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  1. Heteropoly Acid/Nitrogen Functionalized Onion-like Carbon Hybrid Catalyst for Ester Hydrolysis Reactions.

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    Liu, Wei; Qi, Wei; Guo, Xiaoling; Su, Dangsheng

    2016-02-01

    A novel heteropoly acid (HPA)/nitrogen functionalized onion-like carbon (NOLC) hybrid catalyst was synthesized through supramolecular (electrostatic and hydrogen bond) interactions between the two components. The chemical structure and acid strength of the HPA/NOLC hybrid have been fully characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, IR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, NH3 temperature-programmed desorption and acid-base titration measurements. The proposed method for the fabrication of the HPA/NOLC hybrid catalyst is a universal strategy for different types of HPAs to meet various requirements of acidic or redox catalysis. The hydrophobic environment of NOLC effectively prevents the deactivation of HPA in an aqueous system, and the combination of uniformly dispersed HPA clusters and the synergistic effect between NOLC and HPA significantly promotes its activity in ester hydrolysis reactions, which is higher than that of bare PWA as homogeneous catalyst. The kinetics of the hydrolysis reactions indicate that the aggregation status of the catalyst particles has great influence on the apparent activity. PMID:26606266

  2. Sensitive electrochemical monitoring of nucleic acids coupling DNA nanostructures with hybridization chain reaction.

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    Zhuang, Junyang; Fu, Libing; Xu, Mingdi; Yang, Huanghao; Chen, Guonan; Tang, Dianping

    2013-06-14

    Methods based on metal nanotags have been developed for metallobioassay of nucleic acids, but most involve complicated labeling or stripping procedures and are unsuitable for routine use. Herein, we report the proof-of-concept of a novel and label-free metallobioassay for ultrasensitive electronic determination of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related gene fragments at an ultralow concentration based on target-triggered long-range self-assembled DNA nanostructures and DNA-based hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The signal is amplified by silver nanotags on the DNA duplex. The assay mainly consists of capture probe, detection probe, and two different DNA hairpins. In the presence of target DNA, the capture probe immobilized on the sensor sandwiches target DNA with the 3' end of detection probe. Another exposed part of detection probe at the 5' end opens two alternating DNA hairpins in turn, and propagates a chain reaction of hybridization events to form a nicked double-helix. Finally, numerous silver nanotags are immobilized onto the long-range DNA nanostructures, each of which produces a strong electronic signal within the applied potentials. Under optimal conditions, the target-triggered long-range DNA nanostructures present good electrochemical behaviors for the detection of HIV DNA at a concentration as low as 0.5 fM. Importantly, the outstanding sensitivity can make this approach a promising scheme for development of next-generation DNA sensors without the need of enzyme labeling or fluorophore labeling. PMID:23726095

  3. Direct RNA detection without nucleic acid purification and PCR: Combining sandwich hybridization with signal amplification based on branched hybridization chain reaction.

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    Xu, Yao; Zheng, Zhi

    2016-05-15

    We have developed a convenient, robust and low-cost RNA detection system suitable for high-throughput applications. This system uses a highly specific sandwich hybridization to capture target RNA directly onto solid support, followed by on-site signal amplification via 2-dimensional, branched hybridizing chain polymerization through toehold-mediated strand displacement reaction. The assay uses SYBR Green to detect targets at concentrations as low as 1pM, without involving nucleic acid purification or any enzymatic reaction, using ordinary oligonucleotides without modification or labeling. The system was demonstrated in the detection of malaria RNA in blood and GAPDH gene expression in cell lysate. PMID:26761615

  4. Sensitive electrochemical detection of telomerase activity using spherical nucleic acids gold nanoparticles triggered mimic-hybridization chain reaction enzyme-free dual signal amplification.

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    Wang, Wen-Jing; Li, Jing-Jing; Rui, Kai; Gai, Pan-Pan; Zhang, Jian-Rong; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2015-03-01

    We report an electrochemical sensor for telomerase activity detection based on spherical nucleic acids gold nanoparticles (SNAs AuNPs) triggered mimic-hybridization chain reaction (mimic-HCR) enzyme-free dual signal amplification. In the detection strategy, SNAs AuNPs and two hairpin probes were employed. SNAs AuNPs as the primary amplification element, not only hybridized with the telomeric repeats on the electrode to amplify signal but also initiated the subsequent secondary amplification, mimic-hybridization chain reaction of two hairpin probes. If the cells' extracts were positive for telomerase activity, SNAs AuNPs could be captured on the electrode. The carried initiators could trigger an alternative hybridization reaction of two hairpin probes that yielded nicked double helices. The signal was further amplified enzyme-free by numerous hexaammineruthenium(III) chloride ([Ru(NH3)6](3+), RuHex) inserting into double-helix DNA long chain by electrostatic interaction, each of which could generate an electrochemical signal at appropriate potential. With this method, a detection limit of down to 2 HeLa cells and a dynamic range of 10-10,000 cells were achieved. Telomerase activities of different cell lines were also successfully evaluated. PMID:25669135

  5. Hybrid [n]arenes through thermodynamically driven macrocyclization reactions.

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    Boinski, Tomasz; Cieszkowski, Artur; Rosa, Bart?omiej; Szumna, Agnieszka

    2015-04-01

    Hybrid [n]arenes, the class of medium-sized macrocyclic compounds consisting of different alkoxybenzene units, were obtained by a simple, one-pot, direct condensation of two different alkoxybenzenes with formaldehyde catalyzed by a Brnsted acid (trifluoroacetic acid). We have shown that, under Brnsted acid catalysis, this reaction is reversible and therefore governed by the relative stability of the products. The main macrocyclic products are hybrid [n]arenes consisting of four alkoxybenzene units of [2 + 2] or [3 + 1] stoichiometry. However, an unusual [3 + 2] hybrid macrocycle was also obtained as a main product of the condensation between 1,4-dimethoxybenzene, 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzene, and formaldehyde. The stability of the hybrid products and the reversibility of the reaction were further confirmed by a scrambling experiment, involving pillar[5]arene and per-O-methylated resorcin[4]arene. The scrambling experiment has given hybrid macrocycles in yields comparable with those obtained in condensation reactions. NMR spectra and X-ray structures of hybrid [n]arenes indicate that 1,2- and 1,3-dialkoxybenzene units are flexible parts of macrocyclic rings. However, the 1,4-dialkoxybenzene units present considerable steric hindrance, resulting in the formation of isomers and inherently chiral macrocycles due to inhibited rotation. The recognition properties toward various organic cations were also determined. Highly selective recognition of the N-methylpyridinium cation was observed for the [3 + 2] hybrid macrocycle. PMID:25723902

  6. One-Step Detection of c-kit Point Mutations Using Peptide Nucleic Acid-Mediated Polymerase Chain Reaction Clamping and Hybridization Probes

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    Sotlar, Karl; Escribano, Luis; Landt, Olfert; Möhrle, Stefanie; Herrero, Sonia; Torrelo, Antonio; Lass, Ulrich; Horny, Hans-Peter; Bültmann, Burkhard

    2003-01-01

    The prognostic significance of somatic activating codon 816 c-kit mutations in pediatric urticaria pigmentosa has not yet been established in detail. Detection of such mutations in archival paraffin-embedded biopsies is usually hampered by an abundance of surrounding normal cells. Here we describe a method for the selective amplification and specific detection of c-kit mutation Asp816→Val in complete tissue sections cut from up to 24-year-old paraffin blocks. Peptide nucleic acid-mediated polymerase chain reaction clamping of the wild-type allele was combined with on-line mutation detection using oligonucleotide hybridization probes. In DNA extracted from HMC-1 cells heterozygously carrying the c-kit mutation Asp816→Val, the one-tube assay allowed specific detection of this mutation in a more than 1000-fold excess of normal background DNA within 1 hour and without the need for additional analytical steps. In a series of 38 cases with pediatric urticaria pigmentosa we detected c-kit codons 815 and 816 mutations in 16 cases. Mutation detection did not correlate with clinical outcome after a mean follow-up of 11.2 years. In conclusion, the procedure described may represent an ideal screening tool for all kinds of clinical applications, using point mutations as markers of, for example, early events in carcinogenesis, circulating metastatic tumor cells, and minimal residual disease. PMID:12598308

  7. One-step detection of c-kit point mutations using peptide nucleic acid-mediated polymerase chain reaction clamping and hybridization probes.

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    Sotlar, Karl; Escribano, Luis; Landt, Olfert; Möhrle, Stefanie; Herrero, Sonia; Torrelo, Antonio; Lass, Ulrich; Horny, Hans-Peter; Bültmann, Burkhard

    2003-03-01

    The prognostic significance of somatic activating codon 816 c-kit mutations in pediatric urticaria pigmentosa has not yet been established in detail. Detection of such mutations in archival paraffin-embedded biopsies is usually hampered by an abundance of surrounding normal cells. Here we describe a method for the selective amplification and specific detection of c-kit mutation Asp816-->Val in complete tissue sections cut from up to 24-year-old paraffin blocks. Peptide nucleic acid-mediated polymerase chain reaction clamping of the wild-type allele was combined with on-line mutation detection using oligonucleotide hybridization probes. In DNA extracted from HMC-1 cells heterozygously carrying the c-kit mutation Asp816-->Val, the one-tube assay allowed specific detection of this mutation in a more than 1000-fold excess of normal background DNA within 1 hour and without the need for additional analytical steps. In a series of 38 cases with pediatric urticaria pigmentosa we detected c-kit codons 815 and 816 mutations in 16 cases. Mutation detection did not correlate with clinical outcome after a mean follow-up of 11.2 years. In conclusion, the procedure described may represent an ideal screening tool for all kinds of clinical applications, using point mutations as markers of, for example, early events in carcinogenesis, circulating metastatic tumor cells, and minimal residual disease. PMID:12598308

  8. Optimizing the specificity of nucleic acid hybridization

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    Zhang, David Yu; Chen, Sherry Xi; Yin, Peng

    2014-01-01

    The specific hybridization of complementary sequences is an essential property of nucleic acids, enabling diverse biological and biotechnological reactions and functions. However, the specificity of nucleic acid hybridization is compromised for long strands, except near the melting temperature. Here, we analytically derived the thermodynamic properties of a hybridization probe that would enable near-optimal single-base discrimination and perform robustly across diverse temperature, salt and concentration conditions. We rationally designed toehold exchange probes that approximate these properties, and comprehensively tested them against five different DNA targets and 55 spurious analogues with energetically representative single-base changes (replacements, deletions and insertions). These probes produced discrimination factors between 3 and 100+ (median, 26). Without retuning, our probes function robustly from 10 C to 37 C, from 1 mM Mg2+ to 47 mM Mg2+, and with nucleic acid concentrations from 1 nM to 5 ?M. Experiments with RNA also showed effective single-base change discrimination. PMID:22354435

  9. Signal enhancement for gene detection based on a redox reaction of [Fe(CN)(6)](4-) mediated by ferrocene at the terminal of a peptide nucleic acid as a probe with hybridization-amenable conformational flexibility.

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    Aoki, Hiroshi; Tao, Hiroaki

    2008-07-01

    Electrochemically enhanced DNA detection was demonstrated by utilizing the couple of a synthesized ferrocene-terminated peptide nucleic acid (PNA) with a cysteine anchor and a sacrificial electron donor [Fe(CN)(6)](4-). DNA detection sensors were prepared by modifying a gold electrode surface with a mixed monolayer of the probe PNA and 11-hydroxy-1-undecanethiol (11-HUT), protecting [Fe(CN)(6)](4-) from any unexpected redox reaction. Before hybridization, the terminal ferrocene moiety of the probe was subject to a redox reaction due to the flexible probe structure and, in the presence of [Fe(CN)(6)](4-), the observed current was amplified based on regeneration of the ferrocene moiety. Hybridization decreased the redox current of the ferrocene. This occurred because hybridization rigidified the probe structure: the ferrocene moiety was then removed from the electrode surface, and the redox reaction of [Fe(CN)(6)](4-) was again prevented. The change in the anodic current before and after hybridization was enhanced 1.75-fold by using the electron donor [Fe(CN)(6)](4-). Sequence-specific detection of the complementary target DNA was also demonstrated. PMID:18614839

  10. Nucleic acid in-situ hybridization detection of infectious agents

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    Thompson, Curtis T.

    2000-04-01

    Limitations of traditional culture methods and newer polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods for detection and speciation of infectious agents demonstrate the need for more rapid and better diagnostics. Nucleic acid hybridization is a detection technology that has gained wide acceptance in cancer and prenatal cytogenetics. Using a modification of the nucleic acid hybridization technique known as fluorescence in-situ hybridization, infectious agents can be detected in a variety of specimens with high sensitivity and specificity. The specimens derive from all types of human and animal sources including body fluids, tissue aspirates and biopsy material. Nucleic acid hybridization can be performed in less than one hour. The result can be interpreted either using traditional fluorescence microscopy or automated platforms such as micro arrays. This paper demonstrates proof of concept for nucleic acid hybridization detection of different infectious agents. Interpretation within a cytologic and histologic context is possible with fluorescence microscopic analysis, thereby providing confirmatory evidence of hybridization. With careful probe selection, nucleic acid hybridization promises to be a highly sensitive and specific practical diagnostic alternative to culture, traditional staining methods, immunohistochemistry and complicated nucleic acid amplification tests.

  11. Detection of nucleic acid hybrids by prolonged chemiluminescence

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    Dattagupta, N.; Clemens, A.H.

    1988-12-27

    A method for determining a particular single stranded polynucleotide sequence in a test medium, comprising the steps of: (a) immobilizing on a solid support single stranded nucleic acids in the test medium, (b) contacting the immobilized nucleic acids with a polynucleotide probe having a base sequence substantially complementary to the sequence to be determined and the contacting being under conditions favorable to hybridization between the probe and the sequence to be determined, wherein the probe is labeled with a chemiluminescence enhancer, (c) separating the immobilized hybrids from the unhybridized probe, (d) initiating a chemiluminescent reaction by contacting the separated, labeled, immobilized hybrids with an oxidant, a 2.3-dihydro-1,4-phthalazinedione chemiluminescence precursor, and a peroxidase enzyme, (e) detecting the resulting light emission, and (f) relating the amount of emitted light to the amount of the single stranded polynucleotide sequence.

  12. Kit for detecting nucleic acid sequences using competitive hybridization probes

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    Lucas, Joe N. (San Ramon, CA); Straume, Tore (Tracy, CA); Bogen, Kenneth T. (Walnut Creek, CA)

    2001-01-01

    A kit is provided for detecting a target nucleic acid sequence in a sample, the kit comprising: a first hybridization probe which includes a nucleic acid sequence that is sufficiently complementary to selectively hybridize to a first portion of the target sequence, the first hybridization probe including a first complexing agent for forming a binding pair with a second complexing agent; and a second hybridization probe which includes a nucleic acid sequence that is sufficiently complementary to selectively hybridize to a second portion of the target sequence to which the first hybridization probe does not selectively hybridize, the second hybridization probe including a detectable marker; a third hybridization probe which includes a nucleic acid sequence that is sufficiently complementary to selectively hybridize to a first portion of the target sequence, the third hybridization probe including the same detectable marker as the second hybridization probe; and a fourth hybridization probe which includes a nucleic acid sequence that is sufficiently complementary to selectively hybridize to a second portion of the target sequence to which the third hybridization probe does not selectively hybridize, the fourth hybridization probe including the first complexing agent for forming a binding pair with the second complexing agent; wherein the first and second hybridization probes are capable of simultaneously hybridizing to the target sequence and the third and fourth hybridization probes are capable of simultaneously hybridizing to the target sequence, the detectable marker is not present on the first or fourth hybridization probes and the first, second, third, and fourth hybridization probes each include a competitive nucleic acid sequence which is sufficiently complementary to a third portion of the target sequence that the competitive sequences of the first, second, third, and fourth hybridization probes compete with each other to hybridize to the third portion of the target sequence.

  13. SOIL REACTION AND ACIDIC DEPOSITION

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    This chapter discusses the major chemical processes by which acidic deposition interacts with soils. he focus is on forest soils, as the effects of acidic deposition on soils used for production of food and fiber are generally small compared to effects of agricultural practices s...

  14. Gold nanoparticles-graphene hybrids as active catalysts for Suzuki reaction

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    Li, Yang; Fan, Xiaobin; Qi, Junjie; Ji, Junyi; Wang, Shulan; Zhang, Guoliang; Zhang, Fengbao

    2010-10-15

    Graphene was successfully modified with gold nanoparticles in a facile route by reducing chloroauric acid in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate, which is used as both a surfactant and reducing agent. The gold nanoparticles-graphene hybrids were characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and energy X-ray spectroscopy. We demonstrate for the first time that the gold nanoparticles-graphene hybrids can act as efficient catalysts for the Suzuki reaction in water under aerobic conditions. The catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles-graphene hybrids was influenced by the size of the gold nanoparticles.

  15. A Lewis acid-promoted Pinner reaction

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    Pfaff, Dominik; Nemecek, Gregor

    2013-01-01

    Summary Carbonitriles and alcohols react in a Lewis acid-promoted Pinner reaction to carboxylic esters. Best results are obtained with two equivalents of trimethylsilyl triflate as Lewis acid. Good yields are achieved with primary alcohols and aliphatic or benzylic carbonitriles, but the straightforward synthesis of acrylates and benzoates starting with acrylonitrile and benzonitrile, respectively, is similarly possible. Phenols are not acylated under these reaction conditions. The method has been used for the first total synthesis of the natural product monaspilosin. In the reaction of benzyl alcohols variable amounts of amides are formed in a Ritter-type side reaction. PMID:23946857

  16. Design and Synthesis of Novel Isoxazole Tethered Quinone-Amino Acid Hybrids

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    Ravi Kumar, P.; Sambaiah, M.; Kandula, Venu; Payili, Nagaraju; Jaya Shree, A.; Yennam, Satyanarayana

    2014-01-01

    A new series of isoxazole tethered quinone-amino acid hybrids has been designed and synthesized involving 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction followed by an oxidation reaction using cerium ammonium nitrate (CAN). Using this method, for the first time various isoxazole tethered quinone-phenyl alanine and quinone-alanine hybrids were synthesized from simple commercially available 4-bromobenzyl bromide, propargyl bromide, and 2,5-dimethoxybenzaldehyde in good yield. PMID:25709839

  17. Nonenzymatic catalytic signal amplification for nucleic acid hybridization assays

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    Fan, Wenhong (Inventor); Cassell, Alan M. (Inventor); Han, Jie (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    Devices, methods, and kits for amplifying the signal from hybridization reactions between nucleic acid probes and their cognate targets are presented. The devices provide partially-duplexed, immobilized probe complexes, spatially separate from and separately addressable from immobilized docking strands. Cognate target acts catalytically to transfer probe from the site of probe complex immobilization to the site of immobilized docking strand, generating a detectable signal. The methods and kits of the present invention may be used to identify the presence of cognate target in a fluid sample.

  18. Hybridization and sequencing of nucleic acids using base pair mismatches

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    Fodor, Stephen P. A. (Palo Alto, CA); Lipshutz, Robert J. (Palo Alto, CA); Huang, Xiaohua (Mt. View, CA)

    2001-01-01

    Devices and techniques for hybridization of nucleic acids and for determining the sequence of nucleic acids. Arrays of nucleic acids are formed by techniques, preferably high resolution, light-directed techniques. Positions of hybridization of a target nucleic acid are determined by, e.g., epifluorescence microscopy. Devices and techniques are proposed to determine the sequence of a target nucleic acid more efficiently and more quickly through such synthesis and detection techniques.

  19. Hybrid Simulations of Reaction-Diffusion Systems in Porous Media

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    Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Tartakovsky, Daniel M.; Scheibe, Timothy D.; Meakin, Paul

    2008-10-13

    Hybrid or multi-physics algorithms provide an efficient computational tool for combining micro- and macro-scale descriptions of a physical phenomenon. Their use becomes imperative when micro-scale descriptions are too computationally expensive to be conducted in the whole domain and macro-scale descriptions fail in a small portion of the computation domain. We present a hybrid algorithm to model a general class of reaction-diffusion processes in granular porous media, which includes mixing-induced mineral precipitation on or dissolution of the porous matrix that cannot be accurately described with a continuum (Darcy-scale) model. The pore-scale/Darcy-scale hybrid is constructed by coupling a solution of the reaction-diffusion equation (RDE) at the pore-scale with a continuum Darcy-level solution of theaveraged RDE. The resulting pore-Darcy scales hybrid is solved numerically by employing a multi-resolution meshless discretization based on Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method, which ensures the seamless, non-iterative coupling of the two components of the hybrid. The presented computational examples illustrate the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed hybrid model.

  20. Hybrid discrete/continuum algorithms for stochastic reaction networks

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    Safta, Cosmin Sargsyan, Khachik Debusschere, Bert Najm, Habib N.

    2015-01-15

    Direct solutions of the Chemical Master Equation (CME) governing Stochastic Reaction Networks (SRNs) are generally prohibitively expensive due to excessive numbers of possible discrete states in such systems. To enhance computational efficiency we develop a hybrid approach where the evolution of states with low molecule counts is treated with the discrete CME model while that of states with large molecule counts is modeled by the continuum Fokker–Planck equation. The Fokker–Planck equation is discretized using a 2nd order finite volume approach with appropriate treatment of flux components. The numerical construction at the interface between the discrete and continuum regions implements the transfer of probability reaction by reaction according to the stoichiometry of the system. The performance of this novel hybrid approach is explored for a two-species circadian model with computational efficiency gains of about one order of magnitude.

  1. Hybrid discrete/continuum algorithms for stochastic reaction networks

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    Safta, Cosmin; Sargsyan, Khachik; Debusschere, Bert; Najm, Habib N.

    2015-01-01

    Direct solutions of the Chemical Master Equation (CME) governing Stochastic Reaction Networks (SRNs) are generally prohibitively expensive due to excessive numbers of possible discrete states in such systems. To enhance computational efficiency we develop a hybrid approach where the evolution of states with low molecule counts is treated with the discrete CME model while that of states with large molecule counts is modeled by the continuum Fokker-Planck equation. The Fokker-Planck equation is discretized using a 2nd order finite volume approach with appropriate treatment of flux components. The numerical construction at the interface between the discrete and continuum regions implements the transfer of probability reaction by reaction according to the stoichiometry of the system. The performance of this novel hybrid approach is explored for a two-species circadian model with computational efficiency gains of about one order of magnitude.

  2. Hybrid discrete/continuum algorithms for stochastic reaction networks

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    Safta, Cosmin; Sargsyan, Khachik; Debusschere, Bert; Najm, Habib N.

    2014-10-22

    Direct solutions of the Chemical Master Equation (CME) governing Stochastic Reaction Networks (SRNs) are generally prohibitively expensive due to excessive numbers of possible discrete states in such systems. To enhance computational efficiency we develop a hybrid approach where the evolution of states with low molecule counts is treated with the discrete CME model while that of states with large molecule counts is modeled by the continuum Fokker-Planck equation. The Fokker-Planck equation is discretized using a 2nd order finite volume approach with appropriate treatment of flux components to avoid negative probability values. The numerical construction at the interface between the discrete and continuum regions implements the transfer of probability reaction by reaction according to the stoichiometry of the system. As a result, the performance of this novel hybrid approach is explored for a two-species circadian model with computational efficiency gains of about one order of magnitude.

  3. Hybrid discrete/continuum algorithms for stochastic reaction networks

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    Safta, Cosmin; Sargsyan, Khachik; Debusschere, Bert; Najm, Habib N.

    2014-10-22

    Direct solutions of the Chemical Master Equation (CME) governing Stochastic Reaction Networks (SRNs) are generally prohibitively expensive due to excessive numbers of possible discrete states in such systems. To enhance computational efficiency we develop a hybrid approach where the evolution of states with low molecule counts is treated with the discrete CME model while that of states with large molecule counts is modeled by the continuum Fokker-Planck equation. The Fokker-Planck equation is discretized using a 2nd order finite volume approach with appropriate treatment of flux components to avoid negative probability values. The numerical construction at the interface between the discretemore » and continuum regions implements the transfer of probability reaction by reaction according to the stoichiometry of the system. As a result, the performance of this novel hybrid approach is explored for a two-species circadian model with computational efficiency gains of about one order of magnitude.« less

  4. Continuously tunable nucleic acid hybridization probes.

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    Wu, Lucia R; Wang, Juexiao Sherry; Fang, John Z; R Evans, Emily; Pinto, Alessandro; Pekker, Irena; Boykin, Richard; Ngouenet, Celine; Webster, Philippa J; Beechem, Joseph; Zhang, David Yu

    2015-12-01

    In silico-designed nucleic acid probes and primers often do not achieve favorable specificity and sensitivity tradeoffs on the first try, and iterative empirical sequence-based optimization is needed, particularly in multiplexed assays. We present a novel, on-the-fly method of tuning probe affinity and selectivity by adjusting the stoichiometry of auxiliary species, which allows for independent and decoupled adjustment of the hybridization yield for different probes in multiplexed assays. Using this method, we achieved near-continuous tuning of probe effective free energy. To demonstrate our approach, we enforced uniform capture efficiency of 31 DNA molecules (GC content, 0-100%), maximized the signal difference for 11 pairs of single-nucleotide variants and performed tunable hybrid capture of mRNA from total RNA. Using the Nanostring nCounter platform, we applied stoichiometric tuning to simultaneously adjust yields for a 24-plex assay, and we show multiplexed quantitation of RNA sequences and variants from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples. PMID:26480474

  5. Gallic Acid, Ellagic Acid and Pyrogallol Reaction with Metallic Iron

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    Jan, J. A.; Gonzlez, L.; Vargas, A.; Olave, G.

    2003-06-01

    The reaction between gallic acid, ellagic acid and pyrogallol with metallic iron was studied using infrared and Mssbauer spectroscopy. Most hydrolysable tannins with interesting anticorrosive or inhibition properties are structurally related to these compounds, thus they may be used as models for the study of hydrolysable tannins and related polyphenols. The interaction was followed up to 3 months. Results indicated two different behaviors. At polyphenol concentrations higher than 1% iron converts to sparingly soluble and amorphous ferric (and ferrous) polyphenolate complexes. At lower concentrations (0.1%), the hydrolysis reactions are dominant, resulting in the formation of oxyhydroxides, which can be further reduced to compounds like magnetite by the polyphenols.

  6. Proximity-dependent initiation of hybridization chain reaction

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    Koos, Björn; Cane, Gaëlle; Grannas, Karin; Löf, Liza; Arngården, Linda; Heldin, Johan; Clausson, Carl-Magnus; Klaesson, Axel; Hirvonen, M. Karoliina; de Oliveira, Felipe M. S.; Talibov, Vladimir O.; Pham, Nhan T.; Auer, Manfred; Danielson, U. Helena; Haybaeck, Johannes; Kamali-Moghaddam, Masood; Söderberg, Ola

    2015-01-01

    Sensitive detection of protein interactions and post-translational modifications of native proteins is a challenge for research and diagnostic purposes. A method for this, which could be used in point-of-care devices and high-throughput screening, should be reliable, cost effective and robust. To achieve this, here we design a method (proxHCR) that combines the need for proximal binding with hybridization chain reaction (HCR) for signal amplification. When two oligonucleotide hairpins conjugated to antibodies bind in close proximity, they can be activated to reveal an initiator sequence. This starts a chain reaction of hybridization events between a pair of fluorophore-labelled oligonucleotide hairpins, generating a fluorescent product. In conclusion, we show the applicability of the proxHCR method for the detection of protein interactions and posttranslational modifications in microscopy and flow cytometry. As no enzymes are needed, proxHCR may be an inexpensive and robust alternative to proximity ligation assays. PMID:26065580

  7. Acid-catalyzed reactions of hexanal on sulfuric acid particles: Identification of reaction products

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    Garland, Rebecca M.; Elrod, Matthew J.; Kincaid, Kristi; Beaver, Melinda R.; Jimenez, Jose L.; Tolbert, Margaret A.

    While it is well established that organics compose a large fraction of the atmospheric aerosol mass, the mechanisms through which organics are incorporated into atmospheric aerosols are not well understood. Acid-catalyzed reactions of compounds with carbonyl groups have recently been suggested as important pathways for transfer of volatile organics into acidic aerosols. In the present study, we use the aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) to probe the uptake of gas-phase hexanal into ammonium sulfate and sulfuric acid aerosols. While both deliquesced and dry non-acidic ammonium sulfate aerosols showed no organic uptake, the acidic aerosols took up substantial amounts of organic material when exposed to hexanal vapor. Further, we used 1H-NMR, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and GC-MS to identify the products of the acid-catalyzed reaction of hexanal in acidic aerosols. Both aldol condensation and hemiacetal products were identified, with the dominant reaction products dependent upon the initial acid concentration of the aerosol. The aldol condensation product was formed only at initial concentrations of 75-96 wt% sulfuric acid in water. The hemiacetal was produced at all sulfuric acid concentrations studied, 30-96 wt% sulfuric acid in water. Aerosols up to 88.4 wt% organic/11.1 wt% H 2SO 4/0.5 wt% water were produced via these two dimerization reaction pathways. The UV-VIS spectrum of the isolated aldol condensation product, 2-butyl 2-octenal, extends into the visible region, suggesting these reactions may impact aerosol optical properties as well as aerosol composition. In contrast to previous suggestions, no polymerization of hexanal or its products was observed at any sulfuric acid concentration studied, from 30 to 96 wt% in water.

  8. Reactions of tetraphenyltitanium with organic acids

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    Razuvaev, G.A.; Vyshinskaya, L.I.; Vasil'eva, G.A.

    1987-12-10

    As a result of the reactions of tetraphenyltitanium with dibasic organic acids high yields were obtained of new thermally stable titanium(III) complexes: phenyltitanium(III)carboxylates. Under the action of proton-active reagents (hydrochloric acid, cyclopentadiene, methanol) the latter break down with the breakage of titanium-phenyl bond. The proposed structure was based on IR- and ESR-spectral data. The dinuclear structure of the complexes was established on the basis of a study of the triplet structure of the ESR spectra, which showed the existence of intermolecular titanium-titanium exchange through methylene groups of the dicarboxylate bridges.

  9. Effective and site-specific phosphoramidation reaction for universally labeling nucleic acids.

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    Su, Yu-Chih; Chen, Hsing-Yin; Ko, Ni Chien; Hwang, Chi-Ching; Wu, Min Hui; Wang, Li-Fang; Wang, Yun-Ming; Chang, Sheng-Nan; Wang, Eng-Chi; Wang, Tzu-Pin

    2014-03-15

    Here we report efficient and selective postsynthesis labeling strategies, based on an advanced phosphoramidation reaction, for nucleic acids of either synthetic or enzyme-catalyzed origin. The reactions provided phosphorimidazolide intermediates of DNA or RNA which, whether reacted in one pot (one-step) or purified (two-step), were directly or indirectly phosphoramidated with label molecules. The acquired fluorophore-labeled nucleic acids, prepared from the phosphoramidation reactions, demonstrated labeling efficacy by their F/N ratio values (number of fluorophores per molecule of nucleic acid) of 0.02-1.2 which are comparable or better than conventional postsynthesis fluorescent labeling methods for DNA and RNA. Yet, PCR and UV melting studies of the one-step phosphoramidation-prepared FITC-labeled DNA indicated that the reaction might facilitate nonspecific hybridization in nucleic acids. Intrinsic hybridization specificity of nucleic acids was, however, conserved in the two-step phosphoramidation reaction. The reaction of site-specific labeling nucleic acids at the 5'-end was supported by fluorescence quenching and UV melting studies of fluorophore-labeled DNA. The two-step phosphoramidation-based, effective, and site-specific labeling method has the potential to expedite critical research including visualization, quantification, structural determination, localization, and distribution of nucleic acids in vivo and in vitro. PMID:24361708

  10. Hybrid multiscale simulation of a mixing-controlled reaction

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    Scheibe, Timothy D.; Schuchardt, Karen L.; Agarwal, Khushbu; Chase, Jared M.; Yang, Xiaofan; Palmer, Bruce J.; Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Elsethagen, Todd O.; Redden, George D.

    2015-09-01

    Continuum-scale models have been used to study subsurface flow, transport, and reactions for many years but lack the capability to resolve fine-grained processes. Recently, pore-scale models, which operate at scales of individual soil grains, have been developed to more accurately model and study pore-scale phenomena, such as mineral precipitation and dissolution reactions, microbially-mediated surface reactions, and other complex processes. However, these highly-resolved models are prohibitively expensive for modeling domains of sizes relevant to practical problems. To broaden the utility of pore-scale models for larger domains, we developed a hybrid multiscale model that initially simulates the full domain at the continuum scale and applies a pore-scale model only to areas of high reactivity. Since the location and number of pore-scale model regions in the model varies as the reactions proceed, an adaptive script defines the number and location of pore regions within each continuum iteration and initializes pore-scale simulations from macroscale information. Another script communicates information from the pore-scale simulation results back to the continuum scale. These components provide loose coupling between the pore- and continuum-scale codes into a single hybrid multiscale model implemented within the SWIFT workflow environment. In this paper, we consider an irreversible homogenous bimolecular reaction (two solutes reacting to form a third solute) in a 2D test problem. This paper is focused on the approach used for multiscale coupling between pore- and continuum-scale models, application to a realistic test problem, and implications of the results for predictive simulation of mixing-controlled reactions in porous media. Our results and analysis demonstrate that loose coupling provides a feasible, efficient and scalable approach for multiscale subsurface simulations.

  11. The chlorate-iodine-nitrous acid clock reaction.

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    Sant'Anna, Rafaela T P; Faria, Roberto B

    2014-01-01

    A new clock reaction based on chlorate, iodine and nitrous acid is presented. The induction period of this new clock reaction decreases when the initial concentrations of chlorate, nitrous acid and perchloric acid increase, but it is independent on the initial iodine concentration. The proposed mechanism is based on the LLKE autocatalytic mechanism for the chlorite-iodide reaction and the initial reaction between chlorate and nitrous acid to produce nitrate and chlorite. This new clock reaction opens the possibility for a new family of oscillating reactions containing chlorate or nitrous acid, which in both cases has not been observed until now. PMID:25313803

  12. The Chlorate-Iodine-Nitrous Acid Clock Reaction

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    Sant'Anna, Rafaela T. P.; Faria, Roberto B.

    2014-01-01

    A new clock reaction based on chlorate, iodine and nitrous acid is presented. The induction period of this new clock reaction decreases when the initial concentrations of chlorate, nitrous acid and perchloric acid increase, but it is independent on the initial iodine concentration. The proposed mechanism is based on the LLKE autocatalytic mechanism for the chlorite-iodide reaction and the initial reaction between chlorate and nitrous acid to produce nitrate and chlorite. This new clock reaction opens the possibility for a new family of oscillating reactions containing chlorate or nitrous acid, which in both cases has not been observed until now. PMID:25313803

  13. Synthesis and conformational analysis of hybrid ?/?-dipeptides incorporating S-glycosyl-?(2,2)-amino acids.

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    Garca-Gonzlez, Ivn; Mata, Lara; Corzana, Francisco; Jimnez-Oss, Gonzalo; Avenoza, Alberto; Busto, Jess H; Peregrina, Jess M

    2015-01-12

    We synthesized and carried out the conformational analysis of several hybrid dipeptides consisting of an ?-amino acid attached to a quaternary glyco-?-amino acid. In particular, we combined a S-glycosylated ?(2,2)-amino acid and two different types of ?-amino acid, namely, aliphatic (alanine) and aromatic (phenylalanine and tryptophan) in the sequence of hybrid ?/?-dipeptides. The key step in the synthesis involved the ring-opening reaction of a chiral cyclic sulfamidate, inserted in the peptidic sequence, with a sulfur-containing nucleophile by using 1-thio-?-D-glucopyranose derivatives. This reaction of glycosylation occurred with inversion of configuration at the quaternary center. The conformational behavior in aqueous solution of the peptide backbone and the glycosidic linkage for all synthesized hybrid glycopeptides was analyzed by using a protocol that combined NMR experiments and molecular dynamics with time-averaged restraints (MD-tar). Interestingly, the presence of the sulfur heteroatom at the quaternary center of the ?-amino acid induced ? torsional angles close to 180 (anti). Notably, this value changed to 60 (gauche) when the peptidic sequence displayed aromatic ?-amino acids due to the presence of CH-? interactions between the phenyl or indole ring and the methyl groups of the ?-amino acid unit. PMID:25413453

  14. Adaptive hybrid simulations for multiscale stochastic reaction networks

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    Hepp, Benjamin; Gupta, Ankit; Khammash, Mustafa

    2015-01-21

    The probability distribution describing the state of a Stochastic Reaction Network (SRN) evolves according to the Chemical Master Equation (CME). It is common to estimate its solution using Monte Carlo methods such as the Stochastic Simulation Algorithm (SSA). In many cases, these simulations can take an impractical amount of computational time. Therefore, many methods have been developed that approximate sample paths of the underlying stochastic process and estimate the solution of the CME. A prominent class of these methods include hybrid methods that partition the set of species and the set of reactions into discrete and continuous subsets. Such a partition separates the dynamics into a discrete and a continuous part. Simulating such a stochastic process can be computationally much easier than simulating the exact discrete stochastic process with SSA. Moreover, the quasi-stationary assumption to approximate the dynamics of fast subnetworks can be applied for certain classes of networks. However, as the dynamics of a SRN evolves, these partitions may have to be adapted during the simulation. We develop a hybrid method that approximates the solution of a CME by automatically partitioning the reactions and species sets into discrete and continuous components and applying the quasi-stationary assumption on identifiable fast subnetworks. Our method does not require any user intervention and it adapts to exploit the changing timescale separation between reactions and/or changing magnitudes of copy-numbers of constituent species. We demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed method by considering examples from systems biology and showing that very good approximations to the exact probability distributions can be achieved in significantly less computational time. This is especially the case for systems with oscillatory dynamics, where the system dynamics change considerably throughout the time-period of interest.

  15. Hypersensitivity reaction to nonanimal stabilized hyaluronic acid.

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    Matarasso, Seth L; Herwick, Robert

    2006-07-01

    Soft tissue augmentation has become a cornerstone of facial rejuvenation. The bovine collagens were historically considered the "gold standard" as they had an extensive safety history and were effective. However, because of their brief duration and the approximate 1.0% to 3.0% incidence of hypersensitivity, alternatives were sought. A new class of agents, the hyaluronans, was recently granted approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The hyaluronans are indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (eg, the nasolabial folds). The hyaluronans have two derivations: nonanimal stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA) and an additional formulation of avian origin. Both are considered major advancements as they are not species specific and therefore theoretically do not elicit humoral or cell-mediated immune reactions. To date there have been a few reports of allergic reactions to the NASHA hyaluronans, primarily to Restylane. We report what to our knowledge is the first hypersensitivity reaction to the second brand of NASHA, Captique. PMID:16781306

  16. Hybrid stochastic simulations of intracellular reaction-diffusion systems

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    Kalantzis, Georgios

    2009-01-01

    With the observation that stochasticity is important in biological systems, chemical kinetics have begun to receive wider interest. While the use of Monte Carlo discrete event simulations most accurately capture the variability of molecular species, they become computationally costly for complex reaction-diffusion systems with large populations of molecules. On the other hand, continuous time models are computationally efficient but they fail to capture any variability in the molecular species. In this study a novel hybrid stochastic approach is introduced for simulating reaction-diffusion systems. We developed a dynamic partitioning strategy using fractional propensities. In that way processes with high frequency are simulated mostly with deterministic rate-based equations, and those with low frequency mostly with the exact stochastic algorithm of Gillespie. In this way we preserve the stochastic behavior of cellular pathways while being able to apply it to large populations of molecules. In this article we describe this hybrid algorithmic approach, and we demonstrate its accuracy and efficiency compared with the Gillespie algorithm for two different systems. First, a model of intracellular viral kinetics with two steady states and second, a compartmental model of the postsynaptic spine head for studying the dynamics of Ca+2 and NMDA receptors. PMID:19414282

  17. Hybride magnetic nanostructure based on amino acids functionalized polypyrrole

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    Nan, Alexandrina; Bunge, Alexander; Turcu, Rodica

    2015-12-01

    Conducting polypyrrole is especially promising for many commercial applications because of its unique optical, electric, thermal and mechanical properties. We report the synthesis and characterization of novel pyrrole functionalized monomers and core-shell hybrid nanostructures, consisting of a conjugated polymer layer (amino acids functionalized pyrrole copolymers) and a magnetic nanoparticle core. For functionalization of the pyrrole monomer we used several amino acids: tryptophan, leucine, phenylalanine, serine and tyrosine. These amino acids were linked via different types of hydrophobic linkers to the nitrogen atom of the pyrrole monomer. The magnetic core-shell hybrid nanostructures are characterized by various methods such as FTIR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and magnetic measurements.

  18. Hybrid isolation of micro vibrations induced by reaction wheels

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    Lee, Dae-Oen; Park, Geeyong; Han, Jae-Hung

    2016-02-01

    As the technology for precision satellite payloads continues to advance, the requirements for the pointing stability of the satellites are becoming extremely high. In many situations, even small amplitude disturbances generated by the onboard components may cause serious degradation in the performance of high precision payloads. In such situations, vibration isolators can be installed to reduce the vibration transmission. In this work, a hybrid vibration isolator comprising passive and active components is proposed to provide an effective solution to the vibration problems caused by the reaction wheel disturbances. Firstly, mathematical modeling and experimental study of a single axis vibration isolator having high damping and high roll-off rate for the high frequency region and active components that enhance isolation performance for narrow frequency bands are presented. This concept is then extended to multi-axis by forming Stewart platform and the performance is experimentally verified. The tests on a flexible testbed show effective vibration isolation by the proposed vibration isolator.

  19. 40 CFR 721.10125 - Alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid...

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    2012-07-01

    .... (1) The chemical substances identified generically as alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction..., reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid alkyl ester (generic). 721.10125 Section... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  20. 40 CFR 721.10125 - Alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid...

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    2014-07-01

    .... (1) The chemical substances identified generically as alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction..., reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid alkyl ester (generic). 721.10125 Section... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  1. 40 CFR 721.10125 - Alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid...

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    2013-07-01

    .... (1) The chemical substances identified generically as alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction..., reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid alkyl ester (generic). 721.10125 Section... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  2. 40 CFR 721.10125 - Alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid...

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    2011-07-01

    .... (1) The chemical substances identified generically as alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction..., reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid alkyl ester (generic). 721.10125 Section... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  3. 40 CFR 721.10125 - Alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    .... (1) The chemical substances identified generically as alkenedioic acid, dialkyl ester, reaction..., reaction products with polyaminocarbomonocycle and alkenoic acid alkyl ester (generic). 721.10125 Section... CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific...

  4. Growth characteristics of Ti-based fumaric acid hybrid thin films by molecular layer deposition.

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    Cao, Yan-Qiang; Zhu, Lin; Li, Xin; Cao, Zheng-Yi; Wu, Di; Li, Ai-Dong

    2015-09-01

    Ti-based fumaric acid hybrid thin films were successfully prepared using inorganic TiCl4 and organic fumaric acid as precursors by molecular layer deposition (MLD). The effect of deposition temperature from 180 C to 350 C on the growth rate, composition, chemical state, and topology of hybrid films has been investigated systematically by means of a series of analytical tools such as spectroscopic ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), high resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The MLD process of the Ti-fumaric acid shows self-limiting surface reaction with a reasonable growth rate of ?0.93 per cycle and small surface roughness of ?0.59 nm in root-mean-square value at 200 C. A temperature-dependent growth characteristic has been observed in the hybrid films. On increasing the temperature from 180 C to 300 C, the growth rate decreases from 1.10 to 0.49 per cycle and the XPS composition of the film's C?:?O?:?Ti ratio changes from 8.35?:?7.49?:?1.00 to 4.66?:?4.80?:?1.00. FTIR spectra indicate that the hybrid films show bridging bonding mode at a low deposition temperature of 200 C and bridging/bidentate mixed bonding mode at elevated deposition temperatures of 250 and 300 C. The higher C and O amounts deviating from the ideal composition may be ascribed to increased organic incorporation into the hybrid films at lower deposition temperature and temperature-dependent density of reactive sites (-OH). The composition of hybrid films grown at 350 C shows a dramatic decrease in C and O elemental composition (C?:?O?:?Ti = 1.97?:?2.76?:?1.00) due to the thermal decomposition of the fumaric acid precursor. The produced by-product H2O changes the structure of the hybrid films, resulting in the formation of more Ti-O bonds at high temperatures. The stability of the hybrid films against chemical and thermal treatment, and long-term storage by vacuum-packing was explored carefully. It is found that the ultrathin hybrid film can be transformed into TiO2 nanoparticles via various post deposition annealing processes with different topographies. Finally, the charge trapping ability of the hybrid film is confirmed by fabricating a charge trapping memory capacitor in which the hybrid film was inserted as a charge trapping layer. PMID:26219386

  5. Magnetite-supported sulfonic acid: a retrievable nanocatalyst for the Ritter reaction and multicomponent reactions

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    Magnetite-sulfonic acid (NanocatFe-OSO3H), prepared by wet-impregnation method, serves as a magnetically retrievable sustainable catalyst for the Ritter reaction which can be used in several reaction cycles without any loss of activity.

  6. [Preparation of organic-inorganic hybrid boronate affinity monolith via thiol-ene click reaction for specific capture of glycoproteins].

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    Yang, Fan; Mao, Jie; He, Xiwen; Chen, Langxing; Zhang, Yukui

    2013-06-01

    A novel strategy for the preparation of the organic-inorganic hybrid boronate affinity monolith was developed via the "thiol-ene" click reaction. A thiol group-modified silica monolith was first synthesized via the sol-gel process by the in situ co-condensation with tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) and 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) as precursors. Then 3-acrylamidophenylboronic acid (AAPBA) was covalently immobilized on the hybrid monolith via the "thiol-ene" click reaction to form AAPBA-silica hybrid affinity monolith. The reaction conditions for the preparation of AAPBA-silica hybrid affinity monolith were optimized, including the ratio of TMOS to MPTMS, the contents of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and methanol. The morphology and mechanical stability of the boronate affinity monolith were characterized and evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The obtained boronate affinity hybrid monolith exhibited excellent specificity toward the nucleosides containing cis-diols under neutral conditions. It was further applied to the specific capture of the glycoproteins ovalbumin and horseradish peroxidase. The method is novel and reliable, which has a great potential for the preparation of different kinds of the boronate affinity monoliths. PMID:24063191

  7. Nucleic acid hybridization with RNA immobilized on filter paper.

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    Saxinger, W. C.; Ponnamperuma, C.; Gillespie, D.

    1972-01-01

    RNA has been immobilized in a manner suitable for use in molecular hybridization experiments with dissolved RNA or DNA by a nonaqueous solid-phase reaction with carbonyldiimidazole and RNA 'dry coated' on cellulose or, preferably, on previously activated phosphocellulose filters. Immobilization of RNA does not appear to alter its chemical character or cause it to acquire affinity for unspecific RNA or DNA. The versatility and efficiency of this method make it potentially attractive for use in routine analytical or preparative hybridization experiments, among other applications.

  8. Study on superhydrophobic hybrids fabricated from multiwalled carbon nanotubes and stearic acid.

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    Wu, Tongfei; Pan, Yongzheng; Li, Lin

    2010-08-01

    A waterproof biomaterial, stearic acid (STA), which is one of components of the wax present on the lotus leaf surface, was used as the material with low surface energy to fabricate superhydrophobic multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) hybrids through a solution method. This method involved preparation of a sodium stearate (SST)-stabilized MWCNT dispersion, followed by a precipitating process. STA was assembled on the MWCNT-SST hybrid surface by a reaction of SST with acetic acid. The rough surface with multiscale protuberances was revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of SST/MWCNT weight ratio on water contact angle (CA) and the temperature dependence and alkali resistance of superhydrophobicity of MWCNT hybrids have been investigated. With increasing the SST/MWCNT weight ratio, the water CA of MWCNT hybrid increased and then decreased after a maximum value of 163 degrees at the ratio of 1/1. It was interesting that the wetting property of MWCNT hybrids (SST/MWCNT=0.5/1 and 1/1) was tunable between superhydrophobicity and superhydrophilicity by changing temperature. Potential applications of these superhydrophobic materials to make large-area superhydrophobic coatings have been proposed. PMID:20427047

  9. Sequential Mukaiyama-Michael reaction induced by carbon acids.

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    Yanai, Hikaru; Kobayashi, Osamu; Takada, Kenji; Isono, Takuya; Satoh, Toshifumi; Matsumoto, Takashi

    2016-02-16

    In the presence of a strong carbon acid, the sequential Mukaiyama-Michael reaction using two different Michael acceptors proceeded and the reaction of ketene silyl acetal derived from EtOAc with α-pyrones as primal acceptors yielded the corresponding cyclic ketene silyl acetals, which were reactive enough to undergo the following reaction with second acceptors. PMID:26734829

  10. Effect of inclusion complex on nitrous acid reaction with flavonoids

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    Khalafi, Lida; Rafiee, Mohammad; Sedaghat, Sajjad

    2011-10-01

    The kinetic of the nitrous acid reactions with quercetin and catechin has been studied using spectrophotometric method in aqueous solution. The results show that these antioxidants participate in oxidation reactions with nitrous acid which is derived from protonation of nitrite ion in mild acidic conditions. Corresponding o-quinones as relatively stable products were detected by spectrophotometric techniques. pH dependence of the reactions has been examined and the rate constants of reactions were obtained by non-linear fitting of kinetic profiles. The effect of β-cyclodextrin on the oxidation pathway was another object of this study. It is shown that β-cyclodextrin has an inhibitory effect on the oxidation reaction. The rate constants of oxidation reactions for complexed forms and their stability constants were obtained based on changes in the reaction rates as a function of β-cyclodextrin concentration.

  11. Hybrid material polyvinyl alcohol-stannic acid/stannic oxide

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    Prosanov, I. Yu.; Chesalov, Yu. A.; Gerasimov, K. B.; Bulina, N. V.

    2013-07-01

    Hybrid materials polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-stannic acid and PVA-SnO2 were produced in the form of transparent films. Their investigations by means of optical spectroscopy, X-ray analysis, thermo-gravimetry, and mass-spectrometry were carried out as well as electrical measurements. The model is discussed where the polymeric chains of inorganic constituent are linked by coordinative bonds with carbon polymeric chains. Photoconductivity of PVA-SnO2 was discovered.

  12. Deoxyribonucleic acid–ribonucleic acid hybridization. Annealing and quantitative recovery of intact ribosomal ribonucleic acid molecules from hybrids

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    Fry, Michael; Artman, Michael

    1969-01-01

    A simple and efficient method for hybridization and subsequent recovery of non-fragmented ribosomal RNA from the hybrid is described. The procedure involves annealing of immobilized denatured DNA bound on cellulose nitrate membrane filters to complementary RNA in 50% (v/v) formamide–0·33m-potassium chloride–10mm-tris–hydrochloric acid buffer, pH7·4, at 33° for 3hr. Under these conditions no detectable changes in the sedimentation coefficients of the input RNA were detected. The RNA can subsequently be recovered quantitatively from the hybrid in intact form by incubating the filters in formamide or in 85% (v/v) dimethyl sulphoxide. The applicability of the method for the evaluation of the absolute size of ribosomal RNA cistrons in Escherichia coli DNA and for the determination of the size of messenger RNA molecules is discussed. PMID:4907881

  13. Fragmentation reactions of deprotonated peptides containing aspartic acid

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    Harrison, Alex G.; Young, Alex B.

    2006-09-01

    The fragmentation reactions of deprotonated peptides containing aspartic acid have been elucidated using MS2 and MS3 experiments and accurate mass measurements where necessary. The disposition of labile (N and O bonded) hydrogens in the fragmentation products has been studied by exchanging the labile hydrogens for deuterium whereby the [MD]- ion is formed on electrospray ionization. [alpha]-Aspartyl and [beta]-aspartyl dipeptides give very similar fragment ion spectra on collisional activation, involving for both species primarily formation of the y1 ion and loss of H2O from [MH]- followed by further fragmentation, thus precluding the distinction of the isomeric species by negative ion tandem mass spectrometry. Dipeptides of sequence HXxxAspOH give characteristic spectra different from the [alpha]- and [beta]-isomers. For larger peptides containing aspartic acid a common fragmentation reaction involves nominal cleavage of the NC bond N-terminal to the aspartic acid residue to form a c ion (deprotonated amino acid amide (c1) or peptide amide (cn)) and the complimentary product involving elimination of a neutral amino acid amide or peptide amide. When aspartic acid is in the C-terminal position this fragmentation reaction occurs from the [MH]- ion while when the aspartic acid is not in the C-terminal position the fragmentation reaction occurs mainly from the [MHH2O]- ion. The products of this NC bond cleavage reaction serve to identify the position of the aspartic acid residue in the peptide.

  14. Oligomerization of thioglutamic acid: encapsulated reactions and lipid catalysis.

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    Zepik, H H; Rajamani, S; Maurel, M-C; Deamer, D

    2007-12-01

    For cellular life to begin on the early Earth, a permeation mechanism would be required to allow polar solutes to enter a membrane-bounded compartment. A second process--internal polymerization of peptides from amino acid--would also be an essential step toward the first compartmented metabolic pathways leading to biosynthesis. Here we report a study of amino acid permeation into lipid vesicles, in which thioglutamic acid penetrated lipid bilayer membranes at rates sufficient to support internal polymerization reactions. We also investigated spontaneous non-enzymatic polymerization reactions of thioglutamic acid to form oligopeptides. We found that oligomers up to 11mers are produced in the reaction mixture, and conclude that certain lipid surfaces can act as catalysts in promoting an oligomerization reaction. These observations are pertinent to understanding processes by which peptide bond synthesis could take place in primitive cellular life on the early Earth. PMID:17530436

  15. Nitro-fatty Acid Reaction with Glutathione and Cysteine

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    Baker, Laura M. S.; Baker, Paul R. S.; Golin-Bisello, Franca; Schopfer, Francisco J.; Fink, Mitchell; Woodcock, Steven R.; Branchaud, Bruce P.; Radi, Rafael; Freeman, Bruce A.

    2007-01-01

    Fatty acid nitration by nitric oxide-derived species yields electrophilic products that adduct protein thiols, inducing changes in protein function and distribution. Nitro-fatty acid adducts of protein and reduced glutathione (GSH) are detected in healthy human blood. Kinetic and mass spectrometric analyses reveal that nitroalkene derivatives of oleic acid (OA-NO2) and linoleic acid (LNO2) rapidly react with GSH and Cys via Michael addition reaction. Rates of OA-NO2 and LNO2 reaction with GSH, determined via stopped flow spectrophotometry, displayed second-order rate constants of 183 M?1s?1 and 355 M?1s?1, respectively, at pH 7.4 and 37 C. These reaction rates are significantly greater than those for GSH reaction with hydrogen peroxide and non-nitrated electrophilic fatty acids including 8-iso-prostaglandin A2 and 15-deoxy-?12,14-prostaglandin J2. Increasing reaction pH from 7.4 to 8.9 enhanced apparent second-order rate constants for the thiol reaction with OA-NO2 and LNO2, showing dependence on the thiolate anion of GSH for reactivity. Rates of nitroalkene reaction with thiols decreased as the pKa of target thiols increased. Increasing concentrations of the detergent octyl-?-D-glucopyranoside decreased rates of nitroalkene reaction with GSH, indicating that the organization of nitro-fatty acids into micellar or membrane structures can limit Michael reactivity with more polar nucleophilic targets. In aggregate, these results reveal that the reversible adduction of thiols by nitro-fatty acids is a mechanism for reversible post-translational regulation of protein function by nitro-fatty acids. PMID:17720974

  16. Imino Acids in the Murchison Meteorite: Evidence of Strecker Reactions

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    Lerner, N. R.; Cooper, G. W.

    2003-01-01

    Both alpha-amino acids and alpha-hydroxy acids occur in aqueous extracts of the Murchison carbonaceous meteorite. The Strecker-cyanohydrin reaction, the reaction of carbonyl compounds, cyanide, and ammonia to produce amino and hydroxy acids, has been proposed as a source of such organic acids in meteorites. Such syntheses are consistent with the suggestion that interstellar precursors of meteoritic organic compounds accreted on the meteorite parent body together with other ices. Subsequent internal heating of the parent body melted these ices and led to the formation of larger compounds in synthetic reactions during aqueous alteration, which probably occurred at temperatures between 273K and 298K. In the laboratory, imino acids are observed as important by-products of the Strecker synthesis.

  17. Ultrasensitive electrochemical detection of nucleic acids by template enhanced hybridization followed with rolling circle amplification.

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    Ji, Hanxu; Yan, Feng; Lei, Jianping; Ju, Huangxian

    2012-08-21

    An ultrasensitive protocol for electrochemical detection of DNA is designed with quantum dots (QDs) as a signal tag by combining the template enhanced hybridization process (TEHP) and rolling circle amplification (RCA). Upon the recognition of the molecular beacon (MB) to target DNA, the MB hybridizes with assistants and target DNA to form a ternary ''Y-junction''. The target DNA can be dissociated from the structure under the reaction of nicking endonuclease to initiate the next hybridization process. The template enhanced MB fragments further act as the primers of the RCA reaction to produce thousands of repeated oligonucleotide sequences, which can bind with oligonucleotide functionalized QDs. The attached signal tags can be easily read out by square-wave voltammetry after dissolving with acid. Because of the cascade signal amplification and the specific TEHP and RCA reaction, this newly designed protocol provides an ultrasensitive electrochemical detection of DNA down to the attomolar level (11 aM) with a linear range of 6 orders of magnitude (from 1 10(-17) to 1 10(-11) M) and can discriminate mismatched DNA from perfect matched target DNA with high selectivity. The high sensitivity and specificity make this method a great potential for early diagnosis in gene-related diseases. PMID:22823454

  18. Spectrophotometric reaction rate method for determination of barbituric acid by inhibition of the hydrochloric acid-bromate reaction

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    Ensafi, Ali A.; Movahedinia, H.

    2003-11-01

    A new kinetic-spectrophotometric method was developed for the determination of barbituric acid. The method is based on its inhibition effect on the reaction between hydrochloric acid and bromate. The decolorization of methyl orange by the reaction products was used to monitor the reaction spectrophotometrically at 510 nm. The variable affecting the rate of the reaction was investigated. The method is simple, rapid, relatively sensitive and precise. The limit of detection is 7.910 -7 M and calibration rang is 110 -6-6.010 -4 M barbituric acid. The linearity range of the calibration graph is depends on bromate concentration. The relative standard deviation of seven replication determination of 5.610 -6 M barbituric acid was 1.8%. The influence of potential interfering substance was studied.

  19. p-Aminophenylacetic acid-mediated synthesis of monodispersed titanium oxide hybrid microspheres in ethanol solution.

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    Zhang, Hongye; Xie, Yun; Liu, Zhimin; Tao, Ranting; Sun, Zhenyu; Ding, Kunlun; An, Guimin

    2009-10-15

    Monodispersed TiO2 hybrid microspheres were prepared via the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) in ethanol solution containing p-aminophenylacetic acid (APA). The effects of the APA:TTIP molar ratio, water content, reaction time and reaction temperature on the morphology of the resultant spheres were investigated. The products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray diffraction. It was demonstrated that the diameters of the resultant TiO2 spheres could be tuned in the range of 380-800 nm by changing the APA:TTIP molar ratio (1:3 to 3:1) and water content (1-3 v/v%) in the reaction medium, and that increasing the APA:TTIP molar ratio led to larger TiO2 hybrid spheres while increasing the water content decreased their size. The loading content of APA in the hybrid spheres could reach 20 wt.% as they were prepared with the APA:TTIP ratio of 3:1. The possible formation mechanism of the hybrid spheres was also investigated. It was found that APA slowed down the hydrolysis rate of the titanium precursor so that resulted in the formation of the TiO2 spheres. In addition, the APA present in TiO2 spheres acted as a reducing agent to in situ convert HAuCl4 into metallic Au on the surface of the TiO2 spheres. The catalytic activity of the resultant Au/APA-TiO2 composite was examined using transfer hydrogenation of phenylacetone with 2-propanol, and it was indicated that the catalyst displayed high efficiency for this reaction. PMID:19616218

  20. Marangoni instability in the iodatearsenous acid reaction front

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    Ppity-Tth, va; Ptri, Gbor; Erd?s, Istvn; Tth, gota; Horvth, Dezs?

    2014-07-28

    Horizontally propagating chemical fronts leading to the formation of a single stable convection roll are investigated in the iodatearsenous acid reaction with arsenous acid stoichiometrically limiting, leaving the surface active iodine present in the product mixture. In sufficiently thin solution layers with open upper surface, the contribution of Marangoni instability is significantly enhanced. Acting in the same direction as buoyancy driven instability, it distorts the entire tilted reaction front that becomes 50% more elongated. The corresponding three-dimensional calculations based on the empirical rate-law of the reaction corroborate the experimental findings.

  1. Novel poly(L-lactic acid)/hyaluronic acid macroporous hybrid scaffolds: characterization and assessment of cytotoxicity.

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    Antunes, J C; Oliveira, J M; Reis, R L; Soria, J M; Gmez-Ribelles, J L; Mano, J F

    2010-09-01

    Poly(L-lactic acid), PLLA, a synthetic biodegradable polyester, is widely accepted in tissue engineering. Hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural polymer, exhibits an excellent biocompatibility, influences cell signaling, proliferation, and differentiation. In this study, HA crosslinking was performed by immersion of the polysaccharide in water-acetone mixtures containing glutaraldehyde (GA). The objective of this work is to produce PLLA scaffolds with the pores coated with HA, that could be beneficial for bone tissue engineering applications. PLLA tridimensional scaffolds were prepared by compression molding followed by salt leaching. After the scaffolds impregnation with soluble HA solutions of distinct concentration, a GA-crosslinking reaction followed by inactivation of the unreacted GA with glycine was carried out. An increase on surface roughness is shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with the addition of HA. Toluidine blue staining indicates the present of stable crosslinked HA. An estimation of the HA original weight in the hybrid scaffolds was performed using thermal gravimetric analyses. FTIR-ATR and XPS confirmed the crosslinking reaction. Preliminary in vitro cell culture studies were carried out using a mouse lung fibroblast cell line (L929). SEM micrographs of L929 showed that cells adhered well, spread actively throughout all scaffolds, and grew favorably. A MTS test indicated that cells were viable when cultured onto the surface of all scaffolds, suggesting that the introduction of crosslinked HA did not increase the cytotoxicity of the hybrid scaffolds. PMID:20336752

  2. Radical generating coordination complexes as tools for rapid and effective fragmentation and fluorescent labeling of nucleic acids for microchip hybridization.

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    Kelly, J. J.; Chernov, B. N.; Mirzabekov, A. D.; Bavykin, S. G.; Biochip Technology Center; Northwestern Univ.; Engelhardt Inst. of Molecular Biology

    2002-01-01

    DNA microchip technology is a rapid, high-throughput method for nucleic acid hybridization reactions. This technology requires random fragmentation and fluorescent labeling of target nucleic acids prior to hybridization. Radical-generating coordination complexes, such as 1,10-phenanthroline-Cu(II) (OP-Cu) and Fe(II)-EDTA (Fe-EDTA), have been commonly used as sequence nonspecific 'chemical nucleases' to introduce single-strand breaks in nucleic acids. Here we describe a new method based on these radical-generating complexes for random fragmentation and labeling of both single- and double-stranded forms of RNA and DNA. Nucleic acids labeled with the OP-Cu and the Fe-EDTA protocols revealed high hybridization specificity in hybridization with DNA microchips containing oligonucleotide probes selected for identification of 16S rRNA sequences of the Bacillus group microorganisms.We also demonstrated cDNA- and cRNA-labeling and fragmentation with this method. Both the OP-Cu and Fe-EDTA fragmentation and labeling procedures are quick and inexpensive compared to other commonly used methods. A column-based version of the described method does not require centrifugation and therefore is promising for the automation of sample preparations in DNA microchip technology as well as in other nucleic acid hybridization studies.

  3. Bipolar lead-acid battery for hybrid vehicles

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    Saakes, M.; Woortmeijer, R.; Schmal, D.

    Within the framework of the European project bipolar lead-acid power source (BILAPS), a new production route is being developed for the bipolar lead-acid battery. The performance targets are 500 W kg -1, 30 Wh kg -1 and 100 000 power-assist life cycles (PALCs). The operation voltage of the battery can be, according to the requirements, 12, 36 V or any other voltage. Tests with recently developed 4 and 12 V prototypes, each of 30 Ah capacity have demonstrated that the PALC can be operated using 10 C discharge and 9 C charge peaks. The tests show no overvoltage or undervoltage problems during three successive test periods of 16 h with 8 h rest in between. The temperature stabilizes during these tests at 40-45 C using a thermal-management system. The bipolar lead acid battery is operated at an initial 50% state-of-charge. During the tests, the individual cell voltages display only very small differences. Tests are now in progress to improve further the battery-management system, which has been developed at the cell level, during the period no PALCs are run in order to improve the hybrid behaviour of the battery. The successful tests show the feasibility of operating the bipolar lead-acid battery in a hybrid mode. The costs of the system are estimated to be much lower than those for nickel-metal-hydride or Li-ion based high-power systems. An additional advantage of the lead-acid system is that recycling of lead-acid batteries is well established.

  4. Rapid typing of herpes simplex virus isolates by deoxyribonucleic acid:deoxyribonucleic acid hybridization.

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    Brautigam, A R; Richman, D D; Oxman, M N

    1980-01-01

    A method for typing clinical isolates of herpes simplex virus was developed. It utilizes hybridization between unlabeled deoxyribonucleic acid from infected cultures and tritium-labeled virus deoxyribonucleic acid, and it can be completed within a day using a single roller-tube culture of the clinical isolated. The data obtained are inherently quantitative, and the method yields unequivocal identification and typing. Thirty-nine coded clinical isolates were all correctly typed by this method. PMID:6262368

  5. Detection of Huanglongbing (citrus greening) disease by nucleic acid spot hybridization.

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    Gopal, Kuraba; Sudarsan, Sundeep; Gopi, Venati; Naidu, Latchireddy Naram; Ramaiah, Maniyaram; Sreenivasulu, Yasodam; Wesley, Edward

    2009-01-01

    Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification with primers specific to the rDNA region successfully amplified the 1160-bp DNA fragment from a Huanglongbing (HLB)-infected sweet orange sample with mottling symptoms leaves, but not from healthy sweet orange plants. The PCR product of 1160-bp was used as probe labeled with biotin for detection of the HLB pathogen in the nucleic acid spot hybridization (NASH) test. It was found that the HLB pathogen could be detected up to 1:100 dilution in HLB-infected tissue. Total DNA extracted from HLB-infected tissue was diluted 2-fold as 900 ng in TE buffer and spotted on a nitrocellulose membrane. Strong signals were observed up to 225 ng of DNA dilution, whereas a moderate signal was recorded at 112 ng. No hybridization signal was observed in the healthy samples, while strong signals were observed in the positive control. PMID:19957441

  6. Deoxyribonucleic acid base composition and hybridization studies on the human pathogen Sporothrix schenckii and Ceratocystis species.

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    Mendona-Hagler, L C; Travassos, L R; Lloyd, K O; Phaff, H J

    1974-05-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) base composition, as measured by guanine plus cytosine (G + C) content, was determined in 17 strains of Sporothrix schenckii and Ceratocystis species. The average G + C content for S. schenckii was 54.7 +/- 0.2 mol%. No strain of Ceratocystis, with the exception of C. minor, gave values for G + C content similar to those obtained for S. schenckii. All DNA samples from strains of S. schenckii cross-hybridized with high percentages of relative binding. DNA samples from C. stenoceras and C. pilifera showed low degrees of homology with S. schenckii DNA. The DNA from C. minor hybridized with 75% binding with that from a strain of S. schenckii, as compared with the homologous reaction. PMID:4596280

  7. Deoxyribonucleic Acid Base Composition and Hybridization Studies on the Human Pathogen Sporothrix schenckii and Ceratocystis Species

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    Mendona-Hagler, Leda C.; Travassos, L. R.; Lloyd, K. O.; Phaff, H. J.

    1974-01-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) base composition, as measured by guanine plus cytosine (G + C) content, was determined in 17 strains of Sporothrix schenckii and Ceratocystis species. The average G + C content for S. schenckii was 54.7 0.2 mol%. No strain of Ceratocystis, with the exception of C. minor, gave values for G + C content similar to those obtained for S. schenckii. All DNA samples from strains of S. schenckii cross-hybridized with high percentages of relative binding. DNA samples from C. stenoceras and C. pilifera showed low degrees of homology with S. schenckii DNA. The DNA from C. minor hybridized with 75% binding with that from a strain of S. schenckii, as compared with the homologous reaction. PMID:4596280

  8. Final Report Nucleic Acid System - Hybrid PCR and Multiplex Assay Project Phase 2

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    Koopman, R P; Langlois, R G; Nasarabadi, S; Benett, W J; Colston, B W; Johnson, D C; Brown, S B; Stratton, P L; Milanovich, F P

    2002-04-17

    This report covers phase 2 (year 2) of the Nucleic Acid System--Hybrid PCR and Multiplex Assay project. The objective of the project is to reduce to practice the detection and identification of biological warfare pathogens by the nucleic acid recognition technique of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) in a multiplex mode using flow cytometry. The Hybrid instrument consists of a flow-through PCR module capable of handling a multiplexed PCR assay, a hybridizing module capable of hybridizing multiplexed PCR amplicons and beads, and a flow cytometer module for bead-based identification, all controlled by a single computer. Multiplex immunoassay using bead-based Luminex flow cytometry is available, allowing rapid screening for many agents. PCR is highly specific and complements and verifies immunoassay. It can also be multiplexed and detection provided using the bead-based Luminex flow cytometer. This approach allows full access to the speed and 100-fold multiplex capability of flow cytometry for rapid screening as well as the accuracy and specificity of PCR. This project has two principal activities: (1) Design, build and test a prototype hybrid PCR/flow cytometer with the basic capabilities for rapid, broad spectrum detection and identification, and (2) Develop and evaluate multiplex flow analysis assay protocols and reagents for the simultaneous detection of PCR products. This project requires not only building operationally functional instrumentation but also developing the chemical assays for detection of priority pathogens. This involves development and evaluation of multiplex flow analysis assay protocols and reagents for the simultaneous detection of PCR products.

  9. Kinetic-spectrophotometric determination of ascorbic acid by inhibition of the hydrochloric acid-bromate reaction

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    Ensafi, Ali A.; Rezaei, B.; Movahedinia, H.

    2002-10-01

    A new analytical method was developed for the determination of ascorbic acid in fruit juice and pharmaceuticals. The method is based on its inhibition effect on the reaction between hydrochloric acid and bromate. The decolourisation of Methyl Orange by the reaction products was used to monitor the reaction spectrophotometrically at 510 nm. The linearity range of the calibration graph depends on bromate concentration. The variable affecting the rate of the reaction was investigated. The method is simple, rapid, relatively sensitive and precise. The limit of detection is 7.610 -6 M and calibration rang is 810 -6-1.210 -3 M ascorbic acid. The relative standard deviation of seven replication determinations of 810 -6 and 210 -5 M ascorbic acid was 2.8 and 1.7%, respectively. The influence of potential interfering substance was studied. The method was successfully applied for the determination of ascorbic acid in pharmaceuticals.

  10. An amplified electrochemical aptasensor based on hybridization chain reactions and catalysis of silver nanoclusters

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    Chen, Ling; Sha, Liang; Qiu, Yuwei; Wang, Guangfeng; Jiang, Hong; Zhang, Xiaojun

    2015-02-01

    In the present study, based on the mimic oxidase catalytic character of nucleic-acid-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA/AgNCs) and hybridization chain reactions for signal amplification, the fabrication of a label-free sensitive ``turn-on'' electrochemical aptasensor for the amplified determination of lysozyme was demonstrated. First, the designed DNA duplex was modified on the electrode. With the specific binding of the target, lysozyme and its aptamer, the lysozyme-binding DNA sequence was liberated, exposing the induced DNA sequence, which in turn triggered the formation of the supersandwich DNA structure. Because the cytosine-rich sequence was designed ingeniously on the DNA sequence, DNA/AgNCs were formed on the supersandwich DNA structure. The peroxidase-like character of DNA/AgNCs produced detectable electrochemical signals for the lysozyme aptasensor, which showed a satisfying sensitive detection of lysozyme with a low detection limit of 42 pM and a wide linear range of 10-10 M to 10-5 M.In the present study, based on the mimic oxidase catalytic character of nucleic-acid-stabilized silver nanoclusters (DNA/AgNCs) and hybridization chain reactions for signal amplification, the fabrication of a label-free sensitive ``turn-on'' electrochemical aptasensor for the amplified determination of lysozyme was demonstrated. First, the designed DNA duplex was modified on the electrode. With the specific binding of the target, lysozyme and its aptamer, the lysozyme-binding DNA sequence was liberated, exposing the induced DNA sequence, which in turn triggered the formation of the supersandwich DNA structure. Because the cytosine-rich sequence was designed ingeniously on the DNA sequence, DNA/AgNCs were formed on the supersandwich DNA structure. The peroxidase-like character of DNA/AgNCs produced detectable electrochemical signals for the lysozyme aptasensor, which showed a satisfying sensitive detection of lysozyme with a low detection limit of 42 pM and a wide linear range of 10-10 M to 10-5 M. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06664b

  11. Manipulating surface reactions in lithium-sulphur batteries using hybrid anode structures

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    Huang, C; Xiao, J; Shao, YY; Zheng, JM; Bennett, WD; Lu, DP; Saraf, LV; Engelhard, M; Ji, LW; Zhang, J; Li, XL; Graff, GL; Liu, J

    2014-01-09

    Lithium-sulphur batteries have high theoretical energy density and potentially low cost, but significant challenges such as severe capacity degradation prevent its widespread adoption. Here we report a new design of lithium-sulphur battery using electrically connected graphite and lithium metal as a hybrid anode to control undesirable surface reactions on lithium. Lithiated graphite placed in front of the lithium metal functions as an artificial, self-regulated solid electrolyte interface layer to actively control the electrochemical reactions and minimize the deleterious side reactions, leading to significant performance improvements. Lithium-sulphur cells incorporating this hybrid anodes deliver capacities of >800 mAhg(-1) for 400 cycles at a high rate of 1,737mAg(-1), with only 11% capacity fade and a Coulombic efficiency >99%. This simple hybrid concept may also provide scientific strategies for protecting metal anodes in other energy-storage devices.

  12. Reactions of Thiocyanate Ions with Acid: A Laboratory Experiment.

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    Glidewell, Christopher; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Background information, procedures, and typical results are provided for a three-part experiment involving reactions of potassium thiocynate (KNCS) with sulfuric acid. The experiment represents the final stage of structured work prior to students' research projects during their final year. (JM)

  13. Electrochemical sensor for glutathione detection based on mercury ion triggered hybridization chain reaction signal amplification.

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    Wang, Yonghong; Jiang, Lun; Leng, Qinggang; Wu, Yaohui; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin

    2016-03-15

    In this work, we design a new simple and highly sensitive strategy for electrochemical detection of glutathione (GSH) via mercury ion (Hg(2+)) triggered hybridization chain reaction (HCR) signal amplification. It is observed that in the absence of GSH, a specific thymine-Hg(2+)-thymine (T-Hg(2+)-T) coordination can fold into hairpin structures. While in the presence of GSH, it thus can be chelated with Hg(2+), resulting in Hg(2+) released from the T-Hg(2+)-T hairpin complex which then forms into ssDNA structure to further hybridize with the surface-immobilized capture DNA probe on the gold electrode with a sticky tail left. The presence of two hairpin helper probes through HCR leads to the formation of extended dsDNA superstructure on the electrode surface, which therefore causes the intercalation of numerous electroactive species ([Ru(NH3)6](3+)) into the dsDNA grooves, followed by a significantly amplified signal output whose intensity is related to the concentration of the GSH. Taking advantage of merits of enzyme-free amplification power of the HCR, the inherent high sensitivity of the electrochemical technique, and label-free detection which utilizes an electroactive species as a signaling molecule that binds to the anionic phosphate backbone of DNA strands via electrostatic force, not only does the proposed strategy enable sensitive detection of GSH, but show high selectivity against other amino acid, making our method a simple and sensitive addition to the amplified GSH detection. PMID:26528805

  14. Detection and isolation of nucleic acid sequences using competitive hybridization probes

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    Lucas, J.N.; Straume, T.; Bogen, K.T.

    1997-04-01

    A method for detecting a target nucleic acid sequence in a sample is provided using hybridization probes which competitively hybridize to a target nucleic acid. According to the method, a target nucleic acid sequence is hybridized to first and second hybridization probes which are complementary to overlapping portions of the target nucleic acid sequence, the first hybridization probe including a first complexing agent capable of forming a binding pair with a second complexing agent and the second hybridization probe including a detectable marker. The first complexing agent attached to the first hybridization probe is contacted with a second complexing agent, the second complexing agent being attached to a solid support such that when the first and second complexing agents are attached, target nucleic acid sequences hybridized to the first hybridization probe become immobilized on to the solid support. The immobilized target nucleic acids are then separated and detected by detecting the detectable marker attached to the second hybridization probe. A kit for performing the method is also provided. 7 figs.

  15. Detection and isolation of nucleic acid sequences using competitive hybridization probes

    DOEpatents

    Lucas, Joe N. (San Ramon, CA); Straume, Tore (Tracy, CA); Bogen, Kenneth T. (Walnut Creek, CA)

    1997-01-01

    A method for detecting a target nucleic acid sequence in a sample is provided using hybridization probes which competitively hybridize to a target nucleic acid. According to the method, a target nucleic acid sequence is hybridized to first and second hybridization probes which are complementary to overlapping portions of the target nucleic acid sequence, the first hybridization probe including a first complexing agent capable of forming a binding pair with a second complexing agent and the second hybridization probe including a detectable marker. The first complexing agent attached to the first hybridization probe is contacted with a second complexing agent, the second complexing agent being attached to a solid support such that when the first and second complexing agents are attached, target nucleic acid sequences hybridized to the first hybridization probe become immobilized on to the solid support. The immobilized target nucleic acids are then separated and detected by detecting the detectable marker attached to the second hybridization probe. A kit for performing the method is also provided.

  16. Acid-catalyzed Heterogeneous Reactions in SOA Formation

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    Ng, N.; Keywood, M.; Varutbangkul, V.; Gao, S.; Loewer, E.; Surratt, J.; Richard, F. C.; John, S. H.

    2003-12-01

    The importance of heterogeneous reactions in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation has recently excited a great deal of interest in the aerosol community. Jang and Kamens (2001) showed enhanced aerosol yield from aldehydes, which can be produced by atmospheric photochemical reactions, in the presence of acidic seed. They suggest that the carbonyl functional groups of the aldehydes further react in the aerosol phase via hydration, polymerization, and hemiacetal/acetal formation with alcohols at an accelerated rate in the presence of acid. Jang et al. (2003) demonstrated similar results using a flow reactor and Czoschke et al. (in press) qualitatively showed increased yields for isoprene and alpha-pinene ozonolysis in the presence of acidic seed. While these findings are intriguing and important, the conditions under which the experiments were carried out were atmospherically unrealistic. A series of SOA formation experiments have been carried out in the Caltech Indoor Chamber Facility, which is comprised of dual 28 m3 FEP Teflon chambers, with the flexibility to carry out both dark ozonolysis and photochemical OH oxidation reactions. Cycloheptene and alpha-pinene were oxidized in the presence of neutral seed under dry (<10% RH) and humid (50% RH) conditions and in the presence of acidic seed under humid (50% RH) conditions. The SOA yields for these experiments will be presented, and the extent of the influence of acid-catalyzed reactions on SOA yield will be discussed. Reference List 1. Cocker, D. R. III. and R. C. Flagan and J. H. Seinfeld, State-of-the-art chamber facility for studying atmospheric aerosol chemistry, Environmental Science and Technology, 35, 2594-2601, 2001. 2. Czoschke, N. M., M. Jang, and R. M. Kamens, Effect of acid seed on biogenic sceondary organic aerosol growth, Atmospheric Environment, In press. 3. Jang, M., S. Lee, and R. M. Kamens, Organic aerosol growth by acid-catalyzed heterogeneous reactions of octanal in a flow reactor, Atmospheric Environment, 37, 2125-2138, 2003. 4. Jang, M. S. and R. M Kamens, Atmospheric secondary aerosol formation by heterogeneous reactions of aldehydes in the presence of a sulfuric acid aerosol catalyst. Environmental Science and Technology, 35, 4758-4766,2001.

  17. Template directed reactions of 2-aminoadenylic acid derivatives

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    Webb, T. R.; Orgel, L. E.

    1982-01-01

    The template-directed oligomerization of activated derivatives of 2-aminoadenylic acid (paA) on polyuridylic acid (poly(U)) in aqueous buffers was studied. The reaction differs from that of adenylic acid (pA) under identical conditions, in that only di- and tri-nucleotides are observed as substantial products rather than a longer sequence of oligomers. The reaction of paA also differs from that of pA in that it does not require Mg (2+), and is less susceptible to increased temperature. The relevance of these observations to the chemical evolution of polynucleotide replication is discussed. Improved syntheses of paA and its diphosphate are reported.

  18. Template directed reactions of 2-aminoadenylic acid derivatives.

    PubMed Central

    Webb, T R; Orgel, L E

    1982-01-01

    The template-directed oligomerization of activated derivatives of 2-aminoadenylic acid (paA) on polyuridylic acid (poly(U)) in aqueous buffers was studied. The reaction differs from that of adenylic acid (pA) under identical conditions, in that only di- and tri-nucleotides are observed as substantial products rather than a longer sequence of oligomers. The reaction of paA also differs from that of pA in that it does not require Mg++, and is less susceptible to increased temperature. The relevance of these observations to the chemical evolution of polynucleotide replication is discussed. Improved syntheses of paA and its diphosphate are reported. PMID:7122244

  19. Preparation of an imogolite/poly(acrylic acid) hybrid gel.

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    Lee, Hoik; Ryu, Jungju; Kim, Donghyun; Joo, Yongho; Lee, Sang Uck; Sohn, Daewon

    2013-09-15

    Many efforts in the field of hydrogels have been focused toward increasing the mechanical strength of the gel using inorganic materials. In this study, we synthesized a hydrogel that has excellent mechanical properties using surface-modified inorganic nanofibers composed of imogolite (Al2SiO3(OH)4), which is a hydrated aluminum silicate that has a hollow tube structure. Gamma ray radiation generates peroxide radicals on the nanofibers (imogolite), resulting in an additive free hybrid hydrogel. Structural optimization was carried out by changing the composition of imogolite and poly(acrylic acid). Chemical bonding between the nanofiber and the polymer was simulated by a cluster model and characterized by wide area Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that imogolite embedded in a polymer matrix can align along the direction of an elongational force, as confirmed by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). PMID:23806414

  20. Integration of Switchable DNA-Based Hydrogels with Surfaces by the Hybridization Chain Reaction.

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    Kahn, Jason S; Trifonov, Alexander; Cecconello, Alessandro; Guo, Weiwei; Fan, Chunhai; Willner, Itamar

    2015-11-11

    A novel method to assemble acrylamide/acrydite DNA copolymer hydrogels on surfaces, specifically gold-coated surfaces, is introduced. The method involves the synthesis of two different copolymer chains consisting of hairpin A, HA, modified acrylamide copolymer and hairpin B, HB, acrylamide copolymer. In the presence of a nucleic acid promoter monolayer associated with the surface, the hybridization chain reaction between the two hairpin-modified polymer chains is initiated, giving rise to the cross-opening of hairpins HA and HB and the formation of a cross-linked hydrogel on the surface. By the cofunctionalization of the HA- and HB-modified polymer chains with G-rich DNA tethers that include the G-quadruplex subunits, hydrogels of switchable stiffness are generated. In the presence of K(+)-ions, the hydrogel associated with the surface is cooperatively cross-linked by duplex units of HA and HB, and K(+)-ion-stabilized G-quadruplex units, giving rise to a stiff hydrogel. The 18-crown-6-ether-stimulated elimination of the K(+)-ions dissociates the bridging G-quadruplex units, resulting in a hydrogel of reduced stiffness. The duplex/G-quadruplex cooperatively stabilized hydrogel associated with the surface reveals switchable electrocatalytic properties. The incorporation of hemin into the G-quadruplex units electrocatalyzes the reduction of H2O2. The 18-crown-6-ether stimulated dissociation of the hemin/G-quadruplex bridging units leads to a catalytically inactive hydrogel. PMID:26488684

  1. Detection and isolation of nucleic acid sequences using a bifunctional hybridization probe

    DOEpatents

    Lucas, Joe N. (San Ramon, CA); Straume, Tore (Tracy, CA); Bogen, Kenneth T. (Walnut Creek, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A method for detecting and isolating a target sequence in a sample of nucleic acids is provided using a bifunctional hybridization probe capable of hybridizing to the target sequence that includes a detectable marker and a first complexing agent capable of forming a binding pair with a second complexing agent. A kit is also provided for detecting a target sequence in a sample of nucleic acids using a bifunctional hybridization probe according to this method.

  2. Acid-Base Pairs in Lewis Acidic Zeolites Promote Direct Aldol Reactions by Soft Enolization.

    PubMed

    Lewis, Jennifer D; Van de Vyver, Stijn; Romn-Leshkov, Yuriy

    2015-08-17

    Hf-, Sn-, and Zr-Beta zeolites catalyze the cross-aldol condensation of aromatic aldehydes with acetone under mild reaction conditions with near quantitative yields. NMR studies with isotopically labeled molecules confirm that acid-base pairs in the Si-O-M framework ensemble promote soft enolization through ?-proton abstraction. The Lewis acidic zeolites maintain activity in the presence of water and, unlike traditional base catalysts, in acidic solutions. PMID:26138135

  3. Heterogeneous atmospheric reactions - Sulfuric acid aerosols as tropospheric sinks

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    Baldwin, A. C.; Golden, D. M.

    1979-01-01

    The reaction probabilities of various atmospheric species incident on a bulk sulfuric acid surface are measured in order to determine the role of sulfuric acid aerosols as pollutant sinks. Reaction products and unreacted starting materials leaving a Knudsen cell flow reactor after collision at 300 K with a H2SO4 surface or a soot surface were detected by mass spectrometry. Significant collision reaction probabilities are observed on a H2SO4 surface for H2O2, HNO3, HO2NO2, ClONO2, N2O5, H2O and NH3, and on soot for NH3. Estimates of the contribution of heterogeneous reactions to pollutant removal under atmospheric conditions indicate that while aerosol removal in the stratosphere is insignificant (loss rate constants approximately 10 to the -10th/sec), heterogeneous reactions may be the dominant loss process for several tropospheric species (loss rate constant approximately 10 to the -5th/sec, comparable to photolysis rate constants).

  4. A novel colorimetric sensor for Hg(2+) based on hybridization chain reaction and silver nanowire amplification.

    PubMed

    Tang, Shurong; Tong, Ping; Wang, Meili; Chen, Jinghua; Li, Guangwen; Zhang, Lan

    2015-10-18

    Through the silver ion catalysis to form colored KMnO4, and combined with the DNA hybridization chain reaction and silver nanowire for signal amplification, a highly sensitive and selective colorimetric sensor has been developed for the detection of Hg(2+). PMID:26313655

  5. Method for nucleic acid hybridization using single-stranded DNA binding protein

    DOEpatents

    Tabor, Stanley; Richardson, Charles C.

    1996-01-01

    Method of nucleic acid hybridization for detecting the presence of a specific nucleic acid sequence in a population of different nucleic acid sequences using a nucleic acid probe. The nucleic acid probe hybridizes with the specific nucleic acid sequence but not with other nucleic acid sequences in the population. The method includes contacting a sample (potentially including the nucleic acid sequence) with the nucleic acid probe under hybridizing conditions in the presence of a single-stranded DNA binding protein provided in an amount which stimulates renaturation of a dilute solution (i.e., one in which the t.sub.1/2 of renaturation is longer than 3 weeks) of single-stranded DNA greater than 500 fold (i.e., to a t.sub.1/2 less than 60 min, preferably less than 5 min, and most preferably about 1 min.) in the absence of nucleotide triphosphates.

  6. Enzymatic Reaction with Unnatural Substrates: DNA Photolyase (Escherichia coli) Recognizes and Reverses Thymine [2+2] Dimers in the DNA Strand of a DNA/PNA Hybrid Duplex

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    Ramaiah, Danaboyina; Kan, Yongzhi; Koch, Troels; Orum, Henrik; Schuster, Gary B.

    1998-10-01

    Peptide nucleic acids (PNA) are mimics with normal bases connected to a pseudopeptide chain that obey Watson--Crick rules to form stable duplexes with itself and natural nucleic acids. This has focused attention on PNA as therapeutic or diagnostic reagents. Duplexes formed with PNA mirror some but not all properties of DNA. One fascinating aspect of PNA biochemistry is their reaction with enzymes. Here we show an enzyme reaction that operates effectively on a PNA/DNA hybrid duplex. A DNA oligonucleotide containing a cis, syn-thymine [2+2] dimer forms a stable duplex with PNA. The hybrid duplex is recognized by photolyase, and irradiation of the complex leads to the repair of the thymine dimer. This finding provides insight into the enzyme mechanism and provides a means for the selective repair of thymine photodimers.

  7. Polymerase chain reaction system using magnetic beads for analyzing a sample that includes nucleic acid

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    Nasarabadi, Shanavaz (Livermore, CA)

    2011-01-11

    A polymerase chain reaction system for analyzing a sample containing nucleic acid includes providing magnetic beads; providing a flow channel having a polymerase chain reaction chamber, a pre polymerase chain reaction magnet position adjacent the polymerase chain reaction chamber, and a post pre polymerase magnet position adjacent the polymerase chain reaction chamber. The nucleic acid is bound to the magnetic beads. The magnetic beads with the nucleic acid flow to the pre polymerase chain reaction magnet position in the flow channel. The magnetic beads and the nucleic acid are washed with ethanol. The nucleic acid in the polymerase chain reaction chamber is amplified. The magnetic beads and the nucleic acid are separated into a waste stream containing the magnetic beads and a post polymerase chain reaction mix containing the nucleic acid. The reaction mix containing the nucleic acid flows to an analysis unit in the channel for analysis.

  8. Serum uric acid levels during leprosy reaction episodes

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    Alves-Junior, Eduardo R.; Arruda, Talita A.; Lopes, Jose C.; Fontes, Cor J.F.

    2016-01-01

    Background. Leprosy reactions are acute inflammatory episodes that occur mainly in the multibacillary forms of the disease. The reactions are classified as type 1 (reverse reaction) or type 2 (erythema nodosum leprosum). Leprosy-associated oxidative stress has been widely demonstrated. Several recent studies have shown uric acid (UA) to have antioxidative effects under pathologic conditions. The objective of this study was to assess serum levels of UA in patients with leprosy reactions, with the aim of monitoring their levels before and after treatment, compared with levels in leprosy patients without reactions. Methods. The study included patients aged 18–69 years assisted at a leprosy treatment reference center in the Central Region of Brazil. Patients who were pregnant; were using immunosuppressant drugs or immunobiologicals; or had an autoimmune disease, human immunodeficiency virus infection, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or tuberculosis were excluded. Upon recruitment, all individuals were clinically assessed for skin lesions and neural or systemic impairment. Some patients had already completed treatment for leprosy, while others were still undergoing treatment or had initiated treatment after being admitted. The treatment of the reactional episode was started only after the initial evaluation. Laboratory assessments were performed upon admission (baseline) and at approximately 30 and 60 days (time points 1 and 2, respectively). Results. A total of 123 leprosy patients were recruited between June 2012 and June 2015; among them, 56, 42, and 25 presented with type 1, type 2, and no reactions, respectively. Serum UA levels were significantly reduced in patients with type 2 leprosy reactions compared with patients in the control group and remained lower in the two subsequent assessments, after initiation of anti-reaction treatments, with similar values to those recorded before the treatment. Discussion. The decreased serum UA levels in patients with type 2 leprosy reactions might be due to the consumption of UA to neutralize the enhanced production of oxygen- and nitrogen-reactive species that occurs during type 2 reactions. The maintenance of the reduced levels in the follow-up assessments may indicate persistence of oxidative stress in the initial post-treatment stages, despite improved clinical conditions. The results of this study suggest that serum UA may play an antioxidative role during type 2 leprosy reactions. PMID:26989632

  9. Serum uric acid levels during leprosy reaction episodes.

    PubMed

    Morato-Conceicao, Yvelise T; Alves-Junior, Eduardo R; Arruda, Talita A; Lopes, Jose C; Fontes, Cor J F

    2016-01-01

    Background. Leprosy reactions are acute inflammatory episodes that occur mainly in the multibacillary forms of the disease. The reactions are classified as type 1 (reverse reaction) or type 2 (erythema nodosum leprosum). Leprosy-associated oxidative stress has been widely demonstrated. Several recent studies have shown uric acid (UA) to have antioxidative effects under pathologic conditions. The objective of this study was to assess serum levels of UA in patients with leprosy reactions, with the aim of monitoring their levels before and after treatment, compared with levels in leprosy patients without reactions. Methods. The study included patients aged 18-69 years assisted at a leprosy treatment reference center in the Central Region of Brazil. Patients who were pregnant; were using immunosuppressant drugs or immunobiologicals; or had an autoimmune disease, human immunodeficiency virus infection, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or tuberculosis were excluded. Upon recruitment, all individuals were clinically assessed for skin lesions and neural or systemic impairment. Some patients had already completed treatment for leprosy, while others were still undergoing treatment or had initiated treatment after being admitted. The treatment of the reactional episode was started only after the initial evaluation. Laboratory assessments were performed upon admission (baseline) and at approximately 30 and 60 days (time points 1 and 2, respectively). Results. A total of 123 leprosy patients were recruited between June 2012 and June 2015; among them, 56, 42, and 25 presented with type 1, type 2, and no reactions, respectively. Serum UA levels were significantly reduced in patients with type 2 leprosy reactions compared with patients in the control group and remained lower in the two subsequent assessments, after initiation of anti-reaction treatments, with similar values to those recorded before the treatment. Discussion. The decreased serum UA levels in patients with type 2 leprosy reactions might be due to the consumption of UA to neutralize the enhanced production of oxygen- and nitrogen-reactive species that occurs during type 2 reactions. The maintenance of the reduced levels in the follow-up assessments may indicate persistence of oxidative stress in the initial post-treatment stages, despite improved clinical conditions. The results of this study suggest that serum UA may play an antioxidative role during type 2 leprosy reactions. PMID:26989632

  10. Porous silicon/photosynthetic reaction center hybrid nanostructure.

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    Hajdu, Kata; Gergely, Csilla; Martin, Marta; Cloitre, Thierry; Zimnyi, Lszl; Tenger, Katalin; Khoroshyy, Petro; Palestino, Gabriela; Agarwal, Vivechana; Herndi, Klra; Nmeth, Zoltn; Nagy, Lszl

    2012-08-14

    The purified photosynthetic reaction center protein (RC) from Rhodobacter sphaeroides R-26 purple bacteria was bound to porous silicon microcavities (PSiMc) either through silane-glutaraldehyde (GTA) chemistry or via a noncovalent peptide cross-linker. The characteristic resonance mode in the microcavity reflectivity spectrum red shifted by several nanometers upon RC binding, indicating the protein infiltration into the porous silicon (PSi) photonic structure. Flash photolysis experiments confirmed the photochemical activity of RC after its binding to the solid substrate. The kinetic components of the intraprotein charge recombination were considerably faster (?(fast) = 14 (9) ms, ?(slow) = 230 (28) ms with the RC bound through the GTA cross-linker and only ?(fast) = 27 (3) ms through peptide coating) than in solution (?(fast) = 120 (3) ms, ?(slow) = 1387 (2) ms), indicating the effect of the PSi surface on the light-induced electron transfer in the protein. The PSi/RC complex was found to oxidize the externally added electron donor, mammalian cytochrome c, and the cytochrome oxidation was blocked by the competitive RC inhibitor, terbutryne. This fact indicates that the specific surface binding sites on the PSi-bound RC are still accessible to external cofactors and an electronic interaction with redox components in the aqueous environment is possible. This new type of biophotonic material is considered to be an excellent model for new generation applications at the interface of silicon-based electronics and biological redox systems designed by nature. PMID:22809391

  11. Salicylic acid biosynthesis is enhanced and contributes to increased biotrophic pathogen resistance in Arabidopsis hybrids

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    Yang, Li; Li, Bosheng; Zheng, Xiao-yu; Li, Jigang; Yang, Mei; Dong, Xinnian; He, Guangming; An, Chengcai; Deng, Xing Wang

    2015-01-01

    Heterosis, the phenotypic superiority of a hybrid over its parents, has been demonstrated for many traits in Arabidopsis thaliana, but its effect on defence remains largely unexplored. Here, we show that hybrids between some A. thaliana accessions show increased resistance to the biotrophic bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Pst) DC3000. Comparisons of transcriptomes between these hybrids and their parents after inoculation reveal that several key salicylic acid (SA) biosynthesis genes are significantly upregulated in hybrids. Moreover, SA levels are higher in hybrids than in either parent. Increased resistance to Pst DC3000 is significantly compromised in hybrids of pad4 mutants in which the SA biosynthesis pathway is blocked. Finally, increased histone H3 acetylation of key SA biosynthesis genes correlates with their upregulation in infected hybrids. Our data demonstrate that enhanced activation of SA biosynthesis in A. thaliana hybrids may contribute to their increased resistance to a biotrophic bacterial pathogen. PMID:26065719

  12. The thiobarbituric acid (TBA) reaction in foods: a review.

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    Guillén-Sans, R; Guzmán-Chozas, M

    1998-05-01

    The wide diffusion of 2-thiobarbituric acid (TBA) in the scientific literature is due to the TBA assay, or TBA test, which has been employed in the determination of autoxidative alterations of fats and oils. Two processes occur in autoxidation, generally: the free radical and the photo-oxidation mechanisms. The better studied is the free radical mechanism. The hydroperoxiepidioxides and bicycloendoperoxides are malonaldehyde (MDA) precursors. The absorption spectrum obtained with oxidized fatty foods is like the spectrum obtained when TBA and MDA react. However, during the secondary phase of the autoxidation process other aldehydes (alkanals, 2-alkenals, dienals) are formed which react with TBA, and they are responsible for off-flavors. Three kinds of pigments (yellow, orange, red adducts) are involved. Also, aromatic aldehydes, which constitute the flavor profile of diverse fruits and essential oils, form with TBA the characteristic arylidene-2-TBA acids. Other substances, such as ketones, ketosteroids, acids, esters, sugars, imides and amides, amino acids, oxidized proteins, pyridines, pyrimidines, and vitamins can react with TBA; they are named TBARS (substances that react with TBA), and form principally in meats and meat derivatives. Several organic or bio-organic acids, as shikimic and sorbic acids, react photometrically with TBA if a Malaprade reaction takes place before. A structural study of the red adduct TBA-MDA has been carried out. PMID:9626489

  13. Theoretical study of the reaction mechanism of phenolic acid decarboxylase.

    PubMed

    Sheng, Xiang; Lind, Maria E S; Himo, Fahmi

    2015-12-01

    The cofactor-free phenolic acid decarboxylases (PADs) catalyze the non-oxidative decarboxylation of phenolic acids to their corresponding p-vinyl derivatives. Phenolic acids are toxic to some organisms, and a number of them have evolved the ability to transform these compounds, including PAD-catalyzed reactions. Since the vinyl derivative products can be used as polymer precursors and are also of interest in the food-processing industry, PADs might have potential applications as biocatalysts. We have investigated the detailed reaction mechanism of PAD from Bacillus subtilis using quantum chemical methodology. A number of different mechanistic scenarios have been considered and evaluated on the basis of their energy profiles. The calculations support a mechanism in which a quinone methide intermediate is formed by protonation of the substrate double bond, followed by C-C bond cleavage. A different substrate orientation in the active site is suggested compared to the literature proposal. This suggestion is analogous to other enzymes with p-hydroxylated aromatic compounds as substrates, such as hydroxycinnamoyl-CoA hydratase-lyase and vanillyl alcohol oxidase. Furthermore, on the basis of the calculations, a different active site residue compared to previous proposals is suggested to act as the general acid in the reaction. The mechanism put forward here is consistent with the available mutagenesis experiments and the calculated energy barrier is in agreement with measured rate constants. The detailed mechanistic understanding developed here might be extended to other members of the family of PAD-type enzymes. It could also be useful to rationalize the recently developed alternative promiscuous reactivities of these enzymes. PMID:26408050

  14. 40 CFR 721.10126 - Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with...

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    2012-07-01

    ... substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo... substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Alkyl amino substituted triazine...

  15. 40 CFR 721.10126 - Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with...

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    2013-07-01

    ... substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo... substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Alkyl amino substituted triazine...

  16. 40 CFR 721.10126 - Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo... substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Alkyl amino substituted triazine...

  17. Laboratory measurements of heterogeneous reactions on sulfuric acid surfaces

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    Williams, Leah R.; Manion, Jeffrey A.; Golden, David M.; Tolbert, Margaret A.

    1994-01-01

    Increasing evidence from field, modeling, and laboratory studies suggests that heterogeneous reactions on stratospheric sulfate aerosol particles may contribute to global ozone depletion. Using a Knudsen cell reactor technique, the authors have studied the uptake, reactivity, and solubility of several trace atmospheric species on cold sulfuric acid surfaces representative of stratospheric aerosol particles. The results suggest that the heterogeneous conversion of N2O5 to HNO3 is fast enough to significantly affect the partitioning of nitrogen species in the global stratosphere and thus contribute to global ozone depletion. The hydrolysis of ClONO2 is slower and unlikely to be important under normal conditions at midlatitudes. The solubilities of HCl and HNO3 in sulfuric acid down to 200 K were found to be quite low. For HCl, this means that little HCl is available for reaction on the surfaces of stratospheric sulfate aerosol particles. The low solubility of HNO3 means that this product of heterogeneous reactions will enter the gas phase, and the denitrification observed in polar regions is unlikely to occur in the global stratosphere.

  18. Tag/hybridization-based sensitive detection of polymerase chain reaction products.

    PubMed

    Niwa, Kousuke; Oribe, Akinobu; Okumura, Hidemasa; Shimono, Masahiro; Nagai, Kenkichi; Hirota, Toshikazu; Yasue, Hiroshi; Kawase, Mitsuo

    2014-11-01

    The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an important technology to amplify a single copy or a few copies of DNA segment in genomic DNAs, visualizing the segment as DNA fragment. Thus, PCR is frequently used in various examinations such as detection of bacteria and fungi in the food industry. Here, we report a simple and sensitive method for detection of PCR products using single-strand tag sequence and hybridization of the tag sequence to the complementary tag sequence immobilized on solid material (STH). The detection sensitivity was found to be at least 50 times higher than electrophoresis/ethidium bromide (EtBr) visualization for approximately a 500-bp fragment and higher than the ordinary hybridization, that is, hybridization of denatured PCR product to probe sequence immobilized on solid material. PMID:25051253

  19. Artificial mismatch hybridization

    DOEpatents

    Guo, Zhen; Smith, Lloyd M.

    1998-01-01

    An improved nucleic acid hybridization process is provided which employs a modified oligonucleotide and improves the ability to discriminate a control nucleic acid target from a variant nucleic acid target containing a sequence variation. The modified probe contains at least one artificial mismatch relative to the control nucleic acid target in addition to any mismatch(es) arising from the sequence variation. The invention has direct and advantageous application to numerous existing hybridization methods, including, applications that employ, for example, the Polymerase Chain Reaction, allele-specific nucleic acid sequencing methods, and diagnostic hybridization methods.

  20. Hybrid stochastic simulation of reaction-diffusion systems with slow and fast dynamics.

    PubMed

    Strehl, Robert; Ilie, Silvana

    2015-12-21

    In this paper, we present a novel hybrid method to simulate discrete stochastic reaction-diffusion models arising in biochemical signaling pathways. We study moderately stiff systems, for which we can partition each reaction or diffusion channel into either a slow or fast subset, based on its propensity. Numerical approaches missing this distinction are often limited with respect to computational run time or approximation quality. We design an approximate scheme that remedies these pitfalls by using a new blending strategy of the well-established inhomogeneous stochastic simulation algorithm and the tau-leaping simulation method. The advantages of our hybrid simulation algorithm are demonstrated on three benchmarking systems, with special focus on approximation accuracy and efficiency. PMID:26696047

  1. Hybrid stochastic simulation of reaction-diffusion systems with slow and fast dynamics

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    Strehl, Robert; Ilie, Silvana

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present a novel hybrid method to simulate discrete stochastic reaction-diffusion models arising in biochemical signaling pathways. We study moderately stiff systems, for which we can partition each reaction or diffusion channel into either a slow or fast subset, based on its propensity. Numerical approaches missing this distinction are often limited with respect to computational run time or approximation quality. We design an approximate scheme that remedies these pitfalls by using a new blending strategy of the well-established inhomogeneous stochastic simulation algorithm and the tau-leaping simulation method. The advantages of our hybrid simulation algorithm are demonstrated on three benchmarking systems, with special focus on approximation accuracy and efficiency.

  2. 40 CFR 721.10211 - Octadecanoic acid, reaction products with diethylenetriamine and urea, acetates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10211 Octadecanoic acid, reaction... subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as octadecanoic acid, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Octadecanoic acid, reaction...

  3. 40 CFR 721.10211 - Octadecanoic acid, reaction products with diethylenetriamine and urea, acetates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10211 Octadecanoic acid, reaction... subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as octadecanoic acid, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Octadecanoic acid, reaction...

  4. 40 CFR 721.10211 - Octadecanoic acid, reaction products with diethylenetriamine and urea, acetates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10211 Octadecanoic acid, reaction... subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as octadecanoic acid, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Octadecanoic acid, reaction...

  5. 40 CFR 721.10211 - Octadecanoic acid, reaction products with diethylenetriamine and urea, acetates.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10211 Octadecanoic acid, reaction... subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as octadecanoic acid, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Octadecanoic acid, reaction...

  6. Kinetics of the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with nitric acid

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    Margitan, J. J.; Watson, R. T.

    1982-01-01

    An extensive study was made of the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with nitric acid in a laser photolysis-resonance fluorescence system. A 266 nm laser was used to photolyze HNO3 in the temperature range 225-415 K at pressures of 20-300 torr. A temperature dependence was detected below room temperature, with a leveling off at 298 K and a wide spread in the rate constants. A pressure dependence was observed over the entire range and was more pronounced at lower temperatures. The results are noted to be in agreement with those of previous investigations. However, the wide range of rate constants are suggested to be a problem for stratospheric HO(x) modeling for anthropogenic effects. No explanation could be given of the varying results obtained by other investigators regarding the kinetics of the reactions.

  7. Application of a new hybrid organic-inorganic monolithic column for efficient deoxyribonucleic acid purification.

    PubMed

    Yu, Shengbing; Geng, Jing; Zhou, Ping; Wang, Jing; Feng, Airong; Chen, Xiangdong; Tong, Hua; Hu, Jiming

    2008-03-24

    A new hybrid organic-inorganic monolithic column for efficient deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) extraction was prepared in situ by polymerization of N-(beta-aminoethyl)-gamma-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AEAPTES) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). The main extraction mechanism was based on the Coulombic force between DNA and the amino silica hybrid monolithic column. DNA extraction conditions, such as pH, ion concentration and type, and loading capacity, were optimized online by capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence detection. Under optimal condition, a 6.0-cm monolithic column provided a capacity of 48 ng DNA with an extraction efficiency of 74+/-6.3% (X+/-RSD). The DNA extraction process on this monolithic column was carried out in a totally aqueous system for the successful purification of DNA and removal of proteins. The PBE2 plasmid could be extracted from Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) crude lysate within 25 min, and the purified DNA was suitable for the amplification of a target fragment by polymerase chain reaction. This study demonstrates a new attractive solid-phase support for DNA extraction to meet the increasingly miniaturized and automated trends of genetic analyses. PMID:18328318

  8. Phototoxic reactions to piroxicam, naproxen and tiaprofenic acid.

    PubMed

    Diffey, B L; Daymond, T J; Fairgreaves, H

    1983-11-01

    Photosensitivity investigations have been carried out using an irradiation monochromator on 31 patients taking one of seven different nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents for the treatment of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Six patients, who were taking either piroxicam, naproxen or tiaprofenic acid, experienced adverse immediate reactions of erythema and flaring, together with an urticarial response in four of these six patients. No phototoxic response was observed in patients taking either indomethacin, ketoprofen, benorylate or ibuprofen, although firm conclusions about the non-phototoxic nature of these four drugs cannot be drawn from this pilot study because of the small numbers of patients investigated. PMID:6652387

  9. Exploring ?-hydroxy ?-amino acids (statines) in the design of hybrid peptide foldamers.

    PubMed

    Bandyopadhyay, Anupam; Malik, Ankita; Kumar, Mothukuri Ganesh; Gopi, Hosahudya N

    2014-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of syn and anti ?-hydroxy ?-amino acid (statine) diastereoisomers, their utilization in the design of hybrid peptide foldamers, and their single crystal conformations are studied. PMID:24320892

  10. Formic acid production from carbohydrates biomass by hydrothermal reaction

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    Yun, J.; Jin, F.; Kishita, A.; Tohji, K.; Enomoto, H.

    2010-03-01

    The formation of formic acid or formate salts by hydrothermal oxidation of model biomass materials (glucose, starch and cellulose) was investigated. All experiments were conducted in a batch reactor, made of SUS 316 tubing, providing an internal volume of 5.7 cm3. A 30 wt% hydrogen peroxide aqueous solution was used as an oxidant. The experiments were carried out with temperature of 250C, reaction time varying from 0.5 min to 5 min, H2O2 supply of 240%, and alkaline concentration varying from 0 to 1.25 M. Similar to glucose, in the cases of the oxidation of hydrothermal starch and cellulose, the addition of alkaline can also improve the yield of formic acid. And the yield were glucose>starch> cellulose in cases of with or without of alkaline addition.

  11. Label-free electrochemical DNA sensing with a one-target-multitriggered hybridization chain reaction strategy.

    PubMed

    Zhu, Zhu; Lei, Jianping; Liu, Lin; Ju, Huangxian

    2013-10-21

    A one-target-multitriggered hybridization chain reaction (MHCR) strategy was designed for ultrasensitive electrochemical detection of DNA by combining the isothermal strand-displacement polymerase reaction (ISDPR) with the DNA self-assembly on a DNA sensor surface. The sensor was constructed by immobilizing a hairpin-like capture probe (CP) on a gold electrode via an Au-S bond. The ISDPR was triggered by the hybridization of the target DNA to open the CP and primer to anneal the complementary part in the bottom of the exposed stem and the extension of the primer in the presence of dNTPs and polymerase. Each target copy could produce a few opened CPs. Afterwards, the other part of the exposed stem acted as an initiator to trigger the hybridization chain reaction (HCR) when incubated with two hairpin monomers. Using [Ru(NH3)6](3+) as an electrochemically active indicator to interact with the MHCR product, the amperometric response demonstrated a perfect multiple amplification effect. The constructed sensor showed a high sensitivity for detection of the target DNA in a linear range from 0.1 fM to 10 pM, a detection limit down to 0.02 fM (3?) and good selectivity for base discrimination. This method did not need any modification or labelling process. The proposed strategy provides a powerful tool for cascade signal amplification and has a wide potential application in bioanalysis. PMID:23951569

  12. Manipulating the Surface Reactions in Lithium Sulfur Batteries Using Hybrid Anode Structures

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    Huang, Cheng; Xiao, Jie; Shao, Yuyan; Zheng, Jianming; Bennett, Wendy D.; Lu, Dongping; Saraf, Laxmikant V.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ji, Liwen; Zhang, Jiguang; Li, Xiaolin; Graff, Gordon L.; Liu, Jun

    2014-01-09

    Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries have recently attracted extensive attention due to the high theoretical energy density and potential low cost. Even so, significant challenges prevent widespread adoption, including continuous dissolution and consumption of active sulfur during cycling. Here we present a fundamentally new design using electrically connected graphite and lithium metal as a hybrid anode to control undesirable surface reactions on the anode. The lithiated graphite placed in front of the lithium metal functions as an artificial self-regulated solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer to actively control the electrochemical reaction while minimizing the deleterious side reactions on the surface and bulk lithium metal. Continuous corrosion and contamination of lithium anode by dissolved polysulfides is largely mitigated. Excellent electrochemical performance has been observed. Li-S cell incorporating the hybrid design retain a capacity of more than 800 mAh g-1 for 400 cycles, corresponding to only 11% fade and a Coulombic efficiency above 99%. This simple hybrid concept may also provide new lessons for protecting metal anodes in other energy storage devices.

  13. 40 CFR 721.10664 - Alkenedioic acid dialkyl ester, reaction products with alkenoic acid alkyl esters and diamine...

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    2013-07-01

    ..., reaction products with alkenoic acid alkyl esters and diamine (generic). 721.10664 Section 721.10664... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10664 Alkenedioic acid dialkyl ester, reaction products with alkenoic acid alkyl esters and diamine (generic)....

  14. 40 CFR 721.10629 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with modified fatty acids and polyalkanolamines (generic).

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    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction... NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10629 Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with modified fatty acids and polyalkanolamines (generic)....

  15. 40 CFR 721.10664 - Alkenedioic acid dialkyl ester, reaction products with alkenoic acid alkyl esters and diamine...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ..., reaction products with alkenoic acid alkyl esters and diamine (generic). 721.10664 Section 721.10664... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10664 Alkenedioic acid dialkyl ester, reaction products with alkenoic acid alkyl esters and diamine (generic)....

  16. 40 CFR 721.10629 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with modified fatty acids and polyalkanolamines (generic).

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction... NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10629 Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with modified fatty acids and polyalkanolamines (generic)....

  17. Inorganic solid acids and their use in acid-catalyzed hydrocarbon reactions

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    Corma, A.

    1995-05-01

    It is possible to say that solid acid catalysis involves the largest amounts of catalysts used and the largest economical effort in the oil refining and chemical industry. In this review the author has tried to describe perhaps the most important solid acids based on inorganic oxides, going from their preparation procedures and characterization, to their catalytic activity for a series of hydrocarbon reactions. The review starts with an introductory part in where the nature of the acid sites and their physicochemical characterization is described. Then the classification to the different catalysts is initiated with the older amorphous silica-alumina and aluminum phosphates and followed by catalysts with more interest at present which are discussed in order of increasing acid strength: zeolites, heteropoly acids, and sulfated metal oxides. The aim of this review is to present an extended summary of the state of the art and the current and the future tendencies in the field. 720 refs.

  18. The Effect of Hetrogeneous Reactions on Model Performance for Nitrous Acid

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    Recent studies suggest that emissions, heterogeneous reactions, and surface photolysis of adsorbed nitric acid may produce additional nitrous acid in the atmosphere. The effects of these sources on nitrous acid formation are evaluated using the Community Multiscale Air Quality m...

  19. Computational determination of fundamental pathway and activation barriers for acetohydroxyacid synthase-catalyzed condensation reactions of alpha-keto acids.

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    Xiong, Ying; Liu, Junjun; Yang, Guang-Fu; Zhan, Chang-Guo

    2010-06-01

    Acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS) is the first common enzyme in the biosynthetic pathway leading to the production of various branched-chain amino acids. AHAS is recognized as a promising target for new antituberculosis drugs, antibacterial drugs, and herbicides. Extensive first-principles quantum mechanical (QM) and hybrid quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) calculations have enabled us, in this study, to uncover the fundamental reaction pathway, determine the activation barriers, and obtain valuable insights concerning the specific roles of key amino acid residues for the common steps of AHAS-catalyzed condensation reactions of alpha-keto acids. The computational results reveal that the rate-determining step of the AHAS-catalyzed reactions is the second reaction step and that the most important amino acid residues involved in the catalysis include Glu144', Gln207', Gly121', and Gly511 that form favorable hydrogen bonds with the reaction center (consisting of atoms from the substrate and cofactor) during the reaction process. In addition, Glu144' also accepts a proton from cofactor thiamin diphosphate (ThDP) through hydrogen bonding during the catalytic reaction. The favorable interactions between the reaction center and protein environment remarkably stabilize the transition state and, thus, lower the activation barrier for the rate-determining reaction step by approximately 20 kcal/mol. The activation barrier calculated for the rate-determining step is in good agreement with the experimental activation barrier. The detailed structural and mechanistic insights should be valuable for rational design of novel, potent AHAS inhibitors that may be used as promising new anti-tuberculosis drugs, antibacterial drugs, and/or herbicides to overcome drug resistance problem. PMID:19554557

  20. Radical-generating coordination complexes as tools for rapid and effective fragmentation and fluorescent labeling of nucleic acids for microchip hybridization.

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    Kelly, J. J.; Chernov, B. K.; Tovstanovsky, I.; Mirzabekov, A. D.; Bavykin, S. G.; Biochip Technology Center; Northwestern Univ.; Engelhardt Inst. of Molecular Biology

    2002-12-15

    DNA microchip technology is a rapid, high-throughput method for nucleic acid hybridization reactions. This technology requires random fragmentation and fluorescent labeling of target nucleic acids prior to hybridization. Radical-generating coordination complexes, such as 1,10-phenanthroline-Cu(II) (OP-Cu) and Fe(II)-EDTA (Fe-EDTA), have been commonly used as sequence nonspecific 'chemical nucleases' to introduce single-strand breaks in nucleic acids. Here we describe a new method based on these radical-generating complexes for random fragmentation and labeling of both single- and double-stranded forms of RNA and DNA. Nucleic acids labeled with the OP-Cu and the Fe-EDTA protocols revealed high hybridization specificity in hybridization with DNA microchips containing oligonucleotide probes selected for identification of 16S rRNA sequences of the Bacillus group microorganisms.We also demonstrated cDNA- and cRNA-labeling and fragmentation with this method. Both the OP-Cu and Fe-EDTA fragmentation and labeling procedures are quick and inexpensive compared to other commonly used methods. A column-based version of the described method does not require centrifugation and therefore is promising for the automation of sample preparations in DNA microchip technology as well as in other nucleic acid hybridization studies.

  1. Surface reactions of iron - enriched smectites: adsorption and transformation of hydroxy fatty acids and phenolic acids

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    Polubesova, Tamara; Olshansky, Yaniv; Eldad, Shay; Chefetz, Benny

    2014-05-01

    Iron-enriched smectites play an important role in adsorption and transformation of soil organic components. Soil organo-clay complexes, and in particular humin contain hydroxy fatty acids, which are derived from plant biopolymer cutin. Phenolic acids belong to another major group of organic acids detected in soil. They participate in various soil processes, and are of concern due to their allelopathic activity. We studied the reactivity of iron-enriched smectites (Fe(III)-montmorillonite and nontronite) toward both groups of acids. We used fatty acids- 9(10),16-dihydroxypalmitic acid (diHPA), isolated from curtin, and 9,10,16-trihydroxypalmitic acid (triHPA); the following phenolic acids were used: ferulic, p-coumaric, syringic, and vanillic. Adsorption of both groups of acids was measured. The FTIR spectra of fatty acid-mineral complexes indicated inner-sphere complexation of fatty acids with iron-enriched smectites (versus outer-sphere complexation with Ca(II)-montmorillonite). The LC-MS results demonstrated enhanced esterification of fatty acids on the iron-enriched smectite surfaces (as compared to Ca(II)-montmorillonite). This study suggests that fatty acids can be esterified on the iron-enriched smectite surfaces, which results in the formation of stable organo-mineral complexes. These complexes may serve as a model for the study of natural soil organo-clay complexes and humin. The reaction of phenolic acids with Fe(III)-montmorillonite demonstrated their oxidative transformation by the mineral surfaces, which was affected by molecular structure of acids. The following order of their transformation was obtained: ferulic >syringic >p-coumaric >vanillic. The LC-MS analysis demonstrated the presence of dimers, trimers, and tetramers of ferulic acid on the surface of Fe(III)-montmorillonite. Oxidation and transformation of ferulic acid were more intense on the surface of Fe(III)-montmorillonite as compared to Fe(III) in solution due to stronger complexation on the Fe(III)-motnomrillonite surface. Our study demonstrate the importance of iron-enriched minerals for the abiotic formation of humic materials and for the transformation of aromatic (phenolic) pollutants.

  2. Phosphoric Acid-Mediated Synthesis of Vinyl Sulfones through Decarboxylative Coupling Reactions of Sodium Sulfinates with Phenylpropiolic Acids.

    PubMed

    Rong, Guangwei; Mao, Jincheng; Yan, Hong; Zheng, Yang; Zhang, Guoqi

    2015-08-01

    A novel phosphoric acid -mediated synthesis of vinyl sulfones through decarboxylative coupling reactions of sodium sulfinates with phenylpropiolic acids is described. This transformation is efficient and environmentally friendly. PMID:26207418

  3. Analysis of hepcidin expression: In situ hybridization and quantitative polymerase chain reaction from paraffin sections

    PubMed Central

    Sakuraoka, Yuhki; Sawada, Tokihiko; Shiraki, Takayuki; Park, Kyunghwa; Sakurai, Yuhichiro; Tomosugi, Naohisa; Kubota, Keiichi

    2012-01-01

    AIM: To establish methods for quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for hepcidin using RNAs isolated from paraffin-embedded sections and in situ hybridization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Total RNA from paraffin-embedded sections was isolated from 68 paraffin-embedded samples of HCC. Samples came from 54 male and 14 female patients with a mean age of 66.8 7.8 years. Quantitative PCR was performed. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization for hepcidin were also performed. RESULTS: Quantitative PCR for hepcidin using RNAs isolated from paraffin-embedded sections of HCC was performed successfully. The expression level of hepcidin mRNA in cancer tissues was significantly higher than that in non-cancer tissues. A method of in situ hybridization for hepcidin was established successfully, and this demonstrated that hepcidin mRNA was expressed in non-cancerous tissue but absent in cancerous tissue. CONCLUSION: We have established novel methods for quantitative PCR for hepcidin using RNAs isolated from paraffin-embedded sections and in situ hybridization of HCC. PMID:22851866

  4. Hybrid molecule from Farnesylthiosalicylic acid-diamine and phenylpropenoic acid as Ras-related signaling inhibitor with potent antitumor activities.

    PubMed

    Ling, Yong; Wang, Zhiqiang; Wang, Xuemin; Li, Xianghua; Wang, Xinyang; Zhang, Wei; Dai, Hong; Chen, Li; Zhang, Yihua

    2015-02-01

    Novel series of Farnesylthiosalicylic acid-diamine/phenylpropenoic acid hybrids were designed and synthesized. Their in vitro growth inhibitory assays showed that most compounds displayed strong antiproliferation activity against seven cancer cells. Especially, the new hybrid 12 f, by the conjugation of 10a with ferulic acid, could selectively suppress the proliferation of tumor cells and display significantly lower toxicities to normal cells than its intermediate 10a. Furthermore, 12 f dose-dependently induced SMMC-7721 cell apoptosis. Additionally, our observations demonstrated that 12 f inhibited both Ras-related signaling and phosphorylated NF-?B synergistically, which may be advantageous to the strong antitumor activities of 12 f. Our findings suggest that these novel hybrids may hold a great promise as therapeutic agents for the intervention of human cancers. PMID:25043275

  5. Mutual storage mode ion/ion reactions in a hybrid linear ion trap.

    PubMed

    Xia, Yu; Wu, Jin; McLuckey, Scott A; Londry, Frank A; Hager, James W

    2005-01-01

    Ion/ion proton transfer reactions involving mutual storage of both ion polarities in a linear ion trap (LIT) that comprises part of a hybrid triple quadrupole/linear ion trap mass spectrometer have been effected. Mutual ion storage in the x- and y-dimensions arises from the normal operation of the oscillating quadrupole field of the quadrupole array, while storage in the z-dimension is enabled by applying unbalanced radio-frequency amplitudes to opposing sets of rods of the array. Efficient trapping (>90%) is achieved for thermalized ions over periods of several seconds. Reactions were demonstrated for multiply charged protein/peptide cations formed by electrospray with anions derived from glow discharge ionization of perfluoro(methyldecalin) (PMD) introduced from the side of the LIT rod array. Doubly and singly charged protein ions are readily formed via ion/ion reactions. The parameters that affect ion/ion reactions are discussed, including the degree of RF unbalance on the LIT rods, vacuum pressure, nature of the buffer gas, reaction time, anion abundance, and the low mass cutoff for ion/ion reaction. The present system has a demonstrated upper mass-to-charge ratio limit of at least 33,000. The system also has high flexibility with respect to defining MS(n) experiments involving both collision-induced dissociation (CID) and ion/ion reactions. Experiments are demonstrated involving beam-type CID in the pressurized collision quadrupole (Q2) followed by ion/ion reactions involving the product ions in the LIT. Ion parking experiments are also demonstrated using the mutual storage ion/ion reaction mode in the LIT, with a parking efficiency over 60%. PMID:15653365

  6. Investigation of Embedded Si/C System Exposed to a Hybrid Reaction of Centrifugal-Assisted Thermite Method.

    PubMed

    Mahmoodian, Reza; Yahya, Rosiyah; Dabbagh, Ali; Hamdi, Mohd; Hassan, Mohsen A

    2015-01-01

    A novel method is proposed to study the behavior and phase formation of a Si+C compacted pellet under centrifugal acceleration in a hybrid reaction. Si+C as elemental mixture in the form of a pellet is embedded in a centrifugal tube. The pellet assembly and tube are exposed to the sudden thermal energy of a thermite reaction resulted in a hybrid reaction. The hybrid reaction of thermite and Si+C produced unique phases. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) as well as microstructural and elemental analyses are then investigated. XRD pattern showed formation of materials with possible electronic and magnetic properties. The cooling rate and the molten particle viscosity mathematical model of the process are meant to assist in understanding the physical and chemical phenomena took place during and after reaction. The results analysis revealed that up to 85% of materials converted into secondary products as ceramics-matrix composite. PMID:26641651

  7. Investigation of Embedded Si/C System Exposed to a Hybrid Reaction of Centrifugal-Assisted Thermite Method

    PubMed Central

    Mahmoodian, Reza; Yahya, Rosiyah; Dabbagh, Ali; Hamdi, Mohd; Hassan, Mohsen A.

    2015-01-01

    A novel method is proposed to study the behavior and phase formation of a Si+C compacted pellet under centrifugal acceleration in a hybrid reaction. Si+C as elemental mixture in the form of a pellet is embedded in a centrifugal tube. The pellet assembly and tube are exposed to the sudden thermal energy of a thermite reaction resulted in a hybrid reaction. The hybrid reaction of thermite and Si+C produced unique phases. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) as well as microstructural and elemental analyses are then investigated. XRD pattern showed formation of materials with possible electronic and magnetic properties. The cooling rate and the molten particle viscosity mathematical model of the process are meant to assist in understanding the physical and chemical phenomena took place during and after reaction. The results analysis revealed that up to 85% of materials converted into secondary products as ceramics-matrix composite. PMID:26641651

  8. Hyperbranched Hybridization Chain Reaction for Triggered Signal Amplification and Concatenated Logic Circuits.

    PubMed

    Bi, Sai; Chen, Min; Jia, Xiaoqiang; Dong, Ying; Wang, Zonghua

    2015-07-01

    A hyper-branched hybridization chain reaction (HB-HCR) is presented herein, which consists of only six species that can metastably coexist until the introduction of an initiator DNA to trigger a cascade of hybridization events, leading to the self-sustained assembly of hyper-branched and nicked double-stranded DNA structures. The system can readily achieve ultrasensitive detection of target DNA. Moreover, the HB-HCR principle is successfully applied to construct three-input concatenated logic circuits with excellent specificity and extended to design a security-mimicking keypad lock system. Significantly, the HB-HCR-based keypad lock can alarm immediately if the "password" is incorrect. Overall, the proposed HB-HCR with high amplification efficiency is simple, homogeneous, fast, robust, and low-cost, and holds great promise in the development of biosensing, in the programmable assembly of DNA architectures, and in molecular logic operations. PMID:26012841

  9. Layer-by-layer motif hybridization: nanoporous nickel oxide flakes wrapped into graphene oxide sheets toward enhanced oxygen reduction reaction.

    PubMed

    Zakaria, Mohamed B; Malgras, Victor; Takei, Toshiaki; Li, Cuiling; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2015-11-25

    Herein we report a novel strategy involving the hybridization of nanoporous NiO flakes with graphene oxide (GO) sheets. The as-prepared flake-like nickel cyano-bridged coordination polymers (NiCNNi) are hybridized with GO sheets and thermally treated in air, so the organic materials can be removed without affecting the integrity of the parent GO sheets. Thus, the layer-by-layer construction followed by a thermal treatment can produce a new hybrid nanoporous material consisting of NiO and GO. The obtained hybrid material exhibits an efficient catalytic activity and stability for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). PMID:26411422

  10. An enzyme-free colorimetric assay using hybridization chain reaction amplification and split aptamers.

    PubMed

    Wang, Qing; Yang, Xiaohan; Yang, Xiaohai; Wang, Kemin; Zhang, Hua; Liu, Pei

    2015-11-21

    A novel unmodified gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based colorimetric assay was demonstrated using split aptamers and the hybridization chain reaction (HCR) amplification strategy. Here, the aptamer was divided into a structure-switching hairpin probe (DNA probe H1 (or H1')) and a single-stranded probe (DNA probe H2 (or H2')). In the presence of the target, DNA probe H1 (or H1') could specifically capture the target with the assistance of DNA probe H2 (or H2') to form a stable complex. Subsequently, the hairpin structure of DNA probe H1 (or H1') was changed, and then a chain reaction of hybridization events between two other hairpin probes (H3 and H4) propagated, resulting in the formation of nicked double-helices. Since it was difficult for such nicked double-helices to inhibit salt-induced AuNP aggregation, a red-to-blue color change was observed. With the elegant amplification effect of HCR, this assay showed a low detection limit (15 nM for Hg(2+) and 1 ?M for adenosine), which was lower than or at least comparable to previous AuNP-based methods. The novel strategy not only eliminated the requirements of enzymatic reactions, separation processes, chemical modifications, and sophisticated instruments, but also could be used for other targets only by simply changing the DNA probe sequences. PMID:26442287

  11. Pseudolymphomatous reaction to varicella zoster virus vaccination: role of viral in situ hybridization.

    PubMed

    Porto, Dennis A; Comfere, Nneka I; Myers, Laura M; Abbott, Jared J

    2010-10-01

    Herpes zoster (shingles) is the result of a reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV). Many adults obtain a VZV vaccine in order to prevent zoster. Non-specific injection site reactions and generalized herpes eruptions have been reported to occur, especially in immunocompromised patients. However, these are most often anatomically generalized reactions and histopathologically resemble typical herpes infections. We report a 61-year-old female on immunosuppressant medications for rheumatoid arthritis who presented with a subcutaneous nodule at the site of a recent herpes zoster vaccination. Histopathological examination revealed a dense nodular and interstitial mononuclear infiltrate throughout the mid and deep dermis with extension into the superficial subcutaneous fat. Immunohistochemical staining revealed an admixture of T-cells and B-cells, with a predominance of T-cells. These findings are consistent with a pseudolymphoma (PL), a reactive inflammatory disorder that can resemble cutaneous lymphoma and has rarely been described in herpes infections and post-herpetic scars. In situ hybridization studies for VZV were performed and highlighted occasional deep fibroblasts with nuclear positivity for VZV DNA. A review of post-vaccination reactions and herpes-related PL is discussed with emphasis on using in situ hybridization in establishing the diagnosis. PMID:19889051

  12. Producing a trimethylpentanoic acid using hybrid polyketide synthases

    DOEpatents

    Katz, Leonard; Fortman, Jeffrey L; Keasling, Jay D

    2014-10-07

    The present invention provides for a polyketide synthase (PKS) capable of synthesizing trimethylpentanoic acid. The present invention also provides for a host cell comprising the PKS and when cultured produces the trimethylpentanoic acid. The present invention also provides for a method of producing the trimethylpentanoic acid, comprising: providing a host cell of the present invention, and culturing said host cell in a suitable culture medium such that the trimethylpentanoic acid is produced, optionally isolating the trimethylpentanoic acid, and optionally, reducing the isolated trimethylpentanoic acid into a trimethylpentanol or an iso-octane.

  13. 40 CFR 721.10448 - Acetic acid, hydroxy- methoxy-, methyl ester, reaction products with substituted alkylamine...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Acetic acid, hydroxy- methoxy-, methyl... Acetic acid, hydroxy- methoxy-, methyl ester, reaction products with substituted alkylamine (generic). (a... generically as acetic acid, hydroxymethoxy-, methyl ester, reaction products with substituted alkylamine...

  14. 40 CFR 721.10448 - Acetic acid, hydroxy- methoxy-, methylester, reaction products with substituted alkylamine...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Acetic acid, hydroxy- methoxy... Acetic acid, hydroxy- methoxy-, methylester, reaction products with substituted alkylamine (generic). (a... generically as acetic acid, hydroxymethoxy-, methyl ester, reaction products with substituted alkylamine...

  15. 40 CFR 721.9460 - Tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with polyamines, alkyl substituted.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9460 Tall oil fatty acids, reaction... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Tall oil fatty acids,...

  16. 40 CFR 721.9460 - Tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with polyamines, alkyl substituted.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9460 Tall oil fatty acids, reaction... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Tall oil fatty acids,...

  17. 40 CFR 721.9460 - Tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with polyamines, alkyl substituted.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9460 Tall oil fatty acids, reaction... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Tall oil fatty acids,...

  18. 40 CFR 721.9460 - Tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with polyamines, alkyl substituted.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9460 Tall oil fatty acids, reaction... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Tall oil fatty acids,...

  19. 40 CFR 721.9460 - Tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with polyamines, alkyl substituted.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9460 Tall oil fatty acids, reaction... reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as tall oil fatty acids, reaction products with... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Tall oil fatty acids,...

  20. A computational study of ultrafast acid dissociation and acid-base neutralization reactions. I. The model

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    Maurer, Patrick; Thomas, Vibin; Rivard, Ugo; Iftimie, Radu

    2010-07-01

    Ultrafast, time-resolved investigations of acid-base neutralization reactions have recently been performed using systems containing the photoacid 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid trisodium salt (HPTS) and various Brnsted bases. Two conflicting neutralization mechanisms have been formulated by Mohammed et al. [Science 310, 83 (2005)] and Siwick et al. [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 13412 (2007)] for the same acid-base system. Herein an ab initio molecular dynamics based computational model is formulated, which is able to investigate the validity of the proposed mechanisms in the general context of ground-state acid-base neutralization reactions. Our approach consists of using 2,4,6-tricyanophenol (exp. pKa?1) as a model for excited-state HPTS? (pKa?1.4) and carboxylate ions for the accepting base. We employ our recently proposed dipole-field/quantum mechanics (QM) treatment [P. Maurer and R. Iftimie, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 074112 (2010)] of the proton donor and acceptor molecules. This approach allows one to tune the free energy of neutralization to any desired value as well as model initial nonequilibrium hydration effects caused by a sudden increase in acidity, making it possible to achieve a more realistic comparison with experimental data than could be obtained via a full-QM treatment of the entire system. It is demonstrated that the dipole-field/QM model reproduces correctly key properties of the 2,4,6-tricyanophenol acid molecule including gas-phase proton dissociation energies and dipole moments, and condensed-phase hydration structure and pKa values.

  1. Room Temperature, Hybrid Sodium-Based Flow Batteries with Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong H.; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-09-28

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volume of the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multielectron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. The critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored.

  2. Room temperature, hybrid sodium-based flow batteries with multi-electron transfer redox reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-06-11

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volume of the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multielectron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. Furthermore, the critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored.

  3. Room Temperature, Hybrid Sodium-Based Flow Batteries with Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-06-11

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volume of the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multielectron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. The critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored.

  4. Design of an innovative lead-acid battery for electric and hybrid vehicles

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    Baxa, M. S.; Weinlein, C. E.

    An innovative lead acid battery was designed specifically for use in a hybrid car. The battery has exceeded all of the minimum performance goals, and in many cases the optimistic target goals. The eV-1300, which features electrolyte circulation, has excellent energy density, power characteristics, efficiency, and cycle life. It is a good candidate battery for other hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles which require a relatively small cell size.

  5. High School Forum: "Invitations to Enquiry": The Calcite/Acid Reaction.

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    Herron, J. Dudley, Ed.; Driscoll, D. R.

    1979-01-01

    Describes a high school chemistry experiment which involves the reaction between calcite and hydrochloric and sulfuric acids. This reaction can be carried out as a projected demonstration and on an individual basis. (HM)

  6. Production of Acetic Acid from Carbohydrate Biomass by Two-Step Reaction with Alkaline Hydrothermal Reaction and Wet Oxidation

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    Yan, X.; Jin, F.; Tohji, K.; Enomoto, H.

    2007-03-01

    An investigation was carried out to improve the production of acetic acid by an alkaline two-step process, in which the first step is to accelerate the formation of lactic acid in a hydrothermal reaction with the addition of alkali, and the second step is further convert the lactic acid produced in the first step to acetic acid by oxidation with newly added oxygen. Results showed that the addition of alkali promoted selectively the formation of lactic acid from glucose at a hydrothermal condition. Acetic acid yield in the alkaline two-step process greatly increased in comparison to that without the addition of any alkali. In the alkaline two-step process, the highest acetic acid yield arrived at 27 % on the carbon base under the conditions of reaction temperature of 300 C, reaction time of 1 min, and Ca(OH)2 concentration of 0.32 M in the first step, and reaction temperature of 300 C, reaction time of 3 min, and oxygen supply of 70 % in the second step.

  7. Quantitative detection of tumor necrosis factor-? by single molecule counting based on a hybridization chain reaction.

    PubMed

    Dai, Shuang; Feng, Chunjing; Li, Wei; Jiang, Wei; Wang, Lei

    2014-10-15

    This work reports a novel and sensitive quantitative method for detection of tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF-?) based on single molecule counting and hybridization chain reaction (HCR). In the presence of TNF-?, sandwich-type immunocomplex was formed on the surface of glass substrate. The streptavidin acted as a bridge bounded to the biotinylated immunocomplex, which provided three sites to fixate the biotinylated initiator strands. The initiator strands triggered the chain reaction of hybridization to form a long double-helix polymer and SYBR Green I, acted as the fluorescence label, intercalated into the grooves of the long dsDNA polymer. Then, the quantitative detection of TNF-? was realized by single molecule counting. Under the optimal conditions, HCR-based single molecule counting quantitative method could successfully detect TNF-? in the range of 50 fM to 1 pM, and it revealed a reliable result for TNF-? detection in real serum. Moreover, the proposed immunosensor exhibited excellent specificity. These results greatly demonstrated that the proposed method possessed the potentiality in clinical application and it was suitable for quantification of biomarker under low concentration. PMID:24800682

  8. Next-Generation in Situ Hybridization Chain Reaction: Higher Gain, Lower Cost, Greater Durability

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Hybridization chain reaction (HCR) provides multiplexed, isothermal, enzyme-free, molecular signal amplification in diverse settings. Within intact vertebrate embryos, where signal-to-background is at a premium, HCR in situ amplification enables simultaneous mapping of multiple target mRNAs, addressing a longstanding challenge in the biological sciences. With this approach, RNA probes complementary to mRNA targets trigger chain reactions in which metastable fluorophore-labeled RNA hairpins self-assemble into tethered fluorescent amplification polymers. The properties of HCR lead to straightforward multiplexing, deep sample penetration, high signal-to-background, and sharp subcellular signal localization within fixed whole-mount zebrafish embryos, a standard model system for the study of vertebrate development. However, RNA reagents are expensive and vulnerable to enzymatic degradation. Moreover, the stringent hybridization conditions used to destabilize nonspecific hairpin binding also reduce the energetic driving force for HCR polymerization, creating a trade-off between minimization of background and maximization of signal. Here, we eliminate this trade-off by demonstrating that low background levels can be achieved using permissive in situ amplification conditions (0% formamide, room temperature) and engineer next-generation DNA HCR amplifiers that maximize the free energy benefit per polymerization step while preserving the kinetic trapping property that underlies conditional polymerization, dramatically increasing signal gain, reducing reagent cost, and improving reagent durability. PMID:24712299

  9. DNA-based hybridization chain reaction for amplified bioelectronic signal and ultrasensitive detection of proteins.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Bing; Liu, Bingqian; Tang, Dianping; Niessner, Reinhard; Chen, Guonan; Knopp, Dietmar

    2012-06-19

    This work reports a novel electrochemical immunoassay protocol with signal amplification for determination of proteins (human IgG here used as a model target analyte) at an ultralow concentration using DNA-based hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The immuno-HCR assay consists of magnetic immunosensing probes, nanogold-labeled signal probes conjugated with the DNA initiator strands, and two different hairpin DNA molecules. The signal is amplified by the labeled ferrocene on the hairpin probes. In the presence of target IgG, the sandwiched immunocomplex can be formed between the immobilized antibodies on the magnetic beads and the signal antibodies on the gold nanoparticles. The carried DNA initiator strands open the hairpin DNA structures in sequence and propagate a chain reaction of hybridization events between two alternating hairpins to form a nicked double-helix. Numerous ferrocene molecules are formed on the neighboring probe, each of which produces an electrochemical signal within the applied potentials. Under optimal conditions, the immuno-HCR assay presents good electrochemical responses for determination of target IgG at a concentration as low as 0.1 fg mL(-1). Importantly, the methodology can be further extended to the detection of other proteins or biomarkers. PMID:22632712

  10. Fast and stable redox reactions of MnO₂/CNT hybrid electrodes for dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors.

    PubMed

    Gu, Taoli; Wei, Bingqing

    2015-07-21

    Pseudocapacitors, which are energy storage devices that take advantage of redox reactions to store electricity, have a different charge storage mechanism compared to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), and they could realize further gains if they were used as stretchable power sources. The realization of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors and understanding of the underlying fundamentals of their mechanical-electrochemical relationship have become indispensable. We report herein the electrochemical performance of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors using buckled MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes. The extremely small relaxation time constant of less than 0.15 s indicates a fast redox reaction at the MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes, securing a stable electrochemical performance for the dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors. This finding and the fundamental understanding gained from the pseudo-capacitive behavior coupled with mechanical deformation under a dynamic stretching mode would provide guidance to further improve their overall performance including a higher power density than LIBs, a higher energy density than EDLCs, and a long-life cycling stability. Most importantly, these results will potentially accelerate the applications of stretchable pseudocapacitors for flexible and biomedical electronics. PMID:26090617

  11. Synthesis and properties of poly(methyl methacrylate-2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid)/PbS hybrid composite

    SciTech Connect

    Preda, N.; Rusen, E.; Musuc, A.; Enculescu, M.; Matei, E.; Marculescu, B.; Fruth, V.; Enculescu, I.

    2010-08-15

    The synthesis of a new hybrid composite based on PbS nanoparticles and poly(methyl methacrylate-2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid) [P(MMA-AMPSA)] copolymer is reported. The chemical synthesis consists in two steps: (i) a surfactant-free emulsion copolymerization between methyl methacrylate and 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid and (ii) the generation of PbS particles in the presence of the P(MMA-AMPSA) latex, from the reaction between lead nitrate and thiourea. The composite was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The microstructure observed using SEM proves that the PbS nanoparticles are well dispersed in the copolymer matrix. The X-ray diffraction measurements demonstrate that the PbS nanoparticles have a cubic rock salt structure. It was also found that the inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles improve the thermal stability of the copolymer matrix.

  12. Modeling the reaction kinetics of a hydrogen generator onboard a fuel cell -- Electric hybrid motorcycle

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ganesh, Karthik

    Owing to the perceived decline of the fossil fuel reserves in the world and environmental issues like pollution, conventional fuels may be replaced by cleaner alternative fuels. The potential of hydrogen as a fuel in vehicular applications is being explored. Hydrogen as an energy carrier potentially finds applications in internal combustion engines and fuel cells because it is considered a clean fuel and has high specific energy. However, at 6 to 8 per kilogram, not only is hydrogen produced from conventional methods like steam reforming expensive, but also there are storage and handling issues, safety concerns and lack of hydrogen refilling stations across the country. The purpose of this research is to suggest a cheap and viable system that generates hydrogen on demand through a chemical reaction between an aluminum-water slurry and an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution to power a 2 kW fuel cell on a fuel cell hybrid motorcycle. This reaction is essentially an aluminum-water reaction where sodium hydroxide acts as a reaction promoter or catalyst. The Horizon 2000 fuel cell used for this purpose has a maximum hydrogen intake rate of 28 lpm. The study focuses on studying the exothermic reaction between the reactants and proposes a rate law that best describes the rate of generation of hydrogen in connection to the surface area of aluminum available for the certain reaction and the concentration of the sodium hydroxide solution. Further, the proposed rate law is used in the simulation model of the chemical reactor onboard the hybrid motorcycle to determine the hydrogen flow rate to the fuel cell with time. Based on the simulated rate of production of hydrogen from the chemical system, its feasibility of use on different drive cycles is analyzed. The rate of production of hydrogen with a higher concentration of sodium hydroxide and smaller aluminum powder size was found to enable the installation of the chemical reactor on urban cycles with frequent stops and starts. However, by extrapolating the necessary rate of concentration of sodium hydroxide required to produce hydrogen rates that would enable use of the system on highway drive cycles, it was deemed unsafe due to the caustic nature of the solution used.

  13. Hybridization-based affinity partitioning of nucleic acids using PEG-coupled oligonucleotides.

    PubMed Central

    Jschke, A; Frste, J P; Erdmann, V A; Cech, D

    1994-01-01

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-coupled oligonucleotides are partitioned in an aqueous two-phase system PEG/dextran. The affinity of the oligonucleotide for the PEG-rich phase increases proportionally to the length of the coupled PEG polymer. After hybridization, the PEG-coupled oligonucleotide is able to force a complementary nucleic acid strand into the PEG-rich phase. This property can be used for the sequence-specific isolation of nucleic acids through hybridization-based affinity partitioning. The dependence of the partition coefficient in this system on various parameters is described. The application of this principle to multistage chromatographic separations is demonstrated. PMID:8208613

  14. Synthesis and utilization of chitin humic acid hybrid as sorbent for Cr(III)

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    Santosa, Sri Juari; Siswanta, Dwi; Sudiono, Sri; Sehol, Muhamad

    2007-11-01

    New types of hybrid material have been synthesized by using four different methods of immobilization of humic acid (HA) on chitin. The most stable hybrid material toward the change of medium acidity was then utilized as sorbent for Cr(III). The HA was extracted from peat soil of Gambut District, South Kalimantan, Indonesia, using the recommended procedure of International Humic Substances Society (IHSS), while the chitin was isolated from crab shell waste through deproteination using 3.5% (w/v) NaOH and followed by removal of inorganic impurities using 1 M HCl. The four methods of immobilization of HA on chitin were (i) Method A: chitin powder (4 g) was gently poured into the stirred solution of 0.4 g HA in 40 mL of 0.01 M NaOH. After overnight stirring, the solid was separated, washed with water, and dried in oven at 70 °C. (ii) Method B: gelatinous chitin (40 g) in 250 mL of 0.5 M HCl was reacted with HA (4 g) in 500 mL of 0.5 M NaOH and aged for 24 h. The product was washed with water and dried. (iii) Method C: HA powder (0.5 g) was mixed with the stirred gel of chitin (2.5 g) in 60 mL of CaCl 2 saturated methanol and the mixture was then washed with the mixed solution of 25 mL of 2 M sodium citrate and ethylene glycol 1:1. The solid was separated, washed with water, and dried. (iv) Method D: the solution of HA (0.056 g) in 10 mL of 0.01 M NaOH was reacted with the gel of chitin (0.2 g) in 10 mL of CaCl 2 saturated methanol. After 24 h stirring, the solid was separated from the reaction medium, washed with the mixed solution of 2 M sodium citrate and ethylene glycol 1:1, and followed by washing with water and drying. Parameters investigated in this study consisted of the stability test of the immobilized HA, as well as the rate constant ( k1), capacity ( b), and energy ( E) of sorption as well as the rate constant of desorption ( k-1). The k1 and k-1 were determined according to a kinetic model of first order sorption reaching equilibrium, while the b and E were determined according to the Langmuir isotherm model. Compared to HA, Methods, A, C, and D; Method B produced the most stable immobilization of HA on chitin. The hybrid material (Chitin-HA) synthesized through Method B was stable in the acidity range that equivalent to pH 2.0-11.0. At the acidity giving maximum sorption, i.e. pH 5, the presence of immobilized HA on the Chitin-HA enhanced more than three times the k1 and k-1, i.e. from 0.057 min -1 and 8.51 × 10 -4 (min -1) (mol/L) for chitin to 0.183 min -1 and 3.27 × 10 -3 (min -1) (mol/L) for the Chitin-HA. On the contrary, the presence of HA on Chitin-HA only gave small increase on b and small decrease on E. The values of b and E for Cr(III) on chitin were 1.45 × 10 -2 mol/g and 23.12 kJ/mol, respectively, while those on Chitin-HA were 1.78 × 10 -2 mol/g and 19.95 kJ/mol, respectively.

  15. [Influencing factors and reaction mechanism of chloroacetic acid reduction by cast iron].

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    Tang, Shun; Yang, Hong-Wei; Wang, Xiao-Mao; Xie, Yue-Feng

    2014-03-01

    The chloroacetic acids are ubiquitous present as a class of trace chlorinated organic pollutants in surface and drinking water. Most of chloroacetic acids are known or suspected carcinogens and, when at high concentrations, are of great concern to human health. In order to economically remove chloroacetic acids, the degradation of chloroacetic acids by cast iron was investigated. Moreover, the effect of iron style, pretreatment process, shocking mode and dissolved oxygen on chloroacetic acids reduced by cast iron was discussed. Compared to iron source and acid pretreatment, mass transfer was more important to chloroacetic acid removal. Dichloroacetic acid (DCAA) and monochloroacetic acid (MCAA) were the main products of anoxic and oxic degradation of trichloroacetic acid (TCAA) by cast iron during the researched reaction time, respectively. With longtitudinal shock, the reaction kinetics of chloroaectic acid removal by cast iron conformed well to the pseudo first order reaction. The anoxic reaction constants of TCAA, DCAA and MCAA were 0.46 h(-1), 0.03 h(-1) and 0, and their oxic constants were 1.24 h(-1), 0.79 h(-1) and 0.28 h(-1), respectively. The removal mechanisms of chloroacetic acids were different under various oxygen concentrations, including sequential hydrogenolysis for anoxic reaction and sequential hydrogenolysis and direct transformation possible for oxic reaction, respectively. PMID:24881385

  16. Kinetic Studies on the Reaction between Dicyanocobinamide and Hypochlorous Acid

    PubMed Central

    Maitra, Dhiman; Ali, Iyad; Abdulridha, Rasha M.; Shaeib, Faten; Khan, Sana N.; Saed, Ghassan M.; Pennathur, Subramaniam; Abu-Soud, Husam M.

    2014-01-01

    Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a potent oxidant generated by myeloperoxidase (MPO), which is an abundant enzyme used for defense against microbes. We examined the potential role of HOCl in corrin ring destruction and subsequent formation of cyanogen chloride (CNCl) from dicyanocobinamide ((CN)2-Cbi). Stopped-flow analysis revealed that the reaction consists of at least three observable steps, including at least two sequential transient intermediates prior to corrin ring destruction. The first two steps were attributed to sequential replacement of the two cyanide ligands with hypochlorite, while the third step was the destruction of the corrin ring. The formation of (OCl)(CN)-Cbi and its conversion to (OCl)2-Cbi was fitted to a first order rate equation with second order rate constants of 0.002 and 0.0002 µM−1s−1, respectively. The significantly lower rate of the second step compared to the first suggests that the replacement of the first cyanide molecule by hypochlorite causes an alteration in the ligand trans effects changing the affinity and/or accessibility of Co toward hypochlorite. Plots of the apparent rate constants as a function of HOCl concentration for all the three steps were linear with Y-intercepts close to zero, indicating that HOCl binds in an irreversible one-step mechanism. Collectively, these results illustrate functional differences in the corrin ring environments toward binding of diatomic ligands. PMID:25375773

  17. Acid-base and nucleophilic chemistry of atomic oxygen on the Au(110) surface: Reactions with formic acid and formaldehyde

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    Outka, Duane A.; Madix, R. J.

    1987-01-01

    The adsorption of formic acid and formaldehyde on clean and oxidized Au(110) surfaces was investigated with temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy. Each molecule molecularly adsorbed on the clean Au(110) surface with monolayer binding energies of 13 and 10 kcal mol -1, respectively. Formic acid reacted with oxygen adatoms below 210 K in a typical Brnsted acid-base reaction to form water and adsorbed formate (HCOO). The formate decomposed at 340 K to evolve water, carbon dioxide, and formic acid with an activation energy of 20 kcal mol -1. Formaldehyde also reacted with oxygen adatoms in a nucleophilic reaction below 210 K to form water, hydrogen, and formate groups. These reactions are directly analogous to reactions of atomic oxygen adsorbed on the other group IB metals, copper and silver and demonstrate that oxygen adatoms on all of the group IB metals exhibit Brnsted basicity and nucleophilicity.

  18. Detection of nucleic acid hybridization by nonradiative fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Cardullo, R A; Agrawal, S; Flores, C; Zamecnik, P C; Wolf, D E

    1988-01-01

    Three approaches were used to study hybridization of complementary oligodeoxynucleotides by nonradiative fluorescence resonance energy transfer. (i) Fluorescein (donor) and rhodamine (acceptor) were covalently attached to the 5' ends of complementary oligodeoxynucleotides of various lengths. Upon hybridization of the complementary oligodeoxynucleotides, energy transfer was detected by both a decrease in fluorescein emission intensity and an enhancement in rhodamine emission intensity. In all cases, fluorescein emission intensity was quenched by about 26% in the presence of unlabeled complement. Transfer efficiency at 5 degrees C decreased from 0.50 to 0.22 to 0.04 as the distance between donor and acceptor fluorophores in the hybrid increased from 8 to 12 to 16 nucleotides. Modeling of these hybrids as double helices showed that transfer efficiency decreased as the reciprocal of the sixth power of the donor-acceptor separation R, as predicted by theory with a corresponding R0 of 49 A. (ii) Fluorescence resonance energy transfer was used to study hybridization of two fluorophore-labeled oligonucleotides to a longer, unlabeled oligodeoxynucleotide. Two 12-mers were prepared that were complementary to two adjacent sequences separated by four bases on a 29-mer. The adjacent 5' and 3' ends of the two 12-mers labeled with fluorescein and rhodamine exhibited a transfer efficiency of approximately 0.60 at 5 degrees C when they both hybridized to the unlabeled 29-mer. (iii) An intercalating dye, acridine orange, was used as the donor fluorophore to a single rhodamine covalently attached to the 5' end of one oligodeoxynucleotide in a 12-base-pair hybrid. Under these conditions, the transfer efficiency was approximately 0.47 at 5 degrees C. These results establish that fluorescence modulation and nonradiative fluorescence resonance energy transfer can detect nucleic acid hybridization in solution. These techniques, with further development, may also prove useful for detecting and quantifying nucleic acid hybridization in living cells. PMID:3194390

  19. On the reactions of ortho-positronium with methylmaleic and methylfumaric acids

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    Fantola Lazzarini, Anna L.; Lazzarini, Ennio

    1987-11-01

    The o-Ps quenching reactions promoted by methylmaleic (citraconic) and methylfumaric (mesaconic) acids were investigated in aqueous solutions in order to compare their rate constants with those of maleic and fumaric acids. As expected, it was found that the rate constants of citraconic and mesaconic acids are almost equal and are much less than that of maleic acid, which in turn is less than that of fumaric acid. Moreover, it was ascertained that while the o-Ps quenching reactions promoted by maleic and fumaric acids seem to be diffusion controlled, the quenching reactions promoted by citraconic acid are kinetically controlled, its activation energy being 0.450.03 eV, which is significantly greater than the activation energy of diffusion-controlled reactions occurring in water, 0.180.01 eV.

  20. Hybrid low resistance ultracapacitor electrodes based on 1-pyrenebutyric acid functionalized centimeter-scale graphene sheets.

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    Wang, Wei; Guo, Shirui; Penchev, Miroslav; Zhong, Jiebin; Lin, Jian; Bao, Duoduo; Vullev, Valentine; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Ozkan, Cengiz S

    2012-09-01

    Ultracapacitors are promising candidates for alternative energy storage applications since they can store and deliver energy at relatively high rates. Here, we present hybrid nanocarbon ultracapacitor electrodes with a low equivalent series resistance (ESR) of 7 ohms. 1-pyrenebutyric acid treated large-area single layer graphene (SLG) sheets covered with shortened multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been utilized as highly conductive and percolated networks of hybrid carbon nanomaterial composites or thin films as ultracapacitor electrodes. Uniform centimeter scale single layer graphene sheets were produced via low pressure chemical vapor deposition using copper foil substrates and then subsequently modified by 1-pyrenebutyric acid functionalization. Chemically shortened MWNTs ranging in length of 200-500 nm, were deposited by drop casting on 1-pyrenebutyric acid functionalized SLG films. SLG/MWNT nancomposite hybrid films of different thicknesses were obtained by controlling the density of MWNT suspension. Surface morphology and nanostructure of the hybrid nanocomposites indicated relatively dense and homogeneous web-like networks. Specific capacitance values of the hybrid electrodes were substantially increased by 200% compared to those ultracapacitors fabricated using buckypaper electrodes. Average values of specific capacitance and energy density obtained were 140.64 F/g and 21.54 Wh/kg respectively. SLG/MWNT nanocomposite electrodes are very promising for future ultracapacitor devices with their low ESR value that is 95% lower than that of buckypaper based ultracapacitors. PMID:23035414

  1. A General Strategy for Nanohybrids Synthesis via Coupled Competitive Reactions Controlled in a Hybrid Process

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    Wang, Rongming; Yang, Wantai; Song, Yuanjun; Shen, Xiaomiao; Wang, Junmei; Zhong, Xiaodi; Li, Shuai; Song, Yujun

    2015-01-01

    A new methodology based on core alloying and shell gradient-doping are developed for the synthesis of nanohybrids, realized by coupled competitive reactions, or sequenced reducing-nucleation and co-precipitation reaction of mixed metal salts in a microfluidic and batch-cooling process. The latent time of nucleation and the growth of nanohybrids can be well controlled due to the formation of controllable intermediates in the coupled competitive reactions. Thus, spatiotemporal-resolved synthesis can be realized by the hybrid process, which enables us to investigate nanohybrid formation at each stage through their solution color changes and TEM images. By adjusting the bi-channel solvents and kinetic parameters of each stage, the primary components of alloyed cores and the second components of transition metal doping ZnO or Al2O3 as surface coatings can be successively formed. The core alloying and shell gradient-doping strategy can efficiently eliminate the crystal lattice mismatch in different components. Consequently, varieties of gradient core-shell nanohybrids can be synthesized using CoM, FeM, AuM, AgM (M = Zn or Al) alloys as cores and transition metal gradient-doping ZnO or Al2O3 as shells, endowing these nanohybrids with unique magnetic and optical properties (e.g., high temperature ferromagnetic property and enhanced blue emission). PMID:25818342

  2. A General Strategy for Nanohybrids Synthesis via Coupled Competitive Reactions Controlled in a Hybrid Process

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    Wang, Rongming; Yang, Wantai; Song, Yuanjun; Shen, Xiaomiao; Wang, Junmei; Zhong, Xiaodi; Li, Shuai; Song, Yujun

    2015-03-01

    A new methodology based on core alloying and shell gradient-doping are developed for the synthesis of nanohybrids, realized by coupled competitive reactions, or sequenced reducing-nucleation and co-precipitation reaction of mixed metal salts in a microfluidic and batch-cooling process. The latent time of nucleation and the growth of nanohybrids can be well controlled due to the formation of controllable intermediates in the coupled competitive reactions. Thus, spatiotemporal-resolved synthesis can be realized by the hybrid process, which enables us to investigate nanohybrid formation at each stage through their solution color changes and TEM images. By adjusting the bi-channel solvents and kinetic parameters of each stage, the primary components of alloyed cores and the second components of transition metal doping ZnO or Al2O3 as surface coatings can be successively formed. The core alloying and shell gradient-doping strategy can efficiently eliminate the crystal lattice mismatch in different components. Consequently, varieties of gradient core-shell nanohybrids can be synthesized using CoM, FeM, AuM, AgM (M = Zn or Al) alloys as cores and transition metal gradient-doping ZnO or Al2O3 as shells, endowing these nanohybrids with unique magnetic and optical properties (e.g., high temperature ferromagnetic property and enhanced blue emission).

  3. Hybrid Fe3O4-Poly(acrylic acid) Nanogels for Theranostic Cancer Treatment.

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    Chen, Ying; Nan, Jingya; Lu, Yue; Wang, Chunpeng; Chu, Fuxiang; Gu, Zhen

    2015-05-01

    Multifunctional nanomedicine integrated with both therapy and diagnostics holds vast potential in cancer treatment. We developed hybrid Fe3O4-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) nanogels for both drug delivery and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were encapsulated inside porous PAA nanogels via an in situ co-precipitation approach. With successive growth of magnetic nanoparticles, the highest magnetization saturation (M(s)) value of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles in the PAA nanogels was determined as 20 emu/g. The resulting hybrid Fe3O4-PAA nanogels showed high drug loading capacity (98%) and sustained drug release in vitro. Cytotoxicity assays and cellular imaging demonstrated that the hybrid nanogels were highly biocompatible and efficiently internalized in human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells. In MRI studies, the hybrid nanogels exhibited an excellent contrast in T2 weighted imaging and a high MRI sensitivity in the tumor site. PMID:26349390

  4. Synthesis of cyclopropyl-substituted furans by brnsted Acid promoted cascade reactions.

    PubMed

    Clark, J Stephen; Romiti, Filippo; Hogg, Kirsten F; Hamid, Malai Haniti S A; Richter, Sven C; Boyer, Alistair; Redman, Joanna C; Farrugia, Louis J

    2015-05-01

    Chloroacetic acid promotes an efficient and diastereoselective intramolecular cascade reaction of electron-deficient ynenones to deliver products featuring a 2,3,5-trisubstituted furan bearing a fused cyclopropyl substituent at the 5-position. Synthetically relevant polycyclic building blocks featuring rings of various sizes and heteroatoms have been synthesized in high yield using this mild acid-catalyzed reaction. PMID:25782604

  5. 40 CFR 721.10251 - Fatty acids, reaction products with alkanolamine (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

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  6. 40 CFR 721.10464 - Fatty acid, reaction products with alkanolamine (generic).

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  7. 40 CFR 721.4461 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with octane (generic).

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  8. 40 CFR 721.4385 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with heptane.

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  9. 40 CFR 721.10251 - Fatty acids, reaction products with alkanolamine (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

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  10. 40 CFR 721.10251 - Fatty acids, reaction products with alkanolamine (generic).

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    2013-07-01

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  11. 40 CFR 721.10464 - Fatty acid, reaction products with alkanolamine (generic).

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    2014-07-01

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  12. 40 CFR 721.4385 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with heptane.

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    2012-07-01

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  14. 40 CFR 721.4461 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with octane (generic).

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  16. Students' Understanding of Acid, Base and Salt Reactions in Qualitative Analysis.

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    Tan, Kim-Chwee Daniel; Goh, Ngoh-Khang; Chia, Lian-Sai; Treagust, David F.

    2003-01-01

    Uses a two-tier, multiple-choice diagnostic instrument to determine (n=915) grade 10 students' understanding of the acid, base, and salt reactions involved in basic qualitative analysis. Reports that many students did not understand the formation of precipitates and the complex salts, acid/salt-base reactions, and thermal decomposition involved in…

  17. 40 CFR 721.4461 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with octane (generic).

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    2010-07-01

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  18. 40 CFR 721.4461 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with octane (generic).

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    2011-07-01

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  19. 40 CFR 721.4385 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with heptane.

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    2010-07-01

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  20. 40 CFR 721.4385 - Hydrofluoric acid, reaction products with heptane.

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    2011-07-01

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  1. Students' Understanding of Acid, Base and Salt Reactions in Qualitative Analysis.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Tan, Kim-Chwee Daniel; Goh, Ngoh-Khang; Chia, Lian-Sai; Treagust, David F.

    2003-01-01

    Uses a two-tier, multiple-choice diagnostic instrument to determine (n=915) grade 10 students' understanding of the acid, base, and salt reactions involved in basic qualitative analysis. Reports that many students did not understand the formation of precipitates and the complex salts, acid/salt-base reactions, and thermal decomposition involved in

  2. Access to aryl mellitic acid esters through a surprising oxidative esterification reaction.

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    Geraskina, Margarita R; Juetten, Mark J; Winter, Arthur H

    2014-06-01

    A serendipitously discovered oxidative esterification reaction of cyclohexane hexacarboxylic acid with phosphorus pentachloride and phenols provides one-pot access to previously unknown aryl mellitic acid esters. The reaction features a solvent-free digestion and chromatography-free purifications and demonstrates the possibility of cyclohexane-to-benzene conversions under relatively mild, metal-free conditions. PMID:24815576

  3. Weak Acid Ionization Constants and the Determination of Weak Acid-Weak Base Reaction Equilibrium Constants in the General Chemistry Laboratory

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    Nyasulu, Frazier; McMills, Lauren; Barlag, Rebecca

    2013-01-01

    A laboratory to determine the equilibrium constants of weak acid negative weak base reactions is described. The equilibrium constants of component reactions when multiplied together equal the numerical value of the equilibrium constant of the summative reaction. The component reactions are weak acid ionization reactions, weak base hydrolysis

  4. Weak Acid Ionization Constants and the Determination of Weak Acid-Weak Base Reaction Equilibrium Constants in the General Chemistry Laboratory

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Nyasulu, Frazier; McMills, Lauren; Barlag, Rebecca

    2013-01-01

    A laboratory to determine the equilibrium constants of weak acid negative weak base reactions is described. The equilibrium constants of component reactions when multiplied together equal the numerical value of the equilibrium constant of the summative reaction. The component reactions are weak acid ionization reactions, weak base hydrolysis…

  5. Photoluminescence and quantum yields of organic/inorganic hybrids prepared through formic acid solvolysis

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    Fu, Lianshe; S Ferreira, R. A.; Fernandes, M.; Nunes, S. C.; de Zea Bermudez, V.; Hungerford, Graham; Rocha, J.; Carlos, L. D.

    2008-03-01

    Three undoped di-urea cross-linked poly(oxyethylene) (POE)/siloxane hybrid matrices, classed as di-ureasils, incorporating POE segments with different lengths were prepared through the carboxylic acid solvolysis sol-gel method using formic acid. The resulting hybrids were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy, 29Si and cross-polarization 13C magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The hybrids' structure is essentially independent of the polymer chain length and the materials are room temperature white-light emitters with emission quantum yields of 10 1% and lifetime average values between 2 and 4 ns. For the di-ureasil host with short polymer chains the solvolysis method favours the increase of the PL quantum yields relatively to conventional sol-gel route.

  6. Reprogrammable multiplexed detection of circulating oncomiRs using hybridization chain reaction.

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    Rana, Muhit; Balcioglu, Mustafa; Kovach, Maya; Hizir, Mustafa Salih; Robertson, Neil M; Khan, Irfan; Yigit, Mehmet V

    2016-02-28

    In this study, we have coupled the DNA polymerization capability of hybridization chain reaction (HCR) with the plasmonic properties of gold nanoparticles to develop a reprogrammable and multiplexed detection of three circulating oncomiRs (miR-10b, miR-21 and miR-141) dysregulated in various disease states of breast cancer. We have demonstrated that by simply changing the initiator (label-free short single stranded DNA) content of the HCR, while keeping everything else unchanged, the same nanoparticle assembly can be reprogrammed for the detection of the target oncomiRs individually or simultaneously in all possible combinations. We have shown that as little as 20 femtomoles of each oncomiR can be detected visually without using any analytical instrument. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the target oncomiR can be detected in an RNA pool isolated from a liquid biopsy mimic of breast cancer. PMID:26839925

  7. Highly sensitive electrochemical biosensor based on nonlinear hybridization chain reaction for DNA detection.

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    Jia, Liping; Shi, Shanshan; Ma, Rongna; Jia, Wenli; Wang, Huaisheng

    2016-06-15

    In the present work we demonstrated an ultrasensitive detection platform for specific DNA based on nonlinear hybridization chain reaction (HCR) by triggering chain-branching growth of DNA dendrimers. HCR was initiated by target DNA (tDNA) and finally formed dendritic structure by self-assembly. The electrochemical signal was drastically enhanced by capturing multiple catalytic peroxidase with high-ordered growth. Electrochemical signals were obtained by measuring the reduction current of oxidized 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethylbenzidine sulfate (TMB), which was generated by HRP in the presence of H2O2. This method exhibited ultrahigh sensitivity to tDNA with detection limit of 0.4fM. Furthermore, the biosensor was also capable of discriminating single-nucleotide difference among concomitant DNA sequences. PMID:26872213

  8. Nucleic Acid Hybridization Studies within the Genus Cucurbita

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    Goldberg, Robert B.; Bemis, William P.; Siegel, Albert

    1972-01-01

    The DNAs of Cucurbita species were examined by several methods. All Cucurbita DNAs have a similar CsCl isopycnic banding pattern consisting of a major band at 1.695 g/cc and a well separated satellite band at 1.707 g/cc. Compared to other plant and animal genera, Cucurbita species have a large genomic proportion of rDNA; this value ranging from 1.4% to 3.1%. The genomic proportion of rDNA was found not to be useful as a characteristic indicating degree of relatedness of the various Cucurbita species. However, Cucurbita DNAs can be distinguished by the extent to which their repetitive sequences cross-hybridize to each other and an assessment of species relationships can be made on this basis. PMID:17248582

  9. Proton exchange in acid-base complexes induced by reaction coordinates with heavy atom motions

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    Alavi, Saman; Taghikhani, Mahdi

    2012-06-01

    We extend previous work on nitric acid-ammonia and nitric acid-alkylamine complexes to illustrate that proton exchange reaction coordinates involve the rocking motion of the base moiety in many double hydrogen-bonded gas phase strong acid-strong base complexes. The complexes studied involve the biologically and atmospherically relevant glycine, formic, acetic, propionic, and sulfuric acids with ammonia/alkylamine bases. In these complexes, the magnitude of the imaginary frequencies associated with the proton exchange transition states are <400 cm-1. This contrasts with widely studied proton exchange reactions between symmetric carboxylic acid dimers or asymmetric DNA base pair and their analogs where the reaction coordinate is localized in proton motions and the magnitude of the imaginary frequencies for the transition states are >1100 cm-1. Calculations on complexes of these acids with water are performed for comparison. Variations of normal vibration modes along the reaction coordinate in the complexes are described.

  10. Donoracceptor graphene-based hybrid materials facilitating photo-induced electron-transfer reactions

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    Stergiou, Anastasios; Pagona, Georgia

    2014-01-01

    Summary Graphene research and in particular the topic of chemical functionalization of graphene has exploded in the last decade. The main aim is to increase the solubility and thereby enhance the processability of the material, which is otherwise insoluble and inapplicable for technological applications when stacked in the form of graphite. To this end, initially, graphite was oxidized under harsh conditions to yield exfoliated graphene oxide sheets that are soluble in aqueous media and amenable to chemical modifications due to the presence of carboxylic acid groups at the edges of the lattice. However, it was obvious that the high-defect framework of graphene oxide cannot be readily utilized in applications that are governed by charge-transfer processes, for example, in solar cells. Alternatively, exfoliated graphene has been applied toward the realization of some donoracceptor hybrid materials with photo- and/or electro-active components. The main body of research regarding obtaining donoracceptor hybrid materials based on graphene to facilitate charge-transfer phenomena, which is reviewed here, concerns the incorporation of porphyrins and phthalocyanines onto graphene sheets. Through illustrative schemes, the preparation and most importantly the photophysical properties of such graphene-based ensembles will be described. Important parameters, such as the generation of the charge-separated state upon photoexcitation of the organic electron donor, the lifetimes of the charge-separation and charge-recombination as well as the incident-photon-to-current efficiency value for some donoracceptor graphene-based hybrids, will be discussed. PMID:25247140

  11. 40 CFR 721.10428 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine.

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    2014-07-01

    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine. 721.10428 Section 721.10428 Protection of...

  12. 40 CFR 721.9485 - Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

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    2013-07-01

    ... reaction product (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (PMN... amidoamine reaction product (generic). 721.9485 Section 721.9485 Protection of Environment...

  13. 40 CFR 721.10428 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine. 721.10428 Section 721.10428 Protection of...

  14. 40 CFR 721.9485 - Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... reaction product (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (PMN... amidoamine reaction product (generic). 721.9485 Section 721.9485 Protection of Environment...

  15. 40 CFR 721.9485 - Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... reaction product (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (PMN... amidoamine reaction product (generic). 721.9485 Section 721.9485 Protection of Environment...

  16. 40 CFR 721.9485 - Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... reaction product (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (PMN... amidoamine reaction product (generic). 721.9485 Section 721.9485 Protection of Environment...

  17. 40 CFR 721.9485 - Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... reaction product (generic). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified generically as Dimer acid/polymerized rosin amidoamine reaction product (PMN... amidoamine reaction product (generic). 721.9485 Section 721.9485 Protection of Environment...

  18. Organo-niobate Ionic Liquids: Synthesis, Characterization and Application as Acid Catalyst in Pechmann Reactions

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    Soares, Valerio C. D.; Alves, Melquizedeque B.; Souza, Ernesto R.; Pinto, Ivana O.; Rubim, Joel C.; Andrade, Carlos Kleber Z.; Suarez, Paulo A. Z.

    2007-01-01

    The combinations of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride with NbCl5 yielded ionic mixtures with different melting point temperatures and acidity depending on the niobium molar fraction. The mixtures were characterized by thermal (DSC) and spectroscopic (FT-IR and 1H NMR) analysis. The Pechmann reactions of different phenols with ethylacetoacetate, producing coumarins, was used as model to evaluate the catalytic behavior of these mixtures as acid Lewis catalyst. These reactions were carried out using acidic mixtures of 60 mol%.

  19. [Fatty acids profile characterization of white maize hybrids grown in Venezuela].

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    Alezones, Jess; Avila, Manuel; Chassaigne, Alberto; Barrientos, Venancio

    2010-12-01

    In Venezuela, white corn is the most important crop regarding production, harvest area and consumption. One of its main by-products is corn oil, whose positive effect on health caused by the high content of unsaturated fatty acids has been widely recognized. In order to characterize the fatty acids profile of twelve white grained maize hybrids extensively grown in Venezuela, and the effect that divergent localities has on this profile, three semi commercial scale trials where established in Portuguesa, Yaracuy and Gurico states. Proportions of the main fatty acids in the raw oil of the different grain samples were determined using gas chromatography. Significant differences (p < 0,01) between hybrids were found for arachidic, palmitic, stearic, oleic, gadoleic and linoleic acids; non significant differences were found for linolenic acid. Significant differences between localities were found for all the fatty acids evaluated. High and significant correlations between fatty acids content were found; the most important relations were: linoleic-oleic (Rho = -0,98**), arachidic-palmitic (Rho = -0,61**), linoleic-stearic (Rho = -0,61**) and oleic-stearic (Rho = 0,58**). Corn produced in Venezuela presents lower levels of linoleic and higher levels of palmitic, stearic and oleic acids than the levels found in temperate corn. These differences involve significant changes in the nutritional properties of Venezuelan corn oil that should be considered in the development of new cultivars and industrial processes for oil production. PMID:21866691

  20. Field and Laboratory Studies of Reactions between Atmospheric Water Soluble Organic Acids and Inorganic Particles

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    Wang, Bingbing; Kelly, Stephen T.; Sellon, Rachel E.; Shilling, John E.; Tivanski, Alexei V.; Moffet, Ryan C.; Gilles, Mary K.; Laskin, Alexander

    2013-06-25

    Atmospheric inorganic particles undergo complex heterogeneous reactions that change their physicochemical properties. Depletion of chloride in sea salt particles was reported in previous field studies and was attributed to the acid displacement of chlorides with inorganic acids, such as nitric and sulfuric acids [1-2]. Recently, we showed that NaCl can react with water soluble organic acids (WSOA) and release gaseous hydrochloric acid (HCl) resulting in formation of organic salts [3]. A similar mechanism is also applicable to mixed WSOA/nitrate particles where multi-phase reactions are driven by the volatility of nitric acid. Furthermore, secondary organic material, which is a complex mixture of carboxylic acids, exhibits the same reactivity towards chlorides and nitrates. Here, we present a systematic study of reactions between atmospheric relevant WSOA, SOM, and inorganic salts including NaCl, NaNO3, and Ca(NO3)2 using complementary micro-spectroscopy analysis.

  1. Uptake of Hypobromous Acid (HOBr) by Aqueous Sulfuric Acid Solutions: Low-Temperature Solubility and Reaction

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    Iraci, Laura T.; Michelsen, Rebecca R.; Ashbourn, Samatha F. M.; Rammer, Thomas A.; Golden, David M.

    2005-01-01

    Hypobromous acid (HOBr) is a key species linking inorganic bromine to the chlorine and odd hydrogen chemical families. We have measured the solubility of HOBr in 45 - 70 wt% sulfuric acid solutions representative of upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric aerosol composition. Over the temperature range 201 - 252 K, HOBr is quite soluble in sulfuric acid, with an effective Henry's law coefficient, H* = 10(exp 4) - 10(exp 7) mol/L/atm. H* is inversely dependent on temperature, with Delta H = -46.2 kJ/mol and Delta S = -106.2 J/mol/K for 55 - 70 wt% H2SO4 solutions. Our study includes temperatures which overlap both previous measurements of HOBr solubility. For uptake into aqueous 45 wt% H2SO4, the solubility can be described by log H* = 3665/T - 10.63. For 55 - 70 wt% H2SO4, log H* = 2412/T - 5.55. At temperatures colder than approx. 213 K, the solubility of HOBr in 45 wt% H2SO4 is noticeably larger than in 70 wt% H2SO4. The solubility of HOBr is comparable to that of HBr, indicating that upper tropospheric and lower stratospheric aerosols should contain equilibrium concentrations of HOBr which equal or exceed those of HBr. Our measurements indicate chemical reaction of HOBr upon uptake into aqueous sulfuric acid in the presence of other brominated gases followed by evolution of gaseous products including Br2O and Br2, particularly at 70 wt% H2SO4.

  2. Combined subtraction hybridization and polymerase chain reaction amplification procedure for isolation of strain-specific Rhizobium DNA sequences.

    PubMed

    Bjourson, A J; Stone, C E; Cooper, J E

    1992-07-01

    A novel subtraction hybridization procedure, incorporating a combination of four separation strategies, was developed to isolate unique DNA sequences from a strain of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii. Sau3A-digested DNA from this strain, i.e., the probe strain, was ligated to a linker and hybridized in solution with an excess of pooled subtracter DNA from seven other strains of the same biovar which had been restricted, ligated to a different, biotinylated, subtracter-specific linker, and amplified by polymerase chain reaction to incorporate dUTP. Subtracter DNA and subtracter-probe hybrids were removed by phenol-chloroform extraction of a streptavidin-biotin-DNA complex. NENSORB chromatography of the sequences remaining in the aqueous layer captured biotinylated subtracter DNA which may have escaped removal by phenol-chloroform treatment. Any traces of contaminating subtracter DNA were removed by digestion with uracil DNA glycosylase. Finally, remaining sequences were amplified by polymerase chain reaction with a probe strain-specific primer, labelled with 32P, and tested for specificity in dot blot hybridizations against total genomic target DNA from each strain in the subtracter pool. Two rounds of subtraction-amplification were sufficient to remove cross-hybridizing sequences and to give a probe which hybridized only with homologous target DNA. The method is applicable to the isolation of DNA and RNA sequences from both procaryotic and eucaryotic cells. PMID:1637166

  3. Capillary zone electrophoresis of amino acids on a hybrid poly(dimethylsiloxane)-glass chip.

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    Mourzina, Yulia; Steffen, Alfred; Kalyagin, Dmitry; Carius, Reinhard; Offenhusser, Andreas

    2005-05-01

    Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS)-PDMS and hybrid PDMS-glass devices have been characterized and compared in terms of current-voltage linearity, contact angle, electroosmotic velocity, electroosmotic mobility, and electrokinetic potential in dependence on the surface treatment. The hybrid PDMS-glass microfluidic devices have further been tested as on-chip capillary electrophoresis systems for the separation of fluorescently labeled amino acids. It has been demonstrated that different methods of surface pretreatment of the PDMS-glass devices result in significantly different separation performance, with plate numbers varying from 650 to 57 000 in dependence on the surface state and the nature of the amino acids. Electrophoretic separations of amino acids have been achieved within tens of seconds with detection limits of less than 2 microM (approximately 2 x 10(-16) to 2.5 x 10(-16) mol quantities at injection volumes of 110-120 pL). The detected amounts of fluorescein isothiocyante (FITC)-amino acids are at least ten times lower, since the amino acid:FITC ratio is 10:1 mol. The results demonstrate the perspective of such hybrid PDMS-glass microfluidic systems and the methods to modify their surfaces for on-chip separation methods for biomolecules. PMID:15719361

  4. Process for chemical reaction of amino acids and amides yielding selective conversion products

    DOEpatents

    Holladay, Jonathan E. (Kennewick, WA)

    2006-05-23

    The invention relates to processes for converting amino acids and amides to desirable conversion products including pyrrolidines, pyrrolidinones, and other N-substituted products. L-glutamic acid and L-pyroglutamic acid provide general reaction pathways to numerous and valuable selective conversion products with varied potential industrial uses.

  5. Hybrid systems with lead-acid battery and proton-exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Jossen, Andreas; Garche, Juergen; Doering, Harry; Goetz, Markus; Knaupp, Werner; Joerissen, Ludwig

    Hybrid systems, based on a lead-acid battery and a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) give the possibility to combine the advantages of both technologies. The benefits for different applications are discussed and the practical realisation of such systems is shown. Furthermore a numerical model for such a hybrid system is described and results are shown and discussed. The results show that the combination of lead-acid batteries and PEMFC shows advantages in case of applications with high peak power requirements (i.e. electric scooter) and applications where the fuel cell is used as auxiliary power supply to recharge the battery. The high efficiency of fuel cells at partial load operation results in a good fuel economy for recharging of lead-acid batteries with a fuel cell system.

  6. Chemically synthesized non-radioactive biotinylated long-chain nucleic acid hybridization probes.

    PubMed Central

    al-Hakim, A H; Hull, R

    1988-01-01

    A new method for the chemical labelling of nucleic acid with biotin to produce non-radioactive probes has been developed. NN'-Bis-(3-aminopropyl)butane-1,4-diamine (spermine) and long-chain diamino compounds (diaminohexane, diaminodecane and diaminododecane) were linked covalently to biotin and the resultant conjugates were attached to nucleic acid by using a cross-linking reagent (glutaraldehyde or diepoxyoctane). Iodoacetylation and biotinylation of the long-chain diamino compounds produced modified biotinylated conjugates that can be linked to DNA without the use of a cross-linking reagent. These types of probes attach one biotin molecule to each linker arm of spermine, diamino and iodoacetylated amino derivatives. Such probes have long linker arms separating the biotin moiety from the hybridization sites of the nucleic acid. These probes can detect 10 pg of target DNA by dot-blot hybridization. Images Fig. 2. PMID:3137926

  7. Advanced bipolar lead-acid battery for hybrid electric vehicles

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    Saakes, Michel; Kleijnen, Christian; Schmal, Dick; ten Have, Peter

    A large size 80 V bipolar lead acid battery was constructed and tested successfully with a drive cycle especially developed for a HEV. The bipolar battery was made using the bipolar plate developed at TNO and an optimised paste developed by Centurion. An empirical model was derived for calculating the Ragone plot from the results from a small size 12 V bipolar lead-acid battery. This resulted in a specific power of 340 W/kg for the 80 V module. The Ragone plot was calculated at t=5 and t=10 s after the discharge started for current densities varying from 0.02 to 1.2 A/cm 2. A further development of the bipolar lead-acid battery will result in a specific power of 500 W/kg or more. From the economic analysis we estimate that the price of this high power battery will be in the order of 500 US$/kWh. This price is substantially lower than for comparable high power battery systems. This makes it an acceptable candidate future for HEV.

  8. Room Temperature, Hybrid Sodium-Based Flow Batteries with Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Reactions

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    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-06-11

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volumemoreof the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multielectron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. The critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored.less

  9. Room Temperature, Hybrid Sodium-Based Flow Batteries with Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Reactions

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    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-06-01

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volume of the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multi-electron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. The critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored.

  10. Synthesis and solvent-dependent photochromic reactions of porphyrin-spiropyran hybrid compounds

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    Hur, Dae Young; Park, Tae Jong; Shin, Eun Ju

    2014-01-01

    Porphyrin(Por)-spiropyran(SP) hybrid compounds, including Por-SP dyad, Por-SP2 triad, and Por-SP4 pentad, were prepared and characterized by 1H NMR, MALDI-TOF MS and UV-Vis spectroscopies. Upon 350 nm UV irradiation of Por-SPn (n = 1, 2, 4) in dichloromethane, unusual red-shifted absorption spectra were observed with the colour change from pink into green. Probably due to the protonation of core nitrogens in porphyrin ring, their absorption maxima in dichloromethane were shifted from 418 (Soret band), 515, 550, 590, 645 (four Q bands) nm into 450 and 665 nm. Also, fluorescence maxima were also shifted from 650 and 715 nm to 692 nm. In the other hands, upon irradiation with 350 nm UV light in THF, the colour changed from pink into violet and absorption band at 590 nm increased and the fluorescence spectra showed the decrease of 650 and 715 nm bands and increase of 600-640 nm band, due to the normal ring-opening reaction of spiropyran moiety into merocyanine. In the dark, original absorption and fluorescence spectra were recovered very slowly in dichloromethane, but quickly in THF. The reversible photochromic reactions of Por-SPn (n = 1, 2, 4) in dichloromethane and THF were investigated by observing absorption and fluorescence spectral changes during UV irradiation or standing in the dark.

  11. Room temperature, hybrid sodium-based flow batteries with multi-electron transfer redox reactions

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-06-11

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volumemore » of the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multielectron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. Furthermore, the critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored.« less

  12. Room Temperature, Hybrid Sodium-Based Flow Batteries with Multi-Electron Transfer Redox Reactions

    PubMed Central

    Shamie, Jack S.; Liu, Caihong; Shaw, Leon L.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a new concept of hybrid Na-based flow batteries (HNFBs) with a molten Na alloy anode in conjunction with a flowing catholyte separated by a solid Na-ion exchange membrane for grid-scale energy storage. Such HNFBs can operate at ambient temperature, allow catholytes to have multiple electron transfer redox reactions per active ion, offer wide selection of catholyte chemistries with multiple active ions to couple with the highly negative Na alloy anode, and enable the use of both aqueous and non-aqueous catholytes. Further, the molten Na alloy anode permits the decoupled design of power and energy since a large volume of the molten Na alloy can be used with a limited ion-exchange membrane size. In this proof-of-concept study, the feasibility of multi-electron transfer redox reactions per active ion and multiple active ions for catholytes has been demonstrated. The critical barriers to mature this new HNFBs have also been explored. PMID:26063629

  13. Combinatorial analysis of mRNA expression patterns in mouse embryos using hybridization chain reaction.

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    Huss, David; Choi, Harry M T; Readhead, Carol; Fraser, Scott E; Pierce, Niles A; Lansford, Rusty

    2015-03-01

    Multiplexed fluorescent hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and advanced imaging techniques can be used to evaluate combinatorial gene expression patterns in whole mouse embryos with unprecedented spatial resolution. Using HCR, DNA probes complementary to mRNA targets trigger chain reactions in which metastable fluorophore-labeled DNA HCR hairpins self-assemble into tethered fluorescent amplification polymers. Each target mRNA is detected by a probe set containing one or more DNA probes, with each probe carrying two HCR initiators. For multiplexed experiments, probe sets for different target mRNAs carry orthogonal initiators that trigger orthogonal DNA HCR amplification cascades labeled by spectrally distinct fluorophores. As a result, in situ amplification is performed for all targets simultaneously, and the duration of the experiment is independent of the number of target mRNAs. We have used multiplexed fluorescent in situ HCR and advanced imaging technologies to address questions of cell heterogeneity and tissue complexity in craniofacial patterning and anterior neural development. In the sample protocol presented here, we detect three different mRNA targets: Tg(egfp), encoding the enhanced green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgene (typically used as a control); Twist1, encoding a transcription factor involved in cell lineage determination and differentiation; and Pax2, encoding a transcription factor expressed in the mid-hindbrain region of the mouse embryo. PMID:25734068

  14. Image Charge Method for Reaction Fields in a Hybrid Ion-Channel Model

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    Xu, Zhenli; Cai, Wei; Cheng, Xiaolin

    2011-01-01

    A multiple-image method is proposed to approximate the reaction-field potential of a source charge inside a finite length cylinder due to the electric polarization of the surrounding membrane and bulk water. When applied to a hybrid ion-channel model, this method allows a fast and accurate treatment of the electrostatic interactions of protein with membrane and solvent. To treat the channel/membrane interface boundary conditions of the electric potential, an optimization approach is used to derive image charges by fitting the reaction-field potential expressed in terms of cylindric harmonics. Meanwhile, additional image charges are introduced to satisfy the boundary conditions at the planar membrane interfaces. In the end, we convert the electrostatic interaction problem in a complex inhomogeneous system of ion channel/membrane/water into one in a homogeneous free space embedded with discrete charges (the source charge and image charges). The accuracy of this method is then validated numerically in calculating the solvation self-energy of a point charge.

  15. Microfluidic platform for isolating nucleic acid targets using sequence specific hybridization

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Jingjing; Morabito, Kenneth; Tang, Jay X.; Tripathi, Anubhav

    2013-01-01

    The separation of target nucleic acid sequences from biological samples has emerged as a significant process in today's diagnostics and detection strategies. In addition to the possible clinical applications, the fundamental understanding of target and sequence specific hybridization on surface modified magnetic beads is of high value. In this paper, we describe a novel microfluidic platform that utilizes a mobile magnetic field in static microfluidic channels, where single stranded DNA (ssDNA) molecules are isolated via nucleic acid hybridization. We first established efficient isolation of biotinylated capture probe (BP) using streptavidin-coated magnetic beads. Subsequently, we investigated the hybridization of target ssDNA with BP bound to beads and explained these hybridization kinetics using a dual-species kinetic model. The number of hybridized target ssDNA molecules was determined to be about 6.5 times less than that of BP on the bead surface, due to steric hindrance effects. The hybridization of target ssDNA with non-complementary BP bound to bead was also examined, and non-specific hybridization was found to be insignificant. Finally, we demonstrated highly efficient capture and isolation of target ssDNA in the presence of non-target ssDNA, where as low as 1% target ssDNA can be detected from mixture. The microfluidic method described in this paper is significantly relevant and is broadly applicable, especially towards point-of-care biological diagnostic platforms that require binding and separation of known target biomolecules, such as RNA, ssDNA, or protein. PMID:24404041

  16. Degradation of Acid Orange 7 Dye in Two Hybrid Plasma Discharge Reactors

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    Shen, Yongjun; Lei, Lecheng; Zhang, Xingwang; Ding, Jiandong

    2014-11-01

    To get an optimized pulsed electrical plasma discharge reactor and to increase the energy utilization efficiency in the removal of pollutants, two hybrid plasma discharge reactors were designed and optimized. The reactors were compared via the discharge characteristics, energy transfer efficiency, the yields of the active species and the energy utilization in dye wastewater degradation. The results showed that under the same AC input power, the characteristics of the discharge waveform of the point-to-plate reactor were better. Under the same AC input power, the two reactors both had almost the same peak voltage of 22 kV. The peak current of the point-to-plate reactor was 146 A, while that of the wire-to-cylinder reactor was only 48.8 A. The peak powers of the point-to-plate reactor and the wire-to-cylinder reactor were 1.38 MW and 1.01 MW, respectively. The energy per pulse of the point-to-plate reactor was 0.2221 J, which was about 29.4% higher than that of the wire-to-cylinder reactor (0.1716 J). To remove 50% Acid Orange 7 (AO7), the energy utilizations of the point-to-plate reactor and the wire-to-cylinder reactor were 1.02 10-9 mol/L and 0.61 10-9 mol/L, respectively. In the point-to-plate reactor, the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in pure water was 3.6 mmol/L after 40 min of discharge, which was higher than that of the wire-to-cylinder reactor (2.5 mmol/L). The concentration of liquid phase ozone in the point-to-plate reactor (5.7 10-2 mmol/L) was about 26.7% higher than that in the wire-to-cylinder reactor (4.5 10-2 mmol/L). The analysis results of the variance showed that the type of reactor and reaction time had significant impacts on the yields of the hydrogen peroxide and ozone. The main degradation intermediates of AO7 identified by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GCMS) were acetic acid, maleic anhydride, p-benzoquinone, phenol, benzoic acid, phthalic anhydride, coumarin and 2-naphthol. Proposed degradation pathways were elucidated in light of the analyzed degradation products.

  17. Local sustained delivery of acetylsalicylic acid via hybrid stent with biodegradable nanofibers reduces adhesion of blood cells and promotes reendothelialization of the denuded artery

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    Lee, Cheng-Hung; Lin, Yu-Huang; Chang, Shang-Hung; Tai, Chun-Der; Liu, Shih-Jung; Chu, Yen; Wang, Chao-Jan; Hsu, Ming-Yi; Chang, Hung; Chang, Gwo-Jyh; Hung, Kuo-Chun; Hsieh, Ming-Jer; Lin, Fen-Chiung; Hsieh, I-Chang; Wen, Ming-Shien; Huang, Yenlin

    2014-01-01

    Incomplete endothelialization, blood cell adhesion to vascular stents, and inflammation of arteries can result in acute stent thromboses. The systemic administration of acetylsalicylic acid decreases endothelial dysfunction, potentially reducing thrombus, enhancing vasodilatation, and inhibiting the progression of atherosclerosis; but, this is weakened by upper gastrointestinal bleeding. This study proposes a hybrid stent with biodegradable nanofibers, for the local, sustained delivery of acetylsalicylic acid to injured artery walls. Biodegradable nanofibers are prepared by first dissolving poly(D,L)-lactide-co-glycolide and acetylsalicylic acid in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The solution is then electrospun into nanofibrous tubes, which are then mounted onto commercially available bare-metal stents. In vitro release rates of pharmaceuticals from nanofibers are characterized using an elution method, and a highperformance liquid chromatography assay. The experimental results suggest that biodegradable nanofibers release high concentrations of acetylsalicylic acid for three weeks. The in vivo efficacy of local delivery of acetylsalicylic acid in reducing platelet and monocyte adhesion, and the minimum tissue inflammatory reaction caused by the hybrid stents in treating denuded rabbit arteries, are documented. The proposed hybrid stent, with biodegradable acetylsalicylic acid-loaded nanofibers, substantially contributed to local, sustained delivery of drugs to promote re-endothelialization and reduce thrombogenicity in the injured artery. The stents may have potential applications in the local delivery of cardiovascular drugs. Furthermore, the use of hybrid stents with acetylsalicylic acid-loaded nanofibers that have high drug loadings may provide insight into the treatment of patients with high risk of acute stent thromboses. PMID:24421640

  18. 5-Florouracil-loaded poly(lactic acid)-poly(caprolactone) hybrid scaffold: potential chemotherapeutic implant.

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    Gupta, Kamal K; Pal, Namrata; Mishra, Pradeep K; Srivastava, Pradeep; Mohanty, Sujata; Maiti, Pralay

    2014-08-01

    Hybrid nanofibers of poly(lactic acid) and polycaprolactone have been developed by embedding cancerous drug through electrospinning technique. The composition of polymer has been varied to check the compositional effect on properties. The quality of nanofibers has been testified through surface morphology, wetting properties using contact angle and mechanical strength under uniaxial elongation. The compatibility of drug (5-fluorourasil) with matrix fiber has been verified using Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. The drug release study has been performed showing greater release in hybrid fibers when compared with pure polymers as a result of synergism of two immiscible polymers and quasi-Fickian diffusion mechanism in hybrid nanofiber as implants showing compositional effect on drug release. A model has been proposed showing faster release of drugs in hybrid systems. Biological responses through fluorescence imaging and MTT assay confirm the release of drug from hybrid nanofibers showing potential use of hybrid scaffolds as chemotherapeutic implant. PMID:24038786

  19. Compatible Mechanism for a Simultaneous Description of the Roebuck, Dushman, and Iodate-Arsenous Acid Reactions in an Acidic Medium.

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    Valkai, László; Horváth, Attila K

    2016-02-15

    The iodine-arsenous acid (Roebuck), iodide-iodate (Dushman), and iodate-arsenous acid reactions have been studied simultaneously by a stopped-flow technique by monitoring the absorbance-time profiles at the isosbestic point of the I2/I3(-) system (468 nm). Using the well-accepted rate coefficients of iodine hydrolysis, we have proven that iodine is the kinetically active species of the iodine-arsenous acid reaction. Strong iodide inhibition of this system is explained by a rapidly established equilibrium between iodine and arsenous acid to produce an iodide ion, a hydrogen ion, and a short-lived intermediate H2AsO3I, which is shifted far to the left. Taking into consideration the generally accepted kinetic model of the Dushman reaction where I2O2 plays a key role to account for all of the most important observations in this subsystem and a sequence of simple formal oxygen-transfer reactions between arsenous acid and iodic acid as well as iodous acid and hypoiodous acid, we propose a 13-step comprehensive kinetic model, including seven rapidly established equilibria with only six fitted parameters, that is able to explain all of the most important characteristics of the kinetic curves of all of the title systems both individually and simultaneously. PMID:26838551

  20. Direct microwave-assisted amino acid synthesis by reaction of succinic acid and ammonia in the presence of magnetite

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    Jiang, Nan; Liu, Dandan; Shi, Weiguang; Hua, Yingjie; Wang, Chongtai; Liu, Xiaoyang

    2013-10-01

    Since the discovery of submarine hot vents in the late 1970s, it has been postulated that submarine hydrothermal environments would be suitable for emergence of life on Earth. To simulate warm spring conditions, we designed a series of microwave-assisted amino acid synthesis involving direct reactions between succinic acid and ammonia in the presence of the magnetite catalyst. These reactions which generated aspartic acid and glycine were carried out under mild temperatures and pressures (90-180 C, 4-19 bar). We studied this specific reaction inasmuch as succinic acid and ammonia were traditionally identified as prebiotic compounds in primitive deep-sea hydrothermal systems on Earth. The experimental results were discussed in both biochemical and geochemical context to offer a possible route for abiotic amino acid synthesis. With extremely diluted starting materials (0.002 M carboxylic acid and 0.002 M ammonia) and catalyst loading, an obvious temperature dependency was observed in both cases [neither product was detected at 90 C in comparison with 21.08 ?mol L-1 (aspartic acid) and 70.25 umol L-1 (glycine) in 180 C]. However, an opposite trend presented for reaction time factor, namely a positive correlation for glycine, but a negative one for aspartic acid.

  1. Photoinduced thiol-ene polymerization reaction for fast preparation of macroporous hybrid monoliths and their application in capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Liu, Zhongshan; Ou, Junjie; Lin, Hui; Liu, Zheyi; Wang, Hongwei; Dong, Jing; Zou, Hanfa

    2014-08-25

    Hybrid monoliths with a macroporous structure were prepared within a few minutes via a photoinduced thiol-ene polymerization reaction, the surfaces of which showed hydrophobic character. The monolithic column demonstrated good separation performance towards alkylbenzenes, peptides, proteins and BSA tryptic digest in cLC. PMID:24999620

  2. In-grown structure of NiFe mixed metal oxides and CNT hybrid catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Li, Yongmei; He, Haiyong; Fu, Wei; Mu, Chenzhong; Tang, Xiu-Zhi; Liu, Zheng; Chi, Dongzhi; Hu, Xiao

    2016-01-14

    This work reports a unique in-grown structure of a NiFe-MMO/CNT hybrid catalyst. This structure creates larger interfacial area and strong interaction between the NiFe-MMO catalyst and the CNT, which could promote charge transfer at the interface, and hence improve conductivity. This leads to outstanding electrochemical performance for oxygen evolution reaction. PMID:26646681

  3. Asymmetric Lewis acid organocatalysis of the Diels-Alder reaction by a silylated C-H acid.

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    Gatzenmeier, Tim; van Gemmeren, Manuel; Xie, Youwei; Höfler, Denis; Leutzsch, Markus; List, Benjamin

    2016-02-26

    Silylium ion equivalents have shown promise as Lewis acid catalysts for a range of important C-C bond-forming reactions. Here we describe chiral C-H acids that upon in situ silylation, generate silylium-carbanion pairs, which are extremely active Lewis acid catalysts for enantioselective Diels-Alder reactions of cinnamates with cyclopentadiene. Enantiomeric ratios of up to 97:3 and diastereomeric ratios of more than 20:1 are observed across a diverse set of substitution patterns with 1 mole percent (mol %) of C-H acid catalyst and 10 mol % of a silylating reagent. The results show promise for broad applications of such C-H acid-derived silylium ion equivalents in asymmetric Lewis acid catalysis. PMID:26917765

  4. Why and How To Teach Acid-Base Reactions without Equilibrium

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    Carlton, Terry S.

    1997-08-01

    A stepwise method enables students to predict which acid-base reactions occur when two solutions are mixed. The complexities of equilibrium are avoided by treating reactions as all-or-none and by providing a table of acids in order of strength. Key steps, in order, are: list major species; classify them as acids and bases; identify the strongest acid and base; decide whether these two can react. If they do react, repeat these steps with the species that remain after reaction. Qualitative and quantitative examples are provided, as are simple rules for recognizing acids and bases from formulas. Advantages of the method and ways of adapting it to other types of reactions are described.

  5. Optimization of dicarboxylic acid cellulose synthesis: reaction stoichiometry and role of hypochlorite scavengers.

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    Sirvi, Juho Antti; Liimatainen, Henrikki; Visanko, Miikka; Niinimki, Jouko

    2014-12-19

    The reaction conditions in terms of reaction time, sodium chlorite stoichiometry, and the effect of hypochlorite scavengers on the chlorite oxidation of dialdehyde cellulose (DAC) was studied. The impact of storage on the reactivity of DAC fibers was also investigated. It was found that chlorite oxidation of DAC is a rapid reaction, resulting in oxidation of 71% of the aldehyde after only 8 min when 2.5 times excess of sodium chlorite compared to aldehyde groups was used. Reactivity of DAC was observed to decrease quickly during the storage and only 68% of the aldehyde groups reacted after two weeks storage compared to the reaction performed with freshly prepared DAC. Hydrogen peroxide and sulfamic acid were observed to increase the reaction efficiency of chlorite oxidation by reducing the amount of side-reactions between chlorite and hypochlorite. A minor amount of sulfamic acid can be used to replace acetic acid as a catalyst. PMID:25263866

  6. AEROSOL ACIDITY DETERMINATION BY REACTION WITH 14C LABELED AMINE

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    The acidity of aerosol particles collected on Teflon membrane filters is analyzed by exposure to 14C labeled trimethylamine and by counting the resulting beta-ray emission. An accurate calibration is established by the use of known, laboratory generated sulfuric acid samples. For...

  7. Phosphoric acid impurities in phosphoric acid fuel cell electrolytes. 2: Effects on the oxygen reduction reaction at platinum electrodes

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    Sugishima, Noboru; Hinatsu, J.T.; Foulkes, F.R. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry)

    1994-12-01

    The effects of phosphorus acid additions on the oxygen reduction reaction at platinum electrodes in concentrated phosphoric acid were studied. The oxygen reduction currents decreased, and the Tafel slopes became more negative upon the addition of small concentrations of phosphorus acid. In addition,the phosphorus acid oxidation current tended to complete with the oxygen reduction current. These effects became more pronounced at higher phosphorus acid concentrations and at higher temperatures. Upon the addition of phosphorus acid the number of electrons involved in the oxygen reduction reaction decreased from a value close to four to a value approaching two, suggesting promotion of a two-electron reduction to peroxide. Therefore, in studies of the electrochemical reduction of oxygen in hot concentrated phosphoric acid or in fuel cell systems using hot concentrated phosphoric acid as electrolyte, it is recommended that precautions be taken against the inadvertent formation of the phosphorus acid. The removal of phosphorus acid from concentrated phosphoric acid by repeated potential cycling at 100 mV/s between + 0.5 and +1.50 V (vs. dynamic hydrogen electrode) was demonstrated.

  8. Sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone)/amino-acid functionalized titania hybrid proton conductive membranes

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    Wu, Hong; Shen, Xiaohui; Xu, Tao; Hou, Weiqiang; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2012-09-01

    Inspired by the proton conducting mechanism in organisms where the amino acid groups play a crucial and multiple role, a novel kind of amino acid-functionalized titania submicrospheres was prepared and incorporated into sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) to fabricate the hybrid membranes for potential application in direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). The pristine titania submicrospheres (TiO2) with a uniform particle size of ?220 nm were synthesized via a sol-gel process and modified with amino acid groups through a facile chelation method. Meanwhile, amino groups, carboxylic groups and phenyl groups were introduced in the same way for comparison purpose. Compared with the control SPEEK membrane, the methanol crossover was reduced and the membrane mechanical strength was enhanced by incorporation of the functionalized titania submicrospheres. Due to the different proton acceptor/donor capability of the different functional groups, the hybrid membrane embedded with amino-functionalized titania exhibited lower proton conductivity at 20 C but higher values at elevated temperature of 60 C compared with carboxylic-functionalized titania; the hybrid membrane embedded with amino acid-functionalized titania displayed a superior proton-conducting ability with the highest proton conductivity of 0.258 S cm-1 at 60 C.

  9. Design of chiral urea-quaternary ammonium salt hybrid catalysts for asymmetric reactions of glycine Schiff bases

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    Tiffner, Maximilian; Novacek, Johanna; Busillo, Alfonso; Gratzer, Katharina; Massa, Antonio; Waser, Mario

    2015-01-01

    Bifunctional chiral urea-containing quaternary ammonium salts can be straightforwardly synthesised in good yield and with high structural diversity via a scalable and operationally simple highly telescoped sequence starting from trans-1,2-cyclohexanediamine. These novel hybrid catalysts were systematically investigated for their potential to control glycine Schiff bases in asymmetric addition reactions. It was found that Michael addition reactions and the herein presented aldol-initiated cascade reaction can be carried out to provide enantiomeric ratios up to 95 : 5 and good yields under mild conditions at room temperature. PMID:26504516

  10. Nucleic Acid Polymerases of the Developing Chicken Embryo: A DNA Polymerase Preferring a Hybrid Template*

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    Stavrianopoulos, Jannis G.; Karkas, John D.; Chargaff, Erwin

    1971-01-01

    This paper presents a preliminary survey of the nucleic acid polymerases of the developing chicken embryo, especially of the 4-day stage. The predominant activity is that of a DNA polymerase preferring a DNA-RNA hybrid as the template. The enzyme, which is activated by Mn2+ ions and inhibited by p-chloromercuriphenylsulfonate, copies preferentially the ribo strand of a hybrid, such as poly(rA)poly(dT), but is relatively inactive with all-ribo duplexes. DNA polymerase I of Escherichia coli was also found to use the hybrid template with high efficiency, copying preferentially the ribo strand. With the chicken enzyme, the template activity of denatured DNA was increased tenfold by simultaneous transcription with RNA polymerase. DNA polymerase activity reaches a maximum in the 6- to 8-day chicken embryo and then declines progressively to about one-third of the maximal value in the adult chicken. PMID:4943793

  11. Fibrillar networks of glycyrrhizic acid for hybrid nanomaterials with catalytic features.

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    Saha, Abhijit; Adamcik, Jozef; Bolisetty, Sreenath; Handschin, Stephan; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2015-04-27

    Self-assembly of the naturally occurring sweetening agent, glycyrrhizic acid (GA) in water is studied by small-angle X-ray scattering and microscopic techniques. Statistical analysis on atomic force microscopy images reveals the formation of ultralong GA fibrils with uniform thickness of 2.5?nm and right-handed twist with a pitch of 9?nm, independently of GA concentration. Transparent nematic GA hydrogels are exploited to create functional hybrid materials. Two-fold and three-fold hybrids are developed by introducing graphene oxide (GO) and in?situ-synthesized gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) in the hydrogel matrix for catalysis applications. In the presence of GO, the catalytic efficiency of Au NPs in the reduction of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol is enhanced by 2.5 times. Gold microplate single crystals are further synthesized in the GA hydrogel, expanding the scope of these hybrids and demonstrating their versatility in materials design. PMID:25759108

  12. Highly sensitive DNA detection using cascade amplification strategy based on hybridization chain reaction and enzyme-induced metallization.

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    Yu, Xu; Zhang, Zhi-Ling; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2015-04-15

    A novel highly sensitive colorimetric assay for DNA detection using cascade amplification strategy based on hybridization chain reaction and enzyme-induced metallization was established. The DNA modified superparamagnetic beads were demonstrated to capture and enrich the target DNA in the hybridization buffer or human plasma. The hybridization chain reaction and enzyme-induced silver metallization on the gold nanoparticles were used as cascade signal amplification for the detection of target DNA. The metalization of silver on the gold nanoparticles induced a significant color change from red to yellow until black depending on the concentration of the target DNA, which could be recognized by naked eyes. This method showed a good specificity for the target DNA detection, with the capabilty to discriminate single-base-pair mismatched DNA mutation (single nucleotide polymorphism). Meanwhile, this approach exhibited an excellent anti-interference capability with the convenience of the magentic seperation and washing, which enabled its usage in complex biological systems such as human blood plasma. As an added benefit, the utilization of hybridization chain reaction and enzyme-induced metallization improved detection sensitivity down to 10pM, which is about 100-fold lower than that of traditional unamplified homogeneous assays. PMID:25500528

  13. Utilizing Intrinsic Properties of Polyaniline to Detect Nucleic Acid Hybridization through UV-Enhanced Electrostatic Interaction.

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    Sengupta, Partha Pratim; Gloria, Jared N; Amato, Dahlia N; Amato, Douglas V; Patton, Derek L; Murali, Beddhu; Flynt, Alex S

    2015-10-12

    Detection of specific RNA or DNA molecules by hybridization to "probe" nucleic acids via complementary base-pairing is a powerful method for analysis of biological systems. Here we describe a strategy for transducing hybridization events through modulating intrinsic properties of the electroconductive polymer polyaniline (PANI). When DNA-based probes electrostatically interact with PANI, its fluorescence properties are increased, a phenomenon that can be enhanced by UV irradiation. Hybridization of target nucleic acids results in dissociation of probes causing PANI fluorescence to return to basal levels. By monitoring restoration of base PANI fluorescence as little as 10(-11) M (10 pM) of target oligonucleotides could be detected within 15 min of hybridization. Detection of complementary oligos was specific, with introduction of a single mismatch failing to form a target-probe duplex that would dissociate from PANI. Furthermore, this approach is robust and is capable of detecting specific RNAs in extracts from animals. This sensor system improves on previously reported strategies by transducing highly specific probe dissociation events through intrinsic properties of a conducting polymer without the need for additional labels. PMID:26388289

  14. Effects of novel hybrids of caffeic acid phenethyl ester and NSAIDs on experimental ocular inflammation.

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    Pittal, Valeria; Salerno, Loredana; Romeo, Giuseppe; Siracusa, Maria Angela; Modica, Maria Nunziata; Romano, Giovanni Luca; Salomone, Salvatore; Drago, Filippo; Bucolo, Claudio

    2015-04-01

    In this study, we report the design and synthesis of novel hybrids of caffeic acid phenetyl ester (CAPE) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). We assessed their effects on an experimental ocular inflammation in New Zealand rabbits. The formulations of CAPE-aspirin and CAPE-indomethacin hybrids were topical instilled in the rabbit?s eye. Afterwards, the anti-inflammatory activity was evaluated by grading the clinical signs and by assessing the inflammatory cell count, protein, PGE2 and TNF? levels in the aqueous humor. Furthermore, ocular tolerability of hybrids formulations was evaluated in a separate set of animals by using a modified Draize test. The ocular inflammation in the control group was significantly higher than in both the hybrid-treated groups, as indicated by clinical grading and biomarkers assessment. However, only the CAPE-aspirin hybrid reduced, in a significant dose-dependent manner, the ocular inflammation elicited by paracentesis. CAPE-indomethacin hybrid was able to significantly attenuate the clinical grading and the PGE2 aqueous levels only at the highest dose (0.1%). CAPE-aspirin significantly reduced PGE2 and TNF? levels in the aqueous humor as well as proteins and PMNs. Finally, all formulations showed no ocular irritation compared with vehicle-treated group. In conclusion, CAPE-aspirin shows full anti-inflammatory efficacy in experimental model of ocular inflammation demonstrating an optimal pharmacological and safety profile. Taken together these data indicate that CAPE-aspirin hybrid represents a valid and safe new chemical entity potentially useful for the treatment of ocular inflammation. PMID:25704612

  15. A Synthesis of "o"-Chlorocinnamic Acid Utilizing a Meerwein Reaction: An Undergraduate Organic Experiment.

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    Cleland, George H.

    1978-01-01

    The Meerwein reaction is often omitted from undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory books. This experiment, the preparation of "o"-chlorocinnamic acid from "o"-chloroanaline, illustrates this section. (BB)

  16. Correction: Bifunctional ligands in combination with phosphines and Lewis acidic phosphoniums for the carbonylative Sonogashira reaction.

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    Tan, Chen; Wang, Peng; Liu, Huan; Zhao, Xiao-Li; Lu, Yong; Liu, Ye

    2016-01-11

    Correction for 'Bifunctional ligands in combination with phosphines and Lewis acidic phosphoniums for the carbonylative Sonogashira reaction' by Chen Tan et al., Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 10871-10874. PMID:26660541

  17. Effect of acid or alkaline catalyst and of different capping agents on the optical properties of CdS nanoparticles incorporated within a diureasil hybrid matrix

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    Gonalves, Luis F. F. F.; Silva, Carlos J. R.; Kanodarwala, Fehmida K.; Stride, John A.; Pereira, Mario R.

    2015-11-01

    CdS nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized using colloidal methods and incorporated within a diureasil hybrid matrix. The surface capping of the CdS NPs by 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) and 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS) organic ligands during the incorporation of the NPs within the hybrid matrix has been investigated. The matrix is based on poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene oxide) chains grafted to a siliceous skeleton through urea bonds and was produced by sol-gel process. Both alkaline and acidic catalysis of the sol-gel reaction were used to evaluate the effect of each organic ligand on the optical properties of the CdS NPs. The hybrid materials were characterized by absorption, steady-state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM). The preservation of the optical properties of the CdS NPs within the diureasil hybrids was dependent on the experimental conditions used. Both organic ligands (APTMS and MPTMS) demonstrated to be crucial in avoiding the increase of size distribution and clustering of the NPs within the hybrid matrix. The use of organic ligands was also shown to influence the level of interaction between the hybrid host and the CdS NPs. The CdS NPs showed large Stokes shifts and long average lifetimes, both in colloidal solution and in the xerogels, due to the origin of the PL emission in surface states. The CdS NPs capped with MPTMS have lower PL lifetimes compared to the other xerogel samples but still larger than the CdS NPs in the original colloidal solution. An increase in PL lifetimes of the NPs after their incorporation within the hybrid matrix is related to interaction between the NPs and the hybrid host matrix.

  18. Development and testing of a bipolar lead-acid battery for hybrid electric vehicles

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    Saakes, Michel; Kluiters, Edwin; Schmal, Dick; Mourad, Salem; ten Have, Peter T. J. H.

    An 80 V bipolar lead-acid battery was constructed and tested using hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) drive cycles. Drive cycles with a peak power of 6.7 kW, equal to 1/5 of the total power profile required for the HEV studied, were run successfully. Model calculations showed that the 80 V module constructed, which is at the moment 2.5 times heavier than required for the HEV operation studied, can be optimised to meet the requirements.

  19. Citric Acid-Modified Fenton's Reaction for the Oxidation of Chlorinated Ethylenes in Soil Solution Systems

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    Seol, Yongkoo; Javandel, Iraj

    2008-03-15

    Fenton's reagent, a solution of hydrogen peroxide and ferrous iron catalyst, is used for an in-situ chemical oxidation of organic contaminants. Sulfuric acid is commonly used to create an acidic condition needed for catalytic oxidation. Fenton's reaction often involves pressure buildup and precipitation of reaction products, which can cause safety hazards and diminish efficiency. We selected citric acid, a food-grade substance, as an acidifying agent to evaluate its efficiencies for organic contaminant removal in Fenton's reaction, and examined the impacts of using citric acid on the unwanted reaction products. A series of batch and column experiments were performed with varying H{sub 2}O{sub 2} concentrations to decompose selected chlorinated ethylenes. Either dissolved iron from soil or iron sulfate salt was added to provide the iron catalyst in the batch tests. Batch experiments revealed that both citric and sulfuric acid systems achieved over 90% contaminant removal rates, and the presence of iron catalyst was essential for effective decontamination. Batch tests with citric acid showed no signs of pressure accumulation and solid precipitations, however the results suggested that an excessive usage of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} relative to iron catalysts (Fe{sup 2+}/H{sub 2}O{sub 2} < 1/330) would result in lowering the efficiency of contaminant removal by iron chelations in the citric acid system. Column tests confirmed that citric acid could provide suitable acidic conditions to achieve higher than 55% contaminant removal rates.

  20. KochHaaf reaction of adamantanols in an acid-tolerant hastelloy-made microreactor

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    Mukai, Yu

    2011-01-01

    Summary The KochHaaf reaction of adamantanols was successfully carried out in a microflow system at room temperature. By combining an acid-tolerant hastelloy-made micromixer, a PTFE tube, and a hastelloy-made microextraction unit, a packaged reaction-to-workup system was developed. By means of the present system, the multigram scale synthesis of 1-adamantanecarboxylic acid was achieved in ca. one hour operation. PMID:21977213

  1. Reaction of /alpha/,/beta/-unsaturated acyl isothiocyanates with salts of dithiocarbamic acids

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    Krus, K.; Masias, A.; Beletskaya, I.P.

    1989-01-10

    The reaction of unsaturated isothiocyanates with the sodium and calcium salts of N-alkyl- and N,N-dialkyldithiocarbamic acids was studied. Depending on the structure of the dithiocarbamate, the reaction products are thiazines or acyl dithiocarbamates. For the salts of methyldithiocarbamic acid the effect of the concentration and the nature of the metal on the relative yields of 6-phenyl-3-methylpropiorhodanine and 6-phenylpropiorhodanine was studied. A method is proposed for the synthesis of 3-substituted propiorhodanines.

  2. Chiral N-heterocyclic carbene/Lewis acid cooperative catalysis of the reaction of 2-aroylvinylcinnamaldehydes: a switch of the reaction pathway by Lewis acid activation.

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    Wang, Zhan-Yong; Ding, Ya-Li; Wang, Gang; Cheng, Ying

    2015-12-24

    The chiral N-heterocyclic carbene/Lewis acid co-catalyzed reaction of 2-aroylvinylcinnamaldehydes produced good yields of indeno[1,2-c]furan-1-one derivatives with excellent enantioselectivity and diastereoselectivity. A switch of intramolecular cyclization to intermolecular dimerization was achieved by the cooperative catalysis of chiral triazole carbene and Ti(OPr-i)4 catalysts. PMID:26567629

  3. Sensitive and Specific Detection of Mycoplasma species by Consensus Polymerase Chain Reaction and Dot Blot Hybridization

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    Hong, Sunhwa; Lee, Hyun-A; Park, Sang-Ho

    2011-01-01

    Mycoplasmas are highly fastidious bacteria, difficult to culture and slow growing. Many species of mycoplasmas are important pathogens that cause respiratory infection in laboratory animals and that are known to affect experimental results obtained with contaminated animals. The aim of the present study was to develop a sensitive and specific assay for the detection of mycoplasma species. To this end, we developed a polymerase chain reaction and dot blot hybridization assay (PCR/DBH) for detecting mycoplasma DNA and evaluated it for its sensitivity and specificity. Mycoplasma consensus primer pairs were used for the amplification of target DNA. When PCR product was visually detected, the limit of detection of the PCR test was 102 pg of mycoplasma purified DNA. For DBH, the amplified DNA was labeled by incorporation of digoxigenin (DIG). This DIG-labeled probe was capable of detecting 104 pg of purified mycoplasma DNA by DBH. PCR/DBH was more sensitive than PCR or DBH alone and was also very specific. Our PCR/DBH assay can be applied efficiently to confirm the presence of mycoplasma species on clinical samples and to differentiate between mycoplasma species infection and other bacterial infections. PMID:21826174

  4. Structure-Switching Aptamer Triggering Hybridization Chain Reaction on the Cell Surface for Activatable Theranostics.

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    Wang, Yu-Min; Wu, Zhan; Liu, Si-Jia; Chu, Xia

    2015-07-01

    The ability to probe low-abundance biomolecules or transport a high-load drug in target cells is essential for biology and theranostics. We develop a novel activatable theranostic approach by using a structure-switching aptamer triggered hybridization chain reaction (HCR) on the cell surface, which for the first time creates an aptamer platform enabling real-time activation and amplification for fluorescence imaging and targeting therapy. The aptamer probe is designed not to initiate HCR in its free state but trigger HCR on binding to the target cell via structure switching. The HCR not only amplifies fluorescence signals from a fluorescence-quenched probe for activatable tumor imaging but also accumulates high-load prodrugs from a drug-labeled probe and induces its uptake and conversion into cisplatin in cells for selective tumor therapy. An in vitro assay shows that this approach affords efficient signal amplification for fluorescence detection of target protein tyrosine kinase-7 (PTK7) with a detection limit of 1 pM. Live cell studies reveal that it provides high-contrast fluorescence imaging and highly sensitive detection of tumor cells, while renders high-efficiency drug delivery into tumor cells via an endocytosis pathway. The results imply the potential of the developed approach as a promising platform for early stage diagnosis and precise therapy of tumors. PMID:26044187

  5. Graphene oxide-based amplified fluorescent biosensor for Hg(2+) detection through hybridization chain reactions.

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    Huang, Jiahao; Gao, Xiang; Jia, Jingjing; Kim, Jang-Kyo; Li, Zhigang

    2014-03-18

    We report a graphene oxide (GO)-based fluorescent sensor for Hg(2+) detection in aqueous solutions by using hybridization chain reactions (HCRs). GO is used as an adsorption material for capturing single-stranded DNA and an efficient fluorescence quencher for reducing the background signal. In the detection strategy, two hairpin probes and a helper DNA are employed. Without Hg(2+), they are adsorbed by the GO and the fluorescence of one of the hairpin probes is quenched. In the presence of Hg(2+), the HCRs between the two hairpin probes are initiated by Hg(2+) with the aid of the helper DNA through T-Hg(2+)-T coordination chemistry. The double-stranded DNA products of the HCRs are released by the GO and the fluorescence is recovered. The detection limit of the sensing method is 0.3 nM, which is sufficiently sensitive for practical applications. The sensing system also exhibits high selectivity against other divalent metal ions, and the application of the sensor for drinking water shows that the proposed method works well for real samples. PMID:24564628

  6. An exonuclease-assisted amplification electrochemical aptasensor for Hg(2+) detection based on hybridization chain reaction.

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    Bao, Ting; Wen, Wei; Zhang, Xiuhua; Xia, Qinghua; Wang, Shengfu

    2015-08-15

    In this work, a novel electrochemical aptasensor was developed for Hg(2+) detection based on exonuclease-assisted target recycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) dual signal amplification strategy. The presence of Hg(2+) induced the T-rich DNA partly folded into duplex-like structure via the Hg(2+) mediated T-Hg(2+)-T base pairs, which triggered the activity of exonuclease III (Exo III). Exo III selectively digested the double-strand DNA containing multiple T-Hg(2+)-T base pairs from its 3'-end, the released Hg(2+) participated analyte recycle. With each digestion cycle, a digestion product named as help DNA was obtained, which acted as a linkage between the capture DNA and auxiliary DNA. The presence of help DNA and two auxiliary DNA collectively facilitated successful HCR process and formed long double-stranded DNA. [Ru(NH3)6](3+) was used as redox indicator, which electrostatically bound to the double strands and produced an electrochemical signal. Exo III-assisted target recycling and HCR dual amplification significantly improved the sensitivity for Hg(2+) with a detection limit of 0.12 pM (S/N=3). Furthermore, the proposed aptasensor had a promising potential for the application of Hg(2+) detection in real aquatic sample analysis. PMID:25840017

  7. A unique platinum-graphene hybrid structure for high activity and durability in oxygen reduction reaction

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    Wang, Chengming; Ma, Liang; Liao, Lingwen; Bai, Song; Long, Ran; Zuo, Ming; Xiong, Yujie

    2013-01-01

    It remains a grand challenge to achieve both high activity and durability in Pt electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells. Here we develop a class of Pt highly concave cubic (HCC) nanocrystals, which are enriched with high-index facets, to enable high ORR activity. The durability of HCC nanocrystals can be significantly improved via assembly with graphene. Meanwhile, the unique hybrid structure displays further enhanced specific activity, which is 7-fold greater than the state-of-the-art Pt/C catalysts. Strikingly, it exhibits impressive performance in terms of half-wave potential (E1/2). The E1/2 of 0.967 V at the Pt loading as low as 46 μg cm−2, which stands as 63 mV higher than that of the Pt/C catalysts, is slightly superior to the record observed for the most active porous Pt-Ni catalyst in literature. This work paves the way to designing high-performance electrocatalysts by modulating their surface and interface with loading substrates. PMID:23999570

  8. Kinetics of Acid Reactions: Making Sense of Associated Concepts

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    Tan, Kim Chwee Daniel; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Mocerino, Mauro

    2010-01-01

    In chemical kinetics, in addition to the concepts related to kinetics, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and the characteristics of the reactants are often involved when comparing the rates of different reactions, making such comparisons very challenging for students at all levels, as well as for pre-service science teachers. Consequently, four…

  9. Kinetics of Acid Reactions: Making Sense of Associated Concepts

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    Tan, Kim Chwee Daniel; Treagust, David F.; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Mocerino, Mauro

    2010-01-01

    In chemical kinetics, in addition to the concepts related to kinetics, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium and the characteristics of the reactants are often involved when comparing the rates of different reactions, making such comparisons very challenging for students at all levels, as well as for pre-service science teachers. Consequently, four

  10. Mismatch discrimination in fluorescent in situ hybridization using different types of nucleic acids.

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    Fontenete, Silvia; Silvia, Fontenete; Barros, Joana; Joana, Barros; Madureira, Pedro; Pedro, Madureira; Figueiredo, Céu; Céu, Figueiredo; Wengel, Jesper; Jesper, Wengel; Azevedo, Nuno Filipe; Filipe, Azevedo Nuno

    2015-05-01

    In the past few years, several researchers have focused their attention on nucleic acid mimics due to the increasing necessity of developing a more robust recognition of DNA or RNA sequences. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is an example of a method where the use of these novel nucleic acid monomers might be crucial to the success of the analysis. To achieve the expected accuracy in detection, FISH probes should have high binding affinity towards their complementary strands and discriminate effectively the noncomplementary strands. In this study, we investigate the effect of different chemical modifications in fluorescent probes on their ability to successfully detect the complementary target and discriminate the mismatched base pairs by FISH. To our knowledge, this paper presents the first study where this analysis is performed with different types of FISH probes directly in biological targets, Helicobacter pylori and Helicobacter acinonychis. This is also the first study where unlocked nucleic acids (UNA) were used as chemistry modification in oligonucleotides for FISH methodologies. The effectiveness in detecting the specific target and in mismatch discrimination appears to be improved using locked nucleic acids (LNA)/2'-O-methyl RNA (2'OMe) or peptide nucleic acid (PNA) in comparison to LNA/DNA, LNA/UNA, or DNA probes. Further, the use of LNA modifications together with 2'OMe monomers allowed the use of shorter fluorescent probes and increased the range of hybridization temperatures at which FISH would work. PMID:25840566

  11. Approaches to the detection of enteric pathogens, including Campylobacter, using nucleic acid hybridization.

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    Tompkins, L S; Krajden, M

    1986-03-01

    A previous study of the detection of Campylobacter jejuni in fecal samples spotted directly onto nitrocellulose filters before hybridization revealed a relatively low sensitivity and some false-positive results. We have investigated two factors that interfere with the detection of Campylobacter jejuni in fecal samples: interfering substances that create false-positive background signals and nonspecificity of the probe. Heterologous deoxyribonucleic acid probes bound nonspecifically to partially extracted fecal samples, indicating that the major basis for false-positive background was not due to homologous sequences. The problem of false-positive results could be reduced, but not eliminated, by extensive deoxyribonucleic acid extraction procedures applied to the clinical sample. The relative concentration of protein in each sample may be an important contributor to nonspecific binding. Other measures, such as sonication, glass bead fragmentation, and column separation, were not helpful. Development of a species-specific deoxyribonucleic acid probe derived from sequences encoding 16S ribonucleic acid is underway. PMID:3698541

  12. Kinetics of the reaction of hypobromous acid and organic matters in water treatment processes.

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    Echigo, S; Minear, R A

    2006-01-01

    The fate of bromine species from human activity is affected by the bromination reaction in water treatment processes. In this study, kinetic information of the reaction between hypobromous acid (HOBr) and seven different natural organic matters (NOM) was collected by sequential stopped-flow techniques. Multiple reaction phases were found in the reaction between HOBr and NOM. The number of reaction sites for the faster reaction phase ranged from 0.26 to 0.92 micromole (mg DOC)(-1), and was correlated to both SUVA and specific phenolic content at pH 7.0. The apparent second-order rate constants for the faster reaction phase at pH 7.0 ranged from 5.4 x 10(5) to 1.4 x 10(6) M(-1) x s(-1), indicating that vanillin-like structures are involved in this reaction phase. PMID:16862795

  13. Luminescent molecular hybrid system derived from 2-furancarboxylic acid and silylated monomer coordinated to rare earth ions

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    Sui, Yu-Long; Yan, Bing

    2006-04-01

    In this study, silica-based organic-inorganic hybrids were prepared by the sol-gel method. Tetraethoxysilane (abbreviated as TEOS) and a kind of monomer (abbreviated as FA-APES) derived from modified 2-furancarboxylic acid (abbreviated as FA) with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (abbreviated as APES) were used as the inorganic and organic fragments, respectively. Coordination reaction between lanthanides (europium and terbium ions) and sbnd C dbnd O group of the monomer happened simultaneously. And after days of aging process the resultant materials showed characteristic luminescence of lanthanides. The enhancement of luminescence can be seen by the comparison with simply doped lanthanide hybrid systems. And it can be explained by the coordination ability of the organic counterpart. IR, NMR, UV-vis absorption, low-temperature phosphorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy were applied to characterize and the above spectroscopic data revealed that the triplet state energy of organic ligand matches with the emissive energy level of lanthanides (especially of Tb 3+).

  14. Acid-Base Chemistry According to Robert Boyle: Chemical Reactions in Words as well as Symbols

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    Goodney, David E.

    2006-01-01

    Examples of acid-base reactions from Robert Boyle's "The Sceptical Chemist" are used to illustrate the rich information content of chemical equations. Boyle required lengthy passages of florid language to describe the same reaction that can be done quite simply with a chemical equation. Reading or hearing the words, however, enriches the student's

  15. Acid-Base Chemistry According to Robert Boyle: Chemical Reactions in Words as well as Symbols

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    Goodney, David E.

    2006-01-01

    Examples of acid-base reactions from Robert Boyle's "The Sceptical Chemist" are used to illustrate the rich information content of chemical equations. Boyle required lengthy passages of florid language to describe the same reaction that can be done quite simply with a chemical equation. Reading or hearing the words, however, enriches the student's…

  16. CHROMATOGRAPHIC SEPARATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF PRODUCTS FROM THE REACTION OF DIMETHYLARSINIC ACID WITH HYDROGEN SULFIDE

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    The reaction of dimethylarsinic acid (DMAV) with hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is of biological significance and may be implicated in the overall toxicity and carcinogenicity of arsenic. The course of the reaction in aqueous phase was monitored and an initial product, dimethylthioarsin...

  17. REACTIONS OF CHLORITE WITH ACTIVATED CARBON AND WITH VANILLIC ACID AND INDAN ADSORBED ON ACTIVATED CARBON

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    The reaction between chlorite (CO2(-1)) and vanillic acid, at pH 6.0 in the presence of granular activated carbon (GAC), yielded several reaction products identifiable by GC/MS; no products were found in the absence of GAC. Indan and ClO2 or ClO2(-1) reacted in aqueous solution a...

  18. Enantioselective Robinson-type annulation reaction catalyzed by chiral phosphoric acids.

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    Akiyama, Takahiko; Katoh, Takuya; Mori, Keiji

    2009-01-01

    Let's resolve our differences: Implementation of an enantioselective Michael addition followed by an intramolecular aldol reaction catalyzed by two phosphoric acids has enabled the synthesis of cyclohexenone derivatives with excellent enantioselectivities. Prominent kinetic resolution was observed in the latter reaction. Ar = aromatic group, X = H, halogen, Y = H, Me, halogen. PMID:19405071

  19. Isotactic-b-syndiotactic stereoblock poly(methyl methacrylate) by chiral metallocene/Lewis acid hybrid catalysts.

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    Bolig, Andrew D; Chen, Eugene Y-X

    2002-05-22

    Stereoblock polymerization with chiral ansa-metallocene/strong Lewis acid hybrid catalysts capable of switching stereospecificity of the methyl methacrylate polymerization produces the highly stereoregular isotactic-b-syndiotactic stereoblock poly(methyl methacrylate). PMID:12010014

  20. The temperature dependence of the rate constant for the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with nitric acid

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    Kurylo, M. J.; Cornett, K. D.; Murphy, J. L.

    1982-01-01

    The rate constant for the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with nitric acid in the 225-443 K temperature range has been measured by means of the flash photolysis resonance fluorescence technique. Above 300 K, the rate constant levels off in a way that can only be explained by the occurrence of two reaction channels, of which one, operative at low temperatures, proceeds through the formation of an adduct intermediate. The implications of these rate constant values for stratospheric reaction constants is discussed.

  1. Use of Hybridization Chain Reaction-Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization To Track Gene Expression by Both Partners during Initiation of Symbiosis.

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    Nikolakakis, K; Lehnert, E; McFall-Ngai, M J; Ruby, E G

    2015-07-01

    The establishment of a productive symbiosis between Euprymna scolopes, the Hawaiian bobtail squid, and its luminous bacterial symbiont, Vibrio fischeri, is mediated by transcriptional changes in both partners. A key challenge to unraveling the steps required to successfully initiate this and many other symbiotic associations is characterization of the timing and location of these changes. We report on the adaptation of hybridization chain reaction-fluorescent in situ hybridization (HCR-FISH) to simultaneously probe the spatiotemporal regulation of targeted genes in both E. scolopes and V. fischeri. This method revealed localized, transcriptionally coregulated epithelial cells within the light organ that responded directly to the presence of bacterial cells while, at the same time, provided a sensitive means to directly show regulated gene expression within the symbiont population. Thus, HCR-FISH provides a new approach for characterizing habitat transition in bacteria and for discovering host tissue responses to colonization. PMID:25956763

  2. Use of Hybridization Chain Reaction-Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization To Track Gene Expression by Both Partners during Initiation of Symbiosis

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    Nikolakakis, K.; Lehnert, E.

    2015-01-01

    The establishment of a productive symbiosis between Euprymna scolopes, the Hawaiian bobtail squid, and its luminous bacterial symbiont, Vibrio fischeri, is mediated by transcriptional changes in both partners. A key challenge to unraveling the steps required to successfully initiate this and many other symbiotic associations is characterization of the timing and location of these changes. We report on the adaptation of hybridization chain reaction-fluorescent in situ hybridization (HCR-FISH) to simultaneously probe the spatiotemporal regulation of targeted genes in both E. scolopes and V. fischeri. This method revealed localized, transcriptionally coregulated epithelial cells within the light organ that responded directly to the presence of bacterial cells while, at the same time, provided a sensitive means to directly show regulated gene expression within the symbiont population. Thus, HCR-FISH provides a new approach for characterizing habitat transition in bacteria and for discovering host tissue responses to colonization. PMID:25956763

  3. Structural Origin of the Activity in Mn3O4-Graphene Oxide Hybrid Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction.

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    Wu, Kuang-Hsu; Zeng, Qingcong; Zhang, Bingsen; Leng, Xue; Su, Dang-Sheng; Gentle, Ian R; Wang, Da-Wei

    2015-10-12

    Non-precious metal oxide/carbon hybrid electrocatalysts are of increasing importance for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). A synergistic effect is commonly used to explain the superior ORR activity exerted by metal oxide/nanocarbon hybrids, and this effect is attributed to covalently coupled interfaces between the two materials. However, the origin of the high activity, the structure, and the electrocatalytic nature of the interface remain unclear. By combining X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with synchrotron far-infrared spectroscopy, we resolved the interface structure between spinel manganese oxide nanocrystals and graphene oxide nanoribbons, and the role of this interface in the promoted ORR. Moreover, we demonstrated the excellent ORR activity by a functional synergism of the hybrid constituents through a series of comparative electrochemical experiments. PMID:26448527

  4. Influence of Monomer Mixing Ratio on Membrane Nanostructure in Interfacial Polycondensation: Application of Hybrid MC/MD Reaction Method with Minimum Bond Convention.

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    Suzuki, Yuichi; Koyano, Yoshiyuki; Nagaoka, Masataka

    2015-06-01

    FT-30, a typical aromatic polyamide membrane, is formed by interfacial polycondensation (IP) reaction between m-phenylenediamine (MPD) and benzene 1,3,5-tricarboxylic acid chloride (TMC) monomers. To investigate its microscopic characteristics, we performed an atomistic molecular simulation using the hybrid MC/MD reaction method modified to allow intercellular chemical bonds stretching over the periodic boundaries. Starting with appropriate monomer model systems, we succeeded in making membrane models by simulating a succession of condensation reactions. Through an analysis comparing our calculation results for the degrees of polymer cross-linking (DPC) and the composition ratios to the experimental results, we clarified the MPD/TMC mixing ratios in the near-surface active (NSA) and interior active (IA) regions associated with the reaction mechanism of IP. Further, we executed water diffusion simulations using the membrane model of the IA region and showed the calculated values of the total mass density of the hydrated membrane and the partition coefficient K to be in good agreement with the experimental ones. In conclusion, the present computationally modeled polyamide membrane has sufficient fidelity to the actual membrane and should be considered a stable spatial structure in the local equilibrium state under a nonequilibrium stationary state of permeation. PMID:25973839

  5. 40 CFR 721.10126 - Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with...

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo substituted phenyl azo substituted benzenesulfonic acid copper compound (generic). 721.10126 Section 721.10126 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...

  6. 40 CFR 721.10126 - Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with...

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Alkyl amino substituted triazine amino substituted benezenesulfonic acid reaction product with naphthalenesulfonato azo substituted phenyl azo substituted benzenesulfonic acid copper compound (generic). 721.10126 Section 721.10126 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...

  7. 40 CFR 721.9484 - Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

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    2013-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9484 Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic). (a... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine...

  8. 40 CFR 721.9484 - Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

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    2012-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9484 Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic). (a... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine...

  9. 40 CFR 721.9484 - Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

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    2014-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9484 Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic). (a... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine...

  10. Kinetics of acid-catalyzed aldol condensation reactions of aliphatic aldehydes

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    Casale, Mia T.; Richman, Aviva R.; Elrod, Matthew J.; Garland, Rebecca M.; Beaver, Melinda R.; Tolbert, Margaret A.

    Field observations of atmospheric aerosols have established that organic compounds compose a large fraction of the atmospheric aerosol mass. However, the physical/chemical pathway by which organic compounds are incorporated into atmospheric aerosols remains unclear. The potential role of acid-catalyzed reactions of organic compounds on acidic aerosols has been explored as a possible chemical pathway for the incorporation of organic material into aerosols. In the present study, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy was used to monitor the kinetics of formation of the products of the acid-catalyzed aldol condensation reaction of a range of aliphatic aldehydes (C 2-C 8). The experiments were carried out at various sulfuric acid concentrations and a range of temperatures in order to estimate the rate constants of such reactions on sulfuric acid aerosols under tropospheric conditions. The rate constants were generally found to decrease as the chain length of the aliphatic aldehyde increased (except for acetaldehyde, which had an unusually small rate constant), increase as a function of sulfuric acid concentration as predicted by excess acidity theory, and showed normal Arrhenius behavior as a function of temperature. While the kinetic data are generally consistent with previous laboratory reports of aldehyde reactivity in various sulfuric acid media, the aldol condensation reactions involving aliphatic aldehydes do not appear fast enough to be responsible for significant transfer of organic material into atmospheric aerosols.

  11. 40 CFR 721.9484 - Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9484 Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic). (a... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine...

  12. 40 CFR 721.9484 - Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... (CONTINUED) TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9484 Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine reaction product (generic). (a... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Dimer acid/rosin amidoamine...

  13. A Comparative Study of French and Turkish Students' Ideas on Acid-Base Reactions

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    Cokelez, Aytekin

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this comparative study was to determine the knowledge that French and Turkish upper secondary-school students (grades 11 and 12) acquire on the concept of acid-base reactions. Following an examination of the relevant curricula and textbooks in the two countries, 528 students answered six written questions about the acid-base concept.

  14. A Comparative Study of French and Turkish Students' Ideas on Acid-Base Reactions

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    Cokelez, Aytekin

    2010-01-01

    The goal of this comparative study was to determine the knowledge that French and Turkish upper secondary-school students (grades 11 and 12) acquire on the concept of acid-base reactions. Following an examination of the relevant curricula and textbooks in the two countries, 528 students answered six written questions about the acid-base concept.…

  15. Enhancing the specificity and efficiency of polymerase chain reaction using polyethyleneimine-based derivatives and hybrid nanocomposites

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    Tong, Weiwei; Cao, Xueyan; Wen, Shihui; Guo, Rui; Shen, Mingwu; Wang, Jianhua; Shi, Xiangyang

    2012-01-01

    There is a general necessity to improve the specificity and efficiency of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and exploring the PCR-enhancing mechanism still remains a great challenge. In this paper we report the use of branched polyethyleneimine (PEI)-based derivatives and hybrid nanocomposites as a novel class of enhancers to improve the specificity and efficiency of a nonspecific PCR system. We show that the surface-charge polarity of PEI and PEI derivatives plays a major role in their effectiveness to enhance the PCR. Positively charged amine-terminated pristine PEI, partially (50%) acetylated PEI (PEI-Ac50), and completely acetylated PEI (PEI-Ac) are able to improve PCR efficiency and specificity with an optimum concentration order of PEI < PEI-Ac50 < PEI-Ac, whereas negatively charged carboxyl-terminated PEI (PEI-SAH; SAH denotes succinamic acid groups) and neutralized PEI modified with both polyethylene glycol (PEG) and acetyl (Ac) groups (PEI-PEG-Ac) are unable to improve PCR specificity and efficiency even at concentrations three orders of magnitude higher than that of PEI. Our data clearly suggests that the PCR-enhancing effect is primarily based on the interaction between the PCR components and the PEI derivatives, where electrostatic interaction plays a major role in concentrating the PCR components locally on the backbones of the branched PEI. In addition, multiwalled carbon nanotubes modified with PEI and PEI-stabilized gold nanoparticles are also able to improve the PCR specificity and efficiency with an optimum PEI concentration less than that of the PEI alone, indicating that the inorganic component of the nanocomposites may help improve the interaction between PEI and the PCR components. The developed PEI-based derivatives or nanocomposites may be used as efficient additives to enhance other PCR systems for different biomedical applications. PMID:22393296

  16. The Use of Gel Electrophoresis to Study the Reactions of Activated Amino Acids with Oligonucleotides

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    Zieboll, Gerhard; Orgel, Leslie E.

    1994-01-01

    We have used gel electrophoresis to study the primary covalent addition of amino acids to oligonu-cleotides or their analogs and the subsequent addition of further molecules of the amino acids to generate peptides covalently linked to the oligonucleotides. We have surveyed the reactions of a variety of amino acids with the phosphoramidates derived from oligonucleotide 5 inches phosphates and ethylenediamine. We find that arginine and amino acids can interact with oligonucleotidesl through stacking interactions react most efficiently. D- and L-amino acids give indistinguishable families of products.

  17. On the reaction of iron oxides and oxyhydroxides with tannic and phosphoric acid and their mixtures

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    Beltrn, J. J.; Novegil, F. J.; Garca, K. E.; Barrero, C. A.

    2010-01-01

    The actions of tannic acid, phosphoric acid and their mixture on lepidocrocite, goethite, superparamagnetic goethite, akaganeite, magnetite, hematite and maghemite for 1 day and 1 month were explored. It was found that these acids form iron tannates and phosphates. Lepidocrocite and magnetite were the iron phases more easily transformed with the mixture of the acids after 1 month of reaction, whereas hematite was the most resistant phase. In the case of goethite, our results suggest that in order to understand properly the action of these acids, we have to take into account its stoichiometry, surface area and degree of crystallinity.

  18. Reaction kinetics of free fatty acids esterification in palm fatty acid distillate using coconut shell biochar sulfonated catalyst

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    Hidayat, Arif; Rochmadi, Wijaya, Karna; Budiman, Arief

    2015-12-01

    Recently, a new strategy of preparing novel carbon-based solid acids has been developed. In this research, the esterification reactions of Palm Fatty Acid Distillate (PFAD) with methanol, using coconut shell biochar sulfonated catalyst from biomass wastes as catalyst, were studied. In this study, the coconut shell biochar sulfonated catalysts were synthesized by sulfonating the coconut shell biochar using concentrated H2SO4. The kinetics of free fatty acid (FFA) esterification in PFAD using a coconut shell biochar sulfonated catalyst was also studied. The effects of the mass ratio of catalyst to oil (1-10%), the molar ratio of methanol to oil (6:1-12:1), and the reaction temperature (40-60°C) were studied for the conversion of PFAD to optimize the reaction conditions. The results showed that the optimal conditions were an methanol to PFAD molar ratio of 12:1, the amount of catalyst of 10%w, and reaction temperature of 60°C. The proposed kinetic model shows a reversible second order reaction and represents all the experimental data satisfactorily, providing deeper insight into the kinetics of the reaction.

  19. In situ hybridization at light and electron microscopic levels: identification of human papillomavirus nucleic acids.

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    Yun, K; Sherwood, M J

    1992-04-01

    A comparison of the sensitivities of biotinylated and 32P-labelled human papillomavirus type 6b DNA probes was made. Slot blot hybridization results showed that the sensitivity of biotinylated probes was consistent with that of 32P-labelled, that is, 0.1 pg of pBR 322 plasmid containing 8 kbp HPV cDNA. In situ hybridization using 35S-labelled probes was applied to tissue from condylomata acuminata. After autoradiography, many silver grains were seen concentrated over the superficial koilocytic nuclei with some grains present in the cytoplasm. Biotinylated probes were visualized by 4 different means, i.e., streptavidin alkaline phosphatase, streptavidin biotinylated horseradish peroxidase, monoclonal anti-biotin antibody with 15 nm colloidal gold and streptavidin 5 nm colloidal gold. Strong reaction products were localized in the superficial nuclei while the cytoplasm of koilocytes showed weak hybridization signal. Pre-embedding methods were carried out for electron microscopic studies in which numerous granular diaminobenzidine (DAB) products were present in the nuclear chromatin while viral particles themselves had much fewer DAB products. This suggested that hybridization occurred more efficiently to yet unassembled viral genomes than to matured virions. Post-embedding methods using 15 nm colloidal gold were performed and showed singly scattered or clustered gold particles in superficial koilocytic nuclei. PMID:1322521

  20. FeOOH/Co/FeOOH Hybrid Nanotube Arrays as High-Performance Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

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    Feng, Jin-Xian; Xu, Han; Dong, Yu-Tao; Ye, Sheng-Hua; Tong, Ye-Xiang; Li, Gao-Ren

    2016-03-01

    Herein, we developed FeOOH/Co/FeOOH hybrid nanotube arrays (HNTAs) supported on Ni foams for oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The inner Co metal cores serve as highly conductive layers to provide reliable electronic transmission, and can overcome the poor electrical conductivity of FeOOH efficiently. DFT calculations demonstrate the strong electronic interactions between Co and FeOOH in the FeOOH/Co/FeOOH HNTAs, and the hybrid structure can lower the energy barriers of intermediates and thus promote the catalytic reactions. The FeOOH/Co/FeOOH HNTAs exhibit high electrocatalytic performance for OER, such as low onset potential, small Tafel slope, and excellent long-term durability, and they are promising electrocatalysts for OER in alkaline solution. PMID:26879125

  1. Acidbase bifunctional shell cross-linked micelle nanoreactor for one-pot tandem reaction

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    Lee, Li -Chen; Lu, Jie; Weck, Marcus; Jones, Christopher W.

    2015-12-29

    Shell cross-linked micelles (SCMs) containing acid sites in the shell and base sites in the core are prepared from amphiphilic poly(2-oxazoline) triblock copolymers. The materials are utilized as two-chamber nanoreactors for a prototypical acid-base bifunctional tandem deacetalization-nitroaldol reaction. Furthermore, the acid and base sites are localized in different regions of the micelle, allowing the two steps in the reaction sequence to largely proceed in separate compartments, akin to the compartmentalization that occurs in biological systems.

  2. Reactive uptake of acetic acid on calcite and nitric acid reacted calcite aerosol in an environmental reaction chamber.

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    Prince, Amy Preszler; Kleiber, Paul D; Grassian, Vicki H; Young, Mark A

    2008-01-01

    The heterogeneous chemistry of gas-phase acetic acid with CaCO(3)(calcite) aerosol was studied under varying conditions of relative humidity (RH) in an environmental reaction chamber. Infrared spectroscopy showed the loss of gas-phase reactant and the appearance of a gaseous product species, CO(2). The acetic acid is observed to adsorb onto the calcite aerosol through both a fast and a slow uptake channel. While the fast channel is relatively independent of RH, the slow channel exhibits enhanced uptake and reaction as the RH is increased. In additional experiments, the calcite aerosol was exposed to both nitric and acetic acids in the presence of water vapor. The rapid conversion of the particulate carbonate to nitrate and subsequent deliquescence significantly enhances the uptake and reaction of acetic acid. These results suggest a possible mechanism for observed correlations between particulate nitrate and organic acids in the atmosphere. Calcium rich mineral dust may be an important sink for simple organic acids. PMID:18075693

  3. Graphene/sulfur hybrid nanosheets from a space-confined "sauna" reaction for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries.

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    Fei, Linfeng; Li, Xiaogang; Bi, Wentuan; Zhuo, Zhiwen; Wei, Wenfei; Sun, Li; Lu, Wei; Wu, Xiaojun; Xie, Keyu; Wu, Changzheng; Chan, Helen L W; Wang, Yu

    2015-10-21

    A space-confined "sauna" reaction system is introduced for the simultaneous reduction and functionalization of graphene oxide to unique graphene-sulfur hybrid nanosheets, in which thin layers of amorphous sulfur are tightly anchored on the graphene sheet via strong chemical bonding. Upon being used as the cathode material in lithium-sulfur batteries, the as-synthesized composite shows an excellent electrochemical performance. PMID:26310671

  4. Corrosion resistance of siloxane-poly(methyl methacrylate) hybrid films modified with acetic acid on tin plate substrates: Influence of tetraethoxysilane addition

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    Kunst, S. R.; Cardoso, H. R. P.; Oliveira, C. T.; Santana, J. A.; Sarmento, V. H. V.; Muller, I. L.; Malfatti, C. F.

    2014-04-01

    The aim of this paper is to study the corrosion resistance of hybrid films. Tin plate was coated with a siloxane-poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) hybrid film prepared by sol-gel route with covalent bonds between the organic (PMMA) and inorganic (siloxane) phases obtained by hydrolysis and polycondensation of 3-(trimethoxysilylpropyl) methacrylate (TMSM) and polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as a thermic initiator. Hydrolysis reactions were catalyzed by acetic acid solution avoiding the use of chlorine or stronger acids in the film preparation. The effect of the addition of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) on the protective properties of the film was evaluated. The hydrophobicity of the film was determined by contact angle measurements, and the morphology was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and profilometry. The local nanostructure was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The electrochemical behavior of the films was assessed by open circuit potential monitoring, potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements in a 0.05 M NaCl solution. The mechanical behavior was evaluated by tribology. The results highlighted that the siloxane-PMMA hybrid films modified with acetic acid are promising anti-corrosive coatings that acts as an efficient diffusion barrier, protecting tin plates against corrosion. However, the coating properties were affected by the TEOS addition, which contributed for the thickness increase and irregular surface coverage.

  5. Phase-separated structures of mixed Langmuir-Blodgett films of fatty acid and hybrid carboxylic acid.

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    Kimura, Hideto; Watanabe, Satoshi; Shibata, Hirobumi; Azumi, Reiko; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko; Matsumoto, Mutsuyoshi

    2008-12-01

    Phase separation often occurs in mixed Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films. Usually circular domains at the micrometer length scale form in the LB films. The size and shape of the domains are governed by a compromise between two competing interactions of line tension and dipole-dipole interaction. An attempt was made to control the line tension by varying systematically the hydrophobic moieties of the film-forming molecules. Phase-separated structures of two-component mixed LB films of fatty acid [C(k)H(2k+1)COOH (HkA)] and hybrid carboxylic acid [C(m)F(2m+1)C(n)H(2n)COOH (FmHnA)] were investigated. IR spectra of the mixed LB films of H17A and F8H10A revealed that the alkyl chains were in an all-trans conformation and that the molecular orientation remained unchanged when the two components were mixed. Nanowires formed in the mixed LB films of HkA and F8H10A. The width of the nanowires increased with an increase in k. Domain size and shape in the mixed LB films of H17A and FmHnA depended strongly on the values of m and n. Circular domains at the micrometer length scale formed in the region m + n < 16. In contrast, domains at the nanometer length scale formed in the region m + n > or = 16 except for F6H10A. These results were explained by using a lattice model that considers the effect of the hydrophobic moieties of fatty acid and hybrid carboxylic acid on the line tension. PMID:19006269

  6. Luminescent hybrid lanthanide sulfates and lanthanide sulfonate-carboxylates with 1,10-phenanthroline involving in-situ oxidation of 2-mercaptonbenzoic acid

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    Zhong, Jie-Cen; Wan, Fang; Sun, Yan-Qiong; Chen, Yi-Ping

    2015-01-15

    A series of lanthanide sulfates and lanthanide sulfonate-carboxylates, [Ln{sub 2}(phen){sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}]{sub n} (I:Ln=Nd(1a), Sm(1b), Eu(1c), phen=1,10-phenanthroline) and [Ln(phen)(2-SBA)(BZA)]{sub n} (II: Ln=Sm(2a), Eu(2b), Dy(2c), 2-SBA=2-sulfobenzoate, BZA=benzoate) have been hydrothermally synthesized from lanthanide oxide, 2-mercaptonbenzoic acid with phen as auxiliary ligand and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, elemental analyses, IR spectra, TG analyses and luminescence spectroscopy. Interestingly, SO{sub 4}{sup 2−} anions in I came from the in situ deep oxidation of thiol groups of 2-mercaptonbenzoic acid while 2-sulfobenzoate and benzoate ligands in II from the middle oxidation and desulfuration reactions of 2-mercaptonbenzoic acid. Compounds I are organic–inorganic hybrid lanthanide sulfates, which have rare one-dimensional column-like structures. Complexes II are binuclear lanthanide sulfonate-carboxylates with 2-sulfobenzoate and benzoate as bridges and 1,10-phenanthroline as terminal. Photoluminescence studies reveal that complexes I and II exhibit strong lanthanide characteristic emission bands in the solid state at room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Lanthanide sulfates and lanthanide sulfonate-carboxylates have been hydrothermally synthesized. Interestingly, sulfate anions, 2-sulfobenzoate and benzoate ligands came from the in situ oxidation and desulfuration reactions of 2-mercaptonbenzoic acid. - Highlights: • In situ oxidation and desulfuration reactions of 2-mercaptonbenzoic acid. • The organic–inorganic hybrid lanthanide sulfates with one-dimensional column-like structure. • The dinuclear lanthanide sulfonate-carboxylates. • The emission spectra exhibit the characteristic transition of {sup 5}D{sub 0}→{sup 7}F{sub J} (J=0–4) of the Eu(III)

  7. Enzyme-free and label-free signal amplification for monitoring endonuclease activity and inhibition via hybridization chain reaction.

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    Zhang, Jing; Shi, Zhilu; Jin, Yan

    2015-05-21

    A label-free and enzyme-free amplification protocol has been proposed for studying endonuclease activity and inhibition on the basis of the enzyme-digested product triggered hybridization chain reaction (HCR). Three hairpin oligonucleotides were designed as probes which could not open or hybridize with each other at room temperature until the initiator DNA was released by specific enzymatic cleavage in the presence of endonuclease to trigger the hybridization chain reaction. SYBR Green I was chosen as a signal probe which intercalated into the grooves of the nicked double DNA polymer, generating a substantially apparent increase in fluorescence intensity. Once the activity of endonuclease is inhibited by enzyme inhibitors, the efficiency of HCR will be greatly decreased. Therefore, screening of endonuclease inhibitors can be achieved effectively as well as the assay of endonuclease activity. Meanwhile, the assay of endonuclease activity and inhibition achieves a better performance as compared to the previous reports. Importantly, it is a more universal method that can be simply used to study activity and inhibition of other endonucleases by changing the specific recognition site. So, the protocol was proved to be a sensitive and cost-effective approach for studying endonuclease activity and inhibition, and as such, it is promising for broad potential application in various biological reactions. PMID:25831271

  8. A hybrid pore-scale and continuum-scale model for solute diffusion, reaction, and biofilm development in porous media

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    Tang, Youneng; Valocchi, Albert J.; Werth, Charles J.

    2015-03-01

    It is a challenge to upscale solute transport in porous media for multispecies bio-kinetic reactions because of incomplete mixing within the elementary volume and because biofilm growth can change porosity and affect pore-scale flow and diffusion. To address this challenge, we present a hybrid model that couples pore-scale subdomains to continuum-scale subdomains. While the pore-scale subdomains involving significant biofilm growth and reaction are simulated using pore-scale equations, the other subdomains are simulated using continuum-scale equations to save computational time. The pore-scale and continuum-scale subdomains are coupled using a mortar method to ensure continuity of solute concentration and flux at the interfaces. We present results for a simplified two-dimensional system, neglect advection, and use dual Monod kinetics for solute utilization and biofilm growth. The results based on the hybrid model are consistent with the results based on a pore-scale model for three test cases that cover a wide range of Damköhler (Da = reaction rate/diffusion rate) numbers for both homogeneous (spatially periodic) and heterogeneous pore structures. We compare results from the hybrid method with an upscaled continuum model and show that the latter is valid only for cases of small Damköhler numbers, consistent with other results reported in the literature.

  9. Label-Free Potentiometry for Detecting DNA Hybridization Using Peptide Nucleic Acid and DNA Probes

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    Goda, Tatsuro; Singi, Ankit Balram; Maeda, Yasuhiro; Matsumoto, Akira; Torimura, Masaki; Aoki, Hiroshi; Miyahara, Yuji

    2013-01-01

    Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) has outstanding affinity over DNA for complementary nucleic acid sequences by forming a PNA-DNA heterodimer upon hybridization via Watson-Crick base-pairing. To verify whether PNA probes on an electrode surface enhance sensitivity for potentiometric DNA detection or not, we conducted a comparative study on the hybridization of PNA and DNA probes on the surface of a 10-channel gold electrodes microarray. Changes in the charge density as a result of hybridization at the solution/electrode interface on the self-assembled monolayer (SAM)-formed microelectrodes were directly transformed into potentiometric signals using a high input impedance electrometer. The charge readout allows label-free, reagent-less, and multi-parallel detection of target oligonucleotides without any optical assistance. The differences in the probe lengths between 15- to 22-mer dramatically influenced on the sensitivity of the PNA and DNA sensors. Molecular type of the capturing probe did not affect the degree of potential shift. Theoretical model for charged rod-like duplex using the Gouy-Chapman equation indicates the dominant effect of electrostatic attractive forces between anionic DNA and underlying electrode at the electrolyte/electrode interface in the potentiometry. PMID:23435052

  10. Reaction of methanol with chlorate ions in acid solution containing Hg{sup +2} by NMR

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    Ernst, W.R.; Indu, B.; Crump, B.; Gelbaum, L.T.

    1996-05-01

    The reaction rate of methanol was measured in solutions of sodium chlorate and sulfuric acid at several levels of temperature and concentration, in the presence of mercuric nitrate. The progress of the reaction was monitored by proton NMR signals corresponding to methanol and formic acid. Chlorine dioxide formation was suppressed by adding mercuric nitrate, which was shown earlier to catalyze the disproportionation of the intermediate species, chlorous acid, and sequester chloride ions. The reaction is first order in methanol and chlorate concentration and in the Hammett acidity function. The reaction of formic acid, sodium chlorate and sulfuric acid was also studied using the same technique. Formic acid was stable and did not react with chlorate at a measurable rate, even at concentrations and temperatures of a commercial process. This study related to commercial processes that produce chlorine dioxide by reducing chlorate ions with methanol. Chlorine dioxide is an oxidizing chemical that is used in water purification and is replacing chlorine in many chemical bleaching processes because of environmental concerns.

  11. Conversion of carbon dioxide to resorcylic acid under ultrasonication by Kolbe-Schmitt reaction.

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    Shanthi, B; Palanivelu, K

    2015-11-01

    The present work focuses on a new approach for the synthesis of ?-resorcylic acid based on Kolbe-Schmitt reaction using carbon dioxide under ultrasonic and mild condition. The Kolbe-Schmitt reaction is a process for the synthesis of ?-resorcylic acid (2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid) from resorcinol in aqueous potassium hydroxide solution with gaseous CO2. The influences of carbonation time, flow rate of CO2 and the molar ratio of resorcinol/potassium hydroxide on the yield percentage of resorcylic acid were investigated. The study was assessed with the conventional thermal method (non ultrasonic method) for Kolbe-Schmitt reaction and it was observed that applying ultrasound to save more than 95% and 38.6% energy as shown by energy consumption calculations in bath type and horn type sonicator respectively. ?-Resorcylic acid formed was characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, DEPT NMR and FTIR spectroscopy. The amount of CO2 utilized in the reaction was evaluated from the yield percentage of ?-resorcylic acid yield. The maximum yield of resorcylic acid of 30% and 65% was obtained at the resorcinol/potassium hydroxide ratio of 1:3, carbonation time of 150 min and the CO2 flow rate of 2L/min in bath type and horn type ultrasonicator, respectively. The applicability of the research work was examined in two different positional isomers of resorcinol under optimum conditions. PMID:26186845

  12. Amorphous Molybdenum Sulfide on Graphene-Carbon Nanotube Hybrids as Highly Active Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Catalysts.

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    Pham, Kien-Cuong; Chang, Yung-Huang; McPhail, David S; Mattevi, Cecilia; Wee, Andrew T S; Chua, Daniel H C

    2016-03-01

    In this study, we report on the deposition of amorphous molybdenum sulfide (MoSx, with x ≈ 3) on a high specific surface area conductive support of Graphene-Carbon Nanotube hybrids (GCNT) as the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER) catalysts. We found that the high surface area GCNT electrode could support the deposition of MoSx at much higher loadings compared with simple porous carbon paper or flat graphite paper. The morphological study showed that MoSx was successfully deposited on and was in good contact with the GCNT support. Other physical characterization techniques suggested the amorphous nature of the deposited MoSx. With a typical catalyst loading of 3 mg cm(-2), an overpotential of 141 mV was required to obtain a current density of 10 mA cm(-2). A Tafel slope of 41 mV decade(-1) was demonstrated. Both measures placed the MoSx-deposited GCNT electrode among the best performing molybdenum sulfide-based HER catalysts reported to date. The electrode showed a good stability with only a 25 mV increase in overpotential required for a current density of 10 mA cm(-2), after undergoing 500 potential sweeps with vigorous bubbling present. The current density obtained at -0.5 V vs SHE (Standard Hydrogen Electrode potential) decreased less than 10% after the stability test. The deposition of MoSx on high specific surface area conductive electrodes demonstrated to be an efficient method to maximize the catalytic performance toward HER. PMID:26864503

  13. Reaction of sorghum hybrids to anthracnose, grain mold and grain weathering in Burleson County, Texas, 2007

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    Thirty commercial hybrids were evaluated for resistance against anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum sublineolum and grain mold or grain weathering caused by a number of fungal species at the Texas A&M University Agricultural Experiment Station in College Station (Burleson County). Six hybrids wer...

  14. Hybrid poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles: design and delivery prospectives.

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    Pandita, Deepti; Kumar, Sandeep; Lather, Viney

    2015-01-01

    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved copolymer, has been exploited widely in the design of nanoparticles because it is biodegradable, biocompatible, protects the drug molecules from degradation, and aids in producing sustained and targeted delivery. However, certain constraints associated with PLGA nanoparticles, such as poor drug encapsulation, polymer degradation, and scale-up issues, have led to the development of emerging hybrid PLGA delivery systems. These hybrid nanoparticles are core-shell nanostructures comprising either a PLGA core or a PLGA shell combining multiple functionalities within one system and, thus, exhibiting the complementary characteristics of two different platforms used for the delivery of a wide range of therapeutics and imaging. PMID:25277320

  15. Heavy metal removal from acid mine drainage by calcined eggshell and microalgae hybrid system.

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    Choi, Hee-Jeong; Lee, Seung-Mok

    2015-09-01

    This study investigates the use of calcined eggshells and microalgae for the removal of heavy metals from acid mine drainage (AMD) and the simultaneous enhancement of biomass productivity. The experiment was conducted over a period of 6 days in a hybrid system containing calcined eggshells and the microalgae Chlorella vulgaris. The results show that the biomass productivity increased to ~8.04 times its initial concentration of 0.367 g/L as measured by an optical panel photobioreactor (OPPBR) and had a light transmittance of 95 % at a depth of 305 mm. On the other hand, the simultaneous percent removal of Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn, As, and Cd from the AMD effluent was found to be 99.47 to 100 %. These results indicate that the hybrid system with calcined eggshells and microalgae was highly effective for heavy metal removal in the AMD. PMID:25940497

  16. Hybrid gels assembled from Fmoc-amino acid and graphene oxide with controllable properties.

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    Xing, Pengyao; Chu, Xiaoxiao; Li, Shangyang; Ma, Mingfang; Hao, Aiyou

    2014-08-01

    A supramolecular gel is obtained from the self-assembly of an ultralow-molecular-weight gelator (N-fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl glutamic acid) in good and poor solvents. The gelators can self-assemble into a lamellar structure, which can further form twisted fibers and nanotubes in the gel phase. Rheological studies show that the gels are robust and rigid, and are able to rapidly self-recover to a gel after being destroyed by shear force. Fluorescence experiments reveal the aggregation-induced emission effects of the gel system; the fluorescence intensity is significantly enhanced by gel formation. Graphene oxide (GO) is introduced into the system efficiently to give a hybrid material, and the interaction between gelators-GO sheets is studied. Rheological and fluorescent studies imply that the mechanical properties and the fluorescent emission of the hybrid materials can be fine-tuned by controlling the addition of GO. PMID:24789749

  17. Activation of stratospheric chlorine by reactions in liquid sulphuric acid

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    Cox, R.A.; MacKenzie, A.R. ); Mueller, R.H.; Peter, Th.; Crutzen, P.J. )

    1994-06-22

    The authors discuss activation mechanisms for chlorine compounds in the stratosphere, based on laboratory measurements for the solubility and reaction rates of HOCl and HCl in H[sub 2]SO[sub 4] solutions, as found on aerosols in the stratosphere. Their interest is in the impact of the large increase in aerosol loading in the stratosphere in the winter on 1991-92 due to the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. While laboratory data is not available for the temperature range close to 190 K, they argue that should the solubility and hydrolysis rates be high enough, this excess aerosol density could have contributed a significant additional amount of reactive chlorine to the stratosphere.

  18. Interactive effects of cadmium and acid rain on photosynthetic light reaction in soybean seedlings.

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    Sun, Zhaoguo; Wang, Lihong; Chen, Minmin; Wang, Lei; Liang, Chanjuan; Zhou, Qing; Huang, Xiaohua

    2012-05-01

    Interactive effects of cadmium (Cd(2+)) and acid rain on photosynthetic light reaction in soybean seedlings were investigated under hydroponic conditions. Single treatment with Cd(2+) or acid rain and the combined treatment decreased the content of chlorophyll, Hill reaction rate, the activity of Mg(2+)-ATPase, maximal photochemical efficiency and maximal quantum yield, increased initial fluorescence and damaged the chloroplast structure in soybean seedlings. In the combined treatment, the change in the photosynthetic parameters and the damage of chloroplast structure were stronger than those of any single pollution. Meanwhile, Cd(2+) and acid rain had the interactive effects on the test indices in soybean seedlings. The results indicated that the combined pollution of Cd(2+) and acid rain aggravated the toxic effect of the single pollution of Cd(2+) or acid rain on the photosynthetic parameters due to the serious damage to the chloroplast structure. PMID:22182775

  19. Urea-acetylene dicarboxylic acid reaction: A likely pathway for prebiotic uracil formation

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    Subbaraman, A. S.; Kazi, Z. A.; Choughuley, A. S. U.; Chadha, M. S.

    1980-12-01

    A number of routes have been suggested for the prebiotic synthesis of uracil involving the reaction of urea with malic acid, propiolic acid, cyanoacetylene and others. Cyanoacetylene has been detected in the interstellar medium as well as simulated prebiotic experiments. It is therefore plausible that dicyanoacetylene and its hydrolytic product acetylene dicarboxylic acid, (ADCA) may have played a role in chemical evolution. This aspect has been examined in the present work for the synthesis of uracil from ADCA and urea reaction. It was found that when ADCA reacted with urea, uracil was formed only in the presence of phosphoric acid and phosphates. Ammonium phosphates gave higher yields of uracil than other phosphates. In the absence of phosphoric acid or phosphates no uracil formation took place. This type of synthesis could have taken place in prebiotic oceans which contained ammonium phosphates and other salts.

  20. Reactions Between Water Soluble Organic Acids and Nitrates in Atmospheric Aerosols: Recycling of Nitric Acid and Formation of Organic Salts

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    Wang, Bingbing; Laskin, Alexander

    2014-03-25

    Atmospheric particles often include a complex mixture of nitrate and secondary organic materials accumulated within the same individual particles. Nitrate as an important inorganic component can be chemically formed in the atmosphere. For instance, formation of sodium nitrate (NaNO3) and calcium nitrate Ca(NO3)2 when nitrogen oxide and nitric acid (HNO3) species react with sea salt and calcite, respectively. Organic acids contribute a significant fraction of photochemically formed secondary organics that can condense on the preexisting nitrate-containing particles. Here, we present a systematic microanalysis study on chemical composition of laboratory generated particles composed of water soluble organic acids and nitrates (i.e. NaNO3 and Ca(NO3)2) investigated using computer controlled scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (CCSEM/EDX) and Fourier transform infrared micro-spectroscopy (micro-FTIR). The results show that water-soluble organic acids can react with nitrates releasing gaseous HNO3 during dehydration process. These reactions are attributed to acid displacement of nitrate with weak organic acids driven by the evaporation of HNO3 into gas phase due to its relatively high volatility. The reactions result in significant nitrate depletion and formation of organic salts in mixed organic acids/nitrate particles that in turn may affect their physical and chemical properties relevant to atmospheric environment and climate. Airborne nitrate concentrations are estimated by thermodynamic calculations corresponding to various nitrate depletions in selected organic acids of atmospheric relevance. The results indicate a potential mechanism of HNO3 recycling, which may further affect concentrations of gas- and aerosol-phase species in the atmosphere and the heterogeneous reaction chemistry between them.

  1. Chemoselective O-acylation of hydroxyamino acids and amino alcohols under acidic reaction conditions: History, scope and applications

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    2015-01-01

    Summary Amino acids, whether natural, semisynthetic or synthetic, are among the most important and useful chiral building blocks available for organic chemical synthesis. In principle, they can function as inexpensive, chiral and densely functionalized starting materials. On the other hand, the use of amino acid starting materials routinely necessitates protective group chemistry, and in reality, large-scale preparations of even the simplest side-chain derivatives of many amino acids often become annoyingly strenuous due to the necessity of employing protecting groups, on one or more of the amino acid functionalities, during the synthetic sequence. However, in the case of hydroxyamino acids such as hydroxyproline, serine, threonine, tyrosine and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA), many O-acyl side-chain derivatives are directly accessible via a particularly expedient and scalable method not commonly applied until recently. Direct acylation of unprotected hydroxyamino acids with acyl halides or carboxylic anhydrides under appropriately acidic reaction conditions renders possible chemoselective O-acylation, furnishing the corresponding side-chain esters directly, on multigram-scale, in a single step, and without chromatographic purification. Assuming a certain degree of stability under acidic reaction conditions, the method is also applicable for a number of related compounds, such as various amino alcohols and the thiol-functional amino acid cysteine. While the basic methodology underlying this approach has been known for decades, it has evolved through recent developments connected to amino acid-derived chiral organocatalysts to become a more widely recognized procedure for large-scale preparation of many useful side-chain derivatives of hydroxyamino acids and related compounds. Such derivatives are useful in peptide chemistry and drug development, as amino acid amphiphiles for asymmetric catalysis, and as amino acid acrylic precursors for preparation of catalytically active macromolecular networks in the form of soluble polymers, crosslinked polymer beads or nanoparticulate systems. The objective of the present review is to increase awareness of the existence and convenience of this methodology, assess its competitiveness compared to newer and more elaborate procedures for chemoselective O-acylation reactions, spur its further development, and finally to chronicle the informative, but poorly documented history of its development. PMID:25977719

  2. Feasibility Study of Two Candidate Reaction Wheel/thruster Hybrid Control Architecture Designs for the Cassini Spacecraft

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    Macala, Glenn A.; Lee, Allan Y.; Wang, Eric K.

    2012-01-01

    As the first spacecraft to achieve orbit at Saturn in 2004, Cassini has collected science data throughout its four-year prime mission (2004-08), and has since been approved for a first and second extended mission through 2017. Cassini carries a set of three "fixed" reaction wheels and a backup reaction wheel (reaction wheel #4) is mounted on top of an articulable platform. If necessary, this platform could be articulated to orient the backup reaction wheel with the degraded wheel. The reaction wheels are used primarily for attitude control when precise and stable pointing of a science instrument such as the narrow angle camera is required. In 2001-02, reaction wheel #3 exhibited signs of bearing cage instability. As a result, reaction wheel #4 was articulated to align with reaction wheel #3. Beginning in July 2003, Cassini was controlled using wheel #1, #2, and #4. From their first use in the spring of 2000 until today, reaction wheels #1 and #2 have accumulated more than3.5 billions revolutions each. As such, in spite of very carefully management of the wheel spin rates by the mission operation team, there are some observed increases in the drag torque of the wheels' bearings. Hence, the mission operations team must prepare for the contingency scenario in which the reaction wheel #1 (in addition to wheel #3) had degraded. In this hypothetical fault scenario, the two remaining reaction wheels (#2 and #4) will not be able to provide precise and stable three-axis control of the spacecraft. In this study, we evaluate the feasibility of controlling Cassini using the two remaining reaction wheels and four thrusters to meet the science pointing requirements for two key science operational modes: the Optical Remote Sensing and Downlink, Fields, Particles, & Waves operation modes. The performance (e.g., pointing control error, pointing stability, hydrazine consumption rate, etc.) of the hybrid controllers in both operations scenarios will be compared with those achieved using an all-thruster controller design. Strength and weaknesses of the hybrid control architecture are assessed quantitatively.

  3. Time-Resolved Nucleic Acid Hybridization Beacons Utilizing Unimolecular and Toehold-Mediated Strand Displacement Designs.

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    Massey, Melissa; Ancona, Mario G; Medintz, Igor L; Algar, W Russ

    2015-12-01

    Nucleic acid hybridization probes are sought after for numerous assay and imaging applications. These probes are often limited by the properties of fluorescent dyes, prompting the development of new probes where dyes are paired with novel or nontraditional luminescent materials. Luminescent terbium complexes are an example of such a material, and these complexes offer several unique spectroscopic advantages. Here, we demonstrate two nonstem-loop designs for light-up nucleic acid hybridization beacons that utilize time-resolved Frster resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) between a luminescent Lumi4-Tb cryptate (Tb) donor and a fluorescent reporter dye, where time-resolved emission from the dye provides an analytical signal. Both designs are based on probe oligonucleotides that are labeled at their opposite termini with Tb and a fluorescent reporter dye. In one design, a probe is partially blocked with a quencher dye-labeled oligonucleotide, and target hybridization is signaled through toehold-mediated strand displacement and loss of a competitive FRET pathway. In the other design, the intrinsic folding properties of an unblocked probe are utilized in combination with a temporal mechanism for signaling target hybridization. This temporal mechanism is based on a recently elucidated "sweet spot" for TR-FRET measurements and exploits distance control over FRET efficiencies to shift the Tb lifetime within or outside the time-gated detection window for measurements. Both the blocked and unblocked beacons offer nanomolar (femtomole) detection limits, response times on the order of minutes, multiplexing through the use of different reporter dyes, and detection in complex matrices such as serum and blood. The blocked beacons offer better mismatch selectivity, whereas the unblocked beacons are simpler in design. The temporal mechanism of signaling utilized with the unblocked beacons also plays a significant role with the blocked beacons and represents a new and effective strategy for developing FRET probes for bioassays. PMID:26562366

  4. Identification of random nucleic acid sequence aberrations using dual capture probes which hybridize to different chromosome regions

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    Lucas, J.N.; Straume, T.; Bogen, K.T.

    1998-03-24

    A method is provided for detecting nucleic acid sequence aberrations using two immobilization steps. According to the method, a nucleic acid sequence aberration is detected by detecting nucleic acid sequences having both a first nucleic acid sequence type (e.g., from a first chromosome) and a second nucleic acid sequence type (e.g., from a second chromosome), the presence of the first and the second nucleic acid sequence type on the same nucleic acid sequence indicating the presence of a nucleic acid sequence aberration. In the method, immobilization of a first hybridization probe is used to isolate a first set of nucleic acids in the sample which contain the first nucleic acid sequence type. Immobilization of a second hybridization probe is then used to isolate a second set of nucleic acids from within the first set of nucleic acids which contain the second nucleic acid sequence type. The second set of nucleic acids are then detected, their presence indicating the presence of a nucleic acid sequence aberration. 14 figs.

  5. Identification of random nucleic acid sequence aberrations using dual capture probes which hybridize to different chromosome regions

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    Lucas, Joe N.; Straume, Tore; Bogen, Kenneth T.

    1998-01-01

    A method is provided for detecting nucleic acid sequence aberrations using two immobilization steps. According to the method, a nucleic acid sequence aberration is detected by detecting nucleic acid sequences having both a first nucleic acid sequence type (e.g., from a first chromosome) and a second nucleic acid sequence type (e.g., from a second chromosome), the presence of the first and the second nucleic acid sequence type on the same nucleic acid sequence indicating the presence of a nucleic acid sequence aberration. In the method, immobilization of a first hybridization probe is used to isolate a first set of nucleic acids in the sample which contain the first nucleic acid sequence type. Immobilization of a second hybridization probe is then used to isolate a second set of nucleic acids from within the first set of nucleic acids which contain the second nucleic acid sequence type. The second set of nucleic acids are then detected, their presence indicating the presence of a nucleic acid sequence aberration.

  6. Ultrasonic and densimetric titration applied for acid-base reactions.

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    Burakowski, Andrzej; Gli?ski, Jacek

    2014-01-01

    Classical acoustic acid-base titration was monitored using sound speed and density measurements. Plots of these parameters, as well as of the adiabatic compressibility coefficient calculated from them, exhibit changes with the volume of added titrant. Compressibility changes can be explained and quantitatively predicted theoretically in terms of Pasynski theory of non-compressible hydrates combined with that of the additivity of the hydration numbers with the amount and type of ions and molecules present in solution. It also seems that this development could be applied in chemical engineering for monitoring the course of chemical processes, since the applied experimental methods can be carried out almost independently on the medium under test (harmful, aggressive, etc.). PMID:25109640

  7. Mechanistic study of secondary organic aerosol components formed from nucleophilic addition reactions of methacrylic acid epoxide

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    Birdsall, A. W.; Miner, C. R.; Mael, L. E.; Elrod, M. J.

    2014-12-01

    Recently, methacrylic acid epoxide (MAE) has been proposed as a precursor to an important class of isoprene-derived compounds found in secondary organic aerosol (SOA): 2-methylglyceric acid (2-MG) and a set of oligomers, nitric acid esters, and sulfuric acid esters related to 2-MG. However, the specific chemical mechanisms by which MAE could form these compounds have not been previously studied with experimental methods. In order to determine the relevance of these processes to atmospheric aerosol, MAE and 2-MG have been synthesized and a series of bulk solution-phase experiments aimed at studying the reactivity of MAE using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been performed. The present results indicate that the acid-catalyzed MAE reaction is more than 600 times slower than a similar reaction of an important isoprene-derived epoxide, but is still expected to be kinetically feasible in the atmosphere on more acidic SOA. The specific mechanism by which MAE leads to oligomers was identified, and the reactions of MAE with a number of atmospherically relevant nucleophiles were also investigated. Because the nucleophilic strengths of water, sulfate, alcohols (including 2-MG), and acids (including MAE and 2-MG) in their reactions with MAE were found to be of similar magnitudes, it is expected that a diverse variety of MAE + nucleophile product species may be formed on ambient SOA. Thus, the results indicate that epoxide chain reaction oligomerization will be limited by the presence of high concentrations of non-epoxide nucleophiles (such as water); this finding is consistent with previous environmental chamber investigations of the relative humidity dependence of 2-MG-derived oligomerization processes and suggests that extensive oligomerization may not be likely on ambient SOA because of other competitive MAE reaction mechanisms.

  8. Mechanistic study of secondary organic aerosol components formed from nucleophilic addition reactions of methacrylic acid epoxide

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    Birdsall, A. W.; Miner, C. R.; Mael, L. E.; Elrod, M. J.

    2014-08-01

    Recently, methacrylic acid epoxide (MAE) has been proposed as a precursor to an important class of isoprene-derived compounds found in secondary organic aerosol (SOA): 2-methylglyceric acid (2-MG) and a set of oligomers, nitric acid esters and sulfuric acid esters related to 2-MG. However, the specific chemical mechanisms by which MAE could form these compounds have not been previously studied. In order to determine the relevance of these processes to atmospheric aerosol, MAE and 2-MG have been synthesized and a series of bulk solution-phase experiments aimed at studying the reactivity of MAE using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy have been performed. The present results indicate that the acid-catalyzed MAE reaction is more than 600 times slower than a similar reaction of an important isoprene-derived epoxide, but is still expected to be kinetically feasible in the atmosphere on more acidic SOA. The specific mechanism by which MAE leads to oligomers was identified, and the reactions of MAE with a number of atmospherically relevant nucleophiles were also investigated. Because the nucleophilic strengths of water, sulfate, alcohols (including 2-MG), and acids (including MAE and 2-MG) in their reactions with MAE were found to be of a similar magnitude, it is expected that a diverse variety of MAE + nucleophile product species may be formed on ambient SOA. Thus, the results indicate that epoxide chain reaction oligomerization will be limited by the presence of high concentrations of non-epoxide nucleophiles (such as water); this finding is consistent with previous environmental chamber investigations of the relative humidity-dependence of 2-MG-derived oligomerization processes and suggests that extensive oligomerization may not be likely on ambient SOA because of other competitive MAE reaction mechanisms.

  9. Acid-catalyzed heterogeneous reaction of 3-methyl-2-buten-1-ol with hydrogen peroxide.

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    Liu, Qifan; Wang, Weigang; Ge, Maofa

    2015-05-01

    Acid-catalyzed heterogeneous oxidation with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has been suggested to be a potential pathway for secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from isoprene and its oxidation products. However, knowledge of the chemical mechanism and kinetics for this process is still incomplete. 3-Methyl-2-buten-1-ol (MBO321), an aliphatic alcohol structurally similar to isoprene, is emitted by pine forests and widely used in the manufacturing industries. Herein the uptake of MBO321 into H2SO4-H2O2 mixed solution was investigated using a flow-tube reactor coupled to a mass spectrometer. The reactive uptake coefficients (?) were acquired for the first time and were found to increase rapidly with increasing acid concentration. Corresponding aqueous-phase reactions were performed to further study the mechanism of this acid-catalyzed reaction. MBO321 could convert to 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MBO232) and yield isoprene in acidic media. Organic hydroperoxides (ROOHs) were found to be generated through the acid-catalyzed route, which could undergo a rearrangement reaction and result in the formation of acetone and acetaldehyde. Organosulfates, which have been proposed to be SOA tracer compounds in the atmosphere, were also produced during the oxidation process. These results suggest that the heterogeneous acid-catalyzed reaction of MBO321 with H2O2 may contribute to SOA mass under certain atmospheric conditions. PMID:25968263

  10. The dietary branched chain amino acid requirements of hybrid striped bass(Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis)

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    The requirements for branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are unknown in hybrid striped bass and necessary for formulating efficient and nutritious diets. Moreover, the dietary balance among these three amino acids can substantially influence the performance of meat animals fed those diets. The diet...

  11. Different kinetic behaviors for unimolecular and bimolecular ester hydrolysis reactions in strongly acidic microemulsions.

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    Fernández, E; García-Río, L; Méndez-Pérez, M; Rodríguez-Dafonte, P

    2009-07-01

    Replacing the counterion in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate with H(+) allows strongly acidic microemulsions to be obtained. These systems are the only known colloidal medium in which it is possible to reach local concentrations of acid, expressed as Hammett acidity function (H(0)), lower than H(0) = -0.2, which corresponds to a concentration of acid above 1 M in aqueous solution. In the present work, there has been analyzed the influence of this type of microemulsion on the acid hydrolysis of two esters derived from picolinic acid: 4-nitrophenylpicolinate (NPP) and 2,4-dinitrophenylpicolinate (DNPP). The reaction rate for NPP and DNPP increases up to 16 times on increasing the size of the aqueous nanocore of the microemulsion, which supposes an experimental behavior opposed to the one observed for the hydrolysis of nitrophenylacetate (NPA). The key to this differentiated behavior of NPP and DNPP resides in the fact that the rate-determining step for the acid hydrolysis mechanism is the water addition to the protonated ester. The reaction rate increases on increasing the nucleophilicity of water; that is, on increasing W (W = [H(2)O]/[surfactant]). Therefore, the acid hydrolysis of esters in strongly acidic microemulsions presents an A2 mechanism when reactivity increases with W, and an A1 mechanism if it decreases with W. PMID:19518107

  12. Oxygen dependency of one-electron reactions generating ascorbate radicals and hydrogen peroxide from ascorbic acid.

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    Boatright, William L

    2016-04-01

    The effect of oxygen on the two separate one-electron reactions involved in the oxidation of ascorbic acid was investigated. The rate of ascorbate radical (Asc(-)) formation (and stability) was strongly dependent on the presence of oxygen. A product of ascorbic acid oxidation was measurable levels of hydrogen peroxide, as high as 32.5 μM from 100 μM ascorbic acid. Evidence for a feedback mechanism where hydrogen peroxide generated during the oxidation of ascorbic acid accelerates further oxidation of ascorbic acid is also presented. The second one-electron oxidation reaction of ascorbic acid leading to the disappearance of Asc(-) was also strongly inhibited in samples flushed with argon. In the range of 0.05-1.2 mM ascorbic acid, maximum levels of measurable hydrogen peroxide were achieved with an initial concentration of 0.2 mM ascorbic acid. Hydrogen peroxide generation was greatly diminished at ascorbic acid levels of 0.8 mM or above. PMID:26593628

  13. A novel chaotic based image encryption using a hybrid model of deoxyribonucleic acid and cellular automata

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    Enayatifar, Rasul; Sadaei, Hossein Javedani; Abdullah, Abdul Hanan; Lee, Malrey; Isnin, Ismail Fauzi

    2015-08-01

    Currently, there are many studies have conducted on developing security of the digital image in order to protect such data while they are sending on the internet. This work aims to propose a new approach based on a hybrid model of the Tinkerbell chaotic map, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and cellular automata (CA). DNA rules, DNA sequence XOR operator and CA rules are used simultaneously to encrypt the plain-image pixels. To determine rule number in DNA sequence and also CA, a 2-dimension Tinkerbell chaotic map is employed. Experimental results and computer simulations, both confirm that the proposed scheme not only demonstrates outstanding encryption, but also resists various typical attacks.

  14. Hybridization of Environmental Microbial Community Nucleic Acids by GeoChip.

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    Van Nostrand, Joy D; Yin, Huaqin; Wu, Liyou; Yuan, Tong; Zhou, Jizhong

    2016-01-01

    Functional gene arrays, like the GeoChip, allow for the study of tens of thousands of genes in a single assay. The GeoChip array (5.0) contains probes for genes involved in geochemical cycling (N, C, S, and P), metal homeostasis, stress response, organic contaminant degradation, antibiotic resistance, secondary metabolism, and virulence factors as well as genes specific for fungi, protists, and viruses. Here, we briefly describe GeoChip design strategies (gene selection and probe design) and discuss minimum quantity and quality requirements for nucleic acids. We then provide detailed protocols for amplification, labeling, and hybridization of samples to the GeoChip. PMID:26791504

  15. Nucleic acid hybridization for measurement of effects of antiviral compounds on human cytomegalovirus DNA replication.

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    Gadler, H

    1983-01-01

    A nucleic acid hybridization technique has been developed to study the effect of different antiviral compounds on the replication of human cytomegalovirus in vitro. One laboratory strain of human cytomegalovirus, Ad. 169, and six clinical isolates were studied. Doses needed for 50% inhibition of viral DNA replication were calculated for foscarnet, acyclovir, and arabinosyladenine. The mean 50% inhibition dose values obtained were 179 microM for foscarnet, 82 microM for acyclovir, and 44 microM for arabinosyladenine. This method yields values that agree with earlier reports, and it offers great advantages over usual methods to date for studying inhibition of viral DNA replication. Images PMID:6314892

  16. Structural analysis of oligomeric molecules formed from the reaction products of oleic acid ozonolysis.

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    Reynolds, J C; Last, D J; McGillen, M; Nijs, A; Horn, A B; Percival, C; Carpenter, L J; Lewis, A C

    2006-11-01

    The products arising from the ozonolysis of oleic acid (cis-9-octadecenoic acid) in solution have been studied using negative ion mode electrospray ionization ion trap mass spectrometry. Oleic acid is an important component of atmospheric organic aerosol and is a key model species in predicting aerosol physical and chemical characteristics. The four predicted reaction products, 1-nonanal, nonanoic acid, 9-oxononanoic acid, and azelaic acid, were all observed in roughly equal yields. In addition to these products a large number of higher molecular weight compounds were detected with m/z ratios of up to 1000 Daltons. Tandem mass spectrometry of these larger ions revealed thatthey represented a complex mixture of linear alpha-acyloxyalkyl hydroperoxides, secondary ozonides, and cyclic diperoxides, formed by reactions between ozonolysis products and Criegee intermediates. These comprise the first directly elucidated structures of large oligomeric species from oleic acid ozonolysis. The degree of oligomerization and hence molecular weight distribution was observed to increase with reaction time in solution. PMID:17144295

  17. New method for spectrophotometric determination of quinones and barbituric acid through their reaction. A kinetic study

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    Medien, H. A. A.

    1996-11-01

    A new and sensitive spectrophotometric method is described for the determination of p-benzoquinone, p-chloranil and 1.4-naphthoquinone. The method is based on the reaction between quinones and barbituric acid, by which a color is developed with maximum absorption between 485 and 555 nm in 50% methyl alcohol-water mixture. The absorption of the product obeys Beer's law within the concentration range 0.025-05 mM of orginal quinone. The kinetics of the reaction between p-benzoquinone and barbituric acid was studied in a range of methyl alcohol-water mixtures. The reaction follows overall second order kinetics, first order in each of the reactants. The rate increases with increasing dielectric constant. The method was applied for determination of barbituric acid with p-benzoquinone in the concentration range of 0.025-0.345 mM. Other barbiturates do not interfere.

  18. Characterization of the esterification reaction in high free fatty acid oils

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    Altic, Lucas Eli Porter

    Energy and vegetable oil prices have caused many biodiesel producers to turn to waste cooking oils as feedstocks. These oils contain high levels of free fatty acids (FFAs) which make them difficult or impossible to convert to biodiesel by conventional production methods. Esterification is required for ultra-high FFA feedstocks such as Brown Grease. In addition, ultrasonic irradiation has the potential to improve the kinetics of the esterification reaction. 2-level, multi-factor DOE experiments were conducted to characterize the esterification reaction in ultra-high FFA oils as well as determine whether ultrasonic irradiation gives any benefit besides energy input. The study determined that sulfuric acid content had the greatest effect followed by temperature and water content (inhibited reaction). Methanol content had no effect in the range studied. A small interaction term existed between sulfuric acid and temperature. The study also concluded that sonication did not give any additional benefit over energy input.

  19. Investigation and application of multiple reactions between molybdoniobium heteropoly acid and di- or trimethylthionines

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    Mirzoyam, F.B.; Karapetyan, A.A.

    1986-03-01

    This paper presents the results of the study and use of reactions of molybdoniobic acid (MNA) with di- and trimethylthiones (DMT and TMT, respectively). It was found that light absorption of acetone solutions of the products of outer-sphere interaction between MNA and DMT or TMT enabled the determination of optimum acidity for MNA formation. Reaction between TMT and MNA gives two different compounds containing two and five associated dye cations, different in molar extinction coefficient and optimum reaction acidity (pH 0.05-0.25 and 0.35-0.90). Formation of the 6th and 8th molybdenum series with an identical composition of the outer sphere is shown. A highly sensitive photometric method for determining niobium has been developed.

  20. Reaction of aspartate aminotransferase with C5-dicarboxylic acids: comparison with the reaction with C4-dicarboxylic acids.

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    Islam, Mohammad Mainul; Hayashi, Hideyuki; Kagamiyama, Hiroyuki

    2003-08-01

    The reaction of Escherichia coli aspartate aminotransferase (AspAT) with glutamate and other C5-dicarboxylates was analyzed in order to compare its mechanism of action toward C5 substrates with that toward C4 substrates, which had been extensively characterized. The association of the amino-group protonated and unprotonated forms of glutamate (SH(+) and S, respectively) with the Schiff-base protonated and unprotonated forms of the enzyme (E(L)H(+) and E(L), respectively) yields at least three forms of the Michaelis complex, whereas in the case of aspartate, only two species of this complex exist, E(L).SH(+) and E(L)H(+).S. The reaction of AspAT with 2-methylglutamate can be explained only when we consider all the protonation states of the Michaelis complex. Based on the previous crystallographic studies [Miyahara et al. (1994) J. Biochem. 116, 1001-1012], we consider that glutamate binds to the open form of AspAT and takes an extended conformation in the Michaelis complex, with the alpha-amino group of glutamate oriented in the opposite direction to the Schiff base. This is in contrast to the Michaelis complex of aspartate, in which a strong interaction of the alpha-amino group of aspartate and the Schiff base excludes the presence of the species E(L)H(+).SH(+). It is concluded that AspAT recognizes the two types of dicarboxylates with different chain lengths by changing the gross conformation of the enzyme protein. PMID:12966078

  1. An Investigation of Solid-State Amidization and Imidization Reactions in Vapor Deposited Poly (amic acid)

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    Anthamatten, M; Letts, S A; Day, K; Cook, R C; Gies, A P; Hamilton, T P; Nonidez, W K

    2004-06-28

    The condensation polymerization reaction of 4,4'-oxydianiline (ODA) with pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) to form poly(amic acid) and the subsequent imidization reaction to form polyimide were investigated for films prepared using vapor deposition polymerization techniques. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermal analysis, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) of films at different temperatures indicate that additional solid-state polymerization occurs prior to imidization reactions. Experiments reveal that, upon vapor deposition, poly(amic acid) oligomers form that have a number-average molecular weight of about 1500 Daltons. Between 100 - 130 C these chains undergo additional condensation reaction to form slightly higher molecular weight oligomers. Calorimetry measurements show that this reaction is exothermic ({Delta}H {approx} -30 J/g) with an activation energy of about 120 kJ/mol. Experimental reaction enthalpies are compared to results from ab initio molecular modeling calculations to estimate the number of amide groups formed. At higher temperatures (150 - 300 C) imidization of amide linkages occurs as an endothermic reaction ({Delta}H {approx} +120 J/g) with an activation energy of about 130 kJ/mol. Solid-state kinetics were found to depend on reaction conversion as well as the processing conditions used to deposit films.

  2. Hydrolysis reaction of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. A kinetic and computational study

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    Romero, Jorge Marcelo; Jorge, Nelly Lidia; Grand, André; Hernández-Laguna, Alfonso

    2015-10-01

    The degradation of the 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid in aqueous solution is an hydrolysis reaction. Two products are identified: 2,4-dichlorophenol and glycolic acid. Reaction is investigated as a function of pH and temperature, and it is first-order kinetics and pH-dependent. Reaction is modeled in gas phase, where a proton catalyses the reaction. Critical points of PES are calculated at B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,2p), and aug-cc-pvqz//6-311++G(3df,2p) levels plus ZPE at 6-311++G(3df,2p) level. The activation barrier is 21.2 kcal/mol. Theoretical results agree with the experimental results. A second mechanism related with a Cl2Phsbnd Osbnd CH2sbnd COOH⋯H2O complex is found, but with a rate limiting step of 38.4 kcal/mol.

  3. Facile construction of macroporous hybrid monoliths via thiol-methacrylate Michael addition click reaction for capillary liquid chromatography.

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    Lin, Hui; Ou, Junjie; Liu, Zhongshan; Wang, Hongwei; Dong, Jing; Zou, Hanfa

    2015-01-30

    A facile approach based on thiol-methacrylate Michael addition click reaction was developed for construction of porous hybrid monolithic materials. Three hybrid monoliths were prepared via thiol-methacrylate click polymerization by using methacrylate-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) (cage mixture, n=8, 10, 12, POSS-MA) and three multi-thiol crosslinkers, 1,6-hexanedithiol (HDT), trimethylolpropane tris(3-mercaptopropionate) (TPTM) and pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PTM), respectively, in the presence of porogenic solvents (n-propanol and PEG 200) and a catalyst (dimethylphenylphosphine, DMPP). The obtained monoliths possessed high thermal and chemical stabilities. Besides, they all exhibited high column efficiencies and excellent separation abilities in capillary liquid chromatography (cLC). The highest column efficiency could reach ca. 195,000N/m for butylbenzene on the monolith prepared with POSS-MA and TPTM (monolith POSS-TPTM) in reversed-phase (RP) mode at 0.64mm/s. Good chromatographic performance were all achieved in the separations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phenols, anilines, EPA 610 as well as bovine serum albumin (BSA) digest. The high column efficiencies in the range of 51,400-117,000N/m (achieved on the monolith POSS-PTM in RP mode) convincingly demonstrated the high separation abilities of these thiol-methacrylate based hybrid monoliths. All the results demonstrated the feasibility of the phosphines catalyzed thiol-methacrylate Michael addition click reaction in fabrication of monolithic columns with high efficiency for cLC applications. PMID:25543303

  4. Aptamer-based organic-silica hybrid affinity monolith prepared via "thiol-ene" click reaction for extraction of thrombin.

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    Wang, Zheng; Zhao, Jin-cheng; Lian, Hong-zhen; Chen, Hong-yuan

    2015-06-01

    A novel strategy for preparing aptamer-based organic-silica hybrid monolithic column was developed via "thiol-ene" click chemistry. Due to the large specific surface area of the hybrid matrix and the simplicity, rapidness and high efficiency of "thiol-ene" click reaction, the average coverage density of aptamer on the organic-silica hybrid monolith reached 420 pmol ?L(-1). Human ?-thrombin can be captured on the prepared affinity monolithic column with high specificity and eluted by NaClO4 solution. N-p-tosyl-Gly-Pro-Arg p-nitroanilide acetate was used as the sensitive chromogenic substrate of thrombin. The thrombin enriched by this affinity column was detected with a detection of limit of 0.01 ?M by spectrophotometry. Furthermore, the extraction recovery of thrombin at 0.15 ?M in human serum was 91.8% with a relative standard deviation of 4.0%. These results indicated that "thiol-ene" click chemistry provided a promising technique to immobilize aptamer on organic-inorganic hybrid monolith and the easily-assembled affinity monolithic material could be used to realize highly selective recognition of trace proteins. PMID:25863371

  5. Kinetics and quantitative structure-activity relationship study on the degradation reaction from perfluorooctanoic acid to trifluoroacetic acid.

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    Gong, Chen; Sun, Xiaomin; Zhang, Chenxi; Zhang, Xue; Niu, Junfeng

    2014-01-01

    Investigation of the degradation kinetics of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been carried out to calculate rate constants of the main elementary reactions using the multichannel Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus theory and canonical variational transition state theory with small-curvature tunneling correction over a temperature range of 200~500 K. The Arrhenius equations of rate constants of elementary reactions are fitted. The decarboxylation is role step in the degradation mechanism of PFOA. For the perfluorinated carboxylic acids from perfluorooctanoic acid to trifluoroacetic acid, the quantitative structure-activity relationship of the decarboxylation was analyzed with the genetic function approximation method and the structure-activity model was constructed. The main parameters governing rate constants of the decarboxylation reaction from the eight-carbon chain to the two-carbon chain were obtained. As the structure-activity model shows, the bond length and energy of C1-C2 (RC1-C2 and EC1-C2) are positively correlated to rate constants, while the volume (V), the energy difference between EHOMO and ELUMO (?E), and the net atomic charges on atom C2 (QC2) are negatively correlated. PMID:25196516

  6. Kinetics and Quantitative StructureActivity Relationship Study on the Degradation Reaction from Perfluorooctanoic Acid to Trifluoroacetic Acid

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    Gong, Chen; Sun, Xiaomin; Zhang, Chenxi; Zhang, Xue; Niu, Junfeng

    2014-01-01

    Investigation of the degradation kinetics of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has been carried out to calculate rate constants of the main elementary reactions using the multichannel Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus theory and canonical variational transition state theory with small-curvature tunneling correction over a temperature range of 200~500 K. The Arrhenius equations of rate constants of elementary reactions are fitted. The decarboxylation is role step in the degradation mechanism of PFOA. For the perfluorinated carboxylic acids from perfluorooctanoic acid to trifluoroacetic acid, the quantitative structureactivity relationship of the decarboxylation was analyzed with the genetic function approximation method and the structureactivity model was constructed. The main parameters governing rate constants of the decarboxylation reaction from the eight-carbon chain to the two-carbon chain were obtained. As the structureactivity model shows, the bond length and energy of C1C2 (RC1C2 and EC1C2) are positively correlated to rate constants, while the volume (V), the energy difference between EHOMO and ELUMO (?E), and the net atomic charges on atom C2 (QC2) are negatively correlated. PMID:25196516

  7. Chlorogenic acid-arabinose hybrid domains in coffee melanoidins: Evidences from a model system.

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    Moreira, Ana S P; Coimbra, Manuel A; Nunes, Fernando M; Passos, Cláudia P; Santos, Sónia A O; Silvestre, Armando J D; Silva, André M N; Rangel, Maria; Domingues, M Rosário M

    2015-10-15

    Arabinose from arabinogalactan side chains was hypothesized as a possible binding site for chlorogenic acids in coffee melanoidins. To investigate this hypothesis, a mixture of 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid (5-CQA), the most abundant chlorogenic acid in green coffee beans, and (α1 → 5)-L-arabinotriose, structurally related to arabinogalactan side chains, was submitted to dry thermal treatments. The compounds formed during thermal processing were identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and characterized by tandem MS (ESI-MS(n)). Compounds composed by one or two CQAs covalently linked with pentose (Pent) residues (1-12) were identified, along with compounds bearing a sugar moiety but composed exclusively by the quinic or caffeic acid moiety of CQAs. The presence of isomers was demonstrated by liquid chromatography online coupled to ESI-MS and ESI-MS(n). Pent1-2CQA were identified in coffee samples. These results give evidence for a diversity of chlorogenic acid-arabinose hybrids formed during roasting, opening new perspectives for their identification in melanoidin structures. PMID:25952851

  8. Tartaric Acid-Assisted Self-Assembly of Hybrid Block Copolymer Composites

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    Yao, Li; Lin, Ying; Watkins, James

    2014-03-01

    Enantiopure tartaric acid was used as an additive to increase the segregation strength of poly(ethylene oxide-block-tert-butyl acrylate) (PEO-b-PtBA) copolymers through strong, selective interactions with one of the polymer chain segments. Addition of tartaric acid to PEO-b-PtBA exhibiting cylindrical morphologies resulted in the formation of helical superstructures as observed by transmission electron microscopy. It was also found that this small acid additive can also enable phase-selective ultra-high loading of nanoparticles (NPs) into target domains of the block copolymer composites. The loading of tartaric acid can increase enthalpically favorable interactions between the nanoparticle ligands and the host domain and mitigate entropic penalties associated with NP incorporation into the target domain. A metal content of over 40 weight percent by mass of the resulting well ordered composites was achieved as measured by thermal gravimetric analysis in PEO-b-PtBA/tartaric acid/4-hydroxythiophenol functionalized Au NP hybrid system. Funding from Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM); Facility support from Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UMass Amherst.

  9. The curing reaction study of the active material in the lead-acid battery

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    Laruelle, S.; Grugeon-Dewaele, S.; Torcheux, L.; Delahaye-Vidal, A.

    A study of the curing reaction involved in the positive plate of the lead-acid battery has been undertaken. The variation of the different parameters of the curing reaction has shown the possibility of changing the 4BS needles dimensions. In particular, the addition of a surfactant agent, namely the polyvinylpyrrolidone, to the reagents allows the obtention of tailor-made 4BS particles useable in the industrial preparation of the positive plates.

  10. Lewis Acid Catalyzed Asymmetric Three-Component Coupling Reaction: Facile Synthesis of ?-Fluoromethylated Tertiary Alcohols.

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    Aikawa, Kohsuke; Kondo, Daisuke; Honda, Kazuya; Mikami, Koichi

    2015-12-01

    A chiral dicationic palladium complex is found to be an efficient Lewis acid catalyst for the synthesis of ?-fluoromethyl-substituted tertiary alcohols using a three-component coupling reaction. The reaction transforms three simple and readily available components (terminal alkyne, arene, and fluoromethylpyruvate) to valuable chiral organofluorine compounds. This strategy is completely atom-economical and results in perfect regioselectivities and high enantioselectivities of the corresponding tertiary allylic alcohols in good to excellent yields. PMID:26486488

  11. Coupling of hydrologic transport and chemical reactions in a stream affected by acid mine drainage

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    Kimball, B.A.; Broshears, R.E.; Bencala, K.E.; McKnight, Diane M.

    1994-01-01

    Experiments in St. Kevin Gulch, an acid mine drainage stream, examined the coupling of hydrologic transport to chemical reactions affecting metal concentrations. Injection of LiCl as a conservative tracer was used to determine discharge and residence time along a 1497-m reach. Transport of metals downstream from inflows of acidic, metal-rich water was evaluated based on synoptic samples of metal concentrations and the hydrologic characteristics of the stream. Transport of SO4 and Mn was generally conservative, but in the subreaches most affected by acidic inflows, transport was reactive. Both 0.1-??m filtered and particulate Fe were reactive over most of the stream reach. Filtered Al partitioned to the particulate phase in response to high instream concentrations. Simulations that accounted for the removal of SO4, Mn, Fe, and Al with first-order reactions reproduced the steady-state profiles. The calculated rate constants for net removal used in the simulations embody several processes that occur on a stream-reach scale. The comparison between rates of hydrologie transport and chemical reactions indicates that reactions are only important over short distances in the stream near the acidic inflows, where reactions occur on a comparable time scale with hydrologic transport and thus affect metal concentrations.

  12. Practical asymmetric synthesis of ?-hydroxy ?-amino acids via complimentary aldol reactions

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    Pandya, Bhaumik A.; Dandapani, Sivaraman; Duvall, Jeremy R.; Rowley, Ann; Mulrooney, Carol A.; Ryba, Troy; Dombrowski, Michael; Harton, Marie; Young, Damian W.; Marcaurelle, Lisa A.

    2011-01-01

    Orthogonally protected chiral ?-hydroxy-?-amino acids can be accessed in >100 g quantities from readily available starting materials and reagents in 34 steps. These chiral synthons contain two adjacent stereocenters along with suitably protected functional groups (O-TBS, N-Boc) for downstream reactivity. Implementation of two existing aldol technologies allows rapid access to all possible stereoisomers of 1. The guiding principles during reaction optimization were reaction scalability and operational efficiency. Conversion of the amino acids to a variety of chiral building blocks in 12 steps demonstrates their synthetic utility. PMID:21822337

  13. Reactions of Chemically Activated Formic Acid Formed via HĊO + ȮH.

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    Döntgen, Malte; Leonhard, Kai

    2016-03-24

    The chemistry of formyl radicals plays an important role in the kinetic modeling of oxygenated hydrocarbons. Here, the fate of rovibrationally excited formic acid produced via HĊO + ȮH is evaluated in a RRKM/Master Equation study. For that purpose, the HĊO + ȮH potential energy surface is studied theoretically using high-level quantum mechanics. Direct reaction from HĊO + ȮH to the bimolecular products is found to dominate for most relevant conditions due to formic acid well-skipping. The kinetics of these well-skipping reactions can only be evaluated when including the unimolecular intermediate, formic acid. Further, hydrogen abstraction from rovibrationally excited formic acid is found to be important at low-temperature conditions and for high radical concentrations. PMID:26954251

  14. Acidbase chemical reaction model for nucleation rates in the polluted atmospheric boundary layer

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    Chen, Modi; Titcombe, Mari; Jiang, Jingkun; Jen, Coty; Kuang, Chongai; Fischer, Marc L.; Eisele, Fred L.; Siepmann, J. Ilja; Hanson, David R.; Zhao, Jun; McMurry, Peter H.

    2012-01-01

    Climate models show that particles formed by nucleation can affect cloud cover and, therefore, the earth's radiation budget. Measurements worldwide show that nucleation rates in the atmospheric boundary layer are positively correlated with concentrations of sulfuric acid vapor. However, current nucleation theories do not correctly predict either the observed nucleation rates or their functional dependence on sulfuric acid concentrations. This paper develops an alternative approach for modeling nucleation rates, based on a sequence of acidbase reactions. The model uses empirical estimates of sulfuric acid evaporation rates obtained from new measurements of neutral molecular clusters. The model predicts that nucleation rates equal the sulfuric acid vapor collision rate times a prefactor that is less than unity and that depends on the concentrations of basic gaseous compounds and preexisting particles. Predicted nucleation rates and their dependence on sulfuric acid vapor concentrations are in reasonable agreement with measurements from Mexico City and Atlanta. PMID:23091030

  15. Geranic Acid Formation, an Initial Reaction of Anaerobic Monoterpene Metabolism in Denitrifying Alcaligenes defragrans

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    Heyen, Udo; Harder, Jens

    2000-01-01

    Monoterpenes with an unsaturated hydrocarbon structure are mineralized anaerobically by the denitrifying ?-proteobacterium Alcaligenes defragrans. Organic acids occurring in cells of A. defragrans and culture medium were characterized to identify potential products of the monoterpene activation reaction. Geranic acid (E,E-3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octadienoic acid) accumulated to 0.5 mM in cells grown on ?-phellandrene under nitrate limitation. Cell suspensions of A. defragrans 65Phen synthesized geranic acid in the presence of ?-myrcene, ?-phellandrene, limonene, or ?-pinene. Myrcene yielded the highest transformation rates. The alicyclic acid was consumed by cell suspensions during carbon limitation. Heat-labile substances present in cytosolic extracts catalyzed the formation of geranic acid from myrcene. These results indicated that a novel monoterpene degradation pathway must be present in A. defragrans. PMID:10877798

  16. High-rate, valve-regulated lead-acid batteries suitable for hybrid electric vehicles?

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    Moseley, Patrick T.

    The possibility of replacing, with electric drive systems, at least some of the internal-combustion engines currently employed in road vehicles is being actively pursued by all the world's major automobile manufacturing companies. Minimum on-road emissions would be achieved by the adoption of pure electric vehicles, but the somewhat limited range available between charges of the batteries has led to a serious evaluation of hybrid electric vehicles as an acceptable compromise. In hybrids, a small internal-combustion engine, operated at high efficiency, will consume less fuel and produce less emissions than would a regular internal-combustion engine, and will allow considerable range extension over the pure electric vehicle. Eventually, an electric system which employs a fuel cell may become affordable. It is likely that all three systems the pure electric, the hybrid electric, and the fuel cell system will require battery support, particularly to provide boost power for acceleration and hill climbing. Although more expensive battery systems are being vigorously developed in pursuit of greater range per charge, the benchmark against which these systems are compared remains the valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery.

  17. Biosynthesis of the mycotoxin tenuazonic acid by a fungal NRPS-PKS hybrid enzyme.

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    Yun, Choong-Soo; Motoyama, Takayuki; Osada, Hiroyuki

    2015-01-01

    Tenuazonic acid (TeA) is a well-known mycotoxin produced by various plant pathogenic fungi. However, its biosynthetic gene has been unknown to date. Here we identify the TeA biosynthetic gene from Magnaporthe oryzae by finding two TeA-inducing conditions of a low-producing strain. We demonstrate that TeA is synthesized from isoleucine and acetoacetyl-coenzyme A by TeA synthetase 1 (TAS1). TAS1 is a unique non-ribosomal peptide synthetase and polyketide synthase (NRPS-PKS) hybrid enzyme that begins with an NRPS module. In contrast to other NRPS/PKS hybrid enzymes, the PKS portion of TAS1 has only a ketosynthase (KS) domain and this domain is indispensable for TAS1 activity. Phylogenetic analysis classifies this KS domain as an independent clade close to type I PKS KS domain. We demonstrate that the TAS1 KS domain conducts the final cyclization step for TeA release. These results indicate that TAS1 is a unique type of NRPS-PKS hybrid enzyme. PMID:26503170

  18. Hybrid polymeric hydrogels via peptide nucleic acid (PNA)/DNA complexation.

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    Chu, Te-Wei; Feng, Jiayue; Yang, Jiyuan; Kope?ek, Jind?ich

    2015-12-28

    This work presents a new concept in hybrid hydrogel design. Synthetic water-soluble N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) polymers grafted with multiple peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) are crosslinked upon addition of the linker DNA. The self-assembly is mediated by the PNA-DNA complexation, which results in the formation of hydrophilic polymer networks. We show that the hydrogels can be produced through two different types of complexations. Type I hydrogel is formed via the PNA/DNA double-helix hybridization. Type II hydrogel utilizes a unique "P-form" oligonucleotide triple-helix that comprises two PNA sequences and one DNA. Microrheology studies confirm the respective gelation processes and disclose a higher critical gelation concentration for the type I gel when compared to the type II design. Scanning electron microscopy reveals the interconnected microporous structure of both types of hydrogels. Type I double-helix hydrogel exhibits larger pore sizes than type II triple-helix gel. The latter apparently contains denser structure and displays greater elasticity as well. The designed hybrid hydrogels have potential as novel biomaterials for pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. PMID:26394062

  19. Sequential injection analysis system for the sandwich hybridization-based detection of nucleic acids.

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    Edwards, Katie A; Baeumner, Antje J

    2006-03-15

    A sequential injection analysis lab-on-valve (SIA-LOV) system was developed for the specific detection of single-stranded nucleic acid sequences via sandwich hybridization of specific DNA probes to the target sequence. One DNA probe was tagged with fluorescein; the other was biotinylated and immobilized to streptavidin-coated porous beads. The system was optimized with respect to buffer composition, length of hybridization and wash steps, and volumes and concentrations of components used. On-bead oligonucleotide hybridization was studied using UV detection at 260 nm, while a final dose response curve was quantified using fluorescence detection. A dynamic range of 1-1000 pmol was obtained for a synthetic DNA sequence that was homologous to a segment in the B. anthracis atxA mRNA. A within-day variation of 7.2% and a day-to-day variation of 9.9% was observed. Each analysis was completed within 20 min. Subsequently, the system was applied to the detection of atxA mRNA expressed in a surrogate organism and amplified using NASBA. The SIA-LOV will find its application in routine laboratory-based analysis of specific single-stranded DNA/RNA sequences. Future improvements will include the integration of dye-encapsulating liposomes for signal enhancement used in lieu of the single fluorophore-labeled probe in order to lower the limit of detection. PMID:16536433

  20. Biosynthesis of the mycotoxin tenuazonic acid by a fungal NRPS–PKS hybrid enzyme

    PubMed Central

    Yun, Choong-Soo; Motoyama, Takayuki; Osada, Hiroyuki

    2015-01-01

    Tenuazonic acid (TeA) is a well-known mycotoxin produced by various plant pathogenic fungi. However, its biosynthetic gene has been unknown to date. Here we identify the TeA biosynthetic gene from Magnaporthe oryzae by finding two TeA-inducing conditions of a low-producing strain. We demonstrate that TeA is synthesized from isoleucine and acetoacetyl-coenzyme A by TeA synthetase 1 (TAS1). TAS1 is a unique non-ribosomal peptide synthetase and polyketide synthase (NRPS–PKS) hybrid enzyme that begins with an NRPS module. In contrast to other NRPS/PKS hybrid enzymes, the PKS portion of TAS1 has only a ketosynthase (KS) domain and this domain is indispensable for TAS1 activity. Phylogenetic analysis classifies this KS domain as an independent clade close to type I PKS KS domain. We demonstrate that the TAS1 KS domain conducts the final cyclization step for TeA release. These results indicate that TAS1 is a unique type of NRPS–PKS hybrid enzyme. PMID:26503170

  1. Improved constrained optimization method for reaction-path determination in the generalized hybrid orbital quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical calculations

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    Jung, Jaewoon; Re, Suyong; Sugita, Yuji; Ten-no, Seiichiro

    2013-01-01

    The nudged elastic band (NEB) and string methods are widely used to obtain the reaction path of chemical reactions and phase transitions. In these methods, however, it is difficult to define an accurate Lagrangian to generate the conservative forces. On the other hand, the constrained optimization with locally updated planes (CO-LUP) scheme defines target function properly and suitable for micro-iteration optimizations in quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical (QM/MM) systems, which uses the efficient second order QM optimization. However, the method does have problems of inaccurate estimation of reactions and inappropriate accumulation of images around the energy minimum. We introduce three modifications into the CO-LUP scheme to overcome these problems: (1) An improved tangent estimation of the reaction path, which is used in the NEB method, (2) redistribution of images using an energy-weighted interpolation before updating local tangents, and (3) reduction of the number of constraints, in particular translation/rotation constraints, for improved convergence. First, we test the method on the isomerization of alanine dipeptide without QM/MM calculation, showing that the method is comparable to the string method both in accuracy and efficiency. Next, we apply the method for defining the reaction paths of the rearrangement reaction catalyzed by chorismate mutase (CM) and of the phosphoryl transfer reaction catalyzed by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) using generalized hybrid orbital QM/MM calculations. The reaction energy barrier of CM is in high agreement with the experimental value. The path of PKA reveals that the enzyme reaction is associative and there is a late transfer of the substrate proton to Asp 166, which is in agreement with the recently published result using the NEB method.

  2. The influence of SiO2 doping on the microstructure and photochromic behavior of phosphomolybdic acid/polyvinyl pyrrolidone hybrid films

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    Dong, Qi; Wang, Xiang-Yu; Lu, Ya-Mei; Sun, Hai-Yan; Meng, Qing-Ling; Liu, Su-Ling; Feng, Wei; Han, Xiang-Kui

    2014-10-01

    New hybrid films were synthesized by SiO2 doping into phosphomolybdic acid (PMoA)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVPd) composite system, and the effect of SiO2 doping on microstructure and photochromic properties was studied via atomic force microscope (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectra (UV-vis) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The hybrid film surface with dome projection changed rough from smooth after SiO2 doping. The vibrational spectra of FT-IR verified that component of the heteropolyacids and the polymer did not changed, the vibration bands were expanded and had shifted by a few cm-1, and changed interaction between the acid and the polymer after SiO2 doping. The hybrid film exhibited a good photochromic property, which changed from colorless to blue under UV irradiation. The color change intensity of SiO2/PMoA/PVPd film was 1.48 times stronger than that of PMoA/PVPd under the same condition. XPS results indicated that the amount of PMoA in photo-reductive reaction was increased after SiO2 doping.

  3. Reactions of stabilized aliphatic carbanions with esters of formic acid in the gas phase.

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    Wile?ska, Beata; ?wider, Pawe?; Danikiewicz, Witold

    2015-01-01

    The reactions of nitromethane, acetonitrile, and ethyl acetate carbanions with formic acid esters were investigated in the gas phase by mass spectrometry and quantum chemical calculations. It was found that the carbanion of nitromethane practically does not react with formic acid esters and only traces of the Claisen- type addition-elimination reaction product were observed. In the case of the deprotonated acetonitrile, the Claisen-type condensation that yielded the carbanion of cyanoacetaldehyde proceeded almost quantitatively for all the studied formates. Other products, like the Riveros reaction product, were observed in minor amounts. The ethyl acetate carbanion reacts with formates in a much more complex way because it decomposes in a collision cell, yielding the deprotonated ketene anion, which also can react with formic acid esters. Consequently, the Claisen condensation reaction products of both anions were observed as well as the products of other reactions. All the proposed reaction pathways were confirmed by quantum chemical calculations, including the transition-state energies. PMID:26307733

  4. Determination of Free Fatty Acids and Triglycerides by Gas Chromatography Using Selective Esterification Reactions

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    Kail, Brian W.; Link, Dirk D.; Morreale, Bryan D

    2012-11-01

    A method for selectively determining both free fatty acids (FFA) and triacylglycerides (TAGs) in biological oils was investigated and optimized using gas chromatography after esterification of the target species to their corresponding fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs). The method used acid catalyzed esterification in methanolic solutions under conditions of varying severity to achieve complete conversion of more reactive FFAs while preserving the concentration of TAGs. Complete conversion of both free acids and glycerides to corresponding FAMEs was found to require more rigorous reaction conditions involving heating to 120°C for up to 2 h. Method validation was provided using gas chromatography–flame ionization detection, gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, and liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. The method improves on existing methods because it allows the total esterified lipid to be broken down by FAMEs contributed by FFA compared to FAMEs from both FFA and TAGs. Single and mixed-component solutions of pure fatty acids and triglycerides, as well as a sesame oil sample to simulate a complex biological oil, were used to optimize the methodologies. Key parameters that were investigated included: HCl-to-oil ratio, temperature and reaction time. Pure free fatty acids were found to esterify under reasonably mild conditions (10 min at 50°C with a 2.1:1 HCl to fatty acid ratio) with 97.6 ± 2.3% recovery as FAMEs, while triglycerides were largely unaffected under these reaction conditions. The optimized protocol demonstrated that it is possible to use esterification reactions to selectively determine the free acid content, total lipid content, and hence, glyceride content in biological oils. This protocol also allows gas chromatography analysis of FAMEs as a more ideal analyte than glyceride species in their native state.

  5. Miniature reaction chamber and devices incorporating same

    DOEpatents

    Mathies, Richard A. (Moraga, CA); Woolley, Adam T. (Albany, CA)

    2000-10-17

    The present invention generally relates to miniaturized devices for carrying out and controlling chemical reactions and analyses. In particular, the present invention provides devices which have miniature temperature controlled reaction chambers for carrying out a variety of synthetic and diagnostic applications, such as PCR amplification, nucleic acid hybridization, chemical labeling, nucleic acid fragmentation and the like.

  6. Engineering hybrid between nickel oxide and nickel cobaltate to achieve exceptionally high activity for oxygen reduction reaction

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    Cui, Zhentao; Wang, Shuguang; Zhang, Yihe; Cao, Minhua

    2014-12-01

    The porous NiO/NiCo2O4 nanotubes are prepared via a coaxial electrospinning technique followed by an annealing treatment. The resultant NiO/NiCo2O4 hybrid is developed as a highly efficient electrocatalyst, which exhibits significantly enhanced electrocatalytic activity, long-term operation stability, and tolerance to crossover effect compared to NiO nanofibers, NiCo2O4 nanofibers and commercial Pt(20%)/C for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) in alkaline environment. The excellent electrocatalytic performance may be attributed to the unique microstructures of the porous NiO/NiCo2O4 nanotubes, such as heterogeneous hybrid structure, open porous tubular structure, and the well dispersity of the two components. Moreover, the promising and straightforward coaxial electrospinning proves itself to be an efficient pathway for the preparation of nanomaterials with tubular architectures and it can be used for large-scale production of catalysts in fuel cells.

  7. Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed Aldol Condensation Reactions of Aliphatic Aldehydes

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    Elrod, M. J.; Casale, M. T.; Richman, A. R.; Beaver, M. R.; Garland, R. M.; Tolbert, M. A.

    2006-12-01

    While it is well established that organic compounds compose a large fraction of the atmospheric aerosol mass, the mechanisms through which organics are incorporated into atmospheric aerosols are not well understood. Acid-catalyzed reactions of compounds with carbonyl groups have recently been suggested as important pathways for transfer of volatile organics into acidic aerosols. In the present study, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy was used to monitor the kinetics of formation of the products of the aldol condensation reaction of a range of aliphatic aldehydes (C2-C8) The experiments were carried out at various sulfuric acid concentrations and a range of temperatures in order to estimate the rate constants of such reactions on sulfuric acid aerosols under tropospheric conditions. The rate constants were generally found to decrease as the chain length of the aliphatic aldehyde increased (except for acetaldehyde, which had an unusually small rate constant), increase as a function of sulfuric acid concentration as predicted by excess acidity theory, and showed normal Arrhenius behavior as a function of temperature.

  8. Palm fatty acid biodiesel: process optimization and study of reaction kinetics.

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    Yadav, Praveen K S; Singh, Onkar; Singh, R P

    2010-01-01

    The relatively high cost of refined oils render the resulting fuels unable to compete with petroleum derived fuel. In this study, biodiesel is prepared from palm fatty acid (PFA) which is a by-product of palm oil refinery. The process conditions were optimized for production of palm fatty acid methyl esters. A maximum conversion of 94.4% was obtained using two step trans-esterification with 1:10 molar ratio of oil to methanol at 65°C. Sulfuric acid and Sodium hydroxide were used as acid and base catalyst respectively. The composition of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) obtained was similar to that of palm oil. The biodiesel produced met the established specifications of biodiesel of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The kinetics of the trans-esterification reaction was also studied and the data reveals that the reaction is of first order in fatty acid and methanol (MeOH) and over all the reaction is of second order. PMID:20972357

  9. Photon-counting optical fiber biosensor for the characterization of nucleic acid hybridization

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    Lu, Hua; Zhao, Yujie; Ma, Jianmin; Lu, Zukang; Lu, Zu-Hong

    1999-09-01

    Optical fiber biosensors offer great promise for rapid and sensitive detection of a variety of chemical and biological analyte. In this paper, we report our progress in developing an optical fiber biosensor for the characterization of solid phase nucleic acid hybridization. The principle of the measurement is based on the combination of photon counting and laser induced fluorescence in the evanescent field on the optical fiber surface. We used long, fused silica fibers that had several centimeters of cladding removed along the distal end for the fabrication of sensor probe. 5'-amino-terminal oligonucleotide probes were covalently immobilized via glutaraldehyde cross- linking to an aminosilane on the exposed fiber core to form a thin layer of oligonucleotide probes. The evanescent excitation of fluorescence was achieved through the evanescent wave penetrating into the oligonucleotide probes layer when an Ar ion laser beam was guided in the optical fiber. In situ hybridization of 5'-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled complementary oligonucleotides to their immobilized probes was monitored at the proximal end of the sensing fiber through the fluorescent signal which generated in the evanescent wave region of the uncladded portion as they coupled back to the fiber core. Hybridization specificity was tested by addition of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled noncomplementary oligonucleotides to the immobilized probes. Regeneration of the surface-immobilized probe was possible, allowing reuse without a significant loss of hybridization activity. Dilution experiments showed an apparent lower limit of detection at 1 nM oligonucleotides. This performance was comparable to other previously reported DNA biosensors.

  10. Polyol-acid anhydride-n-alkyl-alkylene diamine reaction product and motor fuel composition containing same

    SciTech Connect

    Sung, R.L.; Jenkins, R.H. Jr.

    1987-02-17

    A fuel composition for an internal combustion engine comprising: (a) a major portion of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel and (b) a minor amount, as a deposit inhibitor additive, of a reaction product of a process comprising: (i) reacting a dibasic acid anhydride with a polyol, thereby forming an ester of maleic acid; (ii) reacting the ester of maleic acid with an N-alkyl-alkylene diamine, thereby forming the reaction product; and (iii) recovering the reaction product.

  11. Effect of channel length on the electrical response of carbon nanotube field-effect transistors to deoxyribonucleic acid hybridization.

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    Salila Vijayalal Mohan, Hari Krishna; An, Jianing; Zhang, Yani; Wong, Chee How; Zheng, Lianxi

    2014-01-01

    A single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) in a field-effect transistor (FET) configuration provides an ideal electronic path for label-free detection of nucleic acid hybridization. The simultaneous influence of more than one response mechanism in hybridization detection causes a variation in electrical parameters such as conductance, transconductance, threshold voltage and hysteresis gap. The channel length (L) dependence of each of these parameters necessitates the need to include them when interpreting the effect of L on the response to hybridization. Using the definitions of intrinsic effective mobility (e) and device field-effect mobility (f), two new parameters were defined to interpret the effect of L on the FET response to hybridization. Our results indicate that FETs with ?300 m long SWCNT exhibited the most appreciable response to hybridization, which complied with the variation trend in response to the newly defined parameters. PMID:25551036

  12. Effect of channel length on the electrical response of carbon nanotube field-effect transistors to deoxyribonucleic acid hybridization

    PubMed Central

    An, Jianing; Zhang, Yani; Wong, Chee How

    2014-01-01

    Summary A single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) in a field-effect transistor (FET) configuration provides an ideal electronic path for label-free detection of nucleic acid hybridization. The simultaneous influence of more than one response mechanism in hybridization detection causes a variation in electrical parameters such as conductance, transconductance, threshold voltage and hysteresis gap. The channel length (L) dependence of each of these parameters necessitates the need to include them when interpreting the effect of L on the response to hybridization. Using the definitions of intrinsic effective mobility (e) and device field-effect mobility (f), two new parameters were defined to interpret the effect of L on the FET response to hybridization. Our results indicate that FETs with ?300 m long SWCNT exhibited the most appreciable response to hybridization, which complied with the variation trend in response to the newly defined parameters. PMID:25551036

  13. Crude palm oil from interspecific hybrid Elaeis oleiferaElaeis guineensis: fatty acid regiodistribution and molecular species of glycerides.

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    Mozzon, Massimo; Pacetti, Deborah; Lucci, Paolo; Balzano, Michele; Frega, Natale Giuseppe

    2013-11-01

    The composition and structure of triacylglycerols (TAGs) and partial glycerides of crude palm oil obtained from interspecific hybrid Elaeis oleiferaElaeis guineensis, grown in Colombia, were fully characterised and compared to data obtained by analysing crude African palm oil. Hybridisation appears to substantially modify the biosynthesis of fatty acids (FAs) rather than their assembly in TAGs. In fact, total FAs analysis showed significant differences between these two types of oil, with hybrid palm oil having a higher percentage of oleic acid (54.6 1.0 vs 41.4 0.3), together with a lower saturated fatty acid content (33.5 0.5 vs 47.3 0.1), while the percentage of essential fatty acid, linoleic acid, does not undergo significant changes. Furthermore, 34 TAG types were identified, with no qualitative differences between African and E. guineensisE. oleifera hybrid palm oil samples. Short and medium chain FAs (8:0, 10:0, 12:0, 14:0) were utilised, together, to build a restricted number of TAG molecular species. Oil samples from the E. guineensisE. oleifera hybrid showed higher contents of monosaturated TAGs (47.5-51.0% vs 36.7-37.1%) and triunsaturated TAGs (15.5-15.6% vs 5.2-5.4%). The sn-2 position of TAGs in hybrid palm oil was shown to be predominantly esterified with oleic acid (64.7-66.0 mol% vs 55.1-58.2 mol% in African palm oil) with only 10-15% of total palmitic acid and 6-20% of stearic acid acylated in the secondary position. The total amount of diacylglycerols (DAGs) was in agreement with the values of free acidity; DAG types found were in agreement with the representativeness of different TAG species. PMID:23768354

  14. Fatty acid membrane assembly on coacervate microdroplets as a step towards a hybrid protocell model.

    PubMed

    Dora Tang, T-Y; Rohaida Che Hak, C; Thompson, Alexander J; Kuimova, Marina K; Williams, D S; Perriman, Adam W; Mann, Stephen

    2014-06-01

    Mechanisms of prebiotic compartmentalization are central to providing insights into how protocellular systems emerged on the early Earth. Protocell models are based predominantly on the membrane self-assembly of fatty-acid vesicles, although membrane-free scenarios that involve liquid-liquid microphase separation (coacervation) have also been considered. Here we integrate these alternative models of prebiotic compartmentalization and develop a hybrid protocell model based on the spontaneous self-assembly of a continuous fatty-acid membrane at the surface of preformed coacervate microdroplets prepared from cationic peptides/polyelectrolytes and adenosine triphosphate or oligo/polyribonucleotides. We show that the coacervate-supported membrane is multilamellar, and mediates the selective uptake or exclusion of small and large molecules. The coacervate interior can be disassembled without loss of membrane integrity, and fusion and growth of the hybrid protocells can be induced under conditions of high ionic strength. Our results highlight how notions of membrane-mediated compartmentalization, chemical enrichment and internalized structuration can be integrated in protocell models via simple chemical and physical processes. PMID:24848239

  15. Hybrid Processes Combining Photocatalysis and Ceramic Membrane Filtration for Degradation of Humic Acids in Saline Water.

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    Song, Lili; Zhu, Bo; Gray, Stephen; Duke, Mikel; Muthukumaran, Shobha

    2016-01-01

    This study explored the combined effects of photocatalysis with ceramic membrane filtration for the removal of humic acid in the presence of salt; to simulate saline wastewater conditions. The effects of operating parameters, such as salinity and TiO₂ concentration on permeate fluxes, total organic carbon (TOC), and UV absorbance removal, were investigated. The interaction between the humic acids and TiO₂ photocatalyst played an important role in the observed flux change during ceramic membrane filtration. The results for this hybrid system showed that the TOC removal was more than 70% for both without NaCl and with the 500 ppm NaCl concentration, and 62% and 66% for 1000 and 2000 ppm NaCl concentrations. The reduction in UV absorbance was more complete in the absence of NaCl compared to the presence of NaCl. The operation of the integrated photoreactor-ceramic membrane filter over five repeat cycles is described. It can be concluded that the overall removal performance of the hybrid system was influenced by the presence of salts, as salt leads to agglomeration of TiO₂ particles by suppressing the stabilising effects of electrostatic repulsion and thereby reduces the effective surface contact between the pollutant and the photocatalyst. PMID:26938568

  16. SNBRFinder: A Sequence-Based Hybrid Algorithm for Enhanced Prediction of Nucleic Acid-Binding Residues

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    Sun, Jun; Liu, Rong

    2015-01-01

    Protein-nucleic acid interactions are central to various fundamental biological processes. Automated methods capable of reliably identifying DNA- and RNA-binding residues in protein sequence are assuming ever-increasing importance. The majority of current algorithms rely on feature-based prediction, but their accuracy remains to be further improved. Here we propose a sequence-based hybrid algorithm SNBRFinder (Sequence-based Nucleic acid-Binding Residue Finder) by merging a feature predictor SNBRFinderF and a template predictor SNBRFinderT. SNBRFinderF was established using the support vector machine whose inputs include sequence profile and other complementary sequence descriptors, while SNBRFinderT was implemented with the sequence alignment algorithm based on profile hidden Markov models to capture the weakly homologous template of query sequence. Experimental results show that SNBRFinderF was clearly superior to the commonly used sequence profile-based predictor and SNBRFinderT can achieve comparable performance to the structure-based template methods. Leveraging the complementary relationship between these two predictors, SNBRFinder reasonably improved the performance of both DNA- and RNA-binding residue predictions. More importantly, the sequence-based hybrid prediction reached competitive performance relative to our previous structure-based counterpart. Our extensive and stringent comparisons show that SNBRFinder has obvious advantages over the existing sequence-based prediction algorithms. The value of our algorithm is highlighted by establishing an easy-to-use web server that is freely accessible at http://ibi.hzau.edu.cn/SNBRFinder. PMID:26176857

  17. Fatty acid membrane assembly on coacervate microdroplets as a step towards a hybrid protocell model

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    Dora Tang, T.-Y.; Rohaida Che Hak, C.; Thompson, Alexander J.; Kuimova, Marina K.; Williams, D. S.; Perriman, Adam W.; Mann, Stephen

    2014-06-01

    Mechanisms of prebiotic compartmentalization are central to providing insights into how protocellular systems emerged on the early Earth. Protocell models are based predominantly on the membrane self-assembly of fatty-acid vesicles, although membrane-free scenarios that involve liquid-liquid microphase separation (coacervation) have also been considered. Here we integrate these alternative models of prebiotic compartmentalization and develop a hybrid protocell model based on the spontaneous self-assembly of a continuous fatty-acid membrane at the surface of preformed coacervate microdroplets prepared from cationic peptides/polyelectrolytes and adenosine triphosphate or oligo/polyribonucleotides. We show that the coacervate-supported membrane is multilamellar, and mediates the selective uptake or exclusion of small and large molecules. The coacervate interior can be disassembled without loss of membrane integrity, and fusion and growth of the hybrid protocells can be induced under conditions of high ionic strength. Our results highlight how notions of membrane-mediated compartmentalization, chemical enrichment and internalized structuration can be integrated in protocell models via simple chemical and physical processes.

  18. Design of hybrid multimodal poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) polymer nanoparticles for neutrophil labeling, imaging and tracking

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    Qiu, Yuan; Palankar, Raghavendra; Echeverría, María; Medvedev, Nikolay; Moya, Sergio E.; Delcea, Mihaela

    2013-11-01

    Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) incorporating quantum dots (QDs), superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and gold (Au) NPs for neutrophil labeling were fabricated via the w/o/w double emulsion method. QDs and SPIONs were entrapped in the PLGA core during emulsification while Au NPs were assembled on top of the PLGA NPs via electrostatic interactions. Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy (CLSM) were applied to characterize the hybrid PLGA NPs. The uptake of the hybrid PLGA NPs by human neutrophils was studied by Flow Cytometry and confocal microscopy. In addition, the induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in neutrophils after incubation with the hybrid PLGA NPs was assessed. Magnetophoresis experiments showed that neutrophils with internalized hybrid PLGA NPs can be effectively laterally displaced towards the magnetic field. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the hybrid PLGA NPs resulted in images with a contrast enhancement linearly dependent on the concentration of the hybrid PLGA NPs. Research reported in this work is relevant for imaging, tracking and manipulating neutrophils and has potential for in vivo applications, e.g., tumor visualization and localized photothermal treatment.Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs) incorporating quantum dots (QDs), superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and gold (Au) NPs for neutrophil labeling were fabricated via the w/o/w double emulsion method. QDs and SPIONs were entrapped in the PLGA core during emulsification while Au NPs were assembled on top of the PLGA NPs via electrostatic interactions. Transmission Electron Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy (CLSM) were applied to characterize the hybrid PLGA NPs. The uptake of the hybrid PLGA NPs by human neutrophils was studied by Flow Cytometry and confocal microscopy. In addition, the induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in neutrophils after incubation with the hybrid PLGA NPs was assessed. Magnetophoresis experiments showed that neutrophils with internalized hybrid PLGA NPs can be effectively laterally displaced towards the magnetic field. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the hybrid PLGA NPs resulted in images with a contrast enhancement linearly dependent on the concentration of the hybrid PLGA NPs. Research reported in this work is relevant for imaging, tracking and manipulating neutrophils and has potential for in vivo applications, e.g., tumor visualization and localized photothermal treatment. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM images of QDs, SPIONs and Au NPs; UV emission spectra of QDs and hybrid PLGA NPs; the EDX spectrum of PLGA_QD_SPION NPs; the size and zeta potential of hybrid PLGA NPs; magnetophoresis of neutrophils with hybrid particles (movie). See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr04013e

  19. Chemical and biomedical motifs of the reactions of hydroxymethylphosphines with amines, amino acids, and model peptides

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    Berning, D.E.; Katti, K.V.; Barnes, C.L.; Volkert, W.A.

    1999-03-03

    The reactions of tris(hydroxymethyl)phosphine (THP, 1), 1,2-bis(bis(hydroxymethyl)phosphino)benzene (HMPB, 2), and 1,2-bis(bis(hydroxymethyl)phosphino)ethane (HMPE, 3) with various amines including amino acids and model peptides have been explored. The reactions of these multifunctional phosphines with excess amino acids unexpectedly produced monomeric products. The reaction of THP with excess glycine produced THP(glycine){sub 3} (4) in high yield. The reactions of HMPB with the secondary amines N-methylaniline and diethylamine produced the compounds HMPB(N-methylaniline){sub 4} (5) and HMPB(diethylamine){sub 4} (6), respectively. However, the reactions of HMPB and HMPE with excess glycine produced trans annular-bonded bicyclic compounds HMPB(glycine){sub 2} (7) and HMPE(glycine){sub 2} (10). The reactions of HMPB with excess alanine and glycylglycylglycine were also explored to determine the generality of the reactions and correspondingly yielded the novel heterocyclic compounds HMPB(alanine){sub 2} (8) and HMPB(gly-gly-gly){sub 2} (9), respectively. The products are oxidatively stable in air and under a wide pH range. All of the new compounds have been characterized by a combination of analytical and spectroscopic techniques, and the molecular structures of compounds 4, 5, 7, and 10 have been confirmed by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies.

  20. Detection of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in acid mine drainage environments using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH).

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    Mahmoud, K K; Leduc, L G; Ferroni, G D

    2005-04-01

    An important microorganism of acid mine drainage (AMD) and bioleaching environments is Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans which oxidizes ferrous iron and generates ferric iron, an oxidant. Most investigations to understand microbial aspects of sulfide mineral dissolution have focused on understanding physiological, metabolic, and genetic characteristics of A. ferrooxidans. In this study, a 16S rRNA oligonucleotide probe designated S-S-T.ferr-0584-a-A-18, and labeled at the 5'-end with indocarbocyanine dye (CY3), was used in a fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) procedure on pure cultures of nine isolates of A. ferrooxidans. These isolates were recovered from acid mine drainage and mining environments. The probe was also used to detect cells of A. ferrooxidans, recovered from AMD samples, growing on FeTSB and FeSo solid media in a FISH procedure. In addition, the presence of cells of A. ferrooxidans in an environmental water sample from an AMD site in Copper Cliff, Ontario, Canada was analyzed using the FISH technique. Probe specificity was first confirmed with A. ferrooxidans ATCC 19859 (positive control) and Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans ATCC 19377, Acidiphilium acidophilum ATCC 27807, and Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC 8014 (negative controls). Positive and negative control cells were also used to determine optimal stringency conditions for hybridizations with the probe. Cells of the nine isolates of A. ferrooxidans stained positive, although the fluorescent signal varied in intensity from isolate to isolate. Colonies of A. ferrooxidans from the environmental water sample of the AMD site were recovered only on FeTSB solid medium after 22 days of incubation. The probe was able to detect cells of A. ferrooxidans in a FISH procedure. However, no cells of A. ferrooxidans were detected in the AMD water sample without cultivation. Thus, probe S-S-T.ferr-0584-a-A-18 hybridized effectively with cells of A. ferrooxidans recovered from pure cultures but failed to directly detect cells of A. ferrooxidans in the AMD site. PMID:15676194

  1. Hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics-Based Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Acid-Catalyzed Dehydration of Polyols in Liquid Water

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    Caratzoulas, Stavros; Courtney, Timothy; Vlachos, Dionisios G.

    2011-01-01

    We use the conversion of protonated glycerol to acrolein for a case study of the mechanism of acid-catalyzed dehydration of polyols in aqueous environments. We employ hybrid Quamtum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Molecular Dynamics (QM/MM MD) simulations with biased sampling and perform free energy calculations for the elementary steps of the reaction. We investigate the effects of solvent dynamics and in particular the role of quantum mechanical water in the dehydration mechanism. We present results supporting a mechanism that proceeds via water-mediated proton transfers and thus through an enol intermediate. We find that the first dehydration may take place by two, low-energy pathways requiring, respectively, 20.9 and 18.8 kcal/mol of activation free energy. The second dehydration requires 19.9 kcal/mol of activation free energy while for the overall reaction we compute a free energy change of -8 kcal/mol.

  2. Versatile synthesis of amino acid functionalized nucleosides via a domino carboxamidation reaction

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    Gheerardijn, Vicky; Van den Begin, Jos

    2014-01-01

    Summary Functionalized oligonucleotides have recently gained increased attention for incorporation in modified nucleic acid structures both for the design of aptamers with enhanced binding properties as well as the construction of catalytic DNA and RNA. As a shortcut alternative to the incorporation of multiple modified residues, each bearing one extra functional group, we present here a straightforward method for direct linking of functionalized amino acids to the nucleoside base, thus equipping the nucleoside with two extra functionalities at once. As a proof of principle, we have introduced three amino acids with functional groups frequently used as key-intermediates in DNA- and RNAzymes via an efficient and straightforward domino carboxamidation reaction. PMID:25383128

  3. Kinetic resolution of acids in acylation reactions in the presence of chiral tertiary amines

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    Potapov, V.M.; Dem'yanovich, V.M.; Khlebnikov, V.A.

    1988-07-10

    Asymmetric synthesis has now become an important method for the production of optically active compounds, and its most attractive form is asymmetric catalysis. This work was devoted to an investigation into asymmetric catalysis with chiral tertiary amines in acylation reactions. During the acylation of alcohols and amines by the action of racemic 2-phenylpropionic and 2-methyl-3-phenylpropionic acids in the presence of S-nicotine the initial acids are resolved kinetically. The (R)-2-phenylpropionic acid obtained in this way had an optical purity of 0.5-1.5%.

  4. Fast and stable redox reactions of MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes for dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors

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    Gu, Taoli; Wei, Bingqing

    2015-07-01

    Pseudocapacitors, which are energy storage devices that take advantage of redox reactions to store electricity, have a different charge storage mechanism compared to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), and they could realize further gains if they were used as stretchable power sources. The realization of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors and understanding of the underlying fundamentals of their mechanical-electrochemical relationship have become indispensable. We report herein the electrochemical performance of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors using buckled MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes. The extremely small relaxation time constant of less than 0.15 s indicates a fast redox reaction at the MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes, securing a stable electrochemical performance for the dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors. This finding and the fundamental understanding gained from the pseudo-capacitive behavior coupled with mechanical deformation under a dynamic stretching mode would provide guidance to further improve their overall performance including a higher power density than LIBs, a higher energy density than EDLCs, and a long-life cycling stability. Most importantly, these results will potentially accelerate the applications of stretchable pseudocapacitors for flexible and biomedical electronics.Pseudocapacitors, which are energy storage devices that take advantage of redox reactions to store electricity, have a different charge storage mechanism compared to lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), and they could realize further gains if they were used as stretchable power sources. The realization of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors and understanding of the underlying fundamentals of their mechanical-electrochemical relationship have become indispensable. We report herein the electrochemical performance of dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors using buckled MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes. The extremely small relaxation time constant of less than 0.15 s indicates a fast redox reaction at the MnO2/CNT hybrid electrodes, securing a stable electrochemical performance for the dynamically stretchable pseudocapacitors. This finding and the fundamental understanding gained from the pseudo-capacitive behavior coupled with mechanical deformation under a dynamic stretching mode would provide guidance to further improve their overall performance including a higher power density than LIBs, a higher energy density than EDLCs, and a long-life cycling stability. Most importantly, these results will potentially accelerate the applications of stretchable pseudocapacitors for flexible and biomedical electronics. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02310f

  5. Comparison of nucleic acid hybridization and nucleic acid amplification using conserved sequences from the 5' noncoding region for detection of bovine viral diarrhea virus.

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    Ridpath, J F; Bolin, S R; Katz, J

    1993-01-01

    Primers and probes derived from conserved sequences located in the 5' noncoding region of pestiviruses were evaluated for detection of bovine viral diarrhea virus. With these reagents, hybridization and polymerase chain reaction tests detected 62 of 90 and 90 of 90 bovine viral diarrhea virus isolates, respectively. A quick lysis method for preparing RNA for use in polymerase chain reaction amplification also was evaluated. Images PMID:8385157

  6. Silver-based hybrid materials from meta- or para-phosphonobenzoic acid: influence of the topology on silver release in water.

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    Rueff, Jean-Michel; Perez, Olivier; Caignaert, Vincent; Hix, Gary; Berchel, Mathieu; Quentel, Franois; Jaffrs, Paul-Alain

    2015-03-01

    Three novel silver-based metal-organic frameworks materials, which were synthesized from either 3-phosphono or 4-phosphonobenzoic acid and silver nitrate, are reported. The novel hybrids were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions; the pH of the reaction media was controlled by adding different quantities of urea thereby producing different topologies. Compound 1 (Ag3(4-PO3-C6H4-COO)), synthesized in the presence of urea, exhibits a compact 3D structure in which both phosphonic acid and carboxylic acid functional groups are linked to the silver-based inorganic network. Compound 2 (Ag(4-PO3H-C6H4-COOH)), which was synthesized at lower pH (without urea), has a layered structure in which only the phosphonic acid functional groups from 4-phosphonobenzoic acid moieties are linked to the silver inorganic network; the carboxylic acid groups being engaged in hydrogen bonds. Finally, material 3 (Ag(3-PO3H-C6H4-COOH)) was synthesized from 3-phosphonobenzoic acid and silver nitrate without urea. This material 3 features a layered structure exhibiting carboxylic acid functional groups linked via hydrogen bonds in the interlayer space. After the full characterization of these materials (single X-ray structure, IR, TGA), their ability to release silver salts in aqueous environment was measured. Silver release, determined in aqueous solution by cathodic stripping voltammetry, shows that the silver release capacity of these materials is dependent on the topology of the hybrids. The more compact structure 1 is extremely stable in water with only trace levels of silver ions being detected. On the other hand, compounds 2 and 3, in which only the phosphonic acid functional groups were bonded to the inorganic network, released larger quantities of silver ions into aqueous solution. These results which were compared with the silver release of the previously described compound 4 (Ag6(3-PO3-C6H4-COO)2). The results clearly show that the release capacity of silver-based metal organic framework can be tuned by modifying their topology which, in the present study, is governed by the regio-isomer of the organic precursor and the synthetic conditions under which the hybrids are prepared. PMID:25679328

  7. Mechanisms of Nitrogen Dioxide Reactions: Initiation of Lipid Peroxidation and the Production of Nitrous Acid

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    Pryor, William A.; Lightsey, John W.

    1981-10-01

    The reactions of nitrogen dioxide with cyclohexene have been studied as a model for the reactions that occur between nitrogen dioxide in smoggy air and unsaturated fatty acids in pulmonary lipids. As predicted from earlier studies at high nitrogen dioxide concentrations, this gas reacts with cyclohexene predominantly by addition to the double bond at nitrogen dioxide concentrations of I percent (10,000 parts per million) to 40 percent in nitrogen; in the presence of air or oxygen, this reaction initiates the autoxidation of the alkene. However, at concentrations below 100 parts per million in nitrogen, nitrogen dioxide reacts with cyclohexene almost exclusively by abstraction of allylic hydrogen; this unexpected reaction also initiates the autoxidation of the alkene in the presence of oxygen or air, but it leads to the production of nitrous acid rather than of a product containing a nitro group attached to a carbon atom. The nitrous acid can react with amines to produce nitrosamines. Moreover, the nitrite ion produced by the hydrogen abstraction mechanism would be expected to diffuse throughout the body, unlike nitrated lipids that would be confined to the pulmonary cavity. These findings have been confirmed with methyl oleate, linoleate, and linolenate; some of the kinetic features of the nitrogen dioxideinitiated autoxidation of these unsaturated fatty acids have been studied.

  8. Total synthesis of (±)-epithuriferic acid methyl ester via Diels-Alder reaction.

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    Koprowski, Marek; Bałczewski, Piotr; Owsianik, Krzysztof; Różycka-Sokołowska, Ewa; Marciniak, Bernard

    2016-01-27

    In this paper, we have described the first total synthesis of (±)-epithuriferic acid methyl ester from non-natural sources, in four steps (20% overall yield). The key step involves the Diels-Alder reaction of isobenzofuran with methyl 3-(dimethoxyphosphoryl)acrylate which is controlled by "ortho" regio- and endo stereoselectivities due to the COOMe group. PMID:26750755

  9. Synthesis of Terminal Allenes via a Copper-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Coupling Reaction of Alkynyl Carboxylic Acids.

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    Lim, Jeongah; Choi, Jinseop; Kim, Han-Sung; Kim, In Seon; Nam, Kye Chun; Kim, Jimin; Lee, Sunwoo

    2016-01-01

    Synthesis of terminal allenes via a copper-catalyzed decarboxylative coupling reaction was developed. Aryl alkynyl carboxylic acid, paraformaldehyde, and dicyclohexylamine were reacted with CuI (20 mol %) in diglyme at 100 C for 2 h to produce the terminal allene in moderate to good yields. The method showed good functional group tolerance. PMID:26618610

  10. Deuteration of pentacene in benzoic acid: Monitoring the reaction kinetics via low-temperature optical spectroscopy

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    Corval, A.; Casalegno, R.; Astilean, S.; Trommsdorff, H.P.

    1992-06-25

    In the deuteration of pentacene in benzoic acid, this reaction is monitored via low-temperature optical spectroscopy to observe the proton-deuterium rate of exchange between the solvent and solute molecules. Of the 14 pentacene protons, 6 have an exchange rate 2 orders of magnitude greater than the remaining 8. 20 refs., 3 figs.

  11. Reactions on sulphuric acid aerosol and on polar stratospheric clouds in the Antarctic stratosphere

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    Wolff, E.W.; Mulvaney, R.

    1991-06-01

    Heterogeneous chemistry producing active chlorine has been identified as crucial to Antarctic ozone depletion. Most attention has focused on reactions on solid polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) particles, although there is still no satisfactory understanding of the microchemical incorporation of HCl in PSCs. The alternative mechanism involving sulphuric acid aerosol as the reaction surface has been considered at lower latitudes, but its role in the special conditions of the polar stratosphere has been largely ignored. Recent data from the Antarctic stratosphere have suggested the HCl is present in sulphuric acid aerosol that remains liquid even at the lowest stratospheric temperatures. The available laboratory data show that cold, relatively dilute, sulphuric acid is particularly able to take up HCl that is available for reaction provided the aerosol remains liquid. Fast heterogeneous reaction rates compared to those at mid-latitudes will produce active chlorine rapidly. Since the aerosol is present with significant surface area throughout the lower stratosphere, it should be very effective for heterogeneous reaction once temperatures drop. These surfaces, rather than PSCs, could host the initial conversion of Cl to its active form over the Antarctic.

  12. Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane: a special boron Lewis acid for special reactions.

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    Erker, Gerhard

    2005-06-01

    Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane is best known for its role as an excellent activator component in homogeneous Ziegler-Natta chemistry. However, the special properties of B(C6F5)3 have made this strong boron Lewis acid an increasingly used catalyst or stoichiometric reagent in organic and organometallic chemistry. This includes catalytic hydrometallation reactions, alkylations and catalyzed aldol-type reactions. B(C6F5)3 catalyzes tautomerizations and can sometimes stabilize less favoured tautomeric forms by adduct formation. It induces some rather unusual reactions of early metal acetylide complexes and can help in stabilizing uncommon coordination geometries of carbon. The growing number of such examples indicates an increasing application potential of the useful Lewis acid B(C6F5)3 aside from its established role in olefin polymerization catalysis. PMID:15909033

  13. Chemoselective Boron-Catalyzed Nucleophilic Activation of Carboxylic Acids for Mannich-Type Reactions.

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    Morita, Yuya; Yamamoto, Tomohiro; Nagai, Hideoki; Shimizu, Yohei; Kanai, Motomu

    2015-06-10

    The carboxyl group (COOH) is an omnipresent functional group in organic molecules, and its direct catalytic activation represents an attractive synthetic method. Herein, we describe the first example of a direct catalytic nucleophilic activation of carboxylic acids with BH3SMe2, after which the acids are able to act as carbon nucleophiles, i.e. enolates, in Mannich-type reactions. This reaction proceeds with a mild organic base (DBU) and exhibits high levels of functional group tolerance. The boron catalyst is highly chemoselective toward the COOH group, even in the presence of other carbonyl moieties, such as amides, esters, or ketones. Furthermore, this catalytic method can be extended to highly enantioselective Mannich-type reactions by using a (R)-3,3'-I2-BINOL-substituted boron catalyst. PMID:26011419

  14. Geminal Brnsted Acid Ionic Liquids as Catalysts for the Mannich Reaction in Water

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    He, Leqin; Qin, Shenjun; Chang, Tao; Sun, Yuzhuang; Zhao, Jiquan

    2014-01-01

    Quaternary ammonium geminal Brnsted acid ionic liquids (GBAILs) based on zwitterionic 1,2-bis[N-methyl-N-(3-sulfopropyl)-alkylammonium]ethane (where the carbon number of the alkyl chain is 4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, or 18) and p-toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate were synthesized. The catalytic ionic liquids were applied in three-component Mannich reactions with an aldehyde, ketone, and amine at 25 C in water. The effects of the type and amount of catalyst and reaction time as well as the scope of the reaction were investigated. Results showed that GBAIL-C14 has excellent catalytic activity and fair reusability. The catalytic procedure was simple, and the catalyst could be recycled seven times via a simple separation process without noticeable decreases in catalytic activity. PMID:24837832

  15. Polycarboxylic acids as network modifiers for water durability improvement of inorganic-organic hybrid tin-silico-phosphate low-melting glasses

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    Menaa, Bouzid . E-mail: bouzidmenaa@noncry.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Mizuno, Megumi; Takahashi, Masahide . E-mail: masahide@noncry.kuicr.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Tokuda, Yomei; Yoko, Toshinobu

    2006-02-15

    We investigated the water durability of the inorganic-organic hybrid tin-silico-phosphate glasses Me{sub 2}SiO-SnO-P{sub 2}O{sub 5} (Me designs the organic methyl group) doped with organic acids (salicylic acid (SA), tartaric acid (TA), citric acid (Canada) and butane tetracarboxylic acid (BTCA)) containing one or more of carboxylic groups per molecule. The structure, thermal properties and durability of the final glasses obtained via a non-aqueous acid-base reaction were discussed owing to the nature and the concentration of the acid added. {sup 29}Si magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR and {sup 31}P MAS NMR spectra, respectively, showed clearly a modification of the network in the host glass matrix of the Me{sub 2}SiO-SnO-P{sub 2}O{sub 5} system. The polycondensation enhancement to form -P-O-Si-O-P- linkages (PSP) and the increase of the Q {sup 2} unit (two bridging oxygens per phosphorus atom) over the Q {sup 3} unit (three bridging oxygens per phosphorus atom) as a function of the acid in the order SAacids containing a large number of carboxylic groups per molecule. The presence of carboxylic groups of the acid acting as network modifier may retard the movement of water molecules through the glasses due to the steric hindrance strengthening the PSP connections in a chain-like structure.

  16. Reaction of Hydrogen Sulfide with Disulfide and Sulfenic Acid to Form the Strongly Nucleophilic Persulfide.

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    Cuevasanta, Ernesto; Lange, Mike; Bonanata, Jenner; Coitio, E Laura; Ferrer-Sueta, Gerardo; Filipovic, Milos R; Alvarez, Beatriz

    2015-11-01

    Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is increasingly recognized to modulate physiological processes in mammals through mechanisms that are currently under scrutiny. H2S is not able to react with reduced thiols (RSH). However, H2S, more precisely HS(-), is able to react with oxidized thiol derivatives. We performed a systematic study of the reactivity of HS(-) toward symmetric low molecular weight disulfides (RSSR) and mixed albumin (HSA) disulfides. Correlations with thiol acidity and computational modeling showed that the reaction occurs through a concerted mechanism. Comparison with analogous reactions of thiolates indicated that the intrinsic reactivity of HS(-) is 1 order of magnitude lower than that of thiolates. In addition, H2S is able to react with sulfenic acids (RSOH). The rate constant of the reaction of H2S with the sulfenic acid formed in HSA was determined. Both reactions of H2S with disulfides and sulfenic acids yield persulfides (RSSH), recently identified post-translational modifications. The formation of this derivative in HSA was determined, and the rate constants of its reactions with a reporter disulfide and with peroxynitrite revealed that persulfides are better nucleophiles than thiols, which is consistent with the ? effect. Experiments with cells in culture showed that treatment with hydrogen peroxide enhanced the formation of persulfides. Biological implications are discussed. Our results give light on the mechanisms of persulfide formation and provide quantitative evidence for the high nucleophilicity of these novel derivatives, setting the stage for understanding the contribution of the reactions of H2S with oxidized thiol derivatives to H2S effector processes. PMID:26269587

  17. Detection of phocid distemper virus RNA in seal tissues using slot hybridization and the polymerase chain reaction amplification assay: genetic evidence that the virus is distinct from canine distemper virus.

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    Haas, L; Subbarao, S M; Harder, T; Liess, B; Barrett, T

    1991-04-01

    Slot hybridization and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) after reverse transcription (RT) were used to detect RNA extracted from tissues of seals after naturally occurring disease and experimental infection with phocid distemper virus (PDV). A phosphoprotein (P) gene-specific cDNA served as a probe for both slot hybridization and the identification of PCR-generated fragments by Southern blotting. As primers for the PCR assay PDV P gene-derived oligonucleotides were used. Hybridization, PCR and partial nucleic acid sequence analysis clearly demonstrated that PDV is a distinct virus (most closely related to canine distemper virus) within the morbillivirus group. PCR, when combined with Southern blot hybridization, was clearly superior to slot hybridization and more sensitive than cell culture isolation and immunofluorescence assays for the detection of virus in tissues. Considerable amounts of viral RNA could be demonstrated in the lungs and spleens. In experimentally infected animals a large quantity of virus-specific RNA was additionally found in colon samples. Using RT-PCR in combination with Southern blotting. PDV could be demonstrated in buffy coat cells using a simple and fast cell lysis procedure. PMID:1707946

  18. Effect of Fungicides on the Reaction of Sorghum Hybrids to Anthracnose in Burleson County, Texas, 2012

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    The use of three fungicides to control grain mold/weathering and anthracnose on two sorghum hybrids NC+7R34 and Warner W851-DR was conducted during the 2012 growing season. Three fungicides Headline, Quilt Xcel, and Topguard were used. On May 26, plots were inoculated by putting 10 Colletotrichum ...

  19. Effect of fungicides on the reaction of sorghum hybrids to disease in Burleson County, Texas, 2011

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    The use of fungicides to control anthracnose and grain mold on sorghum hybrids was conducted during the 2011 growing season. Three fungicides Headline, Quilt Xcel, and Topguard were used. Fungicides were applied on 30 May to the middle two rows with a CO2 backpack sprayer, at 30 psi in a spray vol...

  20. Adaptation of the interspersed repetitive sequence polymerase chain reaction to the isolation of mouse DNA probes from somatic cell hybrids on a hamster background

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    Simmler, M.C.; Cox, R.D.; Avner, P. )

    1991-07-01

    A strategy for the rapid isolation of DNA probes from radiation-fusion Chinese hamster cell hybrids containing overlapping portions of the murine X chromosome based on the interspersed repetitive sequence polymerase chain reaction (IRS-PCR) previously used with human somatic cell hybrids has been developed. This specific amplification of mouse DNA on a hamster background depends on the use of primers directed to the B2 short interspersed repeat element family and the R repeat, from the long interspersed repeat element family, L1. Two sets of amplification conditions, which gave specific amplification of mouse DNA from either a mouse X-monochromosomal hybrid or irradiation-fusion hybrids having reduced X content, were defined. The mouse X-only chromosome hybrid yielded approximately 20 discrete reproducible bands, while the irradiation-fusion hybrids yielded between 1 and 10 discrete products. Comparison of different irradiation-fusion hybrids has allowed the definition of both specific and shared products corresponding to different regions within the overlapping X-chromosome fragments present within these hybrids. Use of such hybrids and the IRS-PCR technique has allowed the isolation of probes corresponding to the central region of the mouse X chromosome that contains the X-inactivation center. The method should be widely applicable to the isolation of mouse DNA sequences from mouse hybrid cell lines on either human or Chinese hamster backgrounds.

  1. Mesoporous Hybrid Shells of Carbonized Polyaniline/Mn2O3 as Non-Precious Efficient Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalyst.

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    Cao, Shiyi; Han, Na; Han, Jie; Hu, Yimin; Fan, Lei; Zhou, Chuanqiang; Guo, Rong

    2016-03-01

    Mesoporous hybrid shells of carbonized polyaniline (CPANI)/Mn2O3 with well-controlled diameter and high surface area have been synthesized through surface protected calcination processes. Originating from polystyrene template, PANI, MnO2, and SiO2 were sequentially loaded, followed by template removal and calcination, resulting in the desired CPANI/Mn2O3 hybrid shells. The introduction of SiO2 shell was established to play the determining role in maintaining the configuration during calcination process under high temperature. The CPANI/Mn2O3 hybrid shells showed outstanding electrocatalytic activity toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), with the onset potential at +0.974 V (versus RHE), the specific current at 60.8 mA/mg, and an overall quasi 4-electron transfer, which are comparable to those of the benchmark Pt/C. The remarkable ORR performance was attributed to the high specific surface area, the surface oxidation state of Mn, and composition-codependent behavior. PMID:26881985

  2. In situ DNA-hybridization chain reaction (HCR): a facilitated in situ HCR system for the detection of environmental microorganisms.

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    Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi; Kawakami, Shuji; Hatamoto, Masashi; Imachi, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Masanobu; Araki, Nobuo; Yamaguchi, Takashi; Kubota, Kengo

    2015-07-01

    In situ detection of microorganisms by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a powerful tool for environmental microbiology, but analyses can be hampered by low rRNA content in target organisms, especially in oligotrophic environments. Here, we present a non-enzymatic, hybridization chain reaction (HCR)-based signal amplified in situ whole-cell detection technique (in situ DNA-HCR). The components of the amplification buffer were optimized to polymerize DNA amplifier probes for in situ DNA-HCR. In situ hybridization of initiator probes followed by signal amplification via HCR produced bright signals with high specificity and probe permeation into cells. The detection rates for Bacteria in a seawater sample and Archaea in anaerobic sludge samples were comparable with or greater than those obtained by catalyzed reporter deposition (CARD)-FISH or standard FISH. Detection of multiple organisms (Bacteria, Archaea and Methanosaetaceae) in an anaerobic sludge sample was achieved by simultaneous in situ DNA-HCR. In summary, in situ DNA-HCR is a simple and easy technique for detecting single microbial cells and enhancing understanding of the ecology and behaviour of environmental microorganisms in situ. PMID:25523128

  3. Lactic acid conversion to 2,3-pentanedione and acrylic acid over silica-supported sodium nitrate: Reaction optimization and identification of sodium lactate as the active catalyst

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    Wadley, D.C.; Tam, M.S.; Miller, D.J.

    1997-01-15

    Lactic acid is converted to 2,3-pentanedione, acrylic acid, and other products in vapor-phase reactions over silica-supported sodium lactate formed from sodium nitrate. Multiparameter optimization of reaction conditions using a Box-Benkhen experimental design shows that the highest yield and selectivity to 2,3-pentanedione are achieved at low temperature, elevated pressure, and long contact time, while yield and selectivity to acrylic acid are most favorable at high temperature, low pressure, and short contact time. Post-reaction Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic analyses of the catalyst indicate that sodium nitrate as the initial catalyst material is transformed to sodium lactate at the onset of reaction via proton transfer from lactic acid to nitrate. The resultant nitric acid vaporizes as it is formed, leaving sodium lactate as the sole sodium-bearing species on the catalyst during reaction. 19 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs.

  4. Effect of backbone chemistry on hybridization thermodynamics of oligonucleic acids: a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation study.

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    Ghobadi, Ahmadreza F; Jayaraman, Arthi

    2016-02-17

    In this paper we study how varying oligonucleic acid backbone chemistry affects the hybridization/melting thermodynamics of oligonucleic acids. We first describe the coarse-grained (CG) model with tunable parameters that we developed to enable the study of both naturally occurring oligonucleic acids, such as DNA, and their chemically-modified analogues, such as peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) and locked nucleic acids (LNAs). The DNA melting curves obtained using such a CG model and molecular dynamics simulations in an implicit solvent and with explicit ions match with the melting curves obtained using the empirical nearest-neighbor models. We use these CG simulations to then elucidate the effect of backbone flexibility, charge, and nucleobase spacing along the backbone on the melting curves, potential energy and conformational entropy change upon hybridization and base-pair hydrogen bond residence time. We find that increasing backbone flexibility decreases duplex thermal stability and melting temperature mainly due to increased conformational entropy loss upon hybridization. Removing charges from the backbone enhances duplex thermal stability due to the elimination of electrostatic repulsion and as a result a larger energetic gain upon hybridization. Lastly, increasing nucleobase spacing decreases duplex thermal stability due to decreasing stacking interactions that are important for duplex stability. PMID:26777980

  5. Acid-catalyzed transformation of ionophore veterinary antibiotics: reaction mechanism and product implications.

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    Sun, Peizhe; Yao, Hong; Minakata, Daisuke; Crittenden, John C; Pavlostathis, Spyros G; Huang, Ching-Hua

    2013-07-01

    Ionophore antibiotics (IPAs) are polyether antimicrobials widely used in the livestock industry and may enter the environment via land application of animal waste and agricultural runoff. Information is scarce regarding potential transformation of IPAs under environmental conditions. This study is among the first to identify the propensity of IPAs to undergo acid-catalyzed transformation in mildly acidic aquatic systems and characterize the reactions in depth. The study focused on the most widely used monensin (MON) and salinomycin (SAL), and also included narasin (NAR) in the investigation. All three IPAs are susceptible to acid-catalyzed transformation. MON reacts much more slowly than SAL and NAR and exhibits a different kinetic behavior that is further evaluated by a reversible reaction kinetic model. Extensive product characterization identifies that the spiro-ketal group of IPAs is the reactive site for the acid-catalyzed hydrolytic transformation, yielding predominantly isomeric and other products. Toxicity evaluation of the transformation products shows that the products retain some antimicrobial properties. The occurrence of IPAs and isomeric transformation products is also observed in poultry litter and agricultural runoff samples. Considering the common presence of mildly acidic environments (pH 4-7) in soils and waters, the acid-catalyzed transformation identified in this study likely plays an important role in the environmental fate of IPAs. PMID:23373828

  6. The mechanism of low levels of nitrogen dioxide reaction with unsaturated fatty acid esters

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    Gallon, A.A.

    1990-01-01

    Nitrogen dioxide is a toxic air pollutant that exists at less than 0.5 ppm in the atmosphere. This toxic compound is known to initiate autoxidation of unsaturated fatty acids both in vivo and in vitro. When autoxidation occurs in vivo, membrane damage that can lead to cell death can occur. Low concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were shown to react with the polyunsaturated fatty acid esters, methyl linoleate and methyl linoleate, by a H-abstraction mechanism. However, methyl oleate, an unsaturated fatty acid ester, was demonstrated to react with a low concentration of nitrogen dioxide by only an addition mechanism. Although methyl oleate reacts by an addition mechanism, a 50:50 molar solution of methyl oleate and methyl linoleate reacted with a low level of nitrogen dioxide exclusively by a H-abstraction mechanism. Therefore, low levels of nitrogen dioxide will probably react with polyunsaturated fatty acid components of pulmonary lipids by a H-abstraction mechanism forming nitrous acid directly in the cell membrane. Vitamin E was demonstrated to be able to act as a preventative antioxidant in the nitrogen dioxide and methyl linoleate reactions; but vitamin C could not prevent nitrogen dioxide from reacting with methyl linoleate by a H-abstraction mechanism. These results suggest that low levels of nitrogen dioxide will react with polyunsaturated fatty acids by a H-abstraction mechanism and that vitamin E can be used to prevent the reaction from occurring.

  7. Copper-Free Postsynthetic Labeling of Nucleic Acids by Means of Bioorthogonal Reactions.

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    Merkel, Marcus; Peewasan, Krisana; Arndt, Stefanie; Ploschik, Damian; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim

    2015-07-27

    Postsynthetic modification of nucleic acids has the advantage that the chemical development of only a few building blocks is necessary, each bearing a chosen reactive functional group that is applicable to its reactive counterpart for a variety of different labeling types. The reactive group is either linked to phosphoramidites for chemical synthesis on solid phase or attached to nucleoside triphosphates for application in primer extension experiments and PCR. Chemoselectivity is required for this strategy, together with bioorthogonality to perform these labelings in living cells or even organisms. Currently, the copper-free reactions include strain-promoted 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions, "photoclick" reactions, Diels-Alder reactions with inverse electron demand, and nucleophilic additions. The majority of these modification strategies show good to excellent reaction kinetics, an important prerequisite for labeling inside cells and in vivo in order to keep the concentrations of the reacting partners as low as possible. PMID:26063100

  8. Development and operation of a hybrid acid-alkaline advanced water electrolysis cell

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    Teschke, O.; Zwanziger, M.

    A hybrid acid-alkaline water electrolysis cell has been developed for hydrogen production. The cell is based on the use of an acidic solution at the cathode and a basic solution at the anode to reduce the minimum theoretical voltage for water decomposition from the thermoneutral potential of 1.47 V to close to 1.4 V at 25 C and 1 atm. The pH differential is maintained by the removal of OH ions from the cathode section and water removal from the anode section, which can be driven by heat energy. A practical cell has been built using a solid polymer electrolyte in which, however, the cathodic compartment is not acidic but neutral. Tests with a platinum black cathode catalyst and a platinum-iridium anode catalyst have resulted in steady-state water hydrolysis at an applied voltage of 0.9 V, and a V-I diagram with a considerably lower slope than that of a conventional cell has been obtained at 90 C.

  9. A hybrid Li-air battery with buckypaper air cathode and sulfuric acid electrolyte

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    Li, YF; Huang, K; Xing, YC

    2012-10-30

    We demonstrate a type of carbon nanotube based buckypaper cathode in a hybrid electrolyte Li-air battery (HyLAB) that showed outstanding discharging performances. The HyLAB has sulfuric acid as the catholyte and a large active electrode area (10 cm(2)). The active cathode layer was made from a buckypaper with 5 wt.% Pt supported on carbon nanotubes (Pt/CNTs) for oxygen reduction and evolution. A similar cathode was constructed with a catalyst of 5 wt.% Pt supported on carbon black (Pt/CB). It is demonstrated that sulfuric acid can achieve high discharging current densities while maintaining relatively high cell potentials. The cell with Pt/CNTs showed a much better performance than with Pt/CB at high current densities. The HyLAB with Pt/CNTs achieved a discharging capacity of 306 mAh/g and a cell voltage of 3.15 V at 0.2 mA/cm(2). The corresponding specific energy is 1067 Wh/kg based on the total weight of the sulfuric acid. Slow decrease in performance was observed, but it can be recovered by refilling the cell with new electrolyte after continuous discharging of more than 75 h. A charge-discharge experiment at 0.2 mA/cm(2) showed that the cell was rechargeable with a capacity of more than 300 mAh/g. (c) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Ultrasensitive and selective signal-on electrochemical DNA detection via exonuclease III catalysis and hybridization chain reaction amplification.

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    Ren, Wang; Gao, Zhong Feng; Li, Nian Bing; Luo, Hong Qun

    2015-01-15

    This work reported a novel, ultrasensitive, and selective platform for electrochemical detection of DNA, employing an integration of exonuclease III (Exo-III) assisted target recycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) for the dual signal amplification strategy. The hairpin capture probe DNA (C-DNA) with an Exo-III 3' overhang end was self-assembled on a gold electrode. In the presence of target DNA (T-DNA), C-DNA hybridized with the T-DNA to form a duplex region, exposing its 5' complementary sequence (initiator). Exo-III was applied to selectively digest duplex region from its 3-hydroxyl termini until the duplex was fully consumed, leaving the remnant initiator. The intact T-DNA spontaneously dissociated from the structure and then initiated the next hybridization process as a result of catalysis of the Exo-III. HCR event was triggered by the initiator and two hairpin helper signal probes labeled with methylene blue, facilitating the polymerization of oligonucleotides into a long nicked dsDNA molecule. The numerous exposed remnant initiators can trigger more HCR events. Because of integration of dual signal amplification and the specific HCR process reaction, the resultant sensor showed a high sensitivity for the detection of the target DNA in a linear range from 1.0 fM to 1.0 nM, and a detection limit as low as 0.2 fM. The proposed dual signal amplification strategy provides a powerful tool for detecting different sequences of target DNA by changing the sequence of capture probe and signal probes, holding a great potential for early diagnosis in gene-related diseases. PMID:25083923

  11. In vivo hybridization of technetium-99m-labeled peptide nucleic acid (PNA)

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    Mardirossian, G.; Lei, K.; Rusckowski, M.

    1997-06-01

    Hybridization of a radiolabeled single-stranded DNA oligonucleotide with its single-stranded complement in vivo has not yet been convincingly demonstrated. A contributing factor may be unfavorable in vivo properties of the phosphodiester and phosphorothioate DNAs. Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) oligomers have been reported to possess in vivo properties more suitable for radiopharmaceutical applications. We have radiolabeled an amine-derivatized 15-base PNA oligomer with {sup 99m}Tc through a modified MAG{sub 3} chelator. The ability of the PNA to hybridize in vitro with its complement appeared to be unimpaired after conjugation and radiolabeling. Size-exclusion, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of 37{degree}C serum after 24 hr of incubation showed the radiolabel to be present predominately as labeled PNA with indications of labeled serum proteins and a low molecular weight catabolite. Whole-body clearance in mice was rapid, with 50% of the label eliminated in about 2 hr. After 2.5 hr, the highest uptake (kidneys) was only 1.5% of the injected dose/g; less than 0.07%/g was present in all sampled tissues at 24 hr. To evaluate in vivo hybridization, beads were implanted subcutaneously in both thighs of normal mice. In the left thigh only, the beads were conjugated with complementary single-stranded PNA. At 23 hr following intraperitoneal administration of the labeled PNA, the left/right thigh radioactivity ratio was 6:1. Whole-body images at this time showed only bladder, kidneys and the left thigh. Unlike the radiolabeled DNAs investigated in this laboratory, {sup 99m}Tc-PNA displays stability and pharmacokinetic properties suitable for eventual use as radiopharmaceuticals.

  12. Assessment of hybridization among wild and cultivated Vigna unguiculata subspecies revealed by arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction analysis

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    Vijaykumar, Archana; Saini, Ajay; Jawali, Narendra

    2012-01-01

    Background and aims Intra-species hybridization and incompletely homogenized ribosomal RNA repeat units have earlier been reported in 21 accessions of Vigna unguiculata from six subspecies using internal transcribed spacer (ITS) and 5S intergenic spacer (IGS) analyses. However, the relationships among these accessions were not clear from these analyses. We therefore assessed intra-species hybridization in the same set of accessions. Methodology Arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction (AP-PCR) analysis was carried out using 12 primers. The PCR products were resolved on agarose gels and the DNA fragments were scored manually. Genetic relationships were inferred by TREECON software using unweighted paired group method with arithmetic averages (UPGMA) cluster analysis evaluated by bootstrapping and compared with previous analyses based on ITS and 5S IGS. Principal results A total of 202 (86 %) fragments were found to be polymorphic and used for generating a genetic distance matrix. Twenty-one V. unguiculata accessions were grouped into three main clusters. The cultivated subspecies (var. unguiculata) and most of its wild progenitors (var. spontanea) were placed in cluster I along with ssp. pubescens and ssp. stenophylla. Whereas var. spontanea were grouped with ssp. alba and ssp. tenuis accessions in cluster II, ssp. alba and ssp. baoulensis were included in cluster III. Close affinities of ssp. unguiculata, ssp. alba and ssp. tenuis suggested inter-subspecies hybridization. Conclusions Multi-locus AP-PCR analysis reveals that intra-species hybridization is prevalent among V. unguiculata subspecies and suggests that grouping of accessions from two different subspecies is not solely due to the similarity in the ITS and 5S IGS regions but also due to other regions of the genome. PMID:22619698

  13. Immobilization-free programmable hairpin probe for ultrasensitive electronic monitoring of nucleic acid based on a biphasic reaction mode.

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    Zhuang, Junyang; Tang, Dianping; Lai, Wenqiang; Chen, Guonan; Yang, Huanghao

    2014-08-19

    This work designs a novel programmable hairpin probe (PHP) for the immobilization-free electrochemical detection of nucleic acid by coupling polymerase/nicking-induced isothermal signal amplification strategy with a biphasic reaction mode for the first time. The designed PHP (including a target-recognition region, a template sequence for enzymatic reaction and an inactivated anti-streptavidin aptamer) could program multiple isothermal reactions in the solution phase accompanying in situ amplified detectable signal at the electrode surface by the labeled ferrocene tag on the PHP. Upon addition of target analyte into the detection solution, target DNA initially hybridized with the recognition region on the PHP. Replication-induced strand-displacement generated an activated anti-streptavidin aptamer with the assistance of polymerase. Then, the polymerase/nicking enzymes could cleave and polymerize repeatedly the replication product, thus resulting in the formation of numerous template-complementary DNA initiator strands. The released initiator strands could retrigger the programmable hairpin probe to produce a large number of activated anti-streptavidin aptamers, which could be captured by the immobilized streptavidin on the electrode, thus activating the electrical contact between the labeled ferrocene and the electrode. Going after the aptamers, the carried ferrocene could produce the in situ amplified electronic signal within the applied potentials. Under optimal conditions, the electrochemical signal increased with the increasing target DNA concentration in the dynamic range from 5 fM to 10 pM with a detection limit (LOD) of 2.56 fM at the 3sblank criterion. Importantly, the methodology with high specificity was also validated and evaluated by assaying 6 target DNA-spiked human serum and calf thymus DNA samples, and the recoveries were 95-110%. Further work for the programmable hairpin probe could be even utilized in a real world sample to detect miRNA-21 at femtomol level. PMID:25084479

  14. Heterogeneous Reactions of ClONO2, HCl, and HOCl on Liquid Sulfuric Acid Surfaces

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    Zhang, Renyi; Leu, Ming-Taun; Keyser, Leon F.

    1994-01-01

    The heterogeneous reactions of ClONO2 + H2O yields HNO3 + HOCl (1), ClONO2 + HCl yields C12 + HNO3 (2), and HOCl + HCl yields Cl2 + H2O (3) on liquid sulfuric acid surfaces have been studied using a fast flow reactor coupled to a quadrupole mass spectrometer. The main objectives of the study are to investigate: (a) the temperature dependence of these reactions at a fixed H2O partial pressure typical of the lower stratosphere (that is, by changing temperature at a constant water partial pressure, the H2SO4 content of the surfaces is also changed), (b) the relative importance or competition between reactions 1 and 2, and (c) the effect of HNO3 on the reaction probabilities due to the formation of a H2SO4/HNO3/H2O ternary system. The measurements show that all the reactions depend markedly on temperature at a fixed H2O partial pressure: they proceed efficiently at temperatures near 200 K and much slower at temperatures near 220 K. The reaction probability (gamma(sub 1)) for ClONO2 hydrolysis approaches 0.01 at temperatures below 200 K, whereas the values for gamma(sub 2) and gamma(sub 3) are on the order of a few tenths at 200 K. Although detailed mechanisms for these reactions are still unknown, the present data indicate that the competition between ClONO2 hydrolysis and ClONO2 reaction with HCl may depend on temperature (or H2SO4 Wt %): in the presence of gaseous HCl at stratospheric concentrations, reaction 2 is dominant at lower temperatures (less than 200 K), but reaction 1 becomes important at temperatures above 210 K. Furthermore, reaction probability measurements performed on the H2SO4/HNO3/ H2O ternary solutions do not exhibit noticeable deviation from those performed on the H2SO4/H2O binary system, suggesting little effect of HNO3 in sulfate aerosols on the ClONO2 and HOCl reactions with HCl. The results reveal that significant reductions in the chlorine-containing reservoir species (such as ClONO2 and HCl) can take place on stratospheric sulfate aerosols at high latitudes in winter and early spring, even at temperatures too warm for Polar Stratospheric Clouds (PSCs) to form or in regions where nucleation of PSCs is sparse. This is particularly true under elevated sulfuric acid loading, such as that after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Comparisons between our results and those presently available have also been made.

  15. 40 CFR 721.10188 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with 4-methyl-2-pentanone and aliphatic polyamine...

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  16. 40 CFR 721.10188 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with 4-methyl-2-pentanone and aliphatic polyamine...

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    2014-07-01

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  17. 40 CFR 721.10429 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil...

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    2013-07-01

    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty acids. 721.10429 Section 721.10429... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10429 Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty...

  18. 40 CFR 721.10429 - Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil...

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    2014-07-01

    ..., reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty acids. 721.10429 Section 721.10429... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10429 Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, reaction products with 1-piperazineethanamine and tall-oil fatty...

  19. 40 CFR 721.10188 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with 4-methyl-2-pentanone and aliphatic polyamine...

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  20. 40 CFR 721.10188 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with 4-methyl-2-pentanone and aliphatic polyamine...

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    2011-07-01

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  1. 40 CFR 721.10188 - Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with 4-methyl-2-pentanone and aliphatic polyamine...

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction... SIGNIFICANT NEW USES OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES Significant New Uses for Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10188 Fatty acids, tall-oil, reaction products with 4-methyl-2-pentanone and aliphatic polyamine (generic)....

  2. Reaction Products of Unsaturated Polycarboxylic Acids and Sodium Hypophosphite for Improved Flame Resistance of Cotton-Containing Materials

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    Reaction products of unsaturated polycarboxylic acids and sodium hypophosite were found to improve flame resistance of cellulosic materials as determined by the 45 degree flammability test for apparel textiles. The most effective product was that from the reaction of maleic acid with sodium hypopho...

  3. Advanced design of valve-regulated lead-acid battery for hybrid electric vehicles

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    Lam, L. T.; Newnham, R. H.; Ozgun, H.; Fleming, F. A.

    A novel design of lead-acid battery has been developed for use in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The battery has current take-offs at both ends of each of the positive and negative plates. This feature markedly reduces battery operating temperatures, improves battery capacity, and extends cycle-life under HEV duty. The battery also performs well under partial-state-of-charge (PSoC)/fast-charge, electric-vehicle operation. The improvements in performance are attributed to more uniform utilization of the plate active-materials. The battery, combined with an internal-combustion engine and a new type of supercapacitor, will be used to power an HEV, which is being designed and constructed by an Australian industry-government consortium.

  4. Thermodynamical characteristics of the reaction of pyridoxal-5'-phosphate with L-amino acids in aqueous buffer solution

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    Barannikov, V. P.; Badelin, V. G.; Venediktov, E. A.; Mezhevoi, I. N.; Guseinov, S. S.

    2011-01-01

    The reaction of pyridoxal-5'-phosphate with L-isomers of alanine, lysine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, and glycine in phosphate buffer solution was studied by absorption spectroscopy and the calorimetry of dissolution at physiological acidity of the medium (pH 7.35). The formation constants of Schiff bases during reactions and changes in Gibbs energy, enthalpy, and entropy were determined. It was shown that the formation constant of the Schiff base and its spectral properties depend on the nature of the bound amino acid. The progress of the reaction with a majority of amino acids is governed by the entropy factor due to the predominant role of the dehydration effect of the reaction center of amino acids during chemical reactions. The intramolecular electrostatic interaction of an ionized phosphate group with the positively charged amino group on the end of the chain of amino acid residue stabilizes the Schiff bases formed by lysine and arginine. The extinction coefficient of the base, equilibrium constant, and the exothermic effect of the reaction then increase. The excess negative charge on the end of the chain of amino acid residues of aspartic and glutamic acids destabilizes the molecule of the Schiff base. In this case, the equilibrium constant decreases and the endothermic effect of the reaction increases.

  5. Hybrid finite element and Brownian dynamics method for diffusion-controlled reactions

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    Bauler, Patricia; Huber, Gary A.; McCammon, J. Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Diffusion is often the rate determining step in many biological processes. Currently, the two main computational methods for studying diffusion are stochastic methods, such as Brownian dynamics, and continuum methods, such as the finite element method. This paper proposes a new hybrid diffusion method that couples the strengths of each of these two methods. The method is derived for a general multidimensional system, and is presented using a basic test case for 1D linear and radially symmetric diffusion systems. PMID:22559470

  6. Reactions of clofibric acid with oxidative and reductive radicals-Products, mechanisms, efficiency and toxic effects

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    Csay, Tamás; Rácz, Gergely; Salik, Ádám; Takács, Erzsébet; Wojnárovits, László

    2014-09-01

    The degradation of clofibric acid induced by hydroxyl radical, hydrated electron and O2-•/HO2• reactive species was studied in aqueous solutions. Clofibric acid was decomposed more effectively by hydroxyl radical than by hydrated electron or O2-•/HO2•. Various hydroxylated, dechlorinated and fragmentation products have been identified and quantified. A new LC-MS method was developed based on 18O isotope labeling to follow the formation of hydroxylated derivatives of clofibric acid. Possible degradation pathways have been proposed. The overall degradation was monitored by determination of sum parameters like COD, TOC and AOX. It was found that the organic chlorine degrades very effectively prior to complete mineralization. After the treatment no toxic effect was found according to Vibrio fischeri tests. However, at early stages some of the reaction products were more harmful than clofibric acid.

  7. Quantitative study of solid-state acid-base reactions between polymorphs of flufenamic acid and magnesium oxide using X-ray powder diffraction.

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    Chen, Xiaoming; Stowell, Joseph G; Morris, Kenneth R; Byrn, Stephen R

    2010-03-11

    The purpose of this study is to investigate solid-state acid-base reactions between polymorphs of flufenamic acid (FFA) and magnesium oxide (MgO) using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). Polymorphs of FFA were blended with MgO and stored under conditions of 96.5% RH and 89% RH at 40 degrees C. The disappearance of FFA and production of magnesium flufenamate were monitored by XRPD. It was observed that the reactions between FFA and MgO proceeded following the Jander equation. Form I of FFA is more reactive with MgO than Form III. Differential accessibility of reactive groups is hypothesized as one of the reasons that Form I is more reactive than Form III. It was noted that the reaction between FFA and MgO could be mitigated by adding another acidic excipient such as polyacrylic acid to prevent the acid-base reaction with FFA. The effectiveness of polyacrylic acid was impacted by the mixing order of the tertiary mixture. Mixing polyacrylic acid and MgO first provided the most significant protection. In conclusion, solid-state acid-base reactions could be investigated using XRPD. Different forms may have distinct reactivity. Acid-base reactions in the solid state could be mitigated through the addition of another "shielding" excipient. PMID:19906502

  8. Library of Antifouling Surfaces Derived From Natural Amino Acids by Click Reaction.

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    Xu, Chen; Hu, Xin; Wang, Jie; Zhang, Ye-Min; Liu, Xiao-Jiu; Xie, Bin-Bin; Yao, Chen; Li, Yi; Li, Xin-Song

    2015-08-12

    Biofouling is of great concern in numerous applications ranging from ophthalmological implants to catheters, and from bioseparation to biosensors. In this report, a general and facile strategy to combat surface fouling is developed by grafting of amino acids onto polymer substrates to form zwitterionic structure through amino groups induced epoxy ring opening click reaction. First of all, a library of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate) hydrogels with zwitterionic surfaces were prepared, resulting in the formation of pairs of carboxyl anions and protonated secondary amino cations. The analysis of attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the successful immobilization of amino acids on the hydrogel surfaces. After that, the contact angle and equilibrium water content of the modified hydrogels showed that the hydrogels exhibited improved hydrophilicity compared with the parent hydrogel. Furthermore, the protein deposition was evaluated by bicinchoninic acid assay using bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme as models. The results indicated that the performance of the hydrogels was determined by the nature of incorporated amino acid: the hydrogels incorporated with neutral amino acids had nonspecific antiadsorption capability to both BSA and lysozyme; the hydrogels incorporated with charged amino acids showed antiadsorption behaviors against protein with same charge and enhanced adsorption to the protein with opposite charge; the optimal antiadsorption performance was observed on the hydrogels incorporated with polar amino acids with a hydroxyl residual. The improvement of antiprotein fouling of the neutral amino acids grafted hydrogels can be ascribed to the formation of zwitterionic surfaces. Finally, a couple of soft contact lenses grafted with amino acids were fabricated having improved antifouling property and hydrophilicity. The result demonstrated the success of amino acids based zwitterionic antifouling strategy in ophthalmology. This strategy is also applicable to substrates including filtration membranes, microspheres and nanofibers as well. It is a versatile method for amino acids grafting onto polymer substrates to construct zwitterionic surfaces and achieve antifouling properties. PMID:26191785

  9. Studying cold collisions and reactions in a hybrid atom-ion trap: towards ultracold molecular ions

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    Schneider, Christian; Schowalter, Steven; Chen, Kuang; Sullivan, Scott; Rellergert, Wade; Hudson, Eric

    2014-05-01

    We report on our ongoing efforts to study ultra-cold BaCl+ ions and reactions between different cold ions and atoms. We have implemented a new apparatus which joins a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS) (a modification of) and a new RF trap. This system allows for both studying ions in Coulomb crystals optically and detecting reaction products using the TOFMS. First experimental data are presented and we discuss further prospects of our development to gain insights into reactions at the quantum level.

  10. Hybrid binuclear-cobalt-phthalocyanine as oxygen reduction reaction catalyst in single chamber microbial fuel cells

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    Li, Baitao; Zhou, Xiuxiu; Wang, Xiujun; Liu, Bingchuan; Li, Baikun

    2014-12-01

    A novel hybrid binuclear-cobalt-phthalocyanine (Bi-CoPc) is developed as the cathode catalyst to replace the costly platinum (Pt) in single chamber microbial fuel cells (SCMFCs). Bi-CoPc/C is integrated with metal oxides (NiO and CoO) to form macrocyclic complex for enhanced oxygen reduction rate (ORR). The characteristics of hybrid catalysts (Bi-CoPc/C-CoO and Bi-CoPc/C-NiO) are compared with Co-contained catalysts (CoPc/C and Bi-CoPc/C) and metal oxide catalysts (NiO and CoO). The increase in O and N functional groups indicates the benefits of NiO and CoO to the cathode catalysts. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) shows the reduction peak for Bi-CoPc/C-NiO and Bi-CoPc/C-CoO at -0.12 V and -0.22 V, respectively. The power densities (368 mW m-2 and 400 mW m-2) of SCMFCs with Bi-CoPc/C-CoO and Bi-CoPc-NiO/C are the highest among the cathodes tested, and close to that of Pt (450 mW m-2). This study demonstrates that hybrid Bi-CoPc/C with metal oxides has a great potential as a cost-effective catalyst in MFCs.

  11. Fabrication of uniform DNA-conjugated hydrogel microparticles via replica molding for facile nucleic acid hybridization assays.

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    Lewis, Christina L; Choi, Chang-Hyung; Lin, Yan; Lee, Chang-Soo; Yi, Hyunmin

    2010-07-01

    We identify and investigate several critical parameters in the fabrication of single-stranded DNA conjugated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) microparticles based on replica molding (RM) for highly uniform and robust nucleic acid hybridization assays. The effects of PEG-diacrylate, probe DNA, and photoinitiator concentrations on the overall fluorescence and target DNA penetration depth upon hybridization are examined. Fluorescence and confocal microscopy results illustrate high conjugation capacity of the probe and target DNA, femtomole sensitivity, and sequence specificity. Combined, these findings demonstrate a significant step toward simple, robust, and scalable procedures to manufacture highly uniform and high-capacity hybridization assay particles in a well-controlled manner by exploiting many advantages that the batch processing-based RM technique offers. We envision that the results presented here may be readily applied to rapid and high-throughput hybridization assays for a wide variety of applications in bioprocess monitoring, food safety, and biological threat detection. PMID:20527819

  12. Fabrication of Uniform DNA-Conjugated Hydrogel Microparticles via Replica Molding for Facile Nucleic Acid Hybridization Assays

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    Lewis, Christina L.; Choi, Chang-Hyung; Lin, Yan; Lee, Chang-Soo; Yi, Hyunmin

    2010-01-01

    We identify and investigate several critical parameters in the fabrication of single-stranded DNA conjugated poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) microparticles based on replica molding (RM) for highly uniform and robust nucleic acid hybridization assays. The effects of PEG-diacrylate, probe DNA, and photoinitiator concentrations on the overall fluorescence and target DNA penetration depth upon hybridization are examined. Fluorescence and confocal microscopy results illustrate high conjugation capacity of probe and target DNA, femtomole sensitivity, and sequence specificity. Combined these findings demonstrate a significant step toward simple, robust, and scalable procedures to manufacture highly uniform and high capacity hybridization assay particles in a well-controlled manner by exploiting many advantages that the batch processing-based RM technique offers. We envision that the results presented here may be readily applied to rapid and high throughput hybridization assays for a wide variety of applications in bioprocess monitoring, food safety, and biological threat detection. PMID:20527819

  13. Heterogeneous reactions on nitric acid trihydrate. [on surfaces of polar stratospheric cloud particles

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    Moore, S. B.; Keyser, L. F.; Leu, M.-T.; Smith, R. H.; Turco, R. P.

    1990-01-01

    The first direct measurements are reported of the reaction probabilities at stratospheric temperatures for two important heterogeneous reactions on nitric acid trihydrate (NAT), the compound which makes up the predominant, type I form of polar stratospheric cloud (PSC). Sticking coefficients and solubilities of HCl and NAT, which are important in modeling physicochemical processes in the stratosphere, are also reported. The results show that the conversion of the chlorine reservoir species in the stratosphere to photochemically active forms can occur within a few days of the first appearance of type I PSCs during the polar winter.

  14. Ferulic acid-carbazole hybrid compounds: Combination of cholinesterase inhibition, antioxidant and neuroprotection as multifunctional anti-Alzheimer agents.

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    Fang, Lei; Chen, Mohao; Liu, Zhikun; Fang, Xubin; Gou, Shaohua; Chen, Li

    2016-02-15

    In order to search for novel multifunctional anti-Alzheimer agents, a series of ferulic acid-carbazole hybrid compounds were designed and synthesized. Ellman's assay revealed that the hybrid compounds showed moderate to potent inhibitory activity against the cholinesterases. Particularly, the AChE inhibition potency of compound 5k (IC50 1.9μM) was even 5-fold higher than that of galantamine. In addition, the target compounds showed pronounced antioxidant ability and neuroprotective property, especially against the ROS-induced toxicity. Notably, the neuroprotective effect of 5k was obviously superior to that of the mixture of ferulic acid and carbazole, indicating the therapeutic effect of the hybrid compound is better than the combination administration of the corresponding mixture. PMID:26795115

  15. Chemically Activated Formation of Organic Acids in Reactions of the Criegee Intermediate with Aldehydes and Ketones

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    Jalan, Amrit; Allen, Joshua W.; Green, William H.

    2013-08-08

    Reactions of the Criegee intermediate (CI, .CH2OO.) are important in atmospheric ozonolysis models. In this work, we compute the rates for reactions between .CH2OO. and HCHO, CH3CHO and CH3COCH3 leading to the formation of secondary ozonides (SOZ) and organic acids. Relative to infinitely separated reactants, the SOZ in all three cases is found to be 48–51 kcal mol-1 lower in energy, formed via 1,3- cycloaddition of .CH2OO. across the CQO bond. The lowest energy pathway found for SOZ decomposition is intramolecular disproportionation of the singlet biradical intermediate formed from cleavage of the O–O bond to form hydroxyalkyl esters. These hydroxyalkyl esters undergo concerted decomposition providing a low energy pathway from SOZ to acids. Geometries and frequencies of all stationary points were obtained using the B3LYP/MG3S DFT model chemistry, and energies were refined using RCCSD(T)-F12a/cc-pVTZ-F12 single-point calculations. RRKM calculations were used to obtain microcanonical rate coefficients (k(E)) and the reservoir state method was used to obtain temperature and pressure dependent rate coefficients (k(T, P)) and product branching ratios. At atmospheric pressure, the yield of collisionally stabilized SOZ was found to increase in the order HCHO o CH3CHO o CH3COCH3 (the highest yield being 10-4 times lower than the initial .CH2OO. concentration). At low pressures, chemically activated formation of organic acids (formic acid in the case of HCHO and CH3COCH3, formic and acetic acid in the case of CH3CHO) was found to be the major product channel in agreement with recent direct measurements. Collisional energy transfer parameters and the barrier heights for SOZ reactions were found to be the most sensitive parameters determining SOZ and organic acid yield.

  16. Formation of Lactic Acid from Cellulosic Biomass by Alkaline Hydrothermal Reaction

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    Yan, X.; Jini, F.; Kishita, A.; Enomoto, H.; Tohji, K.

    2008-02-01

    Glucose, as a model compound of cellulosic biomass, was used as a test material. Ca(OH)2 and NaOH were selected as alkali. Results showed that both NaOH and Ca(OH)2, can promote the formation of lactic acid in a hydrothermal reaction of glucose. In the case of the addition of NaOH, lactic acid was obtained with a good yield of 27% based on a carbon base at 300 C for 60 s with a NaOH concentration of 2.5 M. In the case of the addition of Ca(OH)2, the highest yield of lactic acid is 20%, which occurred at 300 C for 60 s with a Ca(OH)2 concentration of 0.32 M. The formation mechanisms of lactic acid from glucose were also discussed according to intermediate products identified. Lactic acid may be generated via formaldehyde, glycolaldehyde besides via the aldose having three carbon atoms in hydrothermal reaction which all formed by the reverse aldol condensation of hexoses.

  17. Sharp molecular-sieving of alcohol-water mixtures over phenyldiboronic acid pillared graphene oxide framework (GOF) hybrid membrane.

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    Li, Guihua; Shi, Lei; Zeng, Gaofeng; Li, Meng; Zhang, Yanfeng; Sun, Yuhan

    2015-04-30

    A submicron thick diboronic acid linked GOF/polyvinyl alcohol hybrid membrane was prepared for the first time. The uniform inter-spacing of the GOF membrane excludes the diffusion of large molecules based on a molecular sieving mechanism. It exhibits high stability and excellent sieving performance in solvent (?C3) dehydration (SFs > 10,000). PMID:25820904

  18. Determination of nitrite via reaction with pyridine-4-carboxylic acid hydrazide

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    Verma, K.K.; Tyagi, P.

    1985-06-01

    Nitrite is determined by its reaction with a measured but excessive amount of pyridine-4-carboxylic acid hydrazide in acid medium (when the two substances react in a 1:1 molar ratio) and evaluation of the surplus hydrazide by titration with chloramine-T in the presence of acidified potassium bromide, the end-point being shown by the decolorization of the methyl red indicator. Nitrate, copper(II), mercury(II), etc. are found not to interfere, and the determination of nitrite in the presence of diazotized aromatic amines is demonstrated. 11 references, 2 tables.

  19. Heterogeneous chemical reaction of chlorine nitrate and water on sulfuric-acid surfaces at room temperature

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    Rossi, Michel J.; Malhotra, Ripudaman; Golden, David M.

    1987-02-01

    It has been demonstrated that the reaction between gaseous chlorine nitrate and water on room temperature liquid sulfuric acid (95.6%) surfaces yields hypochlorous acid in the gas phase. First-order loss rate constants for chlorine nitrate (equivalent to a value of the sticking coefficient ? = 3.2 10-4) have been determined. This value is five orders-of-magnitude greater than reported values on similar areas of more inert surfaces. Application of results of this type to stratospheric models must await ongoing studies at lower temperatures.

  20. EXAFS Study on the Reactions Between Iron And Fulvic Acid in Acid Aqueous Solutions

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    Schaik, J.W.J.van; Persson, I.; Kleja, D.B.; Gustafsson, J.P.

    2009-05-26

    Iron(III) competes with trace metals for binding sites on organic ligands. We used X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy to determine the binding mode and oxidation state of iron in solutions initially containing only iron(III) and fulvic acid at pHs 2 and 4. EXAFS spectra were recorded at different times after sample preparation. Iron was octahedrally configured with inner-sphere Fe-O interactions at 1.98-2.10 {angstrom}, depending on the oxidation state of iron. Iron(III) formed complexes with fulvic acid within 15 min. Iron(III) was reduced to iron(II) with time at pH 2, whereas no significant reduction occurred at pH 4. No signs of dimeric/trimeric hydrolysis products were found in any of the solution samples (<0.45 {mu}m). However, the isolated precipitate of the pH 2 sample (>0.45 {mu}m) showed Fe{hor_ellipsis}Fe distances, indicating the presence of tightly packed iron(III) trimers and/or clusters of corner-sharing octahedra. It is suggested that the binding mode of iron(III) to fulvic acid at low pH may be phase-dependent: in solution mononuclear complexes predominate, whereas in the solid phase hydrolyzed polynuclear iron(III) complexes form, even at very low pH values. The observed pH dependence of iron(III) reduction was consistent with expected results based on thermodynamic calculations for model ligands.

  1. Cytological and Deoxyribonucleic Acid-Deoxyribonucleic Acid Hybridization Studies on Lactobacillus Isolates from San Francisco Sourdough1

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    Sriranganathan, N.; Seidler, Ramon J.; Sandine, W. E.; Elliker, P. R.

    1973-01-01

    Molecular taxonomic and electron microscopy studies were performed on four bacterial isolates obtained from different sources of San Francisco sourdough (SD). These bacteria were first isolated by Kline and Sugihara who tentatively described them as a previously unreported species of heterofermentative Lactobacillus; they suggested the name Lactobacillus sanfrancisco. The guanine plus cytosine base composition (%GC) of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) ranged from 38 to 40%. The possible genetic relatedness of these SD isolates to five known species of Lactobacillus with comparable GC contents was assessed in the present work by means of DNA-DNA hybridization competition experiments. Little or no DNA homology was observed between the SD bacteria and the known species. The SD bacteria exhibited a high degree of homology (>88%) among themselves, suggesting that the four isolates were identical taxonomically. Also, the electron photomicrographs revealed structures similar to those of gram-positive bacilli. Accordingly, since these SD isolates have the characteristic phenotypic and morphological properties of the genus Lactobacillus and are not related genetically to any known species, the tentative characterization by the above workers of these isolates as a new species is substantiated. Images PMID:4633432

  2. Selective functionalization of hollow nanospheres with Acid and base groups for cascade reactions.

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    Gao, Jinsuo; Zhang, Xueying; Lu, Yong; Liu, Shaomin; Liu, Jian

    2015-05-11

    The inner-surface functionalization of hollow silica spheres has rarely been reported and is still a challenging topic. Herein, we report a deacetalization-Henry cascade reaction catalyzed by dual-functionalized mesoporous silica hollow nanospheres with basic amine groups (?NH2 ) on the internal shell and carboxylic acid groups (?COOH) on the external shell. The selective functionalization has been realized by a combination of "step-by-step post-grafting" and "cationic surfactant-assisted selective etching" strategy. Compared to unisolated catalyst, the selectively isolated acidic and basic dual catalyst provides excellent catalytic performance for the deacetalization-Henry cascade reaction in terms of both activity (>99?%) and selectivity (95?%). PMID:25821159

  3. Organic reactions increasing the absorption index of atmospheric sulfuric acid aerosols

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    Nozire, B.; Esteve, W.

    2005-02-01

    Unlike most environments present at Earth's surface atmospheric aerosols can be favorable to organic reactions. Among them, the acid-catalyzed aldol condensation of aldehydes and ketones produces light-absorbing compounds. In this work the increase of the absorption index of sulfuric acid solutions 50-96 wt. % resulting from the uptake of gas-phase acetaldehyde, acetone, and 2-butanone (methyl ethyl ketone), has been measured in the near UV and visible range. Our results indicate that the absorption index between 200 and 500 nm for stratospheric sulfuric aerosols exposed to 100 pptV of acetaldehyde (1 pptV = 10-12 v/v) would increase by four orders of magnitude over a two-year lifetime. Rough estimates based on previous radiative calculations suggest that this reaction could result in an increase of the radiative forcing of sulfate aerosols of the order of 0.01 W m-2, and that these processes are worth further investigation.

  4. Origin of fatty acid synthesis - Thermodynamics and kinetics of reaction pathways

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    1991-01-01

    The primitiveness of contemporary fatty acid biosynthesis was evaluated by using the thermodynamics and kinetics of its component reactions to estimate the extent of its dependence on powerful and selective catalysis by enzymes. Since this analysis indicated that the modern pathway is not primitive because it requires sophisticated enzymatic catalysis, an alternative pathway of primitive fatty acid synthesis is proposed that uses glycolaldehyde as a substrate. In contrast to the modern pathway, this primitive pathway is not dependent on an exogenous source of phosphoanhydride energy. Furthermore, the chemical spontaneity of its reactions suggests that it could have been readily catalyzed by the rudimentary biocatalysts available at an early stage in the origin of life.

  5. Products of aqueous vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) formed by free radical reactions

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    Schittl, H.; Quint, R. M.; Getoff, N.

    2007-10-01

    The radiolysis of aqueous vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) has been investigated under various experimental conditions. The highest vitamin degradation ( G=3.22) was observed in solutions saturated with N 2O, where 90% OH radicals are operating. As final products, the following were established: aldehydes, carboxylic acids and ammonia. Their yield strongly depends on the presence/absence of air as well as on N 2O (used to convert e aq- into OH) and was determined as a function of absorbed radiation dose. HPLC-analysis showed that in all media, a main product is formed, having the highest yield in aerated solutions. Based on the chemical analysis, it appears that the OH radicals are most involved in the degradation process. A precise sequence of the reaction steps could not be given presently, because of the implication of many simultaneous reactions.

  6. Revisiting the Kinetics and Mechanism of the Tetrathionate-Hypochlorous Acid Reaction in Nearly Neutral Medium

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    Varga, Dnes; Horvth, Attila K.

    2009-11-01

    The tetrathionate-hypochlorous acid reaction has been investigated in nearly neutral medium at I = 0.5 M ionic strength and T = 25.0 0.1 C in dihydrogen-phosphate-hydrogen-phosphate buffer by UV-vis spectrophotometry. In excess of hypochlorous acid, the stoichiometry was found to be S4O62- + 7HOCl + 3H2O ? 4SO42- + 7Cl- + 13H+, but in excess of tetrathionate colloidal sulfur precipitates. On the basis of the simultaneous evaluation of the kinetic curves, a nine-step kinetic model with four fitted and five fixed rate coefficients is proposed. Analogous oxidation reactions of tetrathionate are also compared and discussed.

  7. [Analysis of the reaction solution for dehydroacetic acid by ethyl acetoacetate using high formance liquid chromatography].

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    Chen, Qiuyun; Duan, Zhengkang; Li, Haitao; Yan, Zhixiang; Peng, Ye; Zeng, Hangri

    2013-05-01

    A way of ethyl acetoacetate by the Claisen condensation reaction is one of the main methods of the industrial production of dehydroacetic acid. There are the problems of the differences in absorbance value and the maximum absorption wavelength, and the chromatographic peak is prone to the phenomena such as bifurcation and tailing when using liquid chromatography to the analysis of ethyl acetoacetate. To avoid the interference of the enol of ethyl acetoacetate, and making the peak shape of ethyl acetoacetate better and quantitatively more accurate, we converted the enol to ketone through optimizing the chromatographic conditions. As a result, qualitative and quantitative analyses of ethyl acetoacetate were replaced by those of the ethyl acetoacetate ketone. A method was developed for the simultaneous determination of dehydroacetic acid and ethyl acetoacetate by HPLC in the reaction mixture for producing dehydroacetic acid. An Agilent HC-C18 column (250 mm x 4.6 mm, 5 microm) was used for the separation. The ultraviolet wavelength was 290 nm and the column temperature was 35 degrees C, and methanol-0.3% ammonium acetate buffer (5: 95, v/v) with pH 6.0 adjusted by acetic acid as mobile phase, and the flow rate was 0.6 mL/min. The correlation coefficients of dehydroacetic acid and ethyl acetoacetate were 0.99995 and 0.99992, and the spiked recoveries were 98.5% and 101.3%, respectively; and the relative standard deviations were less than 1.0%. This meth- od has the advantages of good accuracy and high sensitivity, and it can analyse both qualitatively and quantitatively dehydroacetic acid and ethyl acetoacetate rapidly and simply. And it can provide the reference for producing dehydroacetic acid by the way of ethyl acetoacetate. PMID:24010347

  8. Cytokine gene expression: analysis using northern blotting, polymerase chain reaction and in situ hybridization.

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    Dallman, M J; Montgomery, R A; Larsen, C P; Wanders, A; Wells, A F

    1991-02-01

    We describe here the use of northern blotting, PCR and in situ hybridization for the analysis of cytokine gene expression. These techniques, each with their advantages and disadvantages, have been used to monitor cytokine gene expression in sites of immune reactivity and in the developing thymus. Whilst expression of a gene usually correlates well with protein production from that gene, this may not always be the case. The development of methods to analyze protein production in situ, for instance by immunohistochemistry, together with analysis of mRNA expression will allow us to begin to understand the role of cytokines within the immune system of the intact animal. PMID:2045119

  9. Development of a lead-acid battery for a hybrid electric vehicle

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    Cooper, A.

    In September 2000, a project reliable, highly optimized lead-acid battery (RHOLAB) started under the UK Foresight Vehicle Programme with the objective of developing an optimized lead-acid battery solution for hybrid electric vehicles. The work is based on a novel, individual, spirally-wound valve-regulated lead-acid 2 V cell optimized for HEV use and low variability. This cell is being used as a building block for the development of a complete battery pack that is managed at the cell level. Following bench testing, this battery pack is to be thoroughly evaluated by substituting it for the Ni-MH pack in a Honda Insight. The RHOLAB cell is based on the 8 Ah Hawker Cyclon cell which has been modified to have current take-off at both endsthe dual-tab design. In addition, a variant has been produced with modified cell chemistry to help deal with problems that can occur when these valve-regulated lead-acid battery (VRLA) cells operate in a partial-state-of-charge condition. The cells have been cycled to a specially formulated test cycle based on real vehicle data derived from testing the Honda Insight on the various test tracks at the Millbrook Proving Grounds in the UK. These cycling tests have shown that the lead-acid pack can be successfully cycled when subjected to the high current demands from the vehicle, which have been measured at up to 15 C on discharge and 8 C during regenerative recharging, and cycle life is looking very promising under this arduous test regime. Concurrent with this work, battery development has been taking place. It was decided early on to develop the 144 V battery as four 36 V modules. Data collection and control has been built-in and special steps taken to minimize the problems of interconnect in this complex system. Development of the battery modules is now at an advanced stage. The project plan then allows for extensive testing of the vehicle with its lead-acid battery at Millbrook so it can be compared with the benchmark tests which have already been carried out on the vehicle with its Ni-MH batteries.

  10. Effects of ascorbic acid on sperm motility, viability, acrosome reaction and DNA integrity in teratozoospermic samples

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    Fanaei, Hamed; Khayat, Samira; Halvaei, Iman; Ramezani, Vahid; Azizi, Yaser; Kasaeian, Amir; Mardaneh, Jalal; Parvizi, Mohammad Reza; Akrami, Maryam

    2014-01-01

    Background: Oxidative stress in teratozoospermic semen samples caused poor assisted reproductive techniques (ART) outcomes. Among antioxidants, ascorbic acid is a naturally occurring free radical scavenger and as such its presence assists various other mechanisms in decreasing numerous disruptive free radical processes. Objective: The main goal of this study was to evaluate potential protective effects of ascorbic acid supplementation during in vitro culture of teratozoospermic specimens. Materials and Methods: Teratozoospermic semen samples that collected from 15 volunteers were processed, centrifuged and incubated at 37oC until sperm swimmed-up. Supernatant was divided into four groups and incubated at 37oC for one hour under different experimental conditions: Control, 10 m A23187, 600m ascorbic acid and 10 m A23187+600 m ascorbic acid. After incubation sperm motility, viability, acrosome reaction, DNA damage and malondialdehyde levels were evaluated. Results: Our results indicated that after one hour incubation, ascorbic acid significantly reduced malondialdehyde level in ascorbic acid group (1.40.11 nmol/ml) compared to control group (1.580.13 nmol/ml) (p<0.001). At the end of incubation, progressive motility and viability in ascorbic acid group (64.58.8% and 80.36.4%, respectively) were significantly (p<0.05 and p<0.001, respectively) higher than the control group (54.56.8% and 70.97.3%, respectively). A23187 significantly (p<0.0001) increased acrosome reaction in A23187 group (37.35.6%) compared to control group (8.53.2%) and this effect of A23187 attenuated by ascorbic acid in ascorbic acid+A23187 group (17.24.4%). DNA fragmentation in ascorbic acid group (204.1%) was significantly (p<0.001) lower than controls (28.94.6%). Conclusion: In vitro ascorbic acid supplementation during teratozoospermic semen processing for ART could protect teratozoospermic specimens against oxidative stress, and it could improve ART outcome. PMID:24799867

  11. Preparation and Electrochemical Performance of Hybrid Materials Containing Heteropoly Acid with Dawson Structure and Polymers

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    Tong, Xia; Wu, Wen; Zhou, Shengming; Wu, Qingyin; Cao, Fahe; Yaroslavtsev, A. B.

    2012-11-01

    Highly proton-conducting hybrid materials (P2W17V/PEG and P2W17V/PEG/SiO2) were prepared by heptadecatungstovanadodiphosphoric heteropoly acid with Dawson structure (P2W17V, 90 wt.%), polyethylene glycol (PEG, 10 wt.% and 5 wt.%) and silica gel (SiO2, 0 wt.% and 5 wt.%). The products were characterized by the infrared (IR) spectrum, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis and electrochemical impedance spectrum (EIS). The result reveals that their conductivity values are 1.02 10-2 and 2.58 10-2S ? cm-1 at room temperature (26C) and 75% relative humidity (RH), respectively. Their conductivities increase with higher temperature and these activation energies of proton conduction are 9.51 and 14.95 kJ?mol-1, which are lower than that of pure heteropoly acid (32.23 kJ?mol-1). These mechanisms of proton conduction for these two materials are Grotthuss mechanism.

  12. Cloning and characterization of the gene for L-amino acid oxidase in hybrid tilapia.

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    Shen, Yubang; Fu, Gui Hong; Liu, Feng; Yue, Gen Hua

    2015-12-01

    Tilapia is the common name for a group of cichlid fishes. Identification of DNA markers significantly associated with important traits in candidate genes may speed up genetic improvement. L-Amino acid oxidase (LAO) plays a crucial role in the innate immune defences of animals. Previously, whether LAO variants were associated with economic traits had not been studied in fish. We characterized the cDNA sequence of the LAO gene of hybrid tilapia (Oreochromis spp.). Its ORF was 1536bp, encoding a flavoenzyme of 511 amino acids. This gene consisted of seven exons and six introns. Its expression was detected in the intestine, blood, kidney, skin, liver. It was highly expressed in the intestine. After a challenge with a bacterial pathogen, Streptococcus agalactiae, its expression was up-regulated significantly in the liver, intestine and spleen (P<0.05). We identified one SNP in the genomic sequence of the gene and found that this SNP was associated significantly with body length (P<0.05), but not with resistance to S. agalactiae. The results of this study suggest that the LAO gene plays an important role in innate immune responses to the bacterial pathogen in tilapia. The investigation of relationship between polymorphism of LAO gene and disease resistance and growth in tilapia showed that one SNP was associated significantly with body length. Further experiments on whether SNPs in the LAO gene are associated with growth in tilapia and other populations could be useful in understanding more functions of the LAO gene. PMID:26546307

  13. A preliminary investigation of acid-catalyzed polymerization reactions of shale oil distillates

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    Netzel, D.A.

    1991-04-01

    Sinor (1989) reported that a major specialty market may exist for shale oil as an asphalt blending material. Shale oil can be converted to an asphalt blending material by acid catalyzed condensation and polymerization reactions of the many molecular species comprising the composition of shale oil. To simplify the investigation, crude shale oil was separated by distillation into three distillates of different hydrocarbon and heteroaromatic compositions. These distillates were then treated with two different types of acids to determine the effect of acid type on the end products. Three western shale oil distillates, a naphtha, a middle distillate, and an atmospheric gas oil, were reacted with anhydrous AlCl{sub 3} and 85% H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} under low-severity conditions. At relatively low temperatures, little change in the hydrocarbon composition was noted for the AlCl{sub 3} reactions. AlCl{sub 3}{center_dot} (a polymerized product and/or complex) was formed. However, it is assumed that the sludge was mainly the result of heteroaromatic-AlCl{sub 3} reactions.

  14. A preliminary investigation of acid-catalyzed polymerization reactions of shale oil distillates

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    Netzel, D.A.

    1991-04-01

    Sinor (1989) reported that a major specialty market may exist for shale oil as an asphalt blending material. Shale oil can be converted to an asphalt blending material by acid catalyzed condensation and polymerization reactions of the many molecular species comprising the composition of shale oil. To simplify the investigation, crude shale oil was separated by distillation into three distillates of different hydrocarbon and heteroaromatic compositions. These distillates were then treated with two different types of acids to determine the effect of acid type on the end products. Three western shale oil distillates, a naphtha, a middle distillate, and an atmospheric gas oil, were reacted with anhydrous AlCl{sub 3} and 85% H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} under low-severity conditions. At relatively low temperatures, little change in the hydrocarbon composition was noted for the AlCl{sub 3} reactions. AlCl{sub 3}{center dot} (a polymerized product and/or complex) was formed. However, it is assumed that the sludge was mainly the result of heteroaromatic-AlCl{sub 3} reactions.

  15. THE EFFECT OF ANOLYTE PRODUCT ACID CONCENTRATION ON HYBRID SULFUR CYCLE PERFORMANCE

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    Gorensek, M.; Summers, W.

    2010-03-24

    The Hybrid Sulfur (HyS) cycle (Fig. 1) is one of the simplest, all-fluids thermochemical cycles that has been devised for splitting water with a high-temperature nuclear or solar heat source. It was originally patented by Brecher and Wu in 1975 and extensively developed by Westinghouse in the late 1970s and early 1980s. As its name suggests, the only element used besides hydrogen and oxygen is sulfur, which is cycled between the +4 and +6 oxidation states. HyS comprises two steps. One is the thermochemical (>800 C) decomposition of sulfuric acid (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) to sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}), oxygen (O{sub 2}), and water. H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} = SO{sub 2} + 1/2 O{sub 2} + H{sub 2}O. The other is the SO{sub 2}-depolarized electrolysis of water to H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and hydrogen (H{sub 2}), SO{sub 2} + 2 H{sub 2}O = H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} + H{sub 2}, E{sup o} = -0.156 V, explaining the 'hybrid' designation. These two steps taken together split water into H{sub 2} and O{sub 2} using heat and electricity. Researchers at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and at the University of South Carolina (USC) have successfully demonstrated the use of proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers (Fig. 2) for the SO{sub 2}-depolarized electrolysis (sulfur oxidation) step, while Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) successfully demonstrated the high-temperature sulfuric acid decomposition (sulfur reduction) step using a bayonet-type reactor (Fig. 3). This latter work was performed as part of the Sulfur-Iodine (SI) cycle Integrated Laboratory Scale demonstration at General Atomics (GA). The combination of these two operations results in a simple process that will be more efficient and cost-effective for the massive production of hydrogen than alkaline electrolysis. Recent developments suggest that the use of PEMs other than Nafion will allow sulfuric acid to be produced at higher concentrations (>60 wt%), offering the possibility of net thermal efficiencies around 50% (HHV basis). The effect of operation at higher anolyte concentrations on the flowsheet, and on the net thermal efficiency for a nuclear-heated HyS process, is examined and quantified.

  16. Exploring the Hybridization Thermodynamics of Spherical Nucleic Acids to Tailor Probes for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications

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    Randeria, Pratik Shailesh

    Spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), three-dimensional nanoparticle conjugates composed of densely packed and highly oriented oligonucleotides around organic or inorganic nanoparticles, are an emergent class of nanostructures that show promise as single-entity agents for intracellular messenger RNA (mRNA) detection and gene regulation. SNAs exhibit superior biocompatibility and biological properties compared to linear oligonucleotides, enabling them to overcome many of the limitations of linear oligonucleotides for use in biomedical applications. However, the origins of these biologically attractive properties are not well understood. In this dissertation, the chemistry underlying one such property is studied in detail, and the findings are applied towards the rational design of more effective SNAs for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Chapter 1 introduces the synthesis of SNAs, the unique properties that make them superior to linear nucleic acids for biomedicine, and previously studied applications of these structures. Chapter 2 focuses on quantitatively studying the impact of the chemical structure of the SNA on its ability to hybridize multiple complementary nucleic acids. This chapter lays the groundwork for understanding the factors that govern SNA hybridization thermodynamics and how to tailor SNAs to increase their binding affinity to target mRNA strands. Chapters 3 and 4 capitalize on this knowledge to engineer probes for intracellular mRNA detection and gene regulation applications. Chapter 3 reports the development of an SNA-based probe that can simultaneously report the expression level of two different mRNA transcripts in live cells and differentiate diseased cells from non-diseased cells. Chapter 4 investigates the use of topically-applied SNAs to down-regulate a critical mediator of impaired wound healing in diabetic mice to accelerate wound closure. This study represents the first topical therapeutic application of SNA nanotechnology to treat open wounds and lays the groundwork for developing SNA-based approaches for treating any skin-related disorder with a known genetic signature. Chapter 5 summarizes the key findings and conclusions and introduces future research directions. Taken together, this work demonstrates the important, and often surprising, role nanostructure plays in controlling biological properties and supports the continued development of SNAs as probes for molecular and medical biology.

  17. Computational Characterization of the Origin of Selectivity in Cycloaddition Reactions Catalyzed by Phosphoric Acid Derivatives.

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    Liu, Chunhui; Besora, Maria; Maseras, Feliu

    2016-02-01

    The mechanism of the organocatalyzed [4+2] cycloaddition of ?-hydroxybenzaldimines to 2,3-dihydro-2?H-furan (DHF) to form furanobenzopyrans has been investigated by using computational methods. Experiments have shown that this reaction produces different products (trans-fused or cis-fused) if different phosphoric acid derivatives are applied. Our study shows the reaction proceeds through a mechanism in which the imine re-arranges into an amine, which subsequently reacts with DHF with mediation from the catalyst. The rate-limiting step in this process is the formation of two new bonds, which is also the key step in determining the reaction selectivity. The selectivity is controlled by a balance of noncovalent interactions between the catalyst and the substrates. The discriminating factor between the two catalysts is the presence of a triflyl substituent on one of catalysts, which constraints the relative orientations of the substrates. PMID:26663384

  18. On the reaction of lupulones, hops ?-acids, with 1-hydroxyethyl radical.

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    de Almeida, Natlia E C; do Nascimento, Eduardo S P; Cardoso, Daniel R

    2012-10-24

    Lupulones, hops ?-acids, are one of the main constituents of the hops resin and have an important contribution to the overall bacteriostatic activity of hops during beer brewing. The use of lupulones as natural alternatives to antibiotics is increasing in the food industry and also in bioethanol production. However, lupulones are easy oxidizable and have been shown to be very reactive toward 1-hydroxyethyl radical with apparent bimolecular rate constants close to diffusion control k = 2.9 10(8) and 2.6 10(8) L mol(-1) s(-1) at 25.0 0.2 C in ethanol-water solution (10% of ethanol (v/v)) as probed by EPR and ESI-IT-MS/MS spin-trapping competitive kinetics, respectively. The free energy change for an electron-transfer mechanism is ?G = 106 kJ/mol as calculated from the oxidation peak potential experimentally determined for lupulones (1.1 V vs NHE) by cyclic voltammetry and the reported reduction potential for 1-hydroxyethyl radical. The major reaction products identified by LC-ESI-IT-MS/MS and ultrahigh-resolution accurate mass spectrometry (orbitrap FT-MS) are hydroxylated lupulone derivatives and 1-hydroxyethyl radical adducts. The lack of pH dependence for the reaction rate constant, the calculated free energy change for electron transfer, and the main reaction products strongly suggest the prenyl side chains at the hops ?-acids as the reaction centers rather than the ?,?'-triketone moiety. PMID:23031058

  19. Hybrid pathwise sensitivity methods for discrete stochastic models of chemical reaction systems

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    Wolf, Elizabeth Skubak; Anderson, David F.

    2015-01-01

    Stochastic models are often used to help understand the behavior of intracellular biochemical processes. The most common such models are continuous time Markov chains (CTMCs). Parametric sensitivities, which are derivatives of expectations of model output quantities with respect to model parameters, are useful in this setting for a variety of applications. In this paper, we introduce a class of hybrid pathwise differentiation methods for the numerical estimation of parametric sensitivities. The new hybrid methods combine elements from the three main classes of procedures for sensitivity estimation and have a number of desirable qualities. First, the new methods are unbiased for a broad class of problems. Second, the methods are applicable to nearly any physically relevant biochemical CTMC model. Third, and as we demonstrate on several numerical examples, the new methods are quite efficient, particularly if one wishes to estimate the full gradient of parametric sensitivities. The methods are rather intuitive and utilize the multilevel Monte Carlo philosophy of splitting an expectation into separate parts and handling each in an efficient manner.

  20. Hybrid pathwise sensitivity methods for discrete stochastic models of chemical reaction systems

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    Wolf, Elizabeth Skubak; Anderson, David F.

    2015-01-21

    Stochastic models are often used to help understand the behavior of intracellular biochemical processes. The most common such models are continuous time Markov chains (CTMCs). Parametric sensitivities, which are derivatives of expectations of model output quantities with respect to model parameters, are useful in this setting for a variety of applications. In this paper, we introduce a class of hybrid pathwise differentiation methods for the numerical estimation of parametric sensitivities. The new hybrid methods combine elements from the three main classes of procedures for sensitivity estimation and have a number of desirable qualities. First, the new methods are unbiased for a broad class of problems. Second, the methods are applicable to nearly any physically relevant biochemical CTMC model. Third, and as we demonstrate on several numerical examples, the new methods are quite efficient, particularly if one wishes to estimate the full gradient of parametric sensitivities. The methods are rather intuitive and utilize the multilevel Monte Carlo philosophy of splitting an expectation into separate parts and handling each in an efficient manner.

  1. Hybrid method to resolve the neutrino mass hierarchy by supernova (anti)neutrino induced reactions

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    Vale, D.; Rauscher, T.; Paar, N.

    2016-02-01

    We introduce a hybrid method to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy by simultaneous measurements of responses of at least two detectors to antineutrino and neutrino fluxes from accretion and cooling phases of core-collapse supernovae. The (anti)neutrino-nucleus cross sections for 56Fe and 208Pb are calculated in the framework of the relativistic nuclear energy density functional and weak interaction Hamiltonian, while the cross sections for inelastic scattering on free protons p(bar nue,e+)n are obtained using heavy-baryon chiral perturbation theory. The modelling of (anti)neutrino fluxes emitted from a protoneutron star in a core-collapse supernova include collective and Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein effects inside the exploding star. The particle emission rates from the elementary decay modes of the daughter nuclei are calculated for normal and inverted neutrino mass hierarchy. It is shown that simultaneous use of (anti)neutrino detectors with different target material allows to determine the neutrino mass hierarchy from the ratios of νe- and bar nue-induced particle emissions. This hybrid method favors neutrinos from the supernova cooling phase and the implementation of detectors with heavier target nuclei (208Pb) for the neutrino sector, while for antineutrinos the use of free protons in mineral oil or water is the appropriate choice.

  2. Nuclemeter: a reaction-diffusion based method for quantifying nucleic acids undergoing enzymatic amplification.

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    Liu, Changchun; Sadik, Mohamed M; Mauk, Michael G; Edelstein, Paul H; Bushman, Frederic D; Gross, Robert; Bau, Haim H

    2014-01-01

    Real-time amplification and quantification of specific nucleic acid sequences plays a major role in medical and biotechnological applications. In the case of infectious diseases, such as HIV, quantification of the pathogen-load in patient specimens is critical to assess disease progression and effectiveness of drug therapy. Typically, nucleic acid quantification requires expensive instruments, such as real-time PCR machines, which are not appropriate for on-site use and for low-resource settings. This paper describes a simple, low-cost, reaction-diffusion based method for end-point quantification of target nucleic acids undergoing enzymatic amplification. The number of target molecules is inferred from the position of the reaction-diffusion front, analogous to reading temperature in a mercury thermometer. The method was tested for HIV viral load monitoring and performed on par with conventional benchtop methods. The proposed method is suitable for nucleic acid quantification at point of care, compatible with multiplexing and high-throughput processing, and can function instrument-free. PMID:25477046

  3. Nuclemeter: A Reaction-Diffusion Based Method for Quantifying Nucleic Acids Undergoing Enzymatic Amplification

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    Liu, Changchun; Sadik, Mohamed M.; Mauk, Michael G.; Edelstein, Paul H.; Bushman, Frederic D.; Gross, Robert; Bau, Haim H.

    2014-01-01

    Real-time amplification and quantification of specific nucleic acid sequences plays a major role in medical and biotechnological applications. In the case of infectious diseases, such as HIV, quantification of the pathogen-load in patient specimens is critical to assess disease progression and effectiveness of drug therapy. Typically, nucleic acid quantification requires expensive instruments, such as real-time PCR machines, which are not appropriate for on-site use and for low-resource settings. This paper describes a simple, low-cost, reaction-diffusion based method for end-point quantification of target nucleic acids undergoing enzymatic amplification. The number of target molecules is inferred from the position of the reaction-diffusion front, analogous to reading temperature in a mercury thermometer. The method was tested for HIV viral load monitoring and performed on par with conventional benchtop methods. The proposed method is suitable for nucleic acid quantification at point of care, compatible with multiplexing and high-throughput processing, and can function instrument-free. PMID:25477046

  4. Resonance Rayleigh scattering study of the reaction of nucleic acids with thionine and its analytical application

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    Long, Xiufen; Bi, Shuping; Tao, Xiancong; Wang, Yongzhong; Zhao, Hong

    2004-01-01

    Resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) of the thionine (TH)-nucleic acids system and its analytical application have been studied. In pH 2.2 acidic buffer medium, some nucleic acids can react with TH to form TH-nucleic acids complex. This results in a great enhancement of RRS and the appearance of new RRS spectra. The RRS spectral characteristics of TH-ctDNA system, the affecting factors and the optimum conditions of the reaction have been investigated. The enhancement of the RRS signal is directly proportional to the concentration of nucleic acids in the range 0-10.0 μg/ml for calf thymus DNA and 0-15.0 μg/ml for yeast RNA, and its detection limits (3σ) are 3.5 ng/ml for calf thymus DNA and 4.9 ng/ml for yeast RNA, respectively. The method shows a wide linear range and high sensitivity, and was applied to the determination of trace amounts of nucleic acid in synthetic samples and practical samples with satisfactory results. The bind properties for the interactions of TH with ctDNA were investigated using a Scatchard plot based on the measurement of the enhanced RRS data at 340 nm, and the binding number and intrinsic binding constant are 4.9 and 2.6×10 5 mol/dm 3, respectively.

  5. Reaction of argininosuccinase with bromomesaconic acid: role of an essential lysine in the active site

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    Lusty, C.J.; Ratner, S.

    1987-05-01

    We have undertaken studies on bovine liver argininosuccinase (L-argininosuccinate arginine-lyase with the active site-directed reagent bromo(U-/sup 14/C)mesaconic acid, an analogue of fumaric acid. Reactivity, measured by enzyme inactivation, followed pseudo-first-order kinetics, and the rate increased with reagent concentration. Argininosuccinate completely protected the enzyme against inactivation, but neither arginine nor fumarate was protective. A plot of the degree of inactivation as a function of alkyl groups incorporated was extrapolated to 4 mol per mol of enzyme, or 1 mol per active site. After large-scale alkylation of the enzyme (and digestion with trypsin), two /sup 14/C-labeled tryptic peptides were isolated. These were chemically sequenced by the Edman method. The amino acid sequences proved to be identical with regions of the deduced amino acid sequences or argininosuccinases from human and yeast sources The /sup 14/C-labeled tryptic peptide in the active site region had the sequence Gly-Leu-Glu-Xaa-Ala-Gly-Leu-Leu-Thr-Lys; Xaa represents an unknown phenylthiohydantoin derivative detected in cycle 4. The corresponding amino acid was identified as lysine-51 on the basis of sequence similarity with human and yeast amino acid sequences in this region. The reaction of the enzyme with the alkylating agent and the specific protection against inactivation by argininosuccinate suggest that this lysine residue has an essential role in the binding of argininosuccinate to the enzyme and, consequently, is essential for catalysis.

  6. Aquatic photolysis: photolytic redox reactions between goethite and adsorbed organic acids in aqueous solutions

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    Goldberg, M.C.; Cunningham, K.M.; Weiner, Eugene R.

    1993-01-01

    Photolysis of mono and di-carboxylic acids that are adsorbed onto the surface of the iron oxyhydroxide (goethite) results in an oxidation of the organic material and a reduction from Fe(III) to Fe(II) in the iron complex. There is a subsequent release of Fe2+ ions into solution. At constant light flux and constant solution light absorption, the factors responsible for the degree of photolytic reaction include: the number of lattice sites that are bonded by the organic acid; the rate of acid readsorption to the surface during photolysis; the conformation and structure of the organic acid; the degree of oxidation of the organic acid; the presence or absence of an ??-hydroxy group on the acid, the number of carbons in the di-acid chain and the conformation of the di-acid. The ability to liberate Fe(III) at pH 6.5 from the geothite lattice is described by the lyotropic series: tartrate>citrate> oxalate > glycolate > maleate > succinate > formate > fumarate > malonate > glutarate > benzoate = butanoate = control. Although a larger amount of iron is liberated, the series is almost the same at pH 5.5 except that oxalate > citrate and succinate > maleate. A set of rate equations are given that describe the release of iron from the goethite lattice. It was observed that the pH of the solution increases during photolysis if the solutions are not buffered. There is evidence to suggest the primary mechanism for all these reactions is an electron transfer from the organic ligand to the Fe(III) in the complex. Of all the iron-oxyhydroxide materials, crystalline goethite is the least soluble in water; yet, this study indicates that in an aqueous suspension, iron can be liberated from the goethite lattice. Further, it has been shown that photolysis can occur in a multiphase system at the sediment- water interface which results in an oxidation of the organic species and release of Fe2+ to solution where it becomes available for further reaction. ?? 1993.

  7. Uptake of Small Organic Compounds by Sulfuric Acid Aerosols: Dissolution and Reaction

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    Iraci, L. T.; Michelsen, R. R.; Ashbourn, S. F. M.; Staton, S. J. R.

    2003-01-01

    To assess the role of oxygenated volatile organic compounds in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, the interactions of a series of small organic compounds with low-temperature aqueous sulfuric acid will be evaluated. The total amount of organic material which may be taken up from the gas phase by dissolution, surface layer formation, and reaction during the particle lifetime will be quantified. Our current results for acetaldehyde uptake on 40 - 80 wt% sulfuric acid solutions will be compared to those of methanol, formaldehyde, and acetone to investigate the relationships between chemical functionality and heterogeneous activity. Where possible, equilibrium uptake will be ascribed to component pathways (hydration, protonation, etc.) to facilitate evaluation of other species not yet studied in low temperature aqueous sulfuric acid.

  8. Nonenzymatic oligomerization reactions on templates containing inosinic acid or diaminopurine nucleotide residues

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    Kozlov, I. A.; Orgel, L. E.; Bada, J. L. (Principal Investigator)

    1999-01-01

    The template-directed oligomerization of nucleoside-5'-phosphoro-2-methyl imidazolides on standard oligonucleotide templates has been studied extensively. Here, we describe experiments with templates in which inosinic acid (I) is substituted for guanylic acid, or 2,6-diaminopurine nucleotide (D) for adenylic acid. We find that the substitution of I for G in a template is strongly inhibitory and prevents any incorporation of C into internal positions in the oligomeric products of the reaction. The substitution of D for A, on the contrary, leads to increased incorporation of U into the products. We found no evidence for the template-directed facilitation of oligomerization of A or I through A-I base pairing. The significance of these results for prebiotic chemistry is discussed.

  9. Acid-base chemical reaction model for nucleation rates in the polluted atmospheric boundary layer

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    Chen, Modi; Titcombe, Mari; Jiang, Jingkun; Jen, Coty; Kuang, Chongai; Fischer, Marc L.; Eisele, Fred L.; Siepmann, J. Ilja; Hanson, David R.; Zhao, Jun; McMurry, Peter H.

    2013-05-01

    Measurements of aerosol number distributions down to one molecule have provided information that we've used to develop a new approach for modeling atmospheric nucleation rates. Measurements were carried out with the Cluster Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (Cluster CIMS), the scanning mobility spectrometer using a diethylene glycol condensation particle counter as detector (DEG SMPS), and an ambient pressure proton transfer mass spectrometer for ammonia and amines (AmPMS). The model explains nucleation as a result of cluster evolution due to a sequence of acid-base reactions. We conclude that the smallest stable cluster contains four sulfuric acid molecules. The model leads to a simple analytic expression for nucleation rates that is reasonably consistent (i.e., 10x) with atmospheric observations. The model predicts that nucleation rates are equal to a prefactor, P<1, times the sulfuric acid vapor collision rate, (i.e., J=P?0.5?k11 *[H2SO4]2).

  10. Survivability and Abiotic Reactions of Selected Amino Acids in Different Hydrothermal System Simulators

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    Chandru, Kuhan; Imai, Eiichi; Kaneko, Takeo; Obayashi, Yumiko; Kobayashi, Kensei

    2013-04-01

    We tested the stability and reaction of several amino acids using hydrothermal system simulators: an autoclave and two kinds of flow reactors at 200-250 °C. This study generally showed that there is a variation in the individual amino acids survivability in the simulators. This is mainly attributed to the following factors; heat time, cold quenching exposure, metal ions and also silica. We observed that, in a rapid heating flow reactor, high aggregation and/or condensation of amino acids could occur even during a heat exposure of 2 min. We also monitored their stability in a reflow-type of simulator for 120 min at 20 min intervals. The non-hydrolyzed and hydrolyzed samples for this system showed a similar degradation only in the absence of metal ions.

  11. Use of hybrid discrete cellular models for identification of macroscopic nutrient loss in reaction-diffusion models of tissues.

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    Aristotelous, Andreas C; Haider, Mansoor A

    2014-08-01

    Macroscopic models accounting for cellular effects in natural or engineered tissues may involve unknown constitutive terms that are highly dependent on interactions at the scale of individual cells. Hybrid discrete models, which represent cells individually, were used to develop and apply techniques for modeling diffusive nutrient transport and cellular uptake to identify a nonlinear nutrient loss term in a macroscopic reaction-diffusion model of the system. Flexible and robust numerical methods were used, based on discontinuous Galerkin finite elements in space and a Crank-Nicolson temporal discretization. Scales were bridged via averaging operations over a complete set of subdomains yielding data for identification of a macroscopic nutrient loss term that was accurately captured via a fifth-order polynomial. Accuracy of the identified macroscopic model was demonstrated by direct, quantitative comparisons of the tissue and cellular scale models in terms of three error norms computed on a mesoscale mesh. PMID:24515852

  12. C and N Hybrid Coordination Derived Co-C-N Complex as a Highly Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.

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    Wang, Zhong-Li; Hao, Xian-Feng; Jiang, Zheng; Sun, Xue-Ping; Xu, Dan; Wang, Jun; Zhong, Hai-Xia; Meng, Fan-Lu; Zhang, Xin-Bo

    2015-12-01

    Development of an efficient hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst composed of earth-abundant elements is scientifically and technologically important for the water splitting associated with the conversion and storage of renewable energy. Herein we report a new class of Co-C-N complex bonded carbon (only 0.22 at% Co) for HER with a self-supported and three-dimensional porous structure that shows an unexpected catalytic activity with low overpotential (212 mV at 100 mA cm(-2)) and long-term stability, better than that of most traditional-metal catalysts. Experimental observations in combination with density functional theory calculations reveal that C and N hybrid coordination optimizes the charge distribution and enhances the electron transfer, which synergistically promotes the proton adsorption and reduction kinetics. PMID:26555852

  13. Triggering hairpin-free chain-branching growth of fluorescent DNA dendrimers for nonlinear hybridization chain reaction.

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    Xuan, Feng; Hsing, I-Ming

    2014-07-16

    We present a nonlinear hybridization chain reaction (HCR) system in which a trigger DNA initiates self-sustained assembly of quenched double-stranded substrates into fluorescent dendritic nanostructures. During the process, an increasing number of originally sequestered trigger sequences labeled with fluorescent reporters are freed up from quenched substrates, leading to chain-branching growth of the assembled DNA dendrimers and an exponential increase in the fluorescence intensity. The triggered assembly behavior was examined by PAGE analysis, and the morphologies of the grown dendrimers were verified by AFM imaging. The exponential kinetics of the fluorescence accumulation was also confirmed by time-dependent fluorescence spectroscopy. This method adopts a simple sequence design strategy, the concept of which could be adapted to program assembly systems with higher-order growth kinetics. PMID:24969438

  14. Detection of Food Spoilage and Pathogenic Bacteria Based on Ligation Detection Reaction Coupled to Flow-Through Hybridization on Membranes

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    Bhme, K.; Cremonesi, P.; Severgnini, M.; Villa, Toms G.; Fernndez-No, I. C.; Barros-Velzquez, J.; Castiglioni, B.; Calo-Mata, P.

    2014-01-01

    Traditional culturing methods are still commonly applied for bacterial identification in the food control sector, despite being time and labor intensive. Microarray technologies represent an interesting alternative. However, they require higher costs and technical expertise, making them still inappropriate for microbial routine analysis. The present study describes the development of an efficient method for bacterial identification based on flow-through reverse dot-blot (FT-RDB) hybridization on membranes, coupled to the high specific ligation detection reaction (LDR). First, the methodology was optimized by testing different types of ligase enzymes, labeling, and membranes. Furthermore, specific oligonucleotide probes were designed based on the 16S rRNA gene, using the bioinformatic tool Oligonucleotide Retrieving for Molecular Applications (ORMA). Four probes were selected and synthesized, being specific for Aeromonas spp., Pseudomonas spp., Shewanella spp., and Morganella morganii, respectively. For the validation of the probes, 16 reference strains from type culture collections were tested by LDR and FT-RDB hybridization using universal arrays spotted onto membranes. In conclusion, the described methodology could be applied for the rapid, accurate, and cost-effective identification of bacterial species, exhibiting special relevance in food safety and quality. PMID:24818128

  15. Ultrasensitive simultaneous detection of four biomarkers based on hybridization chain reaction and biotin-streptavidin signal amplification strategy.

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    Zhu, Qiang; Chai, Yaqin; Zhuo, Ying; Yuan, Ruo

    2015-06-15

    A sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on redox probe tags identification technology for ultrasensitive simultaneous detection of four antigens was proposed. In this project, well-distributed graphene/gold (GR-Au) hybrid film was acquired through one-step codeposition in an electrode surface and served as the base substrate for immobilizing capture antibodies (Ab1). Hybridization chain reaction (HCR) and biotin/streptavidin (B/SA), combining with gold magnetic nanoparticles were applied to increase the immobilization amount of signal tags in detection antibody (Ab2) bioconjugates. To verify this strategy, four representative biomarkers, a-fetoprotein (AFP), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen (CA)125 and prostate special antigen (PSA), were used as model analytes. The resulting immunosensor could simultaneously detect four antigens in single-pass differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) scan, and exhibited obviously improved senstivity compared to previous similar immunosensors, displayed good linear relationships in the ranges from 0.2 to 800 pg/mL for AFP, 0.2 to 600 pg/mL for CEA, 0.2 to 1000 pg/mL for CA125, 0.2 to 800 pg/mL for PSA and with detection limits of 62, 48, 77 and 60 fg/mL, respectively. PMID:25562732

  16. Infrared spectroscopic studies of the heterogeneous reaction of ozone with maleic and fumaric acid aerosols

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    Najera, J.; Percival, C.; Horn, A. B.

    2009-04-01

    Dicarboxylic acids, either directly emitted or formed in chemical processes are found to be a significant component of tropospheric aerosols. To assess any potential role of short unsaturated dicarboxylic acids in tropospheric heterogeneous chemistry, maleic acid (MaH) and fumaric acid (FuH) were selected as surrogates in this study. A new aerosol flow tube apparatus is employed to perform kinetic studies of the oxidation of organic compounds containing aerosols by gas phase ozone. The system consists of a lab-made particle generation system, a vertically oriented glass flow tube with moveable injector and a multi-pass cross beam White cell for measurement of aerosol and gas phase composition via Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. A flow of single component organic aerosols with mean diameters ranging between 0.8-2.1 m are introduced in a flow tube, in which the particles are subsequently exposed to a known concentration of ozone for a controlled period of time. These studies are complemented with offline analysis on the reaction products. Data from these studies were used to determine the kinetics of the reaction under a range of conditions. The reaction exhibited pseudo first order kinetics for gas product formation, and the pseudo first order rate coefficients displayed a Langmuir-Hinshelwood dependence on gas phase ozone concentration for both materials. By assuming Langmuir-Hinshelwood behaviour, the following parameters were found: for the reaction of MaH aerosols, KO3=(1.9+0.4)x10-16cm-3 and kmaxI=0.015+0.002; for the reaction of FuH aerosols, KO3= (3.4+0.4)x10-16cm-3 and kmaxI=0.0128+0.0005, where KO3 is a parameter that describes the partitioning of ozone to the particle surface and kmaxI is the maximum pseudo-first order coefficient at high ozone concentrations. Apparent reactive uptake coefficients were extracted from the pseudo first order rate coefficient and a slight trend of decreasing uptake coefficients with increasing ozone concentrations was observed. In general, we find that the values obtained for maleic and fumaric acid fall within the range of literature values reported by other published studies for other organic or organic-coated particles, although there are some unusual dependencies on RH%.

  17. Positive ion transmission mode ion/ion reactions in a hybrid linear ion trap.

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    Wu, Jin; Hager, James W; Xia, Yu; Londry, Frank A; McLuckey, Scott A

    2004-09-01

    A triple quadrupole mass spectrometer capable of ion trapping experiments has been adapted for ion/ion reaction studies. The instrument is based on a commercially available linear ion trap (LIT) tandem mass spectrometer (i.e., an MDS SCIEX 2000 Q TRAP) that has been modified by mounting an atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization (ASGDI) source to the side of the vacuum manifold for production of singly charged anions. The ASGDI source is located line of sight to the side of the third quadrupole of the triple quadrupole assembly (Q3). Anions are focused into the side of the rod array (i.e., anion injection occurs orthogonal to the normal ion flight path). A transmission mode method to perform ion/ion reactions has been developed whereby positive ions are transmitted through the pressurized collision quadrupole (Q2) while anions are stored in Q2. The Q2 LIT is used to trap negative ions whereas the Q3 LIT is used to accumulate positive ions transmitted from Q2. Anions are injected to Q3 and transferred to Q2, where they are stored and collisionally cooled. Multiply charged protein/peptide ions, formed by electrospray, are then mass selected by the first quadrupole assembly (Q1) operated in the rf/dc mode and injected into Q2. The positive ions, including the residual precursor ions and the product ions arising from ion/ion proton-transfer reactions, are accumulated in Q3 until they are analyzed via mass-selective axial ejection for mass analysis. The parameters that affect ion/ion reactions are discussed, including pressure, nature of the gas in Q2, and operation of Q2 as a linear accelerator. Ion/ion reactions in this mode can be readily utilized to separate ions with the same m/z but largely different mass and charge, e.g., +1 bradykinin and +16 myoglobin, in the gas phase. PMID:15373435

  18. Efficient Calculation of Enzyme Reaction Free Energy Profiles Using a Hybrid Differential Relaxation Algorithm: Application to Mycobacterial Zinc Hydrolases.

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    Romero, Juan Manuel; Martin, Mariano; Ramirez, Claudia Lilin; Dumas, Victoria Gisel; Marti, Marcelo Adrin

    2015-01-01

    Determination of the free energy profile for an enzyme reaction mechanism is of primordial relevance, paving the way for our understanding of the enzyme's catalytic power at the molecular level. Although hybrid, mostly DFT-based, QM/MM methods have been extensively applied to this type of studies, achieving accurate and statistically converged results at a moderate computational cost is still an open challenge. Recently, we have shown that accurate results can be achieved in less computational time, combining Jarzynski's relationship with a hybrid differential relaxation algorithm (HyDRA), which allows partial relaxation of the solvent during the nonequilibrium steering of the reaction. In this work, we have applied this strategy to study two mycobacterial zinc hydrolases. Mycobacterium tuberculosis infections are still a worldwide problem and thus characterization and validation of new drug targets is an intense field of research. Among possible drug targets, recently two essential zinc hydrolases, MshB (Rv1170) and MA-amidase (Rv3717), have been proposed and structurally characterized. Although possible mechanisms have been proposed by analogy to the widely studied human Zn hydrolases, several key issues, particularly those related to Zn coordination sphere and its role in catalysis, remained unanswered. Our results show that mycobacterial Zn hydrolases share a basic two-step mechanism. First, the attacking water becomes deprotonated by the conserved base and establishes the new C-O bond leading to a tetrahedral intermediate. The intermediate requires moderate reorganization to allow for proton transfer to the amide N and C-N bond breaking to occur in the second step. Zn ion plays a key role in stabilizing the tetrahedral intermediate and balancing the negative charge of the substrate during hydroxide ion attack. Finally, comparative analysis of other Zn hydrolases points to a convergent mechanistic evolution. PMID:26415840

  19. Colorimetric detection of mercury ion based on unmodified gold nanoparticles and target-triggered hybridization chain reaction amplification

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    Wang, Qing; Yang, Xiaohan; Yang, Xiaohai; Liu, Pei; Wang, Kemin; Huang, Jin; Liu, Jianbo; Song, Chunxia; Wang, Jingjing

    2015-02-01

    A novel unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-based colorimetric strategy for label-free, specific and sensitive mercury ion (Hg2+) detection was demonstrated by using thymine-Hg2+-thymine (T-Hg2+-T) recognition mechanism and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) amplification strategy. In this protocol, a structure-switching probe (H0) was designed to recognize Hg2+ and then propagated a chain reaction of hybridization events between two other hairpin probes (H1 and H2). In the absence of Hg2+, all hairpin probes could stably coexist in solution, the exposed sticky ends of hairpin probes were capable of stabilizing AuNPs. As a result, salt-induced AuNPs aggregation could be effectively prevented. In the presence of Hg2+, thymine bases of H0 could specifically interact with Hg2+ to form stable T-Hg2+-T complex. Consequently, the hairpin structure of H0 probe was changed. As H1/H2 probes were added, the HCR process could be triggered and nicked double-helixes were formed. Since it was difficult for the formed nicked double-helixes to inhibit salt-induced AuNPs aggregation, a red-to-blue color change was observed in the colloid solution as the salt concentration increased. With the elegant amplification effect of HCR, a detection limit of around 30 nM was achieved (S/N = 3), which was about 1-2 orders of magnitudes lower than that of previous unmodified AuNPs-based colorimetric methods. By using the T-Hg2+-T recognition mechanism, high selectivity was also obtained. As an unmodified AuNPs-based colorimetric strategy, the system was simple in design, convenient in operation, and eliminated the requirements of separation processes, chemical modifications, and sophisticated instrumentations.

  20. Intrinsically Labeled Fluorescent Oligonucleotide Probes on Quantum Dots for Transduction of Nucleic Acid Hybridization.

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    Shahmuradyan, Anna; Krull, Ulrich J

    2016-03-15

    Quantum dots (QDs) have been widely used in chemical and biosensing due to their unique photoelectrical properties and are well suited as donors in fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Selective hybridization interactions of oligonucleotides on QDs have been determined by FRET. Typically, the QD-FRET constructs have made use of labeled targets or have implemented labeled sandwich format assays to introduce dyes in proximity to the QDs for the FRET process. The intention of this new work is to explore a method to incorporate the acceptor dye into the probe molecule. Thiazole orange (TO) derivatives are fluorescent intercalating dyes that have been used for detection of double-stranded nucleic acids. One such dye system has been reported in which single-stranded oligonucleotide probes were doubly labeled with adjacent thiazole orange derivatives. In the absence of the fully complementary (FC) oligonucleotide target, the dyes form an H-aggregate, which results in quenching of fluorescence emission due to excitonic interactions between the dyes. The hybridization of the FC target to the probe provides for dissociation of the aggregate as the dyes intercalate into the double stranded duplex, resulting in increased fluorescence. This work reports investigation of the dependence of the ratiometric signal on the type of linkage used to conjugate the dyes to the probe, the location of the dye along the length of the probe, and the distance between adjacent dye molecules. The limit of detection for 34mer and 90mer targets was found to be identical and was 10 nM (2 pmol), similar to analogous QD-FRET using labeled oligonucleotide target. The detection system could discriminate a one base pair mismatch (1BPM) target and was functional without substantial compromise of the signal in 75% serum. The 1BPM was found to reduce background signal, indicating that the structure of the mismatch affected the environment of the intercalating dyes. PMID:26866462

  1. In situ forming interpenetrating hydrogels of hyaluronic acid hybridized with iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Kheirabadi, Malihe; Shi, Liyang; Bagheri, Reza; Kabiri, Kourosh; Hilborn, Jöns; Ossipov, Dmitri A

    2015-11-01

    Four derivatives of hyaluronic acid (HA) bearing thiol (HA-SH), hydrazide (HA-hy), 2-dithiopyridyl (HA-SSPy), and aldehyde groups (HA-al) respectively were synthesized. Thiol and 2-dithiopyridyl as well as hydrazide and aldehyde make up two chemically orthogonal pairs of chemo-selective functionalities that allow in situ formation of interpenetrating (IPN) disulfide and hydrazone networks simultaneously upon the mixing of the above derivatives at once. The formation of IPN was demonstrated by comparing it with the formulations of the same total HA concentration but lacking one of the reactive components. The hydrogel composed of all four components was characterized by a larger elastic modulus than those of the control single networks (either disulfide or hydrazone) and the three component formulations gave the softest hydrogels. Moreover, a hydrazone cross-linkage was designed to contain a 1,2-diol fragment. This allowed us to partially disassemble one type of network in the IPN leaving another one unaffected. In particular, treatment of the IPN with either sodium periodate or dithiothreitol resulted in disassembly of the hydrazone and disulfide networks respectively and thus softening of the hydrogel. Contrarily, the single network hydrogels completely dissolved under the corresponding conditions. In corroboration with this, enzymatic degradation of the IPN by hyaluronidase was also substantially slower than the degradation of the single networks. In order to further improve the mechanical properties of the elaborated injectable IPN, it has been in situ hybridized with iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs). The mesh size of the IPN was smaller than the size of the IONPs resulting in the retention of nanoparticles in the matrix under equilibrium swelling conditions. However, these nanoparticles were released upon enzymatic degradation suggesting their use as MRI tags for non-invasive tracking of the hydrogel material in vivo. Additionally, this injectable hybridized hydrogel with encapsulated IONPs can be used in hyperthermia cancer therapy. PMID:26247066

  2. Cationic liposome-hyaluronic acid hybrid nanoparticles for intranasal vaccination with subunit antigens.

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    Fan, Yuchen; Sahdev, Preety; Ochyl, Lukasz J; J Akerberg, Jonathan; Moon, James J

    2015-06-28

    Here we report the development of a new cationic liposome-hyaluronic acid (HA) hybrid nanoparticle (NP) system and present our characterization of these NPs as an intranasal vaccine platform using a model antigen and F1-V, a candidate recombinant antigen for Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague. Incubation of cationic liposomes composed of DOTAP and DOPE with anionic HA biopolymer led to efficient ionic complexation and formation of homogenous liposome-polymer hybrid NPs, as evidenced by fluorescence resonance energy transfer, dynamic light scattering, and nanoparticle tracking analyses. Incorporation of cationic liposomes with thiolated HA allowed for facile surface decoration of NPs with thiol-PEG, resulting in the formation of DOTAP/HA core-PEG shell nanostructures. These NPs, termed DOTAP-HA NPs, exhibited improved colloidal stability and prolonged antigen release. In addition, cytotoxicity associated with DOTAP liposomes (LC50~0.2mg/ml) was significantly reduced by at least 20-fold with DOTAP-HA NPs (LC50>4mg/ml), as measured with bone marrow derived dendritic cells (BMDCs). Furthermore, NPs co-loaded with ovalbumin (OVA) and a molecular adjuvant, monophosphoryl lipid A (MPLA) promoted BMDC maturation and upregulation of co-stimulatory markers, including CD40, CD86, and MHC-II, and C57BL/6 mice vaccinated with NPs via intranasal route generated robust OVA-specific CD8(+) T cell and antibody responses. Importantly, intranasal vaccination with NPs co-loaded with F1-V and MPLA induced potent humoral immune responses with 11-, 23-, and 15-fold increases in F1-V-specific total IgG, IgG1, and IgG2c titers in immune sera by day 77, respectively, and induced balanced Th1/Th2 humoral immune responses, whereas mice immunized with the equivalent doses of soluble F1-V vaccine failed to achieve sero-conversion. Overall, these results suggest that liposome-polymer hybrid NPs may serve as a promising vaccine delivery platform for intranasal vaccination against Y. pestis and other infectious pathogens. PMID:25869965

  3. Pulse radiolysis studies on reactions of ?-hydroxyalkyl radicals with nicotinamide and 6-methyl nicotinic acid

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    Dhiman, S. B.; Naik, D. B.

    2012-06-01

    Reactions of ?-hydroxyalkyl radicals derived from 2-propanol, ethanol and methanol with nicotinamide (NICAM) and 6-methyl nicotinic acid (6-MNA) were studied at various pHs using pulse radiolysis technique. It is found that ?-hydroxyalkyl radicals react with NICAM and 6-MNA at pHs when nitrogen is in the protonated state. In these reactions, radical adducts of NICAM/6-MNA with ?-hydroxyalkyl radicals are formed which have absorption maxima at about 340-350 nm which subsequently decay to give pyridinyl type of radicals of NICAM and 6-MNA having ?max at 410 nm. Rate constants for the reactions of (CH3)2Crad OH, CH3Crad HOH and rad CH2OH radicals with NICAM and 6-MNA were found to have linear dependence on reduction potentials of corresponding ?-hydroxyalkyl radicals. Adducts formed in the reactions of CH3Crad HOH and rad CH2OH radicals with both NICAM and 6-MNA decayed slowly compared to the decay of adduct formed in reactions with (CH3)2Crad OH radicals.

  4. Excellent anti-corrosive pretreatment layer on iron substrate based on three-dimensional porous phytic acid/silane hybrid

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    Gao, Xiang; Lu, Ke; Xu, Lei; Xu, Hua; Lu, Haifeng; Gao, Feng; Hou, Shifeng; Ma, Houyi

    2016-01-01

    A novel, highly effective and environmentally friendly film-forming material, phytic acid (PA)/silane (denoted as PAS) hybrid with a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, was prepared through a condensation reaction of PA with methyltrihydroxysilane generated from the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Two kinds of PAS-based pretreatment layers, namely NaBrO3-free and NaBrO3-doped PAS layers, were fabricated on iron substrates using the dip-coating method. SEM and AFM observations showed that the as-fabricated PAS-based layers possessed a 3D porous microstructure at the nanoscale and a rough surface morphology. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic characterization demonstrated that the above PAS layers bound to the iron surface via the -P-O- bond. Moreover, analyses of steady-state polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) data indicated that the corrosion rates of the iron substrates decreased considerably in the presence of the two PAS-based pretreatment layers. In particular, the NaBrO3-dosed PAS layer displayed the better corrosion resistance ability as well as maintaining the original microstructure and surface morphology. The PAS-based pretreatment layers are expected to act as substitutes for chromate and phosphate conversion layers and will find widespread application in the surface pretreatment of iron and steel materials due to the advantages of being environmentally friendly, the rapid film-forming process, and, especially, the nanoporous microstructure and rough surface morphology.A novel, highly effective and environmentally friendly film-forming material, phytic acid (PA)/silane (denoted as PAS) hybrid with a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, was prepared through a condensation reaction of PA with methyltrihydroxysilane generated from the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Two kinds of PAS-based pretreatment layers, namely NaBrO3-free and NaBrO3-doped PAS layers, were fabricated on iron substrates using the dip-coating method. SEM and AFM observations showed that the as-fabricated PAS-based layers possessed a 3D porous microstructure at the nanoscale and a rough surface morphology. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic characterization demonstrated that the above PAS layers bound to the iron surface via the -P-O- bond. Moreover, analyses of steady-state polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) data indicated that the corrosion rates of the iron substrates decreased considerably in the presence of the two PAS-based pretreatment layers. In particular, the NaBrO3-dosed PAS layer displayed the better corrosion resistance ability as well as maintaining the original microstructure and surface morphology. The PAS-based pretreatment layers are expected to act as substitutes for chromate and phosphate conversion layers and will find widespread application in the surface pretreatment of iron and steel materials due to the advantages of being environmentally friendly, the rapid film-forming process, and, especially, the nanoporous microstructure and rough surface morphology. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental data. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07366a

  5. WRN helicase unwinds Okazaki fragment-like hybrids in a reaction stimulated by the human DHX9 helicase

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    Chakraborty, Prasun; Grosse, Frank

    2010-01-01

    Mutations in the Werner gene promote the segmental progeroid Werner syndrome (WS) with increased genomic instability and cancer. The Werner gene encodes a DNA helicase (WRN) that can engage in direct proteinprotein interactions with DHX9, also known as RNA helicase A or nuclear DNA helicase II, which represents an essential enzyme involved in transcription and DNA repair. By using several synthetic nucleic acid substrates we demonstrate that WRN preferably unwinds RNA-containing Okazaki fragment-like substrates suggesting a role in lagging strand maturation of DNA replication. In contrast, DHX9 preferably unwinds RNARNA and RNADNA substrates, but fails to unwind Okazaki fragment-like hybrids. We further show that the preferential unwinding of RNA-containing substrates by WRN is stimulated by DHX9 in vitro, both on Okazaki fragment-like hybrids and on RNA-containing chicken-foot structures. Collectively, our results suggest that WRN and DHX9 may also cooperate in vivo, e.g. at ongoing and stalled replication forks. In the latter case, the cooperation between both helicases may serve to form and to dissolve Holliday junction-like intermediates of regressed replication forks. PMID:20385589

  6. Redox silencing of the Fenton reaction system by an alkylitaconic acid, ceriporic acid B produced by a selective lignin-degrading fungus, Ceriporiopsis subvermispora.

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    Ohashi, Yasunori; Kan, Yoshihiko; Watanabe, Takahito; Honda, Yoichi; Watanabe, Takashi

    2007-03-01

    The selective lignin-degrading fungus, Ceriporiopsis subvermispora secretes alkylitaconic acids (ceriporic acids) during wood decay. We reported that ceriporic acid B (hexadecylitaconic acid) was protective against the depolymerization of cellulose by the Fenton reaction. To understand the redox silencing effects, we analyzed the physicochemical and redox properties of itaconic, octylitaconic and hexadecylitaconic acids. The initial rate of HO production by the Fenton system with Fe(3+), H(2)O(2) and L-cysteine was suppressed by hexadecylitaconic and octylitaconic acids by 0.04 and 0.16 of the reaction rate without chelators. ESR, O(2) uptake and the assay of Fe(2+) with BPS demonstrated that Fe(3+) reduction by L-cysteine was suppressed by hexadecylitaconic and octylitaconic acids while the reaction of Fe(2+) with H(2)O(2) was not suppressed by the two alkylitaconic acids. Ligand exchange experiments with NTA demonstrated that Fe(3+) chelation by two carboxyl groups of alkylitaconic acids is a critical step in iron redox modulation. In stark contrast, the production of HO* and reduction of Fe(3+) were not suppressed by itaconic acid due to HO*--initiated degradation of the chelator. The strong redox silencing effects by a series of alkylitaconic acids have attracted interest in controlling microbial plant cell wall degradation and chemoprotection against cellular oxidative injury. PMID:17315072

  7. Excellent anti-corrosive pretreatment layer on iron substrate based on three-dimensional porous phytic acid/silane hybrid.

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    Gao, Xiang; Lu, Ke; Xu, Lei; Xu, Hua; Lu, Haifeng; Gao, Feng; Hou, Shifeng; Ma, Houyi

    2016-01-01

    A novel, highly effective and environmentally friendly film-forming material, phytic acid (PA)/silane (denoted as PAS) hybrid with a three-dimensional (3D) network structure, was prepared through a condensation reaction of PA with methyltrihydroxysilane generated from the hydrolysis of methyltriethoxysilane (MTES). Two kinds of PAS-based pretreatment layers, namely NaBrO3-free and NaBrO3-doped PAS layers, were fabricated on iron substrates using the dip-coating method. SEM and AFM observations showed that the as-fabricated PAS-based layers possessed a 3D porous microstructure at the nanoscale and a rough surface morphology. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and attenuated total reflection infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopic characterization demonstrated that the above PAS layers bound to the iron surface via the -P-O- bond. Moreover, analyses of steady-state polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) data indicated that the corrosion rates of the iron substrates decreased considerably in the presence of the two PAS-based pretreatment layers. In particular, the NaBrO3-dosed PAS layer displayed the better corrosion resistance ability as well as maintaining the original microstructure and surface morphology. The PAS-based pretreatment layers are expected to act as substitutes for chromate and phosphate conversion layers and will find widespread application in the surface pretreatment of iron and steel materials due to the advantages of being environmentally friendly, the rapid film-forming process, and, especially, the nanoporous microstructure and rough surface morphology. PMID:26689810

  8. Hybrid of chitin and humic acid as high performance sorbent for Ni(II)

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    Santosa, Sri Juari; Siswanta, Dwi; Kurniawan, Agusta; Rahmanto, Wasino H.

    2007-11-01

    Hybrid of humic acid (HA) and chitin has been synthesized and the hybrid material (chitin-HA) was then applied as sorbent to adsorb Ni(II). The HA was extracted from peat soil of Gambut District, South Kalimantan, Indonesia, according to the procedure recommended by IHSS (International Humic Substances Society). The chitin was isolated from crab shell waste of sea food restaurants through deproteination using NaOH 3.5% (w/v) and followed by removal of inorganic impurities using HCl 1 M. The synthesis of chitin-HA was performed by reacting gelatinous chitin solution in HCl 0.5 M and HA solution in NaOH 0.5 M. Parameters investigated in this work consists of effect of medium acidity on the sorption, sorption rate ( ks) and desorption rate ( kd) constants, Langmuir (monolayer) and Freundlich (multilayer) sorption capacities, and energy ( E) of sorption. The ks and kd were determined according to a kinetic model of first order sorption reaching equilibrium, monolayer sorption capacity ( b) and energy ( E) were determined according to the Langmuir isotherm model, and multilayer sorption capacity ( B) was determined based on the Freundlich isotherm model. Sorption of Ni(II) on both chitin and chitin-HA was maximum at pH 8.0. The kinetic expression resulted from the proposed kinetic model has been shown to be more applicable than the commonly known Lagergren equation obtained from the pseudo-first order sorption model. The application of the proposed model revealed that the presence of HA increased the ks from 0.018 min -1 for chitin to 0.031 min -1 for chitin-HA. As for ks, the value of b was also bigger in the presence of HA, i.e. 7.42 10 -5 mol/g for chitin and 9.93 10 -5 mol/g for the chitin-HA. Unlike ks and b, the value of E slightly decreased from 23.23 to 21.51 kJ/mol for the absence and presence of HA, respectively. It can also be deduced that the presence of HA on chitin contributed more to the additional layer of Ni(II) sorbed on sorbent. Without HA, B for chitin was only 6.17 times higher than b, while with the presence of HA, the enhancement of the sorption capacity from the multilayer ( B) to the monolayer ( b) was 19.40. The increase of ks, b, B, and the decrease of E would be very benefit in the real application of chitin-HA for the recovery of Ni(II) from aqueous samples.

  9. Coupling hybridization chain reaction with catalytic hairpin assembly enables non-enzymatic and sensitive fluorescent detection of microRNA cancer biomarkers.

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    Wei, Yulian; Zhou, Wenjiao; Li, Xin; Chai, Yaqin; Yuan, Ruo; Xiang, Yun

    2016-03-15

    The identification and quantification of sequence-specific microRNAs (miRNAs) plays an important role in early diagnosis of different diseases. In this work, by integrating two independent signal amplification approaches, hybridization chain reaction and catalytic hairpin assembly, we report an enzyme-free and dual amplified approach for highly sensitive detection of a human prostate cancer biomarker, miR-141. The presence of miR-141 triggers the self-assembly of two hairpin DNAs into dsDNA polymers, which co-localize two split segments of ssDNA into proximity. Subsequently, these co-localized ssDNA sequences further act as triggers to initiate catalytic assembly of two fluorescently quenched hairpin DNAs to form numerous dsDNA strands, resulting in the recovery of the fluorescent emissions and remarkably amplified signals for highly sensitive detection of miR-141 down to 0.3 fM. In addition, this method is also selective for the target miRNA against other control sequences. With the advantages of high sensitivity and nanomaterial/enzyme-free detection format, the developed method can be a general sensing platform for the detection of trace amounts of sequence-specific nucleic acid targets. PMID:26439017

  10. Designed synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotubes@Cu@MoS2 hybrid as advanced electrocatalyst for highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Li, Feng; Li, Jing; Lin, Xiaoqing; Li, Xinzhe; Fang, Yiyun; Jiao, Lixin; An, Xincai; Fu, Yan; Jin, Jun; Li, Rong

    2015-12-01

    Design and synthesis of non-precious-metal catalyst for efficient electrochemical transformation of water to molecular hydrogen in acid environments is of paramount importance in reducing energy losses during the water splitting process. Here, the hybrid material of MoS2-coated Cu loaded on the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs@Cu@MoS2) was synthesized using chemical process and hydrothermal method. It was found that the participation of MWCNTs and Cu nanoparticles not only improved the electrical conductivity of the catalyst, but also further enhanced the catalytic activity by synergistic effect with edge-exposed MoS2-coating. Electrochemical experiments demonstrated that the catalyst exhibited excellent hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) activity with large cathode currents (small overpotential of 184 mV for 10 mA cm-2 current density) and a Tafel slope as small as 62 mV per decade. Furthermore, it was discovered that the current density of this composite catalyst had a little decrease after the continual 1000 cycling, which showed the catalyst had a high stability in the recycling process. These findings confirmed that this catalyst was a useful and earth-abundant material for water splitting.

  11. A Novel Two-Gene Requirement for the Octanoyltransfer Reaction of Bacillus subtilis Lipoic Acid Biosynthesis

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    Martin, Natalia; Christensen, Quin H.; Mansilla, Mara C.; Cronan, John E.; de Mendoza, Diego

    2011-01-01

    SUMMARY The Bacillus subtilis genome encodes three apparent lipoyl ligase homologues: yhfJ, yqhM, and ywfL which we have renamed lplJ, lipM and lipL, respectively. We show that LplJ encodes the sole lipoyl ligase of this bacterium. Physiological and biochemical characterization of a ?lipM strain showed that LipM is absolutely required for the endogenous lipoylation of all lipoate-dependent proteins, confirming its role as the B. subtilis octanoyltransferase. However, we also report that in contrast to E. coli, B. subtilis requires a third protein for lipoic acid assembly, LipL. B. subtilis ?lipL strains are unable to synthesize lipoic acid despite the presence of LipM and the sulfur insertion enzyme, LipA, which should suffice for lipoic acid biosynthesis based on the E. coli model. LipM is only required for the endogenous lipoylation pathway, whereas LipL also plays a role in lipoic acid scavenging. Expression of E. coli lipB allows growth of B. subtilis ?lipL or ?lipM strains in the absence of supplements. In contrast, growth of an E. coli ?lipB strain can be complemented with lipM, but not lipL. These data together with those of the companion paper (Christensen et al., 2011) provide evidence that LipM and LipL catalyze sequential reactions in a novel pathway for lipoic acid biosynthesis. PMID:21338420

  12. Comparison of dissolution and surface reactions between calcite and aragonite in L-glutamic and L-aspartic acid solutions.

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    Ryu, Miyoung; Kim, Hwan; Lim, Mihee; You, Kwangsuk; Ahn, Jiwhan

    2010-01-01

    We have investigated dissolution and surface reaction of calcite and aragonite in amino acid solutions of L-glutamic (L-glu) and L-aspartic acid (L-asp) at weak acidity of above pH 3. The surface reactions of calcite and aragonite were related with the dissolution. Calcite was dissolved in both solutions but the dissolution was limited by an adsorption of Ca-carboxylate salt. Aragonite was neither dissolved nor reacted in amino acid solutions because the crystal surface consisted of a hard to dissolve structure. PMID:20110889

  13. Nanosilver-based surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic determination of DNA methyltransferase activity through real-time hybridization chain reaction.

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    Hu, Ping Ping; Liu, Hui; Zhen, Shu Jun; Li, Chun Mei; Huang, Cheng Zhi

    2015-11-15

    In this manuscript, a nanosilver enhanced SERS strategy was successfully constructed for the determination of DNA methyltransferase activity in soulution combined with hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The proposed method was mainly on the basis of excellent separation ability of magnetic microparticles (MMPs), HCR as signal amplification unit and assembled AgNPs as enhancement substrate. In the presence of M. SssI MTase, the duplex sequence (5'-CCGG-3') tethered to MMPs was methylated, which cannot be cleaved by HpaII endonuclease. The resulted DNA skeleton captured on MMPs then triggered the HCR reaction, generated a polymerized and extended symmetrical sequence, in which more biotin terminal was available for the conjugation of AgNPs-SA, leading to significantly amplified SERS response. When it was used to analyze M. SssI activity, a linear equation ?ISERS=1215.32+446.80 cM.SssI was obtained with the M. SssI activity ranged from 0.1 to 10.0 U with the correlation coefficient (r(2)) of 0.97. The most important advantage of this method is the combination of SERS and HCR in solution for the first time and its good selectivity, which enabled the detection of even one-base mismatched sequence. The new assay method holds great promising application to be a versatile platform for sensitive, high-throughput detection, and the screening of new anticancer drugs on DNA MTase. PMID:26086442

  14. Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction as a diagnostic aid for synovial sarcoma.

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    Shipley, J.; Crew, J.; Birdsall, S.; Gill, S.; Clark, J.; Fisher, C.; Kelsey, A.; Nojima, T.; Sonobe, H.; Cooper, C.; Gusterson, B.

    1996-01-01

    Identification of the t(X;18)(p11.2;q11.2) that is associated with a high proportion of synovial sarcoma can be a useful diagnostic aid. The translocation results in fusion of the SYT gene on chromosome 18 to either the SSX1 or the SSX2 gene, two homologous genes within Xp11.2. Two-color interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction were assessed as approaches to identify the rearrangement in well characterized cases. The presence of the translocation, and the specific chromosome X gene disrupted, were inferred from the configuration of signals from chromosome-specific centromere probes, paints, and markers flanking each gene in preparations of interphase nuclei. Rearrangement was found in two cell lines and eight of nine tumor samples, including analysis of five touch imprints. This was consistent with cytogenetic data in four cases and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis using primers known to amplify both SYT-SSX1 and SYT-SSX2 transcripts. The transcripts were distinguished by restriction with LspI and SmaI. Contrary to previous suggestions, there was no obvious correlation between histological subtype and involvement of the SSX1 or SSX2 gene. These approaches could also be applied to the identification of tumor-free margins and metastatic disease. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 PMID:8579118

  15. Iterative reactions of transient boronic acids enable sequential C-C bond formation.

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    Battilocchio, Claudio; Feist, Florian; Hafner, Andreas; Simon, Meike; Tran, Duc N; Allwood, Daniel M; Blakemore, David C; Ley, Steven V

    2016-04-01

    The ability to form multiple carbon-carbon bonds in a controlled sequence and thus rapidly build molecular complexity in an iterative fashion is an important goal in modern chemical synthesis. In recent times, transition-metal-catalysed coupling reactions have dominated in the development of C-C bond forming processes. A desire to reduce the reliance on precious metals and a need to obtain products with very low levels of metal impurities has brought a renewed focus on metal-free coupling processes. Here, we report the in situ preparation of reactive allylic and benzylic boronic acids, obtained by reacting flow-generated diazo compounds with boronic acids, and their application in controlled iterative C-C bond forming reactions is described. Thus far we have shown the formation of up to three C-C bonds in a sequence including the final trapping of a reactive boronic acid species with an aldehyde to generate a range of new chemical structures. PMID:27001732

  16. Biosynthetic and Bioenergetic Functions of Citric Acid Cycle Reactions in Rhodopseudomonas capsulata

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    Beatty, J. Thomas; Gest, Howard

    1981-01-01

    Rhodopseudomonas capsulata can grow in a number of alternative modes, including (i) photosynthetic, defined here as anaerobic growth with light as the energy source, and (ii) heterotrophic, referring to aerobic heterotrophic growth in darkness. The functions of citric acid cycle sequences in these growth modes were investigated using wild-type and appropriate mutant strains. Results of growth tests and O2 utilization experiments showed that in the heterotrophic mode, energy conversion is dependent on operation of the classical citric acid cycle. Alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase (KGD) activity in wild-type strain B10 is substantially higher in cells grown heterotrophically than in cells grown photosynthetically. Molecular oxygen, even at low concentration, appears to be important in regulation of KGD synthesis and, thus, in expression of citric acid cycle activity. Extracts of (photosynthetically grown) mutant strain KGD11 lack demonstrable KGD activity, and in contrast to the wild type, KGD11 is unable to grow heterotrophically on succinate, malate, or pyruvate owing to failure of the energy conversion function of the citric acid cycle. KGD11, however, grows well photosynthetically on malate or on CO2 + H2. The KGD activity level required to support the bioenergetic function of the citric acid cycle is evidently much higher than that necessary to satisfy biosynthetic demands; thus, a very low rate of succinyl-coenzyme A formation (needed for biosynthesis) in the mutant would suffice for growth under photosynthetic conditions. In wild-type R. capsulata, the ?-ketoglutarate required for glutamate synthesis is ordinarily generated via citric acid cycle reactions, which include the conversions catalyzed by citrate synthase and isocitrate dehydrogenase. Mutants blocked in the former or both of these enzymes can grow photosynthetically if provided with an exogenous source of ?-ketoglutarate or glutamate, but grow very poorly (if at all) as heterotrophs since the energy supply under these conditions depends on operation of the complete citric acid cycle. PMID:7298578

  17. Influence of salts, including amino acids, on the rate and outcome of the in-water prebiotic reactions

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    Kolb, Vera M.

    2013-09-01

    Most prebiotic reactions are hypothesized to have occurred in water. However, organic compounds in general are not water-soluble. This has created a great problem for prebiotic chemistry. However, it has been shown recently that many organic materials which are not soluble in water are still capable of reacting in water, often at faster rates than in the organic solvents. This has provided a new era in the study of the prebiotic reactions. Simulated prebiotic reactions are typically performed in water. However, presence of inorganic salts and the amino acids was ubiquitous in the aqueous media on the prebiotic Earth. We thus address the influence of common salts and selected water-soluble amino acids on the rate and outcome of selected prebiotic reactions in water. We focus on Diels-Alder (DA) reaction and multicomponent Passerini reaction (PR), as models for other prebiotic reactions. Some of the results came from our laboratory, and others are from the literature. DA reaction is influenced by salts and by selected water-soluble amino acids, but generally not to a large extent. The PR is also influenced by salts, but not dramatically. However, concentrations of salts and amino acids could have been extremely high in various local niches on the early Earth, and the influence of such concentrations on these prebiotic reactions awaits further study.

  18. Detection of Newcastle disease virus RNA by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue and comparison with immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization

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    The usefulness of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues was examined and compared to the immunohistochemistry (IHC) and in situ hybridization (ISH) assays for detection of Newcastle disease virus (NDV). Spleen and lung tissues...

  19. A highly sensitive strategy for base excision repair enzyme activity detection based on graphene oxide mediated fluorescence quenching and hybridization chain reaction.

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    Xi, Qiang; Li, Jun-Jie; Du, Wen-Fang; Yu, Ru-Qin; Jiang, Jian-Hui

    2016-01-01

    A novel fluorescent nanosensor has been developed by combining super fluorescence quenching ability of graphene oxide and hybridization chain reaction amplification, which enables highly sensitive detection of base excision repair enzyme activity with a wide dynamic range from 0.0001 to 100 U mL(-1) and a detection limit of 0.00006 U mL(-1). PMID:26609920

  20. Discrimination of bacteriophage infected cells using locked nucleic acid fluorescent in situ hybridization (LNA-FISH).

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    Vilas Boas, Diana; Almeida, Carina; Sillankorva, Sanna; Nicolau, Ana; Azeredo, Joana; Azevedo, Nuno F

    2016-02-01

    Bacteriophage-host interaction studies in biofilm structures are still challenging due to the technical limitations of traditional methods. The aim of this study was to provide a direct fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) method based on locked nucleic acid (LNA) probes, which targets the phage replication phase, allowing the study of population dynamics during infection. Bacteriophages specific for two biofilm-forming bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter, were selected. Four LNA probes were designed and optimized for phage-specific detection and for bacterial counterstaining. To validate the method, LNA-FISH counts were compared with the traditional plaque forming unit (PFU) technique. To visualize the progression of phage infection within a biofilm, colony-biofilms were formed and infected with bacteriophages. A good correlation (r = 0.707) was observed between LNA-FISH and PFU techniques. In biofilm structures, LNA-FISH provided a good discrimination of the infected cells and also allowed the assessment of the spatial distribution of infected and non-infected populations. PMID:26813295

  1. Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis by a new multiplex peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization method

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    Machado, Antnio; Castro, Joana; Cereija, Tatiana; Almeida, Carina

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of most common vaginal infections. However, its diagnosis by classical methods reveals low specificity. Our goal was to evaluate the accuracy diagnosis of 150 vaginal samples with research gold standard methods and our Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) probes by Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH) methodology. Also, we described the first PNA-FISH methodology for BV diagnosis, which provides results in approximately 3 h. The results showed a sensitivity of 84.6% (95% confidence interval (CI), from 64.3 to 95.0%) and a specificity of 97.6% (95% CI [92.699.4%]), demonstrating the higher specificity of the PNA-FISH method and showing false positive results in BV diagnosis commonly obtained by the classical methods. This methodology combines the specificity of PNA probes for Lactobacillus species and G. vaginalis visualization and the calculation of the microscopic field by Nugent score, allowing a trustful evaluation of the bacteria present in vaginal microflora and avoiding the occurrence of misleading diagnostics. Therefore, the PNA-FISH methodology represents a valuable alternative for BV diagnosis. PMID:25737820

  2. Mapping the regioisomeric distribution of fatty acids in triacylglycerols by hybrid mass spectrometry[S

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    Nagy, Kornl; Sandoz, Laurence; Destaillats, Frdric; Schafer, Olivier

    2013-01-01

    This study describes the use of hybrid mass spectrometry for the mapping, identification, and semi-quantitation of triacylglycerol regioisomers in fats and oils. The identification was performed based on the accurate mass and fragmentation pattern obtained by data-dependent fragmentation. Quantitation was based on the high-resolution ion chromatograms, and relative proportion of sn-1(3)/sn-2 regioisomers was calculated based on generalized fragmentation models and the relative intensities observed in the product ion spectra. The key performance features of the developed method are inter-batch mass accuracy < 1 ppm (n = 10); lower limit of detection (triggering threshold) 0.1 ?g/ml (equivalent to 0.2 weight % in oil); lower limit of quantitation 0.2 ?g/ml (equivalent to 0.4 weight % in oil); peak area precision 6.5% at 2 ?g/ml concentration and 15% at 0.2 ?M concentration; inter-batch precision of fragment intensities < 1% (n = 10) independent of the investigated concentration; and averaged accuracy using the generic calibration 3.8% in the 110 ?g/ml range and varies between 123% depending on analytes. Inter-esterified fat, beef tallow, pork lard, and butter fat samples were used to show how well regioisomeric distribution of palmitic acid can be captured by this method. PMID:23093552

  3. Reaction kinetics and critical phenomena: iodination of acetone in isobutyric acid + water near the consolute point.

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    Hu, Baichuan; Baird, James K

    2010-01-14

    The rate of iodination of acetone has been measured as a function of temperature in the binary solvent isobutyric acid (IBA) + water near the upper consolute point. The reaction mixture was prepared by the addition of acetone, iodine, and potassium iodide to IBA + water at its critical composition of 38.8 mass % IBA. The value of the critical temperature determined immediately after mixing was 25.43 degrees C. Aliquots were extracted from the mixture at regular intervals in order to follow the time course of the reaction. After dilution of the aliquot with water to quench the reaction, the concentration of triiodide ion was determined by the measurement of the optical density at a wavelength of 565 nm. These measurements showed that the kinetics were zeroth order. When at the end of 24 h the reaction had come to equilibrium, the critical temperature was determined again and found to be 24.83 degrees C. An Arrhenius plot of the temperature dependence of the observed rate constant, k(obs), was linear over the temperature range 27.00-38.00 degrees C, but between 25.43 and 27.00 degrees C, the values of k(obs) fell below the extrapolation of the Arrhenius line. This behavior is evidence in support of critical slowing down. Our experimental method and results are significant in three ways: (1) In contrast to in situ measurements of optical density, the determination of the optical density of diluted aliquots avoided any interference from critical opalescence. (2) The measured reaction rate exhibited critical slowing down. (3) The rate law was pseudo zeroth order both inside and outside the critical region, indicating that the reaction mechanism was unaffected by the presence of the critical point. PMID:19928887

  4. The role of IgE recognition in allergic reactions to amoxicillin and clavulanic acid.

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    Torres, M J; Montaez, M I; Ariza, A; Salas, M; Fernandez, T D; Barbero, N; Mayorga, C; Blanca, M

    2016-02-01

    Betalactam (BL) antibiotics are the drugs most frequently involved in IgE-mediated reactions. The culprit BL varies according to consumption patterns, with amoxicillin (AX) more prevalent in Southern Europe and penicillin V in Scandinavian countries. Nowadays, the combination of AX and clavulanic acid (CLV) is the most highly consumed BL containing medicine worldwide. Both BLs, AX and CLV, can independently be involved in reactions, which poses a diagnostic challenge. In patients with immediate allergic reactions to AX, two patterns of responses have been described, those responding to benzylpenicillin (cross-reactors) and those selective to AX. In addition, selective reactions to CLV account for around 30% of allergic reactions to the combination AX-CLV. These patterns of IgE recognition could be related to differences in the haptenation process, in the immunological response, or in the BL involved in the first sensitization. In this regard, patients with selective responses to CLV are generally younger than those allergic to AX or benzylpenicillin. So far, no evidence of cross-reactivity between CLV and other BLs has been reported. This shows the importance of an accurate diagnosis of CLV allergy, as patients with selective reactions to CLV could take other BLs including AX. Diagnosis can be performed invivo and invitro, although no immunoassay currently exists. Research regarding the CLV antigenic determinants and protein conjugates is essential to improve diagnosis. BLs need to covalently bind to a carrier protein to be immunogenic. The antigenic determinant of AX is the amoxicilloyl amide, but CLV leads to unstable structures, many of which are unknown. Moreover, the nature of the BL-protein conjugates plays an important role in IgE recognition. This review aims to summarize current knowledge on the immunochemistry, diagnostic approaches as well as chemical and proteomic studies for both AX and CLV. PMID:26662186

  5. Revisitation of the ?Cl-Elimination Reaction of d-Amino Acid Oxidase

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    Ghisla, Sandro; Pollegioni, Loredano; Molla, Gianluca

    2011-01-01

    d-Amino acid oxidase (DAAO) from pig has been reported to catalyze the ?-elimination of Cl? from ?Cl-d-alanine via abstraction of the substrate ?-H as H+ (carbanion mechanism) (Walsh, C. T., Schonbrunn, A., and Abeles, R. H. (1971) J. Biol. Chem. 246, 68556866). In view of the fundamental mechanistic importance of this reaction and of the recent reinterpretation of the DAAO dehydrogenation step as occurring via a hydride mechanism, we reinvestigated the elimination reaction using yeast DAAO. That enzyme catalyzes the same reactions as the pig enzyme but with a much higher efficiency and a substantially different kinetic behavior. The reaction is initiated by a very rapid and fully reversible dehydrogenation step. This leads to an equilibrium (kon ? kreverse) between the complexes of oxidized enzyme-?Cl-d-alanine and reduced enzyme-?Cl-iminopyruvate. In the presence of O2 the latter complex can partition between an oxidative half-reaction and elimination of Cl?, which proceeds at a rate of ?50 s?1. This step forms a complex between oxidized enzyme and enamine that is characterized by a charge transfer absorption (which describes its rates of formation and decay). A minimal scheme that lists relevant steps of the reductive and oxidative half-reactions and elimination pathways along with the estimate of the corresponding rate constants is presented. ?-Elimination of Cl? is proposed to originate at the locus of the enzyme-?Cl-iminopyruvate complex. A chemical mechanism that can account for elimination is discussed in detail. PMID:21949129

  6. The Modification of Cellulosic Surface with Fatty Acids via Plasma Mediated Reactions

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    Nada, Ahmed Ali Ahmed

    Much attention has been paid recently to understand the healing process made by the human body, in order to develop new approaches for promoting healing. The wound healing process includes four main phases, namely, hemostatic, inflammatory, proliferation, and remodeling, which take place successively. The human body can provide all the requirements of the healing process in normal wounds, unless there is a kind of deficiency of the skin function or massive fluid losses of vast wounds. Therefore, wound care of non-healing wounds has recently been the growing concern of many applications. The goal of this work is to explore the development of a new cellulose-based wound dressing composite that contain or release wound healing agents attained via dry textile chemical finishing techniques (thermal curing-plasma treatment). The synthesis of different wound healing agents derived from fatty acids and attached chemically to cellulose or even delivered through cyclodextrine modified cellulose are reported in this work. First, free fatty acids, which are obtained from commercial vegetable oils, were identified as wound healing agents. Many of these free acids are known to bind with and deactivate the proteases associated with inflammation at a wound site. Linoleic acid is extracted from commercial products of safflower seed oil while ricinoleic acid is obtained from castor oil. Conjugated linoleic acid was synthesized. Un-conjugated linoleic acid was used to prepare two derivatives namely linoleic azide and allylic ketone of linoleic acid. Different cellulose derivatives such as cellulose peroxide, iododeoxycellulose and cellulose diazonium salt in different degree of substitutions were synthesized in order to facilitate the free radical reaction with the fatty acid derivatives. New modified cellulosic products were synthesized by reacting the cellulosic and the linoleic acid derivatives via thermal or plasma technique and characterized by FT-IR ATR, the wettability test, etc. The cyto-compatiability of the new product was investigated using the cytotoxicity test to identify the cytotoxic potentials of the grafted samples. The highest yield was obtained in the thermal curing (at 140°C, 3 min, and a 20% solution of azide derivative -- 170°C, 3 min, and a 2.5% solution of allylic ketone derivatives) of the iododeoxycellulose fabrics with either linoleic azide or the allylic ketone derivative. Atmospheric plasma machines were used for this study such as NCAPS (dielectric barrier discharge plasma) and APJeT. APJet plasma machine was used in two different modes namely downstream and in-situ. Although, the plasma treatment uses a lower energy to achieve the chemical reactions between the two components, the APJet obtained good results in the in-situ mode (at 800 Watts/cm3 RF power, 45 sec. exposure time) while retaining sufficient tensile strength. In general samples treated with the allylic ketone of linoleic acid treated samples showed higher graft yield than the azide derivative, especially those treated via thermal curing. Moreover, they are more cytologically compatible than the plasma treated samples. In the course of producing a wound healing product that contains or releases fatty acids, allylic beta-CD was synthesized for first time as a textile finishing agent. Per(2, 3, 6- tri-O-allyl)-beta-CD was synthesized and characterized using spectral analysis. Cellulosic derivatives were treated with per(2, 3, 6- tri-O-allyl)-beta-CD via either pad-thermofixation technique or plasma treatment. Thermal treatment showed superior efficiency over plasma techniques to activate the vinyl groups and creating a self-assembled CD network chemically bonded with the cellulose derivatives (at 180°C, 3 min, and a 20 % solution of Per(2, 3, 6- tri- O-allyl)-beta-CD). APJeT machine (in-situ mode) succeeded only to activate cellulose/ allylic CD reaction, but however, it could not offer enough energy to stimulate vinyl-vinyl reactions. Oleic acid with its semi-linear chemical structure tends to include in the CD cavity faster and to higher levels, than the others after 4 hrs at 25°C. At higher temperatures the equilibrium of free and included oleic acid shifts and a remarkable decrease in the total inclusion was observed. However, ricinoleic acid anions showed very poor tendency for inclusion either with high temperature or at long time which may be attributed to its chemical structure, which is too large for the CD cavities. Also, un-conjugated linoleic acid anions showed higher inclusion than the conjugated ones. MMT assay was used to determine the cyto- compatibility for the newly modified samples. Generally speaking, the highest fixation yields the highest cyto-compatibility of the treated samples. Iododeoxycellulose samples in both thermal and plasma curing reported high cyto-compatibility either with allylic ketone or azide derivative of linoleic acid over the other cellulose derivatives. Pure extracted fatty acids or included ones showed high cyto-compatibility towards L929 mouse cell line.

  7. Au(I)/Au(III)-catalyzed Sonogashira-type reactions of functionalized terminal alkynes with arylboronic acids under mild conditions

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    Qian, Deyun

    2011-01-01

    Summary A straightforward, efficient, and reliable redox catalyst system for the Au(I)/Au(III)-catalyzed Sonogashira cross-coupling reaction of functionalized terminal alkynes with arylboronic acids under mild conditions has been developed. PMID:21804876

  8. 40 CFR 721.6181 - Fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether...

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    2012-07-01

    ... substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and...-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and polyethylenepolyamines (generic). (a) Chemical... as fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl...

  9. 40 CFR 721.6181 - Fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and...-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and polyethylenepolyamines (generic). (a) Chemical... as fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl...

  10. 40 CFR 721.6181 - Fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and...-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and polyethylenepolyamines (generic). (a) Chemical... as fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl...

  11. 40 CFR 721.6181 - Fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and...-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and polyethylenepolyamines (generic). (a) Chemical... as fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl...

  12. 40 CFR 721.6181 - Fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether...

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and...-phenol polymer glycidyl ether, substituted proplyamine and polyethylenepolyamines (generic). (a) Chemical... as fatty acid, reaction product with substituted oxirane, formaldehyde-phenol polymer glycidyl...

  13. Single-molecule study on the temperature-sensitive reaction of F1-ATPase with a hybrid F1 carrying a single beta(E190D).

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    Enoki, Sawako; Watanabe, Rikiya; Iino, Ryota; Noji, Hiroyuki

    2009-08-21

    F(1)-ATPase is a rotary molecular motor in which the gamma-subunit rotates against the alpha(3)beta(3) cylinder. The unitary gamma-rotation is a 120 degrees step comprising 80 and 40 degrees substeps, each of these initiated by ATP binding and ADP release and by ATP hydrolysis and inorganic phosphate release, respectively. In our previous study on gamma-rotation at low temperatures, a highly temperature-sensitive (TS) reaction step of F(1)-ATPase from thermophilic Bacillus PS3 was found below 9 degrees C as an intervening pause before the 80 degrees substep at the same angle for ATP binding and ADP release. However, it remains unclear as to which reaction step the TS reaction corresponds. In this study, we found that the mutant F(1)(beta E190D) from thermophilic Bacillus PS3 showed a clear pause of the TS reaction below 18 degrees C. In an attempt to identify the catalytic state of the TS reaction, the rotation of the hybrid F(1), carrying a single copy of beta E190D, was observed at 18 degrees C. The hybrid F(1) showed a pause of the TS reaction at the same angle as for the ATP binding of the incorporated beta E190D, although kinetic analysis revealed that the TS reaction is not the ATP binding step. These findings suggest that the TS reaction is a structural rearrangement of beta before or after ATP binding. PMID:19561076

  14. Synthesis and biological evaluation of boswellic acid-NSAID hybrid molecules as anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic agents.

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    Shenvi, Suvarna; Kiran, K R; Kumar, Krishna; Diwakar, Latha; Reddy, G Chandrasekara

    2015-06-15

    Methyl esters of the ?-boswellic acid (BA) and 11-keto-?-boswellic acid (KBA) obtained from Boswellia serrata resin were subjected to Steglich esterification with the different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) viz., ibuprofen, naproxen, diclophenac and indomethacin. The novel hybrids of methyl boswellate (5-8) and that of methyl 11-keto boswellate (9-12) were evaluated for anti-inflammatory activity by carrageenan-induced rat hind paw edema model and anti-arthritic activity by Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) induced arthritis in Wister albino rat. Significant inhibition on carrageenan-induced paw edema has been observed with 5, 6 and 10 where as in CFA induced rats, hybrids 5, 8, 9 and 12 exhibited pronounced antiarthritic activity. Hybrid molecules 5 and 9 have been found to be more effective in inhibiting in-vivo COX-2 than ibuprofen by itself, thus showing the synergistic effect. Hybrid 5 and 9 tested for in-vitro lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase-2 (LOX/COX-2) inhibitory activity. The studies revealed that both 5 and 9 inhibited COX-2 relatively better than LOX enzyme. PMID:26010018

  15. Modified Fenton reaction for trichlorophenol dechlorination by enzymatically generated H2O2 and gluconic acid chelate.

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    Ahuja, Deepak K; Bachas, Leonidas G; Bhattacharyya, D

    2007-02-01

    Glucose oxidase is a well-known enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of beta-D-glucose to produce gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Fenton reaction is a powerful oxidation technology used for the oxidation of groundwater pollutants. For the application of Fenton reaction in groundwater remediation, successful operation of Fenton reaction near neutral pH, and on-site generation of both H2O2 and chelate will be beneficial. The focus of this experimental study was to couple the glucose oxidation reaction with chelate-based Fenton reaction. The idea was to use the hydrogen peroxide and chelate gluconic acid generated during glucose oxidation for the dechlorination of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) by Fenton reaction. The oxidation of glucose was achieved using the enzyme in free and immobilized forms. The rate of production of hydrogen peroxide was determined for each system, and was used to estimate the time required for complete consumption of glucose during the process, thus avoiding any traces of glucose in the Fenton reaction. In the case of free enzyme reaction, separation of the enzyme was achieved using an ultrafiltration membrane before initiating the Fenton reaction. The oxidation of TCP by Fenton reaction was performed at varying ratios of gluconic acid/Fe, and its effect on the decomposition of TCP and H2O2 was studied. TCP degradation was studied both in terms of parent compound degradation and free chloride generation. PMID:17166556

  16. Maximum power output and load matching of a phosphoric acid fuel cell-thermoelectric generator hybrid system

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    Chen, Xiaohang; Wang, Yuan; Cai, Ling; Zhou, Yinghui

    2015-10-01

    Based on the current models of phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFCs) and thermoelectric generators (TGs), a new hybrid system is proposed, in which the effects of multi-irreversibilities resulting from the activation, concentration, and ohmic overpotentials in the PAFC, Joule heat and heat leak in the TG, finite-rate heat transfer between the TG and the heat reservoirs, and heat leak from the PAFC to the environment are taken into account. Expressions for the power output and efficiency of the PAFC, TG, and hybrid system are analytically derived and directly used to discuss the performance characteristics of the hybrid system. The optimal relationship between the electric currents in the PAFC and TG is obtained. The maximum power output is numerically calculated. It is found that the maximum power output density of the hybrid system will increase about 150 Wm-2, compared with that of a single PAFC. The problem how to optimally match the load resistances of two subsystems is discussed. Some significant results for practical hybrid systems are obtained.

  17. Megranate-like nanoreactor with multiple cores and an acidic mesoporous shell for a cascade reaction

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    Wang, Xue; Guan, Buyuan; He, Yapeng; An, Dong; Zhang, Ye; Cao, Yu; Li, Xiang; Liu, Yunling; Huo, Qisheng

    2015-02-01

    Megranate-like nanoparticles possess a unique structure that is composed of multiple cores and shells, which is different from simple yolk-shell nanoparticles. Megranate-like nanoparticles can combine the properties of each component and be used as nanoreactors. This study describes the preparation of bifunctional megranate-like nanoreactors, consisting of multiple metal cores and thiol modified mesoporous SiO2 shells. Different metal nanoparticles (Pd, Pt, Au) can be incorporated into the structure as cores, and the thiol group in the shells can be oxidized to acidic -SO3H. The megranate-like nanoparticles show good bifunctional catalytic properties and recyclability in a cascade catalytic reaction for the desired benzimidazole derivative. Moreover, the individual components of the megranate-like nanoparticles also show good catalytic activities in the hydrogenation reduction of nitro-aromatics and the deprotection reaction of benzaldehyde dimethyl acetal.Megranate-like nanoparticles possess a unique structure that is composed of multiple cores and shells, which is different from simple yolk-shell nanoparticles. Megranate-like nanoparticles can combine the properties of each component and be used as nanoreactors. This study describes the preparation of bifunctional megranate-like nanoreactors, consisting of multiple metal cores and thiol modified mesoporous SiO2 shells. Different metal nanoparticles (Pd, Pt, Au) can be incorporated into the structure as cores, and the thiol group in the shells can be oxidized to acidic -SO3H. The megranate-like nanoparticles show good bifunctional catalytic properties and recyclability in a cascade catalytic reaction for the desired benzimidazole derivative. Moreover, the individual components of the megranate-like nanoparticles also show good catalytic activities in the hydrogenation reduction of nitro-aromatics and the deprotection reaction of benzaldehyde dimethyl acetal. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Figures show the TEM images, elemental mappings, NMR and HRMS results of the resultant samples. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06341d

  18. Probing folding/unfolding kinetics, reaction mechanism and thermodynamic stability of nucleic acid hairpins

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    Nayak, Rajesh Kumar

    Nucleic acid hairpins play pivotal roles in biological and cellular processes. The functions of the DNA and RNA hairpins depend upon the conformational changes they adopt during the biological process. Therefore, a clear understanding of their conformational dynamics such as folding and unfolding kinetics, reaction mechanism as well as thermodynamic stability is essential to understand their biological functions. This dissertation describes folding kinetics, reaction mechanism and thermodynamic stability of stem-loop nucleic acid hairpins by using rapid-mixing stopped-flow kinetics and other spectroscopic techniques. Firstly, the folding kinetics and reaction mechanism of a five base-paired stem and twenty one polythymidine loop DNA hairpin as a function of varying monovalent counter ion concentrations have been discussed. The important observation of this investigation is that the DNA hairpin folding is not simply a two-state process, and based on our experiments and kinetic modeling, we proposed a three-state reaction mechanism, wherein, the intermediate formation occurs on microsecond time scale and the complete hairpin formation occurs on millisecond time scale. Secondly, the loop length and counter ion dependent thermodynamic stability and folding of DNA hairpins have been described. This investigation provides a detailed understanding of how the stability and folding changes as a function of loop length and counter ion concentrations. The most important conclusion of this part of the investigation is that the thermodynamic stability of tetraloop hairpins depend upon counter ion concentration regimes and we explained the exceptional stability of a tetraloop hairpin in the higher concentration regime, compared to longer loop length hairpins on the basis of base-stacking effect. Finally, the folding and unfolding kinetics of RNA hairpins with identical four base-paired stem but different nucleotide loop sequence is discussed. Here we observed that the RNA hairpin folding and unfolding can be much more complex than previously thought and also RNA hairpin folding process can be different than DNA hairpin folding process.

  19. Anti-Selective Aldol Reactions of Pentafluorosulfanylacetic Acid Esters with Aldehydes Mediated by Dicyclohexylchloroborane.

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    Friese, Florian W; Dreier, Anna-Lena; Matsnev, Andrej V; Daniliuc, Constantin G; Thrasher, Joseph S; Haufe, Günter

    2016-03-01

    Aldol reactions of pentafluorosulfanyl (SF5)-substituted acetic acid esters with both aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes proceeded with excellent anti-diastereoselectivity and good to high yields using dicyclohexylchloroborane/triethylamine. This methodology enabled the synthesis of hitherto unknown α-SF5-β-hydroxy esters. Using a norephedrine-based auxiliary, high asymmetric induction was observed. The stereochemistry of products was assigned by NMR spectroscopy and proved by X-ray diffraction analysis. The intermediate enolate was identified as a highly unstable species. PMID:26909525

  20. Reactivity and reaction intermediates for acetic acid adsorbed on CeO2(111)

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    Calaza, Florencia; Chen, Tsung-Liang; Mullins, David R; Xu, Ye; Overbury, Steven {Steve} H

    2015-01-01

    Adsorption and reaction of acetic acid on a CeO2(1 1 1) surface was studied by a combination of ultra-highvacuum based methods including temperature desorption spectroscopy (TPD), soft X-ray photoelectronspectroscopy (sXPS), near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and reflection absorption IRspectroscopy (RAIRS), together with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. TPD shows that thedesorption products are strongly dependent upon the initial oxidation state of the CeO2surface, includingselectivity between acetone and acetaldehyde products. The combination of sXPS and NEXAFS demon-strate that acetate forms upon adsorption at low temperature and is stable to above 500 K, above whichpoint ketene, acetone and acetic acid desorb. DFT and RAIRS show that below 500 K, bridge bondedacetate coexists with a moiety formed by adsorption of an acetate at an oxygen vacancy, formed bywater desorption.