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  1. Electrochemical reaction of lithium with nanosized vanadium antimonate

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    Morales, Julian; Sanchez, Luis . E-mail: luis-sanchez@uco.es; Martin, Francisco; Berry, Frank

    2006-08-15

    Nanometric vanadium antimonate, VSbO{sub 4}, was prepared by mechanical milling from Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} and V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mossbaueer spectroscopy (MS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. Its reactivity towards lithium was examined by testing Li/VSbO{sub 4} cells under galvanostatic and potentiostatic regimes. The amount of Li inserted was found to be consistent with a two-step process involving the reactions (i) VSbO{sub 4}+8 Li{sup {yields}}Sb+V+4 Li{sub 2}O and (ii) Sb+3 Li{sup {yields}}Li{sub 3}Sb, the former being virtually irreversible and the latter reversible as suggested by the shape of the anodic and cathodic curves. Ex situ XPS measurements of the discharged and charged electrode provided direct evidence of the formation of alloyed Sb and confirmed the results of the potentiostatic curves regarding the irreversible or reversible character of the previous reactions. The Li/VSbO{sub 4} cell exhibited acceptable electrochemical performance, which surpassed that of other Sb-based compounds as the likely result of the formation of V and its associated enhanced electrode conductivity. - Graphical abstract: TEM image of nanosized VSbO{sub 4} sample.

  2. Synthesis of calcium antimonate nano-crystals by the 18th dynasty Egyptian glassmakers

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    Lahlil, S.; Biron, I.; Cotte, M.; Susini, J.; Menguy, N.

    2010-01-01

    During the 18th Egyptian dynasty (1570-1292 B.C.), opaque white, blue and turquoise glasses were opacified by calcium antimonate crystals dispersed in a vitreous matrix. The technological processes as well as the antimony sources used to manufacture these crystals remain unknown. Our results shed a new light on glassmaking history: contrary to what was thought, we demonstrate that Egyptian glassmakers did not use in situ crystallization but first synthesized calcium antimonate opacifiers, which do not exist in nature, and then added them to a glass. Furthermore, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the first time in the study of Egyptian opaque glasses, we show that these opacifiers were nano-crystals. Prior to this research, such a process for glassmaking has not been suggested for any kind of ancient opaque glass production. Studying various preparation methods for calcium antimonate, we propose that Egyptian craftsmen could have produced Ca2Sb2O7 by using mixtures of Sb2O3 or Sb2O5 with calcium carbonates (atomic ratio Sb/Ca=1) heat treated between 1000 and 1100°C. We developed an original strategy focused on the investigation of the crystals and the vitreous matrices using an appropriate suite of high-sensitivity and high-resolution micro- and nano-analytical techniques (scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), TEM). Synchrotron-based micro X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (μ-XANES) proved to be very well suited to the selective measure of the antimony oxidation state in the vitreous matrix. This work is the starting point for a complete reassessment not only of ancient Egyptian glass studies but more generally of high-temperature technologies used throughout antiquity.

  3. Autotrophic antimonate bio-reduction using hydrogen as the electron donor.

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    Lai, Chun-Yu; Wen, Li-Lian; Zhang, Yin; Luo, Shan-Shan; Wang, Qing-Ying; Luo, Yi-Hao; Chen, Ran; Yang, Xiaoe; Rittmann, Bruce E; Zhao, He-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Antimony (Sb), a toxic metalloid, is soluble as antimonate (Sb(V)). While bio-reduction of Sb(V) is an effective Sb-removal approach, its bio-reduction has been coupled to oxidation of only organic electron donors. In this study, we demonstrate, for the first time, the feasibility of autotrophic microbial Sb(V) reduction using hydrogen gas (H2) as the electron donor without extra organic carbon source. SEM and EDS analysis confirmed the production of the mineral precipitate Sb2O3. When H2 was utilized as the electron donor, the consortium was able to fully reduce 650 μM of Sb(V) to Sb(III) in 10 days, a rate comparable to the culture using lactate as the electron donor. The H2-fed culture directed a much larger fraction of it donor electrons to Sb(V) reduction than did the lactate-fed culture. While 98% of the electrons from H2 were used to reduce Sb(V) by the H2-fed culture, only 12% of the electrons from lactate was used to reduce Sb(V) by the lactate-fed culture. The rest of the electrons from lactate went to acetate and propionate through fermentation, to methane through methanogenesis, and to biomass synthesis. High-throughput sequencing confirmed that the microbial community for the lactate-fed culture was much more diverse than that for the H2-fed culture, which was dominated by a short rod-shaped phylotype of Rhizobium (α-Protobacteria) that may have been active in Sb(V) reduction. PMID:26519630

  4. OCH Strap Model Test

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    Weber, K.; /Fermilab

    1987-08-26

    The OCH Model was stacked using the appropriate spacers between each absorber plate. Steel bars measuring 3-inch wide by 1/4-inch thick were welded, using 1/8-inch fillet weld, along all the corner edges, except the outer radius edges. On the outer radius, the straps were bolted to the end plates and to plates 9 and 17. The straps on the outer radius were also set in towards the center by approximately 3-inches. The spacers were then knocked out. Twelve strain gauges were mounted on the model. See figure 1 and the OCH strap Model log book for locations. Each rosette was centered in the gap between two absorber plates. The finite element plate model can predict the primary deformations of the OH module in both the cantilever and crushing modes to within 11% of the measured values. The primary stresses away from the support plate for the cantilever mode can be predicted to within 13% by this model. Near the support plate where large shear stresses exists, ANSYS will overpredict the measured stresses substantially. This is probably due to the models inherent inability to allow for shear stress concentrations at the welds. The same over-prediction was seen in the side straps during the OH crush test comparison and is probably attributable to the high shear force in this mode. The simple finite element plate model will provide suitable model of OH module stiffness for use in the analysis of the module assembly. The calculation of shear stresses can be improved by applying the ANSYS calculated inter-element forces to traditional weld strength calculations

  5. Prospective evaluation of serum pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity and troponin I concentrations in Leishmania infantum-infected dogs treated with meglumine antimonate.

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    Xenoulis, Panagiotis G; Saridomichelakis, Manolis N; Chatzis, Manolis K; Kasabalis, Dimitris; Petanides, Theodoros; Suchodolski, Jan S; Steiner, Jörg M

    2014-07-14

    Canine leishmaniosis (CanL) caused by Leishmania infantum is an important zoonotic disease. One of the most commonly used drugs for the treatment of CanL is meglumine antimonate. Drugs of this class have been associated with pancreatitis and cardiotoxicity in humans infected with Leishmania spp. The aim of this study was to measure serum canine pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity (Spec cPL) and cardiac troponin I (cTnI) concentrations in dogs with leishmaniosis during treatment with meglumine antimonate, and to compare them with those of dogs with leishmaniosis not treated with this drug. A total of 30 non-uremic dogs with leishmaniosis, living in Greece, were prospectively enrolled into the study. Of the 30 dogs, 20 (Group A) were treated with a combination of meglumine antimonate (100mg/kg, SC, q24 h) and allopurinol (10mg/kg, PO, q12h) for 28 days, while 10 dogs (Group B) were treated with allopurinol alone (10mg/kg, PO, q12h) for 28 days. Blood samples were collected at timepoint 0 (before treatment) and at 14 and 28 days after the initiation of treatment. None of the dogs treated with meglumine antiomonate had a Spec cPL concentration suggestive of pancreatitis (≥ 400 μg/L) or clinical signs suggestive of pancreatitis at any of the timepoints. Similarly, none of the dogs treated with meglumine antiomonate had a serum cTnI concentration above the upper limit of the reference range (>0.5 ng/mL) or clinical evidence of cardiotoxicity at any of the 3 timepoints. In the present study, meglumine antimonate treatment in dogs with leishmaniosis did not result in clinical or laboratory evidence of either pancreatitis or cardiotoxicity. PMID:24813787

  6. Vibrational spectroscopic study of the antimonate mineral bindheimite Pb 2Sb 2O 6(O,OH)

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    Bahfenne, Silmarilly; Frost, Ray L.

    2009-09-01

    Raman spectroscopy complimented with infrared spectroscopy has been used to characterise the antimonate mineral bindheimite Pb 2Sb 2O 6(O,OH). The mineral is characterised by an intense Raman band at 656 cm -1 assigned to SbO stretching vibrations. Other lower intensity bands at 664, 749 and 814 cm -1 are also assigned to stretching vibrations. This observation suggests the non-equivalence of SbO units in the structure. Low intensity Raman bands at 293, 312 and 328 cm -1 are assigned to the OSbO bending vibrations. Infrared bands at 979, 1008, 1037 and 1058 cm -1 may be assigned to δOH deformation modes of SbOH units. Infrared bands at 1603 and 1640 cm -1 are assigned to water bending vibrations, suggesting that water is involved in the bindheimite structure. Broad infrared bands centred upon 3250 cm -1 supports this concept. Thus the true formula of bindheimite is questioned and probably should be written as Pb 2Sb 2O 6(O,OH,H 2O).

  7. A new strontium antimonate{sup III} Sr{sub 5}Sb{sub 22}O{sub 38}: Synthesis, crystal structure and characterizations

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    Geng, Lei; Meng, Chang-Yu; Lin, Chen-Sheng; Cheng, Wen-Dan

    2013-07-15

    A new strontium antimonate{sup III}, Sr{sub 5}Sb{sub 22}O{sub 38}, has been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the P2{sub 1}/n space group of the monoclinic system with a=11.739(9) Å, b=12.014(10) Å, c=16.412(13) Å, β=91.460(8)°, V=2314.0(3) Å{sup 3}. The crystal structure is built of seven trigonal–pyramidal SbO{sub 3} and four sphenoid SbO{sub 4} polyhedra which are connected through sharing corner-oxygen atoms to form the complex three-dimensional {sub ∞}{sup 3}[Sb{sub 22}O{sub 38}]{sup 10−} anionic network with two different intersectant tunnels along the [111-bar ] and [11-bar 1-bar ] directions accommodating the electric charge balanced Sr{sup 2+} cations. First-principles electronic structure calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT) and the UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements both indicate that the compound belongs to a direct band insulator with an optical gap value of 3.3 eV. - Graphical abstract: The 2D Sb–O slabs are stacked through sharing oxygen atoms to form the 3D network structure of the new strontium antimonate{sup III} Sr{sub 5}Sb{sub 22}O{sub 38}. - Highlights: • A new strontium antimonate{sup III}, Sr{sub 5}Sb{sub 22}O{sub 38}, has been hydrothermally synthesized. • The single crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction. • The powder XRD and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy were studied. • Theoretical studies interpret the relationships between optical absorption and crystal structure.

  8. Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic characterization of LmACR2, an arsenate/antimonate reductase from Leishmania major

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    Bisacchi, Davide; Zhou, Yao; Rosen, Barry P.; Mukhopadhyay, Rita; Bordo, Domenico

    2006-10-01

    LmACR2 from L. major is the first rhodanese-like enzyme directly involved in the reduction of arsenate and antimonate to be crystallized. Diffraction data have been collected to 1.99 Å resolution using synchrotron X-rays. Arsenic is present in the biosphere owing either to the presence of pesticides and herbicides used in agricultural and industrial activities or to leaching from geological formations. The health effects of prolonged exposure to arsenic can be devastating and may lead to various forms of cancer. Antimony(V), which is chemically very similar to arsenic, is used instead in the treatment of leishmaniasis, an infection caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania sp.; the reduction of pentavalent antimony contained in the drug Pentostam to the active trivalent form arises from the presence in the Leishmania genome of a gene, LmACR2, coding for the protein LmACR2 (14.5 kDa, 127 amino acids) that displays weak but significant sequence similarity to the catalytic domain of Cdc25 phosphatase and to rhodanese enzymes. For structural characterization, LmACR2 was overexpressed, purified to homogeneity and crystallized in a trigonal space group (P321 or P3{sub 1}21/P3{sub 2}21). The protein crystallized in two distinct trigonal crystal forms, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 111.0, c = 86.1 Å and a = b = 111.0, c = 175.6 Å, respectively. At a synchrotron beamline, the diffraction pattern extended to a resolution limit of 1.99 Å.

  9. Uptake of antimonite and antimonate by arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata: Effects of chemical analogs and transporter inhibitor.

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    Tisarum, Rujira; Chen, Yanshan; Dong, Xiaoling; Lessl, Jason T; Ma, Lena Q

    2015-11-01

    Antimonite (SbIII) is transported into plants via aquaglyceroporin channels but it is unknown in As-hyperaccumulator Ptreis vittata (PV). We tested the effects of SbIII analogs (arsenite-AsIII, glycerol, silicic acid-Si, and, glucose), antimonate (SbV) analog (phosphate-P), and aquaglyceroporin transporter inhibitor (silver, Ag) on the uptake of SbIII or SbV by PV gametophytes. PV gametophytes were grown in 20% Hoagland solution containing 65 μM SbIII or SbV and increasing concentrations of analogs at 65-6500 μM for 2 h or 4 h under sterile condition. After exposing to 65 μM Sb for 2 h, PV accumulated 767 mg/kg Sb in SbIII treatment and 419 mg/kg in SbV treatment. SbIII uptake by PV gametophytes was not impacted by glycerol or AsIII nor aquaglyceroporin inhibitor Ag during 2 h exposure. While Si increased SbIII uptake and glucose decreased SbIII uptake by PV gametophytes, the impact disappeared during 4 h exposure. Under P-sufficient condition, P increased SbIII uptake and decreased SbV uptake during 2 h exposure, but the effect again disappeared after 4 h. After being P-starved for 2 weeks, P decreased SbIII with no effect on SbV uptake during 2 h exposure. Our results indicated that: 1) PV gametophytes could serve as an efficient model to study Sb uptake, and 2) unique SbIII uptake by PV may be related to its trait of As hyperaccumulation. PMID:26142750

  10. Phil Ochs: No Place in This World

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    Doughty, Howard A.

    2005-01-01

    Phil Ochs was a prominent topical songwriter and singer in the 1960s. He was conventionally considered second only to Bob Dylan in terms of popularity, creativity and influence in the specific genre of contemporary folk music commonly known as "protest music." Whereas Dylan successfully reinvented himself many times in terms of his musical style…

  11. Thyroid function in 36 dogs with leishmaniosis due to Leishmania infantum before and during treatment with allopurinol with or without meglumine antimonate.

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    Saridomichelakis, Manolis N; Xenoulis, Panagiotis G; Chatzis, Manolis K; Kasabalis, Dimitris; Steiner, Jörg M; Suchodolski, Jan S; Petanides, Theodoros

    2013-10-18

    Hypothyroidism may predispose to the development of canine leishmaniosis or it may appear during the course of the latter due to infiltration and destruction of the thyroid gland by infected macrophages. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate thyroid function through measurement of serum total thyroxin (tT₄), free thyroxin (fT₄), and canine thyroid stimulating hormone (cTSH) concentrations in 36 dogs with leishmaniosis, before and after 2 and 4 weeks of treatment with allopurinol with or without meglumine antimonate. Before treatment 27/36 (75%) dogs had serum tT₄ concentrations below the lower limit of the reference interval but only 2 of them had concurrently serum fT₄ concentrations below the lower limit of the reference interval and none had increased serum cTSH concentrations. During treatment there were no significant changes in serum tT₄ or fT₄ concentrations, whereas a significant increase in serum cTSH was observed. Two dogs had decreased serum tT₄ and fT₄ but normal cTSH concentrations before treatment and two other dogs had decreased serum tT₄ and increased cTSH, but normal fT₄ concentrations during the treatment period. Although hypothyroidism could not be definitively excluded in these dogs it is considered unlikely based on their overall hormonal profile, clinical presentation, and response to treatment. Therefore, hypothyroidism does not appear to be an important predisposing disease or a frequent complication of canine leishmaniosis. PMID:23685064

  12. Removal of Antimonite (Sb(III)) and Antimonate (Sb(V)) from Aqueous Solution Using Carbon Nanofibers That Are Decorated with Zirconium Oxide (ZrO2).

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    Luo, Jinming; Luo, Xubiao; Crittenden, John; Qu, Jiuhui; Bai, Yaohui; Peng, Yue; Li, Junhua

    2015-09-15

    Zirconium oxide (ZrO2)-carbon nanofibers (ZCN) were fabricated and batch experiments were used to determine antimonite (Sb(III)) and antimonate (Sb(V)) adsorption isotherms and kinetics. ZCN have a maximum Sb(III) and Sb(V) adsorption capacity of 70.83 and 57.17 mg/g, respectively. The adsorption process between ZCN and Sb was identified to be an exothermic and follows an ion-exchange reaction. The application of ZCN was demonstrated using tap water spiked with Sb (200 μg/L). We found that the concentration of Sb was well below the maximum contaminant level for drinking water with ZCN dosages of 2 g/L. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that an ionic bond of Zr-O was formed with Sb(III) and Sb(V). Based on the density functional theory (DFT) calculations, Sb(III) formed Sb-O and O-Zr bonds on the surface of the tetragonal ZrO2 (t-ZrO2) (111) plane and monoclinic ZrO2 planes (m-ZrO2) (111) plane when it adsorbs. Only an O-Zr bond was formed on the surface of t-ZrO2 (111) plane and m-ZrO2 (111) plane for Sb(V) adsorption. The adsorption energy (Ead) of Sb(III) and Sb(V) onto t-ZrO2 (111) plane were 1.13 and 6.07 eV, which were higher than that of m-ZrO2 (0.76 and 3.35 eV, respectively). PMID:26301862

  13. Atmospheric chemistry of CF3CF2OCH3

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    Østerstrøm, Freja F.; Nielsen, Ole John; Wallington, Timothy J.

    2016-06-01

    Smog chamber Fourier transform infrared techniques were used to investigate the kinetics of the reaction of CF3CF2OCH3 with Cl atoms and OH radicals: k(Cl + CF3CF2OCH3) = (1.09 ± 0.16) × 10-13 and k(OH + CF3CF2OCH3) = (1.28 ± 0.19) × 10-14 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 in 700 Torr total pressure of N2/O2 at 296 ± 2 K. The Cl-initiated oxidation of CF3CF2OCH3 gives CF3CF2OCHO in a yield indistinguishable from 100%. An estimate of k(Cl + CF3CF2OCHO) = (1.18 ± 0.34) × 10-14 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 is provided. Based on the OH reaction rate, the atmospheric lifetime of CF3CF2OCH3 is estimated to be 5.0 years. The 100-year time horizon global warming potential of CF3CF2OCH3 is estimated to be 585. The atmospheric impact of CF3CF2OCH3 is discussed.

  14. The ABC-F protein EttA gates ribosome entry into the translation elongation cycle.

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    Boël, Grégory; Smith, Paul C; Ning, Wei; Englander, Michael T; Chen, Bo; Hashem, Yaser; Testa, Anthony J; Fischer, Jeffrey J; Wieden, Hans-Joachim; Frank, Joachim; Gonzalez, Ruben L; Hunt, John F

    2014-02-01

    ABC-F proteins have evaded functional characterization even though they compose one of the most widely distributed branches of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) superfamily. Herein, we demonstrate that YjjK, the most prevalent eubacterial ABC-F protein, gates ribosome entry into the translation elongation cycle through a nucleotide-dependent interaction sensitive to ATP/ADP ratio. Accordingly, we rename this protein energy-dependent translational throttle A (EttA). We determined the crystal structure of Escherichia coli EttA and used it to design mutants for biochemical studies including enzymological assays of the initial steps of protein synthesis. These studies suggest that EttA may regulate protein synthesis in energy-depleted cells, which have a low ATP/ADP ratio. Consistently with this inference, EttA-deleted cells exhibit a severe fitness defect in long-term stationary phase. These studies demonstrate that an ABC-F protein regulates protein synthesis via a new mechanism sensitive to cellular energy status. PMID:24389466

  15. The ABC-F protein EttA gates ribosome entry into the translation elongation cycle

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    Boël, Grégory; Smith, Paul C.; Ning, Wei; Englander, Michael T.; Chen, Bo; Hashem, Yaser; Testa, Anthony J.; Fischer, Jeffrey J.; Wieden, Hans-Joachim; Frank, Joachim; Gonzalez, Ruben L.; Hunt, John F.

    2014-01-01

    ABC-F proteins have evaded functional characterization even though they comprise one of the most widely distributed branches of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) superfamily. Herein, we demonstrate that YjjK, the most prevalent eubacterial ABC-F protein, gates ribosome entry into the translation elongation cycle through a nucleotide-dependent interaction sensitive to ATP/ADP ratio. Accordingly, we rename this protein Energy-dependent Translational Throttle A (EttA). We determined the crystal structure of Escherichia coli EttA and used it to design mutants for biochemical studies, including enzymological assays of the initial steps of protein synthesis. These studies suggest that EttA may regulate protein synthesis in energy-depleted cells, which have a low ATP/ADP ratio. Consistent with this inference, ΔettA cells exhibit a severe fitness defect in long-term stationary phase. These studies demonstrate that an ABC-F protein regulates protein synthesis via a novel mechanism sensitive to cellular energy status. PMID:24389466

  16. Is It Time to Review Guidelines for ETT Positioning in the NICU? SCEPTIC-Survey of Challenges Encountered in Placement of Endotracheal Tubes in Canadian NICUs.

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    Sakhuja, Pankaj; Finelli, Michael; Hawes, Judy; Whyte, Hilary

    2016-01-01

    Objectives. To examine current opinions and practices regarding endotracheal tube placement across several Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Design. Clinical directors from Canadian Neonatal Network affiliated NICUs and Neonatal-Perinatal Programs across Canada were invited via email to participate in and disseminate the online survey to staff neonatologists, neonatal fellows, respiratory therapists, and nurse practitioners. Result. There is wide variability in the beliefs and practices related to ETT placement. The majority use "weight +6" formula and "aim to black line" on ETT at vocal cords to estimate the depth of an oral ETT and reported estimation as challenging in ELBW infants. The majority agreed that mid-trachea is an ideal ETT tip position; however their preferred position on chest X-ray varied. Many believe that ETT positioning could be improved with more precise ETT markings. Conclusion. Further research should focus on developing more effective guidelines for ETT tip placement in the ELBW infants. PMID:26884771

  17. Is It Time to Review Guidelines for ETT Positioning in the NICU? SCEPTIC—Survey of Challenges Encountered in Placement of Endotracheal Tubes in Canadian NICUs

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    Sakhuja, Pankaj; Finelli, Michael; Hawes, Judy; Whyte, Hilary

    2016-01-01

    Objectives. To examine current opinions and practices regarding endotracheal tube placement across several Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Design. Clinical directors from Canadian Neonatal Network affiliated NICUs and Neonatal-Perinatal Programs across Canada were invited via email to participate in and disseminate the online survey to staff neonatologists, neonatal fellows, respiratory therapists, and nurse practitioners. Result. There is wide variability in the beliefs and practices related to ETT placement. The majority use “weight +6” formula and “aim to black line” on ETT at vocal cords to estimate the depth of an oral ETT and reported estimation as challenging in ELBW infants. The majority agreed that mid-trachea is an ideal ETT tip position; however their preferred position on chest X-ray varied. Many believe that ETT positioning could be improved with more precise ETT markings. Conclusion. Further research should focus on developing more effective guidelines for ETT tip placement in the ELBW infants. PMID:26884771

  18. Re-evaluation of rejection criteria for endotracheal tube (ETT) specimens from adult patients.

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    Walkty, A; Lagacé-Wiens, P R S; Manickam, K; Adam, H; Pieroni, P; Alfa, M; Karlowsky, J A

    2012-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine optimal criteria for microbiology laboratory screening of endotracheal tube (ETT) specimens submitted for bacterial culture from adult patients. ETT specimens from adult patients that were received by two microbiology laboratories were prospectively evaluated and subdivided into one of three study arms with the following criteria: <10 squamous epithelial cells (SECs) per low-power field with bacteria seen on Gram staining (arm 1), >10 SECs per low-power field with bacteria seen on Gram staining (arm 2) and <10 SECs per low-power field with no bacteria seen on Gram staining (arm 3). A fourth study arm (>10 SECs per low-power field with no bacteria seen on Gram staining) was planned but this arm was terminated due to the paucity of specimens meeting these criteria. Isolate evaluation was performed using standard microbiology protocols. A limited chart review was undertaken at one of the institutions, only reviewing patients from which a potential pathogen was recovered on culture. In total, 141 ETT specimens were evaluated. A potential respiratory pathogen was recovered from 54, 37 and 10 % of specimens in study arms 1, 2, and 3, respectively (P<0.0001, comparing between arm 1 and arm 3). For the 23 patients included in the chart review from whom a potential pathogen was recovered on culture, respiratory infection was considered to be present in 50 % (6/12) of patients in arm 1, 66.6 % (6/9) of patients in arm 2 and 100 % (2/2) of patients in arm 3. Therapy was rarely altered based on culture results. In this study, the ETT specimens submitted for bacterial culture were of limited benefit to clinicians. The data presented here support the use of an absence of bacteria on Gram staining as a rejection criterion for ETT specimens. The criterion of >10 SECs per low-power field should be further evaluated in a prospective study of patients with an unequivocal clinical diagnosis of pneumonia. PMID:22700550

  19. Crystallization-induced dynamic resolution R-epimer from 25-OCH3-PPD epimeric mixture.

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    Zhang, Sainan; Tang, Yun; Cao, Jiaqing; Zhao, Chen; Zhao, Yuqing

    2015-11-15

    25-OCH3-PPD is a promising antitumor dammarane sapogenin isolated from the total saponin-hydrolyzed extract of Panax ginseng berry and Panax notoginseng leaves. 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD was more potent as an anti-cancer agent than 20(S)-25-OCH3-PPD and epimeric mixture of 25-OCH3-PPD. This paper describes the rapid separation process of the R-epimer of 25-OCH3-PPD from its epimeric mixture by crystallization-induced dynamic resolution (CIDR). The optimized CIDR process was based on single factor analysis and nine well-planned orthogonal design experiments (OA9 matrix). A rapid and sensitive reverse phase high-performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method with evaporative light-scattering detector (ELSD) was developed and validated for the quantitation of 25-OCH3-PPD epimeric mixture and crystalline product. Separation and quantitation were achieved with a silica column using a mobile phase consisting of methanol and water (87:13, v/v) at a flow rate of 1.0mL/min. The ELSD detection was performed at 50°C and 3L/min. Under conditions involving 3mL of 95% ethanol, 8% HCl, and a hermetically sealed environment for 72h, the maximum production of 25(R)-OCH3-PPD was achieved with a chemical purity of 97% and a total yield of 87% through the CIDR process. The 25(R)-OCH3-PPD was nearly completely separated from the 220mg 25-OCH3-PPD epimeric mixture. Overall, a simple and steady small-batch purification process for the large-scale production of 25(R)-OCH3-PPD from 25-OCH3-PPD epimeric mixture was developed. PMID:26491820

  20. High-temperature X-ray diffraction measurements of fluorite-related rare earth antimonates Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=Nd, Tb) and their magnetic properties

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    Hinatsu, Yukio Doi, Yoshihiro

    2014-09-15

    Ternary rare-earth antimonates Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=rare earths) were prepared, and their structures were determined by X-ray diffraction measurements. They crystallize in an orthorhombic superstructure of cubic fluorite (space group Cmcm for Ln=La, Pr; Ccmm for Ln=Sm–Dy), in which Ln{sup 3+} ions occupy two different crystallographic sites (the 8-coordinated and 7-coordinated). For Ln=Nd, two phases with the Cmcm and Ccmm space groups coexist at room temperature. When the temperature was increased, the Nd{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} compound transformed into a single phase with the space group Cmcm. Through magnetic susceptibility measurements, an antiferromagnetic transition was observed at 3.0 K (Ln=Nd) and 7.8 K (Ln=Tb). Analysis of the magnetic specific heat for Tb{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} indicates that the 8-coordinated Tb ions magnetically orders at 7.8 K, and with furthermore decreasing temperature, the 7-coordinated Tb ions shows antiferromagnetic ordering at 3.0 K. - Graphical abstract: Temperature dependence of the specific heat divided by temperature (C{sub p}/T) and the magnetic entropy (S{sub mag}) for Tb{sub 3}SbO{sub 7}. Two-step magnetic transition has been observed. - Highlights: • The phase transition of Nd{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} is from the Ccmm space group to the Cmcm one. • Nd{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} shows an antiferromagnetic transition at 3.0 K. • For Tb{sub 3}SbO{sub 7}, two-step magnetic transition has been observed at 7.8 and 3.0 K.

  1. EttA regulates translation by binding to the ribosomal E site and restricting ribosome-tRNA dynamics

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    Chen, Bo; Boël, Grégory; Hashem, Yaser; Ning, Wei; Fei, Jingyi; Wang, Chi; Gonzalez, Ruben L.; Hunt, John F.; Frank, Joachim

    2014-01-01

    Cells express many ribosome-interacting factors whose functions and molecular mechanisms remain unknown. Here, we elucidate the mechanism of a newly characterized regulatory translation factor, Energy-dependent Translational Throttle A (EttA), which is an Escherichia coli representative of the ATP-binding cassette F (ABC-F) protein family. Using cryo-EM, we demonstrate that the ATP-bound form of EttA binds to the ribosomal tRNA exit (E) site, where it forms bridging interactions between the ribosomal L1 stalk and the tRNA bound in the peptidyl-tRNA binding (P) site. Using single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET), we show that the ATP-bound form of EttA restricts ribosome and tRNA dynamics required for protein synthesis. This work represents the first example, to our knowledge, where the detailed molecular mechanism of any ABC-F family protein has been determined and establishes a framework for elucidating the mechanisms of other regulatory translation factors. PMID:24389465

  2. 30. Historic American Buildings Survey SussmanOch, Photographer 1961 FRAGMENT OF ...

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    30. Historic American Buildings Survey Sussman-Och, Photographer 1961 FRAGMENT OF FIREBACK FOUND IN A HAMPTON OUTBUILDING SHOWING THE 'NORTHAMTON' MARK - Hampton, Mansion, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson, Baltimore County, MD

  3. Ab Initio Unimolecular Reaction Kinetics of CH2C(═O)OCH3 and CH3C(═O)OCH2 Radicals.

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    Tan, Ting; Yang, Xueliang; Ju, Yiguang; Carter, Emily A

    2015-10-22

    The unimolecular dissociation and isomerization kinetics of the methyl ester combustion intermediates methoxycarbonylmethyl (CH2C(═O)OCH3) and acetyloxylmethyl (CH3C(═O)OCH2) are theoretically investigated using high-level ab initio methods and the Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM)/master equation (ME) theory. Potential energy surfaces (PESs) are obtained using coupled cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples correction (CCSD(T)), multireference singles and doubles configuration interaction (MRSDCI) with the Davidson-Silver (DS) correction, and multireference averaged coupled pair functional (MRACPF2) theory. The transition states exhibit high T1 diagnostics in coupled cluster calculations, suggesting the need for a multireference correlated wave function treatment. MRSDCI+DS and MRACPF2 capture their multiconfigurational character well, yielding lower barrier heights than CCSD(T) for these reactions. The rate coefficients are computed using the RRKM/ME theory over a 500-2500 K temperature range and at a pressure range of 0.01 atm to the high-pressure limit. The temperature- and pressure-dependent rate coefficients are given in modified Arrhenius expressions. The β-scission of CH2C(═O)OCH3 is predicted to have a much higher barrier than the corresponding isomerization reaction and the β-scission of CH3C(═O)OCH2. Consequently, the rate coefficients for β-scission of CH2C(═O)OCH3 are the smallest among the three reactions and the isomerization followed by decomposition to CH3C(═O) and HCHO is the dominant reaction pathway for CH2C(═O)OCH3. Both radicals CH2C(═O)OCH3 and CH3C(═O)OCH2 are predicted to mainly decompose to CH3C(═O) + HCHO rather than to the bimolecular product CH2C(═O) + CH3O. A newly developed MA combustion mechanism, using our theoretical rate coefficients for the MA-related reactions, predicts combustion properties in good agreement with available experimental data. PMID:26436475

  4. Protein Production with a Pichia pastoris OCH1 Knockout Strain in Fed-Batch Mode.

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    Gmeiner, Christoph; Spadiut, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    The methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris is a widely used host organism for recombinant protein production in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. However, if the target product describes a glycoprotein, an α-1,6-mannosyltransferase located in the Golgi apparatus of P. pastoris, called OCH1, triggers hypermannosylation of the recombinant protein which significantly impedes following unit operations and hampers biopharmaceutical product applications. A knockout of the och1 gene allows the production of less-glycosylated proteins-however, morphology and physiology of P. pastoris also change, complicating the upstream process. Here, we describe a controlled and efficient bioprocess based on the specific substrate uptake rate (q s) for a recombinant P. pastoris OCH1 knockout strain expressing a peroxidase as model protein. PMID:26082217

  5. Transition from two to one integument in Prunus species: expression pattern of INNER NO OUTER (INO), ABERRANT TESTA SHAPE (ATS) and ETTIN (ETT).

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    Lora, Jorge; Hormaza, José I; Herrero, Maria

    2015-10-01

    While gymnosperm ovules have one integument, in most angiosperms two integuments surround the ovules. Unitegmic ovules have arisen independently several times during the evolution of angiosperms, but the ultimate genetic cause of the presence of a single integument remains elusive. We compared species of the genus Prunus that have different numbers of integuments: bitegmic species, such as Prunus armeniaca (apricot) and Prunus persica (peach), and unitegmic species, such as Prunus incisa, analyzing the expression pattern of genes that are involved in integument development in Arabidopsis thaliana: INNER NO OUTER (INO), ABERRANT TESTA SHAPE (ATS) and ETTIN (ETT). Bitegmic and unitegmic species showed similar INO expression patterns, indicative of the conservation of an outer integument. However, expression of ETT, which occurs in the boundary of the outer and inner integuments, was altered in unitegmic ovules, which showed lack of ETT expression. These results strongly suggest that the presence of a single integument could be attributable to the amalgamation of two integuments and support the role of ETT in the fusion of the outer and inner integuments in unitegmic ovules, a situation that could be widespread in other unitegmic species of angiosperms. PMID:25991552

  6. Atmospheric degradation mechanism of CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3}

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    Christensen, L.K.; Wallington, T.J.; Guschin, A.; Hurley, M.D.

    1999-05-27

    Recognition of the adverse effect of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) release into the atmosphere has led to an international effort to replace CFCs with environmentally acceptable alternatives. Hydrofluoroethers (HFEs) are a class of compounds which have been developed to replace CFCs in applications such as the cleaning of electronic equipment, heat transfer agents in refrigeration systems, and carrier fluids for lubricant deposition. HFEs are volatile compounds and are released into the atmosphere when used. CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3} has not been used commercially but is one of the simplest fluoroethers and serves as a model compound for the group of fluorinated ethers. A smog chamber/FTIR technique was used to study the Cl atom initiated oxidation of CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3} in 700 Torr of N{sub 2}/O{sub 2} at 296 K. Using relative rate techniques it was determined that {kappa}(Cl + CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3}) = (1.4 {+-} 0.2) {times} 10{sup {minus}13} and {kappa}(Cl + CF{sub 3}OC(O)H) = (9.8 {+-} 1.2) {times} 10{sup {minus}15} cm{sup 3} molecule{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}. At 700 Torr of N{sub 2}/O{sub 2} diluent at 296 K reaction with O{sub 2} is the only loss mechanism of the CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 2}O{sup {sm_bullet}} radical. The infrared spectra of the peroxy nitrates CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 2}O{sub 2}NO{sub 2} and CF{sub 3}OC(O)O{sub 2}NO{sub 2} were recorded and compared to the nonfluorinated analogues CH{sub 3}OCH{sub 2}O{sub 2}NO{sub 2} and CH{sub 3}OC(O)O{sub 2}NO{sub 2}. The thermal decomposition rate of CF{sub 3}OC(O)NO{sub 2} is (2.3 {+-} 0.1) {times} 10{sup {minus}4} s{sup {minus}1} in 700 Torr of N{sub 2} at 295.8 K. The reaction of CF{sub 3}OC(O)O{sub 2} radicals with HO{sub 2} radicals gives CF{sub 3}OC(O)H in a yield of (80 {+-} 11)%. The results are discussed with respect to the atmospheric degradation mechanism of CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3} and other ethers.

  7. Carbohydrate metabolism and carbon fixation in Roseobacter denitrificans OCh114.

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    Tang, Kuo-Hsiang; Feng, Xueyang; Tang, Yinjie J; Blankenship, Robert E

    2009-01-01

    The Roseobacter clade of aerobic marine proteobacteria, which compose 10-25% of the total marine bacterial community, has been reported to fix CO(2), although it has not been determined what pathway is involved. In this study, we report the first metabolic studies on carbohydrate utilization, CO(2) assimilation, and amino acid biosynthesis in the phototrophic Roseobacter clade bacterium Roseobacter denitrificans OCh114. We develop a new minimal medium containing defined carbon source(s), in which the requirements of yeast extract reported previously for the growth of R. denitrificans can be replaced by vitamin B(12) (cyanocobalamin). Tracer experiments were carried out in R. denitrificans grown in a newly developed minimal medium containing isotopically labeled pyruvate, glucose or bicarbonate as a single carbon source or in combination. Through measurements of (13)C-isotopomer labeling patterns in protein-derived amino acids, gene expression profiles, and enzymatic activity assays, we report that: (1) R. denitrificans uses the anaplerotic pathways mainly via the malic enzyme to fix 10-15% of protein carbon from CO(2); (2) R. denitrificans employs the Entner-Doudoroff (ED) pathway for carbohydrate metabolism and the non-oxidative pentose phosphate pathway for the biosynthesis of histidine, ATP, and coenzymes; (3) the Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas (EMP, glycolysis) pathway is not active and the enzymatic activity of 6-phosphofructokinase (PFK) cannot be detected in R. denitrificans; and (4) isoleucine can be synthesized from both threonine-dependent (20% total flux) and citramalate-dependent (80% total flux) pathways using pyruvate as the sole carbon source. PMID:19794911

  8. Dissociation of the effects of the antitumour ether lipid ET-18-OCH3 on cytosolic calcium and on apoptosis

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    Teresa Alonso, Maria; Gajate, Consuelo; Mollinedo, Faustino; Modolell, Manuel; Alvarez, Javier; García-Sancho, Javier

    1997-01-01

    We have compared the effects of 1-O-octadecyl-2-O-methyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (ET-18-OCH3) on the cytosolic free calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and on apoptosis in several normal and leukaemia cells, including human polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), U937 cells, and undifferentiated as well as dimethylsulphoxide-differentiated HL60 cells (uHL60 and dHL60, respectively). ET-18-OCH3 produced apoptosis, as evidenced by DNA degradation into oligonucleosome-size fragments, in U937 and uHL60 cells, but not in dHL60 cells or PMNs. ET-18-OCH3 induced an increase in [Ca2+]i mediated through the platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor in U937, dHL60 cells and PMNs, as shown by cross-desensitization experiments and by prevention of the [Ca2+]i changes by the PAF antagonist WEB-2170. The EC50 values for the increase in [Ca2+]i induced by PAF and ET-18-OCH3 were 5×10−11 and 2.5×10−7 M, respectively. In uHL60 cells the effect of ET-18-OCH3 on [Ca2+]i was very small and was not affected by WEB-2170. PAF did not produce apoptosis in any of the cell types tested. WEB-2170 did not prevent the apoptosis induced by ET-18-OCH3. The uptake of [3H]-ET-18-OCH3 was much larger in U937 and uHL60 cells than in dHL60 cells and PMNs. Our results indicate that the apoptotic effect of ET-18-OCH3 is not related to the changes in [Ca2+]i, effected by interaction with plasma membrane PAF receptors, but to other actions which are associated with the uptake of this drug into the cells. PMID:9257915

  9. Determination of 25-OCH3-PPD and the related substances by UPLC-MS/MS and their cytotoxic activity.

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    Ding, Meng; Lu, Jingjing; Zhao, Chen; Zhang, Sainan; Zhao, Yuqing

    2016-06-01

    20(R)-25-methoxyl-dammarane-3β,12β,20-triol (25-OCH3-PPD) is a promising antitumor compound belonging to triterpenoid saponins isolated from radix notoginseng. A systematic research on the related impurities in raw material of 25-OCH3-PPD has not been conducted. In this study, three impurities obtained by HPLC-ELSD and characterized by (13)C NMR and MS were observed in the raw material of 25-OCH3-PPD. Cytotoxic activities of the related substances were also evaluated, of which impurity B with 25-OCH3-PPD showed synergistic inhibitory activity against BGC-823 with IC50 values of 8.33μM. Furthermore, a rapid and selective UPLC-MS/MS method was developed for simultaneous determination of the principal component and three related substances in the raw material of 25-OCH3-PPD. Multiple reaction monitoring scan mode was used for the quantification of 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD and its three related substances. The four constituents were separated within 11min on a BEH C18 column (100 mm×2.1mm, 1.7μm) using a mobile phase comprising methanol and 0.03% formic acid water (82:18, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2mL/min. The proposed UPLC-MS/MS method displayed acceptable levels of linearity, precision, repeatability, and accuracy. In addition, the proposed method was successfully applied for the establishment of a rational quality control standard for the raw material of 25-OCH3-PPD. PMID:27128861

  10. Vibrational spectra, isolated CH stretching frequencies and CH bond lengths in CH 3OCH 2X compounds (XF, Cl, Br, I)

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    McKean, D. C.; Torto, I.; Morrisson, A. R.

    1983-05-01

    Infrared and Raman spectra are reported for CH 3OCH 2X, CHD 2OCD 2X, CD 3OCHDX (XF, Cl, Br, I) and for CH 3OCD 2Cl and CD 3OCH 2Cl, in various phases. νCHis values are obtained which enable CH bond lengths and dissociation energies to be predicted. The changes in bond lengths from Me 2O to MeOCH 2X and from MeOCH 2F to MeOCH 2Cl are in good agreement with those calculated ab initio and in radical disagreement with microwave-based values. The effect of halogen is to strengthen all the CH bonds present, especially that lying parallel to the CX one. All major features in the spectra are explained if only the gauche skeletal conformer exists in the phases studied. However, two transient bands in solid films of CH 3OCH 2F may indicate the presence of a metastable trans conformer phase. Secure assignments for CH 3OCH 2Cl are based on the CH 3OCD 2Cl and CD 3OCH 2Cl spectra and extended by analogy to most of the vibrations of the F, Br and I compounds.

  11. Interaction of F atoms with SiOCH ultra low-k films. Part II: etching

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    Rakhimova, T. V.; Lopaev, D. V.; Mankelevich, Yu A.; Kurchikov, K. A.; Zyryanov, S. M.; Palov, A. P.; Proshina, O. V.; Maslakov, K. I.; Baklanov, M. R.

    2015-05-01

    The etch mechanism of porous SiOCH-based low-k films by F atoms is studied. Five types of ultra-low-k (ULK) SiOCH films with k-values from 1.8 to 2.5 are exposed to F atoms in the far downstream of an SF6 inductively coupled plasma discharge. The evolution of etching with an F dose was studied using various techniques of surface and material analysis such as FTIR, XPS, EDS and SE. It is revealed that the etch mechanism is connected with surface fluorination and formation of -CHxFy species on the surface due to H abstraction by F atoms from -CH3 groups. It is shown that the etching includes two phases. The first one is observed at the low F doses and is connected with chemical modification and etching of walls in the topmost pores, which finishes when the walls are fully etched. At the same time, the additional etching in the underlying pores due to F penetration forms the etch depth profile, after that the second etching phase starts. This phase is characterized by the higher etch rate due to the propagation of the etch depth profile further into the film. The preliminary treatment of pore walls inside porous channels effectively accelerates etching many times compared to non-porous material. The acceleration depends on the modification depth, which in turn is a function of pore structure and interconnectivity as well as the F atom reaction mechanism. The combined random walk (Monte-Carlo) & kinetics model developed to describe F penetration inside SiOCH films together with reactions of F atoms leading to -CHxFy depletion and opening SiOx bonds for F access allowed relating the increased etch rates with increasing the total number of F atom collisions inside interconnected pores. The etch mechanism of SiOCH films is found in many respects to be similar to the SiO2 etch mechanism on the elementary level, but as whole it is ruled by the SiOCH structure: porosity degree, pore size, pore interconnectivity as well as structural features of SiOx bonds.

  12. Distributed Denial of Service Attack Source Detection Using Efficient Traceback Technique (ETT) in Cloud-Assisted Healthcare Environment.

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    Latif, Rabia; Abbas, Haider; Latif, Seemab; Masood, Ashraf

    2016-07-01

    Security and privacy are the first and foremost concerns that should be given special attention when dealing with Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). As WBAN sensors operate in an unattended environment and carry critical patient health information, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is one of the major attacks in WBAN environment that not only exhausts the available resources but also influence the reliability of information being transmitted. This research work is an extension of our previous work in which a machine learning based attack detection algorithm is proposed to detect DDoS attack in WBAN environment. However, in order to avoid complexity, no consideration was given to the traceback mechanism. During traceback, the challenge lies in reconstructing the attack path leading to identify the attack source. Among existing traceback techniques, Probabilistic Packet Marking (PPM) approach is the most commonly used technique in conventional IP- based networks. However, since marking probability assignment has significant effect on both the convergence time and performance of a scheme, it is not directly applicable in WBAN environment due to high convergence time and overhead on intermediate nodes. Therefore, in this paper we have proposed a new scheme called Efficient Traceback Technique (ETT) based on Dynamic Probability Packet Marking (DPPM) approach and uses MAC header in place of IP header. Instead of using fixed marking probability, the proposed scheme uses variable marking probability based on the number of hops travelled by a packet to reach the target node. Finally, path reconstruction algorithms are proposed to traceback an attacker. Evaluation and simulation results indicate that the proposed solution outperforms fixed PPM in terms of convergence time and computational overhead on nodes. PMID:27189623

  13. Studenters fritids--och motionsvanor i Umea och Madison. Ett bidrag till forstaelsen av Pierre Bourdieus vetenskapliga metodologi. Akademiska avhanlingar, Pedagogiska institutionen Nr. 58 (Leisure and Exercise Habits among Students in Umea and Madison. A Contribution to the Understanding of Pierre Bourdieu's Scientific Methodology. Academic Dissertation, Faculty of Social Sciences No. 58).

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    Lofgren, Kent

    This study, presented in Swedish with an English summary, analyzed differences between student groups at Umea University, Sweden, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in terms of study situations, experiences of the university environment, exercise and sports activities, and the connections between study and leisure time activities. The study…

  14. Stepwise Cluster Assembly Using VO(2)(acac) as a Precursor: cis-[VO(OCH(CH(3))(2))(acac)(2)], [V(2)O(2)(&mgr;-OCH(3))(2)(acac)(2)(OCH(3))(2)], [V(3)O(3){&mgr;,&mgr;-(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}(2)(acac)(2)(OC(2)H(5))], and [V(4)O(4)(&mgr;-O)(2)(&mgr;-OCH(3))(2)(&mgr;(3)-OCH(3))(2)(acac)(2)(OCH(3))(2)].2CH(3)CN(1).

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    Jiang, Feilong; Anderson, Oren P.; Miller, Susie M.; Chen, John; Mahroof-Tahir, Mohammad; Crans, Debbie C.

    1998-10-19

    The studies of an underexplored synthetic reagent, VO(2)(acac) (Hacac = acetylacetone) and semirational strategies for the formation of a complete series of simple vanadium(V) alkoxide clusters in alcohol-containing solvents. The neutral mono-, di-, tri-, and tetranuclear oxovanadium(V) complexes [V(2)O(2)(&mgr;-OCH(3))(2)(acac)(2)(OCH(3))(2)] (1), [V(4)O(4)(&mgr;-O)(2)(&mgr;-OCH(3))(2)(&mgr;(3)-OCH(3))(2)(acac)(2)(OCH(3))(2)].2CH(3)CN (2), [V(4)O(4)(&mgr;-O)(2)(&mgr;-OCH(3))(2)(&mgr;(3)-OCH(3))(2)(acac)(2)(OCH(3))(2)] (3), [V(3)O(3){&mgr;,&mgr;-(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}(2)(acac)(2)(OR)] (R = CH(3) (4), C(2)H(5) (5)), and cis-[VO(OCH(CH(3))(2))(acac)(2)] (6) with alkoxide and acac(-) ligands were obtained by reaction of VO(2)(acac) with a monoalcohol and/or a tridentate alcohol. The structures of complexes 1-3, 5, and 6 were determined by X-ray diffraction methods. Complex 1 crystallized in the monoclinic system, P2(1)/n, with a = 7.8668(5) Å, b = 15.1037(9) Å, c = 8.5879(5) Å, beta = 106.150(1) degrees, V = 980.1(1) Å(3), Z = 2, and R (wR2) = 0.040 (0.121). Complex 2 crystallized in the monoclinic system, P2(1)/n, with a = 8.531(2) Å, b = 14.703(3) Å, c = 12.574(2) Å, beta = 95.95(2) degrees, V = 1568.7(5) Å(3), Z = 2, and R (wR2) = 0.052 (0.127). Complex 3 crystallized in the triclinic system, P&onemacr;, with a = 8.5100(8) Å, b = 8.9714(8) Å, c = 10.3708(10) Å, alpha = 110.761(1) degrees, beta = 103.104(1) degrees, gamma = 100.155(1) degrees, V = 691.85(11) Å(3), Z = 1, and R (wR2) = 0.040 (0.105). Complex 5 crystallized in the monoclinic system, P2(1)/n, with a = 14.019(2) Å, b = 11.171(2) Å, c = 19.447(3) Å, beta = 109.18(1) degrees, V = 2876.5(8) Å(3), Z = 4, and R (wR2) = 0.062 (0.157). Complex 6 crystallized in the monoclinic system, P2(1)/n, with a = 15.0023(8) Å, b = 8.1368(1) Å, c = 26.5598(2) Å, beta = 95.744(1) degrees, V = 3225.89(8) Å(3), Z = 8, and R (wR2) = 0.060 (0.154). Complex 1 is a discrete, centrosymmetric dimer in which two

  15. Functional characterization of the gene FoOCH1 encoding a putative α-1,6-mannosyltransferase in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense.

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    Li, Min-Hui; Xie, Xiao-Ling; Lin, Xian-Feng; Shi, Jin-Xiu; Ding, Zhao-Jian; Ling, Jin-Feng; Xi, Ping-Gen; Zhou, Jia-Nuan; Leng, Yueqiang; Zhong, Shaobin; Jiang, Zi-De

    2014-04-01

    Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense (FOC) is the causal agent of banana Fusarium wilt and has become one of the most destructive pathogens threatening the banana production worldwide. However, few genes related to morphogenesis and pathogenicity of this fungal pathogen have been functionally characterized. In this study, we identified and characterized the disrupted gene in a T-DNA insertional mutant (L953) of FOC with significantly reduced virulence on banana plants. The gene disrupted by T-DNA insertion in L953 harbors an open reading frame, which encodes a protein with homology to α-1,6-mannosyltransferase (OCH1) in fungi. The deletion mutants (ΔFoOCH1) of the OCH1 orthologue (FoOCH1) in FOC were impaired in fungal growth, exhibited brighter staining with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-Concanavalin A, had less cell wall proteins and secreted more proteins into liquid media than the wild type. Furthermore, the mutation or deletion of FoOCH1 led to loss of ability to penetrate cellophane membrane and decline in hyphal attachment and colonization as well as virulence to the banana host. The mutant phenotypes were fully restored by complementation with the wild type FoOCH1 gene. Our data provide a first evidence for the critical role of FoOCH1 in maintenance of cell wall integrity and virulence of F. oxysporum f. sp. cubense. PMID:24503549

  16. Chemistry, spectroscopy, and isotope-selective infrared photochemistry of volatile uranium compound tailored for 10-. mu. m absorption: U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/

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    Cuellar, E.A.; Miller, S.S.; Marks, T.J.; Weitz, E.

    1983-07-13

    This contribution reports on the chemical, vibrational spectroscopic, and infrared multiphoton photochemical properties of uranium hexamethoxide, U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/, a prototype molecule for laser-induced uranium isotope separation with a carbon dioxide laser. Uranium hexamethoxide can be prepared from UCl/sub 4/ by conversion to Li/sub 2/U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/, followed by oxidation with lead tetraacetate. Vapor pressure studies on U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ indicate that at 33/sup 0/C, the vapor pressure is 17 mtorr. The vibrational spectra of U(/sup 16/OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ and U(/sup 18/OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ have been assigned by using infrared and laser Raman data. Under idealized O/sub h/ symmetry, the U(/sup 16/OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ U-O stretching fundamentals are assigned at 505.0 (A/sub lg/), 464.8(T/sub 1u/, and 414.0 cm/sup -1/ (E/sub g/). Tentative assignments are also made for several of the overtone and combination transitions evidence for possible lowering of the symmetry is presented. In gas-phase infrared photochemical experiments, the predominant U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ photoproducts isolated are U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 5/, methanol, and formaldhyde. These are suggestive of multiphoton U-O bond homolysis to produce uranium pentamethoxide and methoxy radicals. The enrichment of unreacted U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ in /sup 235/U is maximum at ca 927 cm/sup -1/ (near what may be a U-O stretching overtone transition) and exhibits both a low fluence threshold and diminution at high fluence.

  17. Chemistry, spectroscopy, and isotope-selective infrared photochemistry of a volatile uranium compound tailored for 10-mm absorption: U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/

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    Cuellar, E.A.; Miller, S.S.; Marks, T.J.; Weitz, E.

    1983-07-13

    This contribution reports on the chemical, vibrational spectroscopic, and infrared multiphoton photochemical properties of uranium hexamethoxide, U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/, a prototype molecule for laser-induced uranium isotope separation with a carbon dioxide laser. Uranium hexamethoxide can be prepared from UCl/sub 4/ by conversion to Li/sub 2/U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/, followed by oxidation with lead tetraacetate. Vapor pressure studies on U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ indicate that ..delta..H/sub sub//sup 0/ = 23 +/- 3 kcal/mol and ..delta..S/sub sub//sup 0/ = 76 +/- 4 eu; at 33/sup 0/C, the vapor pressure is 17 mtorr. The vibrational spectra of U(/sup 16/OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ and U(/sup 18/OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ have been assigned by using infrared and laser Raman data. Under idealized O/sub h/ symmetry, the U(/sup 16/OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/U-O stretching fundamentals are assigned at 505.0 (A/sub 1g/), 464.8 (T/sub 1u/), and 414.0 cm/sup -1/ (E/sub g/). Tentative assignments are also made for several of the overtone and combination transitions evidence for possible lowering of the symmetry is presented. In gas-phase infrared photochemical experiments, the predominant U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ photoproducts isolated are U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 5/, methanol, and formaldehyde. These are suggestive of multiphoton U-O bond homolysis to produce uranium pentamethoxide and methoxy radicals. The enrichment of unreacted U(OCH/sub 3/)/sub 6/ in /sup 235/U is maximum at ca. 927 cm/sup -1/ (near what may be a U-O stretching overtone transition) and exhibits both a low fluence threshold and dimunution at high fluence.

  18. Proteomic Responses of Roseobacter litoralis OCh149 to Starvation and Light Regimen

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    Zong, Rui; Jiao, Nianzhi

    2012-01-01

    Roseobacter litoralis OCh149 is a type strain of aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria in marine Roseobacter clade. Its full genome has been sequenced; however, proteomic research, which will give deeper insights into the environmental stimuli on gene expression networks, has yet to be performed. In the present study, a proteomic approach was employed to analyze the status of R. litoralis OCh149 in carbon starvation during the stationary phase and its responses to a dark/light regimen (12 h:12 h) in both exponential and stationary phases. LC-MS/MS-based analysis of highly abundant proteins under carbon starvation revealed that proteins involved in transport, the transcription/translation process and carbohydrate metabolism were the major functional categories, while poly-β-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA), previously accumulated in cells, was remobilized after stress. Glucose, as the sole carbon source in the defined medium, was broken down by Entner-Doudoroff and reductive pentose phosphate (PP) pathways. Carbohydrate catabolism-related proteins were down-regulated under light regardless of the growth phase, probably due to inhibition of respiration by light. In contrast, responses of amino acid metabolisms to light regimen varied among different proteins during growth phases depending on cellular requirements for proliferation, growth or survival. Fluorescence induction and relaxation measurements suggested that functional absorption cross-sections of the photosynthetic complexes decreased during the dark period and always recovered to about the previous level during the light period. Although the photosynthetic genes in R. litoralis OCh149 are located on the plasmid, these data indicate the regulatory mechanism of photoheterotroph metabolism by both carbon and light availability. PMID:23047149

  19. A General Method for Imine Formation Using B(OCH2CF3)3.

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    Reeves, Jonathan T; Visco, Michael D; Marsini, Maurice A; Grinberg, Nelu; Busacca, Carl A; Mattson, Anita E; Senanayake, Chris H

    2015-05-15

    Tris(2,2,2-trifluoroethyl)borate [B(OCH2CF3)3] was found to be a mild and general reagent for the formation of a variety of imines by condensation of amides or amines with carbonyl compounds. N-Sulfinyl, N-toluenesulfonyl, N-(dimethylamino)sulfamoyl, N-diphenylphosphinoyl, N-(α-methylbenzyl), and N-(4-methoxyphenyl) aldimines are all accessible using this reagent at room temperature. The reactions are operationally simple, and the products are obtained without special workup or isolation procedures. PMID:25906082

  20. Mechanism of plasma-induced damage to low-k SiOCH films during plasma ashing of organic resists

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    Takeda, Keigo; Miyawaki, Yudai; Takashima, Seigo; Fukasawa, Masanaga; Oshima, Keiji; Nagahata, Kazunori; Tatsumi, Tetsuya; Hori, Masaru

    2011-02-01

    Plasma-induced damage to porous SiOCH (p-SiOCH) films during organic resist film ashing using dual-frequency capacitively coupled O2 plasmas was investigated using the pallet for plasma evaluation method developed by our group. The damage was characterized by ellipsometry and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Individual and synergetic damage associated with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and UV radiation, radicals, and ions in the O2 plasma were clarified. It was found that the damage was caused not only by radicals but also by synergetic reactions of radicals with VUV and UV radiation emitted by the plasmas. It is noteworthy that the damage induced by plasma exposure without ion bombardment was larger than the damage with ion bombardment. These results differed from those obtained using an H2/N2 plasma for resist ashing. Finally, the mechanism of damage to p-SiOCH caused by O2 and H2/N2 plasma ashing of organic resist films is discussed. These results are very important in understanding the mechanism of plasma-induced damage to p-SiOCH films.

  1. Etching Enhancement Followed by Nitridation on Low-k SiOCH Film in Ar/C5F10O Plasma

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    Miyawaki, Yudai; Shibata, Emi; Kondo, Yusuke; Takeda, Keigo; Kondo, Hiroki; Ishikawa, Kenji; Okamoto, Hidekazu; Sekine, Makoto; Hori, Masaru

    2013-02-01

    The etching rates of low-dielectric-constant (low-k), porous SiOCH (p-SiOCH) films were increased by nitrogen-added Ar/C5F10O plasma etching in dual-frequency (60 MHz/2 MHz)-excited parallel plate capacitively coupled plasma. Previously, perfluoropropyl vinyl ether [C5F10O] provided a very high density of CF3+ ions [Nagai et al.: Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 45 (2006) 7100]. Surface nitridation on the p-SiOCH surface exposed to Ar/N2 plasma led to the etching of larger amounts of p-SiOCH in Ar/C5F10O plasma, which depended on the formation of bonds such as =C(sp2)=N(sp2)- and -C(sp)≡N(sp).

  2. Syntheses, X-ray Structures, and Solution Properties of [V(4)O(4){(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}(3)(OC(2)H(5))(3)] and [V(4)O(4){(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}(2)(OCH(3))(6)]: Examples of New Ligand Coordination Modes.

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    Crans, Debbie C.; Jiang, Feilong; Chen, John; Anderson, Oren P.; Miller, Mary M.

    1997-03-12

    Tetranuclear vanadium complexes with alkoxy ligands, [V(4)O(4){&mgr;,&mgr;,&mgr;(3)-(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}(2)(OCH(3))(6)] (1) and [V(4)O(4){&mgr;-(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}{&mgr;,&mgr;(3)-(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}{&mgr;,&mgr;,&mgr;(3)-(OCH(2))(3)CCH(3)}(OR)(3)] (R = C(2)H(5) (2), R = CH(CH(3))(2) (3), R = CH(3) (4)), were synthesized by reacting VO(OR)(3) and H(3)thme (H(3)thme = 1,1,1-tris(hydroxymethyl)ethane) in alcohol. Complex 1 crystallized in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/n with a = 9.646(4) Å, b = 11.502(3) Å, c = 11.960(3) Å, beta = 90.20(3) degrees, V = 1326.9 (7) Å(3), Z = 2 and R (wR(2)) = 0.045 (0.143). Complex 2 also crystallized in the monoclinic space group P2(1)/n with a = 8.290(8) Å, b = 12.237(2) Å, c = 29.118(4) Å, beta = 89.455(9) degrees, V = 2954(3) Å(3), Z = 4, and R(wR(2)) = 0.049 (0.126). Both 1 and 2 are neutral, discrete complexes possessing a common [V(4)O(16)](12)(-) core, which consists of four vanadium(V) atoms chelated by two (1) or three (2) tridentate thme(3)(-) ligands and by six (1) or three (2) RO(-) groups. Compound 1 exhibits a crystallographically required inversion center; in contrast, complex 2 exhibits no crystallographically imposed symmetry, and its three trialkoxy ligands each coordinate differently (one thme(3)(-) is coordinated in a new coordination mode with the oxygens in a terminal, doubly-bridging and triply-bridging mode). Both compounds 1 and 2 maintain their structures in solution, although compound 1 also forms a second minor species upon dissolution. Sequential exchanges of the RO(-) groups in complexes 2 and 3 were investigated by (51)V and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. For example, [V(4)O(4)(thme)(3)(OC(2)H(5))(3)] will react with CH(3)OH to generate [V(4)O(4)(thme)(3)(OCH(3))(3)] (4). These reactions were found to be reversible. The time scale of the alcohol exchange reactions were found to vary depending on the vanadium center that is undergoing the exchange. PMID:11669666

  3. Analysis of the Pressure and Temperature Dependence of the Complex-Forming Bimolecular Reaction CH3OCH3 + Fe(.).

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    Ard, Shaun G; Johnson, Ryan S; Martinez, Oscar; Shuman, Nicholas S; Guo, Hua; Troe, Jürgen; Viggiano, Albert

    2016-07-14

    The kinetics of the reaction CH3OCH3 + Fe(+) has been studied between 250 and 600 K in the buffer gas He at pressures between 0.4 and 1.6 Torr. Total rate constants and branching ratios for the formation of Fe(+)O(CH3)2 adducts and of Fe(+)OCH2 + CH4 products were determined. Quantum-chemical calculations provided the parameters required for an analysis in terms of statistical unimolecular rate theory. The analysis employed a recently developed simplified representation of the rates of complex-forming bimolecular reactions, separating association and chemical activation contributions. Satisfactory agreement between experimental results and kinetic modeling was obtained that allows for an extrapolation of the data over wide ranges of conditions. Possible reaction pathways with or without spin-inversion are discussed in relation to the kinetic modeling results. PMID:27228310

  4. Atmospheric chemistry of CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH{sub 2}CF{sub 3}: UV spectra and kinetic data for CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH({sm_bullet})CF{sub 3} and CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH(OO{sm_bullet})CF{sub 3} radicals, and atmospheric fate of CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH(O{sm_bullet})CF{sub 3} radicals

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    Stein, T.N.N.; Christensen, L.K.; Platz, J.; Sehested, J.; Nielsen, O.J.; Wallington, T.J.

    1999-07-22

    Recognition of the adverse effect of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) release into the atmosphere has led to an international effort to replace CFCs with environmentally acceptable alternatives. Hydrofluoroethers (HFEs) are fluids designed to replace CFCs in applications such as the cleaning of electronic equipment, heat transfer agents in refrigeration systems, and carrier fluids for lubricant deposition. HFEs are volatile compounds and will be released into the atmosphere during its use. In the atmosphere, photochemical oxidation of HFEs will lead to the formation of fluorinated esters and fluorinated formates. The atmospheric fate of these products is unknown at the present. To improve their understanding of the atmospheric chemistry of esters the authors have studied the atmospheric chemistry of 2,2,2-trifluoroethyltrifluoroacetate CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH{sub 2}CF{sub 3} (bp = 55.0 C). This compound provides insight into the behavior of alkyl, alkyl peroxy, and alkoxy radicals formed {alpha} to the ester functionality. The atmospheric fate of CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH(O{sup {sm_bullet}})CF{sub 3} radicals was investigated in a FTIR smog chamber. Three loss processes for the CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH(O{sup {sm_bullet}})CF{sub 3} radicals were identified at 296 K and 700 Torr total pressure, reaction with O{sub 2} to form CF{sub 3}C(O)OC(O)CF{sub 3}, {alpha}-rearrangement to form CF{sub 3}C(O){sm_bullet} radicals and CF{sub 3}C(O)OH, and decomposition via a mechanism which is unclear. In 760 Torr of air at 296 K, 65% of the CF{sub 3}C(O)OCH(O{sm_bullet})CF{sub 3} radicals react with oxygen, 18% undergo {alpha}-rearrangement, while the fate of the remaining 17% is unclear.

  5. Thermal properties of layered oxychalcogenides BiCuOCh (Ch = S, Se, and Te): A first-principles calculation

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    Liu, Gang; Sun, Hongyi; Zhou, Jian; Li, Qingfang; Wan, X. G.

    2016-05-01

    The phonon spectra, Debye temperatures, Grüneisen parameters, and the intrinsic lattice thermal conductivities of the layered oxychalcogenides BiCuOCh (Ch = S, Se, Te) have been studied with first-principles calculations. We find that the lattice thermal conductivities of them are anisotropic and quite low. The lowest thermal conductivity is only 0.14 Wm-1K-1 along c-axis for BiCuOTe. The size-dependent thermal conductivity of them is also discussed.

  6. Single-molecule conductance determinations on HS(CH2)4O(CH2)4SH and HS(CH2)2O(CH2)2O(CH2)2SH, and comparison with alkanedithiols of the same length

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    Scullion, Lisa E.; Leary, Edmund; Higgins, Simon J.; Nichols, Richard J.

    2012-04-01

    The acetyl-protected, thiol-terminated ethers AcS(CH2)4O(CH2)4SAc and AcS(CH2)2O(CH2)2O(CH2)2SAc have been synthesised, and a range of related scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM)-based methods have been employed to fabricate and electrically characterise gold | single molecule | gold junctions involving these molecules. The single-molecule conductance values obtained are consistently found to be substantially higher (by a factor of 2-3) than the conductances of analogous alkanedithiols of similar length (HS(CH2)9SH and HS(CH2)8SH, respectively). A rationalisation of these findings is suggested, namely that the lone pair electrons on the oxygen atoms are substantially closer in energy to the Fermi energy of the gold leads than are the occupied and unoccupied states of methylene chains, so that the ether oxygens behave in a manner analogous to 'wells' in a double-tunnelling-barrier system. In agreement with this suggestion, the current-voltage behaviour of the monoether can be fitted using the Simmons approach, and the barrier height is found to be significantly lower than for alkanedithiols of approximately the same length. To Stuart Lindsay, in appreciation of his contributions to the field and of our lively discussions at various conferences.

  7. Development of a fed-batch process for a recombinant Pichia pastoris Δoch1 strain expressing a plant peroxidase.

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    Gmeiner, Christoph; Saadati, Amirhossein; Maresch, Daniel; Krasteva, Stanimira; Frank, Manuela; Altmann, Friedrich; Herwig, Christoph; Spadiut, Oliver

    2015-01-01

    Pichia pastoris is a prominent host for recombinant protein production, amongst other things due to its capability of glycosylation. However, N-linked glycans on recombinant proteins get hypermannosylated, causing problems in subsequent unit operations and medical applications. Hypermannosylation is triggered by an α-1,6-mannosyltransferase called OCH1. In a recent study, we knocked out OCH1 in a recombinant P. pastoris CBS7435 Mut(S) strain (Δoch1) expressing the biopharmaceutically relevant enzyme horseradish peroxidase. We characterized the strain in the controlled environment of a bioreactor in dynamic batch cultivations and identified the strain to be physiologically impaired. We faced cell cluster formation, cell lysis and uncontrollable foam formation.In the present study, we investigated the effects of the 3 process parameters temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen concentration on 1) cell physiology, 2) cell morphology, 3) cell lysis, 4) productivity and 5) product purity of the recombinant Δoch1 strain in a multivariate manner. Cultivation at 30°C resulted in low specific methanol uptake during adaptation and the risk of methanol accumulation during cultivation. Cell cluster formation was a function of the C-source rather than process parameters and went along with cell lysis. In terms of productivity and product purity a temperature of 20°C was highly beneficial. In summary, we determined cultivation conditions for a recombinant P. pastoris Δoch1 strain allowing high productivity and product purity. PMID:25567661

  8. High pressure Raman spectroscopy of H2O-CH3OH mixtures.

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    Hsieh, Wen-Pin; Chien, Yu-Hsiang

    2015-01-01

    Complex intra-molecular interactions and the hydrogen-bonding network in H2O-volatile mixtures play critical roles in many dynamics processes in physical chemistry, biology, and Earth and planetary sciences. We used high pressure Raman spectroscopy to study the pressure evolution of vibrational frequencies and bonding behavior in H2O-CH3OH mixtures. We found that the presence of low CH3OH content in H2O increases the transition pressure where water crystallizes to ice VI, but does not significantly change the pressure where ice VI transforms to ice VII. Furthermore, the stiffening rates of C-H stretching frequencies dω/dP in CH3OH significantly decrease upon the crystallization of water, and the softening rates of the O-H stretching frequencies of ice VII are suppressed over a narrow pressure range, after which the frequencies of these modes shift with pressure in ways similar to pure CH3OH and ice VII, respectively. Such complex pressure evolution of Raman frequencies along with pronounced variations in Raman intensities of CH3OH within the sample, and the hysteresis of the water-ice VI phase transition suggest pressure-induced segregation of low content CH3OH from ice VII. These findings indicate the significant influence of volatiles on the crystallization of sub-surface ocean and thermal evolution within large icy planets and satellites. PMID:25704667

  9. High pressure Raman spectroscopy of H2O-CH3OH mixtures

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    Hsieh, Wen-Pin; Chien, Yu-Hsiang

    2015-01-01

    Complex intra-molecular interactions and the hydrogen-bonding network in H2O-volatile mixtures play critical roles in many dynamics processes in physical chemistry, biology, and Earth and planetary sciences. We used high pressure Raman spectroscopy to study the pressure evolution of vibrational frequencies and bonding behavior in H2O-CH3OH mixtures. We found that the presence of low CH3OH content in H2O increases the transition pressure where water crystallizes to ice VI, but does not significantly change the pressure where ice VI transforms to ice VII. Furthermore, the stiffening rates of C-H stretching frequencies dω/dP in CH3OH significantly decrease upon the crystallization of water, and the softening rates of the O-H stretching frequencies of ice VII are suppressed over a narrow pressure range, after which the frequencies of these modes shift with pressure in ways similar to pure CH3OH and ice VII, respectively. Such complex pressure evolution of Raman frequencies along with pronounced variations in Raman intensities of CH3OH within the sample, and the hysteresis of the water-ice VI phase transition suggest pressure-induced segregation of low content CH3OH from ice VII. These findings indicate the significant influence of volatiles on the crystallization of sub-surface ocean and thermal evolution within large icy planets and satellites. PMID:25704667

  10. Astronomical Orientations Of Dragon Houses (Laka Palli, Kapsala, Oche) And Armena Gate (Euboea, Greece)

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    Liritzis, I.; Artelaris, G.

    The preliminary investigation of the astronomical orientation of monuments at Styra, southern Euboea, includes the triple so called 'dragon house' complex at Laka Palli, one dragon house at Kapsala and one on the summit of Mount Oche, and a monumental gate in the megalithic fortification wall at Armena. Recent luminescence testing dates these remains to approximately the Classical period with apparent re-use in Roman and later times. Thus far no definite astronomical orientation has been determined in the layout of the structures and no celestial stone markers or similar features have been found associated with the dragon houses, however, the relationship of significant stars, constellations and solar stands was well known in antiquity, and the limited results presented here suggests the possibility for further investigation. This study, which considered possible orientations related to sun rise and sun set for the summer and winter solstice, as well as, alignments towards equinoxes and major bright stars and constellations, did observe a general preference for a southern orientation at most of the sites and a possible feature for time observations in the dragon house complex at Laka Palli.

  11. Towards understanding intrinsic degradation and breakdown mechanisms in SiOCH low-k dielectrics

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    Wu, C.; Li, Y.; Ciofi, I.; Kauerauf, Th.; Bömmels, J.; De Wolf, I.; Tőkei, Zs.; Croes, K.

    2015-02-01

    The degradation and breakdown mechanisms of a SiOCH low-k material with k = 2.3 (25% porosity) and thicknesses ranging from 90 nm to 20 nm were investigated. By combining the time dependent dielectric breakdown data at positive/negative bias stress with the thickness scaling results, dielectric failure is proven to be intrinsic and not influenced by copper drift or metal barrier deposition induced dielectric damage. It is shown that stress induced leakage current (SILC) can be used as a measure of dielectric degradation. Therefore, low field lifetimes can be safely estimated using SILC extrapolation. Based on our results, both the impact damage model and the power law model have a good accuracy for low field lifetime prediction. Recovery and anneal experiments are used to study the physical nature causing the observed negative flatband voltage shifts in our metal-insulator-semiconductor planar capacitor structures, where hydrogen induced unstable fast and slow donor type interface states are hypothesized to be the root cause of the observed shifts. We suggest that atomic hydrogen is released from the dielectric during electron injection and migrates to the interfacial region. Our model is further supported by an observed irreversible SILC change during the recovery and anneal studies. The degradation mechanism proposed in this work, supported by the low field lifetime data, provides a feasible explanation for intrinsic low-k dielectric failure.

  12. Towards understanding intrinsic degradation and breakdown mechanisms in SiOCH low-k dielectrics

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    Wu, C. De Wolf, I.; Li, Y.; Ciofi, I.; Kauerauf, Th.; Bömmels, J.; Tőkei, Zs.; Croes, K.

    2015-02-14

    The degradation and breakdown mechanisms of a SiOCH low-k material with k = 2.3 (25% porosity) and thicknesses ranging from 90 nm to 20 nm were investigated. By combining the time dependent dielectric breakdown data at positive/negative bias stress with the thickness scaling results, dielectric failure is proven to be intrinsic and not influenced by copper drift or metal barrier deposition induced dielectric damage. It is shown that stress induced leakage current (SILC) can be used as a measure of dielectric degradation. Therefore, low field lifetimes can be safely estimated using SILC extrapolation. Based on our results, both the impact damage model and the power law model have a good accuracy for low field lifetime prediction. Recovery and anneal experiments are used to study the physical nature causing the observed negative flatband voltage shifts in our metal-insulator-semiconductor planar capacitor structures, where hydrogen induced unstable fast and slow donor type interface states are hypothesized to be the root cause of the observed shifts. We suggest that atomic hydrogen is released from the dielectric during electron injection and migrates to the interfacial region. Our model is further supported by an observed irreversible SILC change during the recovery and anneal studies. The degradation mechanism proposed in this work, supported by the low field lifetime data, provides a feasible explanation for intrinsic low-k dielectric failure.

  13. High pressure Raman spectroscopy of H2O-CH3OH mixtures

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    Hsieh, Wen-Pin; Chien, Yu-Hsiang

    2015-03-01

    Complex intra-molecular interactions and the hydrogen-bonding network in H2O-volatile mixtures play critical roles in many dynamics processes in physical chemistry, biology, and Earth and planetary sciences. We used high pressure Raman spectroscopy to study the pressure evolution of vibrational frequencies and bonding behavior in H2O-CH3OH mixtures. We found that the presence of low CH3OH content in H2O increases the transition pressure where water crystallizes to ice VI, but does not significantly change the pressure where ice VI transforms to ice VII. Furthermore, the stiffening rates of C-H stretching frequencies dω / dP in CH3OH significantly decrease upon the crystallization of water, and the softening rates of the O-H stretching frequencies of ice VII are suppressed over a narrow pressure range, after which the frequencies of these modes shift with pressure in ways similar to pure CH3OH and ice VII, respectively. Such complex pressure evolution of Raman frequencies along with pronounced variations in Raman intensities of CH3OH within the sample, and the hysteresis of the water-ice VI phase transition suggest pressure-induced segregation of low content CH3OH from ice VII.

  14. High pressure Raman spectroscopy of H2O-CH3OH mixtures

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    Hsieh, Wen-Pin; Chien, Yu-Hsiang

    2015-02-01

    Complex intra-molecular interactions and the hydrogen-bonding network in H2O-volatile mixtures play critical roles in many dynamics processes in physical chemistry, biology, and Earth and planetary sciences. We used high pressure Raman spectroscopy to study the pressure evolution of vibrational frequencies and bonding behavior in H2O-CH3OH mixtures. We found that the presence of low CH3OH content in H2O increases the transition pressure where water crystallizes to ice VI, but does not significantly change the pressure where ice VI transforms to ice VII. Furthermore, the stiffening rates of C-H stretching frequencies dω/dP in CH3OH significantly decrease upon the crystallization of water, and the softening rates of the O-H stretching frequencies of ice VII are suppressed over a narrow pressure range, after which the frequencies of these modes shift with pressure in ways similar to pure CH3OH and ice VII, respectively. Such complex pressure evolution of Raman frequencies along with pronounced variations in Raman intensities of CH3OH within the sample, and the hysteresis of the water-ice VI phase transition suggest pressure-induced segregation of low content CH3OH from ice VII. These findings indicate the significant influence of volatiles on the crystallization of sub-surface ocean and thermal evolution within large icy planets and satellites.

  15. Investigation of the O+allyl addition/elimination reaction pathways from the OCH(2)CHCH(2) radical intermediate.

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    Fitzpatrick, Benjamin L; Lau, Kai-Chung; Butler, Laurie J; Lee, Shih-Huang; Lin, Jim Jr-Min

    2008-08-28

    These experiments study the preparation of and product channels resulting from OCH(2)CHCH(2), a key radical intermediate in the O+allyl bimolecular reaction. The data include velocity map imaging and molecular beam scattering results to probe the photolytic generation of the radical intermediate and the subsequent pathways by which the radicals access the energetically allowed product channels of the bimolecular reaction. The photodissociation of epichlorohydrin at 193.3 nm produces chlorine atoms and c-OCH(2)CHCH(2) radicals; these undergo a facile ring opening to the OCH(2)CHCH(2) radical intermediate. State-selective resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) detection resolves the velocity distributions of ground and spin-orbit excited state chlorine independently, allowing for a more accurate determination of the internal energy distribution of the nascent radicals. We obtain good agreement detecting the velocity distributions of the Cl atoms with REMPI, vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization at 13.8 eV, and electron bombardment ionization; all show a bimodal distribution of recoil kinetic energies. The dominant high recoil kinetic energy feature peaks near 33 kcalmol. To elucidate the product channels resulting from the OCH(2)CHCH(2) radical intermediate, the crossed laser-molecular beam experiment uses VUV photoionization and detects the velocity distribution of the possible products. The data identify the three dominant product channels as C(3)H(4)O (acrolein)+H, C(2)H(4)+HCO (formyl radical), and H(2)CO (formaldehyde)+C(2)H(3). A small signal from C(2)H(2)O (ketene) product is also detected. The measured velocity distributions and relative signal intensities at me=27, 28, and 29 at two photoionization energies show that the most exothermic product channel, C(2)H(5)+CO, does not contribute significantly to the product branching. The higher internal energy onset of the acrolein+H product channel is consistent with the relative barriers en route to

  16. Atmospheric Degradation of CH2═C(CH3)C(O)OCH3 Initiated by OH Radicals: Mechanistic Study and Quantification of CH3C(O)C(O)OCH3 in NOx Free Air.

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    Gibilisco, Rodrigo G; Uranga, Jorge G; Santiago, Ana N; Teruel, Mariano A

    2015-08-20

    The product distribution of the gas-phase reaction of OH radicals with methyl methacrylate (CH2═C(CH3)C(O)OCH3, MMA) in the absence of NOx was studied at 298 K and atmospheric pressure of air. The experiments were performed in a Teflon chamber using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) with GC-MS and GC-FID for product identification and quantification, respectively. In the absence of NOx, methyl pyruvate (CH3C(O)C(O)OCH3) was identified with a yield of 76 ± 13% in accordance with the decomposition of the 1,2-hydroxyalkoxy radicals formed. In addition, a detailed quantum chemical study of the degradation of MMA was performed by density functional theory (DFT) methods using the MPWB1K functional. This calculation suggests that formation of methyl pyruvate, from C1-C2 scission of 1,2-hydroxyalkoxy radical, is kinetically and thermodynamically the most favorable reaction path taking into account the electronic properties of reaction intermediates and transition states. The difference observed on the degradation mechanism of MMA in the presence and absence of NOx was explained in terms of the associated thermochemistry. Furthermore, this study propose that reaction between peroxy radical (RO2(•)) and hydroxyl radical (OH) became relevant at NOx-free environments. This statement is in agreement with recent studies concerning small peroxy radicals such as CH3OO(•). PMID:26213280

  17. Long persistent near infrared luminescence nanoprobes LiGa5O8:Cr3+-PEG-OCH3 for in vivo imaging

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    Fu, Xiaoyan; Liu, Chunlin; Shi, Junpeng; Man, Huizi; Xu, Jia; Zhang, Hongwu

    2014-09-01

    The Cr3+-doped LiGa5O8 nanoparticles (LGNPs) with long-persistent near-infrared phosphorescence were obtained through a sol-gel approach followed by heat treatment at 800 °C in air. The obtained results reveal that the nanoparticles with an average diameter of 100 nm are well defined and have pure structure of LiGa5O8. After illumination for 3 min using a 254 nm UV lamp, the LGNPs exhibit strong near-infrared peak at ca. 720 nm belonging to tissue transparency window which can last for more than 1 h. Via surface modified with PEG-5000-OCH3, the LGNPs-PEG-OCH3 exhibit excellent biocompatibility and low toxicity. Under in vitro pre-excitation using a 254 nm UV lamp for 3 min, the in vivo distribution of the LGNPs-PEG-OCH3 in the abdomen can be detected in real time for more than 1 h. All the results indicate that the LGNPs-PEG-OCH3 can be used as potential nanoprobes to realize in vivo, real time and long time imaging with high sensitivity.

  18. Induction of apoptosis in human mitogen-activated peripheral blood T-lymphocytes by the ether phospholipid ET-18-OCH3: Involvement of the Fas receptor/ligand system

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    Cabaner, Christelle; Gajate, Consuelo; Macho, Antonio; Muñoz, Eduardo; Modolell, Manuel; Mollinedo, Faustino

    1999-01-01

    Activated T-cells constitute a target for treatment of autoimmune diseases. We have found that the antitumour ether phospholipid 1-O-octadecyl-2-O-methyl-rac-glycero-3-phosphocholine (ET-18-OCH3; edelfosine) induced dose- and time-dependent apoptosis in human mitogen-activated peripheral blood T-lymphocytes, but not in resting T-cells. T-lymphocytes were stimulated with phytohemagglutinin and interleukin-2 or with concanavalin A. Apoptosis was assessed by DNA fragmentation through cell cycle and TUNEL analyses, as well as through visualization of internucleosomal DNA fragmentation in agarose gels.The ET-18-OCH3-mediated apoptotic response in activated T-lymphocytes was less intense than in human leukaemic T cell lines, such as Jurkat cells and Peer cells; namely about 25% apoptosis in activated T-cells versus about 46–61% apoptosis in T leukaemic cells after 24 h treatment with 10 μM ET-18-OCH3.The ET-18-OCH3 thioether analogue BM 41.440 (ilmofosine) showed a similar apoptotic capacity to that found with ET-18-OCH3 in activated T-cells, whereas the phospholipid analogue hexadecylphosphocholine (miltefosine) failed to promote this response.The uptake of [3H]-ET-18-OCH3 was much larger in activated T-cells than in resting lymphocytes.Using a cytofluorimetric approach we have found that ET-18-OCH3 induced disruption of the mitochondrial transmembrane potential and production of reactive oxygen species in activated T-cells, but not in resting lymphocytes.ET-18-OCH3 induced an increase in Fas (APO-1/CD95) ligand mRNA expression in activated T-cells, and incubation with a blocking anti-Fas (APO-1/CD95) antibody partially inhibited the ET-18-OCH3-induced apoptosis of activated T-lymphocytes.These results demonstrate that mitogen-activated T-cells, unlike resting lymphocytes, are able to take up significant amounts of ET-18-OCH3, and are susceptible to undergo apoptosis by the ether lipid via, in part, the Fas (APO-1/CD95) receptor/ligand system. This ET-18-OCH3

  19. Characterization of Cu(II) and Cd(II) resistance mechanisms in Sphingobium sp. PHE-SPH and Ochrobactrum sp. PHE-OCH and their potential application in the bioremediation of heavy metal-phenanthrene co-contaminated sites.

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    Chen, Chen; Lei, Wenrui; Lu, Min; Zhang, Jianan; Zhang, Zhou; Luo, Chunling; Chen, Yahua; Hong, Qing; Shen, Zhenguo

    2016-04-01

    Soil that is co-contaminated with heavy metals (HMs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is difficult to bioremediate due to the ability of toxic metals to inhibit PAH degradation by bacteria. We demonstrated the resistance mechanisms to Cu(II) and Cd(II) of two newly isolated strains of Sphingobium sp. PHE-SPH and Ochrobactrum sp. PHE-OCH and further tested their potential application in the bioremediation of HM-phenanthrene (PhA) co-contaminated sites. The PHE-SPH and PHE-OCH strains tolerated 4.63 and 4.34 mM Cu(II) and also showed tolerance to 0.48 and 1.52 mM Cd(II), respectively. Diverse resistance patterns were detected between the two strains. In PHE-OCH cells, the maximum accumulation of Cu(II) occurred in the cell wall, while the maximum accumulation was in the cytoplasm of PHE-SPH cells. This resulted in a sudden suppression of growth in PHE-OCH and a gradual inhibition in PHE-SPH as the concentration of Cu(II) increased. Organic acid production was markedly higher in PHE-OCH than in PHE-SPH, which may also have a role in the resistance mechanisms, and contributes to the higher Cd(II) tolerance of PHE-OCH. The factors involved in the absorption of Cu(II) or Cd(II) in PHE-SPH and PHE-OCH were identified as proteins and carbohydrates by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Furthermore, both strains showed the ability to efficiently degrade PhA and maintained this high degradation efficiency under HM stress. The high tolerance to HMs and the PhA degradation capacity make Sphingobium sp. PHE-SPH and Ochrobactrum sp. PHE-OCH excellent candidate organisms for the bioremediation of HM-PhA co-contaminated sites. PMID:26670028

  20. Competing 1πσ* mediated dynamics in mequinol: O-H versus O-CH3 photodissociation pathways.

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    Hadden, David J; Roberts, Gareth M; Karsili, Tolga N V; Ashfold, Michael N R; Stavros, Vasilios G

    2012-10-14

    Deactivation of excited electronic states through coupling to dissociative (1)πσ* states in heteroaromatic systems has received considerable attention in recent years, particularly as a mechanism that contributes to the ultraviolet (UV) photostability of numerous aromatic biomolecules and their chromophores. Recent studies have expanded upon this work to look at more complex species, which involves understanding competing dynamics on two different (1)πσ* potential energy surfaces (PESs) localized on different heteroatom hydride coordinates (O-H and N-H bonds) within the same molecule. In a similar spirit, the work presented here utilizes ultrafast time-resolved velocity map ion imaging to study competing dissociation pathways along (1)πσ* PESs in mequinol (p-methoxyphenol), localized at O-H and O-CH(3) bonds yielding H atoms or CH(3) radicals, respectively, over an excitation wavelength range of 298-238 nm and at 200 nm. H atom elimination is found to be operative via either tunneling under a conical intersection (CI) (298 ≥ λ ≥ 280 nm) or ultrafast internal conversion through appropriate CIs (λ ≤ 245 nm), both of which provide mechanisms for coupling onto the dissociative state associated with the O-H bond. In the intermediate wavelength range of 280 ≥ λ ≥ 245 nm, mediated H atom elimination is not observed. In contrast, we find that state driven CH(3) radical elimination is only observed in the excitation range 264 ≥ λ ≥ 238 nm. Interpretation of these experimental results is guided by: (i) high level complete active space with second order perturbation theory (CASPT2) calculations, which provide 1-D potential energy cuts of the ground and low lying singlet excited electronic states along the O-H and O-CH(3) bond coordinates; and (ii) calculated excitation energies using CASPT2 and the equation-of-motion coupled cluster with singles and doubles excitations (EOM-CCSD) formalism. From these comprehensive studies, we find that the dynamics

  1. Damage by radicals and photons during plasma cleaning of porous low-k SiOCH. II. Water uptake and change in dielectric constant

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    Shoeb, Juline; Kushner, Mark J.

    2012-07-15

    Porous dielectric materials provide lower capacitances that reduce RC time delays in integrated circuits. Typical low-k materials include porous SiOCH-silicon dioxide with carbon groups, principally CH{sub 3}, lining the pores. With a high porosity, internally connected pores provide pathways for reactive species to enter into the material. Fluorocarbon plasmas are often used to etch SiOCH, a process that leaves a fluorocarbon polymer on the surface that must later be removed. During cleaning using Ar/O{sub 2} or He/H{sub 2} plasmas, reactions of radicals that diffuse into the SiOCH and photons that penetrate into the SiOCH can remove -CH{sub 3} groups. Due to its higher reactivity, cleaning with Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas removes more -CH{sub 3} groups than He/H{sub 2} plasmas, and so produce more free radical sites, such as -SiO{sub 2} Bullet (a -SiO{sub 2}-CH{sub 3} site with the -CH{sub 3} group removed).Upon exposure to humid air, these free radical sites can chemisorb H{sub 2}O to form hydrophilic Si-OH which can further physisorb H{sub 2}O through hydrogen bonding to form Si-OH(H{sub 2}O). With the high dielectric constant of water, even a small percentage of water uptake can significantly increase the effective dielectric constant of SiOCH. In this paper, we report on results from a computational investigation of the cleaning of SiOCH using Ar/O{sub 2} or He/H{sub 2} plasmas and subsequent exposure to humid air. The authors found that plasma cleaning with He/H{sub 2} mixtures produce less demethylation than cleaning with Ar/O{sub 2} plasmas, as so results in less water uptake, and a smaller increase in dielectric constant. The water that produces the increase in dielectric constant is roughly half chemisorbed and half physisorbed, the latter of which can be removed with mild heating. Sealing the pores with NH{sub 3} plasma treatment reduces water uptake and helps prevent the increase in dielectric constant.

  2. Crosslinking of porous SiOCH films involving Si-O-C bonds: Impact of deposition and curing

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    Gourhant, O.; Gerbaud, G.; Zenasni, A.; Favennec, L.; Gonon, P.; Jousseaume, V.

    2010-12-01

    This paper focuses on the properties of nanoporous SiOCH thin films deposited using a porogen approach by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The impact of deposition temperature, porogen loading and porogen removal treatment is investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance analysis, and electrical and mechanical measurements. This work shows that a higher deposition temperature allows limiting the film shrinkage during the porogen removal treatment and leads to the best compromise in term of electrical and mechanical properties. Beside, the effect of Si-O-C bonds on the enhancement of mechanical properties is promoted since a typical crosslinking mechanism is highlighted in case of ultraviolet curing.

  3. Atmospheric Chemistry of (CF3)2CHOCH3, (CF3)2CHOCHO, and CF3C(O)OCH3.

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    Østerstrøm, Freja From; Wallington, Timothy J; Sulbaek Andersen, Mads P; Nielsen, Ole John

    2015-10-22

    Smog chambers with in situ FTIR detection were used to measure rate coefficients in 700 Torr of air and 296 ± 2 K of: k(Cl+(CF3)2CHOCH3) = (5.41 ± 1.63) × 10(-12), k(Cl+(CF3)2CHOCHO) = (9.44 ± 1.81) × 10(-15), k(Cl+CF3C(O)OCH3) = (6.28 ± 0.98) × 10(-14), k(OH+(CF3)2CHOCH3) = (1.86 ± 0.41) × 10(-13), and k(OH+(CF3)2CHOCHO) = (2.08 ± 0.63) × 10(-14) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1). The Cl atom initiated oxidation of (CF3)2CHOCH3 gives (CF3)2CHOCHO in a yield indistinguishable from 100%. The OH radical initiated oxidation of (CF3)2CHOCH3 gives the following products (molar yields): (CF3)2CHOCHO (76 ± 8)%, CF3C(O)OCH3 (16 ± 2)%, CF3C(O)CF3 (4 ± 1)%, and C(O)F2 (45 ± 5)%. The primary oxidation product (CF3)2CHOCHO reacts with Cl atoms to give secondary products (molar yields): CF3C(O)CF3 (67 ± 7)%, CF3C(O)OCHO (28 ± 3)%, and C(O)F2 (118 ± 12)%. CF3C(O)OCH3 reacts with Cl atoms to give: CF3C(O)OCHO (80 ± 8)% and C(O)F2 (6 ± 1)%. Atmospheric lifetimes of (CF3)2CHOCH3, (CF3)2CHOCHO, and CF3C(O)OCH3 were estimated to be 62 days, 1.5 years, and 220 days, respectively. The 100-year global warming potentials (GWPs) for (CF3)2CHOCH3, (CF3)2CHOCHO, and CF3C(O)OCH3 are estimated to be 6, 121, and 46, respectively. A comprehensive description of the atmospheric fate of (CF3)2CHOCH3 is presented. PMID:26439469

  4. Conformational and spectroscopic study of xanthogen ethyl formates, ROC(S)SC(O)OCH2CH3. Isolation of CH3CH2OC(O)SH

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    Juncal, Luciana C.; Cozzarín, Melina V.; Romano, Rosana M.

    2015-03-01

    ROC(S)SC(O)OCH2CH3, with R = CH3sbnd , (CH3)2CHsbnd and CH3(CH2)2sbnd , were obtained through the reaction between potassium xanthate salts, ROC(S)SK, and ethyl chloroformate, ClC(O)OCH2CH3. The liquid compounds were identified and characterized by 1H and 13C NMR and mass spectrometry. The conformations adopted by the molecules were studied by DFT methods. 6 conformers were theoretically predicted for R = CH3sbnd and (CH3)2CHsbnd , while the conformational flexibility of the n-propyl substituent increases the total number of feasible rotamers to 21. For the three molecules, the conformers can be associated in 3 groups, being the most stable the AS forms - the Cdbnd S double bond anti (A) with respect to the Csbnd S single bond and the Ssbnd C single bond syn (S) with respect to the Cdbnd O double bond - followed by AA and SS conformers. The vibrational spectra were interpreted in terms of the predicted conformational equilibrium, presenting the ν(Cdbnd O) spectral region signals corresponding to the three groups of conformers. A moderated pre-resonance Raman enhancement of the ν(Cdbnd S) vibrational mode of CH3(CH2)2OC(S)SC(O)OCH2CH3 was detected, when the excitation radiation approaches the energy of a n → π∗ electronic transition associated with the Cdbnd S chromophore. UV-visible spectra in different solvents were measured and interpreted in terms of TD-DFT calculations. The unknown molecule CH3CH2OC(O)SH was isolated by the UV-visible photolysis of CH3OC(S)SC(O)OCH2CH3 isolated in Ar matrix, and also obtained as a side-product of the reaction between potassium xanthate salts, ROC(S)SK, and ethyl chloroformate, ClC(O)OCH2CH3.

  5. Disproportionation and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions in S-H20-Ch4 and S-D2O-CH4 systems from 200 to 340 °C at elevated pressures

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    Yuan, Shunda; Chou, I-Ming; Burruss, Robert A.

    2013-01-01

    Elemental sulfur, as a transient intermediate compound, by-product, or catalyst, plays significant roles in thermochemical sulfate reduction (TSR) reactions. However, the mechanisms of the reactions in S-H2O-hydrocarbons systems are not clear. To improve our understanding of reaction mechanisms, we conducted a series of experiments between 200 and 340 °C for S-H2O-CH4, S-D2O-CH4, and S-CH4-1m ZnBr2 systems in fused silica capillary capsules (FSCC). After a heating period ranging from 24 to 2160 hours (hrs), the quenched samples were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Combined with the in situ Raman spectra collected at high temperatures and pressures in the S-H2O and S-H2O-CH4 systems, our results showed that (1) the disproportionation of sulfur in the S-H2O-CH4 system occurred at temperatures above 200 °C and produced H2S, SO42-, and possibly trace amount of HSO4-; (2) sulfate (and bisulfate), in the presence of sulfur, can be reduced by methane between 250 and 340 °C to produce CO2 and H2S, and these TSR temperatures are much closer to those of the natural system (2O-CH4 system may take place simultaneously, with TSR being favored at higher temperatures; and (4) in the system S-D2O-CH4, both TSR and the competitive disproportionation reactions occurred simultaneously at temperatures above 300 °C, but these reactions were very slow at lower temperatures. Our observation of methane reaction at 250 °C in a laboratory time scale suggests that, in a geologic time scale, methane may be destroyed by TSR reactions at temperatures > 200 °C that can be reached by deep drilling for hydrocarbon resources.

  6. Anticancer activity of Panax notoginseng extract 20(S)-25-OCH3-PPD: Targetting beta-catenin signalling.

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    Bi, Xiuli; Zhao, Yuqing; Fang, Wenfeng; Yang, Wancai

    2009-11-01

    1. The Wnt/beta-catenin pathway plays a critical role in carcinogenesis and so agents that target Wnt/beta-catenin may have potential in cancer prevention and therapy. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the anticancer activity of the novel natural product dammarane-type triterpene sapogenin (20(S)-25-OCH3-PPD; PPD25) isolated from the leaves of Panax notoginseng. 2. The anticancer activity of PPD25 was evaluated in three colon cancer cell lines and in one lung cancer cell line. The effects of PPD25 to inhibit proliferation and to induce apoptosis were evaluated. In addition, the potential mechanisms underlying the effects of PPD25 were investigated. 3. It was found that the addition of 5 or 25 micromol/L PPD25 to the culture medium significantly inhibited cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in all four cancer cell lines. Mechanistic studies revealed that PPD25 significantly reduced the expression of beta-catenin, a key mediator in the Wnt pathway, as well as transcriptional targets of beta-catenin, namely c-myc, cyclin D1, cdk4 and T cell factor (TCF)-4. In addition, beta-catenin/TCF transcriptional activity was significantly suppressed by PPD25. 4. The data demonstrate that the PPD25 exerts its anticancer effect by targetting beta-catenin signalling, suggesting that PPD25 may have potential as a chemotherapeutic and/or chemopreventive agent for colon and lung cancer. PMID:19413587

  7. Liposomal ET-18-OCH(3) induces cytochrome c-mediated apoptosis independently of CD95 (APO-1/Fas) signaling.

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    Cuvillier, O; Mayhew, E; Janoff, A S; Spiegel, S

    1999-11-15

    ELL-12, a liposome formulation of the ether-lipid 1-O-octadecyl-2-O-methyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (ET-18-OCH(3)), is a nonmyelosuppressive antiproliferative agent that is more effective and less toxic than the ether lipid itself in tumor model systems. We found that ELL-12 induced apoptosis in Jurkat, H9, and U-937 cells that was preceded by activation of executioner caspases. In addition, ELL-12 triggered release of cytochrome c from mitochondria to the cytoplasm before caspase-9 activation. Apoptosis, activation of caspases, and cytochrome c release were blocked by Bcl-x(L) overexpression in Jurkat T cells, suggesting a critical role for mitochondria in ELL-12-triggered cell death. Furthermore, ELL-12 had no effect on expression of CD95 ligand, and inhibition of the Fas signaling pathway with antagonistic anti-CD95 antibody did not affect apoptosis induced by ELL-12. Hence, ELL-12 could be a promising adjunct for the treatment of tumors in addition to myelosuppressive chemotherapeutic drugs and/or those that use the CD95-ligand/receptor system to trigger apoptosis. PMID:10552970

  8. Ab initio studies on the reactivity of the CF3OCH 2O radical: thermal decomposition vs. reaction with O2.

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    Singh, Hari Ji; Mishra, Bhupesh Kumar

    2010-09-01

    Hydrofluoroethers are being considered as potential candidates for third generation refrigerants. The present investigation involves the ab initio quantum mechanical study of the decomposition mechanism of CF(3)OCH(2)O radical formed from a hydrofluoroether, CF(3)OCH(3) (HFE-143a) in the atmosphere. The geometries of the reactant, products and transition states involved in the decomposition pathways are optimized and characterized at the DFT (B3LYP) level of theory using 6-311G(d,p) basis set. Energy calculations have been performed at the G2(MP2) and G2M(CC,MP2) level of theory. Two prominent decomposition channels, C-O bond scission and reaction with atmospheric O(2) have been considered for detailed investigation. Studies performed at the G2(MP2) level reveals that the decomposition channel involving C-O bond scission occurs with a barrier height of 23.8 kcal mol(-1) whereas the oxidative pathway occurring with O(2) proceeds with an energy barrier of 7.2 kcal mol(-1). On the other hand the corresponding values at G2M(CC,MP2) are 24.5 and 5.9 kcal mol(-1) respectively. Using canonical transition state theory (CTST) rate constants for the two pathways considered are calculated at 298 K and 1 atm pressure and found to be 5.9 x 10(-6) s(-1) and 2.3 x 10(-5) s(-1) respectively. The present study concludes that reaction with O(2) is the dominant path for the consumption of CF(3)OCH(2)O in the atmosphere. Transition states are searched and characterized on the potential energy surfaces involved in both of the reaction channels. The existence of transition state on the corresponding potential energy surface is ascertained by performing intrinsic reaction coordinate (IRC) calculation. PMID:20169381

  9. Investigation of the O+allyl addition/elimination reaction pathways from the OCH{sub 2}CHCH{sub 2} radical intermediate

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    FitzPatrick, Benjamin L.; Lau, K.-C.; Butler, Laurie J.; Lee, S.-H.; Lin, Jim Jr-Min

    2008-08-28

    These experiments study the preparation of and product channels resulting from OCH{sub 2}CHCH{sub 2}, a key radical intermediate in the O+allyl bimolecular reaction. The data include velocity map imaging and molecular beam scattering results to probe the photolytic generation of the radical intermediate and the subsequent pathways by which the radicals access the energetically allowed product channels of the bimolecular reaction. The photodissociation of epichlorohydrin at 193.3 nm produces chlorine atoms and c-OCH{sub 2}CHCH{sub 2} radicals; these undergo a facile ring opening to the OCH{sub 2}CHCH{sub 2} radical intermediate. State-selective resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) detection resolves the velocity distributions of ground and spin-orbit excited state chlorine independently, allowing for a more accurate determination of the internal energy distribution of the nascent radicals. We obtain good agreement detecting the velocity distributions of the Cl atoms with REMPI, vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization at 13.8 eV, and electron bombardment ionization; all show a bimodal distribution of recoil kinetic energies. The dominant high recoil kinetic energy feature peaks near 33 kcal/mol. To elucidate the product channels resulting from the OCH{sub 2}CHCH{sub 2} radical intermediate, the crossed laser-molecular beam experiment uses VUV photoionization and detects the velocity distribution of the possible products. The data identify the three dominant product channels as C{sub 3}H{sub 4}O (acrolein)+H, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}+HCO (formyl radical), and H{sub 2}CO (formaldehyde)+C{sub 2}H{sub 3}. A small signal from C{sub 2}H{sub 2}O (ketene) product is also detected. The measured velocity distributions and relative signal intensities at m/e=27, 28, and 29 at two photoionization energies show that the most exothermic product channel, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}+CO, does not contribute significantly to the product branching. The higher internal energy onset of the

  10. A computational study of the addition of ReO3L (L = Cl(-), CH3, OCH3 and Cp) to ethenone.

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    Aniagyei, Albert; Tia, Richard; Adei, Evans

    2016-01-01

    The periselectivity and chemoselectivity of the addition of transition metal oxides of the type ReO3L (L = Cl, CH3, OCH3 and Cp) to ethenone have been explored at the MO6 and B3LYP/LACVP* levels of theory. The activation barriers and reaction energies for the stepwise and concerted addition pathways involving multiple spin states have been computed. In the reaction of ReO3L (L = Cl(-), OCH3, CH3 and Cp) with ethenone, the concerted [2 + 2] addition of the metal oxide across the C=C and C=O double bond to form either metalla-2-oxetane-3-one or metalla-2,4-dioxolane is the most kinetically favored over the formation of metalla-2,5-dioxolane-3-one from the direct [3 + 2] addition pathway. The trends in activation and reaction energies for the formation of metalla-2-oxetane-3-one and metalla-2,4-dioxolane are Cp < Cl(-) < OCH3 < CH3 and Cp < OCH3 < CH3 < Cl(-) and for the reaction energies are Cp < OCH3 < Cl(-) < CH3 and Cp < CH3 < OCH3 < Cl CH3. The concerted [3 + 2] addition of the metal oxide across the C=C double of the ethenone to form species metalla-2,5-dioxolane-3-one is thermodynamically the most favored for the ligand L = Cp. The direct [2 + 2] addition pathways leading to the formations of metalla-2-oxetane-3-one and metalla-2,4-dioxolane is thermodynamically the most favored for the ligands L = OCH3 and Cl(-). The difference between the calculated [2 + 2] activation barriers for the addition of the metal oxide LReO3 across the C=C and C=O functionalities of ethenone are small except for the case of L = Cl(-) and OCH3. The rearrangement of the metalla-2-oxetane-3-one-metalla-2,5-dioxolane-3-one even though feasible, are unfavorable due to high activation energies of their rate-determining steps. For the rearrangement of the metalla-2-oxetane-3-one to metalla-2,5-dioxolane-3-one, the trends in activation barriers is found to follow the order OCH3 < Cl(-) < CH3 < Cp. The trends in the activation energies for

  11. The H2O-CH3F Complex: a Combined Microwave and Infrared Spectroscopic Study Supported by Structure Calculations

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    Gnanasekar, Sharon Priya; Goubet, Manuel; Arunan, Elangannan; Georges, Robert; Soulard, Pascale; Asselin, Pierre; Huet, T. R.; Pirali, Olivier

    2015-06-01

    The H2O-CH3F complex could have two geometries, one with a hydrogen bond and one with the newly proposed carbon bond. While in general carbon bonds are weaker than hydrogen bonds, this complex appears to have comparable energies for the two structures. Infrared (IR) and microwave (MW) spectroscopic measurements using, respectively, the Jet-AILES apparatus and the FTMW spectrometer at the PhLAM laboratory, have been carried out to determine the structure of this complex. The IR spectrum shows the formation of the CH3F- H2O hydrogen bonded complex and small red-shifts in OH frequency most probably due to (CH3F)m-(H2O)n clusters. Noticeably, addition of CH_3F in the mixture promotes the formation of small water clusters. Preliminary MW spectroscopic measurements indicate the formation of the hydrogen bonded complex. So far, we have no experimental evidence for the carbon bonded structure. However, calculations of the Ar-CH3F complex show three energetically equivalent structures: a T-shape, a "fluorine" bond and a carbon bond. The MW spectrum of the (Ar)n-CH3F complexes is currently under analysis. Mani, D; Arunan, E. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 14377. Cirtog, M; Asselin, P; Soulard, P; Tremblay, B; Madebene, B; Alikhani, M. E; Georges, R; Moudens, A; Goubet, M; Huet, T.R; Pirali, O; Roy, P. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2011, 115, 2523 Kassi, S; Petitprez, D; Wlodarczak, G. J. Mol. Struct. 2000, 517-518, 375

  12. A DFT study on the functionalization of a BN nanosheet with PCsbnd X, (PC = phenyl carbamate, X = OCH3, CH3, NH2, NO2 and CN)

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    Beheshtian, Javad; Soleymanabadi, Hamed; Peyghan, Ali Ahmadi; Bagheri, Zargham

    2013-03-01

    By using density functional theory calculations, we investigated the chemical functionalization of a BN nanosheet with different organo-azo derivatives including PCsbnd X, (PC = phenyl carbamate, X = OCH3, CH3, NH2, NO2 and CN) in terms of geometric, energetic, and electronic properties. Reaction energies have been calculated to be in the range of 0.19 to 0.35 eV which is augmented by increasing the electron withdrawing characteristic of the functional groups so that the relative magnitude order is sbnd NO2 > sbnd CN > sbnd OCH3 > sbnd CH3 > sbnd NH2. The chemical functionalization leads to a decrease in HOMO/LUMO energy gap of BN sheet especially after adsorption of PCsbnd NO2 by about 1.88 eV. Conduction level and Fermi level of the BN sheet are shifted to lower energies upon the functionalization of the sheet with PCsbnd NO2 and PCsbnd CN, thus, it leads to an increment in work function of the sheet, impeding the field electron emission.

  13. Theoretical investigation on the atmospheric fate of CF3C(O)OCH 2O radical: alpha-ester rearrangement vs oxidation at 298 K.

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    Mishra, Bhupesh Kumar

    2014-09-01

    A theoretical study on the mechanism of the thermal decomposition of CF(3)C(O)OCH(2)O radical is presented for the first time. Geometry optimization and frequency calculations were performed at the MPWB1K/6-31 + G(d, p) level of theory and energetic information further refined by calculating the energy of the species using G2(MP2) theory. Three plausible decomposition pathways including α-ester rearrangement, reaction with O(2) and thermal decomposition (C-O bond scission) were considered in detail. Our results reveal that reaction with O(2) is the dominant path for the decomposition of CF(3)C(O)OCH(2)O radical in the atmosphere, involving the lowest energy barrier, which is in accord with experimental findings. Our theoretical results also suggest that α-ester rearrangement leading to the formation of trifluoroacetic acid TFA makes a negligible contribution to decomposition of the title alkoxy radical. The thermal rate constants for the above decomposition pathways were evaluated using canonical transition state theory (CTST) at 298 K. PMID:25208556

  14. Chemical and electrochemical oxidation of [Rh(β-diketonato)(CO)(P(OCH2)3CCH3)]: an experimental and DFT study.

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    Erasmus, Johannes J C; Conradie, Jeanet

    2013-06-28

    An experimental and computational chemistry study of the reactivity of [Rh(β-diketonato)(CO)(P(OCH2)3CCH3)] complexes towards chemical and electrochemical oxidation shows that more electron withdrawing groups on the β-diketonato ligand reduce electron density on the rhodium atom to a larger extent than electron donating groups. This leads to a slower second-order oxidative addition rate, k1, and a higher electrochemical oxidation potential, E(pa)(Rh), linearly related by ln k1 = -11(1) E(pa)(Rh) - 2.3(5). The reactivity of these complexes can be predicted by their DFT calculated HOMO energies: E(HOMO) = -0.34(8)E(pa)(Rh) - 5.04(4) = 0.032(5) ln k1- 4.96(4). k1 of [Rh(β-diketonato)(CO)(P(OCH2)3CCH3)] complexes is slower than that of related [Rh(β-diketonato)(CO)(PPh3)] and [Rh(β-diketonato)(P(OPh)3)2] complexes due to the better π-acceptor ability of the CO-phosphite-rhodium combination than that of CO-PPh3-rhodium or di-phosphite-rhodium. PMID:23632432

  15. Pnicogen-pnicogen interactions in O2XP:PH2Y complexes (X = H, F, CN; Y = H, OH, OCH3, CH3, NH2)

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D.; Mohammadian-Sabet, Fariba

    2015-10-01

    Pnicogen-pnicogen bonded complexes formed between PO2X (X = H, CN and F) as the Lewis acids and a series of phosphorous bases PH2Y (Y = H, OH, OCH3, CH3 and NH2) are investigated by means of MP2 and M06-2X computational methods. Interaction energies of these complexes are in the range of -11 to -45 kcal/mol at the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ level. Complexation of PO2X with the PH2Y leads to P…P bonds with a significant degree of covalency. The spin-spin coupling constant across P…P interaction depends on the nature of X and Y substituents. Fermi-contact (FC) term is an excellent approximation to total 1pJ(P-P).

  16. Theoretical studies on the kinetics of hydrogen abstraction reactions of H and CH3 radicals from CH3OCH3 and some of their H/D isotopologues.

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    Saheb, Vahid

    2015-05-21

    The hydrogen abstraction reactions by H and CH3 radicals from CH3OCH3 and some of their H/D isotopologues are studied by semiclassical transition state theory. Many high-level density functional, ab initio, and combinatory quantum chemical methods, including B3LYP, BB1K, MP2, MP4, CCSD(T), CBS-Q, and G4 methods, are employed to compute the energies and rovibrational properties of the stationary points for the title reactions. Xij vibrational anharmonicity coefficients, used in semiclassical transition state theory, are computed at the B3LYP, BB1K, and MP2 levels of theory. Thermal rate coefficients and kinetic isotope effects are computed over the temperature range from 200 to 2500 K and compared with available experimental data. The computed rate constants for the title reactions are represented as the equation k(T) = ATn exp[−E(T + T0)/(T2 + T02)]. PMID:25873440

  17. a Rovibrational Analysis of the Water Bending Vibration in OC-H_2O and a Morphed Potential of the Complex

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    Rivera-Rivera, Luis A.; Springer, Sean D.; McElmurry, Blake A.; Leonov, Igor I.; Lucchese, Robert R.; Bevan, John W.; Coudert, L. H.

    2015-06-01

    Rovibrational transitions associated with tunneling states in the water bending vibration in OC-H_2O complex have been recorded using a supersonic jet quantum cascade laser spectrometer at 6.2 μm. Analysis of the resulting spectra is facilitated by incorporating fits of previously recorded microwave and submillimeter data accounting for Coriolis coupling to obtain the levels of the ground vibrational state. The results were then used to confirm assignment of the vibration and explore the nature of tunneling dynamics in associated vibrationally excited states of the complex. A seven-dimension ab initio interaction potential is constructed for the complex. The available spectroscopic data is used to generated a morphed potential. Previous prediction of the D_0 of the complex will be incorporated in the analysis.

  18. Synthesis and crystal and molecular structure of a tetranuclear cluster based on the rhenium(III)-bisorganohydrazino core: [Re(HNNC(4)H(3)N(2))(NNC(4)H(3)N(2))(OCH(3))(2)](4).

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    Femia, Frank J; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Maresca, Kevin P; Babich, John W; Zubieta, Jon

    2000-09-01

    Reaction of NH(4)ReO(4) with excess 2-hydrazinopyrimidine in methanol yields [Re(eta(1)-NNC(4)H(3)N(2)H)(eta(2)-HNNC(4)H(3)N(2))Cl(3)] (1). Attempts to recrystallize 1 by slow diffusion of methanol into DMF after 8 months produced black crystals of [Re(HNNC(4)H(3)N(2))(NNC(4)H(3)N(2))(OCH(3))(2)](4) (2). The structure of 2 consists of isolated tetranuclear clusters, constructed from {Re(eta(2)-HNNC(4)H(3)N(2))(eta(1)-NNC(4)H(3)N(2))(OCH(3))(2)} units linked through the beta-nitrogen of the chelating organodiazene ligand of adjacent units into a box-like aggregate. PMID:20613968

  19. Dinuclear [(V(V)O(putrebactin))2(μ-OCH3)2] formed in solution as established from LC-MS measurements using 50V-enriched V2O5.

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    Soe, Cho Zin; Pakchung, Amalie A H; Codd, Rachel

    2014-06-01

    Analysis of 1:1 solutions of V(V) and the macrocyclic dihydroxamic acid siderophore putrebactin (pbH2) in 1:1 H2O/CH3OH using triple quadrupole liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS-QQQ) (pH ≈ 4) showed two well-resolved peaks (tR(1) 10.85 min; tR(2) 14.27 min) using simultaneous detection modes (absorbance, 450 nm; selective ion monitoring, m/z 437) characteristic of the previously identified oxidoV(V) complex [V(V)O(pb)](+) ([M](+), m/zcalc 437.1). Peak 1 gave mass spectrometry (MS) signals consistent with [V(V)O(pb)](+), together with [V(V)O(pb)(OH)] and the dinuclear complexes [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OH)](+) and [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OH)2]. Peak 2 gave MS signals consistent with [V(V)O(pb)](+), together with [V(V)O(pb)(OCH3)] and the dinuclear complexes [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OCH3)](+) and [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OCH3)2]. This analysis showed that two groups of V(V)/pbH2 complexes with water- or methanol-derived ancillary ligands were resolved by liquid chromatography (LC). The detection of [V(V)O(pb)](+) in both peaks could be accounted for by its production from dissociation (peak 1: [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OH)](+) → [V(V)O(pb)](+) + [V(V)O(pb)(OH)]; peak 2: [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OCH3)](+) → [V(V)O(pb)](+) + [V(V)O(pb)(OCH3)]). The assignment of the signal at m/zobs 959.2 (100%) as the dinuclear complex [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OCH3)2] ([M + Na(+)](+), m/zcalc 959.3) and not an ion cluster of mononuclear [V(V)O(pb)(OCH3)] ({2[M] + Na(+)}(+), m/zcalc 959.3) was made unequivocal by the use of (50)V-enriched V2O5, which gave a signal with an isotope pattern comprising the sum of the patterns of the three constituent (51)V-(51)V, (51)V-(50)V, and (50)V-(50)V species. Coordination of methoxide was confirmed upon the replacement of CH3OH with CD3OD, which generated [(V(V)O(pb))2(μ-OCD3)2] ([M + Na(+)](+), m/zcalc 965.3, m/zobs 965.3). Analysis of 1:1 solutions of Mo(VI) and pbH2 showed a single peak in the LC (tR 16.04 min), which gave MS signals that were characterized as mononuclear [Mo

  20. Surface photoelectric and visible light driven photocatalytic properties of zinc antimonate-based photocatalysts

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    Wu, Shaojun; Li, Guoqiang; Zhang, Yang; Zhang, Weifeng

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► N-doped and pristine ZnSb{sub 2}O{sub 6} photocatalysts were synthesized by a facile method. ► N-doped ZnSb{sub 2}O{sub 6} shows a significant enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. ► The N-doped ZnSb{sub 2}O{sub 6} shows the reduced surface photovoltage signals. - Abstract: The N-doped and pristine ZnSb{sub 2}O{sub 6} photocatalysts were synthesized by a facile method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectroscopy, surface photovoltage spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared samples were evaluated from the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under full arc and visible light irradiation of Xe lamp. The XRD and UV–vis results indicated that the N-doping did not change the crystal structure, but decrease the band gap in comparison with the pristine one. The N-doped ZnSb{sub 2}O{sub 6} shows the reduced surface photovoltage signals and the significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity under two irradiation conditions.

  1. Investigating the H2-He-H2O-CH4 equation of state in the deep troposphere of Jupiter

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    Karpowicz, Bryan M.; Steffes, Paul G.

    2013-03-01

    In this work, a new equation of state for a H2-He-H2O-CH4 mixture is presented. The equation is optimized for the deep jovian atmosphere (∼100 bars) where the NASA Juno Microwave Radiometer (MWR) will probe. The methodology used is based upon that of Lemmon and Jacobsen (Lemmon, E.W., Jacobsen, R.T. [2004]. J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 33, 593-+) and Kunz et al. (Kunz, O., Klimeck, R., Wagner, W., Jaeschke, M. [2006]. Technical Monograph, VDI-Verlag). This methodology is used in combination with available published thermodynamic measurements and with new pressure-Volume-Temperature (pVT) measurements of H2-H2O mixtures conducted with the jovian simulator described in Karpowicz and Steffes (Karpowicz, B.M., Steffes, P.G. [2011]. Icarus 212, 210-223). In addition to being necessary to interpret laboratory measurements, the new equation of state is important in developing temperature pressure profiles of the deep jovian atmosphere. This is demonstrated by incorporating the new equation of state into an updated version of the DeBoer (DeBoer, D.R. [1995]. Ph.D. Thesis, Georgia Institute of Technology) Thermo-Chemical Model (TCM), and viewing its effect on the resulting simulated jovian atmospheric profiles.

  2. Plasma damage mechanisms for low-k porous SiOCH films due to radiation, radicals, and ions in the plasma etching process

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    Uchida, Saburo; Takashima, Seigo; Hori, Masaru; Fukasawa, Masanaga; Ohshima, Keiji; Nagahata, Kazunori; Tatsumi, Tetsuya

    2008-04-01

    Low dielectric constant (low-k) films have been widely used as insulating materials in ultra-large-scale integrated circuits. Low-k films receive heavy damage during the plasma processes of etching or ashing, resulting in an increase in their dielectric constant. In order to realize damage-free plasma processes for low-k films, it is essential to determine the influence of radiation, radicals, and ions emitted in the plasma process on the characteristics of low-k films. We have developed a technique to evaluate the influence of radiation, radicals, ions, and their synergies on films in real plasma processes and have named it pallet for plasma evaluation (PAPE). Using the PAPE, plasma-induced damage on porous SiOCH films were investigated in dual-frequency capacitively coupled H{sub 2}/N{sub 2} plasmas. The damage was characterized by ellipsometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermal desorption spectroscopy. On the basis of the results, the damage mechanisms associated with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and UV radiation, radicals, and ions were clarified. The damage was caused not only by ions and radicals but also by VUV and UV radiation emitted by the plasmas. Moreover, it was found that the synergy between the radiation and the radicals enhanced the damage.

  3. First evidence of the dramatic enhancement of the reactivity of methyl formate (HC(O)OCH3) with OH at temperatures of the interstellar medium: a gas-phase kinetic study between 22 K and 64 K.

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    Jiménez, E; Antiñolo, M; Ballesteros, B; Canosa, A; Albaladejo, J

    2016-01-21

    The gas phase chemistry of neutral-neutral reactions of interest in the interstellar medium (ISM) is poorly understood. The rate coefficients (kOH) for the majority of the reactions of hydroxyl (OH) radicals with interstellar oxygenated species are unknown at the temperatures of the ISM. In this study, we present the first determination of kOH for HC(O)OCH3 between 22.4 ± 1.4 and 64.2 ± 1.7 K. The CRESU (French acronym for Cinétique de Réaction en Ecoulement Supersonique Uniforme or Reaction Kinetics in a Uniform Supersonic Flow) technique was used to create a chemical reactor with a uniform temperature and gas density and the pulsed laser photolysis/laser induced fluorescence technique was used to generate OH radicals and to monitor their temporal profile. It was observed that kOH(T) increases by one order of magnitude in only ∼40 K (kOH(T = 22 K) = (1.19 ± 0.36) × 10(-10) cm(3) s(-1) and kOH(T = 64 K) = (1.16 ± 0.12) × 10(-11) cm(3) s(-1)) and ∼3 orders of magnitude with respect to kOH(T = 298 K). This reaction is a very efficient route for the loss of HC(O)OCH3 in the gas phase and may have a great impact on the interpretation of astrophysical models of HC(O)OCH3 abundance in the cold regions of the ISM. PMID:26691336

  4. Correlation between stress-induced leakage current and dielectric degradation in ultra-porous SiOCH low-k materials

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    Wu, C. De Wolf, I.; Li, Y.; Leśniewska, A.; Varela Pedreira, O.; Marneffe, J.-F. de; Ciofi, I.; Verdonck, P.; Baklanov, M. R.; Bömmels, J.; Tőkei, Zs.; Croes, K.

    2015-10-28

    Stress-Induced Leakage Current (SILC) behavior during the dielectric degradation of ultra-porous SiOCH low-k materials was investigated. Under high voltage stress, SILC increases to a critical value before final hard breakdown. This SILC increase rate is mainly driven by the injected charges and is negligibly influenced by temperature and voltage. SILC is found to be transient and shows a t{sup −1} relaxation behavior, where t is the storage time at low voltages. This t{sup −1} transient behavior, described by the tunneling front model, is caused by both electron charging of neutral defects in the dielectric close to the cathode interface and discharging of donor defects close to the anode interface. These defects have a uniform density distribution within the probed depth range, which is confirmed by the observed flat band voltage shift results collected during the low voltage storage. By applying an additional discharging step after the low voltage storage, the trap energies and spatial distributions are derived. In a highly degraded low-k dielectric, the majority of defects have a trap depth between 3.4 eV and 3.6 eV and a density level of 1 × 10{sup 18 }eV{sup −1 }cm{sup −3}. The relation between the defect density N and the total amount of the injected charges Q is measured to be sub-linear, N ∼ Q{sup 0.45±0.07}. The physical nature of these stress-induced defects is suggested to be caused by the degradation of the Si-O based skeleton in the low-k dielectric.

  5. Fluid evolution in the H 2O-CH 4-CO 2-NaCl system during emerald mineralization at Gravelotte, Murchison Greenstone Belt, Northeast Transvaal, South Africa

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    Nwe, Yin Yin; Morteani, Giulio

    1993-01-01

    Fluid evolution during emerald mineralization at the Gravelotte emerald mine has been studied by microthermometry and laser Raman microprobe spectrometry. The emeralds and associated phenakites occur on the flanks of a highly metasomatised albitite pegmatoid body and in the biotite schists at and near its contact. The fluids lie in the H 2O-CH 4-CO 2-NaCl system and four types of inclusions are characterised based on time of trapping and fluid contents. The earliest type 1 inclusions, found in phenakites and the emeralds which formed from them, are low salinity (<6 wt% NaCl) with up to 18 mol% CH 4. The carbonic phase contains over 93 mol% CH 4 and variable small amounts of CO 2, C 2H 6, N 2, and H 2S. The solvus crest for this system lies at ≈400°C, closer to the H 2O end of the join. With time the fluids become less CH 4 rich and more saline. The type 2 fluids are highly variable in both CH 4-CO 2 contents and salinity, reflecting mixing of type 1 fluids with higher salinity brines. The late type 3 and 4 inclusions are CH 4-CO 2-free high salinity inclusions with up to 38 wt% NaCl. Trapping conditions for the type 1 fluids were around 450-500°C and 4 kb based on model isochores and geologic evidence. During the trapping of type 2 inclusions, fluid pressures probably fluctuated due to opening and resealing of fractures. Approximate P- T ranges of trapping for these and other later inclusions have been defined, minimum trapping temperatures for types 2, 3, and 4 being, respectively, 250, 150, and 240°C, and pressures in the range of 1-4 kb. Calculations of ƒ O 2 show an initial low ƒ O 2 between QFM and the synthetic graphite-CH 4 buffer for the type 1 fluids. This rises to above QFM in the later stages. Such low initial values are uncharacteristic of granitic pegmatite systems, and it is suggested that the phenakites formed in the post-magmatic stage of alkali metasomatism when the albitization took place. In the later stages, phenakite was converted to

  6. An innovative method for joining materials at low temperature using silver (nano)particles derived from [AgO2C(CH2OCH2)3H

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    Oestreicher, Annerose; Röhrich, Tobias; Wilden, Johannes; Lerch, Martin; Jakob, Alexander; Lang, Heinrich

    2013-01-01

    A novel method for the manufacture of compact sintered silver layers as joining materials at low temperatures without applying pressure is described. The metal-organic silver complex [AgO2C(CH2OCH2)3H] (3) is used, which generates silver nanoparticles with heat treatment below 200 °C. Complex (3) provides the features for the formation of a molten metal-like silver phase in which silver particles in the nanometer and submicron size range, respectively, are completely miscible. Within this study, copper specimens were bonded, and the joints were evaluated by cross-sectional scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. Moreover, this approach enables the incorporation of copper. An example is given with an average amount of 20 at.% copper content in the silver layer.

  7. Degenerate electrical conductive and excitonic photoluminescence properties of epitaxial films of wide gap p-type layered oxychalcogenides, LnCuOCh (Ln=La, Pr and Nd; Ch=S or Se)

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    Hiramatsu, H.; Ueda, K.; Takafuji, K.; Ohta, H.; Hirano, M.; Kamiya, T.; Hosono, H.

    Electrical and photoluminescence properties were investigated for epitaxial films of layered oxychalcogenides, LnCuOCh (Ln=La, Pr, and Nd, Ch=S or Se). Epitaxial films of Mg 10 at.% doped LaCuOS1-xSex are the first demonstration of degenerate conduction with high hole concentration >1020 cm-3 in wide gap p-type semiconductors. Ion substitution varied the excitonic emission energy from 3.21 eV to 2.89 eV while lanthanide and chalcogenide ion substitutions displayed the opposite tendency against cell volume. These unique properties are discussed with respect to the electronic structure originating from the layered crystal structure.

  8. Reactivity of a Fe(III)-Bound Methoxide Supported with a Tris(thiolato)phosphine Ligand: Activation of C-Cl Bond in CH2Cl2 by Nucleophilic Attack of a Fe(III)-OCH3 Moiety.

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    Chang, Kai-Chun; Huang, Ching-Ju; Chang, Ya-Ho; Wu, Zong-Han; Kuo, Ting-Shen; Hsu, Hua-Fen

    2016-01-19

    Two mononuclear nonheme Fe(III) complexes, [PPh4][Fe(III)(PS3″)(OCH3)] (1) and [PPh4][Fe(III)(PS3″)(Cl)] (2), supported by a tris(benzenethiolato)phosphine derivative PS3″ (PS3″ = P(C6H3-3-Me3Si-2-S)3(3-)) have been synthesized and characterized. The structures resolved from X-ray crystallography show that Fe(III) centers in both complexes adopt distorted trigonal-bipyramidal geometry with a methoxide or a chloride binding in the axial position. The magnetic data for both are consistent with intermediate-spin Fe(III) centers with a C3 symmetry (S = 3/2 ground state). The bound methoxide in 1 is labile and can be replaced by a CH3CN molecule. The forming Fe(III)-CH3CN species can be further reduced by cobaltcene quantitatively to a stable Fe(II)-CH3CN complex, [Fe(PS3″)(CH3CN)](-). One-electron oxidation of 2 by ferrocenium gave a Fe(IV) analogue, [Fe(IV)(PS3″)(Cl)]. Importantly, the Fe(III)-OCH3 moiety in complex 1 acts as a strong nucleophile that activates the C-Cl bond in CH2Cl2, leading to the formation of complex 2 quantitatively. Complex 1 also reacts with other electrophiles, benzyl chloride and benzyl bromide, to generate Fe(III)-X species (X = Cl or Br). The reactions were investigated and monitored by UV-vis-NIR, NMR, and ESI-MS spectroscopies. PMID:26699874

  9. Transfer of Amide and 2-Methoxyethoxy Groups and Sodium Encapsulation in the Reaction of TaCl3[N(TMS)2]2 with Sodium Bis(2-methoxyethoxy)aluminum Hydride: X-ray Structure of [NaAl{N(TMS)2}(OCH2CH2OMe)3]2

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    Huang, Shih-Huang Huang; Wang, Xiaoping; Richmond, Michael G.

    2009-01-01

    The reaction between the tantalum compound TaCl3[N(TMS)2]2 and the hydridic reducing agent sodium bis(2-methoxyethoxy)aluminum hydride (Vitride) has been investigated in toluene solution at room temperature and found to afford the dimeric aluminate complex [NaAl{N(TMS)2}(OCH2CH2OMe)3]2 as the sole isolable product. The molecular structure of the product establishes the existence of a four-coordinate aluminum atom and the formal transfer of the 2-methoxyethoxy and bis(trimethylsilyl)amide groups to the aluminate product. The aggregation of two NaAl{N(TMS)2}(OCH2CH2OMe)3 units serves to bind the two sodium cations in a crown-ether fashion through six ancillary oxygen atoms.

  10. VAPOR PRESSURES, LIQUID MOLAR VOLUMES, VAPOR NON- IDEALITIES, AND CRITICAL PROPERTIES OF SOME FLUORINATED ETHERS: CF3OCF2OCF3, CF3OCF2 CF2H, c-CF2CF2CF2O, CF3OCF2H, AND CF3OCH3; AND OF CCl3F AND CF2ClH

    EPA Science Inventory

    Vapor pressures, compressibilities, expansivities, and molar volumes of the liquid phase have been measured between room temperature and the critical temperature for a series of fluorinated ethers: CF3OCF2OCF3, CF3OCF2CF2H, c-CF2CF2CF2O, CF3OCF2H, and CF3OCH3. Vapor-phase non-ide...

  11. Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic characterization of LmACR2, an arsenate/antimonate reductase from Leishmania major.

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    Bisacchi, Davide; Zhou, Yao; Rosen, Barry P; Mukhopadhyay, Rita; Bordo, Domenico

    2006-10-01

    Arsenic is present in the biosphere owing either to the presence of pesticides and herbicides used in agricultural and industrial activities or to leaching from geological formations. The health effects of prolonged exposure to arsenic can be devastating and may lead to various forms of cancer. Antimony(V), which is chemically very similar to arsenic, is used instead in the treatment of leishmaniasis, an infection caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania sp.; the reduction of pentavalent antimony contained in the drug Pentostam to the active trivalent form arises from the presence in the Leishmania genome of a gene, LmACR2, coding for the protein LmACR2 (14.5 kDa, 127 amino acids) that displays weak but significant sequence similarity to the catalytic domain of Cdc25 phosphatase and to rhodanese enzymes. For structural characterization, LmACR2 was overexpressed, purified to homogeneity and crystallized in a trigonal space group (P321 or P3(1)21/P3(2)21). The protein crystallized in two distinct trigonal crystal forms, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 111.0, c = 86.1 A and a = b = 111.0, c = 175.6 A, respectively. At a synchrotron beamline, the diffraction pattern extended to a resolution limit of 1.99 A. PMID:17012788

  12. N-Terminal-oriented Proteogenomics of the Marine Bacterium Roseobacter Denitrificans Och114 using N-Succinimidyloxycarbonylmethyl)tris(2,4,6-trimethoxyphenyl)phosphonium bromide (TMPP) Labeling and Diagonal Chromatography*

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    Bland, Céline; Hartmann, Erica M.; Christie-Oleza, Joseph A.; Fernandez, Bernard; Armengaud, Jean

    2014-01-01

    Given the ease of whole genome sequencing with next-generation sequencers, structural and functional gene annotation is now purely based on automated prediction. However, errors in gene structure are frequent, the correct determination of start codons being one of the main concerns. Here, we combine protein N termini derivatization using (N-Succinimidyloxycarbonylmethyl)tris(2,4,6-trimethoxyphenyl)phosphonium bromide (TMPP Ac-OSu) as a labeling reagent with the COmbined FRActional DIagonal Chromatography (COFRADIC) sorting method to enrich labeled N-terminal peptides for mass spectrometry detection. Protein digestion was performed in parallel with three proteases to obtain a reliable automatic validation of protein N termini. The analysis of these N-terminal enriched fractions by high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry allowed the annotation refinement of 534 proteins of the model marine bacterium Roseobacter denitrificans OCh114. This study is especially efficient regarding mass spectrometry analytical time. From the 534 validated N termini, 480 confirmed existing gene annotations, 41 highlighted erroneous start codon annotations, five revealed totally new mis-annotated genes; the mass spectrometry data also suggested the existence of multiple start sites for eight different genes, a result that challenges the current view of protein translation initiation. Finally, we identified several proteins for which classical genome homology-driven annotation was inconsistent, questioning the validity of automatic annotation pipelines and emphasizing the need for complementary proteomic data. All data have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD000337. PMID:24536027

  13. Oral nano-delivery of anticancer ginsenoside 25-OCH3-PPD, a natural inhibitor of the MDM2 oncogene: Nanoparticle preparation, characterization, in vitro and in vivo anti-prostate cancer activity, and mechanisms of action

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    Sarkar, Sushanta; Nag, Subhasree; Walbi, Ismail A.; Wang, Shu; Zhao, Yuqing; Wang, Wei; Zhang, Ruiwen

    2015-01-01

    The Mouse Double Minute 2 (MDM2) oncogene plays a critical role in cancer development and progression through p53-dependent and p53-independent mechanisms. Both natural and synthetic MDM2 inhibitors have been shown anticancer activity against several human cancers. We have recently identified a novel ginsenoside, 25-OCH3-PPD (GS25), one of the most active anticancer ginsenosides discovered thus far, and have demonstrated its MDM2 inhibition and anticancer activity in various human cancer models, including prostate cancer. However, the oral bioavailability of GS25 is limited, which hampers its further development as an oral anticancer agent. The present study was designed to develop a novel nanoparticle formulation for oral delivery of GS25. After GS25 was successfully encapsulated into PEG-PLGA nanoparticles (GS25NP) and its physicochemical properties were characterized, the efficiency of MDM2 targeting, anticancer efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and safety were evaluated in in vitro and in vivo models of human prostate cancer. Our results indicated that, compared with the unencapsulated GS25, GS25NP demonstrated better MDM2 inhibition, improved oral bioavailability and enhanced in vitro and in vivo activities. In conclusion, the validated nano-formulation for GS25 oral delivery improves its molecular targeting, oral bioavailability and anticancer efficacy, providing a basis for further development of GS25 as a novel agent for cancer therapy and prevention. PMID:26041888

  14. Synthesis and characterization of a new monophosphate (5-Cl-2,4-(OCH{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 2}NH{sub 3})H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}

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    Kefi, R.; Abid, S.; Nasr, C. Ben . E-mail: cherif.bennasr@fsb.rnu.tn; Rzaigui, M.

    2007-03-22

    Chemical preparation, crystal structure and NMR spectroscopy of a new organic cation 5-chloro(2,4-dimethoxy)anilinium monophosphate H{sub 2}PO{sub 4} are given. This new compound crystallizes in the monoclinic system, with the space group P2{sub 1}/c and the following parameters: a=5.524(2)A, b=9.303(2)A, c=23.388(2)A, {beta}=90.66(4), V=1201.8(2)A{sup 3}, Z=4 and D{sub x}=1.573gcm{sup -3}. Crystal structure has been determined and refined to R=0.031 and R{sub w}=0.080 using 1702 independent reflections. Structure can be described as an infinite (H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}){sub n}{sup n-} corrugated chains in the a-direction. The organic groups (5-Cl-2,4-(OCH{sub 3}){sub 2}C{sub 6}H{sub 2}NH{sub 3}){sup +} are anchored between adjacent polyanions through multiple hydrogen bonds. This compound is also investigated by IR, thermal, and solid-state, {sup 13}C, {sup 31}P MAS NMR spectroscopies.

  15. Atmospheric oxidation of fluorinated ethers, E143a (CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3}), E134 (CHF{sub 2}OCHF{sub 2}), and E125 (CHF{sub 2}OCF{sub 3})

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    Good, D.A.; Kamboures, M.; Santiano, R.; Francisco, J.S.

    1999-11-18

    Because of the ability of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to deplete stratospheric ozone, many applications have begun to employ hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as working fluids. HFCs contain no chlorine and are thus given ozone depletion potentials of essentially zero. Attention is now focused on global warming, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Air conditioners, heat pumps, and refrigeration devices that use refrigerants also use energy. They contribute to global warming both by the release of the refrigerant and by the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in powering the devices. The atmospheric oxidation mechanisms of E143a (CF{sub 3}OCH{sub 3}), E134 (CHF{sub 2}OCHF{sub 2}), and E125 (CHF{sub 2}OCF{sub 3}) have been investigated using experimental and ab initio methodology. The oxidation of E143a produces the stable reservoir species trifluoromethyl formate, CF{sub 3}OCOH, which further oxidizes to CF{sub 2}O and CO{sub 2}. Oxidation of E134 and E125 shows the presence of only CF{sub 2}O under the condition of high O{sub 2} concentrations. Carbonyl fluoride can be formed from two competing pathways involving the halogenated alkyl radicals formed from hydrogen abstraction of E134 and E125. CO bond fission reactions and O{sub 2} addition reactions compete to produce carbonyl fluoride and a CF{sub x}H{sub 3{minus}x} radical fragment. Computational modeling of the reaction pathways provides insight into the molecular steps of the degradation process.

  16. Organomercury(II) and tellurium(II) compounds with the "pincer" ligand 2,6-[O(CH2CH2)2NCH2]2C6H3--stabilization of an unusual organotellurium(II) cationic species.

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    Beleaga, Anca; Bojan, Vilma R; Pöllnitz, Alpar; Raţ, Ciprian I; Silvestru, Cristian

    2011-09-21

    The reaction of RH (1) with Hg(OAc)(2), in EtOH, gave the acetate RHgOAc (2) [R = 2,6-[O(CH(2)CH(2))(2)NCH(2)](2)C(6)H(3)]. The corresponding RHgCl (3) was obtained from 2 and LiCl. The reaction of 3 with TeCl(4) (1:1 molar ratio), in anhydrous 1,4-dioxane, resulted in the transfer of the organic ligand from mercury to tellurium and the isolation of the unexpected ionic compounds [RTe](2)[Hg(2)Cl(6)] (4) and [RH(3)][HgCl(4)] (5). The molecular structures of 1-4 and 5·H(2)O were established by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The acetate 2 and the chloride 3 are monomeric in solid state. In both mercury and tellurium organometallic compounds the organic group acts as an (N,C,N) "pincer" ligand. This coordination pattern provided stability for the rare [RTe](+) cation. Weak cation-anion interactions [Te···Cl 3.869(3) Å] are present between [RTe](+) and the dinuclear anion [Hg(2)Cl(6)](2-) in the crystal of 4. Theoretical calculations with DFT methods were performed for models of 3 and 4. The results show that in the cation of 4 the coordination of the nitrogen atoms play an important role for the stabilization of the structure found in the crystal whereas in 3 the coordination of the nitrogen atoms to the metal centre stabilizes to a less extent the structure found in solid state. PMID:21743935

  17. {sup 203,205}Tl NMR Studies of Crystallographically Characterized Thallium Alkoxides. X-Ray Structures of [Tl(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3})]4 and [Tl(OAr)]{sub infinity} where OAr = OC{sub 6}H{sub 3}(Me){sub 2}-2,6 and OC{sub 6}H{sub 3}(Pr{sup i}){sub 2}-2,6

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    ZECHMANN,CECILIA A.; BOYLE,TIMOTHY J.; PEDROTTY,DAWN M.; ALAM,TODD M.; LANG,DAVID P.; SCOTT,BRIAN L.

    2000-07-25

    [Tl(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3})]{sub 4}, (1) was reacted with excess HOR to prepare a series of [Tl(OR)]{sub n} where OR= OCHMe{sub 2} (2, n = 4), OCMe{sub 3} (3, n = 4), OCH{sub 2}CMe{sub 3} (4, n = 4), OC{sub 6}H{sub 3}(Me){sub 2}-2,6 (5, n = {infinity}), and OC{sub 6}H{sub 3}(Pr{sup i}){sub 2}-2,6 (6, n = {infinity}). Single crystal X-ray diffraction was used to determine the structure of compounds ligated by more sterically demanding ligands. Compound 4 was found to adopt a cubane structure, while 5 and 6 formed linear polymeric structures. These compounds were additionally characterized by {sup 203,205}Tl solution and {sup 205}Tl solid state NMR. Compounds 1--4 were found to remain intact in solution while the polymeric species, 5 and 6, appeared to be fluxional. While variations in the solution and solid state structures for the tetrameric [Tl(OR)]{sub 4} and polymeric [Tl(OAr)]{sub {infinity}} may be influenced by the steric hindrance of their respective ligands, the covalency of the species is believed to be more an effect of the parent alcohol acidity.

  18. Determination of total arsenic by batch hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry in injectable drugs containing high levels of Sb(V) as N-methylglucamine antimonate

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    Flores, Érico Marlon de Moraes; Barcelos da Silva, Fabiana E.; Santos, Eliane Pereira dos; Paula, Fávero Reisdorfer; Barin, Juliano Smanioto; Zanella, Renato; Dressler, Valderi Luiz; Bittencourt, Celso Figueiredo

    2002-12-01

    A procedure for the determination of arsenic by batch hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry (HG AAS) in commercial samples of injectable drugs, containing high concentrations of Sb(V), is described. The procedure is based on the complexing effect for Sb of citric, oxalic and acetic acids as reaction media. Aqua regia was used for sample digestion prior to As determination by HG AAS. The following experimental conditions for the determination of total As, as As(V), were evaluated: the acid medium and its concentration, sodium tetrahydroborate concentration, purge time, and influence of the different oxidation states of As. The effect of the delay time after mixing of sample and acid solution was also studied. Optimized conditions were: 10% (m/v) citric acid, 1.5% (m/v) sodium tetrahydroborate solution and 30 s for purge time. A delay time of 1 h was required after the digested sample had been mixed with citric acid, before As determination could be carried out. No interference on As(III) and As(V) signals was observed in the presence of up to 1 mg Sb(V). The tolerance limits for Ni(II), Cu(II) and Pb(II) were 1 mg, 100 μg and 100 μg, respectively. Recovery tests for As(III) and As(V) resulted in values between 97 and 101%. Characteristic mass and detection limit (3σ), using the recommended conditions, were 0.52 and 0.8 ng, respectively, for total As.

  19. Electronic structure of the members of the electron transfer series [NiL](z) (z = 3+, 2+, 1+, 0) and [NiL(X)](n) (X = Cl, CO, P(OCH(3))(3)) species containing a tetradentate, redox-noninnocent, Schiff base macrocyclic ligand L: an experimental and density functional theoretical study.

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    Ghosh, Meenakshi; Weyhermüller, Thomas; Wieghardt, Karl

    2010-02-28

    The electronic structure of the four members of the electron transfer series [NiL](z) (z = 3+, 2+, 1+, 0) have been established experimentally (EPR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography) and by density functional theoretical (DFT) calculations using the B3LYP functional in conjunction with a conductor-like screening model (COSMO) for acetonitrile solvent effects. L represents a generic designation of the tetradentate macrocycle 2,12-dimethyl-3,7,11,17-tetraazabicyclo[11.3.1]-heptadeca-1(17),2,11,13,15-pentane where the true oxidation level is not specified; (L(Ox))(0) represents its neutral form, (L )(1-) is the one-electron reduced pi radical anion, and (L(Red))(2-) is the singlet (or triplet) diradical dianion of this ligand. It is shown that the above series consists of square planar [Ni(III)(L(Ox))](3+) (S = 1/2), [Ni(II)(L(Ox))](2+) (S = 0), [Ni(II)(L )](1+) (S = 1/2), [Ni(II)(L(Red))](0) (S = 0). The structure of [Ni(II)(L(Red))](0) has been determined by X-ray crystallography. The electrochemistry of [Ni(II)(L(Ox))](PF(6))(2) in the presence of hard chloride anions shows the presence of trans-[Ni(III)(L(Ox))Cl(2)](+), the EPR spectrum of which has been recorded and calculated, and of trans-[Ni(II)(L(Ox))Cl(2)](0) (S = 1). Upon further reduction the coordinated Cl(-) ligands dissociate and [Ni(II)(L )](1+) and [Ni(II)(L(Red))](0) are successively generated. Similarly, in the presence of good pi-acceptor ligands such as CO or P(OCH(3))(3) the following five-coordinate, square base pyramidal species are found to be stable: [Ni(I)(L(Ox))(X)](1+) (S = 1/2), [Ni(I)(L )(X)](0) (S = 0, 1) (X = CO, P(OCH(3))(3)). As shown by EPR spectroscopy in the work of J. Lewis and M. Schröder, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1982, 1085, the monocations consist of a central nickel(i) ion (d(9), S(Ni) = 1/2). These spectra have been faithfully reproduced by the calculations. The neutral complexes [Ni(I)(L )(X)](0) are singlet or triplet diradicals comprising a central nickel

  20. Mixed uranium chloride fluorides UF{sub 6{minus}n}Cl{sub n} and methoxyuranium fluorides UF{sub 6{minus}n}(OCH{sub 3}){sub n}: A theoretical study of equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, and the role of the f orbitals

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    Schreckenbach, G.

    2000-03-20

    The title compounds, the uranium (VI) fluoride chlorides (UF{sub 6{minus}n}Cl{sub n}, n = 0--6) and methoxyuranium (VI) fluorides [UF{sub 6{minus}n}(OCH{sub 3}){sub n}, n = 0--5], have been studied using relativistic density functional theory. Applying the B3LYP hybrid functional and an effective core potential on uranium, equilibrium, geometries have been calculated for these molecules. In addition, harmonic vibrational frequencies have been computed for the chloride fluorides. Calculated frequencies have been compared to experiment where possible. All experimentally observed bands have been assigned, based on these calculations. The average deviation between theoretical and experimental frequencies is 15.6 cm{sup {minus}1} for 23 experimental modes. Theory always underestimates the experimental frequencies. This can be explained by the calculated bond lengths that are somewhat too long. The electronic structure of the uranium (VI) chloride fluorides has been investigated using scalar relativistic calculations and the PW91 functional. Periodic trends in the role and bonding contribution of the uranium 5f orbitals are discussed.

  1. A novel polynitrile ligand with different coordination modes: Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of the series [M(tcnoprOH) 2(H 2O) 2] (M = Mn, Co and Cu) (tcnoprOH - = [(NC) 2CC(OCH 2CH 2CH 2OH)C(CN) 2] -)

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    Benmansour, Samia; Setifi, Fatima; Gómez-García, Carlos J.; Triki, Smail; Coronado, Eugenio; Salaün, Jean-Yves

    2008-11-01

    A novel polynitrile ligand (tcnoprOH - = [(NC) 2CC(OCH 2CH 2CH 2OH)C(CN) 2] -) with up to five potentially coordinating groups has been synthesized in a one-pot reaction from a cyclic acetal and malononitrile. The combination of this novel ligand with different transition metal ions has led to the synthesis of two different structural types with the same formula but with different coordination modes in the ligand. Mn(II) and Cu(II) lead to a μ 2- N, O-coordinating mode in the series of compounds formulated as [M( N, O-tcnoprOH) 2(H 2O) 2] (M = Mn II ( 1) and Cu II ( 2)), whereas Co(II) and, most probably Ni(II), lead to a μ 2- N, N'-coordinating mode in [Co( N, N'-tcnoprOH) 2(H 2O) 2] ( 3). Both structural types consist of linear chains of metal ions connected by a double tcnoprOH - bridge. These ligands are connected to the metal ions through one -CN and one -OH group in compounds 1 and 2 ( N, O-coordinating mode) or through two -CN groups in compound 3. Magnetic measurements show that all compounds are paramagnetic with a low zero field splitting for the Mn derivative.

  2. Reactivity of [{l{underscore}brace}Mn{sup 4}(salpn){r{underscore}brace}{sub 2}({micro}-O,{micro}-OCH{sub 3})]{sup +} and [{l{underscore}brace}Mn{sup IV}(salpn){r{underscore}brace}{sub 2}({micro}-O,{micro}-OH)]{sup +}: Effects of proton liability and hydrogen bonding

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    Baldwin, M.J.; Law, N.A.; Stemmler, T.L.; Kampf, J.W.; Penner-Hahn, J.E.; Pecoraro, V.L.

    1999-10-18

    It was previously shown that the addition of 1 equiv of a strong acid to [Mn{sup IV}(salpn)({micro}-O)]{sub 2}, 1, generates the oxo/hydroxo complex [{l{underscore}brace}Mn{sup IV}(salpn){r{underscore}brace}{sub 2}({micro}-O,{micro}-OH)](CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}), 2, which emphasized the basicity of the {micro}{sub 2}-O{sup 2{minus}} units in the [Mn{sup IV}({micro}-O)]{sub 2} dimers. The authors now demonstrate the inherent nucleophilicity of those {micro}{sub 2}-O{sup 2{minus}} units by showing that the addition of methyl triflate to 1 results in formation of the oxo/methoxo-bridged Mn{sup IV} dimer [{l{underscore}brace}Mn{sup IV}(salph){r{underscore}brace}{sub 2}({micro}-O,{micro}-OCH{sub 3})](CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}), 3. EXAFS analysis of 3 demonstrates that alkylation of an oxo bridge results in the same structural modification of the [Mn{sup IV}({micro}-O)]{sub 2} core as an oxo bridge protonation. Electrochemical and spectroscopic comparisons of 3 to 2 indicate that 3 is a good electronic structure analogue for 2 without the complication of proton lability and hydrogen bonding. Indeed, 2 and 3 react nearly identically with hydrogen peroxide and with strong acids. In contrast, the products of their reactions with amines, acetate, and triphenylphosphine are dramatically different. The proton lability of 2 results in simple proton transfer, circumventing the slower redox reactions of these substrates with 3. Isotopic labeling, kinetic, and EPR-monitored radical trap studies lead to a proposed reduction-oxidation mechanistic scheme for the reactions of 3 with amines and triphenylphosphine. The Mn{sup III} product of this reaction, [Mn{sup III}(salpn)(Ph{sub 3}PO)](CF{sub 3}SO{sub 3}), was isolated and crystallographically characterized as a dimerized complex. The redox nature of the reactions is confirmed by trapping of a reduced Mn intermediate which is identified by EPR spectroscopy. Comparison of the reactions of 2 and 3 demonstrates the dramatic effect of proton

  3. Greenhouse Gas-ette Fall 1988, Spring, Fall 1989, Winter, Spring, Fall 1990.

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    Greenhouse Gas-ette, 1990

    1990-01-01

    This newsletter is for educators interested in developing lessons related to global climate change. The newsletter contains sample lessons, news items involving global climate change on an international scale, and background information on issues related to global climate change. (CW)

  4. Propulsion Velocity and ETT on Biomagnetic Assessment of the Human Esophagus

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    Cordova-Fraga, T.; Cano, E.; Bravo-Miranda, C.; De la Roca-Chiapas, J. M.; Bernal, J. J.; Sosa, M.; Huerta, R.

    2008-08-11

    Esophagus transit time measurement is a common clinical practical. Biomagnetic techniques and modern instrumentation can perform non invasive and functional assessments of the gastrointestinal tract. This study presents the evaluation of the esophagus transit time and propulsion velocity of a magnetic marker from the mouth to stomach using water vs. a swallow easy substance recently patented. A group of ten healthy subjects from 45 to 55 years, were evaluated in identical conditions for two times, they ingested randomly a magnetic marker in an anatomical body position of 45 deg., one times with water and the other one with a patented substance developed in order to help the subjects to swallow pills. The esophagus transit time was shorter when the subjects ingested the magnetic marker with the swallow easy substance than they ingested the magnetic marker with same quantity of water.

  5. Propulsion Velocity and ETT on Biomagnetic Assessment of the Human Esophagus

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    Cordova-Fraga, T.; Cano, E.; Bravo-Miranda, C.; Huerta, R.; De la Roca-Chiapas, J. M.; Bernal, J. J.; Sosa, M.

    2008-08-01

    Esophagus transit time measurement is a common clinical practical. Biomagnetic techniques and modern instrumentation can perform non invasive and functional assessments of the gastrointestinal tract. This study presents the evaluation of the esophagus transit time and propulsion velocity of a magnetic marker from the mouth to stomach using water vs. a swallow easy substance recently patented. A group of ten healthy subjects from 45 to 55 years, were evaluated in identical conditions for two times, they ingested randomly a magnetic marker in an anatomical body position of 45°, one times with water and the other one with a patented substance developed in order to help the subjects to swallow pills. The esophagus transit time was shorter when the subjects ingested the magnetic marker with the swallow easy substance than they ingested the magnetic marker with same quantity of water

  6. Description and modelling of the solar-hydrogen-biogas-fuel cell system in GlashusEtt

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    Hedström, L.; Wallmark, C.; Alvfors, P.; Rissanen, M.; Stridh, B.; Ekman, J.

    The need to reduce pollutant emissions and utilise the world's available energy resources more efficiently has led to increased attention towards e.g. fuel cells, but also to other alternative energy solutions. In order to further understand and evaluate the prerequisites for sustainable and energy-saving systems, ABB and Fortum have equipped an environmental information centre, located in Hammarby Sjöstad, Stockholm, Sweden, with an alternative energy system. The system is being used to demonstrate and evaluate how a system based on fuel cells and solar cells can function as a complement to existing electricity and heat production. The stationary energy system is situated on the top level of a three-floor glass building and is open to the public. The alternative energy system consists of a fuel cell system, a photovoltaic (PV) cell array, an electrolyser, hydrogen storage tanks, a biogas burner, dc/ac inverters, heat exchangers and an accumulator tank. The fuel cell system includes a reformer and a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) with a maximum rated electrical output of 4 kW el and a maximum thermal output of 6.5 kW th. The fuel cell stack can be operated with reformed biogas, or directly using hydrogen produced by the electrolyser. The cell stack in the electrolyser consists of proton exchange membrane (PEM) cells. To evaluate different automatic control strategies for the system, a simplified dynamic model has been developed in MATLAB Simulink. The model based on measurement data taken from the actual system. The evaluation is based on demand curves, investment costs, electricity prices and irradiation. Evaluation criteria included in the model are electrical and total efficiencies as well as economic parameters.

  7. Smabarnens Kultur-Och Mediebarometer. (Barometer of Children's Cultural Activity).

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    Filipson, Leni; Schyller, Ingela

    This is the first of a planned series of investigations of the media habits and other cultural activities of 3- to 8-year-old Swedish children. Diagrams show the percent of children who use the various media on an average day and the frequency of their participation in such activities as visits to the theater, museum, or library. The amount of…

  8. Synthesis, characterization, structural and biological aspects of copper(II) dithiocarbamate complexes - Part II, [Cu{S2CN(Me)(R1)}2], [Cu{S2CN(Me)(R2)}2] and [Cu{S2CN(R3)(R4)}2] {R1 = CH2CH(OMe)2, R2 = 2-methyl-1,3-dioxolane, R3 = CH2(CH2)2NCHPhOCH2Ph and R4 = CH2CH2OH}

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    Ferreira, Isabella P.; de Lima, Geraldo M.; Paniago, Eucler B.; Takahashi, Jacqueline A.; Krambrock, Klaus; Pinheiro, Carlos B.; Wardell, James L.; Visentin, Lorenzo C.

    2013-09-01

    Three new copper(II) dithiocarbamates (DTC), [Cu{S2CN(Me)(R1)}2] (1), [Cu{S2CN(Me)(R2)}2] (2) and [Cu{S2CN(R3)(R4)}2] (3) with R1 = CH2CH(OMe)2, R2 = 2-methyl-1,3-dioxolane, R3 = CH2(CH2)2NCHPhOCH2Ph and R4 = CH2CH2OH, have been synthesized and characterized by different spectroscopic techniques. Complexes (1) and (2) display typical EPR spectra for separated Cu(II) centers, and the spectrum of (3) is characteristic of two magnetically coupled Cu(II) ions with S = 1. The X-ray crystallographic determination has shown that complexes (1) and (2) crystallise in the triclinic and monoclinic systems. In addition both complexes are monomers in which the geometry at each Cu(II) is square planar. The in vitro antimicrobial activity of the sodium salts of ligands, and of the Cu(II)-DTC complexes have been screened against Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus parasiticus, Penicillium citrinum and Curvularia senegalensis, as well as Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria. Finally, the toxic effects of complexes (1)-(3) were performed using Chlorella vulgaris.

  9. A Polyurethane Cuffed Endotracheal Tube (PUC-ETT) is Associated with Decreased Rates of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

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    Miller, Melissa A.; Arndt, Jennifer L.; Konkle, Mark A.; Chenoweth, Carol E.; Iwashyna, Theodore J.; Flaherty, Kevin R.; Hyzy, Robert C.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To determine whether the use of a polyurethane-cuffed endotracheal tube would result in a decrease in ventilator-associated pneumonia rate. Materials and Methods We replaced conventional endotracheal tube with a polyurethane-cuff endotracheal tube (Microcuff, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Rosewell, Georgia) in all adult mechanically ventilated patients throughout our large academic hospital from July 2007–June 2008. We retrospectively compared the rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia before, during, and after the intervention year by interrupted time-series analysis. Results Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates decreased from 5.3 per 1000 ventilator days prior to the use of the polyurethane-cuffed endotracheal tube to 2.8 per 1000 ventilator days during the intervention year (p = 0.0138). During the first three months after return to conventional tubes, the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia was 3.5/1000 ventilator days. Use of the polyurethane-cuffed endotracheal tube was associated with an incidence risk ratio of ventilator-associated pneumonia of 0.572 (95% CI 0.340–0.963). In statistical regression analysis controlling for other possible alterations in the hospital environment, as measured by rate of tracheostomy-ventilator-associated pneumonia, the incidence rate ratio of ventilator-associated pneumonia in patients intubated with polyurethane-cuffed endotracheal tube was 0.565 (p=0.032, 95% CI 0.335–0.953). Conclusions Use of a polyurethane-cuffed endotracheal tube was associated with a significant decrease in the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia in our study. PMID:20655698

  10. An Analysis of Textual Cohesion in a Passage from Maria Gripe's "Hugo och Josefin."

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    Andersson, Erik

    Sentence-by-sentence analysis of factual or propositional cohesion in the first 29 lines of a Swedish children's story finds several sources of coherence that contribute to its cohesion. First, the text receives much coherence from its description of a single event, a situation where happenings are normal and expected. Second, a rather primitive…

  11. Dagliga Separationer och Tidig Daghemsstart (Daily Separations and Early Entry into Day Care).

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    Harsman, Ingrid

    The purpose of this thesis [Swedish language with English abstract and summary] was to study the reactions of infants when they started attending day care centers and to elucidate the process of adjustment. The theoretical perspective employed is the J. Bowlby/M. Ainsworth attachment theory. U. Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory of human…

  12. Aetervinning av faerg och ridaevatten med ultrafiltrering (recycling of paint and water curtains with ultrafiltration)

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    Fortkamp, U.; Allard, A.S.; Ekengren, O.

    1997-12-01

    Painting in spray booths causes overspray that is collected by a water curtain. The mixture of water and paint is commonly treated by means of precipitation. By means of this method, water can be used again but a paint sludge is created. Within this project, it was investigated how the paint as well as the water can be recycled. Separation by membrane filtration was tested for different paints in laboratory scale (0.2 liter volume). It was possible to separate all tested paints from the water and to concentrate it. At large scale (15 to 75 liters volume), an emulsion paint and a dispersion paint were tested. Under the tested conditions, it was slightly easier to concentrate the emulsion paint than the dispersion paint. It was possible to concentrate the paints to the original dry substance percentage. An important aspect of membrane filtration is cleaning of the membrane when the performance decreases. It was possible to clean all the tested membranes, but in many cases it was difficult. A ceramic membrane and a membrane of polyaramide showed the best results with regard to flux and cleaning of the membrane under the tested conditions. During the performance of the project two new applications of membrane filtration of paint were found. The method can be used for waste minimization by only separating the paint in an easy way at low costs. A third application is treating cleaning water from paint manufacturing.

  13. Sma Barn Pa Daghem: En studie av personalens samspel med barn och foraldrar vid lamning, hamtning och fri lek (Infants at Day Care: A Study of Staff Interaction with Children and Their Parents during Leaving, Collecting and Free Play).

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    Lothigius, Anita Holmstedt

    This thesis presents a picture of how staff interact with infants (age group 1-3 years old) and parents at three day care centers. The study focused on the situations of leaving and collecting the children and the children's time of free play both in and outdoors. The theoretical content has an attachment/psycho-dynamical perspective with emphasis…

  14. Mo 2O 5(OCH 3) 2and Mo 2O 5(OCH 3) 2·2CH 3OH: New Structural Insights Derived from Reaction Chemistry and Diffraction Techniques

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    McCarron, E. M.; Harlow, R. L.; Li, Z. G.; Suto, C.; Yuen, Y.

    1998-03-01

    The reaction of molybdenum trioxide dihydrate, MoO 3· 2H 2O, with methanol produces the title compounds. That these molybdenum oxy-methoxides decompose with liberation of CH 2O suggests that they represent exquisite models for selective oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde over molybdate catalysts. Although a number of physical techniques have been employed to elucidate certain structural features, the actual structures remain unknown. However, their unit cells have been determined for the first time by employing the complimentary nature of electron and powder diffraction techniques. This information coupled with structural insights derived from careful studies of the reaction chemistry, in particular, the synthesis and characterization of a new amorphous intermediate, MoO 3·CH 3OH, has allowed fairly detailed structures for these interesting molybdenum oxy-methoxide materials to be proposed.

  15. Estimation of inspiratory pressure drop in neonatal and pediatric endotracheal tubes.

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    Jarreau, P H; Louis, B; Dassieu, G; Desfrere, L; Blanchard, P W; Moriette, G; Isabey, D; Harf, A

    1999-07-01

    Endotracheal tubes (ETTs) constitute a resistive extra load for intubated patients. The ETT pressure drop (DeltaP(ETT)) is usually described by empirical equations that are specific to one ETT only. Our laboratory previously showed that, in adult ETTs, DeltaP(ETT) is given by the Blasius formula (F. Lofaso, B. Louis, L. Brochard, A. Harf, and D. Isabey. Am. Rev. Respir. Dis. 146: 974-979, 1992). Here, we also propose a general formulation for neonatal and pediatric ETTs on the basis of adimensional analysis of the pressure-flow relationship. Pressure and flow were directly measured in seven ETTs (internal diameter: 2.5-7.0 mm). The measured pressure drop was compared with the predicted drop given by general laws for a curved tube. In neonatal ETTs (2.5-3.5 mm) the flow regime is laminar. The DeltaP(ETT) can be estimated by the Ito formula, which replaces Poiseuille's law for curved tubes. For pediatric ETTs (4.0-7.0 mm), DeltaP(ETT) depends on the following flow regime: for laminar flow, it must be calculated by the Ito formula, and for turbulent flow, by the Blasius formula. Both formulas allow for ETT geometry and gas properties. PMID:10409556

  16. Case study involving suctioning of an electromyographic endotracheal tube.

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    Evanina, Eileen Youshock; Hanisak, Jill L

    2005-04-01

    The electromyographic endotracheal tube (EMG-ETT) is a relatively new tool used to measure integrity of the vocal cord structures during surgery. We describe a case in which an EMG-ETT was inserted for the operative period but not replaced with an ETT during the immediate postoperative period. Intensive care unit nurses had difficulty suctioning the EMG-ETT. The patient was not provided the pulmonary toilet necessary until the EMG-ETT was removed and replaced with a regular ETT. The purpose of this article is to make anesthesia providers aware that when mechanical ventilation is required during the postoperative period, the EMG-ETT should be removed and replaced with a regular ETT to facilitate pulmonary toilet. PMID:15835830

  17. Stuck suction catheter in endotracheal tube.

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    Raut, Monish S; Joshi, Sandeep; Maheshwari, Arun

    2015-02-01

    Endotracheal tube (ETT) suction is essential to clear secretions so that airway patency can be maintained. Stuck suction catheter in ETT is an uncommon event, and it can be dangerous in patients with difficult airway cases. PMID:25722554

  18. Stuck suction catheter in endotracheal tube

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    Raut, Monish S.; Joshi, Sandeep; Maheshwari, Arun

    2015-01-01

    Endotracheal tube (ETT) suction is essential to clear secretions so that airway patency can be maintained. Stuck suction catheter in ETT is an uncommon event, and it can be dangerous in patients with difficult airway cases. PMID:25722554

  19. Epithelioid Trophoblastic Tumor in a Postmenopausal Woman: A Case Report

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    Park, Jung-Woo

    2016-01-01

    Epithelioid trophoblastic tumor (ETT) is a rare gestational trophoblastic neoplasm composed of intermediate trophoblasts. Most cases of ETT are reported in women of reproductive age following a prior gestation within 2 weeks to 30 years. ETT is extremely rare in postmenopausal women. It is commonly misdiagnosed as a poorly differentiated carcinoma or another type of gestational trophoblastic tumor. We report a case of ETT in a 56-year-old woman that developed 23 years after the patient's last pregnancy. PMID:27152314

  20. Rediscovering ancient glass technologies through the examination of opacifier crystals

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    Lahlil, S.; Biron, I.; Galoisy, L.; Morin, G.

    2008-07-01

    The aim of the study is to understand how antimonate opacifying crystals were obtained throughout history. Two archaeological glass productions opacified with calcium and lead antimonates are studied in this paper, in order to rediscover ancient opaque glass technologies: Roman mosaic tesserae (1st cent. B.C. 4th cent. A.D.) and Nevers lampworking glass (18th cent. A.D.). The fine examination of crystalline phases and of the vitreous matrix is undertaken using various and complementary techniques. Results are compared with a modern reference production, for which the technological process is well known. We demonstrate that Ca-antimonate opacifiers in Roman mosaic tesserae, as well as in Nevers lampworking glass, were obtained by in situ crystallization. Nevertheless, Roman and Nevers glass would have undergone different firing processes. We propose that the addition of previously synthesized crystals or the use of “anime” could be the process used to obtain Pb-antimonate opacified glass, for both productions studied. We demonstrate that CaO, PbO and Sb2O3 concentrations in the bulk compositions and in the matrices, and their evolution with the crystallinity ratio, offer robust criteria for the distinction of the opacification process used. Also, the different crystalline structures help to provide information on the experimental conditions.

  1. A multi-spectroscopic approach to the characterization of early glaze opacifiers: Studies on an Achaemenid glazed brick found at Susa, south-western Iran (mid-first millennium BC)

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    Holakooei, Parviz

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents the results of micro-Raman spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) studies performed on an Achaemenid glazed brick found at Susa (mid-first millennium BC). The results showed that calcium antimonate (CaSb2O6) and lead antimonate (Pb2Sb2O7) were used as white and yellow opacifiers in the white and orange glazes respectively. Moreover, the mixture of calcium antimonate and lead antimonate were used as opacifier in the green glaze. In addition, green, turquoise, blue, and orange colors were achieved by the dissolution of copper, cobalt, and iron-bearing materials in an alkali glaze. A black glazed line, whose color was obtained by copper and iron oxides, was used to separate the colored glazes. The present paper strongly suggests invasive micro-Raman spectroscopy for the identification of the opacifiers used in the early vitreous materials.

  2. A multi-spectroscopic approach to the characterization of early glaze opacifiers: Studies on an Achaemenid glazed brick found at Susa, south-western Iran (mid-first millennium BC).

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    Holakooei, Parviz

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents the results of micro-Raman spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) studies performed on an Achaemenid glazed brick found at Susa (mid-first millennium BC). The results showed that calcium antimonate (CaSb2O6) and lead antimonate (Pb2Sb2O7) were used as white and yellow opacifiers in the white and orange glazes respectively. Moreover, the mixture of calcium antimonate and lead antimonate were used as opacifier in the green glaze. In addition, green, turquoise, blue, and orange colors were achieved by the dissolution of copper, cobalt, and iron-bearing materials in an alkali glaze. A black glazed line, whose color was obtained by copper and iron oxides, was used to separate the colored glazes. The present paper strongly suggests invasive micro-Raman spectroscopy for the identification of the opacifiers used in the early vitreous materials. PMID:23906671

  3. Comparative effectiveness of standard endotracheal tubes vs. endotracheal tubes with continuous subglottic suctioning on ventilator-associated pneumonia rates.

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    Speroni, Karen Gabel; Lucas, Joy; Dugan, Lisa; O'Meara-Lett, Mildred; Putman, Marissa; Daniel, Marlon; Atherton, Martin

    2011-01-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) accounts for the majority of nosocomial pneumonias, which may increase intensive care and prolonged hospital stays. Endotracheal tubes allowing continuous subglottic suctioning may reduce VAP; however, they are more expensive than standard endotracheal tubes not allowing continuous suctioning. he objective of this study was to measure the comparative costs associated with continuous subglottic suctioning endotracheal tubes (CSS-ETT) versus standard endotracheal tubes (S-ETT) among intubated patients and whether cost differential is offset by the occurrence of VAP in patients receiving either type of intubation. A retrospective chart review was conducted for 154 intubated adult patients (77 = S-ETT; 77 = CSS-ETT). The S-ETT group had one case of VAP; the CSS-ETT group had none. The mean total hospital charges were higher for the S-ETT group ($103,600; CSS-ETT= $88,500) (p = 0.3). Although the average number of intubation days and ICU days were greater for the CSS-ETT group, there were no cases of VAP compared to the S-ETT group. ased upon the one S-ETT VAP case and the VAP attributable costs, it is cost effective to use the CSS-ETT. PMID:21469484

  4. Insights on the Role of Antimicrobial Cuffed Endotracheal Tubes in Preventing Transtracheal Transmission of VAP Pathogens from an In Vitro Model of Microaspiration and Microbial Proliferation

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    Reitzel, Ruth; Jiang, Ying; Hachem, Ray; Raad, Issam

    2014-01-01

    We developed an in vitro model to evaluate the effect of different cuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) on transtracheal transmission of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) pathogens along external surfaces of ETTs. The model independently assessed the relative contributions of microbial proliferation to the distal tip and microaspiration of contaminated secretions past the cuff by testing in three modes: microaspiration only, microbial proliferation only, and simultaneous microaspiration and microbial proliferation. We evaluated transmission of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) in the presence of a standard ETT; a soft, tapered cuff ETT with subglottic suctioning; and a novel antimicrobial gendine (combination of gentian violet and chlorhexidine) ETT in the model. In the microaspiration only mode, when leakage past the cuff occurred quickly, no ETT prevented transmission. When microaspiration was delayed, the gendine ETT was able to completely disinfect the fluid above the cuff and thereby prevent transmission of pathogens. In microbial proliferation only mode, the gendine ETT was the sole ETT that prevented transmission. With both mechanisms simultaneously available, transmission was dependent on how long microaspiration was delayed. Potent antimicrobial ETTs, such as a gendine ETT, can make unique contributions to prevent VAP when microaspiration is gradual. PMID:24818125

  5. Insights on the role of antimicrobial cuffed endotracheal tubes in preventing transtracheal transmission of VAP pathogens from an in vitro model of microaspiration and microbial proliferation.

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    Rosenblatt, Joel; Reitzel, Ruth; Jiang, Ying; Hachem, Ray; Raad, Issam

    2014-01-01

    We developed an in vitro model to evaluate the effect of different cuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) on transtracheal transmission of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) pathogens along external surfaces of ETTs. The model independently assessed the relative contributions of microbial proliferation to the distal tip and microaspiration of contaminated secretions past the cuff by testing in three modes: microaspiration only, microbial proliferation only, and simultaneous microaspiration and microbial proliferation. We evaluated transmission of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) in the presence of a standard ETT; a soft, tapered cuff ETT with subglottic suctioning; and a novel antimicrobial gendine (combination of gentian violet and chlorhexidine) ETT in the model. In the microaspiration only mode, when leakage past the cuff occurred quickly, no ETT prevented transmission. When microaspiration was delayed, the gendine ETT was able to completely disinfect the fluid above the cuff and thereby prevent transmission of pathogens. In microbial proliferation only mode, the gendine ETT was the sole ETT that prevented transmission. With both mechanisms simultaneously available, transmission was dependent on how long microaspiration was delayed. Potent antimicrobial ETTs, such as a gendine ETT, can make unique contributions to prevent VAP when microaspiration is gradual. PMID:24818125

  6. An ab initio determination of the bending-torsion-torsion spectrum of dimethyl ether, CH3OCH3 and CD3OCD3

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    Senent, M. L.; Moule, D. C.; Smeyers, Y. G.

    1995-04-01

    We have calculated the potential energy hypersurface of dimethyl ether with respect to the COC bending coordinate α and the torsional angles of the two methyl groups, θ1 and θ2. Two sets of ab initio calculations were carried out. The first was made at the level MP2/6-31G(d,p) in which the structural coordinates were fully relaxed except for the grid points on the hypersurface. More extensive calculation were carried out with MP4 corrections for electron correlation with the same molecular structure. The torsional bending Hamiltonian matrix was symmetrized by the operations of the G36 nonrigid group and was solved variationally. The effect of explicitly considering the bending mode in the three-dimensional treatment was determined by a comparison to the two-dimensional model in which the flexibility of the frame was absorbed into the calculation by the fully relaxed method. It was found that the three-dimensional calculation gave a much better account of the sin(3θ1)sin(θ2) intermode coupling than the two-dimensional treatment.

  7. Still Picture Telephones for Persons with Profound Mental Retardation. Telematik och Handikapp, Rapport 92:9 (Telematics and Disability, Report 92:9).

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    Brodin, Jane; Bjorck-Akesson, Eva

    This project studied the use of still picture telephones by four Swedish adults (ages 25-45) with profound mental retardation and additional severe disabilities. After 5 to 6 months of subjects employing still picture telephones on a regular basis in their daily lives, relatives, staff from group homes, and other caregivers completed…

  8. Att Tolka Barns Signaler: Gravt utvecklingsstorda flerhandikappade barns lek och kommunikation (To Interpret Childrens' Signals: Play and Communication in Profoundly Mentally Retarded and Multiply Handicapped Children).

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    Brodin, Jane

    Written in Swedish with an English-language summary, this report describes a study which examined the interaction between mothers or caregivers and their children with profound mental retardation and multiple disabilities, particularly looking at the function of play in communicative interaction. The six children all had five or six handicaps in…

  9. Investigation of Methanol Formation Mechanisms in H2O+CH4 Ices Subjected to 5 keV Electrons at a 10-100 K Temperature Range

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    Stelmach, K. B.; Cooper, P. D.

    2014-12-01

    Methane (CH4) and water are one of the most common molecules in both planetary bodies and interstellar dust grains. Another common molecule, methanol (CH3OH), is thought to form in CH4+H2O ices. However, the exact formation mechanisms of methanol from cosmic rays are not well known, especially in the temperatures of interest. Experiments were performed using high energy electrons (5 keV) to irradiate mixtures of 1:10, 1:5, and 1:3 CH4+H2O ices under a temperature range of 10-100 Kelvin with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy being used to identify the products. Isotopologues of the two molecules (D2O and CD4) were used to probe for the mechanisms. Other products were formed as well and their potential mechanisms are identified. The implications of the mechanisms for planetary and interstellar chemistry are discussed.

  10. Novel device (AirWave) to assess endotracheal tube migration: A pilot study☆,☆☆

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    Nacheli, Gustavo Cumbo; Sharma, Manish; Wang, Xiaofeng; Gupta, Amit; Guzman, Jorge A.; Tonelli, Adriano R.

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Little is known about endotracheal tube (ETT) migration during routine care among critically ill patients. AirWave is a novel device that uses sonar waves to measure ETT migration and obstructions in real time. The aim of the present study is to assess the accuracy of the AirWave to evaluate ETT migration. In addition, we determined the degree of variation in ETT position and tested whether more pronounced migration occurs in specific clinical scenarios. Methods After institutional review board approval, we included mechanically ventilated patients from February 2012 to May 2012. A chest radiography (CXR) was obtained at baseline and 24 hours when clinically indicated. The ETT distance at the lips was recorded at baseline and every 4 hours. The AirWave system continuously recorded ETT position changes from baseline, and luminal obstructions. Results A total of 42 patients (age: 61 [SD ± 13] years, men: 52%) were recruited. A total of 19 patients had measurements of ETT migration at 24 hours by the 3 methodologies used in this study. The mean (SD) of the ETT migration at 24 hours was +0.04 (1.2), −0.42 (0.7) and +0.34 (1.81) cm when measured by portable CXR, ETT distance at the teeth and AirWave device, respectively. Bland-Altman analysis of tube migration at 24 hours comparing the AirWave with CXR readings showed a bias of 0.1 cm with 95% limit of agreement of −3.8 and +4.3 cm. Comparison of tube migration at 24 hours determined by AirWave with ETT distance at the lips revealed a bias of −0.4 with 95% limit of agreement −3.7 to +3 cm, similar to the values observed between CXR and ETT distance at the lips (bias of −0.3 cm, 95% limit of agreement of −3.4 to +2.8 cm). Factors associated with ETT migration at 24 hours were ETT size and initial measurement from ETT tip to carina by portable CXR. AirWave detected in eight patients some degree of ETT obstruction (30% ± 9.6%) that resolved with prompt ETT catheter suction. Conclusions The Air

  11. Differentiation of stem cells into insulin-producing cells under the influence of nanostructural polyoxometalates.

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    Bâlici, Ştefana; Şuşman, Sergiu; Rusu, Dan; Nicula, Gheorghe Zsolt; Soriţău, Olga; Rusu, Mariana; Biris, Alexandru S; Matei, Horea

    2016-03-01

    Two polyoxometalates (POMs) with W were synthesized by a two-step, self-assembling method. They were used for stimulation of mesenchymal stem cell differentiation into insulin-producing cells. The nanocompounds (tris(vanadyl)-substituted tungsto-antimonate(III) anions [POM1] and tris-butyltin-21-tungsto-9-antimonate(III) anions [POM2]) were characterized by analytical techniques, including ultraviolet-visible, Fourier transform infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. We found that these polyoxotungstates, with 2-4 nm diameters, did not present toxic effects at the tested concentrations. In vitro, POM1 stimulated differentiation of a greater number of dithizone-positive cells (also organized in clusters) than the second nanocompound (POM2). Based on our in vitro studies, we have concluded that both the POMs tested had significant biological activity acting as active stimuli for differentiation of stem cells into insulin-producing cells. PMID:26397720

  12. Failure to detect an unusual obstruction in a reinforced endotracheal tube with fiberoptic examination.

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    Paul, Matthias; Dueck, Michael; Kampe, Sandra; Petzke, Frank

    2003-09-01

    Obstruction of an endotracheal tube (ETT) is a potentially life-threatening event. We report an unusual obstruction of a reinforced ETT. The valve-like obstruction was caused by a partial detachment of the inner coating from the embedded spiral of the ETT. It led to an increase in inspiratory airway pressure, failure to detect end-expiratory CO(2), and generated a wheezing sound in forced expiration. Fiberoptic inspection, which is a recommended procedure for a suspected ETT-obstruction, failed to identify this detachment. Exchanging the defective ETT immediately resolved the critical clinical situation. The detachment was most likely caused by re-autoclavation of the ETT, which was a specified single-use product. PMID:12933428

  13. Cuffed endotracheal tubes for neonates and young infants: a comprehensive review.

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    Thomas, Rebecca; Rao, Shripada; Minutillo, Corrado

    2016-03-01

    Traditionally, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been used for artificial ventilation of infants and children. More recently, newer designed high-volume low-pressure (HVLP) cuffed ETTs are being used with increasing frequency in infants from birth. Considering that many paediatric anaesthetists and intensivists are already using cuffed ETTs in infants >3 kg from birth, should neonatologists be doing the same? This review examines the reasons behind the traditional use of uncuffed ETTs and the problems associated with their use; newer HVLP cuffed ETTs and what they can potentially offer neonates; and reviews evidence from studies comparing the use of cuffed and uncuffed ETTs in neonates and small infants. PMID:26458915

  14. 40 CFR 421.143 - Effluent limitations guidelines representing the degree of effluent reduction attainable by the...

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    2010-07-01

    ... provided in 40 CFR 125.30 through 125.32, any existing point source subject to this subpart shall achieve... sodium antimonate product Antimony 30.150 13.440 Arsenic 21.720 9.687 Mercury 2.344 0.937 (b) Fouled... electrowinning Antimony 30.150 13.440 Arsenic 21.720 9.687 Mercury 2.344 0.937 (c) Cathode Antimony Wash...

  15. Test procedure for cation exchange chromatography

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    Cooper, T.D.

    1994-08-24

    The purpose of this test plan is to demonstrate the synthesis of inorganic antimonate ion exchangers and compare their performance against the standard organic cation exchangers. Of particular interest is the degradation rate of both inorganic and organic cation exchangers. This degradation rate will be tracked by determining the ion exchange capacity and thermal stability as a function of time, radiation dose, and chemical reaction.

  16. Cytochemical localization of calcium in soybean root cap cells in microgravity

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    Klymchuk, D. O.; Brown, C. S.; Chapman, D. K.; Vorobyova, T. V.; Martyn, G. M.

    The antimonate precipitation technique was used to evaluate the effects of microgravity and ethylene on the cellular and subcellular distribution of free calcium ions in soybean root apices. Soybean (Glycine max L. [Merr.]) dry seeds were launched, activated by hydration, and germinated in the presence of KMnO4 (to remove ethylene) and in its absence onboard the space shuttle Columbia during the STS-87 mission. Primary root apices of 6-day old seedlings were fixed for electron microscopy after landing. Ultrastructural studies indicated that antimonate precipitation appeared as individual electron-dense particles which were more or less round in shape and varied in diameter from 10 nm (minimum size beginning from which the particles were well identified) to 90 nm. It was revealed that analyzed root cap cells varied in both the precipitate particle sizes and the amount particles per unit of the cellular area. In both flight and ground control treatments, antimonate precipitation level increases from apical meristem cells to peripheral (secretory) cells of root apices. In root cap statocytes, subcellular localization of precipitate particles was revealed in the cytoplasm, nucleus and small vacuoles. The quantitative analysis showed a reduction of precipitate density in the cytoplasm and the nucleus, and an increase in precipitate density in the vacuoles from statocytes of both spaceflight treatments in comparison with ground controls.

  17. Alkali oxide-tantalum, niobium and antimony oxide ionic conductors

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    Roth, R. S.; Brower, W. S.; Parker, H. S.; Minor, D. B.; Waring, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    The phase equilibrium relations of four systems were investigated in detail. These consisted of sodium and potassium antimonates with antimony oxide and tantalum and niobium oxide with rubidium oxide as far as the ratio 4Rb2O:llB2O5 (B=Nb, Ta). The ternary system NaSbO3-Sb2O4-NaF was investigated extensively to determine the actual composition of the body centered cubic sodium antimonate. Various other binary and ternary oxide systems involving alkali oxides were examined in lesser detail. The phases synthesized were screened by ion exchange methods to determine mobility of the mobility of the alkali ion within the niobium, tantalum or antimony oxide (fluoride) structural framework. Five structure types warranted further investigation; these structure types are (1) hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB), (2) pyrochlore, (3) the hybrid HTB-pyrochlore hexagonal ordered phases, (4) body centered cubic antimonates and (5) 2K2O:3Nb2O5. Although all of these phases exhibit good ion exchange properties only the pyrochlore was prepared with Na(+) ions as an equilibrium phase and as a low porosity ceramic. Sb(+3) in the channel interferes with ionic conductivity in this case, although relatively good ionic conductivity was found for the metastable Na(+) ion exchanged analogs of RbTa2O5F and KTaWO6 pyrochlore phases.

  18. Treatment of air pollution control residues with iron rich waste sulfuric acid: does it work for antimony (Sb)?

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    Okkenhaug, Gudny; Breedveld, Gijs D; Kirkeng, Terje; Lægreid, Marit; Mæhlum, Trond; Mulder, Jan

    2013-03-15

    Antimony (Sb) in air pollution control (APC) residues from municipal solid waste incineration has gained increased focus due to strict Sb leaching limits set by the EU landfill directive. Here we study the chemical speciation and solubility of Sb at the APC treatment facility NOAH Langøya (Norway), where iron (Fe)-rich sulfuric acid (∼3.6M, 2.3% Fe(II)), a waste product from the industrial extraction of ilmenite, is used for neutralization. Antimony in water extracts of untreated APC residues occurred exclusively as pentavalent antimonate, even at low pH and Eh values. The Sb solubility increased substantially at pH<10, possibly due to the dissolution of ettringite (at alkaline pH) or calcium (Ca)-antimonate. Treated APC residues, stored anoxically in the laboratory, simulating the conditions at the NOAH Langøya landfill, gave rise to decreasing concentrations of Sb in porewater, occurring exclusively as Sb(V). Concentrations of Sb decreased from 87-918μgL(-1) (day 3) to 18-69μgL(-1) (day 600). We hypothesize that an initial sorption of Sb to Fe(II)-Fe(III) hydroxides (green rust) and eventually precipitation of Ca- and Fe-antimonates (tripuhyite; FeSbO4) occurred. We conclude that Fe-rich, sulfuric acid waste is efficient to immobilize Sb in APC residues from waste incineration. PMID:23465722

  19. Hogskoleprovet: "En Andra Chans" Eller "Ytterligare en Oppen Dorr." Fem gymnasielarare om egna och gymnasieelevers synpunkter pa betyg och hogskoleprovet (Effects in Upper Secondary School of a More Extensive Use of the Higher Education Selection Test in the Admission to Higher Education).

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    Gustavsson, Maria

    This study was designed to examine the attitudes of teachers and students in Swedish upper secondary schools in regard to the use of higher education scholastic aptitude test (SAT) scores in lieu of secondary school grades to gain entrance into higher education programs. Since 1991 applicants to higher education have been allowed to take the…

  20. A clinical assessment of the Mucus Shaver, a device to keep the endotracheal tube free from secretions

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    Berra, Lorenzo; Coppadoro, Andrea; Bittner, Edward A; Kolobow, Theodor; Laquerriere, Patrice; Pohlmann, Joshua R; Bramati, Simone; Moss, Joel; Pesenti, Antonio

    2011-01-01

    Objective We evaluated a new device designed to clean the endotracheal tube (ETT) in mechanically ventilated patients: the Mucus Shaver. Design Prospective, randomized trial. Setting University hospital intensive care unit. Patients We enrolled 24 patients, expected to remain ventilated for more than 72 hours. Interventions The Mucus Shaver is a concentric, inflatable catheter for the removal of mucus and secretions from the interior surface of the ETT. The Mucus Shaver is advanced to the distal ETT tip, inflated and subsequently withdrawn over a period of 3–5 seconds. Patients were prospectively randomized, within 2 hours of intubation, to receive standard ETT suctioning treatment or standard suctioning plus Mucus Shaver use, until extubation. Measurements and Main Results During the study period, demographic data, recent medical history, adverse events and staff evaluation of the Mucus Shaver were recorded. At extubation, each ETT was removed, cultured and analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). 12 patients were assigned to the study group and 12 to the control group. No adverse events related to the use of the Mucus Shaver were observed. At extubation, only 1 ETT from the Mucus Shaver group was colonized, while in the control group, 10 ETTs were colonized (8% vs. 83%; p<0.001). SEM showed little secretions on the ETTs from the study group, while thick bacterial deposits were present on all the ETTs from the control group (p<0.001 by Fisher’s exact test, using a maximum biofilm thickness of 30 µm as cut-off). The nursing staff was satisfied by the overall safety, feasibility, and efficacy of the Mucus Shaver. Conclusions The Mucus Shaver is a safe, feasible and efficient device for ETT cleaning in the clinical setting. The Mucus Shaver is helpful in preventing ETT colonization by potentially harmful microorganisms. PMID:21926595

  1. Synthesis and evaluation of κ(2)-β-diketonate and β-ketoesterate tungsten(vi) oxo-alkoxide complexes as precursors for chemical vapor deposition of WOx thin films.

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    Bonsu, Richard O; Bock, Duane C; Kim, Hankook; Korotkov, Roman Y; Abboud, Khalil A; Anderson, Timothy J; McElwee-White, Lisa

    2016-07-01

    Reactions of [WO(OR)4]x (x = 1, 2) complexes with bidentate ligands (LH = acacH, tbacH, dpmH, tbpaH) afforded complexes : [WO(OCH3)3(acac) (); WO(OCH2CH3)3(acac) (); WO(OCH(CH3)2)3(acac) (); WO(OCH3)3(tbac) (); WO(OCH2CH3)3(tbac) (); WO(OCH(CH3)2)3(tbac) (); WO(OCH2CH3)3(dpm) (); WO(OCH(CH3)2)3(dpm) (); WO(OCH2C(CH3)3)3(acac) (); WO(OCH2C(CH3)3)3(tbac) (); WO(OCH2C(CH3)3)3(dpm) (); WO(OCH2C(CH3)3)3(tbpa) (); WO(OC(CH3)3)3(tbac) ()]. The synthesis is facilitated by the lability of the bridging ligands of the [WO(OR)4]2 complexes in solution, which provides a pathway for exchange of L with an alkoxide ligand. Thermogravimetric analysis and the conditions for sublimation or distillation of demonstrate that they have sufficient vapor pressure and thermal stability for volatilization in a conventional Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) reactor. High solubility in hydrocarbon and ether solvents establishes that the complexes are also potential candidates for Aerosol-Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (AACVD). AACVD from on ITO or bare glass resulted in growth of continuous, dense and amorphous thin films of substoichiometric WOx between 250-350 °C and nanorods of W18O49 above 350 °C. PMID:27160734

  2. Computer-aided detection of malpositioned endotracheal tubes in portable chest radiographs

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    Huo, Zhimin; Mao, Hongda; Zhang, Jane; Sykes, Anne-Marie; Munn, Samson; Wandtke, John

    2014-03-01

    Portable chest radiographic images play a critical role in examining and monitoring the condition and progress of critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs). For example, portable chest images are acquired to ensure that tubes inserted into the patients are properly positioned for effective treatment. In this paper, we present a system that automatically detects the position of an endotracheal tube (ETT), which is inserted into the trachea to assist patients who have difficulty breathing. The computer detection includes the detections of the lung field, spine line, and aortic arch. These detections lead to the identification of regions of interest (ROIs) used for the subsequent detection of the ETT and carina. The detection of the ETT and carina is performed within the ROIs. Our ETT and carina detection methods were trained and tested on a large number of images. The locations of the ETT and carina were confirmed by an experienced radiologist for the purpose of performance evaluation. Our ETT detection achieved an average sensitivity of 85% at less than 0.1 false-positive detections per image. The carina approach correctly identified the carina location within a 10 mm distance from the truth location for 81% of the 217 testing images. We expect our system will assist ICU clinicians to detect malpositioned ETTs and reposition malpositioned ETTs more effectively and efficiently.

  3. A descriptive analysis of exercise tolerance test at seremban hospital : an audit for the year 2001.

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    Mohamed, Abdul Latiff; Nee, Chan Chee; Azzad, Ahmed

    2004-07-01

    Our purpose is to report on the epidemiological variables and their association with the results of the exercise tolerance test (ETT) in the series of patients referred for standard diagnostic ETT at Seremban Hospital during the year 2001. ETT is widely performed, but, in Malaysia, an analysis of the associations between the epidemiological data and the results of the ETT has not been presented. All patients referred for ETT at Seremban Hospital who underwent exercise treadmill tests for the year 2001 were taken as the study population. Demographic details and patients with established heart disease (i.e. prior coronary bypass surgery, myocardial infarction, or congestive heart failure) were noted. Clinical and ETT variables were collected retrospectively from the hospital records. Testing and data management were performed in a standardized fashion with a computer-assisted protocol. This study showed that there was no significant predictive epidemiological variable on the results of the ETT. However, it was found that there was statistically significant difference between the peak exercise time of males and females undergoing the ETT. PMID:22973128

  4. Molecular analysis of biofilms on the surface of neonatal endotracheal tubes based on 16S rRNA PCR-DGGE and species-specific PCR.

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    Li, Hongdong; Song, Chao; Liu, Dong; Ai, Qing; Yu, Jialin

    2015-01-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) results in considerable morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units. VAP is associated with polymicrobial biofilms that form on endotracheal tubes (ETTs). We aimed to evaluate the diversity and the bacterial community in biofilms on ETTs extubated from mechanically ventilated newborns. ETTs (N = 29) and aerobic sputum cultures were obtained from 20 mechanically ventilated newborns. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) was used to characterize the bacterial species in the biofilms on the ETTs. Species-specific PCR was used to detect common oropharyngeal Streptococcus species and known ETT-associated pathogens. DGGE profiling of ETT biofilms showed multiple banding patterns indicating a diverse bacterial community. The dominant bacterial species were Klebsiella spp. (29/29), Streptococcus spp. (27/29), and Pseudomonas spp. (24/29). The most frequently occurring Streptococcus species was Streptococcus mitis (N = 18). Oropharyngeal bacteria were present in 25 of 29 ETT specimens. Streptococcus spp. often co-existed with K. pneumoniae and/or P. aeruginosa. In contrast, only one bacterial species was isolated from each sputum culture, K. pneumoniae or Acinetobacter baumannii. Our results demonstrated that Klebsiella spp., Streptococcus spp., and Pseudomonas spp. were the most frequent microbes on the surface of neonatal ETTs. The co-existence of oral commensals and pathogenic bacteria on the same tubes may play a crucial role for biofilm formation. PMID:26379907

  5. Removal of endotracheal tube obstruction with a secretion clearance device.

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    Mietto, Cristina; Foley, Kevin; Salerno, Lindsay; Oleksak, Jenna; Pinciroli, Riccardo; Goverman, Jeremy; Berra, Lorenzo

    2014-09-01

    Accumulation of secretions may suddenly occlude an endotracheal tube (ETT), requiring immediate medical attention. The endOclear catheter (Endoclear LLC, Petoskey, Michigan) is a novel device designed to clear mucus and debris from an ETT and restore luminal patency. We present 3 subsequent cases of life-threatening partial ETT occlusions recorded over a period of 6 months at Massachusetts General Hospital. After conventional methods (standard tracheal suctioning and bronchoscopy) failed, the endOclear was used, with successful restoration of the airways in all 3 cases. The respiratory conditions rapidly improved, and all 3 patients tolerated the ETT-cleaning maneuver. These results show that such a device is safe and easy to use during an emergency airway situation for efficient and rapid removal of secretions from obstructed ETTs by respiratory therapists. PMID:24368863

  6. Main Vacuum Technical Issues of Evacuated Tube Transportation

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    Zhang, Y. P.; Li, S. S.; Wang, M. X.

    In the future, Evacuated Tube Transportation (ETT) would be built and faster than jets. ETT tube with diameter 2∼4m and length over 1000 km will be the largest scale vacuum equipment on earth. This paper listed some main vacuum technical issues to be solved in ETT as follow. How to build ultra-large-scale vacuum chamber like ETT tube with low cost and high reliability? How to pump gas out off the ETT tube in short time? How to release heat or reduce temperature in the vacuum tube? Hot to avoid vacuum electricity discharge? How to manufacture vehicles with airproof shells and equip the life support system? How to detect leakage and find leakage position efficiently and fast as possible? Some relative solutions and suggestions are put up.

  7. [Final report for DOE contract FG03-88ER13882

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    1999-04-30

    The female reproductive organ, the gynoecium, is the most complex structure that plants produce. The molecular mechanisms that coordinate its development are unknown, but can be dissected by molecular genetics. The ettin (ett) mutation provides a remarkable window for viewing gynoecium development. ett induced alterations result from misinterpretation of positional information along longitudinal and transverse gynoecial axes. Molecular cloning revealed the ETT encoded amino acid sequence is homologous to transcriptional factors involved in signaling by the plant hormone auxin. Early ETT gene expression marks the site of the future outgrowth of the gynoecium. The primary gene sequence and pattern of expression of ETT fits with a role in hormone mediated signaling for regional development in the female organ.

  8. Endotracheal tube defects: Hidden causes of airway obstruction

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    Sofi, Khalid; El-Gammal, Kariman

    2010-01-01

    Manufacturing defects of endotracheal tube (ETT) are still encountered in anesthesia practice. Many such defects go unnoticed during routine inspection prior to their use. Such defects in ETT may lead to partial or complete airway obstruction in an intubated patient. We report a case of partial airway obstruction with a prepacked, single use, uncuffed ETT due to a manufacturing defect in the form of a plastic meniscus at the distal end of the tube. This case report highlights the significance of standard monitoring of ventilation and the role of a vigilant clinician in detecting such defects in avoiding critical events as can arise from the use of such defective ETTs. It also emphasizes the need for double checking ETTs prior to their use. PMID:20927272

  9. Ecological Functions of Off-Channel Habitats of the Willamette River, Oregon, Database and Documentation (1997-2001)

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    The database from the Ecological Functions of Off-Channel Habitats of the Willamette River, Oregon project (OCH Project) contains data collected from 1997 through 2001 from multiple research areas of the project, and project documents such as the OCH Research Plan, Quality Assura...

  10. ORGANONICKEL CHEMISTRY IN THE CATALYTIC HYDRODECHLORINATION OF POLYCHLOROBIPHENYLS (PCBS): LIGAND STERIC EFFECTS AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF REACTION INTERMEDIATES. (R823526)

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    Abstract

    Soluble homogeneous organophosphorus¯¯nickel complexes have been used to detoxify polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by catalyzed hydrodechlorination using NaBH2(OCH2CH2OCH3)2 as the hyd...

  11. Discourse Markers in Chinese Conversational Narrative

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    Xiao, Yang

    2010-01-01

    This study examines the indexicality of discourse markers (DMs) in Chinese conversational narrative. Drawing upon theoretical and methodological principles related to narrative dimensions (Ochs & Capps, 2001), narrative desires (Ochs, 1997, 2004), and narrative positioning (Bamberg, 1997), this work proposes an integrated analytical framework for…

  12. COMPONENTS OF SURFACE AND SUBSURFACE CONNECTIVITY IN A LARGE OREGON (USA) RIVER--WHAT CAN BE RESTORED?

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    We conducted research on the Willamette River in western Oregon (USA) to determine the ecological functions of off-channel habitats (OCH). OCHs have declined in our 70 km study reach of the active floodplain since European settlement. Surface and subsurface connectivity between...

  13. Prevalence, diagnosis and management of ectopic thyroid glands.

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    Santangelo, Giuseppe; Pellino, Gianluca; De Falco, Nadia; Colella, Giuseppe; D'Amato, Salvatore; Maglione, M Grazia; De Luca, Roberto; Canonico, Silvestro; De Falco, Massimo

    2016-04-01

    Ectopic thyroid tissue (ETT) is an uncommon entity that may be found anywhere along the line of the obliterated thyroglossal duct, usually from the tongue to the diaphragm. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients undergoing surgical treatment for thyroid disease between January 2000 and December 2013, seeking for ETT All patients with prior neck surgery or trauma were excluded. The clinic-pathologic features, prevalence and diagnosis of the lesions were collected and analyzed. Out of 3092 included patients, 28 ETT were identified (0.9%). The anatomical site of ETT was as follows: lateral cervical in 6 (21.4%), along the thyroglossal duct in 6 (21.4%), mediastinal in 5 (17.9%), lingual in 5 (17.9%), sublingual in 3 (10.7%), and submandibular in 3 (10.7%). Histopathology revealed 27 benign lesions and 1 (3.6%) papillary carcinoma. ETT is found in less than 1% of patients receiving thyroid surgery. Diagnosis of ETT requires clinical imaging. Surgery is a prudent choice due to the potential of malignant evolution of ETT. PMID:26708843

  14. Effects of anatomical position on esophageal transit time: A biomagnetic diagnostic technique

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    Cordova-Fraga, Teodoro; Sosa, Modesto; Wiechers, Carlos; la Roca-Chiapas, Jose Maria De; Moreles, Alejandro Maldonado; Bernal-Alvarado, Jesus; Huerta-Franco, Raquel

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To study the esophageal transit time (ETT) and compare its mean value among three anatomical inclinations of the body; and to analyze the correlation of ETT to body mass index (BMI). METHODS: A biomagnetic technique was implemented to perform this study: (1) The transit time of a magnetic marker (MM) through the esophagus was measured using two fluxgate sensors placed over the chest of 14 healthy subjects; (2) the ETT was assessed in three anatomical positions (at upright, fowler, and supine positions; 90º, 45º and 0º, respectively). RESULTS: ANOVA and Tuckey post-hoc tests demonstrated significant differences between ETT mean of the different positions. The ETT means were 5.2 ± 1.1 s, 6.1 ± 1.5 s, and 23.6 ± 9.2 s for 90º, 45º and 0º, respectively. Pearson correlation results were r = -0.716 and P < 0.001 by subjects’ anatomical position, and r = -0.024 and P > 0.05 according the subject’s BMI. CONCLUSION: We demonstrated that using this biomagnetic technique, it is possible to measure the ETT and the effects of the anatomical position on the ETT. PMID:18837088

  15. Antimony leaching from MSWI bottom ash: modelling of the effect of pH and carbonation.

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    Cornelis, Geert; Van Gerven, Tom; Vandecasteele, Carlo

    2012-02-01

    Development of treatment methods to reduce Sb leaching from municipal solid waste incinerator (MSWI) bottom ash, such as accelerated carbonation, is being complicated by insufficient understanding of Sb geochemistry. The leaching of antimonate (Sb(V)) and antimonite (Sb(III)) in MSWI bottom was studied as a function of pH and degree of carbonation. While total (Sb(V)+Sb(III)) leaching was lowest (1.2 mg kg(-1)) at the natural pH (i.e. 10.6) of uncarbonated bottom ash, HPLC-ICP-MS analysis showed that acidification and carbonation increased Sb(V) leaching, but decreased Sb(III) leaching, probably because Sb(III)(OH)(4)(-) became less stable. PHREEQC geochemical modelling suggested that Sb(V) concentrations approached equilibrium with the romeites, i.e. calcium antimonates, Ca(1.13)Sb(2)(OH)(0.26)·0.74H(2)O at pH=10.6 and Ca[Sb(OH)(6)](2) at pH=8. It is hypothesised that not interaction with ettringite but dissolution of romeite controls antimonate leaching in the pH range 8-11 in MSWI bottom ash, because while Ca is preferentially leached from romeite, the mineral structures containing more Ca at higher pH are less soluble. A model was proposed where acidification and carbonation both lead to lower Ca(2+) and/or hydroxyl concentration, which removes Ca(2+) and hydroxyls from the romeite structure and leads to comparably higher Sb(V) concentration in equilibrium with romeite. Sb solubility depends on pH and Ca(2+) availability in this model, which has implications for bottom ash valorisation and risk assessment. PMID:22035902

  16. Increased risks of endotracheal tube cuff colonization after prolonged intubation.

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    Tsai, Wen-Hui; Hsu, Hui-Chi; Shih, Chung-Hung

    2014-06-30

    Mechanical ventilation using endotracheal tube (ETT) intubation is crucial in saving life but may also cause ventilator-associated pneumonia resulting in morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of intubation duration on pathogen colonization rates of ETT cuff region, and its association with the subsequent re-intubation and tracheostomy. We enrolled 92 patients who were successfully weaned from ventilator and were extubated within 20 days of intubation duration. Patients were divided into Group I and II based on intubation for 1-9 days and 10-20 days, respectively. Pathogen colonization over ETT cuff region and extra-cuff region (including sputum and ETT aspirates) were assessed. As compared to Group I patients, Group II patients had a significant higher pathogen colonization rate (100% vs. 69.2%; P < 0.001) in the ETT cuff samples, but not in the extra-cuff samples (92.6% vs. 84.8%; P = 0.442). Further studies demonstrated that there was no difference between Group I and II patients in the percentages of patients with the same pathogen over both the cuff and extra-cuff samples (35.5% vs. 30.8%; P = 0.925), suggesting that the increased pathogen colonization rate over the ETT cuff region was least likely from the extra-cuff region. In addition, the results showed that longer intubation was also associated with increased tracheostomy rate from 9.3% to 28.9% for Group I and Group II respectively (P = 0.025). We conclude that longer intubation has a higher pathogen colonization rate over the ETT cuff region in patients receiving mechanical ventilation support; longer intubation also increases the trend of receiving re-intubation and tracheostomy. Our findings indicate that it is crucial to remove ETT as soon as possible and perform pathogen culture over the ETT cuff regions immediately after extubation. PMID:24826783

  17. Effects of prolonged mechanical ventilation with a closed suction system on endotracheal tube resistance and its reversibility by a closed suction cleaning system.

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    Adi, N A; Tomer, N T; Bergman, G B; Kishinevsky, E K; Wyncoll, D W

    2013-11-01

    The study objective was to evaluate endotracheal tubes (ETT) from extubated adult patients and compare them to new, unused, size-matched control tubes for changes in inspiratory resistance (Rinsp) and peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) before and immediately after suctioning with the Airway Medix Closed Suction System (AMCSS) (Biovo Technologies, 2013 Tel Aviv, Israel). Sixteen ETTs were recovered from predominantly medical patients who had required intubation and mechanical ventilation for more than 12 hours. ETTs were evaluated within 4.5 hours of extubation. Readings were taken during square wave flow, at rates of 40 and 60 l/minute. Cleaning of extubated ETTs using the AMCSS was able to restore them to almost original conditions in terms of Rinsp and PIP. The examined ETTs included tubes of various sizes ranging from internal diameter (ID) 7 to 8.5 mm and intubation periods ranging from 12 hours to 21 days. The mean Rinsp for the used and uncleaned ETTs was equivalent to 275% of the Rinsp of sized-matched new and unused ETTs. For 8 mm ID ETTs this was comparable to a measured Rinsp of a 5 mm tube. Following a single cleaning episode with the AMCSS, Rinsp decreased, regaining an effective ETT ID of a 7.5 to 8 mm tube. A single suctioning episode with this device resulted in a significant reduction in Rinsp, virtually restoring original flow variable values. The AMCSS represents a novel technology in closed suction systems, designed to achieve more effective inner lumen cleaning in prolonged mechanical ventilation. PMID:24180713

  18. Eletriptan metabolism by human hepatic CYP450 enzymes and transport by human P-glycoprotein.

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    Evans, David C; O'Connor, Desmond; Lake, Brian G; Evers, Raymond; Allen, Christopher; Hargreaves, Richard

    2003-07-01

    "Reaction phenotyping" studies were performed with eletriptan (ETT) to determine its propensity to interact with coadministered medications. Its ability to serve as a substrate for human P-glycoprotein (P-gp) was also investigated since a central mechanism of action has been proposed for this "triptan" class of drug. In studies with a characterized bank of human liver microsome preparations, a good correlation (r2 = 0.932) was obtained between formation of N-desmethyl eletriptan (DETT) and CYP3A4-catalyzed testosterone 6 beta-hydroxylation. DETT was selected to be monitored in our studies since it represents a significant ETT metabolite in humans, circulating at concentrations 10 to 20% of those observed for parent drug. ETT was metabolized to DETT by recombinant CYP2D6 (rCYP2D6) and rCYP3A4, and to a lesser extent by rCYP2C9 and rCYP2C19. The metabolism of ETT to DETT in human liver microsomes was markedly inhibited by troleandomycin, erythromycin, miconazole, and an inhibitory antibody to CYP3A4, but not by inhibitors of other major P450 enzymes. ETT had little inhibitory effect on any of the P450 enzymes investigated. ETT was determined to be a good substrate for human P-gp in vitro. In bidirectional transport studies across LLC-MDR1 and LLC-Mdr1a cell monolayers, ETT had a BA/AB transport ratio in the range 9 to 11. This finding had significance in vivo since brain exposure to ETT was reduced 40-fold in Mdr1a+/+ relative to Mdr1a-/- mice. ETT metabolism to DETT is therefore catalyzed primarily by CYP3A4, and plasma concentrations are expected to be increased when coadministered with inhibitors of CYP3A4 and P-gp activity. PMID:12814962

  19. Measurement of endotracheal tube secretions volume by micro computed tomography (MicroCT) scan: an experimental and clinical study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Biofilm accumulates within the endotracheal tube (ETT) early after intubation. Contaminated secretions in the ETT are associated with increased risk for microbial dissemination in the distal airways and increased resistance to airflow. We evaluated the effectiveness of micro computed tomography (MicroCT) for the quantification of ETT inner volume reduction in critically ill patients. Methods We injected a known amount of gel into unused ETT to simulate secretions. We calculated the volume of gel analyzing MicroCT scans for a length of 20 cm. We then collected eleven ETTs after extubation of critically ill patients, recording clinical and demographical data. We assessed the amount of secretions by MicroCT and obtained ETT microbiological cultures. Results Gel volumes assessed by MicroCT strongly correlated with injected gel volumes (p < 0.001, r2 = 0.999). MicroCT revealed the accumulation of secretions on all the ETTs (median 0.154, IQR:0.02-0.837 mL), corresponding to an average cross-sectional area reduction of 1.7%. The amount of secretions inversely correlated with patients’ age (p = 0.011, rho = −0.727) but not with days of intubation, SAPS2, PaO2/FiO2 assessed on admission. Accumulation of secretions was higher in the cuff region (p = 0.003). Microbial growth occurred in cultures from 9/11 ETTs, and did not correlate with secretions amount. In 7/11 cases the same microbes were identified also in tracheal aspirates. Conclusions MicroCT appears as a feasible and precise technique to measure volume of secretions within ETTs after extubation. In patients, secretions tend to accumulate in the cuff region, with high variability among patients. PMID:24678963

  20. [Successful treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis with amphotericin B; a case of unresponsive to pentavalent antimony therapy].

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    Yeşilova, Yavuz; Turan, Enver; Sürücü, Hacer Altın; Aksoy, Mustafa; Özbilgin, Ahmet

    2015-03-01

    Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is a skin infection caused by various species of Leishmania parasites, which is transmitted by infected Phlebotomus sandfly bites. Pentavalent antimonials (meglumine antimoniate and sodium stibogluconate) are used for the treatment of adult CL patients as an effective and safe method. Liposomal amphotericin B is an alternative for the treatment of choice in cutaneous leishmaniasis cases which pentavalan antimony contraindicated or unresponsive to pentavalent antimony therapy. In this study, successful treatment with systemic liposomal amphotericin B of a cutaneous leishmaniasis case developing local side effects related both systemic and intralesional meglumine antimonate treatment was presented. PMID:25917587

  1. Lipid droplets of neuroepithelial cells are a major calcium storage site during neural tube formation in chick and mouse embryos.

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    Bush, K T; Lee, H; Nagele, R G

    1992-05-15

    In situ precipitation of calcium (Ca2+) with fluoride and antimonate shows that Ca(2+)-specific precipitate is localized almost exclusively within lipid droplets of neuroepithelial cells during neural tube formation in chick and mouse embryos. The density of Ca2+ precipitate within lipid droplets is generally greater in the apical ends of cells situated in regions of the neuroepithelium that are actively engaged in bending. These findings suggest that lipid droplets, in addition to providing a source of metabolic fuel for developing neuroepithelial cells, also serve as Ca(2+)-storage and -releasing sites during neurulation. PMID:1601118

  2. [Visceral leishmaniasis in children in the province of Florence].

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    Calabri, G B; Casini, T; Cristiano, R; Pasquini, E; La Cauza, F; Lippi, A; Grifi, G; Cocchi, P; Calabri, G

    1997-01-01

    Three cases of visceral leishmaniasis are presented: two children who got the disease in Florence and the imported case of a girl coming from Albania with her disease in act. The diagnosis was made showing Leishmania in bone marrow specimen. Therapy with melglumine antimonate was effective and well borne, leading the three children to a complete healing. In the province of Florence visceral leishmaniasis is very rare, but such protozoa and the sand flies are present as shown by the high number of dog with leishmaniasis. PMID:9595582

  3. THE REACTIONS OF SELECTED ACETATES WITH THE OH RADICAL IN THE PRESENCE OF NO: NOVEL REARRANGEMENT OF ALKOXY RADICALS OF STRUCTURE RC(O)OCH(O)R. (R825252)

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

  4. Fluid inclusions in the system H sub 2 O-CH sub 4 -NaCl-CO sub 2 from metasomatic tourmaline within the border unit of the Tanco zoned granitic pegmatite, S. E. Manitoba

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    Thomas, A.V.; Spooner, E.T. )

    1988-05-01

    Fluid inclusions from the tourmaline phase of alteration of the footwall amphibolite from the Tanco zoned granitic pegmatite lie in the system H{sub 2}O-CH{sub 4}-NaCl-CO{sub 2}. These inclusions contain a liquid and vapor phase at room temperature and develop a second liquid phase on cooling in the range {minus}77 to {minus}95{degree}C: the second liquid and the vapor are methane. Isochores for inclusions showing vapor phase (CH{sub 4}) homogenization were constructed from the equations of Jacobs and Kerrick (1981). The intersections of these isochores with the univariant melting curves for methane clathrate hydrates give estimates of salinity for the inclusions of between 7 and 10 equivalent wt.% NaCl, which are lower than those derived from measurement of the depression of the melting point of ice; a result consistent with salt exclusion by clathrate. The bulk composition of the fluid is estimated to be 91 mol.% H{sub 2}O, 6 mol.% CH{sub 4}, 2 equiv. mol.% NaCl and <1 mol.% CO{sub 2}. Total homogenization temperatures have a mean value of 371{degree}C {plus minus} 36{degree}C. Calculation of f{sub O2} from the bulk inclusion composition gives values near WI at these conditions which is unreasonably low for fluids derived from the pegmatite, which were probably between QFM and HM. The metasomatic fluids may have resulted from fluid mixing in the wall rock immediately adjacent to the pegmatite. The fluid derived from the pegmatite, a H{sub 2}O-CO{sub 2} fluid, introduced the B necessary to form tourmaline in the amphibolite. Supporting evidence is provided by pegmatite wall zone fluids with higher CH{sub 4} than the bulk of the pegmatite H{sub 2}O-CO{sub 2} fluids, suggesting marginal fluid contamination.

  5. Fluid inclusion volatile analysis by gas chromatography with photoionization micro-thermal conductivity detectors: Applications to magmatic MoS 2 and other H 2O-CO 2 and H 2O-CH 4 fluids

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    Bray, C. J.; Spooner, E. T. C.

    1992-01-01

    Eighteen fluid inclusion volatile peaks have been detected and identified from 1-2 g samples (quartz) by gas chromatography using heated (~105°C) on-line crushing, helium carrier gas, a single porous polymer column (HayeSep R; 10' × 1/8″: 100/120#; Ni alloy tubing), two temperature programme conditions for separate sample aliquots, micro-thermal conductivity (TCD) and photoionization detectors (PID; 11.7 eV lamp), and off-line digital peak processing. In order of retention time these volatile peaks are: N 2, Ar, CO, CH 4, CO 2, C 2H 4, C 2H 6, C 2H 2, COS, C 3H 6, C 3H 8, C 3H 4 (propyne), H 2O (22.7 min at 80°C), SO 2, ± iso- C4H10 ± C4H8 (1-butene) ± CH3SH, C 4H 8 (iso-butylene), (?) C 4H 6 (1,3 butadiene) and ± n- C4H10 ± C4H8 (trans-2-butene) (80 and -70°C temperature programme conditions combined). H 2O is analysed directly. O 2 can be analysed cryogenically between N 2 and Ar, but has not been detected in natural samples to date in this study. H 2S, SO 2, NH 3, HCl, HCN, and H 2 ca nnot be analysed at present. Blanks determined by crushing heat-treated Brazilian quartz (800-900°C/4 h) are zero for 80°C temperature programme conditions, except for a large, unidentified peak at ~64 min, but contain H 2O, CO 2, and some low molecular weight hydrocarbons at -70°C temperature conditions due to cryogenic accumulation from the carrier gas and subsequent elution. TCD detection limits are ~30 ppm molar in inclusions; PID detection limits are ~ 1 ppm molar in inclusions and lower for unsaturated hydrocarbons (e.g., ~0.2 ppm for C 2H 4; ~ 1 ppb for C 2H 2; ~0.3 ppb for C 3H 6). Precisions (1σ) are ~ ±1-2% and ~ ± 13% for H 2O in terms of total moles detected; the latter value is equivalent to ±0.6 mol% at the 95 mol% H 2O level. Major fluid inclusion volatile species have been successfully analysed on a ~50 mg fluid inclusion section chip (~7 mm × ~10 mm × ~100 μm). Initial inclusion volatile analyses of fluids of interpreted magmatic origin from the Cretaceous Boss Mtn. monzogranite stock-related MoS 2 deposit, central British Columbia of ~97 mol% H 2O, ~3% CO 2, ~ 140-150 ppm N 2, and ~16-39 ppm CH 4 (~300-350°C) are reasonable in comparison with high temperature (~400-900°C) volcanic gas analyses from four, active calc-alkaline volcanoes; e.g., the H 2O contents of volcanic gases from the White Island (New Zealand), Mount St. Helens (Washington, USA), Merapi (Bali, Indonesia), and Momotombo (Nicaragua) volcanoes are 88-95%, >90% (often >95%), 88-95% and ~93%, respectively; CO 2 contents are ~3-10%, 1-10%, 3-8%, and ~3.5%. CO 2/N 2 ratios for the Boss Mtn. MoS 2 fluids of ~ 190-220 are in the range for known volcanic gas ratios (e.g., ~ 150- 240; White Island). The ∑S content of the Boss Mtn. MoS 2 fluid prior to S loss by sulphide precipitation may have been ~2 mol% since CO 2/∑S molar ratios of analysed high-temperature volcanic gases are ~ 1.5. This estimate is supported by ∑S contents for White Island, Merapi and Momotombo volcanic gases of ~2%, ~0.5-2.5%, and ~2%. COS has been determined in H 2O-CO 2 fluid inclusions of interpreted magmatic origin from the Boss Mtn. MoS 2 deposit and the Tanco zoned granitic pegmatite, S.E. Manitoba at ~50-100 ppm molar levels, which are consistent with levels in volcanic gases. It appears that low, but significant, concentrations of C 2-C 4 alkanes (~ 1-20 ppm), C 2-C 4 alkenes (~ 1-480 ppb) and alkynes (e.g., C 3H 4) have been detected in magmatically derived fluids (Boss Mtn. MoS 2 deposit; Tanco granitic pegmatite). Significantly higher, low molecular weight hydrocarbon concentrations have been determined in a CH 4-rich (~ 2%), externally derived fluid of possible metamorphic or deep crustal origin trapped as inclusions in metasomatic wall-rock tourmaline adjacent to the Tanco pegmatite (e.g., 300/470 ppm C 2H 6; 50/90 ppm C 3H 8; 3-60 ppm C 2H 4/C 3H 6 n-C 4H 10).

  6. Inadvertent migration of guidewire into Murphy's eye of endotracheal tube during percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy

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    Panigrahi, Binita; Samaddar, Devi Prasad; Kumar, Tushar

    2016-01-01

    Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy is a commonly performed bedside procedure in the Intensive Care Unit. Although serious and fatal complications have been reported, the procedure is by and large safe to perform in experienced hands. We report here an innocuous problem encountered twice. After the guidewire insertion and dilatation, subsequent railroading became difficult owing to migration of guidewire into the Murphy's eye of the endotracheal tube (ETT). Awareness about this possibility can avert inadvertent delays and complications during the procedure. A tug or gentle pulling of ETT after insertion of the guidewire rules out an impaction in the eye or other part of the ETT. PMID:27076734

  7. pH-sensitive microparticles for oral drug delivery based on alginate/oligochitosan/Eudragit(®) L100-55 "sandwich" polyelectrolyte complex.

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    Calija, Bojan; Cekić, Nebojša; Savić, Snežana; Daniels, Rolf; Marković, Bojan; Milić, Jela

    2013-10-01

    The primary objective of this study was to investigate the influence of the oligochitosan-Eudragit(®) L100-55 polyelectrolyte complex (OCH-EL PEC) on the pH-sensitivity of Eudragit(®) L100-55-treated alginate-oligochitosan microparticles. In order to achieve this, three types of naproxen-loaded microparticles were prepared under mild and environmentally friendly conditions using a custom made device with coaxial air flow: Ca-alginate (Ca-ALG), alginate-oligochitosan (ALG-OCH) and alginate-oligochitosan-Eudragit(®) L100-55 (ALG-OCH-EL) microparticles. After drying, the microparticles were subjected to microscopic analysis, and physicochemical and biopharmaceutical characterization. The non-covalent interaction between OCH and EL and the formation of OCH-EL PEC during the preparation procedure of the particles were verified by thermal and FT-IR analysis. The obtained particles exhibited acceptable sphericity and surface roughness due to the presence of the drug crystals (Ca-ALG particles) and OCH-EL PEC (ALG-OCH-EL particles). It was found that reinforcement of the ALG-OCH particles with OCH-EL PEC had no significant effect on the relatively high encapsulation efficiencies (>74.4%). The results of drug release studies confirmed the ability of ALG-OCH PEC to sustain drug release at pH 6.8 and 7.4. However, this PEC showed enhanced sensitivity to an acidic environment and to simulated intestinal fluid (pH 6.8) after prior exposure to an acidic medium. Additional treatment of ALG-OCH particles with EL and formation of "sandwich" ALG-OCH-EL PEC was essential not only to improve stability and decrease drug release in acidic medium, but also to achieve sustained release after the pH of dissolution medium was raised to 6.8. The obtained results suggested that ALG-OCH-EL microparticles have promising potential as pH-sensitive multiparticulate drug carriers for oral delivery of NSAIDs. PMID:23751419

  8. Endotracheal tube intubation with the aid of a laryngeal mask airway, a fiberoptic bronchoscope, and a tube exchanger in a difficult airway patient: a case report.

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    Sung, Joon Kyung; Kim, Hyung Gon; Kim, Jung Eun; Jang, Myung-Soo; Kang, Jong-Man

    2014-03-01

    A 28-year-old male patient with occipito-atlanto-axial instability underwent a cervical fusion with posterior technique. Post-operatively, the endotracheal tube (ETT) was removed, and the patient was transferred to the intensive care unit. After transfer, an upper airway obstruction developed and reintubations with a laryngoscope were attempted but failed. We inserted a #4 proseal laryngeal mask airway (LMA) and passed a 5.0 mm ETT through the LMA with the aid of a fiberoptic bronchoscope. We passed a tube exchanger through the 5.0 mm ETT and exchanged it with a 7.5 mm ETT. This method may be a useful alternative for difficult tracheal intubations. PMID:24729847

  9. In Vitro Metabolism of 20(R)-25-Methoxyl-Dammarane-3, 12, 20-Triol from Panax notoginseng in Human, Monkey, Dog, Rat, and Mouse Liver Microsomes

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    Li, Wei; Liu, Li; Sun, Baoshan; Guo, Zhenghong; Shi, Caihong; Zhao, Yuqing

    2014-01-01

    The present study characterized in vitro metabolites of 20(R)-25-methoxyl-dammarane-3β, 12β, 20-triol (20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD) in mouse, rat, dog, monkey and human liver microsomes. 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD was incubated with liver microsomes in the presence of NADPH. The reaction mixtures and the metabolites were identified on the basis of their mass profiles using LC-Q/TOF and were quantified using triple quadrupole instrument by multiple reaction monitoring. A total of 7 metabolites (M1–M7) of the phase I metabolites were detected in all species. 25(R)-OCH3-PPD was metabolized by hydroxylation, dehydrogenation, and O-demethylation. Enzyme kinetic of 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD metabolism was evaluated in rat and human hepatic microsomes. Incubations studies with selective chemical inhibitors demonstrated that the metabolism of 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD was primarily mediated by CYP3A4. We conclude that 20(R)-25-OCH3-PPD was metabolized extensively in mammalian species of mouse, rat, dog, monkey, and human. CYP3A4-catalyzed oxygenation metabolism played an important role in the disposition of 25(R)-OCH3-PPD, especially at the C-20 hydroxyl group. PMID:24736630

  10. Estimated times to exhaustion at the PWC V O2, PWC HRT, and VT.

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    Mielke, Michelle; Housh, Terry J; Malek, Moh H; Beck, Travis W; Hendrix, C Russell; Schmidt, Richard J; Johnson, Glen O

    2008-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to validate the Physical Working Capacity at the Heart Rate Threshold (PWC HRT) and Physical Working Capacity at the Oxygen Consumption Threshold (PWC V O2) tests by 1) using individual power vs. duration relationships to estimate the times to exhaustion (ETTE) at the PWC HRT and PWC V O2, and 2) comparing the power outputs and ETTE values of the PWC HRT and PWC V O2 with those of the ventilatory threshold (VT). Ten adults (mean age +/- SD = 23 +/- 1 years) performed an incremental test to exhaustion on a cycle ergometer for the determination of V O2 peak and VT. The subjects also performed four randomly ordered workbouts to exhaustion at different power outputs (ranging from 98 to 246 W) to determine the PWC V O2, PWC HRT, and power vs. duration relationship. Power curve analyses (y = ax b) were used to define the hyperbolic power vs. duration relationship for each subject and to determine the ETTE at the PWC V O2, PWC HRT, and VT. Two separate one-way repeated-measures analyses of variance indicated that there were significant differences among the fatigue thresholds (PWC V O2 > PWC HRT) and ETTE values (PWC HRT > PWC V O2): PWC V O2 (mean +/- SD = 147 +/- 43 W; ETTE = 21 +/- 3 minutes), PWCHRT (136 +/- 37 W; ETTE = 29 +/- 6 minutes), and VT (143 +/- 44 W; ETTE = 27 +/- 11 minutes). These findings were consistent with previous studies that indicated that the PWC HRT occurred at a lower power output than the PWC V O2. Furthermore, the PWC HRT was maintained for a mean of 29 minutes, whereas the PWC V O2 and VT were maintained for 21 and 27 minutes, respectively. These findings indicate that the ETTE values for the PWC V O2 and PWC HRT were substantially less than those suggested in previous studies. PMID:18978609

  11. Polyurethane cuffed versus conventional endotracheal tubes: Effect on ventilator-associated pneumonia rates and length of Intensive Care Unit stay

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    Suhas, P; Kundra, Pankaj; Cherian, Anusha

    2016-01-01

    Background and Aims: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among patients in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and results in added healthcare costs. One of the methods of preventing VAP is to use polyurethane (PU)-cuffed endotracheal tube (ETT). This study compares the incidence of VAP and length of ICU stay in patients intubated with conventional polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ETT and PU-cuffed ETT. Methods: Eighty post-laparotomy patients who were mechanically ventilated for >48 h in the ICU were included in this randomised controlled trial. Patients with moderate to severe pre-existing lung conditions were excluded from the study. Patients in group PVC (n = 40) were intubated with conventional PVC-cuffed ETT and those in group PU (n = 40) with PU-cuffed ETT. VAP was defined as a Clinical Pulmonary Infection Score of >6 with a positive quantitative endotracheal culture in patients on ventilator for >48 h. Results: Overall VAP rates were 23.75%. Thirteen (32.5%) patients in group PVC and six (15%) patients in group PU developed VAP. ICU stay was significantly lesser in patients intubated with PU-cuffed ETT (group PU) (median, 6 days; range: 4–8.5) compared to patients intubated with conventional ETT (group PVC) (median, 8; range: 6–11). Conclusion: No statistically significant reduction in the incidence of VAP could be found between the groups. The length of ICU stay was significantly lesser with the use of ultra thin PU-cuffed ETTs. PMID:27053778

  12. Decreased Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation on nanomodified endotracheal tubes: a dynamic lung model

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    Machado, Mary C; Webster, Thomas J

    2016-01-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a serious complication of mechanical ventilation that has been shown to be associated with increased mortality rates and medical costs in the pediatric intensive care unit. Currently, there is no cost-effective solution to the problems posed by VAP. Endotracheal tubes (ETTs) that are resistant to bacterial colonization and that inhibit biofilm formation could provide a novel solution to the problems posed by VAP. The objective of this in vitro study was to evaluate differences in the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on unmodified polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ETTs and on ETTs etched with a fungal lipase, Rhizopus arrhizus, to create nanoscale surface features. These differences were evaluated using an in vitro model of the pediatric airway to simulate a ventilated patient in the pediatric intensive care unit. Each experiment was run for 24 hours and was supported by computational models of the ETT. Dynamic conditions within the ETT had an impact on the location of bacterial growth within the tube. These conditions also quantitatively affected bacterial growth especially within the areas of tube curvature. Most importantly, experiments in the in vitro model revealed a 2.7 log reduction in the number (colony forming units/mL) of P. aeruginosa on the nanoroughened ETTs compared to the untreated PVC ETTs after 24 hours. This reduction in total colony forming units/mL along the x-axis of the tube was similar to previous studies completed for Staphylococcus aureus. Thus, this dynamic study showed that lipase etching can create surface features of nanoscale roughness on PVC ETTs that decrease bacterial attachment of P. aeruginosa without the use of antibiotics and may provide clinicians with an effective and inexpensive tool to combat VAP. PMID:27563242

  13. Decreased Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation on nanomodified endotracheal tubes: a dynamic lung model.

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    Machado, Mary C; Webster, Thomas J

    2016-01-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a serious complication of mechanical ventilation that has been shown to be associated with increased mortality rates and medical costs in the pediatric intensive care unit. Currently, there is no cost-effective solution to the problems posed by VAP. Endotracheal tubes (ETTs) that are resistant to bacterial colonization and that inhibit biofilm formation could provide a novel solution to the problems posed by VAP. The objective of this in vitro study was to evaluate differences in the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on unmodified polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ETTs and on ETTs etched with a fungal lipase, Rhizopus arrhizus, to create nanoscale surface features. These differences were evaluated using an in vitro model of the pediatric airway to simulate a ventilated patient in the pediatric intensive care unit. Each experiment was run for 24 hours and was supported by computational models of the ETT. Dynamic conditions within the ETT had an impact on the location of bacterial growth within the tube. These conditions also quantitatively affected bacterial growth especially within the areas of tube curvature. Most importantly, experiments in the in vitro model revealed a 2.7 log reduction in the number (colony forming units/mL) of P. aeruginosa on the nanoroughened ETTs compared to the untreated PVC ETTs after 24 hours. This reduction in total colony forming units/mL along the x-axis of the tube was similar to previous studies completed for Staphylococcus aureus. Thus, this dynamic study showed that lipase etching can create surface features of nanoscale roughness on PVC ETTs that decrease bacterial attachment of P. aeruginosa without the use of antibiotics and may provide clinicians with an effective and inexpensive tool to combat VAP. PMID:27563242

  14. Ultrastructural localization of intracellular calcium stores by a new cytochemical method.

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    Poenie, M; Epel, D

    1987-09-01

    We describe a new cytochemical method for ultrastructural localization of intracellular calcium stores. This method uses fluoride ions for in situ precipitation of intracellular calcium during fixation. Comparisons made using oxalate, antimonate, or fluoride showed that fluoride was clearly superior for intracellular calcium localization in eggs of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Whereas oxalate generally gave no intracellular precipitate and antimonate gave copious but random precipitate, three prominent calcium stores were detected using fluoride: the tubular endoplasmic reticulum, the cortical granules, and large, clear, acidic vesicles of unknown function. The mitochondria of these eggs generally showed no detectable calcium deposits. X-ray spectra confirmed the presence of calcium in the fluoride precipitates, although in some cases magnesium was also detected. Rat skeletal muscle and sea urchin sperm were used to test the reliability of the fluoride method for calcium localization. In rat skeletal muscle, most fluoride precipitate was confined to the sarcoplasmic reticulum. Using sea urchin sperm, which transport calcium into the mitochondria after exposure to egg jelly to induce the acrosome reaction, the expected result was also obtained. Before the acrosome reaction, sperm mitochondria contain no detectable calcium-containing precipitate. Within 4 min after induction of the acrosome reaction, the expected result was also obtained. Before the acrosome reaction, sperm mitochondria displayed many foci of calcium-containing precipitate. The use of fluoride for intracellular calcium localization therefore appears to be a substantial improvement over previous cytochemical methods. PMID:3611737

  15. Microgravity and clinorotation cause redistribution of free calcium in sweet clover columella cells

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    Hilaire, E.; Paulsen, A. Q.; Brown, C. S.; Guikema, J. A.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1995-01-01

    In higher plants, calcium redistribution is believed to be crucial for the root to respond to a change in the direction of the gravity vector. To test the effects of clinorotation and microgravity on calcium localization in higher plant roots, sweet clover (Melilotus alba L.) seedlings were germinated and grown for two days on a slow rotating clinostat or in microgravity on the US Space Shuttle flight STS-60. Subsequently, the tissue was treated with a fixative containing antimonate (a calcium precipitating agent) during clinorotation or in microgravity and processed for electron microscopy. In root columella cells of clinorotated plants, antimonate precipitates were localized adjacent to the cell wall in a unilateral manner. Columella cells exposed to microgravity were characterized by precipitates mostly located adjacent to the proximal and lateral cell wall. In all treatments some punctate precipitates were associated with vacuoles, amyloplasts, mitochondria, and euchromatin of the nucleus. A quantitative study revealed a decreased number of precipitates associated with the nucleus and the amyloplasts in columella cells exposed to microgravity as compared to ground controls. These data suggest that roots perceive a change in the gravitational field, as produced by clinorotation or space flights, and respond respectively differently by a redistribution of free calcium.

  16. Using Acoustic Reflectometry to Determine Breathing Tube Position and Patency

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    Mansfield, J. P.; Wodicka, G. R.

    1995-11-01

    A new technique to guide and determine the patency of tubes placed within the human body was developed using the principles of time domain acoustic reflectometry. An audible sound pulse is introduced into the proximal end of the tube or catheter and the sonic reflections from the tube lumen and body cavity are analyzed to provide patency and position information, respectively. The information can be used to initially place the tube and monitor its position and patency thereafter. A dedicated instrument was developed for use with breathing tubes, known as endotracheal tubes (ETT), that are necessary for the mechanical ventilation of patients. The incident sound pulse is generated and it is measured along with the resulting reflections in a small wave tube connected to the ETT. When the ETT is properly placed in the trachea below the vocal folds, a characteristic reflection from the airways is measured and the timing between the incident pulse and this reflection is used to determine ETT position or movement. The reflection from the discontinuity between the distal ETT tip and the airway is used to estimate the diameter of the airway at this point. In addition, reflections from the ETT lumen are used to generate a profile of the lumen area over the length of the tube. This information allows reliable differentiation between proper and erroneous tube placement, quantification of movement over time, and provides the location and degree of obstructions within the lumen.

  17. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of the ethanol extract of Taxillus tsaii Chiu in mice.

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    Liu, Chia-Yu; Chiu, Yung-Jia; Kuo, Chao-Lin; Chien, Tzu-Mei; Wu, Lung-Yuan; Peng, Wen-Huang

    2015-06-01

    Preclinical Research This study was conducted to investigate the analgesic activities and mechanism of anti-inflammatory activities of a 50% ethanol extract of Taxillus tsaii (ETT) in vivo using the acetic acid induced writhing test and formalin induced paw licking in mice. The anti-inflammatory effect of ETT was evaluated using a mouse model of λ-carrageenan (Carr)-induced paw edema. ETT reduced the writhing in the acetic acid assay test at a dose 1.0 g/kg po and reduced the licking time in the late phase of the formalin test at doses of 0.5 and 1.0 g/kg po). Carr-induced paw edema was reduced when ETT (0.5 and 1.0 g/kg po) was administered 3-5 h after Carr injection. ETT (1.0 g/kg po) reduced the level of malondialdehyde in the edemic paw by increasing the activity of antioxidant enzymes, e.g., superoxide dismutase and glutathione reductase, in the liver and reducing TNF-α, IL-1β, and IL-6 activity in the edemic paw. This study demonstrates the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of ETT, thus verifying its application in traditional Chinese medicine. PMID:26077892

  18. Tin(II) alkoxide hydrolysis products for use as base catalysts

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    Boyle, Timothy J.

    2002-01-01

    Tin alkoxide compounds are provided with accessible electrons. The compounds are a polymeric tin alkoxide, [Sn(OCH.sub.2 C(CH.sub.3).sub.3).sub.2 ].sub.n, and the hydrolysis products Sn.sub.6 O.sub.4 (OCH.sub.2 C(CH.sub.3).sub.3).sub.4 and Sn.sub.5 O.sub.2 (OCH.sub.2 C(CH.sub.3).sub.3).sub.6. The hydrolysis products are formed by hydrolyzing the [Sn(OCH.sub.2 C(CH.sub.3).sub.3).sub.2 ].sub.n in a solvent with controlled amounts of water, between 0.1 and 2 moles of water per mole of the polymeric tin alkoxide.

  19. Genetics Home Reference: X-linked thrombocytopenia

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    ... Nathrath M, Meindl A, Pagel P, Wintergerst U, Fischer A, Thrasher AJ, Belohradsky BH, Ochs HD. X- ... on PubMed Bourne HC, Weston S, Prasad M, Edkins E, Benson EM. Identification of WASP mutations in 10 ...

  20. Replacement of the carboxylic acid group of prostaglandin F2α with a hydroxyl or methoxy substituent provides biologically unique compounds

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    Woodward, D F; Krauss, A H-P; Chen, J; Gil, D W; Kedzie, K M; Protzman, C E; Shi, L; Chen, R; Krauss, H A; Bogardus, A; Dinh, H T T; Wheeler, L A; Andrews, S W; Burk, R M; Gac, T; Roof, M B; Garst, M E; Kaplan, L J; Sachs, G; Pierce, K L; Regan, J W; Ross, R A; Chan, M F

    2000-01-01

    Replacement of the carboxylic acid group of PGF2α with the non-acidic substituents hydroxyl (-OH) or methoxy (-OCH3) resulted in an unexpected activity profile.Although PGF2α 1-OH and PGF2α 1-OCH3 exhibited potent contractile effects similar to 17-phenyl PGF2α in the cat lung parenchymal preparation, they were approximately 1000 times less potent than 17-phenyl PGF2α in stimulating recombinant feline and human FP receptors.In human dermal fibroblasts and Swiss 3T3 cells PGF2α 1-OH and PGF2α 1-OCH3 produced no Ca2+ signal until a 1 μM concentration was exceeded. Pretreatment of Swiss 3T3 cells with either 1 μM PGF2α 1-OH or PGF2α 1-OCH3 did not attenuate Ca2+ signal responses produced by PGF2α or fluprostenol. In the rat uterus, PGF2α 1-OH was about two orders of magnitude less potent than 17-phenyl PGF2α whereas PGF2α 1-OCH3 produced only a minimal effect.Radioligand binding studies on cat lung parenchymal plasma membrane preparations suggested that the cat lung parenchyma does not contain a homogeneous population of receptors that equally respond to PGF2α1-OH, PGF2α1-OCH3, and classical FP receptor agonists.Studies on smooth muscle preparations and cells containing DP, EP1, EP2, EP3, EP4, IP, and TP receptors indicated that the activity of PGF2α 1-OH and PGF2α 1-OCH3 could not be ascribed to interaction with these receptors.The potent effects of PGF2α 1-OH and PGF2α 1-OCH3 on the cat lung parenchyma are difficult to describe in terms of interaction with the FP or any other known prostanoid receptor. PMID:10952685

  1. Antileishmanial Activity of 1,3,4-Thiadiazolium-2-Aminide in Mice Infected with Leishmania amazonensis▿

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    Rodrigues, Raquel F.; Charret, Karen S.; da Silva, Edson F.; Echevarria, Áurea; Amaral, Verônica F.; Leon, Leonor L.; Canto-Cavalheiro, Marilene M.

    2009-01-01

    The efficacy of two mesoionic derivatives (MI-H-H and MI-4-OCH3) was evaluated in CBA/J mice infected with Leishmania amazonensis. Treatment with these compounds demonstrated that the MI-4-OCH3 derivative and the reference drug meglumine antimoniate (Glucantime) presented significant activity relative to an untreated control. No apparent hepatic or renal toxicity due to these mesoionic compounds was found. PMID:19015338

  2. Electrochemical storage cell containing a substituted anisole or di-anisole redox shuttle additive for overcharge protection and suitable for use in liquid organic and solid polymer electrolytes

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    Kerr, John B.; Tian, Minmin

    2000-01-01

    A electrochemical cell is described comprising an anode, a cathode, a solid polymer electrolyte, and a redox shuttle additive to protect the cell against overcharging and a redox shuttle additive to protect the cell against overcharging selected from the group consisting of: (a) a substituted anisole having the general formula (in an uncharged state): ##STR1## where R.sub.1 is selected from the group consisting of H, OCH.sub.3, OCH.sub.2 CH.sub.3, and OCH.sub.2 phenyl, and R.sub.2 is selected from the group consisting of OCH.sub.3, OCH.sub.2 CH.sub.3, OCH.sub.2 phenyl, and O.sup.- Li.sup.+ ; and (b) a di-anisole compound having the general formula (in an uncharged state): ##STR2## where R is selected from the group consisting of -OCH.sub.3 and -CH.sub.3, m is either 1 or 0, n is either 1 or 0, and X is selected from the group consisting of -OCH.sub.3 (methoxy) or its lithium salt --O.sup.- Li.sup.+. The lithium salt of the di-anisole is the preferred form of the redox shuttle additive because the shuttle anion will then initially have a single negative charge, it loses two electrons when it is oxidized at the cathode, and then moves toward the anode as a single positively charged species where it is then reduced to a single negatively charged species by gaining back two electrons.

  3. The reactivity of molybdenum pentachloride with ethers: routes to the synthesis of Mo(IV)Cl4 adducts, Mo(V) chlorido-alkoxides and Mo(V) oxydo-chlorides.

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    Marchetti, Fabio; Pampaloni, Guido; Zacchini, Stefano

    2013-11-14

    The reactivity of molybdenum pentachloride, 1, with a selection of mono- and diethers was investigated at room temperature in a non-coordinating solvent (dichloromethane). The Mo(IV) complex MoCl4(OMe2)2, 2, was obtained in 75% yield by the reaction of 1 with an excess of Me2O; similarly, MoCl4(κ(2)-L) [L = EtOCH2CH2OEt, 6a; MeOCH2CH(Me)OMe, 6b] were prepared in good yields by 1:1 combination of 1 with the appropriate diether. MoCl5 reacted with OMePh and Et2O affording variable amounts of RCl (R = Me and Et, respectively); MoCl3(OPh)2, 3, was isolated in 60% yield from 1 and OMePh. The reactions of 1 with OMe(t)Bu, O(t)Bu(CH=CH2), MeOCH2CH2OCH2Cl and 1,3-dioxane proceeded with non-selective activation of the organic material. The oxido-complexes Mo2O2Cl4(μ-OMe)2(μ-MeOH), 4, and MoOCl3(MeOH)2, 5, were isolated in modest amounts from 1/OMe(t)Bu, whereas MoOCl3(κ(2)-MeOCH2CH2OCH2Cl), 7, was obtained in 32% yield from 1/MeOCH2CH2OCH2Cl. All of the isolated metal products were characterized by spectroscopic and analytical techniques, and by X-ray diffractometry in the cases of 2, 4, 5, 6b and 7. NMR/GC-MS analyses were carried out in order to outline the fragmentation pathways of the organic reactants. PMID:24005818

  4. Microwave assisted synthesis of a mono organoimido functionalized Anderson polyoxometalate.

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    Ritchie, C; Bryant, G

    2015-12-28

    The synthesis of an aliphatic organoimido functionalized polyoxometalate has been achieved through a microwave assisted reaction protocol in the absence of any activating reagents. Characterization of the pendant amine containing polyanion [Mo6O18NC(OCH2)3MnMo6O18(OCH2)3CNH2](5-) (1) includes single crystal XRD, NMR, ESI-MS, IR and SAXS. PMID:26583488

  5. Alkali metal, alkaline earth metal, and ammonium ion selectivities of dibenzo-16-crown-5 compounds with functional side arms in ion-selective electrodes

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    Ohki, Akira; Lu, J.P.; Huang, X.; Bartsch, R.A. )

    1994-12-01

    Potentiometric selectivities of 11 dibenzo-16-crown-5 compounds for alkali metal, alkaline earth metal, and ammonium ions have been determined in solvent polymeric membrane electrodes. The ionophores bear one or two pendent groups on the central carbon of the three-carbon bridge in the polyether ring. Side-arm variation includes OCH[sub 3], OCH[sub 2]CH[sub 2]OCH[sub 3], OCH[sub 2]CO[sub 2]C[sub 2]H[sub 5], OCH[sub 2]C(O)N(C[sub 2]H[sub 5])[sub 2], and OCH[sub 2]C(O)N(C[sub 5]H[sub 11])[sub 2] units. Attachment of a propyl group to the ring carbon that bears an extended, oxygen-containing side arm increases the selectivity for Na[sup +] relative to larger alkali metal and alkaline earth metal cations. For a given side arm, a linear relationship is obtained when the enhancement in Na[sup +] selectivity produced by attachment of a geminal propyl group is plotted against the diameter of the interference ion. Potentiometric responses of the dibenzo-16-crown-5 compounds are rationalized in terms of the crown ether ring size and the oxygen basicity, conformational positioning, and rigidity of the side arm. 22 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  6. Perspectives on Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) Decomposition

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    Chambers, D; Brackett, C; Sparkman, D O

    2002-07-01

    This report evaluates the large body of work involving the decomposition of PETN and identifies the major decomposition routes and byproducts. From these studies it becomes apparent that the PETN decomposition mechanisms and the resulting byproducts are primarily determined by the chemical environment. In the absence of water, PETN can decompose through the scission of the O-NO{sup 2} bond resulting in the formation of an alkoxy radical and NO{sub 2}. Because of the relatively high reactivity of both these initial byproducts, they are believed to drive a number of autocatalytic reactions eventually forming (NO{sub 2}OCH{sub 2}){sub 3}CCHO, (NO{sub 2}OCH{sub 2}){sub 2}C=CHONO{sub 2}, NO{sub 2}OCH=C=CHONO{sub 2}, (NO{sub 2}OCH{sub 2}){sub 3}C-NO{sub 2}, (NO{sub 2}OCH{sub 2}){sub 2}C(NO{sub 2}){sub 2}, NO{sub 2}OCH{sub 2}C(NO{sub 2}){sub 3}, and C(NO{sub 2}){sub 4} as well as polymer-like species such as di-PEHN and tri-PEON. Surprisingly, the products of many of these proposed autocatalytic reactions have never been analytically validated. Conversely, in the presence of water, PETN has been shown to decompose primarily to mono, di, and tri nitrates of pentaerythritol.

  7. Cl atom-initiated oxidation of three homologous methyl perfluoroalkyl ethers.

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    Nohara, K; Toma, M; Kutsuna, S; Takeuchi, K; Ibusuki, T

    2001-01-01

    Chlorine atom-initiated photooxidations of three homologous methyl perfluoroalkyl ethers (HFEs), n-C(n)F(2n+1)OCH3 (n = 2, 3, and 5), in air in the absence of NOx were investigated with a long path FTIR/photochemical reaction system to elucidate the degradation mechanisms. The environmental removal processes of these three ethers in the troposphere were estimated. For oxidation of the three ethers, perfluoroalkyl formates (C(n)F(2n+1)OCHO; n = 2, 3 and 5) as relatively stable intermediates were produced at unity of the production ratio, which was independent of the perfluoroalkyl length. The rate constants for the reaction of Cl atoms with C2F5OCHO, C3F7OCHO, and C5F11OCHO were (1.2 +/- 0.5) x 10(-14), (1.2 +/- 0.5) x 10(-14), and (1.8 +/- 0.7) x 10(-14) cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1), respectively. The rate constants of the reaction of Cl with produced perfluoroalkyl formates were larger than these of perfluoroalkyl ethers. The formyl group of the perfluoroalkyl formates was finally converted to carbon dioxide. The -CF2- of the perfluoroalkyl groups for the three ethers was mainly converted to COF2 through the C-C cleavage; the conversion ratios from the carbons of the perfluoroalkyl group to COF2 were 48 +/- 10, 76 +/- 10, and 60 +/- 10% for C2F5OCH3, n-C3F7OCH3, and n-C5F11OCH3, respectively. Sixteen percent of the perfluoroalkyl group for n-C3F7OCH3 was converted to C2F5COF. Similarly, the perfluoroalkyl group of n-C5F11OCH3 was converted to C(n)F(2n+1)COF (n = 2, 3, and/or 4) with the yield of 15-30%, while for C2F5OCH3, the formation of CF3COF was not confirmed. As an oxidation product of the terminal CF3- group, 20, 22, and 16% of the CF3 group for C2F5OCH3, n-C3F7OCH3, and n-C5F11OCH3, respectively, were converted to CF3OOOCF3. PMID:11351993

  8. Bactericidal effects of silver plus titanium dioxide-coated endotracheal tubes on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus

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    Tarquinio, Keiko M; Kothurkar, Nikhil K; Goswami, Dharendra Y; Sanders, Ronald C; Zaritsky, Arno L; LeVine, Ann Marie

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a nosocomial infection resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) are pathogens associated with VAP. Silver (Ag) coating of endotracheal tubes (ETTs) reduces bacterial colonization, however titanium dioxide (TiO2) coating has not been studied. Methods: Five types of ETT coatings were applied over silica layer: Ag, solgel TiO2, solgel TiO2 with Ag, Degussa P25 TiO2 (Degussa TiO2), and Degussa TiO2 with Ag. After ETTs were incubated with P. aeruginosa or S. aureus; colonization was determined quantitatively. Results: Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. aureus grew for 5 days on standard ETTs. Compared to standard ETTs, P. aeruginosa growth was significantly inhibited by solgel TiO2 with Ag at 24 hours, and by Degussa TiO2 with Ag at 24 and 48 hours after inoculation. No significant difference in S. aureus growth was observed between the control and any of the five coatings for 5 days. Conclusion: In vitro, solgel TiO2 with Ag and Degussa TiO2 with Ag both attenuated P. aeruginosa growth, but demonstrated no effect on S. aureus colonization. Further studies using alternative coating and incorporating UV light exposure are needed to identify their potential utility in reducing VAP. PMID:20463933

  9. Could "safe practice" be compromising safe practice? Should anesthetists have to deflate the cuff of the endotracheal tube before extubation?

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    Priebe, Hans-Joachim

    2016-02-01

    Deflation of the cuff of the endotracheal tube (ETT) before tracheal extubation is considered mandatory and safe practice. However, there are potential shortcomings associated with this practice (e.g., aspiration around the uncuffed ETT, loss of positive airway pressure, difficulty in generating an effective cough at the time of extubation). By contrast, keeping the cuff inflated during extubation will minimize the risk of tracheal aspiration around the ETT, and it will reliably allow maintenance of positive airway pressure until extubation, effective lung recruitment before extubation, and generation of an effective cough during extubation. All of these factors might reduce the overall risk of immediate postextubation and postoperative respiratory and pulmonary complications. Mandatory monitoring of cuff pressure ensures a remaining rather small, highly compressible cuff volume around the ETT which is unlikely to carry per se the risk of producing laryngeal trauma. In my view, as the overall advantages of not deflating the cuff before extubation outweigh the disadvantages, anesthetists should not have to deflate the cuff of the ETT before extubation. Ultimately, only a randomized controlled trial will be able to assess the effect of such practice on patient outcome. PMID:26126979

  10. Auxin response factors mediate Arabidopsis organ asymmetry via modulation of KANADI activity.

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    Pekker, Irena; Alvarez, John Paul; Eshed, Yuval

    2005-11-01

    Members of the KANADI gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana regulate abaxial identity and laminar growth of lateral organs. Promoter APETALA3-mediated ectopic expression of KANADI restricts petal expansion and was used in a genetic screen for factors involved in KANADI-mediated signaling. Through this screen, mutations in ETTIN (ETT; also known as Auxin Response Factor3 [ARF3]) were isolated as second site suppressors and found to ameliorate ectopic KANADI activity throughout the plant as well. Mutant phenotypes of ett are restricted to flowers; however, double mutants with a closely related gene ARF4 exhibit transformation of abaxial tissues into adaxial ones in all aerial parts, resembling mutations in KANADI. Accordingly, the common RNA expression domain of both ARFs was found to be on the abaxial side of all lateral organs. Truncated, negatively acting gene products of strong ett alleles map to an ARF-specific, N-terminal domain of ETT. Such gene products strongly enhance abaxial tissue loss only when ARF activities are compromised. As KANADI is not required for either ETT or ARF4 transcription, and their overexpression cannot rescue kanadi mutants, cooperative activity is implied. ARF proteins are pivotal in mediating auxin responses; thus, we present a model linking transient local auxin gradients and gradual partitioning of lateral organs along the abaxial/adaxial axis. PMID:16199616

  11. Escherichia coli Type III Secretion System 2 ATPase EivC Is Involved in the Motility and Virulence of Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli

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    Wang, Shaohui; Liu, Xin; Xu, Xuan; Yang, Denghui; Wang, Dong; Han, Xiangan; Shi, Yonghong; Tian, Mingxing; Ding, Chan; Peng, Daxin; Yu, Shengqing

    2016-01-01

    Type III secretion systems (T3SSs) are crucial for bacterial infections because they deliver effector proteins into host cells. The Escherichia coli type III secretion system 2 (ETT2) is present in the majority of E. coli strains, and although it is degenerate, ETT2 regulates bacterial virulence. An ATPase is essential for T3SS secretion, but the function of the ETT2 ATPase has not been demonstrated. Here, we show that EivC is homologous to the β subunit of F0F1 ATPases and it possesses ATPase activity. To investigate the effects of ETT2 ATPase EivC on the phenotype and virulence of avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC), eivC mutant and complemented strains were constructed and characterized. Inactivation of eivC led to impaired flagella production and augmented fimbriae on the bacterial surface, and, consequently, reduced bacterial motility. In addition, the eivC mutant strain exhibited attenuated virulence in ducks, diminished serum resistance, reduced survival in macrophage cells and in ducks, upregulated fimbrial gene expression, and downregulated flagellar and virulence gene expression. The expression of the inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-8 were increased in HD-11 macrophages infected with the eivC mutant strain, compared with the wild-type strain. These virulence-related phenotypes were restored by genetic complementation. These findings demonstrate that ETT2 ATPase EivC is involved in the motility and pathogenicity of APEC.

  12. Cuff overinflation and endotracheal tube obstruction: case report and experimental study

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    2010-01-01

    Background Initiated by a clinical case of critical endotracheal tube (ETT) obstruction, we aimed to determine factors that potentially contribute to the development of endotracheal tube obstruction by its inflated cuff. Prehospital climate and storage conditions were simulated. Methods Five different disposable ETTs (6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 mm inner diameter) were exposed to ambient outside temperature for 13 months. In addition, every second of these tubes was mechanically stressed by clamping its cuffed end between the covers of a metal emergency case for 10 min. Then, all tubes were heated up to normal body temperature, placed within the cock of a syringe, followed by stepwise inflation of their cuffs to pressures of 3 kPa and ≥12 kPa, respectively. The inner lumen of the ETT was checked with the naked eye for any obstruction caused by the external cuff pressure. Results Neither in tubes that were exposed to ambient temperature (range: -12°C to +44°C) nor in those that were also clamped, visible obstruction by inflated cuffs was detected at any of the two cuff pressure levels. Conclusions We could not demonstrate a critical obstruction of an ETT by its inflated cuff, neither when the cuff was over-inflated to a pressure of 12 kPa or higher, nor in ETTs that had been exposed to unfavorable storage conditions and significant mechanical stress. PMID:20377858

  13. New endotracheal tubes designed to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia: do they make a difference?

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    Deem, Steven; Treggiari, Miriam M

    2010-08-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a pervasive and expensive nosocomial infection that is largely related to instrumentation of the airway with an endotracheal tube (ETT), followed by microaspiration of contaminated secretions. VAP prevention will probably be most effective via a multifaceted approach, which includes meticulous attention to basic infection-control methods during patient care, proper patient positioning, oral hygiene, and removal of the ETT as soon as indicated. Modification of the ETT to reduce microaspiration and/or biofilm formation may also play an important role in VAP prevention. However, despite numerous studies of various such interventions, there is insufficient evidence upon which to base strong recommendations, and important safety concerns remain regarding the use of some devices. Most importantly, cost-effectiveness data are lacking for modified ETTs designed to prevent VAP. It is critical that future studies of ETTs designed to prevent VAP be adequately powered to demonstrate efficacy on important patient outcomes and safety, in addition to cost-effectiveness. PMID:20667152

  14. Retrosynthetic approach to the design of molybdenum-magnesium oxoalkoxides.

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    Kuznetsov, Denis A; Fedyanin, Ivan V; Lyssenko, Konstantin A; Bazhenova, Tamara A

    2014-09-14

    The reaction of MoCl5 methanolysis in the presence of magnesium ions was shown to produce an extensive row of heterobimetallic Mg-Mo(V, VI) oxomethoxides of different nuclearity ranging from 4 for [Mg2(CH3OH)4Mo2O2(OCH3)10] (1) to 26 for [Mg(DMF)3(CH3OH)3]2[Mo22Mg4O48(OCH3)28(DMF)6] (2) with the latter possessing a ring morphology. Examination of [Mo6O12(OCH3)16Mg4(CH3OH)6] (3), [Mo6O12(OCH3)12Mg2(DMF)4] (4a), and [Mo6O16(OCH3)4Mg2(DMF)8] (5a) X-ray structures revealed the presence of the well known tetranuclear core {Mo4O8(OCH3)2}(2+) thus similar reactivity patterns leading to their formation were assumed. For convenient synthesis of such heterobimetallic oxoalkoxides, the retrosynthetic approach based on speculative deconstruction of a target molecule onto simpler fragments was suggested and successfully employed. Namely, the reaction of the stoichiometric amounts of appropriately chosen Mo(V), Mo(VI) and Mg(2+) synthons led to their assembling resulting in the formation of heterometallic clusters 3, 5a and [Mo6O12(OCH3)12Mg2(CH3OH)4]·2CH3OH (4b) characterized by means of elemental analysis, UV-Vis, IR spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. PMID:25019529

  15. Presolvated Electron Reaction with Methylacetoacetate: Electron Localization, Proton-Deuteron Exchange, and H-atom Abstraction

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    Petrovici, Alex; Adhikary, Amitava; Kumar, Anil; Sevilla, Michael D.

    2015-01-01

    Radiation-produced electrons initiate various reaction processes that are important to radiation damage to biomolecules. In this work, the site of attachment of the prehydrated electrons with methylacetoacetate (MAA, CH3-CO-CH2-CO-OCH3) at 77 K and subsequent reactions of the anion radical (CH3-CO•−-CH2-CO-OCH3) in the temperature range (77 to ca. 170 K) have been investigated in homogeneous H2O and D2O aqueous glasses by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. At 77 K, the prehydrated electron attaches to MAA forming the anion radical in which the electron is delocalized over the two carbonyl groups. This species readily protonates to produce the protonated electron adduct radical CH3-C(•)OH-CH2-CO-OCH3. The ESR spectrum of CH3-C(•)OH-CH2-CO-OCH3 in H2O shows line components due to proton hyperfine couplings of the methyl and methylene groups. Whereas, the ESR spectrum of CH3-C(•)OH-CH2-CO-OCH3 in D2O glass shows only the line components due to proton hyperfine couplings of CH3 group. This is expected since the methylen protons in MAA are readily exchangeable in D2O. On stepwise annealing to higher temperatures (ca. 150 to 170 K), CH3-C(•)OH-CH2-CO-OCH3 undergoes bimolecular H-atom abstraction from MAA to form the more stable radical, CH3-CO-CH•-CO-OCH3. Theoretical calculations using density functional theory (DFT) support the radical assignments. PMID:25255751

  16. Electrochemical storage cell containing a substituted anisole or di-anisole redox shuttle additive for overcharge protection and suitable for use in liquid organic and solid polymer electrolytes

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    Kerr, John B.; Tian, Minmin

    1998-12-01

    A electrochemical cell is described comprising an anode, a cathode, a solid polymer electrolyte; and a redox shuttle additive to protect the cell against overcharging and a redox shuttle additive to protect the cell against overcharging selected from the group consisting of: (a) a substituted anisole having the general formula shown in a figure (in an uncharged state): where R{sub 1} is selected from the group consisting of H, 0CH{sub 3}, OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3}, and OCH{sub 2}phenyl, and R{sub 2} is selected from the group consisting of OCH{sub 3}, OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 3}, OCH{sub 2} phenyl, and O{sup {minus}}Li{sup +}; and (b) a di-anisole compound having the general formula shown in a second figure (in an uncharged state): where R is selected from the group consisting of -OCH{sup 3} and -CH{sub 3}, m is either 1 or 0, n is either 1 or 0, and X is selected from the group consisting of -OCH{sub 3} (methoxy) or its lithium salt -O{sup {minus}}Li{sup +}. The lithium salt of the di-anisole is the preferred form of the redox shuttle additive because the shuttle anion will then initially have a single negative charge, it loses two electrons when it is oxidized at the cathode, and then moves toward the anode as a single positively charged species where it is then reduced to a single negatively charged species by gaining back two electrons.

  17. Efficacy of the treatment of dogs with leishmaniosis with a combination of metronidazole and spiramycin.

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    Pennisi, M G; De Majo, M; Masucci, M; Britti, D; Vitale, F; Del Maso, R

    2005-03-12

    Twenty-seven dogs infected naturally with Leishmania infantum were used in a randomised controlled trial to compare the clinical and parasitological efficacy of an oral treatment with a combination of metronidazole and spiramycin (13 dogs) with the efficacy of conventional treatment with meglumine antimonate and allopurinol (14 dogs) as controls. In the test group one dog had to be withdrawn from the treatment because it developed pemphigus foliaceus; 10 of the dogs were clinically responsive but none was cured parasitologically. In the control group four dogs were withdrawn from the treatment because of side effects; eight of the dogs were clinically responsive but none was cured parasitologically. The control group showed signs of improvement after an average of 30 days, whereas the test group did not show signs of improvement until after an average of 45 days. PMID:15789648

  18. Microbial antimony biogeochemistry: Enzymes, regulation, and related metabolic pathways

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    Li, Jingxin; Qian Wang; Oremland, Ronald S.; Kulp, Thomas R.; Rensing, Christopher; Wang, Gejiao

    2016-01-01

    Antimony (Sb) is a toxic metalloid that occurs widely at trace concentrations in soil, aquatic systems, and the atmosphere. Nowadays, with the development of its new industrial applications and the corresponding expansion of antimony mining activities, the phenomenon of antimony pollution has become an increasingly serious concern. In recent years, research interest in Sb has been growing and reflects a fundamental scientific concern regarding Sb in the environment. In this review, we summarize the recent research on bacterial antimony transformations, especially those regarding antimony uptake, efflux, antimonite oxidation, and antimonate reduction. We conclude that our current understanding of antimony biochemistry and biogeochemistry is roughly equivalent to where that of arsenic was some 20 years ago. This portends the possibility of future discoveries with regard to the ability of microorganisms to conserve energy for their growth from antimony redox reactions and the isolation of new species of “antimonotrophs.”

  19. Microbial Antimony Biogeochemistry: Enzymes, Regulation, and Related Metabolic Pathways.

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    Li, Jingxin; Wang, Qian; Oremland, Ronald S; Kulp, Thomas R; Rensing, Christopher; Wang, Gejiao

    2016-09-15

    Antimony (Sb) is a toxic metalloid that occurs widely at trace concentrations in soil, aquatic systems, and the atmosphere. Nowadays, with the development of its new industrial applications and the corresponding expansion of antimony mining activities, the phenomenon of antimony pollution has become an increasingly serious concern. In recent years, research interest in Sb has been growing and reflects a fundamental scientific concern regarding Sb in the environment. In this review, we summarize the recent research on bacterial antimony transformations, especially those regarding antimony uptake, efflux, antimonite oxidation, and antimonate reduction. We conclude that our current understanding of antimony biochemistry and biogeochemistry is roughly equivalent to where that of arsenic was some 20 years ago. This portends the possibility of future discoveries with regard to the ability of microorganisms to conserve energy for their growth from antimony redox reactions and the isolation of new species of "antimonotrophs." PMID:27342551

  20. Cutaneous leishmaniasis with unusual clinical and histological presentation: report of four cases.

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    Moravvej, Hamideh; Barzegar, Mohammadreza; Nasiri, Soheila; Abolhasani, Ehsan; Mohebali, Mehdi

    2013-01-01

    Old world cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) usually causes a single, self-healing and uncomplicated lesion mainly on the exposed area of body. This report presents four cases of OWCL from Iran that misdiagnosed with sarcoidosis, lymphoma, and acne agminata. Two out of four patients showed a history of purplish red plaques for at least 5 years who misdiagnosed as sarcoidosis because of histological and clinical characteristics. The other one presented with flesh-colored nodules disseminated all over his skin that was misdiagnosed as lymphoma for ten years. The last patient was misdiagnosed as acne agminata due to tuberculoid reactions in examination of the lesion biopsy. All the patients responded to the treatment with meglumine antimonate. PMID:23690110

  1. Dual thyroid ectopia-role of thyroid scintigraphy and neck ultrasonography

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    Jain, Tarun Kumar; Meena, Ram Singh; Bhatia, Anmol; Sood, Ashwani; Bhattacharya, Anish; Mittal, Bhagwant Rai

    2015-01-01

    Ectopic thyroid tissue (ETT) is a rare developmental anomaly of the thyroid tissue where the thyroid gland is not located in its usual position. Dual thyroid ectopia is far rarer. This case of a 5-year-old euthyroid girl with thyroglossal cyst was planned for surgery. Presurgical ultrasonography (USG) of the neck followed by thyroid scintigraphy was performed. There was absent normal thyroid gland with single ETT in neck swelling on USG. However, thyroid scintigraphy revealed two ectopic foci of thyroid tissue; one was corresponding to neck swelling, and other was superior to it at the base of the tongue along with absent eutopic thyroid gland. The repeat neck USG could demonstrate the same. The present case emphasizes that, if the thyroid gland is not visible by USG; ETT should be evaluated with thyroid scintigraphy in case of thyroid dysgenesis. PMID:26430320

  2. Intonation and expressivity: a single case study of classical western singing.

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    Sundberg, Johan; Lã, Filipa M B; Himonides, Evangelos

    2013-05-01

    Previous studies have shown that singers tend to sharpen phrase-peak tones as compared with equally tempered tuning (ETT). Here we test the hypothesis that this can serve the purpose of musical expressivity. Data were drawn from earlier recordings, where a professional baritone sang excerpts as void of musical expression as he could (Neutral) and as expressive as in a concert (Concert). Fundamental frequency averaged over tones was examined and compared with ETT. Phrase-peak tones were sharper in excited examples, particularly in the Concert versions. These tones were flattened to ETT using the Melodyne software. The manipulated and original versions were presented pairwise to a musician panel that was asked to choose the more expressive version. By and large, the original versions were perceived as more expressive, thus supporting the common claim that intonation is a means for adding expressivity to a performance. PMID:23453592

  3. Discordance of exercise thallium testing with coronary arteriography in patients with atypical presentations

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    Bungo, M. W.; Leland, O. S., Jr.

    1983-01-01

    Eighty-one patients with diagnostically difficult clinical presentations suggesting coronary artery disease underwent symptom-limited maximal-exercise treadmill testing (ETT) and exercise radionuclide scanning with thallium-201 followed by coronary angiography. Results showed that in nearly half of the patients (47%) these tests were in agreement, while either exercise thallium or ETT was positive in 94% of patients with coronary artery disease. It was found that agreement between exercise thallium and ETT tests predicted disease in 92% of the instances or excluded disease in 82% of the instances. It is concluded that despite frequent discord between these two tests in 53% of the cases, a significant gain in exclusive diagnostic capability is realized when applied to a patient population anticipated to have a disease prevalence equal to the 67% encountered in this study.

  4. Dual ectopic thyroid in the presence of atrophic orthotopic thyroid gland in a patient with acquired hypothyroidism: Evaluation with hybrid Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography.

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    Harisankar, Chidambaram Natrajan Balasubramanian

    2013-01-01

    Ectopic thyroid tissue (ETT) refers to all cases in which the thyroid gland is present at a location other than its usual site. The prevalence of ETT is approximately one per 100,000 to 300,000 persons and is reported to occur in one in 4,000 to 8,000 patients with thyroid disease. Multiple ectopia of thyroid is extremely rare. Multiple ectopia in the presence of orthotopic thyroid gland is extremely rare. We report a 13-year-old boy with stunted growth and developmental delay caused due to acquired hypothyroidism. Technetium scan performed as per management protocol identified dual ectopia of thyroid. The role of hybrid Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) in the localization of the sites of ETT is also highlighted. PMID:24019671

  5. Are specialized endotracheal tubes and heat-and-moisture exchangers cost-effective in preventing ventilator associated pneumonia?

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    Gentile, Michael A; Siobal, Mark S

    2010-02-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common and serious complication of mechanical ventilation via an artificial airway. As with all nosocomial infections, VAP increases costs, morbidity, and mortality in the intensive care unit (ICU). VAP prevention is a multifaceted priority of the intensive care team, and can include the use of specialized artificial airways and heat-and-moisture exchangers (HME). Substantial evidence supports the use of endotracheal tubes (ETTs) that allow subglottic suctioning; silver-coated and antiseptic-impregnated ETTs; ETTs with thin-walled polyurethane cuffs; and HMEs, but these devices also can have adverse effects. Controversy still exists regarding the evidence, cost-effectiveness, and disadvantages and risks of these devices. PMID:20105344

  6. Magnetic properties of orthorhombic fluorite-related oxides Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=rare earths)

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    Hinatsu, Yukio; Ebisawa, Haruka; Doi, Yoshihiro

    2009-07-15

    Ternary rare earth antimonates Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=rare earths) were prepared and their structures were determined by X-ray diffraction measurements. They crystallize in an orthorhombic superstructure of cubic fluorite (space group Cmcm for Ln=La, Pr, Nd; C222{sub 1} for Ln=Nd-Lu), in which Ln{sup 3+} ions occupy two different crystallographic sites (the 8-coordinated and 7-coordinated sites). Their magnetic properties were characterized by magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements from 1.8 to 400 K. The Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=Nd, Gd-Ho) compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition at 2.2-3.2 K. Sm{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} and Eu{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} show van Vleck paramagnetism. Measurements of the specific heat down to 0.4 K for Gd{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} and the analysis of the magnetic specific heat indicate that the antiferromagnetic ordering of the 8-coordinated Gd ions occur at 2.6 K, and the 7-coordinated Gd ions order at a furthermore low temperature. - Graphical Abstract: Ternary rare earth antimonates Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=rare earths) crystallize in an orthorhombic superstructure of cubic fluorite (space group Cmcm for Ln=La, Pr, Nd; C222{sub 1} for Ln=Nd-Lu), in which Ln{sup 3+} ions occupy two different crystallographic sites (the 8-coordinated and 7-coordinated sites). Any of these compounds Ln{sub 3}SbO{sub 7} (Ln=Nd, Gd-Ho) shows an antiferromagnetic transition at 2.2-3.2 K.

  7. Ventilator associated pneumonia: evolving definitions and preventive strategies.

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    Mietto, Cristina; Pinciroli, Riccardo; Patel, Niti; Berra, Lorenzo

    2013-06-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most frequent hospital-acquired infections occurring in intubated patients. Because VAP is associated with higher mortality, morbidity, and costs, there is a need to solicit further research for effective preventive measures. VAP has been proposed as an indicator of quality of care. Clinical diagnosis has been criticized to have poor accuracy and reliability. Thus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has introduced a new definition based upon objective and recordable data. Institutions are nowadays reporting a VAP zero rate in surveillance programs, which is in discrepancy with clinical data. This reduction has been highlighted in epidemiological studies, but it can only be attributed to a difference in patient selection, since no additional intervention has been taken to modify pathogenic mechanisms in these studies. The principal determinant of VAP development is the presence of the endotracheal tube (ETT). Contaminated oropharyngeal secretions pool over the ETT cuff and subsequently leak down to the lungs through a hydrostatic gradient. Impairment of mucociliary motility and cough reflex cannot counterbalance with a proper clearance of secretions. Lastly, biofilm develops on the inner ETT surface and acts as a reservoir for microorganism inoculum to the lungs. New preventive strategies are focused on the improvement of secretions drainage and prevention of bacterial colonization. The influence of gravity on mucus flow and body positioning can facilitate the clearance of distal airways, with decreased colonization of the respiratory tract. A different approach proposes ETT modifications to limit the leakage of oropharyngeal secretions: subglottic secretion drainage and cuffs innovations have been addressed to reduce VAP incidence. Moreover, coated-ETTs have been shown to prevent biofilm formation, although there is evidence that ETT clearance devices (Mucus Shaver) are required to preserve the

  8. Clinical Evaluation of Heart Failure: Agreement among Tests.

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    Pandey, Amit K; Penny, William F; Bhargava, Valmik; Lai, N Chin; Xu, Ronghui; Hammond, H Kirk

    2016-01-01

    Methods commonly used clinically to assess cardiac function in patients with heart failure include ejection fraction (EF), exercise treadmill testing (ETT), and symptom evaluation. Although these approaches are useful in evaluating patients with heart failure, there are at times substantial mismatches between individual assessments. For example, ETT results are often discordant with EF, and patients with minimal symptoms sometimes have surprisingly low EFs. To better define the relationship of these methods of assessment, we studied 56 patients with heart failure with reduced EF (HFrEF) who underwent measurement of ETT duration, EF by echocardiography, quantitative symptom evaluation, and LV peak dP/dt (rate of left ventricular pressure development and decline, measured invasively). Correlations were determined among these four tests in order to assess the relationship of EF, ETT, and symptoms against LV peak dP/dt. In addition, we sought to determine whether EF, ETT, and symptoms correlated with each other. Overall, correlations were poor. Only 15 of 63 total correlations (24%) were significant (p < 0.05). EF correlated most closely with LV peak -dP/dt. Linear regression analysis indicated that EF, ETT, and symptoms taken together predicted LV peak dP/dt better than any one measure alone. We conclude that clinical tests used to assess LV function in patients with HFrEF may not be as accurate or correlate as well as expected. All three clinical measures considered together may be the best representation of cardiac function in HFrEF patients currently available. PMID:27537778

  9. The Prevalence of Oral Flora in the Biofilm Microbiota of the Endotracheal Tube.

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    Bardes, James M; Waters, Christopher; Motlagh, Hamed; Wilson, Alison

    2016-05-01

    The endotracheal tube (ETT) is recognized as an independent factor for infection in intubated patients. The presence of biofilm contributes to the development of pneumonia. Standard culturing techniques are inadequate to detect many of the bacteria present in a biofilm. Delineation of the microbiota in the ETT is needed to further understand infections in ventilated patients. A prospective, observational study was performed at a university, Level I trauma center. Twenty ETT were collected at extubation. Bioluminal accretions were removed and quantified. DNA was extracted and 16S ribosomal RNA gene analysis performed using the Human Oral Microbe Identification Microarray. Twenty ETT were evaluated. Mean age was 47.5 years (19-82). Five were smokers. Mean ventilator days was 3.6 ± 3.1. Mean intensive care unit days was 7.8 ± 6.3. In those ETT, 87 different bacterial species were identified. Mean number of bacterial species identified was 16 ± 9 (3-35). There was no relationship between duration of intubation and number of species (P = 0.5). Nonsmokers had a greater variety of bacteria than smokers (P = 0.03). Patients with pneumonia did not have a greater variety of bacteria (P = 0.14). Parvimonas micra presence was associated with reintubation (P = 0.01). The most common species in smokers were different from nonsmokers. There is a wide variety of bacteria present in an ETT, many of which cannot be cultured by standard means. Variation is not correlated to duration of intubation or accretion volume. Studies to evaluate these bacteria and their interaction with the biofilm may further delineate factors in development of infections. PMID:27215719

  10. Clinical Evaluation of Heart Failure: Agreement among Tests

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    Pandey, Amit K.; Penny, William F.; Bhargava, Valmik; Lai, N. Chin; Xu, Ronghui; Hammond, H. Kirk

    2016-01-01

    Methods commonly used clinically to assess cardiac function in patients with heart failure include ejection fraction (EF), exercise treadmill testing (ETT), and symptom evaluation. Although these approaches are useful in evaluating patients with heart failure, there are at times substantial mismatches between individual assessments. For example, ETT results are often discordant with EF, and patients with minimal symptoms sometimes have surprisingly low EFs. To better define the relationship of these methods of assessment, we studied 56 patients with heart failure with reduced EF (HFrEF) who underwent measurement of ETT duration, EF by echocardiography, quantitative symptom evaluation, and LV peak dP/dt (rate of left ventricular pressure development and decline, measured invasively). Correlations were determined among these four tests in order to assess the relationship of EF, ETT, and symptoms against LV peak dP/dt. In addition, we sought to determine whether EF, ETT, and symptoms correlated with each other. Overall, correlations were poor. Only 15 of 63 total correlations (24%) were significant (p < 0.05). EF correlated most closely with LV peak -dP/dt. Linear regression analysis indicated that EF, ETT, and symptoms taken together predicted LV peak dP/dt better than any one measure alone. We conclude that clinical tests used to assess LV function in patients with HFrEF may not be as accurate or correlate as well as expected. All three clinical measures considered together may be the best representation of cardiac function in HFrEF patients currently available. PMID:27537778

  11. The minimal leak test technique for endotracheal cuff maintenance.

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    DA, Harvie; Jn, Darvall; M, Dodd; A, De La Cruz; M, Tacey; Rl, D'Costa; D, Ward

    2016-09-01

    Endotracheal tube (ETT) cuff pressure management is an essential part of airway management in intubated and mechanically ventilated patients. Both under- and over-inflation of the ETT cuff can lead to patient complications, with an ideal pressure range of 20-30 cmH2O defined. A range of techniques are employed to ensure adequate ETT cuff inflation, with little comparative data. We performed an observational cross-sectional study in a tertiary metropolitan ICU, assessing the relationship between the minimal leak test and cuff manometry. Forty-five mechanically ventilated patients, over a three-month period, had ETT cuff manometry performed at the same time as their routine cuff maintenance (minimal leak test). Bedside nurse measurements were compared with investigator measurements. At the endpoint of cuff inflation, 20 of 45 patients (44%) had cuff pressures between 20 and 30 cmH2O; 11 of 45 patients (24%) had cuff pressures <20 cmH2O; 14 of 45 patients (31%) had cuff pressures ≥30 cmH2O. Univariate analysis demonstrated an association between both patient obesity and female gender requiring less ETT cuff volume (P=0.008 and P <0.001 respectively), though this association was lost on multivariate analysis. No association was demonstrated between any measured variables and cuff pressures. Inter-operator reliability in performing the minimal leak test showed no evidence of bias between nurse and investigators (Pearson coefficient = 0.897). We conclude the minimal leak test for maintenance of ETT cuffs leads to both over- and under-inflation, and alternative techniques, such as cuff manometry, should be employed. PMID:27608343

  12. Comparison of prophylactic effects of polyurethane cylindrical or tapered cuff and polyvinyl chloride cuff endotracheal tubes on ventilator-associated pneumonia.

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    Mahmoodpoor, Ata; Peyrovi-far, Ali; Hamishehkar, Hadi; Bakhtyiari, Zhaleh; Mirinezhad, Mir Mousa; Hamidi, Masoud; Golzari, Samad Eslam Jamal

    2013-01-01

    Because microaspiration of contaminated supraglottic secretions past the endotracheal tube cuff is considered to be central in the pathogenesis of pneumonia, improved design of tracheal tubes with new cuff material and shape have reduced the size and number of folds, which together with the addition of suction ports above the cuff to drain pooled subglottic secretions leads to reduced aspiration of oropharyngeal secretions. So we conducted a study to compare the prophylactic effects of polyurethane-cylindrical or tapered cuff and polyvinyl chloride cuff endotracheal tubes (ETT) on ventilator-associated pneumonia. This randomized clinical trial was carried out in a 12 bed surgical intensive care unit. 96 patients expected to require mechanical ventilation more than 96 hours were randomly allocated to one of three following groups: Polyvinyl chloride cuff (PCV) ETT, Polyurethane (PU) cylindrical Sealguard ETT and PU Taperguard ETT. Cuff pressure monitored every three hours 3 days in all patients. Mean cuff pressure didn't have significant difference between three groups during 72 hours. Pneumonia was seen in 11 patients (34%) in group PVC, 8 (25%) in Sealguard and 7 (21%) in Taperguard group. Changes in mean cuff pressure between Sealguard and PVC tubes and also between Taperguard and PVC tubes did not show any significant difference. There was no significant difference in overinflation between three groups. The use of ETT with PU material results in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia compared to ETT with PVC cuff. In PU tubes Taperguard has less incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia compared to Sealguard tubes. PMID:23945890

  13. Obstruction of a non-resterilized reinforced endotracheal tube during craniotomy under general anesthesia.

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    Itani, Omar; Mallat, Claude; Jazzar, Mohammad; Hammoud, Rola; Shaaban, Jamil

    2015-01-01

    Many cases of reinforced endotracheal tube (ETT) obstruction were reported in the literature. In most of these cases, the obstruction was related to the use of a resterilized tube with or without the use of nitrous oxide (N2O). Resterilization and autoclaving of the tube may result in dissection or formation of a bleb between the two layers of the tube that may expand after the use of N2O. We describe a case of acute non-resterilized reinforced ETT obstruction, by bleb formation, during occipital craniotomy under general anesthesia. PMID:26417140

  14. Obstruction of a non-resterilized reinforced endotracheal tube during craniotomy under general anesthesia

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    Itani, Omar; Mallat, Claude; Jazzar, Mohammad; Hammoud, Rola; Shaaban, Jamil

    2015-01-01

    Many cases of reinforced endotracheal tube (ETT) obstruction were reported in the literature. In most of these cases, the obstruction was related to the use of a resterilized tube with or without the use of nitrous oxide (N2O). Resterilization and autoclaving of the tube may result in dissection or formation of a bleb between the two layers of the tube that may expand after the use of N2O. We describe a case of acute non-resterilized reinforced ETT obstruction, by bleb formation, during occipital craniotomy under general anesthesia. PMID:26417140

  15. Site-selective electroless metallization on porous organosilica films by multisurface modification of alkyl monolayer and vacuum plasma.

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    Chen, Giin-Shan; Chen, Sung-Te; Chen, Yenying W; Hsu, Yen-Che

    2013-01-15

    Taking plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited porous SiOCH (p-SiOCH) and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) as model cases, this study elucidates the chemical reaction pathways for alkyl-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on porous carbon-doped organosilica films under N(2)-H(2) vacuum plasma illumination. In contrast to previous findings that carboxylic groups are found in alkyl-based SAMs only by exposure to oxygen-based plasma, this study discovers that, upon exposure to reductive nitrogen-based vacuum plasma, surface carboxylic functional groups can be instantly formed on OTS-coated p-SiOCH films. Particular attention is given to developing a multisurface modification process, starting with the modification of p-SiOCH films by N(2)-H(2) plasma and continuing with SAM deposition and plasma patterning; this ultimately leads to site-selective seeding for the spatially controlled fabrication of Cu-wire metallization by electroless deposition. Plasma diagnosis and X-ray near-edge absorption and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopies show that, by adequately controlling the plasma parameters, the bulk of the p-SiOCH films are free from plasma damage (in terms of degradation in bonding structures and electrical properties); the formation of the seed-trapping carboxylic functional groups on the surface, the key factor for the validity of this new seeding process, is due to a water-mediated chemical oxygenation route. PMID:23205708

  16. Unimolecular thermal decomposition of dimethoxybenzenes

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    Robichaud, David J.; Scheer, Adam M.; Mukarakate, Calvin; Ormond, Thomas K.; Buckingham, Grant T.; Ellison, G. Barney; Nimlos, Mark R.

    2014-06-01

    The unimolecular thermal decomposition mechanisms of o-, m-, and p-dimethoxybenzene (CH3O-C6H4-OCH3) have been studied using a high temperature, microtubular (μtubular) SiC reactor with a residence time of 100 μs. Product detection was carried out using single photon ionization (SPI, 10.487 eV) and resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry and matrix infrared absorption spectroscopy from 400 K to 1600 K. The initial pyrolytic step for each isomer is methoxy bond homolysis to eliminate methyl radical. Subsequent thermolysis is unique for each isomer. In the case of o-CH3O-C6H4-OCH3, intramolecular H-transfer dominates leading to the formation of o-hydroxybenzaldehyde (o-HO-C6H4-CHO) and phenol (C6H5OH). Para-CH3O-C6H4-OCH3 immediately breaks the second methoxy bond to form p-benzoquinone, which decomposes further to cyclopentadienone (C5H4=O). Finally, the m-CH3O-C6H4-OCH3 isomer will predominantly follow a ring-reduction/CO-elimination mechanism to form C5H4=O. Electronic structure calculations and transition state theory are used to confirm mechanisms and comment on kinetics. Implications for lignin pyrolysis are discussed.

  17. Single-chamber plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of transparent organic/inorganic multilayer barrier coating at low temperature

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    Park, S. M.; Kim, D. J.; Kim, S. I.; Lee, N.-E.

    2008-07-15

    Deposition of organic/inorganic multilayers is usually carried out by two different process steps by two different deposition methods. A single-chamber process for the deposition of multilayer stacks can make the process and deposition system simpler. In this work, SiOCH and plasma-polymerized methylcyclohexane (pp-MCH) films and their multilayer stacks for application to transparent diffusion barrier coatings were deposited in a single low-temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition reactor using hexamethyldisilazane/N{sub 2}O/O{sub 2}/Ar and methylcyclohexane/Ar mixtures for SiOCH and pp-MCH layers, respectively. The deposition rates of the SiOCH and pp-MCH layers were increased with increasing the N{sub 2}O:O{sub 2} gas flow ratio and rf plasma power, respectively. Oxygen concentration in the SiOCH films was decreased and carbon and hydrogen incorporation was increased when increasing the N{sub 2}O:O{sub 2} gas flow ratio from 0:1 to 3:1. In this work, the water vapor transmission rate of polyester sulfone substrate could be reduced from a level of 50 (bare substrate) to 0.8 g/m{sup 2} day after deposition of a pp-MCH/SiOCH/pp-MCH multilayer coating.

  18. Hydrogen bond formation between the naturally modified nucleobase and phosphate backbone

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    Sheng, Jia; Zhang, Wen; Hassan, Abdalla E. A.; Gan, Jianhua; Soares, Alexei S.; Geng, Song; Ren, Yi; Huang, Zhen

    2012-01-01

    Natural RNAs, especially tRNAs, are extensively modified to tailor structure and function diversities. Uracil is the most modified nucleobase among all natural nucleobases. Interestingly, >76% of uracil modifications are located on its 5-position. We have investigated the natural 5-methoxy (5-O-CH3) modification of uracil in the context of A-form oligonucleotide duplex. Our X-ray crystal structure indicates first a H-bond formation between the uracil 5-O-CH3 and its 5′-phosphate. This novel H-bond is not observed when the oxygen of 5-O-CH3 is replaced with a larger atom (selenium or sulfur). The 5-O-CH3 modification does not cause significant structure and stability alterations. Moreover, our computational study is consistent with the experimental observation. The investigation on the uracil 5-position demonstrates the importance of this RNA modification at the atomic level. Our finding suggests a general interaction between the nucleobase and backbone and reveals a plausible function of the tRNA 5-O-CH3 modification, which might potentially rigidify the local conformation and facilitates translation. PMID:22641848

  19. Oxidative demethylation in monooxygenase model systems. Competing pathways for binuclear and helical multinuclear copper(I) complexes

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    Gelling, O.J.; Feringa, B.L. )

    1990-10-10

    The ligand 2,6-bis(N-(2-pyridylethyl)formimidoyl)-1-methoxybenzene (2,6-BPB-1-OCH{sub 3}) (4) reacts with Cu-(CH{sub 3}CN){sub 4}BF{sub 4} to form novel binuclear copper(I) complexes (Cu{sub 2}(2,6-BPB-1-OCH{sub 3})(BF{sub 4}){sub 2}(CH{sub 3}CN){sub 4}) (11) and (Cu{sub 2}(2,6-BPB-1-OCH{sub 3})(BF{sub 4}){sub 2}(CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}){sub 0.5}) (14), or the helical polynuclear copper(I) complex (Cu(2,6-BPB-1-OCH{sub 3})(BF{sub 4})){sub n} (16). The complexes mimic certain monooxygenases as they rapidly take up O{sub 2} followed by demethylation of the anisole moiety (up to 95% yield). {sup 18}O experiments are provided that show competing aryl-oxygen ({ge}60%) and alkyl-oxygen (20%) bond cleavage pathways. Introduction of a p-methoxy substituent in the arene moiety of complex 11 decreases the oxygenation rate and led to an unprecedented O{sub 2} induced arene-OCH{sub 3}-OCD{sub 3} exchange at 20{degree}C in CD{sub 3}OD. A mechanistic rational is given.

  20. Structural Basis for piRNA 2-O-methylated 3-end Recognition by Piwi PAZ (Piwi/Argonaute/Awille) Domains

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    Y Tian; D Simanshu; J Ma; D Patel

    2011-12-31

    Argonaute and Piwi proteins are key players in the RNA silencing pathway, with the former interacting with micro-RNAs (miRNAs) and siRNAs, whereas the latter targets piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) that are 2'-O-methylated (2'-OCH{sub 3}) at their 3' ends. Germline-specific piRNAs and Piwi proteins play a critical role in genome defense against transposable elements, thereby protecting the genome against transposon-induced defects in gametogenesis and fertility. Humans contain four Piwi family proteins designated Hiwi1, Hiwi2, Hiwi3, and Hili. We report on the structures of Hili-PAZ (Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille) domain in the free state and Hiwi1 PAZ domain bound to self-complementary 14-mer RNAs (12-bp + 2-nt overhang) containing 2'-OCH{sub 3} and 2'-OH at their 3' ends. These structures explain the molecular basis underlying accommodation of the 2'-OCH{sub 3} group within a preformed Hiwi1 PAZ domain binding pocket, whose hydrophobic characteristics account for the preferential binding of 2'-OCH{sub 3} over 2'-OH 3' ends. These results contrast with the more restricted binding pocket for the human Ago1 PAZ domain, which exhibits a reverse order, with preferential binding of 2'-OH over 2'-OCH{sub 3} 3' ends.

  1. Biological distinctions between juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma and vascular malformation: an immunohistochemical study.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Mengjun; Sun, Xicai; Yu, Huapeng; Hu, Li; Wang, Dehui

    2011-10-01

    The exact nature of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) is still in dispute. In recent years, the main controversy of its nature has focused on hemangioma and vascular malformation. In this study, the immunolocalization of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), VEGF receptor-1/fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (VEGFR-1/Flt-1), VEGF receptor-2/fetal liver kinase-1 (VEGFR-2/Flk-1), proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), and CD34 was investigated in 28 cases of JNA and 20 cases of orbital cavernous hemangiomas (OCH). The immunostaining levels of VEGF, Flt-1, and Flk-1 were higher and more frequent in vascular endothelial cells of JNA than those of OCH (p<0.05). The average microvessel density (MVD) marked by CD34 in JNA was (49.3 ± 9.1)/HPF (high power field), which was higher than OCH (29.1 ± 6.7)/HPF (p<0.05). Immunoreactivity of PCNA was localized in both endothelial and stromal cell components of JNA, but was predominantly seen in the stromal cells. However, no PCNA immunoreactivity was identified in any of the stromal and endothelial cells in cases of OCH. The immunostaining levels of CD34, VEGF, Flt-1, Flk-1, and PCNA in JNA were higher than those in OCH. These data support the view that JNA has biological characteristics of an angiogenic histogenetic tumor. In the future, anti-angiogenic therapy may represent a novel treatment strategy for JNA. PMID:20688360

  2. Fluid inclusion volatile analysis by gas chromatography with photoionization/micro-thermal conductivity detectors: Applications to magmatic MoS sub 2 and other H sub 2 O-CO sub 2 and H sub 2 O-CH sub 4 fluids

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    Bray, C.J.; Spooner, E.T.C. )

    1992-01-01

    Eighteen fluid inclusion volatile peaks have been detected and identified from 1-2 g samples (quartz) by gas chromatography using heated on-line crushing, helium carrier gas, a single porous polymer column, two temperature programmed conditions for separate sample aliquots, micro-thermal conductivity (TCD) and photoionization detectors (PID), and off-line digital peak processing. In order of retention time these volatile peaks are: N{sub 2}, Ar, CO, CH{sub 4}, CO{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 4}, C{sub 2}H{sub 6}, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}, COS, C{sub 3}H{sub 6}, C{sub 3}H{sub 8}, C{sub 3}H{sub 4} (propyne), H{sub 2}O, SO{sub 2} {plus minus} iso-C{sub 4}H{sub 10} {plus minus} C{sub 4}H{sub 8} (1-butene) {plus minus} CH{sub 3}SH, C{sub 4}H{sub 8} (iso-butylene), ( ) C{sub 4}H{sub 6} (1,3 butadiene), and {plus minus} n-C{sub 4}H{sub 10} {plus minus}C{sub 4}H{sub 8} (trans-2-butene). H{sub 2}O is analyzed directly. O{sub 2} can be analyzed cryogenically between N{sub 2} and Ar, but has not been detected in natural samples to date in this study. Initial inclusion volatile analyses of fluids of interpreted magmatic origin from the Cretaceous Boss Mtn. monzogranite stock-related MoS{sub 2} deposit, central British Columbia of 97 mol% H{sub 2}O, 3% CO{sub 2}, 140-150 ppm N{sub 2}, and 16-39 ppm CH{sub 4} are reasonable in comparison with high temperature volcanic gas analyses from four, active calc-alkaline volcanoes, e.g., the H{sub 2}O contents of volcanic gases from the White Island (New Zealand), Mount St. Helens (Washington, USA), Merapi (Bali, Indonesia), and Momotombo (Nicaragua) volcanoes are 88-95%, > 90%, 88-95% and 93%, respectively; CO{sub 2} contents are 3-10%, 1-10%, 3-8%, and 3.5%. It appears that low, but significant concentrations of alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes have been detected in magmatically derived fluids.

  3. Study of the OH and Cl-initiated oxidation, IR absorption cross-section, radiative forcing, and global warming potential of four C4-hydrofluoroethers.

    PubMed

    Oyaro, Nathan; Sellevåg, Stig R; Nielsen, Claus J

    2004-11-01

    Infrared absorption cross-sections and OH and Cl reaction rate coefficients for four C4-hydrofluoroethers (CF3)2CHOCH3, CF3CH2OCH2CF3, CF3CF2CH2OCH3, and CHF2CF2CH2OCH3 are reported. Relative rate measurements at 298 K and 1013 hPa of OH and Cl reaction rate coefficients give k(OH+(CF3)2CHOCH3) = (1.27+/-0.13) x 10(-13), k(OH+CF3CH2OCH2CF3) = (1.51+/-0.24) x 10(-13), k(OH+CF3CF2CH2OCH3) = (6.42+/-0.33) x 10(-13), k(OH+CHF2CF2CH2OCH3) = (8.7 +/-0.5) x 10(-13), k(Cl+(CF3)2CHOCH3) = (8.4+/-1.3) x 10(-12), k(Cl+CF3CH2OCH2CF3) = (6.5+/-1.7) x 10(-13), k(Cl+CF3CF2CH2OCH3) = (4.0+/-0.8) x 10(-11), and k(Cl+CHF2CF2CH2OCH3) = (2.65+/-0.17) x 10(-11) cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1). The primary products of the OH and Cl reactions with the fluorinated ethers have been identified as esters, and OH and Cl reaction rate coefficients for one of these, CF3CH2OCHO, are reported: k(OH+CF3CH2OCHO) = (7.7+/-0.9) x 10(-14) and kCl+CF3CH2OCHO) = (6.3+/-1.9) x 10(-14) cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1) The rate coefficient for the Cl-atom reaction with CHF2CH2F is derived as k(Cl+CHF2CH2F) = (3.0+/-0.9) x 10(-14) cm3 molecule(-1) s(-1) at 298 K. The error limits include 3sigma from the statistical data analyses as well as the errors in the rate coefficients of the reference compounds employed. The tropospheric lifetimes of the hydrofluoroethers are estimated to be short tauOH((CF3)2CHOCH3) approximately 100 days, tauOH(CF3CH2OCH2CF3) approximately 80 days, tauOH(CF3CF2CH2OCH3) approximately 20 days, and tauOH(CHF2CF2CH2OCH3) approximately 14 days, and their global warming potentials are small compared to CFC-11. PMID:15575273

  4. Knockout of an endogenous mannosyltransferase increases the homogeneity of glycoproteins produced in Pichia pastoris

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    Krainer, Florian W.; Gmeiner, Christoph; Neutsch, Lukas; Windwarder, Markus; Pletzenauer, Robert; Herwig, Christoph; Altmann, Friedrich; Glieder, Anton; Spadiut, Oliver

    2013-01-01

    The yeast Pichia pastoris is a common host for the recombinant production of biopharmaceuticals, capable of performing posttranslational modifications like glycosylation of secreted proteins. However, the activity of the OCH1 encoded α-1,6-mannosyltransferase triggers hypermannosylation of secreted proteins at great heterogeneity, considerably hampering downstream processing and reproducibility. Horseradish peroxidases are versatile enzymes with applications in diagnostics, bioremediation and cancer treatment. Despite the importance of these enzymes, they are still isolated from plant at low yields with different biochemical properties. Here we show the production of homogeneous glycoprotein species of recombinant horseradish peroxidase by using a P. pastoris platform strain in which OCH1 was deleted. This och1 knockout strain showed a growth impaired phenotype and considerable rearrangements of cell wall components, but nevertheless secreted more homogeneously glycosylated protein carrying mainly Man8 instead of Man10 N-glycans as a dominant core glycan structure at a volumetric productivity of 70% of the wildtype strain. PMID:24252857

  5. [[(tert-Butyl)dimethylsilyl]oxy]methyl group for sulfur protection.

    PubMed

    Wang, Lihong; Clive, Derrick L J

    2011-04-01

    Aromatic and aliphatic thiols can be protected by reaction with t-BuMe(2)SiOCH(2)Cl in DMF in the presence of a base (2,6-lutidine or proton sponge); the resulting t-BuMe(2)SiOCH(2)SR or t-BuMe(2)SiOCH(2)SAr are deprotected by sequential treatment with Bu(4)NF and I(2) to give symmetrical disulfides. Another mode of deprotection involves reaction with a sulfenyl chloride; this process gives an unsymmetrical disulfide and was examined with Me(CH(2))(11)SCH(2)OSiMe(2)Bu-t and three sulfenyl chlorides. PMID:21391576

  6. C---lH...O and O...H...O bonded intermediates in the dissociation of low energy methyl glycolate radical cations

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    Suh, Dennis; Kingsmill, Carol A.; Ruttink, Paul J. A.; Burgers, Peter C.; Terlouw, Johan K.

    1995-08-01

    Low energy methyl glycolate radical cations HOCH2C(=O)OCH3+, 1, abundantly lose HCO, yielding protonated methyl formate H---C(OH)OCH3+. Tandem mass spectrometry based experiments on 2H, 13C and 18O labelled isotopologues show that this loss is largely (about 75%) atom specific. Analysis of the atom connectivity in the product ions indicates that the reaction proceeds analogously to the loss of HCO and CH3CO from ionized acetol HOCH2C(=O)CH3+ and acetoin HOCH(CH3)C(=O)CH3+, respectively. The mechanism, it is proposed, involves isomerization of 1 to the key intermediate CH2=O... H---C(=O)OCH3+, an H-bridged ion-dipole complex of neutral formaldehyde and ionized methyl formate. Next, charge transfer takes place to produce CH3OC(H)=O...HC(H)=O+, an H-bridged ion-dipole complex of ionized formaldehyde and neutral methyl formate, followed by proton transfer to generate the products. Preliminary ab initio calculations executed at the UMP3/6-31G*//6-31G*+ZPVE level of theory are presented in support of this proposal. The non-specific loss of HCO from 1 (about 25%) is rationalized to occur via the same mechanism, but after communication with isomeric dimethyl carbonate ions CH3OC(=O)OCH3+, 2, via the O...H...O bonded intermediate [CH2=O...H...O=C---OCH3]+. The latter pathway is even more important in the formation of CH2OH+ ions from 1 which, it is shown, is not a simple bond cleavage reaction, but may involve consecutive or concerted losses of CH3 and CO2 from the above O...H...O bonded species. Ionized methyl lactate HOCH(CH3)C(=O)OCH3+, the higher homologue of 1, shows a unimolecular chemistry which is akin to that of 1.

  7. 1,2-Bis[(3,6,9-trimethyl-3,12-ep­oxy-3,4,5,5a,6,7,8,8a,9,10,12,12a-dodeca­hydro­pyrano[4,3-j][1,2]benzodioxepin-4-yl)­oxy]ethane

    PubMed Central

    Jia, Liwei; Yue, Zhengyu; Lv, Dongying; Gao, Po

    2012-01-01

    The title compound, C32H50O10, prepared from a mixture of α- and β-dihydro­artemisinin, has two β-arteether moieties linked via an –OCH2CH2O– bridge, so that the mol­ecule is symmetric about the bridge. Each asymmetric unit contains a β-arteether moiety and an –OCH2 group, which is only one-half of the mol­ecule. The endo-peroxide bridges of the parent compounds have been retained in each half of the diol-bridged dimer. The rings exhibit chair and twist-boat conformations. PMID:22412563

  8. Sol-gel process of fluoride and fluorobromide materials

    SciTech Connect

    Poncelet, O.; Guilment, J.; Paz-Pujalt, G.

    1996-12-31

    The alkoxides M(OR{sub x}){sub n} wherein M is an alkaline-earth or rare-earth and OR{sub X} is a fluoroalkoxo or bromoalkoxo group exhibit the properties to form pure fluoride materials by hydrolysis at room temperature. Using this property, the authors synthesized pure barium and europium fluoride and pure alkaline-earth bromide. The hydrolysis of a heteroleptic species, Ba(OCH{sub 2}CH{sub 2}Br)[OCH(CF{sub 3}){sub 2}] allowed pure and crystalline BaFBr materials to be obtained at room temperature.

  9. Long-chain polyacetals from plant oils.

    PubMed

    Chikkali, Samir; Stempfle, Florian; Mecking, Stefan

    2012-07-13

    Plant oil-derived α,ω-diacetals are polycondensated to the novel polyacetals [OCH(2) O(CH(2))(y)](n) (y = 19 and 23) with molecular weight of ca. M(n) = 2 × 10(4) g mol(-1). The long methylene sequences provide substantial melt and crystallization temperatures (T(m) = 88 °C and T(c) = 68 °C for y = 23), and rates of hydrolytic degradation are dramatically lower for the long-chain polyacetals versus a shorter chain analogue (y = 12) studied for comparison. PMID:22648983

  10. Nitroaliphatic difluoroformals

    DOEpatents

    Peters, Howard M.; Simon, Jr., Robert L.

    1978-01-01

    Nitroaliphatic difluoroformals of the formula RCH.sub.2 OCF.sub.2 OCH.sub.2 R' wherein R = FC(NO.sub.2).sub.2 -- and R' = F.sub.2 C(NO.sub.2)-- or CF.sub.3 --; or R = R' = CF.sub.3 OCH.sub.2 C(NO.sub.2).sub.2 --. The compounds are prepared in accordance with the following reaction: ##STR1## carried out at temperatures of from about 95.degree. C to about 150.degree. C. The compounds are especially useful as energetic plasticizers in explosive compositions.

  11. 77 FR 68117 - Electric Transmission Texas, LLC; Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2012-11-15

    ... Energy Regulatory Commission Electric Transmission Texas, LLC; Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order... Commission's (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure 18 CFR 385.207(a)(2), Electric Transmission Texas... Act (FPA) jurisdiction over (1) the transmission lines that ETT, an electric utility in the...

  12. European Training Thesaurus: A Multilingual Synopsis

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 2012

    2012-01-01

    Education and training issues are similar across Europe, but how can we ensure we mean the same things with the same terms? The new format of the European training thesaurus (ETT) is a multilingual synopsis. It is an online tool enabling those working in education, training and employment to have a common understanding of terms. It helps…

  13. Effects of Mo, Cr, and V Additions on Tensile and Charpy Impact Properties of API X80 Pipeline Steels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Han, Seung Youb; Shin, Sang Yong; Seo, Chang-Hyo; Lee, Hakcheol; Bae, Jin-Ho; Kim, Kisoo; Lee, Sunghak; Kim, Nack J.

    2009-08-01

    In this study, four API X80 pipeline steels were fabricated by varying Mo, Cr, and V additions, and their microstructures and crystallographic orientations were analyzed to investigate the effects of their alloying compositions on tensile properties and Charpy impact properties. Because additions of Mo and V promoted the formation of fine acicular ferrite (AF) and granular bainite (GB) while prohibiting the formation of coarse GB, they increased the strength and upper-shelf energy (USE) and decreased the energy transition temperature (ETT). The addition of Cr promoted the formation of coarse GB and hard secondary phases, thereby leading to an increased effective grain size, ETT, and strength, and a decreased USE. The addition of V resulted in a higher strength, a higher USE, a smaller effective grain size, and a lower ETT, because it promoted the formation of fine and homogeneous of AF and GB. The steel that contains 0.3 wt pct Mo and 0.06 wt pct V without Cr had the highest USE and the lowest ETT, because its microstructure was composed of fine AF and GB while its maintained excellent tensile properties.

  14. Measurements of endotracheal tube cuff contact pressure using fibre Bragg gratings

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    Hernandez, F. U.; Correia, R.; Korposh, S.; Morgan, S. P.; Hayes-Gill, B. R.; James, S. W.; Evans, D.; Norris, A.

    2015-09-01

    An optical fibre Bragg grating (FBG) was used to measure local strain (due to contact pressure) at the interface of a cuffed endotracheal tube (ETT) tested in a tracheal model. The tracheal model consisted of a corrugated tube. Two FBG sensors written in a single optical fibre were attached to the outside wall of the cuff of the ETT. Intracuff endotracheal pressure was measured using a digital manometer, while the contact pressure between the model trachea and the ETT was measured using Flexiforce sensors. Changes in the Bragg wavelengths in response to the inflation of the cuff of the ETT, and concomitant pressure increase, were observed to be dependent on the location of the FBGs at the corrugations, i.e., the annular peaks and troughs of the corrugated tube. The performance of both contact pressure sensors FBG and Flexiforce suggests that FBG technology is better suited to this application as it allows the measurement of contact pressures on non-uniform surfaces such as in the tracheal model.

  15. Changes in uncuffed endotracheal tube leak during laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy in children.

    PubMed

    Noguchi, Akiko; Kuga, Kumiko; Tashiro, Naoki; Shimakawa, Yusuke; Shono, Takeshi; Hirakawa, Naomi; Sakaguchi, Yoshiro

    2016-08-01

    The present study was conducted to investigate changes in uncuffed endotracheal tube (ETT) leak during laparoscopic surgery. The study included 31 patients aged between 1 and 6 years scheduled for elective laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy. Inspiratory and expiratory tidal volumes (TVi and TVe) were measured during mechanical ventilation, and ETT leak was calculated using the formula-ETT leak = (TVi - TVe)/TVi × 100 (%), assessed at the following time-points-5 min after the start of mechanical ventilation (T1, baseline), just before the start of surgery (T2), 5 min after the induction of pneumoperitoneum with 15° Trendelenburg tilt (T3), and at the end of surgery (T4). Additionally, leak pressure was assessed after successful tracheal intubation (T0, baseline) at T2, T3 and T4. Uncuffed ETT leak significantly decreased at T3 compared with T1 (baseline). Leak pressure significantly increased at T3 and T4 compared with T0 (baseline). Further studies are needed in order to determine whether the results are universal and associated with clinically significant outcomes. PMID:27193326

  16. Comparison of the Success of Two Techniques for the Endotracheal Intubation with C-MAC Video Laryngoscope Miller Blade in Children: A Prospective Randomized Study

    PubMed Central

    Sinha, Renu; Sharma, Ankur; Ray, Bikash Ranjan; Kumar Pandey, Ravinder; Darlong, Vanlalnghka; Punj, Jyotsna; Chandralekha, Chandralekha; Upadhyay, Ashish Datt

    2016-01-01

    Background. Ease of endotracheal intubation with C-MAC video laryngoscope (VLS) with Miller blades 0 and 1 has not been evaluated in children. Methods. Sixty children weighing 3–15 kg with normal airway were randomly divided into two groups. Intubation was done with C-MAC VLS Miller blade using either nonstyletted endotracheal tube (ETT) (group WS) or styletted ETT (group S). The time for intubation and total procedure, intubation attempts, failed intubation, blade repositioning or external laryngeal maneuver, and complications were recorded. Results. The median (minimum/maximum) time for intubation in group WS and group S was 19.5 (9/48) seconds and 13.0 (18/55) seconds, respectively (p = 0.03). The median (minimum/maximum) time for procedure in group WS was 30.5 (18/72) seconds and in group S was 24.5 (14/67) seconds, respectively (p = 0.02). Intubation in first attempt was done in 28 children in group WS and in 30 children in group S. Repositioning was required in 14 children in group WS and in 7 children in group S (p = 0.06). There were no failure to intubate, desaturation, and bradycardia in both groups. Conclusion. Styletted ETT significantly reduces time for intubation and time for procedure in comparison to nonstyletted ETT. PMID:27293429

  17. Technologic Advances in Endotracheal Tubes for Prevention of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

    PubMed Central

    Fernandez, Juan F.; Levine, Stephanie M.

    2012-01-01

    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is associated with high morbidity, mortality, and costs. Interventions to prevent VAP are a high priority in the care of critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation (MV). Multiple interventions are recommended by evidence-based practice guidelines to prevent VAP, but there is a growing interest in those related to the endotracheal tube (ETT) as the main target linked to VAP. Microaspiration and biofilm formation are the two most important mechanisms implicated in the colonization of the tracheal bronchial tree and the development of VAP. Microaspiration occurs when there is distal migration of microorganisms present in the secretions accumulated above the ETT cuff. Biofilm formation has been described as the development of a network of secretions and attached microorganisms that migrate along the ETT cuff polymer and inside the lumen, facilitating the transfer to the sterile bronchial tree. Therefore, our objective was to review the literature related to recent advances in ETT technologies regarding their impact on the control of microaspiration and biofilm formation in patients on MV, and the subsequent impact on VAP. PMID:22796845

  18. Comparison of the Success of Two Techniques for the Endotracheal Intubation with C-MAC Video Laryngoscope Miller Blade in Children: A Prospective Randomized Study.

    PubMed

    Sinha, Renu; Sharma, Ankur; Ray, Bikash Ranjan; Kumar Pandey, Ravinder; Darlong, Vanlalnghka; Punj, Jyotsna; Chandralekha, Chandralekha; Upadhyay, Ashish Datt

    2016-01-01

    Background. Ease of endotracheal intubation with C-MAC video laryngoscope (VLS) with Miller blades 0 and 1 has not been evaluated in children. Methods. Sixty children weighing 3-15 kg with normal airway were randomly divided into two groups. Intubation was done with C-MAC VLS Miller blade using either nonstyletted endotracheal tube (ETT) (group WS) or styletted ETT (group S). The time for intubation and total procedure, intubation attempts, failed intubation, blade repositioning or external laryngeal maneuver, and complications were recorded. Results. The median (minimum/maximum) time for intubation in group WS and group S was 19.5 (9/48) seconds and 13.0 (18/55) seconds, respectively (p = 0.03). The median (minimum/maximum) time for procedure in group WS was 30.5 (18/72) seconds and in group S was 24.5 (14/67) seconds, respectively (p = 0.02). Intubation in first attempt was done in 28 children in group WS and in 30 children in group S. Repositioning was required in 14 children in group WS and in 7 children in group S (p = 0.06). There were no failure to intubate, desaturation, and bradycardia in both groups. Conclusion. Styletted ETT significantly reduces time for intubation and time for procedure in comparison to nonstyletted ETT. PMID:27293429

  19. 76 FR 36557 - Prospective Grant of Exclusive License; Devices for Clearing Mucus From Endotracheal Tubes

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    2011-06-22

    ...-074-2005/0 ``Mucus Slurping Endotracheal Tube''; U.S. Patent 7,503,328 to Oculus Innovative Sciences... to remove mucus before it reaches the tip of the endotracheal tube (ETT). A continuous aspiration endotracheal tube for subglottic secretions is fitted at its distal-most tip with a molded, hollow,...

  20. Determining standard criteria for endotracheal suctioning in the paediatric intensive care patient: an exploratory study.

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    Davies, Kylie; Monterosso, Leanne; Leslie, Gavin

    2011-04-01

    This four-phase mixed method study developed an evidence based "Endotracheal Suction Assessment Tool" (ESAT) as a guide for nurses undertaking "endotracheal tube" (ETT) suction within "Paediatric Intensive Care" (PIC). Phase 1 involved a comprehensive literature review to determine the most commonly used criteria for assessing the need for ETT suction. In Phase 2 an "Endotracheal Suction Questionnaire" (ESQ) was developed to survey experienced PIC nurses in Australia and New Zealand regarding their ETT suction decision making process and validity testing of the ESQ. In Phase 3, the ESQ was administered to target group (n=104). In Phase 4, the empirical evidence generated from this study, based upon the criteria rated by nurses in this study as being most clinically important and essential during the decision making process, determined the ESAT design. Analyses of quantitative results showed a positive correlation between the perceived frequency of use of a criterion and the appropriateness of the assessment. Where a criterion was used less frequently as a clinical indicator for the requirement for ETT suction, participants had a lower regard for this when rating the criterion as a specific single indicator to perform suction. Findings from qualitative data identified six criteria not previously documented within the literature. Further testing and validation of the tool within the PIC setting will determine the clinical viability of the ESAT. PMID:21371887

  1. Nonchoriocarcinomatous Trophoblastic Tumors of the Testis: The Widening Spectrum of Trophoblastic Neoplasia.

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    Idrees, Muhammad T; Kao, Chia-Sui; Epstein, Jonathan I; Ulbright, Thomas M

    2015-11-01

    Tumors of trophoblastic derivation other than choriocarcinoma are very rare in the testis but have been reported on occasion in association with other germ cell tumors. Their morphologic spectrum is analogous to the trophoblastic tumors of the female genital tract including epithelioid trophoblastic tumor (ETT) and placental site trophoblastic tumor (PSTT). Herein we report our experience with 8 cases of trophoblastic tumors of testicular origin that lacked the features of choriocarcinoma; these included 4 ETTs, 1 PSTT, 1 unclassified trophoblastic tumor (UTT), 1 partially regressed choriocarcinoma with a monophasic morphology, and 1 hybrid tumor showing a mixture of adenocarcinoma and a UTT. All tumors occurred in young men 19 to 43 years old. Five arose de novo within the testis (2 ETTs, 1 UTT, 1 regressing choriocarcinoma, and the hybrid tumor) as a component of mixed germ cell tumors, and 3 (2 ETTs and 1 PSTT) were found in metastatic sites after chemotherapy. The trophoblastic component was minor (5% to 10%) in 6 tumors but was 95% of 1 metastatic tumor (ETT) and 50% of the hybrid tumor. Other germ cell tumor elements were identified in all cases, most commonly teratoma. The ETTs consisted of nodules and nests of squamoid trophoblast cells showing abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, frequent apoptotic cells, extracellular fibrinoid material, and positivity for p63 and negativity for human placental lactogen (HPL). The PSTT showed sheets of discohesive, pleomorphic, mononucleated trophoblast cells that invaded blood vessels with fibrinoid change and were p63 negative and HPL positive. The UTT showed a spectrum of small and large trophoblast cells, some multinucleated but lacking distinct syncytiotrophoblasts, and was patchily positive for both p63 and HPL. The hybrid tumor had ETT-like and adenocarcinomatous areas that coexpressed inhibin and GATA3 but were negative for p63 and HPL, leading to classification of the trophoblastic component as UTT. Seven of the

  2. [Kinking of the endotracheal tube in a prone patient associated with the inadequate withdrawal maneuver of the Pentax-AWS Airway Scope].

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    Ohata, Hiroto; Iida, Yuko; Kito, Kazuhiro; Kawamura, Michika; Yamashita, Mika; Ohta, Shuichiro; Ueda, Norio; Iida, Hiroki

    2013-06-01

    We report a case of intraoperative kinking of an endotracheal tube (ETT) in a prone patient during spine surgery. We postulate that one of the risk factors involved with kinking was the inadequate withdrawal maneuver of Pentax-AWS Airway Scope (AWS). Patient was a 69-year-old woman with hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and rheumatoid arthritis, undergoing C4-6 laminoplasty under general anesthesia in the prone position. A 7.0-mm polyvinyl endotracheal tube (Paker Flex-Tip Tube) was placed to 21 cm at the right angle of the mouse without difficulty using the AWS. Both peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) and partial pressure of end-tidal carbon dioxide began to rise gradually from 24 to 28 cmH2O and 38 to 44 mmHg, respectively. Although over 30 cmH2O in PIP repeatedly appeared after that, we did not find any remarkable change of ventilation except for weak breath sound. Thereafter, when we checked the tube with a flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope, it could not pass through the tube. At first, we asked the surgeon to release neck flexion as much as possible. This procedure could not correct the kink completely but allowed the passage of bronchoscope in the ETT. Then, we tried to reposition the ETT by inserting the bronchoscope beyond the point of kinking for maintaining luminal patency and adequate ventilation. The subsequent anesthetic course was uneventful. Kinking of the ETT in the oral cavity is an uncommon problem but we must keep in mind as one of the differential diagnoses. When using the AWS for endotracheal intubation, we recommend the confirmation of the position of the ETT to be normal in the oral cavity by direct laryngoscopy. PMID:23814989

  3. Development and evaluation of a treadmill-based exercise tolerance test in cardiac rehabilitation

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    Adams, Jenny; Cheng, Dunlei; Barton, Stephanie; Bigej-Cerqua, Janet; Mims, Lisa; Molden, Jennifer; Anderson, Valerie

    2013-01-01

    Cardiac rehabilitation exercise prescriptions should be based on exercise stress tests; however, limitations in performing stress tests in this setting typically force reliance on subjective measures like the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI). We developed and evaluated a treadmill-based exercise tolerance test (ETT) to provide objective physiologic measures without requiring additional equipment or insurance charges. The ETT is stopped when the patient's Borg scale rating of perceived exertion (RPE) reaches 15 or when any sign/symptom indicates risk of an adverse event. Outcomes of the study included reasons for stopping; maximum heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and rate pressure product; and adverse events. We tested equivalence to the DASI as requiring the 95% confidence interval for the mean difference between DASI and ETT metabolic equivalents (METs) to fall within the range (–1, 1). Among 502 consecutive cardiac rehabilitation patients, one suffered a panic attack; no other adverse events occurred. Most (80%) stopped because they reached an RPE of 15; the remaining 20% were stopped on indications that continuing risked an adverse event. Mean maximum systolic blood pressure, heart rate, and rate pressure product were significantly (P < 0.001) below thresholds of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Two patients’ heart rates exceeded 150 beats per minute, but their rate pressure products remained below 36,000. The mean difference between DASI and ETT METs was −0.8 (−0.98, −0.65), indicating equivalence at our threshold. In conclusion, the ETT can be performed within cardiac rehabilitation, providing a functional capacity assessment equivalent to the DASI and objective physiologic measures for developing exercise prescriptions and measuring progress. PMID:23814381

  4. Development and evaluation of a treadmill-based exercise tolerance test in cardiac rehabilitation.

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    Dunagan, Julie; Adams, Jenny; Cheng, Dunlei; Barton, Stephanie; Bigej-Cerqua, Janet; Mims, Lisa; Molden, Jennifer; Anderson, Valerie

    2013-07-01

    Cardiac rehabilitation exercise prescriptions should be based on exercise stress tests; however, limitations in performing stress tests in this setting typically force reliance on subjective measures like the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI). We developed and evaluated a treadmill-based exercise tolerance test (ETT) to provide objective physiologic measures without requiring additional equipment or insurance charges. The ETT is stopped when the patient's Borg scale rating of perceived exertion (RPE) reaches 15 or when any sign/symptom indicates risk of an adverse event. Outcomes of the study included reasons for stopping; maximum heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and rate pressure product; and adverse events. We tested equivalence to the DASI as requiring the 95% confidence interval for the mean difference between DASI and ETT metabolic equivalents (METs) to fall within the range (-1, 1). Among 502 consecutive cardiac rehabilitation patients, one suffered a panic attack; no other adverse events occurred. Most (80%) stopped because they reached an RPE of 15; the remaining 20% were stopped on indications that continuing risked an adverse event. Mean maximum systolic blood pressure, heart rate, and rate pressure product were significantly (P < 0.001) below thresholds of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Two patients' heart rates exceeded 150 beats per minute, but their rate pressure products remained below 36,000. The mean difference between DASI and ETT METs was -0.8 (-0.98, -0.65), indicating equivalence at our threshold. In conclusion, the ETT can be performed within cardiac rehabilitation, providing a functional capacity assessment equivalent to the DASI and objective physiologic measures for developing exercise prescriptions and measuring progress. PMID:23814381

  5. Endotracheal tube cuff pressure before, during, and after fixed-wing air medical retrieval.

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    Brendt, Peter; Schnekenburger, Marc; Paxton, Karen; Brown, Anthony; Mendis, Kumara

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Background. Increased endotracheal tube (ETT) cuff pressure is associated with compromised tracheal mucosal perfusion and injuries. No published data are available for Australia on pressures in the fixed-wing air medical retrieval setting. Objective. After introduction of a cuff pressure manometer (Mallinckrodt, Hennef, Germany) at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Base in Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, we assessed the prevalence of increased cuff pressures before, during, and after air medical retrieval. Methods. This was a retrospective audit in 35 ventilated patients during fixed-wing retrievals by the RFDS in NSW, Australia. Explicit chart review of ventilated patients was performed for cuff pressures and changes during medical retrievals with pressurized aircrafts. Pearson correlation was calculated to determine the relation of ascent and ETT cuff pressure change from ground to flight level. Results. The mean (± standard deviation) of the first ETT cuff pressure measurement on the ground was 44 ± 20 cmH2O. Prior to retrieval in 11 patients, the ETT cuff pressure was >30 cmH2O and in 11 patients >50 cmH2O. After ascent to cruising altitude, the cuff pressure was >30 cmH2O in 22 patients and >50 cmH2O in eight patients. The cuff pressure was reduced 1) in 72% of cases prior to take off and 2) in 85% of cases during flight, and 3) after landing, the cuff pressure increased in 85% of cases. The correlation between ascent in cabin altitude and ETT cuff pressure was r = 0.3901, p = 0.0205. Conclusions. The high prevalence of excessive cuff pressures during air medical retrieval can be avoided by the use of cuff pressure manometers. Key words: cuff pressure; air medical retrieval; prehospital. PMID:23252881

  6. On the '-1' scaling of air temperature spectra in atmospheric surface layer flows

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    Li, D.; Katul, G. G.; Gentine, P.

    2015-12-01

    The spectral properties of scalar turbulence at high wavenumbers have been extensively studied in turbulent flows, and existing theories explaining the k-5/3 scaling within the inertial subrange appear satisfactory at high Reynolds numbers. Equivalent theories for the low wavenumber range have been comparatively lacking because boundary conditions prohibit attainment of such universal behavior. A number of atmospheric surface layer (ASL) experiments reported a k-1 scaling in air temperature spectra ETT(k) at low wavenumbers but other experiments did not. Here, the occurrence of a k-1 scaling in ETT(k) in an idealized ASL flow across a wide range of atmospheric stability regimes is investigated theoretically and experimentally. Experiments reveal a k-1 scaling persisted across different atmospheric stability parameter values (ζ) ranging from mildly unstable to mildly stable conditions (-0.1< ζ < 0.2). As instability increases, the k-1 scaling vanishes. Based on a combined spectral and co-spectral budget models and upon using a Heisenberg eddy viscosity as a closure to the spectral flux transfer term, conditions promoting a k-1 scaling are identified. Existence of a k-1 scaling is shown to be primarily linked to an imbalance between the production and dissipation rates of half the temperature variance. The role of the imbalance between the production and dissipation rates of half the temperature variance in controlling the existence of a '-1' scaling suggests that the '-1' scaling in ETT(k) does not necessarily concur with the '-1' scaling in the spectra of longitudinal velocity Euu(k). This finding explains why some ASL experiments reported k-1 in Euu(k) but not ETT(k). It also differs from prior arguments derived from directional-dimensional analysis that lead to simultaneous k-1 scaling in Euu(k) and ETT(k) at low wavenumbers in a neutral ASL.

  7. A Voyage through the Radio Universe

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    Spuck, Timothy

    2004-01-01

    Each year, professionals and amateurs alike make significant contributions to the field of astronomy. High school students can also conduct astronomy research. Since 1992, the Radio Astronomy Research Team from Oil City Area Senior High School (OCHS) in Oil City, Pennsylvania, has traveled each year to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory…

  8. Adolescent Tobacco and Cannabis Use: Young Adult Outcomes from the Ontario Child Health Study

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    Georgiades, Katholiki; Boyle, Michael H.

    2007-01-01

    Background: This study examines the longitudinal associations between adolescent tobacco and cannabis use and young adult functioning. Methods: Data for analysis come from the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS), a prospective study of child health, psychiatric disorder and adolescent substance use in a general population sample that began in 1983,…

  9. N-hypermannose glycosylation disruption enhances recombinant protein production by regulating secretory pathway and cell wall integrity in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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    Tang, Hongting; Wang, Shenghuan; Wang, Jiajing; Song, Meihui; Xu, Mengyang; Zhang, Mengying; Shen, Yu; Hou, Jin; Bao, Xiaoming

    2016-01-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a robust host for heterologous protein expression. The efficient expression of cellulases in S. cerevisiae is important for the consolidated bioprocess that directly converts lignocellulose into valuable products. However, heterologous proteins are often N-hyperglycosylated in S. cerevisiae, which may affect protein activity. In this study, the expression of three heterologous proteins, β-glucosidase, endoglucanase and cellobiohydrolase, was found to be N-hyperglycosylated in S. cerevisiae. To block the formation of hypermannose glycan, these proteins were expressed in strains with deletions in key Golgi mannosyltransferases (Och1p, Mnn9p and Mnn1p), respectively. Their extracellular activities improved markedly in the OCH1 and MNN9 deletion strains. Interestingly, truncation of the N-hypermannose glycan did not increase the specific activity of these proteins, but improved the secretion yield. Further analysis showed OCH1 and MNN9 deletion up-regulated genes in the secretory pathway, such as protein folding and vesicular trafficking, but did not induce the unfolded protein response. The cell wall integrity was also affected by OCH1 and MNN9 deletion, which contributed to the release of secretory protein extracellularly. This study demonstrated that mannosyltransferases disruption improved protein secretion through up-regulating secretory pathway and affecting cell wall integrity and provided new insights into glycosylation engineering for protein secretion. PMID:27156860

  10. Effect of side-arm variation in dibenzo-16-crown-5 compounds on the potentiometric selectivity for sodium ion

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    Ohki, Akira; Lu, J.P.; Bartsch, R.A. )

    1994-03-01

    The influence of attaching one or two pendent groups to the central carbon of the three-carbon bridge in dibenzo-16-crown-5 upon the potentiometric response of the ionophore to Li[sup +], Na[sup +], and K[sup +] in solvent polymeric membranes has been assessed. Side-arm variation includes alkyl, OCH[sub 3], OCH[sub 2]CO[sub 2]H, OCH[sub 2]CO[sub 2]C[sub 2]H[sub 5] and OCH[sub 2]C(O)N(C[sub 2]H[sub 5])[sub 2] units. The Na[sup +]/K[sup +] selectivity of the electrodes is increased by enhanced oxygen basicity in the side arm of the ionophore. Attachment of an alkyl group to the polyether ring carbon, which bears an oxygen-containing side arm, produces a substantial increase in the Na[sup +]/K[sup +] selectivity due to preorganization of the binding site. The Na[sup +]/Li[sup +] selectivity responds to side-arm variation within the ionophore quite differently than does the Na[sup +]/K[sup +] selectivity. 28 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.