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  1. Corrigendum on: Wang H, Chen C, Li J, Yang X, Zhang H and Wang Z. Modified first dorsal metacarpal artery island flap for sensory reconstruction of thumb pulp defects. J Hand Surg Eur. 2016, 41: 177-84.

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    2016-05-01

    The authors apologise for an error in the presentation of the affiliations of the authors of this published paper. The correct details are:Hui Wang(1,2*), Chao Chen(3*), Jun Li(4), Xiaoxi Yang(5), Hui Zhang(1,6), Zhiqiang Wang(1,7) (1)Graduate School, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, PR China(2)The department of Hand Surgery, The Second Hospital of Tangshan, Tangshan, Hebei, PR China(3)The department of Orthopedics, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing, PR China(4)The emergency department, The Second Hospital of Tangshan, Tangshan, Hebei, PR China(5)The department of traditional Chinese Medicine, College of traditional Chinese Medicine, North China University of Technology, Tangshan, Hebei, PR China(6)The department of Joint Surgery, The Second Hospital of Tangshan, Tangshan, Hebei, PR China(7)The department of Orthopaedics, Affiliated Hospital, North China University of Technology, Tangshan, Hebei, 063000, PR China*Hui Wang and Chao Chen contributed equally to this work. PMID:26936745

  2. News & Information President Chen Yiyu Meets with Omi Professor Wang Jie Meets with NSF Assistant Director Vice President Sun Jiaguang Visited Japan and Germany on International Evaluation Vice President Shen Wenqing Meets JST Delegation Vice President Wang Jie Meets with Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 12th Meeting of China-Korea Joint Committee for Basic Scientific Research Held Further Implement the Scientific Outlook for Development and Open up a New Prospect for Science Funding Panel Meeting for A3 Foresight Program 2008 held in Hangzhou Department Director's Fund for Earthquake Relief Vice President Shen Wenqing Meets IRRI Officials President Chen Yiyu Visits Taiwan Province NSFC VIP Attends the NSFC-JST Workshop 1st NSFC-JST Joint Evaluation for Funded Projects Ends Successfully NSFC Delegation Visits the U.S. Top Heads Meet at China-US Computer Science Leadership Summit President Chen Yiyu Met with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chari Sirindhorn of Thailand

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    2008-01-01

    President Chen Yiyu Meets with Omi Professor Wang Jie Meets with NSF Assistant Director Vice President Sun Jiaguang Visited Japan and Germany on International Evaluation Vice President Shen Wenqing Meets JST Delegation Vice President Wang Jie Meets with Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 12th Meeting of China-Korea Joint Committee for Basic Scientific Research Held Further Implement the Scientific Outlook for Development and Open up a New Prospect for Science Funding Panel Meeting for A3 Foresight Program 2008 held in Hangzhou Department Director's Fund for Earthquake Relief Vice President Shen Wenqing Meets IRRI Officials President Chen Yiyu Visits Taiwan Province NSFC VIP Attends the NSFC-JST Workshop 1st NSFC-JST Joint Evaluation for Funded Projects Ends Successfully NSFC Delegation Visits the U.S. Top Heads Meet at China-US Computer Science Leadership Summit President Chen Yiyu Met with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chari Sirindhorn of Thailand

  3. Comet Ge-Wang

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    Ge, Yong-liang; Wang, Qi; Han, Tao

    1990-03-01

    Comet Ge-Wang (1988o) was discovered by GE Yong-liang and WANG Qi at Xinglong Station of Beijing Observatory on 1988 November 4. We collected 13 observations of this comet in China and abroad and calculated its orbit. It passed the perihelion on 1988 May 23. Ephemerides up to 1991 April are given.

  4. Comet Ge-Wang

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    Ge, Yong-Liang; Wang, Qi; Han, Tao

    1989-03-01

    Comet Ge-Wang (1988o) was discovered by GE Yong-liang and WANG Qi at Xinglong Station of Beijing Observatory on November 4, 1988. Thirteen observations of this comet were collected in China and abroad and calculated its orbit. It passed the perihelion on May 23, 1988. Ephemerides up to April 1991 are given.

  5. Editorial: Which Wei Wang?

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    Sprouse, Gene D.

    2007-12-01

    The APS journals receive manuscripts from scientists all over the world. For authors whose names cannot be expressed in Latin characters, their names in the byline must be transliterated, a process that is not necessarily bidirectionally unique. For example, the eight Chinese names all transliterate as Wei Wang. To remove some of the ambiguity arising from this unfortunate degeneracy of names, APS will allow some authors the option to include their names in their own language in parentheses after the transliterated name, such as Wei Wang. The option to present names in the article byline in this manner is an experiment initially offered to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean authors, whose names can be expressed in Unicode characters. An example of a Japanese name is Tadanori Minamisono and a Korean name is Chang Kee Jung. In the English text the given name precedes the family name, while the reverse is true for the characters. As we gain experience, we may be able to broaden this offer to other languages. Authors who wish to try this option will need to prepare their manuscripts by following the special instructions at http://authors.aps.org/names.html.

  6. Heterotic Chen-Ruan cohomology

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    Manion, Ryan

    We extend the construction of the Chen-Ruan cohomology in the setting of heterotic string theory. We show that it properly reduces to the Chen-Ruan cohomology in the case where the gauge bundle E is chosen to be the tangent bundle TX and examine its basic properties, followed by demonstrating nontrivial examples and computations. The second portion of this work examines the extension of the anomaly cancellation condition for gerbes through an extended example. Namely, we use Fourier-Mukai transforms and the methods of [Donagi-Pantev 04] to set up a construction of bundles over a gerbe which should be non-anomalous.

  7. Wang-Landau Without Binning

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    Brown, G.; Nicholson, D.; Odbadrakh, Kh.; Eisenbach, M.; Rusanu, A.

    2012-02-01

    Results are presented for Wang-Landau calculations on a Heisenberg model of BCC Fe that describe the density of states as function defined for all accessible energies instead of a function tabulated at discrete values of the energy. The density of states function described here is an analytic result valid near the ground state supplemented by a polynomial expansion. The probability density of Wang-Landau random walkers is sampled for a fixed density of states, and that probability density can be used to improve the estimated density of states. Methods for evaluating the convergence of the density of states are discussed along with the diffusion behavior of the random walkers. This work was performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is managed by UT-Battelle, LLC under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725, and sponsored by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program (ORNL), by the Mathematical, Information, and Computational Sciences Division; Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (US DOE), and by the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering; Office of Basic Energy Sciences (US DOE). Computer resources provided by Florida State University.

  8. Communicating between the Apple and the Wang

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    Barton, G.W., Downey, R.

    1982-10-26

    This manual covers what the beginner needs to know in order to transfer files between an Apple's Microcomputer and a Wang's OIS Word Processor. We have also tried to indicate where the experienced user might want to look for additional details. We cover the use of Apple Writer )(, VisiTerm, VisiCalc, and EasyWriter Professional. For us, the two most useful connections are from Applewriter to Wang and from Visicalc to Wang. From Wang to Apple Writer via Visiterm may have some value. Files can be transferred by VisiTerm to Wang, but they arrive with RETURNS in the middle of words, which have to be edited out, so we do not recommend it. We describe how to go from EasyWriter to Wang, but we do not know how to go from Wang to EasyWriter. We see no reason to go from Wang to VisiCalc, so we haven't thought about it. All instructions are given for a typical configuration of the Apple, namely the one on which this manual was composed. It is detailed in the section on Hardware and Software.

  9. Improved Chen-Smith image coder

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    Rubino, Eduardo M.; de Queiroz, Ricardo L.; Malvar, Henrique S.

    1995-04-01

    A new transform coder based on the zonal sampling strategy, which outperforms the JPEG baseline coder with comparable computational complexity, is presented. The primary transform used is the 8- x 8-pixel-block discrete cosine transform, although it can be replaced by other transforms, such as the lapped orthogonal transform, without any change in the algorithm. This coder is originally based on the Chen-Smith coder; therefore we call it an improved Chen-Smith (ICS) coder. However, because many new features were incorporated in this improved version, it largely outperforms its predecessor. Key approaches in the ICS coder, such as a new quantizer design, arithmetic coders, noninteger bit-rate allocation, decimalized variance maps, distance-based block classification, and human visual sensitivity weighting, are essential for its high performance, Image compression programs were developed and applied to several test images. The results show that the ICS performs substantially better than the JPEG coder.

  10. Generalized Chen-Wu type cosmological model

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    John, Moncy V.; Joseph, K. Babu

    2000-04-01

    Recent measurements require modifications in conventional cosmology by way of introducing components other than ordinary matter into the total energy density in the universe. On the basis of some dimensional considerations in line with quantum cosmology, Chen and Wu [W. Chen and Y. Wu, Phys. Rev. D 41, 695 (1990)] have argued that an additional component, which corresponds to an effective cosmological constant Λ, must vary as a-2 in the classical era. Their decaying-Λ model assumes inflation and yields a value for q0, which is not compatible with observations. We generalize this model by arguing that the Chen-Wu ansatz is applicable to the total energy density of the universe and not to Λ alone. The resulting model, which has a coasting evolution (i.e., a~t), is devoid of the problems of horizon, flatness, monopole, cosmological constant, size, age and generation of density perturbations. However, to avoid serious contradictions with big bang nucleosynthesis, the model has to make the predictions Ωm=4/3 and ΩΛ=2/3, which in turn are at variance with current observational values.

  11. [Chen Muhua announces nationwide census in 1982].

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    1981-03-10

    A nationwide census, only the 3rd in the history of the People's Republic of China, will be taken in July 1982, announced Vice-Premier Chen Muhua at a meeting of the census office under the State Council which opened here today. The 1st census was conducted in 1953, and the 2nd in 1964. Chen, who is in charge of the census, told officials, population specialists and statisticians from across China it was unprecedented in both Chinese history and the history of the world to attempt to count a population that has been long estimated at 1 billion. The census has been proposed in order to ascertain a range of 20 demographic factors necessary for the effective administration of the current economic readjustment and China's modernization drive, the vice-premier said. It will assist family planning and population control, facilitate food and clothing supplies, and make possible assessment of construction needs--housing, hospitals, schools, and other public services, she continued. A great deal of trouble in planning and administration has been caused by the inadequacy of available figures, Chen said. The results will be calculated in 2 stages. Figures such as the number of households and people will be announced first, while other more precise breakdowns such as sex, age, nationality, education, marital status, and occupation will be available later. 2 experimental censuses were carried out in July, 1980. The 950,000 residents in both Wuxi City and Wuxi County in east China's Jiangsu Province, were surveyed. The conference, acting on reports and recommendations from these, will establish further experimental counts in the coming months, while preparatory procedures, organizational work, and regulations are to be discussed and consolidated. The 1982 nationwide census has the support of the UN's fund for population activities. PMID:12338073

  12. [Textual Research on Wang Fengchun's Life].

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    Wang, Ti

    2012-01-01

    WANG Fengchun (1884 - 1949), born in Wu County, Jiangsu Province, was one of the four famous doctors of Beijing in the Republic of China periods. He learned Confucianism during his childhood and then learned medicine from AI Buchan, a famous doctor in Wuzhong area. In 1908, he went to Beijing and was appointed as the prosecutor of the court of law and a medical official, but also had learnt medicine from LI Jun, the head of the Business Ministry. In 1910, Wang resigned and lived as doctor in Beijing. According to the literature, from 1935 to 1942, Wang had been appointed 11 times as a member of Beiping (Beijing) TCM examination committee or test committee. In 1938, he was appointed as president of the Beijing Branch of the National Medical Professional Association and created the Beijing Medicine Monthly in 1939. In September 1939, Wang began to make preparations for a TCM symposium, i.e. the Medicine Symposium which was established officially in October 1939. In 1941, he was appointed as the director of the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicines Workshop, employing famous doctors to cultivate reserve talents of medicines. Being a realist, he often exchanged opinions with TCM and western medical doctors and also made a contribution to medical education. PMID:22613482

  13. Free and Beautiful: Lucia Chen--New York Public Library

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    Library Journal, 2004

    2004-01-01

    This article details the work of Lucia Chen of the New York Public Library. Lucia Chen combined her two passions--organization and beautification--in her recent project, creating an online version of the New York Public Library's (NYPL) legendary picture collection. Artists ranging from set designers to filmmakers have long used the collection,…

  14. Thermodynamic properties of gold nanoparticles described by Sutton-Chen potential and Quantum Sutton-Chen potential

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    Park, Yongjin; Carri, Gustavo

    2009-10-01

    Thermodynamic properties of gold nanoparticles (<1.6nm) have been investigated by atomistic Monte Carlo simulations with three different potential functions/parameterizations (Sutton-Chen potential, Sutton-Chen potential with Pawluk's parameterization, and Quantum Sutton-Chen potential). The melting temperature of gold nanoparticles is predicted and compared to other theoretical and experimental values. The agreement between the predicted melting temperatures and the experimental values was not satisfactory for any of the three potentials in the studied range of sizes. However, the Sutton-Chen potential showed very good agreement for nanoparticles larger than 1.3nm while the Quantum Sutton-Chen potential exhibited a trend of melting temperatures similar to the experimental one although it consistently overestimated the melting temperatures.

  15. [Probing the cause on Wang Qingrens idea of "Fallacious theory, effective prescription" of Wang Qingren].

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    Pan, Da-wei

    2006-07-01

    The theory of human body in Yilin Gaicuo (Correction on Errors in Medical Classics) by Wang Qingren in late Qing Dynasty is different from that of traditional Chinese Medicine and that of anatomy of western medicine. However, the prescriptions recorded in Yilin Gaicuo (Correction on Errors in Medical Classics) are indeed effective clinically. The paradox of "Fallacious theory, effective prescription" suggests that the theories of Wang Qingren are not superficial in anatomy. By carefully analyzing the concept of zang-fu organs and concept of qi and blood as well as the theory of human body in Yilin Gaicuo (Correction on Errors in Medical Classics), although many viewpoints of theories of Wang Qingren deviates from that of traditional Chinese Medicine, they inherits the qi and blood concept, the core theory of Chinese Medicine. Therefore, the theories belong to the theoretical scope of Chinese Medicine. The root of "Fallacious theory, effective prescription" is in the heritage of the qi and blood concept. The set view of Wang Qingren in criticizing the theories of traditional Chinese Medicine and establishing new theories revealed in this process possesses the significance of revelation to the contemporary Chinese Medicine. PMID:17278444

  16. [Analysis of Wang Shuhe's academic contribution and epistemology].

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    Meng, Qin-Yun

    2010-11-01

    Wang Shuhe is considered to be Zhang Zhongjing's disciple according to four reasons: A. the acquaintance of Yu Jiaxi and Fan Xingzhun and others. B. the close relation of Wang Shuhe and Wei Xun. C. Zhang Zhongjing's complete works kept by Wang Shuhe and Wang Shuhe's autobiography. D. the record in Maijing and that Wang Shuhe called Zhang Zhongjing master. It was speculated that Wang Shuhe was the minister of imperial medical affairs of the Wu Kingdom from the title of the emperor's reign recorded by Huang Fumi and Jingzhou's attribution. He contributed to Traditional Chinese Medicine in three aspects-preserving and classifying Zhang Zhongjng's complete works; preserving literature on pulse diagnosis, writing Maijing and standardizing methods for pulse-taking; and advancing the concept of syndrome and Bianzheng (transmutation with steaming in infant feverish perspiration), probing the theory of feverish diseases, and people's well-being, demonstrating the spirit of Bianzhenglunzhi. PMID:21223699

  17. Weighted Lin-Wang tests for crossing hazards.

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    Koziol, James A; Jia, Zhenyu

    2014-01-01

    Lin and Wang have introduced a quadratic version of the logrank test, appropriate for situations in which the underlying survival distributions may cross. In this note, we generalize the Lin-Wang procedure to incorporate weights and investigate the performance of Lin and Wang's test and weighted versions in various scenarios. We find that weighting does increase statistical power in certain situations; however, none of the procedures was dominant under every scenario. PMID:24795776

  18. Analysis of parameters probability on Zhang-Wang signature scheme

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    Yang, Weiping; Liu, Chenglian

    2014-10-01

    Zhang and Wang proposed an improved signature scheme without using one-way hash functions. In this paper, we analyze the odd and even probability of signature parameters in Zhang-Wang signature scheme, which combined with Boolean algebra, such as bitwise exclusive-or (XOR). Furthermore, it is pointed out that we can use them for attacks.

  19. Bridging η2 -BO in B2(BO)3(-) and B3(BO)3(-) clusters: boronyl analogs of boranes.

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Guo, Jin-Chang; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2011-10-01

    Anion photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical calculations are combined to probe the structures and chemical bonding of two boron-rich oxide clusters, B(5)O(3)(-) and B(6)O(3)(-), which are shown to be appropriately formulated as B(2)(BO)(3)(-) and B(3)(BO)(3)(-), respectively. The anion clusters are found to each possess a bridging η(2)-BO group, as well as two terminal BO groups and are analogs of B(2)H(3)(-) and B(3)H(3)(-). This finding advances the boronyl chemistry and helps establish the isolobal analogy between boron-rich oxide clusters and boranes. PMID:21954002

  20. Beauty and physics: 13 important contributions of Chen Ning Yang

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    Shi, Yu

    2014-06-01

    In 2012, Chen Ning Yang received a 90th birthday gift in the form of a black cube inscribed with his 13 most important contributions, which cover four major areas of physics: statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics, particle physics and field theory. We briefly describe these 13 contributions and make general comments about Yang's distinctive style as a trailblazing leader in research.

  1. [Study of dates of birth and death of WANG Tao].

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    Song, Zhen-Min

    2011-03-01

    The dates of birth and death of WANG Tao, a famous doctor in Tang dynasty, are not found in literature and scholars have different points upon this subject. It could be sure that WANG Tao was appointed mayor of Huayuan county in the ninth year of Kaiyuan period (721) and in December of the fourteenth year of Tianbao period (756) he the revolt in Hejian. The recording after 756 could not be found in literature. According to the official system in Tang dynasty that officers retired at their age of 70, it could be sure that WANG Tao was less than 70 year old in 756. Considering his age when he was the county mayor in 721, it could be speculated that WANG Tao was born during the third year of Chuigong period (687) to the second year of Changshou period (693), and his death date should be some date after 756. But it couldn't be validated. PMID:21624275

  2. Chemical gas-dynamics beyond Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck's kinetics

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    Kolesnichenko, Evgeniy G.; Gorbachev, Yuriy E.

    2014-12-09

    Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck equation does not give possibility to take into account intermolecular processes such as redistribution of the energy among different degrees of freedom. The modification of the generalized Wang Chang-Uhlenbeck equation including such processes is proposed. It allows to study for instance the kinetics of non-radiative transitions. Limitations of this approach are connected with the requirements of absence of polarization of rotational momentum and phases of intermolecular vibrations.

  3. Massively parallel Wang Landau sampling on multiple GPUs

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    Yin, Junqi; Landau, D. P.

    2012-01-01

    Wang Landau sampling is implemented on the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) with the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA). Performances on three different GPU cards, including the new generation Fermi architecture card, are compared with that on a Central Processing Unit (CPU). The parameters for massively parallel Wang Landau sampling are tuned in order to achieve fast convergence. For simulations of the water cluster systems, we obtain an average of over 50 times speedup for a given workload.

  4. Spatial chaos of Wang tiles with two symbols

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    Chen, Jin-Yu; Chen, Yu-Jie; Hu, Wen-Guei; Lin, Song-Sun

    2016-02-01

    This investigation completely classifies the spatial chaos problem in plane edge coloring (Wang tiles) with two symbols. For a set of Wang tiles B , spatial chaos occurs when the spatial entropy h ( B ) is positive. B is called a minimal cycle generator if P ( B ) ≠ 0̸ and P ( B ' ) = 0̸ whenever B ' ⫋ B , where P ( B ) is the set of all periodic patterns on ℤ2 generated by B . Given a set of Wang tiles B , write B = C 1 ∪ C 2 ∪ ⋯ ∪ C k ∪ N , where Cj, 1 ≤ j ≤ k, are minimal cycle generators and B contains no minimal cycle generator except those contained in C1∪C2∪⋯∪Ck. Then, the positivity of spatial entropy h ( B ) is completely determined by C1∪C2∪⋯∪Ck. Furthermore, there are 39 equivalence classes of marginal positive-entropy sets of Wang tiles and 18 equivalence classes of saturated zero-entropy sets of Wang tiles. For a set of Wang tiles B , h ( B ) is positive if and only if B contains a MPE set, and h ( B ) is zero if and only if B is a subset of a SZE set.

  5. Dynamic states of a unidirectional ring of chen oscillators

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    Carvalho, Ana

    2015-03-10

    We study curious dynamical patterns appearing in a network of a unidirectional ring of Chen oscillators coupled to a ‘buffer’ cell. The network has Z{sub 3} exact symmetry group. We simulate the coupled cell systems associated to the two networks and obtain steady-states, rotating waves, quasiperiodic behavior, and chaos. The different patterns appear to arise through a sequence of Hopf, period-doubling and period-halving bifurcations. The network architecture appears to explain some patterns, whereas the properties of the chaotic oscillator may explain others. We use XPPAUT and MATLAB to compute numerically the relevant states.

  6. HyBoLT Flight Experiment

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    Chen, Fang-Jeng (Frank); Berry, Scott A.

    2010-01-01

    HyBoLT was a Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition flight experiment funded by the Hypersonics Project of the Fundamental Aeronautics Program in NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The HyBoLT test article mounted on the top of the ALV X-1 rocket was launched from Virginia's Wallops Island on August 22, 2008. Unfortunately a problem in the rocket's flight control system caused the vehicle to veer off the designed flight course. Launch officials activated a self-destruct mechanism in the rocket's nose cone after 20 seconds into flight. This report is a closeout document about the HyBoLT flight experiment. Details are provided of the objectives and approach associated with this experimental program as well as the 20 seconds flight data acquired before the vehicle was destroyed.

  7. Asiago classification of ASASSN-15bo

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    Benetti, S.; Tomasella, L.; Cappellaro, E.; Elias-Rosa, N.; Ochner, P.; Pastorello, A.; Tartaglia, L.; Terreran, G.; Turatto, M.

    2015-02-01

    The Asiago Transient Classification Program (Tomasella et al. 2014, AN, 335, 841) reports the spectroscopic observation of ASASSN-15bo (ATel #6989). The observation was performed with the Asiago 1.82m Copernico Telescope (+AFOSC; range 340-820 nm; resolution 1.4 nm), equipped with the CCD Andor IKON L936.

  8. Registration of ‘BoMaster’ switchgrass

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    'BoMaster' switchgrass [Panicum virgatum L.] (Reg. no. CV-_____, PI 645256) was cooperatively developed by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service and the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University and released in 2006. The incorporation and preservation of the uniq...

  9. "Qi Yuling v. Chen Xiaoqi et al.": Judicial Interpretation by the Supreme People's Court

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    Chinese Education and Society, 2006

    2006-01-01

    This article presents a reply to an inquiry regarding the Qi Yuling v. Chen Xiaoqi et al. case. The Supreme People's Court of China stated that by infringing on Qi Yuling's right to select and use her own name, Chen Xiaoqi et al. have violated Qi Yuling's fundamental constitutional right to education and have caused actual damages. Therefore, the…

  10. Minister Wang Wei on family planning policy and population aging.

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    1987-01-01

    Mr. Wang Wei, Minister-in-Charge of the State Family Planning Commission, was interviewed by the correspondent of the magazine "Outlook Weekly" on the 16th of last July in Beijing. Mr. Wang Wei said that the aging process of China's population could not be separated from the family planning program which was an important factor leading to China's population aging. He also said that population aging in China would have its limit as any development does. The aging of China's population is the manifestation of the contradiction between the unplanned and planned reproduction of its population. Population aging will disappear as soon as the contradiction is settled. Since the aging of China's population is caused by the decrease of children, one cannot only see the social burden aggravated by the relative increase in elderly population but should also see the social burden alleviated by the decrease in the absolute number of children. Only by doing so can one see the whole picture. The allegation made by some people that the social dependency ratio would increase due to population aging is groundless. Mr. Wang Wei does not agree with the viewpoint that China may relax its policy of family planning to some extent on the ground that population aging causes the decrease in the total social dependency ratio so as to ease the difficulties brought about by the rapid population aging. The basic state policy of striving to quadruple the gross output value of industry and agriculture and to control China's population at about 1.2 billion at the end of the century is the correct policy to solve the problem of population aging in China, and it is also the only alternative. PMID:12268533

  11. BoF - Python in Astronomy

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    Barrett, P. E.

    This BoF will be chaired by Paul Barrett and will begin with an introduction to Python in astronomy, be followed by reports of current Python projects, and conclude with a discussion about the current state of Python in astronomy. The introduction will give a brief overview of the language, highlighting modules, resources, and aspects of the language that are important to scientific programming and astronomical data analysis. The closing discussion will provide an opportunity for questions and comments.

  12. Phonon spectra and temperature variation of bulk properties of Cu, Ag, Au and Pt using Sutton-Chen and modified Sutton-Chen potentials

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    Januszko, A.; Bose, S. K.

    2015-07-01

    Three potentials of the Finnis-Sinclair type are studied with regard to their suitability for predicting bulk thermal and elastic properties of fcc metals Cu, Ag, Au and Pt over a wide temperature range. We start with a particular parametrization of the Finnis-Sinclair model known as the Sutton-Chen potential and a later version of the same, known as the quantum Sutton-Chen potential. The quasiharmonic lattice dynamics method is used to study the temperature variation of the thermodynamic properties. Both models are found to yield poor results for thermal expansion, which can be traced to rapid softening of transverse phonon frequencies with increasing lattice parameter. The form of the Sutton-Chen potential is modified here to seek improvement in the agreement between quasiharmonic calculations and experimental data. It is found that the modified potential better predicts bulk properties in nearly all cases studied. Significant improvement is seen over the Sutton-Chen potential, while lesser but still substantial improvement is observed over the Quantum-Sutton Chen potential.

  13. Case 1. "Qi Yuling v. Chen Xiaoqi et al.": Opinion by the Higher People's Court of Shandong Province

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    Chinese Education and Society, 2006

    2006-01-01

    This article presents the details of Qi Yuling v. Chen Xiaoqi et al case. The plaintiff Qi Yuling filed a lawsuit at the Intermediate People's Court in Zaozhuang, Shandong against defendants Chen Xiaoqi, Chen Kezheng, Jining Business School in Shandong ("Jining Business School"), the Eighth Middle School of Tengzhou, Shandong ("Tengzhou Eighth…

  14. B2(BO)6 0/- and B 2(BS) 6 0/- doubly bridged structures containing BO or BS as ligands.

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    Li, Da-Zhi; Li, Si-Dian

    2014-09-01

    The investigation on the geometrical and electronic properties of B(2)(BO)(6) (0/-) and B(2)(BS)(6) (0/-) has been performed by density functional theory (DFT) using the B3LYP and BP86 methods. The chemical bonding in B(2)A(6) (A = H, BO, and BS) series is elucidated through the recently developed adaptive natural density partitioning (AdNDP). D(2h) B(2)(BO)(6) and B(2)(BS)(6) were found to possess two bridging η (2)-BO or η (2)-BS groups, as well as four terminal BO or BS groups that are analogs of diborane B(2)H(6). D(2)h B(2)(BO)(6) (-) and B(2)(BS)(6) (-) with two bridging η (2)-BO or η (2)-BS groups which are more stable than their corresponding D(3d) structures. The binding energy of B(2)(BO)(6) and B(2)(BS)(6) with respect to B(2)(BO)(6) (D2h) → 2B(BO)(3) (D(3h)) and B(2)(BS)(6)(D(2h)) → 2B(BS)(3) (D(3h)) are estimated to be (△)E = 19.8 and 40.6 kcal mol(-1) at CCSD(T)//B3LYP level, respectively. This finding advances the boronyl chemistry and helps establish the isolobal analogy between boron-rich oxide clusters and boranes. PMID:25159274

  15. Comment on ''Sensitivity Analysis and Determination of Streambed Leakance and Aquifer Hydraulic Properties'' by Xunhong Chen and Xi Chen, Journal of Hydrology, 2003, v.284, 270-284

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    Kollet, S

    2004-05-17

    Recently, studies of the Platte River watershed have gained significant attention from federal and Nebraska, USA, state agencies due to the importance of groundwater/surface-water interactions under drought conditions. Using archive data from a 1983 pumping test, Chen and Chen (2003) interpret the hydraulic properties of the alluvium and a streambed of the Platte River near Kearney, Nebraska, and compare their data with results of other studies performed over the past several years. Three important inconsistencies of this article will be highlighted here: (1) misuse of the analytical model of Hunt (1999), (2) departure of their results from previously published data, and (3) unsatisfactory explanation of these anomalous results.

  16. Aesthetic use of BoNT: Options and outcomes.

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    Gendler, Ellen; Nagler, Arielle

    2015-12-01

    There are a multitude of uses for BoNT in the aesthetic realm. Efficacy has been shown in softening glabellar creases, crows feet, forehead rhytides, and in correcting facial asymmetries, including mild eyelid ptosis. Facial shape can be altered through injections of BoNT into masseter, and smiles can be altered with BoNT. Clinical examples of the above will be shown, as well as adverse outcomes with inaccurate injection techniques. PMID:26368007

  17. Ke Wang, a Chinese television soap opera with a message.

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    Wang, M; Singhal, A

    1992-01-01

    The Chinese soap opera, Ke Wang, was created by Li Xiaoming between August 1989 and June 1990 and produced at a cost of US$4650 per episode. The characters were drawn from everyday ordinary Chinese life: a traditional and open-minded and caring woman, a typical mother who works hard and loves her children, a highly educated upwardly mobile man who divorces his wife, a professor criticized during the Cultural Revolution, a doctor prejudiced against ordinary people, a kind honest man who marries the divorcee, a friend of the divorcee, a man who is optimistic in spite of bad experiences during the Cultural Revolution, and an excellent medical doctor who also resolves conflicts. The program was very popular, even among Communists, because of its value-based content, the real-life nature of the show, the change from highly restricted programming, the elaborate and supportive media coverage, and dialogue which closely matches audience preferences. The show has been aired by over 100 stations to date and has reached a total estimated audience of 550 million. The sale of television sets has increased since the show's appearance. The script reflects the conflicts between traditional and modern Chinese values. Pro-social values and behaviors are learned from the role models depicted; examples are given of immediate social impact. Ke Wang was a by-product of the Beijing Television Arts Center's interest in designing television programs that are relevant to the lives of ordinary people. The 60-minute scripts dealt with issues such as the status of women, social morality, family harmony, class conflict, responsible parenthood, maintenance of traditional culture, volunteerism, child development, and coping with physical disability. The Chinese government hailed Ke Wang as model television and awarded US$20,000 in prize money to the producers. The Chinese government is planning to produce other entertainment-education soap operas, which raises the problem of blatant, political

  18. Bridge Between the Hyperchaotic Lorenz System and the Hyperchaotic Chen System

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    Ma, Chao; Wang, Xingyuan

    This paper presents a novel unified hyperchaotic system that contains the hyperchaotic Lorenz system and the hyperchaotic Chen system as two dual systems at the two extremes of its parameter spectrum. The new system is hyperchaotic over almost the whole range of the system parameter and continuously transfers from the hyperchaotic Lorenz system to the hyperchaotic Chen system. The new findings are not only demonstrated by computer simulations but also verified with bifurcation analysis, Lyapunov exponents and Lyapunov dimension.

  19. Synthetic lipophilic antioxidant BO-653 suppresses HCV replication.

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    Yasui, Fumihiko; Sudoh, Masayuki; Arai, Masaaki; Kohara, Michinori

    2013-02-01

    The influence of the intracellular redox state on the hepatitis C virus (HCV) life cycle is poorly understood. This study demonstrated the anti-HCV activity of 2,3-dihydro-5-hydroxy-2,2-dipentyl-4,6-di-tert-butylbenzofuran (BO-653), a synthetic lipophilic antioxidant, and examined whether BO-653's antioxidant activity is integral to its anti-HCV activity. The anti-HCV activity of BO-653 was investigated in HuH-7 cells bearing an HCV subgenomic replicon (FLR3-1 cells) and in HuH-7 cells infected persistently with HCV (RMT-tri cells). BO-653 inhibition of HCV replication was also compared with that of several hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidants. BO-653 suppressed HCV replication in FLR3-1 and RMT-tri cells in a concentration-dependent manner. The lipophilic antioxidants had stronger anti-HCV activities than the hydrophilic antioxidants, and BO-653 displayed the strongest anti-HCV activity of all the antioxidants examined. Therefore, the anti-HCV activity of BO-653 was examined in chimeric mice harboring human hepatocytes infected with HCV. The combination treatment of BO-653 and polyethylene glycol-conjugated interferon-α (PEG-IFN) decreased serum HCV RNA titer more than that seen with PEG-IFN alone. These findings suggest that both the lipophilic property and the antioxidant activity of BO-653 play an important role in the inhibition of HCV replication. PMID:23192857

  20. Multiple Walkers in the Wang-Landau Algorithm

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    Brown, G

    2005-12-28

    The mean cost for converging an estimated density of states using the Wang-Landau algorithm is measured for the Ising and Heisenberg models. The cost increases in a power-law fashion with the number of spins, with an exponent near 3 for one-dimensional models, and closer to 2.4 for two-dimensional models. The effect of multiple, simultaneous walkers on the cost is also measured. For the one-dimensional Ising model the cost can increase with the number of walkers for large systems. For both the Ising and Heisenberg models in two-dimensions, no adverse impact on the cost is observed. Thus multiple walkers is a strategy that should scale well in a parallel computing environment for many models of magnetic materials.

  1. Wang-Landau simulation of Gō model molecules.

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    Böker, Arne; Paul, Wolfgang

    2016-01-01

    Gō-like models are one of the oldest protein modeling concepts in computational physics and have proven their value over and over for forty years. The essence of a Gō model is to define a native contact matrix for a well-defined low-energy polymer configuration, e.g., the native state in the case of proteins or peptides. Many different potential shapes and many different cut-off distances in the definition of this native contact matrix have been proposed and applied. We investigate here the physical consequences of the choice for this cut-off distance in the Gō models derived for a square-well tangent sphere homopolymer chain. For this purpose we are performing flat-histogram Monte Carlo simulations of Wang-Landau type, obtaining the thermodynamic and structural properties of such models over the complete temperature range. Differences and similarities with Gō models for proteins and peptides are discussed. PMID:26810395

  2. Improving Wang-Landau sampling with adaptive windows

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    Cunha-Netto, A. G.; Caparica, A. A.; Tsai, Shan-Ho; Dickman, Ronald; Landau, D. P.

    2008-11-01

    Wang-Landau sampling (WLS) of large systems requires dividing the energy range into “windows” and joining the results of simulations in each window. The resulting density of states (and associated thermodynamic functions) is shown to suffer from boundary effects in simulations of lattice polymers and the five-state Potts model. Here, we implement WLS using adaptive windows. Instead of defining fixed energy windows (or windows in the energy-magnetization plane for the Potts model), the boundary positions depend on the set of energy values on which the histogram is flat at a given stage of the simulation. Shifting the windows each time the modification factor f is reduced, we eliminate border effects that arise in simulations using fixed windows. Adaptive windows extend significantly the range of system sizes that may be studied reliably using WLS.

  3. The Receptor Binding Domain of Botulinum Neurotoxin Serotype A (BoNT/A) Inhibits BoNT/A and BoNT/E Intoxications In Vivo

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    Ben David, Alon; Diamant, Eran; Barnea, Ada; Rosen, Osnat; Torgeman, Amram

    2013-01-01

    The receptor binding domain of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT), also designated the C terminus of the heavy chain (HC), is a promising vaccine candidate against botulism. In this study, a highly efficient expression system for the protein was developed in Escherichia coli, which provided yields that were 1 order of magnitude higher than those reported to date (350 mg HC per liter). The product was highly immunogenic, protecting mice from a challenge with 105 50% lethal dose (LD50) after a single vaccination and generating a neutralizing titer of 49.98 IU/ml after three immunizations. In addition, a single boost with HC increased neutralizing titers by up to 1 order of magnitude in rabbits hyperimmunized against toxoid. Moreover, we demonstrate here for the first time in vivo inhibition of BoNT/A intoxication by HC/A, presumably due to a blockade of the neurotoxin protein receptor SV2. Administration of HC/A delayed the time to death from 10.4 to 27.3 h in mice exposed to a lethal dose of BoNT/A (P = 0.0005). Since BoNT/A and BoNT/E partially share SV2 isoforms as their protein receptors, the ability of HC/A to cross-inhibit BoNT/E intoxication was evaluated. The administration of HC/A together with BoNT/E led to 50% survival and significantly delayed the time to death for the nonsurviving mice (P = 0.003). Furthermore, a combination of HC/A and a subprotective dose of antitoxin E fully protected mice against 850 mouse LD50 of BoNT/E, suggesting complementary mechanisms of protection consisting of toxin neutralization by antibodies and receptor blocking by HC/A. PMID:23761665

  4. Low-energy BO and BO 2 emission from H 2BO 3 sputtered in a low-pressure high-frequency SNMS plasma

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    Jenett, Holger; Ai, Xingtao; Hodoroaba, Vasile-Dan; Iga, Ione; Mu Tao, Lee

    1999-07-01

    Background corrected secondary neutral energy spectra derived from Cu powder pellets with H 3BO 3, MgO, Al 2O 3, TiO 2, Y 2O 3 and ZrO 2, show energy distributions being more or less typical for collision cascades in the cases of the metal ions M +, of O + at energies >5 eV above the ion generation potential, and of the molecules Cu 2+, AlO +, TiO +, YO + and ZrO +, whereas the larger parts of the energy distributions of BO +and BO 2+exhibit a similar shape as the Ar +plasma gas ions. From this, and from the background of the low decomposition and melting temperatures of H 3BO 3 and B 2O 3, respectively, we conclude that the detected BO and BO 2 molecules have been emitted with thermal energies in processes implying lower energies than collision cascades. Evidence was found that the same holds for HBO 2 and H 2BO 2. In order to obtain relative correction factors for MO + molecular ion intensities, electron impact ionization cross sections have been calculated for the light MO molecules using the binary-encounter Bethe (BEB) formula, and for the respective metal M atoms by means of the semiempirical Lotz formula. For the heavy MO molecules YO and ZrO, cross sections have been estimated using the Thomson formula. The comparison of corrected relative MO/M and M/Cu intensities yields evidence that thermal (H)BO x emission amounts to the same order of magnitude as B emission from collision cascades, and that this situation is comparable to the high yield of MO molecules emitted in collision cascades from oxides with high M masses. Since the normal energy window of an HF-plasma secondary neutral mass spectrometer does not accept particles with originally thermal energies, it is concluded that these findings are relevant for quantification.

  5. Growth and characterization of acentric BaHf(BO3)2 and BaZr(BO3)2

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Gągor, Anna; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-05-01

    Growth, single crystal X-ray diffraction, polarized Raman and infrared (IR) studies of BaHf(BO3)2 are presented. Raman and IR spectra of polycrystalline BaZr(BO3)2 are also reported to facilitate assignment of modes. BaHf(BO3)2 borate crystallizes in trigonal system, space group R3c, with lattice parameters: a=5.1540(4) Å, c=33.901(3) Å. It accommodates dolomite-like structure doubled in the c direction, which is built of alternating layers of HfO6 octahedra and BaO6 distorted trigonal prisms that are connected through borate groups. The obtained structural as well as spectroscopic data show that BaHf(BO3)2 is isostructural with BaZr(BO3)2 and the deviations from centrosymmetry is small.

  6. [Mr. Wang Le-ting: a master of acupuncture].

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    Niu, Xue-Song; Wang, Fan

    2012-11-01

    Mr. WANG Le-ting attaches great importance to accurate differentiation of syndromes, strict selection of acupoints, technique and direction of needle insertion, clear reinforcing and reducing methods after the appearance of needling sensations, proper opportunities of manipulations as well as needle withdrawal techniques, and reasonable application of acupuncture and moxibustion respectively. The above mentioned principles are known as his "5 agreements". He emphasizes that the selection of acupoints should be "in accordance with both the meridians and the accurate location of the points", and "needling sensation is necessary for each point". He holds that the back-shu points of the five-zang organs and Geshu (BL 17) can be adopted for patient with deficiency of qi, blood, yin and yang. In the aspect of acupoint theory, he insists the accurate location of Xuanzhong (GB 39). He also adjusts the locations of Huatuo Jiaji (EX-B 2) points, and finds the location of the new Dubi (ST 35). For easier applications, he divides the functions of acupoints into different schools of qi, blood, cold, heat, deficiency, excess, wind and dampness. And 41 combinations of acupoints are also invented as innovation. He is always strict to his students, instructing and influencing them by his own words and deeds. He is always conscientious and meticulous, which benefit immensely his followers, and remains a lot of precious experiences for the later generations. PMID:23214000

  7. The Structure of the Kac-Wang-Yan Algebra

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    Linshaw, Andrew R.

    2015-11-01

    The Lie algebra D of regular differential operators on the circle has a universal central extension {hat{D}} . The invariant subalgebra {hat{D}^+} under an involution preserving the principal gradation was introduced by Kac, Wang, and Yan. The vacuum {hat{D}^+} -module with central charge {c in C} , and its irreducible quotient {V}_c, possess vertex algebra structures, and {V}_c has a nontrivial structure if and only if c in 1/2 Z. We show that for each integer {n > 0} , V_{n/2} and V_{-n} are W -algebras of types W(2, 4,dots,2n) and W(2, 4,dots, 2n^2 + 4n), respectively. These results are formal consequences of Weyl's first and second fundamental theorems of invariant theory for the orthogonal group {O(n)} and the symplectic group {Sp(2n)} , respectively. Based on Sergeev's theorems on the invariant theory of {Osp(1, 2n)} we conjecture that V_{-n+1/2} is of type W(2, 4,dots, 4n^2 + 8n + 2), and we prove this for {n = 1} . As an application, we show that invariant subalgebras of {βγ} -systems and free fermion algebras under arbitrary reductive group actions are strongly finitely generated.

  8. The Structure of the Kac-Wang-Yan Algebra

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    Linshaw, Andrew R.

    2016-07-01

    The Lie algebra {mathcal{D}} of regular differential operators on the circle has a universal central extension {hat{mathcal{D}}}. The invariant subalgebra {hat{mathcal{D}}^+} under an involution preserving the principal gradation was introduced by Kac, Wang, and Yan. The vacuum {hat{mathcal{D}}^+}-module with central charge {c in mathbb{C}}, and its irreducible quotient {mathcal{V}_c}, possess vertex algebra structures, and {mathcal{V}_c} has a nontrivial structure if and only if {c in 1/2mathbb{Z}}. We show that for each integer {n > 0}, {mathcal{V}_{n/2}} and {mathcal{V}_{-n}} are {mathcal{W}}-algebras of types {mathcal{W}(2, 4,dots,2n)} and {mathcal{W}(2, 4,dots, 2n^2 + 4n)}, respectively. These results are formal consequences of Weyl's first and second fundamental theorems of invariant theory for the orthogonal group {O(n)} and the symplectic group {Sp(2n)}, respectively. Based on Sergeev's theorems on the invariant theory of {Osp(1, 2n)} we conjecture that {mathcal{V}_{-n+1/2}} is of type {mathcal{W}(2, 4,dots, 4n^2 + 8n + 2)}, and we prove this for {n = 1}. As an application, we show that invariant subalgebras of {βγ}-systems and free fermion algebras under arbitrary reductive group actions are strongly finitely generated.

  9. [Research on Wang Mengying's theory of nourishing - Yin and protecting - fluid].

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    Feng, Chonglian

    2002-01-01

    As a famous physician of Zhejiang and Jiangsu in the late Qing dynasty, Wang Mengying was especially conversant with Wen Bing (Warm Disease). By reading Wang's works and his 16 - volume clinical case records now extant, it can be held that the clinical career of Wang was penetrated with the idea of nourishing - yin and protecting - fluid, which can be summarized into as. plain nourishing, reducing yang to nourish yin, activating Qi and distributing fluid, and protection prior to having been injured. PMID:12015060

  10. Structure of the BoNT/A1--receptor complex.

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    Benoit, Roger M; Frey, Daniel; Wieser, Mara M; Thieltges, Katherine M; Jaussi, Rolf; Capitani, Guido; Kammerer, Richard A

    2015-12-01

    Botulinum neurotoxin A causes botulism but is also used for medical and cosmetic applications. A detailed molecular understanding of BoNT/A--host receptor interactions is therefore fundamental for improving current clinical applications and for developing new medical strategies targeting human disorders. Towards this end, we recently solved an X-ray crystal structure of BoNT/A1 in complex with its neuronal protein receptor SV2C. Based on our findings, we discuss the potential implications for BoNT/A function. PMID:26260692

  11. Generalizing Swendsen-Wang to sampling arbitrary posterior probabilities.

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    Barbu, Adrian; Zhu, Song-Chun

    2005-08-01

    Many vision tasks can be formulated as graph partition problems that minimize energy functions. For such problems, the Gibbs sampler provides a general solution but is very slow, while other methods, such as Ncut and graph cuts are computationally effective but only work for specific energy forms and are not generally applicable. In this paper, we present a new inference algorithm that generalizes the Swendsen-Wang method to arbitrary probabilities defined on graph partitions. We begin by computing graph edge weights, based on local image features. Then, the algorithm iterates two steps. 1) Graph clustering: It forms connected components by cutting the edges probabilistically based on their weights. 2) Graph relabeling: It selects one connected component and flips probabilistically, the coloring of all vertices in the component simultaneously. Thus, it realizes the split, merge, and regrouping of a "chunk" of the graph, in contrast to Gibbs sampler that flips a single vertex. We prove that this algorithm simulates ergodic and reversible Markov chain jumps in the space of graph partitions and is applicable to arbitrary posterior probabilities or energy functions defined on graphs. We demonstrate the algorithm on two typical problems in computer vision--image segmentation and stereo vision. Experimentally, we show that it is 100-400 times faster in CPU time than the classical Gibbs sampler and 20-40 times faster then the DDMCMC segmentation algorithm. For stereo, we compare performance with graph cuts and belief propagation. We also show that our algorithm can automatically infer generative models and obtain satisfactory results (better than the graphic cuts or belief propagation) in the same amount of time. PMID:16119263

  12. Role of the BO bond in the reaction dynamics of BO+H 2→HBO+H

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    Sogas, J.; Albertí, M.; Giménez, X.; Aguilar, A.

    2001-10-01

    An extensive quasiclassical trajectory study of the dynamics of the title reaction has been carried out on a six-dimensional, analytical potential energy surface, with the goal of understanding the role of the BO bond. For this purpose, trajectories for different hypothetical isotopes of the BO molecule have been calculated, for selected rovibrational levels of the reactants, at low and moderate collision energies. For all these cases, a clear departure from the BO bond spectator behaviour, as well as an unexpected role of hindered rotation normal modes at the transition state, is found.

  13. A new paradigm for petascale Monte Carlo simulation: Replica exchange Wang Landau sampling

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    Li, Ying Wai; Vogel, Thomas; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    We introduce a generic, parallel Wang Landau method that is naturally suited to implementation on massively parallel, petaflop supercomputers. The approach introduces a replica-exchange framework in which densities of states for overlapping sub-windows in energy space are determined iteratively by traditional Wang Landau sampling. The advantages and general applicability of the method are demonstrated for several distinct systems that possess discrete or continuous degrees of freedom, including those with complex free energy landscapes and topological constraints.

  14. On the Prediction of Separation Bubbles Using a Modified Chen-Thyson Model

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    Platzer, Max F.; Ekaterinaris, John A.; Chandrasekhara, M. S.

    2007-01-01

    The prediction of separation bubbles on NACA 65-213 and NACA 0012 using a modified Chen-Thyson transition model is presented. The contents include: 1) Background; 2) Analysis of NACA 65-213 separation bubble using cebeci's viscous-inviscid interaction method; 3) Analysis of NACA 0012 separation bubble using navier-stokes method; and 4) Comparison with experiment.

  15. Biological activity of BO-1236, a new antipseudomonal cephalosporin.

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    Nakagawa, S; Sanada, M; Matsuda, K; Hazumi, N; Tanaka, N

    1987-01-01

    BO-1236, a new cephalosporin having an N-methyl-5,6-dihydroxyisoindolinium moiety on the 3-methylene of the cephem, showed potent activity against gram-negative organisms, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The in vitro activity of BO-1236 was superior or comparable to that of ceftazidime, cefotaxime, and cefoperazone in susceptibility tests with clinical isolates. BO-1236 was significantly more active than ceftazidime against P. aeruginosa strains susceptible or resistant to ceftazidime or gentamicin or both. MBCs were usually close to MICs, both of which were influenced by inoculum size to about the same degree as those of the other beta-lactams. BO-1236 was stable to all types of beta-lactamases except type I oxyiminocephalosporin-hydrolyzing enzyme, by which BO-1236 was slightly hydrolyzed. BO-1236 showed protective activity superior to that of ceftazidime and cefotaxime in experimental infections in mice caused by two strains of P. aeruginosa and showed activity comparable to that of ceftazidime and cefotaxime against other gram-negative bacterial infections. PMID:3116919

  16. Level of chemical and microbiological contaminations in chili bo (paste).

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    Zaini, Nurul Aqilah Mohd; Harith, Hanis Hazeera; Olusesan, Akanbi Taiwo; Zulkifli, Anwarul Hidayah; Bakar, Fatimah Abu; Osman, Azizah; Hamid, Azizah Abd; Saari, Nazamid

    2010-03-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the level of preservatives and microbiological loads in various brands of commercially available chili bo (paste). Fifteen different brands of chili bo obtained from the local market and hypermarkets were analyzed for pH, moisture and benzoic acid content, microbiological loads (aerobic, anaerobic, aerobic spores, and fungi), and thermophilic microorganisms. Results showed that both moisture content and pH vary among samples. The concentrations of benzoic acid detected in chili bo were found to be in the range of 537 to 5,435 mg/kg. Nine of fifteen brands were found to exceed the maximum level permitted by the Malaysian Food Law in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius (1,000 mg/kg for benzoic acid). An apparent correlation between benzoic acid concentration and microbiological loads present in the chili bo was observed. The microbiological loads were found to be relatively low in the end products containing high amounts of benzoic acid. The heat-resistant (70 to 80 degrees C) microorganisms present in chili bo were identified as Ochrobacterum tritici, Stenotrophomonas rhizophila, Microbacterium maritypicum, Roseomonas spp., CDC group II-E subgroup A, Flavimonas oryzihabitans, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with M. maritypicum being the most frequently found (in 9 of 15 samples) microorganism. Most of these identified microorganisms were not known to cause foodborne illnesses. PMID:20202342

  17. [Mr. Chen Ying-long of chengjiang acupuncture school: a brief introduction].

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    Zhu, An-Ning; Zhang, Jian-Bin; Sun, Xiao-Zhong; Meng, Xian-Jun

    2012-11-01

    Through consultation of the historical literatures on Mr. CHEN Ying-long, investigating his teaching experiences in Xiamen Hospital of TCM and Xiamen University, the characteristics of his educational idea on acupuncture-moxibustion, are found as follows: great significance is found in the dissemination of Chengjiang acupuncture school in Minnan area of China and abroad through the combination of the succession of education from a masters to disciples and the classroom teaching; importance is attached to medical ethics, and priority is put on building up ethics and teaching by precept and example. In order to inherit the Chengjiang acupuncture school, Mr. CHEN focuses on fostering a proper studying method, emphasizes on the basic skills of acupuncture, reinforces clinical practice and techniques, edits books, and imparts knowledge and solves doubts. PMID:23214002

  18. A Class of Integer Order and Fractional Order Hyperchaotic Systems via the Chen System

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    Xu, Fei

    2016-06-01

    In this article, we investigate the generation of a class of hyperchaotic systems via the Chen chaotic system using both integer order and fractional order differential equation systems. Based on the Chen chaotic system, we designed a system with four nonlinear ordinary differential equations. For different parameter sets, the trajectory of the system may diverge or display a hyperchaotic attractor with double wings. By linearizing the ordinary differential equation system with divergent trajectory and designing proper switching controls, we obtain a chaotic attractor. Similar phenomenon has also been observed in linearizing the hyperchaotic system. The corresponding fractional order systems are also considered. Our investigation indicates that, switching control can be applied to either linearized chaotic or nonchaotic differential equation systems to create chaotic attractor.

  19. Detection of Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) DNA in the Cell Fraction of Milk of Dairy Cattle with History of BoHV-4 Infection

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    Donofrio, Gaetano; Flammini, Cesidio Filippo; Scatozza, Franco; Cavirani, Sandro

    2000-01-01

    We have demonstrated, by PCR and restriction enzyme analysis of the PCR product, the presence of bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) DNA in the cell fraction of milk from dairy cattle with a history of BoHV-4 infection. We next evaluated the infectious nature of BoHV-4 DNA in those cells. Cocultivation of a BoHV-4-sensitive cell line with BoHV-4 DNA-positive milk cell samples produced cytopathic effects. The same result was obtained from frozen and thawed milk cell fraction coming from the cell milk fraction PCR-positive cows, ensuring that cells were killed and only infectious virus could be recovered after cocultivation with sensitive cells. This report shows that infectious BoHV-4 can be present in milk cells and that therefore nursing may be one of the transmission routes of BoHV-4. PMID:11101621

  20. The evolving magnetic topology of τ Boötis

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    Mengel, M. W.; Fares, R.; Marsden, S. C.; Carter, B. D.; Jeffers, S. V.; Petit, P.; Donati, J.-F.; Folsom, C. P.; the BCool Collaboration

    2016-07-01

    We present six epochs of spectropolarimetric observations of the hot-Jupiter-hosting star τ Boötis that extend the exceptional previous multiyear data set of its large-scale magnetic field. Our results confirm that the large-scale magnetic field of τ Boötis varies cyclicly, with the observation of two further magnetic reversals; between 2013 December and 2014 May and between 2015 January and March. We also show that the field evolves in a broadly solar-type manner in contrast to other F-type stars. We further present new results which indicate that the chromospheric activity cycle and the magnetic activity cycles are related, which would indicate a very rapid magnetic cycle. As an exemplar of long-term magnetic field evolution, τ Boötis and this long-term monitoring campaign presents a unique opportunity for studying stellar magnetic cycles.

  1. The Evolving Magnetic Topology of τ Boötis

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    Fares, M. W. Mengel R.; Marsden, S. C.; Carter, B. D.; Jeffers, S. V.; Petit, P.; Donati, J.-F.; Folsom, C. P.; BCool Collaboration

    2016-04-01

    We present six epochs of spectropolarimetric observations of the hot-Jupiter-hosting star τ Boötis that extend the exceptional previous multi-year data set of its large-scale magnetic field. Our results confirm that the large-scale magnetic field of τ Boötis varies cyclicly, with the observation of two further magnetic reversals; between December 2013 and May 2014 and between January and March 2015. We also show that the field evolves in a broadly solar-type manner in contrast to other F-type stars. We further present new results which indicate that the chromospheric activity cycle and the magnetic activity cycles are related, which would indicate a very rapid magnetic cycle. As an exemplar of long-term magnetic field evolution, τ Boötis and this long-term monitoring campaign presents a unique opportunity for studying stellar magnetic cycles.

  2. Replica-exchange Wang Landau sampling: pushing the limits of Monte Carlo simulations in materials sciences

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    Perera, Meewanage Dilina N; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Vogel, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We describe the study of thermodynamics of materials using replica-exchange Wang Landau (REWL) sampling, a generic framework for massively parallel implementations of the Wang Landau Monte Carlo method. To evaluate the performance and scalability of the method, we investigate the magnetic phase transition in body-centered cubic (bcc) iron using the classical Heisenberg model parameterized with first principles calculations. We demonstrate that our framework leads to a significant speedup without compromising the accuracy and precision and facilitates the study of much larger systems than is possible with its serial counterpart.

  3. Time budgets of Snow Geese Chen caerulescens and Ross's Geese Chen rossii in mixed flocks: Implications of body size, ambient temperature and family associations

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    Jonsson, J.E.; Afton, A.D.

    2009-01-01

    Body size affects foraging and forage intake rates directly via energetic processes and indirectly through interactions with social status and social behaviour. Ambient temperature has a relatively greater effect on the energetics of smaller species, which also generally are more vulnerable to predator attacks than are larger species. We examined variability in an index of intake rates and an index of alertness in Lesser Snow Geese Chen caerulescens caerulescens and Ross's Geese Chen rossii wintering in southwest Louisiana. Specifically we examined variation in these response variables that could be attributed to species, age, family size and ambient temperature. We hypothesized that the smaller Ross's Geese would spend relatively more time feeding, exhibit relatively higher peck rates, spend more time alert or raise their heads up from feeding more frequently, and would respond to declining temperatures by increasing their proportion of time spent feeding. As predicted, we found that Ross's Geese spent more time feeding than did Snow Geese and had slightly higher peck rates than Snow Geese in one of two winters. Ross's Geese spent more time alert than did Snow Geese in one winter, but alert rates differed by family size, independent of species, in contrast to our prediction. In one winter, time spent foraging and walking was inversely related to average daily temperature, but both varied independently of species. Effects of age and family size on time budgets were generally independent of species and in accordance with previous studies. We conclude that body size is a key variable influencing time spent feeding in Ross's Geese, which may require a high time spent feeding at the expense of other activities. ?? 2008 The Authors.

  4. Temperature dependent luminescence characteristics of KBe2BO3F2 and RbBe2BO3F2

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    Martincik, J.; Babin, V.; Liu, L.; Wang, X.; Chen, C. T.; Beitlerova, A.; Mihokova, E.; Nikl, M.

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on a study of the luminescence characteristics of KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) and RbBe2BO3F2(RBBF) crystals in UV/visible spectral range. The KBBF crystals are very popular for their nonlinear optical properties, however they have a potential to be used as scintillators for neutron detection. To determine the effectiveness of KBBF scintillation we combine the results from measurements of optical absorption; radioluminescence; light yield; photoluminescence and decay kinetics in the temperature range 8-330 K. Temperature dependence of luminescence in KBBF crystals is discussed.

  5. Growth and characterization of acentric BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Gągor, Anna; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-05-15

    Growth, single crystal X-ray diffraction, polarized Raman and infrared (IR) studies of BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are presented. Raman and IR spectra of polycrystalline BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are also reported to facilitate assignment of modes. BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} borate crystallizes in trigonal system, space group R3c, with lattice parameters: a=5.1540(4) Å, c=33.901(3) Å. It accommodates dolomite-like structure doubled in the c direction, which is built of alternating layers of HfO{sub 6} octahedra and BaO{sub 6} distorted trigonal prisms that are connected through borate groups. The obtained structural as well as spectroscopic data show that BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is isostructural with BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and the deviations from centrosymmetry is small. - Graphical abstract: Arrangement of BO{sub 3} groups in BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} along the c direction in one unit cell. Dark and light blue denote different borate groups. - Highlights: • BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} single crystals were grown. • X-ray diffraction showed that this borate crystallizes in the acentric R3c structure. • Raman and IR spectra were measured for BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} and BaZr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, respectively. • Assignment of modes is proposed.

  6. Role of bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) in diseases of cattle. Recent findings on BoHV-5 association with genital disease

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    Favier, P.A.; Marin, M.S.; Pérez, S.E.

    2012-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus type 5 (BoHV-5) belongs to the family Herpesviridae, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, genus Varicellovirus. This virus is a major causative agent of non-suppurative meningoencephalitis in young cattle. It was first isolated in 1962 from a neurological disease outbreak in Australia. BoHV-5 is genetically and antigenically related to bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1), a highly prevalent virus responsible for respiratory and genital disease in cattle. Initially, BoHV-5 was considered a subtype of BoHV-1 (BoHV-1.3). However, the exclusive presentation of outbreaks of neurological disease suggested that the virus was a new agent with characteristics of neuropathogenicity. Even though both are neurotropic viruses, only BoHV-5 is capable of replicating extensively in the central nervous system and inducing neurological disease. Occasionally, encephalitis caused by BoHV-1 has been reported. Like other alpha-herpesviruses, BoHV-5 can establish latency in nervous ganglia and, by stress factors or glucocorticoid treatment, latent virus can be reactivated. During episodes of reactivation, the virus is excreted in nasal, ocular and genital secretions and transmitted to other susceptible hosts. Recently, BoHV-5 has been associated with infection of the reproductive tract. The virus has been isolated and the presence of viral DNA has been demonstrated in semen samples from Brazil and Australia and natural transmission of the virus through contaminated semen has also been described. Embryos and oocytes are permissive for BoHV-5 infection and BoHV-5 DNA has been detected in the central nervous system of aborted fetuses. The objective of this review is to compile the limited information on the recent association between BoHV-5 and reproductive disorders in cattle. PMID:26623291

  7. AmeriFlux US-Bo1 Bondville

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    Meyers, Tilden

    2016-01-01

    This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-Bo1 Bondville. Site Description - Agriculture, continuous no-till since 1986, Annual rotation between corn (C4) and soybeans (C3). The field was planted with corn during 2005 and 2007, with soybeans during 2006 and 2008.

  8. AmeriFlux US-Bo2 Bondville (companion site)

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    Bernacchi, Carl

    2016-01-01

    This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-Bo2 Bondville (companion site). Site Description - Located 400m north of Tilden Meyer's site and planted with opposite crop in corn/soybean rotation

  9. FIRST Robotics, Gulfport High, StenniSphere, Bo Clarke, mentor

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    2006-01-01

    Bo Clarke, mentor for Gulfport High School's Team Fusion, offers strategy tips to students and coaches during the FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff held at StenniSphere on Jan. 7. Clarke is the lead building and infrastructure specialist for NASA's Shared Services Center at Stennis Space Center.

  10. Reemergence of chikungunya virus in Bo, Sierra Leone.

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    Ansumana, Rashid; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Leski, Tomasz A; Covington, Andrea L; Bangura, Umaru; Hodges, Mary H; Lin, Baochuan; Bockarie, Alfred S; Lamin, Joseph M; Bockarie, Moses J; Stenger, David A

    2013-07-01

    We diagnosed 400 possible IgM-positive cases of chikungunya virus in Bo, Sierra Leone, during July 2012-January 2013 by using lateral flow immunoassays. Cases detected likely represent only a small fraction of total cases. Further laboratory testing is required to confirm this outbreak and characterize the virus. PMID:23764023

  11. Fetal Intrahepatic Cholestasis Secondary to BO Hemolytic Disease

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    Raju, T. N. K.; Javed, Durr-I-Shahwar

    1981-01-01

    A rare occurrence of severe, direct hyperbilirubinemia in an infant with BO incompatibility was noted at four hours of age. Severe fetal hemolysis and markedly elevated indirect bilirubin levels might have caused induction of conjugating enzymes during fetal life in this case. Intrahepatic cholestasis was responsible for persistent conjugated hyperbilirubinemia after birth. This responded favorably to cholestyramine therapy. PMID:7196459

  12. Reemergence of Chikungunya Virus in Bo, Sierra Leone

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    Ansumana, Rashid; Leski, Tomasz A.; Covington, Andrea L.; Bangura, Umaru; Hodges, Mary H.; Lin, Baochuan; Bockarie, Alfred S.; Lamin, Joseph M.; Bockarie, Moses J.; Stenger, David A.

    2013-01-01

    We diagnosed 400 possible IgM-positive cases of chikungunya virus in Bo, Sierra Leone, during July 2012–January 2013 by using lateral flow immunoassays. Cases detected likely represent only a small fraction of total cases. Further laboratory testing is required to confirm this outbreak and characterize the virus. PMID:23764023

  13. An L1-Script-Transfer-Effect Fallacy: A Rejoinder to Wang et al

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    Yamada, Jun

    2004-01-01

    Do different L1 (first language) writing systems differentially affect word identification in English as a second language (ESL)? Wang, Koda, and Perfetti [Cognition 87 (2003) 129] answered yes by examining Chinese students with a logographic L1 background and Korean students with an alphabetic L1 background for their phonological and orthographic…

  14. Additional symbols used in double-spaced text for Wang OIS word-processor users

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    Miller, J.A.

    1983-06-01

    This paper illustrates samples of Greek symbols (and other symbols) that are on the Wang daisy printwheel but not in the form that is often required. This technique can be used in place of rub-ons. It applies to double-spaced formats only, and involves creating new format lines within the text.

  15. Commentary: A Closer Look at Task Analysis--Reactions to Wang, Schnipke, and Witt

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    LaDuca, Tony

    2006-01-01

    In the Spring 2005 issue, Wang, Schnipke, and Witt provided an informative description of the task inventory approach that centered on four functions of job analysis. The discussion included persuasive arguments for making systematic connections between tasks and KSAs. But several other facets of the discussion were much less persuasive. This…

  16. Blaschke's rolling ball theorem and the Trudinger-Wang monotone bending

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    Karakhanyan, Aram L.

    2016-04-01

    We revisit the classical rolling ball theorem of Blaschke for convex surfaces with positive curvature and show that it is linked to another inclusion principle in the optimal mass transportation theory due to Trudinger and Wang. We also discuss an application to reflector antennae design problem.

  17. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

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    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  18. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  19. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  20. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

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    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  1. 40 CFR 721.3032 - Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. 721... Substances § 721.3032 Boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt. (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO2), zinc salt (PMN...

  2. Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, with ...

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    Bridge No. 1396, Fourth Potomac and Second B&O Crossing, with B&O Potomac Crossing (built ca. 1914 as part of B&O's Magnolia Cutoff) in background, looking east. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  3. Chen's derivative rule revisited: Role of tip-orbital interference in STM

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    Mándi, Gábor; Palotás, Krisztián

    2015-04-01

    On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, we revise Chen's derivative rule for electron tunneling [C. J. Chen, Phys. Rev. B 42, 8841 (1990), 10.1103/PhysRevB.42.8841] for the purpose of computationally efficient simulations of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) based on first-principles electronic structure data. The revised model allows the weighting of tunneling matrix elements of different tip-orbital characters by an arbitrary energy-independent choice or based on energy-dependent weighting coefficients obtained by an expansion of the tip single-electron wave functions/density of states projected onto the tip-apex atom. Tip-orbital interference in the STM junction is included in the model by construction and can be analyzed quantitatively. As a further advantage, arbitrary tip geometrical orientations are included in the revised model by rotating the coordinate system of the tip apex using Euler angles and redefining the weighting coefficients of the tunneling matrix elements. We demonstrate the reliability of the model by applying it to two functionalized surfaces of recent interest where quantum interference effects play an important role in the STM imaging process: N-doped graphene and a magnetic Mn2H complex on the Ag(111) surface. We find that the proposed tunneling model is 25 times faster than the Bardeen method concerning computational time, while maintaining good agreement. Our results show that the electronic structure of the tip has a considerable effect on STM images, and the Tersoff-Hamann model does not always provide sufficient results in view of quantum interference effects. For both studied surfaces, we highlight the importance of interference between s and pz tip orbitals that can cause a significant contrast change in the STM images. Our method, thus, provides a fast and reliable tool for calculating STM images based on Chen's derivative rule, taking into account the electronic structure and local geometry of the tip apex.

  4. Chen Jingrun, China's famous mathematician: devastated by brain injuries on the doorstep to solving a fundamental mathematical puzzle.

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    Lei, Ting; Belykh, Evgenii; Dru, Alexander B; Yagmurlu, Kaan; Elhadi, Ali M; Nakaji, Peter; Preul, Mark C

    2016-07-01

    Chen Jingrun (1933-1996), perhaps the most prodigious mathematician of his time, focused on the field of analytical number theory. His work on Waring's problem, Legendre's conjecture, and Goldbach's conjecture led to progress in analytical number theory in the form of "Chen's Theorem," which he published in 1966 and 1973. His early life was ravaged by the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. On the verge of solving Goldbach's conjecture in 1984, Chen was struck by a bicyclist while also bicycling and suffered severe brain trauma. During his hospitalization, he was also found to have Parkinson's disease. Chen suffered another serious brain concussion after a fall only a few months after recovering from the bicycle crash. With significant deficits, he remained hospitalized for several years without making progress while receiving modern Western medical therapies. In 1988 traditional Chinese medicine experts were called in to assist with his treatment. After a year of acupuncture and oxygen therapy, Chen could control his basic bowel and bladder functions, he could walk slowly, and his swallowing and speech improved. When Chen was unable to produce complex work or finish his final work on Goldbach's conjecture, his mathematical pursuits were taken up vigorously by his dedicated students. He was able to publish Youth Math, a mathematics book that became an inspiration in Chinese education. Although he died in 1996 at the age of 63 after surviving brutal political repression, being deprived of neurological function at the very peak of his genius, and having to be supported by his wife, Chen ironically became a symbol of dedication, perseverance, and motivation to his students and associates, to Chinese youth, to a nation, and to mathematicians and scientists worldwide. PMID:27364253

  5. The light subunit of system bo,+ is fully functional in the absence of the heavy subunit

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    Reig, Núria; Chillarón, Josep; Bartoccioni, Paola; Fernández, Esperanza; Bendahan, Annie; Zorzano, Antonio; Kanner, Baruch; Palacín, Manuel; Bertran, Joan

    2002-01-01

    The heteromeric amino acid transporters are composed of a type II glycoprotein and a non-glycosylated polytopic membrane protein. System bo,+ exchanges dibasic for neutral amino acids. It is composed of rBAT and bo,+AT, the latter being the polytopic membrane subunit. Mutations in either of them cause malfunction of the system, leading to cystinuria. bo,+AT-reconstituted systems from HeLa or MDCK cells catalysed transport of arginine that was totally dependent on the presence of one of the bo,+ substrates inside the liposomes. rBAT was essential for the cell surface expression of bo,+AT, but it was not required for reconstituted bo,+AT transport activity. No system bo,+ transport was detected in liposomes derived from cells expressing rBAT alone. The reconstituted bo,+AT showed kinetic asymmetry. Expressing the cystinuria-specific mutant A354T of bo,+AT in HeLa cells together with rBAT resulted in defective arginine uptake in whole cells, which was paralleled by the reconstituted bo,+AT activity. Thus, subunit bo,+AT by itself is sufficient to catalyse transmembrane amino acid exchange. The polytopic subunits may also be the catalytic part in other heteromeric transporters. PMID:12234930

  6. The brightest of reionizing galaxies (BoRG) survey

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    Trenti, Michele

    2012-09-01

    Until now, investigating the early stages of galaxy formation has been primarily the realm of theoretical modeling and computer simulations, which require many physical ingredients and are challenging to test observationally. However, the latest Hubble Space Telescope observations in the near infrared are shedding new light on the properties of galaxies within the first billion years after the Big Bang, including our recent discovery of the most distant proto-cluster of galaxies at redshift z ~ 8. Here, I compare predictions from models of primordial and metal-enriched star formation during the dark ages with the latest Hubble observations of galaxies during the epoch of reionization. I focus in particular on the luminosity function and on galaxy clustering as measured from our Hubble Space Telescope Brightest of Reionizing Galaxies (BoRG) survey. BoRG has the largest area coverage to find luminous and rare z ~ 8 sources that are among the first galaxies to have formed in the Universe.

  7. The BoNuS Experiment At Jefferson Lab

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    Stephen Baltmann

    2005-02-01

    The BoNuS experiment at Jefferson Lab's Hall B is going to measure the structure of the quasi-free neutron via electron scattering off a deuteron target and detection of the slowly recoiling spectator proton at very backward angles. To detect the low momentum backward recoiling protons, the CLAS detector will be augmented with a novel radial time projection chamber featuring gas electron multipliers. Data taking is anticipated for 2005 or 2006.

  8. Water quality associated public health risk in Bo, Sierra Leone.

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    Jimmy, David H; Sundufu, Abu J; Malanoski, Anthony P; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Leski, Tomasz A; Bangura, Umaru; Bockarie, Alfred S; Tejan, Edries; Lin, Baochuan; Stenger, David A

    2013-01-01

    Human health depends on reliable access to safe drinking water, but in many developing countries only a limited number of wells and boreholes are available. Many of these water resources are contaminated with biological or chemical pollutants. The goal of this study was to examine water access and quality in urban Bo, Sierra Leone. A health census and community mapping project in one neighborhood in Bo identified the 36 water sources used by the community. A water sample was taken from each water source and tested for a variety of microbiological and physicochemical substances. Only 38.9% of the water sources met World Health Organization (WHO) microbial safety requirements based on fecal coliform levels. Physiochemical analysis indicated that the majority (91.7%) of the water sources met the requirements set by the WHO. In combination, 25% of these water resources met safe drinking water criteria. No variables associated with wells were statistically significant predictors of contamination. This study indicated that fecal contamination is the greatest health risk associated with drinking water. There is a need to raise hygiene awareness and implement inexpensive methods to reduce fecal contamination and improve drinking water safety in Bo, Sierra Leone. PMID:22350346

  9. Wang OIS glossary package for reformatting documents telecommunicated to the OIS system

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    Markow, S.R.

    1983-12-09

    Documents that are composed on a computer and then transmitted by telecommunications into a Wang Office Information System (OIS) word processing system need to be reformatted and cleaned up before they can be used properly as word processing documents suitable for further revisions or additions. This report describes a group of glossary entries created for the Wang OIS which simplifies the job of cleaning up telecommunicated documents. This glossary is a semi-automated process designed to eliminate most of the tedious work needed to be performed in removing extra spaces and returns, adjusting formats, moving material, repagination, using tabs or indents, and similar problems. The report briefly discusses the problems, describes the glossary approach to solving them, and gives instructions for actually using the glossary entries.

  10. Two alternate proofs of Wang's lune formula for sparse distributed memory and an integral approximation

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    Jaeckel, Louis A.

    1988-01-01

    In Kanerva's Sparse Distributed Memory, writing to and reading from the memory are done in relation to spheres in an n-dimensional binary vector space. Thus it is important to know how many points are in the intersection of two spheres in this space. Two proofs are given of Wang's formula for spheres of unequal radii, and an integral approximation for the intersection in this case.

  11. Wang-Landau sampling in face-centered-cubic hydrophobic-hydrophilic lattice model proteins

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    Liu, Jingfa; Song, Beibei; Yao, Yonglei; Xue, Yu; Liu, Wenjie; Liu, Zhaoxia

    2014-10-01

    Finding the global minimum-energy structure is one of the main problems of protein structure prediction. The face-centered-cubic (fcc) hydrophobic-hydrophilic (HP) lattice model can reach high approximation ratios of real protein structures, so the fcc lattice model is a good choice to predict the protein structures. The lacking of an effective global optimization method is the key obstacle in solving this problem. The Wang-Landau sampling method is especially useful for complex systems with a rough energy landscape and has been successfully applied to solving many optimization problems. We apply the improved Wang-Landau (IWL) sampling method, which incorporates the generation of an initial conformation based on the greedy strategy and the neighborhood strategy based on pull moves into the Wang-Landau sampling method to predict the protein structures on the fcc HP lattice model. Unlike conventional Monte Carlo simulations that generate a probability distribution at a given temperature, the Wang-Landau sampling method can estimate the density of states accurately via a random walk, which produces a flat histogram in energy space. We test 12 general benchmark instances on both two-dimensional and three-dimensional (3D) fcc HP lattice models. The lowest energies by the IWL sampling method are as good as or better than those of other methods in the literature for all instances. We then test five sets of larger-scale instances, denoted by the S, R, F90, F180, and CASP target instances on the 3D fcc HP lattice model. The numerical results show that our algorithm performs better than the other five methods in the literature on both the lowest energies and the average lowest energies in all runs. The IWL sampling method turns out to be a powerful tool to study the structure prediction of the fcc HP lattice model proteins.

  12. Exploring new frontiers in statistical physics with a new, parallel Wang-Landau framework

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    Vogel, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    Combining traditional Wang Landau sampling for multiple replica systems with an exchange of densities of states between replicas we describe a general framework for simulations on massively parallel Petaflop supercomputers. The advantages and general applicability of the method for simulations of complex systems are demonstrated for the classical 2D Potts spin model featuring a strong first-order transition and the self-assembly of lipid bilayers in amphiphilic solutions in a continuous model.

  13. Exploring Replica-Exchange Wang-Landau sampling in higher-dimensional parameter space

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    Valentim, Alexandra; Rocha, Julio C. S.; Tsai, Shan-Ho; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Fiore, Carlos E; Landau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We considered a higher-dimensional extension for the replica-exchange Wang-Landau algorithm to perform a random walk in the energy and magnetization space of the two-dimensional Ising model. This hybrid scheme combines the advantages of Wang-Landau and Replica-Exchange algorithms, and the one-dimensional version of this approach has been shown to be very efficient and to scale well, up to several thousands of computing cores. This approach allows us to split the parameter space of the system to be simulated into several pieces and still perform a random walk over the entire parameter range, ensuring the ergodicity of the simulation. Previous work, in which a similar scheme of parallel simulation was implemented without using replica exchange and with a different way to combine the result from the pieces, led to discontinuities in the final density of states over the entire range of parameters. From our simulations, it appears that the replica-exchange Wang-Landau algorithm is able to overcome this diculty, allowing exploration of higher parameter phase space by keeping track of the joint density of states.

  14. Forcing term in single-phase and Shan-Chen-type multiphase lattice Boltzmann models.

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    Huang, Haibo; Krafczyk, Manfred; Lu, Xiyun

    2011-10-01

    Numerous schemes have been proposed to incorporate a bulk forcing term into the lattice Boltzmann equation. In this paper we present a simple and straightforward comparative analysis of five popular schemes [Shan and Chen, Phys. Rev. E 47, 1815 (1993); Phys Rev Lett. 81, 1618 (1998); He et al., Phys. Rev. E 57, R13 (1998); Guo et al., Phys. Rev. E 65, 046308 (2002); Kupershtokh et al., Comput. Math. Appl. 58, 965 (2009)] in which their differences and similarities are identified. From the analysis we classify the schemes into two groups; the behaviors of the schemes in each group are proven to be identical up to second order. Numerical test simulating the two-dimensional unsteady Taylor-Green vortex flow problem demonstrate that all five schemes are of comparable accuracy for single-phase flow. However, for two-phase flow the situation is different, which is demonstrated by incorporating these schemes into different Shan-Chen-type multiphase models. The forcing scheme in the original Shan-Chen (SC) multiphase model turns out to be inaccurate in terms of the resulting surface tension for different density ratios and relaxation times. In the numerical tests, a typical equation of state and interparticle interactions including next-nearest neighbors were incorporated into the SC model. Our results confirm that the surface-tension values obtained from the original SC lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) simulation depend on the value of the relaxation time τ. For τ<0.7Δt, the surface tension agree well with the analytical solutions. However, when τ>0.7Δt, the surface tension turns out to be systematically larger than the analytical one, exceeding it by more than a factor of 2 for τ=2Δt. In contrast, with the application of the scheme proposed by He et al., the SC LBM produces very accurate surface tensions independent of the value of τ. We also found that the densities of the coexisting liquid and gas can be adjusted to match those at thermodynamic equilibrium if the

  15. Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) boings detected at the Station ALOHA Cabled Observatory.

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    Oswald, Julie N; Au, Whitlow W L; Duennebier, Fred

    2011-05-01

    Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in the tropical North Pacific are elusive and difficult to detect visually. The recent association of a unique sound called the "boing" to North Pacific minke whales has made it possible to use passive acoustics to investigate the occurrence of this species in Hawaiian waters. One year of recordings (17 February 2007-18 February 2008) made at the Station ALOHA Cabled Observatory were examined to investigate the characteristics of boings and temporal patterns in their occurrence at this site, located 100 km north of Oahu. Characteristics of boings exhibited low variability. Pulse repetition rate and duration measurements matched those for "central" or "Hawaii" boing types. Boings were detected from October until May, with a peak in March. Although no boings were detected from June to September, the absence of boings does not necessarily indicate the absence of minke whales. Significant diel variation in boing rate was not observed. The absence of a diel pattern in boing production suggests that day- or night-time acoustic surveys are equally acceptable methods for studying minke whale occurrence. Future research should include efforts to determine what other sounds are produced by minke whales in this area, and which age/sex classes produce boings. PMID:21568435

  16. Cyan-emitting LiBaBO3:Eu2+ phosphor: Crystal structure and luminescence property comparison with LiSrBO3:Eu2+

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    Huang, Zhaohui; Ji, Haipeng; Fang, Minghao; Molokeev, Maxim S.; Liu, Shuyue; Liu, Yan'gai; Wu, Xiaowen

    2015-05-01

    Cyan-emitting LiBaBO3:Eu2+ phosphor was synthesized by solid-state reaction at 800 °C. Structure refinement by Rietveld method reveals that LiBaBO3 crystallizes in a monoclinic cell, space groups P21/c or P21/n. Upon 365 nm excitation, LiBaBO3:Eu2+ shows a symmetric emission band peaking at 496 nm with full-width at half-maximum of 80 nm; when monitoring at 496 nm, a broad excitation band in the UV region (250-420 nm) is observed. The luminescence property of LiBaBO3:Eu2+ is considerably different from LiSrBO3:Eu2+ which holds the same space group. The local structures of the two hosts are compared to explain the different behaviors of Eu2+.

  17. Isolation and quantification of botulinum neurotoxin from complex matrices using the BoTest matrix assays.

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    Dunning, F Mark; Piazza, Timothy M; Zeytin, Füsûn N; Tucker, Ward C

    2014-01-01

    Accurate detection and quantification of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) in complex matrices is required for pharmaceutical, environmental, and food sample testing. Rapid BoNT testing of foodstuffs is needed during outbreak forensics, patient diagnosis, and food safety testing while accurate potency testing is required for BoNT-based drug product manufacturing and patient safety. The widely used mouse bioassay for BoNT testing is highly sensitive but lacks the precision and throughput needed for rapid and routine BoNT testing. Furthermore, the bioassay's use of animals has resulted in calls by drug product regulatory authorities and animal-rights proponents in the US and abroad to replace the mouse bioassay for BoNT testing. Several in vitro replacement assays have been developed that work well with purified BoNT in simple buffers, but most have not been shown to be applicable to testing in highly complex matrices. Here, a protocol for the detection of BoNT in complex matrices using the BoTest Matrix assays is presented. The assay consists of three parts: The first part involves preparation of the samples for testing, the second part is an immunoprecipitation step using anti-BoNT antibody-coated paramagnetic beads to purify BoNT from the matrix, and the third part quantifies the isolated BoNT's proteolytic activity using a fluorogenic reporter. The protocol is written for high throughput testing in 96-well plates using both liquid and solid matrices and requires about 2 hr of manual preparation with total assay times of 4-26 hr depending on the sample type, toxin load, and desired sensitivity. Data are presented for BoNT/A testing with phosphate-buffered saline, a drug product, culture supernatant, 2% milk, and fresh tomatoes and includes discussion of critical parameters for assay success. PMID:24638074

  18. Review of the genus Canalirogas van Achterberg & Chen (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Rogadinae) from Vietnam, with description of ten new species

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    Long, Khuat Dang; van Achterberg, Cornelis

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The Vietnamese species of the genus Canalirogas van Achterberg & Chen, 1996 (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae) are revised. Ten species are new to science, viz., Canalirogas affinis sp. n., Canalirogas cucphuongensis sp. n., Canalirogas curvinervis sp. n., Canalirogas eurycerus sp. n., Canalirogas hoabinhicus sp. n., Canalirogas intermedius sp. n., Canalirogas parallelus sp. n., Canalirogas robberti sp. n., Canalirogas vittatus sp. n. and Canalirogas vuquangensis sp. n. One species is new for the Vietnamese fauna: Canalirogas spilonotus (Cameron, 1905) and Canalirogas balgooyi van Achterberg & Chen, 1996, is synonymized with it (syn. n.); a lectotype is designated for Troporhogas spilonotus. A key to the Vietnamese species of the genus is also provided. PMID:26085793

  19. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Spitzer/IRS debris disk catalog. I. (Chen+, 2014)

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    Chen, C. H.; Mittal, T.; Kuchner, M.; Forrest, W. J.; Lisse, C. M.; Manoj, P.; Sargent, B. A.; Watson, D. M.

    2014-05-01

    In Chen et al. (2006ApJS..166..351C), we obtained IRS spectra of 59 main-sequence stars with previously reported IRAS 60um excesses. We augment those data with newly obtained IRS spectra of 64 main-sequence stars with MIPS 24um and/or IRAS 25um excesses using the SL (5.2-14.0um) and LL (14.0-38.0um; λ/Δλ~60) modules as part of the program "Characterizing Warm Debris around Main Sequence Stars" (PID 40651 led by PI: J. Houck). For targets not observed as part of our programs, we downloaded Cornell Atlas of Spitzer/Infrared Spectrograph Sources (CASSIS; Lebouteiller et al. 2011ApJS..196....8L) spectra wherever possible. We assembled MIPS 24 and/or 70um photometry for 473 IRS sources to calibrate the IRS spectra and better constrain our targets' global SEDs (see Table 2). (4 data files).

  20. Complete mitochondrial genome of the Pseudogastromyzon jiulongjiangensis Chen (Cypriniformes, Homalopteridae) and phylogenetic analysis of the Cyprinoidei.

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    Lv, Yaoping; Zhang, Kaibo; Liu, Ziming; Hu, Zehui; Wang, Kaiwei; Zhou, Haidong

    2016-07-01

    The Pseudogastromyzon jiulongjiangensis Chen (Cypriniformes, Homalopteridae) is a promising ornamental and commercial candidate in China. In this study, the complete mitochondrial genome of P. jiulongjiangensis was first determined. It is 16,571 bp length and consists of 22 tRNA genes, 13 protein-coding genes, two rRNA genes, and a control region. Except for eight tRNA and ND6 genes, all other mitochondrial genes are encoded on the heavy strand. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that P. jiulongjiangensis, Formosania lacustris, and other seven fish first clustered into the Homalopteridae clade. Then, the Homalopteridae and Cobitidae formed the sister group. The Catostomoidae and Cyprinidae constituted the sister branch, which is inconsistent with the previous phenotypic report. It is suggested that the taxonomic research might lose some significant evolutionary characters. This study will contribute to phylogenetic analysis of the Homalopteridae and the natural resources conservation of P. jiulongjiangensis. PMID:27158787

  1. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

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    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  2. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

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    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  3. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

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    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  4. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  5. 40 CFR 721.3031 - Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3... Substances § 721.3031 Boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3). (a) Chemical substance and significant new uses subject to reporting. (1) The chemical substance identified as boric acid (H3BO3), zinc salt (2=3) (PMN...

  6. Comment on “Magnetostratigraphic study of the Kuche Depression, Tarim Basin, and Cenozoic uplift of the Tian Shan Range, Western China” Baochun Huang, John D.A. Piper, Shoutao Peng, Tao Liu, Zhong Li, Qingchen Wang, Rixiang Zhu [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 2006, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.09.020

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    Charreau, Julien; Chen, Yan; Gilder, Stuart; Barier, Laurie

    2008-04-01

    The recent publication of "Magnetostratigraphic study of the Kuche Depression, Tarim Basin, and Cenozoic uplift of the Tian Shan Range,Western China" by B.C. Huang, J.D.A. Piper, S.T. Peng, T. Liu, Z. Li, Q.C. Wang, R.X. Zhu [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 2006, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.09.020] discusses the Cenozoic uplift history of the Tianshan Mountains by studying the magnetostratigraphy of Paleogene to Neogene continental sediments from two sections located in the Kuche basin at the northern edge of the Tarim basin. To support their conclusion they reinterpreted a magnetostratigraphic study of the Yaha section, which lies ~ 10 km south of their sections, we previously published [J. Charreau, S. Gilder, Y. Chen, S. Dominguez, J.-P. Avouac, S. Sen, M. Jolivet, Y. Li and W. Wang, Magnetostratigraphy of the Yaha section, Tarim Basin (China): 11 Ma acceleration in erosion and uplift of the Tianshan Mountains, Geology 34(3), 2006, 181­184.]. Here, (1) we argue that the interpretations of the sedimentation rate changes they proposed for the Kuche sections are partially invalid, (2) we disagree with their reinterpretation of the age of the Yaha section, and (3) we think that the way they interpret their AMS data is incorrect.

  7. Towards Transformation of Knowledge and Subjectivity in Curriculum Inquiry: Insights from Chen Kuan-Hsing's "Asia as Method"

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    Lin, Angel M. Y.

    2012-01-01

    Chen's book, "Asia as Method" (Duke University Press, 2010), and his theorization on topics of de-imperialization, de-colonization, de-cold war, as well as on foregrounding epistemologies and frames of reference situated in the diverse contexts in Asia have contributed to empowering scholars and researchers situated not only in Taiwan, but also in…

  8. A comparative assessment of the Chen et al. and Suchey-Brooks pubic aging methods on a North American sample, .

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    Fleischman, Julie M

    2013-03-01

    Accurately estimating the age-at-death of adult human skeletons is fundamental in forensic anthropology. This study evaluates the accuracy of two pubic bone age estimation methods-Chen et al. and Suchey-Brooks. Specimens were obtained from a known collection of modern pubic bones curated at the Maricopa County Forensic Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona. A sample of 296 left male pubic bones of European ancestry was statistically evaluated via bias, absolute mean error, and intra- and inter-observer error. Results indicate that the two methods are similar; the Suchey-Brooks method is the most accurate for aging young adults (error c. 7 years), while the Revised Chen et al. method is most accurate for aging middle-age adults (error c. 6 years). Thus, the Chen et al. method is an important contribution to forensic anthropology for aging older adult skeletal remains. There are, however, some limitations such as subjectivity and the intricate scoring system of Chen et al. method. PMID:23425207

  9. Mating and Oviposition Behaviors of Diorhabda elongata deserticola Chen (Chrysomelidae, Coleoptera), an Effective Biocontrol Agent of the Saltcedar

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    Diorhabda elongata deserticola Chen is an important biocontrol agent for management of the invasive alien saltcedar in the United States. The mating and oviposition behaviors, including, the relationships between mating frequency and fecundity, and between oviposition style and parasitized eggs, of...

  10. The role of herpesviruses (BoHV-1 and BoHV-4) and pestiviruses (BVDV and BDV) in ruminant abortion cases in western Turkey.

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    Tuncer-Göktuna, Pelin; Alpay, Gizem; Öner, Eda Baldan; Yeşilbağ, Kadir

    2016-06-01

    The economic impact of abortions in ruminant breeders is one of the biggest problems in livestock. Of the infectious agents, viruses, especially herpesviruses and pestiviruses, are the most important causative agents of abortion in ruminants. In the present study, the role of herpesviruses (bovine herpesvirus-1 (BoHV-1), bovine herpesvirus-4 (BoHV-4)) and pestiviruses (bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), border disease virus (BDV)) was investigated in cases of ruminant abortion between 2007 and 2015 in western Turkey. Out of 81 aborted fetal samples (60 calves, 19 lambs, and 2 kids), 42 were positive, which included 31 calves, 9 lambs, and 2 goats; 39 aborted fetal samples were negative for the pestivirus antigen ELISA. BoHV-1 antigen ELISA was positive in 3 cases which included 2 calves and 1 lamb; the remainder 78 cases were negative. Pestivirus and BoHV-1 were positive in 51.85 and 3.70 %, respectively, of the samples. According to PCR analysis, BoHV-4 was not encountered in any of the tested samples. In one of the calf fetus samples, both BVDV and BoHV-1 were positive; in one of the lamb fetus samples, BoHV-1 was positive. There was a much higher level of pestivirus antigen than the other viral agents evaluated in the study (p < 0.0001). The results of this study indicate that pestiviruses are a common viral cause of ruminant abortions in the examined area. PMID:27038195

  11. In vitro antibacterial activity and beta-lactamase stability of a new carbapenem, BO-2727.

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    Inoue, K; Hamana, Y; Mitsuhashi, S

    1995-01-01

    The in vitro activity of BO-2727, a new carbapenem, was compared with those of meropenem, biapenem, imipenem, and ceftazidime. BO-2727 was four- or eightfold more active than the other carbapenems against methicillin-resistant staphylococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains, including imipenem- and ceftazidime-resistant bacteria. BO-2727 was quite stable to penicillinases, cephalosporinases, and oxyiminocephalosporinases, but not to metallo-beta-lactamase. Time-kill studies against Staphylococcus aureus Smith, Escherichia coli ML4707, and P. aeruginosa GN11189 showed that BO-2727 has potent bactericidal activity at concentrations greater than the MIC. PMID:8619591

  12. BoA: a versatile software for bolometer data reduction

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    Schuller, Frédéric

    2012-09-01

    Together with the development of the Large APEX Bolometer Camera (LABOCA) for the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX), a new data reduction package has been written. This software naturally interfaces with the telescope control system, and provides all functionalities for the reduction, analysis and visualization of bolometer data. It is used at APEX for real time processing of observations performed with LABOCA and other bolometer arrays, providing feedback to the observer. Written in an easy-to-script language, BoA is also used offline to reduce APEX continuum data. In this paper, the general structure of this software is presented, and its online and offline capabilities are described.

  13. Crystal Structure of High-Temperature Phase β-NaSrBO3 and Photoluminescence of β-NaSrBO3:Ce(3.).

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    Yi, Huan; Wu, Li; Wu, Liwei; Zhao, Lixia; Xia, Zhiguo; Zhang, Yi; Kong, Yongfa; Xu, Jingjun

    2016-07-01

    α-NaSrBO3 is an excellent phosphor host for phosphor-converted white light-emitting diode (w-LED) application with very interesting properties. However, it undergoes a phase transformation to β-NaSrBO3 at the LED working temperature. In this study, the high-temperature phase β-NaSrBO3 was stabilized to room temperature by introducing Na(+) and Ce(3+) via a high-temperature solid-state reaction method. The crystal structure of β-NaSrBO3 was determined from the powder X-ray diffraction data. It crystallizes in space group P21/c with the following lattice parameters: a = 6.06214(8) Å, b = 5.41005(7) Å, c = 9.1468(1) Å, β = 102.116(1)°, and V = 293.301(7) Å(3). Na and Sr sites are found to be mixed occupied by each other, and the isolated [BO3](3-) anionic groups are distributed in parallel. Ce(3+)-activated β-NaSrBO3:Ce(3+) blue-emitting phosphors were synthesized. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra indicate that the thermal stability of β-NaSrBO3:Ce(3+) is better than that of α-NaSrBO3:Ce(3+) at the same temperature. A near-ultraviolet pumped warm w-LED with a β-NaSrBO3:0.05Ce(3+) phosphor as the blue component was fabricated. The w-LED lamp after illumination at 250 mA gives chromaticity coordinates, a color rendering index, and a correlated color temperature of (0.3821, 0.3430), 92.8, and 3654 K, respectively. PMID:27299933

  14. Boronyl Mimics Gold: a Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study

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    Jian, Tian; Lopez, Gary; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2015-06-01

    Previous studies have found that gold atom and boronyl bear similarities in bonding in many gas phase clusters. B10(BO), B12(BO), B3(BO)n (n=1, 2) were found to possess similar bonding and structures to B10Au, B12Au, B3Aun (n=1, 2), respectively. During the recent photoelectron spectroscopy experiments, the spectra of BiBO- and BiAu- clusters are found to exhibit similar patterns, hinting that they possess similar geometric structures. While BiAu- is a linear molecule, BiBO- is also linear. The similarity in bonding between BiBO- and BiAu- is owing to the fact that Au and BO are monovalent σ ligands. The electron affinities are measured to be 1.79±0.04eV for BiBO- and 1.36±0.02eV for BiAu-. The current results provide new examples for the BO/Au isolobal analogy and enrich the chemistry of boronyl and gold. H.-J. Zhai, C.-Q. Miao, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 12155-1216 Q. Chen, H. Bai, H.-J. Zhai, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, J. Chem. Phys. 2013, 139, 044308 H. Bai, H.-J. Zhai, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 9646-9653 H.-J. Zhai, Q. Chen, H. Bai, S.-D. Li, L.-S. Wang, Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 2435-2445

  15. High-pressure x-ray diffraction study of YBO{sub 3}/Eu{sup 3+}, GdBO{sub 3}, and EuBO{sub 3}: Pressure-induced amorphization in GdBO{sub 3}

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    Wang, Pei; Xu, Chao; Ren, Xiangting; Lei, Li; Wang, Shanmin; Peng, Fang; Yan, Xiaozhi; Liu, Dongqiong; Wang, Qiming; He, Duanwei; Xiong, Lun; Liu, Jing

    2014-01-28

    Angle-dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements were performed on vaterite-type YBO{sub 3}/Eu{sup 3+}, GdBO{sub 3}, and EuBO{sub 3}, respectively, up to 41 GPa at room temperature using a diamond-anvil cell. Pressure-induced amorphization was observed in hexagonal GdBO{sub 3} with a significant compression along the c-axis. Compared to the ions of the distorted GdBO{sub 3} phase, its anions may lose their long-range order prior to the cations at high pressures. Based on the experimental pressure-volume data, the obtained bulk moduli of YBO{sub 3}/Eu{sup 3+} and GdBO{sub 3} are 329 and 321 GPa, respectively, which are more than 90% larger than that of EuBO{sub 3} (167 GPa) and are presumably attributed to Gd{sup 3+} and Y{sup 3+} with a high density of d valence electrons.

  16. The synthesis and crystal structures of the related series of aluminoborates: Co 2.1Al 0.9BO 5, Ni 2AlBO 5, and Cu 2AlBO 5

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    Hriljac, J. A.; Brown, R. D.; Cheetham, A. K.; Satek, L. C.

    1990-02-01

    We report on the growth of single crystals of Ni 2AlBO 5, Cu 2AlBO 5, and the mixed-valent Co 2.1Al 0.9BO 5 from borax fluxes. All of these materials have been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The nickel and cobalt compounds are isostructural with the natural mineral ludwigite, while the copper compound is a monoclinically distorted variant of this structure. All three compounds show nonrandom disorder of the transition metal and aluminium atoms over four crystallographically distinct metal sites. We discuss the structural effects of this disorder and attempt to rationalize the observed occupancies on the basis of covalent and ionic forces. Ni 2AlBO 5: orthorhombic, a = 12.013(1)Å, b = 9.111(1)Å, c = 2.942(1)Å, space group Pbam, Z = 4, R = 4.07%. Co 2.1Al 0.9BO 5: orthorhombic, a = 12.010(2)Å, b = 9.197(2)Å, c = 2.993(1)Å, space group Pbam, Z = 4, R = 4.44%. Cu 2AlBO 5: monoclinic, a = 9.365(1)Å, b = 11.778(2)Å, c = 3.072(2)Å, β = 97.71(2)°, space group P2 1a, Z = 4, R = 4.59% .

  17. Modern process study on Chen Co and Ranwu Lake of Tibetan Plateau

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    Ju, J.

    2013-12-01

    Lakes are important junctions of geospheres. There are many lakes distributed on the Tibetan Plateau (TP). Lake sediment is one of the important media for retrieving the past environmental changes. Because of the uniqueness of environment of the TP, sediment, water and ecological system in lakes has local characteristic inevitably. Modern process research on different lakes will benefit interpreting the proxies more accurately. The development of observation station makes the observation and sampling more convenient. Modern process of lakes can be fulfilled in two ways, spatial or seasonal variation study, with a same aim finding out the dominant factors controlling the variations. Chen Co is a closed lake locating at inland area of southern Tibet. Ranwu Lake is an open lake locating at outflow area of SE Tibet. In this study, I studied the spatial and (or) seasonal variation of lake water and sediment in the two distinct types of lakes to make clear the mechanism of modern process. Particular attention was given to the pattern and degree of influence of rivers supplied by glaciers on lakes. Preliminary conclusions are outlined as follow: (1) In the lakes with glacier melt supplying rivers, the patterns of supply of the rivers to the lake are different. In close lake Chen Co, the influence of glacier melt is mainly reflected in the south lake area. In the open lake Ranwu Lake, the influence is comprehensive and direct. This difference influencing patterns how the lake sediments reflected the glacier melt under the past environmental changes. (2) The supply of Kaluxiong Qu River, supplied mainly by glacier melt, to Chen co has North-South difference: more directly to south lake area, reflecting by lower value of conductivity and pH, finer grain size and west to east transporting trend, greater deposition rate, more allogenic fine sediments, not obvious biological and endogenic deposition there. This enlightens the site selection for lake cores and interpretation of

  18. Protein folding of the H0P model: A parallel Wang-Landau study

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    Shi, Guangjie; Wuest, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Landau, David P

    2015-01-01

    We propose a simple modication to the hydrophobic-polar (HP) protein model, by introducing a new type of monomer, "0", with intermediate hydrophobicity of some amino acids between H and P. With the replica-exchange Wang-Landau sampling method, we investigate some widely studied HP sequences as well as their H0P counterparts and observe that the H0P sequences exhibit dramatically reduced ground state degeneracy and more signicant transition signals at low temperature for some thermodynamic properties, such as the specific heat.

  19. [Analysis on professor WANG Juyi's crevice theory from Tao Teh King].

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    Luo, Lu; Wang, Juyi

    2015-10-01

    The crevice theory proposed by professor WANG Juyi is analyzed in this article. In the crevice theory, it is believed that the meridians are located among "skin, pulse, flesh, tendon and bone", and the crevice is the path for the transportation of qi-blood and body fluid in the body, which is the essential condition for vital movement. This is in agreement with the idea of "action through inaction" from Tao Teh King. Based on crevice theory, the abnormalities of meridians can reflex the deficiency and excess of diseases, and regulating meridians is a significant way to treat diseases, and maintaining smooth meridian is important for healthcare. PMID:26790228

  20. Security analysis of boolean algebra based on Zhang-Wang digital signature scheme

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    Zheng, Jinbin

    2014-10-06

    In 2005, Zhang and Wang proposed an improvement signature scheme without using one-way hash function and message redundancy. In this paper, we show that this scheme exits potential safety concerns through the analysis of boolean algebra, such as bitwise exclusive-or, and point out that mapping is not one to one between assembly instructions and machine code actually by means of the analysis of the result of the assembly program segment, and which possibly causes safety problems unknown to the software.

  1. Wang-Landau Algorithm for Continuous Models and Joint Density of States

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    Zhou, Chenggang; Schulthess, Thomas C; Torbrugge, S.; Landau, D. P.

    2006-01-01

    We present a modified Wang-Landau algorithm for models with continuous degrees of freedom. We demonstrate this algorithm with the calculation of the joint density of states of ferromagnet Heisenberg models and a model polymer chain. The joint density of states contains more information than the density of states of a single variable-energy, but is also much more time consuming to calculate. We present strategies to significantly speed up this calculation for large systems over a large range of energy and order parameter.

  2. Conodont index fossil Hindeodus changxingensis Wang fingers greatest mass extinction event

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    Metcalfe, I.; Nicoll, R.S.; Wardlaw, B.R.

    2007-01-01

    The marine conodont fossil species, Hindeodus changxingensis Wang, that has a distinctive morphology, is restricted to a very narrow stratigraphic interval essentially from the Permian-Triassic extinction event through the internationally recognized boundary and into the very earliest Triassic. The species is geographically widespread in the Tethyan Region, from Italy to South China, and serves as a characteristic index fossil to reliably identify this short but critical interval that encompasses the greatest mass extinction of life on earth and the boundary between the Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras. ?? 2007 Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS.

  3. An L1-script-transfer-effect fallacy: a rejoinder to Wang et al. (2003).

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    Yamada, Jun

    2004-09-01

    Do different L1 (first language) writing systems differentially affect word identification in English as a second language (ESL)? Wang, Koda, and Perfetti [Cognition 87 (2003) 129] answered yes by examining Chinese students with a logographic L1 background and Korean students with an alphabetic L1 background for their phonological and orthographic processing skills on English word identification. Such a conclusion is premature, however. We propose that the L1 phonological system (rather than the L1 writing system) of the learner largely accounts for cognitive processes in learning to read a second language (L2). PMID:15147932

  4. Super-radiant super-resolving displacement estimation via multiple photons by the Wang's method

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    Xia, Li-Xin; Abdureyim, Muhammad-Tursun; Liu, Run-Qin; Yu, Sheng-Qing; Guo, Ling; Zhou, Xiang-Ling

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, we propose a super-radiant measurement scheme to achieve Heisenberg limit super-resolving displacement estimation by encoding multiple light momenta into a three-level atomic ensemble with multiple ? photons. And by the Wang's method (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2014, 113, 083601), we use ? coherent pulses to prepare a ?-excitation super-radiant state in a super-position of two timed Dicke states that are ? light momenta apart in the momentum space. The phase difference between these two states induced by a uniform displacement of the atomic ensemble has ? sensitivity. In the end, we introduce two experiments based on Ramsey interferometry in crystal and in ultracold atoms.

  5. Security analysis of boolean algebra based on Zhang-Wang digital signature scheme

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    Zheng, Jinbin

    2014-10-01

    In 2005, Zhang and Wang proposed an improvement signature scheme without using one-way hash function and message redundancy. In this paper, we show that this scheme exits potential safety concerns through the analysis of boolean algebra, such as bitwise exclusive-or, and point out that mapping is not one to one between assembly instructions and machine code actually by means of the analysis of the result of the assembly program segment, and which possibly causes safety problems unknown to the software.

  6. Comments on "Adaptive resolution simulation in equilibrium and beyond" by H. Wang and A. Agarwal

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    Klein, R.

    2015-09-01

    Wang and Agarwal (Eur. Phys. J. Special Topics, this issue, 2015, doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02411-2) discuss variants of Adaptive Resolution Molecular Dynamics Simulations (AdResS), and their applications. Here we comment on their report, addressing scaling properties of the method, artificial forcings implemented to ensure constant density across the full simulation despite changing thermodynamic properties of the simulated media, the possible relation between an AdResS system on the one hand and a phase transition phenomenon on the other, and peculiarities of the SPC/E water model.

  7. Bulk Modulus of Spherical Palladium Nanoparticles by Chen-Mobius Lattice Inversion Method

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    Abdul-Hafidh, Esam

    2015-03-01

    Palladium is a precious and rare element that belongs to the Platinum group metals (PGMS) with the lowest density and melting point. Numerous uses of Pd in dentistry, medicine and industrial applications attracted considerable investment. Preparation and characterization of palladium nanoparticles have been conducted by many researchers, but very little effort has taken place on the study of Pd physical properties, such as, mechanical, optical, and electrical. In this study, Chen-Mobius lattice inversion method is used to calculate the cohesive energy and modulus of palladium. The method was employed to calculate the cohesive energy by summing over all pairs of atoms within palladium spherical nanoparticles. The modulus is derived from the cohesive energy curve as a function of particles' sizes. The cohesive energy has been calculated using the potential energy function proposed by (Rose et al., 1981). The results are found to be comparable with previous predictions of metallic nanoparticles. This work is supported by the Royal commission at Yanbu- Saudi Arabia.

  8. Multiphase fluid simulations through porous rock using Shan-Chen type lattice Boltzmann method

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    Qohar, Ulin Nuha Abdul; Latief, Fourier Dzar Eljabbar; Fauzi, Umar

    2015-09-01

    Fluid flow with multiphase components is one of the daily problems that interesting to learn and widely used in various fields, one of them in rock physics. Euler approach and Lagrange approach, the two models are applied to study the fluid flow, which often known as the microscopic and macroscopic approaches. Lattice Boltzmann Method combines the advantages and appropriate of both approaches, that is used as a more efficient model approach, also known as mesoscopic. The LB method has been used to model the two-phase fluid flow with different viscosities using the Shan-Chen model, this model explain the interaction between two different fluid phases. Validated numerical models compiled using two ways, namely analytical models and physical models. Based on this research, numerical models are designed to meet the analytical model with an error on the lattice at the edge of the lattice. When compared with physical models, numerical models have qualitatively suitability. Based on the results of the validation of numerical models, modeling is done to the image of porous rock which gives the results of multiphase fluid flow profile inside the pore. Moreover, the results obtained indicate that there are effective pores that fluid can not be drained.

  9. Apoptosis of human pancreatic carcinoma cell-1 cells induced by Yin Chen Hao Decoction

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    Zhou, Hai-Bo; Chen, Jing-Ming; Shao, Li-Ming; Chen, Zhi-Gang

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate human pancreatic carcinoma cell line (PANC-1) cells apoptosis and Bcl-2 and Bax expression induced by Yin Chen Hao Decoction (YCHD). METHODS: The cell growth inhibitory rate was determined by MTT assay. Apoptosis of PANC-1 cells before and after treatment with YCHD was determined by TUNEL staining. Expression of the apoptosis-associated genes, Bcl-2 and Bax, was detected by immunohistochemical staining and reverse transcription -PCR. RESULTS: YCHD inhibited the growth of PANC-1 cells. Following treatment with YCHD for 24-96 h, the apoptotic rate of PANC-1 cells increased with time. In addition, the positive rate of Bcl-2 protein expression decreased in a time-dependent manner, whereas the positive rate of Bax protein expression increased in a time-dependent manner. Following treatment of with YCHD for 24-96h, expression of BAX mRNA increased gradually and BCL-2 mRNA reduced gradually with time. CONCLUSION: YCHD induces apoptosis of PANC-1 cells mediated in part via up-regulation of BAX and down-regulation of BCL-2. PMID:26217086

  10. Wormholes supported by phantom energy from Shan-Chen cosmological fluids

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    Wang, Deng; Meng, Xin-He

    2016-03-01

    In the present paper, the exact solutions of spherically symmetrical Einstein field equations describing wormholes supported by phantom energy that violates the null energy condition from Shan-Chen background fluid are obtained. We have considered the important case of the model parameter ψ ≈ 1, which corresponds to the "saturation effect", and this regime corresponds to an effective form of "asymptotic freedom" for the fluids, but occurring at cosmological rather than subnuclear scales. Then we investigate the allowed range for the values of the model parameters g and ω when the spacetime metrics describe wormholes and discuss the possible singularities of the solutions, finding that the obtained spacetimes are geodesically complete. Furthermore, we construct two traversable wormholes through matching our obtained interior solutions to the exterior Schwarzschild solutions and analyze the traversablities of the wormholes. Finally, we consider the case of anisotropic pressure and discover that the transverse pressure also crosses the phantom divide -1 with the growth of the wormhole dimension, and it tends to be the same as the radial pressure with the growth of the wormhole radius.

  11. Antibodies to Influenza A Viruses in Wintering Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens) in Texas.

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    Wong, Jessica K; Wilcox, Benjamin R; Fojtik, Alinde; Poulson, Rebecca L; Stallknecht, David E

    2016-05-01

    Wild waterfowl in the order Anseriformes are recognized reservoirs for influenza A viruses (IAVs); however, prevalence of infection can vary greatly by species. Few isolates of IAVs have been reported from snow geese (Chen caerulescens), and generally they have not been regarded as an important component of this reservoir. In February 2013, 151 combined cloacal and oropharangeal swabs and 147 serum samples were collected from snow geese wintering on the Gulf coast of Texas. None of the swab samples tested positive by virus isolation, but antibodies to IAVs were detected in 87 (59%) birds tested by competitive blocking ELISA (bELISA). To further characterize these detected antibodies, positive samples were tested by virus microneutralization (MN) for antibodies to viruses representing 14 hemagglutinin subtypes (HA1-HA12, H14, and H15). By MN, antibodies to H1 (n = 41; 47%), H5 (n = 32; 37%), H6 (n = 49; 56%), H9 (n = 50; 57%), and H12 (n = 24; 28%) were detected. Snow goose populations have increased in North America since the 1960s, and their association with agricultural lands provides a potential indirect source of IAV infection for domestic poultry. This potential, as well as the detection of antibodies to HA subtypes H5, H9, and H12 that are not well represented in other waterfowl species, suggests that further snow geese surveillance is indicated. PMID:27309076

  12. 75 FR 8310 - Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors (BoV) Meeting

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    2010-02-24

    ... of the Secretary Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors (BoV) Meeting AGENCY: Defense Acquisition University, DoD. ACTION: Meeting notice. SUMMARY: The next meeting of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Board of Visitors (BoV) will be held at DAU Headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Virginia....

  13. Source of the North Pacific "boing" sound attributed to minke whales.

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    Rankin, Shannon; Barlow, Jay

    2005-11-01

    During a recent cetacean survey of the U.S. waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, the probable source of the mysterious "boing" sound of the North Pacific Ocean was identified as a minke whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata. Examination of boing vocalizations from three research surveys confirms previous work that identified two distinct boing vocalization types in the North Pacific. The eastern boing (n = 22) has a pulse repetition rate of 92 s(-1) and a duration of 3.6 s and was found only east of 138 degrees W. The central boing (n = 106) has a pulse repetition rate of 115 s(-1) and a duration of approximately 2.6 s and was found only west of 135 degrees W. Central boing vocalizations produced by a single source (n = 84) indicate that variation in repetition rate and duration of the calls of the individual were not significantly different than the variation among individuals of the same boing type. Despite a slight latitudinal overlap in the vocalizations, pulse repetition rates of the eastern and central boings were distinct. PMID:16334704

  14. Efficient combination of Wang-Landau and transition matrix Monte Carlo methods for protein simulations.

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    Ghulghazaryan, Ruben G; Hayryan, Shura; Hu, Chin-Kun

    2007-02-01

    An efficient combination of the Wang-Landau and transition matrix Monte Carlo methods for protein and peptide simulations is described. At the initial stage of simulation the algorithm behaves like the Wang-Landau algorithm, allowing to sample the entire interval of energies, and at the later stages, it behaves like transition matrix Monte Carlo method and has significantly lower statistical errors. This combination allows to achieve fast convergence to the correct values of density of states. We propose that the violation of TTT identities may serve as a qualitative criterion to check the convergence of density of states. The simulation process can be parallelized by cutting the entire interval of simulation into subintervals. The violation of ergodicity in this case is discussed. We test the algorithm on a set of peptides of different lengths and observe good statistical convergent properties for the density of states. We believe that the method is of general nature and can be used for simulations of other systems with either discrete or continuous energy spectrum. PMID:17195159

  15. Current controlled negative differential resistance behavior in Co2FeO2BO3 and Fe3O2BO3 single crystals

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    dos Santos, E. C.; Freitas, D. C.; Fier, I.; Fernandes, J. C.; Continentino, M. A.; de Oliveira, A. J. A.; Walmsley, L.

    2016-03-01

    I-V curves showing negative differential resistance (NDR) are reported for single crystals of Co2FeO2BO3 at 315 K and 290 K and for Fe3O2BO3 at 300 K, 260 K and 220 K. Resistivity measurements are presented for both systems, parallel and perpendicular to the c axis, in the range 315-120 K. The high hysteretic behavior of the I-V curves in Co2FeO2BO3 around room temperature is discussed and the heat dissipated is estimated, suggesting an increase in the sample temperature of almost 22 K for the I-V curve at 315 K and a dominant contribution of Joule self-heating for the observed NDR. In contrast, insignificant hysteresis is observed on the I-V curves of Fe3O2BO3 around room temperature. The depinning of charge order domains is suggested as the main contribution to the NDR phenomenon for Fe3O2BO3. The high reproducibility of the NDR in the Fe3O2BO3 single crystal allows its use as a low frequency oscillator, as it is demonstrated.

  16. Face-capping μ3-BO in B6(BO)7-: boron oxide analogue of B6H7- with rhombic 4c-2e bonds.

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    Guo, Jin-Chang; Lu, Hai-Gang; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian

    2013-11-14

    Using the first-principle approaches, we predict a B6(BO)7(-) cluster with a face-capping μ(3)-BO, which is the boron oxide analogue of closo-B6H7(-) with a face-capping μ(3)-H. Detailed topological analysis of electron density clearly reveals the existence of three rhombic 4c-2e bonds around the B/H apex in both C3v B6(BO)7(-) and C3v B6H7(-), which possesses similar electron densities at their bond and ring critical points. The adaptive natural density partitioning (AdNDP) analysis provides a direct and visual picture of the B-B-B-B/H 4c-2e bonds for the first time. Adiabatic and vertical electron detachment energies of the concerned monoanions are calculated to facilitate their future photoelectron spectroscopy measurements and characterizations. The presence of the B6(BO)7(-) and B6H7(-) clusters extends the BO/H isolobal analogy to the whole μ(n)-BO/H series (n = 1, 2, and 3) and enriches the chemistry of boronyl. PMID:24147988

  17. Luminescent Characteristics of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ Phosphor for White Light Emitting Diode

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2009-04-01

    LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor is synthesized by a high solid-state reaction method, and its luminescent characteristics are investigated. The emission and excitation spectra of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphors exhibit that the phosphors can be effectively excited by near ultraviolet (401 nm) and blue (471 nm) light, and emit 615 nm red light. The effect of Eu3+ concentration on the emission spectrum of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor is studied; the results show that the emission intensity increases with increasing Eu3+ concentration, and then decreases because of concentration quenching. It reaches the maximum at 3 mol%, and the concentration self-quenching mechanism is the dipoledipole interaction according to the Dexter theory. Under the conditions of charge compensation Li+, Na+ or K+ incorporated in LiSrBO3, the luminescent intensities of LiSrBO3:Eu3+ phosphor are enhanced.

  18. Impact of Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) on Reproduction.

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    Chastant-Maillard, S

    2015-06-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is increasingly considered as responsible for various reproductive troubles. This virus infects blood mononuclear cells and displays a specific tropism for vascular endothelia, mammary tissue, endometrium and foetal tissues. Viral multiplication can be reactivated by corticosteroids or stress, both factors present at calving. BoHV-4 has been isolated in a large variety of clinical cases, primarily metritis, vaginitis and mastitis, but also endometritis, abortion and orchitis. Its impact on reproductive performance has been suggested by several epidemiological studies: seroprevalence against BoHV-4 is higher in aborted females and in repeat breeders. Nevertheless, its intrinsic pathogenic power seems low, symptoms developing only when BoHV-4 cooperates with bacteria: within the uterus or mammary gland. BoHV-4 is rather currently considered as a cofactor for the development of an inflammatory reaction initiated by bacteria. PMID:23998345

  19. Spin-Phonon and Electron-Phonon Interactions in Multiferroic GdFe3 (BO3)4 and TbFe3 (BO3)4 Evidenced by IR Reflection Spectroscopy

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    Klimin, S. A.; Kashchenko, M. A.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.

    2016-03-01

    We study temperature-dependent polarized reflection spectra of multiferroic GdFe3 (BO3)4 and TbFe3 (BO3)4 single crystals. Signatures of spin-lattice interactions in both compounds and of a formation of the electron-phonon coupled mode in TbFe3 (BO3)4 are discussed.

  20. In Vivo Image Analysis of BoHV-4-Based Vector in Mice

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    Franceschi, Valentina; Stellari, Fabio Franco; Mangia, Carlo; Jacca, Sarah; Lavrentiadou, Sophia; Cavirani, Sandro; Heikenwalder, Mathias; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2014-01-01

    Due to its biological characteristics bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) has been considered as an appropriate gene delivery vector. Its genomic clone, modified as a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC), is better genetically manipulable and can be used as an efficient gene delivery and vaccine vector. Although a large amount of data have been accumulated in vitro on this specific aspect, the same cannot be asserted for the in vivo condition. Therefore, here we investigated the fate of a recombinant BoHV-4 strain expressing luciferase (BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK) after intraperitoneal or intravenous inoculation in mice, by generating a novel recombinant BoHV-4 expressing luciferase (BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK) and by following the virus replication through in vivo imaging analysis. BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK was first characterized in vitro where it was shown, on one hand that its replication properties are identical to those of the parental virus, and on the other that the transduced/infected cells strongly express luciferase. When BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK was inoculated in mice, either intraperitoneally or intravenously, BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK infection/transduction was exclusively localized to the liver, as detected by in vivo image analysis, and in particular almost exclusively in the hepatocytes, as determined by immuno-histochemistry. These data, that add a new insight on the biology of BoHV-4 in vivo, provide the first indication for the potential use of a BoHV-4-based vector in gene-transfer in the liver. PMID:24752229

  1. In vivo image analysis of BoHV-4-based vector in mice.

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    Franceschi, Valentina; Stellari, Fabio Franco; Mangia, Carlo; Jacca, Sarah; Lavrentiadou, Sophia; Cavirani, Sandro; Heikenwalder, Mathias; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2014-01-01

    Due to its biological characteristics bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) has been considered as an appropriate gene delivery vector. Its genomic clone, modified as a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC), is better genetically manipulable and can be used as an efficient gene delivery and vaccine vector. Although a large amount of data have been accumulated in vitro on this specific aspect, the same cannot be asserted for the in vivo condition. Therefore, here we investigated the fate of a recombinant BoHV-4 strain expressing luciferase (BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK) after intraperitoneal or intravenous inoculation in mice, by generating a novel recombinant BoHV-4 expressing luciferase (BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK) and by following the virus replication through in vivo imaging analysis. BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK was first characterized in vitro where it was shown, on one hand that its replication properties are identical to those of the parental virus, and on the other that the transduced/infected cells strongly express luciferase. When BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK was inoculated in mice, either intraperitoneally or intravenously, BoHV-4-A-CMVlucΔTK infection/transduction was exclusively localized to the liver, as detected by in vivo image analysis, and in particular almost exclusively in the hepatocytes, as determined by immuno-histochemistry. These data, that add a new insight on the biology of BoHV-4 in vivo, provide the first indication for the potential use of a BoHV-4-based vector in gene-transfer in the liver. PMID:24752229

  2. Microsolvation of LiBO2 in water: anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio calculations.

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    Zeng, Zhen; Hou, Gao-Lei; Song, Jian; Feng, Gang; Xu, Hong-Guang; Zheng, Wei-Jun

    2015-04-14

    The microsolvation of LiBO2 in water was investigated by conducting anion photoelectron spectroscopy and ab initio studies on the LiBO2(H2O)n(-) (n = 0-5) clusters. By comparing calculations with experiments, the structures of these clusters and their corresponding neutrals were assigned, and their structural evolutions were revealed. During the anionic structural evolution with n increasing to 5, hydroxyborate and metaborate channels were identified and the metaborate channel is more favorable. For the hydroxyborate structures, the anionic Li(+)-BO2(-) ion pair reacts with a water molecule to produce the LiBO(OH)2(-) moiety and three water molecules tend to dissolve this moiety. In the metaborate channel, two types of solvent-separated ion pair (SSIP) geometries were determined as the ring-type and linear-type. The transition from the contact ion pair (CIP) to the ring-type of SSIP starts at n = 3, while that to the linear-type of SSIP occurs at n = 4. In neutral LiBO2(H2O)n clusters, the first water molecule prefers to react with the Li(+)-BO2(-) ion pair to generate the LiBO(OH)2 moiety, analogous to the bulk crystal phase of α-LiBO2 with two O atoms substituted by two OH groups. The Li-O distance in the LiBO(OH)2 moiety increases with the increasing number of water molecules and elongates abruptly at n = 4. Our studies provide new insight into the initial dissolution of LiBO2 salt in water at the molecular level and may be correlated to the bulk state. PMID:25758204

  3. Notes on Metaphire multitheca (Chen, 1938) (Oligochaeta, Megascolecidae) recorded from Vietnam, with descriptions of two new species

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    Nguyen, Anh D.; Nguyen, Tung T.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The paper deals with Pheretima multitheca multitheca Chen, 1938 recorded from Vietnam (non Pheretima multitheca Chen, 1938 now in Metaphire from Hainan Island). As a result, a new species, Amynthas erroneous sp. n., is revealed from materials which were previously misidentified as Pheretima multitheca multitheca. The new species is obviously distinguished from other Amynthas species by multiple spermathecal pores lateroventral in intersegments 5/6/7/8/9, and presence of two pairs of crescentic genital markings in xviii. In addition, another new species, Amynthas nhonmontis sp. n., is described and easily recognized by multiple spermathecal pores ventral in intersegments 5/6/7/8 and three pairs of genital markings in xvii, xix and xx. PMID:26085799

  4. Absolute and geometric parameters of contact binary BO Arietis

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    Gürol, B.; Gürsoytrak, S. H.; Bradstreet, D. H.

    2015-08-01

    We present the results of our investigation on the geometrical and physical parameters of the W UMa type binary system BO Ari from analyzed CCD (BVRI) light curves and radial velocity data. The photometric data were obtained in 2009 and 2010 at Ankara University Observatory (AUO) and the spectroscopic observations were made in 2007 and 2010 at TUBITAK National Observatory (TUG). These light and radial velocity observations were analyzed simultaneously by using the Wilson-Devinney (2013 revision) code to obtain absolute and geometrical parameters. The system was determined to be an A-type W UMa system. Combining our photometric solution with the spectroscopic data we derived masses and radii of the eclipsing system to be M1 = 0.995M⊙,M2 = 0.189M⊙,R1 = 1.090R⊙ and R2 = 0.515R⊙ . Finally, we discuss the evolutionary status of the system.

  5. Home birth and hospital birth trends in Bo, Sierra Leone.

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    Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Abdirahman, Hafsa A; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Jimmy, David Henry; Malanoski, Anthony P; Sundufu, Abu James; Stenger, David A

    2012-06-01

    As of April 2010, all maternity care at government healthcare facilities in Sierra Leone is provided at no cost to patients. In late 2010, we conducted a community health census of 18 sections of the city of Bo (selected via randomized cluster sampling from 68 total sections). Among the 3421 women with a history of pregnancy who participated in the study, older women most often reported having a history of both home and hospital deliveries, while younger women showed a preference for hospital births. The proportion of lastborn children delivered at a healthcare facility increased from 71.8% of offspring 10-14 years old to 81.1% of those one to nine years old and 87.3% of infants born after April 2010. These findings suggest that the new maternal healthcare initiative has accelerated an existing trend toward a preference for healthcare facility births, at least in some urban parts of Sierra Leone. PMID:22375565

  6. Robustness of the Chen-Dougherty-Bittner procedure against non-normality and heterogeneity in the coefficient of variation.

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    Powell, Douglas A; Anderson, Lucy M; Cheng, Robert Y S; Alvord, W Gregory

    2002-10-01

    Chen, Dougherty, and Bittner [Y. Chen, E. R. Dougherty, and M. L. Bittner, J. Biomed. Opt. 2(4), 364-374 (1997)] provided the derivation of a probability density function (PDF) for a signal ratio from a DNA microarray. This PDF is potentially useful for testing whether a pair of signals from the same gene has a common mean. The derivation of the PDF assumes the normality of all signal distributions and a common coefficient of variation (CV) for all signals within a microarray. The testing procedure requires the calculation of a common confidence interval for a microarray, based on a maximum likelihood estimator of the "common" CV, and the determination of whether or not a ratio for a particular gene falls within this interval. This study used Monte Carlo techniques and demonstrated that the procedure is robust to violations of normality and also to constancy in the coefficients of variation. A closer examination of the dynamics of the procedure found that the robustness was the result of offsetting effects. The size of the confidence interval was increased as a result of higher estimates of the common CV, as the actual CV pattern became heterogeneous. This effect mitigated the inflation in the size of the ratio as a result of increasing CV heterogeneity. These findings suggest that the Chen-Dougherty-Bittner procedure may be used even if underlying assumptions do not hold. PMID:12421134

  7. Performance of Replica-Exchange Wang-Landau Sampling for the 2D Ising Model: A Brief Survey

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    Zhao, Yiwei; Cheung, Siu Wun; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus

    2014-01-01

    We report a brief performance study of the replica-exchange Wang-Landau algorithm, a recently proposed parallel realization of Wang-Landau sampling, using the 2D Ising model as a test case. The simulation time is found to scale inversely with the square root of the number of subwindows (and thus number of processors) used to span the global parameter space. We also investigate the time profiles for random walkers in dierent subwindows to complete iterations, which will aid the development of and adaptive load-balancing scheme.

  8. Moult migration of emperor geese Chen canagica between Alaska and Russia

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    Hupp, J.W.; Schmutz, J.A.; Ely, C.R.; Syroechkovskiy, E.E., Jr.; Kondratyev, A.V.; Eldridge, W.D.; Lappo, E.

    2007-01-01

    We studied reproductive success and post-breeding movements of 32 adult female emperor geese Chen canagica that were marked with satellite radio transmitters on their nesting area on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (YKD), Alaska 2000–2004. All 16 females that failed to successfully reproduce departed the YKD and moulted remiges either on the north coast of the Chukotka Peninsula, Russia (n=15), or on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska (n=1). Of 16 females that successfully nested, one migrated to Russia following hatch whereas the remainder stayed on the YKD. While moulting on the Chukotka Peninsula, emperor geese with satellite transmitters primarily used coastal lagoons west of Kolyuchin Bay. We observed 21,150 adult-plumaged emperor geese during aerial surveys in Chukotka in 2002. Most (95%) were in the same region used by geese that had been marked with satellite transmitters in Alaska. The number of emperor geese observed in Russia was comparable to our estimate of ≥20,000 adults that either do not nest or nest unsuccessfully each year on the YKD, suggesting that most nonproductive adults, or ≥28% of the adult population departs the YKD to moult elsewhere. The number of moult migrants may be substantially higher in years of poor reproductive success or if adult-plumaged birds that are not of breeding age also leave the YKD. Moult migration of emperor geese between Alaska and Russia is likely substantially greater than previously believed. Russian moulting habitats are important to the North American population of emperor geese and events that affect survival of geese in Russia could impact population trends on the YKD. Protection of coastal lagoons on the north coast of Chukotka is warranted.

  9. Aktivitätsmessung auf nukleinsäuremodifizierten Oberflächen

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    Schmidt, Peter Michael

    2003-06-01

    Im Bereich der medizinischen Diagnostik spielen DNA-Chips eine immer wichtigere Rolle. Dabei werden Glas- oder Silikon-Oberflächen mit Tausenden von einzelsträngigen DNA-Fragmenten, sog. Sonden, bestückt, die mit den passenden DNA-Fragmenten in der zugefügten Patientenprobe verschmelzen. Die Auswertung solcher Messungen liefert die Diagnose für Krankheiten wie z.B. Krebs, Alzheimer oder für den Nachweis pathogener Erreger. Durch fortschreitende Miniaturisierung dieser Meßsysteme können bis zu 40.000 Genfragmente des Menschen in einer einzigen Messung analysiert werden. Neben den DNA-Fragmenten können Bio-Chips auch für andere biologische Komponenten wie Antikörper und Proteine eingesetzt werden, wobei bei letzteren neben der Bindung auch die Aktivität ein wichtiger Diagnoseparamter ist. Am Fraunhofer-Institut für medizinische Technik und am Lehrstuhl für Analytische Biochemie der Universität Potsdam wurden im Rahmen einer Doktorarbeit Methoden entwickelt, die es ermöglichen auf nukleinsäuremodifizierten Sensoroberflächen die Aktivität von Proteinen zu messen. Es wurden Nukleinsäuren auf Oberflächen optischer Sensoren verankert. Diese fungierten als Rezeptor für die Proteine sowie auch als Substrat für Restriktionsenzyme, die Nukleinsäuren schneiden und Polymerasen, die Nukleinsäuren synthetisieren und verlängern können. Seine Anwendung fand diese Messmethode in der Messung der Aktivität des Proteins Telomerase, das in 90% aller Tumore erhöhte Aktivität gegenüber gesunden Zellen aufweist. Die Vorteile dieses neuen Assays gegenüber älteren Methoden liegt im Verzicht auf radioaktiv-markierten Komponenten und einer deutlich verkürzten Analysezeit. Die Arbeit schliesst mit einem funktionsfähigen Nachweis der Telomeraseaktivität im Zellextrakt von gesunden und kranken Zellen. Der direkte Einfluß von Hemmstoffen auf die Aktivität konnte sichtbar gemacht werden, und steht daher bei der Entwicklung neuer Tumor-Diagnostika und

  10. Aktivitätsmessung auf nukleinsäuremodifizierten Oberflächen

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    Schmidt, Peter Michael

    2003-06-01

    Im Bereich der medizinischen Diagnostik spielen DNA-Chips eine immer wichtigere Rolle. Dabei werden Glas- oder Silikon-Oberflächen mit Tausenden von einzelsträngigen DNA-Fragmenten, sog. Sonden, bestückt, die mit den passenden DNA-Fragmenten in der zugefügten Patientenprobe verschmelzen. Die Auswertung solcher Messungen liefert die Diagnose für Krankheiten wie z.B. Krebs, Alzheimer oder für den Nachweis pathogener Erreger. Durch fortschreitende Miniaturisierung dieser Meßsysteme können bis zu 40.000 Genfragmente des Menschen in einer einzigen Messung analysiert werden. Neben den DNA-Fragmenten können Bio-Chips auch für andere biologische Komponenten wie Antikörper und Proteine eingesetzt werden, wobei bei letzteren neben der Bindung auch die Aktivität ein wichtiger Diagnoseparamter ist. Am Fraunhofer-Institut für medizinische Technik und am Lehrstuhl für Analytische Biochemie der Universität Potsdam wurden im Rahmen einer Doktorarbeit Methoden entwickelt, die es ermöglichen auf nukleinsäuremodifizierten Sensoroberflächen die Aktivität von Proteinen zu messen. Es wurden Nukleinsäuren auf Oberflächen optischer Sensoren verankert. Diese fungierten als Rezeptor für die Proteine sowie auch als Substrat für Restriktionsenzyme, die Nukleinsäuren schneiden und Polymerasen, die Nukleinsäuren synthetisieren und verlängern können. Seine Anwendung fand diese Messmethode in der Messung der Aktivität des Proteins Telomerase, das in 90% aller Tumore erhöhte Aktivität gegenüber gesunden Zellen aufweist. Die Vorteile dieses neuen Assays gegenüber älteren Methoden liegt im Verzicht auf radioaktiv-markierten Komponenten und einer deutlich verkürzten Analysezeit. Die Arbeit schliesst mit einem funktionsfähigen Nachweis der Telomeraseaktivität im Zellextrakt von gesunden und kranken Zellen. Der direkte Einfluß von Hemmstoffen auf die Aktivität konnte sichtbar gemacht werden, und steht daher bei der Entwicklung neuer Tumor-Diagnostika und

  11. Nonequilibrium behaviors of the three-dimensional Heisenberg model in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm

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    Nonomura, Yoshihiko; Tomita, Yusuke

    2016-01-01

    Recently, it was shown [Y. Nonomura, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 83, 113001 (2014), 10.7566/JPSJ.83.113001] that the nonequilibrium critical relaxation of the two-dimensional (2D) Ising model from a perfectly ordered state in the Wolff algorithm is described by stretched-exponential decay, and a universal scaling scheme was found to connect nonequilibrium and equilibrium behaviors. In the present study we extend these findings to vector spin models, and the 3D Heisenberg model could be a typical example. To evaluate the critical temperature and critical exponents precisely using the above scaling scheme, we calculate nonequilibrium ordering from the perfectly disordered state in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm, and we find that the critical ordering process is described by stretched-exponential growth with a comparable exponent to that of the 3D X Y model. The critical exponents evaluated in the present study are consistent with those in previous studies.

  12. ``Binless Wang-Landau sampling'' - a multicanonical Monte Carlo algorithm without histograms

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    Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus

    Inspired by the very successful Wang-Landau (WL) sampling, we innovated a multicanonical Monte Carlo algorithm to obtain the density of states (DOS) for physical systems with continuous state variables. Unlike the original WL scheme where the DOS is obtained as a numerical array of finite resolution, our algorithm assumes an analytical form for the DOS using a well chosen basis set, with coefficients determined iteratively similar to the WL approach. To avoid undesirable artificial errors caused by the discretization of state variables, we get rid of the use of a histogram for keeping track of the number of visits to energy levels, but store the visited states directly for the fitting of coefficients. This new algorithm has the advantage of producing an analytical expression for the DOS, while the original WL sampling can be readily recovered. This research was supported by the Office of Science of the Department of Energy under Contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  13. Replica-exchange Wang-Landau simulations of the H0P lattice protein model

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    Shi, Guangjie; Wüst, Thomas; Li, Ying Wai; Landau, David P.

    The hydrophobic-polar (HP) lattice protein model has been the subject of intensive investigation in an effort to aid our understanding of protein folding. However, the high ground state degeneracies caused by its simplification stands in contrast to the generally unique native states of natural proteins. Here we proposed a simple modification, by introducing a new type of ``neutral'' monomer, 0, i.e. neither hydrophobic nor polar, thus rendering the model more realistic without increasing the difficulties of sampling significantly. With the replica exchange Wang-Landau (REWL) scheme we investigated several widely studied HP proteins and their H0P counterparts. Dramatic differences in both ground state and thermodynamic properties have been found. For example, the H0P version of Crambin shows more clear two-step folding and 3 order of magnitudes less ground state degeneracy than its HP counterpart. Supported by NSF.

  14. Thermodynamics and structural properties of a confined HP protein determined by Wang-Landau simulation

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    Pattanasiri, Busara; Li, Ying Wai; Landau, David P; Wuest, Thomas; Triampo, Wannapong

    2013-01-01

    We used Wang-Landau sampling with inventive Monte Carlo moves to study the influence of surface characteristics on physical behavior of a hydrophobic-polar (HP) lattice protein model confined between two attractive surfaces. Three types of surfaces, namely, surfaces that attract: (a) all monomers; (b) only P monomers; or (c) only H monomers, have been considered. After obtaining the densities of states, we then found the thermodynamic and structural quantities, such as specific heat, number of surface contacts, and number of hydrophobic interaction pairs. A few conformational transitions , e.g., debridging process and hydrophobic core formation, can be identified based on an analysis of these quantities. Depending on the surface types, these transitions take place at different temperatures, while the ground state configurations show structural variations. These scenarios are confirmed by snapshots of typical states of the systems.

  15. OpenACC programs of the Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm

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    Komura, Yukihiro

    2015-12-01

    We present sample OpenACC programs of the Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm. OpenACC is a directive-based programming model for accelerators without requiring modification to the underlying CPU code itself. In this paper, we deal with the classical spin models as with the sample CUDA programs (Komura and Okabe, 2014), that is, two-dimensional (2D) Ising model, three-dimensional (3D) Ising model, 2D Potts model, 3D Potts model, 2D XY model and 3D XY model. We explain the details of sample OpenACC programs and compare the performance of the present OpenACC implementations with that of the CUDA implementations for the 2D and 3D Ising models and the 2D and 3D XY models.

  16. Fourier Transform Infrared Emission Spectroscopy and AB Initio Study of Hbo and BO

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    Li, G.; Hargreaves, R. J.; Bernath, P. F.

    2010-06-01

    The Fourier-transform infrared emission spectra of HBO and BO were recorded using a Bruker IFS-125HR Fourier transform spectrometer. HBO molecules were synthesized using a high temperature tube furnace at 1450 °C. Our spectra of the HBO molecule in the 1200-4000 cm-1 region contain the v1 and v3 fundamental vibrational modes plus numerous hot bands. An accurate potential energy surface using the MRCI method with correlation consistent core-valence basis sets aug-cc-PCVnZ (n=3, 4, 5) is being calculated and a vibrational configuration interaction (VCI) calculation based on this surface will be performed to assist in the assignment of the HBO hot bands. BO molecules were produced by applying a DC discharge to the furnace containing HBO. Our spectrum of BO in the 1200-2100 cm-1 region contains the fundamental bands of both isotopic species, 11BO, 10BO, and one hot band of the main isotopologue 11BO. The fundamental band of 11BO contains 95 lines roughly equally distributed between the P and R branches. A combined least-squares fit with ground state microwave data was performed to determine the spectroscopic constants. Further results on this ongoing project will be presented.

  17. Luminescence and Site Occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2 Ca(BO3)2

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    Li, Pan-Lai; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2011-01-01

    A green phosphor Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ was synthesized by a high temperature solid-state reaction method under a reductive atmosphere. The luminescence and site occupancy of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are investigated. Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows one green band (537 nm) under 400 nm near ultraviolet excitation which is suitable for UV LED. Ca2+ and Ba2+ ions in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are replaced by Eu2+ ions, the Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ shows a dissymmetrical emission band. The influence of Eu2+ doping concentrations on the emission intensity of Ba2Ca(BO3)2:Eu2+ is studied. It is found that the emission intensity is influenced by the Eu2+ concentration and reaches the maximum value at 2% Eu2+. According to the Dexter theory, the concentration quenching mechanisms of Eu2+ in Ba2Ca(BO3)2 are the d-dinteraction.

  18. Mechanism of enhanced antipseudomonal activity of BO-2727, a new injectable 1-beta-methyl carbapenem.

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    Hazumi, N; Fuse, A; Matsuda, K; Hashizume, T; Sanada, M

    1995-01-01

    The mechanism of the enhanced activity of BO-2727 against imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa was studied by using a set of four isogenic strains derived from beta-lactamase-deficient P. aeruginosa PAO4089 (blaJ blaP). Complementation of the blaJ and blaP mutations conferred greater resistance to biapenem, panipenem, and imipenem than to BO-2727 and meropenem, most notably in the outer membrane protein D2-deficient strain. The higher levels of resistance to biapenem, panipenem, and imipenem can be explained by the slow but significant hydrolysis by beta-lactamase, whereas the reduced levels of resistance to BO-2727 and meropenem would be attributable to their stability in the presence of high levels of beta-lactamase and the fact that they cause only low induction of beta-lactamase. It is also noted that the activity of BO-2727 against the beta-lactamase-deficient strain was less affected by the loss of the D2 porin than was that of meropenem, indicating that BO-2727 in comparison with meropenem can overcome an intrinsic resistance caused by the loss of D2. Moreover, comparative in vitro resistance studies have shown that BO-2727 and meropenem selected fewer resistant cells than other carbapenems. In conclusion, BO-2727 exhibited improved activity against imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa, probably because of its ability to overcome loss of the D2 porin and beta-lactamase hydrolysis. PMID:7793876

  19. The synthesis and crystal structures of the related series of aluminoborates: Co sub 2. 1 Al sub 0. 9 BO sub 55 , Ni sub 2 AlBO sub 5 , and Cu sub 2 AlBO sub 5

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    Hriljac, J.A.; Brown, R.D.; Cheetham, A.K. ); Satek, L.C. )

    1990-02-01

    We report on the growth of single crystals of Ni{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}, Cu{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}, and the mixed-valent Co{sub 2.1}Al{sub 0.9}BO{sub 5} from borax fluxes. All of these materials have been studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The nickel and cobalt compounds are isostructural with the natural mineral ludwigite, while the copper compound is a monoclinically distorted variant of this structure. All three compounds show nonrandom disorder of the transition metal and aluminium atoms over four crystallographically distinct metal sites. We discuss the structural effects of this disorder and attempt to rationalize the observed occupancies on the basis of covalent and ionic forces. Ni{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}: orthorhombic, a = 12.O13(1) {angstrom}, b = 9.111(1) {angstrom}, c = 2.942(1){angstrom}, space group Pbam, Z = 4, R = 4.07%. Co{sub 2.1}Al{sub 0.9}BO{sub 5}: orthorhombic, a = 12.010(2) {angstrom}, b = 9.197(2) {angstrom}, c = 2.993(1) {angstrom}, space group Pbam, Z = 4, R = 4.44%. Cu{sub 2}AlBO{sub 5}; monoclinic, a = 9.365(1) {angstrom}, b = 11.778(2) {angstrom}, c = 3.072(2) {angstrom}, {beta} = 97.71(2){degree}, space group P2{sub 1}/a, Z = 4, R = 4.59%.

  20. [Spectra characteristics of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphor].

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    Wang, Zhi-Jun; Li, Pan-Lai; Yang, Zhi-Ping; Guo, Qing-Lin

    2009-11-01

    LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors were synthesized by solid state reaction. The starting materials CaCO3, SrCO3, BaCO3, H3 BO3, Li2 CO3, Na2 CO3, K2 CO3 and Tb4 O7 (99.99% in mass) in appropriate stoichiometric ratio were mixed in the alumina crucible, then the mixed powders were calcined at 700 degrees C for 2 h, and LiCaBO3 : Tb3+, LiSrBO3 : Tb3+ and LiB-aBO3 : Tb3+ phosphors were obtained. The emission and excitation spectra were measured by a Shimadzu RF-540 ultraviolet spectrophotometer. All the photoluminescence properties of these phosphors were measured at room temperature. The emission spectra of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors show several bands, and the main emission peaks correspond to the 5D4 --> 7F6(486, 486, 488 nm), 5D4 --> F5 (544, 544, 544 nm), 5D4 --> 7F4 (590, 595, 593 nm) and 5D4 --> 7F3 (620, 620, 616 nm) typical transitions of Tb3+, and the typical transitions of Tb3+ happens to split because of the effects of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 crystals field. The excitation spectra for the 544 nm green emission of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba)BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors illuminate that these kinds of phosphors can be effectively excited by ultraviolet (350-410 nm) light, and emit green light, therefore, they are promising phosphors for white light emitting diodes. Effects of activation and charge compensation on the luminescence intensities of LiM (M = Ca, Sr, Ba) BO3 : Tb3+ phosphors were studied, and the results show that the intensities were obviously effected. PMID:20101952

  1. Genetic variation in BoLA microsatellite loci in Portuguese cattle breeds.

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    Bastos-Silveira, C; Luís, C; Ginja, C; Gama, L T; Oom, M M

    2009-02-01

    Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) typing based on microsatellites can be a valuable approach to understanding the selective processes occurring at linked or physically close MHC genes and can provide important information on variability and relationships of populations. Using microsatellites within or in close proximity with bovine lymphocyte antigen (BoLA) genes, we investigated the polymorphisms in the bovine MHC, known as the BoLA, in eight Portuguese cattle breeds. Additional data from non-BoLA microsatellite loci were also used to compare the variability between these regions. Diversity was higher in BoLA than in non-BoLA microsatellites, as could be observed by the number of alleles, allelic richness and observed heterozygosity. Brava de Lide, a breed selected for aggressiveness and nobility, presented the lowest values of observed heterozygosity and allelic richness in both markers. Results from neutrality tests showed few statistically significant differences between the observed Hardy-Weinberg homozygosity (F) and the expected homozygosity (F(E)), indicating the apparent neutrality of the BoLA microsatellites within the analysed breeds. Nevertheless, we detected a trend of lower values of observed homozygosity compared with the expected one. We also detected some differences in the levels of allelic variability among the four BoLA microsatellites. Our data showed a higher number of alleles at the BoLA-DRB3 locus than at the BoLA-DRBP1 locus. These differences could be related to their physical position in the chromosome and may reflect functional requirements for diversity. PMID:18945294

  2. Search for compounds of the NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} family (R = La, Nd, Gd, and Yb) and the new NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} orthoborate

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    Svetlyakova, T. N. Kokh, A. E.; Kononova, N. G.; Fedorov, P. P.; Rashchenko, S. V.; Maillard, A.

    2013-01-15

    A search for compounds of the NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} composition (where R = La{sup 3+}, Nd{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, or Yb{sup 3+}) is performed by solid state synthesis and spontaneous crystallization. A new compound, NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, is found in this series. It crystallizes in space group R3{sup -} and belongs to the family of sublayer complex orthoborates with isolated BO{sub 3} groups NaBaR(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (R = Y, Sc, and Yb). Theoretical X-ray powder diffraction patterns of NaBaY(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, NaBaSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, and NaBaYb(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} are calculated based on single-crystal data.

  3. A new rubidium beryllium borate, RbBe4(BO3)3.

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    Wen, Xiao-Hong; Li, R-K; Chen, C-T

    2006-03-01

    Single crystals of a new rubidium beryllium borate, RbBe4(BO3)3, have been obtained by spontaneous nucleation from a high-temperature melt. This new orthorhombic (Pnma) structure type contains [Be2BO4]- rings, made of two BeO4 tetrahedra and one BO3 triangle, which constitute the basic structural units. The m plane runs through the B and one of the O atoms and intersects the ring. These rings form chains in the a direction, which are connected in the b and c directions to form zeolite-type cages in which the Rb+ cations are located, at sites of m symmetry. PMID:16518029

  4. Pi and sigma double conjugations in boronyl polyboroene nanoribbons: B(n)(BO)2- and B(n)(BO)2 (n = 5-12).

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Lu, Hai-Gang; Li, Wei-Li; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-11-01

    A series of boron dioxide clusters, B(x)O2(-) (x = 7-14), have been produced and investigated using photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. The dioxide clusters are shown to possess elongated ladder-like structures with two terminal boronyl (BO) groups, forming an extensive series of boron nanoribbons, B(n)(BO)2(-) (n = 5-12). The electron affinities of B(n)(BO)2 exhibit a 4n periodicity, indicating that the rhombic B4 unit is the fundamental building block in the nanoribbons. Both π and σ conjugations are found to be important in the unique bonding patterns of the boron nanoribbons. The π conjugation in these clusters is analogous to the polyenes (aka polyboroenes), while the σ conjugation plays an equally important role in rendering the stability of the nanoribbons. The concept of σ conjugation established here has no analogues in hydrocarbons. Calculations suggest the viability of even larger boronyl polyboroenes, B16(BO)2 and B20(BO)2, extending the boron nanoribbons to ~1.5 nm in length or possibly even longer. The nanoribbons form a new class of nanowires and may serve as precursors for a variety of boron nanostructures. PMID:24206292

  5. The spatial and temporal expression of Ch-en, the engrailed gene in the polychaete Chaetopterus, does not support a role in body axis segmentation

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    Seaver, E. C.; Paulson, D. A.; Irvine, S. Q.; Martindale, M. Q.

    2001-01-01

    We are interested in understanding whether the annelids and arthropods shared a common segmented ancestor and have approached this question by characterizing the expression pattern of the segment polarity gene engrailed (en) in a basal annelid, the polychaete Chaetopterus. We have isolated an en gene, Ch-en, from a Chaetopterus cDNA library. Genomic Southern blotting suggests that this is the only en class gene in this animal. The predicted protein sequence of the 1.2-kb cDNA clone contains all five domains characteristic of en proteins in other taxa, including the en class homeobox. Whole-mount in situ hybridization reveals that Ch-en is expressed throughout larval life in a complex spatial and temporal pattern. The Ch-en transcript is initially detected in a small number of neurons associated with the apical organ and in the posterior portion of the prototrochophore. At later stages, Ch-en is expressed in distinct patterns in the three segmented body regions (A, B, and C) of Chaetopterus. In all segments, Ch-en is expressed in a small set of segmentally iterated cells in the CNS. In the A region, Ch-en is also expressed in a small group of mesodermal cells at the base of the chaetal sacs. In the B region, Ch-en is initially expressed broadly in the mesoderm that then resolves into one band/segment coincident with morphological segmentation. The mesodermal expression in the B region is located in the anterior region of each segment, as defined by the position of ganglia in the ventral nerve cord, and is involved in the morphogenesis of segment-specific feeding structures late in larval life. We observe banded mesodermal and ectodermal staining in an anterior-posterior sequence in the C region. We do not observe a segment polarity pattern of expression of Ch-en in the ectoderm, as is observed in arthropods. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  6. Two new cave-dwelling species of the millipede genus Paracortina Wang & Zhang, 1993 from southern China (Diplopoda, Callipodida, Paracortinidae)

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    Liu, Weixin; Tian, Mingyi

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Two new species of the millipede genus Paracortina Wang & Zhang, 1993 are described. Both are presumed troglophiles: Paracortina zhangi sp. n. from a cave in Ceheng County, southwestern Guizhou Province and Paracortina yinae sp. n. from a cave in Longlin County, western Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. A distribution map and a key to all 12 Paracortina species are also provided. PMID:26312031

  7. On the Status of Women in Seventeenth-Century China: Teaching Spence's "The Death of Woman Wang."

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    Gao, James Z.

    1998-01-01

    Describes the application of Frederick Drake and Denee Corbin's method of "dramatization in the classroom" to teaching Chinese history. Outlines the use of the book, "The Death of Woman Wang," to study 17th-century Chinese social life and laws. Includes an outline of activities for the preparation and teaching of the lesson. (DSK)

  8. Why Three Heads Are a Better Bet than Four: A Reply to Sun, Tweney, and Wang (2010)

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    Hahn, Ulrike; Warren, Paul A.

    2010-01-01

    We (Hahn & Warren, 2009) recently proposed a new account of the systematic errors and biases that appear to be present in people's perception of randomly generated events. In a comment on that article, Sun, Tweney, and Wang (2010) critiqued our treatment of the gambler's fallacy. We had argued that this fallacy was less gross an error than it…

  9. Brookland Site Development Study, Brookland, bounded by B&O Railroad Tracks, ...

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    Brookland Site Development Study, Brookland, bounded by B&O Railroad Tracks, Rhode Island & Brentwood Avenues on the south, 18th Street & South Dakota Avenue on the east, and Michigan Avenue on the North, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

  10. A vibrational spectroscopic study of the borate mineral takedaite Ca3(BO3)2

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    Frost, Ray L.; López, Andrés; Xi, Yunfei; Graça, Leonardo M.; Scholz, Ricardo

    2014-11-01

    We have studied the mineral takedaite Ca3(BO3)2, a borate mineral of calcium using SEM with EDX and vibrational spectroscopy. Chemical analysis shows a homogeneous phase, composed of Ca. Boron was not detected. A very intense Raman band at 1087 cm-1 is assigned to the BO stretching vibration of BO3 units. Additional Raman bands may be due to isotopic splitting. In the infrared spectrum, bands at 1218 cm-1 and at 1163, 1262 and 1295 cm-1 are assigned to the trigonal borate stretching modes. Raman bands at 712 and 715 cm-1 are assigned to the in-plane bending modes of the BO3 units. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of takedaite to be assessed.

  11. 48. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    48. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, interior detail of water and hydraulic pumps VIEW WEST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  12. Bridge No. 1363, First B&O Crossing, detail of skewed through ...

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    Bridge No. 1363, First B&O Crossing, detail of skewed through truss, looking west. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  13. Skewed west portal of Bridge No. 1363, First B&O Crossing, ...

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    Skewed west portal of Bridge No. 1363, First B&O Crossing, looking east. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  14. Charge Transfer Salts of BO with Paramagnetic Isothiocyanato Complex Anions: (BO)[ M(isoq) 2(NCS) 4]; M=Cr III or Fe III, isoq=isoquinoline and BO=Bis(ethylenedioxo)tetrathiafulvalene

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    Setifi, Fatima; Ota, Akira; Ouahab, Lahcéne; Golhen, Stèphane; Yamochi, Hideki; Saito, Gunzi

    2002-11-01

    The preparation, X-ray structures and magnetic properties of two isostructural new charge transfer salts: (BO)[ M(isoq) 2(NCS) 4]; M=Cr III(1), Fe III(2) and isoq=isoquinoline are reported. Their structure consists of alternate organic and inorganic layers, each layer being formed by mixed columns of BO radical cations and paramagnetic metal complex anions. There are short intermolecular contacts between donor and anion (S2 anion· · ·S4 BO<3.5 Å) and between adjacent BO molecules (O· · · O1<3.2 Å). The two compounds are insulators. ESR measurements show single signal without separating the donor and anion spins. The magnetic measurements obey the Curie-Weiss law and revealed dominant antiferromagnetic interactions between anion spin and donor spin, but long-range magnetic ordering did not occur down to 2 K. This is directly related to structural reasons which were deduced from a comparison of the title compounds with other 1:1 salts containing same anion complexes and different donors.

  15. In situ high pressure investigations on metastable BiBO3

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    Khanna, Atul; Mishra, A. K.; Sharma, S. M.

    2016-05-01

    Synchrotron based angle dispersive x-ray diffraction (ADXRD) studies were performed on metastable crystalline bismuth orthoborate (BiBO3) up to 14.5 GPa during compression and decompression cycle. These studies revealed that the BiBO3 is unstable and it converts to Bi4B2O9 phase at high pressure. Moreover the transformation is found to be irreversible.

  16. In vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities of BO-2727, a new carbapenem.

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    Asahi, Y; Miyazaki, S; Yamaguchi, K

    1995-01-01

    BO-2727, a new injectable carbapenem, was evaluated for its in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities in comparison with those of biapenem, meropenem, imipenem, cefpirome, and ceftazidime. BO-2727 had activity comparable to that of imipenem against methicillin-susceptible staphylococci and streptococci, with MICs at which 90% of strains tested (MIC90s) are inhibited being equal to 0.5 microgram/ml or less. Against methicillin-resistant staphylococci, BO-2727 was the most active among the antibiotics tested, with MIC90s ranging from 4 to 8 micrograms/ml. BO-2727 was highly active against members of the family Enterobacteriaceae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella catarrhalis, with MIC90s ranging from 0.006 to 2 micrograms/ml. BO-2727 was also highly active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (imipenem-susceptible strains), for which the MIC90 was 2 micrograms/ml, which was lower than those of imipenem, cefpirome, and ceftazidime and comparable to those of biapenem and meropenem. Differences in activity between BO-2727 and the other carbapenems against imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa were particularly striking (MIC90, 8 micrograms/ml). Furthermore, BO-2727 displayed a high degree of activity against many of the ceftazidime-, ciprofloxacin-, and/or gentamicin-resistant isolates of P. aeruginosa. The in vivo efficacy of BO-2727 against experimental septicemia caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and imipenem-resistant P. aeruginosa, reflected its potent in vitro activity and high levels in plasma. PMID:7625784

  17. Lead zinc borate, PbZn2(BO3)2.

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    Chen, Xue An; Zhao, Ying Hua; Chang, Xin An; Zhang, Li; Xue, Hai Ping

    2006-01-01

    PbZn2(BO3)2 crystallizes in the space group Pccn, with the Pb cation at a site with imposed twofold symmetry. The compound represents a new structure type in which ZnBO3 layers are bridged by Pb2+ cations, giving rise to a three-dimensional framework. Channels parallel to the [010] direction accommodate the stereochemically active lone pairs of the Pb2+ cations. PMID:16397327

  18. In vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities of BO-1341, a new antipseudomonal cephalosporin.

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    Nakagawa, S; Sanada, M; Matsuda, K; Hashizume, T; Asahi, Y; Ushijima, R; Ohtake, N; Tanaka, N

    1989-01-01

    BO-1341, a new antipseudomonal semisynthetic cephalosporin, was evaluated for in vitro and in vivo antibacterial activities in comparison with ceftazidime, cefotaxime, and cefoperazone. The in vitro activity of BO-1341 was generally superior or comparable to the activities of the reference antibiotics against clinical isolates of the family Enterobacteriaceae. BO-1341 was highly active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MIC for 90% of the strains tested, 1.56 micrograms/ml), Pseudomonas maltophilia (MIC for 50% of the strains tested, 1.56 micrograms/ml), and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (MIC for 90% of the strains tested, 3.13 micrograms/ml). Furthermore, BO-1341 was highly active against P. aeruginosa isolates resistant to the other antibiotics. Of 199 P. aeruginosa isolates tested, only 2 were resistant to BO-1341. These two strains were also resistant to ceftazidime, cefotaxime, and cefoperazone. Haemophilus influenzae, Branhamella catarrhalis, and nonenteric streptococci were also susceptible to BO-1341, but Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus faecalis, and Bacteroides fragilis were not susceptible to the compound. The protective efficacy against experimental infections in mice caused by nine strains of gram-negative bacteria, including P. aeruginosa, reflected the potent in vitro activity. PMID:2510590

  19. Validation of Community Models: 2. Development of a Baseline, Using the Wang-Sheeley-Arge Model

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    MacNeice, Peter

    2009-01-01

    This paper is the second in a series providing independent validation of community models of the outer corona and inner heliosphere. Here I present a comprehensive validation of the Wang-Sheeley-Arge (WSA) model. These results will serve as a baseline against which to compare the next generation of comparable forecasting models. The WSA model is used by a number of agencies to predict Solar wind conditions at Earth up to 4 days into the future. Given its importance to both the research and forecasting communities, it is essential that its performance be measured systematically and independently. I offer just such an independent and systematic validation. I report skill scores for the model's predictions of wind speed and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) polarity for a large set of Carrington rotations. The model was run in all its routinely used configurations. It ingests synoptic line of sight magnetograms. For this study I generated model results for monthly magnetograms from multiple observatories, spanning the Carrington rotation range from 1650 to 2074. I compare the influence of the different magnetogram sources and performance at quiet and active times. I also consider the ability of the WSA model to forecast both sharp transitions in wind speed from slow to fast wind and reversals in the polarity of the radial component of the IMF. These results will serve as a baseline against which to compare future versions of the model as well as the current and future generation of magnetohydrodynamic models under development for forecasting use.

  20. Generic transition hierarchies of lattice HP protein adsorption: A Wang-Landau study

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    Li, Ying Wai; Landau, D. P.; Wüst, T.

    2012-02-01

    We have applied Wang-Landau sampling with appropriate trial movesootnotetextT. W"ust and D. P. Landau, Phy. Rev. Lett. 102, 178101 (2009). to investigate the thermodynamics and structural properties of the HP lattice protein modelootnotetextK. A. Dill, Biochemistry 24, 1501 (1985). interacting with an attractive substrate. The conformational ``phase transitions'' of several benchmark HP sequences have been identified by a comprehensive canonical analysis of the specific heat and structural observables, e. g. radius of gyration and thermal derivatives of number of surface contacts. Three major ``transitions'': adsorption, hydrophobic core formation, and ``flattening'' of adsorbed structures, are observed. Depending on the surface attractive strength relative to the intra-protein attraction among the H monomers, these processes take place in a different order upon cooling. We identify a small number of generic categories that are sufficient to classify the folding hierarchies for different HP chains consisting of assorted sequences and chain lengths, regardless of the monomer type that the surface attracts. We thus believe that this classification scheme is generally applicable to lattice protein adsorption problems.

  1. Temperature-dependent phase transition of ferroelectric perovskites: A Wang-Landau-DFT approach

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    Yuk, Simuck; Li, Ying Wai; Eisenbach, Markus; Cooper, Valentino

    Since the discovery of ferroelectricity in perovskite oxides, considerable efforts have been devoted to understanding their phase transition behaviors in terms of temperature, pressure, and composition. Such materials have regularly been used in transducer and actuator applications. As our first step to make accurate predictions of the crystal phases of more complex oxides such as Pb(ZrxTi1-x) O3, we have used the Wang-Landau (WL) algorithm and density functional theory (DFT) to examine the temperature-dependent phase transition of PbTiO3, BaTiO3, and KNbO3. DFT was employed to evaluate the energetics of important crystal-structure candidates, which were later used as the input for WL algorithm. In addition, we examine how the choice of exchange-correlation functionals affects our predictions of the relevant phase transition temperatures. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division and the Office of Science Early Career Research Program (V.R.C.) and used resources at NERSC and OLCF.

  2. Enhanced von Weizsäcker Wang-Govind-Carter kinetic energy density functional for semiconductors

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    Shin, Ilgyou; Carter, Emily A.

    2014-05-14

    We propose a new form of orbital-free (OF) kinetic energy density functional (KEDF) for semiconductors that is based on the Wang-Govind-Carter (WGC99) nonlocal KEDF. We enhance within the latter the semi-local von Weizsäcker KEDF term, which is exact for a single orbital. The enhancement factor we introduce is related to the extent to which the electron density is localized. The accuracy of the new KEDF is benchmarked against Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KSDFT) by comparing predicted energy differences between phases, equilibrium volumes, and bulk moduli for various semiconductors, along with metal-insulator phase transition pressures. We also compare point defect and (100) surface energies in silicon for a broad test of its applicability. This new KEDF accurately reproduces the exact non-interacting kinetic energy of KSDFT with only one additional adjustable parameter beyond the three parameters in the WGC99 KEDF; it exhibits good transferability between semiconducting to metallic silicon phases and between various III-V semiconductors without parameter adjustment. Overall, this KEDF is more accurate than previously proposed OF KEDFs (e.g., the Huang-Carter (HC) KEDF) for semiconductors, while the computational efficiency remains at the level of the WGC99 KEDF (several hundred times faster than the HC KEDF). This accurate, fast, and transferable new KEDF holds considerable promise for large-scale OFDFT simulations of metallic through semiconducting materials.

  3. Wang-Landau sampling of the interplay between surface adsorption and folding of HP lattice proteins

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    Li, Ying Wai; Wuest, Thomas; Landau, David P

    2014-01-01

    Generic features associated with the adsorption of proteins on solid surfaces are reviewed within the framework of the hydrophobic-polar (HP) lattice protein model. The thermodynamic behavior and structural properties of various HP protein sequences interacting with attractive surfaces have been studied using extensive Wang-Landau sampling with different types of surfaces, each of which attracts either: all monomers, only hydrophobic (H) monomers, or only polar (P) monomers, respectively. Consequently, different types of folding behavior occur for varied surface strengths. Analysis of the combined patterns of various structural observables, e.g., the derivatives of the numbers of interaction contacts, together with the specific heat, leads to the identification of fundamental categories of folding and transition hierarchies. We also inferred a connection between the transition categories and the relative surface strengths, i.e., the ratios of the surface attractive strengths to the intra-chain attraction among H monomers. We thus believe that the folding hierarchies and identification scheme are generic for different HP sequences interacting with attractive surfaces, regardless of the chain length, sequence, or surface attraction.

  4. Somatic embryogenesis and enhanced shoot organogenesis in Metabriggsia ovalifolia W. T. Wang.

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    Ouyang, Yao; Chen, Yulu; Lü, Jinfeng; Teixeira da Silva, Jaime A; Zhang, Xinhua; Ma, Guohua

    2016-01-01

    An efficient protocol providing a dual regeneration pathway via direct shoot organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis for an endangered species, Metabriggsia ovalifolia W. T. Wang, was established from leaf explants. When applied at 2.5 μM, the cytokinins 6-benzyladenine (BA) or thidiazuron (TDZ) and the auxins indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) could induce shoots when on basal Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium. BA and TDZ could induce more adventitious shoots (19.1 and 31.2/explant, respectively) than NAA (4.6/explant), IBA (5.7/explant) or IAA (6.4/explant). BA and TDZ at 5-10 μM could induce both shoots and somatic embryos. A higher concentration of TDZ (25 μM) induced only somatic embryos (39.8/explant). The same concentration of BA induced both adventitious shoots (23.6/explant) and somatic embryos (9.7/explant). Thus, somatic embryogenesis in this plant needs a high cytokinin concentration (BA; TDZ), as evidenced by histology. Somatic embryos germinated easily when left on the same media, but formed adventitious roots in two weeks on MS supplemented with 0.5 μM NAA, 0.5 μM IBA and 0.1% activated charcoal. Over 93% of plantlets survived following acclimatization and transfer to a mixture of sand and vermiculite (1:1, v/v) in trays. PMID:27090564

  5. Somatic embryogenesis and enhanced shoot organogenesis in Metabriggsia ovalifolia W. T. Wang

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    Ouyang, Yao; Chen, Yulu; Lü, Jinfeng; Teixeira da Silva, Jaime A.; Zhang, Xinhua; Ma, Guohua

    2016-01-01

    An efficient protocol providing a dual regeneration pathway via direct shoot organogenesis and somatic embryogenesis for an endangered species, Metabriggsia ovalifolia W. T. Wang, was established from leaf explants. When applied at 2.5 μM, the cytokinins 6-benzyladenine (BA) or thidiazuron (TDZ) and the auxins indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA) and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) could induce shoots when on basal Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium. BA and TDZ could induce more adventitious shoots (19.1 and 31.2/explant, respectively) than NAA (4.6/explant), IBA (5.7/explant) or IAA (6.4/explant). BA and TDZ at 5–10 μM could induce both shoots and somatic embryos. A higher concentration of TDZ (25 μM) induced only somatic embryos (39.8/explant). The same concentration of BA induced both adventitious shoots (23.6/explant) and somatic embryos (9.7/explant). Thus, somatic embryogenesis in this plant needs a high cytokinin concentration (BA; TDZ), as evidenced by histology. Somatic embryos germinated easily when left on the same media, but formed adventitious roots in two weeks on MS supplemented with 0.5 μM NAA, 0.5 μM IBA and 0.1% activated charcoal. Over 93% of plantlets survived following acclimatization and transfer to a mixture of sand and vermiculite (1:1, v/v) in trays. PMID:27090564

  6. Enhanced von Weizsäcker Wang-Govind-Carter kinetic energy density functional for semiconductors

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    Shin, Ilgyou; Carter, Emily A.

    2014-05-01

    We propose a new form of orbital-free (OF) kinetic energy density functional (KEDF) for semiconductors that is based on the Wang-Govind-Carter (WGC99) nonlocal KEDF. We enhance within the latter the semi-local von Weizsäcker KEDF term, which is exact for a single orbital. The enhancement factor we introduce is related to the extent to which the electron density is localized. The accuracy of the new KEDF is benchmarked against Kohn-Sham density functional theory (KSDFT) by comparing predicted energy differences between phases, equilibrium volumes, and bulk moduli for various semiconductors, along with metal-insulator phase transition pressures. We also compare point defect and (100) surface energies in silicon for a broad test of its applicability. This new KEDF accurately reproduces the exact non-interacting kinetic energy of KSDFT with only one additional adjustable parameter beyond the three parameters in the WGC99 KEDF; it exhibits good transferability between semiconducting to metallic silicon phases and between various III-V semiconductors without parameter adjustment. Overall, this KEDF is more accurate than previously proposed OF KEDFs (e.g., the Huang-Carter (HC) KEDF) for semiconductors, while the computational efficiency remains at the level of the WGC99 KEDF (several hundred times faster than the HC KEDF). This accurate, fast, and transferable new KEDF holds considerable promise for large-scale OFDFT simulations of metallic through semiconducting materials.

  7. Efficient generation of peptide hydrazides via direct hydrazinolysis of Peptidyl-Wang-TentaGel resins.

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    Bello, Claudia; Kikul, Frauke; Becker, Christian F W

    2015-03-01

    Peptide hydrazides are valuable building blocks in peptide and protein chemistry, e.g. as precursors of peptide thioesters that allow the preparation of these important intermediates under mild conditions. Additional robust and versatile methods for the generation of peptide hydrazides from standard solid supports are therefore highly desired in order to facilitate access to peptide thioester via Fmoc-based SPPS. Here, the efficient generation of peptide hydrazides from conventional 4-hydroxymethyl phenol Wang-TentalGel peptidyl resins is described. Direct hydrazinolysis of a 19mer mucin1 peptide gives the protected peptide hydrazide in excellent yields. Testing a series of octapeptides carrying the 20 common proteinogenic amino acids at their C-terminus led to preparation of all corresponding peptide hydrazides in very good to excellent yields and purities. The available set of octapeptides allowed analyzing the influence of the nature of the C-terminal amino acid and of the solvent on the hydrazinolysis reaction. Furthermore, the compatibility of the method with posttranslational modifications (here glycosylation) and with potentially sensitive functional groups in amino acid side chains makes this approach a viable alternative for obtaining peptide hydrazides. It combines the advantages of a straightforward synthesis with stereochemical stability and flexibility, as it provides easy access to the peptide acid and the peptide thioester (via the hydrazide) from the same solid support. PMID:25648984

  8. Applications of Wang-Landau sampling to determine phase equilibria in complex fluids

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    Ganzenmüller, Georg; Camp, Philip J.

    2007-10-01

    Applications of the Wang-Landau algorithm for simulating phase coexistence at fixed temperature are presented. The number density is sampled using either volume scaling or particle insertion/deletion. The resulting algorithms, while being conceptually easy, are of comparable efficiency to existing multicanonical methods but with the advantage that neither the chemical potential nor the pressure at phase coexistence has to be estimated in advance of the simulation. First, we benchmark the algorithm against literature results for the vapor-liquid transition in the Lennard-Jones fluid. We then demonstrate the general applicability of the algorithm by studying vapor-liquid coexistence in two examples of complex fluids: charged soft spheres, which exhibit a transition similar to that in the restricted primitive model of ionic fluids, being characterized by strong ion pairing in the vapor phase; and Stockmayer fluids with high dipole strengths, in which the constituent particles aggregate to form chains, and for which the very existence of a transition has been widely debated. Finally, we show that the algorithm can be used to locate a weak isotropic-nematic transition in a fluid of Gay-Berne mesogens.

  9. Applications of Wang-Landau sampling to determine phase equilibria in complex fluids.

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    Ganzenmüller, Georg; Camp, Philip J

    2007-10-21

    Applications of the Wang-Landau algorithm for simulating phase coexistence at fixed temperature are presented. The number density is sampled using either volume scaling or particle insertion/deletion. The resulting algorithms, while being conceptually easy, are of comparable efficiency to existing multicanonical methods but with the advantage that neither the chemical potential nor the pressure at phase coexistence has to be estimated in advance of the simulation. First, we benchmark the algorithm against literature results for the vapor-liquid transition in the Lennard-Jones fluid. We then demonstrate the general applicability of the algorithm by studying vapor-liquid coexistence in two examples of complex fluids: charged soft spheres, which exhibit a transition similar to that in the restricted primitive model of ionic fluids, being characterized by strong ion pairing in the vapor phase; and Stockmayer fluids with high dipole strengths, in which the constituent particles aggregate to form chains, and for which the very existence of a transition has been widely debated. Finally, we show that the algorithm can be used to locate a weak isotropic-nematic transition in a fluid of Gay-Berne mesogens. PMID:17949170

  10. Phase transition of a single star polymer: A Wang-Landau sampling study

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    Wang, Zilu; He, Xuehao

    2011-09-01

    Star polymers, as an important class of nonlinear macromolecules, process special thermodynamic properties for the existence of a common connecting point. The thermodynamic transitions of a single star polymer are systematically studied with the bond fluctuation model using Wang-Landau sampling techniques. A new analysis method employing the shape factor is proposed to locate the coil-globule (CG) and liquid-crystal (LC) transitions, which shows a higher efficiency and accuracy than the canonical specific heat function. The LC transition temperature is found to obey the identical scaling law as the linear polymers. However, the CG transition temperature shifts towards the LC transition with the increasing of the arm number. The reason is that for the star polymer a lower temperature is needed for the attractive force to overcome the excluded volume effect of the polymer chain because of its high arm density. This work clearly proves the structural distinction of the linear and star polymers can only affect the CG transition while has no influence on the LC transition.

  11. Nonconvergence of the Wang-Landau algorithms with multiple random walkers

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    Belardinelli, R. E.; Pereyra, V. D.

    2016-05-01

    This paper discusses some convergence properties in the entropic sampling Monte Carlo methods with multiple random walkers, particularly in the Wang-Landau (WL) and 1 /t algorithms. The classical algorithms are modified by the use of m -independent random walkers in the energy landscape to calculate the density of states (DOS). The Ising model is used to show the convergence properties in the calculation of the DOS, as well as the critical temperature, while the calculation of the number π by multiple dimensional integration is used in the continuum approximation. In each case, the error is obtained separately for each walker at a fixed time, t ; then, the average over m walkers is performed. It is observed that the error goes as 1 /√{m } . However, if the number of walkers increases above a certain critical value m >mx , the error reaches a constant value (i.e., it saturates). This occurs for both algorithms; however, it is shown that for a given system, the 1 /t algorithm is more efficient and accurate than the similar version of the WL algorithm. It follows that it makes no sense to increase the number of walkers above a critical value mx, since it does not reduce the error in the calculation. Therefore, the number of walkers does not guarantee convergence.

  12. Be2BO3F: A Phase of Beryllium Fluoride Borate Derived from KBe2BO3F2 with Short UV Absorption Edge.

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    Guo, Shu; Liu, Lijuan; Xia, Mingjun; Kang, Lei; Huang, Qian; Li, Chao; Wang, Xiaoyang; Lin, Zheshuai; Chen, Chuangtian

    2016-07-01

    A phase of beryllium fluoride borate Be2BO3F (BBF) was successfully developed and grown by spontaneous nucleation from high temperature solution. The crystal belongs to the trigonal space group of R3̅c (No. 167), with lattice parameters a = 4.442(1) Å, c = 24.956(5) Å, and Z = 2. It is constructed by the infinite planar [Be2BO3F2]∞ layers, in which the planar triangle [BO3](3-) and the tetrahedral [BeO3F](5-) anionic groups are arranged in parallel via corner-sharing O atoms in each ab plane. BBF is an incongruent compound and decomposes at about 650 °C. The deep-ultraviolet (DUV) transmittance spectrum reveals that its UV cutoff wavelength is down to ∼150 nm. Theoretical calculations show that BBF has a large birefringence (Δn = 0.13 at 200 nm), which mainly originates from the infinite planar [Be2BO3F2]∞ layers. In conclusion, BBF may be served as a potential DUV birefringent material. PMID:27332696

  13. Feasibility and effectiveness of a Chen-style Tai Chi programme for stress reduction in junior secondary school students.

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    Lee, Linda Y K; Chong, Yeuk Lan; Li, Ngai Yin; Li, Man Chung; Lin, Lai Na; Wong, Lee Yi; Wong, Brian Kit; Yip, Wing Ping; Hon, Cho Hang; Chung, Pui Kuen; Man, Shuk Yee

    2013-04-01

    Stress is common in junior secondary school students (JSSS). This study aimed to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a Chen-style Tai Chi programme for stress reduction in JSSS. A non-equivalent pre-test/post-test control group design was adopted, and a convenience sample of 69 JSSS was recruited. The experimental group (n = 32) joined a Chen-style Tai Chi programme, which included 10 sessions of 80-minute Tai Chi training (one session per week). The control group (n = 37) proceeded with self-study. Participants' stress levels were assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale. Feasibility was determined as the percentage of participants completing and attending the programme. Effectiveness was measured as the significant difference in changes in stress levels before and after the intervention between the two groups. Results preliminarily supported that the programme was feasible for JSSS. Completion rate was 100%, and attendance rate was 90%. However, no significant difference was noted in changes in stress levels before and after the intervention between the two groups. The potential health benefits of Tai Chi could not be detected owing to the restrictions imposed by the research setting and study limitations. The present study represents initial efforts in this direction and serves as reference for future study. PMID:22674634

  14. Structure, composition, and assembly of paracrystalline phycobiliproteins in Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402 and of phycobilisomes in the derivative strain BO 9201.

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    Reuter, W; Westermann, M; Brass, S; Ernst, A; Böger, P; Wehrmeyer, W

    1994-01-01

    The phycobiliproteins of the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402 and its derivative strain BO 9201 are compared. The biliproteins of strain BO 8402 are organized in paracrystalline inclusion bodies showing an intense autofluorescence in vivo. These protein-pigment aggregates have been isolated. The highly purified complexes contain phycocyanin with traces of phycoerythrin, corresponding linker polypeptides LR35PC and LR33PE (the latter in a small amount), and a unique colored polypeptide with an M(r) of 55,000, designated L55. Allophycocyanin and the core linker polypeptides are absent. The substructure of the aggregates has been studied by electron microscopy. Repetitive subcomplexes of hexameric stacks of biliproteins form extraordinary long rods associated side by side in a highly condensed arrangement. Evidence that the linker polypeptides LR35PC and LR33PE stabilize the biliprotein hexamers is presented, while the location and function of the colored linker L55 remain uncertain. The derivative strain BO 9201 contains established hemidiscoidal phycobilisomes comprising phycoerythrin, phycocyanin, and allophycocyanin as well as the corresponding linker polypeptides. The core-membrane linker protein (LCM), and two polypeptides with M(r)s of 40,000 and 45,000 which are present in small amounts, exhibit strong cross-reactivity in Western blot (immunoblot) analysis using an antibody directed against the colored LCM of a Nostoc sp. In contrast, strain BO 8402 exhibits no polypeptide with a significant immunological cross-reactivity in Western blot analysis. Physiological and genetic implications of the unusual pigment compositions of both strains are discussed. Images PMID:8300542

  15. Quasi-spherical LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles: Synthesis, formation, and luminescence properties

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    Gao, Yu; Yang, Feng; Han, Wenchi; Fang, Qinghong; Xu, Zhenhe

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: Quasi-spherical LuBO3 nanoparticles have been prepared via a facile hydrothermal route. The possible growth mechanism and the luminescent properties of the as-prepared microcrystals have been discussed. - Highlights: • LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles were prepared by a facile hydrothermal route. • The Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}-doped LuBO{sub 3} products show strong red and green emissions. • This method may be more widely applicable in the design of other rare-earth compounds. - Abstract: Quasi-spherical LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by a designed hydrothermal conversion method. The Lu(OH)CO{sub 3} nanoparticles were first prepared by a simple homogeneous precipitation method. Subsequently, LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized at the expense of the Lu(OH)CO{sub 3} nanoparticles during a hydrothermal conversion process. The conversion process from the Lu(OH)CO{sub 3} precursor to LuBO{sub 3} nanoparticles was investigated by time-dependent experiments. Moreover, the as-obtained Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+}-doped LuBO{sub 3} products show strong characteristic red and green emissions under ultraviolet excitation and low-voltage electron beam excitation, respectively. This work sheds some light on the knowledge of conversion of different kind of lutetium compounds, and the luminescent properties have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays. More importantly, this simple method is expected to allow the large-scale production of other complex rare-earth compounds with controllable morphologies and sizes, and exploration of the morphology and photoluminescence properties.

  16. Thermoluminescence characteristics of Zn(BO2)2:Ce3+ under beta irradiation.

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    Kucuk, Nil; Kucuk, Ilker; Yüksel, Mehmet; Topaksu, Mustafa

    2016-03-01

    In this study, the thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of undoped and various Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 powder samples excited by beta irradiation are reported for the first time. Zn(BO2)2:Ce(3+) powder samples were prepared by the nitric acid method (NAM) using the starting oxides [zinc oxide (ZnO), boric acid (H3BO3) and doped element oxide (CeO2)]. The formations of the obtained samples were confirmed by an X-ray diffraction study. Dose responses of Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were investigated after the beta irradiation in the dose range from 143 mGy to 60 Gy. All TL measurements were made on using an automated Risø TL/OSL DA-20 reader. TL emission was detected through a filter pack (Schott BG-39 and Corning 7-59) transmitting between 330 and 480 nm. TL glow curves were obtained using a constant heating rate of 5°C s(-1) from room temperature (RT) to 450°C in an N2 atmosphere. The dose response and minimum detectable dose (MDD) values of the samples were determined. The dose responses of all the samples tested exhibited a superlinear behaviour. MDD value of 4 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 sample, which shows a high temperature peak at about 230°C, was determined as 96 mGy. MDD values for 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were also determined as 682, 501, 635, 320 and 824 mGy, respectively. The trap parameters of undoped and 4 % Ce(3) (+)-doped Zn(BO2)2 samples were estimated by the computerised glow curve deconvolution method. PMID:26142459

  17. Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics in the Multicanonical Ensemble: Connections between Wang-Landau Sampling and Metadynamics

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    Vogel, Thomas; Perez, Danny; Junghans, Christoph

    2014-03-01

    We show direct formal relationships between the Wang-Landau iteration [PRL 86, 2050 (2001)], metadynamics [PNAS 99, 12562 (2002)] and statistical temperature molecular dynamics [PRL 97, 050601 (2006)], the major Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics work horses for sampling from a generalized, multicanonical ensemble. We aim at helping to consolidate the developments in the different areas by indicating how methodological advancements can be transferred in a straightforward way, avoiding the parallel, largely independent, developments tracks observed in the past.

  18. Comparison of the ligand-binding properties of native and copper-less cytochromes bo from Escherichia coli.

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    Moody, A J; Mitchell, R; Jeal, A E; Rich, P R

    1997-01-01

    The binding of four anionic ligands, cyanide, fluoride, azide and formate, to cytochrome bo purified from Escherichia coli cells grown with a copper supplement (+Cu cyt.bo) is described. Membrane-bound cytochrome bo that lacks the copper component, CuB, of its active site can be prepared from cells grown under conditions where the availability of copper is limited by the presence of a CuI chelator, 2,2'-bicinchinonic acid. The ligand-binding properties of this copper-less enzyme (-Cu cyt.bo) are compared with those of +Cu cyt. bo. As judged from near-UV/visible spectroscopic changes, cyanide forms a low-spin complex with +Cu cyt.bo, whereas azide, fluoride and formate form high-spin complexes. The pH-dependences of binding suggest that for all four of these anionic ligands, both the rates of binding and the binding affinities are primarily dependent on the concentration of their protonated forms. -Cu cyt.bo, which shows less than 15% of the duroquinol oxidase activity of +Cu cyt.bo, binds cyanide, azide and fluoride, but with greatly decreased affinity (<1/30, 1/2000 and 1/2500 respectively at pH5.5 compared with +Cu cyt.bo). The complex of azide with -Cu cyt.bo still seems to be high-spin and azide binding to -Cu cyt.bo is still pH-dependent, although less so than azide binding to +Cu cyt.bo. PMID:9210397

  19. Photoluminescence Properties of CaAlBO4:M (M: Pb2+, Dy3+, and Sm3+)

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    Erdoğmuş, E.; Pekgözlü, İ.

    2014-07-01

    Pb2+, Dy3+, and Sm3+ doped CaAlBO4 materials were synthesized by the conventional solid state reaction. The synthesized phosphors were characterized by X-Ray powder diffraction. The emission and excitation spectra of these phosphors were measured at room temperature. The emission band of CaAlBO4:Pb2+ appeared as a broad band at 339 nm upon excitation with 272 nm. The second phosphor, CaAlBO4: Dy3+, emits at 477, 570, and 670 nm upon 347 nm excitation. The third phosphor, CaAlBO4:Sm3+, emits at 563, 594, 643, and 705 nm upon 236 nm excitation.

  20. Toxicity of Alangium salvifolium Wang chemical constituents against the tobacco cutworm Spodoptera litura Fab.

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    Selin-Rani, Selvaraj; Senthil-Nathan, Sengottayan; Revathi, Kannan; Chandrasekaran, Rajamanickam; Thanigaivel, Annamalai; Vasantha-Srinivasan, Prabhakaran; Ponsankar, Athirstam; Edwin, Edward Sam; Pradeepa, Venkatraman

    2016-01-01

    Widespread use of synthetic pesticides has resulted in the development of insecticide-resistant populations of pests and harmful effects on human health and the environment. There is a need to identify alternative pest management strategies to reduce our reliance on conventional chemical pesticides. In recent years the use of botanical pesticides for protecting crops from insect pests has assumed greater importance. Methanol extract of Alangium salvifolium (L.f.) Wang has potential insecticidal activity against Spodoptera litura Fab. The active fractions were identified through chromatographic techniques as F-IV (Rf value=0.45) and F-VI (Rf value=0.63) and were subjected to GC-MS (GCMATE II). Fifty, 100 and 200ppm of active fractions were applied to fourth instar larvae and the mortality increased with higher concentrations. Relative consumption rate, relative growth rate, efficiency of conversion of ingested food and efficiency of conversion of digested food values all decreased in treated larvae, but approximate digestibility rate increased after treatment. The hydrolytic enzymes, such as acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase and the glycolytic enzyme lactate dehydrogenase were inhibited in treated larvae compared with controls. The histopathology study revealed that the epithelial columnar cells were enlarged, completely atrophied; intercellular spaces were swollen, and also noted a cytoplasmic ooze of cell material that mixed with food column. The present study clearly showed the active fractions from A. salvifolium as potential botanicals to control the larvae of S. litura. This is the first report for nutritional indices, enzymatic activities and histological effects of A. salvifolium chemical constituents against S. litura. Thus probably, this will be used as an alternative for synthetic pesticides against the polyphagous pest like S. litura. PMID:26778440

  1. PHOTOMETRIC PROPERTIES OF THE INTERACTING BINARY BO MONOCEROTIS: EVIDENCE FOR MAGNETIC ACTIVITY

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    Reed, Phillip A.; Yuhas, Bernard J. E-mail: byuha055@live.kutztown.edu

    2013-05-15

    BO Monocerotis (BO Mon) is a severely neglected short-period (2.23 days) Algol-type eclipsing binary star system undergoing angular momentum variations that are likely due to the evolved secondary star experiencing cycles of magnetic activity. We present the first CCD light curves of BO Mon, which were observed at the Kutztown University Observatory (Kutztown, PA) in 2012 using B, V, and I filters. The analysis presented here is the first of its kind for BO Mon and provides the first physical model of the system's parameters. We also incorporate over 40 yr of published times of minimum light to provide a new ephemeris curve and perform a period study that greatly improves, while differing significantly from, an earlier ephemeris analysis that was done more than 13 yr ago. The observed variations in BO Mon's orbital period supply evidence for mass transfer and magnetic activity and our photometric model affords the basic properties of the system for use in future photometric and spectroscopic studies.

  2. Synthesis and thermoluminescence properties of rare earth-doped NaMgBO3 phosphor.

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    Khan, Z S; Ingale, N B; Omanwar, S K

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth (Dy(3+) and Sm(3+))-doped sodium magnesium borate (NaMgBO3) is synthesized by solution combustion synthesis method keeping their thermoluminescence properties in mind. The reaction produced very stable crystalline NaMgBO3:RE (RE = Dy(3+), Sm(3+)) phosphors. The phosphors are exposed to (60)Co gamma-ray radiations dose of varying rate from 5 to 25 Gy, and their TL characteristics with kinetic parameters are studied. NaMgBO3:Dy(3+) phosphor shows two peaks for lower doping concentration of Dy(3+) while it reduced to single peak for the higher concentrations of activator Dy(3+). NaMgBO3:Dy(3+) shows the major glow peak around 200 °C while NaMgBO3:Sm(3+) phosphors show two well-separated glow peaks at 200 and 332 °C respectively. The thermoluminescence intensity of these phosphors was compare with the commercially available TLD-100 (Harshaw) phosphor. The TL responses for gamma-ray radiations dose were found to be linear from 5 to 25 Gy for both phosphors while the fading in each case is calculated for the tenure of 45 days. PMID:26178829

  3. Superhalogens beget superhalogens: a case study of (BO2)n oligomers.

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    Kandalam, Anil K; Kiran, Boggavarapu; Jena, P; Pietsch, S; Ganteför, G

    2015-10-28

    Superhalogens belong to a class of molecules that not only mimic the chemistry of halogen atoms but also possess electron affinities that are much larger than that of chlorine, the element with the highest electron affinity in the periodic table. Using BO2 as an example and the synergy between density functional theory-based calculations and photoelectron spectroscopy experiments we demonstrate another unusual property of superhalogens. Unlike halogens, whose ability to accept an electron falls upon dimerization, B2O4, the dimer of BO2, has an electron affinity larger than that of the BO2 building block. This ability of (BO2)2 and subsequent, higher oligomers (BO2)n (n = 3 and 4), to retain their superhalogen characteristics can be traced to the enhanced bonding interactions between oxygen and boron atoms and due to the delocalization of the charge of the extra-electron over the terminal oxygen atoms. These results open the door to the design and synthesis of a new class of metal-free highly negative ions with potential for novel applications. PMID:26394536

  4. Spectral characteristics of different structural modifications of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3

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    Shmurak, S. Z.; Kedrov, V. V.; Kiselev, A. P.; Smyt'ko, I. M.

    2015-01-01

    The spectral and structural characteristics of polycrystals of Eu3+-doped lutetium borates Lu1 - x Eu x BO3) annealed at different temperatures have been investigated over a wide range of europium concentrations. The conditions for the preparation of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3 in the calcite and vaterite phases have been determined. It has been found that there is a radical difference between the excitation spectra of the main emission bands of the calcite and vaterite phases of the Lu1 - x Eu x BO3 borates. The influence of the europium concentration on the structure of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3 has been analyzed. It has been established that, at europium concentrations of higher than 15 at %, only the vaterite structure is formed independently of the annealing temperature. Thus, by varying the Eu3+ concentration and the annealing temperature of Lu1 - x Eu x BO3, it is possible to directionally synthesize a specific structural modification and, consequently, to control the spectral characteristics of this compound.

  5. Signature of the Superatom to Superhalogen Behavior of Aun(BO2)m clusters

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    Kandalam, Anil; Gotz, Matthias; Willis, Mary; Gantefor, Gerd; Jena, Puru

    2010-03-01

    We report the discovery of a new class of clusters consisting of Aun(BO2)m which formed during the oxygenation of gold clusters when boron nitride was used as insulation in the pulsed arc cluster ion source (PACIS). Using DFT based calculations, we trace the origin of these species to be due to the unusual stability of the BO2 moiety as well as shed light on their formation process. PES measurements and the corresponding DFT calculations further reveal some rather remarkable properties of Aun(BO2)m clusters such as large HOMO-LUMO gaps in the range of 3.00 eV -- 3.95 eV and electron affinities substantially larger than that of F, the most electronegative element in the periodic table. In addition, some of the most predominant features of the electronic structure of the bare Au clusters, namely odd-even alternation in the electron affinity, are preserved in the Aun(BO2) species. The synergy between theory and experiment illustrates that Aun(BO2)m clusters, behave as superatoms and superhalogens, opening the door for the synthesis of a new class of cluster-assembled materials.

  6. Probing BoNT/A protease exosites: implications for inhibitor design and light chain longevity.

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    Xue, Song; Javor, Sacha; Hixon, Mark S; Janda, Kim D

    2014-11-01

    Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT/A) is one of the most lethal toxins known. Its extreme toxicity is due to its light chain (LC), a zinc protease that cleaves SNAP-25, a synaptosome-associated protein, leading to the inhibition of neuronal activity. Studies on BoNT/A LC have revealed that two regions, termed exosites, can play an important role in BoNT catalytic activity. A clear understanding of how these exosites influence neurotoxin catalytic activity would provide a critical framework for deciphering the mechanism of SNAP-25 cleavage and the design of inhibitors. Herein, based on the crystallographic structure of BoNT/A LC complexed with its substrate, we designed an α-exosite binding probe. Experiments with this unique probe demonstrated that α-exosite binding enhanced both catalytic activity and stability of the LC. These data help delineate why α-exosite binding is needed for SNAP-25 cleavage and also provide new insights into the extended lifetime observed for BoNT/A LC in vivo. PMID:25295706

  7. BoD services in layer 1 VPN with dynamic virtual concatenation group

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    Du, Shu; Peng, Yunfeng; Long, Keping

    2008-11-01

    Bandwidth-on-Demand (BoD) services are characteristic of dynamic bandwidth provisioning based on customers' resource requirement, which will be a must for future networks. BoD services become possible with the development of make-before-break, Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) and Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS). In this paper, we introduce BoD services into L1VPN, thus the resource assigned to a L1VPN can be gracefully adjusted at various bandwidth granularities based on customers' requirement. And we propose a dynamic bandwidth adjustment scheme, which is compromise between make-before-break and VCAT&LCAS and mainly based on the latter. The scheme minimizes the number of distinct paths to support a connection between a source-destination pair, and uses make-beforebreak technology for re-optimization.

  8. A buetschliite-type rare-earth borate, KBaY(BO 3) 2

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    Gao, Jianhua; Song, Limei; Hu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Dekai

    2011-01-01

    The title compound was firstly synthesized by solid state reaction and its single crystals were successfully obtained using a selected flux. It is isotypic with the mineral buetschliite, K 2Ca(CO 3) 2, and crystallizes in the trigonal space group R-3m with a = 5.4526(12) Å, c = 17.781(8) Å, Z = 3. In the structure, Ba and K atoms are disordered on a same site in the proportion of 0.492(4):0.508(4). The fundamental building units are YO 6 octahedra and BO 3 triangles. The structure consists of [YB 2O 6] ∞ double layers constructed by corner-sharing YO 6 and BO 3 groups. Ba/K atoms occupy the spaces between these two layers and play the role of bridges. In addition, the luminescence properties of Eu 3+ doped KBaY(BO 3) 2 were also studied.

  9. Scorpion toxins for the reversal of BoNT-induced paralysis.

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    Lowery, Colin A; Adler, Michael; Borrell, Andrew; Janda, Kim D

    2013-12-15

    The botulinum neurotoxins, characterized by their neuromuscular paralytic effects, are the most toxic proteins known to man. Due to their extreme potency, ease of production, and duration of activity, the BoNT proteins have been classified by the Centers for Disease Control as high threat agents for bioterrorism. In an attempt to discover effective BoNT therapeutics, we have pursued a strategy in which we leverage the blockade of K(+) channels that ultimately results in the reversal of neuromuscular paralysis. Towards this end, we utilized peptides derived from scorpion venom that are highly potent K(+) channel blockers. Herein, we report the synthesis of charybdotoxin, a 37 amino acid peptide, and detail its activity, along with iberiotoxin and margatoxin, in a mouse phrenic nerve hemidiaphragm assay in the absence and the presence of BoNT/A. PMID:24252544

  10. Ferromagnetism and strong magnetic anisotropy of the PbMnBO4 orthoborate single crystals

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    Pankrats, A.; Sablina, K.; Eremin, M.; Balaev, A.; Kolkov, M.; Tugarinov, V.; Bovina, A.

    2016-09-01

    The PbMnBO4 orthoborate single crystals were first grown and their magnetic properties and ferromagnetic resonance were studied. It was found that the ferromagnetic state below the Curie temperature TC=31 K is characterized by the strong magnetic anisotropy. The significant effective anisotropy fields of PbMnBO4 determine the energy gap in the FMR spectrum, which is extraordinary large for ferromagnets (112 GHz at T=4.2 K). It was shown that the static Jahn-Teller effect characteristic of the Mn3+ ion leads to both the ferromagnetic ordering and the strong magnetic anisotropy in the crystal. In the strong external magnetic field the induced ferromagnetic ordering is retained in the crystal above the Curie temperature up to the temperatures multiply higher than TC. A weak anomaly of the dielectric permittivity was observed in PbMnBO4 at the Curie temperature at which the long-range ferromagnetic order is established.

  11. Rapid iron borate (FeBO3) powder fabrication using microwave heating

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    Yang, Chia-En; Cheng, Jiping; Yin, Shizhuo

    2010-08-01

    Microwave assisted synthesis of crystalline FeBO3 powder is investigated in a multimode cavity at 2.45GHz as a possible method for faster synthesis. An Alumina-SiC susceptor enclosure was placed inside the cavity to overcome poor microwave absorption of the precursor at low temperatures. Enhanced diffusion was observed with appropriate precursor viscosity at reaction temperature. Less than 8 hours was found enough to complete FeBO3 synthesis, as compared with more than 20 hours of synthesis using conventional muffle oven. Microwave enhanced diffusion was not obvious with too high viscosity and eventually leveled by thermal diffusion with too low viscosity. The microwave synthesized FeBO3 particles were found more rhombohedral and smaller than conventional furnace synthesized ones, thus are inherently more suitable as optical composite materials.

  12. Antiatherogenic effects of the antioxidant BO-653 in three different animal models

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    Cynshi, Osamu; Kawabe, Yoshiki; Suzuki, Tsukasa; Takashima, Yoshiaki; Kaise, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Minako; Ohba, Yasuhiro; Kato, Yoshiaki; Tamura, Kunio; Hayasaka, Akira; Higashida, Atsuko; Sakaguchi, Hisashi; Takeya, Motohiro; Takahashi, Kiyoshi; Inoue, Kenji; Noguchi, Noriko; Niki, Etsuo; Kodama, Tatsuhiko

    1998-01-01

    Antioxidants have been proposed to have antiatherogenic potential by their inhibition of low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation. Here, we report an antioxidant, BO-653 (2,3-dihydro-5-hydroxy-2,2-dipentyl-4,6-di-tert-butylbenzofuran), designed to exhibit antioxidative potency comparable to that of α-tocopherol, but yet possess a high degree of lipophilicity comparable to that of probucol. BO-653 exhibits a high affinity for LDL and is well distributed in aortic vessels in vivo. In atherosclerosis models of rabbits and mice, BO-653 has been shown to be able to suppress the formation of atherosclerotic lesions without untoward side effects. Specifically, there was no reduction of high density lipoprotein levels. This antioxidant provides additional evidence in support of the oxidized-LDL hypothesis, and itself is a promising candidate antioxidant for clinical use. PMID:9707611

  13. Bag of Lines (BoL) for Improved Aerial Scene Representation

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    Sridharan, Harini; Cheriyadat, Anil M.

    2014-09-22

    Feature representation is a key step in automated visual content interpretation. In this letter, we present a robust feature representation technique, referred to as bag of lines (BoL), for high-resolution aerial scenes. The proposed technique involves extracting and compactly representing low-level line primitives from the scene. The compact scene representation is generated by counting the different types of lines representing various linear structures in the scene. Through extensive experiments, we show that the proposed scene representation is invariant to scale changes and scene conditions and can discriminate urban scene categories accurately. We compare the BoL representation with the popular scalemore » invariant feature transform (SIFT) and Gabor wavelets for their classification and clustering performance on an aerial scene database consisting of images acquired by sensors with different spatial resolutions. The proposed BoL representation outperforms the SIFT- and Gabor-based representations.« less

  14. Bag of Lines (BoL) for Improved Aerial Scene Representation

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    Sridharan, Harini; Cheriyadat, Anil M.

    2014-09-22

    Feature representation is a key step in automated visual content interpretation. In this letter, we present a robust feature representation technique, referred to as bag of lines (BoL), for high-resolution aerial scenes. The proposed technique involves extracting and compactly representing low-level line primitives from the scene. The compact scene representation is generated by counting the different types of lines representing various linear structures in the scene. Through extensive experiments, we show that the proposed scene representation is invariant to scale changes and scene conditions and can discriminate urban scene categories accurately. We compare the BoL representation with the popular scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) and Gabor wavelets for their classification and clustering performance on an aerial scene database consisting of images acquired by sensors with different spatial resolutions. The proposed BoL representation outperforms the SIFT- and Gabor-based representations.

  15. Three enzymatically active neurotoxins of Clostridium botulinum strain Af84: BoNT/A2, /F4, and /F5.

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    Kalb, Suzanne R; Baudys, Jakub; Smith, Theresa J; Smith, Leonard A; Barr, John R

    2014-04-01

    Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are produced by various species of clostridia and are potent neurotoxins which cause the disease botulism, by cleaving proteins needed for successful nerve transmission. There are currently seven confirmed serotypes of BoNTs, labeled A-G, and toxin-producing clostridia typically only produce one serotype of BoNT. There are a few strains (bivalent strains) which are known to produce more than one serotype of BoNT, producing either both BoNT/A and /B, BoNT/A and /F, or BoNT/B and /F, designated as Ab, Ba, Af, or Bf. Recently, it was reported that Clostridium botulinum strain Af84 has three neurotoxin gene clusters: bont/A2, bont/F4, and bont/F5. This was the first report of a clostridial organism containing more than two neurotoxin gene clusters. Using a mass spectrometry based proteomics approach, we report here that all three neurotoxins, BoNT/A2, /F4, and /F5, are produced by C. botulinum Af84. Label free MS(E) quantification of the three toxins indicated that toxin composition is 88% BoNT/A2, 1% BoNT/F4, and 11% BoNT/F5. The enzymatic activity of all three neurotoxins was assessed by examining the enzymatic activity of the neurotoxins upon peptide substrates, which mimic the toxins' natural targets, and monitoring cleavage of the substrates by mass spectrometry. We determined that all three neurotoxins are enzymatically active. This is the first report of three enzymatically active neurotoxins produced in a single strain of Clostridium botulinum. PMID:24605815

  16. The role of BoFLC2 in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L.) reproductive development.

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    Ridge, Stephen; Brown, Philip H; Hecht, Valérie; Driessen, Ronald G; Weller, James L

    2015-01-01

    In agricultural species that are sexually propagated or whose marketable organ is a reproductive structure, management of the flowering process is critical. Inflorescence development in cauliflower is particularly complex, presenting unique challenges for those seeking to predict and manage flowering time. In this study, an integrated physiological and molecular approach was used to clarify the environmental control of cauliflower reproductive development at the molecular level. A functional allele of BoFLC2 was identified for the first time in an annual brassica, along with an allele disrupted by a frameshift mutation (boflc2). In a segregating F₂ population derived from a cross between late-flowering (BoFLC2) and early-flowering (boflc2) lines, this gene behaved in a dosage-dependent manner and accounted for up to 65% of flowering time variation. Transcription of BoFLC genes was reduced by vernalization, with the floral integrator BoFT responding inversely. Overall expression of BoFT was significantly higher in early-flowering boflc2 lines, supporting the idea that BoFLC2 plays a key role in maintaining the vegetative state. A homologue of Arabidopsis VIN3 was isolated for the first time in a brassica crop species and was up-regulated by two days of vernalization, in contrast to findings in Arabidopsis where prolonged exposure to cold was required to elicit up-regulation. The correlations observed between gene expression and flowering time in controlled-environment experiments were validated with gene expression analyses of cauliflowers grown outdoors under 'natural' vernalizing conditions, indicating potential for transcript levels of flowering genes to form the basis of predictive assays for curd initiation and flowering time. PMID:25355864

  17. Inpatient healthcare provider bypassing by women and their children in urban Bo, Sierra Leone

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    Fleming, Lila C; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred; Alejandre, Joel; Bangura, Umaru; Jimmy, David Henry; Waters, Nigel; Baghi, Heibatollah; Stenger, David; Jacobsen, Kathryn H

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Bypassing refers to a person's decision to seek care at a healthcare facility that is not the nearest one of its type to the person's home. Methods This study examined inpatient care facility bypassing in urban Bo, Sierra Leone using data from 1,980 women with children 15 years of age and younger who were interviewed in 2010-2011. The locations of residential structures and hospitals were identified using a geographic information system (GIS), and the road distances from participating households to the nearest and preferred inpatient care facilities were measured. Results Nine inpatient care facilities serve Bo residents, but more than 70% of the participating women reported that the city's main public hospital (Bo Government Hospital), located in the city center, was their preferred inpatient care provider. Participants resided within a median distance of 0.9 km (Interquartile range (IQR): 0.6, 1.8) from their closest inpatient facility, but they would travel a median distance of 2.4 km (IQR: 1.0, 3.3) to reach their preferred providers. About 87% of the women would bypass their nearest inpatient care facility to access care at a preferred provider. Bypassing rates were similar for various demographic and socioeconomic groups, but higher for women living farther from the city center. Conclusion Although Bo has a diverse healthcare marketplace, access to affordable advanced care options is limited. Most women in Bo would choose to bypass facilities nearer to their homes to seek the low-cost and comprehensive care offered by Bo Government Hospital. PMID:27279971

  18. Pb2Ba3(BO3)3Cl: A Material with Large SHG Enhancement Activated by Pb-Chelated BO3 Groups.

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    Dong, Xiaoyu; Jing, Qun; Shi, Yunjing; Yang, Zhihua; Pan, Shilie; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Young, Joshua; Rondinelli, James M

    2015-07-29

    Pb(II) has long been associated with lone pair activity and is often substituted in alkali earth metal borates to create new nonlinear optical (NLO) materials with enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG) capabilities. However, large enhancement in isomorphic Pb-free analogues is rare. Here we report a new NLO material Pb2Ba3(BO3)3Cl with a phase-matching SHG response approximately 3.2× that of KDP and 6× higher than its isomorphic compound Ba5(BO3)3Cl. We show that the enhanced SHG response originates from a unique edge-sharing connection between lead-oxygen polyhedra and boron-oxygen groups, making the dielectric susceptibility more easily affected by the external electric field of an incident photon. This understanding provides a route to identify systems that would benefit from SHG-active cation substitution in isomorphic structures that exhibit weak or null SHG responses. PMID:26147880

  19. In vitro activity of a new carbapenem antibiotic, BO-2727, with potent antipseudomonal activity.

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    Nakagawa, S; Hashizume, T; Matsuda, K; Sanada, M; Okamoto, O; Fukatsu, H; Tanaka, N

    1993-01-01

    BO-2727, a new 1-beta-methyl-carbapenem, was active at concentrations of 6.25 micrograms/ml or less against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including some imipenem- and/or meropenem-resistant (MICs, > or = 12.5 micrograms/ml) Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains, against which it proved generally fourfold more active than imipenem and meropenem. BO-2727's antipseudomonal activity and its broad spectrum merit further investigation for clinical use by itself, since it was stable in the presence of renal dehydropeptidase I. PMID:8109950

  20. [BO-CEC National Advisory Committee Meetings and Conference: January 21, 1974; January 13, 1975; July 15, 1975:] Appendix B.

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    1975

    Appendix B to the final report of the Business and Office Career Education Curriculum (BO-CEC) project contains three sections. Sections 1 and 2 briefly present the agenda, the participants, and the reports of the BO-CEC National Advisory Committee Meetings of January 1974 and January 1975. Section 3 concerns the July 1975 dissemination conference…

  1. Pb2 BO3 Cl: A Tailor-Made Polar Lead Borate Chloride with Very Strong Second Harmonic Generation.

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    Zou, Guohong; Lin, Chensheng; Jo, Hongil; Nam, Gnu; You, Tae-Soo; Ok, Kang Min

    2016-09-19

    A meticulously designed, polar, non-centrosymmetric lead borate chloride, Pb2 BO3 Cl, was synthesized using KBe2 BO3 F2 (KBBF) as a model. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that the structure of Pb2 BO3 Cl consists of cationic [Pb2 (BO3 )](+) honeycomb layers and Cl(-) anions. Powder second harmonic generation (SHG) measurements on graded polycrystalline Pb2 BO3 Cl indicated that the title compound is phase-matchable (type I) and exhibits a remarkably strong SHG response, which is approximately nine times stronger than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate, and the largest efficiency observed in materials with structures similar to KBBF. Further characterization suggested that the compound melts congruently at high temperature and has a wide transparency window from the near-UV to the mid-IR region. PMID:27555114

  2. In vitro evaluation of BO-3482, a novel dithiocarbamate carbapenem with activity against methicillin-resistant staphylococci.

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    Adachi, Y; Nakamura, K; Kato, Y; Hazumi, N; Hashizume, T; Nakagawa, S

    1997-01-01

    BO-3482, a dithiocarbamate carbapenem, inhibited clinical isolates of methicillin-resistant staphylococci (MRS) at 6.25 microg/ml (MIC at which 90% of isolates tested are inhibited [MIC90]), while the MIC90 of imipenem was > 100 microg/ml. BO-3482 was generally less active than imipenem against methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, streptococci, enterococci, and gram-negative bacteria, although BO-3482 showed better activity (MIC90) than imipenem against Enterococcus faecium, Haemophilus influenzae, Proteus mirabilis, and Clostridium difficile. The affinities (50% inhibitory concentrations) of BO-3482 for penicillin-binding protein (PBP) PBP 2' of MRS and PBP 5 of E. faecium (both PBPs have low affinities for ordinary beta-lactam antibiotics) were 3.8 and 20 microg/ml, respectively, reflecting the greater activity of BO-3482 against MRS than against E. faecium. PMID:9333063

  3. Characterization of the regulatory network of BoMYB2 in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis in purple cauliflower.

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    Chiu, Li-Wei; Li, Li

    2012-10-01

    Purple cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) Graffiti represents a unique mutant in conferring ectopic anthocyanin biosynthesis, which is caused by the tissue-specific activation of BoMYB2, an ortholog of Arabidopsis PAP2 or MYB113. To gain a better understanding of the regulatory network of anthocyanin biosynthesis, we investigated the interaction among cauliflower MYB-bHLH-WD40 network proteins and examined the interplay of BoMYB2 with various bHLH transcription factors in planta. Yeast two-hybrid studies revealed that cauliflower BoMYBs along with the other regulators formed the MYB-bHLH-WD40 complexes and BobHLH1 acted as a bridge between BoMYB and BoWD40-1 proteins. Different BoMYBs exhibited different binding activity to BobHLH1. Examination of the BoMYB2 transgenic lines in Arabidopsis bHLH mutant backgrounds demonstrated that TT8, EGL3, and GL3 were all involved in the BoMYB2-mediated anthocyanin biosynthesis. Expression of BoMYB2 in Arabidopsis caused up-regulation of AtTT8 and AtEGL3 as well as a subset of anthocyanin structural genes encoding flavonoid 3'-hydroxylase, dihydroflavonol 4-reductase, and leucoanthocyanidin dioxygenase. Taken together, our results show that MYB-bHLH-WD40 network transcription factors regulated the bHLH gene expression, which may represent a critical feature in the control of anthocyanin biosynthesis. BoMYB2 together with various BobHLHs specifically regulated the late anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway genes for anthocyanin biosynthesis. Our findings provide additional information for the complicated regulatory network of anthocyanin biosynthesis and the transcriptional regulation of transcription factors in vegetable crops. PMID:22644767

  4. Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is tropic for bovine endometrial cells and modulates endocrine function

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    Donofrio, Gaetano; Herath, Shan; Sartori, Chiara; Cavirani, Sandro; Flammini, Cesidio Filippo; Sheldon, Iain Martin

    2009-01-01

    Bovine postpartum uterine disease, metritis, affects about 40% of animals and is widely considered to have a bacterial aetiology. Although the gamma herpesvirus BoHV-4 has been isolated from several outbreaks of metritis or abortion, the role of viruses in endometrial pathology and the mechanisms of viral infection of uterine cells are often ignored. The objectives of the present study were to explore the interaction, tropism and outcomes of BoHV-4 challenge of endometrial stromal and epithelial cells. Endometrial stromal and epithelial cells were purified and infected with a recombinant BoHV-4 carrying an EGFP expression cassette to monitor the establishment of infection. BoHV-4 efficiently infected both stromal and epithelial cells, causing a strong non apoptotic CPE, associated with robust viral replication. The crucial step for the BoHV-4 endometriotropism appeared to be after viral entry as there was enhanced transactivation of the BoHV-4 IE2 gene promoter following transiently transfection into the endometrial cells. Infection with BoHV-4 increased COX-2 protein expression and prostaglandin E2 secretion in endometrial stromal cells, but not epithelial cells. Bovine macrophages are persistently infected with BoHV-4 and co-culture with endometrial stromal cells reactivated BoHV-4 replication in the persistently infected macrophages, suggesting a symbiotic relationship between the cells and virus. In conclusion, the present study provides evidence of cellular and molecular mechanisms supporting the concept that BoHV-4 is a pathogen associated with uterine disease. PMID:17641100

  5. A description of preimaginal stages of Pseudaspidapion botanicum Alonso-Zarazaga & Wang, 2011 (Apionidae, Curculionoidea)

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    Wang, Zhiliang; Alonso-Zarazaga, M. A.; Zhou, Dakang; Zhang, Runzhi

    2013-01-01

    Abstract The preimaginal stages including egg, mature larva and pupa of Pseudaspidapion botanicum Alonso-Zarazaga & Wang, 2011 were described and figured, diagnostic characters of larva and pupa were discussed, and corresponding biological information was supplied. The nomenclature of frontal setae in the larva compared with curculionid weevils, the absence of the hypopharyngeal bracon in the larva, and the metafemoral setae in the pupa were discussed. Common and different characters among the larvae of Pseudaspidapion botanicum, Aspidapion radiolus (Marsham, 1802) and Aspidapion aeneum (Fabricius, 1775) were also provided. PMID:23653504

  6. 46. Quincy, MA, BO37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, ...

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    46. Quincy, MA, BO-37, Launch Area, Underground Missile Storage Structure, interior view of elevator system with overhead doors in open position and hydraulic shaft in left foreground VIEW WEST - NIKE Missile Battery PR-79, Launch Area, East Windsor Road south of State Route 101, Foster, Providence County, RI

  7. Evidence that Na{sup +}-pumping occurs through the D-channel in Vitreoscilla cytochrome bo

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    Kim, Seong K.; Stark, Benjamin C.; Webster, Dale A. . E-mail: webster@iit.edu

    2005-07-01

    The operon (cyo) encoding the Na{sup +}-pumping respiratory terminal oxidase (cytochrome bo) of the bacterium Vitreoscilla was transformed into Escherichia coli GV100, a deletion mutant of cytochrome bo. This was done for the wild type operon and five mutants in three conserved Cyo subunit I amino acids known to be crucial for H{sup +} transport in the E. coli enzyme, one near the nuclear center, one in the K-channel, and one in the D-channel. CO-binding, NADH and ubiquinol oxidase, and Na{sup +}-pumping activities were all substantially inhibited by each mutation. The wild type Vitreoscilla cytochrome bo can pump Na{sup +} against a concentration gradient, resulting in a transmembrane concentration differential of 2-3 orders of magnitude. It is proposed that Vitreoscilla cytochrome bo pumps four Na{sup +} through the D-channel to the exterior and transports four H{sup +} through the K-channel for the reduction of each O{sub 2}.

  8. Cell-free synthesis of cytochrome bo(3) ubiquinol oxidase in artificial membranes.

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    Yildiz, Ahu Arslan; Knoll, Wolfgang; Gennis, Robert B; Sinner, Eva-Kathrin

    2012-04-01

    The analysis of membrane proteins is notoriously difficult because isolation and detergent-mediated reconstitution often results in compromising the protein structure and function. We introduce a novel strategy of combining a cell-free expression method for synthesis of a protein species coping with one of the most important obstacles in membrane protein research-preserving the structural-functional integrity of a membrane protein species and providing a stable matrix for application of analytical tools to characterize the membrane protein of interest. We address integration and subsequent characterization of the cytochrome bo(3) ubiquinol oxidase (Cyt-bo(3)) from de novo synthesis without the effort of conventional cell culture, isolation, and purification procedures. The experimental output supports our idea of a suitable platform for in vitro protein synthesis and functional integration into a membrane-mimicking structure. We show the compatibility of different concepts of in vitro synthesis toward biosensor applicability by the example of Cyt-bo(3) protein expression. Our results obtained from in vitro synthesized proteins displayed similar behavior to proteins isolated from the cellular context. Overall, our approach is suitable for the in vitro expression of "complex" protein species such as Cyt-bo(3), which can be reproducible and stably synthesized and preserved in robust, synthetic planar membrane architecture. PMID:22306473

  9. High-temperature heat capacity of YFe3(BO3)4

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    Denisov, V. M.; Denisova, L. T.; Gudim, I. A.; Temerov, V. L.; Volkov, N. V.; Patrin, G. S.; Chumilina, L. G.

    2014-02-01

    The molar heat capacity of YFe3(BO3)4 has been measured using differential scanning calorimetry in the temperature range 339-1086 K. It has been found that the dependence C p = f( T) exhibits an extremum at a temperature of 401 K due to the structural transition.

  10. Westward view of (L to R) B&O Railroad (in West ...

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    Westward view of (L to R) B&O Railroad (in West Virginia), Potomac River, C&O Canal (wide basin), Western Maryland Rail Trail, I-70, and US 40 (National Pike), milepost 112 vicinity. - Western Maryland Railway, Cumberland Extension, Pearre to North Branch, from WM milepost 125 to 160, Pearre, Washington County, MD

  11. Growth and optical properties of nonlinear LuAl3(BO3)4 crystals.

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    Fang, Shenghao; Liu, Hua; Huang, Lingxiong; Ye, Ning

    2013-07-15

    The optical properties of pure LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) (abbreviated as LuAB) crystals were investigated for the first time. Large UV-transparent LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystals were grown by a high-temperature top-seeding method with Li(2)WO(4)O(7)-B(2)O(3) as the flux. The refractive indices of LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) at several wavelengths covering ultraviolet-visible and near-infrared regions were measured by the auto-collimation method. The parameters of Sellmeier's dispersion equation were determined from the experimental data. The phase-matching curve of second harmonic generation was measured. The nonlinear optical coefficient d(11) of LuAB crystal was determined to be 1.10 pm/V by a phase-matching method. The UV cut-off wavelength of the LuAl(3)(BO(3))(4) crystal was shorter than 190 nm. PMID:23938492

  12. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Sm3+-doped YAl3(BO3)4 phosphor.

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    Kumar, R Satheesh; Ponnusamya, V; Jose, M T

    2014-09-01

    A near ultraviolet excitable phosphor based on Sm3+-doped YAl3(BO3)4 has been synthesized by modified solid-state reaction at 1000°C. The phase purity and photoluminescence (PL) behavior of the phosphor are studied in detail using the powder X-ray diffraction technique and PL measurements. X-ray diffraction reveals that the phase purity of YAl3(BO3)4 critically depends upon the boric acid concentration. The phosphor has strong excitation at 406 nm in the near ultraviolet region (350–420 nm) and its emission peaks were monitored at 564, 599 and 643 nm. Further, detailed PL analysis demonstrates that the substitution of Sm3+ ions at sites of Y3+ and Al3+ ions enhances the PL efficiency of the phosphor appreciably. First, the PL efficiency of YAl3(BO3)4:Sm3+ was compared with commercial (Y,Gd)BO3:Eu3+ red phosphor. The Fourier transform infrared study provides essential information regarding the change in metal–oxygen bond vibrations of the phosphor. The morphology of the phosphor was investigated through scanning electron microscopy, which reveals that the phosphor possessed distorted spherical and rectangular shapes with average grain sizes in the range 0.5–1 μm. PMID:25337617

  13. Mössbauer forward scattering on FeBO3 in the RF remagnetization regime

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    Sadykov, E. K.; Dzyublik, A. Ya.; Petrov, G. I.; Arinin, V. V.; Spivak, V. Yu.

    2010-10-01

    The RF Mössbauer spectra have been measured on iron borate (FeBO3) in the forward scattering scheme. A model based on the mechanism of the RF reversal of the hyperfine field reproduces all features of the observed spectra, including the appearance of satellites at the double frequency.

  14. Chemiluminescence of BO{sub 2} to map the creation of thermal NO in flames

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    Maligne, D. ||; Cessou, A.; Stepowski, D.

    2009-02-15

    The aim of this study is to detect and map the local conditions that generate thermal NO in flames. According to the Zeldovich mechanism, the formation of NO comes from the local conjunction of a high concentration of atomic oxygen and a temperature above a critical high level imposed by the high activation energy of the rate-limiting reaction. The green light emitted when a flame is seeded with boron salts is a chemiluminescence from the BO{sup *}{sub 2} that is chemically formed in its excited state when BO reacts with atomic oxygen. As the rate of this oxidation is also strongly increasing with temperature, the chemiluminescence of BO{sub 2} depends on the concentration of atomic oxygen and on the temperature in a way similar to the formation rate of thermal NO. This double analogy suggests the possibility of an experimental in situ simulation of the formation rate of thermal NO or at least the use of the chemiluminescence of BO{sub 2} to map the sites where thermal NO is being created. Spectroscopic experiments and comparisons with numerical simulations have been performed to test the feasibility of this technique in laminar premixed and diffusion methane/air flames. The agreement is good except in the burnt gases of fuel-rich flames. Imaging strategies with different spectral filters have been developed in the same flames to overcome the problem of interference from soot radiation in diffusion flames. (author)

  15. The Enculturation of BoMee: Looking at the World through Deaf Eyes.

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    Wilcox, Sherman; Corwin, Joanne

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents a cultural model of deafness, describing the experiences of a deaf child as enculturation into a deaf world. The implications of this view on social, cognitive, and linguistic development are explored through description of BoMee, an adopted Korean deaf child being raised in a multilingual, multicultural environment.…

  16. An insertion element prevents phycobilisome synthesis in N2-fixing Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402.

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    Brass, S; Ernst, A; Böger, P

    1996-01-01

    The unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. strain BO 8402, isolated from Lake Constance, contains a novel insertion sequence, IS8402, in the apcA gene encoding a pigmented protein of phycobilisomes. IS8402 comprises 1,322 bp, flanked by two inverted repeats of 15 bp. Upon insertion in the target DNA, direct duplications of 8 nucleotides were generated. One open reading frame, potentially coding for a protein of 399 amino acids, was found. The deduced amino acid sequence shows homology to putative transposases of the IS4 family. Precise excision of the insertion element resulted in a spontaneous revertant, Synechocystis sp. strain BO 9201, that had regained the ability to form hemidiscoidal phycobilisomes. Apart from the unique insertion of IS8402 into apcA in strain BO 8402 both strains contain at least 12 further homologous insertion elements at corresponding sites in the genomes. The unique insertion in strain BO 8402 prevents the expression of apcABC operon and hence abolishes the formation of intact phycobilisomes. This decreases the quantum efficiency of photosystem II and promotes anaerobic N2 fixation in a unicellular cyanobacterium with a highly oxygen-sensitive nitrogenase. PMID:8787395

  17. Educating Africans for Inferiority under British Rule: Bo School in Sierra Leone.

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    Corby, Richard A.

    1990-01-01

    Sierra Leone's Bo School was established in 1906 by British colonial officials to educate chiefs' sons for subordinate positions. Nevertheless, the school contributed to creation of the postindependence ruling class. Enrollment, curriculum, student life, responsibilities of British and African teachers, and alumni networks are examined. Contains…

  18. Spectral and structural features of Lu1 - x RE x BO3 compounds

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    Shmurak, S. Z.; Kedrov, V. V.; Kiselev, A. P.; Fursova, T. N.; Shmyt'ko, I. M.

    2015-08-01

    The luminescence spectra, luminescence excitation spectra, IR absorption spectra, and crystal structure of orthoborates Lu1 - x RE x BO3 ( RE = Eu, Gd, Tb, Y, Dy) have been investigated. It has been found that the solid solution consisting of a LuBO3 orthoborate, which has two stable structural modifications (calcite and vaterite), and an REBO3 orthoborate, which has one structural modification (vaterite), crystallizes only in the vaterite structure when the concentration of a rare-earth ion substituting for lutetium exceeds 15-20 at %. The investigation of the photoluminescence spectra has demonstrated that, for rare-earth ions Lu3+, Eu3+, Y3+, and Gd3+ in the vaterite modification of Lu1 - x RE x BO3 orthoborates, there are at least two positions that are not equivalent in the symmetry of the local environment. It has been established that the maximum intensity of the luminescence of the vaterite modification of Lu1 - x Tb x BO3 compounds synthesized at 970°C, which is observed at a terbium concentration of 15 at %, is several times higher than the maximum intensity of the luminescence of the calcite modification.

  19. A triple gene mutant of BoHV-1 administered intranasally in lambs replicates efficiently in the nasal epithelium and induces neutralizing antibody

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    Bovine herpes virus 1 (BoHV-1) causes respiratory infections and abortions in cattle, and is an important component of Bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC). BoHV-1 has also been isolated from sheep with respiratory disorder. Experimentally, sheep and goats are infected productively with BoHV-1...

  20. The Use of TaBoRR as a Heavy Oil Upgrader

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    Lee Brecher; Charles Mones

    2009-02-05

    Preliminary testing has shown that Western Research Institute's (WRI) Tank Bottom Recovery and Remediation (TaBoRR{reg_sign}) technology shows promise for heavy oil upgrading. Approximately 70 to 75 wt% of a Canadian Cold Lake bitumen feed was converted to a partially upgraded overhead product that could be transported directly by pipeline or blended with the parent bitumen to produce transportable crude. TaBoRR{reg_sign} was originally developed to remediate tank bottom wastes by producing a distillate product and solid waste. TaBoRR{reg_sign}'s processing steps include breaking a water-oil emulsion, recovering a light hydrocarbon fraction by distillation in a stripper unit, and pyrolyzing the residua reducing it to additional overhead and a benign coke for disposal. Cold Lake bitumen was tested in WRI's bench-scale equipment to evaluate the potential use of TaBoRR{reg_sign} technology for heavy oil upgrading to produce a stable, partially (or fully) upgraded product that will allow diluent-reduced or diluent-free transportation of bitumen or ultra-heavy crudes to market. Runs were conducted at temperatures of low, intermediate and high severity in the stripper to produce stripper overhead and bottoms. The bottoms from each of these runs were processed further in a 6-inch screw pyrolyzer to produce pyrolyzer overhead for blending with the corresponding stripper overheads. Proceeding in this fashion yielded three partially upgraded crudes. The products from TaBoRR{reg_sign} processing, the parent bitumen, and bitumen blends were subjected to stability and compatibility testing at the National Centre for Upgrading Technology (NCUT). Chemical analyses of the overhead product blends have met pipeline specifications for viscosity and density; however the bromine number does not, which might indicate the need for mild hydrotreating. Storage stability tests showed the blends to be stable. The blends were also soluble and compatible with most other Alberta crudes.

  1. Infrared study of lattice dynamics and spin-phonon and electron-phonon interactions in multiferroic TbF e3(BO3) 4 and GdF e3(BO3) 4

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    Klimin, S. A.; Kuzmenko, A. B.; Kashchenko, M. A.; Popova, M. N.

    2016-02-01

    We present a comparative far-infrared reflection spectroscopy study of phonons, phase transitions, spin-phonon, and electron-phonon interactions in isostructural multiferroic iron borates of gadolinium and terbium. The behavior of phonon modes registered in a wide temperature range is consistent with a weak first-order structural phase transition [Ts=143 for GdF e3(BO3) 4 and 200 K for TbF e3(BO3) 4 ] from a high-symmetry high-temperature R 32 structure into a low-symmetry low-temperature P 3121 one. The temperature dependences of frequencies, oscillator strengths, and damping constants of some low-frequency modes reveal an appreciable lattice anharmonicity. Peculiarities in the phonon mode behavior in both compounds at the temperature of an antiferromagnetic ordering [TN=32 K for GdF e3(BO3) 4 and 40 K for TbF e3(BO3) 4 ] evidence the spin-phonon interaction. In the energy range of phonons, GdF e3(BO3) 4 has no electronic levels, but TbF e3(BO3) 4 possesses several. We observe an onset of new bands in the excitation spectrum of TbF e3(BO3) 4 due to a resonance interaction between a lattice phonon and 4 f electronic crystal-field (CF) excitations of T b3 + . This interaction causes delocalization of the CF excitations, their Davydov splitting, and formation of coupled electron-phonon modes.

  2. Elimination of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) type B from drinking water by small-scale (personal-use) water purification devices and detection of BoNT in water samples.

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    Hörman, Ari; Nevas, Mari; Lindström, Miia; Hänninen, Marja-Liisa; Korkeala, Hannu

    2005-04-01

    Seven small-scale drinking water purification devices were evaluated for their capacity to eliminate botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) type B from drinking water. Influent water inoculated with toxic Clostridium botulinum cultures and effluent purified water samples were tested for the presence of BoNT by using a standard mouse bioassay and two commercial rapid enzyme immunoassays (EIAs). The water purification devices based on filtration through ceramic or membrane filters with a pore size of 0.2 to 0.4 microm or irradiation from a low-pressure UV-lamp (254 nm) failed to remove BoNT from raw water (reduction of < 0.1 log10 units). A single device based on reverse osmosis was capable of removing the BoNT to a level below the detection limit of the mouse bioassay (reduction of > 2.3 log10 units). The rapid EIAs intended for the detection of BoNT from various types of samples failed to detect BoNT from aqueous samples containing an estimated concentration of BoNT of 396,000 ng/liter. PMID:15812023

  3. Calculation of the Curie temperature of Ni using first principles based Wang-Landau Monte-Carlo

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    Eisenbach, Markus; Yin, Junqi; Li, Ying Wai; Nicholson, Don

    2015-03-01

    We combine constrained first principles density functional with a Wang-Landau Monte Carlo algorithm to calculate the Curie temperature of Ni. Mapping the magnetic interactions in Ni onto a Heisenberg like model to underestimates the Curie temperature. Using a model we show that the addition of the magnitude of the local magnetic moments can account for the difference in the calculated Curie temperature. For ab initio calculations, we have extended our Locally Selfconsistent Multiple Scattering (LSMS) code to constrain the magnitude of the local moments in addition to their direction and apply the Replica Exchange Wang-Landau method to sample the larger phase space efficiently to investigate Ni where the fluctuation in the magnitude of the local magnetic moments is of importance equal to their directional fluctuations. We will present our results for Ni where we compare calculations that consider only the moment directions and those including fluctuations of the magnetic moment magnitude on the Curie temperature. This research was sponsored by the Department of Energy, Offices of Basic Energy Science and Advanced Computing. We used Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility resources at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by US DOE under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  4. Antiferromagnetically Coupled Dimeric Dodecacopper Supramolecular Architectures of Macrocyclic Ligands with a Symmetrical μ6-BO3(3-) Central Moiety.

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    Tandon, Santokh S; Bunge, Scott D; Toth, Sara A; Sanchiz, Joaquin; Thompson, Laurence K; Shelley, Jacob T

    2015-07-20

    Reactions between 2,6-diformyl-4-alkyl(R)-phenol (R = CH3 or C(CH3)3) and 1,3-diamino-2-hydroxypropane (1,3-DAP) in the presence of copper(II) salts (Cu(BF4)2·6H2O, Cu(ClO4)2·6H2O/H3BO3/Ar) and triethylamine (TEA) in a single pot result in self-assembly of dimeric dodecacopper supramolecular architectures of 30-membered hexatopic macrocyclic ligands (H6L4 and H6L5) with unique and fascinating structures having the BO3(3-) anion as the central species bonded to all six copper centers in a symmetrical fashion (μ6-BO3(3-)). A number of closely related macrocyclic hexacopper complexes are reported: {[Cu6(L4)(μ6-BO3)(μ-H2O)(C3H7NO)2(BF4)][BF4]2·3C3H7NO}2 (1) (DMF = C3H7NO), {[Cu6(L4)(μ6-BO3)(μ-C3H7NO)3][ClO4]3·3C3H7NO}2 (2), {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-OH)(H2O)3(C3H7NO)][BF4]2·6C3H7NO·4C2H5OH·2H2O}2 (3), {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-CH3OH)(CH3OH)2][ClO4]3·10H2O}2 (4), and {[Cu6(L5)(μ6-BO3)(μ-CH3CO2)(μ-CH3O)(CH3OH)][BF4]·13CH3OH·8H2O}2 (5). A polymeric side product {[Cu2(H2L2)(CH3OH)(BF4)][BF4]}n (6), involving a 2 + 2 macrocyclic ligand, was also isolated and structurally characterized. Complex 6 involves dinuclear copper(II) units linked through BF4(-) anions to form a novel 1D single-chain polymeric coordination compound. This appears to be the first report in which a central BO3(3-) species is linked to six copper(II) ions held together by a single macrocyclic ligand through three μ1,1-O(BO3(3-)) and three μ1,3-O(BO3(3-)) bridges. In complexes 1-5 the BO3(3-) is present in the center of the macrocyclic cavity and is bonded to all six metal centers arranged in a benzene-like hexagonal array. In the hexagonal array there are alternate double (μ-alkoxide and μ1,3-O(BO3(3-))) and (μ-phenoxide and μ1,1-O(BO3(3-))) bridges between the Cu(II) centers. The symmetrical hexa-bridging nature of μ6-BO3(3-) is unprecedented in transition metal complex chemistry, and along with alkoxide and phenoxide bridges in the equatorial plane provides effective pathways for an

  5. Boronyl chemistry: the BO group as a new ligand in gas-phase clusters and synthetic compounds.

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    Zhai, Hua-Jin; Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2014-08-19

    Boronyl (BO) is a monovalent σ radical with a robust B≡O triple bond. Although BO/BO(-) are isovalent to CN/CN(-) and CO, the chemistry of boronyl has remained relatively unknown until recently, whereas CN/CN(-) and CO are well-known inorganic ligands. Further analogy may be established for BO versus H or Au ligands, which are all monovalent σ radicals. This Account intends to provide an overview of research activities over the past few years that are relevant to the development of boronyl chemistry, in particular, in size-selected gaseous clusters containing BO. The systems covered herein include transition metal boronyl clusters, carbon boronyl clusters, boron oxide clusters and boron boronyl complexes, the boronyl boroxine, and the first synthetic Pt-BO bulk compound. In these boronyl clusters and compounds, the BO groups show remarkable structural and chemical integrity as a ligand. Among transition metal boronyls, gold monoboronyl clusters Aun(BO)(-) and Aun(BO) (n = 1-3) have been characterized, and they are shown to possess electronic and structural properties similar to the corresponding Au(n+1)(-) and Au(n+1) bare clusters, demonstrating the BO/Au analogy. The Au-B bonding in the Au-BO clusters is highly covalent. A recent advance in boronyl chemistry is the successful synthesis and isolation of the first boronyl compound, trans-[(Cy3P)2BrPt(BO)]. This unique Pt-BO compound and other potential transition metal boronyl compounds may find applications in catalysis and as chemical building blocks. Carbon boronyl clusters versus boron carbonyl clusters is a topic of interest in designing new aromatic complexes. Experimental and theoretical data obtained to date show that carbon boronyl clusters are generally far more stable than their boron carbonyl counterparts, highlighting the potency of boronyl as a ligand in aromatic compounds. Notably, in light of the BO/H analogy, the perfectly hexagonal (CBO)6 cluster is a carbon boronyl analogue of benzene. The BO

  6. Improved Electrochemical Performance of Carbon-Coated LiFeBO3 Nanoparticles for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Li, Zhaoping; Wang, Yiping; Hu, Querui; Yang, Ying; Wu, Zhuangchun; Ban, Chunmei

    2015-09-01

    Carbon-coated LiFeBO3 nanoparticles have been successfully prepared by surfactant-assisted ball milling and a size selection process based on centrifugal separation. We observed monodispersed LiFeBO3 nanoparticles with dimensions of 10–20 nm by transmission electron microscope. The introduced surfactant acts as the dispersant as well as the carbon source for LiFeBO3 nanoparticles. Greatly improved discharge capacities of 190.4 mA h g–1 at 0.1 C and 106.6 mA h g–1 at 1 C rate have been achieved in the LiFeBO3 nanoparticles when cycling the cells between 1.0 V and 4.8 V. Meanwhile, the as-prepared micro-size LiFeBO3 electrodes show lower discharge capacities of 142 mA h g–1 and 93.3 mA h g–1 at 0.1 C and 1 C rates. Moreover, the post-treated LiFeBO3 nanostructure has drastically enhanced the electrochemical performance due to the short diffusion length and ameliorated electrical contract between LiFeBO3 nano particles.

  7. Luminescence and energy transfer of white emitting phosphor YAl3(BO3)4:Ce3+, Dy3+

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    Zhou, Fen; Wang, Di; Cao, He-ying; Li, Jing; Song, Hui-ling; Li, Pan-lai; Wang, Zhi-jun; Zhang, Kun; Pang, Li-bin

    2015-03-01

    A white emitting phosphor of YAl3(BO3)4:Ce3+, Dy3+ is synthesized by a solid state reaction, and its luminescent properties are investigated. Its phase formation is carried out with X-ray powder diffraction analysis, and there is no crystalline phase other than YAl3(BO3)4. YAl3(BO3)4:Ce3+ can produce 422 nm blue emission under 367 nm excitation. The emission spectrum of YAl3(BO3)4:Dy3+ shows several emission peaks under 350 nm excitation, and the peaks locate at 485 nm, 575 nm and 668 nm, respectively. Emission intensities of Ce3+ and Dy3+ in YAl3(BO3)4 are influenced by their concentrations, and the concentration quenching effect is observed. Energy transfer from Ce3+ to Dy3+ in YAl3(BO3)4 is validated and proved to be a resonant type via a quadrupole-quadrupole interaction, and the emission color can be tuned from blue to white by tuning the ratio of Ce3+/Dy3+. Moreover, the critical distance ( R c) of Ce3+ to Dy3+ in YAl3(BO3)4 is calculated to be 1.904 nm.

  8. Therapeutic efficacy of BO-3482, a novel dithiocarbamate carbapenem, in mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Nagano, R; Shibata, K; Naito, T; Fuse, A; Asano, K; Hashizume, T; Nakagawa, S

    1997-01-01

    The in vivo activity of BO-3482, which has a dithiocarbamate chain at the C-2 position of 1beta-methyl-carbapenem, was compared with those of vancomycin and imipenem in murine models of septicemia and thigh infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Because BO-3482 was more susceptible than imipenem to renal dehydropeptidase I in a kinetic study of hydrolysis by this renal enzyme, the therapeutic efficacy of BO-3482 was determined during coadministration with cilastatin. In the septicemia models, which involved two homogeneous MRSA strains and one heterogeneous MRSA strain, the 50% effective doses were, respectively, 4.80, 6.06, and 0.46 mg/kg of body weight for BO-3482; 5.56, 2.15, and 1.79 mg/kg for vancomycin; and >200, >200, and 15.9 mg/kg for imipenem. BO-3482 was also as effective as vancomycin in an MRSA septicemia model with mice with cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppression. In the thigh infection model with a homogeneous MRSA strain, the bacterial counts in tissues treated with BO-3482-cilastatin were significantly reduced in a dose-dependent manner compared with the counts in those treated with vancomycin and imipenem-cilastatin (P < 0.001). These results indicate that BO-3482-cilastatin is as effective as vancomycin in murine systemic infections and is more bactericidal than vancomycin in local-tissue infections. The potent in vivo activity of BO-3482-cilastatin against such MRSA infections can be ascribed to the good in vitro anti-MRSA activity and improved pharmacokinetics in mice when BO-3482 is combined with cilastatin and to the bactericidal nature of the carbapenem. PMID:9333062

  9. A formulation for the characteristic lengths of fcc materials in first strain gradient elasticity via the Sutton-Chen potential

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    Shodja, H. M.; Tehranchi, A.

    2010-05-01

    The usual continuum theories are inadequate in predicting the mechanical behavior of solids in the presence of small defects and stress concentrators; it is well known that such continuum methods are unable to detect the change of the size of the inhomogeneities and defects. For these reasons various augmented continuum theories and strain gradient theories have been proposed in the literature. The major difficulty in implication of these theories lies in the lack of information about the additional material constants which appear in such theories. For fcc metals, for the calculation of the associated characteristic lengths which arise in first strain gradient theory, an atomistic approach based on the Sutton-Chen interatomic potential function is proposed. For the validity of the computed characteristic lengths, the phenomenon of the size effect pertinent to a nano-sized circular void within an fcc (111) plane is examined via both first strain gradient theory and lattice statics. Comparison of the results explains the physical ramifications of the characteristic lengths in improving the usual continuum results. Moreover, by reconsideration of the Kelvin problem it is shown that a commonly employed variant of the first strain gradient theory is only valid for a few fcc metals.

  10. Body mass of prefledging Emperor Geese Chen canagica: Large-scale effects of interspecific densities and food availability

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    Lake, B.C.; Schmutz, J.A.; Lindberg, M.S.; Ely, C.R.; Eldridge, W.D.; Broerman, F.J.

    2008-01-01

    We studied body mass of prefledging Emperor Geese Chen canagica at three locations across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska, during 1990-2004 to investigate whether large-scale variation in body mass was related to interspecific competition for food. From 1990 to 2004, densities of Cackling Geese Branta hutchinsii minima more than doubled and were c. 2-5?? greater than densities of Emperor Geese, which were relatively constant over time. Body mass of prefledging Emperor Geese was strongly related (negatively) to interspecific densities of geese (combined density of Cackling and Emperor Geese) and positively related to measures of food availability (grazing lawn extent and net above-ground primary productivity (NAPP)). Grazing by geese resulted in consumption of ??? 90% of the NAPP that occurred in grazing lawns during the brood-rearing period, suggesting that density-dependent interspecific competition was from exploitation of common food resources. Efforts to increase the population size of Emperor Geese would benefit from considering competitive interactions among goose species and with forage plants. ?? 2008 The Authors.

  11. Plasma biochemistry values in emperor geese (Chen canagica) in Alaska: comparisons among age, sex, incubation, and molt.

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    Franson, J.C.; Hoffman, D.J.; Schmutz, J.A.

    2009-01-01

    Reduced populations of emperor geese (Chen canagica), a Bering Sea endemic, provided the need to assess plasma biochemistry values as indicators of population health. A precursory step to such an investigation was to evaluate patterns of variability in plasma biochemistry values among age, sex, and reproductive period. Plasma from 63 emperor geese was collected on their breeding grounds on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in western Alaska, USA. The geese sampled included 18 incubating adult females captured, in mid June, on their nests by using bow nets, and 30 adults and 15 goslings captured in corral traps in late July and early August, when the adults were molting their wing feathers and the goslings were 5-6 weeks old. Plasma was evaluated for 15 biochemical parameters, by comparing results among age, sex, and sampling period (incubation versus wing-feather molt). Ten of the 15 biochemical parameters assayed differed among adults during incubation, the adults during molt, and the goslings at molt, whereas sex differences were noted in few parameters.

  12. Comments on 'A structure-preserving method for the quaternion LU decomposition in quaternionic quantum theory' by Minghui Wang and Wenhao Ma

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    Sangwine, Stephen J.

    2015-03-01

    Claims were made in an article by Wang and Ma in 2013 that they had devised an algorithm for the quaternion LU decomposition that was significantly faster than the LU decomposition implemented in the Quaternion Toolbox for MATLAB (QTFM). These claims have been tested and found to be unsupported by MATLAB code supplied to the author by Wang and Ma. The author's tests are presented, and test code made available as supplementary material. It is found that not only is the QTFM code faster, but that Wang and Ma's algorithm has run-time that scales with the square of the size of the matrix, whereas the algorithm in QTFM has run time approximately linear in matrix size. These findings are consistent with an inspection of the code.

  13. Pressure-induced phase transitions in acentric BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Sousa Pinheiro, Gardenia de; Cavalcante Freire, Paulo Tarso; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-08-15

    High-pressure Raman scattering studies revealed that BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is more compressible than calcite-type orthoborates and calcite, aragonite or dolomite carbonates. It undergoes a first-order reversible pressure-induced phase transition in the 3.9–4.4 GPa pressure range. Second structural change is observed at 9.2 GPa. The intermediate phase is most likely trigonal. However, Raman results suggest increase in the number of distinct BO{sub 3} groups from two in the ambient pressure phase to at least three in the intermediate phase. This intermediate phase is also strongly compressible and strong pressure dependence of the lattice modes proves that the main changes under pressure occur within the layers built from BaO{sub 6} and HfO{sub 6} octahedra. The second phase transition leads most likely to lowering of the trigonal symmetry, as evidenced by significant increase of the number of observed bands. The pressure coefficients of the Raman bands of the high-pressure phase are relatively small, suggesting more dense arrangement of the metal–oxygen polyhedra and BO{sub 3} groups in this phase. It is worth noting that the high-pressure phase was not reached in the second compression experiment up to 10 GPa. This behavior can be most likely attributed to worse hydrostatic conditions of the first experiment. - Graphical abstract: Raman spectra of BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} recorded at different pressures during compression showing onset of pressure-induced phase transitions. - Highlights: • High-pressure Raman spectra were measured for BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2.} • BaHf(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} undergoes a reversible first-order phase transition at 3.9–4.4 GPa into a trigonal phase. • The intermediate trigonal phase is strongly compressible second structural transformation is observed at 9.2 GPa under non-perfect hydrostatic conditions.

  14. A comparative study on volatile metabolites profile of Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen xylem with and without resin using GC-MS.

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    Teng, Zhongqiu; Zhang, Mei; Meng, Shiying; Dai, Rongji; Meng, Weiwei; Deng, Yulin; Huang, Luqi

    2015-11-01

    Dragon's blood is a famous traditional Chinese medicine produced from source plants under bio- or abio-stress. Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen xylem (DX) is one of the most important sources of the medicine. In this work, a GC-MS method was developed for analysis of the n-hexane extracts of DX with resin (DXR) and without resin (DXW). The repeatability of the method was also investigated for a metabolite comparative study of the different xylems. About 80 components were detected, 26 of which were identified in both DXR and DXN. Three sesquiterpenes (τ-cadinol, τ-muurolon and α-cadinol) were first discovered in Dracaena cochinchinensis (Lour.) S.C. Chen. The chromatographs of the two plant materials were compared and differences of compounds were found. It showed that phytosterols showed a dramatic rise in content, and sesquiterpenes were found to be synthesized in DXR. PMID:25973719

  15. Investigation of UV-emitting Gd(3+) -doped LiCaBO3 phosphor.

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    Tamboli, Sumedha; Rajeswari, B; Dhoble, S J

    2016-03-01

    Incorporating the Gd(3+) rare earth ion in the LiCaBO3 host lattice resulted in narrow-band UV-B emission peaking at 315 nm, with excitation at 274 nm. The LiCaBO3 :Gd(3+) phosphor was synthesized via the solid-state diffusion method. The structural, morphological and luminescence properties of this phosphor were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) characterization of the as-prepared phosphors is also reported here. XRD studies confirmed the crystal formation and phase purity of the prepared phosphors. A series of different dopant concentrations was synthesized and the concentration-quenching effect was studied. Critical energy transfer distance between activator ions was determined and the mechanism governing the concentration quenching is also reported in this paper. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26278621

  16. Growth of (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Pilipenko, O. V. Mal'tsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2008-03-15

    (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystals of optical quality, up to 15 x 10 x 10 mm{sup 3} in size, have been grown from a (Er{sub 0.023}Yb{sub 0.116}Y{sub 0.862})Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} solution in a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-K{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 10} melt. The initial borate concentration was 17 wt %, and the flux cooling rate increased from 0.08 to 0.12 deg. C/h in the range 1060-1000 deg. C. The physical properties of the single crystals grown are good enough that they can be used as laser elements in systems with diode pumping and radiation near 1.5 {mu}m.

  17. A non-spectrogram-correlation method of automatically detecting minke whale boings.

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    Ou, Hui; Au, Whitlow W L; Oswald, Julie N

    2012-10-01

    This letter introduces an algorithm for automatic detection of minke whale boing sounds. This method searches for frequency features of boings without calculating the continuous spectrogram of the data, thereby reducing computational time. The detector has been tested on 8 h of acoustic data recorded at the Station ALOHA Cabled Observatory in March 2007. This dataset was previously analyzed using the cross-correlation detector of XBAT and was verified by a human listener, as reported in Oswald et al. [(2011). J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 129, 3353-3360]. A comparison of results indicates that the detector introduced here generates fewer false alarms, and it recognizes low-SNR calls that are missed by XBAT. PMID:23039571

  18. [Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4): general aspects of the biology and status in Argentina].

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    Morán, Pedro E; Pérez, Sandra E; Odeón, Anselmo C; Verna, Andrea E

    2015-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) has been isolated from cattle with respiratory infections, vulvovaginitis, mastitis, abortions, endometritis and from apparently healthy animals throughout the world. Although it has not yet been established as causal agent of a specific disease entity, it is primarily associated with reproductive disorders of cattle. This virus can infect a wide range of species, either in vivo or in vitro. Two groups of prototype strains were originated from the first isolates: the DN599-type strains (American group) and the Movar-type strains (European group). In Argentina, BoHV-4 was isolated and characterized in 2007 from vaginal discharge samples taken from cows that had aborted. So far, more than 40 isolates, mainly associated with aborting bovine females have been registered in our country. PMID:25962539

  19. The origin of hyper-ferroelectricity in Li BO3 (B=V, Nb, Ta, Os)

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    He, Lixin; Li, Pengfei; Ren, Xinguo; Guo, G.-C.

    The electronic and structural properties of Li BO3 (B=V, Nb, Ta, Os) are investigated via first-principles methods. We show that Li BO3 are belong to the recently proposed hyperferroelectrics, i.e., they all have unstable longitudinal optical phonon modes. Especially, the ferroelectric-like instability in the metal LiOsO3 is a limiting case of a hyperferroelectrics, whose optical dielectric constant goes to infinity. We further show via an effective Hamiltonian that in contrast to normal proper ferroelectricity, in which the ferroelectric instability usually comes from long range coulomb interactions, the hyperferroelectric instability is due to the structure instability driven by the short range interactions. This could happen in systems with large ion size mismatches, which therefore provides a useful guidance in searching for novel hyperferroelectrics.

  20. Period change investigation of the low mass ratio contact binary BO Ari

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    Kriwattanawong, W.; Tasuya, O.; Poojon, P.

    2016-04-01

    A photometric study and period change analysis for the A-type low mass ratio contact binary BO Ari is presented. The BVR light curves were fitted by using the Wilson-Devinney method. The photometric solution yields a low mass ratio of q = 0.1754(±0.0016) with a contact degree of f = 27.72%(±2.37%). We found a long-term orbital period decrease at a rate of dPdt = - 3.49 ×10-7 d yr-1. This result indicates that the system is undergoing mass transfer from the primary component to the secondary with a mass transfer rate of m˙1m1 = - 7.77 ×10-8 yr-1. With the period decrease, the inner and outer critical Roche surfaces will tighten and cause the degree of contact to increase. Therefore, BO Ari may evolve into a deeper contact system.

  1. Crystal structure and lattice dynamics of Sr 3Y(BO 3) 3

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    Mączka, M.; Waśkowska, A.; Majchrowski, A.; Kisielewski, J.; Szyrski, W.; Hanuza, J.

    2008-12-01

    X-ray, Raman and infrared (IR) studies of the Sr 3Y(BO 3) 3 (BOYS) single crystal grown by the Czochralski technique are presented. The crystal structure is trigonal, space group R3¯ (no. 148), and comprises six formula units in the unit cell with the hexagonal axes a=12.527(2) and c=9.280(2) Å. The assignment of the observed vibrational modes is proposed on the basis of lattice dynamics calculations. The unusual large bandwidth of the internal modes and the enhancement of the principal mean square thermal displacements for BO 3 and Y(1) indicate that some type of disorder is present in the studied crystal.

  2. Synthesis and photoluminescence of inorganic borate host red emitting VUV phosphor YCaBO4:Eu3+

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    Ingle, J. T.; Gawande, A. B.; Sonekar, R. P.; Nagpure, P. A.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2013-06-01

    The red emitting borate host phosphor YCaBO4:Eu3+ has been prepared by a novel solution combustion technique. The synthesis is based on the exothermic reaction between the fuel (Urea) and Oxidizer (Ammonium nitrate). The photoluminescence properties of the powder samples of YCaBO4:Eu3+ has been investigated under UV and VUV excitation. The phosphor shows strong absorption in UV and VUV region and exhibits intense red emission upon excited by 254 nm UV and 173 nm VUV radiation. Under UV 254 nm excitation, YCaBO4:Eu3+ exhibits intense red emission around 610 nm. Under VUV excitation of 173 nm, the phosphor emits intense red emission around 610 nm and few weak emissions. These weak emissions could be suppressed by annealing the sample repeatedly at proper temperature and the borate phosphor YCaBO4:Eu3+ could be a good red emitting phosphor for PDP display and mercury free lamps.

  3. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Pb2+ doped inorganic borate phosphor NaSr4(BO3)3

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    Chauhan, A. O.; Koparkar, K. A.; Bajaj, N. S.; Omanwar, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    A series of Inorganic borate phosphors NaSr4(BO3)3 doped with Pb2+ was successfully synthesized by modified solid state diffusion method. The crystal structure and the phase purity of sample were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The photoluminescence properties of synthesized materials were investigated using spectrofluorometer at room temperature. The phosphor show strong broad band emission spectra in UVA region maximum at 370 nm under the excitation of 289 nm. The dependence of the emission intensity on the Pb2+ concentration for the NaSr4(BO3)3 were studied in details. The concentration quenching of Pb2+ doped NaSr4(BO3)3 was observed at 0.02 mol. The Stokes shifts of NaSr4(BO3)3: Pb2+ phosphor was calculated to be 7574 cm-1.

  4. Evidence for differentiation in the iron-helicoidal chain in GdFe3(BO3)4.

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    Klimin, S A; Fausti, D; Meetsma, A; Bezmaternykh, L N; van Loosdrecht, P H M; Palstra, T T M

    2005-10-01

    A single-crystal X-ray structure study of gadolinium triiron tetraborate, GdFe3(BO3)4, at room temperature and at 90 K is reported. At room temperature GdFe3(BO3)4 crystallizes in a trigonal space group, R32 (No. 155), the same as found for other members of the iron borate family RFe3(BO3)4. At 90 K the structure of GdFe3(BO3)4 transforms to the space group P3(1)21 (No. 152). The low-temperature structure determination gives new insight into the weakly first-order structural phase transition at 156 K and into the related Raman phonon anomalies. The presence of two inequivalent iron chains in the low-temperature structure provides a new perspective on the interpretation of the low-temperature magnetic properties. PMID:16186647

  5. [Textual research on Chen Ye and his Jia cang jing yan fang (Family-preserved Empirical Recipes) of the Song Dynasty].

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    Zhang, Xuedan; Zhang, Ruqing; Chen, Dexing

    2014-01-01

    Chen Ye, an official of the Southern Song Dynasty, also known as Chen Rihua as his styled name, was born in Changle, Fuzhou in the reign of Shaoxing, and died during the reign of Duanping. He had been consecutively in the positions of Jiang shi lang (Court Gentleman for Ceremonial Service), Zhi zhou (Prefect) of Lingding, the Ti xing (Judicial Commissioner) of Guangdong, the Zong ling (Overseer-general) of Sichuan, Shan ding (Reviser), Shu lin and other positions in Tongzhou, Yuanzhou. His works included 1 volume of Gu ling xian sheng nian pu (Mr. Guling's Chronological Biography), 1 volume of Tan xie (On Humor), 1 volume of Shi hua (Poetry), 8 volumes of Jin yuan li shu (Jin Yuan's Smart Technique), 3 volumes of Yi jian zhi lei bian (Classified Compilation of Yijian's Annals), (Zeng guang) Suo sui lu (Augmented Records of Trivial Matters), 5 volumes of Jia cang jing yan fang (Family-preserved Empirical Recipes). He also compiled the 8-volume Yin jiang zhi (Yinjiang's Annals), published the 2-volume Jia cang ji yao fang (Collected Essential Recipes from Family Preservation), and other proses and poetry. Jia cang jing yan fang was a formulary compiled by Chen Ye, which was lost. Altogether 74 of its recipes were cited in Fu ren da quan liang fang (Complete Effective Prescriptions for Women's Diseases), Shou qin yang lao shu (A Book for Pursuing Seniors' Longevity and Healthcare), Pu ji fang (Prescriptions for Universal Relief) and Yong le da dian (Yongle Encyclopedia). PMID:24774895

  6. Small-Molecule Quinolinol Inhibitor Identified Provides Protection against BoNT/A in Mice

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    Singh, Padma; Singh, Manglesh Kumar; Chaudhary, Dilip; Chauhan, Vinita; Bharadwaj, Pranay; Pandey, Apurva; Upadhyay, Nisha; Dhaked, Ram Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), etiological agents of the life threatening neuroparalytic disease botulism, are the most toxic substances currently known. The potential for the use as bioweapon makes the development of small-molecule inhibitor against these deadly toxins is a top priority. Currently, there are no approved pharmacological treatments for BoNT intoxication. Although an effective vaccine/immunotherapy is available for immuno-prophylaxis but this cannot reverse the effects of toxin inside neurons. A small-molecule pharmacological intervention, especially one that would be effective against the light chain protease, would be highly desirable. Similarity search was carried out from ChemBridge and NSC libraries to the hit (7-(phenyl(8-quinolinylamino)methyl)-8-quinolinol; NSC 84096) to mine its analogs. Several hits obtained were screened for in silico inhibition using AutoDock 4.1 and 19 new molecules selected based on binding energy and Ki. Among these, eleven quinolinol derivatives potently inhibited in vitro endopeptidase activity of botulinum neurotoxin type A light chain (rBoNT/A-LC) on synaptosomes isolated from rat brain which simulate the in vivo system. Five of these inhibitor molecules exhibited IC50 values ranging from 3.0 nM to 10.0 µM. NSC 84087 is the most potent inhibitor reported so far, found to be a promising lead for therapeutic development, as it exhibits no toxicity, and is able to protect animals from pre and post challenge of botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT/A). PMID:23071727

  7. Direct Electrochemistry of Cytochrome bo Oxidase at a series of Gold Nanoparticles-Modified Electrodes.

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    Melin, Frederic; Meyer, Thomas; Lankiang, Styven; Choi, Sylvia K; Gennis, Robert B; Blanck, Christian; Schmutz, Marc; Hellwig, Petra

    2013-01-01

    New membrane-protein based electrodes were prepared incorporating cytochrome bo(3) from E. coli and gold nanoparticles. Direct electron transfer between the electrode and the immobilized enzymes was achieved, resulting in an electrocatalytic activity in presence of O(2). The size of the gold nanoparticles was shown to be important and smaller particles were shown to reduce the overpotential of the process. PMID:23335854

  8. All-atom simulation study of protein PTH(1-34) by using the Wang-Landau sampling method

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    Kim, Seung-Yeon; Kwak, Wooseop

    2014-12-01

    We perform simulations of the N-terminal 34-residue protein fragment PTH(1-34), consisting of 581 atoms, of the 84-residue human parathyroid hormone by using the all-atom ECEPP/3 force field and the Wang-Landau sampling method. Through a massive high-performance computation, the density of states and the partition function Z( T), as a continuous function of T, are obtained for PTH(1-34). From the continuous partition function Z( T), the partition function zeros of PTH(1-34) are evaluated for the first time. From both the specific heat and the partition function zeros, two characteristic transition temperatures are obtained for the all-atom protein PTH(1-34). The higher transition temperature T 1 and the lower transition temperature T 2 of PTH(1-34) can be interpreted as the collapse temperature T θ and the folding temperature T f , respectively.

  9. Structure and optical properties of a noncentrosymmetric borate RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Xia, M.J.; Li, R.K.

    2013-01-15

    A new noncentrosymmetric borate, RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (abbreviated as RSBO), has been grown from Rb{sub 2}O--B{sub 2}O{sub 3}--RbF flux and its crystal structure was determined by single crystal x-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in space group Ama2 with cell parameters of a=11.128(10) A, b=12.155(15) A, c=6.952(7) A, Z=4. The basic structural units are isolated planar BO{sub 3} groups. Second harmonic generation (SHG) test of the title compound by the Kurtz-Perry method shows that RSBO can be phase matchable with an effective SHG coefficient about two-thirds as large as that of KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4} (KDP). Finally, based on the anionic group approximation, the optical properties of the title compound are compared with those of the structure-related apatite-like compounds with the formula 'A{sub 5}(TO{sub n}){sub 3}X'. - Graphical abstract: RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} and some other borate NLO compounds, namely Ca{sub 5}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}F RCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}O (R=Y or Gd) and Na{sub 3}La{sub 2}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} can be viewed as the derivatives of apatite. They have similar formula composed of five cations and three anion groups (we call them 5/3 structures). The detailed SHG coefficients and optical properties of the apatite-like NLO crystals were compared and summarized. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new noncentrosymmetric borate RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} was grown from flux. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} can be viewed as a derivative of the apatite-like structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The structure and its relationship to the optical properties of RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} are compared with other NLO crystals with apatite-like structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The basic structural units are the planar BO{sub 3} groups in the structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Second harmonic generation (SHG) test shows that RbSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} can be phase matchable with an

  10. Elementary model of severe plastic deformation by KoBo process

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    Gusak, A.; Storozhuk, N.; Danielewski, M. Korbel, A.; Bochniak, M.

    2014-01-21

    Self-consistent model of generation, interaction, and annihilation of point defects in the gradient of oscillating stresses is presented. This model describes the recently suggested method of severe plastic deformation by combination of pressure and oscillating rotations of the die along the billet axis (KoBo process). Model provides the existence of distinct zone of reduced viscosity with sharply increased concentration of point defects. This zone provides the high extrusion velocity. Presented model confirms that the Severe Plastic Deformation (SPD) in KoBo may be treated as non-equilibrium phase transition of abrupt drop of viscosity in rather well defined spatial zone. In this very zone, an intensive lateral rotational movement proceeds together with generation of point defects which in self-organized manner make rotation possible by the decrease of viscosity. The special properties of material under KoBo version of SPD can be described without using the concepts of nonequilibrium grain boundaries, ballistic jumps and amorphization. The model can be extended to include different SPD processes.

  11. Structural and luminescent properties of KY(1-x)DyxBO3 phosphors.

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    G, Sowjanya; L, Rama Moorthy; Ch, Basavapoornima; C K, Jayasankar

    2017-01-01

    Yttrium borate phosphors (KY(1-x)DyxBO3) doped with Dy(3+) ions were synthesized by the solid-state reaction method. The structural and morphological characteristics were studied by XRD, FTIR and SEM measurements. Luminescent properties of different concentrations of KY(1-x)DyxBO3 phosphors were investigated from the excitation, emission and decay analyses. The emission spectra exhibited characteristic blue (460-500nm) and yellow (555-610nm) bands of Dy(3+) ions which combines to give white light. The evaluated color co-ordinates (x, y) were found to lie within the white light region of CIE chromaticity diagram. All the decay curves of Dy(3+) ions exhibited non-exponential nature and the experimental lifetimes for the (4)F9/2 excited level were found to decrease from 0.87, 0.47, 0.35, 0.26 and 0.13ms with the increase of Dy(3+) ion concentrations from 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2 and 0.3mol%, respectively. In order to understand the energy transfer mechanism, the decay curves were fitted to Inokutti-Hirayama model and found that the energy transfer is of dipole-dipole type. From the results of these investigations, it is concluded that the KY(1-x)DyxBO3 phosphors are more useful for white light emitting diodes. PMID:27442292

  12. Ab initio structure determination of novel borate NaSrBO{sub 3}

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    Wu, L. . E-mail: lwu@nankai.edu.cn; Chen, X.L. . E-mail: xlchen@aphy.iphy.ac.cn; Zhang, Y.; Kong, Y.F.; Xu, J.J.; Xu, Y.P.

    2006-04-15

    A novel orthoborate, NaSrBO{sub 3}, has been successfully synthesized by standard solid-state reaction, and the crystal structure has been determined from powder X-ray diffraction data. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}/c with lattice parameters: a=5.32446(7)A, b=9.2684(1)A, c=6.06683(8)A, {beta}=100.589(1){sup o}. The fundamental building units are isolated BO{sub 3} groups, which are parallelly distributed along two different directions. Because of the anisotropic polarizations of planar BO{sub 3} groups, a considerable birefringence can be expected in it. The Na atoms are six-coordinated with O atoms to form octahedra, and the Sr atoms are nine-coordinated, forming tri-capped trigonal prisms. Those polyhedra connect with each other by bridging-oxygen atoms, forming infinite three-dimensional network, which indicates that the cleaving problem is expected to be overcome during the course of single-crystal growth. The infrared spectrum has been measured, and the result is consistent with the crystallographic study. Moreover, a comparison of the new structure type with the other known orthoborates is presented here.

  13. The ARiBo tag: a reliable tool for affinity purification of RNAs under native conditions

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    Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Lampron, Philipe; Dagenais, Pierre; Omichinski, James G.; Legault, Pascale

    2011-01-01

    Although RNA-based biological processes and therapeutics have gained increasing interest, purification of in vitro transcribed RNA generally relies on gel-based methods that are time-consuming, tedious and denature the RNA. Here, we present a reliable procedure for affinity batch purification of RNA, which exploits the high-affinity interaction between the boxB RNA and the N-peptide from bacteriophage λ. The RNA of interest is synthesized with an ARiBo tag, which consists of an activatable ribozyme (the glmS ribozyme) and the λBoxB RNA. This ARiBo-fusion RNA is initially captured on Glutathione-Sepharose resin via a GST/λN-fusion protein, and the RNA of interest is subsequently eluted by ribozyme self-cleavage using glucosamine-6-phosphate. Several GST/λN-fusion proteins and ARiBo tags were tested to optimize RNA yield and purity. The optimized procedure enables one to quickly obtain (3 h) highly pure RNA (>99%) under native conditions and with yields comparable to standard denaturing gel-based protocols. It is widely applicable to a variety of RNAs, including riboswitches, ribozymes and microRNAs. In addition, it can be easily adapted to a wide range of applications that require RNA purification and/or immobilization, including isolation of RNA-associated complexes from living cells and high-throughput applications. PMID:21071425

  14. The ARiBo tag: a reliable tool for affinity purification of RNAs under native conditions.

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    Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Lampron, Philipe; Dagenais, Pierre; Omichinski, James G; Legault, Pascale

    2011-02-01

    Although RNA-based biological processes and therapeutics have gained increasing interest, purification of in vitro transcribed RNA generally relies on gel-based methods that are time-consuming, tedious and denature the RNA. Here, we present a reliable procedure for affinity batch purification of RNA, which exploits the high-affinity interaction between the boxB RNA and the N-peptide from bacteriophage λ. The RNA of interest is synthesized with an ARiBo tag, which consists of an activatable ribozyme (the glmS ribozyme) and the λBoxB RNA. This ARiBo-fusion RNA is initially captured on Glutathione-Sepharose resin via a GST/λN-fusion protein, and the RNA of interest is subsequently eluted by ribozyme self-cleavage using glucosamine-6-phosphate. Several GST/λN-fusion proteins and ARiBo tags were tested to optimize RNA yield and purity. The optimized procedure enables one to quickly obtain (3 h) highly pure RNA (>99%) under native conditions and with yields comparable to standard denaturing gel-based protocols. It is widely applicable to a variety of RNAs, including riboswitches, ribozymes and microRNAs. In addition, it can be easily adapted to a wide range of applications that require RNA purification and/or immobilization, including isolation of RNA-associated complexes from living cells and high-throughput applications. PMID:21071425

  15. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of Na3La2(BO3)3 crystal

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    Li, Kai; Zhang, Guochun; Guo, Shu; Zhang, Xin; He, Ran; Zhang, Jianxiu; Lin, Zheshuai; Wu, Yicheng

    2013-12-01

    A 30×20×8 mm3 Na3La2(BO3)3 crystal has been grown by the top-seeded solution growth method (TSSG) using Na2O-B2O3-NaF as flux. The refractive indices at thirteen wavelengths from 0.2537 to 2.325 μm were accurately measured by the minimum deviation method, and the Sellmeier equations were accordingly constructed. The nonlinear optical (NLO) coefficients were measured by the Maker fringe method, which gave results of d31=1.45 pm/V, d32=0.67 pm/V, and d33=-1.06 pm/V, respectively. For second-harmonic generation (SHG) of 1064 nm, the effective NLO coefficient (deff) of type I phase-matching reaches the maximum value (1.44 pm/V) at the phase-matching angles θ=77.0°, ϕ=212.1°, which is larger than that of LiB3O5 (LBO). First-principle calculations suggest that Na3La2(BO3)3 possesses two types of NLO-active atom groups, BO3 group with π-orbital system and La-centered polyhedron with large polar displacement, of which the latter could be considered as a new type of NLO-active atom group.

  16. Growth, structure and optical properties of nonlinear optical crystal BaZnBO3F

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    Xia, Mingjun; Li, R. K.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal BaZnBO3F (BZBF) with the size of about 20×20×0.5 mm3 is obtained from BaF2-NaF flux, and single crystal X-ray diffraction reveals that it belongs to space group P 6 ̅ with cell parameters of a=5.1045(6) Å, c=4.3116(10) Å and Z=1. In the structure of BZBF, the BO3 planar triangles are interconnected through O atoms from ZnO3F2 trigonal bipyramid to form (Zn3B3O6F6) twelve-membered rings (12-MRs), then the layers which are built with condensation from 12-MRs at ab plane, are further linked by the apical F from ZnO3F2 to form three dimensional framework along the c direction. The title crystal exhibits high transmittance in the range of 300-3000 nm with a UV transmission cutoff at 223 nm according to transmission spectra. Powder SHG tests indicate that the effective NLO coefficient of BZBF crystal is about 2.8 times that of KH2PO4 (KDP) crystal due to perfect alignment of the BO3 groups.

  17. BoCluSt: Bootstrap Clustering Stability Algorithm for Community Detection

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    Garcia, Carlos

    2016-01-01

    The identification of modules or communities in sets of related variables is a key step in the analysis and modeling of biological systems. Procedures for this identification are usually designed to allow fast analyses of very large datasets and may produce suboptimal results when these sets are of a small to moderate size. This article introduces BoCluSt, a new, somewhat more computationally intensive, community detection procedure that is based on combining a clustering algorithm with a measure of stability under bootstrap resampling. Both computer simulation and analyses of experimental data showed that BoCluSt can outperform current procedures in the identification of multiple modules in data sets with a moderate number of variables. In addition, the procedure provides users with a null distribution of results to evaluate the support for the existence of community structure in the data. BoCluSt takes individual measures for a set of variables as input, and may be a valuable and robust exploratory tool of network analysis, as it provides 1) an estimation of the best partition of variables into modules, 2) a measure of the support for the existence of modular structures, and 3) an overall description of the whole structure, which may reveal hierarchical modular situations, in which modules are composed of smaller sub-modules. PMID:27258041

  18. Synthesis, photoluminescence, thermoluminescence and dosimetry properties of novel phosphor Zn(BO2)2:Tb

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    Li, J.; Zhang, C. X.; Tang, Q.; Zhang, Y. L.; Hao, J. Q.; Su, Q.; Wang, S. B.

    2007-02-01

    Polycrystalline powder samples of terbium doped Zn(BO2)2 phosphors were prepared by solid state reaction in the thermal carbon reducing atmosphere at high temperature. The photoluminescence (PL), three-dimensional (3D) TL emission spectrum and dosimetric characteristics following 60Co gamma-rays irradiation were studied. Characteristic emission bands of Tb3+ at about 490, 543, 584 and 620 nm, attributed to the 5D4→7FJ (J=3, 4, 5, 6) transitions of Tb3+ ions, were observed in the TL and PL emission spectrum. No emission from Tb4+ ions was observed in the TL emission spectrum. The TL-dose response of the powder samples Zn(BO2)2:Tb to 60Co gamma-rays radiation in the dose range from 1 to 100 Gy for clinical dose levels was almost linear. The experiment results showed that Zn(BO2)2:Tb has potential use as the materials of gamma-rays thermoluminescence dosimeter (TLD) for clinical dosimetry.

  19. Inelastic Neutron Scattering on Multiferroics NdFe3(BO3)4

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    Hayashida, Shohei; Soda, Minoru; Itoh, Shinichi; Yokoo, Tetsuya; Ohgushi, Kenya; Kawana, Daichi; Masuda, Takatsugu

    Inelastic neutron scattering experiment is performed on single crystals of multiferroics NdFe3(11BO3)4 to explore the magnetic excitations. Fe-centered dispersive excitation with the band width of 5 meV is observed along the crystallographic c∗ direction and that of 3 meV is along the a∗ direction. The energy gap of 0.57 meV due to an axial-type anisotropy is ob- served at the AF zone center. The energy of Nd-centered flat excitation is 1 meV. Furthermore, anticrossing of the Fe- and Nd-centered excitations is observed, meaning the existence of the f -d coupling, i.e., the interaction between the Nd3+ and Fe3+ moments. Spin-wave analysis on the observed neutron spectrum revealed the underlying magnetic Hamiltonian in NdFe3(11BO3)4. Discussion on the axial-type anisotropy in the ab - plane based on the magnetic model leads to the conclusion that the anisotropy of the Nd3+ ion plays a main role in the determination of the structures of both magnetic moment and electric polarization in NdFe3(BO3)4.

  20. Pressure-induced phase transitions in acentric BaHf(BO3)2

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    Mączka, Mirosław; Szymborska-Małek, Katarzyna; Sousa Pinheiro, Gardenia de; Cavalcante Freire, Paulo Tarso; Majchrowski, Andrzej

    2015-08-01

    High-pressure Raman scattering studies revealed that BaHf(BO3)2 is more compressible than calcite-type orthoborates and calcite, aragonite or dolomite carbonates. It undergoes a first-order reversible pressure-induced phase transition in the 3.9-4.4 GPa pressure range. Second structural change is observed at 9.2 GPa. The intermediate phase is most likely trigonal. However, Raman results suggest increase in the number of distinct BO3 groups from two in the ambient pressure phase to at least three in the intermediate phase. This intermediate phase is also strongly compressible and strong pressure dependence of the lattice modes proves that the main changes under pressure occur within the layers built from BaO6 and HfO6 octahedra. The second phase transition leads most likely to lowering of the trigonal symmetry, as evidenced by significant increase of the number of observed bands. The pressure coefficients of the Raman bands of the high-pressure phase are relatively small, suggesting more dense arrangement of the metal-oxygen polyhedra and BO3 groups in this phase. It is worth noting that the high-pressure phase was not reached in the second compression experiment up to 10 GPa. This behavior can be most likely attributed to worse hydrostatic conditions of the first experiment.

  1. Chemical enrichment in very low metallicity environments: Boötes I

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    Romano, Donatella; Bellazzini, Michele; Starkenburg, Else; Leaman, Ryan

    2015-02-01

    We present different chemical evolution models for the ultrafaint dwarf galaxy Boötes I. We either assume that the galaxy accretes its mass through smooth infall of gas of primordial chemical composition (classical models) or adopt mass accretion histories derived from the combination of merger trees with semi-analytical modelling (cosmologically-motivated models). Furthermore, we consider models with and without taking into account inhomogeneous mixing in the interstellar medium within the galaxy, i.e. homogeneous versus inhomogeneous models. The theoretical predictions are then compared to each other and to the body of the available data. From this analysis, we confirm previous findings that Boötes I has formed stars with very low efficiency but, at variance with previous studies, we do not find a clear-cut indication that supernova explosions have sustained long-lasting galactic-scale outflows in this galaxy. Therefore, we suggest that external mechanisms such as ram pressure stripping and tidal stripping are needed to explain the absence of neutral gas in Boötes I today.

  2. Effect of botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNTA) on the morphology and viability of 3T3 murine fibroblasts

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    Bandala, Cindy; Terán-Melo, Juan Luis; Anaya-Ruiz, Maricruz; Mejía-Barradas, Cesar Miguel; Domínguez-Rubio, Rene; la Garza-Montano, Paloma De; Alfaro-Rodríguez, Alfonso; Lara-Padilla, Eleazar

    2015-01-01

    Aim: BoNTA is used in the treatment of ophthalmological disorders, muscular hyperactivity and pain. In recent years it has been described that BoNTA reduces cellular viability and induces apoptosis in prostate cells lines. Studies about the effect of BoNTA are no well known. There have been studies about the effect of BoNTA on the expression levels of collagenase in fibroblasts, but not on its morphological impact on these cells. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of BoNTA on the morphology and viability of the 3T3 fibroblast cell line. Material and methods: The 3T3 fibroblast cell line was cultured and the experimental group received 10 U BoNTA added to a 0.9% sterile saline solution in a reconstituted vial. The control group received saline solution only. Cultured cells were observed and photographed at 5, 10, 15 and 20 h. Cell viability was evaluated by means of the trypan blue test, and cell proliferation with the Proliferation Assay kit (PROMEGA). Results: The application of BoNTA to 3T3 fibroblast cells induced morphological changes, such as a loss of normal fibroblast morphology. Additionally, we observed the cytoplasmic retraction and spread phenomena. The nuclei showed other important changes with Giemsa staining. Conclusion: The results indicate that BoNTA induced a loss of spindle form, increase in cytoplasmic vesicles, and the presence of nuclear vesicles (compacted chromatin surrounded by a nuclear envelope). This suggests an apoptotic process and decreased cell viability. Further studies are needed to explore the mechanisms of these alterations. PMID:26464704

  3. Preparation of egg yolk antibodies against BoNT/B and their passive protection in mouse models

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    You, Zherong; Yang, Hao; Xin, Wenwen; Kang, Lin; Gao, Shan; Wang, Junhong; Zhang, Tao; Wang, Jinglin

    2014-01-01

    Botulism in human is a devastating intoxication caused mainly by type A, B, and E botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs). The most effective treatment of botulism is injection of BoNT antiserum in the first 24 h. In this study, a recombinant C-terminal heavy chain of BoNT/B (BHc) was successfully expressed in E. coli. The soluble BHc was used as an antigen to immunize laying hens for yolk immunoglobulin (IgY) production. The purified IgY against BHc subunit, preincubated with the BoNT/B, was predominantly involved in the neutralization of BoNT/B toxicity. Furthermore, both intraperitoneal and intragastric administration of the IgY could protect mice from death caused by injection of toxin at a lethal dose. Our results therefore suggest that anti-BHc IgY directed to the Hc domain is effectively involved in the neutralization of BoNT/B toxin and may be considered as preventive and therapeutic intervention in the case of botulism. PMID:25424938

  4. Thin film and bulk investigations of LiCoBO3 as a Li-ion battery cathode

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    Bo, Shou-Hang; Veith, Gabriel M; Saccomanno, Michael; Huang, Huafeng; Burmistrova, Polina; Malingowski, Andrew; Sacci, Robert L; Grey, Clare; Khalifah, P.

    2014-01-01

    The compound LiCoBO3 is an appealing candidate for next generation Li-ion batteries based on its high theoretical specific capacity of 215 mAh/g and high expected discharge voltage (more than 4 V vs. Li+/Li). However, this level of performance has not yet been realized in experimental cells, even with nanosized particles. Reactive magnetron sputtering was therefore used to prepare thin films of LiCoBO3, allowing the influence of particle thickness on electrochemical performance to be explicitly tested. Even when ultra-thin films (~15 nm) were prepared, there was a negligible electrochemical response from LiCoBO3. Impedance spectroscopy measurements suggest that the conductivity of LiCoBO3 is many orders of magnitude worse than that of LiFeBO3, and may be severely limiting performance. The band gap and unusual blue color of LiCoBO3 were investigated by spectroscopic techniques, which allowed the determination of an optical gap of 4.2 eV and the assignment of the visible light absorption to a symmetry-allowed e a transition that occurs within the context of a particularly simple electronic configuration.

  5. Magnetoelectric and magnetic properties of aluminum borates Ho1 - x Nd x Al3(BO3)4

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    Volkov, N. V.; Gudim, I. A.; Demidov, A. A.; Eremin, E. V.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetoelectric and magnetic properties of substituted aluminum borates Ho1 - x Nd x Al3(BO3)4 have been studied experimentally and theoretically. A large magnetoelectric effect exceeding all known values in isostructural compounds except for HoAl3(BO3)4 has been found. The magnetoelectric polarization of Ho0.8Nd0.2Al3(BO3)4 and Ho0.5Nd0.5Al3(BO3)4 at T = 5 K in a field of 9 T is Δ P ab ( B b ) ≈ -2630 and 1380 μC/m2, respectively. A theoretical consideration based on the crystal field model for the rare-earth ion made it possible to interpret all measured properties within the unified approach. The crystal field parameters have been determined. The temperature (3-300 K) and field (up to 9 T) dependences of the magnetization and the temperature (5-100 K) and field (up to 9 T) dependences of the polarization have been described. The studied properties of Ho1 - x Nd x Al3(BO3)4 have been compared with those of HoAl3(BO3)4 demonstrating record-high polarization values.

  6. [Cerebral paragonimiasis and Bo Sung Sim's hemispherectomy in Korea in 1950s-1960s].

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    Park, Jiyoung; Miyagawa, Takuya; Hong, Jeonghwa; Kim, Ockjoo

    2011-06-30

    This paper deals with cerebral paragonimiasis and cerebral hemispherectomy conducted as a treatment of cerebral paragonimiasis by Bo Sung Sim in Korea in 1950s-1960s. He demonstrated that cerebral hemispherectomy could be used for unilateral diffuse cerebral paragonimiasis. Sim learned cerebral hemispherectomy from Dr. L. A. French. at the University of Minnesota from 1955 to 1957 in America. The authors argues that Bo Sung Sim's introduction of cerebral hemispherectomy to Korea was not a simple application of an advanced medical technology, but a complicated and active process in that Sim used the technique to intervene intractable complications from cerebral paragonimiasis such as generalized convulsions, spastic hemiplegia and mental deterioration. Bo Sung Sim, one of the neurosurgeons of the first generation in Korea, was trained in neurology, neuropathology, neuroradiology and animal experiments as well as in neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota. After returning to Korea, Sim faced parasitic diseases, one of the most serious public health problems at that time, which were far different from what he learned in America. As a neurosurgeon, Sim tackled with parasitic diseases of the central nervous system with various diagnostics and therapeutics. In 1950s, more than one million populations suffered from pulmonary paragonimiasis acquired by eating raw crabs or by feeding juice of crushed crayfish for the treatment of measles in Korea. About 26.6 percent of people with paragonimiasis had cerebral paragonimiasis. Before bithionol therapy was introduced in 1962, neurosurgery was the only available treatment to control increased intracranial pressures, intractable epilepsy, paralysis and mental deterioration. Between 1958 to 1962, Bo Sung Sim operated on 24 patients of cerebral paragonimiasis. In two of them, he performed cerebral hemispherectomy to control intractable convulsions when he found diffuse cerebral paragonimiasis and cerebral atrophy at the

  7. Functional characterization of botulinum neurotoxin serotype H as a hybrid of known serotypes F and A (BoNT F/A).

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    Kalb, Suzanne R; Baudys, Jakub; Raphael, Brian H; Dykes, Janet K; Lúquez, Carolina; Maslanka, Susan E; Barr, John R

    2015-04-01

    A unique strain of Clostridium botulinum (IBCA10-7060) was recently discovered which produces two toxins: botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotype B and a novel BoNT reported as serotype H. Previous molecular assessment showed that the light chain (LC) of the novel BoNT most resembled the bont of the light chain of known subtype F5, while the C-terminus of the heavy chain (HC) most resembled the binding domain of serotype A. We evaluated the functionality of both toxins produced in culture by first incorporating an immunoaffinity step using monoclonal antibodies to purify BoNT from culture supernatants and tested each immune-captured neurotoxin with full-length substrates vesicle-associated membrane protein 2 (VAMP-2), synaptosomal-associated protein 25 (SNAP-25), syntaxin, and shortened peptides representing the substrates. The BoNT/B produced by this strain behaved as a typical BoNT/B, having immunoaffinity for anti-B monoclonal antibodies and cleaving both full length VAMP-2 and a peptide based on the sequence of VAMP-2 in the expected location. As expected, there was no activity toward SNAP-25 or syntaxin. The novel BoNT demonstrated immunoaffinity for anti-A monoclonal antibodies but did not cleave SNAP-25 as expected for BoNT/A. Instead, the novel BoNT cleaved VAMP-2 and VAMP-2-based peptides in the same location as BoNT/F5. This is the first discovery of a single botulinum neurotoxin with BoNT/A antigenicity and BoNT/F light chain function. This work suggests that the newly reported serotype H may actually be a hybrid of previously known BoNT serotype A and serotype F, specifically subtype F5. PMID:25731972

  8. Two Simple Approaches to Overcome a Problem with the Mantel-Haenszel Statistic: Comments on Wang, Bradlow, Wainer, and Muller (2008)

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    Sinharay, Sandip; Dorans, Neil J.

    2010-01-01

    The Mantel-Haenszel (MH) procedure (Mantel and Haenszel) is a popular method for estimating and testing a common two-factor association parameter in a 2 x 2 x K table. Holland and Holland and Thayer described how to use the procedure to detect differential item functioning (DIF) for tests with dichotomously scored items. Wang, Bradlow, Wainer, and…

  9. Assessment of Impact of Insecticides on Anagrus nilaparvatae (Pang et Wang) (Hymenoptera: Mymanidae), an Egg Parasitoid of the Rice Planthopper, Nilaparvata lugens (Hemiptera: Delphacidae)

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    The parasitoid Anagrus Nilaparvatae (Pang et Wang) (Hymenoptera: Mymanidae) is a major natural enemy of the rice planthopper Nilaparvata lugens (Hemiptera: Delphacidae). It plays an important role in the IPM of the rice planthopper. Contact and oral toxicity and residual effect of fourteen pesticide...

  10. BoHV-4-Based Vector Single Heterologous Antigen Delivery Protects STAT1(-/-) Mice from Monkeypoxvirus Lethal Challenge

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    Crump, Ryan W.; Doronin, Konstantin; Hembrador, Edguardo; Pompilio, Daniela; Tebaldi, Giulia; Estep, Ryan D.; Wong, Scott W.; Buller, Mark R.; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2015-01-01

    Monkeypox virus (MPXV) is the etiological agent of human (MPX). It is an emerging orthopoxvirus zoonosis in the tropical rain forest of Africa and is endemic in the Congo-basin and sporadic in West Africa; it remains a tropical neglected disease of persons in impoverished rural areas. Interaction of the human population with wildlife increases human infection with MPX virus (MPXV), and infection from human to human is possible. Smallpox vaccination provides good cross-protection against MPX; however, the vaccination campaign ended in Africa in 1980, meaning that a large proportion of the population is currently unprotected against MPXV infection. Disease control hinges on deterring zoonotic exposure to the virus and, barring that, interrupting person-to-person spread. However, there are no FDA-approved therapies against MPX, and current vaccines are limited due to safety concerns. For this reason, new studies on pathogenesis, prophylaxis and therapeutics are still of great interest, not only for the scientific community but also for the governments concerned that MPXV could be used as a bioterror agent. In the present study, a new vaccination strategy approach based on three recombinant bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) vectors, each expressing different MPXV glycoproteins, A29L, M1R and B6R were investigated in terms of protection from a lethal MPXV challenge in STAT1 knockout mice. BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK were successfully constructed by recombineering, and their capacity to express their transgene was demonstrated. A small challenge study was performed, and all three recombinant BoHV-4 appeared safe (no weight-loss or obvious adverse events) following intraperitoneal administration. Further, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK alone or in combination with BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK, was shown to be able to protect, 100% alone and 80% in combination, STAT1(-/-) mice against

  11. BoHV-4-Based Vector Single Heterologous Antigen Delivery Protects STAT1(-/-) Mice from Monkeypoxvirus Lethal Challenge.

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    Franceschi, Valentina; Parker, Scott; Jacca, Sarah; Crump, Ryan W; Doronin, Konstantin; Hembrador, Edguardo; Pompilio, Daniela; Tebaldi, Giulia; Estep, Ryan D; Wong, Scott W; Buller, Mark R; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2015-06-01

    Monkeypox virus (MPXV) is the etiological agent of human (MPX). It is an emerging orthopoxvirus zoonosis in the tropical rain forest of Africa and is endemic in the Congo-basin and sporadic in West Africa; it remains a tropical neglected disease of persons in impoverished rural areas. Interaction of the human population with wildlife increases human infection with MPX virus (MPXV), and infection from human to human is possible. Smallpox vaccination provides good cross-protection against MPX; however, the vaccination campaign ended in Africa in 1980, meaning that a large proportion of the population is currently unprotected against MPXV infection. Disease control hinges on deterring zoonotic exposure to the virus and, barring that, interrupting person-to-person spread. However, there are no FDA-approved therapies against MPX, and current vaccines are limited due to safety concerns. For this reason, new studies on pathogenesis, prophylaxis and therapeutics are still of great interest, not only for the scientific community but also for the governments concerned that MPXV could be used as a bioterror agent. In the present study, a new vaccination strategy approach based on three recombinant bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) vectors, each expressing different MPXV glycoproteins, A29L, M1R and B6R were investigated in terms of protection from a lethal MPXV challenge in STAT1 knockout mice. BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK were successfully constructed by recombineering, and their capacity to express their transgene was demonstrated. A small challenge study was performed, and all three recombinant BoHV-4 appeared safe (no weight-loss or obvious adverse events) following intraperitoneal administration. Further, BoHV-4-A-EF1α-M1RgD106ΔTK alone or in combination with BoHV-4-A-CMV-A29LgD106ΔTK and BoHV-4-A-EF1α-B6RgD106ΔTK, was shown to be able to protect, 100% alone and 80% in combination, STAT1(-/-) mice against

  12. Interferon gamma-mediated BoHV-4 replication restriction in bovine endometrial stromal cells is host IDO1 gene expression independent and BoHV-4 IE2 gene expression dependent.

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    Jacca, Sarah; Franceschi, Valentina; Agosti, Mattia; Cavirani, Sandro; Mistretta, Federico; Donofrio, Gaetano

    2014-11-01

    In the present work the interaction between bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4)-infected bovine endometrial stromal cells (BESCs) and interferon gamma (IFNG) was investigated. Starting from the particular tropism of BoHV-4 toward BESCs, a pure population of these cells, free of CD45-positive cells, was prepared and proven to have a bona fide mesenchymal derivation as shown by vimentin-positive and cytokeratin-negative staining. BESCs expressed functional IFNG receptors (IFNGR) 1 and 2 but not IFNG ligand. BESCs transfected with a new reporter construct made by cloning the bovine indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) promoter in front of the luciferase reporter gene responded to exogenous IFNG treatment. Further, IFNG-treated or constitutively secreting IFNG BESCs strongly restricted BoHV-4 replication and consequent cytopathic effect. IDO1 expression in BESCs was tightly induced by IFNG and IDO1 was previously shown to be the mediator for some of the IFNG pathogenostatic effects. However, IDO1 inhibitors and IDO1 constitutive expression could not respectively abrogate or recapitulate IFNG effect on BoHV-4-infected BESCs, whereas BoHV-4 immediate early (IE2) gene expression was transcriptionally depressed by IFNG axis activation independently from IDO1 expression; this was further confirmed by revealing a BoHV-4 IE2 gene promoter area containing potential responsive elements interacting with inhibitory transcription factors induced by IFNG in BESCs. The data achieved in this work highlight at least two issues: first, the role of BESCs as target/effector cells for the IFNG; second, the importance of uterine IFNG integrity to control BoHV-4 infection recrudescence from a persistent/latent state to a chronic disease, endometritis. PMID:25273529

  13. The mechanism of the area negative thermal expansion in KBe2BO3F2 family crystals: A first-principles study

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    Jiang, Xingxing; Molokeev, Maxim S.; Li, Wei; Wu, Shaofan; Lin, Zheshuai; Wu, Yicheng; Chen, Chuangtian

    2016-02-01

    A very recent study demonstrated that the KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) family of crystals, including KBBF, RbBe2BO3F2, and CsBe2BO3F2, are the only known borates exhibiting a rarely occurring isotropic area negative thermal expansion (NTE) behavior, over a very large temperature range. In the present work, the NTE mechanism in these crystals is comprehensively investigated using the first-principles calculations. It is revealed that the area NTE behavior mainly originates from the concerted distortion of [BeO3F] tetrahedra in the two-dimensional [Be2BO3F2]∞ framework with respect to temperature, while the [BO3] triangles remain almost rigid. Moreover, the different magnitude of NTE effect in the three crystals is attributed to the interaction difference between the alkali metal atoms (K, Rb, or Cs) and the [Be2BO3F2]∞ layer.

  14. Prospects for three-electron donor boronyl (BO) ligands and dioxodiborene (B2O2) ligands as bridging groups in binuclear iron carbonyl derivatives.

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    Chang, Yu; Li, Qian-Shu; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce

    2012-08-20

    Recent experimental work (2010) on (Cy(3)P)(2)Pt(BO)Br indicates that the oxygen atom of the boronyl (BO) ligand is more basic than that in the ubiquitous CO ligand. This suggests that bridging BO ligands in unsaturated binuclear metal carbonyl derivatives should readily function as three-electron donor bridging ligands involving both the oxygen and the boron atoms. In this connection, density functional theory shows that three of the four lowest energy singlet Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) structures have such a bridging η(2)-μ-BO group as well as a formal Fe-Fe single bond. In addition, all four of the lowest energy singlet Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) structures have two bridging η(2)-μ-BO groups and formal Fe-Fe single bonds. Other Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(n) (n = 7, 6) structures are found in which the two BO groups have coupled to form a bridging dioxodiborene (B(2)O(2)) ligand with B-B bonding distances of ~1.84 Å. All of these Fe(2)(μ-B(2)O(2))(CO)(n) structures have long Fe···Fe distances indicating a lack of direct iron-iron bonding. One of the singlet Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) structures has such a bridging dioxodiborene ligand with cis stereochemistry functioning as a six-electron donor to the pair of iron atoms. In addition, the lowest energy triplet structures for both Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) and Fe(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) have bridging dioxodiborene ligands with trans stereochemistry functioning as a four-electron donor to the pair of iron atoms. PMID:22862812

  15. A Chemical Confirmation of the Faint Boötes II Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy

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    Koch, Andreas; Rich, R. Michael

    2014-10-01

    We present a chemical abundance study of the brightest confirmed member star of the ultra-faint dwarf galaxy Boötes II from Keck/HIRES high-resolution spectroscopy at moderate signal-to-noise ratios. At [Fe/H] = -2.93 ± 0.03(stat.) ± 0.17(sys.), this star chemically resembles metal-poor halo field stars and the signatures of other faint dwarf spheroidal galaxies at the same metallicities in that it shows enhanced [α/Fe] ratios, Solar Fe-peak element abundances, and low upper limits on the neutron-capture element Ba. Moreover, this star shows no chemical peculiarities in any of the eight elements we were able to measure. This implies that the chemical outliers found in other systems remain outliers pertaining to the unusual enrichment histories of the respective environments, while Boo II appears to have experienced an enrichment history typical of its very low mass. We also re-calibrated previous measurements of the galaxy's metallicity from the calcium triplet (CaT) and find a much lower value than reported before. The resulting broad metallicity spread, in excess of one dex, the very metal-poor mean, and the chemical abundance patterns of the present star imply that Boötes II is a low-mass, old, metal-poor dwarf galaxy and not an overdensity associated with the Sagittarius Stream as has been previously suggested based on its sky position and kinematics. The low, mean CaT metallicity of -2.7 dex falls right on the luminosity-metallicity relation delineated over four orders of magnitude from the more luminous to the faintest galaxies. Thus Boötes II's chemical enrichment appears representative of the galaxy's original mass, while tidal stripping and other mass loss mechanisms were probably not significant as for other low-mass satellites.

  16. A chemical confirmation of the faint Boötes II dwarf spheroidal galaxy

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    Koch, Andreas; Rich, R. Michael

    2014-10-10

    We present a chemical abundance study of the brightest confirmed member star of the ultra-faint dwarf galaxy Boötes II from Keck/HIRES high-resolution spectroscopy at moderate signal-to-noise ratios. At [Fe/H] = –2.93 ± 0.03(stat.) ± 0.17(sys.), this star chemically resembles metal-poor halo field stars and the signatures of other faint dwarf spheroidal galaxies at the same metallicities in that it shows enhanced [α/Fe] ratios, Solar Fe-peak element abundances, and low upper limits on the neutron-capture element Ba. Moreover, this star shows no chemical peculiarities in any of the eight elements we were able to measure. This implies that the chemical outliers found in other systems remain outliers pertaining to the unusual enrichment histories of the respective environments, while Boo II appears to have experienced an enrichment history typical of its very low mass. We also re-calibrated previous measurements of the galaxy's metallicity from the calcium triplet (CaT) and find a much lower value than reported before. The resulting broad metallicity spread, in excess of one dex, the very metal-poor mean, and the chemical abundance patterns of the present star imply that Boötes II is a low-mass, old, metal-poor dwarf galaxy and not an overdensity associated with the Sagittarius Stream as has been previously suggested based on its sky position and kinematics. The low, mean CaT metallicity of –2.7 dex falls right on the luminosity-metallicity relation delineated over four orders of magnitude from the more luminous to the faintest galaxies. Thus Boötes II's chemical enrichment appears representative of the galaxy's original mass, while tidal stripping and other mass loss mechanisms were probably not significant as for other low-mass satellites.

  17. Infrared absorption spectra of pure and doped YAl3(BO3)4 single crystals

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    Kovács, L.; Mazzera, M.; Beregi, E.; Capelletti, R.

    2009-02-01

    Several weak absorption bands have been observed in the optical absorption spectra of pure and rare-earth-doped YAl3(BO3)4 single crystals in the 3350- 3650 cm-1 wave number region. Two of them, peaking at about 3377 cm-1 and 3580 cm-1 in the 8 K spectra, appear in most of the samples. They are tentatively attributed to the stretching mode of OH- ions incorporated in the crystal during the growth. An additional absorption band at about 5250 cm-1 at 8 K has also been detected in almost all samples. The temperature and polarization dependences of these bands, and their possible origin, are discussed.

  18. Optical properties and laser potential of dysprosium doped YAl3(BO3)(4) (YAB) crystal

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    Dominiak-Dzik, G.; Solarz, P.; Ryba-Romanowski, W.; Beregi, E.; Hartmann, E.; Kovacs, L.

    The absorption and emission spectra were measured at 5 and 300 K. The positions of the selected Dy3+ levels and their Stark components, determined from optical spectra at 5K, are presented. In this work an attempt is made to assess the potential of dysprosium doped YAl3 (BO3 )(4) crystal as a laser active material operating near 570 nm. The emission cross-section of a potential laser line at 570 nm connected with F-4 (9/2) --> H-6(13/2) transition was estimated.

  19. Structure and lattice dynamics of PrFe3(BO3)4: Ab initio calculation

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    Chernyshev, V. A.; Nikiforov, A. E.; Petrov, V. P.

    2016-06-01

    The crystal structure and phonon spectrum of PrFe3(BO3)4 are ab initio calculated in the context of the density functional theory. The ion coordinates in the unit cell of a crystal and the lattice parameters are evaluated from the calculations. The types and frequencies of the fundamental vibrations, as well as the line intensities of the IR spectrum, are determined. The elastic constants of the crystal are calculated. A "seed" frequency of the vibration strongly interacting with the electron excitation on the praseodymium ion is obtained for low-frequency A 2 mode. The calculated results are in agreement with the known experimental data.

  20. Uniaxial anisotropy and low-temperature antiferromagnetism of Mn2BO4 single crystal

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    Kazak, N. V.; Platunov, M. S.; Knyazev, Yu. V.; Ivanova, N. B.; Bayukov, O. A.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Nizhankovskii, V. I.; Gavrilkin, S. Yu.; Lamonova, K. V.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.

    2015-11-01

    The Mn2BO4 single crystals have been grown by the flux technique. A careful study of the crystal structure and magnetic properties have been carried out. The antiferromagnetic transition at TN=26 K has been traced through the dc magnetization and specific heat temperature dependences. Magnetic uniaxial anisotropy has been found with easy axis magnetization lying in the ab-plane. The obtained value of effective magnetic moment is assigned to the non-quenched orbital moment of Jahn-Teller Mn3+ ions. The discussion of magnetic properties is based on the superexchange interaction calculations.

  1. YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (YCOB) high temperature vibration sensor

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    Kim, Kyungrim; Huang Wenbin; Jiang Xiaoning; Zhang Shujun; Yu Fapeng

    2011-06-15

    A shear-mode piezoelectric accelerometer using YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (YCOB) single crystal was designed, fabricated and successfully tested for high temperature vibration sensing applications. The prototyped sensor was tested at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 1000 deg. C and at frequencies ranging from 80 Hz to 1 kHz. The sensitivity of the sensor was found to be 5.7 pC/g throughout the tested frequency and temperature range. In addition, YCOB piezoelectric accelerometers remained the same sensitivity at 1000 deg. C for a dwell time of four hours, exhibiting high stability and reliability.

  2. Strontium ions concentration dependent modifications on structural and optical features of Li4Sr(BO3)3 glass

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    Obayes, Hayder Khudhair; Wagiran, H.; Hussin, R.; Saeed, M. A.

    2016-05-01

    Composition optimization is essential for achieving improved properties of strontium (Sr2+) doped lithium borate (LSBO) glass. Glasses with compositions (85-x)H3BO3+15Li2CO3+xSrCO3, where x = 0.5-2.5 mol% are synthesized via melt quenching technique. Glasses are characterized to determine Sr2+ ions concentration dependent improvements in the structural, physical, and optical properties. XRD patterns verifies the amorphous nature, FESEM images reveals transmitting surface morphology, stable glasses with Hurby parameter ∼0.5 are achieved. FTIR spectra revealed three fundamental peaks around 700.55-930.68 and 1072.07 cm-1, which corresponded to the trigonal and tetrahedral stretching vibrations of BO3 and BO4 units. These peaks are shifted with the increase of modifier concentration. Energy for Urbach tail, direct and indirect optical gaps are calculated. The increasing glass refractive index from 2.34 to 3.00 is ascribed to the conversion of BO4 into BO3 units. Emission spectra exhibit three peaks centered at 492.65, 536 and 549 nm, corresponding to the transitions from the 1D2, 3D3 and 3D2 levels to ground state 1S0 respectively, and accompanied by a slight blueshift attributed to the formation of new complexes. Effects of strontium ion contents on the structural and optical properties are demonstrated. Our observation may contribute towards the development of LSBO based glass photonics.

  3. Pb6Ba2(BO3)5X (X = Cl, Br): new borate halides with strong predicted optical anisotropies derived from Pb(2+) and (BO3)(3.).

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    Liu, Lu; Zhang, Bingbing; Zhang, Fangfang; Pan, Shilie; Zhang, Fangyuan; Zhang, Xingwen; Dong, Xiaoyu; Yang, Zhihua

    2015-04-21

    Two new borate halides, Pb6Ba2(BO3)5X (X = Cl, Br), have been synthesized by solid-state reactions and their structures determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. They are isostructural and feature 3D frameworks composed of alternate stacking of [PbBO] and [PbBOX] layers which are connected by 10-coordinated Ba atoms along the c direction. First-principles calculations show that both compounds have a large birefringence of 0.1582 and 0.1810 at 532 nm, respectively. The large birefringence originates from the strong optical anisotropies of the Pb(2+) cations and (BO3)(3-) groups based on the real-space atom-cutting analysis. The IR and UV-Vis-NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, as well as thermal stability analyses of both compounds, were performed. PMID:25785911

  4. Functional characterization of the ribosome biogenesis factors PES, BOP1, and WDR12 (PeBoW), and mechanisms of defective cell growth and proliferation caused by PeBoW deficiency in Arabidopsis

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    Ahn, Chang Sook; Cho, Hui Kyung; Lee, Du-Hwa; Sim, Hee-Jung; Kim, Sang-Gyu; Pai, Hyun-Sook

    2016-01-01

    The nucleolar protein pescadillo (PES) controls biogenesis of the 60S ribosomal subunit through functional interactions with Block of Proliferation 1 (BOP1) and WD Repeat Domain 12 (WDR12) in plants. In this study, we determined protein characteristics and in planta functions of BOP1 and WDR12, and characterized defects in plant cell growth and proliferation caused by a deficiency of PeBoW (PES-BOP1-WDR12) proteins. Dexamethasone-inducible RNAi of BOP1 and WDR12 caused developmental arrest and premature senescence in Arabidopsis, similar to the phenotype of PES RNAi. Both the N-terminal domain and WD40 repeats of BOP1 and WDR12 were critical for specific associations with 60S/80S ribosomes. In response to nucleolar stress or DNA damage, PeBoW proteins moved from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm. Kinematic analyses of leaf growth revealed that depletion of PeBoW proteins led to dramatically suppressed cell proliferation, cell expansion, and epidermal pavement cell differentiation. A deficiency in PeBoW proteins resulted in reduced cyclin-dependent kinase Type A activity, causing reduced phosphorylation of histone H1 and retinoblastoma-related (RBR) protein. PeBoW silencing caused rapid transcriptional modulation of cell-cycle genes, including reduction of E2Fa and Cyclin D family genes, and induction of several KRP genes, accompanied by down-regulation of auxin-related genes and up-regulation of jasmonic acid-related genes. Taken together, these results suggest that the PeBoW proteins involved in ribosome biogenesis play a critical role in plant cell growth and survival, and their depletion leads to inhibition of cell-cycle progression, possibly modulated by phytohormone signaling. PMID:27440937

  5. Functional characterization of the ribosome biogenesis factors PES, BOP1, and WDR12 (PeBoW), and mechanisms of defective cell growth and proliferation caused by PeBoW deficiency in Arabidopsis.

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    Ahn, Chang Sook; Cho, Hui Kyung; Lee, Du-Hwa; Sim, Hee-Jung; Kim, Sang-Gyu; Pai, Hyun-Sook

    2016-09-01

    The nucleolar protein pescadillo (PES) controls biogenesis of the 60S ribosomal subunit through functional interactions with Block of Proliferation 1 (BOP1) and WD Repeat Domain 12 (WDR12) in plants. In this study, we determined protein characteristics and in planta functions of BOP1 and WDR12, and characterized defects in plant cell growth and proliferation caused by a deficiency of PeBoW (PES-BOP1-WDR12) proteins. Dexamethasone-inducible RNAi of BOP1 and WDR12 caused developmental arrest and premature senescence in Arabidopsis, similar to the phenotype of PES RNAi. Both the N-terminal domain and WD40 repeats of BOP1 and WDR12 were critical for specific associations with 60S/80S ribosomes. In response to nucleolar stress or DNA damage, PeBoW proteins moved from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm. Kinematic analyses of leaf growth revealed that depletion of PeBoW proteins led to dramatically suppressed cell proliferation, cell expansion, and epidermal pavement cell differentiation. A deficiency in PeBoW proteins resulted in reduced cyclin-dependent kinase Type A activity, causing reduced phosphorylation of histone H1 and retinoblastoma-related (RBR) protein. PeBoW silencing caused rapid transcriptional modulation of cell-cycle genes, including reduction of E2Fa and Cyclin D family genes, and induction of several KRP genes, accompanied by down-regulation of auxin-related genes and up-regulation of jasmonic acid-related genes. Taken together, these results suggest that the PeBoW proteins involved in ribosome biogenesis play a critical role in plant cell growth and survival, and their depletion leads to inhibition of cell-cycle progression, possibly modulated by phytohormone signaling. PMID:27440937

  6. Specific features of magnetic properties of Tb1- x Ho x Al3(BO3)4 aluminoborates

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    Eremin, E. V.; Volkov, N. V.; Temerov, V. L.; Gudim, I. A.

    2016-04-01

    Single crystals Tb1- x Ho x Al3(BO3)4 with x = 0, 0.1, 0.5, 0.9, 1 have been grown based on bismuth trimolybdate using a solution-melt method. Their magnetic properties have been studied in the temperature range of 4.2-295 K and magnetic fields to 9 T. The effective magnetic moments μeff|| and μeff⊥ have been determined. It has been found that the temperature dependence of the susceptibility measured experimentally differs from that calculated on the assumption that the contributions of Tb3+ and Ho3+ ions are proportional to fractions from the susceptibilities of TbAl3(BO3)4 and HoAl3(BO3)4, respectively.

  7. Proton-stabilized three-dimensional anionic framework in H[Zn6O2(BO3)3].

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    Massa, Werner; Yakubovich, Olga V; Dimitrova, Olga V

    2006-12-01

    A three-dimensional anionic framework built up from [ZnO4] tetrahedra and planar [BO3] groups, stabilized by H atoms, has been found for hydrogen zinc oxide borate, H[Zn6O2(BO3)3]. Boron and one of the borate O atoms are on 18e (2) positions. Triple units of [ZnO4] tetrahedra sharing a common oxygen vertex on a 12c (3) site and strong asymmetrical linear hydrogen bonds with the H atom [on a 12c (3) position] disordered over a twofold axis are specific structural features of this zincoborate. There is evidence that the reported Zn4O(BO3)2 [Harrison, Gier & Stuky (1993). Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 32, 724-726] corresponds to this structure. PMID:17148884

  8. Growth of (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} laser crystals

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    Pilipenko, O. V. Mal'tsev, V. V.; Koporulina, E. V.; Leonyuk, N. I.; Tolstik, N. A.; Kuleshov, N. V.

    2008-03-15

    (Er,Yb):YAl{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} single crystals of optical quality, up to 15 Multiplication-Sign 10 Multiplication-Sign 10 mm{sup 3} in size, have been grown from a (Er{sub 0.023}Yb{sub 0.116}Y{sub 0.862})Al{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} solution in a Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-K{sub 2}Mo{sub 3}O{sub 10} melt. The initial borate concentration was 17 wt %, and the flux cooling rate increased from 0.08 to 0.12 Degree-Sign C/h in the range 1060-1000 Degree-Sign C. The physical properties of the single crystals grown are good enough that they can be used as laser elements in systems with diode pumping and radiation near 1.5 {mu}m.

  9. Angular momenta correlation in kinematically constrained reactions. II. Application to the B + OH BO + H system

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    Alberti, Margarita; Gimenez, Xavier; Aguilar, Antonio; Gonzalez Urena, Angel

    Extensive quasi-classical trajectory (QCT) calculations have been carried out to study the disposal of both rotational and orbital angular momentum in the B + OH BO + H reaction. The potential energy surface (PES) of this reaction shows two minima associated with the HOB and HBO configurations. In addition, two distinct PESs were used each having a different geometrical structure of the HOB intermediate: bent for surface 1 and linear for surface 2. For the title reaction the product angular momentum disposal shows significant deviations from the kinematic limit expected for a heavy + heavy-light (HH L) reaction. The analysis of the product angular momenta distribution clearly indicates a correlation with the topology of the PES used. It was found that while the insertion mechanism associated with PES1 (HOB bent intermediate) favours a significant disposal into product rotational and orbital momenta, little disposal into both momenta is obtained for reactive trajectories occurring through the collinear HOB intermediate of PES2, for which BO is highly stretched. A simple modification of the conventional kinematic expressions, aimed at incorporating the effect of the dynamics into the angular momenta transfer, is proposed and tested. Modified expressions give results strongly consistent with those obtained from QCT calculations.

  10. Redetermination of synthetic warwickite, Mg3TiO2(BO3)2

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    Kawano, Tetsuya; Yamane, Hisanori

    2011-01-01

    Single crystals of warwickite, trimagnesium titanium(IV) dioxide bis­(borate), Mg3TiO2(BO3)2, were prepared by slow cooling of the melt. The title compound is isotypic with Co3TiO2(BO3)2. In contrast to the previous refinement of warwickite [Moore & Araki (1974 ▶). Am. Mineral. 59, 985–1004], that reported only isotropic atomic displacement parameters for all atoms, anisotropic displacement parameters of all atoms were refined during the current redetermination. All atoms are situated on special positions (site symmetry .m.). One of the two Mg sites is statistically disordered with Ti atoms (ratio 1:1), while the other is fully occupied by Mg atoms. The occupancy ratio of the Mg and Ti atoms is similar to that reported in the previous study. Metal atoms (M) at the Ti/Mg and Mg sites are coordinated by six O atoms in form of distorted octa­hedra. Four edge-sharing MO6 octa­hedra form M 4O18 units, which are connected by common corners into layers parallel to (010). Adjacent layers are linked along [010] into a framework structure by sharing common edges. The B atoms are located in the triangular prismatic tunnels of the framework. PMID:21522815

  11. Projection structure of the cytochrome bo ubiquinol oxidase from Escherichia coli at 6 A resolution.

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    Gohlke, U; Warne, A; Saraste, M

    1997-01-01

    The haem-copper cytochrome oxidases are terminal catalysts of the respiratory chains in aerobic organisms. These integral membrane protein complexes catalyse the reduction of molecular oxygen to water and utilize the free energy of this reaction to generate a transmembrane proton gradient. Quinol oxidase complexes such as the Escherichia coli cytochrome bo belong to this superfamily. To elucidate the similarities as well as differences between ubiquinol and cytochrome c oxidases, we have analysed two-dimensional crystals of cytochrome bo by cryo-electron microscopy. The crystals diffract beyond 5 A. A projection map was calculated to a resolution of 6 A. All four subunits can be identified and single alpha-helices are resolved within the density for the protein complex. The comparison with the three-dimensional structure of cytochrome c oxidase shows the clear structural similarity within the common functional core surrounding the metal-binding sites in subunit I. It also indicates subtle differences which are due to the distinct subunit composition. This study can be extended to a three-dimensional structure analysis of the quinol oxidase complex by electron image processing of tilted crystals. PMID:9135135

  12. Catalytic and Molecular Properties of the Quinohemoprotein Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol Dehydrogenase from Ralstonia eutropha Strain Bo

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    Zarnt, Grit; Schräder, Thomas; Andreesen, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    The quinohemoprotein tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol dehydrogenase (THFA-DH) from Ralstonia eutropha strain Bo was investigated for its catalytic properties. The apparent kcat/Km and Ki values for several substrates were determined using ferricyanide as an artificial electron acceptor. The highest catalytic efficiency was obtained with n-pentanol exhibiting a kcat/Km value of 788 × 104 M−1 s−1. The enzyme showed substrate inhibition kinetics for most of the alcohols and aldehydes investigated. A stereoselective oxidation of chiral alcohols with a varying enantiomeric preference was observed. Initial rate studies using ethanol and acetaldehyde as substrates revealed that a ping-pong mechanism can be assumed for in vitro catalysis of THFA-DH. The gene encoding THFA-DH from R. eutropha strain Bo (tfaA) has been cloned and sequenced. The derived amino acid sequence showed an identity of up to 67% to the sequence of various quinoprotein and quinohemoprotein dehydrogenases. A comparison of the deduced sequence with the N-terminal amino acid sequence previously determined by Edman degradation analysis suggested the presence of a signal sequence of 27 residues. The primary structure of TfaA indicated that the protein has a tertiary structure quite similar to those of other quinoprotein dehydrogenases. PMID:11222593

  13. Quaternary geology and sapphire deposits from the BO PHLOI gem field, Kanchanaburi Province, Western Thailand

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    Choowong, Montri

    2002-01-01

    One of the most famous blue sapphire deposits in Thailand and SE Asia is from the Bo Phloi District, Kanchanaburi Province, Western Thailand. This paper presents the results of our gemstone investigation as well as establishing the Bo Phloi depositional sequence as one of the Quaternary Type Sections in the region. Relationships among the sedimentology, depositional sequences and geomorphology were investigated in order to understand the gemstone depositional features. Sedimentary structures and textures of the sequences show that the deposition of gemstones is related genetically to fluvial processes. Gemstones are recognized in floodplain and low terrace deposits where gemstone paystreaks concentrate mostly inside layers of gravel beds and foreset-bedded gravels lithofacies. C-14 dating of wood and peat within gemstone-bearing layers indicated that the deposit formed during the middle to late Pleistocene. The gemstone-bearing gravel bed defines a north-south trend along the incised palaeo-channel of an ancient braided river system in the middle part of the basin.

  14. Public health impact of disease-behavior dynamics. Comment on "Coupled disease-behavior dynamics on complex networks: A review" by Z. Wang et al.

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    Wells, Chad R.; Galvani, Alison P.

    2015-12-01

    In a loop of dynamic feedback, behavior such as the decision to vaccinate, hand washing, or avoidance influences the progression of the epidemic, yet behavior is driven by the individual's and population's perceived risk of infection during an outbreak. In what we believe will become a seminal paper that stimulates future research as well as an informative teaching aid, Wang et. al. comprehensively review methodological advances that have been used to incorporate human behavior into epidemiological models on the effects of coupling disease transmission and behavior on complex social networks [1]. As illustrated by the recent outbreaks of measles and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), here we highlight the importance of coupling behavior and disease transmission that Wang et al. address.

  15. Affinity purification of T7 RNA transcripts with homogeneous ends using ARiBo and CRISPR tags.

    PubMed

    Salvail-Lacoste, Alix; Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Piette, Benjamin L; Legault, Pascale

    2013-07-01

    Affinity purification of RNA using the ARiBo tag technology currently provides an ideal approach to quickly prepare RNA with 3' homogeneity. Here, we explored strategies to also ensure 5' homogeneity of affinity-purified RNAs. First, we systematically investigated the effect of starting nucleotides on the 5' heterogeneity of a small SLI RNA substrate from the Neurospora VS ribozyme purified from an SLI-ARiBo precursor. A series of 32 SLI RNA sequences with variations in the +1 to +3 region was produced from two T7 promoters (class III consensus and class II 2.5) using either the wild-type T7 RNA polymerase or the P266L mutant. Although the P266L mutant helps decrease the levels of 5'-sequence heterogeneity in several cases, significant levels of 5' heterogeneity (≥1.5%) remain for transcripts starting with GGG, GAG, GCG, GGC, AGG, AGA, AAA, ACA, AUA, AAC, ACC, AUC, and AAU. To provide a more general approach to purifying RNA with 5' homogeneity, we tested the suitability of using a small CRISPR RNA stem-loop at the 5' end of the SLI-ARiBo RNA. Interestingly, we found that complete cleavage of the 5'-CRISPR tag with the Cse3 endoribonuclease can be achieved quickly from CRISPR-SLI-ARiBo transcripts. With this procedure, it is possible to generate SLI-ARiBo RNAs starting with any of the four standard nucleotides (G, C, A, or U) involved in either a single- or a double-stranded structure. Moreover, the 5'-CRISPR-based strategy can be combined with affinity purification using the 3'-ARiBo tag for quick purification of RNA with both 5' and 3' homogeneity. PMID:23657939

  16. Affinity purification of T7 RNA transcripts with homogeneous ends using ARiBo and CRISPR tags

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    Salvail-Lacoste, Alix; Di Tomasso, Geneviève; Piette, Benjamin L.; Legault, Pascale

    2013-01-01

    Affinity purification of RNA using the ARiBo tag technology currently provides an ideal approach to quickly prepare RNA with 3′ homogeneity. Here, we explored strategies to also ensure 5′ homogeneity of affinity-purified RNAs. First, we systematically investigated the effect of starting nucleotides on the 5′ heterogeneity of a small SLI RNA substrate from the Neurospora VS ribozyme purified from an SLI-ARiBo precursor. A series of 32 SLI RNA sequences with variations in the +1 to +3 region was produced from two T7 promoters (class III consensus and class II ϕ2.5) using either the wild-type T7 RNA polymerase or the P266L mutant. Although the P266L mutant helps decrease the levels of 5′-sequence heterogeneity in several cases, significant levels of 5′ heterogeneity (≥1.5%) remain for transcripts starting with GGG, GAG, GCG, GGC, AGG, AGA, AAA, ACA, AUA, AAC, ACC, AUC, and AAU. To provide a more general approach to purifying RNA with 5′ homogeneity, we tested the suitability of using a small CRISPR RNA stem–loop at the 5′ end of the SLI-ARiBo RNA. Interestingly, we found that complete cleavage of the 5′-CRISPR tag with the Cse3 endoribonuclease can be achieved quickly from CRISPR–SLI-ARiBo transcripts. With this procedure, it is possible to generate SLI-ARiBo RNAs starting with any of the four standard nucleotides (G, C, A, or U) involved in either a single- or a double-stranded structure. Moreover, the 5′-CRISPR-based strategy can be combined with affinity purification using the 3′-ARiBo tag for quick purification of RNA with both 5′ and 3′ homogeneity. PMID:23657939

  17. Novel LaBO3 hollow nanospheres of size 34±2 nm templated by polymeric micelles.

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    Sasidharan, Manickam; Gunawardhana, Nanda; Luitel, Hom Nath; Yokoi, Toshiyuki; Inoue, Masamichi; Yusa, Shin-ichi; Watari, Takanori; Yoshio, Masaki; Tatsumi, Takashi; Nakashima, Kenichi

    2012-03-15

    Novel lanthanum borate (LaBO(3)) hollow nanospheres of size 34±2 nm have been reported for the first time by soft-template self-assembly process. Poly(styrene-b-acrylic acid-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-PAA-PEO) micelle with core-shell-corona architecture serves as an efficient soft template for fabrication of LaBO(3) hollow particles using sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)) and LaCl(3)⋅7H(2)O as the precursors. In this template, the PS block (core) acts as a template of the void space of hollow particle, the anionic PAA block (shell) serves as reaction field for metal ion interactions, and the PEO block (corona) stabilizes the polymer/lanthana composite particles. The PS-PAA-PEO micelles and the resulting LaBO(3) hollow nanospheres were thoroughly characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction, magic angle spinning-nuclear magnetic resonance ((11)B MAS NMR), energy dispersive X-ray analysis, thermal analyses, Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption/desorption analyses. The nitrogen adsorption/desorption analyses and TEM observation of the hollow particles confirmed the presence of disordered mesopores in the LaBO(3) shell domain. The solid state (11)B MAS NMR spectra of LaBO(3) hollow nanospheres revealed that the shell part contains both trigonal and tetrahedral boron species. The LaBO(3) hollow particles were applied to anode materials in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs). The hollow particles exhibited high coulombic efficiency and charge-discharge cycling capacities of up to 100 cycles in the LIBs. PMID:22257959

  18. Reply to comment by Chen et al. on "Controls on the size and geometry of landslides: Insights from discrete element numerical simulations"

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    Aharonov, Einat; Katz, Oded; Morgan, Julia K.; Dugan, Brandon

    2016-01-01

    Chen et al.'s comment presents limit equilibrium (LE) calculations of slope stability, which yield different landslide geometries compared with those obtained by Katz et al. (2014) using the Discrete Element Method (DEM). Previous work, however, has demonstrated excellent agreement in the slide geometries and sizes obtained by DEM vs. those obtained by limit analysis, thereby lending confidence to DEM and to limit analysis as methods to study slope instability and geometry. We suggest three reasons why the LE results may differ from DEM: (1) LE is a static method, which seeks a single failure surface to predict slope stability. Although it captures well the average slope conditions, the details of the stress distribution may be inaccurate. (2) DEM is a dynamic method that holistically simulates the evolution of stress and strain. Thus it is better suited to simulate far from equilibrium situations, such as overly steep slopes with FS < 1, which have strong dynamic responses. (3) The geometries of the slides presented by Chen et al. appear to be constrained by the domain size. We expect that a larger simulation domain may allow exploration of additional slide geometries, potentially with better correspondence with those of the DEM simulations.

  19. A reduced dimensionality QM study of the BO+H 2→HBO+H reaction: tunneling in polyatomic reactions

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    Szichman, H.; Gilibert, M.; Albertí, M.; Giménez, X.; Aguilar, A.

    2002-02-01

    We report in the present Letter a three-dimensional, quantum mechanical, infinite order sudden approximation (IOSA) study of the H 2+BO combustion reaction using a recently reported, six-dimensional potential energy surface (PES) for the adiabatic ground electronic state H 2BO. Total reactive probabilities, cross-sections and rate constants are thus computed. These last ones compare relatively well with the experimental data, the agreement being much more improved with regard to previous quasi-classical trajectories (QCT) predictions. Furthermore, it is found that computed reactive cross-sections by both models compare well only beyond a translational energy of 0.8 eV.

  20. Real Space Imaging of Spin Polarons in Zn-Doped SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Yoshida, M.; Kobayashi, H.; Yamauchi, I.; Takigawa, M.; Capponi, S.; Poilblanc, D.; Mila, F.; Kudo, K.; Koike, Y.; Kobayashi, N.

    2015-02-01

    We report on the real space profile of spin polarons in the quasi-two-dimensional frustrated dimer spin system SrCu2(BO3)2 doped with 0.16% of Zn. The 11B nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum exhibits 15 additional boron sites near nonmagnetic Zn impurities. With the help of exact diagonalizations of finite clusters, we have deduced from the boron spectrum, the distribution of local magnetizations at the Cu sites with fine spatial resolution, providing direct evidence for an extended spin polaron. The results are confronted with those of other experiments performed on doped and undoped samples of SrCu2(BO3)2.

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  16. Does Reduction of Number of Intradetrusor Injection Sites of aboBoNTA (Dysport®) Impact Efficacy and Safety in a Rat Model of Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity?

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    Huynh Le Maux, Amélie; Pignol, Bernadette; Behr-Roussel, Delphine; Blachon, Jean-Luc; Chabrier, Pierre-Etienne; Compagnie, Sandrine; Picaut, Philippe; Bernabé, Jacques; Giuliano, François; Denys, Pierre

    2015-01-01

    Intradetrusor injections of Botulinum toxin A—currently onabotulinumtoxinA—is registered as a second-line treatment to treat neurogenic detrusor overactivity (NDO). The common clinical practice is 30 × 1 mL injections in the detrusor; however, protocols remain variable and standardization is warranted. The effect of reducing the number of injection sites of Dysport® abobotulinumtoxinA (aboBoNTA) was assessed in the spinal cord-injured rat (SCI). Nineteen days post-spinalization, female rats received intradetrusor injections of saline or aboBoNTA 22.5 U distributed among four or eight sites. Two days after injection, continuous cystometry was performed in conscious rats. Efficacy of aboBoNTA 22.5 U was assessed versus aggregated saline groups on clinically-relevant parameters: maximal pressure, bladder capacity, compliance, voiding efficiency, as well as amplitude, frequency, and volume threshold for nonvoiding contractions (NVC). AboBoNTA 22.5 U significantly decreased maximal pressure, without affecting voiding efficiency. Injected in four sites, aboBoNTA significantly increased bladder capacity and compliance while only the latter when in eight sites. AboBoNTA significantly reduced NVC frequency and amplitude. This preclinical investigation showed similar inhibiting effects of aboBoNTA despite the number of sites reduction. Further studies are warranted to optimize dosing schemes to improve the risk-benefit ratio of BoNTA-based treatment modalities for NDO and further idiopathic overactive bladder. PMID:26694464

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    ...-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime-blocked (generic name). 721.6660 Section 721.6660... Polymer of alkanepolyol and poly-alkyl-poly-iso-cyan-ato-car-bo-mo-no-cycle, acetone oxime-blocked..., acetone oxime-blocked (PMN P-88-1658) is subject to reporting under this section for the significant...

  18. An ab initio study of the electronic structure of the boron oxide neutral (BO), cationic (BO⁺), and anionic (BO⁻) species.

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    Magoulas, Ilias; Kalemos, Apostolos

    2014-09-28

    The BO neutral, cationic, and anionic molecular species have been painstakingly studied through multireference configuration interaction and single reference coupled cluster methods employing basis sets of quintuple cardinality. Potential energy curves have been constructed for 38 (BO), 37 (BO(+)), and 12 (BO(-)) states and the usual molecular parameters have been extracted most of which are in very good agreement with the scarce experimental data. Numerous avoided crossings appear on more or less all of the studied states of the neutral and cationic species challenging the validity of the Born Oppenheimer approximation. Finally, all excited states of the anionic system lie above the ground state of the neutral BO system and are therefore resonances. PMID:25273438

  19. Improvement of the method to search low-melting solvents for the crystals MBaNa(BO3)2 (M = Sc,Y) growth

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    Lutsyk, Vasily; Zelenaya, Anna

    2012-11-01

    Matrix interrelation of subsystems coordinates in M-Ba-Na-B-O (M = Sc,Y) system with the compound MBANa(BO3)2 are derived. Imitation of quaternary eutectic points search by a set of one-dimensional tetrahedron sections (nonplanar tie-lines method) is performed in system (KCl)2-R1-R2-(LiBO2)2 (R1 = LiKWO4, R2 = LiKSO4), which separates the pentatops (KCl)2-K2SO4-R1--R2-(LiBO2)2 and (KCl)2-(LiBO2)2-R1-R2-Li2WO4 of system Li,K||Cl,SO4,WO4,BO2. Triangulation of systems A,B,C||X,Y with binary compounds by new algorithms has been considered.

  20. Characterization of BoHV-5 field strains circulation and report of transient specific subtype of bovine herpesvirus 5 in Argentina

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    2011-01-01

    Background Bovine herpesvirus 5 (BoHV-5) is a member of the subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae responsible for meningo-encephalitis in young cattle. The first case of bovine meningo-encephalitis associated with a herpesvirus infection was reported in Australia. The current geographical distribution of BoHV-5 infection is mainly restricted to South America, especially Brazil and Argentina. Outbreaks of BoHV-5 are regularly observed in Argentina suggesting the circulation of the virus in the bovine population. Results Seventeen field strains of BoHV-5 isolated from 1984 to now were confirmed by differential PCR and subjected to restriction endonuclease analysis (REA). Viral DNA was cleaved with BstEII which allows the differentiation among subtypes a, b and non a, non b. According to the REA with BstEII, only one field strain showed a pattern similar to the Argentinean A663 strain (prototype of BoHV-5b). All other isolates showed a clear pattern similar to the Australian N569 strain (prototype of BoHV-5a) consistent with the subtypes observed in Brazil, the other South-American country where BoHV-5 is known to be prevalent. The genomic region of subtype b responsible for the distinct pattern was determined and amplified by PCR; specifically a point mutation was identified in glycoprotein B gene, on the BstEII restriction site, which generates the profile specific of BoHV-5b. Conclusions This is the first report of circulation of BoHV-5a in Argentina as the prevailing subtype. Therefore the circulation of BoHV-5b was restricted to a few years in Argentina, speculating that this subtype was not able to be maintained in the bovine population. The mutation in the gB gene is associated with the difference in the restriction patterns between subtypes "a" and "b". PMID:21299866

  1. Ectopic over-expression of BoHO1, a cabbage heme oxygenase gene, improved salt tolerance in Arabidopsis: A case study on proteomic analysis.

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    Duan, Xingliang; Dai, Chen; Li, Zhiwei; Zhou, Heng; Xiao, Tianyu; Xie, Yanjie; Shen, Wenbiao

    2016-06-01

    Plant heme oxygenase (HO) catalyzes the oxygenation of heme to biliverdin, carbon monoxide, and free iron, and is regarded as a stress-responsive protein. Here, a cabbage HO1 gene (named as BoHO1) was isolated and characterized. BoHO1 shares a high degree homology with Arabidopsis AtHO1, and could locate in Arabidopsis chloroplast. BoHO1 mRNA was ubiquitously expressed in cabbage tissues, and was responsive to several stimuli and chemicals. Genetic evidence illustrated that over-expression of BoHO1 in transgenic Arabidopsis plants (35S:BoHO1-1 and 35S:BoHO1-2) significantly alleviated salinity stress-inhibited seedling growth, which were accompanied with the re-establishment of reactive oxygen species and ion homeostasis. Comparative proteomic analysis was subsequently performed. Results revealed that protein abundance related to light reactions was greatly suppressed by NaCl stress in wild-type, whereas was partially recovered in 35S:BoHO1-1. Salinity stress also strongly activated stress-related metabolic processes in wild-type, i.e. carbon and energy metabolism, ammonium detoxification, and protein turnover, and these induced tendencies were more intensive in 35S:BoHO1-1. Particularly, proteins related to glutathione metabolism and ion homeostasis were specifically enriched in NaCl-stressed 35S:BoHO1-1. On the basis of above results, we propose that BoHO1 could activate multiple stress-responsive pathways to help Arabidopsis regain cellular homeostasis, thus presenting enhanced adaptation to salinity stress. PMID:27016873

  2. Crystal growth, structure, infrared spectroscopy, and luminescent properties of rare-earth gallium borates RGa3(BO3)4, R = Nd, Sm-Er, Y

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    Borovikova, Elena Yu.; Boldyrev, Kirill N.; Aksenov, Sergey M.; Dobretsova, Elena A.; Kurazhkovskaya, Victoria S.; Leonyuk, Nikolay I.; Savon, Alexander E.; Deyneko, Dina V.; Ksenofontov, Dmitry A.

    2015-11-01

    Crystals of the rare-earth gallium borates RGa3(BO3)4, where R = Nd, Sm-Er, or Y, were grown by the flux method. The crystal structures of RGa3(BO3)4 (R = Eu, Ho) were studied on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. The hexagonal unit-cell parameters are a = 9.4657(1) Å, c = 7.4667(1) Å and a = 9.4394(2) Å, c = 7.4322(1) Å for EuGa3(BO3)4 and HoGa3(BO3)4, respectively, space group R32. Structure model was determined by "charge flipping" method and refined to R = 1.93% [EuGa3(BO3)4] and R = 1.89% [HoGa3(BO3)4] in anisotropic approximation. All grown gallium borates were investigated by infrared (IR) spectroscopy technique in a middle and far IR region. IR spectra of rare-earth gallium borates correspond to a pure rhombohedral (R32) polytype structure. Small inclusions of a monoclinic phase were detected only in Eu and Nd compounds. Luminescence of Eu and Ho gallium borates was studied at room temperature. The measured decay times for the most intensive emission lines of EuGa3(BO3)4 (∼614 nm) and HoGa3(BO3)4 (434 nm) are 940 μs and 140 μs, respectively. The scheme of crystal-field energy levels of Eu3+ in EuGa3(BO3)4 was built on the basis of the temperature-dependent optical transmission measurements combined with the luminescence data. The measured UV absorption edge for RGa3(BO3)4 is at about 300 nm.

  3. The signature of orbital motion from the dayside of the planet τ Boötis b.

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    Brogi, Matteo; Snellen, Ignas A G; de Kok, Remco J; Albrecht, Simon; Birkby, Jayne; de Mooij, Ernst J W

    2012-06-28

    The giant planet orbiting τ Boötis (named τ Boötis b) was amongst the first extrasolar planets to be discovered. It is one of the brightest exoplanets and one of the nearest to us, with an orbital period of just a few days. Over the course of more than a decade, measurements of its orbital inclination have been announced and refuted, and have hitherto remained elusive. Here we report the detection of carbon monoxide absorption in the thermal dayside spectrum of τ Boötis b. At a spectral resolution of ∼100,000, we trace the change in the radial velocity of the planet over a large range in phase, determining an orbital inclination of 44.5° ± 1.5° and a mass 5.95 ± 0.28 times that of Jupiter, demonstrating that atmospheric characterization is possible for non-transiting planets. The strong absorption signal points to an atmosphere with a temperature that is decreasing towards higher altitudes, in contrast to the temperature inversion inferred for other highly irradiated planets. This supports the hypothesis that the absorbing compounds believed to cause such atmospheric inversions are destroyed in τ Boötis b by the ultraviolet emission from the active host star. PMID:22739313

  4. Cationic Triarylmethane Photosensitizers For Selective Photochemotherapy: Victoria Blue-Bo, Victoria Blue-R And Malachite Green

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    Wadwa, K.; Smith, S.; Oseroff, A. R.

    1989-03-01

    We have investigated the malignant cell selective phototoxicity of some triarylmethane dyes including Victoria Blue BO (VB-BO), Victoria Blue R (VB-R), and Malachite Green (MG). Phototoxicity was studied in human squamous (FaDu) and colon (CX-1) carcinoma, and in human and murine melanoma (NEL, B-16) cell lines, as well as in non-malignant monkey kidney cells (CV-1). Cultured cells were exposed to varying concentrations of the dyes for 60 min, washed with PBS, irradiated after an efflux time of 90 min in culture media, and placed in a colony forming assay. VB-BO was the most effective photosensitizer, giving 90% killing of malignant cells such as B-16 when treated with 5x10-8 M dye and 13 J/cm2 light. CV-1 cells were unaffected under these conditions. VB-R was about 10 fold less effective, while MG had minimal phototoxicity in this assay. VB-BO was studied in vivo, using subcutaneous FaDu tumors in nude mice. At a dose of 3 mg/kg followed 4 hrs later by dye laser irradiation under conditions which did not produce hyperthermia, there was an 80% complete remission rate without significant phototoxicity to overlying or adjacent normal skin. The triarylmethanes are a novel class of photosensitizers which may have promise in vitro and in vivo.

  5. Electronic properties of Fe1-xVxBO3 at ambient conditions and at high pressure

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    Kazak, N. V.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.; Abd-Elmeguid, M. M.; Ivanova, N. B.

    2005-03-01

    We present the results of an in-plane resistivity study of the solid solutions Fe1-xVxBO3. The measurements were made on single crystals with concentration x = 0.02, 0.13, 0.18, 0.3, 0.95, 1.0 in the temperature range 220-600 K. Semiconducting behaviour for samples with x \\ge 0.13 was found. Mott variable-range-hopping transport ρ(T) = ρ0exp(T*/T)α has been observed with α = 1/4 at T<290 K, suggesting carrier localization. Above this temperature the activation-type conductivity, with activation energies, Ea, about 1 eV for all samples, is observed. The possible electronic states and band structure of Fe1-xVxBO3 crystals are discussed in the different pressure ranges: P< PcFe, PcFe< P< PcV, P> PcV, where PcFe, PcV are the critical pressure values for FeBO3 and V BO3, respectively.

  6. Characterization of the regulatory network of BoMYB2 in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis in purple cauliflower

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    Purple cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) Graffiti represents a unique mutant in conferring ectopic anthocyanin biosynthesis, which is caused by the tissue specific activation of BoMYB2, an ortholog of Arabidopsis PAP2 or MYB113. To gain a better understanding of the regulatory network...

  7. Reduction of Eu(3+) due to a change of the topological structure of the BO3 unit in borate glass.

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    Zhang, Su; Pang, Ran; Li, Da; Fu, Jipeng; Jia, Yonglei; Li, Haifeng; Sun, Wenzhi; Jiang, Lihong; Li, Chengyu

    2015-11-01

    Adjusting and controlling an ion's chemical state has always been a focus of researchers' attention. Herein, an intense long-lasting phosphorescence of Eu(2+) is obtained without any sacrificial reductant. The remarkable self-reducing process and the unique luminescence properties stem from a variation of the topological structure of the BO3 triangle. PMID:26420556

  8. Unidirectional thermal expansion in edge-sharing BO4 tetrahedra contained KZnB3O6.

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    Lou, Yanfang; Li, Dandan; Li, Zhilin; Jin, Shifeng; Chen, Xiaolong

    2015-01-01

    Borates are among a class of compounds that exhibit rich structural diversity and find wide applications. The formation of edge-sharing (es-) BO4 tetrahedra is extremely unfavored according to Pauling's third and fourth rules. However, as the first and the only es-borate obtained under ambient pressure, es-KZnB3O6 shows an unexpected high thermal stability up to its melting point. The origin of this extraordinary stability is still unclear. Here, we report a novel property in KZnB3O6: unidirectional thermal expansion, which plays a role in preserving es-BO4 from disassociation at elevated temperatures. It is found that this unusual thermal behavior originates from cooperative rotations of rigid groups B6O12 and Zn2O6, driven by anharmonic thermal vibrations of K atoms. Furthermore, a detailed calculation of phonon dispersion in association with this unidirectional expansion predicts the melting initiates with the breakage of the link between BO3 and es-BO4. These findings will broaden our knowledge of the relationship between structure and property and may find applications in future. PMID:26047175

  9. Unidirectional thermal expansion in edge-sharing BO4 tetrahedra contained KZnB3O6

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    Lou, Yanfang; Li, Dandan; Li, Zhilin; Jin, Shifeng; Chen, Xiaolong

    2015-01-01

    Borates are among a class of compounds that exhibit rich structural diversity and find wide applications. The formation of edge-sharing (es-) BO4 tetrahedra is extremely unfavored according to Pauling’s third and fourth rules. However, as the first and the only es-borate obtained under ambient pressure, es-KZnB3O6 shows an unexpected high thermal stability up to its melting point. The origin of this extraordinary stability is still unclear. Here, we report a novel property in KZnB3O6: unidirectional thermal expansion, which plays a role in preserving es-BO4 from disassociation at elevated temperatures. It is found that this unusual thermal behavior originates from cooperative rotations of rigid groups B6O12 and Zn2O6, driven by anharmonic thermal vibrations of K atoms. Furthermore, a detailed calculation of phonon dispersion in association with this unidirectional expansion predicts the melting initiates with the breakage of the link between BO3 and es-BO4. These findings will broaden our knowledge of the relationship between structure and property and may find applications in future. PMID:26047175

  10. Electronic structures and optical properties of Ca5(BO3)3F: a systematical first-principles study.

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    Hu, Chun-Li; Xu, Xiang; Sun, Chuan-Fu; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2011-10-01

    A first-principles study of the electronic structure, the linear optical properties and second-order NLO properties of calcium fluoroborate (Ca(5)(BO(3))(3)F, or CBF) crystal has been performed within density functional theory and the independent-particle approximation. The results indicate that the calculated birefringence Δn and the second-order susceptibilities are very coincident with the experimental measured values, and the χ((2)) curves show stronger anisotropy than the linear optical properties. Further analysis based on the spectral and spatial decomposition of χ((2)) reveals that the main sources of the SHG response of CBF are from the planar BO(3) groups (74%-77%) and Ca(2+) cations (23%-26%) and can be attributed to the interband electronic transition from the nonbonding O 2p states to the B 2p and Ca 4s4p states. The packing arrangement of BO(3) is the principal contributor to the significant differences among SHG tensors in CBF. Meanwhile, for a certain crystal CBF, the SHG tensors' trend can be the trend of the optical transition matrix elements, which are high when the corresponding subscript directions have more parallel BO(3) triangular planes in the structure. PMID:21918290

  11. Low-temperature magnetic phase transition in aluminum borate TbAl3(BO3)4

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    Bedarev, V. A.; Paschenko, M. I.; Kobets, M. I.; Dergachev, K. G.; Khatsko, E. N.; Gnatchenko, S. L.; Zvyagin, A. A.; Zajarniuk, T.; Szewczyk, A.; Gutowska, M. U.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Temerov, V. L.

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic ordering temperature, initial splitting and effective g-factor of the ground quasi-doublet of a Tb3+ ion were determined by investigating the heat capacity and ESR in a TbAl3(BO3)4 single crystal. The parameters of the magnetic interaction were calculated.

  12. Neonatal BO Incompatibility Is Associated With a Positive Cord Blood Direct Antiglobulin Test in Infants of Black Ethnicity.

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    Özgönenel, Bülent; Kukreja, Geetika; O'Malley, Barbara; Bluth, Martin H

    2015-11-01

    ABO hemolytic disease of the newborn occurs almost exclusively in infants of blood group A and B who are born to group O mothers. Positive Direct Antiglobulin Test (DAT) can identify those infants who are at risk of developing the ABO hemolytic disease. Earlier studies have suggested that BO incompatibility is associated with a positive DAT in black infants. In this study we sought to determine whether ABO incompatibility type could be associated with a higher rate of DAT positivity or clinical hemolytic disease. We reviewed the electronic medical records of all ABO-incompatible births over a 2-year period. There were 1537 ABO-incompatible births during the study period. DAT was more commonly positive among BO incompatible (21.5% in BO vs. 14.8% in AO, P=0.001) and black (18.8% in blacks vs. 10.8% in nonblacks, P=0.003) infants. DAT positivity was significantly associated with both severe hyperbilirubinemia (P=0.028) and hemolytic anemia (P<0.001). BO incompatibility was significantly associated with hemolytic anemia, but not severe hyperbilirubinemia, in the infants tested. PMID:26422285

  13. Unidirectional thermal expansion in edge-sharing BO4 tetrahedra contained KZnB3O6

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    Lou, Yanfang; Li, Dandan; Li, Zhilin; Jin, Shifeng; Chen, Xiaolong

    2015-06-01

    Borates are among a class of compounds that exhibit rich structural diversity and find wide applications. The formation of edge-sharing (es-) BO4 tetrahedra is extremely unfavored according to Pauling’s third and fourth rules. However, as the first and the only es-borate obtained under ambient pressure, es-KZnB3O6 shows an unexpected high thermal stability up to its melting point. The origin of this extraordinary stability is still unclear. Here, we report a novel property in KZnB3O6: unidirectional thermal expansion, which plays a role in preserving es-BO4 from disassociation at elevated temperatures. It is found that this unusual thermal behavior originates from cooperative rotations of rigid groups B6O12 and Zn2O6, driven by anharmonic thermal vibrations of K atoms. Furthermore, a detailed calculation of phonon dispersion in association with this unidirectional expansion predicts the melting initiates with the breakage of the link between BO3 and es-BO4. These findings will broaden our knowledge of the relationship between structure and property and may find applications in future.

  14. Mesoporous LiFeBO3/C hollow spheres for improved stability lithium-ion battery cathodes

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    Chen, Zhongxue; Cao, Liufei; Chen, Liang; Zhou, Haihui; Zheng, Chunman; Xie, Kai; Kuang, Yafei

    2015-12-01

    Polyanionic compounds are regarded as one of the most promising cathode materials for the next generation lithium-ion batteries due to their abundant resource and thermal stability. LiFeBO3 has a relatively higher capacity than olivine LiFePO4, however, moisture sensitivity and low conductivity hinder its further development. Here, we design and synthesize mesoporous LiFeBO3/C (LFB/C) hollow spheres to enhance its structural stability and electric conductivity, two LiFeBO3/C electrodes with different carbon content are prepared and tested. The experimental results show that mesoporous LiFeBO3/C hollow spheres with higher carbon content exhibit superior lithium storage capacity, cycling stability and rate capability. Particularly, the LFB/C electrode with higher carbon content demonstrates good structural stability, which can maintain its original crystal structure and Li storage properties even after three months of air exposure at room temperature. The exceptional structural stability and electrochemical performance may justify their potential use as high-performance cathode materials for advanced lithium-ion batteries. In addition, the synthesis strategy demonstrated herein is simple and versatile for the fabrication of other polyanionic cathode materials with mesoporous hollow spherical structure.

  15. Cascade de photons dans les boîtes quantiques uniques

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    Robert, I.; Moreau, E.; Gérard, J. M.; Abram, I.

    2002-06-01

    Nous présentons l'observation expérimentale de l'émission squentielle de photons par une boîte quantique unique sous pompage optique continu ou pulsé. Cette cascade radiative produit des paires de photons corrélés qui sont émis suivant un ordre bien défini. En effet, la fonction de corrélation croisée entre les deux photons formant la paire présente une allure asymétrique, de type groupement ou dégroupement de photons, suivant l'ordre temporel de détection des deux photons. Prédit théoriquement en physique atomique, ce comportement asymétrique de la fonction de corrélation de second ordre est la signature de l'émission successive de photons.

  16. Boîtes quantiques II-VI comme sources de photons uniques

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    Couteau, C.; Moehl, S.; Tinjod, F.; Suffczynski, J.; Romestain, R.; Vial, J.-C.; Gérard, J.-M.; Kheng, K.; Poizat, J.-P.

    2004-11-01

    Dans le cadre de l'information et de la communication quantique, la nécessité d'avoir des photons uniques monomodes et à la demande se révèle cruciale. De récents travaux théoriques ont montré la possibilité de réaliser des portes logiques quantiques n'utilisant que de l'optique linéaire. C'est dans ce contexte que s'insère notre travail sur l'élaboration et l'utilisation de boîtes quantiques semi-conductrices II-VI comme “pistolet” à photons. Des expériences de dégroupement et d'interférences à 2 photons sont les premiers pas nécessaires pour caractériser notre source.

  17. Nonlinear optical properties ofBaAlBO3F2 crystal.

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    Zhou, Yong; Yue, Yinchao; Wang, Jianuo; Yang, Feng; Cheng, Xiankun; Cui, Dafu; Peng, Qinjun; Hu, Zhanggui; Xu, Zuyan

    2009-10-26

    We investigated the nonlinear optical properties of new BaAlBO(3)F(2)(BABF) crystal. The high quality BABF is nonhygroscopic and possesses a moderate birefringence suitable for UV light generation. On the basis of its refractive index dispersion curves, it is inferred that BABF has great potential applications nonlinear optical material, notably for UV light generation at 355 nm. In order to characterize its nonlinear optical properties, BABF samples were cut an oriented in phase matching conditions The optical conversion efficiency from 1064 nm to 532 nm was investigated for the first time: up to 49.0% were achieved. The external angular acceptance bandwidth of SHG and THG for 1064 nm pump light was measured. PMID:19997227

  18. Anisotropic laser properties of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal

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    Wang, Lisha; Xu, Honghao; Pan, Zhongben; Han, Wenjuan; Chen, Xiaowen; Liu, Junhai; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin

    2016-08-01

    A study is carried out experimentally on the anisotropy in the laser action of Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 disordered crystal, demonstrated with the output coupling changed over a wide range from 0.5% to 40%. Complex polarization state variation with output coupling and evolution with pump power are observed in the laser operation achieved with a- and c-cut crystal samples. A maximum output power of 8.2 W is produced at wavelengths around 1043 nm, with an incident pump power of 24.9 W, the optical-to-optical efficiency being 33%. The polarized absorption and emission cross section spectra are also presented.

  19. Continuous wave Nd:YAG-BiBO blue laser under direct 869 nm pumping

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    Zou, J.; Chu, H.; Wang, L. R.

    2012-03-01

    We report a blue laser at 473 nm generation by intracavity frequency doubling of a continuous wave (CW) laser operation of a 946 nm Nd:YAG laser under in-band diode pumping at 869 nm. An BiBO crystal, cut for critical type I phase matching at room temperature is used for second harmonic generation of the laser. At an incident pump power of 8.6 W, as high as 721 mW of CW output power at 473 nm is achieved. The optical-to-optical conversion efficiency is up to 8.4%, and the fluctuation of the blue output power was better than 3.5% in the given 30 min.

  20. Control and initial operation of the Fermilab BO low. beta. insertion

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    Finley, D.A.; Johnson, R.P.; Willeke, F.

    1985-06-01

    The operation of the Fermilab BO low ..beta.. insertion involves the coordinated control of the 4 strings of quadrupoles of the insertion itself along with several magnetic correction elements (20 dipoles for the closed orbit, 2 quad circuits for betatron tunes, 1 skew quad circuit for coupling, and 2 sextupole circuits for chromaticity). When the beam is stored at high energy, these elements must correct the errors induced by the strong superconducting quadrupoles of the insertion as the optics are smoothly changed from the fixed target configuration to the low ..beta.. state. The techniques and control programs for these manipulations and initial tests using a single coasting beam are described. 6 refs., 4 figs.

  1. Pressure dependence of the magnetization plateaus of SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Schneider, David A.; Coester, Kris; Mila, Frédéric; Schmidt, Kai Phillip

    2016-06-01

    We show that the critical fields of the magnetization plateaus of the Shastry-Sutherland model decrease significantly upon increasing the ratio of inter- to intradimer coupling and accordingly that the magnetization plateaus of SrCu2(BO3)2 shift to lower field under pressure, making the first two plateaus at 1 /8 and 2 /15 potentially accessible to neutron scattering experiments. These conclusions are based on the derivation of an effective classical model of interacting pinwheel-shaped spin-2 bound states using a combination of perturbative and graph-based continuous unitary transformations, showing that pinwheel crystals are indeed the lowest-energy plateau structures at low magnetization and that a simple model of intermediate-range two-body repulsion between pinwheels is able to account quantitatively for the plateau sequence.

  2. Fe x Ga1- x BO3 single crystals: synthesis and characterization

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    Yagupov, S.; Strugatsky, M.; Seleznyova, K.; Maksimova, E.; Nauhatsky, I.; Yagupov, V.; Milyukova, E.; Kliava, J.

    2015-10-01

    A series of Fe x Ga1- x BO3 single crystals in the concentration range 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 has been synthesized by solution in the melt method. In order to determine optimal crystallization regimes, two settings have been worked out and applied in the present study: the first one, for precise differential thermal analysis and the second one, for the probe method. X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction analysis have allowed accurate determination of iron contents and lattice parameters for synthesized crystals with different x. Computer-assisted EPR studies of Fe3+ have revealed a high perfection of the crystals: low degree of disorder and the absence of twinning.

  3. Stratified Sampling of Neighborhood Sections for Population Estimation: A Case Study of Bo City, Sierra Leone

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    Hillson, Roger; Alejandre, Joel D.; Jacobsen, Kathryn H.; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S.; Bangura, Umaru; Lamin, Joseph M.; Stenger, David A.

    2015-01-01

    There is a need for better estimators of population size in places that have undergone rapid growth and where collection of census data is difficult. We explored simulated estimates of urban population based on survey data from Bo, Sierra Leone, using two approaches: (1) stratified sampling from across 20 neighborhoods and (2) stratified single-stage cluster sampling of only four randomly-sampled neighborhoods. The stratification variables evaluated were (a) occupants per individual residence, (b) occupants per neighborhood, and (c) residential structures per neighborhood. For method (1), stratification variable (a) yielded the most accurate re-estimate of the current total population. Stratification variable (c), which can be estimated from aerial photography and zoning type verification, and variable (b), which could be ascertained by surveying a limited number of households, increased the accuracy of method (2). Small household-level surveys with appropriate sampling methods can yield reasonably accurate estimations of urban populations. PMID:26177479

  4. Stratified Sampling of Neighborhood Sections for Population Estimation: A Case Study of Bo City, Sierra Leone.

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    Hillson, Roger; Alejandre, Joel D; Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Lamin, Joseph M; Stenger, David A

    2015-01-01

    There is a need for better estimators of population size in places that have undergone rapid growth and where collection of census data is difficult. We explored simulated estimates of urban population based on survey data from Bo, Sierra Leone, using two approaches: (1) stratified sampling from across 20 neighborhoods and (2) stratified single-stage cluster sampling of only four randomly-sampled neighborhoods. The stratification variables evaluated were (a) occupants per individual residence, (b) occupants per neighborhood, and (c) residential structures per neighborhood. For method (1), stratification variable (a) yielded the most accurate re-estimate of the current total population. Stratification variable (c), which can be estimated from aerial photography and zoning type verification, and variable (b), which could be ascertained by surveying a limited number of households, increased the accuracy of method (2). Small household-level surveys with appropriate sampling methods can yield reasonably accurate estimations of urban populations. PMID:26177479

  5. Lattice and magnetic excitations in NdFe3(BO3)4

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    Lobo, Ricardo

    We measured the temperature dependent polarized infrared spectra of multiferroic NdFe3(BO3)4. The spectra is mostly temperature independent except for the lowest energy phonon in the hexagonal plane. This phonon splits into two at around 60 K, a temperature sensibly larger than the system Néel temperature of 31 K. X-ray scattering indicates that the lattice parameters have an anomaly at the same temperature that the phonon splits. Using inelastic neutron scattering we looked for magnetic excitations that could explain be coupled to phonons. Momentum and energy dispersion curves around the magnetic Bragg peaks show magnetic excitations at energies comparable to the split phonon. We will discuss these results in terms of magnetic fluctuations and activation of Brillouin zone boundary modes.

  6. Identification of Lactic Acid Bacteria from Chili Bo, a Malaysian Food Ingredient

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    Leisner, Jørgen J.; Pot, Bruno; Christensen, Henrik; Rusul, Gulam; Olsen, John E.; Wee, Bee Wah; Muhamad, Kharidah; Ghazali, Hasanah M.

    1999-01-01

    Ninety-two strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were isolated from a Malaysian food ingredient, chili bo, stored for up to 25 days at 28°C with no benzoic acid (product A) or with 7,000 mg of benzoic acid kg−1 (product B). The strains were divided into eight groups by traditional phenotypic tests. A total of 43 strains were selected for comparison of their sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) whole-cell protein patterns with a SDS-PAGE database of LAB. Isolates from product A were identified as Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus farciminis, Pediococcus acidilactici, Enterococcus faecalis, and Weissella confusa. Five strains belonging to clusters which could not be allocated to existing species by SDS-PAGE were further identified by 16S rRNA sequence comparison. One strain was distantly related to the Lactobacillus casei/Pediococcus group. Two strains were related to Weissella at the genus or species level. Two other strains did not belong to any previously described 16S rRNA group of LAB and occupied an intermediate position between the L. casei/Pediococcus group and the Weissella group and species of Carnobacterium. The latter two strains belong to the cluster of LAB that predominated in product B. The incidence of new species and subspecies of LAB in chili bo indicate the high probability of isolation of new LAB from certain Southeast Asian foods. None of the isolates exhibited bacteriocin activity against L. plantarum ATCC 14917 and LMG 17682. PMID:9925588

  7. Comments on “The boundary point method for the calculation of exterior acoustic radiation problem” [S.Y. Zhang, X.Z. Chen, Journal of Sound and Vibration 228(4) (1999) 761 772

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    Chen, J. T.; Chen, I. L.; Lee, Y. T.

    2008-03-01

    Zhang and Chen [The boundary point method for the calculation of exterior acoustic radiation problem, Journal of Sound and Vibration 228 (1999) 761-772] proposed a boundary point method (BPM) for exterior acoustic problems. The idea is similar to the CHUNKY CHIEF by Wu [A weighted residual formulation for the CHIEF method in acoustic, Journal of Acoustical Society of America 90 (1991) 1608-1614], but Chunky CHIEF provides constraints using null-field equations while the BPM used the CHUNKY BLOCK singularity outside the domain. The mathematical structure is similar to Trefftz method and method of fundamental solutions [J.T. Chen et al., On the equivalence of the Trefftz method and method of fundamental solutions for Laplace and biharmonic equations, Computers & Mathematics with Applications 53 (2007) 851-879], since the interpolation function satisfies the governing equation. Later, Wu commented twice [Sean F. Wu, Comments on "The boundary point method for the calculation of exterior acoustic radiation" (by S.Y. Zhang, X.Z. Chen, Journal of Sound and Vibration 228(4) (1999) 761-772), Journal of Sound and Vibration, 298 (2006) 1173]; Sean F. Wu, Comments on "Reply to the comments on 'The boundary point method for the calculation of exterior acoustic radiation' (by S.Y. Zhang, X.Z. Chen, Journal of Sound and Vibration 228(4) (1999) 761-772)", Journal of Sound and Vibration, 298 (2006) 1176-1177] that the formulation of BPM is wrong and the authors replied also twice [X.Z. Chen, C.X. Bi, Reply to the comments on "The boundary point method for the calculation of exterior acoustic radiation" (by S.Y. Zhang, X.Z. Chen, Journal of Sound and Vibration 228(4) (1999) 761-772), Journal of Sound and Vibration, 298 (2006) 1174-1175; [X.Z. Chen, C.X. Bi, Reply to the comments on "Reply to the comments on 'The boundary point method for the calculation of exterior acoustic radiation' (by S.Y. Zhang, X.Z. Chen, Journal of Sound and Vibration 228(4) (1999) 761-772)", Journal of Sound

  8. A computational characterization of boron-oxygen multiple bonding in HN=CH-CH=CH-NH-BO.

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    Larkin, Joseph D; Bhat, Krishna L; Markham, George D; James, Tony D; Brooks, Bernard R; Bock, Charles W

    2008-09-11

    Structures, relative energies, and bonding characteristics for various conformers of 3-imino-N-(oxoboryl)prop-1-en-1-amine, HN=CH-CH=CH-NH-BO, and the corresponding borocycle (-HN=CH-CH=CH-NH-B-)O are discussed using results from second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory with the Dunning-Woon correlation-consistent cc-pVDZ, aug-cc-pVDZ, and cc-pVTZ basis sets. These MP2 results are compared to those from computationally efficient density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the LDA, PBE, TPSS, BLYP, B3LYP, BVP86, OLYP, O3LYP, and PBE1PBE functionals in conjunction with the economical Pople-type 6-311++G(d,p) basis set to evaluate the suitability of these DFT/6-311++G(d,p) levels for use with larger boron-containing systems. The effects of an aqueous environment were incorporated into the calculations using COSMO methodology. The calculated boron-oxygen bond lengths, orbital compositions, and bond orders in all the (acyclic) HN=CH-CH=CH-NH-BO conformers were consistent with the presence of a boron-oxygen triple bond, similar to that found in H-BO and H2N-BO. The (-HN=CH-CH=CH-NH-B-)O borocycle is predicted to be planar (C2v symmetry), and it is approximately 30 kcal/mol lower in energy than any of the (acyclic) HN=CH-CH=CH-NH-BO conformers; the boron-oxygen bond in this borocycle has significant double bond character, a bonding scheme for which there has been only one experimental structure reported in the literature (Vidovic, D. ; et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 4566- 4569). PMID:18707068

  9. The prevalence and pathogenicity of gizzard nematodes of the genera Amidostomum and Epomidiostomum (Trichostrongylidae) in the lesser snow goose (Chen caerulescens caerulescens)

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    Tuggle, B.N.; Crites, John L.

    1984-01-01

    Three species of trichostrongylid nematodes were removed from the gizzards of 25 lesser snow geese, Chen caerulescens caerulescens, collected at Winisk, Ont. A 100% prevalence of infection was noted in the sampled population with each bird harboring two or more of the following species: Epomidiostomum crami (prevalence, 92%; mean intensity, 18.7 ± 13.3), Amidostomum anseris (prevalence, 84%; mean intensity, 9.6 ± 9.8), and Amidostomum spatulatum (prevalence, 84%; mean intensity, 11.2 ± 9.8). When large burdens (>30) of both A. anseris and A. spatulatum were present in the mucosal lining of the gizzard, progressive degeneration of the epithilium and koilin linings was noted in 16% of the geese examined. Severe necrotic granulomata observed in the gizzard muscle of 36% of the geese were associated with sizable burdens (>25) of E. crami which were found burrowed in the gizzard muscle.

  10. Morphology and molecular phylogeny of two colepid species from China, Coleps amphacanthus Ehrenberg, 1833 and Levicoleps biwae jejuensis Chen et al., 2016 (Ciliophora, Prostomatida)

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    LU, Bo-Rong; MA, Ming-Zhen; GAO, Feng; SHI, Yu-Hong; CHEN, Xiang-Rui

    2016-01-01

    Two colepid ciliates, Coleps amphacanthus Ehrenberg, 1833 and Levicoleps biwae jejuensis Chen et al., 2016, were first recorded in China. Their living morphology, infraciliature and small subunit (SSU) rRNA gene sequences were determined using standard methods. The improved diagnosis of Coleps amphacanthus is as follows:cell size about 100×50 μm in vivo, barrel-shaped; 22-28 ciliary rows each composed of about 14-21 monokinetids and two perioral dikinetids; 5-10 caudal cilia; and one terminal contractile vacuole. Levicoleps biwae jejuensis was also investigated, with an improved diagnosis given based on previous and present work. The phylogenetic analyses based on SSU rRNA gene sequences revealed that all Coleps species were grouped together, except for Coleps amphacanthus, which was grouped into a clade of the genus Levicoleps. PMID:27265656

  11. Does body size influence nest attendance? A comparison of Ross's geese (Chen rossii) and the larger, sympatric lesser snow geese (C. caerulescens caerulescens)

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    Jonsson, J.E.; Afton, A.D.; Alisauskas, R.T.

    2007-01-01

    The body-size hypothesis predicts that nest attendance is positively related to body size among waterfowl and that recess duration is inversely related to body size. Several physiological and behavioral characteristics of Ross's geese (Chen rossii) suggest that females of this species should maintain high nest attendance despite their relatively small body size. Accordingly, we used 8-mm films to compare the incubation behavior of Ross's geese to that of the larger, closely-related lesser snow geese (C. caerulescens caerulescens; hereafter, snow geese) nesting sympatrically at Karrak lake, Nunavut, Canada in 1993. We found that nest attendance averaged 99% for both species. Our results offer no support for the body-size hypothesis. We suggest that temperature requirements of embryos in relation to short incubation duration and a low foraging efficiency of females select for high nest attendance in both snow geese and Ross's geese. ?? Dt. Ornithologen-Gesellschaft e.V. 2007.

  12. Comparison of the Shan-Chen and Color-Fluid Models in Lattice Boltzmann Simulation of Two-Phase Flow in Porous Media

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    Chen, Y.; Valocchi, A. J.; Kohanpur, A. H.; Freiburg, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    Direct numerical simulation of multiphase flow in porous media is an important tool for understanding pore-scale processes affecting transport and fate of supercritical CO2 in saline reservoirs. The lattice Boltzmann method, based on microscopic models and mesoscopic kinetic equations, is particularly well suited for fluid flow simulations involving interfacial dynamics and complex boundaries. In this study, we compare the Shan-Chen and color-fluid model in lattice Boltzmann simulation of multiphase flow in porous media. The original models were proposed two decades ago, and suffer from significant spurious currents as well as other numerical limitations. Therefore, the latest developments of the two models are employed, which allows consideration of density and viscosity contrasts relevant to geological sequestration in saline reservoirs. Previous studies of the comparison of the two models were mostly done in simple geometries, and demonstrated that the Shan-Chen model suffered from more serious numerical errors than the color-fluid model, although the latter is more computationally demanding. The real impact on multiphase flow in porous media has not been studied in detail. In this investigation, we employ realistic fluid parameters and perform numerical simulations in geometries based on micro-CT images of rock cores. The fluid displacement patterns and the relative permeability obtained by simulations will be used to evaluate the two models. The computational cost of the two models will also be presented for comparison. This work was supported as part of the Center for Geologic Storage of CO2, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science.

  13. Molecular detection of Babesia ovis in sheep and ticks using the gene encoding B. ovis surface protein D (BoSPD).

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    Erster, Oran; Roth, Asael; Wolkomirsky, Ricardo; Leibovich, Benjamin; Savitzky, Igor; Zamir, Shmuel; Molad, Thea; Shkap, Varda

    2015-12-15

    The gene encoding Babesia ovis surface protein D (BoSPD) was cloned from B. ovis cDNA library. This gene encodes a polypeptide chain of 155 amino acids, including a predicted 22 amino acid signal peptide. Sequence analysis of the BoSPD suggested that it is a surface protein with no known domains. BLAST analysis followed by multiple alignments showed four orthologs from other Apicomplexan species and suggested that BoSPD is specific for B. ovis. BoSPD-based PCR was then developed to specifically detect B. ovis in experimentally-infected sheep and Rhipicephalus bursa ticks, as well as in field samples. The PCR enabled detection of B. ovis at a calculated parasitemia of 0.0016% and was shown to be specific for B. ovis. Moreover, the BoSPD PCR allowed detection of prolonged subclinical infection in experimentally-infected lambs and in dissected organs of experimentally-infected ticks. Finally, the PCR was used to detect parasitemia in blood samples from naturally-infected sheep and in R. bursa ticks collected from sheep in an infected flock. These results suggest that the BoSPD gene sequence can be used as a specific and sensitive marker, allowing detection of subclinical parasitemia in sheep and in ticks. Based on its predicted properties, BoSPD may be considered as a candidate for anti-B. ovis vaccine development or a target for anti-B.ovis treatment. PMID:26391822

  14. Growth, structure, and optical properties of a self-activated crystal: Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8

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    Shan, Faxian; Xia, Mingjun; Zhang, Guochun; Yao, Jiyong; Zhang, Xinyuan; Xu, Tianxiang; Wu, Yicheng

    2015-03-01

    A self-activated crystal Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 has been grown by using Na2CO3-B2O3-NaF as flux. Its structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 crystallizes in the hexagonal crystal system, space group P 6 bar 2m with unit-cell parameters a = 8.7611 Å, c = 8.4579 Å, Z = 1, and V = 562.23 Å3, which is isostructural with Na3La9O3(BO3)8. Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 has a high Nd3+ concentration (1.60 × 1022 ions/cm3), almost three times that of the self-activated crystal NdAl3(BO3)4 (NAB). The absorption and emission spectra as well as decay time for 4F3/2 to 4I11/2 transition in Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 were measured at room temperature. The obtained results show that Na3Nd9O3(BO3)8 may be a potential high-neodymium-content laser crystal for microchip laser application.

  15. A graphene oxide based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of botulinum neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) enzymatic activity.

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    Shi, Jingyu; Guo, Jiubiao; Bai, Gongxun; Chan, Chunyu; Liu, Xuan; Ye, Weiwei; Hao, Jianhua; Chen, Sheng; Yang, Mo

    2014-10-23

    Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are among the most potent toxic bacterial proteins for humans, which make them potential agents for bioterrorism. Therefore, an ultrasensitive detection of BoNTs and their active states is in great need as field-deployable systems for anti-terrorism applications. We report the construction of a novel graphene oxide (GO)-peptide based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor for ultrasensitive detection of the BoNT serotype A light chain (BoNT-LcA) protease activity. A green fluorescence protein (GFP) modified SNAP-25 peptide substrate (SNAP-25-GFP) was optimally designed and synthesized with the centralized recognition/cleavage sites. This FRET platform was constructed by covalent immobilization of peptide substrate on GO with BSA passivation which have advantages of low non-specific adsorption and high stability in protein abundant solution. BoNT-LcA can specifically cleave SNAP-25-GFP substrate covalently immobilized on GO to release the fragment with GFP. Based on fluorescence signal recovery measurement, the target BoNT-LcA was detected sensitively and selectively with the linear detection range from 1fg/mL to 1pg/mL. The limit of detection (LOD) for BoNT-LcA is around 1fg/mL. PMID:25461164

  16. Molecular Characterization of the First Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) Strains Isolated from In Vitro Bovine Embryos production in Argentina.

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    González Altamiranda, Erika; Manrique, Julieta M; Pérez, Sandra E; Ríos, Glenda L; Odeón, Anselmo C; Leunda, María R; Jones, Leandro R; Verna, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is increasingly considered as responsible for various problems of the reproductive tract. The virus infects mainly blood mononuclear cells and displays specific tropism for vascular endothelia, reproductive and fetal tissues. Epidemiological studies suggest its impact on reproductive performance, and its presence in various sites in the reproductive tract highlights its potential transmission in transfer-stage embryos. This work describes the biological and genetic characterization of BoHV-4 strains isolated from an in vitro bovine embryo production system. BoHV-4 strains were isolated in 2011 and 2013 from granulosa cells and bovine oocytes from ovary batches collected at a local abattoir, used as "starting material" for in vitro production of bovine embryos. Compatible BoHV-4-CPE was observed in the co-culture of granulosa cells and oocytes with MDBK cells. The identity of the isolates was confirmed by PCR assays targeting three ORFs of the viral genome. The phylogenetic analyses of the strains suggest that they were evolutionary unlinked. Therefore it is possible that BoHV-4 ovary infections occurred regularly along the evolution of the virus, at least in Argentina, which can have implications in the systems of in vitro embryo production. Thus, although BoHV-4 does not appear to be a frequent risk factor for in vitro embryo production, data are still limited. This study reveals the potential of BoHV-4 transmission via embryo transfer. Moreover, the high variability among the BoHV-4 strains isolated from aborted cows in Argentina highlights the importance of further research on the role of this virus as an agent with the potential to cause reproductive disease in cattle. The genetic characterization of the isolated strains provides data to better understand the pathogenesis of BoHV-4 infections. Furthermore, it will lead to fundamental insights into the molecular aspects of the virus and the means by which these strains circulate in

  17. Enhancement of radiosensitivity in human glioblastoma cells by the DNA N-mustard alkylating agent BO-1051 through augmented and sustained DNA damage response

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    2011-01-01

    Background 1-{4-[Bis(2-chloroethyl)amino]phenyl}-3-[2-methyl-5-(4-methylacridin-9-ylamino)phenyl]urea (BO-1051) is an N-mustard DNA alkylating agent reported to exhibit antitumor activity. Here we further investigate the effects of this compound on radiation responses of human gliomas, which are notorious for the high resistance to radiotherapy. Methods The clonogenic assay was used to determine the IC50 and radiosensitivity of human glioma cell lines (U87MG, U251MG and GBM-3) following BO-1051. DNA histogram and propidium iodide-Annexin V staining were used to determine the cell cycle distribution and the apoptosis, respectively. DNA damage and repair state were determined by γ-H2AX foci, and mitotic catastrophe was measure using nuclear fragmentation. Xenograft tumors were measured with a caliper, and the survival rate was determined using Kaplan-Meier method. Results BO-1051 inhibited growth of human gliomas in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Using the dosage at IC50, BO-1051 significantly enhanced radiosensitivity to different extents [The sensitizer enhancement ratio was between 1.24 and 1.50 at 10% of survival fraction]. The radiosensitive G2/M population was raised by BO-1051, whereas apoptosis and mitotic catastrophe were not affected. γ-H2AX foci was greatly increased and sustained by combined BO-1051 and γ-rays, suggested that DNA damage or repair capacity was impaired during treatment. In vivo studies further demonstrated that BO-1051 enhanced the radiotherapeutic effects on GBM-3-beared xenograft tumors, by which the sensitizer enhancement ratio was 1.97. The survival rate of treated mice was also increased accordingly. Conclusions These results indicate that BO-1051 can effectively enhance glioma cell radiosensitivity in vitro and in vivo. It suggests that BO-1051 is a potent radiosensitizer for treating human glioma cells. PMID:21244709

  18. Major differences between the binuclear manganese boronyl carbonyl Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 and its isoelectronic chromium carbonyl analogue Cr2(CO)11.

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    Chang, Yu; Li, Qian-Shu; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce

    2013-03-14

    The lowest energy structures of the manganese boronyl carbonyl Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 by more than 8 kcal/mol are found to have a single end-to-end bridging BO group bonding to one manganese atom through its boron atom and to the other manganese atom through its oxygen atom. The long Mn···Mn distances in these structures indicate the lack of direct manganese-manganese bonding as confirmed by essentially zero Wiberg bond indices. These Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures are favored thermochemically by more than 25 kcal/mol over dissociation into mononuclear fragments and thus appear to be viable synthetic objectives. This contrasts with the isoelectronic Cr2(CO)11 system, which is predicted to be disfavored relative to the mononuclear fragments Cr(CO)6 + Cr(CO)5. Analogous Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures with an end-to-end bridging CO group lie ∼17 kcal/mol in energy above the corresponding structures with end-to-end bridging BO groups. The lowest energy Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures without an end-to-end bridging BO group provide unprecedented examples of the coupling of two terminal BO groups to form a terminal dioxodiborene (B2O2) ligand with a B-B distance of ∼1.9 Å. Still higher energy Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures include singly bridged and doubly semibridged structures analogous to the previously optimized lowest energy Cr2(CO)11 structures. PMID:23402266

  19. Reply to Comment on ``Effects of fast and slow solar wind on the correlations between interplanetary medium and geomagnetic activity'' by C. B. Wang and J. K. Chao

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    Ballatore, Paola

    2003-10-01

    The paper [2002] (the paper commented) shows that the statistical significance of the correlations between the interplanetary parameters and the geomagnetic indices (Kp or Dst) is generally less significant during the fastest solar wind. On the other hand, at these fast solar wind periods, the significance of the Kp versus Dst correlation is equal to or higher than during slower solar wind. These results, together with further observations related to substorm periods and with previously published findings, are interpreted in terms of a difference in the interplanetary-magnetospheric coupling for solar wind faster or slower than a certain threshold (identified between about 500 and 600 km/s). Specifically, it is suggested that a possible linear approximation of the geomagnetic-interplanetary coupling is more appropriate during solar wind speed (Vsw) slower than this threshold, being nonlinear processes more dominant during the fastest speeds. This reply highlights that the correlation coefficients shown by [2003] are in agreement with these findings. In addition, Wang and Chao show that the statistical significance of the difference between the correlation coefficients for Vsw ≥ 550 km/s and those for Vsw < 550 km/s would indicate that the interplanetary-geomagnetic correlations during the fastest speeds are not significantly different from those at slower Vsw ranges. Here we give evidence of the fact that according to the common definition of this parameter, the calculation of the significance of the difference between two correlation coefficients made by Wang and Chao is wrong. Moreover, Wang and Chao recalculate the correlations between the interplanetary parameters and the ΔDst instead of Dst; in fact they note that the time derivative of this index (not the index itself) is driven by the interplanetary medium. Here we note that on the contrary, they show that the correlation coefficients between interplanetary parameters and Dst are larger than those

  20. Improved CUDA programs for GPU computing of Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm: 2D and 3D Ising, Potts, and XY models

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    Komura, Yukihiro; Okabe, Yutaka

    2016-03-01

    We present new versions of sample CUDA programs for the GPU computing of the Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm. In this update, we add the method of GPU-based cluster-labeling algorithm without the use of conventional iteration (Komura, 2015) to those programs. For high-precision calculations, we also add a random-number generator in the cuRAND library. Moreover, we fix several bugs and remove the extra usage of shared memory in the kernel functions.

  1. Synthesis, structure, and electronic structure calculation of a new centrosymmetric borate Pb2O[BO2(OH)] based on anion-centered OPb4 tetrahedra

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    Sun, Feng; Wang, Li; Stoumpos, Constantinos C.

    2016-08-01

    The synthesis, structure, and characterization of a new centrosymmetric borate Pb2O[BO2(OH)] based on anion-centered OPb4 tetrahedra are reported. Pb2O[BO2(OH)] crystallizes in monoclinic space group C2/m with a=12.725(7) Å, b=5.698(3) Å, c=7.344(4) Å, β=116.277(6)°. The electronic band structure and density of states of Pb2O[BO2(OH)] have been calculated via the density functional theory (DFT). Electron density difference calculation indicates that lone-pair electrons of Pb2+ cation should be stereoactive.

  2. First-Principles Design of a Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear-Optical Crystal from KBe2BO3F2 to NH4Be2BO3F2.

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    Kang, Lei; Luo, Siyang; Peng, Guang; Ye, Ning; Wu, Yicheng; Chen, Chuangtian; Lin, Zheshuai

    2015-11-16

    KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) is so far the sole nonlinear-optical (NLO) material that can be practically applied in the deep-ultraviolet (DUV) region. For the purpose of overcoming its layering tendency in crystal growth, herein a computer-assisted material design system is employed to design a new KBBF analogue, ammonia beryllium fluoroborate (NH4Be2BO3F2, ABBF). The first-principles calculations demonstrate that ABBF possesses NLO properties very close to those of KBBF, thus exhibiting good DUV NLO capability. Moreover, owing to the relatively strong chemical binding between layers, ABBF would have a better growth habit compared with KBBF. Upon synthesis, ABBF would be a very promising DUV NLO material. PMID:26509702

  3. X-Ray-selected Galaxy Groups in Boötes

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    Vajgel, Bruna; Jones, Christine; Lopes, Paulo A. A.; Forman, William R.; Murray, Stephen S.; Goulding, Andrew; Andrade-Santos, Felipe

    2014-10-01

    We present the X-ray and optical properties of the galaxy groups selected in the Chandra X-Boötes survey. We used follow-up Chandra observations to better define the group sample and their X-ray properties. Group redshifts were measured from the AGN and Galaxy Evolution Survey spectroscopic data. We used photometric data from the NOAO Deep Wide Field Survey to estimate the group richness (N gals) and the optical luminosity (L opt). Our final sample comprises 32 systems at z < 1.75 with 14 below z = 0.35. For these 14 systems, we estimate velocity dispersions (σ gr ) and perform a virial analysis to obtain the radii (R 200 and R 500) and total masses (M 200 and M 500) for groups with at least 5 galaxy members. We use the Chandra X-ray observations to derive the X-ray luminosity (LX ). We examine the performance of the group properties σgr, L opt, and LX , as proxies for the group mass. Understanding how well these observables measure the total mass is important to estimate how precisely the cluster/group mass function is determined. Exploring the scaling relations built with the X-Boötes sample and comparing these with samples from the literature, we find a break in the LX -M 500 relation at approximately M 500 = 5 × 1013 M ⊙ (for M 500 > 5 × 1013 M ⊙, M500 \\propto L_X0.61+/- 0.02, while for M 500 <= 5 × 1013 M ⊙, M500 \\propto L_X0.44+/- 0.05). Thus, the mass-luminosity relation for galaxy groups cannot be described by the same power law as galaxy clusters. A possible explanation for this break is the dynamical friction, tidal interactions, and projection effects that reduce the velocity dispersion values of the galaxy groups. By extending the cluster luminosity function to the group regime, we predict the number of groups that new X-ray surveys, particularly eROSITA, will detect. Based on our cluster/group luminosity function estimates, eROSITA will identify ~1800 groups (LX = 1041-1043 erg s-1) within a distance of 200 Mpc. Since groups lie in large

  4. Cytochrome bo from Escherichia coli: reaction of the oxidized enzyme with hydrogen peroxide.

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    Watmough, N J; Cheesman, M R; Greenwood, C; Thomson, A J

    1994-01-01

    Oxidized cytochrome bo reacts rapidly with micromolar concentrations of H2O2 to form a single derivative. The electronic absorption spectrum of this compound differs from that of the oxidized form of the enzyme reported by this laboratory [Watmough, Cheesman, Gennis, Greenwood and Thomson (1993) FEBS Lett. 319, 151-154]. It is characterized by a Soret maximum at 411 nm, increased absorbance at 555 nm, and reduced intensity at 624 nm. The apparent dissociation constant for this process is of the order of 4 x 10(-6) M, and the bimolecular rate constant for the formation of the new compound is (1.25-1.7) x 10(3) M-1.s-1. Electronic absorption difference spectroscopy shows this product to be identical with the compound formed from the reaction of the mixed-valence form of the enzyme with dioxygen. Investigation of this compound by room-temperature magnetic c.d. spectroscopy shows haem o to be neither high-spin nor low-spin ferric, but to have a spectrum characteristic of an oxyferryl species. There is no evidence for oxidation of the porphyrin ring. Therefore the binuclear centre of this species must consist of an oxyferryl haem (S = 1) coupled to a Cu(II) ion (S = 1/2) to form a new paramagnetic centre. The reaction was also followed by X-band e.p.r. spectroscopy, and this showed the disappearance in parallel with the formation of the oxyferryl species, of the broad g = 3.7, signal which arises from the weakly coupled binuclear centre in the oxidized enzyme. Since no new e.p.r.-detectable paramagnetic species were observed, the Cu(II) ion is presumed to be coupled to another paramagnet, possibly an organic radical. There is no evidence in the electronic absorption spectrum to indicate further reaction of cytochrome bo with H2O2 to form a second species. We argue that the circumstances of formation of this oxyferryl species are the same as those for the P form of cytochrome c oxidase, a species often regarded as containing a bound peroxide ion. The implications of

  5. Effect of cation substitution on structural transition: synthesis, characterization and theoretical studies of NaCa4B3O9, NaCaBO3, NaSrBO3 and Li4CaB2O6.

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    Yang, Yun; Su, Xin; Pan, Shilie; Yang, Zhihua

    2015-10-21

    Single crystals of NaCa4B3O9, NaCaBO3, NaSrBO3 and Li4CaB2O6 have been successfully synthesized through conventional high-temperature solid-state reactions. They are structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction and exhibit three-dimensional crystal structures consisting of isolated planar BO3 as fundamental building blocks. Interestingly, for the centrosymmetric crystal structure of NaCaBO3 (Na3Ca3B3O9), as 2/3 of the Na(+) ions are substituted by Ca(2+) ions, NaCa4B3O9 is obtained and crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric space group Ama2 (crystal class mm2). A second harmonic generation (SHG) test of the title compound by the Kurtz-Perry method shows that NaCa4B3O9 can be phase matchable with an effective SHG coefficient approximately one-half that of KH2PO4 (KDP). Studies of their optical properties as well as band structure calculations based on density functional theory methods have been also performed. NaCa4B3O9 possesses a moderate birefringence of about 0.05 at 1064 nm. To explain the difference in optical nonlinearity we compared the electronic structures of NaCa4B3O9, KCa4B3O9 and KSr4B3O9 crystals, in particular at the bottom of the conduction band (CB) and the top of the valence band (VB), since they are known to play a primary role in SHG. These electronic structures are responsible for the optical-nonlinearity of NaCa4B3O9, KCa4B3O9 and KSr4B3O9 crystals. PMID:26387438

  6. Magneto-optical activity of f-f transitions in ErFe3(BO3)4 and ErAl3(BO3)4 single crystals

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    Malakhovskii, A. V.; Sukhachev, A. L.; Sokolov, V. V.; Kutsak, T. V.; Bondarev, V. S.; Gudim, I. A.

    2015-06-01

    Absorption, magnetic circular dichroism and natural circular dichroism spectra of ErFe3(BO3)4 and ErAl3(BO3)4 single crystals were measured as a function of temperature in the range of 90-293 K. It was found out that magneto-optical activity of the same f-f transitions in the studied crystals substantially differed and their temperature dependences did not follow the Curie-Weiss law in contrast to the properties of allowed transitions. The observed phenomena were accounted for by the nature of f-f transitions allowance. Properties of the transition 4I15/2→4S3/2 were studied in detail. In particular, the Zeeman splitting and the natural optical activity of the absorption lines composed of the transition were determined. The vibronic line with the very large natural optical activity was revealed and identified. Two nonequivalent Er3+ ion positions with the opposite chirality were found out in one of the excited states. Polarization properties of the 4I15/2→4S3/2 transition in the ErFe3(BO3)4 crystal have shown that the local symmetry of Er3+ ion in this crystal in the range of 90-293 K is lower than the D3 one. From the heat capacity measurements it was revealed, that the first order structural phase transition to lower symmetry occurred in ErFe3(BO3)4 at 433-439 K.

  7. First measurement of the nonlinear coefficient for Gd1-XLuXCa4O(BO3)3 and Gd1-XScXCa4O(BO3)3 crystals

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    Andersen, Martin T.; Mortensen, Jesper L.; Germershausen, Sven; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Buchhave, Preben; Gheorghe, Lucian; Lupei, Voicu; Loiseau, Pascal; Aka, Gerard

    2007-04-01

    The effective nonlinear coefficient and temperature acceptance bandwidth of three Lu and Sc co-doped GdCa4O(BO3)3 type nonlinear crystals were measured. NCPM for SHG in to the blue-UV spectral region can be obtained by controlling the co-dopant concentration. Measurements were based on intra-cavity SHG of a CW Ti:Sapphire laser, and the effective nonlinear coefficients were found to be in the range of 0.5 to 0.6 pm/V for the three crystals used. The FWHM temperature acceptance bandwidth was measured to be more than 35°C using a 6 mm long Gd0.871Lu0.129Ca4O(BO3)3 crystal. A maximum of 115 mW at 407.3 nm in a single direction was measured using a 6.5 mm long Gd0.96Sc0.04Ca4O(BO3)3 crystal.

  8. The electronic structure and luminescence properties of Ce3+ doped Sr10[(PO4)5.5(BO4)0.5]BO2 under UV/VUV and X-ray excitation

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    Feng, Ang; Zhang, Zhi-Jun; Zhu, Lin-Lin; Mao, Ri-Hua; Zhao, Jing-Tai

    2015-07-01

    The apatite related compound Sr10[(PO4)5.5(BO4)0.5]BO2 (SrBPO) doped with Ce3+ was synthesized via solid state reaction method. Undoped SrBPO shows blue-green emission under ultraviolet (UV) and X-ray excitation due to the defects in the host. When excited by vacuum ultraviolet-ultraviolet (VUV-UV) light or X-ray, Ce3+ doped SrBPO shows a broad emission band peaking at 450 nm originating from 5d-4f transition of Ce3+ and defects in the host. The phosphor exhibits strong excitation bands in UV range and a weak broad excitation band in VUV region. The site occupation of Ce3+ was proposed based on fluorescence decay curves. Electronic structure shows the compound is an indirect semiconductor with a band gap of 3.04 eV. The extremely small density of states of [PO4]3- or [BO4]5- group near Fermi level or in the conduction band is a possible origin of the weak excitation band in the VUV range. A possible mechanism was proposed to explain the luminescence properties observed.

  9. High-Pressure Synthesis and Characterization of the Actinide Borate Phosphate U2[BO4][PO4

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    Hinteregger, Ernst; Wurst, Klaus; Perfler, Lukas; Kraus, Florian; Huppertz, Hubert

    2013-01-01

    A new actinide borate phosphate, U2[BO4][PO4], was synthesized in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus at 12.5 GPa and 1000 °C. The crystal structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected at room temperature. U2[BO4][PO4] crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with four formula units per unit cell and the lattice parameters a = 854.6(2), b = 775.3(2), c = 816.3(2) pm, and β = 102.52(3)°. The structure consists of double layers of linked uranium–oxygen polyhedra parallel to [100]. The borate tetrahedra are located between the uranium–oxygen layers inside the double layer. The phosphate groups link the double layers. PMID:24611029

  10. Crystal structure and lattice dynamics of Sr{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Maczka, M. Waskowska, A.; Majchrowski, A.; Kisielewski, J.; Szyrski, W.; Hanuza, J.

    2008-12-15

    X-ray, Raman and infrared (IR) studies of the Sr{sub 3}Y(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (BOYS) single crystal grown by the Czochralski technique are presented. The crystal structure is trigonal, space group R3-bar (no. 148), and comprises six formula units in the unit cell with the hexagonal axes a=12.527(2) and c=9.280(2) A. The assignment of the observed vibrational modes is proposed on the basis of lattice dynamics calculations. The unusual large bandwidth of the internal modes and the enhancement of the principal mean square thermal displacements for BO{sub 3} and Y(1) indicate that some type of disorder is present in the studied crystal. - Graphical abstract: View of the crystal structure of BOYS along the c-axis.

  11. High-Pressure Synthesis and Characterization of the Actinide Borate Phosphate U2[BO4][PO4].

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    Hinteregger, Ernst; Wurst, Klaus; Perfler, Lukas; Kraus, Florian; Huppertz, Hubert

    2013-10-14

    A new actinide borate phosphate, U2[BO4][PO4], was synthesized in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus at 12.5 GPa and 1000 °C. The crystal structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected at room temperature. U2[BO4][PO4] crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with four formula units per unit cell and the lattice parameters a = 854.6(2), b = 775.3(2), c = 816.3(2) pm, and β = 102.52(3)°. The structure consists of double layers of linked uranium-oxygen polyhedra parallel to [100]. The borate tetrahedra are located between the uranium-oxygen layers inside the double layer. The phosphate groups link the double layers. PMID:24611029

  12. A comparison of theory and flight test of the BO 105/BMR in hover and forward flight

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    Mirick, Paul H.

    1988-01-01

    Four cases were selected for comparison with theoretical predictions using stability data obtained during the flight test of the Bearingless Main Rotor (BMR) on a Messerschmidt-Boelkow-Blohm BO 105 helicopter. The four cases selected form the flight test included two ground resonance cases and two air resonance cases. The BMR used four modified BO 105 blades attached to a bearingless hub. The hub consisted of dual fiberglass C-channel beams attached to the hub center at 0.0238R and attached to the blade root at 0.25R with blade pitch control provided by a torque tube. Analyses from Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing Vertol, and Sikorsky Aircraft were compared with the data and the correlation ranged from very poor-to-poor to poor-to-fair.

  13. Real space imaging of spin polarons in Zn-doped SrCu(2)(BO(3))(2).

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    Yoshida, M; Kobayashi, H; Yamauchi, I; Takigawa, M; Capponi, S; Poilblanc, D; Mila, F; Kudo, K; Koike, Y; Kobayashi, N

    2015-02-01

    We report on the real space profile of spin polarons in the quasi-two-dimensional frustrated dimer spin system SrCu(2)(BO(3))(2) doped with 0.16% of Zn. The (11)B nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum exhibits 15 additional boron sites near nonmagnetic Zn impurities. With the help of exact diagonalizations of finite clusters, we have deduced from the boron spectrum, the distribution of local magnetizations at the Cu sites with fine spatial resolution, providing direct evidence for an extended spin polaron. The results are confronted with those of other experiments performed on doped and undoped samples of SrCu(2)(BO(3))(2). PMID:25699459

  14. Growth and polarized spectral properties of Sm3+ doped in Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Wang, Yeqing; Chen, Aixi; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-09-01

    A Sm3+-doped Ca3La2(BO3)4 single crystal was grown by the Czochralski method. Its polarized absorption, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetime measurements were carried out at room temperature. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the spectroscopic parameters Ωt (t = 2, 4, 6), radiative transition probabilities, radiative lifetime and fluorescence branching ratios were obtained. The stimulated emission cross section, the fluorescence lifetime and the quantum efficiency of the promising laser transition were also calculated and compared with other reported crystals. The results showed that Sm3+:Ca3La2(BO3)4 is a promising candidate for the orange-yellow laser emission.

  15. Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal: a new candidate host material for the ytterbium ion

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    Wang, Yeqing; You, Zhenyu; Zhu, Zhaojie; Xu, Jinlong; Li, Jianfu; Wang, Yan; Wang, Hongyan; Tu, Chaoyang

    2013-10-01

    A disordered laser crystal Yb3+-doped Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal was grown by the Czochralski technique. The characterized room temperature polarized spectra, re-absorption possibility and laser performance showed that this crystal should be a promising gain material, not only suitable for diode pumping, but also a good candidate for the generation of tunable and short pulse lasers. End pumped by a diode laser at 976 nm in plano-concave and plano-plano cavity, a 3.65 W output power with a slope efficiency of 65% was achieved by using a c-cut Yb3+:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal. The output laser wavelength shifted from 1042 to 1062 nm.

  16. Cytotoxicity enhancement in MDA-MB-231 cells by the combination treatment of tetrahydropalmatine and berberine derived from Corydalis yanhusuo W. T. Wang

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    Zhao, Yan; Gao, Jian-Li; Ji, Jian-Wei; Gao, Min; Yin, Qiao-Shan; Qiu, Qiao-Li; Wang, Chuan; Chen, Shu-Zhan; Xu, Juan; Liang, Ren-Shang; Cai, Yan-Zi; Wang, Xia-Fei

    2014-01-01

    Aim: Our previous works have demonstrated that Chinese herb medicine yanhusuo (Corydalis yanhusuo W. T. Wang) has strong anti-cancer proliferation effect in MDA-MB-231 cells. The goal of this study was to find out the synergic cytotoxicity effect of three natural compounds, tetrahydropalmatine (THP), berberine (Ber), and dehydrocorydaline (DHC), isolated from C. yanhusuo W. T. Wang. Materials and Methods: The IC50 of THP Ber and DHC in single use, as well as in combination use at fixed ratios and doses was measured by MTT (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay. Isobologram, combination index and modified coefficient of drug interaction (CDI) methods were used for evaluation the combination effects of THF! Ber, and DHC in different ratio and concentration. Results: The results indicated that the combination of THP and Ber shown the strongest anti-cancer cell proliferation effect at the ratio of 2:3 (Ber: THF the average CDI value was 0.5795). DHC and THP have additive cytotoxicity in MDA-MB-231 cells. However, there wasn’t any synergistic effect between Ber and DHC, and it even exhibited antagonistic effect when the percentage of DHC was >50%. Conclusion: Our findings suggested that the combination of THP and Ber might be beneficial for anti-proliferation of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells through a significant synergy effect. PMID:26401350

  17. First-order phase transition and tricritical scaling behavior of the Blume-Capel model: A Wang-Landau sampling approach.

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    Kwak, Wooseop; Jeong, Joohyeok; Lee, Juhee; Kim, Dong-Hee

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the tricritical scaling behavior of the two-dimensional spin-1 Blume-Capel model by using the Wang-Landau method of measuring the joint density of states for lattice sizes up to 48×48 sites. We find that the specific heat deep in the first-order area of the phase diagram exhibits a double-peak structure of the Schottky-like anomaly appearing with the transition peak. The first-order transition curve is systematically determined by employing the method of field mixing in conjunction with finite-size scaling, showing a significant deviation from the previous data points. At the tricritical point, we characterize the tricritical exponents through finite-size-scaling analysis including the phenomenological finite-size scaling with thermodynamic variables. Our estimation of the tricritical eigenvalue exponents, yt=1.804(5), yg=0.80(1), and yh=1.925(3), provides the first Wang-Landau verification of the conjectured exact values, demonstrating the effectiveness of the density-of-states-based approach in finite-size scaling study of multicritical phenomena. PMID:26382370

  18. Grateloupia ramosa Wang & Luan sp. nov. (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta), a new species from China based on morphological evidence and comparative rbcL sequences

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    Cao, Cuicui; Liu, Miao; Guo, Shaoru; Zhao, Dan; Luan, Rixiao; Wang, Hongwei

    2016-03-01

    Grateloupia ramosa Wang & Luan sp. nov. (Halymeniaceae, Rhodophyta) is newly described from Hainan Province, southern China. The organism has the following morphological features: (1) purplish red, cartilaginous and lubricous thalli 5-10 cm in height; (2) compressed percurrent axes bearing abundant branches with opposite arrangement; (3) claw-like apices on top, constricted to 2-4 cm at the base; (4) cortex consisting of 3-6 layers of elliptical or anomalous cells and a medulla covered by compact medullary filaments; (5) reproductive structures distributed throughout the thallus, especially centralized at the bottom of the end portion of the branches; and (6) 4-celled Carpogonial branches and 3-celled auxiliary-cell branches, both of the Grateloupia-type. The morphological diff erences were supported by molecular phylogenetics based on ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase ( rbcL) gene sequence analysis. There was only a 1 bp divergence between specimens collected from Wenchang and Lingshui of Hainan province. The new species was embedded in the large Grateloupia clade of the Halymeniaceae. The pairwise distances between G. ramosa and other species within Grateloupia ranged from 26 to 105 bp, within pairwise distances of 13-111 bp between species of the large genus Grateloupia in Halymeniaceae. Thus, we propose this new species as G. ramosa Wang & Luan sp. nov.

  19. Experimental demonstration of bandwidth on demand (BoD) provisioning based on time scheduling in software-defined multi-domain optical networks

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    Zhao, Yongli; Li, Yajie; Wang, Xinbo; Chen, Bowen; Zhang, Jie

    2016-09-01

    A hierarchical software-defined networking (SDN) control architecture is designed for multi-domain optical networks with the Open Daylight (ODL) controller. The OpenFlow-based Control Virtual Network Interface (CVNI) protocol is deployed between the network orchestrator and the domain controllers. Then, a dynamic bandwidth on demand (BoD) provisioning solution is proposed based on time scheduling in software-defined multi-domain optical networks (SD-MDON). Shared Risk Link Groups (SRLG)-disjoint routing schemes are adopted to separate each tenant for reliability. The SD-MDON testbed is built based on the proposed hierarchical control architecture. Then the proposed time scheduling-based BoD (Ts-BoD) solution is experimentally demonstrated on the testbed. The performance of the Ts-BoD solution is evaluated with respect to blocking probability, resource utilization, and lightpath setup latency.

  20. Electronic and magnetic properties of Sr2MoBO6 (B=W, RE, Os): Investigation of possible half metal

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    Zu, Ningning; Li, Rui; Li, Qinan; Wang, Jing

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic ordering temperatures of Sr2CrBO6 (B=W, Re, Os) are the top three in the class of double perovskites so far, whereas among them only Sr2CrWO6 is a half metal. In this study, by substituting Cr with Mo, Sr2MoBO6 is investigated by using the density functional theory. The calculated results indicate that all the three Mo-based compounds exhibit the half metallic nature, in particular Sr2MoOsO6 is a compensated half metal. On the other hand, Sr2MoBO6 is estimated to have at least a comparable magnetic ordering temperature with that of Sr2CrOsO6 (experimental value of 725 K). Therefore, we expect that Sr2MoBO6 (B=W, Re, Os) would be promising candidates as spintronic materials.

  1. The crystal structure of {pi}-ErBO{sub 3}: New single-crystal data for an old problem

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    Pitscheider, Almut; Kaindl, Reinhard; Oeckler, Oliver; Huppertz, Hubert

    2011-01-15

    Single crystals of the orthoborate {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} were synthesized from Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} and B{sub 2}O{sub 3} under high-pressure/high-temperature conditions of 2 GPa and 800 {sup o}C in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus. The crystal structure was determined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, collected at room temperature. The title compound crystallizes in the monoclinic pseudowollastonite-type structure, space group C2/c, with the lattice parameters a=1128.4(2) pm, b=652.6(2) pm, c=954.0(2) pm, and {beta}=112.8(1){sup o} (R{sub 1}=0.0124 and wR{sub 2}=0.0404 for all data). -- graphical abstract: The first satisfying single-crystal structure determination of {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} sheds light on the extensively discussed structure of {pi}-orthoborates. The application of light pressure during the solid state synthesis yielded in high-quality crystals, due to pressure-induced crystallization. Research highlights: {yields} High-quality single crystals of {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} were prepared via high-pressure-induced crystallization. {yields} At least five different space groups for the rare-earth {pi}-orthoborates are reported. {yields} {pi}-ErBO{sub 3} is isotypic to the pseudowollastonite-type CaSiO{sub 3}. {yields} Remaining ambiguities regarding the structure of the rare-earth {pi}-orthoborates are resolved.

  2. Na3Y3(BO3)4: a new noncentrosymmetric borate with an open-framework structure.

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    Shan, Faxian; Kang, Lei; Zhang, Guochun; Yao, Jiyong; Lin, Zheshuai; Xia, Mingjun; Zhang, Xinyuan; Fu, Ying; Wu, Yicheng

    2016-05-01

    A new noncentrosymmetric borate, Na3Y3(BO3)4, was grown in the Na2O-B2O3-NaF flux system. Its open-framework structure features a large hexagonal tunnel (5.92 Å in diameter), which is extremely rare in borates. First-principles calculations on its kinetic stability and optical properties were performed. PMID:27055170

  3. Bright Galaxies at Hubble's Detection Frontier: The redshift z~9-10 BoRG pure-parallel survey

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    Trenti, Michele

    2014-10-01

    Hubble/WFC3 observations transformed our view of early galaxy formation by building reliable samples of galaxies out to redshift z 8, 700 Myr after the Big Bang and hinting at a dramatic evolution in properties at yet earlier times. From z 8 to z 10 { 200Myr} the luminosity density seems to decrease by a factor ten, but bright galaxies may remain relatively common, based on the four z>9 objects detected so far with m_AB<27. To investigate this apparent conundrum, and study the formation of the most massive and luminous galaxies at 500 Myr without being affected by cosmic variance, we propose a random-pointing survey to detect 20+/-5 galaxies at z 9-10 as faint as m_AB=27.1 {5-sigma} at zero prime orbit cost. This request builds on our successful Cycle 17 & 19 Brightest of Reionizing Galaxies {BoRG} Survey, which found the largest sample of L>L* galaxies at z 8. BoRG[z8] demonstrated, by adding constraints from the Ultra Deep Field {UDF}, that the luminosity function follows a Schechter form, as at lower z, but with a steeper faint-end slope, leading to a photon production sufficient to complete reionization. BoRG[z9-10] will similarly complement the UDF and Frontier Fields datasets by imaging 550 arcmin^2 over 120 sightlines in five WFC3 bands {F350LP, F105W, F125W, F140W, F160W}. Besides twenty new catches at z>9, we will double {from 60 to 120} the number of bright z 8 galaxies within reach of spectroscopy, to tighten constraints on Ly-alpha emission and reionization obtained by our BoRG@Keck follow-up. This new public dataset will reveal the connection between massive dark matter halos and formation of first galaxies, and create a legacy of rare targets for JWST

  4. NAD(P)-Dependent Aldehyde Dehydrogenases Induced during Growth of Ralstonia eutropha Strain Bo on Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol

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    Schräder, Thomas; Zarnt, Grit; Andreesen, Jan R.

    2001-01-01

    Different aldehyde dehydrogenases (AlDHs) were formed during growth of Ralstonia eutropha Bo on tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA). One of these enzymes, AlDH 4, was purified and characterized as a homodimer containing no prosthetic groups, showing a strong substrate inhibition, and having an N-terminal sequence similar to those of various NAD(P)-dependent AlDHs. The conversion rate of THFA by the quinohemoprotein THFA dehydrogenase was increased by AlDH 4. PMID:11717302

  5. LOFAR 150-MHz observations of the Boötes field: catalogue and source counts

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    Williams, W. L.; van Weeren, R. J.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Best, P.; Dijkema, T. J.; de Gasperin, F.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Heald, G.; Prandoni, I.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; van Bemmel, I. M.; Brüggen, M.; Brunetti, G.; Conway, J. E.; Enßlin, T.; Engels, D.; Falcke, H.; Ferrari, C.; Haverkorn, M.; Jackson, N.; Jarvis, M. J.; Kapińska, A. D.; Mahony, E. K.; Miley, G. K.; Morabito, L. K.; Morganti, R.; Orrú, E.; Retana-Montenegro, E.; Sridhar, S. S.; Toribio, M. C.; White, G. J.; Wise, M. W.; Zwart, J. T. L.

    2016-08-01

    We present the first wide area (19 deg$^2$), deep ($\\approx120-150$ {\\mu}Jy beam$^{-1}$), high resolution ($5.6 \\times 7.4$ arcsec) LOFAR High Band Antenna image of the Bo\\"otes field made at 130-169 MHz. This image is at least an order of magnitude deeper and 3-5 times higher in angular resolution than previously achieved for this field at low frequencies. The observations and data reduction, which includes full direction-dependent calibration, are described here. We present a radio source catalogue containing 6276 sources detected over an area of $19$\\,deg$^2$, with a peak flux density threshold of $5\\sigma$. As the first thorough test of the facet calibration strategy, introduced by van Weeren et al., we investigate the flux and positional accuracy of the catalogue. We present differential source counts that reach an order of magnitude deeper in flux density than previously achieved at these low frequencies, and show flattening at 150 MHz flux densities below 10 mJy associated with the rise of the low flux density star-forming galaxies and radio-quiet AGN.

  6. LOFAR 150-MHz observations of the Boötes field: Catalogue and Source Counts

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    Williams, W. L.; van Weeren, R. J.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Best, P.; Dijkema, T. J.; de Gasperin, F.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Heald, G.; Prandoni, I.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; van Bemmel, I. M.; Brüggen, M.; Brunetti, G.; Conway, J. E.; Enßlin, T.; Engels, D.; Falcke, H.; Ferrari, C.; Haverkorn, M.; Jackson, N.; Jarvis, M. J.; Kapińska, A. D.; Mahony, E. K.; Miley, G. K.; Morabito, L. K.; Morganti, R.; Orrú, E.; Retana-Montenegro, E.; Sridhar, S. S.; Toribio, M. C.; White, G. J.; Wise, M. W.; Zwart, J. T. L.

    2016-05-01

    We present the first wide area (19 deg2), deep (≈120-150 μJy beam-1), high resolution (5.6 × 7.4 arcsec) LOFAR High Band Antenna image of the Boötes field made at 130-169 MHz. This image is at least an order of magnitude deeper and 3 - 5 times higher in angular resolution than previously achieved for this field at low frequencies. The observations and data reduction, which includes full direction-dependent calibration, are described here. We present a radio source catalogue containing 6 276 sources detected over an area of 19 deg2, with a peak flux density threshold of 5σ. As the first thorough test of the facet calibration strategy, introduced by van Weeren et al., we investigate the flux and positional accuracy of the catalogue. We present differential source counts that reach an order of magnitude deeper in flux density than previously achieved at these low frequencies, and show flattening at 150 MHz flux densities below 10 mJy associated with the rise of the low flux density star-forming galaxies and radio-quiet AGN.

  7. Magnetic nanopantograph in the SrCu2(BO3)2 Shastry-Sutherland lattice.

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    Radtke, Guillaume; Saúl, Andrés; Dabkowska, Hanna A; Salamon, Myron B; Jaime, Marcelo

    2015-02-17

    Magnetic materials having competing, i.e., frustrated, interactions can display magnetism prolific in intricate structures, discrete jumps, plateaus, and exotic spin states with increasing applied magnetic fields. When the associated elastic energy cost is not too expensive, this high potential can be enhanced by the existence of an omnipresent magnetoelastic coupling. Here we report experimental and theoretical evidence of a nonnegligible magnetoelastic coupling in one of these fascinating materials, SrCu2(BO3)2 (SCBO). First, using pulsed-field transversal and longitudinal magnetostriction measurements we show that its physical dimensions, indeed, mimic closely its unusually rich field-induced magnetism. Second, using density functional-based calculations we find that the driving force behind the magnetoelastic coupling is the CuOCu superexchange angle that, due to the orthogonal Cu(2+) dimers acting as pantographs, can shrink significantly (0.44%) with minute (0.01%) variations in the lattice parameters. With this original approach we also find a reduction of ∼ 10% in the intradimer exchange integral J, enough to make predictions for the highly magnetized states and the effects of applied pressure on SCBO. PMID:25646467

  8. Magnetic nanopantograph in the SrCu2(BO3)2 Shastry–Sutherland lattice

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    Radtke, Guillaume; Saúl, Andrés; Dabkowska, Hanna A.; Salamon, Myron B.; Jaime, Marcelo

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic materials having competing, i.e., frustrated, interactions can display magnetism prolific in intricate structures, discrete jumps, plateaus, and exotic spin states with increasing applied magnetic fields. When the associated elastic energy cost is not too expensive, this high potential can be enhanced by the existence of an omnipresent magnetoelastic coupling. Here we report experimental and theoretical evidence of a nonnegligible magnetoelastic coupling in one of these fascinating materials, SrCu2(BO3)2 (SCBO). First, using pulsed-field transversal and longitudinal magnetostriction measurements we show that its physical dimensions, indeed, mimic closely its unusually rich field-induced magnetism. Second, using density functional-based calculations we find that the driving force behind the magnetoelastic coupling is the CuOCu^ superexchange angle that, due to the orthogonal Cu2+ dimers acting as pantographs, can shrink significantly (0.44%) with minute (0.01%) variations in the lattice parameters. With this original approach we also find a reduction of ∼10% in the intradimer exchange integral J, enough to make predictions for the highly magnetized states and the effects of applied pressure on SCBO. PMID:25646467

  9. LOFAR 150-MHz observations of the Boötes field: catalogue and source counts

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    Williams, W. L.; van Weeren, R. J.; Röttgering, H. J. A.; Best, P.; Dijkema, T. J.; de Gasperin, F.; Hardcastle, M. J.; Heald, G.; Prandoni, I.; Sabater, J.; Shimwell, T. W.; Tasse, C.; van Bemmel, I. M.; Brüggen, M.; Brunetti, G.; Conway, J. E.; Enßlin, T.; Engels, D.; Falcke, H.; Ferrari, C.; Haverkorn, M.; Jackson, N.; Jarvis, M. J.; Kapińska, A. D.; Mahony, E. K.; Miley, G. K.; Morabito, L. K.; Morganti, R.; Orrú, E.; Retana-Montenegro, E.; Sridhar, S. S.; Toribio, M. C.; White, G. J.; Wise, M. W.; Zwart, J. T. L.

    2016-08-01

    We present the first wide area (19 deg2), deep (≈120-150 μJy beam-1), high-resolution (5.6 × 7.4 arcsec) LOFAR High Band Antenna image of the Boötes field made at 130-169 MHz. This image is at least an order of magnitude deeper and 3-5 times higher in angular resolution than previously achieved for this field at low frequencies. The observations and data reduction, which includes full direction-dependent calibration, are described here. We present a radio source catalogue containing 6 276 sources detected over an area of 19 deg2, with a peak flux density threshold of 5σ. As the first thorough test of the facet calibration strategy, introduced by van Weeren et al., we investigate the flux and positional accuracy of the catalogue. We present differential source counts that reach an order of magnitude deeper in flux density than previously achieved at these low frequencies, and show flattening at 150-MHz flux densities below 10 mJy associated with the rise of the low flux density star-forming galaxies and radio-quiet AGN.

  10. Near-IR Direct Detection of Water Vapor in Tau Boötis b

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    Lockwood, Alexandra C.; Johnson, John A.; Bender, Chad F.; Carr, John S.; Barman, Travis; Richert, Alexander J. W.; Blake, Geoffrey A.

    2014-03-01

    We use high dynamic range, high-resolution L-band spectroscopy to measure the radial velocity (RV) variations of the hot Jupiter in the τ Boötis planetary system. The detection of an exoplanet by the shift in the stellar spectrum alone provides a measure of the planet's minimum mass, with the true mass degenerate with the unknown orbital inclination. Treating the τ Boo system as a high flux ratio double-lined spectroscopic binary permits the direct measurement of the planet's true mass as well as its atmospheric properties. After removing telluric absorption and cross-correlating with a model planetary spectrum dominated by water opacity, we measure a 6σ detection of the planet at Kp = 111 ± 5 km s-1, with a 1σ upper limit on the spectroscopic flux ratio of 10-4. This RV leads to a planetary orbital inclination of i = 45^{+3}_{-4}° and a mass of M_{P} = 5.90^{+0.35}_{-0.20}\\,M_Jup. We report the first detection of water vapor in the atmosphere of a non-transiting hot Jupiter, τ Boo b.

  11. Time and frequency-domain identification and verification of BO-105 dynamic models

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    Kaletka, Juergen; Gruenhagen, Wolfgang V.; Tischler, Mark B.; Fletcher, Jay W.

    1989-01-01

    Mathematical models for the dynamics of the DLR BO 105 helicopter are extracted from flight test data using two different approaches: frequency-domain and time-domain identification. Both approaches are reviewed. Results from an extensive data consistency analysis are given. Identifications for 6 degrees of freedom (DOF) rigid body models are presented and compared in detail. The extracted models compare favorably and their prediction capability is demonstrated in verification results. Approaches to extend the 6 DOF models are addressed and first results are presented. System identification is broadly defined as the deduction of system characteristics from measured data. It provides the only possibility to extract both non-parametric (e.g., frequency responses) and parametric (e.g., state space matrices) aircraft models from flight test data and therefore gives a reliable characterization of the dynamics of the actually existing aircraft. Main applications of system identification are seen in areas where higher accuracies of the mathematical models are required: Simulation validation, control system design (in particular model-following control system design for in-flight simulation), and handling qualities.

  12. The reaction of halides with pulsed cytochrome bo from Escherichia coli.

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    Moody, A J; Butler, C S; Watmough, N J; Thomson, A J; Rich, P R

    1998-01-01

    Cytochrome bo forms complexes with chloride, bromide and iodide in which haem o remains high-spin and in which the '630 nm' charge-transfer band is red-shifted by 7-8 nm. The chloride and bromide complexes each have a characteristic set of integer-spin EPR signals arising from spin coupling between haem o and CuB. The rate and extent of chloride binding decreases as the pH increases from 5.5 to 8.5. At pH 5.5 the dissociation constant for chloride is 2 mM and the first-order rate constant for dissociation is 2 x 10(-4) s-1. The order of rate of binding, and of affinity, at pH 5.5 is chloride (1) > bromide (0.3) >iodide (0.1). It is suggested that the halides bind in the binuclear site but, unlike fluoride, they are not direct ligands of the iron of haem o. In addition, both the stability of the halide complexes and the rate of halide binding seem to be increased by the co-binding of a proton. PMID:9531485

  13. MECHANISM AND HYDROPHOBIC FORCES DRIVING MEMBRANE PROTEIN INSERTION OF SUBUNIT II OF CYTOCHROME BO OXIDASE

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    Celebi, Nil; Dalbey, Ross E.; Yuan, Jijun

    2009-01-01

    Subunit II (CyoA) of cytochrome bo oxidase, which spans the inner membrane twice in bacteria, has several unusual features in membrane biogenesis. It is synthesized with an amino-terminal signal peptide. In addition, distinct pathways are used to insert the two ends of the protein. The amino-terminal domain is inserted by the YidC pathway whereas the large carboxyl-terminal domain is translocated by the SecYEG pathway. Insertion of the protein is also pmf-independent. In this study we examined the topogenic requirements and mechanism of insertion of CyoA in bacteria. We find that both the signal peptide and the first membrane spanning region are required for insertion of the amino-terminal periplasmic loop. The pmf-independence of insertion of the first periplasmic loop is due to the loop’s neutral net charge. We observe also that the introduction of negatively charged residues into the periplasmic loop makes insertion pmf dependent, whereas the addition of positively charged residues prevents insertion unless the pmf is abolished. Insertion of the carboxyl-terminal domain in the full-length CyoA occurs by a sequential mechanism even when the CyoA amino and carboxyl-terminal domains are swapped with other domains. However, when a long spacer peptide is added to increase the distance between the amino-terminal and carboxyl-terminal domains, insertion no longer occurs by a sequential mechanism. PMID:18155041

  14. Raman scattering in multiferroic SmFe3(BO3)4

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    Peschanskii, A. V.; Fomin, V. I.; Gudim, I. A.

    2016-06-01

    Raman spectrum of single-crystal SmFe3(BO3)4 was studied in the frequency range from 3 to 1500 cm-1 at temperatures 10-300 K. All the A1 and E phonon modes predicted by the group theory for a given symmetry of the crystal were observed. The magnitudes of splitting between the LO and TO components of polar E phonons were determined. It was found that under the transition to a magnetically ordered phase, the behavior of the intensity of the line corresponding to the A1 vibrational mode is anomalous. It was shown that at low temperatures the spectrum of two-magnon excitations has a complex shape and is observed with both nondiagonal and diagonal components of the scattering tensor. This complex shape reflects the features in the density of states of the magnetic branches. An estimate of the magnon energy Em at the Brillouin zone boundary gave ˜47 cm-1. The structure of the ground multiplet 6H5/2 of a Sm+3 ion in paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic states as well as the effect of the magnetic phase transition on it were studied. Electron-phonon interaction for the electronic excitation at 225 cm-1 was revealed.

  15. The Refractory Overactive Bladder: Sacral NEuromodulation vs. BoTulinum Toxin Assessment: ROSETTA Trial^, ^^

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    Amundsen, Cindy L.; Richter, Holly E.; Menefee, Shawn; Vasavada, Sandip; Rahn, David D.; Kenton, Kim; Harvie, Heidi S.; Wallace, Dennis; Meikle, Susie

    2014-01-01

    We present the rationale for and design of a randomized, open-label, active-control trial comparing the effectiveness of 200 units of onabotulinum toxin A (Botox A®) versus sacral neuromodulation (InterStim®) therapy for refractory urgency urinary incontinence (UUI). The Refractory Overactive Bladder: Sacral NEuromodulation vs. BoTulinum Toxin Assessment (ROSETTA) trial compares changes in urgency urinary incontinence episodes over 6 months, as well as other lower urinary tract symptoms, adverse events and cost effectiveness in women receiving these two therapies. Eligible participants had previously attempted treatment with at least 2 medications and behavioral therapy. We discuss the importance of evaluating two very different interventions, the challenges related to recruitment, ethical considerations for two treatments with significantly different costs, follow up assessments and cost effectiveness. The ROSETTA trial will provide information to healthcare providers regarding the technical attributes of these interventions as well as the efficacy and safety of these two interventions on other lower urinary tract and pelvic floor symptoms. Enrollment began in March, 2012 with anticipated end to recruitment in mid 2014. PMID:24486637

  16. Temporal variability of the wind from the star τ Boötis

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    Nicholson, B. A.; Vidotto, A. A.; Mengel, M.; Brookshaw, L.; Carter, B.; Petit, P.; Marsden, S. C.; Jeffers, S. V.; Fares, R.; BCool Collaboration

    2016-06-01

    We present new wind models for τ Boötis (τ Boo), a hot-Jupiter-host-star whose observable magnetic cycles makes it a uniquely useful target for our goal of monitoring the temporal variability of stellar winds and their exoplanetary impacts. Using spectropolarimetric observations from May 2009 to January 2015, the most extensive information of this type yet available, to reconstruct the stellar magnetic field, we produce multiple 3D magnetohydrodynamic stellar wind models. Our results show that characteristic changes in the large-scale magnetic field as the star undergoes magnetic cycles produce changes in the wind properties, both globally and locally at the position of the orbiting planet. Whilst the mass loss rate of the star varies by only a minimal amount (˜4 per cent), the rates of angular momentum loss and associated spin-down time-scales are seen to vary widely (up to ˜140 per cent), findings consistent with and extending previous research. In addition, we find that temporal variation in the global wind is governed mainly by changes in total magnetic flux rather than changes in wind plasma properties. The magnetic pressure varies with time and location and dominates the stellar wind pressure at the planetary orbit. By assuming a Jovian planetary magnetic field for τ Boo b, we nevertheless conclude that the planetary magnetosphere can remain stable in size for all observed stellar cycle epochs, despite significant changes in the stellar field and the resulting local space weather environment.

  17. Electronic structure and optical properties of the nonlinear optical crystal Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} by first-principles calculations

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    Yang, Zhihua; Pan, Shilie; Yu, Hongwei; Lee, Ming-Hsien

    2013-02-15

    Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has a layered-type arrangement with optimally aligned BO{sub 3} triangles. The optical band gap is 3.317 eV obtained via the extrapolation method from the UV-vis-IR optical diffuse reflectance spectrum, consequently the absorption edge is about 374 nm. Density functional calculations using a generalized gradient approximation were utilized to investigate the electronic structures and optical properties of Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. The calculated band structures show a direct gap of 2.608 eV, which is in agreement with the experimental optical band gap. A delocalized {pi} bonding of BO{sub 3} triangles and the stereo-effect of the lone pair 6s{sup 2} of lead cations are studied in electron densities. The birefringence is about 0.039-0.061 with the wavelength larger than about 375 nm. The calculated second-order susceptibility d{sub 24}=3.5 d{sub 36} (KDP) which is well consistent with the powder SHG intensity. - Graphical abstract: The density of state (DOS) show that the bottom of the valence bands is mainly derived from of the lone pair 6s{sup 2} of Pb{sup 2+}, and the top of the valence band is attributed to the hybridization orbitals from B-O groups. Calculated electronic structures indicate that the BO{sub 3} group with typical delocalization {pi} orbitals and strongly distorted lead oxygen polyhedra with highly asymmetric lobes on lead cations make a large SHG effect in Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Lone pair effect on Pb{sup 2+} and delocalization {pi} orbital in BO{sub 3} group is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The combination of PbO{sub n} (n=3,4,5) and BO{sub 3} group makes Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} a large SHG effect. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pb{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} is a direct gap material with the gap 2.608 eV by the ab initio method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculated birefringence is about 0.039-0.061 with the wavelength of about 375 nm. Black

  18. Das Blüte-Bestäuber-Netz auf Brachflächen : biozönologische Untersuchung zur Bedeutung von Brachen in einer intensiv genutzten Agrarlandschaft

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    Hahn, Robert

    2002-11-01

    In der vorliegenden Dissertation wird die Bedeutung von Brachen für Artenvielfalt und Stabilität von Blüte-Bestäuber-Nahrungsnetzen in agrarisch genutzten Landschaften anhand ausgewählter blütenbesuchender Insektengruppen (Syrphidae, Lepidoptera) untersucht. Die Freilandarbeiten fanden von 1998-2000 im Raum der Feldberger Seenlandschaft, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, statt. Es werden die beiden Hauptnahrungsquellen Nektar und Pollen betrachtet, dabei fanden Untersuchungen zur Intensität der Blüte-Bestäuber-Interaktion auf Stilllegungsflächen, zum flächenbezogenen quantitativen Nektarangebot im Jahresverlauf, zur individuellen Pollennutzung bei Syrphiden und zur Breite und Überlappung der Nahrungsnischen bei den dominanten Arten Episyrphus balteatus, Metasyrphus corollae, Syritta pipiens und Sphaerophoria scripta statt. Im Ergebnis zeigt sich eine hohe Bedeutung der Brachflächen für die Stabilität des Blüte-Bestäuber-Netzes, während die Diversität von anderen, eher landschaftsbezogenen Faktoren abhängig ist. This dissertation examines the importance of fallow land for the diversity and stability of pollination webs in agricultural landscapes as exemplified by selected groups of anthophilous insects (syrphidae and lepidoptera). The field studies were carried out between 1998 and 2000 in the Feldberg lakeland area in the north-east German State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Observations were made of nectar and pollen as the two main sources of food. Studies were conducted into the intensity of plant-pollinator interaction in set-aside areas, the site-specific quantity of nectar available during the vegetation period and the individual pollen intake of syrphid flies. Different methods were employed to establish the breadth of the trophic niches among the predominant species (Episyrphus balteatus, Metasyrphus corollae, Syritta pipiens and Sphaerophoria scripta) and the extent to which they overlapped. The studies showed that, while fallow land is very

  19. Synthesis, PL characterizations and concentration quenching effect in Dy(3+) and Eu(3+) activated LiCaBO3 phosphor.

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    Kharabe, V R; Oza, Abha H; Dhoble, S J

    2015-06-01

    LiCaBO3 :Dy(3+) /Eu(3+) phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction. The synthesized materials were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) for confirmation. All the structural parameters were calculated from the XRD data. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed rod-like morphology. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra showed two emissions (484 and 577 nm) in Dy(3+) -doped LiCaBO3 :Dy(3+) phosphors with the concentration quenching effect and the critical distance was calculated to be about 22.76 Å. LiCaBO3 :Eu(3+) phosphor was effectively excited by a near-UV light of 392 nm. The emission spectra exhibited the transition from (5) D0 level to (7) FJ (J = 0-2) with main emission at 614 nm, which comes from the electrodipole transition because of the asymmetric point group. The quenching concentration of Eu(3+) is about 0.2 mol%, and the critical distance was calculated to be about 38.93 Å. PMID:25137055

  20. Ag-catalyzed synthesis of europium borate Eu(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} nanowires, growth mechanism and luminescent properties

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    Yang, Lan; Zhou, Liqun; Huang, Ying; Tang, Ziwei

    2011-02-15

    Eu(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} nanowires with diameters of 10-20 nm were fabricated through direct sintering Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.6H{sub 2}O and H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} with Ag as catalyst. The result of X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the nanowire was single-crystalline with body-centered monoclinic structure. Based on the fact that Ag nanoparticles attached to the tips and middles of nanowires, a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth mechanism of the Eu(BO{sub 2}){sub 3} nanowires is proposed. Three well-defined stages have been clearly identified during the process: Ag-Eu-B-O cluster process, crystal nucleation, and axial growth. The photoluminescence characteristics under UV excitation were investigated. The dominated Eu{sup 3+} orange-red emission corresponding to the magnetic dipole transition {sup 5}D{sub 0} {yields} {sup 7}F{sub 1} is centered at 591 nm, indicating that Eu{sup 3+} is located at high symmetry crystal field with inversion center.

  1. On the peculiar properties of triangular-chain EuCr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} antiferromagnet

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    Gondek, Ł.; Szytuła, A.; Przewoźnik, J.; Żukrowski, J.; Prokhorov, A.; Chernush, L.; Zubov, E.; Dyakonov, V.; Tyvanchuk, Yu.

    2014-02-15

    In this paper we report studies on EuCr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} compound, that is a member of newly discovered family of huntite-related specimens for non-linear optics. For the first time, the uncommon temperature dependence of the EuCr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} lattice parameters is reported. Additionally, the magnetism of this compound is extremely interesting. Namely, a possible interplay in between potentially magnetic rare-earth ions and 3d metal stacked within quasi-1D chain that can lead to a great variety of magnetic behaviour. Indeed, in our studies we have found 3D-long range ordering with metamagnetic behaviour, while at higher temperature the magnetic chains become uncoupled. - Graphical abstract: Torsion-like vibrations are the key to understand negative thermal expansion along the a-axis. Display Omitted - Highlights: • EuCr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} is a peculiar triangular-chain antiferromagnet. • Rare earth sublattice is non-magnetic with Eu{sup 3+} configuration. • Cr{sup 3+} magnetic moments show 1-D behaviour along with spin fluctuations. • Torsion vibrations of Cr triangular tubes lead to anomalous expansion of unit cell.

  2. Towards 3D Mapping of BO6 Octahedron Rotations at Perovskite Heterointerfaces, Unit Cell by Unit Cell.

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    He, Qian; Ishikawa, Ryo; Lupini, Andrew R; Qiao, Liang; Moon, Eun J; Ovchinnikov, Oleg; May, Steven J; Biegalski, Michael D; Borisevich, Albina Y

    2015-08-25

    The rich functionalities in the ABO3 perovskite oxides originate, at least in part, from the ability of the corner-connected BO6 octahedral network to host a large variety of cations through distortions and rotations. Characterizing these rotations, which have significant impact on both fundamental aspects of materials behavior and possible applications, remains a major challenge at heterointerfaces. In this work, we have developed a unique method to investigate BO6 rotation patterns in complex oxides ABO3 with unit cell resolution at heterointerfaces, where novel properties often emerge. Our method involves column shape analysis in ABF-STEM images of the ABO3 heterointerfaces taken in specific orientations. The rotating phase of BO6 octahedra can be identified for all three spatial dimensions without the need of case-by-case simulation. In several common rotation systems, quantitative measurements of all three rotation angles are now possible. Using this method, we examined interfaces between perovskites with distinct tilt systems as well as interfaces between tilted and untilted perovskites, identifying an unusual coupling behavior at the CaTiO3/LSAT interface. We believe this method will significantly improve our knowledge of complex oxide heterointerfaces. PMID:26174591

  3. Monitoring the Transmembrane Proton Gradient Generated by Cytochrome bo3 in Tethered Bilayer Lipid Membranes Using SEIRA Spectroscopy.

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    Wiebalck, Swantje; Kozuch, Jacek; Forbrig, Enrico; Tzschucke, C Christoph; Jeuken, Lars J C; Hildebrandt, Peter

    2016-03-10

    Membrane proteins act as biocatalysts or ion/proton pumps to convert and store energy from ubiquitous environmental sources. Interfacing these proteins to electrodes allows utilizing the energy for enzymatic biofuel cells or other auspicious biotechnological applications. To optimize the efficiency of these devices, appropriate membrane models are required that ensure structural and functional integrity of the embedded enzymes and provide structural insight. We present a spectroelectrochemical surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) and electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) study of the bacterial respiratory ubiquinol/cytochrome bo3 (cyt bo3) couple incorporated into a tethered bilayer lipid membrane (tBLM). Here, we employed a new lipid tether (WK3SH, dihydrocholesteryl (2-(2-(2-ethoxy)ethoxy)ethanethiol), which was synthesized using a three-step procedure with very good yield and allowed measuring IR spectra without significant spectral interference of the tBLM. The functional integrity of the incorporated cyt bo3 was demonstrated by monitoring the enzymatic O2 reduction current and the formation of the transmembrane proton gradient. Based on a SEIRA-spectroscopic redox titration, a shift of the pH-dependent redox potential of the ubiquinones under turnover conditions was correlated with an alkalinization of the submembrane reservoir by +0.8 pH units. This study demonstrates the high potential of tBLMs and the SEIRA spectroscopic approach to study bioenergetic processes. PMID:26898921

  4. Nonmagnetic ions enhance magnetic order in the ludwigite Co5Sn(O2BO3)2

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    Medrano, Cynthia P. Contreras; Freitas, D. C.; Sanchez, D. R.; Pinheiro, C. B.; Eslava, G. G.; Ghivelder, L.; Continentino, M. A.

    2015-02-01

    The ludwigite Co5Sn(O2BO3)2 was studied using x-ray diffraction, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic and thermodynamic measurements. This material belongs to a family of oxyborates which presents low-dimensional subunits in the form of three-leg ladders in its structure. The subunits confer to these materials a strong anisotropy in their exchange interactions that provide to the ludwigites several interesting magnetic properties, from partial ordering to spin-glass states. Despite being doped by nonmagnetic ions, Co5Sn(O2BO3)2 has long-range magnetic order below 82 K which is, surprisingly, the highest critical temperature found so far in the ludwigites. This record can be explained by the absence of double-exchange interactions, usually present in the ludwigites and that gives rise to strong competition. In this paper we study the magnetic and structural properties of Co5Sn(O2BO3)2 and compare our results with those obtained in other cobalt ludwigites.

  5. Effects of Tb3+ concentration on the La2Sr3(BO3)4: X% Tb3+ polycrystalline nanophosphor

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    Mlotswa, D. V.; Madihlaba, R. M.; Koao, L. F.; Onani, M. O.; Dejene, F. B.

    2016-01-01

    A new green phosphor, La2Sr3(BO3)4): x% Tb3+ was fabricated by solution-combustion method using urea as a fuel and ammonium nitrate as an oxidizer. The phosphor was characterised using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL. The results exhibit that La2Sr3(BO3)4): x% Tb3+ phosphor has the strongest excitation at 209 nm with a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 20 nm, and can emit bright green light at 545 nm under 209 nm excitation. The optimum concentration for Tb3+ in La2Sr3(BO3)4): x% Tb3+ is 0.033 mol%. The prominent green luminescence was due to the 5D4-7F5 transition of Tb3+ ion. Herein, the green phosphors are promising good candidates employed in tri-color lamps.

  6. Optical and electronic properties of delafossite CuBO{sub 2}p-type transparent conducting oxide

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    Ruttanapun, Chesta E-mail: krchesta@kmitl.ac.th

    2013-09-21

    CuBO{sub 2} delafossite was prepared by solid state reaction and calcined/sintered at 1005 °C. The optical properties of this p-type transparent conducting oxide were investigated. Its crystal structure, morphology, composition, oxygen decomposition, and optical and electronic properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) and fluorescence spectroscopies, Seebeck coefficient, and electrical conductivity measurements. CuBO{sub 2} delafossite possesses a hexagonal space group R3{sup ¯}m. TGA indicated a weight loss of 10%, which was attributed to excess oxygen. The positive Seebeck coefficient confirmed p-type behavior. Emission at 355 nm indicated a direct band type transition, and the UV-VIS-NIR spectrum indicated an optical direct gap of 3.6 eV. Activation energies for carrier production and electrical conduction were 0.147 and 0.58 eV, respectively, indicating the thermal activation of carriers. CuBO{sub 2} delafossite is a p-type transparent conducting oxide with a wide band gap and may have potential in industrial p-type electrodes.

  7. Complex assembly, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of the bovine CD8αα–BoLA-2*02201 complex

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    Wang, Zhenbao; Chen, Rong; Tariq, Mansoor; Jiang, Bo; Chen, Zhaosan; Xia, Chun

    2014-01-01

    In order to clarify the structural characteristics of the bovine MHC class I molecule (BoLA-I) complexed with CD8αα (CD8αα–BoLA-I), bovine CD8αα, BoLA-I (BoLA-2*02201) and β2m were expressed and purified, and were then assembled with a peptide derived from Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV-VP1YY9) and crystallized. The crystal diffracted to 1.7 Å resolution and belonged to space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 53.9, b = 103.8, c = 61.8 Å, α = γ = 90, β = 96°. The asymmetric unit contained one complex, with a Matthews coefficient of 2.41 Å3 Da−1 and a solvent content of 48.9%. The rotation-function Z-score and translation-function Z-score for molecular replacement were 3.4 and 8.9, respectively. In addition, SDS–PAGE analysis of CD8αα–BoLA-I crystals showed three bands corresponding to the molecular weights of BoLA-I heavy chain, β2m and CD8α. The structure of the CD8αα–BoLA-I complex should be helpful in obtaining insight into the interaction between bovine CD8αα and MHC class I molecules. Structure determination of BoLA-2*02201–FMDV-VP1YY9 will be useful in the design of vaccines for foot-and-mouth disease. PMID:24915083

  8. Synthesis and characterization of multi-layer core-shell structural LiFeBO3/C as a novel Li-battery cathode material

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    Zhang, Bao; Ming, Lei; Zheng, Jun-chao; Zhang, Jia-feng; Shen, Chao; Han, Ya-dong; Wang, Jian-long; Qin, Shan-e.

    2014-09-01

    A multi-layer core-shell structural LiFeBO3/C has been successfully synthesized via spray-drying and carbothermal method using LiBO2·8H2O, Fe(NO3)3·9H2O, and citric acid as starting materials. The Rietveld refinement results indicate the sample consists of two phases: LiFeBO3 [94(6)% w/w], and LiFeO2 [6(4)% w/w]. SEM images show that the LiFeBO3 powders consist of rough similar-spherical particles with a size distribution ranging from 1 μm to 5 μm. TEM results present that the LiFeBO3 spherical particles are well coated by nano-carbon webs and form a multi-layer core-shell structure. The amount of carbon was determined to be 6.50% by C/S analysis. The prepared LiFeBO3-LiFeO2/C presents an initial discharge capacity of 196.5 mAh g-1 at the current density of 10 mA g-1 between 1.5 and 4.5 V, and it can deliver a discharge capacity of 136.1 mAh g-1 after 30 cycles, presents excellent electrochemical properties, indicating the surface sensitivity in the air was restrained.

  9. Identification of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3 (FGFR3) as a Protein Receptor for Botulinum Neurotoxin Serotype A (BoNT/A)

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    Jacky, Birgitte P. S.; Garay, Patton E.; Dupuy, Jérôme; Nelson, Jeremy B.; Cai, Brian; Molina, Yanira; Wang, Joanne; Steward, Lance E.; Broide, Ron S.; Francis, Joseph; Aoki, K. Roger; Stevens, Raymond C.; Fernández-Salas, Ester

    2013-01-01

    Botulinum neurotoxin serotype A (BoNT/A) causes transient muscle paralysis by entering motor nerve terminals (MNTs) where it cleaves the SNARE protein Synaptosomal-associated protein 25 (SNAP25206) to yield SNAP25197. Cleavage of SNAP25 results in blockage of synaptic vesicle fusion and inhibition of the release of acetylcholine. The specific uptake of BoNT/A into pre-synaptic nerve terminals is a tightly controlled multistep process, involving a combination of high and low affinity receptors. Interestingly, the C-terminal binding domain region of BoNT/A, HC/A, is homologous to fibroblast growth factors (FGFs), making it a possible ligand for Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors (FGFRs). Here we present data supporting the identification of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3 (FGFR3) as a high affinity receptor for BoNT/A in neuronal cells. HC/A binds with high affinity to the two extra-cellular loops of FGFR3 and acts similar to an agonist ligand for FGFR3, resulting in phosphorylation of the receptor. Native ligands for FGFR3; FGF1, FGF2, and FGF9 compete for binding to FGFR3 and block BoNT/A cellular uptake. These findings show that FGFR3 plays a pivotal role in the specific uptake of BoNT/A across the cell membrane being part of a larger receptor complex involving ganglioside- and protein-protein interactions. PMID:23696738

  10. Repairing of N-mustard derivative BO-1055 induced DNA damage requires NER, HR, and MGMT-dependent DNA repair mechanisms.

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    Kuo, Ching-Ying; Chou, Wen-Cheng; Wu, Chin-Chung; Wong, Teng-Song; Kakadiya, Rajesh; Lee, Te-Chang; Su, Tsann-Long; Wang, Hui-Chun

    2015-09-22

    Alkylating agents are frequently used as first-line chemotherapeutics for various newly diagnosed cancers. Disruption of genome integrity by such agents can lead to cell lethality if DNA lesions are not removed. Several DNA repair mechanisms participate in the recovery of mono- or bi-functional DNA alkylation. Thus, DNA repair capacity is correlated with the therapeutic response. Here, we assessed the function of novel water-soluble N-mustard BO-1055 (ureidomustin) in DNA damage response and repair mechanisms. As expected, BO-1055 induces ATM and ATR-mediated DNA damage response cascades, including downstream Chk1/Chk2 phosphorylation, S/G2 cell-cycle arrest, and cell death. Further investigation revealed that cell survival sensitivity to BO-1055 is comparable to that of mitomycin C. Both compounds require nucleotide excision repair and homologous recombination, but not non-homologous end-joining, to repair conventional cross-linking DNA damage. Interestingly and unlike mitomycin C and melphalan, MGMT activity was also observed in BO-1055 damage repair systems, which reflects the occurrence of O-alkyl DNA lesions. Combined treatment with ATM/ATR kinase inhibitors significantly increases BO-1055 sensitivity. Our study pinpoints that BO-1055 can be used for treating tumors that with deficient NER, HR, and MGMT DNA repair genes, or for synergistic therapy in tumors that DNA damage response have been suppressed. PMID:26208482

  11. Repairing of N-mustard derivative BO-1055 induced DNA damage requires NER, HR, and MGMT-dependent DNA repair mechanisms

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    Wu, Chin-Chung; Wong, Teng-Song; Kakadiya, Rajesh; Lee, Te-Chang; Su, Tsann-Long; Wang, Hui-Chun

    2015-01-01

    Alkylating agents are frequently used as first-line chemotherapeutics for various newly diagnosed cancers. Disruption of genome integrity by such agents can lead to cell lethality if DNA lesions are not removed. Several DNA repair mechanisms participate in the recovery of mono- or bi-functional DNA alkylation. Thus, DNA repair capacity is correlated with the therapeutic response. Here, we assessed the function of novel water-soluble N-mustard BO-1055 (ureidomustin) in DNA damage response and repair mechanisms. As expected, BO-1055 induces ATM and ATR-mediated DNA damage response cascades, including downstream Chk1/Chk2 phosphorylation, S/G2 cell-cycle arrest, and cell death. Further investigation revealed that cell survival sensitivity to BO-1055 is comparable to that of mitomycin C. Both compounds require nucleotide excision repair and homologous recombination, but not non-homologous end-joining, to repair conventional cross-linking DNA damage. Interestingly and unlike mitomycin C and melphalan, MGMT activity was also observed in BO-1055 damage repair systems, which reflects the occurrence of O-alkyl DNA lesions. Combined treatment with ATM/ATR kinase inhibitors significantly increases BO-1055 sensitivity. Our study pinpoints that BO-1055 can be used for treating tumors that with deficient NER, HR, and MGMT DNA repair genes, or for synergistic therapy in tumors that DNA damage response have been suppressed. PMID:26208482

  12. Photoelectron spectroscopy of boron-gold alloy clusters and boron boronyl clusters: B3Au(n)(-) and B3(BO)n(-) (n = 1, 2).

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    Chen, Qiang; Bai, Hui; Zhai, Hua-Jin; Li, Si-Dian; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2013-07-28

    Photoelectron spectroscopy and density-functional theory are combined to study the structures and chemical bonding in boron-gold alloy clusters and boron boronyl clusters: B3Au(n)(-) and B3(BO)n(-) (n = 1, 2). Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for all four species and the B-Au and B-BO clusters exhibit similar spectral patterns, with the latter species having higher electron binding energies. The electron affinities of B3Au, B3Au2, B3(BO), and B3(BO)2 are determined to be 2.29 ± 0.02, 3.17 ± 0.03, 2.71 ± 0.02, and 4.44 ± 0.02 eV, respectively. The anion and neutral clusters turn out to be isostructural and isovalent to the B3H(n)(-)∕B3H(n) (n = 1, 2) species, which are similar in bonding owing to the fact that Au, BO, and H are monovalent σ ligands. All B3Au(n)(-) and B3(BO)n(-) (n = 1, 2) clusters are aromatic with 2π electrons. The current results provide new examples for the Au∕H and BO∕H isolobal analogy and enrich the chemistry of boronyl and gold. PMID:23901981

  13. Crystal structures and magnetic properties of lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr)

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    Doi, Yoshihiro Satou, Tatsuya; Hinatsu, Yukio

    2013-10-15

    The synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) were investigated. The LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds crystallize in the dolomite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}, in which the Ln and Cr ions occupy two octahedral sites. From the result of structural analysis, it was found that there is an anti-site disorder between these two sites and its chemical formula is more exactly Ln{sub 1−r}Cr{sub r}[Cr{sub 1−r}Ln{sub r}](BO{sub 3}){sub 2}. On the other hand, the LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} adopt the calcite-type structure with space group R3{sup ¯}c. The Ln and Sc ions randomly occupy an octahedral site and the chemical formula is represented as (Ln{sub 0.5}Sc{sub 0.5})BO{sub 3}. From the magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements, we found that all the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} show an antiferromagnetic transition at 6.1–8.1 K. This transition is mainly due to the ordering of Cr{sup 3+} magnetic moments. Among the compounds with magnetic Ln{sup 3+} ions, only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. - Graphical abstract: The lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have the dolomite-type (Ln=Cr) and calcite-type (Ln=Sc) structures. Both structures are similar to each other except for the difference in the partially or fully disordered arrangements of octahedral sites. At low temperatures, the LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} compounds show an antiferromagnetic transition due to a long-range ordering of Cr{sup 3+} moments. Among them only YbCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} shows an antiferromagnetic ordering of Ln{sup 3+} ion at 2.1 K. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Lanthanide containing borates LnM(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Ln=Y, Ho–Lu; M=Sc, Cr) have been synthesized. • LnCr(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the dolomite-type structure with an anti-site disorder between Ln and Cr sites. • LnSc(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} has the calcite

  14. Do geese fully develop brood patches? A histological analysis of lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) and Ross's geese (C. rossii)

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    Jonsson, J.E.; Afton, A.D.; Homberger, D.G.; Henk, W.G.; Alisauskas, R.T.

    2006-01-01

    Most birds develop brood patches before incubation; epidermis and dermis in the brood patch region thicken, and the dermal connective tissue becomes increasingly vascularized and infiltrated by leukocytes. However, current dogma states that waterfowl incubate without modifications of skin within the brood patch region. The incubation periods of lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens; hereafter called snow geese) and Ross's geese (C. rossii) are 2-6 days shorter than those of other goose species; only females incubate. Thus, we hypothesized that such short incubation periods would require fully developed brood patches for sufficient heat transfer from incubating parents to eggs. We tested this hypothesis by analyzing the skin histology of abdominal regions of snow and Ross's geese collected at Karrak Lake, Nunavut, Canada. For female snow geese, we found that epidermis and dermis had thickened and vascularization of dermis was 14 times greater, on average, than that observed in males (n=5 pairs). Our results for Ross's geese (n=5 pairs) were more variable, wherein only one of five female Ross's geese fully developed a brood patch. Our results are consistent with three hypotheses about brood patch development and its relationship with different energetic cost-benefit relationships, resulting from differences in embryonic development and body size. ?? Springer-Verlag 2006.

  15. Antioxidant, antiproliferative, and pro-apoptotic activities of a saponin extract derived from the roots of Panax notoginseng (Burk.) F.H. Chen.

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    He, Nian-Wu; Zhao, Yan; Guo, Ling; Shang, Jun; Yang, Xing-Bin

    2012-04-01

    Dietary and medicinal uses of Panax notoginseng have been associated with reduced risk of cancer. This study was designed to investigate the profiles of P. notoginseng saponin extract (PNSE), the major bioactive ingredients in P. notoginseng (Burk.) F.H. Chen, by high-performance liquid chromatography, and, for the first time, the anticancer effect of PNSE in the human colon cancer cell line LoVo was further evaluated. The major saponins present in PNSE were ginsenosides Rg1 (31.1%) and Rb1 (34.4%), and the total content of the eight saponins identified (notoginsenoside R1, ginsenosides Rg1, Re, Rb1, Rc, and Rd, and isomeric ginsenosides Rb2 and Rb3) was 81.7%, indicating that it was a highly purified standardized saponin extract. Furthermore, PNSE was found to have a markedly cytotoxic effect and antiproliferative activity against the LoVo cell line in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Flow cytometry analysis demonstrated that PNSE caused cell cycle arrest at S phase. Moreover, PNSE was found to possess antioxidative capacities in the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl free radical scavenging assay and hydroxyl radical scavenging assay in vitro. Taken together, the present results suggest that naturally occurring PNSE may provide significant natural defense against human colon cancer. PMID:22316295

  16. X-ray-selected galaxy groups in Boötes

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    Vajgel, Bruna; Lopes, Paulo A. A.; Jones, Christine; Forman, William R.; Murray, Stephen S.; Goulding, Andrew; Andrade-Santos, Felipe

    2014-10-10

    We present the X-ray and optical properties of the galaxy groups selected in the Chandra X-Boötes survey. We used follow-up Chandra observations to better define the group sample and their X-ray properties. Group redshifts were measured from the AGN and Galaxy Evolution Survey spectroscopic data. We used photometric data from the NOAO Deep Wide Field Survey to estimate the group richness (N {sub gals}) and the optical luminosity (L {sub opt}). Our final sample comprises 32 systems at z < 1.75 with 14 below z = 0.35. For these 14 systems, we estimate velocity dispersions (σ {sub gr}) and perform a virial analysis to obtain the radii (R {sub 200} and R {sub 500}) and total masses (M {sub 200} and M {sub 500}) for groups with at least 5 galaxy members. We use the Chandra X-ray observations to derive the X-ray luminosity (L{sub X} ). We examine the performance of the group properties σ{sub gr}, L {sub opt}, and L{sub X} , as proxies for the group mass. Understanding how well these observables measure the total mass is important to estimate how precisely the cluster/group mass function is determined. Exploring the scaling relations built with the X-Boötes sample and comparing these with samples from the literature, we find a break in the L{sub X} -M {sub 500} relation at approximately M {sub 500} = 5 × 10{sup 13} M {sub ☉} (for M {sub 500} > 5 × 10{sup 13} M {sub ☉}, M{sub 500}∝L{sub X}{sup 0.61±0.02}, while for M {sub 500} ≤ 5 × 10{sup 13} M {sub ☉}, M{sub 500}∝L{sub X}{sup 0.44±0.05}). Thus, the mass-luminosity relation for galaxy groups cannot be described by the same power law as galaxy clusters. A possible explanation for this break is the dynamical friction, tidal interactions, and projection effects that reduce the velocity dispersion values of the galaxy groups. By extending the cluster luminosity function to the group regime, we predict the number of groups that new X-ray surveys, particularly eROSITA, will detect. Based on our cluster

  17. Kinetics of Intramolecular Electron Transfer in Cytochrome bo3 from Escherichia coli

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    Ching, Erin; Gennis, Robert B.; Larsen, Randy W.

    2003-01-01

    We have examined the temperature dependence of the intramolecular electron transfer (ET) between heme b and heme o3 in CO-mixed valence cytochrome bo3 (Cbo) from Escherichia coli. Upon photolysis of CO-mixed valence Cbo rapid ET occurs between heme o3 and heme b with a rate constant of 2.2 × 105 s−1 at room temperature. The corresponding rate of CO recombination is found to be 86 s−1. From Eyring plots the activation energies for these two processes are found to be 3.4 kcal/mol and 6.7 kcal/mol for the ligand binding and ET reactions, respectively. Using variants of the Marcus equation the reorganization energy (λ), electronic coupling factor (HAB), and the ET distance were found to be 1.4 ± 0.2 eV, (2 ± 1) × 10−3 eV, and 9 ± 1 Å, respectively. These values are quite distinct from the analogous values previously obtained for bovine heart cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) (0.76 eV, 9.9 × 10−5 eV, 13.2 Å). The differences in mechanisms/pathways for heme b/heme o3 and heme a/heme a3 ET suggested by the Marcus parameters can be attributed to structural changes at the CuB site upon change in oxidation state as well as differences in electronic coupling pathways between Heme b and heme o3. PMID:12668481

  18. Faint Radio Sources in the NOAO Boötes Field: VLBA Imaging and Optical Identifications

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    Wrobel, J. M.; Taylor, G. B.; Rector, T. A.; Myers, S. T.; Fassnacht, C. D.

    2005-09-01

    As a step toward investigating the parsec-scale properties of faint extragalactic radio sources, the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) was used at 5.0 GHz to obtain phase-referenced images of 76 sources in the NOAO Boötes field. These 76 sources were selected from the Faint Images of the Radio Sky at Twenty cm (FIRST) catalog to have peak flux densities above 10 mJy at 5" resolution and deconvolved major diameters of less than 3" at 1.4 GHz. Of these faint radio sources, 57 were identified with accretion-powered radio galaxies and quasars brighter than 25.5 mag in the optical I band. On Very Large Array (VLA) scales at 1.4 GHz, a measure of the compactness of the faint sources (the ratio of the peak flux density from FIRST to the integrated flux density from the NRAO VLA Sky Survey catalog) spans the full range of possibilities arising from source-resolution effects. Of the faint radio sources, 30, or 39+9-7%, were detected with the VLBA at 5.0 GHz with peak flux densities above 6 σ~2 mJy at 2 mas resolution. The VLBA detections occur through the full range of compactness ratios. The stronger VLBA detections can themselves serve as phase-reference calibrators, boding well for opening up much of the radio sky to VLBA imaging. For the adopted cosmology, the VLBA resolution corresponds to 17 pc or finer. Most VLBA detections are unresolved or slightly resolved, but one is diffuse and five show either double or core-jet structures; the properties of these latter six are discussed in detail. Three VLBA detections are unidentified and fainter than 25.5 mag in the optical I band; their properties are highlighted because they likely mark optically obscured active nuclei at high redshift.

  19. Folding-unfolding transition in the mini-protein villin headpiece (HP35): An equilibrium study using the Wang-Landau algorithm

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    Singh, Priya; Sarkar, Subir K.; Bandyopadhyay, Pradipta

    2016-04-01

    A computational study, using the Wang-Landau algorithm, is carried out for the 35 residue mini-protein villin headpiece (HP35) to investigate some equilibrium aspects of its folding-unfolding transition in water. The force field used is ECEPP/3 and a solvent-accessible surface area method is used to describe the interaction with water. The density of states and the conditional probabilities of some physically interesting geometrical descriptors of the molecule at various energies are calculated by analyzing the high-statistics data generated by the simulations. All canonical ensemble averages are subsequently calculated by using these data. The computed quantities include specific heat, radius of gyration, number of native contacts, number of helical residues and the potential of mean force for three pairs of geometric descriptors. High precision and a systematic check on the convergence of the computation are the two key points of our methodology.

  20. Simple deterministic models and applications. Comment on "Coupled disease-behavior dynamics on complex networks: A review" by Z. Wang et al.

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    Yang, Hyun Mo

    2015-12-01

    Currently, discrete modellings are largely accepted due to the access to computers with huge storage capacity and high performance processors and easy implementation of algorithms, allowing to develop and simulate increasingly sophisticated models. Wang et al. [7] present a review of dynamics in complex networks, focusing on the interaction between disease dynamics and human behavioral and social dynamics. By doing an extensive review regarding to the human behavior responding to disease dynamics, the authors briefly describe the complex dynamics found in the literature: well-mixed populations networks, where spatial structure can be neglected, and other networks considering heterogeneity on spatially distributed populations. As controlling mechanisms are implemented, such as social distancing due 'social contagion', quarantine, non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccination, adaptive behavior can occur in human population, which can be easily taken into account in the dynamics formulated by networked populations.

  1. Luminescence improvement in Pr{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} activated Sr{sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} inorganic phosphor

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    Gawande, A.B.; Sonekar, R.P.; Omanwar, S.K.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Sr{sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} doped Gd{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} have been synthesized by solution combustion synthesis technique. • Effect of doping concentration of Gd{sup 3+} and Pr{sup 3+} on the luminescence of synthesized material is discussed. • Effect of charge compensation by Li{sup +}, Na{sup +} and K{sup +} on emission intensity is studied in detail. • Efficient energy transfer from Pr{sup 3+} to Gd{sup 3+} in Sr{sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} was observed. • Optimum concentration and critical transfer distance for optimum concentration have been determined. - Abstract: The photoluminescence properties of (Sr{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}; (Sr{sub 1−2x}Pr{sub x}M{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2,} (M = Li, Na, K); (Sr{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}; (Sr{sub 1−2x}Gd{sub x}M{sub x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2}, (M = Li, Na, K) and (Sr{sub 1−4x}Pr{sub x}Gd{sub x}Na{sub 2x}){sub 2}Mg(BO{sub 3}){sub 2} inorganic phosphors prepared by solution combustion synthesis technique are discussed. The structure of the prepared phosphor characterized using Thermogravimetric–differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and fourier transform-infrared. Scanning electron microscopy images of the prepared materials show irregular grains with agglomerate phenomena. Photoluminescence properties were studied at room temperature. Optimum concentration and critical transfer distance of the synthesized phosphors were determined.

  2. Combustion synthesis and luminescence properties of yellow-emitting phosphors Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+}

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    Xia, Zhiguo; Liao, Libing; Zhang, Zepeng; Wang, Yafang

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: A yellow-emitting phosphor Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} was firstly synthesized by the solution-combustion method. The photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra, temperature dependence of luminescence intensity, and luminescence lifetime of the phosphor were investigated. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor was synthesized by a solution-combustion method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} showed an intense yellow emission band centered at 569 nm with the CIE coordinate of (0.453, 0.526). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The temperature dependent luminescence property and mechanism of Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} were studied. -- Abstract: Yellow-emitting phosphor Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} was synthesized by a solution-combustion method. The phase structure and microstructure were determined by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis, respectively. The as-prepared Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor absorbed near ultraviolet and blue light of 320-500 nm, and showed an intense yellow emission band centered at 569 nm with the CIE coordinate of (0.453, 0.526). The lifetime of Eu{sup 2+} ions in Ca{sub 2}BO{sub 3}Cl:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor was measured, furthermore the temperature dependent luminescence property and mechanism were studied, which also testified that the present phosphor had a promising potential for white light-emitting diodes.

  3. Synthesis, structure, and thermally stable luminescence of Eu(2+)-doped Ba2Ln(BO3)2Cl (Ln = Y, Gd and Lu) host compounds.

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    Xia, Zhiguo; Wang, Xiaoming; Wang, Yingxia; Liao, Libing; Jing, Xiping

    2011-10-17

    A new family of chloroborate compounds, which was investigated from the viewpoint of rare earth ion activated phosphor materials, have been synthesized by a conventional high temperature solid-state reaction. The crystal structure and thermally stable luminescence of chloroborate phosphors Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+) (Ln = Y, Gd, and Lu) have been reported in this paper. X-ray diffraction studies verify the successful isomorphic substitution for Ln(3+) sites in Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl by other smaller trivalent rare earth ions, such as Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Yb. The detailed structure information for Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl (Ln = Y, Gd, and Lu) by Rietveld analysis reveals that they all crystallize in a monoclinic P2(1)/m space group. These compounds display interesting and tunable photoluminescence (PL) properties after Eu(2+)-doping. Ba(2)Ln(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+) phosphors exhibit bluish-green/greenish-yellow light with peak wavelengths at 526, 548, and 511 nm under 365 UV light excitation for Ba(2)Y(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+), Ba(2)Gd(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+), and Ba(2)Lu(BO(3))(2)Cl:Eu(2+), respectively. Furthermore, they possess a high thermal quenching temperature. With the increase of temperature, the emission bands show blue shifts with broadening bandwidths and slightly decreasing emission intensities. It is expected that this series of chloroborate phosphors can be used in white-light UV-LEDs as a good wavelength-conversion phosphor. PMID:21919480

  4. Fine mapping and targeted SNP survey using rice-wheat gene colinearity in the region of the Bo1 boron toxicity tolerance locus of bread wheat.

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    Schnurbusch, Thorsten; Collins, Nicholas C; Eastwood, Russell F; Sutton, Tim; Jefferies, Steven P; Langridge, Peter

    2007-08-01

    Toxicity due to high levels of soil boron (B) represents a significant limitation to cereal production in some regions, and the Bo1 gene provides a major source of B toxicity tolerance in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). A novel approach was used to develop primers to amplify and sequence gene fragments specifically from the Bo1 region of the hexaploid wheat genome. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified were then used to generate markers close to Bo1 on the distal end of chromosome 7BL. In the 16 gene fragments totaling 19.6 kb, SNPs were observed between the two cultivars Cranbrook and Halberd at a low frequency (one every 613 bp). Furthermore, SNPs were distributed unevenly, being limited to only two genes. In contrast, RFLP provided a much greater number of genetic markers, with every tested gene identifying polymorphism. Bo1 previously known only as a QTL was located as a discrete Mendelian locus. In total, 28 new RFLP, PCR and SSR markers were added to the existing map. The 1.8 cM Bo1 interval of wheat corresponds to a 227 kb section of rice chromosome 6L encoding 21 predicted proteins with no homology to any known B transporters. The co-dominant PCR marker AWW5L7 co-segregated with Bo1 and was highly predictive of B tolerance status within a set of 94 Australian bread wheat cultivars and breeding lines. The markers and rice colinearity described here represent tools that will assist B tolerance breeding and the positional cloning of Bo1. PMID:17571251

  5. Gas-Phase Synthesis of Boronylallene (H2CCCH(BO)) under Single Collision Conditions: A Crossed Molecular Beams and Computational Study.

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    Maity, Surajit; Parker, Dorian S N; Kaiser, Ralf I; Ganoe, Brad; Fau, Stefan; Perera, Ajith; Bartlett, Rodney J

    2014-05-15

    The gas phase reaction between the boron monoxide radical ((11)BO; X(2)Σ(+)) and allene (H2CCCH2; X(1)A1) was investigated experimentally under single collision conditions using the crossed molecular beam technique and theoretically exploiting ab initio electronic structure and statistical (RRKM) calculations. The reaction was found to follow indirect (complex forming) scattering dynamics and proceeded via the formation of a van der Waals complex ((11)BOC3H4). This complex isomerized via addition of the boron monoxide radical ((11)BO; X(2)Σ(+)) with the radical center located at the boron atom to the terminal carbon atom of the allene molecule forming a H2CCCH2(11)BO intermediate on the doublet surface. The chemically activated H2CCCH2(11)BO intermediate underwent unimolecular decomposition via atomic hydrogen elimination from the terminal carbon atom holding the boronyl group through a tight exit transition state to synthesize the boronylallene product (H2CCCH(11)BO) in a slightly exoergic reaction (55 ± 11 kJ mol(-1)). Statistical (RRKM) calculations suggest that minor reaction channels lead to the products 3-propynyloxoborane (CH2((11)BO)CCH) and 1-propynyloxoborane (CH3CC(11)BO) with fractions of 1.5% and 0.2%, respectively. The title reaction was also compared with the cyano (CN; X(2)Σ(+))-allene and boronyl-methylacetylene reactions to probe similarities, but also differences of these isoelectronic systems. Our investigation presents a novel gas phase synthesis and characterization of a hitherto elusive organyloxoborane (RBO) monomer-boronylallene-which is inherently tricky to isolate in the condensed phase except in matrix studies; our work further demonstrates that the crossed molecular beams approach presents a useful tool in investigating the chemistry and synthesis of highly reactive organyloxoboranes. PMID:24806514

  6. DEAD-box helicase DDX27 regulates 3′ end formation of ribosomal 47S RNA and stably associates with the PeBoW-complex

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    Kellner, Markus; Rohrmoser, Michaela; Forné, Ignasi; Voss, Kirsten; Burger, Kaspar; Mühl, Bastian; Gruber-Eber, Anita; Kremmer, Elisabeth; Imhof, Axel; Eick, Dirk

    2015-05-15

    PeBoW, a trimeric complex consisting of pescadillo (Pes1), block of proliferation (Bop1), and the WD repeat protein 12 (WDR12), is essential for processing and maturation of mammalian 5.8S and 28S ribosomal RNAs. Applying a mass spectrometric analysis, we identified the DEAD-box helicase DDX27 as stably associated factor of the PeBoW-complex. DDX27 interacts with the PeBoW-complex via an evolutionary conserved F×F motif in the N-terminal domain and is recruited to the nucleolus via its basic C-terminal domain. This recruitment is RNA-dependent and occurs independently of the PeBoW-complex. Interestingly, knockdown of DDX27, but not of Pes1, induces the accumulation of an extended form of the primary 47S rRNA. We conclude that DDX27 can interact specifically with the Pes1 and Bop1 but fulfils critical function(s) for proper 3′ end formation of 47S rRNA independently of the PeBoW-complex. - Highlights: • DEAD-box helicase DDX27 is a new constituent of the PeBoW-complex. • The N-terminal F×F motif of DDX27 interacts with the PeBoW components Pes1 and Bop1. • Nucleolar anchoring of DDX27 via its basic C-terminal domain is RNA dependent. • Knockdown of DDX27 induces a specific defect in 3′ end formation of 47S rRNA.

  7. Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes species (Araneae, Agelenidae) from caves in Jiangxi, China.

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    Chen, Lu; Zhao, Zhe; Li, Shuqiang

    2016-01-01

    Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes Wang, 2002 are described, Spiricoelotes anshiensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes chufengensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes nansheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes taipingensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes xianheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀) and Spiricoelotes xiongxinensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♀). All new species were collected from caves in Jiangxi Province, China. PMID:27006612

  8. Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes species (Araneae, Agelenidae) from caves in Jiangxi, China

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    Chen, Lu; Zhao, Zhe; Li, Shuqiang

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Six new species of the spider genus Spiricoelotes Wang, 2002 are described, Spiricoelotes anshiensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes chufengensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes nansheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes taipingensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀), Spiricoelotes xianheensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♂♀) and Spiricoelotes xiongxinensis Chen & Li, sp. n. (♀). All new species were collected from caves in Jiangxi Province, China. PMID:27006612

  9. Monte Carlo simulations of gamma-ray space telescopes: a BoGEMMS multi-purpose application

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    Fioretti, Valentina; Bulgarelli, Andrea; Tavani, Marco; Marisaldi, Martino; Sabatini, Sabina; Malaguti, Giuseppe; Trifoglio, Massimo; Gianotti, Fulvio

    2014-07-01

    After the development of a BoGEMMS (Bologna Geant4 Multi-Mission Simulator) template for the background study of X-ray telescopes, a new extension is built for the simulation of a Gamma-ray space mission (e.g. AGILE, Fermi), conceived to work as a common, multi-purpose framework for the present and future electron tracking gamma-ray space telescopes. The Gamma-ray extension involves the Geant4 mass model, the physics list and, more important, the production and treatment of the simulation output. From the user point of view, the simulation set-up follows a tree structure, with the main level being the selection of the simulation framework (the general, X-ray or gamma-ray application) and the secondary levels being the detailed configuration of the geometry and the output format. The BoGEMMS application to Gamma-ray missions has been used to evaluate the instrument performances of a new generation of Gamma-ray telescopes (e.g. Gamma-Light), and a full simulation of the AGILE mission is currently under construction, to scientifically validate and calibrate the simulator with real in-space data sets. A complete description of the BoGEMMS Gamma-ray framework is presented here, with an overview of the achieved results for the potential application to present and future experiments (e.g., GAMMA-400 and Gamma-Light). The evaluation of the photon conversion efficiency to beta particle pairs and the comparison to tabulated data allows the preliminary physical validation of the overall architecture. The Gamma-ray module application for the study of the Gamma-Light instrument performances is reported as reference test case.

  10. Luminescence study of Eu(3+) doped Li6 Y(BO3 )3 phosphor for solid-state lighting.

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    Yawalkar, Mrunal M; Zade, G D; Dabre, K V; Dhoble, S J

    2016-06-01

    In this study, Li6 Y1-x Eux (BO3 )3 phosphor was successfully synthesized using a modified solid-state diffusion method. The Eu(3+) ion concentration was varied at 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 mol%. The phosphor was characterized for phase purity, morphology, luminescent properties and molecular transmission at room temperature. The XRD pattern suggests a result closely matching the standard JCPDS file (#80-0843). The emission and excitation spectra were followed to discover the luminescence traits. The excitation spectra indicate that the current phosphor can be efficiently excited at 395 nm and at 466 nm (blue light) to give emission at 595 and 614 nm due to the (5) D0  → (7) Fj transition of Eu(3+) ions. Concentration quenching was observed at 0.5 mol% Eu(3+) in the Li6 Y1-x Eux (BO3 )3 host lattice. Strong red emission with CIE chromaticity coordinates of phosphor is x = 0.63 and y = 0.36 achieved with dominant red emission at 614 nm the (5) D0  → (7)  F2 electric dipole transition of Eu(3+) ions. The novel Li6 Y1-x Eux (BO3 )3 phosphor may be a suitable red-emitting component for solid-state lighting using double-excited wavelengths, i.e. near-UV at 395 nm and blue light at 466 nm. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26311630

  11. A Computational Characterization of Boron-Oxygen Multiple Bonding in HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO

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    Larkin, Joseph D.; Bhat, Krishna L.; Markham, George D.; James, Tony D.; Brooks, Bernard R.; Bock, Charles W.

    2008-01-01

    Structures, relative energies, and bonding characteristics for various conformers of 3-imino-N-(oxoboryl)prop-1-en-1-amine, HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO, and the corresponding borocycle (−HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−B−)O are discussed using results from second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) perturbation theory with the Dunning-Woon correlation-consistent cc-pVDZ, aug-cc-pVDZ, and cc-pVTZ basis sets. These MP2 results are compared to those from computationally-efficient density functional theory (DFT) calculations using the LDA, PBE, TPSS, BLYP, B3LYP, BVP86, OLYP, O3LYP, and PBE1PBE functionals in conjunction with the economical Pople-type 6−311++G(d,p) basis set, to evaluate the suitability of these DFT/6−311++G(d,p) levels for use with larger boron-containing systems. The effects of an aqueous environment were incorporated into the calculations using COSMO methodology. The calculated boron-oxygen bond lengths, orbital compositions, and bond orders in all the (acyclic) HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO conformers were consistent with the presence of a boron-oxygen triple bond, similar to that found in H−B≡O and H2N−B≡O. The (−HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−B−)O borocycle is predicted to be planar (C2v symmetry) and it is ~30 kcal/mol lower in energy than any of the (acyclic) HN=CH−CH=CH−NH−BO conformers; the boron-oxygen bond in this borocycle has significant double bond character, a bonding scheme for which there has been only one experimental structure reported in the literature PMID:18707068

  12. Molecular Characterization of the First Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) Strains Isolated from In Vitro Bovine Embryos production in Argentina

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    González Altamiranda, Erika; Manrique, Julieta M.; Pérez, Sandra E.; Ríos, Glenda L.; Odeón, Anselmo C.; Leunda, María R.; Jones, Leandro R.; Verna, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is increasingly considered as responsible for various problems of the reproductive tract. The virus infects mainly blood mononuclear cells and displays specific tropism for vascular endothelia, reproductive and fetal tissues. Epidemiological studies suggest its impact on reproductive performance, and its presence in various sites in the reproductive tract highlights its potential transmission in transfer-stage embryos. This work describes the biological and genetic characterization of BoHV-4 strains isolated from an in vitro bovine embryo production system. BoHV-4 strains were isolated in 2011 and 2013 from granulosa cells and bovine oocytes from ovary batches collected at a local abattoir, used as “starting material” for in vitro production of bovine embryos. Compatible BoHV-4-CPE was observed in the co-culture of granulosa cells and oocytes with MDBK cells. The identity of the isolates was confirmed by PCR assays targeting three ORFs of the viral genome. The phylogenetic analyses of the strains suggest that they were evolutionary unlinked. Therefore it is possible that BoHV-4 ovary infections occurred regularly along the evolution of the virus, at least in Argentina, which can have implications in the systems of in vitro embryo production. Thus, although BoHV-4 does not appear to be a frequent risk factor for in vitro embryo production, data are still limited. This study reveals the potential of BoHV-4 transmission via embryo transfer. Moreover, the high variability among the BoHV-4 strains isolated from aborted cows in Argentina highlights the importance of further research on the role of this virus as an agent with the potential to cause reproductive disease in cattle. The genetic characterization of the isolated strains provides data to better understand the pathogenesis of BoHV-4 infections. Furthermore, it will lead to fundamental insights into the molecular aspects of the virus and the means by which these strains circulate

  13. Magnetic properties of the rare-earth ferroborate SmFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}

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    Demidov, A. A.; Volkov, D. V.; Gudim, I. A.; Eremein, E. V.; Temerov, V. L.

    2013-05-15

    The magnetic properties of trigonal antiferromagnet SmFe{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4} are studied experimentally and theoretically. The measured characteristics are considered in terms of a theoretical approach based on the molecular field approximation and a crystal field model for a rare-earth ion. The temperature dependences of the initial magnetic susceptibility and the field and temperature dependences of magnetization in fields up to 5 T are described, and the anomaly in the magnetization curve for B Up-Tack c near 1 T, which points to a first-order phase transition, is analyzed.

  14. 240 kW peak power at 266 nm in nonlinear YAl3(BO3)4 single crystal.

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    Ilas, Simon; Loiseau, Pascal; Aka, Gérard; Taira, Takunori

    2014-12-01

    We report the fourth harmonic generation at 266 nm using a type I YAl3(BO3)4 (YAB) single crystal from a Q-switch microchip laser Nd:YAG/Cr⁴⁺:YAG frequency doubled with a LiB3O5 (LBO) crystal. 240 kW peak power at 266 nm corresponding to a mean conversion efficiency of 12.2% from 532 to 266 nm has been obtained with a 2.94 mm thick YAB crystal. The influences of optical homogeneity and absorption on the conversion efficiency are discussed. PMID:25606961

  15. Direct diode-pumped 58 fs Yb:Sr3Y2(BO3)4 laser

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    Lou, Fei; Sun, Shijia; He, Jingliang; Zhao, Ruwei; Li, Jing; Su, Xiancui; Lin, Zhoubin; Zhang, Baitao; Yang, Kejian

    2016-05-01

    The ultrafast laser performance of Yb:Sr3Y2(BO3)4 (SYB) crystal has been demonstrated for the first time to the best of our knowledge. The Yb:SYB laser was driven to work in SESAM-assisted Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) operation, and 58 fs pulses were generated at the central wavelength of 1054.6 nm. A maximum average output power reached 400 mW with a slope efficiency of 13.5%. The experimental results indicated Yb:SYB crystal as a promising candidate for achieving ultrashort lasers.

  16. Infrared absorption spectra of a Nd0.5Ho0.5Fe3(BO3)4 crystal

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    Gerasimova, Yu. V.; Sofronova, S. N.; Gudim, I. A.; Oreshonkov, A. S.; Vtyurin, A. N.; Ivanenko, A. A.

    2016-01-01

    Infrared absorption spectra of a Nd0.5Ho0.5Fe3(BO3)4 crystal in the spectral range of 30-1700 cm-1 have been measured at temperatures from 6 to 300 K. The experimental spectra have been analyzed based on the semiempirical calculation of the lattice dynamics and the analysis of correlation diagrams of borate complexes. No changes associated with structural phase transitions have been detected in the temperature range of measurements; the effect of magnetic ordering on the infrared absorption spectra has not been observed.

  17. Effect of an electric field on the magnetization of a SmFe3(BO3)4 single crystal

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    Freidman, A. L.; Balaev, A. D.; Dubrovskii, A. A.; Eremin, E. V.; Shaikhutdinov, K. A.; Temerov, V. L.; Gudim, I. A.

    2015-07-01

    A change in the magnetization of a SmFe3(BO3)4 single crystal in response to an applied alternating electric field has been experimentally observed for the first time. The measurements have demonstrated that the magnetization oscillates not only at a frequency of the applied electric field but also at twice the frequency. The dependences of the magnetoelectric effect on the magnetic and electric fields and temperature have been measured. It has been assumed that the existence of the second harmonic of the magnetoelectric effect is due to the electrostriction.

  18. Effect of Al3+ on Photoluminescence Properties of Eu3+-Doped BaZr(BO3)2 Phosphors

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    Li, Guang-Min; Li-Lan; Wang, Da-Jian; Zhang, Xiao-Song; Tao, Yi

    2006-08-01

    We discuss the influence of Al3+ on the charge transfer state (CTS) and the photoluminescence properties of BaZr(BO3)2:Eu. The results reveal that there is a red shift which is about 20 nm for the charge transfer state when doping with Al3+ and indicate the formation of `free' electrons due to the change of microstructures. In addition, the influence of Al3+ doping on the PPR is analysed and a new explanation is raised based on the photo luminescent mechanism. It is the CTS intensity rather than the CTS energy that influences the peak-peak ratio.

  19. Mutational Analysis of EYA1, SIX1 and SIX5 Genes and Strategies for Management of Hearing Loss in Patients with BOR/BO Syndrome

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    Jeon, Ju Hyun; Baek, Jeong-In; Lee, Won-Sang; Kim, Un-Kyung; Choi, Jae Young

    2013-01-01

    Background Branchio-oto-renal (BOR) or branchio-otic (BO) syndrome is one of the most common forms of autosomal dominant syndromic hearing loss. Mutations in EYA1, SIX1 and SIX5 genes have been associated with BOR syndrome. In this study, clinical and genetic analyses were performed in patients with BOR/BO syndrome focusing on auditory manifestations and rehabilitation. Methods The audiologic manifestations were reviewed in 10 patients with BOR/BO syndrome. The operative findings and hearing outcome were analyzed in patients who underwent middle ear surgeries. The modality and outcome of auditory rehabilitation were evaluated. Genetic analysis was performed for EYA1, SIX1, and SIX5 genes. Results All patients presented with mixed hearing loss. Five patients underwent middle ear surgeries without successful hearing gain. Cochlear implantation performed in two patients resulted in significant hearing improvement. Genetic analysis revealed four novel EYA1 mutations and a large deletion encompassing the EYA1 gene. Conclusions Auditory rehabilitation in BOR/BO syndrome should be individually tailored keeping in mind the high failure rate after middle ear surgeries. Successful outcome can be expected with cochlear implantations in patients with BOR/BO syndrome who cannot benefit from hearing aids. The novel EYA1 mutations may add to the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum of BOR syndrome in the East Asian population. PMID:23840632

  20. The development of cold-water coral mounds along the Moroccan Atlantic and Mediterranean margins revealed by MeBo drillings

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    Hebbeln, Dierk; Wienberg, Claudia; Frank, Norbert

    2015-04-01

    Cold-water corals (CWC) mostly occur in intermediate water depths between 200 m and 1000 m and are capable of forming substantial seafloor structures, so-called coral carbonate mounds. These mounds can reach heights from a few meters up to >300 m and are composed of a mixture of CWC (and other shell) fragments and hemipelagic sediments, that both individually serve as distinct paleo-archives. IODP Leg 307 drilled through Challenger Mound at the Irish margin and revealed for the first time the full life history of a coral mound. However, although CWC occur almost worldwide, the 155 m long Challenger Mound record was for many years the only record from a coral mound exceeding 10 m in length. During expedition MSM36 with the German R/V MARIA S. MERIAN in spring 2014, several coral mounds along the Moroccan margin, both in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea, were drilled (actually: push-cored) by applying the Bremen Seafloor Drill Rig MeBo. The MeBo is a remotely controlled drilling system that is lowered from the vessel to the seafloor. Energy supply and video control are secured by an umbilical linking the MeBo to the vessel. The scientific foci of expedition MSM36 were to investigate (1) the long-term development of CWC mounds in both areas over the last several 100,000 years in relation to changes in the ambient environmental conditions in the respective intermediate waters, (2) the life time history of these mounds, and (3) the forcing factors for the initiation and decease of individual mounds. In both working areas, a total amount of 11 sites were successfully drilled with MeBo. Eight drillings were conducted at CWC mounds (on-mound sites) and 3 drillings in the direct vicinity of the mounds (off-mound sites) in order to obtain continuous paleoceanographic records. Drilling depths ranged between 17 m and 71 m with the latter corresponding to the maximum drilling depth of MeBo. The core recoveries varied between the sites and ranged between 47% and

  1. Spectroscopic characteristic of Ce3+ at two different sites in Ba3Lu(BO3)3 under ultraviolet excitation

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    Han, Bing; Zhang, Jie; Wang, Zhimeng; Liu, Yuanyuan

    2014-07-01

    A series of Ba3Lu1 - x Ce x (BO3)3 phosphors with different x value were prepared by a conventional high-temperature solid-state reaction method, and their spectroscopic characteristic were systematically investigated. The excitation and emission spectra indicate Ce3+ can occupy two different Lu lattice sites, and shows different luminescence properties. The spectroscopic characteristic of Ce(1) and Ce(2) which include Stokes shift and crystal field depression were investigated. The investigation indicates that Ba3Lu(BO3)3: Ce3 phosphor can have potential application in white-light emitting diodes due to the near-ultraviolet excitation band and blue light emission of Ce(2) in Ba3Lu(BO3)3.

  2. Czochralski growth and scintillation properties of Li6LuxY1-x(BO3)3:Ce3+ single crystals

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    Fawad, U.; Kim, H. J.; Park, H.; Kim, Sunghwan; Khan, Sajid

    2016-01-01

    We report on Czochralski growth of Ce3+-doped mixed crystals of Li6Lu(BO3)3 (LLBO) and Li6Y(BO3)3 (LYBO) i.e. Li6LuxY1-x(BO3)3 (x=0.0, 0.5, 1.0) (LLYBO). Problems faced during the growth process and the techniques to overcome them are discussed. Single phase of the grown crystals is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The grown crystals are characterized for their scintillation properties such as energy resolution, light yield, fluorescent decay time and α/β ratio under γ-rays and α-particles excitation. The X-ray induced luminescence is measured for the grown crystals.

  3. Scintillation properties of Li6Y0.5Gd0.5(BO3)3: Ce3+ single crystal

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    Fawad, U.; Rooh, Gul; Kim, H. J.; Park, H.; Kim, Sunghwan; Khan, Sajid

    2015-01-01

    The Ce3+ doped mixed crystals of Li6Y(BO3)3 and Li6Gd(BO3)3 are grown by Czochralski technique with equal mole ratios of both Yttrium and Gadolinium i.e. Li6Y0.5Gd0.5(BO3)3. The grown crystals have the dimensions of ∅10×30 mm2. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed single phase of the grown crystals. X-ray and laser induced luminescence spectra are presented. Scintillation properties such as energy resolution, light yield, decay time and α/β ratio under the excitation of 137Cs γ-ray photons and 241Am α-particles are also reported in this article.

  4. Polarized spectra calculation and continuous wave laser operation of Yb-doped disordered Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Wang, Yeqing; Chen, Aixi; You, Zhenyu; Tu, Chaoyang

    2015-12-01

    A notable disorder crystal Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal with Yb3+ ion doping concentration of 10 at.% was grown by the Czochralski method. The polarized absorption, polarized emission, and polarized gain cross sections were systematically calculated. The laser operations were investigated with Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystals cut along the a, b, and c crystallographic axes. The highest output power of 3.88 W was obtained by using the b-cut Yb:Ca3La2(BO3)4 crystal, with a slope efficiency of 62%. Additionally, it was confirmed that the output laser spectra were largely dependent on the output coupler.

  5. Polarized spectral properties and potential application of large-size Nd3+:Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal

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    Gao, S. F.; Lv, S. Z.; Zhu, Z. J.; Wang, Y.; You, Z. Y.; Li, J. F.; Xu, J. L.; Wang, H. Y.; Tu, C. Y.

    2014-06-01

    The Nd3+-doped Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal with high optical quality and large size is reported in this paper. The growing processes and characteristics of Nd3+:Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal are discussed. The absorption and luminescence spectra of Nd3+ in Ba3Gd2(BO3)4 crystal were measured at room temperature. The luminescence decay curve in correspondence with the 4F3/2 →4I11/2 transition centered at 1062 nm was also measured. The JO intensity parameters Ωt (t = 2,4,6) were calculated to be Ω2 = 1.263, Ω4 = 2.496, Ω6 = 3.606. The radiative lifetime τr and fluorescence lifetime τf are 317.771 and 115 μs respectively, and the fluorescence quantum efficiency is 37.1%.

  6. Spin liquid state in the S=1 vanadium kagome YCa3(VO)3(BO3)4

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    Wiebe, Christopher; Silverstein, Harlyn; Gardner, Jason; Zhou, Haidong

    2015-03-01

    Over the last decade, the search for model kagome compounds has been fruitful for S=1/2 Cu2+ spins in the minerals Herbertsmithite and Volborthite. There are fewer comparable materials for S=1 analogues, but recent progress has been made with the discovery of YCa3(VO)3(BO3)4, which has a network of V3+ kagome spins. Previous reports were made of no magnetic ordering down to 1.5 K in this compound, despite strong antiferromagnetic exchange. Here we report a new synthesis method for this material which reduces impurity levels, resulting in high quality polycrystalline samples of YCa3(VO)3(BO3)4. Neutron scattering experiments show no evidence for long-ranged magnetic ordering down to 50 mK, with gapped inelastic excitations developing similar to S=1/2 kagome compounds. Heat capacity and susceptibility measurements also show a lack of long-range magnetic order and a lack of spin glassiness, placing this compound as a new spin liquid candidate.

  7. The molecular structure of the borate mineral szaibelyite MgBO2(OH) - A vibrational spectroscopic study

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    Frost, Ray L.; Scholz, Ricardo; López, Andrés; Belotti, Fernanda Maria

    2015-06-01

    We have studied the borate mineral szaibelyite MgBO2(OH) using electron microscopy and vibrational spectroscopy. EDS spectra show a phase composed of Mg with minor amounts of Fe. Both tetrahedral and trigonal boron units are observed. The nominal resolution of the Raman spectrometer is of the order of 2 cm-1 and as such is sufficient enough to identify separate bands for the stretching bands of the two boron isotopes. The Raman band at 1099 cm-1 with a shoulder band at 1093 cm-1 is assigned to BO stretching vibration. Raman bands at 1144, 1157, 1229, 1318 cm-1 are attributed to the BOH in-plane bending modes. Raman bands at 836 and 988 cm-1 are attributed to the antisymmetric stretching modes of tetrahedral boron. The infrared bands at 3559 and 3547 cm-1 are assigned to hydroxyl stretching vibrations. Broad infrared bands at 3269 and 3398 cm-1 are assigned to water stretching vibrations. Infrared bands at 1306, 1352, 1391, 1437 cm-1 are assigned to the antisymmetric stretching vibrations of trigonal boron. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of the borate mineral szaibelyite to be assessed.

  8. Period studies of five neglected Algol-type binaries: RW Cet, BO Gem, DG Lac, SW Oph and WY Per

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    Erdem, A.; Doğru, S. S.; Soydugan, F.; Çiçek, C.; Demircan, O.

    2010-10-01

    We investigated the orbital period variations of five neglected Algol-type eclipsing binaries (RW Cet, BO Gem, DG Lac, SW Oph and WY Per) in this study. Their O- C diagrams display tilted sinusoidal variations superimposed on upward parabolic forms. The parabolic variations, which correspond to secular period increases, were interpreted in terms of the combined effect of mass transfer and loss. Then, the mass transfer rates from the less massive secondary components to more massive primaries for non-conservative cases were calculated to be ˜10-7M⊙/yr for RW Cet, DG Lac and SW Oph and ˜10-8M⊙/yr for BO Gem and WY Per. The tilted (eccentric) sinusoidal representations of the O- C variations were interpreted in terms of the light-time effect due to unseen components in the systems. The possible third bodies in four Algol binaries (excluding RW Cet) would have masses larger than one solar mass. If these hypothetical large massive third bodies were normal stars, they should be detectable. Therefore, new astrometric, photometric and spectroscopic observations of these systems and careful analyses of the resulting data are required.

  9. Growth, polarized Raman and fluorescence properties of TbCa4O(BO3)3 single crystal

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    Yuan, Dongsheng; Gao, Zeliang; Jia, Zhitai; Shu, Jun; Li, Yang; Tao, Xutang

    2015-04-01

    A single crystal of TbCa4O(BO3)3 (TbCOB) with diameter of 35 mm and length of 80 mm has been successfully grown using the Czochralski (Cz) method. The polarized Raman spectra were studied to analyze the vibrational structure of TbCOB, especially the modes from [BO3]3- triangles that are responsible for the nonlinear optical generation. The fluorescence properties of the X-cut, Y-cut, and Z-cut non-centrosymmetric TbCOB crystals were measured for the first time, and both f-d and f-f transitions were identified according to the energy level diagram. Based on the non-radiative energy transfer process, TbCOB crystal shows the characteristic emission of Tb3+ corresponding to 5D4 → 7F6,5,4,3 transitions with the green light of 542 nm (5D4 → 7F5) being the most prominent group. Additionally, the lifetime decay indicates single exponential character for the excited wavelength at 378 nm, following the result of τ = 2.07 ms at room temperature. The long fluorescence lifetime and good spectra properties of TbCOB single crystal indicate its potential optical prospects.

  10. Lattice dynamics and a magnetic-structural phase transition in the nickel orthoborate N i3(BO3) 2

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    Pisarev, R. V.; Prosnikov, M. A.; Davydov, V. Yu.; Smirnov, A. N.; Roginskii, E. M.; Boldyrev, K. N.; Molchanova, A. D.; Popova, M. N.; Smirnov, M. B.; Kazimirov, V. Yu.

    2016-04-01

    Nickel orthoborate N i3(BO3) 2 having a complex orthorhombic structure Pnnm (No. 58, Z =2 ) of the kotoite type is known for quite a long time as an antiferromagnetic material below TN=46 K , but up to now its physical properties including the lattice dynamics have not been explored. Six [Ni O6 ] units of 2 a and 4 f types are linked via rigid [B O3 ] groups and these structural particularities impose restrictions on the lattice dynamics and spin-phonon interactions. We performed the symmetry analysis of the phonon modes at the center of the Brillouin zone. The structural parameters and phonon modes were calculated using the dmol3 program. We report and analyze results of infrared and Raman studies of phonon spectra measured in all required polarizations. Most of the even and odd phonons predicted on the basis of the symmetry analysis and theoretical calculations were reliably identified in the measured spectra. Clear evidence of the spin-phonon interaction was found for some particular phonons below TN. An unexpected emergence of several very narrow and weak phonon lines was observed in the infrared absorption spectra exactly at the magnetic ordering temperature TN. Moreover, anomalous behavior was found for some Raman phonons. The emergence of new phonon modes in the infrared and Raman spectra exactly at TN proves the existence of a magnetostructural phase transition of a new type in N i3(BO3) 2 . A possible nature of this transition is discussed.

  11. Magnetostriction and magnetic texture to 100.75 Tesla in frustrated SrCu2(BO3)2

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    Jaime, Marcelo; Daou, Ramzy; Crooker, Scott A.; Weickert, Franziska; Uchida, Atsuko; Feiguin, Adrian E.; Batista, Cristian D.; Dabkowska, Hanna A.; Gaulin, Bruce D.

    2012-01-01

    Strong geometrical frustration in magnets leads to exotic states such as spin liquids, spin supersolids, and complex magnetic textures. SrCu2(BO3)2, a spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet in the archetypical Shastry–Sutherland lattice, exhibits a rich spectrum of magnetization plateaus and stripe-like magnetic textures in applied fields. The structure of these plateaus is still highly controversial due to the intrinsic complexity associated with frustration and competing length scales. We discover magnetic textures in SrCu2(BO3)2 via magnetostriction and magnetocaloric measurements in fields up to 100.75 T. In addition to observing low-field fine structure with unprecedented resolution, the data also reveal lattice responses at 73.6 T and at 82 T that we attribute, using a controlled density matrix renormalization group approach, to a unanticipated 2/5 plateau and to the long-predicted 1/2 plateau.

  12. Microstructure and texture of zinc deformed by extrusion with forward-backward rotating die (KoBo)

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    Sztwiertnia, K.; Kawalko, J.; Bieda, M.; Jaskowski, M.; Pieła, K.; Bochniak, W.

    2015-04-01

    The KoBo device is a press with a cyclically rotating die enabling extrusion of ingots with the permanent destabilization of their substructure. The method involves a cyclic change of deformation path that increases the plasticity of the material and inhibits formation and propagation of cracks. The possibility of using KoBo for obtaining zinc wires with high mechanical properties was explored. A polycrystalline zinc ingot of purity of 99.995% was subjected to extrusion at room temperature. The microstructure of the material was investigated primarily via high-resolution electron backscatter diffraction using a scanning electron microscope. The microstructure is heterogeneous and consists of grains elongated slightly in the extrusion direction (ED). The material has a relatively sharp nearly axial texture with the ED scattered between the <1 0 -1 0> and <2 -1 -1 0> directions. More than 95% of high-angle grain boundaries do not correspond to any twin or low Σ CSL boundaries. The dimensions of the grains range from 10 - 20 micrometers down to the sub-micron scale. Despite the relatively large grains, the final product exhibits very good mechanical properties, which could not be explained by the Hall - Petch relation. It was found that besides grain refinement two other effects could affect the material mechanical properties. These effects are formation of nanograins inside the large, micrometer-sized grains and formation of broad areas of high-density crystal lattice defects extended along the HAGBs.

  13. BO2-functionalized B3N3C54 heterofullerene as a possible candidate for molecular spintronics and nonlinear optics

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    Srivastava, Ambrish Kumar; Pandey, Sarvesh Kumar; Misra, Neeraj

    2016-04-01

    BO2-substituted B3N3C54 heterofullerene was studied using density functional theory, and its electronic, magnetic and nonlinear optical properties are discussed. The substitution was considered at the B and N sites of the heterofullerene, in lower and higher spin states. We notice that BO2 substitution at the B sites of B3N3C54 heterofullerene leads to interesting properties, such as a smaller energy gap (0.66 eV) and a high spin magnetic moment (3 μ B). The density-of-states curves, molecular orbitals and spin density surfaces have been used to explain these facts. In addition, the first-order mean hyperpolarizability of B3N3C54 heterofullerene has been found to be significantly large (3.6 × 103 a.u.), which is due to smaller transition energy in the crucial excited state. This is reflected by the absorption spectra calculated using the time-dependent density functional theory method. These findings may be exploited to design novel materials for possible spintronic and electro-optical applications.

  14. Mechanical, thermal and spectral characteristics of Nd3+:Sr6YSc(BO3)6 crystal

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    Yuan, Feifei; Zhao, Wang; Sun, Shijia; Zhang, Lizhen; Huang, Yisheng; Lin, Zhoubin

    2015-05-01

    A crystal of Nd3+:Sr6YSc(BO3)6 was grown successfully by the top-seeded solution growth method. The average laser-induced damage thresholds are 1.76 GW/cm2 for (0 0 1) face and 1.47 GW/cm2 for (1 0 0) face at 1064 nm radiation, respectively. The average Vickers hardness of (1 0 0) and (0 0 1) faces are 629 and 545 N/mm2, respectively. The thermal expansion coefficients are 12.3 × 10-6 K-1 along a-axis and 9.39 × 10-6 K-1 along c-axis, respectively. The thermal conductivity is about 2.3 W/m K at room temperature. The polarized spectral properties were investigated in detail. Based on the Judd-Ofelt theory, the intensity parameters were obtained. The results show that Nd3+:Sr6YSc(BO3)6 crystal is a potential laser crystal.

  15. Considerations in the selection of healthcare providers for mothers and children in Bo, Sierra Leone: reputation, cost and location.

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    Jacobsen, Kathryn H; Ansumana, Rashid; Abdirahman, Hafsa A; Bockarie, Alfred S; Bangura, Umaru; Meehan, Kate A; Jimmy, David H; Malanoski, Anthony P; Sundufu, Abu J; Stenger, David A

    2012-12-01

    The factors that influence the selection of a healthcare provider once the decision to seek care has been made can be summarized using a triad of cost, location and reputation. The goal of this study was to identify which of these factors is the primary consideration when women in urban Bo, Sierra Leone, select a healthcare provider for themselves or their children. We interviewed 1091 mothers during a household census of two neighbourhoods of Bo in April 2010. Reputation was the top consideration for about half of the women, cost was the second most common priority, and the location of the healthcare facility was the primary consideration for less than 7% of the participants. The majority of women said they would select a new provider if cost was not a barrier. Socioeconomic characteristics were not significant predictors of whether cost, location or reputation was selected as the highest-ranked consideration. This evidence for the importance of reputation in healthcare decision-making even in low-resource areas highlights the need for health systems to address issues of quality and responsiveness, and not just cost, in order to increase access to and utilization of health services. PMID:24029678

  16. Comparative study on the in vitro replication and genomic variability of Argentinean field isolates of bovine herpesvirus type 4 (BoHV-4).

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    Verna, A E; Pérez, S E; Manrique, J M; Leunda, M R; Odeón, A C; Jones, L R

    2016-06-01

    Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is a gammaherpesvirus, belonging to the Rhadinovirus genus, which is increasingly associated with various problems of the reproductive tract of cattle. In Argentina, analysis of BoHV-4 strains isolated from cervico-vaginal mucus of aborted cows revealed a high genetic divergence among strains, which could be classified in three different groups: Genotype 1 comprises Movar-like strains (European prototype), Genotype 2 includes DN599-like strains (American prototype) and Genotype 3 corresponds to a novel genotype group. Understanding the replication behavior in cell cultures and the molecular characteristics of this pathogen of cattle is critical for the rational design of in vitro experiments. The aim of this work was to quantitatively evaluate the replication properties of different Argentinean BoHV-4 strains and to characterize their phylogenetic relationships. Significant differences were evident among the virus titers of the different BoHV-4 isolates in vitro. The most conserved gene was the major capsid protein (ORF25). The glycoprotein B (gB), glycoprotein H (gH), and thymidine kinsase (TK) genes displayed both synonymous and non-synonymous substitutions, with the highest diversity observed for gB, which displayed amino acid substitutions in 24 out of the 178 positions examined. Strains 09/759, 12/512, and 07/568 presented a deletion encompassing amino acid position 27 to 35, whereas strains 07/435 and 09/227 had a deletion from position 28 to 35. Two strains, 07/435 and 09/227, also displayed the highest divergence compared to the other strains analyzed. This study provides information about the in vitro replication and behavior of nine field isolates of BoHV-4. These findings are relevant since available information on the in vitro growth characteristics of BoHV-4 strains is scarce. The results from this study may also be useful for establishing comparisons with other related viruses. PMID:26995219

  17. Effects of scandium substitution on the crystal structure and luminescence properties of LuBO{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+}

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    Wu, Yuntao; Ren, Guohao; Ding, Dongzhou; Pan, Shangke; Yang, Fan

    2012-10-15

    The calcite phase of LuBO{sub 3} and ScBO{sub 3} polycrystalline powders were synthesized by solid state reaction method, and the Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce (x=0.2, 0.5, 0.7) single crystals were grown by the Czochralski method. A large composition deviation between the initial polycrystalline powders and final single crystal was confirmed by electron probe micro-analysis. Raman spectroscopy revealed that moderate lattice disorder was induced by scandium substitution. However, based on the single crystal X-ray study, we finally concluded that the crystal structure of lutetium scandium orthoborate still crystallized in the rhombohedral system belonging to R3{sup -}c. Furthermore, the relationship between the energies of the five 5d levels of Ce{sup 3+} and the crystalline environment was revealed. The total redshift, total crystal field splitting, and centroid shift of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+} were calculated based on their VUV excitation spectra. The variations trend of these observed spectroscopic parameters was in accordance with the predicted ones. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. The relationship between the energies of the five Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and the crystalline environment is established. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Moderate lattice disorder is induced by scandium doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The crystal structure of Lu{sub 1-x}Sc{sub x}BO{sub 3}:Ce is rhombohedral system with R3{sup -}c space group. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Relationship between energies of Ce{sup 3+} 5d levels and crystalline environment is established. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The spectroscopic parameters are experimentally and theoretically calculated.

  18. Systematic Discovery of Molecular Probes Targeting Multiple Non-orthosteric and Spatially Distinct Sites in the Botulinum Neurotoxin Subtype A (BoNT/A)

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    Dadgar, Saedeh; Floriano, Wely B.

    2015-01-01

    The development of molecular probes targeting proteins has traditionally relied on labeling compounds already known to bind to the protein of interest. These known ligands bind to orthosteric or allosteric sites in their target protein as a way to control their activity. Binding pockets other than known orthosteric or allosteric sites may exist that are large enough to accommodate a ligand without significantly disrupting protein activity. Such sites may provide opportunities to discriminate between subtypes or other closely related proteins, since they are under less evolutionary pressure to be conserved. The Protein Scanning with Virtual Ligand Screening (PSVLS) approach was previously used to identify a novel inhibitor and a fluorescent probe against the catalytic site of the botulinum neurotoxin subtype A (BoNT/A). PSVLS screens compound databases against multiple sites within a target protein, and the results for all the sites probed against BoNT/A, not only the catalytic site, are available online. Here, we analyze the PSVLS data for multiple sites in order to identify molecular probes with affinity for binding pockets other than the catalytic site of BoNT/A. BoNT/A is a large protein with a light (LC) and a heavy (HC) chain that can be assayed separately. We used scintillation proximity assay (SPA) to test experimentally 5 probe candidates predicted computationally to have affinity for different non-orthosteric binding regions within the HC and LC, and one compound predicted not to have affinity for either domain. The binding profiles obtained experimentally confirmed the targeting of multiple and spatially distinct pockets within BoNT/A. Moreover, inhibition assay results indicate that some of these probes do not significantly interfere with the catalytic activity of BoNT/A. PMID:25745992

  19. Immobilization of Brassica oleracea chlorophyllase 1 (BoCLH1) and Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) in magnetic alginate beads: an enzymatic evaluation in the corresponding proteins.

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    Yang, Chih-Hui; Yen, Chih-Chung; Jheng, Jen-Jyun; Wang, Chih-Yu; Chen, Sheau-Shyang; Huang, Pei-Yu; Huang, Keng-Shiang; Shaw, Jei-Fu

    2014-01-01

    Enzymes have a wide variety of applications in diverse biotechnological fields, and the immobilization of enzymes plays a key role in academic research or industrialization due to the stabilization and recyclability it confers. In this study, we immobilized the Brassica oleracea chlorophyllase 1 (BoCLH1) or Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) in magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles-loaded alginate composite beads. The catalytic activity and specific activity of the BoCLH1 and CRL entrapped in magnetic alginate composite beads were evaluated. Results show that the activity of immobilized BoCLH1 in magnetic alginate composite beads (3.36±0.469 U/g gel) was higher than that of immobilized BoCLH1 in alginate beads (2.96±0.264 U/g gel). In addition, the specific activity of BoCLH1 beads (10.90±1.521 U/mg protein) was higher than that immobilized BoCLH1 in alginate beads (8.52±0.758 U/mg protein). In contrast, the immobilized CRL in magnetic alginate composite beads exhibited a lower enzyme activity (11.81±0.618) than CRL immobilized in alginate beads (94.83±7.929), and the specific activity of immobilized CRL entrapped in magnetic alginate composite beads (1.99±0.104) was lower than immobilized lipase in alginate beads (15.01±1.255). A study of the degradation of magnetic alginate composite beads immersed in acidic solution (pH 3) shows that the magnetic alginate composite beads remain intact in acidic solution for at least 6 h, indicating the maintenance of the enzyme catalytic effect in low-pH environment. Finally, the enzyme immobilized magnetic alginate composite beads could be collected by an external magnet and reused for at least six cycles. PMID:25105918

  20. Theoretical study on the transition-metal oxoboryl complex: M-BO bonding nature, mechanism of the formation reaction, and prediction of a new oxoboryl complex.

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    Zeng, Guixiang; Sakaki, Shigeyoshi

    2012-04-16

    The Pt-BO bonding nature and the formation reaction of the experimentally reported platinum(II) oxoboryl complex, simplified to PtBr(BO)(PMe(3))(2), were theoretically investigated with the density functional theory method. The BO(-) ligand was quantitatively demonstrated to have extremely strong σ-donation but very weak d(π)-electron-accepting abilities. Therefore, it exhibits a strong trans influence. The formation reaction occurs through a four-center transition state, in which the B(δ+)-Br(δ-) polarization and the Br → Si and O p(π) → B p(π) charge-transfer interactions play key roles. The Gibbs activation energy (ΔG°(++)) and Gibbs reaction energy (ΔG°) of the formation reaction are 32.2 and -6.1 kcal/mol, respectively. The electron-donating bulky phosphine ligand is found to be favorable for lowering both ΔG°(++) and ΔG°. In addition, the metal effect is examined with the nickel and palladium analogues and MBrCl[BBr(OSiMe(3))](CO)(PR(3))(2) (M = Ir and Rh). By a comparison of the ΔG°(++) and ΔG° values, the M-BO (M = Ni, Pd, Ir, and Rh) bonding nature, and the interaction energy between [MBrCl(CO)(PR(3))(2)](+) and BO(-) with those of the platinum system, MBrCl(BO)(CO)(PR(3))(2) (M = Ir and Rh) is predicted to be a good candidate for a stable oxoboryl complex. PMID:22458310

  1. Locus BoLA-DRB3 is just an ordinary site of the polygene when explaining genetic variance of somatic cell count and milk yield.

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    Oprzadek, Jolanta; Sender, Grazyna; Pawlik, Adrianna; Lukaszewicz, Marek

    2015-11-01

    The study aimed at clarifying the problem of the hitherto contradictory results regarding usefulness of BoLA-DRB3 locus as a marker in selection against mastitis and for milk yield. Treating the BoLA-DRB3 locus effect as random was proposed in place of considering it fixed. Somatic cell counts and milk yields recorded monthly on a test day (22,424) of 619 Polish Holstein cows genotyped for BoLA-DRB3 were analysed with an animal model including a random effect for genotype at this locus. The BoLA-DRB3 alleles were defined as restriction patterns obtained with three endonucleases. Two alternative BoLA-DRB3 additive genotype (co)variance structures were constructed for 161 genotypes recorded. One was based on the allelic similarity of the genotypes resulting in element values of 0 (no common allele), 0.5 (one allele in common), and 1 (diagonal). The other considered restriction site similarity (up to 3 in 1 allele) giving element values of 0 (no common restriction sites) and then increasingly in steps of 1/6 up to 6/6 (diagonal), where the numerator represents the number of common sites between genotypes. The DRB3 variance component for the natural logarithm of somatic cell count did not exceed 0.006 of the polygenic additive component or 0.003 for milk yield. Hence, unless we fail to detect the causative site or to properly define traits being the projection of a site, the effect of the genotype at the BoLA-DRB3 locus does not explain variation in somatic cell count and milk yield at a degree expected of a genetic marker. PMID:26333653

  2. Cytochrome bo from Escherichia coli: identification of haem ligands and reaction of the reduced enzyme with carbon monoxide.

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    Cheesman, M R; Watmough, N J; Pires, C A; Turner, R; Brittain, T; Gennis, R B; Greenwood, C; Thomson, A J

    1993-01-01

    Inner membranes were prepared from Escherichia coli strain RG 145, which is deficient in cytochrome bd, but overexpresses cytochrome bo [Au and Gennis (1987) J. Bacteriol. 169, 3237-3242]. The latter was purified 7-fold by extracting the membranes with octyl beta-D-glucopyranoside, followed by chromatography on DEAE-Sepharose, yielding 150 mg of protein/150 g wet weight of cells. Optical e.p.r. and low-temperature m.c.d. (magnetic circular dichroism) spectroscopies were used to investigate the nature of the protein ligands to the two haems in cytochrome bo from E. coli. Low-spin ferric haem b, the origin of a rhombic e.p.r. spectrum with g = 2.98, 2.26 and 1.50, gives rise to a charge-transfer band in the near-i.r. m.c.d. spectrum at 1622 nm. It is therefore concluded that haem b is co-ordinated by two histidine residues. The low-temperature m.c.d. spectrum of dithionite-reduced cytochrome bo comprises bands due both to low-spin ferrous haem b and to high-spin ferrous haem o. The bands arising from haem o show a direct correspondence with those in the m.c.d. spectrum of five-co-ordinate histidine-ligated ferrous haems such as myoglobin, implying that the protein residue liganding haem o is also histidine. This assignment was confirmed by measuring the e.p.r. spectrum of the nitric oxide derivative of fully reduced cytochrome bo. This showed a rhombic spectrum with g = 2.098, 2.008 and 1.987, and nuclear hyperfine splitting consistent with the co-ordination of ferrous haem by NO and histidine. The hyperfine splittings observed were 1.95 +/- 0.05 mT for the 14N of the NO ligand and 0.75 +/- 0.05 mT for the 14N of the proximal histidine. The e.p.r. spectrum of some samples of oxidized cytochrome bo show, at temperatures below 15 K, broad signals at g = 7.6, 3.6 and 2.8, and other preparations in the presence of glycerol yield signals at g = 10.8, 3.2 and 2.6. These signals, which are abolished by the addition of cyanide, are assigned to the binuclear centre

  3. CUDA programs for the GPU computing of the Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm: 2D and 3D Ising, Potts, and XY models

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    Komura, Yukihiro; Okabe, Yutaka

    2014-03-01

    We present sample CUDA programs for the GPU computing of the Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip algorithm. We deal with the classical spin models; the Ising model, the q-state Potts model, and the classical XY model. As for the lattice, both the 2D (square) lattice and the 3D (simple cubic) lattice are treated. We already reported the idea of the GPU implementation for 2D models (Komura and Okabe, 2012). We here explain the details of sample programs, and discuss the performance of the present GPU implementation for the 3D Ising and XY models. We also show the calculated results of the moment ratio for these models, and discuss phase transitions. Catalogue identifier: AERM_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AERM_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 5632 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 14688 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C, CUDA. Computer: System with an NVIDIA CUDA enabled GPU. Operating system: System with an NVIDIA CUDA enabled GPU. Classification: 23. External routines: NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit 3.0 or newer Nature of problem: Monte Carlo simulation of classical spin systems. Ising, q-state Potts model, and the classical XY model are treated for both two-dimensional and three-dimensional lattices. Solution method: GPU-based Swendsen-Wang multi-cluster spin flip Monte Carlo method. The CUDA implementation for the cluster-labeling is based on the work by Hawick et al. [1] and that by Kalentev et al. [2]. Restrictions: The system size is limited depending on the memory of a GPU. Running time: For the parameters used in the sample programs, it takes about a minute for each program. Of course, it depends on the system size, the number of Monte Carlo steps, etc. References: [1] K

  4. Wang-Landau density of states based study of the folding-unfolding transition in the mini-protein Trp-cage (TC5b)

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    Singh, Priya; Sarkar, Subir K.; Bandyopadhyay, Pradipta

    2014-07-07

    We present the results of a high-statistics equilibrium study of the folding/unfolding transition for the 20-residue mini-protein Trp-cage (TC5b) in water. The ECEPP/3 force field is used and the interaction with water is treated by a solvent-accessible surface area method. A Wang-Landau type simulation is used to calculate the density of states and the conditional probabilities for the various values of the radius of gyration and the number of native contacts at fixed values of energy—along with a systematic check on their convergence. All thermodynamic quantities of interest are calculated from this information. The folding-unfolding transition corresponds to a peak in the temperature dependence of the computed specific heat. This is corroborated further by the structural signatures of folding in the distributions for radius of gyration and the number of native contacts as a function of temperature. The potentials of mean force are also calculated for these variables, both separately and jointly. A local free energy minimum, in addition to the global minimum, is found in a temperature range substantially below the folding temperature. The free energy at this second minimum is approximately 5 k{sub B}T higher than the value at the global minimum.

  5. Critical nonequilibrium relaxation in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm in the Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless and weak first-order phase transitions

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    Nonomura, Yoshihiko; Tomita, Yusuke

    2015-12-01

    Recently we showed that the critical nonequilibrium relaxation in the Swendsen-Wang algorithm is widely described by the stretched-exponential relaxation of physical quantities in the Ising or Heisenberg models. Here we make a similar analysis in the Berezinsky-Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition in the two-dimensional (2D) X Y model and in the first-order phase transition in the 2D q =5 Potts model and find that these phase transitions are described by the simple exponential relaxation and power-law relaxation of physical quantities, respectively. We compare the relaxation behaviors of these phase transitions with those of the second-order phase transition in the three- and four-dimensional X Y models and in the 2D q -state Potts models for 2 ≤q ≤4 and show that the species of phase transitions can be clearly characterized by the present analysis. We also compare the size dependence of relaxation behaviors of the first-order phase transition in the 2D q =5 and 6 Potts models and propose a quantitative criterion on "weakness" of the first-order phase transition.

  6. From polymers to proteins: the effect of side chains and broken symmetry on the formation of secondary structures within a Wang-Landau approach.

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    Škrbić, Tatjana; Badasyan, Artem; Hoang, Trinh Xuan; Podgornik, Rudolf; Giacometti, Achille

    2016-05-25

    We use a micro-canonical Wang-Landau technique to study the equilibrium properties of a single flexible homopolymer where consecutive monomers are represented by impenetrable hard spherical beads tangential to each other, and non-consecutive monomers interact via a square-well potential. To mimic the characteristics of a protein-like system, the model is then refined in two different directions. Firstly, by allowing partial overlap between consecutive beads, we break the spherical symmetry and thus provide a severe constraint on the possible conformations of the chain. Alternatively, we introduce additional spherical beads at specific positions in the direction normal to the backbone, to represent the steric hindrance of the side chains in real proteins. Finally, we consider also a combination of these two ingredients. In all three systems, we obtain the full phase diagram in the temperature-interaction range plane and find the presence of helicoidal structures at low temperatures in the intermediate range of interactions. The effect of the range of the square-well attraction is highlighted, and shown to play a role similar to that found in simple liquids and polymers. Perspectives in terms of protein folding are finally discussed. PMID:27137225

  7. Scaling behavior can be tricky: Comment on "Universal scaling for the dilemma strength in evolutionary games" by Z. Wang et al.

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    Hui, Pak Ming; Xu, Chen

    2015-09-01

    Evolutionary game theory is a powerful tool for studying the emergence of cooperation among competing individuals [1]. Popularly studied games include the prisoner's dilemma [2], snowdrift game [3] and stag hunt game [4]. They have been extensively studied for the extent of cooperative behavior under different dilemma strengths. Generally, the games can be defined by a 2 × 2 matrix and thus four payoff elements, T, R, P, and S, for the possible payoffs to players when they use pure strategies against each other. Detailed definitions of the four payoffs are given in the review by Wang et al. [5]. For simplicity, it is often the case that fewer parameters are invoked, e.g. a single parameter [3] and more generally two parameters [6]. Generally speaking, reducing the number of parameters has the effect of restricting the system to a certain subspace of the unreduced case. In addition, the spatial structures, such as a well-mixed population or a population forming a complex network, that govern the competing relationship and environment of the agents, and the evolutionary rules, that govern how agents update their strategies, are vital in determining how cooperation evolves, as well documented in the references of [5].

  8. An isoquinoline alkaloid from the Chinese herbal plant Corydalis yanhusuo W.T. Wang inhibits P-glycoprotein and multidrug resistance-associate protein 1.

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    Lei, Yu; Tan, Juan; Wink, Michael; Ma, Yonggang; Li, Na; Su, Guannan

    2013-02-15

    Overexpression of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and multidrug resistance-associate protein 1 (MRP1) is a major mechanism leading to multidrug resistance (MDR) of cancer cells. These transporters expel anti-cancer drugs and greatly impair therapeutic efficacy of chemotherapy. A Chinese herbal plant Yanhusuo (Corydalis yanhusuo W.T. Wang, YHS) is frequently used in functional food and traditional Chinese medicine to improve the efficacy of chemotherapy. The objective of this work was to study effects of glaucine, an alkaloid component of YHS, on P-gp and MRP1 in resistant cancer cells. The resistant cancer cell line, MCF-7/ADR and corresponding parental sensitive cells were employed to determine reversal properties of glaucine. Glaucine inhibits P-gp and MRP1-mediated efflux and activates ATPase activities of the transporters, indicating that it is a substrate and inhibits P-gp and MRP1 competitively. Furthermore, glaucine suppresses expression of ABC transporter genes. It reverses the resistance of MCF-7/ADR to adriamycin and mitoxantrone effectively. PMID:23194502

  9. Evaluation of the grand-canonical partition function using expanded Wang-Landau simulations. III. Impact of combining rules on mixtures properties

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    Desgranges, Caroline; Delhommelle, Jerome

    2014-03-14

    Combining rules, such as the Lorentz-Berthelot rules, are routinely used to calculate the thermodynamic properties of mixtures using molecular simulations. Here we extend the expanded Wang-Landau simulation approach to determine the impact of the combining rules on the value of the partition function of binary systems, and, in turn, on the phase coexistence and thermodynamics of these mixtures. We study various types of mixtures, ranging from systems of rare gases to biologically and technologically relevant mixtures, such as water-urea and water-carbon dioxide. Comparing the simulation results to the experimental data on mixtures of rare gases allows us to rank the performance of combining rules. We find that the widely used Lorentz-Berthelot rules exhibit the largest deviations from the experimental data, both for the bulk and at coexistence, while the Kong and Waldman-Hagler provide much better alternatives. In particular, in the case of aqueous solutions of urea, we show that the use of the Lorentz-Berthelot rules has a strong impact on the Gibbs free energy of the solute, overshooting the value predicted by the Waldman-Hagler rules by 7%. This result emphasizes the importance of the combining rule for the determination of hydration free energies using molecular simulations.

  10. Wang-Landau density of states based study of the folding-unfolding transition in the mini-protein Trp-cage (TC5b)

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    Singh, Priya; Sarkar, Subir K.; Bandyopadhyay, Pradipta

    2014-07-01

    We present the results of a high-statistics equilibrium study of the folding/unfolding transition for the 20-residue mini-protein Trp-cage (TC5b) in water. The ECEPP/3 force field is used and the interaction with water is treated by a solvent-accessible surface area method. A Wang-Landau type simulation is used to calculate the density of states and the conditional probabilities for the various values of the radius of gyration and the number of native contacts at fixed values of energy—along with a systematic check on their convergence. All thermodynamic quantities of interest are calculated from this information. The folding-unfolding transition corresponds to a peak in the temperature dependence of the computed specific heat. This is corroborated further by the structural signatures of folding in the distributions for radius of gyration and the number of native contacts as a function of temperature. The potentials of mean force are also calculated for these variables, both separately and jointly. A local free energy minimum, in addition to the global minimum, is found in a temperature range substantially below the folding temperature. The free energy at this second minimum is approximately 5 kBT higher than the value at the global minimum.

  11. Isolation and characterization of bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) from a cow affected by post partum metritis and cloning of the genome as a bacterial artificial chromosome

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    Donofrio, Gaetano; Franceschi, Valentina; Capocefalo, Antonio; Cavirani, Sandro; Sheldon, Iain Martin

    2009-01-01

    Background Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is a gammaherpesvirus with a Worldwide distribution in cattle and is often isolated from the uterus of animals with postpartum metritis or pelvic inflammatory disease. Virus strain adaptation to an organ, tissue or cell type is an important issue for the pathogenesis of disease. To explore the mechanistic role of viral strain variation for uterine disease, the present study aimed to develop a tool enabling precise genetic discrimination between strains of BoHV-4 and to easily manipulate the viral genome. Methods A strain of BoHV-4 was isolated from the uterus of a persistently infected cow and designated BoHV-4-U. The authenticity of the isolate was confirmed by RFLP-PCR and sequencing using the TK and IE2 loci as genetic marker regions for the BoHV-4 genome. The isolated genome was cloned as a Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) and manipulated through recombineering technology Results The BoHV-4-U genome was successfully cloned as a BAC, and the stability of the pBAC-BoHV-4-U clone was confirmed over twenty passages, with viral growth similar to the wild type virus. The feasibility of using BoHV-4-U for mutagenesis was demonstrated using the BAC recombineering system. Conclusion The analysis of genome strain variation is a key method for investigating genes associated with disease. A resource for dissection of the interactions between BoHV-4 and host endometrial cells was generated by cloning the genome of BoHV-4 as a BAC. PMID:19691825

  12. Comment on ``An enhanced polarization mechanism for the metal cations modified amorphous TiO2 based electrorheological materials'' by Qing Wu, Bin Yuan Zhao, Chen Fang and Ke Ao Hu

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    Lee, K.-H.; Park, B. J.; Choi, H. J.

    2006-12-01

    Comments on a recent article on an enhanced polarization mechanism for the metal cations modified amorphous TiO2 based electrorheological materials are presented, based upon an examination of the yield stress, which is a function of electric-field strength, of the materials. Using the deduced critical electric-field strengths, we find that the universal yield stress equation proposed collapses the data given by Qing Wu, Bin Yuan Zhao, Chen Fang, Ke Ao Hu, Eur. Phys. J. E 17, 63 (2005), onto a single curve.

  13. Retraction statement: 'Formin-like2 regulates Rho/ROCK pathway to promote actin assembly and cell invasion of colorectal cancer' by Yuanfeng Zeng, Huijun Xie, Yudan Qiao, Jianmei Wang, Xiling Zhu, Guoyang He, Yuling Li, Xiaoli Ren, Feifei Wang, Li Liang and Yanqing Ding.

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    2016-07-01

    The above article in Cancer Science (doi: 10.1111/cas.12768), published online on 26 October 2015 in Wiley Online Library (http://wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief, Yusuke Nakamura, and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. The retraction has been agreed as Panels +C3 and +Y27632 of SW480 Mock shown in Figure 2a appear to have been taken from the same image, Panels + C3 and +Y27632 of HT29 FMNL2 shown in Figure 2a appear to have been taken from the same image, Panels shFMNL2-1 and shmDial1-1 in Figure 3a appear to have been taken from the same image, shFMNL2-2 and shmDial1-2 in Figure 3a appear to have been taken from the same image, Panels of shFMNL2-1 + shmDial1-1 and shFMNL2-1 + shmDial1-2 of +LPA appear to have been taken from the same image, gel bands of FLAG in Figure 4e appear to have been have been manipulated by erasing gel bands. Reference Zeng Y, Xie H, Qiao Y, Wang J, Zhu X, He G, Li Y, Ren X, Wang F, Liang L, Ding Y. Formin-like2 regulates Rho/ROCK pathway to promote actin assembly and cell invasion of colorectal cancer. Cancer Sci 2015; 106: 1385-93. doi: 10.1111/cas.12768. PMID:27420476

  14. Retraction statement: ‘Formin‐like2 regulates Rho/ROCK pathway to promote actin assembly and cell invasion of colorectal cancer’ by Yuanfeng Zeng, Huijun Xie, Yudan Qiao, Jianmei Wang, Xiling Zhu, Guoyang He, Yuling Li, Xiaoli Ren, Feifei Wang, Li Liang and Yanqing Ding

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    2016-01-01

    The above article in Cancer Science (doi: 10.1111/cas.12768), published online on 26 October 2015 in Wiley Online Library (http://wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief, Yusuke Nakamura, and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. The retraction has been agreed as Panels +C3 and +Y27632 of SW480 Mock shown in Figure 2a appear to have been taken from the same image, Panels + C3 and +Y27632 of HT29 FMNL2 shown in Figure 2a appear to have been taken from the same image, Panels shFMNL2‐1 and shmDial1‐1 in Figure 3a appear to have been taken from the same image, shFMNL2‐2 and shmDial1‐2 in Figure 3a appear to have been taken from the same image, Panels of shFMNL2‐1 + shmDial1‐1 and shFMNL2‐1 + shmDial1‐2 of +LPA appear to have been taken from the same image, gel bands of FLAG in Figure 4e appear to have been have been manipulated by erasing gel bands. Reference ZengY , XieH , QiaoY , WangJ , ZhuX , HeG , LiY , RenX , WangF , LiangL , DingY . Formin‐like2 regulates Rho/ROCK pathway to promote actin assembly and cell invasion of colorectal cancer. Cancer Sci 2015; 106: 1385–93. doi: 10.1111/cas.12768 26258642 PMID:27420476

  15. Excitation-dependent variation in local symmetry in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 evidenced by Eu3+ luminescent structural probe

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    Jayakiruba, S.; Kumar, Gautam; Lakshminarasimhan, N.

    2016-05-01

    Eu3+ luminescence was studied in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 by selectively substituting at Mg site. The parent host Ba2Mg(BO3)2 and Ba2Mg0.9Eu0.05Li0.05(BO3)2 were synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. Their isostructural nature was confirmed using powder X-ray diffraction technique. The photoluminescence excitation spectrum of Eu3+ exhibited a broad Eu3+sbnd O2- charge transfer band with a maximum at 253 nm along with other excitation transitions. The emission characteristics of Eu3+ were found to be excitation wavelength-dependent. The equally intense magnetic and electric dipole transitions for excitation under longer wavelengths showed the presence of Eu3+ at a site with non-inversion symmetry. Excitation using 253 nm resulted in the predominant magnetic dipole transition revealing Eu3+ at a site with inversion symmetry. The difference in the relative intensities of magnetic and electric dipole transitions originates from the change in symmetry around Eu3+ in Ba2Mg(BO3)2 under different excitations.

  16. UV laser ablation of GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB) investigated by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    Chéty-Gimondo, Rachel; Aubriet, Frédéric; Millon, Eric; Muller, J-F

    2004-01-01

    The ions generated by laser ablation (LA) of calcium and gadolinium oxoborate GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB) were investigated by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICRMS), a powerful tool for the characterization of ionic species produced by laser interaction with solid material. In order to better understand the matter transfer and the mechanism of thin film growth by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD), cationic and anionic clusters generated by UV laser ablation of GdCOB bulk material were studied. Laser ablation of GdCOB leads to the formation of various cluster ions which result from association of CaO, BO and B2O3 building blocks (BB) with different charge carriers (CC): H+, BO+, GdO+ in positive ion mode, and BO2-, OK-, OH-, Cl-, WO3- in negative ion mode. LA-FTICRMS investigations allow us to assign a valence state to each metallic atom included in each BB. A +II chemical state may be associated with calcium and +II and +III ones to boron. UV laser ablation of GdCOB therefore induces reduction processes of boron species in the gas phase. The oxygen reactive atmosphere used during PLD experiments allows the growth of stoichiometric thin films by fixation of oxygen on the ablated species. PMID:15529417

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    2010-07-01

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  18. Self-organized homo-epitaxial growth in nonlinear optical BaAlBO3F2 crystal crossing lines patterned by laser in glass

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    Shinozaki, K.; Abe, S.; Honma, T.; Komatsu, T.

    2015-11-01

    Crystallization processing of glasses is important as a novel technique for the development of new optical materials, and laser-induced crystallization provides a new challenge in science and technology of materials. Nonlinear optical BaAlBO3F2 crystal lines with crossing, bending, and spiral shapes were patterned at the surface of 2NiO-49BaF2-24.5Al2O3-24.5B2O3 (mol%) and 2.9NiO-48.5BaF2-24.3Al2O3-24.3B2O3 (mol%) glasses by laser irradiation (Yb:YVO4 laser with a wavelength of 1080 nm) and the orientation state of BaAlBO3F2 crystals was examined from birefringence image observations. The birefringence images indicate that the growth of highly c-axis oriented BaAlBO3F2 crystals follows along the laser scanning direction even if the laser scanning direction changes, and in particular the direction of the c-axis of BaAlBO3F2 crystals changes gradually at the crossing and bending points. The model of "self-organized homo-epitaxial growth" is proposed for the crystal orientation at the crossing and bending points, as a new crystal growth science and engineering beyond the wise providence of nature.

  19. Growth, structure, and optical properties of a self-activated crystal: Na2Nd2O(BO3)2

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    Shan, Faxian; Zhang, Guochun; Yao, Jiyong; Xu, Tianxiang; Zhang, Xinyuan; Fu, Ying; Wu, Yicheng

    2015-08-01

    A self-activated crystal Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 has been grown from the Na2O-Nd2O3-B2O3-NaF system. Its structure was determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, and verified by infrared spectrum and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system, space group P21/c with unit-cell parameters a = 10.804 Å, b = 6.421 Å, c = 10.450 Å, β = 117.95°, Z = 4, and V = 640.4 Å3. Its absorption and emission spectra were measured at room temperature. Based on the absorption spectrum, the spontaneous transition probabilities, fluorescence branch ratio, and the radiation lifetime of 4F3/2 state were calculated. The emission properties under the 355 nm excitation were also evaluated. The electronic structure of Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 was calculated by the first-principles method. The obtained results show that Na2Nd2O(BO3)2 may be a promising microchip laser material.

  20. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of ZnO doped with down-conversion NaSrBO3:Tb(3+) phosphors.

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    Liu, Xinjuan; Wang, Xiaojun; Li, Huili; Li, Jinliang; Pan, Likun; Zhang, Jing; Min, Guoquan; Sun, Zhuo; Sun, Changqing

    2015-01-01

    ZnO-NaSrBO3:Tb(3+) (ZNT) composites were successfully synthesized via microwave-assisted reaction of the ZnO precursor with a NaSrBO3:Tb(3+) suspension using a microwave synthesis system. The morphology, structure and photocatalytic performance in the degradation of methylene blue (MB) were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectrophotometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that the ZNT composites exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity in the degradation of MB with a maximum degradation rate of 97% under visible light irradiation compared with pure ZnO (12%), which is ascribed to the increased light absorption and the reduction of photoelectron-hole pair recombination in ZnO with the introduction of NaSrBO3:Tb(3+), as well as the light down-converting effect of NaSrBO3:Tb(3+), which facilitates the self-sensitized degradation of MB. PMID:25366251