. Incubation of cells derived from older (18 h) cultures with polymyxin caused the release of both low- (20,000) and high-molecular-weight forms of enterotoxin. We concluded that either the 20,000-dalton form of heat-labile enterotoxin is not released by E. coli under in vitro growth conditions or that enterotoxin released in this form is rapidly destroyed or inactivated. PMID:16558081

  8. Effects of protein molecular weight on the intrinsic material properties and release kinetics of wet spun polymeric microfiber delivery systems.

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    Lavin, Danya M; Zhang, Linda; Furtado, Stacia; Hopkins, Richard A; Mathiowitz, Edith

    2013-01-01

    Wet spun microfibers have great potential for the design of multifunctional controlled release scaffolds. Understanding aspects of drug delivery and mechanical strength, specific to protein molecular weight, may aid in the optimization and development of wet spun fiber platforms. This study investigated the intrinsic material properties and release kinetics of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) wet spun microfibers encapsulating proteins with varying molecular weights. A cryogenic emulsion technique developed in our laboratory was used to encapsulate insulin (5.8 kDa), lysozyme (14.3 kDa) and bovine serum albumin (BSA, 66.0 kDa) within wet spun microfibers (~100 ?m). Protein loading was found to significantly influence mechanical strength and drug release kinetics of PLGA and PLLA microfibers in a molecular-weight-dependent manner. BSA encapsulation resulted in the most significant decrease in strength and ductility for both PLGA and PLLA microfibers. Interestingly, BSA-loaded PLGA microfibers had a twofold increase (8±2 MPa to 16±1 MPa) in tensile strength and a fourfold increase (3±1% to 12±6%) in elongation until failure in comparison to PLLA microfibers. PLGA and PLLA microfibers exhibited prolonged protein release up to 63 days in vitro. Further analysis with the Korsmeyer-Peppas kinetic model determined that the mechanism of protein release was dependent on Fickian diffusion. These results emphasize the critical role protein molecular weight has on the properties of wet spun filaments, highlighting the importance of designing small molecular analogues to replace growth factors with large molecular weights. PMID:22902813

  9. FROM OLIGOMERS TO MOLECULAR GIANTS OF SOYBEAN OIL IN SUPERCRITICAL CARBON DIOXIDE MEDIUM: 1. PREPARATION OF POLYMERS WITH LOWER MOLECULAR WEIGHT FROM SOYBEAN OIL

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    Polymers with lower molecular weight from soybean oil have been prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) medium by cationic polymerization. Boron trifluoride diethyl etherate BF3.O (C2H5)2 is used as an initiator. Influences of polymerization temperature, initiator amount, and carbon dioxi...

  10. Effect of serum albumin and low molecular weight ligands on Zn uptake by isolated rat hepatocytes

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    Flynn, A.; Loennerdal, B.

    1986-03-05

    Although the liver plays an important role in Zn metabolism, the mechanisms regulating hepatic Zn uptake are poorly understood. Hepatocytes were isolated from adult female rats, body weight 200-250 g, by the collagenase perfusion technique and purified by differential centrifugation. Uptake of Zn was studied by incubation of hepatocytes with /sup 65/Zn in 10 mM HEPES buffer, pH 7.4, containing 138 mM NaCl, 5.2 mM KCl, 0.9 mM MgCl/sub 2/ and 1.0 mM CaCl/sub 2/, followed by washing with ice-cold 10 mM EDTA, 0.9% NaCl, pH 7.3 on Whatman GF-C glass microfiber filters. Zn uptake of 37/sup 0/C from ZnSO/sub 4/ (10 ..mu..M) was linear up to approx. 5 min with an initial rate of uptake of 11-20 ng/min/10/sup 6/ viable cells. Initial rate of Zn uptake at 37/sup 0/C was over 10-fold greater than at 4/sup 0/C. At 37/sup 0/C initial rate of uptake increased as a function of Zn concentration in the range 2-20 ..mu..M, with K/sub m/ = 27 ..mu..M and V/sub max/ = 42 ng/min/10/sup 6/ viable cells. Inclusion of bovine serum albumin (2 mg/ml) with ZnSO/sub 4/ (10 ..mu..m) reduced the initial rate of uptake to approx. 25% of the rate with ZnSO/sub 4/ alone. The low molecular weight ligands, phosphate, citrate and histidine at equimolar concentrations with Zn had little effect on Zn uptake by hepatocytes.

  11. Hypervelocity Impact Experiments on Epoxy/Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Composite Panels Reinforced with Nanotubes

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    Khatiwada, Suman; Laughman, Jay W.; Armada, Carlos A.; Christiansen, Eric L.; Barrera, Enrique V.

    2012-01-01

    Advanced composites with multi-functional capabilities are of great interest to the designers of aerospace structures. Polymer matrix composites (PMCs) reinforced with high strength fibers provide a lightweight and high strength alternative to metals and metal alloys conventionally used in aerospace architectures. Novel reinforcements such as nanofillers offer potential to improve the mechanical properties and add multi-functionality such as radiation resistance and sensing capabilities to the PMCs. This paper reports the hypervelocity impact (HVI) test results on ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber composites reinforced with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and boron nitride nanotubes (BNNT). Woven UHMWPE fabrics, in addition to providing excellent impact properties and high strength, also offer radiation resistance due to inherent high hydrogen content. SWCNT have exceptional mechanical and electrical properties. BNNT (figure 1) have high neutron cross section and good mechanical properties that add multi-functionality to this system. In this project, epoxy based UHMWPE composites containing SWCNT and BNNT are assessed for their use as bumper shields and as intermediate plates in a Whipple Shield for HVI resistance. Three composite systems are prepared to compare against one another: (I) Epoxy/UHMWPE, (II) Epoxy/UHMWPE/SWCNT and (III) Epoxy/UHMWPE/SWCNT/BNNT. Each composite is a 10.0 by 10.0 by 0.11 cm3 panel, consisting of 4 layers of fabrics arranged in cross-ply orientation. Both SWCNT and BNNT are 0.5 weight % of the fabric preform. Hypervelocity impact tests are performed using a two-stage light gas gun at Rice University

  12. Preclinical safety evaluation of low molecular weight heparin-deoxycholate conjugates as an oral anticoagulant.

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    Kim, Ji-Young; Jeon, Ok-Cheol; Moon, Hyun Tae; Hwang, Seung Rim; Byun, Youngro

    2016-01-01

    The preclinical safety of a newly developed oral anticoagulant, the low molecular weight heparin-deoxycholate conjugate (OH09208), was evaluated by a comprehensive evaluating program in compliance with standard guidelines. The single dose oral toxicity study in rats receiving 2000 and 5000 mg kg(-1) of OH09208 did not reveal any mortality, unusual body weight changes or necropsy findings. The results of the 4-week oral toxicity study with a 4-week recovery program in rats receiving OH09208 in doses of 100, 300 and 1000 mg kg(-1) day(-1) did not reveal any mortality, or indicate any unusual clinical signs, or show any toxicokinetic relationships to the administration of OH09208. Although the increase in liver enzymes in one male dog treated with 300 mg kg(-1) day(-1) and one female dog treated with 1000 mg kg(-1) day(-1) could not be excluded from the effect of the test substance, no other toxicologically significant changes were observed in the 4-week oral toxicity study with a 4-week recovery in beagle dogs. Thus, while the no-observed-adverse-effect level value from the 4-week study in both male and female rats was 1000 mg kg(-1) day(-1) , those from the 4-week study in male and female beagle dogs were 300 and 1000 mg kg(-1) day(-1) , respectively. Furthermore, OH09208 did not induce anaphylactic reactions in guinea pigs, micronucleated bone marrow cells in male ICR mice, chromosomal aberration in Chinese hamster lung cell lines, bacterial reverse mutation, and any abnormalities in hERG current assay, mouse central nervous system and dog cardiovascular studies. Overall, there were no unexpected toxicities in this preclinical study that might have precluded the safe administration of OH09208 to humans. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:25900269

  13. Self-assembly of an ultra-high-molecular-weight comb block copolymer at the airwater interface

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    Lin, Zhiqun

    Self-assembly of an ultra-high-molecular-weight comb block copolymer at the air­water interface Lei-assembly of a newly synthesized, amphiphilic comb block copolymer (CBCP) at the air­water interface was systematically. At the air­water interface, the CBCP molecules spontaneously assembled into ribbon-like structures

  14. Molecular Weight of Condensed Tannins from Warm-season Perennial Legumes and Its Effect on Condensed Tannin Biological Activity 

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    Naumann, Harley Dean

    2013-05-21

    and development as though she was. v I would like to thank my parents, Claudia and Richard, for their great generosity and willingness to help out. Their sacrifice, especially during times of my absence, was greatly appreciated. And thanks to my brother... ................................................ 48 Condensed Tannin Molecular Weight .......................................... 49 In vitro Fermentation .................................................................... 49 Statistical Analyses...

  15. Molecular weight dependent charge carrier mobility in poly(3,3' '-dioctyl-2,2':5',2' '-terthiophene).

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    Verilhac, Jean-Marie; Pokrop, Rafal; LeBlevennec, Gilles; Kulszewicz-Bajer, Irena; Buga, Katarzyna; Zagorska, Malgorzata; Sadki, Said; Pron, Adam

    2006-07-13

    Poly(3,3' '-dioctyl-2,2':5',2' '-terthiophene), a polymer recently used for the fabrication of organic field effect transistors, has been fractionated into five fractions distinctly differing in their molecular weights (Mn), with the goal of determining the influence of the degree of polymerization (DPn) on its principal physicochemical parameters. It has been demonstrated that within the Mn range studied (from 1.5 kDa to 10.5 kDa by SEC), corresponding to DPn from 10 to 38, the polymer band gap steadily decreases with growing molecular weight, which is clearly manifested by an increasing bathochromic shift of the band originating from the pi-pi* transition. The same trend is observed for the HOMO level, determined from the onset of the p-doping in cyclic voltammetry, which shifts from -5.10 eV to -4.90 eV for the lowest and the highest molecular weight fractions, respectively. The most pronounced influence of DPn has been found for the charge carriers' mobility-one of the most important parameters of field effect transistors (FETs) fabricated from this polymer. A fourfold increase in DPn results in an increase of the carriers' mobility by more than 3 orders of magnitude. Comparison of these results with those obtained for fractionated regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) shows a strikingly similar behavior of both polymers with respect to the molecular weight. PMID:16821847

  16. Molecular weight distribution of proteins in hard red spring wheat: Relationship to quality parameters and intra-sample uniformity

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    Molecular weight distribution (MWD) of proteins extracted from hard spring wheat grain was analyzed by size exclusion HPLC to investigate associations with wheat and breadmaking quality characteristics. Certain protein fractions were found to be related to associations between wheat and breadmaking ...

  17. PRODUCTION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF A TRANSGENIC BREAD WHEAT LINE OVER-EXPRESSING A LOW-MOLECULAR WEIGHT GLUTENIN SUBUNIT GENE.

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    The end-use properties, and thus the value, of wheat flours are determined to a large extent by the proteins that make up the polymeric network called gluten. Low molecular weight glutenin subunits (LMW-GS) are important components of gluten structure. Their relative amounts and/or the presence of s...

  18. Effects of specific domains of high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits’ on dough properties by an in vitro assay

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    An in vitro system for incorporating bacterially produced high-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) into doughs was used to study the effects of specific domains of the HMW-GS. Synergistic effects of incorporating into doughs both the Dx5 and Dy10 subunits are localized to the N-terminal do...

  19. Myxococcus xanthus low-molecular-weight protein tyrosine phosphatase homolog, ArsA, possesses arsenate reductase activity.

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    Mori, Yumi; Kimura, Yoshio

    2014-07-01

    Myxococcus xanthus MXAN_0575, ArsA, exhibited sequence homology to low-molecular-weight protein tyrosine phosphatases (LMWPTPs) and arsenate reductases. ArsA exhibited weak phosphatase activity toward p-nitrophenyl phosphate, and high arsenate reductase activity, suggesting that ArsA may play a role in arsenate reductase, but not LMWPTP. PMID:24503422

  20. Carrier DNA For Yeast Transformation Preparation of high molecular weight single stranded carrier DNA for yeast transformations.

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    Aris, John P.

    Carrier DNA For Yeast Transformation Preparation of high molecular weight single stranded carrier DNA for yeast transformations. 1. Dissolve 100 mg DNA in 10 ml TE, pH 8 in a sterile 50 ml plastic tube. Rotate at room temperature until completely dissolved. The 10 mg/ml solution will be viscous

  1. deforming high-molecular-weight glassy poly-mer at 386 K is nearly identical to the penetra-

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    Kennedy, Martin J.

    deforming high-molecular-weight glassy poly- mer at 386 K is nearly identical to the penetra- tion substantial increase in temperature during plastic flow) and of the attendant dramat- ic enhancement in atomic on radically enhanced atomic diffusional mobility by drawing an anal- ogy with recent experimental observations

  2. Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerance of a New Injection Technique for High- and Low-Molecular-Weight Hyaluronic Acid Hybrid Complexes

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    Palmieri, Beniamino; Coacci, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Facial aging is characterized by skin laxity and loss of skin elasticity. Hyaluronic acid, a biological component of the extracellular matrix, whose level decreases during aging, plays structural, rheological, and physiological roles in the skin. Hyaluronic acid may possess different molecular weights: low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid (from 50 kDa) and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid (just up to 2 million kDa). This monocentric, retrospective, observational study investigates the efficacy, security, and tolerability of a new injective low- and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid for facial skin rejuvenation. Methods: Eleven women received once a month, for 2 months, 2 mL of the product in the subcutaneous layer of the right and left malar/submalar areas. Facial skin echography, facial skin hydration, elasticity, and transepidermal water loss were assessed before (T0), after 1 month (T1), and after 3 months of treatment (T2). The injective features of the product, physician subjective satisfaction, and patient satisfaction were also reported. Results: Facial face hydration, elasticity, and transepidermal water loss values significantly improved at T1 and T2 (P < .01). Patients were very satisfied at the end of the treatment, and the compound's profit evaluated by the physician was optimal in the absence of local side effects. Conclusions: This treatment represents a good treatment option to restore vitality and turgidity of skin presenting the signs of aging in the absence of intolerance symptoms. PMID:26491508

  3. Effect of molecular weight, acid, and plasticizer on the physicochemical and antibacterial properties of ?-chitosan based films.

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    Chen, Jeremy L; Zhao, Yanyun

    2012-05-01

    Effects of chitosan molecular weight (1815 and 366 kDa), type of acid (1% acetic, formic, and propionic acid, or 0.5% lactic acid) and plasticizer (0, 25% glycerol or sorbital w/w chitosan) on the mechanical, water barrier, and antibacterial properties of ?-chitosan films were investigated. Tensile strength (TS) of high molecular weight (Hw) films was 53% higher than that of low molecular weight (Lw) ones, acetate, and propionate films had the highest TS (43 and 40 MPa) among tested acids, and plasticizer-reduced film TS 34%. Film elongation at break (EL) was higher in Hw films than in Lw ones, in which formate and acetate films were the highest (9% and 8%, respectively), and plasticizer increased the film EL 128%. Molecular weight of chitosan did not influence water vapor permeability (WVP) of the films. Acetate and propionate films had lower WVP than other acid types of films, and plasticizer increased film WVP about 35%. No difference was found between glycerol and sorbitol films in terms of film mechanical and water barrier properties. Lw ?-chitosan films showed significant antibacterial activity against E. coli and L. innocua. This study demonstrated that ?-chitosan films are compatible to ?-chitosan films in physicochemical properties and antibacterial activity, yet with simple sample preparation. PMID:23163939

  4. Effect of high molecular weight glutenin subunit composition in common wheat on dough properties and steamed bread quality

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    Steamed bread is a popular staple in Asia with different flour quality requirements from pan bread. Little is known about how glutenin characteristics affect steamed bread quality. This work investigated how deletions of high molecular weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) influence gluten properties an...

  5. A MURINE MODEL FOR LOW MOLECULAR WEIGHT CHEMICALS: DIFFERENTIATION OF RESPIRATORY SENSITIZERS (TMA) FROM CONTACT SENSITIZERS (DNFB)

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    Exposure to low molecular weight (LMW) chemicals contributes to both dermal and respiratory sensitization and is an important occupational health problem. Our goal was to establish an in vivo murine model for hazard identification of LMW chemicals that have the potential to indu...

  6. Metabolic profiling of transgenic wheat over-expressing the high-molecular weight Dx5 glutenin subunit

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    The primary aim of this work was to evaluate potential changes in the metabolic network of transgenic wheat grain due to over-expression of the gene encoding the high-molecular-weight (HMW) glutenin Dx5-subunit. We used GC-MS and multivariate analyses to compare the metabolite profiles of developing...

  7. Salicylate stimulates the degradation of high-molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by Pseudomonas saccharophila P15

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    Chen, S.H.; Aitken, M.D.

    1999-02-01

    Pseudomonas saccharophila P15 was isolated from soil contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and previously was reported to degrade a variety of low- and high-molecular weight PAH. Strain P15 grows on phenanthrene by a known pathway in which salicylate is an intermediate. Preincubation with phenanthrene and downstream intermediates through salicylate stimulated PAH dioxygenase activity and initial rates of phenanthrene removal, suggesting that salicylate is the inducer of these activities. Salicylate also greatly enhanced initial rates of removal of fluoranthene, pyrene, benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, and benzo[a]pyrene, high-molecular weight substrates that strain P15 does not use for growth.The specific rate of removal of benzo[a]pyrene was at least 2 orders of magnitude lower than that of the four-ring compounds and nearly 5 orders of magnitude lower than that of phenanthrene. The mineralization of phenanthrene, benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, and benzo[a]pyrene was stimulated by preincubation with phenanthrene or salicylate, although significant mineralization of phenanthrene, benz[a]anthracene, and chrysene occurred in uninduced cultures. Further experiments with chrysene indicated that chrysene does not appear to induce its own mineralization. The results suggest that P. saccharophila P15 expresses a low level of constitutive PAH metabolism which is inducible to much higher levels and that high-molecular weight PAH metabolism by this organism is induced by the low-molecular weight substrate phenanthrene and by salicylate.

  8. Counterion adsorption theory of dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: Apparent molecular weight, second virial coefficient, and intermolecular structure factor

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    Muthukumar, M.

    2012-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte chains are well known to be strongly correlated even in extremely dilute solutions in the absence of additional strong electrolytes. Such correlations result in severe difficulties in interpreting light scattering measurements in the determination of the molecular weight, radius of gyration, and the second virial coefficient of charged macromolecules at lower ionic strengths from added strong electrolytes. By accounting for charge-regularization of the polyelectrolyte by the counterions, we present a theory of the apparent molecular weight, second virial coefficient, and the intermolecular structure factor in dilute polyelectrolyte solutions in terms of concentrations of the polymer and the added strong electrolyte. The counterion adsorption of the polyelectrolyte chains to differing levels at different concentrations of the strong electrolyte can lead to even an order of magnitude discrepancy in the molecular weight inferred from light scattering measurements. Based on counterion-mediated charge regularization, the second virial coefficient of the polyelectrolyte and the interchain structure factor are derived self-consistently. The effect of the interchain correlations, dominating at lower salt concentrations, on the inference of the radius of gyration and on molecular weight is derived. Conditions for the onset of nonmonotonic scattering wave vector dependence of scattered intensity upon lowering the electrolyte concentration and interpretation of the apparent radius of gyration are derived in terms of the counterion adsorption mechanism. PMID:22830728

  9. Molecular weight, tertiary structure, water binding and colon behaviour of ispaghula husk fibre.

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    Al-Assaf, Saphwan; Phillips, Glyn O; Williams, Peter A; Takigami, Shoji; Dettmar, Peter; Havler, Michael

    2003-02-01

    Molecular variables, using aqueous and alkaline extracts, of the polysaccharide from ispaghula husk (IH) were examined using gel-permeation chromatography linked to multi-angle laser light scattering. Progressive extraction can yield a component with a molecular weight (MW)value up to about 7 x 106 Da, and gels, which accompany the extraction, have MW ranging from 10-20 x 106 Da. To mimic the polysaccharide degradation, particularly in the colon, the solid IH was degraded progressively using ionising radiation. A chain break occurs every 7.5 kGy in NaOH and every 15 kGy in water. The solid-state matrix is opened by the radiation to yield increased visco-elasticity of the aqueous extracts at critical radiation doses, before further degradation occurs after about 12 kGy. Differential scanning calorimetry is used to study the mechanism of interaction of water with IH. The first water to be taken up is non-freezing water and represents about twelve water molecules/disaccharide unit of the polysaccharide. As the water content is increased, the water becomes bound to the polysaccharide and freezes and melts at a temperature different from free water. This water is thermodynamically distinguishable from free water. It forms amorphous ice on cooling which crystallises exothermically and subsequently melts endothermically. Saturation occurs at a water content of 2-3 g water/g polymer, showing that about 60% of the water in the system is 'bound'. The most surprising conclusion is that despite the fact that the IH swells in water to form a solid and stiff gel, the greater part of that water in the gel is still free and behaves like liquid water. PMID:12756969

  10. Relationship between chemical structure and the occupational asthma hazard of low molecular weight organic compounds

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    Jarvis, J; Seed, M; Elton, R; Sawyer, L; Agius, R

    2005-01-01

    Aims: To investigate quantitatively, relationships between chemical structure and reported occupational asthma hazard for low molecular weight (LMW) organic compounds; to develop and validate a model linking asthma hazard with chemical substructure; and to generate mechanistic hypotheses that might explain the relationships. Methods: A learning dataset used 78 LMW chemical asthmagens reported in the literature before 1995, and 301 control compounds with recognised occupational exposures and hazards other than respiratory sensitisation. The chemical structures of the asthmagens and control compounds were characterised by the presence of chemical substructure fragments. Odds ratios were calculated for these fragments to determine which were associated with a likelihood of being reported as an occupational asthmagen. Logistic regression modelling was used to identify the independent contribution of these substructures. A post-1995 set of 21 asthmagens and 77 controls were selected to externally validate the model. Results: Nitrogen or oxygen containing functional groups such as isocyanate, amine, acid anhydride, and carbonyl were associated with an occupational asthma hazard, particularly when the functional group was present twice or more in the same molecule. A logistic regression model using only statistically significant independent variables for occupational asthma hazard correctly assigned 90% of the model development set. The external validation showed a sensitivity of 86% and specificity of 99%. Conclusions: Although a wide variety of chemical structures are associated with occupational asthma, bifunctional reactivity is strongly associated with occupational asthma hazard across a range of chemical substructures. This suggests that chemical cross-linking is an important molecular mechanism leading to the development of occupational asthma. The logistic regression model is freely available on the internet and may offer a useful but inexpensive adjunct to the prediction of occupational asthma hazard. PMID:15778257

  11. Separation of durum wheat proteins by ultrathin-layer isoelectric focusing: a new tool for the characterization and quantification of low molecular weight glutenins.

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    Morel, M H; Autran, J C

    1990-05-01

    An isoelectric focusing method capable of resolving all groups of storage protein of the wheat seed, including the most basic low molecular weight glutenin (LMWG), was developed. Ultrathin polyacrylamide gels were used after drying and rehydration with 8 M urea, 50 mM DTE and 2.4% carrier ampholytes (pH 4-9). Densitometric scanning of the isoelectric focusing gels permitted a more accurate and specific quantitation of LMWG components among various cultivars than patterns based on sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The two main genetic types (i.e. 'gamma-42' and 'gamma-45') of durum wheats were separated on the basis of the proportion in LMWG in storage proteins, but no significant difference was found within these groups. Advantages of the system as regards reliability, high resolution, ability to abolish protein oxidation and preventing reaggregation of LMWG were also discussed. PMID:2364926

  12. Development of an automated method for simultaneous determination of low molecular weight aliphatic amines and ammonia in ambient air by diffusion scrubber coupled to ion chromatography.

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    Chang, In-Hyoung; Lee, Chong-Geun; Lee, Dong Soo

    2003-11-15

    A method has been developed for the simultaneous determination of low molecular weight aliphatic amines and ammonia in the atmosphere. Analyte gases are collected quantitatively in high-purity deionized water of a planar diffusion scrubber, and the resultant solution is analyzed by ion chromatography. A 1-h cycle analysis could be continuously repeated. The calibrations for the amines are linear between 5 and 500 pptv. The detection limits are a few pptv with RSD of less than 3%. The calibration for ammonia shows severe curvature at high concentrations so that second-order fitting is required for accurate determination. This method was successfully applied to the environmental air analyses. The major amines in the atmosphere were trimethylamine, dimethylamine, and methylamine, and the temporal variations were closely correlated with that of ammonia, implying their identical emission sources. PMID:14615993

  13. HPMA copolymer-doxorubicin conjugates: The effects of molecular weight and architecture on biodistribution and in vivo activity.

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    Etrych, Tomáš; Subr, Vladimír; Strohalm, Ji?í; Sírová, Milada; Ríhová, Blanka; Ulbrich, Karel

    2012-12-28

    The molecular weight and molecular architecture of soluble polymer drug carriers significantly influence the biodistribution and anti-tumour activities of their doxorubicin (DOX) conjugates in tumour-bearing mice. Biodistribution of N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymer-DOX conjugates of linear and star architectures were compared in EL4 T-cell lymphoma-bearing mice. Biodistribution, including tumour accumulation, and anti-tumour activity of the conjugates strongly depended on conjugate molecular weight (MW), polydispersity, hydrodynamic radius (R(h)) and molecular architecture. With increasing MW, renal clearance decreased, and the conjugates displayed extended blood circulation and enhanced tumour accumulation. The linear conjugates with flexible polymer chains were eliminated by kidney clearance more quickly than the highly branched star conjugates with comparable MWs. Interestingly, the data suggested different mechanisms of renal filtration for star and linear conjugates. Only star conjugates with MWs below 50,000g.mo(-1) were removed by kidney filtration, while linear polymer conjugates with MWs near 70,000g.mol(-1), exceeding the generally accepted limit for renal elimination, were detected in the urine 36-96h after injection. Additionally, survival of tumour-bearing mice was strongly dependent on molecular weight and polymer conjugate architecture. Treatment of mice with the lower MW conjugate at a dose of 10mg DOX eq./kg resulted in 12% long-term surviving animals, while treatment with the corresponding star conjugate enabled 75% survival of animals. PMID:22759979

  14. Ex vivo inhibition of Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin types B, C, E, and F by small molecular weight inhibitors.

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    Montgomery, Vicki A; Ahmed, S Ashraf; Olson, Mark A; Mizanur, Rahman M; Stafford, Robert G; Roxas-Duncan, Virginia I; Smith, Leonard A

    2015-05-01

    Two small molecular weight inhibitors, compounds CB7969312 and CB7967495, that displayed inhibition of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A in a previous study, were evaluated for inhibition of botulinum neurotoxin serotypes B, C, E, and F. The small molecular weight inhibitors were assessed by molecular modeling, UPLC-based peptide cleavage assay; and an ex vivo assay, the mouse phrenic nerve - hemidiaphragm assay (MPNHDA). While both compounds were inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotypes B, C, and F in the MPNHDA, compound CB7969312 was effective at lower molar concentrations than compound CB7967495. However, compound CB7967495 was significantly more effective at preventing BoNTE intoxication than compound CB7969312. In the UPLC-based peptide cleavage assay, CB7969312 was also more effective against LcC. Both compounds inhibited BoNTE, but not BoNTF, LcE, or LcF in the UPLC-based peptide cleavage assay. Molecular modeling studies predicted that both compounds would be effective inhibitors of BoNTs B, C, E, and F. But CB7967495 was predicted to be a more effective inhibitor of the four serotypes (B, C, E, and F) than CB7969312. This is the first report of a small molecular weight compound that inhibits serotypes B, C, E, and F in the ex vivo assay. PMID:25707753

  15. Development of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) Coating by Cold Spray Technique

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    Ravi, Kesavan; Ichikawa, Yuji; Deplancke, Tiana; Ogawa, Kazuhiro; Lame, Olivier; Cavaille, Jean-Yves

    2015-08-01

    Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene or UHMWPE is an extremely difficult material to coat with, as it is rubbery and chemically very inert. The Cold Spray process appears to be a promising alternative processing technique but polymers are in general difficult to deposit using this method. So, attempts to develop UHMWPE coatings were made using a downstream injection cold spray technique incorporating a few modifications. A conventional cold spray machine yielded only a few deposited particles of UHMWPE on the substrate surface, but with some modifications in the nozzle geometry (especially the length and inner geometry) a thin coating of 45 ?m on Al substrate was obtained. Moreover, experiments with the addition of fumed nano-alumina to the feedstock yielded a coating of 1-4 mm thickness on Al and polypropylene substrates. UHMWPE was seen to be melt crystallized during the coating formation, as can be seen from the differential calorimetry curves. Influence of nano-ceramic particles was explained by observing the creation of a bridge bond between UHMWPE particles.

  16. A low-molecular-weight protein from rat liver that resembles ligandin in its binding properties.

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    Ketterer, B; Tipping, E; Hackney, J F; Beale, D

    1976-01-01

    A protein of S20,W 1.6S and mol.wt. 14000, which binds covalently a metabolite of the aminoazodye carcinogen NN-dimethyl-4-amino-3'-methylazobenzene, was isolated from rat liver cytosol from both carcinogen-treated and normal rats. The protein binds non-covalently palmitoyl-CoA, fatty acids, bilirubin, sex steroids and their sulphates, bile acids and salts, bromosulphophthalein, diethylstilboestrol and 20-methylcholanthrene with a wide range of affinities. The protein is isolated as three components with isoelectric points of 5.0, 5.9 and 7.6 by a method involving isoelectric focusing. All three components have closely similar amino acid analyses, tryptic-peptide 'maps' and u.v. spectra. Each single component redistributes into all three on further electrophoresis. However, the three forms differ in their binding characteristics, the form of pI 7.6 having much the highest affinity for compounds bound non-covalently. The protein was identified immunologically in rat liver, small intestine, adipose tissue, skeletal muscle, myocardium and testis. The protein was compared with other hepatic binding-protein preparations of similar molecular weight. Images PLATE 1 PLATE 2 PMID:949315

  17. Low-Molecular-Weight Metabolites Secreted by Paenibacillus larvae as Potential Virulence Factors of American Foulbrood

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    Schild, Hedwig-Annabell; Fuchs, Sebastian W.

    2014-01-01

    The spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae causes a severe and highly infective bee disease, American foulbrood (AFB). Despite the large economic losses induced by AFB, the virulence factors produced by P. larvae are as yet unknown. To identify such virulence factors, we experimentally infected young, susceptible larvae of the honeybee, Apis mellifera carnica, with different P. larvae isolates. Honeybee larvae were reared in vitro in 24-well plates in the laboratory after isolation from the brood comb. We identified genotype-specific differences in the etiopathology of AFB between the tested isolates of P. larvae, which were revealed by differences in the median lethal times. Furthermore, we confirmed that extracts of P. larvae cultures contain low-molecular-weight compounds, which are toxic to honeybee larvae. Our data indicate that P. larvae secretes metabolites into the medium with a potent honeybee toxic activity pointing to a novel pathogenic factor(s) of P. larvae. Genome mining of P. larvae subsp. larvae BRL-230010 led to the identification of several biosynthesis gene clusters putatively involved in natural product biosynthesis, highlighting the potential of P. larvae to produce such compounds. PMID:24509920

  18. Statistical studies on high molecular weight pullulan production in solid state fermentation using jack fruit seed.

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    Sugumaran, K R; Sindhu, R V; Sukanya, S; Aiswarya, N; Ponnusami, V

    2013-10-15

    The purpose of the work was to optimize the medium variables for maximizing pullulan production using jack fruit seed as a low cost substrate by Aureobasidium pullulans in solid state fermentation. Effects of K2HPO4, KH2PO4, ZnSO4·5H2O, MgSO4·7H2O, NaCl, (NH4)2SO4·5H2O, yeast extract, moisture content (%, w/w) in the production medium on pullulan production were studied using Plackett-Burman design. Production of pullulan was significantly affected by the medium variables namely KH2PO4, ZnSO4·5H2O, NaCl and moisture content (%, w/w). Then screened variables were optimized by Box Behnken experiment design. The pullulan obtained was characterized and confirmed by FTIR, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR. Molecular weight of pullulan was found to be 1.733×10(6) g/mol by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). PMID:23987421

  19. Amphiphilic Interpenetrating Networks for the Delivery of Hydrophobic, Low Molecular Weight Therapeutic Agents.

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    Schoener, Cody A; Hutson, Heather N; Fletcher, Grace K; Peppas, Nicholas A

    2011-11-16

    To investigate the delivery of hydrophobic therapeutic agents, a novel class of interpenetrating networks (IPNs) were synthesized and composed of two networks: methacrylic acid grafted with poly(ethylene glycol) tethers, P(MAA-g-EG), and poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA). The hydrophilic P(MAA-g-EG) networks are pH-responsive hydrogels capable of triggered release of an encapsulated therapeutic agent, such as a low molecular weight drug or a protein, when it passes from the stomach (low pH) to upper small intestine (neutral pH). PBA is a hydrophobic homopolymer that can affect the IPN swelling behavior, the therapeutic agent loading efficiencies in IPNs, and solute release profiles from IPNs. In dynamic swelling conditions, IPNs had greater swelling ratios than P(MAA-g-EG), but in equilibrium swelling conditions the IPN swelling ratio decreased with increasing PBA content. Loading efficiencies of the model therapeutic agent fluorescein ranged from 21 - 44%. Release studies from neat P(MAA-g-EG) and the ensuing IPNs indicated that the transition from low pH (2.0) to neutral pH (7.0) triggered fluorescein release. Maximum fluorescein release depended on the structure and hydrophilicity of the carriers used in these studies. PMID:22247592

  20. Positively Charged Polyethylenimines Enhance Nasal Absorption of the Negatively Charged Drug, Low Molecular Weight Heparin

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    Yang, Tianzhi; Hussain, Alamdar; Bai, Shuhua; Khalil, Ikramy A.; Harashima, Hideyoshi; Ahsan, Fakhrul

    2007-01-01

    This study tests the hypothesis that positively charged polyethylenimines (PEIs) enhance nasal absorption of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) by reducing the negative surface charge of the drug molecule. Physical interactions between PEIs and LMWH were studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, particle size analysis, conductivity measurements, zeta potential analysis, and azure A assay. The efficacy of PEIs in enhancing nasal absorption of LMWH was studied by administering LMWH formulated with PEI into the nose of anesthetized rats and monitoring drug absorption by measuring plasma anti-factor Xa activity. The metabolic stability of LMWH was evaluated by incubating the drug in rat nasal mucosal homogenates. FTIR spectra of the LMWH-PEI formulation showed a shift in peak position compared to LMWH or PEI alone. Decreases in conductivity, zeta potential and the amount of free LMWH in the PEI-LMWH formulation, as revealed by azure A assay, suggest that PEIs possibly neutralize the negative surface charge of LMWH. The efficacy of PEI in enhancing the bioavailability of nasally administered LMWH can be ranked as PEI-1000 KDa ? PEI-750 KDa > PEI-25 KDa. When PEI-1000 KDa was used at a concentration of 0.25%, there was a 4-fold increase in both the absolute and relative bioavailabilities of LMWH compared to the control formulation. Overall, these results indicate that polyethylenimines can be used as potential carriers for nasally administered LMWHs. PMID:17023085

  1. Surface functionalization of solid state ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene through chemical grafting

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    Sherazi, Tauqir A.; Rehman, Tayyiba; Naqvi, Syed Ali Raza; Shaikh, Ahson Jabbar; Shahzad, Sohail Anjum; Abbas, Ghazanfar; Raza, Rizwan; Waseem, Amir

    2015-12-01

    The surface of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) powder was functionalized with styrene using chemical grafting technique. The grafting process was initiated through radical generation on base polymer matrix in the solid state by sodium thiosulfate, while peroxides formed at radical sites during this process were dissociated by ceric ammonium nitrate. Various factors were optimized and reasonably high level of monomer grafting was achieved, i.e., 15.6%. The effect of different acids as additive and divinyl benzene (DVB) as a cross-linking agent was also studied. Post-grafting sulfonation was conducted to introduce the ionic moieties to the grafted polymer. Ion-exchange capacity (IEC) was measured experimentally and is found to be 1.04 meq g-1, which is in close agreement with the theoretical IEC values. The chemical structure of grafted and functionalized polymer was characterized by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and thermal properties were investigated by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Thermal analysis depicts that the presence of radicals on the polymer chain accelerates the thermal decomposition process. The results signify that the chemical grafting is an effective tool for substantial surface modification and subsequent functionalization of polyethylene.

  2. Crystal structure and putative substrate identification for the Entamoeba histolytica low molecular weight tyrosine phosphatase.

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    Linford, Alicia S; Jiang, Nona M; Edwards, Thomas E; Sherman, Nicholas E; Van Voorhis, Wesley C; Stewart, Lance J; Myler, Peter J; Staker, Bart L; Petri, William A

    2014-01-01

    Entamoeba histolytica is a eukaryotic intestinal parasite of humans, and is endemic in developing countries. We have characterized the E. histolytica putative low molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphatase (LMW-PTP). The structure for this amebic tyrosine phosphatase was solved, showing the ligand-induced conformational changes necessary for binding of substrate. In amebae, it was expressed at low but detectable levels as detected by immunoprecipitation followed by immunoblotting. A mutant LMW-PTP protein in which the catalytic cysteine in the active site was replaced with a serine lacked phosphatase activity, and was used to identify a number of trapped putative substrate proteins via mass spectrometry analysis. Seven of these putative substrate protein genes were cloned with an epitope tag and overexpressed in amebae. Five of these seven putative substrate proteins were demonstrated to interact specifically with the mutant LMW-PTP. This is the first biochemical study of a small tyrosine phosphatase in Entamoeba, and sets the stage for understanding its role in amebic biology and pathogenesis. PMID:24548880

  3. Ancient low–molecular-weight organic acids in permafrost fuel rapid carbon dioxide production upon thaw

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    Drake, Travis W.; Wickland, Kimberly P.; Spencer, Robert G. M.; McKnight, Diane M.; Striegl, Robert G.

    2015-01-01

    Northern permafrost soils store a vast reservoir of carbon, nearly twice that of the present atmosphere. Current and projected climate warming threatens widespread thaw of these frozen, organic carbon (OC)-rich soils. Upon thaw, mobilized permafrost OC in dissolved and particulate forms can enter streams and rivers, which are important processors of OC and conduits for carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. Here, we demonstrate that ancient dissolved organic carbon (DOC) leached from 35,800 y B.P. permafrost soils is rapidly mineralized to CO2. During 200-h experiments in a novel high–temporal-resolution bioreactor, DOC concentration decreased by an average of 53%, fueling a more than sevenfold increase in dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentration. Eighty-seven percent of the DOC loss to microbial uptake was derived from the low–molecular-weight (LMW) organic acids acetate and butyrate. To our knowledge, our study is the first to directly quantify high CO2 production rates from permafrost-derived LMW DOC mineralization. The observed DOC loss rates are among the highest reported for permafrost carbon and demonstrate the potential importance of LMW DOC in driving the rapid metabolism of Pleistocene-age permafrost carbon upon thaw and the outgassing of CO2 to the atmosphere by soils and nearby inland waters. PMID:26504243

  4. Phase Transition during Heating of Nanostructured Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene Membranes.

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    Uehara, Hiroki; Tamura, Takuya; Yamashita, Hideyuki; Yamanobe, Takeshi; Masunaga, Hiroyasu

    2015-12-31

    Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) membranes were prepared using biaxial melt-drawing and subsequent melt-shrinking. Electron microscopy observations indicate that the former membrane has more extended-chain crystals (ECCs), whereas the latter is mainly composed of folded-chain crystals (FCCs). Corresponding double-melting endotherms are recorded on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements. Detailed assignments of such double-melting components are performed using in situ X-ray measurements during heating. Wide- and small-angle X-ray diffraction and scattering (WAXD/SAXS) images were simultaneously recorded at SPring-8. Changes in WAXD images indicate that the orthorhombic reflection peak begins to decrease at 130 °C, followed by the appearance of the hexagonal reflection peak beyond 145 °C for both membranes, but the latter melt-shrunk membrane exhibits weaker hexagonal reflection intensity. Simultaneous SAXS results indicate that FCCs rapidly disappear at 135 °C for the melt-shrunk membrane, resulting in a sharper endotherm. In contrast, residual ECCs restrict the melting of FCCs for the melt-drawn membrane, resulting in a broader endotherm of FCC melting spread to a slightly higher temperature position. PMID:26606251

  5. Ancient low-molecular-weight organic acids in permafrost fuel rapid carbon dioxide production upon thaw.

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    Drake, Travis W; Wickland, Kimberly P; Spencer, Robert G M; McKnight, Diane M; Striegl, Robert G

    2015-11-10

    Northern permafrost soils store a vast reservoir of carbon, nearly twice that of the present atmosphere. Current and projected climate warming threatens widespread thaw of these frozen, organic carbon (OC)-rich soils. Upon thaw, mobilized permafrost OC in dissolved and particulate forms can enter streams and rivers, which are important processors of OC and conduits for carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere. Here, we demonstrate that ancient dissolved organic carbon (DOC) leached from 35,800 y B.P. permafrost soils is rapidly mineralized to CO2. During 200-h experiments in a novel high-temporal-resolution bioreactor, DOC concentration decreased by an average of 53%, fueling a more than sevenfold increase in dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) concentration. Eighty-seven percent of the DOC loss to microbial uptake was derived from the low-molecular-weight (LMW) organic acids acetate and butyrate. To our knowledge, our study is the first to directly quantify high CO2 production rates from permafrost-derived LMW DOC mineralization. The observed DOC loss rates are among the highest reported for permafrost carbon and demonstrate the potential importance of LMW DOC in driving the rapid metabolism of Pleistocene-age permafrost carbon upon thaw and the outgassing of CO2 to the atmosphere by soils and nearby inland waters. PMID:26504243

  6. Identification of novel homologues of three low molecular weight subunits of the mitochondrial bc1 complex.

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    Braun, H P

    1996-01-01

    Large-scale random cDNA sequencing projects have been started for several organisms and are a valuable tool for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative aspects of gene expression. However, the reliability of the obtained data is limited as most of the clones are only partially analysed on one strand. As a consequence the sequence entries derived from random cDNA sequencing projects usually comprise incomplete open reading frames. They nevertheless define complete and reliable coding sequences, if two prerequisites are fulfilled: (i) the clones encode very small proteins, and (ii) the clones have a high frequency in the cDNA-banks. The present study describes the use of cDNA databases for the identification of homologues of three low-molecular-weight subunits of the mitochondrial bc1 complex, termed the QCR6, QCR9 and QCR10 proteins. These polypeptides are only characterized for a small number of organisms, have a scarcely defined function and exhibit a low degree of structural conservation if compared between different species. Several clones were identified for each polypeptide by searches with TBLASTN using the known sequences as probes. Most of the database entries contain complete open reading frames and sequencing queries could be excluded due to the abundancy of the clones. Multiple sequence alignments are presented for all three polypeptides and consensus sequences are given which may provide a basis for the investigation of the proteins by site-directed mutagenesis. PMID:8983020

  7. The integrity of welded interfaces in ultra high molecular weight polyethylene: Part 1-Model.

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    Buckley, C Paul; Wu, Junjie; Haughie, David W

    2006-06-01

    The difficulty of eradicating memory of powder-particle interfaces in UHMWPE for bearing surfaces for hip and knee replacements is well-known, and 'fusion defects' have been implicated frequently in joint failures. During processing the polymer is formed into solid directly from the reactor powder, under pressure and at temperatures above the melting point, and two types of inter-particle defect occur: Type 1 (consolidation-deficient) and Type 2 (diffusion-deficient). To gain quantitative information on the extent of the problem, the formation of macroscopic butt welds in this material was studied, by (1) modelling the process and (2) measuring experimentally the resultant evolution of interface toughness. This paper reports on the model. A quantitative measure of interface structural integrity is defined, and related to the "maximum reptated molecular weight" introduced previously. The model assumes an idealised surface topography. It is used to calculate the evolution of interface integrity during welding, for given values of temperature, pressure, and parameters describing the surfaces, and a given molar mass distribution. Only four material properties are needed for the calculation; all of them available for polyethylene. The model shows that, for UHMWPE typically employed in knee transplants, the rate of eradication of Type 1 defects is highly sensitive to surface topography, process temperature and pressure. Also, even if Type 1 defects are prevented, Type 2 defects heal extremely slowly. They must be an intrinsic feature of UHMWPE for all reasonable forming conditions, and products and forming processes should be designed accordingly. PMID:16490249

  8. Characterization of low molecular weight fragments from gamma irradiated ?-carrageenan used as plant growth promoter

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    Abad, Lucille V.; Aurigue, Fernando B.; Relleve, Lorna S.; Montefalcon, Djowel Recto V.; Lopez, Girlie Eunice P.

    2016-01-01

    Radiation degraded ?-carrageenan (1% solution at absorbed doses of 20 kGy and 30 kGy) were tested for its plant growth promoter (PGP) effect on pechay plants under hydroponics condition. Results revealed that higher PGP effects were found in ?-carrageenan irradiated at an absorbed dose of 30 kGy. Mw of irradiated ?-carrageenan as measured by GPC were determined to be 7362 Da and 6762 Da for 20 kGy and 30 kGy, respectively. Fractionation of the irradiated ?-carrageenan (30 kGy) was done to separate different Mw fractions using Mw cut-off filters of 1 kDa, 3 kDa, and 5 kDa. The PGP effect of the different retentates showed that biological activity in plants followed the order of 5 kDa>3 kDa>1 kDa using hydroponics condition but the reverse was observed in the order of 1 kDa>3 kDa>5 kDa when absorbed in plants by foliar spraying. GPC chromatogram indicated at least three (3) low molecular weight (LMW) fragments from radiation modified ?-carrageenan solution with an Mw<2000 Da. A fragment has also been identified with an Mw of as low as 160 Da which was produced under acidic (un-neutralized) condition. This may be attributed to the formation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF).

  9. Antioxidative low molecular weight compounds in marinated herring (Clupea harengus) salt brine.

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    Gringer, Nina; Safafar, Hamed; du Mesnildot, Axelle; Nielsen, Henrik H; Rogowska-Wrzesinska, Adelina; Undeland, Ingrid; Baron, Caroline P

    2016-03-01

    This study aimed at unravelling the antioxidative capacity of low molecular weight compounds (LMWC) (peptides, amino acids and phenolic acids) present in salt brines from the marinated herring production. Brines were fractionated into <10kDa fractions using dialysis and further into 94 fractions using size exclusion chromatography. All samples were analysed for protein, total phenolic content (TPC) and antioxidant activities. Protein-enriched samples were pooled (P1, P2 and P3) and analysed for phenolic acids, total amino acids and peptide/protein sequence using advanced mass spectrometry. All salt brines contain LMWC holding ABTS-radical scavenging activity, reducing power and iron chelating activity. Generally, a strong correlation between TPC and ABTS-radical scavenging was found. In contrast, reducing power and iron chelating activity seemed to be caused by peptides. Protein/peptide sequencing revealed 1kDa peptides with the presence of HDF-motif which could be responsible for some of the antioxidant capacity observed in marinated herring salt brine. PMID:26471668

  10. Low molecular weight fucoidan ameliorates diabetic nephropathy via inhibiting epithelial-mesenchymal transition and fibrotic processes

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    Chen, Jihui; Cui, Wentong; Zhang, Quanbin; Jia, Yingli; Sun, Yi; Weng, Lin; luo, Dali; Zhou, Hong; Yang, Baoxue

    2015-01-01

    Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most serious microvascular complications of diabetes and may lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and chronic renal failure. The aim of this study was to determine whether low-molecular-weight fucoidan (LMWF) can reduce harmful transforming growth factor-? (TGF-?)-mediated renal fibrosis in DN using in vitro and in vivo experimental models. The experimental results showed that LMWF significantly reversed TGF-?1-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition and dose-dependently inhibited accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins, including connective tissue growth factor and fibronectin. It was found that LMWF significantly reduced blood urea nitrogen and blood creatinine in both type 1 and type 2 diabetic rat models. H&E, PAS and Masson’s trichrome staining of kidney tissue showed LMWF significantly reduced renal interstitial fibrosis. Treatment with LMWF significantly increased E-cadherin expression and reduced ?-SMA, CTGF and fibronectin expression in both type 1 and type 2 diabetic models. LMWF also decreased the phosphorylation of Akt, ERK1/2, p38 and Smad3 in vitro and in vivo. These data suggest that LMWF may protect kidney from dysfunction and fibrogenesis by inhibiting TGF-? pathway and have the potential benefit to slow down the progression of DN. PMID:26550455

  11. Identification and mechanistic characterization of low-molecular-weight inhibitors for HuR.

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    Meisner, Nicole-Claudia; Hintersteiner, Martin; Mueller, Kurt; Bauer, Roman; Seifert, Jan-Marcus; Naegeli, Hans-Ulrich; Ottl, Johannes; Oberer, Lukas; Guenat, Christian; Moss, Serge; Harrer, Nathalie; Woisetschlaeger, Maximilian; Buehler, Christof; Uhl, Volker; Auer, Manfred

    2007-08-01

    Careful regulation of mRNA half-lives is a fundamental mechanism allowing cells to quickly respond to changing environmental conditions. The mRNA-binding Hu proteins are important for stabilization of short-lived mRNAs. Here we describe the identification and mechanistic characterization of the first low-molecular-weight inhibitors for Hu protein R (HuR) from microbial broths (Actinomyces sp.): dehydromutactin (1), MS-444 (2) and okicenone (3). These compounds interfere with HuR RNA binding, HuR trafficking, cytokine expression and T-cell activation. A mathematical and experimental analysis of the compounds' mode of action suggests that HuR homodimerizes before RNA binding and that the compounds interfere with the formation of HuR dimers. Our results demonstrate the chemical drugability of HuR; to our knowledge HuR is the first example of a drugable protein within the Hu family. MS-444, dehydromutactin and okicenone may become valuable tools for studying HuR function. An assessment of HuR inhibition as a central node in malignant processes might open up new conceptual routes toward combatting cancer. PMID:17632515

  12. Low-Molecular-Weight Polyethyleneimine Grafted Polythiophene for Efficient siRNA Delivery

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    He, Pan; Hagiwara, Kyoji; Chong, Hui; Yu, Hsiao-hua; Ito, Yoshihiro

    2015-01-01

    Owing to its hydrophilicity, negative charge, small size, and labile degradation by endogenous nucleases, small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery must be achieved by a carrier system. In this study, cationic copolymers composed of low-molecular-weight polyethylenimine and polythiophenes were synthesized and evaluated as novel self-tracking siRNA delivery vectors. The concept underlying the design of these copolymers is that hydrophobicity and rigidity of polythiophenes should enhance the transport of siRNA across the cell membrane and endosomal membrane. A gel retardation assay showed that the nanosized complexes formed between the copolymers and siRNA were stable even at a molar ratio of 1?:?2. The high cellular uptake (>80%) and localization of the copolymer vectors inside the cells were easily analyzed by tracking the fluorescence of polythiophene using fluorescent microscopy and cytometry. An in vitro luciferase knockdown (KD) assay in A549-luc cells demonstrated that the siRNA complexes with more hydrophobic copolymers achieved a higher KD efficiency of 52.8% without notable cytotoxicity, indicating protein-specific KD activity rather than solely the cytotoxicity of the materials. Our polythiophene copolymers should serve as novel, efficient, low cell toxicity, and label-free siRNA delivery systems. PMID:26539490

  13. The impact of treatment density and molecular weight for fractional laser-assisted drug delivery.

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    Haak, Christina S; Bhayana, Brijesh; Farinelli, William A; Anderson, R Rox; Haedersdal, Merete

    2012-11-10

    Ablative fractional lasers (AFXL) facilitate uptake of topically applied drugs by creating narrow open micro-channels into the skin, but there is limited information on optimal laser settings for delivery of specific molecules. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of laser treatment density (% of skin occupied by channels) and molecular weight (MW) for fractional CO(2) laser-assisted drug delivery. AFXL substantially increased intra- and transcutaneous delivery of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) in a MW range from 240 to 4300 Da (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, p<0.01). Increasing laser density from 1 to 20% resulted in augmented intra- and transdermal delivery (p<0.01), but densities higher than 1% resulted in reduced delivery per channel. Mass spectrometry indicated that larger molecules have greater intracutaneous retention than transcutaneous penetration. At 5% density, median delivery of PEGs with mean MW of 400, 1000, 2050 and 3350 Da were respectively 0.87, 0.31, 0.23 and 0.15 mg intracutaneously and 0.72, 0.20. 0.08 and 0.03 mg transcutaneously, giving a 5.8- and 24.0-fold higher intra- and transcutaneous delivery of PEG400 than PEG3350 (p<0.01). This study substantiates that fractional CO(2) laser treatment allows uptake of small and large molecules into and through human skin, and that laser density can be varied to optimize intracutaneous or transcutaneous delivery. PMID:23000695

  14. In vivo endothelial siRNA delivery using polymeric nanoparticles with low molecular weight

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    Khan, Omar; 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; Sandu, Kamaljeet S.; 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; Schroeder, Avi; Panigrahy, Dipak; Kotelianski, Victor; Langer, Robert; Anderson, Daniel G.

    2014-01-01

    Dysfunctional endothelium contributes to more disease than any other tissue in the body. Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) have the potential to help study and treat 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. It mediates the most durable non-liver silencing reported to date, and facilitates the delivery of siRNAs that modify endothelial function in mouse models of vascular permeability, emphysema, primary tumour growth, and metastasis. We believe these nanoparticles improve the ability to study endothelial gene function in vivo, and may be used to treat diseases caused by vascular dysfunction. PMID:24813696

  15. Citric acid mediates the iron absorption from low molecular weight human milk fractions.

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    Palika, Ravindranadh; Mashurabad, Purna Chandra; Kilari, Sreenivasulu; Kasula, Sunanda; Nair, Krishnapillai Madhavan; Raghu, Pullakhandam

    2013-11-20

    Previously, we have demonstrated increased iron absorption from low molecular weight (LMW) human milk whey fractions. In the present study, we investigated the effect of heat denaturation, zinc (a competitor of iron), duodenal cytochrome b (DcytB) antibody neutralization and citrate lyase treatment on LMW human milk fraction (>5 kDa referred as 5kF) induced ferric iron reduction, solubilization, and uptake in Caco-2 cells. Heat denaturation and zinc inhibited the 5kF fraction induced ferric iron reduction. In contrast, zinc but not heat denaturation abrogated the ferric iron solubilization activity. Despite inhibition of ferric iron reduction, iron uptake in Caco-2 cells was similar from both native and heat denatured 5kF fractions. However, iron uptake was higher from native compared to heat denatured 5kF fractions in the cells preincubated with the DcytB antibody. Citrate lyase treatment inhibited the ferric iron reduction, solubilization, and uptake in Caco-2 cells. These findings demonstrate that citric acid present in human milk solubilizes the ferric iron which could be reduced by other heat labile components leading to increased uptake in intestinal cells. PMID:24160751

  16. A differential scanning calorimetry study of retrieved orthopedic implants made of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene.

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    Witkiewicz, H; Deng, M; Vidovszky, T; Bolander, M E; Rock, M G; Morrey, B F; Shalaby, S W

    1996-01-01

    Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to examine thermal and thermooxidative properties of ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) of five acetabular components of failed orthopedic implants retrieved at revision of total hip arthoplasty. The results were compared with controls (unimplanted acetabular cups, a 20-year-old slab of UHMW-PE, and raw material). Profiles of exothermic peaks indicated increased levels of oxidation in all retrieved cups. In three retrieved cups, DSC revealed an additional peak of endotherm that was not seen in control samples. The additional endotherm peaks were not artifacts due to oxidation during scanning, heat buildup during cutting of the samples, or the sterilization method after retrieval. The additional peak was associated with the bulk of the polymer that was extracted with hexane. It varied in relative area, depending on its original location of the sample in a cup, implicating local variability in the extent of changes in material property. The distribution of the changes suggests that, during implantation, tissue exposure and friction affected the level of oxidation and degree of crystallinity in the UHMW-PE to a greater degree than did loading alone. Overall results showed that DSC may be a useful tool in evaluating changes in the properties of UHMW-PE orthopedic components in vivo. PMID:8736025

  17. A low-molecular-weight protein from rat liver that resembles ligandin in its binding properties.

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    Ketterer, B; Tipping, E; Hackney, J F; Beale, D

    1976-06-01

    A protein of S20,W 1.6S and mol.wt. 14000, which binds covalently a metabolite of the aminoazodye carcinogen NN-dimethyl-4-amino-3'-methylazobenzene, was isolated from rat liver cytosol from both carcinogen-treated and normal rats. The protein binds non-covalently palmitoyl-CoA, fatty acids, bilirubin, sex steroids and their sulphates, bile acids and salts, bromosulphophthalein, diethylstilboestrol and 20-methylcholanthrene with a wide range of affinities. The protein is isolated as three components with isoelectric points of 5.0, 5.9 and 7.6 by a method involving isoelectric focusing. All three components have closely similar amino acid analyses, tryptic-peptide 'maps' and u.v. spectra. Each single component redistributes into all three on further electrophoresis. However, the three forms differ in their binding characteristics, the form of pI 7.6 having much the highest affinity for compounds bound non-covalently. The protein was identified immunologically in rat liver, small intestine, adipose tissue, skeletal muscle, myocardium and testis. The protein was compared with other hepatic binding-protein preparations of similar molecular weight. PMID:949315

  18. Tailoring the morphology of high molecular weight PLLA scaffolds through bioglass addition.

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    Barroca, N; Daniel-da-Silva, A L; Vilarinho, P M; Fernandes, M H V

    2010-09-01

    Thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) has proven to be a suitable method for the preparation of porous structures for tissue engineering applications, and particular attention has been paid to increasing the pore size without the use of possible toxic surfactants. Within this context, an alternative method to control the porosity of polymeric scaffolds via the combination with a bioglass is proposed in this work. The addition of a bioactive glass from the 3CaO x P2O5-MgO-SiO2 system enables the porous structure of high molecular weight poly(l-lactic) acid (PLLA) scaffolds prepared by TIPS to be tailored. Bioglass acts as a nucleating catalyst agent of the PLLA matrix, promoting its crystallization, and the glass solubility controls the pore size. A significant increase in the pore size is observed as the bioglass content increases and scaffolds with large pore size (approximately 150 microm) can be prepared. In addition, the bioactive character of the scaffolds is proved by in vitro tests in synthetic plasma. The importance of this approach resides on the combination of the ability to tailor the porosity of polymeric scaffolds via the tunable solubility of bioglasses, without the use of toxic surfactants, leading to a composite structure with suitable properties for bone tissue engineering applications. PMID:20350622

  19. Anti-inflammatory activity of low molecular weight polysialic acid on human macrophages.

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    Shahraz, Anahita; Kopatz, Jens; Mathy, Rene; Kappler, Joachim; Winter, Dominic; Kapoor, Shoba; Schütza, Vlad; Scheper, Thomas; Gieselmann, Volkmar; Neumann, Harald

    2015-01-01

    Oligosialic and polysialic acid (oligoSia and polySia) of the glycocalyx of neural and immune cells are linear chains, in which the sialic acid monomers are ?2.8-glycosidically linked. Sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-like lectin-11 (SIGLEC-11) is a primate-lineage specific receptor of human tissue macrophages and microglia that binds to ?2.8-linked oligoSia. Here, we show that soluble low molecular weight polySia with an average degree of polymerization 20 (avDP20) interacts with SIGLEC-11 and acts anti-inflammatory on human THP1 macrophages involving the SIGLEC-11 receptor. Soluble polySia avDP20 inhibited the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced gene transcription and protein expression of tumor necrosis factor-? (Tumor Necrosis Factor Superfamily Member 2, TNFSF2). In addition, polySia avDP20 neutralized the LPS-triggered increase in macrophage phagocytosis, but did not affect basal phagocytosis or endocytosis. Moreover, polySia avDP20 prevented the oxidative burst of human macrophages triggered by neural debris or fibrillary amyloid-?1-42. In a human macrophage-neuron co-culture system, polySia avDP20 also reduced loss of neurites triggered by fibrillary amyloid-?1-42. Thus, treatment with polySia avDP20 might be a new anti-inflammatory therapeutic strategy that also prevents the oxidative burst of macrophages. PMID:26582367

  20. Purification and characterization of two low molecular weight endoglucanases produced by Penicillium occitanis mutant Pol 6.

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    Chaabouni, Semia Ellouz; Mechichi, Tahar; Limam, Ferid; Marzouki, Nejib

    2005-05-01

    Two endoglucanases (EGs), EG A and EG B, were purified to homogeneity from Penicillium occitanis mutant Pol 6 culture medium. The molecular weights of EG A and EG B were 31,000 and 28,000 kDa, respectively. The pI was about 3 for EG A and 7.5 for EG B. Optimal activity was obtained at pH 3.5 for both endoglucanases. Optimal temperature for enzyme activity was 60 degrees C for EG A and 50 degrees C for EG B. EG A was thermostable at 60 degrees C and remained active after 1 h at 70 degrees C. EGs hydrolyzed carboxymethylcellulose, phosphoric acid swollen cellulose, and beta-glucan efficiently, whereas microcrystalline cellulose (Avicel) and laminarin were poorly hydrolyzed. Only EG B showed xylanase activity. Furthermore, these EGs were insensitive to the action of glucose and cellobiose but were inhibited by the divalent cations Hg2+, Co2+, and Mn2+. PMID:15858234

  1. Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and polydimethylsiloxane blend as acetabular cup material.

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    Khorasani, M T; Zaghiyan, M; Mirzadeh, H

    2005-03-25

    An acetabular cup shock absorber implant is formed from a composite of polymer materials. The cup consists of three zones such as the articulating surface of the implant is 100% ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) (zone 1) and shock absorber of the cup contains of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) (zone 3). Zone 2 which is designed for better adhesion between zone 1 and zone 2 consists of a blend of UHMWPE and PDMS is a cushion that from one side adheres to zone 1 and the other side to zone 2. PDMS and UHMWPE have been blended under conditions of shear and elevated temperature in order to form uniform, thermoplastic blends. When blends compared to pure UHMWPE, the blends show lowered tensile modulus and lowered mixing energies. The UHMWPE crystals are increased in quantity or else become more regular, even 50% blend shows no rubbery stage. The morphology and dynamic mechanical behavior of the blends were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and dynamic mechanic thermal analysis (DMTA). In this study, the biocompatibility have evaluated in vitro the interaction of UHMWPE, silicone and PDMS/UHMWPE blends with L929 fibroblast cells. PMID:15737543

  2. Advances in the field of high?molecular?weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon biodegradation by bacteria

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    Kanaly, Robert A.; Harayama, Shigeaki

    2010-01-01

    Summary Interest in understanding prokaryotic biotransformation of high?molecular?weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (HMW PAHs) has continued to grow and the scientific literature shows that studies in this field are originating from research groups from many different locations throughout the world. In the last 10 years, research in regard to HMW PAH biodegradation by bacteria has been further advanced through the documentation of new isolates that represent diverse bacterial types that have been isolated from different environments and that possess different metabolic capabilities. This has occurred in addition to the continuation of in?depth comprehensive characterizations of previously isolated organisms, such as Mycobacterium vanbaalenii PYR?1. New metabolites derived from prokaryotic biodegradation of four? and five?ring PAHs have been characterized, our knowledge of the enzymes involved in these transformations has been advanced and HMW PAH biodegradation pathways have been further developed, expanded upon and refined. At the same time, investigation of prokaryotic consortia has furthered our understanding of the capabilities of microorganisms functioning as communities during HMW PAH biodegradation. PMID:21255317

  3. Multiple elements controlling the expression of wheat high molecular weight glutenin paralogs.

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    Makai, Szabolcs; Éva, Csaba; Tamás, László; Juhász, Angéla

    2015-11-01

    Analysis of gene expression data generated by high-throughput microarray transcript profiling experiments coupled with cis-regulatory elements enrichment study and cluster analysis can be used to define modular gene programs and regulatory networks. Unfortunately, the high molecular weight glutenin subunits of wheat (Triticum aestivum) are more similar than microarray data alone would allow to distinguish between the three homoeologous gene pairs. However, combining complementary DNA (cDNA) expression libraries with microarray data, a co-expressional network was built that highlighted the hidden differences between these highly similar genes. Duplex clusters of cis-regulatory elements were used to focus the co-expressional network of transcription factors to the putative regulatory network of Glu-1 genes. The focused network helped to identify several transcriptional gene programs in the endosperm. Many of these programs demonstrated a conserved temporal pattern across the studied genotypes; however, few others showed variance. Based on this network, transient gene expression assays were performed with mutated promoters to inspect the control of tissue specificity. Results indicated that the interactions of the ABRE?CBF cluster with distal promoter regions may have a dual role in regulation by both recruiting the transcription complex as well as suppressing it in non-endosperm tissue. A putative model of regulation is discussed. PMID:25893709

  4. Low molecular weight heparin gels, based on nanoparticles, for topical delivery.

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    Loira-Pastoriza, C; Sapin-Minet, A; Diab, R; Grossiord, J L; Maincent, P

    2012-04-15

    A commercial suspension of nanoparticles (Eudragit RS 30D) was used to manufacture a gel for topical application. Gels were prepared by mixing a polycationic polymer (Eudragit(®) RS 30D) and a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), an antithrombotic agent. Gels formed spontaneously at a ratio of 1:1 as a result of electrostatic interactions between the polyanionic drug and the polycationic polymer. Different types of heparin were used: Bemiparin, Enoxaparin (Lovenox), Nadroparin (Fraxiparin) and Tinzaparin (Innohep). Several LMWH concentrations were tested. Rheological measurements were performed to investigate the gel behavior. Gel formation was confirmed by dynamic rheological measurements as the elastic modulus (G') was higher than the viscous one (G?). The amount of heparin incorporated into the gel matrix was determined. A maximum of incorporation (100%) was reached using a heparin solution of 600 IU/mL. The release kinetics of LMWH from the gel were also studied. Regardless of the LMWH used in the formulation, a biphasic release profile was observed. Accordingly, a burst effect was observed. Afterwards, the release rate became steady. The penetration of the LMWH through the dermal barrier was also investigated. PMID:22310458

  5. Low molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphatase (LMWPTP) upregulation mediates malignant potential in colorectal cancer

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    Hoekstra, Elmer; Kodach, Liudmila L.; Das, Asha M.; Ruela-de-Sousa, Roberta R.; Ferreira, Carmen V.; Hardwick, James C.; van der Woude, C. Janneke; Peppelenbosch, Maikel P.; ten Hagen, Timo L.M.; Fuhler, Gwenny M.

    2015-01-01

    Phosphatases have long been regarded as tumor suppressors, however there is emerging evidence for a tumor initiating role for some phosphatases in several forms of cancer. Low Molecular Weight Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase (LMWPTP; acid phosphatase 1 [ACP1]) is an 18 kDa enzyme that influences the phosphorylation of signaling pathway mediators involved in cancer and is thus postulated to be a tumor-promoting enzyme, but neither unequivocal clinical evidence nor convincing mechanistic actions for a role of LMWPTP have been identified. In the present study, we show that LMWPTP expression is not only significantly increased in colorectal cancer (CRC), but also follows a step-wise increase in different levels of dysplasia. Chemical inhibition of LMWPTP significantly reduces CRC growth. Furthermore, downregulation of LMWPTP in CRC leads to a reduced migration ability in both 2D- and 3D-migration assays, and sensitizes tumor cells to the chemotherapeutic agent 5-FU. In conclusion, this study shows that LMWPTP is not only overexpressed in colorectal cancer, but it is correlated with the malignant potential of this cancer, suggesting that this phosphatase may act as a predictive biomaker of CRC stage and represents a rational novel target in the treatment of this disease. PMID:25811796

  6. A low molecular weight urinary proteome profile of human kidney aging

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    Zürbig, Petra; Decramer, Stéphane; Dakna, Mohammed; Jantos, Justyna; Good, David M.; Coon, Joshua J.; Bandin, Flavio; Mischak, Harald; Bascands, Jean-Loup; Schanstra, Joost P

    2009-01-01

    Aging induces morphological changes of the kidney and reduces renal function. We analyzed the low molecular weight urinary proteome of 324 healthy individuals from 2-73 years of age to gain insight on renal aging in humans. We observed age-related modification of secretion of 325 out of 5000 urinary peptides. The majority of these changes was associated with renal development before and during puberty, while 49 peptides were related to aging in adults. Of these 49 peptides, the majority were also markers of chronic kidney disease, suggesting high similarity between aging and chronic kidney disease. Blinded evaluation of samples from healthy volunteers and patients with diabetic nephropathy confirmed both the correlation of biomarkers with age and with renal disease. The identification of a number of these age-related peptides indicates modified proteolytic activity and modified uromodulin targeting being involved in human renal aging. Finally, among the 324 supposedly healthy individuals, some had urinary age-related peptide excretion patterns typical of an individual significantly older than their actual age. In conclusion, the age-related biomarkers identified here may allow non-invasive detection of renal lesions in healthy persons, suggest new mechanisms of human aging and show high resemblance between human aging and human chronic kidney disease. PMID:19296547

  7. Protective Effect of Intravenous High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Glycol on Fatty Liver Preservation

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    Bejaoui, Mohamed; Pantazi, Eirini; Folch-Puy, Emma; Panisello, Arnau; Calvo, María; Pasut, Gianfranco; Rimola, Antoni; Navasa, Miquel; Adam, René; Roselló-Catafau, Joan

    2015-01-01

    Ischemia reperfusion injury (IRI) leads to significant tissue damage in liver surgery. Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are water soluble nontoxic polymers that have proved their effectiveness against IRI. The objective of our study was to investigate the potential protective effects of intravenous administration of a high molecular weight PEG of 35?kDa (PEG 35) in steatotic livers subjected to cold ischemia reperfusion. In this study, we used isolated perfused rat liver model to assess the effects of PEG 35 intravenous administration after prolonged cold ischemia (24?h, 4°C) and after reperfusion (2?h, 37°C). Liver injury was measured by transaminases levels and mitochondrial damage was determined by confocal microscopy assessing mitochondrial polarization (after cold storage) and by measuring glutamate dehydrogenase activity (after reperfusion). Also, cell signaling pathways involved in the physiopathology of IRI were assessed by western blot technique. Our results show that intravenous administration of PEG 35 at 10?mg/kg ameliorated liver injury and protected the mitochondria. Moreover, PEG 35 administration induced a significant phosphorylation of prosurvival protein kinase B (Akt) and activation of cytoprotective factors e-NOS and AMPK. In conclusion, intravenous PEG 35 efficiently protects steatotic livers exposed to cold IRI. PMID:26543868

  8. Reflection effects during the radiation sterilization of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene for total knee replacements.

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    Barron, Declan; Birkinshaw, Colin; Collins, Maurice N

    2015-08-01

    Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene has been subject to ? irradiation whilst in contact with a stainless steel backing. This leads to reflection of the incident radiation and to backscattered electrons, both of which contribute to an effective increase in dose received. Radiation induced damage through scission of inter-lamellae tie chains results in an increase in crystallinity. At a nominal received dose of 100 kGy the effect of the metal backing is to increase crystallinity by approximately a third relative to the increase observed in materials irradiated in the absence of the backing. The metal backing induced reflections cause a bimodal recrystallization distribution giving rise to a more refined crystal population. As implant materials are subject to intermittent, but high, stress levels it is clearly of importance to examine how these reflection induced structural changes influence mechanical properties. Stress/strain results have indicated that subsequent yielding behavior is governed by the counteracting mechanisms of crystal growth and lamella reorganization mechanisms and in metal backed components the resulting morphological inhomogeneity may have important property consequences for wear induced failures in total knee replacement materials. PMID:25913607

  9. Mercury Photolytic Transformation Affected by Low-Molecular-Weight Natural Organics in Water

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    He, Feng; Zheng, Wang; Gu, Baohua; Liang, Liyuan

    2012-01-01

    Mechanisms by which dissolved organic matter (DOM) mediates the photochemical reduction of Hg(II) in aquatic ecosystems are not fully understood, owing to the heterogeneous nature and complex structural properties of DOM. In this work, naturally occurring aromatic compounds including salicylic, 4-hydrobenzoic, anthranilic, 4-aminobenzoic, and phthalic acid were systematically studied as surrogates for DOM in order to gain an improved mechanistic understanding of these compounds in the photoreduction of Hg(II) in water. We show that the photoreduction rates of Hg(II) are influenced not only by the substituent functional groups such as OH, NH2 and COOH on the benzene ring, but also the positioning of these functional groups on the ring structure. The Hg(II) photoreduction rate decreases in the order anthranilic acid > salicylic acid > phthalic acid according to the presence of the NH2, OH, COOH functional groups on benzoic acid. The substitution position of the functional groups affects reduction rates in the order anthranilic acid > 4-aminobenzoic acid and salicylic acid > 4-hydroxybenzoic acid. Reduction rates correlate strongly with ultraviolet (UV) absorption of these compounds and their concentrations, suggesting that the formation of organic free radicals during photolysis of these compounds is responsible for Hg(II) photoreduction. These results provide insight into the role of low-molecular-weight organic compounds and possibly DOM in Hg photoredox transformation and may thus have important implications for understanding Hg geochemical cycling in the environment.

  10. Crystal structure and putative substrate identification for the Entamoeba histolytica low molecular weight tyrosine phosphatase

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    Linford, Alicia S.; Jiang, Nona M.; Edwards, Thomas E.; Sherman, Nicholas E.; Van Voorhis, Wesley C.; Stewart, Lance J.; Myler, Peter J.; Staker, Bart L.; Petri, William A.

    2014-01-01

    Entamoeba histolytica is a eukaryotic intestinal parasite of humans, and is endemic in developing countries. We have characterized the E. histolytica putative low molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphatase (LMW-PTP). The structure for this amebic tyrosine phosphatase was solved, showing the ligand-induced conformational changes necessary for binding of substrate. In amebae, it was expressed at low but detectable levels as detected by immunoprecipitation followed by immunoblotting. A mutant LMW-PTP protein in which the catalytic cysteine in the active site was replaced with a serine lacked phosphatase activity, and was used to identify a number of trapped putative substrate proteins via mass spectrometry analysis. Seven of these putative substrate protein genes were cloned with an epitope tag and overexpressed in amebae. Five of these seven putative substrate proteins were demonstrated to interact specifically with the mutant LMW-PTP. This is the first biochemical study of a small tyrosine phosphatase in Entamoeba, and sets the stage for understanding its role in amebic biology and pathogenesis. PMID:24548880

  11. Black Carbon in Estuarine (Coastal) High-molecular-weight Dissolved Organic Matter

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    Mannino, Antonio; Harvey, H. Rodger

    2003-01-01

    Dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the ocean constitutes one of the largest pools of organic carbon in the biosphere, yet much of its composition is uncharacterized. Observations of black carbon (BC) particles (by-products of fossil fuel combustion and biomass burning) in the atmosphere, ice, rivers, soils and marine sediments suggest that this material is ubiquitous, yet the contribution of BC to the ocean s DOM pool remains unknown. Analysis of high-molecular-weight DOM isolated from surface waters of two estuaries in the northwest Atlantic Ocean finds that BC is a significant component of DOM, suggesting that river-estuary systems are important exporters of BC to the ocean through DOM. We show that BC comprises 4-7% of the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) at coastal ocean sites, which supports the hypothesis that the DOC pool is the intermediate reservoir in which BC ages prior to sedimentary deposition. Flux calculations suggest that BC could be as important as vascular plant-derived lignin in terms of carbon inputs to the ocean. Production of BC sequesters fossil fuel- and biomass-derived carbon into a refractory carbon pool. Hence, BC may represent a significant sink for carbon to the ocean.

  12. High molecular weight adiponectin reduces apolipoprotein B and E release in human hepatocytes

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    Neumeier, Markus; Sigruener, Alexander; Eggenhofer, Elke; Weigert, Johanna; Weiss, Thomas S.; Schaeffler, Andreas; Schlitt, Hans J.; Aslanidis, Charalampos; Piso, Pompiliu; Langmann, Thomas; Schmitz, Gerd; Schoelmerich, Juergen; Buechler, Christa . E-mail: christa.buechler@klinik.uni-regensburg.de

    2007-01-12

    Low circulating levels of high molecular weight adiponectin (HMW-Apm) have been linked to dyslipidaemia and systemic HMW-Apm negatively correlates with very low density lipoprotein (VLDL), apolipoprotein B (ApoB), and ApoE and is positively associated with ApoA-I. Therefore, it was investigated whether HMW-Apm alters the hepatic synthesis of ApoB, ApoE, and ApoA-I or the activity of the hepatic ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1), as the main determinant of plasma HDL. HMW-Apm reduces hepatic ApoB and ApoE release whereas ABCA1 protein, activity and ApoA-I were not altered. Global gene expression analysis revealed that hepatic nuclear factor 4-{alpha} (HNF4-{alpha}) and HNF4-{alpha} regulated genes like ApoB are downregulated by HMW-Apm and this was confirmed at the mRNA and protein level. Therefore it is concluded that HMW-adiponectin may ameliorate dyslipidaemia by reducing the hepatic release of ApoB and ApoE, whereas ABCA1 function and ApoA-I secretion are not influenced.

  13. Analysis of Stable Low-Molecular-Weight RNA Profiles of Members of the Family Rhizobiaceae

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    Velázquez, Encarna; Cruz-Sánchez, José María; Mateos, Pedro F.; Martínez-Molina, Eustoquio

    1998-01-01

    Staircase electrophoresis in polyacrylamide gels was used to analyze the stable low-molecular-weight (LMW) RNA profiles of 24 type strains belonging to the family Rhizobiaceae. This new electrophoretic technique results in good separation of the molecules forming the LMW RNA profiles. Differences in the number and distribution of the RNA bands in these profiles allowed us to identify differences among the 24 strains assayed. Species assignments based on LMW RNAs proved to be consistent with the established taxonomic classification. Analysis of the data obtained and the corresponding dendrograms revealed relationships between genera and species; these relationships were essentially the same as those obtained with other techniques, such as DNA hybridization and 16S rRNA sequencing. Use of the technique described here, with which it is possible to analyze a large number of strains in a short time, permits rapid identification of species belonging to the family Rhizobiaceae and should in the future facilitate biodiversity studies and detection of new species. PMID:9575134

  14. Activation of the Low Molecular Weight Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase in Keratinocytes Exposed to Hyperosmotic Stress

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    Cavalheiro, Renan P.; Machado, Daisy; Cruz, Bread L. G.; Paredes-Gamero, Edgar J.; Gomes-Marcondes, Maria C. C.; Zambuzzi, Willian F.; Vasques, Luciana; Nader, Helena B.; Souza, Ana Carolina S.; Justo, Giselle Z.

    2015-01-01

    Herein, we provide new contribution to the mechanisms involved in keratinocytes response to hyperosmotic shock showing, for the first time, the participation of Low Molecular Weight Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase (LMWPTP) activity in this event. We reported that sorbitol-induced osmotic stress mediates alterations in the phosphorylation of pivotal cytoskeletal proteins, particularly Src and cofilin. Furthermore, an increase in the expression of the phosphorylated form of LMWPTP, which was followed by an augment in its catalytic activity, was observed. Of particular importance, these responses occurred in an intracellular milieu characterized by elevated levels of reduced glutathione (GSH) and increased expression of the antioxidant enzymes glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase. Altogether, our results suggest that hyperosmostic stress provides a favorable cellular environment to the activation of LMWPTP, which is associated with increased expression of antioxidant enzymes, high levels of GSH and inhibition of Src kinase. Finally, the real contribution of LMWPTP in the hyperosmotic stress response of keratinocytes was demonstrated through analysis of the effects of ACP1 gene knockdown in stressed and non-stressed cells. LMWPTP knockdown attenuates the effects of sorbitol induced-stress in HaCaT cells, mainly in the status of Src kinase, Rac and STAT5 phosphorylation and activity. These results describe for the first time the participation of LMWPTP in the dynamics of cytoskeleton rearrangement during exposure of human keratinocytes to hyperosmotic shock, which may contribute to cell death. PMID:25781955

  15. Heparanase and Syndecan-4 Are Involved in Low Molecular Weight Fucoidan-Induced Angiogenesis

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    Haddad, Oualid; Guyot, Erwan; Marinval, Nicolas; Chevalier, Fabien; Maillard, Loïc; Gadi, Latifa; Laguillier-Morizot, Christelle; Oudar, Olivier; Sutton, Angela; Charnaux, Nathalie; Hlawaty, Hanna

    2015-01-01

    Induction of angiogenesis is a potential treatment for chronic ischemia. Low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF), the sulfated polysaccharide from brown seaweeds, has been shown to promote revascularization in a rat limb ischemia, increasing angiogenesis in vivo. We investigated the potential role of two heparan sulfate (HS) metabolism enzymes, exostosin-2 (EXT2) and heparanase (HPSE), and of two HS-membrane proteoglycans, syndecan-1 and -4 (SDC-1 and SDC-4), in LMWF induced angiogenesis. Our results showed that LMWF increases human vascular endothelial cell (HUVEC) migration and angiogenesis in vitro. We report that the expression and activity of the HS-degrading HPSE was increased after LMWF treatment. The phenotypic tests of LMWF-treated and EXT2- or HPSE-siRNA-transfected cells indicated that EXT2 or HPSE expression significantly affect the proangiogenic potential of LMWF. In addition, LMWF increased SDC-1, but decreased SDC-4 expressions. The effect of LMWF depends on SDC-4 expression. Silencing EXT2 or HPSE leads to an increased expression of SDC-4, providing the evidence that EXT2 and HPSE regulate the SDC-4 expression. Altogether, these data indicate that EXT2, HPSE, and SDC-4 are involved in the proangiogenic effects of LMWF, suggesting that the HS metabolism changes linked to LMWF-induced angiogenesis offer the opportunity for new therapeutic strategies of ischemic diseases. PMID:26516869

  16. Effects of low-molecular-weight organic acids on gadolinium accumulation and transportation in tomato plants.

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    Zhang, Hui-Juan; Wei, Zheng-Gui; Zhao, Hai-Yan; Yang, Hong-Xia; Li, Hui-Xin; Hu, Feng

    2009-01-01

    Effects of low-molecular-weight organic acids on the accumulation and transportation of gadolinium (Gd) in tomato plants were studied under hydroponic condition. The results indicated that changes of organic acids occurred in the processes of Gd accumulation and transportation in tomato plants which were treated with extraneous Gd solutions. Malic, citric, and succinic acids contributed to both Gd accumulation in roots and transportation in xylem vessels. When Gd was unloaded from the xylem to the leaf cells, formic, lactic, citric, and succinic acids played important roles in Gd accumulation in leaves. When tomato plants were cultured in the uptake solution of Gd-containing malic, citric, or succinic acid for 48 h, the succinic acid in roots and leaves and the malic acid in xylem saps both increased obviously. From the results above, we can conclude that succinic acid had the most important role in Gd accumulation in tomato roots and leaves, while malic acid transported Gd via xylem vessels more effectively. PMID:18797823

  17. Extraction, Characterization, and Molecular Weight Determination of Senna tora (L.) Seed Polysaccharide

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    Pawar, Harshal A.; Lalitha, K. G.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of the present work was extraction of polysaccharide from Senna tora L. seed and its characterization as a pharmaceutical excipient. Polysaccharide extraction was based on mechanical separation of the endosperm of seeds of Senna tora, water dissolution, centrifugation, and precipitation with acetone. Standard procedures were used to study the viscosity, micromeritic properties, and microbial bioburden. Accelerated stability study was carried out on isolated polysaccharide for six months at 40°C/75 RH as per ICH guidelines. The gum obtained from S. tora seeds was an amorphous free flowing odourless powder with dull brown colour (yield = 35% w/w). The bulk density, tapped density, and angle of repose data reveal that S. tora gum possesses good flow property. The intrinsic viscosity obtained was 1.568?dL/g. The average molecular weight of purified S. tora gum was found to be 198?kDa by intrinsic viscosity method. The results indicated that viscosity of gum solution increases with increase in temperature. FTIR study revealed the absence of degradation or decomposition of polysaccharide at accelerated stability conditions for six months. It has been concluded that extracted polysaccharide can be used as pharmaceutical excipient in terms of flow behavior, microbial properties, and stability. PMID:26640490

  18. Anti-inflammatory activity of low molecular weight polysialic acid on human macrophages

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    Shahraz, Anahita; Kopatz, Jens; Mathy, Rene; Kappler, Joachim; Winter, Dominic; Kapoor, Shoba; Schütza, Vlad; Scheper, Thomas; Gieselmann, Volkmar; Neumann, Harald

    2015-01-01

    Oligosialic and polysialic acid (oligoSia and polySia) of the glycocalyx of neural and immune cells are linear chains, in which the sialic acid monomers are ?2.8-glycosidically linked. Sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-like lectin-11 (SIGLEC-11) is a primate-lineage specific receptor of human tissue macrophages and microglia that binds to ?2.8-linked oligoSia. Here, we show that soluble low molecular weight polySia with an average degree of polymerization 20 (avDP20) interacts with SIGLEC-11 and acts anti-inflammatory on human THP1 macrophages involving the SIGLEC-11 receptor. Soluble polySia avDP20 inhibited the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced gene transcription and protein expression of tumor necrosis factor-? (Tumor Necrosis Factor Superfamily Member 2, TNFSF2). In addition, polySia avDP20 neutralized the LPS-triggered increase in macrophage phagocytosis, but did not affect basal phagocytosis or endocytosis. Moreover, polySia avDP20 prevented the oxidative burst of human macrophages triggered by neural debris or fibrillary amyloid-?1–42. In a human macrophage-neuron co-culture system, polySia avDP20 also reduced loss of neurites triggered by fibrillary amyloid-?1–42. Thus, treatment with polySia avDP20 might be a new anti-inflammatory therapeutic strategy that also prevents the oxidative burst of macrophages. PMID:26582367

  19. Low-molecular-weight metabolites secreted by Paenibacillus larvae as potential virulence factors of American foulbrood.

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    Schild, Hedwig-Annabell; Fuchs, Sebastian W; Bode, Helge B; Grünewald, Bernd

    2014-04-01

    The spore-forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae causes a severe and highly infective bee disease, American foulbrood (AFB). Despite the large economic losses induced by AFB, the virulence factors produced by P. larvae are as yet unknown. To identify such virulence factors, we experimentally infected young, susceptible larvae of the honeybee, Apis mellifera carnica, with different P. larvae isolates. Honeybee larvae were reared in vitro in 24-well plates in the laboratory after isolation from the brood comb. We identified genotype-specific differences in the etiopathology of AFB between the tested isolates of P. larvae, which were revealed by differences in the median lethal times. Furthermore, we confirmed that extracts of P. larvae cultures contain low-molecular-weight compounds, which are toxic to honeybee larvae. Our data indicate that P. larvae secretes metabolites into the medium with a potent honeybee toxic activity pointing to a novel pathogenic factor(s) of P. larvae. Genome mining of P. larvae subsp. larvae BRL-230010 led to the identification of several biosynthesis gene clusters putatively involved in natural product biosynthesis, highlighting the potential of P. larvae to produce such compounds. PMID:24509920

  20. Promotion Effects of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Poly-?-Glutamic Acid on Wound Healing.

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    Choi, Jae-Chul; Uyama, Hiroshi; Lee, Chul-Hoon; Sung, Moon-Hee

    2015-06-01

    We examined the in vivo efficacy of ultra-high molecular weight poly-?-glutamic acid (UHMW ?-PGA) for wound healing. The wound area was measured by a ruler and documented by digital photography before the animals were sacrificed at days 8 and 16 post wounding. The areas of wounds treated with UHMW ?-PGA were significantly decreased on days 8 and 16, as compared with those receiving a control treatment, and more than 70% of the UHMW ?-PGAtreated area was repaired by day 8. Hematoxylin and eosin staining confirmed that the epidermis had regenerated in the UHMW ?-PGA-treated wounds. At 16 days post wounding, collagen pigmentation and cross-linking were increased as compared with the control groups, and greater regeneration of blood vessels had occurred in UHMW ?-PGA-treated groups. Increased levels of transforming growth factor-beta and ?-catenin were also observed in skin samples collected from UHMW ?-PGA-treated animals on days 8 and 16 post incision. Taken together, these findings suggest that UHMW ?-PGA promotes wound healing in vivo. PMID:25791849

  1. AWE-WQ: Fast-Forwarding Molecular Dynamics Using the Accelerated Weighted Ensemble

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    2015-01-01

    A limitation of traditional molecular dynamics (MD) is that reaction rates are difficult to compute. This is due to the rarity of observing transitions between metastable states since high energy barriers trap the system in these states. Recently the weighted ensemble (WE) family of methods have emerged which can flexibly and efficiently sample conformational space without being trapped and allow calculation of unbiased rates. However, while WE can sample correctly and efficiently, a scalable implementation applicable to interesting biomolecular systems is not available. We provide here a GPLv2 implementation called AWE-WQ of a WE algorithm using the master/worker distributed computing WorkQueue (WQ) framework. AWE-WQ is scalable to thousands of nodes and supports dynamic allocation of computer resources, heterogeneous resource usage (such as central processing units (CPU) and graphical processing units (GPUs) concurrently), seamless heterogeneous cluster usage (i.e., campus grids and cloud providers), and support for arbitrary MD codes such as GROMACS, while ensuring that all statistics are unbiased. We applied AWE-WQ to a 34 residue protein which simulated 1.5 ms over 8 months with peak aggregate performance of 1000 ns/h. Comparison was done with a 200 ?s simulation collected on a GPU over a similar timespan. The folding and unfolded rates were of comparable accuracy. PMID:25207854

  2. Diffusion of Vitamin E in Ultra-high Molecular Weight Polyethylene

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    Oral, Ebru; Wannomae, Keith K.; Rowell, Shannon L.; Muratoglu, Orhun K.

    2007-01-01

    Vitamin E-doped, radiation cross-linked ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is developed as an alternate oxidation and wear resistant bearing surface in joint arthroplasty. We analyzed the diffusion behavior of vitamin E through UHMWPE and predicted penetration depth following doping with vitamin E and subsequent homogenization in inert gas used to penetrate implant components with vitamin E. Cross-linked UHMWPE (65- and 100-kGy irradiation) had higher activation energy and lower diffusion coefficients than uncross-linked UHMWPE, but there were only slight differences in vitamin E profiles and penetration depth between the two doses. By using homogenization in inert gas below the melting point of the polymer following doping in pure vitamin E, the surface concentration of vitamin E was decreased and vitamin E stabilization was achieved throughout a desired thickness. We developed an analytical model based on Fickian theory that closely predicted vitamin E concentration as a function of depth following doping and homogenization. PMID:17881049

  3. Effects and mechanism of dual-frequency power ultrasound on the molecular weight distribution of corn gluten meal hydrolysates.

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    Jin, Jian; Ma, Haile; Wang, Bei; Yagoub, Abu El-Gasim A; Wang, Kai; He, Ronghai; Zhou, Cunshan

    2016-05-01

    The impact of dual-frequency power ultrasound (DPU) on the molecular weight distribution (MWD) of corn gluten meal (CGM) hydrolysates and its mechanism were investigated in the present study. The mechanism was studied from aspects of structural and nano-mechanical characteristics of the major protein fractions of CGM, viz. zein and glutelin. The results of molecular weight distribution indicated that DPU pretreatment of CGM was beneficial to the preparation of peptides with molecular weights of 200-1000Da. Moreover, FTIR spectral analysis and atomic force microscopy characterization showed that the DPU pretreatment changed the contents of secondary structure of proteins, decreased the particle height and surface roughness of glutelin, reduced the Young's modulus and stiffness of zein while increased its adhesion force. In conclusion, DPU pretreatment of proteins before proteolysis is an efficient alternative method to produce short-chain peptides because of its positive effects originating from acoustic cavitation on the molecular conformation, nano-structures and nano-mechanical properties of proteins as well. PMID:26703201

  4. Tuning molecular weights of Bombyx mori (B. mori) silk sericin to modify its assembly structures and materials formation.

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    Yang, Mingying; Shuai, Yajun; Zhou, Guanshan; Mandal, Namita; Zhu, Liangjun; Mao, Chuanbin

    2014-08-27

    Bombyx mori (B. mori) silk sericin is a protein with features desirable as a biomaterial, such as increased hydrophilicity and biodegradation, as well as resistance to oxidation, bacteria, and ultraviolet light. In contrast to other widely studied B. mori silk proteins such as fibroin, sericin is still unexplored as a building block for fabricating biomaterial, and thus a facile technique of processing it into a material is needed. Here, electrospinning technology was used to fabricate it into biomaterials from two forms of B. mori silk sericin with different molecular weights, one is a low (12.0 kDa) molecular sericin (LS) form and another is a high (66.0 kDa) molecular weight sericin (HS) form. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra showed that LS in hexafluoroacetone (HFA) solvent adopted a predominantly random coil conformation, whereas HS tended to form a ?-sheet structure along with a large content of random coils. In addition, LS and HS in HFA solvent were found to form cylinder-like smaller nanoparticles and larger irregular aggregates before electrospinning, respectively. As a result, biomaterials based on microparticles and nanofibers were successfully fabricated by electrospinning of LS and HS dissolved in HFA, respectively. The cell viability and differentiation assay indicated that nanofibers and microparticles improved cell adhesion, growth, and differentiation, proving that the scaffolds electrospun from sericin are biocompatible regardless of its molecular weight. The microparticles, not common in electrospinning of silk proteins reported previously, were found to promote the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in comparison to the nanofibers. This study suggested that molecular weight of sericin mediates its secondary structure and assembly structure, which in turn leads to a control of final morphology of the electrospun materials. The microparticles and nanofibers of sericin can be potentially used as building blocks for fabricating the scaffolds for tissue engineering. PMID:25050697

  5. Effects of Low Molecular Weight Yeast ?-Glucan on Antioxidant and Immunological Activities in Mice

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    Lei, Na; Wang, Mi; Zhang, Lifang; Xiao, Sui; Fei, Chengzhong; Wang, Xiaoyang; Zhang, Keyu; Zheng, Wenli; Wang, Chunmei; Yang, Ruile; Xue, Feiqun

    2015-01-01

    To evaluate the antioxidant and immune effects of low molecular yeast ?-glucan on mice, three sulfated glucans from Saccharomyces cerevisiae (sGSCs) with different molecular weight (MW) and degrees of sulfation (DS) were prepared. The structures of the sGSCs were analyzed through high performance liquid chromatography-gel permeation chromatography (HPLC-GPC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). sGSC1, sGSC2, and sGSC3 had MW of 12.9, 16.5 and 19.2 kDa, respectively, and DS of 0.16, 0.24 and 0.27, respectively. In vitro and in vivo experiments were conducted to evaluate the antioxidant and immunological activities of the sGSCs. In vitro experiment, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging activities were determined. In vivo experiment, 50 male BALB/c mice were divided into five groups. The sGSC1, sGSC2 and sGSC3 treatment groups received the corresponding sGSCs at 50 mg/kg/day each. The GSC (glucans from Saccharomyces cerevisiae) treatment group received 50 mg/kg/day GSC. The normal control group received equal volume of physiological saline solution. All treatments were administered intragastrically for 14 day. Results showed that sGSC1, sGSC2 and sGSC3 can scavenge 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH), superoxide, and hydroxyl radicals in vitro. The strength of the radical scavenging effects of the sGSCs was in the order of sGSC1 > sGSC2 > sGSC3. Oral administration of sGSC1 significantly improved serum catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities and decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) level in mice. sGSC1 significantly improved the spleen and thymus indexes and the lymphocyte proliferation, effectively enhanced the percentage of CD4+ T cells, decreased the percentage of CD8+ T cells, and elevated the CD4+/CD8+ ratio. sGSC1 significantly promoted the secretion of IL-2 and IFN-?. These results indicate that sGSC1 with low MW and DS has better antioxidant and immunological activities than the other sGSCs, and sGSC1 could be used as a new antioxidant and immune-enhancing agent. PMID:26370978

  6. Effects of molecular weight and temperature on liquid-liquid phase separation in particles containing organic species and ammonium sulfate

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    You, Y.; Bertram, A. K.

    2014-09-01

    Atmospheric particles containing organic species and inorganic salts may undergo liquid-liquid phase separation when the relative humidity varies between high and low values. To better understand the parameters that affect liquid-liquid phase separation in atmospheric particles, we studied the effects of molecular weight and temperature on liquid-liquid phase separation in particles containing one organic species mixed with ammonium sulfate. In the molecular weight dependent studies, we measured liquid-liquid phase separation relative humidity (SRH) in particles containing ammonium sulfate and organic species with large molecular weights (up to 1153 Da). These results were combined with recent studies of liquid-liquid phase separation in the literature to assess if molecular weight is a useful parameter for predicting SRH. The combined results, which include results from 33 different particle types, illustrate that SRH does not depend strongly on molecular weight (i.e. a clear relationship between molecular weight and SRH was not observed). In the temperature dependent studies, we measured liquid-liquid phase separation in 20 particle types at 244 ± 1 K, 263 ± 1 K, and 278 ± 1 K, as well as 290 ± 1 K for a few of these particle types. These new results were combined with previous measurements of the same particle types at 290 ± 1 K. The combined SRH data illustrate that for the particle types studied the SRH does not depend strongly on temperature. At most the SRH varied by 9.7% as the temperature varied from 290 to 244 K. In addition, for all the particle types studied and at all the temperatures studied, liquid-liquid phase separation was always observed when the O : C < 0.57, frequently observed when 0.57 ? O : C < 0.8, and never observed when O : C ? 0.8. These combined results suggest that liquid-liquid phase separation is likely a common occurrence in the atmospheric particles at temperatures from 244-290 K. Additional studies at temperatures < 244 K and with other organic species are still needed.

  7. Low-molecular-weight heparin and intermittent pneumatic compression for thromboprophylaxis in critical patients

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    WAN, BING; FU, HAI-YAN; YIN, JIANG-TAO; REN, GUO-QING

    2015-01-01

    The efficacy and safety of physiotherapeutic prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in critically ill patients with heparin contraindication remains unclear. In the present study it was hypothesized that physiotherapy prophylaxis with intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) would be safe and effective for patients unable to receive low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH). In addition, this study investigated whether a combined therapy of IPC with LMWH would be more effective for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in critical patients. A total of 500 patients were divided into four groups according to the prophylaxis of DVT. The IPC group consisted of 95 patients with heparin contraindication that received IPC treatment; the LMWH group consisted of 185 patients that received an LMWH injection; the LMWH + IPC group consisted of 75 patients that received IPC treatment and LMWH injection; and the control group consisted of 145 patients that received no IPC treatment or injection of LMWH. Each patient was evaluated clinically for development of DVT and the diagnosis was confirmed by Doppler study. Venous thromboembolism was a common complication among the trauma patients with severe injuries. Patients responded positively to the treatment used in the intervention groups. Patients exhibited an improved response to LMWH + ICP compared with IPC or LMWH alone, while no significant difference was detected between the IPC and LMWH groups. These results were applicable to patients that had a Wells score of ?3; however, no significant differences in DVT incidence were observed among the patients who had a Wells score of <3. In this observational study, LMWH + ICP appeared to be more effective than either treatment alone in treating critically ill trauma patients with severe injuries that are at high risk for VTE and bleeding simultaneously. PMID:26668637

  8. Temporal and spatial variations of low-molecular-weight organic acids in Dianchi Lake, China.

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    Xiao, Min; Wu, Fengchang; Zhang, Runyu; Wang, Liying; Li, Xinqing; Huang, Rongsheng

    2011-01-01

    Low-molecular-weight organic acids (LMWOAs) in eutrophic lake water of Dianchi, Southwestern China Plateau were investigated diurnally and vertically using ion chromatography. Two profiles (P1 and P2) were studied due to the difference of hydrochemical features. Lactic, formic, pyruvic and oxalic acid were detected as major components at P1 and P2 which were on average 7.98 and 6.53 micromol/L, respectively, corresponding to their proportions of 2.68% and 2.48% relative to DOC. Pyruvic acid was regarded as the uppermost species at P1 and P2, reaching up to 3.82 and 3.35 micromol/L and accounting for 47.9% and 51.3%, respectively, in individual TOA. Although humus were of biogenetic production at both sites, the significant negative correlation between diurnal variations of TOAs, fluorescence intensity (FI) of protein-like components and humic-like components at P1 indicated LMWOAs were greatly originated from bacterioplankton excretion and degradation. However, correlations between diurnal variations of humic-like FI and physicochemical parameters demonstrated algal origination of LMWOAs at P2. Although content of humus was high, TOA at P2 was 1.45 micromol/L lower than that at P1, due to the co-influence of more intense photo-oxidation and aggregation at P2. Therefore, TOAs exhibited quite opposite diurnal variation trends of increasing-decreasing and decreasing-increasing at P1 and P2, respectively. Except for impact of solar radiation, bacterial decomposition and assimilation rendered shifts of maximal LMWOAs along water column at P1. Covering with massive algae, UV rays penetrated shallower depth that LMWOAs assembled in surface layer water before 18:00 at P2 and represented decreasing profiles. PMID:22128530

  9. Initial Characterization of the FlgE Hook High Molecular Weight Complex of Borrelia burgdorferi

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    Miller, Kelly A.; Motaleb, Md. A.; Liu, Jun; Hu, Bo; Caimano, Melissa J.; Miller, Michael R.; Charon, Nyles W.

    2014-01-01

    The spirochete periplasmic flagellum has many unique attributes. One unusual characteristic is the flagellar hook. This structure serves as a universal joint coupling rotation of the membrane-bound motor to the flagellar filament. The hook is comprised of about 120 FlgE monomers, and in most bacteria these structures readily dissociate to monomers (? 50 kDa) when treated with heat and detergent. However, in spirochetes the FlgE monomers form a large mass of over 250 kDa [referred to as a high molecular weight complex (HMWC)] that is stable to these and other denaturing conditions. In this communication, we examined specific aspects with respect to the formation and structure of this complex. We found that the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi synthesized the HMWC throughout the in vitro growth cycle, and also in vivo when implanted in dialysis membrane chambers in rats. The HMWC was stable to formic acid, which supports the concept that the stability of the HMWC is dependent on covalent cross-linking of individual FlgE subunits. Mass spectrometry analysis of the HMWC from both wild type periplasmic flagella and polyhooks from a newly constructed ?fliK mutant indicated that other proteins besides FlgE were not covalently joined to the complex, and that FlgE was the sole component of the complex. In addition, mass spectrometry analysis also indicated that the HMWC was composed of a polymer of the FlgE protein with both the N- and C-terminal regions remaining intact. These initial studies set the stage for a detailed characterization of the HMWC. Covalent cross-linking of FlgE with the accompanying formation of the HMWC we propose strengthens the hook structure for optimal spirochete motility. PMID:24859001

  10. The Use of Low Molecular Weight Protamine Chemical Chimera to Enhance Monomeric Insulin Intestinal Absorption

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    He, Huining; Sheng, Jianyong; David, Allan E.; Kwon, Young Min; Zhang, Jian; Huang, Yongzhuo; Wang, Jianxin; Yang, Victor C.

    2013-01-01

    Although oral delivery of insulin offers a number of unmatched advantages, it nevertheless is beset by the poor permeability of insulin molecules through the epithelial cell membranes of the intestinal mucosal layer. We previously reported the development of low molecular weight protamine (LMWP) as a nontoxic yet potent cell penetrating peptide, of which via covalent linkage was capable of translocating protein cargos through the membranes of almost all cell types. It is therefore hypothesized that LMWP could be practically employed as a safe and effective tool to deliver insulin across the intestinal mucosal membrane, thereby augmenting its absorption through the GI tract. However, formulating 1:1 monomeric insulin/LMWP conjugate presents a tall order of challenge, as the acidic insulin and basic LMWP would automatically form tight aggregates through electrostatic interactions. In this paper, we developed an innovative conjugation strategy to solve this problem, by using succinimidyl-[(N-maleimidopropionamido)-polyethyleneglycol] ester (NHS-PEG-MAL) as an intermediate cross-linker during the coupling process. Both SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF mass spectroscopy confirmed the formation of a homogeneous, monomeric (1:1 ratio) insulin/LMWP conjugate without encountering the conventional problem of substrate aggregation. Cell culture studies demonstrated that transport of the Insulin-PEG-LMWP conjugate across the intestinal mucosal monolayer was augmented by almost five folds compared to native insulin. Furthermore, results from the in situ loop absorption tests in rats showed that systemic pharmacological bioavailability of insulin was significantly enhanced after its conjugation with LMWP. Overall, the presented chemical conjugation with LMWP could offer a reliable and safe means to improve the intestinal permeability of therapeutic peptides/proteins, shedding light of the possibility for their effective oral delivery. PMID:23863452

  11. Low molecular weight lanthanide contrast agents: in vitro studies of mechanisms of action.

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    Fossheim, S; Saebø, K B; Fahlvik, A K; Rongved, P; Klaveness, J

    1997-01-01

    The MR contrast properties of a series of structurally dissimilar low molecular weight (LMW) gadolinium (Gd) and dysprosium (Dy) chelates have been investigated under controlled experimental conditions in various in vitro test systems. Relaxation analysis (water, pH = 5.8, 37 degrees C, .47 T) demonstrated the high dipolar relaxation efficacy of the tested Gd chelates. The T1 and T2 relaxivities of both metal chelate series decreased with decreasing hydration number, confirming the strong correlation between metal chelate structure and dipolar relaxivity. Susceptibility-induced T2 relaxation, commonly known as the susceptibility effect, is modulated primarily by the magnetic susceptibility and compartmentalization of the contrast agent. The influence of these parameters on the susceptibility effect of Dy diethylenetriamine penta-acetic acid bis-methylamide (DTPA-BMA) and GdDTPA-BMA was investigated in two-compartment in vitro models. In red blood cell suspensions (45% hematocrit, 37 degrees C, .47 T, 2 and 3 mM metal ion concentration), the T2 relaxation efficacy of DyDTPA-BMA was markedly improved due to susceptibility effects that were shown to depend on compartmentalization. As the relaxation ability of GdDTPA-BMA was modulated by the dipolar interactions, compartmentalization was not a prerequisite for its T2 relaxation efficacy. In a coaxial glass system with no intercompartmental water exchange, which eliminated the dipolar relaxation mechanism, DyDTPA-BMA was shown to be the most efficient susceptibility agent because of its higher magnetic susceptibility. The reported one- and two-compartment model studies have demonstrated the different mechanism of action of LMW Gd- and Dy-based contrast agents. Gd chelates are predominantly dipolar relaxation enhancers, whereas Dy chelates are efficient susceptibility agents only in compartmentalized systems. PMID:9039624

  12. High molecular weight dissolved organic matter enrichment selects for methylotrophs in dilution to extinction cultures.

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    Sosa, Oscar A; Gifford, Scott M; Repeta, Daniel J; DeLong, Edward F

    2015-12-01

    The role of bacterioplankton in the cycling of marine dissolved organic matter (DOM) is central to the carbon and energy balance in the ocean, yet there are few model organisms available to investigate the genes, metabolic pathways, and biochemical mechanisms involved in the degradation of this globally important carbon pool. To obtain microbial isolates capable of degrading semi-labile DOM for growth, we conducted dilution to extinction cultivation experiments using seawater enriched with high molecular weight (HMW) DOM. In total, 93 isolates were obtained. Amendments using HMW DOM to increase the dissolved organic carbon concentration 4x (280??M) or 10x (700??M) the ocean surface water concentrations yielded positive growth in 4-6% of replicate dilutions, whereas <1% scored positive for growth in non-DOM-amended controls. The majority (71%) of isolates displayed a distinct increase in cell yields when grown in increasing concentrations of HMW DOM. Whole-genome sequencing was used to screen the culture collection for purity and to determine the phylogenetic identity of the isolates. Eleven percent of the isolates belonged to the gammaproteobacteria including Alteromonadales (the SAR92 clade) and Vibrio. Surprisingly, 85% of isolates belonged to the methylotrophic OM43 clade of betaproteobacteria, bacteria thought to metabolically specialize in degrading C1 compounds. Growth of these isolates on methanol confirmed their methylotrophic phenotype. Our results indicate that dilution to extinction cultivation enriched with natural sources of organic substrates has a potential to reveal the previously unsuspected relationships between naturally occurring organic nutrients and the microorganisms that consume them. PMID:25978545

  13. Early expression of the high molecular weight neurofilament subunit attenuates axonal neurite outgrowth.

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    Boumil, Edward; Vohnoutka, Rishel; Lee, Sangmook; Shea, Thomas B

    2015-09-14

    Phospho-dependent interactions of the C-terminal region of the high molecular weight NF subunit (NF-H) with each other and with other cytoskeletal elements stabilize the axonal cytoskeleton and contribute to an increase in axonal caliber. The same kinase cascades that mediate axonal pathfinding via growth cone dynamics are those that foster NF-mediated axonal stabilization, yet there is a developmental delay in the accumulation of NF C-terminal phosphorylation. Moreover, the phospho-mediated C-terminal NF-H interactions that stabilize the axonal cytoskeleton also inhibit axonal elongation. We hypothesized that a delay in expression and/or accumulation of NF-H within developing axons is essential to allow axonal elongation and pathfinding. We tested this hypothesis in differentiating NB2a/d1 cells. The first 3 days of differentiation of NB2a/d1 cells is normally accompanied by rapid elongation of axonal neurites. This period is followed by the accumulation of C-terminally phosphorylated NF-H, cessation of axonal elongation and an increase in axonal caliber. Herein, overexpression of GFP-tagged NF-H simultaneously with induction of differentiation fostered accumulation of C-terminally phosphorylated NF-H within developing axonal neurites within 48hr, which was accompanied by retardation of axonal elongation and a hastened increase in caliber. These effects were prevented by treatment with inhibitors of kinases that mediate the association of NFs with other cytoskeletal elements. Overexpression of GFP-NF-H lacking the C-terminal 187 amino acids (which mediate NF-NF interactions) did not retard elongation nor increase caliber. These findings support the hypothesis that a developmental delay in NF-H C-terminal phosphorylation is essential to allow appropriate axonal elongation prior to stabilization. PMID:26225928

  14. Initial characterization of the FlgE hook high molecular weight complex of Borrelia burgdorferi.

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    Miller, Kelly A; Motaleb, Md A; Liu, Jun; Hu, Bo; Caimano, Melissa J; Miller, Michael R; Charon, Nyles W

    2014-01-01

    The spirochete periplasmic flagellum has many unique attributes. One unusual characteristic is the flagellar hook. This structure serves as a universal joint coupling rotation of the membrane-bound motor to the flagellar filament. The hook is comprised of about 120 FlgE monomers, and in most bacteria these structures readily dissociate to monomers (? 50 kDa) when treated with heat and detergent. However, in spirochetes the FlgE monomers form a large mass of over 250 kDa [referred to as a high molecular weight complex (HMWC)] that is stable to these and other denaturing conditions. In this communication, we examined specific aspects with respect to the formation and structure of this complex. We found that the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi synthesized the HMWC throughout the in vitro growth cycle, and also in vivo when implanted in dialysis membrane chambers in rats. The HMWC was stable to formic acid, which supports the concept that the stability of the HMWC is dependent on covalent cross-linking of individual FlgE subunits. Mass spectrometry analysis of the HMWC from both wild type periplasmic flagella and polyhooks from a newly constructed ?fliK mutant indicated that other proteins besides FlgE were not covalently joined to the complex, and that FlgE was the sole component of the complex. In addition, mass spectrometry analysis also indicated that the HMWC was composed of a polymer of the FlgE protein with both the N- and C-terminal regions remaining intact. These initial studies set the stage for a detailed characterization of the HMWC. Covalent cross-linking of FlgE with the accompanying formation of the HMWC we propose strengthens the hook structure for optimal spirochete motility. PMID:24859001

  15. Targeting low molecular weight cyclin E (LMW-E) in breast cancer

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    Nanos-Webb, Angela; Jabbour, Natalie A.; Multani, Asha S.; Wingate, Hannah; Oumata, Nassima; Galons, Hervé; Joseph, Benoît; Meijer, Laurent; Hunt, Kelly K.

    2013-01-01

    Low molecular weight cyclin E (LMW-E) plays an important oncogenic role in breast cancer. LMW-E, which is not found in normal tissue, can promote the formation of aggressive tumors and can lead to increased genomic instability and tumorigenesis. Additionally, breast cancer patients whose tumors express LMW-E have a very poor prognosis. Therefore, we investigated LMW-E as a potential specific target for treatment either alone or in combination therapy. We hypothesized that because LMW-E binds to CDK2 more efficiently than full length cyclin E, resulting in increased activity, CDK inhibitors could be used to target tumors with LMW-E bound to CDK2. To test the hypothesis, an inducible full length and LMW-E MCF7-Tet-On system was established. Cyclin E (full length (EL) or LMW-E) is only expressed upon induction of the transgene. The doubling times of cells were unchanged when the transgenes were induced. However, upon induction, the kinase activity associated with LMW-E was much higher than that in the EL induced cells or any of the uninduced cells. Additionally only the LMW-E induced cells underwent chromosome aberrations and increased polyploidy. By examining changes in proliferation and survival in cells with induced full length and LMW-E, CDK inhibitors alone were determined to be insufficient to specifically inhibit LMW-E expressing cells. However, in combination with Doxorubicin, the CDK inhibitor, Roscovitine (Seliciclib, CYC202), synergistically led to increased cell death in LMW-E expressing cells. Clinically, the combination of CDK inhibitors and chemotherapy such as Doxorubicin provides a viable personalized treatment strategy for those breast cancer patients whose tumors express the LMW-E. PMID:21695458

  16. Low molecular weight heparin prevents lipopolysaccharide induced-hippocampus-dependent cognitive impairments in mice

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    Li, Renqi; Tong, Jianhua; Tan, Yuanhui; Zhu, Sihai; Yang, Jianjun; Ji, Muhuo

    2015-01-01

    Sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE) is a common complication after sepsis development, which is associated with the poor prognosis. However, no effective agent is currently available to treat this complication. The objective of the present study was to investigate whether low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) has protective effects against sepsis-induced cognitive impairments. Male mice were randomly divided into the control + vehicle, control + LMWH, lipopolysaccharide (LPS) + vehicle, or LPS + LMWH group. LMWH was administrated 30 min after the LPS administration (5 mg/kg) and daily afterward for 2 days. The survival rate was estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method. Behavioral tests were performed by open field and fear conditioning tests at day 7 after LPS administration. The levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin (IL)-1?, IL-6, IL-10, malondialdehyde, and superoxide dismutase, Toll-like receptor 4, nuclear factor kappa B p65, inducible nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2, occluding, high mobility group box-1, brain derived neurotrophic factor, and IBA1 positive cells were assessed at the indicated time points. LMWH attenuated LPS-induced hippocampus-dependent cognitive impairments, which was accompanied by decreased hippocampal IL-1?, malondialdehyde, Toll-like receptor 4, nuclear factor kappa B p65, inducible nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase-2, high mobility group box-1 protein, and IBA1 positive cells, and increased occluding and brain derived neurotrophic factor levels. In conclusion, LMWH treatment protects against sepsis-induced cognitive impairments by attenuating hippocampal microglial activation, cytokine and oxidative stress production, disruption of blood-brain barrier, and the loss of synaptic plasticity related proteins. PMID:26464629

  17. Candidate markers for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma in low-molecular weight fraction of serum.

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    Goldman, Radoslav; Ressom, Habtom W; Abdel-Hamid, Mohamed; Goldman, Lenka; Wang, Antai; Varghese, Rency S; An, Yanming; Loffredo, Christopher A; Drake, Steven K; Eissa, Sohair A; Gouda, Iman; Ezzat, Sameera; Moiseiwitsch, Francoise Seillier

    2007-10-01

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) represents an important public health problem in Egypt where up to 90% of HCC cases are attributable to hepatitis C viral (HCV) infection. Serum alpha-fetoprotein is elevated in only approximately 60% of HCC patients. The development of effective markers for the detection of HCC could have an impact on cancer mortality and significant public health implications worldwide. The objective of our study was to assess six candidate markers for detection of HCC identified by mass spectrometric analysis of enriched serum. The study examined 78 HCC cases and 72 age- and gender-matched cancer-free controls recruited from the Egyptian population. Matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometric analysis of enriched low-molecular weight fraction of serum was used for identification of the candidate markers. Our analyses show that all six candidate markers are associated with HCC after adjustment for important covariates including HCV and hepatitis B viral infections. The marker candidates are independently predictive of HCC with areas under the receiver operating characteristic (AuROC) curve ranging from 63-93%. A combination of the six markers improves prediction accuracy to 100% sensitivity, 91% specificity and 98% AuROC curve in an independent test set of 50 patients. Two of the candidate markers were identified by sequencing as fragments of complement C3 and C4. In conclusion, a set of six peptides distinguished with high prediction accuracy HCC from controls in an Egyptian population with a high rate of chronic HCV infection. Further evaluation of these marker candidates for the diagnosis of HCC is needed. PMID:17724376

  18. Low molecular weight components of pollen alter bronchial epithelial barrier functions.

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    Blume, Cornelia; Swindle, Emily J; Gilles, Stefanie; Traidl-Hoffmann, Claudia; Davies, Donna E

    2015-01-01

    The bronchial epithelium plays a key role in providing a protective barrier against many environmental substances of anthropogenic or natural origin which enter the lungs during breathing. Appropriate responses to these agents are critical for regulation of tissue homeostasis, while inappropriate responses may contribute to disease pathogenesis. Here, we compared epithelial barrier responses to different pollen species, characterized the active pollen components and the signaling pathways leading to epithelial activation. Polarized bronchial cells were exposed to extracts of timothy grass (Phleum pratense), ragweed (Ambrosia artemisifolia), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), birch (Betula alba) and pine (Pinus sylvestris) pollens. All pollen species caused a decrease in ionic permeability as monitored trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TER) and induced polarized release of mediators analyzed by ELISA, with grass pollen showing the highest activity. Ultrafiltration showed that the responses were due to components <3kDa. However, lipid mediators, including phytoprostane E1, had no effect on TER, and caused only modest induction of mediator release. Reverse-phase chromatography separated 2 active fractions: the most hydrophilic maximally affected cytokine release whereas the other only affected TER. Inhibitor studies revealed that JNK played a more dominant role in regulation of barrier permeability in response to grass pollen exposure, whereas ERK and p38 controlled cytokine release. Adenosine and the flavonoid isorhamnetin present in grass pollen contributed to the overall effect on airway epithelial barrier responses. In conclusion, bronchial epithelial barrier functions are differentially affected by several low molecular weight components released by pollen. Furthermore, ionic permeability and innate cytokine production are differentially regulated. PMID:26451347

  19. Aspirin and Low-Molecular Weight Heparin Combination Therapy Effectively Prevents Recurrent Miscarriage in Hyperhomocysteinemic Women

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    Chakraborty, Pratip; Banerjee, Sayani; Saha, Piyali; Nandi, Shyam Sundar; Sharma, Sunita; Goswami, Sourendra K.; Chakravarty, Baidyanath; Kabir, Syed N.

    2013-01-01

    The management of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) still remains a great challenge, and women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are at a greater risk for spontaneous abortion. Treatment with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) has become an accepted treatment option for women with RPL; however, the subgroup of women, who are likely to respond to LMWH, has not been precisely identified. The present study evaluated the efficacy of LMWH with reference to PCOS and associated metabolic phenotypes including hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy), insulin resistance (IR) and obesity. This prospective observational study was conducted at Institute of Reproductive Medicine, Kolkata, India. A total of 967 women with history of 2 or more consecutive first trimester abortions were screened and 336 were selected for the study. The selected patients were initially divided on the basis of presence or absence of PCOS, while subsequent stratification was based on HHcy, IR and/or obesity. The subjects had treatment with aspirin during one conception cycle and aspirin-LMWH combined anticoagulant therapy for the immediate next conception cycle, if the first treated cycle was unsuccessful. Pregnancy salvage was the sole outcome measure. The overall rate of pregnancy salvage following aspirin therapy was 43.15%, which was mostly represented by normohomocysteinemic women, while the salvage rate was lower in the HHcy populations irrespective of the presence or absence of PCOS, IR, or obesity. By contrast, aspirin-LMWH combined therapy could rescue 66.84% pregnancies in the aspirin-failed cases. Logistic regression analyses showed that HHcy remained a significant factor in predicting salvage rates in the PCOS, IR, and obese subpopulations controlled for other confounding factors. With regard to pregnancy salvage, combined anticoagulant therapy with aspirin and LMWH conferred added benefit to those with HHcy phenotype. PMID:24040195

  20. A colorimetric method for the molecular weight determination of polyethylene glycol using gold nanoparticles

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    2013-01-01

    A gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based colorimetric method was developed for the molecular weight (MW) determination of polyethylene glycol (PEG), a commonly used hydrophilic polymer. Addition of a salt solution to PEG-coated AuNP solutions helps in screening the electrostatic repulsion between nanoparticles and generating a color change of the solutions from wine red to blue in 10 min in accordance with the MW of PEG, which illustrates the different stability degrees (SDs) of the AuNPs. The SDs are calculated by the absorbance ratios of the stable to the aggregated AuNPs in the solution. The root mean square end-to-end length (?h2?1/2) of PEG molecules shows a linear fit to the SDs of the PEG-coated AuNPs in a range of 1.938?±?0.156 to 10.151?±?0.176 nm. According to the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory, the reason for this linear relationship is that the thickness of the PEG adlayer is roughly equivalent to the ?h2?1/2 of the PEG molecules in solution, which determines the SDs of the AuNPs. Subsequently, the MW of the PEG can be obtained from its ?h2?1/2 using a mathematical relationship between ?h2?1/2 and MW of PEG molecule. Applying this approach, we determined the ?h2?1/2 and the MW of four PEG samples according to their absorbance values from the ordinary ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometric measurements. Therefore, the MW of PEG can be distinguished straightforwardly by visual inspection and determined by spectrophotometry. This novel approach is simple, rapid, and sensitive. PMID:24359120

  1. Bacterial bioavailability and biodegradability of high-molecular weight hydrocarbons from oil refinery wastes.

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    Krasteva, A; Van Beneden, D; Van Keer, C; Topalova, J; Dimkov, R; Kozuharov, D

    2001-01-01

    A general problem for oil refineries is the proper disposal of production sludges generated during the processing of crude oil. Dumping of sludges leads to environmental pollution, and particularly to sediment contamination. High-molecular weight-PAHs are important constituents of refinery wastes. These are toxic and recalcitrant pollutants, several of them being known mutagens or carcinogens. Research on biodegradability of the compounds is hampered by the insolubility in aqueous media. We analysed the chemical composition of a refinery waste sludge and determined the contents of mineral oils and PAHs. In a microbial investigation of the same sludge fractions we isolated several bacterial strains having a significant potential for breakdown of mineral oils and PAHs. Many techniques have already been applied to offer these compounds as substrates for microorganisms. Linking of the water-insoluble substrates (the PAHs, fluoranthene and chrysene, or the mineral oils) to Chromosorb beads and supplying them in a fluidised bed reactor as a single carbon source to bacterial isolates, offers a practical alternative in research on biodegradation. Even, this system resembles the common soil conditions, where bio-availability is reduced by linking of the contaminants to soil particles or accumulation of the products in hydrophobic pockets. After incubation of the carrier beads in an appropriate medium, the liquid fraction from the fluidised bed reactor and the carrier beads were collected separately and analysed for longchain hydrocarbons and for PAHs. In six days of incubation in an adapted broth formulation, biodegradation amounts 60.1% for fluoranthene and 47.2% for chrysene. Heavy hydrocarbons ranging from C10 up to C40 have been utilised in a thirty-day period for 72.4%. This project is a logical extension of our previous studies on the bio-availability of PAHs in contaminated sediments. We evaluate the potential use of pure cultures as a remedial solution to enhance the solubility and biodegradation of residual PAHs due to contamination by heavy fuels. PMID:15954582

  2. High molecular weight hyaluronic acid limits astrocyte activation and scar formation after spinal cord injury

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    Khaing, Zin Z.; Milman, Brian D.; Vanscoy, Jennifer E.; Seidlits, Stephanie K.; Grill, Raymond J.; Schmidt, Christine E.

    2011-08-01

    A major hurdle for regeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI) is the ability of axons to penetrate and grow through the scar tissue. After SCI, inflammatory cells, astrocytes and meningeal cells all play a role in developing the glial scar. In addition, degradation of native high molecular weight (MW) hyaluronic acid (HA), a component of the extracellular matrix, has been shown to induce activation and proliferation of astrocytes. However, it is not known if the degradation of native HA actually enhances glial scar formation. We hypothesize that the presence of high MW HA (HA with limited degradation) after SCI will decrease glial scarring. Here, we demonstrate that high MW HA decreases cell proliferation and reduces chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (CSPG) production in cultured neonatal and adult astrocytes. In addition, stiffness-matched high MW HA hydrogels crosslinked to resist degradation were implanted in a rat model of spinal dorsal hemisection injury. The numbers of immune cells (macrophages and microglia) detected at the lesion site in animals with HA hydrogel implants were significantly reduced at acute time points (one, three and ten days post-injury). Lesioned animals with HA implants also exhibited significantly lower CSPG expression at ten days post-injury. At nine weeks post-injury, animals with HA hydrogel implants exhibited a significantly decreased astrocytic response, but did not have significantly altered CSPG expression. Combined, these data suggest that high MW HA, when stabilized against degradation, mitigates astrocyte activation in vitro and in vivo. The presence of HA implants was also associated with a significant decrease in CSPG deposition at ten days after SCI. Therefore, HA-based hydrogel systems hold great potential for minimizing undesired scarring as part of future repair strategies after SCI.

  3. In vitro assessment of sensitizing activity of low molecular weight compounds

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    Vandebriel, Rob J. . E-mail: r.vandebriel@rivm.nl; Och, Francois M.M. van; Loveren, Henk van

    2005-09-01

    Predictive tests to identify the sensitizing properties of chemicals are carried out using animals. There is as yet, no accepted in vitro method for the identification of skin sensitizing chemicals. Such in vitro tests should encompass (parts of) the sensitization phase of contact hypersensitivity. Two cell types are predominantly involved in this process, keratinocytes (KC) and Langerhans cells, the latter being a specialized type of skin dendritic cells (DC). Low molecular weight chemicals act as haptens; KC respond to allergen contact by, among others, producing proinflammatory cytokines, while DC take up the haptenized protein, migrate, and present antigen to T-cells. During migration, DC mature, resulting in a loss of antigen uptake capacity, thereby increasing expression of certain surface molecules. Thus, both cytokine production by KC and surface marker expression by DC may be used as in vitro models for the identification of sensitizers. Several reports have shown that intracellular IL-1{alpha} is a promising candidate to identify sensitizers using KC. We have recently shown that the potency of sensitizers may be determined by dose-response analysis of intracellular IL-1{alpha} and IL-18 using a murine KC cell line. The ranking of potency using this in vitro method was similar to the ranking previously established using the local lymph node assay. Using DC, effects on the expression of various cell surface markers, cytokines, and molecules involved in antigen uptake have been shown to identify sensitizers. One study showed that also the potency of sensitizers may be determined using DC. Additional studies are required to establish whether KC or DC, or combinations thereof, are most suitable for in vitro identification and potency assessment of sensitizers.

  4. Generation of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene from metallocenes immobilized onto N-doped graphene nanoplatelets.

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    Choi, Baekhap; Lee, Juno; Lee, Seungjun; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Lee, Kyoung-Seok; Oh, Junghoon; Han, Jongwoo; Kim, Yong-Hyun; Choi, Insung S; Park, Sungjin

    2013-03-25

    Catalytic natures of organometallic catalysts are modulated by coordinating organic ligands with proper steric and electronic properties to metal centers. Carbon-based nanomaterials such as graphene nanoplatelets are used with and without N-doping and multiwalled carbon nanotube as a ligand for ethylene polymerizations. Zirconocenes or titanocenes are immobilized on such nanomaterials. Polyethylenes (PEs) produced by such hybrids show a great increase in molecular weight relative to those produced by free catalysts. Specially, ultra-high-molecular-weight PEs are produced from the polymerizations at low temperature using the hybrid with N-doped graphene nanoplatelets. This result shows that such nanomaterials act a crucial role to tune the catalytic natures of metallocenes. PMID:23355374

  5. Pilot study on the effects of high molecular weight sodium hyaluronate in the treatment of chronic pharyngitis.

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    Leone, C A; Caruso, A Armone; Allocca, V; Barra, E; Leone, R

    2015-12-01

    Although several therapeutic approaches are available at present for the treatment of chronic pharyngitis, new therapeutic strategies acting on pharyngeal mucous function should be investigated in order to improve symptoms and quality of life. High-molecular weight hyaluronate performs important functions on mucociliary clearance, tissues hydration, defense against micro-organisms, and on tissue repair as well, but at present there is no clinical evidence of its exogenous use in patients with chronic pharyngitis. Our open, randomized controlled study was carried out to investigate efficacy, and tolerability of exogenous high molecular weight sodium hyaluronate (SH) at the dosage of 9 mg three times a day for a period of 30 days, in patients with chronic pharyngitis. Results show significant improvements of symptoms and cytology in active group (A, n = 10) vs. control group (B, n = 10). Good compliance and no adverse events were reported in group A. In conclusion, SH was effective and safe in patients with chronic pharyngitis. PMID:25990828

  6. Angioplastic necrolytic migratory erythema. Unique association of necrolytic migratory erythema, extensive angioplasia, and high molecular weight glucagon-like polypeptide

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    Franchimont, C.; Pierard, G.E.; Luyckx, A.S.; Gerard, J.; Lapiere, C.M.

    1982-12-01

    A diabetic patient developed necrolytic migratory erythema with extensive angioplasia and high molecular weight glucagon-like polypeptide. There was no associated neoplasm such as glucagonoma. Lesions in the skin were studied by standard optical microscopy and by radioautography after incorporation of tritiated thymidine. Alterations in the skin begin as focal necrosis in the epidermis and in epithelial structures of adnexa, followed by marked angioplasia and a superficial and deep perivascular dermatitis.

  7. GELATIN(MolecularWeightDistributions) 2723' N-VCZ + 82 ~ N-vCZ.E9 + 82.0 '.. .-'..'i!

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    Wu, Chi

    GELATIN(MolecularWeightDistributions) 2723' N-VCZ + 8°2 ~ N-vCZ.E9 + 8°2.0 '.. .-'..'i!: ;V~~::,5 Gupta,S. K.; Sinha. Ai K. J; Appl.Polym, Sci. 1992,44, 173, , .Gelatin .' 24. Tazuke,S,; Okamura;S. EncyclopedIaof Polymer ScIence ---, , ,- and Technology;Mark, H. F.; Gaylord, N..G. Eds..;,John See: Gelatin

  8. Detection and some properties of a high molecular weight toxin in the hypobranchial gland of strawberry conch Strombus luhuanus.

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    Abiko, Keisuke; Iwayama, Ayane; Shiomi, Kazuo

    2015-10-01

    The extract from the hypobranchial gland of strawberry conch Strombus luhuanus was found to be lethal to mice. There were no marked regional and seasonal variations in toxicity although a considerable individual variation was recognized. The toxin was thermostable and extractable with aqueous solvents but not with organic solvents. Behaviors in dialysis, ultrafiltration and column chromatography on various adsorbents suggested that the toxin is a high molecular weight acidic substance of 400-500 k. PMID:26299337

  9. Effect of low molecular weight organic acids on lowing pH in the sea water of the Jiaozhou Bay

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    Ding, H.; Zhou, Y.; Yang, G.; Lv, L.

    2013-12-01

    Recent study showed that average pH value in the seawater of the Jiaozhou Bay and its adjacent area of the Yellow Sea were about 7.9 and 8.0-8.2, respectively, indicating significant low pH value in the sea water of the bay. At the same period, existence of high concentrations of low molecular weight organic acids, including formate, acetate and lactate was detected. By theoretical calculation, field and laboratory simulate experiments, this study investigated the effect of these organic acids on pH value of the seawater in the Jiaozhou Bay. The results showed that average concentration of the total low molecular weight organic acids was 29.01 ?mol/L; and average concentrations of formate, acetate and lactate were 4.06 ? mol/L, 18.31 ?mol/L, and 6.64 ?mol/L, respectively, in the surface seawater samples collected from 15 sampling stations in the Jiaozhou Bay in May, 2012. With similar total alkalinity (TA) and concentration of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) in the Jiaozhou Bay and the Yellow Sea, all the low molecular weight organic acids could decrease pH value in the seawater. Under field condition, co-effect of the three organic acids could decrease pH value in the sea water of the Jiaozhou Bay up to 0.185. We also collected samples of 6 stations of Narragansett Bay as comparison. The results supported that low molecular weight organic acids was critical on acidification of seawater in the Jiaozhou bay.

  10. Tailoring of the Nanotexture of Mesoporous Silica Films and their Functionalized Derivatives for Selectively Harvesting Low Molecular Weight Protein

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    Hu, Ye; Bouamrani, Ali; Tasciotti, Ennio; Li, Li; Liu, Xuewu; Ferrari, Mauro

    2010-01-01

    We present a fast, efficient and reliable system based on mesoporous silica chips to specifically fractionate and enrich the low molecular weight proteome. Mesoporous silica thin films with tunable features at the nanoscale were fabricated using the triblock copolymer template pathway. Using different templates and concentrations in the precursor solution, various pore size distributions, pore structures and connectivity were obtained and applied for selective recovery of low mass proteins. In combination with mass spectrometry and statistic analysis, we demonstrated the correlation between the nanophase characteristics of the mesoporous silica thin films and the specificity and efficacy of low mass proteome harvesting. In addition, to overcome the limitations of the pre-functionalization method in polymer selection, plasma ashing was used for the first time for the treatment of the mesoporous silica surface prior to chemical modification. Surface charge modifications by different functional groups resulted in a selective capture of the low molecular weight proteins from serum sample. In conclusion our study demonstrates that the ability to tune the physico-chemical properties of mesoporous silica surfaces, for a selective enrichment of the low molecular weight proteome from complex biological fluids, has the potential to promote proteomic biomarker discovery. PMID:20014864

  11. Hofmeister effect on thermo-responsive poly(propylene oxide): Role of polymer molecular weight and concentration.

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    Moghaddam, Saeed Zajforoushan; Thormann, Esben

    2016-03-01

    Although a vast amount of research has been dedicated to investigate the Hofmeister effect on the stability of polymer solutions, a clear understanding of the role of polymer properties in this phenomenon is still missing. Here, the Hofmeister effect of NaCl (destabilizing) and NaSCN (stabilizing) salts on aqueous solutions of poly(propylene oxide) (PPO) is studied. Four different molecular weights of PPO were investigated, to determine how the variation in the polymer coil size affects the Hofmeister effect. The investigation was further conducted for different PPO concentrations, in order to understand the effect of inter-chain interactions on the response to addition of salt. The temperature-driven phase separation of the solutions was monitored by differential scanning calorimetry, which provides the precise value of the phase separation temperature, as well as the enthalpy change accompanied with the transition. It was observed that increasing the molecular weight weakens the effect of the both salts, which is interpreted in terms of a scaling law between the molecular weight and the accessible surface area of the polymers. Increasing the PPO concentration further diminished the NaCl effect, but amplified the NaSCN effect. This difference is attributed to an electrostatic stabilization mechanism in the case of NaSCN. PMID:26641567

  12. Effect of a high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA) preparation on the stimulation of polymorphonulcear leukocytes (PMNL)

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    McNeil, J.; Chow, D.C.; Skosey, J.L.

    1986-03-01

    During the process of joint inflammation PMNL are attracted into the joint space by chemotactic agents and are stimulated by immune complexes, particular matter (eg, crystals, cartilage debris) and other phlogistic agents. This process occurs in an environment rich in HA. The authors have examined the effect of high molecular weight HA. They have examined the effect of high molecular weight HA upon PMNL stimulation. PMNL were isolated from human blood and stimulated with either opsonized zymosan or formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fmlp). The authors assessed stimulation by measuring the ability of cell supernatants to promote the release of /sup 35/S from chips of rabbit articular cartilage labeled in vivo, and the enhancement of oxidation of (1-/sup 14/C)glucose to /sup 14/CO/sub 2/. Stimulation of cells with zym in the presence of HA, 0.125-2.5 mg/ml, resulted in enhanced /sup 35/S release (33-59% over zym alone) and /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ production (0.5-64%). However, HA failed to enhance responses when fmlp (+cytochalasin B) was used as the stimulus. It has been demonstrated that high molecular weight HA inhibits phagocytosis of both latex and aggregated IgG. In our studies, it is likely that HA interference with ingestion of zym leads to frustrated phagocytosis and enhancement of PMNL responses. Similar modification of responses of inflammatory mediator cells could occur in inflamed joints.

  13. Morphology and interphase formation in epoxy/PMMA/glass fiber composites: effect of the molecular weight of the PMMA.

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    Olmos, D; Bagdi, K; Mózcó, J; Pukánszky, B; González-Benito, J

    2011-08-01

    In this work ternary composites based on an epoxy thermoset modified with a thermoplastic polymer and reinforced with glass fibers were prepared. The aim of this study is to analyze the influence of the molecular weight of the thermoplastic polymer on the final morphologies. To obtain tailor made interphases four poly(methylmethacrylate), PMMA, which differ in their molecular weight (34,000, 65,000, 76,000 and 360,000 g/mol) were chosen to modify the epoxy resin. The amount of PMMA in the composites was fixed to 5 wt.%. Neat polymer matrices (epoxy-PMMA without fibers) were also prepared for comparison. To study all systems dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used. Although all the systems showed the typical phase separation in the epoxy/PMMA blend, DMA experiments revealed a new phase with more restricted mobility when the glass fibers are present. The amount of this phase increases as molecular weight of PMMA does. The morphologies as well as the fracture surface in the immediate surroundings of the fibers were found to be different from those observed further away from the surface of the fiber, suggesting therefore that, in this case, different fracture mechanism operates. These observations allow us to conclude that an interphase with specific properties is formed. This interphase is based on a polymer or a polymer blend (epoxy-PMMA) enriched in the component with lower mobility. PMID:21550049

  14. Degradation kinetics of polymers in solution: Time-dependence of molecular weight distributions. [Quarterly report, January--March 1996

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    McCoy, B.J.; Madras, G.

    1996-02-27

    Polymer degradation occurs when polymer chains are broken under the influence of thermal, mechanical, or chemical energy. Chain-end depolymerization and random- and midpoint-chain scission are mechanisms that have been observed in liquid-phase polymer degradation. Here we develop mathematical models, unified by continuous-mixture kinetics, to show how these different mechanisms affect polymer degradation in solution. Rate expressions for the fragmentation of molecular-weight distributions (MWDs) govern the evolution of the MWDs. The governing integro-differential equations can be solved analytically for realistic conditions. Moment analysis for first-order continuous kinetics shows the temporal behavior of MWDs. Chain-end depolymerization yields monomer product and polymer molecular-weight moments that vary linearly with time. In contrast, random- and midpoint-chain scission models display exponential time behavior. The mathematical results reasonably portray experimental observations for polymer degradation. This approach, based on the time evolution of continuous distributions of chain length or molecular weight, provides a framework for interpreting several types of polymer degradation processes.

  15. Development, validation and influence factor analysis of a near-infrared method for the molecular weight determination of xanthan gum.

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    Song, Zhigang; Ling, Peixue; Zang, Hengchang; Li, Lian; Wang, Jinfeng; Jin, Yan; Shao, Huarong; Zhu, Xiqiang; Liu, Fei; Wang, Fengshan

    2015-01-22

    A practical molecular weight determination model of xanthan gum (XG), based on near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, was built in this study. Two sample measurement modules, integrating sphere module and fiber-optic probe module, were compared, and the best partial least square (PLS) regression model was based on fiber-optic probe module. The values of coefficient of determination in calibration (R(2)c), coefficient of determination in prediction (R(2)p), residual predictive deviation (RPD) and root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) were 0.967, 0.975, 6.028 and 0.250×10(6)Da, respectively. The molecular weight range, linearity, accuracy and precision of the established method were also validated. Furthermore, influence factors on this method were discussed in order to establish an appropriate measurement protocol. Results showed that the proposed NIR method may be suitable for practical applications in manufacturing plants and probably be accepted as a good alternative approach for fast determination of molecular weight of XG in production process. PMID:25439935

  16. Amino Acid Composition, Molecular Weight Distribution and Gel Electrophoresis of Walnut (Juglans regia L.) Proteins and Protein Fractionations

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    Mao, Xiaoying; Hua, Yufei; Chen, Guogang

    2014-01-01

    As a by-product of oil production, walnut proteins are considered as an additional source of plant protein for human food. To make full use of the protein resource, a comprehensive understanding of composition and characteristics of walnut proteins are required. Walnut proteins have been fractionated and characterized in this study. Amino acid composition, molecular weight distribution and gel electrophoresis of walnut proteins and protein fractionations were analyzed. The proteins were sequentially separated into four fractions according to their solubility. Glutelin was the main component of the protein extract. The content of glutelin, albumin, globulin and prolamin was about 72.06%, 7.54%, 15.67% and 4.73% respectively. Glutelin, albumin and globulin have a balanced content of essential amino acids, except for methionine, with respect to the FAO pattern recommended for adults. SDS-PAGE patterns of albumin, globulin and glutelin showed several polypeptides with molecular weights 14.4 to 66.2 kDa. The pattern of walnut proteins in two-dimension electrophoresis (2-DE) showed that the isoelectric point was mainly in the range of 4.8–6.8. The results of size exclusion chromatogram indicated molecular weight of the major components of walnut proteins were between 3.54 and 81.76 kDa. PMID:24473146

  17. Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene wear particle effects on bioactivity

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    Fang, Hsu-Wei

    Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) wear particles have been recognized as one of the major causes of aseptic loosening in total joint replacements. Macrophage phagocytosis of wear particles induces human biological/physiological responses which eventually lead to bone resorption and osteolysis. However, the dependence of these reactions on the size and shape of the particles has not been elucidated and is not understood. The goal of this study is to develop a technique for producing UHMWPE particles with specified sizes and shapes so as to be able to study the effects of different UHMWPE particles on bioactivity. We applied surface texturing techniques to generate UHMWPE particles and air pouch animal tests to study the biological responses induced by UHMWPE particles. The thesis describes a procedure for generating narrowly distributed UHMWPE particles with controlled size and shape through surface texturing by microfabrication. The textured surface is used to rub against the polymer pins to produce wear particles in water. The surface texture produces narrowly distributed elongated particles or equiaxed particles by design. Experimental results show that the cutting-edge length of the surface features is proportional to the particle length. A larger penetration depth, larger normal load, and smaller sliding speed lead to a smaller aspect ratio of the particle. With this technique, we have been able to generate UHMWPE wear particles with different size and shape within phagocytosable and non-phagocytosable ranges for biological response studies. A mathematical model to predict the dimensions of generated UHMWPE particles has been developed. A correlation model based on the empirical results is also presented. The models can be used to design the dimensions of the surface textures and the operating conditions of the wear tests for generation of the particle population with specified size and shape. Murine air pouch animal tests have been used to test the biological responses induced by UHMWPE particles. The results indicated elongated particles induced stronger immunological responses than round-like particles. UHMWPE particles that can be phagocytosed by the macrophage cells stimulated a higher bioactivity than the non-phagocytosable particles. This paves the way for future material development and textural designs that can minimize the most toxic wear particle generation, hence prolong the life of orthopaedic joint replacements.

  18. The Surface-Mediated Unfolding Kinetics of Globular Proteins is Dependent on Molecular Weight and Temperature

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    Patananan, Alexander; Goheen, Steven C.

    2008-12-01

    The adsorption and unfolding of proteins on rigid surfaces is characterized by numerous chemical and physical interactions such as hydrogen bonds, disulfide bridges, hydrophobic effects, and London forces. The kinetics of unfolding is dependent on pH, temperature, surface chemistry, as well as protein deformability and structure. In practical applications, this fundamental process has broad implications in biomedical engineering (i.e. artificial implants, drug delivery, and surgical equipment), nanotechnology, maritime construction, and chromatography. However, little is known about the mechanisms behind unfolding because of the atomic lengths and rapid time scales associated with the surface-mediated pathway. Therefore, the unfolding kinetics of myoglobin, ?-glucosidase, and ovalbumin were investigated by adsorbing the proteins to non-porous cationic polymer beads. The protein fractions were adsorbed at different residence times (0, 9, 10, 20, and 30 min) at near-physiological conditions using a gradient elution system similar to that in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The elution profiles and retention times were obtained by UV/Vis spectrophotometry. A decrease in recovery was observed with time for almost all proteins and was attributed to protein unfolding on the non-porous surfaces. This data, and those of previous studies, fit a linear trend between percent unfolding after a fixed (9 min) residence time (71.8%, 31.1%, and 32.1% of myoglobin, ?-glucosidase, and ovalbumin, respectively) and molecular weight. Of all the proteins examined so far, only myoglobin deviated from this trend. Myoglobin also exhibited an increase in retention time over a wide temperature range (0?C and 55?C, 4.39 min and 5.74 min, respectively) whereas ovalbumin and ?-glucosidase did not. Further studies using a larger set of proteins are required to better understand the physiological and physiochemical implications of protein unfolding kinetics. This study confirms that unfolding can be described by experimental techniques, thereby allowing for the better elucidation of the relationships between the structure and function of soluble proteins as well as other macromolecules.

  19. THE SURFACE-MEDIATED UNFOLDING KINETICS OF GLOBULAR PROTEINS IS DEPENDENT ON MOLECULAR WEIGHT AND TEMPERATURE

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    Patananan, A.N.; Goheen, S.C.

    2008-01-01

    The adsorption and unfolding pathways of proteins on rigid surfaces are essential in numerous complex processes associated with biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and chromatography. It is now well accepted that the kinetics of unfolding are characterized by chemical and physical interactions dependent on protein deformability and structure, as well as environmental pH, temperature, and surface chemistry. Although this fundamental process has broad implications in medicine and industry, little is known about the mechanism because of the atomic lengths and rapid time scales involved. Therefore, the unfolding kinetics of myoglobin, ?-glucosidase, and ovalbumin were investigated by adsorbing the globular proteins to non-porous cationic polymer beads. The protein fractions were adsorbed at different residence times (0, 9, 10, 20, and 30 min) at near-physiological conditions using a gradient elution system similar to that in high-performance liquid chromatography. The elution profi les and retention times were obtained by ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometry. A decrease in recovery was observed with time for almost all proteins and was attributed to irreversible protein unfolding on the non-porous surfaces. These data, and those of previous studies, fi t a positively increasing linear trend between percent unfolding after a fi xed (9 min) residence time (71.8%, 31.1%, and 32.1% of myoglobin, ?-glucosidase, and ovalbumin, respectively) and molecular weight. Of all the proteins examined so far, only myoglobin deviated from this trend with higher than predicted unfolding rates. Myoglobin also exhibited an increase in retention time over a wide temperature range (0°C and 55°C, 4.39 min and 5.74 min, respectively) whereas ovalbumin and ?-glucosidase did not. Further studies using a larger set of proteins are required to better understand the physiological and physiochemical implications of protein unfolding kinetics. This study confi rms that surface-mediated unfolding can be described by experimental techniques, thereby allowing for the better elucidation of the relationships between the structure and function of soluble proteins as well as other macromolecules.

  20. Accurate and Scalable O(N) Algorithm for First-Principles Molecular-Dynamics Computations on Large Parallel Computers

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    Osei-Kuffuor, Daniel; Fattebert, Jean-Luc

    2014-01-01

    We present the first truly scalable first-principles molecular dynamics algorithm with O(N) complexity and controllable accuracy, capable of simulating systems with finite band gaps of sizes that were previously impossible with this degree of accuracy. By avoiding global communications, we provide a practical computational scheme capable of extreme scalability. Accuracy is controlled by the mesh spacing of the finite difference discretization, the size of the localization regions in which the electronic wave functions are confined, and a cutoff beyond which the components of the overlap matrix can be omitted when computing selected elements of its inverse. We demonstrate the algorithm's excellent parallel scaling for up to 101 952 atoms on 23 328 processors, with a wall-clock time of the order of 1 min per molecular dynamics time step and numerical error on the forces of less than 7x10-4 Ha/Bohr.

  1. The CHARMM-TURBOMOLE interface for efficient and accurate QM/MM molecular dynamics, free energies, and excited state properties.

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    Riahi, Saleh; Rowley, Christopher N

    2014-10-30

    The quantum mechanical (QM)/molecular mechanical (MM) interface between Chemistry at HARvard Molecular Mechanics (CHARMM) and TURBOMOLE is described. CHARMM provides an extensive set of simulation algorithms, like molecular dynamics (MD) and free energy perturbation, and support for mature nonpolarizable and Drude polarizable force fields. TURBOMOLE provides fast QM calculations using density functional theory or wave function methods and excited state properties. CHARMM-TURBOMOLE is well-suited for extended QM/MM MD simulations using first principles methods with large (triple-?) basis sets. We demonstrate these capabilities with a QM/MM simulation of Mg(2+) (aq), where the MM outer sphere water molecules are represented using the SWM4-NDP Drude polarizable force field and the ion and inner coordination sphere are represented using QM PBE, PBE0, and MP2 methods. The relative solvation free energies of Mg(2+) and Zn(2+) were calculated using thermodynamic integration. We also demonstrate the features for excited state properties. We calculate the time-averaged solution absorption spectrum of indole, the emission spectrum of the indole 1La excited state, and the electronic circular dichroism spectrum of an oxacepham. PMID:25178266

  2. Determination of molecular weight and other characteristics of co- and terpolymers using automatic continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions (ACOMP)

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    Enohnyaket, Pascal E. A.

    The Automatic Continuous Online Monitoring of Polymerization reactions (ACOMP), is a technique developed by the Reed Research Group at Tulane University. By simultaneously monitoring and combining signals from a continuously dilute reactor stream, detectors such as a multi-angle light scattering detector, near infra-red spectrometer, viscometer, differential refractive index, and a full wavelength UV/Visible detector were used in a model-independent fashion to follow the weight-average molecular weight, intrinsic viscosity, the concentrations of each comonomer, and hence the evolution of the average instantaneous and cumulative compositions along the chains as comonomers are consumed. The goal of this dissertation is to make the ACOMP system more useful in very complex polymerization situations by improving it with additional detectors and formalisms (such as a new expression for computing the molecular weight a copolymer of nth degree) and to exploit its robustness in situations where traditional routes fail or are of limited value. By providing a continuum of data, ACOMP allows polymer scientists to better understand and control new reaction schemes. At the pilot plant, it can be used to optimize reaction conditions. Because the ACOMP system is relatively cheap, user friendly, can be environmentally friendly, less bulky and very efficient, it is my desire to use ACOMP to solve some of the problems in the petroleum, plastic and drug manufacturing industries in Cameroon (and Africa).

  3. Determination of the linear coefficient of thermal expansion in polymer films at the nanoscale: influence of the composition of EVA copolymers and the molecular weight of PMMA.

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    González-Benito, J; Castillo, E; Cruz-Caldito, J F

    2015-07-28

    Nanothermal-expansion of poly(ethylene-co-vinylacetate), EVA, and poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, in the form of films was measured to finally obtain linear coefficients of thermal expansion, CTEs. The simple deflection of a cantilever in an atomic force microscope, AFM, was used to monitor thermal expansions at the nanoscale. The influences of: (a) the structure of EVA in terms of its composition (vinylacetate content) and (b) the size of PMMA chains in terms of the molecular weight were studied. To carry out this, several polymer samples were used, EVA copolymers with different weight percents of the vinylacetate comonomer (12, 18, 25 and 40%) and PMMA polymers with different weight average molecular weights (33.9, 64.8, 75.600 and 360.0 kg mol(-1)). The dependencies of the vinyl acetate weight fraction of EVA and the molecular weight of PMMA on their corresponding CTEs were analyzed to finally explain them using new, intuitive and very simple models based on the rule of mixtures. In the case of EVA copolymers a simple equation considering the weighted contributions of each comonomer was enough to estimate the final CTE above the glass transition temperature. On the other hand, when the molecular weight dependence is considered the free volume concept was used as novelty. The expansion of PMMA, at least at the nanoscale, was well and easily described by the sum of the weighted contributions of the occupied and free volumes, respectively. PMID:26108706

  4. Mixing and transport in stars - I. Formalism: momentum, heat and mean molecular weight

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    Canuto, V. M.; Minotti, F.

    2001-12-01

    The goal of this paper is to derive analytic expressions for the turbulent fluxes of momentum (Reynolds stresses), heat and mean molecular weight. (i) Angular momentum. To solve the angular momentum equation one needs to know the Reynolds stresses Rij, in particular R?r. It is shown that the latter has the form Rr?=-2DsS?r- 2DvV?r-D0?0- D1?+..., where 2S?r=sin?r??/?r is the shear and 2rV?r=sin??(r2?)/?r is the vorticity. The dots indicate buoyancy and meridional currents. The forms of the turbulent diffusivities entering the shear part Ds, vorticity part Dv, rigid rotation ?0 and differential rotation ???(r,?) are also derived. Previous models have only the shear term. The vorticity term gives rise to a true diffusion-like equation for the angular momentum which now reads ?t(r2?)=r-2?r r4Ds ??/?r+r-2?r r2Dv ?r (r2?)+.... (ii) Mean temperature equation. Differential rotation alters the mean temperature equation. In the stationary case, the new flux conservation law reads (? is the radiative diffusivity) ?+Kh?-1(?- ?ad)+??=?r, where the new term is given by ??=(Hp/cp?T)Rr???. (iii) Tensorial diffusivities. The turbulent flux of a scalar ? (like T and ?) is shown to have the form Ji?=- Dij??? xj, where the Dij are tensorial diffusivities. They are shown to be functions of the external source of energy (e.g. flux of gravity waves), rigid-body rotation, differential rotation, meridional currents, T-? gradients and Peclet number Pe which characterizes the role of radiative losses. (iv) Mixing and advection. The tensorial nature of the diffusivities Dij has an immediate consequence: the symmetric part Dijs gives rise to mixing (by diffusion) while the antisymmetric part Dija gives rise to advection which cannot be represented by a diffusion coefficient. The equation describing a mean scalar field ? is therefore ???t +(?+u*).??=partxi Dijs???xj ui*=?xjDija. Thus, even without a mean velocity field ?, there is an advective term u* arising from turbulence alone. The advective nature of turbulence was not accounted for in previous studies which have therefore underestimated the full potential of turbulent motion. (v) Peclet number dependence. Radiative losses are an important part of the physical picture, for they weaken the temperature gradient, and thus reduce the effect of stable stratification and ultimately enhance mixing. The Peclet number dependence is accounted for in the model. (vi) Shear-induced versus wave-induced mixing. In this formalism, the dichotomy between the two processes no longer exists, since we show that the flux of gravity waves, treated as an external source of energy, is a natural ingredient of the formalism.

  5. Comparison of biological activities of two low molecular weight heparins in 10 healthy volunteers.

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    Azizi, M; Veyssier-Belot, C; Alhenc-Gelas, M; Chatellier, G; Billaud-Mesguish, E; Fiessinger, J N; Aiach, M

    1995-01-01

    1. Low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are produced by different depolymerization processes and may therefore differ with respect to their pharmacokinetic properties. 2. We designed a single dose, randomized cross-over study in 10 healthy volunteers to compare the 24 h pharmacokinetics of two LMWHs, reviparin and enoxaparin, which have been previously shown to be clinically equivalent in terms of post-operative deep vein thrombosis prevention, despite significant differences in their in vivo biological activity. The two LMWHs were subcutaneously administered at the same dosages that are used in clinical studies: 4250 anti-Xa iu for reviparin and 40 mg for enoxaparin which have similar in vitro anti-Xa activities. 3. The overall 24 h profiles of the plasma anti-Xa and anti-thrombin activities were similar for reviparin and enoxaparin. The Amax and the AUC(0, 24h) of plasma anti-Xa activity after reviparin administration were both slightly but significantly lower than those observed after enoxaparin administration (difference between treatments of 0.03 95% CI[0.01-0.05] iu ml-1 h and 0.56 95% CI[0.22-0.90] iu ml-1 for Amax and AUC(0, 24h) respectively). After adjustment for in vitro anti-Xa activity, the statistical difference between the two LMWHs persisted for the AUC(0, 24h) but not for the Amax of plasma anti-Xa activity. The tmax and the MRT values for plasma anti-Xa activity did not significantly differ between the two drugs. The t1/2 for reviparin did not significantly differ from that of enoxaparin (2.7 +/- 0.7 h vs 3.5 +/- 0.9 h respectively, NS). The Amax of the plasma anti-thrombin activity after reviparin administration was also slightly but significantly lower than that observed after enoxaparin administration, (difference between treatments of 0.018 95% CI[0.01-0.025] iu ml-1) whereas the AUC(0, 24h) of anti-thrombin activity vs time was not. A slight but significant increase of the activated partial thromboplastin time of a similar magnitude was observed after both reviparin and enoxaparin injections. 4. The calculated surface under the thrombin generation curve vs time (or thrombin potential) at peak was significantly higher after reviparin than after enoxaparin (367 +/- 53 UA vs 305 +/- 48 UA respectively, P < 0.05). Four hours after injection, thrombin potential was significantly correlated to plasma anti-Xa activity after reviparin but not after enoxaparin injection (r = 0.65, n = 10, P = 0.05 and r = -0.38, n = 10, P = 0.25 respectively). 5. After a single-dose injection in healthy subjects, two LMWHs with comparable in vitro activities differed slightly kinetically. Such minor differences are probably of little importance in the prevention of post-operative deep vein thrombosis, since these two LMWHs were previously shown to be comparable in this setting. PMID:8703665

  6. Characterization of the modes of binding between human sweet taste receptor and low-molecular-weight sweet compounds.

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    Masuda, Katsuyoshi; Koizumi, Ayako; Nakajima, Ken-ichiro; Tanaka, Takaharu; Abe, Keiko; Misaka, Takumi; Ishiguro, Masaji

    2012-01-01

    One of the most distinctive features of human sweet taste perception is its broad tuning to chemically diverse compounds ranging from low-molecular-weight sweeteners to sweet-tasting proteins. Many reports suggest that the human sweet taste receptor (hT1R2-hT1R3), a heteromeric complex composed of T1R2 and T1R3 subunits belonging to the class C G protein-coupled receptor family, has multiple binding sites for these sweeteners. However, it remains unclear how the same receptor recognizes such diverse structures. Here we aim to characterize the modes of binding between hT1R2-hT1R3 and low-molecular-weight sweet compounds by functional analysis of a series of site-directed mutants and by molecular modeling-based docking simulation at the binding pocket formed on the large extracellular amino-terminal domain (ATD) of hT1R2. We successfully determined the amino acid residues responsible for binding to sweeteners in the cleft of hT1R2 ATD. Our results suggest that individual ligands have sets of specific residues for binding in correspondence with the chemical structures and other residues responsible for interacting with multiple ligands. PMID:22536376

  7. Production of High Molecular Weight Organic Compounds on the Surfaces of Amorphous Iron Silicate Catalysts: Implications for Organic Synthesis in the Solar Nebula

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    Gilmour, I.; Hill, H. G. M.; Pearson, V. K.; Sephton, M. A.; Nuth, J. A., III

    2002-01-01

    The high molecular weight organic products of Fischer-Tropsch/Haber-Bosch syntheses on the surfaces of Fe-silicate catalysts have been studied by GCMS. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  8. Accurate density functional theory description of binding constants and NMR chemical shifts of weakly interacting complexes of C60 with corannulene-based molecular bowls.

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    Welsh, Ivan; Lein, Matthias

    2014-01-30

    Density functional calculations on "catch and release" complexes of C60 with corannulene derived molecular bowls show that computationally obtained (1) H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) chemical shifts can be used as a reliable predictor of binding constants. A wide range of functionals was benchmarked against accurate ab initio calculations to ensure a credible representation of the weak forces that dominate the interactions in these systems. The most reliable density functional theory (DFT) results were then calibrated using experimentally observed NMR data. Careful analysis and comparison of a wide range of commonly used density functionals shows that the explicit inclusion of dispersion corrections is currently the only reliable way to accurately describe the systems investigated in our study. Moreover, we are able to show that the B97-D and ?B97X-D functionals are not only able to reproduce ab initio benchmark calculations, but they do so accurately with a moderately sized basis sets and without the problems of numerical integration we encountered with other functionals in this study. PMID:24122910

  9. Microrheology of sodium polystyrene sulfonate (NaPSS) solutions with different polymer concentrations and molecular weights studied by diffusing wave spectroscopy

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    Chen, Yin-Quan; Cheng, Chen-Yu; Chiang, Chia-Chun; Wei, Ming-Tzo; Huang, Yi-Chiao; Lavastre, Olivier; Guillaume, Husson; Guillaume, Darsy; Chiou, Arthur

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, we report the viscoelastic properties of sodium polystyrene sulfonate (NaPSS) solution with different concentrations (in the range of 10-4 M to 10-3 M) and with different molecular weights (70 kDa vs. 200 kDa) investigated via Diffusing Wave Spectroscopy (DWS). The viscoelastic properties of the sample solutions are characterized in terms of the elastic modulus G' and the viscous modulus G" as a function of frequency (f), and also in terms of the polymer disentanglement time (?) the effect of polymer concentration and molecular weight on these parameters are presented. Our experimental results indicate that (1) both the viscous modulus G" and the disentanglement time (?) increase with molecular concentration, whereas the elastic modulus G' is relatively insensitive to molecular concentration, and (2) for the same concentration, all the 3 parameters (i.e., the elastic modulus G', the viscous modulus G", and disentanglement time ?) increase as the molecular weight increases.

  10. Purification of a high molecular weight actin filament gelation protein from Acanthamoeba that shares antigenic determinants with vertebrate spectrins

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    1984-01-01

    I have purified a high molecular weight actin filament gelation protein (GP-260) from Acanthamoeba castellanii, and found by immunological cross-reactivity that it is related to vertebrate spectrins, but not to two other high molecular weight actin-binding proteins, filamin or the microtubule-associated protein, MAP-2. GP-260 was purified by chromatography on DEAE-cellulose, selective precipitation with actin and myosin-II, chromatography on hydroxylapatite in 0.6 M Kl, and selective precipitation at low ionic strength. The yield was 1-2 micrograms/g cells. GP-260 had the same electrophoretic mobility in SDS as the 260,000-mol-wt alpha-chain of spectrin from pig erythrocytes and brain. Electron micrographs of GP-260 shadowed on mica showed slender rod-shaped particles 80-110 nm long. GP-260 raised the low shear apparent viscosity of solutions of Acanthamoeba actin filaments and, at 100 micrograms/ml, formed a gel with a 8 microM actin. Purified antibodies to GP-260 reacted with both 260,000- and 240,000-mol-wt polypeptides in samples of whole ameba proteins separated by gel electrophoresis in SDS, but only the 260,000-mol-wt polypeptide was extracted from the cell with 0.34 M sucrose and purified in this study. These antibodies to GP-260 also reacted with purified spectrin from pig brain and erythrocytes, and antibodies to human erythrocyte spectrin bound to GP-260 and the 240,000-mol-wt polypeptide present in the whole ameba. The antibodies to GP-260 did not bind to chicken gizzard filamin or pig brain MAP-2, but they did react with high molecular weight polypeptides from man, a marsupial, a fish, a clam, a myxomycete, and two other amebas. Fluorescent antibody staining with purified antibodies to GP-260 showed that it is concentrated near the plasma membrane in the ameba. PMID:6209283

  11. Polyethylenimine Interfacial Layers in Inverted Organic Photovoltaic Devices: Effects of Ethoxylation and Molecular Weight on Efficiency and Temporal Stability.

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    Courtright, Brett A E; Jenekhe, Samson A

    2015-12-01

    We report a comparative study of polyethylenimine (PEI) and ethoxylated-polyethylenimine (PEIE) cathode buffer layers in high performance inverted organic photovoltaic devices. The work function of the indium-tin oxide (ITO)/zinc oxide (ZnO) cathode was reduced substantially (?? = 0.73-1.09 eV) as the molecular weight of PEI was varied from 800 g mol(-1) to 750?000 g mol(-1) compared with the observed much smaller reduction when using a PEIE thin film (?? = 0.56 eV). The reference inverted polymer solar cells based on the small band gap polymer PBDTT-FTTE (ITO/ZnO/PBDTT-FTTE:PC70BM/MoO3/Ag), without a cathode buffer layer, had an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.06 ± 0.22%. Incorporation of a PEIE cathode buffer layer in the same PBDTT-FTTE:PC70BM blend devices gave an enhanced performance with a PCE of 7.37 ± 0.53%. In contrast, an even greater photovoltaic efficiency with a PCE of 8.22 ± 0.10% was obtained in similar PBDTT-FTTE:PC70BM blend solar cells containing a PEI cathode buffer layer. The temporal stability of the inverted polymer solar cells was found to increase with increasing molecular weight of the cathode buffer layer. The results show that PEI is superior to PEIE as a cathode buffer layer in high performance organic photovoltaic devices and that the highest molecular weight PEI interlayer provides the highest temporal stability. PMID:26550983

  12. Oral zinc supplementation restore high molecular weight seminal zinc binding protein to normal value in Iraqi infertile men

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    2012-01-01

    Background Zinc in human seminal plasma is divided into three types of ligands which are high (HMW), intermediate (IMW), and low molecular weight ligands (LMW). The present study was aimed to study the effect of Zn supplementation on the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of semen along with Zinc Binding Protein levels in the seminal plasma in asthenozoospermic patients. Methods Semen samples were obtained from 37 fertile and 37 asthenozoospermic infertile men with matched age. The subfertile group was treated with zinc sulfate, every participant took two capsules per day for three months (each one 220mg). Semen samples were obtained (before and after zinc sulfate supplementation). After liquefaction seminal fluid at room temperature, routine semen analyses were performed. For determination of the amount of zinc binding proteins, the gel filtration of seminal plasma on Sephadex G-75 was performed. All the fractions were investigated for protein and for zinc concentration by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Evaluation of chromatograms was made directly from the zinc concentration in each fraction. Results A significant high molecular weight zinc binding ligands percentage (HMW-Zn %) was observed in seminal plasma of fertile males compared with subfertile males. However, seminal low molecular weight ligands (LMW-Zn) have opposite behavior. The mean value of semen volume, progressive sperm motility percentage and total normal sperm count were increased after zinc sulfate supplementation. Conclusions Zinc supplementation restores HMW-Zn% in seminal plasma of asthenozoospermic subjects to normal value. Zinc supplementation elevates LMW-Zn% in seminal plasma of asthenozoospermic subjects to more than normal value. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01612403 PMID:23145537

  13. Chitosan nanocapsules as carriers for oral peptide delivery: effect of chitosan molecular weight and type of salt on the in vitro behaviour and in vivo effectiveness.

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    Prego, C; Torres, D; Alonso, M J

    2006-01-01

    We have recently reported preliminary data showing the efficacy of chitosan nanocapsules as carriers for oral peptide delivery. In the present work, our aim was to investigate the influence of some chitosan properties, such as the molecular weight and type of salt, on the interaction of these nanocapsules with the Caco-2 cells and also on their in vivo effectiveness. Chitosan nanocapsules were prepared by the solvent displacement technique using high (450 kDa) and medium (160 kDa) molecular weight chitosan glutamate as well as high molecular weight chitosan hydrochloride (270 kDa). The results indicated that the size of the nanocapsules was dependent on the chitosan molecular weight, whereas the zeta potential and the association efficiency of salmon calcitonin were not affected by the chitosan properties. Upon incubation with the Caco-2 cells, chitosan nanocapsules exhibited a dose-dependent cellular viability, which was hardly affected by, either the chitosan molecular weight or, the type of salt. In addition, it was observed that the transepithelial electrical resistance of the Caco-2 monolayer was not significantly modified upon their exposure to chitosan nanocapsules. The results of the in vivo studies, following oral administration to rats, indicated that chitosan nanocapsules were able to reduce significantly the serum calcium levels, and to prolong this reduction for at least 24 hours, irrespective of the type of chitosan salt and molecular weight of chitosan. Consequently, the performance of chitosan nanocapsules as oral carriers for salmon calcitonin was not affected by the characteristics of chitosan. PMID:17048499

  14. Ethene-Norbornene Copolymerization with Homogeneous Metallocene and Half-Sandwich Catalysts: Kinetics and Relationships between Catalyst Structure and Polymer Structure. 4. Development of Molecular Weights.

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    Ruchatz; Fink

    1998-07-28

    The molecular weights of ethene-norbornene copolymers, produced with various metallocene- and amidocyclopentadienyl-methylaluminoxane (MAO) catalysts, have been determined by high-temperature gel-permeation chromatography: with one exception, increasing molecular weights were found with an increasing norbornene content in the copolymer. This observation is due to the fact that the beta-hydride elimination process is not possible in the case of norbornene, because of special steric conditions of the cis-2,3-exo inserted norbornene; other possible termination reactions are discussed, considering the specialties of the norbornene. The effect of the catalyst structure on the molecular weights is discussed in terms of steric and electronic factors of the different ligands: sterically less hindered ligands produce ethene-norbornene copolymers with relatively low molecular weights; ligands with a larger extension and electron-pushing effect such as the fluorenyl ligand, induced the formation of high molecular weights. Additional alkyl groups at the indenyl or fluorenyl ligand increased the molecular weights additionally. PMID:9680399

  15. Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight on Drug-Polymer Solubility: A Comparison between Experimentally Determined Solubility in PVP and Prediction Derived from Solubility in Monomer.

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    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Olesen, Niels Erik; Holm, Per; Langguth, Peter; Holm, René; Rades, Thomas

    2015-09-01

    In this study, the influence of polymer molecular weight on drug-polymer solubility was investigated using binary systems containing indomethacin (IMC) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) of different molecular weights. The experimental solubility in PVP, measured using a differential scanning calorimetry annealing method, was compared with the solubility calculated from the solubility of the drug in the liquid analogue N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP). The experimental solubility of IMC in the low-molecular-weight PVP K12 was not significantly different from that in the higher molecular weight PVPs (K25, K30, and K90). The calculated solubilities derived from the solubility in NVP (0.31-0.32 g/g) were found to be lower than those experimentally determined in PVP (0.38-0.40 g/g). Nevertheless, the similarity between the values indicates that the analogue solubility can provide valuable indications on the solubility in the polymer. Hence, if a drug is soluble in an analogue of the polymer, it is most likely also soluble in the polymer. In conclusion, the solubility of a given drug-polymer system is determined by the strength of the drug-polymer interactions rather than the molecular weight of the polymer. Therefore, during the first screenings for drug solubility in polymers, only one representative molecular weight per polymer is needed. PMID:25740567

  16. Effect of sliding speed and contact stress on tribological properties of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene

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    Fusaro, R. L.

    1982-01-01

    A pin on disk apparatus was used to investigate the effect of sliding speed on the friction, wear, and transfer film characteristics of hemispherically tipped AISI 440C high temperature (HT) stainless steel riders sliding against ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) disks. The surface morphology of the wear track was studied to determine possible wear mechanisms. Geometry effects were determined by comparing the results to those of others who used different specimen configurations. The results indicate that sliding speed, sliding distance, contact stress, and specimen geometry can all markedly influence the tribological properties of UHMWPE.

  17. Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) and its application in microporous separators for lead/acid batteries

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    Wang, L. C.; Harvey, M. K.; Ng, J. C.; Scheunemann, U.

    The polyethylene (PE) used in separators for automotive lead/acid batteries is actually UHMW-PE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene). Microporous PE separators were commercialized in the early 1970s. Since then, they have gained in popularity in the lead/acid battery industry, particularly in SLI (starting, lighting and ignition) automotive applications. This paper provides an introductory overview of the UHMW-PE polymer and its contributions to the PE battery separator manufacturing process, battery assembly and battery performance, in comparison with other conventional separators such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and glass fibre.

  18. Mechanistic Study and Characterization of Cold-Sprayed Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-Nano-ceramic Composite Coating

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    Ravi, Kesavan; Ichikawa, Yuji; Ogawa, Kazuhiro; Deplancke, Tiana; Lame, Olivier; Cavaille, Jean-Yves

    2015-10-01

    The cold spray deposition of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) powder mixed with nano-alumina, fumed nano-alumina, and fumed nano-silica was attempted on two different substrates namely polypropylene and aluminum. The coatings with UHMWPE mixed with nano-alumina, fumed nano-alumina, and fumed nano-silica were very contrasting in terms of coating thickness. Nano-ceramic particles played an important role as a bridge bond between the UHMWPE particles. Gas temperature and pressure played an important role in the deposition. The differential scanning calorimetry results of the coatings showed that UHMWPE was melt-crystallized after the coating.

  19. Different orientations of low-molecular-weight fragments in the binding pocket of a BRD4 bromodomain.

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    Lolli, Graziano; Battistutta, Roberto

    2013-10-01

    Bromodomains are involved in the regulation of chromatin architecture and transcription through the recognition of acetylated lysines in histones and other proteins. Many of them are considered to be relevant pharmacological targets for different pathologies. Three crystallographic structures of the N-terminal bromodomain of BRD4 in complex with low-molecular-weight fragments are presented. They show that similar molecules mimicking acetylated lysine bind the bromodomain with different orientations and exploit different interactions. It is also advised to avoid DMSO when searching for low-affinity fragments that interact with bromodomains since DMSO binds in the acetylated lysine-recognition pocket of BRD4. PMID:24100334

  20. Computer aided drug discovery of highly ligand efficient, low molecular weight imidazopyridine analogs as FLT3 inhibitors

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    Frett, Brendan; McConnell, Nick; Smith, Catherine C.; Wang, Yuanxiang; Shah, Neil P.; Li, Hong-yu

    2015-01-01

    The FLT3 kinase represents an attractive target to effectively treat AML. Unfortunately, no FLT3 targeted therapeutic is currently approved. In line with our continued interests in treating kinase related disease for anti-FLT3 mutant activity, we utilized pioneering synthetic methodology in combination with computer aided drug discovery and identified low molecular weight, highly ligand efficient, FLT3 kinase inhibitors. Compounds were analyzed for biochemical inhibition, their ability to selectively inhibit cell proliferation, for FLT3 mutant activity, and preliminary aqueous solubility. Validated hits were discovered that can serve as starting platforms for lead candidates. PMID:25765758

  1. Non-activated rat neutrophils kill syngeneic colon tumor cells by the release of a low molecular weight factor.

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    Fady, C; Reisser, D; Martin, F

    1990-08-01

    The mechanisms of cancer cell destruction by unelicited peripheral blood neutrophils has never been reported in a syngeneic model. We demonstrated that in vitro, unelicited polymorphonuclear neutrophils isolated from rat blood were toxic against syngeneic colon cancer cells. The tumor cell lysis was not due to oxygen metabolites released by PMNs, but was due to a cytolytic factor. This factor was spontaneously secreted by PMNs, was heat-stable and had a low molecular weight (less than 10 kD). Its partial inhibition by chymotrypsin and/or chymotrypsin-like proteases suggested a peptidic structure of this factor. PMID:2272641

  2. Nanofibers for drug delivery – incorporation and release of model molecules, influence of molecular weight and polymer structure

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    Hrib, Jakub; Hobzova, Radka; Hampejsova, Zuzana; Bosakova, Zuzana; Munzarova, Marcela; Michalek, Jiri

    2015-01-01

    Summary Nanofibers were prepared from polycaprolactone, polylactide and polyvinyl alcohol using NanospiderTM technology. Polyethylene glycols with molecular weights of 2 000, 6 000, 10 000 and 20 000 g/mol, which can be used to moderate the release profile of incorporated pharmacologically active compounds, served as model molecules. They were terminated by aromatic isocyanate and incorporated into the nanofibers. The release of these molecules into an aqueous environment was investigated. The influences of the molecular length and chemical composition of the nanofibers on the release rate and the amount of released polyethylene glycols were evaluated. Longer molecules released faster, as evidenced by a significantly higher amount of released molecules after 72 hours. However, the influence of the chemical composition of nanofibers was even more distinct – the highest amount of polyethylene glycol molecules released from polyvinyl alcohol nanofibers, the lowest amount from polylactide nanofibers. PMID:26665065

  3. Determination of molecular formulas and structural regularities of low molecular weight fulvic acids by size-exclusion chromatography with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    These, Anja; Winkler, Marcus; Thomas, Christoph; Reemtsma, Thorsten

    2004-01-01

    Size-exclusion chromatography was coupled to a quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer using electrospray ionization in the negative ion mode to analyze Suwannee River fulvic acid. About 220 exact masses of low molecular weight fulvic acids (FAs) were measured in the range from m/z 190 to 350, and molecular formulas could be deduced for all these molecular masses. All molecular formulas can be described by the superimposition of three homologous series in the FA mixture: (a) a series of hydrogen homologs constituted of five to six members for a given number of carbons and oxygens; (b) a series of alkyl chain homologs with stepwise addition of one methylene group; and (c) isobaric compounds that differ by the formal replacement of an oxygen atom by a methane group. Product ion spectra of the FA species reflect the repeated parallel losses of carbon dioxide and water. The minimum number of carboxylate groups and the maximum number of hydroxy moieties could be determined from the product ion spectra. Furthermore, it was obvious that the structural differences between homologs in the three series are located in the carbon backbone of the FA rather than in its extremities that are expelled as neutral fragments. These structural regularities reduce the complexity of FA mixtures to a certain set of yet unknown basic structures. PMID:15329870

  4. Accurate determination of genetic identity for a single cacao bean, using molecular markers with a nanofluidic system, ensures cocoa authentication.

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    Fang, Wanping; Meinhardt, Lyndel W; Mischke, Sue; Bellato, Cláudia M; Motilal, Lambert; Zhang, Dapeng

    2014-01-15

    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.), the source of cocoa, is an economically important tropical crop. One problem with the premium cacao market is contamination with off-types adulterating raw premium material. Accurate determination of the genetic identity of single cacao beans is essential for ensuring cocoa authentication. Using nanofluidic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping with 48 SNP markers, we generated SNP fingerprints for small quantities of DNA extracted from the seed coat of single cacao beans. On the basis of the SNP profiles, we identified an assumed adulterant variety, which was unambiguously distinguished from the authentic beans by multilocus matching. Assignment tests based on both Bayesian clustering analysis and allele frequency clearly separated all 30 authentic samples from the non-authentic samples. Distance-based principle coordinate analysis further supported these results. The nanofluidic SNP protocol, together with forensic statistical tools, is sufficiently robust to establish authentication and to verify gourmet cacao varieties. This method shows significant potential for practical application. PMID:24354624

  5. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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    2010-04-01

    ...10-microliter (Hamilton 710 N or equivalent). Chromatograph column...Mathieson-Coleman-Bell 2768 Sorbitol SX850, or equivalent) 12 percent in H2 O by weight on 60-80 mesh nonacid washed...W. Johns-Manville, or equivalent). reagents and...

  6. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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    2013-04-01

    ...10-microliter (Hamilton 710 N or equivalent). Chromatograph column...Mathieson-Coleman-Bell 2768 Sorbitol SX850, or equivalent) 12 percent in H2 O by weight on 60-80 mesh nonacid washed...W. Johns-Manville, or equivalent). reagents and...

  7. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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    2012-04-01

    ...10-microliter (Hamilton 710 N or equivalent). Chromatograph column...Mathieson-Coleman-Bell 2768 Sorbitol SX850, or equivalent) 12 percent in H2 O by weight on 60-80 mesh nonacid washed...W. Johns-Manville, or equivalent). reagents and...

  8. 21 CFR 172.820 - Polyethylene glycol (mean molecular weight 200-9,500).

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    2014-04-01

    ...10-microliter (Hamilton 710 N or equivalent). Chromatograph column...Mathieson-Coleman-Bell 2768 Sorbitol SX850, or equivalent) 12 percent in H2 O by weight on 60-80 mesh nonacid washed...W. Johns-Manville, or equivalent). reagents and...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...10-microliter (Hamilton 710 N or equivalent). Chromatograph column...Mathieson-Coleman-Bell 2768 Sorbitol SX850, or equivalent) 12 percent in H2 O by weight on 60-80 mesh nonacid washed...W. Johns-Manville, or equivalent). reagents and...

  10. Size Matters: Molecular Weight Specificity of Hyaluronan Effects in Cell Biology

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    Cyphert, Jaime M.; Trempus, Carol S.; Garantziotis, Stavros

    2015-01-01

    Hyaluronan signaling properties are unique among other biologically active molecules, that they are apparently not influenced by postsynthetic molecular modification, but by hyaluronan fragment size. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the generation of hyaluronan fragments of different size and size-dependent differences in hyaluronan signaling as well as their downstream biological effects. PMID:26448754

  11. Molecular and immunological characterization of Tri a 36, a low molecular weight glutenin, as a novel major wheat food allergen.

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    Baar, Alexandra; Pahr, Sandra; Constantin, Claudia; Scheiblhofer, Sandra; Thalhamer, Josef; Giavi, Stavroula; Papadopoulos, Nikolaos G; Ebner, Christof; Mari, Adriano; Vrtala, Susanne; Valenta, Rudolf

    2012-09-15

    Wheat is an essential element in our nutrition but one of the most important food allergen sources. Wheat allergic patients often suffer from severe gastrointestinal and systemic allergic reactions after wheat ingestion. In this study, we report the molecular and immunological characterization of a new major wheat food allergen, Tri a 36. The cDNA coding for a C-terminal fragment of Tri a 36 was isolated by screening a wheat seed cDNA expression library with serum IgE from wheat food-allergic patients. Tri a 36 is a 369-aa protein with a hydrophobic 25-aa N-terminal leader peptide. According to sequence comparison it belongs to the low m.w. glutenin subunits, which can be found in a variety of cereals. The mature allergen contains an N-terminal domain, a repetitive domain that is rich in glutamine and proline residues, and three C-terminal domains with eight cysteine residues contributing to intra- and intermolecular disulfide bonds. Recombinant Tri a 36 was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified as soluble protein. It reacted with IgE Abs of ?80% of wheat food-allergic patients, showed IgE cross-reactivity with related allergens in rye, barley, oat, spelt, and rice, and induced specific and dose-dependent basophil activation. Even after extensive in vitro gastric and duodenal digestion, Tri a 36 released distinct IgE-reactive fragments and was highly resistant against boiling. Thus, recombinant Tri a 36 is a major wheat food allergen that can be used for the molecular diagnosis of, and for the development of specific immunotherapy strategies against, wheat food allergy. PMID:22904302

  12. Nucleobase-mediated stereospecific radical polymerization and combination with RAFT polymerization for simultaneous control of molecular weight and tacticity.

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    Tao, Youhua; Satoh, Kotaro; Kamigaito, Masami

    2011-01-17

    A highly soluble thymine-based compound (1-octyl thymine), having an array of hydrogen bonding sites with an ADA sequence (A and D: proton acceptor and donor sites, respectively), was used to mediate the stereospecific radical polymerization of an acrylamide monomer [N-(6-acetamidopyridin-2-yl)acrylamide] possessing the complementary DAD sequence. The thymine derivative interacted with the monomer via the selective 1:1 and strong triple hydrogen-bonding interaction (K = 1.1 × 10(3) in CHCl(3) at 20 °C) and mediated the syndiospecific radical polymerization of the monomer to give syndiotactic rich polymers up to r = 84% in CH(2)Cl(2) at -78 °C. A combination with the RAFT polymerization enabled simultaneous control of the molecular weight (M(W)/M(n) ? 1.5) and tacticity (r = 73% and 76% at 60 and 20 °C, respectively) of the resulting polymers. Furthermore, the stereoblock polymerization was achieved upon the addition of the thymine-based mediator during the RAFT polymerization to give the atactic-syndiotactic stereoblock polymers with controlled molecular weights. PMID:21433145

  13. Molecular Weight, Protein Binding Affinity and Methane Mitigation of Condensed Tannins from Mangosteen-peel (Garcinia mangostana L)

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    Paengkoum, P.; Phonmun, T.; Liang, J. B.; Huang, X. D.; Tan, H. Y.; Jahromi, M. F.

    2015-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine the molecular weight of condensed tannins (CT) extracted from mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L) peel, its protein binding affinity and effects on fermentation parameters including total gas, methane (CH4) and volatile fatty acids (VFA) production. The average molecular weight (Mw) of the purified CT was 2,081 Da with a protein binding affinity of 0.69 (the amount needed to bind half the maximum bovine serum albumin). In vitro gas production declined by 0.409, 0.121, and 0.311, respectively, while CH4 production decreased by 0.211, 0.353, and 0.549, respectively, with addition of 10, 20, and 30 mg CT/500 mg dry matter (DM) compared to the control (p<0.05). The effects of CT from mangosteen-peel on in vitro DM degradability (IVDMD) and in vitro N degradability was negative and linear (p<0.01). Total VFA, concentrations of acetic, propionic, butyric and isovaleric acids decreased linearly with increasing amount of CT. The aforementioned results show that protein binding affinity of CT from mangosteen-peel is lower than those reported for Leucaena forages, however, the former has stronger negative effect on IVDMD. Therefore, the use of mangosteen-peel as protein source and CH4 mitigating agent in ruminant feed requires further investigations. PMID:26323400

  14. Effect Of Molecular Weight On Adhesive Properties Of The Phenylethynyl-Terminated Polyimide LARC(sup TM)-PETI-5

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    Cano, Roberto J.; Jensen, Brian J.

    1994-01-01

    Future civilian aircraft will require the use of advanced adhesive systems with high temperature capabilities. One such material has been developed at the NASA Langley Research Center, a phenylethynyl-terminated polyimide given the designation LARC(sup TM)-PETI-5. Recent work has shown the advantages of similar phenylethynyl-terminated polyimides as films, moldings, adhesives, and composite matrix resins. Phenylethynyl-terminated oligomers provide greater processing windows than materials which incorporate simple ethynyl endcaps. Since these low molecular weight, low melt viscosity oligomers thermally cure without the evolution of volatile by-products, they provide an excellent means of producing polymers with high glass transition temperatures, excellent solvent resistance, and high mechanical properties. Three different versions of LARC(sup TM)-PETI-5 with theoretical number average molecular weights (M(sub n)s) of 250, 5000, and 10000 g/mol were synthesized in this work. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measurements were performed on the dry powder form of these materials to establish cure conditions which result in high glass transition temperatures (T(sub g)s). Lap shear specimens were prepared from adhesive tape made from each material and with the thermal cure conditions determined from the DSC data. The tensile shear data established processing conditions which provided the best adhesive strengths. Further testing was performed to establish the properties of LARC(sup TM)-PETI-5 as an adhesive material and to determine its solvent resistance.

  15. Occurrence of non-protein low molecular weight cardiotoxin in Indian King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) Cantor 1836, venom.

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    Saha, Archita; Gomes, Aparna; Giri, B; Chakravarty, A K; Biswas, A K; Dasgupta, S C; Gomes, A

    2006-04-01

    Pathophysiology due to snakebite is a combined effect of various actions of the complex venom constituents. Importance of protein toxins in snake envenomation is well known. The present investigation reports the existence of nonprotein/nonpetide low molecular weight toxin in Indian King Cobra venom, which plays an important role in envenomation consequences in experimental animal models. A group of non-peptidic toxins (OH-NPT1) was isolated from Indian King Cobra Ophiophagus hannah by thin layer chromatography and silica gel column chromatography. UV, IR, NMR and (ESI) TOF-MS studies characterized the OH-NPT1 as a mixture of aliphatic acids having molecular weights 256, 326 and 340Da. The minimum lethal dose of OH-NPT1 was found to be 2.5 microg/20g (iv) and 4microg/20g (ip) in male albino mice. The cardiotoxic property of OH-NPT1 was established through studies on isolated guinea pig heart and auricle preparations, ECG studies in albino rat and estimation of LDH1/LDH and CPK-MB/CPK ratio in Swiss albino mice. Commercial antiserum failed to neutralize the lethality and cardiotoxicity of the toxin. However, calcium and magnesium effectively neutralized the lethal action. PMID:16629369

  16. Development and evaluation of supercritical fluid chromatography/mass spectrometry for polar and high molecular weight coal components

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    Chess, E.K.; Smith, R.D.

    1984-06-01

    Scope of this program includes application of this instrumentation in support of synfuel process development. The high chromatographic resolution possible with fine (<75 ..mu..m ID) capillary column supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) is anticipated to allow the extension of high resolution mass spectrometry (MS) to the characterization of polar high molecular weight materials that cannot be separated by gas chromatography (GC). The program will involve the development of a new SFC/MS interface capable of allowing direct fluid injection (DFI) and supercritical fluid chromatographic introduction of a wide range of samples into the ion source of a double-focusing, high resolution mass spectrometer. The initial design for the interface has been completed, and the new ion source has been fabricated and successfully tested. Initial DFI experiments using nonpolar supercritical fluids, such as pentane and carbon dioxide, will commence following fabrication of the SFC/MS interface, currently under construction. The product of this program is expected to provide improved characterization of complex high molecular weight and polar fuel components, and to determine the feasibility of using SFC/MS or DFI/MS methods for on-line characterization of synfuel processes.

  17. Proteogenomic Characterization of Novel x-Type High Molecular Weight Glutenin Subunit 1Ax1.1

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    Ribeiro, Miguel; Bancel, Emmanuelle; Faye, Annie; Dardevet, Mireille; Ravel, Catherine; Branlard, Gérard; Igrejas, Gilberto

    2013-01-01

    Analysis of Portuguese wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) landrace ‘Barbela’ revealed the existence of a new x-type high molecular weight-glutenin subunit (HMW-GS) encoded at the Glu-A1 locus, which we named 1Ax1.1. Using one-dimensional and two-dimensional electrophoresis and mass spectrometry, we compared subunit 1Ax1.1 with other subunits encoded at the Glu-A1 locus. Subunit 1Ax1.1 has a theoretical molecular weight of 93,648 Da (or 91,508 Da for the mature protein) and an isoelectric point (pI) of about 5.7, making it the largest and most acidic HMW-GS known to be encoded at Glu-A1. Specific primers were designed to amplify and sequence 2601 bp of the Glu-A1 locus from the ‘Barbela 28’ wheat genome. A very high level of identity was found between the sequence encoding 1Ax1.1 and those encoding other alleles of the locus. The major difference found was an insertion of 36 amino acids in the central repetitive domain. PMID:23478438

  18. Weathering trend characterization of medium-molecular weight polycyclic aromatic disulfur heterocycles by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    Hegazi, Abdelrahman H; Fathalla, Eiman M; Andersson, Jan T

    2014-09-01

    Different weathering factors act to change petroleum composition once it is spilled into the environment. n-Alkanes, biomarkers, low-molecular weight polyaromatic hydrocarbons and sulfur heterocycles compositional changing in the environment have been extensively studied by different researchers and many parameters have been used for oil source identification and monitoring of weathering and biological degradation processes. In this work, we studied the fate of medium-molecular weight polycyclic aromatic disulfur heterocycles (PAS2Hs), up to ca. 900Da, of artificially weathered Flotta North Sea crude oil by ultra high-resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. It was found that PAS2Hs in studied crude oil having double bond equivalents (DBE) from 5 to 8 with a mass range from ca 316 to 582Da were less influenced even after six months artificial weathering experiment. However, compounds having DBEs 12, 11 and 10 were depleted after two, four and six months weathering, respectively. In addition, DBE 9 series was more susceptible to weathering than those of DBE 7 and 8. PMID:24997927

  19. Low molecular-weight chitosan as a pH-sensitive stealth coating for tumor-specific drug delivery

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    Amoozgar, Zohreh; Park, Joonyoung; Lin, Qingnuo; Yeo, Yoon

    2012-01-01

    When a nanoparticle is developed for systemic application, its surface is typically protected by polyethylene glycol (PEG) to help their prolonged circulation and evasion of immune clearance. On the other hand, PEG can interfere with interactions between nanocarriers and target cells and negatively influence the therapeutic outcomes. To overcome this challenge, we propose low molecular-weight chitosan (LMWC) as an alternative surface coating, which can protect the nanomedicine in neutral pH but allow cellular interactions in weakly acidic pH of tumors. LMWCs with a molecular weight of 2–4 kDa, 4–6.5 kDa, and 11–22 kDa were produced by hydrogen peroxide digestion and covalently conjugated with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA). Nanoparticles created with PLGA-LMWC conjugates showed pH-sensitive cell interactions, which enabled specific drug delivery to cells in a weakly acidic environment. The hydrophilic LMWC layer reduced opsonization and phagocytic uptake. These properties qualify LMWCs as a promising biomaterial for pH-sensitive stealth coating. PMID:22489704

  20. High Molecular Weight Proteins of Trypanosoma cruzi Reduce Cross-Reaction with Leishmania spp. in Serological Diagnosis Tests

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    Cervantes-Landín, Alejandra Yunuen; Martínez, Ignacio; Schabib, Muslim; Espinoza, Bertha

    2014-01-01

    Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Because of its distribution throughout Latin America, sometimes it can overlap with other parasitic diseases, such as leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania spp. This might represent a problem when performing serological diagnosis, because both parasites share antigens, resulting in cross-reactions. In the present work we evaluated Mexican sera samples: 83.8% of chagasic patients recognized at least one antigen of high molecular weight (>95?kDa) when evaluated by Western blot. Proteins of 130?kDa and 160?kDa are predominantly being recognized by asymptomatic chagasic patients. When the proteins were extracted using Triton X-100 detergent, a larger number of specific T. cruzi proteins were obtained. This protein fraction can be used to increase specificity to 100% in Western blot assays without losing sensitivity of the test. High molecular weight proteins of T. cruzi include glycoproteins with a great amount of ?Man (?-mannose), ?Glc (?-glucose), GlcNAc (N-acetylglucosamine), and ?Gal (?-galactose) content and these structures play an essential role in antigens recognition by antibodies present in patients' sera. PMID:25136581