Sample records for acetylene reduction assays

  1. Acetylene reduction by nitrogen-fixing blue-green algae

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    W. D. P. Stewart; G. P. Fitzgerald; R. H. Burris

    1968-01-01

    Known nitrogen-fixing species of blue-green algae are capable of reducing acetylene to ethylene, but acetylene is not reduced by Anacystis nidulans, which does not fix nitrogen. Cycad root nodules which contain blue-green algae as endophytes reduce acetylene. Acetylene reduction is inhibited by carbon monoxide. Nitrate or ammonium-nitrogen has no immediate effect on algae reducing acetylene, but algae grown on nitrate-nitrogen

  2. Acetylene inhibition of N2O reduction in laboratory soil and groundwater denitrification assays: evaluation by 15N tracer and 15N site preference of N2O

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    Weymann, Daniel; Well, Reinhard; Lewicka-Szczebak, Dominika; Lena, Rohe

    2013-04-01

    The measurement of denitrification in soils and aquifers is still challenging and often enough associated with considerable experimental effort and high costs. Against this background, the acetylene inhibition technique (AIT) applied in laboratory soil and groundwater denitrification assays is by far the most effective approach. However, this method has been largely criticized, as it is susceptible to underestimate denitrification rates and adds an additional carbon source to the substrates to be investigated. Here we provide evidence that the AIT is not necessarily an inappropriate approach to measure denitrification, that its reliability depends on the drivers governing the process, and that the 15N site preference of N2O (SP) may serve as a tool to assess this reliability. Two laboratory batch experiments were conducted, where sandy aquifer material and a peat soil were incubated as slurries. We established (i) a standard anaerobic treatment by adding KNO3 (10 mg N L-1), (ii) an oxygen treatment by adding KNO3 and O2 (5 mg L-1), and (iii) a glucose treatment by adding KNO3 supplemented with glucose (200 mg C L-1). Both experiments were run under 10 % (v/v) acetylene atmosphere and as 15N tracer treatments using labeled K15NO3 (60 atom % 15N). In the case of the standard anaerobic treatments, we found a very good agreement of denitrification potential obtained by the AIT and 15N tracer methods. SP of N2O of the AIT samples from this treatment ranged between -4.8 and 2.6 ‰ which is indicative for N2O production during bacterial denitrification but not for N2O reduction to N2. In contrast, we observed substantial underestimation of denitrification by AIT for the glucose treatments compared to the 15N method, i.e. denitrification was underestimated by 36 % (sandy aquifer material) and 47 % (peat soil). SP of N2O of the AIT samples from this treatment ranged between 4.5 and 9.6 ‰, which suggests occurrence of bacterial N2O reduction. In the case of the oxygen treatments, we observed a very good agreement of denitrification potential obtained by the AIT and 15N tracer methods for the aquifer material, but a significant underestimation of 20 % in the AIT samples of the peat soil. The 15N site preference of N2O again mirrored this and ranged between -1.2 and -3.5 ‰ (aquifer material) and 5.5 and 11.0 (peat soil), respectively. We conclude that the AIT can act as a reliable method in laboratory soil and groundwater bacterial denitrification assays, but our results suggest that this relies on substrate types and incubation conditions. Additional measurements of SP have potential to assess AIT efficacy and can help to reduce parallel time-consuming and expensive 15N tracer experiments.

  3. Acetylene inhibition of nitrous oxide reduction by denitrifying bacteria

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    T. Yoshinari; R. Knowles

    1976-01-01

    Acetylene (0.1 atm) caused complete or almost complete inhibition of reduction of NâO by whole cell suspensions of Pseudomonas perfectomarinus, P. aeruginosa and Micrococcus denitrificans. Acetylene did not inhibit reduction of NOâ⁻ or NOâ⁻ by these organisms. In the presence of acetylene there was stoichiometric conversion of NOâ⁻ or NOâ⁻ to NâO with negligible subsequent reduction of the latter. In

  4. Effect of polynuclear hydrocarbons on algal nitrogen fixation (acetylene reduction)

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    Bastian, M.V.; Toetz, D.W.

    1985-08-01

    The objective of this research was to determine the effects of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) on N/sub 2/ fixation by the alga, Anabaena flos-aquea. The reduction of acetylene (C/sub 2/H/sub 2/) to ethylene (C/sub 2/H/sub 4/) was measured as a measure of the capacity of an organism to fix atmospheric N/sub 2/ and reduce it to an assimilable form. The primary advantage of this assay is its speed since chemical exposure and quantitative chromatographic analysis can be completed in a few hours.

  5. Plant pathology Effect of nitrate on acetylene reduction

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Plant pathology Effect of nitrate on acetylene reduction and the activities of some enzymes October 1990) Summary — Soybean plants (Glycine max (L) Merr) cv Maple arrow were nodulated either infected by B japonicum USDA 311 b 138. Thus infecting soybean plants with either B japonicum USDA 311 b

  6. Nitrogen fixation (acetylene reduction) by epiphytes of freshwater macrophytes.

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    Finke, L R; Seeley, H W

    1978-07-01

    The involvement of epiphytic microorganisms in nitrogen fixation was investigated in a shallow freshwater pond near Ithaca, N.Y. The acetylene reduction technique was used to follow diel and seasonal cycles of nitrogen fixation by epiphytes of Myriophyllum spicatum. Acetylene-reducing activity was maximal between noon and 6 p.m., but substantial levels of activity relative to daytime rates continued through the night. Experiments with the seasonal course of activity showed a gradual decline during the autumn months and no activity in January or February. Activity commenced in May, with an abrupt increase to levels between 0.45 and 0.95 nmol of ethylene formed per mg (dry weight) of plant per h. Through most of the summer months, mean rates of acetylene reduction remained between 0.15 and 0.60 nmol/mg (dry weight) per h. It was calculated from diel and seasonal cycles that, in the pond areas studied, epiphytes were capable of adding from 7.5 to 12.5 mug of N per mg of plant per year to the pond. This amount is significant relative to the total amount of nitrogen incorporated into the plant. Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), particularly Gloeotrichia, appeared to bear prime responsibility for nitrogen fixation, but photosynthetic bacteria of the genus Rhodopseudomonas were isolated from M. spicatum and shown to support high rates of acetylene reduction. PMID:16345301

  7. Nitrogen Fixation (Acetylene Reduction) by Epiphytes of Freshwater Macrophytes

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    Finke, Linda R.; Seeley, H. W.

    1978-01-01

    The involvement of epiphytic microorganisms in nitrogen fixation was investigated in a shallow freshwater pond near Ithaca, N.Y. The acetylene reduction technique was used to follow diel and seasonal cycles of nitrogen fixation by epiphytes of Myriophyllum spicatum. Acetylene-reducing activity was maximal between noon and 6 p.m., but substantial levels of activity relative to daytime rates continued through the night. Experiments with the seasonal course of activity showed a gradual decline during the autumn months and no activity in January or February. Activity commenced in May, with an abrupt increase to levels between 0.45 and 0.95 nmol of ethylene formed per mg (dry weight) of plant per h. Through most of the summer months, mean rates of acetylene reduction remained between 0.15 and 0.60 nmol/mg (dry weight) per h. It was calculated from diel and seasonal cycles that, in the pond areas studied, epiphytes were capable of adding from 7.5 to 12.5 ?g of N per mg of plant per year to the pond. This amount is significant relative to the total amount of nitrogen incorporated into the plant. Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), particularly Gloeotrichia, appeared to bear prime responsibility for nitrogen fixation, but photosynthetic bacteria of the genus Rhodopseudomonas were isolated from M. spicatum and shown to support high rates of acetylene reduction. PMID:16345301

  8. Biological Dinitrogen Fixation (Acetylene Reduction) Associated with Florida Mangroves

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    Zuberer, D. A.; Silver, W. S.

    1978-01-01

    Biological dinitrogen fixation in mangrove communities of the Tampa Bay region of South Florida was investigated using the acetylene reduction technique. Low rates of acetylene reduction (0.01 to 1.84 nmol of C2H4/g [wet weight] per h) were associated with plant-free sediments, while plant-associated sediments gave rise to slightly higher rates. Activity in sediments increased greatly upon the addition of various carbon sources, indicating an energy limitation for nitrogenase (C2H2) activity. In situ determinations of dinitrogen fixation in sediments also indicated low rates and exhibited a similar response to glucose amendment. Litter from the green macroalga, Ulva spp., mangrove leaves, and sea grass also gave rise to significant rates of acetylene reduction. Higher rates of nitrogenase activity (15 to 53 nmol of C2H4/g [wet weight] per h were associated with washed excised roots of three Florida mangrove species [Rhizophora mangle L., Avicennia germinans (L) Stern, and Laguncularia racemosa Gaertn.] as well as with isolated root systems of intact plants (11 to 58 ?g of N/g [dry weight] per h). Following a short lag period, root-associated activity was linear and did not exhibit a marked response to glucose amendment. It appears that dinitrogen-fixing bacteria in the mangrove rhizoplane are able to use root exudates and/or sloughed cell debris as energy sources for dinitrogen fixation. PMID:637550

  9. Simultaneous measurement of acetylene reduction and respiratory gas exchange of attached root nodules.

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    Winship, L J; Tjepkema, J D

    1982-08-01

    A method was developed for the simultaneous measurement of acetylene reduction, carbon dioxide evolution and oxygen uptake by individual root nodules of intact nitrogen-fixing plants (Alnus rubra Bong.). The nodules were enclosed in a temperature-controlled leak-tight cuvette. Assay gas mixtures were passed through the cuvette at a constant, known flow rate and gas exchange was measured by the difference between inlet and outlet gas compositions. Gas concentrations were assayed by a combination of an automated gas chromatograph and a programmable electronic integrator. Carbon dioxide and ethylene evolution were determined with a coefficient of variation which was less than 2%, whereas the coefficient of variation for oxygen uptake measurements was less than 5%. Nodules subjected to repeated removal from and reinsertion into the cuvette and to long exposures of 10% v/v acetylene showed no irreversible decline in respiration or acetylene reduction. This system offers long-term stability and freedom from disturbance artifacts plus the ability to monitor continuously, rapidly and specifically the changes in root nodule activity caused by environmental perturbation. PMID:16662496

  10. Conformational flexibility of fused tetracenedione propellers obtained from one-pot reductive dimerization of acetylenic quinones.

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    Vasilevsky, Sergei F; Baranov, Denis S; Mamatyuk, Victor I; Fadeev, Dmitry S; Gatilov, Yurii V; Stepanov, Aleksandr A; Vasilieva, Nadezhda V; Alabugin, Igor V

    2015-02-01

    Reductive dimerization of acetylenic anthraquinones provides synthetic access to flexible nonplanar polyaromatics with a tetracenedione core. In solution, these nonplanar, contorted polycycles exist as equilibrating mixtures of two symmetric conformers. The fused tetracenediones are easily reduced and exhibit rich electrochemical behavior. PMID:25575160

  11. Effect of Temperature on H2 Evolution and Acetylene Reduction in Pea Nodules and in Isolated Bacteroids

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    Bertelsen, Hans

    1985-01-01

    Nitrogenase (EC 1.7.99.2) activity in pea (Pisum savitum) nodules formed after infection with Rhizobium leguminosarum (lacking uptake hydrogenase) was measured as acetylene reduction, H2 evolution in air and H2 evolution in Ar:O2. With detached roots the relative efficiency, calculated from acetylene reduction, showed a decrease (from 55 to below 0%) with increasing temperature. With excised nodules and isolated bacteroids similar results were obtained. However, the relative efficiency calculated from H2 evolution in Ar:O2 was unaffected by temperature. Measurements on both excised nodules and isolated bacteroids showed a marked difference between acetylene reduction and H2 evolution in Ar:O2 with increased temperature, indicating that either acetylene reduction or H2 evolution in Ar:O2 are inadequate measures of nitrogenase activity at higher temperature. PMID:16664054

  12. Effects of sulfide and low redox potential on the inhibition of nitrous oxide reduction by acetylene in Pseudomonas nautica.

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    Jensen, K M; Cox, R P

    1992-09-01

    Membrane introduction mass spectrometry was used to investigate the inhibitory effect of acetylene on the nitrous oxide reductase activity of intact cells of Pseudomonas nautica. We studied the effects of the concentrations of nitrate and sulfide, and the redox potential, which have all been implicated in causing a decrease in the inhibitory effects of acetylene during measurements of denitrification in natural environments. There was no evidence that the concentration of nitrate influenced the effect of acetylene. Lowering the redox potential with the reductant Ti(III)-nitrilotriacetate caused a slight alleviation of acetylene inhibition. Much greater effects at the same redox potential were obtained with concentrations of sulfide in the range 1-10 microM. PMID:1526461

  13. The Acetylene-Ethylene Assay for N2 Fixation: Laboratory and Field Evaluation 1

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    Hardy, R. W. F.; Holsten, R. D.; Jackson, E. K.; Burns, R. C.

    1968-01-01

    The methodology, characteristics and application of the sensitive C2H2-C2H4 assay for N2 fixation by nitrogenase preparations and bacterial cultures in the laboratory and by legumes and free-living bacteria in situ is presented in this comprehensive report. This assay is based on the N2ase-catalyzed reduction of C2H2 to C2H4, gas chromatographic isolation of C2H2 and C2H4, and quantitative measurement with a H2-flame analyzer. As little as 1 ??mole C2H4 can be detected, providing a sensitivity 103-fold greater than is possible with 15N analysis. A simple, rapid and effective procedure utilizing syringe-type assay chambers is described for the analysis of C2H2-reducing activity in the field. Applications to field samples included an evaluation of N2 fixation by commercially grown soybeans based on over 2000 analyses made during the course of the growing season. Assay values reflected the degree of nodulation of soybean plants and indicated a calculated seasonal N2 fixation rate of 30 to 33 kg N2 fixed per acre, in good agreement with literature estimates based on Kjeldahl analyses. The assay was successfully applied to measurements of N2 fixation by other symbionts and by free living soil microorganisms, and was also used to assess the effects of light and temperature on the N2 fixing activity of soybeans. The validity of measuring N2 fixation in terms of C2H2 reduction was established through extensive comparisons of these activities using defined systems, including purified N2ase preparations and pure cultures of N2-fixing bacteria. With this assay it now becomes possible and practicable to conduct comprehensive surveys of N2 fixation, to make detailed comparisons among different N2-fixing symbionts, and to rapidly evaluate the effects of cultural practices and environmental factors on N2 fixation. The knowledge obtained through extensive application of this assay should provide the basis for efforts leading to the maximum agricultural exploitation of the N2 fixation reaction. PMID:16656902

  14. Root-associated n(2) fixation (acetylene reduction) by enterobacteriaceae and azospirillum strains in cold-climate spodosols.

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    Haahtela, K; Wartiovaara, T; Sundman, V; Skuji?s, J

    1981-01-01

    N(2) fixation by bacteria in associative symbiosis with washed roots of 13 Poaceae and 8 other noncultivated plant species in Finland was demonstrated by the acetylene reduction method. The roots most active in C(2)H(2) reduction were those of Agrostis stolonifera, Calamagrostis lanceolata, Elytrigia repens, and Phalaris arundinacea, which produced 538 to 1,510 nmol of C(2)H(4).g (dry weight). h when incubated at pO(2) 0.04 with sucrose (pH 6.5), and 70 to 269 nmol of C(2)H(4). g (dry weight).h without an added energy source and unbuffered. Azospirillum lipferum, Enterobacter agglomerans, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and a Pseudomonas sp. were the acetylene-reducing organisms isolated. The results demonstrate the presence of N(2)-fixing organisms in associative symbiosis with plant roots found in a northern climatic region in acidic soils ranging down to pH 4.0. PMID:16345687

  15. Acetylene reduction (nitrogen fixation) by pulp and paper mill effluents and by Klebsiella isolated from effluents and environmental situations.

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    Knowles, R; Neufeld, R; Simpson, S

    1974-10-01

    High rates of acetylene (C(2)H(2)) reduction (nitrogenase activity) were observed in woodroom effluent from a neutral sulfite semi-chemical mill under aerobic (up to 644 nmol of C(2)H(4) produced per ml per h) and under anaerobic (up to 135 nmol of C(2)H(4) produced per ml per h) conditions. Pasteurized effluent developed C(2)H(2) reduction activity when incubated under anaerobic but not under aerobic conditions. Activities were increased by addition of 0.5 to 3.0% glucose or xylose. Enrichment and enumeration studies showed that N(2)-fixing Azotobacter and Klebsiella were abundant, and N(2)-fixing Bacillus was present. Of 129 isolates of Klebsiella from pulp mills, lakes, rivers, and drainage and sewage systems, 32% possessed nitrogen-fixing ability. PMID:4425455

  16. Nitrogen fixation (Acetylene Reduction) by annual winter legumes on a coal surface mine

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    Gabrielson, F.C.

    1982-01-01

    The winter annuals, crimson clover, rose clover, subterranean clover and hairy vetch, were evaluated for nitrogen fixing capacity on coal surface mine substrates by measuring their ability to reduce acetylene to ethylene. The effects of fertilizer, Abruzzi rye, Kentucky 31 fescue grass and a phytotoxic plant Chenopodium album on nitrogen fixation were also assessed. Crimson clover was recommended as the best legume to use on topsoil and shale in the south. Hairy vetch gave good results on shale and subterranean clover did well on topsoil. The use of these species for revegetation is discussed. Overall, no correlation between substrate pH and ethylene levels was found and effects of substrate depended upon the legume species. Super phosphate fertilizer supported less nitrogen fixation than 13-13-13. Abruzzi rye in some unknown way inhibited plant density and nitrogen fixation by legumes but not by free living substrate micro-organisms. Shale from under dead Chenopodium plants in both field and greehouse experiments did not inhibit nitrogen fixation. 7 tables.

  17. Nitrogen fixation (acetylene reduction) by annual winter legumes on a coal surface mine

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    Gabrielson, F.C.

    1982-01-01

    The winter annuals, crimson clover, rose clover, subterranean clover and hairy vetch, were evaluated for their ability to fix nitrogen on coal surface mine substrates by measuring their ability to reduce acetylene to ethylene. The effects of fertilizer, Abruzzi ryegrass, Kentucky 31 fescue grass and a phytotoxic plant Chenopodium album on nitrogen fixation was also assessed. Crimson clover was recommended as the best legume to use on topsoil and shale in the South. Hairy vetch gave good results on shale and subterranean clover did well on topsoil. The use of these species for revegetation is discussed. Overall, no correlation between substrate pH and ethylene levels was found and effects of substrate depended upon the legume species. Super phosphate fertilizer supported less nitrogen fixation than 13-13-13. Abruzzi ryegrass in some unknown way inhibited plant density and nitrogen fixation by legumes but not by free living substrate micro-organisms. Shale from under dead Chenopodium plants in both field and greenhouse experiments did not inhibit nitrogen fixation. 11 references, 7 tables.

  18. Immunomagnetic reduction assay for nervous necrosis virus extracted from groupers.

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    Lu, M W; Yang, S Y; Horng, H E; Yang, C C; Chieh, J J; Hong, Y W; Hong, C Y; Yang, H C; Wu, J L

    2012-04-01

    Nervous necrosis virus (NNV) is the cause of viral nervous disease, which is a serious constraint on production for grouper aquaculture. Real-time PCR is commonly used to detect and quantify NNV, has the disadvantages of being expensive and technically demanding. In this study, an immunomagnetic reduction (IMR) assay was developed as a rapid and cost-effective alternative to real-time PCR. This method used magnetic nanoparticles conjugated with antibodies specific for viral surface antigens to detect NNV in grouper tissue samples. The association of NNV with the antibody-conjugated magnetic particles resulted in a reduction in magnetic signal, which was strongly correlated with the concentration of NNV, as determined by real-time PCR. Grouper larvae were prepared for testing using a viral extraction buffer which provided a rapid, 15-min method of extracting viral antigens and had an extraction efficiency of higher than 80%. In addition, this study proposes using magnetic nanoparticles as labeling markers and as an assaying reagent for NNV. The magnetic nanoparticles are functionalized with antibodies against the viral surface of NNV and are able to associate specifically with NNV. The reduction of the magnetic signals comes from the association between magnetic particles and NNV, and relates to the concentration of NNV. The results show that the detected concentrations of NNV are highly correlated to those detected by real-time PCR. PMID:22335935

  19. A novel quantitative immunomagnetic reduction assay for Nervous necrosis virus.

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    Yang, Shieh Yueh; Wu, Jen Leih; Tso, Chun Hsi; Ngou, Fang Huar; Chou, Hsin Yiu; Nan, Fan Hua; Horng, Herng Er; Lu, Ming Wei

    2012-09-01

    Rapid, sensitive, and automatic detection platforms are among the major approaches of controlling viral diseases in aquaculture. An efficient detection platform permits the monitoring of pathogen spread and helps to enhance the economic benefits of commercial aquaculture. Nervous necrosis virus (NNV), the cause of viral encephalopathy and retinopathy, is among the most devastating aquaculture viruses that infect marine fish species worldwide. In the present study, a highly sensitive magnetoreduction assay was developed for detecting target biomolecules with a primary focus on NNV antigens. A standard curve of the different NNV concentrations that were isolated from infected Malabar grouper (Epinephelus malabaricus) was established before experiments were conducted. The test solution was prepared by homogeneous dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles coated with rabbit anti-NNV antibody. The magnetic nanoparticles in the solution were oscillated by magnetic interaction with multiple externally applied, alternating current magnetic fields. The assay's limit of detection was approximately 2 × 10(1) TCID(50)/ml for NNV. Moreover, the immunomagnetic reduction readings for other aquatic viruses (i.e., 1 × 10(7) TCID(50)/ml for Infectious pancreatic necrosis virus and 1 × 10(6.5) TCID(50)/ml for grouper iridovirus) were below the background noise in the NNV solution, demonstrating the specificity of the new detection platform. PMID:22855375

  20. Acetylenic acids from mosses.

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    Anderson, W H; Gellerman, J L; Schlenk, H

    1975-08-01

    Two new acetylenic fatty acids, 9, 12-octadecadien-6-ynoic and 11, 14-eicosadien-8-ynoic, were identified from lipids of the moss, Fontinalis antipyretica. They resemble the previously identified 9,12,15-octadecatrien-6-ynoic acid by having a methylene interrupted unsaturated system. The C20 acetylenic acid shows that the capability of mosses to synthesize polyolefinic acids of this chain length applies, in certain species, also to olefinic-acetylenic acids. PMID:1160525

  1. Molecular Structure of Acetylene

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    2002-08-14

    Acetylene is an odorless and colorless gas that was discovered in England by E. Davy. This gas can be made from limestone and coal or from other petrochemical processes. The combustion of acetylene and pure oxygen produces the hottest flame temperature possible of 3300oC. As a result, it is an important fuel for welding and cutting metals. In addition, this chemical can be used as an anesthetic, however overexposure is hazardous. Nowadays acetylene is used for carburization (i.e. hardening) of steel. Research in the last ten years came to the conclusion, that acetylene is the best hydrocarbon available for this purpose.

  2. 29 CFR 1910.102 - Acetylene.

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    2010-07-01

    ...Chapter 9 (“Acetylene Piping”) of NFPA 51A-2006 (“Standard for Acetylene...Chapter 7 (“Acetylene Piping”) of NFPA 51A-2001 (“Standard for Acetylene Charging...cylinders comply with the provisions of NFPA 51A-2006 (“Standard for Acetylene...

  3. Acetylenic carbon allotrope

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    Lagow, R.J.

    1998-02-10

    A fourth allotrope of carbon, an acetylenic carbon allotrope, is described. The acetylenic carbon allotropes of the present invention are more soluble than the other known carbon allotropes in many common organic solvents and possesses other desirable characteristics, e.g. high electron density, ability to burn cleanly, and electrical conductive properties. Many uses for this fourth allotrope are described herein. 17 figs.

  4. Acetylenic carbon allotrope

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    Lagow, Richard J. (6204 Shadow Mountain Dr., Austin, TX 78731)

    1998-01-01

    A fourth allotrope of carbon, an acetylenic carbon allotrope, is described. The acetylenic carbon allotropes of the present invention are more soluble than the other known carbon allotropes in many common organic solvents and possesses other desirable characteristics, e.g. high electron density, ability to burn cleanly, and electrical conductive properties. Many uses for this fourth allotrope are described herein.

  5. Acetylenic carbon allotrope

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    Lagow, Richard J. (6204 Shadow Mountain Dr., Austin, TX 78731)

    1999-01-01

    A fourth allotrope of carbon, an acetylenic carbon allotrope, is described. The acetylenic carbon allotropes of the present invention are more soluble than the other known carbon allotropes in many common organic solvents and possesses other desirable characteristics, e.g. high electron density, ability to burn cleanly, and electrical conductive properties. Many uses for this fourth allotrope are described herein.

  6. Acetylenic acids from mosses

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    W. H. Anderson; J. L. Gellerman

    1975-01-01

    Two new acetylenic fatty acids, 9, 12-octadecadien-6-ynoic and 11,14-eicosadien-8-ynoic, were identified from lipids of the\\u000a moss,Fontinalis antipyretica. They resemble the previously identified 9,12,15-octadecatrien-6-ynoic acid by having a methylene interrupted unsaturated\\u000a system. The C20 acetylenic acid shows that the capability of mosses to synthesize polyolefinic acids of this chain length applies, in certain\\u000a species, also to olefinic-acetylenic acids.

  7. Anaerobic Oxidation of Acetylene by Estuarine Sediments and Enrichment Cultures

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    Culbertson, Charles W.; Zehnder, Alexander J. B.; Oremland, Ronald S.

    1981-01-01

    Acetylene disappeared from the gas phase of anaerobically incubated estuarine sediment slurries, and loss was accompanied by increased levels of carbon dioxide. Acetylene loss was inhibited by chloramphenicol, air, and autoclaving. Addition of 14C2H2 to slurries resulted in the formation of 14CO2 and the transient appearance of 14C-soluble intermediates, of which acetate was a major component. Acetylene oxidation stimulated sulfate reduction; however, sulfate reduction was not required for the loss of C2H2 to occur. Enrichment cultures were obtained which grew anaerobically at the expense of C2H2. PMID:16345714

  8. Acetylene terminated matrix resins

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    Goldfarb, I. J.; Lee, Y. C.; Arnold, F. E.; Helminiak, T. E.

    1985-01-01

    The synthesis of resins with terminal acetylene groups has provided a promising technology to yield high performance structural materials. Because these resins cure through an addition reaction, no volatile by-products are produced during the processing. The cured products have high thermal stability and good properties retention after exposure to humidity. Resins with a wide variety of different chemical structures between the terminal acetylene groups are synthesized and their mechanical properties studied. The ability of the acetylene cured polymers to give good mechanical properties is demonstrated by the resins with quinoxaline structures. Processibility of these resins can be manipulated by varying the chain length between the acetylene groups or by blending in different amounts of reactive deluents. Processing conditions similar to the state-of-the-art epoxy can be attained by using backbone structures like ether-sulfone or bis-phenol-A. The wide range of mechanical properties and processing conditions attainable by this class of resins should allow them to be used in a wide variety of applications.

  9. A Standardized Plaque Reduction Assay for Determination of Drug Susceptibilities of Cytomegalovirus Clinical Isolates

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    Landry, Marie L.; Stanat, Sylvia; Biron, Karen; Brambilla, Donald; Britt, William; Jokela, Janet; Chou, Sunwen; Drew, W. Lawrence; Erice, Alejo; Gilliam, Bruce; Lurain, Nell; Manischewitz, Jody; Miner, Richard; Nokta, Mostafa; Reichelderfer, Patricia; Spector, Stephen; Weinberg, Adriana; Yen-Lieberman, Belinda; Crumpacker, Clyde

    2000-01-01

    Twelve laboratories collaborated in formulating and testing a standardized plaque reduction assay for cytomegalovirus (CMV) cell-associated clinical isolates. Four characterized and plaque-purified CMV strains, as well as six coded clinical isolates obtained after antiviral therapy, were distributed and tested. Good agreement was obtained for four of the clinical isolates, but a broad distribution of results was obtained for two isolates. Analysis of these results indicates the problems associated with clinical isolates, including the large genetic variability and the highly cell-associated phenotype. This collaborative effort, by addressing these problems, represents a significant step toward the development of a standardized assay. PMID:10681339

  10. A focus reduction neutralization assay for hepatitis C virus neutralizing antibodies

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    Carole Fournier; Gilles Duverlie; Catherine François; Aurelie Schnuriger; Sarah Dedeurwaerder; Etienne Brochot; Dominique Capron; Czeslaw Wychowski; Vincent Thibault; Sandrine Castelain

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND\\/AIM: The role of humoral immunity in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is poorly understood. Nevertheless, there is increasing interest in characterizing the neutralizing antibodies in the serum of HCV-infected patients. Focus reduction assays have been widely used to evaluate neutralizing antibody responses against a range of non-cytopathic viruses. Based on the recent development of a HCV cell culture system

  11. Acetylene soot reaction with NO in the presence of CO.

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    Mendiara, T; Alzueta, M U; Millera, A; Bilbao, R

    2009-07-30

    The heterogeneous reaction of soot with NO can be considered as a means of reduction of the emissions of both pollutants from combustion systems. In this paper, the influence of the presence of CO in the soot-NO reaction is studied. Soot was obtained by pyrolysis at 1373 K of 5000 ppmv acetylene in nitrogen. The study of the influence of CO on the soot-NO reaction was performed in experiments fixing NO concentration at 900 ppmv and introducing different CO concentrations among 0 and 9900 ppmv. An increase in both the carbon consumption rate and NO reduction by acetylene soot was observed as the concentration of CO increases. These results can be explained by the oxide-stripping reaction, CO+C(f)(O)-->CO(2)+C(f). The direct reaction of CO with NO catalyzed by the carbon surface, CO+NO-->CO(2)+1/2N(2) may not be considered in this case the dominant process due to the absence of mineral impurities in the acetylene soot. The influence of CO in the acetylene soot-NO reaction was also tested in the presence of oxygen (250-5000 ppmv). In these conditions and for relatively high CO/O(2) ratios, CO seems to also contribute to NO reduction by the previous oxide-stripping reaction. PMID:19167157

  12. Research in acetylene containing monomers

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    Ogliaruso, M. A.

    1976-01-01

    The preparation of precursor bisbenzils with pendant acetylene linkages for use in the synthesis of new aromatic poly (phenyl quinoxalines) was investigated. Attempts to condense para, para prime-dibromo benzil and potassium acetylide in liquid ammonia and in toluene, to prepare 4-phenyl acetyl phenyl ether, 4-(paraacetylphenyl) acetyl phenyl ether, 4-phenyl acetyl-4 primeacetyl phenyl acetyl phenyl ether, the reaction of 4-phenyl acetyl phenyl ether with Villsmeier reagent to prepare 4-(beta-chloro cinnamaldehyde) phenyl ether, the reaction of 4-(para-acetyl phenyl) acetyl phenyl ether with Villsmeier reagent, and the oxidation of bibenzil to prepare benzil are described. The reactions of phenyl acetylene with oxidizing agent, of phenyl acetylene with bromine, of 1,1,2,2-tetrabromo ethyl benzene with zinc and with oxidizing agent are described.

  13. Conducting Composites of Polymethylmethacrylate with Acetylene Black

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    Arjun Maity; Mukul Biswas

    2006-01-01

    Conducting composites of polymethylmethacrylate and acetylene black were prepared via potassium chromate–sodium arsenite initiated redox polymerization of methylmethacrylate in presence of a suspension of acetylene black in aqueous methanol medium at 60°C. Prolonged extraction of the composite by tetrahydrofuran failed to extract the polymethylmethacrylate completely from the acetylene black surface, as confirmed by Fourier Transform Infrared studies. Scanning electron microscopic

  14. Molecular Structure of Divinyl acetylene

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    2002-10-09

    In 1920, while doing research on acetylene, Dr. Nieuwland, Professor of Organic Chemistry at University of Notre Dame, found a yellowish oil in addition to the gas. The oil is identified as divinyl acetylene, which, when left alone, will thicken into a jelly and then into a hard resin which tends to explode when handled. It is a highly reactive and explosive chemical. It is sensitive to shocks, sparks, mechanical friction, heat or other accidental ignition. It is far more shock sensitive than primary explosives such as TNT. It is mainly used in manufacturing of synthetic rubber.

  15. Reduction of misleading ("false") positive results in mammalian cell genotoxicity assays. I. Choice of cell type.

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    Fowler, Paul; Smith, Katie; Young, Jamie; Jeffrey, Laura; Kirkland, David; Pfuhler, Stefan; Carmichael, Paul

    2012-02-18

    Current in vitro mammalian cell genotoxicity assays show a high rate of positive results, many of which are misleading when compared with in vivo genotoxicity or rodent carcinogenicity data. P53-deficiency in many of the rodent cell lines may be a key factor in this poor predictivity. As part of an European Cosmetics Industry Association initiative for improvement of in vitro mammalian cell assays, we have compared several rodent cell lines (V79, CHL, CHO) with p53-competent human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HuLy), TK6 human lymphoblastoid cells, and the human liver cell line, HepG2. We have compared in vitro micronucleus (MN) induction following treatment with 19 compounds that were accepted as producing misleading or "false" positive results in in vitro mammalian cell assays [6]. Of these, six chemicals (2-ethyl-1,3-hexandiol, benzyl alcohol, urea, sodium saccharin, sulfisoxazole and isobutyraldehyde) were not toxic and did not induce any MN at concentrations up to 10mM. d,l-Menthol and ethionamide induced cytotoxicity, but did not induce MN. o-Anthranilic acid was not toxic and did not induce MN in V79, CHL, CHO, HuLy and HepG2 cells up to 10mM. Toxicity was induced in TK6 cells, although there were no increases in MN frequency up to and above the 55% toxicity level. The other 10 chemicals (1,3-dihydroxybenzene, curcumin, propyl gallate, p-nitrophenol, ethyl acrylate, eugenol, tert-butylhydroquinone, 2,4-dichlorophenol, sodium xylene sulfonate and phthalic anhydride) produced cytotoxicity in at least one cell type, and were evaluated further for MN induction in most or all of the cell types listed above. All these chemicals induced MN at concentrations <10mM, with levels of cytotoxicity below 60% (measured as the replication index) in at least one cell type. The rodent cell lines (V79, CHO and CHL) were consistently more susceptible to cytotoxicity and MN induction than p53-competent cells, and are therefore more susceptible to giving misleading positive results. These data suggest that a reduction in the frequency of misleading positive results can be achieved by careful selection of the mammalian cell type for genotoxicity testing. PMID:22138618

  16. Thermal Conversion of Methane to Acetylene

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    Fincke, James Russell; Anderson, Raymond Paul; Hyde, Timothy Allen; Wright, Randy Ben; Bewley, Randy Lee; Haggard, Delon C; Swank, William David

    2000-01-01

    This report describes the experimental demonstration of a process for the direct thermal conversion of methane to acetylene. The process utilizes a thermal plasma heat source to dissociation products react to form a mixture of acetylene and hydrogen. The use of a supersonic expansion of the hot gas is investigated as a method of rapidly cooling (quenching) the product stream to prevent further reaction or thermal decomposition of the acetylene which can lower the overall efficiency of the process.

  17. Evaluation of Sorbents for Acetylene Separation in Atmosphere Revitalization Loop Closure

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    Abney, Morgan B.; Miller, Lee A.; Barton, Katherine

    2012-01-01

    State-of-the-art carbon dioxide reduction technology uses a Sabatier reactor to recover water from metabolic carbon dioxide. In order to maximize oxygen loop closure, a byproduct of the system, methane, must be reduced to recover hydrogen. NASA is currently exploring a microwave plasma methane pyrolysis system for this purpose. The resulting product stream of this technology includes unreacted methane, product hydrogen, and acetylene. The hydrogen and the small amount of unreacted methane resulting from the pyrolysis process can be returned to the Sabatier reactor thereby substantially improving the overall efficiency of the system. However, the acetylene is a waste product that must be removed from the pyrolysis product. Two materials have been identified as potential sorbents for acetylene removal: zeolite 4A, a commonly available commercial sorbent, and HKUST-1, a newly developed microporous metal. This paper provides an explanation of the rationale behind acetylene removal and the results of separation testing with both materials

  18. Evaluation of Sorbents for Acetylene Separation in Atmosphere Revitalization Loop Closure

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    Abney, Morgan B.; Miller, Lee A.; Barton, Katherine

    2011-01-01

    State-of-the-art carbon dioxide reduction technology uses a Sabatier reactor to recover water from metabolic carbon dioxide. In order to maximize oxygen loop closure, a byproduct of the system, methane, must be reduced to recover hydrogen. NASA is currently exploring a microwave plasma methane pyrolysis system for this purpose. The resulting product stream of this technology includes unreacted methane, product hydrogen, and acetylene. The hydrogen and the small amount of unreacted methane resulting from the pyrolysis process can be returned to the Sabatier reactor thereby substantially improving the overall efficiency of the system. However, the acetylene is a waste product that must be removed from the pyrolysis product. Two materials have been identified as potential sorbents for acetylene removal: zeolite 4A, a commonly available commercial sorbent, and HKUST-1, a newly developed microporous metal. This paper provides an explanation of the rationale behind acetylene removal and the results of separation testing with both materials.

  19. Acetylene terminated aspartimides and resins therefrom

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    Hergenrother, Paul M. (inventor); Connell, John W. (inventor); Havens, Stephen J. (inventor)

    1989-01-01

    Acetylene terminated aspartimides are prepared using two methods. In the first, an amino-substituted aromatic acetylene is reacted with an aromatic bismaleimide in a solvent of glacial acetic acid and/or m-cresol. In the second method, an aromatic diamine is reacted with an ethynyl containing maleimide, such an N-(3-ethynyl phenyl) maleimide, in a solvent of glacial acetic acid and/or m-cresol. In addition, acetylene terminated aspartimides are blended with various acetylene terminated oligomers and polymers to yield composite materials exhibiting improved mechanical properties.

  20. Assessment of buffalo semen with the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide reduction assay.

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    Iqbal, M; Aleem, M; Ijaz, A; Rehman, H; Yousaf, M S

    2010-03-01

    The 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, which measures the reduction of MTT, is commonly used to validate the viability of metabolically active cells. This study was conducted to evaluate and validate the MTT assay to assess the spermatozoal viability of Nili-Ravi buffalo bulls and compare the efficiency of the test with the supravital staining technique (eosin and nigrosin) and the hypoosmotic swelling test. Fresh semen samples from breeding Nili-Ravi buffalo bulls (n = 25) were collected using an artificial vagina. After assessing the quality of the semen for routine variables, the MTT assay was carried out in PBS. Results revealed a correlation (r = 0.979; P < 0.001) between the viability of spermatozoa and the rate of reduction of MTT. The other proportions of same semen samples showed a poor relationship between the eosin and nigrosin test (r = -0.25), the hypoosmotic swelling test (r = -0.12), and motility (r = -0.15). However, the MTT assay was found to be superior compared with other tests because it was able to determine those spermatozoa that were more than 90% viable. In conclusion, the MTT assay is a simple, robust test that can be used to select Nili-Ravi buffalo bulls on the basis of spermatozoa quality. PMID:20023142

  1. Reduction of Diagnostic Window by New Fourth-Generation Human Immunodeficiency Virus Screening Assays

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    BERNARD WEBER; ANNEMARIE BERGER; HANS WILHELM; Laboratoires Reunis

    1998-01-01

    In order to reduce the diagnostic window between the time of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and laboratory diagnosis, new screening enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) which permit the simultaneous detection of HIV antigen and antibody have been developed. Two fourth-generation assays, HIV DUO (Biomerieux) and HIV Combi (Boehringer Mannheim), for the combined detection of HIV antigen and antibody, were compared

  2. Epoxy acetylenic lipids: their analogues and derivatives.

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    Kuklev, Dmitry V; Dembitsky, Valery M

    2014-10-01

    Currently, approximately 250 natural acetylenic epoxy structures are known. The present review describes research concerning biologically active epoxy acetylenic lipids and related compounds isolated from different sources. Intensive searches for new classes of pharmacologically potent agents produced by living organisms have resulted in the discovery of dozens of such compounds that possess high anticancer, cytotoxic, antibacterial, antiviral, and other activities. Acetylenic epoxides primarily belong to a class of molecules containing triple bond(s) and epoxy group(s) belonging to different lipid classes and/or other groups. This review emphasises natural and synthetic acetylenic epoxides and other related compounds as important sources of leads for drug discovery. The present review is the first article devoted to natural acetylenic epoxides. PMID:25193612

  3. A quantitative assay for reductive metabolism of a pesticide in fish using electrochemistry coupled with liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Bussy, Ugo; Chung-Davidson, Yu-Wen; Li, Ke; Li, Weiming

    2015-04-01

    This is the first study to use electrochemistry to generate a nitro reduction metabolite as a standard for a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry-based quantitative assay. This approach is further used to quantify 3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol (TFM) reductive metabolism. TFM is a widely used pesticide for the population control of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), an invasive species of the Laurentian Great Lakes. Three animal models, sea lamprey, lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens), and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), were selected to evaluate TFM reductive metabolism because they have been known to show differential susceptibilities to TFM toxicity. Amino-TFM (aTFM; 3-trifluoromethyl-4-aminophenol) was the only reductive metabolite identified through liquid chromatography-high-resolution mass spectrometry screening of liver extracts incubated with TFM and was targeted for electrochemical synthesis. After synthesis and purification, aTFM was used to develop a quantitative assay of the reductive metabolism of TFM through liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry. The concentrations of aTFM were measured from TFM-treated cellular fractions, including cytosolic, nuclear, membrane, and mitochondrial protein extracts. Sea lamprey extracts produced the highest concentrations (500 ng/mL) of aTFM. In addition, sea lamprey and sturgeon cytosolic extracts showed concentrations of aTFM substantially higher than thoose of rainbow trout. However, other fractions of lake sturgeon extracts tend to show aTFM concentrations similar to those of rainbow trout but not with sea lamprey. These data suggest that the level of reductive metabolism of TFM may be associated with the sensitivities of the animals to this particular pesticide. PMID:25730707

  4. Measurement of measles virus-specific neutralizing antibodies: evaluation of the syncytium inhibition assay in comparison with the plaque reduction neutralization test

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    B. J Ward; S Aouchiche; N Martel; F. M. N Bertley; N Bautista-Lopez; B Serhir; S Ratnam

    1999-01-01

    Plaque reduction neutralization (PRN) is the “gold-standard” for the measurement of measles-specific neutralizing antibodies. However, it is a complicated assay and tends to be operator-dependent. It has been suggested that the simpler syncytium inhibition assay (SIA) can give results comparable to the PRN test. We compared these two assays using 594 serum or plasma samples obtained from children at various

  5. Acetylene fermentation: An Earth-based analog of biological carbon cycling on Titan

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    Miller, L. G.; Baesman, S. M.; Hoeft, S. E.; Kirshtein, J.; Wolf, K.; Voytek, M. A.; Oremland, R. S.

    2009-12-01

    Acetylene (C2H2) is present in part per million quantities in the atmosphere of Titan; conceivably as an intermediate product of methane photolysis. Currently, Earth’s atmosphere contains only trace amounts of C2H2 (~40 pptv), however higher concentrations likely prevailed during the Hadean and early Archean eons (4.5 - 3.5 Ga). We isolated C2H2-fermenting microbes from various aquatic and sedimentary environments. Acetylene fermentation proceeds via acetylene hydratase (AH) through acetaldehyde, which dismutates to ethanol and acetate, and if oxidants are present (e.g., sulfate) eventually to CO2. Thus, the remnants of a C2H2 cycle exists today on Earth but may also occur on Titan and/or Enceladus, both being planetary bodies hypothesized to have liquid water underlying their frozen surfaces. We developed a molecular method for AH by designing PCR primers to target the functional gene in Pelobacter acetylenicus. We used this method to scan new environments for the presence of AH and we employed DNA sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene in order to positively identify pelobacters in environmental samples. Acetylene fermentation was documented in five diverse salt-, fresh-, and ground-water sites. Pelobacter was identified as the genus responsible for acetylene fermentation in some, but not all, of these sites. Successful probing for AH preceded the discovery of acetylene consumption in a contaminated groundwater site, demonstrating the utility of functional gene probing. A pure culture of a C2H2-fermenting pelobacter was obtained from an intertidal mudflat. We also obtained an enrichment culture (co-cultured with a sulfate reducer) from freshwater lake sediments, but neither was pelobacter nor AH detected in this sample, suggesting that an alternative pathway may be involved here. Slurry experiments using these lake sediments either with or without added C2H2 or sulfate showed that sulfate reduction and acetylene fermentation were independent processes. In general, the ubiquity of acetylene fermentation as well as the presence of AH (an enzyme specific to acetylene) begs the questions; 1) why has this ability persisted on Earth for so long in the absence of significant atmospheric acetylene? 2) does C2H2-fermentation represent a possible means of sustaining growth in the anoxic, aqueous subsurface regions of Titan (and Enceladus)?

  6. Growth kinetics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis measured by quantitative resazurin reduction assay: a tool for fitness studies

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    von Groll, Andrea; Martin, Anandi; Portaels, Françoise; da Silva, Pedro Eduardo Almeida; Palomino, Juan Carlos

    2010-01-01

    We standardized a method to evaluate the growth kinetics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by measuring quantitatively the reduction of resazurin by spectrophotometry. Growth curves and the rate of growth of twenty-one M. tuberculosis clinical isolates were determined. The method showed technical simplicity and is inexpensive to assess the fitness of each isolate. PMID:24031495

  7. Resazurin reduction assay, a useful tool for assessment of heavy metal toxicity in acidic conditions.

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    Zare, Mohammadreza; Amin, Mohammad Mehdi; Nikaeen, Mahnaz; Bina, Bijan; Pourzamani, Hamidreza; Fatehizadeh, Ali; Taheri, Ensieh

    2015-05-01

    Almost all bioassays have been designed only for pH levels around 7; however, some toxicant characteristics may be different at lower pH values. In this study, a modified resazurin reduction method was used to evaluate the toxicity of heavy metals and metal plating wastewater on acid-tolerant (AT) and conventional bacteria at the natural and acidic pH conditions. According to our optimized protocol, resazurin was rapidly reduced by both conventional and AT active microorganisms. Considering the 30-min median effective concentration (30 min EC50) values, conventional bacteria were comparatively more resistant than the acid-tolerant bacteria (ATB) in the case of exposure to Cd, Pb, Cr, and Zn, but the reverse case was found for Hg. After an exposure of 30 min, Cr and Hg showed the highest toxicity to ATB (30 min EC50 values were 0.34 and 17.02 ?mol/L, respectively), while Zn and Pb had a considerably lower toxicity. The modified resazurin reduction method successfully assessed the impact of metal plating wastewaters on the activities of conventional and AT bacteria. According to the findings where the wastewaters contain heavy metals, wastewater treatment facilities, which are dependent on ATB activity, should use bioassays at acidic pH values for better understanding of the effects of toxicants. PMID:25893751

  8. Acetylene Fermentation: Relevance to Primordial Biogeochemistry and the Search for Life in the Outer Solar System

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    Oremland, R. S.; Baesman, S. M.; Miller, L. G.

    2013-12-01

    Acetylene is a highly reactive component of planet(oid)s with anoxic, methane-rich atmospheres, such as Jupiter, Saturn, Titan, and perhaps the primordial Earth. Included in this group is Enceladus, although it is not clear if the acetylene detected within its jets by Cassini was formed by photolysis of methane, from thermo-catalysis of organic matter in the orb's interior, or a fragmentation artifact of the mass spectrum of a larger hydrocarbon. Acetylene inhibits many microbial processes (e.g., methanogenesis, methane oxidation, hydrogen metabolism, denitrification) yet a number of anaerobes can use it as a carbon and energy source to support growth. The best studied is Pelobacter acetylenicus, which carries out a two-step reaction involving the enzymes acetylene hydratase and acetaldehyde dismutase. The former, a low potential W-containing enzyme, forms acetaldehyde while the latter produces ethanol and acetate. Metabolism of acetylene by mixed microbial communities (sediments and/or enrichment cultures) produces these intermediates, and when coupled with sulfate-reduction or methanogenesis respectively forms CO2 or an equal mixtures of CO2 plus CH4. It is not inconceivable that such an anaerobic, microbial food chain could exist in the waters beneath the ice cap of Enceladus, Titan, or even in the mesothermal atmospheric regions of the gas giants. Detection of the identified intermediate products of acetylene fermentation, namely acetaldehyde, ethanol, acetate and formate in the atmospheres of these planet(oid)s would constitute evidence for a microbial life signature. This evidence would be strongly reinforced if a stable carbon isotope fractionation was identified as well, whereby the products of acetylene fermentation were enriched in 12C relative to 13C (i.e., had a lighter ?13C signal) when compared to that of the starting acetylene. The most practical target to test this hypothesis would be Enceladus (if the detected acetylene is shown to be a real presence in the jet vapors) owing to the relative ease of sample collection and analysis either in future flybys or lander/collector missions.

  9. Vapor pressures of acetylene at low temperatures

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    Masterson, C. M.; Allen, John E., Jr.; Kraus, G. F.; Khanna, R. K.

    1990-01-01

    The atmospheres of many of the outer planets and their satellites contain a large number of hydrocarbon species. In particular, acetylene (C2H2) has been identified at Jupiter, Saturn and its satellite Titan, Uranus and Neptune. In the lower atmospheres of these planets, where colder temperatures prevail, the condensation and/or freezing of acetylene is probable. In order to obtain accurate models of the acetylene in these atmospheres, it is necessary to have a complete understanding of its vapor pressures at low temperatures. Vapor pressures at low temperatures for acetylene are being determined. The vapor pressures are measured with two different techniques in order to cover a wide range of temperatures and pressures. In the first, the acetylene is placed in a sample tube which is immersed in a low temperature solvent/liquid nitrogen slush bath whose temperature is measured with a thermocouple. The vapor pressure is then measured directly with a capacitance manometer. For lower pressures, a second technique which was called the thin-film infrared method (TFIR) was developed. It involves measuring the disappearance rate of a thin film of acetylene at a particular temperature. The spectra are then analyzed using previously determined extinction coefficient values, to determine the disappearance rate R (where R = delta n/delta t, the number of molecules that disappear per unit time). This can be related to the vapor pressure directly. This technique facilitates measurement of the lower temperatures and pressures. Both techniques have been calibrated using CO2, and have shown good agreement with the existing literature data.

  10. Influence of and additives on acetylene detonation

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    Drakon, A.; Emelianov, A.; Eremin, A.

    2014-03-01

    The influence of and admixtures (known as detonation suppressors for combustible mixtures) on the development of acetylene detonation was experimentally investigated in a shock tube. The time-resolved images of detonation wave development and propagation were registered using a high-speed streak camera. Shock wave velocity and pressure profiles were measured by five calibrated piezoelectric gauges and the formation of condensed particles was detected by laser light extinction. The induction time of detonation development was determined as the moment of a pressure rise at the end plate of the shock tube. It was shown that additive had no influence on the induction time. For , a significant promoting effect was observed. A simplified kinetic model was suggested and characteristic rates of diacetylene formation were estimated as the limiting stage of acetylene polymerisation. An analysis of the obtained data indicated that the promoting species is atomic chlorine formed by pyrolysis, which interacts with acetylene and produces radical, initiating a chain mechanism of acetylene decomposition. The results of kinetic modelling agree well with the experimental data.

  11. Hydration of Acetylene: A 125th Anniversary

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    Ponomarev, Dmitry A.; Shevchenko, Sergey M.

    2007-01-01

    The year 2006 is the 125th anniversary of a chemical reaction, the discovery of which by Mikhail Kucherov had a profound effect on the development of industrial chemistry in the 19-20th centuries. This was the hydration of alkynes catalyzed by mercury ions that made possible industrial production of acetaldehyde from acetylene. Historical…

  12. Acetylenes and terpenoids of Bellis perennis

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    Pinarosa Avato; Aldo Tava

    1995-01-01

    The essential oils of leaves and flowers from Bellis perennis, the common daisy, have been investigated. Polyacetylenes were one of the major chemical classes (18–21%) mainly consisting of two new C10 acetylenic compounds which were identified, by spectroscopic and chemical means, as methyl deca-4,6-diynoate (2,8-tetrahydromatricaria ester) and deca-4,6-diynoic acid.

  13. Serum Neutralization Assay Can Efficiently Replace Plaque Reduction Neutralization Test for Detection and Quantitation of West Nile Virus Antibodies in Human and Animal Serum Samples

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    Di Gennaro, Annapia; Casaccia, Claudia; Conte, Annamaria; Monaco, Federica; Savini, Giovanni

    2014-01-01

    A serum neutralization assay (SN) was compared with the official plaque reduction neutralization test for the quantitation of West Nile virus antibodies. A total of 1,348 samples from equid sera and 38 from human sera were tested by these two methods. Statistically significant differences were not observed, thus supporting the use of SN for routine purposes. PMID:25100824

  14. PERKINSUS-"CIDAL" ACTIVITY OF OYSTER HEMOCYTES USING A TETRAZOLIUM DYE REDUCTION ASSAY: OPTIMIZATION AND APPLICATIONS

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    A bactericidal assay developed to assess the ability of oyster (Crassostrea virginica) hemocytes to kill the human pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus was optimized to estimate killing of the oyster parasite Perkinsus marinus. Assay variables, temperature, hemocyte:parasite ratio, i...

  15. Purification and characterization of acetylene hydratase of Pelobacter acetylenicus, a tungsten iron-sulfur protein.

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    Rosner, B M; Schink, B

    1995-01-01

    Acetylene hydratase of the mesophilic fermenting bacterium Pelobacter acetylenicus catalyzes the hydration of acetylene to acetaldehyde. Growth of P. acetylenicus with acetylene and specific acetylene hydratase activity depended on tungstate or, to a lower degree, molybdate supply in the medium. The specific enzyme activity in cell extract was highest after growth in the presence of tungstate. Enzyme activity was stable even after prolonged storage of the cell extract or of the purified protein under air. However, enzyme activity could be measured only in the presence of a strong reducing agent such as titanium(III) citrate or dithionite. The enzyme was purified 240-fold by ammonium sulfate precipitation, anion-exchange chromatography, size exclusion chromatography, and a second anion-exchange chromatography step, with a yield of 36%. The protein was a monomer with an apparent molecular mass of 73 kDa, as determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The isoelectric point was at pH 4.2. Per mol of enzyme, 4.8 mol of iron, 3.9 mol of acid-labile sulfur, and 0.4 mol of tungsten, but no molybdenum, were detected. The Km for acetylene as assayed in a coupled photometric test with yeast alcohol dehydrogenase and NADH was 14 microM, and the Vmax was 69 mumol.min-1.mg of protein-1. The optimum temperature for activity was 50 degrees C, and the apparent pH optimum was 6.0 to 6.5. The N-terminal amino acid sequence gave no indication of resemblance to any enzyme protein described so far. PMID:7592321

  16. Oxygen transport through polyethylene terephthalate (PET) coated with plasma-polymerized acetylene at atmospheric pressure

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    Wemlinger, Erik; Pedrow, Patrick; Garcia-Pérez, Manuel; Sablani, Shyam

    2011-11-01

    Moser et al. have shown that oxygen transport through polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) is reduced by a factor of up to 120 when, at reduced pressure, hydrogenated amorphous carbon film with thickness less than 100 nm is applied to the PET substrate.ootnotetextE.M. Moser, R. Urech, E. Hack, H. K"unzli, E. M"uller, Thin Solid Films, 317, 1998, pp. 388-392. Our work includes using atmospheric pressure cold plasma to grow a plasma-polymerized acetylene film on PET substrate and measuring reductions in oxygen transport. The reactor utilizes corona discharges and is operated at 60 Hz with a maximum voltage of 10 kV RMS. Corona streamers emanate from an array of needles with an average radius of curvature of 50 ?m. The reactor utilizes a cylindrical reaction chamber with a vertical orientation such that argon carrier gas and acetylene precursor gas are introduced at the top then pass through the cold plasma activation zone and then through a grounded stainless steel mesh. Acetylene radicals are incident on the PET substrate and form plasma-polymerized acetylene film.

  17. Effect of phytate reduction of sorghum, through genetic modification, on iron and zinc availability as assessed by an in vitro dialysability bioaccessibility assay, Caco-2 cell uptake assay, and suckling rat pup absorption model.

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    Kruger, Johanita; Taylor, John R N; Du, Xiaogu; De Moura, Fabiana F; Lönnerdal, Bo; Oelofse, André

    2013-11-15

    Improved iron and zinc availability from sorghum, a commonly consumed staple, will benefit many malnourished communities in rural Africa burdened with high prevalence of iron and zinc deficiency. This research compared the effect of genetic phytate reduction in sorghum on iron and zinc bioaccessibility and uptake measured by in vitro dialysability and Caco-2 cell uptake assays to that of iron and zinc absorption measured by a suckling rat pup model. The phytate reduction (80-86%) in these sorghums significantly increased zinc availability. The Caco-2 cell method, but not the dialysability assay, proved useful in estimating zinc absorption. The measured increase in iron availability differed between the methods, possibly due to the effect of varying mineral (Ca, Fe, Zn, P) contents of the sorghums. This effect was most prominent in the iron uptake results. More research is needed to determine the effect of naturally occurring variations in mineral contents of sorghum on the iron uptake by Caco-2 cells. PMID:23790881

  18. Evaluation of anthelmintic activity in captive wild ruminants by fecal egg reduction tests and a larval development assay.

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    Young, K E; Jensen, J M; Craig, T M

    2000-09-01

    The effectiveness of anthelmintics was evaluated in four herds of captive ruminants, wapiti (Cervus elaphus), Armenian red sheep (Ovis orientalis), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), and pronghorn (Antilocapra americana), by the use of fecal egg reduction tests (FERTs) and a commercial larval development assay (LDA) designed to evaluate susceptibility or resistance of nematodes to anthelmintics. Haemonchus sp. was the predominant nematode in the red sheep, giraffe, and pronghorn herds, whereas Ostertagia sp. and Trichostrongylus sp. were predominant in the wapiti. The LDA data indicated susceptibility by the worms to benzimidazoles except in the red sheep flock, which showed a high level of resistance. High levels of resistance to levamisole were seen in the worm populations from the wapiti and red sheep, moderate resistance in the pronghorn herd, and susceptibility in the giraffe herd. Worms were susceptible in all four herds to a combination of benzimidazole/levamisole. There was suspected avermectin resistance by Trichostrongylus sp. in the wapiti herd and by Haemonchus sp. in the giraffe. The FERTs agreed with the LDA in showing the Haemonchus in the giraffe was susceptible to fenbendazole and had suspected resistance to ivermectin, whereas Haemonchus in the red sheep and pronghorn were susceptible to ivermectin. There was correlation between the tests evaluating anthelmintics. The LDA is useful as a screening test in the selection of an anthelmintic for use in grazing ruminants, but the effectiveness of a drug in a host species may depend as much on the dose used, and the method of administration, as it does on the parasite's sensitivity to the anthelmintic. PMID:11237142

  19. Synthesis of Functional Poly(disubstituted acetylene)s through the Post-Polymerization Modification Route.

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    Gao, Yuan; Wang, Xiao; Sun, Jing Zhi; Tang, Ben Zhong

    2015-04-01

    We report the recent progress in the preparation of functional poly(disubstituted acetylene)s (PDSAs) through post-polymerization modification routes. The metathesis polymerization of disubstituted acetylene monomers activated by Mo/W-Sn complex catalysts, which do not tolerate highly polar functionalities, was assumed to be a key step in the polymer synthetic procedures. We and other groups have explored several approaches to prepare PDSAs with latent reactive functionalities, which are inactive to Mo/W-Sn complex catalysts but can be used as highly reactive sites for post-polymerization modification. Click chemistry, Michael-type addition reactions, the use of activated esters and other strategies are demonstrated by recently published examples. These works indicate that post-polymerization modification is an efficient route to the synthesis of various functional PDSAs. PMID:25707368

  20. Comparison of two cytotoxicity assays--tetrazolium derivative reduction (MTT) and tritiated thymidine uptake--on three malignant mouse cell lines using chemotherapeutic agents and investigational drugs.

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    Arnould, R; Dubois, J; Abikhalil, F; Libert, A; Ghanem, G; Atassi, G; Hanocq, M; Lejeune, F J

    1990-01-01

    Two different techniques [reduction of a tetrazolium derivative (MTT) and 3HTdR uptake assays] were compared in order to evaluate the cytotoxic effects of different chemotherapeutic agents in vitro. The cytotoxicities of Melphalan, hexamethylmelamine and seven derivatives, and daunorubicin were measured on P388D1 mouse macrophage-like cell line, RC mouse renal carcinoma cell line, and B16 mouse melanoma cell lines. Growth inhibition was determined after one hour as well as after continuous (48 hours) exposure to drugs. The IC50 was calculated using an appropriate algorithm (FADHA) which allowed within and between run variabilities to be taken into account. Optimal conditions had to be elucidated for culture conditions before assay: number of cells/well and assay duration for each line. The MTT and 3HTdR uptake assays were found to be similar in terms of sensitivity and reproducibility, both for adherent and floating cell lines. However, the MTT assay has the advantages of low cost and time saving. It also avoids problems related to radioactivity manipulation and counting. Both techniques rank the same chemicals as active or inactive. The algorithm Fadha was found to be a very powerful mathematical tool for comparing the IC50 values obtained by both assays. PMID:2334120

  1. 46 CFR 56.50-103 - Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. 56...Specific Systems § 56.50-103 Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. ...piping installed for the distribution of oxygen and acetylene carried in cylinders...

  2. 46 CFR 56.50-103 - Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. 56...Specific Systems § 56.50-103 Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. ...piping installed for the distribution of oxygen and acetylene carried in cylinders...

  3. 46 CFR 56.50-103 - Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. 56...Specific Systems § 56.50-103 Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. ...piping installed for the distribution of oxygen and acetylene carried in cylinders...

  4. 46 CFR 56.50-103 - Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. 56...Specific Systems § 56.50-103 Fixed oxygen-acetylene distribution piping. ...piping installed for the distribution of oxygen and acetylene carried in cylinders...

  5. Vibrational excitation of acetylene by positron impact

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    Franz, J.; Gianturco, F. A.

    2006-09-01

    Vibrationally inelastic quantum calculations are carried out at low collision energies for the scattering of a beam of positrons off acetylene gaseous molecules. The normal mode analysis is assumed to be valid and the relative fluxes into the C C and C H symmetric vibrational modes are computed within a Body-Fixed (BF) formulation of the dynamics by solving the relevant vibrational Coupled Channels (VCC) equations. The clear dominance of the C C mode is observed near threshold and the implications of this finding are briefly considered in relation to more global indicators like the average vibrational energy transfer indices as obtained in the present work.

  6. Chemistry of acetylene on platinum (111) and (100) surfaces

    PubMed Central

    Muetterties, E. L.; Tasi, M.-C.; Kelemen, S. R.

    1981-01-01

    An ultra-high vacuum experimental study of acetylene chemisorption on Pt(111) and Pt(100) and of the reaction of hydrogen with the acetylene adsorbate has established distinguishing features of carbon-hydrogen bond breaking and making processes as a function of pressure, temperature, and surface crystallography. The rates for both processes are substantially higher on the Pt(100) surface. Net acetylene-hydrogen processes, in the temperature range of 20°C to ?130°C, are distinctly different on the two surfaces: on Pt(100) the net reaction is hydrogen exchange (1H-2H exchange) and on Pt(111) the only detectable reaction is hydrogenation. Stereochemical differences in the acetylene adsorbate structure are considered to be a contributing factor to the differences in acetylene chemistry on these two surfaces. Images PMID:16593110

  7. Pressure-induced polymerization in substituted acetylenes

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    Chellappa, Raja S.; Dattelbaum, Dana M.; Sheffield, Stephen; Robbins, David (LANL)

    2012-04-10

    A fundamental understanding of shock-induced chemical reactions in organics is still lacking and there are limited studies devoted to determining reaction mechanisms, evolution of bonding, and effect of functional group substitutions. The fast timescale of reactions occurring during shock compression create significant experimental challenges (diagnostics) to fully quantify the mechanisms involved. Static compression combined with temperature provides a complementary route to investigate the equilibrium phase space and metastable intermediates under extreme P-T conditions. In this study, we present our results from our ongoing high pressure in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments on substituted acetylenes: tert-butyl acetylene [TBA: (CH{sub 3}){sub 3}-C=CH] and ethynyl trimethylsilane [ETMS: (CH{sub 3}){sub 3}-SiC=CH]. We observed that the onset pressure of chemical reactions (at room temperature) in these compounds is higher under static compression (TBA: 12 GPa and ETMS: 17.6 GPa) when compared to shock input pressures (TBA: 6.1 GPa and ETMS: 6.6 GPa). At elevated temperatures, reactivity was observed to occur at pressures comparable to shock conditions. The products were polymeric in nature, recovered to ambient conditions with little degradation.

  8. A two-fold reduction in measurement time for neutron assay: Initial tests of a prototype dual-gated shift register

    SciTech Connect

    Stewart, J.E.; Bourret, S.C.; Krick, M.S.; Hansen, W.J.; Harker, W.C.

    1996-09-01

    Neutron coincidence counting (NCC) is used routinely around the world for nondestructive mass assay of uranium and plutonium in many forms, including waste. Compared with other methods, NCC is generally the most flexible, economic, and rapid. Many applications of NCC would benefit from a reduction in counting time required for a fixed random error. We have developed and tested the first prototype of a dual- gated, shift-register-based electronics unit that offers the potential of decreased measurement time for all passive and active NCC applications.

  9. A biogeochemical and genetic survey of acetylene fermentation by environmental samples and bacterial isolates

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Miller, Laurence G.; Baesman, Shaun M.; Kirshtein, Julie; Voytek, Mary A.; Oremland, Ronald S.

    2013-01-01

    Anoxic samples (sediment and groundwater) from 13 chemically diverse field sites were assayed for their ability to consume acetylene (C2H2). Over incubation periods ranging from ˜ 10 to 80 days, selected samples from 7 of the 13 tested sites displayed significant C2H2 removal. No significant formation of ethylene was noted in these incubations; therefore, C2H2 consumption could be attributed to acetylene hydratase (AH) rather than nitrogenase activity. This putative AH (PAH) activity was observed in only 21% of the total of assayed samples, while amplification of AH genes from extracted DNA using degenerate primers derived from Pelobacter acetylenicus occurred in even fewer (9.8%) samples. Acetylene-fermenting bacteria were isolated as a pure culture from the sediments of a tidal mudflat in San Francisco Bay (SFB93) and as an enrichment culture from freshwater Searsville Lake (SV7). Comparison of 16S rDNA clone libraries revealed that SFB93 was closely related to P. carbolinicus, while SV7 consisted of several unrelated bacteria. AH gene was amplified from SFB93 but not SV7. The inability of the primers to generate amplicons in the SV7 enrichment, as well as from several of the environmental samples that displayed PAH activity, implied that either the primers were too highly constrained in their specificity or that there was a different type of AH gene in these environmental samples than occurs in P. acetylenicus. The significance of this work with regard to the search for life in the outer Solar System, where C2HL2 is abundant, is discussed.

  10. An investigation of multiple jet acetylene flames

    SciTech Connect

    Leite, A.O.P. [Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratingueta, Sao Paulo (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica] [Faculdade de Engenharia de Guaratingueta, Sao Paulo (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Ferreira, M.A.; Carvalho, J.A. Jr. [Inst. Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo (Brazil). Lab. Associado de Combustao e Propulsao] [Inst. Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais, Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo (Brazil). Lab. Associado de Combustao e Propulsao

    1996-11-01

    The interaction between turbulent acetylene flames was investigated experimentally by the analysis of their visible lengths. The study involved 1, 2, 3 and 5 turbulent flames formed by parallel vertical jets whose relative distance was varied. The tube internal diameters were 1, 2, 3 and 4.4 mm. The results quantify the increase of flame length of multiple jets of equal injection tube radii and equal initial velocities as the flame separation distance decreases and as the number of jets increases. An empirical formula relating the length of multiple jet flames to that of the individual flame of same burner diameter was derived. Results of experiments performed with parallel burners inclined of 45{degree} in relation to the vertical direction are also presented.

  11. Interpenetrating polymer networks from acetylene terminated materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Connell, J. W.; Hergenrother, P. M.

    1989-01-01

    As part of a program to develop high temperature/high performance structural resins for aerospace applications, the chemistry and properties of a novel class of interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) were investigated. These IPNs consist of a simple diacetylenic compound (aspartimide) blended with an acetylene terminated arylene ether oligomer. Various compositional blends were prepared and thermally cured to evaluate the effect of crosslink density on resin properties. The cured IPNs exhibited glass transition temperatures ranging from 197 to 254 C depending upon the composition and cure temperature. The solvent resistance, fracture toughness and coefficient of thermal expansion of the cured blends were related to the crosslink density. Isothermal aging of neat resin moldings, adhesive and composite specimens showed a postcure effect which resulted in improved elevated temperature properties. The chemistry, physical and mechanical properties of these materials will be discussed.

  12. Reactions of Acetylene in Superbasic Media

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trofimov, Boris A.

    1981-02-01

    The results of studies of fundamentally new reactions of acetylene and its substituted derivatives in media of very high basicity are surveyed. They lead to hitherto unknown or relatively inaccessible monomers, reagents, and intermediates: 2-vinyloxybuta-1,3-diene, pyrroles, and N-vinylpyrroles, divinyl sulphide, divinyl telluride, 4-methylene-1,3-oxathiolan, di(buta-1,3-dienyl)sulphide, dihydrothiophen, 1-vinyl-2-thiabicyclo[3,2,0]hept-3-ene, etc. The most important properties of superbasic media consisting of an alkali metal hydroxide and a dipolar aprotic solvent as well as the probable mechanisms of their activating effect on anions and the triple bond are examined. An attempt is made to analyse these reactions in terms of coordination catalysis by alkali metal cations. The bibliography includes 199 references.

  13. High pressure chemistry of substituted acetylenes

    SciTech Connect

    Chellappa, Raja [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dattelbaum, Dana [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sheffield, Stephen [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Robbins, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2011-01-25

    High pressure in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments were performed on substituted polyacetylenes: tert-butyl acetylene [TBA: (CH{sub 3}){sub 3}-C{triple_bond}CH] and ethynyl trimethylsilane [ETMS: (CH{sub 3}){sub 3}-Si{triple_bond}CH] to investigate pressure-induced chemical reactions. The starting samples were the low temperature crystalline phases which persisted metastably at room temperature and polymerized beyond 11 GPa and 26 GPa for TBA and ETMS respectively. These reaction onset pressures are considerably higher than what we observed in the shockwave studies (6.1 GPa for TBA and 6.6 GPa for ETMS). Interestingly, in the case of ETMS, it was observed with fluid ETMS as starting sample, reacts to form a semi-crystalline polymer (crystalline domains corresponding to the low-T phase) at pressures less than {approx}2 GPa. Further characterization using vibrational spectroscopy is in progress.

  14. Vertical profiles of acetylene in the troposphere and stratosphere

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rudolph, J.; Ehhalt, D. H.; Khedim, A.

    Stratospheric measurements of acetylene up to altitudes of 30 km are presented. The air samples were collected during three different balloon flights, two of them at 44 deg N, and one at 32 deg N, using balloon-borne, liquid neon-cooled, cryosamplers. Their acetylene concentration was measured in the laboratory by flame ionization gas chromatography. The different profiles at 32 deg N and 44 deg N are discussed with respect to possible vertical exchange processes, and compared with published model calculations.

  15. Laser absorption diagnostic for measuring acetylene concentrations in shock tubes

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    Stranic, Ivo; Hanson, Ronald K.

    2014-07-01

    A fixed-wavelength direct absorption laser diagnostic for high-temperature measurements of acetylene concentration was developed. The diagnostic, based on a tunable continuous wave distributed feedback diode laser, was optimized primarily for studying chemical kinetics behind reflected shock waves. The center wavelength (3335.55 cm-1) of the tunable diagnostic was typically set at the peak of the 3300 cm-1 absorption band of acetylene at high temperatures. The absorption spectrum of acetylene diluted in argon was characterized using scanned-wavelength direct absorption measurements from 1070 to 1720 K and 0.8 to 4.0 atm. Line fitting of the measured absorption spectra was not possible due to the large number of transitions overlapped by pressure broadening that contribute to the spectrum. Instead, empirical fits for the peak absorption coefficient and its corresponding wavelength as a function of temperature and pressure were generated. Furthermore, in order to allow for characterization of interference absorption in kinetic studies, empirical fits for the acetylene absorption coefficient in the region around the primary absorption feature were developed. Absorption coefficient measurements of propyne and 1-butyne, which may be the primary interference candidates, reveal that their absorption coefficients are constant in the wavelength range of interest, and are much smaller than those of acetylene. Therefore, the acetylene concentration in the presence of these interfering species can be inferred using two-color techniques. The utility of the acetylene diagnostic was demonstrated by measuring acetylene mole fraction time-histories during the pyrolysis of propene and 1-butene.

  16. Mortality of workers at acetylene production plants.

    PubMed Central

    Newhouse, M L; Matthews, G; Sheikh, K; Knight, K L; Oakes, D; Sullivan, K R

    1988-01-01

    To reduce the risk of explosion oxyacetylene cylinders are filled with a spongy mass, acetone is added to saturate the mass, and acetylene is pumped into the cylinder. The first cylinders manufactured before 1936 used a kapok filling topped off with about 16 oz of crocidolite asbestos, with a metal gauze thimble inserted to reduce risk of flash back. Cylinders must be examined annually. The use of crocidolite ceased in 1972 and other fillings have been adopted since 1970; kapok cylinders now constitute less than 5% of the total stock. To assess possible hazards, a mortality study of workers first employed between 1935 and 1975 and followed up to December 1984 was undertaken. Simulation tests showed low concentrations of asbestos in the air even in the earliest period. The population studied consisted of 370 workers at the Bilston plant in the West Midlands, 611 at the 14 other plants in England and Wales, and 120 in Scotland. No deaths occurred from mesothelial tumours but there was an excess of deaths from cancer, particularly lung cancer, cancer of the stomach, and cancer of the pancreas, the latter accounting for eight deaths. Risks appeared to be concentrated at the Bilston plant. The importance of these findings is discussed. PMID:3342189

  17. Is acetylene essential for carbon dust formation?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dhanoa, H.; Rawlings, J. M. C.

    2014-05-01

    We have carried out an investigation of the chemical evolution of gas in different carbon-rich circumstellar environments. Previous studies have tended to invoke terrestrial flame chemistries, based on acetylene (C2H2) combustion to model the formation of carbon dust, via polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In this work, we pay careful attention to the accurate calculation of the molecular photoreaction rate coefficients to ascertain whether there is a universal formation mechanism for carbon dust in strongly irradiated astrophysical environments. A large number of possible chemical channels may exist for the formation of PAHs, so we have concentrated on the viability of the formation of the smallest building block species, C2H2, in a variety of carbon-rich stellar outflows. C2H2 is very sensitive to dissociation by UV radiation. This sensitivity is tested, using models of the time-dependent chemistry. We find that C2H2 formation is sensitive to some of the physical parameters and that in some known sources of dust formation it can never attain appreciable abundances. Therefore, multiple (and currently ill-defined) dust-formation channels must exist.

  18. Nongenotoxic effects and a reduction of the DXR-induced genotoxic effects of Helianthus annuus Linné (sunflower) seeds revealed by micronucleus assays in mouse bone marrow

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background This research evaluated the genotoxicity of oil and tincture of H. annuus L. seeds using the micronucleus assay in bone marrow of mice. The interaction between these preparations and the genotoxic effects of doxorubicin (DXR) was also analysed (antigenotoxicity test). Methods Experimental groups were evaluated at 24-48 h post treatment with N-Nitroso-N-ethylurea (positive control – NEU), DXR (chemotherapeutic), NaCl (negative control), a sunflower tincture (THALS) and two sources of sunflower oils (POHALS and FOHALS). Antigenotoxic assays were carried out using the sunflower tincture and oils separately and in combination with NUE or DXR. Results For THALS, analysis of the MNPCEs showed no significant differences between treatment doses (250–2,000 mg.Kg-1) and NaCl. A significant reduction in MNPCE was observed when THALS (2,000 mg.Kg-1) was administered in combination with DXR (5 mg.Kg-1). For POHALS or FOHALS, analysis of the MNPCEs also showed no significant differences between treatment doses (250–2,000 mg.Kg-1) and NaCl. However, the combination DXR?+?POHALS (2,000 mg.Kg-1) or DXR?+?FOHALS (2,000 mg.Kg-1) not contributed to the MNPCEs reduction. Conclusions This research suggests absence of genotoxicity of THALS, dose-, time- and sex-independent, and its combination with DXR can reduce the genotoxic effects of DXR. POHALS and FOHALS also showed absence of genotoxicity, but their association with DXR showed no antigenotoxic effects. PMID:24694203

  19. 49 CFR 173.303 - Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ... Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). 173.303...REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPMENTS AND PACKAGINGS Gases; Preparation and Packaging § 173.303 Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). (a)...

  20. 49 CFR 173.303 - Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ... Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). 173.303...REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPMENTS AND PACKAGINGS Gases; Preparation and Packaging § 173.303 Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). (a)...

  1. 49 CFR 173.303 - Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ... Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). 173.303...REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPMENTS AND PACKAGINGS Gases; Preparation and Packaging § 173.303 Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). (a)...

  2. 49 CFR 173.303 - Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ... Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). 173.303...REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPMENTS AND PACKAGINGS Gases; Preparation and Packaging § 173.303 Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). (a)...

  3. 49 CFR 173.303 - Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ... Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). 173.303...REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPMENTS AND PACKAGINGS Gases; Preparation and Packaging § 173.303 Charging of cylinders with compressed gas in solution (acetylene). (a)...

  4. Calculating the movement of a shut-off valve under the action of an acetylene explosion

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Yu. Potapov; A. Yu

    1982-01-01

    The aim of this work is to calculate the movement of the shut-off valve under the action of an acetylene explosion. Assumes that the force of the acetylene explosion acts on the valve instantaneously. Compares the valve movements under the action of the shock wave and the acetylene decomposition products pressure. Finds that over a small distance equal to the

  5. Thermodynamical Study on Production of Acetylene from Coal Pyrolysis in Hydrogen Plasma

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Fei Wang; Wenkang Guo; Xingqiu Yuan; Taize Zhao

    2006-01-01

    The chemical thermodynamic equilibrium of acetylene production by coal pyrolysis in hydrogen plasma was studied. The thermodynamic equilibrium is obtained by using the method of free energy. Calculated results show that the hydrogen concentration in the equilibrium system is very important for the acetylene production by coal conversion and the energy consumption for the production of acetylene per-kilogram strongly depends

  6. Metabolic activation of acetylenic substituents to derivatives in the rat causing the loss of hepatic cytochrome P-450 and haem

    PubMed Central

    White, Ian N. H.

    1978-01-01

    1. A number of acetylenic-substituted steroidal and non-steroidal compounds, including 2,2-dipropargylacetamide, pregna-2,4-dien-20-yno[2,3-d]isoxazol-17-ol (Danazol) and acetylene gas, when administered to rats in vivo brought about a decrease in the concentrations of hepatic microsomal cytochrome P-450 and haem. Abnormal haem-breakdown products, `green pigments', and porphyrins accumulated in the livers of these animals. 2. For loss of microsomal cytochrome P-450 to occur in vitro, metabolic activation of the acetylenic substituent was necessary. The enzyme system responsible required NADPH and air, and was induced by pretreatment of rats with phenobarbitone; these are characteristics typical of the microsomal mixed-function oxidases. 3. When rats were dosed with 17?-ethynyl-17?-hydroxyandrost-4-en-3-one (ethynyltestosterone, 1mmol/kg) the pattern of green pigments extracted from the liver 4h after dosing and separated by t.l.c. was quite different from that in rats given 17?-hydroxy-17?-vinylandrost-4-en-3-one (vinyltestosterone), suggesting that reduction of the unsaturated triple bond to a double bond is not normally part of the metabolic activation pathway of the acetylenic substituent. 4. The green pigments extracted from the livers of rats 4h after the administration of the acetylenic-substituted compounds (1mmol/kg) when separated by silica-gel t.l.c. had variable RF values. The number and distribution of green pigments was characteristic for each compound examined. There was little correlation between the total loss of hepatic microsomal haem and the apparent intensity of the green pigments seen on the thin-layer chromatograms. 5. After incubation of [14C]acetylene in vitro with microsomal preparations from phenobarbitone-pretreated rats and a NADPH-generating system, no significant covalent binding to microsomal protein was detected over a 30min incubation period, although under similar conditions there was a significant loss of cytochrome P-450. PMID:728091

  7. Spectroscopy and energetics of the acetylene molecule

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Orr, Brian J.

    This article reviews laser-spectroscopic studies of the structure, energetics, and dynamics of processes involving small polyatomic molecules, particularly acetylene (ethyne, C2H2). The linear, centrosymmetric structure of C2H2 is deceptively simple, given that aspects of its optical spectra and dynamics have proved to be unusually complicated. The article focuses on the ground electronic state of C2H2, where rovibrational eigenstates are only approximately described in normal-mode terms, because intramolecular processes (such as anharmonic mixing, ?-type resonances, and Coriolis coupling) introduce extensive global and local perturbations. These tend to spoil quantum numbers and symmetries that are well-defined in low-order basis states. Such effects within the rovibrational energy states of C2H2 are systematically characterized, together with dynamical descriptions in terms of polyad models and insight into photochemical or photophysical processes that may occur at high vibrational energies, without direct electronic excitation. Time-resolved optical double-resonance spectroscopy, probed by ultraviolet-laser-induced fluorescence and pumped by either infrared absorption or coherent Raman excitation, has proved particularly useful in exploring such effects in gas-phase C2H2; techniques of this type are discussed in detail, together with other laser-spectroscopic methods that provide complementary mechanistic information. A closely related topic concerns the area of optothermal molecular-beam spectroscopy, with particular emphasis on research by the late Roger E. Miller to whose memory this article is dedicated. Key publications by Miller and coworkers, in many of which C2H2 and its isotopomers play a central role, are reviewed. These cover the following themes: structure of molecular complexes and clusters, infrared predissociation spectra, rotational and vibrational energy transfer, differential scattering, photofragmentation of oriented complexes, superfluid-helium nanodroplet spectroscopy, aerosols formed in low-temperature diffusion cells, surface scattering experiments, optically selected mass spectrometry, and characterization of biomolecules. A unifying issue that links the assorted topics of this article is the role that intramolecular perturbations can play to enhance (and sometimes suppress) the efficiency of rovibrational energy transfer in colliding molecules or in molecular complexes and clusters; C2H2 and its isotopomers have been a rich source of insight in this regard, although they continue to pose challenges to our understanding.

  8. Ionic structure and sequence of ion formation in acetylene flames

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. A. Larionova; B. S. Fialkov; K. Ya. Kalinich; A. B. Fialkov; B. S. Ospanov

    1993-01-01

    The principal results of a study on the ionic composition of acetylene—air flames at low pressures are presented. The results are compared with data on the ion formation in flames of saturated hydrocarbons and oxygen-containing substances. It is shown that the laws of ion formation at the front and immediately in front of it are similar to those which have

  9. 46 CFR 154.1735 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-10-01

    ...composition is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene and propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  10. 46 CFR 154.1735 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-10-01

    ...composition is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene and propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  11. 46 CFR 154.1735 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...composition is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene and propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  12. 46 CFR 154.1735 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...composition is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene and propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  13. Butadiene from acetylene-ethylene cross-metathesis.

    PubMed

    Trotu?, Ioan-Teodor; Zimmermann, Tobias; Duyckaerts, Nicolas; Geboers, Jan; Schüth, Ferdi

    2015-04-01

    Acetylene to butadiene direct synthesis, via enyne cross-metathesis, is demonstrated with commercial ruthenium carbene catalysts. Using excess of ethylene, yields greater than 50% are obtained. High activity is observed in the first minute of the reaction (TOF > 800 h(-1) based on butadiene). Catalyst reusability and poisoning are discussed. PMID:25811306

  14. New Silica-Immobilized Nickel Catalysts for Cyclotrimerizations of Acetylenes

    E-print Network

    Bluemel, Janet

    New Silica-Immobilized Nickel Catalysts for Cyclotrimerizations of Acetylenes S. Reinhard, P. SÏoba.Bluemel@urz.uni-heidelberg.de Received: December 16, 2002; Accepted: February 6, 2003 Abstract: New dicarbonylnickel catalysts), have been synthesized and fully characterized, three of them by X-ray analyses. All the catalysts have

  15. Reactions of acetylenes in superbasic media. Recent advances

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trofimov, B. A.; Schmidt, E. Yu

    2014-07-01

    The main advances in the chemistry of acetylene in superbasic media achieved over the last five years are analyzed. Particular emphasis is placed on the ethynylation of aldehydes and ketones and C-, N- and O-vinylation. The cascade assembly of complex molecules in which ethynylation and vinylation are consecutive steps is considered. The bibliography includes 369 references.

  16. Relative Abundance of Ureides and Nitrate in Plant Tissues of Soybean as a Quantitative Assay of Nitrogen Fixation 1

    PubMed Central

    Herridge, David F.

    1982-01-01

    The relationship between the relative abundance of ureides ([ureide-N/ureide-N plus nitrate-N] × 100) in the shoot axis (stems plus petioles), nodulated roots and leaflets of “Bragg” soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merrill) and the symbiotic dependence of these plants was examined under glass-house conditions. Plants, inoculated with effective Rhizobium japonicum CB1809, were grown with their roots exposed continuously to a nutrient solution containing either 0, 1.5, 3.0, 6.0 or 12.0 millimolar NO3-N per liter. Nodulation and N2-acetylene fixation were correlated inversely with the level of nitrate. Seasonal acetylene reduction profiles for each of the nitrate treatments were integrated and the symbiotic dependence ([N2 fixed per total plant N] × 100) determined using a conversion ratio of 1.5:1 (acetylene reduced:N2 fixed), calculated from the zero NO3 treatment. Examination of the nitrogenous solutes of the shoot axis and nodulated roots showed linear relationships between the relative abundance of ureides and the symbiotic dependence of the plants. Two standard curves, depicting these relationships during vegetative and reproductive growth, were drawn for each plant part. The overriding effect of plant age invalidated any attempt to develop a standard relationship for leaflets. Data from two diurnal studies suggested that relative ureides were insensitive to diurnal fluctuations, thus simplifying sampling procedures. Plant material could be stored at ambient temperatures (20-30°C) for up to 24 h without affecting the relative concentration of ureides and nitrate. It is suggested that the shoot axis provides the most suitable target organ when using this technique as a quantitative assay for N2 fixation because of ease of sampling of these tissues, especially with field-grown plants. PMID:16662425

  17. Mechanism-based inactivation of cytochrome P-450 dependent benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase activity by acetylenic and olefinic polycyclic arylhydrocarbons

    SciTech Connect

    Gan, L.S.

    1986-01-01

    A series of aryl acetylenes and aryl olefins have been examined as substrates and inhibitors of cytochrome P-450 dependent monooxygenases in liver microsomes from 5,6-benzoflavone or phenobarbital pretreated rats. 1-Ethynylpyrene (EP), 3-ethynylperylene (EPL), cis- and trans-1-(2-bromo-vinyl)pyrene (c-BVP and t-BVP), and 1-allylpyrene (AP) serve as mechanism-based irreversible inactivators (suicide inhibitors) of benzo(a)pyrene (BP) hydroxylase, while 1-vinyl-pyrene (VP) and phenyl 1-pyrenyl acetylene (PPA) do not cause a detectable suicide inhibition of the BP hydroxylase. The mechanism-based loss of BP hydroxylase activity caused by the aryl acetylenes is not accompanied by a corresponding loss of the P-450 content of the microsomes. In the presence of NADPH, /sup 3/H-labeled EP covalently attached to P-450 isozymes with a measured stoichiometry of one mole of EP per mole of the P-450 heme. The results of the effects of these aryl derivatives in the mammalian cell-mediated mutagenesis assay and toxicity assay show that none of the compounds examined nor any of the their metabolites produced in the incubation system are cytotoxic to V79 cells.

  18. Enhanced acetylene emission near the north pole of Jupiter

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    Drossart, P.; Bezard, B.; Atreya, S.; Lacy, J.; Serabyn, E.

    1986-01-01

    The present paper is concerned with observations of acetylene fundamental and hot band vibrational emission lines from the planet Jupiter. It is pointed out that the observation of a polar bright spot in the atmosphere of Jupiter is characterized by an enhancement in the individual lines of C2H2 which can be interpreted as an enhancement in the acetylene abundance. However, a purely thermal effect, or non-LTE phenomena cannot be excluded. The intensity of the observed hot band lines is also consistent with either hypothesis. The reported observations were performed with a cooled Fabry-Perot Grating Spectrometer (FPGS). Observations and instrumentation are considered in detail along with the calculation of synthetic spectra on the basis of a line-by-line computation, and the interpretation of the obtained data.

  19. Enhanced acetylene emission near the north pole of Jupiter

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    Drossart, Pierre; Bezard, Bruno; Encrenaz, Therese; Atreya, Sushil; Lacy, John; Serabyn, Eugene; Tokunaga, Alan

    1986-01-01

    The present paper is concerned with observations of acetylene fundamental and hot band vibrational emission lines from the planet Jupiter. It is pointed out that the observation of a polar bright spot in the atmosphere of Jupiter is characterized by an enhancement in the individual lines of C2H2 which can be interpreted as an enhancement in the acetylene abundance. However, a purely thermal effect, on non-LTE phenomena cannot be excluded. The intensity of the observed hot band lines is also consistent with either hypothesis. The reported observations were performed with a cooled Fabry-Perot Grating Spectrometer (FPGS). Observations and instrumentation are considered in detail along with the calculation of synthetic spectra on the basis of a line-by-line computation, and the interpretation of the obtained data.

  20. Detonation engine fed by acetylene-oxygen mixture

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    Smirnov, N. N.; Betelin, V. B.; Nikitin, V. F.; Phylippov, Yu. G.; Koo, Jaye

    2014-11-01

    The advantages of a constant volume combustion cycle as compared to constant pressure combustion in terms of thermodynamic efficiency has focused the search for advanced propulsion on detonation engines. Detonation of acetylene mixed with oxygen in various proportions is studied using mathematical modeling. Simplified kinetics of acetylene burning includes 11 reactions with 9 components. Deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) is obtained in a cylindrical tube with a section of obstacles modeling a Shchelkin spiral; the DDT takes place in this section for a wide range of initial mixture compositions. A modified ka-omega turbulence model is used to simulate flame acceleration in the Shchelkin spiral section of the system. The results of numerical simulations were compared with experiments, which had been performed in the same size detonation chamber and turbulent spiral ring section, and with theoretical data on the Chapman-Jouguet detonation parameters.

  1. Methyl acetylene as a temperature probe for dense interstellar clouds

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    Kuiper, T.B.H.; Kuiper, E.N.R.; Dickinson, D.F.; Turner, B.E.; Zuckerman, B.

    1984-01-01

    Methyl acetylene (propyne) appears to be a convenient and reliable probe of kinetic temperature for dense (> or approx. =few +- 10/sup 4/ cm/sup -3/) molecular clouds. A method is presented for fitting a (J+1)-J K-multiplet to obtain the kinetic temperature from a single observation, facilitating the direct construction of kinetic temperature maps. Observations of Tau MC1, Ori MC1, Sgr B2, DR 21, DR 21 (OH), and S140 are presented to demonstrate the validity of the technique. Determination of methyl acetylene column densities requires, in addition, knowledge of the rotational excitation temperature. The relative abundance of CH/sub 3/CCH appears to be within a factor of 2 of 2.5 +- 10/sup -9/. Because of the large uncertainties in estimates of total gas column density, it is not clear whether there is genuine source-to-source variation in the CH/sub 2/CCH relative abundance.

  2. Methyl acetylene as a temperature probe for dense interstellar clouds

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    Kuiper, T. B. H.; Kuiper, E. N. R.; Dickinson, D. F.; Turner, B. E.; Zuckerman, B.

    1984-01-01

    Methyl acetylene (propyne) appears to be a convenient and reliable probe of kinetic temperature for dense (few x 10 to the 4th/ cu cm) molecular clouds. A method is presented for fitting a (J + 1) - J K-multiplet to obtain the kinetic temperature from a single observation, facilitating the direct construction of kinetic temperature maps. Observations of Tau MC1, Ori MC1, Sgr B2, DR 21, DR 21 (OH), and S140 are presented to demonstrate the validity of the technique. Determination of methyl acetylene column densities requires, in addition, knowledge of the rotational excitation temperature. The relative abundance of CH3CCH appears to be within a factor of 2 of 2.5 x 10 to the -9th. Because of the large uncertainties in estimates of total gas column density, it is not clear whether there is genuine source-to-source variation in the CH3CCH relative abundance.

  3. Method for production of methyl vinyl ketone from acetylene

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    O. A. Tarasova; B. A. Trofimov; S. V. Amosova; A. G. Tesler; M. G. Voronkov

    1987-01-01

    A method is proposed for the synthesis of methyl vinyl ketone by hydration trimerization of acetylene followed by hydrolysis of the 2-vinloxy-1,3-butadiene formed under the action of a potassium hydroxide-potassium phosphate-DMSO catalyst system. The authors contend that this system eliminates the normal drawbacks associated with synthesis of the ketone, including low product yield, multistage operations, the presence of impurities that

  4. Acetylene bubble-powered autonomous capsules: towards in situ fuel.

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    Moo, James Guo Sheng; Wang, Hong; Pumera, Martin

    2014-12-28

    A fuel-free autonomous self-propelled motor is illustrated. The motor is powered by the chemistry of calcium carbide and utilising water as a co-reactant, through a polymer encapsulation strategy. Expulsion of acetylene bubbles powers the capsule motor. This is an important step, going beyond the toxic hydrogen peroxide fuel used normally, to find alternative propellants for self-propelled machines. PMID:25347401

  5. Acetylene is an active-site-directed, slow-binding, reversible inhibitor of Azotobacter vinelandii hydrogenase

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    Hyman, M.R.; Arp, D.J.

    1987-10-06

    The inhibition of purified and membrane-bound hydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii by dihydrogen-free acetylene was investigated. The inhibition was a time-dependent process which exhibited first-order kinetics. Both H/sub 2/ and CO protected against the inhibition by acetylene. K/sub protect(app)/ values of 0.41 and 24 ..mu..M were derived for these gases, respectively. Both H/sub 2/-oxidizing activity and the tritium exchange capacity of the purified enzyme were inhibited at the same rate by acetylene. Removal of acetylene reversed the inhibition for both the purified and the membrane-associated form of the enzyme. The purified hydrogenases from both Rhizobium japonicum and Alcaligenes eutrophus H16 were also inhibited by acetylene in a time-dependent fashion. These findings suggest that acetylene is an active-site-directed, slow-binding, reversible inhibitor of some membrane-bound hydrogenases from aerobic bacteria.

  6. Local mode behavior in the acetylene bending system

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    Jacobson, M.P.; Silbey, R.J.; Field, R.W. [Department of Chemistry and George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)] [Department of Chemistry and George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)

    1999-01-01

    The bending eigenfunctions of the acetylene {tilde X}{sup 1}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup +} state, as represented by our recently reported effective Hamiltonian [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 109}, 121 (1998)], are analyzed up to E{sub vib}=15thinsp000 cm{sup {minus}1}. A transition from normal to local mode behavior is observed around 8000{endash}10thinsp000 cm{sup {minus}1}, such that above these energies, the eigenstates are better described in terms of local mode quantum numbers. The local mode behavior in the bend degrees of freedom of acetylene that is described here is in many ways analogous to the local mode behavior that has been observed in the stretching degrees of freedom of many ABA molecules. However, the local mode behavior in the acetylene bend degrees of freedom, because it involves two two-dimensional rather than two one-dimensional vibrational modes, encompasses a richer range of motions. Specifically, in the {open_quotes}local{close_quotes} limit, the bending eigenfunctions are describable in terms of a continuum of motions ranging from local bend (one hydrogen bending) to counter-rotation (the two hydrogens executing rotations in opposite directions). {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Chemiionization and ion-molecule reactions in fuel-rich acetylene flames

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    A. N. Eraslan; R. C. Brown

    1988-01-01

    The objective of this study is to model the appearance and behavior of combustion-generated ions in rich flames of acetylene. A one-dimensional, laminar, flat flame of acetylene was developed that combines reactions for oxidation, pyrolysis, chemiionization, proton transfer, ion-molecule reactions, and charge recombination relevant to rich acetylene combustion. Four possible chemiionization reactions are included in the model. Ions other than

  8. Kinetics and Structure of Superagglomerates Produced by Silane and Acetylene

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    Mulholland, G. W.; Hamins, A.; Sivathanu, Y.

    1999-01-01

    The evolution of smoke in a laminar diffusion flame involves several steps. The first step is particle inception/nucleation in the high-temperature fuel-rich region of the flame followed by surface growth and coagulation/coalescence of the small particles. As the primary spheres grow in size and lose hydrogen, the colliding particles no longer coalesce but retain their identity as a cluster of primary spheres, termed an agglomerate. Finally, in the upper portion of the flame, the particles enter an oxidizing environment which may lead to partial or complete burnout of the agglomerates. Currently there is no quantitative model for describing the growth of smoke agglomerates up to superagglomerates with an overall dimension of 10 microns and greater. Such particles are produced during the burning of acetylene and fuels containing benzene rings such as toluene and polystyrene. In the case of polystyrene, smoke agglomerates in excess of 1 mm have been observed "raining" out from large fires. Evidence of the formation of superagglomerates in a laminar acetylene/air diffusion flame has been recently reported. Acetylene was chosen as the fuel since the particulate loading in acetylene/air diffusion flames is very high. Photographs were obtained by Sorensen using a microsecond xenon lamp of the "stream" of soot just above the flame. For low flow rates of acetylene, only submicrometer soot clusters are produced and they give rise to the homogeneous appearance of the soot stream. When the flow rate is increased to 1.7 cu cm/s, soot clusters up to 10 microns are formed and they are responsible for the graininess and at a flow rate of 3.4 cu cm/s, a web of interconnected clusters as large as the width of the flame is seen. This interconnecting web of superagglomerates is described as a gel state by Sorensen et al (1998). This is the first observation of a gel for a gas phase system. It was observed that this gel state immediately breaks up into agglomerates due to buoyancy induced turbulence and gravitational sedimentation.

  9. Acetylene-derived polymers and their applications in hair and skin care.

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    Petter, P J

    1989-02-01

    Synopsis Since the introduction over 30 years ago of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the first synthetic hairspray resin, acetylene-derived polymers have found wide and increasing applications in the cosmetics and toiletries industry. This review covers the two main classes of acetylenic polymers. In the first class, in which the chemistry may be traced back to reaction of acetylene with formaldehyde, are included PVP homopolymers and copolymers of VP with vinyl acetate, dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate, vinylcaprolactam and styrene. In the second class, stemming from reaction of acetylene with methanol, are the poly (vinyl methyl ether/maleic acid) monoester resins. PMID:19456933

  10. Identification of glutathione conjugates of acetylene-containing positive allosteric modulators of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5.

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    Zhuo, Xiaoliang; Huang, Xiaohua Stella; Degnan, Andrew P; Snyder, Lawrence B; Yang, Fukang; Huang, Hong; Shu, Yue-Zhong; Johnson, Benjamin M

    2015-04-01

    A recent medicinal chemistry campaign to identify positive allosteric modulators (PAMs) of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGluR5) led to the discovery of potent compounds featuring an oxazolidinone structural core flanked by biaryl acetylene and haloaryl moieties. However, biotransformation studies of some of these mGluR5 PAMs demonstrated the formation of glutathione (GSH) conjugates. The conjugates in question were formed independently of NADPH as the main products in liver microsomes and liver cytosol (rat and human) and exhibited masses that were 307 u greater than their respective substrates, indicating the involvement of a reductive step in the formation of these metabolites. To further characterize the relevant metabolic sequences, GSH conjugates of (4R,5R)-5-(3-fluorophenyl)-4-(5-(pyrazin-2-ylethynyl)pyridin-3-yl)oxazolidin-2-one and (4R,5R)-5-(4-fluorophenyl)-4-(6-((3-fluoropyridin-2-yl)ethynyl)pyridin-2-yl)oxazolidin-2-one were biosynthesized and isolated. Subsequent analysis by NMR showed that GSH had reacted with the acetylene carbon atoms of these mGluR5 PAMs, suggesting a conjugate addition mechanism and implicating cytosolic and microsomal GSH S-transferases (GSTs) in catalysis. Interestingly, five closely related mGluR5 PAMs were not similarly prone to the formation of GSH conjugates in vitro. These compounds also featured acetylenes, but were flanked by either phenyl or cyclohexyl rings, which indicated that the formation of GSH conjugates was influenced by proximal functional groups that modulated the electron density of the triple bond and/or differences in enzyme-substrate specificity. These results informed an ongoing drug-discovery effort to identify mGluR5 PAMs with drug-like properties and a low risk of reactivity with endogenous thiols. PMID:25633841

  11. The reconstructed skin micronucleus assay in EpiDerm™: reduction of false-positive results - a mechanistic study with epigallocatechin gallate.

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    Yuki, Katsuyuki; Ikeda, Naohiro; Nishiyama, Naohiro; Kasamatsu, Toshio

    2013-10-01

    The high rate of false-positive or misleading results in in vitro mammalian genotoxicity testing is a hurdle in the development of valuable chemicals, especially those used in cosmetics, for which in vivo testing is banned in the European Union. The reconstructed skin micronucleus (RSMN) assay in EpiDerm™ (MatTek Corporation, USA) has shown promise as a follow-up for positive in vitro mammalian genotoxicity tests. However, few studies have explored its better predictive performance compared with existing in vitro assays. In the present study, we followed the protocol of the RSMN assay and used eight chemicals to compare micronucleus (MN) induction with EpiDerm™ with that in normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs), both derived from human skin. The assessments of EpiDerm™ conformed to those of in vivo MN assay, whereas those of NHEKs did not. The effect of cell differentiation status on MN induction was further addressed using a model compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a major component of green tea extract that shows positive results in in vitro mammalian genotoxicity assays via oxidative stress and negative results in in vivo MN studies. RSMN assay in an underdeveloped epidermal model, EpiDerm-201™ (MatTek Corporation), showed a negative result identical to that in EpiDerm™, indicating that the barrier function of keratinocytes has limited impact. Analysis of the gene expression profile of both EpiDerm™ and NHEKs after EGCG treatment for 12h revealed that the expression of genes related to genotoxic response was significantly induced only in NHEKs. Conversely, antioxidative enzyme activities (catalase and glutathione peroxidase) in EpiDerm™ were higher than those in NHEKs. These results indicate that EpiDerm™ has antioxidant properties similar to those of a living body and is capable of eliminating oxidative stress that may be caused by EGCG under in vitro experimental conditions. PMID:23988588

  12. Acetylene Fermentation: Relevance to Primordial Biogeochemistry and the Search for Life in the Outer Solar System

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    Oremland, R. S.; Baesman, S. M.; Miller, L. G.

    2014-02-01

    Acetylene supports the growth of some terrestrial anaerobes. The reaction is highly exothermic. The abundance of acetylene in the methane-rich planet(oid)s of the outer solar system could represent a means of nourishment for resident alien microbes.

  13. Mechanism of tungsten-dependent acetylene hydratase from quantum chemical calculations

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    Liao, Rongzhen

    Mechanism of tungsten-dependent acetylene hydratase from quantum chemical calculations Rong hydratase is a tungsten-dependent enzyme that cata- lyzes the nonredox hydration of acetylene metalloenzyme cluster approach Tungsten is the heaviest metal in biology and plays prominent roles in carbon

  14. Structure of the non-redox-active tungsten/[4Fe:4S] enzyme acetylene hydratase Kroneck, and Oliver Einsle

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    Ullmann, G. Matthias

    Structure of the non-redox-active tungsten/[4Fe:4S] enzyme acetylene hydratase Kroneck, and Oliver, see: Notes: #12;Structure of the non-redox-active tungsten/[4Fe:4S] enzyme acetylene hydratase Grazyna, and approved January 10, 2007 (received for review November 23, 2006) The tungsten­iron­sulfur enzyme acetylene

  15. Localized Tetrazolium Reduction in Relation to N2 Fixation, CO2 Fixation, and H2 Uptake in Aquatic Filamentous Cyanobacteria

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    Paerl, Hans W.; Bland, Patricia T.

    1982-01-01

    The aquatic filamentous cyanobacteria Anabaena oscillarioides and Trichodesmium sp. reveal specific cellular regions of tetrazolium salt reduction. The effects of localized reduction of five tetrazolium salts on N2 fixation (acetylene reduction), 14CO2 fixation, and 3H2 utilization were examined. During short-term (within 30 min) exposures in A. oscillarioides, salt reduction in heterocysts occurred simultaneously with inhibition of acetylene reduction. Conversely, when salts failed to either penetrate or be reduced in heterocysts, no inhibition of acetylene reduction occurred. When salts were rapidly reduced in vegetative cells, 14CO2 fixation and 3H2 utilization rates decreased, whereas salts exclusively reduced in heterocysts were not linked to blockage of these processes. In the nonheterocystous genus Trichodesmium, the deposition of reduced 2,3,5-triphenyl-2-tetrazolium chloride (TTC) in the internal cores of trichomes occurs simultaneously with a lowering of acetylene reduction rates. Since TTC deposition in heterocysts of A. oscillarioides occurs contemporaneously with inhibition of acetylene reduction, we conclude that the cellular reduction of this salt is of use in locating potential N2-fixing sites in cyanobacteria. The possible applications and problems associated with interpreting localized reduction of tetrazolium salts in cyanobacteria are presented. Images PMID:16345923

  16. A new determination of the dissociation energy of acetylene

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    Green, P.G.; Kinsey, J.L.; Field, R.W. (Department of Chemistry and George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (US))

    1989-11-01

    A new {ital upper} {ital bound} for the dissociation energy of acetylene, {ital D}{sup 0}{sub 0}(HCC--H) =529.89({plus minus}0.01) kJ/mol, has been determined by Stark anticrossing spectroscopy. The zero-pressure extrapolated (unimolecular) decay rates of levels of {ital S}{sub 1} ({ital {tilde A}} {sup 1}{ital A}{sub {ital u}}) {ital v}{sup {prime}}{sub 3}=2 and 3 (quanta of the {ital trans}-bending vibration) {ital increase} upon application of an electric field of 113 kV/cm. We attribute this increase in molecular decay rate to {ital predissociation} rather than any other Stark-induced nonradiative or radiative phenomenon. The lowest level ({ital v}{sup {prime}}{sub 3} =2, {ital J}{prime}=2, {ital K}{prime}=1) from which we have observed an increase in decay rate (i.e., predissociation) has an internal energy of 44 295.65 cm{sup {minus}1} relative to {ital v}=0, {ital J}=0 of {ital S}{sub 0} ({ital {tilde X}} {sup 1}{Sigma}{sup +}{sub {ital g}}). This corresponds to a value about 24 kJ/mol lower then the consensus {ital upper bound} result from four different recent experimental determinations (including one of ours) as well as current {ital ab nitio} results. The new value agrees, however, with earlier work and with recent modeling studies of acetylene pyrolysis kinetics.

  17. Designing supported palladium-on-gold bimetallic nano-catalysts for controlled hydrogenation of acetylene in large excess of ethylene

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    Malla, Pavani

    Ethylene is used as a starting point for many chemical intermediates in the petrochemical industry. It is predominantly produced through steam cracking of higher hydrocarbons (ethane, propane, butane, naphtha, and gas oil). During the cracking process, a small amount of acetylene is produced as a side product. However, acetylene must be removed since it acts as a poison for ethylene polymerization catalysts at even ppm concentrations (>5 ppm). Thus, the selective hydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene is an important process for the purification of ethylene. Conventional, low weight loading Pd catalysts are used for this selective reaction in high concentration ethylene streams. Gold was initially considered to be catalytically inactive for a long time. This changed when gold was seen in the context of the nanometric scale, which has indeed shown it to have excellent catalytic activity as a homogeneous or a heterogeneous catalyst. Gold is proved to have high selectivity to ethylene but poor at conversion. Bimetallic Au and Pd catalysts have exhibited superior activity as compared to Pd particles in semi-hydrogenation. Hydrogenation of acetylene was tested using this bimetallic combination. The Pd-on-Au bimetallic catalyst structure provides a new synthesis approach in improving the catalytic properties of monometallic Pd materials. TiO 2 as a support material and 0.05%Pd loading on 1%Au on titania support and used different treatment methods like washing plasma and reduction between the two metal loadings and was observed under 2:1 ratio. In my study there were two set of catalysts which were prepared by a modified incipient wetness impregnation technique. Out of all the reaction condition the catalyst which was reduced after impregnating gold and then impregnating palladium which was further treated in non-thermal hydrogen plasma and then pretreated in hydrogen till 250°C for 1 hour produced the best activity of 76% yield at 225°C. Stability tests were conducted on the catalysts which were followed by TGA analysis to analyze the coke formation on the catalyst in a period of time at a particular temperature. The catalysts were characterized by the hydrogen chemisorption and atomic absorption spectroscopy.

  18. Kinetic tetrazolium microtiter assay

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    Pierson, Duane L. (inventor); Stowe, Raymond P. (inventor); Koeing, David W. (inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A method for conducting an in vitro cell assay using a tetrazolium indicator is disclosed. The indicator includes a nonionic detergent which solubilizes a tetrazolium reduction product in vitro and has low toxicity for the cells. The incubation of test cells in the presence of zolium bromide and octoxynol (TRITON X-100) permits kinetics of the cell metabolism to be determined.

  19. Investigation of Gallium promoted Palladium/Titanium dioxide catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of acetylene in the presence of ethylene

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    Pena Orduna, Luis

    Gallium is investigated as a promoter of supported Pd catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of acetylene in ethylene. TiO2 support is investigated with high (1%) and low (0.25%) Pd loadings. Reaction parameters, including reduction temperature, H2/C2H2 ratio and Pd/Ga ratio, were studied to optimize the performance of catalysts. The current results show that Ga promotes the selective hydrogenation of acetylene to ethylene over TiO2 supported Pd catalysts, but it is a function of Ga loading. In addition, non-thermal RF plasma has been used to modify and/or reduce promoted Pd catalysts to induce strong or unique interaction between Ga and Pd. Differential scanning calorimeter in hydrogen atmosphere (H2-DSC) was used as the main technique to gauge the interaction between Pd precursor and Ga on TiO2 surface, and will be used for the catalysts modified by plasmas. The catalytic performance of plasma modified catalysts will be systematically studied.

  20. Opsonophagocytic assay.

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    Dwyer, Markryan; Gadjeva, Mihaela

    2014-01-01

    The opsonophagocytic killing (OPK) assay is used as a correlate for protection to measure the functional capacities of vaccine-candidate-raised antibodies. This in vitro assay aids selecting promising vaccines by demonstrating whether the vaccine-induced antibodies drive efficient complement deposition and subsequent opsonophagocytic killing. Here, we describe two protocols for an OPK assay using either human-derived PMNs or cultured HL-60 cells. PMID:24218277

  1. Acetylene as fast food: Implications for development of life on anoxic primordial earth and in the outer solar system

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    Oremland, R.S.; Voytek, M.A.

    2008-01-01

    Acetylene occurs, by photolysis of methane, in the atmospheres of jovian planets and Titan. In contrast, acetylene is only a trace component of Earth's current atmosphere. Nonetheless, a methane-rich atmosphere has been hypothesized for early Earth; this atmosphere would also have been rich in acetylene. This poses a paradox, because acetylene is a potent inhibitor of many key anaerobic microbial processes, including methanogenesis, anaerobic methane oxidation, nitrogen fixation, and hydrogen oxidation. Fermentation of acetylene was discovered 25 years ago, and Pelobacter acetylenicus was shown to grow on acetylene by virtue of acetylene hydratase, which results in the formation of acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde subsequently dismutates to ethanol and acetate (plus some hydrogen). However, acetylene hydratase is specific for acetylene and does not react with any analogous compounds. We hypothesize that microbes with acetylene hydratase played a key role in the evolution of Earth's early biosphere by exploiting an available source of carbon from the atmosphere and in so doing formed protective niches that allowed for other microbial processes to flourish. Furthermore, the presence of acetylene in the atmosphere of a planet or planetoid could possibly represent evidence for an extraterrestrial anaerobic ecosystem. ?? Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  2. Correlation between hydrogen bond basicity and acetylene solubility in room temperature ionic liquids.

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    Palgunadi, Jelliarko; Hong, Sung Yun; Lee, Jin Kyu; Lee, Hyunjoo; Lee, Sang Deuk; Cheong, Minserk; Kim, Hoon Sik

    2011-02-10

    Room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) are proposed as the alternative solvents for the acetylene separation in ethylene generated from the naphtha cracking process. The solubility behavior of acetylene in RTILs was examined using a linear solvation energy relationship based on Kamlet-Taft solvent parameters including the hydrogen-bond acidity or donor ability (?), the hydrogen-bond basicity or acceptor ability (?), and the polarity/polarizability (?*). It is found that the solubility of acetylene linearly correlates with ? value and is almost independent of ? or ?*. The solubility of acetylene in RTILs increases with increasing hydrogen-bond acceptor (HBA) ability of the anion, but is little affected by the nature of the cation. Quantum mechanical calculations demonstrate that the acidic proton of acetylene specifically forms hydrogen bond with a basic oxygen atom on the anion of a RTIL. On the other hand, although C-H···? interaction is plausible, all optimized structures indicate that the acidic protons on the cation do not specifically associate with the ? cloud of acetylene. Thermodynamic analysis agrees well with the proposed correlation: the higher the ? value of a RTIL is, the more negative the enthalpy of acetylene absorption in the RTIL is. PMID:21218815

  3. Comparison of an Assay for Dehalococcoides DNA and a Microcosm Study in Predicting Reductive Dechlorination of Chlorinated Ethenes in the field

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    The study aims to compare the detection of 16S rRNA gene of Dehalococcoides species and the microcosm study for biotransformation in predicting reductive dechlorination of chlorinated ethylenes in ground water at hazardous waste sites. A total of 72 ground water samples were coll...

  4. Acetylene as a substrate in the development of primordial bacterial communities

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    Culbertson, C.W.; Strohmaier, F.E.; Oremland, R.S.

    1988-01-01

    The fermentation of atmospheric acetylene by anaerobic bacteria is proposed as the basis of a primordial heterotrophic food chain. The accumulation of fermentation products (acetaldehyde, ethanol, acetate and hydrogen) would create niches for sulfate-respiring bacteria as well as methanogens. Formation of acetylene-free environments in soils and sediments would also alter the function of nitrogenase from detoxification to nitrogen-fixation. The possibility of an acetylene-based anaerobic food chain in Jovian-type atmospheres is discussed. ?? 1988 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  5. ESI-MS, DFT and Synthetic Studies on the H2-Mediated Coupling of Acetylene: Insertion of C=X Bonds into Rhodacyclopentadienes and Brønsted Acid Cocatalyzed Hydrogenolysis of Organorhodium Intermediates

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    Williams, Vanessa M.; Kong, Jong Rock; Ko, Byoung Joon; Mantri, Yogita; Brodbelt, Jennifer S.; Baik, Mu-Hyun; Krische, Michael J.

    2009-01-01

    The catalytic mechanism of the hydrogen-mediated coupling of acetylene to carbonyl compounds and imines has been examined using three techniques: (a) ESI-MS and ESI-CAD-MS analyses, (b) computational modeling, and (c) experiments wherein putative reactive intermediates are diverted to alternative reaction products. ESI-MS analysis of reaction mixtures from the hydrogen-mediated reductive coupling of acetylene to ?-ketoesters or N-benzenesulfonyl aldimines corroborate a catalytic mechanism involving C=X (X = O, NSO2Ph) insertion into a cationic rhodacyclopentadiene obtained by way of acetylene oxidative dimerization with subsequent Brønsted acid cocatalyzed hydrogenolysis of the resulting oxa- or azarhodacycloheptadiene. Hydrogenation of 1,6-diynes in the presence of ?-ketoesters provides analogous coupling products. ESI mass spectrometric analysis again corroborates a catalytic mechanism involving carbonyl insertion into a cationic rhodacyclopentadiene. For all ESI-MS experiments, the structural assignments of ions are supported by multi-stage collisional activated dissociation (CAD) ESI-MS analyses. Further support for the proposed catalytic mechanism derives from experiments aimed at the interception of putative reactive intermediates and their diversion to alternate reaction products. For example, rhodium catalyzed coupling of acetylene to aldehyde in the absence of hydrogen or Brønsted acid cocatalyst provides the corresponding (Z)-butadienyl ketone, which arises from ?-hydride elimination of the proposed oxarhodacycloheptadiene intermediate, as corroborated by isotopic labeling. Additionally, the putative rhodacyclopentadiene intermediate obtained from the oxidative coupling of acetylene is diverted to the product of reductive [2+2+2] cycloaddition when N-p-toluenesulfonyl-dehydroalanine ethyl ester is used as the coupling partner. The mechanism of this transformation also is corroborated by isotopic labeling. Computer model studies based on density functional theory (DFT) support the proposed mechanism and identify Brønsted acid cocatalyst assisted hydrogenolysis to be the most difficult step. The collective studies provide new insight into the reactivity of cationic rhodacyclopentadienes, which should facilitate the design of related rhodium catalyzed C-C couplings. PMID:19845357

  6. Organogermanium Chemistry: Germacyclobutanes and digermane Additions to Acetylenes

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    Andrew Michael Chubb

    2003-12-12

    This dissertation comprises two main research projects. The first project, presented in Chapter 1, involves the synthesis and thermochemistry of germacyclobutanes (germetanes). Four new germetanes (spirodigermetane, diallylgermetane, dichlorogermetane, and germacyclobutane) have been synthesized using a modified di-Grignard synthesis. Diallylgermetane is shown to be a useful starting material for obtaining other germetanes, particularly the parent germetane, germacyclobutane. The gas-phase thermochemistries of spirodigermetane, diallylgermetane and germacyclobutane have been explored via pulsed stirred-flow reactor (SFR) studies, showing remarkable differences in decomposition, depending on the substitution at the germanium atom. The second project investigates the thermochemical, photochemical, and catalytic additions of several digermanes to acetylenes. The first examples of thermo- and photochemical additions of Ge-Ge bonds to C{triple_bond}C are demonstrated. Mechanistic investigations are described and comparisons are made to analogous disilane addition reactions, previously studied in their group.

  7. On the C?H bond dissociation energy of acetylene

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    Petersson, J. A. Montgomery G. A., Jr.

    1990-04-01

    Ab initio calculations, including extrapolation to the complete basis set limit, are reported for the C?H bond dissociation energy of acetylene. These calculations, which have a rms error of 0.51 kcal/mol per bond for the atomization energies of 13 well-known molecules, give D0(H-CCH) = 131.54 kcal/mol, in good agreement with previous results, but about 5 kcal/mol above the recent measurement of Green, Kinsey and Field ( D0 ? 126.647 ± 0.002 kcal/mol), and that of Segall, Lavi, Wen and Wittig ( D0 = 127 ± 1.5 kcal/mol). The electron affinity of CCH is calculated to be within 0.18 kcal/mol of the recent measurement of Ervin et al. (2.969 ± 0.010 eV)

  8. Ultrafast Extreme Ultraviolet Induced Isomerization of Acetylene Cations

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    Jiang, Y.; Rudenko, Artem; Herrwerth, O.; Foucar, L.; Kurka, M.; Kuhnel, K.; Lezius, M.; Kling, Matthias; van Tilborg, Jeroen; Belkacem, Ali; Ueda, K.; Dusterer, S.; Treusch, R.; Schroter, Claus-Dieter; Moshammer, Robbert; Ullrich, Joachim

    2011-06-17

    Ultrafast isomerization of acetylene cations ([HC = CH]{sup +}) in the low-lying excited A{sup 2}{Sigma}{sub g}{sup +} state, populated by the absorption of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) photons (38 eV), has been observed at the Free Electron Laser in Hamburg, (FLASH). Recording coincident fragments C{sup +} + CH{sub 2}{sup +} as a function of time between XUV-pump and -probe pulses, generated by a split-mirror device, we find an isomerization time of 52 {+-} 15 fs in a kinetic energy release (KER) window of 5.8 < KER < 8 eV, providing clear evidence for the existence of a fast, nonradiative decay channel.

  9. Watching the acetylene vinylidene intramolecular reaction in real time

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    Jiang, Y H; Rudenko, A; Madjet, M E; Vendrell, O; Kurka, M; Schnorr, K; Foucar, L; Kübel, M; Herrwerth, O; Lezius, M; Kling, M F; van Tilborg, J; Belkacem, A; Ueda, K; Düsterer, S; Treusch, R; Schröter, C D; Santra, R; Ullrich, J; Moshammer, R

    2014-01-01

    It is a long-standing dream of scientists to capture the ultra-fast dynamics of molecular or chemical reactions in real time and to make a molecular movie. With free-electron lasers delivering extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light at unprecedented intensities, in combination with pump-probe schemes, it is now possible to visualize structural changes on the femtosecond time scale in photo-excited molecules. In hydrocarbons the absorption of a single photon may trigger the migration of a hydrogen atom within the molecule. Here, such a reaction was filmed in acetylene molecules (C2H2) showing a partial migration of one of the protons along the carbon backbone which is consistent with dynamics calculations on ab initio potential energy surfaces. Our approach opens attractive perspectives and potential applications for a large variety of XUV-induced ultra-fast phenomena in molecules relevant to physics, chemistry, and biology.

  10. Control of soot emitted from acetylene diffusion flames by applying an electric field

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    Saito, Masahiro; Arai, Toshihiro; Arai, Masataka

    1999-11-01

    This paper deals with the control of soot emission from acetylene diffusion flames by applying an electric field. The effects of applied voltage, polarity, and spacing of electrodes on soot emissions were investigated experimentally. The results showed that the shape of the flame changed remarkably with increasing applied voltage. The polarity of the applied voltage influenced the shape of the flame and the soot emissions. When a positive voltage was applied to the nozzle electrode, the flame length became shorter and the width at the flame tip was spread at high voltages. More than 90% of the soot emission was suppressed at over 200 kV/m of electric field intensity. Also, the flame temperature increased with increasing applied voltage. In particular, in the case of voltages above 200 kV/m, the temperatures at the flame tip were about 500 C higher than in the absence of an electric field. The rise of flame temperature was caused by the air entrainment promoted by an ionic wind. It was concluded that the soot reduction by applying an electric field was due to the oxidation of soot particles. In contrast, when negative voltages were applied to the nozzle electrode, the efficiency of soot control was limited to about 70% because the flame temperature, even at high applied voltages, was comparable to that in the absence of the electric field.

  11. Hydration of 2-cyanoethyl ethers of acetylenic alcohols. Alcoholysis of the hydration products

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    I. N. Nazarov; G. A. Shvekhgeimer

    1958-01-01

    1.The hydration of 2-cyanoethyl ethers of various acetylenic alcohols was carried out.2.The resulting 2-cyanoethyl ethers of a-hydroxy ketones were converted into the corresponding 2-(methoxycarbonyl) ethyl ethers.

  12. Spectroscopy and theory of cis-trans isomerization in the S? state of acetylene

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    Changala, P. Bryan (Peter Bryan)

    2013-01-01

    This thesis consists of parallel experimental and theoretical studies of the rovibrational structure and dynamics of the Si state of acetylene, C2H2 . This small molecule is a prototypical system for the study of cis-trans ...

  13. Characterization of the Minimum Energy Paths and Energetics for the Reaction of Vinylidene with Acetylene

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    Walch, Stephen P.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1995-01-01

    The reaction of vinylidene (CH2C) with acetylene may be an initiating reaction in soot formation. We report minimum energy paths and accurate energetics for a pathway leading to vinyl-acetylene and for a number of isomers of C4H4. The calculations use complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) derivative methods to characterize the stationary points and internally contacted configuration interaction (ICCI) and/or coupled cluster singles and doubles with a perturbational estimate of triple excitations (CCSD(T)) to determine the energetics. We find an entrance channel barrier of about 5 kcal/mol for the addition of vinylidene to acetylene, but no barriers above reactants for the reaction pathway leading to vinyl-acetylene.

  14. High-performance supported catalysts with an ionic liquid layer for the selective hydrogenation of acetylene.

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    Herrmann, Tanja; Rössmann, Laura; Lucas, Martin; Claus, Peter

    2011-12-01

    Pd-Ag shell catalysts impregnated with two different ionic liquids show considerable improvements both in ethylene selectivity and reduced ethane formation in the selective hydrogenation of acetylene under tail-end conditions. PMID:22008709

  15. Selective hydrogenation of acetylene over egg-shell palladium nano-catalyst.

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    Zhu, Qiu-Feng; Gao, Jin; Chen, Jian-Feng; Wen, Li-Xiong

    2010-09-01

    A novel egg-shell Pd/PHSNs nano-catalyst was prepared by a wet impregnation method using self-synthesized porous hollow silica nanoparticles (PHSNs) as support and applied in selective hydrogenation of acetylene to remove acetylene from the ethylene feed. By controlling the preparing conditions and calcining temperature, the active metal particles were loaded evenly on the support with a size about 5 nm. Compared with conventional catalysts prepared with solid silica nanoparticles, solid Al2O3 millispheres and a commercial catalyst, the Pd/PHSNs catalyst showed higher acetylene conversion rates at same reaction temperatures, and the porous hollow nano structure of PHSNs allowed smoother diffusion of ethylene molecules within the catalyst matrix so that ethylene could migrate away from the active sites in time to avoid turning into ethane, which resulted in superior ethylene selectivity at high acetylene conversion rates. PMID:21133085

  16. VII. INFLUENCE OF THE ACETYLENIC BOND LOCATION ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ACYL CHAINS

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    WILLIAM E. M. LANDS; JOHN B. OHLROGGE; JOHN R. ROBINSON; ROGER W. SACKS; JOHN A. BARVE; FRANK D. GUNSTONE

    1977-01-01

    Summary The ability of a series of 18 carbon acetylenic fatty acids to fulfill the unsat- urated fatty acid requirements of Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cereuisiae was investigated. Despite their high melting points (>4O\\

  17. Cellulase Assays

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    Zhang, Y. H. Percival; Hong, Jiong; Ye, Xinhao

    Cellulose is a heterogeneous polysaccharide, and its enzymatic hydrolysis requires endoglucanase, exoglucanase (cellobiohydrolase), and ?-glucosidase to work together. We summarize the most commonly used assays for individual enzymes and cellulase mixture.

  18. First overtone helium nanodroplet isolation spectroscopy of molecules bearing the acetylenic CH chromophore

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    C. Callegari; A. Conjusteau; I. Reinhard; K. K. Lehmann; G. Scoles

    2000-01-01

    High-resolution helium nanodroplet isolation spectra of the first overtone (2nu1) of the acetylenic stretch of several substituted acetylenes (RC?C-H) at T=0.38 K, have been observed for the first time. A tunable 1.5 mum laser is coupled, using a power buildup cavity, to a beam of He droplets seeded with the molecule to be studied. Absorption spectra are recorded by monitoring

  19. Mechanism-based inactivation of benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase by aryl acetylenes and aryl olefins

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    Gan, L.S.; Lu, J.Y.L.; Alworth, W.L.

    1986-05-01

    A series of aryl acetylenes and aryl olefins have been examined as substrates and inhibitors of cytochrome P-450 dependent monooxgenases in liver microsomes from 5,6-benzoflavone or phenobarbital pretreated rats. 1-Ethynylpyrene, 3-ethynylperylene, 2-ethynylfluorene, methyl 1-pyrenyl acetylene, cis- and trans-1-(2-bromovinyl)pyrene, and 1-allylpyrene serve as mechanism-based irreversible inactivators (suicide inhibitors) of benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase, while 1-vinylpyrene and phenyl 1-pyrenyl acetylene do not cause a detectable suicide inhibition of benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase. The mechanism-based loss of benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase caused by the aryl acetylenes is not accompanied by a corresponding loss of the P-450 content of the microsomes (suicide destruction). The suicide inhibition by these aryl acetylenes therefore does not involve covalent binding to the heme moiety of the monooxygenase. Nevertheless, in the presence of NADPH, /sup 3/H-labeled 1-ethynylpyrene becomes covalently attached to the cytochrome P-450 protein; the measured stoichiometry of binding is one 1-ethynylpyrene per P-450 heme unit. The authors conclude that the inhibition of benzo(a)pyrene hydroxylase produced by 1-ethynylpyrene may be related to the mechanism of suicide inhibition of P-450 activity by chloramphenicol rather than the mechanism of suicide destruction of P-450 previously described for acetylene and propyne.

  20. Use of HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry for detection of formazan in in vitro Reconstructed human Tissue (RhT)-based test methods employing the MTT-reduction assay to expand their applicability to strongly coloured test chemicals.

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    Alépée, N; Barroso, J; De Smedt, A; De Wever, B; Hibatallah, J; Klaric, M; Mewes, K R; Millet, M; Pfannenbecker, U; Tailhardat, M; Templier, M; McNamee, P

    2015-06-01

    A number of in vitro test methods using Reconstructed human Tissues (RhT) are regulatory accepted for evaluation of skin corrosion/irritation. In such methods, test chemical corrosion/irritation potential is determined by measuring tissue viability using the photometric MTT-reduction assay. A known limitation of this assay is possible interference of strongly coloured test chemicals with measurement of formazan by absorbance (OD). To address this, Cosmetics Europe evaluated use of HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry as an alternative formazan measurement system. Using the approach recommended by the FDA guidance for validation of bio-analytical methods, three independent laboratories established and qualified their HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry systems to reproducibly measure formazan from tissue extracts. Up to 26 chemicals were then tested in RhT test systems for eye/skin irritation and skin corrosion. Results support that: (1) HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry formazan measurement is highly reproducible; (2) formazan measurement by HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry and OD gave almost identical tissue viabilities for test chemicals not exhibiting colour interference nor direct MTT reduction; (3) independent of the test system used, HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry can measure formazan for strongly coloured test chemicals when this is not possible by absorbance only. It is therefore recommended that HPLC/UPLC-spectrophotometry to measure formazan be included in the procedures of in vitro RhT-based test methods, irrespective of the test system used and the toxicity endpoint evaluated to extend the applicability of these test methods to strongly coloured chemicals. PMID:25701760

  1. Comparison and reliability of two non-invasive acetylene uptake techniques for the measurement of cardiac output

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    D. W. Dibski; D. J. Smith; R. Jensen; S. R. Norris; G. T. Ford

    2005-01-01

    Comparison and reliability of two non-invasive acetylene uptake techniques for the measurement of cardiac output. Thirteen trained male cyclists performed CO2 rebreathing (CO2RB) at intensities from rest to 200 W, and open-circuit acetylene uptake (OpCirc) and single-breath acetylene uptake (SB) at intensities from rest to 300 W, with all procedures using 50 W increments. Oxygen consumption \\u000a cardiac output \\u000a and heart rate (HR), were

  2. Fatality due to methyl acetylene-propadiene (MAPP) inhalation.

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    Avella, Joseph; Lehrer, Michael

    2004-11-01

    A 33-year-old man died after intentionally inhaling a gaseous mix of methyl acetylene (propyne) and propadiene (allene) commonly known as MAPP, which is used for soldering and welding. He was found with a plastic bag securely placed over his head and a cylinder of MAPP alongside his head. The cylinder had been vented into the bag using a flexible hose. A comprehensive toxicological analysis revealed only a trace of diphenhydramine in the liver and 0.02 mg/L of morphine in the urine. Analysis of blood by headspace gas chromatography (HS-GC) detected two unknown peaks. These were determined to be the components of MAPP gas. MAPP was quantitated in femoral blood (59.6 mg/L) and brain (43.6 mg/kg) using a HS-GC method. The cause of death was attributed to acute MAPP intoxication, and the manner was determined to be suicide. A discussion on the analytical and interpretive considerations commonly encountered when analyzing volatile compounds is also presented. PMID:15568715

  3. NIR diode laser-based QEPAS for acetylene detection

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    Cao, Yingchun; Jin, Wei; Ho, Hoi Lut

    2012-04-01

    Quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy with a near infrared distributed feedback diode laser at 1.53 ?m is demonstrated for acetylene detection at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. The P(9) absorption line in the ?1+?3 band of C2H2 is selected for light absorption and photoacoustic pressure wave excitation. A pair of resonant tubes with optimal dimensions is used in combination with a quartz tuning fork for photoacoustic signal enhancement. The wavelength of diode laser is modulated at half of the resonant frequency of tuning fork for second harmonic signal detection. The effect of residual amplitude modulation is theoretically analyzed and compared with the experimental results. A noise-limited minimum detectable concentration (1?) of 2 part-per-million (ppm) is achieved with a 7-mW laser power and a 1-s lock-in time constant, corresponding to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 5.4×10-8 cm-1 W/?Hz.

  4. An improved processible acetylene-terminated polyimide for composites

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    Landis, A. L.; Naselow, A. B.

    1985-01-01

    The newest member of a family of thermosetting acetylene-substituted polyimide oligomers is HR600P. This oligomer is the isoimide version of the oligomer known as HR600P and Thermid 600. Although both types of material yield the same heat resistant end products after cure, HR600P has much superior processing characteristics. This attributed to its lower melting temperature (160 + or - 10 C, 320 + or - 20 F) in contrast to 202 C (396 F) for Thermid MC-600, its longer gel time at its processing temperature (16 to 30 minutes bvs 3 minutes), and its excellent solubility in low boiling solvents such as tetrahydrofuran, glymes, or 4:1 methyl ethyl ketone/toluene mixtures. These advantages provide more acceptable coating and impregnation procedures, allow for more complete removal at lower temperatures, provide a longer pot life or working time, and allow composite structure fabrication in conventional autoclaves used for epoxy composite curing. The excellent processing characteristics of HR600P allow its use in large area laminated structures, structural composites, and molding compositions.

  5. Ionization of large homogeneous and heterogeneous clusters generated in acetylene-Ar expansions: Cluster ion polymerization

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    Kocisek, J.; Lengyel, J.; Farnik, M. [J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Dolejskova 3, 18223 Prague (Czech Republic)

    2013-03-28

    Pure acetylene and mixed Ar-acetylene clusters are formed in supersonic expansions of acetylene/argon mixtures and analysed using reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer with variable electron energy ionization source. Acetylene clusters composed of more than a hundred acetylene molecules are generated at the acetylene concentration of Almost-Equal-To 8%, while mixed species are produced at low concentrations ( Almost-Equal-To 0.7%). The electron energy dependence of the mass spectra revealed the ionization process mechanisms in clusters. The ionization above the threshold for acetylene molecule of 11.5 eV results in the main ionic fragment progression (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}{sup +}. At the electron energies Greater-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 21.5 eV above the CH+CH{sup +} dissociative ionization limit of acetylene the fragment ions nominally labelled as (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}CH{sup +}, n Greater-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 2, are observed. For n Less-Than-Or-Slanted-Equal-To 7 these fragments correspond to covalently bound ionic structures as suggested by the observed strong dehydrogenation [(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}-k Multiplication-Sign H]{sup +} and [(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub n}CH -k Multiplication-Sign H]{sup +}. The dehydrogenation is significantly reduced in the mixed clusters where evaporation of Ar instead of hydrogen can stabilize the nascent molecular ion. The C{sub 3}H{sub 3}{sup +} ion was previously assigned to originate from the benzene molecular ion; however, the low appearance energy of Almost-Equal-To 13.7 eV indicates that a less rigid covalently bound structure of C{sub 6}H{sub 6}{sup +} ion must also be formed upon the acetylene cluster electron ionization. The appearance energy of Ar{sub n}(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sup +} fragments above Almost-Equal-To 15.1 eV indicates that the argon ionization is the first step in the fragment ion production, and the appearance energy of Ar{sub n{>=}2}(C{sub 2}H{sub 2}){sub m{>=}2}{sup +} at Almost-Equal-To 13.7 eV is discussed in terms of an exciton transfer mechanism.

  6. [Photodissociation of Acetylene and Acetone using Step-Scan Time-Resolved FTIR Emission Spectroscopy

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    McLaren, Ian A.; Wrobel, Jacek D.

    1997-01-01

    The photodissociation of acetylene and acetone was investigated as a function of added quenching gas pressures using step-scan time-resolved FTIR emission spectroscopy. Its main components consist of Bruker IFS88, step-scan Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer coupled to a flow cell equipped with Welsh collection optics. Vibrationally excited C2H radicals were produced from the photodissociation of acetylene in the unfocused experiments. The infrared (IR) emission from these excited C2H radicals was investigated as a function of added argon pressure. Argon quenching rate constants for all C2H emission bands are of the order of 10(exp -13)cc/molecule.sec. Quenching of these radicals by acetylene is efficient, with a rate constant in the range of 10(exp -11) cc/molecule.sec. The relative intensity of the different C2H emission bands did not change with the increasing argon or acetylene pressure. However, the overall IR emission intensity decreased, for example, by more than 50% when the argon partial pressure was raised from 0.2 to 2 Torr at fixed precursor pressure of 160mTorr. These observations provide evidence for the formation of a metastable C2H2 species, which are collisionally quenched by argon or acetylene. Problems encountered in the course of the experimental work are also described.

  7. Hexosaminidase assays

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    Michaela Wendeler; Konrad Sandhoff

    2009-01-01

    ?-Hexosaminidases (EC 3.2.1.52) are lysosomal enzymes that remove terminal ?-glycosidically bound N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylgalactosamine residues from a number of glycoconjugates. Reliable assay systems are particularly important for the\\u000a diagnosis of a family of lysosomal storage disorders, the GM2 gangliosidoses that result from inherited ?-hexosaminidase deficiency.\\u000a More recently, aberrant hexosaminidase levels have also been found to be associated with a variety

  8. Vacuum ultraviolet photochemistry of solid acetylene: a multispectral approach

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    Cuylle, Steven H.; Zhao, Dongfeng; Strazzulla, Giovanni; Linnartz, Harold

    2014-10-01

    Aims: Gas phase acetylene (C2H2) and polyynes (H(-C?C-)mH) are ubiquitous in the interstellar medium. However, astrochemical models systematically underestimate the observed abundances, supporting the idea that enrichment from the solid state takes place. In this laboratory-based study, we investigate the role C2H2 plays in interstellar ice chemistry and we discuss the way its photoproducts may affect gas phase compositions. Methods: C2H2 ice is investigated under vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) irradiation in its pure form as present in the atmosphere of Titan and in a water-dominated ice as present on grain mantles in molecular clouds and on comets. To disentangle the photochemical network, a unique, complementary combination of infrared and ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy is used. Results: From the experimental results, it can be concluded that the VUV-induced solid state C2H2 reaction network is dominated by polymerization resulting in the formation of polyynes at least up to C20H2 and larger polyyne-like molecules. At low temperatures, this process takes place very efficiently and suggests low barriers. When extending this reaction scheme to a water-rich environment, the dominant reaction products are CO and CO2 but the simultaneous detection of polyyne like molecules is evidence that the reactions as observed in pure C2H2 ice persist. Conclusions: From the spectroscopic evidence as presented in this laboratory study, it is concluded that the formation of polyynes upon VUV irradiation of interstellar ices is a process that may contribute to at least part of the observed gas phase enrichment in space.

  9. Deactivation mechanisms for Pd/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} acetylene hydrogenation catalysts

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    Hall, J.B.; Huggins, B.J.; Meyers, B.L. [Amoco Corp., Naperville, IL (United States); Kaminsky, M.P. [Amoco Chemical Co., Naperville, IL (United States)

    1994-12-31

    The selective hydrogenation of acetylenic impurities to ethylene is a crucial purification step in the production of olefins by steam cracking. This hydrogenation is done catalytically using a Pd/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst in a fixed bed reactor. The designed lifetime of the catalyst in a front end acetylene converter is about 4 years. Accelerated catalyst deactivation and thermal runaways caused by loss in catalyst selectivity are common problems which plague acetylene converters. Such problems result in unscheduled shutdowns and increased costs to replace deactivated catalyst. This presentation outlines several deactivation mechanisms of the catalyst and discusses how they affect catalyst lifetime and performance. Catalyst characterization using electron microscopy and CO chemisorption provides information on how poisons deteriorate the catalyst and Pd particle size changes produced by use and regeneration. Thermal gravimetric analysis was also used to determine the extent of coke burn-off using less severe regeneration procedures.

  10. ACETYLENE INHIBITION OF TRICHLOROETHENE AND VINYL CHLORIDE REDUCTIVE DECHLORINATION. (R828772)

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    The perspectives, information and conclusions conveyed in research project abstracts, progress reports, final reports, journal abstracts and journal publications convey the viewpoints of the principal investigator and may not represent the views and policies of ORD and EPA. Concl...

  11. Acetylene- and Phenylacetylene-Terminated Poly(Arylene Ether Benzimidazole)s (PAEBI's)

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

    1994-01-01

    Polymers prepared by first synthesizing polymers terminated with hydroxy groups, then reacting them with either 4-ethynylbenzoyl chloride or 4-fluoro-4'-phenylethynylbenzophenone. Endcapped polymers thermally cured to yield materials with attractive combination of properties. Cured acetylene-and phenylacetylene-terminated PAEBI's exhibit higher glass-transition temperatures and better retention of mechanical properties at high temperatures. Cured acetylene- and phenylacetylene-terminated polymers exhibit excellent adhesion to copper foil and polyimide film. Potentially useful as adhesives, coatings, composite matrices, fibers, films, membranes, and moldings.

  12. Solid-state NMR studies of the adsorption of acetylene on platinum/alumina catalysts

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    Lambregts, Marsha Jo Lupher

    1991-01-01

    SOLID-STATE NMR STUDIES OF THE ADSORPTION OF ACETYLENE ON PLATINUM/ALUMINA CATALYSTS A Thesis by MARSHA JO LUPHER LAMBREGTS Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE December 1991 Major Subject: Chemistry SOLID-STATE NMR STUDIES OF THE ADSORPTION OF ACETYLENE ON PLATINUM/ALUMINA CATALYSTS A Thesis by MARSHA JO LUPHER LAMBREGTS Approved as to style and content by: ames F. Haw...

  13. Identification of non-precious metal alloy catalysts for selective hydrogenation of acetylene.

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    Studt, Felix; Abild-Pedersen, Frank; Bligaard, Thomas; Sørensen, Rasmus Z; Christensen, Claus H; Nørskov, Jens K

    2008-06-01

    The removal of trace acetylene from ethylene is performed industrially by palladium hydrogenation catalysts (often modified with silver) that avoid the hydrogenation of ethylene to ethane. In an effort to identify catalysts based on less expensive and more available metals, density functional calculations were performed that identified relations in heats of adsorption of hydrocarbon molecules and fragments on metal surfaces. This analysis not only verified the facility of known catalysts but identified nickel-zinc alloys as alternatives. Experimental studies demonstrated that these alloys dispersed on an oxide support were selective for acetylene hydrogenation at low pressures. PMID:18535238

  14. Quantum-chemical modeling of ethylene and acetylene adsorption on gold clusters

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    Pichugina, D. A.; Nikolaev, S. A.; Mukhamedzyanova, D. F.; Kuz'menko, N. E.

    2014-06-01

    The interaction of ethylene and acetylene molecules with planar (2D) and nonplanar (3D) gold clusters Au n ( n = 10, 12, 20) was studied by the density functional theory (DFT) method. The coordination of hydrocarbons at the vertices, edges, and fragments of the Au3 cluster was shown to form ?, di-?, and ? type complexes, respectively. The standard Gibbs energy and the C-C bond length of the hydrocarbon change during its adsorption in the series ? > di-? > ? complexes. The highest selectivity in adsorption of acetylene relative to that of ethylene was achieved on Au12 (3D) and Au20 (2D) clusters.

  15. Cyclic Acetal Formation Between 2-Pyridinecarboxaldehyde and gamma-Hydroxy-alpha,beta-Acetylenic Esters.

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    Osman, Sami; Koide, Kazunori

    2008-11-10

    A new transformation between 2-pyridinecarboxyaldehyde and gamma-hydroxy-alpha,beta-acetylenic esters to form highly functionalized cyclic acetals was discovered. This transformation proceeds under very mild conditions without any additives and is promoted by the basic nature of the pyridine ring. PMID:19907635

  16. Triplet Acetylenes as Synthetic Equivalents of 1,2-Bicarbenes: Phantom n,* State Controls Reactivity in

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    Alabugin, Igor

    . Clark, Ion Ghiviriga, and Igor V. Alabugin* Contribution from the Department of Chemistry: Diaryl acetylenes, in which one of the aryl groups is either a pyridine or a pyrazine, undergo efficient the photochemical transformation of benzannelated enediynes possessing electron-accepting sub- stituents

  17. Structure and absolute configuration of new acetylenic compounds isolated from cultures of Clitocybe catinus.

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    Arnone, A; Nasini, G; Vajna de Pava, O

    2000-04-01

    Investigations of the extracts of a culture of Clitocybe catinus gave rise to the isolation of new acetylenic diols 1-3. Their structure was determined on the basis of 1H- and 13C-NMR evidence and the absolute configuration elucidated by means of the modified Mosher's method. PMID:10820836

  18. A Microwave Investigation of the Ionization of Hydrogen-Oxygen and Acetylene-Oxygen Flames

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    Kurt E. Shuler; Joseph Weber

    1954-01-01

    The ionization of premixed hydrogen-oxygen and acetylene-oxygen flames burning at atmospheric pressure was studied by a microwave method. The attenuation of electromagnetic radiation by the flames was employed to determine the free electron concentration. To obtain a high sensitivity for these measurements, a microwave bridge operating slightly off balance was employed, with the flames positioned between two electromagnetic horns in

  19. 46 CFR 151.50-79 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

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    2011-10-01

    ...Composition 1 is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene to propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  20. 46 CFR 151.50-79 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

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    2014-10-01

    ...Composition 1 is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene to propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  1. 46 CFR 151.50-79 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-10-01

    ...Composition 1 is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene to propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  2. 46 CFR 151.50-79 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-10-01

    ...Composition 1 is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene to propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  3. 46 CFR 151.50-79 - Methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-10-01

    ...Composition 1 is: (i) Maximum methyl acetylene to propadiene molar ratio of 3 to 1; (ii) Maximum combined concentration of...isobutane of 24 mole percent, of which at least one-third (on a molar basis) must be butanes and one-third propane; and...

  4. Control of soot emitted from acetylene diffusion flames by applying an electric field

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    Masahiro Saito; Toshihiro Arai; Masataka Arai

    1999-01-01

    This paper deals with the control of soot emission from acetylene diffusion flames by applying an electric field. The effects of applied voltage, polarity, and spacing of electrodes on soot emissions were investigated experimentally. The results showed that the shape of the flame changed remarkably with increasing applied voltage. The polarity of the applied voltage influenced the shape of the

  5. Broad spectral features in the stimulated emission pumping spectrum of acetylene

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    Pique, J.P.; Engel, Y.M.; Levine, R.D.; Chen, Y.; Field, R.W.; Kinsey, J.L.

    1988-05-01

    The vibrational spectrumof acetylene is reported. This is the stimulat emission pumping spectrum obtained by stimulated downward transition from an upper electronic state to the ground electronic surface.Broad band and high resolution spectra were recorded at 25840-27250 wave numbers.(AIP)

  6. Acetylene measurement in flames by chirp-based quantum cascade laser spectrometry.

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    Quine, Zachary R; McNesby, Kevin L

    2009-06-01

    We have designed and characterized a mid-IR spectrometer built around a pulsed distributed-feedback quantum cascade laser using the characteristic frequency down-chirp to scan through the spectral region 6.5 cm(-1) spectral region. The behavior of this chirp is extensively measured. The accuracy and detection limits of the system as an absorption spectrometer are demonstrated first by measuring spectra of acetylene through a single pass 16 cm absorption cell in real time at low concentrations and atmospheric pressure. The smallest detectable peak is measured to be approximately 1.5 x 10(-4) absorbance units, yielding a minimum detectable concentration length product of 2.4 parts per million meter at standard temperature and pressure. This system is then used to detect acetylene within an ethylene-air opposed flow flame. Measurements of acetylene content as a function of height above the fuel source are presented, as well as measurements of acetylene produced in fuel breakdown as a function of preinjection fuel temperature. PMID:19488121

  7. Methane emissions measured at two California landfills by OTM-10 and an acetylene tracer method

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    Methane emissions were measured at two municipal solid waste landfills in California using static flux chambers, an optical remote sensing approach known as vertical radial plume mapping (VRPM) using a tunable diode laser (TDL) and a novel acetylene tracer method. The tracer meth...

  8. The influence of collision and vibrational energy on the reaction with acetylene

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    Anderson, Scott L.

    The influence of collision and vibrational energy on the reaction of CH3CHO¿ with acetylene Ho-Tae Kim, Jianbo Liu, and Scott L. Anderson Department of Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0850 Received 22 January 2001; accepted 21 February 2001 Reaction of acetaldehyde cations

  9. Association Mechanisms of Unsaturated C2 Hydrocarbons with Their Cations: Acetylene and Ethylene

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    Bera, Partha P.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Lee, Timothy J.

    2013-01-01

    The ion-molecule association mechanism of acetylene and ethylene with their cations is investigated by ab initio quantum chemical methods to understand the structures, association energies, and the vibrational and electronic spectra of the products. Stable puckered cyclic isomers are found as the result of first forming less stable linear and bridge isomers. The puckered cyclic complexes are calculated to be strongly bound, by 87, 35 and 56 kcal/mol for acetylene-acetylene cation, ethylene-ethylene cation and acetylene-ethylene cation, respectively. These stable complexes may be intermediates that participate in further association reactions. There are no association barriers, and no significant inter-conversion barriers, so the initial linear and bridge encounter complexes are unlikely to be observable. However, the energy gap between the bridged and cyclic puckered isomers greatly differs from complex to complex: it is 44 kcal/mol in C4H4 +, but only 6 kcal/mol in C4H8 +. The accurate CCSD(T) calculations summarized above are also compared against less computationally expensive MP2 and density functional theory (DFT) calculations for structures, relative energies, and vibrational spectra. Calculated vibrational spectra are compared against available experiments for cyclobutadiene cation. Electronic spectra are also calculated using time-dependent DFT.

  10. Growth of diamond films using an enclosed methyl-acetylene and propadiene combustion flame

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    Dandy, David

    1 Growth of diamond films using an enclosed methyl-acetylene and propadiene combustion flame K Abstract Diamond growth in low pressure combustion flames was studied using a safer, more economical and chemical kinetic time scales in the combustion reactor. 1 Present Address: 3M Corporation, Bldg. 60-1N-01

  11. TOXICITY OF ACETYLENIC ALCOHOLS TO THE FATHEAD MINNOW, PIMEPHALES PROMELAS: NARCOSIS AND PROELECTROPHILE ACTIVATION

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    The 96-h LC50 values for 16 acetylenic alcohols in the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) were determined using continuous-flow diluters. The measured LC50 values for seven tertiary propargylic alcohols agreed closely with the QSAR predictions based upon data for other organic ...

  12. Effects of acido-basic support properties on the catalytic hydrogenation of acetylene on gold nano-particles

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    Manda, Abdullah Ahmed

    Metallic gold nanoparticles supported on gamma-Al2O 3 and magnesia-alumina mixed oxide, with different magnesia content have been prepared by sol-gel method and characterized by different techniques (inductive coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS), XRD, BET surface area analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), CO2 and NH 3 temperature programmed desorption (TPD), H2 temperature programmed reduction (TPR) and FTIR of adsorbed CO2). Such systems were found to produce catalysts with controllable acidity, varying from catalyst possessing large density of acidic and low density of basic sites, others with acidic and basic sites of equal strength and density, and others with large basic and low acid sites densities, respectively. The catalytic assessment of the generated acidity was carried out using 2-propanol decomposition as a test reaction. The results obtained indicate that the presence of magnesia and reduced gold nanopartilces has imparted the catalysts, 1%Au/4%Mg-Al 2O3 and 1%Au/8%Mg-Al2O3, with significant base-catalytic properties. Acetylene hydrogenation and formation of coke deposits were investigated on a gold catalyst supported on gamma-Al2O3 and gold supported on alumina-magnisia mixed oxide with different gold content; 1%Au/gamma-Al 2O3, 1%Au/15%Mg-Al2O3, 2%Au/15%Mg-Al 2O3 and 4%Au/15%Mg-Al2O3. The effect of the H2/C2H2 ratio was studied over a range of values. The catalytic activity and selectivity towards ethylene and other products were investigated at different reaction temperatures. Acetylene hydrogenation was investigated in the presence and absence of ethylene in stream. It is investigated that the adsorption of the triple bond is preferred over the double bond and during selective catalytic (SCR) of C2H2 the two hydrocarbons do not compete for the same adsorption sites. The deactivation of catalysts was studied by temperature programmed oxidation (TPO). Higher content of coke over 1%Au/Al2O3 catalyst was investigated in contrast to the other catalysts in which the basisity of magnesia-alumina supports could have played an important role in inhibiting the acidic carbon formation by possessing smaller number and/or weaker acid sites.

  13. A potential plant-derived antifungal acetylenic acid mediates its activity by interfering with fatty acid homeostasis

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    6-Nonadecynoic acid (6-NDA), a plant-derived acetylenic acid, exhibits strong inhibitory activity against the human fungal pathogens Candida albicans, Aspergillus fumigatus, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. In the present study, transcriptional profiling coupled with mutant and biochemical analyses...

  14. Comment on ``The overtone spectrum of acetylene: A rotational analysis based on a local model description''a)

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    Kevin K. Lehmann; George J. Scherer; W. Klemperer

    1983-01-01

    Many serious errors in the recent article ‘‘The overtone spectrum of acetylene: A rotational analysis based on a local model description’’ by Bryan R. Henry, M. Ali Mohammadi, and Allan W. Tarr [J. Chem. Phys. 77, 3295 (1982)] are discussed.

  15. Kinetics of tetrachloroethylene-reductive dechlorination catalyzed by vitamin B{sub 12}

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    Burris, D.R. [AFRL/MLQR, Tyndall AFB, FL (United States); Delcomyn, C.A. [Applied Research Associates, Inc., Tyndall AFB, FL (United States); Deng, B. [New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM (United States). Dept. of Mineral and Environmental Engineering; Buck, L.E. [Polytechnic Univ., Brooklyn, NY (United States). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Hatfield, K. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States). Dept. of Civil Engineering

    1998-09-01

    Reductive dechlorination kinetics of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) to ethylene catalyzed by vitamin B{sub 12} using Ti[III] citrate as the bulk reductant was examined in a vapor-water batch system. A kinetic model incorporating substrate-B{sub 12} electron-transfer complex formation and subsequent product release was developed. The model also accounted for the primary reductive dechlorination pathways (hydrogenolysis and reductive {beta} elimination) and vapor/water-phase partitioning. Reaction rate constants were sequentially determined by fitting the model to experimental kinetic data while moving upward through consecutive reaction pathways. The release of product from the complex was found to be second order with respect to substrate concentration for both PCE and acetylene; all other substrates appeared to release by first order. Reductive {beta} elimination was found to be a significant reaction pathway for trichloroethylene (TCE), and chloroacetylene was observed as a reactive intermediate. Acetylene production appears to be primarily due to the reduction of chloroacetylene derived from TCE. The reduction of cis-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE), the primary DCE isomer formed, was extremely slow, leading to a significant buildup of cis-DCE. The kinetics of acetylene and vinyl chloride reduction appeared to be limited by the formation of relatively stable substrate-B{sub 12} complexes. The relatively simple model examined appears to adequately represent the main features of the experimental data.

  16. Nitrogen oxide reduction in Wolinella succinogenes and Campylobacter species.

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    Payne, W J; Grant, M A; Shapleigh, J; Hoffman, P

    1982-01-01

    Wolinella succinogenes cells and extracts reduced nitric oxide, and cells, but not extracts, reduced nitrous oxide. Formate-reduced W. succinogenes extracts generated the 573-nm peak in difference spectra seen previously in response to nitric oxide in denitrifiers. The type strains of several Campylobacter species did not reduce either gaseous oxide. Cells, but not extracts, of C. fetus subspecies (fetus and venerealis) reduced nitrous oxide; acetylene inhibited reduction. Neither cells nor extracts reduced nitric oxide. PMID:7130133

  17. A detailed kinetic modeling study of aromatics formation in laminar premixed acetylene and ethylene flames

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    Wang, H. [Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering] [Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Frenklach, M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering] [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    1997-07-01

    A computational study was performed for the formation and growth of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in laminar premixed acetylene and ethylene flames. A new detailed reaction mechanism describing fuel pyrolysis and oxidation, benzene formation, and PAH mass growth and oxidation is presented and critically tested. It is shown that the reaction model predicts reasonably well the concentration profiles of major and intermediate species and aromatic molecules in a number of acetylene and ethylene flames reported in the literature. It is demonstrated that reactions of n-C{sub 4}H{sub x} + C{sub 2}H{sub 2} leading to the formation of one-ring aromatics are as important as the propargyl recombination, and hence must be included in kinetic modeling of PAH formation in hydrocarbon flames. It is further demonstrated that the mass growth of PAHs can be accounted for by the previously proposed H-abstraction-C{sub 2}H{sub 2}-addiction mechanism.

  18. Low pressure R.F. plasma reactions in light hydrocarbons. Ethylene and acetylene

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    Canepa, Pietro; Castello, Gianrico; Nicchia, Mario; Munari, Stelio

    The results obtained in the plasmolysis of ethylene and acetylene in an inductively coupled radiofrequency glow discharge are reported. A static system at a constant initial pressure of 0.5 torr and input power of 50 W was used; the gaseous and polymeric products were evaluated and compared with previous data on ethane plasmolysis and other available literature data. The decomposition products of ethylene were similar to those obtained during the plasmolysis of ethane, with a different distribution and a smaller initial increase of the total pressure. The total pressure of acetylene quickly decreased to near zero value at small specific energy, due to rapid polymerization. No gaseous products were detected, except hydrogen and traces of diacetylene.

  19. Characterization of the Minimum Energy Paths and Energetics for the reaction of Vinylidene with Acetylene

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    Walch, Stephen P.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1995-01-01

    The reaction of vinylidene (CH2C) with acetylene may be an initiating reaction in soot formation. We report minimum energy paths and accurate energetics for a pathway leading to vinylacetylene and for a number of isomers Of C4H4. The calculations use complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) derivative methods to characterize the stationary points and internally contacted configuration interaction (ICCI) and/or coupled cluster singles and doubles with a perturbational estimate of triple excitations (CCSD(T)) to determine the energetics. We find an entrance channel barrier of about 5 kcal/mol for the addition of vinylidene to acetylene, but no barriers above reactants for the reaction pathway leading to vinylacetylene.

  20. Kinetics of formation of pyrolytic carbon from acetylene, vinylacetylene, and diacetylene

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    Tesner, P.A.; Shein, O.G.

    1987-12-01

    The direct gravimetric measurement of the rate of formation of pyrolytic carbon during thermal decomposition of vinyl-, divinyl-, and diacetylene in the 450-1000/sup 0/ region was carried out. It was shown that the rates of formation of pyrolytic carbon from vinyl- and divinylacetylene coincide with one another, and at 600/sup 0/C are higher by one order of magnitude than that from acetylene. The rate of formation of pyrolytic carbon from diacetylene at 600/sup 0/C is higher than that of acetylene by two orders of magnitude. The activation energy of the formation process of pyrolytic carbon from vinyl- and divinylacetylene and diacetylene is 115 and 62 kJ/mole, respectively.

  1. Isotope effect in normal-to-local transition of acetylene bending modes

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    Ma, Jianyi [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, (United States); Xu, Dingguo [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, (United States) and Sichuan Univ. (China); Guo, Hua [University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, (United States); Tyng, Vivian [Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR (United States); Kellman, Michael E. [Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR (United States)

    2012-01-03

    The normal-to-local transition for the bending modes of acetylene is considered a prelude to its isomerization to vinylidene. Here, such a transition in fully deuterated acetylene is investigated using a full-dimensional quantum model. It is found that the local benders emerge at much lower energies and bending quantum numbers than in the hydrogen isotopomer HCCH. This is accompanied by a transition to a second kind of bending mode called counter-rotator, again at lower energies and quantum numbers than in HCCH. These transitions are also investigated using bifurcation analysis of two empirical spectroscopic fitting Hamiltonians for pure bending modes, which helps to understand the origin of the transitions semiclassically as branchings or bifurcations out of the trans and normal bend modes when the latter become dynamically unstable. The results of the quantum model and the empirical bifurcation analysis are in very good agreement.

  2. Unexpected chemistry from the reaction of naphthyl and acetylene at combustion-like temperatures.

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    Parker, Dorian S N; Kaiser, Ralf I; Bandyopadhyay, Biswajit; Kostko, Oleg; Troy, Tyler P; Ahmed, Musahid

    2015-04-27

    The hydrogen abstraction/acetylene addition (HACA) mechanism has long been viewed as a key route to aromatic ring growth of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in combustion systems. However, doubt has been drawn on the ubiquity of the mechanism by recent electronic structure calculations which predict that the HACA mechanism starting from the naphthyl radical preferentially forms acenaphthylene, thereby blocking cyclization to a third six-membered ring. Here, by probing the products formed in the reaction of 1- and 2-naphthyl radicals in excess acetylene under combustion-like conditions with the help of photoionization mass spectrometry, we provide experimental evidence that this reaction produces 1- and 2-ethynylnaphthalenes (C12 H8 ), acenaphthylene (C12 H8 ) and diethynylnaphthalenes (C14 H8 ). Importantly, neither phenanthrene nor anthracene (C14 H10 ) was found, which indicates that the HACA mechanism does not lead to cyclization of the third aromatic ring as expected but rather undergoes ethynyl substitution reactions instead. PMID:25752687

  3. Computational study of the thermal reaction rate between S +( 4S) and acetylene

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    Aschi, Massimiliano; Largo, Antonio

    2001-04-01

    The thermal reaction between S +( 4S) and acetylene has been studied in the framework of the statistical theories in order to extract informations concerning its actual efficiency at different temperatures and bath gas densities. The results of the present work are in reasonable agreement with the available experimental data concerning both the efficiency and the generated products. The spin-forbidden paths have been also re-addressed and their actual role within the overall process, discussed.

  4. Ions in fuel-rich and sooting acetylene and benzene flames

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    D. B. Olson; H. F. Calcote

    1981-01-01

    Mass spectrometric measurements of flame ion concentration profiles have been made in low pressure rich and sooting acetylene\\/oxygen and benzene\\/oxygen flames. As both flames are made richer and approach sooting the predominant ion CâHâ\\/sup +\\/ is replaced by large positive aromatic ions with mass greater than 300. The profile of these ions corresponds with a previously identified class of ''soot

  5. Electrochemical polymerization of acetylene on Rh electrodes probed by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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    Guo-kun Liu; Bin Ren; De-yin Wu; Jian-ming Lin; Ren-ao Gu; Zhong-qun Tian

    2006-01-01

    By combining cyclic voltammetry (CV) and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), the electrochemical behaviors of acetylene (C2H2) on a roughened Rh electrode in 0.1M HClO4 solution were studied. On both roughened and smooth Rh surfaces, a clear loop in the cyclic voltammogram was observed in the negative potential region, indicating the formation of a new phase. However, only on the roughened

  6. Use of hydrotalcites as catalytic precursors of multimetallic mixed oxides. Application in the hydrogenation of acetylene

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    A. Monzón; E. Romeo; C. Royo; R. Trujillano; F. M. Labajos; V. Rives

    1999-01-01

    The effect of the Ni\\/Zn molar ratio on the activity, selectivity, and coke formation of NiO·ZnO·Al2O3 catalysts (modified with Fe3+ or Cr3+) during acetylene hydrogenation has been studied. Coke formation is decreased significantly in the presence of ZnO, and a similar effect is also found when the catalysts are doped with Cr3+ instead of with Fe3+. An optimum Ni\\/Zn ratio

  7. Synthesis and characterization of turbostratic carbons prepared by catalytic chemical vapour decomposition of acetylene

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    Li Li; Z. H. Zhu; G. Q. Lu; Z. F. Yan; R. De Marco

    2006-01-01

    The turbostratic mesoporous carbon blacks were prepared by catalytic chemical vapour decomposition (CCVD) of acetylene using Ni\\/MgO catalysts prepared by co-precipitation. The relationship between deposition conditions and the nanostructures of resultant carbon black materials was investigated. It was found that the turbostratic and textural structures of carbon blacks are dependent on the deposition temperature and nickel catalyst loading. Higher deposition

  8. Analysis of effluent gases during the CCVD growth of multi-wall carbon nanotubes from acetylene

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    T. C. Schmitt; A. S. Biris; D. W. Miller; A. R. Biris; D. Lupu; S. Trigwell; Z. U. Rahman

    2006-01-01

    Catalytic chemical vapor deposition was used to grow multi-walled carbon nanotubes on a Fe:Co:CaCO3 catalyst from acetylene. The influent and effluent gases were analyzed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry at different time intervals during the nanotubes growth process in order to better understand and optimize the overall reaction. A large number of byproducts were identified and it was found

  9. Controlled degradation and crosslinking of polypropylene induced by gamma radiation and acetylene

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    Adriana Yoshiga; Harumi Otaguro; Duclerc Fernandes Parra; Luís Filipe C. P. Lima; Ademar B. Lugao

    2009-01-01

    Isotactic polypropylene (iPP) undergoes crosslinking and extensive main chain scissions when submitted to irradiation. The\\u000a simultaneous irradiation of PP and acetylene is able to control chain scission and produce grafting. The grafted PP further\\u000a reacts with PP radicals resulting in branching and crosslinking. In this work, commercial polypropylenes (iPP) of different\\u000a molecular weights were irradiated with a 60Co source at

  10. Toward spectroscopically accurate global ab initio potential energy surface for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization.

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    Han, Huixian; Li, Anyang; Guo, Hua

    2014-12-28

    A new full-dimensional global potential energy surface (PES) for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization on the ground (S0) electronic state has been constructed by fitting ?37,000 high-level ab initio points using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network method with a root mean square error of 9.54 cm(-1). The geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of acetylene, vinylidene, and all other stationary points (two distinct transition states and one secondary minimum in between) have been determined on this PES. Furthermore, acetylene vibrational energy levels have been calculated using the Lanczos algorithm with an exact (J = 0) Hamiltonian. The vibrational energies up to 12,700 cm(-1) above the zero-point energy are in excellent agreement with the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians, suggesting that the PES is approaching spectroscopic accuracy. In addition, analyses of the wavefunctions confirm the experimentally observed emergence of the local bending and counter-rotational modes in the highly excited bending vibrational states. The reproduction of the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians for highly excited bending states signals the coming of age for the ab initio based PES, which can now be trusted for studying the isomerization reaction. PMID:25554156

  11. Discovery of acetylene hydratase activity of the iron–sulphur protein IspH

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    Wang, Weixue; Zhang, Yonghui; Bacher, Adelbert; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Li, Kai; Schulz, Charles; Oldfield, Eric; Groll, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The final step of the methylerythritol phosphate isoprenoid biosynthesis pathway is catalysed by the iron–sulphur enzyme IspH, producing the universal precursors of terpenes: isopentenyl diphosphate and dimethylallyl diphosphate. Here we report an unforeseen reaction discovered during the investigation of the interaction of IspH with acetylene inhibitors by X-ray crystallography, Mößbauer, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. In addition to its role as a 2H+/2e? reductase, IspH can hydrate acetylenes to aldehydes and ketones via anti-Markovnikov/Markovnikov addition. The reactions only occur with the oxidised protein and proceed via ?1-O-enolate intermediates. One of these is characterized crystallographically and contains a C4 ligand oxygen bound to the unique, fourth iron in the 4Fe-4S cluster: this intermediate subsequently hydrolyzes to produce an aldehyde product. This unexpected side to IspH reactivity is of interest in the context of the mechanism of action of other acetylene hydratases, as well as in the design of antiinfectives targeting IspH. PMID:22948824

  12. Chemiionization and ion-molecule reactions in fuel-rich acetylene flames

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    Eraslan, A.N. (Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (US)); Brown, R.C. (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (US))

    1988-10-01

    The objective of this study is to model the appearance and behavior of combustion-generated ions in rich flames of acetylene. A one-dimensional, laminar, flat flame of acetylene was developed that combines reactions for oxidation, pyrolysis, chemiionization, proton transfer, ion-molecule reactions, and charge recombination relevant to rich acetylene combustion. Four possible chemiionization reactions are included in the model. Ions other than CHO/sup +/ and C/sub 3/H/sub 3//sup +/ are assumed to form by proton transfer or by a series of ion-molecule reactions. The proposed model predicts total ion concentrations reasonably well over a wide range of stoichiometries. Total ion concentrations are very sensitive to the rate of the CH/sup */ + O chemiionization reaction. The dominant ion, C/sub 3/H/sub 3//sup +/, is found to be produced from CHO/sup +/ by ion-molecule reactions rather than by direct chemiionization. Computations show that only a limited number of ionic reactions are equilibrated in the flames. The ratio of large ions to small ions is predicted to increase sharply as the critical equivalence ratio for soot formation is approached.

  13. Toward spectroscopically accurate global ab initio potential energy surface for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization

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    Han, Huixian; Li, Anyang; Guo, Hua

    2014-12-01

    A new full-dimensional global potential energy surface (PES) for the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization on the ground (S0) electronic state has been constructed by fitting ˜37 000 high-level ab initio points using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network method with a root mean square error of 9.54 cm-1. The geometries and harmonic vibrational frequencies of acetylene, vinylidene, and all other stationary points (two distinct transition states and one secondary minimum in between) have been determined on this PES. Furthermore, acetylene vibrational energy levels have been calculated using the Lanczos algorithm with an exact (J = 0) Hamiltonian. The vibrational energies up to 12 700 cm-1 above the zero-point energy are in excellent agreement with the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians, suggesting that the PES is approaching spectroscopic accuracy. In addition, analyses of the wavefunctions confirm the experimentally observed emergence of the local bending and counter-rotational modes in the highly excited bending vibrational states. The reproduction of the experimentally derived effective Hamiltonians for highly excited bending states signals the coming of age for the ab initio based PES, which can now be trusted for studying the isomerization reaction.

  14. Functionalized acetylenic compounds via 1-bromo- 1,2-dienes and organocopper reagents

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    Caporusso, A.M.; Iodice, A.; Lardicci, L.; Salvadori, P. [Chimica Industriale dell` Universita, Pisa (Italy)

    1995-12-31

    The acetylenic unity provides a convenient handle which may be converted into a variety of functionalities. In this frame, the authors developed a general and efficient method for the synthesis of chiral 1-alkynes, with a tertiary or a quaternary asymmetric carbon atom in the {alpha} position to the triple bond, by stereoselective cross-coupling of bromocuprates [(RCuBr)MaBr LiBr R=Alkyl, aryl] with optically active 1-bromo-1,2-dienes. This method provides terminal acetylenes which can easily converted into biologically active compounds, such as the antiphlogistic (+)-Ibuprofen. The authors report here that this procedure can be extended to the preparation of a large variety of functionalized acetylenic systems. In fact, bromocuprates, obtained from protected functionalized Grignard reagents and LiCuBr{sub 2}, react with bromoallenes affording the 1-alkynes with high yields, regio- and stereoselectivity. Compounds are also conveniently obtained from cyanocuprates, prepared by reaction of functionalized zinc reagents with the cuprous cyanide/lithium chloride complex; the organozinc derivatives are directly obtained from organic halides and highly activated zinc powder, prepared by metal vapour technique.

  15. Chemistry of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons formation from phenyl radical pyrolysis and reaction of phenyl and acetylene.

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    Comandini, A; Malewicki, T; Brezinsky, K

    2012-03-15

    An experimental investigation of phenyl radical pyrolysis and the phenyl radical + acetylene reaction has been performed to clarify the role of different reaction mechanisms involved in the formation and growth of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) serving as precursors for soot formation. Experiments were conducted using GC/GC-MS diagnostics coupled to the high-pressure single-pulse shock tube present at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the first time, comprehensive speciation of the major stable products, including small hydrocarbons and large PAH intermediates, was obtained over a wide range of pressures (25-60 atm) and temperatures (900-1800 K) which encompass the typical conditions in modern combustion devices. The experimental results were used to validate a comprehensive chemical kinetic model which provides relevant information on the chemistry associated with the formation of PAH compounds. In particular, the modeling results indicate that the o-benzyne chemistry is a key factor in the formation of multi-ring intermediates in phenyl radical pyrolysis. On the other hand, the PAHs from the phenyl + acetylene reaction are formed mainly through recombination between single-ring aromatics and through the hydrogen abstraction/acetylene addition mechanism. Polymerization is the common dominant process at high temperature conditions. PMID:22339468

  16. Spectroscopic and dynamical studies of acetylene and hydrogen cyanide: S/sub 0/ surfaces, unstable isomers, and triplet states: Final technical report

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    Kinsey, J.L.; Field, R.W.

    1987-01-01

    Progress is reported in the following areas of research: statistical properties of C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ spectra in the 28,000 cm/sup -1/ region; properties of C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ X-bar ..sigma../sub g//sup +/ levels in the 11,400-15,600 cm/sup -1/ region; a spectroscopic study of the acetylene-vinylidene isomerization; an unsuspected Fermi perturbation in the acetylene A-bar 'Au 3..nu../sub 3/ level; acetylene quantum beats and anticrossing spectroscopy; and unimolecular decomposition of acetylene; determination of the heat of formation of the CCH radical. (PLG)

  17. Formation of Complex Organics by Gas Phase and Intracluster Ion-Molecule Reactions Involving Acetylene and Hydrogen Cyanide

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    El-Shall, S.; Hamed, A.; Soliman, A. R.; Momoh, P. O.

    2011-05-01

    Many complex organics including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are present in flames and combustion processes as well as in interstellar clouds and solar nebulae. Here, we present evidence for the formation of complex covalent organics by gas phase and intracluster reactions of the benzene, phenylium, pyridine, pyrimidine, phenylacetylene and benzonitrile cations with acetylene and hydrogen cyanide molecules. These reactions are studied using mass-selected ion mobility, chemical reactivity, collisional dissociation, and ab initio calculations. Measurements of collision cross sections in helium provide structural information on the adducts and allow probing structural changes at different temperatures (isomerization). We observed multiple additions of five acetylene molecules on the pyridine cation at room temperature. This is a remarkable result considering that only two acetylene molecules were added to the phenyl cation and no addition was observed on the benzene cation at room temperature. The experimental results are in full agreement with the ab initio calculations which predict that the first and second acetylenes add to the pyridine ion in barrierless, highly exothermic reactions. Similar reactions have been observed for the pyrimidine radical cation although the extent of the addition reactions is limited to only two acetylene molecules at room temperature. The results provide the first evidence for the incorporation of nitrogen in the formation cyclic hydrocarbons via the gas phase reactions of pyridine and pyrimidine ions with acetylene molecules. In addition, the formation of covalent adducts in the ionized acetylene/HCN system will be reported for the first time. Sequential reactions leading to the formation of pyridine and pyrimidine radical cations and higher adducts are observed over a wide range of temperature and pressure. The formation of these covalent adducts may represent a general class of addition reactions that can form complex heterocyclic species in ionizing environments.

  18. Polycyclic propargylamine and acetylene derivatives as multifunctional neuroprotective agents.

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    Zindo, Frank T; Barber, Quinton R; Joubert, Jacques; Bergh, Jacobus J; Petzer, Jacobus P; Malan, Sarel F

    2014-06-10

    The aim of this study was to design drug-like molecules with multiple neuroprotective mechanisms which would ultimately inhibit N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, block L-type voltage gated calcium channels (VGCC) and inhibit apoptotic processes as well as the monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) enzyme in the central nervous system. These types of compounds may act as neuroprotective and symptomatic drugs for disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. In designing the compounds we focused on the structures of rasagiline and selegiline, two well known MAO-B inhibitors and proposed neuroprotective agents. Based on this consideration, the compounds synthesised all contain the propargylamine functional group of rasagiline and selegiline or a derivative thereof, conjugated to various polycyclic cage moieties. Being non-polar, these polycyclic moieties have been shown to aid in the transport of conjugated compounds across the blood-brain barrier, as well as cell membranes and have secondary positive neuroprotective effects. All novel synthesised polycyclic derivatives proved to have significant anti-apoptotic activity (p < 0.05) which was comparable to the positive control, selegiline. Four compounds (12, 15 and 16) showed promising VGCC and NMDA receptor channel inhibitory activity ranging from 18% to 59% in micromolar concentrations and compared favourably to the reference compounds. In the MAO-B assay, 8-phenyl-ethynyl-8-hydroxypentacycloundecane (10), exhibited MAO-B inhibition of 73.32% at 300 ?M. This compound also reduced the percentage of apoptotic cells by as much as 40% when compared to the control experiments. PMID:24769350

  19. Soot Formation in Laminar Acetylene/Air Diffusion Flames at Atmospheric Pressure. Appendix C

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    Xu, F.; Faeth, G. M.; Urban, D. L. (Technical Monitor); Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The flame structure and soot-formation (soot nucleation and growth) properties of axisymmetric laminar coflowing jet diffusion flames were studied experimentally. Test conditions involved acetylene-nitrogen jets burning in coflowing air at atmospheric pressure. Measurements were limited to the axes of the flames and included soot concentrations, soot temperatures, soot structure, major gas species concentrations, radical species (H, OH, and O) concentrations, and gas velocities. The results show that as distance increases along the axes of the flames, detectable soot formation begins when significant H concentrations are present, and ends when acetylene concentrations become small. Species potentially associated with soot oxidation-O2, CO2, H2O, O, and OH-are present throughout the soot-formation region so that soot formation and oxidation proceed at the same time. Strong rates of soot growth compared to soot nucleation early in the soot-formation process, combined with increased rates of soot nucleation and oxidation as soot formation proceeds, causes primary soot particle diameters to reach a maximum relatively early in the soot-formation process. Aggregation of primary soot particles proceeds, however, until the final stages of soot oxidation. Present measurements of soot growth (corrected for soot oxidation) in laminar diffusion flames were consistent with earlier measurements of soot growth in laminar premixed flames and exhibited encouraging agreement with existing hydrogen-abstraction/carbon-addition (HACA) soot growth mechanisms in the literature that were developed based on measurements within laminar premixed flames. Measured primary soot particle nucleation rates in the present laminar diffusion flames also were consistent with corresponding rates measured in laminar premixed flames and yielded a crude correlation in terms of acetylene and H concentrations and the temperature.

  20. Soot Formation in Laminar Acetylene/Air Diffusion Flames at Atmospheric Pressure. Appendix H

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    Xu, F.; Faeth, G. M.; Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor); Urban, D. L. (Technical Monitor); Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The flame structure and soot-formation (soot nucleation and growth) properties of axisymmetric laminar coflowing jet diffusion flames were studied experimentally. Test conditions involved acetylene-nitrogen jets burning in coflowing air at atmospheric pressure. Measurements were limited to the axes of the flames and included soot concentrations, soot temperatures, soot structure, major gas species concentrations, radical species (H, OH, and O) concentrations, and gas velocities. The results show that as distance increases along the axes of the flames, detectable soot formation begins when significant H concentrations are present, and ends when acetylene concentrations become small. Species potentially associated with soot oxidation-O2, CO2, H2O, O, and OH-are present throughout the soot-formation region so that soot formation and oxidation proceed at the same time. Strong rates of soot growth compared to soot nucleation early in the soot-formation process, combined with increased rates of soot nucleation and oxidation as soot formation proceeds, causes primary soot particle diameters to reach a maximum relatively early in the soot-formation process. Aggregation of primary soot particles proceeds, however, until the final stages of soot oxidation. Present measurements of soot growth (corrected for soot oxidation) in laminar diffusion flames were consistent with earlier measurements of soot growth in laminar premixed flames and exhibited encouraging agreement with existing hydrogen-abstraction/carbon-addition (HACA) soot growth mechanisms in the literature that were developed based on measurements within laminar premixed flames. Measured primary soot particle nucleation rates in the present laminar diffusion flames also were consistent with corresponding rates measured in laminar premixed flames and yielded a crude correlation in terms of acetylene and H concentrations and the temperature.

  1. Soot Formation in Laminar Acetylene/Air Diffusion Flames at Atmospheric Pressure. Appendix J

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    Xu, F.; Faeth, G. M.; Urban, D. L. (Technical Monitor); Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The flame structure and soot-formation (soot nucleation and growth) properties of axisymmetric laminar coflowing jet diffusion flames were studied experimentally. Test conditions involved acetylene-nitrogen jets burning in coflowing air at atmospheric pressure. Measurements were limited to the axes of the flames and included soot concentrations, soot temperatures, soot structure, major gas species concentrations, radical species (H, OH, and O) concentrations, and gas velocities. The results show that as distance increases along the axes of the flames, detectable soot formation begins when significant H concentrations are present, and ends when acetylene concentrations become small. Species potentially associated with soot oxidation--O2, CO2, H2O, O, and OH-are present throughout the soot-formation region so that soot formation and oxidation proceed at the same time. Strong rates of soot growth compared to soot nucleation early in the soot-formation process, combined with increased rates of soot nucleation and oxidation as soot formation proceeds, causes primary soot particle diameters to reach a maximum relatively early in the soot-formation process. Aggregation of primary soot particles proceeds, however, until the final stages of soot oxidation. Present measurements of soot growth (corrected for soot oxidation) in laminar diffusion flames were consistent with earlier measurements of soot growth in laminar premixed flames and exhibited encouraging agreement with existing hydrogen-abstraction/carbon-addition (HACA) soot growth mechanisms in the literature that were developed based on measurements within laminar premixed flames. Measured primary soot particle nucleation rates in the present laminar diffusion flames also were consistent with corresponding rates measured in laminar premixed flames and yielded a crude correlation in terms of acetylene and H concentrations and the temperature.

  2. Silicon carbide-derived carbon nanocomposite as a substitute for mercury in the catalytic hydrochlorination of acetylene

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    Li, Xingyun; Pan, Xiulian; Yu, Liang; Ren, Pengju; Wu, Xing; Sun, Litao; Jiao, Feng; Bao, Xinhe

    2014-04-01

    Acetylene hydrochlorination is an important coal-based technology for the industrial production of vinyl chloride, however it is plagued by the toxicity of the mercury chloride catalyst. Therefore extensive efforts have been made to explore alternative catalysts with various metals. Here we report that a nanocomposite of nitrogen-doped carbon derived from silicon carbide activates acetylene directly for hydrochlorination in the absence of additional metal species. The catalyst delivers stable performance during a 150?hour test with acetylene conversion reaching 80% and vinyl chloride selectivity over 98% at 200?°C. Experimental studies and theoretical simulations reveal that the carbon atoms bonded with pyrrolic nitrogen atoms are the active sites. This proof-of-concept study demonstrates that such a nanocomposite is a potential substitute for mercury while further work is still necessary to bring this to the industrial stage. Furthermore, the finding also provides guidance for design of carbon-based catalysts for activation of other alkynes.

  3. Poly(acetylene) as a positive electrode in lithium sulfur oxyhalide cells

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    Calvert, Jeffrey M.; Weiner, Bryndyn; Smith, Jerry J.; Nowak, Robert J.

    1989-03-01

    Conductive poly(acetylene) film was employed as the positive electrode in primary lithium/thionyl chloride and lithium/sulfuryl chloride cells. Neutral (CH)x, doped to the metallic state upon in situ exposure to LiAlCl4/sulfur oxyhalide electrolytes, acts as a catalytic surface rather than as the active electrochemical element. Sulfur oxyhalides were reduced on(CH)x film at high rates as on PTFE-bonded Shawinigan carbon black felt. Electrode capacity was limited by the inability of the electrolyte to permeate the (CH)x film and the formation of a surface passive filmby discharge products.

  4. Mechanisms of. pi. -bond oxidation by cytochrome p-450: acetylenes as probes

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    Komives, E.A.

    1987-01-01

    Phenylacetylene and biphenylacetylene are oxidized by microsomal and purified P-450 to the corresponding arylacetic acids. During this transformation, the acetylenic hydrogen undergoes a 1,2 shift which causes a kinetic isotope effect of 1.8 on the overall enzymatic rate. The same products and kinetic isotope effects are observed when the arylacetylenes are oxidized by m-chloroperbenzoic acid. Suicide inactivation of P-450 by the arylacetylenes, which occurs simultaneously with metabolite formation, is insensitive to isotopic substitution so the partition ratio changes from 26 for phenylacetylene of 14 for (1-/sup 2/H) phenylacetylene.

  5. Excitation spectroscopy of the acetylene A--X transition in the 220 nm wavelength region

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    Abramson, E.; Kittrell, C.; Kinsey, J.L.; Field, R.W.

    1982-03-01

    The fluorescence excitation spectrum of the A /sup 1/A/sub u/--X /sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub g/ transition of acetylene has been examined in the 220 nm wavelength region. Sharp lines were observed at frequencies that agree with earlier studies using absorption spectroscopy, and most lines previously reported as blended were well resolved. Time-resolved fluorescent decays following excitation in four of the peaks revealed suprisingly long lifetimes (2--5 ..mu..s in the low-pressure limit). Two of the levels exhibited modulation in their fluorescent decays.

  6. Doppler broadening thermometry of acetylene and accurate measurement of the Boltzmann constant

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    Hashemi, R.; Povey, C.; Derksen, M.; Naseri, H.; Garber, J.; Predoi-Cross, A.

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, we present accurate measurements of the fundamental Boltzmann constant based on a line-shape analysis of acetylene spectra in the ?1 + ?3 band recorded using a tunable diode laser. Experimental spectra recorded at low pressures (0.25 - 9 Torr), have been analyzed using a Speed Dependent Voigt model that takes into account the molecular speed dependence effects. This line-shape model reproduces the experimental data with good accuracy and allows us to determine precise line-shape parameters for the P(25) transition of the ?1 + ?3 band. From the recorded spectra we obtained the Doppler-width and then determined the Boltzmann constant, kB.

  7. HCN formation on Jupiter - The coupled photochemistry of ammonia and Acetylene

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    Kaye, J. A.; Strobel, D. F.

    1983-01-01

    HCN formation in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere of Jupiter is presently modeled in terms of UV pyrolysis of the C2H5N isomer aziridine, which is a product of the NH2 and C2H3 radicals that originate from ammonia photolysis and the addition of H atoms to acetylene, respectively. The sensitivity of the HCN column density to the individual rate constants and the eddy diffusion coefficient profile is considered, along with the possibility that additional HCN-yielding pathways may exist. Both ammonia and phosphine are strongly depleted by photolysis.

  8. CHINESE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS VOLUME 21, NUMBER 5 OCTOBER 27, 2008 High-resolution Absorption Spectra of Acetylene in 142.8-152.3 nm

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    Liu, Shilin

    syn- chrotron radiation as a light source [17,20,23]. More ac- curate absorption cross sections were to understand the photo- chemical behavior of acetylene in these cases. Moreover, acetylene is a very common) The ionization potential energy was measured by a later photoionization experiment [32]. Subsequently, Wilkin

  9. Potential Application of Nonstructural Protein NS1 Serotype-Specific Immunoglobulin G Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay in the Seroepidemiologic Study of Dengue Virus Infection: Correlation of Results with Those of the Plaque Reduction Neutralization Test

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    Pei-Yun Shu; Li-Kuang Chen; Shu-Fen Chang; Yi-Yun Yueh; Ling Chow; Li-Jung Chien; Chuan Chin; Hui-Hua Yang; Ting-Hsiang Lin; Jyh-Hsiung Huang

    2002-01-01

    An NS1 serotype-specific indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed to differen- tiate primary and secondary dengue virus infections and serotypes of primary dengue virus infection. For this report, we carried out retrospective seroepidemiologic studies on serum samples collected from residents of Liuchiu Hsiang, Pingtung County, an isolated island in southern Taiwan during 1997-1998. The results demonstrated that good correlation

  10. Schultheiss, Schiepe, & Rawolle Hormone assays 1 Running head: HORMONE ASSAYS

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    Schultheiss, Oliver C.

    Schultheiss, Schiepe, & Rawolle Hormone assays 1 Running head: HORMONE ASSAYS Hormone assays Oliver: Schultheiss, O. C., Schiepe, A., & Rawolle, M. (2012). Hormone assays. In H. Cooper, P. M. Camic, D. L. Long Association. #12;Schultheiss, Schiepe, & Rawolle Hormone assays 2 Hormone assays Hormones can be assayed from

  11. A DFT + U study of acetylene selective hydrogenation over anatase supported PdaAgb (a + b = 4) cluster.

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    Meng, Ling-Dong; Wang, Gui-Chang

    2014-09-01

    It is well known that the addition of Ag into Pd can promote the selectivity of acetylene hydrogenation to ethylene, and early theoretical studies focus on ideal single crystal model catalysts, so it is worth studying relatively realistic catalyst models, such as metal oxide supported PdAg systems. In this work, the reaction mechanisms for acetylene selective hydrogenation on the anatase TiO2(101) supported PdaAgb (a + b = 4) cluster are studied by density functional theory calculations with a Hubbard U correction. The results show that Ag addition to the Pd4 cluster reduces the interaction between the PdAg cluster and the support, and the possible reason is that the amount of electron transfer from the TiO2 support to the PdAg cluster decreases with increasing number of Ag atoms. Consequently the adsorption energies of acetylene and ethylene would become smaller on the anatase supported PdAg cluster as compared to that on the anatase supported Pd4 cluster, and this may help to enhance the selectivity of ethylene formation. Moreover, the reaction kinetics study of acetylene hydrogenation on anatase TiO2(101) supported PdAg cluster shows that the activation energy of the hydrogenation step is higher on the PdAg cluster than that on the pure Pd4 cluster, and thus reduces its catalytic activity. Importantly, the present calculation results suggested that the selectivity of ethylene formation, which is defined as the energy difference between the adsorption energy of ethylene and the barrier for its further hydrogenation, varies with the ratio of Pd/Ag in the PdAg cluster: the Pd3Ag system shows relatively low selectivity compared to that of the pure Pd4 cluster, whereas Pd2Ag2/PdAg3 displays higher selectivity than that of the pure Pd4 cluster. Furthermore, our present results demonstrated that the anatase support plays a key role in the acetylene hydrogenation processes: on one hand, it reduces the reaction activity of acetylene hydrogenation processes compared to the Pd2Ag2/Pd(111) and Pd2Ag2 clusters; on the other hand, it enhances the selectivity of ethylene due to its lower desorption energy. It was also found that the carbon species inside the Pd2Ag2 cluster has little effect on the catalytic selectivity towards ethylene formation, whereas the hydrogenation catalytic activity is enhanced significantly. Finally the role of the Pd2Ag2-anatase interface on the catalytic properties of acetylene hydrogenation was studied, and it was found that the interface can increase the activity of acetylene hydrogenation but the selectivity is not improved. PMID:25026216

  12. DC Protein Assay Instruction

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    Lebendiker, Mario

    DC Protein Assay Instruction Manual For Technical Service Call Your Local Bio-Rad Office and Principle The Bio-Rad DC Protein Assay is a colorimetric assay for protein concen- tration following preparation Spectrophotometer set to 750 nm 1 #12;Vortex mixer Plastic or glass cuvettes with 1 cm path length

  13. Length Dependence of Ionization Potentials of Trans-Acetylenes: Internally-Consistent DFT/GW Approach

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    Pinheiro, Max; Rinke, Patrick; Blum, Volker; Scheffler, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    We follow the evolution of the Ionization Potential (IP) for the paradigmatic quasi-one-dimensional trans-acetylene family of conjugated molecules, from short to long oligomers and to the infinite polymer trans-poly-acetylene (TPA). Our results for short oligomers are very close to experimental available data. We find that the IP varies with oligomer length and converges to the given value for TPA with a smooth, coupled inverse-length-exponential behavior. Our prediction is based on an "internally-consistent" scheme to adjust the exchange mixing parameter $\\alpha$ of the PBEh hybrid density functional, so as to obtain a description of the electronic structure consistent with the quasiparticle approximation for the IP. This is achieved by demanding that the corresponding quasiparticle correction, in the GW@PBEh approximation, vanishes for the IP when evaluated at PBEh($\\alpha^{ic}$). We find that $\\alpha^{ic}$ is also system-dependent and converges with increasing oligomer length, allowing to capture the depen...

  14. Selective Hydrogenation of Acetylene over Pd, Au, and PdAu Supported Nanoparticles

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    Walker, Michael P.

    The removal of trace amounts of acetylene in ethylene streams is a high-volume industrial process that must possess high selectivity of alkyne hydrogenation over hydrogenation of alkenes. Current technology uses metallic nanoparticles, typically palladium or platinum, for acetylene removal. However, problems arise due to the deactivation of the catalysts at high temperatures as well as low selectivities at high conversions. Pore expanded MCM-41 is synthesized via a two-step strategy in which MCM-41 was prepared via cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMABr) followed by the hydrothermal treatment with N,N-dimethyldecylamine (DMDA). This material was washed with ethanol to remove DMDA, or calcined to remove both surfactants. PE-MCM-41 based materials were impregnated with palladium, gold, and palladium-gold nanoparticles. The removal of DMDA had an effect on both the conversion and selectivity, in which they were found to drop significantly. However, by using the bimetallic PdAu catalysts, higher selectivity could be achieved due to increased electron density.

  15. Cryospectroscopic and ab initio anharmonic studies of acetylene-trimethylamine H-bonded complex

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    Rutkowski, K. S.; Melikova, S. M.; Janski, J.; Koll, A.

    2010-09-01

    The FTIR spectra of C 2H 2 in mixtures with trimethylamine (TMA) have been studied in liquefied Kr in the frequency range of ˜800-7000 cm -1. The data obtained for C 2H 2 subunit suggest the formation of 1:1 complexes stabilized by a moderate strength conventional H-bond. CH and CN stretching vibrations, related to the vicinal bonds of proton acceptor, were found to shift in opposite directions - blue in the former and red in the latter case. New weak bands, revealed in the range of ˜6000-7000 cm -1, were ascribed to the overtone and combination bands of C sbnd H stretching vibrations of acetylene which participates in the H-bond formation. The relative stability of the complex has been determined in a series of temperature ( T = 118-157 K) measurements of integrated intensities of vibrational bands ascribed to monomer and complex species. Ab initio MP2/6-311++G(2d,2p) a priory counterpoise corrected calculations, made for acetylene, TMA, and the complex reproduce the main spectroscopic observations. They suggest that the most stable non-linear structure of the complex is very floppy. Evaluations of anharmonic effects on position and integrated intensity of selected bands of C sbnd H stretching modes of C 2H 2 subunit have been made within perturbation theory on the basis of single point potential energy surface (PES) and dipole moment function calculations.

  16. Time Resolved Infrared Emission from Vibrational Excited Acetylene Following Super Energy Transfer Collisions with Hot Hydrogen

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    Smith, J. M.; Nikow, M.; Dai, J. Ma Andh. L.

    2013-06-01

    Can a molecule be activated with large amounts of energy transferred in a single collision between an atom and a molecule? If so, this type of collision will greatly affect molecular reactivity and equilibrium in systems including combustion where abundant hot atoms exist. Conventional expectation of translation to vibration (T-V) energy transfer is that probability decreases exponentially with energy transferred. We show, however, that in collisions between a pair of atom/molecule for which chemical reactions may occur, such as between a hyperthermal H atom and an ambient acetylene molecule, (T-V) energy transfer occurs with surprisingly high efficiency through chemical complex formation. Time-resolved infrared emission observations reveal that collisions between H atoms moving with 60 kcal/mole energy and acetylene molecules result in transfer of up to 70% of this energy into vibrational degrees of freedom. These experimental results are further supported by state of the art quasi-classical trajectory calculations performed by Bowman and coworkers.

  17. A Rapid Fluorescence-based Assay for Soluble Methane Monooxgyenase

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    Miller, Amber Reese; Keener, William Kelvin; Roberto, Francisco Figueroa; Watwood, Maribeth E.

    2002-01-01

    A fluorescence-based assay was developed to estimate soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) activity in solution. Whole cells of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b expressing sMMO were used to oxidize various compounds to screen for fluorescent products. Of the 12 compounds tested, only coumarin yielded a fluorescent product. The UV absorbance spectrum of the product matches that of 7-hydroxycoumarin, and this identification was confirmed by 13C-NMR spectroscopy. The dependence of the fluorescent reaction on sMMO activity was investigated by pre-incubation with acetylene, a known inhibitor of sMMO activity. Apparent kinetic parameters for whole cells were determined to be Km(app)=262 µM and Vmax(app)=821 nmol 7-hydroxycoumarin min–1 mg protein–1. The rate of coumarin oxidation by sMMO correlates well with those of trichloroethylene degradation and naphthalene oxidation. Advantages of the fluorescence-based coumarin oxidation assay over the naphthalene oxidation assay include a more stable product, direct detection of the product without additional reagents, and greater speed and convenience.

  18. 266 Langmuir 1986,2, 266-281 acetylene dose due to the high supply of hydrogen.

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    Prentiss, Mara

    266 Langmuir 1986,2, 266-281 acetylene dose due to the high supply of hydrogen. Moreover, methane fragments. This observation clearly points to a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. The fact that methane the fragments react to deuterated methanes and ethanes (amu 26-36) corresponding to a Langmuir

  19. [Characteristics of effects of acetylene amino alcohols M-cholinoreceptor blockers on the dopaminergic system in Daphnia magna].

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    Kosmachev, A B; Tonkopi?, V D; Podosinovikova, N P; Zagrebin, A O; Evdokimova, E A; Libman, N M; Petrov, V V; Dolgo-Saburov, V B

    2000-01-01

    Haloperidol and dimethpromide exhibit the properties of dopamine antagonists in the experiments on Daphnia magna Straus (Crustaceae family). Haloperidol, in contrast to dimethpromide, does not significantly influence the toxic effect of apomorphine. It is suggested that acetylene aminoalcohol derivatives are selective ligands for one of the subtypes of dopamine receptors. PMID:11202502

  20. Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intramolecular Acetylenic Schmidt Reaction David J. Gorin, Nicole R. Davis, and F. Dean Toste*

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    Toste, Dean

    Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intramolecular Acetylenic Schmidt Reaction David J. Gorin, Nicole R. Davis, and F 10, 2005; E-mail: fdtoste@berkeley.edu Gold(I) complexes have seen increased utility as catalysts-bonding from gold into an electron-deficient intermediate may play a role in mediating the formation of bicyclo

  1. Theoretical study of the bonding of the first- and second-row transition-metal positive ions to acetylene

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    Sodupe, M.; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.

    1991-01-01

    The bonding of transition-metal ions to acetylene is studied by using a theoretical treatment that includes electron correlation. The ions on the left side of the first and second transition rows insert into the pi bond to form a three-membered ring. On the right side of the row the bonding is electrostatic. The trends in bonding are discussed.

  2. TiO2 supported Pd@Ag as highly selective catalysts for hydrogenation of acetylene in excess ethylene.

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    Han, Yuxiang; Peng, Du; Xu, Zhaoyi; Wan, Haiqin; Zheng, Shourong; Zhu, Dongqiang

    2013-09-28

    A novel TiO2 supported core-shell (Pd@Ag) bimetallic catalyst was fabricated via the sequential photodeposition method. The Ag shell effectively blocks the high coordination sites on the Pd core, and therefore pronouncedly enhances the ethylene selectivity for the catalytic hydrogenation of acetylene in excess ethylene. PMID:23929310

  3. Photodestruction of PAHs in the interstellar medium. I. Photodissociation rates for the loss of an acetylenic group

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    T. Allain; S. Leach; E. Sedlmayr

    1996-01-01

    We have developed a model for interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in order to estimate their rate of photodissociation in the interstellar medium. These photo-reactions include the loss of atomic and molecular hydrogen and the loss of the acetylene molecule. We have studied the stability of PAHs in the regions of high UV radiation where the infrared emission bands attributed

  4. Rhodium(III)-catalyzed C-H activation/annulation with vinyl esters as an acetylene equivalent.

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    Webb, Nicola J; Marsden, Stephen P; Raw, Steven A

    2014-09-19

    The behavior of electron-rich alkenes in rhodium-catalyzed C-H activation/annulation reactions is investigated. Vinyl acetate emerges as a convenient acetylene equivalent, facilitating the synthesis of sixteen 3,4-unsubstituted isoquinolones, as well as select heteroaryl-fused pyridones. The complementary regiochemical preferences of enol ethers versus enol esters/enamides is discussed. PMID:25165993

  5. Characterization of the Minimum Energy Paths for the Ring Closure Reactions of C4H3 with Acetylene

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    Walch, Stephen P.

    1995-01-01

    The ring closure reaction of C4H3 with acetylene to give phenyl radical is one proposed mechanism for the formation of the first aromatic ring in hydrocarbon combustion. There are two low-lying isomers of C4H3; 1-dehydro-buta-l-ene-3-yne (n-C4H3) and 2-dehydro-buta-l-ene-3-yne (iso-C4H3). It has been proposed that only n-C4H3 reacts with acetylene to give phenyl radical, and since iso-C4H3 is more stable than n-C4H3, formation of phenyl radical by this mechanism is unlikely. We report restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) plus singles and doubles configuration interaction calculations with a Davidson's correction (RHF+1+2+Q) using the Dunning correlation consistent polarized valence double zeta basis set (cc-pVDZ) for stationary point structures along the reaction pathway for the reactions of n-C4H3 and iso-C4H3 with acetylene. n-C4H3 plus acetylene (9.4) has a small entrance channel barrier (17.7) (all energetics in parentheses are in kcal/mol with respect to iso-C4H3 plus acetylene) and the subsequent closure steps leading to phenyl radical (-91.9) are downhill with respect to the entrance channel barrier. Iso-C4H3 Plus acetylene also has an entrance channel barrier (14.9) and there is a downhill pathway to 1-dehydro-fulvene (-55.0). 1-dehydro-fulvene can rearrange to 6-dehydro-fulvene (-60.3) by a 1,3-hydrogen shift over a barrier (4.0), which is still below the entrance channel barrier, from which rearrangement to phenyl radical can occur by a downhill pathway. Thus, both n-C4H3 and iso-C4H3 can react with acetylene to give phenyl radical with small barriers.

  6. Carbon material formation on SBA-15 and Ni-SBA-15 and residue constituents during acetylene decomposition.

    PubMed

    Chiang, Hung-Lung; Wu, Trong-Neng; Ho, Yung-Shou; Zeng, Li-Xuan

    2014-07-15

    Carbon materials including carbon spheres and nanotubes were formed from acetylene decomposition on hydrogen-reduced SBA-15 and Ni-SBA-15 at 650-850°C. The physicochemical characteristics of SBA-15, Ni-SBA-15 and carbon materials were analyzed by field emission scanning electronic microscopy (FE-SEM), Raman spectrometry, and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). In addition, the contents of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the tar and residue and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the exhaust were determined during acetylene decomposition on SBA-15 and Ni-SBA-15. Spherical carbon materials were observed on SBA-15 during acetylene decomposition at 750 and 850°C. Carbon filaments and ball spheres were formed on Ni-SBA-15 at 650-850°C. Raman spectroscopy revealed peaks at 1290 (D-band, disorder mode, amorphous carbon) and 1590 (G-band, graphite sp(2) structure)cm(-1). Naphthalene (2 rings), pyrene (4 rings), phenanthrene (3 rings), and fluoranthene (4 rings) were major PAHs in tar and residues. Exhaust constituents of hydrocarbon (as propane), H2, and C2H2 were 3.9-2.6/2.7-1.5, 1.4-2.8/2.6-4.3, 4.2-2.4/3.2-1.7% when acetylene was decomposed on SBA-15/Ni-SBA-15, respectively, corresponding to temperatures ranging from 650 to 850°C. The concentrations of 52 VOCs ranged from 9359 to 5658 and 2488 to 1104ppm for SBA-15 and Ni-SBA-15 respectively, at acetylene decomposition temperatures from 650 to 850°C, and the aromatics contributed more than 87% fraction of VOC concentrations. PMID:24858051

  7. Absolute nuclear material assay

    DOEpatents

    Prasad, Manoj K. (Pleasanton, CA); Snyderman, Neal J. (Berkeley, CA); Rowland, Mark S. (Alamo, CA)

    2012-05-15

    A method of absolute nuclear material assay of an unknown source comprising counting neutrons from the unknown source and providing an absolute nuclear material assay utilizing a model to optimally compare to the measured count distributions. In one embodiment, the step of providing an absolute nuclear material assay comprises utilizing a random sampling of analytically computed fission chain distributions to generate a continuous time-evolving sequence of event-counts by spreading the fission chain distribution in time.

  8. Combination of a pulsed microwave plasma with a catalyst for acetylene oxidation

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    Rousseau, A.; Guaitella, O.; Röpcke, J.; Gatilova, L. V.; Tolmachev, Y. A.

    2004-09-01

    The potential of an approach combining a pulsed microwave discharge with a catalytic packed bed reactor for the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOC) has been studied. The ignition of the plasma has been made possible by inserting ferroelectric BaTiO3 pellets inside the microwave excitator. As a test VOC molecule, acetylene (C2H2) in an amount of 200ppm in dry air was used. The total oxidation products CO and CO2 have been monitored downstream of the plasma region by tuneable diode laser absorption spectroscopy in the infrared region. The oxidative efficiency was found to increase linearly with the pulse repetition rate. The oxidative efficiency and the CO2/CO selectivity were considerably enhanced when the catalyst was located inside the plasma region, which shows the synergetic effect of the plasma-catalyst combination.

  9. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Acetylene Sensing Properties of Variety Low Dimensional Zinc Oxide Nanostructures

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    Chen, Weigen; Peng, Shudi; Zeng, Wen

    2014-01-01

    Various morphologies of low dimensional ZnO nanostructures, including spheres, rods, sheets, and wires, were successfully synthesized using a simple and facile hydrothermal method assisted with different surfactants. Zinc acetate dihydrate was chosen as the precursors of ZnO nanostructures. We found that polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), glycine, and ethylene glycol (EG) play critical roles in the morphologies and microstructures of the synthesized nanostructures, and a series of possible growth processes were discussed in detail. Gas sensors were fabricated using screen-printing technology, and their sensing properties towards acetylene gas (C2H2), one of the most important arc discharge characteristic gases dissolved in oil-filled power equipments, were systematically measured. The ZnO nanowires based sensor exhibits excellent C2H2 sensing behaviors than those of ZnO nanosheets, nanorods, and nanospheres, indicating a feasible way to develop high-performance C2H2 gas sensor for practical application. PMID:24672324

  10. Analysis for Mar Vel Black and acetylene soot low reflectivity surfaces for star tracker sunshade applications

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    Yung, E.

    1974-01-01

    Mar Vel Black is a revolutionary new extremely low reflectivity anodized coating developed by Martin Marietta of Denver. It is of great interest in optics in general, and in star trackers specifically because it can reduce extraneous light reflections. A sample of Mar Vel Black was evaluated. Mar Vel Black looks much like a super black surface with many small peaks and very steep sides so that any light incident upon the surface will tend to reflect many times before exiting that surface. Even a high reflectivity surface would thus appear to have a very low reflectivity under such conditions. Conversely, acetylene soot does not have the magnified surface appearance of a super black surface. Its performance is, however, predictable from the surface structure, considering the known configuration of virtually pure carbon.

  11. Selective synthesis of double-wall carbon nanotubes by CCVD of acetylene using zeolite supports

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    Hiraoka, Tatsuki; Kawakubo, Tomoju; Kimura, Junichi; Taniguchi, Risa; Okamoto, Atsuto; Okazaki, Toshiya; Sugai, Toshiki; Ozeki, Yuji; Yoshikawa, Masahito; Shinohara, Hisanori

    2003-12-01

    Double-wall carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) have been synthesized in high-yield (>80%) by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) of acetylene over well- dispersed metal particles (typically Co/Fe binary system) embedded in heat-resistant zeolites at temperatures above 900 °C. The synthetic yield of DWNTs has been sensitively affected by reaction conditions of the CCVD such as zeolite support materials, the sintering of the metal particles, hydrocarbon sources and reaction temperatures. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy together with Raman spectroscopy shows that the outer tube diameter varies from 3 to 6 nm with inner-outer tube separations of 0.36-0.37 nm, which is much larger than the interlayer distance of graphite (0.335 nm).

  12. Efficient diode-pumped mid-infrared emission from acetylene-filled hollow-core fiber.

    PubMed

    Wang, Zefeng; Belardi, Walter; Yu, Fei; Wadsworth, William J; Knight, Jonathan C

    2014-09-01

    We report 3.1-3.2 ?m mid-infrared emission from acetylene-filled low loss antiresonant hollow-core fiber pumped with an amplified, modulated, narrowband, tunable 1.5 ?m diode laser. The maximum power conversion efficiency of ~30%, with respect to the absorbed pump power, is obtained with a 10.5 m length of fiber at 0.7 mbar. The maximum efficiency with respect to the total incident pump power (~20%) and the minimum pump laser energy required (<50 nJ) are both improved compared to similar work reported previously using an optical parametric oscillator as a pump source. This paper provides an effective route to obtain compact mid-infrared fiber lasers. PMID:25321562

  13. Tabletop imaging of structural evolutions in chemical reactions demonstrated for the acetylene cation

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    Ibrahim, Heide; Wales, Benji; Beaulieu, Samuel; Schmidt, Bruno E.; Thiré, Nicolas; Fowe, Emmanuel P.; Bisson, Éric; Hebeisen, Christoph T.; Wanie, Vincent; Giguére, Mathieu; Kieffer, Jean-Claude; Spanner, Michael; Bandrauk, André D.; Sanderson, Joseph; Schuurman, Michael S.; Légaré, François

    2014-07-01

    The introduction of femto-chemistry has made it a primary goal to follow the nuclear and electronic evolution of a molecule in time and space as it undergoes a chemical reaction. Using Coulomb Explosion Imaging, we have shot the first high-resolution molecular movie of a to and fro isomerization process in the acetylene cation. So far, this kind of phenomenon could only be observed using vacuum ultraviolet light from a free-electron laser. Here we show that 266?nm ultrashort laser pulses are capable of initiating rich dynamics through multiphoton ionization. With our generally applicable tabletop approach that can be used for other small organic molecules, we have investigated two basic chemical reactions simultaneously: proton migration and C=C bond breaking, triggered by multiphoton ionization. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with the timescales and relaxation pathways predicted by new and quantitative ab initio trajectory simulations.

  14. Analysis of Effluent Gases During the CCVD Growth of Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes from Acetylene

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    Schmitt, T. C.; Biris, A. S.; Miller, D. W.; Biris, A. R.; Lupu, D.; Trigwell, S.; Rahman, Z. U.

    2005-01-01

    Catalytic chemical vapor deposition was used to grow multi-walled carbon nanotubes on a Fe:Co:CaCO3 catalyst from acetylene. The influent and effluent gases were analyzed by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry at different time intervals during the nanotubes growth process in order to better understand and optimize the overall reaction. A large number of byproducts were identified and it was found that the number and the level for some of the carbon byproducts significantly increased over time. The CaCO3 catalytic support thermally decomposed into CaO and CO2 resulting in a mixture of two catalysts for growing the nanotubes, which were found to have outer diameters belonging to two main groups 8 to 35 nm and 40 to 60 nm, respectively.

  15. Shock-tube pyrolysis of acetylene - Sensitivity analysis of the reaction mechanism for soot formation

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    Frenklach, M.; Clary, D. W.; Gardiner, W. C., Jr.; Stein, S. E.

    1986-01-01

    The impact of thermodynamic parameters on the sensitivity of model predictions of soot formation by shock-tube pyrolysis of acetylene were assessed analytically. The pyrolysis process was treated as having three components: initiation, the initial pyrolysis stages; cyclization, formation of larger molecules and radicals and small aromatic molecules; and polymerization, further growth of aromatic rings. Rate equations are reviewed for each component. Thermodynamic effects were assessed by varying the C2H-H and C2H3-H bond energies and the Ct-(Ct) group additivity value. Any change in the C2H-H bond energy had a significant impact on the temperature and the maximum amount of the soot yield. The findings underscore the necessity of using accurate thermodynamic data for modeling high-temperature chemical kinetics.

  16. Interference in acetylene intersystem crossing acts as the molecular analog of Young's double-slit experiment

    PubMed Central

    de Groot, Mattijs; Field, Robert W.; Buma, Wybren J.

    2009-01-01

    We report on an experimental approach that reveals crucial details of the composition of singlet-triplet mixed eigenstates in acetylene. Intersystem crossing in this prototypical polyatomic molecule embodies the mixing of the lowest excited singlet state (S1) with 3 triplet states (T1, T2, and T3). Using high-energy (157-nm) photons from an F2 laser to record excited-state photoelectron spectra, we have decomposed the mixed eigenstates into their S1, T3, T2, and T1 constituent parts. One example of the interpretive power that ensues from the selective sensitivity of the experiment to the individual electronic state characters is the discovery and examination of destructive interference between two doorway-mediated intersystem crossing pathways. This observation of an interference effect in nonradiative decay opens up possibilities for rational coherent control over molecular excited state dynamics. PMID:19179288

  17. Graphenes in the absence of metals as carbocatalysts for selective acetylene hydrogenation and alkene hydrogenation.

    PubMed

    Primo, Ana; Neatu, Florentina; Florea, Mihaela; Parvulescu, Vasile; Garcia, Hermenegildo

    2014-01-01

    Catalysis makes possible a chemical reaction by increasing the transformation rate. Hydrogenation of carbon-carbon multiple bonds is one of the most important examples of catalytic reactions. Currently, this type of reaction is carried out in petrochemistry at very large scale, using noble metals such as platinum and palladium or first row transition metals such as nickel. Catalysis is dominated by metals and in many cases by precious ones. Here we report that graphene (a single layer of one-atom-thick carbon atoms) can replace metals for hydrogenation of carbon-carbon multiple bonds. Besides alkene hydrogenation, we have shown that graphenes also exhibit high selectivity for the hydrogenation of acetylene in the presence of a large excess of ethylene. PMID:25342228

  18. Graphenes in the absence of metals as carbocatalysts for selective acetylene hydrogenation and alkene hydrogenation

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    Primo, Ana; Neatu, Florentina; Florea, Mihaela; Parvulescu, Vasile; Garcia, Hermenegildo

    2014-10-01

    Catalysis makes possible a chemical reaction by increasing the transformation rate. Hydrogenation of carbon–carbon multiple bonds is one of the most important examples of catalytic reactions. Currently, this type of reaction is carried out in petrochemistry at very large scale, using noble metals such as platinum and palladium or first row transition metals such as nickel. Catalysis is dominated by metals and in many cases by precious ones. Here we report that graphene (a single layer of one-atom-thick carbon atoms) can replace metals for hydrogenation of carbon–carbon multiple bonds. Besides alkene hydrogenation, we have shown that graphenes also exhibit high selectivity for the hydrogenation of acetylene in the presence of a large excess of ethylene.

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis and acetylene sensing properties of variety low dimensional zinc oxide nanostructures.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Qu; Chen, Weigen; Peng, Shudi; Zeng, Wen

    2014-01-01

    Various morphologies of low dimensional ZnO nanostructures, including spheres, rods, sheets, and wires, were successfully synthesized using a simple and facile hydrothermal method assisted with different surfactants. Zinc acetate dihydrate was chosen as the precursors of ZnO nanostructures. We found that polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), glycine, and ethylene glycol (EG) play critical roles in the morphologies and microstructures of the synthesized nanostructures, and a series of possible growth processes were discussed in detail. Gas sensors were fabricated using screen-printing technology, and their sensing properties towards acetylene gas (C2H2), one of the most important arc discharge characteristic gases dissolved in oil-filled power equipments, were systematically measured. The ZnO nanowires based sensor exhibits excellent C2H2 sensing behaviors than those of ZnO nanosheets, nanorods, and nanospheres, indicating a feasible way to develop high-performance C2H2 gas sensor for practical application. PMID:24672324

  20. Indene formation from alkylated aromatics: kinetics and products of the fulvenallene + acetylene reaction.

    PubMed

    da Silva, Gabriel; Bozzelli, Joseph W

    2009-08-01

    A novel reaction is described for formation of the polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) indene in aromatic flames, via the reaction of fulvenallene with acetylene (C2H2). Fulvenallene has been recently identified as the major decomposition product of the benzyl radical, the dominant intermediate in the oxidation of alkylated aromatic hydrocarbons, yet it is not presently included in kinetic models for aromatic oxidation or PAH/soot formation. Ab initio calculations with the G3B3 theoretical method show that acetylene adds to fulvenallene with a barrier of around 27 kcal mol(-1). This forms an activated C9H8 adduct that can rearrange to indene and dissociate to 1-indenyl + H with energy barriers below that of the entrance channel. Master equation simulations across a range of temperature and pressure conditions demonstrate that for temperatures relevant to combustion indene is the dominant product at high pressures while 1-indenyl + H dominate at lower pressures. At low to moderate temperatures, the production of collision stabilized cyclopentadiene-fulvene intermediates is also significant. The results presented in this study provide a new pathway to cyclopenta-fused PAHs in aromatic combustion and are expected to improve modeling of PAH and soot formation. The formation of cyclopenta-fused C5-C6 structures is required to describe the flame synthesis of carbon nanoparticles like fullerenes and buckybowls (corannulene). Improved rate expressions are also reported for the 1-indenyl + H --> indene association reaction, and for the reverse dissociation, from variational transition state theory calculations. The new rate constants are significantly different than current estimates, primarily due to a re-evaluation of the indene C-H bond dissociation energy. PMID:19603772

  1. Reaction of ketenyl radical with acetylene: a promising route for cyclopropenyl radical.

    PubMed

    Xie, Hong-bin; Ding, Yi-hong; Sun, Chia-chung

    2006-06-01

    The reaction of the ketenyl radical (HCCO) with acetylene (C(2)H(2)) is very relevant to the oxygen-acetylene flames and fuel-rich combustion process for nitrogen-containing compounds. Unfortunately, except for several rate constant measurements, the mechanism is completely unknown for this reaction. In this paper, detailed theoretical investigations are performed for the HCCO + C(2)H(2) reaction at the G3B3 level using the B3LYP/6-31G(d), B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p), and QCISD/6-31G(d) geometries. The exclusive fragmentation channel is the formation of the cyclopropenyl radical (c-C(3)H(3)) and carbon monoxide (CO) via the chainlike OCCHCHCH and three-membered ring OC-cCHCHCH intermediates. Thus, the mass spectroscopic peak of C(3)H(3)(+) in a previous experiment can be explained. The calculated overall reaction barrier is 4.4, 4.4, and 5.3 kcal/mol at the G3B3//B3LYP/6-31G(d), G3B3//B3LYP/6-311++G(d,p), and G3B3//QCISD/6-31G(d) levels, respectively. The title reaction may provide an effective route for generating the long-sought cyclopropenyl radical in the laboratory, which has been the long-standing subject of numerous theoretical studies as the simplest cyclic conjugate radical, and its bulky derivatives were already known. Future experimental investigations for the HCCO + C(2)H(2) reaction are greatly desired to test the predicted fragmentation channel. The implication of the present study in combustion and interstellar processes is discussed. PMID:16737278

  2. Diagnostic assays used to control small ruminant lentiviruses

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The serological diagnostic tests such as the agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) assay and various types of enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) have contributed to the reduction of small ruminant lentivirus infections worldwide. Since there are no treatments or efficacious vaccines, the serolog...

  3. The effect of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae on growth and nitrogen fixation (acetylene reduction) by subterranean clover and pearl millet

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    Sherrod, Carole Cay

    1983-01-01

    is building which indicates that the symbiotic relationship between many fungi and roots of h1gher plants, a relationship referred to as mycorrh1zae (literally, "fungus root"), is instrumental in enhancing the uptake of many nutrients, particular- ly...

  4. Nitrogen Fixation (Acetylene Reduction) in a Salt Marsh Amended with Sewage Sludge and Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Compounds 1

    PubMed Central

    Hanson, Roger B.

    1977-01-01

    Seasonal distribution of nitrogen fixation by Spartina alterniflora epiphytes and in surface and soil samples was investigated in a Georgia salt marsh which was amended with sewage sludge or with glucose and/or ammonium nitrate. There was no significant difference between the rates of fixation in the unamended and sewage sludge plots. Additional perturbation experiments suggested that nitrogen addition indirectly stimulates nitrogen fixation by enhancing Spartina production and root exudation. Glucose additions, on the other hand, suppressed nitrogen fixation on a long-term basis. It is suggested that the microbial population in the soil out-competed the plants for the available nitrogen and in turn suppressed plant production and possibly root exudation. A comparison of nitrogen fixation in clipped and unclipped Spartina plots substantiated the suggestion that root exudation probably supports nitrogen fixation. Fixation in the clipped plots was significantly lower (P < 0.05) than the rates in the unclipped plots. PMID:16345239

  5. Immunochromatographic assay on thread.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Gina; Mao, Xun; Juncker, David

    2012-09-18

    Lateral-flow immunochromatographic assays are low-cost, simple-to-use, rapid tests for point-of-care screening of infectious diseases, drugs of abuse, and pregnancy. However, lateral flow assays are generally not quantitative, give a yes/no answer, and lack multiplexing. Threads have recently been proposed as a support for transporting and mixing liquids in lateral-flow immunochromatographic assays, but their use for quantitative high-sensitivity immunoassays has yet to be demonstrated. Here, we introduce the immunochromatographic assay on thread (ICAT) in a cartridge format that is suitable for multiplexing. The ICAT is a sandwich assay performed on a cotton thread knotted to a nylon fiber bundle, both of which are precoated with recognition antibodies against one target analyte. Upon sample application, the assay results become visible to the eye within a few minutes and are quantified using a flatbed scanner. Assay conditions were optimized, the binding curves for C-reactive protein (CRP) in buffer and diluted serum were established and a limit of detection of 377 pM was obtained. The possibility of multiplexing was demonstrated using three knotted threads coated with antibodies against CRP, osteopontin, and leptin proteins. The performance of the ICAT was compared with that of the paper-based and conventional assays. The results suggest that thread is a suitable support for making low-cost, sensitive, simple-to-use, and multiplexed diagnostic tests. PMID:22889381

  6. Rapid mercury assays

    SciTech Connect

    Szurdoki, S.; Kido, H.; Hammock, B.D. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    We have developed rapid assays with the potential of detecting mercury in environmental samples. our methods combine the simple ELISA-format with the selective, high affinity complexation of mercuric ions by sulfur-containing ligands. The first assay is based on a sandwich chelate formed by a protein-bound ligand immobilized on the wells of a microliter plate, mercuric ion of the analyzed sample, and another ligand conjugated to a reporter enzyme. The second assay involves competition between mercuric ions and an organomercury-conjugate to bind to a chelating conjugate. Several sulfur containing chelators (e.g., dithiocarbamates) and organomercurials linked to macromolecular carriers have been investigated in these assay formats. The assays detect mercuric ions in ppb/high ppt concentrations with high selectivity.

  7. CPTAC Assay Portal: a repository of targeted proteomic assays

    SciTech Connect

    Whiteaker, Jeffrey R.; Halusa, Goran; Hoofnagle, Andrew N.; Sharma, Vagisha; MacLean, Brendan; Yan, Ping; Wrobel, John; Kennedy, Jacob; Mani, DR; Zimmerman, Lisa J.; Meyer, Matthew R.; Mesri, Mehdi; Rodriguez, Henry; Abbateillo, Susan E.; Boja, Emily; Carr, Steven A.; Chan, Daniel W.; Chen, Xian; Chen, Jing; Davies, Sherri; Ellis, Matthew; Fenyo, David; Hiltket, Tara; Ketchum, Karen; Kinsinger, Christopher; Kuhn, Eric; Liebler, Daniel; Lin, De; Liu, Tao; Loss, Michael; MacCoss, Michael; Qian, Weijun; Rivers, Robert; Rodland, Karin D.; Ruggles, Kelly; Scott, Mitchell; Smith, Richard D.; Thomas, Stefani N.; Townsend, Reid; Whiteley, Gordon; Wu, Chaochao; Zhang, Hui; Zhang, Zhen; Paulovich, Amanda G.

    2014-06-27

    To address these issues, the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched an Assay Portal (http://assays.cancer.gov) to serve as a public repository of well-characterized quantitative, MS-based, targeted proteomic assays. The purpose of the CPTAC Assay Portal is to facilitate widespread adoption of targeted MS assays by disseminating SOPs, reagents, and assay characterization data for highly characterized assays. A primary aim of the NCI-supported portal is to bring together clinicians or biologists and analytical chemists to answer hypothesis-driven questions using targeted, MS-based assays. Assay content is easily accessed through queries and filters, enabling investigators to find assays to proteins relevant to their areas of interest. Detailed characterization data are available for each assay, enabling researchers to evaluate assay performance prior to launching the assay in their own laboratory.

  8. Development of a spectrofluorimetry-based device for determining the acetylene content in the oils of power transformers.

    PubMed

    Quintella, Cristina M; Meira, Marilena; Silva, Weidson Leal; Filho, Rogério G D; Araújo, André L C; Júnior, Elias T S; Sales, Lindolfo J O

    2013-12-15

    Power transformers are essential for a functioning electrical system and therefore require special attention by maintenance programs because a fault can harm both the company and society. The temperature inside a power transformer and the dissolved gases, which are primarily composed of acetylene, are the two main parameters monitored when detecting faults. This paper describes the development of a device for analyzing the acetylene content in insulating oil using spectrofluorimetry. Using this device introduces a new methodology for the maintaining and operating power transformers. The prototype is currently operating in a substation. The results presented by this system were satisfactory; when compared to chromatographic data, the errors did not exceed 15%. This prototype may be used to confirm the quality of an insulating oil sample to detect faults in power transformers. PMID:24209339

  9. Rationally tuned micropores within enantiopure metal-organic frameworks for highly selective separation of acetylene and ethylene.

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    Xiang, Sheng-Chang; Zhang, Zhangjing; Zhao, Cong-Gui; Hong, Kunlun; Zhao, Xuebo; Ding, De-Rong; Xie, Ming-Hua; Wu, Chuan-De; Das, Madhab C; Gill, Rachel; Thomas, K Mark; Chen, Banglin

    2011-01-01

    Separation of acetylene and ethylene is an important industrial process because both compounds are essential reagents for a range of chemical products and materials. Current separation approaches include the partial hydrogenation of acetylene into ethylene over a supported Pd catalyst, and the extraction of cracked olefins using an organic solvent; both routes are costly and energy consuming. Adsorption technologies may allow separation, but microporous materials exhibiting highly selective adsorption of C(2)H(2)/C(2)H(4) have not been realized to date. Here, we report the development of tunable microporous enantiopure mixed-metal-organic framework (M'MOF) materials for highly selective separation of C(2)H(2) and C(2)H(4). The high selectivities achieved suggest the potential application of microporous M'MOFs for practical adsorption-based separation of C(2)H(2)/C(2)H(4). PMID:21343922

  10. Photodestruction of PAHs in the interstellar medium. I. Photodissociation rates for the loss of an acetylenic group.

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    Allain, T.; Leach, S.; Sedlmayr, E.

    1996-01-01

    We have developed a model for interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in order to estimate their rate of photodissociation in the interstellar medium. These photo-reactions include the loss of atomic and molecular hydrogen and the loss of the acetylene molecule. We have studied the stability of PAHs in the regions of high UV radiation where the infrared emission bands attributed to PAHs are observed (reflection nebulae, planetary nebulae, active galactic nuclei, HII regions...) by comparing the rate of acetylene loss to the rate of accretion of carbon to PAHs. This comparison shows that only PAHs with more than 50 carbon atoms may survive the UV radiation field of these regions, whereas smaller PAHs such as coronene or ovalene are destroyed within a few years.

  11. Assays without Borders

    Cancer.gov

    CPTAC researchers partner with international labs to demonstrate the ability of Targeted mass spectrometry–based assays to reproducibly quantify Human proteins across labs, countries and continents in a recently published journal article.

  12. Doped colorimetric assay liposomes

    DOEpatents

    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Stevens, Raymond C. (Albany, CA)

    2001-01-01

    The present invention provides compositions comprising colorimetric assay liposomes. The present invention also provides methods for producing colorimetric liposomes and calorimetric liposome assay systems. In preferred embodiments, these calorimetric liposome systems provide high levels of sensitivity through the use of dopant molecules. As these dopants allow the controlled destabilization of the liposome structure, upon exposure of the doped liposomes to analyte(s) of interest, the indicator color change is facilitated and more easily recognized.

  13. Microfluidic DNA hybridization assays

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xuan WengHai; Hai Jiang; Dongqing Li

    DNA hybridization is one of the most powerful techniques applied in diagnostic assays. Microfluidics provides a promising\\u000a means to analyse small sample volumes, reduce reagent consumption and cost, shorten processing time as well as develop fast,\\u000a sensitive and portable diagnostic tools. By coupling with the microfluidic technology, DNA hybridization assay can achieve\\u000a high sensitivity, enhance hybridization kinetics and decrease the

  14. Tracking hole localization in K -shell and core-valence-excited acetylene photoionization via body-frame photoelectron angular distributions

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    Rescigno, T. N.; Trevisan, C. S.; McCurdy, C. W.

    2015-02-01

    Asymmetry in the molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions from core-hole- or core-valence-excited polyatomic targets with symmetry-equivalent atoms can provide direct evidence for core-hole localization. Using acetylene as an example, we contrast the small asymmetry that can be seen in direct core-level ionization, due to the competition between two competing pathways to the continuum, with ionization from core-valence-excited HCCH, which offers the prospect of observing markedly greater asymmetry.

  15. Quantum Chemical Evaluation of the Astrochemical Significance of Reactions between S Atom and Acetylene or Ethylene

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    Woon, David E.

    2007-01-01

    Addition-elimination reactions of S atom in its P-3 ground state with acetylene (C2H2) and ethylene (C2H4) were characterized with both molecular orbital and density functional theory calculations employing correlation consistent basis sets in order to assess the likelihood either reaction might play a general role in astrochemistry or a specific role in the formation of S2 (X (sup 3 SIGMA (sub g) (sup -)) via a mechanism proposed by Saxena and Misra (Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 1995, 272, 89). The acetylene and ethylene reactions proceed through C2H2S ((sup 3)A")) and C2H4S ((sup 3)A")) intermediates, respectively, to yield HCCS ((sup 2)II)) and C2H3S ((sup 2)A')). Substantial barriers were found in the exit channels for every combination of method and basis set considered in this work, which effectively precludes hydrogen elimination pathways for both S + C2H2 and S + C2H4 in the ultracold interstellar medium where only very modest barriers can be surmounted and processes without barriers tend to predominate. However, if one or both intermediates is formed and stabilized efficiently under cometary or dense interstellar cloud conditions, they could serve as temporary reservoirs for S atom and participate in reactions such as S + C2H2S (right arrow) S2 = C2H2 or S + C2H4S (right arrow) S2 + C2H4. For formation and stabilization to be efficient, the reaction must possess a barrier height small enough to be surmountable at low temperatures yet large enough to prevent redissociation to reactants. Barrier heights computed with B3LYP and large basis sets are very low, but more rigorous QCISD(T) and RCCSD(T) results indicate that the barrier heights are closer to 3-4 kcal/mol. The calculations therefore indicate that S + C2H2 or S + C2H4 could contribute to the formation of S2 in comets and may serve as a means to gauge coma temperature. The energetics of the ethylene reaction are more favorable.

  16. Frequency Comb-Referenced Spectroscopy in the ?1 + ?3 Region of Acetylene

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    Cich, Matthew J.; Forthomme, Damien; Hall, Gregory E.; Mcraven, Christopher P.; Sears, Trevor J.; Twagirayezu, Sylvestre

    2014-06-01

    class="MsoNormal">By using saturation dip absorption spectroscopy with an extended cavity diode laser locked to a frequency comb, we have measured the rest frequencies of transitions in the ?4 = 1 and ?5 = 1 hot bands in the ?1 + ?3 combination band of acetylene. The measured line frequencies are accurate to approximately 20 kHz i.e. approximately one part in 1011. Positions of the hot-band lines quoted in the HITRAN database, which are derived from the analysis of high-resolution FTIR spectra, are of the order of 10's of MHz in error. These measurements were undertaken because pressure broadened lineshape measurements of rotational lines in the combination band indicated that weak underlying hot band features were not correctly accounted for on the basis of their previously reported positions. As a result, measured line profiles in the band could not be accurately fit leading to errors of up to 1% in acetylene concentrations derived from the measurements. In addition, the pressure broadened P(11) line in the ?1 + ?3 combination band has been studied as a function of varying concentration of the absorber in nitrogen. Mixture concentrations of 1, 5 and 10% at 296 K and pressures between a few Torr and one atmosphere were made and the measurements analyzed using two different speeddependent broadening models. These experiments are designed to test the additivity of contributions to pressure broadening and shift in speed-dependent line-shape modeling, i.e. whether the lineshape parameters follow partial pressure weighting in the binary mixtures. P(11) is relatively isolated with respect to underlying hot band transitions and neighboring transitions of the same band, but it was found that the accurate positions of underlying hot-band transitions were crucial to the successful modeling of the observed line shapes, even though these lines are typically 100-1000 times weaker than P(11) itself and are many Doppler line widths removed from the line center. Acknowledgments: Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory was carried out under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 with the U.S. Department of Energy and supported by its Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences.

  17. Rapid, sensitive, and validated method for detection of Salmonella in food by an enrichment broth culture – Nested PCR combination assay

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    Sunil D. Saroj; R. Shashidhar; Manisha Karani; Jayant R. Bandekar

    2008-01-01

    A rapid nested PCR assay for detection of Salmonella from food was developed. The sensitivity of the assay developed was comparable to the traditional culture based methods with an advantage in reduction of assay time. The assay procedure with artificially contaminated samples was able to detect as low as 4CFU Salmonella\\/25g of food samples (sprout, carrot, cucumber and poultry meat).

  18. Rotational and Vibrational Energy Transfer from the First Overtone Strech of Acetylene

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    Heaven, M. C.; Han, Jiande; Freel, Keith

    2010-06-01

    Gas lasers that are optically pumped by solid state devices are currently being considered for applications that require high powers and high beam quality. Optical pumping in the 1-2 ?m region is of interest as there are efficient diode laser sources that operate in this spectral range. An optically pumped C_2H_2 laser was recently demonstrated by Wolfgang et al. at the University of New Mexico. Excitation of the CH overtone transition (v_C_H=2) at 1.52 ?m yielded lasing on an asymmetric stretch combination band centered at 3.1 ?m. Collisional energy transfer data for the v_C_H=2 level is needed for analysis and modeling of the laser performance. Although there have been numerous studies of energy transfer for vibrationally excited acetylene, the v_C_H=2 level has received very little attention. We are currently examining state-to-state ro-vibrational energy transfer processes for v_C_H=2 in self-collisions using a pulsed IR pump- UV probe technique. Pure rotational transfer has been characterized and rapid vibrational transfer has also been observed. Identification of the collisionally populated vibrational levels and measurements of the transfer rate constants are in progress.

  19. Assaying hematopoiesis using zebrafish.

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    Boatman, Sonja; Barrett, Francesca; Satishchandran, Sruthi; Jing, Lili; Shestopalov, Ilya; Zon, Leonard I

    2013-12-01

    The zebrafish has become a commonly used model for studying hematopoiesis as a result of its unique attributes. Zebrafish are highly suitable for large-scale genetic and chemical screens compared to other vertebrate systems. It is now possible to analyze hematopoietic lineages in zebrafish and validate cell function via transplantation assays. Here, we review advancements over the past decade in forward genetic screens, chemical screens, fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis, and transplantation assays. Integrating these approaches enables new chemical and genetic screens that assay cell function within the hematopoietic system. Studies in zebrafish will continue to contribute and expand our knowledge about hematopoiesis, and develop novel treatments for clinical applications. PMID:23916372

  20. MUTAGENICITY OF NITRO COMPOUNDS IN SALMONELLA TYPHIMURIUM IN THE PRESENCE OF FLAVIN MONONUCLEOTIDE IN A PREINCUBATION ASSAY

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    A series of nitro compounds (18 aromatic and one aliphatic) was evaluated using a modification of the standard Salmonella typhimurium mutagenicity assay. reincubation protocol was used with flavin mononucleotide (FMN) incorporated into the assay mixture to facilitate nitro reduct...

  1. Clonogenic Assay: Adherent Cells

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    Rafehi, Haloom; Orlowski, Christian; Georgiadis, George T.; Ververis, Katherine; El-Osta, Assam; Karagiannis, Tom C.

    2011-01-01

    The clonogenic (or colony forming) assay has been established for more than 50 years; the original paper describing the technique was published in 19561. Apart from documenting the method, the initial landmark study generated the first radiation-dose response curve for X-ray irradiated mammalian (HeLa) cells in culture1. Basically, the clonogenic assay enables an assessment of the differences in reproductive viability (capacity of cells to produce progeny; i.e. a single cell to form a colony of 50 or more cells) between control untreated cells and cells that have undergone various treatments such as exposure to ionising radiation, various chemical compounds (e.g. cytotoxic agents) or in other cases genetic manipulation. The assay has become the most widely accepted technique in radiation biology and has been widely used for evaluating the radiation sensitivity of different cell lines. Further, the clonogenic assay is commonly used for monitoring the efficacy of radiation modifying compounds and for determining the effects of cytotoxic agents and other anti-cancer therapeutics on colony forming ability, in different cell lines. A typical clonogenic survival experiment using adherent cells lines involves three distinct components, 1) treatment of the cell monolayer in tissue culture flasks, 2) preparation of single cell suspensions and plating an appropriate number of cells in petri dishes and 3) fixing and staining colonies following a relevant incubation period, which could range from 1-3 weeks, depending on the cell line. Here we demonstrate the general procedure for performing the clonogenic assay with adherent cell lines with the use of an immortalized human keratinocyte cell line (FEP-1811)2. Also, our aims are to describe common features of clonogenic assays including calculation of the plating efficiency and survival fractions after exposure of cells to radiation, and to exemplify modification of radiation-response with the use of a natural antioxidant formulation. PMID:21445039

  2. Clonogenic assay: adherent cells.

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    Rafehi, Haloom; Orlowski, Christian; Georgiadis, George T; Ververis, Katherine; El-Osta, Assam; Karagiannis, Tom C

    2011-01-01

    The clonogenic (or colony forming) assay has been established for more than 50 years; the original paper describing the technique was published in 1956. Apart from documenting the method, the initial landmark study generated the first radiation-dose response curve for X-ray irradiated mammalian (HeLa) cells in culture. Basically, the clonogenic assay enables an assessment of the differences in reproductive viability (capacity of cells to produce progeny; i.e. a single cell to form a colony of 50 or more cells) between control untreated cells and cells that have undergone various treatments such as exposure to ionising radiation, various chemical compounds (e.g. cytotoxic agents) or in other cases genetic manipulation. The assay has become the most widely accepted technique in radiation biology and has been widely used for evaluating the radiation sensitivity of different cell lines. Further, the clonogenic assay is commonly used for monitoring the efficacy of radiation modifying compounds and for determining the effects of cytotoxic agents and other anti-cancer therapeutics on colony forming ability, in different cell lines. A typical clonogenic survival experiment using adherent cells lines involves three distinct components, 1) treatment of the cell monolayer in tissue culture flasks, 2) preparation of single cell suspensions and plating an appropriate number of cells in petri dishes and 3) fixing and staining colonies following a relevant incubation period, which could range from 1-3 weeks, depending on the cell line. Here we demonstrate the general procedure for performing the clonogenic assay with adherent cell lines with the use of an immortalized human keratinocyte cell line (FEP-1811). Also, our aims are to describe common features of clonogenic assays including calculation of the plating efficiency and survival fractions after exposure of cells to radiation, and to exemplify modification of radiation-response with the use of a natural antioxidant formulation. PMID:21445039

  3. Lateral flow strip assay

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    Miles, Robin R. (Danville, CA); Benett, William J. (Livermore, CA); Coleman, Matthew A. (Oakland, CA); Pearson, Francesca S. (Livermore, CA); Nasarabadi, Shanavaz L. (Livermore, CA)

    2011-03-08

    A lateral flow strip assay apparatus comprising a housing; a lateral flow strip in the housing, the lateral flow strip having a receiving portion; a sample collection unit; and a reagent reservoir. Saliva and/or buccal cells are collected from an individual using the sample collection unit. The sample collection unit is immersed in the reagent reservoir. The tip of the lateral flow strip is immersed in the reservoir and the reagent/sample mixture wicks up into the lateral flow strip to perform the assay.

  4. Low-temperature synthesis of amorphous carbon nanocoils via acetylene coupling on copper nanocrystal surfaces at 468 K: a reaction mechanism analysis.

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    Qin, Yong; Jiang, Xin; Cui, Zuolin

    2005-11-24

    A new type of amorphous helical carbon nanofibers has been synthesized using copper nanocatalysts and an acetylene gas source at atmospheric pressure. The nanofibers are grown at 468 K, which is the lowest temperature by ordinary metal-catalyzed thermal chemical vapor deposition of hydrocarbon, and exhibit a symmetric growth mode in the form of twin helices. IR, XRD, Raman, and C/H molar ratio analyses reveal a polymer-like structure with a weak trans-polyacetylene feature. The nanofibers are a mixture of solid polymers and a small amount of carbon. A reaction mechanism has been proposed on the basis of the previous studies of acetylene adsorption, desorption properties, and surface reactions on copper (111), (110), and (001) planes under ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) conditions as well as the results obtained in our study. The reaction mechanism of acetylene on copper single-crystal surfaces under UHV conditions indeed reflects the reaction mechanism under practical catalytic conditions at atmospheric pressure. The nanofibers grow mainly via acetylene coupling to solid polymers on copper nanocrystal surfaces. Acetylene also couples to yield small amounts of liquid oligomers and gaseous products, and undergoes slight carbon deposition during the fiber growth. PMID:16853825

  5. Harm reduction

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    Normand, Jacques; Li, Jih-Heng; Thomson, Nicholas; Jarlais, Don Des

    2014-01-01

    The “Harm Reduction” session was chaired by Dr. Jacques Normand, Director of the AIDS Research Program of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. The three presenters (and their presentation topics) were: Dr. Don Des Jarlais (High Coverage Needle/Syringe Programs for People Who Inject Drugs in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Systematic Review), Dr. Nicholas Thomson (Harm Reduction History, Response, and Current Trends in Asia), and Dr. Jih-Heng Li (Harm Reduction Strategies in Taiwan). PMID:25278732

  6. Acetylene-derived strong organic acceptors for planar and nonplanar push-pull chromophores.

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    Kivala, Milan; Diederich, François

    2009-02-17

    Though investigated for decades, interest in push-pull chromophores (D-pi-A), strong electron donors (D) connected by pi-conjugating spacers to strong electron acceptors (A), continues to grow. Such chromophores are of substantial interest for optoelectronic devices such as waveguides. Also, strong donors and acceptors form bimolecular charge-transfer (CT) complexes and salts, some of which exhibit electrical conductivity and magnetic behavior. Furthermore, strong organic acceptors are increasingly explored as dopants in the fabrication of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and solar cells. This Account describes systematic efforts pursued over the past decade in our laboratory to generate new families of organic electron acceptors (A) and conjugate them via pi-spacers to electron donors (D) under formation of push-pull systems with intense intramolecular CT interactions and high third-order optical nonlinearities. First, we describe donor-acceptor-substituted tetraethynylethenes (TEEs). In these chromophores, the peripherally attached p-nitrophenyl acceptors and N,N-dimethylanilino donors behave as nearly independent redox centers. Acetylenic scaffolding using TEE building blocks produces large all-carbon sheets, such as perethynylated dehydroannulenes, expanded radialenes, and radiaannulenes with potent electron-acceptor properties. Arylated TEEs act as molecular switches allowing two-way photochemical interconversion that is not perturbed by thermal isomerization pathways. Upon sequential substitution of the acetylene moieties in TEEs, we formed another family of potent acceptors, the cyanoethynylethenes (CEEs). Donor-substituted CEEs are planar CT chromophores with very high third-order optical nonlinearities. Their high environmental stability allows for the formation of thin films by vapor-phase deposition. Through careful analysis of the physicochemical properties of CEEs, we established useful guidelines for evaluating and tuning the optical gap in strong push-pull chromophores: increasing the length of the pi-spacer in D-pi-A systems reduces ground-state D-A conjugation and lowers the HOMO-LUMO gap. By taking advantage of "click-chemistry"-type [2 + 2] cycloadditions of tetracyanoethene (TCNE) and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) with appropriately activated alkynes, followed by retro-electrocyclization, the formation of donor-substituted 1,1,4,4-tetracyanobuta-1,3-dienes (TCBDs), 1,1,2,4,4-pentacyanobuta-1,3-dienes (PCBDs), and novel TCNQ adducts is possible. Some of these stable, nonplanar CT chromophores form high optical quality amorphous thin films by vapor-phase deposition. Despite donor substitution, the new acceptors (TCBDs, PCBDs, and the TCNQ adducts) rival TCNE and TCNQ in their ease for reversible electron uptake. High-yielding cycloaddition/retro-electrocyclization cascades provide access to multivalent, dendritic chromophores acting as "molecular batteries" with a remarkable capacity for multiple electron uptake in a narrow potential range. Finally, we used a one-pot protocol for electronically controlled consecutive TCNE and tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) additions to end-capped polyynes to form [AB]-type oligomers with a dendralene-type backbone. PMID:19061332

  7. An Experimental and Theoretical Study of Nitrogen-Broadened Acetylene Lines

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    Thibault, Franck; Martinez, Raul Z.; Bermejo, Dionisio; Ivanov, Sergey V.; Buzykin, Oleg G.; Ma, Qiancheng

    2014-01-01

    We present experimental nitrogen-broadening coefficients derived from Voigt profiles of isotropic Raman Q-lines measured in the 2 band of acetylene (C2H2) at 150 K and 298 K, and compare them to theoretical values obtained through calculations that were carried out specifically for this work. Namely, full classical calculations based on Gordon's approach, two kinds of semi-classical calculations based on Robert Bonamy method as well as full quantum dynamical calculations were performed. All the computations employed exactly the same ab initio potential energy surface for the C2H2N2 system which is, to our knowledge, the most realistic, accurate and up-to-date one. The resulting calculated collisional half-widths are in good agreement with the experimental ones only for the full classical and quantum dynamical methods. In addition, we have performed similar calculations for IR absorption lines and compared the results to bibliographic values. Results obtained with the full classical method are again in good agreement with the available room temperature experimental data. The quantum dynamical close-coupling calculations are too time consuming to provide a complete set of values and therefore have been performed only for the R(0) line of C2H2. The broadening coefficient obtained for this line at 173 K and 297 K also compares quite well with the available experimental data. The traditional Robert Bonamy semi-classical formalism, however, strongly overestimates the values of half-width for both Qand R-lines. The refined semi-classical Robert Bonamy method, first proposed for the calculations of pressure broadening coefficients of isotropic Raman lines, is also used for IR lines. By using this improved model that takes into account effects from line coupling, the calculated semi-classical widths are significantly reduced and closer to the measured ones.

  8. Chromophores from Photolyzed Ammonia Reacting with Acetylene: Application to Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

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    Carlson, Robert W.; Baines, K. H.; Anderson, M. S.; Filacchione, G.

    2012-10-01

    The production mechanisms of chromophores at Jupiter, and notably at the Great Red Spot (GRS), have been long-standing puzzles. A clue to the formation of the GRS coloring agent may be the great height of this storm, which can upwell ammonia to pressure levels of a few hundred mbar where solar photons capable of dissociating NH3 penetrate. Acetylene formed at higher altitudes can diffuse down and react with the NH3 photodissociation products, forming a deposit that absorbs in the ultraviolet and visible region (Ferris and Ishikawa, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 110, 4306-4312, 1988). We have investigated the system NH3 + C2H2 + CH4 using a Zn lamp emitting at 214 nm to produce NH2 + H and subsequent reaction products. The deposits produced in these reactions were analyzed by optical and infrared spectroscopy and soft-ionization (He*) time-of-flight mass spectroscopy. The combination of NH3 + CH4 produced no visibly absorbing material, but NH3 + C2H2 and NH3 + C2H2 + CH4 mixtures both produced a yellow-orange film whose transmission spectra are similar to that of the GRS obtained by Cassini VIMS. Infrared spectra show a strong band at 2056 wavenumbers which may arise from nitrile (-CN), isonitrile (-NC), or diazide (-CNN) functional groups. The high-resolution mass spectra are consistent with compounds of the form CnH2n+1Nm, similar to the products formed in NH3 + CH4 spark discharges (Molton and Ponnamperuma, Icarus 21, 166-174, 1974). We thank NASA's Planetary Atmospheres Program for support.

  9. Concentration Dependence of Line Shapes in the ?_1 + ?_3 Band of Acetylene

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    Cich, Matthew; Forthomme, Damien; Hall, Gregory; McRaven, C.; Sears, Trevor

    2014-06-01

    Using an extended cavity diode laser locked to a frequency comb, the line shape of the P(11) line in the ?_1 + ?_3 combination band of acetylene has been studied as a function of varying concentration of the absorber in nitrogen. Mixture concentrations of 1, 5 and 10% at 296 K and pressures between a few Torr and one atmosphere were made and the measurements analyzed using two different speed-dependent broadening models. These experiments are designed to test the additivity of contributions to pressure broadening and shift in speed-dependent line shape modeling, i.e. whether the lineshape parameters follow partial pressure weighting in the binary mixtures. P(11) is relatively isolated with respect to underlying hot band transitions and neighboring transitions of the same band, but it was found that the accurate positions of underlying hot band transitions were crucial to the successful modeling of the observed line shapes, even though these lines are typically 100-1000 times weaker than P(11) itself and are many Doppler line widths removed from the line center. Positions of the hot band lines quoted in the HITRAN database, which are derived from the analysis of high resolution FTIR spectra, are of the order of 10's of MHz in error. In parallel work, we have measured the positions of many of these lines by saturation dip spectroscopy. Progress in the analysis of the data and the new saturation dip line center measurements will be reported. [1] C. P. McRaven, et al. Paper RI05, 68th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, 2013 Acknowledgments: Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory was carried out under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 with the U.S. Department of Energy and supported by its Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences.

  10. Large scale contracted MC-CI calculations on acetylene and its dissociation into two CH(2?) radicals

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    Siegbahn, Per E. M.

    1981-09-01

    Large scale MC-CI calculations with up to 178 000 configurations have been performed on acetylene and its dissociation into two CH(2?) radicals with a newly developed contracted CI scheme. The geometry obtained for acetylene was RC-C = 1.208 Å (exptl. = 1.203 Å) and RC-H = 1.061 Å (1.060 Å). The dissociation energy into two CH(2?) was De = 10.00 eV (10.26 eV). The barrier along the linear dissociation path recently predicted by Raimondi et al. was confirmed but their value of 0.33 eV was raised to 0.57 eV and the location of the barrier was moved from 6.0 to 5.0 a.u. The origin of the barrier is an avoided crossing between the states dissociating into two CH(2?)—and two CH(4?-)—radicals. The energy difference between the states at the point of the avoided crossing was computed to be 0.19 eV from second root contracted CI calculations. The energy barrier was increased in going from MCSCF to CI and this unusual behavior is explained by the much larger amount of correlation energy in CH(2?) than in CH(4?-). The minimum energy path is however found to be nonlinear and has no energy barrier. A simple molecular orbital argument is given for why this should be so. The potential surface for acetylene is further found to exhibit irregular regions with double minima for bending which were not predicted in the surface given recently by Carter et al. All the presently performed calculations were done on a minicomputer VAX-11/780.

  11. Multiplexed Elispot assay.

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    Harriman, William D; Collarini, Ellen J; Cromer, Remy G; Dutta, April; Strandh, Magnus; Zhang, Fen; Kauvar, Lawrence M

    2009-02-28

    Micron scale latex beads are well established as highly biocompatible reagents. Imbibing two fluorescent dyes into the interior of the beads enables the creation of a family of combinatorially colored labels. Previous use of such beads, in flow cytometry for example, has focused on beads of approximately 5 microm diameter. We show here that 280 nm combinatorially labeled particles can be used to create ELISA-style assays in 200 microm scale virtual wells, using digital microscopy as the readout. The utility of this technique is illustrated by profiling the secreted cytokine footprints of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in a multiparametric version of the popular Elispot assay. Doing so reveals noncanonical classes of T lymphocytes. We further show that the secreting cell type can be concurrently identified by surface staining with a cell type specific antibody conjugated to the same multiplexed beads. PMID:19084532

  12. Kinetic Tetrazolium Microtiter Assay

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    Pierson, Duane L.; Stowe, Raymond; Koenig, David

    1993-01-01

    Kinetic tetrazolium microtiter assay (KTMA) involves use of tetrazolium salts and Triton X-100 (or equivalent), nontoxic, in vitro color developer solubilizing colored metabolite formazan without injuring or killing metabolizing cells. Provides for continuous measurement of metabolism and makes possible to determine rate of action of antimicrobial agent in real time as well as determines effective inhibitory concentrations. Used to monitor growth after addition of stimulatory compounds. Provides for kinetic determination of efficacy of biocide, greatly increasing reliability and precision of results. Also used to determine relative effectiveness of antimicrobial agent as function of time. Capability of generating results on day of test extremely important in treatment of water and waste, disinfection of hospital rooms, and in pharmaceutical, agricultural, and food-processing industries. Assay also used in many aspects of cell biology.

  13. An approach to lauroxanes by iterative use of Co(2)(CO)(6)-acetylenic complexes. a formal synthesis of (+)-laurencin.

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    Ortega, Nuria; Martín, Victor S; Martín, Tomás

    2010-10-01

    A new approach to lauroxanes by a powerful and highly convergent methodology based on iterative use of Co(2)(CO)(6)-acetylenic complexes is described. The strategy employs an intermolecular Nicholas reaction to form unsaturated branched linear ethers, a ring closing metathesis to obtain the cobalt complex cyclic ethers, and an isomerization promoted by montmorillonite K-10. A short synthesis of cyclic ethers of seven-, eight-, and nine-membered rings is described. Additionally, the methodology is exemplified by the formal synthesis of (+)-laurencin, a red algae metabolite. PMID:20809659

  14. Proline Fed to Intact Soybean Plants Influences Acetylene Reducing Activity and Content and Metabolism of Proline in Bacteroids 1

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    Zhu, Yuxian; Shearer, Georgia; Kohl, Daniel H.

    1992-01-01

    Supplying l-proline to the root system of intact soybean (Glycine max [L.] Merr.) plants stimulated acetylene reducing activity to the same extent as did supplying succinate. Feeding l-proline also caused an increase in bacteroid proline dehydrogenase activity that was highly correlated with the increase in acetylene-reducing activity. Twenty-four hours after irrigating with l-proline, endogenous proline content had increased in host cell cytoplasm and bacteroids, about three- and eightfold, respectively. In bacteroids, proline concentration was calculated to be at least 3.5 millimolar. In experiments in which [U-14C]l-proline was supplied to uprooted, intact plants incubated in aerated solution, 14C-labeled products of proline metabolism, as well as [14C]proline itself, accumulated in both host cells and bacteroids. When plants were incubated in aerated solutions containing [5-3H]l-proline, 3H-labeled proline was found in host cells and bacteroids. [3H] Pyrroline-5-carboxylate was found in bacteroids, but not host cells, after a 2-hour incubation in [5-3H]l-proline. When [U-14C]l-proline was supplied for 24 hours, a significant amount of [14C] pyrroline-5-carboxylate was found in the host cells, in contrast with the results from the shorter incubation in [5-3H]proline, although the amount in the host cells was only about half the quantity found in the bacteroids. Taken as a whole, these results indicate that proline crosses both plant and bacterial membranes under the in vivo experimental conditions utilized and are consistent with a significant role for proline as an energy source in support of bacteroid functioning. In spite of the increase in acetylene-reducing activity when proline was supplied to the root system of intact plants, proline application did not rescue stemgirdled plants from loss of acetylene-reducing activity, although succinate application did. This suggests a nonphloem route for succinate, but not proline, from roots to nodules. PMID:16668722

  15. NO A{sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}-X{sup 2}II chemiluminescence produced from the reaction of excited NO{sub 2} with acetylene and its derivatives in their triplet states

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    Sisk, Wade; Endo; Hiromu; Shibuya, Kazuhiko; Obi, Kinichi [Tokyo Institute of Technology, Meguro, Tokyo (Japan)

    1992-08-06

    This paper discusses how reacting excited NO{sub 2} with acetylene and its derivatives produced NO(A{sup 2}{Sigma}{sup +}) by a NO A{sup 2}{sigma}{sup +}-X{sup 2}II chemiluminescence produced by a triplet-state mechanism, with acetylene > methylacetylene > ethylacetylene > phenylacetylene > benzene in terms of efficiency. 22 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. PathogenMip Assay: A Multiplex Pathogen Detection Assay

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    Michael S. Akhras; Sreedevi Thiyagarajan; Andrea C. Villablanca; Ronald W. Davis; Pål Nyrén; Nader Pourmand; Sheila Bowyer

    2007-01-01

    The Molecular Inversion Probe (MIP) assay has been previously applied to a large-scale human SNP detection. Here we describe the PathogenMip Assay, a complete protocol for probe production and applied approaches to pathogen detection. We have demonstrated the utility of this assay with an initial set of 24 probes targeting the most clinically relevant HPV genotypes associated with cervical cancer

  17. Chaos and dynamics on 0. 5--300 ps time scales in vibrationally excited acetylene: Fourier transform of stimulated-emission pumping spectrum

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    Pique, J.P.; Chen, Y.; Field, R.W.; Kinsey, J.L.

    1987-02-02

    A recently proposed technique based on the Fourier transform of the spectrum is applied to the stimulated-emission pumping spectrum of acetylene at --26 500 cm/sup -1/ above the vibrational ground state. Correlations on two different time scales (--3 and --45 ps) were found from analysis of low-resolution (0.3 cm/sup -1/) and high-resolution (0.05 cm/sup -1/) spectra, respectively. Additional structure produced dynamic information on a wider (0.5--300 ps) time scale. The results show that acetylene at 26 500 cm/sup -1/ is in the transition from the regular to the chaotic regime.

  18. Methane Post-Processor Development to Increase Oxygen Recovery beyond State-of-the-Art Carbon Dioxide Reduction Technology

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    Abney, Morgan; Miller, Lee; Greenwood, Zach; Iannantuono, Michelle; Jones, Kenny

    2013-01-01

    State-of-the-art life support carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction technology, based on the Sabatier reaction, is theoretically capable of 50% recovery of oxygen from metabolic CO2. This recovery is constrained by the limited availability of reactant hydrogen. Post-processing of the methane byproduct from the Sabatier reactor results in hydrogen recycle and a subsequent increase in oxygen recovery. For this purpose, a Methane Post-Processor Assembly containing three sub-systems has been developed and tested. The assembly includes a Methane Purification Assembly (MePA) to remove residual CO2 and water vapor from the Sabatier product stream, a Plasma Pyrolysis Assembly (PPA) to partially pyrolyze methane into hydrogen and acetylene, and an Acetylene Separation Assembly (ASepA) to purify the hydrogen product for recycle. The results of partially integrated testing of the sub-systems are reported.

  19. Methane Post-Processor Development to Increase Oxygen Recovery beyond State-of-the-Art Carbon Dioxide Reduction Technology

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    Abney, Morgan B.; Greenwood, Zachary; Miller, Lee A.; Alvarez, Giraldo; Iannantuono, Michelle; Jones, Kenny

    2013-01-01

    State-of-the-art life support carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction technology, based on the Sabatier reaction, is theoretically capable of 50% recovery of oxygen from metabolic CO2. This recovery is constrained by the limited availability of reactant hydrogen. Post-processing of the methane byproduct from the Sabatier reactor results in hydrogen recycle and a subsequent increase in oxygen recovery. For this purpose, a Methane Post-Processor Assembly containing three sub-systems has been developed and tested. The assembly includes a Methane Purification Assembly (MePA) to remove residual CO2 and water vapor from the Sabatier product stream, a Plasma Pyrolysis Assembly (PPA) to partially pyrolyze methane into hydrogen and acetylene, and an Acetylene Separation Assembly (ASepA) to purify the hydrogen product for recycle. The results of partially integrated testing of the sub-systems are reported

  20. Biosensors: Viruses for ultrasensitive assays

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    Donath, Edwin

    2009-04-01

    A three-dimensional assay based on genetically engineered viral nanoparticles and nickel nanohairs can detect much lower levels of protein markers associated with heart attacks than conventional assays.

  1. Reductive capacity of natural reductants.

    PubMed

    Lee, Woojin; Batchelor, Bill

    2003-02-01

    Reductive capacities of soil minerals and soil for Cr(VI) and chlorinated ethylenes were measured and characterized to provide basic knowledge for in-situ and ex-situ treatment using these natural reductants. The reductive capacities of iron-bearing sulfide (pyrite), hydroxide (green rust; GR(SO4)), and oxide (magnetite) minerals for Cr(VI) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) were 1-3 orders of magnitude greater than those of iron-bearing phyllosilicates (biotite, vermiculite, and montmorillonite). The reductive capacities of surface soil collected from the plains of central Texas were similar and slightly greater than those of iron-bearing phyllosilicates. The reductive capacity of iron-bearing soil minerals for Cr(VI) was roughly 3-16 times greater than that for PCE, implying that Cr(VI) is more susceptible to being reduced by soil minerals than is PCE. GR(SO4) has the greatest reductive capacity for both Cr(VI) and PCE followed by magnetite, pyrite, biotite, montmorillonite, and vermiculite. This order was the same for both target compounds, which indicates that the relative reductive capacities of soil minerals are consistent. The reductive capacities of pyrite and GR(SO4) for chlorinated ethylenes decreased in the order: trichloroethylene (TCE) > PCE > cis-dichloroethylene (c-DCE) > vinyl chloride (VC). Fe(II) content in soil minerals was directly proportional to the reductive capacity of soil minerals for Cr(VI) and PCE, suggesting that Fe(II) content is an important factor that significantly affects reductive transformations of target contaminants in natural systems. PMID:12630469

  2. Tuberosity Reduction

    MedlinePLUS

    ... denture stays in place because it makes a seal with your jaw and the roof of your mouth (palate). A large tuberosity can prevent this seal from forming. Tuberosity reductions are less common today ...

  3. TOTAL CULTURABLE VIRUS QUANTAL ASSAY

    EPA Science Inventory

    This chapter describes a quantal method for assaying culturable human enteric viruses from water matrices. The assay differs from the plaque assay described in Chapter 10 (December 1987 Revision) in that it is based upon the direct microscopic viewing of cells for virus-induced ...

  4. Carbon Dioxide Reduction Post-Processing Sub-System Development

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    Abney, Morgan B.; Miller, Lee A.; Greenwood, Zachary; Barton, Katherine

    2012-01-01

    The state-of-the-art Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Reduction Assembly (CRA) on the International Space Station (ISS) facilitates the recovery of oxygen from metabolic CO2. The CRA utilizes the Sabatier process to produce water with methane as a byproduct. The methane is currently vented overboard as a waste product. Because the CRA relies on hydrogen for oxygen recovery, the loss of methane ultimately results in a loss of oxygen. For missions beyond low earth orbit, it will prove essential to maximize oxygen recovery. For this purpose, NASA is exploring an integrated post-processor system to recover hydrogen from CRA methane. The post-processor, called a Plasma Pyrolysis Assembly (PPA) partially pyrolyzes methane to recover hydrogen with acetylene as a byproduct. In-flight operation of post-processor will require a Methane Purification Assembly (MePA) and an Acetylene Separation Assembly (ASepA). Recent efforts have focused on the design, fabrication, and testing of these components. The results and conclusions of these efforts will be discussed as well as future plans.

  5. The Effect of Surface Finish on Low-Temperature Acetylene-Based Carburization of 316L Austenitic Stainless Steel

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ge, Yindong; Ernst, Frank; Kahn, Harold; Heuer, Arthur H.

    2014-12-01

    We observed a strong influence of surface finish on the efficacy of low-temperature acetylene-based carburization of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel. Steel coupons were prepared with different surface finishes prior to carburization, from P400 SiC grit paper to 1- µm-diameter-diamond-paste. The samples with the finer surface finish developed a thicker "case" (a carbon-rich hardened surface layer) and a larger surface carbon concentration. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the differences arose mainly from the nature of the deformation-induced disturbed layer on the steel surface. A thick (>400 nm) disturbed layer consisting of nano-crystalline grains (?10 nm diameter) inhibits acetylene-based carburization. The experimental observations can be explained by assuming that during machining or coarse polishing, the surface oxide layer is broken up and becomes incorporated into the deformation-induced disturbed layer. The incorporated oxide-rich films retard or completely prevent the ingress of carbon into the stainless steel.

  6. Assays for ?-synuclein aggregation.

    PubMed

    Giehm, Lise; Lorenzen, Nikolai; Otzen, Daniel E

    2011-03-01

    This review describes different ways to achieve and monitor reproducible aggregation of ?-synuclein, a key protein in the development of Parkinson's disease. For most globular proteins, aggregation is promoted by partially denaturing conditions which compromise the native state without destabilizing the intermolecular contacts required for accumulation of regular amyloid structure. As a natively disordered protein, ?-synuclein can fibrillate under physiological conditions and this process is actually stimulated by conditions that promote structure formation, such as low pH, ions, polyamines, anionic surfactants, fluorinated alcohols and agitation. Reproducibility is a critical issue since ?-synuclein shows erratic fibrillation behavior on its own. Agitation in combination with glass beads significantly reduces the variability of aggregation time curves, but the most reproducible aggregation is achieved by sub-micellar concentrations of SDS, which promote the rapid formation of small clusters of ?-synuclein around shared micelles. Although the fibrils produced this way have a different appearance and secondary structure, they are rich in cross-? structure and are amenable to high-throughput screening assays. Although such assays at best provide a very simplistic recapitulation of physiological conditions, they allow the investigator to focus on well-defined molecular events and may provide the opportunity to identify, e.g. small molecule inhibitors of aggregation that affect these steps. Subsequent experiments in more complex cellular and whole-organism environments can then validate whether there is any relation between these molecular interactions and the broader biological context. PMID:21163351

  7. Test procedure for boxed waste assay system

    SciTech Connect

    Wachter, J. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1994-12-07

    This document, prepared by Los Alamos National Laboratory`s NMT-4 group, details the test methodology and requirements for Acceptance/Qualification testing of a Boxed Waste Assay System (BWAS) designed and constructed by Pajarito Scientific Corporation. Testing of the BWAS at the Plutonium Facility (TA55) at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be performed to ascertain system adherence to procurement specification requirements. The test program shall include demonstration of conveyor handling capabilities, gamma ray energy analysis, and imaging passive/active neutron accuracy and sensitivity. Integral to these functions is the system`s embedded operating and data reduction software.

  8. Just Click It: Undergraduate Procedures for the Copper(I)-Catalyzed Formation of 1,2,3-Triazoles from Azides and Terminal Acetylenes

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    Sharpless, William D.; Peng Wu; Hansen, Trond Vidar; Lindberg, James G.

    2005-01-01

    The click chemistry uses only the most reliable reactions to build complex molecules from olefins, electrophiles and heteroatom linkers. A variation on Huisgen's azide-alkyne 1,2,3-triazole synthesis, the addition of the copper (I), the premium example of the click reaction, catalyst strongly activates terminal acetylenes towards the 1,3-dipole in…

  9. Structure, dynamics, and reactivity of an alkoxy intermediate formed from acetylene on zeolite catalysts: An in situ solid-state NMR study

    SciTech Connect

    Lazo, N.D.; White, J.L.; Munson, E.J.; Lambregts, M.; Haw, J.F. (Texas A and M Univ., College Station (USA))

    1990-05-09

    Recently, there has been much interest in reactive intermediates formed by the adsorption of organic compounds on zeolites and alumina. In this communication, they present evidence for a vinyl alkoxy species, analogous to IV, which is formed at high temperatures from acetylene on zeolites HY and HZSM-5. Upon exposure of the catalyst to water, the intermediate was converted quantitatively to acetaldehyde.

  10. The role of tin-promoted Pd/MWNTs via the management of carbonaceous species in selective hydrogenation of high concentration acetylene

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    Esmaeili, Elaheh; Mortazavi, Yadollah; Khodadadi, Abbas Ali; Rashidi, Ali Morad; Rashidzadeh, Mehdi

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, Pd/MWNTs are synthesized using polyol process and modified by tin as a promoter for selective hydrogenation of high concentrated acetylene feedstock. Polyol method results in highly dispersed nanoparticles with a depletion of particle size for tin-promoted Pd catalysts as characterized by TEM. Tin promoter plays a considerable role in hydrogenation of pure acetylene stream. This is attributed to formation of Pd2Sn structural phase, confirmed by XRD and TPR techniques, composed mainly of intermetallic species. Catalytic behavior of tin-promoted Pd catalysts is affected by geometric and electronic factors which are more pronounced in the case of Sn/Pd = 0.25. A discontinuity in Arrhenius plots for the Sn-promoted catalysts is appeared, which seems to be due to a kinetic factor as a result of change in acetylene coverage on Pd metallic ensembles at low and high temperature ranges. Higher selectivity of the catalysts to ethylene is attributed to the presence of more isolated adsorption sites on the catalyst surface originated from both intermetallic compounds confirmed by XPS and the ones formed via the carbonaceous species upon the acetylene hydrogenation reaction.

  11. Cholesterol Efflux Assay

    PubMed Central

    Low, Hann; Hoang, Anh; Sviridov, Dmitri

    2012-01-01

    Cholesterol content of cells must be maintained within the very tight limits, too much or too little cholesterol in a cell results in disruption of cellular membranes, apoptosis and necrosis 1. Cells can source cholesterol from intracellular synthesis and from plasma lipoproteins, both sources are sufficient to fully satisfy cells' requirements for cholesterol. The processes of cholesterol synthesis and uptake are tightly regulated and deficiencies of cholesterol are rare 2. Excessive cholesterol is more common problem 3. With the exception of hepatocytes and to some degree adrenocortical cells, cells are unable to degrade cholesterol. Cells have two options to reduce their cholesterol content: to convert cholesterol into cholesteryl esters, an option with limited capacity as overloading cells with cholesteryl esters is also toxic, and cholesterol efflux, an option with potentially unlimited capacity. Cholesterol efflux is a specific process that is regulated by a number of intracellular transporters, such as ATP binding cassette transporter proteins A1 (ABCA1) and G1 (ABCG1) and scavenger receptor type B1. The natural acceptor of cholesterol in plasma is high density lipoprotein (HDL) and apolipoprotein A-I. The cholesterol efflux assay is designed to quantitate the rate of cholesterol efflux from cultured cells. It measures the capacity of cells to maintain cholesterol efflux and/or the capacity of plasma acceptors to accept cholesterol released from cells. The assay consists of the following steps. Step 1: labelling cellular cholesterol by adding labelled cholesterol to serum-containing medium and incubating with cells for 24-48 h. This step may be combined with loading of cells with cholesterol. Step 2: incubation of cells in serum-free medium to equilibrate labelled cholesterol among all intracellular cholesterol pools. This stage may be combined with activation of cellular cholesterol transporters. Step 3: incubation of cells with extracellular acceptor and quantitation of movement of labelled cholesterol from cells to the acceptor. If cholesterol precursors were used to label newly synthesized cholesterol, a fourth step, purification of cholesterol, may be required. The assay delivers the following information: (i) how a particular treatment (a mutation, a knock-down, an overexpression or a treatment) affects the capacity of cell to efflux cholesterol and (ii) how the capacity of plasma acceptors to accept cholesterol is affected by a disease or a treatment. This method is often used in context of cardiovascular research, metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders, infectious and reproductive diseases. PMID:22414908

  12. Adipose Tissue Angiogenesis Assay

    PubMed Central

    Rojas-Rodriguez, Raziel; Gealekman, Olga; Kruse, Maxwell E.; Rosenthal, Brittany; Rao, Kishore; Min, SoYun; Bellve, Karl D.; Lifshitz, Lawrence M.; Corvera, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    Changes in adipose tissue mass must be accompanied by parallel changes in microcirculation. Investigating the mechanisms that regulate adipose tissue angiogenesis could lead to better understanding of adipose tissue function and reveal new potential therapeutic strategies. Angiogenesis is defined as the formation of new capillaries from existing microvessels. This process can be recapitulated in vitro, by incubation of tissue in extracellular matrix components in the presence of pro-angiogenic factors. Here, we describe a method to study angiogenesis from adipose tissue fragments obtained from mouse and human tissue. This assay can be used to define effects of diverse factors added in vitro, as well as the role of endogenously produced factors on angiogenesis. We also describe approaches to quantify angiogenic potential for the purpose of enabling comparisons between subjects, thus providing information on the role of physiological conditions of the donor on adipose tissue angiogenic potential. PMID:24480342

  13. Nitrous oxide reduction in nodules: denitrification or N/sub 2/ fixation

    SciTech Connect

    Coyne, M.S.; Focht, D.D.

    1987-05-01

    Detached cowpea nodules that contained a nitrous oxide reductase-positive (Nor/sup +/) rhizobium strain (8A55) and a nitrous oxide reductase-negative (Nor/sup -/) rhizobium strain (32H1) were incubated with 1% /sup 15/N/sub 2/O (95 atom% /sup 15/N) in the following three atmospheres: aerobic with C/sub 2/H/sub 2/ (10%), aerobic without C/sub 2/H/sub 2/, and anaerobic (argon atmosphere) without C/sub 2/H/sub 2/. The greatest production of /sup 15/N/sub 2/ occurred anaerobically with 8A55, yet very little was formed with 32H1. Although acetylene reduction activity was slightly higher with 32H1, about 10 times more /sup 15/N/sub 2/ was produced aerobically by 8A55 than by 32H1 in the absence of acetylene. The major reductive pathway of N/sub 2/O reduction by denitrifying rhizobium strain 8A55 is by nitrous oxide reductase rather than nitrogenase.

  14. NCI Launches Proteomics Assay Portal

    Cancer.gov

    In a paper recently published by the journal Nature Methods, Investigators from the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (NCI-CPTAC) announced the launch of a proteomics Assay Portal for multiple reaction monitoring-mass spectrometry (MRM-MS) assays. This community web-based repository for well-characterized quantitative proteomic assays currently consists of 456 unique peptide assays to 282 unique proteins and serves as a public resource of methodologies and data related to cancer associated targets.

  15. ABSORPTION CROSS SECTION OF GASEOUS ACETYLENE AT 85 K IN THE WAVELENGTH RANGE 110-155 nm

    SciTech Connect

    Cheng, Bing-Ming; Chen, Hui-Fen; Lu, Hsiao-Chi; Chen, Hong-Kai; Alam, M. S.; Chou, Sheng-Lung; Lin, Meng-Yeh, E-mail: bmcheng@nsrrc.org.tw [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, No. 101, Hsin-Ann Road, Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu 30076, Taiwan (China)

    2011-09-01

    Absorption spectra and absorption cross sections of gaseous acetylene, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, at 298 and 85 K were measured in the wavelength range 110-155 nm with a slit-jet system coupled to a synchrotron as a source of vacuum ultraviolet light. Using published spectral parameters of C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, we simulated the absorption profile for the Rydberg transition to state 4R{sub 0} in the range 124.6-125.1 nm, according to which the temperature of the jet-expanded sample at stagnation pressure 200 Torr is 85 {+-} 5 K. Our cross sections of C{sub 2}H{sub 2} are applicable for determining properties sensitive to temperature for diagnostic work on Saturn and Titan.

  16. The Breathing Orbital Valence Bond Method in Diffusion Monte Carlo: C-H Bond Dissociation ofAcetylene

    SciTech Connect

    Domin, D.; Braida, Benoit; Lester Jr., William A.

    2008-05-30

    This study explores the use of breathing orbital valence bond (BOVB) trial wave functions for diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC). The approach is applied to the computation of the carbon-hydrogen (C-H) bond dissociation energy (BDE) of acetylene. DMC with BOVB trial wave functions yields a C-H BDE of 132.4 {+-} 0.9 kcal/mol, which is in excellent accord with the recommended experimental value of 132.8 {+-} 0.7 kcal/mol. These values are to be compared with DMC results obtained with single determinant trial wave functions, using Hartree-Fock orbitals (137.5 {+-} 0.5 kcal/mol) and local spin density (LDA) Kohn-Sham orbitals (135.6 {+-} 0.5 kcal/mol).

  17. Ir Spectra of Large Tailor-Made Ag-MOLECULE (methane, Ethane, Ethylene, Acetylene) Clusters Produced in Helium Nanodroplets

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loginov, Evgeny; Gomez, Luis; Vilesov, Andrey

    2010-06-01

    Clusters of silver having up to about 10^4 atoms and molecules such as methane, ethane, ethylene and acetylene with up to 10^4 were obtained via sequential pickup of molecules by He droplets with average sizes in the range of 10^5 to 10^7 atoms. The formed clusters have been studied via infrared spectra in the C-H stretching range of the molecules. The spectra show two distinct features due to molecules on the boundary with silver atoms and those in the volume of the neat molecular part of the clusters. The relative intensities of the peaks allow obtaining of the cluster size, in good agreement with the estimates based on the known binding energies of the clusters. Experiments also suggest that selection rules for infrared transitions for molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces are also valid for silver clusters as small as 100 atoms.

  18. Synthesis of Some Heterocycles of Expected Biological Activity Through the Action of Isatin3Thiosemicarbazone on Acetylenic Ketones and Esters

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ahmed S. A. Youssef

    2002-01-01

    Isatin-3-thiosemicarbazone ( 1 ) reacted with 1-aryl-3-phenylprop-2-yn-1-ones ( 2a-c ) in n-butanol to give 4-aryl-6-phenyl-2-[2-oxo-2H,3H-benzo(b) pyrrolidine-3-iminyl]-imino-2H-1,3-thiazines ( 3a-c ). Similar treatment of 1 with acetylenic esters ( 4a-c ) gave the 6-substituted derivatives of 2-imino-3-[2-oxo-2H,3H-benzo(b)pyrrolidine-3-iminyl]-2,3-dihydro-4-oxo-1,3-thiazine ( 5a-c ). Treatment of 1 with 4a-c in the presence of sodium ethoxide in ethanol gave the 6-substituted derivatives of 3-[2-oxo-2H,3H-benzo(b)pyrrolidine-3-iminyl]-4-oxo-2-thioxo-1,2,4-trihydropyrimidine ( 6a-c ).

  19. Role of hydrogen abstraction acetylene addition mechanisms in the formation of chlorinated naphthalenes. 1. A quantum chemical investigation.

    PubMed

    McIntosh, Grant J; Russell, Douglas K

    2014-12-26

    The addition of chloroacetylene or tetrachlorovinylacetylene to 2,4,5-trichlorophenyl radicals, leading to the formation of tetra-, penta-, and hexachloronaphthalene congeners, has been explored at the M06-2X/6-311+G(3df,3p)//B3LYP/6-31G(d) level of theory. The accuracy of this method was justified by comparing the barriers of several pertinent reactions against energies from single point calculations at the B3LYP/cc-pVDZ, CCSD(T)/6-31G(d), and G2MS levels. Bittner-Howard and Frenklach hydrogen abstraction acetylene addition mechanisms were developed, as was a channel based on acetylene additions to chlorinated [4.2.0]octa-1,3,5-trien-7-yl congeners. While the latter channel exhibits relatively high C2HCl addition barriers and may be a minor growth channel at best, both the Bittner-Howard and Frenklach sequences appear facile. In all mechanisms, the additions of C2HCl leading to a ?-chlorinated adduct is favored by ?15 kJ mol(-1) relative to the ?-chlorinated analogue, and the addition products typically access a variety of facile cyclization channels. The ?-chlorinated product of C2HCl addition to 2,4,5-trichlorophenyl, however, undergoes a particularly rapid Cl-loss leading to 1-ethynyl-2,4,5-trichlorobenzene, effectively shutting down further growth. Generalization implies that ?-chlorinated C6H5-CH?CH congeners do not participate in growth reactions. Addition of 2,4,5-trichlorophenyl to the C?C bond of tetrachlorovinylacetylene and subsequent cyclization is found to be a facile route to hexachloronaphthalene formation and may be operative in fully chlorinated systems where the C6Cl5-CCl?CCl congeners cannot participate in the major growth processes. PMID:25419897

  20. Nitrate reduction

    DOEpatents

    Dziewinski, Jacek J. (Los Alamos, NM); Marczak, Stanislaw (Los Alamos, NM)

    2000-01-01

    Nitrates are reduced to nitrogen gas by contacting the nitrates with a metal to reduce the nitrates to nitrites which are then contacted with an amide to produce nitrogen and carbon dioxide or acid anions which can be released to the atmosphere. Minor amounts of metal catalysts can be useful in the reduction of the nitrates to nitrites. Metal salts which are formed can be treated electrochemically to recover the metals.

  1. Development of rapid pathogenicity assay for Verticillium dahliae using early flowering lettuce.

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Conventional assays of Verticillium wilt on lettuce require approximately three months from the time of seeding. A reduction in time required for analyses of symptom development would be useful in studies of the Verticillium dahliae-lettuce interaction. In this study, a growth chamber assay was ev...

  2. A novel data mining method to identify assay-specific signatures in functional genomic studies

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Derrick K. Rollins; Dongmei Zhai; Alrica L. Joe; Jack W. Guidarelli; Abhishek Murarka; Ramon Gonzalez

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND:: The highly dimensional data produced by functional genomic (FG) studies makes it difficult to visualize relationships between gene products and experimental conditions (i.e., assays). Although dimensionality reduction methods such as principal component analysis (PCA) have been very useful, their application to identify assay-specific signatures has been limited by the lack of appropriate methodologies. This article proposes a new and

  3. J. Phycol. 38, 971982 (2002) FIELD ASSAYS FOR MEASURING NITRATE REDUCTASE ACTIVITY IN ENTEROMORPHA SP.

    E-print Network

    Sherman, Tim

    .g. tissue metabolite levels) on nitrate reduction. Key index words: Enteromorpha sp.; estuary; Gelidium sp971 J. Phycol. 38, 971­982 (2002) FIELD ASSAYS FOR MEASURING NITRATE REDUCTASE ACTIVITY nitrate reductase (NR) activity assays designed for use in the field on Enteromorpha sp., Ulva sp

  4. Sulforhodamine B assay and chemosensitivity.

    PubMed

    Voigt, Wieland

    2005-01-01

    The sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay was developed by Skehan and colleagues to measure drug-induced cytotoxicity and cell proliferation for large-scale drug-screening applications. Its principle is based on the ability of the protein dye sulforhodamine B to bind electrostatically and pH dependent on protein basic amino acid residues of trichloroacetic acid-fixed cells. Under mild acidic conditions it binds to and under mild basic conditions it can be extracted from cells and solubilized for measurement. Results of the SRB assay were linear with cell number and cellular protein measured at cellular densities ranging from 1 to 200% of confluence. Its sensitivity is comparable with that of several fluorescence assays and superior to that of Lowry or Bradford. The signal-to-noise ratio is favorable and the resolution is 1000-2000 cells/well. It performed similarly compared to other cytotoxicity assays such as MTT or clonogenic assay. The SRB assay possesses a colorimetric end point and is nondestructive and indefinitely stable. These practical advances make the SRB assay an appropriate and sensitive assay to measure drug-induced cytotoxicity even at large-scale application. PMID:15901925

  5. PathogenMip assay: a multiplex pathogen detection assay.

    PubMed

    Akhras, Michael S; Thiyagarajan, Sreedevi; Villablanca, Andrea C; Davis, Ronald W; Nyrén, Pål; Pourmand, Nader

    2007-01-01

    The Molecular Inversion Probe (MIP) assay has been previously applied to a large-scale human SNP detection. Here we describe the PathogenMip Assay, a complete protocol for probe production and applied approaches to pathogen detection. We have demonstrated the utility of this assay with an initial set of 24 probes targeting the most clinically relevant HPV genotypes associated with cervical cancer progression. Probe construction was based on a novel, cost-effective, ligase-based protocol. The assay was validated by performing pyrosequencing and Microarray chip detection in parallel experiments. HPV plasmids were used to validate sensitivity and selectivity of the assay. In addition, 20 genomic DNA extracts from primary tumors were genotyped with the PathogenMip Assay results and were in 100% agreement with conventional sequencing using an L1-based HPV genotyping protocol. The PathogenMip Assay is a widely accessible protocol for producing and using highly discriminating probes, with experimentally validated results in pathogen genotyping, which could potentially be applied to the detection and characterization of any microbe. PMID:17311101

  6. Synthesis of indoles, benzofurans, and related heterocycles via an acetylene-activated SNAr/intramolecular cyclization cascade sequence in water or DMSO.

    PubMed

    Hudson, R; Bizier, N P; Esdale, K N; Katz, J L

    2015-02-10

    The synthesis of 2-substituted indoles and benzofurans was achieved by nucleophilic aromatic substitution, followed by subsequent 5-endo-dig cyclization between the nucleophile and an ortho acetylene. The acetylene serves the dual role of the electron withdrawing group to activate the substrate for SNAr, and the C1-C2 carbon scaffold for the newly formed 5-membered heteroaromatic ring. This method allows for the bond forming sequence of Ar-X-N/O-C1 to proceed in a single synthetic step, furnishing indoles and benzofurans in moderate to high yields. Since the method is not transition metal mediated, brominated and chlorinated substrates are tolerated, and benzofuran formation can be conducted using water or water-DMSO mixtures as solvent. PMID:25608594

  7. Measurements of linestrengths, N2-, Ar-, He- and self-broadening coefficients of acetylene in the ?4+?5 combination band using a cw quantum cascade laser

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sajid, Muhammad Bilal; Es-sebbar, Et-touhami; Farooq, Aamir

    2014-11-01

    Linestrengths, N2-, Ar-, He- and self-broadening coefficients of acetylene have been measured at 296 K in the P branch of the ?4+?5 combination band for 25 rotational transitions. The effect of gas temperature is studied over 296-683 K for five transitions to allow the determination of the temperature dependent exponent n for N2- and Ar-broadening coefficients. These measurements were performed using a continuous-wave quantum cascade laser (cw-QCL) operating over 1253-1310 cm-1. Spectroscopic parameters were obtained by fitting absorption spectra using Voigt, Galatry and Rautian profiles. Linestrength and broadening results are compared with previous studies available in literature for the ?4+?5 combination band and other vibrational bands of acetylene.

  8. Numerical analysis of the effect of acetylene and benzene addition to low-pressure benzene-rich flat flames on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation

    SciTech Connect

    Kunioshi, Nilson [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Komori, Seisaku [6th Group, Central Research Laboratory, Hamamatsu Photonics K. K. 500 Hirakuchi, Hamakita City, Shizuoka 434-8601 (Japan); Fukutani, Seishiro [Department of System Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, 111 Kuboki, Soja, Okayama 719-1197 (Japan)

    2006-10-15

    A modification of the CHEMKIN II package has been proposed for modeling addition of an arbitrary species at an arbitrary temperature to an arbitrary distance from the burner along a flat flame. The modified program was applied to the problem of addition of acetylene or benzene to different positions of a 40-Torr, {phi}=2.4 benzene/O{sub 2}/40%-N{sub 2} premixed flame to reach final equivalence ratios of {phi}=2.5 and 2.681. The results obtained showed that acetylene addition to early positions of the flame led to significant increase in pyrene production rates, but pyrene concentrations were lower in the flames with acetylene addition in both the {phi}=2.5 and 2.681 cases. Addition of benzene to the flame did not alter pyrene production rates in either the {phi}=2.5 or 2.681 cases; however, for {phi}=2.5, pyrene concentrations increased with benzene addition, while for {phi}=2.681, pyrene contents decreased in comparison to the correspondent flames with no addition. Acetylene addition led to a significant increase in pyrene production rates, but the pyrene levels dropped due to increase in the flow velocity. Pyrene production rates were not sensitive to benzene addition, but pyrene contents increased with benzene addition when the flow velocity decreased. These results show that PAH concentration changes accompanying species addition to flames should be interpreted carefully, because an increase or decrease in the content of a PAH species does not necessarily reflect an effect on its formation rate or mechanism. (author)

  9. Three-step laser induced ionization of Ir and Hg atoms in an air-acetylene flame and a gas cell

    SciTech Connect

    Matveev, Oleg I.; Cavalli, Paolo; Omenetto, Nicolo' [EC, Joint Research Centre Environment Institute, Ispra (Varese) (Italy)

    1995-04-01

    The feasibility and the application of three-step excitation and ionization schemes with excimer-pumped, pulsed dye lasers have been studied in the case of Iridium atoms in an air acetylene flame and of Mercury atoms in a gas cell. The detection limits obtained were 0.2 ng/ml in the case of Ir and 10{sup 7} atoms per cubic centimeter of air.

  10. Recent Line-Shape and Doppler Thermometry Studies Involving Transitions in the ?1 +?3 Band of Acetylene

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hashemi, Robab; Rozario, Hoimonti; Povey, Chad; Garber, Jolene; Derksen, Mark; Predoi-Cross, Adriana

    2014-06-01

    The line positions for transitions in the ?1 +?3 band are often used as a frequency standard by the telecom industry and also needed for planetary atmospheric studies. Four relevant studies have been recently carried out in our group and will be discussed briefly below. (1) N2-broadened line widths and N2-pressure induced line shifts have been measured for transitions in the ?1 +?3 band of acetylene at seven temperatures in the range 213333K to obtain the temperature dependences of broadening and shift coefficients. The Voigt and hard-collision line profile models were used to retrieve the line parameters. This study has been published in Molecular Physics, 110 Issue 21/22 (2012) 2645-2663. (2) Six nitrogen perturbed transitions of acetylene within the ?1 +?3 absorption band have been recorded using a 3-channel diode laser spectrometer. We have examined C2H2 spectra using a hard collision (Rautian) profile over a range of five temperatures (213 K-333 K). From these fits we have obtained the N2-broadening and narrowing coefficients of C2H2 and examined their temperature dependence. The experimentally measured narrowing coefficients have been used to estimate the nitrogen diffusion coefficients. The broadening coefficients and corresponding temperature dependence exponents have also been compared to that of calculations completed using a classical impact approach on an ab initio potential energy surface. We have observed a good agreement between our theoretical and experimental results. This study was published in Canadian Journal of Physics 91(11) 896-905 (2013). (3) An extension of the previous study was to analyze the room temperature for the same six transitions using the Voigt, Rautian, Galatry, RautianGalatry and Correlated Rautian profiles. For the entire pressure range, we have tested the applicability of these line-shape models. Except for Voigt profile, Dicke narrowing effect has been considered in all mentioned line-shape models. The experimental results for the narrowing parameters have been compared with calculated values based on the theory of diffusion. This study is in press in press in the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer. (4) In this paper we present accurate measurements of the fundamental Boltzmann constant based on a lineshape analysis of acetylene spectra in the ?1 +?3 band recorded using a tunable diode laser. Experimental spectra recorded at low pressures have been analyzed using both the Voigt model and the Speed Dependent Voigt model that takes into account the molecular speed dependence effects. These line-shape models reproduces the experimental data with high accuracy and allow us to determine precise line-shape parameters for the transitions used, the Doppler-width and then determined the Boltzmann constant, kB. This study has been submitted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Physics. 1 1 Research described in this work was funded by NSERC, Canada.

  11. Real-time cytotoxicity assays.

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    Wlodkowic, Donald; Faley, Shannon; Darzynkiewicz, Zbigniew; Cooper, Jonathan M

    2011-01-01

    Validation of new therapeutic targets calls for the advance in innovative assays that probe both spatial and temporal relationships in signaling networks. Cell death assays have already found a widespread use in pharmacological profiling of anticancer drugs. Such assays are, however, predominantly restricted to end point DEAD/LIVE parameter that provides only a snapshot of inherently stochastic process such as tumor cell death. Development of new methods that can offer kinetic real-time analysis would be highly advantageous for the pharmacological screening and predictive toxicology. In the present work we outline innovative protocols for the real-time analysis of tumor cell death, based on propidium iodide (PI) and SYTOX Green probes. These can be readily adapted to both flow cytometry and time-lapse fluorescence imaging. Considering vast time savings and kinetic data acquisition such assays have the potential to be applied in a number of areas including accelerated anticancer drug discovery and high-throughput screening routines. PMID:21516415

  12. Spectrophotometric assay for ornithine decarboxylase.

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    Ngo, T T; Brillhart, K L; Davis, R H; Wong, R C; Bovaird, J H; Digangi, J J; Ristow, J L; Marsh, J L; Phan, A P; Lenhoff, H M

    1987-02-01

    A rapid and sensitive spectrophotometric assay for ornithine decarboxylase is described. It is based on the observation that the product of ornithine decarboxylase, putrescine, reacts with 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid to give a colored product soluble in 1-pentanol whereas ornithine does not. The amount of putrescine produced by the enzyme was determined by measuring the absorbance of the 1-pentanol extract of the reaction mixture at 420 nm, and by comparing the results to those obtained by the trapping of 14CO2 and by HPLC assays. The three assays were found to be equivalent in sensitivity, with the spectrophotometric assay having the advantages of being relatively rapid, requiring only common laboratory equipment, and not requiring the use of radioactive isotopes. PMID:3578755

  13. Doug Berndt Evaluated Bacterial Assay

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    USGS microbiology technician evaluates a bacterial assay to determine the cause of a wildlife mortality. The USGS National Wildlife Health Center works to identify, track, and prevent wildlife disease....

  14. Synthesis and biological evaluation of 1-(benzenesulfonamido)-2-[5-(N-hydroxypyridin-2(1H)-one)]acetylene regioisomers: a novel class of 5-lipoxygenase inhibitors.

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    Chowdhury, Morshed Alam; Chen, Hua; Abdellatif, Khaled R A; Dong, Ying; Petruk, Kenneth C; Knaus, Edward E

    2008-07-15

    A hitherto unknown class of linear acetylene regioisomers were designed such that a SO(2)NH(2) group was located at the ortho-, meta-, or para-position of the acetylene C-1 phenyl ring, and a N-hydroxypyridin-2(1H)-one moiety was attached via its C-5 position to the C-2 position on an acetylene template (scaffold). All three regioisomers inhibited 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX), where the relative potency order was 2-SO(2)NH(2) (IC(50)=10 microM) >3-SO(2)NH(2) (IC(50)=15 microM) >4-SO(2)NH(2) (IC(50)=68 microM) relative to the reference drug nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA; IC(50)=35 microM). The 2-SO(2)NH(2) regioisomer (ED(50)=86.0mg/kg po) exhibited excellent oral anti-inflammatory (AI) activity that was more potent than aspirin (ED(50)=128.9 mg/kg) and marginally less potent than ibuprofen (ED(50)=67.4 mg/kg). The N-hydroxypyridin-2(1H)one moiety provides a novel pharmacophore for the design of cyclic hydroxamic mimetics capable of chelating 5-LOX iron for exploitation in the design of 5-LOX inhibitory AI drugs. PMID:18541424

  15. A DFT+U study of acetylene selective hydrogenation on oxygen defective anatase (101) and rutile (110) TiO2 supported Pd4 cluster.

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    Yang, Jie; Lv, Cun-Qin; Guo, Yong; Wang, Gui-Chang

    2012-03-14

    The reaction mechanisms for selective acetylene hydrogenation on three different supports, Pd(4) cluster, oxygen defective anatase (101), and rutile (110) titania supported Pd(4), cluster are studied using the density functional theory calculations with a Hubbard U correction (DFT+U). The present calculations show that the defect anatase support binds Pd(4) cluster more strongly than that of rutile titania due to the existence of Ti(3+) in anatase titania. Consequently, the binding energies of adsorbed species such as acetylene and ethylene on Pd(4) cluster become weaker on anatase supported catalysts compared to the rutile supported Pd(4) cluster. Anatase catalyst has higher selectivity of acetylene hydrogenation than rutile catalyst. On the one hand, the activation energies of ethylene formation are similar on the two catalysts, while they vary a lot on ethyl formation. The rutile supported Pd catalyst with lower activation energy is preferable for further hydrogenation. On the other hand, the relatively weak adsorption energy of ethylene is gained on anatase surface, which means it is easier for ethylene desorption, hence getting higher selectivity. For further understanding, the energy decomposition method and micro-kinetic analysis are also introduced. PMID:22423828

  16. A DFT+U study of acetylene selective hydrogenation on oxygen defective anatase (101) and rutile (110) TiO2 supported Pd4 cluster

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    Yang, Jie; Lv, Cun-Qin; Guo, Yong; Wang, Gui-Chang

    2012-03-01

    The reaction mechanisms for selective acetylene hydrogenation on three different supports, Pd4 cluster, oxygen defective anatase (101), and rutile (110) titania supported Pd4, cluster are studied using the density functional theory calculations with a Hubbard U correction (DFT+U). The present calculations show that the defect anatase support binds Pd4 cluster more strongly than that of rutile titania due to the existence of Ti3+ in anatase titania. Consequently, the binding energies of adsorbed species such as acetylene and ethylene on Pd4 cluster become weaker on anatase supported catalysts compared to the rutile supported Pd4 cluster. Anatase catalyst has higher selectivity of acetylene hydrogenation than rutile catalyst. On the one hand, the activation energies of ethylene formation are similar on the two catalysts, while they vary a lot on ethyl formation. The rutile supported Pd catalyst with lower activation energy is preferable for further hydrogenation. On the other hand, the relatively weak adsorption energy of ethylene is gained on anatase surface, which means it is easier for ethylene desorption, hence getting higher selectivity. For further understanding, the energy decomposition method and micro-kinetic analysis are also introduced.

  17. Functional Assays for Ricin Detection

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    Ezan, Eric; Duriez, Elodie; Fenaille, François; Becher, François

    In this review, we provide background information on ricin structure, present available functional assays for other toxins that are potential biothreat agents, and finish by describing the functional assay of ricin itself. Using appropriate sample preparation and optimized detection based on N-glycosidase activity, we demonstrate that specific detection of whole ricin at a level of around 0.1 ng/mL is possible and applicable to environmental samples.

  18. Protein tyrosine phosphatase: enzymatic assays

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    Jacqueline Montalibet; Kathryn I. Skorey; Brian P. Kennedy

    2005-01-01

    Activity assays for tyrosine phosphatases are based on the hydrolysis of a arylphosphate moiety from a synthetic substrate yielding a spectroscopically active product. Many different substrates can be used for these assays with p-nitrophenyl phosphate (pNPP), fluorescein diphosphate (FDP), and 6,8-difluoro-4-methylumbellyferyl phosphate (DiFMUP) being the most efficient and versatile. Equally, larger molecules such as phosphotyrosyl peptides can also be used

  19. Calibration of quantitative PCR assays

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    A. M. I. Roberts; C. M. Theobald; M. McNeil

    2007-01-01

    Quantitative real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assays are increasingly used to measure quantities of nucleic acids\\u000a in samples. They may be used to provide a high-throughput alternative to more traditional biological assays. In this case,\\u000a a calibration process may be required to convert the PCR measurements onto a more relevant scale. This is most commonly undertaken\\u000a using simple linear regression.

  20. Methods to Assay Drosophila Behavior

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    Nichols, Charles D.; Becnel, Jaime; Pandey, Udai B.

    2012-01-01

    Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly, has been used to study molecular mechanisms of a wide range of human diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and various neurological diseases1. We have optimized simple and robust behavioral assays for determining larval locomotion, adult climbing ability (RING assay), and courtship behaviors of Drosophila. These behavioral assays are widely applicable for studying the role of genetic and environmental factors on fly behavior. Larval crawling ability can be reliably used for determining early stage changes in the crawling abilities of Drosophila larvae and also for examining effect of drugs or human disease genes (in transgenic flies) on their locomotion. The larval crawling assay becomes more applicable if expression or abolition of a gene causes lethality in pupal or adult stages, as these flies do not survive to adulthood where they otherwise could be assessed. This basic assay can also be used in conjunction with bright light or stress to examine additional behavioral responses in Drosophila larvae. Courtship behavior has been widely used to investigate genetic basis of sexual behavior, and can also be used to examine activity and coordination, as well as learning and memory. Drosophila courtship behavior involves the exchange of various sensory stimuli including visual, auditory, and chemosensory signals between males and females that lead to a complex series of well characterized motor behaviors culminating in successful copulation. Traditional adult climbing assays (negative geotaxis) are tedious, labor intensive, and time consuming, with significant variation between different trials2-4. The rapid iterative negative geotaxis (RING) assay5 has many advantages over more widely employed protocols, providing a reproducible, sensitive, and high throughput approach to quantify adult locomotor and negative geotaxis behaviors. In the RING assay, several genotypes or drug treatments can be tested simultaneously using large number of animals, with the high-throughput approach making it more amenable for screening experiments. PMID:22433384

  1. Continuous-flow automation of the Lactobacillus casei serum folate assay.

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    Tennant, G B

    1977-01-01

    A method is described for the continuous-flow automation of the serum folate assay using Lactobacillus casei. The total incubation period is approximately four hours. The growth response of the organism to folate is estimated by measuring the rate of reduction of 2,3,5-triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC). A simple continuous culture apparatus is used to grow the inoculum. Supplementation of the assay medium is necessary to obtain parallel results. A statistical assessment shows a favourable comparison with the whole-serum tube assay using a chloramphenicol resistant strain of L. casei. The method is less sensitive to inhibitory substances than the tube assay. PMID:415069

  2. Cis-trans isomerization in the S1 state of acetylene: Identification of cis-well vibrational levels

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    Merer, Anthony J.; Steeves, Adam H.; Baraban, Joshua H.; Bechtel, Hans A.; Field, Robert W.

    2011-06-01

    A systematic analysis of the S1-trans ({tilde A}1Au) state of acetylene, using IR-UV double resonance along with one-photon fluorescence excitation spectra, has allowed assignment of at least part of every single vibrational state or polyad up to a vibrational energy of 4200 cm-1. Four observed vibrational levels remain unassigned, for which no place can be found in the level structure of the trans-well. The most prominent of these lies at 46 175 cm-1. Its 13C isotope shift, exceptionally long radiative lifetime, unexpected rotational selection rules, and lack of significant Zeeman effect, combined with the fact that no other singlet electronic states are expected at this energy, indicate that it is a vibrational level of the S1-cis isomer ({tilde A}1A2). Guided by ab initio calculations [J. H. Baraban, A. R. Beck, A. H. Steeves, J. F. Stanton, and R. W. Field, J. Chem. Phys. 134, 244311 (2011)], 10.1063/1.3570823 of the cis-well vibrational frequencies, the vibrational assignments of these four levels can be established from their vibrational symmetries together with the 13C isotope shift of the 46 175 cm-1 level (assigned here as cis-3161). The S1-cis zero-point level is deduced to lie near 44 900 cm-1, and the ?6 vibrational frequency of the S1-cis well is found to be roughly 565 cm-1; these values are in remarkably good agreement with the results of recent ab initio calculations. The 46 175 cm-1 vibrational level is found to have a 3.9 cm-1 staggering of its K-rotational structure as a result of quantum mechanical tunneling through the isomerization barrier. Such tunneling does not give rise to ammonia-type inversion doubling, because the cis and trans isomers are not equivalent; instead the odd-K rotational levels of a given vibrational level are systematically shifted relative to the even-K rotational levels, leading to a staggering of the K-structure. These various observations represent the first definite assignment of an isomer of acetylene that was previously thought to be unobservable, as well as the first high resolution spectroscopic results describing cis-trans isomerization.

  3. 21 CFR 864.7250 - Erythropoietin assay.

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    2013-04-01

    ...assay. (a) Identification. A erythropoietin assay is a device that measures the concentration of erythropoietin (an enzyme that regulates the production of red blood cells) in serum or urine. This assay provides diagnostic information for the...

  4. Exceptional reductions

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    Marrani, Alessio; Orazi, Emanuele; Riccioni, Fabio

    2011-04-01

    Starting from basic identities of the group E8, we perform progressive reductions, namely decompositions with respect to the maximal and symmetric embeddings of E7 × SU(2) and then of E6 × U(1). This procedure provides a systematic approach to the basic identities involving invariant primitive tensor structures of various irreps of finite-dimensional exceptional Lie groups. We derive novel identities for E7 and E6, highlighting the E8 origin of some well-known ones. In order to elucidate the connections of this formalism to four-dimensional Maxwell-Einstein supergravity theories based on symmetric scalar manifolds (and related to irreducible Euclidean Jordan algebras, the unique exception being the triality-symmetric {N}=2 stu model), we then derive a fundamental identity involving the unique rank-4 symmetric invariant tensor of the 0-brane charge symplectic irrep of U-duality groups, with potential applications in the quantization of the charge orbits of supergravity theories, as well as in the study of multi-center black hole solutions therein.

  5. Measurements of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and acetylene (C2H2) from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI)

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    Duflot, V.; Hurtmans, D.; Clarisse, L.; R'honi, Y.; Vigouroux, C.; De Mazière, M.; Mahieu, E.; Servais, C.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2013-04-01

    Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and acetylene (C2H2) are ubiquitous atmospheric trace gases with medium lifetime, which are frequently used as indicators of combustion sources and as tracers for atmospheric transport and chemistry. Because of their weak infrared absorption, overlapped by the CO2 Q branch near 720 cm-1, nadir sounders have up to now failed to measure these gases routinely. Taking into account CO2 line mixing, we provide for the first time extensive measurements of HCN and C2H2 total columns at Reunion Island (21° S, 55° E) and Jungfraujoch (46° N, 8° E) in 2009-2010 using observations from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). A first order comparison with local ground-based Fourier transform infraRed (FTIR) measurements has been carried out allowing tests of seasonal consistency which is reasonably captured, except for HCN at Jungfraujoch. The IASI data shows a greater tendency to high C2H2 values. We also examine a nonspecific biomass burning plume over austral Africa and show that the emission ratios with respect to CO agree with previously reported values.

  6. Measurements of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and acetylene (C2H2) from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI)

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    Duflot, V.; Hurtmans, D.; Clarisse, L.; R'honi, Y.; Vigouroux, C.; De Mazière, M.; Mahieu, E.; Servais, C.; Clerbaux, C.; Coheur, P.-F.

    2012-10-01

    Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and acetylene (C2H2) are ubiquitous atmospheric trace gases with medium lifetime, which are frequently used as indicators of combustion sources and as tracers for atmospheric transport and chemistry. Because of their weak infrared absorption, overlapped by the CO2 Q-branch near 720 cm-1, nadir sounders have up to now failed to measure these gases routinely. Taking into account CO2 line mixing we provide for the first time extensive measurements of HCN and C2H2 total columns at Reunion Island (21° S; 55° E) and Jungfraujoch (46° N; 8° E) in 2009-2010 using observations from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). These are compared with local ground-based Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) measurements and we demonstrate that the seasonality is well captured, except for HCN at Jungfraujoch. We also examine a nonspecific biomass burning plume over austral Africa and show that the emission ratios with respect to CO agree with previously reported values.

  7. Atomization efficiencies in halocarbon-loaded acetylene-air flames—I. Monochlorides of readily volatilized elements

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    Kántor, Tibor

    1994-12-01

    Carbon tetrachloride vapour was introduced with a carrier air stream into the mixing chamber of an acetylene-air flame while nebulizing aqueous solutions of several metal salts. The atomic absorption signal was measured under increasing flow rate of the halocarbon vapour at constant fuel-to-oxidant ratio, and the latter parameter was also varied in separate experiments. By applying the theory developed by Sugden and Bulewicz, the exclusive formation of monochlorides in the gaseous phase (presented here, in Part I) and the additional formation of hydroxychlorides and dichlorides (presented in Part II) could be elucidated. From the decrease of the signal measured for the alkali elements of known monochloride dissociation constants and dissociation energies, the temperature and the chlorine concentration present in the observed flame zone could be calculated. It is inferred that only 19% of the total halogen introduced is converted to HCl and Cl species in a slightly fuel-rich flame. The signal depression is stronger in a fuel-lean flame of higher monoatomic chlorine concentration for those elements which have a relatively efficient atomization under these flame conditions. An increase of the electron concentration resulting from the introduction of the halocarbon in an alkali-containing flame was deduced from the experimental findings, in agreement with earlier observations.

  8. Quantum-chemical approach to determining the high potency of clorgyline as an irreversible acetylenic monoamine oxidase inhibitor.

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    Pavlin, Matic; Mavri, Janez; Repi?, Matej; Vianello, Robert

    2013-06-01

    Density functional theory calculations were employed to investigate the nature of chemical bond formation between the flavin co-factor of the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) and its irreversible acetylenic inhibitor clorgyline in its terminally deprotonated anionic form. Since MAOs regulate the level of neurotransmitters in living cells, this reaction is pharmacologically relevant for treating depression and other mood disorders. The results revealed that this pathway is associated with the activation free energy of ?G act (#) = 17.4 kcal mol(-1), which, together with our previous results, suggests that clorgyline is intrinsically a more effective MAO inhibitor than antiparkinsonian drugs rasagiline and selegiline considering the preferred MAO isoforms in each case, thus displaying a trend in agreement with experimental data. The reaction is facilitated by the pronounced electrophilic character of the flavin moiety, due to its ability to efficiently accommodate excess negative charge from the approaching anionic inhibitor through resonance effect. The investigated mechanism was additionally validated by the inspection of the geometry of the flavin moiety in the formed adduct, which exhibit distortion from planarity consistent with experimental observations. These results offer valuable insight for mechanistic studies on other flavoenzymes and for the design of new antidepressants and antiparkinsonian drugs. PMID:23546802

  9. Optimization of Acetylene Black Conductive Additive andPolyvinylidene Difluoride Composition for High Power RechargeableLithium-Ion Cells

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    Liu, G.; Zheng, H.; Battaglia, V.S.; Simens, A.S.; Minor, A.M.; Song, X.

    2007-07-01

    Fundamental electrochemical methods were applied to study the effect of the acetylene black (AB) and the polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) polymer binder on the performance of high-power designed rechargeable lithium ion cells. A systematic study of the AB/PVDF long-range electronic conductivity at different weight ratios is performed using four-probe direct current tests and the results reported. There is a wide range of AB/PVDF ratios that satisfy the long-range electronic conductivity requirement of the lithium-ion cathode electrode; however, a significant cell power performance improvement is observed at small AB/PVDF composition ratios that are far from the long-range conductivity optimum of 1 to 1.25. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests indicate that the interfacial impedance decreases significantly with increase in binder content. The hybrid power pulse characterization results agree with the EIS tests and also show improvement for cells with a high PVDF content. The AB to PVDF composition plays a significant role in the interfacial resistance. We believe the higher binder contents lead to a more cohesive conductive carbon particle network that results in better overall all local electronic conductivity on the active material surface and hence reduced charge transfer impedance.

  10. Computational study of the reaction of P+ with acetylene: does spin-crossing play a significant role?

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    Cimas, Álvaro; Rayón, Víctor M; Largo, Antonio

    2012-03-22

    A computational study of the reaction of P(+)((3)P) with acetylene has been carried out. The only exothermic products correlating with the reactants are PCCH(+)((2)?) + H((2)S). Two different pathways leading to these products that are apparently barrier-free have been found. Both pathways involve isomerization into open-chain intermediates followed by direct elimination of a hydrogen atom. The possibility of spin-crossing has been considered because the species on the singlet surface are considerably more stable than those on the triplet one. On the singlet surface, there are other possible channels for the reaction, namely, cyclic PC(2)H(+)((2)A') + H((2)S) and CCP(+)((1)?) + H(2) ((1)?(g)(+)). A computational kinetic study shows that, in agreement with the experimental evidence, the major products are PCCH(+)((2)?) + H((2)S) at all temperatures. Only at very high temperatures is CCP(+)((1)?) + H(2) ((1)?(g)(+)) formed in non-negligible amounts. Therefore, only PCCH(+) should be formed in the interstellar medium. PMID:22352296

  11. A new cytotoxic brominated acetylenic hydrocarbon from the marine sponge Haliclona sp. with a selective effect against human breast cancer.

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    Alarif, Walied M; Abdel-Lateff, Ahmed; Al-Lihaibi, Sultan S; Ayyad, Seif-Eldin N; Badria, Farid A

    2013-01-01

    Three acetylenic brominated derivatives were isolated from a Red Sea sponge, Haliclona sp. One of them, 18-bromooctadeca-9(E),17(E)-dien-7,15-diynoic acid (3), is a known metabolite, and the other two are new compounds, (1E,5E,12E,19E)-1,22-dibromodocosa-1,5,12,19-tetraen-3,14,21-triyne (1) and methyl 18-bromooctadeca-9(E),17(E)-dien-7,15-diynoate (2) which was isolated for the first time as a natural metabolite. Structures of all compounds were determined based on extensive spectroscopic measurements [1D (1H, 13C and DEPT) and 2D (HSQC, HMBC and NOESY) NMR, MS, UV, and IR]. All compounds, except 3, were evaluated for their cytotoxicity employing four cancer cell lines, i.e. MCF-7 (human breast cancer), HepG2 (human hepatocellular carcinoma), WI-38 (skin carcinoma), and Vero (African green monkey kidney). Compounds 1 and 2 had potent selective antitumour activity towards MCF-7 cells with IC50 values of 32.5 and 50.8 microM, respectively. PMID:23659175

  12. Temperature and pressure dependence of the absolute rate constant for the reactions of NH2 radicals with acetylene and ethylene

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    Bosco, S. R.; Nava, D. F.; Brobst, W. D.; Stief, L. J.

    1984-01-01

    The absolute rate constants for the reaction between the NH2 free radical and acetylene and ethylene is measured experimentally using a flash photolysis technique. The constant is considered to be a function of temperature and pressure. At each temperature level of the experiment, the observed pseudo-first-order rate constants were assumed to be independent of flash intensity. The results of the experiment indicate that the bimolecular rate constant for the NH2 + C2H2 reaction increases with pressure at 373 K and 459 K but not at lower temperatures. Results near the pressure limit conform to an Arrhenius expression of 1.11 (+ or -) 0.36 x 10 to the -13th over the temperature range from 241 to 459 K. For the reaction NH2 + C2H4, a smaller rate of increase in the bimolecular rate constant was observed over the temperature range 250-465 K. The implications of these results for current theoretical models of NH2 + C2H2 (or H4) reactions in the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn are discussed.

  13. Characterization of nitrogen-fixing moderate halophilic cyanobacteria isolated from saline soils of Songnen Plain in China

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    Wei Zhang; Yujie Feng

    2008-01-01

    Twenty out of 200 isolates of cyanobacteria mainly from saline soils of Songnen Plain of China were successfully grown on BG11 N-free medium. The nitrogen-fixing activity was then demonstrated for the 20 isolates in modified BG11 medium using the acetylene reduction assay. All of them possessed appreciable nitrogenase activity (acetylene reduction) under non-saline conditions; however, at 5% NaCl only 60%

  14. Luminogenic cytochrome P450 assays.

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    Cali, James J; Ma, Dongping; Sobol, Mary; Simpson, Daniel J; Frackman, Susan; Good, Troy D; Daily, William J; Liu, David

    2006-08-01

    Luminogenic cytochrome P450 (CYP) assays couple CYP enzyme activity to firefly luciferase luminescence in a technology called P450-Glo(TM) (Promega). Luminogenic substrates are used in assays of human CYP1A1, -1A2, -1B1, -2C8, -2C9, -2C19, -2D6, -2J2, -3A4, -3A7, -4A11, -4F3B, -4F12 and -19. The assays detect dose-dependent CYP inhibition by test compounds against recombinant CYP enzymes or liver microsomes. Induction or inhibition of CYP activities in cultured hepatocytes is measured in a nonlytic approach that leaves cells intact for additional analysis. Luminogenic CYP assays offer advantages of speed and safety over HPLC and radiochemical-based methods. Compared with fluorogenic methods the approach offers advantages of improved sensitivity and decreased interference between optical properties of test compound and CYP substrate. These homogenous assays are sensitive and robust tools for high-throughput CYP screening in early drug discovery. PMID:16859410

  15. Effect of lime additions to acid strip-mine spoil on survival, growth and nitrogen fixation (acetylene reduction) of several woody legume and actinomycete-nodulated species

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    D. L. Hensley; P. L. Carpenter

    1984-01-01

    Summary An acid mine spoil in Southern Indiana was amended with lime (CaCO3) (0.0, 12.5, 25 and 39t\\/ha) and planted withElaegnus umbellata Thunb.,Alnus glutinosa Gaertn.,Robinia pseudoacacia L.,Robinia fertilis Ashe, ‘Arnot’,Myrica pensylvania Lois,Caragana arborescens L. andShepherdia argentea Nutt. Survival and soil data were collected periodically and plants were harvested 15 months after planting. Nodule and top dry weights were determined and

  16. Barcoded microchips for biomolecular assays.

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    Zhang, Yi; Sun, Jiashu; Zou, Yu; Chen, Wenwen; Zhang, Wei; Xi, Jianzhong Jeff; Jiang, Xingyu

    2015-01-20

    Multiplexed assay of analytes is of great importance for clinical diagnostics and other analytical applications. Barcode-based bioassays with the ability to encode and decode may realize this goal in a straightforward and consistent manner. We present here a microfluidic barcoded chip containing several sets of microchannels with different widths, imitating the commonly used barcode. A single barcoded microchip can carry out tens of individual protein/nucleic acid assays (encode) and immediately yield all assay results by a portable barcode reader or a smartphone (decode). The applicability of a barcoded microchip is demonstrated by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) immunoassays for simultaneous detection of three targets (anti-gp41 antibody, anti-gp120 antibody, and anti-gp36 antibody) from six human serum samples. We can also determine seven pathogen-specific oligonucleotides by a single chip containing both positive and negative controls. PMID:25513831

  17. Automated high-throughput Vibrio fischeri assay for (eco)toxicity screening: application to ionic liquids.

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    Pinto, Paula C A G; Costa, Susana P F; Lima, José L F C; Saraiva, M Lúcia M F S

    2012-06-01

    An automated high-throughput Vibrio fischeri assay was developed and further applied to the evaluation of ionic liquids (ILs) (eco)toxicity. The assay was based on the reduction of bacterial bioluminescence in the presence of test compounds and the results were presented as EC(50). The assays were performed with eight commercially available ILs with distinct cationic head groups, alkyl side chains and anions. EC(50) values between 6.5 and 691.9 mmol L(-1) were obtained for the tested ILs, being hmim [Cl] the most toxic and bmim [Cl] the less toxic ones, confirming the influence of the different structural elements. Moreover, all the tested ILs exhibited a (eco)toxicity lower than Cu(II), used as a positive control during the optimization and analysis steps. The automated assay assured the precise control of the contact time between V. fischeri and test compound by means of a simple protocol that guaranteed adequate aspiration and handling of the solutions as well as the precise implementation of a computer controlled stop period. Furthermore, a significant reduction of the assay costs was achieved through automation mainly by a drastic reduction of the volume of bacterial suspension and test compound. The methodology was validated by comparison with a microplate assay; it was stated that the results, obtained after a 3min contact time, changed proportionally relatively to Cu(II) in both assays. This confirmed the applicability of the methodology as an (eco)toxicity screening assay, with reduction of time and increase of robustness and repeatability (n=10; rsd<1.1%). It is expected that due to its simplicity and reduced cost the developed assay can be integrated in the early stage of development of new compounds as a rapid screening test. PMID:22417674

  18. Aldehyde Reduction by Cytochrome P450

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    Amunom, Immaculate; Srivastava, Sanjay; Prough, Russell A.

    2011-01-01

    This protocol describes the procedure for measuring the relative rates of metabolism of the ?,?-unsaturated aldehydes, 9-anthracene aldehyde (9-AA) and 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal (4-HNE); specifically the aldehyde reduction reactions of cytochrome P450s (CYPs). These assays can be performed using either liver microsomal or other tissue fractions, spherosome preparations of recombinant CYPs, or recombinant CYPs from other sources. The method used here to study the reduction of a model ?,?-unsaturated aldehyde, 9-AA, by CYPs was adapted from the assay used to investigate 9-anthracene oxidation as reported by Marini et al. (Marini et al., 2003). For experiments measuring reduction of the endogenous aldehyde, 4-HNE, the substrate was incubated with CYP in the presence of oxygen and NADPH and the metabolites were separated by High Pressure Liquid Chromatograpy (HPLC), using an adaptation of the method of Srivastava et al. (Srivastava et al., 2010). For study of 9-AA and 4-HNE reduction, the first step involves incubation of the substrate with the CYP in appropriate media, followed by quantification of metabolites through either spectrofluorimetry or analysis by HPLC coupled with a radiometric assay, respectively. Metabolite identification can be achieved by HPLC GC-mass spectrometric analysis. Inhibitors of cytochrome P450 function can be utilized to show the role of the hemoprotein or other enzymes in these reduction reactions. The reduction reactions for CYP’s were not inhibited by either anaerobiosis or inclusion of CO in the gaseous phase of the reaction mixture. These character of these reactions are similar to those reported for some cytochrome P450-catalyzed azo reduction reactions. PMID:21553396

  19. Three dimensional colorimetric assay assemblies

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    Charych, D.; Reichart, A.

    2000-06-27

    A direct assay is described using novel three-dimensional polymeric assemblies which change from a blue to red color when exposed to an analyte, in one case a flu virus. The assemblies are typically in the form of liposomes which can be maintained in a suspension, and show great intensity in their color changes. Their method of production is also described.

  20. Three dimensional colorimetric assay assemblies

    DOEpatents

    Charych, Deborah (Albany, CA); Reichart, Anke (Albany, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A direct assay is described using novel three-dimensional polymeric assemblies which change from a blue to red color when exposed to an analyte, in one case a flu virus. The assemblies are typically in the form of liposomes which can be maintained in a suspension, and show great intensity in their color changes. Their method of production is also described.

  1. Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay and

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay and Bacterial Meningitis Surveillance in Remote Areas, Niger Fati reference laboratory for meningitis in Niger used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to enhance) and the national reference center for menin- gitis in Niger. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method

  2. Recent advances in enzyme assays

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    Jean-Philippe Goddard; Jean-Louis Reymond

    2004-01-01

    Enzyme assays for high-throughput screening and enzyme engineering, which are often based on derivatives of coumarin, nitrophenol, fluorescein, nitrobenzofurazane or rhodamine dyes, can be divided into two categories: those that depend on labelled substrates, and those that depend on sensing the reactions of unmodified substrates. Labelled substrates include, for example, fluorogenic and chromogenic substrates that generate a reporter molecule by

  3. Comparisons of a proposed five-seed assay method with the single-seed and batch assay methods for I-125 seeds in ultrasound-guided prostate implants.

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    Lee, P C; Starr, S J; Zuhlke, K; Moran, B J

    1999-01-01

    A simple five-seed assay method was proposed and investigated. A commercial well ion chamber system with an NIST-traceable single-seed calibration constant was used for the single-seed assays. A batch seed holder was used for batch assays. For the five-seed assays, a second single-seed holder was modified such that all five seeds were loaded in a central region of the well ion chamber. Compared with the same seed in the standard single-seed holder, the relative chamber responses for the five seed positions were 0.993, 0.993, 1.000, 1.001, and 0.977, respectively, indicating little or no position-dependent chamber response and no self-attenuation among seeds. Subsequent comparison of assays with the single-seed and five-seed methods indicated only 0.4% difference in charge collection. The five-seed calibration constant was therefore taken to be the same as the single-seed calibration constant. The reproducibility of the five-seed assay method was found to be better than 0.8%. When a dummy seed replaced an active seed, a nearly 20% reduction in charge was found, indicating that the proposed five-seed assay method can detect a dead seed. Clinical comparison of all three assay methods showed that they produced qualitatively the same assay results when the batch assay method was performed with extra care. Compared with the single-seed assay method, the five-seed method is equally simple, rigid, and reproducible, but it demands much less assay time. Compared with the batch assay method, the five-seed method is much more reproducible and reliable because of its rigid assay geometry; it only demands a moderate amount of assay time and can detect dead seeds. The American Association of Physicists in Medicine Task Group 40 (AAPM TG40) states that, for brachytherapy, ideally every (i.e., 100%) loose seed should be calibrated. For procedures involving large number of loose seeds, it then recommends that 10% of seeds be calibrated. The proposed five-seed assay is very simple to implement. It will facilitate the compliance of the "10%" recommendation from the AAPM TG40; it will make the "ideally 100%" statement from AAPM TG40 a more realistic and practical QA procedure in seed assaying. PMID:10644061

  4. Rotational Dependence of Intramolecular Dynamics in Acetylene at Low Vibrational Excitation as Deduced from High Resolution Spectroscopy

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    Perry, David S.; Miller, Anthony; Amyay, B.; Fayt, A.; Herman, M.

    2010-06-01

    The link between energy-resolved spectra and time-resolved dynamics is explored quantitatively for acetylene (12C2H2), X1?g+ with up to 8,600 wn of vibrational energy. This comparison is based on the extensive knowledge of the vibration-rotation energy levels and on the model Hamiltonian used to fit them to high precision. Simulated intensity borrowing features in high resolution absorption spectra and predicted survival probabilities for intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) are first investigated for the ?4+?5 and ?3 bright states, for J = 2, 30 and 100. The dependence of the results on the rotational quantum number and on the choice of vibrational bright state reflects the interplay of three kinds of off-diagonal resonances: anharmonic, rotational l-type, and Coriolis. The dynamical quantities used to characterize the calculated time-dependent dynamics are the dilution factor ?d, the IVR lifetime ?IVR, and the recurrence time ?rec. For the two bright states ?3+2?4 and 7?4, the collisionless dynamics for thermally averaged rotational distributions at T = 27, 270 and 500 K were calculated from the available spectroscopic data. For the 7?4 bright state, an apparent irreversible decay of is found. In all cases, the model Hamiltonian allows a detailed calculation of the energy flow among all of the coupled zeroth-order vibration-rotation states. B. Amyay, S. Robert, M. Herman, A. Fayt, B. Raghavendra, A. Moudens, J. Thiévin, B. Rowe, and R. Georges, J. Chem. Phys., 131, 114301 (2009).

  5. A DFT study on the mechanisms for the cycloaddition reactions between 1-aza-2-azoniaallene cations and acetylenes.

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    Wang, Jing-mei; Li, Zhi-ming; Wang, Quan-rui; Tao, Feng-gang

    2013-01-01

    The mechanisms of cycloaddition reactions between 1-aza-2-azoniaallene cations 1 and acetylenes 2 have been investigated using the global electrophilicity and nucleophilicity of the corresponding reactants as global reactivity indexes defined within the conceptual density functional theory. The reactivity and regioselectivity of these reactions were predicted by analysis of the energies, geometries, and electronic nature of the transition state structures. The theoretical results revealed that the reaction features a tandem process: an ionic 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition to produce the cycloadducts 3?H-pyrazolium salts 3 followed by a [1,2]-shift affording the thermodynamically more stable adducts 4 or 5. The mechanism of the cycloaddition reactions can be described as an asynchronous concerted pathway with reverse electron demand. The model reaction has also been investigated at the QCISD/6-31++G(d,p) and CCSD(T)/6-31++G(d,p)//B3LYP/6-31++G(d,p) levels as well as by the DFT. The polarizable continuum model, at the B3LYP/6-31++G(d,p) level of theory, was used to study solvent effects on all the studied reactions. In solvent dichloromethane, all the initial cycloadducts 3 were obtained via direct ionic process as the result of the solvent effect. The consecutive [1,2]-shift reaction, in which intermediates 3 are rearranged to the five-membered heterocycles 4/5, is proved to be a kinetically controlled reaction, and the regioselectivity can be modulated by varying the migrant. The LOL function and RDG function based on localized electron analysis were used to analysis the covalent bond and noncovalent interactions in order to unravel the mechanism of the title reactions. PMID:22810049

  6. Gas Phase Molecular Spectroscopy: Electronic Spectroscopy of Combustion Intermediates, Chlorine Azide kinetics, and Rovibrational Energy Transfer in Acetylene

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    Freel, Keith A.

    This dissertation is composed of three sections. The first deals with the electronic spectroscopy of combustion intermediates that are related to the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Absorption spectra for phenyl, phenoxy, benzyl, and phenyl peroxy radicals were recorded using the technique of cavity ring-down spectroscopy. When possible, molecular constants, vibrational frequencies, and excited state lifetimes for these radicals were derived from these data. The results were supported by theoretical predictions. The second section presents a study of electron attachment to chlorine azide (ClN3) using a flowing-afterglow Langmuir-probe apparatus. Electron attachment rates were measured to be 3.5x10-8 and 4.5x10-8 cm3s-1 at 298 and 400 K respectively. The reactions of ClN3 with eighteen cations and seventeen anions were characterized. Rate constants were measured using a selected ion flow tube. The ionization energy (>9.6eV), proton affinity (713+/-41 kJ mol-1), and electron affinity (2.48+/-0.2 eV) for ClN 3 were determined from these data. The third section demonstrates the use of double resonance spectroscopy to observe state-selected rovibrational energy transfer from the first overtone asymmetric stretch of acetylene. The total population removal rate constants from various rotational levels of the (1,0,1,00,00) vibrational state were determined to be in the range of (9-17) x 10 -10 cm3s-1. Rotational energy transfer accounted for approximately 90% of the total removal rate from each state. Therefore, the upper limit of vibrational energy transfer from the (1,0,1,0 0,00) state was 10%.

  7. Reaction of phenyl radicals with acetylene: quantum chemical investigation of the mechanism and master equation analysis of the kinetics.

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    Tokmakov, I V; Lin, M C

    2003-09-17

    The mechanism of the C(6)H(5) + C(2)H(2) reaction has been investigated by various quantum chemical methods. Electrophilic addition to the CC triple bond is found to be the only important mode of phenyl radical attack on acetylene. The initially formed chemically activated C(6)H(5)C(2)H(2) adducts may follow several isomerization pathways in competition with collisional stabilization and H-elimination. Thermochemistry of various decomposition and isomerization channels is evaluated by the G2M method. For key intermediates, the following standard enthalpies of formation have been deduced from isodesmic reactions: 94.2 +/- 2.0 kcal/mol (C(6)H(5)CHCH), 86.4 +/- 2.0 kcal/mol (C(6)H(5)CCH(2)), and 95.5 +/- 1.8 kcal/ mol (o-C(6)H(4)C(2)H(3)). The accuracy of theoretical predictions was examined through extensive comparisons with available experimental and theoretical data. The kinetics and product branching of the C(6)H(5) + C(2)H(2) reaction have been evaluated by weak collision master equation/Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) analysis of the truncated kinetic model including only kinetically important transformations of the isomeric C(8)H(7) radicals. Available experimental kinetic data can be quantitatively reproduced by calculation with a minor adjustment of the C(6)H(5) addition barrier from 3.7 to 4.1 kcal/mol. Our predicted total rate constant, k(R1) = (1.29 x 10(10))T(0.834) exp(-2320/T) cm(3) mol(-)(1) s(-)(1), is weakly dependent on P and corresponds to the phenylation process under combustion conditions (T > 1000 K). PMID:16220963

  8. Spectroscopy in separated flames--VII: Determination of bismuth by atomic-fluorescence spectroscopy in a separated air-acetylene flame with electronically modulated electrodeless discharge tube sources.

    PubMed

    Hobbs, R S; Kirkbright, G F; West, T S

    1971-09-01

    The application of electronically modulated and unmodulated bismuth and iodine electrodeless discharge lamps as sources for the excitation of bismuth atomic fluorescence in conventional and nitrogen-separated air-acetylene flames has been investigated. Separation of the flame results in improved detection limits for bismuth even when a modulated source is employed. The effect of 500-fold weight excesses of foreign ions on the determination of bismuth at 302.46 nm with a modulated iodine source and separated flame has been studied; only calcium and zirconium are found to cause significant interference. The determination of bismuth in aluminium alloy samples is reported. PMID:18960956

  9. Influence of chlorine coordination number on the catalytic mechanism of ruthenium chloride catalysts in the acetylene hydrochlorination reaction: a DFT study.

    PubMed

    Han, You; Sun, Mengxia; Li, Wei; Zhang, Jinli

    2015-03-11

    The catalytic mechanism of Ru-based catalysts in the acetylene hydrochlorination reaction has been investigated via the density functional theory (DFT) method. To study the effect of the chlorine coordination number on the catalytic mechanism, Ru3Cl9, Ru3Cl7, Ru5Cl7, Ru3Cl3 and Ru3 clusters were chosen as the catalytic models. Our results show that the energy barrier for acetylene hydrochlorination on Ru3Cl9 was as high as 1.51 eV at 458 K. When the chlorine coordination number decreased, the energy barriers on Ru3Cl7, Ru5Cl7, Ru3Cl3 and Ru3 were 1.29, 0.89, 1.01 and 1.42 eV, respectively. On Ru3Cl9, the H and Cl atoms of HCl were simultaneously added to C2H2 to form C2H3Cl, while the reaction was divided into two steps on Ru3Cl7, Ru3Cl3 and Ru3 clusters. The first step was the addition of H atom of HCl to C2H2 to form C2H3?, and the second step was the addition of Cl atom to C2H3? to form C2H3Cl. The step involving the addition of Cl was the rate-controlling step during the whole reaction. On Ru5Cl7 cluster, there was an additional step before the steps involving the addition of H and Cl: the transfer of H atom from HCl to Ru atom. This step was the rate-controlling step during the reaction of acetylene hydrochlorination on Ru5Cl7 and its energy barrier was the lowest among all the above-mentioned catalytic models. Therefore, the Ru5Cl7 cluster played the most predominant role in acetylene hydrochlorination with the largest reaction rate constant kTST of 10(3). PMID:25712403

  10. Time-dependent density-functional study of the alignment-dependent ionization of acetylene and ethylene by strong laser pulses

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    Russakoff, Arthur; Bubin, Sergiy; Xie, Xinhua; Erattupuzha, Sonia; Kitzler, Markus; Varga, Kálmán

    2015-02-01

    The alignment-dependent ionization of acetylene and ethylene in short laser pulses is investigated in the framework of the time-dependent density-functional theory coupled with Ehrenfest dynamics. The molecular alignment is found to have a substantial effect on the total ionization. Bond stretching is shown to cause an increase of the ionization efficiency, i.e., enhanced ionization, in qualitative agreement with previous theoretical investigations. It is also demonstrated that the enhanced ionization mechanism greatly enhances the ionization from the inner valence orbitals, and the ionization of the inner orbitals is primarily due to their extended weakly bound density tails.

  11. Visible-to-near infrared standard source generation using acetylene ( 13C 2H 2)-stabilized comb-injection-locked technique

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    Lee, S. H.; Ryu, H. Y.; Kim, Y. P.; Suh, H. S.; Eom, T. B.

    2010-10-01

    An ultra-stable visible laser source (VLS) was generated by the second harmonic of a selectively injection-locked distributed feedback (DFB) laser from an optical frequency comb with acetylene-stabilized laser seeding. For the second-harmonic generation (SHG) of the injection-locked DFB laser, we used periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal and generated the VLS at a region of 771 nm, which was discretely locked to a spacing of 25 GHz within the PPLN bandwidth (180 GHz). The frequency stability of this source was estimated to be 1.1 × 10 - 12 with an average time of 1 s.

  12. Fe(3+)-Fe(2+) transformation method: an important antioxidant assay.

    PubMed

    Gülçin, ?lhami

    2015-01-01

    If we look at the multitude of varied and interesting reaction that constitute biochemistry and bioorganic chemistry, it is possible to classify a great many as either oxidation or reduction reactions. The reducing agent transfers electrons to another substance and is thus it oxidized. And, because it gives electrons, it is also called an electron donor. Electron donors can also form charge transfer complexes with electron acceptors. Reductants in biochemistry are very diverse. For example ferric ions (Fe(3+)) are good reducing agents. Also, different bioanalytical reduction methods are available such as Fe(3+)-ferrous ions (Fe(2+)) reduction method, ferric reducing antioxidant power reducing assay. In this section, Fe(3+)-Fe(2+) transformation will be discussed. Recently there has been growing interest in research into the role of plant-derived antioxidants in food and human health. The beneficial influence of many foodstuffs and beverages including fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, and cacao on human health has been recently recognized to originate from their antioxidant activity. For this purpose, the most commonly method used in vitro determination of reducing capacity of pure food constituents or plant extracts is Fe(3+) reducing ability. This commonly used reducing power method is reviewed and presented in this study. Also, the general chemistry underlying this assay was clarified. Hence, this overview provides a basis and rationale for developing standardized antioxidant capacity methods for the food, nutraceutical, and dietary supplement industries. In addition, the most important advantages of this method were detected and highlighted. The chemical principles of these methods are outlined and critically discussed. The chemical principles of methods of Fe(3+)-Fe(2+) transformation assay are outlined and critically discussed. PMID:25323511

  13. STATUS OF PORTABLE NON DESTRUCTIVE ASSAY (NDA) AT THE PLUTONIUM FINISHING PLANT (PFP)

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    KEELE, B.D.

    2005-06-10

    Collimated portable gamma-ray detectors are used to quantify the plutonium holdup in support of facility deactivation and decommissioning. The Generalized Geometry Holdup model recently has been implemented for data reduction to support a new decontamination and decommissioning mission. An approach to assess the total measurement uncertainty (TMU) has been developed. The TMU is added to the assay value for compliance with safety based limits. Details of the measurement techniques and comparisons to assays of materials removed are described.

  14. Assaying PTEN catalysis in vitro.

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    Spinelli, Laura; Leslie, Nicholas R

    2015-05-01

    PTEN is a major tumour suppressor protein and a regulator of numerous diverse biological processes. It has an evolutionarily conserved role as a phosphoinositide lipid phosphatase, regulating the PI3K signalling pathway, but also has catalytic phosphatase activity against protein substrates, although the significance of this latter activity is less well understood. Unlike many tumour suppressors, even modest changes in PTEN activity can have strong effects on phenotypes, including tumour formation. Due to this recognised functional significance, several experimental platforms have been developed to assay the catalytic activity of PTEN against different substrates and are being applied to understand this cellular substrate diversity and the regulation of PTEN. Here we present and discuss methods to assay the phosphatase activity of PTEN in vitro. PMID:25461809

  15. SNO+ Scintillator Purification and Assay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Ford; M. Chen; O. Chkvorets; D. Hallman; E. Vázquez-Jáuregui

    2011-01-01

    We describe the R&D on the scintillator purification and assay methods and technology for the SNO+ neutrino and double-beta decay experiment. The SNO+ experiment is a replacement of the SNO heavy water with liquid scintillator comprised of 2 g\\/L PPO in linear alkylbenzene (LAB). During filling the LAB will be transported underground by rail car and purified by multi-stage distillation

  16. SNO+ Scintillator Purification and Assay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Ford; M. Chen; O. Chkvorets; D. Hallman; E. Va´zquez-Ja´uregui

    2011-01-01

    We describe the R&D on the scintillator purification and assay methods and technology for the SNO+ neutrino and double-beta decay experiment. The SNO+ experiment is a replacement of the SNO heavy water with liquid scintillator comprised of 2 g?L PPO in linear alkylbenzene (LAB). During filling the LAB will be transported underground by rail car and purified by multi-stage distillation

  17. Northwest Australia's Saladin crude assayed

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1993-01-01

    High-quality Saladin crude oil from offshore Western Australia has been assayed. The 48.2[degree] API, 0.02 wt % sulfur crude's characteristics--determined in 1990--are presented here for the first time. The estimated 30--40 million bbl field, south of Barrow Island, is produced from two platforms in 58 ft of water in block TP 3. Production began in late 1989 from three platforms

  18. Dehydrogenase activity of forest soils depends on the assay used

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    Januszek, Kazimierz; D?uga, Joanna; Socha, Jaros?aw

    2015-01-01

    Dehydrogenases are exclusively intracellular enzymes, which play an important role in the initial stages of oxidation of soil organic matter. One of the most frequently used methods to estimate dehydrogenase activity in soil is based on the use of triphenyltetrazolium chloride as an artificial electron acceptor. The purpose of this study was to compare the activity of dehydrogenases of forest soils with varied physicochemical properties using different triphenyltetrazolium chloride assays. The determination was carried out using the original procedure by Casida et al., a modification of the procedure which involves the use of Ca(OH)2 instead of CaCO3, the Thalmann method, and the assay by Casida et al. without addition of buffer or any salt. Soil dehydrogenase activity depended on the assay used. Dehydrogenase determined by the Casida et al. method without addition of buffer or any salt correlated with the pH values of soils. The autoclaved strongly acidic samples of control soils showed high concentrations of triphenylformazan, probably due to chemical reduction of triphenyltetrazolium chloride. There is, therefore, a need for a sterilization method other than autoclaving, ie a process that results in significant changes in soil properties, thus helping to increase the chemical reduction of triphenyltetrazolium chloride.

  19. Assay of deoxyhypusine synthase activity.

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    Wolff, Edith C; Lee, Seung Bum; Park, Myung Hee

    2011-01-01

    Deoxyhypusine synthase catalyzes an unusual protein modification reaction. A portion of spermidine is covalently added to one specific lysine residue of one eukaryotic protein, eIF5A (eukaryotic initiation factor 5A) to form a deoxyhypusine residue. The assay measures the incorporation of radioactivity from [1,8-(3)H]spermidine into the eIF5A protein. The enzyme is specific for the eIF5A precursor protein and does not work on short peptides (<50 amino acids). Optimum conditions for the reaction and four detection methods for the product, deoxyhypusine-containing eIF5A, are described in this chapter. The first, and most specific, method is the measurement of the amount of [(3)H]deoxyhypusine in the protein hydrolysate after its separation by ion exchange chromatography. However, this method requires some specialized equipment. The second method is counting the radioactivity in TCA-precipitated protein after thorough washing. The third method involves determining the radioactivity in the band of [(3)H]deoxyhypusine-containing eIF5A after separation by SDS-PAGE. The fourth method is a filter-binding assay. It is important to minimize nonspecific binding of [(3)H]spermidine to proteins in the assay mixture, especially for methods 2 and 4, as illustrated in a comparison figure in the chapter. PMID:21318875

  20. Hydrocarbon growth via ion-molecule reactions: computational studies of the isomers of C?H2??, C?H?? and C?H?? and their formation paths from acetylene and its fragments.

    PubMed

    Bera, Partha P; Peverati, Roberto; Head-Gordon, Martin; Lee, Timothy J

    2015-01-21

    We seek insight into the origin of observations made in plasma experiments mimicking interstellar and circumstellar conditions. To this end theory is applied to the low-energy isomers of C4H2(+), C6H2(+) and C6H4(+) and their formation paths from acetylene and its fragments. Ab initio molecular dynamics trajectories are performed to explore which isomers are readily accessible from acetylene and its ion fragments. Structural information at a high level of electronic structure theory [CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ], as well as information on the vibrational [UMP2] and electronic spectra [?B97X] of the low-energy isomers is reported. PMID:25474483

  1. One-pot assembly of 4-methylene-3-oxa-1-azabicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes from alkyl aryl(hetaryl) ketoximes, acetylene, and aliphatic ketones: a new three-component reaction

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    Boris A. Trofimov; Elena Yu. Schmidt; Al’bina I. Mikhaleva; Igor A. Ushakov; Nadezhda I. Protsuk; Elena Yu. Senotrusova; Olga N. Kazheva; Grigorii G. Aleksandrov; Oleg A. Dyachenko

    2009-01-01

    A new three-component reaction between alkyl aryl(hetaryl)ketoximes, acetylene, and aliphatic ketones in the superbasic systems KOH\\/DMSO and LiOH\\/CsF\\/DMSO (70–90°C, initial acetylene pressure 13–15atm, 5–60min) affords novel 4-methylene-3-oxa-1-azabicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes in yields of up to 75%. Using KOH\\/DMSO, the side products of the reaction are O-vinylketoximes and 2-aryl(hetaryl)pyrroles, while with LiOH\\/CsF\\/DMSO, the reaction proves to be selective, only minor amounts of the corresponding

  2. Effect of bilirubin on the spectrophotometric and radionuclide assay for serum angiotensin-converting enzyme

    SciTech Connect

    Saxe, A.W.; Hollinger, M.A.; Essam, T.

    1986-01-01

    The effect of bilirubin on serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity was studied with spectrophotometric and radionuclide assays. In the spectrophotometric assay addition of bilirubin to normal serum from dog, mouse, and human produced a dose-related inhibition of ACE activity. A 50% decrease in human ACE activity was produced by the addition of approximately 250 mg/L in vitro. Serum from icteric patients with elevated bilirubin was also associated with a reduction in ACE activity in the spectrophotometric assay. A 50% decrease in ACE activity in these samples was associated with a serum bilirubin of approximately 220 mg/L. In the radionuclide assay, however, addition of bilirubin to normal human serum failed to reduce measured ACE activity. The use of a radionuclide assay for serum ACE in clinical samples offers the advantage of less interference from serum bilirubin.

  3. Comparison of rapid screening assays using organic chemicals

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    Beach, S.A.; Robideau, R.R. [3M Environmental Lab., St. Paul, MN (United States)

    1994-12-31

    In a continuation of a study presented last year using metals, the sensitivity of short term toxicity tests is examined using common organic chemicals. In toxicity testing, the focus has shifted from the traditional long-term studies utilizing the mortality of complex, multicellular eukaryotic organisms as the endpoint towards short-term studies in which transformation of biochemical pathways are monitored. The relative sensitivity of aquatic screening techniques are compared to the standardized 48-hr Daphnia magna and Ceriodaphnia dubia, 96-hr fathead minnow and 96-hr algal acute assays. The short-term test procedures investigated are: dehydrogenase enzyme activity assays utilizing triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) and resazurin as the calorimetric indicators; TOXI-Chromotest, inhibition of {beta}-galactosidase; reduction in bioluminescence output utilizing the Microtox{reg_sign} test; nitrification inhibition assays with a commercial preparation of nitrifying bacteria (Nitroseed{trademark}) and municipal activated sludge; respiration inhibition assays with a commercial preparation of heterotrophic bacteria (Polytox{reg_sign}) and activated sludge; inhibition of root growth in terrestrial plants; and galactosidase inhibition through the use of a fluorometrically tagged substrate with the Daphnia magna IQ{trademark} test. Toxicity values generated by this laboratory on commonly used organic chemicals are compared.

  4. Enzymatic assay for GHB determination in forensic matrices.

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    Grenier, Vincent; Huppé, Geneviève; Lamarche, Martine; Mireault, Pascal

    2012-09-01

    Current procedures for the determination of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) require time-consuming extraction and derivatization steps before chromatographic detection, making a high-throughput alternative desirable. Bühlmann Laboratories offers an enzymatic assay for the quantitative determination of GHB in urine and serum. We report the adaptation of this photometric assay to the Thermo Scientific MGC-240 analyzer and its use in the determination of GHB in forensic matrices including urine, whole blood and vitreous humour. Most matrices require only a brief centrifugation before analysis, while blood requires an additional protein precipitation step. A variety of cases (sexual assaults, impaired drivers and death investigations) have been analyzed alongside the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) reference method. Correlation with the GC-MS has been found to be acceptable, with no false negatives and few false positives, although postmortem samples appear more prone to testing false positive than do antemortem samples. Simple sample preparation and high throughput allow for a significant reduction in analysis time relative to chromatographic methods. This assay is used as a screening method in our laboratory, with a quantitative GC-MS method serving for the confirmation of positive results. To our knowledge, this represents the first evaluation of an enzymatic assay for GHB in a forensic context. PMID:22722059

  5. Circulating Tumor Cell Assay Frequently Asked Questions

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    Version: July 2010 Circulating Tumor Cell Assay Frequently Asked Questions LHTP003.8.1 ?H2AX IMMUNOFLUORESCENCE ASSAY FOR CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS USING THE CELLSEARCH SYSTEM 1. Do I need any prior experience before applying for the training

  6. Opportunity for Clinical Assay Development Support

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    The NCI’s Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis and the Cancer Diagnosis Program announce a request for applications for the Clinical Assay Development Program (CADP) for investigators seeking clinical assay development and validation resources.

  7. Reactions between chlorine atom and acetylene in solid para-hydrogen: Infrared spectrum of the 1-chloroethyl radical

    SciTech Connect

    Golec, Barbara [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Lee, Yuan-Pern [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2011-10-28

    We applied infrared matrix isolation spectroscopy to investigate the reactions between Cl atom and acetylene (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) in a para-hydrogen (p-H{sub 2}) matrix at 3.2 K; Cl was produced via photodissociation at 365 nm of matrix-isolated Cl{sub 2} in situ. The 1-chloroethyl radical ({center_dot}CHClCH{sub 3}) and chloroethene (C{sub 2}H{sub 3}Cl) are identified as the main products of the reaction Cl + C{sub 2}H{sub 2} in solid p-H{sub 2}. IR absorption lines at 738.2, 1027.6, 1283.4, 1377.1, 1426.6, 1442.6, and 2861.2 cm{sup -1} are assigned to the 1-chloroethyl radical. For the reaction of Cl + C{sub 2}D{sub 2}, lines due to the {center_dot}CDClCH{sub 2}D radical and trans-CHDCDCl are observed; the former likely has a syn-conformation. These assignments are based on comparison of observed vibrational wavenumbers and {sup 13}C- and D-isotopic shifts with those predicted with the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ and MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ methods. Our observation indicates that the primary addition product of Cl + C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, 2-chlorovinyl ({center_dot}CHCHCl) reacts readily with a neighboring p-H{sub 2} molecule to form {center_dot}CHClCH{sub 3} and C{sub 2}H{sub 3}Cl. Observation of {center_dot}CDClCH{sub 2}D and trans-CHDCDCl from Cl + C{sub 2}D{sub 2} further supports this conclusion. Although the reactivity of p-H{sub 2} appears to be a disadvantage for making highly reactive free radicals in solid p-H{sub 2}, the formation of 1-chloroethyl radical indicates that this secondary reaction might be advantageous in producing radicals that are difficult to prepare from simple photolysis or bimolecular reactions in situ.

  8. Reactions between chlorine atom and acetylene in solid para-hydrogen: Infrared spectrum of the 1-chloroethyl radical

    SciTech Connect

    Golec, Barbara [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Lee, Yuan-Pern [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2011-11-07

    We applied infrared matrix isolation spectroscopy to investigate the reactions between Cl atom and acetylene (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) in a para-hydrogen (p-H{sub 2}) matrix at 3.2 K; Cl was produced via photodissociation at 365 nm of matrix-isolated Cl{sub 2} in situ. The 1-chloroethyl radical ({center_dot}CHClCH{sub 3}) and chloroethene (C{sub 2}H{sub 3}Cl) are identified as the main products of the reaction Cl + C{sub 2}H{sub 2} in solid p-H{sub 2}. IR absorption lines at 738.2, 1027.6, 1283.4, 1377.1, 1426.6, 1442.6, and 2861.2 cm{sup -1} are assigned to the 1-chloroethyl radical. For the reaction of Cl + C{sub 2}D{sub 2}, lines due to the {center_dot}CDClCH{sub 2}D radical and trans-CHDCDCl are observed; the former likely has a syn-conformation. These assignments are based on comparison of observed vibrational wavenumbers and {sup 13}C- and D-isotopic shifts with those predicted with the B3LYP/aug-cc-pVDZ and MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ methods. Our observation indicates that the primary addition product of Cl + C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, 2-chlorovinyl ({center_dot}CHCHCl) reacts readily with a neighboring p-H{sub 2} molecule to form {center_dot}CHClCH{sub 3} and C{sub 2}H{sub 3}Cl. Observation of {center_dot}CDClCH{sub 2}D and trans-CHDCDCl from Cl + C{sub 2}D{sub 2} further supports this conclusion. Although the reactivity of p-H{sub 2} appears to be a disadvantage for making highly reactive free radicals in solid p-H{sub 2}, the formation of 1-chloroethyl radical indicates that this secondary reaction might be advantageous in producing radicals that are difficult to prepare from simple photolysis or bimolecular reactions in situ.

  9. A new route for the prebiotic synthesis of nucleobases and hydantoins in water/ice solutions involving the photochemistry of acetylene.

    PubMed

    Menor-Salván, César; Marín-Yaseli, Margarita R

    2013-05-10

    The origin of nucleobases and other heterocycles is a classic question in the chemistry of the origins of life. The construction of laboratory models for the abiotic synthesis of nitrogen heterocycles in plausible natural conditions also aids the understanding and prediction of chemical species in the Solar System. Here, we report a new explanation for the origin of hydantoins, purines, and pyrimidines in eutectic water/ice/urea solutions driven by ultraviolet irradiation (in the 185-254?nm range, UVC) of acetylene under anoxic conditions. An analysis of the products indicates the synthesis of hydantoin and 5-hydroxyhydantoin, the purines uric acid, xanthine, and guanine, and the pyrimidines uracil and cytosine. The synthesis occurred together with the photo-oxidation of bases in a complex process for which possible pathways are proposed. In conclusion, an acetylene-containing atmosphere could contribute to the origin of nucleobases in the presence of a urea/water system by an HCN-independent mechanism. The presence of ice has a dual role as a favorable medium for the synthesis of nucleobases and protection against degradation and as a source of free radicals for the synthesis of highly oxidized heterocycles. A mechanism for the origin of hydantoins and uracil from urea in plausible conditions for prebiotic chemistry is also proposed. PMID:23536286

  10. Effect of TiO2 crystalline phase composition on the physicochemical and catalytic properties of Pd/TiO(2) in selective acetylene hydrogenation.

    PubMed

    Panpranot, Joongjai; Kontapakdee, Kunyaluck; Praserthdam, Piyasan

    2006-04-20

    Pd/TiO(2) catalysts have been prepared using TiO(2) supports consisting of various rutile/anatase crystalline phase compositions. Increasing percentages of rutile phase in the TiO(2) resulted in a decrease in Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface areas, fewer Ti(3+) sites, and lower Pd dispersion. While acetylene conversions were found to be merely dependent on Pd dispersion, ethylene selectivity appeared to be strongly affected by the presence of Ti(3+) in the TiO(2) samples. When TiO(2) samples with 0-44% rutile were used, high ethylene selectivities (58-93%) were obtained whereas ethylene losses occurred for those supported on TiO(2) with 85% or 100% rutile phase. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and electron spin resonance experiments revealed that a significant amount of Ti(3+) existed in the TiO(2) samples composed of 0-44% rutile. The presence of Ti(3+) in contact with Pd can probably lower the adsorption strength of ethylene resulting in an ethylene gain. Among the five catalysts used in this study, the results for Pd/TiO(2)-R44 suggest an optimum anatase/rutile composition of the TiO(2) used to obtain high selectivity of ethylene in selective acetylene hydrogenation. PMID:16610902

  11. Background Assay and Rejection in DRIFT

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    Jeff Brack; Ed Daw; Alexei Dorofeev; Anthony Ezeribe; Jean-Luc Gauvreau; Michael Gold; John Harton; Randy Lafler; Robert Lauer; Eric R. Lee; Dinesh Loomba; John Matthews; Eric H. Miller; Alissa Monte; Alex Murphy; Sean Paling; Nguyen Phan; Steve Sadler; Andrew Scarff; Daniel Snowden-Ifft; Neil Spooner; Sam Telfer; Daniel Walker; Matt Williams; Leonid Yuriev

    2014-04-08

    The DRIFT-IId dark matter detector is a m$^3$-scale low-pressure TPC with directional sensitivity to WIMP-induced nuclear recoils. Its primary backgrounds were due to alpha decays from contamination on the central cathode. Efforts to reduce these backgrounds led to replacing the 20 \\mu m wire central cathode with one constructed from 0.9 \\mu m aluminized mylar, which is almost totally transparent to alpha particles. Detailed modeling of the nature and origin of the remaining backgrounds led to an in-situ, ppt-sensitive assay of alpha decay backgrounds from the central cathode. This led to further improvements in the thin-film cathode resulting in over 2 orders of magnitude reduction in backgrounds compared to the wire cathode. Finally, the addition of O$_2$ to CS$_2$ gas was found to produce multiple species of electronegative charge carriers, providing a method to determine the absolute position of nuclear recoils and reject all known remaining backgrounds while retaining a high efficiency for nuclear recoil detection.

  12. Data transformation methods for multiplexed assays

    DOEpatents

    Tammero, Lance F. Bentley; Dzenitis, John M; Hindson, Benjamin J

    2013-07-23

    Methods to improve the performance of an array assay are described. A correlation between fluorescence intensity-related parameters and negative control values of the assay is determined. The parameters are then adjusted as a function of the correlation. As a result, sensitivity of the assay is improved without changes in its specificity.

  13. Enhanced sensitivity growth hormone (GH) chemiluminescence assay reveals lower postglucose nadir GH concentrations in men than women

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    I. M. Chapman; M. L. Hartman; M. Straume; M. L. Johnson; J. D. Veldhuisups

    1994-01-01

    ABSTRACT Modifications,were,made,to a commercially,available,human,(h) GH chemiluminescence assay (Nichols Luma Tag hGH assay), which im- proved,its sensitivity,to,0.002 fig\\/L. The,results,of,this,assay,had,a high,correlation,with,those,of,the,Nichols,hGH,immunoradiometric assay,(IRMA; r = 0.91; P < 0.001). The,addition,of recombinant,hGH- binding,protein,(0.1-10 nmol\\/L),to,standards,and,serum,samples caused,a dose-responsive,reduction,in measured,GH in both,the,chemi- luminescence,assay,and,the,IRMA; at physiological,concentrations,of hGH-binding protein, a lo-20% reduction was observed. Fifteen nor- mal,young,adults,(nine,men,and,six,women),underwent,a standard 100-g oral glucose tolerance test, and plasma GH was measured from

  14. Rapid prototyping of lateral flow assays.

    PubMed

    Volkov, Alexander; Mauk, Michael; Corstjens, Paul; Niedbala, R Sam

    2009-01-01

    Principles and characteristics of lateral flow strip assays are reviewed. Recent technology developments permit the use of inexpensive electronic readers for interrogating lateral flow strip test results, thus avoiding the inevitable variation and subjectivity of visual inspection to assess the capture of reporter-labeled analyte on test lines of the strip. Protocols for developing lateral flow assays are described, including two specific case studies for assaying cotinine (a small-molecule metabolite of nicotine) in a competitive format, and assaying HIV antibodies in a sandwich-type assay format. PMID:19159100

  15. Rotor assembly and assay method

    DOEpatents

    Burtis, Carl A. (Oak Ridge, TN); Johnson, Wayne F. (Loudon, TN); Walker, William A. (Knoxville, TN)

    1993-01-01

    A rotor assembly for carrying out an assay includes a rotor body which is rotatable about an axis of rotation, and has a central chamber and first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth chambers which are in communication with and radiate from the central chamber. The rotor assembly further includes a shuttle which is movable through the central chamber and insertable into any of the chambers, the shuttle including a reaction cup carrying an immobilized antigen or an antibody for transport among the chambers. A method for carrying out an assay using the rotor assembly includes moving the reaction cup among the six chambers by passing the cup through the central chamber between centrifugation steps in order to perform the steps of: separating plasma from blood cells, binding plasma antibody or antigen, washing, drying, binding enzyme conjugate, reacting with enzyme substrate and optically comparing the resulting reaction product with unreacted enzyme substrate solution. The movement of the reaction cup can be provided by attaching a magnet to the reaction cup and supplying a moving magnetic field to the rotor.

  16. Assay of potentially contaminated propellant

    SciTech Connect

    Koster, J.E.; Williams, H.E. III [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Scott, W.S. [Savanna Army Depot Activity (United States)

    1995-02-01

    One of the decontamination and decommissioning projects within DOD is demilitarization of an aging stockpile of munitions. A large portion of the stockpile contains depleted uranium (DU) as an armor piercing core and so these munitions must be assayed for the presence of uranium in other components. The assay method must be fast and preferably easy to implement. Presence of DU is indicated by its alpha decay. The alpha particles in turn produce ions in the ambient air. If a significant fraction of these ions can escape the quantity of propellant, the ions can be detected instead of the alpha particles. As a test of the feasibility of detecting alpha emissions from DU somewhere within a cartridge of propellant, the transmission of ions through layers of real propellant was measured. The propellant is in the form of graphite-coated cylindrical pellets. A 105nun cartridge was modified for use as a pellet chamber. A check source served as an ion source. The ion detector consisted of a grid held at 300V coupled to an ammeter. Results confirm that this is a promising technique for testing the propellant for the presence of DU quickly yet with sensitivity.

  17. Rotor assembly and assay method

    DOEpatents

    Burtis, C.A.; Johnson, W.F.; Walker, W.A.

    1993-09-07

    A rotor assembly for carrying out an assay includes a rotor body which is rotatable about an axis of rotation, and has a central chamber and first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth chambers which are in communication with and radiate from the central chamber. The rotor assembly further includes a shuttle which is movable through the central chamber and insertable into any of the chambers, the shuttle including a reaction cup carrying an immobilized antigen or an antibody for transport among the chambers. A method for carrying out an assay using the rotor assembly includes moving the reaction cup among the six chambers by passing the cup through the central chamber between centrifugation steps in order to perform the steps of: separating plasma from blood cells, binding plasma antibody or antigen, washing, drying, binding enzyme conjugate, reacting with enzyme substrate and optically comparing the resulting reaction product with unreacted enzyme substrate solution. The movement of the reaction cup can be provided by attaching a magnet to the reaction cup and supplying a moving magnetic field to the rotor. 34 figures.

  18. Assay Development for Histone Methyltransferases

    PubMed Central

    Eason, Mia M.; Ferry, Joseph J.; Planck, Jamie L.; Walsh, Colin P.; Smith, Robert F.; Howitz, Konrad T.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Epigenetic modifications play a crucial role in human diseases. Unlike genetic mutations, however, they do not change the underlying DNA sequences. Epigenetic phenomena have gained increased attention in the field of cancer research, with many studies indicating that they are significantly involved in tumor establishment and progression. Histone methyltransferases (HMTs) are a large group of enzymes that specifically methylate protein lysine and arginine residues, especially in histones, using S-adenosyl-l-methionine (SAM) as the methyl donor. However, in general, HMTs have no widely accepted high-throughput screening (HTS) assay format, and reference inhibitors are not available for many of the enzymes. In this study, we describe the application of a miniaturized, radioisotope-based reaction system: the HotSpotSM platform for methyltransferases. Since this platform employs tritiated SAM as a cofactor, it can be applied to the assay of any HMT. The key advantage of this format is that any substrate can be used, including peptides, proteins, or even nucleosomes, without the need for labeling or any other modifications. Using this platform, we have determined substrate specificities, characterized enzyme kinetics, performed compound profiling for both lysine and arginine methyltransferases, and carried out HTS for a small-library LOPAC against DOT1L. After hit confirmation and profiling, we found that suramin inhibited DOT1L, NSD2, and PRMT4 with IC50 values at a low ?M range. PMID:23557020

  19. SNO+ Scintillator Purification and Assay

    SciTech Connect

    Ford, R.; Vazquez-Jauregui, E. [SNOLAB, Creighton Mine, Lively, P3Y 1N2 (Canada); Chen, M. [Department of Physics, Queen's University, Kingston, K7L 3N6 (Canada); Chkvorets, O.; Hallman, D. [Department of Physics, Laurentian University, Sudbury, P3E 2C6 (Canada)

    2011-04-27

    We describe the R and D on the scintillator purification and assay methods and technology for the SNO+ neutrino and double-beta decay experiment. The SNO+ experiment is a replacement of the SNO heavy water with liquid scintillator comprised of 2 g/L PPO in linear alkylbenzene (LAB). During filling the LAB will be transported underground by rail car and purified by multi-stage distillation and steam stripping at a flow rate of 19 LPM. While the detector is operational the scintillator can be recirculated at 150 LPM (full detector volume in 4 days) to provide repurification as necessary by either water extraction (for Ra, K, Bi) or by functional metal scavenger columns (for Pb, Ra, Bi, Ac, Th) followed by steam stripping to remove noble gases and oxygen (Rn, O{sub 2}, Kr, Ar). The metal scavenger columns also provide a method for scintillator assay for ex-situ measurement of the U and Th chain radioactivity. We have developed ''natural'' radioactive spikes of Pb and Ra in LAB and use these for purification testing. Lastly, we present the planned operating modes and purification strategies and the plant specifications and design.

  20. Phage Anti-Immunocomplex Assay for Clomazone: Two-Site Recognition Increasing Assay Specificity

    E-print Network

    Hammock, Bruce D.

    immunosorbent assay (ELISA), which showed excellent correlation with high-performance liquid chro- matographyPhage Anti-Immunocomplex Assay for Clomazone: Two-Site Recognition Increasing Assay Specificity show that phage anti- immunocomplex assay (PHAIA), a method that uses phage-borne peptides to detect

  1. Homogeneous Cell and Bead-Based Assays for High Throughput Screening Using Fluorometric Microvolume Assay Technology

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    Sheri Miraglia; Elana E. Swartzman; Julia Mellentin-Michelotti; Lolita Evangelista; Christopher Smith; Iwan Gunawan; Kenton Lohman; Edward M. Goldberg; Bala Manian; Pau-Miau Yuan

    1999-01-01

    High throughput drug screening has become a critical component of the drug discovery process. The screening of libraries containing hundreds of thousands of compounds has resulted in a requirement for assays and instrumentation that are amenable to nonradioactive formats and that can be miniaturized. Homogeneous assays that minimize upstream automation of the individual assays are also preferable. Fluorometric microvolume assay

  2. S-Tag Rapid Assay The SeTag rapid assay is based on the

    E-print Network

    Raines, Ronald T.

    S-Tag Rapid Assay The SeTag rapid assay is based on the reconstitution of ribonucleolytic (RNase S to th e amount of recombinant protein present in the sample. T ypica l assay profil es are shown the conditions of the Rapid Assay. By comparing dIe absorbance profile of a known standard (provided in th e kit

  3. Evaluating 6 ricin field detection assays.

    PubMed

    Slotved, Hans-Christian; Sparding, Nadja; Tanassi, Julia Tanas; Steenhard, Nina R; Heegaard, Niels H H

    2014-01-01

    This study presents data showing the performance of 6 commercial detection assays against ricin around concentrations specified as detection limits by the producers. A 2-fold dilution series of 20?ng/ml ricin was prepared and used for testing the lateral-flow kits: BADD, Pro Strips™, ENVI, RAID DX, Ricin BioThreat Alert, and IMASS™ device. Three of the 6 tested field assays (IMASS™ device, ENVI assay, and the BioThreat Alert assay) were able to detect ricin, although differences in the measured detection limits compared to the official detection limits and false-negative results were observed. We were not able to get the BADD, Pro Strips™, and RAID assays to function in our laboratory. We conclude that when purchasing a field responder assay, there is large variation in the specificity of the assays, and a number of in-house tests must be performed to ensure functionality. PMID:24978020

  4. Factors Influencing the Microbiological Assay of Tobramycin

    PubMed Central

    Lamb, John W.; Mann, Jerry M.; Simmons, Richard J.

    1972-01-01

    Tobramycin belongs to the aminoglycoside class of antibiotics. Assay procedures were investigated to determine the most suitable methods for the assay of tobramycin in blood, urine, and pharmaceutical preparations. The agar-plate assay was the method of choice for determinations in urine and serum. The turbidimetric assay was selected for the assay of pharmaceutical preparations. An extraction technique is described that minimizes problems encountered in the estimation of tobramycin in urine. Sample diluents, pH, and molarity were important and were variable depending on assay methods. Evidence is presented to show binding of tobramycin to ?-cellulose susceptibility discs. Iron and sodium ions demonstrated potential inhibition of tobramycin in all assay methods tested. PMID:4208898

  5. Reductive dissolution of goethite by phenolic reductants

    SciTech Connect

    LaKind, J.S.; Stone, A.T. (Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (USA))

    1989-05-01

    The reductive dissolution of goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH) and hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) by phenolic reductants has been examined in order to improve the understanding of iron transformations in soils, sediments and aquifers. Rates of goethite reductive dissolution by hydroquinone increased as the pH was increased from pH 1.8 to 4.65, and the following reaction stoichiometry was obeyed: 2{alpha}-FeOOH + QH{sub 2} = 2Fe{sup 2+} + Q + 4OH{sup {minus}}. As the pH was increased from pH 4.5 to 6.0, the reductive dissolution rate decreased to below the detection limit. At pH 3.4, the reductive dissolution of hematite was two orders of magnitude slower than goethite. The relationship between structure and reactivity was examined for a series of mono-, di-, and tri-hydroxybenzene reductants. Rates of reductive dissolution decreased in the following order: catechol {approx equal} hydroquinone > 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid > resorcinol-phenol-4-hydroxybenzoic acid.

  6. Specific detection of membrane-toxic substances with a conductivity assay.

    PubMed

    Eich, J; Dürholt, H; Steger-Hartmann, T; Wagner, E

    2000-03-01

    A conductivity assay that represents a new biotest able to detect the effects of membrane-toxic compounds, e.g., detergents, organic solvents, and radical formers, on various organisms was previously described and developed. The conductivity assay measures ion leakage from cells, tissues, or whole plant and animal organisms whose membrane systems have been damaged by membrane-toxic compounds. In this study the specificity of the conductivity assay for membrane-toxic compounds was tested by comparing the electrolyte efflux from Elodea canadensis leaves during incubation with a well-known detergent (benzalkonium chloride) using different plant physiological and biochemical techniques (photochemical efficiency, plasmolysis capacity, NBT reduction, and electron microscopy of membranes of E. canadensis leaves). The comparison of the different methods proved that the electrolyte loss during benzalkonium chloride incubation determined in the conductivity assay is due to membrane impairment. The observed electrolyte loss correlated with a reduction of photochemical efficiency and a decrease in both plasmolysis and NBT reduction capacity. Furthermore, a disintegration of the plasmalemma could be seen in the electron micrographs. These results indicate that the measured electrolyte loss in the conductivity assay is a specific effect of membrane-toxic compounds. PMID:10702340

  7. Steroid Assays in Paediatric Endocrinology

    PubMed Central

    2010-01-01

    Most steroid disorders of the adrenal cortex come to clinical attention in childhood and in order to investigate these problems, there are many challenges to the laboratory which need to be appreciated to a certain extent by clinicians. The analysis of sex steroids in biological fluids from neonates, over adrenarche and puberty present challenges of specificities and concentrations often in small sample sizes. Different reference ranges are also needed for interpretations. For around 40 years, quantitative assays for the steroids and their regulatory peptide hormones have been possible using immunoassay techniques. Problems are recognised and this review aims to summarise the benefits and failings of immunoassays and introduce where tandem mass spectrometry is anticipated to meet the clinical needs for steroid analysis in paediatric endocrine investigations. It is important to keep a dialogue between clinicians and the laboratory, especially when any laboratory result does not make sense in the clinical investigation. Conflict of interest:None declared. PMID:21274330

  8. Northwest Australia's Saladin crude assayed

    SciTech Connect

    Rhodes, A.K.

    1993-10-18

    High-quality Saladin crude oil from offshore Western Australia has been assayed. The 48.2[degree] API, 0.02 wt % sulfur crude's characteristics--determined in 1990--are presented here for the first time. The estimated 30--40 million bbl field, south of Barrow Island, is produced from two platforms in 58 ft of water in block TP 3. Production began in late 1989 from three platforms with three wells each and from two wells drilled directionally from Thevenard Island. The paper lists data on the following properties: API gravity, density, sulfur content, pour point, flash point, viscosity, salinity, heat of combustion, ash content, asphaltene content, wax content, and metal content for the whole crude and various fractions.

  9. A highly sensitive and versatile virus titration assay in the 96-well microplate format.

    PubMed

    Borisevich, V; Nistler, R; Hudman, D; Yamshchikov, G; Seregin, A; Yamshchikov, V

    2008-02-01

    This report describes a fast, reproducible, inexpensive and convenient assay system for virus titration in the 96-well format. The micromethod substantially increases assay throughput and improves the data reproducibility. A highly simplified variant of virus quantification is based on immunohistochemical detection of virus amplification foci obtained without use of agarose or semisolid overlays. It can be incorporated into several types of routine virological assays successfully replacing the laborious and time-consuming conventional methods based on plaque formation under semisolid overlays. The method does not depend on the development of CPE and can be accommodated to assay viruses with substantial differences in growth properties. The use of enhanced immunohistochemical detection enabled a five- to six-fold reduction of the total assay time. The micromethod was specifically developed to take advantage of multichannel pipettor use to simplify handling of a large number of samples. The method performs well with an inexpensive low-power binocular, thus offering a routine assay system usable outside of specialized laboratory setting, such as for testing of clinical or field samples. When used in focus reduction-neutralization tests (FRNT), the method accommodates very small volumes of immune serum, which is often a decisive factor in experiments involving small rodent models. PMID:18079007

  10. Predictive assay for cancer targets

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Suess, Amanda; Nguyen, Christine; Sorensen, Karen; Montgomery, Jennifer; Souza, Brian; Kulp, Kris; Dugan, Larry; Christian, Allen

    2005-11-01

    Early detection of cancer is a key element in successful treatment of the disease. Understanding the particular type of cancer involved, its origins and probable course, is also important. PhIP (2-amino-1- methyl-6 phenylimidazo [4,5-b]pyridine), a heterocyclic amine produced during the cooking of meat at elevated temperatures, has been shown to induce mammary cancer in female, Sprague-Dawley rats. Tumors induced by PhIP have been shown to contain discreet cytogenetic signature patterns of gains and losses using comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). To determine if a protein signature exists for these tumors, we are analyzing expression levels of the protein products of the above-mentioned tumors in combination with a new bulk protein subtractive assay. This assay produces a panel of antibodies against proteins that are either on or off in the tumor. Hybridization of the antibody panel onto a 2-D gel of tumor or control protein will allow for identification of a distinct protein signature in the tumor. Analysis of several gene databases has identified a number of rat homologs of human cancer genes located in these regions of gain and loss. These genes include the oncogenes c-MYK, ERBB2/NEU, THRA and tumor suppressor genes EGR1 and HDAC3. The listed genes have been shown to be estrogen-responsive, suggesting a possible link between delivery of bio-activated PhIP to the cell nucleus via estrogen receptors and gene-specific PhIP-induced DNA damage, leading to cell transformation. All three tumors showed similar silver staining patterns compared to each other, while they all were different than the control tissue. Subsequent screening of these genes against those from tumors know to be caused by other agents may produce a protein signature unique to PhIP, which can be used as a diagnostic to augment optical and radiation-based detection schemes.

  11. Antioxidants and the Comet assay.

    PubMed

    Cemeli, Eduardo; Baumgartner, Adolf; Anderson, Diana

    2009-01-01

    It is widely accepted that antioxidants, either endogenous or from the diet, play a key role in preserving health. They are able to quench radical species generated in situations of oxidative stress, either triggered by pathologies or xenobiotics, and they protect the integrity of DNA from genotoxicants. Nevertheless, there are still many compounds with unclear or unidentified prooxidant/antioxidant activities. This is of concern since there is an increase in the number of compounds synthesized or extracted from vegetables to which humans might be exposed. Despite the well-established protective effects of fruit and vegetables, the antioxidant(s) responsible have not all been clearly identified. There might also be alternative mechanisms contributing to the protective effects for which a comprehensive description is lacking. In the last two decades, the Comet assay has been extensively used for the investigation of the effects of antioxidants and many reports can be found in the literature. The Comet assay, a relatively fast, simple, and sensitive technique for the analysis of DNA damage in all cell types, has been applied for the screening of chemicals, biomonitoring and intervention studies. In the present review, several of the most well-known antioxidants are considered. These include: catalase, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, selenium, iron chelators, melatonin, melanin, vitamins (A, B, C and E), carotenes, flavonoids, isoflavones, tea polyphenols, wine polyphenols and synthetic antioxidants. Investigations showing beneficial as well as non-beneficial properties of the antioxidants selected, either at the in vitro, ex vivo or in vivo level are discussed. PMID:18602333

  12. Withdrawal assay monitoring at US Enrichment Facilities

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, D.E.

    1996-01-01

    The United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) controls two uranium enrichment facilities that produce enriched uranium for both military and commercial use. The process requires both feed and withdrawal operations. The withdrawal process requires both product (enriched uranium) withdrawal stations and tails (depleted uranium) withdrawal stations. A previous prototype system, ``X-330 Tails Cylinder Assay Monitor,`` was developed as a demonstration for the tails withdrawal station at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS). The prototype system was done in response to potential problems with the original method for determining the hourly weighted assay averages that are used to calculate the final weighted assay of the cylinder. In the original method the {sup 235}U assay of uranium hexaflouride withdrawn from PORTS cascade into tails cylinders is determined every 5 min by measurements from an in-line assay mass spectrometer. An average value for a 1-h period is then calculated by area control room personnel and assigned to the accumulated weight in the cylinder for the period. A potential problem with this method is that cylinder weight is not automatically recorded as often as the assay. The assay and withdrawal rate can both vary during the given period. This variation results in inaccuracies in the hourly weighted assays that are used to calculate the final weighted assay of the cylinder. Laboratory analysis is considered to be the most accurate method for determining the final cylinder assay; however, the cost and safety considerations of redundant cylinder handling limit the number of cylinders sampled to less than 10%.

  13. The Ferric Reducing Ability of Plasma (FRAP) as a Measure of “Antioxidant Power”: The FRAP Assay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Iris F. F. Benzie; J. J. Strain

    1996-01-01

    A simple, automated test measuring the ferric reducing ability of plasma, the FRAP assay, is presented as a novel method for assessing “antioxidant power.” Ferric to ferrous ion reduction at low pH causes a colored ferrous-tripyridyltriazine complex to form. FRAP values are obtained by comparing the absorbance change at 593 nm in test reaction mixtures with those containing ferrous ions

  14. Pollen tetrad-based visual assay for meiotic recombination in Arabidopsis

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    Copenhaver, Gregory P.

    ), is a highly conserved feature of meiosis from fungi to mammals. Recombination helps ensure chromosome for meiosis, resulting in sterility. We have developed a visual assay capable of detecting Cos and GCs. cross-over meiosis tetrad gene conversion interference Meiosis, the reductive division of the genome

  15. Validation of a Cell-Free Translation Assay for Detecting Shiga Toxin 2 in Bacterial Culture

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    We have validated a cell-free translation (CFT) assay for detecting Shiga toxin (Stx). The limit of detection (LOD) for pure Stx2 (PStx2) and partially pure Stx2 (PPStx2) in water reached 20 pg/µl and 3.5 pg/µL respectively without the artificial process of proteolytic activation and reduction of th...

  16. MCNP variance reduction overview

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    Hendricks, J.S.; Booth, T.E.

    1985-01-01

    The MCNP code is rich in variance reduction features. Standard variance reduction methods found in most Monte Carlo codes are available as well as a number of methods unique to MCNP. We discuss the variance reduction features presently in MCNP as well as new ones under study for possible inclusion in future versions of the code.

  17. Reduction of Poisson manifolds

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    Jerrold E. Marsden; Tudor Ratiu

    1986-01-01

    Reduction in the category of Poisson manifolds is defined and some basic properties are derived. The context is chosen to include the usual theorems on reduction of symplectic manifolds, as well as results such as the Dirac bracket and the reduction to the Lie-Poisson bracket.

  18. Passive neutron techniques for the nondestructive assay of nuclear material

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    Mapili, Gabriel

    2000-01-01

    Three drums containing potentially contaminated lead bricks were assayed with the Segmented Gamma Scan Neutron Assay System (SGSNAS) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Nondestructive Assay Center. The assay system reported...

  19. Line intensities of acetylene: Measurements in the 2.5-?m spectral region and global modeling in the ?p=4 and 6 series

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    Lyulin, O. M.; Perevalov, V. I.; Mandin, J.-Y.; Dana, V.; Gueye, F.; Thomas, X.; von der Heyden, P.; Décatoire, D.; Régalia-Jarlot, L.; Jacquemart, D.; Lacome, N.

    2007-02-01

    More than 670 line intensities of nine perpendicular bands of acetylene are measured in the 2.5-?m spectral region using a step-by-step interferometer. Absolute values of line intensities are obtained with an average accuracy of 5%. Vibrational transition dipole moment and Herman Wallis coefficients are determined for each studied band. These measured line intensities, and those previously measured in the 3.8-?m region [Jacquemart D, Lacome N, Mandin JY, Dana V, Lyulin OM, Perevalov VI. Multispectrum fitting of line parameters for 12C2H2 in the 3.8-?m spectral region. JQSRT, submitted for publication], are treated simultaneously within the framework of the effective operators approach. The sets of effective dipole moment parameters obtained reproduce the observed line intensities within the experimental uncertainty. The good predictive ability of the modele is demonstrated.

  20. Electrochemical behavior and voltammetric determination of vanillin based on an acetylene black paste electrode modified with graphene-polyvinylpyrrolidone composite film.

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    Deng, Peihong; Xu, Zhifeng; Zeng, Rongying; Ding, Chunxia

    2015-08-01

    The graphene-polyvinylpyrrolidone composite film modified acetylene black paste electrode (GR-PVP/ABPE) was fabricated and used to determine vanillin. In 0.1M H3PO4 solution, the oxidation peak current of vanillin increased significantly at GR-PVP/ABPE compared with bare ABPE, PVP/ABPE and GR/ABPE. The oxidation mechanism was discussed. The experimental conditions that exert influence on the voltammetric determination of vanillin, such as supporting electrolytes, pH values, accumulation potential and accumulation time, were optimized. Besides, the interference, repeatability, reproducibility and stability measurements were also evaluated. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the oxidation peak current was proportional to vanillin concentration in the range of 0.02-2.0?M, 2.0-40?M and 40-100?M. The detection limit was 10nM. This sensor was used successfully for vanillin determination in various food samples. PMID:25766813

  1. Lack of activity of cadmium in in vitro estrogenicity assays

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    Silva, Elisabete [Centre for Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: elisabete.silva@pharmacy.ac.uk; Lopez-Espinosa, Maria Jose [School of Medicine, Hospital Clinico, University of Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Molina-Molina, Jose-Manuel [School of Medicine, Hospital Clinico, University of Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Fernandez, Marieta [School of Medicine, Hospital Clinico, University of Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Olea, Nicolas [School of Medicine, Hospital Clinico, University of Granada, 18071-Granada (Spain); Kortenkamp, Andreas [Centre for Toxicology, School of Pharmacy, University of London, 29-39 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AX (United Kingdom)

    2006-10-01

    Prompted by reports about strong estrogenic effects of cadmium, attempts were made to reproduce these observations using the yeast estrogen screen (YES) and the E-Screen assays. For the first time, possible activation of the Src/MAPK pathway was also investigated. In the YES, only a slight activation (10% of a maximal effect) of the estrogen receptor alpha (ER{alpha}) was observed at cadmium concentrations between 5 x 10{sup -7} M and 5 x 10{sup -6} M. In the E-Screen assay, carried out by two laboratories, the heavy metal was without observable cell proliferative effects when tested in the range between 6 x 10{sup -11} M and 1 x 10{sup -5} M. However, in both assays, cadmium led to a reduction of the effects of 17{beta}-estradiol (E2). Treatment of MCF-7 human breast cancer cells with 1 x 10{sup -7} M cadmium failed to induce phosphorylation of Src and the MAP kinases Erk1 and Erk2-effects shown to occur with E2 and epidermal growth factor (EGF). In summary, we were unable to confirm the strong estrogenicity of cadmium reported recently by a number of laboratories. This apparent absence of effects in our hands is not due to a lack of uptake of the metal or to effective protection against cadmium by high levels of glutathione or metallothionein, since toxicity and an antagonism of E2 responses were observed both in the YES and the E-Screen.

  2. A nonradioactive iodide uptake assay for sodium iodide symporter function.

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    Waltz, Fanny; Pillette, Lucie; Ambroise, Yves

    2010-01-01

    The standard assay for sodium iodide symporter (NIS) function is based on the measurement of radioiodide uptake ((125)I) in NIS-expressing cells. However, cost and safety issues have limited the method from being used widely. Here we describe a simple spectrophotometric assay for the determination of iodide accumulation in rat thyroid-derived cells (FRTL5) based on the catalytic effect of iodide on the reduction of yellow cerium(IV) to colorless cerium(III) in the presence of arsenious acid (Sandell-Kolthoff reaction). The assay is fast and highly reproducible with a Z' factor of 0.70. This procedure allows the screening of more than 800 samples per day and can easily be adapted to robotic systems for high-throughput screening of NIS function modulators. Using this method, the potency of several known inhibitors of NIS function was evaluated in a single day with high accuracy and reliability. Measured IC(50) values were essentially identical to those determined using Na(125)I. PMID:19733144

  3. Observation of mixed acetylene - Nitrous oxide trimers: Infrared spectra of C2H2-(N2O)2 and (C2H2)2-N2O

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    Sheybani-Deloui, S.; Yousefi, M.; Norooz Oliaee, J.; McKellar, A. R. W.; Moazzen-Ahmadi, N.

    2014-12-01

    Infrared spectra of the lowest energy isomers of C2H2-(N2O)2 and (C2H2)2-N2O were observed in the region of the ?1 fundamental band of the N2O monomer (?2224 cm-1) using a tunable diode laser and/or a CW quantum cascade laser to probe a pulsed supersonic slit jet expansion. One infrared band was measured for each trimer. The band for C2H2-(N2O)2 corresponds to the out-of-phase vibrations of the pair of equivalent N2O monomers. It is blue shifted by about 10 cm-1 with respect to the free N2O monomer. The band for (C2H2)2-N2O is slightly less blue shifted (centered at 2232.81 cm-1). It can be simulated as a predominately a-type band. In addition to the normal isotopologues, the corresponding bands for C2D2-(N2O)2 and (C2D2)2-N2O were also observed. The structures of these trimers are similar to those of the lowest energy isomers of the analogous OCS - acetylene trimers reported previously, that is, a twisted barrel with C2 symmetry for C2H2-(N2O)2 and a distorted T-shaped acetylene dimer with a coplanar N2O beside the stem of the T for (C2H2)2-N2O. Here, we present our observation and experimental results, which agree well with calculations based on distributed multipole pair potentials.

  4. Role of hydrogen abstraction acetylene addition mechanisms in the formation of chlorinated naphthalenes. 2. Kinetic modeling and the detailed mechanism of ring closure.

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    McIntosh, Grant J; Russell, Douglas K

    2014-12-26

    The dominant formation mechanisms of chlorinated phenylacetylenes, naphthalenes, and phenylvinylacetylenes in relatively low pressure and temperature (?40 Torr and 1000 K) pyrolysis systems are explored. Mechanism elucidation is achieved through a combination of theoretical and experimental techniques, the former employing a novel simplification of kinetic modeling which utilizes rate constants in a probabilistic framework. Contemporary formation schemes of the compounds of interest generally require successive additions of acetylene to phenyl radicals. As such, infrared laser powered homogeneous pyrolyses of dichloro- or trichloroethylene were perturbed with 1,2,4- or 1,2,3-trichlorobenzene. The resulting changes in product identities were compared with the major products expected from conventional pathways, aided by the results of our previous computational work. This analysis suggests that a Bittner-Howard growth mechanism, with a novel amendment to the conventional scheme made just prior to ring closure, describes the major products well. Expected products from a number of other potentially operative channels are shown to be incongruent with experiment, further supporting the role of Bittner-Howard channels as the unique pathway to naphthalene growth. A simple quantitative analysis which performs very well is achieved by considering the reaction scheme as a probability tree, with relative rate constants being cast as branching probabilities. This analysis describes all chlorinated phenylacetylene, naphthalene, and phenylvinylacetylene congeners. The scheme is then tested in a more general system, i.e., not enforcing a hydrogen abstraction/acetylene addition mechanism, by pyrolyzing mixtures of di- and trichloroethylene without the addition of an aromatic precursor. The model indicates that these mechanisms are still likely to be operative. PMID:25420011

  5. Full dimensional Franck-Condon factors for the acetylene A? (1)Au-X? (1)?(g)(+) transition. II. Vibrational overlap factors for levels involving excitation in ungerade modes.

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    Park, G Barratt; Baraban, Joshua H; Field, Robert W

    2014-10-01

    A full-dimensional Franck-Condon calculation has been applied to the A? (1)Au-X? 1?g+ transition in acetylene in the harmonic normal mode basis. Details of the calculation are discussed in Part I of this series. To our knowledge, this is the first full-dimensional Franck-Condon calculation on a tetra-atomic molecule undergoing a linear-to-bent geometry change. In the current work, the vibrational intensity factors for levels involving excitation in ungerade vibrational modes are evaluated. Because the Franck-Condon integral accumulates away from the linear geometry, we have been able to treat the out-of-plane component of trans bend (?4('')) in the linear X? state in the rotational part of the problem, restoring the ? Euler angle and the a-axis Eckart conditions. A consequence of the Eckart conditions is that the out-of-plane component of ?4('') does not participate in the vibrational overlap integral. This affects the structure of the coordinate transformation and the symmetry of the vibrational wavefunctions used in the overlap integral, and results in propensity rules involving the bending modes of the X? state that were not previously understood. We explain the origin of some of the unexpected propensities observed in IR-UV laser-induced fluorescence spectra, and we calculate emission intensities from bending levels of the A? state into bending levels of the X? state, using normal bending mode and local bending mode basis sets. Our calculations also reveal Franck-Condon propensities for the Cartesian components of the cis bend (?5('')), and we predict that the best A?-state vibrational levels for populating X?-state levels with large amplitude bending motion localized in a single C-H bond (the acetylene?vinylidene isomerization coordinate) involve a high degree of excitation in ?6(') (cis-bend). Mode ?4(') (torsion) populates levels with large amplitude counter-rotational motion of the two hydrogen atoms. PMID:25296804

  6. Two-dimensional simulation of an oxy-acetylene torch diamond reactor with a detailed gas-phase and surface mechanism

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    Okkerse, M.; Kleijn, C. R.; van den Akker, H. E. A.; de Croon, M. H. J. M.; Marin, G. B.

    2000-10-01

    A two-dimensional model is presented for the hydrodynamics and chemistry of an oxy-acetylene torch reactor for chemical vapor deposition of diamond, and it is validated against spectroscopy and growth rate data from the literature. The model combines the laminar equations for flow, heat, and mass transfer with combustion and deposition chemistries, and includes multicomponent diffusion and thermodiffusion. A two-step solution approach is used. In the first step, a lumped chemistry model is used to calculate the flame shape, temperatures and hydrodynamics. In the second step, a detailed, 27 species / 119 elementary reactions gas phase chemistry model and a 41 species / 67 elementary reactions surface chemistry model are used to calculate radicals and intermediates concentrations in the gas phase and at the surface, as well as growth rates. Important experimental trends are predicted correctly, but there are some discrepancies. The main problem lies in the use of the Miller-Melius hydrocarbon combustion mechanism for rich oxy-acetylene flames. [J. A. Miller and C. F. Melius, Combustion and Flame 91, 21 (1992)]. Despite this problem, some aspects of the diamond growth process are clarified. It is demonstrated that gas-phase diffusion limitations play a minor role in the diamond growth process, which is determined by surface kinetics. Except for atomic hydrogen, gas phase diffusion is also of minor importance for the transport of species in and behind the flame front. Finally, it is shown that penetration of nitrogen from the ambient air into the flame cannot explain the observed changes at the center of the diamond films as reported in the literature.

  7. A simple, rapid, inexpensive assay for toxic chemicals using a bacterial indicator

    SciTech Connect

    Botsford, J.L.; Hillaker, T.; Robertson, B.; Gonzales, M.; Benavidez, M.; Jones, B.; Baker, R.; Steen, W.; Pacheco, F. [New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM (United States). Dept. of Biology; Homer, V.; Lucero, O.; Matthews, M.; Koehler, V.

    1996-12-31

    A simple test for toxic chemicals has been developed. Rhizobium meliloti is combined with the toxic chemical. A tetrazolium dye, MTT (3-[4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl]2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide) is added. The bacterium reduces this dye, causing the optical absorbance to increase dramatically. The increase can be determined with a simple spectrophotometer. Toxic chemicals and minerals inhibit the reduction of the dye. Presumably the dye serves as a terminal electron acceptor for electron transport. Toxic substances presumably damage the electron transport system. The results compare favorably with published results of tests using the Microtox{trademark} assay and with the Polytox{trademark} assay. This assay is simpler and requires no specialized equipment. It should be possible to use this assay in a third world situation.

  8. 233U Assay A Neutron NDA System

    SciTech Connect

    Hensley, D.C.; Lucero, A.J.; Pierce, L.

    1998-11-17

    The assay of highly enriched {sup 233}U material presents some unique challenges. Techniques which apply to the assay of materials of Pu or enriched {sup 235}U do not convert easily over to the assay of {sup 233}U. A specialized neutron assay device is being fabricated to exploit the singles neutron signal, the weak correlated neutron signal, and an active correlated signal. These pieces of information when combined with {gamma} ray isotopics information should give a good overall determination of {sup 233}U material now stored in bldg. 3019 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  9. Optimizing parallel reduction operations

    SciTech Connect

    Denton, S.M.

    1995-06-01

    A parallel program consists of sets of concurrent and sequential tasks. Often, a reduction (such as array sum) sequentially combines values produced by a parallel computation. Because reductions occur so frequently in otherwise parallel programs, they are good candidates for optimization. Since reductions may introduce dependencies, most languages separate computation and reduction. The Sisal functional language is unique in that reduction is a natural consequence of loop expressions; the parallelism is implicit in the language. Unfortunately, the original language supports only seven reduction operations. To generalize these expressions, the Sisal 90 definition adds user-defined reductions at the language level. Applicable optimizations depend upon the mathematical properties of the reduction. Compilation and execution speed, synchronization overhead, memory use and maximum size influence the final implementation. This paper (1) Defines reduction syntax and compares with traditional concurrent methods; (2) Defines classes of reduction operations; (3) Develops analysis of classes for optimized concurrency; (4) Incorporates reductions into Sisal 1.2 and Sisal 90; (5) Evaluates performance and size of the implementations.

  10. Detection and quantitation of infectious human adenoviruses and JC polyomaviruses in water by immunofluorescence assay.

    PubMed

    Calgua, Byron; Barardi, Celia Regina Monte; Bofill-Mas, Silvia; Rodriguez-Manzano, Jesus; Girones, Rosina

    2011-01-01

    Human adenoviruses (HAdV) and JC polyomaviruses (JCPyV) have been proposed as markers of fecal/urine contamination of human origin. An indirect immunofluorescence assay has been developed to quantify infectious human adenoviruses types 2 and 41 and JC polyomaviruses strain Mad-4 in water samples. The immunofluorescence assay was compared with other quantitative techniques used commonly such as plaque assay, tissue culture infectious dose-50 and quantitative PCR (qPCR). The immunofluorescence assays showed to be specific for the detection of infectious viruses, obtaining negative results when UV or heat-inactivated viruses were analyzed. The assays required less time and showed higher sensitivity for the detection of infectious viral particles than other cell culture techniques (1 log(10) more) evaluated. River water samples spiked previously with human adenoviruses and raw sewage samples were also analyzed using the proposed immunofluorescence assay as well as by qPCR. The results show quantitations with 2 log(10) reduction in the numbers of infectious viruses compared with the number of genome copies detected by qPCR. The immunofluorescence assay developed is fast, sensitive, specific, and a standardizable technique for the quantitation and detection of infectious viruses in water samples. PMID:20863853

  11. Rapid detection of oleander poisoning by Dimension Vista digoxin assay (Flex Reagent Cartridge).

    PubMed

    Dasgupta, Amitava; Klein, Kimberley; Risin, Semyon A; Actor, Jeffrey K

    2011-01-01

    Oleander poisoning can be detected by digoxin immunoassays and for last two decades the fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA) has been used for rapid detection of oleander poisoning in clinical laboratories. Recently, Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL) discontinued this assay. Therefore, we explored the possibility of using another digoxin assay (Dimension Vista Flex Reagent Cartridge, Tina Quant, EMIT 2000 and old FPIA assay for comparison) for rapid detection of oleander poisoning. When aliquots of drug-free serum pools were supplemented with pure oleandrin or oleander extract, we observed the highest apparent digoxin values using Dimension Vista digoxin assay (Flex Reagent Cartridge). We also observed significant apparent digoxin values in vivo in sera of mice both 1 and 2 ?hr after feeding with oleander extract. When a serum pool prepared from patients taking digoxin was further supplemented with various amounts of oleander extract, the highest falsely elevated digoxin values were observed with Dimension Vista digoxin assay. Monitoring free digoxin using Dimension Vista digoxin assay (Flex Reagent Cartridge) did not eliminate this interference. Digibind neutralized digoxin-like factors of oleander extract and such effect can be monitored by observing significant reduction in apparent free digoxin levels in the presence of Digibind as measured in the protein-free ultrafiltrate using Dimension Vista digoxin assay (Flex Reagent Cartridge). PMID:21438002

  12. Feasibility studies for assaying alpha-fetoprotein using antibody-activated magnetic nanoparticles

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Kai-Wen; Yang, Shieh-Yueh; Hong, Yu-Wei; Chieh, Jen-Jie; Yang, Che-Chuan; Horng, Herng-Er; Wu, Chau-Chung; Hong, Chin-Yih; Yang, Hong-Chang

    2012-01-01

    Some previous reports have already shown the characterizations of immunomagnetic reduction (IMR). The assay technology involves the utilities of biofunctionalized magnetic nanoparticles to label target biomolecules. However, the detection threshold and interference tests for IMR have not been investigated in detail. In this study, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) was used as a target biomolecule. The signals for AFP solutions of various concentrations, or with interfering materials, were detected via IMR. These samples were also used for characterizing the detection threshold and interference with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results of assaying AFP level with IMR and ELISA were compared. The detection threshold for assaying AFP with IMR was found to be 3 ng/mL, which is 15 times lower than that of ELISA, and definitely suppresses false negative. For the interfering materials noted commonly in serum such as hemoglobin, bilirubin, triglyceride, and vascular endothelial growth factor, there was no detectable interfering effect when assaying AFP with IMR. Several serum samples from normal people and liver-tumor-bearing patients were used for the detections of AFP concentration via IMR. These results reveal the feasibilities of assaying AFP in blood using IMR, as well as achieving high-sensitive and high-specific assay for AFP. PMID:22619536

  13. Assay of deoxyhypusine hydroxylase activity.

    PubMed

    Park, Jong Hwan; Wolff, Edith C; Park, Myung Hee

    2011-01-01

    The eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A (eIF5A) is the only cellular protein that contains an unusual amino acid, hypusine [N (?)-(4-amino-2-hydroxybutyl)-lysine]. eIF5A and its hypusine/deoxyhypusine modification are vital for eukaryotic cell proliferation. Hypusine is formed posttranslationally by two enzymatic steps catalyzed by deoxyhypusine synthase and deoxyhypusine hydroxylase. Deoxyhypusine hydroxylase catalyzes a stereo-specific hydroxylation of the deoxyhypusine residue in the eIF5A intermediate protein, eIF5A(Dhp). The enzyme is totally specific for this protein and does not act on short peptides (<50 amino acids). The assay measures the conversion of the radiolabeled deoxyhypusine residue to a hypusine residue in eIF5A. Optimum conditions for the reaction and two detection methods for the product, hypusine-containing eIF5A, are described in this chapter. The first, and most reliable, method is the measurement of the amount of [(3)H]hypusine in the protein hydrolysate after its separation from [(3)H]deoxyhypusine, by ion exchange chromatography. This method does require specialized equipment. The second method is based on counting the total TCA soluble radioactivity after sodium periodate oxidation of the reaction mixture, since the radiolabeled 4-amino-2-hydroxy butyl moiety of the hypusine residue is cleaved and is released from protein as radiolabeled ?-propionaldehyde and formaldehyde by periodate oxidation. PMID:21318876

  14. Characterization of the quantitative HCV NASBA assay.

    PubMed

    Damen, M; Sillekens, P; Cuypers, H T; Frantzen, I; Melsert, R

    1999-09-01

    A quantitative nucleic acid sequence-based amplification assay (NASBA-QT) for detection of hepatitis C virus RNA (HCV-RNA) was evaluated and compared with the HCV branched-DNA (bDNA) assay (Chiron Corporation) and the HCV MONITOR assay (Roche Diagnostic Systems). For this evaluation five panels were designed: (1) serial dilutions of genotype 1b in-vitro HCV-RNA; (2) standards of in-vitro HCV-RNA genotypes 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, and 5; (3) a proficiency panel consisting of 12 HCV-RNA positive plasma samples of different genotypes and HCV-RNA concentrations and a genotype 1a and 1b 3-fold dilution series; (4) a panel of 67 HCV-RNA positive plasma samples obtained from patients with HCV infection and (5) an HCV-RNA positive control sample, diluted 50-fold in 25 different HCV-RNA negative plasma samples. The quantitative detection limit was found to be 10(3) copies per 100 microl and the qualitative detection limit 10(2.3) per 100 microl. The amplification efficiency was independent of the plasma matrix, but dependent on the HCV genotype. The HCV NASBA-QT assay was more than 10 times as sensitive as the bDNA assay while the quantitative results of both assays were highly concordant. The HCV NASBA-QT assay was comparable in sensitivity with the HCV MONITOR assay, but the HCV MONITOR assay yielded consistently lower values. It is concluded that the HCV NASBA-QT assay is a reliable assay for quantitative HCV-RNA detection in various settings. PMID:10507412

  15. Development of an upconverting chelate assay

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    Xiao, Xudong; Haushalter, Jeanne P.; Kotz, Kenneth T.; Faris, Gregory W.

    2005-04-01

    We report progress on performing a cell-based assay for the detection of EGFR on cell surfaces by using upconverting chelates. An upconversion microscope has been developed for performing assays and testing optical response. A431 cells are labeled with europium DOTA and imaged using this upconverting microscope.

  16. MULTIPLEXING SCHEMES FOR GENERIC SNP GENOTYPING ASSAYS

    E-print Network

    Shamir, Ron

    MULTIPLEXING SCHEMES FOR GENERIC SNP GENOTYPING ASSAYS R. SHARAN International Computer Science yakhini@agilent.com. Abstract A generic genotyping assay utilizes a xed set of reagents, which with a genotyping experiment, it is desirable to design a set of experiments, which maximizes the number of SNPs

  17. MULTIPLEXING SCHEMES FOR GENERIC SNP GENOTYPING ASSAYS

    E-print Network

    Sharan, Roded

    MULTIPLEXING SCHEMES FOR GENERIC SNP GENOTYPING ASSAYS R. SHARAN International Computer Science yakhini@agilent.com. Abstract A generic genotyping assay utilizes a fixed set of reagents, which with a genotyping experiment, it is desirable to design a set of experiments, which maximizes the number of SNPs

  18. Assays for mammalian tyrosinase: a comparative study

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    JOSE R. JARA; FRANCISCO SOLANO; JOSE A. LOZANO

    1988-01-01

    This work describes a comparative study of the tyrosinase activity determined using three methods which are the most extensively employed; two radiometric assays using L-tyrosine as substrate (tyrosine hydroxylase and melanin formation activities) and one spectrophotometric assay using L-dopa (dopa oxidase activity). The three methods were simultaneously employed to measure the activities of the soluble, melanosomal, and microsomal tyrosinase isozymes

  19. The comet assay: a comprehensive review

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    Daryl W. Fairbairn; Peggy L. Olive; Kim L. O'Neill

    1995-01-01

    The comet assay is a sensitive and rapid method for DNA strand break detection in individual cells. Its use has increased significantly in the past few years. This paper is a review of the studies published to date that have made use of the comet assay. The principles of strand break detection using both the alkaline and neutral versions of

  20. Improved immunoturbidimetric assay for cystatin C.

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    Lewis, A V; James, T J; McGuire, J B; Taylor, R P

    2001-03-01

    An immunoturbidimetric assay for cystatin C was optimized with respect to assay imprecision. After investigating the optimum pH, polyethylene glycol concentration and specimen volume, two modifications were introduced: an increase in specimen volume to 25 microL; and an extension of the pre-incubation period to 240 s. These modifications produced an assay with between-batch imprecision (coefficient of variation, n = 10 or 11) ranging from 3-9% at 0.72 mg/L to 1.3% at 5.29 mg/L. The assay was susceptible to interference from lipaemia and haemolysis but not bilirubinaemia in both the original and modified protocol. Extending the pre-incubation to 240 s improved tolerance to common interferences and retained assay applicability in the routine clinical setting. PMID:11269749

  1. Interpretation of HLA single antigen bead assays.

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    Ellis, Thomas M

    2013-10-01

    The introduction of single antigen bead (SAB) assays for detection and quantitation of HLA antibodies has improved our ability to identify and manage allosensitized transplant candidates and recipients and to improve organ allocation, and was critical to the creation of national paired kidney exchanges. The principal limitations of the technology have been detailed in the literature and include artifacts resulting in non-specific background, variability, lack of standardization, and interpretive challenges. Accurate interpretation of SAB assays requires consideration of a number of factors, including identification of epitope reactivity patterns, mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) values, patient history, and appreciation of individual bead and assay nuances. The MFI value provides an estimate of relative HLA antibody levels although limited by saturation and epitope distribution effects. A better understanding of SAB assays and MFI values will be necessary to ensure appropriate application of these assays clinically and a higher quality of antibody data used in support of published clinical studies. PMID:23958238

  2. Fluorometric assay for red blood cell antibodies

    SciTech Connect

    Schreiber, A.B.; Lambermont, M.; Strosberg, A.D.; Wybran, J.

    1981-03-01

    A fluorometric assay is described for the detection of red blood cell antibodies. The assay reveals as little as 600 molecules of bound, fluoroesceinated rabbit anti-human IgG antibodies per erythrocyte. Eleven patients with possible autoimmune erythrocyte disorder and negative direct antiglobulin test were studied by the fluorometric assay. The outcome of the fluorometric assay was compared with that of the human allogeneic rosette test. Results obtained by the two methods were in complete agreement. Five of the patients were shown to possess unexpectedly high levels of erythrocyte-bound IgG in spite of a negative, direct antiglobulin test. These findings and the validity of the fluorometric assay are discussed.

  3. Restraint reduction in orthopaedics.

    PubMed

    Zoellner-Hunter, J; Goetz, N; Czurylo, K

    2000-01-01

    Restraint reduction is a challenge, especially when working with an elderly population. This article describes one orthopaedic unit's successful restraint reduction program. The role of the nurses on the unit is discussed, along with forms that were helpful and the fact that the reduction program fit into the Performance Improvement Plan for the institution. The most frequently used and successful alternatives are discussed. A restraint/seclusion data collection form has been highlighted. Finally, areas for additional research are suggested. PMID:11153323

  4. Drag reduction in nature

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    Bushnell, D. M.; Moore, K. J.

    1991-01-01

    Recent studies on the drag-reducing shapes, structures, and behaviors of swimming and flying animals are reviewed, with an emphasis on potential analogs in vehicle design. Consideration is given to form drag reduction (turbulent flow, vortex generation, mass transfer, and adaptations for body-intersection regions), skin-friction drag reduction (polymers, surfactants, and bubbles as surface 'additives'), reduction of the drag due to lift, drag-reduction studies on porpoises, and drag-reducing animal behavior (e.g., leaping out of the water by porpoises). The need for further research is stressed.

  5. A quantitative real-time RT-PCR assay for mature C. albicans biofilms

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background Fungal biofilms are more resistant to anti-fungal drugs than organisms in planktonic form. Traditionally, susceptibility of biofilms to anti-fungal agents has been measured using the 2,3-bis(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxyanilide (XTT) assay, which measures the ability of metabolically active cells to convert tetrazolium dyes into colored formazan derivatives. However, this assay has limitations when applied to high C. albicans cell densities because substrate concentration and solubility are limiting factors in the reaction. Because mature biofilms are composed of high cell density populations we sought to develop a quantitative real-time RT-PCR assay (qRT-PCR) that could accurately assess mature biofilm changes in response to a wide variety of anti-fungal agents, including host immune cells. Results The XTT and qRT-PCR assays were in good agreement when biofilm changes were measured in planktonic cultures or in early biofilms which contain lower cell densities. However, the real-time qRT-PCR assay could also accurately quantify small-medium size changes in mature biofilms caused by mechanical biomass reduction, antifungal drugs or immune effector cells, that were not accurately quantifiable with the XTT assay. Conclusions We conclude that the qRT-PCR assay is more accurate than the XTT assay when measuring small-medium size effects of anti-fungal agents against mature biofilms. This assay is also more appropriate when mature biofilm susceptibility to anti-fungal agents is tested on complex biological surfaces, such as organotypic cultures. PMID:21548962

  6. Human somatic mutation assays as biomarkers of carcinogenesis

    SciTech Connect

    Compton, P.J.E.; Smith, M.T. (Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)); Hooper, K. (California Dept. of Health Services, Berkeley (United States))

    1991-08-01

    This paper describes four assays that detect somatic gene mutations in humans: the hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase assay, the glycophorin A assay, the HLA-A assay, and the sickle cell hemoglobin assay. Somatic gene mutations can be considered a biomarker of carcinogenesis, and assays for somatic mutation may assist epidemiologists in studies that attempt to identify factors associated with increased risks of cancer. Practical aspects of the use of these assays are discussed.

  7. ATP-independent substrate reduction by nitrogenase P-cluster variant

    PubMed Central

    Lee, Chi Chung; Hu, Yilin; Ribbe, Markus W.

    2012-01-01

    The P-cluster of nitrogenase is largely known for its function to mediate electron transfer to the active cofactor site during catalysis. Here, we show that a P-cluster variant (designated P*-cluster), which consists of paired [Fe4S4]-like clusters, can catalyze ATP-independent substrate reduction in the presence of a strong reductant, europium(II) diethylenetriaminepentaacetate [Eu(II)-DTPA]. The observation of a decrease of activity in the rank ?nifH, ?nifB?nifZ, and ?nifB MoFe protein, which corresponds to a decrease of the amount of P*-clusters in these cofactor-deficient proteins, firmly establishes P*-cluster as a catalytically active metal center in Eu(II)-DTPA–driven reactions. More excitingly, the fact that P*-cluster is not only capable of catalyzing the two-electron reduction of proton, acetylene, ethylene, and hydrazine, but also capable of reducing cyanide, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide to alkanes and alkenes, points to a possibility of developing biomimetic catalysts for hydrocarbon production under ambient conditions. PMID:22509042

  8. Formation of condensed 1H-pyrrol-2-ylphosphonates and 1,2-dihydropyridin-2-ylphosphonates via Kabachnik-Fields reaction of acetylenic aldehydes and subsequent 5-exo-dig or 6-endo-dig cyclizations.

    PubMed

    Bukšnaitien?, Rita; Urbanait?, Aurelija; ?ikotien?, Inga

    2014-07-18

    Kabachnik-Fields reactions of various carbocyclic or heterocyclic acetylenic aldehydes together with subsequent Lewis acid catalyzed cyclizations have been studied. It was found that 5-exo-dig versus 6-endo-dig cyclization mode strongly depends on the structure of starting materials. Thus, nonaromatic acetylenic ?-anilinomethylphosphonates underwent gold(III)-catalyzed or iodine-mediated 5-exo-dig cyclization to 1H-pyrrol-2-ylphosphonates. In contrast, electron-withdrawing heteroaromatic substrates formed 1,2-dihydropyridin-2-ylphosphonate ring containing materials via an exclusive 6-endo-dig ring-closure process. The dual mode of cyclization is possible only for ?-amino (2-alkynylphenyl)methylphosphonates containing a benzene ring. PMID:24956009

  9. A bioluminescence assay for aldehyde dehydrogenase activity.

    PubMed

    Duellman, Sarah J; Valley, Michael P; Kotraiah, Vinayaka; Vidugiriene, Jolanta; Zhou, Wenhui; Bernad, Laurent; Osterman, Jean; Kimball, Joshua J; Meisenheimer, Poncho; Cali, James J

    2013-03-15

    The aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) family of enzymes is critical for cell survival and adaptation to cellular and environmental stress. These enzymes are of interest as therapeutic targets and as biomarkers of stem cells. This article describes a novel, homogeneous bioluminescence assay to study the activity of the ALDH enzymes. The assay is based on a proluciferin-aldehyde substrate that is recognized and utilized by multiple ALDH enzyme isoforms to generate luciferin. A detection reagent is added to inactivate ALDH and generate light from the luciferin product. The luminescent signal is dependent on the ALDH enzyme concentration and the incubation time in the ALDH reaction; moreover, the luminescent signal generated with the detection reagent is stable for greater than 2 h. This assay provides many advantages over standard NADH fluorescence assays. It is more sensitive and the signal stability provided allows convenient assay setup in batch mode-based high-throughput screens. The assay also shows an accurate pharmacological response for a common ALDH inhibitor and is robust, with a large assay window (S/B=64) and Z'=0.75. PMID:23219557

  10. A fluorescent assay for ceramide synthase activity

    PubMed Central

    Kim, Hyun Joon; Qiao, Qiao; Toop, Hamish D.; Morris, Jonathan C.; Don, Anthony S.

    2012-01-01

    The sphingolipids are a diverse family of lipids with important roles in membrane compartmentalization, intracellular signaling, and cell-cell recognition. The central sphingolipid metabolite is ceramide, formed by the transfer of a variable length fatty acid from coenzyme A to a sphingoid base, generally sphingosine or dihydrosphingosine (sphinganine) in mammals. This reaction is catalyzed by a family of six ceramide synthases (CerS1-6). CerS activity is usually assayed using either radioactive substrates or LC-MS/MS. We describe a CerS assay with fluorescent, NBD-labeled sphinganine as substrate. The assay is readily able to detect endogenous CerS activity when using amounts of cell or tissue homogenate protein that are lower than those reported for the radioactive assay, and the Michaelis-Menten constant was essentially the same for NBD-sphinganine and unlabeled sphinganine, indicating that NBD-sphinganine is a good substrate for these enzymes. Using our assay, we confirm that the new clinical immunosuppressant FTY720 is a competitive inhibitor of CerS activity, and show that inhibition requires the compound's lipid tail and amine headgroup. In summary, we describe a fluorescent assay for CerS activity that circumvents the need to use radioactive substrates, while being more accessible and cheaper than LC-MS based assays. PMID:22661289

  11. Does Source Reduction Work?

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    Allaway, David

    1992-01-01

    Suggests that quantification is essential to establish the cost-effectiveness of source reduction (SR). Presents case studies of monitoring methods for seven different kinds of SR efforts: (1) packaging changes, (2) SR businesses, (3) waste exchanges, (4) individual nonresidential efforts, (5) variable garbage rates, (6) yard waste reduction, and…

  12. Economics of Grade Reduction

    E-print Network

    Neff, Paul J.

    1914-02-10

    of this increase has little value in a report dealing with grade reduction. It is considered better, from a practical standpoint, to analyze the actual en- gine performance on the division in question and then to assume that after the grade reduction,lite per...

  13. Induction of Apoptosis by (Z)-Stellettic Acid C, an Acetylenic Acid from the Sponge Stelletta sp., Is Associated with Inhibition of Telomerase Activity in Human Leukemic U937 Cells

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Cheol Park; Gi-Young Kim; Won Il Kim; Sang Hoon Hong; Dong Il Park; Nam Deuk Kim; Song-Ja Bae; Jee H. Jung; Yung Hyun Choi

    2007-01-01

    Background: (Z)-Stellettic acid C, an acetylenic acid from the marine sponge Stelletta sp., has been shown to have cytotoxic activity in some cancer cells; however, its mechanisms on malignant cell growth are not known. In this study, the potential of (Z)-stellettic acid C to induce apoptosis in human leukemic U937 cells and its effects on telomerase activity were investigated. Methods:

  14. Methods for threshold determination in multiplexed assays

    DOEpatents

    Tammero, Lance F. Bentley; Dzenitis, John M; Hindson, Benjamin J

    2014-06-24

    Methods for determination of threshold values of signatures comprised in an assay are described. Each signature enables detection of a target. The methods determine a probability density function of negative samples and a corresponding false positive rate curve. A false positive criterion is established and a threshold for that signature is determined as a point at which the false positive rate curve intersects the false positive criterion. A method for quantitative analysis and interpretation of assay results together with a method for determination of a desired limit of detection of a signature in an assay are also described.

  15. Fine-tuning control on CNT diameter distribution, length and density using thermal CVD growth at atmospheric pressure: an in-depth analysis on the role of flow rate and flow duration of acetylene (C2H2) gas

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    Tripathi, Nishant; Mishra, Prabhash; Harsh, Harsh; Islam, S. S.

    2015-01-01

    An optimization control has been demonstrated to obtain carbon nanotubes having specific diameter distribution, length, homogeneity, and yield during its growth by thermal chemical vapor deposition technique under atmospheric pressure. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were grown on silicon wafer where a predeposition of iron catalyst of 2 nm thickness was made by sputtering. The growth was conducted under two variable parameters, i.e., flow rate and flow duration. Argon and hydrogen mixture was used for pretreatment of catalyst and as etching gas, and acetylene as a carbon precursor. In-depth analysis shows that increase in flow rate from 10 to 50 sccm resulted in increase in the concentration of amorphous carbon, CNTs diameter range and decrease in length, we found best result at 20 sccm flow rate of acetylene gas. On the other hand, as we varied flow duration from 6 to 14 min, with keeping flow rate of acetylene 20 sccm constant, dense homogeneous growth of horizontal CNTs network plus an increase in length and diameter range were observed. An optimization of flow rate and flow duration is presented here to obtain a selective diameter distribution and length as expected by this growth technique. Atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy were used to investigate the samples' morphologies in support of the observations made.

  16. Homogeneous assays for single-nucleotide polymorphism typing using AlphaScreen.

    PubMed

    Beaudet, L; Bédard, J; Breton, B; Mercuri, R J; Budarf, M L

    2001-04-01

    AlphaScreen technology allows the development of high-throughput homogeneous proximity assays. In these assays, signal is generated when 680 nm laser light irradiates a donor bead in close proximity to an acceptor bead. For the detection of nucleic acids, donor and acceptor beads are brought into proximity by two bridging probes that hybridize simultaneously to a common target and to the generic oligonucleotides attached covalently to the beads. This method allows the detection of as little as 10 amole of a single-stranded DNA target. The combination of AlphaScreen with allele-specific amplification (ASA) and allele-specific hybridization (ASH) has allowed the development of two homogenous single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping platforms. Both types of assay are very robust, routinely giving accurate genotyping results with < 2 ng of genomic DNA per genotype. An AlphaScreen validation study was performed for 12 SNPs by using ASA assays and seven SNPs by using ASH assays. More than 580 samples were genotyped with accuracy >99%. The two assays are remarkably simple, requiring no post-PCR manipulations. Genotyping has been performed successfully in 96- and 384-well formats with volumes as small as 2 microL, allowing a considerable reduction in the amount of reagents and genomic DNA necessary for genotyping. These results show that the AlphaScreen technology can be successfully adapted to high-throughput genotyping. PMID:11282975

  17. Full dimensional Franck-Condon factors for the acetylene ˜{A} 1Au—{˜{X}} {^1? _g^+} transition. II. Vibrational overlap factors for levels involving excitation in ungerade modes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Park, G. Barratt; Baraban, Joshua H.; Field, Robert W.

    2014-10-01

    A full-dimensional Franck-Condon calculation has been applied to the tilde{A} 1Au—tilde{X} ^1? _g^+ transition in acetylene in the harmonic normal mode basis. Details of the calculation are discussed in Part I of this series. To our knowledge, this is the first full-dimensional Franck-Condon calculation on a tetra-atomic molecule undergoing a linear-to-bent geometry change. In the current work, the vibrational intensity factors for levels involving excitation in ungerade vibrational modes are evaluated. Because the Franck-Condon integral accumulates away from the linear geometry, we have been able to treat the out-of-plane component of trans bend (? _4^' ' }) in the linear tilde{X} state in the rotational part of the problem, restoring the ? Euler angle and the a-axis Eckart conditions. A consequence of the Eckart conditions is that the out-of-plane component of ? _4^' ' } does not participate in the vibrational overlap integral. This affects the structure of the coordinate transformation and the symmetry of the vibrational wavefunctions used in the overlap integral, and results in propensity rules involving the bending modes of the tilde{X} state that were not previously understood. We explain the origin of some of the unexpected propensities observed in IR-UV laser-induced fluorescence spectra, and we calculate emission intensities from bending levels of the tilde{A} state into bending levels of the tilde{X} state, using normal bending mode and local bending mode basis sets. Our calculations also reveal Franck-Condon propensities for the Cartesian components of the cis bend (? _5^' ' }), and we predict that the best tilde{A}-state vibrational levels for populating tilde{X}-state levels with large amplitude bending motion localized in a single C-H bond (the acetylene?vinylidene isomerization coordinate) involve a high degree of excitation in ? _6^' } (cis-bend). Mode ? _4^' } (torsion) populates levels with large amplitude counter-rotational motion of the two hydrogen atoms.

  18. Homogeneous Cell- and Bead-Based Assays for High Throughput Screening Using Fluorometric Microvolume Assay Technology.

    PubMed

    Miraglia; Swartzman; Mellentin-Michelotti; Evangelista; Smith; Gunawan; Lohman; Goldberg; Manian; Yuan

    1999-01-01

    High throughput drug screening has become a critical component of the drug discovery process. The screening of libraries containing hundreds of thousands of compounds has resulted in a requirement for assays and instrumentation that are amenable to nonradioactive formats and that can be miniaturized. Homogeneous assays that minimize upstream automation of the individual assays are also preferable. Fluorometric microvolume assay technology (FMAT) is a fluorescence-based platform for the development of nonradioactive cell- and bead-based assays for HTS. This technology is plate format-independent, and while it was designed specifically for homogeneous ligand binding and immunological assays, it is amenable to any assay utilizing a fluorescent cell or bead. The instrument fits on a standard laboratory bench and consists of a laser scanner that generates a 1 mm(2) digitized image of a 100-µmm deep section of the bottom of a microwell plate. The instrument is directly compatible with a Zymark Twistertrade mark (Zymark Corp., Hopkinton, MA) for robotic loading of the scanner and unattended operation in HTS mode. Fluorescent cells or beads at the bottom of the well are detected as localized areas of concentrated fluorescence using data processing. Unbound flurophore comprising the background signal is ignored, allowing for the development of a wide variety of homogeneous assays. The use of FMAT for peptide ligand binding assays, immunofluorescence, apoptosis and cytotoxicity, and bead-based immunocapture assays is described here, along with a general overview of the instrument and software. PMID:10838439

  19. LIMITATIONS OF THE FLUORESCENT PROBE VIABILITY ASSAY

    EPA Science Inventory

    Cell viability commonly is determined flow cytometrically by the carboxyfluorescein diacetate (CFDA)/propidium iodide (PI) assay. FDA is taken up by the viable cell and converted via cytoplasmic esterase-catalyzed hydrolysis to carboxyfluorescein (CF). F fluorescence intensity is...

  20. 21 CFR 864.7525 - Heparin assay.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES HEMATOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY DEVICES Hematology Kits and Packages § 864.7525 Heparin assay. (a) Identification. A heparin...

  1. 21 CFR 864.7525 - Heparin assay.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES HEMATOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY DEVICES Hematology Kits and Packages § 864.7525 Heparin assay. (a) Identification. A heparin...

  2. CONTROL ASSAY DEVELOPMENT: METHODOLOGY AND LABORATORY VERIFICATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes Control Assay Development (CAD), a data acquisition program designed to evaluate the potential applicability of various treatment processes for the control of solid, liquid, and gaseous emissions from coal conversion plants. The CAD program described could be...

  3. Developmental Toxicity Assays Using the Drosophila Model

    PubMed Central

    Rand, Matthew D.; Montgomery, Sara L.; Prince, Lisa; Vorojeikina, Daria

    2014-01-01

    The fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) has long been a premier model for developmental biologists and geneticists. The utility of Drosophila for toxicology studies has only recently gained broader recognition as a tool to elaborate molecular genetic mechanisms of toxic substances. In this article two practical applications of Drosophila for developmental toxicity assays are described. The first assay takes advantage of newly developed methods to render the fly embryo accessible to small molecules, toxicants and drugs. The second assay engages straightforward exposures to developing larvae and easy to score outcomes of adult development. With the extensive collections of flies that are publicly available and the ease with which to create transgenic flies, these two assays have a unique power for identifying and characterizing molecular mechanisms and cellular pathways specific to the mode of action of a number of toxicants and drugs. PMID:24789363

  4. BIOMARKER ASSAYS IN NIPPLE APIRATE FLUID

    EPA Science Inventory

    ABSTRACT The noninvasive technique of nipple aspiration as a potential source of biomarkers of breast cancer risk was evaluated. The feasibility of performing mutagenesis assays, amplifying DNA and performing protein electrophoresis on nipple aspirate fluid was explored. ...

  5. Lack of standardized description of TRAb assays.

    PubMed

    Tan, Karen; Loh, Tze Ping; Sethi, Sunil

    2013-06-01

    Anti-thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) receptor antibodies (TRAb) exist as both stimulating and blocking antibodies. The current TRAb assays widely available to clinicians are receptor-binding assays. Bioassays that differentiate between stimulating and blocking TRAb are technically challenging and expensive. The terminology used to describe the different assays is confusing and a potential source of misinterpretation of TRAb results. In this article, we point out a typographical error in the 2011 American Thyroid Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists' Guidelines on Hyperthyroidism where the term thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin (TSI) instead of thyroid binding inhibition immunoglobulin (TBII) was used in the description of TRAb results, to highlight the need to harmonize the terminology of TRAb assays to improve patient care. PMID:23179774

  6. Iron Reduction and Carbonate Precipitation by Shewanella oneidensis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zeng, Z.; Tice, M. M.

    2011-12-01

    This study is to contribute to better understanding of how Archean microbes induced carbonate diagenesis in mats and stromatolites. Previous studies showed sulfate reduction, a common promoter of carbonate precipitation in modern mats[1], is likely to have been less effective in Archean mats in marine fluids lower in sulfate[2]. Alternatively, iron reduction produces far more alkalinity per unit carbon respired than sulfate reduction. Therefore, we hypothesize iron reduction can promote much more carbonate precipitation than sulfate reduction. Our study might also have some relevance to banded iron formation on which microbial iron reduction played a potential role[3]. To test our hypothesis, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, a dissimilatory iron reducing bacterium will be cultured anaerobically (79%N2, 20%CO2 and 1%H2) in basal medium to trigger iron reduction. Lactate will be used as electron donor, and the electron acceptor will be fresh ferrihydrite. Culture medium will be added with various metal ions, such as Ca2+ and Mg2+, to obtain potential carbonate precipitate. Escherichia coli (with fumarate added as an electron acceptor) will be used to provide a comparison to live but non-iron- reduction cells. After 20 days incubation, precipitate will be collected, washed and identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Besides, iron reduction rate (ferrozine assay)[4], PH and amount of precipitate (carbonate and oxidize fractions)[5] will be measured over time to well understand how S. oneidensis drives carbonate precipitation.

  7. Quantum dot-based cell motility assay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Teresa Pellegrino; Wolfgang J. Parak; Rosanne Boudreau; Mark A. Le gros; Daniele Gerion; A. Paul Alivisatos; Carolyn A. Larabell

    2003-01-01

    Motility and migration are measurable characteristics of cells that are classically associated with the invasive potential of cancer cells, but in vitro assays of invasiveness have been less than perfect. We previously developed an assay to monitor cell motility and migration using water-soluble CdSe\\/ZnS nanocrystals; cells engulf the fluorescent nanocrystals as they crawl across them and leave behind a fluorescent-free

  8. Electrochemical Assay of Gold-Plating Solutions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chiodo, R.

    1982-01-01

    Gold content of plating solution is assayed by simple method that required only ordinary electrochemical laboratory equipment and materials. Technique involves electrodeposition of gold from solution onto electrode, the weight gain of which is measured. Suitable fast assay methods are economically and practically necessary in electronics and decorative-plating industries. If gold content in plating bath is too low, poor plating may result, with consequent economic loss to user.

  9. A Flow Cytometric Assay for Lysosomal Glucocerebrosidase

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Helmuth H. G. van Es; Marlon Veldwijk; Menzo Havenga; Dinko Valerio

    1997-01-01

    A flow cytometric assay is described for the determination of glucocerebrosidase (GC) activity using fluorescein di-?-glucopyranoside (FDGlu). Fluorescent product is formed upon intracellular hydrolysis of FDGlu and is measured in the FL1 channel of a flow cytometer. We show that the assay is specific for lysosomal ?-glucosidase or glucocerebrosidase (1) by concentration-dependent inhibition of GC activity by conditurol-?-epoxide (CBE), a

  10. Pharmacokinetics of cefamandole using a HPLC assay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nik S. Aziz; John G. Gambertoglio; Emil T. Lin; Henry Grausz; Leslie Z. Benet

    1978-01-01

    A pharmacokinetic study was carried out on six normal healthy adults with average creatinine clearances ranging from 94.8 to 129.3 ml\\/min. Cefamandole, 15 mg\\/kg, was administered intravenously over a period of 10 min. Frequent and prolonged samplings of blood and urine were made. Specimens were assayed by a sensitive, accurate, and reproducible HPLC assay. An excellent computer fit to a

  11. Radioimmune assay of human platelet prostaglandin synthetase

    SciTech Connect

    Roth, G.J.; Machuga, E.T.

    1982-02-01

    Normal platelet function depends, in part, on platelet PG synthesis. PG synthetase (cyclo-oxygenase) catalyzes the first step in PG synthesis, the formation of PGH/sub 2/ from arachidonic acid. Inhibition of the enzyme by ASA results in an abnormality in the platelet release reaction. Patients with pparent congenital abnormalities in the enzyme have been described, and the effects have been referred to as ''aspirin-like'' defects of the platelet function. These patients lack platelet PG synthetase activity, but the actual content of PG synthetase protein in these individuals' platelets is unknown. Therefore an RIA for human platelet PG synthetase would provide new information, useful in assessing the aspirin-like defects of platelet function. An RIA for human platelet PG synthetase is described. The assay utilizes a rabbit antibody directed against the enzyme and (/sup 125/I)-labelled sheep PG synthetase as antigen. The human platelet enzyme is assayed by its ability to inhibit precipitation of the (/sup 125/I)antigen. The assay is sensitive to 1 ng of enzyme. By the immune assay, human platelets contain approximately 1200 ng of PG synethetase protein per 1.5 mg of platelet protein (approximately 10/sup 9/ platelets). This content corresponds to 10,000 enzyme molecules per platelet. The assay provides a rapid and convenient assay for the human platelet enzyme, and it can be applied to the assessment of patients with apparent platelet PG synthetase (cyclo-oxygenase) deficiency.

  12. Scintillation Proximity Assay of Arginine Methylation

    PubMed Central

    Wu, Jiang; Xie, Nan; Feng, You; Zheng, Y. George

    2011-01-01

    Methylation of arginine residues, catalyzed by protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs), is one important protein post-translational modification involved in epigenetic regulation of gene expression. A fast and effective assay for PRMT can provide valuable information for dissecting the biological functions of PRMTs, as well as for screening small-molecule inhibitors of arginine methylation. Currently, among the methods used for PRMT activity measurement, many contain laborious separation procedures, which restrict the applications of these assays for high-throughput screening (HTS) in drug discovery. The authors report here a mix-and-measure method to measure PRMT activity based on the principle of scintillation proximity assay (SPA). In this assay, 3H-AdoMet was used as methyl donor, and biotin-modified histone H4 peptide served as a methylation substrate. Following the methylation reaction catalyzed by PRMTs, streptavidin-coated SPA beads were added to the reaction solution, and SPA signals were detected by a MicroBeta scintillation counter. No separation step is needed, which simplifies the assay procedure and greatly enhances the assay speed. Particularly, the miniaturization and robustness suggest that this method is suited for HTS of PRMT inhibitors. PMID:21821785

  13. Baker's yeast assay procedure for testing heavy metal toxicity

    SciTech Connect

    Bitton, G.; Koopman, B.; Wang, H.D.

    1984-01-01

    Baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is microorganism which is commercially available and sold as packaged dry pellets in any food store at low cost. Studies have been undertaken on the effects of organic xenobiotics as well as heavy metals on yeast metabolism. This type of study has been generally useful in examining the mechanism(s) of chemical toxicity. However, a rapid and quantitative toxicity test using S. cerevisiae as the test organism has not been developed. The purpose of this study was to develop a toxicity assay for heavy metals, using commercial dry yeast as the test microorganism. This rapid and simple procedure is based on the reduction of 2-(p-iodophenyl)-3-(p-nitrophenyl)-5-phenyltetrazolium chloride (INT) to INT-formazan by the yeast electron transport system. The scoring of active cells following exposure to heavy metals was undertaken according to the MINT (malachite green-INT) method developed by Bitton and Koopman.

  14. SWEPP assay system version 2.0 software requirements specification

    SciTech Connect

    Matthews, S.D.; East, L.V.; Marwil, E.S.; Ferguson, J.J.

    1996-06-01

    The INEL Stored Waste Examination Pilot Plant (SWEPP) operations staff use nondestructive analysis methods to characterize the radiological contents of contact-handled radioactive waste containers. Containers of waste from Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site and other DOE sites are currently stored at SWEPP. Before these containers can be shipped to WIPP, SWEPP must verify compliance with storage, shipping, and disposal requirements. One part of the SWEPP program measures neutron emissions from the containers and estimates the mass of Pu and other transuranic isotopes present. The code NEUT2 was originally used to perform data acquisition and reduction; the SWEPP Assay System (SAS) code replaced NEUT2 in early 1994. This document specifies the requirements for the SAS software as installed at INEL and was written to comply with RWMC (INEL Radioactive Waste Management Complex) quality requirements.

  15. A novel coagulation assay incorporating adherent endothelial cells in thromboelastometry.

    PubMed

    Zipperle, J; Schlimp, C J; Holnthoner, W; Husa, A-M; Nürnberger, S; Redl, H; Schöchl, H

    2013-05-01

    Following vascular injury or activation, endothelial cells (ECs) participate in the modulation of haemostasis and fibrinolysis. Viscoelastic tests (VETs) are a potent bedside monitoring tool that reports haemostatic parameters in real time. However, VETs neglect the influence of the surrounding endothelium. Our aim was therefore to establish an assay that incorporates ECs in a whole blood VET and to assess the impact of ECs on coagulation parameters. Outgrowth endothelial cells (OECs) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were seeded onto microbeads to create transferable EC-microcarriers. Microbeads were then added to citrated whole blood in the measurement cup of a thromboelastometry device (ROTEM). After the addition of CaCl2 (star-TEM®) to the blood sample (NATEM assay), standard ROTEM parameters were analysed. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was carried out to visualise the interactions of the beads, whole blood components and the ROTEM pin after clotting. SEM showed that the added microbeads were effectively incorporated into the final blood clot. In the presence of activated ECs, the clotting time (CT) of the blood was shortened fourfold compared to that in uncoated control beads. A significant reduction in CT was also observed in the presence of unstimulated ECs. Interestingly, CT was also reduced by the addition of purified EC culture supernatant. CT shortening was prevented by incubating the supernatant with an inhibiting antibody against tissue factor (TF). Our findings demonstrate that ECs can be incorporated into a ROTEM assay via coated microbeads, and whole blood clotting initiation is accelerated by non-activated and activated ECs. PMID:23494019

  16. 21 CFR 866.3305 - Herpes simplex virus serological assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 false Herpes simplex virus serological assays. 866.3305 Section...Reagents § 866.3305 Herpes simplex virus serological assays. (a) Identification . Herpes simplex virus serological assays are devices...

  17. 21 CFR 866.3305 - Herpes simplex virus serological assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 false Herpes simplex virus serological assays. 866.3305 Section...Reagents § 866.3305 Herpes simplex virus serological assays. (a) Identification . Herpes simplex virus serological assays are devices...

  18. 21 CFR 866.3305 - Herpes simplex virus serological assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 false Herpes simplex virus serological assays. 866.3305 Section...Reagents § 866.3305 Herpes simplex virus serological assays. (a) Identification . Herpes simplex virus serological assays are devices...

  19. 21 CFR 866.3305 - Herpes simplex virus serological assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 false Herpes simplex virus serological assays. 866.3305 Section...Reagents § 866.3305 Herpes simplex virus serological assays. (a) Identification. Herpes simplex virus serological assays are devices...

  20. 21 CFR 866.2350 - Microbiological assay culture medium.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... false Microbiological assay culture medium. 866.2350 Section 866.2350 ...2350 Microbiological assay culture medium. (a) Identification. A microbiological assay culture medium is a device that consists...

  1. 21 CFR 864.7500 - Whole blood hemoglobin assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

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  2. 21 CFR 864.7500 - Whole blood hemoglobin assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  3. 21 CFR 864.7500 - Whole blood hemoglobin assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

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  4. 21 CFR 864.7500 - Whole blood hemoglobin assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

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  5. 21 CFR 864.7500 - Whole blood hemoglobin assays.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

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  6. An improved method for staining cell colonies in clonogenic assays

    PubMed Central

    Natale, Leanna; Markowitz, Sanford D.

    2007-01-01

    Clonogenic assay is a widely used experimental approach to test for the effects of drugs/genes on the growth and proliferative characteristics of cells in vitro. Accurate quantitation of treatment effects in clonogeneic assays depends on the ability to visualize and count cell colonies precisely. We report a novel method (referred as ETeB) for staining cell colonies grown on plastic and specially coated substrates like collagen. Using colon cancer cell lines grown on plastic and collagen, we compared the colony staining efficiencies of the widely used methylene blue, and Ethidium bromide (ETeB) stains. Results show that the ETeB protocol works well on plastic and is extremely effective for staining colonies on collagen when compared to methylene blue. The key features and advantages of ETeB technique are; (a) reduction in background for colonies grown on collagen and possibly other substrates, (b) the whole procedure takes less than a minute, (c) no post-stain washing step is required which eliminates colony losses for cell lines that are loosely adherent, (d) colony visualization and counting can be done immediately following the staining procedure using a standard UV illuminator and software, and (e) the method works across a wide variety of cell lines. The simplicity and robustness of this procedure should warrant its usage in both small and large-scale clonogenic experiments. PMID:19003022

  7. Embryotoxicity assays for leached components from dental restorative materials

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background Currently, there are no suitable assays available to evaluate the embryotoxicity of leached components from restorative dental materials. Methods The effect of the medium conditioned by composites and amalgam on mouse blastocysts in vitro was tested. The materials were also subcutaneously implanted, and the effect of the medium supplemented with serum from the host blood was evaluated in the embryotoxicity assay. The embryo implantation rate in the material-transplanted mothers was also evaluated. Results The results show that while the culture in media conditioned by amalgams did not affect blastocyst development, the medium conditioned by composites caused blastocyst degeneration and apoptosis. The development of blastocysts in a medium containing serum obtained from animals after transplantation was, however, without effect. Finally, inconsistent reduction in the implantation rate in transplanted mothers was observed. Conclusions In this study, we provide examples of in vitro and in vivo tests that may be used to evaluate embryotoxicity for dental materials. Our results show that leached components from our composite-material induced embryotoxicity in vitro, however, no toxicity was observed when subcutaneously implanted in vivo. This highlights the necessity of integrated in vitro and in vivo tests for valuable predictive estimation of embryotoxicity for complex materials. PMID:21978455

  8. Lymphedema Risk Reduction Practices

    MedlinePLUS

    ... risk of developing or exacerbating lymphedema. This position paper provides information to assist the person with or ... discuss your personal strategies for risk reduction. This paper differentiates people with a confirmed diagnosis of lymphedema ...

  9. Reduction of astrometric plates

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Stock, J.

    1984-01-01

    A rapid and accurate method for the reduction of comet or asteroid plates is described. Projection equations, scale length correction, rotation of coordinates, linearization, the search for additional reference stars, and the final solution are examined.

  10. AMD NOX REDUCTION IMPACTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This is the first phase of a potentially multi-phase project aimed at identifying scientific methodologies that will lead to the development of innnovative analytical tools supporting the analysis of control strategy effectiveness, namely. accountabilty. Significant reductions i...

  11. Reduction redux of adinkras

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    Gates, S. James; Randall, Stephen; Stiffler, Kory

    2014-04-01

    We show performing general "0-brane reduction" along an arbitrary fixed direction in space-time and applied to the starting point of minimal, off-shell 4D, 𝒩 = 1 irreducible supermultiplets, yields adinkras whose adjacency matrices are among some of the special cases proposed by Kuznetsova, Rojas and Toppan. However, these more general reductions also can lead to "Garden Algebra" structures beyond those described in their work. It is also shown that for light-like directions, reduction to the 0-brane breaks the equality in the number of fermions and bosons for dynamical theories. This implies that light-like reductions should be done instead to the space of 1-branes or equivalently to the worldsheet.

  12. Determination of sulfur by molecular absorption of carbon monosulfide using a high-resolution continuum source absorption spectrometer and an air-acetylene flame

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    Huang, Mao Dong; Becker-Ross, Helmut; Florek, Stefan; Heitmann, Uwe; Okruss, Michael

    2006-02-01

    A standard air-acetylene flame, attached to a high-resolution continuum source atomic absorption spectrometer, was used to determine sulfur via measurements of selected rotational lines of carbon monosulfide (CS) formed in the flame. The lines are part of the strong molecular absorption system around 258 nm. Their half-widths in the order of a few picometers are comparable to common atomic lines. The analytical method is characterized by simplicity, rapidity, reliability, and robustness. Potential chemical and spectral interferences were tested using nitric, hydrochloric, perchloric and hydrofluoric acids at concentrations up to 5% (v/v), and solutions of Al, Ca, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, and Pb at concentrations up to 2000 mg L -1. The only serious spectral interference occurred with Pb at concentrations higher than 200 mg L -1, which is due to the formation of lead sulfate in the solution. The limit of detection achieved for sulfur was 2.4 mg L -1, using the CS line at 258.056 nm and a measurement time of 5 s. A linear dynamic range of more than 3 orders of magnitude was obtained. The analytical results were verified by means of standard reference materials, yielding good precision and accuracy.

  13. Chirped-Pulse Fourier-Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of the Prototypical C-H\\cdots? Interaction: the BENZENE\\cdotsACETYLENE Weakly Bound Dimer

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    Ulrich, Nathan; Seifert, Nathan A.; Dorris, Rachel E.; Peebles, Rebecca A.; Peebles, Sean A.; Pate, Brooks

    2014-06-01

    The rotational spectrum of the CH\\cdots? bonded complex between benzene and acetylene has been measured in the 6-20 GHz range using chirped-pulse Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy. The spectra for the normal isotopologue, three unique 13C substituted species, and the d_1-benzene\\cdotsHCCH species have allowed determination of the dimer structure. The spectrum is that of a symmetric top, with effective C6v symmetry, and a CH\\cdots? distance of 2.4921(1) Å. The dipole moment has been measured using the Stark effect, and is 0.438(11) D. In addition to the ground state spectrum, three additional sets of transitions corresponding to similar rotational constants have been observed, likely due to excitation of the three low energy intermolecular vibrational modes of the dimer. Analysis of these excited state transitions is in progress. Comparison of the binding energy and structure of the benzene\\cdotsHCCH dimer with other H\\cdots? complexes will be presented.

  14. Electron impact total cross section for acetylene over an extensive range of impact energies (1 eV-5000 eV).

    PubMed

    Vinodkumar, Minaxi; Barot, Avani; Antony, Bobby

    2012-05-14

    Comprehensive study on electron impact for acetylene molecule is performed in terms of eigenphase diagram, electronic excitation cross sections as well as total cross section calculations from 1 eV to 5000 eV in this article. Computation of cross section over such a wide range of energy is reported for the first time. We have employed two distinct formalisms to derive cross sections in these impact energies. From 1 eV to ionization threshold of the target we have used the ab initio R-matrix method and then spherical complex optical potential method beyond that. At the crossing point of energy, both theories matched quite well and hence prove that they are consistent with each other. The results presented here expectedly give excellent agreement with other experimental values and theories available. The techniques employed here are well established and can be used to predict cross sections for other targets where data are scarce or not available. Also, this methodology may be integrated to online database such as Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre to provide cross section data required by any user. PMID:22583288

  15. Determination of halogens via molecules in the air acetylene flame using high-resolution continuum source absorption spectrometry: Part I. Fluorine

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    Huang, Mao Dong; Becker-Ross, Helmut; Florek, Stefan; Heitmann, Uwe; Okruss, Michael

    2006-05-01

    The particular capabilities of a high-resolution continuum source absorption spectrometer were exploited to the determination of halogens in an ordinary air-acetylene flame. In the first part of the studies, a simple method was developed, which allows the determination of fluorine by measuring GaF molecular absorption. The molecules are generated in the presence of an excess of Ga in the flame. Under such conditions, all fluorine is converted into GaF, yielding an evaluable signal for the fluorine determination. Molecular bands of GaF were found between 211 and 214 nm; the strongest absorption band head at 211.248 nm was examined in detail to prove its applicability to analytical measurements. To this end, potential chemical and spectral interferences were tested, using various highly concentrated acids and metallic salt solutions. Since no serious interferences were found, the new method proved to be very reliable. As limit of detection, 1 mg L - 1 fluorine in the presence of 10 g L - 1 Ga was achieved, using a measurement time of five seconds. The linear dynamic range covers more than three orders of magnitude. Accuracy and precision were verified by analysis of a standard reference material (BCR No. 33).

  16. Visualizing hydrogen atoms migrating in acetylene dication by time-resolved three-body and four-body Coulomb explosion imaging.

    PubMed

    Matsuda, Akitaka; Fushitani, Mizuho; Takahashi, Eiji J; Hishikawa, Akiyoshi

    2011-05-21

    The visualization of ultrafast isomerization of deuterated acetylene dication (C(2)D(2)(2+)) is demonstrated by time-resolved Coulomb explosion imaging with sub-10 fs intense laser pulses (9 fs, 0.13 PW cm(-2), 800 nm). The Coulomb explosion imaging monitoring the three-body explosion process, C(2)D(2)(3+)? D(+) + C(+) + CD(+), as a function of the delay between the pump and probe pulses revealed that the migration of a deuterium atom proceeds in a recurrent manner; One of the deuterium atoms first shifts from one carbon site to the other in a short timescale (?90 fs), and then migrates back to the original carbon site by 280 fs, in competition with the molecular dissociation. Correlated motion of the two deuterium atoms associated with the hydrogen migration and structural deformation to non-planar geometry are identified by the time-resolved four-body Coulomb explosion imaging, C(2)D(2)(4+)? D(+) + C(+) + C(+) + D(+). PMID:21442121

  17. Improvements of anti-corrosion and mechanical properties of NiTi orthopedic materials by acetylene, nitrogen and oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Poon, Ray W. Y.; Ho, Joan P. Y.; Liu, Xuanyong; Chung, C. Y.; Chu, Paul K.; Yeung, Kelvin W. K.; Lu, William W.; Cheung, Kenneth M. C.

    2005-08-01

    Nickel-titanium shape memory alloys (NiTi) are useful materials in orthopedics and orthodontics due to their unique super-elasticity and shape memory effects. However, the problem associated with the release of harmful Ni ions to human tissues and fluids has been raising safety concern. Hence, it is necessary to produce a surface barrier to impede the out-diffusion of Ni ions from the materials. We have conducted acetylene, nitrogen and oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) into NiTi alloys in an attempt to improve the surface properties. All the implanted and annealed samples surfaces exhibit outstanding corrosion and Ni out-diffusion resistance. Besides, the implanted layers are mechanically stronger than the substrate underneath. XPS analyses disclose that the layer formed by C 2H 2 PIII is composed of mainly TiC x with increasing Ti to C concentration ratios towards the bulk. The nitrogen PIII layer is observed to be TiN, whereas the oxygen PIII layer is composed of oxides of Ti 4+, Ti 3+ and Ti 2+.

  18. Electron impact total cross section for acetylene over an extensive range of impact energies (1 eV-5000 eV)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vinodkumar, Minaxi; Barot, Avani; Antony, Bobby

    2012-05-01

    Comprehensive study on electron impact for acetylene molecule is performed in terms of eigenphase diagram, electronic excitation cross sections as well as total cross section calculations from 1 eV to 5000 eV in this article. Computation of cross section over such a wide range of energy is reported for the first time. We have employed two distinct formalisms to derive cross sections in these impact energies. From 1 eV to ionization threshold of the target we have used the ab initio R-matrix method and then spherical complex optical potential method beyond that. At the crossing point of energy, both theories matched quite well and hence prove that they are consistent with each other. The results presented here expectedly give excellent agreement with other experimental values and theories available. The techniques employed here are well established and can be used to predict cross sections for other targets where data are scarce or not available. Also, this methodology may be integrated to online database such as Virtual Atomic and Molecular Data Centre to provide cross section data required by any user.

  19. CMOS-compatible synthesis of large-area, high-mobility graphene by chemical vapor deposition of acetylene on cobalt thin films.

    PubMed

    Ramón, Michael E; Gupta, Aparna; Corbet, Chris; Ferrer, Domingo A; Movva, Hema C P; Carpenter, Gary; Colombo, Luigi; Bourianoff, George; Doczy, Mark; Akinwande, Deji; Tutuc, Emanuel; Banerjee, Sanjay K

    2011-09-27

    We demonstrate the synthesis of large-area graphene on Co, a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS)-compatible metal, using acetylene (C(2)H(2)) as a precursor in a chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-based method. Cobalt films were deposited on SiO(2)/Si, and the influence of Co film thickness on monolayer graphene growth was studied, based on the solubility of C in Co. The surface area coverage of monolayer graphene was observed to increase with decreasing Co film thickness. A thorough Raman spectroscopic analysis reveals that graphene films, grown on an optimized Co film thickness, are principally composed of monolayer graphene. Transport properties of monolayer graphene films were investigated by fabrication of back-gated graphene field-effect transistors (GFETs), which exhibited high hole and electron mobility of ?1600 cm(2)/V s and ?1000 cm(2)/V s, respectively, and a low trap density of ?1.2 × 10(11) cm(-2). PMID:21800895

  20. Classification Constrained Dimensionality Reduction

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jose A. Costa; Alfred O. Hero; Steven B. Damelin; Alfred O. Hero III

    2008-01-01

    Dimensionality reduction is a topic of recent interest. In this paper, we\\u000apresent the classification constrained dimensionality reduction (CCDR)\\u000aalgorithm to account for label information. The algorithm can account for\\u000amultiple classes as well as the semi-supervised setting. We present an\\u000aout-of-sample expressions for both labeled and unlabeled data. For unlabeled\\u000adata, we introduce a method of embedding a new

  1. The effects of urbanization on Lepomis macrochirus using the comet assay.

    PubMed

    Otter, Ryan R; Meier, John; Kubach, Kevin M; Lazorchak, James M; Klaine, Stephen J

    2012-10-01

    Urbanization has been linked to increased concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in natural waterways. This study was designed to examine the impact of urbanization and a wastewater treatment plant by investigating the impact on field-collected bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). Results show a significant increase in DNA strand breaks in blood cells (comet assay) linked to urbanization and a reduction in DNA strand breaks downstream of the WWTP, likely the result of dilution. A laboratory study exposing L. macrochirus to the known mutagen, methyl methanesulfonate, was performed to validate the comet assay endpoints in this species. Results of the laboratory study showed that the comet assay endpoints of tail length and tail extent moment responded in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Habitat quality assessments, along with chemical concentrations of polycyclic hydrocarbons in sediments showed that habitat quality between all sites were similar and that hydrocarbons likely contributed to the DNA strand breaks observed. PMID:22885057

  2. Reduction, Emergence and Renormalization

    E-print Network

    Jeremy Butterfield

    2014-06-17

    In previous work, I described several examples combining reduction and emergence: where reduction is understood a la Ernest Nagel, and emergence is understood as behaviour or properties that are novel (by some salient standard). Here, my aim is again to reconcile reduction and emergence, for a case which is apparently more problematic than those I treated before: renormalization. Renormalization is a vast subject. So I confine myself to emphasizing how the modern approach to renormalization (initiated by Wilson and others between 1965 and 1975), when applied to quantum field theories, illustrates both Nagelian reduction and emergence. My main point is that the modern understanding of how renormalizability is a generic feature of quantum field theories at accessible energies gives us a conceptually unified family of Nagelian reductions. That is worth saying since philosophers tend to think of scientific explanation as only explaining an individual event, or perhaps a single law, or at most deducing one theory as a special case of another. Here we see a framework in which there is a space of theories endowed with enough structure that it provides a family of reductions.

  3. Controlling variation in the comet assay

    PubMed Central

    Collins, Andrew R.; El Yamani, Naouale; Lorenzo, Yolanda; Shaposhnikov, Sergey; Brunborg, Gunnar; Azqueta, Amaya

    2014-01-01

    Variability of the comet assay is a serious issue, whether it occurs from experiment to experiment in the same laboratory, or between different laboratories analysing identical samples. Do we have to live with high variability, just because the comet assay is a biological assay rather than analytical chemistry? Numerous attempts have been made to limit variability by standardizing the assay protocol, and the critical steps in the assay have been identified; agarose concentration, duration of alkaline incubation, and electrophoresis conditions (time, temperature, and voltage gradient) are particularly important. Even when these are controlled, variation seems to be inevitable. It is helpful to include in experiments reference standards, i.e., cells with a known amount of specific damage to the DNA. They can be aliquots frozen from a single large batch of cells, either untreated (negative controls) or treated with, for example, H2O2 or X-rays to induce strand breaks (positive control for the basic assay), or photosensitiser plus light to oxidize guanine (positive control for Fpg- or OGG1-sensitive sites). Reference standards are especially valuable when performing a series of experiments over a long period—for example, analysing samples of white blood cells from a large human biomonitoring trial—to check that the assay is performing consistently, and to identify anomalous results necessitating a repeat experiment. The reference values of tail intensity can also be used to iron out small variations occurring from day to day. We present examples of the use of reference standards in human trials, both within one laboratory and between different laboratories, and describe procedures that can be used to control variation. PMID:25368630

  4. Voltammetric assay of anti-vertigo drug betahistine hydrochloride in sodium lauryl sulphate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rajeev Jain; Rajeev Kumar Yadav; Jahangir Ahmad Rather

    2010-01-01

    Assay and electrochemical behaviour of betahistine hydrochloride in Britton–Robinsons (BR) buffer of pH range 2.5–12.0 at a glassy carbon electrode have been investigated. Addition of anionic surfactant (sodium lauryl sulphate) to the betahistine hydrochloride solution containing electrolyte enhanced the reduction current signal while neutral surfactant (Tween-20) and cationic surfactant cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) showed an opposite effect. Voltammograms of betahistine

  5. Introduction Linear Dimensionality Reduction Non-linear Dimensionality Reduction Wrap-up Dimensionality Reduction

    E-print Network

    Englebienne, Gwenn

    Introduction Linear Dimensionality Reduction Non-linear Dimensionality Reduction Wrap-up Lecture 11 Dimensionality Reduction University of Amsterdam #12;Introduction Linear Dimensionality Reduction Non-linear Dimensionality Reduction Principal Component Analysis Eigenfaces Probabilistic PCA Factor Analysis 3 Non-linear

  6. The peripubertal male rat assay as an alternative to the Hershberger castrated male rat assay for the detection of anti-androgens, oestrogens and metabolic modulators.

    PubMed

    Ashby, J; Lefevre, P A

    2000-01-01

    A range of chemicals with various levels of activity as actual or potential endocrine disrupters have been evaluated for activity in the peripubertal male rat assay. The chemicals studied included anti-androgens (vinclozolin), cyproterone acetate, flutamide, 2, 2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dichloroethylene (DDE), metabolic modulators (anastrazole, finasteride, ketoconazole) and oestrogens (butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), methoxychlor, bisphenol A (BPA), diethylstilboestrol (DES)), the suspected anti-androgen dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and the non-oestrogen fenitrothion. Dosing extended over postnatal days (pnd) 22-35, 36-50, 36-55 and 22-35, with recovery to pnd 55 or 22-55. The endpoints studied were changes in the weights of testes, epididymides, seminal vesicles and prostate. Changes in body weight and the weights of the liver and kidney were also monitored. In some experiments changes in the day of prepuce separation (PPS) were also determined. Only BBP and BPA were inactive in all the assays conducted. Changes in the weight of reproductive tissues provided a sensitive indicator of activity for the remaining chemicals with the exception of DDE, for which higher dose levels could have been used. However, none of the curtailed periods of exposure were able to detect all of the agents. Diethyl stilboestrol, and to a lesser extent DBP and DDE, delayed PPS when exposure occurred over the period pnd 22-55. A complex dependence of the day of PPS on the period of exposure and the body weight of the test animals was observed, and caution is recommended when assessing this endpoint in the presence of reductions in body weight. It is concluded that reproductive tissue weight changes in the peripubertal male have shown sensitivity to a range of biochemical modulators, oestrogens and anti-androgens, and that as such the assay warrants further evaluation. Measurement of delays in PPS may be of value in cases of large delays, but delays of 1-2 days will be difficult to interpret with confidence. The present results are discussed within the context of the sexually mature male rat assay described by O'Connor and the castrated male rat assay described by Hershberger, both of which are the subject of current international study. It is concluded that a decision on the usefulness of the peripubertal male rat assay must await the generation of further data on each of these three assays. There is an urgent need for international agreement on a list of reference endocrine disrupters and their active dose levels, with which to validate individual endocrine disruption assays and batteries of assays. PMID:10641015

  7. Precision estimates for tomographic nondestructive assay

    SciTech Connect

    Prettyman, T.H.

    1995-02-01

    Requirements for effective safeguards during the transition to environmental management at nuclear material production facilities within the DOE complex are deriving improvements in the accuracy of nondestructive assay (NDA) techniques. An important aspect of the transition is the need for facilities to terminate safeguards on waste materials, thus reducing the cost for safeguards at the facility. Requirements for the termination of safeguards on candidate waste material have been established by DOE to minimize the potential for diversion or theft of nuclear material. Because heterogenous waste and residue materials are stored in large containers such as 208-L drums, conventional assay techniques such as segmented gamma scanning (SGS) that were developed to assay small samples cannot always provide accurate measurements. Consequently, facilities using the conventional NDA instrumentation may be limited in their ability to discard waste materials in compliance with DOE requirements. One technique being applied to improve the accuracy of assays of waste in large containers is computerized tomography (CT). Research on the application of CT to improve both neutron and gamma-ray assays of waste is being carried out at Los Alamos National Laboratory. For example, tomographic gamma scanning (TGS) is a single-photon emission CT technique that corrects for attenuation of gamma rays emitted from the sample using attenuation images from transmission CT.

  8. Microchip device for performing enzyme assays.

    PubMed

    Hadd, A G; Raymond, D E; Halliwell, J W; Jacobson, S C; Ramsey, J M

    1997-09-01

    An automated enzyme assay was performed within a microfabricated channel network. Precise concentrations of substrate, enzyme, and inhibitor were mixed in nanoliter volumes using electrokinetic flow. Reagent dilution and mixing were controlled by regulating the applied potential at the terminus of each channel, using voltages derived from an equivalent circuit model of the microchip. The enzyme beta-galactosidase (beta-Gal) was assayed using resorufin beta-D-galactopyranoside (RBG), a substrate that is hydrolyzed to resorufin, a fluorescent product. Reaction kinetics were obtained by varying the concentration of substrate on-chip and monitoring the production of resorufin using laser-induced fluorescence. Derived Michaelis--Menten constants compared well between an on-chip and a conventional enzyme assay. Bias in the derived K(m) and kcat was primarily due to the limited solubility of RBG and the associated lack of measurements at substrate concentrations exceeding the K(m). A Ki of 8 microM for the inhibitor phenylethyl beta-D-thiogalactoside (PETG) was determined from plots of initial rate versus substrate concentration obtained at three concentrations of PETG. The relative inhibition of beta-Gal by lactose, p-hydroxymercuribenzoic acid, and PETG was determined by varying the inhibitor concentration with constant enzyme and substrate concentration. An enzyme assay performed on the microchip within a 20-min period required only 120 pg of enzyme and 7.5 ng of substrate, reducing the amount of reagent consumed by 4 orders of magnitude over a conventional assay. PMID:9286159

  9. Novel high-throughput deoxyribonuclease 1 assay.

    PubMed

    Jang, Dae Song; Penthala, Narsimha R; Apostolov, Eugene O; Wang, Xiaoying; Fahmi, Tariq; Crooks, Peter A; Basnakian, Alexei G

    2015-02-01

    Deoxyribonuclease I (DNase I), the most active and abundant apoptotic endonuclease in mammals, is known to mediate toxic, hypoxic, and radiation injuries to the cell. Neither inhibitors of DNase I nor high-throughput methods for screening of high-volume chemical libraries in search of DNase I inhibitors are, however, available. To overcome this problem, we developed a high-throughput DNase I assay. The assay is optimized for a 96-well plate format and based on the increase of fluorescence intensity when fluorophore-labeled oligonucleotide is degraded by the DNase. The assay is highly sensitive to DNase I compared to other endonucleases, reliable (Z' ? 0.5), and operationally simple, and it has low operator, intraassay, and interassay variability. The assay was used to screen a chemical library, and several potential DNase I inhibitors were identified. After comparison, 2 hit compounds were selected and shown to protect against cisplatin-induced kidney cell death in vitro. This assay will be suitable for identifying inhibitors of DNase I and, potentially, other endonucleases. PMID:25326282

  10. An improved molecular assay for Tritrichomonas foetus.

    PubMed

    Grahn, R A; BonDurant, R H; van Hoosear, K A; Walker, R L; Lyons, L A

    2005-01-01

    Tritrichomonas foetus (T. foetus) is the causative agent of bovine trichomonosis, a sexually transmitted disease leading to abortion (from 1 to 8 months gestation), infertility, and occasional pyometra. The annual losses to the U.S. beef industry are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Currently, the "gold standard" diagnostic test for trichomonosis in most countries is the cultivation of live organisms from reproductive secretions. The cultured organisms can then be followed by PCR assays with primers that amplify T. foetus to the exclusion of all other trichomonad species. Thus, negative results present as null data, indistinguishable from failed PCR amplification during T. foetus specific amplification. Our newly developed assay improves previously developed PCR based techniques by using diagnostic size variants from within the internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) region that is between the 18S rRNA and 5.8S rRNA subunits. This new PCR assay amplifies trichomonad DNA from a variety of genera and positively identifies the causative agent in the bovine trichomonad infection. This approach eliminates false negatives found in some current assays as well as identifying the causative agent of trichomonad infection. Additionally, our assay incorporates a fluorescently labeled primer enabling high sensitivity and rapid assessment of the specific trichomonad species. Moreover, electrophoretic separation of amplified samples can be outsourced, thus eliminating the need for diagnostic laboratories to purchase expensive analysis equipment. PMID:15619373

  11. Granulocyte contamination dramatically inhibits spot formation in AIDS virus-specific ELISpot assays: Analysis and strategies to ameliorate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Robert De Rose; Erin L. Taylor; Mathew G. Law; Peter H. van der Meide; Stephen J. Kent

    2005-01-01

    The interferon-? (IFN?) ELISpot assay has become the most critical tool for HIV vaccine evaluation. External factors affecting ELISpot results must be minimized for the data to be reliably used in vaccine research and development processes. In pre-clinical pigtail macaque studies analyzing HIV\\/SIV vaccine studies, we detected a strong correlation between levels of granulocytes contaminating PBMC preparations and reduction in

  12. Quenching methods for background reduction in luminescence-based probe-target binding assays

    DOEpatents

    Cai, Hong (Los Alamos, NM); Goodwin, Peter M (Los Alamos, NM); Keller, Richard A. (Los Alamos, NM); Nolan, Rhiannon L. (Santa Fe, NM)

    2007-04-10

    Background luminescence is reduced from a solution containing unbound luminescent probes, each having a first molecule that attaches to a target molecule and having an attached luminescent moiety, and luminescent probe/target adducts. Quenching capture reagent molecules are formed that are capable of forming an adduct with the unbound luminescent probes and having an attached quencher material effective to quench luminescence of the luminescent moiety. The quencher material of the capture reagent molecules is added to a solution of the luminescent probe/target adducts and binds in a proximity to the luminescent moiety of the unbound luminescent probes to quench luminescence from the luminescent moiety when the luminescent moiety is exposed to exciting illumination. The quencher capture reagent does not bind to probe molecules that are bound to target molecules and the probe/target adduct emission is not quenched.

  13. Spatially selective photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence and application to background reduction for biomolecule detection assays

    PubMed Central

    Chaudhery, Vikram; Huang, Cheng-Sheng; Pokhriyal, Anusha; Polans, James; Cunningham, Brian T.

    2011-01-01

    By combining photonic crystal label-free biosensor imaging with photonic crystal enhanced fluorescence, it is possible to selectively enhance the fluorescence emission from regions of the PC surface based upon the density of immobilized capture molecules. A label-free image of the capture molecules enables determination of optimal coupling conditions of the laser used for fluorescence imaging of the photonic crystal surface on a pixel-by-pixel basis, allowing maximization of fluorescence enhancement factor from regions incorporating a biomolecule capture spot and minimization of background autofluorescence from areas between capture spots. This capability significantly improves the contrast of enhanced fluorescent images, and when applied to an antibody protein microarray, provides a substantial advantage over conventional fluorescence microscopy. Using the new approach, we demonstrate detection limits as low as 0.97 pg/ml for a representative protein biomarker in buffer. PMID:22109210

  14. The role of H2 reduction in the growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuca, Neslihan; Gümü?, Fatih; Karatepe, Nilgün

    2013-09-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with their high mechanical, electrical, thermal and chemical properties are regarded as promising materials for many different potential applications. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a common method for CNT synthesis especially for mass production. There are important parameters (synthesis temperature, catalyst and calcination conditions, substrate, carbon source, synthesis time, H2 reduction, etc.) affecting the structure, morphology and the amount of the CNT synthesis. In this study, CNTs were synthesized by CVD of acetylene (C2H2) on magnesium oxide (MgO) powder substrate impregnated by iron nitrate (Fe (NO3)3•9H2O) solution. The synthesis conditions were as follows: at catalyst calcination temperatures of 400 and 550°C, calcination time of 0, 15, 30 and 45 min, hydrogen concentrations of 0, 50 and 100 % vol, synthesis temperature of 800°C and synthesis time of 30 minutes. The synthesized materials were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. Effects of H2 reduction on catalyst calcination and CNT synthesis were investigated.

  15. Flow cytometer measurement of binding assays

    DOEpatents

    Saunders, George C. (Espanola, NM)

    1987-01-01

    A method of measuring the result of a binding assay that does not require separation of fluorescent smaller particles is disclosed. In a competitive binding assay the smaller fluorescent particles coated with antigen compete with antigen in the sample being analyzed for available binding sites on larger particles. In a sandwich assay, the smaller, fluorescent spheres coated with antibody attach themselves to molecules containing antigen that are attached to larger spheres coated with the same antibody. The separation of unattached, fluorescent smaller particles is made unnecessary by only counting the fluorescent events triggered by the laser of a flow cytometer when the event is caused by a particle with a light scatter measurement within a certain range corresponding to the presence of larger particles.

  16. Robot speeds assays and enhances safeguards

    SciTech Connect

    Phelan, P.F.; Powell, W.D.; Blankenship, R.W.

    1990-01-01

    At the Los Alamos National Laboratory Plutonium Facility, a robotics system utilizing a gantry robot and an automated inventory system operates five calorimeters and two gamma isotopic assay instruments. This system has significantly improved safeguards, because the opportunity for diversion has been greatly reduced. Not only is the accountability much more timely because throughput has doubled but the special nuclear material has been made physically more secure in several ways. First, items awaiting assay are kept in the inventory system, whose doors remain locked whenever the robot is unattended. An alarm sounds if the doors are unlocked without authorization. Second, light curtains surround the robot's work envelope and pressure-sensitive pads cover the floor to detect entry into the assay area. Third, the robot weighs each item whenever it is moved, and the result is compared with the weight that was measured when the item was first put into inventory. 2 refs., 3 figs.

  17. Tethered-bead, immune sandwich assay.

    PubMed

    Silver, Jonathan; Li, Zhenyu; Neuman, Keir

    2015-01-15

    We describe a proof-of-principle, immune sandwich assay in which immune complexes link micron-size beads via DNA tethers to a sensor surface. The number of tethered beads, counted using low-magnification microscopy, provides a measure of the concentration of analyte. The prototype assay was sensitive to pM concentration of analyte. In theory, the assay could be sensitive to sub-fM analyte because beads attached via single-immune complexes and DNA strands form tethers, and tether formation in the absence of analyte is extremely rare. The limiting step at present is binding of streptavidin at the end of DNA to biotin on capture beads. Potential advantages of this type of sensor are discussed. PMID:25064819

  18. Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence for Materials Assay

    SciTech Connect

    Quiter, Brian J.; Ludewigt, Bernhard; Mozin, Vladimir; Prussin, Stanley

    2009-06-29

    This paper discusses the use of nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) techniques for the isotopic and quantitative assaying of radioactive material. Potential applications include age-dating of an unknown radioactive source, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, and safeguards for nuclear fuel cycles Examples of age-dating a strong radioactive source and assaying a spent fuel pin are discussed. The modeling work has ben performed with the Monte Carlo radiation transport computer code MCNPX, and the capability to simulate NRF has bee added to the code. Discussed are the limitations in MCNPX?s photon transport physics for accurately describing photon scattering processes that are important contributions to the background and impact the applicability of the NRF assay technique.

  19. Nuclear Resonance Fluorescence for Materials Assay

    SciTech Connect

    Quiter, Brian; Ludewigt, Bernhard; Mozin, Vladimir; Prussin, Stanley

    2009-06-05

    This paper discusses the use of nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF) techniques for the isotopic and quantitative assaying of radioactive material. Potential applications include age-dating of an unknown radioactive source, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, and safeguards for nuclear fuel cycles Examples of age-dating a strong radioactive source and assaying a spent fuel pin are discussed. The modeling work has ben performed with the Monte Carlo radiation transport computer code MCNPX, and the capability to simulate NRF has bee added to the code. Discussed are the limitations in MCNPX's photon transport physics for accurately describing photon scattering processes that are important contributions to the background and impact the applicability of the NRF assay technique.

  20. Assays of Transendothelial Migration in vitro

    PubMed Central

    Luscinskas, F. William

    2009-01-01

    The inflammatory response is critical for our ability to heal wounds and fight off foreign microorganisms. Uncontrolled inflammation is also at the root of most pathology. Recruitment of leukocytes to the site of inflammation plays a defining role in the inflammatory response, and migration of leukocytes across endothelium is arguably the point of no return of the inflammatory response. Assays to study the transmigration of leukocytes have and will continue to shed light on the regulation of this vital response. Assays of transendothelial migration in vitro allow the controlled observation of this phenomenon as well as experiments to study its regulation. In this chapter we describe in vitro assays of transendothelial migration that have been used successfully in the authors’ laboratories for decades and have proven to be reproducible, reliable, and predictive of the behavior of leukocytes and endothelial cells in models of inflammation in vivo. PMID:18772016